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Thursday, 27 February, 2014 Rabi-us-Sani 25, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 241 16 Pages Islamabad Edition


Ashraf exempted from appearing in RPP case ISLAMABAD: The federal capital’s accountability court on Wednesday granted former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf permanent exemption from appearance before it in the rental power case. Meanwhile, Naek on behalf of his client said that due to security concerns, the former premier could not appear before the court and requested that he be granted permanent exemption from appearance. The court subsequently accepted the plea and adjourned the case to March 7. Speaking to reporters after the hearing, Naek said although granted permanent exemption by the court, the former prime minister would appear before it whenever pertinent. Ashraf, a Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) politician who served as premier between June 22, 2012 and March 25, 2013, was accused of receiving kickbacks and commissions from nine rental power project firms for awarding contracts for setting up their projects in 2008 to overcome electricity crisis in the country. He was subsequently indicted in the case, along with six others, by the accountability court in Islamabad on January 17, 2013. AGENCIES

TTP’s bid to kill KP IG foiled PESHAWAR: Police and intelligence agencies on Wednesday foiled a bid to target the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) inspector general (IG) and arrested three accused including a commander of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Police and intelligence officials launched the operation on a tip. Taliban commander Qari Anas alias Abu Musa and his two accomplices sitting in ambush near Swabi Interchange, planning to target KP IG Nasir Khan Durrani were arrested. Heavy and modern weaponry was recovered from them. The detained terrorists were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. INP

2 anti-polio men, 4 Levies men recovered AWARAN: Four abducted Levies personnel and two polio vaccinators were recovered on Wednesday, a private TV channel reported. The Levies men were abducted during an armed attack on the convoy of the Awaran deputy commissioner. According to police, they conducted a raid on receiving on tip-off in Qasmi Jo area of Awaran and recovered the six abducted men. The kidnappers fled the scene but the police teams are raiding areas to apprehend them, it was added. STAFF REPORT

Afghanistan sacks 9 army officers for negligence KABUL: Afghanistan on Wednesday sacked nine army officers for negligence after the Taliban killed 21 soldiers and kidnapped several others in a raid on a border post near Pakistan. A brigade commander and military intelligence chiefs were among those to lose their jobs, the Defence Ministry said in a statement, adding that the officers could also face prosecution. “The decision was taken by high council of defence after the army chief of staff briefed the council about the incident,” the ministry said. Hundreds of militants stormed the outpost in the eastern province of Kunar on Sunday, triggering a four-hour battle that left 21 soldiers dead and five others missing. The pre-dawn attack, which was claimed by the Taliban, was the deadliest strike on Afghan troops in recent months. After the attack, President Hamid Karzai blamed Islamabad for failing to crack down on the Taliban safe havens in Pakistan, where militant leaders seek sanctuary from Afghan and US military operations. INP



He government is on the verge of launching a major military offensive in North Waziristan Agency after brutal Taliban attacks in recent weeks and the apparent failure of peace talks with terrorists, according to a senior Pakistani official. “It could be any day,” said the official, adding that military plans have been shared with top US officials, who have long urged an offensive. Planning for the operation comes amid a Pakistan-requested pause in US drone strikes that is entering its third month — the longest period without such an attack in more than two years — and high-level bilateral meetings. Pakistan’s defence secretary, Asif Yasin Malik, is heading a delegation of security officials in Washington. CIA Director John Brennan quietly visited Pakistan last week, days after Gen Lloyd J Austin III, head of the US Central Command, held meetings at military headquarters in Rawalpindi. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s national security adviser said cabinet-level consultations on the military option will take place this week. “Dialogue with the Taliban has derailed, and the writ of the state will be established in the region,” Sartaj Aziz had told reporters on Monday in Islamabad. With 150,000 troops already based in the tribal regions, the senior official said the government was prepared to begin a full-fledged clearing operation. “We really don’t have to start from scratch,” the official said. He said an official evacuation had yet to begin but noted that tens of thousands of residents, who he said were



BANNU/PESHAWAR: Banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid on Wednesday said they are ready to face consequences of military operation in North Waziristan. According to reports, commenting on the statement of MQM chief, the spokesman said Altaf Hussain planned a new strategy against the Taliban every morning. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief on Tuesday had urged the Pakistan Army to take control of the country if the government does not support a military operation against the Taliban terrorists. Shahid said the war would go on as long as the recommendations of politicians like Altaf Hussain would get implemented. According to a private TV report, The TTP terrorists had reportedly rejected

the government’s condition for a unilateral ceasefire, a day after the Federal Cabinet urged terrorists to renounce terror activities without preconditions. Shahid contacted reporters and rejected the condition. “It’s not acceptable to us, we are serious in talks but government demonstrates that it’s not willing to hold talks in a serious manner… We warn that the government will have to bear more loss than us,” he said, but signalled that the talks could

move forward if the government guaranteed protection of arrested terrorists. The Taliban’s statement came an hour after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar unveiled the government’s National Security Policy in the National Assembly under which attacks from terrorists would be met with an appropriate military response. The policy was endorsed by the federal cabinet which urged Taliban to renounce terror activities without pre-conditions and announce unilateral ceasefire. SAMI CONTACTS TTP SHURA: Moreover, Samiul Haq, coordinator of the Taliban’s committee, contacted the TTP shura on Wednesday to convey requests on behalf of the committee. Meanwhile, another member of the committee, Yousuf Shah said that the Taliban had hinted at continuing the negotiations and hoped that they would respond positively to the requests. He also said the people would be apprised of the TTP’s decision. Shah added that in order to ensure successful peace talks, it was imperative that the government and the TTP should enter a ceasefire. AGENCIES

“spooked” by reports of an imminent government attack, had left on their own. US officials, while hailing the current level of cooperation and saying that they are encouraged by Pakistan’s apparent determination, noted that they have been frequently disappointed in the past. “We’ll believe it when we see it,” said one US official, who like other American and Pakistani officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss diplomatic contacts and military plans. “We’re not doing it for their [US] happiness,” the Pakistani official said. Instead, he said, the execution last week of 23 Pakistani soldiers held by the Taliban since 2010, along with several recent attacks, including one that killed 19 at a Karachi police station, have turned public opinion against the terrorists and the sputtering peace talks. That has opened new political space for military action. The banned terrorist outfit Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan is separate from the Afghan Taliban. elements of both, along

with the Haqqani network and remnants of al Qaeda’s core leadership, are located in NWA. Peace talks were proposed early last fall by Nawaz. Those talks were cancelled when a US drone strike in November killed TTP top terrorist Hakimullah Mehsud. The action led to one of the frequent downturns in US-Pakistani relations, as Nawaz Sharif’s government accused the Obama administration of trying to undermine negotiations. In late December, as it prepared to relaunch the talks, Islamabad asked Washington to hold off on further drone attacks and made clear that it was prepared to begin a military offensive if negotiations with the terrorists did not succeed. The Pakistani official cautioned that the government has not formally declared the talks a failure and said “it’s politically important for the government to take this to its logical conclusion”. At least one round of talks had taken place, with no dis¬cern¬ible results, when the execution of the Pakistani soldiers occurred. In recent

days, the government has carried out several retaliatory airstrikes that it says killed dozens of militants in North Waziristan. NO DISCRIMINATION: The official said government targeting would “not discriminate” among the TTP, the Haqqani network and other militant groups in North Waziristan, including al Qaeda. US officials have long attributed Pakistan’s reluctance to attack there to ties between its intelligence and Afghan groups, such as the Haqqani network, as well as Pakistan’s desire to keep its options open in Afghanistan, should US efforts there fail and the Afghan Taliban return to power. Pakistan has repeatedly denied the charges and said it would take action that suited its own strategic priorities. Now, with the US withdrawal from Afghanistan well underway, the United States no longer has the military resources in eastern Afghanistan to adequately patrol the border, the Pakistani official added.




Thursday, 27 February, 2014

SC orders MI officer to appear for investigation ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

Supreme Court (SC) has ordered Maj Haider, an officer of Military Intelligence (MI) allegedly involved in Tasif Malik missing person case, to appear before the police for investigation. A two-member bench of the SC, led by Justice Nasirul Mulk took up Tasif Malik kidnapping case for hearing Wednesday. The court remarked, “The right to investigation cannot be withdrawn from the police. We will decide later as to where the trial of the accused is to be conducted.” The court was told by Ministry of

Defence that it is ready for prosecution of MI officer Maj Haider under Army Act. He will be proceeded against under Section 94 of Army Act. Justice Nasirul Mulk reprimanded Ibrahim Satti, counsel for the defence ministry, for repeatedly interfering during the process of issuance of orders and remarked, “This matter does not relate to the MI now, but it is now the matter of the defence ministry. Defence secretary will tell us on March 10 what he is doing in connection with recovery of Tasif Malik”. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked, “The case is being prolonged unnecessarily in the name of investiga-


tion. The matter is running since such a longer period, is there any need left to obtain more instructions from the defence ministry still? Additional Attorney General (AAG) Shah Khawar appeared in the court. He said that earlier AAG Tariq Khokhar had been appearing in the court but he had gone to Islamabad High Court as he had been deployed on duty therein. When Justice Nasirul Mulk asked if the MI officer was the person who had picked up Tasif, Shah Khawar remarked, “It is a mere allegation. The defence secretary will return to the country from his foreign trip till March 5 and then I will be

able to tell something”. Justice Nasirul Mulk observed, “What will happen with reference to missing person till that time. Tasif Malik will be brought from where. Talk to defence secretary and the interior secretary. Only they can tell if this man is in the custody of the army or MI”. Shah Khawar requested that the case be adjourned till March 7 as the defence secretary was outside the country. He said that he would obtain proper instructions till that time. The court ruled that defence secretary should inform it about the recovery of Tasif Malik on the next hearing, which is scheduled for March 10.

Thursday, 27 February, 2014


shah flays govt’s security policy TERMS GOVT‘CONFUSED’, WANTS GOVT TO GIVE BEFITTING REPLY TO TERRORISTS ISLAMABAD: Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Wednesday flayed the government’s security policy, accusing the PML-N leadership of being “confused” in curbing terrorism. Taking the floor soon after the interior minister unveiled the security policy, Shah advised the prime minister to take the parliamentary parties into confidence on talks with the Taliban. He said that the speech by the minister had further added confusion as it looked that the government was still unclear in its future line of action. “It appears if the government couldn’t take the decision so far to go which way - a military operation or dialogue,” he said. He also rejected the assumption of the interior minister that political consensus was not with the government and recalled the support of opposition parties when the government went for dialogue that was decided in the All Parties Conference (APC). “We will support the government in future too. But to give the impression that political parties didn’t support the government is totally wrong,” Shah said and complained that it was the government that did not take the opposition into confidence when talks with the militants hit snags. The opposition leader said that full cooperation would be extended to the government without any political point scoring. However, he said, befitting reply should be given to the terrorists in case of any terrorism. Shah said a representative from the PTI was included in the government committee for talks with the Taliban, but no representative from other parties was included. He said the proceedings of the negotiations were not made public and only statements were made. He said the prime minister did not take the opposition into confidence after the failure of talks with the Taliban. He said an in-camera briefing should have been arranged for the parliamentary leaders over the issue. The opposition leader said the government should trust the opposition. He said those who kill the people could not be called well wishers of the country. “We are prepared to fight the war of the country’s survival with the government,” he said, adding that it was because of democracy that the whole system of the country was functioning. He said the current wave of terrorism in the country was the result of the wrong decisions made by the dictators. NISAR ‘NOT CONFUSED’: In a late rejoinder to Shah’s statement, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan asserted that there was no confusion in the government about future line of action. “The confusion of those who remain in a constant state of confusion cannot be removed. It is astonishing that Khurshid Shah commented on the Internal Security Policy without even going through its draft,” a statement quoted interior minister as saying. Flaying PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Nisar said those political parties were also confused and unclear in their minds whose leaders gave contradictory statements through Facebook, Twitter or on the assembly floor. He said that during the tenure of such parties thousands of people became victim of terrorism. “Also, the country became gravely unsafe in their hands, but they did not take a single step to confront these issues, rather pursued a policy of silence after every incident. Their criticism on us is simply illogical. Those who do not have a solid reasoning, always resort to such flimsy statements.” MIAN ABRAR




NTeRIOR Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday shared with lawmakers salient features of the National Security Policy and sought support from opposition to help the government in curbing terrorism. “It is not an easy task. National security is a wide ranging subject but it is our firm resolve to curb extremism, because it is the matter of survival of the nation,” said Nisar while making a policy statement during the National Assembly. Despite seeking suggestions from opposition benches, Nisar chose not to share the security policy document either with the lawmakers or with the media, claiming that the document was still not final and rather claimed that after incorporating suggestions from the opposition and treasury members, final document would be shared. Interestingly, the document was also taken back from the cabinet members after Tuesday’s meeting despite the fact that the policy document had been passed by the cabinet members. The minister also hinted at secrecy of the document by claiming that the policy would have three dimensions: “secret, strategic and operational”. “The first dimension will deal with day-to-day affairs and shall be kept secret. It will be totally administrative and shall be reviewed weekly or monthly as required by the situation”. The second dimension, he added, would be strategic elaborating how to proceed and operate when a situation arises. The third dimension would be operational explaining for appropriate actions, he added. “The government has two options – either to continue with the status quo like past 13 years or move forward with a commitment to bring the extremism to an end. We opted for the second one and brought a policy within a record period of five months.” Focusing on the government’s priorities to deal with extremism, the minister said that he had four options with first one to remain indifferent; secondly to hold dialogue; thirdly to go for a full-scale military operation and; lastly to carry forward dialogue and strategic action side by side. “All of us know that we opted for dia-



ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that there was no ambiguity in the National Security Policy. Responding to the concerns expressed by Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah, he said that he would seek opinion of leaders of parliamentary parties and assured that the government would welcome any suggestion given by the opposition. He said the government’s approach was well thought out but the policy was not the final word and any good suggestion in this regard would be welcomed. He invited all the parties to give their input to improve it. Moreover, Nawaz assured the opposition that all matters would be jointly resolved. Praising Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar for preparing the comprehensive policy, the prime minister said this was not a

final document and recommendations from the opposition and government benches could be incorporated in it. He said it was not the policy of any political party but of the state and everybody should contribute to further improve it. Nawaz said the solution of the country’s all problems lies in democracy. He also said that the atmosphere in the House was much better than from 20-25 years ago. The PM praised the comments of Shah and said, “All of us have rendered sacrifices for democracy and the atmosphere in the House is altogether different from the nineties.” He clarified that there was no confusion in the

government policy against extremism and if anybody thinks it needs more clarity, they would welcome the suggestions and recommendations. He said the process has been clear and transparent and the media and the nation were occasionally briefed about progress on the dialogue between the committees. “We have been making the dimension of dialogue clear. We had briefed the parliamentary leaders and if there would be a need, we shall again do it.” “We are ready for heart-to-heart discussions, seek opinions and bring about improvement,” he said. “It is a state policy. It is not the policy of the government or any specific political party and everybody should contribute to it.” The PM said it was beauty of democracy that we speak on national issues with clarity of thought and present constructive proposals. “We have learnt a lot from follies of our past and now it is time to mend the follies. Let us talk with responsibility and commitment.” “What I am seeing here today encourages me that democracy has bright future in the country and we will ably steer country out of problems, it is facing,” he added. STAFF REPORT

logue. But our overture was not taken seriously by the other side,” he said and mentioned various terrorist attacks after initiation of dialogue. “But the Bannu attack and killing of FC jawans could not be overlooked. So we decided for strategic strikes along with dialogue with those who desired dialogue because dialogue and terrorist activities could not go side by side.” “After these terrorist activities, the prime minister had decided that enough is enough and dialogue could not further go until such activities are not halted. We reviewed our policy and precision strikes are a result of change in policy,” he explained. “In these strikes, it was clear direction by the government to execute it in light of intelligence reports and avoid collateral damage and ensure safety of citizens.” Nisar said the government had proceeded with a commitment and clear mind but it

did not get proper response from other side. “When some militant groups refused to hold dialogue, we focused other groups who were willing to sit with us and discuss the solution.”He said the government has sincerely worked on the policy rising above the political affiliations. “We desire consensus. Our opponents are unseen and scattered across the country. So, we need to construct brick by brick and media should not give undue importance to those fighting against the nation.” He said, “At present there are 175,000 unregistered residents in Islamabad territory. We have conducted a survey and it was found that in 24 slum dwellings in capital, there are 82,000 unregistered residents while in Bari Imam and Bhara Kahu area the number is 87,000 with many among them having connections with certain organisations.” The Interior minister said the National

Counter-Terrorism Authority is being made a premier counter terrorism authority while a Joint Intelligence Directorate will be set up for effective coordination among intelligence agencies. He also announced to raise a rapid response force to work under the police. This experience will be started from Islamabad with recruitment of 500 personnel initially and later the PM will discuss it with provinces to raise an identical force there. He said different fields have also been identified to set up bases for helicopters to be placed on disposal of the force while an internal security division would be set up for coordination of civil armed forces. “Our intension is clear. We have a firm resolve to root out terrorism and extremism. Let us keep politics aside and proceed with dedication and commitment,” Nisar maintained.


fazl surprised over offensive against Taliban ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Ameer Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said the government’s U-turn from dialogue for peace and turning to a military operation against the militants was beyond comprehension and surprising. Talking to reporters outside Parliament House on Wednesday, Fazlur Rehman said it was shocking that the ruling Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N), which since 2002

was against the war and talked about dialogues for restoration of peace, had changed stance suddenly. Talking about the National Security Policy that was presented in the National Assembly by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, he said although the policy doesn’t stress over a military operation against militants, the attitude of the government reveals that it wants army action against militants in tribal areas. The JUI-F chief said all political, religious and democratic parties still have

the same stance of resolving the issue of extremism and terrorism through talks. Fazl said that all All Parties Conferences (APCs) held since 2008 have agreed for dialogues for getting rid of terrorism. He stressed that the government should clarify the reasons for changing its stance of talks and conducting a military operation instead. Seperately, Fazl also called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the capital on Wednesday. Political situation of the country, law and order and matters of national solidarity were discussed on the occasion.


Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House in Islamabad on Wednesday. The COAS and the PM discussed the present security situation and the government’s strategy against the Taliban. The two also discussed the national security policy that was

presented before the national assembly earlier in the day. Following the meeting, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, ISI DG Lt General Zaheerul Islam and the DGMO Lt General Amir Riaz also joined the discussion. According to sources in the government, similar discussions and briefings have been taking place between the military establishment and the government over the last few days. During such briefings it has been shared, that in case a full blown operation is launched against the militants, the army can clear the area within 4 to 6 weeks, however after the operation is complete the army will have to remain in Waziristan - as it had post-operation in Swat. Separately, the COAS, while visiting Kotri Ranges to witness Field Firing and Battle Inoculation exercise of Karachi Corps Wednesday, said that army will accomplish its mission of defeating every threat to the motherland in accordance with people’s expectation.

These exercises are aimed at training troops in various tactical operations under battlefield environment. Fighter aircraft of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and armoured fighting vehicles of Mechanized Division also participated in live firing maneuvers as part of the field firing. The COAS commended the standard of training of the participating troops and lauded their skills, precision and accuracy in engaging the targets and said that strenuous training and highest standard of preparedness in peacetime are the only guarantors of peace. Perpetual quest for modern techniques, seizing initiative from the enemy and mastery in battle procedures are essential for success in all kinds of military operations, whether conventional or unconventional. Speaking on the occasion, the COAS emphasised on all ranks to continue to focus on training and combat preparedness to respond to full spectrum of threat with speed and effectiveness.


wAPdA assigned construction of 12 small, medium dams NA PASSES FEDERAL COURT (REPEAL) BILL 2013 ISLAMABAD: Water and Power Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has been assigned to construct 12 small and medium dams in across the country to store 2.7 million acre feet of flood water. In a written reply to the question of Muzammil Qureshi, he said the dams would help irrigating 0.37 million acre of new culturable command areas. The dams, including Darawat Dam, situated in Thata/Jamshoro would irrigate 121,605 acre feet, Nai Gaj Dam, situated in Dadu would help irrigate 300,000 acre feet land, Naulong Dam, situated in Jhal Magsi would irrigate 242,452 acre feet, Winder Dam, situated in Lasbela would irrigate 36,484 acre feet land. Moreover, the National Assembly unanimously passed the bill to repeal the Federal Court Act 1937 (the Federal Court (Repeal) Bill 2013. The bill was moved by Science and Technology Minister Zahid Hamid. Speaker Ayaz Sadiq sought the consent of the House clause by clause. According to statement of objects and reasons, the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan considered the proposal to repeal Federal Court Act, 1937 in its meeting on June 4, 2011. It was observed that pursuant to framing of Supreme Court Rules, 1980, the Federal Act 1937 has lost its effectiveness and has become redundant; therefore there is no need to retain the same. The commission agreed with the proposal and recommended to repeal the Federal Court Act 1937 (Act No XXV of 1937). STAFF REPORT


Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Eyeing Afghan exit, US intensifies campaign against Haqqani militants WASHINGTON



HE United States has intensified its drive against the Talibanlinked Haqqani network in an attempt to deal a lasting blow to the militants in Afghanistan before foreign combat forces depart this year, according to multiple US officials. The effort is taking on added urgency as the clock ticks down on a NATO combat mission in Afghanistan set to end in December, and as questions persist about whether Pakistan will take action against a group some US officials believe is quietly supported by Pakistani intelligence.

The Obama administration has created a special unit based in Kabul to coordinate efforts against the militant group, according to officials familiar with the matter. It was set up late last year, as part of a new strategy that involves multiple government agencies. The unit, headed by a colonel and known in military parlance as a “fusion cell”, brings together special forces, conventional forces, intelligence personnel, and some civilians to improve targeting of Haqqani members and to heighten the focus on the group, the officials said. “Things are coming together in terms of the more comprehensive approach (against the Haqqanis). So, there’s a lot

Consulate team visits Makkah jail Team requests jail authorities to look after Pakistani prisoners JEDDAH: A consulate team, including Aftab Ahmad Khokhar, consul general, Tehseemul Haq Haqqi, vice consul and officials of the Welfare Wing visited Makkah Jail on Wednesday. The purpose of the visit was to continue to maintain contact with Pakistani prisoners, seek their wellbeing, express moral support to them and extend assistance to them. Each prisoner praised the visit as it provided them an opportunity to express their feelings. The visit also injected hope as they were told that the government is concerned about their wellbeing and all efforts would be made for their early release. The team also met the jail authorities and requested them to look after Pakistani prisoners. The prison head assured the consul general that keeping in view the importance of the relations and strength of Pakistan-Saudi relations, he would do his best to look after the Pakistani prisoners within the rules and regulations. The jail authorities also promised to process the cases of prisoners whose terms have expired or about to expire so that they could return to their homes without any further delay. AGENCIES

Venezuelan leader calls peace meeting to end deadly protests VENEZUELA: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held a “peace conference” on Wednesday in an attempt to end three weeks of, at times deadly, anti-government protests in the oil-rich, but deeply divided country. However, the main opposition leader, Henrique Capriles did not attend the meeting saying he was tired of, what he called, “the govt’s lies and police repression against student protesters”. Capriles, a state governor, was narrowly defeated by Maduro in elections 11 months ago to succeed the late Hugo Chavez. Maduro’s gathering aimed to bring together political, social and religious figures but he gave no details over who had committed to partake. Venezuela, which has the world’s largest proven oil reserves, has been rocked since February 4 by protests over rampant crime, runaway inflation, corruption and other woes. The three weeks long anti-govt protests have left at least 14 people dead and raised alarm in South America, the US and Europe. AGENCIES

of focus - there’s a lot of energy behind it right now,” said a US defense official, who asked not to be identified. It was not immediately clear whether the intensified focus on the Haqqanis has led to increased strikes on the group by the US military or the CIA, which operates drones over Pakistan’s tribal areas. And it remains to be seen, this late in the NATO combat mission, how much damage the United States can inflict on the Haqqani network, which has proven resilient and uses Pakistan’s tribal areas along the Afghan border, including the North Waziristan region, as a sanctuary. AUDACIOUS ATTACKS: The White House had announced on Tuesday that


China on Wednesday accused the Philippines of “deliberate provocations” over an incident in disputed waters in the South China Sea that drew a protest from Manila about what it called Chinese ships’ use of water cannon on Filipino fishermen. The Philippines lodged a protest with China on Tuesday over the issue, saying the Chinese were trying to keep the fishermen from fishing in Philippine waters around the Scarborough Shoal. China’s foreign ministry, which has already rejected the complaint, said its boats had every right to respond to “provocative” acts in its territory. China suspected the aims and identities of several Philippine fishing boats that recently appeared in the waters around the Scarborough Shoal, as some of them appeared to just “hang around”, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. The Philippine boats ignored calls from the Chinese ships to leave, with some aboard even adopting a “provocative posture of appearing to


Seven-in-ten people in India are dissatisfied with the way things are going in India and the Indian public, by a margin of more than threeto-one, would prefer the Hindu-nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lead the next Indian government, says a new Pew Research Center survey. With the Indian parliamentary elections just weeks away, the Indian public prefers BJP to lead the next Indian government rather than the Indian National Congress, which heads the current left-of-center governing coalition, the PEW said Wednesday. By a margin of better than two-to-one, the public says the BJP would do a better job on each of a half dozen challenges facing the nation – from combating corruption to fighting terrorism. The latest survey finds that the BJP candidate for prime minister, Narendra Modi, the chief minister of the state of Gujarat, is more popular than putative Congress party prime ministerial candidate Rahul Gandhi, grandson and son of former Indian prime min-

spoil for a fight” in activities showing “a strong level of organization and confrontation,” Hua said. “In the face of this seriously provocative behaviour, China maintained utmost restraint, and as multiple warnings failed, could not but take the minimum measures to carry out expulsions, which caused no harm to the Philippine fishing boats or personnel,” she told a daily news briefing. The Philippines was guilty of seizing Chinese fishing boats in the South China Sea, Hua said. “This is like a thief crying, ‘Stop, thief!’,” she added. “The Chinese government will never tolerate these deliberate provocations.” Since the beginning of the year, China has required foreign fishing boats to get approval before entering waters it claims as its own. On January 27, a Chinese coastguard vessel tried to drive away Filipino fishermen from Scarborough Shoal by using water cannon, General Emmanuel Bautista, the head of Philippine military said on Monday. China claims about 90 percent of the 3.5-million-sq-km (1.35-million-sq-mile) waters of the South China Sea. It provides 10 percent of the global fish catch, carries $5 trillion a year in shipborne trade and has a seabed believed to be rich in energy reserves. Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Vietnam also claim parts of the sea. The Philippines has urged regional grouping the Association of South East Asian Nations to conclude a binding code of conduct with China to avoid accidents and miscalculations in the disputed waters.

Gunshots rattle Thai capital as PM flies out BANGKOK APP

Unknown gunmen opened indiscriminate fire near several opposition protest sites in Bangkok Wednesday, stoking tensions in the capital as Thailand’s embattled prime minister flew to her political stronghold in the north. Street violence, often targeting protesters, has become a near-daily feature of the almost four-month-long crisis gripping Thailand, with the toll standing at 22 dead and hundreds wounded. Police said unknown gunmen fired intermittently early Wednesday morning for around an hour in three areas of Bangkok where demonstrators have camped alongside upscale shopping malls and luxury hotels, however, nobody was wounded. “We don’t

Indians prefer BJP candidate Modi: PEW WASHINGTON

US President Barack Obama had ordered the Pentagon to prepare for a possible complete withdrawal of troops following Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a bilateral security pact. The Haqqani network, which professes obedience to Taliban leader Mullah Omar, is believed to have been involved in some of the most audacious attacks of the Afghan war. These include assaults on hotels popular with foreigners, a bloody bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, a 2011 attack on the US embassy, and several massive truck bombing attempts. The group is also believed to be holding Bowe Bergdahl, the only known US soldier missing in the war in Afghanistan.

isters. The survey, conducted between December 7, 2013 and January 12, 2014 and involving face-to-face interviews, shows dissatisfaction with recent developments in India is remarkably widespread: among both BJP supporters and Congress backers; among young and old; among rich and poor; and among city dwellers and rural residents. But views of the major parties vary across the country, with support for a BJP-led government strongest in the north of India. However, backing for the BJP is roughly equal in both rural and urban areas despite Congress’s deep roots in rural India and its efforts to cement rural political support through employment and food security programs. The 2014 Indian election will select 543 members of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the national parliament. The new Lok Sabha will elect the PM, who will then name a cabinet. There will be 788 million eligible voters in the upcoming election, including nearly 150 million who will have become eligible to vote for the first time since the last national election five years ago. In that 2009 parliamentary election voter turnout was 58%.

know which side fired the shots, but the aim of the gunmen was to intimidate the protestors,” National Police deputy spokesman Anucha Romyanan said. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is under intense pressure to step down with the protesters calling for an unelected “people’s council” to tackle corruption and the culture of money politics. Her supporters say they will not accept the removal of an elected government by the protesters, military or the courts, raising fears of a protracted standoff. Yingluck has been summoned by an anti-graft panel today (Thursday) to hear charges of neglecting duty in connection with a rice subsidy scheme that the opposition says is rife with corruption. If found guilty, the PM could be removed from office, and face a five-year ban from politics.



For many years, John and Mary took daily walks along a trail on a section of their property they nicknamed Saddle Ridge.


Hezbollah says will respond to Israeli airstrike BEIRUT: Hezbollah will respond to an Israeli airstrike on Monday that hit one of its bases on the border with Syria, the Lebanese group said on Wednesday. “The new aggression is a blatant assault on Lebanon and its sovereignty and its territory...The Resistance (Hezbollah) will choose the time and place and the proper way to respond to it,” Hezbollah said in a statement. The strike, which Israel has not confirmed, hit the Lebanese-Syrian border near the Bekaa Valley village of Janta, Hezbollah said. It denied reports that the strike targeted artillery or rocket bases and said there were no casualties. Lebanese security sources have said they believed that any attack took place on Syrian soil, but Hezbollah’s reference to Lebanese sovereignty suggested it took place on the Lebanese side of the ill-defined frontier. AGECNIES

Pro-EU Yatsenyuk nominated as Ukraine premier KIEV: Ukraine’s pro-EU protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk was on Wednesday picked to head the government of the crisis-hit country until presidential elections are held in May. His nomination was announced in front of tens of thousands of people on Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicentre of three months of protest that culminated in the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, along with an entirely new cabinet. APP

Kerry urges Russia to keep pledge over Ukraine unity KIEV: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday urged Russia to keep its word and respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine as Moscow said it was boosting security measures in southern Crimea. “We are making it clear that every country should respect the territorial integrity here, the sovereignty of Ukraine. Russia said it will do that, and we think it is important Russia keeps its word,” Kerry said, stressing that Washington was not looking for confrontation amid the political upheaval. APP

Seven sailors injured in Indian navy accident NEW DELHI: Seven Indian sailors were injured in an accident on a submarine off Mumbai on Wednesday, the navy said, with reports of another two missing in the latest incident to hit the force. The seven sailors suffered smoke inhalation and were airlifted from the submarine for treatment, navy spokesman Rahul Sinha said, without disclosing details of the incident. “The submarine was on a routine training sortie off Mumbai’s coast when smoke was detected. Measures were taken to contain it,” Commander Sinha told the NDTV news channel. ONLINE

Backyard gold bonanza But last year, as they were walking their dog, they noticed an old can sticking out of the dirt. Curious, they brushed away some moss, used a stick to dig it out and carried the heavy container home. And that’s all it took for the couple living in California’s gold country to discover a cache of 19th-century US gold coins that rare coin experts say is the greatest buried treasure ever unearthed in the United States. Donald Kagin, president of Kagin’s Inc, a numismatic firm that specializes in US gold coins, announced the discovery Tuesday. The company represents the couple, who want to remain anonymous. Kagin said in a statement that eight of the rusty cans were filled with more than 1,400 rare and perfectly preserved U.S. gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894. Kagin said the coins have a face value of more than $28,000 but could sell for more than $10 million. The previous largest reported find of buried gold treasure in the U.S. had a face value of $4,500. It was dis-

covered by construction workers in 1985 in Jackson, Tenn., and eventually sold for around $1 million. The “Saddle Ridge Treasure” includes the 1866-S No Motto Double Eagle valued at around $1 million. The couple, who were identified by Kagin Inc only as John and Mary, told Kagin they couldn’t believe they had made such a big discovery and were grateful for it. “I thought any second an old miner with a mule was going to appear,” John said in an interview posted on the company’s website. “It was like finding a wonderful hot potato,” Mary added. “I never would have thought we would have found something like this; however, in a weird way I feel like I have been preparing my whole life for it.” The coins were authenticated, graded and certified by Professional Coin Grading Service in Irvine, Kagin said. A sampling of the collection will be displayed at Kagin’s booth during the American Numismatic Assn National Money Show in Atlanta that will run Thursday through Saturday.

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INANCE Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday said that development of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and other backward areas was the government’s priority. “All steps will be taken to ensure smooth re-

lease of fund for projects in these areas,” Dar assured the senators and MNAs from FATA who called on him. The minister shared with them the details of his recent visit to Afghanistan for attending the 9th session of Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission. He informed them that he had a very useful visit to Afghanistan where he met the political leadership and shared Pakistan’s vision for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. Dar also briefed the lawmakers on his visits to the major under-construction developmental projects undertaken by Pakistan in Afghanistan under its bilateral assistance programme. These projects include recommencement of works

on Torkham-Jalalabad additional carriageway, Nishtar Kidney Centre in Jalalabad and the Liaqat Ali Khan Engineering Faculty of Balkh University in Mazar-eSharif. The minister informed the Parliamentarians that Nishtar Kidney Centre will soon be equipped with the relevant apparatus on priority basis. On the occasion, the senators and MNAs from FATA expressed the hope that the finance minister’s visit to Afghanistan will generate a lot of good will for Pakistan and will help improve relations between the two countries. The parliamentarians requested the minister for the early release of the third quarter of the developmental fund for FATA.

