Wednesday, 8 January, 2014 Rabi-ul-Awwal 6, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 192 16 Pages Karachi Edition
02 NEWS Shujaat giveS new meaning to ‘treaSon’ Pml-Q senator wants ‘offense against the state’ to rePlace ‘high treason’ in article 6 LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Senator Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain presented draft amendment in Article 6 of the Constitution in the Senate in which it has been stated that in subsections 1, 2 and 3 of the article, word “high treason” should be replaced with “offense against the State”. It has been stated in the objectives and reasons for the amendment that word “high treason”, which has been used in Article 6, creates the impression that the person involved in this crime has, with the enemy forces, done some work against the State. Shujaat believes this impression is not correct. He reiterates that the word “high treason” should be changed with “offense against the State”, also in sections 120 to 130 of the Pakistan Penal Code. Alternate amendment should also be made in Criminal Law Act 1973, he adds. In the letter, addressed to the Senate chairman, along with the draft amendment, it has been stated that the draft should be presented in the house and after debate and discussion it should be passed through the process of approval. STAFF RePORT
muSharraf’S ailmentS not SeriouS; treatable in pakiStan: expertS LAHORE: Senior doctors on Tuesday said that Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf is not suffering from any life threatening health conditions. Expressing their opinion on the medical report issued by the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) listing nine health conditions the former army chief was suffering, the medical experts said best treatment is possible of all these conditions in Pakistan. Professor Javed Akram told Pakistan Today that according to the report, Gen Musharraf’s health condition cannot be described as critical. “All the ailments the former president is experiencing are treatable in Pakistan,” he added. According to cardiologist Dr Shahbaz Qureshi, the decision whether Musharraf should undergo angioplasty or bypass will depend on the findings of an angiography test. He said although best healthcare facilities are available in the country, the patient has the right to take a decision in this regard. STAFF RePORT
Defence Secy DenieS army’S involvement in muSh’S trial ISLAMABAD: Defence Secretary General (r) Asif Yasin Malik has said that Pakistan Army has no connection with the trial of former president Pervez Musharraf in the special court. Talking to journalists after the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence at the Parliament House on Tuesday, Malik said the trial was taking place in a special court under Article 6 of the Constitution and Pakistan Army has no concern with it. He said it was purely a court matter and made it clear that army was not interfering in the trial. In reply to a question, Malik said that Pakistan Army has neither any interest in the treason case against Musharraf nor there is any army personnel among the judges of the special court. Malik said that Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) is considered as the best hospital in the world for cardiac treatment and many people come from abroad for treatment at the hospital. He said the former president should be satisfied with the treatment being given to him. STAFF RePORT
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bat man warns against letting the general fly free imran Khan says only time will reVeal maKing of a third nro KARACHI
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said if former president Pervez Musharraf was genuinely ill, he should be provided with the best medical facilities but if that is not the case, he should not be allowed to escape the trial. Referring to a speculated deal for letting Musharraf escape the treason trial, Imran told a press conference here that
only time would tell if there was a third National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) in the making. “There should not be one law for the rich and another for the poor,” Imran added. The PTI chairman said people praise former president Asif Ali Zardari for heading a democratic government for five years but no one looks at what the tenure did to the people of this country. Referring to last year’s general elections and the rigging that took place, Imran said the people who came to power are afraid of verifying votes that were cast during the elections. “Verification of a few constituencies will disclose what a farce these elections were,” he said. “Eight months have passed since the election but the issue has not been solved; we want recounting of votes in only four constituencies in Punjab,” he said.
The PTI chairperson said his party wants to make sure next elections are not rigged the way May 11 polls were. BILAWAL HOUSE WALL: Responding to a question regarding PTI leader Arif Alvi’s stance on the Bilawal House wall issue, Imran said he was the representative of the people and he just wanted the implementation of a court order which states the wall should be brought down. He stressed that he was not against tight security for PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto but that court orders should be followed and people of the area should facilitated. On Bilawal’s criticism of Imran on Twitter, the PTI chief said his politics was on the ground, not on Twitter. Referring to his recent rallies in Lahore and Umerkot, Imran said he is amidst the people and so is his politics. He apologised to the people of Sindh for
Sehba gearS up effortS for hubby
Six killed over visit to Karachi Sufi shrine Victims’ throats slit with dagger, bodies found near ayub shah shrine in gulshan-emaymar
BANK MANAGER KILLED IN PESHAWAR ‘SECTARIAN ATTACK’ PESHAWAR: A bank manager was gunned down in what police described as another incident of sectarian killing in Peshawar. Sardar Waqarul Hassan, manager of Habib Bank Limited-Abresham Garan branch, had left the branch to leave for home. As he headed towards the car park, unidentified attackers opened fire at him. The gun attack killed him on the spot. “He was a resident of Gulbahar and belonged to the Shia sect. Without any doubt, it was an incident of targeted killing,” said a police official from the Kabuli Police Station. STAFF RePORT
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Six men were found with their throats slit at a shrine on the outskirts of Karachi on Tuesday. The bodies were found from a mud house adjacent to the Ayub Shah shrine in Gulshan-e-Maymar area with a note claiming to be from the Taliban. The note threatened similar fate to those visiting the shrine. Ayub Shah Shrine is located on a 125-foot hill in a deserted area between Ahsanabad and Surjani. The area falls within the jurisdiction of Gulshan-eMaymar Police Station of District West. Three of the victims were custodians of the shrine and were identified as Munawar, Saleem and Javed. Two others were identified as Ramzan and Abid and were visitors. A third visitor has yet
not campaigning enough in the province for the general elections and assured he will visit all the districts in the coming months. ALTAF’S STATEMENT: Rubbishing the idea of dividing Sindh because of the current problems, Imran said politicians should focus on addressing the issues rather than creating rifts. He stressed that people are sick of injustices and political leaders should not be taking advantage of this situation but alleviate the suffering. Without naming Altaf Hussain or Bilawal, Imran lashed out at them for creating a hue and cry while living aboard. Clarifying that PTI and its coalition members were ready to take control of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO), Imran said the provincial government also wanted the control of power generation. He said PESCO only managed power distribution in the city.
to be identified. The visitors had stayed on after a five-day Urs at the shrine concluded on Sunday. The victims were aged between 20 to 50 years. They were the residents of Khuda-ki-Basti, Ayub Goth and Lyari. Police and ambulances from different welfare associations reached the site after the custodian informed them about the tragedy. The bodies were later shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy. The area is notorious for the presence of the Taliban. Police also usually avoid patrols. Many people, including policemen, have been killed allegedly by militants in the area. SHO Samad Khan told reporters they had found a sharp-edged dagger from the site, which they believe is the
murder weapon. A slip was pulled out from the mouth of one of the victims in which militants claimed responsibility for the gruesome murder and issued a warning for those who regularly visit the shrine. The walls and the Alm installed at the shrine were also damaged by the culprits. Police have also detained around half dozen persons, including custodian of the shrine, for questioning and recording finger prints. The shrine was later sealed for visitors and police personnel were deployed. However, no case has been registered yet. Separately, two people, including a police officer, were killed in crossfire in Pak Colony and Quaidabad areas while a dead body was found near Malir checkpost.
Sehba Musharraf, former first lady and spouse of Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf has accelerated efforts to save her husband from the treason trial as she has contacted several army officials and politicians. Sources revealed that Sehba Musharraf visited various Askari colonies in Rawalpindi, held meetings with army officials and their wives, recalling the sweet memories, mustering their support and discussing various possibilities leading to her husband’s safe exit from the quagmire situation. The wife of the former president also reminded them of the benefits and advantages they obtained when Musharraf was in power. Meanwhile, Sehba has also established contacts with the politicians who enjoyed and shared power during the dictatorial era.
Former KP CM’s aide arrested in arms scandal PESHAWAR STAFF RePORT
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday arrested former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti’s brother-in-law and an adviser for alleged involvement in a Rs 1.8 billion scam related to the purchase of arms for police. Hoti’s adviser for the police department, Niaz Ali Shah, and his brother-in-law Raza Ali Khan were among those arrested by NAB. Former provincial police chief Malik
Naveed is already in NAB’s custody. Naveed and the other accused have been blamed for a loss of Rs 1.8 billion in the purchase of arms. NAB had ordered an enquiry against police officers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other persons for alleged embezzlement in procuring weapons, equipment and vehicles during 2008-10. The organisation said they had violated government rules and caused losses to state exchequer. An amount of over Rs 7 billion was released by the provincial government for buying weapons and equipment to counter militants. The enquiry revealed there was “gross
ZARDARI TO APPEAR IN POLO GROUND REFERENCE ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari has decided to appear in Accountability Court (AC) on January, 9 in Polo Ground reference against him. According to PPP sources, Zardari will himself appear in the AC during the course of hearing of the reference and he has informed his counsel Farooq H Naik in this regard. Sources said Zardari will reach Islamabad today and appear before AC on Thursday. Online violation” of procurement rules by the purchase committee in awarding tenders to certain contractors who had no experience
of supplying such items. Huge commissions and bribes were allegedly involved in the contracts, NAB said.
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general excuSeS! PerVez musharraf’s medical rePort shows the former general isn’t as ill as he claims ISLAMABAD
H I N G S were looking all planned for former military strongman Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf but here comes the spoiler. Musharraf’s medical report presented to the special court on Tuesday says that the former general may not be in the pink of his health but there’s no reason to press the red button either. What it looks like is just a mild muscular pain in his left shoulder. The former president is admitted in the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) in Rawalpindi after he complained of heart problem on his way to court last week to court to face charges of high treason for imposing emergency in 2007. The special court exempted him from appearing personally on Monday but asked authorities to submit his medical records on Tuesday. The report says his blood pressure came a textbook-perfect 120/80 mmHg and his cardiovascular and respiratory systems revealed no abnormality. The report adds that the uneasiness in his chest, sweating and discomfort resulted because of a frozen shoulder which the former head of Pakistan had suffered many times in the past as well. The only anomaly found in his medical report is a condition called ‘sinus bradycardia’ which is a heart rhythm of less than 60 beats per minute. But even this is a common condition found in both healthy individuals and those who are considered well-conditioned athletes.
afic rePort states nine health conditions, court to rule on rePort on thursday The report states that the former general is suffering from calcium deposits in his coronary artery, mental stress, prostrate enlargement, and spinal and bone pain. It said that Musharraf’s father had also died from triple-vessel coronary artery disease. Further tests are needed to decide whether Musharraf needs a heart bypass operation, said the report signed by AFIC Executive Director Major General SM Imran Majeed. The report dashes all hopes of Musharraf’s safe passage to foreign shores to escape rising number of cases against him in Pakistan. Caught up thus, Musharraf’s sole help was the military, which is thought to be viewing his predicament with a degree of concern, aware that his case could set a precedent in a country with a history of army rule. Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri criticised prosecution and said this treason case was not a trial of the former president but of the institution of the armed forces. “The prosecutor termed AFIC as hideout, and called Musharraf as fugitive. This is an insult to Pakistan Army,” Kasuri said. His detractors say the military is supporting him though there has not been any public support by the armed forces. Tuesday’s medical report from AFIC ends that myth. COURT HEARING: The special court granted Musharraf exemption from appearance for two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) and adjourned the hearing until today (Wednesday). The court said it would an-
nounce a ruling in relation to the medical report on Thursday (tomorrow). Judge Faisal Arab, who heads the threemember bench, said: “We will give an opportunity to both sides to examine (the report) and then we will decide accordingly.” Earlier on Tuesday, the court was pre-
The former general is suffering from calcium deposits in his coronary artery, mental stress, frozen shoulder, excess cholesterol in the bloodstream, prostrate enlargement, and spinal and bone pain. Further tests are needed to decide whether Musharraf needs a heart bypass operation AFIC MEDICAL REPORT sented with Musharraf’s medical report which was handed to the judges by Registrar Abdul Ghani. Musharraf’s sudden health scare was met with scepticism by some observers, and media speculation that his departure as part of a face-saving deal to avert a civilmilitary clash could be imminent. Musharraf’s lawyer Kasuri told re-
porters outside the court that owing to the complexity of the medical issues, the matter could only be debated once both sides had been given time to assess the report. During Tuesday’s proceedings, Musharraf’s counsel Anwar Mansoor said the special court had a limited mandate, adding that he did not view Akram Shaikh as the chief prosecutor in this case. Mansoor also apologised to the court on account of the arguments that took place during Monday’s proceedings. While giving arguments regarding the application of articles 6, 4 and 204 of Criminal Procedure Code, Mansoor said no accused can be bailed out in high treason case. “There is clear difference between the powers of special court and general courts. Treason case is also criminal case and special court has no powers to hear criminal case,” he said. He further argued that the special court has been constituted under special act. “I am not denying the applicability of Article 265 in this case but the federal government has nominated one person. Law itself is sovereign and takes its course on its own. We will have to see now who is hit by this case and what does the law say in this reference,” he said. Mansoor said that Article 265-A does not permit arrest of the accused. “Parliament can recommend punishment but cannot impose it nor it is binding on any court to award the same sentence compulsorily on the accused which has been proposed by parliament. On the other hand the court has to proceed in consonance with law,” he added. Justice Faisal Arab enquired: “Can arrest warrants be issued if the accused does not appear in court despite being summoned?” Mansoor said the accused cannot be arrested under articles 204 and 265-A. GHAZI RASHEED MURDER CASE: Aside from the treason charges, Musharraf also faces trial over the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the death of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar
Bugti, a deadly raid on the radical Lal Masjid and the detention of judges. Also on Tuesday, the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad demanding Musharraf’s medical certificate exempted him from appearing in the 2007 case relating to the killing of Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rasheed. During the hearing, Musharraf’s lawyer filed a plea on his client’s behalf to be granted exemption from appearing before the court on Tuesday. The lawyer of the 70-year-old former military strongman said his client was unwell and therefore could not appear in court. Subsequently, the ATC granted the request for Tuesday’s exemption and asked for Musharraf’s medical certificate. The court later adjourned the hearing of the case to Jan 18. Meanwhile, a petition was filed in the special court, seeking to prohibit use of the word ‘traitor’ for the former army chief. The petition was filed by Pakistan Social Justice Party chief Akhtar Shah, stating that use of the word ‘traitor’ is tantamount to demoralising the Pakistan Army. The petitioner appealed the court not to use the word for former military chief. SC ACCEPTS MUSHARRAF’S PLEA: In a related development, the Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted an appeal filed by Gen Musharraf against the order of the SC Registrar on his review petition and fixed the matter for January 8. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali will to examine the maintainability of the review petition in his chamber. The Registrar on December 24 returned Musharraf’s review petition against the judgement of a 14-member larger bench dated July 31, 2009, objecting on its language and maintaining it time barred. The larger bench had declared the proclamation of emergency of November 3, 2007 (PCO1) and all relevant acts of Gen Musharraf unconstitutional.
Not here to interfere: Saudi FM Rashid fails to see the Prince saud al faisal ‘Saudi connection’ says he has come to ISLAMABAD
PaKistan with ‘message of friendshiP and cooPeration’
nawaz asKs saudi arabia to inVest in PaKistan’s energy sector ISLAMABAD MiAn ABRAR
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal on Tuesday said he was not visiting Pakistan to work out any deal with the government regarding former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf. Addressing a joint press conference with PM’s Adviser on National Security Sartaj Aziz, Prince Faisal said: “I have come to Pakistan with a message of friendship and cooperation…I’m not on any mission. Saudi Arabia will not interfere in Pakistan’s internal affairs.” This is the first visit by any top Saudi official to Pakistan since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came into power in June last year, following his party’s thumping win in the parliamentary polls. The Saudi foreign minister’s trip had led to speculation in the media about the possible role of the Saudis in seeking a ‘safe passage’ for the former military ruler. The government, however, had strongly dismissed such reports claiming that Prince Faisal’s visit was planned much ahead of the developments related to Musharraf. Addressing the press conference, Prince Faisal said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed historic and deep rooted relations, and were very strong friends. Sartaj Aziz said both the sides had reiterated to further expand their relations for the benefit of their peoples. He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia agreed to enhance
cooperation in a broad spectrum of areas, especially investment, trade and energy. Aziz said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his interaction with the visiting Saudi dignitary briefed him about his government’s plans to enhance growth, create job opportunities and reduce poverty for brighter future of Pakistan. “We will encourage the Saudi investors to invest in different sectors, especially energy,” said Aziz. The Saudi foreign minister said his country would continue to provide all possible assistance to Pakistan for economic stability. He said the designs of those plotting to spoil Pakistan-Saudi relations should be thwarted. Prince Faisal said he had brought a special message from King Abdullah for the Pakistani leadership, which he had conveyed to President Mamoon Hussain. He did not elaborate the contents of the message. He said there was a need to form a committee for further enhancing bilateral ties and resolve any issue. He said the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) should also be used for more interaction between the Muslim countries. Replying to a question on US-Iran relations, Sartaj Aziz said any improvement in the region would help improve regional trade and economic ties.
