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Afghan Taliban AFGHANS VOTE FOR reject democracy; A BETTER FUTURE say they want Sharia Rs 25.00 Vol IV No 277 104 Pages

10 die in presidential election violence as Afghans brave Taliban threat to elect successor to President Karzai


Caught between taliban,

good and bad

As negotiators evolve mechanism to differentiate between combatant and non-combatant Taliban prisoners, Nisar says govt has decided to release another 13 Taliban militants STORY ON PAGE 02

Work done to accord MFN status to India: Basit STORY ON PAGE 06

Israel, India agree on missile defence system against Pak-China nuclear strikes STORY ON PAGE 06

Russia cannot afford ‘collapsing state’ in its backyard STORY ON PAGE 05

CAN A NON-PASHTUN LEAD KP? The government is in a fix over the election of KP governor as Mehtab Abbasi is a non-Pashtun while Maj (r) Amir is reluctant to accepting the slot

22 killed, over 40 injured as mini-truck falls in gorge STORY ON PAGE 06


MH370 plane search: China ship ‘picks up signal’ STORY ON PAGE 05

4 crew members of hijacked vessel reach Pakistan STORY ON PAGE 05


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LONDON: The MQM chief Altaf Hussain has demanded of the government, military and bureaucracy to decide retired general Musharraf’s case on merit, rather than on personal likes and dislikes, saying that it would be good for the national interest. Hussain expressed these views while addressing people who had come to the farewell dinner given in the honour of Wajid Shamshul Hasan at the MQM’s International Secretariat. MQM’s Deputy Conveners Nadeem Nusrat, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and members of Coordination committees, senators, members of national and provincial assemblies and office bearers of different wings and departments were also present. “At a time when Pakistan is facing internal and external challenges we should not try to create discord and confusion, otherwise it will endanger our security and survival. We must know that Pakistan is facing isolation at the diplomatic front. Our friends are not sincere with us,” Hussain said. He praised Wajid’s services saying that we needed an experienced and talented high commissioner like him to deal with the challenges and crisis faced by Pakistan. He added that he respected the decision of the government. Addressing the elected representatives from Pakistan, Hussain said they must maintain the sanctity of the public votes. He urged them to solve the problems faced by the people of their constituencies and work to provide more facilities and relief to people. He said that they must establish educational institutions and libraries and try to improve the standard of education. INP





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He dialogue committees of the government and the banned terrorist outfit, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Saturday made a major headway in the peace process by evolving a mechanism for identification and differentiation between combatant and non-combatant Taliban prisoners. Both the sides also agreed to form a subcommittee to monitor and facilitate the release of detainees kept by the government, Pakistan Today has learnt. A source privy to the meeting said the TTP committee was urged to persuade the Taliban Shura to at least release Professor Ajmal Khan to reciprocate the government's initiative. “It was agreed that a mechanism would be evolved to identify and monitor facilitation of those Taliban prisoners who are cleared by the security forces for release out of the lists provided by the Taliban. Moreover, it was also decided that the government would release another 13 Taliban militants which have already been cleared by the forces,” the source added. Asked whether those already released had also been cleared by the military establishment, the source asserted that the military leadership had also cleared those released earlier while another 13 Taliban prisoners would be released. He said that all 19 TTP prisoners had been held by the agencies at least for one year or so and all had been debriefed and cleared by the security establishment. The source added that the next meeting of the government’s dialogue committee with the Taliban Shura would be held in Miranshah. He said the Taliban committee had been told to release civilians and army officials abducted so far. “The Taliban have been told to act now as the government was under se-

vere pressure from media and politicians who were opposing the peace process on pretext that the Taliban leadership was reluctant to reciprocate the government’s generous release of its detainees.” The source said that if the Taliban did not release Prof Ajmal then the government would not be able to move even an inch from its position and no more relaxation would be given to the Taliban. “The Taliban have been told that there is a need for the militants to show flexibility and release the abducted civilians so as the pressure from media and politicians could be lessened. Moreover, a goodwill gesture will also help create a sympathy wave among the public for the Taliban,” he asserted. The source added that the TTP committee had been told that the Taliban should now extend the ceasefire for an indefinite period in return for the government’s cooperation. The source added that the committee agreed that both the sides – the TTP and the government – were sincere in resolving the dispute through dialogue and peace

could be restored amicably in across country. ‘MORE TTP MEN TO BE FREED’: Following the meeting, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters that the Taliban and government should give their input on taking the dialogue process further. He said that the government had decided to release another 13 Taliban leaders, including some of those which included in the list provided by the TTP. He said that Taliban prisoners were released as a goodwill gesture and almost 30 prisoners would be released until the next meeting with Taliban. The minister said the direct talks are entering defining moments, as the two sides would discuss core issues in the coming round. However, he cautioned that there cannot be one-sided traffic and the other side will also have to reciprocate the goodwill gesture of releasing non-combatants. He said many people were in the custody of the Taliban and in Saturday’s meeting, the government side particularly pointed out the name of Prof Ajmal, sons of former prime min-


MUSHARRAF SUMMONED ON MAY 3 KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that majority of the Taliban militants wanted peace. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, he said that peace could be established in Karachi if the police is depoliticised. Replying to a question, the PTI chairman also claimed that people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were happier from citizens of all other provinces. Also, Imran Khan said his party lawmakers in the General elections in 2013 didn't win due to their personal reputation, and not due to the tickets given by PTI. INP

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Rejecting the plea for permanent exemption from appearance, an additional session judge on Saturday summoned former president Pervez Musharraf on May 3 in the Ghazi Abdul Rasheed murder case. Additional Session Judge Wajid Ali was hearing the case. During the course of proceedings, Musharraf's lawyer Akhtar Shah filed the exemption plea. He said that the former president was facing life threats,

adding that his client was even targeted while shifting from hospital to farmhouse. ‘Lal Masjid Shuhada Foundation’ lawyer Tariq Asad said that the former military ruler could be summoned after making appropriate security arrangements, adding that the trial could be held in high court premises. After hearing the arguments, the court exempted Musharraf from Saturday's hearing while rejected the plea for permanent exemption. The court summoned Musharraf on May 3.


ister Yousaf Raza Gilani and late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. He said there is no justification of detaining civilians, foreigners, and government servants. ‘DIRECT TALKS SOON’: Meanwhile, Samiul Haq, head of the TTP committee, told reporters that next round of direct talks with the Taliban Shura would take place in a day or two. He hoped for further extension in ceasefire and complete restoration of peace in the country. The chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S), who is known as “Father of Taliban” in the West, said real peace talks were yet to commence as ongoing dialogues were only confidence building measures. earlier on Friday, the TTP had extended until April 10 the ceasefire earlier announced by it and hoped that the government would reciprocate its ‘gesture’ with positive steps. The extension came a day after the government had announced that it had released 19 non-combatant Taliban as a goodwill gesture for bolstering the peace process.

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SPIN BOLDAK: An Afghan woman gets ballet paper form the presiding officer at a polling station for Afghan Presidential Elections. INP


LeCTIoN-ReLATeD violence in different parts of Afghanistan left 10 people, including civilians, dead and several others wounded on Saturday, officials said. Ghulam Jilani Farahi, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) director, said two policemen were killed and four others, including an observer, wounded in a blast. The explosion happened in Naukhez area on the outskirts of Qalat, the capital of Zabul. The explosion took place at a time when police were guarding a polling station for women. In Bamiyan province, a passenger vehicle overturned on its way to a polling centre, said Khudai Baz Ziarmal, the police chief. Police shot dead a man forcing his way into a female polling centre in Zabul. Separately, Abdul Wahid Kandahari, the police chief for the orgun in Paktika, said terrorists fired 15 missiles into the town but there had been no reports of casualties do far. In Kapisa, four Taliban fighters were killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely, Governor Gen Mehrabuddin Sapi said. explosions and militant attacks were reported in Nangarhar, Kunar and Laghman provinces. BRAVING TALIBAN THREAT: Afghans braved the Taliban threat to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in the country's first democratic trans-

fer of power as US-led forces wind down their 13year war. Long queues formed outside polling stations in cities across the country, despite cold, wet weather, as voters cast their ballots at around 6,000 centres under tight security. While voting in urban areas appeared brisk, it was not clear what turnout would be like in rural districts. The Taliban have rejected the election as a foreign plot and urged their fighters to attack polling staff, voters and security forces, but only one incident was reported in the first few hours of voting. A blast killed one person and wounded two others at a school being used as a polling station in Logar province, south of Kabul, district chief Abdul Hameed Hamid Muhammad Agha said. In Kabul, hit by a series of deadly attacks during the election campaign, hundreds of people lined up in the open air to vote despite the insurgents' promise of violence. "I'm not afraid of Taliban threats; we will die one day anyway. I want my vote to be a slap in the face of the Taliban," housewife Laila Neyazi, 48, said. Poll security was a major concern following the attacks in Kabul, most recently a suicide bombing on Wednesday that killed six police officers. Interior Minister omar Daudzai said all 400,000


of Afghanistan's police, army and intelligence services were being deployed to ensure security around the country. Afghans have taken over responsibility for security from US-led forces and this year the last of the NATo coalition's 51,000 combat troops will pull out, leaving local forces to battle the resilient Taliban insurgency without their help. In the western city of Herat, a queue of several hundred people waited to vote at one polling station, while in Jalalabad in the east, voters stood patiently outside a mosque. Voters also lined up in Kandahar city, the southern heartland of the Taliban, with some women among the crowd in contrast to the 2009 election when turnout was very low due to poor security. The country's third presidential election brings an end to 13 years of rule by Karzai, who has held power since the Taliban were ousted in 2001. Karzai, who is constitutionally barred from standing again, voted for his successor in a school near the presidential palace in Kabul. "I urge the Afghan nation to go to the polling stations despite the rain, cold weather and enemy threats... and to take the country another step towards success," he said.

SPIN BOLDAK: Afghan security guards frisk a man before allowing him to enter a polling station. INP

LONDON/KABUL: The Afghan Taliban say they do not recognise the democratic system and have made many sacrifices for the establishment of an Islamic government and free the country from foreign occupation. In an interview with BBC, about Afghanistan's presidential and provincial council elections, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected them and said that the Taliban have the right to free their country and implement the Islamic system. Mujahid said that those who have attended election rallies do not understand political affairs and cities are living under the umbrella of the enemy. The Taliban spokesman said that a majority of people who are engaged in jihad with their blood, soul and money have the right to decide the actual Islamic principles and select the system for the country. Mujahid said the presence of foreign troops in the polls and vote would mean nothing because the money and the plots have deceived millions of people. He said this does not mean that the Taliban, who in the past 13 years defeated the world's greatest fighting force have lost. aGeNCIes

SUSPENSION OF SMS SERVICE THREATENS TRANSPARENCY OF POLLS: EU KABUL: The head of the European Union's Afghan election observer mission condemned the suspension of mobile text messaging services across the country Saturday, saying it threatened the transparency of the poll. Cellphone users were able to make calls but not send SMS messages in an apparent effort to prevent candidates transmitting campaign messages on polling day. EU chief observer Thijs Berman wrote to election officials to warn the move would "seriously handicap" the work of candidates' agents, who monitor polling stations, and could even affect their safety. If the suspension lasted until after polls closed, he warned, "the very valuable work of the thousands of observers would also be severely affected". "This worries me enormously because observers in polling centres in regions and towns cannot communicate easily among themselves what is happening," Berman told AFP. "It's a risk to their security and also a risk to the transparency of the vote." The 2009 vote in which President Hamid Karzai was re-elected was marred by massive fraud. aGeNCIes

12 MORTAR SHELLS FIRED FROM AFGHANISTAN INTO NWA MIRANSHAH: As many as 12 mortar shells were fired from Afghanistan on Saturday that landed in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Pakistan deployed additional troops on its border to ensure security for the Afghan presidential polls. In first incident, four mortar shells fired from Afghanistan landed in NWA’s Ghulam Khan Tehsil. After hours, eight more mortar shells were fired into Bhangidar area of NWA. No casualties or loss of life was reported in both incidents. Pakistan and Afghanistan regularly trade allegations of cross-border shelling. All crossing points have been closed from Saturday until conclusion of polling in the war-torn country. Communication at Border Coordination Centres on both sides has also been enhanced and a hotline contact has been established between the two military operations directorates. Additionally aerial surveillance was carried out to check any untoward cross border movement. oNLINe


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Condition of foreign journalist who was attacked by an Afghan police official is out of danger and has been shifted from Khost to Kabul. “I visited hospital and met doctors, who have shown satisfaction regarding condition of Kathy Gannon,” Khost Governor Jabbar Naeemi told Pakistan Today on Saturday. He said that doctors have made a tremendous ef-

fort to save the precious life, as she is very popular among the Afghans. Showing his resentment over the terrorist attack on the journalists, Naeemi termed it not only an inhuman and immoral act but said, “It is contrary to Afghan traditions.” Both the foreign journalists were not only guests in Afghanistan but were women, he remarked, adding that stern action would be taken against the terrorists involved in this immoral and inhuman act. The accused, who opened fire on the journalists, has been arrested.


Both Gannon and her colleague Anja Niedringhaus were attacked by an Afghan police official in Khost while they were waiting for a convoy. Niedringhaus, a renowned photojournalists and holder of Pulitzer Prize had lost her life on the spot whereas Gannon received multiple bullet injuries. Accused Naqeebullah was arrested and is now being interrogated. To a question, Naeemi said, “Despite its geographical location, Khost is being considered as secure and peaceful province of

Afghanistan. But attack on two foreign journalists has damaged such image of this zone. At the moment, I am in a polling station, where hundreds of people are in queue, waiting for their turn to cast vote in presidential polls.” While expressing satisfaction over the polls, the governor said that they were being held in a peaceful atmosphere. This time the Afghans are taking more interest in the election process as compared to 2009 polls, he concluded.


