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BALOCH MILITANTS STRIKE BACK, KILL 17 IN SIBI TRAIN BOMBING Wednesday, 9 April, 2014 Jamadi-us-Sani 8, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 280 16 Pages Lahore Edition
Use of force to be last option in Balochistan: Mamnoon Multiple explosions rock Karachi, other Sindh cities
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Musharraf was stabbed in the back!
The country’s former army chief and president, General (r) Pervez Musharraf was reportedly lured into attending the hearing of the special court on the day of his indictment on ‘promises’ that he would not be indicted and instead would be allowed safe passage from the country. The ‘assurances’ were given to the security establishment by some elements in the judiciary and executive, but the latter went back on their ‘promises’, leaving the security establishment ‘humiliated’. STORY ON PAGE 04
Taliban accuse 1,000 Pakistani Christian, government of Hindu girls forced to reneging on deal convert every year: report STORY ON PAGE 04
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TOP NAWAZ AIDES SAY ALL INSTITUTIONS ACCOUNTABLE TO PARLIAMENT STORY ON PAGE 05
Shaukatullah steps down to make way for Mehtab Abbasi as new KP governor STORY ON PAGE 02
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
OPPOsitiOn PArties tO chAllenge PPO in cOurt PTI’S SHAH MAHMOOD QURESHI SAYS NEW LAW WILL TURN PAKISTAN INTO A POLICE STATE
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SAYS LAW INCLUDES NO SAFEGUARD AGAINST ABUSE
PPOSITION parties are planning to challenge the Protection of Pakistan Bill – a sweeping new anti-terror law – in court, politicians said on Tuesday, because they fear it will legalise human rights violations. The bill was passed late on Monday amid protests from members of parliament and condemnation from international rights groups such as Amnesty International. The law grants sweeping powers of arrest and detention to Pakistan's already powerful security forces. “This law will turn Pakistan into a police state,” Shah Mehmood Qureshi, vice chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), told a news conference. “We have decided to take this law to court and challenge its anti-human rights stance,” he added. PTI spokesperson Shireen Mazari said the government had passed the PPO in an undemocratic manner. When the National Assembly approved the bill, opposition party members tore up copies and
AsmA terms PPO A ‘drAcOniAn lAw’
threw them in the air and walked out of the assembly in protest. The law permits the security forces to shoot suspects on sight, detain them at secret locations for up to 90 days and carry out raids without search warrants. The security forces can also carry out secret trials. Lawmakers warn the law is too broad and that anger over abuses by the police and army is already fuelling growing militancy. Qureshi, a former foreign minister, said his party had the support of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which has held sway in the commercial hub of Karachi for decades. The main opposition, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has led protests against the law in the National Assembly. Government ministers, including the law minister and minister of information, as well as members of the ruling party's legal team, were not available for comment. EASY POSITION: International rights bodies have accused Pakistani security forces of abducting, torturing and murdering civilians. The security forces, battling increasingly violent
Taliban militants as well as separatist rebels in Balochistan, deny violating human rights. Amnesty International said the law included no safeguards against abuse. “Rather than addressing the real law and order failings in the country, the government is taking the easier option of giving sweeping powers to security agencies,” said Mustafa Qadri, the Pakistan researcher for Amnesty International. “These laws ... represent some of the most repressive security laws in Pakistan's history.” The law says all statements made during detention are admissible as evidence and also reverses the burden of proof, placing the onus on the accused to prove they are not guilty. It also does away with the power of high courts to review lower courts' decisions. “Under this law, you're guilty until proven innocent. It's against the very basic principles of law,” said Fawad Chaudhry, a media adviser for the PPP. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif won enough seats in parliamentary elections last May to pass unpopular
The law permits the security forces to shoot suspects on sight, detain them at secret locations for up to 90 days and carry out raids without search warrants. The security forces can also carry out secret trials.
Shaukatullah steps down to make way for Mehtab Abbasi as new KP governor ABBASI LIKELY TO ASSUME OFFICE ON THURSDAY PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
LAHORE: Former president of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and human rights activist Asma Jehangir has termed the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) 2014 as a draconian law. In a press statement issued on Tuesday, she said “the present government must reflect on its policies towards countering terror. On the one hand, the government has released persons arrested on charges of terrorism and on the other hand it has passed a draconian law, the PPA 2014”. She of the view that the law denies basic rights to anyone suspected of crimes given in the schedule, which include acts of terrorism. Eventually, by both these actions, the ordinary people of Pakistan will suffer the most and the rule of law will gradually give way to the rule of guns, she said. The human rights activist added that lawyers and judges as well as investigation officers take huge risks when a terrorist is investigated, prosecuted and finally convicted. They face daily threats and a number have been attacked or killed in this process. “Releasing dangerous prisoners has demoralised all institutions connected with the administration of justice. Why should people risk their lives to protect others when their own government is easily pressurised and misled out of fear to release prisoners accused of extremely serious criminal acts?” she questioned, adding that the entire legal fraternity is aware that the released prisoners were no more innocent than those left behind bars. “The government should disclose the names of those released and the accusations against them and then explain how they came to the conclusion that the persons they released were actually noncombatants. These half truths will not work,” she said. There is no doubt that any security force will require a stable legal system and a framework of legislation to carry out an effective counter-terrorism operation. However, the law has to be balanced, protect fundamental rights and maintain due process, especially as no part of Pakistan has been declared to be a conflict zone. OnlinE
laws without the support of other parties. The law is rooted in a long-running power struggle between an activist Supreme Court and the traditionally powerful military. Since 2008, judges have been investigating the cases of hundreds of prisoners held by security forces in secret without charge. Human rights lawyers and relatives have been fighting for years to get information about the detainees. Most have not appeared in court charged with a crime, while others were acquitted but seized after they were freed. The military has usually refused to produce the detainees despite the insistence of judges. The new law will give the military legal protection. “You are now giving legal cover for things security forces are already doing, like detaining people for long periods of time with no attention to rights and declaring them terrorists with little or no proof,” said senior MQM member Haider Abbas Rizvi.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Engineer Shaukatullah resigned on Tuesday to make way for Sardar Mehtab Abbasi as the new representative of the federal government in the province. KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar will act as the acting governor until Abbasi takes oath, which is likely to take place on Thursday (tomorrow). Official sources said that Engineer Shaukatullah resigned on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Engineer Shaukatullah remained in the office for 14 months, assuming office on February 16, 2013. He was preceded by Barrister Masud Kausar of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).
Belonging to Bajaur Agency, Engineer Shaukatullah was the first ever civilian from Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) as governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Earlier, a number of former military officers, including former Peshawar corps commander Lt General (r) Ali Muhammad Jan Aurakzai have served as the provincial governor. Belonging to Abbottabad district, governor-designate Sardar Mehtab
Abbasi started his political career as a member of the provincial assembly in the 1985 party-less election. Later, he served late Arbab Muhammad Jehangir Khan’s cabinet as minister for health and minister for housing. In 1988, he retained the seat on Islami Jamhoori Ittehad’s (IJI) ticket and performed his responsibilities as an active member of opposition during Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao’s government. In 1990 and 1993, he retained both national and provincial assembly seats, serving as a federal minister in Nawaz Sharif’s first cabinet. After 1997’s general elections, he took oath as chief minister of KP when Pakistan Muslim League and Awami National Party established a coalition government. He remained in office till October 12, 1999 when Pervez Musharraf imposed a martial law. Following 2008 general elections, he served in the federal cabinet of Yousaf Raza Gilani for a limited period. Since May 2013, Sardar Mehtab is leading a scattered opposition in the KP provincial assembly.
17 PAKISTANI, AFGHAN TALIBAN LEADERS KILLED IN KUNAR AIRSTRIKE KABUL: At least 17 prominent Taliban leaders, including the Taliban shadow governor, and some Pakistani Taliban commanders were killed in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Monday, Afghan intelligence claimed on Tuesday. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said that a gathering of senior Pakistani and Afghan Taliban leaders was targeted in an airstrike on Monday evening. It said the meeting was organised by the Taliban shadow governor for Kunar in Shegal district. The NDS released the following information regarding Taliban casualties in the Kunar airstrike: Noor Qasim Sabari, shadow governor of Taliban in Kunar; Qari Osman, Taliban’s shadow district chief for Shegal; Qari Zubair, senior Talban leader; Qari Latif, senior Taliban leader; Qari Tari, senior Taliban leader; Mullah Bashir Gajar, Taliban leader responsible for major roadside bombings; Qari Nasir Gajar, Taliban suicide attack coordinator; Qari Sherin, Taliban leader responsible for assassinating tribal elders. According to the NDS, several Pakistani Taliban militants were also killed during the airstrike and their dead bodies could be seen among those killed. However, the NDS said the exact number of those killed could not be confirmed so far. OnlinE
PTI minister says Abid Sher is a ‘lunatic’ STATE MINISTER FOR WATER AND POWER ACCUSES PTI MINISTERS OF SAFEGUARDING POWER PILFERERS, SAYS ELECTRICITY THEFT BEHIND KP’S POWER CUT PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister Shaukat Yousafzai has termed State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali a “lunatic” for accusing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ministers of safeguarding electricity pilferers. Yousafzai’s statement came after Abid Sher Ali, addressing a press conference Tuesday, announced that power supply to 13 feeders of seven different districts of KP had been disconnected due to power theft and non-payment of
dues. The power minister told reporters that the electricity supply to Shangla, Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan, Karak and Tank was disconnected due to massive power thefts there and non-payment of electricity bills worth millions. He elaborated that the federation was handing over Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) to the KP government but it backed out. As the power minister alleged that PTI ministers were safeguarding power pilferers, the PTI-backed KP minister urged the prime minister for arranging for Abid Sher Ali’s “medical treatment
in a mental asylum”. The minister for water and power said that when WAPDA officials took action against pilferers, they were victimised. He added that by disconnecting power supply to areas with highest rate of power pilferage, the government had saved Rs 1.3 billion. He continued that from June this year, 2,000 MWs will be induced in the national system, whereas 260 MWs were being produced by a power project in
Jamshoro, Sindh and 747 MWs of power was being generated by the Guddu power plant. Yousafzai further commented on Abid Sher Ali by saying that power minister’s statement showed that the nation will have to face more load shedding this year.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
BAlOch militAnts strike BAck, kill 17 in trAin BOmBing BOMB TARGETS RAWALPINDI-BOUND JAFFAR EXPRESS AT SIBI RAILWAY STATION, LEAVES OVER 44 SERIOUSLY INJURED
UNITED BALOCH ARMY CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRAIN BOMBING QUETTA STAFF REPORT
SIBI: An injured woman is brought to the hospital following a bombing in Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express on Tuesday in which 17 people were killed and over 40 others were injured. ONLINE
lAndslides in uPPer dir clAim 14 lives PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
At least 14 persons, mostly children, were killed in land-sliding incidents at two different places in Upper Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Tuesday. An official said that the first incident occurred at village Badraan of Kalkot Union Council in early hours when all members of a family came under debris as a result of mudsliding. The victims included seven children and a woman. In another incident at village Battal of Osherai Dara area of Upper Dir, four children were killed and six others injured when a big rock hit a shop.
Army trAiner AircrAft crAshes, twO PilOts killed GUJRANWALA STAFF REPORT
A Mushak trainer aircraft belonging to the Army Aviation crashed near Gujranwala on Tuesday, killing both of its occupants. The two-seater plane crashed due to a technical fault developed during a training mission, according to an Inter-Services Public relations (ISPR) statement which added that both the pilots onboard the plane had died in the incident. The statement further said that an enquiry had been ordered into the incident. The Mushak aircraft is a small aircraft which is not equipped with ejector seats.
PAkistAn, irAn stArt jOint nAvAl drill AgEnciES
Pakistan and Iran have started a joint naval drill east of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, through which one fifth of the world's oil supply passes. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday that the Pakistani vessels include a warship, a submarine and logistics vessels. It said the Pakistani fleet will leave after four days. In the past, regional countries have had a presence at similar Iranian manoeuvres as observers.
brought the fire under control after 40 minutes of struggle. A state of emergency was imposed at the hospital to cope with the situation. Some of the injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Sibi, while five injured with critical wounds had been transported to Quetta by a Pakistan Army helicopter. The railway employees and police officials detached the bogie from other bogies in order to save more lives. Jaffar Express later left for its destination Rawalpindi after the conclusion of rescue operation in the blast site. “We received 12 dead bodies and 41 injured and most of them are in critical condition. Women and children are among the injured,” Ghulam Sarwar, medical superintendent (MS) of Civil Hospital Sibi told reporters. Railway Minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq said that the attack could be in retaliation to Monday’s search operation by security forces in Balochistan in which 30 suspected Baloch militants were killed. Rafiq said the same service had been attacked a few days earlier but there were no casualties. “A few days ago terrorists had fired upon a train when it came out of a tunnel (in Balochistan), but they ran away when security forces responded to firing. “The train was standing at Sibi railway station where FC and other law enforcement agencies are always alert. We will have to review the security and find out the cracks from where the terrorists slipped and planted the explosives,” he added. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch condemned the incident and sought a report on the incident. “An investigation comprising officials of Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps (FC) and police has been formed,” a Balochistan government official said. “It seems the explosive materials were planted inside the passenger train at Sibi railway station,” a railway official said.
Use of force to be last option in Balochistan: Mamnoon PRESIDENT SAYS GOVT PAVING WAY FOR DIALOGUE WITH DISGRUNTLED BALOCH LEADERS QUETTA STAFF REPORT
President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday underlined the need for negotiated settlement of issues relating to Balochistan. Addressing members of the Balochistan provincial cabinet, the president stated that the government was striving to pave the way for dialogue with disgruntled Baloch leaders. He said that all out efforts were being made to find an amicable solution of issues relating to Balochistan, a volatile province which is Pakistan's least developed. "Use of force would be last option in Balochistan," the president told cabinet members while giving assur-
ance that restoration of peace through political means was the government's first priority. The president's visit has come at a time when Balochistan has
seen an increase in incidents of violence. Mamnoon stated that the government was determined to bring Balochistan at par with the rest of the country in terms of social development. He directed the concerned quarters to double the efforts for development and prosperity in the province. Talking to Awami National Party's delegation, the president expressed serious concern over continued missing of Arbab Abdul Zahir Kasi. Kasi was kidnapped by armed militants from Patel Road area of Quetta in October 2013. Mamnoon assured that delegation that Kasi's name would be included in the exchange list with Taliban. "We would include his name in the exchange list," the president told the ANP delegation. Earlier the president was briefed about the law and order situation and development projects in Balochistan in Governor's House. The president has arrived on a two day visit to Quetta to meet political leaders and tribal elites.
nA dePuty secy freed After PAying rs 40m rAnsOm MULTAN inP
The abducted deputy secretary of National Assembly (NA), Moazzam Kalru returned to his home on Tuesday after his family reportedly paid Rs 40 million to the kidnappers. Kalru was kidnapped on January 25 from Nawabpur area of Multan when he was en route to his farmhouse by car. No group had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. Kalru was kidnapped from NA-151 which is the same constituency from where former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider Gilani was kidnapped by Taliban earlier last year.