AFGHANISTAN: Talking about the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, Prince Faisal stated that Afghanistan is going through a tough time and it should be ensured that this withdrawal takes place. He also added that terrorists should be stopped from organising themselves again in Afghanistan. NAWAZ’S MEETING WITH FAISAL: Earlier in the day the Saudi prince called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Prime Minister’s House. During the meeting, Prime Minister Sharif stated that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always stood by each other in difficult times and the people of Pakistan deeply value relations with the Kingdom. “There is a need to start a new era of strategic relationship between our two fraternal countries in order to further broaden and deepen the existing cordial bilateral relations,” the premier added. While discussing the energy situation of Pakistan, Nawaz said that Pakistan will welcome investment by the Kingdom, especially in the energy sector. The prime minister also thanked the Saudi government for extending help to Pakistani workers who were affected by the recent labour laws enacted in the Kingdom.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has ruled out any link between Saudi foreign minister’s visit and former president Pervez Musharraf’s case. Speaking at the launching ceremony of a book titled “Biting the Silver Bullet” in the capital on Tuesday‚ he reiterated that Saudi Arabia was Pakistan’s best friend and will invest in the country’s energy sector. The minister said that Saudi Arabia has reiterated its determination to play its part for economic progress of Pakistan. He added that Pakistan’s relations with other countries were strengthening as a result of policies adopted by the government. To a question‚ the information minister said that the matter regarding holding local bodies’ elections was in the court and the government will abide by the decision of the courts. RASHID BRINGS DOWN KHAN’S RIGGING FEVER: Rashid said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan
should concentrate on improving its government’s performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) instead of criticising Punjab chief minister. He said that Khan should remember that rigging allegations against his party candidate from Abbottabad had been proved correct. The minister said that Khan, who was making hue and cry about NRO 3 about Musharraf, had been a supporter of the same dictator at the time of so-called referendum during Musharraf’s era.
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french restaurant served neat on the guillotine islamabad Police Pulls shutters on la maison for serVing illegal alcohol, gambling and not allowing PaKistanis ‘the Pleasure’ ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
French restaurant running in a posh locality in the federal capital was raided and shut-down by police on Tuesday following a public outcry over its policy of not allowing Pakistanis in. ‘La Maison’, running out of Islamabad’s Sector F7-1, was not allowing Pakistanis in, citing the French style of
cooking that uses wine. Also, the food was not halal and even pork was being served. The controversial policy had led to a storm on various social media networks, with many comparing the policy to apartheid and the infamous colonial boards outside clubs in India during British rule. The momentum against the restaurant started on Twitter. The restaurant-owner Philippe Lafforgue had said prior to the raid, “What can I do? I am just trying to respect
the local culture. Pakistanis with dual-nationality are allowed”. Later, he said, “But after consulting the authorities, my advisor and my partner, I am telling you it is impossible to open a place to the public when we serve non-halal food here. I cannot change the recipes of French food,” he had said in a letter. He said, “So we will stand by our policies. Everybody is welcome, even Pakistani people with a dual-nationality. I don’t want to hurt the sensitivities of Muslims.” He said he had “just opened this place to give to the people an authentic French cuisine. It is not compatible with the faith of the
Making LB polls an obligation senate body Passes bill binding ecP to hold lb Polls within 45 days of dissolution of local goVernment ISLAMABAD APP
The Senate Committee on Law and Justice Tuesday unanimously approved a bill binding the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold the elections of local government bodies within 45 days of the dissolution of local government. Constitutional Amendment Bill 2013 was moved by Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari that was later passed by the body unanimously. The bill seeking amendment in Article 140 A of the Constitution would now be tabled before the Senate for consideration. Leghari said the country
india test-fires nuclear-caPable PrithVi-ii ODISHA: India, on Tuesday, test-fired its indigenously developed Prithvi-II missile, capable of carrying 500 Kg to 1,000 Kg of warheads and has a strike range of 350 Km, from a test range at Chandipur near Balasore. According to Indian media, the test was carried out as part of a user trial by the Indian army. The surface-to-surface missile was test fired from a mobile launcher in salvo mode from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range. Online
blast in lower Kurram injures seVen KURRAM AGENCY: An explosion injured at least seven people in Lower Kurram tribal region on Tuesday. According to sources, the explosion occurred in a vegetable market in Sada Bazaar area of Lower Kurram Agency. Seven people sustained injuries in the blast and were rushed to a local hospital. Three of the injured persons are said to be in a critical condition. The cause of the blast has not been ascertained yet. STAFF RePORT
lacked a legislation binding the government for holding local body polls within a certain timeframe. He said constitution obligates the holding of general election within 90 days of the expiry of government’s term, so such law should be replicated in case of general body polls too. The country could not hold local body polls since 2005 owing to absence of relevant laws, he added. The committee also examined a bill moved by MQM’s Tahir Mashhadi for giving voting rights to expatriates. During the discussion, PML-N’s Zafar Ali Shah said such legislation would adversely affect national political system and suggested
that the overseas Pakistanis should only cast their votes in their homeland. ECP Additional Secretary Sher Afgan Nizai apprised the committee that there were some legal and financial issues hindering such legislation that followed the committee putting off the matter till next meeting. DUAL NATIONALITY: The committee rejected a bill moved by Tahir Mashhadi seeking right of contesting parliamentary elections by the dual nationals. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan suggested that such restriction should also be extended to judges, army officers and bureaucrats. The Senate body also passed a bill to increase the sentence for the offences like stealing, selling, removing and other physical violation of dead bodies in the country to make a strong deterrent to grave diggers and violation of dead bodies.
Three Pakistani women recognised in Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list NEWS DESK Forbes released its ’30 Under 30′ list for 2014 on Monday, in which the business magazine recognises 450 young gamechangers across 15 different fields. This year’s Social Entrepreneurship category features three Pakistani women who they believe are changing the world. The most well-known face among the three is Malala Yousufzai, whose campaign for girls’ education has already won her many accolades. She is credited with co-founding the Malala Fund and also on the list is her c0-founder Shiza Shahid. Shahid, a 24-year-old graduate of Stanford University, was also recently acknowledged by Time magazine in December, 2013 as one of 30 people under 30 changing the world. Shahid, who is also the CEO of the Malala Fund, is quoted in Forbes as saying that with the fund she hoped to leverage Malala’s voice in such a way that the energy surrounding the young activist is transformed into meaningful action. The third young Pakistani
woman on the list is 25-year-old Khalida Brohi. Brohi was only 16 years old when she witnessed the honour killing of her friend, reported Forbes. This experience led her to found Sughar, a non-profit organisation, which empowers women by providing them with six-month courses on business and crafts. Sughar aids village women in starting their small businesses so that they become more financially independent. Also on the list, in separate categories, are famous names such as TV actor and director Lena Dunham, tennis star Maria Sharapova and pop sensation Justin Bieber. Bieber, 19, has earned an estimated $113 million in the last two years from his works. 21year-old pop star Miley Cyrus also made it onto the list. Cyrus has sold 270,000 copies of her most recent album Bangerz in its first week after the release. Other stars who make it onto the list in the category of music include Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Katy Perry, Drake and Lorde.
people in Pakistan, so it will remain private”. This is not the first such incident in Islamabad. In 2009, another French restaurant The Cordon Rouge hung a “foreigners only” sign, which was later removed after protests. According to police sources, a huge quantity of illegal liquor was recovered from the restaurant. The raid was carried out by the police with TV camera crews in tow. The small restaurant running out of Lafforgue’s house, was a hit with the expats. One had to make prior booking, giving international passport details. ‘La Maison’ was similar to the New York-style ‘Secret Restaurants’.
“We got complaints about this place practicing a colonial-style ‘Dogs and Indians Not Allowed’ policy in the middle of Islamabad, serving only foreigners,” said Yasir Afridi, an assistant superintendent of the Islamabad Police. “So I personally called in to make a reservation, and was rejected when I said I was a Pakistani,” said Afridi. “The next step was obviously to check the place out. We found over 300 bottles of non-licensed alcohol and even a casino table.” The police charged Lafforgue with “unlicensed alcohol,” a crime in Pakistan. “How can you live on our soil and treat us like this,” said Afridi. “No rules allow
such behavior. This is not the nineteenth century.” Lafforgue is still defending his position. “The cops knew I wasn’t around to show my documents, and that’s why they timed the raid to perfection,” he said. “But now I am fighting it. I am also writing a letter to [Prime Minister] Nawaz Sharif, who is both a fan of fine food and for creating a good atmosphere for foreigners to invest in Pakistan. I hope he listens to my case.” The Islamabad police also insists that Lafforgue has a criminal record in Lahore. Sources told Pakistan Today in Lahore that Lafforgue is allegedly running a huge bootlegging operation in the city from Bedian area.
turKish graft scandal deePens with more arrests, Police dismissals ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government purged hundreds of police officers overnight, media said, as part of a crackdown on a rival he accuses of trying to usurp state power by tarring him with a specious corruption investigation. Some of the officers, who included members of the financial and organized crime, smuggling and antiterrorism units, were moved to traffic duties, according to the reports. Ankara police, chief focus of the action, declined to comment. Despite the dismissals, among them senior commanders, police and prosecutors continued arrests, which on Tuesday targeted the state railway company and a western port. AGenCieS
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State busy violating citizens’ rights: Sc justice Khawaja says defence ministry officials submitting useless rePorts in court ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
USTICE Jawwad S Khawja in Supreme Court (SC) during the hearing of missing persons’ case on Tuesday remarked that the State, instead of giving protection to the citizens in missing person’s cases, is busy violating their rights.
On Tuesday, a three-member bench of the SC comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and Justice Musheer Alam heard the case of missing persons. The bench was headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja. The SC has directed Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar to present the affidavits of high officials of Pakistan Army, ISI, MI, in charge of Timer Girah detention center, Malakand and Shing Watti detention centers with the signature of the defense secretary in the next hearing. During hearing, the AAG informed the court that an officer of Ministry of Defense, Major Muhammad Ali had submitted his affidavit, however, it did not ful-
fill the criteria. On this, the court demanded to see the affidavit and jointly rejected it after declaring it against the regulations. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja while severely reacting on the progress of the case, remarked, “It is the government’s responsibility to provide protection to its citizens, but the State itself is involved in violation of citizen’s rights, which is an unacceptable and intolerable situation”. He said, “Missing person’s case had made us sleepless, while involvement of the intelligence departments is found in every case which the court took for hearing”. Justice Khwaja said cases must be registered against persons involved in missing person’s cases. Judges are now tired of giv-
ing answers to the families of missing persons. He said that officials of the Defence Ministry, while sitting in Rawalpindi, prepare useless reports and answers and then submit them in SC, which will not solve the issue. The court ordered that the Defence Ministry should send a responsible person in next hearing because the copies of submitted documents are not acceptable, while patience of the court should not be tried. On this occasion, father of Fazal-eRabbi, a missing person, said in the court that he has come to know that his son was firstly kept in the detention center of Timer Girah and later on was shifted to Malakand. He now is in Shing Wati, Swat detention center, he said.
On this, the court ordered the AAG to take and submit the affidavits of the incharges of detention centers of Timer Girah, Malakand and Shing Watti and adjourned till the further hearing of the case till January 24. Fazle Rabbi, was picked on June 16, 2009 from Center Pak checkpost and Pakistan Army, ISI and the MI has denied his presence with them. Defence ministry’s Director Legal Group Captain Muhammad Irfan had presented a report in the SC in the last hearing which the court had rejected and directed him to present the affidavits of the officials who denied the presence of Fazle Rabbi in their custody. Mohammad Irfan did not appear in court again.
lb pollS: Sc SeekS cut-off Date from Defence miniStry ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
RAWALPINDI: Local women cook food in a street on Tuesday as most parts of the country are suffering from low gas pressure. Online
MNA DR VANKWANI ENRAGED OVER HINDU GIRLS’ KIDNAPPING ISLAMABAD Online
Member National Assembly (MNA) Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, head of Pakistan Hindu Council, has expressed resentment over the rise of Hindu girls’ kidnapping, forced conversion and marriage. Talking to the media men outside the Parliament House on Tuesday, Dr Vankwani termed such events an internal threat to the integrity of Pakistan. He said that silence on these issues will encourage criminals to roam freely around the country. “Sapna Rani, a Hindu teacher from Peshawar, has been recovered after 15 days with the active support of the media and civil society,” he said, also condemning the recent kidnapping of Lucky Bhel, a Hindu woman from Sindh who was reportedly forced to marry a ‘mureed’ (disciple) of a local ‘peer’ (religious leader). Dr Vankwani said that Quaid-e-Azam had promised minorities their rights and the Constitution also guaranteed their protection. He announced that he will keep supporting the victim families, raising their voice on every forum including the Parliament.
2013 witnesses decline in militant attacks ISLAMABAD inP
Overall number of anti-state militant attacks in Pakistan declined in 2013. However, a slight increase in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and unprecedented escalation in Sindh was observed during the year, according to a Conflict Monitoring Centre Report released on Tuesday. The overall reduction in militant attacks was 10 percent. Most significant reduction was observed in Balochistan and FATA. In Balochistan, militant attacks declined by 29 percent while the security situation also improved in FATA where 22 percent reduction was observed. In Sindh, 138 percent increase in militant attacks point out gravity of the security situation in the province, mostly in Karachi. Majority of the victims in militant attacks were ordinary civilians, while security forces also lost hundreds of their personnel during the year. The Conflict Monitoring Center has recorded 1,144 militant attacks during 2013 in which 2,595 people were killed and 5,035 in-
jured. The dead included 1,402 civilian (54 percent), 623 militants (24 percent), 523 security forces personnel (20 percent) and 47 Razakars (2 percent). Among the injured, 3,891 were civilians (77 percent), 928 security forces personal (18.5 percent), 173 militants (3.5 percent) and 43 Razakars (1 percent). Although the number of militant attacks dropped in 2013, however, increase in resultant deaths and injuries made it a more lethal year as compared to 2012. Rise in deaths and injuries were a result of rise in suicide attacks and subsequent deaths. In 2012, militants had carried out 28 suicide attacks, which killed 194 people while 47 suicide attacks were carried out in 2013 killing 699 people. Improvement in security situation in FATA was visible from the fact that number of militant attacks as well as resultant casualties, both declined during the year. Civilian deaths in FATA declined by about 44 percent in 2013 compared to 2012. Not only militant attacks, but also a downward trend was observed in security forces ac-
tions in FATA until December when North Waziristan saw escalation in hostilities by the militants and retaliatory actions by security forces. In Balochistan, average militant attacks per month dropped from 36 to 25 in 2013. The downward trend in militant attacks in Balochistan had started during last quarter of 2012 and continued in 2013. It was observed during 2013, that the TTP expanded its operation in Karachi. Previously it used to use the city for financial and logistic activities but now the group started to conduct militant operations on regular basis in the city. It has also established safe havens in different parts of the city. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) constituted majority of the militant attacks during the year. The militants killed 797 people and left 2,505 wounded in 474 IED explosions. After the All Parties Conference convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in September 2013, an unannounced ceasefire-like situation had developed in FATA from security
forces’ side. The CMC also observed that no escalation of militant attacks took place after Hakeemullah Mehsud’s death in a drone attack. At least 847 people were killed in 431 militant attacks in KP, 305 such occurrences claimed 803 lives in FATA, and 680 persons became victims of 310 such incidents in Balochistan. In Sindh and Punjab, 81 and 11 militant attacks claimed lives of 225 and 21 people respectively. In GilgitBaltistan, 14 people were killed in two militant attacks while three such attacks took lives of two people in Islamabad capital territory. In Azad Kashmir, a single violent militant activity was reported claiming lives of two militants. The security forces took 550 actions claiming lives of 1,028 people, including 884 suspected militants, 94 civilians and 50 security personnel. The highest, 221 security actions, and 32 resultant deaths were reported in KP while highest number of 873, deaths in such actions took place in FATA in 144 security actions.
