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Tuesday, 17 June, 2014 Sha’aban 18, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 349 16 Pages Islamabad Edition

Zarb-e-azb aimed at eliminating terrorists, not nWa tribesmen, says coas

Pakistan resolves not to be a terror haven

There could have been two opinions on the operation and dialogue process but now this chapter is closed and entire nation should support army.

” Pti endorses, Ji opposes operation against terrorists STORY ON PAGE 03

Senate Opp, NA lawmakers support govt over NWA offensive


Britain Bans forced marriages STORY ON PAGE 04

Polio virus detected in Quetta linked to Sukkur

SCHUMACHER'S india, Pakistan gradually increasing, GREATEST modernising their nuclear arsenals COMEBACK! STORY ON PAGE 05




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He opposition members in the Senate on Monday extended full support not only to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but also to the military operation in North Waziristan. “The opposition supports the military operation launched in North Waziristan Agency and stands fully behind the government,” Opposition leader Aitzaz Ahsan told the House after Prime Minister Sharif briefed senators about the gov-

PPP stands with armed forces to curb terrorism ISLAMABAD: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has welcomed the speech of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the National Assembly on Monday, declaring that the PPP will support the government in carrying out the operation against terrorists to the finish. In a statement, the former president said that the PPP coalition government had also launched an operation against militants in Swat in 2009 after exhausting all avenues of negotiations. “There is a time when delayed decisions result in inviting crises instead of avoiding them. A decision delayed is not a problem avoided but a crisis invited,” he said. The former president said that any delay in taking the terrorists head on could have had catastrophic consequences for the nation. Zardari said that the entire nation, including the parliament, government and political parties should now demonstrate resolve and commitment to fight the battle till the terrorists are completely defeated. Zardari called upon the government to prepare a master plan for the rehabilitation of hordes of people who will be displaced as a result of the operation, suggesting that the government set up a Victim’s Support Fund for the purpose. He said that internally displaced people, defence forces, police, civil armed forces and the common people who have suffered grievously due to militancy are the heroes of the nation. “This is also a time to end the confusion and debate over whether to fight or not,” said Zardari. “Those who argue that the operation will result in bloodshed should not forget that retreating now could be even bloodier,” he said. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also extended full support to the military operation launched against terrorists in North Waziristan, saying that all Pakistanis stand behind the armed forces in this hour of need. “To save our future generations from the monster of terrorism and extremism, we need to unite and decisively target those who mow down innocent people and wish to impose their nefarious agendas on this great nation,” said Bilawal. “This is the time to save our country, and our people from destruction at the hands of beasts who have already taken over 50,000 lives and injured many more,” he said. STAFF REPORT

RABBANI SAYS ATTACK ON KARACHI AIRPORT EXPOSED SO CALLED COORDINATION BETWEEN 26 INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES PROMISED IN NISAR’S INTERNAL SECURITY POLICY ernment’s decision to launch a full scale operation in the restive tribal region. Addressing the Senate, Pakistan People’s Party’s Farhatullah Babar demanded answers to a number of questions. He questioned first as to why the military and not the civilian government announced the operation. He said the widespread perception is that the military decided to launch the operation while the foot dragging civilian government followed suit, which would only exacerbate the civilmilitary divide and will not serve the purpose of a united front against the militants. Secondly, he asked as to what plans had been put in place to rehabilitate the internally displaced persons as was done

NA adopts resolution in support of operation

by the PPP coalition government at the time of the Swat operation in 2009. “In the absence of a proper plan to tackle the mass exodus of people from North Waziristan, we will only add to the frustration and alienation of the affected people,” he said. Thirdly, he asked about the status of the National Internal Security Policy announced with much fanfare by the interior minister some three months ago. He said that the security policy had promised to develop a national narrative on militancy, de-radicalization, carrying out legal reforms, reforming almost 23,000 madrasas and bringing the 26 intelligence agencies under one platform. Babar said that no al-

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution expressing full support to the government for launching a military operation against terrorists holed up in the tribal areas. The resolution moved by Minister Zahid Hamid was signed and supported by PML-N, PPP, PTI, MQM and ANP. The resolution noted that terrorists were engaged in attacks on security forces and law enforcement agencies as well as public and private property resulting in deaths and injuries to military personnel and innocent citizens and colossal damage to the economy. It called upon the federal and the provincial government to provide necessary assistance to the affected families who will be displaced by the military operation till they are able to return to their homes. ONLINE

locations had been made in the budget for achieving any of these goals. Meanwhile, Senator Raza Rabbani said the attack on Karachi airport has exposed the so called coordination between the 26 intelligence agencies promised in the policy. He said there was not a single sentence in the finance minister’s budget speech about ending extremism or about


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday endorsed the military operation underway in North Waziristan, the party’s deputy secretary general and media advisor to PTI chairman told reporters. Imran Ismail said that in a core committee meeting on Monday, Imran Khan maintained that the party stands by the army and endorses the opera-

JI’s Siraj opposes military offensive in NWA LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq has expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s decision to launch a military offensive in North Waziristan Agency without taking other political parties in confidence. Addressing party workers in Lahore, the JI chief said that people were kept in the dark about the NWA operation. “No one, including the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government, was taken into confidence over the military offensive. If the government resorts to taking unilateral decisions, it will remain alone,” he said. He insisted that dialogue should have continued, despite obstacles. Siraj said it was challenging for the people to leave their native areas and live in camps in the tough summer conditions. “Politics have been turned into a business. Political terrorism is going on for the past 65 years,” he said. Haq said that social welfare organisations must help those affected by the NWA operation, adding that a campaign should be started to administer ‘anti-corruption’ drops to political leaders. INP

tion. However, he said the chairman expressed reservations regarding the government’s failure to inform the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government prior to the announcement. Last week, reiterating his party’s stance on peace talks with militants, Imran had said that an offensive in North Waziristan would unite militant forces against the Pakistani state. “Conducting such a military oper-

ation when most of the groups in NWA want talks is suicidal,” Imran said in a statement, adding that most groups in North Waziristan desire peace talks with the government. He also criticised the US Congress’ move to link aid to a military offensive in North Waziristan, terming the move as an effort by the US to “purchase” the government’s favour to carry out a military operation in the tribal region.

achieving any of the goals laid down in the national security policy. Senator Taj Haider said, “You cannot achieve internal security as long as you patronize some militants for external security purposes.” Senator Hasil Bazenjo said the issues in dealing with militancy are not only of efficiency or capacity but also of duplicity in our policy.

Nation must support army’s offensive against terrorists: Rashid ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that Pakistan’s armed forces are fighting a war to protect the integrity and security of the state on the directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the entire nation should fully support them to ensure the defeat of the enemy. Rashid was chairing a high level meeting in Islamabad on Monday. The meeting was attended by Secretary IB&NH Dr Nazir Saeed, DG ISPR Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa and other senior officials of the IB&NH Ministry. “Our brave soldiers are sacrificing their lives today to secure our tomorrow,” said Rashid. The minister expressed his firm resolve to fight terrorists and said that operations would continue till terrorists are eliminated. Speaking on the process of peace talks with militants, Rashid said that as a democratic government, we opted for the strategy of dialogue but lack of sincerity and hypocrisy on part of other militants disrupted the whole process. Rashid said that terrorist continued their attacks despite the ongoing peace process and also denied responsibility for these attacks. The minister urged the media to demonstrate a streak of nationalism to counter the extremist narrative. He appealed to the media to keep the state’s national interest as supreme and show responsibility while covering the operation in North Waziristan. APP


Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told the National Assembly on Monday that the decision to launch a military operation in North Waziristan was purely domestic and was not made under foreign pressure. He said that the government sincerely waited for any positive outcome of the peace dialogue for four and a half months. He said that for the last three decades, the tribal areas have hosted ‘aliens’, who marred local traditions and culture, besides posing a threat to national security. He said the issue arose after Pakistan’s uncalled for participation in the cold war and kidnapping for ransom, drug trade and terror activities in other

countries became a tradition of the tribal people. He said that the government had already announced to launch the operation in case of failure of the dialogue process, adding that the decision to launch the operation was taken by the civil and military leadership. Asif said that the terrorists took the government’s quest for peace as its weakness. He advised the electronic media not give coverage to the terrorists anymore and cited the example of the Afghan media for blacking out Taliban activities during the election process to avoid influencing public opinion. The minister criticised the national media for unnecessarily covering the recent attack on the Karachi Airport thereby endangering the lives of Rangers and other security men.


DIRECTS ELECTRONIC MEDIA TO STOP GIVING COVERAGE TO TERRORISTS Asif said, “We are fighting the war of our survival. The operation is not the ultimate solution but one of the phases only,” adding that it will be followed by another phase of postoperative care. He said the post operative care would start after the army achieved victory and foreign elements were eliminated. He said the country had been fighting anti-state elements for around 35 years, but by launching the operation, this fight had been intensified. He said that unfortunately, Pakistan had become a pawn in the chess game of foreign powers. “The world invented ‘jihad’ and entangled Pakistan. Russia and the US have left the region but Pakistan and Afghanistan are facing the problem,” he said.

US says Zarb-e-Azb completely Pakistani action WASHINGTON: The United States on Monday described the North Waziristan operation against militants as fully Pakistani led and executed action and avoided making any particular comments on the ongoing operation along the Afghan border. “This is a Government of Pakistan operation we have long supported Pakistan’s efforts to extend their sovereignty and stability throughout their country. But I will refer you to them. This is an entirely Pakistan-led and Pakistan-executed operation,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said. She was asked about Washington’s position in Pakistan’s operation, which comes in the wake of some daring Taliban attacks on Pakistani cities, including last week’s deadly siege of Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport. The spokesperson would not analyze the operation form any specific angle, saying “this is a decision made and operation done by the government of Pakistan”. SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

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NEWS Zarb-e-Azb aimed at eliminating terrorists, not NWA tribesmen, says COAS



ISLAMABAD: While expressing satisfaction over the preparation and progress of the anti-terrorist military operation so far, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Monday emphasised that all terrorists along with their sanctuaries must be eliminated without any discrimination. During his visit to Corps Headquarters Peshawar where he was given a detailed briefing on the progress of operation Zarb-e-Azb, the COAS said that the operation was not targeted against valiant tribes of North Waziristan but against those terrorists who were holed up in the agency and had picked up arms against the State. Gen Sharif directed all concerned officers to undertake special measures for diligent management of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in conjunction with the relevant civilian agencies. He also reiterated that with the support of the nation, particularly tribesmen, Zarb-e-Azb will be concluded successfully and comprehensively. Also during the day, COAS addressed the participants of the National Security and War Course at National Defence University (NDU). His address focused on internal and external situation of the country with particular reference to ongoing operation in NWA. STAFF REPORT

PM forms committee to monitor Operation Zarb-e-Azb ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has formed a special monitoring committee on Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan, which will be supervised by the coordination committee of the federal cabinet. The committee will comprise Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch, Inter-Services Intelligence Director General Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam, the Chief of General Staff (COGS), the chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) and the Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The committee will also include the interior secretary, finance secretary and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary. The coordination committee of the federal cabinet will supervise the monitoring committee regarding operation-related affairs. The coordination committee will present its report on advancements in North Waziristan Operation to Prime Minister Sharif on a daily basis. STAFF REPORT



NNOUNCING his government’s resolve that Pakistan would no longer be a terrorists’ haven, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday declared that Operation Zarb-e-Azb has been launched after a unanimous decision by the political and military leaderships and it would continue until terrorism was eliminated from the country. Making separate statements in the National Assembly and Senate about the military operation, the premier called on the entire nation, including political parties and the media, to stand by the Pakistan Army. Addressing the lawmakers a day after the military announced the launch of a long-anticipated operation, the premier said, “We will not allow Pakistan to become a haven for terrorism at any cost.” IT WAS THE LAST OPTION: Prime Minister Sharif said the government sincerely gave peace a chance for four and a half months but its sincerity was not reciprocated and the government had to take the decision to launch the operation as a last resort. Sharif pointed out that the government made every effort to make dialogue


process result-oriented but terrorists persisted with bloodshed and violence. “Terrorism and dialogue cannot go hand in hand,” he said. IT WAS A MUTUAL DECISION: The premier said the dialogue process was pursued with full consultation between the government and the military leadership and now the decision to launch the decisive action has also been taken through consultations and unanimity. Showing his determination for establishment of peace in the country, the prime minister expressed confidence that the operation to eliminate terrorism would prove to be a harbinger of peace and security. “This will help us realise our dream of turning Pakistan into a prosperous country.” ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Moreover, the prime minister said that Pakistan has paid a heavy price in terms of men and material during war on terror imposed by militants. “Personnel of armed forces, security agencies and law enforcement agencies rendered immense sacrifices while the economy suffered losses worth $103 billion. Terrorism also dented Pakistan’s prestige and reputation.” “There could have been two opinions on operation and the dialogue process but now this chapter is closed and the entire nation, including media, political parties, religious leaders and tribal people should extend a helping hand to make the operation a success,” the premier asserted, adding that he hoped that clerics would also play their role in promoting the Islamic values of peace, brotherhood and tolerance. Sharif also appealed the “patriotic”


tribal people to play their role in making the operation a success. He said tribesmen have paid a heavy price to terrorism and it was time to eliminate the menace so that they could lead a normal life. SPECIAL CENTRES FOR THE ‘GOOD ONES’: Furthermore, the prime minister said that special centres have been established for those who abandon terrorism, bow before law and want to become peaceful citizens of the country. He added that special centres have also been setup for those affected by the operation. Member of the federal cabinet General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch will oversee the process and coordinate efforts of the federal and the provincial government for looking after the internally displaced persons (IDPs), he said, hoping that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government would extend necessary cooperation in this regard. He said instructions have also been issued to KP Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi to ensure every possible arrangement to facilitate IDPs. KHAN STILL PROPOSES TALKS: Addressing the National Assembly after Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan expressed his stance on the issue saying that he stood by the armed forces as terrorism was inflicting heavy losses to the country. Khan, however, wanted to know what would be the fate of those who were willing to abandon violence and those who were being internally displaced. “Have we thought about 7,000, 000 people residing in North Waziristan? Where will they go during the bombing?” he questioned. The PTI chief maintained that the government should negotiate with groups who were still willing for a peaceful set-

tlement. “In my opinion, the prime minister should have headed the dialogue process himself. Now that an operation has been announced, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will suffer the backlash,” Khan pointed out. Khan also questioned why his party was not taken into confidence prior to the announcement of the operation and said they learnt of the news through the TV. He demanded that the prime minister should convene a meeting of the political leadership to discuss the way forward. DECISION DELAYED: National Assembly Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah commented on the advent of the military operation, saying that this decision should have been taken six months ago. Shah said the opposition fully supported the decision and extended cooperation to the government and the armed forces. Also, MQM’s Dr Farooq Sattar described the operation’s launch as a “sagacious decision” and said that not only the parliament but the four provincial assemblies and governments should extend support to the government and the armed forces to make the operation a success. THANK YOU KHAN BUT IT’S SORTED: Later on in a brief chat with journalists after his address in the two houses of parliament, Prime Minister Sharif said that by supporting the operation, all the political parties have expressed their “national thinking”. Sharif also thanked Imran Khan for supporting the government’s decision on this national issue. He said he would take the media into confidence soon on the new policy against terrorism.

