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CMYK Monday, 7 April, 2014 Jamadi-us-Sani 6, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 278 16 Pages Karachi Edition

lankans thrash india, win maiden twenty20 title story on page 16

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without a drone strike story on page 02

World praises Afghan vote as count continues smooth afghan poll raises questions about taliban strength stories on page 02

Taliban launch website right under govt’s nose taliban are not terrorists, they are govt’s angry brothers, says interlocutor stories on page 04

Congress set to drown under Modi wave india’s 815 million voters are set to inflict a resounding defeat on the ruling congress party, led by the nehru-gandhi dynasty, after the longest economic slowdown since the 1980s put the brakes on development and job creation in a country where half of the population is under 25 years old. despite misgivings among many indians about his handling of anti-Muslim riots in 2002, narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the main opposition bharatiya Janata party (bJp), has dominated a lengthy, frenetic campaign where parliamentary candidates range from a tech billionaire to a magician.

rahul gandhi warns of religious trouble if Modi is elected stories on page 03


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WORLD PRAISES AFGHAN VOTE AS COUNT CONTINUES PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF SAYS MAKING DECISIONS THROUGH BALLOT BOXES BY AFGHAN PEOPLE REFLECTS THEIR DETERMINATION FOR ADOPTING DEMOCRATIC CULTURE

OBAMA SAYS US LOOKS FORWARD TO CONTINUING PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW AFGHAN GOVT

NATO CHIEF RASMUSSEN HAILS ‘HISTORIC MOMENT’, PRAISES ‘ENTHUSIASM’ OF VOTERS AND ‘OUTSTANDING JOB’ BY AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES

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he international community has widely praised Afghanistan for holding national elections that saw a heavy turnout despite complaints about a shortage of ballots and reports of fraud. Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and crowded into mosques and schools being used as polling centers to vote Saturday for a new president and provincial councils. President hamid Karzai is on his way out, constitutionally barred from a third team after leading the country since after the Taliban were ousted in 2001. Ballot boxes have been loaded onto trucks and donkeys to be taken to Independent election Commission facilities where they are being tallied. Officials have said partial results could be released today but caution it is likely to be at least a week before a complete picture emerges. PakisTan’s reacTion: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Sunday that making decisions through ballot boxes by the Afghan people reflected their determination and keen interest for adopting democratic culture. In a statement, the Prime Minister said that participation in the democratic process by the Afghan people would play a significant role in bringing peace and stability in the region. Sharif congratulated President hamid Karzai and the people of Afghanistan on successfully holding and completing the electioneering process. Afghanistan is a brotherly country of Pakistan, he said, adding Pakistan would not only help and support Afghanistan in strengthening democracy but would also work in collaboration with the new leadership in Afghanistan for bringing peace and tranquillity in the region. The premier hoped that a peaceful transfer of power would take place in Kabul like Pakistan after the last general elections and wished that democracy might flourish in the neighbouring country. “This election would prove as a historic moment for the Afghan people in their democratic journey,” he observed. he also expressed the hope that these elections would be instrumental in creating unity and harmony among the people of war- torn country. Moreover, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement said the people of Afghanistan braved the security threat and inclement weather and turned up in millions to exercise their democratic right to choose the future leadership. The spokesperson said, “We wish the Afghan electoral institutions well as they take the next key steps in ensuring the successful completion of the

electoral process. Like always, the people of Pakistan stand in strong solidarity with the Afghan nation at this historic moment, and as it moves forward in its peaceful democratic transition.” naTo chief’s sTaTemenT: NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen hailed the elections in Afghanistan Saturday as an “historic moment”, praising the “enthusiasm” of voters and the “outstanding job” by Afghan security forces. “I congratulate the millions of Afghan men and women from across the country who have cast their votes in presidential and provincial council elections with such an impressive turnout and enthusiasm,” Rasmussen said in a statement, calling the vote “a historic moment for Afghanistan”. This year the last of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force's troops will pull out of Afghanistan, leaving local forces to battle the resilient Taliban insurgency. The NATO chief noted that the Afghan security forces did “an outstanding job in securing the elections”, for the first time on their own with only minimal logistical help from ISAF. “This has truly been an election led by Afghans, secured by Afghans, for the future of

Afghans,” he said. obama hails ‘hisToric’ Polls: Congratulating the Afghans on Saturday's “historic” polls, President Barack Obama has said the United States look forward to continuing partnership with the new government emerging from the election. “The United States continues to support a sovereign, stable, unified, and democratic Afghanistan, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the new government chosen by the Afghan people on the basis of mutual respect and mutual accountability,” he said, after Afghans braved off security threats to cast votes across the landlocked country. The United States has seen its relationship with President hamid Karzai strained severely over the unresolved question of Bilateral Security Agreement that it deems necessary to future American engagement with the country after military drawdown later this year. In the White house statement, Obama said: “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the millions of Afghans who enthusiastically participated in today's historic elections, which promise to usher in the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan's history and

Smooth Afghan poll raises questions about Taliban strength KABUL AGENCIES A bigger-than-expected turnout in Afghanistan's presidential election and the Taliban's failure to derail the vote has raised questions about the capacity of the insurgents to tip the country back into chaos as foreign troops head home. The Taliban claimed that they staged more than 1,000 attacks and killed dozens during Saturday's election, which they have branded a U.S.backed deception of the Afghan people, though security officials said it was a gross exaggeration. There were dozens of minor roadside bombs, and attacks on polling stations, police and voters during the day. But the overall level of violence was much lower than the Taliban had threatened to unleash on the country. And, despite the dangers they faced at polling stations, nearly 60 percent of the 12 million people eligible to vote turned out, a measure of the determination for a say in their country's first-ever democratic transfer of power, as

President Hamid Karzai prepares to stand down after 12 years in power. "This is how people vote to say death to the Taliban," said one Afghan on Twitter, posting a photograph that showed his friends holding up one finger stained with ink to show they had voted - in a gesture of defiance. There was a palpable sense in Kabul on Sunday that perhaps greater stability is within reach after 13 years of strife since the fall of the Taliban's hardline Islamist regime in late 2001. The insurgency has claimed the lives of at least 16,000 Afghans civilians and thousands more soldiers. "It

was my dream come true," said Shukria Barakzai, a member of Afghanistan's parliament. "That was a fantastic slap on the face of the enemy of Afghanistan, a big punch in the face of those who believe Afghanistan is not ready for democracy." And yet this could be the beginning of a long and potentially dangerous period for Afghanistan as it will take weeks if not months to count votes and declare the winner in a country with only basic infrastructure and a rugged terrain. Although the Taliban failed to pull off major attacks on election day

There were dozens of minor roadside bombs, and attacks on polling stations, police and voters during the day. But the overall level of violence was much lower than the Taliban had threatened to unleash on the country

itself, some fear insurgents are preparing to disrupt the ballotcounting process which kicked off on Saturday night. In the first such attack since polling closed, a roadside bomb killed two Afghan election workers and one policeman and destroyed dozens of ballot papers on Sunday, police and an election official said. TOO SOON TO WRITE OFF THE TALIBAN: Observers believe it is too early to conclude from the Taliban's failure to trip up the vote that it is now on a backfoot. More than 350,000 security forces were deployed for the vote, and rings of checkpoints and roadblocks around the capital, Kabul, may well have thwarted Taliban plans to hit voters and polling stations. It is possible the Taliban deliberately lay low to give the impression of improving security in order to hasten the exit of U.S. troops and gain more ground later. After all, they managed to launch a wave of spectacular attacks in the run-up to the vote, targeting foreigners, security forces and civilians.

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which represent another important milestone in Afghans taking full responsibility for their country as the United States and our partners draw down our forces. “We commend the Afghan people, security forces, and elections officials on the turnout for today's vote which is in keeping with the spirited and positive debate among candidates and their supporters in the run-up to the election. These elections are critical to securing Afghanistan's democratic future, as well as continued international support, and we look to the Afghan electoral bodies to carry out their duties in the coming weeks to adjudicate the results - knowing that the most critical voices on the outcome are those of Afghans themselves”. “Today, we also pay tribute to the many Americansmilitary and civilian - who have sacrificed so much to support the Afghan people as they take responsibility for their own future.” Uk calls afghan elecTion ‘greaT achievemenT’: The presidential election in Afghanistan is a “great achievement”, Britain's Foreign Secretary William hague said Saturday, as he urged parties to show “patience and respect” during the count. “This is an historic moment for Afghanistan and its people,” hague said in a statement. “It is a great achievement for the Afghan people that so many voters, men and women, young and old, have turned out in such large numbers, despite threats of violence, to have their say in the country's future.” “Now that all the votes have been cast, I hope all parties will show patience and respect while the electoral authorities go to work to count and check the ballots, and declare the results,” hague said. The second-largest contributor of international forces in Afghanistan after the United States, Britain has 5,200 troops in the country, based at Camp Bastion in helmand. Britain handed over command of the southern province to US forces on Tuesday as part of the withdrawal of combat troops, to be completed by the end of this year. china hoPes Polls a new sTarT for afghanisTan: Foreign Ministry spokesman hong Lei has said that China hopes Afghanistan's presidential election will be a new start for the country's unity and stability. As Afghanistan's friendly neighbor, China respects the Afghan people's choice, the Xinhua news agency quoted a statement from hong Saturday. hong observed that China noticed the election was generally smooth. China hopes relevant sides in Afghanistan will properly handle differences through dialogue so as to realise broad-based and inclusive peace and reconciliation at an early date, said the spokesman.

Musharraf allowed drone strikes in FATA: report WASHINGTON: In the skies above Yemen, the Pentagon’s armed drones have stopped flying, a result of the ban on American military drone strikes imposed by the government there after a number of botched operations in recent years killed Yemeni civilians. In Pakistan, the CIA remains in charge of drone operations, and may continue to be long after American troops have left Afghanistan, a report in The New York Times said on Sunday. “Some might want to get the CIA out of the killing business, but that’s not happening anytime soon,” said Michael A Sheehan, who until last year was the senior Pentagon official in charge of special operations and now holds the distinguished chair at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. American officials said that the drone programme in Pakistan could continue for years, and Pakistan’s government has long insisted that it be run by the CIA, not the American military. This was one of the terms of the deal reached a decade ago between the Bush administration

100 DAYS WITHOUT A DRONE STRIKE PESHAWAR: The halt in drone strikes within the geographical territory of Pakistan on Sunday completed 100 days. The federal govt claims that the halt in drone strikes was the outcome of its persistent diplomatic efforts, however, it is yet not clear why the drone strikes stopped. Exactly for 9 years, 9 months and 17 days the US spy planes continued showering missiles in Pakistan’s tribal and settled areas, killing a total of 3,000 persons, including al Qaeda and Taliban commanders. AGENCIES and Pervez Musharraf, then the president of Pakistan, who said he would allow armed drone strikes in the country’s tribal areas only if they were conducted as a CIA covert action and not acknowledged by either country. INP


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CONGRESS SET TO DROWN UNDER MODI WAVE SURVEY SHOW INDIA’S 815 MILLION VOTERS ARE SET TO INFLICT RESOUNDING DEFEAT ON RULING CONGRESS PARTY NEW DELHI AGENCIES

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he biggest election the world has ever seen begins on Monday (today) in a remote backwater of tea gardens and rice paddies, with India looking increasingly likely to embrace a coalition led by a hindu nationalist to jumpstart a flagging economy. India’s 815 million voters are set to inflict a resounding defeat on the ruling Congress party, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, surveys show, after the longest economic slowdown since the 1980s put the brakes on development and job creation in a country where half of the population is under 25 years old. Despite misgivings among many Indians about his handling of religious riots in 2002, Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has dominated a lengthy, frenetic campaign where parliamentary candidates range from a tech billionaire to a magician. Voting will take place in nine stages over five weeks, kicking off in two small north-eastern states close to Myanmar, then spreading to the frozen himalayan plateaus, western deserts and the tropical south before ending on May 12 in India’s densely populated northern plains. Results are due on May 16. Assam, one of the lush but under-developed states where the election begins, is a rare bastion of support for Congress. But even here some villagers are impatient for change, saying they want highways to replace potholed country lanes so they can sell their crops and fish to markets across India. “We have had some development but the pace is not fast enough. We need the next step ahead,” said Manaspratim Buragohain in the village of Lezai, on the banks of a tributary of the huge Brahmaputra river and surrounded by paddy fields. “Our businesses stay small because we need better roads and bridges,” said Buragohain, a school teacher. “Very Savvy” Campaign Modi, three-times chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, has run a high-octane campaign, with many rallies even in the south and northeast where the BJP is traditionally weak. Across India, Modi – who will run for the holy hindu city of Varanasi – has vowed to revive a $1 trillion infrastructure program, create jobs and help an ambitious, growing middle class whose economic success has sputtered in recent years. “The Modi message has been very savvy,” said Milan Vaishnav of the Carnegie endowment for International Peace. “he’s pitching at the Indian middle class – people who are on $4-10 a day, people who were until re-

cently poor but now can afford consumer goods. even the poorest people, those below that group, want some of that,” said Vaishnav, an India expert. While Modi has cut red tape and overseen a period of high growth in Gujarat, details of his policy plans, or “Modinomics”, on the national scale remain sketchy. The BJP is due to release its delayed manifesto after voting starts on Monday. The BJP and its allies are forecast to win the biggest chunk of the 543 parliamentary seats up for grabs but fall up to 38 seats short of a majority, according to an opinion poll released this week by CSDS, a respected Indian polling group. The debate in New Delhi is focused on whether Modi can secure a stable-enough coalition to push through his agenda. however, Indian elections are notoriously hard to call. Opinion polls in 2004 incorrectly predicted victory for a BJP-led alliance campaigning on its economic record. The centre-left Congress instead swept to power to expand welfare schemes. Congress, now dogged by public anger over the economic slowdown and corruption after a decade in power, is forecast to get around half of the BJP’s tally. The Nehru-

Gandhi dynasty has in recent months lost much of its traditional ability to rouse voters, with many unimpressed by its scion Rahul Gandhi. ToUgh Job: India’s next prime minister will face a tough job reviving an economy plagued by high inflation and a wide fiscal deficit. Other challenges include defining India’s role in a tense neighborhood marked by border disputes with Pakistan and China. The three countries are jockeying for position in Afghanistan, which held elections on Saturday, as Western troops withdraw from the war-battered nation. Critics say Modi represents only India’s hindu majority and failed to stop or even allowed communal riots in 2002 in Gujarat, in which at least 1,000 people died, most of them Muslims. he has always denied the accusations and a Supreme Court inquiry found no evidence to prosecute him. “India’s uniqueness is its unity amongst diversity,” Paban Singh Ghatowar, the Congress candidate for the constituency that contains Lezai village and a junior cabinet minister, told Reuters. “Represents one line of thinking. he does not represent the diversity of India.”

India’s next prime minister will face a tough job reviving an economy plagued by high inflation and a wide fiscal deficit. Other challenges include defining India’s role in a tense neighbourhood marked by border disputes with Pakistan and China.