The Supreme Court (SC) has sought deadline from the Ministry of Defence till January 9 for conducting Local Bodies (LB) polls in cantonment boards, also directing Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold these polls after obtaining new date from the Defence Ministry. A three-member bench of the SC led by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up the case for hearing Tuesday. Justice Azmat Saeed remarked, “Not holding elections in February is an old story. Some new story be told. What is the problem with the federal government in holding elections. Conducting elections is job of the ECP, not the federal government”. The CJP remarked, “As per law, it is the responsibility of the ECP to hold elections in the cantonment areas”. Additional Attorney General (AAG) Shah Khawar told the court that elections cannot be held in cantonment board in February, due to noncompletion of arrangements. More time is needed to seek a new date in this respect. Therefore, the court should grant more time,” he prayed. Justice Azmat Saeed remarked, “This story has become old. Therefore, tell the court a new story and it will think over it then”. The court directed the ECP to obtain a new date from Ministry Of Defence and hold elections in cantonment boards besides furnishing reply to the court on January 9.
court will not allow people Dying Due to polluteD water: cjp ISLAMABAD Online
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has remarked that people are dying owing to contaminated water which the court will not allow. A three-member bench of the SC, headed by CJP Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up for hearing Manchar Lake pollution case Tuesday. Project Director Zahir Shah appeared before the court. He told that 67 percent work of the project has been completed and the remaining work is not being completed due to non-availability of funds. Six plants of clean drinking water each were installed by the Sindh government and the WAPDA. Summary for installation of more plants has been sent to the Sindh chief minister. The court inquired if the clean drinking water is being supplied to all the people, to which it was told that it was being provided to some people but not all. This facility has not reached so far to all people so far the project director said. The court ordered the Sindh government to complete the project for cleansing Manchar Lake from pollution soon and the finance ministry should release funds so that the people could be secured from contaminated water. The court adjourned the hearing of the case till January 27.
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Wednesday, 8 January, 2014
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PREPARATIONS GAIN MOMENTUM KARACHI APP
The preparations have gained momentum in the port city to commemorate the birth anniversary (Eid Milad-un-Nabi) of the Holy Prophet falling on January 14. Various stalls selling banners, badges, stickers and flags inscribed with the slogans paying respect and reverence to the Holy Prophet (PBUH) are being set up at different areas in the city. A number of programmes including naat khawani are being organised by different organisations to mark the day. Processions will also be taken out in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi. Newspapers and magazines will publish special supplements, while television channels and radio stations would broadcast special programmes in connection with the 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal. Banners and billboards are also being displayed on main roundabouts, thoroughfares and streets across the metropolis inscribed with schedules of programmes which would be organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet. Mosques, homes, buildings and plazas are being decorated with colorful lights and buntings.
Karachiites to light 12,000 oil lamps on Eid Milad KARACHI APP
Jafferia Disaster Management Cell (JDC) Welfare Organisation plans to light 12,000 oil lamps at Numaish intersection, MA Jinnah Road, on the eve of Eid Milad-unNabi. Ali Raza, media coordinator of JDC Welfare Organisation, a body working for
people in need said Tuesday that citizens of the metropolis would be invited to set a world record on Rabi-ul-Awwal 12. “Citizens without any distinction can be part of an exercise meant to pay tribute to the last Prophet,” he said. Our motive is to remind the world that Islam is a religion of peace and the Holy Prophet was sent as Allah’s messenger to invite people towards peace, said Ali Raza.
mates, out you go! Qaim ali shah orders to shift 51 dangerous and 500 under-trial Prisoners outside city KARACHI
KARACHI: The MQM legislators and party supporters protest against a local TV’s anchor. INP
Pakistan to contest IMO elections KARACHI APP
Pakistan will contest elections for International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council under category-C during the IMO Assembly session scheduled to be held in 2015. Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael revealed his plans for raising the profile of Pakistan in IMO during a meeting with the High Commissioner of Pakistan in London, said an official statement reaching here on Tuesday. A Pakistani delegation led by the minister for ports and shipping participated in 28th session of the IMO Assembly. Secretary General of IMO Koji Sekimizu and other countries commended the presence of Pakistani delegation in the assembly session. Along with the minister, Chairman Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) Siddique Memon, General Manager Planning and Development, Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Ghulam Ali Memon and the Director Protocol-cum-
Liaison and Counsel to the Minister for Ports and Shipping, Nouman Bashir Khan attended the session. Senator Kamran Michael said the IMO Council elections in the three categories were the centerpiece of the recently held session where Pakistani delegation voted in compliance to the instructions of ministry of foreign affairs. The strong participation of Pakistan supported Pakistan Mission’s continuing endeavours for upgrading their relationship with the IMO, Michael added. He also suggested to the mission that benefits could be drawn out from this significant forum through continuous engagements with the IMO and that Pakistan should keep up this momentum. The high commission informed Senator Kamran Michael that their office was not accredited to the IMO and that a qualified officer at London was required to deal with the affairs of IMO. However, it was recommended by the mission to have preparatory work finalized and Pakistan’s candidature for the IMO Council under categoryC be initiated to get support for a broader membership support of the organization.
I N D H Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah Tuesday took a strong exception to criminal activities being made by the prisoners through communication devices from jail and ordered the provincial home department to immediately shift 51 “dangerous and convicted” prisoners to prisons outside the province. Also, the chief minister directed the transfer of those prisoners who are undertrial but are involved in criminal activities to jails located outside the city but within the province along with their cases. Shah made these directives while chairing a high-level meeting at the CM House that decided in principal that the Sindh government would help the federal government to implement the Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO). Among others, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Law Mir Muhammad Shaikh, IG Sindh Police Shahid Baloch, Advocate General Khalid Javaid and IG Prisons Nusrat Manghan attended the meeting. The chief minister took the serious notice of the criminal activities being made by the prisoners through communication devices and he directed the additional chief secretary immediately to shift 51 dangerous and convicted prisoners out of province, said a handout issued by the CM House. It said the additional chief secretary (home) told the meeting that as many as 500 such under-trial prisoners had been indentified to take action against them under this charge. The chief minister directed the inspector general prison to ensure installation of jammers
directs igP to ensure installation of jammers in central and landhi jails within a month in the central and Landhi jails of the city within a month time for which Rs 88 million had already been released to his administration. Shah also constituted a committee headed by the additional chief secretary home to approach the Sindh High Court and evolve such mechanism under which the challaned cases pertaining to ongoing targeted operation against terrorists/extortionist be tried and decided within a week time by ATCs. The chief minister, while taking serious notice of weak challans submitted in the courts specially under the Arm Act, directed the IG police to take action against the
police officers who challaned their cases with defective arms or licensed arms in the courts under Arm Act that resulted in the release of accused easily. Shah also strictly directed the IG prison to adopt fool-proof security at all prisons, especially that of Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur. “So that neither prisoner could commit crimes from inside nor the criminals could cause threat to the prisons from outside,” the statement said. Further, agreeing to extend all-out help to the federal government in the implementation of PPO, the meeting pointed out some legal issues that, the PPPled provincial government believed, needed to be resolved by the center through appropriate amendment in the PPO. “Prosecution is the primary function of the provincial government,” the meeting observed. ACS Mumtaz briefed the meeting that the federal government wanted to establish special courts with collaboration of provincial government for trial of cases under PPO and requested for providing necessary help and number of such required courts in the province along with location with proper security to witnesses, prosecution officials and judges. The chief minister endorsed the recommendations of the advocate general and agreed to provide full assistance to the federal government subject to resolution of some legal issues which were to be communicated to the concerned authorities through the home department. After threadbare discussion, the meeting concluded that the prosecution and prisons-related issues must be resolved so that the ongoing targeted operation could be made a success.
Wednesday, 8 January, 2014
OVERNIGHT CROSSFIRE LEAVES ONE DEAD KARACHI STAFF RePORT
A man was killed and four others were injured in cross fire and violence in Lyari on Monday night, according to media reports. Reports state than two rival groups exchanged gunfire in of Phool Patti Lane, Gul Muhammed Lane and Eidu Lane of Lyari on Tuesday. A man was killed when he was caught in crossfire while four other were injured. The violence led to panic across the areas as shops and restaurants were abruptly shut down and people stayed locked up in their homes. Police troops were deployed after the incident in the area.
TWO GUARDS KILLED IN BANK ROBBERY
WALL-CHALKING IN SA: SIRAJ FATIMA ‘PLEADS GUILTY’!
KARACHI STAFF RePORT
Two security guards were shot dead during a bank robbery on Tuesday in Korangi area of Karachi. According to news reports, two robbers made their way in to a private bank in Korangi, held the bank staff hostage and took away millions in cash. The robbers opened fire on the security guards before fleeing the scene. The guards were critically injured and succumbed to their wounds on way to the hospital. They have been identified as Khalid and Dilshad and have been shifted to a morgue. According to police sources, the bank manager has reported of receiving threatening letters from someone claiming to belong to Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan. The police have launched an investigation in to the event.
SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES REOPEN TODAY KARACHI STAFF RePORT
All government and private schools and colleges across Sindh will reopen from Wednesday (today) after winter vacations were extended due to severe cold wave. The Sindh education secretary announced on Tuesday. Sindh Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro had earlier extended winter vacations for schools and colleges as cold wave continued to grip the city. The minister had announced to extend the vacations from January 02 to January 08.
NINE HELD IN RAIDS KARACHI STAFF RePORT
As many as nine suspects were arrested by Sindh Rangers in targeted operations on Tuesday in Karachi. According to Sindh Rangers spokesperson, raids were carried out in Sohrab Goth, Mehran Hotel, Bhittai Colony, Al Falah Society, Old Sabzimandi. Nine persons were arrested as suspects involved in a number of crimes including target killing. Weapons were also recovered from the possession of those arrested.
SINDH WILL REMAIN ONE! KARACHI APP
Sindh is a reality which will remain one and the people who are talking about Sindh one or Sindh two are putting themselves into isolation. Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro stated this during a statement issued on Tuesday. He was talking to media in the Sindh Assembly. He said it was Altaf’s own failure that he called himself a son of Sindh while others called him a migrant. On a question regarding graffiti on the walls of Provincial Assembly, he said the walls won’t answer this question as they were made up of rocks and bricks, Nisar added. As far as the question of deprivations in urban areas was concerned, the minister said they were focusing more on the rural areas of province. Nisar said: “We are currently not in negotiations with the MQM but the doors for talks with any one are always open”.
KARACHI: Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Khan Durani Tuesday took strong notice of graffiti on the walls of the provincial assembly and formed an enquiry committee to look in to the matter. Unknown persons littered the inside walls of Sindh assembly with wall-chalking against some senior administrative staff of the Sindh assembly secretariat. Durani took notice of the event and pledged to take serious action against those involved. Later, Deputy Secretary of the Sindh Assembly Siraj Fatima admitted of being involved in the act in protest as she was denied a promotion which was long overdue. She has been issued a show-cause notice by the speaker. n eW S De SK
pak needs capacity-building for masses’ ‘well being’ KARACHI
A K I S TA N is in urgent need of institutional capacities so as to promote sustainable urban transport, said experts at an interrelated training programs organised by Pakistan Sustainable Transport Project (PAKSTRAN) here Tuesday. Sustainable urban transportation, they said, was urgently needed not only for the cause of energy conservation and pollution-free environment but also to combat chaos severely compromising
economic, mental and emotional well being of the masses. Reiterating importance of capacitybuildings to promote urban transport culture in the country, the experts said all the stake holders had to be actively involved in the effort. The events simultaneously held in collaborations with NED University for Engineering and Technology and Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) were attended by representatives of planning and development department, urban planners, academia and stakeholders. The
participants mainly focused on land use planning for design of sustainable transport systems. Experts discussed in detail measures required for better planning and its implementation paving way for sustainable urban transport interventions in the country. Arif Allauddin, Managing Director of the National Energy Conservation Centre (ENERCON), Ministry of Water and Power, said it was essential to link researchers with practitioners for translating research into action. He appreciated the efforts being made by the provinces in promoting urban mobility in a more sustainable way.
Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, country representative of IUCN, Pakistan, said improved transport sector in Pakistan has linkages with economic and social development and environmental improvements and all possible measures must be promoted to improve the urban transport activity in Pakistan. The PAKSTRAN Project is being implemented by the government of Pakistan through the government of Sindh (transport department), government of Punjab (Urban Unit, Planning and Development Department) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Combat-ready navy major component of security: admiral asif KARACHI STAFF RePORT
The Pakistan Navy’s annual fleet efficiency competition parade (ECP) for 2013 was held at PN Dockyard Tuesday. Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila, Chief of the Naval Staff, graced the occasion as a chief guest. The ECP is conducted annually by the Pakistan Navy Fleet Command to mark the culmination of its operational year in which efficiency shields are awarded to selected fleet units based on their overall performance throughout the year. While addressing the officers and men, Admiral Asif commended PN Fleet for successfully achieving the set objectives and accomplishing all the assigned tasks in a befitting manner. He particularly appreciated the fleet for successfully conducting joint exercises with PAF and Pakistan Navy’s Coastal Command which have enhanced inter and intra services coordination for maritime operations. Admiral Asif emphasised that a professional and a combat ready Navy was a major component of national security and was vital to safeguard the country’s maritime interests as well as
economic prosperity. The chief guest further said indigenous construction of second Fast Attack Missile Craft and initiation of construction of a Fleet Tanker at KS&EW was a significant step towards self reliance and will aid in enhancing capabilities of local industry. He also mentioned that the induction of ATR-72 aircraft, up gradation of SEAKING helicopters and induction of UAVs will significantly enhance the Pakistan Navy’s capabilities. The Admiral highlighted that despite financial constraints the government is doing its utmost to provide essential resources to fill in the capability gaps of Pakistan Navy wherever required. Earlier in his welcome address, the Commander Pakistan Fleet Vice Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Saddique highlighted the Operational achievements of the PN Fleet. He said during the year 2013, fleet operations were planned and executed with a vision of being “Ever Ready Combat Ready”: a compulsion imposed by prevalent operational environment. He also stated that during the last year, Pakistan Navy has actively participated in several major maritime exercises
including multinational exercises AMAN13 in Pakistan. Thamar al Tayab at Oman, Triton-13 at Australia and Inspired Union in Pakistan besides other overseas deployments to Far East, Mediterranean and Black Seas to pursue our foreign policy objectives. He said that participation in such exercises with foreign navies not only enhanced Pakistan Navy’s professional competence but has also contributed
towards the diplomatic objectives of the Government. He said that today Pakistan Navy is well geared up to defend the maritime interests of country and is better prepared to thwart all sorts of threats in the maritime domain. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila gave away the prizes to winning units. The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior serving and retired Naval Officers and men of Pakistan Navy.
