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Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 Jamadi-us-Sani 28, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 300 16 Pages Karachi Edition
ASHRAF WATHRA MAJ AMIR LEAVES FORMALLY GETS TALIBAN TALKS STATE BANK HOT SEAT OVER ‘MEDIA HYPE’ PAGE 02
SYRIA’S ASSAD TO STAND AGAIN FOR PRESIDENT PAGE 04
PM TellS ISI he adMIreS The ServIceS HIGH-LEVEL SECURITY MOOT DECIDES TO HOLD PARLEYS WITH TALIBAN ON A FORMALISED AGENDA
NISAR SAYS ‘IT’S HIGH TIME TO MAKE TALKS WITH THE TTP SUCCESSFUL OR TAKE IT TOSOMELOGICALCONCLUSION’
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said all institutions will continue to work in synergy for the protection of the people, as he lauded the role and efforts of ISI in ensuring the protection and defence of the country. While the high-level meeting decided to continue dialogue with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, it decided to hold parleys with the Taliban Shura on a formalised agenda. STORY ON PAGE 03
SINDH ASSEMBLY INDIAVIOLATES LOC 2 WOMEN KILLED IN SARTAJ AZIZ CONVEYS DECLARES CHILD ATTACK ON POLIO NAWAZ’S MESSAGE OF CEASEFIRE, FIRES MARRIAGES ILLEGAL MORTARS NEAR KOTLI WORKER’S HOUSE ‘FRIENDSHIP’TO ROUHANI STORY ON PAGE 02
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Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Sindh ASSembly declAreS child mArriAgeS illegAl KARACHI STAFF REPORT
he Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013 was passed in the provincial assembly on Monday, declaring marriage below the age of 18 punishable by law. According to the new bill, in cases of underage marriage the parents, bride and groom can all be sentenced to three years in prison and can be fined with Rs 45,000. The Sindh Assembly is the first assembly in the country to pass a bill of this kind. The bill was presented in the assembly last year by Sindh Minister for
NEW BILL SAYS THAT IN CASES OF UNDERAGE MARRIAGE THE PARENTS, BRIDE AND GROOM CAN ALL BE SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON AND CAN BE FINED RS 45,000 Culture Sharmila Farooqi as well as provincial minister Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani. Both of them were part of an eight-member committee which was tasked on August 1 with preparing drafts in consultation with the stakeholders. The legislation covers child
marriages, honour killings, harassment of women and acid attacks. Farooqi submitted her version, titled Child Marriages Prohibition Act, 2013, of the draft in the Sindh Assembly on August 20. Qaimkhani’s draft, titled The Child Marriages eradication Act, had been scrutinised by the law and women development ministries. She had said that she has re-drafted the bill tabled in 2011 by former women development minister, Tauqir Fatima Bhutto. The Child Marriages Prohibition Act had classified the offence as cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable. The Child Marriages eradication Act, however, had held it
only as a cognizable offence. Civil society activists, bureaucrats and the media believe it will take time to implement the bill, for which health and Nutrition Development Society, an NGO, has been struggling for the last two years. Sharing the history of the first such bill, Sindh Law department’s additional secretary Aslam Shaikh had earlier stated that a bill was introduced in 1929 and the age of a girl for marriage was fixed at 14 years. he had said that with an amendment, the age limit was made 16 in 1965. The enforced Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 awards three-month maximum imprisonment and Rs 1,000 fine.
Capital police tear gas, baton charge missing persons’ relatives AMNA JANJUA BLAMES CHAUDHRY NISAR FOR POLICE ASSAULT ON PEACEFUL PROTESTERS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT Police on Monday resorted to batoncharge and tear gassing of demonstrators protesting over the missing persons issue at D-Chowk in the federal capital city, wounding several people. The protesters were attempting to approach the Parliament house in Islamabad's Red Zone area. Police resorted to baton-charging and aerial firing and also fired tear gas canisters to disperse the demonstrators as a result of which several persons fell unconscious. The resultant clash also left six police personnel, including two women and four men, wounded. Human rights activist and missing persons campaigner Amna Masood Janjua was
also arrested by police personnel. Police tried to confiscate the cameras and other equipment, of media teams trying to cover the incident. Television channels aired footage of several journalists who were wounded and had their equipment damaged due to the use of force by security personnel. The police began to target the media persons when they gathered around Amna Janjua, to grab footage of police personnel manhandling and forcing the human rights campaigner into a vehicle. At least three media persons were wounded in the police action. Moreover, several activists and media personnel were also taken into custody by law enforcers. PM TAKES NOTICE: Taking serious notice of the incident, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the authorities concerned to release the detained
ASHRAF WATHRA FORMALLY GETS STATE BANK HOT SEAT ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday formally appointed Ashraf Mahmood Wathra as the governor of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). Wathra, who had been appointed as the interim SBP chief after its previous governor Yasin Anwer had resigned in late January, was handed formal charge of the SBP hot seat on Monday. Wathra has 35 years of commercial and investment banking experience and has worked at Emirates Bank International, American Express and ANZ Grindlays Bank. Prior to joining SBP, Wathra was serving the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) as its Senior Executive Vice President and Group Chief. On April 13 the Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to the finance secretary, the deputy attorney general and others on a petition challenging Wathra’s appointment as the SBP acting governor in alleged violation of appointment policy. The appointment was been challenged by an NGO, True Line International Foundation, which took the finance secretary, Wathra and others to the court. The petition stated that the acting governor of the central bank was in violation of the State Bank Order 1948, service rule and other provisions of law as well as practices protected and guaranteed under the constitution. On April 23, Wathra admitted that the IMF was not happy with the lack of autonomy that the SBP currently has. “The IMF is not satisfied with the proposed amendments in the SBP Act of 1956 and wanted more autonomy for the SBP,” said Wathra while responding to a question raised by Senate Standing Committee on Finance Chairperson Senator Nasreen Jalil.
INDIA VIOLATES LOC CEASEFIRE NEAR KOTLI ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: Policewomen force Defence of Human Rights chairperson Amna Janjua on to their vehicle during a crackdown on a peaceful protest by relatives of missing persons at Jinnah Avenue near D Chowk on Monday. INP protesters at the earliest. He said protesting peacefully was every citizen's fundamental right which cannot be taken away from them. Sharif also ordered the authorities to look into the incident and sternly punish the culprits of manhandling rights activists and journalists. AMNA BLAMES NISAR: Talking to reporters after her release, Amna Janjua held Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar responsible for the police
crackdown on the peaceful protesters. She said the police could not launch such an action with orders from their top bosses. “I don’t demand resignation of Nisar or any other policeman. We are law-abiding citizens, who have been staging peaceful protests for long,” she said. Amna said that their sit-in would continue in Islamabad unless a top government official arranges her meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The Indian Army carried out mortar shelling and firing in the Kotera sub-sector near Kotli in Azad Kashmir on the Line of Control (LoC), according to military sources on Monday. Military sources said that the Pakistan Army retaliated which forced the Indian side to stop the shelling and the firing. No loss of life was reported. This is the second time an LoC ceasefire violation has taken place in less than a week. The continuous violation of ceasefire agreement has terrorised locals. The two countries had agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC in November 2003, but skirmishes have often flared across the heavilymilitarised LoC, the de facto border in Kashmir, with both sides blaming each other for having violated the agreement.
Sartaj conveys Nawaz's message of ‘friendship’ to Rouhani TEHRAN APP Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Monday and conveyed him a message of “friendship and goodwill” from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Prime Minister Sharif is expected to pay an official visit to Iran next month. The Iranian president said he was looking forward to his visit, which would pave the way for an enhanced cooperation. It would further cement the brotherly relationship between Iran
and Pakistan, said a message received here from Pakistan's embassy in Tehran. Sartaj Aziz, who is visiting Iran as a special envoy of the Prime Minister, was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, who is in Tehran for bilateral political consultations. President Rouhani said Iran considered Pakistan an important neighbour and brotherly country and both the countries needed to utilise substantial potential for the benefit their peoples. During the meeting, Aziz emphasized that Pakistan and Iran needed to work together for stability, peace and
development of the region and unity of Ummah. He expressed the hope that bilateral relations and cooperation would gain strength during the tenure of President Rouhani and the new government in Pakistan. Pakistan’s top diplomat conveyed a message of brotherhood, harmony and cooperation from the Prime Minister to President Rouhani, underscoring the desire to strengthen relations with Iran in all areas of bilateral cooperation, particularly in political, security and trade domains. He handed over to the Iranian president a letter of the prime
minister. Earlier, the Advisor met Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The foreign secretary was also
present during the meeting. They exchanged views covering the whole range of issues of bilateral interest.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Premier tellS iSi he AdmireS the ServiceS NAWAZ SHARIF PRAISES PREMIER SPY AGENCY FOR ‘ENSURING PROTECTION AND DEFENCE OF COUNTRY’
HIGH-LEVEL SECURITY MOOT DECIDES TO HOLD PARLEYS WITH TALIBAN ON A FORMALISED AGENDA
INTERIOR MINISTER NISAR SAYS ‘IT’S HIGH TIME TO MAKE TALKS WITH THE TTP SUCCESSFUL OR TAKE IT TO SOME LOGICAL CONCLUSION’
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
RiMe Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday praised the inter-Services intelligence (iSi) for "ensuring protection and defence of the country" amidst a raging controversy over the recent assassination attempt on senior journalist hamid Mir. Presiding over a high-level meeting, Prime Minister Sharif said all institutions will continue to work in synergy for the protection of public. "The prime minister lauded the role and efforts of iSi in ensuring the protection and defence of the country," an official statement said. Sharif’s remarks came at a time when a controversy has been generated over the assassination attempt on Mir last week, with the latter's brother blaming "certain elements" in the iSi and its chief Lt General Zaheerul islam of orchestrating the attack, a charge vehemently denied by the military. The accusation sparked a controversy, with the Defence Ministry seeking cancellation of the broadcasting licence of Geo News, the country's leading news channel. in an interview on Saturday, Geo TV's leading anchor Mir did not blame the iSi chief but pointed fingers at what he called "iSi within iSi". Mir questioned various groups, some of them banned, taking out rallies in support of the intelligence agency and a number of posters having sprung up in various parts of the federal capital in support of
the iSi and the Pakistan Army. Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif had visited the iSi headquarters soon after the attack on Mir and praised it, in what is seen as a move to show solidarity with the spy agency. The prime minister had not spoken a word on the issue so far but visited Mir at the hospital in Karachi. however, on Monday, Sharif praised the iSi and reiterated that the armed forces and the civilian set up are on the same page. The prime minister also reviewed the overall security situation in a meeting at Prime Minister’s house, attended by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Minister for interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Special As-
Former indiAn Fm ASkS nAwAz to SAve geo NEW DELHI: India’s former external affairs minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha has called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to “save Geo TV from a complete closure,” Indian media reported on Monday. According to media, the Indian leader made this demand in a letter to Nawaz Sharif while voicing support for Pakistan’s attacked journalist Hamid Mir. Sinha also described the move by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Defence Ministry to cancel Geo TV’s licence as “backward and a retrograde step”. Geo Television is facing a legal battle with the ISI after the channel broadcast a news alleging that the ISI chief was involved in the assassination attempt on its anchorperson Hamid Mir. OnlinE
StAte miniSter For rAilwAyS quitS ‘For being ignored’ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz’s (PML-N) Abdul Hakim Baloch has stepped down as State Minister for Railways in protest against the ‘PML-N’s deliberate downplaying of its representatives from Sindh’. In a statement, Baloch said that Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique did not even bother to let him in on any of his engagements during his recent visit to Karachi. “No one informed me about Rafique’s plans. I was not even considered worth inviting to the programmes organised for the federal minister. I can’t stand this apathy, on the part of my party leadership any longer. I quit,” a disgruntled Baloch said. However, according to Baloch, the party has not accepted his resignation as yet. STAFF REPORT
sistant to PM Tariq Fatemi, iSi Director General Zaheerul islam, Secretary to PM Javaid Aslam and Additional Secretary to PM Fawad hassan Fawad. TALKS WITH TALIBAN: The meeting decided to continue dialogue with the banned terror outfit, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Shura and finalised the agenda for the next round of dialogue. The meeting decided to hold parleys with the TTP on a formalised agenda, sources told Pakistan Today. interior Minister Nisar briefed the meeting on the progress made so far in the dialogue process. “it’s high time to make talks with the TTP successful or take it to some logical conclusion,”
Nisar told the meeting. The DG iSi briefed the meeting on the progress made so far in the investigation into recent terrorist attacks in the country and shared detailed evidence in this regard. he assured the meeting that the mastermind of such attacks would be unmasked soon and brought to book. The meeting also talked on other key issues which Prime Minister Sharif would be discussing during a meeting with his UK counterpart David Cameron. The prime minister said that economic development depends on peace and the government would ensure peace to put the country on the path of development.
Maj Amir leaves Taliban talks over ‘media hype’ CLOSE AIDE SAYS AMIR HAD CONVINCED AHRAR-UL-HIND AND OTHER MILITANT GROUPS TO CEASE FIRE FOR SUCCESS OF PEACE TALKS BUT UNABATED STATEMENTS BY COMMITTEE MEMBERS HAD FORCED HIM TO RECONSIDER HIS PARTICIPATION ISLAMABAD MiAn ABRAR The government’s peace process with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suffered a major blow on Monday as a key player of the dialogue process, Major (r) Mohammad Amir, quit the dialogue process in protest against the “unabated media hype” created by some members of the Taliban negotiating panel for “personal projection” and “party agendas”. Amir had single-handedly made a breakthrough in bringing the Taliban to the talks table and his departure halfway is likely to badly damage the peace process as the parties involved – the government, army and the TTP fighters – suffer from trust deficit and the former ISI official was making efforts to bridge this gulf. A close aide of Maj Amir told Pakistan Today that demands like seeking a meeting with the chief of army staff by the committee members and making immature statements regarding prisoners’ release had badly hurt the dialogue process. “Just to make the dialogue process a success, Maj Amir talked to heads of various groups of the TTP and brought them on one table. When Ahrar-ul-Hind violated the ceasefire,
Maj Amir even met with its chief and convinced him to join the peace process. But pushing of personal agendas by the TTP negotiators damaged his efforts,” the source said. He added that Maj Amir had informed the TTP leadership about his decision and he will soon inform Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar about his decision. He said the Taliban Shura wanted Amir to stay but Amir had told them that he could not work along “projection seeking individuals”. “It is childish to seek a meeting with army chief when the interior minister himself is spearheading the dialogue process. Moreover, making premature announcements about the release of prisoners and alleging that the government’s negotiators did not make demands for release of civilians held captive by militants may further damage the confidencebuilding measures. This all has disheartened Maj Amir,” the source said. The source said that Amir was also disappointed with the personal and political agendas of his own counterparts in the government’s committee. “When the major player of the dialogue process, Maj Amir, is not making any statements to keep the peace process a covert affair, why are the other members leaking the developments to the media?”