Multiple explosions rock Karachi, other Sindh cities TWO CRACKERS TARGET RAIL TRACKS IN JAMSHORO, THIRD STRIKES IN HEART OF HYDERABAD CITY KARACHI/HYDERABAD STAFF REPORT
woman and five children were among 17 people killed in a bombing targeting the QuettaRawalpindi passenger train Jaffar Express at Sibi Railway Station on Tuesday. The deadly bombing left 44 people injured, five of whom with critical wounds had been transported to Quetta. “The blast took place inside bogie number 9 of Jaffar Express which was on its way to Rawalpindi from Quetta,” Sibi Deputy Inspector General Qazi Hussain told reporters. The bogie caught fire and 17 people inside the bogie burnt to death while more than 40 people sustained injuries, he added. The United Baloch Army claimed responsibility for the attack, BBC Urdu reported. Charred beyond recognition, the bodies of the deceased were transported to Quetta so their identities could be determined by DNA testing. Police investigators said around 20 kilogrammes of explosive materials were used in the blast. Rescue workers, fire fighters, police and security forces rushed to the station and transported the injured and deceased to Civil Hospital Sibi. The fire fighters
A number of small intensity bombs exploded at multiple locations in Sindh on Tuesday evening within a span of three hours. In the first attack, a cracker exploded in the up-market neighbourhood of Zamzama of Karachi. The attack caused panic in the area and forced shops to close. No one was hurt in the incident. The attack happened soon after the first female Station House Officer (SHO) Ghazala Javed
took charge of her office. DIG Abdul Khaliq Shaikh said that the blast was most probably from a hand grenade. A short while later, a bomb explosion was reported at a store in Buffer Zone in Karachi where a child was reported to have been injured. A low-intensity improvised explosive device went off near Perfume Chowk in Gulistan-eJauhar. The explosion damaged a car. HYDERABAD BLASTS: A number of bombs went off at numerous locations in Sindh, including five in Hyderabad in just 15 minutes. The blasts were reported on up-country railway tracks in Sehrish Nagar, Qasimabad taluka and Khursheed Colony of Kotri in Jamshoro district. The third blast took place in the heart of Hyderabad i.e. outside Radio Pakistan building on Meeran Mohammad Shah road within the jurisdiction of Cantonment police
station. However, no loss of life was reported. Maqsood Qureshi, younger brother of late Bashir Qureshi of Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), Salman Wadhu and others were found dead in mysterious circumstances as their charred bodies were recovered in their burnt car in Naushahro Feroze district on March 21 ahead of JSQM’s planned freedom March in Karachi on March 23 – the day when Lahore Resolution (later renamed as Pakistan resolution) was passed. The JSMM led by Shafi Burfat – who once used to be part of JSQM - has been opposing Protection of Pakistan Ordnance which was presented as a bill and passed amid rowdy scenes in the lower house of parliament on Monday. Railway authorities have confirmed that two blasts occurred on their up-country railway track at two different sections
between Karachi-Hyderabad railway stations. Separately, unidentified armed persons resorted to firing in Hirabad area within the jurisdiction of Market police station but no one was hurt. “Explosions are reported on up country tracks. We have been given clearance for section 169 track between Bholari and Kotri but we are awaiting one from Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) personnel for 178 section location before we move trains for their destination,” said a railway official from Karachi over the phone. The trains which are halted included Karachi bound Awam and Hazara Expresses, halted at Hyderabad railway station while Rawalpindi bound Tezgam had to be stopped at Kotri railway station as passengers faced inconvenience. No major damage was caused to the railway tracks.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
mushArrAf wAs stABBed in the BAck! BREACH OF PROMISES MADE WITH MUSHARRAF PERTAINING TO RELIEF IN HIS INDICTMENT MAIN CAUSE OF ANGER AMONG KHAKIS ISLAMABAD
HE alleged backtracking from ‘promises’ made with the khakis by some government and judicial functionaries for provision of a safe passage to former dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf is now reflecting in powerful statements as the Establishment has taken this breach of promise as a "humiliation to the institution”, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably. Moreover, the security establishment thinks that Musharraf was trapped as ‘false promises’ were made by elements in the judicial branch of the bureaucracy and the executive to lure the former army chief into indictment. However, Minister for Information and
INFORMATION MINISTER EXPRESSES IGNORANCE OVER ANY SUCH ‘PROMISE’, SAYS GOVT BELIEVES IN RESPECTING ALL STATE INSTITUTIONS
Broadcasting Senator Pervez Rashid says that he has no knowledge of any commitment made with Musharraf for a safe exit from any quarter. "No such assurance is in my knowledge," he told Pakistan Today. Commenting on the army chief’s statement made on Monday, the information minister said that there was no difference of opinion in the government circles that the state institutions, including the armed forces should be respected. "We strongly believe in respecting all state institutions including the army," he maintained. However, sources claim that despite assurances, Musharraf not only was made to appear before the court, but was also indicted and later denied an opportunity to proceed abroad to see his ailing mother who, according to doctors in Sharjah, is in a criti-
cal condition. Backchannel interactions and interviews with people dealing with Musharraf’s case have revealed that the Establishment was actively pursuing its quest to get a safe passage for the former army chief and after shuttle diplomacy, positive signals had been conveyed from the judiciary. “It was conveyed that a safe passage would be ensured if Gen Musharraf appeared in the court and sought permission for proceeding abroad to see his ailing mother. It was also assured that if the lawyers’ team of Musharraf is replaced and a proper decorum is maintained in the court, Musharraf would not be indicted,” a source privy to the details of the offer told Pakistan Today. “Resultantly, Gen Pervez Musharraf’s lawyers, headed by Sharifuddin Pirzada,
IMF lowers economic growth projections for Pakistan NEW REPORT PREDICTS 0.1 PER CENT GDP GROWTH FOR 2014, 0.4 PER CENT FOR 2015 WASHINGTON AgEnciES
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday lowered its forecast for Pakistan’s Gross Domestic Production (GDP) for the current year by 0.1 and 0.4 per cent for the 2015. Earlier IMF had predicted that the average GDP growth for 2014 and 2015 of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Middle East and North Africa to be 3.3 and 4.8,
which it revised on Tuesday to 3.2 for 2014 and 4.4 for the year 2015. The IMF report acknowledged that the manufacturing sector in Pakistan recovered faster than it was expected on the back of improved electricity supply and recent exchange rate depreciation. But this positive development was offset by weak cotton production. The real GDP growth rate which was 3.6 in the year 2013 is projected at 3.1 and 3.7 per
cent for the year 2014 and 2015 respectively. The report forecast the current account deficit for Pakistan for current and next year at 0.9 and 1.0 per cent, which was one per cent in the previous year. According to the IMF report, unemployment rate is also expected to rise to 6.9 per cent in 2014 and 7.2 per cent in 2015, which was 6.7 in 2013. IMF has also lowered its overall projection for the world economic growth this year and next year, reflecting slowing activity in the emerging and developing economies.
MUSHARRAF’S SPOKESMAN SAYS SOME ELEMENTS IN JUDICIARY AND EXECUTIVE ‘TRAPPED’ FORMER ARMY CHIEF BY PROMISING A SAFE PASSAGE
Anwar Mansoor Khan and Ahmed Raza Kasuri, were asked not to appear in court and were replaced by a soft spoken Dr Farogh Nasim,” the source said, adding that against doctors’ advice, just to abide by the deal, Musharraf appeared in the court and also requested permission to see his ailing mother. The source said that instead of providing relief, the court indicted Musharraf while his request for permission to visit his mother was turned down and the buck was passed to the government. “This was taken as a breach of the assurances given earlier. Moreover, the government also turned down a request for clearance of Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) despite a ‘quiet request’ made by the security establishment to the prime minister,” the source added. The source said that the Establishment
has taken this “breach of promises” as humiliation resulting in increasing frustration among the khakis. When contacted, the spokesman for Pervez Musharraf, Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif confirmed that some elements in the judiciary and executive had “trapped” the former army chief by promising a safe passage. “We were asked that in order to uphold sanctity of the judiciary, if Gen Musharraf appears before the court and his hard-hitting lawyers are replaced with some other professionals, his request for proceeding abroad will be allowed while he will also not be indicted,” he said, adding that all the wishes were honoured but no relief was provided. He said that it looked that the judiciary and executive were hands in glove as it had been witnessed that some judges were taking ‘dictation’ from the executive.
TALIBAN ACCUSE GOVT OF RENEGING ON DEAL SPOKESMAN SAYS GOVT HAS FAILED TO MEET TALIBAN’S THREE DEMANDS FOR EXTENSION IN TRUCE PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
As the deadline of Taliban offered ceasefire ends on April 10, the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has accused the government of violating the truce and said the latter has also failed to accept their three demands. The terror outfit, reiterating its rhetoric of ceasefire violation by the government, said that the TTP is following the truce but its activists are being targeted throughout the country in different operations carry out by security forces. Shahidullah Shahid, the central spokesman of the Pakistani Taliban, said in a statement that the decision on further extending the ceasefire would be taken after expiry of the deadline on April 10.
five die in ihk gunBAttle AheAd Of POlls SRINAGAR AgEnciES
Suspected militants in Indianheld Kashmir shot dead a soldier and two policemen, officials said Tuesday, two days before voting begins in the region for the national election. A gunbattle late Monday in Kralpora village, 130 kilometres (81 miles) northwest of Srinagar, left one soldier and two policemen dead. “Two terrorists were killed,” said Indian army spokesperson NN Joshi. In another clash on Tuesday, a policeman was shot at point-blank range and critically wounded by a suspected militant in Anantnag, 55 kilometres south of Srinagar. “The militant also snatched an automatic rifle from the (injured) officer before fleeing the scene,” said police officer Sheikh Junaid. Security has been stepped up across the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir which is scheduled to go to the polls in five stages between April 10 and May 7.
He said that so far the government has not given any response to the TTP demands and direct talks between the two committees are yet to happen with just two days to go before expiry of the ceasefire deadline. On Saturday, while announcing release of further 13 Taliban prisoners, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told reporters that next round of direct talks with the TTP Shura will be held soon and the number of released prisoner would rise to 30 before that. The government released 19 prisoners earlier this month. TALIBAN INFIGHTING KILLS 10 MORE: Meanwhile, continuing clashes between two Taliban groups in South Waziristan left at least 10 militants dead and two injured on Tuesday. Sources said the fighting
TALIBAN INFIGHTING KILLS 10 MORE IN SOUTH WAZIRISTAN
occurred in Shaktoi area of the lawless tribal agency where one group opened fire on the vehicle of its opponent group on Tuesday afternoon. As many as 10 people died on the spot while two sustained serious injuries. Sources said that militants loyal to Khan Said Sajna attacked men belonging to the Shehryar Mehsud group in the Shaga area of Shaktoi when they were travelling in vehicles from Zangara in South Waziristan to Miranshah in North Waziristan on Sunday. Five people of the Shehryar group were killed and seven captured. The detainees were freed on Monday on the condition that they would not come to the area again. But, the freed men along with their supporters returned to Shaktoi later in the day, prompting a fresh attack by the Sajna group in which five
Baby charged with attempted murder goes ‘underground’ LAHORE AgEnciES Relatives of a nine-month-old baby charged with attempted murder have taken him into hiding, a family member said on Tuesday, in a case that has thrown a spotlight on Pakistan's dysfunctional criminal justice system. Baby Musa Khan appeared in court in Lahore last week, charged with attempted murder along with his father and grandfather after a mob protesting against gas cuts and price increases stoned police and gas company workers trying to collect overdue bills. "Police are vindictive. Now they are trying to settle the issue on personal grounds, that's why I sent my grandson to Faisalabad for protection," the baby's grandfather, Muhammad Yasin, told a foreign news agency. The baby is on bail and due to appear at the next hearing on April 12 but Yasin said he was not sure if he would take him to court for the case. "There is immense pressure on me from various corners," he said. At his first appearance in court last week, Musa cried while his fingerprints were taken by a
court official. Later, the baby sucked on a bottle of milk and tried to grab journalists' microphones as his grandfather spoke to the media. "He does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly, how can he stone the police?" Yasin asked journalists at the court last Thursday. The baby was apparently charged because an assistant sub-inspector complained in a crime report that Musa's whole family beaten him up and injured his head. The case has once again highlighted dysfunction in Pakistan's police and justice system. Poorly trained and underpaid police are frequently accused of corruption and human rights abuses. Many are not even qualified to write a crime report. Officials say it is not their fault, pointing out that this year's federal budget gave the military about $6 billion and the police a paltry $686 million. The provincial law minister, Rana Sanaullah Khan, told the news agency that the provincial chief minister had ordered an investigation into the charges against Musa. One policeman had been suspended, he said.
more people of Shehryar group died and as many were detained. Those killed on Monday include Kashid Khan Mehsud, a leader of the Shehryar group who is said to be an aide to and driver of Hakeemullah Mehsud. After Hakeemullah’s death in a US drone strike in November last year, Shehryar had declared himself as chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the Mehsud-dominated area of South Waziristan, challenging the status of Khan Said Sajna as chief of the Mehsud militants. Differences between the two factions have widened and for weeks they have been killing each other’s men in attacks in South and North Waziristan tribal regions. The sources said that the situation in the area was tense and more clashes were expected.
