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Four more bodies recovered from Khuzdar mass grave
CIA 'misled' public about interrogation methods
The number of dead bodies found from a mass grave in Balochistan’s troubled Khuzdar district has reached 17 on Tuesday, an official said. Balochistan Home Secretary Asadur Rehman Gailani told reporters during the last two days four bodies were recovered from the mass-grave in Totak area of Khuzdar. He said the dead bodies were shifted to civil hospital... PAGE 02
The CIA misled the government and the public about parts of its interrogation program for years, Washington Post said on Tuesday, quoting a report by the Senate intelligence committee. Specifically, the US agency hid details about the severity of its methods, overstated the significance of plots and prisoners and took credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees... PAGE 02
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UK's Cameron orders probe into Muslim Brotherhood
Ahmedi man charged with blasphemy
British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns about its alleged links to violent extremism, his Downing Street office said Tuesday Cameron has commissioned an internal government review of the “philosophy, activities and impact” on British national interests at home and abroad and the... PAGE 04
A number of residents of various localities of Tando Allahyar in Sindh and activists of religious parties took to the streets against alleged desecration of the Holy Quran and attacked the home-cumworship place of a man belonging to the Ahmedi minority community for his involvement in the alleged sacrilege. The charged crowd rushed to Tahir Ahmed’s place... PAGE 05
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Four more bodies recovered from Khuzdar mass grave NUMBER OF BODIES RECOVERED SO FAR REACHES 17 QUETTA
He number of dead bodies found from a mass grave in Balochistan’s troubled Khuzdar district has reached 17 on Tuesday, an
AfghAn forCeS SAy SeIze tonS of exploSIveS AheAd of eleCtIon KABUL: Afghan security forces have seized more than 22 tons of explosives, enough to make hundreds of bombs, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, four days before a presidential election. Taliban insurgents have declared war on the April 5 vote, calling it a Western-backed sham and threatening to disrupt it. “This discovery will prevent hundreds of bomb attacks and would have a significant impact on the overall security of the elections,” Sediq Sediqqi, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said. Authorities are keen to show they are capable of keeping the vote safe and orderly as most foreign troops prepare to leave the country by the end of the year. Sediqqi said the explosives, hidden in some 450 bags, were seized from a basement in the relatively peaceful northern province of Takhar, where the Taliban have gained ground in recent years. Major cities have been placed on high alert this week with 352,000 security forces deployed around the country to prevent attacks on polling stations and other installations. Home-made bombs produced from such explosives are by far the most lethal weapon used by insurgents and remain the single biggest killer of civilians as well as Afghan and the NATO-led international force in the country. AGENCIES
Balochistan Home Secretary Asadur Rehman Gailani told reporters during the last two days four bodies were recovered from the mass-grave in Totak area of Khuzdar. He said the dead bodies were shifted to civil hospital Khuzdar for postmortem. “They are yet to be identified,” Gailani stated. He however, said that samples of 14 dead bodies were sent to Lahore
for DNA test. “It will take almost six weeks to get the final report from a DNA test,” he added. The relatives of two of the dead, identified their loved ones and had them buried in Khuzdar a few days back. On the other hand, Balochistan government extended the establishment of a judicial tribunal probing into the massgrave for another two months. The provincial government had established a judicial tribunal soon after the re-
Body oF IranIan natIonal Found hangIng on a tree
covery of mass-grave in Totak area of Khuzdar in late January this year. Balochistan High Court Justice Muhammad Noor Muskanzai is leading the tribunal to conduct a judicial inquiry into the discovery of the mass-grave. “We have extended the term of the commission for another two months on the request of tribunal,” Asad Gailani said. Rights groups have expressed concerned voice over the recovery of mass grave in Balochistan and urged the authorities to properly probe into the matter.
CIA ‘misled’ public about interrogation methods WASHINGTON AGENCIES
The CIA misled the government and the public about parts of its interrogation program for years, Washington Post said on Tuesday, quoting a report by the Senate intelligence committee. Specifically, the US agency hid details about the severity of its methods, overstated the significance of plots and prisoners and took credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact provided before they were subjected to harsh techniques, Post said, quoting officials who have seen the 6,300-page report. It was constructed with detailed chronologies of dozens of CIA detainees. The paper said the report describes a long-standing pattern of unsubstantiated claims the CIA sought permission to use — and later tried to defend — excruciating interrogation methods that yielded little to no significant intelligence, according to US officials who have reviewed the document.
US agency hid details about severity of its methods, overstated the significance of plots and prisoners and took credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact provided before they were subjected to harsh techniques
“The CIA described (its program) repeatedly both to the department of justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives,” said one US official briefed on the report. “Was that actually true? The answer is no.” Current and former US officials describing the report spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue and because the document remains classified. The report includes what officials described as damning new disclosures about a sprawling network of secret detention facilities, or “black sites”, that was dismantled by President Barack Obama in 2009. The report describes previously undisclosed cases of abuse including the alleged repeated dunking of a terror suspect in tanks of iced water in Afghanistan. This method bore similarities to waterboarding but never showed up on any list of techniques approved by the justice department, Post said.
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The body of an Iranian national was found hanging from a tree in the Mashkail town of Balochistan on Tuesday. “The body bore multiple marks of torture and he was hanged to death,” Assistant Commissioner Asghar Syapad said. Balochistan Levies personnel found a piece of paper from the body that read “death to the informer of Iran”. The deceased was identified as Mohtaj Ubair, a resident of SistanBaluchestan which borders Pakistan. who had come to Pakistan to visit his relatives where he was abducted. The body was shifted to the Dalbandin Hospital for autopsy. According to Mashkial administration, the Iranian national was kidnapped from Chagai district as he entered Pakistan via the Taftan border. “The body will be handed over to their relatives after the legal formalities,” officials said. The local administration has started an investigation into the killing.
Security situation improved during ceasefire: report ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
One month of ceasefire between the TTP and government has seen remarkable reduction in militant attacks in the country especially in FATA and KPK. Reduction in militant attacks was observed in all provinces except Punjab where already militant attacks remain lowest in the country. According to Conflict Monitoring Center’s Monthly Security Report (MSR) overall 41 percent decline in militant attacks was observed during the month. From of March 1 to of March 31 2014, militants carried out 115 violent activities in which 132 people died and 246 injured. Almost 50 percent decline in fatalities and casualties was also observed during the period. Number of suicide attacks also declined as only two suicide attacks were recorded by the CMC during compare to six each in January and February of the current year. During the ceasefire security forces shifted their focus on intelligence
based operations in mainland Pakistan. Security forces’ actions against militants and insurgents saw increase in Balochistan and Sindh while they declined in rest of the county. Nnumber of militants killed in security forces’ actions dropped to just 15 compared to 150 in February. Number of arrests of suspected militants saw an unprecedented increase during the month as 1078 suspected militants were arrested compared to 143 in previous month. According to stats released by the Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC) during March 2014, total 204 incidents related to anti-state violence and counter actions by security force were reported in which 149 people were killed, 246 others were injured while 1078 suspected militants have been arrested. Out of these 204 incidents, 115 were militant activities in which 132 people were killed including 38 security forces personnel (SFPs), 15 militants and 79 civilians while 246 people were injured including 39 SFPs, three volunteers, two militants and 202 civilians.
Militants also kidnapped 19 persons during the month. Total number of incidents has come down from 292 in the previous month to 204 in this month. Number of fatalities has also witnessed a sharp decline from 407 to 149 as compared to previous month. Similarly, number of injured has also come down to 256 as compared to 516 last month. The number of arrests by the security forces has gone up from 143 in last month to 1078 suspected militants in March. Balochistan recorded the highest number of incidents indicating a heat-up in the province as out of total 111 militant activities of the month, 47 were reported from Balochistan. However, if compared to previous month a visible reduction is observed when militants had carried out 72 attacks in the province. Balochistan has been facing three types of militant movements: nationalist rebellion, sectarian violence and al-QaedaTTP driven militancy. Nationalist rebels did not cease their attacks during the month however a decline is observed in sectarian
and Al-Qaeda driven militant attacks during the month. In 47 militant activities in Balochistan, 45 people were killed including seven SFPs, six militants and 32 civilians, while 90 others were injured including 19 SFPs and 71 civilians. Militants also kidnapped five people in Balochistan. Militants were involved in 36 incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 19 in FATA, five in Punjab and seven in Sindh while one militant activity was witnessed in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). KP was comparatively another hot area where 36 militant’ activities caused death to 32 people including 10 SFPs, five militants and 17 civilians while 89 others got wounded including 13 SFPS, two militants, and 74 civilians. Ten people were kidnapped in various parts of KP by militants. Nevertheless, if compared with previous month a remarkable improvement in security situation is observed during first month of ceasefire. A 40 percent decline in militant attacks and three times decline in fatalities is observed in the province.
In FATA, there were 19 militant activities that resulted into death of 32 people including 15 SFPs, four militants and 14 civilians while 30 others were injured including six SFPS, three Razakars and 21 civilians. Four people were kidnapped by the militants. In five militant activities in Punjab, three persons were killed including two SFPs and one civilian while two other civilians were injured. Sindh witnessed seven violent militant activities in which six people were killed including two SFPs and four civilians while three were injured including one security forces personnel and two civilians. No militant activity was reported from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Security forces carried out 89 actions during the month in which 17 people were killed (all militants) and 10 others were injured including one SFP, six militants and three civilians. Security forces also arrested 1078 suspected militants. Security forces increased their activity in Balochistan and Sindh while declined it in FATA, KP and Punjab.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
ShArIf to ShArIf: let MuShArrAf leAve! COAS SENDS ‘QUITE MESSAGE’ TO PM ASKING HIM TO ALLOW FORMER PRESIDENT TO LEAVE COUNTRY IN ‘LARGER NATIONAL INTEREST’ NAWAZ ABRUPTLY ABANDONS PML-N SENIOR LEADERS’ MEETING ON MUSHARRAF TO MEET COAS MAJORITY OF PML-N LEADERS OPPOSE REMOVING MUSHARRAF’S NAME FROM ECL ISLAMABAD
‘quiet message’ from Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif made Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif delay a decision on the fate of former dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan Today has learnt. After the communiqué made Tuesday, the consultation process with senior leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) was abruptly delayed halfway and it was
PIa sacKs 250 emPloyees over FaKe degrees KARACHI INP
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has fired 250 employees for possessing fake educational certificates. Sources within the airliner said that out of the 250 employees terminated, 40 were officers, whereas particulars of over 4,000 employees have been sent to their educational institutions for verification, where the process is underway. It was further learnt that as the documents will be corroborated, action will be taken against those found guilty of forging their particulars.
decided that the premier would have a oneon-one meeting with the army chief to seek his advice over the issue. Sources privy to the development told Pakistan Today that the army chief had contacted Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, with whom he has a good relationship, and asked him to convey to the prime minister to allow Musharraf to leave the country as soon as possible. However, the prime minister, the source added, has asked the army chief to visit him and discuss the matter personally. For the same purpose, the prime minister abruptly left the consultation process halfway and delayed the decision till Tuesday night, source said. “COAS General Raheel Sharif has conveyed to the prime minister that concerns were ‘all time high’ among the khakis about ongoing media trial of General Musharraf, which according to him was ‘badly affecting’ the morale of the armed forces,” the source said, adding that the negative impact was affecting top officers to jawans equally. The source said that before departing for Prime Minister’s House, General Raheel also met a delegation of some retired army officers, among whom former Multan corps commander Lt Gen (r) Shafqat Ahmed was prominent. “The retired generals asked the army chief to use his influence to give a safe passage to Musharraf as his media trial was badly affecting the morale of the army men. They opined that the ongoing trial of former army chief was a part of a well conceived and well orchestrated plan to demoralise the army which was fighting for the cause of the nation against terrorists in mountains, valleys and cities across country,” the source quoted the retired officers
as saying to the army chief. The source added that though there was no planned meeting of army chief with the prime minister on agenda but the meeting later took place and General Raheel had used his helicopter to go for the surprise and unscheduled meeting with the premier. He was accompanied by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Zaheerul Islam. “The one-on-one meeting was held briefly before a meeting on national security issues which was followed by the meeting between the prime minister and the chief of army staff,” the source added. WILL MUSH BE OFF ECL? Musharraf’s counsel Dr Farogh Nasim has sought removal of Musharraf’s name from the exit Control List (eCL) for his treatment abroad while the former president also wishes to see
his ailing mother in UAe. Moreover, some ‘friendly countries’ are also reportedly backing a safe exit for the retired general. The Interior Ministry is yet to decide on whether it will remove Musharraf’s name from the eCL giving rise to speculations. earlier, the prime minister chaired a meeting of his close aides to discuss whether Muharraf should be allowed to travel abroad. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif, Information Minister Parvez Rashid, Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal, PML-N Secretary General Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, PML-N KP chief Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Senator Mushahidullah Khan and others were among the PML-N leaders who attended the meeting. According to a source, majority of the PML-N leaders op-
lawmakers call for discussing polio eradication with taliban ISLAMABAD APP
Lawmakers in the National Assembly on Tuesday urged the government to include polio eradication in the ongoing talks with banned terror outfit, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). “All and sundry should join hands against polio,” said Aftab Ahmed Sherpao while speaking on a motion moved by Shazia Marri in the National Assembly to discuss steps for elimination of the contagious disease. Sherpao said the Health Ministry officials should be held responsible for detection of each case of polio. Dr Azra Fazl Pechhu condemned the killings of polio workers and urged the
clerics to support administering polio vaccine to children. “The condition of polio eradication must be included in agenda for dialogue with Taliban,” she added, expressing concern over surfacing of 96 polio cases in the country this year. Shazia Marri, mover of the motion, said the government must take adequate steps for eradicating the menace of polio. She regretted that polio existed in only three countries, one of which is Pakistan. Abdul Rahim Mandokhel said preventive measures must be taken to protect the children from the disease. Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was taking effective measures to eradicate polio. The recent campaign of
the KP provincial government for polio eradication has been appreciated by international organisations, including Bill Gates Foundation and World Health Organisation, he said. Shahabuddin suggested that the menace of polio could be eliminated by punishing the father of the victim of polio. “Father of the polio victim should be sent to jail for not administering polio vaccines to his ward,” he added. Shania Akhtar said the earnings of polio workers should be enhanced, as they faced life threatening situations and worked hard to fulfill their duties. “Adequate funds should be allocated for the vulnerable areas as compared to normal areas of the country,” she added.
