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Honour killing at judges’ doorstep gets noticed PM, LHC take notice of pregnant woman’s brazen ‘honour killing’ outside High Court Sharif orders Punjab CM to act against killers, LHC deploys judge for enquiry into incident Friday, 30 May, 2014 Rajab 30, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 331 16 Pages Islamabad Edition
Husband of slain woman murdered first wife ‘for love’
Warrants outfor Gilaniand faheem
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SISI WINS EGYPT’S ELECTION BY LANDSLIDE
CCI TAKING CARE OF OUR ‘COMMON INTERESTS’
EL-SISSI'S WIN WAS NEVER IN DOUBT, BUT THE CAREER INFANTRY OFFICER, ALSO 59, HAD HOPED FOR A STRONG TURNOUT TO BESTOW LEGITIMACY ON HIS OUSTER LAST JULY OF EGYPT'S FIRST FREELY ELECTED PRESIDENT MOHAMMED MORSI
CCI APPROVES MECHANISM FOR AT-SOURCE DEDUCTION OF OUTSTANDING POWER SECTOR PAYABLES OF PROVINCES, GIVES A GO-AHEAD TO DRAFT FOR RESTORATION OF EXECUTIVE MAGISTRACY, ORDERS INQUIRY INTO IRREGULARITIES IN KACHI CANAL PROJECT
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CCi taking care of our ‘common interests’ ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
HE Council of Common Interests (CCI) has approved the mechanism for atsource deduction of outstanding power sector payables of the provinces. Under the mechanism which will be effective from July 1, the provinces and the federal government are to reconcile old arrears within 30 days. Thursday’s meeting, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair, also gave approval to a draft of the Pakistan Energy Efficiency and Conservation (PEEC) Bill 2014 and for its tabling in the National Assembly. The council also approved a draft amendment in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 in relation to the restoration of executive magistracy. The amendment would later be tabled in the Parliament for formal approval. The CCI moreover ordered an enquiry into irregularities in the Kachi Canal project which is to be conducted by international auditors. The prime minister also expressed his displeasure at the delay in the enquiry by concerned officials. He directed Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif to
CCI APPROVES MECHANISM FOR AT-SOURCE DEDUCTION OF OUTSTANDING POWER SECTOR PAYABLES OF PROVINCES, GIVES A GO-AHEAD TO DRAFT FOR RESTORATION OF EXECUTIVE MAGISTRACY, ORDERS INQUIRY INTO IRREGULARITIES IN KACHI CANAL PROJECT
take action against those responsible for delaying the enquiry and submit a report during the council’s next meeting. Furthermore, the agenda of the 6th population census was deferred till
next meeting. The premier directed that the concerns raised by the Balochistan chief minister should be discussed with the Balochistan government and a report be submitted within
two weeks. The CCI also approved the amendments in Gwadar Port Authority Act. It was decided that the chairman of the Gwadar Port Authority would be a
Rashid predicts Imran Khan’s defeat in 2018 polls INFO MINISTER SAYS IF A CHANNEL MAKES A MISTAKE, SHUTTING IT IS NOT THE SOLUTION ISLAMABAD INP
A few days before the government unveils the budget for fiscal year 2014-15, Information Minister Senator Pervez Rashid has said that the upcoming budget will be transparent. “The money will be visible, therefore, we can be held accountable,” Rashid said during a press conference on Thursday. The senator also spoke about the agreements
FATA blAsTs kill 6 soldiers, injure 4 oThers PESHAWAR
SAYS 2014-15 BUDGET WILL BE TRANSPARENT
signed in the 90’s which provided power companies sovereign guarantees by the government of Pakistan. “These agreements were not made by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government,” he said. “These agreements are causing conflicts because if the government does not pay these power companies, these companies can take the government to court anywhere in the world based on these sovereign guarantees,” Rashid said, adding that this would diminish Pakistan’s
status in the international community. The minister also spoke about positive developments that have taken place under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government, particularly in telecommunication and banking sectors. Earlier, addressing a seminar, Rashid said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will face defeat in 2018 elections too. “Your actions will lead you to defeat in 2018,” he said. He said after being defeated in 2019, Khan will once again level allegations of rigging. The minister said he wanted to see the media in Pakistan being strengthened. He said that if a television channel makes a mistake, shutting it down is not the solution.
PM approves cancer hospital in all provincial capitals
In separate incidents of explosions in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Thursday, six soldiers were killed while four others were injured. In the first incident, three soldiers died when two improvised explosive devices (IED) exploded in North Waziristan. “A patrolling team was inspecting the Bannu-Miranshah road to build a military checkpost when they stepped on an IED,” a senior security official said He said the incident occurred around 16 miles east of Miranshah. “It is a standard operating procedure that a patrolling team on foot inspects the area before setting up a temporary checkpoint,” he said. ISPR has confirmed the incident. “Two soldiers embraced martyrdom and three were injured early in morning in two IED blasts planted by terrorists on roadside near Nosher Fort, bordering North Waziristan,” a statement said. Another statement issued a short time later added that one of the wounded subsequently died. In the second incident, three soldiers lost their lives while two others were injured when a vehicle of the security forces ran over on a landmine in Frontier Region Bannu. The injured were taken to a local hospital for medical assistance. The deceased were identified as Nasir Ali, Jaffar Khan and Muzaffar while the injured were identified as Qaiser Abdullah and Sifarish. Security forces have started a search operation.
nominee of the Balochistan chief minister. Regarding the matter of 50 per cent membership of the Board of Governors of Gwadar Port Authority, it was decided that amendments in the act would be made. The CCI also approved the permanent absorption of federal employees transferred to provincial government after devolution through the 18th Amendment. The meeting also decided to expedite the absorption process. Moreover, Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar briefed the CCI on Public Debt Management and supervision policy. He said that in order to improve the debt management operation, the government has initiated a process of preparing a comprehensive mediumterm debt strategy in consultation with all stakeholders. The strategy will facilitate in making strategic decisions for new borrowing including the appropriate mix between domestic and external loans to finance the budget deficit, he added. The meeting also endorsed the Framework for 11th Five Year Plan (2013-18) and Pakistan Vision 2025. The meeting also approved Amendment in Criminal Procedure Code 1898 for restoration of executive magistracy.
kArzAi disCuses Cross-border shelling wiTh shAriF KABUL ONLINE
In a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai raised serious concerns over Pakistan’s alleged cross-border shelling on eastern Kunar province. During the conversation, Karzai told premier Sharif, "Terrorists are crossing the Durand Line into Afghanistan for years, but the Afghan forces have never fired on civilians across the Durand Line.” According to Karzai’s office, the Afghan president said that Pakistan continuously fired artillery on the eastern parts of Afghanistan. According to the statement, Prime Minister Sharif replied to Karzai by telling him that terrorists came from Afghanistan to Pakistan and conducted terrorist activities. However, Sharif promised to discuss crossborder shelling with concerned institutions within his government.
bAloChisTAn lb polls: pMl-n bAgs 10 seATs in nAsirAbAd DERA MURAD JAMALI APP
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT The National Economic Council (NEC), which met on Thursday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair, decided to construct a cancer hospital in every provincial capital. Prime Minister Sharif
remarked that the Federally Administered Tribal Area (Fata) needs special attention and current developmental schemes need to be expedited there. The meeting ordered enquiry into the Quetta Water Supply Scheme where despite an expenditure of Rs 10 billion there was nothing to
show on ground. The meeting also asked the Balochistan government to prepare a feasibility of solar panels to overcome energy shortages in the province. The provincial government was also directed to plan a water supply scheme for Gwadar.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) has clinched 10 reserved seats out of total 12 reserved seats in District Council Nasirabad. The second round of Balochistan local bodies elections was held in a peaceful environment on Thursday. According to unofficial results, 10 out of total 12 reserved seats of District Council Nasirabad were clinched by PML-N whereas two were bagged by National Party. Awam Dost Panel won seven reserved seats of Municipal Committee Dera Murad Jamali and Taraqi Pasand Panel won one seat. The PML-N clinched eight reserved seats for women and two reserved seats for minorities while the National Party got two seats.
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honour killing AT judges’ doorsTep geTs noTiCed SHARIF ASKS PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AND SUBMIT REPORT AT PM’S OFFICE
LHC COMPLAINT CELL ORDERS LAHORE DISTRICT JUDGE TO INVESTIGATE MATTER
LAHORE AGENCIES/STAFF REPORT
N wake of increasing international and domestic criticism, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Lahore High Court Complaint Cell on Thursday took notice of the murder of a 25-year-old pregnant woman who was the stoned and beaten to death by her family in front of Lahore High Court and have ordered an enquiry into why the police apparently stood by during the whole incident. According to police officials, Farzana Iqbal was attacked on Tuesday for marrying the man she loved. Her husband said that police did nothing during the 15 minutes the violence lasted outside Lahore High Court. "I begged them to help us but they said, this is not our duty," Muhammed Iqbal told a foreign news agency. According to a press statement from the PM’s office, the PM has taken notice of the "brutal killing" in the presence of police. The statement added that the "totally unacceptable" crime had to be dealt with promptly by law. "I am directing the chief minister to take immediate action and a report must be submitted by this evening to my office," it said, quoting Sharif. LHC TAKES NOTICE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) Complaint Cell took notice of the incident on a press report and directed the Lahore district and sessions judge to look into the matter and submit a detailed report. Police initially said Farzana had been stoned, but Iqbal told the news agency that relatives had swung bricks, not
thrown them. All the suspects, except the father, who has been detained, have disappeared. A police officer on Tuesday quoted the father as saying it had been an honour killing. The 25-year-old had offended her family by marrying Iqbal instead of a cousin selected for her. Police said her father, two brothers and a former fiancé were among the attackers. Muhammad Aurangzeb, Farzana's 20year-old stepson, described how one relative had tried to shoot her, and then grabbed her head scarf, causing her to fall over. While a member of Iqbal's party wrestled the gun away, a female cousin grabbed a brick and hit Farzana with it, he
FArzAnA’s sisTer wAs Also killed For ‘honour’ by FAMily, ClAiMs relATive LAHORE AGENCIES
The woman bludgeoned to death in front of Lahore High Court learnt days before she died that her sister was murdered by her family in an "honour killing", it was claimed on Thursday. Farzana Parveen, 25, was killed on Tuesday by more than two dozen attackers, including her brother and father, because she married the man she loved, according to police. A string of revelations from family members has uncovered years of abuse and murder which had remained secret until the public attack, shining a rare spotlight on the hundreds of honour killing carried out in Pakistan each year. Her stepson Aurangzaib, who uses only one name, said on Thursday that Parveen’s older sister, Rehana, was poisoned by the family four years ago. “She was married and wanted to live with her husband,” he said. “It was an arranged marriage but later her family developed issues with in-laws of her sister and started demanding her to leave her husband. When she denied doing so, one day the family invited her at their home and poisoned her.”
said. "She was screaming and crying 'don't kill me, we will give you money'," said Iqbal. He said he tried to save her but the mob of more than 20 beat him back. At one point, six people were beating her with bricks as she screamed, he said, and he and his stepson begged police to help. FINALLy SHE STOppEd SCrEAmINg: The couple had been due to testify in the court there that morning that their marriage was genuine in response to a false charge of kidnapping brought by Farzana's family. It was not the first time her family had tried to kill the woman, said her lawyer, Rai Ghulam Mustafa. On May 12, seven of her relatives had
tried to force their way into his office, where she was sitting, he said, but his colleagues had fought them off. Later they attacked her near a police station. Officers intervened and held the attackers for an hour before releasing them without charge, he said. "She was afraid of being killed," Mustafa said. The case is the latest honour killing in Pakistan to outrage the world. But for two days, the attack met with silence from Pakistani officials. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said there were 869 such attacks reported in the media last year - several a day. But the true figure is probably much higher since many cases are never reported.
Husband of slain woman murdered first wife ‘for love’ IQBAL ADMITS STRANGLING FIRST WIFE AND ESCAPING PUNISHMENT BY MAKING A BLOOD-MONEY DEAL WITH HIS OWN SON LAHORE AGENCIES The husband of a pregnant woman who was bludgeoned to death outside the Lahore High Court murdered his first wife, he told a foreign news agency on Thursday, in a twist to a story that has shocked rights activists. Farzana Parveen was murdered on Tuesday outside the High Court in Lahore by more than two dozen attackers, including her brother and father, for marrying against her family’s wishes. The brazen, brutal nature of the killing, in broad daylight in the centre of Pakistan’s second largest city, has triggered outrage around the world. Now Parveen’s husband Mohammad Iqbal, 45, has admitted killing his first wife. “I was in love with Farzana and killed my first wife because of this love,” adding that he had strangled her. Iqbal said he was spared a prison term because his son — who alerted police to the murder — later forgave him under the country’s Diyat (blood-money) laws. After admitting to the murder he switched off his phone and did not respond to further calls. Rights groups have expressed fears the same Diyat laws that spared Iqbal could be used to pardon
Parveen’s killers. Zulfiqar Hameed, a senior police officer investigating the killing of Parveen, said police would be filing a report to the government later on Thursday detailing Iqbal’s past. “Iqbal was a notorious character and he had murdered his first wife six years ago. A police case was lodged against him and he was on the run for many weeks,” Hameed said. “He was arrested and later released after a compromise with his family.” According to Iqbal, a farmer from the Jaranwala district, Parveen’s family had initially agreed to their marriage but they had later fallen out because they wanted a greater amount in dowry.
honour killing widely CondeMned ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
The brutal killing of a pregnant woman outside the Lahore High Court in presence of a large number of citizens and police officials has been condemned across the world. Zohra Yusuf, of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, said it was commonplace to shift blame to the victims to enable family members to arrange blood money payments among themselves and escape prosecution. “There is rarely justice for the victims,” she said. "I do not even wish to use the phrase honour killing," said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement in Geneva. "There is not the faintest vestige of honour in killing a woman in this way." British Foreign Secretary William Hague added his voice to the condemnation. “There is absolutely no honour in honour killings and I urge the government of Pakistan to do all in its power to eradicate this barbaric practice,” he said.
in MAlik ishAq’s CAse, There Are no evidenCes LEADER OF BANNED TERROR OUTFIT LEJ ACQUITTED IN THREE CASES OVER INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE
RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT
A Rawalpindi anti-terrorist court on Thursday acquitted Malik Ishaq, chief of the proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) terrorist group, in three cases relating to terrorism. Judge Rana Masood Akhtar issued acquittal orders for Ishaq in the cases, saying the evidence against Ishaq was not sufficient for further proceedings. The cases had been registered against Ishaq at police stations in Attock, Hazro and Talagang and he was also previously arrested over charges relating hate-speech and inciting violence. Having faced charges relating to killing of more than 100 people, most of them Shia Muslims, and the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in March 2009, Ishaq has spent around 15 years in Pakistani jails. He was initially a member of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), a banned Sunni extremist group but later dissociated himself from it for his alleged ‘violent policies’ and formed his own outfit. The LJ was proscribed by the Pakistan government as a terror group soon after its inception in early 1990s. After reaching an agreement with Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) chief Ahmed Ludhianvi, Ishaq joined as second-in-command of the former SSP in 2012. In Feb 2014, the United States added Ishaq to its list of most wanted international terrorists along with keeping the LJ on a list of international terrorist organisations.
