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state Minister for Water and power abid sher ali on tuesday ordered the islamabad electric supply company (iesco) to terminate electricity supply to 18 government institutions, including the president’s house, prime Minister’s secretariat, parliament lodges, oﬃcial residence of chief justice of pakistan (cjp) and sindh and balochistan houses. story oN page 02
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CEntrE PowEr-lEss: PowEr ministEr shows mUsClE ABID SHER ALI PULLS ELECTRICITY PLUG OFF PRESIDENT’S SECRETARIAT, PM HOUSE AND OTHER DEFAULTERS, SAYS STRATEGY BEING EVOLVED TO REDUCE LOAD SHEDDING ISLAMABAD
TATE Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Tuesday ordered the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) to terminate electricity supply to 18 government institutions, including the President’s House, Prime Minister's Secretariat, Parliament Lodges, official residence of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) and Sindh and Balochistan House. Moreover, orders were also issued for disconnection of electric supply to the head offices of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Capital Development Authority (CDA), Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), Environmental Directorate, Motorway Police, Pakistan Public Works Department and the office of Rawalpindi TMO. Talking to journalists on Tuesday after visiting IESCO Headquarters, the minister said that an across-the-board campaign has been started against power theft. He said the prime minister has given the Ministry of Water and Power one month’s time to recover the receivables and check power pilferage.
NAWAZ ORDERS IESCO TO RESTORE SUPREME COURT’S ELECTRICITY
The minister said that electricity will only be given to the consumers paying their bills. He said an effective policy was being evolved to reduce duration of load shedding. He said that areas reported for major line losses will face increased power cuts. He also said that chief executives will be removed if they failed to tackle power theft and did not make recoveries at the earliest. The power minister said that the campaign against electricity defaulters and power thieves had begun on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and action would be taken against those usurping the rights of the people. He said that it was unfair to say that any one province was being targeted, further stating that the ministry will not let anyone steal electricity whatever the location may be. WHAT’S DUE IS DUE: Giving details of the dues owed to the IESCO, Abid Sher said that the Prime Minister's Secretariat owed Rs 6.2 million in dues whereas the residence of the CJP owed a bill of Rs 1.1 million. He further said that CDA owed Rs 360 million while the Parliament Lodges owed Rs 200 million to IESCO. Abid Sher said that in the public sec-
ECP ProPosEs ElECtroniC voting maChinEs for nExt gEnEral ElECtions ISLAMABAD
UnPaiD DUEs DEtail Prime minister's secretariat rs 6.2m cJP House rs 1.1m cDa rs 360m Parliament loDges rs 200m sinDH government rs 56b azaD KasHmir rs 33b balocHistan electricity tHeft rs 70b otHers rs 3b tor, the Sindh government was a defaulter of Rs 56 billion while Azad Kashmir owed Rs 33 billion. He added that 5,000 connections, which the provincial government had failed to acknowledge, were disconnected in Sindh. He further said that electricity theft amounting to Rs 70 billion had taken place in Balochistan where 16,000 illegal tube well connections existed. Various public and private sector departments owed more than Rs 3 billion to the IESCO, and the electricity supply company had been sending notices to these departments for some time now over non-payment of dues. Owing to the dues, the IESCO on Monday had disconnected the supply of electricity of around 100 buildings and departments for non-payment. Virtually all government departments at both the central and provincial levels have contributed towards bankrupting the power sector. The minister also said that he has told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that if markets were closed around 8pm then 1000 megawatts of electricity could be saved. There was no immediate comment from those affected however, later in the day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or-
dered IESCO to resume electricity supply to the Supreme Court. Power supply to all blocks of the Pakistan Secretariat was also disconnected, including the offices of the Ministry of Water and Power, according to IESCO spokesperson. While Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has promised to fix power cuts as one of his priorities, Pakistan's economy is crippled by persistent blackouts lasting up to 12 hours a day – partly because influential families, politicians and bureaucrats do not pay their dues while the poor often cannot afford rising utility bills. Targeting government offices as part of the campaign would send a powerful message to ordinary people in Pakistan that Sharif is serious about reform and that no one would be spared in his campaign against non-payment of bills. SC CLARIFIES: Moreover, the Supreme Court on Tuesday clarified news item aired by different news channels that electricity connection of Supreme Court building was disconnected by IESCO on account of non-payment of electricity bills by Pak PWD. In pursuance of the clearance certificate of Pak PWD dated April 29 showing that all the electricity dues of Supreme Court of Pakistan building, Chief Justice House and all Judges Residences are paid to IESCO up to date i.e. up till April, 2014. It is clarified that all the electricity dues against Supreme Court building, Chief Justice House and all judges residences are already paid as per version of Pak PWD, said a press release.
Restore Sindh’s power or else... SINDH MPAS THREATEN TO STAGE SIT-IN AGAINST CENTRE’S ‘VINDICTIVE’ POWER CUT IN SINDH, TABLE RESOLUTION KARACHI
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious draft strategic plan for the next five years, including the deployment of electronic voting machines (EVM) in the 2018 general elections. Unveiling the draft plan in Islamabad on Tuesday, the ECP further indicated that it would conduct delimitation of constituencies using Geographic Information System (GIS) along with a fully autonomous commission among 160 objectives outlined under 13 broader goals. The five year plan (2014-2018) follows the first five year plan for the ECP (20102014). The draft strategy would still need legislative feedback from the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government thorough National Assembly and the Senate. The ECP has sought feedback from all stakeholders by May 15 before it is placed before the commission for final approval. The new strategic plan comes at a time when Imran Khan led Pakistan Teheek-e-Insaaf and Dr Tahir ul Qadri led Pakistan Awami Tehreek are set to launch a country wide protest campaign demanding reforms in electoral system.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) members in Sindh Assembly on Tuesday protested against unannounced and prolonged load shedding in rural and urban areas of Sindh. Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro presented a resolution in the assembly, condemning the centre’s attitude towards the province. The resolution which accused Ministry for Water and Power of discriminating against the province was supported by Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F), MQM and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Speaking on the floor of the house, Khuhro said that there has been no electricity in various areas of Karachi since the past seven days. He said load-shedding was also causing water shortage in Sindh, adding that it was a “matter of life and death.” Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) members urged the Sindh government to lodge a formal protest with the federal government for the “injustices” being perpetrated
SINDH CM SAYS CENTRE TRUSTS ‘METRE READER’ MORE THAN SINDH GOVERNMENT on the people of Sindh and ensure due share of power supply to the province otherwise the assembly members will be “forced to lead citizens’ protests on the roads”. PPP’s Nawaz Chandio, MQM’s Muhammad Hussain and others members of the assembly termed outages “federation’s vengeance against Sindh”. MQM leader Faisal Subzwari said that if sufficient gas supply was provided to the province then there would no load shedding. Criticising the actions of the centre, the MQM leader said that “this is not a responsible behaviour.” Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah also expressed similar views to that of Khuhro, stating that injustice was being done to the people of Sindh. He also claimed that the centre did not trust the Sindh government but instead trusted a “meter reader.” Referring to the recent disconnections, Shah said that he requested the premier to restore the electricity supply that was disconnected. He added that people who disconnected electricity illegally could be arrested. He also said that the provincial government was ready to
pay the dues of the people who could not pay their bills. Reading out the rights of the Sindh government, Shah stated that the Sindh government has the right to build grid stations for transmission of electricity within the province. Moreover, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)’s opposition member Irfanullah Marwat, assuring his full support to the agitation against the federal government for power cut in Sindh, said that Shah should also take out processions like Shahbaz Sharif did in PPP’s tenure. OUTAGES INTENSIFY: Prolonged power cuts have added to the misery of people who are already braving the increased temperature across the country and were forced to register their protest against load shedding in several cities on Tuesday. Relentless load shedding of 12 to 14 hours is taking place in urban areas of Sindh while it is 16 to 18 hours in rural areas. Citizens of Hyderabad staged a protest against power outages late on Monday night and demanded an end to unannounced load shedding. A violent demonstration against 22hour power failure took place in Larkana on Monday where police booked as many as 2,000 unidentified people in a case in Civil Lines Police Station. People in different cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan are also agitated over unabated power cuts.
Pakistani joUrnalists UnDEr siEgE from thrEats, violEnCE, killings: ai rEPort LONDON: Journalists in Pakistan live under the constant threat of killings, harassment and other violence from all sides, including intelligence services, political parties and armed groups like the Taliban, Amnesty International said in a new report issued on Tuesday titled “A bullet has been chosen for you”. The report says attacks on journalists in Pakistan describes how the Pakistani authorities have almost completely failed to stem human rights abuses against media workers or to bring those responsible to account. AI has documented 34 cases of journalists being killed in Pakistan since the restoration of democratic rule in 2008, but only in one case have the perpetrators been brought to justice. But these killings are just the most brutal statistic–many more journalists have been threatened, harassed, abducted, tortured or escaped assassination attempts in the same period, said the report. “Pakistan’s media community is effectively under siege. Journalists, in particular those covering national security issues or human rights are targeted from all sides in a disturbing pattern of abuses carried out to silence their reporting,” said David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director. “The constant threat puts journalists in an impossible position, where virtually any sensitive story leaves them at risk of violence from one side or another.” The report is based on extensive field research into over 70 cases and interviews with over 100 media workers in Pakistan. It examines several recent cases where journalists have been targeted for their reporting by a range of actors. Numerous journalists interviewed by Amnesty International complained of harassment or attacks by individuals they claimed were connected to the feared military spy agency. While some are featured in the report with names changed, others could not be included even under a false name because they feared for their lives. The spy agency has been implicated in several abductions, torture and killings of journalists, but no serving ISI officials has ever been held to account – allowing it to effectively operate beyond the reach of the law. Human rights violations against journalists by the ISI often follow a familiar pattern that starts with threatening phone calls and escalates into abductions, torture and other ill-treatment, and in some cases killings. Journalists are also victims of human rights abuses by non-state groups across the country. Aggressive competition for media space means that powerful political actors across the country put severe pressure on journalists for favourable coverage. In Karachi, supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) religious group and others stand accused of harassing or killing journalists they consider critical. In conflict-ridden regions in the northwest and Balochistan province, the Taliban, Lashkare-Jhangvi and ethnic Baloch armed groups openly threaten reporters with death and attack them in retaliation for seeking to highlight their abuses or not promoting their ideology. Journalists in Pakistan’s heartland of the Punjab have also faced threats from the Taliban and Lashkar-eJhangvi-linked groups. Despite the wave of violence and attacks, the Pakistani authorities have largely failed to hold perpetrators to account. In the overwhelming number of cases researched by Amnesty International, authorities rarely adequately investigated threats or attacks or brought those responsible to justice. OnlinE
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army martyrs arE PriDE of nation: Pm
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MONITORING DESK Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has pointed out to the conflict of interest in the appointment of Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi, saying that the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government had bestowed the chairmanship to Jang Group’s Sethi for fixing “35 punctures” in last year’s general election. “In return, Sethi as PCB chairman favored his employer Geo News by “snatching” cricket tournaments’ broadcasting rights worth Rs 10 billion from Pakistan Television (PTV) for Geo Super sports channel. Reiterating his reservations on the May 2013 elections, he said that his party had issued a 2,100-page white paper on four constituencies, demanding an audit. However, he regretted that justice was not delivered. Accusing “everyone” of being a party in rigging elections, the skipper went on to saying that former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was also involved in rigging the elections.
