02 NEWS Pakistan shows concern over diplomats’ treatment in India ISLAMABAD: High officials and staff of the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi are being consistently harassed by the Indian authorities since the last three days, diplomatic sources said on Saturday. The vehicle of a senior Pakistani officer was stopped in Chanakyapuri area of New Delhi and was sent back to the high commission by Indian authorities. On the other hand, the children of Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner were stopped by officials from going to school and the driver was also harassed. These uncivilised acts by the Indian government have been termed as ‘deliberate’ by Pakistani diplomats stationed in India. The rude and unprofessional behaviour of Indian authorities had left Pakistani diplomats and their families with no option but to try to get posted far away from the Indian capital where authorities have been engaged in a biased and hateful attitude. Meanwhile, Pakistani authorities contacted Indian officials and conveyed their reservations to the latter. Diplomatic sources said that around 500 to 600 Pakistanis, including 104 officials and staffers at the high commission and their family members, were present in New Delhi. It merits mention here that diplomatic relation between the two countries had deteriorated over the last one year or so due to Indian ceasefire violations and other stinging issues. Taking note of the issue, former president Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the harassment of Pakistani diplomats in India and declared it a serious violation of diplomatic norms. He said that the harassment of the children of Pakistani diplomats was an uncivilised act from the Indian side and was condemnable. He asked the government to raise the issue with the Indian government and Indian ambassador in Pakistan and assure the security of diplomats. AGENCIES
Gen Bajwa visits operation area on eastern border RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Saturday visited the operation areas of Panu Aqil Division on eastern border, an Inter Services Public Relations press release here said. The army chief was briefed about operational preparedness of the formation. He appreciated operational readiness and high morale of the troops, an Inter Services Public Relations press release here said. Earlier, the COAS visited Salehpat to witness All Pakistan Mehran Shooting Championship as chief guest. Pakistan Army won the four-day championship. The COAS appreciated interest and high shooting standards of the civilian firers. Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, other dignitaries from the area, Commander Karachi Corps Lt General Shahid Baig Mirza, GOC Pannuaqil Division Major General Zafarullah Khan and other civil military officials were present. STAFF REPORT
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
BAttle IntensIfIes As PolItIcAl PArtIes joust for Influence
Is judiciary a political party, questions Ahsan
PML-N, JI BACK RABBANI WHILE PTI PUTS WEIGHT BEHIND BALOCHISTAN CM’S PANEL ISLAMABAD
S the election for Senate chairmanship is drawing near, the ruling and opposition parties have stepped up jockeying to clinch the top slots of the Upper House of the Parliament with key consultative meetings held Saturday. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a consultative meeting of the heads of the PML-N’s political allies to exchange views on the nominees for the offices of Senate chairman and deputy chairman. The participants debated various names for the top slots of the Senate. Meanwhile, speaking to media after the meeting, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mushahid Ullah Khan said the ruling party has achieved majority votes to clinch the top positions of the chairman and deputy chairman of the Senate. He claimed the party was in a position to bring its chairman and deputy chairman with help of its allies. The PML-N leader said the names of the nominees for the hot seats of the Senate would be unveiled on Sunday. According to details, the ruling party and its allies agreed to field Raza Rabbani for Senate chairman slot. It was the second meeting of ruling party within a week over nominations for Senate deputy and chairman seats. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also expressed willingness of his party PML-N to elect a consensus candidate for the Senate top slots and said that his party is willing to reelect outgoing chairman Mian Raza Rabbani in this regard. Following the meeting, Balochistan National Party (NP) leader Hasil Bizenjo said his party would support the candidates fielded by the ruling party.Similar sentiments were expressed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Dr Farooq Sattar. Besides political allies like Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), Sindh’s PML-F, Balochistan National Party (NP) and Pashtunkhwa Mili Awami Party (PkMAP), the ruling party also intends to approach the independent candidates for their support. The groups of independent senators-elect from Balochistan and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) are believed to play a crucial role in the upcoming election for the offices of Senate chairman and deputy