Zarb-e-Azb intensifies with more airstrikes after 8 soldiers killed JET FIGHTERS CONTINUE TO POUND TERRORIST HIDEOUTS IN NWA, TOLL CROSSES 200 IN TWO DAYS



Pakistan Air Force jets pounded targets in North Waziristan Agency on Monday as the military suffered its first casualties in a major offensive designed to root out terrorist havens in the volatile region. The airstrikes are part of a longawaited operation against foreign and local militants in North Waziristan, an essentially lawless tribal region which has served as a training base for terrorists and a staging point for insurgents who attack Pakistan and NATO and Afghan troops across the border. The operation started Sunday. The offensive marks the end of the government’s policy of trying to negotiate with the Taliban terrorists instead of using force to end years of fighting which has killed tens of thousands of civilians and security forces. The airstrikes early Monday targeted six hideouts in the Shawal area near the border with South Waziristan, killing 27 militants, the military said. Separately, the military said 14 militants were killed trying to escape in separate confrontations while another three were shot trying to lay roadside bombs near Miranshah, one of the region’s main towns. Altogether the military reported that nearly 200 militants had been killed during the two-day offensive. The military said eight troops died on Monday — six by a roadside bomb and two during a shootout with terrorists — as the Pakistani Taliban warned that more violence could be in the offing. Tribal sources said that airstrikes and shelling are focused on Khushhali Torikhel, which is considered a stronghold of terrorists. Unconfirmed reports reveal that terrorists are resisting military action in this part of NWA as militant leader Maulvi Abdul Khaliq and a large number of foreign militants are sheltering in Khushhali Torikhel. Security was being stepped up across Pakistan. In Karachi, a city vital to the country’s economy, armoured personnel

KARACHI: An army unit moves from Malir Cantt for deployment at sensitive government facilities in the main city areas. ONLINE

carriers could be seen rolling out the gates of a military base. The military said they were being used to protect sensitive installations. Few details have been released about the size of the operation or the military assets involved. The military said troops were sealing off the North Waziristan borders and the main cities, ensuring the evacuation of civilians in addition to establishing areas where militants can surrender their weapons. The military said the campaign was progressing as planned and that no operations had been launched in civilian areas so far. Residents reached by telephone reported hearing loud explosions overnight but said they cannot go outside because there is a curfew in place. “We have been just hearing big bangs and explosions. We can’t go out to see what’s happening out there,” Sajid Dawar, a resident of Miranshah, said by telephone. He urged authorities to help people leave as quickly as possible. Another resident,


Ziaullah Khan from Mirali, said people were starting to run out of food because the markets had been closed for a few days. North Waziristan is one of the last parts of the tribal regions where the military has not launched a large operation. Militant groups including the Pakistani Taliban, al Qaeda and the Haqqani network have long used the region as a base. The military said it has asked the Afghan government for help reinforcing its side of the border, to prevent militants from fleeing. even before the airstrikes, residents in North Waziristan were leaving the area due to previous airstrikes and fear of a larger operation. So far 50,000 people have left, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan said. No civilian is allowed to enter Mirali and traffic and transportation between Bannu and Miranshah is also blocked. Around 30 per cent dwellers of Miranshah are stranded and are unable to flee due to

the curfew. They are also facing acute shortage of edible items. In wake of the military action in NWA, security has been tightened in Bajaur, Khyber Agency, Peshawar and other main cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Reports from Bajaur said that all educational institutions in the area have been closed on the directives of FATA Secretariat. Similar developments are taking place in other tribal regions and agencies. Security is on high alert in Bajaur and government offices have been shut down in Civil Colony at Khar. Roads linking Bajaur with Afghanistan have already been closed whereas further troops are being deployed in border areas. Sources in Bajaur said that chief of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Mullah Fazlullah and his close aides are sheltering across the border in Afghanistan, adding that Fazlullah shuttles between Kunar and Nooristan.

04 NEWS CJP Jilani’s ‘secret agent’ nephew abducted from Multan MULTAN: A close relative of Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, who was also identified as an intelligence official, was kidnapped on Monday by unidentified persons from Garden Town area in Multan. Multan Police confirmed the abduction of Umer Jilani and quoting eyewitnesses said that the abductee was en route to his office on his bike when four to five gunmen riding a motorcycle intercepted him in Garden area and kidnapped him. Police further said that after receiving information about the incident, law enforcement agencies and police personnel reached the spot and started a probe into the kidnapping. On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also took notice of the incident and directed the Multan Regional Police Officer to utilise all efforts for Jilani’s recovery and to keep him informed about the progress in the case. STAFF REPORT

China executes 13 people for ‘terrorist’ attacks in Xinjiang BEIJING: China executed 13 people on Monday for “terrorist attacks” in the far western region of Xinjiang, state media said, while another three were sentenced to death for a lethal attack at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. “The 13 criminals had planned violent terrorist attacks and ruthlessly killed police officers, government officials and civilians, which took innocent lives, caused huge property losses and seriously endangered public security,” the official news agency Xinhua said. Xinjiang is the traditional home of Muslim Uighurs who speak a Turkic language, and China has blamed previous attacks on Islamist separatists it says seek to establish an independent state there called east Turkestan. exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government’s own repressive policies in Xinjiang have provoked unrest, something Beijing denies. The 13 executed men were involved in attacks in different parts of Xinjiang, including one last June that killed 24 policemen and local residents, Xinhua said. AGENCIES

NA Opp wants govt to review budget proposals ISLAMABAD: Opposition parliamentarians on Monday demanded the government to review the budget proposals and incorporate people-friendly policies while treasury members termed the budget as exemplary and unmatched. Resuming the budget debate in the National Assembly, Pir Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote said more funds should be allocated in the budget for the uplift of Sindh province. Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari lauded the government for allocating Rs 42 billion in budget for water sector. He said the country’s water should be preserved for enhancing agriculture products and producing energy. Dawar Khan Kundi of Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) said PTI does not believe in criticism for the sake of criticism. He criticised the government for not eliminating load shedding. Criticising the budget, he claimed that nothing has been allocated for Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. APP

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He federal government on Monday filed two separate petitions in the Supreme Court (SC) against removing the name of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf from the exit Control List (eCL) and appealed against the Sindh High Court’s verdict

over the same matter. A three-member bench headed by Justice Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice ejaz Afzal was hearing the federal government’s petition. Attorney General Salman Butt pleaded the court for an early hearing of the federal petition and said if the SHC gives its verdict over a review petition of the former president Musharraf ear-

lier, he will leave the country. The former military leader’s lawyers have filed a review petition with the SHC seeking reduction in the number of days given to the government for appeal to three. Justice Saqib in his remarks said that the court has nothing to do with the nature of the decision over the review petition. Whether the matter relates with Musharraf or a common man it is the same for the court, he observed. The court referred the matter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) for constitution of a new bench for hearing the federal government’s plea.

During the course of proceedings, the attorney general requested the court to fix the hearing of the petition this week, as a review petition on behalf of Pervez Musharraf. He said that the federal government’s petition in Supreme Court would become infructuous in case of any decision. Justice Saqib Nisar remarked, “You had submitted the petition seeking hearing soon, which we have heard. Now, your petition would first be processed in the Supreme Court office and then the matter would go to CJP Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani, who would constitute the bench.”

India, Pakistan gradually increasing, modernising their nuclear arsenals SIPRI REPORT SAYS BOTH COUNTRIES ARE ALSO EXPANDING THEIR CAPACITIES TO PRODUCE FISSILE MATERIAL FOR MILITARY PURPOSES NEWS DESK Pakistan and India have steadily increased their nuclear arsenal from 6080 and 70-90 warheads in 2010, to 110-120 and 90-110 respectively by 2014, a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday. According to the report, both Pakistan and India have not only been developing new systems capable of delivering nuclear weapons but also expanding their capacities to produce

fissile material for military purposes. The data compiled by the SIPRI shows that at the start of 2014, the nine nuclear armed states, namely United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea together possessed approximately 16 300, nuclear warheads, while the number of active/deployed nuclear weapons was around 4000. Russia, US still lead world nuclear arsenals While acknowledging the reduc-

Senate suggests 25 per cent increase in pay, pension of govt employees ISLAMABAD APP

The Senate on Monday made 133 recommendations for incorporation in the federal budget 2014-15 suggesting 25 per cent increase in pay and pension of government employees. Senate Committee on Finance Chairperson Nasreen Jalil presented the report in the Senate that would be transmitted to the National Assembly for further consideration. The Senate recommended that Rs 64 billion allocated for education sector should be doubled and crop insurance be increased to protect the investment of a greater number of the small farmers against unforeseen calamities. The House recommended the National Assembly that Munda Dam, Kurram Tangi Dam and Warsak Dam be completed on priority. It has been suggested that the income tax be imposed on all taxable incomes from all sources and sectors without any discrimination. The NA has been recommended to double the allocation for health sector as it needed to reach 5 per cent of GDP at the earliest to meet the commitments made under the Millennium Development Goals. Increase of monthly stipend through Benazir

Income Support Programme for needy women from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 per month has been recommended. The Upper House of parliament recommended that the GST on edible items of everyday items like flour, ghee, rice, lentils etc should be reduced to 5 per cent and be increased to 25 per cent on luxury items like perfume, cosmetics, crockery, air conditioners and domestic electric items. The NA has been recommended to provide targeted subsidy to food items like rice, flour, ghee and pulses to reduce prices, besides recommending the withdrawal of 10 per cent withholding tax on National Saving Schemes. The House also proposed increase of medical allowance of grade 1 to 15 employees from 10 to 25 per cent and conveyance allowance from 5 to 10 per cent. The Senate recommended that annual budget be tabled in March every year so that it could be debated in parliament for three months and midyear budget review should be made mandatory and debated in parliament along with supplementary approval on all money matters. The House recommended that payment of circular debt be addressed in the budget until a mechanism to overcome the issue is implemented as it was not reflected in the overall subsidy figures.


tion in the number of nuclear weapons in last five years, from 22,600 in 2010 to 16,300 in 2014, the report says that the decrease is mainly due to Russia and US, who have been reducing their arsenal under the terms of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START). The report further states that despite the reduction in the number of nuclear weapons the nuclear armed states are apparently not willing to completely dismantle their nuclear arsenals, instead have been modernising their delivery systems. It further claims that all five legally recognised nuclear weapon states—China, France, Russia, UK and USA—are either deploying new

nuclear weapon delivery systems or have announced programmes to do so. “Once again this year, the nuclear weapon-possessing states took little action to indicate a genuine willingness to work toward complete dismantlement of their nuclear arsenals. The long term modernisation programmes under way in these states suggest their views that nuclear weapons will remain deeply embedded elements of their strategic calculus,” said SIPRI Researchers Shannon Kile and Phillip Patton Schell. The report further claims that there is an emerging consensus in the expert community that North Korea has produced a small number of nuclear weapons, as distinct from rudimentary nuclear explosive devices.


British legislation banning forced marriages came into effect on Monday, with those found guilty of the largely hidden practice facing up to seven years in prison. The law applies not only within Britain but also makes it a criminal offence to force a British national into a marriage abroad, as many youngsters are flown out to weddings in their ancestral homelands, particularly in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Nearly twothirds of the cases dealt with by the government’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) relate to Britain’s South Asian communities. Campaigners welcomed the new laws as a “huge step forward”, while the government hopes they will protect potential victims. A practice wrecking the lives of unknown thousands of British-born youths, forced marriage has been increasingly exposed in the last decade. “Forced marriage is a tragedy for each and every victim, and its very nature means that many cases go unreported,” said Home Secretary Theresa May. “I am proud to say that the UK is already

43 PER CENT OF CASES OF FORCED MARRIAGES LINKED TO PAKISTAN a world leader in the fight to stamp out this harmful practice with the government’s FMU working hard to tackle this terrible practice in the UK and overseas,” she continued. “Today’s criminalisation is a further move by this government to ensure victims are protected by the law and that they have the confidence, safety and the freedom to choose.” Last year, the FMU dealt with some 1,300 cases, 18% of them men. Forty per cent of victims were aged 17 or under; three quarters were aged under 22. Officials fear the number of victims coming forward is just the tip of the iceberg. Meanwhile charities say few leaders with influence in their communities are prepared to take a stand, for fear of losing their support base. The cases related to 74 different countries, although 43% were linked to Pakistan, 11% to India and 10% to Bangladesh. Other countries with multiple cases included Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran and Tunisia. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said children as young as 12 had contacted them about forced marriage, with the numbers calling up two-thirds in the last year.


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olIo virus detected in a sewerage line in Quetta on Monday was traced to Sukkur, an official said. An official of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said that the samples found in a sewerage line in Western Bypass area of Quetta were linked to Sukkur city of Sindh province. "We collected the sample and are investigating it," he said. He said that scorching heat in Sindh had forced many people to migrate to Balochistan every summer. "Chances of polio virus double after migration

Intolerance breeds terrorIsm, says cJP JIllanI

of people from Sindh," he added. The Balochistan health secretary called an emergency meeting of UNICEF and other stakeholders to discuss ways and means to eradicate the polio virus from the province. The UNICEF official said the government decided to re-launch an emergency anti-polio campaign in Quetta, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Bolan, Jhal Magsi and Dera Bugti districts of Balochistan starting from June 23. He said a three-day campaign would be launched in the aforesaid districts to ensure provision of polio drops to children below five years. The Balochistan government has also directed the administration to beef up security arrangements during the anti-polio campaign in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan to avert any untoward incident. "This year a total of 75 polio cases were reported from across the country," he said, adding that 57 cases were reported from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), 12 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and six from Sindh. However, the UNICEF official said that no case of polio virus

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was reported from Punjab or Balochistan this year. Militants in the past have targeted polio workers in Quetta, Pishin and loralai cities of Balochis-

tan. Pakistan currently stands at the top in the last three polio endemic countries in the world, which also include Nigeria and Afghanistan.