THREE HINDU TEMPLES DESECRATED IN MIRPURKHAS MONITORING DESK Three Hindu temples were desecrated in Mirpurkhas district in Sindh on Wednesday, provoking a strong protest by members of the Hindu community. Media reports said that during the attack, idols of Hindu deities in the temples of Shiv, Khaitpar and Khushhal Puri in Kot Ghulam Muhammad taluka were broken by
unidentified suspects. SSP Mirpurkhas Jam Zafarullah Dharejo told reporters that the idols appeared to have been smashed with a hammer. Police used sniffer dogs to trace assailants and five suspects have been rounded up; identified as Rano Kolhi, Bhuro Kolhi, Mewo Kolhi, Madhu Kolhi and Bhago Kolhi, they are residents of a nearby village. However, referring to the attack in
Larkana earlier this month wherein a mob looted a temple before setting it ablaze, he cautioned, “This case should not be compared with the one in Larkana. During investigation we have come to know that the community has some internecine differences over the organisation of a festival.” The local community’s representatives Mano Kolhi, Kiran Kumar, Khem Chand and Seth Ramon
Malhi, among others, led a protest on the road linking the town with Mirpurkhas. The protesters threw stones and burnt tyres on the road and demanded that the culprits be brought to justice. The Young Hindu Panchayat and Pakistan Hindu Council have condemned the attack and demanded an inquiry into this incident as well as five other attacks on the community’s places of worship earlier this year.
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sisi wins egypT’s eleCTion by lAndslide media have been in a panic the past two days. Political talk show hosts and newscasters urged people to vote, warning that otherwise the Brotherhood will be encouraged to step up its challenge to the new government. Prominent TV talk show host Amr Adeeb angrily said that by not voting, Egyptians might as well ''go directly to the prison and return Mohammed Morsi to power''. ''Tell him, 'Your excellency, President Mohammed Morsi, please come out and rule us,''' he said. The abrupt decision by the election commission to add another day of voting Wednesday raised complaints that authorities were tipping the playing field in el-Sissi's favour. US-based Democracy International, which had been observing the vote, said the extension ''raises more questions about the independence of the election commission, the impartiality of the government, and the integrity of Egypt's electoral process''. Sabahi, el-Sissi's only opponent in the race, protested the extension, saying it aimed to ''distort'' the will of the people. His campaign pulled its representatives from polling stations Wednesday in protest against what it called a campaign of intimidation and arrests of its campaign workers.
CAMPAIGN OF RETIRED FIELD MARSHAL ABDEL-FATTAH EL-SISSI SAID HE WON 23.38 MILLION VOTES, WITH LEFT-WING POLITICIAN HAMDEEN SABAHI TAKING 735,285. INVALID VOTES WERE 1.07 MILLION, OR NEARLY 350,000 MORE THAN THE NUMBER OF VOTES FOR THE 59-YEAR-OLD SABAHI CAIRO
ITH nearly all the ballots counted, Egypt's former military chief has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent with more than 92 per cent of the votes, according to results announced by his campaign early Thursday. The campaign of retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he won 23.38 million votes, with left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi taking 735,285. Invalid votes were 1.07 million, or nearly 350,000 more than the number of votes for the 59year-old Sabahi. El-Sissi's win was never in doubt, but the career infantry officer, also 59, had hoped for a strong turnout to bestow legitimacy on his ouster last July of Egypt's
first freely elected president Mohammed Morsi. However, el-Sissi's campaign said turnout nationwide was around 44 per cent, even after voting was extended for a third day Wednesday — well below the nearly 52 per cent won by Morsi in June 2012. In his final campaign TV interview last week, el-Sissi set the bar even higher, saying he wanted more than 40 million voters — there are nearly 54 million registered voters — to cast ballots to ''show the world'' the extent of his popular backing. El-Sissi supporters held all-night celebrations in Cairo, with several thousands gathered at the central Tahrir square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. They waved Egyptian flags, el-Sissi posters and danced. There were similar celebrations in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and a string of other cities
north of the capital and in the Oasis province of Fayoum southwest of Cairo. Critics said the lack of enthusiasm at the polls was in part due to apathy among even el-Sissi supporters, knowing that his victory was a foregone conclusion. Others said it showed discontent with el-Sissi, not just among his Islamist foes but also among a broader section of the public that believes he has no concrete plans for Egypt's woes and fears he will return Egypt to the autocratic ways of Hosni Mubarak. The tepid turnout was particularly embarrassing because the government and media had been whipping up adulation for el-Sissi over the past 10 months, depicting him as a warrior against terrorism and the only person able to tackle Egypt's economic problems, high unemployment, inflation and instability. El-Sissi's supporters in the Egyptian
A NUDGE FOR A SLAP!
SHC PONDERING OVER REMOVAL OF MUSH’S NAME FROM ECL COURT WILL DELIVER VERDICT ON MAY 31 AS AG OPPOSES PERMISSION FOR FORMER MILITARY RULER TO FLY ABROAD KARACHI ONLINE
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday reserved its judgment on an application pertaining to the removal of former president Pervez Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL). The two-judge bench headed by Jus-
MUSHARRAF’S COUNSEL HOPES FOR AN END TO TRAVEL BARS
tice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, after hearing the arguments from both the parties, reserved its verdict till May 31. The court observed that Musharraf was indicted in treason case and the court could not grant him any concession. The SHC bench ordered the prosecutor and counsel for Musharraf to submit relevant documents till May 31.
THAI JUNTA SAYS 'RIGHT CONDITIONS' NEEDED BEFORE POLLS BANgKOK: Thailand's military rulers held out little hope for early elections on Thursday, a week after the army seized power, saying conditions had to be right and divisions healed before there could be a return to civilian rule. Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha ousted the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on May 22 to end months of protests that had depressed Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy and raised fears of enduring chaos. "It is the council's intention to create the right conditions ... to put Thailand on the path to free and fair elections," Lieutenant General Chatchalerm Chalermsukh, deputy army chief of staff, told reporters, referring to the junta. Thailand has become polarised between supporters of Yingluck and her influential brother, deposed premier Thaksin Shinawatra, and the royalist establishment that sees Thaksin and his pro-business, populist ways as a threat to the old order. Chatchalerm did not elaborate on what conditions were needed for an election, but said the military wanted to see reconciliation and an end to the political rift that emerged after Thaksin won his first election in 2001. "I want to ask you how long it takes to heal divisions between two groups that have been going on for 10 years?" Chatchalerm said. AGENCIES
While giving his arguments during Thursday’s proceedings, Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt said the government could not risk removing the name of the former president from ECL. He also said that the former president believed that the courts had personal grudges with him and he did not have trust on the legal system. mUSHArrAF’S COUNSEL HOpINg FOr JUSTICE: While talking to the journalists, Barrister Farogh Naseem hoped that SHC on May 31 will order the removal of Musharraf’s name from ECL. Naseem said that he hoped that the court would give justice to his client, adding that former US ambassador Hussain Haqqani had also been given justice
by the court by removing his name from ECL. He said Musharraf’s medical reports showed that his client was sick and treatment was not available in the country. The counsel said that cases against Musharraf were under proceedings in five courts but no court imposed restriction on the movement of the former president. He repeated that the government wanted to influence the court by putting Musharraf’s name on ECL. He said that Prosecutor Akram Sheikh has also said that it was treason charges against Musharraf as he just violated the Constitution. He said governor rule in Sindh was also violation of the Constitution but Nawaz Sharif was never charged with treason allegations.
WARRANTS OUT FOR GILANI AND FAHEEM NON-BAILABLE ARREST WARRANTS ISSUED AGAINST FORMER PM GILANI, AMIN FAHEEM IN TDAP SCAM KARACHI/LAHORE STAFF REPORT
An anti-corruption court in Karachi on Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Amin Faheem. The warrants against the two were issued in a case relating to financial irregularities in Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing till June 17. The case in this regard had been registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) when Amin Faheem was a commerce minister. Gilani and Faheem had been accused of involvement in Rs 7 billion financial scam in TDAP. Muhammad Firdous, the key accused, has turned approver against
El-SiSSi'S win waS nEvEr in doubt, but thE carEEr infantry officEr, alSo 59, had hopEd for a Strong turnout to bEStow lEgitimacy on hiS ouStEr laSt July of Egypt'S firSt frEEly ElEctEd prESidEnt mohammEd morSi
GILANI SAYS WILL FACE COURTS ‘BUT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’
the former prime minister and former federal minister. Also, the court had previously issued three notices to Gilani and Faheem, requiring them to appear before it. The notices were ignored after which bailable arrest warrants were issued against both the leaders. gILANI SLAmS ‘HArASSmENT’: Reacting to the court’s decision to issue warrants, Gilani said that he would appear in Islamabad’s accountability court on June 4 and also in the Karachi court to explain his case in the TDAP scam. The former premier said that he had been facing fabricated cases in the past and will face these now as well. He said that he was the only one who had received notices to appear in court and he was determined at defending himself as he has been doing in the past. Gilani added that if the competent appointing authority was to
FORMER PM SAYS INTERIOR MINISTER SHOULD KEEP ‘RED LINES’ IN MIND
be held responsible then no one could be spared if the intentions were motivated by vendetta. Moreover, PPP’s senior leader said that he was ready to face any trial but the interior minister should know the “red lines”. “The government should know enough is enough. It can lodge as many cases as it want but should also tolerate when it would be on the other side of the power equation as an opposition,” Gilani said. The former premier said that it seemed that the government had “nobody else to single out other than him”. “Whether it is NCL case or OGRA or non-implementation of NRO case, it is always me facing the courts. Why doesn’t the government gather together all the cases against me once and for all? I am ready to face them. I know I will be indicted on June 4 when the court’s next hearing takes place,” he added.
HAFIZABAd: Incidents of clashes partially disrupted polling for by-elections at Pindi Bhattian PP-107 on Thursday. An untoward incident took place in Pindi Bhattian where scores of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers surrounded Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N)’s female MPA Salma Butt and pushed her when she arrived at a polling station. However, she managed to leave the scene in her car. The public misbehaved with the woman a day after she slapped PTI MPA Asif Mahmood in the Punjab Assembly allegedly for making derogatory remarks against her leader Imran Khan. Display of arms by ruling PML-N workers was also witnessed at some polling stations. In the meanwhile, speaking to a private television channel on Thursday, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that those who displayed arms would be arrested, adding that Rangers and Elite Police commandos have been deployed at polling stations in Pindi Bhattian. He also claimed that PTI workers were involved in casting fake votes. Speaking on the incident of slapping, the law minister said that action will be taken against the PTI lawmaker in accordance with the law. ONLINE
MAZARI DOESN’T APPRECIATE PML-N GETTING PHYSICAL ISLAmABAd: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari Thursday expressed concerns over the way the Punjab government and legislators were allegedly propagating a culture of violence across the province. Mazari said that it had taken the provincial government three days to take note of the killing of a woman, Farzana Perveen, outside a courtroom. She said the police by their inaction against the murderers stand complicit in this murder. The fact that the guilty simply walked away without being arrested raises questions on the Punjab Police, she added. Mazari regretted that the Punjab chief minister had merely asked for a report on the case while the murderers roam free and openly express no regret over their crime. The PTI information secretary cited several other crimes which were being committed in the province ranging from rape to acid throwing. More recently a farmer was also reportedly killed with impunity by Bilal Khar. ONLINE
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sC directs provinces to help nAdrA register orphans NADRA IS PRO-ACTIVELY SEEKING TO RESOLVE ISSUE OF REGISTRATION OF ORPHANS AT BOTH POLICY AND PRACTICAL LEVELS SINCE 2006 ISLAMABAD APP
HE Supreme Court on Thursday directed all provinces to help National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for registration of orphans and implementation of NADRA laws in true spirit. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani comprising Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Mushir Alam resumed the hearing of the case on a petition filed by social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi regarding the registration of orphans. Court Assistant Tariq Mahmood said that rights of
ONLY 610 ORPHANS HAVE SO FAR BEEN REGISTERED WITH NADRA WHEREAS 3,087 CHILDREN ARE STILL UNREGISTERED. the orphans in Islam have been taken care of and Islam calls for patronage of orphans but does not allow anyone the right of paternity. Afnan Kundi, counsel for NADRA, submitted NADRA report before the court and stated that NADRA prepared a comprehensive report in 2012-13 regarding registration of orphans. He said that sharing the concerns of the apex court regarding the well being of orphans, NADRA is proactively seeking to resolve the issue of registration of orphans at both policy and practical levels since 2006. The focus has been on the registration of such children, especially in institutional orphanages, he said. He said that in the policy formulation process, the most hampering issue of naming the parents of orphans with unknown parentage has been tackled. He said
guidance from the Islamic Ideology Council and fatwas (religious verdicts) from Kingdom of Saudia Arabia and Iran has also been sought to iron out this issue and it was decided that any unspecified name can be given to the patronage of children with unknown parentage. Kundi said NADRA had written letters to 31 organisations, whose names were present on a list provided by Ministry of Social Welfare, to register their organisations with NADRA and obtain a unique ID. He said only 610 orphans have so far been registered with NADRA and 3,087 children had still not registered with the authority. Kundi said that in order to ease the registration process, NADRA has declared that instead of an authority letter from a court, any orphanage may become guardian with an affividavit, adding that NADRA has also issued smart cards for orphans residing in Pakistan Baitul Mal’s sweet homes and these cards will have some inherent features like vaccination record, education record, financial transactions of such children and unknown parentage will be registered for issuance of Child Registration Certificate (CRC).
NEWS 05 MeAsles vACCine CAuses trouble in KArAK KARAK ONLINE
At least six children of a private school fell unconscious and were shifted to a hospital after being administered measles’ vaccine in Karak district on Thursday. According to sources in Karak DHQ, a team of health officials administered measles’ vaccine to students in a private school after which the children felt dizzy and were rushed to District Headquarters Hospital for medical treatment. Earlier on Wednesday, three children including two-year-old Mazhar, a resident of Shabqadar, Charsadda, two-year-old Hilal of Mandrakhel area and two-year-old Rida of the same village had died in Peshawar Hospital after they were administered vaccine. The parents now seemed reluctant to administer measles’ vaccine to their children after such cases have been reported in Swat, Charsadda, Kohat, Peshawar and now in Karak. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on May 19 had launched a two-week campaign to vaccinate 9.6 million children against measles in the province. The provincial government has launched an enquiry to find out real cause behind occurrence of such incidents.