RAHUL GANDHI WARNS OF RELIGIOUS TROUBLE IF MODI IS ELECTED MODI ACCUSES SONIA GANDHI OF FAILING TO DELIVER ON PLEDGES TO IMPROVE LIVES OF MUSLIMS

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, frontman for India's ruling Congress party, warned Sunday on the eve of the world's biggest election that the country faces religious turmoil if the opposition Hindu nationalist party wins power. Gandhi said majority Hindus would be pitted against minority Muslims if hardliner Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clinched power, as widely predicted, during the marathon six-week ballot starting on Monday. “Wherever these people (BJP) go they create fights. They'll pit Hindus and Muslims against each other,” Gandhi told a rally in the town of Sirsa 250 kilometres (155 miles) from New Delhi. “We walk with everybody, be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians. We walk with people from all communities, castes, religions and regions and that is our politics,” said Gandhi, the 43year-old scion of India's famous political dynasty. “We don't do politics of anger and division,” Gandhi said, as he implored voters to back Congress, which looks set for a crushing defeat at the polls after a decade in power. Voting will begin in the two remote northeastern states of Assam and Tripura, before spreading across the country of 814 million eligible voters in a staggered process. Results are due on May 16. Modi, a popular but divisive leader tainted by deadly religious riots in 2002, is set to sweep to power on a promise of reviving the country's battered economy and creating jobs. Modi, the 63-year-old son of a tea seller who rose to become chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, urged voters to give him a strong mandate. “The problems that have plagued you in the past 60 years, I will get rid of all those problems in just 60 months,” he told thousands of cheering supporters at Bijnor in the battleground state of Uttar Pradesh. ROW OvER RELIGIOuS TENSIONS Modi also went on the attack Sunday after a row flared over accusations that his right-hand man stoked tensions against Muslims just days before the election starts. The campaign, which has largely focused on development, has taken a religious tone

in recent days. Modi accused Congress president and Rahul's mother Sonia Gandhi of failing to deliver on pledges to improve the lives of Muslims, who at 13 per cent of the population are the largest religious minority in Hindu-majority but officially secular India. “Madam Sonia, nearly 700 (communal) riots happened in the country in one year right under your nose. And 250 of those were in UP (Uttar Pradesh) alone,” he said. Modi's close aide Amit Shah reportedly told several Hindu leaders to seek “revenge” at the ballot box. He was speaking in a part of Uttar Pradesh hit by Hindu-Muslim violence last year that left some 50 people dead. “This election is about voting out the government that protects and gives compensation to those who killed Hindus,” Shah reportedly said on Friday. Congress has asked the Election Commission to order Shah's arrest and ban him from campaigning. A party official accused the BJP of making “horrible”statements and “creating animosity between communities”. The BJP has said the comments have been taken out of context, but a local Uttar Pradesh magistrate said on Sunday that an investigation was under way into Shah's comments. Modi has focused on economic reforms throughout the weeks-long elections campaign, largely steering clear of promoting any Hindu nationalist agenda. But critics accuse him of failing to stop riots in 2002 in Gujarat which he has governed since 2001. The riots there killed more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims. He has been cleared of any personal wrongdoing. Opinion polls, fallible in the past and famously wrong when Congress won in 2004, show the BJP likely to emerge as the biggest party in the next 543-member parliament. Voters, worried about

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the slowing economy and angry about corruption and high inflation under the Congress-led coalition, appear won over by Modi's pledge to attract investment and overhaul manufacturing. But the BJP is forecast to fall short of a majority, meaning another coalition will need to be stitched together comprising India's numerous regional parties. Five seats are up for grabs on Monday in the teagrowing and underdeveloped Assam state, and another one seat in Tripura near the border with Myanmar. A juice vendor in Assam's Dibrugarh, a Congress stronghold, said he would vote for Modi, as election officials in the town prepared to disperse to polling stations throughout the constituency. “The Congress has done nothing to control the rising prices. I voted for them in the last two parliamentary elections,” said vendor Motilal Shah. AGENCIES


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TTP ARE NOT TERRORISTS, THEY ARE GOVT'S ANGRY BROTHERS: INTERLOCUTOR PESHAWAR AGENCIES

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AULANA Yousaf Shah, coordinator of the Taliban talks committee, said on Sunday the Taliban “are not terrorists, they are the government’s angry brothers”. Shah’s statement came after TTP intermediary Professor Muhammad

Ibrahim announced that the government committee will meet the TTP Shura in two to three days for the second round of their direct talks. Prof Ibrahim said that the release of Professor Ajmal, sons of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and late Governor Punjab Salmaan Taseer as well as other prisoners in Taliban custody was on the agenda for the meeting. he said that the TTP committee has

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been in constant communication with the Taliban and was trying to determine the location of the next meet. On the night of April 3, the government had publicly admitted that 19 Taliban ‘non-combatant’ prisoners were released. Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid, however, later denied that these men were on TTP’s list of 300 non-combatants they wanted to be released.

After Saturday’s meeting with the TTP committee, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had said that they have decided to release 12-13 more Taliban prisoners. The release of “non-combatant” detainees, as demanded by the TTP, has been a contentious issue from the outset – with some officials having earlier denied that security forces were even holding any non-combatants.

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JERUSALEM AGENCIES Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Israel would take unilateral measures against the Palestinians if they go ahead with applications to adhere to international treaties. "These will only make a peace agreement more distant," he said of the applications the Palestinians made on Tuesday to adhere to 15 treaties. "Any unilateral moves they take will be answered by unilateral moves at our end." Netanyahu s remarks, made at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, came as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepared to meet with US envoy Martin Indyk, in a last-ditch attempt to save teetering peace talks from collapse. US Secretary of State John Kerry, the driving force behind the peace push, warned on Friday that there were "limits" to the time and energy Washington could devote to the talks process, as his appeals to both sides to step back from the brink fell on deaf ears. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas rejected a plea from Kerry to withdraw the treaty applications, while Netanyahu ignored US appeals to refrain from tit-for-tat moves, asking for a range of options to be drawn up for retaliation. Israel says Abbas s move was a clear breach of the commitments the Palestinians gave when peace talks were relaunched in July to pursue no other avenues for recognition of their promised state. The Palestinians say Israel had already reneged on its own undertakings by failing to release a fourth and final batch of prisoners last weekend, and the treaty move was their response. "The Palestinians have much to lose from a unilateral move. They will get a state only through direct negotiations and not through empty declarations or unilateral moves," Netanyahu said. "We are prepared to continue talks, but not at any price."

10 killed iN iraq as electioN comes uP iN weeks BAGHDAD AGENCIES Attacks killed 10 people in Iraq on Sunday while six militants also died as the country grapples with its worst bloodshed in years just weeks before parliamentary elections. Among those killed were six who died in a mass assassination south of Baghdad, in scenes reminiscent of the worst of Iraq's 2006-07 sectarian conflict in which tens of thousands were killed. The surge in violence has left more than 2,400 people dead so far this year. It is principally driven by anger in the Sunni Arab minority over alleged mistreatment at the hands of the Shia-led authorities, as well as spill over from the war in neighbouring Syria. The deadliest of the bloodshed on Sunday struck in Latifiyah, south of Baghdad within the confessionally mixed Triangle of Death, so called because of the brutal violence which plagued the area during the peak of Iraq's confessional war.

shujaat warNs agaiNst humiliatiNg army PML CHIEF SAYS ONLY TWO ARMY TRUCKS AND A JEEP REQUIRED TO SEND A PRIME MINISTER PACKING LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday said the country’s army should not be treated as a domestic servant nor they should be humiliated. Talking on a TV talk show hosted by Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami, Shujaat said to stop army interventions in the country it was necessary to first accept the institution of the armed forces with a clear heart. “The army never seeks permission before coming into power. Only a jeep and two trucks are required for this. The trucks stand outside and a general goes inside, salutes to the prime minister and says, "Sir, we are ready, you have to go,” he said. The former prime minister said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should quit politics of vindictiveness. He said that the Musharraf government had broken the begging bowl but the Nawaz Sharif-led government has picked up a “degh" (cauldron) for begging. To other questions, the PML leader said that the PML-N did not want to hold local bodies’ elections. He said that former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had destroyed privatisation of the steel mills because of which the institution was now at the brink of destruction. Shujaat said that the interests of Pakistani farmers should be considered during agricultural trade with India. STAFF REPORT

two iNjured iN quetta bombiNg QuETTA: Two boys were injured in a bombing on Sunday in a playground near Sariab railway station in the New Sariab police precincts. According to police, some boys were playing cricket in the ground when the bomb exploded. Injured boys had been identified as Abdul Wasey and Muhammad Waris who were rushed to nearby hospital for medical aid. Condition of Wasey is stated to be critical as he sustained a bomb splinter on his back. Law enforcers along with the Bomb Disposal Squad reached the bombing scene. APP

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Banned terror outfit, the Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan has launched its website hosting videos, a magazine, and its leaders’ interviews and statements. A news release issued by the information and publication wing of the TTP said Umar Media had sponsored the website, which would serve as the central information portal of the outfit. The TTP was declared a banned outfit in August 2008. “Statements, videos, announcements and magazine released by the TTP will be available on the website,” the release said. It added that Umar Media was the only authorised body to issue messages and statements of the TTP. The website carries e-mail addresses of central spokesman of TTP Shahidullah Shahid and other sections. The website has been launched during peace talks between the federal government and

the TTP. Recently, the government had released 19 prisoners as goodwill gesture to the TTP. The website contains the TTP flag, verses from the holy Quran, statements and videos containing sectarian, hate and propaganda material, especially against security forces, a message of TTP deputy Shaikh Khalid haqqani for the people of Balochistan, and pictures of slain TTP chief hakimullah Mehsud and his successor and current chief Mullah Fazlullah. Also posted on the website are pictures of houses allegedly bombed by the army, details of the TTP position on the current peace process and information about the recent assassination of TTP leader Asmatullah Shaheen in North Waziristan Agency. The website invites articles for posting on it for public information. Umar Media was launched a few years ago and has been disseminating the TTP-related information and videos since.

The website contains the TTP flag, verses from the Holy Quran, statements and videos containing sectarian, hate and propaganda material, especially against security forces, a message of TTP deputy Shaikh Khalid Haqqani for the people of Balochistan, and pictures of slain TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud and his successor and current chief Mullah Fazlullah

boko haram attack kills 17 iN Nigeria KANO: Boko Haram militants attacked a village in restive northern Nigeria, killing 17 people and setting houses and cars alight, the local government said Sunday. Among the dead were Muslim worshippers shot as they prayed in the village mosque, said Abdullahi Bego, spokesman for the governor of the troubled state of Yobe. "The gunmen are Boko Haram people, it was the same pattern of attacks they are known for," he said. "They also burnt several houses and many vehicles before fleeing," he said. Yobe and neighbouring Borno states are in the grip of an almost five-year-old Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives. The violent Islamist group, whose name means "Western education is sinful" in the Hausa language, has attacked isolated villages, schools and churches as well as military bases in a brutal campaign. Confronted with the violent insurrection, Nigerian troops launched a major crackdown in May 2013 against Boko Haram, which wants to create a separate hardline Islamic state in northern Nigeria. The conflict has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee in fear either to other Nigerian states or neighbouring countries. AGENCIES

KP RESIDENTS SATISFIED WITH CURRENT SITUATION: SURVEY PTI CHAIRMAN GREETS KP GOVT ON BEING ABLE TO SATISFY NEEDS OF PEOPLE MONITORING DESK According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 44 percent of Pakistanis are dissatisfied with the current situation in Pakistan. Satisfaction is highest in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (57 percent) and lowest in Balochistan (8

percent). A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Please tell me, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the current situation in Pakistan?” To this, 8 percent said they are completely satisfied, 21 percent said they are somewhat satisfied and 20 percent said they are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. 23 percent said they are somewhat dissatisfied and 21 percent replied they are completely dissatisfied. 7 percent did not respond. A provincial breakdown reveals that 6 percent of respondents from Punjab say they are completely satisfied,

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21 percent say they are somewhat satisfied and 21 percent said they are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. 16 percent said they are somewhat dissatisfied and 9 percent replied they are completely dissatisfied. For Sindh, 7 percent of the respondents say they are completely satisfied, 19 percent say they are somewhat satisfied and 17 percent said they are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. 38 percent said they are somewhat dissatisfied and 1 percent replied they are completely dissatisfied. With regards to KP, 22 percent of the respondents say they are completely satisfied, 35 percent say they

are somewhat satisfied and 17 percent said they are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. 12 percent said they are somewhat dissatisfied and 8 percent replied they are completely dissatisfied. In Balochistan, 1 percent of the respondents say they are completely satisfied, 7 percent say they are somewhat satisfied and 33 percent said they are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. 18 percent said they are somewhat dissatisfied and none of the respondents mentioned complete dissatisfaction with the situation. Meanwhile, PTI Chairman Imran Khan greeted the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on being able to satisfy the needs of the people of the province despite the acute security situation in the province. He assured the people of KP that they would see even more progress as PTI's policies of change. Separately, PTI's central leadership felt the KP government has been vindicated by this new survey as it operates in a highly acute security environment to deliver to the people.


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Pakistan deserves fair treatment by US media: Mushahid SENATOR SAYS AMERICA’S REAL STRENGTH IS ‘SOFT POWER’, NOT MILITARY MIGHT ISLAMABAD

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ENATE Defence Committee Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has said that the Pakistani people showed resilience in the war against terrorism, sacrificing much more than any other country and Pakistan’s democratic transformation, with multiple power centres and political pluralism, deserves fair and better treatment in the US media. He was talking to a delegation of American journalists, currently visiting Islamabad on the US-Pakistan Journalist Exchange Program, offered by the East-West Center, Honolulu. Senator Mushahid said that the problems faced by the US after 9/11 were due to wrong policies of Washington, particularly an ‘ideological foreign policy’ that included the unwarranted invasion and occupation of Iraq, the rejection of Saudi Arabia’s Middle East peace plan and placing Iran on the so-called ‘Axis of Evil’, even though Tehran cooperated with the US both in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Such wrong policies fuelled antiAmericanism,” he added. In the context of upcoming NATO forces withdrawal from Afghanistan, he stated that the biggest problem in US policy had been confusion and contra-

NEWS 05 Police foil bid to explode pipeline in Rahim Yar Khan RAHIM YAR KHAN: Local police have foiled an attempt to blow up a gas pipeline in Rahim Yar Khan by arresting three suspected members of the banned Balochistan Republican Army. The suspects allegedly intended to explode a gas pipeline in the area of Bhong. Intelligence agencies had informed the police about the threat beforehand and the area was monitored for suspicious activity. On Saturday night, four suspects arrived in the area with sophisticated weapons and explosive material with the alleged intention to damage the pipeline. With timely action, police arrested three of the suspects while one managed to escape. Pipelines in Punjab and Sindh have come under frequent attacks recently, resulting in disruption in gas supply to many areas in the provinces. STAFF REPORT

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dictions, as sometimes the United States requested Pakistan to arrange talks with the Afghan Taliban, while on other occasions, Washington wanted Pakistan ‘to take on the same Afghan Taliban’, adding that for ‘regrettably for the most part, American policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan had been outsourced to the generals in the Pentagon and the spooks in the CIA”. Senator Mushahid, while warmly welcoming the visit of American journalists, suggested that American strength lies not in military might as use of force had failed in Afghanistan and

Iraq. He added US strength lies in its “Soft Power”, mentioning such areas as: enrollment of foreign students in the US educational institutions, cultural and academic exchanges, media fellowships and scholarships, innovations in science and technology, charity work, development aid and providing leadership in ideas, issues and initiatives. The senator also praised US President Barack Obama for the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran and his foreign policy of avoiding military conflict in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. Talking about the US-Pakistan

Journalist Exchange Program, the American journalists informed that the journalistic exchange, offered by EastWest Centre, provides media of both sides an opportunity to gain firsthand information to better understand the perspective and public opinions. The journalists thanked Senator Mushahid for the frank, open and on the record discussion which, according to them, will be very beneficial to bring new insights on bilateral relationship and gain a better understanding of regional dynamics, historical context, and ground realities that affect both countries.