Pak Navy fully prepared to safeguard country’s maritime interests: PM ISLAMABAD APP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that Pakistan Navy is fully prepared and geared up to safeguard the country's maritime interests, including defence of sea frontiers. During his visit to the Naval Headquarters Islamabad, the PM said the government will provide full support for development plans of Pakistan Navy to ensure that it remains a balanced and effective force capable of meeting future challenges. Expressing confidence over the professional capabilities of the Pakistan

Navy, Sharif said that the government fully realises the importance of the maritime sector, including its great economic potential due to international trade carried out through the sea. Earlier, a detailed operational briefing was given by deputy chief of naval staff (operations) on the operational preparedness of the navy. Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and senior officers of Pakistan Navy attended the briefing. Upon arrival at the Naval HQs, the PM was received by Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila and was presented the guard of honour by a contingent of the Pakistan Navy.



Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Monday said terrorism comes into being due to the culture of intolerance and we have to change this culture if we want peace. Addressing a book launch ceremony on the issue of terrorism organised by the Balochistan High Court, the CJP said that the culture of intolerance would need to be eliminated. He added that non-state actors promoted terrorism in the country and it was these same elements which distorted Islam. According to the CJP these elements had created a mindset which had to be changed. He added that a murder of any individual regardless of their religious beliefs was the murder of entire humanity. The CJP further said that terrorism had existed throughout history and in every religion. Chief Justice said that the intention behind declaring the current year of Supreme Court the year of tolerance was to develop the culture of tolerance on the basis of true Islamic identity and spirit. He also said that there was a time when Muslims ruled more than half of the world.

fAiSAlABAD: Local residents block the railway track during a demonstration against an anti-encroachment campaign at Railway Colony on Monday. oNliNe

fAiSAlABAD: Residents of Railway Colony in Faisalabad pelted trains with sticks and stones in protest against the demolition of their houses in the area on Monday. On Monday, three houses in the area were demolished as part of an antiencroachment operation, causing people in the area to come out on the streets. According to reports, the protesters were not given a prior notice to vacate their houses, which were simply demolished by the authorities. Angry residents stopped the Pakistan Express from Lahore and hurled stones at it breaking the train’s windows. Police arrived at the area soon after the incident; however a scuffle broke out between them and the protesters. STAFF REPORT

FATA political leaders urge implementation of 11-point reforms iSlAMABAD: Political party office holders from all agencies in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) met in Islamabad and unanimously endorsed the 11-point reform recommendations put forward by the Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms. Fifty-five tribal political leaders representing the ANP, JI, JUI-F, NP, PML-N, PML, PPP, PTI and QWP endorsed the reform recommendations and expressed their desire and commitment for full and speedy implementation of the proposed reforms. The political parties committee and grassroots party leaders urged all relevant stakeholders to advocate for the new reforms with government, the National Assembly, civil society and media, arguing that urgent reforms in FATA are needed for peace in FATA and all Pakistan. Reforms recommendations include amending article 247 of the


Constitution of Pakistan in order to shift of legislative powers from the President of Pakistan to the National Assembly. The ten parties also agreed on the urgent need to hold local bodies' elections in FATA as are planned in the rest of Pakistan. The committee also recommended that political agent executive and judiciary power must be separated and that citizens should be guaranteed their property and inheritance rights. Over two days of deliberations, the fifty-five FATA-based party leaders emphasized the importance of true implementation of the 2011 reforms and the FATA Committee’s 11 consensus points. Tribal leaders also highlighted the need for increased attention to transparency and accountability in FATA administration and budget processes. Local office bearers called on government to regularly consult with FATA parties, and

address the needs of the people of FATA, particularly regarding access to education and the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The ten political parties on the FATA Committee are on a nationwide tour to give voice to the new consolidated reforms demands for FATA. The parties are united on the reforms agenda after several All Parties Conferences with ANP JI, JUI-F, MQM, NP, PML-N, PML, PPP, PTI and QWP. The FATA Committee has presented their reforms recommendations to the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, the members of the Standing Senate Committee on Defence, as well as the SAFRON Minster Lt. General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch. The committee plans to meet the President of Pakistan, the Prime Minister, and parliamentary committees soon to discuss their urgent 11-point reforms agenda for FATA. PRESS RELEASE



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11 outlaws, including five POs, arrested ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Police have arrested 11 outlaws including five proclaimed offenders and seized weapons, wine and narcotics found in their possession, a police spokesman said on Monday. According to details, Golra Police arrested a female and recovered 215 grams heroin on her while a repeater gun was recovered from an accused Shaukat Khan. Sabzi Mandi Police arrested three culprits identified as Murtaza Naseer, Usama Arshad and Nadir Khan during patrolling and recovered wine bottle and a total of 220 gram heroin from them. Nilore Police recovered one 30 bore pistol from accused Kamran. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation was underway from them. In special crackdown against absconders, Islamabad police arrested five proclaimed offenders wanted to various police stations for their involvement in crime cases of heinous nature. During general holdup, Islamabad Police impounded 55 motorbikes, three vehicles for being driven without any documents while black papers were removed from two tinted glass vehicles. During search operation, 17 suspects were also arrested who are also being investigated. APP

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ISLAMABAD: Rangers personnel are seen alert to prevent any untoward incident near Parliament House on Monday. Online




SLAMABAD High Court (IHC) on Monday suspended the order of a single bench, which had declared recommendations of the pervious government’s cab-

inet subcommittee, for the regularisation of daily wages and contract employees of the federal government, as void. A two member bench of IHC headed by Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi and Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi suspended the order and issued notices to the federation, secretaries if Cabinet Division and Establishment Division on a number of pleas seeking nullification of single bench order. On May 29, Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui had declared the sub-committee of previous cabinet on regularization of government

employees headed by Syed Khursheed Shah as unconstitutional, also ordering the termination of such employees regularized, pursuant to its recommendations. During the course of hearing,counsel for petitioners, Raja Amir Abbbas,apprised the bench that around 1,15000 regular employees were affected by the decision of the single bench order. He argued that the learned Single Bench of the Court has drawn a conclusion that services of the employees have been regularized without adhering to the provided criteria merely on presumptions

and assumption whereas during the entire proceedings not a single case has been brought on record showing that the same did not possess the requisite qualification/age/experience etc. The Judge has not appreciated the facts that the Cabinet Committee in its decision had only recommended that a class of contract and daily wages employees fulfilling the laid criteria should be considered for regularization and to be regularized in accordance with the rules of appointments. It is a settled principle, approved by the Apex Court that the

policy decision of the Government cannot be decided by the Courts and any intervention in the policy matter of the Government would effect the principle of tricotomy of powers, Raja added. He contended that thousands of employees are to be effected by means of judgment impugned, who were never provided any opportunity of hearing and order has been passed behind their back effecting their status which is against the principle of audi altrum partum and is not sustainable in the eyes of law. The learned single bench of

this Court has wrongly relied upon the judgment of the supreme Court passed in EOBI case which is based on different grounds and facts and has no relevance with the instant case. He prayed the court to set-aside the Judgement declaring regularization of employees as illegal. In previous Government, Cabinet sub Committee, Headed by Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, the then cabinet sub-committee had regularized the services of thousands of contractual and daily wage employees in various ministries, corporations and autonomous bodies.


The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued notice to foreign affairs secretary and sought reply within 10 days on a plea seeking direction to Consulate of Pakistan in Dubai to officially take up the matter of the petitioner’s missing son Omar Mateen

with the Government of Dubai, UAE. A single member bench of IHC comprising Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi resumed hearing of a plea filed by a retired DC Income Tax Qurban Raja through his lawyer Barrister Afzal Hussain. During the course of hearing, Barrister Afzal counsel for Qurban Raja apprised the bench that on March 02, 2014, the Petitioner’s son an accountant had sent to the bank in the company’s hired car along-with driver Aamir Khan as a routine matter for encashment of two cheques of AED 1.5 Million without a security guard. After encashment, the petitioner’s son did not reach office and went missing and still his whereabouts are

CDA invites bids to widen Islamabad Highway ISLAMABAD APP

Capital Development Authority (CDA) had invited bids for construction of a signal-free 10 lane Islamabad Highway from Zero Point to Rawat. The project include construction of 24 km long, 10 lane dual, signal free throughway, linking Rawat, Grand Truck Road with Zero Point Islamabad. The bid shall be received and opened on July 31. Islamabad Highway is existing 6-lane from Zero Point to Faizabad which will be tuned into 10 lanes through expansion. Highway is already 10-lane from Faizabad to Koral Chowk but it is four-lane from Koral Chowk to Rawat and this part of highway will be extended to 10lane, said an official of Planning


and Development of CDA. He said that CDA board has assigned this project to Pakistan Avenues Limited. Building wing has already conducted survey in this respect. Right of way is lying 600 feet plus 600 feet on both sides of high way from Koral Chowk to Rawat. He said that notices were issued for removal of encroachments from this area because service road east and service road west will be constructed on both sides of high way. “Islamabad is fast expanding towards its Southeastern edge. There are a number of private housing societies in Zone V, including Bahria Town, DHA. A second Islamabad is fast emerging on both sides of the Islamabad Highway up to Rawat as it’s the centre of focus for private land developers,” the officer said.

not known to anyone. The driver firstly stated that after dropping the petitioner’s son in front of the bank, his car met with an unfortunate accident, caught fire and he left the car and went to hospital for burns treatment. The driver’s most recent statement conveyed to the Petitioner was that his son came out of the bank and gave him AED 100,000 and went away, he added. The petitioner also maintained that his son’s passport was handed over to the Dubai Police by his daughter-in-law who was residing in Dubai with his son and since March, twice the petitioner has been to Dubai and have also written letter to the Foreign Affairs secretary seeking support for the recovery of his son.

Terror alert issued for foreigners, UN staffers ISLAMABAD: Foreigners and UN staffers have been advised to limit their movement in Islamabad amid threat of terrorist attacks. The alert has been issued by the Interior Ministry in the light of intelligence reports. According to sources, staffers of UN and other foreign missions have been advised to limit their routine activities for the next three days and stay away from Jinnah Super, Kohsar and Super Market. They have been asked to stay in the federal capital. The warning comes as Pakistan launched a fresh offensive against Taliban militants in North Waziristan. Online

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Speakers at an international conference here on Monday called upon writers and intellectuals to come forward and play their role in promoting soft image of the country through writings. Addressing the International Writers Conference, organized by the Afro-Asian Writers Union (AAWU) Pakistan Chapter in col-

laboration with Strengthening Participatory Organizations (SPO), Barrister Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjah, Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting said that writers and intellectual were regarded as opinion makers in a society thus they could play effective role in defeating extremism through their penpower, he added. He eulogized the government’s measures for ensuring development and prosperity of common man, saying such development-oriented initiatives could be used as an effective tool to discourage extremism and terrorism. He said the government was facing numerous challenges including terrorism and was taking effective measures on all fronts to

put permanent end to the menace which was eating up the very fabric of society. He said following decision to hold peace talks with extremists no one could blame that the government was reluctant to resolve issue through peaceful means. He also appreciated the organizers of the conference for providing an opportunity to intellectuals from different countries to share views on promoting harmony, peace and love in society. Earlier, Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Chairman Sheraz Latif welcomed the participants of the conference. The three-day literary conference with major theme “Designs of Global Cultural Hegemony and Writers Role in Defense of Heritage, Culture and Peace” at-

tended by national and international writers, scholars and intellectuals. Prominent writers, poets and intellectuals from Egypt, India, Russia, Vietnam, Nepal, China and Pakistan besides local writers also attend the conference. The writers and intellectuals who attended the conference includes, Dr Najeeb Jamal, Naseer Memon, Dr Tashmirza Khalmirzaev, Tahir Zaland, Khawar Mumtaz, Dr Sukhdev Singh, Mohammad Salmawy, Kishwar Naheed, Dr Helmi Al Hadidi (Egypt) President of the Afro Asian Peoples Solidarity Organization (AAPSO), Dr Ali Javed (Chairman) and Rahat Saeed, General Secretary, African Asian Writers Union Pakistan Chapter.

ISLAMABAD: Folk artists perform at the concluding ceremony of Margalla Festival on Sunday night. inP

Trainings help attain personal development: FJA DG ISLAMABAD APP

Every effort is being made to impart such trainings in this Federal Judicial Academy, now converted into a Centre of Excellence for Law and Judicial Education (CELJE), which help the trainees not only to attain their personal development but also achieve professional excellence. This was stated by (CELJE) Director General Dr Faqir Hussain in the inaugural ceremony of a one-week training course on “District Attorneys and Management of Civil Cases” for District Attorneys/Deputy District Attorneys from all over Pakistan, Azad Jammu

and Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan, held on Monday. He said, “Like previous trainings, this oneweek training is also based on learning, knowledge and training. I believe that one week training for any occupational group is not enough but this one week training is specifically designed to improve your performance at work.” Dr Hussain said this one week training will give the trainees the opportunity to learn about some new developments in their profession and also in the domain of law. “You will also share your knowledge with our learned `in-home’ resource persons and out-

side resource persons and also with each other about your profession, cultural backgrounds etc. You will also be imparted trainings through modern proven techniques such as dialogue, discussion, interaction and it will surely improve your performance at work,” he added Sensitising the attorneys about the use of information technology for efficient service delivery and an easy access to information and knowledge he said, “We live in the era of Information and Communication Technology. It is, indeed, an era of knowledge and information. The computers have revolutionized the modern world.”