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HE hunt for a suitable person to be appointed as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) governor has taken a new turn as tribal elders and defence establishment have expressed serious concerns over the reports of appointment of non-Pashtun politician Sardar Mehtab Abbasi as governor of the province. The KP governor is traditionally a post which plays as a bridge between the tribal elders and the federal government. More-



over, the army establishment has also conveyed their concerns as Abbasi is seen as an anti-army politician. Sources in the ruling PML-N said that following the reports of Abbasi’s appointment as governor, the tribal elders of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have conveyed their reservations to the government. Following these developments, the sources said, the prime minister held a meeting with his close aide Major (r) Amir and offered him the slot which was politely turned down by the former ISI officer. The sources maintained that being a Pash-




Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif approved Saturday a summary for recruitment of 600 men in Pakistan Railways (PR) Police. According to sources, the PM promptly approving the summary sent by Minster for Railways Saad Rafiq has allowed recruitment of 600 policemen in the railways police. Also, the sources said the recruited men, after getting anti-terrorism training, would be handed over to concerned divisions. These policemen would petrol passenger trains and railway platforms. The recruited men will be appointed on the posts of ASI, Constable and Head Constable.


Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Mian Fasihul Mulk will stand retired on Monday with Justice Mazhar Alam Mian Khel will be the new chief justice in his place. Notification in this regard has been issued. As per media reports, Justice Fasihul Mulk was appointed as the PHC chief justice on January 31, 2014 and his service tenure will expire on Monday. The PHC Chief Justice designate Mazhar Alam Mian Khel will take the oath of his office on Tuesday. The new CJ hails from Dera Ismail Khan, and was appointed as additional judge in the PHC in 2009 and judge in 2011.

general elections and rather a newcomer PTI man was elected as MNA,” a source in the ruling party said. Another source said that it was only Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan who wanted to get Abbasi appointed as the KP governor. Nisar also urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to arrange Abbasi’s meeting with the prime minister. “Finally, Shahbaz Sharif unwillingly arranged meeting with the prime minister. During the meeting, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi expressed his willingness to become the KP governor on pretext that the elders of FATA had turned against the incumbent governor due to corrupt practices and his lack of interest in getting violence ended from FATA,” the source added. However, the source said, Nawaz told Abbasi that he would take any decision in two weeks. “But instead of waiting for two weeks, information was leaked to media that the prime minister had decided to ap-

point Abbasi as the new governor which created unrest and concern among the people of FATA as well as the defence circles,” the source added. Another PML-N leader said that the reluctance shown by Major (r) Amir to accept the slot had left the PML-N government high and dry. “Due to the efforts of Major Amir, the dialogue process has seen a breakthrough. Moreover, he has been instrumental in making the peace process a success without seeking personal favours which has greatly impressed the prime minister. The reluctance shown by Amir has not only surprised the prime minister but also it has brought both old time friends closer,” the source added. The sources said that Nawaz was unwilling to appoint Sardar Mehtab Abbasi as governor KP in the recent past. However, this time around, Chaudhry Nisar had made a fresh effort to get him appointed by using the clout of Shahbaz.



tun, Amir could be the most suitable choice for the slot as he is respected among tribal elders as well as militants – the major players in FATA. Due to his long affiliation with the Sharifs, he was also arrested soon after General Pervez Musharraf toppled the government in 1999. Amir had also rejected many offers made by former president Asif Zardari. The sources said that Nawaz Sharif wanted to appoint one of his trusted aides as his representative in KP where the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was making major gains due to reforms and better services to the people at large. “It is amazing to note that Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi is not a Pashtun. Moreover, since he has also raised slogans for an independent province of Hazara, he is not welcomed among Pashtu speaking people, especially among tribal elders who are all Pashtun. Moreover he is also not entitled to become the governor as the people of his own area had rejected him in recent

Terming Islamic banking as the future of global financial system, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak on Saturday rejected the impression that the making of a forward bloc was in the offing within the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Talking to reporters at a conference on Islamic banking held at a hotel by the Bank of Khyber (BoK) to celebrate 10th anniversary of its Raast Islamic Banking, the chief minister said his government was not threatened by the party issue that now stood resolved. Others attended the event were KP Finance Minister Sir-

ajul Haq, State Bank of Pakistan Deputy Governor Saeed Ahmad, BoK MD Imran Samad and representatives of SECP, FPCCI, KCCI, OICCI, banks and other financial institutions concerned. Khattak said the PTI members concerned had met PTI Chairman Imran Khan who had allied their concerns positively. He was outright in denying that there was any forward bloc in the PTI. Earlier, he told the gathering that even the non-Muslim countries were gradually doing away with the prevailing interest-based global financial system. Well illustrated, he said, was London which had become the largest hub for Islamic banking with $ 3 billion investment. Talking of politics, the chief minister said the PTI-led coalition government in KP was ready to hold local bodies’ election in the province as the required legislation to devolve the governance system to grass-root had been enacted. He said his government had introduced 45 new laws (acts) in health, police, education, police and other key departments during last 10 months of its rule to end corruption and improve public services in the province. Showing complete distrust in National Accountabil-

ity Bureau (NAB), Khattak said the KP government tended to introduce a provincial Ehtisab Commission within a month time to rid the province of the menace of corruption. He said the commission would act independently sans any political or bureaucratic interference. The chief minister said the PTI and JI coalition government was determined to reform different walks of life ranging from police to healthcare department to help the province witness human development. The PTI leader challenged other provinces to compete his province in terms

of quality of public services. Vowing to bring a grassroot level change in KP, Khattak said the local body laws would ensure non-interference by the government in the affairs of district or village councils. Sirajul Haq said the KP government would keep supporting Islamic banking in the province and added that his government was making efforts to rid the country of “exploitative” conventional banking system. After the collapse of communism, Haq said the world was now looking for a new economic system that was sans exploitation. “Only

Islam can ensure such a pure financial setup,” he added. The finance minister also urged the Islamic banking experts to explore new products before the expected influx of customers towards the Shariah-compliant system. The SBP deputy governor said Islamic finance was all set to become a better alternative to the conventional banking. Dubbing Islamic finance as one of fastest growing segments of the global as well as domestic financial sectors, Saeed said the global financial crisis in 2008-09 had made western financial experts to look for an alternative

under which the international financial system could overcome the weaknesses of the conventional system based on fixed predetermined return in the form of interest. “A lot of attention was focused on solutions which are not far from the Islamic financing where system allows fairness of return, sharing of risk and reducing income inequalities,” he added. “Islamic Banking industry starting from almost a scratch in 2001… is growing at an impressive rate of over 30 percent annually for last 5 years,” the deputy governor said.


The Research Society of International Law Pakistan (RSIL) hosted its 9th annual fellowship program which ended Saturday. Individuals from the public and private sector were invited to attend a week-

long fellowship on international law focusing on sources of international law including custom and treaty, use of force and law of conflict, transnational crime and terrorism, international nuclear law, and international law of the sea. This year, lecturers such as Sikander Ahmed Shah, Professor of International Law at Lahore University (LU), Barrister

Haider Rasool Mirza, Asif Baig Mirza and the Indus Water commissioner gave participants their perspective on the current issues of international law in Pakistan. RSIL’s President, and former federal caretaker law minister, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Executive Director Ali Sultan and other senior fellows including Majid Bashir,. Amna Warsi and Ayasha Warsi lectured on pertinent fields of international law. During the closing ceremony, the chief guest, eminent journalist and former federal caretaker information minister Arif Nizami, Soofi and Sultan sought to inspire participants to introduce a greater degree of international and legal consciousness in the public sector. Specifically, Soofi stressed upon the use of international law mechanics to strengthen Pakistan’s diplomatic positions on various issues and called upon all organs of the State to incorporate international law perspective in the formulation of the country’s international policies. While appreciating RSIL’s efforts for the promotion of international law in Pakistan, Nizami expressed the desire of holding a similar program for print and electronic media journalists.


Balochistan CM calls on Nisar ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Chief Minister (CM) Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Saturday met Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Nisar praised the Balochistan government for taking steps to improve security situation in the province. He regarded the holding of the Balochistan Sports and Youth Festival as a positive development. He said the federal government would continue to give administrative and political support to the Balochistan government. Dr Baloch said that security situation in Balochistan has improved and the provincial government was focusing on good governance. The CM informed the interior minister that more than 2,000 players took part in the Balochistan Sports and Youth Festival which was organised to promote healthy activities among youngsters. STAFF REPORT

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4 crew members of hijacked vessel reach Pakistan KARACHI



OUR Pakistani crew members of the hijacked cargo vessel MT Morning Glory released from Libyan custody arrived on Saturday. Earlier, Pakistani captain of the ship Mirza Noman Beg had arrived in Lahore, while the sixth Pakistani, chief officer Ghufran Marghoob Ahmad is yet to be released by the Libyan authorities. The released crew of MT Morning Glory includes six Pakistanis, six Indians, three Sri Lankans, two Syrians, two Sudanis and two Eritreans. Talking to media at the airport, the crew termed their release and homecoming the result of the family members’ prayers and support of civil society, media and the government. Those arrived included MT Morning Glory second officer, Mehdi Shamsi, Syed Asif Hassan, Naikzada and Muhammad Irshad. The family members and their friends gave them a hearty welcome by garlanding and hugging them on arrival. The Morning Glory oil tanker, owned by Dubai-based Saud Shipping, had set off to Tunisia on February 25 but its owners told the crew to move towards Libya. At a Libyan port, the vessel and the crew were taken over by Libyan rebels, who stole national oil worth $20 million and loaded it on Morning Glory in a bid to sell it. Taking the crew hostage, the armed Libyans forced them to move the ship

KARACHI: Relatives greeting Morning Glory staffer Syed Asif Hassan upon arrival of ship’s staff at Karachi Airport. ONLINE

out of the country’s territory and sail towards Cyprus. The Libyan government appealed to the US government to take action against the rebels and the US Navy Seals conducted a raid, took the

rebels into their custody, and brought the crew and the vessel back to Libya. Distressed families of the hostages had appealed to the president for the crew’s release. Following the appeals

from the families, President Mamnoon Hussain directed the Foreign Office and Pakistan’s ambassador to Libya to ensure the release and safe return of the Pakistani crew members.

MH370 plane search: China ship ‘picks up signal’

HONIARA: At least 16 people have died in flooding in the Solomon Islands, while 40 are missing and up to 49,000 homeless, an aid official said Saturday as the full extent of the devastation began to emerge. The disaster has raised fears that a lack of sanitation and fresh water will lead to an outbreak of dengue fever in the Pacific Island nation. “It’s grown a lot worse,” Save the Children’s emergencies manager Graham Kenna said as reports filtered in of the havoc outside the capital Honiara. Initial reports from the capital indicated nine dead and 10,000 homeless but the picture became more grim as contact was made with outlying areas. “The last report we had was there are 16 in the mortuary and at least 40 still missing, most of them children and it’s very unlikely they’ll be found alive,” Kenna said. “There are 49,000 who have lost their homes and are seeking temporary shelter.” At Honiara’s National Referral Hospital the mortuary is already full and a refrigerated container has been placed in the car park to handle the growing number of bodies. AGENCIES




A Chinese ship searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean has picked up a pulse signal, Chinese media say. They say the signal has a frequency of 37.5kHz - the same as those emitted by the flight recorders. However there is no evidence so far that it is linked to MH370. Dozens of ships and planes have joined the search, with the operation moving into its most intensive phase before batteries on the data recorders fade. On Saturday the Haixun 01 – one of two Chinese ships in the area – picked up the signal at about 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. “It is yet to be established whether it is related to the

missing jet,” it cautioned. China’s Liberation Daily reported that three people on board had heard the signals, which were not recorded as they came suddenly. The flight is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, although no confirmed debris has been found. It is still not known why the plane diverted from its planned flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing four weeks ago with 239 people on board. RACE AGAINST TIME: Two of the ships searching an area of about 217,000 sq km have underwater locator capabilities. Australian naval vessel Ocean Shield is using a “towed pinger locator” from the US Navy, while HMS Echo, which had similar capabilities, was also searching. They are trying to detect an underwater signal emitted by the data recorders.

But on Friday Australia’s search chief Angus Houston said it was a race against time as the battery-powered signal fades after 30 days. The search is being coordinated by the Australian government’s Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre (JACC) from Perth in Western Australia. Ships sighted a number of objects in the area on Friday but none were associated with the missing plane, the coordination agency said. ACM Houston said that the area - about 1,700km north-west of Perth - had been picked on the basis of analysis of the satellite data. On Saturday, Malaysia announced it had set up three ministerial committees to help co-ordinate the search, and a new investigation team which would include members from Australia, China, the US, the UK and France.


Europe issued fresh calls on Saturday for dialogue with Russia over Ukraine, warning Moscow it faces having a failed state in its backyard just as it tightens the economic noose on Kiev. Russia needs to understand it is not in its interest “to have a collapsing state in its neighborhood”, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at the close of two-day talks with his 27 European Union counterparts. As the Ukraine-Russia dispute over gas prices intensified, Germany’s Steinmeier stressed that Europe needed Russia to help rescue the new authorities in

Border guards to return home soon: Sistan governor TEHRAN: The governor general of Sistan and Baluchistan province in Southeastern Iran on Saturday confirmed that the four Iranian border guards who were released on Friday have now been handed over to the country’s officials in Pakistan and will soon return home. “Our border guards who had been abducted by the terrorists are now in the care of Iranian officials (in Pakistan) and we are waiting for a safe path to return them to the country,” Ali Awsat Hashemi told reporters on Saturday. Meantime, Awsat Hashemi confirmed the death of one of the five border guards, Jamshid Danayee-Far, and said Iran is waiting for the transfer of his body. The five Iranian border guards were abducted in Jakigour region of Iran’s Sistan and Balochistan Province on February 6 and taken to Pakistan. One of them, Danayee-Far, was killed late last month. After two months of abduction, the remaining four were released on Friday. ONLINE

Iran, Pakistan plan joint naval drills in Persian Gulf

Death toll reaches 16 in Solomons floods



economically distressed Kiev. “The issue of economic stabilisation also depends on how Russia for example, sets his energy prices for Ukraine. That’s why we, even if there is conflict between us, have to talk with Russia.” Ministers emerged with a doubleedged message from the informal talks, a regular six-monthly affair. They laid heavy stress on defusing tension, on “trying to persuade Russia of the importance to de-escalate to ensure future dialogue”, said EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton. Europe must “keep open the channels of political and diplomatic dialogue with Russia,” said Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos.