AMIR CONFIRMS QUITTING PEACE DIALOGUE, SAYS HE WILL SOON INFORM NISAR ABOUT HIS DECISION The source said that during a recent meeting of both the dialogue committees, it was mutually agreed that no member of both the negotiating panels would talk to the media. “In the last meeting of negotiators, it was agreed that none of the members of negotiating panels would talk to media and only Chaudhry Nisar from the government side and Maulana Samiul Haq from TTP would interact with media when and if needed. However, at least two members of the committee had time and again violated the understanding,” said the source. AMIR CONFIRMS WITHDRAWAL: When contacted, Maj Amir confirmed to Pakistan Today that he had decided to quit the peace process. Asked what made him leave the peace process halfway, Amir said he would share his concerns with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. He refused to comment over his future course of action. “I will not share anything regarding the peace talks with the media. I have left the peace dialogue but I will continue to pray for its success. On my return to Islamabad from Swabi, I will meet with the interior minister, who is focal person of the government for the dialogue process,” he said.
Prime miniSter SuFFerS due to unPAid gAS billS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT Five days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed that electricity dues should be recovered on priority and a report in this regard should be presented in a week’s time, he found himself at the receiving end. Gas supply to his official residence in the capital was cut off over unpaid bills of Rs 4.7 million. Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) disconnected gas supply not only to the Prime Minister’s House but also to the Parliament Lodges, the Jinnah Convention Centre and the Shariat Court, among other government offices. A SNGPL spokesperson said that Parliament House owed the utility Rs 1.3 million, the Parliament Lodges Rs 7,70,000, the Shariat Court Rs 2,24,000 and Governor House Rs 8.8 million. Official sources confirmed this was the case but that these were old bills, which were not paid. NAWAz WANTS MINIMuM LOAD SHEDDINg: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday chaired a meeting on electricity issues during which he directed the Water and Power Ministry to have zero tolerance towards power theft and to speed up the recovery process. The PM was given a detailed briefing about electricity theft issues and performance of power distribution companies in recovery of dues. He was also briefed about the electricity load management plan. Nawaz said that all efforts should be made so that consumers face minimum possible inconvenience during the current season. It was also decided that a comprehensive energy conservation plan would be developed and executed after consultation with all stakeholders, including traders, manufacturers and retailers to save electricity.
nyt rePort clAimS militAntS hAve inFiltrAted geo MONITORING DESK A report titled ‘Attack on Journalist Starts Battle in Pakistani Press’ published by The New York Times on April 26 claims that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and other militant groups have infiltrated private news channel, Geo TV. The report’s author Declan Walsh claims that a former Geo manager had told him that in 2012, Sunni terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi had recruited a junior reporter at Geo News to help plan the assassination of a news editor and a prominent talk show host at the station. Walsh said the plot was foiled when the reporter confessed. Quoting the Geo manager further, Walsh claims that a second Geo employee was identified as a militant after the Taliban assault on Karachi’s Mehran naval base in June 2011. The station also believes that insider information played a role in the death of Wali Khan Babar, a Geo reporter who was allegedly killed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in 2010, Walsh claimed quoting a current Geo manager.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
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KARACHI: A police official inspects the room of a madrassa where a bomb exploded, killing three students and injuring several others on Monday. STAFF PHOTO
blast in Karachi’s Orangi Town left three children dead and injured 11 others on Monday. The explosion took place in one of the rooms of a madrassa in Frontier Colony. “The explosion killed at least three male students,” said senior police official Javed Alam Odho. He said the police were trying to ascertain whether it was a planted bomb or a hand grenade that had been thrown. Rescue teams reached the area and the injured were taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medical treatment. A senior doctor at the Abbasi Shaheed hospital, Parshotum Rathore, confirmed the number of deaths and said those who died in the attack were between 10 and 12years-old. He put the number of injured at more than 12 and said the condition of four of those hurt was critical. A police official told reporters that there were between 15 and 20 children present in the madrassa at the time of the explosion.
The United States froze assets and imposed visa bans on seven powerful Russians close to President Vladimir Putin on Monday and also sanctioned 17 companies in reprisal for Moscow's actions in Ukraine. President Barack Obama said the moves, which add to measures taken when Russia annexed Crimea last month, were to stop Putin fomenting rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Obama added he was holding broader measures against Russia's economy "in reserve". Among those sanctioned were igor Sechin, head of state energy firm Rosneft, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. A Russian deputy foreign minister was quoted as expressing "disgust" at the White house announcement. The european Union, with more to lose than Washington from sanctions against Russia, a major energy supplier and trading
CHARSADDA: Two women were killed and 2 children sustained injuries when unidentified men hurled a hand grenade on a house located in the Suru police precincts on Monday. According to police sources, unidentified people threw a grenade on the house of anti-polio supervisor Falak Niyaz, as a result two women were killed and two children injured. The injured were identified as four-year-old Hilal and sixyear-old Bilal. The injured have been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar. The police cordoned off the area and started a search operation. No one has been arrested so far. inP
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US sanctions Russians over Ukraine WASHINGTON
2 women killed in AttAck on Polio worker’S houSe
partner for the eU, is also expected to announce new penalties after member governments reached a deal, diplomats said. The United States will deny export licenses for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russian military capabilities and will revoke any existing export licenses that meet these conditions, the White house said. it was the third round of sanctions that the United States has imposed over Crime and troop build-up on the border. All the sanctions have been aimed at individuals and businesses. "Russia's involvement in the recent violence in eastern Ukraine is indisputable," a White house statement said. Moscow insists that a rebellion among Russianspeakers in the east against the Kiev authorities which took power after the overthrow of a Kremlin-backed president in February is a home-grown response to a coup and denies having forces on the ground.
ATTACKS KILL 57 AS SECURITY FORCES VOTE IN IRAQ BAGHDAD AGEnCiES Attacks including a spate of suicide bombings killed 57 people on Monday as soldiers and policemen cast their votes in Iraq's first parliamentary election since US troops withdrew. The bombings in Baghdad and the north and west raise serious concerns about the security forces' ability to protect ordinary voters on polling day on Wednesday, when more than 20 million are eligible to take part. They come amid a protracted surge in violence and fears the country is edging towards all-out conflict. Nine attackers wearing suicide belts mostly targeted polling stations in Baghdad and cities north of the capital, while roadside bombs struck military convoys and targeted journalists covering the election. The deadliest attack struck northeast of Baghdad in the mostly-Kurdish town of Khanaqin, near Iraq's border with Iran.
Pakistani family dies in house fire in Britain SHEFFIELD AGEnCiES
A nine-week-old baby girl and two children aged seven and nine were among five people belonging to a Pakistani family killed in a house fire in Britain on Monday. Anum Parvaiz, 54, and her 20-year-old daughter Shabina Begum were named as the two adults killed in
the blaze in Sheffield, northern england. “it’s a tragedy beyond description,” said Parvaiz’s cousin ishfaq hussain Kayani. he said a nine-week-old baby girl was among those who had died, as well as nineyear-old Adhyan Nazim and seven-year-old Amaan Nazim. “it’s so sad. A couple of hours ago the whole family was leading their normal
life,” he said. “Just in a matter of minutes the whole family has been destroyed. The whole family has gone.” The local fire service confirmed that two adult females and three young children had died in the blaze. “An investigation has commenced, involving police and fire officers, to establish the cause of the fire,” the service said.
Verdict over provision of FIA report reserved ISLAMABAD: The Special Court trying former president Pervez Musharraf in high treason case on Monday reserved its verdict over the defence counsel's demand for provision of inquiry report of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) until May 8. The court resumed hearing of the case. During the course of proceedings, Musharraf’s counsel Farogh Nasim withdrew the two petitions relating to Section 6-A of the Special Court Act 1976. He submitted that the section has expired and his petitions in this regard should be returned. He also said he would be presenting his reservations verbally. Prosecutor Akram Sheikh said that on one hand the defence counsel was taking back the petitions and on the
other continuing his arguments. Nasim requested the court not to further proceed in the case until the ruling on the provision of a copy of the FIA report announced. He said he would finalise his future strategy in the light of the court's decision and hastily added that it should not be perceived that the trial proceeding being delayed because of him. He pleaded that the court should adjourn hearing until the announcement of ruling over FIA report. Later, the court approved the withdrawal of petitions that stated the law under which the accused indicted was superseded by 1981 Ordinance. The court adjourned further hearing of the case until May 8. APP
Muslim Brotherhood chief, 682 others sentenced to death in Egypt CAIRO AGEnCiES An Egyptian court on Monday recommended the death sentence for 683 alleged Islamists including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, and handed down a final capital punishment ruling for 37 others, a lawyer and prosecutor said. Seeking the death penalty for Mohamed
Badie, the Brotherhood's general guide, is certain to raise tension in Egypt, which has been gripped by turmoil since the army removed the Brotherhood from power last year. Death sentence recommendations in the case involving Badie will be passed on to Egypt's Mufti, the highest religious authority. His opinion is not legally binding and can be ignored by the court. The biggest trials in Egypt's modern history
have reinforced fears among human rights groups that the military-backed government and anti-Islamist judges are bent on crushing dissent. The same court also reversed 492 death sentences out of 529 it passed in March, commuting most of the death sentences to life in prison, meanwhile the death sentence of the remaining 37 others were finalised. Egyptian authorities had arrested the
supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood earlier in August last year. The arrest stoked fears of an escalation in the already tense situation in Egypt, where nearly 900 people had died in days of clashes nationwide between security forces and Islamist supporters of Morsi. Later in December the same year the military-installed government declared the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi a “terrorist” group.
DAMASCuS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has registered to run in next month's presidential vote, which is expected to return him to power despite the grinding conflict, the parliament speaker announced on Monday. The election will be Syria's first multi-candidate presidential vote, after changes to the constitution, but it has already been criticised by the opposition and much of the international community as a "farce". The government has not explained how it will hold the vote in a country gripped by a brutal war that has killed more than 150,000 people and left large swathes of territory beyond regime control. AGEnCiES
ogrA recommendS decreASe in Pol PriceS ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) sent a summary recommending decrease in the price of petroleum products to the Ministry of Petroleum on Monday. Reports in the media said that the OGRA recommended a Rs0.34 per litre decrease in the price of petrol, Rs4.51 in diesel and Rs 8 in the price of kerosene oil. The OGRA also recommended to decrease the price of light diesel by Rs0.93 per litre and HOBC by Rs1.94. OnlinE
TWO SECURITY PERSONNEL KILLED IN ENCOUNTER WITH SMUGGLERS QuETTA: Two security personnel were killed and one was injured during an exchange of fire with drug smugglers in Balochistan's Mashkel area on Monday. A security official said that the security forces tried to stop a convoy of drug smugglers in Mashkel, which is close to the Iranian border. The official said that the smugglers who were well-armed retaliated, killing two security personnel and wounding another. STAFF REPORT
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
NA cOmmiTTee debATes iNcreAse iN miNOriTies’ seATs ISLAMABAD ONLINE
HE National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights on Monday debated a proposed bill to increase seats for minorities from 10 to 16. The meeting convened by Chairman Bashir Ahmad Virk, while debating the proposed bill by JUI-F’s minority representative Aasia Nasir, was briefed that minority representation was quite low as compared to the ratio of population. Members referred to various clauses and articles and deliberated that according to the pre-18th Amendment situation, 216 seats were reserved for Muslims; while
BODY URGES GOVERNMENT TO HOLD CENSUS BILL RELATED TO FORMATION OF HIGH COURT BENCH IN LORALAI ALSO DISCUSSED the post-18th amendment scenario ended this and seats were renamed as general seats, enabling non-Muslims to be elected directly. Aasia regretted absence of any such culture enabling minorities to be elected
directly. She also expressed her pride in Pakistan being only country having separate electorates for minorities. However, PPP’s Ayaz Soomro wanted the issue to be adjourned for further deliberations while urging minorities to contest from general seats, since there were no restrictions. He also said that a census summary had already been forwarded to the prime minister and further deliberation over the issue would be meaningless prior to the summary approval. PML-N lawmaker Chaudhry Ashraf cited the example of Muslim minority in India, which could not avail any special allocations for minorities, while Pakistan had reserved seats for minorities and women.
Virk said that the secular India’s example could not be compared to religious Pakistan having allocations for minorities and women. Another bill related to formation of a high court bench in Balochistan’s Loralai was also deliberated. The chairman informed the committee that the issue awaited comments of the CJP. The body decided to wait for 15 days in this regard before declaring its own decision over the issue. The committee also urged the government for an urgent census, since all kind of wrong estimates and observations about population were being carried out, while the population had increased from 180 million to 250 million.
CHAMAN: A health worker gives polio vaccine to a child crossing into Pakistan from Afghanistan on Monday. INP
Four NATO containers damaged in Jamrud PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Unidentified men attacked a convoy of NATO containers with rockets near the Baghiari checkpost in Jamrud on Monday, damaging four containers. There was an exchange of fire as well between khasadar officials and the attackers. Monday’s attack on NATO containers is not the first time the trucks have come under attack. NATO vehicles are frequently targeted by militants while carrying goods to and from Afghanistan. On April 15, two people were killed and as many were severely injured in Jamrud when unidentified militants had attacked vehicles supplying goods to foreign troops stationed in Afghanistan. Ali Sher, an official of the Jamrud political administration, had said three attacks were carried out on NATO vehicles in different areas. On March 4, two drivers of vehicles carrying NATO goods were killed and a cleaner injured when armed men opened fire at them in Sur Kamar, Jamrud. In December last year, a group of armed men had attacked two containers carrying relief goods for NATO in the Dhadar area of Balochistan. No one was hurt in the attack.
US ran ‘Cuban Twitter’ in Pakistan too, says report WASHINGTON AGENCIES
The United States ran a ‘Cuban Twitter’ like programme in Pakistan too but it closed when the project failed to generate enough funds to run itself, the US media reports. The reports identified the programme as “Hamari Awaz,” launched in Lahore by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. While launching the programme, she announced that the United States would fund the first 24 million messages and then it would have to generate its own funds. The US State Department ran the programme out of the office of Richard C. Holbrooke, President Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, who died in 2010. Pakistani telecommunications companies provided the network. An announcement distributed after the launching identified “Hamari Awaz” as “a service you can use on your cellphone to distribute news stories, to invite people to an event, to share your thoughts and opinions, to report problems that you see, to call for actions to solve those problems.” State Department officials told The New York Times that at its peak the programme cost about $1 million and connected more than a million people who sent more than 350 million messages. Users of the service could sign up using their personal information or remain anonymous. The service was used by a diverse segment of Pakistani society, according to people who ran the programme. “Farmers used it to share market prices. News organisations used it to reach readers. People used it to connect and share information such as cricket scores,” the Times reported. State Department officials enlisted the Pakistani government to promote the social media programme, which officials thought at the time might ease mounting tensions between the two countries. US officials contacted by the Times would not say when the Pakistani programme ended or what it ultimately accomplished. Between 2009 and 2010, the United States launched similar programmes in dozens of countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Last week, the Associated Press released an exposé on one of these programmes called ZunZuneo, which aimed to stir political unrest in Cuba.