ISLAMABAD: Women taking interest in exhibition ‘Art for Peace: The Young Pakistani Vision’ at Satrang Gallery on Monday. inP


ISLAMABAD 07 Three books launched at RAC RAWALPINDI: A launching ceremony of three books was organised by Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) in collaboration with Bazm Ahl-e-Qalam Pakistan in which “Neend ki Dor hi Tot Gae” by Mehmooda Ghazia, “Ism-eAzam” by Najaf Ali Shah and “Teri Yad ka Samandar” by Naseem Shahid were included. The ceremony was presided over by renowned poet Tahir Hanfi and Syed Nusrat Zaidi and Hassan Abbas were chief guests while anchored by Irfan Jamil. Mehmooda Ghazia was from Rawalpindi, Naseem Shahid from Multan and Najaf Ali Bukhari was from Bhakar. All the three books were comprised of poetry. Dr Farhat Abbas, Naseem-e-Saher, Prof Kaleem Ehsan also expresses their views on the books. RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed thanked all the honourable guests. After the books launching ceremony a mehfil-e-mushaira was also held in which Baber Zuhrab, Raza Ullah, Jia Qureshi, Aurangzeb Sukhan, Dilwar Ali Azar, Ahmed Farhad, Firdous Raja, Rashida Maheen Malik, Pir Atiq Chishti, Eli Asghar Samar, Imran Ami, Najaf Bukhari, Mehmooda Ghazia, Shahzad Azhar, Zia ud Din Naeem, Naseem Saher, Wafa Chishti, Hassan Abbas Raza, Tahir Hanfi and Syed Nusrat Zaidi presented their poetry. Online

08 COMMENT The nation united Govt decides to take on the terrorists


He government’s decision to fight the terrorists till they are eliminated received overwhelming support from the two Houses of Parliament where members heard Nawaz Sharif’s address with rapt attention punctuated by frequent thumping of the desks. Political parties like PPP and ANP which had earlier complained about the prime minister not taking them into confidence, came out openly in support of the military operation. . So did the MQM. The JUI-F which was earlier divided over the issue also stood by the government. The PTI naturally took time to decide as it had been the strongest supporter of talks with the TTP and had consistently opposed any operation. The party however managed to overcome its reservations. Addressing the media Imran Khan once again castigated the government for insincerity while holding the talks and failing to take the KP government, a major stakeholder, into confidence. Finally, he too announced his party’s full support for military operation. Jamaat-e-Islami thus remains the only parliamentary party which failed to stand by the national consensus. The remarks by its former chief about the army were widely condemned in the country. Its present stance would further isolate it. Fighting insurgency is different from fighting a conventional war with a standing army. It further complicates the matter when the insurgents are also terrorists allied with foreign groups. The present operation is however limited to North Waziristan Agency only where militants, both local and foreign, are holed up in certain areas. The army has surrounded them while it has also blocked the exits to the adjoining Agencies and the settled districts and has called upon the Afghan government to seal the border from its side. One expects that the ongoing operation in NWA would be completed in weeks rather than months. The fight against the TTP will not be confined to distant North Waziristan alone. The terrorist groups are likely to target the cities also. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid has put the PMl-N also in the category of enemies, a slot reserved so far for the PPP, ANP and MQM. What is more the terrorists are not likely to spare Punjab which has by and large been an island of peace during the last few years. A large number of terrorist groups like leJ, JeM and Punjabi Taliban have managed to set up their sleeper cells in the province. So far the PMl-N’s provincial leaders have described highly dangerous groups like the Punjabi Taliban as mere figments of imagination. Soon the chicken are likely to come home to roost.

Qadri’s show now Wait out the war?


ell Tahirul Qadri has given all out support to the military offensive, of course, but the rather sudden change of COIN tone has put a spanner in his works, somewhat. Just the other night he thundered about arriving earlier; the revolution needed an early start. That was when Abid Sher Ali upset him with the corruption allegation. But, since, in doing that the government gave him a square to counterattack from, maybe that is where he will position his attack piece for now. His challenge to the government, to prove even the slightest misappropriation from zakat and similar endowments, has so far gone unnoticed, that too by a junior minister very fond of carrying documentary evidence to back his claims. Dr Qadri addressed rumours of arrest on arrival, and possible deportation, too. even that could, he threatened, hasten the revolution, even though its natural course might require some time. There’s a peculiarity about Qadri’s agitation. He’s not like the PTI, whose jiyalas have clearly come of age, and will obviously not back down from the party’s election rigging charge, come war or peace talks. But the come-again cleric from Canada has issues beyond government and governance. He demands a structural change that will envelop not just institutions, pillars of state, but the constitution as well. And, of course, this time his thousands will not leave the streets till the state caves. That is why the chances of too many people taking his call, when they are busy appreciating the military’s acceptance of their demands, are not very bright. And surely Qadri understands this well. Clearly he commands an impressive following. And it was instructive to see non-followers flock to him during the first revolution. Too many people found a promise in him. Whether or not that remains will only be seen when he comes, and goes out again. But these are crucial times for the country. Any attempt to upset the apple cart now, however sincere, can have very harmful unintended consequences. It’s best if he cooperates with progressive elements instead of attacking the system. Or he could just wait out the war and try the revolution again.

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Democracy endangered by democracy Time to stand by the forces

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facebook status commented on the attack on Karachi Airport on June 9th 2014, “Don’t take me wrong, but they all had to eventually die. A group of some 15 men could obviously not stand against army, rangers and police combined for long. Point is, they still accomplished what they came for. They didn’t come here to take the airport hostage for a lifetime. They came here to tell you, that you aren’t safe. They came here to tell you and the international community that Pakistan is nothing but a war zone. They came here to tell the people from other countries not to visit this country. They came here to tell the foreign investors not to invest here. They were here to tell today’s youth to fly out of this country. They came here to degrade your image. And they did it.” “When the outer perimeter defence is breached the initial object has been successful,” says analyst Haris Khan of the Pakistan Military Consortium think tank, in a report by Usman Ansari for Defense News (June 9, 2014) But is there more to this sad narrative? The weapons in possession of terrorists were Indian made as was a medicine ‘Factor eight’ found on them used by frontline Indian soldiers to inject themselves to stop bleeding and reduce pain. Nonetheless, these are also available in the international market. Their presence does however raise questions and a need to investigate the trail of the find. I had tweeted on 9th May 2014, “No international cricket team came to Pakistan after attack on the Sri lankan team. Will the attack on Karachi airport result in invoking an invisible no fly zone for international flight hitting Pak economy?” On May 9th 2014 the op-ed editor of a local newspaper posted two tweets, put together it said, “Cargolux - one of the world’s biggest cargo carriers - cancels weekly flight service to Karachi. Cathay Pacific says it is cancelling all flights to Karachi - used to operate four flights a week between Karachi and Hong Kong.” If warning off international cricket from home ground Pakistan was the objective it was brilliantly achieved in one stroke. The Guardian reported, “The future of international cricket was thrown into the air yesterday as the game’s world govern-

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ing body warned that the sport had been changed in their plans. Second. With splintering of ranks irrevocably by the first targeted attacks on sports within Taliban, some factions may support peace talks while obviously others do not. figures since the Munich Olympics 37 years ago. eventually on the directions of the governAfter the first Test series in cricket-mad Pakistan for 14 months was brought to a bloody and ment, Pakistan army has launched an operation premature end, the International Cricket Council against foreign and local terrorists hiding in (ICC) immediately cast doubt on the likelihood sanctuaries in North Waziristan Agency — the of the 2011 world cup being held in the country. decision has come on heels of this attack. In my op-ed dated May 26, 2014 I had written, Sri lanka’s tour of Pakistan was hurriedly cancelled and a helicopter chartered to take their “The question is; will the terrorists restrict themshaken players home, including the seven injured selves to North Waziristan or escape to other areas in the attack. Match officials were evacuated to to regroup in face of the military offensive? The answer is no to the first part and yes to the second part. Abu Dhabi.” (Published March 4, 2009) A local newspaper, in a report published even if the security forces reportedly took the caufive years down that fatal day the Sri lankan tion of sealing off exit points from North Waziristan, cricket team was attacked, said, “even five which they did; leaks would have led to many exits year after the attack on Sri lankan team, and before the offensive happened. The fact remains; not in spite of all governmental claims, the revival every Taliban is in North Waziristan, cross border of international cricket in Pakistan is still a far ingress and support has happened before and will cry…This attack not only wiped out interna- happen again. With the heat turned on, attacks in tional cricket from Pakistan but also caused ir- other parts of Pakistan and lethal attacks for that reparable damage to the image of the country matter will be launched to divert and deflect attention. There are good chances of the fire spreading.” and its cricketing revenues.” (March 3, 2014) Nonetheless, the decision to launch an atThe attack on Karachi airport reminded me of that attack many years ago. One destroyed in- tack against Taliban has come. The entire naternational cricket in Pakistan; will the attack on tion must stand with this decision of the Karachi airport frighten off foreign carriers? government and the Pakistan army as one man. That ‘bloody Sunday’ Pakistan suffered two at“Rakisits says terrorists know that Karachi is Pakistan’s commercial hub and that attacks there tacks. One was on Karachi airport and the other in would scare off foreign investors and bring the Taftan. 30 died as a result of the bombing, a suicide bomber entering the Al Mureconomy to its knees. He taza Hotel and blew himself says Pakistan needs to brace up in the midst of milling itself for the worst.” (Usman shi’a pilgrims. This tragic Ansari for Defense News) news was overshadowed by Security at sensitive The attack on Karachi the Karachi airport incident places after talks with the Taliban having been effec- airport reminded me of that with all the ingredients of a office thriller that took tively called off by the govattack many years ago. box over the TV screens. ernment should have been Some sections of the tightened up many notches. One destroyed media have been quick to This unfortunately does not international cricket in fuel more uncertainty by seem to have happened. commenting on a widening Another report by Declan Pakistan; will the attack on civil-military divide. This is Walsh states, “But Sunday’s attack closed, temporarily, a Karachi airport frighten off just so sad. Instead of focusing on the political strength transport hub that for many is foreign carriers? of the political parties who a gateway to meetings in have finally agreed on a Dubai, holidays in Thailand military solution; a tough and summer homes in londecision by any standards, don. Some Karachi residents there seems to be a desire to said they feared that western airlines might reduce their services, as some did wedge differences by airing such views that canafter the Red Mosque siege in Islamabad in 2007.” not be in the interest of Pakistan at this juncture. Any democratic government coming to (New York Times June 9, 2014) Quoting Adil Najam, a Pakistani analyst, the report states, “Now power through the will of the people just needs that the Taliban have splintered, we could see mul- to do one thing; focus on delivering. Insecurity tiple groups fighting the government in different seeps in only when this basic objective is lost. ways,” said Mr Najam, the academic. “And so the The promotion of division lines by certain elements must be strongly ignored. The threat then real test is whether the political will can hold.” Mr Adil Najam has hit the nail on the head. to democracy comes; from democracy itself. The political will is the key. No matter what the Yasmeen Aftab Ali a lawyer, academic and people of Pakistan may want, the decisions lie with the political dispensation. PM Nawaz’s gov- political analyst. She has authored a book ernment had believed that talks with the Taliban titled ‘A Comparative Analysis of Media & will bring peace to the country. This has not Media Laws in Pakistan.’ She can be worked for many reasons. First, Taliban are contacted at: and working on an agenda, and peace does not figure tweets at @yasmeen_9

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Catch me if you can Apparently the attack on the Karachi airport has proved to be the last straw on the camel’ back — Pakistan has decided to launch the long awaited operation in North Waziristan to flush out local and foreign terrorists. It’s now an open secret that these terrorists have been holding the territory for years with somewhat state’s nod. Many say it’s all halfhearted action, taken under pressure only when terrorists hit the country’s economic hub to halt the international flight operation. The million dollar question is: will this operation, code named as Zarb-e-Azb, succeed? I have great doubts about its success in the long run. Foreign militants and other groups attacking Afghanistan might have concentred in North Waziristan, but Taliban are now spread all over the country, thanks to the state policy of appeasing the good Taliban. Unless and until Taliban’s political and ideological partners, financers, sympathisers and working hands are brought under limelight, nothing will change. Taliban will hit back Pakistani cities and towns with ease with the help of their sleeping cells and working hands. Religious parties will use the mayhem created by Taliban to demand cession of operation against the terrorists. Or better say by attacking North Waziristan, without getting Taliban’s supporters off the hook in the main land, we are just entering in a blind tunnel/vicious cycle. We shall not expect much from the

ruling party as they have natural inclination towards religious extremists. Therefore, in absence of a sincere leadership which shall be ready to shed off such inclinations, we will not see any political move to support the operation. Taliban know this very well that state can’t take action against their ideological supporters, religious parties and sect based seminaries therefore, with the advent of operation Zarb-e-Azb, they are dancing with joy, asking Pakistanis to “catch me if you can”. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

World Cup fever The FIFA World Cup kicked off in Brazil a few days ago with a colourful and optimistic opening ceremony. Despite apprehension that Brazil was not ready to stage the tournament and that stadiums were not ready, it seemed as though everything was in order. The pitch was beautiful, the crowd was excited and happy, and there was a general atmosphere of appreciation. Rumours of impending disaster follow every World Cup so there is no need to believe the rumour mongers. The opening match was not as smooth, as Brazil won thanks to some dubious refereeing against a well organised and motivated Croatian squad who played like lions. Both teams are to look out for: Brazil, giants of the game who cannot be written


off at home, and Croatia, battling underdogs with a history of causing upsets. Despite the refereeing it was still an engaging game. With all the woes of the world mounting, the World Cup is an elixir of friendship, harmony and mutual appreciation of the ‘Beautiful Game’, a moment for solidarity and shared joy irrespective of divisions. let us hope this spirit permeates the world even after the Cup is over. ANUM SHIVANI Karachi

Waterless dam The government of PMl-N is celebrating the grant of 4.6 billion dollars loan from World Bank to finance Dasu dam to produce 4,600 MW of power by 2019 after the completion of the tenure of the present govt. This dam would generate power on run of the river basis, without storing any water which is a no go area for the rulers. The alternative of KBD that would give twin benefits of 6.1 MAF water storage for irrigation and 3,600 MW of cheap power is not on the radar sight of the govt as it awaits the rosy word of consensus to be achieved for which no effort has been made by the rulers. This is a historic betrayal of the state of which PMl-N government would be squarely blamed in history if they were ever to learn from it. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore


Tuesday, 17 June, 2014

Blair’s Iraq invasion was a tragic error telegraph, uK


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have come to the conclusion that Tony Blair has finally gone mad. He wrote an essay on his website on Sunday that struck me as unhinged in its refusal to face facts. In discussing the disaster of modern Iraq he made assertions that are so jaw-droppingly and breathtakingly at variance with reality that he surely needs professional psychiatric help. He said that the allied invasion of 2003 was in no way responsible for the present nightmare – in which al-Qaeda has taken control of a huge chunk of the country and is beheading and torturing Shias, women, Christians and anyone else who falls foul of its ghastly medieval agenda. Tony Blair now believes that all this was “always, repeat always” going to happen. He tells us that Saddam was inevitably going to be toppled in a revolution, to be followed by a protracted and vicious religious civil war, and that therefore we (and more especially he) do not need to blame ourselves for our role in the catastrophe. As an attempt to rewrite history, this is frankly emetic. The reality is that before the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, there was no al‑Qaeda presence in that country, none at all. Saddam was a ruthless Ba’athist tyrant who treated his population with appalling brutality. But he did not have anything to do with

the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre, and he did not possess Weapons of Mass Destruction. The truth is that we destroyed the institutions of authority in Iraq without having the foggiest idea what would come next. As one senior British general has put it to me, “we snipped the spinal cord” without any plan to replace it. There are more than 100,000 dead Iraqis who would be alive today if we had not gone in and created the conditions for such a conflict, to say nothing of the troops from America, Britain and other countries who have lost their lives in the shambles. That is the truth, and it is time Tony Blair accepted it. When we voted for that war – and I did, too – we did so with what now looks like the hopelessly naive assumption that the British and American governments had a plan for the aftermath; that there was a government waiting in the wings; that civic institutions would be preserved and carried on in the post-Saddam era. In other words, I wanted to get rid of Saddam, and I fondly imagined that there would be a plan for the transition – as there was, say, with Germany in 1945, where the basic and essential machinery of government was continued, despite the programme of de-Nazification. I felt so nervous (and so guilty) about this assumption, that I went to Baghdad in the week after the fall of Saddam, to see if I was right. I was not. I remember vividly the mystification on the face of a tall,

grey-haired CIA man in his fifties, wearing a helmet and body armour, whom I found in one of the government ministries. He and I were alone among a thousand empty offices. The entire civil service had fled; the army was disintegrated. He was hoping to find someone to carry on the business of government – law and order, infrastructure, tax collection, that kind of thing. The days were passing; the city was being looted; no one was showing up for work. We had utterly blitzed the power centres of Iraq with no credible plan for the next stage – and frankly,

yes, I do blame Bush and Blair for their unbelievable arrogance in thinking it would work. As time has gone by, I am afraid I have become more and more cynical about the venture. It looks to me as though the Americans were motivated by a general strategic desire to control one of the biggest oil exporters in the world, as well as to remove Saddam, an unpleasant pest who had earlier attempted to murder the elder Bush. Blair went in fundamentally because he (rightly) thought it was in Britain’s longterm interest to be closely allied with America, and also, alas, be-

cause he instinctively understood how war helps to magnify a politician. War gives leaders a grandeur that they might not otherwise possess. If you hanker after Churchillian or Thatcherian charisma, there is nothing like a victorious war. The Iraq war was a tragic mistake; and by refusing to accept this, Blair is now undermining the very cause he advocates – the possibility of serious and effective intervention. Blair’s argument (if that is the word for his chain of bonkers assertions) is that we were right in 2003, and that we would be right to intervene again.