chairman. The mainstream political parties are eying the independent candidates to get their favourite candidate elected as Senate chairman in the poll scheduled on March 12. On the other hand, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said that his party will support the panel selected by Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo for the coveted position of Senate chairman. Addressing a joint press conference with Bizenjo, Imran said that it would be a great achievement if for the first time in the country’s history, the chairman of Senate will be elected from Balochistan. “The people of Balochistan have been aware of their deprivations since some time now,” the PTI chief said, and added, “It would be a great feat if the incoming Senate chairman is from Balochistan.” Bizenjo, in his address, thanked the PTI chairman for supporting his panel and said that PTI's initiative to take the first step to support a candidate from Balochistan was appreciable. Bizenjo told attendants that names of Anwarul Haq and Sadiq Sanjrani have been proposed for the candidacy of aforementioned posts. He stated that a name of candidate would be finalised soon and PTI would put their weight behind Balochistan panel. “Imran Khan and PTI get the first credit for lending their support,” he said, adding that he also values the PPP for appreciating the prospect of a Senate chairman from Balochistan. On Friday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan put his party’s weight behind Balochistan and FATA candidates for election on the seats of Senate chairman and deputy chairman. “We will strive to make Senate chairman from Balochistan, while deputy chairman should be from FATA region to recognise their sacrifices in the war on terror,” he said while talking to media in Islamabad regarding election on the top seats of the Senate. However, he said the PTI would not vote for the PPP and PMLN candidates. The opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is also carrying out consultative sessions over the appointment for the posts. However, a party meeting, also attended by Raza Rabbani, held Saturday at the Zardari House in Lahore failed to decide on a name for the top slots. The matter has been postponed until Sunday, sources said. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has asked senior party leaders, including Khursheed Shah, for assistance on the
matter. There might be three or more candidates for the chairman slot, party sources said. Outgoing chairman Raza Rabbani, favoured by Nawaz but not Asif Ali Zardari to remain in the post, has also received strong support from JI and JUI-F, with both parties campaigning for his appointment. It is being reported that Salim Mandviwala will be the contender for the chairmanship. Buoyant Zardari had affirmed the fact, saying Inshallah, and adding that his party has enough strength to get him elected. In another meeting, Zardari and Bilawal courted the independents from Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) who called on them to discuss the matters pertaining to the election of the Senate chairman and deputy chairman. The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), being undecided for at least a week, has finally come up with the name which it will be supporting. The JI chief, Sirajul Haq, said that party will support Raza Rabbani for the post of the chairmanship and urged all political parties to develop a consensus in this regard. In a statement issued on Friday, he said that the re-election of Raza Rabbani as the chairman would bring to an end the present political crisis and state of uncertainty. Siraj said that the differences with Raza Rabbani’s party— the PPP — apart, the personal performance and the capability of Rabbani must be duly acknowledged. Balochistan National Party (BNP) leader Jahanzeb Jamaldeeni said that his party will support the PPP if it fields Raza Rabbani for the chairmanship, if not, then the party will be free to support whoever it pleases. Elections for the seats of the chairman and deputy chairman will be held on March 12, when the senatorselect will also take their oaths.
