Friday, 4 April, 2014 Jamadi-us-Sani 3, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 275 16 Pages Karachi Edition
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Friday, 4 April 2014
Assassination bid on Musharraf fails BOMB PLANTED ON ROUTE OF FORMER PRESIDENT’S CONVOY EXPLODES JUST WHEN HE WAS BEING TRANSPORTED TO HIS FARMHOUSE FROM HOSPITAL ISLAMABAD
oRMER president General (r) Pervez Musharraf narrowly escaped an assassination attempt after a bomb exploded near a convoy carrying the former military ruler on Thursday. The bomb was planted along the general's route from the military hospital in Rawalpindi where he has been staying to his home in Islamabad. There are conflicting reports as to whether the bomb exploded before or after the convoy carrying the former leader, who is on trial for treason, had passed the bridge. According to sources, almost four to six kilogrammes of explosive material was planted in a pipeline of a nearby footpath. The intensity of the blast caused about a footdeep crater in the ground at the site of the incident. However, no casualties were reported.
MuSharraf MoveS SC to get naMe reMoved froM eCl ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A petition was submitted in the Supreme Court Thursday seeking removal of ex-army strongman Pervez Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL). Advocate Shah Khawar submitted the application in the apex court on behalf of Musharraf, which presented the stance that every individual possessed the freedom to travel abroad. It added that the former president’s mother was ill therefore he should be allowed to travel overseas to visit her. The petition also took the stance that it was mentioned in an English daily that Musharraf could travel abroad only on the SC’s directives, based on which the government had not allowed the former president to leave the country. It said the court should deliver justice and allow the ex-army chief to travel abroad. Earlier on Wednesday, the government had rejected Musharraf’s application seeking removal of his name from the ECL.
ACTING POLICE CHIEF SAYS POLICE WAS KEPT IN DARK ABOUT MUSHARRAF’S SHIFTING FROM HOSPITAL
Musharraf's spokeswoman, Aasia Ishaq, said the retired general was fine and reached his home safely but that it was up to the authorities to make sure nothing happens to him. ''All extremist and terrorist forces want to kill Musharraf,'' said the spokeswoman. ''If anything happens to Musharraf, the government will be responsible.'' POLICE UNINFORMED: Acting Islamabad IG Khalid Khattak said that police was kept in the dark about shifting of former president to his farmhouse, adding that if they had known they would have made apt security arrangements. Talking to media about the attack on Musharraf, he said that the former president reached his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad at 2am and the locally made bomb blew up 15 minutes after his convoy passed by Faizabad. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against unidentified men with Secretariat Police.
PREVIOUS ATTACKS: The former dictator was shifted to Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology on January 3 when he was on his way to a special court set up for his high treason trial for abrogating the Constitution and detaining judges in 2007. However, the general’s convoy took a detour to the hospital in Rawalpindi when he suddenly started suffering chest pain. Musharraf had been receiving several threats to his life since the time his trial began. In April 2013, 45 kilogrammes of explosives were discovered in a car abandoned near Musharraf’s farmhouse while he was being taken back there after his appearance in an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi. Furthermore, on December 24, the police discovered five kilogrammes of explosive materials, weapons and ammunition close to the route that former dictator was due to take from his house to the court.
ISLAMABAD: Policemen inspect the site of a bomb explosion on the route of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s security convoy on Thursday. INP
Meanwhile on December 30, the police recovered four packets of explosive materials near Musharraf’s farmhouse. This year on March 10, the Islamabad police chief, the chief commissioner and the Interior Ministry warned that terrorists affiliated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan
Sharif didn’t consult Sharif on Musharraf’s ECL matter INFO MINISTER SAYS ONLY SC CAN REMOVE FORMER GENERAL’S NAME FROM ECL ISLAMABAD APP
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Thursday denied reports that the government's decision to reject the request of Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf to remove his name from the Exit Control List (ECL) was taken after consultations with Chief of Army Staff Raheel Sharif. "The case of General Pervez Musharraf is sub judice and currently proceedings are before a court of competent jurisdiction. As such, any leading or conclusive public announcements or prejudgments would be a violation of legal norms and the principles of equity and justice," he added.
The minister said that some of the statements and interviews, appearing in a section of media in this context, are therefore unwarranted and unnecessary. The government believed that the Pakistan Army was a national institution and dignity of this institution
could be compromised in any manner, whatsoever, he added. "Any insinuation, oblique or direct remarks about the institution are therefore regrettable," Rashid said. RELIEF FROM SC: Rashid said only the Supreme Court (SC), and not the government, was authorised to remove Musharraf's name from ECL. He said the PML-N leaders are agreed that the law should decide Musharraf's fate. He said the shifting of Musharraf to his residence was a welcome development, adding that those responsible for blast in the route of Musharraf's residence will be nabbed soon. To a question, Rashid said Pakistan was pursuing the policy of noninterference in other countries. He said Islamabad desires friendly neighbourly relations with Tehran and the prime minister wants to pay an early visit to the neighbourly country.
(TTP) and al Qaeda have planned to target the retired general based on a letter sent to the Punjab home secretary. Consequently, the ministry advised extreme vigilance and foolproof security measures be taken to avoid any untoward incident.
Shahbaz won’t let anyone hurt bilawal ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Thursday assured National Assembly (NA) Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah of providing foolproof security to Pakistan People’s Party Patron-In-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on his visit to Punjab. In a letter to Shah, Shahbaz said that a joint investigation team has been constituted following the threatening letter to Bilawal. He further mentioned that the Punjab government has taken serious notice of the letter and all-out efforts will be made to provide Bilawal with foolproof security during his visit to Punjab. The Punjab government is consistently in touch with the Sindh government on this matter, he added. STAFF REPORT
PTI dissidents want CM Khattak’s removal IMRAN KHAN MAKING MIND FOR ACTION AGAINST ‘MUTINOUS’ LAWMAKERS
DISSIDENTS SAY THEY ARE AGAINST GIVING IMPORTANT MINISTRIES TO COALITION PARTNERS
been summoned to Lahore. But it seems that dissidents and their “invisible” supporters would go for “discussion”, ultimately making their task easy. On the other hand, scattered but influential opposition in the KP Assembly is likely to multiply Khattak’s woes by filing a requisition for a session. In recent two sessions of the KP Assembly, attendance on the part of PTI lawmakers was very disappointing. On several occasions, the treasury benches survived defeat on resolutions and motions. According to PTI sources, the forward
SHAMIM SHAHID The revolt by several Khyber Assembly (KP) lawmakers against the KP chief minister (CM) is going to cause irreparable loss to the party. Pakistan Today learnt that this act is likely to create rift in the party’s central body and parliamentary group in the National Assembly. Target of the revolt is CM Pervez Khattak. The PTI leadership is making mind for taking disciplinary action against the dissidents and in this respect KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has
bloc, which the dissidents call “save PTI” was initially formed by 13 lawmakers but now it has 20 members. Whereas around a dozen KP MNAs are also supporting them. Similarly, a number of female MPAs have already assured the dissidents of their support. KP Deputy Speaker Imtiaz Shahid is already part of the revolt whereas Qaiser is playing a “dubious” role. He was present in his chamber when the 13 MPAs held their first meeting. They also enjoyed tea with him before going to announce their decision. Insiders said that Qaiser has already completed consultations with opposition leaders and is making his best to get maximum benefit in this regard. Whatever might be PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s strategy to handle the situation, but the dissidents are very
clear. They want the party to “replace the KP CM who is not parliamentary leader of the party but a party choice for the office of leader of the House. They also justify their act by saying, “Neither we have any intention nor in favour of joining or establishing another party. But we are trying to replace, the PTI nominee (Khattak by another PTI man,” a dissident remarked. Pointing out reasons which forced them to take this decision, the dissident PTI MPA said, “We are aware that all MPAs couldn’t be adjusted against ministerial and other official posts, but we deserve polite and friendly attitude from the CM and ministers.” So far they are silent but most of the dissidents are unhappy with giving extraordinary free hand to coalition
partners – the Jamaat-e-Islami and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad (AJI). A number of dissidents became part of the group after the Health Ministry was given to AJI MPA from Swabi. Latest reports reveal that Imran Khan is making mind for action against the dissidents and has summoned Qaiser for consultations. The PTI government since its inception in May 2013 is passing through internal rifts. Meanwhile, sources said KP PTI President Azam Swati and KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser held a meeting with the dissidents in Peshawar. The dissidents showed their anger, saying, “Party manifesto is being ignored in the province.” They also said they were against giving important ministries to coalition partners.
Friday, 4 April 2014
16 ‘GOOD TALIBAN’ WALK FREE, OTHERS PUTTING BOOTS ON GOVT OFFICIALS SAY RELEASE OF 16 ‘NON-COMBATANT’ PRISONERS AN ATTEMPT TO SEEK EXTENSION IN CEASEFIRE FROM TALIBAN ISLAMABAD
TRuGGLING to woo the Taliban in a bid to revive the peace talks, the political administration of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has released at least 16 ‘combatant and non-combatant’ prisoners of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Pakistan Today has learnt. Waziristan political agent Islam Zeb said that the ones released were ‘innocent tribals’ who were arrested from South Waziristan during different search operations. However, he did not contradict the claim that some combatants had also been released. Zeb said all the released prisoners belonged to the Mehsud tribe, a major Pashtun tribe living in South Waziristan. Another 100 prisoners on the Taliban's list will be released in the next few days, he added. The released inmates include Mera Jan, Abdullah Jan, Salamat Khan, Badshah Gul, Abdul Aziz, Noorzada, Satta Jan, Saddam Hussain, Ziauddin, Sherpao, Riaz Ali, Mir Alam, Sher Alam Khan, Iqbal and Noor Alam. Intelligence officials confirmed that the prisoners were brought to the Zari
SOURCES SAY TALIBAN FREED WERE NOT FOUND INVOLVED IN TERRORIST ACTIVITIES
Noor army camp in Wana. Security officials said that once at Wana, the prisoners were handed over to office of the political agent, who then handed them to the Taliban. It is pertinent to mention that the enclave on the Afghan border was once the epicentre of a spreading Taliban insurgency and the site of a major military offensive in 2009 that displaced half a million people. The release is another major breakthrough towards revival of the dialogue process between the government and militants as the TTP spokesman has demanded release of 800 TTP prisoners if the government wanted an extension in ceasefire. The Taliban have also demanded withdrawal of the army from parts of the semi-autonomous tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan Despite a ‘successful’ first round of direct peace talks between the government and Taliban, the latter is yet to formally extend the truce after the month-long ceasefire which ended March 31, saying that the government was “not serious” about meeting their demands. RELEASING THE ONES NOT GUILTY: A source involved in the dialogue process confided in Pakistan Today that the released prisoners included all
Pakistan to tighten border for Afghan elections FO SAYS PAKISTAN IS LOOKING FORWARD TO A STRONGER AFGHANISTAN AFTER ELECTIONS ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will increase security along its border with Afghanistan, the Foreign Office announced Thursday, as its neighbour heads into presidential elections this weekend that Taliban militants have vowed to disrupt. Deadly violence has surged in Afghanistan in the run-up to the election, the first round of which begins Saturday. Afghan officials have hinted at Pakistani involvement in recent attacks, a suggestion vehemently denied by Islamabad. “Pakistan will beef up security along the border during the elections,” FO spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam told reporters Thursday. “Beefing up security means there will be more vigilance. At this stage I can't say what measures would be taken, but we would like to make sure that there are no unauthorised crossings.”The vote will be Afghanistan's first-ever democratic transfer of power, as Hamid Karzai steps down after serving the maximum two terms in office. It comes after a US-led military campaign which has radically changed the country, but failed to defeat the Taliban. Militant attacks and electoral fraud are the main threats to the vote. A repeat of the violence and massive cheating allegations that marred Karzai's re-election in 2009 would undermine claims that a decade of coalition fighting and billions of dollars of aid have helped establish a functioning state. Karzai has sustained complex relations with Islamabad, often accusing it of failing to play a role in bringing peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan is seen as crucial to securing peace in the country as it was a key backer of the hardline 1996-2001 Taliban regime in Kabul, and is believed still to shelter some of the movement's leaders. The first round of the election comes as the final 53,000 NATO combat troops head home this year, leaving Afghan forces to fight the fierce insurgency that erupted after the Taliban regime was ousted in 2001. Aslam said Pakistan was looking forward to a stronger Afghanistan after the elections. “We congratulate the people and government of Afghanistan on this milestone,” she said. “This is an historic moment for the people of Afghanistan in their democratic journey. We hope the
SAYS PAKISTAN WILLING TO WORK WITH ANY GOVT THAT COMES INTO POWER AFTER INDIAN ELECTIONS
AFGHAN OFFICIAL SAYS TTP HAS STEPPED UP ATTACKS ON BORDER POSTS KABUL: A senior Afghan official on Thursday said the Pakistani Taliban have stepped up attacks on border posts between the two countries despite starting peace talks with Islamabad earlier this month. Interior Minister Mohammad Umar Daudzai made the comment while responding to a question about security concerns in the eastern half of the country that borders Pakistan amid fears of violence during national elections this weekend. He told reporters that most of the border checkpoints in several eastern provinces came under attack the night before. He says security forces were ready and the militants "were repulsed although some may have sneaked in, which we are dealing with." He said the Taliban on both sides of the border are trying to keep democracy and stability from flourishing in Afghanistan. AGENCIES Afghan nation will emerge stronger and more unified as a result of the forthcoming elections.”She said she hoped Afghans would be able to overcome security challenges to vote. “We also hope that despite the threats by extremists groups, voters will cast their votes in record numbers,” she said. RELATIONS WITH INDIA: Commenting on relations with India, Aslam said Pakistan will work with whoever comes to power after elections in that country. "We don't know what would be the outcome of Indian elections. It is for the people of India to decide and choose who their next leader would be," she said. "We deal with countries and with governments any nation elects," she said. India will go to polls beginning on April 7 in phases that will conclude on May 12. The results of the elections are expected on May 16. STAFF REPORT
of Taliban involved in attacks on civilians and the army was ‘impossible’. "There is no way these hardened militants will be freed. Neither will the army pull out of the tribal areas. What are the Taliban asking: that we hand them parts of the country? That's not going to happen. No chance," said the official who requested anonymity. FORMALLY INFORMAL: Furthermore, a source in the government told Pakistan Today, “Though the formal talks are stalled and the committees representing TTP and the government are not meeting formally but an informal backchannel has been opened between both sides to help the dialogue revive,” the source said, adding that Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was involved in the informal talks launched through some religious leaders. “The clerics-led backchannel is active to ensure extension in the ceasefire and Nisar is playing an active role,” the source added. The source added that the prime minister had also taken Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif on board over the release of Taliban prisoners during the informal meeting held on Wednesday at the Prime Minister’s House. Apart from the army chief, ISI DG and other army officers were also present during the meeting. CEASEFIRE EXTENDED?: Following the release of prisoners, TTP negotiation committee member Yousuf Shah said: “The TTP Shura has unanimously decided to cease fire so that peace negotia-
TALIBAN NEGOTIATOR SAYS TTP SHURA READY TO EXTEND CEASEFIRE AFTER GOVT GESTURE against whom the government had failed to gather concrete evidence for conviction. A member of the government’s negotiating panel confirmed that the dialogue committees had agreed in principle that all those ‘combatants’ who had been nabbed but the State had failed to collect evidence against them should also be released. “It had been decided by the two committees that all those combatants should be released who had territorial responsibilities by TTP and despite being arrested by security forces, the government was unable to collect evidence against them. Such commanders and combatants will be released according to the agreement,” the negotiator said, requesting not being named. Terming the release of Taliban prisoners as a positive development, the negotiator said it would help build confidence between the government and TTP and hoped for an extension in the ceasefire. “In second round of dialogue, we will focus on security of polio workers, extension in ceasefire, halting insurgency and ensuring a free zone for TTP militants,” he added. In the meanwhile, a senior army official told Pakistan Today that the release
tions can endure until consensus is reached. Taliban are bound to honour their agreement with the government, but it is also essential for the latter to fulfil TTP’s demands it accepted during the earlier meeting. Both the sides are likely to come to the table on Friday (today).” PM HOUSE, MOI CONFUSED ON PRISONERS’ RELEASE: Interestingly, the PML-N government stood divided on its claims about the release of TTP prisoners soon after a foreign media outfit claimed that the prisoners had been released after permission by the prime minister. "Incorrect! No authorisation has been made from the prime minister. The political agent has released petty criminals and no Taliban prisoner has been released nor (any) direction has been given (by the prime minister). The news of international agency is baseless and false," said the Prime Minister’s House spokesman. However, Ministry of Interior was quick to cover up the clarification, confirming the prisoners’ release, saying that the ones released were ‘non-combatants’. Later on Thursday, the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control issued details of 19 non-combatant Taliban prisoners who were release on different dates. According to a ministry official, three prisoners were released on March 21, five prisoners on March 25 while 11 prisoners were freed on March 28. He said these prisoners were arrested on the basis of intelligence reports and suspicion and were freed after being proven not guilty.