Many rightly recoil from that logic. It is surely obvious that the 2003 invasion was a misbegotten folly. But that does not necessarily mean – as many are now concluding – that all intervention is always and everywhere wrong in principle, and that we should avoid foreign entanglements of all kinds. Yes, we helped cause the disaster in Iraq; but that does not mean we are incapable of trying to make some amends. It might be that there are specific and targeted things we could do – and, morally, perhaps should do – to help protect the people of Iraq from terrorism (to say nothing of Syria, where 100,000 people have died in the past three years). Britain is still a power on the UN Security Council. We spend £34 billion a year on defence. We have fantastic Armed Services full of young, optimistic and confident men and women who are doing a lot of good – in spite of the cotton-wool legislation that now surrounds them – in dangerous places across the world. It would be wrong and selfdefeating to conclude that because we were wrong over Iraq, we must always be wrong to try to make the world a better place. But we cannot make this case – for an active Britain that is engaged with the world – unless we are at least honest about our failures. Somebody needs to get on to Tony Blair and tell him to put a sock in it – or at least to accept the reality of the disaster he helped to engender. Then he might be worth hearing. The truth shall set you free, Tony.

A farewell note to ‘The Indian Express’ newsroom The next Afghan president

IndIan expreSS Shekhar Gupta

I had promised to write specially to my fellow reporters. I am delivering on it now, sure enough, just before the deadline runs out. Which is so typical of us. I had said also that I shall write this note even at the risk of being accused of crass tribalism. But it isn’t just that. In our more vain moments — which assail a reporter’s mind often — I have somewhat stupidly used the analogy of a typical Air Force to illustrate the unique mindset of the reporter: fighter pilot. All others are equally important and no Air Force will get airborne without them, but fighter pilots “are” the elite. That era of those magnificent men (and women) with their typewriters is now over. And there is more to it than just the arrival of the drones. It is because of the way journalism has changed. Our tools have become sharper, more powerful, our reach greater. At the same time, our audiences are better informed, more questioning and demanding. They demand quality, depth, trust and not just what our TV screens and news blogs call breaking news. That is because breaking news, irrespective of who breaks it and where, takes a microsecond becoming common knowledge. In this hypersonic news environment, no exclusive survives. Not when every TV channel within minutes, and some newspapers

the next day, begin to flaunt it as their own “exclusive”. As a reporter, I so often wish we could return to the old ways. Or that news-breaks could come with a TM attached! But all is not lost. If you look closely, the news environment is more exciting than before. It calls for better skills, greater knowledge, more reliable sources, and that most valuable quality of all now: domain knowledge. It is no longer enough to get an exclusive sliver of a newsbreak. You need to back it with depth and knowledge, not within that particular story, but also with your track record on the subject. A reader will give you that extremely precious gift of time only if she is convinced you know what you are talking about. Our essential qualifications, our basic KRAs have therefore changed radically, and for the better. Just as fighter planes have changed over the decades, calling for a completely different skill-set unlike the old-fashioned, buccaneering dash and aerobatic daring. We have to now read, not just on Google, and preferably never on Wiki. Read books, seek quality time with genuine experts in our fields of interest — yes, there are many, many people out there who know enormously more than us in areas in which we think we are dadas. Usually they are also generous with their time and knowledge with journalists. But you have to go to them as a curious student, or rather, as a humble reporter. The internet, a wellplaced phonecall, old clippings, a leak, nothing substitutes for going and meeting a newsmaker, even those we unfairly describe as a source. To paraphrase Woody Harrelson from his famous (Iconic? Remember how that cliche, a reporter’s favourite, sucks!) even-a-brickwants-to-be-something lecture to his architecture class in Indecent Proposal, even a source wants to be taken seriously; respected as a friend, fellow-traveller, the anonymous joint byline with your story. Not just a useand-discard disposable, perishable as your last story. You will need to keep going back to the same sources, and the more seriously they take you, the

more they will share with you. Investing in these intellectual and professional relationships is as vital to our development as reporter-writers as the good old contact-laden Rolodex or some modern equivalent. The use of that hyphenated reporter-writer is deliberate. Because just as our jobs are expanding, so is the catchment of talent. Opinion writers, analysts, commentators, feature writers, reviewers, and most importantly, selfless journalists, who not only buff your copy or put in special effects but also infuriate you by asking questions, raising red flags, insisting on that little bit more information, are as important to the modern newsroom as we reporters are. The newsroom has integrated faster editorially, than it has technologically. We never were the elite that we thought we were. Today we are even less so, and the old-fashioned scoop, though not dead, is harder to find and almost impossible to sustain. We now live in a much more equal, much fairer newsroom. The old caste system has happily ended. The only extra blessing reporterwriters have is that of the byline. But they are also the ones putting their necks on the line. With so much change in our lives, you will agree I no longer speak as a fellow tribal. Can I find a new, more relevant analogy for this equation? No, don’t worry, it will not be from the Air Force, or from military history yet again. It is from cricket, our most universally favourite reference of all. Think of the modern newsroom as a cricket team where all 11 — bowlers, batsmen, all-rounders and the wicket-keeper — play equally important roles, and everybody must field well too. And where the captain is on test in all areas, always. You can decide which one of these roles fits you. I am not so sure myself. Except, I do believe a reporter’s life is more fun than before, and how I wish I was younger, and could go back to being one again. But since such wishes are never granted, I am blessed, meanwhile, living my reporter’s fantasies through the brilliant work done by all of you.

Wall Street Journal Some 60% of Afghan voters went to the polls Saturday for the second round of presidential elections. Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani was in a tight race with former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, and it will be weeks before we know the final outcome. But the fact that both men are pro-Western moderates should put to rest the notion that the Afghan people and their leaders are not ready for democracy. The election marks an improvement over the 2009 ballot that re-elected Hamid Karzai, which was marred by low voter turnout and credible allegations of widespread fraud. The turnaround is a testament to the success of the U.S. surge in routing the Taliban from their old strongholds, and of the ability of Afghan security forces—army and police—to maintain security at thousands of polling places. The Taliban failed to launch a single significant attack during the first round of balloting in April. This time insurgents managed to launch attacks that have killed some 40 people and there have been some allegations of fraud. But that still counts as a success in an election that counted some seven million voters. The immediate challenge is to make sure a clear victor emerges from the vote—and that the loser acknowledges defeat. On Sunday spokesmen for both camps were claiming to be in the lead. This could become dangerous if the vote proves to be close. Mr. Abdullah, who took the largest share of the vote in the first round, has previously ruled out a coalition with Mr. Ghani. But that's something he might want to reconsider. Should he win, his government would be illserved by the winner-take-all attitude that so damaged Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki in dealing with his opposition. The larger challenges concern security and development. President Obama's announcement last month that the U.S. would draw down to 9,800 troops by next year, then half of those at the end of 2015, and then withdraw completely by the end of 2016 will only encourage the Taliban to fight on. Messrs. Ghani and Abdullah had pledged to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement, or BSA, before Mr. Obama announced his timetable, but now they both must be wondering about the utility of signing on for this American vanishing act. The deal is still worth their while, since the Afghan National

Army continues to need U.S. help in mastering basic budgeting and logistics skills, as well as American medevac capabilities. Eventually, however, the next President will have to face his own postAmerican world. One big risk is working toward a peace deal with an emboldened Taliban that is unlikely to sign an agreement until it concludes it can't defeat the Afghan government on the battlefield. The government of Colombia made this error in the late 1990s when it tried to reach a deal with the narco-terrorist FARC, which pocketed the diplomatic gains (including territorial safe havens) while pressing its military campaign. Only when the Colombian government of Alvaro Uribe — covertly aided by the U.S.—launched a sustained counteroffensive did the country come back from the brink. The next Afghan President will also have to try to persuade the government of Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad that it cannot afford to continue playing a double game with the Taliban. Pakistan gives safe haven and covert support to Mullah Omar and other insurgent leaders fighting Kabul. But Islamabad faces a potent insurgency of its own from the Pakistani Taliban, as this month's attacks on the airport in Karachi show. If Kabul or even Kandahar were to fall to the Taliban it would put the Pakistani government at greater risk, a point that the Pakistan army and intelligence services ought to recognize. The next President will also have to be mindful of the country's economy. Afghanistan has considerable mineral resources, but it will need not only security but a stable rule of law if it is going to attract significant foreign investment. Soon-todepart President Hamid Karzai did little to improve the Afghan government's reputation for corruption and nepotism. Mr. Ghani has acquired a reputation as an expert in development, skills that could be put to use whether he wins the Presidency or not. Americans have come to think of Afghanistan as a hopeless case, but if the election demonstrates anything it is that Afghans are eager to embrace a better future that rejects religious extremism and ethnic violence. That deserves continued international support—including military support—long beyond 2016. If you want to know what the alternative to such engagement looks like, look no further than Iraq today.

10 BUSINESS CORPORATE CORNER PTCL holds annual sales conference 2014

Tuesday, 17 June, 2014


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) held its day long annual sales conference 2014 at a local hotel here in Islamabad. Comprising of various interactive and creative sessions, the conference gave an opportunity to the participants for knowledge sharing and discussed in detail different initiatives & promotions regarding existing and new products & services at regional and national level. Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) PTCL, Furqan Qureshi led the conference by sharing valuable insights which was also attended by CBDO, Muhammad Nasrullah; CFO, Muhammad Nehmatullah; CHRO, Syed Mazhar Hussain along with other senior officials of the company representing Commercial and Regional level management. The conference was aimed at providing insight to PTCL’s countrywide sales management teams comprising consumer sales, direct and indirect sales, corporate sales, contact centers, one-stop shops, wireline and wireless departments. Sales and exceptional performances were acknowledged and Sales Champions from different regions were awarded for achieving excellent results. PRESS RELEASE

HBL awarded Prime Issuer in MENA region by Union Pay



RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the Mehar gas processing plant which will produce 30 million cubic feet gas and 3,300 condensate barrels per day. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Defence, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum, Jaap Hujskes, Board Member of OMV, Erwin Kroell, SVP Middle East and Caspian Region, and HE Axel Welch, Austrian Ambassador, were also present during the inauguration ceremony. The prime minister admired the team of OMV and its joint venture partners - GHPL, OPL and Zaver Petroleum for their commitment, resolve and hard work in achieving successful completion and commissioning of Mehar Gas Plant. “It is encouraging to know that OMV has been immensely contributing to the oil and gas sector of Pakistan, since commencement of its operations in 1990,” the PM added. “I also appreciate that OMV has undertaken a number of initiatives focusing on community education and health through several community development schemes for the population in

and around the areas of its concessions. These community development schemes provide quality education and health facilities to the population of Mehar area and provide employment opportunities for the local youth,” the PM said. The prime minister assured that the government of Pakistan was committed to provide secure and peaceful working environment for unhindered oil and gas exploration activities in the country. “Supply of indigenous gas is the major component of our total energy mix and mainstay of our economy. Indigenous gas saves Pakistan billions of dollars in foreign exchange as it constitutes about 50 per cent of our energy mix. I am also pleased to know that Pakistan is going to achieve production of over 100,000 barrels of oil per day by the end of this year,” the PM further said. “We invite OMV and other international companies to come forward and take advantage of our business friendly policies.” PM said. Earlier the PM was briefed that on the commissioning of 2nd Phase of Mehar Gas Plant Facilities, production of gas will rise to 80 million cubic feet gas per day and condensate production will be enhanced to 8,800 barrels per day. LPG production will be up to 170 tons per day. Both the Phases of Mehar gas field have cost around US $ 440 million.