All Of us hAve leArned frOm Our PAst, sAys rAshid ISLAMABAD APP
Federal Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Tuesday said that the country is going through an evolutionary and transitory phase and all national institutions and persons have learnt from the past. Talking to a private news channel, Rashid said Pakistan was progressing in every field, including economy and politics. The minister emphasized on the need of participatory culture which is an essence of democracy and said that everyone should work for the betterment of the country. Under the prevailing circumstances, Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PLO) is need of the hour as Pakistan is facing terrorism and extremism, he said, adding that these type of laws had been adopted by other countries as well. “The law will be enforced for three years in specific areas only,” he said. Rashid said that in the presence of an independent media and judiciary no one should have fears of being mistreated or his rights suppressed.
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
1,000 PakIstanI chrIstIan, hIndu gIrls forced to convert to Islam every year: rePort WASHINGTON AGENCIES
RounD 1,000 Christian and Hindu women in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam and married to Muslim men every year, according to a report released by Movement for Solidarity and Peace- in Pakistan. The report states the estimates of the incidence of forced marriage and conversion from 100 to 700 victim Christian girls and 300 Hindu girls per year, adding that the true scale of the problem is likely to be much greater, as a number of cases are never reported or do not progress through the law-enforcement and legal systems. The report has categorized the concurrent incidence of forced conversions and forced marriages as a distinct crime specific to minority Christian women in
Punjab. The research by MSP has lead to discovery of a distinguished pattern: Christian girls — usually between the ages of 12 and 25 — are abducted, converted to Islam, and married to the abductor or third party. The victim’s family usually files a First Information Report (FIR) for abduction or rape with the local police station. The abductor, on behalf of the victim girl, files a counter FIR, accusing the Christian family of harassing the wilfully converted and married girl, and for conspiring to convert the girl back to Christianity. upon production in the courts or before the magistrate, the victim girl is asked to testify whether she converted and married of her own free will or if she was abducted. In most cases, the girl remains in custody of the abductor while judicial proceedings are carried out. upon the girl’s pronouncement that she
wilfully converted and consented to the marriage, the case is settled without relief for the family. once in the custody of the abductor, the victim girl may be subjected to sexual violence, rape, forced prostitution, human trafficking and sale, or other domestic abuse. In its report, MSP has included 10 illustrative cases victims who have been subjected to such patterns of violence and injustice. The report describes the history of and social context within which forced conversions and marriages take place, the particular grievances of the Christians and others minorities in Pakistan including the Blasphemy laws as under Sections 295-B, and C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), constitutional guarantees of equal representation, underrepresentation in political institutions, and religion-specific Articles of the Constitution of Pakistan; and the
issue of forced conversion and forced marriages targeting Christian girls community in Pakistan. The report has surveyed legal, political, and procedural guarantees for rights protection and outlines illustrative cases demonstrating the pattern of violence through which the law becomes complicit in providing immunity for perpetrators, and the complex nature of associated crimes that make it difficult to categorize this crime as specific to religious identity. The report concludes with detailed recommendations for the key stakeholders at various levels - national, provincial, and local. The current investigative effort by MSP follows its 2012 release of “Shia Hazara of Pakistan: A Community under Siege", an in-depth report revealing abuse of religious minorities in Pakistan’s eastern province of Balochistan.
Top Nawaz aides say all institutions accountable to parliament Khawaja aSif SayS paRliaMent SupReMe oRgan of State
Saad Rafiq SayS MuShaRRaf bRought diSRepute to aRMed foRceS
on Tuesday, the defence minister said that the parliament was the supreme organ of the state and all other institutions were accountable to it.
While Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has reiterated the supremacy of the parliament, Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq has endorsed the statement of Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Raheel Sharif, calling for the preservation of Pakistan Army’s dignity. The ministers’ remarks came a day after General Sharif’s statement in which he had said that the army will resolutely preserve its institutional pride and dignity. The CoAS remarks had reportedly addressed soldiers’ concerns over “undue criticism of the army” in recent days. Addressing the national Assembly
MUSHARRAF HAS DEFAMED ARMY: In the meanwhile, commenting on General Sharif’s statement, Saad Rafiq said that Musharraf had brought disrepute
Justice Alam sworn in as new PHC CJ
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel was sworn in as the new chief justice of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday. KP Governor Engineer Shaukatullah, who is also reported to have tendered his resignation on the same day, administered the oath to Miankhel. The swearing in ceremony, which was held at the KP Governor House, was
attended by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, KP Senior Minister Sirajul Haq, provincial ministers, senior government officials and members of the judiciary. Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel hails from KP’s Dera Ismail Khan district. He has twice served as member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council and was elevated to the bench as an additional judge on Sept 7, 2009. Subsequently, he was confirmed as a judge of the high court on Sept 5, 2011.
to the institution of army more than anyone else. Rafique said that people who wanted to save former president Pervez Musharraf were linking his remarks with the ISPR’s statement. The minister clarified that he had only criticised Musharraf’s negative role of acting against the constitution of the country and the armed forces. He repeatedly endorsed CoAS’s statements for army’s respect and said that it was the responsibility of the entire nation to protect the prestige of the armed forces. Saad said that Musharraf was a politician and the head of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), whose party workers were playing “dirty games” to defame the army in a bid to save Musharraf. Saad said that the government and armed forces were on the same page on every issue and this specific issue of Musharraf had no link whatsoever with the institution of army or the government. He added that the link of the government with Musharraf’s issue was limited to Exit Control List (ECL).
ARMY TOP BRASS MEETS TODAY RAWALPINDI: The corps commanders’ conference will be held on Wednesday (today) to review national security and military’s professional matters. According to ISPR, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif will preside over the meeting at the General Headquarters (GHQ). Sources said the army top brass will also review criticism on the military institution, besides discussing former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s matter, border security situation and the ongoing dialogue with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, including the post dialogue situation in the country. “The COAS, along with his top military officials, will review the composite security situation of the country in detail during the conference,” the release said. Corps commanders, principal staff officers (PSOs), general officers commanding (GOCs) and concerned senior officials would be in attendance the conference. ONLINE
iran says pakistani oﬃcial arriving to discuss fate of missing border guard TEHRAN AGENCIES
The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that Pakistan's deputy foreign minister is due to visit Iran in the next few days to discuss the fate of the 5th Iranian border guard who was abducted by Jeish al-Adl terrorist group along with four of his comrades in February and has still been kept hostage despite the freedom of his other four colleagues, FARS news agency reported on Tuesday. "In the view of the Foreign Ministry, the fate of the fifth border guard is not clear yet and we are pursuing his condition through the Iranian and Pakistani officials," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in her weekly press conference. The spokeswoman further mentioned that "during the Pakistani deputy foreign minister's visit to Iran in the next few days, we will discuss expansion of relations, the fate of the (fifth) border guard and the security situation at the borders". Stressing that Iran is sure that the fifth border guard has been transferred to Pakistan after being kidnapped with his other four colleagues, Afkham said Tehran and Pakistan are having joint cooperation to establish security at their
borders and they have plans to increase their cooperation in future. Her remarks came amid reports and claims by Jeish al-Adl that the terrorist group has killed, Jamshid Danayee-Far, one of the Iranian border guards kidnapped along Iran-Pakistan borders in February. The five Iranian border guards were abducted in Jakigour region of Iran’s Sistan and Balouchestan Province on February 6 and taken to Pakistan. Jeish al-Adl claimed late last month that it has executed Danayee-Far. The other four abducted Iranian border guards who were released and handed over to Iranian officials in neighbouring Pakistan on Friday returned home on Sunday morning two months after their abduction but there is still no news about Danayee-Far or his body. In relevant comments on Tuesday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani raised the possibility of the health of the fifth border guard, and called on the Pakistani officials to double efforts to release him. Meantime, Governor-General of Iran's Southeastern Sistan and Balouchestan province Ali Awsat Hashemi has confirmed the death Danayee-Far, and said Iran is waiting for the transfer of his body.
The report describes the history of and social context within which forced conversions and marriages take place, the particular grievances of the Christians and others minorities in Pakistan including the Blasphemy laws as under Sections 295-B, and C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), constitutional guarantees of equal representation, underrepresentation in political institutions, and religion-specific Articles of the Constitution of Pakistan; and the issue of forced conversion and forced marriages targeting Christian girls community in Pakistan
IntellIgence sees talIban lurkIng behInd new terrorIsm threats RepoRtS Say new taliban gRoup anSaRul hind liKely to claiM ReSponSibility foR futuRe attacKS ISLAMABAD: Secret agencies have alerted the police that militants opposed to the government-Tehreek-e-Taliban peace talks are planning terrorist activities in Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta, according to police and Interior Ministry officials. They did not know when the malignant elements would strike, but the officials said that a new group, Ansarul Hind, would claim responsibility for the attacks. Their intelligence sources, who raised the alert on April 3, said the TTP leadership had wished its informal affiliates to create the so far unheard of group. Despite the possibility that the TTP sympathisers may be trying to pressurise the government by raising the threat of terrorist attacks in the three cities, the authorities took the threat seriously, police sources said. “Although peace talks are in progress, we are taking necessary measures to counter terrorism in the cities,” said one official. “Law enforcing agencies will be the main target of the terrorists, and in the case of their failure, any other official installation or public place.” “TTP will choose the targets and the informal groups under its umbrella will provide support to the Ansarul Hind activists with weapons and other materials,” he added. Security sources say the scenario looks similar to the terrorist attacks that quickly followed the announcement of a month-long ceasefire by the TTP last month. The most audacious of them was the bomb-and-gun attack on the district courts complex in Islamabad on March 3, which was claimed by Ahararul Hind group. That group was heard of for the first time on February 9 when it sent emails to media outlets that it shared the ideology of the TTP but opposed it negotiating peace with the Pakistan government. Its ownership of the March 3 attack gave rise to speculation that the Ahrarul Hind was affiliated with the al Qaeda. INP
na to form body for mPs’ assets revIew ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) on Tuesday adopted a resolution for formation of a committee to review the assets held by members of parliament (MPs) who are not paying taxes. The resolution was tabled by Asad Umar of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and it was passed unanimously. Addressing the session, PTI chief Imran Khan said that all of his assets existed in Pakistan. “The tax income of the country stands at Rs 1.3 trillion and Rs 2.4 trillion while its expenses are of Rs 4 trillion. If the GDP growth rate remains the same, we will not be able to give anything to our children in future. The poor will grow poorer if we don’t enhance the tax collection rate,” he said. ONLINE
06 LAHORE PRAyER TImINgS FAJR
PUNJAB GOVERNMENT, NADRA JOIN HANDS FOR COMPUTERISATION OF ARMS LICENSES IN PUNJAB
memorandum of understanding was signed between the Punjab government and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for computerisation of arms licenses in Punjab. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan were the chief guests at the ceremony held at Model Town Tuesday. Punjab Home Secretary Maj (r) Azam Suleman and acting NADRA chairman Shahid Hamid signed the document. Under the agreement, the existing system of issuance of arms licenses in Punjab would be changed and a consolidated and comprehensive computerised arms license information
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has granted approval to a phased programme for improvement of water supply, drainage and sewage system in five big cities of the province including Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi. The chief minister was presiding over a high level meeting Tuesday which reviewed various proposals for improving water supply, drainage and sewage system in big cities of the province. Member National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Provincial Minister for Housing Tanvir Aslam Malik, Members Provincial Assembly Chaudhary Shahbaz, Ghazali Saleem Butt, Waheed Gull, LDA Vice Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, Planning & Development chairman, Housing secretary, Lahore commissioner and district coordination officer, LDA director general, WASA managing director and other concerned officials were present on the
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
ARMING ARMS LICENSES WITH POWER OF IT!
management system would be evolved and all old licenses would be replaced with new computerised chip cards under a phased programme. The project would be completed within 140 days. Addressing the ceremony, the Punjab chief minister welcomed the agreement between the Punjab government and NADRA for evolving computerised arms license information management system. He said that the project of computerisation of arms licenses in Punjab is a milestone towards setting up a peaceful society. He thanked Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan and NADRA authorities for extending fullest cooperation for the computerisation of entire system of issuing arms licenses. He said that the Punjab government and NADRA will change the existing system of issuing of licenses and devise a comprehensive computerised arms license information management system. He said that the existing obsolete arms licenses in booklet form would be replaced with computer chip cards. He said that Punjab government with the help of NADRA is laying the foundation of such a system of issuance of licenses which would be errorfree. He said that there is a need for
purging the society of weapons for providing a peaceful and violence-free atmosphere to the citizens. He said that the decision of computerisation of arms licenses is an important and revolutionary step in this direction. He said that after computerisation, the chip card of every license would be linked with arms manufacturers, arms sellers and arms repairers through a database. The chief
CM FOR EFFECTIVE WATER MANAGEMENT FOR BIG FIVE! STAFF REPORT
occasion. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister directed that planning be made for improving water supply, drainage and sewerage system in five major cities of Punjab including Lahore to meet the future needs. He said that this programme should be implemented in phases. He said that in accordance with the policy of Punjab government, the programme would also be implemented speedily and in a transparent manner. He directed that short, medium and long term planning be made for this purpose. The chief minister issued instructions for setting up a separate company for the implementation of the project and said that provision of the best services to the masses is the prime responsibility of the government and no hurdle would be tolerated in this regard. The meeting also gave approval to the pilot project for the improvement of water supply, drainage and sewerage system in Johar Town, Tajpura and Shadbagh. Shahbaz Sharif said that remodelling of the drainage system would be undertaken keeping in view the needs of the population.
MPA’s nePhews bAsh elite coMMAndos GUJRANWALA ONLINE
Nephews of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PMLN) backed MPA Qaiser Sandhu manhandled Elite Force personnel in court premises. According to media reports, MPA’s nephews Salman and Abdullah were in court for appearing in a case of kidnapping a student before Session Judge Umer Sharif when recruits of Elite Force Khuram, Javed and Faisal stopped them from overcrowding the court on which nephews of the MPA got out of control and beat the Elite Force personnel. MPA Qaiser Sandhu said that his nephews were standing out of the court when recruits of Elite Force started to hit them. On the other hand, according to Elite Force, the force’s personnel were only stopping the two from crowding the court premises when they started abusing and beating them. Taking the notice of the incident, a session judge has summoned both the parties. Before this incident, both accused opened fire in Commerce College in the region of Peoples Colony Police Station on which a case was registered against them. However, having political influence, the SHO was transferred on registering a case against MPA’s nephews.