NISAR ON TALIBAN TALKS: EVERYTHING GOING AHEAD AS PLANNED! INTERIOR MINISTRY SAYS PREVIOUS GOVTS SERVED FOREIGN INTERESTS BY WAGING WAR AGAINST TERRORISTS ISLAMABAD APP Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday expressed optimism about progress in talks with the Taliban, saying a meeting would be held soon to review the dialogue process. The statement came the same day when the government denied reports that it has released Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) prisoners in a bid to revive peace talks with the militant group. Foreign news agency Reuters had reported officials as saying that the
SAYS GOVT HAS STATED ITS POSITION ON REMOVING MUSHARRAF’S NAME FROM ECL
government had released 16 Taliban prisoners to invigorate the shaky peace process with the TTP. Speaking at the launching ceremony of a think tank “Center for Policy Research and Dialogue,” Nisar said Pakistan will become peaceful because of the efforts made by the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government. Criticising the regimes of military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the minister alleged that former rulers imposed a war on Pakistan for 12 years to serve foreign interests. This war continued for over a decade and nobody held talks to resolve
WHO TO RELEASE, WHO NOT TO RELEASE: THAT IS THE QUESTION! Siddiqui says govt considering prisoners’ swap with Taliban, says no deadlock in talks but only a pause LAHORE: Prime Minister’s Adviser Irfan Siddiqui said on Thursday that the government was considering the matter of prisoners exchange with the Taliban. Speaking to media at the Punjab University after inauguration of a book fair, he said the government was pondering over the prisoners’ list, thinking who to release and who to detain. The PM’s adviser said that in the past, Taliban had demanded the withdrawal of army and enforcement of Sharia, however no such demand has been put forward recently. Siddiqui said that there was no suspension in talks with the Taliban, however there was a pause in the process. He claimed that the vehicle of talks was moving forward but some people were unable to feel its movement. Siddiqui said the Taliban had demanded declaration of peace zone and release of prisoners. He said neither a specific area has been allocated for peace zone nor the government has any intention to do so. He said the ceasefire was being implemented. He said both the committees were working sincerely and all should keep their hope up for the success of dialogue process. STAFF REPORT
the conflict, he added. Praising efforts of the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the interior minister said the government started talks and just in few months ‘headway’ was made in it. “Now those people, who did not take any step to initiate talks, are raising objections and resorting to criticism,” he added. Nisar said facts should not be distorted, adding that no acts of terrorism took place from 2001 to 2004 in the tribal areas. “No Pakistani or tribesman was involved in the incident of 9/11 but rulers of that time dragged innocent people into the war on terror,” he said, adding that millions in FATA were displaced from their homes in the previous years. Referring to his ministry’s refusal to strike Musharraf’s name off the Exit Control List (ECL), Nisar said the government has taken its position on the issue, without elaborating it any further. Speaking about ethical standards of the society, the interior minister said people have stopped differentiating between right and wrong and truth and falsehood. He said the rulers should adopt the strictest standards of accountability as it was necessary for stopping degeneration in society.
Friday, 4 April 2014
MENGAL LAMENTS PM’S ‘FAILED PROMISES’ FOR BALOCHISTAN
PESHAWAR: A 10-year-old boy was killed and four others were wounded when an explosive apparently hidden inside a toy they were playing with detonated in Nowshera on Thursday. The incident took place in Khaki, a suburb of Nowshera, where many Afghan refugees are settled. “Up to six children were playing with a toy that they had found from the garbage they collected from nearby areas when it exploded, killing the boy and wounding four other children,” senior local police official Khurram Rasheed said. Another local police official, Saeedullah confirmed the incident, and said the boy who was killed in the blast was Afghan. Dozens of children, mostly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have lost their lives in the past when playing with “toys” that turned out to be bombs. STAFF REPORT
VETERAN BALOCH NATIONALIST LEADER SAYS FEDERAL GOVT HAS TAKEN NO STEPS TO RESTORE PEACE IN HIS PROVINCE ISLAMABAD INP
ALoCHISTAN National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) President Sardar Akhtar Mengal called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday and discussed Balochistan's situation. However, the audience with the PM failed to satisfy the Baloch leader who said that nothing had changed in his province despite repeated assurances made by the prime minister. The prime minister said during the meeting that the government was committed to bringing the Baloch into the mainstream. He said it was the priority of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) government to work for development in Balochistan and address the grievances of the Baloch and provide them all basic facilities. He said the PML-N government, despite having majority in Balochistan, gave the chief minister’s slot to another party. Nawaz hoped that senior politician Akhtar Mengal will play his role for improvement of situation in Balochistan. He appreciated Mengal on restoring interest in the political affairs of the country and assured that the government will do everything possible to address the sense of deprivation of the Baloch. ALL’S NOT WELL: Meanwhile, talking to a private news channel, Mengal said that nothing had changed in Balochistan despite assurances of the
twitter reMainS bloCked in turkey deSpite top Court’S order ANKARA AGENCIES Turkey's government faced growing pressure Thursday to quickly implement a top court order to unblock Twitter, which it had banned after damaging leaks had spread on the social media site. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the block on March 20 in the leadup to last Sunday's key local elections, in which his party won sweeping wins despite online allegations of corruption. On Wednesday Turkey's Constitutional Court unanimously ruled that the Twitter ban was a breach of free speech, and ordered the communications ministry and telecommunications authority TIB to reverse it “with immediate effect”. The US-based micro-blogging service reacted quickly after the court ruling, tweeting: “We welcome this Constitutional Court ruling and hope to have Twitter access restored in Turkey soon.” But although the ruling was published Thursday morning in Turkey's Official Gazette, by mid-morning the service still remained unavailable in Turkey.
uS Soldier killS 3, injureS 16, ShootS hiMSelf at texaS baSe TEXAS AGENCIES A US soldier with mental health issues shot dead three people and injured at least 16 on Wednesday before shooting himself at an army base in Fort Hood, Texas, the site of another deadly rampage in 2009, US military officials said. The soldier, who was being treated for depression and anxiety, went to two buildings on the base and opened fire before he was confronted by military police, Fort Hood commanding officer Lieutenant General Mark Milley said.
one More polio CaSe ConfirMed in kp BANNU ONLINE Another polio case has been confirmed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) during the current year raising the number of polio cases to 40. According to the National Health Department, poliovirus has been found in 10-month-old girl Sumera, a resident of District Bannu. She was said to be not administered polio drops. After the confirmation of this case the number of polio cases during current year has reached to 40. During 2013, 93 such cases were reported.
toy boMb killS boy, injureS four Children in nowShera
government. The BNP-M chief said that in his meeting with Nawaz, he discussed the problems of Balochistan. He said the limelight had moved from dead bodies
to the mass-graves case now. Despite the promises of the government, no steps are being taken for restoration of peace in the province, Mengal said.
Mysterious Vietnamese man detained in AJK MUZAFFARABAD AGENCIES
A Vietnamese man has been detained for months in Azad Kashmir by puzzled authorities who were unable to understand him, officials said on Thursday. Vu Gia Po was arrested after being discovered wandering on foot without any identification in the town of Athmuqam, which lies on the Line of Control, police official Yasin Abbasi said. The Line of Control is a heavily militarised zone and the de facto border between Pakistan and Indian-administered Kashmir, which the two countries have fought two wars over. A Vietnamese government spokesperson in Hanoi said Po was detained “around october 2013″. Pakistani officials were initially clueless about who he was and where had had come from. “He looked Chinese or Japanese but could not speak any local language, he had no travel documents, no identification, nothing,” Abbasi said. “He could not
speak or understand English and we were not able to speak his language, it was a nightmare,” he said. Po was detained for several months and questioned by various government agencies before being handed over to police. During that time it was unclear what authorities did to ascertain his identity. Months later, local administration officials succeeded in identifying his nationality by showing him the flags and currency of a number of East Asian countries. “When we showed him the flag and currency of Vietnam, he re-
acted and then we understood that he is from there,” Arshad Mirza, a senior district official in Neelum said. A video of Po was then posted on the website of Vietnam’s popular Thanh Nien newspaper (http://goo.gl/wczeJD). In the video, Po, speaking in the minority Hmong language, says: “I am Vu Gia Po from Khau Vai commune, Meo Vac district, Ha Giang province, Vietnam.” “I was on a working tour in China. on the way back, I was arrested by Pakistani soldiers for three months. Please bring me back to Vietnam so I can be with my wife, children and family. “I am not Chinese. I cannot be on Chinese soil. I want to return to Vietnam. I will pay whatever the price is. Vu and Phinh were the ones taking me to work in China.” It was unclear who he meant by “Vu” and “Phinh”. Hmong, according to a university of California, Los Angeles language profile, is spoken by an estimated three million people worldwide, primarily in southwestern China, northern Vietnam and Laos.
NA body directs police to set up hotlines for journalists ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on Thursday directed police to set up special hotlines for addressing media complaints. The committee meeting, held with Marvi Memon in the chair, was discussing the security action plan and policy for protection of media persons. The committee took exception to absence of inspector generals from the Punjab and Sindh and issued directives to Punjab Police to file a report on progress in TV anchor Raza Rumi’s attack case.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid informed the committee that his ministry would fulfil its commitment with the media community for establishment of a dedicated hotline for reporters. He said that journalism was a 24-hour job and they may need police help any time and these hotlines would be very helpful in this regard. Rashid said that the Federal Government was taking concrete measures for preventing the incidents of terrorism in the country and holding dialogue with hardliners was one of those steps. APP
iran SayS all five abduCted border guardS alive TEHRAN: Iran has said five border guards kidnapped by militants are in good health, disputing a report that one of them had been killed. The guards were seized while patrolling the lawless frontier with Pakistan in early February. Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), an Iranian Sunni rebel group in Sistan-Balochistan province, later claimed responsibility. “The kidnapped Iranian border guards are safe; there is no verified information to substantiate the terrorists' claim of murder of one of the kidnapped soldiers,” official news agency IRNA quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour as saying on Wednesday. Jaish al-Adl said on its website last month that it had killed one border guard. Last week the semi-official Fars News Agency also reported that one of the border guards had been killed, quoting an “informed source”. The kidnappings took place in an area with a history of violence and sectarian problems, and have raised tensions between Pakistan and Iran. AGENCIES
AFGHAN ARMY FIRES 23 MORTAR SHELLS INTO PAKISTAN MIRANSHAH ONLINE The Afghan army fired at least 23 mortar shells into Pakistan on Thursday, military sources said on Thursday. The mortar shells were fired in the Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan Agency from the Afghan National Army flag post, sources said. The incident took place on Thursday, but no loss of life was reported until filing of this report. The Pakistani government has demanded Kabul to halt ‘provocative and unacceptable activities’ along the border. Pakistan has been lodging “protest” with the Afghan government through military and other channels. However, firing from across the border leads to civilian casualties and Pakistani forces off and on return the fire,” sources elaborated. Recent cross-border shelling triggered protests by Islamabad and denials by Kabul.
‘I WAS BORN TO MAKE A NATION’ IMDAD ALI PITAFI We were physically separated from Bhutto was 35 years old, but with the politics of Pakistan Shaheed Bhutto could still not be separated. Bhutto's thunder voice volume is still in the skies that "this authority is not a single person I can be separated from the political life of Pakistan. Politics is not for illegal possession of government machinery. A burgeoning political society is not to convert the barren land. Politics is the soul of life. This is my eternal love with my people.... No one have the right to break my spirit and everlasting relationship from the public. It is an integral part of my heritage.” Public Enemy forces the night of April 3 and 4 are executed Bhutto understood that the story was over because they are devoid of understanding of history.