Pakistan Navy demonstrates fire power at Arabian Sea KARACHI AGENCIES

In an impressive display of naval fire power, front line combat units of Pakistan Navy fleet conducted live weapon firing in North Arabian Sea on Wednesday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila, along with Pakistan Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique witnessed the firings onboard the PNS NASR. The demonstration included firing of surface missiles from Fast Attack Craft (Missile) seeking a helicopter. The missiles successfully engaged the targets thus reasserting the offensive punch of Pakistan Navy’s fleet. Operational efficiency of surface and aerial attack capability ushers in a new era and a quantum increase in combat potential of Pakistan Navy. Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Asif Sandila expressed his satisfaction over the combat readiness of Pakistan

Navy Fleet and appreciated the display of professionalism by the participating squadrons. He praised the fleet’s personnel for their commitment and hard work to protect the maritime interests of Pak-

PBM launches economic revival project for poor citizen ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bait-ul-Mall (PBM) on Wednesday launched Economic Revival Project for the poor citizens of the country to extend their financial assistance from Rs10,000 upto Rs50,000 for establishing small businesses. Addressing a press briefing, PBM Managing Director Barrister Abid Wahid Sheikh said that initially Rs 10 million have been allocated for the project. He said that deserving people would be provided Rs 10,000 to 50,000 loan without interest for establishing small businesses. He said that deserving people are being encouraged to apply for getting loans, adding that professional beggars would be discouraged. The PBM MD said that the apply form also available in all the district offices of the department. APP

istan. The admiral said that while all-out efforts are being made to enhance Pakistan Navy’s combat potential, dedicated and sustained efforts are needed to fully operationalise the existing system in the

Navy’s inventory. The CNS was of the view that in the prevalent volatile environment, a continuous credible deterrence at sea is not only vital for maritime security but also for economic security of Pakistan.

NEWS 05 India releases 20 Pakistani prisoners LAHORE: The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday handed over 20 Pakistani prisoners to the Pakistani Rangers at Wagah. The prisoners were logged in various jails of India and were released after the completion of the sentences as per the Indian law, Indian media reported. Most of them were arrested in India on the charges of inadvertent crossing. Out of 20 Pakistani prisoners, some of them were fishermen who had been jailed in Indian state of Gujarat. The prisoners urged both governments to release other inmates who have completed their sentences. Delays in the identification processes are preventing Indian and Pakistani prisoners from being released on time. ONLINE

Blasts hit Bannu, Khyber Agency, NWA BANNU: Two men sustained injuries in separate blasts outside the houses of security personnel in Bannu and Khyber Agency, while another explosion occurred outside a school in North Waziristan on Wednesday. In Bannu, unidentified persons fled away after throwing a hand grenade outside the house of a police official Rafiullah on DI Khan Road. Rafiullah’s father was injured in the blast and was shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ). In another incident an explosion took place outside the house of personnel of Khassadar Force Amjad Khan in Keti de Bazar in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency. The blast partially damaged the main gate of the house, however, fortunately no casualty was reported. A school at Sarai Darpakhel in North Waziristan was attacked with a hand grenade that injured one person and damaged the main gate of the school. INP

Malik appointed new MD PTV ISLAMABAD: Renowned journalist Muhammad Malik has been appointed the Managing Director of Pakistan Television (PTV). PTV employees have welcomed the appointment of new MD as he had vast experience of journalism, marketing and administration. They expressed the hope that the institution would flourish under the supervision of a professional person, said a press release on Wednesday. APP

FBR unveils list of 400 top taxpayers ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Wednesday issued separate provisional lists of 400 top taxpayers in each category of companies, association of persons, salaried individuals and non-salaried individuals. According to the FBR, Taxpayers’ Privilege and Honour Card Scheme had been launched as part of Prime Minister Tax Incentive Package. The scheme has been notified and is available on the FBR website. Under the scheme, Privilege and Honour Cards are to be issued after verification from the Large Taxpayer Units (LTUs) and Regional Tax Offices (RTOs) to 100 top taxpayers in each of the mentioned categories. The holder of the card shall be entitled to the follow-

ing privileges: the facilities and privileges as provided at the VIP lounges of airports managed by Civil Aviation Authority excluding lounges managed and maintained by Airlines for their passengers; secondly, fast-track clearance at immigration counters; thirdly, issuance of gratis passport; fourthly, increase in baggage allowance from $500 to $5,000; fifthly, invitation for Annual dinner and Excellence Awards by the prime minister and invitation for ceremonies on March 23 and the Independence day. The list has been compiled on the basis of the return or statement of final taxation fully paid and no arrear or current demand is outstanding against the individual the AOP, or the company, as the case may be, unless the said demand is disputed in any court or stayed by any court.

Some of the top taxpayers are Tariq Nisar (189,910,478), Naeem Mukhtar (159,149,750), Muhammad Waseem Mukhtar (158,858,269), Hassan Mansha (149,423,639), Sheikh Mukhtar Ahmed (147,855,957), Sohail Nisar (105,657,657), Khalil A Sattar (93,288,432), Anjum Nisar (80,983,805), Arif Habib (80,681,004), Madiha Mehmood Moulvi (67,582,338), Mian Umer Mansha (64,828,437), Muhammad Yasin Malik (58,599,486), Iqbal Ali Mohamed (58,168,344), Fazal Ahmed Sheikh (55,751,010), Muhammad Shoaib (54,717,751), Rafiuddin Zakir Mahmood (54,312,821), Faisal Mukhtar (54,167,795), Shuaib Anwer Malik (51,076,156), Arpad Konye 49,862,638, Waqar A Malik (44,415,066).

Man stabs wife for honour in Chiniot CHINIOT: A man stabbed his wife to death for honour on Wednesday and escaped from the scene. Police said that accused, Azam, hailing from Chak 209 of Chiniot, was suspicious about the character of his wife Kaneez. The couple exchanged hot words over the issued after which he stabbed his wife with a sharp-edged weapon and fled away. INP

Two cases of swine flu reported in Punjab MULTAN: Two cases of swine flu were reported from two separate areas of Punjab on Wednesday. According to reports, both the affected were women and were admitted to Nishtar Hospital Multan, and are under treatment. The patients were identified as 25-year-old Farah Abrar, resident of Taunsa Sharif, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rubina, hailing from Multan. INP

Fighting US war led to extreme terrorism: Imran Khan JHANG STAFF REPORT

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said on Wednesday that terrorism in the country rose to an extreme level due to fighting America’s war. Addressing a rally, Imran Khan said that sugar mill owners were powerful and the farmers were weak. People will come out to change their fate on March 3, he said. The PTI chief thanked Faisal Saleh Hayat and claimed that the people had voted for ‘bat’ in the general elections 2013, yet the ‘lion’ rose to power. “Rulers send their money abroad and urge people to bring their money back to Pakistan,” he said, adding that the system of oppression cannot continue anymore. Talking about the PTI’s performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Imran Khan said

that no police officer could be appointed using influence in the province, adding all matters were solely based on merit. He said the country will not move forward until the system is improved. Addressing on the occasion, Sheikh Rasheed termed the Nawaz cabinet as a “gang of seven”, adding that the “gang” had brought the country to the edge of destruction. The Awami Muslim League chief said he loved Imran Khan as used to love Nawaz Sharif in the past, but later Nawaz started following the path similar to that of Asif Zardari. He was of the view that Nawaz and Zardari are two sides of same coin. He alleged that twelve entities of the country were occupied by seven families, if these families brought their money back from Swiss banks, Pakistan would be dragged out from all crisis. He requested people of Jhang to vote for the PTI in by-elections.

Bradford students want Imran Khan sacked as vice-chancellor LONDON: Serious discontent has grown among students of the University of Bradford over the constant absence of its vice chancellor Imran Khan. Khan has been so embroiled in Pakistani politics that he hasn’t attended a single graduation ceremony since 2010. The University’s student union has now floated a motion to drop the cricketing legend turned politician in Pakistan from the highest post. The motion raised by Mohsin Tanveer will be voted on by the student’s union next


month. Tanveer said, “Many students are unhappy with the fact that they have been denied the opportunity to engage with the chancellor on a regular basis.” Khan was appointed to the post in December 2005 and is the fifth chancellor of the University since its inception in 1966. The University defended Khan with its chief executive Professor Brian Cantor who runs the university asking students to show sympathy. Cantor said, “Our chancellor has a major political role in Pakistan, a

country which has serious problems with terrorism, education and poverty. While I understand that it is frustrating for students that Khan has not attended an award ceremony at Bradford for some time, I have urged students to be sympathetic to the situation in Pakistan and the responsibility Khan has to improving the state of the country. I have appealed to the better nature of our student body to be more supportive of the work Khan has to carry out as a politician.” INP

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PESHAWAR: A local singer Wazir Khan Afridi was shot dead when unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate firing in Faqir Killay area, a suburban locality of Peshawar on Wednesday, local police said. Wazir Khan Afridi, was a renowned singer from the Khyber Agency, who has more than 40 albums. Earlier there were reports that Afridi after being displaced from Bara, was facing threats from militants not to sing any more or face death. The reports had also quoted Wazir Khan Afridi as saying that he had been abducted three times from Peshawar and was freed each time on the condition that he would not sing anymore. APP

28 last date to submit forms with triple fee for hssc annual 2014 exam RAWALPINDI: The last date to submit forms with triple fee for Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)annual 2014 examination is Feb 28. According to RBISE Spokesman, Arslan Cheema, the intending candidates of HSSC, Part I and Part II could submit their admission forms with triple fees till Feb 28. He said, the candidates who fail to submit the forms with single and tripple fees, could avail the last chance by submitting forms with triple fees till February 28. For obtaining more information about the schedule of forms and fees, the intending candidates could visit BRISE website APP

Polio is still After you ISLAMABAD: Another case of polio surfaced in North Waziristan region of the country, taking the total number of such cases this year to 22. According to media reports the National Health Institute informed that a polio virus was found in one-and-a-half year old girl, Aaina Gul, resident of Miranshah Tehsil, North Waziristan. Polio drops could not be administered to affected children in violence-prone regions of the country. Nineteen of the total 22 reported cases belong to FATA, while three from Khyber Pakhtonkhwa. Of the 19 cases from FATA, 12 are reported from Miranshah Tehsil while six from Mir Ali. Outlawed Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan had banned administering of polio drops in North Waziristan and South Waziristan in July 2012 and resultantly over 2,60,000 children could not be vaccinated against polio so far. Online

RAWALPINDI: A school girl walks freely on a railway track at Mareer Hassan. nni



He Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Wednesday lauded the commitment of government towards social and economic development of the country. President Mamnoon Hussain’s first 3day state visit to China will go a long way in ensuring economic revival at a rapid pace and culmination of chronic energy

crisis which has resulted in loss of Rs 2 trillion in past five years, said Vice President FPCCI Munawar Mughal. He said this as head of a delegation of leading entrepreneurs at a dinner hosted in their honour by the President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday night. Chairman of the Founder Group of ICCI Abdul Rauf, Mian Mehboob elahi and Tariq Sadiq former President of ICCI were also present on the occasion. Addressing the leaders of business community, President Mamnoon Hussain said that government is alive to the problems of the business community and masses. He said that we have been focusing on improving power and forex reserves situation, cull circular debt, rebuild economy, cut wasteful expenditure, abolish grants and unjust exemptions, increasing tax revenues and invest heavily in the human and physical infrastructure.


An internationally renowned painter and poet, Raja Changez Sultan will showcase his new paintings here on Thursday at Tanzara Gallery. There are a few painters whose work is as instantly recognizable as that of Raja Changez Sultan who is also former director general of Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), said the organizer of the exhibition. “ Over the years, the artist’s work has retained its originality and his paintings stand out for their subject matter as well as the techniques employed, as such his work is easily recognizable in any setting”, he added. This exhibition will features his latest series, the `Wood Nymphs’, based on spirit-like figures in

a Himalayan landscape setting, in addition to his series of the Divided Self and the Himalayan Odyssey. The Himalayan Odyssey is a symphony of towering snow-capped peaks, of morning mist and overshadowed dells. It is a path illuminated by the reflections of sunlight on the snow and filtering through the deep crevices between towering peaks of the Himalayas. It embodies a passion of unfathomable intensity. The dazzling display of colors and light form an integral part in its overall compositional quality. All the landscape elements of spatial perspective and studies of the foreground and receding background are brought into a single forceful depiction. While `The Divided Self’ is an

construction of an economic corridor will go a long way in improving standard of living of masses by reducing poverty and generating job opportunities, he noted. International, regional, economic, social, and strategic cooperation with Beijing must remain top priority of the government as Pakistan’s prosperity and future is tied to China, said Mughal. Capitalism is malfunctioning while China has introduced a superior economic model with lower tax and regulatory burdens which must become a learning model for Pakistan, said Abdul Rauf. Mehboob Ilahi and Tariq Sadiq lauded the government for deepening economic co-operation and strengthening people-to-people contacts between the two countries. The delegation assured full cooperation in restoring investors’ confidence, better management of the national assets, deregulation, and muchawaited structural reforms.

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Raja Changez Sultan’s artwork on display ISLAMABAD

Cheap power generation, enhance availability of water, helping poor, provision of loans and laptops to youth, reducing inflation, ensuring peace, increasing growth rate and getting maximum benefit from GSP while keeping lenders satisfied is evident from international recognition of our policies, he added. The President said that we are trying to reduce prices of essential items and clip borrowings, pushing exports and remittances, reduce unnecessary imports, stabilise the exchange rate and pave way for increased domestic and foreign investment to ensure a better future. Munawar Mughal said that the visit would help further cementing the already close and cordial cooperation between two countries taking time-tested friendship to new heights. Chinese support in addressing our energy deficit by developing wind, solar, hydel and nuclear energy resources and

introspective of different aspects of elements pulling a man forward and pushing him back, the positive and the negatives of a divided entity. His women are soft and supple, with voluptuous bodies and pale skin. But there is something eerie about their countenance, something which makes the viewer pause and contemplate on their somberness and their solemnity. The palette is more subdued, the figures are subtler in their disposition and moods, and his pictures appear to take shape from within the canvas, sculpted onto the surface of the work. Created by adding and subtracting thin layers of paint, there is an inherent unity in his work that springs from his own solitary disposition. The exhibition will continue till March 15.


Javed Hashmi alleges government bewildered over national security issue ISLAMABAD inP

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi has said that government is perplexed over national security issue, however, calling meeting of parliamentary leaders over national security policy is laudable. Talking to media persons here outside the Parliament House on Wednesday, Javed Hashmi said that government has failed to adopt a clear view point over national security policy which has further adding to the problems. He said that his party has no

objection over performance of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar but has reservations over vague stance of government. The PTI President said that if would have been much better if the government had consulted opposition parties prior to announcing National Security policy to remove their reservations in this regard. Hashmi warned that any delay in encounter terrorism policy could intensify the crises further.


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PIA’s Lahore-Quetta-Mashad flight welcomed ISLAMABAD APP

HELP ME: A disabled begger asking for some mercy from passer-bys. inP

Prof Ahsan iqbal awards medals and degrees to PieAs graduates ISLAMABAD Press releAse


ONVOCATION 2014 was held at Pakistan Institute of engineering and Applied Sciences (PIeAS), the number 1 ranked engineering Institution of the country, on 25 February 2014. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Professor Ahsan Iqbal was the Chief Guest on this occasion. Degrees were conferred to 300 PhD, MS, MPhil and BS graduates. The post-graduates degrees were awarded in the disciplines of Nuclear engineering, Systems engineering, Mechanical engineering, Materials engineering, Process engineering, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation & Medical Oncology, Medical Physics, and Physics. The BS degrees were awarded in the field of Computer & Information Sciences. Gold medals and merit certificates

were distributed to the graduates securing top honours in each discipline. Speaking in this august ceremony, Ahsan Iqbal lauded the research output and quality education of PIeAS. He emphasized the importance of applied research over blue sky research for the countries like Pakistan. He said the world has identified the key areas of development in the fields of IT & Telecom, robotics, man-made materials, biotechnology, chemical processing, and sustainable energy. By adopting modern techniques in research, universities can play a major role to develop a modern society. Prof. Ahsan said that government’s top priority is to overcome energy crisis in the country and the government is also focusing to utilize nuclear energy to alleviate loadshedding. He said that Coastal power plant would add 2200 MW additional

electricity in our National power system which has already been inaugurated by the Prime Minister. He also stressed Scholars and Scientists to devote their energy and talent in that area which will have maximum impact to achieve millennium development goals. Giving comparisons, the federal minister said that Pakistan’s power sector installed capacity stood at 21,000MW from 1947 to date, but now the Chinese government had showed its confidence on our government by agreeing to assist Islamabad for installation of adding 23,000MW in the next five to seven years. In his welcome address, Chairman PAeC, Dr. Ansar Parvez, himself a PIeAS graduate, thanked the Federal Minister and briefed the audience about the culture of merit in PAeC and the importance that it attributes to

HRD. PIeAS has become a supplier of quality man-power to all the strategic commissions of the country including PAeC, NeSCOM, KRL, and PNRA. He advised the graduating class to concentrate on the frontiers of knowledge and master the cutting edge technologies. earlier on, Rector PIeAS, Dr. Muhammad Aslam told the audience that PIeAS acquired degree awarding status in year 2000 and within a short period of six years it was ranked as No.1 engineering Institution of Pakistan by the Higher education Commission (HeC). He praised his faculty as PIeAS consistently retained this prestigious position in the subsequent HeC rankings held in 2010 and 2013. Sixty-seven PIeAS graduates have been decorated with national civil awards for their outstanding contributions to national technical developments.