GAS PRICE STAND-OFF: Ukraine has warned that it may be on the verge of its third natural gas price stand-off with Gazprom in eight years, raising the possibility that Russian supplies to European markets could once again be disrupted. Addressing his cabinet on Saturday amid lingering fears that Russia could launch further military incursions after last month’s annexation of Crimea, the Ukraine’s prime minister said, “Russia has not managed to grab Ukraine through military aggression, so now they are pursuing a plan to pressure and grab Ukraine through gas and economic aggression.” Arseniy Yatseniuk said Ukraine did not accept the price of $500 per 1,000 cubic metres that Russia this week set for its Ukraine-bound gas. Russia in 2009 completely halted gas transit through Ukraine amid a price dispute causing serious disruptions in eastern European gas markets. During the first price dispute in 2006, Ukraine allegedly


siphoned EU-bound gas for domestic needs after Russia sharply reduced transit flow. Fears of supply disruptions after Russia took control of Crimea saw the price of UK natural gas, the benchmark European futures contract, leap to 61.7p a therm last month. However, the price has been in retreat ever since. The price of natural gas in Europe is at its lowest level since 2010 as warm weather and high storage levels curb demand for the fuel, but Russia supplies about 30 per cent of Europe’s natural gas, with almost half of it piped through Ukraine. Warning that the next step of Russia could be to restrict natural gas supplies, Yatseniuk urged his government and Western officials to prepare. He called upon the EU to pressure Slovakia’s gas transit pipeline operator into sanctioning so-called reverse gas transit flow schemes, allowing Ukraine which relies heavily on Russian fuel imports to diversify by importing European market gas.

TEHRAN: Iran and Pakistan plan to conduct joint naval exercises in the Persian Gulf, a senior navy commander announced on Saturday. According to the Iranian Navy’s public relations, the Pakistan Navy’s fleet has already berthed in Bandar Abbas to take part in the joint naval exercises with Iran. “The most important programme of the Pakistani fleet during its presence in Bandar Abbas is holding joint naval drills with selected units of the Iranian Navy’s Southern Fleet in the Eastern waters of the Strait of Hormuz on April 8,” Iranian Navy Deputy Commander for Operations Shahram Irani said. He noted that Pakistan’s naval fleet would have a four-day presence in Bandar Abbas during which the two countries’ naval commanders will have meetings. INP

Thai ‘Red Shirts’ rally to support embattled PM BANGKOK: Thousands of Thai pro-government “Red Shirts” massed on Saturday in a show of support for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts. More than 3,000 police and troops have been mobilised for the rally on the western outskirts of Bangkok, following political violence in which 24 people have been killed and hundreds wounded in recent months. Thailand has been rocked by years of sometimes bloody street protests by supporters and opponents of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck’s elder brother. Up to 20,000 Red Shirts were already gathered by Saturday morning, several hours ahead of the official start of the two-day rally, according to Paradorn Pattanatabut, a security adviser to the premier. “The authorities expect more than 200,000 Red Shirts to turn out,” he said, as supporters of the movement poured into the capital in buses and trucks for what is expected to be their biggest show of strength in the months-long crisis. APP

Ban in Central Africa to signal determination of United Nations’ force BANGUI: United Nations (UN) General Secretary (GS) Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bangui on Saturday as the United Nations signals its determination to deploy peacekeepers in the strife-torn Central African Republic. The UN SB will meet transitional president Catherine Samba Panza to discuss ways to end the deadly cycle of intercommunal violence that has laid waste to the country for a year and led senior UN figures to raise the specter of genocide. Ban, who will spend just a few hours in Bangui before heading to Rwanda for the 20th anniversary of that country’s genocide, said ahead of his visit he was “deeply troubled by the appalling atrocities” against civilians in the Central African Republic. He has called for a 12,000-strong UN force to be in place by the end of the year in the former French colony, where thousands have been killed since sectarian violence broke out a year ago. AGENCIES


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AKISTAN has completed the relevant formalities to accord India the status of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) after negotiating tariff-related issues, Pakistani High Commissioner (HC) to India Abdul Basit said on Saturday. “However, we await the formation of the new government as we are keen in bringing the two countries together. Our progress has been hampered after being in existence for 66 years following contiguous issues pertaining to Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen and cross-border terrorism

and violence. These issues do not have place in the present date and time and we need to move ahead of them,” he said. The envoy was speaking at the inauguration of the “Made in Pakistan Expo 2014” organised by Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, EVECON, the All India Association of Industries and MVIRDC World Trade Centre in Mumbai. “We, the nation of 1.5 billion, have nearly 4-5 million people living below poverty line. This negativism has to be eradicated to be replaced by thoughts of progress and growth. The business community of both the countries has an important role to play towards the same,” Basit observed. Lauding the efforts by Pakistani exhibitors at the event, he said that despite geopolitical risks, the business communities of the nations have walked past the “negative narratives”. “The business participants from India and Pakistan have instilled mutual cooperation, interest and trust amongst each other. The perseverance in commitment showcased

by the exhibitors may serve as learning lessons for one and all,” he said. Highlighting steps towards furthering the initiatives of the business community, Pakistan’s Textiles Secretary Rukhsana Shah said that the MFN status for each other would open up the economies to trade and investment. “It will serve to be a win-win situation for both the nations.” She pointed out that her country’s textile industry has a footprint in the country serving the domestic and global markets, employing nearly 40 percent of the Pakistani workforce. Other dignitaries who spoke included Pakistani Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association President Arshad Aziz, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s former vice-president Begum Salma Ahmed, World Trade Centre Mumbai chairman Kamal Morarka and vice chairman Vijay Kalantri. Over 100 Pakistani companies and 160 delegates are taking part in the expo which has been supported by India commerce and industry and external affairs ministries.

Doors for negotiations with India cannot be closed: Aziz ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said whichever government comes in India it could not close doors to talks. “Whichever government comes in India can neither avert face from talks nor can it shut the doors to the dialogue because people of both the countries want peaceful relations and they also want all the problems to be addressed through dialogue. Therefore, if Narender Modi comes into power he will have to follow footsteps of former Prime Minister Attal Behari Vajpayee and he cannot escape from talks,” he said this in an interview quoted by Indian media. Breakthrough in terms of bilateral relations was achieved during BJP-led government, he said adding result oriented talks on Kashmir issue can be held with new Indian government. It will be premature to make any prediction about Narendar Modi, he remarked. “We are keeping a watchful eye on Indian polls and a definite opinion can be given only when the electoral process is completed,” he held. If any accord on revival of peace is reached between two countries then certainly a breakthrough can be achieved, he underlined. ONLINE

Two robbers killed in police encounter KHANEWAL: Two notorious robbers were killed while their cohort managed to escape in exchange of fire with police on Saturday. Heavy contingent of police, under the supervision of SHO Najaf Sial, approached the three-member robbers’ gang busy in looting citizens at gunpoint in Adaidi area, Sarai Sidhu police station jurisdiction. The dacoits started firing seeing the police party and tried to flee. In retaliatory fire of police, two robbers identified as Khalid alias Khalidi hailing from Faridpur Kabirwala and Irfan alias Fani belonging to Ahmadpur Sial were killed while their accomplice Asad alias Asadi managed to escape. The police recovered a rifle, a pistol, rounds, looted cash, mobile phones and other valuables from the possession of killed robbers. The dacoits killed in fire exchange were wanted in 17 murder and dozens of other criminal cases by various police stations of Jhang, Khanewal, Vehari, Ahmedpur Sial and Kabirwala. INP


India and Israel have concluded an agreement to assemble a ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, The World Tribune quoted Indian sources as saying. Sources said that Jerusalem and New Dehli concluded more than two years of negotiations with an agreement in principle to build a BMD system for India. Sources said the system would be designed to protect

JAFFARABAD: At least 10 people were injured when militants hurled a hand grenade at a vegetable shop in Usta Mohammad area of Jaffarabad on Saturday. Sources said that two veiled assailants, riding a motorbike, threw a hand grenade at a crowded vegetable shop which exploded injuring 10 people. The attackers fled the scene following the attack, while the injured people were shifted to a nearby hospital. Hospital sources said that two of the injured were in a critical condition. Police cordoned off the area and kicked off a search operation. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. INP

Three killed, 35 injured as Cholistan Rangers truck overturns RAHIM YAR KHAN: Three personnel of Cholistan Rangers were killed and 35 others suffered injuries when a truck they were riding on overturned some 30 kilometers away Rahim Yar Khan in the wee hours of Saturday. According to Rangers sources, a truck of Cholistan Rangers was carrying staffers from their duty place to RY Khan when it turned turtle near Sodhian, Cholistan. As a result, Naik Majeed of Noorpur, Naik Arshad Mehmood of Kanganpur and Sepoy Allah Ditta of Baddo Malhi died on the spot while 35 others sustained injuries. The injured were shifted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital RY Khan from where 20 of them were discharged after first aid. The funeral prayers of the martyred personnel were offered at Cholistan Rangers Headquarters RY Khan which was attended by Cholistan Rangers Commandant Colonal Tasawar and other officials. Later, the bodies were sent to their native towns for burial. APP

Haripur: 45 injured in accident HARIPUR: At least 45 passengers were injured when a bus fell into a ravine at Hattar Road on Saturday morning. According to rescue sources, the bus was on its way from Taxila to Haripur when it turned and fell into the ravine injuring all the passenger on board. However, no casualties were reported. The injured passengers were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital for treatment. AGENCIES

HARIPUR: A passenger bus, carrying 57 passengers, was on its way to Taxila from Haripur when it fell off Dhoorian Bridge due to over-speeding, leaving at least 45 people injured on Saturday. INP

22 killed, over 40 injured as mini-truck falls in gorge CHAKWAL AGENCIES

At least 22 devotees including women and children were killed and 30 others injured when a mini-truck fell in a ravine near Kalar Kahar on Modern More in Chakwal on Saturday night. Police said that an overloaded mini-truck carrying devotees from Sargodha to Darbar ‘Khara Sharif’ fell in 250-foot deep ravine in village Martin of Chakwal. As a result of accident

22 devotees including three children and four women were killed on the spot while over 40 sustained wounds. Police and rescue teams rushed the scene and started rescue operation. The bodies and injured were shifted to different hospitals including DHQ Hospital where according to hospital sources condition of several injured people was serious and it was feared that death toll could rise further. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamoon

Hussain, PTI chairman Imran Khan, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, JI leader Syed Munawar Hassan, leaders of other political parties and social activists have expressed deep grief and sorrow over loss of precious lives. They condoled with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of injured people. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the health authorities for providing best available treatment facilities to the wounded persons of the tragic mishap.

Israel, India agree on missile defence system against Pak-China nuclear strikes LONDON

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against nuclear warheads fired from China or Pakistan. “This system would integrate Indian and Israeli assets into a layered defense network,” a source said. The sources said the Indian Defence Ministry agreed to the project, but the two sides were preparing for contract negotiations that could extend into late 2014. Israel has long offered a partnership in BMD development, particularly the arrow system by Israel Aerospace Industries. Sources said New Delhi began to express strong

interest only in 2013 when Israel proposed a programme that would integrate and enhance Indian air defence assets. “The Indians were looking for Israeli expertise and technology that would allow New Delhi to eventually work on its own in BMD,” the source said. “They were not interested in an off-the-shelf arrow purchase.” The initial agreement would partner IAI as well as Israel’s stateowned Rafael Advanced Defence Systems with India’s Defense Research and Development Organisa-

tion, Bharat Dynamics and Bharat Electronics. All of the participants are state-owned entities, and Bharat Electronics has developed the Prithvi air defence system, scheduled for deployment in 2015. “The attractiveness of the proposal is that India could contribute any asset deemed suitable for missile defence, including radars, interceptors and launchers,” the source said. “Because the network is meant to protect against a range of threats, no existing or future Indian system could be ruled out.”


Land dispute claims seven of a family BANNU: At least seven persons, including a child, of the same family were killed over a land dispute between two rival groups in Akbar Shah area on Saturday. According to police, armed men of a group forcefully entered into the house of their opponent and opened indiscriminate fire at the family members killing them all on the spot. The assailants later fled from the scene. Police have registered an FIR against the rival group and started investigations into the matter. INP

Multan: Teenage girl commits suicide MULTAN: A 16-year-old girl committed suicide over domestic issues by jumping from Katchery Chowk Flyover on Saturday. Police said that the girl, who was a student of I.Com in Multan Government Degree College for Women, was seriously injured as she jumped off the flyover. Following her jump, Rescue 1122 officials moved her to Nishtar Hospital in a critical condition, where she succumbed to her injuries. According to doctors, the victim’s arms, limbs and ribs were fractured due to the impact of the fall. They said that the girl was already in critical condition when arrived in the hospital. Rescue 1122 officials said they found a letter from the girl’s bag, which stated that she was extremely stressed over some domestic problems, for which she committed suicide. “She held no one responsible for her death in the letter,” the officials said. INP

Two kids killed in Pasrur PASRUR: Two children were killed in separate road accidents on Saturday. According to details, a threeyear-old girl, in an attempt to cross the road alone, was hit by a bus of a government institution which killed her on the spot. In a second incident, a four-year-old child was hit by a motorcycle in Faqiranwali area. The child succumbed to the injuries later. The police registered separate cases against the bus driver and the motorcyclist. INP



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Shah speaks on education this time round Says civil society must take ownership of education institutions for improvement




pposition Leader in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, has urged the educationists and the civil society to take ownership of the educational institutions for improvement in enrolment and standard of education. He stated this while addressing a day-long seminar on measures to improve primary education in Sindh here on Saturday. It (seminar) was organised by the Sindh Education Improvement Programme (SEIP) in collaboration with IBA Sukkur. Khursheed Shah said that big challenges were ahead in education sector such as standard of education and dropout rate of students which must be addressed. He said despite better salaries in public sector compared to the private sector, the government had failed to come up to the expectations of the people as

KARACHI: A view of the famous historic building, Shafqat House, which was built in 1934. inP

regards the standard of education and the enrolment and literacy rate. Sindh Senior Minister Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that being aware of ground realities, the government had introduced many incentives under which stipend and free textbooks were being provided to primary schools. The government was planning to extend this facility up to metric level, he added. He said they were striving towards improving quality by conducting more training programmes for teachers and improving the quality of textbooks. He asked civil society to help the government in monitoring the performance of teachers and put an end to the phenomenon of absentee teachers adding that entire population of Sindh is responsible for declining education standards in public sector schools. He said that education and increasing literacy rate are top priorities of Sindh Government and it has enhanced the annual budget of the Education Department from Rs 4 billion to Rs 14 billion during last five years. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that the government was fully aware of the importance of availability of reliable data which could be used for future planning. On the occasion, Director General, Chief Minister Sindh Inspection Team Syed Shafiq Hyder Musavi, Director Sukkur IBA Nisar Ahmed Sidiqui, Ex MPA Dr Nasarullah Baloch also spoke the seminar.