They also forgot that story ended, not Suqraat’s, not Hussain ibn Ali's story over and not over the story of Mansur AlHallaj. No one did break the everlasting relationship of Shaheed Bhutto and the public. 14 Aug 1947 Quaid-e-Azam a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent had received, he was captured by people who did not become a nation state of Pakistan and nor Pakistani has become a nation. After the formation of Pakistan the ruling establishment has put new born state in crises of mission, civilization, culture and politics for their minority rule. By this crises Pakistan has divided in two pieces. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto extracted the remaining state from crisis. He made a national state of Pakistan and Pakistanis as a nation and gave them a clear purpose and direction. Shaheed Bhutto was fully understood the fact
that they have played in the history of Pakistan. He once said: "I was born to make a nation, born to serve the public I was born to live in cell or to quench traitors thirst for revenge, to climb for execution. Not born to face inhuman treatment or suffered humiliation by a group of cruel men. I was born for the population's freedom, for their respect and dignity. Shaheed Bhutto fulfilled the purpose of his life. He has made the Pakistani state, which is necessary for a nation state. He has made the victim and oppressed classes and majority poor people, which is necessary for the free, independent and sovereign nation. To make Pakistan as a nation-state Shaheed Bhutto has given unanimous Constitution of 1973 and Pakistan has become a real nation state. First time the world realized that Pakistan has its historical, cultural, cultural, and political
identity as an Islamic, parliamentary, democratic and federal state. The Constitution not only a nation-state based even today the state's survival depends on. The Constitution was signed by the elected representatives of the people of Pakistan and announced the Pakistanis are a nation. By this constitution first time Pakistan's federating units, workers, laborers and the common man have rights with constitutional guarantees. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was given to God gifted state Pakistan the foreign policy consistent with national requirements. He eliminate all Imperialist powers to make Pakistan Instrument state he devised a system for creating a neutral, independent, and proud stately country. The writer is a member of the Sindh provincial Assembly
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Former US envoy giveS clean chit to PakiStan on Bin laden MUNTER SAYS NO EVIDENCE ABOUT PAKISTAN HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF QAEDA CHIEF’S PRESENCE IN ABBOTABAD WashiNGTON ONLINE
RISALPUR: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashid Mahmood pins badges on cadets during the passing out parade at PAF Academy Risalpur on Thursday. ONLINE
ZARDARI PAYS TRIBUTE TO ZAB WITH VOW TO‘REJECT APPEASEMENT’ PPP CHIEF CALLS FOR FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN AND MINORITIES KaraChi STAFF REPORT
ormer president Asif Ali Zardari has said that treading in the footsteps of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB), who rejected appeasement which could have saved his life, the PPP workers ‘reject policy of appeasement and vow to fight the forces of regression, bigotry
and intolerance and not permit any one foist their regressing political agenda through force’. In a message on the eve of the 35th martyrdom anniversary of party's founder ZAB on Thursday, Zardari said, "We must confront and not fear the bigots, the militants and the zealots. only then we will be able to rebuild our lives; only then we will be able to live in dignity and honour and in peace and progress.” rejecting extremism, he said that in plurality lay the strength of the country and called for fighting discrimination against women, minorities and the marginalised behind the façade of religion. Paying tributes to the founding chairman for giving the unanimous Constitution, Zardari said that the selfsustaining power of the Constitution
was demonstrated a few years ago when it was purged of the changes made by successive dictators thereby disallowing dictatorship to take root. ‘”Today the power and resilience of the Constitution is at play yet again as a dictator who sought to subvert it is chased and made accountable,” he said. ZAB’s life was cut down in his prime by those who feared him most through a macabre conspiracy hatched by some generals and judges of the time, he said. “Those very cowards, pygmies, dictators and political orphans who conspired to eliminate him fear him even more while in grave.” He recalled the words of his wife Shaheed mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, “By signing the death sentence, the conspirators hanged themselves and were forever condemned at the bar of history.”
Former US envoy to Pakistan Cameron Munter has dismissed the notion that Pakistan knew about Osama bin Laden hiding within their borders and said that there is no evidence to back this claim. Munter, speaking to audience members in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, noted there is much speculation that the Pakistani government was aware that Osama bin Laden was hiding within their borders but dismissed this notion as blatantly false. “It’s not accurate that the Pakistanis knew that Osama bin Laden was in Abbottabad,” Munter said. “We have not found any evidence. Our guys took tons and tons of evidence. It would have leaked, guaranteed.” Munter served as the ambassador to Pakistan from 2010-2012. He was expected to serve a full 18-month term, but submitted his resignation in May 2012 as a “personal decision”, said a spokesperson from the State Department at the time. In the discussion, the former envoy touched on some of the biggest issues between the United States and Pakistan during his time as ambassador, specifically the capture of Osama and the use of military drones. “When I got to Pakistan in 2010, the relationship went straight to hell,” Munter said. The tensions, however, were not created overnight. He mentioned that relations have been corroded by a decades-old sense of mistrust between the two governments that stems back from the early Cold War era. “It is in the DNA within most Americans, the Pakistanis think, that the Americans will betray the Pakistanis … There is deep distrust from the Pakistani side,” Munter said. “The second narrative is the American side: We give these guys money, they lie to us.” Munter recounted one incident in which two dozen Pakistani soldiers were killed by a US drone strike in retaliation to a group of Afghan and American forces being fired upon by Pakistani border guards in November 2011. The clash, he said, strained ties between the two nations and marred the reputation of drone strikes. “Of those 24 Pakistanis, there was nothing left, there were no bodies,” he said. “It was seen [by the Pakistani government] not only as a desecration but way over the top. We did not apologize for that because our military believed we had been fired on and replied in self-defence.”
HOW I SAW 4TH APRIL COMING Bashir riaz The date September 13, 1977, remains unforgettable in our history. Reason: It was on this day that Lahore High Court Justice KM Samdani released former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Shaheed on bail. A large number of PPP workers and foreign journalists gathered at Nawab Sadiq Hussain Qureshi’s residence when Mr Bhutto arrived from the courts in the company of Rana Shaukat Mahmood. Daily Musawat Editor Syed Badruddin and I also joined in. On seeing me, Mr Bhutto asked, “Riaz, how are you.” I replied that “lucky to see you.” Mr. Bhutto held a press conference and then met Badruddin and me in separate meetings. Badruddin had been conveyed by a senior military official that “Bhutto’s reign is over, you should be careful.” I was conveyed a similar message by a close friend at Lahore’s Inter-Continental Hotel. The friend was none other than AR Shefta who told me that “I should forget about Bhutto and start writing against him instead of praising him.” This caused considerable rancour between us. Shefta was a close friend of dictator Ziaul Haq and he was riding high during martial law. Anybody who was somebody wanted to meet him. Shefta was a cousin of former federal secretary Dr. Zafar Altaf, who, as Sahiwal’s Deputy Commissioner, had helped me a lot. I was a close witness to a very dark chapter of Pakistan’s history. It all happened in the
fateful August of 1977 when I was in Karachi. Shefta stayed at Karachi’s InterContinental Hotel and invited me for a meeting. He gave the explosive news that Bhutto would be arrested as an accused in Ahmad Raza Qasuri’s murder. Shefta claimed that he had seen the files personally where Mr Bhutto had written in his own writing to “eliminate him, dispose him off, liquidate him.” Appalled, I asked Shefta when they would arrest Mr Bhutto. “Very soon,” he replied. I was perhaps the first person to know the dark conspiracy that Zia had hatched to frame Prime Minister Bhutto and so he was arrested days later on 3rd September, 1977 from his residence 70 Clifton. When I met Mr. Bhutto later on September 13th I told him about Shefta’s disclosure. He said he knew that Shefta was Zia’s friend and the dictator had obliged him by giving lucrative contracts. About the allegation that he had ordered Ahmad Raza Qasuri’s murder, he remarked that “this is cheap propaganda to frame me; I am a lawyer; how can I order such a ghastly crime on the official file of the Prime Minister; and then Ahmad Raza Qasuri had no such worth that I should have cared for him.” In my over 30-minute meeting, I persistently urged Mr. Bhutto to leave the country to avoid this conspiracy. It was a critical moment for him, the PPP and the country. But Mr. Bhutto, the brave patriot that he was, remained unruffled. “This is my country and
I shall fight it here; there is no question of my running away.” Mr. Bhutto repeated the same words to Badruddin who had also begged him to leave. Bhutto’s answer, while being fretful for me, gave me immense courage. I requested for a message to expatriate Pakistanis who were better placed to mobilize international voices against such dark conspiracy. So Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Shaheed gave me a written message for Pakistanis abroad. Here I quote him from my book Bhutto Khandan Jehed-iMusalsal: “Our beloved Pakistan is going through a deep crisis. And this crisis is graver than all earlier dilemmas, deprivations, defeats and national wear and tear. The conscience of free nations gets satisfied only by the rule of people and its perception and pursuit cannot be materialized without politics, democracy and the rule of law. You,
my friends abroad, know from your exposure of living in democratic countries that a democratic and constitutional government is a need of the hour. And herein lies the solution to all our political and economic problems. You strive for the restoration of democracy and the Constitution and help those who want Pakistan to be exploitationfree, civilized, Islamic and a just nation as envisioned by Quaid-i-Azam. On September 13, 1977, Begum Bhutto reached from Islamabad to Lahore to receive her illustrious husband and together they took off to Larkana to celebrate Eidul Fitr. He was re-arrested on September 16. I left for London on September 22 and mobilized all resources to make his written message known internationally. This was the beginning of the grand international movement that we the PPP workers started for the cause of our beloved leader. Our effort for Bhutto Shaheed’s release got noticed. Pakistanis abroad organized big public meetings to mobilize world public opinion. Bhutto’s sons, Murtaza Bhutto and Shahnawaz Bhutto, launched campaign to expose loop holes in the fake cases against the great leader who brought the Islamic world together. Zia’s pal Shefta had warned me about this conspiracy in August which proved true on that fateful day of April 4, 1977. Bhutto Sahib’s sons, Murtaza and Shahnawaz, had planned an international jurists conference before his execution on 6th and 7th April,
1977. This conference took place in London’s Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge. The participant passed a unanimous resolution calling Bhutto Shaheed’s execution as “a judicial murder.” This resolution was sent to then UN Secretary General Curt Warldhiem. American Trial Lawyers Association member Goerge T Davis declared that the Bhutto case was not a murder trial but the murder of an innocent person by the government. Turkey’s representative Selly Donamiere said “the decisions of the Lahore High Court and of the Supreme Court were not holy judgments of holy courts”, which warrants that we should identify loop holes in it. Known British lawyer John Mathews QC had especially came to Lahore to monitor the Bhutto trial. His observation was that if the case had been in a British court it would have been thrown out after the first hearing. British MP Jonathan Aitkon declared that Bhutto’s execution was a “barbarous political murder.” International Commission for Jurists Chairman William J Butler commented that holding of a Press conference by a Chief Justice is a travesty of courts and justice. LSE Professor Leslie Phillips remarked that an illegitimate government executed a great leader through an unjust case. Renowned world jurists were unanimous in declaring Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as an innocent victim and his execution as “murder by the state”.
KARACHI: Students of Korangi Government Aziz School hold a demonstration for not receiving admittance cards. The examination in the centre was cancelled after the protest . Online
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INdH Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that only democracy can lead the country towards the progress and the PPP has rendered sacrifices for strengthening democracy in the country. He was addressing a meeting of PPP Hyderabad division at the residence of former Sindh minister Syed Ali Nawaz Shah Rizvi. He said there was no space for fundamentalism, extremism and terrorism in the country and the democracy was the only solution to address these issues. The meeting which was attended by the PPP divisional and districts office-bearers was convened to review the arrangements for observing the 25th death anniversary of founder of PPP and former prime minister Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on April 4. Qaim Ali Shah, who is also the President of PPP Sindh, said that
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passage of 1973 Constitution with consensus of all political parties was one of the great efforts of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. The constitution guaranteed the rights of all people of the country irrespective of any discrimination, he said, adding that some vested interests were trying to demoralise the minority communities which would not be tolerated at any cost. He said the minorities had same rights, which were being availed by the Muslims of the country and the government would provide complete protection of their rights. He added that conspiracy was hatched under the name of minorities, but the government had successfully foiled the conspiracy. The CM further said that the former president and PPP Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zaradi had important role in restoring the democratic system in the country and the young leadership of the party in shape of PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was also striving in this
Minister hands over rs 5M cheque to hanif M KARACHI APP
Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada handed over a cheque of Rs 5 million to former cricketer Hanif Mohammad on behalf of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday. The minister visited the house of former cricketer and also inquired about his health. Talking to newsmen on the occasion, he said owing to challenges like terrorism and energy crisis in the country, the prime minister was making some difficult decisions to root out difficult phase in the country. He said due to reduction in value of dollar petrol prices, inflation had decreased and one per cent change was being witnessed thereabouts. He further hoped that in two years the nation would see more positive changes. Replying to a query on cricket matches, he said keeping in view the security point, the government was taking serious steps and they were endeavouring to build sports complexes of international level in the country. He said the PM was also fond of the cricket. Cricketers and batsmen developed from the mega city, he remarked. Announcing to build Hanif Mohammaed Coaching Complex, he said it was being erected so that the country could have classical batsmen in future. Expressing his gratitude, Hanif Mohammad said the amount of cheque would help him to repay dues which he borrowed in England.
direction. He said death anniversary of the PPP founder and former prime minister Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto will be observed in Larkana with traditional enthusiasm. The senior vice president PPP Senator Moula Bux Chandio also addressed the participants of the meeting. Among others, dr Sikandar Mehindro, Pir Amjad Ali Shah Jilani, Jam Khan Shoro, Arbab Wazir Memon, Kamal Khan Chaang, dr Sikandar Shoro, Rafique Jamali, doust Muhammad Jessar, dr Talat Mehisar, Fayaz Butt, Shagufta Jummani, dr. Tehseen Shaikh, Zia Abbas Shah Rizvi, Ali Nawaz Shah Rizvi, Syed Aijaz Ali shah, Abdul Karim Soomro, Imdad Pitafi, Amir Ali Shah Jamot, Zahid Bhurgari, Aftab Khanzada, Amir Ali Shah Hashmi, Ali Muhammad Walhari, Ghulam Qadir Chandio, Senator Aajiz dhamra, Sadiq Memon, Abdul Jabbar Khan, Kulsoom Chandio, Hina dastagir and Farheen Mughal also attended the meeting.
JPMC doctors still confused over ‘devolution of health’ KARACHI: Doctors at Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre have sought a clear-cut government policy vis a vis their status. Talking to APP on Thursday, they said despite passage of three years the confusion still persisted consequent to devolution of health and education sectors to the provinces. This needed to be settled in the larger interest of the patients as well as all those associated with JPMC in different capacities, said the doctors. “Crucial issues as availability of medical and surgical support in terms of both manpower and material, promotion of doctors and other professionals and replacement of retired professionals must not be kept pending,” they said in reply to a question. To another query,
they said the bill adopted by the former Sindh Assembly granting autonomous status to JPMC must be retained in its truest spirit. “This is extremely important as the JPMC happens to be the country’s most prominent tertiary care hospital,” said a senior doctor. The doctors were of consensus opinion that they were neither against autonomous status of the hospital nor its placement as a hospital attached to a medical university”. “Our concern is denial of service to a large section of population comprising people from lower socio-economic sections as well as the vacuum that is being created at the cost of JPMC doctors.” APP
violence claiMs 5 More lives KARACHI Online
The spate of killings continued unabated in the city and at least five persons lost their lives in violence within an hour. Two dead bodies, blind folded with tied hands and feet, were found near Super Highway in Memon Goth police station jurisdiction. The unidentified deceased were between 20 to 25 years of age and they were tortured and then shot dead, police said. The dead bodies have been transferred to hospital for formalities. Another man was killed in a shooting incident near Chakar Hotel at Super Highway. While a dead body was found near Korangi-VI graveyard. A young man was shot dead at 4-J bus stop in Surjani Town. A body was found near the city station, the deceased was likely to be crushed to death under a passing train. Moreover, a man was injured in firing incident near Landhi Hospital roundabout.
200 shopkeepers fined; 12 profiteers held KARACHI APP
As many as 200 shopkeepers were challaned and a fine of Rs 340,500 was imposed for overcharging in violation to the price list of essential commodities while 12 profiteers were arrested. Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi said that an operation against profiteering was underway in the city by the Karachi divisional and districts administrations, said a statement on Thursday. The action against profiteers were taken in different areas including Aram Bagh, Saddar, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Jamshed Quarters, Baldia, Gulberg, North Nazimabad, Airport, Korangi and Landhi. Total 110 milk sellers, 19 fruits vendors, 24 vegetable merchants, 19 food items grocers and 28 chicken sellers were challaned for violating price list. The commissioner also assigned duties to the administrative officers at the time of auction of fruits and vegetables to check and control the artificial shortage of fruits and vegetables so as to provide relief to the masses.