FIA busts illegal ‘bulletproof workshop’ in Islamabad ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Three people were taken into custody when a team from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) raided a motor workshop in Sector G-12, where ordinary vehicles were being bulletproofed. According to an FIA official, the workshop was operated by a private company based in Sector E-11. “At the time of the raid, there were two vehicles - an SUV and a 4x4 truck - which were being converted into bulletproof vehicles,” he said. “Those in custody include
company owner Muhammad Ahsan and his two partners Riaz Hussain and Jumair Ahmed. The workshop has been sealed,” he said. FIA Director Inam Ghani said that the workshop was discovered when the Ministry of Interior received an application from a complainant in Karachi, asking to verify a no-objection certificate (NoC) he had obtained for acquiring a bullet proof vehicle. “The NoC sent in by the complainant turned out to be fake, so an inquiry was ordered. A Karachi-based corporation was identified as the source of the
forgery and FIA arrested the company’s owner, his son and the company’s general manager,” Ghani said. “Upon investigation, it was discovered that Ashfaq, a section officer at the Ministry of Interior was involved in forging NoCs for bullet proof vehicles and would charge Rs 110,000 for each one he supplied. While Ashfaq eluded arrest, his computer was confiscated,” he said. “Based on date recovered from the computer, we learned that Ashfaq had forged as many as 29 NoCs. The E-11 based company was also among the recipients of
these forged documents,” Ghani said. “Right now, only eight companies in the country are licenced to work with bullet proof vehicles,” he said. Even most well-to-do people cannot currently afford to import bullet proof vehicles because of prohibitively-high duties. Obtaining a bullet proof conversion for an existing vehicle is considered a cheaper alternative. An official of the Islamabad police said the government should legalise such workshops, rather than forcing people to import expensive vehicles.
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KARACHI: Cameras have been set in a line outside the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry during hearing of attack on TV anchor Hamid Mir. INP
sHafiq tanoli dead; family’s fears remain KARACHI
He Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has threatened to kill all family members of the slain anti-terror police officer, Shafiq Tanoli, the family has claimed. However, police claimed his family had been provided 30 policemen for security. Tanoli, an encounter-specialist, was killed along with three others in a bomb blast near his house at Pakhtun Chowk, Old Sabzi Mandi, on Thursday morning. This was the eighth attempt on his life. Four months ago, on December 20, 2013, Tanoli was severely injured in an attack on the same spot. Police investigators believe Shamzai, the chief operational commander of the TTP’s Mohmand chapter, masterminded both the attacks. “I know the whole story,” the slain officer’s brother, Rasheed Tanoli, who
is also a cop, said. “We have been receiving threats from the TTP.” Rasheed claimed he had also received a threatening letter from the TTP a day earlier. “This fight will not end with Shafiq’s death,” said Rasheed, quoting the letter. “It will continue until not a single man in his family remains alive.” In November 2013, Tanoli had killed two of Shamzai’s close relatives in an alleged encounter in Baldia Town. Both terrorists had been arrested a week earlier by Rangers and had been handed over to the police. Their arrests had also been disclosed in a press conference by District West police chief DIG Javed Odho at his office. They were accused of killing at least 16 police officials and four police informers in SITe and its adjoining areas. The alleged terrorists had been detained in the lockup of Mochko police station from where they managed to escape. They made their way to Baldia
Heat wave grips KaracHi, otHer cities KARACHI Online
Several cities of Pakistan, including Karachi, are in the grip of heat wave as the temperature has risen above 40 degree centigrade on Monday. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Karachi’s temperature was likely to hit 40 C on Monday. The PMD forecasts hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next few days. The people face double trouble because of prolonged power outages across the country. The cities that are in the grip of heat wave included Dadu, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Larkana, Jocobabad, Sibbi, Multan and Hyderabad. Meanwhile, sale of cold drinks, carbonated beverages and ice cream has increased due to increasing heat.
Town after escaping from the lockup by breaking the windows. The police managed to follow them and both were killed in an encounter a few hours later. Sources said the alleged terrorists were killed in a pre-planned encounter and that the police killed them to avenge the killings of 16 of their colleagues. Sources further said that after the killings, Shamzai had threatened Tanoli and other police officials to avenge the deaths of his relatives in a fake encounter. “It seems Shamzai’s operatives were closely monitoring Tanoli and attacked him after they knew exactly where he would be at what time,” a senior police officer said. On the same day of Shafiq’s killing, the slain officer’s brother, Rasheed, had blamed the senior police accused of withdrawing security deployed for Shafiq and warned he would nominate them in the FIR. After the passage of four days, however, the po-
BODY FORMED FOR PROCUREMENT OF 100 BULLET-PROOF VEHICLES
lice have registered the case on behalf of the state. According to the family, they did not wish to register the case after the senior officials built pressure on them. “Shafiq was a brave man,” said a close relative. “He fought with the Taliban but we cannot fight with them. We decided not to register the case after the pressure by both the police higher-ups and the Taliban.” An FIR, No 46/14, under Sections 302/324/120, 427/5 and 7 of the AntiTerrorism Act was registered on behalf of the state against unidentified persons. “After the family refused, we registered an FIR on our behalf,” DSP Nasir Lodhi said. Meanwhile, police investigators have been unable to identify the suspected bomber. DSP Lodhi said that not only the police, but other agencies too were doing their best to arrest the culprits. He said the family had been provided with 30 policemen for security.
Rangers update list of most-wanted criminals KARACHI Online
Sindh Rangers have updated its list of most-wanted criminals and dispatched it to chief minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah. The updated list included 86 new names of most-wanted persons belonging to Karachibased political party, militant groups and outlawed organisations which have been responsible for the unrest in the port city. Some high-profile names are included in the list who are involved in targeted
killings and other acts of terrorism, extortion, cases of kidnapping for ransom and sectarian violence in the troubled city. The DG Rangers has forwarded the list to CM Sindh and requested to put head money on these criminals. According to new list, 38 most-wanted criminals belong to MQM, 10 to ANP, 10 to Sipah Sahaba, 9 to Lashkar-eJhagzavi and Peoples Peace Committee. This list was prepared with input of intelligence reports and Redbook of CID. The DG Rangers said two more similar lists were being prepared and were in pipeline.
KARACHI: The Sindh home department has constituted a committee to carry out the procurement of 100 bullet-proof vehicles for the police. According to a notification issued on Monday, the additional inspector general of police will be the chairman while deputy inspector general of police (finance) the CPO, the deputy inspector general of police (technical & transport) Sindh and a representative of finance department, will be members of the committee. The procurement committee will be responsible to ensure procurement in transparent manner and in accordance with the Sindh Emergency Procurement Act 2014 and submit its recommendations to the Inspector General of Sindh Police for approval. APP
ONE KILLED IN LANDMINE BLAST KASHMORE: One person was killed in a landmine explosion near Karampur on Monday. Police said the incident occurred at Goth Ali Nawaz Jaffery near Karampur early morning, when a landmine went off killing one person. The body has been shifted to a hospital. Following the incident, a bomb disposal unit was called and the police have started investigations. Online
TWO GANG-WAR ACCUSED KILLED IN SHOOTOUT KARACHI: Two gang-war accused were killed during an exchange of fire between the Rangers and culprits in Lyari on Monday. According to the sources, a shootout between the accused and Rangers’ personnel took place near the slaughter house in Lyari, resultantly killing two gang-war culprits. The deceased accused were identified as Bilal and Sajjad who were wanted in several cases including murder, sources added. Online
MQM joined Sindh govt to represent its voters: Sabzwari KARACHI Online Muttahida Quami Movement leader Faisal Sabzwari said on Monday that the objective of the party to join the Sindh government was to represent its voters and to raise issues in the
house. Addressing the opening ceremony of a peace cricket tournament organised by the All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organization (APMSO), Faisal Sabzwari, said the event holds importance as an extra-curricular activity for the youth during suffocating times. He added that it was a tradition of APMSO to
attract the younger generations towards positive activities within the educational institutions. Other members of the party said that playgrounds and other facilities should be provided to the students so as they can earn respect for the country as well as improving their skills.
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
KARACHI: A family searches for their belongings from rubble after fire erupted in the slums near Ziauddin Hospital, North Nazimabad. ONLINE
year’s tHird polio case in sindH detected KARACHI
INDH recorded another case of polio - third of the year - in a seven-month-old boy belonging to a family from Punjab settled in the city’s most volatile Gadap neighbourhood, officials confirmed on Monday. “We have received confirmation from the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad and the World Health Organisation about the polio virus detected in a seven-month-old Imran,” said a health department official overseeing the child health in the city. He said the child’s father, Mohammad Iqbal, originally hailed from Punjab and was settled in Hasan Nauman Colony in Gadap’s highly sensitive union council-4. He said the boy’s stool samples had been sent to the NIH in the beginning of the month and it took four weeks to get the results, confirming wild polio virus in the victim. Another official, however, said the boy had been inoculated only once in a special polio campaign carried out by the government, adding that his immu-
nity and a lack of backup boosters led to the severe attack of the crippling disease on his frail body. “The report suggests the virus attack had affected all his four limbs,” said the official. A 22-month-old Afghan girl from Orangi Town was the second victim of the polio virus which was confirmed two weeks ago. However, the officials were optimistic that the effects of the virus were ‘much milder’ and could be treated successfully. They had said that the girl had been inoculated with polio boosters for more than 10 times, which was why it was surprising for them to see her affected by the polio virus. He said it could either be lower immunity in the girl which allowed the virus to attack her. Last month, a two-year-old girl became the first victim of polio in Sindh. She belonged to a Pakhtun family and was a resident of Ittehad Colony of Baldia Town — an area categorised as among the ‘most sensitive’ neighbourhoods by the government vis-à-vis polio immunisation. Officials said the family had migrated to Karachi from the country’s troubled northwest — the region that
recorded close to 100 cases of polio since January last year because of stiff resistance posed by the Taliban on polio vaccination — some eight months ago. Health officials are stunned over detection of several new polio cases in the province. They had recorded four such cases till the mid of November 2013 but within the space of less than two months last year seven more cases — six in Karachi and one in Kashmore — had been detected. They said despite maximum attention being paid and continued immunisation campaigns being run; the situation was not satisfactory in Sindh at all. In January, a special polio drive to inoculate children in 40 ‘sensitive’ union councils of the metropolis had been abandoned when three vaccinators were shot dead by unknown drive-by shooters. The government has launched oneday special campaigns on Sundays in the least-covered neighbourhoods for more than two months now, which again, had shifted their attention from many areas which are relatively safer. There have been increasing refusals in Sindh particularly during the last
year. Most of them came either from Pakhtun families and a few districts which have witnessed some militant attacks in the recent past. Last year, total number of polio cases in Pakistan rose to 93 as compared to 58 in 2012; the number of infected districts/towns/tribal agencies/areas in the country was 20 as compared to 28 in the preceding year. This year some 47 cases have already been reported in Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan had reported six polio cases in the first four months last year while the number has already climbed to 50. All the three cases in Sindh have been reported from its capital. “More than 90 per cent of the total polio cases are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas,” said a Unicef report. The weekly one-day anti-polio campaign was held on Sunday amid a ban on pillion-riding within 25 union councils of Karachi. Hundreds of polio teams have been mobilised to inoculate around 500,000 children, missed out in the previous campaigns.
Child drowns, 12 injured in various incidents THATTA inP
A child drowned while 12 others including two women were injured in separate incidents in different localities here on Monday. Police said that six-year-old Muhammad Khan in village Ahmed Khan Kaneh slipped as he was playing and fell into canal and drowned. The local divers fished the body out and handed it over to the heirs. Meanwhile, two women among six others identified as
Miha, Babu, Iqbal, Mustafa, Hakimzadi and Mirzadi were injured when two of groups Khaskheli tribe clashed. In yet another incident of clash between two opponent groups in village Sher Muhammad of Thatta, six people including Shahnawaz, Khan Muhammad, Salman and three others were injured. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Makli for treatment. Police have registered separate cases in both incidents and investigation was in progress.
GODIL APPOINTED MQM’S NA PARLIAMENTARY LEADER KARACHI: Abdul Rashid Godil has been appointed the temporary National Assembly (NA) Parliamentary Leader for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Godil replaces Dr Farooq Sattar who will continue to perform his duties as a parliamentarian. According to a MQM statement, the decision to appoint Godil was taken by the party’s Rabita Committee in London and Karachi. The decision was endorsed by MQM chief Altaf Hussain. Online
ONE KILLED, DOZEN INJURED IN ROAD MISHAP JAMSHORO: At least one person killed and a dozen were wounded in a deadly road mishap near Jamshoro town of Sindh, officials said on Monday. According to local police, the incident took place on the National Highway near Lonikot area where a passenger coach turned turtle. Police and rescue teams rushed to the scene soon after the accident took place. The dead and injured were shifted to civil hospital, Jamshoro. According to police, initial report suggested that accident took place due to driver’s negligence and over speed. Online
TWO KILLED, 4 INJURED IN ROAD ACCIDENT KARACHI: At least two persons were killed while four others sustained injuries in a collision between two vehicles on Monday. Police said the accident took place at Super Highway near Nooriabad area of Karachi where two vehicles collided head-on killing two persons on the spot while four others were injured. The wounded people were shifted to a local hospital where, according to hospital sources, their condition was critical. inP
CHILD CRUSHED TO DEATH
KARACHI: The Consul General of the Russian Federation Oleg N. Avdeev hosted a reception to celebrate the successful completion of Sochi Olympics games and in honour of the visiting Russian Navy delegation at Friendship House. Picture show Consul General of China Ma Yaou, President Pak-Russia Business Council Farooq Afzal and Barrister Abdul Sattar, with the host. PR
SUKKUR: An over-speeding car crushed to death a five-year-old child on Monday. The driver fled the scene after the incident. Police said that Bilal, 5, son of Mukhtar Khokhar was crossing Bandar Road in Sukkur when an over-speeding car crushed him to death. The driver responsible for the accident managed to escape after the incident leaving the vehicle at the scene. The police took the car into custody and registering a case against the driver started raids for his arrest. inP
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Result Death of integrity exonerating culprits, we need to ask ourselves a question: Do we possess oriented Without the integrity we demand of our politicians? dialogue Militants are dictating their terms better than the government
high level meeting presided over by the prime minister has decided to continue dialogue with the TTP but make it more meaningful by adhering to a formalised agenda. The purpose behind initiating talks with the outlawed TTP was to put an end to the ongoing terrorist attacks. There was however no respite to the attacks either during the so called ceasefire or afterwards. This month alone there were two major attacks resulting in double digit mortalities and several others where less than ten people died. Newspapers on Monday carried reports of an IeD blast which left three security personnel including an army officer dead in Waziristan. In Peshawar, militants fired two rockets which exploded within the airport. In Bara threats from a Taliban group forced families to migrate to safer areas. In a third major attack in a week in Karachi, three children died in a madrassah blast while several others were injured. In Sadiqabad a low-intensity explosion under the railway track injured the driver and his assistant. A report in an english daily highlighted the issue of the migration of businessmen from Peshawar under threat of kidnapping for ransom to other parts of the country and in some cases out of the country. What the committee appointed by the government has done, despite the good intentions of its members, is to put the state of Pakistan on an equal footing with the TTP. What is more, it allowed the militants to dictate the agenda. They have been allowed to get away with some of the most horrendous attacks, including the beheading of 23 troops, on one plea or another. The TTP had initially called into question, totally without reason, the status of the three high profile civilian prisoners on the plea that they belonged to parties with which the TTP was in a state of war, implying that they were in its custody. By sharing a video with the media the interior ministry has suggested that they might not be in TTP’s custody. While Shahidullah Shahid insists that the Taliban wouldn’t be waging a war against the government if they followed law or a constitution other than Islamic Sharia, the government’s negotiators claim the TTP is willing to hold talks within the parameters of the constitution. There is no use of talks if attacks or kidnappings by the militants were to continue. The government committee needs to tell the TTP plainly that talks can only be held on a single item agenda of stopping all attacks. What is more, the Taliban have to deter other militant groups also from launching attacks from inside the tribal areas. The committee has no authority whatsoever to hold talks on issues like what kind of laws the country is to practice as the subject comes strictly under the purview of the Parliament.