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NAWAZ SAYS NATION BACKS ARMED FORCES TO FULFILL SACRED MISSION OF PAKISTAN’S DEFENSE ISLAMABAD/LONDON
HE entire nation is standing behind its valiant armed forces to fulfill the sacred mission of Pakistan’s defense, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday in his message on the occasion of Youm-e-Shuhada (Martyrs' Day) being observed today (Wednesday). The premier said that Youm-eShuhada reminded the nation about the valuable sacrifices of country’s heroes who “wrote a bright history of courage and sacrifice with their blood”. Sharif said, “The great sons who sacrificed their today for nation's tomorrow are our benefactors and the sacred blood of these martyrs will keep alive the determination of defense of the motherland in the hearts of
SAYS GOVT HAS NO PLAN TO IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS ON PAKISTANI MEDIA
our soldiers and officers. Parents deserve accolades for upbringing these brave sons of the soil.” The prime minister termed the martyrs source of pride for the armed forces and nation. He said that as defenders of the country’s frontiers and having a bright history of martyrs and 'ghazis', the armed forces were “proud national asset”. Sharif vowed that the government will look after the families of the country’s martyrs. NO COMPROMISE: Moreover, while talking to journalists after his arrival in London on an official visit to Britain on Tuesday, the prime minister said that no compromise will be made on national security. Taking about government-Taliban dialogue, he said the initiative of peace talks had been taken with sincerity and with the consensus of all stakeholders. He hoped for success of peace
veal the facts once the enquiry completes. Earlier, Prime Minister Sharif was received by a special representative of the British foreign secretary. The officials of Pakistan’s High Commission were also present on the occasion while Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and PM’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi accompanied the premier.
talks as they would bring peace in the country. He said that targeted operation against terrorists in Karachi was heading positively and it would bring fruitful results. To a question, the premier said that his government had no plan to ban media in the country. About the attack on journalist Hamid Mir, the prime minister said the judicial commission formed to probe the incident would re-
KP cops list 70 terrorists for head money
Chinese Ambassador Sun Viendong called on Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman at her office on Tuesday and congratulated the minister on the successful next generation (3G/4G) spectrum auction which was conducted in an efficient and transparent manner. While talking to the Chinese ambassador, the minister said that she had the honor to write the IT chapter of the PML (N) Manifesto and also got the opportunity to execute it as minister. She said that a condition was inserted in the IM (Memorandum of Information) that 4G spectrum would be only offered to those operators who will win 10 MHz of 3G spectrum and Chine Mobile succeeded to get 3G and 4G both. Now the government has one block of 4G spectrum available to be auctioned in the near future. The minister further said that after 3G/4G auction, there is a need to work on building an eco system. China Mobile has agreed to establish research and innovation center for content development and focus on human resource development, training and transfer of technology. An important component of building ecosystem is local manufacturing of mobile phones. “We invite Chinese companies to come and participate in this venture so that we can locally manufacture smartphones to cater the fast growing market demand in the wake of 3G/4G technology. It is possible to enter into a public private partnership and utilise TIP (Telephone Industry of Pakistan) unit established on 100 acres, which can be used for manufacturing mobile phones. The Government is also willing to consider tax concessions to these foreign investors in local manufacturing,” she said.
GILANI SAYS TALIBAN KIDNAPPED SON TO AVENGE SWAT OPERATION
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police have prepared a list of 70 people involved in terrorist activities in the province and have presented the list before the Home Department. According to officials, the list includes terrorists involved in attacks in Peshawar and other districts of the province. Furthermore, the terrorists have been divided into three categories. Five key terrorists have been mentioned in Category A with Rs 20 million reward placed on their heads. Terrorists included in Category B have a bounty of Rs 1.5 million on their heads. The
ThRee miliTanTS killed in khybeR TRibal Region PESHAWAR: Three militants were killed on Monday night during an encounter with security forces in the Landi Kotal tehsil of the Khyber tribal region. According to military officials, these militants also included a commander who was allegedly involved in the attack on Landi Kotal Fort which had destroyed a large ammunition depot a few days back. Two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were also injured in the gunbattle with the militants. STAFF REPORT
police have also announced a bounty of Rs 10 million on 63 militants mentioned in Category C. The list has been
forwarded to the Home Department and it will be released to the media afterwards.
STRUGGLE FOR MISSING PERSONS WON’T GO MISSING: AMNA JANJUA ISLAMABAD OnlinE
According to Defence for Human Rights (DHR) Chairwoman Amna Masood Janjua, the use of force on protestors in rally held in connection with recovery of missing persons has exposed the dictatorial mentality of the government. Talking to a foreign media outfit on Tuesday, the DHR chairwoman said that the government has shown its real face. “Mian Nawaz Sharif had assured us during his visit to our camp that he would bring back the missing per-
sons but nothing has been done so far on this account. Interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is responsible for police’s baton charge on the demonstrators. He is responsible for protection of life, property, dignity and freedom of every citizen and it is not possible that all was not in his knowledge. The police thrashed the women demonstrators and they are now in distress. We ended our sit-in due to the miserable condition of the people. We give one-month time to the government. We will come up with such a strategy that we will neither go back nor will bow down to the government,” she said.
LAHORE: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that his son Haider Raza Gilani was kidnapped by Taliban to avenge the Swat operation. Speaking to reporters, Gilani said that the release of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) captives as part of the peace process was a one-sided act. He added that Taliban told him that they are avenging the operation carried out in Swat. Gilani demanded Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to bring the video tape of Haider in front of the masses. He claimed that he also has a video that will be surfaced soon. Gilani claimed that the government had shown his son’s video to give ‘clean chit’ to the Taliban, adding that it had spoiled prospects for his son’s release. STAFF REPORT
govt should end conflict between army and Jang group: Shah OPP LEADER SAYS GOVT SHOULD TAKE OPPOSITION INTO CONFIDENCE OVER PEACE TALKS ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said Tuesday that the government did not appear clear on peace talks with the Taliban, adding that the opposition should be
taken into confidence over the issue. Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Shah also said the Hamid Mir incident was unfortunate but that it was not right to blame a single institution over the issue. The opposition leader underscored that people should not rally in favour of either the Pakistan Army or the media. He said media had taken the shape of an institution, but added that it should work within its limits.
He said the government should intervene and end the conflict between Jang group and the Army. The opposition leader said that Tahirul Qadri should not hold a rally to destroy the country and added that problems should be resolved inside the Parliament. Shah said if issues were not resolved inside the Parliament, then people should take to the roads. The opposition leader said the
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s decision to go to the courts over the Pakistan Protection Ordinance was premature, adding that the party lacked political experience due to which the decision to approach the courts was withdrawn two weeks later. Shah said he had witnessed the creation and the wrapping up of the Parliament, adding that democracy could solve all problems. He also demanded for consultations
to be held with politicians over the country’s foreign policy. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should summon the leadership of political parties and hold consultations over existing situation. He said Abid Sher Ali had declared three provinces as thieves, adding that if Sharif did not take notice of his statements, then it would be understood that the matter was progressing under his guidance. APP
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SHC AGAIN RESTRAINS WORK ON CLIFTON FLYOVER PROJECT
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday once again restrained Bahria Town from carrying out construction work on a flyover and two underpasses near Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Clifton area of the port city. Justice Munib Akhtar, who headed a single bench, announced the verdict on a lawsuit of Defence Housing Authority (DHA) against the construction of a flyover and
two underpasses in Clifton by the private property developer for not having environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the projects. Justice Akhtar, while allowing the application of DHA, ordered that all construction in relation to the project was restrained and stopped immediately. He directed the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to obtain a mandatory environmental impact assessment (EIA)
report from Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) on the project. The bench also directed Sepa to prepare EIA report strictly in accordance with law and adhering to the environmental laws on top priority basis. It said if EIA was approved the KMC shall be at liberty to move an appropriate application in this suit to recall and vacation of the interim order issued by the court. Pakistan Defence
Officers Housing Authority had filed the lawsuit against the flyover and underpasses project for allegedly being built without complying with the requirements of environmental protection laws and getting approval from concerned authorities. Issuance of IEE by Sepa was contrary to law and such approval could not permit to execute the instant projects, the SHC judge argued. PPI
Extortions and kidnappings
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Secularism on the wane With caste, money and Hindutva to the fore
Militants and their expanding list of criminal activities
oNG spared by the taliban, the business community in Punjab is now receiving frequent calls from the extortion squad of the ttP. Hefty amounts of money are being demanded through phone calls with untraceable Afghan sIMs. More and more victims are accusing the militants of forcing them to pay huge sums in case they hold their life and business dear. In some cases common criminals were found using the name of the ttP to collect the money. In fact the terrorists and criminals are so mixed up that the distinction between them has become only a matter of semantics. A few days back Ch Nisar suggested that those who kidnapped shahbaz taseer and Ali Haider Gilani were not the taliban but professional criminals seeking ransom. the ttP however had earlier owned indirectly that the two were in the network’s custody but had shown reluctance to release them on the phony ground that they did not consider them non-combatants. the trading community is a soft target because it prefers to pay the extortionists to avoid any hassle. there have been reports of businessmen having been kidnapped and made to pay huge sums but not reporting the matter to police. those behind the crime have received encouragement from the PML-N government’s policy of appeasement. this has allowed them to build sleeper cells, the wherewithal to keep a watch on the target’s movements and to pick him up and transport him all the way to distant tribal areas bypassing several check posts. the Punjab government has continued to turn a blind eye to the militants’ activity despite worrying reports and assessments. In the latest reported case the victims were two Rawalpindi traders who brought their plight to the notice of police after paying Rs1.5 million to those speaking in the name of ttP. Both felt unsafe despite making the hefty payment. Last week an estate agent was kidnapped from Rawalpindi by ttP militants who are demanding Rs50 million for his release. Cracker bombs were set off at the home and office of a businessman in Lahore who had refused to comply with the demands for money. Early this month a boy kidnapped from sadiqabad was freed by the kidnappers after receiving Rs1.2m in ransom. ten days back in a rare achievement the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) busted a gang linked with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) which besides acting as hitmen also kidnapped people for ransom. they had released a trader only after he paid Rs20 million in ransom. It is time the government took notice of the situation. An appeaser, said Churchill, was one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it would eat him last. the extremists are turning their attention to the Punjab government now. It’s time it does something to save itself and the province.
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NDIA is halfway through the Lok sabha election process. two factors have come to the fore so far: caste and money. I am dismayed about the caste. I had imagined that in some 67 years since independence, the nation would have matured enough not to be swayed by baser instincts. Lately, religion has been inducted by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). the appeal in the name of religion in the fifties was understandable because the country had been partitioned on the basis of religion in August 1947. the world’s biggest holocaust took place, followed by the exodus of 3.5 crore of people. the exchange of population was fairly rejected by both the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League, the arbiters of the country’s future. First, Mahatma Gandhi and then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru saw to it that religion was not mixed with politics. this worked for a few years. In the sixties the defeat at the hands of the Chinese was the topic of elections. Nehru’s negligence not to prepare the country’s defence had engaged the voters’ attention.
the seventies saw the domination of autocrat Indira Gandhi who also suspended the constitution and detained one lakh people without trial. Her Congress party was wiped out in the northern India. Her return in 1980 was due to the squabbles in successor Janata Party. It was not her triumph but the rejection of the Janata. thus far the caste played a minor role. some who highlighted it were generally defeated. Money, of course, has counted from day one. the Election Commission fixed the limit for a candidate’s expenditure at Rs40 lakh in 1951 when the first general election was held. Now it has been raised to Rs70 lakh. still this is far less than what a candidate splurges – an average of Rs3 crore is spent by a Lok sabha candidate. Many spend at least triple the amount. Despite the rules the Election Commission has laid down, no candidate has ever been disqualified on the ground of excessive spending. the catch is that political parties are not governed by any law or rule that forces them not to spend more than the ceiling prescribed. In fact, the parties’ dishonesty is the real problem. the political parties are under no obligation to have any upper limit on their expenditure. they have unanimously rejected the application of Right to Information (RtI) to their internal working. If expenses during elections are to be curbed some accountability is necessary. An accountability commission can be appointed since the Election Commission has been too soft to take action. since MPs are the ones to pass legislation on this, they would never adopt a bill which will curb them. Both the Congress and the BJP spend lavishly. the BJP tops the list because the corporate sector is fully behind the party, believing that Narendra Mori will be the next prime minister and
would leave the field open to them. Religion has, no doubt, taken a back seat. Modi’s most virulent speeches skirt around Hindutva but do not mention it specifically because secularism has a general appeal. the fact is that the Rashtriya swayamsevak sangh (Rss) is openly participating in canvassing although it claims to be a cultural organization. the Rss chief Mohan Bahgwat sat in election committees selecting the BJP candidates. this is ominous for the future. My fear is that the religion will be increasingly mentioned with politics. true, no party is running down secularism, not even the BJP. the party’s manifesto does not use secularism even once. Yet the BJP talks about the freedom struggle and does not write off the sacrifices of leaders like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Abdul Ghaffar Khan. But the cat is out of the bag when it does not mention Nehru, the torch-bearer of independence struggle. What is disconcerting in the manifesto is that India will admit the persecuted Hindus from every clime and country. this is in line with the policy of Israel which says that it is a homeland of every Jew, who can walk in whenever he or she feels like doing so. Against this stance of the BJP, it is not surprising to find the party supporting to Modi’s Man Friday, Amit shah, who said in UP to take “revenge” in the Lok sabha elections. He did not mention the word, Muslim, but everyone could infer what he meant was that they should be punished at the polls. the samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan, trying to be Muslims’ Modi, has had no shame in his attempt to communalize the armed forces. He has neither withdrawn his words nor is he apologizing. His remark that only Indian Muslim soldiers captured
the Kargil heights, not the Hindus, indicates his polluted thinking. He even does not know that it is the regiments which fight and they have soldiers of all communities. A regiment wins or loses, not soldiers of a particular community. such persons, including Amit shah, should have been disqualified from contesting the elections. Yet the Election Commission has preferred to impose a ban on them from making speeches in UP, the state to which the two belong. the punishment should have been more severe. the caste factor which has affected the electorate, in fact, is the subcaste. Dalits have many castes and the creamy layer dictates the government. the upper castes have Marathas, Rajputs, Jats and so on. today, the baradari (community) members of the same caste are negating the fair election in a democratic society. How effectively we fight against the sub-caste menace will indicate whether we are really a democratic and pluralistic society. the manner in which the political parties compromise and conquer such malpractices will prove if democracy is really ingrained in us. the current Lok sabha election gives little hope because the candidates are stopping at nothing to increase votes. the use of money, however difficult, can be tracked. Even religious appeals can be curbed. But the caste cannot be. I do not know how long it would take us to raise above all these considerations. Until we do so, we should remain democratic on paper, not in the way the Western democracies are. And what do we do about personal attacks and abuses which leaders of political parties are exchanging? this is another story to tell. Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
Foundation for good governance Local governments
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ost of the countries with parliamentary democracies have a three-tier system of governance, with local governments being a pivot of the whole system. the constitution of Pakistan also envisages a three-layered system of governance in the country, comprising of federal, provincial and local governments. But it is painful to note that while the federal and provincial governments have been functioning uninterrupted both under civilian and military rules, it were only the latter who installed systems of local governments during their rules, though not as envisaged in the constitution but with the sole purpose of building support for their regimes at the grass-root level and to undermine the political parties. the elected governments that interspersed the military regimes remained criminally oblivious to this constitutional requirement. the consequences of this willful breach of the constitution by the so-called elected governments are that the state of Pakistan has, to a great extent, failed to provide the required services to its citizens and building a responsible relationship with them.