08 COMMENT pushing bangladesh toward anarchy can peace be restored with elections perceived to be stolen?
T least 29 people have been killed during the polls and post-poll violence, more than 140 in violent encounters since the campaign started. The universal consensus is on the elections being a farce but the warring Begums of Bangladesh have yet to see the light of reason. Khaleda Zia continues to demand immediate resignation of the government and the cancellation of elections. Sheikh Hasina remains satisfied with the abysmal turnout and has ordered security agencies to deal with the post-election violence with an iron hand. She is confident that once there is peace, she would dictate terms to her rival. But can peace be restored in the presence of the perception of a stolen election and hundreds of opponents in jail? Both Hasina and Zia are unconcerned about the unending violence and a nose-diving economy, both caused by a no-holds-barred confrontation. The world meanwhile is getting increasingly concerned about the situation in Bangladesh. On Tuesday UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon called on both sides to resume meaningful dialogue for an inclusive political process. The State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf expressed U.S. disappointment over an election with more than half of the seats uncontested and most of the remainder offering only token opposition. The results, she said, "do not appear to credibly express the will of the Bangladeshi people." Washington urged the government and opposition parties to hold immediate talks on holding fresh elections. Low voter turnout on the polling day was the ultimate sign of protest by the common people. Never in the history of Bangladesh have booths been so deserted or so many seats gone uncontested. Many had hoped that the low voter participation would pile new pressure on Sheikh Hasina to find a compromise with the BNP. That has not transpired. Unless both sides realize that democratic system rests on inclusiveness, reconciliation and dialogue, the country would face more violence followed by more repression. The infighting has brought down production in the country's $22 billion garment industry, which accounts for 80 per cent of exports. There are widespread worries of economic stagnation and further violence in the impoverished South Asian nation of 160 million. The only way out is the formation of an independent interim administration with the sole task of holding the polls. The crisis in Bangladesh is the outcome of intolerance on the part of the top leadership of the ruling Awami League and the BNP led opposition alliance. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina disdainfully rejected the proposal to hold elections under an independent administration. Khaleda Zia gave a call for agitation knowing full well that it would be violent and destructive. What has happened in Bangladesh should provide a lesson to political parties in the developing democracies in general and Pakistan in particular. The opposition needs to learn to make a better use of parliament to get its demands accepted rather than ignite street agitation. The government has to display tolerance and conciliation which are the hallmarks of the democratic culture instead of pushing the opposition to the wall.
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revival of pakistan-japan commercial links arresting the decline in trade, seeking assistance for mega projects must be a priority
DR AhMAD RAShiD MAliK
ECENTLY Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that his government would look forward to greater cooperation with Japan in trade, investment, development, energy capacity-building, health, and education. In socio-economic uplift, health, and education, Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) plays a significant role in Pakistan. Trade determines relations between and among nations. Major changes have been occurring in Pakistan’s foreign trade patterns. Now Asia has been looming large on Pakistan’s trading horizon. Out of top ten trading partners of Pakistan, seven are Asians, namely China, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Afghanistan, and India. Pakistan’s trade with the United States, Europe, and Japan is on the declining side. Japan used to be an important trading partner of Pakistan until China replaced it. Japan is a significant industrial economy in North East Asia and in many fields it is a more advanced economy than China and South Korea. Both Pakistan and Japan intend to enhance bilateral trade, which has been hovering around US$2 billion annually at the moment. In an effort to boost economic relations between the two countries, Pakistan allowed Japan to set up a Special Economic Zone and Textile City in Karachi under concessionary package last year.
An Early Harvest Program (EHP), Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that Pakistan signed with China would enormously boost bilateral trade. However, in the absence of these trade mechanisms with Japan, bilateral trade is unexpected to increase between them. If Pakistan and Japan did not sign these trade mechanisms with each other soon, their trade would significantly decline. Other than these reasons, a number of factors have decreased trade between Pakistan and Japan in the past two decades. For instance, the East Asian economic crisis of 1997 added fuel to the already declining trade between the two countries. Economic stagnation and deflation in Japan on the export side was also a contributing factor in the decline of trade between the two countries. A surge in oil and gas prices resulted in Japan buying less from Pakistan. Bilateral trade is also dependents on Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA), whose directions were constantly changed in the past two decades, affecting trade between the two countries. Japan’s economic sanctions against Pakistan after 1998 forced Japanese companies to decrease their business with Pakistan. Moreover, Pakistani exporters considered Japan’s market difficult to exports their goods meeting Japanese specific tastes and high standards. Bilateral trade was not adjusted between them and confined to traditional items. The rise of China was a significant factor. It was China that swiftly replaced Japan as Pakistan’s largest trading partner. When zero tariffs were offered to China under FTA by Pakistan, it has also virtually affected the share of Japanese exports to Pakistan. These obstacles notwithstanding, Japan has been quite reluctant to initiate the EHP, PTA, and FTA between the two nations. The trade agreements could benefit both countries. Besides China, Pakistan has already signed the FTA with Malaysia and Sri Lanka. The PTAs have been signed with Indonesia, Iran, and Mauritius. Negotiations are already underway to sign PTA with Turkey.
Mega infrastructural projects could boost economic relations between Pakistan and Japan. The latter has shown keen interest in the Karachi Circular Railway and underground metro projects in Lahore and Karachi. Prime Minister Sharif discussed the KCR project when he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in September last. The JICA is committed to undertake the KCR and might offer US$2 billion for the project. The government has decided to revive the KCR in 2004 but could not carry out the project. The present government seems to be committed to revive the project. As huge oil, diesel, and gas is used in vehicles for daily commutation, the revival of the KCR would greatly save energy. The KCR was started in 1969 but was scraped following corruption and mismanagement. Under the new plan, the length of the track would be 50 km long along with installation of 23 stations. Over 700,000 daily commuters would take the facility. Karachi and other major cities need a modern mass transit system. There is no viable public transportation system in Karachi. Moreover, a modern commuter system is needed for the megapolis. A poor commuter should get a better transportation facility, which is not provided to him for decades. This would be a great step toward urbanisation. And pollution would also be decreased. Proving efficient energy and conser-
vation, modern and economic transportation, and green and healthy environment are the policies of the present government. The Lahore metro bus, built in just 11 months, is a shining manifestation of these policies. The implementation of the KCR would be another first step toward achieving the goals of these policies. The revival of the KCR with Japanese assistance would also revive Pakistan’s economic ties with Japan. Tokyo has a rapid and a wellconnected mass transportation system. Its railway system is the most efficient in the world. There are around 130 subways lines along with roughly 1,000 subway stations. The East Japan Railways Company (JR East) and Shinkansen (the bullet train) and a number of other companies operate the system. The JR alone operates 23 lines in Tokyo. Over 40 million people use modern railway in the Greater Tokyo area daily. Japan has been helping India and Indonesia in developing a modern mass transit system. Pakistan also needs to learn from the Japanese railway system. The present government has been committed to carry out a number of mega projects to uplift the economy. A large number of Japanese companies have been working in Pakistan. Japanese companies could play a greater role in many commercial and economic projects in Pakistan.
Trade determines relations between and among nations. Major changes have been occurring in Pakistan’s foreign trade patterns. Now Asia has been looming large on Pakistan’s trading horizon.
Dr Ahmad Rashid Malik is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad.
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majesty of law, else? There was no armed struggle for creation of Pakistan, just a constitutional battle waged by men like Quaide-Azam, Allama Iqbal, Fazal-ul-Haq, etc, which led to our independence in 1947. Yet for almost four decades Pakistan was ruled by men whose sole legitimacy flowed from barrel of gun, while constitution and laws were suspended, or humbled on whims of power groups. We either have majesty of laws reigning supreme, where everybody irrespective of his status or power submits to it, or else an environment where law of jungle prevails. This country tolerated armed thugs and criminals to terrorize its citizens, forcibly occupying private and state property belonging to peaceful law abiding individuals, living in cities like Karachi, towns and villages, while those in power chose to look other way. In the name of ground realities or some convoluted concept of security strategy, we allowed religious extremists and sectarian warlords to create pockets of power, not realizing that such nuisances will breed bigger demons, which would threaten this very state. In such an environment a bigger, well equipped group calling itself TTP emerged, taking over control over large areas of what constitutes territory of Pakistan. Yet the tragedy is that those who have been entrusted public offices of importance, lack intellectual capacity and foresight to re-evaluate their follies and consequences of their myopic vision. Even today we witness tendency of some that majesty of law be humbled to satisfy misplaced ego of few. If the constitution of Pakistan, its laws are not supreme and their interpretation by superior judiciary through its verdict are to be challenged, than God Forbid, future destiny of this nation as a sovereign independent country is liable to be jeopardized. We have seen mighty Soviet Union, collapse, crumble and disintegrate, inspite of its massive military power and yet we fail to learn any lessons. Our religion Islam that
US countries cannot exist where justice and equality are not adopted as state policy, yet we fail to reform. Musharraf has been charged by an elected federal government to face charges of treason, and any attempt not to allow the law to take its course, will have disastrous consequences for this country. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
worrying timings When you fight an enemy, you expect him/ her to be bound or obliged by some sort of norms. But what to do when you fight animals in the disguise of humans. Regret on use of such harsh words but what do you think of an enemy who is filled with such hatred that he feels no hesitation or shame on sending an eight year old innocent girl on a suicide bombing mission. Afghan police stopped a girl, apparently in a state of shock and confusion, entering a border police check post in Helmand province – she was wearing a suicide vest; couldn’t operate the button to detonate the explosives she was wearing to blow herself along with soldiers in the check post. Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are not only active using brain washed children on suicide bombing missions but also ensuring a generation of handicapped and crippled children become the symbol of these countries. Anti-polio vaccination campaigns are bound to fail in Pakistan’ tribal areas and other parts of the country wherein Pashtuns are residing. This not only includes remote rural areas of KPK province but also urban centers such as Karachi. Brutal attacks on health workers and those on duty for their security are forcing polio teams to abandon the campaigns. Perhaps we will never know for whom Afghan and Pakistani Taliban are working. Apparently they are on a self-destruction mode, but are ensuring they destroy everyone else who don’t subscribe to their ideology. MASOOD KHAN Saudi Arab
the price of medicine This refers to the letter posted in your paper today in Editor’s Mail by Mr Shaharyar Khan Baseer. He has advocated reducing the margin of the pharmacies but allowing the pharma industry the price increase it wants. This is the height of the idiocy and archaic thinking. It is quite apparent that his interest lies in pharma manufacturing and not in its distribution or retailing. I would advocate the elimination of all pharma distributors who get a margin of 10% for distributing the medicines all over the country on behalf of the manufacturers as well as all pharmacies who get 15% for providing the same medicines to the consumer / patient. The manufacturers supply the armed forces and government agencies directly under a tender system and provide the same medicines to the government agencies at less than 50% of the retail price fixed by the government. The manufactures should be asked under a law to cut down their prices by 50% and bring them at par with the prices at which they supply the armed forces and other government agencies by opening up fair price shops all over the country for the benefit of the consumers. This way the prices will also come down and the general public will also be happy. This is an equally idiotic and archaic proposal but I see no harm in posting it as we are all losing sight of the real problem. The real problem lies in massive corruption that is a direct result of the heavy control that the government and its various agencies have in heavily regulating and controlling the pharma industry and trade. If the government involvement in fixing of prices is eliminated, the prices will actually come down on their own due to competition as we have experienced in all those countries where the pharma trade has been deregulated. This is the beauty of free trade, competition and deregulation. IRFAN KHALID Peshawar Cantt
WORLD VIEW 09
Wednesday, 8 January, 2014
BJP and PaKISTan iraq’s best hope for peace is replacing maliki RAJINDER PURI The STATeSMAn
DEfENCE ONE STePhAnie GASKell
N the fall of 2002, as the debate over whether to invade Iraq was in full swing, thenSen. Barack Obama gave a speech at an anti-war rally in Chicago. "I don't oppose all wars," Obama said. "What I am opposed to is a dumb war.” What happened next is already in the history books. But for anyone looking at just how involved the United States will get in this fresh spate of violence in Iraq, it’s Obama’s speech years later in Denver at the Democratic National Convention where he accepted the nomination to run for president that’s the most telling. “You don’t defeat a terrorist network that operates in eighty countries by occupying Iraq,” Obama said then. Senator Obama opposed the Iraq war; for President Obama, the war in Iraq has long been over. And Secretary of State John Kerry made it crystal clear over the weekend that the Iraqis are on their own: “This is their fight.” Last year the U.S. sent to Iraq six C-130 aircraft, a rapid Avenger surface-to-air missile battery, 27 helicopters and 12 P301 patrol boats. The Pentagon is expediting the delivery of 100 Hellfire missiles and 10 ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles – but these won’t arrive until the spring. The U.S. is also sending 48 Raven surveillance UAVs that won’t arrive until later this year. Meanwhile, the violence in Iraq is only getting worse by the day – including in Anbar Province where the bulk of U.S. troops were killed during the Iraq War and where the Anbar Awakening of Sunni leaders sided with the United States against the insurgency and helped turn the tide of the bloody war. Ret. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, who served as deputy commander of Multi-National-ForcesWest in Iraq during 2007 and 2008, and later commanded the Afghanistan war, saw firsthand that Sunni Iraqis, namely the tribal leaders, were willing to stand up to al Qaeda. But in the face of sectarian violence, and without the backing of tens of thousands of U.S. troops, that kind of bravado becomes harder to come by. Long before Fallujah fell again, the violence was enough of a concern to prompt some American leaders to call for the Obama administration to get involved in Iraq again. Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said in October, “We have a playbook for this, and it doesn’t require Apache helicopters or lots of troops. But it does require good
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National elections in the world's largest democracy are always a mind-boggling spectacle. The Election Commission of India estimates some 788 million people are eligible to vote in 2014 -- an electorate that's more than double the population of the United States. How the country conducts this mammoth exercise every five years never ceases to amaze observers. What makes 2014 even more significant is the likelihood of an epic battle between the ruling Indian National Congress and its allies versus the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with the controversial Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi at its helm. The Indian National Congress has been in power for the past decade under the leadership of the Italy-born Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul, heir to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. In an era of coalition politics, the rise of regional leaders and local political parties is also crucial. While it's difficult to predict winners when there are numerous unknowns, here are five factors bound to influence Indian voters in 2014.
Special Forces and intelligence support.” At a press briefing on Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney rejected the idea that having a small force of U.S. and NATO troops in Iraq would make a difference. “I think it’s important to know, when you make this comparison, which is an excellent question, that there was sectarian conflict, violent sectarian conflict in Iraq when there were 150,000 U.S. troops on the ground there,” Carney said. “So the idea that this would not be happening if there were 10,000 troops in Iraq I think bears scrutiny.” Carney appears to have omitted the fact that much of the sectarian conflict was caused by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which then led to dismantling the Sunni-led government and military and the rise of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite. Maliki’s reign has not been welcoming to Sunnis in Iraq, to say the least, and has only gotten more divisive since the 2010 election. And the civil war in neighboring Syria is only adding fuel to the fire. “We're naive if we believe the events in Anbar are occurring in isolation from the rest of the region. We should listen closely to the analysis of our friends and allies in the region. There is a direct relationship between what's happening in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq and this instability threatens not just Iraq and her Arab neighbors in the Gulf, it specifically threatens Jordan, an old friend and strategic partner,” Allen said. Maliki traveled to Washington, D.C., last fall to plead with Obama to help him prevent his country from descending into civil war. Maliki didn’t ask for U.S. boots on the ground but the message from Obama was clear: Iraq is your problem now. In a report released Monday by the Center for Strategic International Studies, Middle East experts Anthony Cordesman and Sam Khazai argued that Maliki has only himself to blame for the violence in his country.
“Iraq suffers badly from the legacy of mistakes the United States made during and after its invasion in 2003. It suffers from the threat posed by the reemergence of violent Sunni extremist movements like al-Qaeda and equally violent Shi’ite militias. It suffers from pressure from Iran and near isolation by several key Arab states. It has increasingly become the victim of the forces unleashed by the Syrian civil war,” the report says. “Its main threats, however, are self-inflicted wounds caused by its political leaders. Its election in 2010 divided the nation rather than create any form of stable democracy, and pushed Iraq’s prime minister, Maliki to focus on preserving his power and becoming a steadily more authoritarian leader. Other Shi’ite leaders contributed to Iraq’s increasing sectarian and ethnic polarization – as did key Sunni and Kurdish leaders.” Bing West, author of “No True Glory: A Firsthand Account of the Battles of Fallujah,” agrees that Maliki is the problem. “Maliki's oppression of the Sunnis caused this. The U.S. will provide the Iraqi army and the Anbar tribes excellent overhead and intercept intel for the next month and hope the tribes throw out this al Qaeda gang,” West told Defense One. “The Iraqi national election in April will be a mess. Maliki will probably lose.” So as Afghanistan picks a new president to replace longtime leader Hamid Karzai on April 5, White House and Pentagon officials would be wise to keep a close eye on Iraq’s presidential election, set for April 30. It is perhaps Iraq’s best hope for peace. Stephanie Gaskell is associate editor and senior reporter for Defence One. She previously covered the Pentagon for Politico. Gaskell has covered war, politics and breaking news for nearly 20 years, including at the Associated Press, the New York Post and the New York Daily News.