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KARACHI: PPP leaders look at the pictures displayed during an exhibition in connection with 35th death anniversary of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto at Fareer Hall. Online
WAR seeks implementation of laws in their truest spirit KARACHI APP
Members of nongovernment organisation (NGO) War Against Rape (WAR) have urged the authorities concerned to ensure implementation of laws meant to protect women and girls against violence. Expressing their profound grief over the two recent incidents in Karachi during which a five-year-old girl in Bheempura and another 22year-old trainee nurse in Surjani Town were severely affected, the WAR demanded appropriate and
comprehensive measures for protection of the concerned families, the survivor as well as the witnesses. In a statement on Thursday, the activists also urged the authorities for an immediate and fast-moving trial to ensure timely justice preventing culprits from destroying evidence or prevailing upon the witnesses. They reiterated that while laws might have been changed to provide relief to the woeful yet as long as there was corruption and lack of accountability criminal assault against women could not be contained.
PEOPLE APPRECIATE ZULFIQAR BHUTTO’S RARE PHOTOGRAPHS KARACHI
he Sindh department of Culture and Tourism on Thursday arranged an exhibition comprising more than 200 remarkable and rare photographs of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on display at Sadequan Gallery, Frere Hall. Sharmila Farooqui, the special assistant to Sindh chief minister, inaugurated the programme arranged to mark 35th death anniversary of the former prime minister. The photographs that drew massive attention of the people, mainly youth, equally depicted personal, social and political aspects of Shaheed Quaid-e-Awam’s multi-faceted life. Sharmila Farooqui said photographs represent the era during which they might have been taken and that these copies
help youngsters to have an inkling of the historical perspective of the given period. “They also help understand the personalities with their varied facets,” she said. The special assistant to the chief minister appreciated that photographs on display had considerably served the purpose. Praying tributes to Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, she said it was through his political acumen and sincerity of purpose that down trodden masses of the country were emboldened to raise voice for their due rights and also realize their responsibilities. Farooqui was also accompanied by women MPAs from different political parties including those of PPP, PTI and MQM. MPAs Shamim Mumtaz, Erum Khalid, Nusrat Sultana, Kausar Parveen, Yasmeen Butt and Sania Naz also appreciated the quality of photographs put on display.
KCCI, city admin to join hands over civic issues KARACHI APP
A liaison committee consisting of a group of officials of Karachi commissionerate and representatives of KCCI will be formed in next couple of days for improving traffic system, removal of encroachment and addressing other administrative and municipal issues. The proposed committee will have subcommittees to deal with different subjects. Besides, there will be also similar liaison committees of deputy commissioners’ offices and the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI). This was announced during a meeting of Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, and officials of KCCI and representatives of various market associations of the city under umbrella of Karachi Chamber at the chamber on Thursday. deputy Commissioner South Mustafa Jamal Qazi and the Municipal Administrator South also accompanied the Commissioner. The commissioner said the liaison committees based on officials of his commissionerate, industrial and trade associations of the city had proved helpful in resolution of the business related and other
issues affecting daily life of the people. Acting President KCCI, Muhammad Idress Memon and other business leaders highlighted the issues traffic jams, mushroomlike encroachment even at and around the main roads and main markets especially in old city areas and Saddar area of district South, which is called business and finance district of Karachi. They called for construction of parking plaza on Jehangir Park behind Saddar market, on the government plots in Aram Bagh area, near Gul Plaza market and Boulton market at MA Jinnah road and on other important commercial points to ease the traffic flow that has become a serious problem for the common man and the business community. They also called for strict legal action against profiteers who especially deal in kitchen items. The Commissioner informed them that his team was very aggressively carrying out campaign against the profiteers and many have been arrested and fined. Sindh Government is very serious in price control especially of kitchen items to provide relief to the people and for this purpose Sindh Chief Minister has called a meeting on April 6, to review price control mechanism in the
province. The Chief Minister gets daily report on price control from Karachi administration, he said. The Commissioner and the deputy Commissioner South sought cooperation from KCCI and other trade bodies in removing all kinds of encroachment as this will help a lot in normalizing the traffic flow in the city. He mentioned that many shopping centres have parking floors mainly basements for parking the shopkeepers’ and customers’ vehicles. But, he regretted, these are illegally used for business purpose. The city administration in coordination with Sindh Building Control Authority would take strict legal action against such violators and ensure the right use of the parking floors and other designated points near markets. “Instead of designated facilities/points for parking, shopkeepers park their own vehicles on the roads in front of their shops adding to traffic jams,” he pointed. deputy Commissioner South Mustafa Jamal Qazi said certain percentage of businessmen are involved in creating encroachment at markets as they charge patharas and push-carts selling goods before their shops ; occupying even footpaths. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui directed the deputy Commissioner South to get
encroachment removed and the roads around Karachi Chamber repaired and street lights installed who assured for the same within next couple of days. Siddiqui said that since long no serious legal action taken against the encroachers in the city and now they are resisting the government agencies’ action. However, the government would establish its writ and clear all the roads and shopping centres from all kinds of encroachment. He said after the gap of 12 years (since 2002) Sindh government has taken initiatives to restore old system of commissioners, deputy commissioners and magistrates and that good results have started coming up. The provincial government has given us powers and we are doing our best to ensure good administration in the city. The Commissioner informed the business community that the government has plan to upgrade II Chudrigar road. On the directives of Sindh Governor dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, the city administration has already started a campaign to cleanse this important road and the banks have owned it for a period of one year. The governor has also given us task to cleanse Shahra-e-Faisal which would be done in cooperation of various institutions located on this road, he said.
BOY TORTURED FOR DEFYING JIRGA ORDERS KASHMORE Online
A boy was brutally tortured for defying orders of jirga (unelected council of elders) in the district on Thursday. A jirga headed by landlord Ahmed Ali Khoosa was held on March 28 to settle a dispute of 45-acre land wherein it was decided that 5-acre piece of the land would be given to a boy Khadim Hussain, who was real owner of the property. However, Hussain refused to accept the verdict of jirga. Raged at the move, the felons patronised by the landlord attacked the boy, tortured him badly and threatened him of abduction. The courageous boy again reached the office with a hope to get justice. He said the landlord wanted to occupy his land through coercion.
GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES PUBLIC HOLIDAY TODAY KARACHI APP
The Sindh government has announced public holiday throughout the province on the occasion of 35th death anniversary of former prime minister Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto today. A handout issued on Thursday said the holiday would be observed in all government offices, autonomous, semiautonomous bodies, corporations and local councils under the administrative control of Sindh government.
TTP and its apologists
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Living and dying for the people For Bhutto, the real wealth was the people’s power
Befooled by the mirage of peace
OvErNMENT leaders have for a long time danced to the tune set by the TTP. for every murderous attack by the network, none blamed the organisation by name. The terrorists may be against the government, claimed Ch Nisar, but they are not against the state. he forgot that the TTP killed 50,000 innocent Pakistanis and thousands of soldiers. It attacked military installations and destroyed highly valuable assets. The militants deepened the sectarian divide by targeting people belonging to sects other than their own. They denied the people playing fields and forced the country to host cricket teams from other countries abroad. Ch Nisar maintained all along that terrorist acts were a reaction to drone attacks, thus putting all the blame on the us. No drone attack has taken place since December yet scores of terrorist attacks have been conducted on polio workers, security personnel and tribesmen loyal to the state. The TTP decapitated 23 fC personnel held in captivity, desecrated their bodies and put up the video on the net. In another attack inside Islamabad court premises terrorists killed 11 including a judge. The TTP is ordering the government about, changing directions of the game every now and then. When it announced a ceasefire, the apologists applauded, forgetting that there was little respite to their attacks. These were being conducted by groups who are opposed to talks, they maintained. KP information minister was all in praise for the ‘generosity’ shown by the TTP. When the TTP offered talks, the apologists fell for them castigating the critics for their negative thinking. The TTP has now delivered a snub to all those who had pinned hopes on peace through talks. a report in the media regarding the talks hitting deadlock were pooh-poohed by the talks lobby. samiul haq dismissed the speculation that peace talks were deadlocked, saying negotiations had made steady progress. Even when the TTP demanded the release of its prisoners and withdrawal of the army from parts of south Waziristan as preconditions for the extension of ceasefire, the lobby insisted TTP had attached no conditions. samiul haq maintained firmly that the ceasefire would hold beyond March 31. The announcement by the TTP exposes the hollowness of claims by its apologist. The TTP has also maintained that it was a monolith with none daring to challenge the amir. Now one section in the network wants talks to continue while the other has threatened that attacks would begin again in Pakistan in which common people would suffer. Instead of holding talks while the TTP is pointing a gun, it should prepare to take on the terrorists. any terrorist attack irrespective of whether it is on the civilians or law enforcement personnel must be reciprocated by exemplary punishment inflicted on terrorist pockets and strongholds.
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OLITICs starts with sacrifice. The ultimate sacrifice is one’s life. Bhutto gave it in the early hours of april 4, 1979, in the rawalpindi Jail. If one looks at Bhutto’s life, it is a long journey of sacrifices. his journey started when he left ayub Khan’s government in the mid-sixties. During the land reforms in ayub’s rule his family willingly surrendered forty thousand acres of land. This happened again when he was the head of the state. he and his family scarified many things: their life, their property and their comfort. after the thirty five years of his sacrifice, the process still continues: his family is still offering sacrifices. he was fed-up with the exploitation of poor people and wanted to change their lot. Bhutto made a people’s party, not an instrument to gain political power but the purpose of its formation was the empowerment of lower classes. he made them realise that the country belongs to them, he engaged them in political process and governance. he wanted to uplift people economically, socially and cognitively. Bhutto’s political actions were based on his political philosophy. for him communicating with the people was the name
of politics. he invented new methodology of engagement and communication with people. he started politics at the grass root level. he became the local leader because he knew the real issues, problems and concerns of the common man. he was the first ever leader in the history of Pakistan who talked about the issues. he went down to the people’s level, he entered their lives and thoughts and went to the towns, villages, and far flung areas. Bhutto did not confine his politics in the luxury drawing rooms; he went to the people where they lived. he was not a planted leader but a political genius and true reformer. Bhutto was deeply religious and inspired by the greatest revolution introduced by the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him). Bhutto said, “I am like those Quraish who gave up their wealth and status and supported the holy Prophet in launching the Islamic.” Bhutto believed that the Islamic revolution was a revolution of love, equality, peace, humanity and human dignity. Bhutto wanted that kind of a revolution in Pakistan. Bhutto derived his power from the people. he developed his roots in the public. Bhutto knew the fact that empowering people is not easy in a social setup
where exploitative forces are strong and ruthlessly brutal. When Bhutto talked about people’s empowerment, his enemies started encircling him. When they saw the spectacular political success of Bhutto, his enemies started making strategies. They understood that it was not possible to eliminate him politically, so they decided to eliminate Bhutto physically. Bhutto’s democratically elected government was toppled by dictator Gen Ziaul haq (1977) in collaboration with an alliance of nine political parties with rag-tag political ideologies. When the dictator and his political stooges assessed that it was not possible to eliminate Bhutto politically, they decided to eliminate him physically. The usurper charged Bhutto in a murder case. The fabricated murder case, specially conceived and manufactured by the full force of the coercive machinery of martial law, had inherent contradictions. Legal community never accepted the genuineness of this case which to this day claims that it was not a legal case, it was an outright murder. after physically eliminating Bhutto, Gen Zia started consolidating his power. he was able to win the support of some important members of the judiciary, the executive authority,
Zia rewarded and promoted known anti-Bhutto judges to damage Pakistan People’s Party. He maneuvered judiciary to achieve his objective. Zia’s obsession to damage PPP was so deep that he damaged the impartiality of judiciary and cunningly altered the progressive components of law and constitution.
bureaucracy and religious groups. all these groups were the beneficiaries of the dictatorial regimes. Bhutto was their common and natural enemy. If one looks at the social discourse and political history of Pakistan in late 1970s and 1980s, it is not difficult to detect a greedy and unholy alliance of judiciary, mullahs and military generals. Zia managed to have a judicial verdict against Bhutto and also empowered himself to amend the constitution. he not only murdered Bhutto but also punished people with lashes when they demanded democracy and the constitutional rights. Zia rewarded and promoted known anti-Bhutto judges to damage Pakistan People’s Party. he maneuvered judiciary to achieve his objective. Zia’s obsession to damage PPP was so deep that he damaged the impartiality of judiciary and cunningly altered the progressive components of law and constitution. his socio-legal interventions radicalised Pakistan’s civil society and polity. We are still living with consequences of his nasty acts of omission and commission. Bhutto was a political idealist and had the capacity to translate his ideas into action. history is a witness to the fact that he never betrayed the nation; he never compromised with dictators. Man with such lofty ideals had no temptation for accumulation of wealth. he had no foreign account or any property abroad. Material things had no value for Bhutto. When he was in power, he used to receive precious gifts from other heads of the state but he gave these deposited these gifts to government exchequer. for Bhutto, the real wealth was the people’s power; he cared for it and developed it. he knew that nobody could defeat millions of people. he lived and died with the people and for the people. People and history are on his side. Jehangir Bader is current general secretary of Pakistan People’s Party.