Standing committee approves national Security Act Bill ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The National Assembly’s standing committee for interior has approved the Amended National Security Act Bill by majority, while it was jointly opposed by PPP, PTI, MQM, JI and JUI-F. The in-camera session of the committee, convened by Rana Shamim on Tuesday also witnessed spats between PML-N’s Tehmina Daultana and MQM’s parliamentarians over opposing the bill. PML-N’s Tehmina Daultana’s statement against MQM’s opposition of any National Security Bill was by MQM on grounds that any such security bill was always used against the MQM since the “bill rather empowered abductions of citizens
at will, rather than providing any security for citizens,” MQM MPs said. Tehmina Daultana reacted angrily to the MQM’s reservations citing equal sufferings by the PML-N, while other members intervened timely to ward of any escalation of the conflict. JUI-F’s opposition of the bill stemmed from reservations about government not taking Maulana Fazl into confidence; while PTI’s Arif Alvi had reservations over numerous sections of the bill, which were promised amendments at the time of debating the bill in Parliament. Arif Alvi was critical of Armed Forces being given right of arresting citizens, who were subject to civil arrests only. He was also critical of the Section according to which the
government had right to relocate the case from regular courts to ‘special courts’. Talking to reporters, State Minister for Interior Baleeghur Rehman said that a few amendments had been introduced after a consensus with opposition, in order to enhance the bill. Replying to a question, he also quoted the Article 10 of the Constituation, according to which every citizen has been provided full security and safety; assuring that no legislation contrary to the Constitution would be carried out. He also brushed out fears of abduction of citizens and relocation of any cases to antiterrorism and special courts, without any profound logical reasons; while he was also critical of opposition to bill without comprehending it, properly.
posed removing Musharraf’s name from the eCL citing that punishing the former military ruler would ensure that there would be no future violations of the constitution. PML-N leaders said allowing Musharraf to leave the country would be construed as a deal and it would be difficult for the government to defend this move. The source added that a recommendation was also put forward which called for Musharraf’s name to be removed from the eCL if he apologises to the nation. The special court indicted Musharraf in the high-treason trial Monday and dismissed his petitions seeking permission to travel abroad. In its order the special court stated that Musharraf’s name had been placed by the government on the eCL and only the government could remove it.
Pml-n mPs oPPose lIFtIng oF youtuBe Ban ISLAMABAD: The government members of the National Assembly on Tuesday opposed a resolution demanding to lift the ban on YouTube, while another resolution seeking improvements in the curriculum and the disciplinary processes of madrassas was passed in the House. Both resolutions were tabled by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNAs from the opposition. PPP MNA Shazia Marri submitted the resolution seeking to lift the ban imposed on YouTube. She was of the view that YouTube is accessible through proxy websites despite the ban, thus there is no point in maintaining the ban. The resolution was opposed by the treasury members of the House, while the NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq delayed the matter. While submitting the resolution relating to madrassas, PPP MNA Nafisa Shah said majority of the madrassas were playing a constructive role, but many are also involved in promoting sectarianism and extremism. She further said that science should also be made a compulsory subject in the religious schools. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousuf pointed out that there were already 8,000 seminaries teaching science as a subject, adding that consultations were underway over the formation of a regulatory authority for religious schools. Another opposition member from the Muttaheda Qaumi Movement (MQM), Kishwar Zehra, expressed dissatisfaction over the explanation given by Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar over the granting of $1.5 billion by a ‘friendly’ country. Moreover, Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rasheed staged a walk-out protesting lack of quorum in the House. STAFF REPORT
gulF Plane turns out to Be oF a BusInessman ISLAMABAD: The Gulf plane parked since last night at Nur Khan Air Base took off on Tuesday with its owner Hidayatullah, a businessman. Sources said that no sooner it was confirmed that the Gulf plane belongs to a businessman who is about to leave, all rumours relating to the plane waiting to take former president Pervez Musharraf to Dubai immediately died down. The plane is registered in Sharjah, sources further said. STAFF REPORT
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
saudi arabia declares atheists terrorists under new laws Regulations place secular citizens who commit thought crimes in the same category as violent terrorist groups such as al Qaeda’s Yemen branch and Saudi Hezbollah RIYADH
AUDI Arabia has officially identified atheists as terrorists in sweeping new laws that threaten up to 20 years in prison for almost any criticism of the government or Islam.
The regulations place secular citizens who commit thought crimes in the same category as violent terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch and Saudi Hezbollah. Under the new decree by King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia will jail for up to 20 years anyone who fights in conflicts abroad - an apparent move to deter Saudis from joining rebels in
nAto to BolSter forCeS In eASt europe, SeeS no ruSSIAn pullBACK BRUSSELS: NATO studied new steps to bolster its military presence in eastern europe on Tuesday while saying it saw no sign that Russia was withdrawing tens of thousands of troops from the Ukrainian border. Foreign ministers from the 28 members of the Western military alliance met in Brussels for the first time since Russia’s military occupation and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region triggered the worst east-West crisis since the Cold War. They were discussing ways to boost NATO’s military presence in former communist central and eastern europe to reassure allies rattled by Russia’s moves. They will also step up cooperation with Ukraine and decide whether to cut the alliance’s relations with Moscow beyond the steps it has already taken, which include halting lower-level meetings with Russian counterparts. Calling Russia’s actions unacceptable, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: “Through its actions, Russia has undermined the principles on which our partnership is built, and has breached its own internatio nal commitments. So we cannot go on doing business as usual.” As NATO ministers met, Russia warned Ukraine against integration with NATO, saying Kiev’s previous attempts to move closer to the defence alliance had had unwelcome consequences. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk has said the country’s new pro-Western leadership is not seeking membership of NATO, but NATO is expected to step up cooperation with Ukraine’s armed forces by training officers,
Syria. But the law also applies to any Saudi citizen or a foreigner residing in the kingdom that ‘calls for atheist thought in any form or calls into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based.’ The laws have been denounced by human rights groups for making no distinction between religious expression
paraded before egyptian court in cages, Al jazeera journalists accused of terrorism
LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns about its alleged links to violent extremism, his Downing Street office said Tuesday Cameron has commissioned an internal government review of the “philosophy, activities and impact” on British national interests at home and abroad and the UK’s policy toward the movement. “The Muslim Brotherhood has risen in prominence in recent years but our understanding of the organization — its philosophy and values — has not kept pace with this,” a Downing Street spokesman said in a written statement. “Given the concerns now being expressed about the group and its alleged links to violent extremism, it’s absolutely right and prudent that we get a better handle of what the Brotherhood stands for, how they intend to achieve their aims and what that means for Britain.” The review will be led by Britain’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Sir John Jenkins. The Brotherhood has long had a presence in London, but there have been reports that a significant number of prominent members have fled to the British capital from egypt. AGENCIES
An egyptian farmer has been jailed for a year for naming his donkey after the country’s former military chief who is running for president. Omar Abul Maged was accused of ‘humiliating the military’ for calling his animal Sisi after Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Maged, 31, put a military-style cap on his donkey, covered it with a poster of al-Sisi and rode it through his village in protest against the decision to oust Morsi last summer. Police arrested Maged in September and, after spending six months in custody, was convicted by the Qena Misdemeanor Court on Sunday. Human rights groups have hit out at the sentence. Andalus Center for Tolerance and AntiViolence Studies told the egypt Independent that it ‘raises doubts about the fairness of the judiciary system in egypt’. The conviction comes after the judiciary last week sentenced 529 pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood defendants to death in a massive crackdown on government dissenters.
uS AMBASSAdor to IndIA reSIgnS After dIploMAtIC row NEW DELHI AGENCIES
uK’S CAMeron orderS proBe Into MuSlIM Brotherhood
and violent extremism. ‘Saudi authorities have never tolerated criticism of their policies, but these recent laws and regulations turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism,’ said Joe Stork, deputy Middle east and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. The counter-terrorism measure have also been mocked by al Qaeda’s Yemen branch which said they would not deter the Islamist group’s fighters and that they proved the kingdom was in the pay of the United States.
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Three Al-Jazeera journalists on trial in egypt denied accusations that they were terrorists running an international ‘sleeper cell’, as they were paraded before the court in cages. The three journalists directly asked the judge in the Cairo court to release them, calling the charges against them ‘preposterous’. The judge, Mohammed Nagi Shehata, denied the requests for bail from Peter Greste, an Australian producer from AlJazeera english; Mohammed Fahmy the Canadian-egyptian bureau chief, and cameraman Baher Mohammed, during the fourth hearing of the trial that opened on February 20. The three Al-Jazeera journalists are among 20 who face terrorism related charges in egypt, with authorities claim-
ing they had links with the Muslim Brotherhood group of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The Brotherhood has been declared a terrorist organisation. The trial marks the first time that journalists have been charged with terrorism-related offences in egypt, and has drawn international criticism. The journalists say they were just doing their job as reporter , and have no links to the pro-Morsi group. Greste told the judge that he is no threat to anybody in egypt, and had only been in the country for two weeks before his arrest. He said: ‘The idea that I could have an association with the Muslim Brotherhood is frankly preposterous. “Our only desire at this point is to continue to fight and clear our names from outside of prison.” Fahmy denied links to the Muslim Brotherhood by saying he was an alcohol-drinking lib-
eral who had lived abroad for a long time. He said: “Have you ever heard of a Muslim terrorist that drinks alcohol?” Fahmy had a fractured arm before his arrest, and has asked to be released so he could receive better medical attention, because his injury had deteriorated because of the harsh conditions in prison. Mohammed asked the judge to ‘have mercy on us’, saying that his wife was pregnant and he wanted to be there with her. The three journalists were arrested on December 29 at their hotel room in Cairo, where they had worked after Al-Jazeera’s office was repeatedly raided after Morsi was ousted during the Arab Spring. Al-Jazeera has been accused by the government of being biased towards Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group. The Al-Jazeera group, based in Doha, denies all charges.
The US ambassador to India has resigned following a row over the arrest of a junior Indian diplomat in New York that pushed relations between the world’s biggest democracies to their lowest ebb in more than a decade. US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf denied on Monday that Nancy Powell’s resignation was related to ongoing tensions after the December arrest and subsequent strip search of the Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade. But analysts said it was clear the position of Powell, a career diplomat who has held several postings in South Asia and became the ambassador to India in 2012, had become untenable as a result of the affair. The United States sees India as a natural ally on a range of issues and a potential counterbalance to China in Asia. In 2010, President Barack Obama declared the U.S.Indian relationship would be “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.” Trade in goods was $63.7 billion last year, and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden last year called for that to grow to half a trillion dollars in five years. But trade relations were deteriorating even before the diplomatic row and, in India’s eyes, Powell’s tenure never recovered from Khobragade’s treatment. India took retaliatory measures against the U.S. embassy, including removing the ambassador’s exemption from airport security searches. Many Indian officials felt Powell had mishandled the case, which was related to the low wages that Khobragade paid a domestic worker called Sangeeta Richard. Both the Indian government and Narendra Modi, the opposition candidate who is favorite to become India’s next prime minister after elections that end in May, saw the arrest as U.S. hypocrisy and arrogance. Foreign ministry officials were furious that the embassy under Powell issued human trafficking visas and arranged air tickets to help evacuate Richard’s husband and children two days before Khobragade’s arrest, flying them out of India where they were allegedly facing police harassment.
no fIrSt lAdy for IndIA AS BAChelorS BAttle for pM joB NEW DELHI AGENCIES
In marriage-obsessed India where people are expected to wed young and produce progeny soon after, two single men are battling it out on the election trail for the prime minister’s job. On one side is fiery frontrunner Narendra Modi, 63, a white-bearded Hindu nationalist who likes to be seen as a modern-day “monk with a mission”, according to biographer Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay. On the other is Rahul Gandhi, 43, the scion of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty who tops eligible bachelor lists and is known as the “reluctant prince” for his diffidence about assuming his family inheritance as leader of the ruling Congress party. Modi, the hawkish conservative candidate for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, tipped to oust the scandal-tainted Congress in the polls starting April 7, reportedly
walked away from a marriage arranged when he was a child. He has never commented on the relationship, but the woman, 62-year-old retired school teacher Jashodaben, said recently that she didn’t “feel bad” that she has never been acknowledged. “I know he is doing so due to destiny,” she told the Indian express in February. Reports say the marriage was never consummated and Modi went on to rise through the ranks of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) Hindu group which frowns on marriage for its senior cadres. Modi, a strict vegetarian who says he “actually enjoys loneliness”, has made a virtue of his de facto single status, saying it will help him clean up India’s rampant corruption. “I’ve no familial ties. Who would I ever try to benefit through corruption?” he told a rally, claiming only those free of filial ties can end what opponents charge are years of corrupt rule by the Congress party. And he wouldn’t be the first single
man as Indian PM. Atal Behari Vajpayee, another BJP leader who served as premier from 1998 to 2004, said he never wed because he “did not get time”. Both Modi and Gandhi keep their private lives strictly under wraps — so much so that according to a Google trends report, some of the most frequently searched
questions are “Who is Modi’s wife?” and “Who is Gandhi’s girlfriend?” Gandhi last year declared he did not want to wed, saying he feared he would “become status-quoist and want my children to take my place” and perpetuate his family’s dominant political role. But in words that revived hopes of ambitious
mothers across India last month, he said he would wed “when I find the right girl”. In the past, he has been linked to several foreign girlfriends. But being single is no disadvantage in Indian politics, according to Subhash Agrawal who runs the think-tank India Focus. “In the Hindu tradition, being an ascetic and renunciation (of worldly things) has always been respected,” Agarwal said. Also from a voter viewpoint, not having a family “means there is much more chance the politician is honest — he’s no family to enrich”. In the unlikely event that the next prime minister is chosen from one of India’s smaller regional parties, there are high chances of a fellow, but female, singleton being selected. Two of the most influential ones — Mamata Banerjee from West Bengal and Jayalalithaa Jayaram from southern Tamil Nadu — have no acknowledged partners. A third female regional powerbroker, Mayawati, is also unmarried.
Wednesday, 2 April, 2014
Ahmedi mAn chArged with blAsphemy MOBS GO ON A RAMPAGE IN TANDO ALLAHYAR AFTER 12-YEAR-OLD BOY ACCUSES AHMEDI MAN OF DESECRATING THE HOLY QURAN HYDERABAD AGENCIES
number of residents of various localities of Tando Allahyar in Sindh and activists of religious parties took to the streets against alleged desecration of the Holy Quran and attacked the home-cum-worship place of a man belonging to the Ahmedi minority community for his involvement in the alleged sacrilege. The charged crowd rushed to Tahir Ahmed’s place and went on the rampage in the worship place on the ground floor. He took refuge on the upper floor, where his family lived. According to sources, it was rumoured that some people wanted to grab Tahir’s house. A heavy contingent of police and Rangers arrived at the spot and detained Ahmed while protesters threw stones at the suspect, injuring him. According to reports, 12-year-old Salman was coming from a madrassa in Mansoor Colony, Tando Allahyar, when he was allegedly intercepted by two men riding a motorbike. He alleged that
JAMAAT AHMADIYYA SPOKESMAN SAYS POLICE REGISTERED CASE AGAINST TAHIR AHMED UNDER MOB PRESSURE
the men, including Ahmed, snatched the Quran he was carrying and also “roughed him up”. Salman went back home and told his family and others about the alleged incident after which a charged crowd gathered and besieged Ahmed’s home in Mansoor Colony. Salman lives in the neighbourhood of the suspect. The crowd went on a rampage on the ground floor of the house, said to be a small worship place. A heavy contingent of police and Rangers arrived there and arrested Tahir Ahmed and took him to the A-Section Police Station of Tando Allahyar, where the crowd threw stones at the suspect and demanded registration of a case against him. An FIR (68/2014) was registered on a complaint of Qari Mohammad Ayub Siddique, Salman’s paternal uncle under Sections 295-B, 337-A-1 and F-1 against the two suspects. The protesters burnt tyres and resorted to firing in the air, forcing traders to shut their businesses. Tando Allahyar was tense till late in the night. A couple of Ahmedi families live in Mansoor Colony and many more families of the community live across Tando
Allahyar district. Tando Allahyar DSP Noor Mohammad Marri told media personnel that a case was registered and a suspect arrested. He said that according to Tahir Ahmed’s wife, Salman and their son had fought over some petty matter in the afternoon. Tando Allahyar SSP Javed Baloch said that police were investigating the case from different angles and had beefed up security measures for the Ahmedi community in Tando Allahyar and were patrolling the streets also. ALLEGATIONS BASELESS: Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Ahmadia Pakistan spokesman Salimuddin has termed the allegations against Ahmed to be baseless and has condemned the incident saying, “No Ahmedi can even think of desecrating the Holy Quran, which was revealed on Prophet Mohammad
(PBUH). It is shameful that some miscreants attacked our place of worship on a false blasphemy allegation.” Citing the recent incident in the area where a Hindu temple was attacked upon, the spokesman claimed the presence of ‘miscreants’ in the area which were creating problems for the minority communities and furnishing misunderstandings between the Muslims and minorities. According to the Ahmadia spokesperson’s version of events, a few men had attacked their worship place first and the police was called who took Ahmed in their protective custody. As the police was trying to save Ahmed, the crowd also pelted stones on the police, he said. However afterwards, he alleged, the police registered a case against the ‘victim’ himself, succumbing to the pressure of the protesters.