MOTHER OF 2 ATTACKED WITH ACID LAHORE STAFF REPORT
A woman Tuesday survived an acid attack in Multan Road precincts. Rescue sources said that two motorcyclists threw acid at a married woman at Multan Road and sped away. Resultantly, the woman sustained wounds and was rushed to the hospital where according to hospital sources, almost quarter of her body has been scorched. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and has directed the police to arrest the culprits and present a report within 24 hours. The police have registered a case against the attackers and have started raids for their arrest.
minister said that under the agreement, a computerised system of issuance of licenses would be evolved in all districts of the province. A centre of the system would also be established in the building of Interior Ministry which would be in contact with the Special Branch and DPOs across the province. The project is being started initially in five districts of Punjab. Shahbaz said that the Punjab government
has been in the forefront in the use of IT in every sector of life. He said that land record computerisation, use of smart cameras and information technology in the campaign against dengue and also on religious and national festivals are examples of this fact. He said that arms licenses were issued recklessly in the past and even licenses were issued for such weapons which were of prohibited bore.
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
US CONSULATE TO REOPEN NEXT MONTH LAHORE ONLINE
ith renewed security measures, authorities are all set to reopen US consulate in Lahore, eight months after its closure over ‘security threats’ on Tuesday. The US authorities had requested
for shifting of Lahore consulate from Shimla Hill to some other place, but the law enforcement agencies rejected the request in the wake of security concerns, officials said. The consulate will start its operations after necessary construction work aimed at enhancing security for US staff, sources said. As part of the security plan for
the consulate, sources said, a bombproof bunker is being built inside the building for at least 100 US Marines. In August 2013, the United States evacuated all non-emergency staff from its Lahore consulate, citing “specific threats”. A travel warning was issued by the State Department which advised to US citizens that they must avoid all non-essential travel to Pakistan.
LAHORE: A man feeding kites at River Ravi. INP
lcci rejects sAles tAx on services enforceMent rules LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) Tuesday out rightly rejected Punjab Sales Tax on Services Enforcement Rules prepared by Punjab Revenue Authority and termed them against the fundamental rights of businessmen. The rules were rejected at an emergent meeting convened by LCCI to seek feedback of the stakeholders on the Punjab Sales Tax on Services Enforcement Rules. LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari presided over the meeting while LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah also spoke on the occasion. Former LCCI senior vice president Sheikh Muhammad Arshad, EC members Khawaja Khawar Rasheed, Maqsood Ahmed Butt, Tanvir Ahmed Sufi and former EC member Shahzad Azam Khan and the representatives of trade and industrial associations were also present on the occasion. The LCCI president said that the chamber was a representative body of the business community and it would not allow arrests of honest businessman and sealing of business premises on any pretext. ONLINE
GOVERNMENT IS SENSITIVE TO LABOURER’S PAIN: SARWAR LAHORE: Punjab Labour Minister and PML-N Punjab President Raja Ashfaq Sarwar Tuesday said that the government was pursuing people’s welfare oriented agenda to improve their lives. Talking to party workers, he said the party’s leadership was striving hard to improve the economy and major projects launched recently would usher development and progress. “A comprehensive policy is being pursued to improve working conditions for labourers. As per promise, the Punjab chief minister has already announced incentives for the working class.” The minister said a huge chunk of the provincial budget was being spent on the welfare of labourers and their families. He assured that PML-N government would soon be able to eliminate load shedding from the country. APP
Punjab approves 22 schemes worth Rs 34b LAHORE INP
The Punjab government on Tuesday has approved 22 development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs 34,038.914 million. These schemes were approved in the 38th meeting of Provincial Development working Party of current fiscal year 2013-14 presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Muhammad Irfan Elahi, says P&D spokesman. According to P&D spokesman, the approved development schemes included: Establishment of 60 Bedded Hospital at Sabzazar Scheme Lahore at the cost of Rs 287.502 million, construction of Metro Bus Transit System for Lahore-Ferozepur Road Corridor, Package-II construction of MTS From Kalma Chowk to Qartaba
Chowk (Elevated Section) length; 4.9 km (Revised) at the cost of Rs 5966.902 million, Lahore Ring Road (Package-10) construction of interchange at GT Road (Revised) at the cost of Rs 1929.595 million, Lahore Ring Road construction of road portion from Niazi Chowk to Mehmood Booti (Package-3) (2nd Revised) at the cost of Rs 3212.651 million, Lahore Ring Road (Package 11A) widening and improvement of Ghazi Road from Package-11 of LRRP to Rehman Villas including improvement of Bhatta Chowk at the cost of Rs 213.106 million, Lahore Ring Road construction of Link to GT Road at Daroghawala (Package-13A) (Revised) at the cost of Rs 288.468 million, Lahore Ring Road construction of interchange at Bedian Road (length;1.40 km) (4th Revised) (Package-15) at the
cost of Rs 2185.002 million, Lahore Ring Road construction of road portion from Bedian Road Intersection to Khaira Distributary (2nd Revised) (Package-16) at the cost of Rs 868.202 million, Lahore Ring Road Construction of road along Khaira Distributary from Package 17 to Ferozepur Road (length 3.16 km) (2nd Revised) at the cost of Rs 496.450 million, construction of Kasur ByPass connecting Ferozepur Road with Depalpur Road (length 9.6 Km) at the cost of Rs 1541.000 million, improvement of Maulana Shaukat Ali Road to Multan Road via Kareem Block Market at the cost of Rs 1765.435 million and construction of Link connecting Motorway at Shahpur Kanjran to Raiwind Road and Khayaban-e-Jinnah Lahore at the cost of Rs 2314.570 million
Dignity of institutions
And the need to rein in over-enthusiastic individuals
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
Reservations Pakistan and the human rights treaties
HERE can be no two opinions about maintaining the dignity of the armed forces which keep round the clock vigilance to defend the national borders. misunderstandings are however likely to appear in a period of transition from military supremacy to civilian supremacy, all the more so when major institutions are redefining the extent of their scope. What is needed is a delicate balance which cannot be achieved without reining in overenthusiastic individuals and big mouths. What COAS Raheel Sharif said during an address at the SSG training centre indicates a sense of hurt. There is a need on the part of Prime minister Nawaz Sharif to tread more carefully than he did in the past while dealing with the army. Even more important is to keep on a tight leash the less responsible elements around him, some of whom were instrumental in exacerbating the civil-military tensions in the past. The way an overzealous and secretive interior minister is trying to win over the Taliban has created a perception of the government having capitulated to the terrorists. The way the Taliban prisoners were released led to an unhappy situation where the Prime minister House was saying one thing, the interior ministry another and the tribal administration still another. This strengthened the impression that one hand of the government doesn’t know what the other is doing. The Prime minister House had to subsequently issue a statement rectifying the position taken in the earlier statement. Soon it appeared that the army which had suffered heavy casualties in its efforts to nab the terrorists was not consulted before the release. This has created an anomalous situation where the opposition is siding on the issue with the army while the advocates of capitulation have gathered around the government. There is a need on the part of the Pm to rein in the overenthusiastic supporters of talks. The army needs to realise that a handful of black sheep in its own ranks have played no small part in sullying the name of the institution. Included in the category are not only the Bonapartist military rulers but also those who misused their authority, overstepped laws and those who are widely seen to have looted national wealth. It would raise the image of the army instead of downgrading it if it was to welcome their treatment in accordance with the law. While Gen Sharif might have had genuine complaints the best way would have been to take them up with the prime minister confidentially instead of going public on them. The country can ill-afford any perception of division between the armed forces and the government. This would adversely affect the economy and scare away the investors.
mId the state’s efforts to curb another killing binge in our northwest, through talks with Taliban, the following might seem anachronistic and idiotic at best. Still, like most crucial things in our country that are swept under the carpet with a tag of not-for-now, the not-for-now at hand is Pakistan’s inhuman treatment of human rights treaties. What follows is an attempt to save the not-for-now from an expiry date – because things brought in for use post their expiry lose all utility for usage, as it is too late by then. domestic norms are laid bare in the posture of the state on international regimes. Treaties, conventions and declarations are all stepping stones to international regime formation. A state’s — in this case Pakistan’s — treatment of these established norms is a mirror to its internal conditions. As most international law pivots on the protection of human rights, the treaties dealing directly with human rights stand at the vanguard of all other treaty contracts amongst and between the states. Therefore, studying Pakistan’s treatment of human rights treaties is crucial — it is crucial because our position on them is merely a mirror to the present, or else, a prelude to the future. To understand Pakistan’s take on human rights treaties, what better to say than the one catchword: reserved! Reservation on a treaty clause means that the state will not abide by any particular part of the treaty once the state has ratified the treaty. The case of human rights treaties, nonetheless, is a sensitive one because they uphold the basic rights such as the freedom of speech, religion, practice, expression and most importantly, life, freedom from torture and inhumane treatment. Hence, when the state proffers to go against any of these, the grounds for such a reservation must be sound and convincing. A slight comparison with other states is important before I talk about Pakistan in particular. Other states: UK's reservation to ICCPR's (International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights) clause regarding employment rights is to curtail the inflow of unmanageable numbers of immigrants into the UK. Similarly, its reservation to CEdAW (Committee for the Elimination of discrimination Against Women) on terms of pension rights equality for men and women is because men are generally more burdened with bearing the expenses of the house than women -- specified, transparent and obvious causes for reservations. Similarly, as regards Germany, it had some reservations concerning the CRC (Convention on the Rights of Child) that entailed the exclusion of the non-German citizenry as well as the illegal residents.
In 2011, Germany lifted its reservation. Hence, a positive renunciation of reservations also exists because states generally use the time during the reservation on the treaty to positively enhance the domestic law to suit the international regime concerning the particular issue. This is the ideal situation to be in. But as all idealism gets a rough beating in Pakistan, this one is no exception. Furthermore, Islamic countries have reservations to certain clauses such as those contained in CEdAW, since they wish the rights granted to women to be in the light of Sharia law and not the infraction of them. This nevertheless has in the past, and continues to be, a major source of debate edging on confrontation between the Islamic and the non-Islamic blocks. On the other hand, exceptions like morocco exist that withdrew all its reservations on CEdAW. Again, reasonable exceptions to a treaty which are explicated clearly do not invite any major objection from the international community. On the contrary, what is happening in Pakistan is diametric. The case of Pakistan: In Pakistan, most institutions suffer from the epidemic of gross neglect. The reservations that are put are generally taken as excuses for not complying with the spirit of the treaty. Our reservations are unspecific, nontransparent and illogical to start with. According to Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969) the limitation for the reservations entails that the reservation must not violate the purpose and objective of the treaty; second, the reservation must not be unspecific or non-transparent; and third, the hierarchy of norms must institute the international law superior to the domestic law. Hence, it is as if the state is attempting to trick international legal framework by not abiding by its fundamental tenets and at the same time saving face from being an inevitable outcast from the international regime on the human rights' protection, preservation and insurance by simply just ratifying the treaty without actually trying to fathom the relevance of it. Ever heard of a state buying grounds for not ensuring its people’s basic human rights at an international echelon of authority? No? Well, Pakistan is one such maverick. A potent example of the violation of purpose and meaning of the treaty is Pakistan's reservation to ICCPR’s article 25 -- this one ensures the freedom of life and speech to the citizens -- to which Pakistan has reserved implementation. This calls for an action in international law called "severability". When a state violates the basic aim of the treaty by introducing
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such a reservation, then all the contents of the treaty become forcefully binding leaving no room for any reservations. This act brings the state obligation immediately to question in terms of its failure in providing the basic human rights. The reservations that Pakistan has put forth suggest that it is unwilling to correct or condemn human rights encroachment within and without; be it the killings and violence in Bangladesh in 1970s; the Gojra killings; the Lal masjid bloodbath; or even the most recent All Saints Church massacre or the Shia/Hazara carnage. The state might not be the culprit for some of the terrorist acts, but what is noteworthy is that it is the state’s obligation to ensure the citizens’ safety and security. Having added a reservation to human rights treaties, the state must be questioned for adding insult to injury to an already volatile human rights condition in the country. The state is poised to take its hands off of its basic duty. This is an issue of grave seriousness. And majority of Pakistanis are ignorant of what affects their lives directly. It is important to know as to why states actually go for the reservation clause. If the particular clause of the treaty violates the state constitution, the social, political, cultural and even the religious mores and practices of the state, then states normally add their reservation to the treaty. While these practices may be justified, and do not infringe in any way the fundamental rights of the masses -- also other signatory states do not oppose the reservation of the particular state in question -- then the reservation is justified. Pakistan, has no such rationalisation to give when it seeks to limit the freedom to life. Although the above stated conditions must be met to introduce a reservation but even this is not without trouble. UN
Ever heard of a state buying grounds for not ensuring its people’s basic human rights at an international echelon of authority? No? Well, Pakistan is one such maverick. A potent example of the violation of purpose and meaning of the treaty is Pakistan's reservation to ICCPR’s article 25.