Urdu declamation, painting competition held ISLAMABAD APP

Urdu declamation and painting competition held here on Wednesday at Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG) Post Graduate F-7/4, on the second day of intercollegiate competitions. Shamim Ikram-ul-Haq a renowned journalist, writer, poetess, member executive committee Pakistan National Council of Arts and Union of journalist, Islamabad, was the guest of honor on the occasion. Sharing her remarks on the occasion, Shamim Ikram said fashion could not portray personality of people especially students but, she added, it is important to have balanced approach towards life and strong character building that contributed in building a nation. eleven teams from different colleges of Islamabad and Rawalpindi participated in the event. According to results in Urdu declamation contest, Mehwish Ishtiaq from Bilqees college of

education, Chaklala, Rawalpindi, Nimra Ahmad from Fizaia Inter College Chaklala, Rawalpindi and Aqsa Rana from IMCG Post Graduate (PG), F-7/2, stood first, second and third respectively. Whereas in Still Life painting competition, Roshnan Ali from, Government Post Graduate College for Women, 6th Road, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, got 1st position, Mishal Fatima, from IMCG (PG), F-10/2, bagged 2nd and Abeer KIani from ICG, F-6/2, got third position. While in ecstasy competition, Ammara Shakir from Government Post Graduate College for Girls, 6th Road, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, took 1st prize, Zainab Shehzad from IMCG(PG),F-7/4 Islamabad bagged 2nd and Andleeb Tabassum from Government Post Graduate College for Women, 6th Road, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi and Aqdas Ali from Kashmir Road, Rawalpindi secured 3rd position. At the end of the occasion prizes were distributed among the winners.

Peshawar: The Bank of Khyber (BoK) & United Isurance Company (UIC) join hands for Insurances Cover for BoK Account Holders. Mr Imran Samad A/Managing Director witnessing the MoU signing ceremony, while Mr. Lal Nawaz Khattak BoK Head Business Development & Ch. Aslam Feroze, Executive Director UIC are signing on behalf of their respective institutions.


People from different walks of life have welcome the much-awaited launch of Lahore-Quetta-Mashad flight which will greatly benefit zaireen of holy places in Iran. The commencement of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) twice a week direct flight operation to Mashad, Iran will fulfil longstanding demand of the people who had to use land routes to visit holy shrines in Iran, said Mazhar Hussain who visited Iran last year. A lady passenger who is planning to visit Iran, appreciated this initiative of the national flag carrier and thanked Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Special Assistant to

Prime Minister on Aviation, Shujaat Azeem on the commencement of LahoreQuetta-Mashad flight. She said that the launch of this route would facilitate the zaireen and help save precious lives as a number of zaireen using land route to Iran had been targeted by the terrorists in the past. Ghulam Shia, a travel agent expressed the pleasure on the launch of flight to Iran and said that direct flight to Mashad would reduce the travelling timing. Previously, the zaireen had to use third country to go there as direct services were not available in Pakistan, he added. expressing pleasure over commencement of PIA flight to Mashad, Director Marketing PIA, Sohail Yaqoob the direct flight would fulfill the long


EXPLOSION IN RAWALPINDI INJURES ONE RAWALPINDI: One person was injured as a result of a bomb device explosion near a school in Rawalpindi’s Ratta Amral area on

standing demand of the people of Pakistan. He said that on the instructions of the Prime Minister, PIA has started flights to Mashad. The flight is being operated on pure commercial basis and the first flight left for Mashad with full load. He said that the airline plans to add new destinations to PIA network while increasing frequencies of its existing flights. PIA is also planning to operate flights to Najaf, Iraq. He said that under the guidance of Shujaat Azeem for the revival of PIA, the airline is in the process of acquiring newer versions of fuel efficient aircraft to be inducted in PIA fleet. As soon as PIA gets the required number of aircraft more flights will be operated, he added.

Wednesday morning. According to details, the bomb device exploded near Islamia School No 3 on Babu Lal Hussain Road in Ratta Amral, leaving a pedestrian injured. The injured person was hit with ball bearings on several body parts. On receiving information, police and rescue team personnel reached the site of the incident and shifted the wounded person to a hospital. Meanwhile, Bomb Disposal Squad personnel gathered evidence from the scene as investigation of the incident went underway. inP


National Security Policy

Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Iran’s reckless brinkmanship Restrained but assertive Pakistan response most appropriate

Some critical questions interior minister must answer


H Nisar has presented a 100-page report on national security policy before the National Assembly. The original report was earlier put before the cabinet but its copies were taken back from the ministers at the conclusion of the meeting. Obviously the cabinet members were supposed to endorse the report without fully understanding its content or implications. The report presented before the NA too had been put at the table of the house instead of being circulated among the members. One can understand the need for keeping certain things secret but when secrecy becomes a part of the mindset it can cause more harm than good. The interior minister wants to develop a political consensus to deal with terrorism. He has urged the political parties to assist the government instead of being critical of it. This is not possible unless the government is prepared to share the necessary information with them. What the leader of opposition said on the floor of the house negated Ch Nisar’s claim of having taken political leaders on board all the time. The prime minister has responded to the concerns expressed by Khurshid Shah promising to regularly seek the opinion of the leaders of parliamentary parties. Equally symptomatic is Ch Nisar’s lack of patience with the media. He complained that the media unjustly critcised him. It is the media’s responsibility to keep a watch on the government’s performance and the leaders’ statements in the larger public interest. The media maintains across the board vigilance and recognises no holy cows. It has acted as public tribune in the past and will continue to do so in future. There is no need to be jittery about it. It is also not for the interior minister to advise the media regarding how it should or should not report on the TTP or any other organization. The Nisar security plan envisages a focal position for the National CounterTerrorism Authority (NACTA) which is an independent body answerable directly to the prime minister. Under the Act, there is to be a board of governors of NACTA headed by the prime minister, the interior minister being one of its members. It is now being proposed to hand over the body to interior ministry which is inappropriate. The NACTA will control 26 intelligence agencies in the country, including the ISI, MI and IB. It is widely understood that only the prime minister possesses the clout to make them work as a team. Ch Nisar reportedly plans to spend Rs28 billion in the first year only. Once he referred to the US Homeland Security which he said had hired 40,000 people from different fields to correlate the intelligence. While a superpower can afford funds and manpower of the magnitude Pakistan cannot. The NACTA should comprise a lean and mean organization, rather than an empire presided over by the interior minister.

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ERCIFULLy better sense has prevailed, and the heat generated by Iran against Pakistan in the wake of the kidnapping of five border guards Tehran claims have been brought over to Pakistani territory, allegedly by the little-known Jaish al-Adl militant outfit on February 6, has been tempered. This came about on February 19, in the form of a meeting of the Pakistan-Iran Joint Border Commission in Quetta, to discuss the kidnapping of Iranian border guards by the supposedly Iran-based Jaish al-Adl. Earlier on February 17, Iran’s Interior Minister had warned Pakistan that Iranian forces may enter Pakistan and Afghan territory to get the border guards released. Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli had called upon Pakistan to treat the case “strongly and seriously” or allow Iran to secure the remote region “deep on Pakistan and Afghanistan’s soil.” According to him, an Iranian delegation was to visit Pakistan on February 24 to secure the guards’ release. He had added: “Otherwise, we do consider

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it our right to intervene and create a new security sphere for our safety.” The Iranian armed forces’ deputy chief of staff, Major General Hossain Hassani Sa’di told reporters in Tehran the same day that the guards were still alive, and underlined that “political and military measures are underway to set them free,” without elaborating any further. Pakistan’s response, on the other hand, was assertive yet restrained. A statement issued by Islamabad on February 18 said: “Pakistan regrets the suggestions of negligence on its part over the incident, especially when Pakistan’s active support against terrorist groups in the past is well-known and acknowledged by Iran. Pakistan has already informed the Iranian authorities that its Frontier Corps teams have intensively combed the entire region but could not verify the entry or presence of these Iranian border guards on its territory. It is therefore possible that the miscreants along with the abducted border guards are still hiding within the Iranian territory.” The statement expressed “serious concern” over the Iranian interior minister’s comments and added that “Iranian forces have no authority to cross our borders in violation of international law.” It was also significant to note that Pakistan had opted not to respond to the Iranian armed forces’ deputy chief of staff’s highly provocative statement. Pakistan has quite clearly shown maturity in containing the issue that could possibly have flared up to an unforeseeable level. The earlier cooperation with Iran on the question of militant Iranian militant groups that Pakistan’s official statement referred to was, presumably, with regard to the Jundallah group whose leader, Abdolmalek Regi was

captured in Iran during a transit flight and executed in 2010 following a tipoff from Pakistan. It is mainly on account of Pakistan’s help that Iran has been able to curtail terrorist activities on its soil, and those launched from it into Pakistan. The group is wanted in connection with a large number of terrorist attacks in Pakistan, most famously the June 10, 2004 attempted assassination of Lt. Gen. Ahsan Saleem Hyat, the then Karachi Corps Commander. Other terrorist attacks owned by the outfit include the February 2012 massacre of Shia Muslims in district Kohistan. Jundallah also claimed responsibility for the killing of eight foreign tourists and their Pakistani guide in GilgitBaltistan, and of course the September 2013 church bombing in Peshawar. Although no foreign threat to Pakistan should be taken lightly, it is worth keeping in mind the Iranian trait of bluffing. It was narrated to me a couple of years back by the late Ambassador Tanvir Ahmad Khan while he was the Chairman and Director General of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad how deftly he had handled a similar situation when he was Pakistan’s envoy to Tehran in the 1990s. The incident had to do with the advance of the Taliban towards Mazar-i-

Sharif in northeast Afghanistan and their slaughter of a large number of Tajiks in the process. Ambassador Tanvir received a call from the then foreign minister of Iran at the height of tensions between Tehran and Islamabad, inviting him to join the Minister for Fajr prayers followed by breakfast. When the two settled down for breakfast the next morning, the Minister stated rather casually that the Iranian Air Force had been ordered to launch attacks on Pakistan. The astute diplomat that Ambassador Tanvir was, he called the bluff by replying: “your Excellency, the Pakistan Air Force has been given the command to shoot down any intruding Iranian aircraft.” Of course, Ambassador Tanvir had no such information, but his presence of mind had saved the day. Be that as it may, Iran – displeased with Pakistan for whatever reason – would be well advised to desist from such reckless brinkmanship.

Although no foreign threat to Pakistan should be taken lightly, it is worth keeping in mind the Iranian trait of bluffing.

Ghani Jafar is a senior journalist and analyst. His latest book is on Iran’s nuclear programme, “Iran and the Bomb: Nuclear Club Busted”, which has recently been published. He can be reached at:

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Giving the due Being a resident of DHA Lahore any news item appearing in any section of media attracts my attention. At times informative, at time positive and at times critical contents inspired me to share my honest and true feelings. A false impression prevailing around that the DHA is a habitat of the upper class has always been disturbing me and I very minutely tried to unfold this perception. Outcome of the quest, to know the reality revealed that in totality this perception is not 100% true. Instead it’s a mixture of a developing community barring few. Dwellings in any locality are the indicators of overall developing society. It will be unjustified if the concept behind establishment of DHA, its gradual development, extension, quality of life, facilities extended are not mentioned. With the basic amenities, round the corner and a welldeveloped infrastructure, every second person has an urge and desire to be part of this community. Up keeping the living in DHA is certainly the result of DHA management team who are committed to live up to the needs of its residents. In the era of unrest, multi-dimensional problems, like security, maintenance/sewage, provision of affiliated facilities are the concern of every housing society. DHA Lahore, despite all these barriers stands out amongst the rest. It’s bylaws, development, regular upkeep of necessities & facilities like commercial markets, mosques, educational institutions, parks, playing grounds health facilities, club facilities, cinema, effective security system etc are certain worth mentioning facilities that we the residents are enjoying. No doubt a room for improvement always remains and so is with DHA as well. RAJA TAIMUR MASUD Lahore

PCB imbroglio This confusion and infighting within PCB must end now for sake of cricket. The fact remains that India has persistently refused to play with Pakistan on neutral ground and this stance has more to do with politics and bias than on principles. Mr Zaka Ashraf was a political appointee and like other politically nominated chairman, who preceded him, he is not a sport specialist, nor is Najam Sethi, or Tauqir Zia etc. Historically it has always been Patron, who nominated PCB Chairman and board members. It would have been

wiser for Zaka to leave once his political godfather was out of office. Even choice of former cricketer Ejaz Butt, proved to be worse. The sham elections which outgoing chairman loudly proclaims, lacked credibility, for there exists no functional cricket councils in many regions and cities, except urban centres like Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Rawalpindi etc. The breeding grounds and nurseries which once existed when schools existed with grounds, and matches were held between colleges and universities, with teams from Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan etc competing, attracting crowds and sponsorship. While population increased, even urban centres like Karachi have seen land allocated for amenity and public parks, such as Kidney Hill etc occupied by land mafia with support of political and military governments. A huge chunk of land owned and within control of Karachi’s National Stadium has fallen prey to greed of real estate mafia. The stadiums that exist are now being used to hold marriage functions, although rules do not allow this abuse. Unfortunate reality of attractive perks, benefits of a financially strong PCB fell victim to greed of powerful cronies of successive governments. Enough damage has been done to cricket and it is time Patron performs his role by taking notice of matters. Now that Sethi has been reappointed, PCB needs to overhaul itself. There are quite a few former Test cricketers who are educated and have worked in administrative jobs in various corporations and in public sector. Some of them have been associated with ICC, having been selected as match referees. Men like Ehsan Mani, Nur Khan etc have served PCB well. Former cricketers who may have excelled with bat or ball, but lack communication and administrative skills serve no purpose if given key assignments. Let merit prevail and game of gentlemen flourish. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore

Tax evasion Pakistan is rampant with tax evasion. With the help of the tax collecting authority, FBR employees, citizens in Pakistan have been living tax free for many decades. Currently FBR collects taxes from only 0.5% of registered tax payers of the total population. Ironically NADRA, which was created many decades after the FBR, has registered 5% of Pakistani’s so far for National Identification. The Government of Pakistan collects taxes indirectly


by taxing luxury items like fuel, cigarettes, industries, etc. while compensating budget deficits with loans and grants from other nations and organisations. During the past many years this tax free culture has helped not only the FBR employees become filthy rich, it has also helped the tax evading businesses and persons to become rich, which has resulted in the expansion of cities and businesses across Pakistan. But with this expansion also comes many problems that are associated with unplanned sudden expansions, like heavy traffic, pollution, water shortages, etc. For example in Peshawar the 22 KM short commute from one end of the city to the other end would take 4 hours during office hours. But now when the Government of KPK wants to improve the city’s infrastructure they are finding it difficult to find free land to build new infrastructures as all available land is in possession by these tax evading citizens, who have developed their residence and businesses for many years and are not ready to vacate or sell their property at low rates. This is where the decades of tax evasion can become useful to the current Government of KPK. Using the example of Shop owners of Badami Bagh in Lahore, whose property was bought by the Punjab Government for low rates for construction of the Metro Bus road. This was possible because these shop owners were avoiding taxes for decades by undervaluing their properties in official documents, when sold, to avoid high stamp duty and other taxes. Since the Government uses the property value on record to get the average property rate for the area, these shop owners had to sell their land at 1/4th of the actual value. And there were no protests, as any protest would be tantamount to an admission of tax evasion and could result in arrest and prosecution of the shop owner. If such actions are taken by the Government of KPK to modernise the infrastructure of the main cities, it would not only help develop the cities, as the new infrastructure would improve the standard of living and economic activities in the city. It would also reduce tax evasion in KPK, as other citizens would want to avoid the situation of selling their expensive property at low rates to the Government and would therefore declare the full value of their property and pay the full amount of tax in the future. SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar