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e lament the increasing lack of integrity in our leaders. From submitting fake degrees to the eCP (in many cases) to scams of all shades and hues, the list is endless. every stone turned reveals one. Without exonerating culprits, we need to ask ourselves a question: Do we possess the integrity we demand of our politicians? Urban Dictionary gives an extremely interesting definition of integrity, ‘Doing the right thing even when nobody's looking.’ On a more formal note, it offers another definition, ‘Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.’ ethical code is generally defined as, ‘a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct,’ and a moral code as, ‘the quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct.’ For example, stealing, killing, lying, cheating are deemed as ‘bad conduct’ worldwide. Adrian Bishop, in a paper, ‘Moral principles defined: a decisionmaking perspective,’ shares, ‘One does not try and define what morality is, but one defines it by what it does. Moral values are how one actually measures the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, positive and negative actions. This definition helps to distinguish between moral values and moral virtues. The latter, often quoted as moral values, are characteristics such as bravery, patience, altruism, generosity, prudence and so on, which affirm who the person is, whilst morality concerns itself with defining what the person should do.’ Warren Buffet, chairman and CeO of Berkshire Hathaway said it best, “In
looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you.” A person’s dishonesty will eventually catch up to them. It may not be today, and it may not be for many years, but you can rest assured that at some point there will always be a reckoning.’ (Forbes, 11/28/2012) Coming back to the question; if integrity is about adhering to an ethical and moral code, how do many of us actually prescribe to it? From the lowest level to the highest, corruption, lack of moral and ethical values seems to have replaced integrity. Of course, this is not true of everyone but in general terms seem to be true. Take a look around you. You will see innumerable examples in your daily lives. Going to grocery shopping – each shopkeeper selling vegetables will have a different rate for the same produce, often swinging wildly from Rs15/- a kilo to Rs45/-. everyone tries to convince ‘Baji’ that the difference of price owes to a better quality of goods he alone is selling. How many times, those working have sent false excuses for not showing up for work? How many times, with unwanted guests turning up at our doorstep have been sent away with a false message sent through the servant that, ‘Sahib is not well and resting’ or the like – often in full hearing of giggling and amused offspring? How often do we grease the palms of people in different departments to get the work done; yes often for legitimate work too – because otherwise it will not be done? The list is endless and I can go on and on. But I guess you get the picture. Does the ability to observe ethical and moral code and have integrity related in any way to observing laws? I think it does. Law is, by and large, a lot of common sense aimed to look after and preserve the rights of individuals within the society, supporting the ‘good conduct’ and opposing the ‘bad conduct.’ Organizations dealing their consumers and markets with integrity win their trust. Dan Akerson, chairman and chief executive officer of General Motors, in his ‘Leadership Message’ to the company’s employees in 2011 says, ‘Acting with integrity is something we must live every day at GM, and the current business environment makes it
more important than ever. It means honest and accurate reporting of our performance. It means careful attention to our internal controls and policies. It means understanding and complying with our legal responsibilities. And, it means competing by the rules and making sure our actions match our words.’ In other words respecting the law in countries it is operating and respecting the law/policies to be followed within the organization.’ The constitution of Pakistan in Article 63 laying out disqualifications of a member of parliament states that a person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen if ‘he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality, or the maintenance of public order, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the armed forces of Pakistan, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.’ Yet another clause of Article 63 states the person may not be chosen if he has been, on conviction for any offence involving moral turpitude and sentenced for a period of two years unless five years have passed since ending of serving of the said sentence. Black’s Law Dictionary (18911991 Pg 1008) defines moral turpitude as, ‘The act of baseness, vileness, or the depravity in private and social duties which man owns to his fellow men, or to the society in general contrary to accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man.’ Things are not isolated. They are
intertwined, overlapping and encircling one another. Laws are but an endorsement of supporting the good acts within the moral code of behaviour. The question then arises: Why do wrong acts go unpunished? Why are certain people perceived to be above the law while the same law deals harshly for the same crime with others? This by no long shot means to imply a wrong becomes a right by virtue of this. What it does mean is, with a lack of respect for law, with a lack of respect for following a moral and ethical code of conduct and with a system in which each clog serves itself and its own, ignoring the ‘social duties which man owns to his fellow men, or to the society in general contrary to accepted and customary rule of right,’ the level of integrity has been allowed to slip and go unchecked. It is here the role of strong leadership comes in play. A strong leader must support and implement laws, stand head and shoulders above corruption and be seen to be a man (or woman) of unimpeachable integrity. USIAD states on its SITe, ‘Fragile states are also characterized by weak policies, institutions, and governance.’ This will inevitably negatively impact different areas of lives of the common man creating anger and frustration. It will lead to more flaunting of laws at all levels. A choice has to be made between good conduct and bad conduct.
From the lowest level to the highest, corruption, lack of moral and ethical values seems to have replaced integrity. Of course, this is not true of everyone but in general terms seem to be true.
Yasmeen Aftab Ali is a lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book titled A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan. Her email is: email@example.com and tweets at @yasmeen_9
The army and the Musharraf saga The time is not yet ripe, Mian sahib maj (retd) Yamin butt
He history is not so much the mere existence of a nation that counts but what the nation does during various periods of existence. Present generation of Pakistan has been thoroughly confused about it due to lack of correct knowledge of various periods, absence of unbiased and fair analytical literature and cognizance with ground realities. They are misled by the plangent cries of powerhungry politicians, a segment of civil society and some factions of media, purporting the bitter history between military dictatorships and democracy. A tyrannical era of loot and plunder commenced after the death of Quaid-e-Azam the leader and the father this newly born nation looked up to in blind unison. The country fell prey to the bureaucrats after Liaquat Ali Khan’s murder, instigating the dark days of political minefield. Prime ministers were changed so frequently that Jawahar Lal Nehru once made his famous comment: "I have not changed so many dhotis, the way Pakistan has changed her prime ministers”. The trivialities of that era can be
witnessed in the history books which may or may not justify the long list of debatable events which led Ayub Khan into power but history is undisputed that Khan’s 10-year rule was the era of deliverance and national honour for Pakistan on the global stage. Another huge and undeniable contribution of Ayub Khan was to give Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to Pakistan, a people’s leader who changed the course of political history of Pakistan in a series of good and bad events. Besides his great legacy, Bhutto made certain decisions which not only alienated him as a politician but also isolated the people from their beloved leader, paving way for other political parties to unite against him. In 1977, Mr Bhutto was thrown out by General Zia-ul-Haq in the aftermath of a popular movement by PNA, blaming him for rigging the elections. General Zia’s action of hanging a popular leader, later termed as a judicial murder, divided the nation into pro Bhutto and anti-Bhutto segments. General Zia’s rule strengthened with the courtesy of the same political class who sat in his lap, elevating him to the altar of Ameer-ul-Momineen, using Islam as a political slogan. After Zia, the short-lived, halfbaked democratic intervals were noth-
ing more than a blind man’s bluff between the ever-contending politicians, muscle-flexing army and threateningly inauspicious judiciary ensuing bemused public. Whatever the factors were behind the coup d'etat of 12th October, 1999, General Musharraf’s martial law and subsequent rule was immediately validated by the higher judiciary and the same politicians by a Legal Framework Order (LFO). Here again, came the aides and abettors at play. The rule of army dictatorship cannot be understood unless elucidating the philosophy of the army. Army gets its share of adventure due to the brawls of politicians for power and non-deliverance to the common man. The army is an institution which nurtures the culture of obedience, discipline and comradeship, where bravery and patriotism becomes a habit, where chivalry and sovereignty of the country is exalted and politics under-valued, where virtue is rather understood in the classic sense of fortitude and courage than in the modern sense of true moral excellence. The army is hierocratic, not democratic in its make. The decision of imposing martial law or military rule is always taken by the top brass while rest of the army is ostracized. Benefit of this power base is drawn by the
army dictator due to its hierocratic nature, who lets the soldiers indulge in the game of ‘martyr’ and ‘ghazi’. The predicament resonated across the rank and file of the army during and after Pervez Musharraf’s rule. Today, a question seems to have taken over the collective mind of our nation, “Is army protecting Musharraf?” The answer is simply ‘no’. The army is protecting its ‘image’, which is being irrationally disparaged by the media and some politicians, making Musharraf a symbol of the army. It is a risky business to malign the institution, directly or indirectly, by a parallel media trial which has not only indicted but convicted the former general under Article 6. Media is creating unnecessary hype for its own benefit and the government is pursuing it for its long term political gain and short term subterfuge from the real issues. The script of Musharraf saga is written by Hollywood, sponsored by Saudi financiers and being directed by the authorities in Pakistan. Some supporting actors are trying to play beyond their designated roles only to make it a thrilling episode for the public. The end, however, is planned to be a tragic comedy. Governments are only strong enough to take tough decisions when the public opinion is definite and undivided. The time is not yet ripe, Mian sahib.
WORLD VIEW 09
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
Saudi arabia joinS the killer drone armS race Verge
AST week, Saudi Arabia bought its first drone fleet, according to a dispatch from Tactical Reports. Saudi Crown Prince Salman met with Chinese General Wang Guanzhong to sign a contract for a shipment of Chinese Wing Loong drones, also known as Pterodactyls. The drones that make up the shipment are designed to mimic America's Predator drone, with surveillance capabilities and enough lift to carry two matched air-to-ground missiles. If the report is true, it means Saudi Arabia may have joined an exclusive club, one of the few nations with armed,
unmanned aircraft. It's a group that, to date, includes just the US, Britain, Israel, China, and (depending who you ask) Iran — but beyond those countries, the capability is increasingly available to whoever can pay for it. At the Singapore Air Show earlier this year, both Israel and China were showing off their wares to would-be clients, including the Pterodactyl drone named in the report, and you could find similar displays at dozens of other air shows. With American counterterrorism efforts providing an ongoing test of how valuable the machines can be, there are lots of countries willing to buy. The US is still responsible for the vast majority of drone strikes, but that may have more to do with politics than capability. A GAO report from 2012
found that more than 75 countries have some form of drone system. Most are unarmed but some, like the systems used in Australia, Japan, and Singapore, could be retrofitted for military purpose. More importantly, the US’ use of drones — more than 50 strikes in 2013 alone — seems to have whetted a global appetite for combat drones. "If you think of this as part of a broader trend of the proliferation of military robotics, then the idea that we were going to have a monopoly on this kind of technology was always a bit far-fetched," says University of Pennsylvania political scientist Michael Horowitz. "The American monopoly on drones is over and probably never really existed." International trade barriers have slowed down the spread, but they
THE US AND JAPAN ARE PLAYING WITH FIRE IN ASIA
haven’t stopped it. For US companies, combat drones are controlled under the same agreement as cruise missiles, through an association called the Missile Technology Control Regime. But China and Israel aren't part of the group, and the two countries have begun aggressively marketing drone systems to outsiders eager to keep up with US capabilities. One report from the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan estimated that Israel had exported $4.6 billion in drone systems between 2005 and 2012. Experts also say Saudi Arabia has previously demonstrated both the interest and the budget for this kind of purchase. "Saudi Arabia and smaller countries like the UAE are trying to get their hands on whatever they can, and the US has pretty
India's urgent need for defence reform Diplomat NitiN Gokhale
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The US-Japan alliance targeted at China has been strengthened during US President Barack Obama's visit to Japan. In a written interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Obama stated that the so-called "Senkakus" have been historically administered by Japan and fall under Article 5 of the Japan-US Security Treaty. "I commend Prime Minister Abe for his efforts to strengthen Japan's defense forces and to deepen the coordination between our militaries, including by reviewing existing limits on the exercise of collective self-defense." This is the first time that an incumbent US president has made such statements. Obama added that US engagement with China "does not and will not be at the expense of Japan or any other ally". He also requested Japan's Self-Defense Forces "do more within the framework of our alliance". Undoubtedly, the US is easing limits on Japan so that it can play a bigger role in constraining China, especially military roles. A related issue is that Japan's Internal Affairs and Communications Minister and about 150 Japanese lawmakers visited the Yasukuni war Shrine just a day before Obama's visit. As we know, the US had expressed "disappointment" over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Yasukuni shrine visit last December. The "disappointment" came after condemnations from China and South Korea, which damaged the trilateral relationship between the US, Japan and South Korea. It is now clear that the American "disappointment" was not prompted by any kind of genuine concern for this Japanese historical revisionism. The danger of this development in US-Japan relations lies in the possibility of America's encouragement of Japan's right-
ward political shift in an effort to constrain China's development. America's pursuit of its own private interests at the expense of postwar peace is encouraging Japan's excesses. Is America not concerned about bringing troubles on itself? Of course not. Since the end of World War II, the US has maintained a military occupation of Japan, guaranteeing US control over the country. The incitement of Japanese actions against China is intended to constrain China and at the same time keep Japan in check, thus increasing its reliance on the US. The US and Japan do have a divergence of views, but not on the Yasukuni Shrine visit nor on the rightward political shift. The issue concerns Japan's pursuit of independence. The Japanese government lobbied hard to get the White House to agree on an official state visit, but Obama refused to stay at the guesthouse during his visit, which is the standard practice during state visits to Japan. Japan knows that if it does not perform in constraining China, it will gain no prestige with the America. Japan remains an American puppet. The US and Japan are playing with fire in Asia. But the story is much more complicated, given China's situation. When asked if the U.S. would really use military force if the Chinese took action on the Diaoyu Islands. Mr. Obama said that the U.S.-Japan treaty was established before he was born, and is not subject to his interpretation. But he also said it would be a "profound mistake" to see continued escalation around this issue. These words reflect Obama's unease. As he said, the interests of the two countries are closely intertwined. China is not only a major power in Asia, but also in the world as a whole. The US and Japan, both with profound interests in the Asia-Pacific region, will benefit nothing from stirring up trouble here.
restrictive export policies," says Cornell University professor Sarah Kreps, who studies drone proliferation. The result leaves China as one of the only sources available in town. One of the biggest questions is whether the new generation of foreign drones can match US capabilities. "We don't know at all about the quality of the pterodactyl," Kreps cautions, "these aren't combat-tested." Since unmanned aircraft rely so heavily on satellite and communications infrastructure, it’s hard to tell from the craft alone how well it will perform in the field. The Pterodactyl is also typically sold for a fraction of the price of the Predator, which has only fueled skepticism. But even if China needs help to bring its drones up to US standards, that expertise may not be hard to find. UAVs are built on mostly commercial technology, drawing from the robotics and aviation industries. That’s much harder to keep under wraps than military tech like warheads or missiles. As long as there’s a market, there’ll be an incentive to build cheaper and more powerful drones, and the club of drone-armed countries will continue to grow. As Horowitz puts it, "What we know about the history of military technology suggests it will be really difficult to keep a lid on this."