Human Rights Committee in 1994 stated that human rights treaties do not regulate the relations between the states hence the chances for one state opposing the other's stance like a reservation will remain slim. Also, the human rights treaties do not manifest themselves in disjointed sequence. Every right is linked to another and a reservation to one clause impacts the spirit of the entire treaty. Therefore, human rights treaties must not seek reservation by its members since it renders the entire point of it fruitless. Is Islam culpable? Can we say, since Pakistan is a muslim country, it contradicts human rights regimes? Is that an intelligible reason? Let us look at Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia does not abide by the obligations imposed by CEdAW that violate Islamic principles, and article 29 that calls for arbitration of parties within the state cannot decide upon the convention. Talking about CEdAW and Islamic clash, Elizabeth mayer has a unique way of looking at it. While Islamic countries continually get bashed for not upholding the human rights treaties, the author states that the position of Islamic countries is understandable to a degree. These states, like Bangladesh, have explicitly stated that while they are willing to draft/amend/repeal domestic law to suit international regime on it, they become powerless when the two supranational laws -- Islamic and international – clash. Then they have to bring in their reservations. Nonetheless, this chasm too can be filled by an enhanced understanding that within muslim states great disparity exists in dealing with the Islamic law. To elaborate, while Afghanistan would interpret with austerity the segregation of males and females in a society, Jordan or even Tunisia would not do it as vehemently. Hence this only calls for a greater bridging of gaps within the overall comprehension of Islamic law, eastern and western nostrums. This will also be of immense use to Pakistan. Within Pakistan extremes exist with respect to outlook on religion, society, politics and human rights generally. A domestic bridging of these gaps holds the key to an intelligent and intelligible treatment of, and response to, the international treaties which hold the key to an insurance of respect for human rights across the board. Unless we do this, our state will continue to be berated for its behaviour on international human rights initiatives. And worse still, our blemished image in the world will keep plummeting. The writer is a freelance columnist and a student. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A face for the ‘drone strike victims’ I came across a very interesting piece of news regarding the drone attacks in Pakistan, while skimming through international news agency websites that I would like to not only highlight but also show my appreciation and gratitude towards. According to Amnesty International report on the U.S. drone program in Pakistan, since 2004 as many as 900 civilians including children have been killed and 600 seriously injured in over 330 drone strikes. When repeated negotiations and deals between
both governments failed, two weeks ago a group of artists, comprising of both local and international nationalities took matters into their own hands and unrolled a 90 by 60 feet vinyl poster of a young girl facing up in a village in the KPK region in northwest Pakistan, where the aerial strikes by the famous pilotless aircrafts have become part of the daily life. Whilst, US officials have toned down the number of civilian deaths and have stressed the number of militants killed, the residents of the tribal areas tell a different version of the statics. As per the news I read, the inspiration behind the project was the fact that drone operators refer to kills as “bugs splats” since the image projected to the operator is on similar lines to an insect being crushed. Now, the oper-
ator will not be able to soothe his/her conscience with an anonymous dot on the landscape but will be viewing an innocent child’s face, every time the bug gets crushed. The attempt to put a face to the attacks that have caused national outrage is certainly remarkable in its intentions, creativity and humanitarian efforts. Paying respect to the security concerns of the artists their names are not shown in any news articles, however, the thought and gesture behind the effort to halt the murder of innocent victims is certainly applaud worthy and should be appreciated. AMNA BILLOO Karachi
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Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
An open letter to the people of IndIA on the KAshmIr Issue
MIRWAIZ UMAR FAROOQ
nDIA’S elections have begun and you are exercising your votes to choose your new political representatives. Whoever you end up electing will be momentously placed to exercise real leadership and take the difficult decisions that are needed to shape a better course for the future of India and for peace in South Asia. In this regard, there are two clear paths ahead, each with very different outcomes. Your newly elected representatives (those in power and those in opposition) could collectively resolve to take a bold and visionary break from the past and could work together to pursue a serious political and diplomatic effort to resolve the Kashmir issue. Alternatively, they could relinquish their collective leadership responsibilities and choose to follow the same old default policy approach that has allowed the Kashmir issue to fester for more than six decades now, placing the region on the dangerous trajectory that it is currently heading towards. Ultimately, the direction that the next elected leadership of India will take vis-à-vis the Kashmir issue largely depends on all of you — the people of India — and on how effectively you can influence and support your political leaders to do what is both possible and necessary for peace.
not An IsolAted Issue We urge you to recognise that the Kashmir issue is not a peripheral or isolated one. You must understand and become seized of this important matter. In the past we made many attempts to reach out to you personally and apprise you of the Kashmir issue and the grim situation on the ground, but all these efforts were thwarted by the use of brute force and hooliganism, and on many occasions we were manhandled. The Kashmir issue continues to destroy life and obliterate the rights and aspirations of our people in Kashmir who desire only to live free, peaceful and dignified lives. The continuation of this tragic conflict is also a direct threat to your interests and well-being as a people. In one way or another, this tragic conflict directly affects all the other issues that are currently being discussed and debated in the election season in India. You have a direct stake in seeing that a just and lasting resolution of the Kashmir issue is reached. The conflict is not only a threat to millions of Kashmiris, it is a serious hazard for the one
billion-plus population of India and for the population of the entire region. There is no better time than now to press your representatives to exercise their leadership to resolve the Kashmir issue. A peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue would unleash immense prosperity and economic benefits for India and for the entire South Asia region. Unfortunately, rather than pursuing a political solution in Kashmir, successive governments in new Delhi have continued to waste your taxes and precious economic resources to pursue a militaristic policy on Kashmir. At huge economic and human cost, this approach represents a failed policy. It has only ended up deepening the conflict. Today, it should be a matter of great concern to all of you that India ranks 136 in the Un Human Development Index (HDI), but has distinguished itself as the world’s largest importer of arms by a huge margin. While India’s economic growth has slowed in the last few years, arms imports have increased by a phenomenal 111 per cent in the past five years. This is draining your economy, while filling the coffers of other countries that are benefiting as arms exporters. Indeed, the Kashmir conflict is a direct threat to your prosperity. With more than 800 million people in India still living on less than $2 (rs. 120) a day, surely the estimated $37-47 billion a year that goes as military expenditure (which is 2 to 2.5 per cent of GDP) could be put to much better use towards initiatives to lift more and more people out of poverty. If the Kashmir issue is resolved, not only would this costly arms race come to an end, it would open up the multipliers of economic cooperation and trade. Certainly, ensuring lasting peace and stability is the greatest foundation for your future prosperity, economic growth and development. You must ask your leaders why after so many decades, military approaches have failed to resolve the Kashmir issue. Today, this conflict is a direct threat to the security and stability of the entire region. It is the main driver of militarisation and regional instability, and there is every possibility that the situation could escalate and worsen in the coming years. If the Government of India continues to avoid a political solution to the conflict, if it insists on the continuation of the same unjust and hegemonic approaches, it will spell disaster for the region. This beaten path has already proved to be a policy failure long back. Delaying a political solution has made the situation more insecure and unstable, and the conflict has only become more dangerous with time. engaging in a costly nuclear and conventional arms race with Pakistan and continuing to pursue militaristic approaches in Kashmir will only add to these dangers. You must ask your leaders whether these approaches are truly serving your interests. Allowing a dangerous political conflict like Kashmir to fester is no way to ensure the security of the Indian people, nor can it be a path to a stable future for the region. The Kashmir issue continues to keep all the parties bogged down in a state of perpetual hostility and distrust. In this way, conflict has become the biggest security threat to the region. not only is the continuation of the Kashmir issue a direct threat to your economic prosperity and security, we believe that you have a real moral stake in not letting your government continue to pursue what is a failed and unjust policy towards Kashmir. Kashmiris have legitimate rights and aspirations. Attempting to suppress the emotions and aspirations of millions of people by force is no way to address a political conflict. Widespread human rights abuses have taken place and
TIME TO EXPOSE THE CIA'S 'DARK SIDE' Los AngeLes Times More than a year after it approved a report critical of the CIA's interrogation and detention policies, the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to make a portion of the document public. It's now up to President obama to ensure that the agency doesn't mount a rear-guard attempt to censor or sanitize the committee's findings in the name of national security. Thanks to news reports and a report by the CIA's inspector general, Americans long have been aware of both the broad outlines and some abhorrent details of the Bush administration's mistreatment of suspected terrorists after 9/1l. We know that suspects were transported for questioning to "black sites" abroad, and that two suspected Al Qaeda operatives, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah, were subjected to waterboarding. And we have read the memos in which Bush administration lawyers used contorted reasoning to justify tor-
ture. But the Intelligence Committee's 6,200-word report, based on a review of millions of pages of documents, contains additional accounts of abuse, including (according to a Washington Post report) the alleged repeated dunking of a terrorism suspect in tanks of ice water at a site in Afghanistan. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the Intelligence Committee chairwoman who aggressively has sought its declassification, said the report "exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation." More important, those who have read the report say it concludes that waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" yielded little valuable intelligence that couldn't have been obtained by other means. of course, torture wouldn't be justifiable even if it "worked"; but if there is evidence that the use of inhumane methods was ineffective as well as immoral, that constitutes another indictment of a policy former Vice President Dick Cheney de-
grave injustices have been carried out against our people. Crushing the democratic right to protest and express political dissent, restricting free speech, persecuting entire sections of the population, foisting black laws and continuing to keep hundreds of thousands of military forces deployed for decades on end in Kashmir – surely this represents both a moral and political failure. There has to be an end to all of this. Please put yourselves in the shoes of our people and try to see the conflict through their eyes. Talk to any common Kashmiri and he or she can share with you the direct pain, injustice and indignity that people continue to suffer as a result of the conflict. Surely, you have a direct moral stake in ensuring that your government takes the higher road on Kashmir towards peace. Kashmir is a human issue and it requires a political solution.
pAth of stAtesmAnshIp For the sake of our children, we urgently need to resolve this dispute. Instead of a festering quagmire, we should hand over to our youth a chance to shape a peaceful, hopeful and prosperous future — for all parties concerned — for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, India, and Pakistan. We believe that every party must put forward serious efforts to resolve the conflict. For peace, many barriers and obstacles will have to be overcome. Furthermore, any lasting solution must be a just one, and that necessarily means recognising and upholding the Kashmiri people’s aspirations and right to self-determination. In this regard, we are seeking only what is due to the people of Jammu and Kashmir as a matter of legal, moral, and historical right. The solution will have to be acceptable to all parties – India, Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir. For long, we have hoped that India’s leaders would tread precisely this type of an approach — the path of statesmanship. We expected that your Prime Ministers would take bold decisions that would go against conventional thinking to break the status quo and resolve the Kashmir issue. It was Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who went to Lahore and declared from the base of Minar-ePakistan: “It is my dream and wish to resolve the Kashmir issue.” It was also Mr. Vajpayee who spoke of holding unconditional talks under the ambit of Insaniyat and vowed that India "shall not traverse solely on the beaten track of the past.” He proclaimed that India’s leadership would act as “bold and innovative designers of a future architecture of peace and prosperity for the entire South Asian region." Similarly, on many occasions, in 2004 and again in 2006 from Amritsar, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked quite boldly about engaging in an irreversible process of dialogue to reach a political solution on Kashmir.
perIod of uncertAInty Unfortunately, these visions could not materialise and the attempts were not sustained. For the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the first decade and a half of this century has only been one of continued uncertainty, human misery, unfulfilled promises, false hopes and failed efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue. Failure has bred cynicism and destroyed hope in Kashmir. The good intentions of your Prime Ministers aside, we regret that the peace initiatives proved to be too fragile
scribed as operating on "the dark side." Last week the committee voted to declassify the report's 480-page executive summary along with 20 findings and conclusions, but that represents only the beginning of the disclosure process. The executive branch will now determine which portions of the document must be redacted to protect sensitive national security information. The Central Intelligence Agency has promised that it will do its part to ensure that the declassification review proceeds "expeditiously." But the agency complained that a previous version of the report contained serious errors — a charge echoed by the committee's republican vice chair — and it has a vested interest in suppressing information that would sully its reputation. That is why the president, who has sent mixed signals about the importance of confronting the abuses of the past, must make thorough and timely declassification of this report a personal priority.
and the process too vulnerable. Ultimately, these attempts were reversible. They failed to yield visible results and no progress was achieved towards addressing the underlying realities of the Kashmir issue. As a result, many in Kashmir have concluded that the Government of India is not sincere and has no desire to resolve the Kashmir issue. Today, many people are questioning whether the political path of dialogue and negotiation is the best way to seek their rights and ensure justice. The Kashmir issue is where it has always been – unresolved and causing great harm, suffering and cost to all. Today, all of us continue to be held hostage to the past. In this regard, we must accept the fact that domestic politics in India has played a disabling role. It has held back leadership and statesmanship in India. Worse still, sitting governments even take hardline actions themselves that worsen the situation. observing all this, Kashmiris have now realised that it is not at all possible to expect any sitting Prime Minister in India (irrespective of the party they come from) to pursue peace on their own. Individual political will and personal determination have not been enough to move the process forward. Therefore, in order to resolve the Kashmir issue, your elected Prime Ministers need the consistent support of the opposition parties and they also need active support from all of you – the people of India. Therefore, as citizens of India you have a vital role to play for peace in the region. Ultimately, visionary leadership and statesmanship in India will be enabled by your public wisdom and from your active support for peace. Whoever you vote for and whoever ends up forming the next government or sitting in the opposition, you must hold them accountable on the Kashmir issue. You must convince your elected leaders that the time has come to develop a peace process on Kashmir that is immune to domestic politics and power tussles. The entire region is waiting for India to come forward for peace. There is already a broad political consensus in Jammu and Kashmir and in Pakistan that the Kashmir issue must be amicably resolved. Similarly, you must ask your leaders to develop a political consensus to resolve the issue. Let finding a solution to the Kashmir issue become a goal of all the parties to it. In this direction, it is our sincere hope that you will raise your voices. You must press the elected leadership to rise above domestic politics and work towards India’s strategic and moral interests. Through your resounding support for safeguarding India’s interests in peace, prosperity and security and through your vocal support for justice, you can make a real impact. There must be a serious, result-oriented and timebound process of dialogue between the leadership of India and Pakistan, and of Jammu and Kashmir. Let this process start sooner rather than later. over an intensive period of one year, let all of the parties engage actively with one another. Let each party seriously consider whether they can find partners to end this conflict once and for all. We must all try our best and exhaust the possibilities to seek a peaceful solution. Perhaps together we will be able to find some way to take a historic step forward towards a real peace process. We remain ready and willing to contribute positively and constructively towards this achievement. Sincerely, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Chairman, All Parties Hurriyat Conference
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
PM terMs enerGy Projects his hiGhest Priority
rIME Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that energy and infrastructure projects are the backbone of Pakistan’s economy and these projects need to be completed at the earliest. He said this while chairing a progress review meeting regarding Pakistan-China Economic Corridor and infrastructure projects here in the PM House on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif, Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for railways Khawaja Saad rafique, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi and senior government officers. The prime minister said the government would ensure that Chinese investments in Pakistan were secure and would provide best returns. The PM further said that he would also discuss cooperation between Pakistan and China on these projects with the Chinese leadership during his visit to the upcoming Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) conference being held in China from 9-11 April, 2014.
During the meeting, the federal minister for planning apprised the PM that Framework Agreement with the Chinese government for funding of projects had been finalised. The PM was also apprised regarding status of Karachi to Lahore Motorway project and rehabilitation plan for Lahore-Islamabad Motorway. The prime minister said that energy sector projects were of vital importance to Pakistan’s economy and these were on the highest priority of the government. During briefing on energy sector projects, the PM was told that master plan for Pakistan Power Park at Gaddani had been completed and feasibility for jetty and infrastructure would be completed by June, 2014. During the meeting, briefing was given on early-harvest projects including 1320 MW Coal-Based Power Projects (IPP) at Port Qasim, 660 MW Coal-Based Power Projects (IPP) at Gaddani by Power China, 1100 MW Kohala Hydro Power Project, 873 MW Suki Kanari Hydro Power Project, 720 MW Karot Hydro Power Project, 3.5 MT/A Coal Mining Project Thar Block-II SECMC, Solar Power Park at Bahawalpur, Karachi – Lahore Motorway, Construction of East-Bay Expressway at Gwadar and Hospital at Gwadar (300 beds).
