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BHAI DECLARED FIT FOR GRILLING! MQM chief back in police custody after doctors find no major health risk

Saturday, 7 June, 2014 Sha’aban 8, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 339 16 Pages Islamabad Edition

FO says Altaf Hussain's passport and NICOP will be issued after completion of investigation, says MQM has not sought legal assistance from government STORY ON PAGE 05

Govt won’t let taliban challenGe its writ!

Geo ‘punished’ with rs10m fine, 15-day suspension

the federal government on friday declared that it would only hold talks with terrorist groups willing to talk while outfits which are challenging the state's writ would be dealt with an iron hand. Moreover, while tribal elders criticise government for collateral damage, the Kp governor has given them 15 days to 'tame' militants.

the pakistan electronic Media regularity authority (peMra) friday suspended geo News’ license for 15 days and imposed a fine of rs 10 million on the channel for maligning the interservices intelligence (isi) and its chief, lt general zaheerul islam following an attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi.

7 militants killed in fresh TTP infighting

Geo thinks ISI should also ‘apologise’




NA passes anti-terrorism amendment bill STORY ON PAGE 02

Sikhs clash at Amritsar Golden Temple on raid anniversary STORY ON PAGE 04

Nawaz ‘felt bad’ duriNg iNdia visit: report STORY ON PAGE 02

Red warrants issued for Baba Ladla, 2 others STORY ON PAGE 02

345 Pakistani prisoners languishing in Indian jails: report STORY ON PAGE 03

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HE federal government on Friday declared that it would only hold talks with terrorist groups willing to talk while outfits which are challenging the state's writ would be dealt with an iron hand. This decision was announced in two separate events in Islamabad and Peshawar on Friday. In Islamabad, Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq told fellow senators that the government had decided to initiate dialogue process


TRIBAL ELDERS CONDEMN TERRORISM BUT CRITICISE GOVT FOR COLLATERAL DAMAGE with the Taliban in the light of the decisions made at All Parties Conference (APC). He said there are different groups of Taliban and each one of them makes independent decisions. Haq said that it had been decided to carry out development and administrative reforms in FATA to enable the tribesmen to play their role in national development. NO OPERATION IF MILITANTS ARE REINED IN: In Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan reiterated the government's decision on talks with militants but he categorically told a

RED WARRANTS ISSUED FOR BABA LADLA, 2 OTHERS ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has issued red warrants for Uzair Baloch, Baba Ladla and Taj Muhammad alias Taju and formally requested the Interpol for their arrest. According to details, Karachi police had requested the FIA for the issuance of red warrants for banned People’s Aman Committee (PAC) chief Sardar Uzair Jan Baloch and two other gangsters of Lyari gang war, Baba Ladla and Taj Muhammad alias Taju. The Interpol Section at the FIA Headquarters issued the red warrants of these accused and formally requested the Interpol for their arrest on Friday. The FIA issued the red warrants upon the consent of the Interior Ministry. Sources said that Uzair Baloch was in Maskat and the Sindh government had recommended the Federation to issue his red warrants. The accused are wanted by police in several cases, including murder, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. INP

US SAYS AFGHANISTAN SHOULD HAVE GOOD RELATIONS WITH NEIGHBORS WASHINGTON: The United States has counseled Afghanistan to have good relations with its neighbors and expressed hope that all countries neighboring the conflict-hit nation will continue to work together in the fight against terrorism. A US State Department spokesman said, “We’ve certainly said that Afghanistan should have good relationships with all of its neighbors and that this is a shared fight, certainly, on the counterterrorism side that they’re going through together and hope they will continue working together.” US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf was asked to comment on repeated crossborder attacks against Pakistani security forces by the Taliban, whose leader Mullah Fazlullah is believed to be operating out of Afghanistan’s Kunar province. Islamabad has strongly protested the latest terrorist attacks and incursions from across the Afghan border into Pakistan's Bajaur Agency. At the State Department, the spokesperson said she had not seen the specific reports about the attacks. “But obviously one thing in terms of the Afghan side, we’re working very closely with the Afghan Government on the continued threat. And one of the reasons you heard the President (Barack Obama) announce that he made the decision he did about troop numbers is so we have sufficient time to continue training the Afghan security forces so they can take on more of this fight themselves, and also to continue conducting counterterrorism operations in general.” APP

MIRANSHAH AGENCIES Fresh clashes between banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and a breakaway faction killed at least seven militants in the Pakistan's restive northwest on Friday, officials have said. The fighting erupted in the Wacha Mela area 65 kilometres (40 miles) west of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal district. In the meanwhile, key militant commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Sajna group was killed by unknown assailants in Mandi area of Mirali on Friday. No group has claimed responsibility for killing commander Loi Khan of Sajna group but tribal sources believe he was gunned down by their rival Sheheryar Mehsud group. Loi Khan hailed from

tribal jirga from North Waziristan that security forces will target the region if

Sararogha tehsil of South Waziristan Agency and responsible for providing financial support to the families of killed fighters of the outfit. Almost 100 militants have been killed since supporters of commander Khalid Mehsud, alias Khan Said Sajna, and the followers of the slain former Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud began fighting in April. Khalid Mehsud's group last week split from the umbrella TTP, a move analysts described as a victory for the Pakistani military's strategy of sowing divisions among insurgent factions. "The fresh clashes left seven militants dead, five of them belonging to Hakimullah group," a local intelligence official told a foreign news agency. He said at least three rebels were wounded in the clashes. A militant source also confirmed the clashes and fatalities.

violence emanating from there is not contained in 15 days.


The National Assembly on Friday unanimously passed three bills, including the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2014, to amend the Anti-terrorism Act 1997. The Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2014, moved by Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Minister Birjis Tahir, would compel security forces to seek permission from a Grade-17 officer or a magistrate be-

fore opening fire on suspects. Earlier, the Senate had conditionally approved an earlier version of the bill on the government’s assurance that their amendments and proposals would be incorporated into the bill in the weeks after the budget session on Wednesday. The Lower House also passed the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill 2014, to amend the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act 1973, and the Services Tribunals (Amendment) Bill 2014, to amend the Services Tribunal Act 1973. The Services Tribunal Bill seeks to bring appointments of tribunal members in line with the procedures followed for appointments to the judiciary, making the tribunals financially autonomous and empowering them to implement their decisions. Earlier, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khur-

shid Shah said that the previous government passed more than 100 bills during its five-year term with consensus, including amendments to the constitution. “It was the record in the parliamentary history of Pakistan,” he said. Shah said that it is unfortunate that the PML-N government had failed to pass a single bill during its one-year tenure. He said the government requested the opposition to support it in parliament for the legislation while the opposition had agreed to conditionally support the bills on the government’s assurance that their amendments and proposals would be incorporated into the bills in the weeks after the budget session. The ongoing budget session would continue until June 21 as it was decided in the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly.


The Haqqani Network, the terrorist group that the US command in Afghanistan says is its most formidable enemy, worse than the Taliban or al Qaeda, has operated for a dozen years across the border in North Waziristan Agency with little to fear other than sporadic drone strikes. Now, even the drone strikes have stopped for the family-run gang that held US Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl for five years, The Washington Post reported. In 2011, President Obama authorised a volley of drone hits on Haqqani headquarters in the town of Miranshah. The strikes were supposed to be the beginning of a concerted effort to stop Haqqani terrorists from attacking Americans in Afghanistan, but the campaign was

short-lived. "They could not pursue them as military planners had wanted to," said Bill Roggio, managing editor of The Long War Journal, citing too few troops as the reason. Attacks stopped altogether this year as the Obama administration negotiated with the Taliban, a fused ally of the Haqqani group. One analyst said that in addition to trading five senior Taliban terrorists to win Sgt Bergdahl's release on Saturday, the US appears to have suspended its drone war in Pakistan and let targets slip away. National security analysts say that neither the US nor Pakistan has launched a comprehensive campaign to take down the group that the US designated a terrorist organisation in 2012. It is in and around Miranshah where Jalaluddin Haqqani, a veteran of the US-backed mujahedeen against the Soviets in the 1980s, and


his son Sirajuddin control 10,000 fighters, complete with training bases and seminaries for children. From there, they have executed some of the most brutal attacks inside Afghanistan, with a focus on Kabul. Haqqani militants are responsible for improvised explosive device attacks that kill Americans across the border in provinces such as Paktia, where Sgt Bergdahl walked away from his unit in 2009. Bergdahl surely will be asked all he knows about Haqqani when intelligence officers debrief him during the military's reintegration process. Ask national security analysts why the Haqqani Network prospers in war and in illegal contraband, and the answer is always the same, "It's the Pakistani tie. It's because of his ties with Pakistan and their intelligence service," said Larry Johnson, a former CIA and State Department official, explaining why Jalaluddin Haqqani enjoys a safe haven even though Pakistan is supposed to be a US ally. "It's almost like we're putting the gloves on instead of taking the gloves off."

“The forces will be asked to exercise restraint if the situation remains calm and peaceful in NWA," he said. The jirga comprising leading tribal elders and ulema was headed by Haji Sher Muhammad Khan, grandson of freedom fighter Haji Mirza Ali Khan commonly known as Faqir Epi. The jirga ended after Governor Abbasi agreed on giving 15 days time to the tribal elders to consult fellow tribesmen and other clans on how to rein in militants operating in the areas. "In the meantime, security forces will remain at standby but any provocation would be responded in kind," he said. Earlier, soon after the jirga began, Sher Muhammad Khan condemned the recent acts of terrorism in the country, including attacks on security forces. However Khan was also critical of the collateral damage due to the recent military action in Mirali region. He said that the deadly attacks had caused unrest all over NWA and the situation was leading to mass exodus of tribesmen. He appealed for the announcement of a ceasefire from both sides so that a jirga could work to bring the two sides on the dialogue table. Maulvi Gul Ramzan, a close aide of militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahadar was also part of the jirga. His presence at Governor's House is being seen as efforts to woo back Hafiz Gul Bahadar who had been a pro-government commander since Sept 5, 2006, but announced revocation of the peace deal after attacks on militant hideouts in NWA.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is "not too happy" with the way India handled his visit to New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the prime minister, a media report claimed on Friday quoting a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader. A PML-N member told a private TV channel that the PM felt belittled when there was no joint press conference after the one-onone meeting between the two premiers. The Pakistani delegation was also expecting a joint communique, but New Delhi unilaterally released a press statement, which did not carry Islamabad's stance, the report said. "The PM is not too happy at his reception in India during his visit there to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Modi," the report said citing the PML-N leader. India's statement had only a passing reference to Nawaz and did not appropriately acknowledge the importance of his presence, the PML-N member also said. The "abrupt and inadequate" press release by New Delhi, he claimed, forced the PM to hold a press conference of his own where he read out a carefully worded statement so that "whatever was achieved by the visit might not go waste". The PML-N member said the Pakistani government was now pinning its hopes on secretarylevel talks – agreed upon by Pakistan and India during the PM's visit – for some breakthrough in improving relations with India.


Law enforcers on Friday recovered three bodies from various areas of Balochistan. Levies sources said that a bullet-riddled body of a man was found in Kech area of Turbat. The body was shifted to a hospital where it was identified as that of Master Maqbool. Medical reports said that he was shot dead two days ago. Meanwhile, two bodies were recovered from Kalat. Levies personnel said the victims had been shot dead. They belonged to Sindh and Punjab. Police have registered separate cases in all incidents and investigation was underway.

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HE Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) Friday suspended Geo News’ license for 15 days and imposed a fine of Rs 10 million on the channel for maligning the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and its chief, Lt General Zaheerul Islam following an attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi. According to a PEMRA spokesman, the license was suspended on a complaint filed by the Defence Ministry on behalf of the ISI. The channel has also been ordered to pay the fine before the expiry of the suspension period. The order stated that in case of nonpayment of fine, the licence will remain suspended. The authority further decided that in case of repeated violation by Geo News, proceedings for the revocation of the license will be initiated. The development came during a meeting of the body convened by its newly-appointed acting chairman, Parvez Rathore, under Rule 3(4) of PEMRA Rules 2009. The meeting deliberated on a complaint filed by the Defence Ministry against Geo News in light of the Law Ministry’s opinion. The body after a discussion unanimously decided to immediately suspend the license of Geo News for a period of


15 days. All field offices of PEMRA have been directed to implement the decision of the authority in letter and spirit with immediate effect. GEO SLAMS VERDICT: Reacting to the verdict, the Geo News management said that the regulatory body had “already been punishing the channel”, adding that the broadcast was not available “in 90 per cent of areas” in the country for the last 45 days. The management further said that the channel had already apologised to the military establishment and the people and had also incurred a loss of nearly Rs 2 billion during the standoff. It claimed that Geo News was not provided with any evidence nor PEMRA had heard its stance. The federal government had appointed Pervez Rathore as acting chairman of PEMRA on Thursday evening. PRIVATE MEMBERS SAY VERDICT ILLEGAL: The PEMRA verdict had other detractors as well as all three private members of the authority declared that it was without legal mandate. In separate press statements and briefings, private members Israr Abbasi, Fariha Iftikhar and Mian Shams said that they had not attended the meeting called on Friday as they had been "deliberately" informed late about the moot. Israr Abbasi told reporters that the PEMRA verdict given by acting chairman Parvez Rathore had no legal grounds as

IHC SUMMONS PEMRA CHIEF ON 9TH ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has summoned acting chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on June 9 over a plea of a private member of the authority. Mian Shams, the private member, had filed the petition in the IHC, saying that PEMRA acting chairman Pervez Rathore had called a meeting in violation of the court orders. In a meeting attended by only government members on Friday, PEMRA had suspended the licence of Geo News for 15 days and imposed a Rs 10 million fine. PEMRA member Israr Abbasi said that the government has interfered in the functioning of the authority. He said PEMRA members were intimidated, adding that the decision would be challenged in the court. ONLINE

ANP COMES TO GEO TV’S AID PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) lawmaker Sardar Hussain Babak on Friday condemned the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for putting curbs on Geo TV. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly when resumed its session on Friday, Babak diverted attention of the House towards PEMRA’s decision to suspend Geo TV’s licence for 15 days and imposing a Rs 10 million fine. He said, “Such act on the part of PEMRA must be condemned at each and every forum as it lacking defense opportunity on the part of Geo television.” Babak recalled that since April 19 2013, Geo TV suffered a lot financially and administratively. STAFF REPORT

JUSTICE NASIRUL MULK TAKES OATH AS ACTING CJP ISLAMABAD: Justice Nasirul Mulk took oath as acting Chief Justice of Pakistan on Friday. Justice Jawad Khawaja, who is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after CJP Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, administered the oath to Justice Mulk. Justice Mulk will be Acting CJP during the absence of CJP who is proceeding to Saudi Arabia for ‘Umrah’. The ceremony was attended by SC judges, attorney general of Pakistan, SC Bar Association president, senior lawyers and law officers of the federation and provinces and officials of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan and Federal Judicial Academy. INP