CereMoniAl wAsHing of Holy KAAbA Held ISLAMABAD APP
DERA ALLAH YAR: Polling staff counts votes after voting for the seats for women during second round of local government elections in Balochistan on Thursday. ONLINE
AltAf HussAin’s CniC, pAssport issue resolved
Almost 11.5 million jobs to be created in South Asia over next five years: ILO report REPORT PLACES PAKISTAN IN LOWER MIDDLE COUNTRIES’ GROUP WHICH INCLUDES ECONOMIES WHERE AVERAGE PER CAPITA INCOME RANGES BETWEEN $1000 AND $4,000 NEWS DESK
MONITORING DESK Senator Tahir Mushadi of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has said that the issue of MQM Chairman Altaf Hussain’s passport and national identity card has been resolved. The senator told Senate Standing Committee on Interior that the government has given assurance that Hussain would soon be issued his passport and ID card. Acting NADRA chief has told the Senate body that the process of Hussain’s ID card and passport is in the final stage.
As many as 11.5 million jobs will be created in the South Asian region during 2014-2019, said a report by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). While the average employment growth in the South Asian region during 2009-2014 was 8.5 million, the ILO has predicted that as much as 11.5 million new jobs will be created in the region over next five years. The report, World of Work Report 2014, placed Pakistan in the lower middle countries (LMIs), a group which include economies where average per capita income ranges between $1,000 and $4,000. According to the report the informal employment, which remains largely outside labour and social protection institutions, is widespread and even predominant in low-income countries like Pakistan and India. Informal employment accounts for a significant share of total non-agricultural employment in Pakistan with as much as 73 per cent of the work force employed in the non-agriculture informal sector while in
India it prevails at around 84 per cent. The report also identifies that in Pakistan around 30 per cent of people aged over 65 are engaged in work force with little cover of pensions. Workers in developing countries are increasingly moving to better jobs and joining the middle class, but 839 million workers still earn less than $2 a day, ILO said. “The developing countries are generally in a process of catching up with the advanced economies,” ILO chief Guy Ryder told reporters in Geneva ahead of the release of the agency’s annual World of Work Report on Tuesday. Between 1980 and 2011, per capita income in the developing countries like Senegal, Vietnam and Tunisia on average grew 3.3 per cent each year, which is far faster than the 1.8 per cent growth seen in advanced economies, the report said. Today, more than four in 10 workers in the such countries are considered to be in the so-called “developing middle class” — meaning that they earn more than $4 a day — up from fewer than two in 10 two decades ago, it said. Yet, more than half of all workers in the developing world – some 1.5 billion people – are in precarious positions, without contracts and social protections and often wallowing in poverty. Around 839 million of them — a full third of all workers in such countries — earn less than $2 a day. That however is down from more than half of all workers in such countries in the early 2000s, the report said.
Governor of Makkah Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah led the ceremonial washing of the Holy Kaaba on Thursday on behalf of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a private news channel reported. Top Saudi officials, ministers, Islamic scholars, Muslim diplomats, as well as citizens and visitors to the Grand Mosque, attended the washing ceremony. The ceremonial washing of Kaaba is held following the example of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), who washed it after entering the Kaaba at the time of the conquest of Makkah. The washing of the Kaaba, which is carried out before the beginning of the fasting month of Ramzan, begins with offering of two raka'a of Nafla prayers. The interior walls are then be cleansed with rose and ‘Oud’ and musk perfumes, using white cloth. Zamzam water mixed with rose water then be splashed on the floor and then wiped with bare hands and palm leaves. After the cleaning, the floor and the walls are dried again with white cloth and tissues. The walls are then perfumed using large quantities of ‘Oud’ and rose perfume.
indiA releAses 37 pAKistAnis MONITORING DESK Just a few days after Pakistan released 151 Indian fishermen, India released 37 Pakistanis on Thursday. Out of the 37 Pakistanis, 32 are fishermen. On May 25, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had ordered the release of 151 Indian prisoners currently detained in Pakistani jails and 57 Indian fishing boats in Pakistani custody ahead of his historic visit to New Delhi to attend Narendra Modi’s swearingin as premier. Pakistan, on May 26, had handed over the 151 Indian fishermen to India via the Wagah border. The same day, Nawaz flew to New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony. This was the first time in the history of India that a Pakistani prime minister has been invited to the oath-taking ceremony of an Indian premier.
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Bari imam shrine closed after BomB discovery ISLAMABAD ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Devotees on Thursday stand outside the shrine of Sufi saint Bari Imam. The shrine has been closed for an indefinite period after a bomb was recovered from nearby. Inp
cda ordered to stop construction of twin towers
PAC directs CDA for fresh bidding to award contract of diplomatic shuttle service ISLAMABAD APP
EARInG a fraud of over Rs 30 billion - the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to stop the construction of multi-storey towers at Constitution Avenue adjacent to Convention Centre. PAC Chairman Khurshid Shah referred the security hazardous, multi-storey building (adjacent to diplomatic enclave) case to the national Accountability Bureau (nAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) with the direction to probe and detect the real players behind such a dubious deal. The CDA has been directed to seek soil-testing report of towers from the Pakistan Engineering Council as the contractor has unilaterally constructed 23 storeys instead of permitted 13 stories. PAC ordered action by Friday against the officials of CDA, who inked the deal. A case would be registered against then CDA member estate Rehman Gilani. PAC was told that the agreement had been inked with Ms BnP of Faisalabad, who got possession of 13.5 acres of
land by paying just 23 percent of total payable of Rs 4.88 billion. As per agreement, the winning party has to pay 15 percent in first 45 days and 85 percent in fifteen installments. The party had paid only Rs 977 million and got the possession of the plot in 2007.A total of three towers were to be constructed. The contractor managed rescheduling in 2007 with the approval of then Economic Coordination Council (ECC). BnP got a loan of 1.6288 billion from Bank of Punjab (BOP) and did not return the loan to the bank. The case was being pursued by national Accountability Bureau (nAB) Rawalpindi. nAB had recovered Rs 170 million from the contractor. Right now the contractor has got stay orders from the high court. Shah said the contractor has already received from Rs 10 to Rs 12 billion from the people as almost all of the flats have been sold out. PAC directed the CDA to initiate fresh bidding process for awarding transparent contract of diplomatic shuttle service as blatant anomalies have been detected in the existing contract. PAC expressed astonishment that the contractor was paying only Rs 44,000 per annum to the CDA of the shuttle service plus lease of 4.5 acres of land. PAC di-
rected the civic authority to recover market price from the contractor right from 2008 as he is charging Rs 200 per passenger and paying only nominal to the CDA. PAC sought report from national Accountability Bureau that on what grounds it had cleared the (dubious) deal between CDA and Ms Mohammad Hussain, the contractor of Diplomatic Shuttle Service in past. PAC was informed that the sevenyear agreement of shuttle service was signed in 2008 and is further extendable for seven years after its completion in 2015. The committee was informed that the original file of the contract has been lost. The CDA had ordered inquiry to fix the responsibility of the responsible of file lost but unfortunately the file of inquiry was also lost. Shah ordered the CDA to seal the record room of the civic authority and directed nAB, FIA to probe the missing file case. PAC also directed issuing show cause notice to then members of CDA board and report to PAC within a fortnight. A three-member sub-committee of PAC was formed with the mandate to report how many people travel in diplomatic shuttle service per day so that the exact earnings of the shuttle service contractor could be determined.
Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, a member of PAC, observed that absence of sense of responsibility and political interference had destroyed the CDA. PAC ordered cabinet secretary to submit restructuring plan of CDA to PAC within three months. PAC meeting was chaired by Khurshid Shah. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Syed nazim Ali Shah, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Sardar Ashiq Gopang, Dr Arif Alvi, Shahida Akhtar Ali, Raja Javed Ikhlas and Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry attended the meeting. PAC directed CDA to recover outstanding amount of cost of land and construction of additional 12 stories sans any payment from Gulf Construction Company, the owners of Centaurus Shopping Mall, within 30 days. The utility services to Centaurus Mall should be exterminated in case of non-payment of outstanding amount. The mall must not be issued completion report without recovering the outstanding amount. The CDA was also directed to arrange structure assessment of Centaurus and report the committee within a month. The rescheduling of payment plan report of the mall should be submitted by Monday. Shah directed nAB to share details of their cases report/recovery to PAC also persistently.
Shrine of Sufi saint Bari Imam has been shut for undefined period for devotees after a bomb recovered nearby. A large number of police and rangers personnel have been deployed as the shrine faces terror threats. Over two kg explosives were recovered near mausoleum of Bari Imam in Islamabad. Reports said the explosives were found inside an under construction building located near the tomb of Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi commonly known as Bari Imam. He is the patron saint of Islamabad and the Pothohar region. Officials said Bomb Disposal Squad was called which checked the explosive material weighting over two kg. Wires were found connected with the bomb. It has been seized by sensitive agencies, officials said. Dozens of people were killed and over hundred wounded in a blast in the in May 2005.
cda auctions 20 residential plots ISLAMABAD APP
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has auctioned 20 residential plots located in various developed sectors of Islamabad worth Rs.1.35 billion on the first day of auction process. Eight member committee headed by Member Environment, Mustafain Kazmi is supervising the auction process. Director General Administration, Deputy Director General Law, Deputy Financial Advisor, Director Urban Planning, Director Estate Management-I (East and West), Director Estate Management-II and Director Public Relations are the members of the committee. The first day of the auction process was attended by a large number of people who enthusiastically participated in the auction process to get their favourite plots. CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal while expressing his pleasure over transparent and successful auction of residential plots on the first day of the auction process said that the income from the auction of residential plots will be spent on development of various sectors of Islamabad. He added that the vacant and un-soled plots in different developed sectors were being used as lawns and green areas illegally by different people by encroaching CDA land.
ARMY GETS PAT ON BACK FOR ANTI-POLIO DRIVE
AFIP commandant says army is voluntarily supporting anti-polio campaign ISLAMABAD APP Speakers have said that the Pakistan Army's awareness campaign about the anti-polio vaccination has resulted in an increase in number of vaccinated children across the country. Addressing a symposium, they said that polio eradication was one of the highest priority programmes in Pakistan and the federal and provincial governments along with armed forces have firm resolve and renewed commitment to eradicate polio from Pakistan as soon as possible. They said that those forces who isolated Pakistan in cricket through terrorist acts are now trying to segregate Pakistan by targeting antipolio vaccination teams. They have same agenda to tarnish image of Pakistan. They said now terrorists in North and South Waziristan were asking locals to provide them anti-polio vaccination for
their children. This speaks of the mindset and double standards on which these terrorists operate. "On one side they are asking locals not to get their children vaccinated and on the other hand they are desirous to have their own children vaccinated. Actually they are enemies of the state and enemies of humanity," they said. They said that despite all impediments Polio Eradication Plan 2014 has been moving at a much faster pace since last one month, after arrangements were finalized in a meeting with military officials on April 17 to provide protection to polio vaccination team and ensure their reach to inaccessible areas in FATA, Peshawar and Karachi. They said security forces are now active for provision of security and reaching to inaccessible areas, the remaining administrative arrangements would remain responsibility of the civil government, they added. After involvement of the Pakistan
Army, a positive upsurge has been observed in vaccination campaign. A robust media awareness campaign has been launched in KP and FATA and progress is being reviewed regularly for coordinated decision making and accountability. Speaking on the occasion, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Commandant Maj Gen Muhammad Ayub said that in line with the government's initiative to eradicate polio from Pakistan, the army has been asked to assist the civil government in making this campaign a success. He added a meeting was held at GHQ to coordinate details of the campaign with particular emphasis on security and access to affected areas. Representatives from WHO, federal and KP governments and FATA Secretariat, attended the meeting. He added the forum was apprised about the current polio situation in the country and challenges being faced for smooth conduct of polio campaign.
The forum also expressed the urgency for polio eradication initiative to save the future generations. The participants emphasized the need to take all necessary measures including improving security situation to make Pakistan polio free country. He said that Pakistan is facing multifaceted challenges like volunteers to offer polio drops moving door to door were targeted and many lost their lives in the line of duty. He added not only the polio workers lost their lives, the security personal also lost their lives protecting polio worker as well. The Khyber Agency, North and South Waziristan are areas where majority of children do not have access to the vaccine. The real challenge has been approaching these children in difficult terrains, he added. He said there are many areas in these agencies where people are not willing to vaccinate their children because of the fear from militants. He said the Pakistan Army is voluntarily supporting ongoing anti-
polio campaigns. He added the army has taken a number of steps in FATA/frontier regions and Karachi to include, information and perception management campaign, dissemination of religious edicts to locals for understanding Islamic dimension and enhanced engagement with Political Agents, local mushers/elders through jirgas. He said, "Failure is not an option as failure would be catastrophic with figures of 200,000 paralyzed children every year, so we have to work together to avert any such possibility." He said the Pakistan Army would fully support all stakeholders and will leave no stone unturned to make this initiative a success. Prime Ministerâ€™s Polio Eradication Cell Focal Person Ayesha Raza praised the armyâ€™s role in polio eradication efforts. She said after involvement of the army in anti-polio drives, remarkable achievements are receiving by the government.