Dry core drilling of Mohenjo-Daro inaugurated KARACHI APP

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has inaugurated 'dry core drilling', the technical and scientific process of determining the limits of archaeological site of Mohenjo-Daro. It is the first ever indigenous mega effort at the Mohenjo-Daro after 1965 almost 50 years back, said a statement of PPP issued on Saturday. The ceremony was attended by the Minister for Culture and Tourism, Sindh, and Chairperson, Executive Board of National Fund for Mohenjo-Daro Sharmila Faruqui, Director Archaeology, UNESCO

Police takes minor bride into custody NOWSHERO FEROZ Online

A 12-year-old girl was married off to a 50year-old man against a sum of Rs o.1 million. Police arrested the man and took the girl into protective custody on Saturday. Reportedly, Mohammad Ali Shah, father of five children, paid Rs 100,000 as bargain for the bride. Police reached the occasion and arrested the groom, Mohammad Ali, and the nikah registrar. Police also took the bride into protective custody. In a statement, the bride said her sister arranged this marriage to a ‘wealthy groom’. According to the police, the girl was sold off against the money. An investigation in this regard has begun.

Hockey legend Islahuddin looted KARACHI: Pakistan’s former hockey team captain and Olympian, Islahuddin Siddique, was looted in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) area of the city on Saturday. The accused made away with his car, mobile, and cash, police said. Islahuddin played between 1967 and 1978 leading Pakistan to glory at the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Asian games. He also won a silver medal at the Munich Olympics (1972) and bronze in Montreal (1976). Agencies


representative as well as members of Executive Board and Technical Consultative Committee of Mohenjo-Daro. The process of dry core drilling includes drilling/coring up to 20 meter deep. The detailed study of core (soil) will be carried out at Mohenjo-Daro by the experts of Archaeology and sedimentolog to identify cultural and natural layers. Based on the preparation of core logs, sedimentlogical lab analysis and interpretation final assessment about the aerial extent of Mohenjo-Daro remains will be carried out. The process will take 2 months from start to completion at a cost around Rs 10 million, it added.

Flynas to launch JeddahKarachi operation from 8th


Saudi Arabian Carrier Flynas has announced to launch its operation from Karachi to Jeddah from April 8. The announcement was made by Chief Operating Officer of the Airline, Raja Azmi, at a ceremony held on Saturday. Addressing the launching ceremony, he said that Flynas was introducing low cost carrier plus (LCC+) concept which will offer passengers affordable international air travel with value added services. Initially, three non-stop flights between Jeddah and Karachi will operate weekly, he said, adding the flights operation would be extended to other main cities of Pakistan such as Islamabad and Lahore. Speaking as chief guest, SM Muneer,

Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), appreciated the management of Flynas for launching their operation from Pakistan. He said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was very much keen to promote business ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The launching of new airlines was a good sign in this regard, he added. Maqsood A Latifi, CEO of Marhaba Aviation Services on the occasion said that Pakistan was an important destination of Flynas Global Flight Routes programme, which will feature an affordable, high-value international route network across Europe, Asia and Africa. The function was attended by representatives of all leading travel agents, multinational companies, bankers, industrialists and businessmen.


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MORE AREAS OF SHAH FAISAL GET ANTI-DENGUE FUMIGATION KARACHI: District Municipal Corporation (DMC) Korangi’s campaign for removal of encroachments, anti-dengue fumigation and improvement of sanitary conditions in the district has gotten further impetus. On the third day of anti-dengue campaign, Al Falah Housing Society and adjacent areas of UC 3 of Shah Faisal Zone were fumigated, said a statement released on Saturday. DMC Administrator Imran Aslam accompanied by Municipal Commissioner Talat Mehmood, focal person Shah Faisal Zone Aslam Pervaiz and others visited various areas to monitor the campaign. Imran Aslam directed officials concerned to continue the fumigation to protect the citizens from deadly disease and ensure spray at drainage channels, family parks, sports grounds, green belts, prayer places and educational institutions. He, showing his displeasure on encroachments on different roads causing traffic muddle, directed to make anti-encroachment drive more effective and carry it forward indiscriminately. APP

78 SHOPKEEPERS FINED, 7 ARRESTED KARACHI: As many as 78 shopkeepers were challaned and a fine of Rs 285,800 was imposed for overcharging in violation of the price list of essential commodities while 12 profiteers were arrested. Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi has said that operation against profiteering was underway in the city by the Karachi divisional and districts administrations on the directives of the government, said a statement on Saturday. Actions against profiteers were taken in different areas including, Saddar, Gulshan-eIqbal,Orangi, Liaqatabad, New Karachi, North Nazimabad, Model Colony, Shah Faisal and Korangi. Total 60 milk sellers, seven vegetable vendors and 11 chicken sellers were challaned for violating the price list while seven shopkeepers were taken into custody for continuous violation. The Commissioner Karachi further said that administrative officers were assigned duties at the time of auction of fruits and vegetables to check and control the artificial shortage and profiteering of fruits and vegetables so that relief could be provided to the masses. APP

SUKKUR: Wildlife officials get hold of a six-feet long crocodile from Abaro which will be freed in Nara Canal. Online

Preventive MeaSureS urged tO cOntrOl vectOr-bOrne diSeaSeS KARACHI



BOUT 50 per cent of the world population is at risk of vectorborne diseases which accounts for over 17 per cent of all infectious diseases causing more than 1 million deaths annually. More than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at the risk of contracting dengue alone. There is a need to provide technical support and guidance to countries that can effectively manage cases and outbreaks. These views were expressed by experts

GOVT READY TO COMMERCIALISE SCHOOLING SYSTEM: KHUHRO SUKKUR: Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro said on Saturday that the provincial government was ready to commercialise school system in the province. Talking to media after conference on education, he said they were ready to commercialize schooling system in the province on the condition of quality education. Nisar khuhro said education is a basic right and it is our responsibility to educate all children. In Sindh, the adult literacy rate for 2012-2013 was recorded at 59pc. Karachi tops the list in Sindh with 81pc while Badin sits at the last position with 23pc. Online

at an Awareness Seminar on World Health Day 2014 organised by Dow University of Health Sciences at its Ojha Campus. The theme of World Health Day 2014 is preventing and controlling vector borne diseases. The seminar aims to highlight public health issues which are of public importance and to create awareness, particularly among the youth of the society. Chief Guest Prof. Illahi Bux Soomro, ex-principal of Dow Medical College sharing his views on the occasion called for a preventive strategy to control vector-borne diseases. He talked about the need for creating awareness about the disease at early stage. He said that this year World Health Day

2 KIDNAPPERS KILLED IN CID ENCOUNTER KARACHI: Two alleged kidnappers were killed in an encounter in Sohrab Goth area on Saturday. According to CID inspector, Raja Khalid, Crime Investigation Department (CID) Police carried out a raid near Delux Home area at Sohrab Goth for recovery of a kidnapped person. The two abductors were injured in the retaliatory fire. They were shifted to a nearby hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. The two killed kidnappers were identified as Abdullah and Zakaria. They both were members of an outlawed militant organisation. Inspector Raja Khalid said their accomplices fled with the abducted person. All efforts were being made for recovery of the abductee, he added. inP

Man killed, fOur injured aS car OverturnS BADIN: A man was killed and four others including a woman and a child injured when a car carrying devotees turned turtle here on Saturday. Police said a car carrying devotees of Ismaili Khwaza sect hailing from Nazimabad area to Dargah Shah Tarail turned turtle near Badin due to opening of tie-rod in Mourjhara stop area at Badin-Golarchi Road. Muhammad Rafique Khwaza was killed in the accident while a child Rehman Khwaza, Muhammad Ramzan, his wife Robeena and Rahim Ali Khwaza sustained injuries. The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Badin from where they were referred to Karachi due to critical condition. inP


campaign advocates for health authorities in countries where vector-borne diseases are a public health problem or emerging threat, to put in place measures to improve surveillance and protection. Prof M Umar Farooq, Pro Vice Chancellor, DUHS in his remarks pledged to make all out sincere individual and collective efforts in the society for creating awareness among general public regarding vector borne disease and other ailments. Dr Kashif Shafique, Assistant Professor and Vice Dean, School of Public Health, Dow University of Health Sciences speaking on Introduction and Burden of Vector Borne Diseases said that Malaria

causes more than 600 000 deaths every year globally, most of them children under 5 years of age. WHO estimates there may be more than 100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. About 2.5 per cent of those affected die. He said that since 2010, Pakistan has been experiencing an epidemic of dengue fever that has caused 16,580 confirmed cases and 257 deaths in Lahore and nearly 5,000 cases and 60 deaths reported from the rest of the country. The three provinces facing the epidemic are Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh. Dr Rafiq Khanani, Director, IPER, DUHS and Prof Tahir Masood of Karachi University also spoke.


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Minister praises shahbaz to the skies Says young generation is the centre of Punjab chief minister’s policies RAWALPINDI



uNJAB Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said on Saturday that the provincial government considered the youth an asset and was taking solid steps for their uplift, especially talented and educated ones. He said the young generation was the centre of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's policies and the government wanted to improve the capabilities of educated youth and provide them higher education facilities with a view to enable them to play an active role in the socio-economic development of the country. He said 20,000 young educated persons had been provided opportunities of professional training and internship in various government and semi-government organisations under youth internship programme of the Punjab government. He was addressing as chief guest at a special ceremony here to hand over internship pay cards to 380 internees of various government and semi-government departments and institutions of Rawalpindi. ADC (G) Talat Mehmud Gondal and other officers of local administration were also present on this occasion. Eighty internees working in various government de-

partments and 300 internees having internship in private organisations for a period of six months were handed over pay cards.

Each internee is being provided a stipend of Rs 12,000 per month. The minister said the objective of internship programme was

to provide training to enable the educated youth to become capable for getting themselves adjusted on jobs as well as providing


The three-day 21st exhibition/conference of Pakistan Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Society (HVACR) on Saturday concluded at Expo Centre. Addressing the conference as a chief guest, Provincial Minister for Industries Chaudhry Shafique said the exhibition would play an important role to strengthen national economy, eliminate unemployment

and it would also bring advancement in the field of air conditioning and the exhibition would also promote latest technology in the country, he added. He said the PML-N led government has always taken positive measures for development and progress of the country and it was a priority of government to redress problems of the business community. The minister added that increase in the value of rupees; GSP status and overcome power crisis were the major successes of the

Govt to set up complaint cells for wheat growers LAHORE: The government has decided to set up complaint centres at tehsil, district and province level to redress the grievances of wheat growers. The centres will promptly respond to growers and ensure protection to their rights, a senior official of the Punjab Food Department told APP on Saturday. A citizen feedback system, digital monitoring system and other services of the government would be actively used to ensure transparency during the wheat procurement campaign which was being started from April 15, he said. The government wanted to completely eliminate the role of the middleman and safeguard interests of farmers, he said. He said the government had removed the time restriction at the procurement centres during wheat procurement and arrangements were also being made for sitting and others facilities like drinking water for farmers at the centres. He said the entire wheat produce would be procured from cultivators. A procurement target of 35 lakh metric ton has been set in the province for year 2014. APP

PML-N government. Exhibition Convener Safdar Ali Mughal said that national and international companies had set up about 250 stalls of various products of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration in the exhibition in which the multinational companies introduced latest and upgraded models, he added. The convener said that around ten multi-national companies had presented their paper in three-day conference in which technical aspects of their products and HVACR were discussed. He said that they provided awareness to the people that latest models of air-conditioning and ventilation were being introduced in the country, which could safe people from various diseases and provide healthy environment. HVACR Lahore Chairman Muhammad Boota said that various latest products of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration were presented in the exhibition while the purpose of the exhibition was to develop industry and bring advancement in it. Highlighting the importance of the exhibition, the chairman said the exhibition would also help to attract foreign investors for investment in the field of air conditioning, heating and ventilation. Later, Convener Expo and HVACR Lahore Chairman distributed shields among the organizers of best stalls.

No need to change FBR's existing tax collection system: RCCI president RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) President Dr Shimail Daud said investors made billions of rupees investment in various sectors under the existing system of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and there was no need to change it. He said the FBR's present system was not only modern but also being practiced in developed countries for giving boost to economic activities, adding, "it was introduced in consultation with World Bank and Department for International Development, a British department after fulfilling all needs of the present time." Commenting on some reports about planning to revive the old tax collection system, he said if the FBR is facing any difficulty in streamlining some matters, it should improve its efficiency to overcome it instead of wrapping up the contemporary plan. He suggested that the board should consult RCCI and other stakeholders over it if the is planning to bring any change in the revenue generation of collection plan. Highlighting the importance of increased tax-base, he said, FBR should declare having National Tax Number (NTN) and RCCI membership mandatory for all entrepreneurs operating in Rawalpindi. APP

them some financial assistance during the period in which they were unemployed. Sarwar said young boys and girls were showing excellent results in their educational carriers. He said the parents should allow their medical graduate daughters to join the medical profession so that medical facilities might be provided to the people at the required level. He said educated youth could transform the society into a developed nation and the government was taking practical steps to provide opportunities and facilities for the youth to achieve such objective. Sarwar said after completion of the internship, the internees would be able to improve their capabilities and would be able to get jobs on account of their practical experience in different fields of development and services. Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif took various laudable steps for enhancing the opportunities of higher education for the students of low income families, he said adding that he also established Danish schools, Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) and provided laptops to the talented students. He also mentioned that steps had also been taken for facilitating the talented students for higher education in the international universities. The minister on this occasion also distributed internship pay cards among the internees.