LAHORE: Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday responded to remarks of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar against the performance of the Punjab government, saying it is for the people of Punjab to judge the government’s performance in the upcoming general election. “How can you make such statements just before general elections,” the interior minister said in a tweet, addressing the CJP. “Is judiciary a political party?” The federal minister further said that Imran Khan and Asif Zardari can make such statements. “Politicisation of judiciary will be our collective loss,” Iqbal stated. On Saturday, during the hearing of the case regarding setting up of a water treatment plant, the chief justice remarked that the Punjab government has done nothing in the province in the last 10 years. The CJP further criticised the provincial government for not taking any concrete steps against sewage being drained in River Ravi and Chenab. The chief justice also took notice of pictures of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on advertisement campaigns by the government and called this policy another failure. STAFF REPORT
PolIce recover mInor GIrl mArrIed to 55-yeAr-old mAn THARPARKAR AGENCIES
A 14-year-old Hindu girl, who was married to a 55-year-old man earlier this week, has been recovered by a police team on Saturday during raids conducted in Sindh’s Tharparkar district. The police team arrested the groom and the girl’s father in the raids. According to details, the father of the bride had taken money from the groom in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage. The raid was conducted on the directives of Thar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ameer Saud Magsi in Dhaklo village. Later, police produced the teenage girl before Judicial Magistrate Abdul Qadir Khoso who directed the police to take the girl for medical examination to ascertain her real age. Earlier, the mother and other relatives of the girl had claimed that the bride’s father had sold her for Rs 70,000. A first information report (FIR) was also registered against four persons under the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013. According to Chelhar Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Mohammad Younis Rahimoon said that the names of the two accused had been added in the FIR. He said that so far police had managed to arrest only one accused while the other was still missing. He also said that after undergoing a medical examination, the girl would remain under the protection of local elders from her area until further notice.
CJP asks Punjab CM to show performance through work, not ads SC SEEKS DETAILS OF SHEHBAZ SHARIF’S USE OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY ON SELF-PUBLICITY LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry on Saturday ordered the Punjab chief secretary to submit a detailed report on affixing Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s pictures to laptops and health cards issued by the Punjab government and the use of taxpayers’ money for “self-publicity”. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar passed these directions while hearing the suo motu case of dumping polluted water in rivers. Taking a jibe at Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar asked why he shouldn’t visit hospitals as “someone has
CJP TAKES JIBE AT PUNJAB CM, SAYS WHY SHOULDN’T HE VISIT HOSPITALS AS ‘SOMEONE HAS TO TEND TO THE PEOPLE’
to tend to the people of Pakistan as well. “Shehbaz Sharif instead of showcasing work through advertisements should concentrate on doing concrete work,” he said. “Why is the Punjab chief minister’s picture being printed on laptops purchased with the taxpayers’ money,” the CJP commented, expressing his annoyance at political parties utilising public money for their publicity campaigns. Chief Justice Nisar emphasised that the political parties must not use the funds allocated for public for their promotion campaign. This must be done through their own resources, the CJP underlined, noting that virtuous people serve people in secret. “Why do the pictures of the Punjab CM
surface everywhere…even datesheets have Shehbaz’s pictures printed on them,” he said. “Government officials are using the money of a nation burdened by debts for self-publicity.” The CJP warned the government officials to mend their ways while they still have time. “The court is deeply concerned and apprehensive about the increasing national debt,” said Justice Nisar. The hearing was adjourned after the CJP ordered the province’s chief secretary to submit a detailed report on the matter, including the total expense incurred on the laptop scheme. Earlier on Thursday, the SC directed Shehbaz Sharif to submit Rs 5.5 million to the national exchequer after a newspaper ad-
vertisement on behalf of the Punjab government carrying his picture was shown in the court. Presiding the three-member bench on Saturday, the CJP remarked that the citizens of Lahore are being exposed to poisonous water. “The government has been working since 10 years, what has been done in this regard?” he questioned. “The provincial government must remember that court can order the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for investigation of advertisements by Punjab government,” Justice Nisar added further. Criticising government’s negligence towards health, the CJP said billions of rupees were spent on the Orange Line Train (OLT) project. He stated the OLT project is important too but that Shehbaz Sharif and Water
and Sanitation Authority officials must answer why health is being neglected.“Why should I not visit the hospitals? Somebody has to serve the people as well. How many times did the chief minister and officials visit hospitals? If people responsible for this work will not do it, somebody else will,” the CJP remarked. Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal reiterated that the country is drowned in debts while rulers spend money on advertisements. “The governments must prioritise things. The court is concerned and fearful of the situation of debts,” he added. Justice Nisar further inquired about the amount spent on OLT Project and was informed by the chief secretary that Rs180 billion were spent. The chief justice ordered the submission of PC-I of clean water project in the court by March 23. The hearing has been adjourned till March 31 and the CJP has demanded all data to be ‘on record’.