Friday, 30 May, 2014
sc reserves judgement in npf case ISLAMABAD ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Workers of Muttahida Teachers Mahaz on Thursday held a protest demonstration to press the government. OnLInE
students celeBrate rukn-e-alam’s anniversary ISLAMABAD APP
Students from various educational institutions on Thursday participated in naat competition at the Pakistan national Council of Arts (PnCA) to mark the anniversary celebrations of great Sufi Hazrat Shah Rukn-e-Alam. The event was organized by Children Art Workshop of PnCA, in which students from twelve educational institutions participated and paid tributes to great sufi's services for spreading Islam in the region. national Heritage Ministry Deputy Secretary Muhammad nazir was the chief guest. While speaking to the students at the occasion chief guest said, "success lies in adaptation of Islamic way of life. Peace can only be attained by following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)." "We should make our youth as model for the rest of the world. naat khawani reflects sentiments of a true Muslim," he added. The competitors were divided in two categories i.e. 6 - 17 years and 18 - 23 years. They were awarded cups. In 1st category (6-17) Usaid Alam of Jinnah Preparatory School, Salman Ali Agha of IMCB G-6/2, Hafiza Shaheena from IMCG, G-7/1 and Fatima naseer from Bahria College, E-8 secured 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes respectively. While, in 2nd category Kashif Hussain from Arid Agriculture University, Shiraz Ahmed of Bahria University E-8, Sadia Kaneez from Arid Agriculture University and Tayyeba Mushtaq from Fatima Jinnah Women University won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions respectively.
fgehf launches scheme for govt employees ISLAMABAD
end to child marriage urged
Speakers want lawmakers to amend child marriage laws ISLAMABAD APP
HILD marriage should be prohibited and the legal age of marriage should be raised from 16 to 18, said experts in a seminar, aiming at strengthening efforts to make Pakistan a child marriage free zone. The seminar was organised by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) in collaboration with Rutgers WPF, Pakistan and Preston University. Dr Munaza Haris from Rutgers WPF, addressing the seminar said that child marriage is a crime and a great injustice. It leads to social isolation and
Meeting discusses projects for Baloch youth ISLAMABAD PRESS RELEASE
The Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation has launched a scheme for government employees and other specified groups on ownership basis. 3153 kanals of land at Mouza Sakrilla, Bobri and Phulgran in Bhara Kahu has been transferred in the name of Housing Foundation. Layout Plan of the scheme catering 3253 plots of different categorize is approved by CDA and nOC in this regard has been issued. Recently, the land acquisition collector has issued the notification under Section 4 of LAC Act 1894 for acquiring additional 6,932 kanals and 9 marlas more land at Mouza Sakrilla for extension of the above said housing scheme to accommodate additional 10,000 registered members out of 32000 (approximately) federal government employees of Housing Foundation for allotment of plots.
robs the educational opportunities from a child. Pakistan is signatory to the Un Convention on the Rights of the Children which defines child marriage below the age of 18 but the country allows marriages at age 16, she said. Unfortunately, early marriage has adverse effect on children and it leaves them physically and socially vulnerable to illness, poverty, and gender inequality. It increases the risk for depression, sexually transmitted infection, cervical cancer, malaria, obstetric fistulas and maternal mortality, she added. Preston University’s Dr Shazia
A meeting regarding execution of seven development programmes for Baloch youth under “Prime Minister’s Hunarmand Pakistan” held at National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) on Thursday. Officials from renowned vocational training centres, where free vocational training is to be imparted to 590 Jobless Youth of Baluchistan, attended this meeting. In detail, these 7 Vocational Training Institutes include NLC Mandhra where125 will be trained in Heavy Machine Operator, 75 youth will be
trained in Masonry, Plumbing and Wood Work at BRAVO Academy Hyderabad, 50 youth in Solar System Assembly and General Electrician will be trained at IBA Sukkur, 50 will be trained in Stone (Marble & Granite ) Mine, Die & Moulding Technology at Dimension Stone Centre Peshawar, 40 in Tunnel Farming at MTEC Multan, 100 in Tunnel Farming/ Growing of Fruits & Vegetables and Pest Management at PakGerman Polytechnic Institute of Cooperative Agricultural Chak 5-Faiz Multan and 150 in Welding, Millwright, Pipe and Structure Fabricator, Electrical Supervisor and Quantity Surveyor at DESCON Technical Institute Lahore.
Khalid gave a presentation on global scenario on child marriages including prevalence and causes of child marriages. She also talked about the challenges of child marriages in Pakistan and the efforts launched by the government to combat child marriages. She urged the lawmakers to take notice and amend child marriage laws. Access, Service and Knowledge (ASK) programme is being implemented in seven countries including Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Indonesia, and Pakistan designed on a holistic understanding of the factors that influence young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The Supreme Court (SC) has reserved judgement in the national Police Foundation (nPF) Rs 600 billion scandal. Justice Ejaz Chaudhry said, “As per report plots were allotted to Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf as president and army chief. Plots were allotted to Moin Haider and many other officers. Double allotment was made. We will take action against the persons who have told lie in preparing list. This scheme was meant only for police department employees and plots from this scheme could not be allotted to general public. We cannot overlook distribution of plots at free will. If there is a second list then the court be told too. Reply on double allotment made to army personnel and benefit provided to other persons be given to the court.” A three-member bench of SC presided over by Justice nasirul Mulk took up the case for hearing on Thursday. Counsel gave arguments on the applications of police officers, civilians and other persons who were allotted plots under different categories. PML-n leader Anjum Aqil was also present.
summer vacation from june 7 ISLAMABAD APP
Summer vacation would start in all schools and colleges running under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) from June 7. An official of FDE said on Thursday that the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), the students would resume their educational activities from August 11. Joint Educational Adviser, CADD Rafique Tahir informed that the secretary has approved vacations from June, 7 till August, 10. The initial proposal to announce summer vacations this year was from June 9, to August 18, but it was not approved by the authority due to the Independence Day functions on August 14, in schools and colleges, he said.
08 COMMENT Consequences of irresponsible politics
Friday, 30 May, 2014
Naya Pakistan Totally feasible but requires hard work
Imran Khan and his party is at it, again
F air attacks are taking toll of civilian life also in North Waziristan agency, as claimed by Imran Khan, his own crusade against drones had left no option for the government but to allow the military to deal with the situation with whatever weapons it possessed. No responsible state can take terrorist attacks lying down. This would demoralise the army and spread panic among the population. The air force had to be brought into action when the terrorists beheaded 23 Fc personnel and launched brazen attacks in Bannu and Rawalpindi. as someone put it the army too has the right of self defence. While the terrorists working from the shadows employ their weapons of choice, like suicide attacks and the IeDs, the military has to rely on the inventory of weapons at its disposal. It did not require knowing rocket science to discover that air attacks cause more collateral damage than drone attacks. One fails to understand why it took Rustam Shah Mohmand so long to see what should be obvious to any intelligent newspaper reader. Mohmand was PTI’s nominee for talks with the Taliban. This indicates a prior understanding and proximity of views with Imran Khan. Why did Mohmand not point out the truth to the PTI chief when the latter directed his party to block NaTO traffic to get the attacks stopped? The US was not willing to give drones to Pakistan. It is too late now to call on the government, as Mohmand does in his interview, to launch drone attacks through collaboration with the US and after collecting authentic information about ground targets. Whatever chances of USPak collaboration in the field ever existed, they ended after the irresponsible sloganeering by Imran Khan.
The air force had to be brought into action when the terrorists beheaded 23 FC personnel and launched brazen attacks in Bannu and Rawalpindi. Imran Khan has expressed the desire to meet the cOaS to tell him that a conspiracy is afoot to cause NWa to break away from Pakistan and that military activity in the agency would create a kind of a situation that led to the separation of east Pakistan. This amounts to stretching a point beyond credibility. There is simply no comparison between east Pakistan and North Waziristan. In east Pakistan a popular party which had swept the elections had not only been deprived of its rightful share in power but a military operation was let loose in the province. In NWa a group of terrorists that include foreigners and defies constitution is trying to impose its will on the rest of the country through violent means like suicide bombings and murderous attacks that have killed over 50 thousand civilians and army men. To compare the two situations to gain political mileage amounts to irresponsible politicking.
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“Naya Pakistan” is in the making. as the first born-free generation, we have seen both the making and un-making of the motherland. In 1947 the focus was on building a homeland for the Muslims of India. Despite several teething problems of the first Islamic democracy, the country was in the safe hands of the founding fathers. except for Baboo Ghulam Muhammed the political arena was corruption free till 1958. as a child growing up in the centre of Lahore, I could feel the energy and spirit all around. Institution building was the order of the day. anna Molka ahmed at the Fine arts Department of Punjab University, Shakir ali at Nca, Dr Niaz at Institute of chemical engineering, Dr chaughtai at Institute of chemistry, Dr abdullah at Urdu encyclopedia of Islam, Patras Bokhari and then Dr Nazir at Government college, Dr Imdad at MaO college, Prof Hamid ahmed Khan at Islamia college, just to name a few luminaries. In January 1958, I was admitted to
cathedral High School on the Mall close to where we lived, this was 10 months before the so-called October Revolution which derailed the entire democratic order. Nasir Bagh, or Gol Bagh as it was called then, was our playing ground. every year after October 27, 1958, the revolution was celebrated at the Town Hall. Huge portraits of Iqbal and ayub Khan were displayed, with the one being presented as the initiator and the other as the saviour of Pakistan. as a child I could not understand what he was trying to save. My father, who was himself a worker of the movement, could not answer my questions as he was confused himself. Then in 1959 my uncle, who was a progressive writer and poet, went on an open protest with a hunger strike camp right across from the secretariat. He had three demands: army to go back to the barracks, investigation of the murder of the first prime minister and withdrawal of agencies harassing progressive civilians. The same demands continue till day. Like General Sissi of egypt, General ayub’s task was well defined: to get rid of the founding fathers and weaken civilian institutions. Overnight the ‘democratic demons’ were introduced to replace the seasoned and honest political leadership. River Ravi, the lifeline of Lahore, became a sewage dump. On inquiry I was told that three rivers had been surrendered to India against all international laws. aftab ahmed Khan, a senior bureaucrat and former principal secretary to Suharwardy, wrote to ayub Khan urging him to return to the barracks for the sake of unity of Pakistan. He was imprisoned on charges of treason. His lovely but highly distressed wife came to Lahore and prayed at the shrine of Data sahib for his release. By now it was clear that Quaid’s Pakistan had been hi-
jacked and ayub Khan was no saviour. Finally, in 1971, the inevitable happened. Pakistan was dismembered, the eastern Wing decided to separate itself. Zulfikar ali Bhutto (ZaB) as leader of what remained of the country coined the phrase “Naya Pakistan”. He picked up the pieces, pushed the khakis back into the barracks and was surrounded by a fresh team of untainted and untested politicians. The 1973 constitution was the hallmark of this era. Till the military action in Balochistan in 1975, “Naya Pakistan” was on track and then the khakis and the ‘demons’ returned to the corridors of power. ZaB had been trapped. all the so called electable were with Quaid-eawam while the comrades of change were either kicked out of the party or cornered. Like General ayub, General Zia’s task was clearly defined. Get rid of the genuine democratic leadership, introduce an unpopular brand of fanatics to be used later and weaken/destroy civilian institutions. General Musharraf’s task was different, he wanted to reverse the fanatic gains of Zia era and produce fresh set of ‘democratic demons’ to replace the old. He too opted for the referendum to legitimise his rule and disfigured the already deshaped 1973 constitution. With the khakis and the ‘democratic demons’ in the arena, “Naya Pakistan” cannot become a reality. Initially the founding fathers built Pakistan when the khakis were in barracks with no ‘demons’ around (1947 – 1958). Then the saviours took control and dismembered Quaid’s Pakistan (1958 – 1971). ZaB’s “Naya Pakistan” was then built from the ashes of war and defeat (1971 – 1977). The saviours and the ‘demons’ got together again, which has taken the country back to the brink of breakup (1977 – to date).
The Kaptan desires to build “Naya Pakistan”. He has challenged the ‘demons of democracy’ whose days are now numbered. There is no room for them in “Naya Pakistan” but how he deals with the khakis will be the deciding factor. PTI and its rank and file were never and will never be a B team of the establishment. Otherwise, they too will become a part of the ‘demon network’. even “lotacracy” cannot push the party in this direction. Pakistan army is the only functional institution left in the country. The situation was the same on august 14, 1947, when the journey of the republic started. Then their misguided leadership decided to become the saviours of the country. This is not their role; they belong to the barracks where they train and the borders where they defend, leaving the political leadership to the duly elected representatives of the people through an honest ballot. The democratic demons created by them cannot play this role. It is widely believed that the khakis can be pushed back to the barracks through good governance as was done by erdogan in Turkey. General Raheel Sharif is a professional soldier with solid family military connections and credentials of gallantry. Pakistan army is in safe hands under his leadership. The two Kaptans, one of the people and the other of the khakis, can work out a plan to return the power to the masses by taking the khakis back to the barracks where they belong. In the words of ZaB: Takat ka sarchasma awam hein”. The foundation of “Naya Pakistan” has to be based on this approach with exorcism of the ‘demons’ and de-militarisation of civilian sector. Dr Farid A Malik is ex-Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation, Email: email@example.com.
A productive visit to China Taking neighbourly relations to another level
Malik MuhaMMad ashraf
eace and security are essential ingredients as well as catalysts of economic progress of a country, region and the world at large. The rapid globalisation, ever growing interdependence of the states and the emerging challenges have necessitated the pursuance of these objectives through collective and productive interaction between the states to surmount these challenges. In the post-cold War era, there has been a growing trend to create regional organisations and building regional linkages to deal with these challenges and to help the countries of the region or the members of the organisation in dealing with their respective problems under the umbrella provided by the regional entities. The thinking behind this philosophy is that the regional arrangements are more focused on specific problems of the region and are in a better position to take care of the regional issues and protecting the interests of the region in any global arrangement designed to ensure peace and security and economic progress on the world level. The conference on Interaction and confidence Building Measures in asia
(cIca) is an organisation which aims at fostering cooperation among asian countries to deal with issues that affect the member countries, the region and also have global implications. President Mamnoon Hussain while addressing the fourth Summit of cIca held in Shanghai, china rightly remarked that the member countries needed a constructive engagement and cooperative spirit to cope with the issues confronting asia which he identified as political and economic challenges in the form of long outstanding political and territorial disputes, emerging security threats including terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and organised crime, poverty and negative consequences of climate change. The issues identified by him are of such a nature that no country can resolve them on its own. The complexity and enormity surrounding these challenges undoubtedly needs collective action by all the concerned countries. It is widely believed that 21st century belongs to asia as an economic powerhouse and its capacity to influence and manage the global events and arrangements that would be evolved to establish a new world order. The paradigm shift in the conduct of foreign policy of Pakistan, envisioned and choreographed by the present government under the stewardship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that lays greater focus on recalibrating relations with its neighbours and building regional linkages to resolve disputes and unleashing an era of shared economic prosperity, fits well into the aims and objectives of cIca. President Mamnoon Hussain gave an exhaustive discourse on the overall objectives of Pakistan’s foreign policy, the role it was playing in promoting peace in the region, especially promoting peace and reconciliation in afghanistan and tackling terrorism. The endorsement and appreciation of these efforts as well as the economic policies being pursued
by the government came from none other than the UN Secretary, General Ban Ki-Moon, who in a meeting with the president on the sidelines of the Summit, expressed satisfaction over the efforts of Pakistan in tackling extremism, stabilising economy of the country, adopting growth oriented policies to promote socio-economic development in the country, promoting regional peace especially in the neighbouring afghanistan as well as playing host to afghan refugees. Mr Ban Ki-Moon assured the president that UN would continue to assist the government and the people of Pakistan in their efforts for socio-economic development and realising the goal of long-lasting peace, stability and development in the region. President of china Xi Jinping in his meeting with President Mamnoon also expressed support for the counterterrorism strategy evolved by Pakistan as dictated by its national environment and emphasised the need for bilateral security cooperation between the two friendly countries to safeguard peace and stability within their territories and in the region. Both leaders, reportedly, held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest, with special emphasis on exponential expansion and up-gradation of economic ties between the two countries and the benefits that would accrue to both of them and the region through the projects under china-Pakistan economic corridor. Both the presidents also witnessed the signing of the framework agreement between china and Pakistan on Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project. It was Mamnoon’s second visit to china within three months that came on the heels of prime minister’s visit to china in april, which reflects the ever growing strength of relations between the two nations that were unique in the sense they were not like the traditional
diplomatic ties between two states but a genuine and heart-felt bond between the people of the two countries; the element which has helped the relations between the two countries to withstand vicissitudes of time and attaining dizzying heights. This ingredient of the ties between the two countries was amply testified by the fact that Fudu University of china has compiled an Urdu-china dictionary and invited President Mammon in its inaugural ceremony. The effort beyond an iota of doubt indicates the love that the people of china have for the people of Pakistan and the interest in learning each other’s language. It is said that language is a mirror of a society, its values and aspirations. One finds it hard to take an issue with the contention of President Mamnoon that this dictionary would work as a bridge between the two languages from the academic point of view as well as strengthen social and political ties between the two people. The compilation of the dictionary by the chinese University is indeed a remarkable effort that in the long run would further promote people to people contacts adding to the affinity, bonhomie and warmth at the level of the people and imparting eternity to their relations. The president also had the opportunity to meet the Sri Lankan president and both the leaders discussed the whole range of bilateral cooperation between the two countries emphasising the need for greater interaction between the two countries to strengthen economic ties, especially early conclusion of the comprehensive Partnership agreement. President’s visit to china was a productive sojourn from many aspects and adequately reflected a pro-active approach of the government in managing international relations, rightly so. Malik Muhammad Ashraf is an academic. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD VIEW 09
Friday, 30 May, 2014
goodbye global cop, hello world coach ChriStian SCienCe Monitor
vER since he entered the White House, President Obama has spoken often of his vision for America’s role in the world. His speech Wednesday at the West Point graduation was different. It firmly planted the idea that the United States is the global leader simply for its ability to persuade other nations to join it in solving global issues. He calls this approach “empowering partners.” To be sure, the US will always act on its own against a direct threat to itself. But in tackling world problems, such as the Syrian war or the standoff in Ukraine, the US must act simply as the “hub of alliances,” as it has steadily done over the past century. This leader-ascoach role has made the US an exceptional nation, although sometimes Britain or France have led interventions in world trouble-spots. “If we don’t [do it], no one else will,” he said. To put meat on the concept, he asked Congress to provide up to $5 billion for a “counterterrorism partnerships fund.” The money would be spent to aid countries at risk of becoming outposts for ji-
hadists who might attack the US or its allies. The list of potential countries ranges from Pakistan to Nigeria. He also hinted at reform of institutions designed by the US after World War II to keep and promote peace. These include the United Nations and World Bank. “Evolving these institutions to meet the demands of today must be a critical part of American leadership,” he said. He did not say so, but Mr. Obama’s vision is based on an assumption that humanity has made rapid progress over the past 70 years on human rights, rule of law, equality, and freedom. With more nations adopting such ideals, the US leads more by persuasion than military action, by asserting right over might. “Because of America’s efforts – through diplomacy and foreign assistance, as well as the sacrifices of our military – more people live under elected governments today than anytime in human history,” he said. Digital technology such as the Internet has empowered citizens and civil society. Opening markets and other advances have lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty. Tyranny still exists – such as Russia taking Crimea – but Obama’s vision of
leadership implies that global progress has elevated human nature to an advanced state. Such a promise has been proclaimed in the past only to be disapproved by major war.