REPORT SAYS PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN AGAINST NEWS CHANNEL HAS RESULTED IN SERIOUS FINANCIAL LOSSES AND DAMAGE TO ITS GOODWILL ISLAMABAD AGENCIES In another twist to events in the ISI-Geo News standoff, the Geo/Jang Group has sued the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) for defamation over accusations of being anti-state. Geo News, part of the privately-owned Jang Group, has also given the ISI 14 days to issue a public apology. “Geo and Jang Group (have) served a legal notice on the Ministry of Defence, Inter-Services Intelligence and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority for defaming and maligning the group,” the channel said in a report published in a newspaper owned by the media house. “More than 8,000 journalists, workers and professionals attached to the group and their families are not only being harassed but also attacked and tortured across Pakistan.” In April, the Defence

PEMRA constitution bars appointment of an acting chairman. "Moreover, the decision taken by ex-officio members in absence of private members is also illegal. I will move the court against this verdict," he said. Fariha Iftikhar said that she had been informed about the meeting through

Ministry had demanded that the license of Geo News be suspended after it provided air space to journalist Amir Mir who accused the ISI for being behind the shooting of his brother Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's most famous television anchormen. Since the dispute began, Geo News has been taken off the air in several parts of the country or been moved to obscure slots on the channel lineup by the cable operators, allegedly under pressure from the military, according to the lawsuit. Distribution of the parent group's newspapers has also been disrupted. Last month, the channel apologised for the allegations in an attempt to resolve the issue. But temperatures have failed to cool and in a lawsuit the channel has now asked the ISI to retract what it called its defamatory statements, publicly apologise and pay $500 million in damages. A spokesman for the military was not immediately available for comment.

a text message sent late in the night. "This was a ploy to keep us away from the meeting. They knew some of us were out of town and would not be able to reach Islamabad in time for the meeting if we were informed late," she added. Mian Shams was also critical of the


The National Business Advisory Committee chaired by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Friday approved an agenda for the National Assembly’s Budget Session. After discussing and taking into account suggestions by representatives of the political parties in the NA, it was decided that general discussion on the budget will continue till June 17 after which the process of passage of the budget would be

initiated. It was decided that the budget session will continue till June 21. The committee decided that the sittings of the NA will be held from 4 pm to 9 pm on Mondays and from 10 am to 4 pm with a break of half an hour for Zuhr prayers, on other days of the week. It was also decided that the question hour and other non-legislative business will remain suspended during the session. The committee also approved the tentative schedule of sessions of the NA during its second parliamentary year.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan, and MNAs Shaista Pervez, Shahabud Din Khan, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr Arif Alvi, Sahibzada Tariqullah and Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal.


Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint body comprising India based Mission Bharatiyam and Pakistan based The Catalyst, has released a list of Pakistani prisoners who are languishing in Indian jails on public domain. Within a month, it will also release a list of Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistan jails. According to the list, which is updated till July 2013 and available on the organisation’s website, there are 345 Pakistani prisoners, including 107 fishermen and 11 women, in Indian jails. While offences of five prisoners have not been registered, 48 have completed their jail sentence but were still behind bars. As many as 27 prisoners were awaiting nationality confirmation from the Pakistan High Commission.

Six people were acquitted but are still languishing in jail as they were awaiting NoC from respective Indian states and nationality confirmation from the Pakistan High Commission. One Pakistani prisoner is facing the death sentence, 139 are under trial and 79 are undergoing sentence. According to reports, no offence was registered till July 1, 2013 against 46 of the 107 imprisoned fishermen. “Till date, these lists were only available at government level and not on public domain,” said Mission Bharatiyam Founder Ravi Nitesh, adding that in many cases, relatives of the prisoners did not even know about their whereabouts. “This is probably the first time that any such detailed list has been made public. We hope to facilitate transparency and sensitise people on both sides about each other’s pain and towards the larger goal of peace and humanity,” said Nitesh.

decision and said he would also challenge it in court after consulting the other members. "This punishment is nothing for what Geo News did to our security institution...the body has brazenly favoured Geo News in this verdict and we will not accept it at any cost," he added.

STAY AWAY FROM FOREIGN LOANS! ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Friday said practice of getting foreign loans should be avoided as they put burden on the people. Opening general discussion on the federal budget 2014-15, the opposition leader said local loans could be handled by printing currency notes but the foreign loans put national dignity at stake. He reiterated that a budget-estimate committee should be formed to assess the whole budgetary process because it was parliament which finalises the finances. Shah said the budget should reflect the public aspirations but unfortunately people's life standards still remained unchanged. He said the government should have tabled the budget before the House prior to announcing it, adding that the budget estimates should be made simple and legible to the people. APP

SIALKOT READY TO WELCOME KAPTAAN LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will flex its muscle in Sialkot on Saturday where PTI Chairman Imran Khan is likely to announce his future line of action. Meanwhile, the Punjab PTI has finalised preparations for the public meeting. The PTI local and provincial leaders will leave from Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium in the afternoon. Addressing the workers, Punjab PTI President Ejaz Chaudhry said that the government’s total failure in governance would be exposed in Sialkot where a huge number of people would take part in the protest rally against the fake-mandate government. He said that the government had failed in addressing inflation and load shedding, adding rigged governments can never deliver. STAFF REPORT


Awami National Party (ANP) senators on Friday expressed deep concerns over poor law and order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and urged the fed-

eral government to assist the provincial government in bringing peace and stability there. Speaking on points of order, they said that the federal government should assist the KP government. Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Haji Adeel said that cases of kidnapping for ransom were increasing and people, particularly the traders, were forced to shift to other parts of the country. He alleged that no steps were taken against such criminals who were involved in kidnappings for ransom and


extortion. He said that the FC force was also short of weapons and other security gadgets. He stressed the federal government to provide modern weapons and equipment to the FC. ANP Senator Zahid Khan said that the KP government had failed to maintain law and order in the province. He said that some parts of the provincial capital have become ‘no-go areas’. He said that people have started sifting to other areas of the country due to rising incidents of kidnappings for ransom and extortion. He urged the federal interior minis-

ter to visit Peshawar to address the issue. Regarding power load shedding, he said that 12-hour load shedding was being carried out. JUI-F Senator Ghulam Ali said that the provincial government was paralysed and no steps were taken during the last one year to address the peoples’ problems. He said that the whole budget lapsed but not a single job was given to any person during last one year in KP. He alleged that the KP government was being controlled from Bani Gala (Islamabad).


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He current front-runner to win Afghanistan's presidential election runoff narrowly escaped a suicide bombing attack on his convoy in Kabul that killed three of his bodyguards and four pedestrians. At least one suicide car bomb targeted the convoy carrying candidate Abdullah Abdullah from a campaign

Pakistan condemns attack on abdullah

rally near the city's Ariana Hotel, a heavily secured site used by the CIA. The runoff is scheduled for June 14. His armored car was damaged in the attack – which involved two blasts – but he was unhurt, according to the Washington Post. He appeared on local television soon after, saying, "Threats can’t stop us and our people. We are still [dedicated] to what we have promised for a better future.” Reuters reports it was the second at-

tack on Abdullah's life since February and that the death of either him or his opponent Ashraf Ghani could throw the country's shaky transitional process into turmoil. By law, the elections must start again from scratch if one of the candidates is killed. Such an event could place the country in an extremely difficult position just months before the pullout at the end of the year of most foreign forces. The election's first round won praise as an unexpected success after the Taliban, removed from power in 2001 by a US-led invasion, failed to deter millions of voters from turning out in major cities to vote. The run-off is likely to prove more difficult as the Taliban sum-

Sikhs clash at Amritsar Golden Temple on raid anniversary


Pakistan condemned a terrorist attack on the convoy of Afghan Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul, in which several innocent lives were lost and many were injured. In a statement, the Foreign Office said, "We are confident that the people of Afghanistan would defeat any attempt aimed at thwarting their democratic journey and their quest for peace and progress." Pakistan, for its part, will continue to support all efforts for peaceful elections and democratic transition in Afghanistan, it said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families," the statement added.

mer offensive will be in full swing. The number of weekly attacks rose by around 10 percent to more than 350 incidents - including suicide attacks, gun battles and roadside bombs - in the final week of May, according to a Western security firm. Abdullah came in first with about 45 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidential election and now faces Ghani, a former finance minister, who won about 32 percent of the vote. Abdullah, a former foreign minister, has at times railed against government corruption in Afghanistan and withdrew from the heavily fraud-tainted 2009 presidential race in protest against vote-rigging. He was close to Ahmad Shah Massoud, the ethnic-Tajik who led the pow-

AMRITSAR AGENCIES Clashes broke out between sword-wielding Sikhs on Friday at the Golden Temple in northern India on the 30th anniversary of a notorious army raid on the site. At least two people were wounded in the violence, according to a foreign news agency's photographer at the temple in the city of Amritsar,

which is the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion. Hundreds of Sikhs had gathered at the shrine to pay their respects to those killed in the June 6, 1984 raid of the temple by Indian troops aimed at flushing out armed separatists demanding an independent Sikh homeland. “Today we were supposed to have a solemn remembrance for the martyrs of 1984 so what has happened is very sad,” said a spokesman for a radical Sikh outfit called the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) whose supporters were involved in the clashes. “The Temple has once again been dishonoured today,” the spokesman Prem Singh Chandumajra told reporters. Television footage showed two groups of Sikhs sporting blue and saffron turbans chasing each other with swords on the marbled staircase of the revered shrine in Punjab state. The clashes broke out after members of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) insisted they be allowed to speak on the microphone first. At least 400 people were killed in the army's infamous Operation Blue Star in 1984, the anniversary of which is commemorated on June 6.

WORLD LEADERS GATHER FOR D-DAY TRIBUTE, HOPE FOR THAW ON UKRAINE COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER AGENCIES World leaders and veterans paid tribute on the 70th anniversary of the World War Two DDay landings to soldiers who fell in the liberation of Europe from Nazi German rule, as host France sought to use the event to achieve a thaw in the Ukraine crisis. Wreaths, parades and parachute-drops honored history's largest amphibious assault on June 6, 1944, when 160,000 US, British and Canadian troops waded ashore to confront German forces, hastening its defeat and the advent of peace in Europe. Flanked by stooped war veterans, some in wheelchairs, U.S. President Barack Obama joined French President Francois Hollande to commemorate victory and reaffirm US-French solidarity before the 9,387 white marble headstones of fallen US soldiers at the

Normandy American Cemetery. Obama said the 50-mile (80 km) stretch of Normandy coastline - where allied soldiers landed under fire on beaches codenamed Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword and Juno - was a "tiny sliver of sand upon which hung more than the fate of a war, but rather the course of human history." "Omaha - Normandy - this was democracy's beachhead," said Obama. "And our victory in that war decided not just a century, but shaped the security and wellbeing of all posterity." The president sought to link the sacrifices of World War Two to U.S. servicemen killed in combat since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States by al Qaeda Islamist militants. The "9/11 generation of service members" understood that "people cannot live in freedom unless free people are prepared to die for it", he said. Hollande declared that France "would never forget the

solidarity between our two nations, solidarity based on a shared ideal, an aspiration, a passion for freedom". Speaking earlier in the city of Caen, which was devastated in the fighting, Hollande honored French civilians killed during the allied invasion, calling D-Day "24 hours that changed the world and forever marked Normandy". Twenty-one foreign leaders are attending the series of commemorations, including Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister David Cameron, Canada's Stephen Harper, Germany's Angela Merkel and President Vladimir Putin of Russia. But while the unity of allies and their bloody sacrifices were the central theme of D-Day remembrance, government leaders were sounding each other out in private on the most serious security crisis in Europe for more than two decades: Ukraine.


erful Northern Alliance and who was assassinated by Al Qaeda just days before the September 11, 2001 attack on the US that led to the Afghan war. No friend of the Taliban, Abdullah has spoken about the need to make peace with the group, as has outgoing president Hamid Karzai, whose relationship with the US has grown strained. But unlike Karzai he has said any compromise on human rights – such as basic rights for women – is out of the question. Fitful peace talks since 2010 between the Taliban and the Afghan government have taken on greater urgency. The US intends to reduce its troop presence to under 10,000 by the end of 2015, and to almost zero by the end of 2016.


A man armed with a shotgun opened fire on Thursday at a small Christian college in Seattle, killing one person and wounding two others before he was subdued by a group of students and arrested, Seattle police and hospital officials said. A fourth person was injured in the struggle with the gunman, police said. The Seattle Police Department said via Twitter that Aaron Ybarra, 26, had been booked into King County Jail for the shooting at Seattle Pacific University. The lone suspect, who was not a student, entered an academic building of the university in the late afternoon and shot three people, police said. He was disarmed as he paused to reload his gun and was pepper-sprayed by a student security guard. "Other students jumped on top of them, and they were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived" minutes later, police Captain Chris Fowler told reporters on the scene. Americans are engaged in a protracted debate over gun control regulations after a series of shootings in public places such as schools and theaters. On May 24, a 22year-old gunman killed six people before taking his own life in a rampage across a California college town. One eyewitness in Seattle, Chris Howard, a 22-year-old junior, told Reuters he was in a classroom when one of the male victims rushed in bleeding from the neck and told students to lock the doors. Stepping outside the classroom moments later, Howard said he saw the gunman lying on the floor with the student security monitor on top of him, surrounded by bullet shells, and saw a second victim with a tourniquet tied around a bleeding arm, being assisted by another student. He was armed with a gun and a knife and extra ammunition, police said. The suspect could face a murder charge, Fowler told an evening news conference. A representative of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said four patients from the shooting were brought to the hospital and that one, a man in his 20s, had died. Two other men, aged 22 and 24, were listed in satisfactory condition, and a 20-year-old woman was listed as critical and undergoing surgery, the hospital official said. One of the men suffered pellet wounds to his neck and chest and the other suffered minor injuries, police said. Further details of the shooting were not immediately clear, and authorities did not offer an explanation for any motive behind the gun violence.