BJP leader Mr Arun Jaitley has demanded an explanation from Prime Minister Mr Manmohan Singh for certain remarks the latter made at his recent press conference. Mr Singh claimed that there was almost a breakthrough in the IndoPakistan dialogue during his interaction with President Musharraf. It was well known that the Pakistan President had suggested converting the Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir into an international boundary, the creation of soft borders to allow free movement of peoples across both states, and joint management of Kashmir by the governments of India and Pakistan. The Indian government did not counter this proposal with any amendment. I had welcomed the proposal and written then that this arrangement was impractical unless there was a joint defence treaty between the armies of both nations. Joint management of Kashmir by both governments was not feasible as long as the armies of both nations remained in contention. Mr Jaitley has implicitly criticized the Prime Minister for describing this as a possible breakthrough. His rationale for criticism is significant. Mr Jaitley demanded: “What was this possible resolution on Kashmir? The people of India are entitled to know an answer to this question.” He further wrote: “Track Two diplomacy cannot be at complete variance with the stated national position.” He went on to remind readers that the stated nation position was that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) was an integral part of India as expressed in a unanimous relation of Parliament in 1994. He criticized the Congress party’s stand, Omar Abdullah’s demand for autonomy, Mehbooba Mufti’s talk of self-rule and the separatist demand for independence. Mr Jaitley wrote: “Each of these is intended to dilute India’s sovereignty.” This then is the crux. Mr Jaitley will not countenance any dilution of India’s sovereignty for the purpose of a settlement with Pakistan. In that event the Indian public is entitled to know what the policy is regarding Pakistan and Kashmir adopted by Mr Jaitley’s party. Mr Jaitley is exercised over any possible dilution of Indian sovereignty in the pursuit of a peace settlement with Pakistan. It seems that as a staunch member of a patriotic party he will not tolerate this. However, for over sixty years not only has Indian sovereignty been diluted but has been grossly violated as Pakistan has continued to occupy and administer half the territory in Kashmir claimed to be part of India as per the government’s stated position in Parliament. One can only commend Mr Jaitley’s patience for having tolerated this for the past many years of his public career. What the people of India are entitled to know is how does his party intend to end this violation of national sovereignty? Mr Jaitley must explain. If he does not have a clear-cut time-bound plan to extricate this occupied territory from Pakistan’s control it would mean that he is in fact endorsing the indefinite prolongation of the status quo. He would in that case prefer continued hostility
INDIA ELECTIONS 2014: A LOOK FORWARD 1) CORRUPTION It's so ingrained in almost every aspect of daily life that most Indians have long tolerated and gotten used to small-scale corruption. However, after a series of multimillion- and even billion-dollar scams, brought to light by an unrelenting media, the fight against corruption has reached a tipping point in India. In New Delhi's recent state assembly polls, the stellar performance by a brand new political party founded on an anti-corruption platform was unprecedented. Both houses of the Indian parliament subsequently passed landmark legislation in December to create an anti-corruption ombudsman with the power to investigate graft at the highest levels. How it will be implemented is yet to be determined, but without a doubt, the prevailing anti-corruption sentiment will continue to have major ripples in 2014. 2) YOUTH Much is said of India's untapped and
vast youth potential. In 2014, first-time voters will account for almost one-third of the electorate. These young adults grew up in an India reveling in near double-digit growth rates. A recent economic downturn is shaking things up politically, although the influence this will have on youth voters remains unclear. What moves Indian youth to act is unpredictable, as manifested in the stunning outpouring of support for the victim of a vicious gang rape in New Delhi in 2012. But increasingly, young people appear to be shedding their indifference to politics, and this crucial voting bloc cannot be ignored in 2014. 3) RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE In September, India had the worst case of religious violence since the Gujarat riots in 2002. More than 60 people, mostly Muslims, were killed and tens of thousands displaced along religious lines in Muzaffarnagar, a district about 130 kilometers north of New Delhi.
In a country founded on the principles of secularism, there's growing fear over what the re-emergence of religious tensions could mean for the country's politics. With the rising popularity of the opposition's candidate for prime minister, the Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi, there are concerns he'll adopt a polarizing strategy to win votes. Analysts say political tensions could also mount as political groups opposed to Modi try to paint him as a radical. The long-running election strategy of dividing communities for political gain could be an ongoing political tactic in 2014. 4) INFLATION India's economic slide may have bottomed out and growth is conservatively expected to rise to around 6% in 2014, but the common man continues to be deeply affected by inflation. For most of 2013, consumer inflation hovered around 10%. The outcome of the recent state elections in which the ruling party suffered a massive blow was partly
with Pakistan rather than any slight dilution of Indian sovereignty as stated in Parliament in order to reach a peace settlement. If that is the case Mr Jaitley should not be coy but clearly state this. This position would in fact be in perfect harmony with his party’s current policy. The status quo is hugely beneficial to China which exploits Pakistan’s hostility to India by arming it with missiles and nuclear weapons to keep New Delhi in check even as it continues to expand trade with India at a favourable balance. Mr Jaitley’s acknowledged leader Mr Narendra Modi, the BJP prime ministerial candidate, did criticize China after the recent border incursions by Chinese troops. But these were hollow and empty rants for public consumption. These did not square with the Chinese Ambassador singling out Mr Modi for special praise, or with Mr Modi’s four visits to China where he was accorded unusually warm welcome, or with the heavy trade and investment with China sought by the Gujarat government, or with the special arrangements for teaching Mandarin to Gujarati school children created by Mr Modi. The conventional wisdom touted by western analysts that India’s boundary dispute with China should not impinge on its trade relations with Beijing is of course pure nonsense. More than the boundary dispute China’s hostile moves against India through its relations with our neighbouring nations and with anti-Indian insurgents is the real issue of contention that exposes Beijing’s subversive intent. New Delhi’s own flawed policies towards its immediate South Asian neighbours cannot obfuscate or condone Beijing’s hostile moves. The only way to hurt China will be not through military measures but through curtailment of its exports to our nation. If India blocked imports from China, others could follow. Ending trade relations with China would hurt India temporarily but we would eventually survive and thrive. It could cripple and destabilize China. All the state-owned enterprises in China employing 60 per cent of its urban population continue to run at a loss and are kept afloat only through bad loans advanced by government banks through money earned from Chinese exports. Western multinational corporations would not like to disrupt that arrangement in pursuit of their own profits. That is why the puppets that govern India pursue New Delhi’s current policy. In conclusion, therefore, Mr Jaitley should explain his party’s policy towards Pakistan and how it affects our relations with China. If indeed the BJP is following a policy towards Pakistan which is beneficial to China it can bring about major political realignment. Western apologists of China have described Beijing’s fascist government as ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’. The CPI-M dutifully echoes this nonsense. Surely if Mr Jaitley were to candidly acknowledge that his leader Mr Modi’s policy towards Pakistan is tailored to benefit Beijing, the CPI-M could align with the BJP. It should not be at all difficult for Comrades Karat and Yechury to discover secularism with Gujarati characteristics. The writer is a veteran journalist and cartoonist. He blogs at www.rajinderpuri.wordpress.com
on account of rising prices. The chief of India's central bank has made taming inflation his top priority, but the impact of recent monetary tightening measures may not be felt in the short term. Inflation, then, could remain a critical factor in the national elections. 5) RISE OF STATES AND REGIONAL PARTIES India's economy slowed in 2013, but one of the main reasons the economy hasn't come to a standstill is that growth in several of India's 28 states continues to rise at unprecedented levels. In the once impoverished state of Bihar, for instance, the economy grew at 14% in 2012-13, in Madhya Pradesh 10% and Odisha 9.14%. These states were never India's engines for growth. Economic power translates to political clout, and as the central government is becoming weaker, the states are becoming stronger. This shift is so substantial, states and regional parties can now dictate national and international policies. How these regional parties fare and which coalitions they choose to join will have a massive influence on the national elections.
Wednesday, 8 January, 2014
govt ignores local industrialists in cementing ties with india ISLAMABAD GhulAM ABBAS
HILE considering the restoration of various bordering routes for enhancing trade which is seemingly a continuation of yet not concluded dialogues for granting the Most Favored Nation (MFN) status to India, the government is ignoring the dilemmas and problems of local industries. The PML (N) led government has indicated development towards revisiting trade ties with India as the leaders of the both countries have expressed their interest to facilitate traders of India and Pakistan on Wahga border and in resumption of railway from Khokhrapar-Munabao border. According to sources in local
industries, despite granting the MFN status to Pakistan, the imposition of several non-tariff barriers (NTBs) denies access to many Pakistani brands and products in the Indian market regardless of high quality of production and their prevailing demand in the industrial and domestic sections of India. Moreover, these complicated NTBs have stopped Pakistan from realising the true potential of the MFN as it continues to fail to penetrate its products in the Indian market. Whereas India, even without having the MFN status, enjoys much more free environment as the positive list is increasing day by day which is evident in the trade imbalance of the two countries. According to statistics, Pakistan's export to India was $ 288 million in 20042005, while it was $ 264 million in 2010-2011, a decline of 8 percent
tough challenges ahead for pak! IMF report says wave of terrorism is dangerous for Pakistan’s economy ISLAMABAD Online The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its report on the state of Pakistan’s economy. The report highlights that Pakistan’s economy will remain under pressure from external payments in 2014. According to the report, the wave of terrorism in Pakistan is dangerous for the country’s economy. The report states that incidents of sectarian violence are harmful. The IMF adds that it is not possible for Pakistan’s exports to grow rapidly, while the rupee depreciated at a rate of 6.6 percent against the dollar in 2013. The report further adds that Pakistan’s financial policies will improve in line with the independence of the State Bank.
while India's export in 2004-2005 to Pakistan was US $ 547 million and US $ 1743 million in 20102011, an increase of 218 percent. Sectors like cement, salt, farm products and textile have established their repute in Indian market but these products have not been given access by the Indian authorities although the concern traders have committed orders of handsome values to enhance trade. However, products relating to these sector could be beneficial to India as in addition to growth and expansion in the neighboring country, billions of dollars could be saved on yearly basis if Pakistan is considered as a substitute instead of importing these products from different countries at much higher rates. The Indian government and industrialists in these sectors have effectively blocked market access
using strong arm tactics and interpreting WTO rules to protect their domestic industry. Hundreds of complaints have been lodged against India in the WTO by developed countries, which are still under review, what chance will Pakistan have of achieving exports where we have advantage? Necessary capacity, effective bilateral negotiation is the need of the hour. The way MFN was to be granted on Jan 1, 2013, it would have killed the domestic industry. Now is the time to put forward the best mind in industry, the civil service and the foreign office to put together a vision and step-by-step approach that leads to not only enhanced imports but also increased exports. The agenda of these talks should be set not IFIS or Indian side but by Pakistani stakeholders in industry and government.
Pso witnesses significant growth in market share ISLAMABAD APP
The public sector marketing company-Pakistan State Oil's (PSO) market share in different product groups witnessed significant growth over the past five months. According to official sources, from August onwards, PSOs share in the HSD market rose from 50 percent to 57 percent while share in MOGAS remained steady at 50 percent despite stiff competition in the market. The company's share in the lubricants market also rose from 16 percent to 28 percent amongst OMCs across Pakistan within a period of just three months, the source added. The sources said that as a result of these cohesive efforts the Company expects to
witness record revenue of Rs 30 billion during the period July 2013 to November 2013. "During the five months period of July to November 2013, there was not a single bank default on account of non-payments of Letters of Credit (LCs) due to prudent fund management," the source said. This is especially significant as during the preceding five months (February - June 2013) there were four defaults amounting to Rs 17 billion on different dates. During the period from July to November 2013, PSO successfully fulfilled the furnace oil demand of the public sector and private sector electricity generating companies, and catered high demand of motor gasoline in the country due to low availability of CNG. Gasoline import has been 30 percent higher than that during same period last year.
SBP issues ‘Code of Conduct’ KARACHI STAFF RePORT
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Tuesday issued a ‘Code of Conduct’ to regulate the treasuries of banks, development finance institutions (DFIs) and primary dealers (PDs) given the expanded size of the latter. The size of the country’s interbank market, its diversity and complexity have grown over the years, said the central bank. Therefore, the bank said, the need of adopting highest ethical conduct and uniform practices has become essential for smooth functioning of the market. This ‘Code of Conduct’ has an important role to play in promoting ethical behavior and standards of conduct; affirming the use of sound dealing practices and procedures; supporting ro-
bust and efficient front and back office operations; and mitigating risks from the point of execution to settlement, the regulator said. The SBP said application of the code was expected to address weaknesses in business practices with a view to foster stronger market resilience.
Major Gainers COMPANY nestle Pak. colgate Palmoliv national foods murree brewery archroma Pak ltd.