Islamabad Chamber of Commerce senior member Ahmad Jawad has said the Pakistani farmers are not against trade with India but they expect to be protected against the highly subsidized agriculture products of the neighbouring country. Talking to INP here on Saturday, Ahmed Jawad said, “We believe in trade diplomacy and peace, which is vital for a long-term relationship. The present SAFTA agreement needs to be revisited and clauses pertaining to agriculture needs to be added whereas they also want sensitive list for agriculture products to be expanded.” However, he said if we take a look in major Indian exports to Pakistan include cotton, oil cakes, vegetables, synthetic yarn, fabrics and chemicals. The share of agricultural exports to Pakistan was 55 percent. There have also been years like FY11 when Pakistan imported $337 million worth of sugar from India. On the other hand, Pakistan’s major exports to India in FY13 included minerals, dates, cement, chemicals and petroleum products. The share of agricultural items to India was only 21 percent. Ahmed Jawad said there has been a dramatic reversal in the pat-

tern of trade between India and Pakistan. At the time of partition, Pakistan’s exports to India primarily comprised of agricultural products like cotton and wheat. Now, India is the major exporter of Pakistan of agricultural commodities like cotton, vegetables, sugar, animal and poultry feed, etc. Regardless India subsidizes its agriculture much more than Pakistan, thereby making it artificially competitive. Second, Pakistan provides little or no protection to its farmers though import tariffs; he added. On the subsidy issue, the latest information, as of FY12, is that India subsidized fertilizer use (all types) to the tune of $15,171 million. Other subsidies went to irrigation ($6,303 million), electricity consumption by farmers ($7,326 million) and to other inputs like seed, tractors, crop insurance, etc ($8,832 million). The total agricultural subsidy bill for India in FY12 is estimated at $37,362 million, equivalent to 2.2 percent of the GDP; and in comparison Pakistan subsidy towards agriculture sector is around 0.4 percent of the GDP. Jawad urged to formulate a proper regulatory infrastructure with regard to agriculture sector in view of Pak-India trade liberalisation so that the Pakistani farmers could compete with the Indian farmers on the basis of equal footing.


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Your softer side is out in the open today, and you should find that your people are making life easier on you as a result. It's a great time to push for deeper relationships or just to hang out with family.

You are much more open today -- both your heart and your mouth! Try to communicate with the most important people in your life about the things that really matter, or this energy could go to waste.

Your finances are more or less in order -- but they could always be tightened! Now is a great time to do just that, as your forward thinking meets your eye for detail in a confluence of smart decisions.




Your energy is off the charts today -- so do something terrific with it! You should find that you've got more time on your hands than usual, and that hard tasks seem much, much simpler.

You feel a sense of self-control that should help quite a bit with any stressful social situations you've been avoiding. Dive into them now and you should emerge more or less unscathed.

Try not to let others interfere with your plans -- in fact, you may need to pull rank by the end of the day. Things are good, but your energy and organizational skills can make them so much better.




Things aren't quite going your way today -- in fact, you should expect one interruption after another almost all day long! That can be okay, as long as you are willing to lose focus.

Now is the time to get your way, even if you're not quite sure what you want or need. Things are sure to improve in some way as long as you push yourself to go for what you really want once you find it.

You and a friend or coworker may be at odds over something that seems petty or silly to outsiders. It's real, though - so stand your ground! It may not get resolved today, though.







You can plainly see what's going on today -- so make sure that you're dealing with the issues that need your attention. It's a good day for you to be practical and show others how to do the same.

Your emotional side is dominant today, so make sure that you're paying close attention to matters of the heart. It's a really good time for you to mend fences with family members or estranged friends.

Your sweet, romantic side is dominant today. Show your sweetie what they mean to you or ask out that cutie you've been crushing on for weeks or longer. Your energy means you can't fail!





How to play Fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, column and each of the squares contains all the digits. the object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once.

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sudoku solution

5 mad (9) 8 african country, capital n'djamena (4) 9 relating to the major blood vessels (8) 10 unicellular living thing (6) 11 bad (6) 13 move unsteadily (6) 15 sad (6) 16 act of throwing something away (8) 18 good fortune (4) 19 cad (9) Down 1 most off-colour — bed waits (anag) (8) 2 melon-like tropical fruit (6) 3 trash (6) 4 unbiased (4) 6 in a total mess (9) 7 strong bag slung over the shoulder (9) 12 exciting film? (8) 14 near the knuckle (6) 15 illness (6) 17 speed (4)

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Sunday, 6 April, 2014



Bush exhiBits paintings

of world leaders - Musharraf, Karzai don’t look good! O wholly different kind of Texas oilman. With each new brushstroke he seems also to be softening his public image. George W Bush told his art teacher, whom he meets on a weekly basis, to unleash his inner rembrandt, and the results are now on public display: a deeply personal gallery of world leaders, focusing on the art of personal diplomacy. His vantage point, of course, is unique: the cockpit of the presidency - or, at least, his recollection of those tumultuous White House years. So there is more to them than canvas, paints and brushes. Another key in-

N Saturday, former uS president George W Bush, who has said he is admittedly "not a great painter", opened a public exhibit of his works - more than 24 portraits of world leaders he met while president. The BBC's Nick Bryant has a preview of the gallery: For a president long criticised for seeing things only in black and white, the exhibition of George W Bush's art at his presidential library in Dallas comes as something of a revelation. Delicate brushwork has replaced his famed swagger. He presents himself as a

gredient is personal chemistry. His portrait of Tony Blair, which is bereft of the former British prime minister's trademark toothy smile, was intended to portray compassion, strength and reliability. His Angela Merkel shows a more cheery side to the German chancellor than her sometimes grumpy public persona projects. perhaps the most unflattering portrait is that of the former pakistan president, General pervez Musharraf, a leader who liked to think of himself as a dashing former paratrooper rather than the tired and bloated figure represented here. The extravagant

bouffant, of which the general was justifiably proud, does not even make it into frame. Maybe this is a form of artistic revenge. After all, when it came to fighting al-Qaeda and hunting down osama Bin Laden, the Bush administration always suspected Islamabad of playing a double game: accepting American military aid but of not doing enough to flush out the mastermind of 9/11. Nor is the outgoing Afghan president Hamid Karzai portrayed in a complimentary light. This, again, was a fraught relationship. Making these kinds of extrapolations is part of the fun of this ex-

hibition. Far from being declarative, it can be interpreted in so many different ways. George W Bush says his portraits would not have been possible had he not invested so much time in personal diplomacy. He paints every day, gets a lesson every week and says his inspiration came from his great hero Sir Winston Churchill. Those who interacted closely with Mr Bush during his White House years reckon he was unrecognisable from the two-dimensional figure who lent himself to such easy caricature. Certainly, his artwork has added an extra and unexpected side. COURTESY BBC

Watermelon may cure high blood pressure: research n n

Fruit could slash the risk of heart attacks in obese people Eating watermelon reduces pressure on the aorta and on the heart

WATErMELoN reduces high blood pressure in overweight people and could slash the risk of a heart attack, new research shows. Scientists found that the fruit significantly reduces blood pressure in overweight people, even when they are exposed to cold weather. More people die of heart attacks in cold conditions because the stress put on the body by trying to keep warm causes blood pressure to increase. This forces the heart to work harder, meaning people face a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. The study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, revealed that eating watermelon is good for heart health and can reduce the risk of heart problems in cold conditions. professor Arturo Figueroa, from Florida State university, said: ‘The pressure on the aorta and on the heart decreased after consuming watermelon extract.’ Scientists looked at 13 middle-aged obese men and women who suffered from

high blood pressure over a 12 week period. Test participants’ hands were dipped

5-year-old listed as Microsoft ‘security researcher’ after finding security flaw in Xbox

A 5-year-old boy has outwitted the sharpest minds at Microsoft — he’s found a backdoor to the Xbox. Kristoffer Von Hassel managed to log in to his father’s Xbox Live account. When the password log-in screen appeared, Kristoffer simply hit the space button a few times and hit enter. robert Davies tells KGTV-TV that just after Christmas he noticed his son playing games he supposedly couldn’t access. Davies, who works in computer security, says he reported the issue to Microsoft, which fixed the bug and recently listed Kristoffer on its website as a “security researcher.” A Microsoft statement says “we take security seriously” and thanks customers for highlighting issues. It’s not the Kristoffer’s first triumph. At a year old, he bypassed a cellphone toddler lock by holding down the “home” button. AGENCIES

into cold water to simulate cold weather conditions, while scientists took their

blood pressure. Then, every day half of the participants took watermelon extracts - four grams of amino acid L-citrulline and two grams of L-arginine per day. The other half were given a placebo, and after six weeks the participants switched roles. It was revealed that watermelon lowered blood pressure and reduced cardiac stress, even in cold conditions. ‘That means less overload to the heart, so the heart is going to work easily during a stressful situation such as cold exposure,’ said professor Figueroa. The news comes just after it was revealed that working out in warm water can reduce blood pressure. researchers at the university of Sao paulo, Brazil, found aquarobics in warm water can lower blood pressure even in people for whom medication has not worked. It's not clear why warm water has this effect. one theory is that heat dilates blood vessels, improving the flow of blood through the body. VIA DAILY MAIL

Europe launches satellite to monitor natural disasters EuropE has launched the first satellite of its multibillioneuro Copernicus Earth observation project that will supply valuable images in the event of natural disasters or even a plane crash. The Sentinel-1a satellite, which blasted off into Earth's orbit from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana on Thursday, will be used to monitor sea ice, oil spills and land use and to respond to emergencies such as floods and earthquakes. The satellite, which carries a 12-metre-long (40-foot-long) radar antenna and has two 10 metre-long solar panels, is now orbiting the planet at 693 km (439 miles) above the earth. The Copernicus project, for which the European unionand the European Space Agency (ESA) have committed funding of around 8.4 billion euros ($11.5 billion) until 2020, is described by the ESA as the most ambitious earth observation programme to date. Copernicus is designed to supply data that can help policymakers develop environmental legislation or react to emergencies such as natural disasters or humanitarian crises. "The Sentinels will keep a watchful eye on our planet," Thomas reiter, ESA director of human spaceflight and operations and head of the ESA's satellite control centre ESoC, said at the launch event in the German city of Darmstadt near Frankfurt, where ESoC is based. The launch of the Copernicus project became especially urgent after Europe lost contact with its Earth observation satellite Envisat in 2012 after 10 years. "The big step forward is that we can now cover every place on Earth every three to six days," Volker Liebig, director of ESA's Earth observation programme, said ahead of the launch. "This used to take much longer with Envisat.

If you want to use images for disaster management support or to find a plane, then you want the images to be as fresh as possible." But he cautioned you would first need to know roughly where a plane had crashed, which is not the case with the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. Copernicus also offers new business opportunities. Images can be downloaded free of charge, meaning companies can then use them to help deliver data to farmers on soil moisture or pest infestation, help oil companies decide where to drill new wells or make it easier for insurers to assess the risk of costly floods and fires. Copernicus is one of the Eu's two flagship space programmes along with satellite-navigation initiative Galileo, which is meant to rival the dominant u.S. Global positioning System, or GpS, russia's GLoNASS and China's new Beidou system. AGENCIES


‘Vegetarians are less healthy and have a poorer quality of life than meat-eaters’ Vegetarians may have a lower BMI and drink alcohol sparingly, but vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer quality of life and a higher need for health care than their meat-eating counterparts. A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders. Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50 percent increase in heart attacks and a 50 percent increase in incidences of cancer. The cross-sectional study from Austrian Health Interview Survey data and published in PLos One examined participants dietary habits, demographic characteristics and general lifestyle differences. The most significant dietary habit difference between meat-eaters and vegetarians concerned their BMI and alcohol consumption – with both being higher for those who consume meat. Many past studies have instead put an emphasis on the health risks associated with red meat and carnivorous diets, but this study points the other dietary direction. However, the researchers do caution that continuing studies will be needed to substantiate some of the rather broad dietary distinctions, associations presented in this current research. Overall, vegetarians were found to be in a poorer state of health compared to other dietary groups. Vegetarians reported higher levels of impairment from disorders, chronic diseases, and “suffer significantly more often from anxiety/depression.” Subjects who consumed lower amounts of animal fat were also linked to poor health care practices, such as avoidance of vaccinations and a lack of preventive care. Chronic problems associated with vegetarians and people eating carnivorous diets rich in fruits and vegetables were linked to more frequent visits to doctors, which the study authors suggest requires public health programs to reduce the health risk due to their nutritional factors. VIA ATLANTA CBS


Sunday, 6 April, 2014


no one callS me a hero: aamir Khan "No one called me a hero. I am still not called a hero. Everyone called me a chocolate boy," Aamir told reporters when asked about the first time he was called a hero, after he launched the trailer of Jackie Shroff's son Tiger Shroff's debut movie Heropanti. When asked about when he would launch his son in Bollywood, Aamir said, "we don't have command over children. He doesn't tell me what he is doing or planning. I think you should ask him". AGENCIES

Sarah JeSSica ParKer getS fiery on twitter Actress Sarah Jessica Parker got furious after a relationship expert used online microblogging site Twitter to insult her children. She tweeted against author Sarah Symonds in a series of angry messages Thursday. "I'm certain there isn't a woman on this planet who would support your specific kind of cruelty. No apology, no explanation... You should be ashamed... I hope more people join me in voicing their objection to and holding accountable, uninformed and unkind women like yourself who find pleasure and delight in attacking other women," she posted. Symonds's post which triggered Parker's rant was deleted from her page. That angered the "Sex and the City" star further. "Your anonymity doesn't diminish your outrageous and vulgar tweet. And your deletion only reveals your cowardice," she added. Parker has twin daughters Marion and Tabitha, who were born through a surrogate. Symonds is best remembered for alleging in 2008 that she had an affair with married celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. NEWS DESK



lIA will be seen in the upcoming episode of filmmaker Karan Johar’s celebrity talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’ and when the host ‘asked what is your vibe like with Ranbir’, the 21-year-old actress was all praises for him. “I remember the first time I spoke to Ranbir.. you called him up when ‘Rockstar’ released and you said, here talk to Ranbir tell him how much you love him. And I just spoke so much rubbish, I was just talking non-stop. But later I have hung out with Ranbir and I still think he is really adorable and I still want to marry him,” Alia said. When asked if she has expressed her love for him to Ranbir’s mother neetu Kapoor and more importantly does Katrina Kaif (his rumoured girlfriend) know about it, Alia said, “Everybody knows my plan. I have gone on record and said it as you said.. and I am very open about it except to Ranbir.” In the rapid fire round, when Karan asked Alia to name a person from the film industry who she would like to go on a romantic date with, Alia promptly replied Ranbir. Alia has been often linked with her ‘Student

of the Year’ co-stars Varun Dhawan and Siddharth Malhotra but she laughs it off saying, “They (Varun and Siddharth) are constantly pulling my leg. O Pari (Parineeti Chopra) is so sexy..O Pari is like this… Pari is like that. But I know that they love me more than her. And its the same with Arjun Kapoor. So that’s fine.” Arjun was paired opposite Parineeti in his debut film ’Ishaqzaade’. While Parineeti and Siddharth were seen together in the recently released film ‘Hasee toh Phasee’. Also, there have been rumours that Alia and Arjun are dating each other, but the young actress rubbished such reports. On the worst dressed man in Bollywood, she said, “I think Ranveer (Singh) has been really experimenting, sometimes I think it is really cool but sometimes it is a miss.” AGENCIES