PESHAWAR: KP Governor Shaukatullah takes oath from new provincial ministers at Governor’s House on Tuesday. INP
NEWS 05 sAwAn mAsih AppeAls blAsphemy deAth sentence LAHoRE: Sawan Masih, the man recently sentenced to death for blasphemy, appealed against his conviction Tuesday, saying the charges were trumped up to speed the eviction of Christians from the area. Masih was convicted last week of insulting Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) during a conversation with a Muslim friend in the Joseph Colony neighbourhood of Lahore in March last year. “We have filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court against the death sentence awarded to Sawan Masih and called for his acquittal and release from jail,” his lawyer Naeem Shakir said. More than 3,000 people rampaged through Joseph Colony, torching some 100 Christian homes in Pakistan's second-largest city, after the allegations against Masih emerged. Police had initially said they would investigate whether or not businessmen in the area may have instigated the violence with the aim of seizing the land, or to exploit the blasphemy allegations for political gain. Shakir said the circumstances in which the incident took place cast “serious doubts” over the prosecution's case. He added his client had told the court the blasphemy charges “were fabricated by the elements who wanted to occupy the property of Joseph Colony”. Pakistan has extremely strict laws against defaming Islam, including the death penalty for insulting Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), and rights campaigners say they are often used to settle personal disputes in a country where 97 per cent of the population is Muslim. A recent report from a US government advisory panel said Pakistan used blasphemy laws more than any other country in the world, listing 14 people on death row and 19 others serving life sentences for insulting Islam. The country has had a de facto moratorium on civilian hangings since 2008. Only one person has been executed since then, a soldier convicted by court martial. STAFF REPORT
22-yeAr-old kidnApped, rAped And torched in kArAchi KARACHI: The torched body of a 22-year-old trainee nurse, who was kidnapped, tortured and raped before being set on fire, was found by the police on Monday night in Khuda Ki Basti area of Karachi. According to the police, the body was spotted near the Lyari riverbank in the area. The blood found at the crime scene reflected that the victim was first hit in the head with a blunt weapon and was set on fire after sprinkling oil on her, said the Manghopir deputy superintendent of police Shaukat Shani . The body was shifted to a hospital where the doctors told the investigators that the girl was murdered two to three hours before her body was received by the hospital. The victims had received 100 percent burn injuries and she had also been raped, added the doctors. She was identified by a card in her purse that was found from the crime scene. The victim was a trainee nurse at Sindh Govt Qatar Hospital. According to the victim’s father, she left home for work in the morning and was then found dead at around 4pm. She must have been kidnapped on her way to the hospital, added the investigators. ONLINE
PAKISTAN REAFFIRMS SUPPORT, FACILITATION FOR PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD: Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai called on Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday. INP
Afghanistan’s new ambassador to Pakistan called on Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to prime minister on national security and foreign affairs, and discussed ways to further improve and strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas of common interest. According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, newly appointed ambassador Janan Mosazai paid a courtesy call on Aziz. Aziz said that the Foreign Office will extend full cooperation to Mosazai in discharge of his mission in Pakistan. The ambassador expressed gratitude for the warm
welcome he had received in Pakistan. They discussed the current state of relations between the two countries ways to further improve and strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas of common interest. In order to further strengthen mutual trust and confidence, the need for enhanced people-to-people contacts and regular interaction at the official level was emphasised. The adviser reaffirmed Pakistan’s continuing support and facilitation of efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and wished them success in their forthcoming elections. The meeting came a day after Pakistan’s deputy head of mission in Kabul was summoned by Afghan officials.
wAjid shAmsul hAsAn steps down from office LoNDoN: Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Wajid Shamsul Hasan has decided to step down from his position. He made this announcement while speaking during a gathering in London on Monday. Wajid said that he will devolve his authority to the Deputy High Commissioner Imran Mirza. Wajid was deployed as high commissioner in UK for last six years, which is a record tenure for any Pakistani envoy. The Government of Pakistan so far has not announced the successor of Wajid. Last year, Wajid Shamsul Hasan had announced his resignation when PML-N took to power, however the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refused to accept his resignation and asked him to continue serving as the high commissioner to the UK. AGENCIES
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JUI-F protests mUrder attempt on soomro SUKKUR Online
The Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUIF) staged a protest demonstration outside the Sukkur Press Club against a murder attempt on Khalid Mahmood Soomro late on Monday night. According to media reports, the JUI-F workers gathered outside the press club and chanted loud slogans against the assassination attempt on their party leader. The protesters demanded the authorities to order a probe into the incident and arrest the culprits at the earliest. Earlier, unknown assailants opened fire at the vehicle of Khalid Mahmood Soomro, however, he remained safe fortunately. The culprits fled away after an exchange of fire with the security guards of Soomro. The JUIF leader received minor injuries caused due to splinters as the window panes of his vehicle shattered because due to firing by the culprits.
CIty wIll FaCe water shortage In aprIl: KwsB KARACHI inP
The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) Tuesday said the citizens of the metropolis will face shortage of water this month. According to KWSB spokesperson, shortage of water is due to lower level of water in Hub dam and less rains in the city. Due to shortage of water, water load management system will be carried out in the city. Some areas will be deprived of water for 24 hours while many areas of the city will face partial shortage of water supply including Agra Taj, Garden and Lyari.
KArAchi: The fountain at Kabootar Chowrangi is in a shambles. online
Two political workers among three killed KARACHI
T least one person was killed and another was wounded in a gun attack in Karachi's Gulshan-i-Iqbal area on Tuesday whereas two bodies were recovered from Ghagar Phatak near Dhabeji on the city's National Highway. According to details, unknown gunmen opened fire on a vehicle near Moti Mahal in Gulshan-iIqbal area killing one person and injuring another. Both the men, in their 20s, were identified as students of a Madrassah, Ahsan-ulUloom, in the area. The victims were shifted to a nearby hospital. Fear and panic gripped the area after the incident as enraged residents took to the streets and resorted to stone pelting on vehicles blocking the flow of traffic near Rab Medical Centre. Additional contingent of Rangers and police personnel reached the spot. Moreover two bodies, bearing marks of torture, were recovered from Ghagar Phatak area. The victims identified as Sanaullah and Masrur were residents of the city's Shah Faisal Colony and Gulistan-e-Johar areas, respectively.
According to sources, the victims had been abducted before being shot dead. They were said to have links with political parties. Police chief wAnts MAdAdgAr-15 to PerforM: Inspector General of Sindh Police Iqbal Mehmood has directed the police officials to take practical steps to improve the performance of Madadgar-15 and submit the report in this regard within seven days. He said this during a surprise visit to the Centre of Madadgar-15, said a statement on Tuesday. The Sindh police chief also reviewed the response time on the telephone calls which were received by the Madadgar-15 during his around 30-minute visit to the centre. He directed the officials concerned to improve the response time and upgrade the system as well as increase the work force for the purpose. The IG Sindh was informed that the Madadgar-15 centre managed its operations through 38 lines and immediately conveys the messages to the respective police stations to take action. He directed the Director Information Technology Sindh Police to take necessary action to bring reforms in this regard and prepare and submit recommendations.
rangers perFormIng well despIte laCK oF resoUrCes, says dg rangers KARACHI inP
Sindh Rangers Director General (DG) Rizwan Akhtar has said that the law enforcing agencies have brought encouraging results in the targeted operations despite lack of resources. Akhtar said indiscriminate action would be taken against the criminal elements in city. "Rangers will set an example out of persons who are a threat to the life and property of the citizens," he added. He further said that Rangers would iron-handedly deal with the persons who had taken up arms against citizens, traders and security forces. "Peaceful Karachi is the sole agenda of the law enforcing agencies which will never be compromised," the DG said.
‘death sqUad’ In CIty polICe targetIng mqm worKers KARACHI Online
QAIM SATISFIED WITH LAW AND ORDER IN CITY KARACHI aPP Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed satisfaction over the performance of police and Rangers in maintaining law and order in Karachi. He said it was because of sustained targeted operation being carried out under a joint strategy against the criminals that the law and order situation was quite under control. He said this while presiding over a meeting on Tuesday to review law and order and incidents of religious
confrontation took place in other parts of the province. The chief minister called for identifying the force behind religious and sectarian fanaticism in Sindh and directed Rangers and police to launch crack down against the anti-state elements. He also directed the authorities to stop influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and construction of illegal madaris in the province. Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon, Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Home Secretary Dr.Niaz Ali Abbasi, Secretary
Law Mir Muhammad Shaikh, Acting IGP Sindh Iqbal Mehmood, Additional IGP Karachi Shahid Hayat, Advocate General Sindh Fatah Malik, Prosecutor General Sher Muhammad Shaikh, All DIGs of Karachi and other officers attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that despite obstacles/hurdles of illegal SIMs, the LEAs had achieved remarkable performance in controlling law and order in the metropolis. He said most of the heinous crimes had been substantially decreased, while
conviction rate had increased. In the recent month, 60 convictions were made some of them with death sentences and life imprisonment and 70 convictions were made under Arms Act. The chief minister while condemning the recent trend of attacks on the worship places of Hindu community termed it as conspiracy of anti-state elements who, according to him, did not want peace and tranquility and brotherhood in Sindh. He said these criminal activities were linked with nefarious political designs but he vowed that the PPP government having strong support of the people would foil them. He directed the authorities for maintaining peace, tranquility and harmony among all segments of the society at all costs. While taking serious notice of influx of IDPs from tribal areas to Sindh, the chief minister said that Sindh was the only province where maximum numbers of IDPs had infiltrated.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) coordination committee repeated the allegations which were leveled by the party’s chief regarding a ‘death squad’ in the city police which targeted party workers of ‘Mohajir’ ethnicity. Speaking to media during an emergency press conference at the party headquarters, MQM coordination committee member Haider Abbas Rizvi alleged that some racist and narrow minded police officers were involved in extra judicial killings of party workers in the name of Karachi operation like the one in Gharo where MQM workers Sanaullah and Mansoor were brutally killed and their bodies were thrown away. He said such elements had formed a ‘death squad’ of plain clothes policemen who were kidnapping MQM workers and killing them outside Karachi. Rizvi urged the Human Rights organisations to speak up against injustices meted out during targeted operation in Karachi. The press conference was called after slain MQM workers were recovered from Gharo district of Sindh.
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sUKKUr: Activists of the Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI) protest against the murder attempt on Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro. online
Poor health status of women triggered Thar tragedy KARACHI
INDH Secretary for Health Iqbal Hussain Durrani on Tuesday enumerated poor health status of women in Tharparkar compounded by negligible child spacing among the major factors leading to recent calamity in the area. Talking to journalists at Karachi Press Club, he said repeated episodes of famine in the arid zone was not unusual nor was the fact that infant mortality rates in Sindh was 74 per 100,000. "This makes it all the important to ensure that healthcare needs of people are accorded top priority with equal attention towards their nutritional status," said the health secretary. "It is time to ensure that the misfortune may neither recur in Thar nor hit any other part of the province," he said. The health secretary in reply to a
question said the department could not be absolved of its responsibilities, however, there were also certain harsh realities that needed to be addressed through a pragmatic approach. In this context, he referred to unwillingness among the doctors themselves to serve in remote areas, although they may be the domicile holders of the same zone. Claiming that a strategy has been recently evolved to address actual healthcare needs of people, with major focus on preventive aspect, he said that USAID has agreed to expand its Maternal and Child Health Program to the remote areas of Sindh. This, he said will compliment World Bank Program sponsored nutritional project providing "Therapeutic Food" to the malnourished children. "Moreover local NGOs, of sound reputation as HANDS, have also been actively involved to assist government in implementing its
public health policy, initially in Thar" said the health secretary. Durrani said the budgetary allocation for health sector has registered a tremendous increase in five years time and there was urgency to raise the public health status through a coordinated approach. In reply to another question, he said community midwives were being trained to improve access to quality reproductive health facilities with equal attention to modify public behaviour viz a viz their nutritional and health needs coupled with hygiene and cleanliness. The health secretary responding to another query said 193 deaths have been registered in Thar since the famine hit the area. Sindh Secretary for Health, Iqbal Hussain Durrani during his visit to KPC was also accompanied by EDO Health, Zafar Ijaz and Additional Secretary for Health, Mansoor Abbas.
COMMITTEE FORMED TO FIX NEW MILK PRICE KArAchi: The city administration has decided to take strong action against the milk sellers indulged in overcharging. The decision was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Tuesday. The meeting, which was attended by all the subdivisional magistrates of Karachi, Additional Commissioner Haji Ahmed, assistant commissioners and other concerned officials, was convened in consequence of public complaints pouring in about arbitrary increase in milk price by milk sellers. The commissioner issued strict warning to the milkmen for violating the officially-approved price list and
one more tharI ChIld dIes, toll reaChes 212 MItHI Online
Another baby girl died in the civil hospital on Tuesday putting the death toll at 212. The miseries of people in Thar see no end as there is still a high flow of patients in the civil hospital and more than 40 children are under treatment here. A girl passed away due to malnutrition the other day raising the death toll to 212 Meanwhile, the drought-affected people are facing problems in receiving the amount announced by the government. There are three private banks and one in Chachro along with a government bank in Mithi which are providing temporary ATM facility. However, technical problems, shortage of cash and other problems are common here. With the advent of summer and rise in temperature gradually, many NGOs have gone back while the government relief activities have also slowed down.
asked them to follow the official price list or face legal action. He also asked the consumers not to pay a single penny above the approved price and register their complaint against those shopkeepers selling milk and other essential items over and above the fixed rate on telephone numbers 9920433499204790. The commissioner also set up an 11-member committee to be headed by Additional Commissioner II Haji Ahmed to fix new price of milk and convene its meeting on Thursday. The other members of the committee would be from the livestock department, media, human rights, consumers rights protection
council and other stakeholder. Fresh milk price will be fixed with the consultation and agreement of all stakeholders. The commissioner said the government wanted growth of dairy industry for which it was ready to assist and facilitate the concerned businessmen and investors but to achieve that end they should have to respect and abide by the government orders and price list instead of challenging its writ. He said the growth of dairy industry would not only benefit the businessmen but also the consumers as reduction in prices of dairy products would also reflect government's policy of providing relief to a common man. aPP
edUCatIon CIty master plan approved KARACHI aPP Education City board in its first meeting on Tuesday approved its master plan which is to be established in district Malir. The board recommended the name of eminent economist and former governor State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Ishrat Hussain as its member. This was decided in the meeting of the board held at the Chief Minister House here, which was presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, said an official statement.