But many scholars now claim humans are better educated, more interdependent, and less divided by kin, clan, tribe, or nationality. Or as Maya Angelou, the poet who passed away Wednesday,
Faces of Pakistan's future CSM ChelseA sheAsley
Red-brick buildings surround a dusty quad where students play pickup cricket games between classes. Inside a classroom, some of Pakistan’s best students are discussing the nation’s tangled relations with the United States. Among the few dozen gathered at the liberal arts school of Lahore’s Forman Christian College, opinions vary: Some call the US an “economic hit man” trapping Pakistan with circular debt; others argue Pakistan should not have solicited billions of dollars in aid over six decades. What unites most of this elite Englishspeaking group is the expectation that they will eventually hold leadership roles. Several believe they can make a difference. All the women in the room plan on working outside the home. “Everybody in his or her own capacity can be a catalyst,” says Syed Ali Zia Jaffery, a junior studying international relations and history who blogs against extremism and wants to work in academia or in government. The students are part of Pakistan’s bulging Millennial generation, the 18to-36-year-olds who make up a majority of the country. This generation is tired of the global perception that Pakistan is a byword for terrorism, drones, and duplicity. Many are challenging what one Pakistani Millennial calls the “culture of dependency” and want to build a more self-reliant Pakistan. Yet there is frustration over staggering challenges: a home-grown terrorist insurgency, a slumping economy, a threadbare education system, and a powerful and entrenched political and military establishment. Pakistan’s rising generation is an area “if not for optimism, at least for some hope,” says Daniel Markey, a Pakistan specialist at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington and author of the book “No Exit from Pakistan.” “If the country could figure out a way to harness this energy, they could turn it to good.” The danger is that the next generation’s zeal for change often turns to frustration, he warns. 'Millennial' frustrations Pakistani Millennials share these frustrations: In a survey conducted by the British Council before the election last year, 94 percent of Pakistanis between the ages of 18 and 29 thought the country was heading in the wrong direction. Only 29 percent believed democracy was the best political system for Pakistan, coming in behind military rule and sharia Islamic law. the tech entrepreneur Umair Aziz, the young chief technology officer at one of Pakistan’s fastestgrowing tech companies, has a problem: After two or three years, the company’s employees tend to leave for Australia, Britain, or the United Arab Emirates. “They understand their global value,” Mr. Aziz says. “They know they can rise to the top anywhere, and they usually do rise to the top.” Aziz was once on the same
path. After graduating from the College of Wooster in Ohio with a computer science degree in 2000, he moved to Boston to work as a software engineer. But after 9/11 he decided to return home. He was driven by a personal reason – he wanted to give back to his country – and he spotted a business opportunity. Pakistan had plenty of trained programmers and other skilled professionals who were paid a fraction of the amount paid to similar talent in the US. Today, Creative Chaos, the company he helped found, is a top-100 Pakistan growth company and is on the Arabia 500 list, a ranking of the region’s fastest-growing companies. For all the excitement Creative Chaos exudes, Aziz is also frustrated that there isn’t a venture capital or angel investor scene in Pakistan for start-ups to raise capital. Foreign clients are scared off by a Pakistan address, so the website promotes its New York City offices. Government policies, such as a 1-1/2 year ban on YouTube, aren’t businessfriendly, Aziz says, despite Mr. Sharif’s probusiness stance. Part of the problem, Aziz says, is that technology systems “allow you to remove corruption from society” by increasing transparency in areas prone to corruption, such as government procurement. “But people don’t want to lose their jobs and their power, so they are resistant.” A 2007 World Bank study concluded that the online procurement of work and goods would help automate services and reduce corruption. Although Aziz can find enough skilled Pakistanis to work at Creative Chaos, they are the fortunate ones: The majority of Pakistani youths struggle to find a job. As of last year, only 1 in 10 young Pakistanis between the ages of 18 and 29 held stable employment, according to the British Council survey. the ‘Madrasa’ Mufti Madrasas, or religious schools, often are blamed by the West for seeding extremist ideas in young Pakistanis. But this broad-brush view doesn’t tell the full story. At the Jamia Islamia Clifton madrasa in Karachi, a school tucked next to a convenience store on a busy street, students are provided free education, food, lodging, clothes, and medical care. This madrasa says that it is a moderate school that preaches peace and adds a modern curriculum of English, Urdu, math, computer science, history, and science to its 1,300-year-old religious courses. “We don’t want our students to just think about Islam. We want them to think about humanity as well,” says Mufti Abu Huraira Mohiuddin, who, with his brother, runs the madrasa that their father started in 1977. “We want the students to understand that we’re providing a nonsectarian education.” Jamia Islamia’s goals are laudable. It brings together Shiite and Sunni Muslims for gatherings, and it launched a debate competition in which students speak on subjects such as interfaith dialogue. But there are some signs that it may not be as moderate as it preaches. The madrasa’s
founder, Mufti Mohammad Mohiuddin, who is removed from day-to-day operations, speaks stridently against Shiite Muslims who he says will start an inter-Muslim war if the US disturbs the balance of power between rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia. Most scholars agree that the link between education and extremism goes beyond madrasa education, says Mr. Markey of the Council on Foreign Relations. “People started to recognize that the vast majority of education wasn’t happening in madrasas, and many weren’t doing anything other than teaching the Quran, which in and of itself wasn’t turning out terrorists,” he says. “Public schools were often teaching anti-Indian, anti-Semitic [ideas], and were radical in a more nationalist way, which was completely unhelpful.” The elder Mr. Mohiuddin bristles when he is asked why young Pakistanis might turn to extremism. “A very small role is played by madrasas,” he says. “Doctors and engineers are also terrorists.” the artist The tension between the many facets of Pakistan is captured on the walls of Gallery 6, founded in 2008 and now Islamabad’s largest private art gallery. Soft music plays as the curator talks about the pieces hanging on the bright white walls. Some highlight Pakistan’s rural roots, with scenes of lush farmland. Others are avant-garde. There’s a painting made with human hair collected off a hairbrush. Two painting by Sana Arjumand, the daughter of the gallery owner, are on display. Since graduating from the National College of Arts in Lahore in 2005, she’s exhibited her work in Pakistan’s biggest cities and abroad. In a painting called “Here I grew up,” Ms. Arjumand depicts herself under a spotlight. Two exaggerated green figures – one wearing the star and crescent of Pakistan’s flag on her hat – stare at her as they whisper to each other. The painting, nearly seven years old, is from a time when she looked at herself from other people’s perceptions. Now, she’s found inspiration in Sufi teachings, is married with a young child, and is less concerned with what other people think, she says. But overall, society is still confused about what the identity of Pakistan is, she says. She points to television, on which Indian and Turkish soap operas are plentiful, and to the debate over what clothes are best suited to be Pakistani national dress. “We need to figure out what Pakistan is and what is the Pakistani identity. There’s confusion,” she says. “Everything in Pakistan is now being questioned and changed. We’re going through that point where change is needed.” The time for Pakistan’s power brokers to listen to the goals and needs of Millennials is now, Markey says. “There’s a very serious risk that this positive energy will not amount to what we might hope, and be squandered,” he says. Chelsea Sheasley reported from Pakistan on a trip organized by the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii.
once wrote: “I note the obvious differences between each form and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” In his 2011 book “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why violence Has Declined,” Harvard academic Steven Pinker used data to show that killings and other violent acts have declined over the centuries because people have developed greater self-control, empathy, morality, and reason. A rise in intelligence brings about a rise in peace. Other scholars, such as the late Lawrence Kohlberg, have tracked an increase in the ability of humans toward higher states of moral reasoning. Such trends cast doubts on the notion of humans as biochemical puppets, beholden to genes and neurons to define what is good in each individual. Obama quoted President Kennedy about peace needing to be based upon “a gradual evolution in human institutions.” As more people and nations evolve toward shared ideals, the task of maintaining international order also becomes more of a shared one. The US, which was so instrumental as a military leader in the 20th century, can take on a new role in bringing nations and people closer.
Something iS rotten in europe Die Welt AlAn Posener It is a slap in the face for the European establishment. Some 30% of the seats in the newly-elected European parliament are going to parties that are against the Europe project itself. That's 6% more than the last election. And the eurosceptics have their strongholds in the two most important European Union countries after Germany: Britain and France. What's more, most of the voters supporting these parties are not in the vulnerable peripheral democracies but mainly in core Europe - in the eurozone and other Western countries. Yes, something is rotten in Europe. And the reaction from politicians in the big European party blocks makes it clear where the problem lies. In view of the strength of the anti-EU populists, say parties on both sides of the spectrum, we will have to work even more strongly together. What that means is: The establishment is closing ranks and turning a deaf ear. The European Parliament wants to prevail over national governments, and national governments see the delegitimization of the EU with more than a little schadenfreude. The centrist parties to both the left and the right are painting the specter of right-wing extremism on the wall. They perceive that it's in their interest to do so. The populists are Europe's street kids - not the sort of kids you play with. And yet the anti-establishment parties do not by any means constitute a unified block. Marine LePen's National Front in France, for example, is an offputting far-right party that only recently and in a transparently opportunistic manner switched its anti-Semitism to a more socially acceptable hostility towards Islam. But the British UKIP moves within the spectrum of conservative politics: It is against immigration and against Britain's membership in the EU, but it is not racist or extremely nationalistic, and doesn't want to have anything to do with LePen. For the German anti-euro party AfD, on the other hand, UKIP's hostility to Europe goes too far. The AfD criticizes the euro precisely because it believes that the common currency is destroying the EU. Let in the Left-outs And the other protest parties can be similarly declined, from Beppo Grillo's anti-political Five Star Movement in Italy, via various central-European national-liberal parties, to the case of Greece where the radical left-wing
and extreme right agree in their condemnation of the tough austerity measures imposed on the country. Simply excluding the populist party representatives is counterproductive. It is tantamount to ignoring voters. To be sure, these are often the losers of modern Europe who are sneered at by the higher earners and the better qualified. But for one thing, Europe shouldn't be producing so many losers, and for another, democracies unlike dictatorships can't quite simply take folks out of the equation just because it suits them. Europe should be paying attention to that 30% if it wants the EU project to survive. Part and parcel of that is the restitution of decision-making power to national, regional and local parliaments, what in EU-speak is called "subsidiarity" but in actual fact spells democracy. Still, it goes without saying that the EU does need to be involved in matters like the shape of cucumbers and how much current light bulbs use: A single market requires uniform standards. In such cases, one EU regulation instead of 28 regulations from individual governments means less, not more, bureaucracy. But in other areas, whether it's taxation, social services, or education, Brussels shouldn't be involved. On the contrary, here the principle of competing systems should apply. And it should not be taboo to ask the question as to whether the euro helps or hinders the competition. This election brought clarity on a number of issues, including the fact that Europeans don't want an ever-tighter Union, at least not yet. And in the foreseeable future there will be no federal Europe based on the German example, as some German politicians have suggested. Not only Britain is against that the French don't want it, nor do the Italians, not to mention the "new Europe" in the east. Martin Schulz and Jean-Claude Juncker may believe that the future of Europe depends on one of them becoming president of the Commission, which would strengthen the power of the European Parliament but otherwise change nothing. The future of Europe actually depends on its delivering foreign policy security; a joint and solidly united energy policy; finally some growth and jobs; and more democracy. Whatever serves these objectives makes sense, and whatever doesn't won't start making sense just because it's now been doused with pathos.