Increase in ‘taxes’ will cause inflation, say businessmen ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) President Shaban Khalid has said that the government will facilitate the growth of businesses which will automatically generate more tax revenue, create more jobs and increase exports of the country. He said this while addressing business leaders at a post-budget conference organised by Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) called for appropriate revision of increase in taxes proposed in Federal Budget 2014-15. Presidents of chambers of commerce and industry from across the country including Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta attended the conference. In his welcome address, ICCI President Shaban Khalid said that the purpose of this get-together was to discuss the key features of Budget 201415 and give an opportunity to the representatives of business community to develop consensus for further improvements in the Finance Bill 2014-15. The business leaders were of the view that increase in certain taxes in the budget may add problems for entrepreneurs and cause more inflation. They said measures like alternative corporate tax, increasing withholding tax rates, enhancing gas infrastructure development cess on natural gas consumption up to Rs 300/MMBTU and giving more powers to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) need thorough study and revision. Khawaja Tanveer Ahmed, Member Account FBR, said the basic theme of new budget was to facilitate regular taxpayers and motivate non-filers towards the tax net. He said the chambers of commerce should also motivate their members towards tax compliance and FBR will launch awareness seminars in cooperation with chambers to educate the businessmen on tax obligations. Renowned economist Sakib Sherani said the right approach should be to increase tax coverage, reduce tax rates, simplify tax regime and adopt a progressive taxation regime. APP

PIA pilots won’t fly until ‘tax’ is withdrawn KARACHI STAFF REPORT

KARACHI: HBL, Pakistan’s largest bank, launched its first card with Union Pay International in June 2013. In a matter of just 12 months it has become the largest issuer of UnionPay cards in Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. A ceremony was hosted by UnionPay at its international Head Quarters, Shanghai, China to recognize the leadership role of HBL in the card business in Pakistan & the MENA region. UPI appreciates HBL’s patronage and trust in UnionPay’s Brand & services. HBL was presented with UPI’s most prestigious award “The Prime Issuer of UPI cards in MENA region”. PRESS RELEASE

Mobilink provides free 3G services across major cities of Pakistan LAHORE: Mobilink is providing free 3G services in 8 major cities of Pakistan as a means to thank its customers for the confidence that they have shown in Mobilink during the last 20 years. Mobilink launched 3G services earlier this April in 8 major cities across Pakistan; the services will continue to provide firsthand opportunity for testing high-speed internet services. Customers can experience free 3G services in Karachi, Quetta, Faisalabad, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Multan. Bilal Munir Sheikh, Chief Commercial Officer Mobilink sharing his views said, “Mobilink’s free 3G services is a way to thank our customers for placing their trust in the country’s largest 3G-ready network. I hope that our customers will make the most out of this offer and enjoy high-speed internet over Mobilink’s 10 MHz 3G spectrum.” PRESS RELEASE

Pilots working for the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) have announced unanimously that they would stop flying if the airline’s management continued to implement ‘unfair and unjust’ taxation policy on their salaries. The country’s national airline has been in the doldrums due to management, administrative and financial issues and this move by the pilots was the

latest blow to the already troubled organisation. Like most of its current problems, this particular move was also of PIA management’s own doing. Pilots have complained that they are charged inflated amount of taxes on their salaries – so much that in most cases their ‘take home’ amount is much less than the tax they have to return to the organisation. The situation is a stark contrast to some of the private airlines of the country. For instance, according to sources, two other national airlines’ pilots only pay Rs 19,000 to Rs 30,000 on their salaries whereas

K-Electric wins Global Transformational Business Award KARACHI: K-Electric (KE) has been honored with the prestigious FT/IFC Transformational Business Award for exceptional achievement in Project Finance – Energy. KE became the only company in the energy sector to have won the international award recognizing KE’s financial achievements in the field. KE CFO, Mr. Moonis Alvi received the award at the award ceremony held at a hotel in London. The Financial Times and IFC (a member of the World Bank Group) Transformational Business Awards, an expansion of the FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards highlighted innovative, commercially viable, and replicable products and services that can create long-term, transformative solutions to development needs. Such needs lie in areas such as infrastructure, energy, food, water, affordable housing and health. The awards also recognized the use of technology to empower the poor, initiatives to reverse environmental and social degradation, and efforts to promote gender diversity. The program in its first year attracted 237 entries from 214 institutions in 61 countries. PRESS RELEASE

Gala celebrates Pakistani culture

LAHORE: The Educators and Lahore Badshah launched The Educators Champions League project. Photo shows Director Ali Raza and Mr Joseph shaking hands after the agreement signing ceremony. STAFF PHOTO

KARACHI: Gala Biscuits, a leading brand of Continental Biscuits Ltd., recently launched the Gala anthem, composed by Shuja Haider and voiced by Shafqat Amanat Ali. Through this iconic song, Gala wants Pakistanis to let go of their differences and embrace the similarities to come together as one nation. Gala is the first biscuit brand to create a song for the people of Pakistan. The anthem depicts a unified Pakistan where everyone celebrates the fragrance of their homeland and rivers of Pakistan, adding their own colours to the spectacle. The anthem is sung major regional spoken languages of Pakistan to reach out to different audiences, and explain the significance behind having such a diverse nation. The Gala anthem describes the beauty of each language and encourages Pakistani’s to celebrate diversity by accepting differences and uniting against all divisions. PRESS RELEASE

a PIA pilot pays a remarkable average of Rs 200,000 to Rs 350,000 PM tax on a similar salary scale - 10 times more than private airline’s pilots. One of PIA’s pilot said: “These are our jobs. We don’t work hard to pay back the government only. We have families to run and kids to look after. If more than half of our hard earned salaries, which we earn staying away from home mostly, goes down in tax, what will we take home? How will we run our houses? Enough is enough. We will not fly until the taxation system is made fair and justifiable.”

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Tuesday, 17 June, 2014





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Tuesday, 17 June 2014


Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher risk of premature death P VIA LIVE SCIENCE

eOPLe who have severely low blood levels of vitamin D may be twice as likely to die prematurely as people who get enough of the vitamin, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who had less than 10 nanograms/milliliter of vitamin Din their blood were twice as likely to die over a nine-year period as people who had at least 30 ng/ml of vitamin D. The finding comes from a new review of 32 previous studies that included analyses of vitamin D blood levels and mortality rates in more than 500,000 people from 14 countries, including the United States. The average age of participants when their blood was drawn and tested for vitamin D levels was 55. The investigators examined the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, the primary form of the vitamin found in blood. he results suggest that the target level of vitamin D that people should aim for should be raised, study author Cedric Garland, professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego, told Live Science. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) established 20 ng/ml as the minimum healthy amount of vitamin D three

years ago, he said. But Garland said the recommendation for that amount was based solely on the association between low vitamin D and the risk of bone disease. Researchers estimate about twothirds of people in the U.S. have blood levels of vitamin D below 30 ng/ml, Garland said. The amount of 30 ng/ml of vitamin D that Garland recommends is higher than the 20 ng/ml recommended by the IOM.

Garland's recommendation is based on his latest study results showing the association between vitamin D levels and the risk of premature death, whereas the IOM recommendation was based only on the association between vitamin D levels and the risk of bone disease, and did not consider the data that were the focus of the new study. The higher death risk seen in the people in the study who had inadequate levels of vitamin D was likely related to an asso-

ciation between vitamin D deficiency and the participants' higher risk of cancer and other serious diseases such as diabetes, Garland said. The main reason for vitamin D deficiency is usually insufficient exposure to sunlight, Garland said, recommending that people spend at least 10 minutes a day exposed to sunlight. Taking supplements can also help people make sure they get enough of the vitamin, he said. "In general, it is a good study," said Dr. eric Newman, a resident at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, who was not involved in the study. It is important to "know what your vitamin D level is," Newman told Live Science, recommending that people get tested for vitamin D. "Vitamin D is important in so many aspects," including cancer prevention and overall well-being, he added, pointing to salmon, sardines and egg yolks as good nutritional sources of vitamin D. However, "it is difficult to get the amount [of vitamin D] you need entirely through diet," he said, adding that adequate exposure to the sun is still the best way to get enough of the vitamin. The study was published on June 12 in the American Journal of Public Health.

Patient sings through surgery to saVe Voice BY BBC NEWS A French professional singer, Alama Kante, has sung through surgery to remove a tumour from her throat, so sur-

geons could avoid damaging her vocal cords. The Guinean singer, who is based in France, was given just a local anaesthetic and hypnotised to help with the pain during the operation in Paris.

Kante was nervous about losing her voice, but in a "world first" her surgeon suggested she sing throughout. He said one slip of his scalpel could have destroyed her singing voice. Professor Giles Dhonneur, who is head of the anaesthesia and intensive care department at Henri Mondor hospital, performed the operation in April but gave a press conference over the weekend, playing a video of Kante singing as he worked. Kante had a tumour on the parathyroid gland, but because she was singing during the "critical moments" the surgeon could be sure the operation "was going well". Professor Dhonneur said it was the first time a tumour has been removed using the technique, as the procedure would usually be carried out under general anaesthetic. "The pain of such an oper-

ation is intolerable if you are fully awake. Only hypnosis enables you to stand it," he was reported as saying by to French publication Le Figaro. "She went into a trance listening to the words of the hypnotist. She went a long way away, to Africa. And she began to sing - it was amazing," he said. The Times reported that singer Kante, who has made a full recovery, was also at the press conference where she revealed she had been asked before the operation if she wanted to "travel". "I let myself be guided. It's as though I was not in the operating theatre at all, I was far away in Senegal," she said. Dhonneur said Kante had fallen silent at the end of the procedure, when "everyone held their breath" before she spoke, much to the relief of the room.

Dog people tenD to be more ‘Dominant anD Discriminatory’: Us sUrvey

The battle between dog and cat owners has taken a new turn. A survey of 500 U.S adults has discovered that ‘dog people’ are typically more dominant and comfortable with social hierarchy, than their cat-loving counterparts. It also suggests canine owners are more likely to accept social inequality between social groups, too. The study, carried out by the University of Melbourne, made these conclusions because dog lovers were found to be more competitive than cat lovers, and scored higher on ‘social dominance orientation,’ (SDO) in surveys. This personality trait is linked with group-based discrimination, and people who score higher on the scale are more likely to 'expect, accept and endorse social inequality'. Nick Haslam, Professor of Psychology at University of Melbourne surveyed over 500 adults to examine individuals’ dominance-related personality traits. In both surveys, which are to be published in the journal Anthrozoos, dog lovers scored higher for SDO. Interestingly, women scored lower than men and were more likely to be cat lovers, but dog people were typically more dominant. Researchers think that those scoring higher in the SDO trait prefer dogs to cats because they are more comfortable with hierarchical relationships, and can order their dog around. A recent study by psychology experts at Ghent University, Belgium and Brock University in Ontario, found people who are more dominant have a tendency to believe humans are superior to animals, and therefore more likely to accept animal exploitation. This may fit in with a stereotypical view of man's relationship with his best friend, as while dogs are perceived as being loyal, they are also easily trained and manipulated unlike more independent or fickle cats. BY MAIL ONLINE

5 WAYS FATHERHOOD CHANGES A MAN’S BRAIN From an animal kingdom perspective, human dads are unusual. They belong to a group of less than 6 percent of mammal species in which fathers play a significant role in rearing offspring. In these species, paternal care often involves the same behaviours as maternal care, with the exception of nursing. But how does fatherhood change a man's brain? Science has only recently delved into the neural and hormonal mechanisms of paternal care, but so far the evidence suggests that mothers' and fathers' brains use a similar neural circuitry when taking care of their children. Moms and dads also undergo similar hormonal changes that are linked to their brain and behaviour changes. Here are five ways men's brains change when they become fathers: DaD's brain looks like mom's: Taking care of a child reshapes a dad's brain, causing it to show the same patterns of cognitive and emotional engagement that are seen in moms. In one recent study, researchers looked at brain activity in 89 new parents as they watched videos, including some that featured the parents' own children. The study examined mothers who were their children's primary caregivers, fathers who helped with childcare and gay fathers who raised a

child without a woman in the picture. All three groups of parents showed activation of brain networks linked to emotional processing and social understanding, according to the findings published May 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In particular, fathers who were their children's primary caregivers showed the kind of activation in emotional processing seen mostly in primary caregiver moms. The results suggest there's a parenting brain network common to both sexes. DaDs experience hormonal changes, too: Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding all cause hormonal changes in mothers. However, researchers have found that men also undergo hormonal changes when they become fathers. Studies in animals and people show that new fathers experience an increase in the hormones estrogen, oxytocin, prolactin and glucocorticoids, according to a recent review of studies by psychologist Elizabeth Gould and colleagues from Princeton University. Contact with the mother and children seem to induce the hormonal changes in dads, the researchers said. In humans, dads who show more affection toward their children also tend to have higher levels of

oxytocin, the researchers said. a puff of oxytocin boosts DaD-baby bonD: Although dads who participate in childcare show an increase in oxytocin levels, the reverse also occurs; the hormone seems to increase childcare behaviour. In a recent study, researchers found that sniffing a dose of the "cuddle hormone" gets fathers more engaged while playing with their kids, and their children are more responsive in return. new neurons in DaD's brain: Fatherhood also affects dads at the neuronal level. The birth of a child seems to induce development of new neurons in the brain of fathers, at least in animal studies. Researchers say that these new neurons may develop in response to what the scientists call environmental richness, that is, the new dimension that a child brings into the life of a dad. Studies have found that voles that met up with their pups showed increased cell growth in the hippocampus region of the brain, which is linked to memory and navigation. Other studies have found that new neurons in the olfactory regions of the brain enable father mice to recognize their pups. DaDs are sensitive to their chilDren's voices: Although it is generally thought that a "maternal


instinct" makes moms incredibly good at picking out their baby's unique cry, a recent study suggests that, in fact, dads are just as good as moms. To compare parents' performance in baby-cry detection, researchers asked 27 fathers

and 29 mothers to pick out their babies' cries, from among the cries of five infants. On average, parents were able to detect their babies' cries about 90 percent of the time, and men did just as well as women. ONLINE

Tuesday, 17 June, 2014


‘Jump Street’ slays ‘Dragon’ to lead weekend box office LOS ANGELES AGENCIES


2 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops who return to college undercover, collected $60 million in ticket sales at domestic theatres over the weekend, out-gunning animated How to Train Your Dragon 2. The sequel to the 2012 hit 22 Jump Street handily topped How to Train Your Dragon 2, a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster which took in $50 million from Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian box offices,

according to tracking firm Rentrak. Maleficent, Disney's take on Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie as the spell-casting evil fairy, was third with $19 million. Maleficent has totalled $163.5 million since its May 30 release, for a global total of more than $436 million. 22 Jump Street started the weekend on a strong note, collecting $5.5 million in ticket sales at Thursday night shows, according to Box Office Mojo, which called the take "awesome." "The picture is aligned to be the second-biggest R-rated comedy of all time," said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony

Pictures which distributed it, citing the strong debut which was the second-best R-comedy opening in history, after The Hangover 2. Studio officials said How to Train Your Dragon 2 had been poised to open somewhere around $45 million to $48 million, "so going to $50 million is phenomenal," said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox, the unit of 21st Century Fox that distributed the film. Aronson added that the coming weeks boded well for the film, with no animated features opening in the next month.

Clooney Louis Vuitton designs World Cup trophy case to run for Governor BY BANG SHOWBIZ

Louis Vuitton has designed a travelling case for the World Cup trophy. The luxury brand has created a one-of-akind, custom-made trunk for the coveted trophy to be transported in before it is awarded to the winning soccer team at the World Cup final held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month. The French leather goods company told Buro 24/7 that the case is wrapped in Louis Vuitton's iconic monogram canvas and features the brand's signature brass lock and corners. It also opens from the front and at the top to ''allow the trophy to be easily removed when, at the final game on July 13, it will be delivered to the captain of the winning team.'' The current World Cup project marks Louis Vuitton's second consecutive collaboration with the international governing body of soccer, FIFA,

as they also created the travelling case for the 2010 World Cup trophy, which was awarded to Spain in South Africa. Louis Vuitton receives approximately 450 special orders such as this every year, meaning it represents a core section of the 150-year-old trunkmaker's

business. Under the guidance of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton also crafted the case for the America's Cup, which is said to be the oldest sporting trophy and is awarded to the winner of an annual sailing yacht race.