the model of local government originally crafted by the National Bureau of Reconstruction during Musharraf era was probably the boldest initiative that conformed to the system envisioned in the constitution. It enhanced the powers of the elected officials of the local government and abolished the office of district magistrate and divisional commissioners. this step also finally fulfilled the constitutional requirement under article 175(3) for separation of judiciary from executive at the district level. However, the PML-Q government installed by Musharraf defanged the system by changing some of its features and initiating a process of recentralisation of some of the development departments. Musharraf acquiesced to these changes dictated by political expediencies. Regrettably, the moment democracy was restored in the country as a result of 2008 elections, all the provincial governments abandoned the system and revived the archaic and colonial system of district administration. None of the parties ruling the provinces, in spite of crying hoarse from every convenient rooftop to rub in their democratic credentials, ever bothered to hold local government elections. What a shame! thanks to the petitions filed by the citizens in the supreme Court and its consequent order to the provinces to hold local government elections by september 2013, a ray of hope had been rekindled to empower the people at the grass-root level and to manage their own affairs. Article 140A (1 and 2) stipulates: “Each Province shall, by law, establish a local government system and devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to the elected representatives of the local governments. Elections to the local governments shall be held by the Election Commission of Pakistan.” As is evident from this article the local government system envisaged by
the constitution demands devolution of full powers to the local governments, including development projects and the local administration, free from the strangulating control of the provincial governments. But it is painful to note that the supreme Court’s orders have not been implemented so far by the provincial governments on one pretext or the other. the supreme Court in its order on March 19 this year had asked the federal and provincial governments to enact new laws regarding the delimitation of the constituencies by the Election Commission and the ECP was given 45 days to accomplish the task after the required legal changes by the federal and provincial governments. the provinces have not yet initiated the legislative work in this regard and the ECP feels that it cannot complete the delimitation work before six months and has requested the sC to give them the required time for completing the job. Indications are that the LB polls would remain an elusive dream at least till the end of 2014. the media reports about the contemplated legislative measures by the provinces suggest that they are not willing to effectively empower the local bodies and lose their authority to control them. If that is the thinking then the provincial governments will only be fulfilling the constitutional requirement of installing the local government rather than actually putting in place an effective system to resolve the problems of the people at the grass-root level. the local government system can deliver only when social sectors are completely decentralised and service providers made accountable to the local elected officials; the local administration is run by the elected representatives meaning that the police and district bureaucracy is under their control; sufficient funds are allocated to the them and the dubious practice of giving development funds to the legislators is done away with. the setting up of the local governments in conformity
with article 140A and 175(3) of the constitution would undoubtedly provide a strong foundation for good governance in the country. the country also needs radical reforms in the way we elect our leaders. the present system of electing the legislators on single constituency basis has actually strengthened and perpetuated the archaic and colonial system with a predominant feudal character. the best way to break the hold of the feudal lords on the political power in this country is to adopt the system of proportional representation. Under this system people vote for the parties rather than the individual candidates in a single constituency and the parties get representation in the parliament on the basis of the percentage of votes that they poll. the advantage of this system is that it reflects the real support for the political parties among the masses and also ensures the presence of smaller and regional parties in the parliament making the legislature a truly representative body. the party leaders are spared of the blackmail of the hereditary legislators who keep shifting their loyalties to cash in on their ability to make and break governments and they can nominate really competent and educated people from different walks of national life to represent the party in the parliament. the system also eliminates the possibility of horse trading and floor-crossing. to make this system really workable voting will also have to be made compulsory as is the case in more than 50 countries, mostly European, where proportional representation system is in vogue. Even in UK, a serious thought is being given to adopting this system. It is most suitable for countries with multiple cultural entities like Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz sharif needs to reform the political system on priority basis to achieve the desired results, as only intentions are not enough. the country needs a system which makes the process once initiated, self-sustaining.
WORLD VIEW 09
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
Who controls the election in iraq? Spiegel Dieter BeDnarz anD Klaus BrinKBäumer SPIEGEL: Dr Allawi, you are the head of the coalition of opposition parties known as the National List, and you are challenging Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the parliamentary election on April 30. Do you expect it to be a fair election? Allawi: No, not really. The number of
atrocities used to intimidate the opposition has gone up again. And the politically devastating charge that I was a member of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party is being dragged out again. This tactic is especially intended to sideline opposition candidates who are capable of capturing a lot of votes. SPIEGEL: Can a policy of reconciliation produce a majority in this heated environment? Allawi: I am convinced that it can, or
else I wouldn't advocate it. Many Iraqis now recognize that things can't go on like this, that violence and religious extremism are destroying Iraq and that the country will break apart. SPIEGEL: Nevertheless, many Iraqis still want to see Maliki return as prime minister. Allawi: I'm not so sure about that.
Maliki has lost an influential ally in cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who now publicly refers to the prime minister as a "tyrant." And religious scholar Ammar al-Hakim, who leads the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, also has a large following. It could turn into a neck-and-neck race. I see my movement as a third force, alongside the Kurds, who are strong in their part of the country, in the north, Iraqi Kurdistan. In truly free elections, we could even win. SPIEGEL: Are your warnings about massive election fraud a way of hiding the fact that you don't have nearly as much public support as you claim? Allawi: Let's wait and see what happens
in the election. If it's transparent and fair, and we still lose, I'll accept it. SPIEGEL: The coalition of parties you lead won the 2010 parliamentary election. But Maliki moved into the prime
minister's palace because he was more politically tactful. Allawi: No, the fact that he came into
the time, when we were trying to reach some sort of a power-sharing agreement. Maliki was to become prime minister and I, as a member of the government, was to head a Council for Higher Policies. Obama promised me that he would support this solution. He even sent his ambassador that very afternoon to witness the negotiations between the president of the autonomous Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, and Maliki, and also to convey Washington's position.
office was the result of a bitter power struggle that had begun before those elections. Many of my allies and supporters were arrested, 16 were killed and about 500 were banned from politics for allegedly being Baath officials. All of this forced us onto the sidelines. But we will still win. SPIEGEL: With 91 seats in parliament, you captured two more seats than Maliki's faction, and yet Maliki got the mandate to form a government. Allawi: In 2010, President Jalal
Talabani was under pressure from foreign powers. He even admitted it later on. That's why he never gave us the mandate to form a government within 45 days, despite the fact that this is stipulated in our constitution. SPIEGEL: But Iraq's Supreme Court confirmed the president's decision, ruling that appointing Maliki four years ago was legal. Allawi: Are you saying that some
judges weren't being pressured? SPIEGEL: Who is supposed to have exerted so much influence on the Iraqi president and the judges on the federal court? Allawi: Iran and the United States and
some local adversaries. SPIEGEL: Are you trying to tell us that your election victory spurred two long-time enemies, Tehran and Washington, to collaborate? Allawi: As far as the pressure from Iran
goes, I can assure you that there was a very clear red line: Allawi and the Iraqi List were not to be allowed to come into power. Many regional leaders -- including Russia, Turkey, Kuwait and Qatar -- tried to reason with Iran in order to get it to shift its strategy, but they failed. SPIEGEL: Why would your fellow Shiites in Tehran have been interested in preventing you from becoming prime minister? Allawi: I have nothing against the
Iranian leadership. In fact, I accommodated it often enough during my time as premier. But I am no proponent of a theocracy. I am a
Iraq's former interim Prime Minister, Ayad Allawi, is hoping to oust the current government in this election. He speaks to SPIEGEL about his belief that the Americans robbed him of power and about the country's escalating violence.
secularist. I wanted an independent Iraqi government, not a lackey of Tehran. SPIEGEL: It is precisely this independence of Iraq that Prime Minister Maliki insisted on during a conversation with us. He vehemently rejects the accusation that he is a lackey of Iran. Allawi: Maliki is extremely close to
the leadership in Tehran. I, on the other hand, am no proponent of radical Shi'ism. I also don't support any sectarian forces. And I'm against politicizing religion. That's why the Iranian leadership intervened in the outcome of our election at the time. SPIEGEL: It may be feasible that Iran wants to gain control over neighboring Iraq and sees Maliki as the more willing partner. But why should the United States give the mullahs in Tehran free rein on this issue? Allawi: Washington fears Tehran and
its interventions. I believe that the US calculation was that if I came into power against Iran's will, Tehran would plunge Iraq into even greater chaos. Keeping me from coming into power was apparently the lesser evil. I call that intervening in Iraq's internal affairs. SPIEGEL: Those are serious accusations you are leveling against the US government. Allawi: President Obama called me at
SPIEGEL: But after an eightmonth power vacuum, Maliki was confirmed in office… Allawi: …and the power-sharing
agreement came to nothing. But did you know that even (Syrian President) Bashar Assad tried to mediate? SPIEGEL: No. On which side was the Syrian president at the time? Allawi: He called me and invited me to
come to Damascus, along with a dozen members of parliament. He told me that he had tried to champion my coalition with the Iranians, but was unsuccessful. He also said that he had since heard, "from friends in Turkey and other countries," that America no longer supported my coalition, but rather, like Iran, stood behind Maliki. SPIEGEL: Do you have any indications that Tehran could also manipulate the outcome of the current election? Allawi: The conditions, at the very
least, have changed. Iran has enough on its plate, having to overcome the crisis in Syria and curb the unrest in Lebanon. That's why it no longer has as much influence as it did four years ago. Iran also sees our vulnerable country as a buffer between itself and crisis-plagued Syria and Lebanon. SPIEGEL: In the run-up to the Iraqi elections, is it even possible for you to go on something like a campaign tour? Allawi: It would be too dangerous.
There is no such thing as a campaign here, because hardly anyone can safely appear in public. SPIEGEL: Could you describe what happened? Allawi: I was doing post-graduate work
in medicine in Britain. We were living in a house in Surrey in southern England. It
happened in the middle of the night, at around 3 a.m. At first I thought that the shadow was a dream, but then I saw a huge axe moving towards me. Then I realized that something had startled me, that my eyes were wide open and that someone was kicking me. Something shiny came at me, and I fought with that shadow. I tried to kick back. I tried to get up. But I couldn't do it. I felt hot water flowing across my face and chest. This lasted about 30 seconds, before my late wife switched on the light. I recognized that it was a man who was attacking me with an axe. I realized that I was covered in my own blood, and that it was coming from my head. I saw that my right leg was shattered around the level of my knee. My wife attacked the attacker and bit his hand. Then he attacked her. I was able to get the weapon away from him, and I hit him in the leg with it. He fled with his accomplices, whose presence I hadn't noticed before. SPIEGEL: And then? Allawi: I called the hospital and asked
them to call the police. I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. It took a year before I could be released. SPIEGEL: Iraq doesn't seem to be able to escape from this vicious circle. Allawi: As prime minister, at least I
tried to break through the circle. I distinguished between terrorists, and the so-called resistance… SPIEGEL: … made up of Sunni tribal fighters who feel robbed of their share of power. Allawi: I sought dialogue. The activists
in this resistance movement, most of them Sunnis, are part of our people. They feel marginalized and discriminated against by Maliki's government. We have to integrate them, not fight them. And I also sought dialogue with former Baathists when there was no evidence that they were personally responsible for any crimes. SPIEGEL: Your house in Baghdad is heavily guarded, and you don't take a step without bodyguards. Do you carry a weapon? Allawi: I'm a doctor and a politician.