OPEN 8751.00 1700.00 520.00 461.26 273.00
HIGH 9275.00 1715.00 540.80 461.26 286.83
LOW 8700.00 1635.10 520.00 442.00 272.00
CLOSE 9259.80 1675.00 540.80 461.26 286.83
CHANGE 361.05 41.60 25.75 21.96 13.65
TURNOVER 500 140 17,700 100,900 106,500
3080.00 765.01 1370.00 202.25 203.13
3049.00 760.00 1352.00 199.50 201.26
3049.60 761.00 1353.44 199.90 203.13
-50.40 -39.00 -17.76 -10.10 -8.72
240 1,750 1,500 1,400 100
6.28 9.69 17.10 8.96 16.15
5.92 8.85 15.66 8.42 15.70
6.07 9.55 15.72 8.65 15.85
0.24 0.36 -0.94 0.16 -0.19
30,069,000 28,439,500 15,180,000 13,370,000 13,336,000
Major Losers bata (Pak) 3075.00 shezan inter 761.00 siemens PakistansPot 1363.01 salfi textile 202.25 j.d.w.sugar 201.26
Volume Leaders K.e.s.c. P.i.a.c.(a) engro Polymer lafarge Pak. fauji cement
6.00 9.23 16.70 8.61 16.15
Interbank Rates usd gbP jPy euro
PKr 105.5513 PKr 172.8824 PKr 1.0119 PKr 143.7291
Forex australian dollar canadian dollar china yuan euro japanese yen saudi riyal u.a.e dirham uK Pound sterling us dollar
94.4 99 17.2 144.3 1.011 28.25 28.8 173.8 106.6
94.65 99.25 17.45 144.55 1.02 28.5 29.05 174.05 106.85
CORPORATE CORNER efp elects president and vice president for a three year term KARACHI: The newly elected Board of Directors/Managing Committee of the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan in its first meeting held recently, elected KM Nauman as President and Zaki Ahmed Khan as Vice – President for a term of three years (2014 – 2016). They were elected unanimously by a twenty member Board / Managing Committee who was earlier elected in the Extra Ordinary General Meeting held the same day. The elections were held in a smooth manner. The names of those elected are as under:-ORDINANRY MEMBERS: Shahid Mustafa Qureshi, Masroor Ahmad, Mohsin Ashraf Tabani, Zaki Ahmed Khan – Vice President, Humayun Nazir, Mohammad Feroz Alam, Khawaja Muhammad Nauman - President, Fasihul Karim Siddiqi, Haji Muhammad Javed, Ubaidur Rehman Usmani, Syed Nadeem Ahmed, Rashid Ali, Ahsan Ullah Khan, Khalid Junejo, Dr. Shahida Sajjad, Mohammad Ishaq Butt, Muhammad Akber and Ahmed Hasnain. PReSS ReleASe
mirza mansoor ahmad appointed movenpick hotel gm KARACHI: Mirza Mansoor Ahmad, a well-known professional in the hospitality industry of Pakistan has been appointed as the General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel Karachi. Mansoor, a Pakistani national, is a seasoned hotelier with more than 26 years of experience. Most recently he was the General Manager of the Karachi Marriott Hotel. Prior to this, Mansoor was with the Pearl Continentals in their Lahore and Karachi properties. Mansoor has a strong background in Sales and Marketing. “As Mövenpick enters Pakistan, we are aiming to take the best from the past and presenting it with a distinctly Swiss sense of hospitality, the new. We are passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment with a personal touch.” Mirza says. PReSS ReleASe
MONETARY TIGHTENING PUSHES BANKS TOWARDS GOVT PAPERS KARACHI STAFF RePORT
The current upward trend in interest rates is making the government securities an attractive safe haven for investment coming from the risk-averse banks, the market analysts believe. Moreover, they say, the cash-strapped government’s budgetary borrowing to bridge fiscal deficit would also facilitate the investments of the banking sector. “The current rising trend in production of textile sector is emerging a potential support
for the banking sector but subject to liquidity available in the banking sector,” said a report issued by the InvestCap Research Tuesday. Citing latest SBP data, the report said total deposits of the banks posted a growth of 12.7 percent YoY and 3.0 percent MoM to Rs 7,529bn in CY13. However, the 5-Y CAGR depicted a better picture as the same grew by14.7 percent. “The growth in the same was mainly due to M2 growth which is surged by 15.91 percent during FY13 and up by 4.67 percent during FYTD,” it said. Moreover, increased minimum savings
rate (linkage with SBP discount rate) was another factor which attracts depositors. Similarly, advances of the banks also improved in the same direction; stepped up by a healthy 5.6 percent YoY, reaching to a level of Rs 4,071bn till Dec-13. After a span of 4 years, investment growth turned down into single digit, registering a growth of 4.7 percent YoY and a minimal 0.9 percent MoM to Rs 4,070bn up to Dec-13. “The shifting of government borrowing from commercial banks towards SBP is expected to be the key reason behind the growth slowdown of banking sector investment,” said the
research report. Although Investment to Deposit ratio (IDR) of the banking sector touched the highest level of 60.4 percent during CY13, however, a gradual decline was observed and the same settled around at 54.05 percent by Dec-13 end. On yearly basis, it went down by 414bps due to net decline in government borrowing from banking sector, similarly on monthly basis, the IDR of banking sector reduced by 116bps reaching to 54.02 pc at the end of the year.
Wednesday, 8 January, 2014
hAGAR The hORRiBle
Stay active as much as you can -- otherwise, you may not be sure that you're still alive! Your energy should lift your mood, but if you've got to spin your wheels much longer, it just can't last.
You've got more options than you realize, so make sure that you're thinking through every step of the way. Explore new territory and you are sure to find the right match, though it takes time.
You've got friends who can help you with almost any problem you face -- and their friends can take care of the rest! Just reach out if you're worried; things should start to brighten soon.
Let your heart beat as fast as it wants -- you can resist the urge to panic! Use your head when things start to get difficult today (which may be fairly early), and try to just think things through.
Your engagement with some new topic of interest is creating all sorts of great new connections -- both within your mind and out there in the real world! Enjoy and explore, because you never stop learning.
Your high spirits may be mistaken for aggression -- but only by those who don't know you well. Try to temper your outburst with reassurance that you're in a good mood. You are, aren't you?
Romance may be on your mind, but you should stay focused on other kinds of relationships as well. Things may start to feel pretty weird once you realize that you're with the right person.
Now is a great time to start a new exercise program, or to otherwise take care of your health. Your proactive stance may help you to find new ways to have fun and look good doing it!
Your energy is incredible today -- almost aggressive! That could get you in trouble if you're not in the right place at the right time, so make sure those around you can handle what you've got.
You're more than a bit worried about a situation you have no control over. There's a lesson here, but you can only learn it once you've at least tried to let go of the stress, which does you no good.
An altruistic act is perfect for your karma -- and it helps balance out someone else's, too! Keep it a secret if you like, but nobody holds it against you if you share the news with the right people.
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Wednesday, 8 January, 2014
INDFULNESS meditation may be useful in battles against anxiety, depression and pain, according to a fresh look at past research. Using data from 47 earlier studies, researchers found moderate evidence to support the use of mindfulness meditation to treat those conditions. Meditation didn't seem to affect mood, sleep or substance use. "Many people have the idea that meditation means just sitting quietly and doing nothing," wrote Dr. Madhav Goyal in an email to Reuters Health. "That is not true. It is an active training of the mind to increase awareness, and different meditation programs approach this in different ways." Goyal led the study at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He and his colleagues write in JAMA Internal Medicine that meditation techniques emphasize mindfulness and concentration. So-
called mindfulness meditation is aimed at allowing the mind to pay attention to whatever thoughts enter it, such as sounds in the environment, without becoming too focused. Mantra meditation, on the other hand, involves focusing concentration on a particular word or sound. Approximately 9 percent of people in the U.S. reported meditating in 2007, according to the National Institutes of Health. About 1 percent said they use meditation as some sort of treatment or medicine. For the new report, the researchers searched several electronic databases that catalogue medical research for trials that randomly assigned people with a certain condition - such as anxiety, pain or depression - to do meditation or another activity. These randomized controlled trials are considered the gold standard of medical research. The researchers found 47 studies with over 3,500 participants that met their
chinese man gets 8 cm-long nail removed from skull Yang Yi Kui, 55, had an 8 cm-long nail removed from his skull earlier this month. Kui, who lives in the Jiangsu province of China, was operating a cutting machine on December 29. A nail that had been caught in the device flew out and "ripped into my head and left a small hole on the skin," he said. Kui didn't realize the nail was actually lodged inside his head until he felt sick the next day and received an X-Ray from a doctor: In order to remove the nail, doctors performed a craniotomy, meaning they removed a piece of his skull to access the brain. Though the procedure to remove the nail was risky, Yang's eyesight and nerves remained unscathed and he is now in stable condition. This isn't the weirdest medical news out of China in recent months. In December, doctors grafted a man's hand to his ankle to keep the appendage alive until he could have surgery. And in August, surgeons grew a nose on the forehead of a man who lost his first nose in a car accident. Online
north korean execution by dog story likely came from satire An international media frenzy over reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle had been executed by throwing him to a pack of dogs appears to have originated as satire on a Chinese microblogging website. The story, which spread like wildfire after it was picked up by a Hong Kong-based newspaper, has created an image that Pyongyang's young ruler is even more brutal and unpredictable than previously believed. While North Korea has said it purged and executed Kim's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, last month, it did not release details of how the man who was once the second most powerful figure in the isolated country was killed. Initial speculation was that Jang had been killed by firing squad, a fate that media outlets said was the usual one reserved for "traitors". But an alternative narrative of the 67-year old's death emerged on what appears to have been a satirical post on the Chinese Tencent Weibo site that has been repeated by many media outlets worldwide. The December 11 post on Tencent Weibo said Jang and five aides were killed by dogs. The post records that it was viewed 290,000 times. AGenCieS
criteria. After combining the data, Goyal said his team found between a 5 and 10 percent improvement in anxiety symptoms among people who took part in mindfulness meditation, compared to those who did another activity. There was also about a 10 to 20 percent improvement in symptoms of depression among those who practiced mindfulness meditation, compared to the other group. "This is similar to the effects that other studies have found for the use of antidepressants in similar populations," Goyal said. Mindfulness meditation was also tied to reduced pain. But Goyal said it's hard to know what kind of pain may be most affected by meditation. The benefits of meditation didn't surpass what is typically associated with other treatments, such as drugs and exercise, for those conditions. "As with many therapies, we try to get a moderate level of confidence that
the therapy works before we prescribe it," Goyal said. "If we have a high level of confidence, it is much better." But he noted that the researchers didn't find anything more than moderate evidence of benefit from meditation for anxiety, depression and pain. There was some suggestion that meditation may help improve stress and overall mental health, but the evidence supporting those findings was of low quality. There was no clear evidence that meditation could influence positive mood, attention, substance use, eating habits, sleep or weight. "Clinicians should be prepared to talk with their patients about the role that meditation programs could have in addressing psychological stress, particularly when symptoms are mild," Goyal said. Dr. Allan Goroll, who wrote an editorial accompanying the new study, told
Reuters Health the analysis is an example of an area of much-needed scientific study, because many people make treatment decisions based on beliefs - not data. "That is particularly the case with alternative and complimentary approaches to treating medical problems," he said. "It ranges from taking vitamins to undergoing particular procedures for which the scientific evidence is very slim but people's beliefs are very great." Goroll is professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Goyal said people should remember that meditation was not conceived to treat any particular health problem. "Rather, it is a path we travel on to increase our awareness and gain insight into our lives," he wrote. "The best reason to meditate is to gain this insight. Improvements in health conditions are really a side benefit, and it's best to think of them that way." AGenCieS
SONY SHOWS OFF LIFE LOGGING APP AND KIT Sony has unveiled a â€œlife logging" software that charts a person's activities on an interactive timeline. It records when a user speaks to friends, receives emails, watches a movie and other smartphone actions. In addition the Android app receives data from a new, small piece of wearable hardware called the Core that acts as an activity tracker. The software then uses this information to try and determine if the user was walking, resting or in a vehicle. It is likely to raise privacy issues coming so soon after revelations about how spy agencies have forced tech companies to hand over information stored about their users. However, the Japanese firm attempted to play down the issue. "Sony treats the security and privacy of our users' personal data with the utmost stringency and integrity, adhering to legalities and ensuring it remains protected under appropriate technological procedures," it told the BBC. "Upon first signin to Lifelog app, we make it clear absolutely clear what data users are submitting, how it is being used and provide them with option of opting in or out before proceeding." Sony did, however, acknowledge that younger users were more likely to be willing to let their activities be logged with the service than older ones. The announcement was made at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. 'SmARTER DECISIONS' Lifelog is Sony's take on what
is termed "the quantified self" - the ability to better understand and change behaviours by gathering data about ourselves. "Today's alternatives can log your sleep and steps," Jun makino, a senior product manager at Sony told the BBC. "But there's more to life. We want to help you rediscover the best memories from the past as well as make smarter decisions for the future." The kinds of data collected by the app from Android phones include information about when and where music was listened,
photos were taken,web browsing activity was carried out, video games were played, messages were received and sent, social network notifications were received from Twitter and Facebook.The Core is a plastic device containing an accelerometer that is supposed to be worn around the clock. It will provide data about the user's movements, which can then be used to try to work out what they were doing and how many calories were burned. Sony said its algorithms would be able to distinguish between whether the user was on a train, using a bicycle or resting. The device also features LED lights and a vibration motor to alert the owner to notifications sent to their phone. A "life bookmark" button can also be pressed to highlight special moments on the timeline.
It will initially be sold with a waterproof wristband. But in time Sony aims to release accessories letting it to be worn around the neck, in shoes or even attached to a tennis racket among other options. The firm added it also envisaged information being gathered from its other products, including Smart TVs and PlayStation 4 games consoles, to build up a more detailed record. ACTIONABLE ADVICE Those who sign up to the app will be able to get information telling them how much time they spent carrying out different activities to help inform their choices. "If you have not reached your daily goal perhaps you should take a walk rather than a taxi," mr makino gave as an example. This is a similar to the idea behind other wearable activity trackers made by companies including Jawbone, Fitbit and Nike. However, one wearable tech expert attending CES suggested that what was needed were more insights rather than just more information. "The end goal for these companies is to provide actionable advice and not just data logging," said Daniel matte from the tech consultancy Canalys. "I don't think the average user frankly cares if, for example, they slept eight or nine hours. What they want to know is whether that was adequate and what they can do to sleep better, eat better etc. "Creating change should be the primary goal these technologies are striving for." Sony said it might also make use of the data gathered by the app to help it better understand how people used their phones and to spot bugs. However, it said that it would make users' identities anonymous before carrying out this analysis to protect their privacy. COuRTeSy BBC
Wednesday, 8 January, 2014
‘Dhoom 3’ breaks bollywood records
O L LY W O O D action thriller “Dhoom 3”, starring Aamir Khan, has smashed box office records to become the highest grossing Indian film of all time, according to industry experts Tuesday. The third film in the Dhoom franchise, which has been likened to Hollywood’s “Fast and Furious”, is the first Indian film to cross the five-billion rupee mark ($80 million) in gross revenues around the world, according to its production house Yash Raj Films. The group said late Monday that the cop caper had grossed 5.01 billion rupees, and trade experts confirmed it had surpassed the previous highest-grossing Bollywood film, a title recently clinched by Shah Rukh Khan’s “Chennai Express”. “Dhoom 3 is the number one Bollywood film worldwide,” said Vajir Singh, editor of Box Office India. Unlike in Hollywood, there is no central data management service for box office collections in India, which can lead to a discrepancy in figures. Single screen ticket sales remain uncomputerised and while multiplex collections are computerised, they are not linked on one network, so gross collection figures are usually supplied by the distributor. Singh attributed the success of the “Dhoom 3” partly to the “star appeal” of Aamir Khan, whose earlier 2010 film “3 Idiots” held the highest-grossing record for more than three years. “Dhoom 3”, directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and also starring Abhishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif, is set largely in Chicago and tells the story of an Indian cop, his sidekick and their latest adversary, an illusionist played by Khan. “It’s huge and this record won’t be easy to break anytime soon,” said trade analyst Komal Nahta of the success of the film, which was released on December 20 and has been shown at more than 4,400 screens in India and 750 screens abroad.
Frozen beats hobbit to return to top of US film chart
calls for more actresses to be cast in male roles
Disney animation Frozen has returned to the top of the North American film chart in its seventh week of release, according to early estimates. The Scandinavian-themed movie knocked The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug off the top spot and into third place. It is unusual for a film to go back to number one seven weeks after its release. The last film to do so, according to box office tracker Rentrak, was The Passion of the Christ in 2004. Frozen took $20.7m (£12.7m) over the weekend. The next biggest film on the chart was horror offering, Paranormal Activity: The Marked One, which debuted at number two with $18.2m. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, a possible Oscar contender, was at four. Another awards hopeful, David O Russell’s crime caper American Hustle, rounded out the top five. Frozen, which is very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, has now made more than $600m worldwide. COuRTeSy BBC
After an all-female version of Julius Caesar — with Frances Barber in the title role — was staged in London last year, Emma Thompson says that “gender-blind” casting is the way ahead as it affords new ways of looking at the classics. “Is the heroic role unisex?” ruminates the 54-year-old Oscar-winning actress. “Or does it mean there is an area of life which remains unexplored, which contains stories which remain untold? I suspect that’s the case and it will be very interesting as this generation gets into its stride to see what those stories turn out to be.” Although the idea is unlikely to appeal to the purists, Miss Thompson has already spoken of her ambition to play Sherlock Holmes. “I have always been a huge Sherlock Holmes fan,” the star of Saving Mr Banks has noted. “I would love to play a character like that, but that’s a problem if you’re a female. I’m always likely to be overlooked for not being male.” Online
i don’t care about the rs. 200-300 cr club: salman ALIA BHATT IMPRESSES IN PATAKHA GUDDI FROM HIGHWAY
Actor Salman Khan, who is now gearing up for the release of Jai Ho, says he does not believe in breaking box office records but definitely wants his films to fare well. Considering that the industry is obsessed with the money that a film earns at the boxoffice, Salman too wants that producers, distributors and exhibitors of his film should not lose money. “I just don’t want my films to flop because that would mean my thinking is going wrong and that would be the worst thing. I don’t care about the Rs. 200-300 (crore club). I don’t want to be a part of this number game. I am there (in that bracket) but it is not like I want to break that record. I want to make a good film. As long as my films run and make decent money, I am happy,” Salman said in an interview. COuRTeSy hinDuSTAn TiMeS
5 things sandra bullock learned while googling herself Sandra Bullock played a computer savvy professional in 1995’s “The Net,” a movie that took a look into the future and power of the Internet. So of all people, Bullock should know better than to ever Google herself, right? Wrong. The Oscar winner, 49, admitted last week while accepting her Actress of the Year award for “Gravity” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival that she looked herself up via the search tool. So, I Googled myself and read the comments section, thinking I could get some tidbits of what people really think of me,” she said, according to People magazine. “No human being should ever read the comments sections or ever Google one’s self at any time.” Here’s what Bullock learned: “‘Sandra Bullock is over 40 came up a lot,’” she said. “‘Sandra Bullock’s way past 40.’ Yeah, I know that, too,” she added. “‘There’s absolutely nothing special about her acting,’” also came up, she said. “‘She’s not particularly attractive,’” was another one
Bullock added. “‘I can’t stand her, she’s mediocre,’” were among other comments Bullock mentioned. And finally, a dispute between her and Julia Roberts “over George Clooney” was another discovery the actress, who is also mother to son Louis, 4, made. “[Julia and I] talked about this, right? It’s shared custody, and we’re both fine with it,” she joked of her fake feud over the Hollywood hunk. As for dating, the Internet had a lot to say about that too. “Lots and lots of comments about who I’ve dated. Some are true, and some I’ll never admit to,” she said. Toward the end of her speech, Bullock did touch on some positive comments she found. “I made some young girls and some over 40 girls laugh with some chick flicks,” she said. “I sparked with Betty White, and I’ve flown into space. I’ve had a pretty good life and a pretty good career.” Anyone who’s ever been bad mouthed on the Internet should be taking notes from Bullock, who as always, handled the comments like a pro with humor and class! COuRTeSy yAhOO!