Musharraf’s predicament And the honourable option
usharraf in his last interview claimed that “I would say the whole army is upset... I have no doubt with the feedback that I received that the whole army is... totally with me on this issue and let us see what Gen raheel sharif does in this case”. Musharraf made these statements in an interview with a foreign journalist. This interview raises several questions which General (retd) Musharraf needs to answer, like what is the purpose of making these claims, what is the army’s “support” for, what would Musharraf like Gen raheel sharif to do, break his oath and threaten the prime minister or the tribunal? since his return in March 2013 Musharraf has had been confined to his house and now the armed forces Institute of Cardiology. In other words he has been a virtual prisoner. Despite the exhibition of bravado his confinement is telling on his nerves. The aforementioned interview appears to reflect his desperation. Defence analyst Ikram sehgal in his weekly article on 1 January, 2014, states: “Musharraf persists in being seriously delusional. his statement that the whole army stands behind him is wrong
and mischievous, and is meant for his own survival. Musharraf should have the strength of character and propriety not to get the army that suffered because of his personal ambitions embroiled again in controversy to save his own neck. shame on him for trying to get the army into the line of fire. “he owes that much to the uniform he once wore. While the army’s rank and file will not like to see their former chief humiliated and being dragged through the courts, they certainly do not condone treason. having violated the constitution in what they thought was the greater interest of the nation, Musharraf and his aides should now have the courage to stand by their acts of Oct 1999 and Nov 2007, and in-between. If what he did was not for his personal sake why should soldier Musharraf fear the consequences?” In another interview reported in The Times of India, Musharraf expressed regrets that Kayani did not support him in the face of treason charges. Musharraf now also admits that Kayani was the only senior army commander who did not level allegations against the former supreme Court Chief Justice when he deposed him in 2007. In March 2007 Kayani being the Director General IsI knew the facts. Being an honourable man he has been loyal to his oath. Musharraf’s expectation from Kayani to act otherwise is just another misjudgement. It is unfortunate that Musharraf is still paying heed to his cronies who told him that he would be greeted with open arms by millions of Karachiwallas. The lacklustre reception at Karachi airport in March should have served as an eyeopener. Musharraf still does not appear to be able to face the sad reality of his situation. We are neither in 1999 nor 2007, the judiciary is independent, the press and the electronic media are relatively free, and there is a democratically elected government that is aligned
subsequent orders (under the emergency) with the armed forces. Musharraf’s legal team now includes unconstitutional, ultra-vires of the Conthe jadoogar of Jeddah but his magic is stitution consequently being illegal and no more. The legal trickery was of no of no legal value as a result. One wonders avail. Dismissing the drama of security as to what defence can be put up. Musharraf has now requested created by the ‘discovery’ of some unarmed IED in Chak shehzad, the tribunal Nawaz sharif’s government to remove mandated Musharraf to appear in person. his name from the Exit Control List to enable him to go to all these were just Dubai to see his aildelaying tactics and ing mother and seek were of no avail. ‘treatment’ in usa. The drama by the One wonders if he ‘brave commando’ In March 2007 Kayani is telling the truth of ‘suffering’ heart time. On the ailment and running being the Director General this other hand, has he to the protection of the armed forces ISI knew the facts. Being finally thrown in the towel and just Institute of Cardiolan honourable man he intends to get out? ogy in rawalpindi an army officer instead of facing the has been loyal to his oath. is expected to be a tribunal like a man gentleman, a man did no protect him Musharraf’s expectation of honour. The honfrom the eventual ourable thing to do indictment. from Kayani to act is to stand upright The antics by otherwise is just another and take full reMusharraf’s maversponsibility for ick legal team to misjudgement. one’s actions rather provoke the judges than putting blame of the tribunal to on one’s colleagues. lose their temper In fact an honwas also seen ourable person through and in spite of grave misbehaviour and provocations would actually absolve them from any by Musharraf’s lawyers the judges re- blame. since the acts were reprehensimained calm and even refrained from in- ble a gentleman and a man of honour voking contempt of court. finally, on 31 would admit his mistake, apologise and March, Musharraf had to willy-nilly ap- seek forgiveness — this is the honpear in court to hear the charges read out ourable option for Musharraf. all members of the armed forces at to him. In his statement in the tribunal his basic contention is that having fought in the time of commissioning take the oath two wars and being the COas he cannot given in article 44 of the Constitution be guilty of treason. It is significant to which states: “I —————- , do note he did not deny or offer any defence solemnly swear that I will bear true individually against the five actual faith and allegiance to Pakistan and upcharges read out by Justice Tahira safdar. hold the Constitution of the Islamic reThe supreme Court in its July 31, public of Pakistan.” Musharraf has 2009, judgment declared that declaring repeatedly broken this oath. he should emergency on November 3, 2007, and his seek forgiveness and pay the penalty.
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Pakistan's chameleon NEXT TO AFGHANISTAN, A MAJOR CRISIS IS BREWING THAT IS PROBABLY NOT TOO HIGH ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S LIST OF INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRIORITIES. BUT IT SHOULD BE. BECAUSE PAKISTAN IS A NUCLEAR POWER, NOW GOVERNED BY A WEALTHY POLITICIAN WHO LOATHES AMERICA. UpI arnaud de Borchgrave
AKISTAN’S Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the human equivalent of a lizard that can change the color of its skin to look like the colors that are around it. In his last trip to Washington, Nawaz, as everyone calls him, gave his American interlocutors no reason to doubt his democratic credentials. Back in Islamabad, or in his native Punjab province, Nawaz, whose family is immensely wealthy, is virulently anti-US. Nawaz also believes TTP (Taliban terrorists) that killed 33,000 civilians in the past couple of years, should be eased into power, or at least be given a big slice of it. The Pakistani army, exasperated by Nawaz’s prestigidator’s sleight of hand, finally decided to ignore him. In close liaison with US, it readied a major offensive against Taliban in mountainous North Waziristan.
It was in Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, that Nawaz had agreed to send his ranking team to negotiate a cease-fire with TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan). Reluctantly, he agreed the army should have its own representative at any negotiations with the “enemy.” TTP chieftain Mullah Fazlullah’s representatives had three conditions for agreeing to a permanent cease-fire: • Pakistani army to cease operations in N. Waziristan. • US drone attacks to end immediately. • About 30 Taliban prisoners to be released by the Army. The army made clear to Nawaz all three conditions were unacceptable and that nothing now stood in the way of a major army offensive in the tribal areas on the Afghan border. A solemn meeting of the three service chiefs, chaired by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen Rashid Mehmood, and another of the ten corps commanders under Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel
Sharif, agreed not to take part in any further negotiations with TTP. This time, some said privately, there would be no half measures. The next operation would be “full scale maximum effort.” One of them said “TTP will not be given an inch to breathe. Major surgery is now urgently required and has been agreed to remove the cancer of terrorism.” Nawaz wants TTP to play a decisive role in the name of Jihad or Holy War. “His decision to involve the army in negotiations with Pakistan’s Taliban,” reported regional expert Ammar Turabi, “was a ploy to undermine the army and to gain more time as he had done before. But this time the upper echelons of the army are convinced that the evil nexus should be completely destroyed.” “The corps commanders were unequivocal and agreed this had been the very last time they would lend their prestige and authority to Nawaz’s
dilatory tactics,” added Turabi. Taliban guerrillas ignored a month-long ceasefire and launched a wave of attacks while talks were underway. Fazlullah has always opposed any kind of a cease-fire and told his allies that their only purpose should be to disrupt
the army’s offensive plans. The army’s top commanders have now agreed that full scale war against TTP is the only option. TTP, in its propaganda, says Pakistan is a “slave of America” that has become “an American colony.” And Fazlullah is convinced he has the secret backing of Nawaz Sharif, whose anti-US credentials are beyond dispute. Adding to a confusing mix of groups and splinter factions is Ahrar-ul-Hind that specializes in suicide attacks against government installations. The Pakistani army has taken over from the police and arrested local Taliban leaders from Karachi to Peshawar. The only bright spot in Pakistan is a renewed friendship and close working military relationship with the US Much of the heavy equipment shipped out of Afghanistan for the US via Pakistan is being turned over to the Pakistani army as military assistance. About $7 billion worth of US equipment will be moving through
Why elections won't fix Afghanistan dIplomat Michael KugelMan
Observers across the board—from thinktankers and diplomats (both current and retired) to journalists and election monitors—are describing Afghanistan’s April 5 election as critical for stability. And for good reason. A successful election would be a democratic milestone, as it would mark the first time Afghanistan has experienced a peaceful transfer of power. A legitimately elected new leadership, particularly one seen as effective and above all clean, could conceivably help convince Afghans that their government is a better alternative to the Taliban—and thereby weaken recruitment to the insurgency. It would also bring to power a leader not named Hamid Karzai—and therefore someone who would likely sign a bilateral security agreement with Washington, ensuring that a residual international military presence remains in Afghanistan after this year. And yet a successful election is far from assured. On March 10, the Taliban promised “to use all force” at its disposal “to disrupt these upcoming sham elections.” Supporters of the top two candidates—Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah—have been targeted. Recent days have brought attacks on two different Afghan election commission facilities. Turnout could be compromised in a big way—though to their credit, many Afghans vow to defy the Taliban and vote anyway. Equally troubling is the growing potential for fraud and other electoral illegalities—especially after a March 21 deadly assault on Kabul’s Serena Hotel prompted many international election monitors to leave Afghanistan. Last week, Afghan election officers accused government employees of using state resources to help the campaign of Zalmai Rassoul—the man thought to be Karzai’s preferred candidate. There’s even been speculation that Karzai could postpone the election in order to pursue a peace deal with the Taliban. This is all quite unsettling. Yet here’s an even more sobering thought: Even if none of these things were happening, there would still be reason to worry. And that’s because no matter how free, fair, credible, and legitimate the election ultimately is (or is not), Afghanistan has a long way to go before it becomes a more stable state. Here are four reasons why. 1. AfghAn militAry forces continue to be A work in progress Pointing to decreased levels of violence in numerous areas controlled by Afghans, optimistic observers insist that
Afghan security personnel “are doing better than almost anyone expected.” Still, their capacities remain limited. In Congressional testimony in February, top Pentagon officials conceded that while Afghan troops are earning tactical victories on the battlefield, they struggle to hold cleared territory and still need much help in areas like transport and intelligence. And then there’s the question of basic preparedness. In 2012, half of Afghanistan’s army was estimated to be addicted to drugs, and last year 65 employees with the main spy agency were fired due to opium addictions. Additionally, a staggering 95 percent of military and police recruits have been described as functionally illiterate. An investigation released in January by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction concluded that despite a $200 million USfunded literacy program, half of Afghanistan’s military and police force will probably remain illiterate until decade’s end. Finally, perhaps most disturbingly, the Afghan army suffers from a 33 percent annual attrition rate. According to US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 30,000 soldiers deserted in 2013—out of a total force of 185,000. None of this inspires much hope that the Afghan military will be able to tame the Taliban insurgency—one that an international mission comprising some of the most powerful militaries in the world hasn’t defeated after nearly 13 years of trying. 2. tAlibAn sAnctuAries in pAkistAn Are still open for business The insurgency in Afghanistan is sustained by the haven its fighters—led by the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network—enjoy in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal agency. For years, Washington has pushed Pakistan to smash these sanctuaries to no avail. Finally, earlier this year, Islamabad suggested that an operation was imminent—though the government made it clear that only “anti-state” militants (those that attack Pakistan), such as the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), would be targeted. However, with a peace process now underway between Islamabad and the TTP, any operation appears to have been delayed indefinitely. Pakistan provides the sanctuaries because it regards the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network as strategic assets that help contain Indian influence in Afghanistan. Unless Islamabad’s relations are miraculously normalized with New Delhi, this Pakistani objective is unlikely to change—particularly with India having tightened its ties with Kabul in recent years, including a strategic partnership agreement that calls for training and other non-combat
support for the Afghan military. Additionally, by eliminating the sanctuaries, Pakistan would also eliminate a key source of leverage over the Afghan Taliban—and give the group an opportunity to turn against its sponsor. Given the hostility evinced by many Afghan Taliban members toward the Pakistani security establishment—they’ve voiced their mistrust of Pakistan’s spy agency and chafed at being dependent on it—this is by no means an unlikely scenario. The usefulness of Pakistan for the Afghan Taliban would also decline if the security vacuum in Afghanistan left by the international troop departure allows the Taliban to reestablish havens in Afghanistan, rendering those in Pakistan superfluous. In effect, Taliban sanctuaries will likely remain in Pakistan unless they are reestablished in Afghanistan. Neither scenario bodes well for Afghanistan’s stability. 3. AfghAnistAn remAins A mAgnet for regionAl militAnts Much has been said about how the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan is prompting anti-India extremist organizations active in that country in recent years (such as Lashkar-e-Taiba) to redirect their attention to India. Yet for now, and in all likelihood for the foreseeable future, militants are continuing to pour into Afghanistan. Afghan officials and Taliban commanders claim that since announcing a ceasefire with Islamabad on March 1, the Pakistani Taliban—already very active in Afghanistan—has been deploying fighters into the country. Meanwhile, Pakistani researchers estimate that “hundreds” of militants from Pakistan’s Punjab province—ranging from sectarian extremists to anti-India jihadists— have relocated to the tribal areas in preparation for assaults on Afghanistan. And Indian security officials assert that their chief indigenous Islamist militant threat, the Indian Mujahideen, “has branched out” to Afghanistan to fight alongside the Afghan Taliban. Meanwhile, Central Asian extremists have their eyes on northern Afghanistan. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is attempting to establish a base in the city of Kunduz. And according to journalist Ahmed Rashid (who has written extensively on Central Asian militancy), the IMU, in concert with Pakistani and Afghan militants, may be trying to secure Afghanistan’s entire northeastern corridor in order to establish a base for operations against Kabul. With Moscow ramping up its presence in Afghanistan through a series of development projects, Central Asian militants—most of whom dislike both Kabul and Moscow—have strong in-
centives to intensify their operations in Afghanistan. 4. the tAlibAn And its Allies Aren’t AfghAnistAn’s only destAbilizing forces With so much emphasis on the violence perpetrated by the Afghan Taliban and its allies, it’s easy to forget that groups opposed to the Taliban insurgency fuel instability as well. In many areas of Afghanistan, particularly in the north and west where the Taliban’s presence is lighter, militia commanders (many of them US-funded) have terrorized local populations. Not only do they assault and kill people, but they also make life miserable for locals in more subtle ways—forcing young men to help them fight the Taliban, seizing land, and stealing irrigation water. The kicker? Some of them are contesting the election. Six of the 11 presidential candidates—including the two favorites (Ghani and Abdullah)—have a warlord on their ticket (Abdul Rashid Dostum and Mohammad Khan, respectively). Some may argue that participating in the political process suggests peaceful intentions. However, early signs aren’t encouraging. In recent weeks, supporters of Ismail Khan, another warlord (running on the ticket of Abdul Rassoul Sayyaf) clashed with Abdullah’s supporters, leading to several deaths. ********* None of this is meant to suggest that Afghanistan’s election is irrelevant for stability. A successful poll alone won’t make Afghanistan more secure, but it can potentially produce what is arguably the sine qua non for future stability: Strong leadership. This means incorruptibility and an ability to deliver basic services and dispense fair justice. It also means an unwavering commitment to building Afghanistan’s military (and police) into a more sustainable force—one that can both perform basic functions and tame insurgencies (admittedly, it’s a task that will require much international support). Finally, strong leadership means the pursuit of delicate diplomacy: Maintaining partnerships with foreign donors and allies, hashing out differences with difficult neighborhood interlocutors (most notably Islamabad), and—most critically—reconciling its many feuding factions (including, ultimately, the Taliban) at home. The problem, however, is that strong leadership could prove to be as elusive as stability itself. Michael Kugelman is the senior program associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
Pakistan in coming months on its way back to the US. Some of it will stay in Pakistan as US military assistance. The determination of Pakistan’s military leaders to wipe out TTP has led to a reassessment in Washington about the need to close ranks with Pakistan’s military. The US is also moving heavy equipment from Afghanistan via Russia, traffic that was not interrupted by the crisis over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. As US influence declines, Moscow is scoring points in Afghanistan where the Soviet Union was defeated in 1989. The supreme geopolitical irony would be yet another reversal of superpower roles in Afghanistan. The US would lose Afghanistan and regain Pakistan. Some would argue that’s not much of a bargain. In the global scheme of things -- e.g., Syria’s civil war with its toll of 140,000 dead, or Crimea and Ukraine -- none of this would matter much. But Pakistan is a nuclear power. Arnaud de Borchgrave is the UPI Editor at Large.