Thursday, 27 February, 2014

the joUrney of french teen jihadists Le MonDe


laurent Borredon

HEY didn’t imagine “that it would be so hard.” Maybe that was because everything before their arrival in Syria had been so easy. Y. and A. are 15 and 16 years old respectively, 10th graders at Arènes High School in the southern French city of Toulouse. Over the course of a few weeks, they became convinced that they should go and fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. In just a matter of days, they managed to organize and carry out their journey to a Jihadist camp. But it didn’t take long for them both to become disillusioned, which forced them to figure out how to head back home to France. Since Jan. 31, they have been questioned for “criminal association in relation to a terrorist undertaking.” While in custody they have recounted to investigators of the Central Directorate of Homeland Intelligence (DCRI), the French intelligence agency, just how simple it was to arrange and execute their perilous journey, beginning in mid-December. Like millions of French people who travel, they booked their flights online. While A.’s mother did not have a credit card, Y. was able to use his father’s to buy two tickets to Istanbul. A. invented a school trip as an excuse — his friend wrote the fake letter to the parents — and stole cash from his mother to reimburse his friend and finance the costs once they arrived. On Jan. 6, when they were supposed to return to school after the Christmas holidays, the two boys set off as if it were a normal day. But instead of going to

school, they took the bus to the Toulouse Airport. Their journey abroad would begin there without a hitch, because authorizations to leave the country are no longer required for minors in France. They were prepared. In Syria, they had a contact who provided them with the roadmap. To find him, there was no need for a special network or underground movements. Facebook was enough. Thanks to the social network’s auto-suggests, the two friends came across user Abou H., whose photo showed him bearing a rifle, and whose account described him as, “The fighter at Allah’s service.” Abou H. claimed to be in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city in the north of the country, where the heart of the battle against the regime is taking place. After communicating for a bit, he asked the two teenagers if they wanted to come to the country. No big sermon was necessary. The recruiter simply provided instructions and practical information. The destination was Hatay, in the southern tip of Turkey, some 40 kilometers from the border and just over 100 kilometers from Aleppo. In Istanbul, their connecting flight was canceled. It was there that the two teens began having their first doubts after one of them called his mother, who burst into tears and begged for him to return. But they chose to board the first flight that took them to another southern city, Adana, a bit further from Syria, and they finished their journey by bus. After a night at the hotel, the boys arrived by taxi in Reyhanli, very close to the Syrian border. They traveled the last few kilometers in a car driven by one of Abou H.’s contacts. During the short ride, they caught a glimpse of one of the big refugee camps. A few hundred meters away from


The Pentagon plans to scale back to 450,000 soldiers. Going beyond that is not wise. The Pentagon's new strategy calls for an active-duty Army of 450,000 soldiers — the fewest number of full-time soldiers since before World War II. That would be just 10% less than the average since the mid-1990s to halfway through the Bush years — not a huge change. Marines and Army Guardsmen and Reservists would be cut slightly less, in percentage terms. Even so, how much is enough? Since 1992, the U.S. has based its planning for ground forces around the possibility of fighting two large regional wars at once. We thought they'd be Iraq and North Korea. They turned out to be Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, Saddam Hussein is gone, Iraq is violent but not looking to invade anybody and all the military buzz is about drones, cyberspace, SEALs and long-range strike systems. And the Pentagon, since 2012, has declared the end of any interest in large-scale counterinsurgency and stabilization missions. Most Americans, chastened and fatigued by the Iraq and Afghanistan experiences, might happily go along with this new way of thinking. But let's be careful not to push this logic too far. If the budget cuts known as sequestration kick back in by 2016, as current law requires, the Pentagon may cut the active Army to 400,000 or below. A former chief of naval operations recently proposed cutting it below 300,000. These ideas would not be wise.

LIMITS TO CUTS The Army, together with the Marine Corps and other elements of our military, still needs to continue to deter conflict against North Korea — a nation now armed with perhaps 10 nuclear bombs, led by a leader who just had his uncle executed on trumped-up charges, and backed by millions of indoctrinated soldiers with perfectly serviceable AK-47s and other small arms. If, heaven forbid, there is another war on the Korean Peninsula, our South Korean allies will need lots of American help to prevent the destruction of Seoul and the possible seepage of nuclear materials onto the international black market, where terrorists could bid for them. Then there are all the other, smaller, possible missions. To be sure, we should not let our imaginations run rampant. I am glad nobody

Syria, the man stopped the car. They took their belongings, and ran across the border. On the other side, another man and another car were waiting for them. They were safe and set to meet Abou H. in a village located between Aleppo and Idlib, a hotbed of the rebellion. It was time for the first military briefing. Abou H. outlined the clashes raging in the region between the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the local Islamist groups and the “al-Dawla,” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a militia made up of foreign jihadists who were gaining ground.

AN ATMOSPHERE OF SUSPICION The two teens quickly felt lost. Y. told investigators that he only realized they were enrolled in the al-Nusra Front — a group linked to al-Qaeda — days later. In the house, there were fighters from all over the world. A week later, they were transferred to Idlib, because, according to Abou H., the FSA was approaching their village and wanted to kill the foreign fighters. The waiting in Idlib continued, along with around 20 other Frenchspeaking members. They then returned to the first village, where a training camp was set to open. Communicating with the 30 other foreigners — Chechens, Kazakhs, Tunisians — was not easy, having learned only bits of English back at school in France. A. also spoke some basic Arabic, which made him the translator. The two boys could only describe their comrades to investigators by saying they looked like “Shaggy in Scooby-Doo.” From one house to another, each day looked just like the last. They awoke

at 6 a.m. for prayer, breakfast and chores. The living conditions were austere — no hot water, no heating, and a prevailing atmosphere of suspicion. Entertainment was non-existent, and when Y. tried to play a game on his computer at the camp, he was “told off.” Still, despite almost constant surveillance, both regularly went to the village’s sole Internet café to communicate with France.

SPREAD THE WORD These exchanges were even encouraged by the group’s leaders, who made the aspiring fighters pose with weapons before asking them to upload the pictures to their Facebook profiles, in order to “encourage people to come over.” But the experience for the two boys actually had the opposite effect. A. gave in first. He found the other French speakers in the group to be “lame” thugs, and that a war between rebel groups formed an “illicit Jihad.” And being forced to stay out in the cold to get “used to it” was not really a pleasant experience. More mundanely, they simply missed their families. According to the teenagers, they were not harmed physically but they had to put up with constant “moralizing” rhetoric. Eventually, both A. and Y. managed to return home. Waiting on the other side of the border in Turkey — on Jan. 26 for A., the 27 for Y — were their families. While their journey had made news in France, it was French intelligence officials who welcomed them when they got off the plane. They did not return as heroes, or even wayward children, but as suspected terrorists.

was talking about sending U.S. troops to Ukraine during the recent crisis there. We also need not plan to fight China on the Asian mainland, or go chase drug kingpins with Army forces in Mexican mountains, or occupy Iran or Pakistan to seize their nuclear capabilities. Some missions are just too hard, too dangerous, too peripheral to U.S. interests — or simply undoable.

UNANTICIPATED MISSIONS But there are other missions that could arise. Nobody saw the Bosnia and Kosovo missions coming until the Balkans exploded in violence in the 1990s. Korea was not on our radar screen until 1950; Vietnam barely registered in the early 1960s; Afghanistan was about the least likely place anybody thought we'd send troops until 2001. Here are some possible missions for the future, even if each is unlikely: An international implementation force to uphold any deal the belligerents in Syria might ultimately accept. U.S. battalions or brigades of up to a few thousand troops per country to shore up our Persian Gulf allies after a possible military strike to eliminate Iran's nuclear facilities (if talks fail), followed by a prolonged period of low-intensity conflict with Iran. A peacekeeping mission to secure and stabilize Kashmir if disputes over that region lead India and Pakistan to their fifth war — and the prospect of their first nuclear war. An implementation force for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. None of these scenarios is likely to happen, but as noted, we tend to wind up in one or two such missions at a time over any given decade. Planning for one big war — such as Korea — to shore up deterrence, while having the capacity to help backstop two multinational stabilization missions elsewhere, is a reasonable way to plan future U.S. ground forces. We can probably, by my calculations, satisfy that requirement with 450,000 active-duty soldiers. But not much less. Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

WORLD VIEW 09 Ukraine is on the brink of war Moscow TiMes GeorGy Bovt

The events in Ukraine are unfolding faster than the media can report them. As I predicted back in November, impeached Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has failed to serve out his term. Even if he retains a semblance of authority from his power base in eastern Ukraine, it is only the death throes of a presidency that one year ago nobody could have imagined would end so ignominiously. After all, Yanukovych came into office through elections that both Russia and the West recognized as relatively honest. The reins of power are lying loose in Ukraine today. This situation is certainly not like the Moscow of October 1993, but it does call to mind the St. Petersburg of October 1917. At such historical junctures, the advantage goes not to those who win a majority of votes in relatively peaceful times, but to those who pursue the most resolute and determined course of action amid the mounting chaos. Any revolution is simply a coup carried out by the most prominent activists opposing the ruling regime. Of course, it is political marauders who tend to make the most skilful use of the fruits of revolutions. The "Bolsheviks" in today's Ukraine are the Right Sector radicals led by Dmitro Yarosh and other similar organizations who zealously advocate nationalist ideas. These groups are highly organized — a critical factor in such moments in history — and their leaders functioned like field commanders during Euromaidan, ordering hundreds of followers to occupy or stand guard over government buildings. Their minions execute those commands far better than Ukraine's Berkut riot police carried out orders from Yanukovych — who, by the way, ultimately betrayed his orders by fleeing. In such critical moments, the ability of the people to organize at a grassroots level is the most important of all. In my opinion, Russia's state television spin doctors have gotten too carried away with branding the protesters as Nazis, thugs and radicals. There are plenty of radicals, yes, but such people always appear along with everyone else during a major upheaval. In fact, the majority of demonstrators were ordinary citizens who did not take to the streets in return for money. Revolutions and coups are never carried out for money, although most Russian propagandists seem to believe that the demonstrators were all collecting Western money to live in tent cities and risk their lives before snipers' guns. Indeed, attempts to pay off people did play a role in Euromaidan, but not on the part of protesters. Yanukovych, with his gangster-like approach, used the Berkut riot police as a legal band of thugs to extort money from and intimidate large and small business owners and ordinary citizens alike. Anger over those actions helped fuel the Euromaidan protest. Yanukovych lost power not only because he attempted to blackmail both the European Union and Russia, but because he and his inner circle had simply stolen too much from the people. Ukraine is entering a period of chaos. Grassroots efforts alone cannot preserve the state, although they might manage to maintain a basic level of order by keeping, say, water and sewage operations functioning in the cities. But at some point a government must be formed — whether a single national authority or regional entities. I do not believe the notion that Ukraine is necessarily headed toward division. The Euromaidan leaders and the majority of Ukrainians do not want the country to split, and although the eastern and western regions might have their disagreements, they still see each other as members of a single nation. However, the Verkhovna Rada, which has assumed all of what little authority exists in the country today, is clearly incapable of re-establishing Ukraine's statehood. It is just possible that former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will emerge as that ace in the hole who is capable of carrying the country through its current crisis. A word needs to be said here about the EU's policy toward Ukraine. European officials clearly went too far in their tug-of-war with Moscow. For its part, Moscow fell victim to its own antiWestern paranoia and ideas about a zero-sum game. Multilateral negotiations that include the EU and Russia need to be convened to help determine Ukraine's future. It is high time that all these players, along with the U.S., make good on their claims to have put the Cold War behind them. They must work together to help this country of 50 million people that is teetering on the edge of collapse in the heart of Europe find a peaceful and productive solution to its problems. The only alternative is war — and that war might easily go from "cold" to "hot" very quickly. European leaders have yet to realize that Russia's rulers view a geopolitical defeat in Ukraine as nothing less than an existential threat to Russia itself, a threat to which they must respond with every means in their power, including military might. Georgy Bovt is a political analyst.


Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Iran says PakIstan OBLIgated tO cOmPLete gas PIPeLIne TEHRAN



RAN’S oil ministry said Wednesday that Pakistan is contractually obligated to complete a major pipeline project which would allow Tehran to export gas to its southeastern neighbour. The warning came a day after Pakistan’s oil minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, said work on the pipeline was not possible because of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union on Tehran over its controversial nuclear drive. “Iran has carried out its commitments … and expects the Pakistani side to honour its own,” the deputy oil minister, Ali Majedi, said in a statement. “They should even pick up

the pace of work and make up for falling behind schedule” in constructing Pakistan’s 780-kilometre (485-mile) side of the pipeline, he said. Iran, which has the world’s second largest gas reserves, says work on its side in the $ 7.5 billion project launched in 2010 is almost finished. But the project’s fate has faced uncertainty, with Pakistan repeatedly running into problems, including major financing issues,

Nawaz says bold decisions to put country on right track ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said economy was a challenge for the government, which has taken bold decisions to put the country on right track. The prime minister expressed these views during a briefing given to him by Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning and Development. The prime minister said that avenues for development are available, and stressed the need for dedicated and innovative people to take on the opportunities and put the country on fast track development. He said the investment by Chinese in Pakistan is a good omen for the foreign investors who will now have more confidence to come to Pakistan to avail the available opportunities. Iqbal briefed the prime minister on his visit to China. He said that Pakistan and China have the prioritized areas of investment. He said the prioritization is based upon significance to bilateral connectivity, socio-economic urgency and impact and quicker completion time. In energy sector, 16 projects have been identified where Chinese investor has shown their interest. It includes solar, coal and hydel power projects. These are short to medium term projects and the power generation will be available in five years, he added. In Gwadar, an integrated development plan of Gwadar city has been planned which includes infrastructure facilities, and construction of Gwadar Airport, he added. Ahsan Iqbal said that both China and Pakistan have made their respective Planning Working Groups for jointly working on planning, identifying and prioritization of projects in different sectors. The Prime Minister constituted a six-member committee including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, and Secretary to PM to monitor the progress of these projects, ensure the completion of the projects on fast track and report to him on regular basis on the status of the projects. app

while being pressured by the US. On Tuesday, Abbasi said that the work on the pipeline “is affected by the sanctions imposed” on Tehran. He did not elaborate on how the sanctions could derail the project. In Tehran, Majedi rejected the argument, saying the issue of sanctions was not a new development. “Pakistan faced pressure at the time of signing the deal,” he said. “But fully aware of the situation and the issue of sanctions, it still

signed the contract.” Majedi added that the option of “bringing in a third party to finish the pipeline” had been raised in recent negotiations with Pakistani officials. Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in late October he had “no hope” for the project, after Islamabad asked Tehran for $2 billion in financing to build its side of the pipeline. That request was denied by Iran. Iran currently produces nearly 600 million cubic metres of gas per day, almost all of which is consumed domestically. Its only foreign client is Turkey, which buys about 30 million cubic metres of gas per day. Pakistan is struggling with a severe gas crisis, with natural gas supplies running out in winters, forcing consumers to rely on liquid gas cylinders.

Muzaffarabad-Srinagar cross LoC trade resumes after 41 days


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Tarbela IV Extension Hydropower Project heralds the beginning of a new era of socio economic development in the country. He said that it is also a manifestation of the present government’s resolve to provide relief to the common man and boost economic development through addition of low-cost electricity. The prime minister said this at ground breaking ceremony of Tarbela –IV extension Hydropower project in Tarbela on Wednesday. He said that the worst energy outages that the people of Pakistan have faced for last many years are the result of sustained policy neglect. He said that the successive governments could not address the imperative of increasing power generation in view of escalating needs of econ-

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Cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade on Muzaffarabad-Srinagar route resumed on Wednesday after remaining suspended for 41 days but it is feared to be closed again soon as another controversy surfaced when officials at the Chakoti Trade Centred put the condition of unloading the goods trucks for checking. The Trade Centre Chakoti administration on Wednesday put the condition that all the goods trucks will be fully unloaded and checked and they will be loaded again for further travel after the checking. However, the traders refused to accept this new condition arguing that it will spoil their goods and will cause them financial damages. Due to this controversy, 22 trucks coming from Occupied Kashmir and four trucks from Azad Kashmir went back from the Line of Control (LOC) in protest and did not travel to the other side. They said 22 trucks carrying goods from the Indian-held side left Salamabad Trade

Facilitation Centre on Wednesday morning for Azad Kashmir. But they returned and did not complete the route in protest. The AJK authorities suspended the cross-LoC trade on January 17 after 114 packets of brown sugar were recovered from a truck coming from Muzaffarabad and the driver was arrested. The travel on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was also suspended. Pakistan was demanding release of the arrested driver. Although the officials from the two sides agreed to resume travel services after two weeks, the trade remained suspended till Wednesday. However, the new controversy has endangered the trade resumption again. Representatives of the LOC traders said that they were not against the checking, but full unloading of their trucks was unacceptable as it will cause great inconvenience for them and will also damage their goods. They demanded of the Pakistan and AJK governments to take notice of the matter and order installation of modern scanning system at Chakoti trade centre in order to curb smuggling and facilitate the traders.