A test of leadership
Time for Nawaz Sharif to prove his mettle
HE PML-N leadership is divided over how to deal with Musharraf. While the majority is opposed to removing his name from the ECL, some are against taking any risk. It is for the first time in the country’s history that a former military ruler is being held accountable. There is a need to shut the door for military takeovers for good by letting the law take its course. With the exception of the MQM, the rest of the opposition is willing to stand by Sharif if he does not bail out Musharraf. Any bargaining with Musharraf would be interpreted as surrender. The removal of the former military ruler’s name from the ECL is likely to draw flak from the superior judiciary also. Sharif has to realise that the bar on Muharraf’s travel abroad was put by a two-member Supreme Court bench in April last year. At about the same time the Sindh High Court, while granting Musharraf protective bail, directed the Directorate General Immigration and Passport to put his name on ECL. The SHC subsequently rejected Musharraf’s petition to remove his name from the ECL. A confrontation with judiciary could turn out to be disastrous for the system. The PML-N leadership is also divided over how to deal with the TTP. The ceasefire announced by the militants ended on Monday but despite promises an announcement regarding the extension in ceasefire is yet to be announced. The TTP is in fact employing the threat of the renewal of the terrorist attacks to extract concessions that would seriously compromise national interests. The demands for a demilitarised zone and the release of TTP prisoners are preconditions for the initiation of talks on substantive issues like the acceptance of the constitution and the writ of the state by the militants. A demilitarised zone is established between two warring nations along the frontiers or boundaries that separate them. Calling upon the national army to cede control of the country’s territory to placate the terrorists is a recipe for disaster. The TTP militants have kidnapped many noncombatants including Prof Ajmal Khan, Shahbaz Taseer and Ali Haider Gilani. It is however unwilling to exchange any of these for its captured noncombatants. How can the government release the TTP detenus unilaterally? Releasing terrorists who have attacked innocent citizens, military establishments and law enforcement personnel should be out of question. The way the party leadership could not reach a consensus and had to postpone the national security meeting indicates a lack of leadership. It is time Nawaz Sharif recognises the importance of the historical moment. He should say no to removal of Musharraf’s name from ECL and no to the conditions set by the TTP.
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Be positive And work hard for the future khuRshid akhtaR khan
HE spectacular rise of the Pakistani rupee against the dollar last month silenced, at least for the time being, even the most avid critics of the finance minister that have not been prepared to credit him of being anything more than a glorious book keeper. Against all odds and to the chagrin of the currency market and its speculators, the finance minister delivered on what he had promised a few weeks ago. More or less like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat. The rupee exchange rate parity against dollar tumbled from around 108 to below 100. The muted accolades from friends and foes were shortlived and soon turned to sly speculations on how he did it and who had benefitted with the manoeuvre. The media and the opposition parties smelled a rat. The smell got fouler as, at about the same time, a string of notable dignitaries from Saudi Arabia and the Emir of Bahrain descended on the capital with their entourage in quick succession - greeted to red carpet reception, full protocol and bear hugs. The sudden exhibition of such warmth was enough ammunition for the television talk show hosts and the opposition parties to put the government in the firing line. The resuscitation of 1.5 billion dollars loan/gift from Saudi Arabia and the projection of further inflows to follow in the foreign currency reserves from various other sources put the brakes on the downward slide of the rupee. The numerous positive dividends of a stable rupee, however, have remained buried under the unending reverberations of the secrecy behind the negotiations and the terms of the not so insignificant loan. Conspiracy theories, fears of a compromise in the Middle East foreign policy, becoming a party in the Syrian
conflict and rumours of an agreement to send arms and our forces to fight in the Arab world were presented in press and television with such conviction that even Altaf Hussain couldn’t resist the temptation to pass the opportunity to pronounce his trade mark theatrical warnings in a hurriedly called public address. He leapt several steps further and advised the armed forces to refuse to obey any government command to fight abroad. Democracy in our country is misinterpreted as a license to say anything one pleases – may it be libellous, treasonous or anti-state. We have no dearth of elaborate to check everything under the sun, but our system and the powerful lobbies prevent their implementation when they are at variance with their interests. Likewise, negativity, suspicion and mistrust have penetrated so deep in our national thinking that we have lost the sense to rejoice or to feel pride in simple achievements. The prime minister’s categorical assurance of no shift in foreign policy failed to calm down the accusations of ‘no free lunch’ and a sell-off, notwithstanding the fact that loans and grants are hardly novelties to our economy. All our rulers have had insatiable appetite for easy financial
assistance. Conversely, the opposition follow by exhibition of slandering and incredible ingratitude towards the donors. The portrayal of the Saudi contribution to prop our sagging economy as a sinister motive, based on unsubstantiated conjectures, reflects this national trend. There has been no dearth of zealots burning the American flags right in front of its missions and chanting slogans of death to America and no US aid. Most of these will grab any opportunity to migrate to the West in search of a better living or to willingly avail its grants without any qualms. The Saudis that had so far been spared the humiliation have also now become the victim of such political point scoring. Pakistan is a country with 796,000 square meters of land area, developed communication network, an agricultural and industrial base, vast untapped natural resources, professionally trained, disciplined and well equipped armed forces, established administrative structure and in excess of180 million industrious people. Our geographical location, nuclear capability and a special significance in the Islamic block make us a significant regional power. Contrary to media portrayals of a
failing state, Pakistan is a vibrant and stable state with a centuries old culture. 1.5 billion is just 1% of 228 billion dollars that is the annual budget of Saudi Arabia. The tiny peninsula state of Qatar gave 8 billion dollars to the Morsi government of Egypt. A consortium of Saudi, Bahrain and UAE has pledged 20 billion dollars to the present government of Egypt. Neither Egypt nor Pakistan can ever be expected to compromise their own interests. The Gulf States, with huge surplus of funds are seeking influence in the Muslim world to protect them from possible isolation in the fast changing global priorities and reorientation of interests. Our interest also lies in winning new friends and to strengthen our ties with the regional nations for trade and security. We need to emerge from petty squabbles domestically and externally and enter into a constructive mode. Pakistan has plenty to offer in return to the thinly populated Emirates other than the export of manpower and small orders of agricultural produce and meat. We have about a dozen large state defence and engineering production complexes that produce airborne weapon systems, ballistic missiles, naval vessels, aircrafts, unmanned aerial vehicles, tanks, defence and industrial products, various arms and ammunition and miscellaneous other products. These items that are sold with an end user certification need aggressive export marketing. With the prospects of the gradual return of peace, our higher educational institutions can attract regional students and training facilities in all fields can be provided. It is time to cease our self deprecating attitude, narrow goals and underestimating our potential. We must commence thinking positively. The writer is an engineer and an entrepreneur. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media and government Only a liberal policy can help it flourish Rakhshanda khan Rakhshy
n any sovereign country, the Media is one of the most important pillars of the state besides the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary… With the exception of very few countries in the world it is however not allowed to play its role in the nation building activities since it is denied the freedom that it deserves in order to make positive contribution in this area. In most countries the media is subjected to curbs, sanctions and obstacles to ensure that only the policy of the sitting government is propagated and its performance eulogised. The basic concept of the media contributing towards nation building activities is violated and it is used to indoctrinate the masses, propagate the government’s point of view and elongate the span of rule of the authoritarian regime. In the first few years after independence, the media in Pakistan was not only free but also acted with a sense of responsibility to ensure that the fruits of the freedom were equitably distributed amongst all the citizens of Pakistan irrespective of cast, creed or position. However, with the passage of time Pakistan also joined the crowd and did not remain an exception from the general trend in the world as successive civil and military governments began to use the media to their own advantage. In the garb of designing ‘a code of conduct’ for the media they sought to provide loopholes so as to exploit them for channelizing it to propagate only the government’s points of view. Some newspapers (very few) continued to defy this government’s policy and follow an independent as well as nationalistic course of action but generally most of the other newspapers fell in line with the government’s requirements and were duly exploited (and also rewarded by different means) by the successive governments till late as well. The television and radio were
obviously used as state organs totally under control and acting according to the directives of the always sitting governments. Only some print media, to include selected newspapers and periodicals, showed some signs of independence and followed the longterm objective of nationalistic point of view, which they practiced and preached despite all the hurdles and drawbacks of doing so. When the present regime came into power, it was generally expected that new curbs and sanctions would be placed on the media which would operate under the directives of the authoritarian government and would be exploited as usually done by previous governments. However, it came as a very pleasant surprise when the government declared that it would follow a liberal policy in respect of the media, ensuring its freedom and encouraging expansion. No less than the Prime Minister himself declared during his address on forms an integral part of the statehood in this era of information. “I have great regard and respect for the media. I trust it to play a positive and constructive role. I am a firm believer in the freedom of the press and am even considering to liberalise the policy on the establishment of private television and radio channels”. This became the direction to be taken by the government in
regard to the policy pertaining to media, and all actions taken by the government that followed especially the present government headed by the Prime Minister as well have shown that the policy was followed in letter and spirit. Today in current scenario, there are 45 private television channels and 104 private radio stations operating freely in the country. Many new newspapers and periodicals have started operations during this time period and continue to follow an independent policy criticizing the government where necessary and supporting it where its actions are considered positive. This is evident from the free expression of points of view by both the supporters and opponents of the government and can be judged from the style and substance of discussions, talk
shows, seminars, debates, lectures, articles and parodies being presented on the electronic and print media. It is fervently hoped that despite some irritants and temporary distractions the understanding developed between the government and the media will be maintained and the freedom of media will be ensured .It is also hoped and we pray that it so happens that combined with their national spirit as well as sense of responsibilities the media will be allowed to play its due role in the building of national opinion and contributing towards the long term objectives of freedom, independence, prosperity and nation building, inshallah. The writer is a Dubai-based senior columnist and CEO of the PMG group.
WORLD VIEW 09
Wednesday, 2 April, 2014
Pakistan Punts on india trade Wall street JourNal Nawaz Sharif's first year as Pakistan's prime minister has offered some good economic news, including his push to privatize more than 30 staterun enterprises. It's disappointing, then, that last week he refused to extend most-favored-nation trade status to India, postponing a policy change that would greatly boost Pakistan's economy. The move would apply to Indian goods the same preferential tariff rates Pakistan applies to most other imports. Mr. Sharif campaigned on improving relations with India, and for weeks officials in Islamabad said they had decided to liberalize cross-border trade, making good on a promise first made in October 2011. Not so, announced the prime minister last Monday, citing a "lack of consensus" and his desire not to "favor a single political party" before India's general elections begin April 7. Islamabad may be nervous about alienating key protectionist constituencies. Across the country suspicion of India is so common that officials don't speak of designating their neighbor a "most favored nation" but simply of granting "nondiscriminatory market access." Before Mr. Sharif announced the postponement, thousands of farmers threatened a sit-in at the Wagah border crossing (the only one operating today, down from 11 before 1965). An optimistic interpretation is that Mr. Sharif expects business-friendly opposition candidate Narendra Modi to win the looming Indian election, so he anticipates using trade liberalization to establish cooperative relations with a new Modi government. But whether it springs from domestic political posturing or diplomatic maneuvering, the delay is bad economics. Normalized trade relations could bring official crossborder exchange to $40 billion a year from less than $3 billion today, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has noted. In the first three years, Pakistan's annual exports to India would rise to 250 billion rupees ($2.5 billion) from 30 billion today, estimates Islamabad's commerce ministry, with half a million new jobs created. Exports to third countries would benefit, too, as Pakistani firms access cheaper raw materials from India. At least Mr. Sharif didn't blame Indian trade policy for his postponement, as Pakistani officials have in the past. Certainly India has maintained many non-tariff barriers to trade since it granted mostfavored-nation status to Pakistan in 1996, including visa restrictions, productlabeling requirements and domestic agricultural subsidies. But in January New Delhi agreed to liberalize visa rules for Pakistani businessmen, and in March it announced cuts to some 300 remaining tariffs, with those on textiles now set to drop to 5% from heights of 120%. By not meeting those reforms with a pro-trade push of his own, Mr. Sharif has missed a diplomatic and economic opportunity. He could best serve his constituents by reconsidering.