Saif ali Khan getS on ‘Dolly Ki Doli’


Keanu reeveS to Star in eli roth-helmeD thriller 'KnocK KnocK' Keanu Reeves has teamed up with filmmaker Eli Roth on an upcoming psychological thriller 'Knock Knock'. The actor will play a happily married family man whose life is turned upside down when 2 beautiful girls, played by 'The Green Inferno' star Lorenza Izzo and 'Hands Of Stone' actress Ana de Armas, show up at his house when he's alone, reported. The film, which has been scripted by Roth, will also star Ignacia Allamand, who also starred in 'Green Inferno', as Reeves' wife. Reeves will also act as the executive producer of the film, which will go into production soon in Santiago, Chile. AGENCIES

PAKISTAnI drama industry has a huge name within and outside Pakistan. The Pakistani drama industry has come a long way. Every year, we see extraordinary and touching stories that keep us well entertained and involved. However, behind the victory and success of every hit drama is the contribution of a director who may be considered as a shaper of the drama. Following is the list of top four Pakistani drama directors who have worked hard to provide us with quality entertainment. 1. Mehreen Jabbar: Mehreen Jabbar is an accomplished director who has more than twenty dramas to her credit as well as a highly acclaimed feature length film, Ramchand Pakistani. She studied film-making in the United States. Some of her well known Pakistani dramas include Doraha, Malaal, Vasl and Daam. 2. haissaM hussain: Haissam stepped into the direction scene in

2007. Ever since, he has been very active in directing telefilms, dramas as well as plays. He is the director of hit dramas such as Dastaan, noorpur ki Rani, Aik nayee Cinderella, Dur-e-Shehwar and Ishq Gumshuda. 3. sarMad Khoosat: Sarmad is not only a director but also an actor and script-writer. He is son of Irfan Khoosat, an accomplished actor and producer of his time. His first project as a director and actor came in the form of Shashlick, in which he played the role of “Cheekoo” for which he is still remembered by many. 4. anJuM shahzad: Anjum Shahzad has made a name for himself as a very capable director in a short span of time. His dramas have touched on sensitive issues amongst other topics. Some of his hit dramas include Thoda Toda Pyar, Khuda aur Mohabbat and Miratul Uroos. NEWS DESK

Sonam Kapoor’s Dolly Ki Doli’, produced by Arbaaz Khan, has a new edition in its cast. Apart from Pulkit Samrat, Rajkummar Rao, and Varun Sharma, the film will also have ‘Bullett Raja’ actor Saif Ali Khan. Saif will be playing the role of a prince in ‘Dolly Ki Doli’. Film critic and trade analyst confirmed the news as tweeted, “Update: #DollyKiDoli, starring Sonam, Rajkummar Rao and Pulkit Samrat, will see a new addition to the cast – Saif Ali Khan. He plays a prince.” ‘Dolly Ki Doli’ went on floors on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padwa, in Mumbai. ‘O Teri’ actor Pulkit Samrat, who plays a Haryanvi cop in the film, had also done workshops to get into the skin of his character. Rajkummar Rao, who plays the role of a Jat boy Sonu Sharma, is very excited about his role. It is for the first time the Queen actor shall be playing a character like that. Directed by debutant director Abhishek Dogra, Dolly Ki Doli has Sonam Kapoor playing a runaway bride. AGENCIES

HAMZA BANGASH’S SHORT FILM GOES TO CANNES PAKISTAnI Film maker Hamza Bangash started his career when he was just 19-years-old as a theatre writer and director. Since then the young, ambitious and passionate Pakistani has moved on to directing award winning short films. His film Badal was recently selected to be part of the Short Film Corner program at Cannes Film Festival. We caught up with Bangash to find out more about Badal, Karachi and what’s next for the promising young film maker. What is the basic message behind your film? HB: Badal is the story of three wealthy Karachi teenagers meeting the harsh reality of their impending adulthood. It’s a coming of age story that explores youth culture, drugs, and religion- and how these elements fight against each other in a city as complex as Karachi. It doesn’t try and victimize or make heroes out of its’ female protaganists. These are strong women, who make choices that might not always work- but at least it’s their choice. The

film was recently selected to be part of the Short Film Corner program at Cannes Film Festival- and I couldn’t be more thrilled. What do you feel is your greatest achievment? HB: A short play I wrote and directed called ‘RISE.’ It was staged at the P.A.C.C when I was 18 and it was my first experience realizing that yeah, maybe art can make a difference. The play was about a teenagers’ response to her brother dying in the Marriott bomb blasts. Your Smile for Karachi series has made waves internationally – how did the project come about? HB: Smile for Karachi is a three-part video series I developed this past summer in Karachi. The videos strive to emphasize everyday individuals who are making a difference in the community. So far you have stuck to short films. Why? HB: As a novice filmmaker, making shorts is a great stepping stone to your first feature. I’m making them because at the point I am in my career,

short films allow me to stretch my creative wings- and help me grow into the role I hope to one day fulfil. What are your plans for the future? HB: I’m going to be a director for both stage and


screen. As a director, my goal is to make films and theatre that bridge the divide that is constantly perpetuated by mainstream media about the huge differences between East and West. AGENCIES


Sunday, 6 April, 2014

KOHLI SHARPENED UNDER PRESSURE Pressure is supposed to be an impediment to executing your skills. It hacks away and blunts it. Not for Virat Kohli DhaKa



Hy is it nearly always him? Why is it he is who is nearly always standing out there at the end of a victorious chase? There are others in this story, of course. There always are others. There is always a supporting cast. There is space even in this format for an opening dash. Likewise, there is also space for a closing sprint. But why is it he who nearly always runs and wins the marathon, for which there is a space even in the shortest format. Why does a high-pressure chase in a world tournament semi-final appear like an algorithm being executed at Virat Kohli's command? He goes at a strike-rate of 163.63 and still, scores comfortably more than half his runs in singles and twos. He says a single is as important as a six in a format where run a ball is universally considered slow. A format in which the defending champions think only sixes matter. He does not hit his first till his 17th delivery, but that does not stop him from already logging more than run a ball by then. Notice the timing of that six. It comes immediately after a partnership has ended, and the opposition is looking to tighten things. But it does not come against the specialist bowler. He does it against the part-timer. The closing sprinter does his job in the

matter of an over. But the marathon is still going on. The opposition's best bowler will bowl two of the last three overs. Now there is no question of picking bowlers like it was earlier. So the best fast bowler in the world is taken for two fours in an over. Flicked over midwicket. Charged at and carved over point. Skill. High-quality skill. Skill that nearly always comes good under pressure, when it is dearly needed to. Pressure is supposed to be an impediment to executing your skill. It is an impediment for most. It hacks away at your skill, blunts it, even though it has been honed over years and years and seems as natural as eating. This format can blunt your skills even further with its everything-or-nothing, ultra-condensed nature. Look at what happened to Pakistan and West Indies, powerful, explosive sides both. They had to chase big runs or the tournament was over for them. They just bottled up. Forget going down swinging, they could not even summon themselves to make a decent attempt. The pressure had blunted them so much. Here we have a man who does the very opposite. Pressure sharpens his skills. It gives him an extreme, eerie clarity of mind. He talks lucidly about continuing to pick up singles and twos to avoid that "rush of blood", that screaming instinct which will implore you to hit a boundary every time you play a couple of dot balls in T20. So what does he do? He just cuts off the dot

Cairns says he met with UK poliCe team

SPORTS DESK Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has confirmed that he met with Scotland Yard investigators recently. He, however, refused to divulge the reasons for the meeting. Cairns told Fairfax NZ News that the meeting had been held in New Zealand and it was cut short because the investigators had to return. He stressed that he would continue cooperating with them through his legal team in the UK. ''I maintain I have nothing to hide and we remain totally committed to doing whatever it takes to prove that via whatever means necessary," he said. ''I will therefore continue to liaise with them via my UK solicitors. I have not been arrested or charged." Cairns also said he was due to be interviewed by the ICC in New Zealand but the meeting was deferred due to the ongoing Metropolitan police enquiry. "'The ICC had also arranged to interview me this week in New Zealand,'' he said. ''Unfortunately that didn't go ahead, as they requested it be deferred while the Metropolitan police inquiry is ongoing." According to Fairfax, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan police did not comment on the meeting with Cairns or the nature of the investigation.

balls completely. Kohli faced 44 deliveries, of which three were dots. The first one was the first delivery he faced, a 145 kph lifter that nearly every batsman hopeful of batting for any length of time would play out safely. The second one, his 25th, was a superb slow bouncer which he tried to get away, but only managed an inside edge. The third, his 39th, was a quick outswinger that he tried to drive, but was beaten. Astonishing as just three dots in a 44ball innings are, at least two of them were not intentional from Kohli, and the one that was intentional was also quite a wise choice. So barring that first ball, at no point

during his knock was Kohli's intent to not score runs. And just like his skills are sharpened under pressure, so is his intent. We do not need to peer into the make-up of his innings to know that. This intent business is always overpowering, in-your-face coming from Kohli, although he might want to temper a few manifestations of it when he becomes the captain. Kicking a ball in anger because a team-mate misfields. Waving his bat in frustration if his batting partner, a quite senior one at that, turns down a second run. Pumping his fist when he hits a boundary, especially the ones that appear to come at exactly

the moment a big shot is required. Celebrating with raw passion after he has tamed another chase. India have chased four times this World T20. Three times Kohli has been there when the winning runs were hit with scores of 36*, 57* and 72*. The fourth time, by the time he fell he had practically ended the match with his 54. Why? Why is it him again and again and again? "Is that a valid question?" he says, before laughing, and then responding. "I think anyone in the world does the same things. Cricket is played more between your ears than your technique. If you can mentally be strong then you can tell yourself to stay on the wicket.


Australian teams have a long history of talking their way to a psychological advantage over opponents and Meg Lanning, the captain of the women's team, admitted the atmosphere on the pitch would be "feisty" for their World T20 final against England. Australia and England have played 14 times over three formats in the last eight months and the players will be well aware of each other's pressure points. Talk is cheap - as James Faulkner discovered during the group stage of the men's tournament but Charlotte Edwards, England's captain, accepted that both teams would be in the market for it. Lanning smiles as sweetly as any 22-year-old, though she can also give a cold-eyed stare the equal of Steve Waugh, one of the progenitors of mental disintegration. It would, of course, be naive to imagine women as the play-fairer sex. Sadly, there was no indication from Lanning as to who is the team's Merv Hughes. "On the pitch it's feisty, to be honest, we both just want to beat each other, that's as it should be," she said. "We talk off the field but once we get on the field it's all business as usual. There's always comments, a bit of banter and I think that's how the game should be played. Everyone knows where the line is and it's just a bit of fun and trying to get an edge however you can." Back-to-back Ashes series means their rivalry should have been thoroughly marinated. As many as 14 players from either side could contest a repeat of the 2012 final, which Australia won by four runs to retain their title; the two teams also met at the 2013 World Cup, when England were beaten by the even narrower margin of two runs. Like two chess grandmasters, they will be studying each other closely throughout the build-up and during the game, looking for the slightest flinch, a weakness to exploit. An Australia captain comfortable with sledging might also look to muse reflectively on two apparent failures by the opposition in pressure situations but Lanning demurred from the opportunity. "England have got a lot of experience in their side, they're well led," she said. "Both those matches were very close and could have gone either way, so both sides are confident, we've both had good paths in. It comes down to being composed under pressure so hopefully we can do that better. "We know each other inside out, so we're able to do our planning and so will England. It's a really big stage, probably the biggest we've played on so it's about being able to perform on the day and execution, hopefully we can do that better than them."


Lanning, in her first tournament as captain, began her tenure by leading Australia to victory in both limited-overs series against England at the start of the year. England's T20 win in Hobart ensured they would retain the Ashes on points, having claimed also victory in the sole Test, but Australia finished on a high by winning the final two fixtures and are now closing in on a third consecutive World T20 success. "We'll take a little bit out of that, we've certainly got some momentum and I think we had a great team performance in those couple of games but we're in very different conditions here now," Lanning said. "We've got slightly different team as well. So we can take a little bit out of it but it just comes down to tomorrow and being able to perform the best." Although Australia's batting order has an air of impermanence to it - in their semi-final against

West Indies they promoted spinner Jess Jonassen to open for the first time in her career - the presence of Lanning at No. 3 is the rock around which the rest is built. She struck her first T20 hundred during the group stage and leads the standings in sixes hit, one ahead of team-mate Elyse Villani. How their powerful batting fairs against Anya Shrubsole, England's spearhead and the tournament's leading wicket-taker, could be pivotal and Lanning said Australia would not be cooling their aggression. "We've got a few options to go with up the top and that's a great position to be in," Lanning said. "Elyse Villani has really struck form and she can be a dangerous batter so that's a good position to be in going into the final. We've got a few combinations we can go with so it's about assessing the conditions and trying to find what's going to place us in the best position to win."


Sunday,6 April, 2014

Dhoni shuts out off-fielD issues MIRPuR

HAMILTON COMPLETES BAHRAIN PRACTICE SWEEP SPORTS DESK Lewis Hamilton completed a practice hat-trick on Saturday after lapping fastest in his Mercedes in the third and final session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. The Briton, who was top in both of Friday's sessions, completed 12 laps and was 0.115 seconds quicker than team mate Nico Rosberg as the pair finished one-two for the third practice in a row at the Sakhir desert circuit. Hamilton, the 2008 champion, can complete another hat-trick in qualifying for the third race of the season after taking pole position in Australia and Malaysia. While Mercedes were again the class act in the field on a clear and hot afternoon, Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel ended up 21st of 22 drivers on the timesheets after spinning off and into the gravel. "I spun on the exit of Turn Two and the engine went off immediately," said the German, who walked back into the paddock before the session had ended. Mexican Sergio Perez was third fastest in a Force India with Valtteri Bottas fourth for Williams, who left it late to get their cars out, ahead of Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa and McLaren's Jenson Button. The top six drivers were all in Mercedes-powered cars. The best of the rest was Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who was seventh fastest. Qualifying will be in far cooler conditions, with Sunday's race switching to a day-to-night format under floodlights for the first time. Track temperatures in final practice were around 35 degrees celsius. Rosberg leads Hamilton by 18 points after two races, with the Mercedes drivers on one win apiece.