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HE London Metropolitan Police shifted Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain to the police station on Friday after he was discharged from the hospital. Hussain had undergone an angiography in the hospital on Thursday and had been cleared by doctors at the hospital where he was being held before being shifted to the police station. Hussain was arrested by London Met Police Tuesday on suspicion of money-laundering. Imran Mirza, the acting Pakistani high commissioner to the UK, had said Thursday that the police would question Hussain after he was discharged from the hospital. Police had concluded the search of Hussain's house on Thursday which had been going on since 5:30am on Tuesday. The Scotland Yard told a local news channel that the time which Hussain spent in the hospital would not be in-

NO LPS BEFORE 30TH, PESCO TELLS FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL GOVT DEPTS PESHAWAR: Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) has decided to facilitate autonomous bodies and departments of the federal and provincial governments by exempting them from Late Payment Surcharge (LPS) if they deposit their outstanding dues by June 30, 2014. All federal and provincial government departments have been directed to avail this opportunity and get relief in LPS. ELECTRICITY SUSPENSION SCHEDULE: Meanwhile, due to maintenance work, the power supply will remain suspended from 132 kV Haripur Grid station on June 7 and 10 from 7 am to 4 pm. As a result, consumers of 11 kV Town-I, Town-II feeders will face inconvenience. Power supply will remain suspended from 132 kV Sakhi Chashma Grid Station on June 9, 11, 13 from 7:30 am to 1 pm, affecting consumers of 11 kV Mera Kachori and old Baghbanan and Urmar feeders. INP

NA 154: SC VACATES LHC STAY IN THUMB IMPRESSION CASE ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday vacated the stay in NA-154 Lodhran constituency. The apex court has ordered day to day hearing in the NA-154 thumb impression case, after vacating the stay granted by the Lahore High Court. A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the case regarding alleged rigging in NA-154. In NA154, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Jahangir Tareen lost the election to Sidique Baloch who got the stay in the case from the LHC. INP

PRAYER LEADER SHOT DEAD IN OKARA OKARA: A local prayer leader, who married seven times in his life, was gunned down in Okara on Friday. According to sources, unidentified assailants entered a local mosque and opened fire at the prayer leader. Fear and panic gripped the area after the incident. Police have started investigation, hinting personal enmity as the reason for the assassination. INP

HYDERABAD: MQM supporters pray for thier chief Altaf Hussain as they celebrate Youm-e-Dua on the fourth day of thier protest outside HPC. ONLINE

cluded in the detention period. They said the MQM chief was arrested on Tuesday but he remained in the police station for a little time, therefore, the 72-hour detention law would not be appli-

cable on him. The detention period would begin again when the MQM chief returned to the police station from hospital. NICOP, PASSPORT AFTER PROBE: In Islamabad, Foreign Office

spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said Hussain's passport and National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) would be released after completion of relevant investigation. The FO spokesperson said she did not know the details of the charges pressed against the MQM chief. Aslam also said that the Pakistani government is ready to extend all possible legal assistance to the MQM chief but so far there had been no such request either from Hussain or his legal team. NORMALCY RETURNS TO KARACHI: Meanwhile in the MQM's stronghold of Karachi, life and business activities returned to normalcy after three days in the economic hub of the country, as markets, petrol pumps and hotels reopened on the MQM's appeal on Friday. Karachi remained virtually shut for three days after Hussain's arrest in the United Kingdom. The MQM had appealed the traders to open markets on Thursday, though announced to carry on their protest sit-in. The MQM supporters also observed 'Youm-e-Dua' for Hussain's health and long life. Senior MQM leader Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui read out a message from the party chief who asked his workers to continue their peaceful struggle and maintain unity among their ranks.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has expressed satisfaction that record legislation is made by the PTI-led coalition government for public welfare and disposal of matters. He said 30 new laws have been introduced while six more are enacted and all these are aimed at eliminating corruption and introducing maximum transparency besides ensuring the supremacy of law, merit and justice in the government machinery and society at large. Similarly, he said better and transparent use of public funds was also a must wherein his government would neither compromise nor would be blackmailed on all such

matters. Presiding over the meeting of the provincial cabinet on Friday, he also expressed satisfaction over progress on legislation aimed at discouraging corruption in the public institutions. He said that due to these laws and punishments, one would not dare to indulge in any kind of malpractices and would even fear of misappropriation of official funds, benefiting relatives or showing incompetence. He urged on the administrative secretaries of all the departments to make legislation on the basis of public benefit and comparison in realistic manner and avoid framing such rules and regulations, which in future can prove harmful for the public. Khattak, however, said the KP government would spare no efforts to improve life standards of people. He said, “I am proud of our MPAs, including our allied parties, who discharged their right of legislation in befitting manner and shut the mouths of opponents through maximum legislation even took all opponents aback.” He said, “Credit of excellent legislation also goes to high values and

traditions of our provincial assembly that fully helped us to successfully complete all process in most conducive and pleasant manner.” Unfortunately, the CM said, in the past the culture of legislation and its implementation was never strengthened at public level, which harmed public interest and played havoc with social matters. He made it clear on part of the authorities that there was no space for any kind of mistake in the sensitive matters like legislation as the ultimate victims of it would be the people. He said the objective of these measures was the provision of maximum relief to the people within the limited available resources. He admitted that phase-wise improvement has been witnessed and felt due to implementing laws in this regard. However, he said he would become satisfied when people themselves would admit and acknowledge the fruits of all these changes and reforms. The cabinet approved necessary amendments in a number of newly introduced bills. The cabinet also formed committees to review amendments in the bills.


PTI’S HASHMI EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH MQM ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf President Javed Hashmi on Friday expressed his concerns over the arrest of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chairman Altaf Hussain in London on suspicion of money laundering. Speaking to reporters, Hashmi said that the federal government should extend all possible help to Hussain. “We stand by the MQM in this difficult hour,” he said, adding that he is personally concerned about Hussain’s detention. The senior PTI leader also lauded MQM workers for their strong resolve and courage. INP

FOUR KILLED, 25 INJURED IN MUZAFFARGARH BUS ACCIDENT MUZAFFARGARH: Four people were killed and 25 others were injured on Friday in a collision between a trailer and a passenger bus. According to police reports, a passenger bus collided with a trailer coming from the opposite directions, due to over speeding. As a result, four passengers were killed on the spot and 25 others were injured. Police and rescue teams immediately reached the site and shifted the injured and dead bodies to Nishtar Hospital, Multan. Five of the hospitalised injured are said to be in critical condition. INP

PML-N RETAINS PK-45 IN BY POLLS ABBOTTABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s Sardar Fareed Ahmed won the seat of PK-45 Abbottabad II, defeating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Vice President Ali Asghar Khan in the by-election with a huge margin. According to unofficial results from 109 polling stations, Fareed secured 27,682 votes, against the PTI candidate’s 21,227 votes, to win the provincial assembly seat. Fareed’s supporters celebrated the win resorting to aerial firing. Fareed has resolved to continue development work in the constituency. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), district administration, and police made strict security arrangements across the constituency during voting hours but the polling was suspended for some time after scuffles broke out between the PMLN and PTI supporters. Seven candidates, including Jamat-e-Islami's Saeed Abbassi, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl's Akram Abbasi, Pakistan People's Party's Manzoor Mumtaz, PPP-Shaheed Bhutto's Changez Abbasi, PML-N's Sardar Fareed Ahmed Khan Abbassi, and PTI's Ali Asghar Khan contested the seat. PK-45 fell vacant after Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan resigned as MPA to take over as the Khyber Pakthunkhwa governor. The PML-N has a strong vote bank in this constituency as KP Governor Sardar Mehtab and his family members have won this seat during the last six elections. Mehtab retained this seat by defeating PTI's candidate with a 12,000 vote margin in the 2013 general elections. INP


President Mamnoon Hussain conferred Nishan-eQuaid-e-Azam upon the outgoing Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Ghadeer during a special investiture ceremony at the Presidency on Friday. The citation read on the occasion said that Ambassador Dr Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Ghadeer has worked tirelessly to further strengthen Pak-Saudi bilateral relations. In addition to working to further bring the two countries together, he took proactive measures to enhance people-to-people contacts. His efforts were instrumental in bringing the business communities of the two countries further closer to each other that had a significant impact on increasing economic activities and trade relations between the two countries. Ambassador Al-Ghadeer also coordinated activity of the Saudi Fund for Development which provided soft loans for several important development

projects. In the aftermath of 2011-2012 floods, Ambassador al Ghadeer played an active role in coordinating relief assistance from the Kingdom. He led field campaigns and volunteer teams to participate in the provision of support and assistance to the flood affected people. His personal efforts aided in alleviating the suffering of the people of Pakistan. The campaign office working under him built schools, hospitals and rehabilitation ofdrinking water supplies and other important projects. “In recognition of his long-standing meritorious services to Pakistan, the Pakistani president has been pleased to confer on Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Saleh al Ghadeer, the award of Nishan-e-Quaid-eAzam,” said the citation. On this occasion, the president while praising the contributions of Dr al Ghadeer observed that Pakistan highly values its brotherly ties with Saudi Arabia and desires to further strengthen them in all fields. The president wished the outgoing ambassador good health and every success in his future assignments.





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41% pakistanis have confidence in the press ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

ISLAMABAD: A girl filling her bottle with water from a tap in a local park in the federal capital. INP

GoinG up! pm to approve 200 escalators to be installed on Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus terminals ISLAMABAD INP

Punjab Metro Bus Authority has decided to install 200 escalators at terminals to be constructed for the Islamabad Rawalpindi metro bus service. Moreover, generators will also be installed to run the escalators during load shedding. The authority has prepared a comprehensive plan to run the metro bus service on modern lines and provide all possible facilities to the commuters. According to details, smart cards counters will be set up in Jinnah Supper Market, Aabpara Market, Melody Market, Polyclinic, Gulshan-e-Jinnah, I-8 Markaz, F10, F-11 sectors and Golra Mor to facilitate the commuters in purchasing tickets.

JanG Group vehicle attacked in pindi RAWALPINDI INP

Vehicles of the Jang group continue to be targeted across Pakistan. In the latest attack a vehicle carrying the group's newspapers was first hijacked and later burnt in Rawalpindi on Friday. The incident took place late Thursday night on Murree Road. The attackers hijacked the vehicle and the driver was assaulted. According to the driver Muhammad Razzaq he was delivering newspapers to Islamabad when his vehicle was stopped by four armed men. Razzaq said he was blindfolded and was told he would not be allowed to deliver the papers. After being assaulted, Razzaq was left on the roadside. The driver reached the Jang building in Rawalpindi and the hijacked vehicle was recovered. The attackers had set the vehicle and newspapers on fire. The newspapers were reprinted and sent for delivery. This is the latest in a series of attacks targeting Jang group newspaper delivery vehicles. On May 25 a vehicle was attacked in Lahore. Attacks have also taken place in Karachi and Rawalpindi.

low cost housinG scheme on 11th T ISLAMABAD INP

HE core group will meet the prime minister on June 11 to present final report and get approval to initiate the low-income housing scheme. Minister of State for Housing & Works Barrister Usman Ibrahim chaired a meeting of core group on Prime Minster’s Low-Cost Housing Scheme Friday to finalise the report on lowcost housing units. The minister said that present government was well aware of housing problem that is why Rs 6 billion has been allocated in the budget for 500,000 houses under the said scheme to overcome housing shortfall in the country. The minister added that the government has designed a programme to provide housing credit for low-cost housing units

in order to enable the poor to have their own houses. Banks will provide loans of up to Rs 1 million while the government will guarantee 40 percent of the portfolio amount. It is one of the major innovative schemes of the present government which would cover all areas of Pakistan by provid-


police, pti protesters clash durinG rally ISLAMABAD INP

A brawl was witnessed between the supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and police in Islamabad during an anti-rigging rally called by the party on Friday. All roads leading to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) were sealed and heavy numbers of security personnel were deployed on the routes. According to reports, the protesters tried to enter the Red Zone on which the police started retaliating. The PTI supporters attacked the cops with batons due to which one police officer was wounded. They burned tyres and chanted slogans against election rigging.

ing loan to 25,000 low and middle class families. The meeting was attended by the Secretary Housing & Works, Joint Secretary Housing & Works, Director General National Housing Authority (NHA), Managing Director National Construction Limited (NCL).

Islamabad police on Friday nabbed 33 suspects during search operation in sector G-10, Merabadia and also held 14 outlaws besides recovering weapons and wine from them, a police spokesman said. SSP Islamabad Muhammad Ali Nekokara directed all Zonal officers, SDPOs and SHOs to enhance patrolling as well as checking in various areas of the city and conduct search operation at slum areas, Afghan habitats, under construction buildings, workshops, bus stands and inns. Following his directions, teams of Ramana police station under supervision of SP (Saddar) Muhammad Ilyas conducted search operation in sector G-10, Merabadia and other areas. Police checked 200 persons and arrested 33 suspects during this checking who are being investigated further. Meanwhile, Bhara Kahu police arrested Qaisar

Mehmud and Israt Mehmud involved in murder case and recovered murder weapon (30 bore pistol) from them. Sabzi Mandi police nabbed six persons in violation of section 144. Ramana police arrested Zain Noorani for having four wine bottles while Zahid Mehmud was apprehended for giving his house on rent to a proclaimed offender. Nilore police arrested two thieves Badshah Khan and Riaz Khan while two proclaimed offenders were also arrested during efforts to nab criminals at large. During checking in various areas of the city, 70 motorbikes and four vehicles were impounded for being driven without authentic documents. SSP Islamabad Muhammad Ali Nekokara has said the purpose of this search operation and high vigilance is to ensure foolproof security in the city and he further directed all SHOs to continue it. He has also appealed the citizens to remain vigilant and inform police in case of any suspicious activity around them.


According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 41 percent Pakistanis say they have confidence in the press while 56 percent say the opposite. A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Could you tell me how much confidence you have in the Press?” Responding to this, 8 percent said they had a great deal of confidence in the press, 33 percent said quite a lot of confidence, 39 percent replied not very much and 17 percent said none at all while 3 percent did not respond. A similar survey was conducted in China where 12 percent said they had a great deal of confidence in the press, 48 percent said quite a lot of confidence and 24 percent said not very much. Around 2 percent said none at all and 14 percent did not respond. When the same question was asked in Philippines, 19 percent said they had a great deal of confidence in the press, 48 percent said quite a lot of confidence, 28 percent replied not very much and 5 percent said none at all. In the United States, 2 percent set a great deal of confidence in the institution, 21 percent said quite a lot and 59 percent said not very much. 17 percent of the respondents said none at all and 1 percent did not respond.

six pakistani teachers awarded in Global competition ISLAMABAD INP

As many as six Pakistani teachers were awarded in an international teaching competition held at Turkey. As many as 344 teachers from different countries participated in the 2nd International Teaching Knowledge Competition to prove their skills in English, Turkish, Math, Biology, Physics, Computer, Chemistry, junior section and preschool categories. The performance of competing teachers was judged by 28 judges. Last year, Pakistan won one gold medal in the same competition but this year PakTurk teachers won one gold, two silvers, one bronze, one honourable mention and one special prize. All the winners also received certificates and cash prizes from the organisers of the event as recognition immediately boosts the morale of teacher.

president to leave for niGeria on monday ISLAMABAD INP

President Mamnoon Hussain will pay a four-day official visit to Nigeria from Monday. During his stay, the president will have one-on-one meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Goodluck Jonathan which will be followed by delegation level talks. Senior officials including ministers and governors of different states of Nigeria will also call on the president. This will be the first presidential visit to Nigeria from Pakistan in the last three decades. Commenting on the visit, foreign office spokesperson expressed the confidence that the visit will give a new impetus to trade and economic relations with Nigeria. During the visit, leaders of both the countries will discuss ways and means to further strengthen relations in diverse fields, particularly trade and economy. Mamnoon Hussain will also address business forums in Abuja and Lagos. Trade relations have improved between the two countries over the last few years.