Pakistan: Musharraf indicted al Jazeera
HE inevitable finally happened; a special court has finally formally charged Pakistan's former strongman General Pervez Musharraf on five counts, including treason on account of suspending the constitution on November 3, 2007. Musharraf expectedly pleaded "not guilty" in an emotional but composed response, saying he never even could imagine committing treason. The former president was charged with treason under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the constitution, imposing a state of emergency on the country in November 2007, making unlawful changes to it, and detaining judges of the superior courts. In what appeared to be a shock to him, the court later also rejected Musharraf's request for permission to leave for Dubai to look after his 94-year-old ailing mother. It said allowing Musharraf to leave the country was the executive's prerogative. This way, the court threw the ball in the government's court. Interestingly, State Prosecutor Akram Sheikh had told the court in the morning, the government had no objection if the accused wanted to go abroad to see his ailing mother. Following months of delaying tactics by his lawyers, the special court had, on March 14, issued non-bailable arrest warrants for the former president, instructing the authorities to arrest him if he failed to present himself before the court on March 31. "Whatever I did, I did for the country and its people. I am sad that I am being called a traitor," stated a composed Musharraf, claiming that he made Pakistan a respectable country during his tenure and recalling that he also defended the country in two major wars with India. Musharraf insisted that he did not make decisions alone. His counsels reportedly have submitted a list of some 269 “collaborators" of Musharraf between 1999 and 2007, when he imposed a state of emergency and suspended dozens of senior judges, including former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. The list also included General Ashfaq Kayani, the former army chief and
once one of Musharraf's most trusted associates since the coup in 1999. Legal experts say the trial will now likely take its course. "Once somebody pleads not guilty the prosecution has to prove otherwise, the onus is on the prosecution now," former Supreme Court Chief Justice Saeeduzama Siddiqi told the private Samaa TV. Barrister Salman Akram Raja, hinting at the long-drawn process, said in an interview that, "The next step is the recording of witness statements as well as of depositions by the collaborators named by Musharraf’s lawyers." But Musharraf supporters and his defence lawyers were upbeat. One barrister and close Musharraf associate stayed away from the proceedings protesting what he called the "controversial and biased conduct of judges", but insisted the prosecution had conceded their major contestation. Most critics have always been sceptical as to whether the government, which initiated the treason case under Article 6 of the constitution late last year, really wanted him prosecuted. Musharraf's second appearance before the court on Monday, underscored a major
step forward in Pakistan's democratic transition; never before had a former army chief and president faced indictment. The run-up to Musharraf's second appearance following 35 hearings, accompanied by heated arguments between the prosecution and defence lawyers and delaying tactics, has not been shorn of dramatic and curious twists and turns. On two previous occasions he dodged the court following a mysterious discovery of "explosives" near his farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad. The explosives were somehow both amateurishly rigged and expertly unearthed. In January, when he did manage to leave his home for another court hearing, Musharraf suddenly fell ill on the way; his car was swiftly diverted to the military-run Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) hospital, where he has been ensconced for nearly three months. The nature of his illnesses, however, remained disputed. At times he complained of chest pains, while a leaked medical report said that he was beset by nine different ailments, including hypertension, a clogged artery, a rickety knee, and some trouble with
AMERICA'S SECRET WEAPON TO STOP RUSSIA NatioNal iNterest RobeRt Spalding iii
Today Ukraine is threatened by a large Russian force on its border. The Crimea has been annexed by Russia, and Russian forces are consolidating their hold on the province. Despite assurances by the Russians that they have no interest in invading Ukraine, it is easy to be dubious of their claims. Capability doesn’t lie, and intent can change in a heartbeat. Many have already said that there are no military options in the Ukraine crisis. While Western Europe and the United States do not desire conflict with Russia, the lack of action supporting Ukraine is actually a provocative gesture that invites escalation by the Russians. Fritz Kraemer, a little-known but highly influential strategist in the Pentagon best known for his many years as advisor to numerous secretaries of defense, believed that there were two ways to be provocative. One way was to be threatening, and in so doing provoke an enemy to action. The other way was to appear weak, and thus to provoke an adversary into a similar risky misadventure. Before the United States Air Force began pounding Saddam’s forces in what would be a prelude to a one-hundred-hour ground campaign, it provided a much more subtle service to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When considering the first Iraq war, most people think about the offensive campaign that pushed Saddam’s forces out of Kuwait. Few remember the deterrence provided by airpower before allied aircraft began the offensive that would be known as “Desert Storm.” On August 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Almost immediately the threat to Saudi Arabia was recognized in the United States. On August 7, the first contingent of F-15s were deployed to Saudi Arabia. These aircraft provided a stopgap to prevent Iraqi aircraft from supporting a ground invasion of Saudi Arabia. It also bought time to work diplomatic initiatives, and sought to quell the Saudi’s fear of an impending invasion. This was just one of many examples where the United States has used military deployments to deter an adversary. During the Kennedy administration, the Soviet Union issued an ultimatum to the Western powers calling for the withdrawal of all military forces from Western Berlin. Then on August 13, 1961 the East Germans began constructing the Berlin Wall. Kennedy went to Congress and asked for an increase in the defense budget and authorization to boost the end strength of the Army to one million men. In October and November of 1961, the United States began the largest deployment of Air National Guard interceptors to Eu-
rope in an operation dubbed “Stair Step.” This served to dissuade further Soviet aggression, and though the Wall remained it would ultimately be torn down. These examples highlight the importance of the military lever of national power in support of diplomatic efforts when faced with an adversary determined to use military force. Unless backed by a credible use of force, negotiations will often fail. Foreign-policy practitioners frequently dismiss the military as an option, because they prefer “soft power.” These same practitioners consider “hard power” to be inherently provocative. Yet, deployments of military forces need not be escalatory, especially when they are intended to be defensive in nature. Crimea is most likely permanently lost until there is a change in government in Russia. To buy time for Ukraine and to allow time for diplomatic measures to be effective, a military solution is called for. A purely defensive deployment of F-22 fighters (along with supporting aircraft) is just one possible solution. To be diplomatically effective these forces would have to come with an American promise to defend Ukrainian skies from attack. Without firing a shot, such a deployment would immediately change Putin’s invasion calculus. Faced with F-22s, Russian aircraft would not survive, and thus could not support a Russian ground invasion. Ukrainians would feel more confident about their ability to defend their country, since any Russian invasion would be subject to attack by Ukrainian aircraft protected by F-22s. The resulting pause and collective exhale would allow all sides to consider a future where an aggressive Russia will be met with firm American resolve. Furthermore it puts some teeth into what everyone believes is the “strong message that needs to be sent to Putin,” rather than just sending the Ukrainians some groceries. To those that wonder about the outcomes from what they would surely term a severe provocation without a clear understanding of United States’ interests, I propose three. First, Putin and others would be put on notice that unilateral attempts to militarily change the post-World War II global order will be forcefully countered. Second, countries that rely on American power as an alternative to developing their own nuclear-arms program would feel confident that the United States will honor its commitment to extended deterrence. Finally, the countries that have heretofore been prevented from joining NATO by a belligerent Russia can comfortably enter the global commons without fear of coercion. Robert Spalding III is a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
his spine. Though the army practically denied any role in his admission to the militaryrun hospital, most observers agreed it wouldn't be possible without tacit support of General Headquarters (GHQ), now headed by General Raheel Sharif. Providing shelter to Musharraf at the military hospital also signalled to the civilian government that the army, still a predominant political force, disfavoured the witchhunting of its former chief. The case took a surprising turn on March 30, when Farukh Nasim, a barrister ideologically close to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and a member of Pakistan's Upper House - the Senate - appeared on Musharraf's behalf. Nasim's association with Musharraf offered another twist in the case; the MQM is the only party that has publicly supported Musharraf. The three-member bench rejected Nasim's request for a several week adjournment and allowed him only two weeks to prepare for the next hearing. It, however, excused Musharraf from personal appearance when the case resumes in two weeks. The court's rather favourable ruling about Musharraf's travel abroad has sparked hopes the former army chief may soon be heading out for what would be an end to months of an ordeal that he probably had never envisioned before returning to Pakistan in 2013. As of now, the process seems set for protracted proceedings, and therefore with no immediate fallout for the civil-military relations. If Musharraf somehow manages to leave the country, that will probably provide a big relief to the government which had increasingly looked to be choking under the gauntlet it had thrown at him. So, the disappearance of Musharraf from the national scene - under whatever conditions - would not only relieve the government of a headache it asked for, but also take out a big source of distraction from other pressing issues such as the tenacious Taliban insurgency and the challenge of economic revival. Imtiaz Gul is Executive Director of the Islamabad-based independent Centre for Research and Security Studies. The Centre is a research and advocacy outfit, focused primarily on security, radicalisation and governance.
PAK SHOWS MIGHT, PUTS MUSHARRAF IN THE DOCK HiNdustaN times The indictment of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf by a special court has come when civilian rule in the country seems to be striking root and one term of the country’s National Assembly, its equivalent of Parliament, has been completed successfully, to be followed by another. The charges against General Musharraf are subverting the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country and detaining judges. This is the first time that a Pakistan army chief, serving or retired, has been indicted by a court. It is not clear at this stage whether General Musharraf will be convicted. While this looks like an act of retribution by the judiciary for the arm-twisting it received at the hands of Mr Musharraf when he was in power, this can disturb the power equilibrium when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appointed a new army chief without a hitch. It was not so long ago that there was talk of a military coup in Pakistan when the relations between then Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani were rocky. It was upon the intervention of the US and then secretary of state Hillary Clinton that the possibility of a coup was averted and the army chief got a second term. Under General Musharraf, judges in 2000 were compelled to take an oath of allegiance to his regime. However, the judiciary as an institution hit back in 2007 and refused to knuckle under even in the face of the threats from the army and intelligence agencies. What has happened now is a culmination of this process. Until a decade ago it was said that the army had always been an autonomous institution in Pakistan even under a civilian government. No civilian government had taken on the army except for an occasional removal of a senior soldier from his position. But when Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as Pakistan’s chief justice led the lawyers’ movement against his suspension, the stir took the colour of a popular revolt. At this stage what needs to be observed is whether the army uses this as a handle to hit back at the judiciary and the executive. If it stays quiet, then it may be concluded that democracy has taken a step forward in Pakistan.
10 BUSINESS PR CORNOR
bOk always encourages healthy sports & social activities
PESHAWAR: The Bank of Khyber (BOK) has always encouraged healthy Sports & Social activities across the country and appreciated the social initiatives, this was stated by Mr. Imran Samad, Managing Director BOK during his visit to Malik Saad Shaheed Memorial Sports Trust (MSSSST) this morning. He lauded the services rendered by the MSSST in remembering of Heroes of the Nation and specially Police Officers and Jawans who sacrificed their lives for the bright future of the land. Mr. Imran Samad proposed that their should be a proper Land Mark in Peshawar in loving memory of Shuhada, where coming generations come and pay their respects and remember their services for them for rest of their lives, this way to pay them tribute. PRESS RELEASE
bOk raast islamic banking branch starts operations in mardan
MARDAN: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Finance Mr. Siraj-ul-Haq said that Islam is complete code of life and our prosperity is in compliance of Islamic Code of Finances, our society can flourish only and only when we adopted that Islamic ways in our daily life. This was stated by Senior Minister Finance Mr. Siraj-ulHaq was speaking after inaugurating The Bank of Khyber (BOK) Raast Islamic Banking Branch at KhwajaGunjBazzarMardan. Managing Director BOK Mr. Imran Samad, Group Heads and Divisional Heads from Head Office also attended the inaugural ceremony. Mr. Siraj-ul-Haq also spoke on occasion the present Provincial Government policy guide lines on Banking, Finance, Trade and Investment and assured that the Government is committed for the well being of common man with its resources. Mr. Siraj-ul-Haq also appreciated the efforts of the BOK Management and staff for the dedicated and devoted services for the significant growth in all operational areas of the BOK, which reflects their honest and sincere services to the masses across the country through BOK network. PRESS RELEASE
igi insurance limited becomes acca approved employer KARACHI: IGI Insurance Limited is now an ACCA Approved Employer- Platinum Level for Trainee Development stream. A Certificate presentation ceremony was held at IGI Insurance’s Head Office in Karachi recently with Mr. Usman Saifi, Chief Financial Officer and Ms. Fauzia Ahmad, Head of HR & Administration from IGI Insurance along with Mr. Arif Masud Mirza, Head of ACCA Pakistan and Mr. Rehan Uddin, Head of ACCA Karachi. Fauzia Ahmad commented, “With the growing number of ACCA professionals at IGI, the role of finance professionals in the organization has evolved as true value creators and strategic partners.” Arif Masud Mirza stated, “Accounting professionals create value for business, in a dynamic global business environment, with the challenges of increasing risk and regulation, accountants more than ever need to demonstrate the capacity to help organisations develop and grow, profitably and sustainably. PRESS RELEASE
emirates is first airline to launch giant a380 double-decker service from gatwick KARACHI: Emirates, a global connector of people and places, launches its A380 service to Gatwick today representing a 15 percent capacity boost for the UK’s South East. Emirates was the first carrier to operate an all-A380 service out of Heathrow and is now the first to lead the service out of Gatwick – the same airport from which Emirates flew its inaugural UK flight 26 years ago. Speaking about the launch, Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West said: “Six years after launch the Emirates A380 is still a customer magnet. Airports the world over are eager to have the Emirates A380 on their roster and today’s launch to London Gatwick is representative of that demand.” PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, 2 April, 2014
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Major Gainers cOmPany Rafhan Maize XD Philip Morris Pak. Shezan Inter Ismail Industr Pak Services
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Interbank Rates ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said that his government was initiating a transparent process for the management of civil airports in Pakistan and international companies would be invited to compete in bidding process in this regard. Talking to delegations of Turkish companies STFA and TAV at the PM House, the prime minister said Pakistan wanted to develop its
airports to meet international standards. Pakistan provides friendly environment for the foreign investors as Pakistan’s economy was full of opportunities in energy and infrastructure sectors, he said. Pakistan’s economic policies had begun to show positive results and as a result the foreign investors were keen to harvest benefits of progressing economy, he added, and pointed out that many foreign in-
vestors had shown interest in investment in different sectors of economy. The CEOs of Turkish companies said their companies have expertise in management and expansion of airports and expressed desire to invest in this sector in Pakistan. The meeting was attended by Mehmet Ali Neyzi, CEO STFA, Riza Arsan Vice Chairman Pakistan Turkey Business Council, Bulent Ozuturk Investment Coordinator TAV. APP
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PKR 97.9983 PKR 161.4717 PKR 0.9563 PKR 134.9828
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91.1 89.25 15.75 138.75 0.97 26.85 27.5 165.75 100.3
91.35 89.5 15.9 139 1.1 27.1 27.75 166 100.55
aDb fOrecasts 3.4% gDP grOwth in Pakistan report says Pakistan’s economy showing signs of recovery in 2014 due to govt’s reforms and stabilisation ISLAMABAD
HE Asian Development Bank has forecasted moderate GDP growth of 3.4 percent in Pakistan during the year 2014 as the government’s reforms and stabilization efforts took effect. The Bank in its recent Asian Development Outlook 2014 (ADO) report said that due to reforms and stabilization introduced by the government, Pakistan’s economy is showing signs of recovery in 2014. However, it said that macroeconomic and security challenges continue to weigh on which need to be addressed to maintain the current momentum. The Asian Development Outlook 2014 (ADO,) which was re-
leased on Tuesday further said that although growth in South Asia is inching up, it remained the slowest growing sub-region with GDP expanding by 4.8 percent in 2013, compares to the GDP growth rate of 6.5 percent experienced by Central Asia during the same period. The report said that continued energy sector subsidies, growing losses incurred by state-owned enterprises and high expenditures for national security are some of the factors testing Pakistan’s financial discipline in recent years. The ADO notes that structural reforms to broaden Pakistan’s revenuebase through better tax administration and eliminating exemptions are critical for fiscal sustainability and the reallocation of resources to promote investment and economic growth.Currently, over 90 percent of provincial revenues
are transfers of federal shared taxes, it added. As provinces have assumed a greater share of federal resources and spending responsibilities through devolution, their fiscal performance has become even more important in relation to the national fiscal outcome, the report said. It said that large scale manufacturing sector, which grew with a stronger rate of 6.7 percent during the first 6 months of FY 2014 presents a silver lining. The Asian Development Outlook 2014 further said that the exports from the country also picked up and are expected to grow further in the remainder of the fiscal year. Rising level of worker remittances and the reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan reflecting the steady foreign inflows are other positive signs on the horizon of economic recovery, it
Equity market grows 5.3 percent in March KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The benchmark KSE100 index surged by modest 5.3 percent MoM during March 14 as compared to 1 percent decline in March 13. The dip was despite the net foreign selling witnessed by the market, said the market analysts. Likewise, during the last 10 years KSE100 index provided 4 percent return on average in the month of March. However, thin activities
were witnessed following the low turnover during the month, posting 9 percent MoM decline on average to 215mn shares. On the contrary side, traded value of the index registered a growth of 37 percent MoM to Rs204mn (USD2.03mn +43%MoM). “Better than expected corporate results were the major drivers of positivity to go with more than expected realization of amount through PIBs by the government,” viewed Abdul Azeem of InvestCap Research. The successful auction has brought the banking
sector in a more comfortable zone as they hedge their deposits for long term at a modest rate of return in the current stable interest rate scenario, the analyst added. Moreover, he said, news on granting MFN status to India fuelled up the activities in auto sector and appreciation in PKR was also boosted up the pharmaceutical sector during the month of March 14. Similar to the local front, KSE100 Index stepped up by 7.6 percent MoM in USD terms in MSCI Index during Mar14.
added. The report said that inflation remains in single digits but it required to further bring down for the welfare of the people in the country. Speaking on the occasion, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, Werner E. Liepach said that like other countries in the region, Pakistan needs to safeguard the poor from adverse effects of fiscal adjustments and other negative shocks. To this end, he said that the direct cash transfer to poor families through social protection programs provides vital help in shielding the vulnerable groups. He said that about US$ 500-600 million inflows from ADB are expected for Pakistan by the end of this fiscal year for different projects of social sector development. He said that these inflows are expected to reach US$ 900 million to 1 billion during next 2-3 years.