SAMBRIAL: A wedding house turned into a mourning place after the mentally perturbed bridegroom Naveed Ahmed committed suicide by shooting himself on the occasion of his Walima, as a protest against his ‘forced marriage’ on Sunday. Reportedly, 24-year-old Naveed wanted to marry his girlfriend but his parents forced him to marry a girl of their choice. He obeyed the order due to their mounted pressure and got married. However, being depressed on the day of his Walima on account of his forced marriage, Naveed went to his wedding room and shot himself while the guests were rejoicing. After the tragic incident, the wedding house turned into a gloomy place, with the bridegroom’s mother and sisters losing consciousness. INP

Death for Saudi teacher who raped 8 girls RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence handed down against a teacher convicted of kidnapping and raping eight young girls, a local daily reported on Sunday. A lower court in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah had found the man guilty last year of kidnapping girls aged between six and 11 from public areas and taking them to his home to rape them, the Makkah newspaper reported without giving his name. His last victim, a nine-year-old whom he abducted from a wedding hall, was able to guide police to the area of Jeddah where he lived, leading to his arrest in 2011. Earlier reports said the man was 42 at the time of his arrest, and married with four children. He reportedly offered the girls sweets to lure them into his car, and sent his family away while he raped his victims in the family home. AGENCIES

Clerics trying to resurrect MMA ABBOTTABAD: Men stand at the site of a clash between two religious groups at Imambargah Kakul on Sunday. ONLINE

Malaysian Jet: more ships rush to probe pulsing signals in Indian Ocean PERTH AGENCIES

Three separate but fleeting sounds from deep in the Indian Ocean offered new hope Sunday in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, as officials rushed to determine whether they were signals from the plane’s black boxes before their beacons fall silent. The head of the multinational search being conducted off Australia’s west coast confirmed that a Chinese ship had picked up electronic pulsing signals twice in a small patch of the search zone, once on Friday and again on Saturday. On Sunday, an Australian ship carrying sophisticated deep-sea sound

equipment picked up a third signal in a different part of the massive search area. “This is an important and encouraging lead, but one which I urge you to treat carefully,” retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search, told reporters in Perth. He stressed that the signals had not been verified as being linked to Flight 370, which was traveling from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing when it disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board. “We have an acoustic event. The job now is to determine the significance of that event. It does not confirm or deny the presence of the aircraft locator on the bottom of the ocean,” Houston said, referring to each of the three transmissions.

“We are dealing with very deep water, we are dealing with an environment where sometimes you can get false indications,” he said. “There are lots of noises in the ocean, and sometimes the acoustic equipment can rebound, echo if you like.” China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday that the patrol vessel Haixun 01 detected a “pulse signal” Friday in the southern Indian Ocean at 37.5 kilohertz — the same frequency emitted by the flight data recorders aboard the missing plane. Houston confirmed the report, and said the Haixun 01 detected a signal again on Saturday within 2 kilometers (1.4 miles) of the original signal, for 90 seconds. He said China also reported

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seeing white objects floating in the sea in the area. The British navy ship HMS Echo, which is fitted with sophisticated sound-locating equipment, is moving to the area where the signals were picked up and will probably get there early Monday, Houston said. The Australian navy’s Ocean Shield, which is carrying high-tech sound detectors from the U.S. Navy, will also head there, but will first investigate the sound it picked up in its current region, about 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers) away, he said. Australian air force assets are also being deployed into the Haixun 01’s area to try to confirm or discount the signals’ relevance to the search, Houston said.

ISLAMABAD: Clerics have started joint efforts to revive the former Muttahida Majlise-Amal (MMA). A meeting among the heads of religio-political parties is likely to take place soon. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Liaqat Baloch has also expressed his keen desire to assure such an instance in the larger interest of Muslims. While the clerics also want to avoid any further division of mandate. Sources said that efforts have also been announced to end any reservations and concerns of the JUI-F, while there is a strong possibility of meeting among all MMA-related clerics in Islamabad soon. Baloch said that JI chief-designate Sirajul Haq had received many congratulation messages upon his appointment, and while replying to a question said that the MMA was an effective platform for religious parties but had some irreconcilable differences to face. “So far the JI is a coalition partner with the PTI in KP, hence it would have to wait until next elections for any decision,” he said. To another question, he said that the Milli Yakjehti Council was already active, while efforts were underway to increase its scope of action, announcing an international level convention on April 15. ONLINE


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KARACHI: A polio worker administers vaccine to a child in the presence of armed policemen at old area of Gulistan-e-Johar. ONlINe

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best interests of the nation,” he said, adding that industrialists and tycoons employed suppressive measures against labour. “efforts are being made to amalgamate labour and banking courts within the SHC, and such issues would be resolved soon,” he assured. “Courts are meant for dispensation of justice. I am proud of having the honour of being the nephew of (late) Manzar Alam who contested the case for (late) Maulvi Tameezuddin”. Addressing the event, Justice(R) Shahid Anwar paid glowing tributes to services rendered by (late) Justice Mamoon Qazi, while reminding that many renowned judges were indebted to labour courts for their careers. In his concluding address, IRAA general secretary Malik Rafiq said that Justice Mushir Alam, in the capacity of SHC CJ had appointed justice (r) Shahid Anwar Bajwa as caretaker of the labour court when the labour court started receiving funds for its effective functioning.

Young Karachites launch ‘Dawai’ KARACHI APP

The young Karachites on Sunday launched ‘Dawai’ - a home delivery service focused on dispensation of authentic medicines prescribed by qualified and licensed doctors only to people with restricted mobility or those who may be unable to visit pharmacy on their own. Fatima Surraiya Bajia, one of the known senior citizens of the country and a popular playwright, the chief guest at the soft launch of the service

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cited, the initiative unique in the country where a significant number of people needed this sort of support. Highly appreciative of young duo Furqan Kidwai and Irshad Ataka for their spirit, Bajia also hailed the team of qualified pharmacists for joining the cause. Furqan and Irshad talking to APP on the occasion said Public Convenience is the motive behind and that people can call for the facility via uAN 111329224 so that required medicines are delivered to them within two hours within

Karachi. In reply to a question about quality of service they said patient counseling, over the phone, prior to dispensation of drugs, by a qualified pharmacist is an essential and important component of the service. “Only qualified pharmacists answer the call and dispense medicines,” said Furqan mentioning that the service was already started a few days ago with people who had heard about by word of mouth personally contacted them. “This perhaps is again the only

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pharmacy that provides expiry date as well as batch numbers for all dispensed medicines,” added Irshad. The duo said the medicines are delivered by trained personnel with due consideration towards maintenance of required temperature and that cold chain is essentially maintained while no delivery charges are expected for medicines costing above Rs 3000, however, a nominal amount of Rs 100 is charged for order below Rs 3000. up to 10 percent discount is provided for above Rs 5000 order size. Furqan Kidwai holding Masters degrees from Cambridge university and Imperial College, London and Irshad Ataka with degree in economic from Durham university sounded confident that the project may be expanded to all major cities in the country with sincerity of purpose and deep sense of commitment

RangeRs RecoveR two kidnapped youth KARACHI INP

Rangers conducted a raid in Lyari area of the Karachi and recovered two abducted youth in the wee hours of Sunday. According to the Rangers spokesman, the raid was conducted after receiving secret information. He said the released youth were identified as Muhammad Aslam, 25 and Akbar, 14. Both the youth were kidnapped by the accused affiliated with Lyari gang war, the spokesman added. Meanwhile, in a targeted operation in Qasba Colony locality of Karachi, Rangers arrested an alleged target killer on late Saturday night. The Rangers personnel raided the areas near furniture market and Bangla Bazar in Qasba Colony. Giving details about the accused, the spokesman said he was involved in various incidents of target killings and he had affiliation with a political party. A huge cache of arms including LMG and an anti-aircraft gun was also recovered from the accused, the spokesman added. Meanwhile, Rangers conducted targeted raids in different areas of the city and arrested 15 alleged criminals including a target killer. According to a press release issued on Sunday, illegal weapons were also seized during the raids which were conducted in Natha Khan Goth, Landhi, Gulshan-eMaymar, Saudabad, Saeedabad, Kabbari Market and Bangala Bazar areas. Meanwhile, the Rangers also launched a search operation in Kashmore area against elements after in attempt to blow up a gas pipeline.

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At least three passengers were killed and several others injured as a recklessly driven coach overturned near Ghauspur on Indus Highway on Sunday. Police said the accident occurred near Ghauspur on Indus Highway. The injured were shifted to a hospital while many of them were reported to be in a critical condition.


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KARACHI: After the shortage of books of new course of schools, people search for old books from stalls of used books at Urdu Bazaar. ONLINE

Tharparkar famine: 2 more BILAWAL HAS A SURPRISE children die of malnutrition FOR STREET CHILDREN! THARPARKAR ONlINe

As many as two more children died of malnutrition in Tharparkar on Sunday. A private TV channel reported that the death toll in the area during the last three months had reached 238 and majority of the victims were children. The residents continue to migrate from different areas of Tharparkar while several locals also protested against the delay in relief activities in most rural areas of the district. With the rise in temperature, scores of residents of various villages of Thar, including children and women, are suffering from malaria, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, TB and other

diseases. Meanwhile, Bahria Town, Al-Khidmat Foundation, Falah-e-Insaniyat and other organisations are busy in relief activities in different areas of Tharparkar district. The desert region in Tharparkar, one of Pakistan’s poorest districts, spreads over nearly 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) in the country’s southeast and is home to some 1.3 million people. Between March 2013 and February this year, rainfall was 30 per cent below usual, according to government data, with the worst-hit towns of Diplo, Chacro and Islamkot barely touched by a drop of water for months. Life in the desert is closely tied to rain-dependent

crops and animals, with farmers relying on beans, wheat, and sesame seeds for survival, bartering surplus in exchange for livestock. The drought is not the only reason for the recent deaths — observers say they have come about as a result of endemic poverty, exacerbated by the drought and an outbreak of disease killing livestock. Authorities have been busy dispensing food aid and sending medics to attend to the sick following visits by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who leads the Pakistan People’s Party which rules the province. But observers say the relief work fails to address the root causes of such disasters and warn they are likely to be repeated.

Ji demands action against tanker mafia KARACHI INP

Former lawmakers of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) have demanded the Sindh chief minister to take effective action against the illegal water connections and tanker mafia in the metropolis and to ensure smooth supply of water to the citizens. In a joint statement issued on Sunday, JI former legislators including Muzaffar Hashmi, Laeeq Khan, Nasrullah Khan Shajih, Younus Barai and Hameedullah Advocate expressed their deep concern over the shortage of water supply to many areas of the

city. They alleged that the tanker mafia and illegal hydrants were running under the patronization of government officials, adding the criminal elements had complete support of the provincial minister for local bodies. “The artificial shortage of water is compelling the people of the city to purchase water tankers from tanker mafia at high prices, despite the fact that they are paying water and sewerage bills at regular basis,” they said. They further alleged that the officials of water and sewerage board were involved in providing illegal connections to different

factories and residential projects against hefty amount of bribe. However; elected representatives were silent over the said illegal and unjustified act. The JI exlawmakers said the provincial minister for local bodies and KWSB high officials were taking mock actions against the illegal hydrants and tanker mafia, adding that no action had yet to be taken against the criminal elements who involved in running illegal business of water distribution. They demanded the chief minister to take action against those criminal elements and ensure smooth supply of water to the citizens during scorching summer season.

Training workshop for cops concludes KARACHI: A 7-day training workshop for capacity building of the Sindh police organised jointly by the Sindh Police and Deutsche Gesellschaft for International Zusammenarbeit (GIS), Germany, concluded on Sunday. According to a statement issued, Additional IGP Sindh (Training) Ghulam Hyder Jamali distributed certificates among the participants. The workshop was conducted for a training course on “Method of Instructions”. More than 30 personnel attended the workshop. On the occasion, Jamali said that special attention was being given on training of police personnel. APP

KARACHI: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, patron-in-chief of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has congratulated Pakistan street children team for making serial victories up to the semi-finals in Street Child Football World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a congratulatory message to Pakistan’s Street Child Football team and its management, Bilawal said he had a surprise for the Pakistani Street Child

Football team and assured that he would always be in the front to project and promote the nation’s youth in every sphere of life. He said steps would be taken to encourage football in Sindh, specially Karachi, where world’s great footballers were awaiting their discovery by sports authorities. The Pakistani team defeated three countries in matches up to semi-final in Street Child Football World Cup and won

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KASHMORE: A man strangulated his wife to death for honour over ‘karokari’ charges and managed to escape on Sunday. Police said that accused, Himat Ali Golatto, hailing from village Muhammad Haleem Mehr of Kandhkot was suspicious about the character of his wife. After exchange of hot words, the accused strangulated his 25-year-old wife, Zameeran Golatto, and disappeared along with the dead body. INP

hearts back home. He also appreciated Azad Foundation, which led the Pakistani team to World Cup. APP

MEHTAB FOR ACTION AGAINST WHEAT SMUGGLING KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said on Sunday that each and every step would be taken to control the smuggling of wheat to other provinces. According to a statement, taking notice of the reports about the alleged involvement of food department staff in smuggling of wheat to Balochistan, Jam Mehtab said strict action would be taken against the people of his department if found involved in wheat smuggling. APP

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Dacoits looted millions of rupees and gold ornaments from a private bank here on

Sunday. According to media reports, the dacoits looted Rs 2.1 million and broke 60 lockers in the bank last night in Garden area of the city. A

case has been registered with Soldier Bazar police station. enraged people of the bank and area protested and threw stones at building against the dacoity incident.


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Afghan Free and fair election of 1970 elections No democracy can survive without the sanctity of the ballot In defiance of terrorists

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HE enthusiasm displayed by the Afghan masses during Saturday elections should be highly discouraging for the TTP which is vainly trying to turn the clock backwards like its Afghan counterparts. Afghans turned out in large numbers to vote, defying threats from the Taliban who had vowed to disrupt the polls through violent methods and punish voters. The wide participation led the government to extend the polling hours by an hour to allow those standing in queues to cast their vote. The election has sent a message to the Taliban that it is not possible in this day and age to cow down the masses through use of terror. The Afghan elections constitute an endorsement of democracy and a rejection of theocracy imposed through violent means. Pakistan is a much more advanced country than its next door neighbour vis a vis social development, evolution of institutions and women empowerment. The Afghan elections should provide confidence to the PML-N government to stand up to terror instead of yielding to it. The Afghan elections mark the first democratic transfer of presidential power in the country's turbulent history. The enthusiasm for democracy has removed the perception that the moment the foreign troops are out, the Taliban would capture Kabul in one fell swoop. There are a number of other challenges, however, that lie ahead for the new administration. A problem would arise if, as expected, no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the votes. It would force a runoff that could delay the installation of a new president for

The new government has to try to end the ongoing insurgency at the earliest to ensure that the country does not recede into chaos that suits Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. several months. Another issue is that of signing a security deal with the US to allow American troops to stay past 2014 which had been okayed by the Loya Jirga but was held back as Hamid Karzai refused to ratify it. one hopes the next president would take a decision in this respect without much delay. Another challenge before the next administration would be handling of terrorism through an appropriate mix of dialogue and use of the state’s repressive machinery. Afghanistan badly needs to realise broad-based and inclusive peace and reconciliation at an early date. The country has a history of ethnic and sectarian conflict which not only threaten Afghan national unity but are also capable of acting as a destabilising factor in the region. The new government has to try to end the ongoing insurgency at the earliest to ensure that the country does not recede into chaos that suits Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. For this it would do well to reach out to neighbouring countries to evolve a joint strategy against the forces that are a threat to peace and stability in and around Afghanistan.