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Friday, 30 May, 2014
WHO URGES MINISTRY TO BAN TOBACCO MARKETING CAMPAIGNS Lahore ONlINe
KARACHI: The D'Hamidi Partnership's Akram Mobin, Sameer Yousuf and Muzzamil Siddiki receive the PAS Award for Best Campaign (Mobilink). PR
Nokia XL introduced in Pakistan
LAHORE: Microsoft Devices launched their flagship Android-based device, Nokia XL in Pakistan. Nokia XL brings an exciting mix of Android apps and Nokia experiences and is an on-ramp to Microsoft services such as Skype, OneDrive and Outlook.com. Speaking on the occasion, Arif Shafique, Country General Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan & Afghanistan said: "Microsoft Devices has connected billions of people around the world through remarkable mobile devices and innovative technology. Our new Nokia XL smartphone is primarily targeted towards emerging markets to deliver a superb mix of services.” Commenting on the launch, Ammar Ahmed, Product Marketing & Portfolio Manager, Microsoft Devices Pakistan said: “Nokia XL features in the affordable smartphones category and is designed for consumers who want to enhance their smartphone usage experience manifolds. It will enable users to fully engage and enjoy the exciting technological advancement in the country.” PReSS ReleASe
Dubai Islamic Bank hosts prize distribution ceremony
he World Health Organisation (WHO) has strongly urged the ministry of national health services, regulation and coordination to comprehensively ban all tobacco marketing campaigns in Pakistan. It has also urged the ministry of health to reject all claims made by tobacco industry to freely advertise their lethal product which causes enormous deaths, diseases, and disabilities all over Pakistan. This comes in the wake of a ludicrous petition filed by Philip Morris International (PMI) in the Sindh High Court which was heard the other day. The petition out rightly demands quashing restrictions on tobacco marketing in Pakistan. This is a ridiculous demand considering that Pakistan is a signatory to WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The case was scheduled to be heard yesterday in the Sindh High Court. During the hearing, Philip Morris Pakistan argued for its right to freely advertise tobacco products in the interest of its
LAHORE: Molty Foam COO Amjad Ali photographed with Asim Chaudhry, Umar Farooq and Ahsan on the occasion of Molty Foam Furniture Gala 2014. STAFF PHOTO
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar has taken a serious notice of a news item published in a section of press stating that 1200 out of 1743 FBR officials have not submitted their income tax returns. The finance minister has directed the FBR chairman to verify the veracity of the report and if found correct, the defaulting officers should be directed to file their returns by 10th June subject to existing rules. Failing to comply with the directions given by the finance minister, punitive action should be taken against the non-complaint officers and their performance allowance must be stopped. The finance minister added that the government would not allow evasion of tax declaration by government officials who ought to set an example for ordinary citizens. INP
profits and returns on previous investments. While it contended that tobacco promotion had been banned completely in Pakistan, the honourable judge stated that it was not in fact banned completely and indoor promotion was still allowed, leaving the lawyers without an answer. The representative of government of Pakistan and the ministry of national health services, regulation and coordination stated that Pakistan was a signatory of the FCTC and reversing the regulations would make it the only country where such tobacco advertisement freedoms were allowed. Consequently, the court agreed to give time to PMI to prepare counter arguments to the government’s response and set the next date of hearing on the June 6, 2014. The PMI also contended that the government should be barred from issuing show cause notices to them till then, to which the government’s lawyers agreed; concluding with the honourable judges instructing that no new advertisement would be placed by the PMI till any decision was taken. The FCTC is the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of the WHO.
Completion date extended for Iran-Pakistan pipeline ISLAMABAD: Tehran and Islamabad have extended the completion deadline for the IranPakistan gas pipeline from December 2014 to December 2015, according to officials from the Pakistani petroleum ministry. According to media reports, the extension was agreed upon during Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to Iran. Iran and Pakistan signed an inter-governmental framework declaration on May 24, 2009, and Inter State Gas System of Pakistan (ISGS) and National Iranian Oil Company signed a gas sale purchase agreement on June 5, 2009. ONlINe
CCBPL’s ‘Savvy & Successful’ celebrates women empowerment LAHORE: ‘Savvy & Successful’, Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited’s (CCBPL) flagship event to celebrate women, was organized at the EXPO Centre Lahore on May 29, with Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar as the Guest of Honour. The Coca-Cola International PresidentAhmet CBozer and several other senior executives of Coca-Cola Icecek (CCI), the parent company of CCBPL, also attended. The annual event seeks to recognize and honour women who have broken barriers and overcome stereotypes to achieve success in their respective fields. Six iconic Pakistani women were presented with the Savvy & Successful 2014 award. These included Oxford University Press Managing Director Ameena Saiyid, Pakistan’s first combat-ready fighter pilot Ayesha Farooq, Asian Games gold medalist Naseem Hameed, fashion designer Nilofer Shahid, founder of Kashf Foundation Roshaneh Zafarand the first Pakistani female to conquer Mt. Everest, SaminaBaig. PReSS ReleASe
JWT Pakistan makes a clean sweep at PAS Awards KARACHI: JWT swept away competition at the Pakistan Advertisers Society Awards, clinching six awards for campaigns for Advance Telecom-Nokia in the Telecom Hardware category, Orient Electronics in Consumer Electronics, Olper’s-New Design in Breakfast Food & Dairy, Shell Rimula in Petroleum & Lubricants, Vaseline in Cosmetics & Personal Care, and for the fourth year in a row, forSunsilk-Unilever Pakistan Ltd for the Hair Care category. This marks the most awards won by any agency at this year’s PAS Awards, which recognizes one winning campaign in each of the 31 categories. The event is Pakistan’s largest advertising award show. PReSS ReleASe
KARACHI: Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Limited (DIBPL) hosted a Prize Distribution Ceremony for their Home Remittance campaign at its Head office. The event was inaugurated by the CEO of DIBPL, Mr. Junaid Ahmed. The top management; including senior executives of remittance partners and the Bank were also present at the occasion. Speaking at the occasion the CEO, Mr. Junaid Ahmed said that he is very pleased to award the gifts to the winners as the campaign was focused primarily on promoting legalized channel of sending money to Pakistan. Home remittances are lifeline to our economy as it generates substantial FCY for the country. In order to support this noble cause we are committed to invest in people, technology and infrastructure. PReSS ReleASe
Dar takes notice of 1200 non-tax filers of FBR
Orient launches new series of air-conditioners LAHORE: After the successful launch of Orient LED TVs, Orient Electronics (Pvt.) Ltd, has introduced three new series of Smartair conditioners which are extremely powerful and efficient as compared to other brands, and are engineered for Pakistan’s extreme summers. The Invertech series offers the next generation air conditioners with revolutionary DC inverter technology and variable-speed compressors and consume power equivalent to that of an 80 Watt LED light. These air conditioners make sure that most comfortable temperature range is constantly maintained while working on low power. The Invertech Series not only offers great savings by lowering electricity bills but also offers extremely powerful cooling. Because of its low power consumption, it can easily run on a small generator. PReSS ReleASe
Shahid Ghaffar assumes charge as MD NIT KARACHI: Shahid Ghaffar has assumed the charge as Managing Director, National Investment Trust Limited (NITL) with effect from May 23 2014. He possesses vast experience of working at top positions in the financial sector. Prior to joining NIT, he was working as Head of Investor Relations and Corporate Representation as well as member of Management Forum at Habib Bank Limited (HBL). Prior to that he had also served as Chief Executive Officer of HBL Asset Management Limited for over six years (2005-2012) and was instrumental in the establishment and growth of the Company. PReSS ReleASe
LAHORE: Participants of Mobilink's Rising Star competition at all HEC recognised universities across Pakistan to instill innovation, passion and leadership qualities in the youth. Each member of winning team will be rewarded with a local/foreign learning opportunity worth Rs 500,000. STAFF PHOTO
Private sector in Pakistan has huge potential of peace building in Pakistan ISLAMABAD: There is an increasingly recognition all over the world that businesses can play very productive role in peace building mainly in conflict affected countries like Pakistan. This was stated by Dr. Markus Mayer, Programme Manager-South and Southeast Asia, International Alert (UK) while speaking at the gathering of key officials of a large number of national and multinational companies at a local hotel. Private sector in Pakistan has huge potential of peace building in Pakistan. It only needs to align its operation with its corporate social responsibilities. He highlighted that although very little research is available in this sector to support business communities. PReSS ReleASe
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Friday, 30 May, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
You could coast through the day if you feel like it -- or you could take advantage of the frictionless surface you're gliding on to make amazing progress toward an important goal. Your call!
You're not feeling especially timid or cautious today -- which could mean that you've got an exciting day ahead of you! Make sure that you're dealing with life as you think it should be lived.
Ideas are your stock in trade, and today brings a new selection that should really impress the powers that be. Open up and make sure that the right people are paying attention as you do your thing.
Communication is a very big deal today -- but you may have problems with ambiguity. Have people repeat back to you what you said so you can correct them as necessary. It's easy and important.
You need to deal with a team effort in some way -- but the odds are really good that you can turn it around so you can make it work for the group as a whole. Just keep yourself focused on the real issues.
Take care when reaching out to clients or potential employers today -- or anyone else of importance, for that matter. It's easy to confuse people or leave them hanging, but a little effort should avoid the worst of it.
You need to go deeper and deeper today if you want to get at the truth. It's a great time to talk things over with someone you trust, as only they can really help you to learn what's really important.
You need to beware of temptation today -- it may come from any direction. See if you can get yourself set up to take care of business from home or somewhere else where you're in control.
Even if you're stuck cleaning up or doing paperwork, you should still find yourself humming a jaunty tune or at least smiling -your good energy just can't be contained by real life.
This is not a good time for idle chatter -- yet there seems to be quite a bit of that all around you. As long as you don't indulge it, you should be able to take care of the business that faces you.
Expect a connection to get deeper today -maybe a romance blossoms, or maybe a work contact turns into a headhunter on your behalf. Kick back and enjoy the ride. Your energy helps you all the way!
This is not the best day for moving or changing, so make sure that you're staying put as much as possible. Things are looking a lot better in the near future if you can just zoom through today.
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Friday, 30 May, 2014
Pakistan ranked 9th most obese country as new study shows 30 pc of world is now fat LONDON
LMOST a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the last three decades, according to a new global analysis. The Global Burden of Disease Study published in The Lancet medical journal has placed Pakistan as the 9th most obese country in the world. A staggering 671 million people now fall within the obese category, said the study — 78 million of them in the United States, which accounts for five percent of the world’s population, but more than a tenth of its grossly overweight people. China and India, with much larger populations, trailed 2nd and 3rd in the top 10 obese countries with 46 million and 30 million people respectively, followed by Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, Pakistan and Indonesia. Traditionally associated with an affluent lifestyle, the problem is expanding worldwide, with more than 62 percent of overweight people now in developing nations, says the There are some 2.1 billion overweight or obese people in the world today — up from 857 million 33 years earlier. Among the most striking statistics: more than half the population of Tonga is now classified as obese — a dangerous level of overweight — as are more than 50 percent of women in Kuwait, Libya, Qatar and Samoa. “Obesity is an issue affecting people of all ages and incomes, everywhere,” said Christopher Murray, director of the University of Washington Institute for
Health Metrics and Evaluation, who helped collate the data for the period 1980 to 2013. “In the last three decades, not one country has achieved success in reducing obesity rates, and we expect obesity to rise steadily as incomes rise in low- and middle-income countries in particular, unless
urgent steps are taken to address this public health crisis.” One is considered overweight with a weight-to-height (BMI) ratio of 25 or over, and obese from 30 upward. Overweight people are more prone to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis and kidney disease, and the
soaring numbers are placing a heavy burden on health care systems, said the study. Excess body weight is estimated to have caused 3.4 million deaths in 2010, and previous research has warned that an unabated rise in obesity could start eating away at life expectancy.
The study, based on data from 188 countries, said the prevalence of obese and overweight adults grew by 28 percent worldwide, and by nearly 50 percent for children. For men, the increase was from 29 to 37 percent, and for women from 30 to 38 percent of the population. The study authors expressed concern that nearly a quarter of kids in developed countries and 13 percent in developing ones were overweight or obese — up from 16 percent and eight percent in 1980. Thirteen percent of American children are obese, almost 30 percent if you include overweight — up from 19 percent in 1980. “Particularly high rates of child and adolescent obesity were seen in Middle Eastern and North African countries, notably among girls,” the study authors noted. Women are heavier in developing countries and men in developed ones, the study further adds. The World Health Organisation aims to halt the rise in obesity by 2025, a target the study authors said appeared “very ambitious and unlikely to be attained without concerted action and further research”. One solution, said Klim McPherson from Oxford University, was to return to the BMI levels of 1980 — which would mean an eight percent drop in consumption across the UK alone, at a cost to the food industry of some 8.7 billion pounds (11 billion euros) per year. “The solution has to be mainly political,” he wrote in a comment on the study. “Where is the international will to act decisively in a way that might restrict economic growth in a competitive world, for the public’s health? Nowhere yet.”