On April 2, India’s outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, told a conference that: “As a responsible nuclear weapon state that remains committed to non-proliferation, India supports the idea of a nuclear-weapon-free world because we believe that it enhances not just India’s security, but also global security.” Less than a fortnight later, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), largely expected to lead the next government, sprung a surprise by declaring in its election manifesto that it will “study in detail India’s nuclear doctrine, and revise and update it to make it relevant to [the] challenges of current times.” That was a surprise, because India’s 15-year old nuclear doctrine that decrees “no-first use” of nuclear weapons was put in place by the last BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government. If the BJP indeed comes to power and then delivers on its promise, it would mark a major shift in India’s nuclear policy. Tweaking or changing the course of India’s nuclear doctrine will surely alter India’s foreign policy too. The challenge for the new government will be to balance India’s own national interest with the current – and fast-changing – geopolitical situation in Eurasia. The outgoing United Progressive Alliance government has had a mixed record on strategic issues. It vacillated between unusual firmness on some issues (the Devayani Khobragade affair with the U.S. for example) but was erratic in dealing with China and Pakistan and sent out mixed signals in its interactions with other smaller neighbors like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal and Bangladesh. In several instances, New Delhi failed to deliver on promises made to its neighbors, often putting the local leaders in those countries in awkward positions. For instance, New Delhi, despite its best intentions, could not fulfill two major promises made to Dhaka on concluding a land boundary agreement and sharing the waters of the Teesta river. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina faced a major political embarrassment at home because of New Delhi’s failure to keep its word. With Colombo too, India swung between two different positions during the vote against Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council, and paid the price by losing considerable ground to China in terms of influence with the island nation. New Delhi’s failure to calibrate events in the Maldives is also seen as a setback for its own clout in the region. India’s next prime minister – and everyone believes Narendra Modi will be the man, postMay 16 – will need to step up and reboot foreign policy as a priority if India is to regain the influence it had acquired at the turn of the century and even during the first term of the UPA, but which was frittered away by its ineffectual leadership since 2010. However, a greater challenge awaits the new prime minister. The Indian military is in shambles not least because it is stuck with a largely 19th century mindset, is mostly armed with 20th century weapons, but has a 21st century ambition. The stark mismatch, topped by a risk-averse Defence minister, has left India’s military forces at their lowest ebb in decades.
Two years ago when a letter written by the then Army Chief Gen VK Singh to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh found its way into the media, there was much outrage and anger over the state of Indian Army’s preparedness. “The state of the major (fighting) arms i.e. mechanised forces, artillery, air defence, infantry and special forces, as well as the engineers and signals, is indeed alarming,” the General wrote to the prime minister. The army’s entire tank fleet is “devoid of critical ammunition to defeat enemy tanks,” while the air defence system is “97% obsolete,” he wrote. The infantry is crippled with “deficiencies,” while the elite forces are “woefully short” of “essential weapons.” Singh has since joined the resurgent BJP and is hoping to win a seat in parliament when results are declared on May 16. Since then, urgent steps have been taken to improve the deficiencies in some areas, especially in improving the stock of fresh ammunition. Still, many critical shortages remain unaddressed. For instance, the Army’s light helicopters are more than 40 years old; it has not bought new artillery guns since 1987; it is also short nearly 600,000 hand grenades. The list is endless. The Indian Navy, too, is short of conventional submarines. Its fleet of diesel-powered submarines is down to a single digit. Submarines in production in Indian shipyards are at least four years behind schedule. The Indian Air Force is down to 33 squadrons of fighter jets against the required strength of 39 squadrons. Its eight-yearold plan to purchase 126 new combat jets is yet to come to fruition, although a contract negotiating committee is currently talking to French manufacturer Dassault Aviation and hopes to ink a mammoth 15 billion dollar deal as soon as the next government gives it the green light. Even then, the first lot of 18 aircraft will enter service only in 2017, and only then if the contract is signed before the end of 2014. Acquiring critical weapons platform is but one of the facets of defense management. India has been found to be woefully inadequate in reforming its higher defense management structure. A combination of bureaucratic lethargy and cumbersome systems topped by a timid minister has weakened the Indian military alarmingly. The biggest hurdle in the Indian military’s quest for rapid modernization has been the country’s defense minister AK Antony. As a politician concerned solely with preserving his squeaky clean image, Antony has time and again put his personal obsessions above national interest. His record as India’s longest serving Defence minister (he’s held the post since October 2006) is a clear testimony to this. During his tenure, Antony has already barred or blacklisted half a dozen major international defense firms at the first hint of wrong doing and bribery and has cancelled contracts in the very last stage of the process leaving the three armed forces to battle with shortages and obsolescence. And so the three services continue to suffer. The new government and its leader will have to urgently press the reset button to put defense modernization on the fast track, equipping the Indian military with the teeth it needs required teeth to match India’s ambitions to become an important regional if not global player.
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
$400M ADB LOAN FOR Setting up Cng ENERGY-SECTOR TO BE induStry waS a wrong PAID OVER 25 YEARS: DAR deCiSion: miniSter ABBASI SAYS DEMAND OF LPG DISTRIBUTORS PUSH FOR PROMOTING GAS IS 6 BILLION CUBIC FEET WHILE SUPPLY IS 4 THEIR PRODUCT MILLION CUBIC FEET ISLAMABAD: The Liquefied Petroleum Gas SAYS IRAN-PAKISTAN GAS PIPELINE PROJECT DIFFICULT TO CONTINUE IN WAKE OF SANCTIONS ON IRAN
EDErAl Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the CNG industry should never have been set up, which is without any law and code of conduct. Talking to media outside the Parliament House on Monday, the minister said Pakistan was facing energy crisis due to wrong policies of the past governments. He said those who were blaming their govt should talk in parliament and they would respond. He said the demand of gas was 6 billion cubic feet while its supply was 4 million cubic feet. The minister said first the CNG supply to vehicles was for 72 hours which was now reduced to 54 hours. Due to this reduction problems have multiplied and long queues of cars are seen, he added.
(LPG) Distributors Association has underlined the need for the government to take solid measures for promoting LPG to overcome energy shortage in the country. The association's chairman, Irfan Khokhar is of the view that the government could not afford for long to provide gas to the CNG sector at the cost of domestic sector, which was facing gas shortage especially in winter season. Thus, he added the government could promote LPG to take effective steps for encouraging opening of LPG auto gas stations across the country. He said the LPG association would fully cooperate with the government by presenting workable proposals to resolve issues for promoting LPG to extend immediate relief to consumers who were already faced with high prices of daily-use commodities. He said many investors were making efforts to open LPG auto gas stations in order to provide environmentfriendly and safe fuel to consumers. "We have high hopes from government to take effective steps for provision of relief to common people by promoting the LPG, across the country," he observed. He also called upon the government to take notice of frequent raises in prices of the commodity to extend relief to consumers. He said the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) should play its role by taking action against the unethical forces in the LPG sector, that were extracting money through unjustified raises. "The LPG is mainly used as burning fuel by the poor people of the remote areas and rising trend in its price would put extra burden on their pockets," he observed. He said Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources would soon issue a notification providing for 35 percent decrease in base price of the fuel, which would affect a fall in retail price as well. He also appreciated the government for its efforts to cap the gas price at affordable price, while in past price of one kilogram ranged between Rs 230 to 250. He said there was adequate stock available for masses' requirements and any raise in its price would be unfair and unjustified. APP
People who own vehicles worth rs 2.5 million should tell why they stand in long queues just to save rs 500, the minister questioned. regarding agreement for lNG export from Qatar, he said the agreement would be made at government level
CORPORATE CORNER ogdCL announces rs 90.938b after tax profit ISLAMABAD: The Board of Directors of Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in its meeting held on 28th April, 2014 at Islamabad announced the financial results for the nine months ended 31st March, 2014. The Company’s net sales revenue increased to Rs 190.362 billion compared to Rs 169.091 billion in the corresponding period of last year. Profit after tax stood at Rs 90.938 billion resulting into Earnings per share of Rs 21.14. The Board of Directors announced third interim cash dividend of Rs 2.25 per share (22.50%). This is in addition to first and second interim cash dividend of Rs 4.00 per share ( 40%) already declared during the current financial year. PRESS RElEASE
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and not through personal connections, adding that it would be based on principles. regarding Pak-Iran gas pipeline, he said I can say it a thousand times this project would be difficult to continue due to US and international sanctions.
Finance minister says govt to set up coal power projects in diﬀerent parts of country from loan money ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The $400 million energy-sector loan that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) had approved last week, will be paid over a period of 25 years, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said on Monday. The government on Monday signed an agreement with the ADB for the loan in Islamabad. Secretary Economic Affairs Division Nargis Sethi and an ADB representative signed the agreement. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) had approved an upfront $400 million loan on April 24 as part of its five-year $1.2 billion programme for energy sector reforms but linked the remaining amount with Pakistan’s ability to withdraw power subsidies and ensure accountability in the power sector. It is the first programme loan that the Manila-based lending agency has approved in the last six years. Dar said that coal power projects will be set up in different parts of the country with the help the loan and that the soft loan, which was virtually a free loan, reflected the trust of the international community in the government’s efforts to improve the economy. The ADB country head in Pakistan added that the loan was in recognition of government’s commitment to carry out reforms, particularly those in the energy sector, which is important for overall economic development. “The loan is part of an assistance programme which will underwrite reforms needed to make the energy sector affordable, reliable, sustainable and secure,” said the ADB official. “This in turn will accelerate industrial activity needed to boost economic growth and help create jobs, which are key to reducing poverty levels.” Pakistan’s economy has been devastated by chronic power shortages which are estimated to have slowed GDP growth by at least 2 percentage points a year. Private investment has been sharply reduced and power sector subsidies have caused high fiscal deficits and elevated public debt. The government is implementing the National
Power Policy which was approved in July 2013 to resolve these problems. Building on the firm commitment of the government to reforms exemplified in this policy, ADB, Japan and the World Bank have worked with the government to develop a five-year plan and set milestones to implement the policy. ADB is the lead development organization in Pakistan’s energy sector supporting energy efficiency, transmission, distribution, cross-border natural gas pipelines, power generation, and renewable energy projects. The sustainable energy sector reform program will support the overhaul of existing tariffs and subsidies as the government moves to eliminate subsidies by 2016, except for low income customers. It will also back reforms to reduce power losses and encourage more sector involvement from the private sector and improving transparency and accountability. The full program is expected to total $1.2 billion, with future amounts subject to further discussions between ADB and the government. For the first sub-program, cofinancing from Japan of JPY5 billion ($49 million) and the World Bank of $600 million is expected. The full program is due for completion by June 2018.
the opportunity to wear their favourite Levi’s® denim—and nondenim styles year-round. This April Levi’s® has globally launched their new COOLMAX® line, which as the name suggests, is a collection that has been specifically designed to beat the heat. PRESS RElEASE
workshop on result-based performance management at HeC ISLAMABAD: A three-day workshop on “Result Based Performance Management” organized by Pak-USAID Merit and Needs based Scholarship Programme began at HEC Secretariat on Monday. Over 45 participants from public sector universities of four provinces are participating in the workshop, which has been designed with the objective to enhance knowledge and skills of the staff of Financial Aid Offices of the universities, and equip them with the standard tools and techniques of Result-based Performance Management. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prof. Dr. Raza Bhatti, Member, Human Resource Development, HEC said that the role of Higher Education Commission cannot be denied for achieving the goals of human development and of transition to the knowledge-based economy through its various R&D schemes, local and overseas scholarships and through faculty and infrastructure development programmes. PRESS RElEASE
intel organises iCt workshop ISLAMABAD: Intel Pakistan recently organized the ICT in Education Transformation Policy Advocacy Workshop -a focus group of Intel Education and Capital Administration and Development Division, Islamabad - to share and discuss their outline plans for
COLOMBO: Pakistani fashion designers Nabeel and Aqeel present their Spring/Summer 2014 Collection at Colombo Runway 2014 fashion show. PR education transformation in the country. An effective education transformation can help countries increase student competitiveness, build job skills and competencies, support economic development and provide social cohesion. Through research and work with local governments, vendors, and communities, Intel supports countries to drive a systemic education transformation. Intel has invested over $1 billion dollars and close to 3 million employee volunteer hours to improve teaching and learning environments in 70+ countries over the last decade. Sharing his thoughts, Naveed Siraj, Country Manager, Intel Pakistan said: “We cannot stress enough on the importance of ICT in Education. It is one of the key skills needed to access and enrich learning of all kinds in the modern world. It's all about communication, and in the world in which our children are growing up, it is vital: whatever they do, they will have to be ICT-literate. ICT connects all areas of the curriculum. The internet can be a powerful resource; if children aren't connected at home, school provision becomes even more crucial and this is where these workshops come into play.” PRESS RElEASE
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
It's vital that you remain as patient as you can be today -otherwise, you're sure to end up in trouble with someone important. It's a really good time to deal with old issues that have started to pile up.
Your romantic side is making itself known today -- and you should find that your energy is just right for getting in deeper with your sweetheart or getting up the nerve to ask out that hottie.
Today is all about focus. If you're having a hard time staying on task, do whatever it takes to get back where you need to be. Things are sure to make more sense within a few days.
It's vital that you surround yourself with people today -in one fashion or another. You may find it easier than usual to work as part of a team or to show others how it's done.
An ego conflict could get ugly today -- so try your best to distinguish between serious business and fights that just spring up from emotional disconnects. It's not easy, but it makes life better.
You have a fish-out-ofwater experience early today that colors the rest of your day. It's likely positive, though, as whatever new experience you deal with is shifting you toward something even better.