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E the students of the 1960s brought down the government of the first usurper in 1969. There were battles on the Mall road; young comrades of change on one side and the forces of the evil empire on the other. Self-proclaimed Filed Marshal was basically a coward. He was reprimanded several times during his checkered career. Assassination attempt on him at Peshawar dampened his political will. His heir apparent Gohar Ayub Khan was basking in the glory of his wealth and as such was not interested in fighting for the throne. Keeping his tradition of cowardice, the field marshal failed to follow his own constitution and handed over power to the army chief and went home. one unit of West Pakistan was dismembered and elections on the basis of one man one vote were announced. The controlled and manipulated Basic Democracy (BD) system of Ayub Khan ceased to exist. For Pakistan it was the dawn of democracy; for the comrades of change it was a great political triumph. The ballot in 1970 was free, fair and

honest. However, there were some boycotts and complaints. The National Awami Party (NAP) of Maulana Bhashani objected to the unfair tilt in favour of the Awami League, while Jamaat as usual complained of irregularities. Seikh Mujib-ur-rehman in East Pakistan and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) in West Pakistan prevailed on an antiestablishment platform. Yahya and his team were confident of dealing with the elected leaders after the ballot, so they did not manipulate. People’s power had finally prevailed in the country. The establishment in Pakistan had no experience in dealing with real politicians. From 1951 to 1958 there was a surgical strike to eliminate the founding fathers of the country. Hussain Shaheed Suharwardy, the President of the Awami League and Prime Minister (PM), was more comfortable in dealing with Sheikh Mujib-ur-rehman, an ordinary worker of the party. The same Mujib became untouchable with heavy mandate. ZAB was too smart for the khakis and the babus; while he flirted with them his hidden intentions were to outsmart them. Ayub Khan operated through the thanas to get elected. Every BD member was picked up by an SHo and taken to the polling station to cast his vote and then kept under house arrest till the results were announced in the evening. The operation was executed flawlessly by the ‘paiti bhais’ in malatia shirts with protruding bellies. It was selection through controlled elections. I remember a very interesting election for a provincial assembly seat of Lahore in the 1960, contested by Chaudhry Eid Muhammad of rattan Cinema and Ahmed Saeed Kirmani, a seasoned member of the Muslim League. Kirmani sahib was a member of the opposition Council League while Chaudhry sahib was a part of the Sarkari Convention League. Fearing defeat Kirmani sahib

started flirting with the president and changed loyalties on being awarded a party ticket. Governor Kalabagh was no pushover and he decided to throw his weight behind Chaudhry sahib. It was a close contest but the local administration played a decisive role. The official party candidate lost resulting in embarrassment for the president. Finally, when the governor was changed and a new cabinet formed, Kirmani sahib was a part of it. Ayub Khan’s 1962 constitution is perhaps the only document of its kind which was prepared and promulgated by an individual. It was widely believed that like the city of Lyalpur was built around Ghanta Ghar, the constitution was built to suit Ayub Khan. With his fall the entire edifice collapsed. In a charged political environment of one man one vote and effective/popular leadership and with no manipulating mechanism in place the 1970 elections were held in an open and transparent manner. For the first time the people of Pakistan exercised their right to vote and elected a constituent assembly to frame a new constitution. It was back to the drawing board. A new path forward had to be drawn. Barring a few seats, the Awami League won heavily in East Pakistan, but not a single seat in the Western part. Likewise the People’s Party emerged victorious in Punjab and Sindh with inroads in KP and Balochistan. With clear and decisive mandate both the elected leaders were unwilling to sit in the opposition while the establishment had no plans to transfer power. The elections were held to frame a constitution not to hand over the reins of the country. The net result was the breakup of Quaid’s Pakistan. The Bengalis could not take it anymore. When ZAB took over of what remained of Pakistan there was total vacuum to the extent that he was inducted as the first civilian martial law admin-

istrator. The Supreme Court under Hamood-ur-rehman was getting ready to release Malik Ghulam Gillani and thereby declaring both Ayub and Yayha’s takeover illegal. Bhutto was forced to promulgate the interim 1972 constitution and lift martial law. The assembly then brunt the midnight oil to craft the most sacred document that has withstood the test of times and is now on road to complete restoration. The 1973 constitution is a living document. ZAB was the chief architect of the constitution and containment of the evil empire. The country was back on the democratic path. But things began to change in 1975 with military action in Balochistan. ZAB was emerging as the undisputed leader of Pakistan, Muslim world and the Third World. He had the bulk of public support but somehow he got convinced of total control by the resurgent establishment that was fighting to reassert itself. An election cell was created within ISI to manipulate the electoral process. With his public support intact ZAB was poised to win the 1977 election which were unnecessarily tainted by manipulation in a few constituencies. The 1970 election was free and fair as there was no cell to derail the process. Since the formation of this centre of evil every election has been tampered with (1977, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2008 and 2013). The Supreme Court has also shown its discomfort with this cell. The democratic journey of Pakistan started with a free and fair ballot and it remains the most effective mechanism for long term sustainability of what remains of Quaid’s Pakistan. No democracy can survive without the sanctity of the ballot. Every vote has to be counted and respected.

Dr Farid A Malik is ex-Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation, Email: fmaliks@hotmail.com.

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or some years, the activists from India have been trying to persuade Pakistan to pay homage to Bhagat Singh, rajguru and Sukhdev who went to the gallows in the thirties to strengthen the struggle for freedom. The change has come about in Pakistan. There was a candle light vigil at Lahore on March 23, the day Bhagat Singh was hanged, along with his two comrades. The Pakistan media also devoted programmes in the memory of Bhagat Singh. This is a bold defiance to the Jammat-e-Islami which considers every non-Muslim a Kafir. I have no doubt that one day, both India and Pakistan, would jointly celebrate the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh and his comrades. regretfully, India, which overclaims Bhagat Singh, took no notice of the sacrifice by the three. The media was conspicuous by its silence. There was no meeting held in their memory much less lighting candles. True, the Indian society has ousted the value system. But I had never imagined that even the memory of those who made today’s democratic polity possible would get no mention.

one other development which is beyond the realm of my conjecture is the bickering in the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), known for its cohesion and solidarity. When even a stalwart like Jaswant Singh, who headed finance and foreign affairs in the BJP government is denied ticket from his old constituency, Barmer, there is something wrong with the party. Jawant Singh broke down before the TV cameras. He has accused the ‘outsiders’ without mentioning their name for his humiliation. It is obvious that he is talking about the rashtriya Swyamsewak Sangh (rSS) which is directly taking part in politics instead of staying in the background and using the BJP as an instrument. rSS reportedly feels that the BJP, particularly its leadership, has compromised with the ideology of Hindutava. This explains why rSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was present at the Central election committee selecting the party’s candidates. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi fits into the framework rSS has in view. He refuses to say ‘sorry’ for the killing of Muslims in his state in 2002. And he proudly flaunts ‘Hindu nationalism’ instead of Indian nationalism. Development which Modi emphasises is a state subject. This is the reason why the Planning Commission calls the meeting of chief ministers the Development Council, which gives approval to the 5-year plan. There is no Modi wave. People want a change from the Congress, known for scams and mis-governance. They want an alternative. The BJP is no better and its rule is remembered by the scandals at that time. I feel dismayed when even liberals are taken in by the propaganda that the country needs a national leader to set the things right. Mrs Indira Gandhi also raised the Garibi Hatao slogan and imposed the emer-

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gency to suspend even the constitution. India is a federal polity and has no place for the presidential system of rule. I am amused over the remark that the coming Lok Sabha election is a contest between corruption and communalism. Both are evil. How does it matter if a candidate is corrupt or communalist? I believe that the distinction is a brainwave of some candidates: who are corrupt and want to hide their sins by mouthing the slogan of pluralism. However, the entire discussion is of little consequence because the two main parties, the Congress and the BJP have fielded tainted and extremist candidates. (Thirty percent of candidates have a criminal record). The Congress is more to blame because its ideology is that of secularism. The BJP makes no bones about the pro-Hindu stance since it wants to polarise the society. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is right when she says that the BJP is sowing the seeds of poison. The Congress, with rahul Gandhi as its leader, may claim to be pluralist in his outlook. But this does not condone the numerous communal riots during the Congress rule in the country on one hand and the corrupt deals in which the party has been involved in its 10year rule on the other. Many skeletons have tumbled out of the cupboard. Many more may come out if and when a non-Congress government assumes power at the centre. A new phenomenon has emerged in the shape of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which once evoked idealism and provided a non-Congress and non-BJP alternative. But the party is losing sheen because it lacks ideology and projects only its leader Arvind Kejriwal. Too much authority is concentrated in him and he flaunts it. Which party it chooses is a dilemma before an ordinary voter. With Modi,

there is every chance of an autocratic country, although the growth oriented India would be more centrally controlled and less democratic. A slight dip in his popularity graph indicates that more and more people are seeing through the façade of progress Modi has created. When I listen to rahul Gandhi I vainly seek direction. He has improved in the last few weeks. But the nation cannot be entrusted to him. Perhaps he would have matured by the general election in 2019. At present he is trying to please everybody. He too is lacking ideological clarity more so, in the foreign policy field. The challenge before the nation is a lack of leadership and governance. The Congress has been found wanting in both. The party has wasted the 10 years of its governance. Even now the Congress is miles away from the leadership it provided till the seventies. Probably, the initial thrust was because of the people who had gone through the fire of national movement. They followed a value system. What is the Congress today except the people who want power by hook or by crook? Even their body language reflects arrogance. The party has committed the unpardonable sin of linking politics with the state. When ministers are on the take why shouldn’t underpaid government officials be? No doubt, the BJP has come to occupy more space than the Congress. When some top officials join the party after retirement or by resigning from the service, there has to be a serious study to know why it is so. I think that such officials were inclined towards the BJP philosophy even when they were in service. Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.


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EOPLE might think it is wrong for me to condemn a report I haven’t read. But since the report condemns a program I ran, I think I have justification. On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify and release hundreds of pages of its report on US terrorist interrogation practices. Certain senators have proclaimed how devastating the findings are, saying the CIA’s program was unproductive, badly managed and misleadingly sold. Unlike the committee’s staff, I don’t have to examine the program through a rear-view mirror. I was responsible for administering it, and I know that it produced critical intelligence that helped decimate al-Qaeda and save American lives. The committee’s staff members started with a conclusion in 2009 and have chased supportive evidence ever since. They never spoke to me or other top CIA leaders involved in the program, or let us see the report. Without reviewing it, I cannot offer a detailed rebuttal. But there are things the public should consider. The first is context. The detention and interrogation program was not built in a vacuum. It was created in the months after Sept. 11, 2001, when nearly 3,000 men, women and children were murdered. It was constructed shortly after Richard Reid narrowly missed bringing down an airliner with explosives hidden in his shoes. It continued while US intelligence learned that rogue Pakistani scientists had met with Osama bin Laden to discuss the possibility of creating crude nuclear devices. When we captured high-ranking al-

Qaeda operative Abu Zubaida in 2002, we knew he could help us track down other terrorists and might provide infor-

mation to allow us to stop another attack. Those who suggest we should have questioned him more gently have

never felt the burden of protecting innocent lives. Second is effectiveness. I don’t know what the committee thinks it found in the files, but I know what I saw in real time: a program that provided critical information about the operations and leadership of al-Qaeda. Intelligence work is like doing a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle without the picture on the box top and with millions of extra pieces. The committee staff started with the box top, the pieces in place, and pronounced the puzzle a snap. The interrogation program was not flawless. But we identified and rectified our mistakes and, where appropriate, reported suspected wrongdoing to the Justice Department. Third is authority. This program was approved at the highest levels of the government, judged legal by the Justice Department and regularly briefed to the leaders of our congressional oversight committees. There was never any effort to mislead the administration or Congress about the program. In 2006, then-CIA Director Michael Hayden expanded those fully briefed on the program to include all members of the intelligence oversight committees. It is a travesty that these efforts at transparency are now branded insufficient and misleading. When portions of the report are released, I hope the CIA’s response, pointing out its flawed analysis, is also made public. But before anything is released, authorities must ensure that we don’t make the job of my successors, who are trying to prevent future terrorist attacks, any harder. Jose A Rodriguez Jr. is the former head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service and the author of “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives.”

World population trends signal danger ahead Yale Global Barry Mirkin

The United Nations has released population data confirming the continuation of long-term global demographic trends and a larger global population than previously projected. Nations cannot afford to ignore trends including reduced fertility among most nations and limited family planning for others, and growing ranks of the elderly and accelerated urbanisation pose new challenges. The world population is larger. Global population achieved a milestone in 2011, hitting the 7 billion mark. Currently at 7.2 billion, the world is projected to increase by almost another billion people, climbing to 8.1 billion by 2025. The population is older. Countries continue to age substantially, with those aged 60 or older the fastest growing segment. In developed countries, almost one in four is an older person, with older people than children. Fertility is lower and family size smaller. The decline in population growth at the world level is the consequence of near universal reduction of fertility. Women are marrying later or not at all, postponing childbearing and having fewer or no children, and fertility has fallen to 2.5 children per woman. People are also living longer. Life expectancy is higher in most countries due to systematic progress against mortality. One can expect to live to age 77 in developed countries and to age 67 in developing countries. The world is more urbanised. More than half of the world's population consists of urban dwellers, and this is expected to climb to two-thirds by mid-century. International migration is increasing in both volume and impact. Although the increase in the number of migrants has faltered in the aftermath of the global economic recession, more people than ever reside in a country other than where they were born. There are 232 million international migrants, 3 percent of world population. Propelled towards a world of 8 bil-

lion in little over a decade, the world continues on an unchartered trajectory. Virtually all population increase will take place in the world's poorer countries, those least able to absorb these increases. Most of the growth is occurring in countries with high fertility, especially in Africa, as well as those countries with large populations, namely India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and the United States. One reason accounting for the large population increases is an unmet need for family planning which remains high in the poorest parts of the world. An estimated 220 million women still lack ready access to safe, effective, readily available and low-cost contraceptives. By mid-century, according to United Nations demographers, the world will contain 9.6 billion people, some 300 million more than previously projected. The great majority of these unanticipated births resulting from higher than expected fertility will be in countries classified as least developed by the United Nations and thus the poorest in the world. Moreover, many are failed or failing states, namely those in the throes of chronic political instability and armed conflict, factors that mitigate against the provision of basic services, such as health care and family planning. This upward revision in fertility has a snowballing effect, so world population is now expected to peak in 2100 at 10.9 billion people, instead of the previously projected 10.1 billion. The revised population projections include notable findings at the country level. The population of India is expected to surpass that of China around 2028, sooner than previously thought, when both countries will have populations of around 1.45 billion. Thereafter, India's population will continue to grow for several decades and peak at around 1.6 billion before declining slowly to 1.5 billion in 2100. The population of China, on the other hand, is projected to shrink after 2030, possibly falling to 1.1 billion by 2100. Nigeria's population is likely to surpass that of the United States before the middle of the century. By the end