Samsung unveils wristband that can measure health, fitness Google building self-driving cars with no driver seat, steering wheels Google Inc is building cars that don’t have steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals, in an ambitious expansion of the Internet company’s efforts to develop self-driving cars. The small electric cars, which seat two passengers, are currently prototypes that Google has been building through partnerships with automotive suppliers and manufacturers, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said at the Code conference in Southern California. Google aims to build up to 200 such cars in the near term and hopes the vehicles will be available in various cities within a couple of years, he said. Google has been testing self-driving cars since 2009, incorporating laser sensors and radars into standard automobiles such as the Prius from Toyota Motor Corp and sport-utility vehicles from Toyota luxury car division Lexus. While those vehicles require a human to remain in the driver’s seat and to take over in certain situations, the new cars operate completely autonomously. Brin said the cars could operate as a service, picking up passengers when summoned, and potentially even operate as fleets of interconnected “trains”. The driverless cars are currently limited to a maximum speed of 25 miles (40 km) an hour, but Brin said there was no reason the cars could not go as fast as 100 miles an hour or more once they had been proven to be safe. The front of the cars contain about 2 feet (61 cm) of foam and the windshield is made out of plastic instead of glass to make the cars safer, he said. AGENCIES
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd moved deeper into the wearable technology market on Wednesday as it unveiled a wristband that it claims can give a range of real-time health and fitness information. At a press event in San Francisco, the world’s biggest handset maker announced Simband, a new “investigational” device that can be used to measure body temperature, blood oxygen levels, motion and other metrics on a continuous basis. The prototype “smart” band is not intended to be sold as is but serve as a “foundation” for third party developers to build a device that incorporates “optical, acoustic and electronic sensors,” Samsung’s vice president of digital health Ram Fish said. “We want to bring in talent from the outside,” said Young Sohn, president and chief strategy officer for Samsung Electronics’ Device Solutions. Samsung unveiled the Simband at a time when Apple Inc is said to be developing its own wrist device to compete in the wearable technology sector. Executives for the Korean company said Sim-
band features a shuttle battery, which charges when the wearer is inactive, and is equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The device was developed in concert with researchers from Belgium-based IMEC and the University of California San Francisco. The company has struggled to woo developers in recent years, notably with Tizen, its operating system that competes with Google Inc. Samsung may fail to gain much traction with wearable device makers, sources said. Sohn declined to comment on Apple, which is rumored to be building its own wearable iWatch. Samsung’s announcement could be seen as a preemptive move, with Apple hosting its much-anticipated developer conference in less than a week. Samsung plans to provide more specific information about both new platforms at its own developer conference, which is expected to take place in November. Sohn said the research and development teams are already exploring “locations” for wearable devices other than the wrist. AGENCIES
Obesity gene responsible for impulsive eating discovered A gene linked to obesity is thought to trigger hunger pangs and affect a person’s ability to resist impulse eating, a new study has found. Researchers at the National Institutes of
Health in the U.S. said it could explain why people with the gene struggle to maintain a healthy weight as they age, suggesting some people are predisposed to becoming obese. Various studies have linked versions of the FTO gene to chronic obesity, but scientists have struggled to determine how the gene affects a person’s likelihood to be obese, Ruth Loos, director of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York told CBS News. The new study has found middle-aged and older people with one or two copies of the FTO gene, appear to eat more high-calorie and fatty foods as they get age. Scans of the 700 participants in the study found lower brain function in the parts of the brain that govern a person’s impulsivity and perceptions of food texture and taste. Senior author of the report, Dr Madhav Thambisetty, chief of clinical and translational neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging’s Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroscience said: ‘Sure enough, people who carry one or two copies of the FTO variant show increased intake of high-calorie or fatty food as they age. ‘There may be a common biological factor underlying both the risk for obesity during aging as well as obesity-related behaviour like your ability to resist impulse eating.’ The findings, published in the journal of
Molecular Psychiatry, found 45 per cent of participants had at least one copy of the FTO gene. Around 16 per cent of those taking part had two copies of the pro-obesity gene - giving a greater risk of a person becoming obese. A person’s body mass index increased in those participants with one or two copies of the FTO gene variant. Researchers then compared the brain scans of those with the gene, and those without, to detect differences in brain function. The results showed people with the FTO-variant had lower activity in the part of their brains scientists believe controls impulses and the response to taste and texture of food. A final step in the study saw the scientists review participants’ personality and dietary habits. They found those with a genetic risk of becoming obese, those with the FTO gene, were more likely to be more impulsive and eat more fatty foods as they aged. The results mean for those with a greater genetic risk of obesity will face an uphill battle to maintain a healthy weight. But Ms Loos said the study does not prove a genetic predisposition to obesity means a person will be obese. She said: ‘You may be genetically susceptible, but by living a healthy lifestyle you can overcome your genetics. You are not destined to be obese.’ VIA MAIL ONLINE
Friday, 30 May, 2014
Nilofer Shahid receives prestigious French Award
Aamir Khan joins Instagram
Becomes first Pakistani designer to get ‘Le grade de chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des lettres’ for services to development of arts, culture and fashion design LAHORE STAFF REPORT
akistanis have yet another reason to beam with great pride. On May 27, Pakistan’s most respected and experienced haute couturier, nilofer shahid was officially awarded with “Le grade de chevalier dans l’ordre des arts et des lettres” in recognition of her contribution to the development of art, Culture & Fashion Design, also making her the first Pakistani fashion designer on whom this honour has been bestowed. this prestigious award was presented to nilofer at a pristine ceremony held under the patronage of the Governor of Punjab Mohammad sarwar at Darbar Hall, Governor’s House. the award was presented by Philippe thiébaud, ambassador of France to Pakistan. those who came out to attend and witness the grand affair included distinguished guests such as Justice Dr Javed iqbal, surraya anwar, President sOs attiya Enayatullah, former minister population -kamran Lashari, DG Walled City - Mira Phailbus, Ombudswoman - Rukhsana David, Principal kinnaird College -VC PiFD – Hina tayyaba, and greats from the fashion fraternity tariq amin, nabeela, Vaneeza ahmad, imran Qureshi, azeem sani,
Usman Peerzada and samina Peerzada. at the ceremony, a citation was read out by Philippe thiébaud after which the award was conferred on nilofer shahid. a brief documentary titled ‘nilofer shahid’s Journey in Paris’ was also screened. speaking on the occasion, Philippe thiébaud stated, “in Pakistan, no one deserves this award more than nilofer shahid. these awards are one of the oldest awards in French history. they were started back in the times of the French monarchy by the king who wanted to acknowledge poets, writers, artists and designers who excel in their
respective fields. “ nilofer shahid has been touted as the Dior of Pakistan and her achievements in France are outstanding, especially her haute couture presentation in 2007 about Empress Josephine Bonaparte and Empress nur Jehan, was more than a fashion show. it was dialogue amongst civilizations which helped create closer links between Pakistan and France . Paris is the capital of haute couture and we definitely need more designers from other countries who represent their cultures.” nilofer shahid proudly stated, “i am truly humbled by this award
given to me by the French Government. My work is heavily inspired by our culture and traditions. World renowned poets such as the great Maulana Rumi, allama iqbal and khalil Jibran have been the inspirations behind my clothes and it is their greatness which reflects on my work and makes them into pieces of art. it makes me a very proud Pakistani!” nilofer shahid has been working relentlessly for the past 35 years in fashion with a passion and volcanic creativity; with her highly researched collections. she has reinvented the classic vision of Haute couture garments and accessories. Her haute couture maison “Meeras” which literally translate as heritage, opened in 1991. nilofer has received numerous national awards in the past; the Lux style award for achievement in Fashion in 2003, a Lifetime achievement award at the indus style awards in 2006 and an award for one of the top 7 Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan at the international Conference on Women Leadership in 2008, also a lifetime achievement award as kinnaird College allumni, to name a few leading up to this much coveted honour by the government of the French Republic.
After interacting with his fans on Facebook and Twitter, Aamir Khan is now ready to share precious moments of his life with his fans on Instagram. Khan is the latest Bollywood celebrity to join the photo-sharing website. Aamir joined Instagram on Wednesday and till now has posted three pictures. While one is with his wife Kiran Rao, the other one shows him standing with a group of children and the third one features a quote of African-American author and poet, Maya Angelou, who passed away on May 27. On Wednesday Aamir posted, "No time for tweeting, just time for posting my pictures in small boxes which represent my daily days. Good morning!" While he mourned Angelou's death by posting her picture, for his wife Kiran he wrote, "My wife, my life & my everything." ONLINE
CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Wasim Akram and wife Shaniera on being in a ‘romantic comedy’ of a marriage You’ve been married for almost nine months now. What has the journey been like so far? Shaniera: It is like a romantic comedy every day (laughs)! He always cracks me up. Lots of funny things…. Wasim: I think it has been excellent. She has adapted to the Pakistani culture, our subcontinent culture. She is enjoying the hospitality of the people in India and Pakistan and she is just taking everything in her stride and it’s been an excellent ride for me so far, touch wood! Shaniera tweeted that you have been “talking like an Aussie ‘Down Under for the Australian Summer’” while she has been learning Urdu! Wasim: I will get there someday (laughs). Picking up the slang… How has it been for you, Shaniera? I found it very natural, which is great. I used to say to Wasim, ‘I am going home in Australia’ and now when I am in Australia, I say ‘I am going home to Pakistan’. That’s a good sign. You met in 2011? Wasim: 2011 summer, when India were touring. I met her at a friend’s house at a barbecue in Melbourne. So, was it love at first sight? Wasim: Not really… Shaniera: For him (laughs)! Wasim: For me, may be, yeah! Shaniera: It took some time. We were friends for a long time. Wasim: Yeah, yeah. Shaniera: It wasn’t romantic for a while. We were just good friends and he just made me laugh so much. There was something there. So, when it did become more, falling in love was pretty easy. You went down on your knees to propose? Wasim: On my one knee! I have dodgy knees, so dono knees pe toh mushkil ho jayega thoda. Yes, it was a proper (proposal)… with a ring in my hand. I bought the ring about two weeks before but the courage came after three weeks. In our culture we don’t do that. Parents
go and say, ‘rishta de do, rishta le lo’ (laughs). It was new and different, something more fun. Shaniera: I hadn’t expected it at all. Ah! Swept me off my feet. Did you immediately say yes? Shaniera: I did? Wasim: She had no other option (laughs)! How is it being married to THE WASIM AKRAM, on whom every girl has a crush? Wasim: She didn’t know who I was. Aussie log football follow kartey hain. Cricket in Australia is not a woman’s game at all. You didn’t tell her that you played cricket?! Wasim: I said I played cricket and now I am a commentator. Didn’t brag about it… that I did this and did that… simple. Shaniera: Google helped (both burst out laughing)! The first game of cricket I ever went to was in Calcutta. Calcutta is very meaningful for me. Wasim: It was in 2012 when KKR won. She came and watched one or two games. Shaniera: I think I brought them luck (smiles). It was at the Eden Gardens. I love the Eden Gardens. I really didn’t enjoy (the game). I was asking all the other WAGs, ‘Is that good?’ (Laughs) Wasim: She asked one of the Australian teammates, ‘What time is the kick-off?’ Shaniera: I am in awe of my husband’s achievements throughout his life and I am constantly learning more and more. He was a commentator by profession when I met him. So, when we are going for a game, I wouldn’t necessarily be going for a certain team, you (looks at Wasim) commentating on both the teams and being fair to both the teams. So, you really didn’t know about the massive craze? Wasim laughs. Shaniera: He said he was quite a big deal in his country. I said, ‘Yeah sure!’ Wasim: I had to throw in that line at some stage...
Shaniera: I thought he was joking, but when I went to Pakistan I realised, ‘Wow (laughs)! You really are a big deal.’ What brought you together? Wasim: We were friends and we knew each other and then we became close. My kids (sons Taimur, 16, and Akbar, 13) are also very close to Shaniera. Shaniera: Friendship is the most important thing, especially when you are in an across-oceans love affair. You got to have that friendship, that trust… and we had that. The rest was just a movie. And I think when I met his children, that day I knew that I was in love with three people, not just one. Wasim: We started going out and we got to know her more as a person. She is a great person, a sweetheart and very simple and down to earth and that mattered a lot to me and still matters a lot to me. I am learning a lot from her as well. Shaniera: I think it was when I started eating desi food the first time (laughs) he thought, ‘I could marry this woman’. I think it’s about the person who he has become, he grows in front of my eyes
every day. Stronger and more wise. What are your favourite pastimes? Wasim: We like spending time together. When I am home, I am always home, physically and mentally. Shaniera: We are very down to earth. Wasim: We have meals together with the kids… we have a good laugh. If I am going out, it’s with the kids and her. That’s my life. I am enjoying being home now. Shaniera, do you travel with him a lot? I always say that’s the hardest thing because I have to split my time between three people, four actually… kids, Wasim, myself and my family in Australia. I have to give equal time to everyone. I try to come with my husband when I can and then I give him his space as well. Then I will be with the kids, trying to give some regularity to their lives as well. Then, there’s metime. What’s me-time for you? Shaniera: (Laughs) Well, when I did have me-time… I think actually hanging out with him (laughs). Wasim: We like to get up early and go for a run in the morning. Shaniera: By 6.30am we are up. Wasim: We go to bed early and wake up with the kids, try to spend time together as much as we can when we are together. This is our our-time. Shaniera, have you ever pursued a sport? I was a swimmer. I never went to the professional level… there was too much life going on (laughs), studies and things like that. Wasim: She has just started playing golf. If you cannot beat them, join them! Shaniera: I love watching him play golf! I have seen him play cricket. Hmm… but golf, wow! I really think he has got something. I am nothing like him. I will take years to come to that level. What’s the secret of this leaner Wasim Akram?
Wasim: I think healthy lifestyle. We picked good stuff from each other. In her culture, you eat dinner by 7.30pm8pm and go to bed by 10.30pm. In India, Pakistan, you are eating dinner by 10.30pm and going to bed by 2am and then we say, ‘Oh! How come I am not losing weight?!’ Obviously, you won’t. Shaniera: We take the best of Pakistan and Australia and mix it up. Wasim: Same with the kids. They are getting more responsible. Apna kaam khud karna hai bachchon ko. That’s good for them because in future when they go to study abroad.... Shaniera: When we have gone for holidays, they pack their own things. They take the suitcases and wash dishes if they have to. They are more productive in their lives.... Wasim, are you the strict dad and Shaniera the cool mom? Wasim: It’s the opposite! Shaniera: I am the mom. So, I am everything! The kids and I love one another so much. We have our little tiffs… just like the mom and son kind of thing… I love banter. And dad’s just scary! He (Wasim) is the final decisionmaker. I am very lucky (for the great bond). Thank god for that. They share their secrets. Wasim: Yeah, both of them. Shaniera: Wasim gets really upset (laughs)! Wasim: But it’s gone well so far. Everything has gone according to the plan. We are enjoying our lives and the kids are well-settled. It was tough in the beginning, not this relationship… in general, me looking after the kids. But with Shaniera, everything has fallen into the right place. She’s got consistency in my life.... And that you can love yourself as well.... It is disciplined for the better. Shaniera: He used to always thank everyone else for making his life. I think I told him that, ‘No, you did it! You are responsible for your life. Everyone else contributed.’ COURTESY TELEGRAPH INDIA
Friday, 30 May, 2014
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EST Indies batting legend Brian Lara has been added to the star-studded list of players who will take part in the MCC v Rest of the World Lord’s Bicentenary match scheduled to be staged on July 5, it was announced on Wednesday. The 45-year-old Lara, a veteran of 131 Tests and 299 ODIs, will play alongside fellow all-time batting great Sachin Tendulkar for MCC, with Australia’s Aaron Finch, currently the world’s leading Twenty20 batsman, also in the hosts line-up. Australia paceman Peter Siddle, a thorn in England’s side during the Ashes, will join Nottinghamshire team-mate and former Test wicket-keeper Chris Read in the MCC
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Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka has been handed a wildcard entry into the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club starting on June 9 as he looks to shake off a surprise defeat at Roland Garros. World number three Wawrinka, beaten in round one by Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in Paris, will join a strong field at the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event. "I am really looking forward to playing in the Aegon Championships and very grateful that the tournament saved a wildcard for me," the Swiss said on Thursday. "It is an important tournament with a lot of history, and playing at The Queen's Club gives me the best possible chance to become comfortable on grass." Holder Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will also be in action at the west London club. SPorTS DeSK
side. Pakistan’s fast bowler Umar Gul and West Indies’ Tino Best are the final names to be added to the MCC and Rest of the World sides respectively. Tendulkar will captain an MCC XI that also includes another retired India batting star in Rahul Dravid, Pakistan’s off-spin wizard Saeed Ajmal and former Australia Test fast bowler Brett Lee. Meanwhile, Shane Warne, arguably cricket’s greatest leg-spinner, will captain a Rest of the World XI that includes his former Hampshire team-mate Kevin Pietersen, now in England ‘exile’, as well as Sri Lanka’s record-breaking off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Pakistan’s fiery all-rounder Shahid Afridi. “Lord’s always holds a very special place in any cricketer’s heart, and I am very much looking forward to helping celebrate its Bicentenary with MCC,” Lara, whose 400 not out
Pakistan set a new record by winning the World Cup Hockey tournament for the fourth time at Sydney in 1994. The eighth edition was played at Homebush Stadium from November 23 to December 4. This World Cup will be remembered for the emergence of South Korea, who made their debut alongwith South Africa and Belarus. For the second successive World Cup, India had to go through a qualifying tournament. They finished third in the tournament in Poznan, Poland, and qualified. In the semi-finals, Holland beat Australia 3-1, while Pakistan beat Germany 6-4.The two finalists of the 1990 World Cup thus met again in 1994. It was Pakistan’s turn this time to lay their hands on the cup. They beat Holland 4-3 in the tiebreaker after the teams were locked 1-1 after extra time to triumph for the fourth time. Australia finished third by beating Germany 5-2. The Indian team was a mix of youth and experience. Led by Jude Felix, the team had youngsters like Mukesh Kumar, Anil Aldrin and Dhanraj Pillay, who was playing in
his second World Cup. They finished fifth by beating England 1-0 Pakistan's Shahbaz Ahmed was again voted ‘Player of the Tournament’. Penalty-corner specialist Taco van den Honert of Holland was the top scorer with 11 goals. A total number of 143 goals were scored in 42 matches at an average of 3.40 goals per match.