Weapons are foreign to me. But as a farewell present when I left the office of prime minister, an Arab king gave me a nice little machine gun. For years it was kept in a nice box, somewhere in this house. Four months ago, I pulled out the dusty box and unpacked the weapon. My bodyguards showed me how to clean, load and use the weapon. Believe me; I never thought it would come to this.
KUWAIT ‘EPICENTER’ OF TERROR FUNDING: WASHINGTON preSS TV GorDon Duff
Kuwait had been a major terror funder for a very long time, operating “under the radar,” as described by a senior Obama Treasury Department official. However, in 2011, that changed. Using social networks, Kuwaiti charities, ostensibly collecting funds intended for Syrian refugees, stepped well over the line into pure barbarism. Charities, many not yet on terror lists, began soliciting funds to purchase weapons, finance attacks on Christian villages and, in extreme cases, place bounties on the heads of members of targeted groups. According to a Brookings Institute study from 2013, wealthy Kuwaitis used charities to recruit terrorists to follow their specific agendas, with as many as 1000 Kuwait-funded groups operating through Syria and Iraq, each under different orders, often fighting each other. Over 100,000 Kuwaitis around the world took part in this effort with some listing the weapons they purchased on their Facebook pages. Many of these individuals are permanent residents of the US, Canada, Great Britain and other nations where, under any “normal” circumstance, such an act would land them in “Gitmo” or worse, but nothing was done. One problem, of course, is that weapons designated for the eradication of Christian settlements in Syria would end up financing car bombs in Baghdad. The United States only began to notice when Kuwaiti interference led to infighting that derailed American efforts to overthrow the Assad government. Only then did the massive influx of terror funding from Kuwait suddenly become an issue. The Obama administration has officially named Kuwait as top funder of terrorists in the world. In a statement by David Cohen, Treasury Undersecretary heading efforts to trace the source of terrorist funds, Kuwait has used a series of charities to wage war, not
just on Syria but its neighbor, Iraq as well. According to Cohen, speaking with the full authority of President Obama: “Kuwait…is the epicenter of funding for terrorist groups.” The original document citing Kuwait as Al Qaeda’s largest terror funding source was originally published on the Treasury Department’s website on April 4, 2011 but received no publicity until the Washington Post revived the story: "Until recently, tiny, oilrich Kuwait avoided public scrutiny as attention to terrorist financing focused more sharply on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. But the fact that those countries have made strides in addressing the problem, a senior Treasury official said, has ‘shed more light on the less forward-leaning steps taken in Kuwait.’” Several issues immediately come to light, citing American duplicity in dealing with very real terror threats that have led to not only massacres and nerve gas attacks in Syria but over 8000 terror bombing deaths in Iraq as well in 2013 alone. 1. Washington has only begun to track real Al Qaeda funding during the last 30 days, almost 13 years after that group reputedly attacked the United States with four hijacked airliners, killing thousands. 2. Fabricated intelligence on Iraq and Al Qaeda, sourced to an Israeli psychological warfare military unit, led to not only the destruction of Iraq but the collapse of the American economy as well. 3. Since 9/11, the US has chosen to ignore Kuwait’s role as the largest financier of world terrorism, instead continually citing both Iran and Pakistan, without ever presenting evidence. 4. While America has waged a virtual “witch hunt” for supposed terrorist funders around the world, kidnapping some, killing others with drones, the primary funders of Al Qaeda were entertained at the White House on numerous occasions. In a Brookings Institute paper by Elizabeth Dickenson, published in December 2013, Kuwait was cited
as the primary source, not just for funding of Al Qaeda but for broad conflicts between Sunni and Shiite and for financing the training of thousands of heavily armed jihadists now operating in Western Europe, North America and around the world. “Today, there is evidence that Kuwaiti donors have backed rebels who have committed atrocities and who are either directly linked to al Qaeda or cooperate with its affiliated brigades on the ground. Fundraisers posted photos of cars and jewelry that had been sold to support the mujahedeen. They also earmarked specific costs for weapons. For example, advertisements would state that an $800 donation would buy a directed missile or an RPG for the fighters. Several of these new donors—including Herbash, Tabtabae, and Hajjaj al-Ajmi, also travelled to Syria to visit the brigades they helped fund, broadcasting their travels by social media.” (Brookings Institution) KUWAIT, “THE OTHER SPECIAL COUNTRY”: Since Saddam’s Republican Guard entered Kuwait in 1990, that nation has enjoyed a “Get Out of Jail Free” card. Most remember the stories, babies being taken out of incubators, thrown out of windows by Iraqi soldiers. These stories, now known to have been written in Tel Aviv by “the usual suspects,” have long been an embarrassment to the United States. On January 26, 2011, Texas Congressman Ron Paul went before the House of Representatives with leaked copies of State Department cables received from WikiLeaks. Paul read these astounding documents into the Congressional Record (page H203), documents outlining how the Bush (41) administration had given Saddam the “green light” to attack Kuwait. America had authorized the invasion of Kuwait, a simply “follow-up” as Saddam saw it, to the decadelong Iraqi imposed war on Iran, a war where Bush family members supplied poison gas to one side and anti-armor and air defense systems to the other. They then used the proceeds to run narcotics into the US, an
effort made public by investigative journalist Michael Ruppert, who died recently at 63. The family narcotics business is not just alive and well but has added an Afghan chapter, but that’s another story, an ongoing story at that. Where Kuwait had become “a means to an end” for Bush family globalist ambitions, prominent Kuwaitis took on the “Teflon” armor of the other Bush family “partners in crime,” the Israelis. Drowning in oil cash, drowning in profits from logistical support of America’s Iraqi debacle, power-mad Kuwaitis became the conduits for funding for nearly all world terrorism, an unaccountable “empty hole” where money could go in dirty and come out “clean.” Cash from government “slush funds,” drug cartels, the wealthy but criminally insane, and there are so many of those, could safely disappear into Kuwait and show up in Nigeria, funding Boko Harum slaughter, show up in Pakistan funding car bombs by the dozen or even in America, buying political power through newly elected and “morally flexible” Tea Party legislators. It was perfectly OK for Kuwait to fund terrorism when only the right innocent people were dying by the tens of thousands or more. It was even OK for Kuwaiti cash to fund bombings around the world. Only when Kuwaiti internal politics derailed the “cohesion” of Syrian rebels and Al Qaeda jihadists, did the Washington Post, Brookings Institution and Obama White House take notice. If promises made are promises kept and the money is followed, some very surprising individuals are going to be facing serious unpleasantness. Today we read that something is finally going to be done about terror financing. What will really happen when, as so many of us have known for so very long, that those really responsible are “us?” Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, a combat infantryman, and Senior Editor at Veterans Today.
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
$2B POLICY LOANS TIED TO MINIMUM CREDIT WORTHINESS ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
OnTRARY to the euphoria of building sufficient foreign currency reserves, a draft report of World Bank Group (WBG) says that Pakistan requires at least one and half years more to gain minimum creditworthiness, necessary to qualify for $2 billion in policy loans. Although, the international lender will approve $11 billion worth five-year Country Partnership Strategy including $2 billion of policy loans on Thursday, the disbursements of policy loans will start only after “Pakistan regains minimum creditworthiness”. The WBG has defined the minimum creditworthiness as “foreign currency reserves equal to at least three months of next year’s imports of goods and services and a stable or declining government debt to GDP ratio”. “It is not expected that these criteria will be met for at least 18 months and when International Bank for Reconstruction and Development lending resumes, it would be limited to $500 million per year or $2 billion in total over CPS period,” according to the draft report. Another condition that the draft report attaches with continuation of the policy loans, if it is restored, is the continuation of International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) three-year $6.7 billion programme. The World Bank would suspend its policy support to Pakistan the day IMF programme is suspended, states the draft report. After dropping to dangerously low levels of $2.8 billion, the country’s official foreign currency reserves have increased to about $7 billion on the back of $1.5 billion Saudi Arabia assistance, something that the former Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain described it as ‘charity’. The foreign currency reserves also increased $2 billion due to the floating Euro bonds. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has recently vowed that his government would further increase reserves to $15 billion, including $4.7 billion held by commercial banks, by September and hoped that the WB will also
relax its conditions of reserves sufficient to back three months import bill to two and half months. Dar is taking into account private reserves, which the international lenders do not consider as official reserves. The draft report also underlines risks that could lead to the suspension of the IMF programme. The reports says negative external shocks, such as a fall in remittances, a slow recovery of foreign direct investment and external inflows, terms of trade shock, a severe drop in external demand for Pakistani exports, or a major natural disaster might undermine growth and reform momentum. “This in turn could lead to the suspension of the IMF Programme”. The draft report further states that “if reforms are not maintained, including a possible suspension of the IMF Program, the World Bank could not continue to extend policy support.” To mitigate the damage the WBG has sought prior to the implementation of reforms. “The World Bank is putting its whole force behind the reforms, but Pakistan has a history of starting strong and finishing weak”, said the report. According to sources, reforms in taxation, power sector, privatisation and autonomy to State Bank of Pakistan will be the determining factors in continuation of the IMF programme. The draft report also noted that slow progress on reforms may set back CPS objective of increased private sector participation. The private sector investment and FDI flows might not pick up as expected in the event of greater uncertainty due to increased political and security risks in Pakistan, it stated. The private sector may also be affected by lack of progress in the areas of privatisation, tax simplification, enhancement of investment climate, and market-based energy tariffs, such as power and gas, it added. Pakistan’s weak implementation capacity, coupled with risks of disasters and increased violence could derail achievement of results, according to the report. It added changing environment or renewed conflict in Afghanistan could bring more stress on Pakistan’s economy and country’s ability to pursue reforms.
Spectrum licence winners to deposit $800m soon ISLAMABAD APP
All four companies who secured a slice of the telecom spectrum in last week’s auction are expected to deposit 75 per cent of the total license fee, amounting to $800 million, soon, the government said on Tuesday. The telcos are required to submit at least 50 per cent of the total license fee upfront, while they can submit remaining 50 per cent over a period of five years’ in installments with mark up of
three per cent plus Libor. On Monday, Telenor Pakistan submitted the remaining of 50 per cent licence fee of its 5 MHz band in the 2100 MHz spectrum. China Mobile (Zong) had already announced that it would pay in full the amount for its 3G and 4G spectrum licences upfront in dollars. The amount, estimated to be around $516 million, is to be brought from outside the country. Licenses would be issued after the spectrum auction fee is received from all four operators. Compared to the spectrum auction for 2G in 2004, the government
AFTER FOUR YEARS OF LOSSES, PIA ACHIEVES RS 1.67B PROFIT KARACHI: PIA has been able to achieve an operating profit of Rs 1.67 billion for the first quarter i.e. January 1 to March 31, 2014 against a loss of Rs 5.65 billion of corresponding period last year. The airline attained this operating profit after a period of four years. This was declared in PIA’s 356th Board of Directors meeting held at the airlines Head Office, said a press release issued on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Secretary Aviation and PIA Chairman Muhammad Ali Gardezi. Managing Director PIA Muhammad Juniad Yunus was also present at the meeting. According to the results of first quarter 2014, the total rev-
enue stood at Rs 28.0 billion as against Rs 25 billion of 2013. However, the net loss after paying financial costs and taxation stood at Rs 1.98 billion as against Rs 8.62 billion in the year 2013 which shows a remarkable decline of almost 77 percent in losses. The loss per share has dropped from Rs 2.86 to Rs 0.56. The Board of Directors approved the financial results for the period January 1 to March 31, 2014. The Board appreciated the performance of PIA and the efforts of Shujaat Azeem, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation and Chairman PIA for the revival of the airline. APP
said the per MHz price of auction was calculated at $15 million, while this time around per MHz price was at $30 million. It is worth mentioning that the amount of spectrum in 900 MHz band which was auctioned in 2004 was 2.5 times more than spectrum auctioned in 1800 MHz this time. Back in 2004, the operators were allowed to deposit their remaining fee in installments over 15 years without any mark up. While this time, 50pc amount is being collected upfront and the remaining 50pc over five years with a mark up of three per cent plus Libor.