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sc Allows duAl cItIzens to vote for senAte toP seAts CJP-LED THREESARWAR SAYS HE MEMBER BENCH RENOUNCED HIS BRITISH PASSES INTERIM ORDER NATIONALITY IN 2013 ISLAMABAD
HE Supreme Court on Saturday allowed senators having dual nationalities to vote during the Senate chairmanship election. A five-member bench gave its decision in an interim order. It was also decided that a seven-member larger bench will be formed to deal with the suo motu case pertaining to senators holding dual nationality. The court restored the membership of senators whose winning notification was not issued from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) over the dual nationality issue. The senators whose notification had been withheld include Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Chaudhry Sarwar, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s
KhAwAjA AsIf ‘InKed’ durInG conventIon In sIAlKot SIALKOT STAFF REPORT
Faizul Rasool of Muzaffarpur on Saturday threw ink at Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif while he (the minister) was addressing a workers’ convention of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). After the incident, some political workers roughed up the inkthrower before handing him over to the police. The person was taken into custody by the police, however, the minister said that he should be released, saying that he has no enmity with him. Khawaja Asif said that the person was sent by ‘someone.’ He said that this act will not affect his politics. Later, it was reported that the inkthrower was not a part of any political party and inked the minister for being a close aide of former premier Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, whom Faiz claimed ‘attempted to amend the Khatam-e-Nabuwwat clause’.
PTI LEADER’S COUNSEL SAYS BRITISH LAW ALLOWS RESTORATION OF CITIZENSHIP
Haroon Akhtar Khan, Sadia Abbasi and Nuzhat Sadiq, in light of the SC’s orders in dual nationality case. During the hearing, Justice Ijazul Ahsan asked what would happen to the Senate chairman’s election if the five senators-elect are disqualified in future. The CJP responded that due to the inherent complication of the matter, a seven-member bench will look into it. In compliance with the SC’s orders, the ECP conditionally notified the five senators whose notification were withheld a day before. CH SARWAR’S BRITISH NATIONALITY: During the hearing, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said that Chaudhry Sarwar must give an undertaking that he would never restore his British nationality, otherwise he would face disqualification. Three newly-elected senators are
from the ruling PML-N while one is affiliated with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Sarwar told the court that he renounced his British nationality in 2013, to which the CJP queried whether he gave up his British nationality for good, or temporarily. Sarwar’s counsel responded that British law allows for the nationalities to be restored. The CJP observed that it seemed as if Sarwar had temporarily renounced his British nationality in order to become a governor after which he could restore his [British] nationality. On Thursday, the court ordered the four newly-elected senators to present their affidavits on Saturday stating that they had renounced their foreign nationalities before contesting the recent Senate elections. According to the order, Chaudhry Sarwar, Nuzhat Sadiq, Sadia
Abbasi and Haroon Akhtar are required to submit authenticated and duly certified copies of documents to substantiate their respective claims. Earlier in the week, CJP Nisar, while hearing a suo motu case about civil servants in possession of dual nationality, had directed the ECP to withhold notifications of four senators-elect who allegedly possess dual nationalities. The CJP opined that if people in power of passing the country’s laws were dual nationals then they could easily “pass on classified information and escape to another country”. He clarified that he was not aware that elections for Senate chairman were to be held on March 12 when he passed the initial order to withhold notifications and that he did not intend to withhold notifications of ‘eligible voters’. Therefore, the case’s next hearing was fixed for March 10 in the SC’s Lahore Registry, so that senatorselect who are not dual nationals could be accommodated. Furthermore, the court during the hearing also appointed amici curiae (friends of the court) legal experts Khalid
ZAINAB MURDER CASE
Masood says will think before speaking in future ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
TV anchorperson Dr Shahid Masood on Saturday decided not to contest the inquiry committee report that rubbished his startling allegations against the convicted rapist and murderer of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur, saying he will remain cautious while giving such statements in future. In his statement issued on March 10, Masood stated that the court selected members of the inquiry committee itself, which is why he could not “comment on the veracity of its findings” regarding his allegations against Imran Ali being involved with an international child pornography ring. “Whatever the inquiry committee has concluded, I do not contest and refute the same,” the anchorperson
added. He further said he will “observe due diligence and care before making any such statements”. Masood has also said in his reply that as a journalist and anchorperson he became emotional over the Kasur incident. He claimed of receiving information about Imran’s bank accounts and involvement of influential personalities in the case. The anchorperson stated that he formed an opinion on the basis of the information that the convict Imran had links with the international mafia. In his programme on the private news channel, Masood had claimed that convict Imran Ali maintained over 37 bank accounts, mostly foreign currency denominated, with transactions in dollars, euros and pounds sterling. Masood had requested the chief justice, prime min-
ister and army chief to take notice of these facts, claiming that the rapist cum murderer was not deranged or an insane person or a simpleton. During the suo moto hearing of the Zainab case, Masood had handed over to the CJP two names written on a folded paper of ‘influential’ people who, he claimed, were behind an international racket running a child pornography ring. Earlier on Wednesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar refused to accept a verbal apology from Shahid Masood and directed him to file a reply in the case within two days.