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rcb to make way for emerGency exits in plazas RAWALPINDI INP

Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has decided to clear emergency exit ways of the shopping plazas and other high rise buildings to avoid big losses in case of any untoward situation. According to reports, a joint committee comprising officials of fire brigade, representatives of traders and DCO has been constituted to review the available facilities in the high rise buildings. Under common practice in Pakistan, safety and security measures are taken after an accident or emergency situation occurs. It is the first time that the concerned authorities are mulling over taking preventive measures against untoward situations. Rawalpindi Cantt Chief Executive Officer Fahim Zafar Khan has said that all the shopping plaza owners are being served notices, warning them to clear emergency exit ways of the plazas within 15 days. He said that fines would be imposed on the owners failing to comply with the orders and the emergency exits will be opened under all circumstances.

citizens demand end to parkinG fee in ayub park RAWALPINDI INP

The citizens visiting National Ayub Park for jogging and walk early in the morning have expressed concerns on charging car parking fee from them by the administration. The residents said that earlier the parking fee was not charged from the people coming to the park before 8am for walk and jogging. They said that the fee was charged to the tourists, who come to the park for outing and recreational activities. They said that now the administration has started minting money in terms of parking fee even from the residents visiting the park before 8am. They said that the charging of parking fee will discourage the people for carrying out healthy activities. On the other hand, the park administration is of the view that the parking fee is being charged from all the visitors on the orders of the new director general of the parks. Protesting over the decision of the new director general, people mostly aged and retired civil and military officials have demanded the high-ups of the park administration to revoke the decision to encourage recreational and healthy activities among the citizens.

ISLAMABAD: A bridegroom and his family on make way on a buggy in Blue Area. INP



HE government of Pakistan through its High Commission in Sri Lanka has awarded SL Rs 1.7 Million worth of educational scholarships Thursday to 69 bright Sri Lankan students of O/L and A/L

under the first Phase of Jinnah Scholarship Programme 2014. Under the auspices of High Commission of Pakistan, award ceremony of Jinnah Educational Scholarship 2014 was held at Jinnah Hall, Kandy. Hon. Tikiri Banda Kobbekaduwa, Governor Central Province, graced the award ceremony as chief guest. The event was also attended by a

Exhibition on Women in Creative Industry opens today ISLAMABAD INP The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme (WED) is organising a twoday exhibition titled “Women in the Creative Industry� from today at a local hotel. This event provides an opportunity to women entrepreneurs from across Pakistan to display and market their products. UNIDO is a pioneer in the concept of introducing creative industries in Pakistan which is home to a

rich cultural heritage. UNIDO-WED Programme interventions in the country specifically focus on promoting gender integration in creative, subsectors of marble mosaic, inlay and handicrafts, home textiles and gems and jewelry. Creative, cultural products for decorative and daily use including fashion design, home textile ranges, jewelry, marble mosaic and inlay products and handicrafts among a variety of other items will be displayed at the event, granting buyers and visitors the opportunity to observe and purchase a wide variety of innovative, custom-made goods on one platform.

2,000 NEPALESE TREE-HUGGERS CLAIM WORLD RECORD ISLAMABAD APP More than two thousand people including lawmakers and students hugged trees in a park outside Nepal's capital Katmandu on

large number of students and their families along with Pakistan High Commission officials, dignitaries and a large section of media. In his welcome address, the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Major Gen (r) Qasim Qureshi congratulated the students for their academic achievements, and expressed the hope that they would

Thursday to claim a new record on World Environment Day. After organizers sounded a horn, eager students, many wearing their school uniforms, clasped tree trunks and held tight for two minutes as Nepalese musicians

beat traditional drums, Arab News Reported. "We had a very high turnout. In the end, 2,001 people hugged trees together to claim a new world record," said Thaneswar Guragai, one of the event's


organizers. Among the tree huggers was 24year-old student Tripti Prajapti who told, "When you hug a tree you feel connected even as an individual you can contribute to protect and conserve trees." Twenty Nepalese lawmakers also turned up to support the campaigners. "We came here to encourage the kids. Just hugging a tree may not make a difference but it raises awareness," said lawmaker Krishna Bahadur Chhantel Thapa. Organizers will now submit their claim for a new record to Guinness World Records, which is expected to rule on it within two months. The current world record for the world's largest tree-hugging event was set in July 2013, when 936 people gathered in the US state of Oregon.

continue to excel in their academic pursuits. The chief guest Tikiri Banda Kobbekaduwa in his address praised the government of Pakistan for its generous assistance to Sri Lanka. The award ceremony for Phase II of Jinnah Scholarships will be held on June 13, 2014 in Colombo at the Annanda College Auditorium.

water filtration plants filter no more ISLAMABAD APP

The residents of various sectors of federal capital have complained that the water of filtration plants in their respective areas is no more functioning properly. They claimed that the filters of most of these plants have not been replaced since long, while people have to drink the unhygienic water. "Now-a-days a very few people could be seen fetching water from these water filtration plants as either the water is unavailable or water is impure enough to use," said Sana Ullah a resident of G-7. Haq Nawaz, a resident of G-9 claimed that the issue has been reported to the concerned directorate of Capital Development Authority (CDA) but the authorities have done nothing to provide uninterrupted pure water to people. The residents have demanded immediate repair of plants in their vicinities to cater the need of clean drinking water to them. When contacted, CDA spokesman, he said that the filtration plants have been installed by the civic body in different sectors to facilitate the residents with pure drinking water. He said that it is not in his knowledge that water filtration plants is not functioning properly. However, he said that concerned department should maintain these plants regularly. He also advised the residents to avoid misuse of clean drinking water.

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Twin Cold Wars Tensions between Europe-USA and Russia-China have implications for the whole world, including Pakistan

The PML-N takes a step in the right direction


iRSt good thing. the PML-N has finally taken up its long forgotten legislative task, by passing three bills in one go. Compared to the PML-N’s legislation-wise barren first year, the PPP had passed about a hundred bills in its maiden year in power. Among the reasons behind the PML-N’s failure was its inability to build bridges with the opposition without which differences over laws could not be resolved. the attitude of boycotting the opposition-dominated Senate indicated a disinclination to go for give and take without which democracies cannot function. Mian Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the Senate indicated, among other things, that the government was willing to take the opposition on board. How long the bonhomie prevails remains to be seen. Second good thing. Finally an agreed version of the Anti terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2014 is passed. Anti terrorism laws often tend to abridge people’s liberties and are seen to interfere in their private life. Whether it is the indian POtA or the American Patriot Act of 2001, these have elicited widespread protests. the Anti terrorism Bill was no exception. the opposition had mainly objected to two provisions of the Bill. the first allowed law enforcers to shoot suspicious individuals on sight. the second provided for individuals to be detained for up to 90 days at an undisclosed location. these made the law a Draconian measure widely criticised by the parliamentary opposition, besides the civil society. An amendment incorporated in the law now makes it incumbent on the security forces to seek permission from a Grade-17 officer or a magistrate before opening fire. this would remove the perception of giving the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) the powers to kill at will and reduce the chances of arbitrary action. the suspects involved in anti-state activities, extortion or target killings can still be kept under detention for 90 days. However, a new provision that any officer involved in arrest of a suspect on the basis of false allegations could face two years imprisonment plus fine, could make the investigators careful. the Anti terrorism Act passed by the PPP government failed to satisfy LEAs. it was claimed that it had become difficult for the police to collect evidence against the accused. it was further maintained that the lacunae in the law provided arrested terrorists opportunities to go scot free. Now that the police have got what they wanted minus certain highly extreme measures, it is for them to produce the promised results. the interest taken in the legislation by Nawaz Sharif is an indicator of the government owning the war against terrorists. One hopes the ownership will continue till terrorism and extremism are rooted out from the society.

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HERE is a famous saying that history repeats itself. the average cycle of this historic repetition is a generation or 30 years. in foreign policy circles there is talk of reemergence of Cold War era which ended almost 25 years ago. But this time there will not be one but two Cold Wars i.e., between US-Russia and USChina. Some argue that this argument is not valid as the last Cold War was an ideological struggle between ideologies of communism and capitalism. But this argument is invalid since Russian President Vladimir Putin made it an ideological struggle by rejecting gay rights and public obscenity in television programmes. He also aligned himself with Russian Orthodox Church to offer an alternative to protestant and catholic persuasions of Europe. in China there is growing discussion on adopting Confucian principles in the social architecture and reviving the cultural heritage based on these teachings. there will also be differences in these twin Cold Wars. the struggle with Russia will be a little warmer involving non-state actors in Eastern Europe and Russian Caucus region of Chechnya and Dagestan. Ukraine in a way will become a new Afghanistan for Russia and a frontline state in a new great game for dominance of Eurasia. West will continue to lure Russia to invade Ukraine by gradually encroaching on her strategic interests. this will tempt the strongman Putin to

either respond or lose legitimacy at his home base as a protector of the motherland. if he responds and enters Eastern Ukraine then a local guerilla fight will be sponsored and promoted by the West. this could inflict thousands of wounds on the Russian bear as happened earlier in the history in Afghanistan. it will also impose backbreaking cost on Russian economy which still largely relies on commodity exports. China may offer an alternative market but it is not a replacement for Europe. Russia needs European technology to run many of its industries, including oil and gas. the Plan B scenario is that Russia does not take the bait and does not enter Eastern Europe. in that case NAtO and EU will try to strengthen its economic and security ties with Ukraine which will force the Russians to respond by engaging in an expensive arms race. Covert Russian involvement in Eastern Europe to counter EU will also hurt its own social and economic stability. NAtO has recently opened discussions with Sweden and Finland to formally join as member states. Russia can take an aggressive posture and try to put pressure on NAtO alliance by moving her forces closer to smaller states of Estonia and Latvia. these member states have already expressed fear that they may be a victim of Russian aggression if tensions are not reduced. this is a risky strategy and could result in an armed conflict destabilising both Europe and Central Asia. the best option for Russia is to seek an agreement with Europe that they should mutually recognise each other’s interest and agree on a new status quo. Europe should promise not to open membership negotiations with Ukraine or sign a trade pact while Russia will not incorporate it in its own Eurasian customs union. this may be beneficial for EU as it has to work out its own structural and economic issues after the rise of the right wing Eurosceptic parties in the recent elections. But US may object to it as there is no strategic advantage for her in this scenario. US would want to continue the

military pressure on Russia to prevent it from gaining economic strength and political stability. the Cold War with China is a different matter altogether. Few years ago American think tanks proposed to US policymakers that one way to arrest China’s economic rise was to increase her cost of security. the objective of raising tensions in the South China seas, nominating Chinese military officers as cyber criminals, and promoting Japan as an emerging arms supplier in South East Asia seems to be part of this strategy. the struggle with China will be colder than the one with Russia. it will involve gaining satellites in the region as well as placement of strategic military bases to create a military edge. the US has security arrangements with South Korea, Japan, Australia, indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines. China still does not have a military parity with USA. to remove this imbalance China has grown its military spending by an average of 40% per year in last five years. At about 132 billion dollars, budgeted for 2014, it is still no match for US spending of around 716 billion dollars, in 2013, even after recent reductions. the second piece of American strategy is to reduce its reliance on Chinese manufactured products. USA is seeking trans Pacific Partnership (tPP) agreement with ASEAN countries. it may also use low cost production in india and Vietnam to offset any loss of production in China. it is important to analyse the foreign policy of two emerging players, india and turkey, which will decide the future outlook of these Cold Wars. Rise of Modi could mean that india may come closer to Russia rather than remain a strategic ally of USA. india would seek trade cooperation with China and security cooperation with Russia. PM Modi may seek to revive the indian influence in Non-Alliance Movement (NAM) and use it a platform for her strategic interests. turkey is once again behaving in a confused manner as it did during the First World War about a hundred years

ago. At that time it sent mixed signals to Germany, England and Russia. PM Erdogan has occasionally expressed his displeasure with NAtO’s inability to support turkish policy in Syrian crisis. turkey has also expressed a desire to join Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) sponsored by China and Russia. this seems unlikely as SCO is a competing platform to reduce the influence of NAtO in Eurasian region. turkey’s on again, off again membership negotiations are at a standstill for almost a decade. What are the options for Pakistan? Pakistan has to carefully devise its foreign policy and not become client of any one power in the region. Pakistan should become active in NAM to become a significant player in this second largest multilateral platform after UN. it is unfortunate that Pakistan could not attend the 17th Ministers meeting of NAM in Algiers at the end of May. the window of opportunity for Pakistan is small as indian PM Modi may be planning to use this platform to further his regional ambitions. Pakistan should improve its relations with all neighbours, especially Afghanistan and iran. She should play the role of a bridge between Middle East and iran. Pakistan should work with turkey, iran and Saudi Arabia to reorganise the Organisation of islamic Conference. Pakistan should negotiate a free trade agreement with turkey as well as reviving the now defunct tripartite Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) along with iran. this can be accomplished in return for supporting turkish candidacy for the permanent member status in UN Security Council. Pakistan cannot afford to operate with a part time foreign minister. it is important that a full time foreign minister is appointed as soon as possible. Sartaj Aziz and tariq Fatemi both have good experience in dealing with foreign policy and should be given a chance to serve.

By contrast in 2014 the media and courts are relatively free. Kaptan and his Pti are popular in Punjab and rule KPK. Majority of the demons are in PML-N but on the wrong side of the divide. PPP has learnt its lessons as it has been badly bruised in the past. today the demons stand fully exposed and their days are numbered. the demonising experiment that started in 1958 has badly failed and has lost public support. their exorcism is only a matter of time. the khakis under the professional leadership of General Raheel Sharif are willing and ready to clear the mess both in Waziristan and Pakistan. the election cell within iSi cannot produce democratic leadership for which service to the people and an honest ballot is needed. Modi in india has prevailed because of his delivery in Gujrat and a free and fair election the results of which all parties have accepted gracefully. On May 21, 2014, india, the largest democracy of the world, elected an undisputed leader to change the course of the nation. He has picked up from where Vajpayee had left, the shining india. Congress party has a lot of homework and soul searching to do till the next elections in 2019. Pakistan can indeed learn from the indian experience. A manipulated election does not produce a mandate; in fact, it derails democracy. Even Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) could not get away with rigging in the 1977’s disputed ballot. Civilian supremacy can only be ensured

through an indisputable electoral process as seen in india. Sharif brothers have done great disservice to the system by their undemocratic practices at the ballot box. Now that the cleansing process is being demanded, it should bring the system back on track. After an indisputable and verifiable electoral process there should be mass disqualifications of demons that have dominated politics since 1985. Once the legislators have taken oath, the khakis’ withdrawal to the barracks should start. the return back to the barracks has to be negotiated to avoid ill will and confrontation between genuinely elected civilian leadership and men in uniform. For larger national interests, both sections have to work in tandem. Defence of the motherland and its security interests are important but so is nation building that has not taken place in decades. Pakistan deserves better political leadership than the Sharifs, Zardaris and Wattoos of the demon factory. iJi Model 2014 should include a roadmap to take khaki back to the barracks, in addition to the exorcism of the demons produced by them. the country needs development and growth; empire building at the cost of nation must stop. Unity calls for civilian authority working side by side with the khakis for demilitarisation of the country.

Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi is former president of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce, USA, and member PTI Advisory Committee.

The IJI Model 2014 Is it going to happen again?