Stocks end lower; rupee weakens KARACHI: The Karachi Stock Exchange closed lower on Tuesday, with the benchmark 100-share index of the Karachi Stock Exchange falling 0.89 percent, or 255.03 points, to 28,436.59. The market continued to decline amid disappointing corporate results. Oil, fertilizer and banking sectors remained under selling pressure whereas some cherry picking was seen in cement stocks, dealer Samar Iqbal at Topline Securities said. Fauji Cement Company Ltd fell 1.85 percent to 17.02 rupees and Engro Fertilizer Ltd was down 2.84 percent to 64.30 rupees. STAFF REPORT
Engro earns Rs 2.001b in first quarter KARACHI: The Board of Directors of Engro Corporation Limited Tuesday announced the financial results for the first quarter ended March 31. The company posted a strong comeback with its subsidiaries truly reflecting the story of our growth – with the company’s consolidated revenue closing at PKR 38,354 million and our PAT recording an increase of 12% to PKR 2,001 million. The company continued to receive additional gas from Mari which enabled two-plant operations leading to increase in production from 296 kt in 1Q 2013 to 456 kt in the current reporting period. Similarly, the sales increased from 298 kt to 451 kt respectively. STAFF REPORT
CORPORATE CORNER Pakistan State Oil announces financial results for 3QFY14 KARACHI: The Board of Management (BoM) of Pakistan State Oil
KARACHI: An MoU was signed to promote football at grassroots level in Pakistan at Habib Bank Limited on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO
Company Limited (PSOCL) convened on Tuesday at the PSO headquarters, to review the Company’s performance for the nine months period ended March 31, 2014. In the period under review, PSO’s sales revenue crossed the trillion turnover mark and stood at Rs 1.02 trillion as compared to Rs 930 billion during Same Period Last Year (SPLY), representing a growth of 10%. The Company’s after tax earnings increased to Rs 19.4 billion as compared to Rs 9.4 billion during SPLY. These all time high nine monthly after tax earnings surpassed the after tax earnings of Rs 12.6 billion during the entire financial year 2013 by 54%. While maintaining the overall market leadership position with 73% share in black oil market and 53% in white oil market, the Company registered a growth of 4% in sales of liquid fuels as compared to SPLY. Devaluation of Pak Rupee against US dollar by 6.5% in the first half of financial year 2014 was followed by an appreciation of 7% in the third quarter, resulting in a net exchange loss of Rs 1.2 billion in the nine months under review. PRESS RELEASE
PFBA organises trade performance awards KARACHI: The Pakistan France Business Alliance (PFBA) was
LAHORE: Descon Technical Institute Chairman Abdur Razaq inaugurates the new building of the institute along with other guests. STAFF PHOTO
formed in 1991 in Karachi, with the Ambassador of France in Pakistan, as its Chief Patron. His Excellency Philippe Thiébaud, Ambassador of France in Pakistan, is the current Patron-In-Chief and Mr. Jamil Hamdani, Managing Director of Crédit Agricole S.A. is the President of the Alliance. PFBA organized the 10th Pakistan France Trade Performance Awards for the members who excelled in their respective categories. The ceremony was held in Falettis Hotel, Lahore on 25th April 2014 that was hosted by Mr. Jamil Hamdani President PFBA & Mr. Shaukat Hassan Vice President (Northern Chapter). The chief guest was Mr. Muhammad Sarwar,
Governor Punjab in the presence of His Excellency Philippe Thiébaud, Ambassador of France in Pakistan. The evening’s Trade Performance Awards Ceremony was significant on 2 counts. First it was the 10th Anniversary of this event which has been held annually to honor the leading players in the bilateral trade relations between Pakistan & France. Secondly it is the first time that the ceremony was staged in the historic city of Lahore. PRESS RELEASE
Abacus & SAP organise ‘Developing the Future - Thinking Utility’ session LAHORE: Abacus and SAP organized an informative session on ‘Developing the Future-Thinking Utility’ at Pearl Continental, Lahore. The session offered innovative content and customer case studies for key stakeholders of the various utility companies. During the session, Mr. Slawomir Klimowicz, Industry Principal Utilities for SAP (MENA), gave a detailed introduction of what SAP Industry Solutions for Utilities can offer to cover various IT related problems prevalent in the utility sector. He showcased SAP Utilities solution portfolio and discussed numerous innovations in utilities like smart metering, smart grids, big data and mobility. Mr. Aamer Chaudhry, Partner AbacusConsulting also expressed his views about the potential of utility sector and pressed upon the fact that utility companies are currently amidst a major paradigm shift. With the growing challenges of climate change and sustainability, rising fuel costs, and the need to maintain efficient and cost effective operations, utilities must now look to innovate and utilize technology in order to meet these 21st century challenges. PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
A new obstacle blocks your path and keeps you from pushing forward as quickly as you would like. That's fine, though -- new information is coming your way that is sure to change your mind about your work.
Your practical nature is helping you see new ways to solve old problems. Things may start to get really interesting by the end of the day, so keep some energy in reserve until then.
Your hidden powers are starting to make themselves known today, and that could mean that you're getting some new attention from folks who had started to take you for granted. Enjoy it!
It's time for you to get started on something new. That could mean almost anything from a new romance to a job in another city. Your energy gives you the confidence you need to succeed.
Try harder not to let yourself get too deep into bad habits today -you're more easily tempted now, and that could lead to all sorts of mischief if you let yourself go. Grab a friend for support!
It's a great day for brainstorming -- or just dealing with that backlog of good ideas you've been compiling over the last few months. Your mental and social energy are in perfect sync.
Things are getting pretty heavy -even though your social energy is keeping your relationships light and bubbly. It may be an idea that's dragging you down, so focus on it and make it work for you.
It's all up to you - but you thrive on the pressure! Your energy is all over the map, which actually ends up helping you as you have to deal with lots of different mini-emergencies throughout the day.
Your wild spirituality can wait for one more day -- you need to focus on mundane stuff like cooking, cleaning and paying the bills. Once that stuff is out of the way, you can return to inner space.
It's time for something fun and silly -- your good energy needs an outlet other than work. Try something totally new and exciting, like skydiving or going on a spontaneous road trip.
Something you picked up a long time ago comes back in a new, fresh way -- and you can't believe that it's still relevant. Make the most of it and see if you can make a real difference.
Someone says something really nice -- and catches you off guard in a delightful way! It may be a curmudgeon at work or a mean ex, but the sweetness is simply impossible to deny.
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Sweets, fizzy drinks and TV all part of a happy, well-rounded childhood: British report VANCOUVER SUN It is something generations of schoolboys have long suspected: eating your greens might be good for you, but it does not make you happy. Children allowed to eat sweets and watch television in moderation score higher for “wellbeing” than those denied the pleasure, a British report says. A UK Department of Health-funded study into what makes the young happy or reduce worry found that although activities such as sport are linked to feeling good, eating the recommended portions of fruit and vegetables is not. The research, based on data gathered from almost 13,000 children, showed that those who enjoy “unhealthy” things such as sweets or fizzy drinks and gazing at television - though not to excess - have a happier and more rounded childhood than those not allowed them. The study, carried out by NatCen Social Research, concluded that deprivation, family discord and problems at school or with friends all have a negative impact on the well-being of seven-year-olds. The report, presented at the conference of the British Sociological Association, also shows that those who enjoy PE at school are markedly more likely to report being happy in general. Those whose parents enjoyed good health also reported higher levels of happiness in their daily lives. But when it comes to eating, the findings are less likely to please health chiefs. The results suggest that eating fruit and vegetables has little positive effect and possibly even makes children slightly less happy overall. Meanwhile, those allowed to eat
sweets and sugary snacks in safe measure also emerged as having higher levels of well-being than those for whom they are forbidden. While children afforded more than five hours of television a day scored lower than those who watched around an hour, so did those who did not see any. The report, based on data provided by the Millennium Cohort Study, which tracks the lives of thousands of children born in 2000, highlighted how 40 per cent of those who said they liked PE “a lot”, separately said that they were happy “all the time”. Less than a quarter of those who said they disliked PE also spoke of always being happy - strengthening links between health and happiness. But in the children’s assessment of their feelings when linked to their diets, a more complicated picture emerged. There was no significant difference in well-being between those allowed crisps, cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate or sugary drinks between meals and those who were not. Meanwhile, 38 per cent of those who said they were happy “all the time” ate no fruit and vegetables. Thirtysix per cent of the happiest children had one or two portions and only 35 per cent had three or more. Jenny Chanfreau, the study’s lead author, said the difference was not statistically significant, but showed that it cannot be claimed that eating greens will make children happier overall. “This is not to say that eating healthily isn’t good for you, it is just not linked with happiness as reported by sevenyear-olds,” she said. She said the most striking finding was that moderation, not prohibition, was linked with general well-being.
VIA DAILY MAIL handful of almonds may well be the perfect daily snack for starving off disease. The high-protein, nutrientrich nuts help suppress the appetite, beat flab and also keep your heart healthy. Almonds are high in beneficial monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, which protects against UV light damage and Alzheimer’s, according to six studies presented to the American Society of Nutrition Scientific Sessions in San Diego. And for people at risk of diabetes, eating the nuts daily moderates blood glucose concentrations. They are also packed with minerals, among them manganese, which helps the body form strong bones and regulates blood sugar, and magnesium which is essential for organ, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and regulating blood pressure. The skin has a collection of flavonoids that act as antioxidants and enhance the effect of vitamin E that could be beneficial as we age. Dr Karen Lapsley, Chief Science Officer for the Almond Board of California said: ‘Presenting new research to this audience of scientists and health professionals is critical to turning the findings into practical application and recommendations. ‘These results help to advance the evolution of our understanding of almonds’ beneficial effects as part of a healthy diet.’ One of the studies, by Dr Carol O’Neil of Louisiana State University, analysed 24,808 adults aged over 19 and showed that those who ate almonds had increased nutrient intake, improved overall dietary quality and better physiological status compared with non-almond consumers. In another, Dr Richard Mattes from Purdue University examined the effects of snacking on nutrient-rich almonds in 137 adult participants at risk of Type II diabetes. Consuming 1.5 ounces of dry-roasted, lightly salted almonds daily helped curb participants’
ATTENTION TEACHERS SCARE TACTICS dON’T wORk AT SCHOOl! FEAR OF FAILURE LEADS TO LOWER EXAM SCORES, STUDY REVEALS
EACHERS who use the fear of failure in a bid to get students to knuckle down and revise hard for GCSEs exams may be having a negative effect on their success, according to a new study. Students who were told that failing an exam would prevent them from finding a good job reported feeling less motivated and performed worse in exams than those given encouragement. The study, led by Edge Hill University in Lancashire, looked at different styles of pre-exam persuasive messages used by teachers, the impact they can have on students’ motivation and ultimately, their academic performance. ‘Teachers are desperately keen to motivate their students in the best possible way but may not be aware of how messages they communicate to students around the importance of performing well in exams can be interpreted in different ways,’ said educational psychology expert, Professor David Putwain. The study found that messages that used scare tactics, such as ‘if you fail the exam, you will never be able to get a good job or go to university,’
appetites and moderate blood glucose concentrations, while significantly improving vitamin E and monounsaturated fat intake. After a month of snacking on 250 calories of almonds daily, participants did not gain weight.
achieved fewer positive results than messages that focused on success, like ‘the exam is really important as most jobs that pay well require that you pass and if you want to go to college you will also need to pass the exam’. Students who said they felt threatened by messages that frequently focused on failure reported feeling less motivated and performed worse in their tests than students who reported that their teacher used fewer fear tactics. ‘Both messages highlight to students the importance of effort and provide a reason for striving,’ Dr Putwain said. ‘Where these messages differ is some focus on the possibility of success while others stress the need to avoid failure’. The results of the study which are published
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in the American Psychological Association’s School Psychology Quarterly, come at a time of stress for many students in the UK who are preparing for GCSEs and A Levels. Researchers interviewed 347 students over an 18-month period leading up to their GCSEs and were asked questions such as: ‘How often do your teachers tell you that unless you work hard you will fail your exam?’ and ‘Do you feel worried when your teachers tell you that your exam is getting nearer?’ The questions were designed to measure how threatened the students felt and they were asked to rate each of them on a scale of one to five, where one was ‘never’ and five being ‘most of the time. Their responses were compared to the students’ final grades after 18 months. Dr Putwain said: ‘Teachers should plan what types of messages would be the most effective and how they could be incorporated into the lesson plans.’