General in the dock IndIan ExprEss The indictment of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on five counts of high treason is a first for a military ruler of Pakistan. No top military commander has ever faced criminal prosecution in Pakistan before, let alone in a civilian court. Given the setback this looks like for Pakistan’s powerful army, it would appear the country is undergoing a structural change that would alter the equations between the army and the civilian leadership. Nobody expected the Musharraf trial to come this far, and that he could repeatedly fail to appear in court — forcing a non-bailable warrant against him — only served to undermine the court’s authority. There was initial speculation that Nawaz Sharif’s government would never dare to initiate high-treason proceedings against a person still viewed by the army as its own. But the enmity between Sharif and Musharraf played out. Musharraf had deposed Sharif as prime minister in 1999, and would have possibly had him sentenced by the courts, had Saudi Arabia not intervened to design an exile for him. Today, the charges of treason against Musharraf include suspending, subverting and abrogating the constitution, imposing a state of emergency in November 2007 and detaining 60-odd senior judges. If found guilty, he could face death or life imprisonment. Since his return as PM last year, Sharif’s revenge now seems complete, in this reversal of roles. But even as the court rejected Musharraf’s plea to travel abroad, it pointed out that a review of the Exit Control List to take his name off could only be done by the government. That’s when the army stepped in, and its chief has reportedly “advised” the government to let Musharraf go abroad — in keeping with the sentiment that with his indictment, the case should “come to a close” and Pakistan should “move on”. Moreover, Saudi Arabia, the most influential foreign player in Pakistan, is reportedly pressuring Sharif to let Musharraf go — just as they had persuaded the general to spare him in 2000. In the end, Pakistan is still a long way from structural changes that would alter its internal balance of power. The army is clawing its way out of the setback, but the government should use the symbolism of this trial to strengthen civilian authority.
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Fast-track construction shouldn’t mean low quality work: MD NESPAK LAHORE: Amjad A. Khan, Managing Director NESPAK, has urged the newly formed in-house Quality Inspection Team (QIT) to ensure quality of construction on fast-track projects going on under the supervision of NESPAK at various parts of the country, according to a Press Release issued here on Thursday. MD NESPAK has stated that NESPAK has been providing world-class Engineering Consultancy Services on many projects of great National Importance like 6600MW Gadani Power Park Project, Azadi Chowk Interchange Lahore, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Project, Quick Impact Projects etc,. These projects being constructed on fast-track basis are lifeline for Pakistani economy and no compromise can be made on the quality of these nation building projects. Fast-track construction doesn’t mean low quality construction, rather it involves performing more activities in the same time in coordinated and controlled way in order to complete a job much earlier than normal period, he added. This may include awarding of the project in the form of different packages. PRESS RELEASE
HBL celebrates Women’s Week KARACHI: HBL, Pakistan’s largest bank, through the initiative of Learning & Development department recently held Women’s Week to celebrate International Women’s Day. As a part of HBL’s core values, it recognises gender equality as the key to a country’s economic, social and democratic development as it generates higher growth outcome. This week, dedicated to the women of HBL, was aimed at building an environment conducive to career growth and enrichment at their work place. The week was kicked off with “Bol”, a series of inspirational talks by female leaders from the corporate sector. This was followed by other activities including a play by Sheema Kermani and a fun filled bring-your-child-to-work day for the female employees. PRESS RELEASE
New FGEHF DG gets briefing ISLAMABAD: Upon assumption of charge of the post of Director General Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation, Mr. Waqas Ali Mahmood received a briefing from Directors of their respective wings, on Wednesday the 2nd April, 2014. Directors briefed the DG on the overall achievements of the Foundation on account of allotment of plots and provision of residential facilities to federal government employees till date. DG emphasized upon the need to ensure integrity of record and desired that archiving of record should be accorded the top most priority. It was further decided that all record should be scanned for the purpose of transparency and backups should be maintained in case of any loss or accidental damage to files. PRESS RELEASE
NHA rejects news item on chairman’s statement ISLAMABAD: A spokesperson for National Highway Authority has said that a news item appearing in a section of press regarding Chairman NHA’s statement before Senate’s Functional Committee for Underdeveloped Areas has created misconceptions about NHA’s performance. The spokesperson further said that the Chairman NHA has been quoted out of context in the said news and clarified that NHA’s performance has been excellent in the past and the present Chairman NHA and his team are working to further improve its performance on solid foundations. PRESS RELEASE
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WALT DISNEY BANS IMPORT FROM PAKISTAN MONITORING DESK The United States licensor Walt Disney has dropped Pakistan from its list of ‘Permitted Sourcing Countries’ from April 1, sources in the textile industry confirmed on Wednesday. The US entertainment giant banned any import from Pakistan as the country failed to satisfy the trading partner company of its intentions to improve what it considered “poor governance standards”. “There is no ambiguity in the position taken by Disney. No shipment is permissible to any certified agent or vendor dealing in the brand of Walt Disney merchandise
after April 31,” Azhar Majeed Sheikh, the chairman of Arzoo Textile Mills, told a local media outfit. “Anyone (importer or exporter) found violating the ban will be liable to heavy penalties besides being blacklisted,” he said. The US company’s decision has stripped Pakistan of $200-million exports of textile products. The firm issued stiffer warning to Bangladesh when it decided to put Pakistan on its watch list because of repeated incidents of factory fires in textile garment units. However, the Bangladesh government managed to get a waiver by getting a placement in ILO/IFC
‘Better Work Programme’ that allows close monitoring of the country for social audit. “It is an irony that Bangladesh managed to evade the ban and continues to trade with Disney, but the inefficient and ineffective doyens of commercial relations occupying cushy seats at the ministry and the Trade and Development Authority of Pakistan failed the business community,” a frustrated textile exporter commented. “The people responsible for the fiasco should be taken to task if the government wishes to fare better on the governance scale,” another businessman said.
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EDERAL Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said the country’s economy had started showing positive signs as suggested by the indicators of the past eight months. “Some early signs are showing good results. The tide has been changed and we will try to take this towards upward motion,” the federal minister said while addressing “The Leaders Summit” organised by Wateen Telecom in collaboration with several other organisations. The federal minister said that increase in growth rate was must for the survival of the country. “If we do not grow at 7-8 percent, we will be in great trouble,” he added. He said the country’s economy had been growing at average of 5 or 5.5 percent which was not sufficient, adding that if “we have to put the economy on right path, we need decent growth”. Ahsan Iqbal deplored that there had been no proper business plan for the last 14 years and that was why the economy was suffering. He was of the view that throughout the history, the country’s economy suffered during non-democratic eras in which the expenditures were shifted from social sector to defence sector. On the other hand, much attention was given towards
development of infrastructure while the software i.e. human resource development was totally ignored and as a result the country could not progress in accordance with its potential. The federal minister said the country was having huge resources and important geographical location as it was located between three important engines of economy the China, South Asia and Central Asia, so there is need to exploit this situation for the progress of the country. The federal minister said that Pakistan could become key element for regional growth provided it fully taps its potential. He said more than 60 percent of the country’s population was youth and if provided facilities they could prove to become important elements of country’s progress. He stressed the need for adopting innovative approach to pace with the development of other countries of the world. He said countries like China, Malaysia and South Korea designed their decades-long vision transformed them into reality, which resulted in progress and economic development of these countries. He expressed the hope that the country’s economy would become among top 10 economies at its 100th anniversary. On the occasion, Chairman of Board of Investment (BOI) Dr Miftah Ismail said that the PML(N) leadership had the ability to convert business ideas into real-
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ity to lead the country towards growth path. He was of the view that educated and open society and ability to transform ideas into businesses were the key elements to development. Miftah was of the view that the innovation had been taking place in human life since centuries in different fields like medicine, engineering and communication especially in modern world to improve the life of people. Speaking on the occasion, Walid Irshaid, President Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited, said that Pakistan was the country of opportunities and much more was to be done to tap this potential. “We are not doing enough as compared to the opportunities available in the country,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy and President of Diplomat Business Club (International), Ambassador Javed Malik said that Trade and business diplomacy initiated by the present government would help attract foreign investment besides improving the image of the country internationally. In his remarks, Ikraumul Majeed Sehgal, Chairman Pathfinder Group and Bank Alfalah Limited, said that the leaders of any country set objectives for their followers. “Leaders have a significant role in creating the state of minds in a society”, he remarked. He added that leaders should be loyal to their followers and vice versa for building of the country.
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SHC orders FBR to release seized PIA aircraft KARACHI INP
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday ordered the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to immediately release two of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft it had seized earlier. The FBR had confiscated the carriers for non-payment of tax worth Rs 56 million. The PIA then filed a petition challenging this move. During the hearing, PIA lawyer Haider Sheikh informed the court that the two aircraft were rented from a European company and the said tax was not applicable on them. After hearing the argument, the SHC ordered the release of aircraft. The hearing was adjourned till April 28 when the applicability of the tax will be discussed.
Gen Zaheer appointed as PSM CEO ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Major Gen (r) Zaheer Ahmed has been appointed as the new CEO of Pakistan Steel Mills by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Zaheer’s name for the post was recommended by a committee headed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
3-G TECH TO USHER IN NEW ERA OF IT DEVELOPMENT: PM ISLAMABAD APP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the introduction of 3G technology in the country would usher in a new era of development of information technology sector. He said the growth in national economy
was evident from the economic indicators and the trust shown by the multilateral donors. The prime minister said this while talking to a three-member delegation from telecom industry comprising of Jo Lender, CEO Vimplecom, Augie K Fabela, co-founder and Chairman Emeritus and Rashid Khan, CEO
and President Mobilink. The prine minister said the economy was growing at a fast pace, the stock exchange had seen rise as rupee gained value against dollar. He said steps had been taken to overcome energy crisis and the shortfall would be met in next few years. The prime minister said the government had em-
barked upon aggressive privatization policy. “The government should not run businesses but facilitate businesses and for this purpose we have raised the trust of the investors,” he added. The delegation appreciated the government’s policy of privatization and said the policy would provide impetus to economy.
Friday, 4 April, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
You've got it easy today! Enjoy the freedom to take care of something you've been meaning to do for ages -or just kick back and take a break. You certainly deserve one after the last month!
You're not quite yourself today, and you may feel a bit anxious as a result. Don't fret! You're actually entering a time of transition, and things are sure to get better quite soon.
You're not one to ignore requests, but today is a free day as far as obligations go. You may find it easier to let people know you're skipping out early, but there's really no need -- you're on fire!
Your internal monologue may turn into a dialogue -- or even a chorus! That doesn't mean you're going nuts, just that you've got a lot to think about and may have conflicting ideas sharing mental space.
Your people are excited to see you today -- so make sure that you're ready for action! It's a great day to be active with friends and family, and any plans you make are sure to go over well.
Your mental energy is nimble and engaged today, so make sure that you're checking in with your friends or colleagues who might need assistance. Score some karmic bonus points in no time!
Use that big brain of yours today! Your energy is amazing, and you can dream up some creative new things to do or impress others with your intellectual shenanigans. Have fun and keep an open mind.
You need to take greater care at work today -- though it's not so much a safety issue as a financial issue, most likely. Your energy is a bit out of sync with those around you, but you can make up for it.
You're extremely thoughtful today -but your mind is also racing around a bit. It's an odd combination, which could lead to some great ideas even if you never get very far with any of them.
You have to speak out today -something just isn't quite right, as far as you're concerned. It may be tiny, but you should feel better after getting it off your chest. Get the conversation started!
Romance is in the air -- whether or not you're partnered! You could meet someone new and hot or get a surprise from your sweetie, but you can expect a smile to creep across your face soon.
Events may overwhelm you early today -- so try to get some down time if you can. It may take a while to recenter your emotional side, but you should find a way to get there if you make the effort.
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Friday, 4 April, 2014
Men who smoke regularly before their teens have fatter sons: research
Men who start smoking before their teens have fatter sons, according to new research. Scientists claim men who were already smoking regularly before the age of 11 have sons with five to 10kg more body fat than average. The effect was not seen in the sons of men who started smoking later, suggesting boys are particularly sensitive to environmental exposures before the start of puberty. The latest research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol could prove that exposure to tobacco smoke at this key age leads to metabolic changes in the next generation. Senior author of the study, Professor Marcus Pembrey, said: ‘This discovery of trans-generational effects has big implications for research into the current rise in obesity and the evaluation of preventative measures. ‘It is no longer acceptable to just study lifestyle factors in one generation. We are probably missing a trick with respect to understanding several common diseases of public health concern by ignoring the possible effects of previous generations.’ Researchers questioned 9,886 fathers - 54 per cent of whom were smokers at some time and three per cent of whom reported smoking regularly before the age of 11. The sons of the men were weighed at 13, 15 and 17, and it emerged the sons of the early smokers had the highest BMIs every time, compared with those who started smoking later or never smoked. Whole body scans also showed these boys had far higher levels of fat ranging from an extra 5kg to 10kg - between ages 13 and 17. The effect, although present, was not seen to the same degree in daughters. Scientists also took other factors into account - including genetics and the father’s weight - but none could explain the change. And in fact, they discovered that fathers who started smoking before 11 tended to have lower BMIs on average. The research was funded by the UK Medical Research Council. Professor David Lomas, chair of the MRC’s population and systems medicine board, said: ‘Population studies have provided a wealth of information about health and disease, including first identifying the link between smoking and cancer more than 60 years ago. ‘This research clearly demonstrates that such studies have so much more to give, which is why it’s vital that the future potential of cohorts and the studies they make possible is not jeopardised by the proposed EU data regulations.’ The study was published on Wednesday in the European Journal of Human Genetics. ONLINE
Apple’s Siri to face competition with Microsoft’s ’Cortana’
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft on Wednesday took on Apple’s Siri and Google Now with a smartphone personal assistant dubbed “Cortana,” gleaned from a character in the hit Xbox video game “Halo.” Windows Phone vice president Joe Belfiore introduced Cortana on stage at the technology titan’s annual developers conference. “Cortana is the first truly personal digital assistant who learns about me and the things that matter to me most, and knows about the whole Internet,” Belfiore said in a presentation opening the gathering in San Francisco. Cortana responds to conversationally spoken requests or commands, using insights gleaned from calendars, contact lists, online searches and other smartphone sources to respond in a manner akin to a real-life aide, Belfiore demonstrated. Cortana’s voice and character is based on a popular artificial intelligence character in Microsoft’s blockbuster Xbox console video game “Halo.” It comes as a long-awaited counter to the Siri virtual assistant on Apple mobile devices and Google Now capabilities in Android tablets and smartphones. Cortana will be in a test, or beta, mode when it becomes available in a Windows Phone 8.1 software update, which is to begin rolling out in the United States in coming months. The new version of Windows Phone 8.1 should be available on new phones beginning in late April or early May, according to Belfiore. As do Siri and Google Now, Cortana can remind users of flights, appointments, birthdays, routes, or other information for managing lives. After being tested in the US, Cortana will expand to Britain and China, and then other countries. AGENCIES
Railway stop in Japan looked over by station master who is a CAT!