Dr FariD a Malik


t is widely rumored that iJi 2014 is in the making with imran Khan playing the role of Mian Nawaz Sharif. Despite the ‘lota infestation’ the Kaptan and the rank and file of Pakistan tehrik-e-insaf (Pti) will never indulge in such an activity which is the exclusive domain of the ‘demons of democracy’. the time for exorcism has arrived which must coincide with shutting down of the demon producing factories and return of the khakis to the barracks where they belong. the demons of democracy were introduced for the first time in 1958 after sending the founding fathers home. the surgical strike started with the murder of the first prime minister of the nascent islamic Republic and continued till October when Ayub Khan

formally took over. Hussain Shaheed Suharwardy, the leading national political leader and ex-PM, valiantly fought his own case against EBDO (Elected Bodies Disqualification Ordinance). He rightly recorded that “if a Lt Col sits on the tribunal to try an ex-PM the country has no future”. Unfortunately the struggles for democracy remain untold. the torture cells of the Lahore Fort bear testimony to this gross injustice in the name of national security or “Mazboot Markaz” as it was called. the mother of Hassan Nisar could not recognise the mutilated body of the activist who was tortured to death in these dungeons. the comrades of the first struggle (1958-71) have mostly perished while of the second encounter (1977-88) remain to tell their tales of torture there. Benazir Bhutto (BB) prevailed at the ballot in 1988 but was eventually ousted and defeated at the polls through iJi Model of 1990. General Hamid Gul has admitted to be the chief architect of this alliance which was formed against Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). in 1990 the ‘demons of democracy’ were gelled together, financed and then brought into power through a manipulated ballot. Mian Nawaz Sharif played his Punjabi card and outmaneuvered Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi to become the PM. the Daughter of the East was left to lick her wounds of defeat. the media and courts remained silent. the activists decided to join the NGOs as their struggle and sacrifice failed to produce positive results.


Dr Farid A Malik is ex-Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation, Email:

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Obama's real errOr: NOt talkiNg tO talibaN eNOugh AtlAntic


P. Beinart

here are three kinds of critiques of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. The first comes from the left, from commentators like Glenn Greenwald who claim Obama has embraced the architecture of George W. Bush’s war on terror: unlawful spying, unlawful detention, unlawful drone attacks, cozy relations with dictators. The second comes from the right, from hawks who believe Obama has appeased anti-American tyrants in Syria, russia, and Iran, while retreating from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and thus weakening American credibility. The third, and least discussed, comes from foreign-policy professionals, including those within Obama’s administration. Ideologically, it’s harder to classify. These professionals argue that in his zeal to focus on domestic policy, and to avoid risky foreign-policy fights, the president simply hasn’t invested the time and political will to effectively wield American power. One purveyor of this third critique is Obama’s former envoy to Syria, robert Ford. When republicans attack the administration’s Syria policy, they mostly focus on Obama’s decision to declare Syrian chemical weapons a “red line,” and then fail to act militarily when Bashar al-Assad crossed it, allegedly making America look weak. Ford’s critique is different. This week—in a public break with his former boss—he argued that by not aiding Syria’s rebels when they initially took up arms, before jihadists became a dominant force in the armed opposition, Obama squandered an opportunity to pressure Assad

into a diplomatic deal. Unlike republican politicians, who want to paint Obama as a wimp for not launching missile strikes in the country, Ford’s critique is that the president—in his desire to avoid getting sucked into a messy and risky civil war—proved too passive not only militarily, but diplomatically as well. Ford’s criticism echoes one leveled by another former Obama State Department official, Vali Nasr, in his book The Dispensable Nation. In recent days, republicans have flayed the White house for “negotiating with terrorists” in order to secure the Taliban’s release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. But Nasr, who worked under special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan richard holbrooke, maintains that Obama’s failure was to not negotiate with the Taliban enough. Like Ford, he thinks Obama’s main problem was not his refusal to stand up to America’s enemies, but his refusal to engage them the right way. Nasr’s argument is that since the only way to keep Afghanistan from descending into civil war once America left was to reach a diplomatic agreement with the Taliban, the Obama administration should have pursued one from the moment it took office. This effort, he says, was stymied by military leaders who thought negotiations would undermine the counterinsurgency “surge” they were about to launch in 2009. The White house—“ever afraid that the young Democratic president would be seen as ‘soft’”—took the military’s side. It feared talking seriously to Tehran about Afghanistan for the same reason, even though Nasr argues that Iran, along with Pakistan, was crucial to a negotiated deal. According to Nasr, the White house only gave its blessing to negotiations with the Taliban in late

2011, once Obama had already announced that the surge would soon end, and the additional American troops would return home. In so doing, Nasr argues, Obama was “snatching away the leverage that would be needed if diplomacy was to have a chance of success.” By the time America was ready to talk, the Taliban no longer had an incentive to. The critique outlined by Ford and Nasr doesn’t get as much air time as those leveled by doves like Greenwald or hawks like John McCain. It’s less sweeping and ideological. But it’s based on the idea that shaping conflicts like Syria and Afghanistan requires a greater tolerance for both military and diplomatic risk than Obama felt comfortable with. Solving Syria’s civil war, argues Ford, would have required the military risk of arming rebels even though American arms might have found their way to jihadists and the political risk of cutting a deal with Assad’s key patron, Iran. Solving Afghanistan’s civil war, argues Nasr, required the military risk of a more open-ended surge and the political risk of sitting down earlier with the Taliban and with Iran. It would have required Obama making the kind of all-in, high-stakes effort that he has made on health care and gun control but tended to avoid when it comes to foreign policy. The Ford-Nasr critique is hardly self-evident. Nasr assails the White house staff for putting domestic politics too much at the center of foreign policy. But Obama’s refusal to take bigger foreign-policy gambles may reflect an accurate assessment of the domestic mood. (It’s noteworthy that the one time Obama did take a big overseas risk—the raid on Osama bin Laden—it was in pursuit of a goal Americans truly cared about).

In both Syria and Afghanistan, the model of using increased military pressure to broker a diplomatic deal comes from the Balkans, where the Clinton administration waged war against Slobodan Milosevic to force him to accept diplomatic agreements that ended the slaughter in Bosnia and later Kosovo. 2014, however, is not 1995 or 1999. In the wake of two disastrous wars, a crippling financial crisis, and rising competition in Asia, Obama may have been right to try to avoid commitments that could have bogged down the U.S. further in the Middle east. either way, the Ford-Nasr critique deserves more attention because it’s the one most likely to influence hillary Clinton, who was more supportive of arming Syria’s rebels than Obama, more supportive of a larger Afghan surge and, according to Nasr, more supportive of talks with the Taliban earlier on in the conflict. Intellectually, Clinton has been more influenced by the Balkan Wars than Obama has, and less by the trauma in Iraq. And her self-declared doctrine—“smart power”—which envisages the coordinated use of different aspects of American might, is closer to what Ford and Nasr are proposing than to the Obama Doctrine: “Don’t do stupid shit.” Beyond the partisan shouting on cable TV, a different foreign-policy argument is emerging within the Democratic foreign-policy elite. And if hillary runs, it is the one that may matter most. PETER BEINART is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and National Journal, an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.


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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s upcoming visit to India will include his first meetings with India’s new government, including Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and, more important, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the trip is about more than getting acquainted. The leaders of both countries will be taking one another’s measure, and their conclusions will determine how the relationship between the world’s two most populous countries evolves. In some ways, the bilateral relationship is already moving in a positive direction, especially on the economic front. But, as trade imbalances favoring China become apparent, India is growing increasingly frustrated. Wang, an establishment figure well versed in Indian affairs, will make every effort to downplay these imbalances and promote deeper ties. A far more formidable challenge will be resolving the dispute over the countries’ himalayan frontier – the world’s longest unsettled land border. Indeed, “special representatives” from the two countries have already met 17 times to settle the issue, but have made precious little progress, not least because of Chinese concerns about the restive border provinces of Tibet and Xinjiang. As if the conflict were not already complicated enough, China has adopted an increasingly assertive stance in the area, including several incursions into disputed territory. For example, last year, Chinese troops established a temporary camp in Ladakh’s Depsang valley, leading to a high-stakes standoff with India. As long as the “line of actual control” remains undefined, tensions will continue to escalate – raising serious risks for both countries. Another major point of contention is China’s reflexive support for Pakistan’s efforts to destabilize Ladakh and Kashmir, buttressed by deepening military cooperation. This aspect of China’s foreign policy is puzzling, not only because it undermines relations with India, but also in view of Chinese fears of Islamist radicalism among the Xinjiang’s Uighurs. All of this highlights a fundamental flaw in China’s external strategy: its efforts to use its increasingly powerful military to intimidate its neighbors come at the expense of its own long-term security. Indeed, instead of trying to build a mutually beneficial relationship with its largest neighbor, China has sought to encircle India by asserting military control of surrounding territories. This so-called “string of pearls” strategy directly threatens India’s national-security interests, rendering the type of robust bilateral relationship that would benefit both countries next to impossible. Of course, China claims that its intentions toward India are peaceful. For example, it contends that its ef-

forts to establish bases in the Indian Ocean and bolster its blue-water navy are aimed at safeguarding the Malacca Straits, a maritime trade route that is perceived as a choke point for the Chinese economy. But actions speak louder than words – and the message that China’s behavior is sending is far from peaceful. Indeed, Chinese leaders seem to be taking advantage of the opening provided by an overstretched United States to assert control over a broad expanse of Asia’s oceans. To this end, China has created a vast Air Defense Identification Zone covering most of the east China Sea – including territories claimed and controlled by Japan and South Korea – where it has also declared disputed territories to be part of its own exclusive economic zone. These unilateral moves resemble the announcement by the United States in 1823 of what became known as the Monroe Doctrine, which, among other things, placed Latin America within a strictly US sphere of influence. At the just-concluded Shangri-La Security Dialogue in Singapore, US Secretary of Defense Chuck hagel called China’s actions “destabilizing.” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe echoed this sentiment, declaring that Japan will play a larger role in safeguarding regional security, including by providing patrol ships, training, and military surveillance equipment to countries engaged in territorial disputes with China. The response from China was immediate and unambiguous. Wang Guanzhong, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People’s Liberation Army, blasted hagel and Abe for “corroborating and colluding…to provoke and challenge China.” While Modi has not yet commented on the security challenge that China’s actions are creating, he will have to do so soon. In fact, Chinese President Xi Jinping practically insisted that India join the discussion when, in a speech in Shanghai last month, he said that “India, the world’s largest weapons-systems importer, must take very serious note” of mounting regional tensions. But Modi will need to offer more than words to meet India’s national security interests. Because India has just endured a decade of neglect by the previous Congress government, the new administration will have to act quickly and decisively to safeguard the country’s national-security. This imperative is made all the more urgent by China’s decision to expand its defense budget by more than 12%, to $132 billion, in the next fiscal year, as well as its recently concluded 30-year energy deal with russia, which has strategic implications for India. Wang’s visit thus is coming at a time of fundamental redefinition of Sino-Indian relations. Given that continued friction is inevitable, even if no conflict occurs, the challenge is to find a way to engage in creative and competitive cooperation that bolsters both countries’ efforts to eradicate poverty and promote economic development. Xi has said that, “We need to innovate in our security concepts, establish a new regional security-cooperation architecture, and jointly build a shared, win-win road for Asian security.” But China’s actions suggest that its leaders view Chinese hegemony as the only viable security structure for the region. Subordination to China is certainly not Modi’s goal. The question is whether he can work with China and other Asian actors to design an alternative framework for regional peace. Jaswant Singh was the first person to have served as India’s finance minister (1996, 2002-2004), foreign minister (1998-2004), and defence minister (2000-2001).

TO REJECT THE NEW PALESTINE WAshington Post The new Palestinian “unity” government is a paradoxical pastiche of the Fatah movement, which says it wants a peace settlement with Israel, and hamas, which remains committed to the Jewish state’s destruction. The ideological divide has been papered over with the appointment of an interim cabinet of technocrats and a plan to hold long-overdue elections this year. The Obama administration has chosen to regard this shaky coalition as worth engaging, while Israel has condemned both the government and the West’s acceptance of it. Washington has taken the more pragmatic course. Several previous attempts by Palestinian leaders to mend the seven-year-old split between the Fatah-controlled West Bank and hamasruled Gaza have failed, mainly because of the split over Israel and the refusal by hamas to give up its armed wing. That hamas now is agreeing to back a cabinet that recognizes Israel and previous agreements with it reflects the significant weakening of the Gaza administration, which has seen its economic link to egypt severed and its popularity among Palestinians decline. The accord makes continuation of the peace process unlikely, as Israel has refused to negotiate with a Palestinian leadership that is bound to hamas. But progress toward a settlement is unlikely under the two sides’ present leaders. In the meantime, the deal offers the prospect of a continued respite in hamas-sponsored attacks on Israel as well as an election that could bring a new generation of leaders to power. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, 79, has shown himself unable and unwilling to muster a Palestinian consensus for realistic peace terms; his retirement

would be a necessary step forward. Israel and its allies in Congress argue that the United States should force Mr. Abbas to choose between an alliance with hamas and U.S. aid. Yet a severing of U.S. assistance would risk the collapse of Palestinian security forces that have played a crucial role in keeping peace in the West Bank. having quietly insisted that the interim cabinet meet Western conditions, the Obama administration would do better to focus its diplomacy on promoting an election that could bring about a unified Palestinian Authority capable of keeping the peace and bargaining seriously with Israel. That is admittedly a long shot. hamas would either have to change its doctrine or be excluded from the election on the grounds that it has failed to disarm or renounce violence. Mr. Abbas shrank from imposing those terms before the 2006 election, confident that his party would win, only to be shocked by a hamas victory. Though the Islamists are less popular now, it is vital that Palestinians enforce the principle of “one gun, one law” if they are to present a credible case for statehood. The ugly alternative is another Lebanon, where the hezbollah militia achieves its political objectives by force of arms. The internal contradictions of the Palestinian coalition very well may lead either to its collapse or to a government that is unacceptable to Israel and the United States. But Palestinian politics have reached a dead end under hamas and Mr. Abbas. So have international efforts to work with a divided Palestinian leadership. The unity movement offers at least the possibility of change and renovation; the Obama administration is right to give it a chance.

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Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting with the group of Chinese investors in IT sector at the Finance Ministry Friday during which he was informed that a Chinese company will set up smart phone manufacturing industry in Pakistan on the fast track. The finance minister assured the group of investors that their concrete proposal prepared in consultation with the Ministry of IT and the BOI will be considered seriously to develop local mobile manufacturing units in Pakistan. He further assured the Chinese investors group that the government will provide incentives for local manufacturing of smart phones and IT related solutions during the next three years. The minister informed the delegation that Foreign Direct Investment in IT sector will enjoy special corporate tax rate for the next five years if they complete their projects in three years time period i.e. till June 30, 2017. He also informed that Pakistan has educated and skilled young labor force and it can be used as export base to the whole region. Chinese Mobile Companies Association Secretary General Lou Peide and head of the delegation informed that the group comprises of famous Chinese companies in smart phones manufacturing sector. He said that the delegation is in Pakistan to share Chinese experience as Pakistan’s domestic market presents a huge opportunity for manufacturing of smart phones capable of 3G/4G technology. He mentioned that with nearly 200 million population and high growth rate in mobile industry, there is a huge requirement for local manufacturing units in the Country. He informed that Chinese companies own almost 80% of the global market and produce smart phones with the cost from US$ 22 to US$ 600. He said that we have introduced multiple operating system and solutions to security requirements. The group expressed its commitment to set up smart phone manufacturing industry in Pakistan on the fast track. The meeting was also attended by Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman and senior officials.