Looks like AR Rahman is back in his form with Highway. The just-released song trailer of Patakha Guddi works at various levels. It’s not just about music; the lyrics, the landscape and Alia’s effortless performance enhance the overall experience of the song. In the film, Alia Bhatt’s character is abducted by a gang to which Randeep Hooda belongs. The song is picturised on Alia. The trailer of the film has got overwhelming response from the film fraternity. Alia admits she was confused when Imtiaz offered her the film. “I was a bit confused when Imtiaz came with the offer. At the same time I was overwhelmed that he came up with a challenging film and role,” Alia had told reporters at the launch of the film’s theatrical trailer. The film has been shot in six states of North India and it captures the landscape of different regions. The movie also features Randeep Hooda in the lead role. COuRTeSy hinDuSTAn TiMeS
Wednesday, 8 January, 2014
neck and neck encounters witnessed in pyf 2014 LAHORE STAFF RePORT
ECK and neck encounters are being witnessed in different towns of the city as the Union Council level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2014 entered into its third day and with the passage of every day, public interest is developing and so is the hunger for win. The second level of the PYF is being contested in events like cricket tape ball, tug of war, bodybuilding, etc and by the dawn of the day 147,000 participants were recorded and from among the mass entrants 38,000 returned smiling with titles. Around 18 union councils of Nashtar Town lured in 301 players and 116 had the last laugh. In arm wrestling, Abid Ali beat Khawar Ali while Basit Ali prevailed over Mubashar in badminton and similarly, Iqbal XI beat Mujtaba XI in cricket. In Wagha Town, a total of 21 union councils locked horns in different sporting events and from among 350 competitors, 58 were the winners. Islamabad XI defeated Asghar XI in the football match and the score remained 1-0. In Aziz Bhatti Town, 485 players from 30 union councils got involved in different sporting events and 58 players were declared winners. In arm wrestling Basir defeated Khurrum and Tayyab took the weightlifting title. In Shalimar Town, was the most active area of the city where 42 union council’s 646 players took part in the competitions and 185 tasted victory. The badminton game was taken by Zahid while Usman XI won the cricket match. In Data Ganj Bakhsh Town, 35 union council’s 837 players took part in cricket, tug of war and badminton events while 154 were adjudged winners. Iqbal Ghulam Xi beat Sahar XI in cricket match. In Ravi Town, although there were
richarDSon confirmeD aS warwickShire bowling coach
SPORTS DESK Alan Richardson, one of the Championship’s most reliable performers in recent years, has confirmed his retirement from cricket in order to take up the role of bowling coach at Warwickshire. He replaces Graeme Welch, announced as Derbyshire’s new performance director earlier in the day, and Richardson’s departure, even at the age of 38, will leave a huge hole for Worcestershire to fill. In four seasons at New Road, he claimed 254 firstclass wickets at 22.07. Richardson had been due to play on for one final season but, after Welch’s move created a vacancy, he will instead make an immediate switch, rejoining the county he played for between 1998 and 2004. “I have been working on my coaching qualifications for some time and, whilst I had planned to have one more season as a player with Worcestershire, this is a fantastic opportunity for me in this next stage of my career with Warwickshire,” Richardson said.”I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at New Road and am grateful for the understanding that the management and coaching team at Worcestershire have shown since I informed them of my decision to retire early. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and cannot wait to get stuck into working with one of the finest bowling attacks in the country.” Richardson and his distinctive “windmill” action have been part of county cricket for almost two decades, during which time he claimed 569 first-class wickets at 26.37. After starting his career with Derbyshire in 1994, Richardson had respectable spells with Warwickshire and Middlesex before joining Worcestershire in 2010 and enjoying the best period of his career, being named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year in 2012. Ungainly as his method of delivery was, Warwickshire’s next generation could do worse than tilting at windmills.
only 38 union councils figured in the competitions of the festival and it was the most active area in terms of participants where 1477 players came out to show their sporting skills and 153 were above the all. In Samanabad, 532 players of mingles against each other and 134 took their titles. Haris Shabir and Yasir Khan were the winners of the first two positions. In Gulberg Town 25 union councils contested for the honour but it went to 75 players out of the 415 participants. In badminton, Khurrum Ali and Wasif were the best players. In Iqbal Town, 151 players of 11 union councils contested and 37 of them triumphed. Yasir XI was the winner of the cricket tape ball match. Similarly, competitions in throughout the province also continued and in Rawalpindi Division’s Attock and Chakwal districts 3559 players of 235 UC participated in different events and 1365 were the winners. In DG Khan, 10587 players of 3324 UCs came forward from Rajanpur and Muzaffargarh and 1691 won their games. Bahawalnagar and Rahimyar Khan districts of Bahawalpur division had 11060 players of 531 UCs emerged on the fields
RASOOL TERMS SPORTS BOARD A ROLE MODEL LAHORE: President Pakistan Hockey Federation, Chaudhary Akhtar Rasool termed Punjab Sports Board as role model for the whole country. PHF president met Sports DG Usman Anwar at his office and urged the need of working together for the promotion of the game of hockey. It was decided in the meeting that both institutions would evolve the frame work for the working together for the uplift of the games throughout the province. Ch Akhtar Rasool after the meeting said that the work done by Sports Board Punjab should had started 20 years before and nobody could stop the promotion of games. SPORTS DeSK
and 2384 took win. In Multan’s Khanewal, Lodhran and Shujabad districts a total of 635 UCs brought 12812 players up against each other and 3540 were the winners. Narowal, Gujrat and Sialkot districts of Gujranwala division, had 13160 players competing from 808 UCs and the win fall in 6303 players lap. Sargodha’s Khushab and MIanwali districts 10495 players of 704 UCs switched up against different lineups and 5220 were declared winners. In Sahiwal division, Pakpattan, Okara and Renala Khurd convinced around 485
UCs to competitions and their 3753 players mixed up for title but it went to 1742 players. In Faisalabad’s district Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad city 5686 players of 733 UCs took part in different events and 1350 won the matches. And in Lahore division’s nankana Sahib, Kasur and Sheikhupura 591 UCs’ 14749 players took part I the competitions and 1953 win their competitions. THAT TICKLED A TASTE BUD: Sehr Tanveer and Uzma Afzal were declared joint winners in the Union Council cooking event held in connection with Punjab
Final bout for battered West Indies SPORTS DESK It’s been a terrible two months on the road for West Indies. The injuries have piled up as quickly and as scarily as the losses. The ODI captain flew in to New Zealand and spoke about a lack of unity in the side that had lost two Tests and saved the third with help from rain and his brother. The under-fire Test captain somehow came up with two backs-to-the-wall, match-winning knocks - both in ODIs one each in Visakhapatnam and Auckland. Those innings gave West Indies their only win each on the tours of India and New Zealand. The Test captain then slipped out of contention on a wet outfield in Queenstown, following which Corey Anderson pummeled West Indies for the fastest ODI hundred. Ravi Rampaul became the seventh first-choice player unavailable when he pulled out of the Nelson game with a broken finger. How many of the remaining few fit players will be praying for rain in Hamil-
ton? Rain is expected this night in the city but there is no more than a 20-30% chance of it during the match. Probably all of the West Indies players will just want to leave this wet, cruel summer as soon as possible and head home to the Caribbean. But there’s still a series on the line. It can’t be won at 1-2, but a loss can be averted. If West Indies fail to win in Hamilton, New Zealand will have another series in
their pocket, to go with unexpected victories in the past year in South Africa and England, and a 1-1 result in Sri Lanka with a second-string side. While these signify their under-rated prowess as a one-day outfit, the 0-3 wipeout in Bangladesh stands out as a sudden, but not entirely surprising, blip. It is that missing consistency that they will want to achieve. The selectors have put their faith in this group of players and said they want to keep them together. It is up to the players to repay that with a series win in Hamilton before the tougher contests against India. FORM GUIDE New Zealand WWLLW (last five completed matches) West Indies LLWLW IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The difference between the two sides begins right at the top. Jesse Ryder has absorbed the emotion and hype around his muchawaited return - and an unfortunate duck in his comeback innings - to crack a 46-ball century in Queenstown and a breezy 47 in Nelson.
Youth Festival 2014 in Shalimar Town on Tuesday (January 7). Asma Afzal and Mahjabeen were declared second. The participants of the 10 Union Councils of Shalimar Town took part in the cooking event held under the aegis of Punjab Sports Board and Social Welfare Department. Ladies prepared delicious Chicken Karahi, Gajar ka Halwa and vegetable dishes. From Coaster Two, Sameer was declared winner while Niala finished second. MPA Farzana Butt distributed prizes as chief guest. THAT’S MY BABY: Record children participated in Healthy Baby competition on the second day during the union council’s phase of the Punjab Youth Festival’s at Faisal Town. Abdur Rehman of UC 59 won the competition while Abdul Mannan from UC 92, Muhammad Ahmad of UC 109, Momin of UC 83, Muhammad Kaif from UC 79, Zoya Shah from UC 94, Khatija from UC 87, Maryam from UC 82, Sahir from UC 89, Sameer Sajjad from UC 127, Muhammad Umair and Ibrahim from CMH were also declared winners. All the winners from union councils will participate in the next phase of Divisional level.
COULTER-NILE, ARAFAT SNATCH WIN FOR SCORCHERS Nathan Coulter-Nile and Yasir Arafat bowled superbly at the death to derail Hobart Hurricanes close to the finish line. Chasing 154, Hurricanes had brought the equation down from 46 in the last five overs to 21 off 18 balls with seven wickets in hand. Arafat bowled a magnificent 18th over, taking two wickets and conceding only five runs to bring Perth Scorchers back into the game. Coulter-Nile then shut the Hurricanes out in the penultimate over, taking two more wickets for two runs. With 14 to defend in the 20th, Arafat conceded only seven and completed a six-run win for the Scorchers. After winning the toss, the Scorchers had been set up by Shaun Marsh and Simon Katich, who added 60 for the first wicket inside eight overs. They then lost three wickets for five runs, before Mitchell Marsh made 33 and Ashton Turner blitzed 32 off 17 to lift the score to 7 for 153. SPORTS DeSK
ATTACK IS THE WORLD’S BEST: SIDDLE SPORTS DESK Peter Siddle declared Australia’s bowling attack the world’s best no fewer than three times as the somewhat hung-over but deliriously happy Ashes victors set their sights on a Test match showdown in South Africa next month. A crowd of more than 4,000 converged on the Sydney Opera House overlooking the harbour to pay tribute to the Australian team, a number that might have been greater in a venue less cramped for space. As some members of the team battled to regain voices lost over the course of two nights’ raucous celebrations and Chris Rogers danced for the crowd after sleeping through the start of the event in the best traditions of Andrew Flintoff, Siddle spoke stridently about how the bowling ensemble was a match for any in the world. Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel will not be able to ignore Siddle’s words. “When we’re bowling at our consistent best like we did throughout this series
I think it shows [we are the best],” he said. “Everyone playing their role, Mitch bowling fast, Ryano and myself doing our role and Nath with the spin from his end. The consistency we’ve had against England over a five Test series, no-one’s ever really done it as successfully as we have, to be able to do that and win so convincingly
shows how strong we are at the moment. “Just the way we’ve worked together at different times and break partnerships, I don’t think we’ve let any partnership get too big on us, and we’re able to break them and get stuck into the rest - that’s what caused all the collapses, so that’s what we’re looking to do over there and if we continue to do
that it could be a very good year for us. “It’s going to be a very tough contest over there, we’re looking forward to it. Conditions are going to be similar to back home which is going to make it easier for us to adapt, but we’re going to have to lift our game a bit more to get over them.” Asked repeatedly by an English correspondent if the attack was the best around the globe, Siddle could not have made his point clearer: “For the third time, yes. Did you get that? Good, okay, remember.” Siddle’s fellow fast man Ryan Harris reiterated his own desire to push through a complete schedule of Tests in South Africa, revealing he had delayed knee clean-out surgery during the Ashes to make sure he could play in all five matches against England. Harris had long doubted his own capacity to stay fit for lengthy enough periods to do justice to his undoubted bowling talent, but to have played nine out of a possible 10 Ashes Tests had proved his durability at the unlikely age of 34.
Wednesday, 8 January, 2014
Serena will win 20 grand slams: navratilova SPORTS DESK
ORLD number one Serena Williams shows no sign of slowing down with age and should win more than 20 grand slam singles titles, former great Martina Navratilova has said. The 57-year-old Navratilova who won 18 grand slam singles titles, and 41 in women’s and mixed doubles, is also confident the 32-year-old Williams will equal her singles haul at the Australian Open, which begins next week in Melbourne. “If she can stay healthy there is no doubt she can go into the 20s, the sky is the limit,” Navratilova told reporters in Adelaide where she will play in the World Tennis Challenge exhibition later on Tuesday. “I know how hard it is once you get to 30, all those little niggling injuries get worse and it’s much easier to have an off day. “But still, she is in her 30s ... she is eager and winning is very contagious once you get really used to it, you don’t want to let go of it.”
Australia’s Margaret Court holds the overall record of 24 grand slam singles titles, while Germany’s Steffi Graf won 22 titles in the Open era. Williams is widely considered the best player of her generation and has been virtually unchallenged in the modern era, with her powerful game proving difficult to defuse for many coun-
terparts on the WTA tour. The American, however, has also been hampered by a number of serious injuries, including a knee injury in 2010 and cut foot that forced her to miss almost a year on the tennis circuit in 2010-2011. Paradoxically it was those injury-enforced layoffs that could be helpful in pro-
longing her career, Navratilova suggested. “At age 30, she had played about half the tournaments than I had played at 30, so she is fresh in tennis terms,” she said. “She seems to be playing her best tennis right now.” Former world number one Tracy Austin echoed Navratilova’s sentiments and said she felt Williams, who beat rivals Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka to win last week’s Brisbane International, was being motivated by the record books. Williams poignantly saluted compatriot Billie Jean King when she won her fifth, and latest, Australian Open title in 2010 to join King on 12 grand slam titles saying at the time that she had told King ‘I tied you’ after her victory over Justine Henin. “I love the fact that she’s 32 years old and still seems to be as hungry, if not hungrier, than she has ever been,” Austin said. “At 32, and realising that she is towards possibly the end of her career, she is now playing for history. “Serena likes to be the best at everything and I think she wants to be the greatest player of all time on the women’s side.”