Govt to spend $34b on infrastructure in 4 years: Dar ISLAMABAD APP
Federal Minister for Finance Senator Ishaq Dar Tuesday said that the government would spend $34 billion in the next four years in various sectors of economy particularly for the expansion of motorways, power transmission lines and development of energy sector. Talking to Minister of Finance of the Canadian Ontario Province, Charles Sousa, who called on him, Dar said his government was determined to pursue very aggressive infrastructure development programme in the country to help accelerate economic growth. The government is determined to pursue the policy of transparency, good governance and zero tolerance for corruption besides fulfilling its election manifesto by prioritizing four 'E sectors' that include education, economy, energy and eradication of extremism, Dar said according to a press statement issued on Tuesday by the ministry of finance. The finance minister also briefed Sousa about the introduction of 3G and 4G technologies in a transparent process, which would attract massive investments in the telecommunication sector. He expressed his determination to correct the existing energy mix in Pakistan as currently, 75 percent source of energy was furnace oil, due to which per unit cost had become exorbitantly high. Hence, the government intended to give priority to clean energy, he said. The finance minister expressed the hope that the Canadian companies would invest in hydro projects as they had tremendous expertise in this field. He stated that the government had signed a 2000 MW nuclear power plant agreement with China and was negotiating for additional 3000 MW plant on BOT mechanism. While speaking about the security situation of the country, the finance minister underscored the need for giving dialogue a last chance.
Pak exports 1209.1m ton oranges in six months ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has exported 1209.1 million ton of oranges during first six months of current fiscal year which contributed millions of dollar to national kitty. Pakistan has more than 250 processing plants in production areas of citrus to keep the taste, aroma and enhance shelf life of citrus fruit where oranges can also be processed. Ministry of Commerce sources on Tuesday said no country has contacted for export of oranges during the year 2013-14, as normally the importers approach directly to the exporters for import of oranges. They said Pakistan Horticulture Development & Export Company (PHDEC), established with mandate to work for production, development and export of horticulture products has conducted trainings/workshops/seminars for capacity building of growers, processors and exporters. The company provides support to horticulture industry including citrus and facilitates for obtaining international certification. APP
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Peek Freans rio brings rio 2 to Pakistan
LAHORE: LG Electronics (LG) kicked off the third leg of its global Innovation Festival (InnoFest) roadshow in Seoul with a showcase of its newest products aimed at Asian consumers, which included the company’s diverse lineup of TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and smartphones. InnoFest Asia follows on the heels of InnoFest Middle East & Africa event in Turkey and InnoFest Europe in Italy in February and March, respectively. “LG expanded LG InnoFest to Asia this year for the first time to show our regional business partners and stakeholders LG’s diverse lineup of consumer-centered products for 2014,” said Weon-dae Kim, senior vice president and regional head of LG Electronics Asia. “The hundreds of guests who come to LG InnoFest are the first impression customers have of LG so it’s critical that they have all the tools and knowledge to be our ambassadors.” PReSS ReleASe
KARACHI: Peek Freans RIO, the market leader in the cream biscuit category of Pakistan, fully in line with its tagline Fun Ka Daily Dose, is bringing Hollywood’s mega-hit film Rio 2 to Pakistan. The film is set to premiere on April 11. Rio 2 is the sequel to Rio The Movie released in 2011,which was also brought to Pakistan by Peek Freans RIO. Rio 2 is a 3D computer-animated musical adventure-comedy that is expected to draw huge crowds. The title of the film refers to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, where the first film was set and where Rio 2 also begins. Peek Freans popular brand RIO was launched more than 15 years ago, and the name was inspired from the name of the city Rio de Janeiro; a city admired for its beauty
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TDAP resolves to take exports up to $50b in next 2-3 years ISLAMABAD: Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) SM Muneer showed his resolution to take Pakistan's exports up to $50 billion within next two to three years. He stated this while chairing a meeting of top management of TDAP and Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) held in Karachi, said a statement issued on Tuesday. SM Muneer, on behalf of TDAP, welcomed the delegation headed by their President Zakaria Usman and acknowledged TDAP's toiling efforts in boosting the exports. He further mentioned that support of FPCCI, associations and trade bodies were required to experience strengthening of exports as far as the vision of the prime minister with the assistance/support of minister for commerce and textile industry was concerned. FPCCI President Zakaria Usman thanked the chief executive, secretary, and other officers of TDAP; and expressed that exponential rise in exports of Pakistan can meet possibility only if there are joint efforts by both FPCCI and TDAP. APP
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samsung explores innovation in design at Fuorisalone 2014 LAHORE: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today began its residency at Fuorisalone 2014 in Milan, Italy, using the opportunity to explore its design philosophy and showcase its vision for the smart home of the future. The relationship between technology and design has been a focus for Samsung for many years, with the company’s innovation inspired by a deep understanding of consumers’ needs and its desire to improve their daily lives. The theme of Samsung’s stand this year is "Flows: A Journey to the Future,” expressed in an artistic installation that allows visitors to travel from the present into a vision of the unwritten future. The installation represents a home of the future where every product is inter-connected, creating a unified platform which gives its inhabitants the power to control and create a wide variety of content and experiences. PReSS ReleASe
save the children honours LhWs and midwives LAHORE: Save the Children in collaboration with Integrated Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health & Nutrition Program Punjab will conduct 2nd Health Worker Awards, honoring best performing lady health workers from Punjab who go above and beyond the call of duty under extraordinary circumstances, for saving precious lives of mothers and children. These health workers, often with limited training and support, are involved in saving lives and building healthier communities every day. Civil society, donors and government representatives will be gracing the award ceremony. Arshad Mahmood Director Advocacy & Campaigns and Child Rights Governance Save the Children, Dr Tanwir Ahmed ADGHS IRMNCH & N, Dr Zafar Ikram (Provincial Coordinator MNCH Program) & Dr Javed Umar (Provincial Coordinator LHW Program), Dr Ijaz Muneer, Secretary Health Punjab, , Dr Masood Abbasi Program Director and Dr. Naveed Jafri, Provincial Manager Punjab Save the Children also attended the ceremony. PReSS ReleASe
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
Your creative powers are peaking today, so make sure that you're dealing with old problems in new ways. It's a really good time for you to brainstorm with your colleagues or family members.
Try to adopt an air of humility today -even if you couldn't be prouder of your accomplishments. Things are looking up, but people are watching out for signs of ego. Just let it play out.
Argument is play to you today -though some others may not feel the same way. Still, you should be able to express your opinions without too much trouble as long as you use some care.
You're taking risks that you wouldn't have dreamed of just a few weeks or months ago -so have fun! You're in a good position to change the game if you can push yourself to really go for it!
Try to endure the throngs of admirers that have gathered in person or online to celebrate your achievements. Your great energy should help you somewhat, but it's possible you may need some down time later on.
It's a busier day than you would like, but that doesn't mean that you need to work yourself to death. Put off whatever you can until you feel you have room to breathe -you can handle it another day.
Your ambitions are coming alive today -- and that's a good thing! Make sure that you're pushing yourself in a bold new direction and asking for any help you need along the way.
Your boss at work -- or anyone else who styles themselves your superior -- may be a problem today. This isn't a good time to rock the boat, though, so do what you can to just chill out.
A surprise upgrade or other kind of improvement brightens your day -- and it could come at any time. You may find yourself up in first class, dating that new crush or even promoted to a new job.
Work is still difficult -- or your job search, for that matter. Try to persevere, but it may be a good idea to try a strategic retreat so you can recharge your emotional batteries and come back ready to go!
You need to mix it up at work or in whichever group is suffering from infighting. Things are looking up -- but they aren't likely to improve until this struggle has been put behind you.
Your opinions are important, of course, but you need to either keep them to yourself or go very easy on others today. You may find that people see you as more aggressive than you really are.
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Wednesday, 9 April 2014
A GLASS OF MILK A DAY 'KEEPS ARTHRITIS AT BAY' FOR WOMEN: STUDY
glass of milk a day could help stop women's knees from creaking, claim researchers. a new us study found women who frequently drink fat-free or low-fat milk may have less osteoarthritis in the knee. But eating cheese increased the problem in women. Drinking milk made little difference in men, and eating yogurt did not affect progression in men or women. osteoarthritis (oa) is a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and swelling of joints in the hand, hips, or knee. Lead author Dr Bing Lu, from Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, said 'Milk consumption plays an important role in bone health. 'our study is the largest study to investigate the impact of dairy intake in the progression of knee oa.' More than six million people in the uK have osteoarthritis in one or both knees including a fifth of people in their 50s and half of people aged over 80, according to the charity arthritis research uK. osteoarthritis, the most common form of the join
disease, is more common in women than in men and more than one million adults per year consult their GP due to the disease. When doctors assess the severity of osteoarthritis, they use imaging studies to quantify joint damage by measuring the space that exists between the bones of a joint. narrowing joint space indicates cartilage loss and worsening osteoarthritis. at the start of the study dietary data was collected and joint space width was measured using X-rays, says a report in the journal arthritis Care & research. a total of 888 men and 1,260 women with knee arthritis took part who had follow-up checks up to four years later. as the intake of milk increased per 8-ounce glass, the amount of joint damage in women fell. although all the women experienced some narrowing of joint space, it was least evident in women drinking more milk. When women went from drinking no milk, to less than 3 glasses, from four to six glasses, and more than seven glasses per week, the joint space width in women decreased by 0.38mm, 0.29mm,
0.29mm and 0.26mm respectively. there was a slight worsening of the condition among women eating cheese every day. results persisted even after allowing for disease severity, body mass index (BMi) and dietary factors. Milk consumption improved knee joint health in men only at high intakes. 'our findings indicate that women who frequently drink milk may reduce the progression of oa' said Dr Lu. 'Further study of milk intake and delay in oa pro-
New study challenges common notion of video games promoting violence • VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES DON’T MAKE PLAYERS AGGRESSIVE - LACK OF PRACTICE AND DIFFICULT LEVELS DO, SAY RESEARCHERS
CoMPutEr games do make people aggressive - but not for the reason you may think. research shows that violent and non-violent games both lead to players losing their temper, when they lose. Lack of practice, awkward controls and games that were unnecessarily difficult all caused frustration. But, surprisingly, the actual content of the game had very little effect. the counter-intuitive finding comes from oxford university researchers who did a series of experiments in which university students played games and then underwent tests of aggression. these ranged from simply asking people how angry they felt to noting how they reacted when given the chance to inflict
pain on an unknown volunteer. in some cases, the same game would be altered to make it more or less violent. other experiments looked at the effect of practice or the difficulty of the game. More violent games did make people feel on edge, but had no clear effect on levels of anger. in contrast, people became noticeably more aggressive when the game or controls were difficult or frustrating. Lack of practice also led to them losing their cool, the Journal of Personality and social Psychology reports. For instance, players left frustrated when a puzzle game was made extra-tricky to master, would feel angrier than those given the simpler version of the game and reacted more quickly to aggression-related words. Most strikingly, they were more willing to inflict pain on another student. When told the next player would have to hold their hand in painfully cold water, those left frustrated by the puzzle game said the hand should be kept submerged for seven seconds longer. a final experiment, in which regular video game players were quizzed, showed players tended to feel angry when they didn’t do as well as they thought they should. the findings are in sharp contrast with previous studies that have concluded that aggression-ridden video games desensitise players to violence. some others found they don’t have any impact - and yet others claimed the games benefit health by relieving stress. the oxford university scientists believe their results are more accurate because they involved getting people to play the same game but with different levels of violence. ONLINE
BABY PRINCE GEORGE LANDS IN NEW ZEALAND FOR FIRST TOUR Britain's baby Prince George arrived in new Zealand with parents Prince William and Catherine on Monday for the eightmonth-old's first ever official tour. it will be one of the first times George, who is third in line to the throne, has been seen in public since his birth on July 22 last year. the baby will only be taken to a few specific engagements throughout the trip, the family's Kensington Palace residence said. For Kate, who stepped off the royal new Zealand air Force plane in a buttonedup red coat and pill-box hat, it's a first visit to either country, but William, second in line to the throne, has visited new Zealand and australia several times. Prince Charles and Princess Diana took him on their tour in March and april 1983 and his most recent trip was in 2011, when he comforted victims of the Christchurch earthquake and devastating floods in australia. the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were treated like celebrities when they vis-
ited Canada soon after their wedding in 2011, while last year they toured singapore, Malaysia, the solomon islands and tuvalu as representatives of Queen Elizabeth ii on her Diamond Jubilee.
their visit has already sparked intense interest in new Zealand, with discussion ranging from whether George's baby car seat has been correctly installed to whether the country should retain the monarchy. AGENCIES
gression are needed.' He said it was unclear why milk helped women, it may be due to boosting calcium levels as women often have low intakes or as part of a healthy diet it could help combat obesity. Drs shivani sahni and robert McLean, from Harvard-affiliated Hebrew seniorLife institute for aging research, in a commentary said it was the 'first evidence' that increasing milk consumption may slow the progression of the condition. VIA DAILY MAIL
Pakistan’s marketing agency beats india, china to bag international award The marketing and advertising sphere in Pakistan has received recognition all around the world with Walter Pakistan winning an Effie Award for its ‘Made for Cricket’ campaign for ‘Pepsi’ during 2012’s Twenty20 WorldCup in Singapore last week. The award was received by Nadeem Wahid, Director Design; Ali Gondal, Creative Director; and Ali Hayat Rizvi, Chief Creative Officer from Walter Pakistan. The Effie Awards are held by the non-profit organisation Effie Worldwide Inc. to honour the most effective ideas in marketing communications from all around the world. The gala, held on April 4, awarded Walter Pakistan with the APAC Effie, which honours the marketing successes from the AsiaPacific region. Walter Pakistan bagged the top honour of Silver in the category of Non-Alcoholic Beverages. It was competing with McCann World Group India, PHD India, Ogilvy Malaysia, Ogilvy Bangladesh and BBDO China The ‘Made for Cricket’ campaign for Pepsi had been a huge success when it was released during Twenty20 World Cup in 2012, exceeding the sales targets and achieving the highest awareness index for any Pepsi campaign in its marketing history in Pakistan. STAFF REPORT
british scientists making custom-made body Parts using stem cells At London's Royal Free hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab. Only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far including tear ducts, blood vessels and windpipes. But researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world's first nose made partly from stem cells. 'It's like making a cake,' said Professor Alexander Seifalian at University College London, the scientist leading the effort. 'We just use a different kind of oven.' Last year, he and his team made a nose for a British man who lost his to cancer. Scientists added a salt and sugar solution to the mould of the nose to mimic the somewhat sponge-like texture of the real thing. Stem cells were taken from the patient's fat and grown in the lab for two weeks before being used to cover the nose scaffold. Later, the nose was implanted into the man's forearm so that skin would grow to cover it. He and his team are creating other organs including coronary arteries and ears. Later this year, a trial is scheduled to start in India and London to test lab-made ears for people born without them. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
MasterChef set to sizzle Pakistanis in May!