ICE Prime Minister of China Wang Yang on Friday expressed his country’s willingness to help the South Asian countries in the fields of energy, telecommunications and road infrastructure on Build, Operate & Transfer (BOT) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis. “We will pursue zero tariff regime on 95 percent of trade for less-developed countries in South Asia,” the Chinese vice premier made these remarks while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the 2nd China-South Asia Exposition held here attended by five heads of state of South Asian states. The announcement by Wang Yang would go a long way in bringing development, progress and prosperity in across the South Asia region besides providing billions of jobs to the youths of the subcontinent. Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid represented Pakistan, while Bangladeshi Primer Sheikh Hasina Wajid, Prime Minister of Nepal Sushil Koirala, Vice President of Maldives Mohammad Jamil, Deputy Prime Minister of Laos, Deputy Speaker of Sri

Lanka, SAARC general secretary and representatives of other countries also attended. Visitors thronged 100 Pakistani booths established at the expo while India had 80 booths followed by Bangladesh and other regional states. Referring to the efforts of Chinese government to develop the connectivity between South Asia countries, Chinese vice prime minister said that the China had launched Korakorum Economic Corridor with Pakistan, while another parallel economic corridor was being launched to boost trade between India, Bangladesh and Myanmar with China. He said that Korakorum economic corridor would prove to be a roof of the world which reflects the commitment of the Chinese government to the development and progress of the peoples of regional states. “Our cooperation with our neighbours is high like Hamalas. Now there is a greater level of cooperation in the fields of trade and development,” he added. He said that the aim of the expo was to boosting interstate connectivity. He said that the Chinese investment in South Asian countries was being raised by 48 percent every year. Wang Yang’s remarks were endorsed by the Bangladeshi premier


LAHORE: Dr Hui Jiang, Vice General Manager, Runh Power, presenting a momento to Mr Sohail Lashar, President, LCCI, during a seminar, with the theme, “Integrated Solutions for Power needs”, by Runh Power Corp, a global Chinese firm, in a local hotel. pr

Hasina Wajid who in her address said that she firmly believed that the Bangladesh-China- IndiaMyanmar economic corridor was a very encouraging development and once implemented it would go a long way in bridging the peoples of the region together. In his remarks, Nepalese Prime Minister Koirala hoped that China would play its role as a major world power to bring progress and development in South Asia region. He said his country believed in One-China policy and Nepal seeks massive Chinese investment in its human resources development. He said that greater cooperation would be enhanced in the fields of telecommunications, agriculture, trade, railways, industry and infrastructure building. He said that China also aimed at technology transfer and scientific research and joint labs would be established besides providing training to the scientists of South Asia and South East Asia countries.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) registered 482 new limited liability companies in May, raising the total corporate portfolio to 64,159 companies. Relative to corresponding month last year, a very healthy growth of 29% was witnessed in company registrations. In addition, the SECP granted 3 licenses to non-profit associations during the month. Around 92 percent companies registered as private limited companies; while 4 percent companies were registered as single member com-

panies. Two percent of the companies have been registered as public limited companies, while 1.5 percent companies were registered as associations under Section 42 of the 1984 Companies Ordinance. The trading sector took the lead in new registrations with the incorporation of 55 companies, followed by services with 53, information and technology with 47, tourism with 32, construction with 26, corporate agricultural farming with 25, food and beverages and textile with 17 each, communications, education and power generation with 16, pharmaceutical with 15 and engineering with 13 companies each. Foreign investment has been witnessed in 23

Maldives Vice President Mohammad Jamil praised the China’s generosity for development of Maldivian people which was unparalleled. He urged the Chinese investors to come and invest in Maldives who had abundant resources of tourism and minerals. He said that the per capita income of Maldives was highest in South Asia but after the 2004 Tsunami, it was now opening up its resources for foreign investors. Hasina Wajid said that there was a growing demand that the connectivity between the regional countries be reinforced through rail and railway links. She said that the Kolkata-Kunming Car Rally held last year had proved that the road connectivity was feasible. She hoped that China could also help Bangladesh in fighting poverty, terrorism, climate change and other challenges. Following the inaugural ceremony, the exposition was opened for the people while the dignitaries also visited the booths.

new companies. These companies have foreign investors from Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands Antilles, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US. These companies are from trading, information technology, mining and quarrying, power generation, services, textile, communications, corporate agricultural farming, engineering, fuel and energy and transport sectors. During the month, 192 companies were registered at the Company Registration Office (CRO), Lahore, followed by 107 and 102 companies registered at CRO Karachi and Islamabad respectively. The CROs in Multan, Peshawar and Faisalabad registered 34, 21 and 15 companies respectively. The Quetta CRO registered 9, while the Sukkur CRO registered 2 companies. In the month of May, returns for an increase in the authorized capital of 98 companies were accepted, with the total authorized capital increment of Rs11.05 billion. In addition, 88 companies filed returns for increase in the paid-up capital with a total enhancement of Rs9.77 billion.


President Mamnoon Hussain has said that there exists huge potential for investment and profitable business ventures in the telecom sector of the country especially the manufacturing of 3G/4G compatible mobile handsets in wake of new opportunities created after the successful launch of these services in Pakistan. While talking to a delegation of IT companies headed by China Mobile Pakistan CEO Fan Yunjun at Aiwan-e-Sadr Friday, the president invited the foreign investors especially the Chinese companies to take advantage of the opportunities that exist in IT sector of the country. Appreciating Chinese expertise in the field, the president observed that greater Chinese investment in this sector would create a win-win situation for the people of the two countries besides further augmenting our traditional, time-tested and multifaceted relationship.

Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman Khan, Secretary to the President Ahmad Farooq, IT Secretary Akhlaq

Ahmad Tarar, Member (Telecom) Mudassar Hussain and Press Secretary to the President Saba Mohsin Raza were also

present during the meeting. Highlighting investment opportunities and investor friendly policies, he

said that Pakistan offered the most liberal investment policies in the region where 100 percent equity was allowed and investors could repatriate 100 percent of their profit. The president said that government of Pakistan accords highest priority to the development of Information Technology and Telecommunications Sector for the provision of quality services, employment generation and reduction in poverty. He said that keeping in view the existing level of broadband penetration in nearly 190 million population of the country and its future prospects, it was an ideal opportunity for investment and growth for telecom operators and handset manufacturers. He said that after the recent spectrum auction, the demand for 3G/4G enabled devices was likely to increase significantly. The Chinese delegation while thanking the president for meeting evinced keen interest in further exploring business opportunities in the country in telecom sector.


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You feel a spiritual lift that comes from apprehending the world in a new way -- maybe through art or through a new appreciation for the natural world. Embrace it, whatever it is!

Your intellect is powered up now, so you should find that your energy is best spent on academics, reports or anything else that requires concentration and brain power. You have fun, too!




You need to watch out for others who may not share your agenda. It's not like they're going to stab you in the back, but you may not have as much support as you thought you did.

You're feeling great and ready for almost anything -- and others should find this social openness quite welcoming! It's a great time to meet new people and head out to parties or other adventures.

Something small is turning into something big -- but don't let it faze you. Your energy is strong enough to handle setbacks, so just roll up your sleeves and get to work on whatever it is.




How's your love life? If it's anything like your personal energy, it's at the top of its game. Now is the best possible time to express interest in someone -or to show your partner what they mean to you.

Have patience! You need to take slow, careful steps today -not to avoid peril, but just because there's too much going on for you to be able to make plans farther out than an hour or so.

You are totally on top of your game today -- so much so that you may surprise someone who's lagging behind. You've thought out every aspect of your plan so it all works out well.







You've got a cultural bias that may be holding you back -but today's energy should help you to get past it. Try looking beyond national and other borders to see how other people live their lives.

With social energy like this, you can't afford to hang back and pretend to be aloof. You should wade into the action and meet new people -- even if you consider yourself a lifelong introvert.

It's a good time to find a balance between your work and home lives -- or any other two aspects of your life that seem to be opposed to each other. It's easier than you think, so get busy!



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Today’s soluTions


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crossword solution

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Saturday, 7 June 2014



Lego aLL ready to go diverse with strong femaLe characters


Google on Thursday revealed that is working on a tablet computer with 3D and motion-sensing capabilities in an effort dubbed Project Tango. "The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a humanscale understanding of space and motion," team member Johnny Lee said at a website devoted to the endeavor. "Our team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners spanning nine countries around the world to build on the last decade of research in robotics and computer vision, concentrating that technology into a unique mobile device." The curtain on the project was pulled back as Google put out word it will soon put prototypes powered by Nvidia chips in the hands of developers interested in creating applications that take advantage of innovations built into devices. The development kits can be used to make "apps" that track full 3D motion and recognize surfaces of things nearby, according to Google. The California-based technology titan pulled back the curtain on Project Tango a day after online commerce colossus put out word of a June 18 mystery event at which founder Jeff Bezos will launch something new. AGENCIES


eGO is set to produce a limited-edition box set called Research Institute, featuring three female scientists in the act of learning more about our world and beyond. The set includes an astronomer peering into her telescope, a paleontologist using her magnifying glass to examine a dinosaur skeleton, and a chemist mixing solutions in her lab. Research Institute was designed by ellen Kooijman, a geochemist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, and a self-confessed Adult Fan of Lego. She has been playing around with Legos for more than 10 years now, but it wasn't until 2012 that she finally made some of her designs public on the Lego Ideas website. This is a place where fans can suggest new ideas for Lego sets and vote for other ideas that they like. If a proposed set gets 10,000 votes, Lego will consider putting it into production. It took about a year for Kooijman's set to get 10,000 votes and another year for Lego to decide to put it into production. But this week the project got the green light. "We’re very excited to release ellen Kooijman’s Female Minifigure

set, featuring 3 scientists, now entitled 'Research Institute' as our next Lego Ideas set," the company said in a statement. "This awesome model is an inspiring set that offers a lot for kids as well as adults." Lego added that the final design, pricing and availability are still being worked out, but said the set is on track for an

minifigure ratio and a rather stereotypical representation of the available female figures," Kooijman writes in a blog post. "It seemed logical that I would suggest a small set of female mini-figures in interesting professions to make our Lego city communities more diverse." VIA LOS ANGELES TIMES


Researchers have found evidence of the world that crashed into the Earth billions of years ago to form the Moon. Analysis of lunar rock brought back by Apollo astronauts shows traces of the "planet" called Theia. The researchers claim that their discovery confirms the theory that the Moon was created by just such a cataclysmic collision. The study has been published in the journal Science. The accepted theory since the 1980s is that the Moon arose as a result of a collision between the Earth and Theia 4.5bn years ago, BBC reported. Theia was named after a goddess in Greek mythology who was said to be the mother Selene the goddess of the Moon. It is thought to have disintegrated on impact with the resulting debris mingling with that from the Earth and coalescing into the Moon. It is the simplest explanation, and fits in well with computer simulations. App

August release. Kooijman originally designed 12 vignettes featuring women doing all kinds of interesting jobs, including a female judge, a female falconer and a female robotics engineer designing a robotic arm. "As a female scientist I had noticed two things about the available Lego sets: a skewed male/female

A New Zealand study showing bees have mental maps of familiar terrain could help surgery patients recover quicker from the effects of anaesthetic, University of Auckland scientists said Wednesday. Although mammals were known to navigate using cognitive maps, continuous mental maps of familiar terrain created through experience and continually referenced and updated, the bee brain had been assumed to be too small, so the insects navigated by a " sun compass." The scientists caught the honey bees and anaesthetized them for six hours, to shift their circadian clocks, and then tested how long and by what route they could relocate the hive. "We reasoned that if bees relied on the sun to navigate, then a circadian shift should disrupt the bees' ability to locate their hive after release," study leader Dr. James Cheeseman said in a statement. "By giving the bees the equivalent of jet-lag for a couple of hours that tricked them into thinking it was a different time of day, we

were able to show that, despite making a predictable mistake in direction on leaving the release site, they quickly corrected the angle," he said. "The bees don't get lost, so they must have a backup system for navigation as well as using landmarks to get back to the hive, they are using a cognitive map to integrate their position."

One aspect of the study was to look at how anaesthetic could shift or disrupt the circadian clock and how that could cause post- operative sleep disruption in patients. "If we can stop that happening, we might decrease hospital and recovery time for patients suffering from post-operative fatigue and circadian disruption," he said.