Don’t see justice being delivered in Nawaz’s case: PM cOnTInuED fROM PAgE 01 Talking about the upcoming election for the Senate chairman, the prime minister said his ruling PML-N desires that the leader of the upper house should be elected with consensus. He said the Senate and national political parties of the country had suffered immense losses in this month’s Senate elections because of horsetrading, which he claimed was very apparent. “If a political party does not have the required number of or any MPAs members of a provincial assembly, how can their senator be elected?” he asked, adding that there is a need to reform the process of Senate elections as the priorities of those who have been elected by paying money would be questionable. PM Abbasi claimed that the PMLN and their elected senators can take on
oath they did not use any money for the Senate elections and other parties should do the same. Although he refused to take any names, the prime minister claimed that some parties even had to pay their own MPAs to get their votes and his party will expose such people. Asked why he had approved the appointment of Ali Jahangir Siddiqui, son of prominent businessman Jahangir Siddiqui, as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, the prime minister said he had chosen a person who was suitable for the assignment. The current situation in the US is unique and difficult to handle for traditional diplomacy, he said, adding that they had nominated Siddiqui after a two-month review because he is educated and possesses world and political experience. “You will now see a new colour of political diplomacy in the US that will
go in Pakistan’s favour,” he said. Rubbishing allegations of nepotism, Abbasi said Siddiqui was a person who could serve well in the unique political scenario prevailing in the US. He further said that the government would act upon if the court ordered to bring Pervez Musharraf back to Pakistan, adding that Musharraf was removed from the Exit Control List and allowed to travel abroad on court orders for medical treatment. About the National Accountability Ordinance, he said it was promulgated by a dictator that should have been abolished long ago. Even the PML-N, PPP and PTI had once evolved consensus over a draft of the amended law but, later, both the opposition parties changed their minds. To another question, the prime minister said that Nawaz Sharif had been appearing before the courts as a legal obligation.
Asked as to whether any conspiracy was being hatched against the former prime minister, he said any decision, which hurt the country, was considered a conspiracy. PM Abbasi also said that Shehbaz Sharif was the candidate for the premiership, however, the party would take the final decision after it gets the majority in the next general election. Regarding the registration of Milli Muslim League (MML) backed by Hafiz Saeed Ahmed, he said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would decide the matter and the government would review it if the court orders so. To a question about the fate of Pakistan-Iran -gas pipeline, he said that no one was ready to fund the project as Iran was not allowed to export gas. Moreover, the financiers were reluctant to support as the funding was not protected under certain laws.