UAe ranked first in respect for women The UAE ranks number one in the world for treating women with respect, according to a study comparing development and well-being among 132 nations. The global Social Progress Index also ranked the UAE as number one for the lowest level of violent crime, the lowest homicide rate, the lowest undernourishment rate, and the highest rate of enrolment in secondary education. The report was produced by a team of international economists led by Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School, as part of an initiative launched by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council. COURTESY EMIRATES 24/7
china to outlaw eating of protected animal species
HEART HEALTHY AND BEAT THE FAT, RESULTS OF SIX NEW STUDIES CONCLUDE
Dr Mattes said although the study spanned just four weeks, almonds could be a vital part for a fat busting diet. Dr Penny-Kris Etherton, from Pennsylvania State University, studied the effects of consuming 1.5 ounces of almonds against a calorie-matched, high carbohydrate snack on body weight in 52 adults with elevated ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. Although total body weight did not differ between the two groups, the almond diet after six weeks reduced overall abdominal mass, abdominal fat mass, and waist circumference compared to the high-carbohydrate snack. Preliminary results suggest that snacking on almonds may help decrease abdominal fat, an
high blood pressure and obesity. Having this puts you at greater risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions affecting blood vessels. Other additional research examined the relationship between almond consumption and cardiovascular and diabetes risk for people with type II diabetes and overweight or obese pregnant women. Preliminary results suggest that almonds may help improve satiety, reduce appetite, and may help promote healthy weight gain during pregnancy.
BEIJING: China will jail people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment. China lists 420 species as rare or endangered, including the panda, golden monkeys, Asian black bears and pangolins, some or all of which are threatened by illegal hunting, environmental destruction and the consumption of animal parts, including for supposedly medicinal reasons. Consumption of rare animals has risen as the country has become richer, with some people believing spending thousands of yuan on eating them gives a certain social cache. “Eating rare wild animals is not only bad social conduct but also a main reason why illegal hunting has not been stopped despite repeated crackdowns,” Lang Sheng, deputy head of parliament’s Legislative Affairs Commission said, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Thursday. Knowingly buying any wild animals killed by illegal hunting will now be considered a crime, with a maximum penalty of three years in jail, state news agency Xinhua said. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
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I'M INTERESTED IN BOLLYWOOD, BUT DON'T THINK I CAN ACT: SHOAIB AKHTAR AGENCIES
Sara Loren (previously popular as Mona Lisa) will now be seen shaking her booty for an item number in upcoming Bollywood flick, Welcome Back. Loren made a debut in Bollywood with Pooja Bhatt’s romantic thriller Kajaare opposite Himesh Reshamiya but the success of Murder 3 established her talent over there. Loren has so far not signed any big projects in Pakistan and is focusing more towards building a career in Bollywood. Right now she has another Indian movie in hand, Barkha – it’s a love story but Loren is more excited about her item number. She says, ”I’m looking forward to hearing the song. It has already been recorded and my management team is in touch with them. Hopefully, things will be confirmed soon. They want to present me differently and that’s what has me excited.” Sara Loren also appears in Pakistani movie Sultanat – possibly for more than just an item number? Veena Malik and Mathira have also performed item numbers in Bollywood but I would call them too raunchy, let’s see if Sara Loren follows their steps or carves a niche for herself. AGENCIES
THIRD‘SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS’MOVIE IN WORKS
A third ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ movie in the making, which would be based on the fifth and last novel in Ann Brashares’ Sisterhood series to help us personalise your reading experience. However, it is yet to be known if the original cast consisting Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera and Amber Tamblyn will be attached to the third film as well. It is going to be titled ‘Sisterhood Everlasting’, reported Ace Showbiz. “The Sisterhood series is one of Alloy’s most cherished properties and we are looking forward to continuing its legacy with Sisterhood Everlasting nearly a decade after the first film was released,” said Les Morgenstein, president of Alloy Entertainment that developed the first two films. “The original film brought together an incredible group of talent who we hope to unite for fans once again,” he added. Alloy developed the first two movies, ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ and ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2′. Warner Bros distributed both films but the third one is yet to have one attached. Ken Kwapis, who directed the original film in 2005, will return to direct, with Liz W Garcia tackling the script. AGENCIES
HoAiB Akhtar, once regarded as one the fastest bowlers in world cricket, is set to explore things beyond cricket. The 38-year-old former Pakistani cricketer gets chatty about life after the game. in 2007, you were offered a Bollywood film, but it did not materialise. Any plans of an acting debut in india? i have been approached a number of times by several Bollywood filmmakers to act in their films. i am interested in Bollywood films, but i don’t think i can act. But, you never know what life has in store. Are you open to the idea of a film on your life being made by a Bollywood filmmaker? When i was playing for Pakistan, someone showed interest in making a biopic. But i was
really involved in cricket then and did not want to divert my attention. Now, it is up to them to decide. Are you open to hosting television shows in india? Sports is my first love and if i can contribute to it through an indian TV series, i would be open to it. i am a commentator on TV, so i have that experience as well. it was reported that you were supposed to be a part of Salman Khan’s show but it fell through. What went wrong? There is no truth to that. i was never approached by Salman Khan nor by the team of the show. if anything of that sort would have happened, i would have spoken about it openly. Would you marry an indian woman? Why not? You never know when and where you might find your soulmate.
38th death anniversary of Munawar Zarif observed ISLAMABAD
SEVEN YEARS AFTER BITTER BREAK UP, KAREENA KAPOOR FINALLY SAYS ‘HI SHAHID’
The 38th death anniversary of legendary comedian Munawar Zarif was observed on Tuesday. Munawar Zarif was born in Gujranwala on February 2, 1940. The legendary artist started his career in 1961 from a Punjabi film `Dandian', but he got breakthrough in 1964 from the movie `Hath Jori.' Munawar Zarif was a versatile actor and comedian best known for his work in the Pakistani cinema of the seventies. Zarif is widely regarded as one of the finest comedians subcontinent ever produced and appeared in more than 300 films. After a marvelous film career as a top comedian, he became film
hero first as side-hero in film `Pardey mein rehney doe' and then in the title roles and hero in the same year `Banarsi Thugg' (1973) and `Jeera Blade' (1973). He appeared in
more than 300 films in just 16 years from 1961-76. He was also famous for his out of script dialogue delivery. Zarif died on April 29, 1976 of cardiac arrest in Lahore.
RobeRt Pattinson quits saddam Hussein dRama ‘mission: blacklist’ ‘Twilight’ star Robert Pattinson has quit ‘Mission: Blacklist’, a thriller about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, due to scheduling problems. The actor was set to play the lead role of a military interrogator Eric Maddox in the film, being financed by Code Entertainment. Maddox spearheaded Hussein’s capture. Pattinson has just finished shooting Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ with Dane DeHaan which did not leave him with enough time to work on the indie project, a source told the website. The role of Maddox will now be recast, and the filmmakers hope to start production this year. The Saddam Hussein project will be directed by Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt from a script by Erik Jendresen, Dylan Kussman and Trace Sheehan, who adapted Harper Collins’ 2008 book ‘Mission: Black List #1′. Pattinson, meanwhile, is slated to hit the Cannes film festival red carpet for two of his films – David Cronenberg’s ‘Maps to the Stars’ and David Michod’s ‘The Rover’. AGENCIES
Handling a crew of 300 easier than disputes between maids: Farah Khan Choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan finds handling a crew of 300 easier than solving disputes between her maids at home. The filmmaker, who is currently working on ‘Happy New Year’ which stars big names like Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Abhishek Bachchchan, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah, said settling disputes between maids and cook takes a toll on her. Farah tweeted, “Sorting out disputes between my maids n cook takes a toll on me!! handling a film crew of 300 is much easier.!” Farah Khan, mother of three, has made ‘larger-than-life’ films like ‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Tees Maar Khan’. AGENCIES
Ex-lovers Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shahid Kapoor were quite the talk of the town during the initial years of their careers. While they were dating, the couple openly talked about their relationship and plans for the future. However, after a bitter breakup, both Kareena and Shahid kept their distance from each other. We hear even at public events and functions, the duo avoided crossing one another. But, all that seems to be in the past now. The actors were recently at the same venue in Tampa Bay, Florida to attend the IIFA 2014 awards when Kareena, who was performing, came on stage only to bump into Shahid Kapoor, who was hosting the show along with Farhan Akhtar. The actress took her former flame by surprise when she cordially greeted him by saying – ‘Hello Shahid’. However, post that Kareena Kapoor is said to have taken a seat backstage so as to avoid bumping into her ‘Jab We Met’ co-star and former beau once more. Looks like both Kareena and Shahid have definitely moved on. Kareena is happily married to Saif Ali Khan, while Shahid has had quite a few attractive ladies attached to his name, with the likes of Priyanka Chopra and most recent, Sonakshi Sinha. AGENCIES
GIRL BONDING AT IIFA 2014: DEEPIKA, BIPASHA, PRIYANKA
While most people expect a whole lot of catfights and drama from actresses, we must say our Bollywood girls are nothing close to that. At the recent IIFA 2014 in Tampa Bay, Florida, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra seemed to have had a ball together. The girls shared a few pictures of themselves on Instagram looking fit and fab in sports wear, showing off their wrist-bands. Bipasha Basu posted this picture of herself along with Deepika Padukone saying, “We girls just won’t grow up! Ha ha ha! @deepikapadukone n @priyankachopra n me:)” The actress also shared another picture of herself posing with Priyanka Chopra with the caption, “We girls just won’t grow up! Ha ha ha! @deepikapadukone n @priyankachopra n me:)” Both girls have supposedly shared a romantic past with heartthrob Shahid Kapoor. However, by the looks of it, gal pals come way before boys! AGENCIES
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
nisar fits a befitting reply in modi’s ears SAYS PAKISTAN’S LEADERSHIP AND ARMED FORCES HAVE RIGHT AND POWER TO RECIPROCATE SENTIMENTS COMING FROM ACROSS THE BORDER ISLAMABAD
Modi, said that Modi’s statement was “irresponsible and shameful”. The interior minister said, “First Modi should decide where Dawood Ibrahim was living at and later dream of attacking Pakistan. It looks like Modi has not learned from his shameful mistakes and is earning a bad name as
NTeRIOR Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday, reacting over a statement given by India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for premiership Narendra
chief minister of Indian Gujarat.” Nisar said that this provocative and condemnable statement of expected Indian premier and leader of a major political party was “touching the last limit of enmity towards Pakistan”. He said that Modi’s statement against Pakistan particularly Muslims reflected that he would destabilise regional peace if he comes in as the Indian prime minister. The interior minister that said those who were giving statements that Pakistan was sheltering Dawood
Ibrahim and launching operation on Pakistan‘s soil should realise that neither Pakistan was a weak country to get scared of such threats nor the Pakistani nation could be impressed with such irresponsible statements. Nisar said that Pakistan’s efforts for peace in the region should not be considered its weakness. He said that Pakistani leadership, people and particularly the armed forces have the right and power to reciprocate the expression of sentiments coming from across the border.
Police detain 600 Kashmiris ahead of Polls
iran determined to sPeed uP its ventures with PaK TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined the importance of expanding relations with Islamabad and voiced Iran’s determination to accelerate implementation of joint economic projects with Pakistan. Speaking during a meeting with Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Tehran, Zarif described Pakistan as an important neighbour and friend of Iran and hoped for elaborate preparations for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s upcoming visit to Tehran. He also enunciated TehranIslamabad bilateral relations and the historical, religious and cultural affinities. Iran and Pakistan have exchanged delegations on a regular basis and the two neighbouring countries are keen to expedite expansion of their bilateral trade ties. One of the most important joint projects of Iran and Pakistan is IranPakistan (IP) gas pipeline. Under an agreement between Tehran and Islamabad, Pakistan was to get 750 million cubic feet of gas per day (mcfd) from January 1, 2015. Later, the gas supply from Iran was to be increased to 1 billion cubic feet gas per day (bcfd). Now the import of gas under the IP project seems a non-starter. If Pakistan fails to meet its obligation within the deadline, it will have to pay Iran the huge penalty of almost $200 million a month. INP
Bandits Kill five security Personnel in mastung QUETTA: At least five security personnel and a robber were killed in an exchange of fire in Mastung on Tuesday. The security officials fired at armed robbers who had looted money from a private bank located in Mastung bazaar and were fleeing. The robbers retaliated to the firing by the security officials and a fire fight followed. An assistant commissioner and a deputy superintendent of police were among those injured. The police have arrested two robbers. STAFF REPORT
saudi grand mufti says violating traffic signal is a ‘major sin’ The Grand Mufti of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has issued a religious decree against drivers crossing red signals, terming such act of violation of traffic rules a “major sin,” Arab TV reported. Mufti Abdul Aziz al-Shaikh is considered the most senior religious authority in Saudi Arabia. He also referred to the Quranic verse “if you kill one person unjustly it is as if you killed the whole humanity, and if you saved once person it is as if you saved the whole humanity”, adding that the traffic violations leading to someone getting killed are a major sin. Al-Shaikh had announced a similar decree back in 2010. He said that a person responsible for the death of another due to his own traffic law violation is guilty of involuntary murder. The Grand Mufti’s edict comes at a time when, according to Gulf News, KSA records one of the highest rates of traffic accidents, with a daily fatality rate of 17. MONITORING DESK
LONDON: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif shakes hands with British Secretary for International Development Justin Greening.