of the century, Nigeria could begin to rival China as the second most populous country in the world. Most of the planet's people will live in cities. Virtually all expected population growth will be concentrated in the urban areas of poor countries increasing the threat of pollution and epidemic. By 2050, the number of people living in cities will almost be equal to today's world population. In 1950, only two cities in the world had at least 10 million inhabitants. Today, 23 megacities have more than 10 million inhabitants; by 2025, the number of megacities is projected to reach 37. Faced with the opportunities and challenges associated with urbanisation, many governments have traditionally sought to stem migration to large cities with a host of policies that have proven largely ineffective. Needed, instead are policies and adaptation strategies to accommodate future urban growth. These must include developing appropriate infrastructure and providing access to basic education and training, health, gainful employment, especially among young people, so that countries can reap the benefits of economies of scale and greater efficiency as well as minimise environmental and other adverse impacts of urban growth. Furthermore, policies that facilitate the reduction of fertility by ensuring that couples have access to modern contraception, combined with concerted efforts to improve education and employment prospects for young girls and women, can contribute to moderate increases in the number of urban dwellers, thereby making it easier for developing countries to adjust to the transformations associated with growing urbanisation. Cities have often served as the engines of economic growth, thus vital to a nation's socioeconomic development. In a major development, the Chinese government last year showcased its renewed war on poverty by announcing an ambitious strategy to transfer much of China's population from rural to urban areas. The hope is

the approach will lead to higher standards of living for China's rural poor and heightened domestic consumer demand. Earlier restrictions on internal migration had created a de-facto illegal migrant population in many Chinese cities, without access to government services. This had been cited as a source of social instability and served to highlight the uneven distribution of benefits from China's economic growth. Chinese leaders must ensure adequate food supplies for a surging urban population while simultaneously promoting rural depopulation - a difficult juggling act in view of an oft expressed goal of ensuring national selfsufficiency in food production. In another major population policy shift, China also announced in 2013, that after 30 years, it was revising its one-child policy. The new policy permits couples to have two children if either spouse is an only child. The policy adjustment, however, is expected to have only a marginal impact on China's population. In the years ahead, governments and the international community must address development consequences of population dynamics before they unfold by adopting forward-looking and pro-active policies based on past, current and foreseeable demographic trends. These population trends present challenges for all societies in the 21st century including low labour force participation, especially among youth; limited female empowerment; environmental degradation; food and water shortages; rapid urbanisation; insufficient provision of housing, education and medical care; restrictive immigration policies; forced displacement and failing states. Good planning could reduce the cost of unforeseen investments in security and disaster relief for the inevitable crises ahead. Barry Mirkin works as a consultant on population issues, having retired from the United Nations Population Division in 2009. He served the UN in the field of population and development in New York and overseas for 35 years.

WORLD VIEW 09 China's image through foreigners' eyes Jie FanG DailY Wang Xiao, Jiao LinJun, Wu yingyu Chinese president Xi Jinping is on his first European visit, and once again China finds itself in the international diplomatic spotlight, with much attention focused on the president's practical diplomatic skills and human touch. It is inevitable that people will begin to ask how China’s national image appears to foreign eyes. A recent survey reveals the answer. The global survey “China's image in foreigners' eyes” has been conducted by Liu Kang and his team since 2009. Liu is a professor at American Duke University, and head of the Institute of Arts and Humanities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Polling has been completed in the US, Asia and Latin America. What is China's image in foreigners' eyes? Survey in the uS The data was collected two years after the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Although the result of the global survey has not been made public, Liu found that an increasing number of foreigners have a favourable impression of China. In contrast with the American media’s negative attitude toward China, American nationals were not hostile to China. On international relations, 42% of Americans consider China as partner, 27.7% think China is their enemy, another 29.6% remain neutral. 60.8% of Americans believe that "China has influence in world politics", and 77% think China will increase its influence in the world over the next decade; more than half of Americans (54.9%) agree that the Chinese government is pursuing the right policies in Sino-US relations; 60% of Americans believe that China plays a decisive role in the world, but also two thirds think China has failed to shoulder its international obligations as a major country; a majority of Americans are interested in Sino-US relations, considering that China and US have common interests; 59.3% also believe that the American economy will suffer greater damage than China if the two countries do not maintain cooperation in matters of trade. On China's politics and economy, Americans also have greater understanding, and recognise China's achievements in economic development. 55% of Americans agreed with the statement that "The Chinese people are satisfied with the political system", while 17.8% were neutral, and 25% respondents disagreed; 64.3% of Americans think the Chinese economy is competitive on the international stage. However, with regard to Chinese culture, American public opinion is less positive than might be expected. Fewer than 30% feel that Chinese popular culture is attractive; only a little more than 40% believe that China has a long and rich traditional culture. Survey in ASiA The survey in Asia was conducted from 2010 to 2012, covering 12 countries and regions from East Asia and Southeast Asia: Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and the Chinese mainland. More than half the people from China's neighbouring northeast Asian countries (an average of 60.9%) believe China has significant influence in Asia, while 24.6% think that the US has influence, as well as believing that China's influence is negative. In contrast, 46.6% of people from Southeast Asian countries think the US has greater influence in Asia than China; 33% have a good impression of China and believe that China's influence is greater. Survey in LAtin AmericA The survey in Latin America was conducted in 2012, covering 24 countries. The study found that China has a positive image in Latin American countries that is superior to America's. China's influence in Latin America is perceived as lower than America's, but the gap is narrowing. 50.3% people in Latin America think America is the most influential country in the region, with China placed second (25.1%). They believe that the gap in influence between the US and China will be reduced in next decade (30.9% vs 39.1%). More Latin Americans gave a positive assessment of China’s influence than the US (70.6% vs 63.9%). Latin Americans believe that China has a big impact on their region, scoring 65.8 out of 100. China's development model is applauded by Latin American people - the second choice after the US - while 56.6% people in Latin America recognise that Chinese enterprises make a contribution to its economy. For the moment, the survey represents rare feedback from the above three regions on China's public image in the international arena.


10 BUSINESS ‘Pak-India trade can cross $10b’ LAHORE: The government is making sincere efforts to improve trade ties with India and Pak-India trade volume can cross $10 billion in a few years, said Chairman Pak India Business Council (PIBC) Noor Muhammad Kasuri on Sunday. Liberalization of trade between Pakistan and India will bring peace, progress and prosperity in the two countries as both have enormous untapped business potential, he said in an interview with APP. He said Pakistan would be a beneficiary of the liberalized trade as its industrialists and exporters would get a big market. Kasuri said trade through land routes and train should be given preference, which would not only make Lahore a hub of economic activities but also boom its real estate sector. He said the prices of cement in Pakistan were the lowest in the world with the highest quality standard and Indians could benefit from it. APP

Knitwear exports increase to US $ 2.03b ISLAMABAD: The incentives announced in first ever textiles policy has resulted in boost to knitwear exports that have reached US $ 2.03 billion from US $ 1.73 billion. The ministry of textile industry adopted measures to facilitate the sector to enhance exports while under the policy (2009-14). Various short- to medium-term schemes were notified including SRO of duty-free import of textiles machinery by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Under textiles policy initiatives Rs 28.75 billion have been disbursed by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) till date. The ministry on Sunday announced that there were 973 knitwear exporting units registered with Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association. These include 392 in Karachi, 159 in Lahore, 275 in Faisalabad and 147 in Sialkot. Meanwhile, Pakistan Hosiery Association said their membership has decreased since 2005. However, the total numbers of new textile companies registered with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) were 485 against 265 companies that were dissolved during 2008 to 2012. Importantly since 2005, the knitwear exports have increased from $ 1.73 billion to $ 2.03 billion. APP

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HE Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) has projected exports of the country from US $ 18.21 billion to US $ 54.2 billion under its five-year SME development plan. The Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) development plan for 2013-18 has been launched to lift growth trajectory of SMEs in globally competitive environment. The other projected areas of the plan are employment from 14.85 million to 25 million, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from US $ 73.95 billion to US $ 193.5 billion and

number of enterprises from 1.73 million to two million. According to information issued by ministry of industries and production here on Sunday, numerous measures were adopted to achieve the task including allocation of Rs 240.892 million in PSDP 2013-14. During this year, the SMEDA managed some public sector development programme (PSDP) projects in different cities of the country with a total outlay of Rs 1,444.7 million. There are Sports Industries Development Centre, Sialkot, Foundry Service Centre, Lahore, Women Business Development Center, Karachi, Red Chilies Processing Centre, Kunri, Women Business Incubation Center, Quetta, Common Facility Training

Center (CFTC) for Light Engineering Cluster, Mardan, Establishment of Common Facility Center (CFC) for Honey Processing and Packaging, Swat, Women Business Development Center, Mingora, Establishment of Common Facility Center (CFC) for Silk Cluster at Mingora, Establishment of Spinning Common Facility Center (CFC) at Islampur, Swat, Women Business Development Center, Peshawar, SME Subcontracting Exchange, Gujranwala, SMEDA SME Facilitation Complex at PITAC and Sialkot Business and Commerce Centre. Moreover, with regard to SME’s access to finance, SMEDA has signed an MoU with State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for their support

while MoUs were also signed for SMEs facilitation including holding of seminars. The ministry said parallel to infrastructure support, the SMEDA in collaboration with international agencies such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), German International Cooperation (GIZ), and local experts, is providing technical assistance to SMEs across a range of industries to upgrade their skills and improve systems down to the shop level. The Investment Promotion Unit (IPU) in collaboration with UNIDO has been established at SMEDA for investment promotion in Pakistani SMEs and channelizing investment to high growth sectors.

Women entrepreneurs fail in husband-run firms: study ISLAMABAD: Women who start new businesses with men are less likely to lead it. And when they co-found a business with their husbands, they have even fewer chances to be in charge, a study finds. “This study raises awareness of the conditions that limit women’s access and also makes us aware of what might be done to increase the likelihood that women will attain positions of authority,” explained Tiantian Yang, a graduate student in department of sociology at University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill, Khaleej Times reported. Yang and Howard Aldrich, chair of the sociology department, wanted to explain gender inequality in new businesses because previous research has mostly examined the issue in established organisations. The researchers used a nationally representative sample of 362 mixedgender start-up teams with 880 entrepreneurs on those teams. Seventy percent of the mixed-gender teams the duo studied were husband-wife teams. “Our explanation for more pronounced gender inequality in spousal teams is that when husband and wife work together, they carry with them the cultural expectations for the male breadwinner and the female homemaker roles into the business setting,” Yang commented. More children there are at home, the more it amplifies the expectation that the woman would also take on the role of leader of the household, Yang added. The researchers found that gender inequality in entrepreneurial teams can be reduced when people adopt organisational templates such as signing a formal operating agreement and developing a business plan in the early stages of the company’s founding. The study, published in the journal American Sociological Review, is one of the first to explore the emergence of gender roles in new businesses. APP

KARACHI: A vendor selling used spare parts at a stall in Ranchore Line. Online

Ministry to forward LNG terminal objections to SGS ISLAMABAD Online

The ministry of petroleum and natural resources has decided to send all the objections against Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL) to SGS Pakistan, the consultant company on the project for their review. A source privy to the Ministry concerned informed ‘Online’ that SGS Pakistan, a top consultant company is being requested by the Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Resources to review the various objections posed against the Elengy Terminal Pakistan

Limited. Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL) is seeking license for the construction of country’s first LNG terminal at Post Qasim, however has been pointed out with several objections and questions regarding its some of incomplete pre-requisites. Among these in complete pre-requisites, the company still has to acquire one of the Non-Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Defence, that in accordance with the statement of CEO, ETPL was in process. Another strong objection rose by the various stakeholders is about the lack of pre-requisite studies namely

the Hydrolic and HAZOP studies. Another source told ‘Online’, that the opponents who oppose awarding of license for the construction of country’s first LNG terminal at Post Qasim also points out that after the construction of the terminal the security risk in the area because of it would rise ten-fold, affecting the other business activities in the area. Port Qasim Authorities board that is recently been constituted has still to process the approval to the LNG terminal construction, as well as issuing NoC to the Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited. These and many other objec-

tions in relation with the awarding of license for the construction of mega LNG terminal to the ETPL would not be processed to the consultant firm of the project SGS Pakistan. SGS Pakistan after detailed review would provide consultation to the ministry concerned regarding issuance of license to the ETPL for the construction of LNG terminal that is scheduled to be stated by current year. After the construction of the terminal, country’s capacity to store LNG would be enhanced and the services may also be used by the various private companies as well.

Surgical goods exports fetch $867.6 million in 3 years ISLAMABAD APP

Pakistan has earned total foreign exchange of around US $ 867.6 million through exports of surgical goods during the last three years. The total number of surgical instruments exported during the period was $ 543.515 million which included $133.699 million 2010-11, $185.258 million in 2011-12 and $224.558 million surgical instruments were exported to different countries during 2012-13. According to the ministry of commerce on Sunday, numerous incen-

tives were given to traders of surgical instruments and products including market access incentive. Under this, the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) sent a Marketing Study Mission to Japan including chairman and vice-chairman of Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (SIMAP) so that they could understand the market access requirements and regulatory

procedures and disseminate the same information among their members. The TDAP also sponsored a trade delegation to Malaysia comprising nine

leading exporters of surgical and dental instruments to represent and introduce Pakistani products to Malaysian market. The ministry said in

order to make the visit more meaningful, the TDAP hired a stall in international healthcare conference and exhibition at Kuala Lumpur where delegates displayed their products and met with large numbers of buyers and importers at one place. Moreover, an 11-member TDAP sponsored trade delegation from the Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association (SIMAP) visited Uzbekistan while to increase manufacturing of surgical instruments in the country minimum FoB

price of surgical instrument have been set to help eliminate internal price competition as nobody would be able to export surgical instruments below standard price. The TDAP is also developing a booklet along with updated profiles of top surgical manufacturers who are already exporting to Japan. These booklets would be distributed amongst Japanese buyers by JICA mentioning that these surgical companies are already being exported to Japan and fulfill the quality requirements and deserve more orders from other Japanese buyers.


LEISURE 11

Monday, 7 April, 2014

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taurus

gemini

Your deepest emotional connections are highlighted today -- old friends, family members and your partner are all in the spotlight. Give them what they need and honor what you've got together.

It's a great day for lunch meetings, dinner dates and any other social events involving food or beverages. Somehow the shared experience brings you much closer together. Work it!

You need to rein in your spending, if only for the day. Things are looking good, but it's smart to ensure that you'll be okay if a dry spell pops up later on. Put some money away for later!

cancer

leo

virgo

It's all about you right now -- so pamper yourself a little! It's a good time for you to deal with any personal issues that you've been avoiding for whatever reason. You need a clean slate!

It's time to back away from the spotlight -- you've got better things to do than handle a crowd of admirers. In fact, you may want to push someone else into your place and let them see how it feels.

You need some family time -- which could mean almost anything from playing with your kids to remembering your ancestors. It could also mean getting more serious with your sweetie, so you decide.

libra

scorpio

sagittarius

You're far too deep in this new situation to see that there's more than just two sides -- so do what you can to pull free emotionally. It may take a long time, but it is sure to be worthwhile.