huMa nawab Making a CoMe baCk after 14 years
he world’s most loved reality show MasterChef launched in Pakistan to give local amateur cooking enthusiasts a once in a lifetime opportunity to make their mark. The launch event for the reality show was held at a private hotel where the three judges were introduced. Khurram Awan of Movenpick hotels and celebrity chefs Zakir Qureshi and Mehboob Khan will be judging the contestants on a variety of cuisines which will be prepared by them on the show. The talent hunt for short listing the candidates was held in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The media briefing event was hosted by prominent media personality and food enthusiast Sidra Iqbal. The guest of honor at the occasion was Peter heyward, the high Commissioner of Australia to Pakistan. MasterChef Australia of course is the flagship success story of this global reality series. earlier this year, heyward’s office was pivotal in bringing the most popular contestant of MasterChef Australia (season four), Amina elshafei to Pakistan for a well-received fusion cooking tour. “Food brings cultures and people closer together, I am pleased to be here at the media briefing and wish all the contestants Of MasterChef
Huma Nawab the artist known for her performance in the decade of 90's is making a come back in dramas with ‘Darwaza Khulla Rakhna’. The drama is directed/produced by Barkat Siddiqi. Huma Nawab is working in a drama after a gap of more than 14 years. Huma Nawab started her acting career from drama Silsila in 1982 from PTV Islamabad Center. Huma took a break from acting afterwards and resumed her career in the 1990's. Chand Grihan was her most successful drama and her pair with Ayaz Nayek was quite popular. Nijaat and Dhoop Mein Sawan are other famous plays of Huma Nawab. Huma Nawab migrated to USA in 1999-2000 and left showbiz scene. AGENCIES
Pakistan, the very best,” said heyward. Staying true to the spirit of MasterChef, the guests were treated to an exquisite and tantalizing presentation of hors d'oeuvres that included canapés, quiches, bruschettas, mini pizza’s, chicken shashlik and assortment of Lebanese mezze. The Sushi boat with a variety of Maki, California Rolls and Sashimi was a heavenly de-
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light. For those with a sweet tooth, the mouthwatering colourful array of mousses, fruit tarts, Pakistani sweets and the eye-catching 3-ft croquembouche hit the home run. The attention to detail was immaculate as the ambiance was complete with skilful fruit carvings and display of fresh cut exotic fruits. The event and publicity was designed and managed by Statuspro 360.
‘2 states’ has More to offer beyond kissing sCenes: arjun
MARRYING RANBIR KAPOOR IS NEWS TO ME: KATRINA KAIF
Kirsten Dunst may appear as one of the stylish actresses but the ‘Spider-Man’ star said she does not follow any fashion trend. The 31-year-old actress said she isn’t as interested in fashion as she used to be when she was younger, reported a US daily. “I mean, I know what looks good on me and what doesn’t. I had the opportunity to work with two stylists who really showed me things at a very early age,” Dunst said. The ‘SpiderMan’ actress – who is set to star in ‘The Two Faces of January’ later this year, confessed she much prefers to wear comfortable clothing like tracksuits when she’s relaxing at home. Have you ever heard of Free City sweats? They’re sweatpants, but very, very comfortable. I can get very comfortable,” she added. AGENCIES
AGENCIES Actress Katrina Kaif has denied next year marriage rumours with actor Ranbir Kapoor. There were reports that Katrina Kaif, 30, and Ranbir Kapoor, 31 were likely to tie the knot in 2015. However, Katrina Kaif dismissed such reports saying there were no such plans as of now. “I don’t know about this, it has come in media. It is news to me as I got to know when someone sent me a message about this, till then I was not aware about it. But there is no such thing. If there is
something like that happening, I will be the first one to tell you all about it. There are no such plans as yet,” she added. Ranbir had earlier said in an interview that Katrina was special to him. The actress said she does not get disturbed by reports about her personal life as she has learned how to tackle such things now. “These things don’t bother me today as it used to earlier. I think with time you get used to it,” she said. The ‘Dhoom 3' actress said her family too was not aware of what was being written about her personal life.
Actor Arjun Kapoor says that his upcoming release ‘2 States’ has more than just the intimate scenes with costar Alia Bhatt, which has become the talking point of the film. “No one reads anything but (about kissing). So I told jokingly the toughest thing was to kiss Alia and that became the headline. It is the media who asks us questions about it and we answer it. The audience doesn’t care about it as much as the headlines are created. I think it is being given undue importance”. Arjun does feel there is awkwardness while getting cozy on-screen, as there are several people on the sets and one has to follow the director’s vision. “The first time you are doing it, there is a basic awkwardness that I hope it is alright, you don’t want to be a bad kisser for any reason- be it on-screen or off-screen,” Arjun said. ’2 States’ is a romantic drama film based on the 2009 novel of the same name written by Chetan Bhagat. It is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar. AGENCIES
kalki was sexually abused as a Child
WARDROBE VIBRANCY - TOP FIVE TRENDS TO TRY THIS SPRING LAHORE ASMA ASIF Spring is in the air. What better way to celebrate than inject some new trends in your spring wardrobe. To help you look your best we sat with Insignia Shoes CEO Huzaifa Siddiqi to spot out trends for this spring. And here are the vibrant tips he had for you: 1. ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: No it’s not just the name of a hit new series but at the New York Fashion Week this hot fiery hue dominated all the spring 2014 ready-to-wear shows. From lips, clothes, bags to shoes this is the ‘it’ color of the season. 2. GO FOR GOLD: Girls nothing
spells glamour than a flash of gold. Wear gold gladiator sandals with your whites for an ultra chic look. It’s perfect with a tan and a French manicure. Accessorize with delicate layers of fine jewelry like stacking rings and thin pendant necklaces 3. DAYTIME BLING: A little daytime sparkle is a beautiful thing! Oversized crystals on your shoes are not just for the evenings. From casual flat sandals covered in oversized crystals, to slippers with crystal embellishment or rhinestones, rock your spring wardrobe with these jeweled beauties. Team with your everyday lawn prints, or a pair of jeans and your favorite tee for the weekend. 4. SMOKE GREY: A cool
alternative to white and nude accessories this traditionally conservative color is the new ultra chic must have shade that is turning up in everything from adventurous sling back shoes, bags to unexpected coated jewels this spring. Make a cool statement with this soft shade that compliments everything in your spring closet including pastels, neutrals, and primary color attires. 5. FRINGE BENEFITS: Fresh of the runway is the spring trend for the Wild West with fringe detailing in shoes, bags, clothes and accessories. Go for one statement fringe piece for maximum impact and live life on the fringe with this cool detailing.
Actress Kalki Koechlin has proved time and again that she is not your typical Bollywood actress. At a press conference organised by actor Rahul Bose’s NGO The Foundation towards the cause of preventing Child Sexual Abuse, the ‘Dev D’ girl spoke about her horrifying experience of being sexually abused as a child. “For me it’s an important issue and I wanted to talk about it. It is not about giving you my history as a person who has gone through sexual abuse but to put forward the idea. So many of us have gone through it and most of the people that I know especially close friends of mine who are women have gone through some form of CSA (child sexual abuse).” While most actresses shy away from admitting personal secrets about their past, Kalki took this public platform to create awareness about this vicious crime that is very much rampant even today. Kalki admitted that the abuse has definitely changed her as a person and opened up on how has dealt with it. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
Ronaldo’s place doubtful against doRtmund MAdRid
rISTIAnO ronaldo is a doubt for real Madrid's Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Borussia dortmund but manager Carlo Ancelotti has said Gareth Bale has shaken off an injury and is available. real Madrid playmaker only needs a goal to break Lionel Messi's goal-scoring record in Champions League but is struggling to be fit due to a knee injury. ronaldo completed just 20 minutes of real's final training session on Monday night at dortmund's Westfalenstadion as he still struggles with a knee injury. The Portuguese playmaker sat out real's 4-0 win at real Sociedad on Saturday in an attempt to recover from the problem. Madrid's Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti has said he will delay making a decision on ronaldo and will not risk the world player of the year. "Cristiano always wants to play and I want him to play, but he is a profes-
SAJJAD KAZMI RETURNS AS PAKISTAN JUDO COACH
petkovic wins chaRleston title CHARLESTON agencies
KARACHI: After a great struggle, Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) has once again acquired the services of Iranian coach Sajjad Kazmi for one year, the federation said on Monday. “Yes, Sajjad has been roped in once again. He will land in Islamabad in the wee hours of Tuesday night and will join the team in Peshawar soon,” said PJF secretary Masood Ahmed. Sajjad, who previously served as Pakistan’s coach from September 2012 to June 2013, was very impressive during his previous stint. “Kazmi is a fine coach; even Japan-based judoka Shah Hussain Shah was impressed by his coaching methods,” said Masood. Previously, Kazmi had signed a contract of $1500 per-month but the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has increased his salary this time. “He will now get $2,500 per month,” Masood said. He thanked the Board for enabling the PJF to acquire Kazmi’s services. Meanwhile, a 15-member Pakistan team will leave for Nepal on April 10 to take part in the seventh South Asian Senior Judo Championship, which starts in Kathmandu from April 11. Japan-based Shah Hussain Shah is part of the squad and is the country’s medal hope. “Shah has been nurtured well in Tokyo’s rich judo environment. I am confident he will earn gold for Pakistan,” Masood said. Shah will join the team in Nepal’s capital on April 10. He is the son of Pakistan’s 1988 Seoul Olympics bronze medallist boxer Hussain Shah. Shah has participated in several international events, including the World Championship 2012 and Grand Slam 2012 in Japan and World Judo Championship 2011 in Morocco. He finished fifth in the November 2012 Grand Prix in China. Only 12 days after the event, he clinched the fifth position at the World Cup in Korea, where he fell in the semi-finals after beating players from Japan and Azerbaijan in the initial rounds. South Asian gold-medalist Karamat Butt, talented Shumaila Gul and Humaira Ashiq are also expected to excel at the competitions. Rashid Ahmed will accompany the side as coach, while Maqsood Ahmed Jutt will be the manager. Referee Talib Hussain will also leave with the squad to attend the Judo Union of Asia (JUA) Refereeing Seminar and the IJF Continental Referees Examination during the spectacle. As many as 39 referees from 16 countries will attend the seminar. India, hosts Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are the other teams who will feature in the event. The team is training in Peshawar, but the PSB has not yet released funds to the PJF for the tour. “We are still waiting for the grant,” Masood said. Around Rs 2 million will be spent on the tour. agencies
sional and knows when he can't," said Ancelotti before overseeing the final training session. "We have to wait until after training, but we'll take our time with the final decision and we don't want to take any risks." The 29 year-old is real's top-scorer this season having hit the net 45 times in all competitions. He is also hoping to set the record for the most goals in a single Champions League and pass Lionel Messi's milestone. ronaldo equalled Messi's tally of 14 with a strike in the first leg. If ronaldo doesn't make it back in time, Madrid can still field an imposing starting 11 featuring Bale. Bale scored another long-range goal for Madrid at real Sociedad, meaning the Wales winger has scored four goals in his last three games and has netted 18 times in all competitions. The former Spurs winger was initially a doubt for the return leg, but Ancelotti said: "Gareth Bale picked up a knock on Saturday but he has recovered and is available."
AndreA Petkovic ended a surprising week at the Family Circle Cup by winning her first WTA tournament in three years, outlasting Jana Cepelova for a 7-5, 6-2 victory on Sunday. Petkovic was once ranked ninth in the world before several injuries slowed her progress and cost her much of the 2012 season. She entered this one seeded 14th, ranked 40th in the world and with few expectations about her first claycourt event of the season. Instead, Petkovic's powerful forehand and grind-it-out mindset helped her oust three straight top 10 seeds in no. 4 Sabine Lisicki, no. 9 Lucie Safarova and no. 6 eugenie Bouchard on the way to the finals. The 26-year-old German used that same formula against Cepelova, a rising 20-year-old from Slovakia competing in her first WTA final. “I still have a long way to go for me and I have a lot of potential,” Petkovic said. “But I feel I'm on the right track.” Cepelova led 5-4 and was a point away from capturing the first set. But Petkovic rallied to win that game and begin a run of eight in a row to take control of the match. “I have to let loose and play like I can,” she told herself. Petkovic was energized after winning the crucial game and quickly broke serve to move in front. She took the set a game later and continued her run to build a 5-0 lead that Cepelova could not overcome. ‘A different feeling’ For Petkovic, the victory was more gratifying than her two other career WTA wins because of all her struggles. She was 177th in the world in March 2013 and was beaten in the second round of French Open qualifying, a loss that had her contemplating giving up the game. This “is a different feeling,” she said. “now, I'm much more grateful. It's more rewarding.” Petkovic earned $120,000 for her third career WTA victory, which was her first since winning in Strasbourg in 2011. Petkovic won the title in her second appearance here. She had reached the round of 16 last year, but had to withdraw from a match against Caroline Wozniacki.