Attacks hit Syria’s two major cities, kill 50 people DAMASCUS AGENCIES
A car bomb went off in the central Syrian city of Homs on Tuesday, killing 36 people just hours after a mortar attack on the capital, Damascus, killed 14, government officials and state media said. The attacks came a day after President Bashar Assad announced his candidacy for the June 3 presidential elections, a race he is likely to win amid a raging civil war that initially started as an uprising against his rule. A Syrian government official said the car bomb that hit Homs exploded in the city's predominantly Alawite district of Zahra.
Along with the 36 killed, 85 people were wounded in the blast, the official told The Associated Press over the telephone from Homs. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to media. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 13 people, including five children, were killed and that more than 40 were wounded in the Homs bombing. Syria state TV only said the car bomb in Homs caused ''a large number'' of casualties. And in Damascus, several mortar shells slammed into the predominantly Shia neighborhood of Shaghour in the morning hours,
killing 14 people and wounding 86, Syria's official SANA news agency and state TV reported. It was the deadliest mortar attack in the Syrian capital since the conflict began in March 2011. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the Homs and Damascus attacks Tuesday. Rebels fighting to oust Assad from power have frequently fired mortars into the capital from opposition-held suburbs. Armed opposition groups have also attacked Syria's cities with car bombs in the past months. An al Qaeda-linked group has previously claimed responsibility for several car bombs in the capital and other cities.
Bugti murder case: Musharraf’s request for exemption from appearance dismissed QUETTA STAFF REPORT Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa dismissed an application submitted on behalf of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf seeking an exemption from appearing in court in person for proceedings of the Akbar Bugti murder case. Chief justice Isa directed the government to ensure Musharraf’s security for the May 19 court hearing. However, he added that the former president can seek exemption from appearing before the court after he hears the charges. Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Quetta Judge Justice Anwar Kasi had dismissed Musharraf’s application for exemption from appearing in person, after which the petitioner had approached Balochistan High Court. ATC Quetta had issued five orders to Musharraf to appear in the case, but he has yet to make an appearance. The application in the Balochistan High Court was submitted by Advocate Mohammed Ilyas
Siddiqui on behalf of the former president under section 540-A of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Musharraf was named as an accused in the murder of former Balochistan chief minister and governor Akbar Khan Bugti. The charge sheet in the case been submitted but a trial is yet to begin as Pervez Musharraf has never appeared in court to hear the charges. “If the charges were framed in the presence of the client then he would be at liberty to file application for exemption at a later stage,” the court observed. Musharraf’s counsel Advocate Muhammad Ilyas Siddiqui stated that the former president anticipates a threat to his life from different organisations and that the trial judge should have allowed his exemption from personal appearance by exercising powers vested in him under Section 540-A of the Code. Additional Advocate General Humayun Tareen and Special Prosecutor AntiTerrorism Court Sultan Mehmood opposed the petition, contending that the impugned order does not call for any interference as it is in accordance with the law.
SRINAGAR: Indian authorities have detained more than 600 Kashmiri residents in a crackdown on suspected separatists ahead of voting in a general election in Indian-occupied parts of the disputed Himalayan region, police said Tuesday. Indian police and paramilitary officers made the arrests over the last five days in an effort to prevent any anti-India protests or violence during voting Wednesday, Police Director-General Ashok Prasad said. Indian Kashmir elects only six members of India's 543seat Parliament. Voting is being held over several days in the restive region so security forces can better guard the polls. Results are expected May 16. Thousands protested during voting last Thursday, when police say suspected rebels gunned down a polling official and wounded at least three soldiers. Also, clashes between Indian law enforcement officers and rock-throwing protesters left at least 12 police and paramilitary soldiers injured. Rebels and separatist politicians have urged Kashmiris to boycott the election, which they call a "military exercise" by an overbearing New Delhi. AGENCIES
south Korean President ‘sorry’ for ferry disaster SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye apologised Tuesday for her government´s failure to combat systemic and regulatory "evils" blamed for the loss of about 300 lives in a ferry disaster. Two days after her prime minister resigned over the tragedy, Park´s comments are another attempt to defuse growing public anger about the April 16 sinking of the 6,825-tonne Sewol. "I don´t know how to apologise for the failure to prevent this accident, and for the insufficient first response," Park said in a statement to her cabinet that was broadcasted on national television. "I am sorry to the people and heavy-hearted that many precious lives were lost." Park´s government has been widely criticised over perceived corruption and lax safety standards that may have led to the disaster, with claims that the ferry was overloaded and that the passenger list was inaccurate and incomplete. Echoing words used by Prime Minister Chung Hong-Won when he fell on his sword on Sunday, Park blamed systemic and regulatory failings for one of South Korea´s worst ever maritime tragedies. "I feel so regretful for having been unable to correct such long-running evils and letting an accident like this take place," she said. Park accepted Chung´s resignation but ordered him to remain in office until the recovery operation was completed. Earlier Tuesday, the president had travelled to Ansan, just south of Seoul, where she paid her respects at a memorial for the schoolchildren who died in the disaster. Of the 476 people on board the Sewol, 325 were students from the same high school in Ansan. Only 75 of them were rescued. But in a sign of the boiling anger felt by relatives of the missing and the dead, there were shouted demands for her floral tribute to be removed from the shrine, and reports the president had been jostled. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
Can Mumbai end Arabian nightmare? Dubai (DSC) AGENCIES
HERE is this joke going around on social media. A judge asks a boy who he would like to stay with - his mother or his father. None, because both of them beat me, he says. “I would like to say with Mumbai Indians, as they beat no one.” It has been a horror first one-third of the season for the defending champions, and they are in danger of returning home without a single win from the UAE leg of the IPL. Till their title win, the criticism of Mumbai Indians used to be that despite having a galaxy of overseas and Indian heavyweights, they would often fall short at crucial stages of a game. But compete
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keep piling up the losses. Sunrisers Hyderabad are in only a slightly better position with one victory. Their batting looked topheavy coming into the season, and the fears have come true so far, with a thin middle order unable to step up when the powerful batsmen do not fire upfront. At least the strengths and weaknesses are clearer in Sunrisers’ case. Mumbai Indians, as has been the case in the past too, seem to be misfiring without any standout reason. PLayerS to watch: Rohit Sharma replaced Ricky Ponting as captain last season and led Mumbai Indians to their maiden IPL title after years of disappointment. He then had a productive Champions Trophy and has finally started to deliver on his long-standing promise for India. He has an army of advisors off the field in the Mumbai Indians support
they would more often than not, till this season. Scores of 122, 115, 141 and 125 do not win you T20 games, unless your bowling has an exceptional day. The one time Mumbai Indians bowled first in UAE, they conceded 163. Mumbai Indians have had running problems with the opening partnership in several seasons, and this season has been no different. By their fourth game, they realised that the man who has reinvented himself successfully as a limited-overs opener for India is also an option at the top of their order. Before that, Rohit Sharma was coming in with too much to do after the pair of Michael Hussey and Aditya Tare had failed to provide the kind of starts their side needed. With fewer games per side this season, Mumbai Indians cannot really afford to
MUMBAI INDIANS FACE SUNRISERS HYDERAND IN FINAL IPL MATCH IN UAE SPORTS DESK
Lahore: Golden star Cricket Club and Model Town Greens Cricket Club set a new record for the highest score in a T 20 club cricket match. The teams 481 runs combined in 39 overs. A total of 31 sixes and 43 fours were struck in the record breaking match in which Golden Star outclassed M T Greens by 25 Runs. M Ameer , Jahandad Khan and Asif Ali of Golden Star C C and Wahab Daar of M T Greens were the star performers of the match. Match SuMMary GoLden Star c c Bating 253/5 in 20 Overs M Ameer 85 in 39 Balls 6X6s, 7X4s, Jahandad Khan 67 in 26 Balls 6X6s,5X4s, Asif Ali 54 in 31 Balls 4X6s, 4X4s M t GreenS BowLinG: Akbar Ali 2/34 while Luqman Butt, Bilal Dar & Waris took One Wicket Each M t GreenS BatinG: 228/all out in 19 overs Wahab Daar 62 in 28 Balls 5X6s, 7X4s, Hamza Pracha 47 in 15 Balls 1X6, 7X4s, Luqman Butt 43 in 22 Balls 3X6s, 4X4s GoLden Star c c BowLinG: Sadaqat Ali 5/22, M Ameer 2/42, Masood Ul Konain 2/52.
staff but his challenge is to filter the gallons of inputs he must be receiving and translate it into a turnaround quickly. Rohit can turn to the experience of 2013 but this is new territory for Shikhar Dhawan the captain. Further, his own limited-overs form hasn’t been great coming into the tournament. He had to sit out an ODI in New Zealand and was also left out for the knockout stage of the World T20. Not only will he have to revive his side’s campaign as its leader, he will also have to contribute majorly with the bat, something he has not managed so far. StatS and trivia: Mumbai Indians have the least number of 50-plus scores this season - one, made by Rohit Sharma Amit Mishra’s economy-rate of 9.48 is the worst this season among specialist spinners who have played more than one match
Languishing at the bottom of the table, defending champions Mumbai Indians will be desperate to end their winless streak in their final match of the first leg of Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates when they lock horns with another struggling outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (April 30). This is Mumbai Indians’ last chance to redeem themselves in the seventh edition of the cash-rich event before the action shifts to India. Placed last in the eight-team league after losing all four of their matches so far, the title holders will not get a better chance of opening their account than taking on a lowly Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are just a shade better with only a win and three losses. It will be the third match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both teams have won one match each in previous two meeting. Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets when two teams met first time at Hyderabad on May 1,2013. Mumbai Indians achieved a seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final meetings at Mumbai on May 13,2013. head to head: Matches played: 2 Mumbai Indians won: 1 Sunrisers Hyderabad won: 1 STARS TO WATCH: record in twenty-20 MuMBai indianS: Player M Runs S/R H.S Wkts E/R Best Rohit Sharma (India) 175 4306 129.85 109* 29 7.82 4-6 Corey Anderson (N.Zealand) 41 390 121.87 44 12 8.30 2-21 Kieron Pollard (West Indies) 221 4220 155.71 89* 164 7.90 4-15
Harbhajan Singh (India) 154 1033 142.28 78 134 6.62 5-18 Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) 185 256 96.96 37* 248 6.60 6-7 SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: Player M Runs S/R H.S Wkts E/R Best Shikhar Dhawan (India) 102 2799 119.87 95* 4 8.25 1-7 Aaron Finch (Australia) 94 3114 137.24 156 5 9.97 1-11 Darren Sammy (West Indies) 109 1325 138.88 60 91 7.15 5-26 Amit Mishra (India) 126 561 100.17 49 159 6.87 5-17 Dale Steyn (South Africa) 143 215 113.15 27* 164 6.47 4-9
CHRIS GAYLE-FIRST TO SCORE 6000 RUNS IN TWENTY-20 S PERvEz QaiSER West Indian Chris Gayle became the first batsman ever to score 6000 runs in Twenty-20 cricket. The left hand batsman from Jamaica reached this milestone during his 20-run knock while playing Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kings XI Punjab at Dubai on Monday (April 28). Chris Gayle who made his debut for PCA Masters XI against Chilaw Marians Cricket Club at Leicester on September 15, 2005, took eight years and 226 days to reach this landmark in 162 innings of 165 Twenty-20 matches. No batsman has taken to the 20over format like he has. He showed early signs of his liking for that format by smashing the first century in Twenty20 internationals - a 57-ball 117 against South Africa in the Twenty-20 World Cup in 2007 - and when Twenty-20
leagues mushroomed the world over and sought international stars, Chris Gayle was the biggest beneficiary. The 34-year old was a Twenty-20 regular in various leagues around the world, entertaining crowds in Australia, Zimbabwe,Bangladesh, India, West Indies, England and United Arab Emirates. Over two seasons - 2011 and 2012 - of the Indian Premier League, he became easily the most feared batsman of the league, smashing more hundreds and sixes than any other batsman, by far. When he carted Pune Warriors all over the ground to score an unbeaten 175 off 66 balls with 13 forus and 17 sixes at Bangalore on April 23,2013, it felt right that he should finally own the record for highest individual score, fastest century, and most sixes in a Twenty-20 innings, because no batsman has dominated Twenty-20 cricket like he has. His 2326 runs at 58.15 with four hundreds and 16 fifties in 49 innings of 50 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore is the highest among the 13 various teams he played in Twenty-20 cricket. Team M I N.O Runs AVG H.S 100 50 0 Royal Challengers 50 49 9 2326 58.15 175* 4 16 2 Barisal Burners 5 5 2 288 96.00 116 2 - Dhaka Gladiators 1 1 - 114 114.00 114 1 Jamaica 10 10 3 343 49.00 122* 1 1 1 Jamaica Tallawahs 9 9 1 234 29.25 51 - 1 Kolkata Knight Riders 16 16 1 463 30.86 88 - 2 1 Matabeleland Tuskers 6 6 1 293 58.60 109* 1 2 1 PCA Masters XI 2 1 - 11 11.00 11 - - Stanford Super Stars 2 2 1 65 65.00 65* - 1 1 Sydney Thunder 14 14 1 389 29.92 100* 1 3 2 West Indians 1 1 - 4 4.00 4 - - West Indies 42 41 3 1239 32.60 117 1 11 2 Western Australia 7 7 - 243 34.71 92 - 2 Total 165 162 22 6012 42.94 175* 11 39 10