OutlOOk stable: s&P affirms Pakistan’s ratings at ‘b-/b’ NEW YORK: Standard and Poor’s ratings agency has affirmed ‘B-’ longterm and ‘B’ short-term sovereign credit ratings on Pakistan with a stable outlook. “We believe Pakistan government’s reform efforts and the International Monetary Fund lending programme will help contain external liquidity risks and gradually strengthen the country’s fiscal and economic profiles,” S&P said in its assessment on Monday. However, Pakistan has significant security risks, weak institutional and governance effectiveness, low external liquidity, low per capita income, a weak fiscal profile, high public debt and a lack of monetary flexibility, it pointed out. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 2 April, 2014
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You are a little worried about how others see you -- it's like high school all over again! Try not to freak out too much, as the best thing you can do is act as naturally as possible.
Today is perfect for trying out new points of view. Your great personal energy means it feels less risky to step into someone else's shoes and wander around in their world. See what happens!
It's time to reveal your hidden agenda for the year. This doesn't have to be a list of resolutions -- more like promises or threats that you intend to make good on in the next 12 months.
People may not be quite up to interpreting your New Year's pronouncements today -- in fact, they may hear the opposite of what you intend! Try to just keep things low-key for the time being.
Try to lend a hand where it's most needed -- you may find a friend has a real problem, or that you have a renewed commitment to a charitable cause. Whatever it is, dive in headfirst!
It's a great day to push your agenda forward a little bit -- start the year off right! Your ambitions are totally achievable, and you should find that it's easier than ever to step forward boldly.
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You find yourself in en ebullient mood -- almost despite yourself! Start the year off right by helping friends, reaching out to family members and generally sharing your good energy with the world.
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You make a real splash today -- and should find that your energy is better than it has been in ages! It's not just the start of the new year; you are in a good position to start on a new, more positive path.
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Wednesday, 2 April, 2014
SMOKERS MAY SHOW HEART DISEASE MUCH YOUNGER THAN NON-SMOKERS
smoker's coronary artery disease is likely to be as advanced as that of a non-smoker who is 10 years older when both show up at the hospital with a heart attack, according to a new study. Researchers looked at nearly 14,000 patients hospitalized with blockages in arteries supplying the heart muscle and found smokers were more likely than non-smokers to die within a year. Despite their being younger, and otherwise healthier, the smokers' heart arteries were in a condition similar to those of nonsmokers 10 years older. "We saw smokers presenting the disease at age 55 and non-smokers presenting the same disease at 65," said Dr. Alexandra Lansky, a researcher on the study. Smoking can cause blood clots, which often get lodged in the rigid and narrow arteries that have already been clogged by the build-up of cholesterol and fat deposits, according to Lansky and her colleagues. Although the fat build-up and stiffening of the artery walls, known as atherosclero-
sis, becomes more likely with age for everyone, the clots caused by smoking worsen the blockages. That makes smokers more likely to have a heart attack at a younger age, but less likely to have the other conditions, known as comorbidities that go along with aging, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. "Smoking accelerates the manifestation of coronary disease but in the absence of these comorbidities," Lansky told a foreign news agency. Past research has identified a "smoker's paradox" - because smokers are younger, with fewer other health problems, when they had a heart attack, they were more likely to recover it. Or so it seemed. "We wanted to look at longer-term effects of smoking rather just the short term effect," Lansky said. The researchers analyzed medical records for 13,819 patients, almost 4,000 of them smokers, hospitalized with chest pain or a heart attack caused by a blocked coronary artery. The study team organized the data to match the smokers and non-smokers
by age, weight, comorbidities and other risk factors. When compared to non-smokers with similar overall health, the smokers were ten years younger, on average, and more likely to have already been treated with blood thinners - suggesting they had already experienced problems with blood flow. Imaging of the coronary artery showed the smokers' had atherosclerosis comparable to the non-smokers ten years their senior, the researchers report in the journal JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. Before the adjustments for age and other health conditions, the smokers and non-smokers were about equally likely to survive the first 30 days after hospitalization, and smokers were about 20 percent
SMARTPHONE OVERUSE MAY 'DAMAGE' EYES, SAY OPTICIANS
Opticians say people are so addicted to smartphones they may be increasing their risk of eye damage. They are warning overuse from phones and other devices like computers, tablets, and flat screen TVs can lead to long-term damage. It comes as a survey of 2,000 people suggests under 25s check their phones thirty-two times a day. Optician Andy Hepworth said: "Blue violet light is potentially hazardous and toxic to the back of your eyes. "So over a long period of time it can potentially damage your eyes. "When you're looking at a smart phone, the light peaking out of that is blue violet." He says tests have found that over exposure to blue-violet light has the potential to put us at greater risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. Opticians say that, although "good" blue
light (blue-turquoise) is needed to help regulate biological clocks, it is also thought that extensive exposure to blue violet light can disrupting sleep patterns and affect moods. "Although we don't know if there's a direct link with it creating eye problems, there is strong lab evidence it can potentially do that," Andy added. "It's the combination of not blinking enough and bringing the device closer than you normally look at objects - it strains your eyes." The survey, commissioned by a group of independent opticians, found that on average, an adult spends nearly seven hours a day staring at a screen with nearly half feeling anxious when away from their phone. Statistics also suggest 43% of under 25s experience genuine irritation or anxiety when they can't check their phone when they want. VIA BBC NEWS BEAT
Senior woman, dead for Six weekS, found in front of tV The corpse of a 66-year-old German woman who died more than six months ago was found in her apartment, in front of a television set that was still on, Germanyâ€™s Frankfurter Neue Presse newspaper reported last week, The woman, in the town of Oberursel near Frankfurt, died of natural causes in a nightgown while watching TV. There was a program guide from September nearby, the newspaper said, describing the body as "partially mummified". Police said residents in the 30-apartment block had noticed an unpleasant smell in the staircase but no one had informed the authorities. The landlord opened the apartment after noticing the her mailbox jammed with uncollected letters. AGENCIES
less likely to die within a year. But once smokers and non-smokerss with similar health profiles were compared to each other, the smokers were 37 percent more likely to die within the first year. "What makes it novel, is that we are showing that if you come in, your chance of survival is already reduced, as a smoker," Lansky said. The findings are not surprising, according to Dr. Robert Giugliano, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Nonetheless, the public does need to know that there is now even more evidence that smoking is bad for your health, accelerates the process of atherosclerosis (so smokers have heart and vascular disease on
average 10 years early than non-smokers), and leads to worse outcomes compared to non-smokers of a similar age," said Giugliano, who also teaches at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Elliot Antman, also of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard, said it would be interesting to follow the patients for longer than a year to see what happened to survival rates among smokers who quit. Antman was not surprised by the findings either. "I always suspected this was the case but it is nice to see the data," he told the news agency. "There just aren't many healthy people in their 80's who smoke regularly . . . if you want to live a healthy, long life, smoking stacks the odds against you," Giugliano said.AGENCIES
Surgery is best for managing diabetes in heavy people When it comes to managing type 2 diabetes in overweight people, stomach-shrinking surgeries are still more effective than trying to shed pounds with pills and lifestyle changes, researchers said Monday. Three years into a US study that compares various approaches -- gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and simply trying medical counseling, diet, exercise and weight loss medications -- the findings show that the two surgical procedures are still superior at reducing blood sugar and weight. Researchers said their findings could provide a way to help the some 23 million American adults who have type 2 diabetes, most of whom are overweight or obese. Fewer than half of adults with diabetes are able to get their blood sugar under control with medication, experts say. The latest results from the largest randomized controlled trial of its kind were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and discussed at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting. "Bariatric surgery was more effective than medical therapy in achieving glycemic control with weight loss as the primary determinant of this outcome," said study author Sangeeta Kashyap, associate professor medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. "We concluded that bariatric surgery should be considered as a treatment option for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in patients who are moderately and severely overweight." More weight lost by surgery: The research included 150 overweight people with uncontrolled diabetes that had persisted for at least eight years when they began the study, despite taking three or more medications. They were randomly assigned to undergo one of the two surgeries plus counseling, or simply expert therapy in health changes without surgery. After three years, just five percent of patients who did not have surgery had achieved the desired level of glycemic control, defined as a three-month average blood glucose level of six percent or lower. That target is slightly more aggressive than the American Diabetes Association recommendation of seven percent. The surgery groups did much better, with 37.5 percent of gastric bypass and 24.5 percent of sleeve gastrectomy patients meeting the mark, after starting at an average blood sugar level of 9.2 percent. Weight loss was five to six times greater in patients who had one of the surgeries. The gastric bypass group lost on average a quarter of their body weight while the sleeve gastrectomy patients shed 21 percent. Those on medical therapy alone lost four percent. Quality of life: Meanwhile, people who did not undergo surgery reported no improvements in quality of life, according to eight measures including body pain, general health, energy and fatigue. Gastric bypass patients reported five improvements and
sleeve patients reported two. There were no major complications among those who underwent the surgeries. Gastric bypass involves reducing the stomach to below three percent of its natural volume, then connecting a new gastric pouch that bypasses the stomach and goes straight to the intestine. In sleeve gastrectomy, part of the patient's stomach is removed to reduce its volume by about 75 percent. Gastric bypass outperformed the sleeve gastrectomy in the study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Cleveland Clinic and Ethicon, a division of pharmaceutical giant Johnson and Johnson which sells surgical products for weight loss. Amit Khera, associate professor at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, who was not involved in the study, described the research as "important" because it addresses the longer-term benefits from surgery versus counseling and weight loss attempts alone. "In the surgical arm, it does seem to be quite durable," he told reporters. "Normalizing blood sugar seems to be retained at three years. That is a really important observation." On the other hand, people who did not have surgery showed early improvements in their blood sugar, dropping close to the target of 7.5 in the first year. But that group was back up to 8.4 percent in year three. The study, called the Surgical Treatment and Medications Potentially Eradicate Diabetes Efficiently (STAMPEDE) trial, is designed to follow its patients for a total of five years. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 2 April, 2014
‘frozen’ most successful animated film ever
Junaid JamsHaid forces pepsi to remove ‘dil dil pakistan’ from ad
well-known singer of the 90s Junaid Jamshed has filed a suit against Pepsi co., on Saturday 29th March, for using the Dil Dil Pakistan song in their latest advertisement, media reports suggest. According to Junaid Jamshed, the beverage company violated the copy rights by using ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ without prior permission from the creators. The company was asked to pay Rs 10 million as compensation or stop the commercial altogether. The Sindh High Court, hence, ordered Pepsi to edit the TVC (remove the song) before airing it again.
NEWS DESK Disney's hit film Frozen has become the top-grossing animated film in box office history, the studio said as the musical topped $1 billion in global sales. The film has sold $398.4 million worth of tickets at domestic (US and Canadian) theaters since opening on November 27 on the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Foreign box offices have added another $674 million, for a global total of $1.072 billion, Disney said. Frozen, inspired by The Snow Queen fairytale, is the story of a Scandinavian princess who must reconnect with her sister, the Queen, who has the power of freezing anything into ice with her hands and accidentally sets off a long winter that is destroying their kingdom. The previous animated-film box office champion was 2010's Toy Story 3, which racked up $1.063 billion in sales, according to Boxofficemojo.com. Both films were distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Frozen, which stayed in the top 10 films on domestic box office charts for more than three months, also has now become the 10th-largest grossing film in cinema history.
salman kHan is Hot: sonam kapoor Actor Sonam Kapoor, who had teamed up with Salman Khan in her debut movie Saawariya, will work with him once again in Sooraj Barjatya's next directorial. She praised the superstar as “hot” and said the film will be “double dhamaal”. Sonam said, "He is hot. It's double 'dhamaal' with Salman since he is in double role. I am super excited to work with him. I am not allowed to talk about it. You will see. He is looking good in the film." The film will be directed by Sooraj Barjatya. Meanwhile, the actress is trying something different with her next film Dolly Ki Doli as well. She said: "It's interesting...I hope people can digest it because we are trying to do something different. Doing things different is always scary." NEWS DESK
You can now hear just “Pakistaan!” in Ayesha Omar’s voice, “Dil Dil” has indeed been removed. The fans were not happy with the remix. Salman Ahmed, who was previously part of Vital Signs has also expressed his satisfaction on Pepsi’s decision to remove the national song from the TVC. The fans are now happy. We wonder if it was remade properly then would the song have gotten same reaction from the audience and the creators. ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ was released by Vital Signs in 1987 and is believed to be secondary national anthem of Pakistan. It was also declared 3rd Most Famous song of the world by BBC.
King of pop returns with new album of unreleased songs A fresh release is on its way, and it consists of eight previously unheard Michael Jackson songs culled from four decades of recordings and given a contemporary makeover by Timbaland, Stargate and other top producers. Epic Records will release an album of previously unheard Michael Jackson songs on May 13, the company announced in a statement Monday. The eight-track album, called XSCAPE, consists of material culled from four decades of recordings made by the star before he passed away in 2009. The material has been “comtemporised” by well-known producers such as Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins and Stargate, but fans who buy a deluxe edition of the album will also be able to hear the original versions.
‘HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’ ENDS WITH A TWIST NEWS DESK In its 208th and final episode on Monday, the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” finally revealed the mystery contained in its title and then ended with a twist designed to reward longtime fans. Actor Josh Radnor’s character Ted meets the mom, played by actress Cristin Milioti, on a rainy train platform after his friends Barney and Robin are married. But that marriage doesn’t last, and neither does Ted’s — because Milioti’s character Tracy dies after the couple has two children together. And at the end of the one-hour episode, the romance that
seemed natural at the show’s beginning, between Ted and Robin, is rekindled. Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas say they knew the plot for the final episode when the series premiered nine years ago. Success kept them stringing along the story, even though part of Monday’s finale was filmed in 2006 for fear that the teenaged actors who played Ted’s children would become unrecognizable. The final episode skips through several years, where we learn that the marriage of Robin and Barney (played by Cobie Smulders and Neil Patrick Harris) splits up because of her success as a television correspondent. Barney has a
PoPular radio show Produced, shot in london for urdu listeners A brand new version of Sairbeen – a popular radio programme produced and shot in London – broadcasted live on Tuesday on a private television channel besides available online with the same name. The global and regional news programme not only further strengthens the offer of the BBC Urdu service and commitment, but also endeavours to provide audiences in Pakistan with credible, authentic and reliable news bringing the professionalism to the screens. As more and more people switch on their television sets, they
HrittHik rosHan to star in uncle’s next
baby through a one-night stand and Marshall and Lily (played by Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan) have three kids and he becomes a judge. Ted and Tracy get married after a long engagement and the kids, but she gets sick and dies, a development that many fans speculated upon in recent weeks because of a foreshadowing in an earlier episode. After that, Ted wraps up the story — how I met your mother — that he had been telling his children throughout the length of the show. The children, however, tell him that it’s also a story about how he loves their Aunt Robin. They say his attraction to her is obvious and that he should ask her on a date.