SPORTS DESK Martin Smolinsk took the spoils in the first Speedway Grand Prix of the season held in New Zealand. Smolinsk, who impressed many with his performances in the British Elite League, trailed in last place for two laps of the final, but managed to slalom his way to the front to take the spoils from Denmark’s Nicki Pedersen, Poland’s Krzysztof Kasprzak and Fredrik Lindgren. Tai Woffinden, the reigning world champion, failed to make it past the semi-final stage – but as Nigel Pearson, Eurosport commentator for the Speedway Grand Prix, pointed out in his rider profile’s piece, Woffinden is coming off the back of a nasty injury in a league meeting in Leicester last weekend. Nicki Pedersen, the former three-time champion, had looked to put last year’s struggles – where he was dogged by mechanical failures and a wrist injury – behind him as he came through the heats and knockout undefeated.



S Dhoni is into his seventh year as India captain. It all started for him with the 2007 World T20, and for the first time after that, India are in the final of another edition of the tournament. In this time, Dhoni has seen "almost everything" there is to see in the game. He, as well as India, have been through on-field transition as well as off-field controversy. The latter word just refuses to leave Indian cricket alone, and brings additional pressure with it. Somehow, Dhoni and his men have managed to win a Champions Trophy surrounded by IPLrelated controversy, and could hold all three major limited-overs titles if they beat Sri Lanka on Sunday, again amid the grip of similar controversy. As he stood on the cusp of another major triumph, Dhoni said that through his tenure, he had tried to control what he could while trying to ignore anything beyond that domain. "Over the years that I have been the captain I have seen almost everything," Dhoni said. "There is nothing really that I have not seen in cricket. We have Indian cricket perform at their best and at the same time we had to go through a lean patch where we had really tough times. Controversies are big part of Indian cricket and I have been through all it. There's hardly any good or bad in Indian cricket that happens without my name. We have to go through everything but the good thing is we have to concen-

trate on the process more. "I know there are certain things that are in my control. I look to move in that direction rather than thinking or living a thought that's beyond my control and that has really helped me. It's been an interesting time, ups and downs. That's all it's all about - in international sport it doesn't matter which game you are playing. It has taught me a lot and it's still a learning curve for me and hopefully it will teach me many more in coming life after cricket." When asked how his leadership had changed over these years, Dhoni said that was for watchers to judge, but added that he had tried to own up to his mistakes every time. "That's not really for me to decide because from outside, you can judge it better than me. Of course, I take it as a job and responsibility, I have been given the responsibility and I try to fulfil it to the best potential that I have got. "At the same time, as an individual, you will make mistakes and as a captain. I feel it is very important that if you commit a mistake, you go out there and admit it because it won't always go your way because the captain, almost 98% of the time, decides on something but it is somebody else who has to fulfil the job. Ultimately, it depends on the person and how he responds to the situation. You try to be honest to yourself, you read the game and decide something. If it doesn't work, you stand up and take the responsibility because that's what your job needs you to do." India have won three major finals under Dhoni, at the 2007 World T20, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. Was it that he was able to

Puncheon double boosts Palace survival bid at Cardiff

ISLAMABAD Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) XI defeated the National Press Club (NPC) XI by 32 runs in the exhibition cricket match played at Embassy Cricket Grounds Islamabad. National Press Club with the collaboration of PTCL, Pakistan Cricket Board, Brighto Paints and Capital Development Authority (CDA) are organising PTCL Inter-Media cricket tournament which commence from April 11th. According to details, the PTCL-XI batted first and scored 100 runs for 9 in allotted 10 overs. For PTCL XI Jabran Abbasi aggressively scored 27 and Ajmal

about this tournament, your spinners have come into action. They got a bit of purchase off the wicket and they made sure that they capitalised on that. That's what the team environment is all about.

Golfers from Delhi win reciprocal contest but bowled over by Lahore LAHORE



Premier League, Cardiff City Stadium - Cardiff City 0 Crystal Palace 3 (Puncheon 31, 88, Ledley 88) Jason Puncheon helped himself to a double as Crystal Palace took a massive step towards Premier League survival with a 3-0 drubbing of relegation-haunted Cardiff City in Wales. Tony Pulis' side were utterly dominant as they moved eight points clear of second-bottom Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium with Puncheon in outstanding form in leading the toiling home defenders a merry dance. He accepted a pass from Joe Ledley before wrong-footing the unsighted Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall for the opening goal on 31 minutes. He sealed a fine and merited three points for the visiting side with a lovley curling effort high into the net on 88 minutes. The home side had cut a bedraggled lot in failing to genuinely test the Palace defence, and they shipped a second goal of the afternoon on 71 minutes when former Cardiff favourite Joe Ledley nudged the ball into the gaping goal after Marshall had made a brilliant stop to claw out substitute Marouane Chamakh's header from a Puncheon free-kick. Crystal Palace have 34 points, one more than they had for the whole of their last season in the Premier League in 2004/05 when they accumulated 33 for the campaign. With only six league games remaining, Palace are probably only three points short of a total that should be good enough to keep them in the top flight next term. KEY MOMENTS: 24' - SPERONI STOP: Dann with the block on Jones before Speroni dives to claw out the Campbell header. Good cross from Mutch. Much more like it. 31' - PUNCHEON OPENER: Puncheon scores for Palace. A vital goal. Palace on their way to survival. Lovely pass from Ledley, and that is a fine finish from 12 yards. No chance for Marshall. 71' - LEDLEY ADDS SECOND: Ledley prods the ball over the line after Chamakh's header was brilliantly kept out by Marshall.

80' - CAMPBELL FREE HEADER SAILS WIDE: Bellamy with a corner. Campbell tries to meet it, but ends up heading wide from five yards. Free header. How did he not hit the target with that effort? 88' - PUNCHEON GRABS PALACE'S THIRD: Puncheon slams the ball high into the net from 25 yards. Superb swerving finish high above Marshall. 3-0 and this match well and truly over. Cardiff an utter shambles at the back. Crystal Palace record their second Premier League double of the season, after winning in both of their matches in the division against Hull City this season. Crystal Palace win back-to-back PL matches (and keep back-to-back PL clean sheets) for the first time since January, when they recorded home wins over Stoke City (1-0) and Hull City (1-0). Crystal Palace have scored three goals in a Premier League away match for the first time since their 3-1win at Sheff Weds in Oct 1997.


step up his leadership when it came to ICC tournaments? Dhoni did not think so, preferring to give credit to his players instead. "Not really. I think the players have responded really well. If you talk

Khan made 18 runs respectively. From NPC XI side, Afzal Javed and Shakir Abbasi took three wickets each. Chasing the target, NPC XI started responsible innings but failed to achieve the target and all out in 9th over with the score of 68 runs. Afzal Javed was the top scorer who made 23 runs for NPC side. Governor KPK Engineer Shoukatullah was the chief guest of concluding ceremony while chief marketing officer PTCL Furqan Qureshi, General Manger PTCL Imran Janjua, President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Afzal Butt, President NPC Shahryar Khan, Secretary Tariq Choudhry, chairman organizing committee Mohsin Ali and others were also present on the occasion. Jabran Abbasi was declared man of the match for his all round performance.


A 12-member golf team from New Delhi is in Lahore for participation in the DelhiLahore Golf Cup series. This is a reciprocal golf contest and while this team is in Lahore at the Royal Palm Golf Course for competing with the team from Lahore, the next contest will be hosted in New Delhi. The Delhi Golf Team comprises of some accomplished golfers who simultaneously are also business tycoons and include names like Manmohan Singh, who for many years has been Chairman of Delhi Golf Club, Sudhir Seth, a golfer with a smooth swing but also the king of Gen Sets business. Then there is Jayanay Juneja a leading name in furniture, Amit Luthra who has dominated Indian golf for two decades, while other names are: Madhu Misra, Maj Gen Shergill, Bharat Garg, Rajiv Puri, Gurbir Madhan, Meeran Juneja, Indu Seth and Bubbles Suneja. As for the Delhi Lahore Golf Competition, the Indian Golfers contested really well and succeded in sharing honors with the Lahore Team. The Lahore players did have the advantage of home course (Royal Palm Golf Course) but the accomplished Indian golfers like Manmohan Singh and Madho Misra, Amit Luthra and Maj Gen Sher Gill, Bharat Garg and Rajiv Puri played superbly and accumulated three valuable points for the Delhi Team. From the Lahore side, the team pairs that beat their opponents from Delhi are Asad I.A. Khan and Fareed Bajwa, Abid Farooq and Max Babri and Noori Zaman and Zen un Nisa. The ladies from India who got beaten were Meera Juneja and Indu Seth. All through the eighteen holes competition what stood out was the fact that these friends from across the border were totally awed by the aura of Lahore, the hospitality of the Lahorites and in particular Ramzan Sheikh and they did not for a moment stifle their emotions and expressed their love and gratitude in the most expressive way and requested the host team to prepare for a visit to Delhi, six months from now. The leader of the Delhi team, Manmohan Singh,has a special love for Lahore as his father was associated with Government College, and he still recalls the stories his father shared with him about this great institution.


Sunday, 6 April, 2014

sA less thAn the suM of their pArts South Africa, for once, cannot be accused of letting pressure get to them at a major tournament. They will wonder, however, if they made the best use of their resources at the World T20 SPORTS DESK


HEN Albie Morkel was recalled to South Africa's T20 squad after an 18month hiatus from international cricket, he did not know exactly what his role would be. After five matches at the World T20, he probably still doesn't. Morkel batted at No.6 to begin with, moved down to No.7, up to No.5 and back down to No.6. He faced 26 balls in the tournament, hit three sixes and never spent more than 18 minutes at the crease. He went from being South Africa's fifth bowler to taking the new ball, and took one wicket while going at an economy rate of 9.20, and did not once bowl his full quota of four overs. That is not as confusing as it is wasteful, which is what South Africa were with most of their resources at the World T20. The blame lies somewhere between under-planning and over-planning, trusting the statistics more than the situation and having the parts but not knowing how to put them all together. Morkel was brought in cold off a domestic season that did not sparkle. He was not among the top 15 run-scorers or wicket-takers in the Ram Slam T20 tournament. He lay in 18th place in the batting charts with one fifty and an average of 28.80 and took only two wickets in 10 matches. He was picked on reputation. He did not have any game time under the new T20 regime, with Faf du Plessis as captain and Rusell Domingo as coach, and South

Africa did not know what to do with him. He was not the only one. They were also unconvincing in their use of David Miller and AB Villiers, although they knew they wanted to hold de Villiers back for the second half of the innings because the numbers show he plays better when he comes in after 10 overs. That his two biggest scores of the tournament, 69 and 29, were scored in such circumstances lends some credence to their theory. They wished Dale Steyn could bowl all 20 overs but because he could not, they chose to use him mostly at the end of innings. In so doing, there was not as much room to manoeuvre with the other bowlers as they might have liked. That is not to say South Africa were inflexible or predictable, a overused criticism they sometimes get, just that they were unsure and a little unsettled. From their first match South Africa had to make an adjustment because du Plessis had not recovered from a hamstring strain in time. They only had one option. The extra batsman was Farhaan Behardien so he had to play but it was obvious South Africa would rather not have had him. Behardien was slotted to bat at No.5 but he was pushed down to No.7 as South Africa chased 166 against Sri Lanka. Effectively they left themselves a batsman short by using Behardien so low down he made no impact and pushing David Miller and Morkel up with the same result. At 110 for 3 in the 14th over, South Africa wanted boundaries so there was

some method to their madness. Miller was sent in at No.5. He had the little bit of the time he often needs to settle in and looked in fairly good touch. However, there was no reason not to bat Behardien when the next wicket fell but Morkel was sent in instead. Collectively, South Africa sent down 32 wides across the five matches, five overs and two balls more than they needed to bowl. In an event where margins are small, that could very well be one reason why they will not be part of the final When Morkel was informed he was back in the fold, he said he thought between him, Duminy, de Villiers and Miller, they would be the finishers. The problem with that is that teams do not need four finishers especially because they only had one starter in Hashim Amla and South Africa saw it in that match. After two strong blows Morkel was gone, South Africa needed 33 in three-and-a-half overs and pressure came down on Behardien like a brick wall. He contributed only five runs before falling to a big shot. Behardien's ability as an international player is yet to be proved and South Africa did not make it any easier for him with the way they used him. He stood in for du Plessis again when the captain was suspended for slow overrate and, again, he was leapfrogged in the line-up. South Africa were 120 for 3 in the 15th over against England when they sent in Miller, who added 19, and 174 for 4 in the 19th when Morkel was pushed up. Behardien, due to bat No.7, never got the chance.

What that says is that South Africa did not have confidence in Behardien to bat in an important situation. They wanted Miller and Morkel to do it but neither had enough time in the middle to find form. It also raises the question of why they took Behardien along in the first place. The same can be asked of Aaron Phangiso. A second specialist spinner is a rarity in a South Africa XI and they only had one chance to include him, in the semi-final, but did not. Instead JP Duminy was used in a second spinner role and even opened the bowling on three occasions. South Africa held the record for the most expensive average first over in the tournament - 10.6 runs. Dale Steyn only delivered the opening over once. Without a recognised death bowler, South Africa needed Steyn to be their hangman and decided the noose should only be tied at the latter stages of an innings. In all four matches in which South Africa defended a total, Steyn did not open the bowling and South Africa needed to haul the opposition back after they got off to a fast start. The earliest South Africa took a wicket when bowling second was the fourth over and they had two opening stands of fifty and one of 46 scored against them. Because they did not strike early, they were always playing catch-up. Three times, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks and Dale Steyn managed to. In the semi, they did not. That does not mean South Africa did not gain anything from this tournament. Hendricks' domestic form has become international promise. He has a mature temperament, a good slowerball bouncer that he is not scared to use and he is only 23. That South Africa took the bold step of including him at the expense of Morne Morkel, who performed badly in the second match, indicates progression.