AMA the cat has been a part of the Japanese workforce for the past seven years. She works as a station master at Kishi station, a remote railway stop in Kinokawa City, Wakayama, Western Japan. Of course, ‘works’ isn’t exactly the right word for what she does there. Her job mostly involves sitting around, posing for pictures and looking rather stern (which reminds me of my ex-boss, actually). But Tama has been rewarded handsomely for her efforts – she has a large window office, a hat with a gold lining, a badge, and her annual compensation is one years’ worth of cat food. Station Master Tama is spe-
cial because she attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year. Her presence at Kishi station has helped revitalize tourism in a rural area that was struggling to stay afloat. At one point, the train line that passed through Kishi station saw a 15 percent annual decline in ridership. But when Tama stepped into the role of station master, in 2007, there was a sudden 10 percent jump in the first year. Tourists continue to pour in from Hong Kong and Taiwan; Wakayama Electric Railway (the company that runs the line) said that at least 20,000 tourists visit the small town annually. In case you’re wondering, there are no other human employees at Kishi station. Just like several other rural rail op-
erations in Japan, Wakayama Railway does not employ any staff at the majority of its stations. Which is why people adore 15year-old Tama for what she does – watch over the station all by herself. Well, only four days a week, that is. The rest of the days are filled in by junior station master Nitama, a three-year-old calico. But no one seems to mind the substitution; they stop to take pictures with whichever cat is on duty for the day. The tale of Station Master Tama actually began in 2003, when a small cat shelter in Kinokawa was asked to vacate the premises to make way for new roads leading to train stations. In 2006, just after the opening ceremony of the new sta-
tion, an old woman who cared for the cats went up to Mitsunobu Kojima, the railway company’s president. She pleaded with him to let the cats, who were facing eviction, to continue to live inside the station. We’re not sure what happened to the other cats but the moment Kojima saw Tama, he just knew the cat was destined for the position of station master. Otherwise a dog person, Kojima instantly warmed up to the furry, fat feline. “The moment I met eyes with Tama, I was immediately struck with an image of Tama as station master,” he said. His vision for Tama was a ‘manekineko’ (a ‘beckoning cat’), a Japanese lucky charm that would bring good business. VIA ODDITY CENTRAL
A morning walk is key to losing a few pounds: scientists As ideas for losing weight go, this is certainly a bright one. Scientists say that people who get out and about in the morning are thinner than those who go outside later in the day. They believe that bright morning light helps synchronise the body clock, which then helps regulate metabolism. The US researchers gave 54 men and women wrist monitors that recorded details of their light exposure, sleep and exercise for a week. The volunteers also kept a diary of all the food they ate. Crunching the results revealed that those who were exposed to bright light before noon were lighter than others – even when exercise, diet and sleep were taken into account. The researchers, from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said that the timing, intensity and duration of the light were all important. They say it would be hard to get enough light indoors and recommended we get out, even on a cloudy day. Just 20 to 30 minutes is enough. The study’s senior author Dr Phyllis Zee said: ‘Light is the most potent agent to synchronise your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance. ‘If a person doesn’t get sufficient light at the appropriate time of day, it could de-synchronise your internal body clock, which is known to alter metabolism and can lead to weight gain. ‘The
message is that you should get more bright light between 8am and noon.’ Researcher Dr Kathryn Reid said: ‘Just like people are trying to get more sleep to help them lose weight, perhaps manipulating light is another way to lose weight.’ She recommends that office workers take the
chance to go outside during their breaks and that lighting is improved in schools and work places. The journal PLoS ONE reports that isn’t entirely clear how bright morning light keeps us trim but it is known that light affects metabolism and feelings of hunger and satiety. VIA DAILY MAIL
Text and walk in safety: Apple patents system to show live video behind messages to avoid accidents Walking and texting could soon become a lot less dangerous thanks to Apple. The firm has patented a system to show live video in the background when a user is sending a message. It would avoid embarrassing and potentially dangerous accidents. The patent, which was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, uses the phone’s camera to ‘continuously capture and present the video images in the background of the texting session so that the device’s user can continuously be aware of the environment beyond the device’s display while still focusing on the text message being communicated.’ The display’s inventor is listed as Stephen Payne of Waterford,
Michigan. The patent also hints at other uses of the technology, allowing users to stream the video behind a
web browser or app. The patent suggests that the technology is fully functional but there is no indication when,
or even if, Apple would roll out the feature. ‘A user who is walking while participating in a text messaging session may inadvertently collide with or stumble over objects in his path because his attention was focused on his device’s display instead of the path that he was traversing,’ according to the patent filing. The latest version of iOS 7 already includes transparent overlays, such as when a user pulls down notifications from the top of the home screen. There are apps on the market that allow users to type over an image of their surroundings, but they require them to copy and paste the text into the relevant application, such as Twitter or the text message function. ONLINE
Friday, 4 April, 2014
beckham’s soN brooklyN makes his moDelliNg Debut
Dear Nazia, you woulD have beeN 49 toDay...
HE 49th birthday of iconic pop singer of Pakistan, Nazia Hassan was observed on Thursday. She was born on April 3, 1965 and became pop icon of the country in the 80s. The pop singer, who was shot to fame after she sang a song for the Indian movie `Qurbani' at the age of 15, had her talent recognized across the whole South Asia. 'Aap Jaisa Koi Meri Zindagi' a song she sang for the Indian earned her a Filmfare award thus paving her way for the debut album, Disco Deewane. Nazia soon became the striking beauty of the 80s and along with her brother produced audio and video hits, forever changing the Pakistani pop music industry. Among her biggest hits were "Ankhen Milane Wale" and "Dum Dum Dede". She was also a political analyst along with being a remarkable singer. In 1995 she got married and had her son Arez in 1997. Nazia passed away in 2000 after losing a battle with cancer. She however remains a celebrity in the hearts of the 80s' generation and lives on in the heart of her fans.
International sports superstar David Beckham’s eldest son Brooklyn has made his modelling debut aged 15. Brooklyn, who is said to have inherited his father’s talent for football, graced the cover page of British magazine ‘Man About Town’. The picture was taken by photographer Alasdair McLellan, who has also worked with his parents David and Victoria Beckham for some other publications. The Telegraph quoted publication editor Ben Reardon as saying "We could not have wished for a stronger subject than Brooklyn to bring this story to life. He was a diligent, relaxed cover star for his first ever fashion shoot." Brooklyn’s eleven-year-old brother Romeo was the first of the Beckham children to enter modelling. He did a campaign for Burberry in December 2012. ONLINE
miley breaks DowN DuriNg coNcert oN pet Dog’s Death Miley Cyrus couldn't help but break down into tears at last night's Bangerz tour stop-off in Boston. Having described the day as the "3rd worst" of her life, the pop star had been mourning the unexpected death of her beloved pet dog, Floyd. It is not known how the Alaskan Klee Kai died on Tuesday but he was honoured by the 21 year-old star with a Fleetwood Mac song tribute. "I'm sure you guys already know, but the reason that I'm so upset is my dog, I shouldn't say he was my favorite but he was my favorite, he passed away," Miley told the audience, adding "I just wanna do a song for him. We used to always listen to Fleetwood Mac together, it's his favorite song.so I wanna do this song for Floyd. This song is Landslide." Instead of the raunchy onstage antics that Miley is known for, she delivered a sweet yet sombre take on the classic Fleetwood Mac track but had to pause several times because she was crying. VIA CONTACT MUSIC
michael JacksoN woulDN't like New album, says family Michael Jackson's family claim he would not approve of the upcoming 'Xscape' album. The late King of Pop's nephew, TJ Jackson, who along with his brothers Taryll and Taj formed the pop group 3T, insists his late uncle was a ''perfectionist'' and would not be happy with the collection of new material being released without his final seal of approval. Speaking of the album, which sees eight unheard tracks released on May 13, TJ told the Sun newspaper: ''I have mixed emotions because as an artist and as his nephew I know he'd want a final listen before anything he did was released to the public. ''Saying that though, that's my uncle and I want him and anything associated with him to be successful.'' Michael's label Epic records announced on Monday (31.03.14) that they would release the new tracks from the late singer's vaults with music executive L.A. Reid lining up producers to ''contemporise'' the record. Fans have been reassured the album will only be helmed by producers Michael had worked with in the past or expressed a strong interest in collaborating with. VIA BANG SHOWBIZ
captaiN america is all love for marvel Chris Evans says working for Marvel has been the ''biggest blessing'' in his life. The 32-year-old actor - who recently hit the big screen as the titular superhero in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' - insists starring in the superhero films has changed ''the game'' for him and he is extremely grateful for that. Talking to Collider.com, he said: ''I have a six movie contract with Marvel and I absolutely plan on fulfilling them. This is without a doubt the biggest blessing in my life. Marvel has literally changed the game for me.'' Evans - who first worked for Marvel when he played Johnny Storm in the 'Fantastic Four' films - is preparing for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron', which is due for release in 2015, and although he is careful not to reveal too many details regarding the plot he claims the script is ''great''. VIA BANG SHOWBIZ
MEGAN FOX ROPED IN BY AKSHAY FOR MOVIE
Johnny Depp slams reality shows
Akshay Kumar has reportedly been busy working on a new film, “Fugly,” with Salman Khan, but it looks like he is working on another project where he has roped in Megan Fox. The movie that Kumar allegedly chose Fox for will be a remake of the 1982 film “Shaukeen,” and he apparently confirmed signing her and is quite happy with the decision. Nargis Fakhri was suppose to star opposite of the “Khiladi” star but apparently walked out of the film following date complications with a Hollywood project she is working on. Now the new film will be helmed by Rumi Jaffrey while Kumar and Fox play the leading roles. ONLINE
Actor Johnny Depp finds the modern world's obsession with material goods "frightening" and feels the craze will cause downfall of society in a few years' time. He also lashed out at reality TV stars. "It's really frightening. And when you see all this stuff that goes on in the commercials - the endless commercials people yelling down your gob, 'Buy this, do this, this will save you, this will fix you.' "Everything can be a reality show now. Imagine what's it going to be in 20 years, man,” contactmusic.com quoted him as saying. Depp also went on to apparently slam stars like the
Kardashians and Paris Hilton by lamenting that talentless socialites have become idols to a whole generation thanks to the phenomenon that is reality TV. "People get famous now for I don't know what. People have reality shows because they're a Hollywood socialite, and these things become very successful and they generate a lot of money for the company,” said the Rum Diary star. "And it's multiplying, to where you're literally looking into your next door neighbour's bathroom with reckless abandon. It is like watching a fire. You can't take your eyes off of it,” he added. AGENCIES
Ranveer Singh turns down Karan Johar for Bhansali’s next ﬂick Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has chosen Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming historical drama ‘Bajirao Mastani’ over Karan Johar’s ‘Shuddhi’. Ranveer was under consideration to play the lead actor in ‘Shuddhi’ after Hrithik Roshan walked out of the project. Despite, reportedly expressing his interest in Johar’s film —featuring his ‘Ram Leela’ co-star Deepika Padukone— Ranveer turned it down due to clash with the dates of ‘Bajirao Mastani’, to which he had committed earlier. Bhansali’s dream project, which initially featured Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai in lead, is based on the life of Peshwa Bajirao and his ladylove Mastani. VIA TIMES OF INDIA
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER FANS PETITION FOR NEW ENDING Dissatisfied fans of How I Met Your Mother are campaigning for a new ending after the finale aired on Monday. Despite earning a series-high rating of 12.9 million viewers in America, the final episode of the popular sitcom proved to be polarising for fans as a number of plot twists left viewers stunned by the show's conclusion after nine seasons. VIA WENN
Friday, 4 April, 2014
DU PLESSIS READY TO RISK SUSPENSION Mirpur: Faf du Plessis, South Africa's captain, is prepared to risk being suspended for the World T20 final if it means overseeing victory against India. Du Plessis has twice been penalised for South Africa's slow overrates in the tournament and was banned for their final group game against England, but said he would prioritise winning their semifinal above his own availability. Du Plessis was not fit enough to lead in South Africa's opening World T20 game against Sri Lanka, with AB de Villiers captaining in his stead. He returned to take the reins for wins against New Zealand and Netherlands, both games resulting in close finishes, and on each occasion South Africa were deemed to have been two overs short. "I'll always be on the side of looking at the situation in front of you now," du Plessis said when asked whether he would try to ensure South Africa kept time better. "You can't be playing or making decisions like it's in the future. "When it comes to crunch time it's important that you take your time and make sure you and the bowler are very clear in your decision making, I feel that's the best way to go. With the conditions here maybe favouring spin a bit more, we can get some more overs out of JP and that will also make sure the over rate is a bit quicker." In Chittagong, South Africa relied largely on their pace attack and Imran Tahir, although JP Duminy was also called upon. The dew caused problems for maintaining the over rate at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury and Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal was suspended for the same offence during the Super 10 stage. Du Plessis' stance contrasts with a strategy employed by Sri Lanka at the last World T20, when Kumar Sangakkara assumed official captaincy duties in place of Mahela Jayawardene, who could have faced a suspension, for their final Super 8 match against England. Tahir and Duminy are likely to be South Africa's main slow-bowling options against India, with du Plessis referring to their "best eleven". However, with the Mirpur surface likely to offer greater purchase for spinners, Aaron Phangiso could come into contention. Du Plessis indicated the women's semi-final between South Africa and England played beforehand would inform their thinking. "That decision we'll make tomorrow," du Plessis said. "We've decided that because there's a game before us, the ladies are playing, so we'll assess how the wicket is playing. If there's excessive spin, we'll definitely look at that option and if it's a good wicket we'll pick our best eleven." The difference between the surfaces in Chittagong and Dhaka has been a talking point during the tournament, with South Africa and Sri Lanka, the qualifiers from Group 1, having to make a swift adjustment to the new conditions. AGENCIES
OHAMMAD Hafeez has stepped down as Pakistan's T20 captain, just days after the team's exit from the group stage of the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh. Hafeez has also relinquished the vice-captaincy of the ODI side as well. He was given the T20 captaincy in May 2012 after Misbah-ul-Haq decided to step down. Misbah continues to lead the Test and ODI sides. "As a Pakistan T20 captain I solely take the whole responsibility for the performance in the World T20 and decided to step down from the captaincy," Hafeez told a press conference after meeting with the PCB chairman Najam Sethi at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. "Whether we played either good or bad I owe it as captain to produce results but it didn't happen. I had a productive discussion with the chairman and I myself offered to step down." During his stint as T20 captain, Hafeez led Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka. However, the team exited at group stage after losing to West Indies on Tuesday by a massive 84 runs. It was the first time Pakistan had failed to progress to the semi-finals in five editions of the tournament. Hafeez's overall T20 record stands at 18 wins (one via a one-over eliminator) and 11 losses from 29 matches "I think as a captain I worked with all my honesty and tried to carry the team with a proper vision. The decision [to step down] is taken solely on the basis of the World T20 performance that wasn't up to the mark - the only major reason and nothing else."I thank all stakeholders who worked with me and players who executed my plans that were actually meant for the betterment [of the team]. I hope the decisions taken in the future will be good and taken in the interest of Pakistan cricket. Meanwhile, I am available as a player but will also dis-
Professor lays down his hat
tance myself from the vice-captaincy of ODI cricket." Pakistan are currently facing a six-month period without interna-
tional cricket and ESPNcricinfo understands that the PCB are in no rush to appoint a new T20 captain. Their next
SETHI ABSOLVES HIMSELF FROM POOR TEAM SELECTION LAHORE
PCB CHAIRMAN SAYS HE ONLY APPOINTS CHIEF SELECTOR AND SELECTION COMMITTEE
Shifting responsibility for the national team’s poor performance in the T20 championship on the team’s captain and selection committee, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi has said that by taking responsibility for the team’s shortcomings, Mohammad Hafeez had set a good precedent. Addressing a press conference Thursday, Sethi said that the reaction to the team’s performance in Pakistan was too strong, citing examples of how people in Australia and England reacted even though their teams had lost too. “We did not reach the semi-finals, but at least we are at the fifth position. Australia, England and New Zealand are behind us in terms of points,” he added. He cited problems with the captaincy, the selection, and the coaching for the poor performance, adding that all these problems had become clear now. He also pointed out fitness and fielding as the major weak areas of the team. However, defending the previous team selection, he said that at the time of selection, everyone including the coach and the management thought that it was a good selection. Upon a question about groupings within the team, Sethi clarified that this was not true. He also informed that the previous selection committee will not extended and that a new committee will now be formed. Talking about his role in the selection of the team, he informed that the chairman’s role is limited to appointing the chief selector and, along with the chief selector, forming the selection committee. “Over the next four to five months some good decision will be made; we will have a new team, a new selection committee, and a new coach, and everything will be transparent,” he assured.