You feel so good that it's all too easy to slip back into bad habits. Try not to overdo it, because you have to make sure that you're fresh and ready to go by this time tomorrow.
You're in a strange situation, and might have a hard time believing your eyes. There's nothing wrong with that, as long as you don't slip into denial. Things are turning the corner toward awesome.
Ignore the big picture, at least for today -- you need to take care of the small stuff. Details matter more now than they have in quite some time, so make sure they all line up in the right direction.
Your indulgent side is showing -- and people can see that now's the time to hit you up for favors. There's nothing wrong with that; in fact, you may rack up so much karma that the rest of the year is a breeze!
You are a lifelong learner, and today brings something new and interesting your way. It may be a good time for you to check in with someone you haven't heard from in too long.
An illusion that you've believed for ages dissolves into vapor today -- and your life is much richer for it! The disappointment shouldn't last long, as you're too excited about what's real.
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Tuesday, 29 April 2014
MOTHER BANNED FROM ENTERING US BECAUSE NAME SOUNDED LIKE AL QAEDA
One third Of peOple struggle tO cOpe at wOrk
A young French mother who was flying to New York via Switzerland for a holiday with her husband and two young children was told she not allowed entry to the United States, seemingly because her name sounds suspiciously like terrorist network Al Qaeda. Aida Alic arrived with her family at Geneva airport on Wednesday preparing to board a connection to JFK. However she was told by Swiss Airlines officials that her access to the country had been denied. Forced to cancel their trip and return to their house near Chambery in the French Alps, it wasn't until the 33-year-old got home and started googling for answers that she realized her name appears surname first on her passport and reads 'Alic Aida'. Ms Alic feels there is no other explanation for being turned away by customs. 'Alic Aida, AlQaeda.,' she told the French news website Dauphine Libere. 'When friends make the play on words to wind me up, I am used to it, but not this. 'It is of Yugoslav origin. 'And now here I am labelled as a risk.' The family are out of pocked almost $3,800 on the trip because their return flights to the states were not refundable. As of 2012 there were over 21,000 names on the list which has been accused of religious and racial profiling and discrimination. COURTESY DAILYMAIL
PENSIONER 'KILLS 1,000 FLIES A DAY'
A retired Chinese woman who dedicates her life to swatting flies estimates that she kills up to 1,000 of the insects a day. Ruan tang, 80, has been on pest control for the last 14 years and spends eight hours every day catching flies in the Changmingsixiang Community in Eastern China's Hangzhou City. She said: "I had retired and was looking around for something to do to help the community and prove useful, and I noticed how much flies were troubling people in the summer. I decided that killing flies was the best way for me to be useful and I've been doing it now every day since." She has been praised in the Chinese media for her dedication, with the local newspaper claiming flies are an "enemy of the people, noisy, disease spreading and revolting". It also adds that they are hard to kill and breed very fast. The pensioner told local television: "I feel it is a great honour to help neighbours to wipe out disgusting flies. It is also great to have a meaningful role at my age and it helps keep me fit." AGENCIES
DRIVE-IN DOCTOR AT PETROL STATION
An Austrian GP is claiming to have created the first drive-in doctor's surgery - at a petrol station. Visitors who turn up for treatment can spend the waiting time filling up their cars, giving them a clean or shopping in the supermarket before being called by Dr Dieter Zakel, who has created his mini drive-in GP practice at the ENI petrol station on the Krottenbachstrasse in the Vienna district of Doebling. He said: "People don't have to make an appointment, and we promise to see everybody within 15 minutes." His surgery will be open from 6am until 10pm every day of the week, with a fixed cost of 50 EUR for a 15-minute check. The idea of paying the money as opposed to having a free trip to the GP is one that he believes will work as many people don't want to spend hours at a surgery. AGENCIES
third of people struggle to cope at work because of depression, stress or burn out, according to a survey published today. Some 83 per cent of those affected experience isolation or loneliness as a result, the study found. Only half of those feeling lonely or isolated had confided in a colleague, yet 71 per cent found that discussing their condition with a colleague helped them feel better. Difficulty: A third of people struggle to cope at work because of depression, stress or burn out, according to a survey published today. Some 83 per cent of those affected The online research, involving 1,200 people, was published by the charity Depression Alliance as part of Depression Awareness Week. It also highlights the need for employers to take action to recognise the condition better and to support affected staff. Another report, published by business leaders, shows how companies including Royal Mail, Barclays and Unilever are helping depressed workers by implementing new policies to enable structured support and processes for affected workers. Tim Munden, vice president HR, Unilever UK, said: 'At Unilever we firmly believe that addressing depression through our mental health policies benefits both our business and our employees. 'We aim for a 10 per cent reduction by 2015 in work-related mental ill-health cases and working days lost to mental ill-health.'
Emer O'Neill, chief executive of Depression Alliance, said: 'Depression is the biggest mental health challenge among working-age people and often leads to considerable loneliness and isolation at work. 'However, many companies aren't properly equipped to manage employees who suffer from depression so providing support to these individuals in the workplace is essential. Depression Awareness Week, organised by Depression Alliance, lasts to next Saturday. Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb, said: 'I want to build a fairer society so that any-
one with a mental health problem such as depression gets the support they need when they need it. 'That's why we've invested ÂŁ400 million in improving access to treatment for conditions including depression and anxiety - which support people to stay in work. 'We are looking at ways for mental health and employment services to work more closely together and support people both in, and out, of work in building emotional resilience, developing well-being and getting support for their mental health problems. COURTESY DAILY MAIL REPORTER
SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 BLIGHTED BY CAMERA FLAW SAMSUNG HAS ADMITTED that there's a problem with the camera on what it said are a limited number of its latest flagship Galaxy S5 smartphones. US mobile operator Verizon notified its users of the problem on Twitter. It gave them a clue about what to watch out for, and an address to contact if their handsets are affected. Fixes will depend on the issue and the handset, and Verizon said that some punters might be in line for a hardware replacement. Users at the XDA Developer Forum were quick to report on the bug, and some said that they were experiencing it. One said that Samsung replaced his handset, having tried software alternatives. We have asked Samsung in the UK for information this morning. Online reports have the firm providing a contact
number and information for US punters. "Samsung is committed to providing the best experience for customers. We have learned that a limited number of Galaxy S5 devices may have an issue that causes 'Camera Failure' pop-up error message," it said. Punters are advised to pick up the phone and ping 1888-987-43571888-987-4357 if they want to arrange an exchange. Reports suggest that Samsung has already sold millions of the handsets, so it will be hoping that the issue is as limited as it said. According to data from Localytics, the Galaxy S5, demoed in our video below, quickly pulled in 0.7 percent of the Android market. AGENCIES
RARE CROSS-BREED ZONKEY BORN IN MEXICO The animal is just as it sounds: a rare and unusual cross-breed between a zebra and a donkey. Little boy: Khumba's mother, Rayas, is a zebra, and his father, Ignacio, is a dwarf blue-eyed albino donkey. That makes Khumba a zonkey, a rare cross between a zebra and a donkey. The story goes that there was some romance along the way. A female zebra called Rayas, and his father, a blue-eyed albino donkey named Ignacio, used to visit every afternoon. Eventually, Rayas became pregnant. The zoo says the animal is extremely rare because zebra and donkey chromosomes were thought to be incompatible. COURTESY DAILY MAIL REPORTER
DOG OWNER FACES JAIL FOR ALLEGEDLY REGISTERING ROTTWEILER TO VOTE A dog owner whose rottweiler was sent a voting card faces jail after being reported to the police for allegedly providing false information to the electoral roll. Russell Hoyle, a security guard from Norton in Stockton-on-Tees, denies filling in a form saying Zeus, the family pet, was eligible to vote. But Stockton council has reported him for alleged electoral fraud, sending him a letter saying he must attend the local police station to be interviewed by detectives. Hoyle claims there was a mix-up during the last census when an official came to his house asking who lived at the address. The 45-year-old insists that he said: "There is myself and my wife. My son is not old enough to vote." He then claims to have joked: "We have got Zeus living here as well and he is 63 in dog years." Later a polling card for Zeus Hoyle dropped through his letterbox. The letter from the council warns Hoyle he faces a fine or even prison after an investigation allegedly found he added his pet's details to the electoral form himself. But Hoyle maintains his innocence. When Zeus's polling card first ar-
rived, Hoyle was filmed by the local newspaper asking the dog: "What do you think you're doing, you? You're not voting for the Conservatives, are you?" AGENCIES
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
ARTS Zamad baig is the First Pakistan idol
‘Waar’ Wins big at arY Film aWards
Karachi: Zamad Baig finally emerged as the very first Pakistan Idol after beating the runner up Mohammad Shoaib in the finale of the biggest musical contest of the country. Zamad Baig, the winner of the most popular musical competition, hails from Mandi Bahauddin. At the conclusion of the first installment of Pakistan Idol, the Pakistan Idol show has come to its end and now everyone wants to know that who became the first Pakistan Idol? Zamad Baig has won the show with a significant lead. The runner-up of the show is Mohammad Shoaib. Pakistan Idol is one of the biggest singing platforms of Pakistan and it was judged by three famous Pakistani celebrities including Hadiqa Kiani, Ali Azmat and Bushra Ansari. Thousands of people participated in the auditions and just a few selected contestants performed in the further rounds. Zamad Baig defeated everyone and finally became the first ever Pakistan Idol. Influenced by greats such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Freddie Mercury, Zamad Baig is one of the most impressive upcoming artists on the revivalist scene in Lahore bringing forth the qawwalis and ghazals in the their true essence. Zamad Baig won the title of Pakistan Idol and 25 Lac Rupees cash prize, a brand new Honda City car as well as a music album contract. We congratulate Zamad Baig on his success in Pakistan Idol! AGENCIES
george ClooneY engaged to amal alamuddin
irector Bilal Lashari's action/thriller Waar took home 13 awards at the ARY Film Awards 2014 held in Karachi on Sunday night. Celebrities, fans and film crews sweated it out at the 'first ever' Pakistani film awards held out in the open at the DHA Golf Club. The show started an expected two hours late, but sufficiently wowed the audience with what was slated to be the most expensive award show ever held in Pakistan, at a cost of Rs 80 million. With roughly 1,500-2,000 attendees and a 200-foot stage, the awards show celebrated the rebirth of Pakistani cinema with song, dance and cheesy dialogue complete with jibes at India, lauding of the two nation theory and discussions on the lengths of skirts. Waar came out on top, bagging multiple awards in the technical category, as well as jury's choice best director (Bilal Lashari) and viewer's choice best male supporting actor (Hamza Ali Abbasi). It also featured in best female supporting actor (Meesha Shafi), best villain (Shamoon Abbasi) and the all-important best film, among others. Just behind with seven awards was Pakistan's 'first' sport film, Mein Houn Shahid Afridi, which bagged three technical awards as well as jury's choice best male actor (Humayun Saeed) and viewer's choice best male debut (Hamza Ali Abbasi). The film also managed to bag awards for best music (Shani & Kami) and best male comic role (Ismail Tara). Zinda Bhaag earned five awards, including the coveted jury's choice best film award and best female actor (Amna Ilyas — who also captivated the audience with a stunning dance performance), among others from viewer's choice. A full list of awards and winners is below. Technical awards Best action — Dr Hasan Waqas Rana | Waar
It looks like Hollywood's serial bachelor is a bachelor no more. George Clooney is engaged to British attorney Amal Alamuddin. Clooney and Alamuddin were first spotted together publicly in October of last year. "George and Amal are trying to keep things very low-key but they also aren't really trying to hide this, it doesn't seem," a source told People. "I think it's like they want the people they love to know that this is real, that they plan on being together forever." Clooney reportedly proposed to the 36-year-old beauty after six months of dating and news of the engagement started to make rounds after she was spotted wearing an engagement ring while out to dinner with the couple's friends, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber. Clooney was previously married to Talia Balsam and has since had notable relationships with Sarah Larson, Elisabetta Canalis and Stacy Keibler. AGENCIES
Best background music score — Sahir Ali Bhagga | Zinda Bhaag Best choreography — Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Best cinematography — Bilal Lashari | Waar Best dialogue — Vasay Chaudhry | Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Best editing — Bilal Lashari | Waar Best story — Zinda Bhaag Best screenplay — Usman Khalid Butt | Siyaah Best special effects — Waar Best makeup — Nabila | Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Best costume design — Sara Gandapur | Chambaili Jury's choice Best film — Zinda Bhaag Best male actor — Humayun Saeed | Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Best female actor — Amna Ilyas | Zinda Bhaag Best director — Bilal Lashari | Waar special award for contributions to
VEENA MALIK AND HUSBAND WALK THE RAMP IN PFWD
Pakistan cinema — Ali Zafar lifetime achievement award — Nadeem Baig Viewer's choice Best film — Waar Best male actor — Shaan | Waar Best female actor — Aisha Khan | Waar Best director — Bilal Lashari | Waar Best music — Mein Hun Shahid Afridi Best male comic role — Ismail Tara | Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Best male debut — Hamza Ali Abbasi | Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Best female debut — Aisha Khan | Waar Best performance in negative role — Shamoon Abbasi | Waar Best female supporting actor — Meesha Shafi | Waar Best male supporting actor — Hamza Ali Abbasi | Waar Best male singer — Rahat Fateh Ali Khan | Zinda Bhaag Best female singer — Abida Parveen | Ishq Khuda Best independent film — Josh
FRENCH TOURIST IN NEW YORK MISTAKES RICHARD GERE FOR BEGGAR
Pakistan Fashion Week was held in Dubai from 24 to 26th April. The Fashion Week was held at the Shangri la Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Pakistan Fashion Week Dubai was organized by Asian international Media (Pvt) Ltd (AIM) , Dream Advertising and Ministry of Events. Veena Malik and her husband were seen modeling for designer Saim. Veena Malik’s husband is enjoying limelight along with his wife. Both of them look happy and content. Here are the pictures. AGENCIES
‘BOLLYWOOD OSCARS’ HOST INDIAN, AMERICAN STARS IN TAMPA Four nights of the 15th International Indian Film Academy Awards ended in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday night, as American celebrities joined Bollywood stars for pirate-themed performances and song and dance numbers. John Travolta was declared 'the coolest of them all' and Kevin Spacey danced the Lungi during an event that featured cheerleaders, acrobatics and awkward cross-cultural exchanges Briefly forgetting he's onstage with actress Priyanka Chopra, the 60-year-old star of Look Who's Talking and Look Who's Talking Too suddenly remembers he left his keys in the back of the garage, by the patio furniture and his pride. Realising this man is John Travolta, whose hands and eyes signify only sinister intentions, and that she's not dancing with Nicolas Cage with the face of John Travolta, as per the plot of the 1997 film Face/Off, the severity of the situation dawns on Ms Chopra. Backup dancers wear conflicted expressions of disgust, joy and ambiguous awe at the sight of a John Travolta, who has triumphantly, finally figured out where the camera is. Kevin Spacey waves off Farhan Akhtar, Shahdid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, telling them to go
on without him, and that his head will stop spinning if he just closes his eyes here for a few minutes, really. Kevin Spacey, Shahdid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone admire each other during a moment that is frankly disturbing to audience members and
which no one will acknowledge later. Hrithik Roshan runs through an obstacle course of seated women and eye-patched men hurling cubes at him, an elaborate metaphor for the glittering, cage-like terrors of life in Tampa, Florida. COURTESY GUARDIAN
A French tourist listened to her heart when she offered her pizza to a man spotted rummaging through trash in the streets of New York, not realizing it was Richard Gere making a movie. Karine Valnais Gombeau, a 42-year-old Parisian, spotted the actor, a knit cap pulled down over his ears, sifing through rubbish as she came out of a pizzeria near Grand Central station in Manhattan, with her husband and 15-year-old son. Gere was married to supermodel Cindy Crawford from 1991 to 1995. In 2002, he married actress Carey Lowell. They have a son, Homer James Jigme Gere, who was born in ... Without blinking, Gere, 64 asked her what was in the bag Gombeau offered him. "I tried to tell him in English, but it came out half in French," she told the Post. "I said, 'Je suis desolee [I am sorry], but the pizza is cold.' " "He said, 'Thank you so much. God bless you,'" she said. She left without knowing it was Gere making his new movie "Time Out of Mind," until the Post ran a photo of the moment two days later. "It was magical . . . It's crazy, this story. It's unimaginable that something like this could happen," she said, adding she thought Gere, the star of Pretty Woman and Chicago, was "very handsome, even at his age."