Your intuitive energy is quite powerful today! That could mean that you're in the right space to take care of something tricky that has been on the back burner, so brace yourself and get on it!

You and your sweetie or best friend are out of sync today, but don't read too much into it. Things are sure to get better soon, and you'll likely feel like a champ by the end of the day.

capricorn

aquarius

pisces

This is not a good day for denial or avoidance. Your energy is quite direct, so focus it and see if you can solve as many problems as you can. You may actually clear off your plate in the long run!

Things are not easy for you today -- though that could be as painless as a little extra traffic or a catty coworker. If life gets really weird, there's no shame in a strategic retreat. It can't last long!

Take time out for fun today! Your personal energy is quite positive, and you should be able to make a game out of almost anything if you feel like it. Things are getting better and better for you!

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

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1 container to drink from — prize (3) 2 come together again (7) 3 very dark (4) 4 cheerful and friendly (6) 5 urbanised (8) 6 part of body — wind instrument (5) 7 general in "your country needs you" poster (9) 10 victorian taxi (6,3) 12 lead door (anag) — the land of gold! (2,6) 15 london football club (7) 16 crazy fellow (6) 18 serious drinker (5) 20 cat (4) 23,19 hoofed animal(s) (3,4)

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1 timepiece for the mantelshelf (8,5) 8 strong leather — (american) football (7) 9 inebriated (5) 10 fixture for hanging (4) 11 short length — steal (4-4) 13 incendiary liquid (6) 14 navigational guide (6) 17 such as one can take or leave (8) 19 see 23 21 coconut kernel (5) 22 pleasure craft (7) 24 migrant — wanderer (4,2,7)

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SolDieRS Set to weAR night ViSion ContACtS AfteR ReSeARCheRS DeVelop SupeR-thin SenSoRS

A new, super-thin infrared light sensor could become an invaluable tool for the soldiers of the future as researchers work to develop the advance into night vision contact lenses. Created by University of Michigan researchers Ted Norris and Zhaohui Zhong, the sensor uses an atom-thin material called graphene which could be layered onto contact lenses. Graphene takes infrared rays and translates them into electrical signals. The process is similar to the way silicon chip in a digital camera work with visible light, Wired reported. ‘If we integrate it with a contact lens or other wearable electronics, it expands your vision,’ Zhong said. ‘It provides you another way of interacting with your environment.’ An insulating layer is placed between the two graphene layers then connected to electric current. Once infrared light hits it, the electrical reaction is amplified, converting into a visible image. However as researchers must still figure out how to produce a better light sensitivity and broader range of temperature, a useable contact model is still years away. Norris and Zhong said they will need either commercial or governmental partners to move the project forward. Initial support was provided by the National Science Foundation. Beyond its military applications, the tech could be integrated into smartphone cameras for pictures in the dark, or car windshields for better night-time driving. ONLINE

ChineSe womAn weARS weDDing DReSS eVeRyDAy foR 10 yeARS

A 47-year-old Chinese woman is so happy to have found true love that she hasn’t taken off her wedding dress for the past ten years. You might think that’s crazy, but wait till you hear everything she’s been through. At age 18, Xiang Junfeng was kidnapped from her hometown and sold to an elderly man. She was forced to marry him and lived for 15 years in captivity before she found the courage to run away. A native of Jimo, in China’s Shandong Province, Xiang was sold to a man in the neighboring city of Linyi. He ended up using her as a slave, putting her to work in the fields. After several years of living in captivity, she managed to escape by running to Liujiazhuang village where a local woman helped her. Eventually, the woman turned out to be Xiang’s saviour in more than one way. She introduced Xiang to her own brother, Zhu Zhengliang, and the couple tied the knot in 2004. This event made poor Xiang so happy that she’s refused to wear anything but her wedding attire ever since. Although she got married with just the one dress, Xiang later had three more made – one for each season. “I bought one and made the other three,” she said. “I had only ever known a violent and abusive man and I avoided men until I met my new partner who brought me truly out of my shell and treated me so differently. I couldn’t believe it when he asked me to marry him.” “My wedding day was the happiest day of my life and I never wanted it to end, and that was when I decided I wanted to not only keep wearing my wedding dress, but actually got four other wedding dresses as well.” Ever since the wedding, Xiang’s husband has been helping to rehabilitate her to everyday life. “We felt comfortable with each other, so we have been together since then. I am very happy now, as my husband is very good for me.” VIA ODDITY CENTRAL

Running ‘may preserve thinking skills’: study

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erobic exercise in your 20s may protect the brain in middle age, according to a US study. Activities that maintain cardio fitness - such as running, swimming and cycling - led to better thinking skills and memory 20 years on. Scientists say the research, reported in Neurology, adds to evidence the brain benefits from good heart health. cardio fitness is a measure of how well the body absorbs oxygen during exercise and transports it to the muscles. researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, tested almost 3,000 healthy people with an average age of 25. They underwent treadmill tests of cardiovascular fitness during the first year of the study and again 20 years later. They were

Vitamin D deficiency linked to cancer, heart disease Vitamin D deficiency linked to death from cancer, heart disease According to the findings of two large studies published last week, people with low vitamin D levels in their body are more likely to die from cancer and heart disease and to suffer from other illnesses. Vitamin D is vital to the functioning of the human body as can be gauged from the fact that receptors for the vitamin and related enzymes are found throughout cells and tissues of the body, according to Dr Oscar H Franco, a professor of preventive medicine at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands and an author of one of the new studies, which appeared in the journal BMJ. As is widely known, Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and is an important part of the immune system. The blood levels of vitamin D can be good indicators of a person’s overall health, according to the recent researches. However, the research does not indicate whether low Vitamin D levels are a cause of disease or simply an indicator of factors that contribute to poor health, like a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and a diet heavy in processed and unhealthy foods. “It has effects at the genetic level, and it affects cardiovascular health and bone health,” Dr Franco said. “There are different hypotheses for the factors that vitamin D regulates, from genes to inflammation. That’s the reason vitamin D seems so promising.” Dr Franco and his co-authors, a team of scientists at Harvard, Oxford and other universities, found persuasive evidence that vitamin D protects against major diseases. The study found that adults with lower levels of the vitamin in their systems had a 35 per cent increased risk of death from heart disease, 14 per cent greater likelihood of death from cancer, and a greater overall mortality risk. Coming to the use of supplements, they found no benefit to taking vitamin D2. But middle-aged and older adults who took another form, vitamin D3 were found to have an 11 per cent reduction in mortality from all causes, compared to adults who did not. ONLINE

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asked to run for as long as possible before they became exhausted or short of breath. cognitive tests taken 25 years after the start of the study measured memory and thinking skills. People who ran for longer on the treadmill performed better at tests of memory and thinking skills 25 years on, even after adjusting for factors such as smoking, diabetes and high cholesterol. ToTal fiTness: People who had smaller time differences in their treadmill test 20 years later were more likely to perform better on the executive function test than those who had bigger differences. “Many studies show the benefits to the brain of good heart health,” said study author Dr David Jacobs. “This is one more important study that should remind young adults of the brain health

benefits of cardio fitness activities such as running, swimming, biking or cardio fitness classes.” Dr Jacobs said a concept was emerging of total fitness, incorporating social, physical and mental aspects of health. “it’s really a total package of how your body is and the linkage of that entire package of performance - that’s related to cognitive function many years later and in mid-life,” he told bbc News. Dr Simon ridley, Head of research at Alzheimer’s research UK, said: “A growing body of evidence suggests exercise may reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia, and much research has shown a link between healthy habits in mid-life and better health in old age. “investment in research is vital to better understand how we can protect our brains as we age.” VIA BBC

First 3 years of eating inform long-term tastes: study Faced with a nine-month old who makes faces at anything green, or a toddler who throws a tantrum at the sight of a carrot, many parents are tempted to give up on getting their kids to enjoy veggies. but the findings of the Habeat project — a multidisciplinary Pan-european study of how food behaviours are formed in infants and children — give parents plenty of reasons to persevere. At the final symposium of the project, held in Dijon, France on March 31 and April 1, the research teams also presented practical recommendations for improving children’s intake of fruit and vegetables. initiated in January 2010 by 11 partner organizations from five european countries, the Habeat project followed the eating habits of several cohorts of children (aged six months to six years) over a four-year period. The goal: to understand how eating habits are formed and sometimes broken during the

first years of life. Using various psychological, epidemiological, behavioural and nutritional analyses, the project sought to identify the key mechanisms in the development of children’s taste or distaste for certain foods. At the end of the project, researchers’ recommendations all centre around one essential point: children must be taught to enjoy fruits and vegetables at the earliest age possible. The project’s findings also emphasize the importance of diversity in the diet, suggesting that children should be introduced to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables early on. For better chances of success, researchers advise introducing only one new fruit or vegetable per meal, without combining them. Parents should act as role models during the process, encouraging their child to appreciate fruits and vegetables without forcing them. in fact, coercive techniques and reward-based motivations (“eat your sprouts

and you’ll get cake”) can be counterproductive, as they alter a child’s natural ability to gauge hunger and satiety, leading to a risk of compulsive eating and obesity later in life. it is better to trust the child’s appetite, however fickle it may be. Sometimes, the same vegetable may be offered and rejected 8 to 10 times over the course of a few weeks before a child finally takes a liking to it. For older children, being involved in the cooking process can lead to more willingness to try new foods, especially if parents and caretakers bring them along to farmer’s markets to help pick out fruits and vegetables. Finally, the Habeat project concludes that breastfeeding plays a vital role in the development of healthy eating habits. researchers found a positive correlation between the number of months an infant was breastfed and the quantity of fruit and vegetables he or she consumed during later childhood. VIA YAHOO NEWS


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Seher Tareen’s collection blends early 20th century art in modern style LAHORE

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TudIo S set to showcase Luxury/Pret collection at PFdC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2014, titled “Neo Nouveau” inspired by the Art Nouveau Movement of the early twentieth century. The luxury prêt collection 2014 by Studio S is titled Neo Nouveau. It finds inspiration in the Art Nouveau Movement of the early twentieth century and specifically in the select work of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. The Neo Nouveau ready to wear line is an entirely unique interpretation of art, the nouveau style and Klimt’s masterpieces. The aim of the collection is to bring these elements together in a modern and edgy way thereby merging high art with ready to wear fashion. It incorporates the use of highly unexpected materials; canary yellow raw silk is combined with black and pewter leather to make for a striking collection. It is the perfect balance of art and function. The combination of dramatic statement pieces and the variety of versatile basics proves to be a strong luxuryprêt

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Gulzar to be seen in Kya Dilli Kya Lahore promo Veteran writer-lyricist Gulzar, the presenter of Vijay Raaz’s directorial debut, Kya Dilli Kya Lahore, will also feature in the first promo of the film. “Gulzar saab has been supporting us in every way he can. He will be part of the first promo, introducing the film. We are grateful to him for this gesture and for lending his name as the presenter of the film,” says producer Karan Arora. Gulzar has been mentoring the film from its script level and became the presenter after seeing the final product. Featuring Manu Rishi, Raj Zutshi and Vishwajeet Pradhan, the film is a satire on Indo-Pak relationship and narrates a humorous yet emotional story of a bond formed between an Indian and a Pakistani soldier stationed at the border. AGENCIES

Big B to play paralysed chess grandmaster collection. Speaking about her brand in general Seher Tareen said, “For me Studio S is a form of artistic expression. I have always loved design and have been experimenting with different fabrics and construction methods since as far back as I can remember. I always knew I wanted to bring my own interpretation of fashion, statement pieces, while being dramatic,

retain a sense of wearable practicality, into conception. That is how the label was conceived.” Speaking about her inspiration for the “Neo Nouveau” collection, Seher Tareen said, “Working so closely within the art world, reignited my desire to pursue my favourite form of creative expression, which is the process of design. I wanted to cre-

ate a label that was a mix between high art and fashion; the two things I am most passionate about. And that is the signature style of Studio S. The Art Nouveau Movement and the works of the great master Gustav Klimt inspire my debut collection, titled ‘Neo Nouveau.’ Creating this collection has been a labour of love and is therefore very special for me.”

Battle between Sonam, Deepika intensifies Bollywood’s style diva Sonam Kapoor and the current box-office queen deepika Padukone might have been good friends once as they made their debuts the same year and had a common enemy Ranbir Kapoor. In fact they both came together for ‘Koffee With Karan’ and shocked the industry with their bitchiness. However, it seems that there is a cold war between these two lovely ladies. It started with deepika patching up with her former boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor and doing a film with him, Yeh Jawani Hai deewani. She even attended Ranbir’s birthday party where Sonam was not invited. This created tension between the two, who are also managed by the same PR agency. Sonam felt that the agency was giving preferential treatment to deepika and was trying to promote her at Sonam’s cost. As a result Sonam changed her publicist. Sonam, who seems miffed with deepika, made unsavory comments about the Chennai Express actress. In the latest episode of Koffee With Karan, she criticized deepika’s sense of style. In fact she openly praised Ranbir’s current girlfriend Katrina Kaif and complimented her on being individualistic and not copying what everyone does. In the rapid fire section, when Karan Johar asked her what is the one thing deepika Padukone has that she doesn’t, pat came Sonam’s reply, “An over enthusiastic PR team.” AGENCIES

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Johnny Depp recalls bad jobs Hollywood star Johnny Depp has revealed he hated working as a telemarketer and only made one sale. The 50-year-old `Transcendence` star tried out a multitude of jobs before finding fame as an actor. “I marketed pens - on the phone. But the beauty of the gig was that you had to call these strangers and say, `Hi, how ya doing?` You made up a name, like, `Hey, it`s Edward Quartermaine from California. You`re eligible to receive this grand-father clock or a trip to Tahiti`,” Depp said. “You promise them all these things if they buy a gross of pens. It was just awful. But I actually think that was the first experience I had with acting.” The actor, who has just confirmed his engagement to his `Rum Diary` co-star Amber Heard, wasn`t much good at being a mechanic either. “I was working at a gas station, pumping gas, and they put me in the garage and made me a mechanic. Once I changed all the tires on this guy`s car, did the alignment, put the wheels back on, pulled it down, guy got in, and his left rear wheel shot off the vehicle. I was asked to leave, needless to say,” Depp said. NEWS DESK

Russell Brand wants kids with Jemima Khan Actor Russell Brand is reportedly keen to settle down and start a family with girlfriend Jemima Khan. The 38-year-old is smitten with Khan, who already has sons Sulaiman, 17, and Qasim, 14, from her marriage to former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran

Amitabh Bachchan hasn’t shied away from playing challenging roles in the past. He’s portrayed characters such as 12-year-old progeria-struck Auro in Paa (2009) or the teacher of a blind-mute woman in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black (2005), with great versatility. So it comes as no surprise that Bachchan has agreed to play another different role — the star plays a paralysed chess grandmaster in director Bejoy Nambiar’s upcoming film. The thriller, which stars Farhan Akhtar in the lead, will be produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Sources say that Bachchan’s character in the film will be confined to a bed as he is completely paralysed. He will be playing the teacher to Farhan’s character in the film. Commenting on the development, an insider says, “After Farhan came on board, Bejoy expressed his desire to have Mr Bachchan in it as well. And when Bejoy met Mr Bachchan with the script, he immediately approved of the role.” Bachchan confirms the news saying, “After Shoojit’s (Sircar; director) film, there will be Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s project. That will be at the end of the year with Farhan, and Bejoy Nambiar is directing it.” AGENCIES