FINAL STANDING IN 1994: CouNTry P W D L GF GA SuCCeSS% 7 6 - 1 12 6 85.71 1.Pakistan 2. Holland 7 5 1 1 25 8 78.57 3. Australia 7 5 - 2 15 9 71.42 4. Germany 7 2 3 2 13 9 50.00 7 4 1 2 14 12 64.28 5. India 6. england 7 3 2 2 7 5 56.14 7. Argentina 7 2 1 4 13 13 35.71 8. South Korea 7 2 2 3 14 15 42.85 9. Spain 7 3 1 3 10 9 50.00 10. South Africa 7 1 4 2 8 13 42.85 11. Belgium 7 1 1 5 8 27 21.42 7 - 7 4 17 00.00 12. Belarus TrIVIA: Coach Abdul rasheed Jr. of Pakistan achieved the unique feat of winning the World Cup both as a player (1971) and as a coach (1994) - the only such instance in World Cup history. Pakistan's Shahbaz Ahmed is the only player to be voted player of the tournament twice in succession. He achieved this in 1990 and 1994. n
against England in 2004 at St John’s, Antigua remains the highest ever individual score in a Test, said in a statement. “It was an honour to be asked to be involved and it will be fantastic to play at such an iconic place on such a special occasion,” the lefthanded genius added. Umar Gul, meanwhile, said: “Playing at Lord’s is different to playing at any other ground in the world. “There is something magical about it and it will be a pleasure to come back and help MCC mark the current ground’s 200th year in this match.” loRd’s BicentenaRy match teams: mcc: Sachin Tendulkar (India, captain), Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies), Rahul Dravid (India), Aaron Finch (Australia), Umar Gul (Pakistan), Brian Lara (West Indies), Brett Lee (Australia), Chris Read (England, wicket-keeper), Shaun Tait (Australia), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand). Rest oF the WoRld: Shane Warne (Australia, captain), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Tino Best (West Indies), Paul Collingwood (England), Adam Gilchrist (Australia, wicket-keeper), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), Kevin Pietersen (England), Virender Sehwag (India), Peter Siddle (Australia), Yuvraj Singh (India).
The Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) corruption tribunal will take extra time to complete its detailed verdict, according to Justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury, the convener of the three-member committee. The verdict was expected to be pronounced by the end of May, and BCB president Nazmul Hassan said he was worried by the delay and had been questioned by the ICC about it. The delay is due to the process of deciding on the punishment for those who have pleaded guilty and been charged so far. One of the three who had pleaded guilty was former Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful, suspended from all cricket by the BCB since 2013. "This is a very big case and we have done plenty of work to give out the short verdict," Khademul told the Daily Star. "We will try our best to submit the detailed verdict as soon as possible. We are working on it. "We need to sit at court again in order to decide the kind of punishment to be given to those who have been charged and those who confessed. We have not decided a date for that, but it will be completed as soon as possible." The short verdict was released on February 26 when one of the nine accused was found guilty. Shihab Chowdury, co-owner of the Dhaka Gladiators franchise was found guilty of "being party to an effort to fix" a match in the BPL's second edition, while Ashraful and another player had confessed to being involved in corruption in the BPL. Six others were discharged as not guilty by the tribunal. SPorTS DeSK
Ferrer dismantles Bolelli to reach round three SPOrTS DeSK David Ferrer cruised into the third round of the French Open with a 6-2 6-3 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli. Last year's runner-up Ferrer of Spain, the fifth seed, bulldozed his way into the last 32 by demolishing Italian Bolelli in 108 minutes. The fifth seed, who could take on eight-times champion Rafa Nadal in the quarterfinals, will next play Argentine Juan Monaco or Italian 32nd seed Andreas Seppi. "I am ready for the next round and was very happy with my performance, especially with my consistency," he said. "My season on clay has been good (when asked about beating Nadal on clay this season). I have a good feel but I'm focusing on the moment." Nadal later beat Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem in straight sets. Croatian 16th seed Ivo Karlovic reached the third round with a 7-5 63 6-4 win over Andreas Haider-Maurer. American Donald Young knocked out
Spanish 26th seed Feliciano Lopez in straight sets. "I have actually never won a match outside of the U.S. on red clay. So to win two here at the French Open, it means a lot," Young said. Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez followed up nicely on his first-round defeat of third seed Wawrinka by beating France's Adrian Mannarino 64 6-3 4-6 6-0. Round 2 Results: Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) beat Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-4, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) beat Adrian Mannarino (France) 6-4 6-3 46 6-0, Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) beat Juergen Zopp (Estonia) 6-2 6-4 6-4, 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Dominic Thiem (Austria) 6-2 6-2 6-3, 19Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Axel Michon (France) 6-2 6-3 6-2, Donald Young (U.S.) beat 26Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3 7-6(1) 6-3, 5-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Simone Bolelli (Italy) 6-2 6-3 6-2, Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) beat Andreas Haider-Maurer (Austria) 7-5 6-3 6-4.
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HENNAI Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab have contrasting IPL histories. While Super Kings have made it past the group stage in all seven seasons - and five finals - Kings XI are yet to make a final. Their best showing was reaching the semis in 2008. The difference is stark though Kings XI, with their revamped squad, look formidable. Kings XI was the one team Super Kings failed to outclass in both attempts in the league stages. They have one more chance to rectify that - in the second playoff. Super Kings' weak link - the bowling - was highlighted in both games as Kings XI posted 200-plus scores. The teams had contrasting fortunes on Wednesday, with Super Kings riding on momentum after brushing aside Mumbai Indians comfortably. Super Kings could have been chasing in excess of 190, had it not been for the control shown by their bowlers, stifling the batsmen with variations in pace, and careless batting by Mumbai towards the end of their innings. MS Dhoni blamed poor catching as one of the reasons for their sudden three-match blip ahead of the playoffs. They had managed to set that right in their last two games and approach their second knockout game feeling more positive. Batting was never going to be Super Kings' worry. If their bowling can hold it together, Super Kings are likely to be in their sixth final in seven seasons. Having exhausted a lifeline, Kings XI have their second shot at the final. A listless performance with the bat against Kolkata Knight Riders might have indicated they were running out of steam, but if they weren't compelled to keep an eye on
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Duckworth-Lewis, the script could have been different. The batsmen were flustered by the threat of a washout and the need to keep up with the par score and yet preserve wickets, but with every passing over, Knight Riders' superior bowling pinned them down. Consistency has been the hallmark of Kings XI's campaign and they have not lost two games in a row. Having come this far, they cannot afford another bad day for it will thwart their first final appearance. Form guide chennai super Kings WWlll Kings Xi Punjab lWWlW league meetings In the first meeting, in Abu Dhabi, sixties by Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum powered Super Kings to 205 but the target was cut down to size in spectacular fashion by Kings XI's Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell's switch hits and reverse sweeps stunned Super Kings as he smashed 95 off 43 balls, David Miller made a clinical 54 as Kings XI coasted with an over to spare. It wasn't the last Super Kings saw of Maxwell. In Cuttack, a "home" game for Kings XI, Maxwell carried on from where he finished, pounding 90 off 38 balls to lift Kings XI to the season highest 231. Super Kings never threatened the target but still managed 187. Watch out for... Sixty-four runs off 24 balls at a strike-rate of 266.67 - that's Maxwell v Ashwin in IPL 2014. R Ashwin is yet to dismiss him and as those figures suggest, it has been one-way traffic. Ashwin has compulsively bowled round the wicket to the righthanders and bowling on the pads to create an awkward angle but Maxwell so far has made a mockery of it. But after Super Kings' win over
Mumbai on Wednesday, Ashwin had a message for Maxwell on camera. Though the interview had finished, Ashwin alerted the interviewer for a postscript. He said he would bowl over the wicket to Maxwell, as if throwing open a challenge. Parvinder Awana has had a stop-start IPL campaign and in his five games, has taken a wicket in each except the first qualifier. However, Kings XI's Sandeep Sharma is still among the top five wicket-takers for the season but has been benched in the last few games. With the game in Mumbai, swing could be a factor. Mumbai Indians' Praveen Kumar troubled Dwayne Smith at the Wankhede earlier this month with his swing. That could encourage Sandeep's inclusion, for he is a bowler in the Praveen mould. stats and trivia Kings XI and Super Kings have the most successful bowling attacks in this IPL (in terms of wickets taken). Super Kings have taken 85 wickets while Kings XI's have taken 93 wickets. All other teams have taken less than 80 wickets Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith have scored 513 runs while batting together in 12 innings in this IPL (average 42.75) - more than any other pair. David Miller and Glenn Maxwell have only batted together in half the number of innings (6), but have scored 385 runs (average 64.16) - the third highest for any pair. Quotes "We have handled pressure well in the last seven years of the IPL. When you have a skipper like MS Dhoni at the helm and Stephen Fleming as your coach, we learn to handle pressure well." Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina hopes his team can continue to do so in the remaining games "We did not bat the way we're capable of and not
many of our batsman got a score of 40, I think that led to our downfall." Kings XI coach Sanjay Bangar on what went wrong against Knight Riders
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SPOrTS DeSK Rafa Nadal passed his French Open secondround test with flying colours on Thursday, showing flashes of his intimidating best in a 6-2 6-2 6-3 win over talented Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem. The eight-times champion from Spain applauded his 20year-old opponent after being tested on court Philippe Chatrier more than the scoreline suggested. "His ball is so high he was able to hit strong he has completely everything to become a champion," said the world No.1, who for the first time arrived at Roland Garros having lost three matches on his favoured clay this season. "I think today I played a solid match, I knew that if I didn't I would be in trouble." He briefly was in the third set when Thiem, who stunned world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in the second round of the Madrid Masters this month, broke and held serve to open a 3-1 lead. His booming inside-out forehands briefly put Nadal in trouble as the Spaniard eyeballed his opponent. But Nadal won the remaining games, ending the contest on his second match point when the Austrian sent a forehand long. Nadal, who next faces Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili or Argentine Leonardo Mayer, is on a quarterfinal collision course with last year's runner-up and compatriot David Ferrer. Round 2 Results: Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) beat Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-4, Guillermo GarciaLopez (Spain) beat Adrian Mannarino (France) 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-0, Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) beat Juergen Zopp (Estonia) 6-2 6-4 6-4, 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Dominic Thiem (Austria) 6-2 6-2 6-3, 19-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Axel Michon (France) 6-2 6-3 6-2, Donald Young (U.S.) beat 26-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3 7-6(1) 6-3, 5-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Simone Bolelli (Italy) 6-2 6-3 6-2, Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) beat Andreas Haider-Maurer (Austria) 7-5 6-3 6-4.
It has been almost two years since Manoj Tiwary last played for India, but the Bengal batsman, who made the 15-man squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh, insisted that he had never lost hope during his prolonged period on the sidelines. He had missed much of the current domestic season due to knee problems, and had injured his back and shoulder in 2012-13. "Look, when I was out of the squad, it was because of my knee injury and not poor form," Tiwary told PTI. "Just before that I had scored a hundred for India A against Australia. So once I was match fit, I knew my time would come." Bangladesh, though, invokes mixed feelings for Tiwary. He had made heads turn with a stellar campaign for Bengal in the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy where he scored 796 runs at 99.50, earning a callup for the 2007 tour of Bangladesh, but a shoulder injury sustained during training delayed his international debut. "Injuries and Bangladesh invoke strange kind of feeling in me. It was Bangladesh in 2007, where I received a maiden call-up and then had a shoulder dislocation. "But it is also in Bangladesh that I am making a comeback in the national team. Indeed, life has come a full circle for me with this call-up." Tiwary did eventually make his first appearance for India in February 2008 against Australia, but after a 15-ball struggle against Brett Lee and Mitchell John-
son, he did not play another international game for more than three years. More disappointment would await him, as after collecting his maiden international ton, against West Indies in Chennai, he was once again benched for 14 games. Tiwary said that his on-off international career had made him mentally stronger. "I have had injuries and I know how to deal with them. I never lost faith in god and he wanted to test my mental fortitude," he said. "I had the support of my wife Sushmita during tough times. I knew I can`t let negative thoughts creep my mind. I love that blue jersey too much to think of anything else. In life and cricket, there are no guarantees. I have to grab each and every opportunity that comes my way.
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Time has almost run out for Matt Prior to make a return to the England Test side against Sri Lanka. With the Test squad set to be announced late next week he has just one Championship match remaining to prove his fitness. Even if Prior played and kept wicket in the match against Nottinghamshire, and in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday, it would still be a huge risk to select him. An Achilles problem which Prior has managed for considerable time - has limited him to just one Championship appearance this season, the opening match against Middlesex, where he scored a hundred but did not have the gloves. He was withdrawn from Sussex's rain-ruined return fixture against Middlesex at Merchant Taylor's School so he could undertake intense work with Bruce French, the England wicketkeeping coach, to further assess the state of his injury but there is still no guarantee he will keep in the T20 against Glamorgan. A fit Prior was all-but assured of reclaiming the place he lost after the third Test against Australia in Perth. Alastair Cook has been having regular conversations with Prior, who was also the Test vice-captain when he was dropped, but knows that rushing back from such an injury could have long term consequences. "It is a big concern," Cook said. "I've been speaking to him every week and he's been doing everything he can. He's incredibly frustrated because Achilles injuries are hard to heal. "He's a big part of our plans, but we can't rush a guy back, that wouldn't be fair on him or to the England team. There's time, about two weeks to the first Test match and we'll be in constant communication throughout. "He knows he is a big part of things and we want him to be there, but if he's not there it will give someone else an opportunity." The identity of that someone else remains the subject of much debate. Jonny Bairstow is the man in possession having played in Melbourne and Sydney but did not
convince in the role with either bat or gloves, although the coaching staff at Yorkshire are convinced that is partly due to the way he has been handled by England. Jos Buttler has been in the limited-overs role for more than a year now and put in a tidy performance in the Old Trafford ODI with four catches but his performances behind the stumps remain inconsistent. "Like a lot of guys he is a really talented keeper and a really talented cricketer," Cook said of Buttler. "He's nowhere near the finished article with his keeping but just watch him practise and you will see him put the hard yards in and that progress will keep going in the right way no doubt." Mick Newell, one of the England selectors, admitted this week that the keeping debate split people into two camps and appeared to suggest that the option of returning to a more pure gloveman, in the James Foster or Chris Read bracket, was not being discounted. SPorTS DeSK
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