PRAISES MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ FOR STEPPING DOWN FROM CAPTAINCY
MAROOF FIFTY CLINCHES SEVENTH PLACE FOR PAKISTAN SyLHET AGENCIES
Bismah Maroof was the backbone of Pakistan's batting as they took the seventh-place play-off against Sri Lanka by 14 runs in the Women's World T20. Her 62 off 53 balls resuscitated a top-order collapse to present enough of a score for the bowlers to defend. Pakistan were 17 for 2 when she arrived and lost her partner Nida Dar not long after. Sri Lanka's control was slowly coaxed out of their grasp by a a fourth-wicket partnership 75 off 67 between Maroof and the captain
scheduled fixtures are a full tour against Australia in the UAE which includes two Tests, three ODIs and one T20. Hafeez, 33, said he was ready to join the ranks under any captain. He declined to tip anyone as his successor, saying that it is the responsibility of the board. On Wednesday, Shahid Afridi offered himself for the role an Hafeez and there is a belief in some quarters that Hafeez has stepped down to create room for Afridi to take over. "There was no such pressure," Hafeez insisted. "It's only my decision amid the bad result in World T20 and new appointment is the responsibility for the cricket board. Being a player I am ready to play under any captain." Moin Khan, meanwhile, has offered to continue with his role as head coach, though his initial contract was only for the Asia Cup and World T20. Moin replaced Dav Whatmore when the PCB pressed towards having a homegrown coach but Pakistan's results under him have been mixed although they reached the final of the Asia Cup where they lost to Sri Lanka. But Moin defended his position saying it was always going to be difficult for him to have a significant impact in a short period of time. "Cricket remains the same whoever the coach will be but it takes time to and you can't expect anything big in such a short-time," he said. "We did make the Asia Cup final but until you have a long-term role you can't make any difference."
Sana Mir. A late flurry from Asmavia Iqbal, 16 off 5, hiked the total up to 122. Nilakshi de Silva was Sri Lanka's best bowler with a double-strike in the fifth over. Anam Amin, the slow left-armer opened the bowling and had Sri Lanka in a tangle with two wickets in two overs. That slip turned into free-fall when Sania Khan's medium pace made short work of the middle order to leave the score at 37 for 5. Eshani Lokusuriyage resisted with 37 off 29 balls and shepherded to tail until the 18th over. Her fall complicated an equation of 30 off 12 even further and Sri Lanka ended short.
Pakistan Women 122 for 5 (Maroof 62, de Silva 2-14) beat Sri Lanka Women 108 for 8 (Kaushalya 37, Sania 3-24) by 14 runs
DAVIDSON WILL SUCCEED ME: WRIGHT SPORTS DESK St Johnstone fans were given a glimpse of the future during boss Tommy Wright time in hospital, according to the Northern Irishman. McDiarmid manager Wright spent just over a week recuperating from emergency gallbladder surgery after being rushed to Perth Royal Infirmary with stomach pains. In his absence, assistant boss Callum Davidson took charge alongside youth-team coach Alec Cleland, with the make-shift manager chalking up back-to-back wins over Hibernian and St Mirren. Now Wright has told Saints fans he hopes to permanently pass on the reigns to former Scotland full-back Davidson one day. He said: "Callum will go into management at one stage. "The plan is for me to be in this job for as long as possible and then for Callum to take over from me. "That is something that the chairman and I have discussed and we've talked about it with Callum as well. He and Alec have been really good and I knew they would be. "They are good honest people with a lot of knowledge about the game." Wright was back in his work clothes for last weekend's 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle, but chose to watch from the stands as Kris Doolan's lastminute equaliser cancelled out Stevie May's opener. That hardly helped to perk up the 50-year-old and, having been told to take it easy by his doctors, he will again return to a seat in the director's box for this Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash with Kilmarnock. Wright said it may become his regular vantage point. "I won't be back in the dug-out on Saturday, I'm going to give it another week," he said. "I'll be out doing the training today and I've been in the office for a couple of hours this week, but I'll be sitting in the director's box again for the Kilmarnock match.
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sri lanka book another final sPot
EST Indies banked on a frenetic finish, but Sri Lanka's bowlers had choked the chase to suffocation-point before heavy rain, then marble-sized hail, cut the innings short and sent Sri Lanka to yet another major final. When the heavens opened, West Indies had needed 81 from 37 balls, with six wickets remaining. The Duckworth-Lewis calculation had them 27 runs adrift. It was always a dangerous ploy to begin the chase slowly, but doubly so with rain in the air, and against an attack that
features better death bowlers than most in the competition. West Indies had actually scored 17 from the first, wayward over from Nuwan Kulasekara, but as an unambitious Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels hunkered down, they mustered only 17 from the next six. Sri Lanka's spinners were allowed to settle, and soon, even the expansive shots were being mistimed. Dwayne Bravo tonked 30 for 19, as messages from the dugout implored Samuels to shift into overdrive, but when Bravo fell in the 14th over, West Indies' chances grew desperately slim. Darren Sammy, who has been the finisher of the tournament, was about to face his first ball when the weather intruded. Two Lasith Malinga overs remained, how-
ever, and the required rate may have been beyond even Sammy's rapid blade. Only Tillakaratne Dilshan prospered out of Sri Lanka's senior batsmen, and even he scored only at a run-a-ball, running two batsmen out, including himself, in the process. Kusal Perera's bold 26 from 12 and Angelo Mathews' canny 40 from 23 gave the innings its flourishes, while Lahiru Thirimanne's 44 from 35 was its substance. Perera had dealt powerfully to Krishmar Santokie through the leg side, to set Sri Lanka off at more than 10 an over in the first four, before Santokie had him playing on to a leg cutter. Mahela Jayawardene, so often Sri Lanka's big-game performer, was dismissed cruelly before he had had the
SCOREbOARd SRI LANKA MdKJ Perera b Santokie 26 TM dilshan run out (Simmons) 39 dPMd Jayawardene run out (Sammy/†Ramdin) 0 KC Sangakkara† c & b badree 1 HdRL Thirimanne c Simmons b Santokie 44 Ad Mathews c bravo b Russell 40 S Prasanna not out 6 EXTRAS: (lb 2, w 2) 4 TOTAL: (6 wickets; 20 overs) 160 dId NOT bAT: KMdN Kulasekara, SMSM Senanayake, HMRKb Herath, SL Malinga* FALL OF WICKETS: 1-41 (Perera, 3.6 ov), 2-41 (Jayawardene, 4.2 ov), 3-49 (Sangakkara, 6.2 ov), 4-91 (dilshan, 13.3 ov), 5121 (Thirimanne, 16.6 ov), 6-160 (Mathews, 19.6 ov) bOWLING: S badree 4-0-23-1, K Santokie 4-0-46-2, SP Narine 4-0-20-0, MN Samuels 4-0-23-0, Ad Russell 3-0-371, CH Gayle 1-0-9-0 WEST INdIES dR Smith b Malinga 17 CH Gayle b Malinga 3 LMP Simmons lbw b Prasanna 4 18 MN Samuels not out 30 dJ bravo c Jayawardene b Kulasekara dJG Sammy* not out 0 EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 7) 8 80 TOTAL: (4 wickets; 13.5 overs) dId NOT bAT: d Ramdin†, Ad Russell, SP Narine, S badree, K Santokie FALL OF WICKETS: 1-25 (Gayle, 4.1 ov), 2-28 (Smith, 4.5 ov), 3-34 (Simmons, 7.1 ov), 4-77 (bravo, 13.2 ov) bOWLING: KMdN Kulasekara 2.5-0-22-1, SMSM Senanayake 2-0-6-0, SL Malinga 2-0-5-2, HMRKb Herath 4-0-27-0, S Prasanna 2-0-15-1, Ad Mathews 1-0-4-0 MATCH dETAILS TOSS: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat SERIES: Sri Lanka advanced PLAyER OF THE MATCH: Ad Mathews (Sri Lanka) UMPIRES: RA Kettleborough (Eng) and RJ Tucker (Aus) TV UMPIRE: SJ davis (Australia) MATCH REFEREE: dC boon (Australia) RESERVE UMPIRE: bNJ Oxenford (Australia)
chance to make an impact with the bat. Dilshan called him through after chopping one to point, but sharp work in the infield and a good throw over the stumps caught Jayawardene short, before he faced a ball. Kumar Sangakkara's demise for 1 from six balls was of his own making. He pushed out early against a slower Samuel Badree ball and lobbed a simple catch to the bowler. Dilshan lacked fluency, as he has done throughout the tournament, but combined sagely with Thirimanne for 42 to lift Sri Lanka from 49 for 3. He would run himself out too, haring out of the crease when there was no run to be had, but Thirimanne completed the recovery, striking two sixes - including an uppercut over third man off Andre Russell. Thirimanne's innings was as secure as it was well-paced, setting the team up for a death-over spike, with wickets in the bank. Mathews had been tentative against Sunil Narine early in his innings, often having his outside edge beaten as he prodded. But having been 13 from 14 balls, he gathered pace against Santokie in the penultimate over, to help deliver a furious finish worth 32 in the final two overs.
WITH ROLES REVERSED
It's a world-tournament semi-final. One of the teams has been super smooth, streamrolling opponents and making for boring efficient one-sided cricket. They have been unbeaten and without a bother in the world. The other has been almost dysfunctional, sorting out batting orders on the fly, relying on a crazy fast bowler with crazy eyes, a wristspinner, and jailbreaks even against minnows. South Africa against a subcontinent nation, then. Except that it is all inverted. India have played like South Africa usually do, probably their smoothest world tournament ever, but they also have the experience of going further: they are the current holders of the World Cup and Champions Trophy, and are gunning for this to complete the set. South Africa have played like a team from Asia, a bit like Pakistan, coming into the tournament uncertain, playing under different captains, somehow finding momentum when it has begun to matter. South Africa have made four worldtournament semi-finals before this without progressing further. Overall they have made 10 tournament semi-finals, and have progressed only once. Almost every time they have brought to the semi-final the form their opponents have brought to this one. They will be hoping the mad scram-
bling this time brings them better luck. And, by the way, the only time they won the semi-final, they went on to win the tournament, the 1998 Champions Trophy, coincidentally in Bangladesh. This classical tournament semi-final duel, albeit with roles inverted, is also a last opportunity for India to get one back over their tormentors from the South African season. South Africa will want to continue their domination of India, albeit in much more challenging conditions, after they were unbeaten on the tour. If India can win this, it will give them a measure of satisfaction after they came close to pulling off a great upset in Johannesburg. No team has been able to play its natural game against India so far in this tournament. Pakistan came unstuck against discipline, West Indies were not allowed to hit the sixes they like, Bangladesh never really turned up, and by the time Australia came up against them they were already a demoralised side. This is where South Africa's unpredictability, even though this will be their first match at what has been India's base, will provide India a challenge. It's not often that you don't know what to except of South Africa, but this tournament has not been about the expected. Before this tournament began, Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir would have cast an
TENSPORTS INDIA V SOUTH AFRICA TWENTY20 WORLD CUP 2014
FOREST JOB TOO GOOD TO MISS: PEARCE SPORTS DESK Stuart Pearce would have felt unfulfilled had he not taken the Nottingham Forest job at some point during his managerial career. The former Forest captain's appointment as manager from July 1 was confirmed on Thursday, with the ex-England fullback the permanent successor to Billy Davies who was sacked last month. Pearce, who played for Forest for 12 years and had a spell as caretaker boss during the 1996-97 season, turned down the job for personal reasons last week following initial talks. However, with a club so close to his heart calling for him, the 51-yearold was persuaded to resurrect discussions. A compromise was reached for him to begin in the role in the summer on a two-year deal and for academy manager Gary Brazil to continue on an interim basis for the remainder of the season. Pearce admitted that no other club in the country could have had that effect on him. Asked if that was the reason for his U-turn, the former England Under21 manager said: ''I wouldn't call it a U-turn. ''We had discussions last week. At the time I suggested I had so much on in terms of a personal nature and from commercial aspects with work commitments. ''Fawaz then asked me to take charge in the summer and everything seems right. ''I have just signed a contract from July 1. 'This club probably has more of a pull than any club in the country. ''The pride and passion comes way before financial gain. I've represented five professional clubs and I would like to think I've given them good service. ''The honour of coming back into this club is massive. ''By the time I've finished with management if ever I felt I had the opportunity to become manager here and turned it down, then I would not be fulfilled.''
SOUTH AFRICA (PROBABLE) 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Faf du Plessis (capt.), 4 AB de Villiers, 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Beuran Hendricks/ Aaron Phangiso, 11 Imran Tahir
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INDIA (PROBABLE) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Ajinkya Rahane/ Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Mohit Sharma/ M Shami eye on how their post-retirement funds are doing, and now they are two of the leading wicket-takers and key players for their sides. Legspin has never had it better in T20Is. Faf du Plessis denied Chennai Super Kings team-mate MS Dhoni that Test win at Wanderers, and they are now opposing captains one last time before they join each other in the IPL. Du Plessis is respectful of how India have done well under Dhoni in big tournaments, but will want to deny him one last time this season. Team news Yuvraj Singh, who missed a training
session two days before the match because of a knock he sustained playing barefoot football, is expected to play, said India's media manager. The two other decisions to make for India are between Mohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami and between Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan. Many, including India, are expecting Aaron Phangiso to play for South Africa, but du Plessis said they will make the decision only after watching the women's game before the men's semi-final. Du Plessis' comeback over Farhan Behardien is the natural change now that the over-rate ban has been served.
PiTch and condiTions The pitches are getting more and more tired, which is making chasing difficult, but there is some rain forecast for Friday, which could make matters interesting. Stat and trivia At six matches, this is India's longest winning streak in T20 internationals. If India win this tournament, they will have equalled the longest overall streak, which belongs to England and Ireland. India have never lost a semi-final under Dhoni. AB de Villiers is three short of becoming the 16th man to 1000 Twenty20 international runs.
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