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
nadal downs fedeReR to Reach final ROME
AFAeL nadal won the latest installment of his epic rivalry with roger Federer as the Spaniard swept into the final of the ATP World Tour Finals with a 7-5, 63 victory on Sunday. nadal was in commanding form in the last four showdown at London's O2 Arena and his 22nd win in 32 meetings with Federer booked the world number one's place in Monday's final against either novak djokovic or Stanislas Wawrinka. But there was nothing routine about nadal's latest show of force against Federer as it marked the first time he had ever beaten the Swiss great indoors after four defeats, including a loss in the 2010 final of the Tour Finals. That was the 27-yearold's only previous appearance in the final of this prestigious season-ending event, but he looks in the mood to finally end his long wait to lift the trophy after halting Federer's remarkable run of success in the tournament in just 79 minutes. Federer, a six-time winner of the event, had reached the last three finals, winning twice before losing to djokovic last year. But this has been nadal's year and the 13-time Grand Slam winner, who has also won Olympic gold and the davis Cup, is now just one more victory away from finishing a glorious campaign by adding the last major prize missing from his glittering CV. "It's the perfect way to finish the season, probably one of the best seasons of my career," nadal said. "This is a special tournament but I have lost here before and not had the most luck, so it's great to be in the final." Federer added: "I just struggled to stay consistent enough throughout the match and that's why he deserved to win. He was better today. "It's unbelievable that he gets away with playing so far back indoors these days, but that's the conditions. So credit to him for making that work for him."
nadal has now reached 14 finals since his return from seven months out with knee tendinitis, winning 10 titles including the French and US Opens. But, while nadal has thrived over the last 11 months, Federer has endured arguably the worst season of his career, dropping to seventh in the world, winning just one title and failing to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time since 2002. After a tight opening to the first set, Federer had nadal under pressure in the
sixth game, but his failure to push home his advantage proved the decisive moment of the match. Federer had a break point on three occasions and twice nadal was able to hit his way out of trouble before the Swiss star missed with a wild and wayward forehand. It was the kind of mistake, caused by a desperate desire to create a winner from nothing, that nadal so often provokes in Federer. nadal quickly doubled the frustration for Federer, breaking for a 5-4 lead when
yet another top-spin bullet from the baseline flashed past the Swiss star's defences. Both players were mixing some breathtaking play with occasional sloppy play and the result was a rollercoaster end to the set. When nadal tried to close out the set, Federer pushed the Spaniard out of his comfort zone and broke back. But, not for the first time in his troubled season, Federer lost his composure at the crucial moment and nadal broke again. Given the chance to serve out the set
ROONEY TRAINS HARD, AS MANU SET OFF FOR MUNICH MANCHESTER agencies
MAnCHeSTer United set off for Munich on Tuesday afternoon in a bid to do the seemingly impossible and dump German giants Bayern out of the Champions League. Old Trafford played host to a 1-1 draw last week with david Moyes' men looking to spring a surprise at the Allianz Arena. Star striker Wayne rooney training at Carrington before flying to Germany is a massive boost to those chances. despite not being eligible for the game
due to being cup-tied after turning out for Chelsea, Juan Mata travelled to support his team-mates. rooney missed United's 4-0 win over newcastle at the weekend after it emerged that he may have chipped a bone in his foot. ryan Giggs also trained after missing the newcastle game but Marouane Fellaini, who came off at St James' Park suffering from dizziness, and rafael did not take part, and neither travelled. rooney, Giggs and the rest of the United squad underwent a light workout in a session partly open to media at their
Aon Training Complex before flying out to Germany. rooney appeared to have no adverse reaction to the injury and he seemed in good spirits during training. United boss david Moyes revealed that rooney was ‘touch and go’ for the second leg at the Allianz Arena after suffering what was thought to be a badly bruised toe in last week’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, but it now appears that the damage may be more serious. However, the 28-year-old england forward is determined to play in United’s biggest game of the season with the help
of powerful painkilling tablets as Moyes’ side bid to end Bayern’s reign as european champions. And Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was in no doubt that rooney would line up for the reds on Wednesday night. He said: 'rooney is going to play, 100 per cent. He is going to play, I bet you a big big glass of beer.' Guardiola described rooney as 'a big player, one of the best I have seen in my career.' The odds remain against United as they take on the european champions, despite their creditable performance in the first leg. Yet for rooney, confidence that United can not only triumph but go on to win the competition is still high. The england forward said: 'Of course (I believe we can win it). 'everyone has their favourites every year - the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich - but it does not always happen. 'When Chelsea won it they nearly went out of the competition three times. 'We believe we can go through. We have good enough players. 'It will be tough because in my opinion Bayern and Barcelona are the two best teams left in the competition, so we have to be at our best. 'We are ready. It's an exciting game for us all - the players and the fans - and it's a massive game to be involved in.' There is an 11-day gap between the Bayern clash and United’s next fixture away to his old club everton on April 20, and it is hoped that will be enough to allow a full recovery. rooney is understood to have been reassured that he would not risk worsening the problem, with the World Cup in Brazil just over two months away. A similar move backfired when United met Bayern in this competition four years ago. rooney aggravated an ankle injury in the second leg and it was later claimed that contributed to his below-par display at South Africa 2010. After the training session concluded, rooney said he was feeling good about Wednesday night's second leg. He wrote on his facebook page: 'Good training session with the lads ahead of the Bayern Munich match tomorrow night. 'It's a massive game for us against a top side but we'll be going in confident and looking to progress into the semi-finals.'
for a second time, nadal delivered in ruthless fashion, crashing a series of winners to take the game without dropping a point. Federer couldn't make any impact on nadal's serve in the second set and the match started to slip from his grasp when the Spaniard punished another sloppy game from the Swiss to break for a 3-2 lead. That was all the incentive nadal needed to race to the finish line and, with Federer's unforced error total climbing to 32, it wasn't long before the Spaniard was punching the air in celebration.
CAN’T LET ANYTHING SLIP: INIESTA
AtletICo MAdRId: The Catalans attacker is confident his team can advance to the last four in Europe, but he isn’t expecting an easy ride against the capital club. Andres Iniesta is confident that Barcelona can overcome Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final but warned that any slip up would be costly. The score finished 1-1 in the first leg after Diego Ribas' stunning opener for Atletico was ruled out by Neymar’s equaliser. Following a difficult tie at Camp Nou last week and with all four clashes between the teams having been draws this season Iniesta knows his team-mates will have to be at their best to eliminate Diego Simeone's men on Wednesday. "It would be nice to play a great game and reach the semi-finals, which is where we want to be," the attacker told Mundo Deportivo. "It was an intense game, both physically and mentally, and there was a lot of pressure [from Atletico in the first leg]. "We will fight for it knowing it will be very intense from the first minute to the last. "We have played Atletico four times this season and drawn against them on all four occasions. The conclusion is we are evenly matched. Atletico require you to be very focused and not slip up." The 29year-old is set to make his 500th appearance for the Catalans on Wednesday and has admitted that it will be a moment of pride for him to earn the landmark cap. agencies
SPORTS Wednesday, 9 April, 2014
Not after captaincy: Shahid Afridi KARACHI: Senior cricketer Shahid Afridi on Tuesday has said that he is not after the national team captaincy, and that his response to the question was taken out of context. Talking to reporters, the all-rounder clarified his stance saying that he had received by saying that he was merely responding to a question posed by a reporter and that later his reply was taken out of context, adding that he was not after the captaincy, nor did he have any obsession for it. SHOW-CAUSE NOTICE: Earlier on Tuesday, the PCB issued a show-cause notice to all-rounder Shahid Afridi for interacting with the media without ‘prior permission’. A PCB official confirmed that the board has sought an explanation from the veteran all-rounder for his statements given to media on his return from Bangladesh after crashing out of World Twenty20 at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi last week. Upon his arrival from Bangladesh after the humiliating defeat from Sri Lanka in T20 world cup, Afridi had slammed his teammates for poor performances and blamed batsmen for the defeat against West Indies. Talking to reporters, he had said that he would accept the captaincy “as a challenge”, if offered. Later, MUhammad Hafeez resigned as the Pakistan Twenty20 captain. The official claimed that the PCB has not yet received Afridi’s reply. Sethi was of the view Afridi may have been pushed by media for statement. Commenting on the issue, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said: “Had I been in place of Shahid Afridi, I would not have spoken to media. But he would have been forced to do that at the same time as the media would have huddled him”. “I don’t know whether Shahid Afridi was granted permission to talk to media or not,” said Sethi. “If any cricketer has come up with a negative statement in media, I should be concerned and not the media,” he added. AGENCIES
street chILd footbaLLers get rs 300,000 each In reward
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bilawal bhutto Zardari, Patron-In-Chief of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) welcomed the Pakistan Street Children Football team to bilawal House on Tuesday and personally congratulated each player for displaying brilliant performance at Street Child World Cup (SCWC) in brazil. He announced a cash reward of
Rs100,000 for each player. The young Pakistani players, belonging to underprivileged fragment of society,secured the bronze medal at the Street Child World Cup 2014 in Rio de janeiro and returned home earlier on Tuesday. bilawal, son of the slain former prime minister benazir bhutto, also announced that he has invited argentina's legendary footballer Diego Maradona to coach the youngsters.
Guinness conﬁrms records at Punjab Youth Festival LAHORE APP
Punjab Minister for Sports Rana Mashhood ahmad Khan on Tuesday said that Guinness World Record (GWR) has officially confirmed the attempts made for creating World Record during Punjab Youth Festival (PYF) 2014. Speaking at a press briefing at the national Hockey Stadium, Rana Mashhood said: "We had signed a memorandum of understanding (Mou) with the GWR in 2012, 2013, and in 2014, we again signed another Mou with the GWR. now the GWR has been working on ratifying all the records attempted during the PYF 2014. “During the PYF record breaking activity, 33 records were attempted and among them the Largest Human Flag was registered while other 32 are yet to be ratified,” he added. "In the country's 67-year history, sports grounds remained deserted. With the vision of Punjab Chief Minister
bakhtawar bhutto Zardari, Faryal Talpur, jameel Soomro, Sherry Rehman, Qadir Patel, Sharmila Farouqi and other PPP leaders also attended the event. The PPP chief greeted them individually and assured them that the party will bring revolutionary policies to promote sport activities across the country. He encouraged them to continue their practice more vigorously to win more global events for Pakistan adding that
Shahbaz Sharif, sports activities in the country have been revived and the PYF 2012 was organised across the province which gave a new shape to our sports culture," he asserted, adding that the PYF 2012, with the participation of 3.2 million individuals, was declared as the largest event in the world ever. On the other hand, the PYF 2014 recorded the participation of 4.8 million masses, he said. a great number of feats were achieved in the record breaking activity which earned good name for the country across the globe. but there are always few elements who never appreciate good work done and try to tarnish country's good image," the Minister lamented. He elaborated: "a section of media not only tried to defame the country but also attempted to mislead the nation by terming the Genuine PYF Guinness World Record activity Fake and Fraud, but by the grace of God, we managed to prove our truth and sincerity as whatever we have conveyed to our nation, the GWR management has also confirmed the same." He also displayed the official statement of the GWR to the media. "The official statement of the GWR is enough for the people who tried to defame the country and instead they must put their own houses in order."
ICC announCes World T20 2014 Team dUBAI AGENCIES
THE International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the men's Team of the Tournament for the World Twenty20 in bangladesh, with India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its captain. The team includes four players from India, two each from South africa and the West Indies, and one each from australia, the netherlands and Sri Lanka. Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was aimed at being suited for bangladeshi conditions, on the basis of performances at the just-concluded World T20 tournament. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections. Selection panel chairman and member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, David boon, said: "It
was a very difficult task for the panel to pick a team of 11 from the exciting players who featured in this tournament. "as the selection criteria for the Team of the Tournament are the performances of players in the conditions
during the ICC World Twenty20 2014, some of the best players in world cricket had to be left out of the team. "bowlers in particular performed strongly throughout this tournament, and the side we have selected includes three of the most impressive bowlers in Dale Steyn, Samuel badree and Lasith Malinga. "The team also contains six specialist batsmen, including Stephan Myburgh from the netherlands as an opening batsman, as well as three all-rounders, including Dhoni as a wicket-keeper batsman." The panel faced a difficult choice for a number of positions, and players who were considered but who did not ultimately make the team included India's amit Mishra, Pakistan's ahmed Shehzad, South africa duo of ab de Villiers and Imran Tahir, Sri Lanka's angelo Mathews and Rangana Herath, and West
Indies' Dwayne bravo and Sunil narine. Other members of the panel included Marais Erasmus of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC umpires, former Pakistan captain Wasim akram, ex-England captain nasser Hussain, former West Indies fast bowler Ian bishop and utpal Shuvro, one of bangladesh's senior-most cricket correspondents.
full SquAd: rohit Sharma (India), Stephan Myburgh (Netherlands), Virat Kohli (India), JP duminy (South Africa), Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Mahendra Singh dhoni (India - captain), darren Sammy (West Indies), ravichandran Ashwin (India), dale Steyn (South Africa), Samuel Badree (West Indies) and lasith Malinga (Sri lanka); 12th Player: Krishmar Santokie (West Indies).
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Sindh government should take steps to promote sport activities and provide ample chances for talented sportsmen. The team was earlier taken to the provincial assembly where information minister Sharjeel Memon announced prizes of Rs200,000 for each player. FIFa initiated the tournament in 2010, with the first edition held in South africa and the second in Rio de janeiro ahead of the World Cup that begins in june.
I have nothIng to prove durIng IpL, says pIetersen SpORt dESk Kevin Pietersen, the former England batsman, has insisted that he will not be using his stint with the Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming Indian Premier League to "prove anything" to his detractors. Pietersen, whose international career was put to an abrupt end by the ECb, said that he had already accepted that he may never play for the country again, and that he was looking to move on. "The break away from cricket has been fantastic and I'm really looking forward to playing in the IPL," Pietersen said. "What transpired in March has nothing to do with what I'm about to do now. I'm not out here to make any point and neither do I play cricket for that reason. "I find the opportunity of again playing in the IPL really nice especially because I missed the last season due to injury and also due to the fact that I absolutely love the competition. I've played in every part of the world and after playing for almost a decade, I don't think I need to prove anything to anyone." Pietersen hasn't played competitive cricket since january, but he was bought for $1.5 million, which was the Daredevils' secondcostliest purchase at the auction in February, behind Dinesh Karthik, who cost the franchise nearly $2.1 million. Pietersen, who will lead the team in the seventh season of the tournament, said that he was confident of a good showing from his side, which he believes is well balanced. "We're bringing together a talented side. It comprises a good blend of experience and youth - all international, Indian and domestic players.