Salman gets angry with questions on Preity Zinta BY TIMES OF INDIA During the trailer launch of Salman Khan's Kick, the actor ignored all the questions related to good friend Preity Zinta who was going through a tough time. 'Aap galat jagah aaye hain," retorted Salman Khan, in a loop, breaking into another jig when asked about Preity Zinta's headline grabbing accusation against ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia. Salman's friendship with the actress goes back to their first film, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega (2000) after which they did several films. She also did a special number in his Main Aur Mrs Khanna and he did a cameo for her debut production, Ishqk in Paris. But when it was pointed out to him that his good friend was going through a tough time, Salman broke into a jig and started pacing the stage without saying a word. He then asked the mic to be taken away from the reporter and passed the buck to his co-star Randeep Hooda, who politely said, "I think it's her personal matter. I shouldn't comment."

George Clooney may be going into politics full time, according to numerous sources. The 53-year-old actor could be running for Governor of California and following in the footsteps of actors such as Arnold Schwarzengger and Ronald Reagan who also held the position. According to the Mirror, Clooney is being considered by the Democrat party for the 2018 governorship race. Clooney is political active and has been involved in numerous campaigns for human rights in Syria and Sudan. Sources speaking to the paper said Clooney's support. The importance of the Governorship of California cannot be underestimated owing to its prominence as a mostly Democrat state, especially as Hollywood tends to chime in to lend their support. A source, also speaking to the tabloid said, California "has always been a huge stronghold for the party and one that has a proven record for getting politicians in to the Oval office." Clooney can even boast President Barack Obama as a friend as he supported the president elect in the 2012 election race. Clooney and fiancé Amal Alamuddin were recently invited to the White House as guests of the president for a screening of Monuments Men which Clooney stars in. BY CONTACT MUSIC


Jason rumored to play aquaman in ‘Batman v. superman: dawn of JustiCe’

Jason Momoa, famous for playing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, has reportedly been cast as Aquaman in Zack Snyder's upcoming epic Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, due out in 2016. While the rumours haven't yet been confirmed by Warner Bros., HitFix reports that Snyder has already finalized the designs for the character and shooting will ramp up soon. Rumors of Momoa joining Batman v. Superman's already crowded cast have circulated for months. Rumblings of his being in talks for the Aquaman role first surfacing late last year, but the actor has up to now always denied any attachment to the film. If the rumours hold up, however, he'll play one of the more venerable — if easily mocked — members of the Justice League, alongside the likes of Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and the movie's title characters. Whether or not Momoa does finally fill the role, Warner Bros. seems set on making Aquaman a viable live-action hero. Even though the character has enjoyed something of a renaissance in comics and in the DC animated universe in recent years, the last time a human being played the part was in a 2006 pilot for the CW network. That show was never picked up. BY THE VERGE

‘sCooBy doo’ aCtor dies at 82

Casey Kasem, the voice of Shaggy on the longrunning Scooby Doo cartoon, has died at 82 from natural causes. The actor also did voices for Sesame Street, The Transformers movie and TV series, and many others. He also appeared on screen in Ghostbusters, Hawaii Five-O, and Charlie's Angels.The actor's decline was unfortunately marred by a public court battle between Kasem's four children and his second wife. Kasem's daughter Kerri made the decision earlier this month to take her father off a feeding tube, according to his written instructions. "Our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," Kerri posted on Facebook. "The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad." BY THE VERGE

BEING COMPARED TO KAREENA IS A COMPLIMENT: TIGER SHROFF There were jokes doing the rounds online about Tiger Shroff’s name long before his debut film, Heropanti, even released. Now, the latest internet meme to go viral compares him to Kareena Kapoor Khan. But Tiger seems like a boy who can laugh at himself. In an interview with an Indian Daily Tiger took the joke as a compliment. “Yes, I’ve seen it (the meme). It was quite funny. I take it as a compliment to be compared to a woman as pretty as Kareena Kapoor Khan. She’s so beautiful

and, at the end of the day, beauty is beauty,” he said. Tiger seemed completely composed over the jokes targeting him. “You can take it the way you want to. I can sit and sulk all day, wondering why people are doing this to me. Yes, people have been making fun of my name and, of how I look, but the good thing is, everyone is noticing me; it shows that I’ve made an impression. “ “If they weren’t [talking about me], then it would be a problem,” he added. STAFF REPORT



Tuesday, 17 June, 2014

Pakistan cricket team not going for asian Games KARACHI AGENCIES


HE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided against sending the national team to the 17th Asian Games, to be held in Incheon, Korea in September-October in order to save funds. A PCB official said the Asian Games cricket event was meant for under-23 teams and it had been decided not to send the team this year. “We sent our team to the last Asian Games but we will only be sending our women’s under-23 team for the regional event’s cricket tournament this time,” the official said. The official

said the general feeling was that already the players in the under-23 category were being given lot of training and exposure and the women’s team needed it more. “The idea is also to save funds since the board has to bear the expenses of sending the team for the Asian Games cricket event as neither the Pakistan Olympic Association nor the Pakistan Sports Board give any funds to us,” he added. The PCB’s decision has come under scrutiny since the feeling is that with no international teams coming to Pakistan the emerging players hardly get a chance to play against international teams and the Asian Games would have given them an opportu-

NZ wiNs toss, chooses to bat first iN 2Nd test PORT-OF-SPAIN: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and chose to bat first against the West Indies in the second cricket test at Queen's Park Oval on Monday. The tourists, confident after victory in the opening match in Jamaica last Wednesday, made one change to their winning 11, bringing in left-hander Hamish Rutherford for the out-of-form Peter Fulton. The home team made three changes, with Jamaica batsman Jermaine Blackwood brought in for his debut and opener Kraigg Brathwaite and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel recalled. Kieran Powell, Marlon Samuels have been dropped while offspinner Shane Shillingford was left out due to an ankle injury. LINEUPS West Indies: Chris Gayle, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Denesh Ramdin (captain), Kemar Roach, Sulieman Benn, Jerome Taylor, Shannon Gabriel. New Zealand: Hamish Rutherford, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (captain), Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Mark Craig, Trent Boult. AGENCIES

nity. Former international player Ghulam Ali said that even if the cricket event was played on astro turf or matting in Korea, it would help Pakistan’s young players in honing their technique. Cricket was included as a medal sport for the first time in the last Asian Games in Guangzhou, China where Pakistan men’s team finished third behind Afghanistan and Bangladesh while the women’s team won the event. A source said that the PCB’s decision could also be based on the fact that the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), which would organise the cricket event in the Games, was facing a battle for survival.

Ballance century sees England fulfil KP ‘instructions’


LONDON AGENCIES LAHORE: The Credence Group organised a cricket tournament on June 14 at Khayaban-e-Amin Cricket Ground, Lahore. Teams from six group companies – Dollar East Exchange Company, GIFT University Gujranwala, DEX International, Roshni Homes Trust, Eastern Caterers and ADG-LDI -- participated in this cricket gala. Mehfooz-ur-Rehman; Guest of Honor, Haji Hafiz-urRehman; special guests Muhammad Anwar Dar, Chairman Credence Group; Muhammad Farooq Dar, Vice Chairman Credence Group; admired and awarded the winners and runners-up teams with cash prizes, medals and trophy. Waqar Hassan of Dollar East Team was declared as Man of the Series by the jury. Teams were divided into two groups. GIFT University qualified from Group A & Dollar East from Group B and played for the winner’s trophy in final match. GIFT University won the toss and elected to bat 1st. GIFT scored 74 runs in 7 overs, which were comfortably chased by Dollar East in 5 overs. Every member from each team participated devotedly and showed great discipline and cooperation, within the team, throughout the series. All the guests applauded the arrangements of this memorable Cricket evening which was full of colors and excitement. PRESS RELEASE

Gary Ballance`s maiden Test century saw England carry out the "instructions" of discarded batting great Kevin Pietersen almost to the letter in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord`s on Sunday. Zimbabwe-born Ballance, promoted to number three in only his second Test, made 104 after England had slumped to 121 for six in their second innings. But by stumps the 24-year-old Yorkshire left-hander had guided England to a total of 267 for eight and a lead of 389. That left Sri Lanka needing to surpass the highest fourth innings total to win a Test at Lord`s -- 344 for one, requiring 342, by the West Indies against

England in 1984 -- if they were to go 1-0 up in this two-match series. England captain Alastair Cook, will now likely declare before play begins on Monday`s fifth and final day in a bid to give his bowlers a full 90 overs to take all 10 of Sri Lanka`s second-innings wickets. Prior to Sunday`s play, Pietersen -axed by England after their 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia -tweeted: "Going to Lord`s today. "Want to see SL out 460 & ENG bat positively to a 380 lead then declare...entertain today pls, Cook`s men!" Pietersen was in the Grandstand at Lord`s to see Sri Lanka bowled out for 453 in reply to England`s first innings 575 for nine declared. But it needed a fine knock from Ballance, whose previous Test-best

was the 23 he made in the first innings of this match, and good support from debutant all-rounder Chris Jordan in a seventh-wicket stand of 78 to turn the tide. Ballance went to his century in the grand manner with a six off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in the last over of the day. "It`s just a great feeling. I can`t really describe it," said Ballance. "It`s just very special, and I`m over the moon." Some batsmen in sight of a first Test hundred -- and one at Lord`s as well -- might have been happy to `get there in singles`. But Ballance himself had a simple explanation for his bold approach. "With one over to go, I needed three -- and I didn`t want to nurdle around in singles. "So I thought I`d go with a slog-sweep and luckily it came out

of the middle. "I thought `if there`s a chance to get a hundred tonight, why not try to get it tonight?"` Ballance`s innings was made all the more special for him by being played in front of his close family. "I had my parents and my brother fly over from Zimbabwe a few days ago. "It`s special to score this hundred in front of them." Ballance did have a worrying moment when Sri Lanka appealed for a catch behind off Shaminda Eranga when he was on 36. But the on-field decision went in his favour, as did Sri Lanka`s review. "I was confident I hadn`t hit it," said Ballance. "But with DRS (the decision review system), you never really know, do you? "My heart was in my mouth a bit, but I was pretty confident."

Pakistan wins gold in Asian Squash Championship HONG KONG AGENCIES Pakistan defended their team title as they defeated Malaysia 2-1 in the final of 17th Asian Squash Team Championship in Hong Kong on Sunday. The team proved their mettle against Malaysia as emerging junior talent Nasir Iqbal continued to impress his opponents in the final as well. Iqbal outplayed the seasoned Ong Beng Hee in the first match of the final. The teenager lost the first game 11-8, but made a strong comeback and took the remaining games 11-8, 11-5 and 11-6 as Pakistan went one up in the final tie. Farhan Zaman, however,


lost the following match to Mohammad Nafiizwan Mohammad Adnan 3-2. Zaman won the first game 12-10, but lost the second 11-3. He took the third game to 119 but Adnan came back strongly and won the last two games for Malaysia 11-6 and 11-8. In the third match, top seed Farhan Mehboob dominated his opponent and bagged the title for Pakistan when he outclassed Ivan Yeun Chee Wern 30. Meanwhile, the women’s team finished sixth in the tournament. They lost to South Korea 2-0 on the final day of the tournament. The victory came as a relief: PSF Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) Secretary Amir Nawaz expressed his

joy over the successful defence of their title by the men’s team. “It’s a relief, to be honest,” Nawaz told a local news outfit. “It’s a feeling that you get after putting in a lot of hard work and then achieving what you have aimed for. I’m relieved. I believe that their performances were very good.” Nawaz further added that every player took responsibility in the team championship. While commenting on the women’s team, he said that they have also shown progress. “Our women have performed considerably well. They defeated Iran, China and Singapore in the event and I hope this marks a new start for them.”


Tuesday, 17 June, 2014

schumacher’s sPeeds out of hosPital S

federer wiNs iN GermaNy AGENCIES Roger Federer won the Gerry Weber Open for the seventh time by defeating Alejandro Falla, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3), Sunday in Halle, Germany. Federer, 32, fired five aces and saved three of the five break points he faced to win in 1 hour 28 minutes. It was the 14th title on grass and 79th over all for Federer, who improved to 46-5 in 12 appearances at the tournament where he made his debut 14 years ago. Grigor Dimitrov saved a match point to defeat Feliciano Lopez, 6-7 (8), 76 (1), 7-6 (6), and win the grass-court tournament at Queen’s Club in London, a warm-up event for Wimbledon. (AP) Ana Ivanovic captured her first grass-court title after almost a decade of trying with a straight-sets win, 63, 6-2, over Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England. Ivanovic, a former world No. 1, will move up one spot to the No. 11 ranking, well positioned to make another move during Wimbledon, which would lift her into the top 10 for the first time in five years.


O the legend not only continues to flourish well past a slippery skiing slope and near-hopeless comatose state, but is once again being built upon, its larger-than-life superman body armour shining yet again, long past the Grenoble gloom in which it seemed set to disappear into the pages of history last winter. Beating the odds, however seemingly insurmountable, may be everyday business for great sportsmen. But then, on the field of play, which is also the theatre of dreams and nightmares, glorious life and gruesome death are nothing more than mere metaphors, ones demonstrably lacking in meaning in the larger context. VICTORY LIKE NEVER BEFORE: In the event, Michael Schumacher has not just won again; he has won as he has never done before in his 45 celebrated years on earth; he has won as he would never perhaps — hopefully — be asked to win, ever again. Six months after he stumbled while skiing at a leisurely pace — and certainly not during a dementedly ambitious slalom — with his son and hit a rock-face in the French Alps, suffered near-fatal brain injuries and went into a coma — a state that was medically stretched and sustained to help the brain’s recovery — Schumacher was discharged from the Grenoble hospital on Monday. “Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in coma anymore. For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye,” said his manager Sabine Kehm in a brief statement. Even amidst all the euphoria surrounding Lionel Messi’s mesmerising first goal of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the football

fever which has gripped large swathes of the habitable parts of our planet, the sheer improbability and extraordinary significance of the news emerging from Grenoble would not be lost on sports fans.