Khan. Brand is keen that he marries Khan and they have children of their own. “Russell has made no secret of wanting children. It`s all he talks about. They are also planning to get married. But it seems that starting a family is Russell`s priority,” a source said. AGENCIES

Emma Watson becomes certified yoga instructor The 23-year-old actress said that she needed to find a way to always feel safe and at home within herself because she can never rely on a physical place. Watson added that she decided to get her license after her hectic schedule took a toll. AGENCIES

I keep my fee low, so films can recover: Imran Khan Actor Imran Khan says one has to deal with box office flops and that his way of ensuring profit for the makers is to keep his remuneration in check. “I have never worked for money, and the money that I take all depends on the film,” he said when asked if he has slashed his fee while his films are not doing well. “I have never been someone who is motivated by money or will not do a film if the price is not right. I always want my price to be low so that the film can recover. If the film does well, then you take profit... that`s the basic thing you can do.” Although he had good number of releases in the form of “Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola”, “Once Upon ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!” and “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein”, none could set the cash register ringing. The 31-year-old, who started his career with 2008 super hit puppy love story “Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na”, says coping with failure is important for survival in showbiz. He said: “As far as films not doing well is concerned, if you can`t deal with that, then you should not be working in the film industry, because the reality of the business is that you will have more flops than hits. If you can`t accept it, then you must get out.” NEWS DESK

Salma Agha has planed to make sequel of her debut Indian film Nikah which was released in 1980. The film is named ‘Ek Nikah Aur’. Directed by Salma Agha, Sasha Agha her daughter will play the lead role in this film. Salma Agha made her debut in acting and singing in 1980 from Indian film Nikah which was a super hit. Afterwards, Salma has also worked in many Indian and Pakistani films as actor and singer. Salma’s daughter Sasha Agha has earlier worked in an Indian film ‘Aurangzeb’ in 2013. AGENCIES

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InnInG world events is an ugly business. Even aspiring to win is. Ask Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Before tonight they had reached finals four times, wanting to win, ending up with bigger heartbreaks. On a night that these two champion players finally got that monkey off their backs - in their last Twenty20 international match - another champion player played a poignant, cagey innings that cost his side the final. Yuvraj Singh, India’s limited-overs talisman for so long, came in at 64 for 2 in the 11th over, scored 11 off 21, denied the unstoppable Virat Kohli the strike, and that spell of play resulted in the lowest target in a World Twenty20 final and the second-lowest score for the loss of only four wickets. Title matches consume the vanquished. This final may have put down one of the alltime limited-overs greats, but just ask Jayawardene and Sangakkara, the redemption didn’t come easy. India defended the small total admirably, preying on the Sri Lankan nerves, fielding everything down, spinning a web around the batsmen, but the two champions somehow had enough in them to put their side over the line. Under palpable pressure, against a shrewd limited-overs captain, Jayawardene settled the early nerves with a run-a-ball 24, and Sangakkara saw the chase through with an ice-cool unbeaten 52 off 35. Big finals are a cruel business, though, and history will remember Yuvraj’s knock as much as it will Sangakkara’s. He has won India matches from nowhere on innumerable occasions, he has buried sides with his cameos, he has turned around games in 10 balls, which is why he was still part of the team in the final. MS Dhoni had trusted his match-winner, he sent him in ahead of Suresh Raina and himself. Kohli, now the leading run-scorer in any World Twenty20, had just begun to put behind him a slow

start against disciplined Sri Lankan bowling. He had even been dropped by opposition captain Lasith Malinga on 11. He was in a mood to make them pay. Sri Lanka, though, kept their wits, and gave Yuvraj nothing to score off. That too after Kohli had laced the otherwise frugal nuwan Kulasekara for six, four and six in

the 16th over to make it 111 for 2. That over featured another slip in the fielding when the fielder at cow corner was lobbed after misjudging a catch. normally you would expect teams to fall apart at these times, but Sri Lanka produced four superb overs. Yuvraj faced two dots from Sachithra Senanayake, who gave him no pace or room to work with.

Malinga bowled the next over, and was happy with a single to Kohli first ball. Then came a yorker outside off. The dugout began to become edgy by now. They badly needed Yuvraj to come off now, and make up for 9 off 17 that it had become by now. You can’t even begin to imagine what it would have been like being Kohli there, the best batsman of the tournament, but now without the strike to make the difference. When Kohli got the strike fourth ball, Malinga again produced a low wide one that he couldn’t get under, and went on to ball another dot to Yuvraj before the over ended. That dot was a yorker wide outside off, which went past very near Yuvraj’s outside edge, and that Sangakkara didn’t appeal loudly for it said all you needed to know about Yuvraj’s innings. When Yuvraj finally hit a full toss down the throat of long-off, you felt a little sad for the batsman who could have put these in the stands blindfolded and with one arm tied behind his back. This time, though, Sri Lanka’s plan had come off, bowling full and wide, just inside the tram lines, stifling India. Kohli and Dhoni tried their best, but were secondbest to the execution by Malinga and Kulasekara. Kohli faced only eight balls in the last four overs, only 19 came off them, and if this had not been a final and if this had not been Sri Lanka, it was game over right there. Sri Lanka, though, were entering unchartered territory. The fear of winning does strange things. They looked for the easy route. Kusal Perera tried to smash, managed to smash one out of the first six, and went out to the seventh. Jayawardene brought sanity to the proceedings with a tickle here, a nudge there, and with the required run rate in grasp it began to become a stroll, until R Ashwin, the bowler of the tournament, produced a top edge from Tillakaratne Dilshan, which was caught excellently by Kohli at the square-leg boundary. Two men who didn’t deserve to be on the losing side were keeping India alive. Jayawardene and Sangakkara added a

run-a-ball 24 then. Jayawardene began to toy around with the fields. Cricket lovers all around the world now began to dream of a fairy-tale finish. What could be better than these two stalwarts, much Arjuna and Aravinda 18 years ago, being there in the end? This, though, would take more sweat and tears yet. Jayawardene toe-ended a sweep off part-timer Suresh Raina, and Ashwin produced a diving catch at midwicket. Soon Dhoni took a sensational low catch to send Lahiru Thirimanne back. Dhoni’s team has never lost a world final, it was now sensing the kill at 78 for 4 in the 13th over.

Scoreboard INdIa rG Sharma c Senanayake b Herath 29 3 aM rahane b Mathews 77 V Kohli run out (Senanayake) 11 Yuvraj Singh c NLTc Perera b Kulasekara MS dhoni not out 4 eXTraS (b 2, lb 2, w 2) 6 130 ToTaL (4 wickets; 20 overs) dId NoT baT SK raina, r ashwin, ra Jadeja, a Mishra, b Kumar, MM Sharma FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-4 (rahane, 1.3 ov), 2-64 (rG Sharma, 10.3 ov), 3-119 (Yuvraj Singh, 18.1 ov), 4-130 (Kohli, 19.6 ov) boWLING KMdN Kulasekara 4-0-29-1, ad Mathews 4-0-25-1, SMSM Senanayake 4-0-22-0, SL Malinga 4-0-27-0, HMrKb Herath 40-23-1 SrI LaNKa 5 MdKJ Perera c Jadeja b MM Sharma TM dilshan c Kohli b ashwin 18 dPMd Jayawardene c ashwin b raina 24 Kc Sangakkara† not out 52 7 HdrL Thirimanne c †dhoni b Mishra 23 NLTc Perera not out eXTraS (lb 2, w 3) 5 ToTaL (4 wickets; 17.5 overs) 134 dId NoT baT ad Mathews, KMdN Kulasekara, SMSM Senanayake, HMrKb Herath, SL Malinga* FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-5 (MdKJ Perera, 1.1 ov), 2-41 (dilshan, 5.5 ov), 3-65 (Jayawardene, 9.5 ov), 4-78 (Thirimanne, 12.3 ov) boWLING b Kumar 3-0-18-0, MM Sharma 2-0-18-1, r ashwin 3.5-0-29-1, a Mishra 4-0-32-1, SK raina 4-0-24-1, ra Jadeja 1-0-11-0 Match details Toss - Sri Lanka, who chose to field Series - Sri Lanka won the 2013/14 World T20 Player of the match - Kc Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) Player of the series - V Kohli (India) Umpires - IJ Gould (england) and ra Kettleborough (england) TV umpire - rJ Tucker (australia) Match referee - dc boon (australia) reserve umpire - bNJ oxenford (australia)

Mercedes ‘can lead F1 changes’ Fabian Cancellara wins a rugged Tour of Flanders SPORTS DESK

SPORTS DESK Formula One needs to make rule changes to placate angry fans but leaders Mercedes must not be punished for doing a better job than their rivals, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday. “Mercedes, without any doubt, have done a better job and they shouldn’t be punished for doing a good job. We shouldn’t change the regulations to punish them,” he told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The ditching of the ear-splitting old V8 engines and ushering in of a quieter V6 turbo era, with an emphasis on fuel economy and hybrid technology, has upset some spectators

and promoters. Ferrari and champions Red Bull, both playing catch-up to the Mercedespowered teams, have been outspoken in their criticism and demands for change - with rivals accusing them of playing politics to mask their failings. Ecclestone talked to International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt at the Sakhir circuit and was also due to meet Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo and other bosses. “We have to (change), for sure. I don’t think the way things are at the moment are acceptable to the public,” he told reporters. “People buying tickets to come here, or go somewhere else, are expecting to see what Formula One used to be.

Fabian Cancellara won his third Tour of Flanders in the final few hundred meters on Sunday. The big Swiss was in a fourman break with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenbergh (Omega PharmaQuick Step), and none of them seemed eager to fight the final battle after more than six hours of wind-blasted, crashpacked warfare. Van Avermaet was on the front when Cancellara finally lit it up, but he would have to settle for second on the day, ahead of Vanmarcke, with Vandenbergh bringing up the rear. Sky put Edvald Boasson Hagen and Geraint Thomas in the lead group after the Koppenberg. Cancellara, Peter Sagan (Cannondale), John Degenkolb (GiantShimano), Tom Boonen, Vandenbergh and Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Vanmarcke and Van Avermaet were there, too. Boasson Hagen and Dries Devenyns (Giant-Shimano) got a small gap with 35km to go, but it didn’t last. Van Avermaet punched it with 31km

to go. Vandenbergh went with him. And that seemed the signal for riders to test the group one by one, not wanting to wait for Sagan, Cancellara or Boonen to dictate affairs. As the gap reached 20 seconds Cancellara, Boonen and Vanmarcke took pulls, and then the Belkin man tried a couple of digs. Bjorn Leukemans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) had a go, too. But the gap kept going out, to nearly a half-minute over

Rescue deal D-day looms for Hearts SPORTS DESK

Ferrari not trying to shake up order SPORTS DESK Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says his push to make Formula 1 more ‘extreme’

again is not about trying to make his team more competitive. After arriving at the Bahrain Grand Prix for talks with FIA president Jean Todt to discuss the current spectacle, di Montezemolo admitted he was far from happy about the direction the sport had gone in this year. But although suggesting that changes should be considered - especially to the car noise and fuel-economy regulations - he was adamant that dramatic rule changes should not be pushed through against the will of pace-setters Mercedes. “Ferrari said many months ago that we are against the limit of fuel, that this is not F1,” he said.

Leukemans and 45 seconds over the favorites’ group with 20km to go. As that chase group dithered it grew larger. Suddenly Sagan had teammates. But the leaders were still 40 seconds up the road with Leukemans in between. Then Cancellara lit the afterburners on the Kwaremont and Vanmarcke grabbed his wheel. Boonen couldn’t follow, and Sagan finally had to clock in and go to work chasing.

Hearts manager Gary Locke finally saw his side’s relegation confirmed at the third time of asking but he is bracing himself for an even more important event on Monday. Hearts looked to have avoided the drop before the Scottish Premiership split with a 4-2 victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill,

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only for St Mirren’s late comeback against Motherwell to seal their fate. Locke is now hoping for better luck from crucial talks in Lithuania which could decide the fate of the bid to take the club out of administration. Creditors of the club’s two main shareholders, Ukio Bankas and UBIG, are due to decide whether to back the previously-agreed rescue deal that would see the transfer of shares to the Foundation of Hearts. Success rests on allaying the concerns of one of the creditors, Siauliu Bankas, which has reservations over the role of multi-millionaire Edinburgh businesswoman Ann Budge, who proposes to put up the £2.5 million required for the Company Voluntary Agreement before gradually recouping the sum from supporters and ceding control. And Locke admitted that his main concern, after his players went down with their heads held high, is that Hearts still exist to fulfil their fixtures in the Scottish Championship. “It was a big game for us, there’s no doubt about that,” Locke said. “But our biggest challenge of the whole season will be on Monday, and we all just hope and pray that everything goes well. “The biggest decision for the football club for the whole season is going to come down to Monday and hopefully it’s a positive one.


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United must replicate away form at Old Trafford: Mata Zabaleta eyes perfect Man City run-in Pablo Zabaleta says winning is the only objective now as Manchester City look to seize control of the title race. City underlined their status as favourites for the Barclays Premier League crown with an ultimately comfortable 4-1 win over Southampton on Saturday. Given that they also have games in hand over rivals Chelsea and Liverpool, third-placed City could afford to draw next week’s crunch clash at Anfield. But with the battle so tight, defender Zabaleta insists they cannot set out to achieve anything less than the full three points. Acknowledging City needed to overcome a battling Southampton for their latest victory, the Argentinian said: “The most important thing was to win - we must keep winning all games. It is going to be very tough until the end of the season. “At the end of the season, sometimes, teams can look a little tired but I think we must keep winning games. “Every single game now is going to be like a final, (but) we have belief. “I think we have a great team to make success this season but it is not going to be very easy. “We need to keep working hard and keep playing like (we did) in the second half. I think playing in that way we will have more chances.” City made the perfect start against Mauricio Pochettino’s mid-table side as Yaya Toure netted a third-minute penalty after Jose Fonte was adjudged to have tripped Edin Dzeko. But they failed to build on that and Saints responded well, even after 17-goal top scorer Jay Rodriguez suffered a serious-looking - and potentially World Cup-ending - knee injury. Rodriguez, who had been in the frame for a place in England’s squad for Brazil, was carried off on a stretcher after landing awkwardly midway through the first half. The player, club and national boss Roy Hodgson will all be awaiting updates on his condition early next week. Saints equalised with a Rickie Lambert penalty after Zabaleta tripped Jack Cork but two goals just before the break put City in command. The first was highly controversial, with David Silva clearly offside before setting up Samir Nasri. But as Pochettino complained, Dzeko headed a third and the game was effectively gone. Substitute Stevan Jovetic added a fourth nine minutes from time. Zabaleta said: “I think they are probably one of the best teams in the league, for sure. “I think we must give them a lot of credit because they are having a great season, they played really well. “We didn’t play our best in the first half but then we came back stronger. “We had the control of the ball in the second half. We scored four goals and that is great for us.” Pochettino bemoaned the decisions of referee Chris Foy after the game. He was unhappy with the award of City’s early penalty and then felt the missed Silva offside completely changed the game. SPorTS deSK

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Goodison Park - Everton 3 (naismith 14, Lukaku 34, Arteta 62 og) Arsenal 0 Everton grabbed their fifth straight win in a 3-0 dismantling of Arsenal at Goodison Park that boosts their hope of Champions League football next season. Roberto Martinez’s side are only one point behind Arsene Wenger’s fourthplaced side with a game in hand after overwhelming the visiting side with their pace and movement. They moved ahead here on 14 minutes when Steven naismith tucked the ball into the net after Romelu Lukuka had seen his shot saved by Wojciech Szczesny in the visiting goal. They shipped a second goal on 34 minutes when naismith fed Kevin Mirallas, who picked out Lukaku to bound forward before drilling a shot beyond Szczesny with Arsenal’s defence backing off. Everton finished off the scoring for the day when Arteta prodded the ball into his own net in trying to prevent Mirallas from scoring after the Belgian player had robbed Bacary Sagna of possession. Szczesny saved from naismith after he had been picked out by Mirallas, but the ball broke for Arteta to complete a miserable day for the visiting side.