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
Bravo disappointed with continued Test exclusion SPORTS DESK
WAYNE Bravo believes the West Indies selectors have “got it wrong” by excluding him from the Test side over the past few years. The all-rounder’s last Test appearance came in December 2010 in Sri Lanka and he said that it had been “disheartening” and “disappointing” watching from the outside. “To be honest I was very disappointed that I was not able to make the Test squad within that time [since 2010],” Bravo told Line and Length. “In the little time I’ve played Test cricket, I think I’ve done good enough to still at least be part of West Indies’ Test attack. “From the selectors down to the coach as well, every day I see them, I abuse them,” Bravo joked. “I keep asking what it is I have to do again to be selected. Obviously, they can’t really give a proper answer so it always finishes off with a small laugh. Nothing really serious comes out of it.” Bravo, the West Indies ODI captain, is currently in London undergoing rehab following a shoulder injury in Chennai Super Kings’ first IPL match that ruled
him out of the ongoing T20 league. He said that the “hunger is always there” and that he had always showed a desire to continue playing Test cricket despite his many T20 obligations globally in the past couple of years. Bravo said he was opti-
France to hoSt czech republic in DaviS cup at rolanD GarroS SPORTS DESK France will play their Davis Cup semi-final against holders Czech Republic at Roland Garros, home of the French Open, the French Tennis Federation said on Monday. France, who beat Germany in the quarterfinals, have opted to play the Sept 12-14 tie on the Philippe Chatrier clay court at Roland Garros for the first time since 2002. The Roland Garros stadium was built in 1928 to host the Davis Cup final between France and the United States. Since France beat the U.S. in the 2002 semifinal, the Fed Cup team has also played at Roland Garros, losing against Russia in the 2005 final. Switzerland and Italy are contesting the other semi-final.
Martin worry For Millwall SPORTS DESK Millwall winger Lee Martin looks set to miss the crucial final game of the season at home to Bournemouth. Martin was stretchered off after just 16 minutes of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at QPR, and the Lions have confirmed he needed internal stitches in a deep gash to his shin. Millwall boss Ian Holloway revealed after the match that the cut “went down to the bone”. The news comes as a blow to the Lions, who need a victory next weekend to be certain of avoiding relegation. However the club say defender Mark Beevers, who accidentally got kneed in the back by a QPR supporter as some fans ran onto the pitch after the final whistle, is likely to be fit.
mistic he could be recalled for the threeTest home series against New Zealand starting June 8 given his recent form. In his 40 Tests, Bravo has made 2200 runs at an average of 31.42 and taken 86 wickets at 39.83.
With the Pybus report under scrutiny to help revamp West Indies’ Test status by ensuring the first-choice players are present in the domestic cricket season, attention has been drawn as to how dedicated some Caribbean players are to Tests and how receptive they would be to Pybus’ recommendation. Chris Gayle undertook a Test hiatus in 2012 after a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board that lasted 18 months. Following West Indies’ semi-final exit at the World T20, Gayle, who was nursing a glute injury, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine and Bravo all failed to play a single match in the Regional Four Day tournament. Kieron Pollard played two roundrobin games before leaving to link up with Mumbai Indians as Trinidad & Tobago went on to lose in the semi-final. Marlon Samuels, Andre Russell and Denesh Ramdin have played only one match each in the domestic season. Sammy, the Test captain, had bemoaned the team’s away performances against India and New Zealand late last year and said “we cannot continue like this”. Bravo said it was tough coping with West Indies’ recent Test performances but added that the last time New
CAB to push for Srinivasan’s exclusion from ICC SPORTS DESK The Cricket Association of Bihar, the petitioner in the ongoing Supreme Court case against the BCCI, says it will seek a bar on N Srinivasan representing the board at the ICC, and will even look at taking the legal fight on that front outside India. The case next comes up for hearing before the Supreme Court on Tuesday. At the ICC, which has officially not registered any protest or public discussion on Srinivasan’s latest problem, one Full Member board official said the CAB’s plan “must be music to the ears” of his colleagues on other boards. The ICC and the other nine Full Members - who have deemed it an internal matter of the BCCI are essentially looking to the Supreme Court for a direction on the issue of Srinivasan being the Indian representative at ICC board meetings. The Supreme Court has so far held that Srinivasan “cannot come back as BCCI president” until the completion of an investigation into the alleged betting and spot-fixing scandals in the IPL. However, Srinivasan attended the ICC meeting on April 9 and 10, and is set to become the new chairman in July. In its hearing last Tuesday, the Supreme Court had asked Justice Mukul Mudgal - who carried out the initial report which led to Srinivasan being ordered to stand down from BCCI duties - to take on a more empowered investigation because the probe panel proposed by the BCCI was mired in conflict of interest. This Tuesday, the court is likely to hear from the Mudgal panel about the terms of reference and nature of assistance needed in carrying on with the probe. With the court due to go into its vacation break on May 11, the petitioners are likely to plead with greater urgency for Srinivasan’s exclusion from the ICC. Aditya Verma, secretary of the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar, said he was confident the court would be sympathetic to their plea. “This is a clear-cut technical issue. If you have been barred from the BCCI, how can you go to the ICC? The BCCI is a member body of the ICC, and you are representing BCCI only, aren’t you?” The court could, however, take the view that the ICC is an international body and doesn’t fall under its jurisdiction, or even point to the absence of any protest from the ICC or any of its members against Srinivasan. “The same happened with the BCCI,” Verma said. “The BCCI members didn’t stand up to Srinivasan. Simi-
larly, if the ICC doesn’t stand up, and if it doesn’t fall under our court’s jurisdiction, we won’t shy away from going and fighting it out in Dubai, where the ICC is based.” Earlier this week, Nalini Chidambaram, one of the plaintiff’s counsel, had told ESPNcricinfo that they had already made a prayer against Srinivasan’s ICC role and she compared Srinivasan’s insistence on being part of the ICC to “a man who is not fit to be a High Court judge but he wants to be a Supreme Court judge”. It is understood that at ICC’s latest executive board meeting held in Dubai on April 9-10, some of the board directors had raised concerns - more murmurs than vocal objections - against Srinivasan’s presence. However Srinivasan is believed to have responded saying it was a few disgruntled people trying to haul him up. His message, the member board official said, was passed via the chairman of another board, who was responding to the few questions that were raised. Srinivasan’s detractors say he is in direct violation of Rule 2.1 of the ICC’s Code of Ethics which states: “Each Director shall act in an honest and ethical manner. In order to facilitate the transparent operation of the ICC, conduct that gives the appearance of impropriety will also be unacceptable. Directors shall not engage in any conduct that in any way denigrates the ICC or harms its public image. No funds or assets of the ICC may be used for any unlawful purpose, and no Director may engage in unlawful conduct.” According to the member board official, the ICC Code of ethic says “each of the directors have a positive obligation” to challenge Srinivasan. According to Rule 8. 3 in the ICC’s Code of Ethics: “Each Director has the obligation not only to abide by the Code of Ethics, but also to report violations of the Code of Ethics when they become aware of them.”
Zealand visited the Caribbean, the West Indies topped them. “Losing Test matches within three days is something no Test nation would really like to see,” Bravo said. “As a West Indian player to see that happening and know that I’m not able to actually contribute or be a part of it is really disheartening. But I think we will be a very difficult team to beat at home if we get the right combination and right players selected.” Given the nature of the Caribbean pitches, “quality spin” would be West Indies’ trump card against New Zealand, Bravo said, and added that using Sulieman Benn or Shane Shillingford to partner Sunil Narine would be most effective. Bravo also said that he hoped to see younger brother Darren recouping his international form. Darren Bravo had left the New Zealand tour during the ODIs due to personal reasons but was part of T&T’s regional campaign. “We all know that he’s one of our more talented batsmen,” Dwayne Bravo said. “He’s been going through a tough time mentally and had some family and personal issue to take care of. He just needs positivity, encouragement and support. We all go through this as players.”
Sangakkara to play two Durham matches Kumar Sangakkara will play two County Championship matches for Durham, against Yorkshire and Sussex, in preparation for Sri Lanka’s tour of England. Sangakkara will miss Sri Lanka’s two ODIs in Ireland, and will join the squad after completing his second Durham match on May 14, ahead of Sri Lanka’s warm-up one-dayer against Kent. “I’m really looking forward to returning to county cricket with Durham and I’m immensely grateful for the opportunity,” Sangakkara said. “I actually made my debut for Warwickshire against Durham back in 2007 - I scored a few runs that day so I’m hoping to make amends this time around.” Sangakkara had sought a short-term county contract in order to acclimatise to England’s early summer conditions and the Duke ball, but had to wait on clearance from the national selectors, and a no-objection certificate from the board, before confirming the deal with Durham. Sri Lanka play their limited-overs leg of the tour first and switch to Test mode via a first-class match against Northamptonshire starting June 5. Last week, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya had said he had hoped up to six Sri Lanka players would travel to England early in order to undertake early-season Duke-ball training, but that those plans had been upset by the departure of Paul Farbrace, who was expected to have facilitated the extra training time. At present, it appears only Sangakkara has secured a county stint - and that, only after significant effort. “To attract a player of Kumar Sangakkara’s quality to Durham is fantastic, and I’ve been really impressed by his eagerness to join us,” Durham coach Jon Lewis said. “In his short stay, I’m sure he’ll be a big asset - not just with his performances, but with the example he will show our crop of fine young cricketers.” The tour represents an opportunity for Sri Lanka to win their first Test in England since 2006. Sangakkara will also be set on improving an Test average of 30.58 from nine Tests in England - a figure that pales in comparison to his career average of 58.07. SPORTS DESK
SL quicks begin training with Duke ball SPORTS DESK Sri Lanka’s hopes of sending up to six cricketers to England for early-season training had been upset by former coach Paul Farbrace’s move to the English setup, but their fast bowlers have nonetheless begun training at home with Duke balls, in preparation for the twoTest series in June. Tests in England pose a unique challenge for foreign sides, most of whom use Kookaburra balls across all
formats. Chaminda Vaas did not have memorable Test tours of England in his career, but as the fast-bowling coach, he has drawn up specific plans to consolidate the pace attack’s 2014 gains. “The Duke ball doesn’t swing much earlier on,” Vaas told The Island. “Some of the guys who could play for us in Tests like Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad and Nuwan Pradeep have lot of potential and they will develop during this tour.” Though his Tests returns
in England were mediocre, Vaas has had good experience of English conditions in four largely successful county stints for Northamptonshire, Hampshire, Worcestershire and Middlesex. His knowhow may be vital to the fast bowlers’ performance on the tour, particularly as only one tour fixture precedes the Tests. “The wickets will suit seamers in the early season and conditions will be wet. It will be tough for them, but hopefully they will enjoy the conditions and I am looking for-
ward to working with these guys.” Nagging line-and-length complemented by modest movement off the seam has been the hallmark of Sri Lanka’s new pace spearheads Eranga and Lakmal - a strategy that brought laudable dividends against Pakistan and Bangladesh this year. Vaas suggested the attack would not veer far from that blueprint in England. “We have been working on things like accuracy, good line and length. The results are there for everyone to see and we need to keep improving. Suranga and Shaminda
both bowl at 135 (kph) plus. They need to bowl in that range constantly and their variation will help them.” Accuracy had been allied with endurance in the UAE, where Eranga and Lakmal both delivered over 130 overs each in three back-to-back Tests against Pakistan. The side’s plans made for some attritional cricket, but when Sri Lanka won a Test in Dubai largely on the back of their quicks, there were hints the strategy could lead to a resurgence of fast bowling in the national team.
Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
BCB lifts ban on Mosharraf, Mahbubul SPORTS DESK
HE BCB has lifted the provisional ban on Mosharraf Hossain and Mahbubul Alam, two months after the players were cleared of wrongdoing in the BPL by the investigation tribunal. Both players are looking to play in the Bangladesh Cricket League, which will restart in early May. The decision comes three weeks after the BCB had decided not to involve the duo in the National Cricket League, as it planned to appeal against the tribunal’s decision to hand the two a clean chit. But ESPNcricinfo has learned that the charges against the duo wouldn’t have resulted in suspension, which supposedly prompted the BCB’s legal team to suggest lifting the ban. BCB’s acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said on Sunday that there is no bar on the duo from participating in any tournament. “They are free to take part in any form of
cricket,” Nizamuddin said. “We have sought legal opinion and they suggested there is no problem regarding their returning to cricket.” Mosharraf and Mahbubul were among nine individuals accused by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit for being involved in corrupt prac-
tices or failing to report corrupt approaches made to them during the BPL’s second edition. The BPL tribunal, on February 26, acquitted six players and officials and only found an owner of the defending champions, Dhaka Gladiators, guilty. Left-arm spinner Mosharraf said that he was happy with this deci-
sion of the BCB. “I am extremely relieved,” Mosharraf told New Age. “I feel that the toughest phase of my life is just over. I am expecting to play for Walton Central Zone in the BCL. I was practicing and making every effort, still I could not play. “It was really hard. At times the future looked very bleak, making me wonder what is really in store for me. I am hoping to go to England after the BCL and see whether I can find a team in Minor County. Though their season has started, still I will try to get somewhere.” Pace bowler Mahbubul was also satisfied with the decision. “I cannot explain through words how I am feeling. For the last one year it was quite hard for me because of the mental pressure that I went through. Socially it was really hard, as these days cricket is followed by a lot of people. “I don’t know about my immediate future as there are only a few games left in the BCL. I feel that probably I will be back with the Dhaka Premier League.”