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augsburg inflict first league defeat on bayern Munich

Premier League, Villa Park - Aston Villa 1 (Holt 70) Fulham 2 (Richardson 61, Rodallega 86)

FC Augsburg have ended Bayern Munich’s 53-match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win at the SGL-Arena. Sascha Molders struck after 33 minutes to hand Augsburg a vital victory in their battle for European football – and their first win over Bayern in 54 years. It’s Bayern Munich’s first league defeat since October 2012 when they lost 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen. The German champions dropped two points at home to Hoffenheim last week and continued to field some reserve players with Pep Guardiola handing Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg and Ylli Sallahi their first league starts. Mitchell Weiser, also just 19, started at right-back. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez - who are suspended for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United - also started, but it was largely a second-string Munich side. Manuel Neuer – who was a late returnee after Tom Starke picked up an elbow injury – was forced into an early bit of work as Matthias Ostrzolek whipped a superb leftfooted drive across his goal only for the German to clip wide. This sixth Bavarian derby between the sides was competitive and combative as Augsburg looked to press high-up the pitch – the template for making life hard for Bayern in the Bundesliga this season. After 26 minutes, Augsburg missed the best chance of the game. Paul Verhaegh’s storming run and cross was missed by Molders, falling to Halil Altintop who failed to find the back of the net. Moments later, the home side were in the lead. Daniel Baier dispossessed Toni Kroos and stormed from midfield, setting up Molders and the striker finished with his left-foot into the net for his second of the season. Augsburg were looking capable on the counter-attack and had no hesitancy in committing men forward from deep areas – even without the two strongest forward players Tobias Werner and Andre Hahn who were out injured. Seven minutes before half-time, Verhaegh sparked another counter-attack and the end touch from Molders saw the ball go straight into Neuer’s arms.

SPORTS DESK Villa, without Gabriel Agbonlahor and talismanic striker Christian Benteke, were forced to start with on-loan Grant Holt up front. The Wigan forward, who had failed to register a goal for Villa ahead of the match, looked to lead the line but wasn’t utilised as the hosts opted to try and play their way through a disciplined Fulham back line – and were found wanting time and time again. Despite a relatively high tempo to the opening half, both sides struggled in the final half – reflecting their overall position and goal return in the Premier League table. The two sides created a number of half chances, but the first real sight of goal came after 30 minutes as Leandro Bacuna muscled his way into the Fulham penalty area, jinking his way past Brede Hangeland to fire on goal, only for David Stockdale to produce a smart stop. The second half started in the same vein, with neither side having much luck in their opponents half, but it soon came to life as Kieran Richardson broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion, finding the net from 20 yards with a rocket that found the top right-hand corner. The setback seemed to spur Villa on, who responded well and were soon level through Holt, who capitalised on poor defending to nod home his first goal in claret and blue. As the game drew to a close it looked certain to end in a draw, extending Fulham’s unwanted record of not leaving Villa Park with all three points since 1966, but there was late drama as substi-

tute Hugo Rodallega nodded his side in front at the death – giving the Cottagers renewed hope of securing their Premier League status. 3’ FIRST CHANCE OF THE MATCH: A great flick from Woodrow, who starts a neat Fulham attack. The young striker evades Baker inside the penalty area and meets Kasami’s cross, but heads just over. First decent chance of the game goes to Fulham. 26’ HALF-CHANCE FOR VILLA:Chance for Villa. Albrighton starts the move, drifting in from the right to carry on his run and receive it back on the edge of the Fulham area. The winger fakes to cut back inside but crosses, finding the head of Weimann, but his header drops wide. 31’ A SHOT ON TARGET: Bacuna knocks Kasami off the ball deep in the Fulham half to turn and make inroads into the visiting side’s box. The Dutchman jinks his way inside before smashing an effort on goal. It’s on target and Stockdale is forced into a smart save. 35’ FULHAM GO CLOSE: A mistake from Bennett sends Woodrow through on goal. The youngster has a lot of ground to cover and still a lot to do, but he takes the ball on, looking confident and almost

find the far corner from the right side of the penalty area, only for Guzan to beat the effort clear. 50’ VILLA HIT THE WOODWORK: Bacuna pulls away from his marker wide on the right and makes his way towards the Fulham penalty area. He cuts inside and has support, but looks to surprise Stockdale and fires on goal. Stockdale gets a firm hand to it, palming the ball onto the post and out for a corner. 62’ FULHAM TAKE THE LEAD!: Richadson finds the roof of the net with an absolute howitzer, rifling the ball past Guzan from 20 yards. 71’ VILLA ARE LEVEL: Grant Holt grabs his first goal for Villa, but it's poor defending from Fulham. Hangeland gets sucked towards the ball, leaving Holt a free header from 10 yards. All level at Villa Park. 76’ FULHAM GO SO, SO CLOSE!: A terrific counter attack almost results in Fulham taking the lead. Rodallega’s clever centre is stepped-over by Dejagah, allowing the ball to roll the ball into the path of Holtby. The German rounds Guzan and has an open goal to aim at, but Lowton’s superb sliding challenge clears it off the line.



Guardiola was less than impressed at the break and introduced Mario Gotze to replace the ineffective Swiss attacking midfielder Shaqiri. The champions should have levelled around 100 seconds into the second half when Sallahi pounced on Verhaegh’s mistake, crossing high towards the back-post for Mandzukic who nodded the ball wide. Augsburg sparked into life six minutes after the break with Alexander Esswein testing Neuer on a gut-busting run up the field, on his own, shooting from inside the area. On 58 minutes, Jeong Ho-Hong tugged back Hojbjerg who was about to race through on goal, but the referee Manuel Grafe showed only a yellow card to Bayern’s frustration – the correct decision, though, as there was no clear goalscoring opportunity. Guardiola was quick to delve into his excellent substitutes bench for a second and third time with Thomas Mueller and David Alaba coming on around the hour mark. Alaba allowed the game to be stretched on the left; yet there was few chances for Bayern Munich to draw level. Only a rightfoot strike from the Austrian full-back which hit the post caused a degree of panic among the Augsburg supporters. In stoppage time at the other end, though, the home side struck the woodwork as Esswein laid off to Raul Bobadilla who was desperately unlucky to rounding off with a second goal. However, it finished a surprising 1-0 for Augsburg and Bayern go into Wednesday’s second leg against Manchester United having won none of their last three matches in all competitions.

SPORTS Sunday, 6 April, 2014


06:00 PM

HIsTORY OF HEARTbREAK bETWEEN FINAlIsTs INDIA: (LIKELY) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 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


1 Kusal Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Mahela Jayawardene, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Seekkuge Prasanna/ Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga (capt.), 11 Rangana Herath




omesh Kaluwitharana caught at third man. sanath Jayasuriya caught at third man too. Asanka Gurusinha is out soon. eden Gardens has erupted. Aravinda de silva comes out and silences them, and the spinners bury them. heartbreak. mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera take 54 in the last four overs. Lasith malinga follows it up with early wickets of Virender sehwag and sachin Tendulkar. Finally the final hoodoo is being broken. Gautam Gambhir and ms Dhoni, though, pull off a cool chase. heartbreak returned. Big matches between India and sri Lanka have somehow left bigger scars than others. The semis and finals between these two have rarely been close. Think eden Gardens 1996. Think Jayasuriya, muttiah muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas demolishing the psyche of a whole generation of India cricketers over the next three years or so. or the many times they have knocked India out of major tournaments, either by directly beating them or other teams. Think even the Asia Cup final in 2008. The captain of that losing Indian team in 2008 was a cricketer unlike any other Indian before him. Those scars left no imprint on his psyche. Under him, in limited-overs cricket, India have paid no heed to things such as history and legacy. Just keep doing your bit, the rest will take care of itself. In the process, they have overcome the shivers the sight of a sri Lankan side in a big match used to send up the Indian spines. Under him, India have never lost a semi-final, and have been even with sri Lanka in the finals. The turning point was that World Cup win in 2011, after which they have had it almost too easy against sri Lanka in the really big matches. Under that captain, India have put behind them a torrid recent time out of Asia, not just in Tests but also in oDIs, and have bossed this tournament. Dhoni has been the exact opposite of what he was before the break he took: fresh, backing his bowlers, trying to take wickets to slow runs down, making changes even to a winning combination to get the best XI on the field. India have responded superbly. R Ashwin and Amit mishra have made sure there hasn't been a single horror day in the field. Led by Virat Kohli, the batsmen have risen up to every challenge. Now they are on the brink of doing something that has never been done: go unbeaten through a World T20. If India have been channeling this rare calm they

have achieved despite the turmoil in the administration of their cricket, sri Lanka have ridden mainly on emotion. This could be the last final two of their greatest players ever play. It has almost been like some player or the other has been pulling them from the brink just for mahela Jayawardene and Kumar sangakkara. It hasn't been smooth. They even have had to realise that their designated captain for the tournament doesn't merit a place in this XI. They have had to fight dew, they have come back from being bowled out for 119, they have had to drop their main spinner leading into the tournament. You almost feel it is meant to be with every such improbable comeback, but you have felt it often with sri Lanka. The pair of Jayawardene and sangakkara have lost four world finals now. Last year, sangakkara spoke of the pain eloquently in this interview. "We really need to talk about it being a final," he said. "The more you try to ignore it, the more you think about it. We need to find a way to deal with it." maybe if somehow, at a canter or through weather or an opposition choke or through a great one over, just some how, if they can win one final, they will stop being so conscious about the match? Then again, they are against a team whose captain specialises in not being conscious of how big a match it is. Lasith malinga has widely been considered the captain just for the toss with Jayawardene and sangakkara visibly in charge of the field settings. he has also had some of his worst days on a cricket field against India. This is his chance to put one past the tormentors, and also show a thing or two to those of us who see him as a token captain. Virat Kohli began becoming the possessed chaser that he is today with a century in a 300-plus chase in an oDI against sri Lanka. ever since that he has loved the sri Lanka attack, especially going after their biggest name, malinga. At the moment there is no glaring weakness in his game, he is extremely competitive and focused and in form. his lowest score in the tournament has been 23, and sri Lanka will take if they can somehow give him a new lowest score. It is unlikely India will make a change to their XI. Yuvraj singh remains a question mark, but as he showed against Australia, he can still cause damage in a 10-ball spell, and you want such players on your side in big matches. sri Lanka are closer to finding their best XI, and it doesn't include Dinesh Chandimal, their squad captain. however, you can't be sure if they will keep Thisara Perera out again. The pitch will help spin, it will be slow too, but if

INDIA FACE SRI LANKA IN SUMMIT CLASH S Pervez QaiSer Sri Lanka face a daunting test of nerves from dominant India in all-Asian Twenty20 World Cup at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka on Sunday (April 6) that is rich with incentives for both teams. The day/night final will start at 18.00 hours (PST). If Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Indians win, they will become the first team to hold all three major limited-overs titles, having won the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy last year. Sri Lanka will seek an end to an inexplicable losing streak in title matches, after being beaten twice in World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and the Twenty-20 World Cup finals in 2009 and 2012. Sri Lanka defeated West Indies by 27 runs (D/L method) in the first semi final to enter the final for the third time while India beat South Africa in six wickets in the second semi final to qualify for the final for the second time. The final match will be the sixth match between the two teams in Twenty-20 cricket and second in Twenty-20 World Cup. India have won three and lost two in five previous Twenty-20 matches played against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka have a perfect record against India in Twenty-20 World Cup. They beat India by five wickets in the only match played at Gros Islet on May 11,2010. Batting first after winning the toss, India made 163 for five in 20 overs.Thanks to Suresh Raina's 63 off 47 balls with seven fours and a six. Sri Lanka's answer was emphatic: They first sealed India's fate by going past 143, before writing their own destiny by winning off the last delivery of the game. Kumar Sangakkara (46 off 33 balls) set up the chase

there is a storm around, batting first might not be an automatic choice. There is a reserve day, should the weather not allow a result. India v sri Lanka in tournament finals: India 9, sri Lanka 8, no-result 2. Yuvraj singh is 43 short of becoming the 17th player to 1000 T20I runs. Kumar sangakkara needs

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and Angelo Mathews (46 off 37 balls) took them to the final lap before Chamara Kapugedera sealed the finish in style by hitting a six off the last ball. India recorded a 39-run victory over Sri Lanka when two teams met last time in a Twenty-20 match at Pallekele on August 7,2012.

PERFORMANCE IN TWENTY-20 CRICKET: Team ...................P ................W ............L .................T ................N/R .........Success% India ....................51 ...............30 ...........19 ................1 .................1 ...............60.78 Sri Lanka ............65 .............40 ...........23 ...............1 .................1 ...............63.07 Ind v SL 5 3 2 - - 60.00 HIGHEST INNINGS TOTALS: India: 211-4 in 19.1ovrs at Mohali 12-12-2009 Sri Lanka: 215-5 in 20 overs at Nagpur 09-12-2009 LOWEST INNINGS TOTALS: India: 155-3 in 20 overs at Pallekele 07-08-2012 Sri Lanka: 116 in 18 overs at Pallekele 07-08-2012 HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORES: India: 68 Virat Kohli at Pallekele 07-08-2012 Sri Lanka: 78 Kumar Sangakkara at Nagpur 09-12-2009 BEST BOWLING PERFORMANCES: India: 4-19 Ashok Dinda at Pallekele 07-08-2012 Sri Lanka: 3-32 Malinga Bandara at Colombo 10-02-2009 **************************** INDIA v SRI LANKA IN TWENTY-20 CRICKET: ** India beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets at Colombo on February 10, 2009 ** Sri Lanka beat India by 29 runs at Nagpur on December 9, 2009 ** India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets at Mohali December 12, 2009 ** Sri Lanka beat India by 5 wickets at Gros Islet on May 11, 2010 ** India beat Sri Lanka by 39 runs at Pallekele on August 7,2012 INDIA: ** Beat Pakistan by 7 wickets ** Beat West Indies by 7 wickets ** Beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets ** Beat Australia by 73 runs ** Beat South Africa by 6 wickets in semi final SRI LANKA: ** Beat South Africa by 5 runs ** Beat Netherlands by 9 wickets ** Lost to England by 6 wickets ** Beat New Zealand by 59 runs ** Beat West Indies by 27 runs (D/L method) in semi final

five dismissals in his final match to reach 50 dismissals. If Tillakaratne Dilshan doesn't score 36 runs more than him, mahela Jayawardene will sign off as the secondhighest run-getter in T20Is. If India win, not only will they have equaled the longest winning streak in T20Is, they will also hold all three ICC limited-overs trophies.

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