BOPL commissions new refinery KARACHI: The county’s largest oil refinery, the 120,000 barrels per day Byco Oil Pakistan Limited (BOPL) has been working smoothly since being commissioned late last week. The refinery is currently operating at an initial capacity of 50,000 barrels a day. Speaking at the occasion, Derek Alan Lawler, CEO, BOPL stated that after the successful start-up of the first phase, the company is now preparing for the next stage of the commissioning. “We are now targeting and continue to work on the 2nd phase of the commissioning. This will be to increase the refining schedule of the plant to 90,000 barrels per day and onwards to 120,000 barrels per day.” Staff RepoRt

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omy and population growth. Sharif said that the credit for putting together the first ever holistic National Power Policy goes to the present democratic government which has been prepared in consultation of federating units and other stakeholders. Talking about the other major hydel power initiatives of the government he mentioned Diamer-Basha Dam (4500 MW), Dasu (4320 MW) and Bunji (7100 MW) and stated that he has already directed the Ministry of Water and Power and other concerned organizations to accelerate these projects. Earlier Chairman WAPDA Syed Raghib Ali Shah gave a detailed briefing on the project to the prime minister. The PM was informed that the Tarbela 4th Extension Project will contribute about 4 billion units of low-cost and environment-friendly electricity to the national power system every

year. Annual monetary benefit of the project has been estimated to be Rs.30 billion and it will pay back the cost incurred on its construction in a short span of three years. The prime minister said that the delays, over costing and escalations would not be tolerated in the project. Separately, while talking to a delegation of Pakistan International Business and Investment Council (PIBIC), led by Special envoy to PM for Overseas Trade and Investment Javed Malik, the prime minister said that the present government has identified the energy sector as an engine for growth and has taken a number of initiatives to attract foreign investment for exploration of new energy resources and to make the existing power system efficient. The meeting was also attended by Dr Musadiq Mallik Special Assistant to PM and Mifta Aslam Chairman BOI.

BARCELONA: Minister of Information Technology Anusha Rahman and the Pakistan delegation visited Huawei’s industry cuttingedge solutions and products at the Huawei exhibition booth at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, in progress in Barcelona, Spain from February 24-27, 2014. On arrival at the Huawei exhibition booth, the minister and her delegation was received by David Wang, President of Huawei Global Government Affairs Dept and Simon Geng, CEO, Huawei Pakistan. In a meeting held on the occasion, Wang updated the minister about Huawei’s 2013 performance in the global arena and Pakistan. They also talked about the upcoming 3G /4G auction in Pakistan whereby David briefed the minister on Huawei’s global 3G project experience and shared Huawei’s views on how to promote the sustainable development of the next generation mobile services market with Huawei’s global experience. pReSS ReLeaSe

soneri Bank sponsors Basant scramble 2014 KARACHI: Soneri Bank Limited exclusively sponsored Karachi Golf Club, Basant Scramble 2014, Golf tournament on February 15. The Basant Golf event was attended by over 100 Golfers including active participation of Soneri Bank senior management, and corporate and retail clients. The winning team of the tournament was CDRE Zafar Mehmood, Ghazala Zafar, CDRE Mateenur Rehman, Capt. AnsarMehmood. The prizes for the winning team, runner-up,2nd runner-up and for the Best Basanti were distributed by chief guest Alauddin Feerasta, Chairman Soneri Bank Limited and Amin Feerasta, Chief Risk Officer Soneri Bank Limited. The event highlighted the basant colors and ambiance and received a heartening response from all participants. pReSS ReLeaSe

nokia makes history with the nokia 105 KARACHI: Nokia snagged two awards at the GSMA Global Mobile Award ceremony at Mobile World Congress 2014, including a win for "Best Entry Level or Feature phone", underlining Nokia's leadership in affordable mobile phones and its ongoing commitment to connecting the Next Billion. The win for the Nokia 105 in the affordable device category marked the first time in the 19-year history of the awards that all nominees in one category were made by the same manufacturer. The other devices competing were the Nokia 208, Nokia 515, Asha 210 and Asha 503. pReSS ReLeaSe


Thursday, 27 February, 2014





You've got new goals -- and today brings the opportunity to move forward with them. It's a great time to take stock of where you've been and what you've got left in front of you.

Your office or circle of friends is going through a power struggle today -- so make sure that you're either backing the winner or staying out of the fray. You should be able to come out ahead.

Your big brain is squeezing out ideas at a rapid clip -- so make sure someone is nearby to write down your pearls of wisdom! It's a great day to tackle big problems, as you can chop them down to size quickly.




Your relationship with money is strained somewhat now -- but maybe not for typical or obvious reasons. Take stock of your finances and figure out what changes you can make to avoid this in the future.

Your sense of pride is on display today -- but it's not a failure or any other kind of problem. In fact, you are showing the world that you believe in yourself, which is the first step toward success.

You hit on a new trick for keeping track of your papers, clothes or whatever else has been in disarray lately. Whatever it takes to start a new habit, go for it -- this one is almost sure to be a winner!




You're in the middle of a swirl of fun energy that should result in something delightful. Maybe you end up at a great party, maybe you meet-cute on the subway or maybe you just start dancing at work.

You are having some serious problems at home -- but nothing that can't be addressed if you choose to take them on directly. In fact, doing so today should help you move along faster toward a solution.

Communication is everything right now -- so make sure that you're speaking clearly and plainly, as much as possible. If you have to keep something quiet, you may need to head home.







A money snafu could turn into an opportunity if you see it the right way. Make sure that you're paying careful attention when you notice what's going on. Things can change quickly!

Your energy levels are through the roof today -- so make sure that you're doing something cool with it all! It's a great time to work on new stuff or to enlist support for your dream project.

Your desire to make people's lives better is front and center today -- but don't forget your own life! It may be time for you to consider volunteering for yourself a few hours a week.





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

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Thursday, 27 February, 2014


Exposure to acetaminophen in pregnancy linked to ADHD risk in children


HIlDrEn born to women who take acetaminophen during pregnancy may be at increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and similar behavioral problems, new findings suggest. The study does not show that prenatal exposure to the medication causes ADHD, and the increase in risk is small, Dr. Jorn Olsen, one of the study’s authors, told a foreign news agency. nevertheless, “it’s reasonable to say that there’s no reason to use these drugs during pregnancy unless there is a clear medical indication,” said Olsen, a professor of epidemiology at UClA and at Aarhus University in Denmark. Acetaminophen, or paracetamol, has been available over the counter since the 1950s, Olsen and his colleagues note in their report in JAMA Pediatrics. While the medication is widely considered to be safe to use during pregnancy, they add, recent studies have shown it can disrupt hormone function in pregnant rats and mice. Given that hormones play a key role in guiding fetal development, the researchers decided to investigate whether acetaminophen exposure might be related to ADHD risk. They


looked at 64,322 children and mothers enrolled in the Danish national Birth Cohort between 1996 and 2002. More than half - 56 percent - of mothers reported using acetaminophen during pregnancy. Children born to these women were 37 percent more likely to be di-

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agnosed with hyperkinetic disorder (HKD), a severe form of ADHD. They were 29 percent more likely to be prescribed ADHD medications, and 13 percent more likely to exhibit ADHD-like behaviors at age 7. The acetaminophen-ADHD link was stronger for women who used the

medication during more than one trimester of pregnancy, and increased with the frequency of exposure. Five to six percent of babies born today will develop ADHD symptoms during their lifetimes, Dr Olsen noted; based on the current findings, that risk would increase to about 7 percent for children exposed to acetaminophen prenatally. “It’s still a modest increase,” he said. “For the women that are taking these drugs there are no special reasons for concern....for women who are pregnant and who have not taken these drugs, I think that the takehome message would be a lot of the use of these particular drugs during pregnancy is not really necessary.” An editorial accompanying the study pointed out that Olsen’s team adjusted for things that might have also influenced fetal development, such as the mothers’ inflammation or fever, while possibly explaining why the women took acetaminophen. But the researchers could not account for every reason the women took acetaminophen, so more study is needed. Pregnant women should consult their physician about whether or not they should be taking acetaminophen during pregnancy, one of the editorial’s coauthors, Dr. Kate langley told a foreign news agency. AGENCIES

Some decisions are so difficult that you can mull them over from every conceivable angle and there is still no obvious answer. But if you need to make an enlightened decision, dimming the lights could help. Scientists claim that turning down the lights reduces emotional intensity, allowing you to keep a clear head when making tough choices. A new study led by the University of Toronto Scarborough has found that both positive and negative human emotions are felt more intensely in bright light. Alison Jing Xu, assistant professor of management at the university and Aparna labroo of northwestern University, conducted a series of studies to examine the unusual paradox of lighting and human emotion. While other studies have shown that people can be more optimistic about the stock market on sunny days, while gloomy days can result in seasonal affective disorder, Professor Xu said: ‘we found that on sunny days depression-prone people actually become more depressed’. To investigate the phenomena, the duo asked experi-

ment participants to rate a wide range of things, such as the spiciness of chicken-wing sauce, the aggressiveness of a fictional character, how attractive someone was and the taste of two juices, under different lighting conditions. They found that emotions run higher in bright light, so that sauce tasted hotter, characters felt more aggressive and people looked more attractive, for example. Participants drank more of the delicious-tasting juice and less of the unfavourable juice too, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Professor Xu believes the effect bright light has on our emotional system may be the result of it being perceived as heat and the perception of heat can trigger our emotions. ‘Bright light intensifies the initial emotional reaction we have to different kinds of stimulus including products and people,’ she said. Most small everyday decisions are made in bright light, but the researchers found that dimming the lights can help people make more rational decisions and settle negotiations more easily. COurtESy DAILy MAIL

Rare ‘Mein Kampf’ copies signed by Hitler to be auctioned

Two rare copies of “Mein Kampf” signed by the young Nazi leader Adolf Hitler are to go under the hammer in Los Angeles, auctioneers said Tuesday. The two-volume set — a first edition and a second edition — of the future German Fuehrer’s political manifesto will be sold online to the highest bidder Thursday, according to Nate D. Sanders Auctions. Both volumes are signed by Hitler and are dedicated to Josef Bauer, an early Nazi party member and a leader of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch bid to overthrow the Bavarian government. Hitler likely gave them to Bauer as Christmas gifts in 1925 and 1926, expressing best wishes for the holiday season, the auctioneers said. The young Hitler wrote “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”) in prison, setting out his political doctrine and blaming Germany’s woes on an array of groups including Jews and Marxists. AGENCIES

No shoes for a year –man goes barefoot for charity

A man from Kentucky, United States has decided to go barefoot for an entire year to create awareness about the plight of shoeless children around the world. He also hopes to raise money for the cause. “For 365 days I’m going to wear no shoes to collect new shoes and raise money to buy shoes for children who have never had the luxury of owning a pair,” Richard Hudgins wrote on his Facebook page ‘No Shoes for a Year’. “At the end of the year I’m going to take all of the money that I’ve raised and talk to as many shoes companies as I can. Hopefully, I can raise enough money that they really want it and they’ll make a contribution as well.” On his Facebook page, Hudgins also wrote about the people who are forced to go barefoot every day. “The reality of life for many individuals in developing nations is that having a pair of shoes is a rarity. Over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes.” He highlights the dangers of not wearing shoes – puncture wounds, cuts, scrapes, and burns. And in some cases, hookworm or threadworm infections too. ONLINE

The receipt in your hand may cause neurological, reproductive problems, say researchers Handling receipts may increase the body’s level of a chemical that has been linked to reproductive and neurological problems, suggests a new small study. The researchers write in JAMA that bisphenol A - commonly known as BPA - typically enters the body when people eat food from a can. But it can also be absorbed through the skin from receipts, according to the study’s lead author. “It’s not the main source of exposure, but it’s an additional source that wasn’t previously recognized,” says Dr. Shelley Ehrlich of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. BPA is used in the process of making hard plastics, and has been banned from use in manufacturing baby bottles. The chemical is also used in the interior lining of many food cans. The chemical can leach into

foods that are stored in such containers and eventually end up in the body when people eat the food. More recent research has found that people can also end up with increased BPA levels after touching materials containing the chemical. BPA is in thermal paper, which used to be a mainstay in fax machines and is still commonly used for receipts. Thermal paper is coated with a material that turns black when heat is applied. At the cash register, the printer applies small amounts of heat to create numbers and letters. BPA is chemically similar to the hormone estrogen, and is thought to mimick that hormone’s effects in the body, making it a member of a class of chemicals known as “endocrine disruptors.” In the past, BPA has been linked to a number of health prob-

lems, including reproductive disorders and brain development anomalies among children exposed in the womb. Higher levels of BPA in urine have also been tied to an increased risk of obesity among children. For the new study, Ehrlich and her colleagues recruited 24 Harvard School of Public Health students and staff between 2010 and 2011. The participants were at least 18 years old and not pregnant. First, the participants were asked to handle receipts for two hours with their bare hands. After at least one week, they were asked to handle receipts again while wearing gloves. Before they handled the receipts, the researchers found that 20 of the 24 participants’ urine samples had small but measurable amounts of BPA. After the first experiment, BPA was present in all

urine samples, though at levels that remained within national averages. The concentration of BPA in the urine samples had increased,


though by an amount equivalent to about a quarter of what would be expected from eating canned soup, for example. After waiting a week

and having the participants handle receipts for two hours while wearing gloves, the researchers found no significant increase in the BPA levels in the participants’ urine samples afterwards. Ehrlich said the average person should not be alarmed by the findings, but cashiers and bank tellers who handle receipts throughout the day may want to take precautions especially if they’re pregnant or of child-bearing age. “Handle receipts with care,” she said. “They are a source of exposure to BPA and if people are handling them a lot on a daily basis . . . they should perhaps consider using gloves for now.” Ehrlich also said people may want to wash their hands after handling receipts. “I don’t think people should be super alarmed, but they should be aware,” she said. AGENCIES

Thursday, 27 February, 2014

ARTS Disney launches Streaming Video Service

Disney, like other hollywood studios, is trying to boost digital sales after consumers moved away in recent years from buying DVDs, cutting a lucrative source of revenue. The media company said in a statement it launched the new service on Tuesday, coinciding with the digital release of Disney’s blockbuster animated movie “Frozen.” The service allows consumers to buy digital movies from a library of more than 400 titles through Apple Inc’s iTunes store and the Disney Movies Anywhere website and app. The purchased movies can be watched on a laptop or desktop computer, or on Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Disney said. Consumers can also view the films through the Apple TV box. The service is built on Disney’s proprietary digital rights locker KeyChest, rather than UltraViolet, a cloud storage service used by other major hollywood studios. Disney said it is in talks with other retailers about offering the service outside of iTunes. ONLINE

Priyanka-Ranveer to play siblings in new movie

Gangnam Style: Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp founder celebrate deal

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‘darK horse’ Video draws MusliM wrath

After playing lovers in their last film, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh will now play siblings in their next project, directed by Zoya Akhtar. A source informs, “Both Ranveer and Priyanka are working hard towards knowing each other. They have been meeting each other over coffee and chatting about the bond they share with their respective siblings. They’ve been talking about how as kids, they used to fight at home, celebrate festivals together and even miss each other during long stays away from home.” We’ve also come to know that Priyanka wants Ranveer to meet her brother, Siddharth, so that the latter can tell the actor about their childhood and the bond they share now. HINduStAN tImES

Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp founder Jan Koum last night showed Korean popstar Psy how to Party Facebook style. The party at Barcelona’s Boujis restaurant, the sister restaurant of the London haunt that is a favourite of the young royals, was to celebrate signing the contract for the $19 billion sale of Whatsapp to Facebook and the 29th birthday of Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan. Also invited to the celebration was Korean, Park Jae-Sang, better know as Psy, the singer of the hit song Gangnam Style. Priscilla received a bunch of Roses and a cake from Mark for her birthday as the couple left the restaurant and got into a heavily guarded chauffeur driven people carrier. The party came just hours after Zuckerberg and Koum addressed the Mobile World Congress conference. dAILY mAIL

Pitch Perfect star is sick of singing


aty Perry is drawing ire from the Muslim community for her new video “Dark horse,” which some claim contains blasphemous imagery. An online petition launched by British citizen Shazad Iqbal is asking YouTube to remove the video. At issue, the petition says, is a pendant bearing the word “Allah,” which is worn by a man who is “burned,” pendant and all. (In the video, it appears that the man disintegrates.) “The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal of blasphemy,” the petition reads, adding, “blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry (who appears to be representing an opposition of God) engulfs the believer and the word God in flames.” As of this writing, the video has received more than 42,000 signatures. “Absolutely disgusted at the music industry for allowing this to happen, music should be about spreading love not hate, it’s shameful that you allow stupidity, you need to look up the meaning of the word explicit and rectify your terms and conditions.” one comment on the petition reads. VIA tHE WRAP

From bathrooms to museums: odd sets for Oscar statuettes T

he most valuable piece of hardware in hollywood is the 13-and-a-half-inch (34cm) golden Oscar statuette, so it is no surprise recipients of the top film honors keep theirs in a variety of safe spots. emma Thompson, a two-time winner for “howards end” and “Sense and Sensibility,” has stowed her Oscars in the bathroom, or rather loo, of her London abode. “It’s full of my most precious possessions,” Thompson said. “So it’s not as if I’m being rude. It’s an important place to me. And the downstairs loo is sort of the place that all your guests use. And it’s nice for them to have a go, pick them up.” Cate Blanchett, a frontrunner for best actress for her role in “Blue Jasmine” for this Sunday’s Academy Awards, has to pay to see her Oscar from “The Aviator.” “My Oscar is in a film museum called ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Melbourne,” the 44-year-old star said. “I get to pay a ticket and go see it every now and again.” Winners of the