SAIRBEEN COMES BACK WITH FRESH LOOK NEWS DESK
can be rest assured that their beloved Sairbeen will remain a constant in their lives with a brand new look and feel. Despite a plethora of 24-hour news channels, there remains a gap for non-sensationalised, credible news sources. Sairbeen aims to bring to its audience a comprehensive news show about Pakistan in the international news as well as a snapshot of what is happening in this country relevant to the rest of the world. In today’s world of whirlwind news, Sairbeen will set a standard for other media houses to follow, to build an image of trustworthiness behind their news stories, and move
away from sensationalism. “The feedback we get is very clear – there is a demand for Sairbeen on TV, for its breadth of coverage, connecting the local with the global, and for its independent, balanced and distinctive approach to any story,” said Aamer Ahmed Khan, editor of the BBC Urdu. “In this volatile environment, we are committed to helping our viewers understand the world and how the world sees Pakistan,” he said. Sairbeen – presented by Aliya Nazki and Shafi Naqi Jamie – contains reporting from correspondents across Pakistan besides from the US and India.
NEWS DESK After delivering several hits as a music composer, Rajesh Roshan is now turning film producer. There were reports that he may be casting Madhuri Dixit after Sridevi rejected his offer, but Roshan rubbishes them. He adds that he is currently writing a cameo for nephew Hrithik Roshan. “Yes, I’m writing a cameo for Hrithik. It won’t be just for the sake of it, but will be a demand of the script and his space in the film will be justified. The part will suit his personality. He can’t just stand in the frame and walk away,” says Roshan. The main star cast is yet to be finalised, and the composer-producer denies that Madhuri has been signed on after Sridevi rejected the film. “It’s just a rumour. I haven’t signed any actress as of now. Also, the script demands a younger girl, so I will cast someone according to their availability,” he explains. The film’s script is set to be completed in a month, after which the casting process will begin. Reports had it that the film is based on the influence of online content on young children, but Roshan claims it’s actually a romantic story. He says, “My script is a love triangle. It’s being worked on right now. If we get the right star cast, then we will go ahead with it this year.”
i don't want to be Queen of bollywood: kangana ranaut AGENCIES The success of Queen has catapulted Kangana Ranaut to the big league, but the "self-made" actress who has given quite a few good films in her eight-year career, says she is only "trying to make my own identity" and doesn't aspire to win "flavour of the season" tag. 'Queen of Bollywood' is tag, which is given to different actresses every month, so I don't want any such tag," the actress told reporters Wednesday at the film's success party hosted by Bahl. Kangana, who won Nation Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of a troubled model in Fashion, will next be seen in the lead in Revolver Rani, releasing April 25.
Wednesday, 2 April, 2014
PAKISTAN CATCH AN EARLY FLIGHT HOME West Indies dump Pakistan out of World T20
EFENDINg champions West Indies charged into the World Twenty20 semifinals with a spectacular 84-run win over Pakistan in a key Super-10 match in Dhaka on Tuesday. The West Indies recovered from a top-order meltdown to post 166-6 after electing to take first
strike, before three wickets each by spin twins Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine skittled Pakistan for 82 in 17.5 overs. The West Indies, who finished second behind unbeaten India in group two, will clash with group one champions Sri Lanka in the first semi-final in Dhaka on Thursday. It was the first time Pakistan, finalists in the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and champions in 2009, failed to reach the knock-out rounds in the five editions of the tournament.
Scoreboard WeST INdIeS innings (20 overs maximum) 8 dr Smith c †Kamran akmal b Sohail Tanvir 5 cH Gayle st †Kamran akmal b Mohammad Hafeez 31 LMP Simmons run out (Umar Gul) 20 MN Samuels b Shahid afridi 46 dJ bravo run out (†Kamran akmal) d ramdin† c Umar akmal b Zulfiqar babar 5 dJG Sammy* not out 42 0 ad russell not out 9 extras: (lb 4, w 5) Total: (6 wickets; 20 overs) 166 dId NoT baT: SP Narine, S badree, K Santokie FaLL oF WIcKeTS: 1-10 (Gayle, 2.1 ov), 2-22 (Smith, 3.5 ov), 3-61 (Simmons, 10.1 ov), 4-67 (Samuels, 10.4 ov), 5-81 (ramdin, 13.5 ov), 6-152 (bravo, 19.1 ov) boWLING: Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-15-1, Sohail Tanvir 4-0-27-1, Zulfiqar babar 4-0-27-1, Shahid afridi 4-0-23-1, Umar Gul 2-0-29-0, Saeed ajmal 4-0-41-0 PaKISTaN innings ahmed Shehzad lbw b Santokie 0 0 Kamran akmal† c bravo b badree 19 Mohammad Hafeez* c Gayle b russell Umar akmal st †ramdin b badree 1 2 Shoaib Malik st †ramdin b badree Sohaib Maqsood st †ramdin b Narine 18 Shahid afridi st †ramdin b Narine 18 14 Sohail Tanvir c Sammy b Narine Umar Gul c Simmons b Santokie 4 1 Saeed ajmal b russell 3 Zulfiqar babar not out exTraS: (w 2) 2 82 ToTaL: (all out; 17.5 overs) FaLL oF WIcKeTS: 1-0 (ahmed Shehzad, 0.1 ov), 2-1 (Kamran akmal, 1.3 ov), 3-9 (Umar akmal, 3.6 ov), 4-13 (Shoaib Malik, 5.3 ov), 5-37 (Mohammad Hafeez, 10.3 ov), 6-42 (Sohaib Maqsood, 11.3 ov), 7-74 (Sohail Tanvir, 15.2 ov), 8-75 (Shahid afridi, 15.5 ov), 9-78 (Saeed ajmal, 16.5 ov), 10-82 (Umar Gul, 17.5 ov) boWLING: K Santokie 2.5-0-9-2, S badree 4-0-10-3, MN Samuels 3-0-210, ad russell 3-0-15-2, SP Narine 4-0-16-3, dr Smith 1-0-11-0 MaTcH deTaILS ToSS: West Indies, who chose to bat PoINTS: West Indies 2, Pakistan 0 PLayer oF THe MaTcH: dJ bravo (West Indies) UMPIreS: IJ Gould (england) and ra Kettleborough (england) TV UMPIre: M erasmus (South africa) MaTcH reFeree: rS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) reSerVe UMPIre: HdPK dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
The West Indies slumped to 81-5 before skipper Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo led a dramatic rescue act by adding 71 for the sixth wicket off just 32 balls. Bravo smashed four sixes and two fours in a 26-ball 46, while Sammy remained unbeaten on 42 off 20 balls that contained five fours and two sixes. The West Indies plundered 71 runs in the last four overs, taking 21 runs in the 18th bowled by seamer Umar gul and 24 in the 19th by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. Pakistan never recovered after Ahmed Shehzad, who scored a century in the previous match against Bangladesh, was leg-before to Krishmar Santokie off the first ball of the innings. Badree removed Kamran Akmal in the second over, Umar Akmal in the fourth and Shoaib Malik in the sixth to leave Pakistan tottering at 13-4. Skipper Mohammad Hafeez (19) and Sohaib Maqsood (18) fell in successive overs to make it 42-6, before Narine removed Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir in four balls to hasten the end. Earlier, the West Indies lost both openers by the fourth over, with Chris gayle stumped off Hafeez for five and Dwayne Smith caught behind off Tanvir for eight. Lendl Simmons and Marlon Samuel add 39 for the third wicket when both batsmen fell in the 11th over to reduce the West Indies to 67 for four. Lendl was run out for a 29-ball 31 while attempting a cheeky single, while Samuels was bowled by Shahid Afridi for 20 after striking a six off the previous delivery. It soon became 81-5 as Denesh Ramdin holed out in the deep off left-arm spinner Zulfiqur Babar, but Sammy and Bravo stepped in to play what turned out to be match-winning knocks.
IT WAS AN APRIL FOOL'S GAME! LAHORE STaFF rePorT
Even though Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez apologised to the fans for not showing enough stomach for fight against the West Indies as they crashed to a huge 84-run defeat to make an exit from the ICC World Twenty20 on Tuesday, cricket enthusiasts across the board lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board chaired by Najam Sethi for the team’s debacle at Dhaka. It is first time that Pakistan have not made it to the last-four stage of the tournament since its inception in 2007. Talking to Pakistan Today, Muhammad Rehan from Lahore said: “Can any selector or any one in PCB explain the inclusion of Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik into the national team? I think it was our national team but from the very start of this tournament it was looking that it was any club team.” Another fan, Jameel Athar said: “I had cancelled my meetings just to
watch this game but I have to admit it was one of the saddest games I saw. I mean Pakistan played like an emerging country playing cricket , it's high time PCB realise it's not the bowlers who win you crucial games but consistent batsmen , I so missed Younis Khan and Yousuf Y. Very disappointing game my full sympathies with all fellow Pakistanis.” Siddique Khan from Rawalpindi said: “When will Pakistani team selectors give preference to merit instead of parchi system? Shoaib Malik had no place in this team. They should have played Fawad Alam and Sharjeel Khan.” A dejected Rizwan Razi said: “A pathetic display ever by Pakistan. I will never ever watch Pakistan team match again in my life. This was so shameful defeat that discarded all their effort to reach at this stage. Predictable result of tukka-baz Pakistani team. I question why there is even a PCB and coaching staff as Pakistani team never plays under any strategy, discipline or professionalism.”
Reacting to the scathing criticism on social media and TV channels, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi resorted to
twitter to come up with his explanation. “Yes, Tar and feather ME for what the boyses are doing!!” he tweeted.
Pietersen axing 'clearer soon': cook SpORt DESK England captain Alastair Cook has spoken for the first time since Kevin Pietersen was sacked and admitted his "frustration" and not yet being able to give a full explanation of the reasons behind the decision. He said that the factors behind Pietersen being dumped would "become clearer soon" although whether that means the ECB will come forth before the October cut-off that both parties are believed to have previously agreed remains to be seen. Cook was speaking at the Essex media day where it was expected that he would not discuss England matters, but he did respond when asked about Pietersen as well as Ashley Giles' position as favourite to be the new head coach. When asked about why Pietersen was not considered part of England's future he said: "I can't answer that question totally at this moment in time which is incredibly frustrating for me," he told Sky Sports News. "People will say I'm sitting on the fence, but there are a number of reasons that will become clearer soon but you have to respect the decision and the position I'm in at this precise moment in time. I know everyone will keep asking that question until we give the answers but at the moment we just can't and I'd love to talk about something slightly different if possible." Pressed further before being allowed to move on to another subject he added. "If anyone thinks the decision was taken lightly, without a lot of consideration - a lot of things went into the decision. It was a tough decision, the decisions will be made clearer in due course and you just have to respect that. It is frustrating, but that is the position I'm in at the moment. It is what it is." Cook was more forthcoming in his praise of Giles and his credentials to take on the head coach role, despite England's first-round exit at the World T20 which finished in the shambolic defeat against Netherlands. The short list for the role, with candidates due to be interviewed in the next fortnight, is believed to include Nottinghamshire's Mick Newell and the former England coach Peter Moores while the Daily Telegraph has reported that Trevor Bayliss is another candidate. While 'big name' coaches such as Gary Kirsten and Stephen Fleming have not been attracted to the position, Cook said that England were "lucky to have the candidates we have." "Gilo has had a tough winter, we have all had a tough winter, he's a very, very good coach, he's a fantastic coach. He's a good man as well," Cook said. "There are a lot of decisions to be made over the next few weeks, and important decisions as well. There are a number of candidates, we are lucky we can choose from a good number of candidates." Cook does not have an official say in the final decision, but will be consulted and will speak strongly of Giles after their period working together with the one-day side. "It is an important relationship, you do have an input into it," he said. "You saw what a strong relationship Andy Strauss and Andy Flower had. Ashley is one of the favourites because he knows the system well and I've enjoyed working with him." Cook conceded that the dismantling of England's Test side in Australia had been a surprise: there are potentially seven places up for grabs in the first Test team of the summer against Sri Lanka. The make-up of the 50- and 20-over sides will not escape scrutiny, either. "That Test side which got us to No. 1, won three Ashes in a row, won't play again - it has broken quicker than any of us imagined. When the side breaks up there are places up for grabs. Any player who scores a lot of runs or take a lot of wickets will be up for selection. "It's an exciting time for English cricket. It's a time where we have to look forward. It's been an incredibly tough winter, we can't hide from that. There are a huge number of reasons to be optimistic." For anyone watching England collapse in Chittagong, or Sydney, optimistic probably was not the first word that sprung to mind.