JURGENSEN RESIGNS AS BANGLADESH COACH SPORTS DESK Shane Jurgensen, the Bangladesh coach, has resigned from his position less than a month after the World T20, where his team won just two out of seven matches. BCB officials, however, have not ruled out convincing him to stay till his twoyear contract ends on February 2015. BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan, effectively Jurgensen’s boss, has already called it an “emotional decision” and that there will be a meeting with the coach when he arrives in the country later this week. “Just before I entered the board’s emergency meeting today, I got a letter from our head coach telling us that he has resigned,” Akram said. “One of the reasons he has given is that he saw in the media that some directors have spoken against him. There was no official communication with him in this regard. I didn’t expect such a letter. “The head coach has told us that he wants to stay till the India series (in June). It seems to me that it was an emotional decision. He will come to Bangladesh, and we must discuss before we can think of taking any decisions.” There had been talk within the BCB to replace
the coaches after Bangladesh’s woeful home season. The team managed just one win in the Sri Lanka series, lost all four Asia Cup games and in the World T20, they could only manage wins against Afghanistan and Nepal but lost to Hong Kong. The first such statement came from the BCB president Nazmul Hassan during the World T20, but he stopped short of suggesting that the coaching staff would be replaced, merely saying that there will be a lot of changes. In subsequent press briefings, Hassan said there was a plan to hire specialist coaches for short-term duty.
Some board directors, citing anonymity, told ESPNcricinfo recently that they are actively searching for a coach with a batting background but haven’t found one. Jurgensen, a former fast bowler who represented three domestic teams in Australia, expressed his disappointment at the matter, saying he was reconsidering his position. Akram has criticised the discussion on appointing a new coach, which he believes has affected the players and coaching staff. “I don’t think people should talk in this manner. The board president will take the decision. There was no official discussion, so it doesn’t help Bangladesh cricket when this sort of talk happens. “It has happened before, which I feel has always affected the players and coaching staff. After such bad performances recently, discussions were bound to happen at all levels. But we didn’t make anything official,” he said. Jurgensen bagged the two-year deal in February last year keeping in mind the 2015 World Cup. During his time as full-time head coach, Bangladesh won a Test match after four years, against Zimbabwe, and drew Tests against Sri Lanka (in Galle) and against New Zealand at home. They also drew an ODI series in Sri Lanka and blanked New Zealand 3-0.
RODGERS DEMANDS REDS RESPONSE SPORTS DESK Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his players will take their setback against Chelsea on the chin as they focus on keeping their Premier League title chances alive. By the time the Reds play Crystal Palace on Monday evening they could be third in the table and will be relying on near-neighbours Everton to do them a huge favour by taking points off Manuel Pellegrini’s side at Goodison Park on Saturday. There was a tangible atmosphere of deflation around Anfield, which had been a cauldron of noise just 90 minutes previously as it had in many other home games in the last few weeks, but Rodgers will not allow that to permeate into a squad which had won 11 successive league matches prior to Sunday. “I think we have been on a run of games in which the games we have won has been exceptional and to lose against Chelsea is a big disappointment because we haven’t had many games we have lost,” said the Reds boss. “This is a great group of players and we will take this on the chin and will continue to work on. We’ll recover and go again and hopefully we’ll get the win against Crystal Palace. “Our objective is for ourselves. We need to win our two games and see where it takes us and we will be fine.” Rodgers has always argued that making the leap from seventh to first was unprecedented and that
his side had exceeded expectations this season. That they are still leading Chelsea and City, who have spent considerably more, is an achievement in itself and the Reds boss believes there are plenty of positives to be achieved from taking six points from their remaining two fixtures. “We are two points above Chelsea, which is phenomenal when you see the squad they have, and if we win our last two games we will finish above them,” added Rodgers. “If we can finish off the season and win these two games we’ll finish above them and maybe above Manchester City - but there’s still a way to go.” Chelsea’s stifling defensive
tactics at Anfield have generated much debate and while they obviously had merit as Jose Mourinho’s side came out on top, for Rodgers a man of purist footballing principles - it stuck in the throat somewhat. “We have a way of working and I take great pride in that,” he said. “We might not have got the result but we’ve seen over the course of the season that we have made great strides and we’ll continue to do that. “When you win the game of course you will say you are the better team but certainly we were the better team because we were the ones wanting to win the game. “I don’t think there is any disputing that, but it is hard to reinforce
that when you lose. “What the game will do is prepare us for Crystal Palace. We will have to deal with long balls forward, which we did well. “We will have to deal with long throw-ins, so we got the chance to do that. “They will have lots of players behind the ball, which we will be prepared for as well.” Off the field the £260million scheme for the regeneration of the Anfield area - including the rebuilding of two new stands at the club’s ground - took another step forward after the Strategic Regeneration Framework was agreed by Liverpool City Council after public consultation closed.
ScotlanD appoint braDburn aS heaD coach
SPORTS DESK Grant Bradburn, the former New Zealand international, has been named as Scotland’s new head coach. His first major job will be to prepare them for next year’s World Cup, which Scotland qualified for under the temporary coaching team of Paul Collingwood and Craig Wright, who remains as Bradburn’s assistant. Scotland take on England in an ODI in Aberdeen in less than two weeks’ time, although Bradburn will not assume control until July 1. His appointment brings some stability to the Scotland set-up, after Peter Steindl stepped down following the team’s failure at the World T20 Qualifier last year. Wright’s new role will also see him take charge of the Elite Player Development Programme, with fielding coach and analyst Toby Bailey and strength and conditioning coach Simon Smith completing the set-up. Bradburn’s appointment is until the end of 2017 and takes in the next Intercontinental Cup, which will give one Associate nation a shot at playing Test cricket, as well as the 2016 World T20 in India. His most recent role was as head coach of New Zealand A and the Under-19 side and before that he spent five successful years with Northern Districts. “It is an honour to be named as coach of Scotland,” Bradburn said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with players and staff at Cricket Scotland and I am thrilled at the prospect of working with a nation trying so hard to build on recent success. “As a coach, this presents a great opportunity to add value, by driving continual improvement, building depth with healthy competition for Scottish representation. The Scotland team have performed well by qualifying for the 2015 World Cup, which will be played in New Zealand and Australia at venues that I am very familiar with. With my appointment through to the end of 2017, I will focus sharply on continuing Scotland’s progress towards being a leading force in world cricket. I am also motivated to contribute to Scotland Cricket’s overall performance systems, aligning with each region to build clear player pathways and assisting more Scottish players to step up onto the world stage. “Cricket Scotland has a high-quality team of people supporting the players, with excellent systems in place. With my experience of orchestrating successful high performance environments, I look forward to working with the players and staff at Cricket Scotland and assisting them to continue to grow and perform.” Bradburn, an offspinner, played seven Tests and 11 ODIs for New Zealand between 1990 and 2001. He will be introduced to Scotland’s players and support staff in May and attend the England ODI, for which Wright will coach the side. As part of its restructuring, Cricket Scotland has also increased Andy Tennant’s responsibilities from being Head of Performance to become the Director of Cricket, in charge of all strategic and operational cricketing matters. Bradburn will report directly to Tennant. “We are delighted that we have been able to attract a coach of Grant’s ability and pedigree to head up our national team programme,” Tennant said. “During the recruitment process, Grant was able to show the vision, foresight and attributes we were looking for to drive our Scotland national team through the World Cup and onwards to the next Intercontinental Cup and WCL cycles. He has an exceptional track record of producing international cricketers and is used to working in similar environments to the one he will find in Scotland. “With Craig, Toby and Simon as his coaching team, as well as the ability to bring in other specialist assistance as required, we believe we have all the building blocks in place to build on the recent success in New Zealand. I very much look forward to working with Grant when he arrives.’’
SPORTS Tuesday, 29 April, 2014
Plans afoot for Former Pakistan pacer shahid Nazir to file petition india-Pakistan series against moin khan Dubai
The Indian cricket board is optimistic about the resumption of India-Pakistan cricketing ties in a neutral venue such as the UAE, but is in no position to put a date on this happening. “We have had a discussion in the working committee about a proposal from the Pakistan board to host some matches in the UAE, but nothing has been confirmed as yet,” Ranjib Biswal, Chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and a senior functionary of the board, said in an interaction with the media on Monday. The return of Indian cricketers to the
Nishikori BeComes First JAPANese to wiN BArCeloNA oPeN
ORMER Pakistan seamer Shahid Nazir has decided to file a petition against former captain and current chief selector of the national team Moin Khan pertaining to outstanding payments of players who participated in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL). Nazir confirmed to PTI that he was going to file a petition in the Lahore High Court this week against Moin for recovery of long outstanding dues payable to many Pakistani players who played for Lahore Badshahs in the 2008 edition of ICL. “The case is being filed against Moin because he signed on players for the ICL through his company and charged us a 15 percent commission from each player from the agreed contract amount,” Nazir claimed. “He is responsible for ensuring we get our long outstanding dues since he was the ICL agent/representative in Pakistan.” “We have waited for a long time. Last year, I had sent a legal notice to Moin through my lawyer but than seniors
like Inzamam—Haq, Muhammad Yosuf, Imran Farhat and others got involved and assured me the matter would be soon be resolved,” he provided details. “But this has not happened and I have no option but to seek legal recourse,” he added. The ICL was launched before the Indian Premier League in 2006-07 and was not recognized by the ICC or the BCCI. Players appearing in the ICL from Pakistan were banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board but later allowed to represent their country and play domestic cricket after submitting apologies. Nazir said thousands of dollars still payable to many players including himself, Imran Farhat, Humayun Farhat, Imran Nazir, Muhammad Sami, Rana Naved, Shabbir Ahmed, Riaz Afridi, Hasan Raza, Taufiq Umar, Arshad Khan etc. “We were not paid at all for the final year and even before that,” he said. The Pakistani players had also approached the international federation of cricketers for help but to no avail.
Nazir also claimed that while Moin was ignoring the players by stating the company that organized the ICL had closed down but at same time it was also confirmed he had deducted taxes from players income of around 10 million rupees and transferred to his bank account. Moin when contacted was clearly unhappy with Nazir’s statement. “Everyone knows the situation and it is not as if the players were just not paid anything they were signed on for handsome amounts. As far as remaining amount is concerned I have told the organizers repeatedly to sort out the matter and they have assured they will do it.” Moin said he was prepared to face any legal action as he had acted in good faith and the players signed contracts in a transparent process. The ICL included a team from Pakistan, Lahore Badshah’s and some of their players like Abdul Razzaq also took played for other teams in the outlawed league. A well informed source one could not rule out the possibility that the ICL issue was being dug up again by Nazir on behest of some people who were not happy at Moin being made the chief selector and manager.
SPORTS DESK Kei Nishikori claimed his fifth career title as he became the first Japanese to win the Barcelona Open with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Santiago Giraldo. Nishikori dropped his opening service game against Giraldo, who was facing the biggest match of his career, but quickly found his rhythm and broke back with the Colombian losing his serve on a double fault. Giraldo was hitting the ball well but Nishikori showed his superiority from the base line as he invariably won the longer rallies and broke twice more to take first set comfortably. A demoralised Giraldo immediately went 2-0 down in the next set and was unable to find the winning shots that had seen him knock out Nicolas Almagro in the semi-finals. There was no mercy from Nishikori who broke twice more on his way to victory.
UAE for the IPL 2014, which ended an eight-year drought, is being seen as a precursor to a possible series between the arch-rivals in the UAE. Endorsing the view, Sunil Gavaskar, the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said: “I’m certain the success of IPL will make the BCCI look at it in a different way than in the past. I think there is a move afoot to have a series against Pakistan, but I don’t have any details.” The last time India and Pakistan played in a bilateral series here was a two-match One Day-International series in 2006 to mark the inauguration of Shaikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
New Pak selection committee to meet today SPORTS DESK The newly formed national selection committee headed by the former captain Moin Khan will meet here tomorrow to start preparations for Pakistan’s forthcoming international assignments, which will culminate with the World Cup in 2015. “Our first task is to identify and shortlist around 30 to 35 players who will form the nucleus for our upcoming assignments including the 2015 World Cup,” Moin said. The former wicketkeeper-batsman said that initially the shortlisted players will have to attend a monthlong training/conditioning camp in Lahore from May 6. Senior players like Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan, however, will miss the camp as they have been given permission by the cricket board to play cricket in England. Moin said that with the tour to Sri Lanka due in July-August, the selectors have ample time and opportunity to identify players for all
three formats of the game. “Obviously the Tests this year against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand are important for us but we also have to start identifying players who can serve us best in the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand,” he added. Meanwhile, the board will be mulling over who will be the next head coach and support staff of the national team. The Board has set a deadline of May 5 for interested candidates to apply for positions of head coach, batting coach, fielding coach, spin consultant and other positions. Pakistan’s former captain and coach, Waqar Younis is seen as a front runner to once again get the head coach’s job but a board official said that the PCB would wait and see who all apply for the different positions. The official confirmed that Pakistan’s former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq had also applied for the position of head coach and also spin consultant.
Basit Ali to head junior selection committee
CAveNdish triumPhs AgAiN iN turkey SPORTS DESK Mark Cavendish profited from another sublime leadout from his Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammates to sprint to his second consecutive stage win at the Tour of Turkey. “The guys rode incredible today,” said Cavendish. “They delivered me perfectly to the line. I’m happy we could get another stage here at Tour of Turkey and I’m thankful I could finish the work of the guys again today.” On Sunday, the Manxman powered to an impressive victory on the opening stage – his first race in over a month after he contracted a virus. Stage two reSult 1 Mark Cavendish (GBr)
Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:50:18 2 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Neri Sottoli 3 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida 4 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol 5 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural 6 Ken Hanson (Usa) Unitedhealthcare Presented By Maxxis 7 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 8 Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin 9 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 10 Marco Canola (Ita) BardianiCSF Overall standings 1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 7:06:00 2 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida 3 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale.
SPORTS DESK Former batsman Basit Ali has been named chief of Pakistan’s junior national selection committee and will head a four-member panel, the PCB has announced. The committee also includes former Test cricketers Ali Naqvi and Farrukh Zaman, and Ali Zia, general manager (cricket development) at the National Cricket Academy. Basit and Zaman had earlier served as junior selectors in 2008. Compared to Javed Miandad in his early years, Published by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.
Basit played 19 Tests in a two-year span between 1993 and 1995, while his 50match ODI career stretched until 1996. Naqvi, a righthand batsman, scored a Test century on debut against South Africa in October 1997 but played the last of his five Tests just a few months later in March 1998. Zaman, a left-arm spinner, played just one Test in 1976. Zia, who bowled mediumpace and legspin, has extensive first-class experience having played 165 first-class games and 62 one-dayers between 1974 and 1993.