2,809 Oscars awarded so far may opt for the more mundane living room, like Charlize Theron for her “Monster” Oscar, or the office, the home for George Clooney’s two awards for “Argo” and “Michael Clayton.” But Jennifer hudson created an award wall and put her statuette for “Dreamgirls” in a starring role. “It’s actually a hidden wall,” said hudson. “You don’t realize it’s a wall and it goes into my futuristic office, this is the truth, and it sits there in the middle of all the other awards and goes, ahhhh!” Sandra Bullock has entrusted her “The Blind Side” best actress trophy to a confidant: her young son, Louis. “I’ll let him tell you if he wants to tell you, but it’s his and he knows where it is,” she said. AGENCIES

Hong Kong brothers jailed for trying to blackmail ‘Transformers 4’ crew


hong Kong man was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in jail and his brother got six months on Wednesday over an attempt to extort nearly $13,000 from American director Michael Bay and his crew during filming of “Transformers 4”. Mak Chi-hang and his younger brother Mak Chi-shing refused to close their air conditioner repair shop or turn down loud music in October when the crew was about to start shooting a scene for the science fiction movie. A member of the crew had approached the brothers the day before and they had agreed to compensation of hK$1,000 ($129), the district court heard. But on the day of filming, the younger brother demanded hK$100,000 ($12,900). When the crew refused, an argument ensued, scuffles broke out and the younger Mak elbowed a police officer. Bay sustained minor injuries to his face but did not seek treatment or press charges. The court found the younger Mak guilty of attempted blackmail and assaulting a police officer. The older brother was found guilty of resisting police officers. Their lawyer said the two men grew up in harsh family conditions and the younger brother had slit his wrist at one point in a suspected suicide attempt. But the prosecutor said the case had attracted a great deal of media attention and affected hong Kong’s image. AGENCIES


Anna Kendrick, while recently talking to media, was blunt about her recent run of musical films — and her desire to give her vocal chords a break. “I never want to sing again, honestly. It’s hard,” the actress, who starred on Broadway as a 12-year-old, admitted to reporters at a distributor screening of her film at Lincoln Center on Monday night. “The ‘Pitch Perfect’ [sequel] is going to be fine, ten girls have to be able to sing the songs so it’s going to be fine, but doing ‘The Last Five Years’ and then ‘Into the Woods’ straight away, I was like, I don’t want to have to think about my voice so much, said Kendrick at screening of her latest film “The Last Five Years”. “honestly, after ‘Pitch Perfect,’ I wouldn’t have ever wanted to do a musical,” Kendrick said. “I would have intentionally tried not to do a musical, but when it’s ‘The Last Five Years’ and ‘Into the Woods’ [in which she plays Cinderella, crown and all], you can’t really say no,” she added. ONLINE

JLaw signs up for `Hunger Games` director Garry Ross’s next Jennifer Lawrence will team-up with filmmaker Gary Ross again in his new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel ‘east of eden’. Ross gave the actress her the big break when he cast her as Katniss everdeen in the first ‘hunger Games’ film, Contactmusic reported. Ross has written the screenplay and will direct the film as well. In another news, J. Law’s The hunger Games: Catching Fire has eclipsed Iron Man 3 to become the highest-grossing film released at the US box office in 2013. Globally, The hunger Games: Catching Fire, which released in the US on November 22, 2013, now enjoys a worldwide box office total of $838.2 million after seven weeks in theaters. That eclipses the $691 million the first hunger Games made during its entire theatrical run. ONLINE


Thursday, 27 February, 2014




HANE WATSON has conceded he does not merit a place in Australia's Test side on his batting alone and is committed to pursuing a more targeted pre-season this winter in a bid to be fitter for the allround role the captain Michael Clarke and coach Darren Lehmann require of him. Little more than a year after he toured India as a non-bowling batsman, Watson is now at peace with his definition as an allrounder with a variable commission in the Australian batting order. Though he batted at No. 3 during the home Ashes, Watson is more likely to come in at No. 6 in Cape Town should, as is expected, he be included in the team seeking to win the series decider over South Africa. "I know where I am at and where I have been with my batting in Test cricket especially, I haven't been as consistent as I would have liked," Watson said. "I don't warrant a spot as a batsman at this point, but I do know I can hold my spot as an allrounder. "For this upcoming Test I will bowl what is required, hopefully I wont have to bowl much because it will mean the wicket's got a little bit in it and the main quicks have done their job. Once I have a decent break after the IPL I'll be talking to Alex [Kountouris, physio] and the doc [Peter Brukner] about getting a good preseason in for the first time in quite a while to try and make my body more hardened to be able to bowl the overs I want to bowl." These words will be music to the ears of Clarke in particular, who engaged in numerous debates with Watson over the course of his captaincy about what the former vice-captain's best role should be. Ini-

tially used as an opener following a successful stint at the top during Ricky Ponting's tenure, Watson found himself bowling more as Clarke valued his intelligent seam and swing as much as his destructive but variable batting. The additional workload duly led to injuries and a shuffling up and down the batting order, something that has continued since Lehmann replaced Mickey Arthur as coach. Watson and Arthur lost respect for each other as time went on, culminating in his suspension from the Mohali Test in 2013. Lehmann and Watson have a demonstrably better relationship, contributing to the younger man's willingness to adapt. They and Clarke had agreed upon Watson's demotion to No. 6 in the batting order for South Africa, before a calf problem intervened. This episode was the first significant setback for Watson since Brukner's successful use of dry needling to reduce tension in his muscles. It cost Watson his place for the first two Tests of the series, and his change bowling was badly missed in Port Elizabeth as the pace attack flagged on an unresponsive pitch. "[A day] was what it was going to be initially but I came back a little bit too quick, it was only a couple of days before I was running and trying to bowl again," Watson said. "Initially it was only going to be a couple of days, and especially the techniques that Peter Brukner has got as well, he's got me through a hell of a lot of cricket. "When something has flared up he's been able to help me to get over that very quickly. This time it didn't work exactly to plan. [But] it also gave me a chance to get my body right, I've had a few niggles through the summer that I was able to play with but this has given me time to get over those. It's worked out better because when I come back I won't have those niggles."


AFGHANISTAN HOPES TO RALLY ON FAMILIAR CONDITIONS SPORTS DESK Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi has said that the team will bank on the local knowledge acquired from playing domestic competitions in Bangladesh. Eight Afghanistan players, six of whom are in the current squad, played for various clubs in Dhaka earlier this season, and a few had also participated in the Bangladesh Premier League last year. They performed admirably, particularly Nabi who did well for Mohammedan Sporting Club, one of the oldest clubs in Dhaka, in the Dhaka Premier Division 2013-14. In five matches, he scored 223 runs at 44.6, including a hundred. "I have played in the BPL and the Dhaka Premier Division," Nabi said. "In both tournaments, I performed very well and I know the grounds and pitches in Bangladesh. It is good for me and we will try our best to perform. "Rahmat Shah, Azghar (Stanikzai), Gulbadin Naib, (Mohammad) Shahzad, Shapoor (Zadran), maybe half the team has played in Bangladesh and this is a good experience for them and for Afghanistan." Ostensibly, the Asian Cricket Council gave Afghanistan a berth in this Asia Cup to prepare well for the World Twenty20s and the 2015 World Cup for which they qualified last year. They are realistic about their goals in the tournament, and given form and ranking, Bangladesh are their closest opponent, particularly as the hosts will be without Shakib Al Hasan. "We will try our best against every team. There is no target," Nabi said. "We will play good cricket and when the time comes we will win. "I have heard about Shakib Al Hasan being banned for three matches. This is a good chance as he is a key player for Bangladesh. We will take it as a priority and look forward to it." Afghanistan have only played ODIs against Pakistan and Australia among the Full Members, but they left an impression on Misbahul-Haq, who had praised the side's commitment. For Nabi, the fact that other captains and teams are discussing Afghanistan is a source of "good news". "It's a very good feeling to play against big teams. We played against India and Pakistan in big events like the World T20, against Pakistan in ODIs and T20s in Sharjah," Nabi said.

South Africa have reacted to David Warner's comments about their tactics for extracting reverse swing in Port Elizabeth by calling them "sour grapes" and the coach Russell Domingo will use them as extra motivation. In a radio interview, Warner raised questions about how South Africa managed to find considerably more reverse than Australia during the second Test - the most stark example being Dale Steyn's memorable spell on the fourth afternoon and suggested they will be making the umpires more aware of anything they feel is untoward. Domingo said: "It's always disappointing to hear comments like that. We are a very motivated team and this has probably added 10% to our motivation levels to show David Warner and the Australians that we don't play our cricket like that. We pride ourselves on playing cricket honestly. It's not a nice comment to make. It's not nice when one team accuses another of whatever." Earlier, the South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosejee told the Cape Times: "David Warner's remarks are disappointing and discouraging. It takes the gloss off a great Proteas team performance. It smacks of sour grapes and it could just be a tactical plan to get us involved in matters that will distract our attention from this crucial Test in

DaWes might not make it to WorlD Cup With inDia

SPORTS DESK Bowling coach Joe Dawes is not guaranteed an extension when the contracts of the Indian coaching


Cape Town." Moosajee then took at dig at Warner by adding: "Hardly anyone takes anything David Warner says seriously anyway." Warner has been in impressive form during this series with 263 runs in four innings although has benefited from some poor catching by the

South Africans. He and Chris Rogers added 126 for the first wicket in Australia's Port Elizabeth chase, but Warner's dismissal to JP Duminy gave South Africa their opening and they stormed through it during the final session as they claimed nine wickets to level the series.

staff are reviewed after the World Twenty20 in March. The way things stand now, heading into an important BCCI working committee - and things can suddenly change in the BCCI - head coach Duncan Fletcher and fielding coach Trevor Penney are likely to get an extension till the 2015 World Cup, but Dawes could end up paying for India bowlers' mediocre performance away from home. In another big development, an Indian could be appointed assistant coach of the side. The BCCI's working committee, which will meet in Bhubaneswar on Friday, is set to discuss restructuring the national team's coaching staff. The contracts of Fletcher, Penney and Dawes run out at the end of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. All the coaches have received severe criticism from experts following the team's terrible run away from home India ended both their tour of South Africa and New Zealand winless. However, the proximity of the 2015 World Cup is likely to work in favour of Fletcher and Penney. Despite India's solitary win in 15 away Tests under Fletcher, the team's overall record in all formats during his tenure is decent. A BCCI insider confirmed that most of the BCCI bigwigs are "quite happy" with

the way Fletcher and Penney have been handling the team. However Dawes, who came on board at the end of India's disastrous tour to Australia in 2011-12, seems to have lost the confidence of the BCCI top brass with the Indian bowling consistently faltering in various conditions. The BCCI hasn't been mulling over a like-forlike replacement for Dawes. Instead of a bowling coach, the appointment of an Indian as assistant coach is being discussed. A BCCI insider revealed the move would take into consideration the availability of "top coaches in India now". "That wasn't the case ten years ago, so we had to resort to foreigners. If the board agrees to appoint an Indian as assistant coach, it is possible we might see an Indian as the head coach in the future," he said. The last time an Indian was a part of the national team's coaching staff was during the 2007-08 tour to Australia, when former India opener Lalchand Rajput served as the assistant coach before Gary Kirsten took over. Rajput had also worked as the cricket manager during the inaugural World Twenty20 in September 2007, and the limited-overs series at home against Australia in October-November 2007.


Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Dhaka glaDiators’




NE of the owners of Dhaka Gladiators, Shihab Jishan Chowdury, has been found guilty of "being party to an effort to fix" a match in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2013. Six others, including Kent allrounder Darren Stevens, have been discharged as not guilty by the tribunal investigating alleged corruption in the BPL. Mahbubul Alam and Mosharraf Hossain were also found not guilty by the tribunal, as were Salim Chowdhury, the Dhaka Gladiators owner, Gaurav Rawat, CEO of the Gladiators franchise, and Mohammad Rafique, the bowling coach. Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful had earlier confessed to being involved in corruption in the BPL, as did one other player, who is yet to be named. The quantum of punishment for Shihab, Ashraful and the other player will be pronounced at a later date. The incident of alleged match and spot-fixing came to light in May 2013 when BCB president Nazmul Hassan confirmed that a Bangladesh player had been questioned by the ICC. Ashraful was the first player to admit to being involved in corruption, after which formal charges were laid against nine individuals, including six players from the Dhaka


Gladiators franchise. The BCB decided "not to involve" Ashraful in any kind of cricket until investigations into the matter were complete, and appointed a disciplinary panel, from which an anti-corruption tribunal was formed to probe the issue. The tribunal held a preliminary hearing in November last year and the full hearing of the tribunal began in January. Stevens had been charged for failing to report a corrupt approach during the tournament. Bangladesh cricketers, Mosharraf and Mahbubul had pleaded not guilty during a preliminary tribunal hearing. Following the tribunal's ruling, Mosharraf said: "I am absolutely delighted by the verdict. There was a lot of pressure on me, but I feel relieved. Now I will start playing domestic cricket again, try to get a place in the national team. I was never involved in these sort of things, never talked to anyone about this. I just got embroiled. But thanks to the judges, now I can play again." Stevens said in a statement: "I can assure all of the fans of the Dhaka Gladiators, the people of Bangladesh and all cricket followers, that I have always played the game of cricket honestly, with integrity and to the best of my ability. I have loved playing cricket in Bangladesh, as well as everywhere else in the world and I hope that I will be allowed to continue to play cricket globally."

Del Potro fears more surgery, future uncertain SPORTS DESK

SPORTS DESK World number two Novak Djokovic kicked off the defence of his title with a 63 6-3 win over Denis Istomin at the Dubai Tennis Championships. The scoreline suggested a cruise for the Serbian top seed, but it was anything against the Ukrainian and he had to save four break points on his way to securing victory in 84 minutes. "It wasn't as easy as the scoreline indicates," said Djokovic. "I needed to work for my games. My serve worked really well in the second set, and that helped me to get some free points. "But having not played for more than four, five weeks, an official match, obviously it takes its toll on the court. "I practised a lot. I put in a lot of hours on the court, trying to develop my game, trying to get myself in the right shape, and it's going to click sooner or later." Djokovic has won the title in Dubai four times previously and has only lost three matches there. "The atmosphere is great. I enjoy it," said Djokovic, who is bidding to win his first title of 2014. "It's a beautiful stadium. I have had lots of success on this court, at this tournament, and I always look forward to coming back." Joining Djokovic in the second round are Tomas Berdych and JoWilfried Tsonga, the third and fifth seeds respectively. Czech Berdych downed Marius Copil 6-3 6-4 while Frenchman Tsonga dispatched another Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-2 6-4. "I see myself continuing to work, continuing to improve my game," said Tsonga. "Nobody knows what will happen in a few weeks. So I keep fighting. I stay confident. This is the key." But there was despair for Juan Martin Del Potro, seeded second in Dubai, after he was forced to retire with a wrist injury midway through his match against Somdev Devvarman of India.

DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS FIrSt rouNd 1-Novak djokovic (Serbia) beat denis Istomin (uzbekistan) 6-3 6-3 Somdev devvarman (India) beat 2-Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) 7-6(3) 0-0 (del Potro retired) 3-tomas Berdych (Czech republic) beat Marius Copil (romania) 63 6-4 5-Jo-Wilfried tsonga (France) beat Victor Hanescu (romania) 6-2 6-4 6-Mikhail Youzhny (russia) beat Michal Przysiezny (Poland) 6-3 6-4 Nikolay davydenko (russia) beat Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) 76(6) 6-4 James Ward (Britain) beat teymuraz Gabashvili (russia) 2-6 6-4 7-6(6) Sergiy Stakhovsky (ukraine) beat Ivan dodig (Croatia) 7-6(6) 6-7(4) 6-2 Malek Jaziri (tunisia) beat Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) 0-6 6-4 7-6(4) radek Stepanek (Czech republic) beat Michael russell (u.S.) 5-7 6-3 6-1 Lukas rosol (Czech republic) beat daniel Brands (Germany) 7-6(4) 6-4

World number five Juan Martin Del Potro has admitted his future is unclear after pulling out of the Dubai Tennis Championships with a wrist injury. The Argentine threw in the towel during his firstround encounter with Somdev Devvarman after a lengthy medical timeout at the end of the first set failed to rectify the problem. He was trailing 7-6(3). Del Potro, a former US Open champion, underwent surgery on his wrist four years ago before making a successful return to the court, winning the ATP Tour's comeback player of the year award in 2011.