Wednesday, 2 April, 2014
Scoreboard baNGLadeSH INNINGS 5 Tamim Iqbal c bollinger b coulter-Nile 0 anamul Haque c Watson b coulter-Nile 66 Shakib al Hasan c Maxwell b bollinger 47 Mushfiqur rahim*† c Maxwell b Watson Mahmudullah not out 6 Nasir Hossain b Starc 14 15 exTraS:(b 2, lb 4, w 7, nb 2) 153 ToTaL:(5 wickets; 20 overs) dId NoT baT: Mominul Haque, Sohag Gazi, abdur razzak, al-amin Hossain, Taskin ahmed FaLL oF WIcKeTS: 1-4 (anamul Haque, 1.4 ov), 2-12 (Tamim Iqbal, 3.2 ov), 3-124 (Mushfiqur rahim, 16.2 ov), 4-133 (Shakib al Hasan, 17.3 ov), 5-153 (Nasir Hossain, 19.6 ov) boWLING: Ma Starc 4-0-25-1, NM coulter-Nile 3-0-17-2, de bollinger 4-0-31-1, Sr Watson 4-0-25-1, GJ Maxwell 3-0-320, dT christian 2-0-17-0 aUSTraLIa INNINGS 71 aJ Finch c Nasir Hossain b al-amin Hossain 48 da Warner b al-amin Hossain cL White not out 18 GJ Maxwell b Taskin ahmed 5 11 GJ bailey* not out 5 exTraS: (lb 3, w 2) 158 ToTaL: (3 wickets; 17.3 overs) DiD not bat: Sr Watson, dT christian, bJ Haddin†, Ma Starc, NM coulter-Nile, de bollinger FaLL oF WIcKeTS: 1-98 (Warner, 11.2 ov), 2-135 (Finch, 15.1 ov), 3-147 (Maxwell, 16.2 ov) boWLING: Sohag Gazi 4-0-35-0, al-amin Hossain 3.3-0-302, Shakib al Hasan 3-0-36-0, Taskin ahmed 4-0-24-1, abdur razzak 2-0-16-0, Mominul Haque 1-0-14-0 MaTcH deTaILS ToSS: bangladesh, who chose to bat PoINTS: australia 2, bangladesh 0 T20I debUT: Taskin ahmed (bangladesh) PLayer oF THe MaTcH: aJ Finch (australia) UMPIreS: HdPK dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and M erasmus (South africa) TV UMPIre: IJ Gould (england) MaTcH reFeree: rS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) reSerVe UMPIre: ra Kettleborough (england)
F the destructive power brought to bear by Aaron Finch and David Warner allowed Australia to evade the ignominy of their worst-ever global tournament display, then it also underlined why the sometime favourites will fly home with an especially bitter memory of the 2014 World Twenty20. Finch and Warner alone possess enough pyrotechnics to dominate a match - as Bangladesh discovered in a chase that consigned the hosts to the ignominy of
no cricket at home for two years: shakib
australia breeze TO CONSOLATION WIN
failing to win a single fixture in the main draw. So for the Australians to be leaving the tournament at such an early stage will be the cause of some introspection by the captain george Bailey, the coach Darren Lehmann and the selectors. To avoid going home without winning any of four games was the most modest of rewards. It remains to be seen whether Bailey will continue as the specialist T20 captain, having guided Australia through two tournament campaigns for diminishing returns. He ended Australia's tournament with a hollow-feeling six as Finch and Warner swung lustily but intelligently, but
looked nonplussed at times in the field as Bangladesh wriggled to a higher total than a more ruthless and balanced Australian combination might have conceded. Equally glum were Brad Hodge and Brad Hogg, the two most venerable members of Australia's squad, left out for the final match and unlikely to figure in future assignments. Both Hodge and Hogg might have been utilised differently in the team, something that Shane Warne certainly felt preferable, suggesting on commentary that the former could have been used at No. 3 throughout. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur
wooDs out of masters after surgery NEW YORK aGeNcIeS Tiger Woods said on Tuesday he will miss next week's Masters after undergoing back surgery for a pinched nerve. The world number one released a statement on his website saying the operation had been successful but he needed to take a rest before playing again. “After attempting to get ready for the Masters, and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done,” said Woods. Woods has not missed the tournament, golf season's first major, since he made his debut at Augusta National as an amateur in 1995. This year's Masters starts on April 10. The 38-year-old Woods has been plagued by back problems since last year but his condition worsened last month. He failed to finish the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in early March, quitting after 13 holes in his final round. Then he tweaked his back again on the last day at the WGCCadillac Championship in Miami a week later, tumbling out of contention with a final-round 78 to finish tied for 25th. He then pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament he has won eight times, including 2012 and 2013, in the hope that he could play at the Masters before opting to undergo surgery instead. “It's tough right now, but I'm absolutely optimistic about the future,” Woods said. “There are a couple records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break. “As I've said many times, Sam and Jack reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine.”
Pakistan defeat India in Street Child World Cup RIO DE JANEIRO aGeNcIeS
The Pakistani team of the young street soccer players defeated India by a massive 13 goals in a Street Child World Cup (SCWC) match on Tuesday. In a country where football is not a favourite game and the
Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan has suggested that the side should not play any home games for two years to help reduce expectations from cricket fans in the country. In an interview with a local newspaper, Shakib stated the factors that had resulted in Bangladesh's poor performance in the World T20 and said the pressure from fans, the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the media had created an environment where the players stopped thinking about the team and focused on looking after themselves. He also voiced concerns about the country's lack of talent, cricket infrastructure and coaching. "People's expectations, the journalists' reporting…board's pressure," Shakib said in an interview to Prothom Alo when asked about reasons for the recent failure. "Players get puzzled under these pressures. It becomes difficult to believe in ourselves. When a player thinks that he will get dropped by playing poorly, he stops thinking about the team and only thinks about his game. When four-five players are thinking like this, the rest follow. Coach, captain and players cannot function properly. "It would be best to play outside the country. There should not be any cricket at home for two years. The expectations of home fans will go down, which will be very good. We should understand how much we expect from the team. When we will produce players of that level, there can be higher expectations. But we don't have good players in the pipeline, neither is the domestic cricket of a good standard. Our practice facilities are not good and we don't have a world-class coaching staff."
Rahim had prospered through the middle overs against a fairly monotone collection of medium pace and above, while glenn Maxwell's spin was not in the class of that in the armoury of Hogg and James Muirhead, also left out of this match, or numerous others sitting at home, including the Test spinner Nathan Lyon. The omission of both specialist spin bowlers chosen for the tournament seemed a kind of concession that Australia's slow bowling plans had been awry, with the use of five seamers a rare curiosity in a tournament where all the most accomplished teams have relied on quality exhibitions of flight, dip and turn. Mitchell Starc looked underdone, as he has appeared all tournament, while Doug Bollinger huffed and puffed to little effect. The best of the pacemen was the third string Nathan CoulterNile, who gained some new ball swing for a pair of early wickets, before maintaining his economy for the remainder of a spell that strangely went uncompleted. Instead, Shakib and Mushfiqur accumulated soundly against bowling that did not offer much in the way of a threat, while speckled with five wides and two no balls. granted 153 to defend, Bangladesh bounced onto the field in expectation, but soon found themselves being smashed around Mirpur by Warner and Finch. This was the kind of display many had expected to see earlier in the tournament, when Pakistan, West Indies and India all escaped unharmed from their encounters with Australia's opening pair. Warner skied an early half-chance that fell short and essayed one other reverse hoick but otherwise clattered the ball in sensible areas. Both he and Finch sat on the back foot to the spinners and capitalised on any shortness of length, before climbing out to swing sixes when the bowlers tried to compensate. By the time Sohag gazi coaxed a thick edge behind from Finch the match was well on the way to being over. Kumar Dharmasena did not see the deflection and shook his head, leading to a sequence of verbal conflict between Warner and Mushfiqur.
national team is far away from making into FIFA World Cup, this is an extra ordinary achievement from poor street kids. This is the first time Pakistan are participating in the SCWC 2014. In Pakistan, the SCWC is collaborating with the Azad Foundation along with British Council and Unicef. The Street Child World Cup in association with Save the Children is a global movement for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to. In 2014 the World Cup has returned to its spiritual home: Brazil. Uniting teams of street children from up to 20 countries, drawing from a network of outstanding projects all campaigning for the rights of street children. This will ensure that street children’s voices are heard and that they will have the chance to play in the festival of football. Street Child World Cup partners include the Amos Trust (who founded Street Child World Cup in 2010), Momentum Arts (which led the arts programme in Durban 2010) and Action for Brazil’s Children (who will help with the Brazilian teams in 2014). Street Child World Cup is an initiative of UK registered charity Street Child United. The aim is to provide a platform for street children to be heard, to challenge negative stereotypes of street children and to promote the rights of street children.
DJOKOVIC DOMINATES NADAL FOR SONY TITLE MIAMI aGeNcIeS
On the very last point, they both came net and studied each other intently, face to face. The two finest players in the sport were fascinatingly close, and they were still swinging with fury. No.1-ranked Rafael Nadal ripped one last volley, but No.2 Novak Djokovic got a racket on it and managed to drop it into the open court. Seconds later, he was flat on his back, arms and legs outstretched. Of the past 17 grand Slam singles events contested, they have come away with a combined 12 titles. Perhaps even more remarkable, after Djokovic's's emphatic and forceful 6-3, 6-3 victory over Nadal on Sunday, they are the reigning champions of all nine ATP Masters 1000 events. From March to November, Indian Wells to Paris, they are the standard, the only standard. "I played a great match," Djokovic said in his on-court interview. "From the start to the end, everything was working really well." Djokovic, 26, is now a four-time Miami champion; this event remains one of the few - along with the ATP year-ender in London - missing from Nadal's glittering CV. Djokovic has won 10 straight
matches and 20 straight in Masters competition. Like Serena Williams, Djokovic is comfortable on this court; he has won 18 of his last 19 matches. This was their 40th meeting, a staggering number that has no precedent; the previous Open era record belonged to Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe, who tangled 36 times. And this may have been the most
complete victory - by either man. It was over in 84 minutes and the crowd and even both players seemed vaguely stunned by the swiftness of the result. Nadal still holds a 22-18 edge, but Djokovic has won three straight matches and is the one now riding a hot streak. After losing the 2013 US Open final last year to Nadal, Djokovic won the next two,
in Beijing and London. The give-and-take between them seems to elevate their games. And it's Djokovic's turn to run off and hide. This was the first match for Nadal here in broad daylight for Rafa, which might have been a factor in the early going. Djokovic, meanwhile, had played all day matches coming in. Usually, when they reach the finish line, they are already nearly spent. Yet, they often manage to summon something special. Remember the 2012 Australian Open final, when they could barely stand when it was over? But the double walkovers on Friday gave them a rare two days off - and that was a win for aficionados of tennis, who got the privilege of seeing these two at their physical best. On this day, particularly in the first set, Djokovic was seeing the ball extraordinarily well. He masterfully varied the tempo and trajectory, which never allowed Nadal to settle into his comfort zone of familiarity. "I enjoy playing the tournaments over and over again, trying to win as many titles as possible," Djokovic had said early in the tournament. "Trying to strive for some kind of perfection, if there is a perfection in this sport." For about three minutes, anyway, Djokovic was flawless.
SPORTS Wednesday, 2 April, 2014
MALAYSIAN GP TO HOLD MINUTE'S SILENCE FOR MH370 Sport deSk eams and spectators will pause to remember victims of the mysterious mH370 plane disappearance sunday in a sombre start to a malaysian Grand Prix that looks likely to be packed with incident. Organisers will hold a minute's silence before the Formula One race for a tragedy that has deeply affected national sentiment and put a brake on ticket sales. Drivers will wear helmet stickers reading "Pray for mH370" and the malay-language "Doa Untuk mH370", and cars will also carry messages of support after 239 people were presumed
killed in the missing jet. "We remind ourselves that this is a huge international event, regardless of our state of mourning. The world will be on us to see how fragile or how strong (we are)," sepang circuit CeO Razlan Razali told aFP. The race could be high on entertainment, especially if malaysia's torrential rain returns to cause more problems after a chaotic qualifying session on saturday. mercedes' Lewis Hamilton ended up on pole position but only after qualifying was delayed for nearly an hour because of rain, and then suspended twice for crashes on the slippery track. "It was very, very tricky for everyone," Hamilton said. "Particularly at the end, it was al-
most impossible to see." The malaysian race has twice been disrupted by rain in recent years and another deluge would be welcomed by defending world champion sebastian Vettel as he bids to reel in front-runners mercedes. Three hours before the 4:00 pm (0800 GmT) start, the sky was cloudy over the sepang circuit and weather bulletins were forecasting thunderstorms for the afternoon. 'In rain everything is possible'. "We're here to win, we know that in rain everything is possible," said Vettel, who qualified second as his Red Bull team work through their severe technical difficulties. The reliability of the new Formula
PALACE COUP GIVES CHELSEA TITLE BLUES Sport deSk Chelsea’s Premier League title ambitions took a major hit on saturday when a John Terry own goal condemned the leaders to a shock 1-0 defeat at lowly Crystal Palace. as Chelsea sank to their first defeat by Palace in 24 years, reigning champions manchester United ended a week of turmoil with a 4-1 victory over aston Villa thanks to two goals by england striker Wayne Rooney. Terry headed a Joel Ward cross into his own goal early in the second half, amid suggestions it touched Palace defender Joe Ledley’s hand on the way in. Chelsea remained top of the table with 69 points, one ahead of Liverpool who can go top when they play Tottenham Hotspur on sunday. United came back from a goal down in a match
One cars, following this year's widespread rules changes, will face a test in either rain or in dry conditions, which are usually accompanied by intense heat. Both Hamilton and Vettel retired early at the seasonopener in australia, and the Red Bull driver had battery problems in qualifying, which his team had to scramble to fix. Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg, who won in australia, will start from third, with Ferrari's two-time world champion Fernando alonso fourth after he was cleared of blame over a collision in qualifying. "I'm so happy with this qualifying -it's probably the biggest smile for a fourth position in my career," said alonso. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, contro-
versially stripped of second place for a fuel infringement in australia, gets under way on the third row alongside Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. But mcLaren will have to fight their way into the reckoning with Kevin magnussen starting eighth and Jenson Button 10th after technical troubles marred their qualifying efforts. Fans will also be keen to again hear the noise -- or lack of it -- after this year's quieter, hybrid engines drew complaints from promoters and a promise to raise the volume from F1 boss Bernie ecclestone. "It sounds terrible on TV. The problem isn't that, the problem is for the people who are coming here and the whole atmosphere," the British billionaire said.
Ronaldo jeers forgotten, insists Ancelotti
that saw Juan mata’s first goal since arriving from Chelsea, a late Javier Hernandez strike and a protest by some United fans who flew a banner carrying the message ‘Wrong One - moyes Out’ over Old Trafford as the match started. The holders remained seventh, nine points off fourth-placed arsenal. Goals to england trio Jay Rodriguez (2), Rickie Lambert and adam Lallana helped southampton cruise to a 4-0 win over a toothless Newcastle United, while a Jonathan de Guzman double and a Wayne Routledge strike saw swansea beat Norwich City 3-0 for only their third win in 18 matches. Peter Odemwingie’s scoring streak since joining stoke City continued as he registered the only goal of the match in a 1-0 win over Hull City, while Cardiff drew 3-3 with West Brom.
Sport deSk The Real madrid boss insists the player has moved on from whistles he received from the crowd at the weekend and believes Robert Lewandowski's absence this week will be key. Real madrid coach Carlo ancelotti has stressed that Cristiano Ronaldo has already forgotten about the whistles aimed at him during the Liga win over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend. The Portugal international was jeered by the madrid fans after he refused to set up a team-mate during saturday's 5-0 win, despite having earlier opened the scoring before setting up Dani Carvajal with an unselfish pass. ancelotti has made it clear that nothing more should be made of the incident and says Ronaldo is fired up for the Champions League quarter-final clash with Borussia Dortmund. "I see Cristiano [Ronaldo] as being highly motivated," ancelotti stated at a press conference. "The whistles he received from the crowd have now been forgotten. He was whistled because he didPublished by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.
n't pass the ball when that was perhaps the best option. That's all there's to it. "Cristiano is always giving his all for the club, for the team and for everyone." Robert Lewandowski - who bagged four goals in madrid's semi-final defeat to Dortmund last season is suspended for the first leg, and ancelotti admits his loss could be crucial. "Dortmund are missing Lewandowski which is a big loss for them," he said. "They are a compact team and have excellent transitions in their play [from defence to attack]. They have injuries but won’t change their style. "I admire their coach a lot. He has done a fantastic job there. He got to the final of the Champions League last season which is a big objective for any coach." ancelotti also reflected on last year's semi-final tie and stressed that the spanish giants will need to play with a lot of intensity in order to match their opponents this year. "I watched the games against Dortmund from last season. They were strange matches. "I thought that in the first leg madrid had good control in the first half. The second half was incredible. In the Champions League things like that can happen. We will need to play with a lot of intensity."