Sports hacks are sorcerers when it comes to turning the banal into the momentous; the day and age in which we live demand this of us for sheer survival. We seek the transcendental in the quotidian but are seldom required to dwell on the cruelty of the quotidian. And Schumacher’s recovery — and his departure from his hospital bed — is not something that readily unravels in our understanding; it is not something that we are asked to explain and extol on a day-to-day basis. “These things [people with head injury coming out of coma after a long time] can happen. And the fitter and younger the person is, the greater the chances,” says Dr. M. Balamurugan, a Chennai-based neurosurgeon. “In an induced coma, areas in the brain that control consciousness are switched off to help the healing process.’’ Asked if the person’s re-emergence into a conscious state was a natural process, Dr. Balamurugan said, “Yes, it is quite often natural but medical help also plays a big part.”

HAPPY TURN OF FORTUNE: There can be no doubt at all that the happy turn of fortune for the long-suffering Schumacher family has come about because of the state-of-the-art, round-the-clock medical care that was provided to him and the great man’s own awesome level of fitness. Of course, to go out on a limb and say that serendipity had nothing to do with it is to betray our own lack of understanding of life and its now-frightening, now-magical randomness. No matter all this, what has emerged from the statement from the seven-time F1 champion’s manager is the most heart-warming news that sports-lovers anywhere in the world might have expected to hear even during the great Carnival of Football. Only the clarifying distance of time would enable us to get to grips with its true significance in a world of here-and-nowness. “Your tools [social media] have elevated gossip, hearsay and conjecture to the level of valid, mainstream communication,” says a character in Dave Eggers’ recent book The Circle. This is never truer than in the world of sport where Neymar’s latest hairstyle trends on Twitter and becomes front page news and a few footballers’ foolishness in allowing themselves to be photographed without any piece of clothing in a hotel swimming pool vies for space alongside. But on the other hand, don’t fall for the predictable hogwash that would dominate tabloid headlines vis-à-vis King Michael’s supernatural willpower. For, that would be an insult to great champion’s supreme fitness at age 45, and to the committed team of medical experts who have attended to him for six months. And the truth is, there is nothing called willpower that is present in the most complex organ known to us — the human brain with its

86 billion neurons and tens of trillions of connections — when it is in a comatose state. But awe and admiration may not be out of place. After all, this is a man who, 10 years ago, drove and won a Formula One race at Imola in Italy when funeral arrangements were being made back home for his dead mother. Were she alive today, Elizabeth Schumacher would be a very, very proud, and hugely relieved, woman. Courage is Michael’s middle name; and few sportsmen of our times, perhaps of all time, have ever displayed it — courage — as often in the face of adversity as has Schumacher. FOR THE LOVE OF SCHUMACHER: Michael Schumacher has always kept his private life in the shadows and throughout his treatment at a French hospital for a severe head injury his family have echoed this, giving only sporadic updates on his condition. But the most successful Formula One driver of all time opened up and gave an insight into his life in his official book Schumacher: The Official Inside Story of the Formula One Icon by posing for a series of intimate photos

with his family. The stunning images were taken by worldrenowned European photographer, Michel Comte, and include dozens of the motor racing driver with his wife Corinna, who has been at his side throughout the six-month ordeal. The photos show the couple at their ranch in Texas, as relaxing in the sun on a yacht and playing football in a field. A few months before the skiing accident in the French Alps, Schumacher told a German TV channel that he and his wife of 19 years had never had a serious fight in all their married life together. 'It's because we share the same values,' he commented. 'During all the time I was racing she was my guardian angel.'

Kaymer becomes first German to win US Open golf title The 2010 PGA Championship winner captured his second career major at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina this weekend, running away from the field PINEHURST: They could've given Martin Kaymer the trophy before the weekend the way he ripped through Pinehurst No. 2 like he was playing the local muni. Certainly, they could've had the ceremony on Saturday, after he shook off five bogeys to maintain a commanding lead at the US Open. By the time the USGA got around to handing Kaymer his hardware in the fading sunlight Sunday evening, this felt like a coronation that had been delayed far too long. That's how dominant Kaymer was. He played his own event. Everyone else was in the second flight. With a performance reminiscent of Rory McIlroy's domination at Congressional and Tiger Woods' romp around Pebble Beach, Kaymer blew away the field in the sandhills of North Carolina, on a course that was as tough as advertised — for everyone except the 29-year-old German. Kaymer closed out his eightstroke victory with a 1-under 69, the only player in the final eight groups to break par. He finished at 9-under 271 overall; only two other guys managed to get into the red, Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler, tied for second but nowhere close to winning. "I knew we were playing for

second," said Compton, a two-time, heart-transplant recipient who drew some of the loudest cheers of the week. Compton was inspiring. Kaymer was dominant. With a win last month at The Players Championship — a de facto major — and his rout at Pinehurst, Kaymer has resoundingly reclaimed his place as one of the game's top players. He was in that spot not so long ago after winning the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and moving up to No. 1 in the world rankings early the next year. Despite his success, he felt something in his game was missing, the sort of all-around repertoire he would need to stay on top. He had always been successful with the fade, working the ball from left to right, but knew he needed a draw to round things out. The change was a slow, tedious process, resulting in a winless streak that stretched over 29 tournaments and 18 months. Now able to work the ball in both directions, he was back on top at Sawgrass. Then he made a mockery of Pinehurst. "You want to win majors in your career, but if you can win one more, it means so much more," Kaymer said. "When I went through that low, they called me the one-hit wonder and those things. ... It's quite satisfying to have two under your belt." Kaymer opened with back-to-back 65s, his 10under score the lowest ever at the Open through 36 holes. He struggled a bit in the third round, settling for a 72 in much

tougher conditions, but that was good enough to take a five-stroke lead to the closing round. The finale was nothing more than a formality. "He kind of killed the event in the first two days," said Henrik Stenson, among those who tied for fourth at 281. "He went out and shot two 65s and left everyone in the dust." Where does Kaymer go from here? He's already joined a pretty select club. Over the last three decades, only Woods, McIlroy, Seve Ballesteros and Ernie Els have won two majors and been ranked No. 1 before their 30th birthday. Not that Kaymer intends to stop here. "I'm only


29 years old," he said. "I hope to have another few years ahead of me." With Woods' future in doubt after back surgery that kept him out of the Open, there's a new wave of young golfers hoping to carve out their place in the game. Fowler, who played in the final group at a major for the first time, is only 25. So is McIlroy, a two-time major champion who failed to challenge at Pinehurst. Twentyyear-old Jordan Spieth faded on the weekend, but had another solid performance in a major championship. Certainly his best days are ahead of him. After a couple of years under the radar, Kaymer

is part of the conversation again. This is what he had in mind all along, even when he was struggling. "I was really looking forward to competing against them and to see who has the stronger and better nerves coming down the last five, six holes in big tournaments," Kaymer said. "So that is what everybody can look forward to." Compton has plenty to look forward to after the best performance of his career. Until now, he was known mainly as the guy who had his first transplant at age 12 and another when he was 28 after a near-fatal heart attack. Six years removed from that traumatic event, Compton transformed himself to, in the words of his mother, "a golfer with two transplants, not a transplant recipient who plays golf." "I go from where I was a few years ago, and now I'm able to play in major championships," said Compton, who choked back tears. "I showed the world today that I'm capable of playing good golf under extreme pressure and heat. "And," he added, "I think I showed myself." For Compton, finishing in a tie for second felt as good as a victory, especially when he pulled off a remarkable shot out of a bunker at the 18th to salvage par. The ovation he received was as loud as the one Kaymer would receive a few minutes later in the final group. Actually, that was appropriate. This US Open was actually two tournaments. Kaymer played his alone. AGENCIES

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HoMAS Mueller scored a hat trick as Germany turned on the style and power to rout 10-man Portugal 4-0 in their World Cup Group G opener Monday night. Mueller, who scored five goals at the 2010 World Cup, was ruthless against a weak Portugal team that was clearly outplayed. With Chancellor Angela Merkel supporting in the stands, the German team celebrated its 100th World Cup match with a rousing victory that was virtually assured by halftime. Mueller scored either side of Mats Hummels' headed goal as Germany took a 3-0 lead at the break, and added his third goal in the 81st minute. Portugal was already 2-0 down before Pepe was red carded in the

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37th minute for apparently headbutting Mueller when the German player was sitting on the ground. It was Mueller who opened the scoring in the 12th minute after Mario Goetze had been pulled down by Joao Pereira in the box, coolly slotting the penalty kick into the right corner of Rui Patricio's

goal. Hummels had risen above Pepe to double Germany's lead with a well-timed header from a corner in the 32nd, and Mueller extended the buffer just before the break when he stripped the ball from Bruno Alves and drilled in a low shot. The Bayern Munich forward completed the rout late in the

second half, poking in from close range after Patricio had fumbled a low cross from substitute Andre Schuerrle. Cristiano Ronaldo started for Portugal at Arena Fonte Nova after overcoming a knee injury. He threatened early in the match, including a shot from a break that Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer could only block, but there was nobody from Portugal to pounce on the rebound. Portugal also lost big striker Hugo Almeida to an injury. He was replaced by Eder in the 28th. Fabio Coentrao injured a groin muscle and was helped off the field in 65th, to be replaced by Andre Almeida. Hummels then limped off the field with a right-knee injury, giving substitute defender Shkodran Mustafi his second cap. In the second Group D match, the United States were playing Ghana at Natal.

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Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan believes two previous World Cup wins against United States will help them when the sides met in Monday's Group G match. The countries go head to head for the third consecutive World Cup, with Ghana having won 2-1 in both 2006 and 2010. Gyan said: "I think it is a good omen for us that we have never lost against United States at the World Cup. "That history is going to make the game very, very interesting. We are well prepared mentally and physically." After the Black Stars shone in South Africa four years ago - narrowly failing to become the first African side to reach the semi-finals as they lost to Uruguay on penalties - expectations in Ghana are high that the team can do even better this time. But while Ghanaians are confident, the rest of the world still sees Kwesi Appiah's side as outsiders in a group that also contains Germany and Portugal. SportS DeSk

If you've watched Lionel Messi play at all over the years, you have probably seen him approach the penalty area from the right side of the field, skitter to the left with his amazing dribbling skills while weaving through a string of defenders, finding an opening the size of a walnut and drilling the ball through into the back of the net. It's the kind of move he seems to be able to do in his sleep, and on Sunday, he scored just such a goal in the second-half of Argentina's World Cup match against BosniaHerzegovina which gave the South American nation a 2-1 victory in the Group F opener for both teams. Messi's strike in the 65th minute, was a left-footed shot that struck the inside of the post behind keeper Asmir Begovic and ricocheted all the way across to hit the net on the right-hand side of the goal. It was just the second World Cup goal for Messi, adding to one he scored eight years ago in Germany. Vedad Ibisevic scored a close-in goal in the 85th to give Bosnia-Herzegovina hope. BosniaHerzegovina got the worst possible start to its first World Cup when Sead Kolasinovic scored an own goal after just three minutes. Messi sent a free kick from the left flank

into the penalty area that Marcos Rojo barely touched before the ball bounced off Kolasinovic's foot into Bosnia-Herzegovina's goal. In other World Cup action Sunday, Karim Benzema scored twice and set up another that was confirmed by goal-line technology to help France beat Honduras, 3-0, in their Group E opener. For nearly all the first half, Honduras played the 1998 Cup champions tough, but then midfielder Wilson Palacios,

who had already drawn a yellow card, charged into Paul Pogba in the penalty area, earning a second yellow, and an automatic expulsion, and setting up a penalty kick. Benzema calmly slotted the ball to the left of goalkeeper Noel Valladares. With Honduras down to 10 men, France continued to dominate and Benzema set up the second goal in the 48th minute — the first to be confirmed by goal-line technology at the World Cup.

England's hopes of success at the 2014 World Cup took an early blow on Saturday night with defeat to Italy in their opening group stage game of the competition. Despite the 2-1 loss in Manaus, critics were generally thrilled with the exciting attacking performance from Roy Hodgson's side; though Wayne Rooney's role in team has come under criticism. Rooney, who has failed to score for England in nine World Cup appearances, was first put out wide on left - the side Italy penetrated with most success - to allow impressive youngster Raheem Sterling to play in a more central role. Despite providing the assist for Daniel Sturridge's goal, there have been calls for the Manchester United forward to be dropped for England's next Group D game against Uruguay on Thursday night, where he could come up against mercurial Liverpool forward Luis Suarez. Away from the England camp, much has been spoken of the free-scoring football fans are witnessing across Brazil, with 37 goals in the first 11 matches. One of those goals came from Argentina's Lionel Messi, a man with the weight of his country on his shoulders and, like Rooney, has been accused of being disappointing on the World Cup stage in the past. To get the latest on all the big stories we've been in touch with our football expert Guillem Balague, who's at the centre of all the action in Brazil. In his third column of the World Cup, Guillem offers his view on how England should set up for the Uruguay game, whether their striker Luis Suarez is an all-time great, and what Lionel Messi has made clear to the Argentina manager. SportS DeSk

Kieran Govers strike inspires Kookaburras’ win With the contest deadlocked midway through the first half, Albion Park striker Kieran Govers smashed an extraordinary reverse-stick goal to set the Kookaburras on course for their World Cup victory. The equal of his stunning Champions Trophy winner two years ago - or the stunning finish from an overhead pass earlier in the World Cup tournament - Govers added to his personal highlight reel to score Australia's second goal on the way to a thumping 6-1 triumph over the Netherlands. The win, which five-time world-player-of-the-year Jamie Dwyer described as better than their 2010 World Cup title, capped off a superb tournament in which Australia had utterly outclassed every opponent.

GOVERS' STUNNING AERIAL GOAL: "For me this is better [than 2010]. To win a World Cup 6-1 is incredible. It's unheard of," Dwyer said. Powerful defender and penalty corner specialist Chris Ciriello was the hat-trick hero as Australia dismantled the Dutch to silence the raucous Hague crowd. But it was a ruthless approach taken throughout the tournament, starting with skipper and player-of-thetournament Mark Knowles, which set the win. Across the tournament Australia amassed 30 goals, while conceding just three - a feat veteran coach Ric Charlesworth modestly described as "convincing". "I think we play the best hockey in the world," Charlesworth said. "We play a brand of

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hockey which is expansive, creative and quick. "We have the best defence here by a long way. We conceded three goals, the next team maybe eight or nine? And we scored maybe 15 more goals than anyone else." Sunday was unquestionably the Kookaburras most dominant performance of the tournament - with Knowles saying it was as close to the perfect game as you could ask for. "For mine, being a leader in the team is about encouraging and getting the best out of my teammates," he said. "Today we went pretty close to that I reckon." Ciriello's hat-trick took his tournament tally to seven goals second only to Argentina's Gonzalo Peillat (10). SportS DeSk

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