Radwanska, Wozniacki bundled out early in Sydney SPORTS DESK The Sydney International continued to be a graveyard for some of the top names in women’s tennis with champion and top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki both losing in the second round on Tuesday. Men’s champion Bernard Tomic, however, followed up the exploits of fellow Australian Marko Matosevic, who earlier beat Florian Mayer 6-2 4-6 6-3, to demolish eighth seed Marcel Granollers 6-3 6-0 in just under an hour. Radwanska and Wozniacki followed grand slam champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone and former world number one Jelena Jankvoic as early evictees from the tournament. Radwanska’s title defence lasted just 92 minutes when she was dumped out 7-5 6-2 by American qualifier Bethanie MattekSands, while Wozniacki, who struggled in her first round match on Monday, was beaten 6-4 7-6 (9-7) by Czech Lucie Safarova. World number five Radwanska had won the Sydney title last year as part of a 13-match unbeaten streak that ended in the Australian Open quarter-finals said she was not overly concerned with her early loss. “I really had a lot of good matches last week,” the 24-year-old Pole added in reference to winning all three matches at the Hopman Cup in Perth last week.
“It’s not like I’m playing bad. I’m not worried about that. I just think not my day (and)... sometimes you have to lose. “I think every week is different story. You start over and over again. “Every tournament isn’t the same thing. You’re not winning every week every match. Normally you just to have to start again, not really think what was happening in the last week.” Mattek-Sands will now face fellow American Madison Keys in the quarter-finals. Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will play Safarova in the quarterfinals after the second seed smashed American qualifier Christina McHale 6-1 6-0 in a little over an hour. Wozniacki, who missed the Brisbane tournament last week with a sore shoulder, said she was feeling fine on Tuesday but had failed to win the crucial points in the clash against Safarova. “I felt like it was pretty good today. It was small things that I didn’t win,” the Dane said. “I don’t feel anything in my shoulder anymore. It’s great. I’ve felt good for the last few days. “I played two matches here then I get a few days over there (Melbourne) and get to play a few sets as well with some of the girls and with different types players. “I should be ready for Melbourne.” Australian Lleyton Hewitt took a different approach to being ready for the Australian Open by withdrawing from the
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juDy murray confiDent in youth for feD cup SPORTS DESK Judy Murray insists the aim is still promotion despite naming a youthful British team for the Fed Cup EuropeAfrica Zone Group I tie in Hungary in February. Laura Robson and Johanna Konta have been retained by captain Murray from the team that lost the World Group II play-off against Argentina last April. In come Heather Watson, who missed the Argentina tie through illness, and debutant Tara Moore following the retirement of both Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong. All four are under the age of 22 but Murray has every confidence that they can perform at the Syma Sport and Event Centre in Budapest next month. “I have named a very young and promising team. All are 22 or under and that bodes well for the future,” she said. “The Euro Africa Zone is notoriously tough to get out of but we have managed to reach the World Group II play-offs for the last two consecutive years. “Our aim in 2014 is to win through to the World Group II which would give us a number of home and away ties and that would really help us to promote women’s tennis through this fun team competition.”
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invitational Kooyong Classic tournament in Melbourne. The 32-year-old caused a major upset at the Brisbane International defeating Roger Federer in the final on Sunday and he said he felt he would need the week off to recover properly for the season-opening grand slam. “At the moment it’s just all about recovery for me,” Hewitt told reporters on Tuesday. “When you get older it gets a bit tougher than when you were 16. “We’re going into the first major and you’ve got to do what’s absolutely right for you.” His place in the eight-man field
will be taken by compatriot Jordan Thompson, who will play world number nine Richard Gasquet in their first matches on Wednesday. World number eight Tomas Berdych opens the tournament against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco’s compatriot David Ferrer was given a traditional Maori welcome at the Auckland Open on Tuesday in recognition of his contribution to the tournament. Ferrer will be making his 10th appearance at the tournament, having won four titles, including the last three in succession.
Darren Sammy, West Indies’ Twenty20 captain, has been ruled out of the two T20 matches against New Zealand later his month due to his hamstring injury. Dwayne Bravo, the one-day captain, will lead the side that still will not include Chris Gayle who has yet to recover from his hamstring problem. Sammy suffered his injury when he was running around a damp outfield in Queenstown before the third ODI. He will remain with the squad to aid the rehabilitation and his place has been taken by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller. “Darren is undergoing treatment and should be fit to return to playing duties in time for the Regional Super50 Tournament which starts later this month in Trinidad,” said West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark. West Indies had previously announced that three additional players Andre Fletcher, Andre Russell and Samuel Badree - would be joining the squad in New Zealand and Russell, the allrounder, will be considered for selection for the final ODI in Hamilton. SPORTS DeSK
Tomic father watches son play in Sydney despite ban SPORTS DESK The presence of his banned father watching from courtside boosted Bernard Tomic’s game as he opened the defence of his Sydney International title with a 6-3 6-0 demolition of eighth seed Marcel Granollers at ATP Sydney. “Having my dad there is a very good feeling,” Tomic told reporters after the victory over his Spanish opponent. “Obviously winning my first title here gives a lot of memories to me. I’m happy the way I played today. Having my dad there for the first time in a while, it’s good. “I know his ban will finish very soon, in a few months, and back to helping me. I’m happy. I played very good. Felt very good. I’m happy to be back playing like this.” Former taxi driver John Tomic has not watched his son play since he was banned last May from all ATP events, which includes next week’s Australian Open, after he was charged with headbutting his son’s former training partner Frenchman Thomas Drouet and breaking his nose. He was convicted and sentenced to eight month’s imprisonment by a Spanish
court for assault last September though was not required to serve jail time because his sentence was under two years in length. While he is banned from receiving accreditation, which entitles him into official areas, he was allowed to buy a ticket as a member of the public at the discretion of the tournament director. “The ATP has banned John Tomic - as is public knowledge - which excludes him from getting credentials and being in other accreditable areas,” Sydney International director Craig Watson told Australian media. “There is nothing that prohibits the events agreeing to John being in public areas of the ground and I’ve agreed to allow that to happen.” Australian Open organisers have already said he would not be entitled to purchase a ticket for Melbourne Park, though the younger Tomic said that would not be a problem. “Obviously he can’t come in (at Melbourne),” Tomic said. “But that’s fine. I’ll see him at home. If there is anything I need to hear, he’ll tell me. It’s very good. “He’s the one that you taught me to play like this. Spent hours with him that I probably won’t spend with no one in my life.
“He knows me the best.” The lanky 21-yearold, who won his first ATP Tour title at Sydney last year, has taken Croatian Velimir Zovko on as his new co-coach while his father serves the remainder of the ban. The ATP is expected to consider whether to lift the ban in May. ATP TOUR RESULTS ATP Sydney - Round 1
Bernard Tomic (Australia) beat 8-Marcel Granollers (Spain) 6-3 6-0 Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) 6-3 0-0 (Roger-Vasselin retired) Marinko Matosevic (Australia) beat Florian Mayer (Germany) 6-2 4-6 6-3 Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Sam Querrey
(U.S.) 4-6 6-3 6-4 Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia) beat Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 6-4 6-3 Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) beat Samuel Groth (Australia) 6-7(6) 7-6(5) 6-2 Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) beat Carlos Berlocq (Argentina) 6-3 6-4 Nicolas Mahut (France) beat Ryan Harrison (U.S.) 7-6(2) 7-5 7-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany) 3-6 6-3 6-3 ATP Auckland - Round 1 Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) beat Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) 7-5 7-6(7) 6-Benoit Paire (France) beat Michal Przysiezny (Poland) 6-4 6-2 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) beat 8Robin Haase (Netherlands) 4-6 7-5 7-6(4) 5-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat Pablo Carreno (Spain) 6-2 3-6 7-5 Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) 6-1 3-6 6-4 Donald Young (U.S.) beat Federico Delbonis (Argentina) 7-5 6-2 Lukas Lacko (Slovakia) beat Jose Statham (New Zealand) 6-3 6-1
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AKISTAN captain Misbah-ul-Haq is banking on his spinners to deliver at a venue that he said has assisted turn significantly in the past. Misbah felt the pitch in Dubai would be conducive for a result, but weather was poor on the eve of the second Test. “If you look at the history of this ground, this pitch I think it really slows down and it really gives something to the spinners,” Misbah said. “Both of our spinners had success here. Usually go with two spinners on this [surface] because on the third, fourth and fifth days spin plays a big role here. Let’s see tomorrow how the pitch is, and then we decide.”
Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, the spinners Pakistan are likely to play in the second Test, are the top two wicket-takers in Dubai. Ajmal has 34 wickets at 20.11 apiece and Rehman has 19 at 28.26. “Both teams realise this is the pitch where we can really have a result,” Misbah said. “We really want to put a big effort here. I think Sri Lanka also know that this is the chance where they can get a lead.” Pakistan lost their most recent game in Dubai - against South Africa - but they beat Sri Lanka there in 2011, by nine wickets. It’s their only win against Sri Lanka in the last 12 Tests between the countries. “Yes of course, if you look at the last two years’ success we depend more on our spin and Sri Lankans play our spinners very well,” Misbah said. “It isn’t easy to get through their batting line-up. We
are just discussing different plans how to go about that and how we can get 20 wickets against them.” The teams had practiced under overcast conditions on Monday but had to cancel their sessions on the eve of the match because of rain. With temperatures as low as 10-12C, the forecast for the first day is not good. Misbah, however, was optimistic. “Hopefully it will be better and we can have a proper game of five days,” he said. “I haven’t seen the wicket and the rain may play a role. It’s different weather, let’s see tomorrow how the pitch is, and hopefully it’s definitely going to help the spinners at some stage.” Pakistan failed to grab their chance in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, after Sri Lanka had been dismissed for 204. Pakistan achieved a lead because of hundreds from
Misbah and Younis Khan, but the advantage was not as big as it could have been because the lower-middle order fell away. Misbah had wanted his batsmen to shut Sri Lanka out of the game. “I think the areas we really lacked is batting for big runs,” Misbah said. “We need to work on our batting more. We should have got 450-odd to have a big lead and put pressure on the opposition. “In the second innings we could not really penetrate their batting line-up so we need to set different plans for different players. We could not take wickets with the new ball, that’s the area we need to improve. I think we need to study other players also, we did very well against their main players, their two senior players, but we need to focus on others also.”
There is a chance Prasanna Jayawardene might not have even played his first Test in over a year had Lahiru Thirimanne been fit in Abu Dhabi, but following his unbeaten 67 in the second innings of that game, Angelo Mathews has outlined the importance of Prasanna’s experience in the lower-middle order. The Sri Lanka XI carries three wicketkeeper-batsmen, as well as Kumar Sangakkara, and Thirimanne’s ability to contribute with the ball may have made him a slightly more attractive selection for the first Test. Prasanna will not have his place questioned for the second Test, however. Not only has Thirimanne returned to Sri Lanka, Prasanna has reasserted both his prowess with the gloves and his ability to stablise a top seven that features three batsmen who have played fewer than 10 Tests. “He gives us the cushioning especially with the gloves in hand,” Mathews said. “He is the best wicketkeeper going these days, and also he’s very stable when it comes to batting. He has a good technique to survive against good fast bowlers, and he sweeps against the spinners so he upsets their line and length. He’s a very good weapon to have in the team.” Among the many casualties of Sri Lanka’s barren Test year in 2013, Prasanna played league cricket in England during the summer. He had been left out for Sri Lanka’s home Tests against Bangladesh in March, prompting talk that his career was over, but good scores in a domestic first-class triangular tournament in October cleared his route back into the team. “I was injured during the Boxing Day Test in Australia in 2012, and since then I had no cricket to play. The Zimbabwe Test series was cancelled and the selectors decided to try out youngsters during the Bangladesh series.
WILL DUBAI PROVIDE MORE FOR SPINNERS? DUBAI AGenCieS If there is a pitch in the UAE that might make amends for the anticlimactic fourth and fifth days in Abu Dhabi, it is the surface in Dubai. In the last match at the venue, spinners accounted for 12 firstinnings scalps and the match ended with a day to spare. Rangana Herath had done marginally better than Saeed Ajmal in the first Test, but in truth, neither were ever really a major threat. If either finds assistance in Dubai, it is unlikely the batsmen can play out another draw. As many as five Test matches have been played at Dubai International Stadium with four ending up with a result. With the series locked at 0-0, a draw obviously will not be a satisfying result for both teams. Pakistan’s biggest aim will be to guard against complacency. Despite taking a 179-run lead in the first innings, they had to toil hard to salvage the match; at one stage they had been in a position to win but Sri Lanka’s batsman changed the game to give Pakistan a scare. Big runs are what captain Misbah-ul-Haq and coach Dav Whatmore are endeavouring for. Pakistan might be the better bowling side but they still need their batsman to stand up. With
Ahmed Shahzad and Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan’s top order looked to be a settled one but they might tweak the opening combination, bringing in left-hander Shan Masood in place of Khurram Manzoor - who combined 29 runs in the first Test following his previous back-to-back ducks. Sri Lanka’s top order may feel they have an edge, however, if the match becomes a spin-bowling shootout. Ajmal’s 49 wicketless overs in the second innings in Abu Dhabi gave the visiting batsmen an extended view of his variations, and in any case, Sri Lanka have been Pakistan’s most frequent foe in the past five years. Rangana Herath also bowled over 56 overs at Pakistan during the Test, but he is less reliant on mystery, owing more of his success to flight and guile. Still, Sri Lanka would do well to be count on Ajmal making an impact in what are effectively his home conditions. Sri Lanka’s batting has also strummed up some form in the first Test, where only Dimuth Karunaratne and Mahela Jayawardene failed to cross 50. The challenge to Sri Lanka’s young players is to build consistency into their cricket, particularly as Pakistan will have run their own analysis of each opposition batsman. FORm gUIDE: (last five matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: DLWLW Sri Lanka: DWDLL IN THE SPOTLIgHT: Sri Lanka seam bowlers Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal did not earn outstanding figures in Abu Dhabi, but the discipline they displayed an unsuspected positive. Having come into the series with startlingly little match-practice, they have now also warmed to their work with 87 collective overs. If the surface is as dry as it is expected to be, perhaps they will not be penetrative, but Sri Lanka have sought to build pressure as a unit in recent years, and the team will hope their long, accurate spells in Abu Dhabi can be recreated in Dubai. The second innings in Abu Dhabi had proved an unproductive one for Saeed Ajmal, the fifth time he failed to take a wicket in an innings. He’s got 34 wickets in Dubai, the most taken by a bowler at Dubai International Stadium and once again expectations are high on him. He remains Pakistan’s biggest threat. TEAm NEWS: Lahiru Thirimanne and Nuwan Kulasekara have both left the UAE with injury and Kusal Perera landed in the UAE about 36 hours before the next match is to begin. Having had such success with the batting line-up from the first Test however, Angelo Mathews is
unlikely to change his top seven. The only player who may be switched out is Sachithra Senanayake, who had a mediocre debut, albeit on an unresponsive surface. Uncapped offspinner Dilruwan Perera might replace him, but if Sri Lanka believe the grass on the pitch will make a significant impact, there is a chance Nuwan Pradeep could play instead. Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 Kaushal Silva, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4. Mahela Jayawardene, 5. Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), 6. Angelo Mathews (capt), 7. Dinesh Chandimal, 8. Sachithra Senanayake/ Dilruwan Perera/Nuwan Pradeep, 9 Shaminda Eranga, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Suranga Lakmal Pakistan’s first-choice wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal was injured during the first Test, and Sarfraz Ahmed has arrived to take his place. Pakistan could play two specialist spinners with Rahat Ali possibly sitting out. Pakistan (probable): 1. Ahmed Shahzad, 2. Shan Masood/Khurram Manzoor, 3. Mohammad Hafeez, 4. Younis Khan, 5. Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6. Asad Shafiq, 7. Bilawal Bhatti, 8. Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 9. Saeed Ajmal, 10. Abdur Rehman, 11. Junaid Khan.