LEHMANN REFLECTS ON RACIAL OUTBURST SPORTS DESK Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann has called his racial outburst against Sri Lanka in 2003 “the biggest mistake” of his life, and also offered an insight into how he manages the diverse personalities and egos present within the national team, from Mitchell Johnson to David Warner. Lehmann has returned to work at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane following a long and wildly successful summer with the Test team, and is currently planning for the challenges ahead over the next two years, including the 2015 World Cup in Australia and the defence of the Ashes in England a few months later. In an interview with the ABC’s 7.30 on Tuesday, Lehmann reflected on the storm created by his bellowed rebuke of “black c****” in the dressing room after he was run-out in a Brisbane ODI against Sri Lanka 11 years ago, and what he said had become a cautionary tale he has shared with numerous players. “It was the biggest mistake of my life. I apologised for it on the night, to
the captain Kumar Sangakkara [Sanath Jayasuriya was captain] and the Sri Lankan team, and hopefully they’ve forgiven me and we can move on,” Lehmann said of an offence that had him banned for five ODIs. “I speak about it honestly, it was a big mistake, and it was a big learning curve in my career and if I can impart anything on other players along the way, then so be it.” A decade later, Lehmann took on the job as Australia’s coach on the eve of the 2013 Ashes tour of England, following the sacking of Mickey Arthur. Among Lehmann’s most vital tasks was to regain a sense of unity and fun among the players, who had splintered into cliques during Arthur’s time as coach amid a general atmosphere of fear and mistrust. The suspension of four players Johnson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Shane Watson - in India for failing to follow team instructions was a fiasco for the team in the midst of a 4-0 hiding, and Lehmann said the matter should not have been allowed to reach the public eye. “From my point
of view it was a case of it should have been dealt in house, and shouldn’t have gotten out to be perfectly honest,” he said. “But that’s been dealt with and done, so we move on.” In repairing the damage caused by that episode among others, Lehmann showed an ability to relate to the various personality types within the team, as defeat in England was used as the platform for a rousing Ashes sweep at home and then another triumph in South Africa. He highlighted Johnson and Warner as examples of how to handle players differently. “Mitchell is a beautiful quiet guy who just goes about his business, so for me it’s just about keeping him up. He’ll have times when he’s down, but not to let him get too down on himself,” he said. “Players are their own harshest critic, as you would imagine, there are times when they’re going to get a rocket from me. But I’m making sure they’re in a really good place to play the best cricket they can. And knowing each player, they’re all different. “I wouldn’t talk to David Warner
too long, because he wouldn’t understand, he’d lose it. So I keep it really short for guys like that, Glenn Maxwell, and that’s fine, that’s when they play their best cricket. But if I have to talk to Shane Watson or Mitchell Johnson or Michael Clarke, I might take it more in depth because they’ll get it easier.” Australia’s most recent assignment was far from successful, as they failed to make the semi-finals of the World T20 in Bangladesh. Lehmann said he was prepared to wear that result, so long as it was learned from. “We were riding high on the back of beating England and South Africa, and then we struggled in Bangladesh. Albeit it all of those games were winnable and we were in winning positions when we let ourselves down,” he said. “That’s a good learning curve for us. “I know it’s not great when you’re out of the World Cup, but as long as the players learn from that, and then don’t make the same mistake - I’m okay with players making mistakes, don’t make it twice.”
BCCI seeks new IPL probe panel SPORTS DESK The BCCI has objected to the Justice Mukul Mudgal commission being asked to follow up on their findings into allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the IPL. The BCCI, at a hearing on Tuesday, said it wanted the Supreme Court to form a new panel as it had found the Mudgal committee’s report “erroneous”. At the hearing on Tuesday, the BCCI counsel also asked the court to reinstate N Srinivasan to his office as BCCI president while the probe was being conducted. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, reserved its order about the panel to investigate the allegations against 13 “very important personalities” in cricket. It is however, expected to issue an interim order regarding the composition of the second IPL corruption probe panel within a few days. The next hearing of the case will only be in September, after the court-appointed panel has completed its investigation. At a previous hearing on April 22, the Supreme Court when presented with the BCCI’s selection of a three-member panel to look into the IPL corruption, had asked the Justice Mudgal committee to respond to the court’s invitation to resume its investigation. The Mudgal panel had agreed to continue the investigation and on Tuesday, its counsel Gopal Subramaniam handed over a note from the panel detailing the assistance it would require and said that it would complete its investigations within four months. The Mudgal panel also stated: “As this committee was appointed with the consent of the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bihar, in the earlier order, the Committee requests that a similar consent may be obtained again.” It is possible that the formation of an entirely new panel to investigate the allegations would be considered impractical because it would increase the potential for the information in the sealed envelope being leaked. The request by Srinivasan’s counsel that he be reinstated as BCCI president was not agreed to by the court. The counsel had argued that the sealed envelope only contained an allegation against Srinivasan that he had failed to act on a complaint made against an individual. To which Justice A K Patnaik said, “The contents of the sealed cover is not what you think it is.” This has left Srinivasan’s BCCI position in limbo as long as there an investigation on. Srinivasan had formally been removed from all BCCI duties from April 16 onward, Justice Patnaik saying that Srinivasan, “could not come back as BCCI president as long as the probe is on.” The court did not however hear the matter of Srinivasan continuing in the ICC, where he hopes to take over as its first chairman in June this year. According to Nalini Chidambaram, counsel for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the fact that the matter did not come in for a hearing was, “not really a setback. We only hope that the BCCI members will act fairly when a man is not fit to be BCCI president because under the ICC rules it is the BCCI who have to nominate their representative. So we only hope that good judgement will prevail on the BCCI members.” The case dates back to June 2013, when the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma raised charges of a conflict of interest in the BCCI’s original two-member inquiry panel for the IPL corruption issue.
SPORTS Wednesday, 30 April, 2014
Old’s nOt gOld anymOre? KAMRAN AKMAL AND SHOAIB MALIK OMITTED FROM TRAINING CAMP Lahore AGENCIES
AMRAN Akmal and Shoaib Malik have been omitted from a pool of 36 probables who will take part in a month-long summer camp at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore starting on May 6. Pakistan’s new selection committee recalled Taufeeq Umar and Yasir Hameed for the camp and the focus is on preparing for upcoming tours and the 2015 World Cup. The camp will be supervised by the coaching staff of the National Cricket Academy, headed by Mohammad Akram, as the PCB is currently hunting for national coaches. Fast bowler Junaid Khan and offspinner Saeed Ajmal will not attend the camp due to their county commitments in England. Pakistan are set to play seven Tests, 13 ODIs and two T20s in the next 10
months. However, with the next international series three months away, the PCB was concerned about the long layoff. The gap was originally seven months, before the PCB managed to strike a deal for a short tour of Sri Lanka in August. Pakistan will then host Australia and New Zealand from October to December in the UAE. “We will have 36 players for the first phase of the training camp,” chief selector Moin Khan said at the National Stadium in Karachi. “The World Cup (2015) is the ultimate goal as we have to prepare for that on a day to day basis. We are planning for the whole year so we need players who can survive with their fitness, as it has been a concern. We have to keep a zero tolerance on fitness.” The notable omissions of wicketkeeper Kamran and allrounder Malik were not surprising, after their dismissal performances in the recent World T20 in
Bangladesh. Both were selected for the tournament despite being in ordinary form. Kamran managed only 48 runs in
Pakistan keen to have speedster Muhammad Irfan in team for World Cup
four outings while Malik scored only 52 runs in four innings and wasn’t used as a bowler. Moin, however, said it wasn’t the end of the road for both players. “The recent performances by Shoaib and Kamran were not satisfactory but the doors aren’t shut on them. Given the age factor (as both are 32) we have older players who are fit and performing so there is always a chance for a comeback. They are still in contention and with the upcoming (domestic) season they have to perform well to win back the selectors’ faith.” Taufeeq, 32, had been out of contention since pulling out of the South Africa tour last year due to a leg injury. Among the current lot of Pakistan openers, he has the highest average (38.72) after Saeed Anwar (47.10) and has scored more runs than any other opener since 2001. Hameed, 36, made his debut in 2003 and was a
A STEP TO REVIVE CRICKET IN PAKISTAN
PTI launches ‘Love 20 League’ cricket tournament Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf wants Pakistan Cricket Board to release national players for its Love 20 League championship in May-June. Lahore StAff rEport
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has launched a cricket tournament called Love 20 League. The World Cup-winning Imran, arguably Pakistan’s most respected captain, has reportedly obtained a “no objection” from the Pakistan Cricket Board to host the T20 tournament between May 18 to June 3. Originally, the league was scheduled between May 318. To be held in five cities, including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, Imran’s party has requested the PCB to release top players from the national camp to participate in his tournament. Pakistan’s Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and former captains Shahid Afridi and You-
Pakistan`s cricket experts have prepared a comprehensive plan to ensure that the injury prone left-arm pacer, Muhammad Irfan is available for the national team in the World Cup 2015. The head coach at the national cricket academy, Muhammad Akram told PTI that with a spate of international events coming up for Pakistan this season, culminating with the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, they have worked out a plan to ensure all the top bowlers are available for selection. “Irfan has made a great recovery from his hip hairline fracture but he is not ready to play as yet. We are holding back his comeback,” Akram who was until recently bowling coach of the national team said. Irfan, who is arguably the tallest man to play international cricket at 7 feet height, had to sit out in the recent Asia Cup and World Cup T20 in Bangladesh due to the hairline fracture which he sustained last year while playing a series against South Africa in the UAE. Since early this year the tall pacer has been undergoing a rehabilitation process at the NCA in Lahore under the supervision of the PCB medical panel and coaches and Akram said the recovery process had gone well enough to dismiss earlier fears that Irfan might have to undergo surgery in Australia like Umar Gul. Gul, one of Pakistan`s most experienced bowlers underwent knee surgery last year in May. “We don`t want to rush things
regular member of the team for the next four years. He was dropped, then recalled for the tour of England in 2010 before being ignored again. Openers: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Shan Masood, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Khurram Manzoor, Taufeeq Umar, Sharjeel Khan Middle Order: Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam AllrOunders: Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti spinners: Abdur Rehman, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hasan, Atif Maqbool, Yasir Shah FAst bOwlers: Umar Gul, Mohammad Talha, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Sami wicketkeepers: Adnan Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed
nis Khan are expected to play. Pakistan is a “no-go” zone for international teams ever since the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore in March 2009. But according to reports, Imran’s contemporaries Vivian Richards and Ravi Shastri could play an exhibition
with either Irfan or even Usman Shinwari and our main target is to see they are completely fit to endure the rigors of the World Cup or in matches before that,” Akram a former Test pacer said. “We have made a plan for Irfan ahead of 2015 World Cup,” he added. Akram said that even when he was bowling coach he had discussed a rotation policy for the bowlers with captains, Misbah-ul-Haq and Muhammad Hafeez and the head coach. “We have depth in our pace department and we need to use it effectively. When the month long camp is held in Lahore from next month we will again be discussing our plans for the bowlers with the team management,” he said. Akram said that plans were to get Irfan in right frame of mind to play the one-day series later in the year against Australia and New Zealand to get him back into rhythm for the World Cup. Shinwari, a promising young left arm pacer, also suffered a stress fracture of the back due to excessive bowling in the last domestic season where he was made to bowl 60 to 70 overs in first class matches. Shinwari was summoned for the T20 series against Sri Lanka in a hurry by the selectors and management and fared badly in the two games. When he returned from the UAE it was learnt he also had fitness issues. Akram said Irfan and other bowlers would be part of the month long training camp. “We are aware that we need to have our top bowlers available for the World Cup which will be a testing event for all teams,” he added. Pakistan will also tour New Zealand for a short one-day series before featuring in the World Cup. Published by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.
match in Lahore during the tournament. The Waugh brothers — Steve and Mark — are also expected. Probably this is the first time a political party is going to stage its own cricket tournament. Imran is known to invite top Pakistani cricketers like Afridi during his political rallies.