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UAn Mata has challenged Manchester United to reproduce their away form at Old Trafford to fuel a rousing finish to a difficult season. United surged to their 10th Barclays Premier League away win of the campaign when they trounced newcastle 4-0 at St James’ Park on Saturday despite making eight changes to the team which started against Bayern Munich in midweek. That is one more win on the road than Arsenal and Tottenham and two more than title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City have managed, but more significantly, three more than United themselves have claimed on home turf. Mata told MUTV: “When we look at that record, we think we should have done better at home and at Old Trafford. “But I think it is something to be proud of, to be the best team away from home in the league. Let’s try to win at home, win as many games as we can until the end of the season and go higher in the table.” Few of United’s victories can have been as routine as this one, although it took them 39 minutes and a debatable refereeing decision to get their noses in front on Tyneside. However, once Kevin Friend had awarded a free-kick for Dan Gosling’s challenge on Darren Fletcher, Mata took over to curl a fine free-kick over the wall and into goalkeeper Rob Elliot’s top left corner. The midfielder made his way to the sideline to celebrate with rested

goalkeeper David de Gea, and later explained why he had gone to his compatriot. Mata said: “David was pretty happy for me and he had told me that I was going to score before the game. That is why I went to him.” The Spaniard, a £37.1million January signing from Chelsea, doubled his tally with a cool finish from Javier Hernandez’s pass five minutes after the restart and newcastle, who had enjoyed a fair share of the game until that point, simply folded. Hernandez himself added a third from close range with 65 minutes gone and substitute Adnan Januzaj wrapped up the win at the death from Mata’s astute back-heel. Mata was full of praise for Her-

nandez, Shinji Kagawa and Januzaj and the way they put the Magpies to the sword. He said: “We produced a great performance, scored four goals and played some great football, especially in the second half. “This is a happy day for us. We played very well. For me, it is a pleasure to play with players like Chicha [Hernandez], Shinji and Adnan. “They are quality players, so it is easy to play alongside them. Today, we did it on the pitch and we created some chances to score. “I am very happy for Chicha as well - I think he deserved his goal - and for Adnan after coming off the bench.”

Mourinho turns attention to PSG SPORTS DESK Jose Mourinho immediately turned his attentions from the Premier League to the Champions League and Tuesday’s tie with Paris St Germain after Saturday’s defeat of Stoke.

Chelsea stayed in contention at the top of the standings with a 3-0 win over Stoke, after which Mourinho bemoaned the fact teams in title contention and relegation danger have not played an equal number of games. Chelsea’s domestic ambitions are now on hold as Mourinho’s men bid to overturn a 3-1 quarter-final first-leg deficit at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night and reach the semi-finals for the seventh time in 11 seasons. “A third defeat would be very bad for our confidence in relation to Tuesday’s match,” said Mourinho, whose side responded from the losses at Crystal Palace and the Parc des Princes to beat the Potters. “It was important to win, to have again a smile on the players’ faces and to get more confidence. “now we can approach the match against Paris with a smile. It’s what we need for such a difficult match and such an almost impossible job to do. “I think the best way to try to do it is to have a smile and go at them.” Against PSG, Chelsea are bidding to replicate the last16 come-from-behind win over napoli en route to winning the 2012 European Cup. Mourinho added: “I want to enjoy that game. I enjoy the difficulty.

Everton hit three in miserable Gunners defeat SPORTS DESK

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KeY MoMeNTS 14’ - NaISMITH oPeNING GoaL: Naismith slides the ball into the net after Szczesny had made a fine stop from Lukaku. brilliant pass by baines to get the move going. everton lead 1-0. 31’ - brIGHT WorK bY MIraLLaS: Szczesny forced to make another smart stop down low to his right hand post after Mirallas had unloaded a shot from inside the visiting box. 34’ - LUKaKU SLaMS THe SecoNd INTo THe NeT: Lukaku with a stunning goal. Naismith to Mirallas, who feeds the belgian forward. brilliant run and finish by the on-loan chelsea man. a 2-0 lead for everton. 61’ - arTeTa oWN GoaL: an arteta own goal. a 3-0 lead. arsenal a shambles. Mirallas won the ball from Sagna. Szczesny made the save from Naismith, but arteta

could only force the rebound into his own net. 83’ - HoWard HeroIcS deNY oXLade-cHaMberLaIN: Howard with a stunning finger tip stop to divert a brilliant effort by oxlade-chamberlain shot onto his bar. That ball was travelling at some pace from 25 yards. KeY STaTS arsenal have now conceded 40 goals this season, and 20 of them have come away at chelsea, Liverpool, Man city and everton. arsenal have now not won a Premier League match in four, their worst run since they also went four in aprilMay 2012, which also included a match against a roberto Martinez side (they lost 2-1 to his Wigan). everton have now earned 63 points this season, the total they got in the whole of last season. It is the most they have ever had after 32 PL matches, and their sixth

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highest total ever in the top flight at this stage – they last had more in 1985/86 when they had 66. everton are now one point behind arsenal with a match in hand – if they win all of their remaining matches they will finish 4th or higher and qualify for champions League football. everton beat arsenal in the PL for the first time in 13 matches, since 18 March 2007 (1-0). arsenal have now conceded 22 goals against the four other top five PL teams (Man city, chelsea, Liverpool and everton) this season, and have scored just eight. In the seven matches gainst other top five sides before today, they had won just six points, from a possible 21. MaN oF THe MaTcH Steven Naismith (everton): The Scotland player is a figure of real quality. Is enjoying playing in the hole behind the striker. arsenal didn’t know how to handle him as he proved to be a constaint nuisance to Wenger’s side. TaLKING PoINT: How demoralising a defeat was this for arsenal? The London side have not really produced against any of their main rivals on the road, and this result was no different. They visit Wembley to face Wigan in the Fa cup semi-finals next weekend when they must look to rediscover the form that saw them club everton 4-1 in the last eight at the outset of Match. but then again, that match was at home. PLaYer raTINGS everton: Howard 8, baines 7, distin 7, Stones 7, coleman 7, Mccarthy 7, barry 7, osman 6, Naismith 8, Mirallas 7, Lukaku 8..subs: McGeady 7, deulofeu 7, barkley 7 arsenal: Szczesny 7, Sagna 5, Mertesacker 4, Vermaelen 4, Monreal 5, arteta 6, Flamini 5, cazorla 5, rosicky 5, Podolski 6, Giroud 5..subs: ramsey 7, Sanogo 6, oxladechamberlain 7

Paul Lambert expects Christian Benteke to have more chances to shine on the world stage after his World Cup dreams were ended by a torn Achilles. The striker suffered the injury in training this week, robbing Aston Villa of one of their key players for the end of the season and also denying Benteke a place in the Belgium squad in Brazil this summer. Belgium have qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 2002 and, with a generation of hugely-talented young players having emerged, the Red Devils have been tipped to do well. Villa boss Lambert said: “ No one knew the extent of the injury and we had to wait and see what it was. We were hoping it was just a strain but weren’t sure until he went to the hospital. “He’s okay at the moment but whether that’s just a feeling of shock I’m not sure. He knows he’s going to miss the World Cup but he’s in a generation of Belgium players you think will qualify for more tournaments.” Benteke’s absence, plus Gabriel Agbonlahor’s failure to recover from a stomach bug, meant Lambert gave Grant Holt only his second start for Villa in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Fulham. Holt scored with a secondhalf header but it was not enough to prevent Fulham, who began the day bottom of the table, claiming a crucial 2-1 victory. Kieran Richardson opened the scoring with a terrific strike into the top corner and, after Holt had equalised, substitute Hugo Rodallega headed the winner four minutes from time. It was Villa’s 10th home defeat of the season - only Fulham have lost more - and the fans made their feelings clear at the final whistle. SPorTS deSK

Suarez committed to Liverpool: Ayre

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre admits rivals clubs will “rattle their cage” trying to lure Luis Suarez away from Anfield but he is confident the striker is set for a long stay. Manchester City are the latest to be linked with a big-money bid for the Barclays Premier League’s 29-goal leading scorer, but Ayre brushed that off as coming with the territory of having one of the most in-demand players in world football. The 27year-old signed a new contract in December, less than six months after trying to manufacture a move away in search of Champions League football. And Ayre believes, with the club in a race for the title, there remains a mutual understanding between the two parties after the club stood by him during his bans for racism and biting Branislav Ivanovic. “There has been a lot written about Luis and he is a fantastic individual and we know he loves this club and the fans and has repaid anything he has done wrong in full,” Ayre told BBC Radio Five. “We have always been supporters of Luis and he has stuck with us and is having probably the best season of his career. “All the conjecture which went around last summer leading up to the January window was dispelled by the fact he signed a new contract. “I think when you have a player like Luis, that is going to be a perennial issue. “The important thing is we remain committed together. We have supported Luis through thick and thin and he has done the same by signing up to a new long-term contract recently. SPorTS deSK


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AustrAliAn women win t20 title for A third time Australia 106 for 4 (Lanning 44) beat England 105 for 8 (Coyte 3-16) by six wickets DhaKa AGENCIES

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here is no doubt who the best women's T20 side in the world are. Australia overwhelmed england to secure a hat-trick of World T20 titles, cruising to a six-wicket victory. They were miserly in the field, restricting england to 105 for 8, then quickly put themselves ahead of the rate in the chase which was fittingly led by Meg Lanning with a powerful 44 as she became the leading run-scorer at the event. The key difference was summed up in the sixes count: Australia struck four, extending their lead in the six-hitting league for the tournament, while england could not manage one - leaving their tournament tally at zero. The Powerplays were a microcosm: england limped to 24 for 1 while Australia skipped to 43 for 1 - including two of the sixes - to break the back of the chase. Jess Jonassen set the tone, drilling Danielle hazell's first ball for six, as she took 14 off the second over of the innings. The main threat to Australia was Anya Shrubsole, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, but with a small total to chase they knew they did not have to over-attack against her although it did not stop Lanning putting her over the boundary - it was the ultimate statement from Australia's captain. Shrubsole did add to her wicket tally when Jonassen picked out mid-on and Jenny Gunn removed elyse Villani but they were no more than minor irritants for Australia. Perry, who earlier claimed a miserly 2 for 13 from her four

overs, skipped to an unbeaten 31 as she and Lanning added 60 in eight overs although the captain could not quite be there at the end when she tried to clear the infield for the winning hit but found mid-off. england's batting has been underwhelming during the tournament - only Charlotte edwards played close to her best and the fact they were often chasing low totals meant the middle and lower order had not had much time in the middle when they were needed to try and lift an innings in the final They struggled to overcome a slow

pitch as their two leading batsmen, Sarah Taylor and edwards, laboured against accurate bowling. Sarah Coyte removed them both, edwards lofting to mid-on trying to force the pace and Taylor unfortunate to be lbw on the reverse sweep, on her way to the secondbest figures in a Women's World T20 final. england's only fluent period of batting came shortly after the Powerplay as Taylor and heather Knight moved along at nearly eight an over to suggest they had gone some way to mastering the conditions. But Taylor's departure

was soon followed by Lydia Greenway's, well caught low down by healy, and when Knight was superbly caught at deep midwicket it meant two new batsmen had to try and rebuild. They never threatened to break the shackles and the only two boundaries in the second half of the innings came in the same over from rene Farrell. however, the expectation was that Australia would still have to work hard in the chase but they barely had a concern as they kept hold of a trophy that has become a permanent fixture in the Jolimont cabinet.

tAke A bow, mAtloob Qureshi Cricketer talks about issues faced by disabled Pakistani cricketers Karachi AGENCIES Pakistani disabled cricketer Matloob Qureshi has reportedly revealed about his struggle to become a member of the Disabled Cricket team and the issues faced by disabled cricketers in the country. Qureshi, who lost his right arm in a horrible accident when he was just 5 years old, said that his journey to become a cricketer wasn`t easy, but his favourite cricketer Saeed Anwar, who is also his role model, inspired him. Qureshi said that he played his first national championship for disabled cricketers in 2008 and then in 2009 he was selected for Pakistan`s Disabled team, Pakpassion reports. Qureshi also said that the disabled cricketers get all the facilities that normal First-Class cricketers expect such as traveling and lodging arrangements as well as proper sports clothing, adding that they also get to play on good grounds like Karachi. Qureshi said that the Pakistan Cricket Board gives them a lot of good exposure and help, adding that the Chief Operating Officer of PCB Subhan Ahmed attended the 4th Pentangular Championship final as Chief Guest. The cricketer said that in order to support his family he has a small job at the Auqaf Department, which helps him meet his requirements, as cricket alone does not provide the disabled players with a steady income. Qureshi said that he believes in the motto that `practice makes it perfect`, as he struggled hard to bat despite his disability. Qureshi also said that his love for cricket has helped him overcome a lot of hurdles as well as pain. Qureshi is currently part of the Balochistan team and plays as a regular member of the squad for the annual Pentangular Tournament, which the team has won thrice since it was first introduced in 2010, the report added.

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FINALLY SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF Pakistan win third position in Street Child football

RIO DE JANEIRO: Pakistan secured third position in the Street Child Football World Cup 2014 on Sunday.

They defeated the United States of America 3-2 on penalty kicks in a tough and sensational contest. Pakistan were

leading 2-1 at the end of the first half but the US team leveled the score 2-2 in the second half. However, none of

the two teams could make any goal in the additional time and the match was decided on penalty kicks. AGENCIES

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Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has set his sights on a coaching career after agreeing to take charge of a top domestic team. Shoaib, 38, who retired in 2011 during the 50-over World Cup, was offered the position of head coach by State bank for the upcoming domestic season in Pakistan. "Shoaib has agreed to become head coach of our team and we are very pleased he has shown interest in coaching a domestic team," Zaheer-ulHassan, the manager of the bank team, told Reuters. "Contract papers are being prepared after Shoaib confirmed his interest in coaching our team." State bank are one of the leading teams on the first-class circuit but have struggled to attain top position during the last two seasons. Shoaib, famous during his playing days for his raw pace, has said in the past that he was interested in a coaching career. The paceman, who took 178 test wickets and 247 one-day international wickets during his career, had even offered in the past to work with the Pakistan fast bowlers if the country's cricket board approached him. Zaheer said he felt Shoaib was preparing for a full-time coaching career and wanted to start at the domestic level. "Once the contract is approved by our board of governors, he will certainly provide a image boost to our domestic cricket," the former first-class player said.

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