But this latest blow - on his other wrist - has left the 25-year-old wondering whether he will require another operation and what that could mean for his career. "It's not really positive for my future. But I will do whatever the doctor says and I will have to be as strong as ever," he said. "Now I will see what he says for the future, and I will let you know very soon what my plans are going to be. "I cannot say that [it will be surgery] yet - but I'm feeling similar pains to the other hand and what I felt four years ago. It's not really positive for my future. But I will do whatever the doctor says and I will have to be as strong as ever. "I don't feel really well. My wrist is hurting a lot, and, you know, everybody knows what's happened to me four years ago with my other wrist. "It was really tough to play today and I tried everything, but it's very difficult to play in these conditions [windy] you know. I was playing slices and I could not be the player I would like to be. "It's hurting all the time, sometimes less and sometimes a little more. But it's hurting, and I have been in contact with my doctor all the time. He's trying to keep me motivated to keep playing, but I know what is my limit playing on court. Today was enough."

mahela JaYaWarDene SECOND TO PLAY 600 INTERNATIONAL MATCHES S PERvEz QaiSER Mahela Jayawardene became only second player after India's Sachin Tendulkar to appear in 600 or more international matches. The first match of the 12th Asia Cup between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah, Dhaka on Tuesday (February 25) was 600th international match for the former Sri Lankan skipper. Mahela Jayawardene who played 143 Test matches since making his debut against India at Colombo on Auguest 2, 1997 also appeared in 408 one day internationals since deubt against Zimbabwe at Colombo on January 24, 1998 and 49 Twenty-20 matches since debut against England at Southampton on June 15, 2006 Sachin Tendulkar who holds the record of playing the highest number of international matches between 1989 and 2013 with 664 matches, played 200 Tests, 463 one day internationals and lone Twenty-20 match. ** Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne set up a new record for the second wicket for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in one day international by adding 161 runs. They erased the previous best of 157 runs between Asanka Gurusinha and Athula Samarasekera at Multan in January 17,1992. It was third best second wicket stand in Asia Cup. Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli's 205-run stand for India against Sri Lanka at Dhaka on March 13,2012 is the best while Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag's 198-run partnership against Pakistan at Karachi on June 26,2008 is the second best. ** Lahiru Thirimanne equalled his highest individual score in one day international by making 102 off 110 balls with 11 fours and one six. He also scored an unbeaten 102 off 134 balls with 12 fours against Australia at Adelaide on January 13,2013. ** Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to play 10 fifty plus knocks in Asia Cup. His 67 was 10th fifty plus score in innings of matches in Asia Cup. Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya (six hunderds and three fifties in 24 innings of 25 matches) and India's Sachin Tendulkar (two hundreds and seven fifties in 21 innings of 23 matches) shared the previous record with nine fifty plus knocks in Asia Cup.

MOST INTERNATIONAL CRICKET MATCHES: PLAYEr ...........................................................tEStS ...................odI ...................t-20 .....................totAL Sachin tendulkar (India) ...........................200 .......................463 ...................1 ............................664 Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) ............143 .........................408 ..................49 .........................600 Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) .................110 ..........................445 ...................31 ..........................586 ricky Ponting (Australia) ..........................168 .........................375 ...................17 ..........................560 Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) ...............122 .........................365 ...................50 ........................537

HIGHEST SECOND WICKET STANDS FOR SRI LANKA AGAINST PAKISTAN: ruNS .....PAIr ...................................................................................VENuE ..............................SEASoN 161 ...........Kumar Sangakkara/Lahiru thirimanne ...................Fatullah .............................25-02-2014 157 ..........Asanka Gurusinha/Athula Samarasekera ..............Multan ..............................17-01-1992 156 ..........Asanka Gurusinha/Sanath Jayasuriya .....................Singapore ........................02-04-1996 139 ..........roy dias/ Bandula Warnapura ..................................Karachi .............................12-03-1982 138 ..........AP Gurusinha, HP tillakaratne ..................................Brisbane ..........................10-02-1990

The ‘Indo-Pak Express’ pair of Aisamul Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Rohan Bopanna of India spend time with kids during the ATP Dubai Open Tennis Championship. The duo gave tips to the budding and aspiring junior tennis enthusiasts. pr

MURRAY RECOVERS FROM A SET DOWN TO PROGRESS IN MEXICO SPORTS DESK Andy Murray had to come from a set down to beat Pablo Andujar 3-6 6-1 6-2 in the first round of the Acapulco International. The British number one looked to be in considerable trouble when Andujar followed up the first set with a break in the first game of the second. However, Murray rallied and rattled off the remaining six games of the set to comfortably send the match to a decider. The Scot had two breaks of serve in the deciding set to see out the match in exactly two hours and book a last-16 tie against Joao Sousa, who earlier beat Adrian Mannarino 1-6 6-2 6-2. Earlier, top seed David Ferrer opened his campaign with a regulation 6-2 6-3 win over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Ferrer, a three-times champion on the clay of Acapulco between 2010 and 2012 and runner-up last year, took an hour and 27 minutes to seal victory, although he converted just three of 16 break points. The Spaniard will next play his compatriot Feliciano Lopez, who saw off Frenchman Edouard RogerVasselin 6-4 6-2. "I'm not thinking about the final, I'm only in the second round", Ferrer said. "Now I'm only thinking about playing my best tennis against Feliciano Lopez, he's a good player I need to give my best to beat him". Ferrer has been in fine form since the start of the Latin American claycourt swing, winning the tournament in Buenos Aires and reaching the semi-finals in Rio de Janeiro last week. "Playing in Buenos Aires was not in my plans", said Ferrer who replaced Rafael Nadal in Argentina. "I'm tired, but I will not be making any excuses, I need to take a rest now and get well for the rest of the tournament". John Isner fell at the first hurdle as the third seed

dropped to a 7-6(4) 7-6(5) defeat to Croatia's Ivo Karlovic in a battle of the big-servers that saw Croatian Karlovic fire down 15 aces to the American's eight. The match was settled by two tie-breaks, meaning the pair are now tied for the record of most consecutive tiebreak sets played, matching Ivan Ljubicic and Marat Safin's eight in a row. There were also wins for high seeds Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, Gilles Simon and Ernests Gulbis, but eighth seed Vasek Pospisil was bounced out by Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2 6-2.


ACAPULCO INTERNATIONAL RESULTS FIrSt rouNd 1-david Ferrer (Spain) beat Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 6-2 6-3 2-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Pablo Andujar (Spain) 3-6 6-1 6-2 Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) beat 3-John Isner (u.S.) 7-6(4) 7-6(5) 4-Grigor dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Marinko Matosevic (Australia) 7-5 6-1 5-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Stephane robert (France) 6-2 7-6(7) 6-Gilles Simon (France) beat tim Smyczek (u.S.) 6-1 6-2 7-Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat Lu Yen-Hsun (taiwan) 6-1 6-1 Alexandr dolgopolov (ukraine) beat 8-Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-2 6-2 Joao Sousa (Portugal) beat Adrian Mannarino (France) 1-6 6-2 6-2 Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Edouard roger-Vasselin (France) 6-4 6-2 david Goffin (Belgium) beat Lukasz Kubot (Poland) 6-4 2-6 6-4 Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) beat Miguel Angel reyes (Mexico) 6-2 6-4 donald Young (u.S.) beat Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 6-3 6-3

SPORTS Thursday, 27 February, 2014

kohli’S century SeAlS Another chASe Fatullah




HE Fatullah crowd waited for Virat Kohli to reach his 19th ODI hundred, and started heading for the exit soon after he reached the landmark. India still needed 77 from 12.3 overs in a chase that, if statistics were anything to go by, still had some juice remaining. They had every right to leave, however, as the India captain made 136 and easily brought out a six-wicket win. Bangladesh's bowling attack hardly put a dent in the record 213-run third-wicket partnership, barely creating a chance that could keep the spectators on their seats for the entire game. Instead, the ground had almost emptied by the time India completed the win in 49 overs. This, after Bangladesh had posted 279 for 7 with captain Mushfiqur Rahim making 117. This was the just the second time in ODI history that both captains scored hundreds in the same game. While Mushfiqur's century was about redemption after a series of controversies, Kohli ensured he wasn't trumped by his opposite number, particularly in a situation which favours him. But the crux of the chase was with

baNGLadeSH anamul Haque† b aaron 77 7 Shamsur rahman c & b Mohammed Shami 23 Mominul Haque st †Karthik b ashwin 117 Mushfiqur rahim c Sharma b Mohammed Shami 14 Naeem Islam c ashwin b Mohammed Shami Nasir Hossain c †Karthik b Mohammed Shami 1 Ziaur rahman c aaron b Kumar 18 Sohag Gazi not out 3 1 Mashrafe Mortaza not out 18 eXTraS: (b 1, lb 3, w 12, nb 2) 279 ToTaL: (7 wickets; 50 overs) dId NoT baT: abdur razzak, rubel Hossain FaLL oF WIcKeTS: 1-16 (Shamsur rahman, 5.1 ov), 2-49 (Mominul Haque, 12.1 ov), 3-182 (anamul Haque, 36.6 ov), 4-231 (Naeem Islam, 43.6 ov), 5-241 (Nasir Hossain, 45.4 ov), 6-270 (Ziaur rahman, 48.5 ov), 7-276 (Mushfiqur rahim, 49.3 ov) boWLING: b Kumar 8-1-41-1, Mohammed Shami 10-1-50-4, Vr aaron 7.5-0-74-1, r ashwin 10-1-50-1, ra Jadeja 10-0-37-0, aT rayudu 3-0-17-0, V Kohli 1.1-0-6-0 INdIa rG Sharma b Ziaur rahman 21

Kohli's regular mastery of the situation. He neither panics, nor takes things too lightly. His batting has the assuredness that every international team craves for, particularly when they have to chase high totals.

Kohli has now equaled Brian Lara in the all-time list of hundreds in ODIs. Thirteen of the 19 have come while chasing. Only once has he failed, incidentally his last hundred earlier this year against New


Kagiso Rabada's pace, with speeds touching 90mph, powered South Africa Under-19s to their first World Cup final since 2008, beating Australia Under-19s comprehensively by 80 runs in Dubai. Rabada had earlier jolted West Indies at the same ground nearly two weeks ago, but his six-wicket haul in the semi-final was the standout bowling performance till date in the tournament. A target of 231 was always going to test Australia but Rabada's spell didn't give them an inch. The Australian top order found Rabada's pace and bounce a handful. He struck with the first ball of his third over, bouncing out Matthew Short as he tried to hook. Damien Mortimer had just edged him to third man for a four the same over, but Rabada struck back the following ball, with a skiddy delivery that beat Mortimer for pace and knocked back the middle stump. The impact on the stumps was so strong that one of the LED bails landed beyond the 30-yard circle. Rabada claimed another in his first spell when Jaron Morgan inside-edged to his stumps, leaving Australia in trouble at 33 for 3 in nine overs. That wicket came off the last ball of Rabada's fifth over and there would have been a temptation to keep him going for an over or two, but captain Aiden Markram decided to give him a rest and preserve him for later, if a partnership needed breaking. Markram continued to set attacking fields

even after the Powerplay overs. Justin Dill regularly made the batsmen play and the offspinner Dirk Brewer bowled out his ten overs for an economical 32. Seeing the effect the Australian spinners had, Brewer was given the new ball and though he didn't take wickets, he held one end up. Alex Gregory and Jake Doran gave Australia hope with a fourth-wicket stand of 63 and the pair weren't afraid of scooping the ball over the infield if the ball was pitched up. However, a chipped drive from Gregory to mid-off off the seamer Corbin Bosch opened the floodgates for South Africa. The next ball, Ben McDermott set off for a run but was sent back and run-out by a distance. The pressure on Australia increased with the asking rate. Rabada got Tom Andrews miscuing a pull to midwicket but his following wicket was thanks to an outstanding leaping catch by the wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin to his right. Rabada finished it off with a slower ball that Guy Walker spooned to mid-on. If it was pace for South Africa, it was spin for Australia. A century opening stand between Markram and Fortuin put them on the path to a score of 250 and above, but Australia's spinners did well to pull them back. For a change, wickets didn't fall in a clump at the start of the innings, as had been the case with teams batting first in Dubai. Markram and Fortuin produced the best start of the tournament at the venue, nullifying Australia's pace attack by batting positively.

South AfricA under-19S 230 for 9 (fortuin 74, MArkkrAM 45) beAt AuStrAliA under-19S 150 (dorAn 36, rAbAdA 6-25) by 80 runS

Zealand. This one ended on 122 balls, having struck 16 fours and two sixes. Against a team that had thrice previously failed to defend scores in excess of 250 against India, this innings and the dominance under the lights was inevitable. Very much like most of Kohli's one-day centuries these days. From 54 for 2 in the 13th over, Kohli took advantage of every loose ball that

S dhawan lbw b abdur razzak 28 V Kohli b rubel Hossain 136 73 aM rahane c sub (Imrul Kayes) b Sohag Gazi 9 aT rayudu not out 2 Kd Karthik not out 11 eXTraS: (lb 1, w 9, nb 1) ToTaL: (4 wickets; 49 overs) 280 dId NoT baT: ra Jadeja, r ashwin, b Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Vr aaron FaLL oF WIcKeTS: 1-50 (dhawan, 11.2 ov), 2-54 (Sharma, 12.5 ov), 3-267 (Kohli, 45.4 ov), 4-272 (rahane, 47.3 ov) boWLING: Mashrafe Mortaza 9-1-44-0, rubel Hossain 10-1-63-1, abdur razzak 10-0-55-1, Ziaur rahman 5-0-20-1, Sohag Gazi 80-49-1, Mominul Haque 2-0-13-0, Naeem Islam 1-0-15-0, Nasir Hossain 4-0-20-0 MaTcH deTaILS ToSS: India, who chose to field PoINTS: India 4, bangladesh 0 PLayer oF THe MaTcH: V Kohli (India) UMPIreS: bF bowden (New Zealand) and NJ Llong (england) TV UMPIre: rr Wimalasiri (Sri Lanka) MaTcH reFeree: JJ crowe (New Zealand)

came his way, be it deliveries sliding down the leg side or those gone wide. When Bangladesh stopped giving him room or letting him curl his forearms, he unleashed the cover drive time and again. The rasping speed takes it past cover as soon as the fielder gets into position, and by the time the long-off fielder has taken a few steps to his left, the umpire signals four.


Afghanistan could not have asked for better circumstances to make their Asia Cup debut: a benign pitch to stymie Pakistan's potent seam attack coupled with batsmen who fizzle out at all the wrong times. As much as Afghanistan hope to simply enjoy the occasion, kicking off their campaign downing a Test nation would be hard to ignore. Profitable outings for six of the squad members in the Bangladesh domestic circuit will aid in assessing conditions: Mohammad Nabi, the captain, collected 223 runs in five Dhaka Premier Division matches. He knows he has the personnel to supply quick runs Mohammad Shahzad is a firecracker in the top order - but it will be interesting to see if they can harness their natural instincts appropriately. The only time these two teams had met, four Afghanistan batsmen managed good starts but could not capitalise. Building an innings and reading the game and responding to it are nuances the major teams do better to quell the promise of the Associates. Another foreboding gleaning from that game was their struggle against spin. Saeed Ajmal proved his trickery does not require a friendly pitch in the Asia Cup opener and, though, he is yet to open his tally against Afghanistan, one feels from his performance, it is only a matter of time. Pakistan's pressing concern would be in ridding the inadequacies of their batting order. Most of the top-order batsmen seem content with eye-catching cameos. Shahid Afridi continues to play with disastrous abandon. Umar Akmal justified his potential for 71 balls until he played a horror of a shot to allow Sri Lanka to sneak into the game. The best motivator against such mistakes, however, might be that they would draw a greater scrutiny against a lesser opposition. Afghanistan will look to Nawroz Mangal to deliver stability to their batting. He has been undefeated all four times he has crossed fifty and all of them have been match-winning efforts. He has scored one of the seven one-day hundreds made by Afghanistan batsmen. Ahmed Shehzad's tendency to begin slowly has attracted some criticism but he possesses such good timing that hiking the pace of his innings would not be too much bother. If he could tick the score along with a few more regular singles, Pakistan's top-order batting could

well regain their menace. Pakistan cannot afford to suffer a second defeat in a row and might enlist the services of Anwar Ali, an effective allround talent who has already had experience reversing a batting collapse. Afghanistan preferred to employ horses for courses and would pick their XI on the morning of the game. Fatullah has offered very little signs of encouragement to the bowlers so far in the tournament and that trend is likely to continue. Dew might make a difference in the second half of the day as some appeared on Wednesday night.

Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.


Mohammad Shahzad accounts for three of the seven ODI centuries by Afghanistan and holds the record with 118 against Canada. Misbah-ul-Haq has struck four fifties in the last seven matches, all of which Pakistan ended up losing PaKISTaN (ProbabLe): 1 Sharjeel Khan, 2 ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt.), 6 Umar akmal, 7 Shahid afridi, 8 bilawal bhatti/anwar ali, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan. aFGHaNISTaN (ProbabLe): 1 Mohammad Shahzad, 2 Nawroz Mangal, 3 asghat Stanikzai, 4 Mohammad Nabi, 5 Noor ali Zadran, 6 Karim Sadiq, 7 Shapoor Zadran, 8 Hamid Hassan, 9 Samiullah Shenwari, 10 rahmat Shah, 11 Hamza Hotak

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