US RESEARCHERS FIND EVIDENCE THAT SLEEP STRENGTHENS NEW MEMORIES U.S. researchers have found important physical evidence that sleep helps consolidate and strengthen new memories. In a study published in the U.S. journal Science, researchers at New York University showed for the first time that sleep after learning encourages the growth of dendritic spines, the tiny protrusions from brain cells that connect to other brain cells and facilitate the passage of information across synapses, the junctions at which brain cells meet. Moreover, the activity of brain cells during deep sleep called slow-wave sleep after learning is critical for such growth. "We've known for a long time that sleep plays an important role in learning and memory. If you don't sleep well you won't learn well," senior investigator Wen-Biao Gan, professor of neuroscience and physiology of the university, said. "But what's the underlying physical mechanism responsible for this phenomenon? Here we've shown how sleep helps neurons form very specific connections on dendritic branches that may facilitate long-term memory," Gan said. Gan and colleagues employed mice genetically engineered to express a fluorescent protein in neurons. Using a special laser-scanning micro-

scope that illuminates the glowing fluorescent proteins in the motor cortex, they were then able to track and image the growth of dendritic spines along individual branches of dendrites before and after mice learned to balance on a spin rod. They trained two sets of mice: one

trained on the spinning rod for an hour and then slept for 7 hours; the second trained for the same period of time on the rod but stayed awake for 7 hours. The researchers found that the sleepdeprived mice experienced significantly less dendritic spine growth than the well-


rested mice. Furthermore, they found that the type of task learned determined which dendritic branches spines would grow. Running forward on the spinning rod, for instance, produced spine growth on different dendritic branches than running

backward on the rod, suggesting that learning specific tasks causes specific structural changes in the brain. "Now we know that when we learn something new, a neuron will grow new connections on a specific branch," said Gan. "Imagine a tree that grows leaves (spines) on one branch but not another branch. When we learn something new, it's like we're sprouting leaves on a specific branch." The researchers also showed that brain cells in a brain region called motor cortex that activate when mice learn a task reactivate during slowwave deep sleep. Disrupting this process prevents dendritic spine growth, Gan said. Their findings offer an important insight into the functional role of neuronal replay -- the process by which the sleeping brain rehearses tasks learned during the day -- observed in the motor cortex. "Our data suggest that neuronal reactivation during sleep is quite important for growing specific connections within the motor cortex," Gan said. "The findings are especially important for children," he said. "Sacrificing sleep to study only causes significantly less dendritic spine, thus you will not be able to remember what you have learned." AGENCIES

Saturday, 7 June, 2014

Actor cAmeron thor chArged With KidnAp And rApe

hugh Jackman is nervous about tony Awards


Actor Cameron Thor has been charged with the alleged kidnap and rape of a teenage girl. The 54 year old, who has appeared in Jurassic Park and Hook, was arrested in connection with allegations he assaulted a 13 year old between 2008 and 2009 after she approached him for acting lessons. He was charged with 11 counts, including kidnap, robbery and rape, on Wednesday (04Jun14) and appeared at Van Nuys Courthouse in California on Thursday (05Jun14). Thor is being held on $2.6 million bail. BY WENN

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ugh Jackman is feeling the pressure ahead of hosting the Tony Awards. The 45-yearold actor is looking forward to acting as master of ceremonies at the prestigious theatre awards on June 8 and although he knows the crowd will be very welcoming, he is putting pressure on himself to deliver. In an interview with 'Access hollywood', he said: ''There's always a little bit of pressure, but mostly put on myself. It couldn't be a nicer, more welcoming crowd and I can say that from experience, because [the] first time I came here, I actually had never been on Broadway and I said, 'guys, I can't do that.' ''And they said, 'Don't worry, they'll be very welcoming.' I didn't really believe [it] until I walked out and I was amazed. So, I'm excited.'' The ceremony, held at New York City's Radio City Music hall, has a star-studded guest list which includes such as Neil Patrick harris, Chris O'Dowd and Bryan Cranston, all of whom are hoping to be honoured for their Broadway performances. hugh hinted he had a few surprise gimmicks up his sleeve for the ceremony, teasing, ''I've got a lot

of surprises in store.'' he joked that his 'X-Men' character Wolverine will only come out, ''if someone's cell phone goes off''. Meanwhile, the 'Les Miserables' actor is going to be back on stage in New York this autumn with 'The River' from Jez Butterworth. he explained: ''I'm so ex-

cited about 'The River'. It's a beautiful play. It's very kind of deep and mysterious. It's very intimate, about a man and a woman and a moonless night up in a cabin on the cliff side and it all takes place in one night. It's about love, loneliness. It's about everything including fishing.''

Eddie Redmayne apologises to Stephen Hawking for his academic choice

Dabangg star Salman Khan posted on his micro-blogging page that he has finally succeeded in convincing his good friend and actor Govinda to do a film with him again. Sources say it took Salman almost four years of coaxing after which Govinda agreed for the film. ''I am sending u a pic .Trying to convince govinda to do a film vit me, but partner not getting convinced. So I leave it to u to convince him. Here yeh dekho mere partner ko . Aah mere yaaro aah oh Koi partner ko samjhao . 4 yrs I am trying to convince him,'' posted Salman. Going with Salman's last post, it seems the film will be helmed by Mahesh Manjrekar. However, the title is yet to be finalized. VIA MOVIE TALKIES

Eddie Redmayne apologised to Stephen Hawking for studying art history when he met him. The 32year-old actor plays the acclaimed theoretical physicist in upcoming biopic 'Theory of Everything' and when the met the British professor he felt unworthy in his presence. He told the Daily Mail newspaper: ''This man has discovered how the

universe operates and I explained how, for the film, the complexities of physics had to be pared down to present it all as simply as possible. ''I apologised to him for having studied art history. He understood and smiled.'' The film is based on an autobiography by Stephen's first wife Jane Wilde, who married him after he was diagnosed with motor

neurone disease - a condition which sees the deterioration of the nervous system, usually weakening muscles in the body - in 1963 before he turned 21. Redmayne researched the condition in depth to ensure he was able to do the professor justice with his portrayal and was astounded by the ''formidable'' spirit of Hawking, 72. The actor - who had to visit an osteopath to treat the pain he suffered from contorting his body for the role - said: ''He was given two years to live and that made him determined. How does someone get that kind of diagnosis and choose to live that kind of life? He chose to live life with a twinkle in his eye. ''It's been unlike anything I've ever done, and when you're portraying someone as formidable as Hawking, you feel a responsibility to portray it as a real condition and not make it up. My body was manipulated into different shapes in front of a mirror to match what happened to him.'' BY BANG SHOWBIZ



gAme of throneS toppleS the SoprAnoS AS hBo'S moSt WAtched ShoW

In the game of thrones you win or you die. Well, HBO’s newest hit series is winning everything these days. Game of Thrones has been crowned HBO’s most popular show ever, topping even the once untouchable Sopranos. According to Entertainment Weekly, Thrones has an average gross audience of 18.4 million viewers across all platforms. In comparison, The Sopranos, which aired its final season in 2006, that is before the Netflix-driven TV apocalypse, averaged $18.2 million in its peak season. The last season of Thrones attracted an average gross audience of 14.4 million viewers per episode. The news comes just after Thrones set several recent ratings records for its own performance this season. HBO’s analysts have been waiting to confirm the news, until there was enough data from the current season. VIA CONTACY MUSIC

Jennifer SplitS from Boyfriend

Jennifer Lopez has split from her boyfriend Casper Smart after more than two years together, according to a U.S. report. The singer/actress began dating the dancer after the breakdown of her marriage to Latin crooner Marc Anthony, but the relationship was recently rocked by allegations Smart had been flirting with a transgender model behind the pop superstar's back. Smart denied the claims, branding the story "nasty", but now new reports suggest his romance with Lopez is over. A report published on suggests the pair parted ways almost two months ago, but kept the news quiet. ONLINE

ANNIE LAUNCHES COMEBACK SINGLE! Pop sensation Annie Khalid’s fans will be delighted to know that her grand comeback video for her new song #TharkiSala is all set to air on all leading TV channels from next week. Fans that are eager to meet their favorite celeb face-to-face are in for a special treat this time around as a screening of the video is being arranged exclusively for them. 10 lucky fans selected through an online competition will get to watch the video with the star herself. “We wanted to do away with the monopoly of just having a limited audience having the privilege to see the stars in their element,” said Annie’s management “This is why we are currently running a competition on Annie’s official Facebook page. 10 lucky winners from the competition will get a chance to exclusively attend the screening.”

The music video has a young and fun concept, featuring Annie as a working woman in a man’s world. The video has been directed by award winning Sohail Javed who is currently one of Pakistan’s top directors, with several high profile projects to his credit. The styling has been done by the brilliant Beenish Parvez who has created some very interesting looks for Annie in the video. Speaking about the song, Annie said “I am very excited about this song. It is exactly the kind of music I love and my fans expect to hear from me. I think Sohail has outdone himself with the video. The video looks so good and is exactly the way I had envisioned it. I am really looking forward to showing the video to friends and fans.” #TharkiSala is a groovy number with a great dance beat. Annie has sung the song with full energy and

zeal. The lyrics are catchy and cheeky at the same time. However, it is the music that stays on the mind long after the song is over. This number is surely going to be


popular within the party circuit this year, so put on your dancing shoes and groove to this foot-tapping number! It is important to state that on

Annie’s official soundcloud account, #TharkiSala has bagged 20,000 + listens and 76 shares within the span of only 24 hours of it being uploaded. PRESS RELEASE

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ARLON Samuels has warned that the Tests between West Indies and New Zealand could be a series of attrition, with batsmen needing to graft for runs on pitches that are on the slower side and bowlers having to show patience on flat tracks. "The pitches in the Caribbean are a bit on the slow side so it [will depend on] who can occupy the crease the longest and win more sessions," Samuels told CMC. "Patience will be the most important thing for this series for the batsmen and bowlers. [You will have to] bowl in good areas and be patient in every way that is possible to win, because it is going to be a tough series. These pitches get flat sometimes and they are still on the slow side so whosoever is more patient will come out on top." The last time the two teams played a Test in the West Indies, Samuels scored 123 and 52 to help set up a five-wicket win for his side, ensuring a 2-0 series re-

sult. Since then, however, West Indies have only beaten Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in Tests, losing Test series on tours of India and New Zealand. While West Indies have prepared for the series with a camp in Barbados, that included practice games against local sides, New Zealand have prepared for the Tests with two matches against a Jamaica Select XI. In the second practice game, the New Zealanders dismissed Jamaica Select XI for 90 to complete a 123-run win. Offspinner Mark Craig, who is hoping for a Test debut on the tour, had figures of 4-08-4 in the second innings, while legspinner Ish Sodhi took 5 for 35 in the first. Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, called the conditions of the second practice game "extreme" and would not commit to both Sodhi and Craig featuring in the starting XI for the first Test, in Kingston, from Sunday. "Kingston doesn't have a lot of grass on it but it holds together and certainly has a lot more pace," Hesson told the Dominion Post. "We haven't seen the wicket and we have to decide whether we play a

Faulkner anointed a leader For Future

SPORTS DESK James Faulkner has joined Steven Smith in the front rank of Australia's leadership prospects for the future following his unveiling as Australia A captain for a quartet of fourday matches against the A teams of India and South Africa in July and August. At the ages of 24 and 25 respectively, Faulkner and Smith are the two young men being guided in the direction of future national captaincy appointments by Cricket Australia, having impressed with their growing poise on the filed and maturity away from it. Smith led New South Wales to the Sheffield Shield title in Canberra earlier in the year, and now Faulkner is set to test his leadership skills in the series of top end matches devised to prepare Australia's Test and limited overs reservists for future call-ups for international duty. Captaincy experience as a junior and the wisdom of his Tasmanian mentors Dan Marsh and George Bailey will inform Faulkner's ways. He will likewise call on the memories of some stunning displays for Tasmania and Australia, highlighting an ability to play with both passion and calculation, but also the more chastening experience of having public words about the West Indies rebound on him during the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. "James is a young man with plenty of character and possesses a great desire to win," the new National Selector Rod Marsh said of Faulkner. "He is still developing as an all-rounder but we believe this captaincy provides him an opportunity to do that as well as develop his leadership skills." Three varied squads have been chosen for the matches against the India and South Africa XIs, with a wide array of batsmen, bowlers and allrounders given chances across opponents and formats. Alex Doolan and Phillip Hughes will hope for runs to bolster their incumbent places as members of the Test squad, while Faulkner, Moises Henriques and Mitchell Marsh will stretch each other to prove their worth as the most viable allround option for the future. AustrAliA A squAds:

third seamer [Wagner] or a second spinner [Craig]. Whoever we leave out will be unlucky because they've both performed really well." The composition of the top order is a concern for New Zealand. In the two practice games, the team had scores of 112, 210, 203 and 132, with only two batsmen scoring fifties. While Tom

Latham and Peter Fulton had knocks in the 30s, Hamish Rutherford, who has been the side's regular opener over the last year, had a highest score of 19 in two games. While Hesson said he had an idea who should open, he said captain Brendon McCullum's input would also be factored in. "We gave all of our openers chances at the top," Hesson said. "We've

got a pretty fair idea, but I've got to have a chat with our captain about that." The only New Zealand player who is likely to not be considered for selection is backup wicketkeeper and batsman Luke Ronchi. According to reports in the New Zealand media, Ronchi is suffering from a lung infection but will be remain on tour with the team.

ICC CRICKET COMMITTEE BACKS WIDER USE OF ORS SPORTS DESK The ICC cricket committee has recommended that the Officiating Replay System (ORS) be implemented more widely in cricket. The ORS is a system that has been trialled over the past year, whereby the third umpire has control over the replays he sees, instead of depending on the broadcaster to provide him with the appropriate footage. "The committee unanimously supported the expanded use of this system in international cricket, and this recommendation will be considered by the chief executives later in June," the cricket committee stated on the ICC's website, following its meeting in Bangalore on June 3 and 4. "The committee was very positive about the ORS used during the latter stages of the World T20 in Bangladesh, which consists of a dedicated screen and an operator

who sits in the TV umpire's room and provides the TV umpire with instant replays from any camera angle," the statement said. "This system can be used in either DRS or non-DRS matches, and can help umpires make accurate decisions quickly, particularly on boundary and no-ball checks."

The ORS was first used in the 2013 Ashes in England, in a slightly different form. There, umpire Nigel Llong sat in a separate broadcast truck and effectively mirrored the role of the third umpire Kumar Dharmasena during the third Test at Old Trafford. Llong didn't have the authority to adjudicate, but had more

Seven ODIs for Sri Lanka, England series SPORTS DESK England will travel to Sri Lanka for a seven-match bilateral ODI series, in November and December. The matches will be played at the three main ODI venues in the country, in Pallekele, Hambantota and Colombo, with four of the games set to be daynighters. The FTP had prescribed five ODIs and two T20s in the tour, but the T20s have been converted to ODIs due to the proximity of the World Cup. This tour is effectively the limited-overs leg of the Test series England played in Sri Lanka in 2012. The series will be played from November 26 to

December 16, and the track record for cricket at that time of year suggests at least some matches may be hampered by the tail end of the north-east monsoon. The boards have sought to counter this by making provisions for a reserve day for five of the seven games. New Zealand's limited-overs trips to the country have been heavily affected by rain in November 2013 and November 2012, with matches even having to be moved away from the Premadasa Stadium, which was under water in 2012. In 2010, a one-day series against West Indies that was scheduled for mid-December, was postponed due to bad weather.

Four-day matches against india Xi in BrisBane: James Faulkner (capt), cameron Boyce, Ben cutting, alex doolan, Peter Forrest, Josh hazlewood, moises henriques, Phillip hughes, chris Lynn, mitchell marsh, Kane richardson, chadd sayers, sam Whiteman (wk) one day matches in darWin and PaLmerston: cameron White (capt), cameron Boyce, Pat cummins, Ben cutting, alex doolan, callum Ferguson, Josh hazlewood, moises henriques, Phillip hughes, chris Lynn, mitchell marsh, clint mcKay, Peter nevill (wk), Kane richardson Four-day matches against south aFrica Xi in toWnsviLLe: James Faulkner (capt), Jason Behrendorff (subject to fitness), tom.


control over replays. Since then, the ORS was implemented in its current form, whereby the third umpire can choose what replays he wants to see, for part of the series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE in December and January, and at the World T20. The ORS is a key experiment in the ICC's continuing bid to improve the DRS. At the meeting, the cricket committee also reviewed the performance of the DRS over the past year. The technology, it said, following improvements after a questionable showing in the Ashes, had resulted in a 4.4% increase in correct decisions this season. "The committee also considered the performance of the DRS, from the technology and TV umpiring errors that occurred during the Ashes in the UK, to some of the noticeable improvements made to the DRS in the second half of the season," the statement said.


SPORTS DESK West Indies fast bowler Jason Holder has been added to the squad for the first Test against New Zealand at Sabina Park starting on Sunday. Holder will be the fourth seamer in the 14-man squad that also includes Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and Jerome Taylor. The West Indies Cricket Board did not explain why an extra fast bowler was included. Holder, 22, has featured in the limited-overs squads of late and has played 17 ODIs and a T20. He has 25 ODI wickets with a best of 4 for 13. Holder played just one IPL game, for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season. He took part in the two-week preparatory camp in Barbados. West Indies are still waiting on the fitness of Chris Gayle, who is due to play his 100th Test.

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Saturday, 7 June, 2014

WrC - latvala leads aFter Hyundai Heartbreak





HIERRY Neuville and Juho Hanninen had taken full advantage of the lead cars sweeping the loose gravel off the line during the opening loop of stages and were poised to enter the interval at the top of the order before both hit trouble on the

Loelle test. Erstwhile rally leader Neuville came to a halt before the first split of the 27.30km stage with a mechanical issue and lost over 20 minutes. His misery promoted Hanninen to top spot, but his command of the rally was shortlived as he rolled his Hyundai i20 WRC before reaching the finish. Volkswagen's Latvala, meanwhile, had a great

run through the troublesome stage and moved to the top of the overall classification, 2.2 seconds ahead of Citroen driver Ostberg, who has been in the mix all day. Ford privateer Martin Prokop also put in a strong performance through the opening loop and is 10.1s behind the ultimate pace in third, while Andreas Mikkelsen and Robert Kubica round off the the current top five after adopting a cautious approach through the four stages. Championship leader Sebastien Ogier is sixth and was not the least bit happy with running first on the road. "There's no grip, it's impossible," said Ogier. "It shows the stupidity of this rule." Kris Meeke experienced a battery issue towards of the end of the penultimate stage of the morning and came to a halt three quarters of the way through the final stage, but the biggest drama of the day belonged to Mikko Hirvonen. The Finn was forced to retire while en route to the third stage of the day after his M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS caught fire and burned to the ground, delaying the rest of the loop. He and co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen escaped unharmed, but Hirvonen was left mystified by the blaze. "I have no idea what caused it," he told WRC Live Radio. "Obviously our car caught fire, but I have no idea what caused it. "Everything was cool and peaceful, and then it just went up - fire extinguishers couldn't stop it."

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Maria Sharapova reached the final of the French Open for the third straight year at Roland Garros on Thursday, digging deep to see off the youthful challenge of Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard. The 27-year-old, seventh seed once again did it the hard way, battling back from a set down to edge the 20-year-old from Montreal 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in a match full of beefy baseline shot-making. It was the 19th time in a row that the neversay-die Sharapova had won a three-set match on clay, dating back to a loss against Justine Henin at Roland Garros in 2010. For the fast-rising Bouchard, it represents the second time she has reached a Grand Slam semifinal, after this year’s Australian Open, and the second time she has failed to go a step further, having lost to eventual champion Li Na in Melbourne. “She played an unbelievable match,” said Sharapova. “Her level was extremely high today and I am just fortunate to be the winner. “I would prefer to win in two sets, but she started so well. It was tough losing the first set, but that’s not when the match is over.” Both players had been guilty of slow starts earlier in the tournament, but the quality from both

SHARAPOVA REACHES FRENCH OPEN FINAL was high from the start as the sunshine returned to light up the centre court. Meanwhile, Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Jean-Julian Rojer of the Netherlands won the French Open mixed doubles title on Thursday with a 4-6, 6-2 (10/7) win over Julia Goerges of Germany and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia. Roland Garros was the first time that Groene-

feld and Rojer had played together and the first time that the Dutchman was playing in a Grand Slam final. The pair staved off match points in their semi-final win and they were soon up against it again against eighth seeded Goerges and Zimonjic after losing the first set. But they battled back to level the match and were always ahead in the match tie-break.

KArACHi: A total of 22 players have been awarded the contracts. Category ‘A’ contracts have been awarded to eight players namely skipper Sana Mir, Bismah Maroof, Nain Abidi, Sadia Yousaf, Nida Rashid, Batool Fatima, Asmavia Iqbal and Javeria Wadood. Nahida Khan, Qanita Jalil and Sumaiya Siddiqui have been awarded category ‘B’ contracts while Jaweria Rauf, Sania Iqbal, Marina Iqbal and Sidra Amin have been offered category ‘C’ contracts. Seven players have been offered category ‘D’ contracts. The players for this category are Rabiya Shah, Anum Amin, Iram Javed, Diana Baig, Kanwal Francis, Naila Nazir and Fareeha Mahmood. staFF rePort

Joey barton: FOOTBALLER, PHILOSOPHER AND EUROSPORT EXPERT SPORTS DESK Eurosport is delighted and yes, a little trepidatious - to announce that the incomparable Joey Barton will be giving us the benefit of his expert views for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The outspoken midfield star's career has seen him play for clubs including Manchester City, Newcastle and Marseille, while his efforts this season were instrumental in QPR regaining Premier League status. But while it was his work on the pitch made him famous, it has been his controversial off-pitch activity that have cemented his iconic status - both through his misdemeanours, and his always articulate and controversial (but never dull) views on the beautiful game. And you'll be delighted to hear that his first batch of contributions to Eurosport see him in fine form. First up, he tackles the thorny issue of why England always manage to disappoint their fans at major tournaments - and why, for the first time in over half a century, the national side will be heading to a World Cup in a position to do something extraordinary Barton also explains why he feels Roy Hodgson will be one step ahead of all the TV (and armchair) pundits when it comes to tactics in the opening match against Italy.

WORLD CUP: FRANCE STAR RIBERY RULED OUT OF WORLD CUP SPORTS DESK Coach Didier Deschamps also said that attacking midfielder Clement Grenier was out of the finals in Brazil with a groin problem as Les Bleus suffered their third injury since the 23-man squad was unveiled. Second-choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda also pulled out. "We have made checks in the beginning of the afternoon, checks that confirmed the situation has aggravated and he is today not capable of training for a few weeks, let alone play a game." Ribery and Grenier will be replaced in the squad by Morgan Schneiderlin and Remy Cabella. The replacements have to be validated by world governing body FIFA as they are made after the 23man squad submission deadline, which was on June 2. "We will hand over those two files and they will take the time they need to reply," said Deschamps. "They are the first, Franck or Clement, to be very sad. Franck had problems but everything was going in the right direction until his situation suddenly aggravated." France start their World Cup campaign on June 15 against Honduras in Group E, where they will also meet Ecuador and Switzerland. Ribery was instrumental in France's qualifying campaign, scoring five goals and creating several chances for his team mates. He has been suffering from lower back pains for weeks, playing his last game in the German Cup final

on May 17 when he came as a substitute for Bayern Munich but could not finish the match. Without him, Les Bleus beat Norway 4-0 and drew 1-1 against Paraguay in their two World Cup warm-up games. Ribery's spot on the left wing was taken by Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann and Newcastle United forward Loic Remy alternatively. Both put in solid displays with Griezmann scoring the goal against Paraguay. Deschamps probably wanted to avoid the mistakes his predecessors made when they took major players to tournaments with injuries hoping they would return to fitness during the competition. In 2002, France coach Roger Lemerre took Zinedine Zidane to the World Cup after the playmaker had injured his thigh in their last warm-up game against South Korea. Zidane could only play in the final group game against Denmark and made no impact as Les Bleus crashed out in the first round. At the 2008 European Championship, coach Raymond Domenech included the injured Patrick Vieira in his squad but he never played as France were also eliminated in the group stage. With Ribery out, Deschamps could have called up Manchester City's Samir Nasri but having made clear he had not picked him in the first place because of his behaviour off the pitch, he overlooked him again. France take on Jamaica in Lille on Sunday in their last warm-up game before the World Cup.

Adjusted squAd:

goaLKeePers: hugo Lloris (tottenham hotspur), stephane ruffier (st etienne), mickael Landreau (Bastia) deFenders: mathieu debuchy (newcastle united), Lucas digne (Paris st germain) Patrice evra (manchester united), Laurent Koscielny (arsenal), eliaquim mangala (Porto), Bacary sagna (arsenal), mamadou sakho (Liverpool), raphael varane (real madrid)


midFieLders: yohan cabaye (Paris st germain), Blaise matuidi (Paris st germain), rio mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), moussa sissoko (newcastle united), mathieu valbuena (olympique marseille), remy cabella (montpellier), morgan schneiderlin (southampton) Forwards: Karim Benzema (real madrid), olivier giroud (arsenal), antoine griezmann (real sociedad), Loic remy (newcastle united).

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WaS pCb'S demotion of YouniS khan fair? KARACHI



T was Feb 13, 2000 when Pakistan had to chase a score of 275 against Sri Lanka in National Stadium, Karachi. Pakistan was struggling at 149 for 5 when Younis Khan made it to the crease. Though Pakistan lost the match, Younis’ crucial 46 made it clear that he was going to be among the country’s finer batsmen. With an average of 51 in test matches and 32 in ODIs along with 29 centuries and 76 half-centuries in his bucket, it is surprising that Younis has been out of the ODIs team since March 2013. The recent central contract awarded to players for calendar year 2014 has put Younis in category B. The question arises as to whether it was fair to demote a batsman who is regarded as Pakistan cricket’s most seasoned player. Talking to Dawn, former chief selector Salahuddin Sallu said placing “Younis, who is Pakistan’s best batsman and around whom one day cricket revolves”, in category B was “utterly unjustified”. Sallu said “Younis should be in category A”, adding that it was astonishing that such decisions are taken by a board constituting members who understand cricket so well. “Najam Sethi should intervene in the matter as Younis deserves better treatment,” Sallu said.

Former PCB director and cricket commentator Chishty Mujahid also expressed surprise at Younis’ placement in category B, stating that the batsman should have been placed in the A slot no questions asked. Mujahid stressed on keeping a positive approach on the matter, saying that Younis’ placement in cate-

DETER BATSMEN FROM BACKING UP: ICC CRICKET COMMITTEE SPORTS DESK SPORTS DESK A little over a year ago Moeen Ali feared his chance for an international career was slipping away, but now he can look forward to a Test debut at Lord's next week to add to the ODI and T20 caps he has already earned. Moeen has been included in England's 12-man squad, one of three uncapped players, for his all-around skills and is likely to be slotted in to bat at No. 6 and be the main spin option in a pace-heavy England side following the retirement of Graeme Swann. He has a doosra among his armoury - developed under the guidance of Saeed Ajmal - but has yet to unveil it at international level. Although his career bowling average is 40.43, over the last two seasons he has taken his wickets at 32.56. His first taste of international cricket came in West Indies during March when he made his ODI and T20 debuts then he was part of the World T20. He will enter the Test arena in good batting form having hit 162 against Surrey in the last round of Championship matches. "I thought the previous winter that the chance might have passed me by to play for England but I put my foot down and really worked hard on my game and to score mountains of runs," he said. "This winter's experience has given me the hunger to want to play more international cricket and obviously the next step is Test cricket. "I loved my time for England during the winter and everyone made me feel so welcome and part of the squad and, apart from the last couple of T20s when I didn't get many runs, overall I was quite pleased. Worcestershire's director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, highlighted Moeen's work ethic as one of his qualities which stood out. "No-one hits more balls in practice than Moeen and he thoroughly deserved his call-up during the winter with Lions and then for the full tours including the World Cup," he said. "But what a fantastic thing that is for this club, that we've now got a player in the England Test squad who loves playing at this club."

A few days after Jos Buttler became the first batsman to be mankaded in international cricket since 1992, the ICC's cricket committee has recommended non-strikers need to be "deterred" from backing up. The committee also supported the view, expressed by certain international captains, that there was no need for the on-field umpire to check with the fielding captain if his team's appeal stood in case the non-striker was mankaded. "The cricket committee believes that a non-striker should be deterred from leaving his or her crease before the time the bowler normally delivers the ball," the committee's statement said. "It did not support a formal warning being introduced prior to a bowler being eligible to run out a non-striker, but it did support the view expressed by some captains that the umpires shouldn't ask the captain whether he wanted the appeal to stand before making a final decision. The

law strikes a sensible balance between preventing a batsman from gaining an advantage, whilst at the same time preventing the bowler from unfairly seducing the batsman into leaving his crease by faking to deliver and then holding on to the ball." The recent incident of mankading took place during the series decider between England and Sri Lanka at Edgbaston. In the 42nd over of England's innings, offspinner Sachithra Senanayake warned both Buttler and Chris Jordan for backing up too far. He followed up on his threat in his next over, mankading Buttler, who was nearly a yard out of his crease. The umpires declared Buttler out after Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews upheld the bowler's appeal. The incident escalated immediately after, when England captain Alastair Cook expressed his disappointment and suggested Sri Lanka had "crossed a line". According to Mahela Jayawardene, Buttler had been backing up too much despite two warnings, leaving Senanayake with no choice but to run him out.

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gory B could just have been a mistake in the

paperwork, adding that “Sethi may not have paid attention probably because starting with a Y, the batsman’s name would have come way down on the list of cricketers”. “If this is indeed the case, then the board should immediately declare it as a mistake,” Mujahid said, adding that Younis was “a fine batsman…deserves to be in the A slot”. Mujahid went on to say that Younis should be made the team’s captain once Misbahul Haq retires and the board should also consider grooming a young vicecaptain with him so it can benefit the team later on. However, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said that the only reason for placing Younis in category B was that he had been playing in just the test format of the game. “The committee has decided fairly on this and there was nothing against Younis Khan in particular,” said the spokesman, adding that before the renewal of the contract in December this year, Pakistan has to play seven test matches and 15 ODIs, and “if Younis played up to the mark then he could be promoted to category A”. Responding to criticism from former cricketers, the board’s spokesman said that it was a habit of retired cricketers to criticise the board “until they were asked to work for it”.

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SPORTS DESK In a repeat of the morning’s FP1 session it was an Aprilia 12-3, with Red Devils Roma’s Toni Elias completing the provisional front row. But Melandri and Elias did not find any extra pace in FP2, but their best laps from the first session were still good enough to place them second and third respectively on the timing-screens. This is the first time that the series has held a round at the Malaysian circuit, but the top three have all experienced the circuit before in their respective MotoGP and 250cc careers. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes was one of the first riders who bettered their time set in the morning session, but the reigning champ couldn’t penetrate the top two and was still one-tenth off the pace of Melandri after 15 minutes with a 2’05.283. Throughout the session the temperatures continued to rise, with many riders retreating to the cool of their garages and in the shade from the sweltering heat. But the weather didn’t seem to affect Ducati’s Chaz Davies. The Welshman pushed his way into the top five with a 2’05.448 with 12 minutes remaining, getting the better of team-mate Giugliano in the process by five-tenths of a second. Davies has prior experience to the Malaysian circuit after his time competing in the MotoGP race in 2007 and in the 250cc classes too, and his track knowledge gave him that extra edge over his Italian garage-buddy – but it was not to last. A quick final lap from Giugliano powered him through to fourth overall when there was less than 20 seconds left on the clock. Voltcom Suzuki’s Alex Lowes was new to the track but certainly appeared to enjoy his time out on the circuit. The Lincolnshire lad was able to improve from FP1 and after 35 minutes leapt to seventh from tenth after a 2’06.089 followed closely by Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea and Voltcom Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty.

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