Khan and Bilal Manto to assist in the case. The attorney general (AG) had previously told the court that four senatorselect possessed dual nationality. “PTI’s Sarwar is believed to be a UK national, while Nuzhat Sadiq and PM Abbasi’s sister Sadia hold a US nationality,” ECP Secretary Babar Yaqoob, who was representing the body, told the court. “Akhtar had previously denied holding a foreign nationality, but the interior ministry had confirmed that he was a Canadian citizen,” Yaqoob had said. The ECP secretary had said that though the senators holding dual nationality had submitted affidavits claiming that they had given up their nationality of other countries, they had not submitted any legal documents confirming the same. The SC subsequently ordered the ECP to withhold the notifications of the senators in question. The AG’s claim — that PTI senatorelect Sarwar possessed a dual nationality — had elicited a strong response from the party. The PTI’s media cell had released a statement along with a document from the UK Border Agency declaring that Sarwar had revoked his UK citizenship in 2013. “It is the legal and ethical responsibility of the attorney general to check his facts before recording statements in the Supreme Court,” the PTI spokesperson said. “The party is seriously reviewing the hidden political motives in the attorney general’s statement.”
Imran claims probe reveals maryam owns mayfair flats ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday tweeted that the documents released by the British Virgin Island’s Federal Investigation Agency (BVFIA) show that offshore companies were listed under the ownership of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz. Imran Khan claimed that the documents showed that Maryam Nawaz was the owner of the offshore companies that owned Mayfair apartments. He alleged that Nawaz Sharif used Maryam Nawaz to launder money abroad since she does not have a source of income. On Friday, Imran Khan had termed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif a ‘security risk’ for the country. The statement came a day after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) initiated formal proceedings against Asif to probe into his alleged involvement in money laundering on a complaint received from the PTI. In a meeting with PTI member Usman Dar, Imran welcomed NAB’s move to commence inquiry in the complaint sent to NAB Chairman Javed Iqbal in January in which Dar had accused Asif of financial wrongdoing and money laundering. STAFF REPORT
PtI chief will know truth behind calibri font issue: maryam LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz, while dubbing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan as the judiciary’s ‘ladla’ (blue-eyed boy), said that he will soon know the truth behind the Calibri font issue. Maryam said in an Urdu tweet, “Ladla sahib should wait for a few more days. Following Robert Radley’s example, Wajid Zia (Panama case JIT head) will himself reveal the truth behind those documents.” Radley had said in his past statement that various types of Calibri fonts were being used in 2005, a fact he admitted to having excluded from his report. During the Panama Papers hearing, the Sharif family was accused of submitting fake documents to the joint investigation team. The report submitted by the investigators stated that the documents, dating back to 2006, were printed in the Calibri font which was not officially launched before 2007. STAFF REPORT
04 NEWS NAB to eradicate corruption from society: chairman ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal said on Saturday that the bureau has been reformed to eradicate corruption from the society. He ordered all director generals (DG) of NAB to go after all corrupt persons, bring them to justice and deposit the looted money recovered from them in the national exchequer. The NAB chairman reviewed progress on all public complaints in the regional offices of the bureau. It was observed during the meeting that the number of complaints had increased from October 11, 2017, to March 9, 2018. On the occasion, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal said that comparative figures were indicative of the hard work and transparency adopted by the NAB officers and staff in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where the fight against corruption was being taken as a national duty. It was further informed that on the directions of the NAB chairman, all complaints were being computerised and all DGs of regional bureaus were ensuring that complaints were registered quickly and followed by a prompt response in accordance with the law. Further, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal directed the officials concerned to expedite efforts of enhancing awareness among people against the menace of corruption. He also directed the bureau’s operation division and all DGs to double their efforts for the arrest of absconders and proclaimed offenders. He also said that NAB had recovered over Rs 289 billion from the corrupt and deposited the same in the national exchequer. He said this was a record achievement among all anti-corruption organisations in Pakistan. Moreover, Iqbal said that NAB’s conviction ratio was 76 per cent and the bureau was the only organisation in the country which was a role model for other SAARC countries as well. He said that NAB had established its own state of the art forensic science lab in Islamabad.
Aitzaz questions CJP over fine ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Pakistan People’s Party leader Senator Aitzaz Ahsan questioned Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar on Saturday over being fined for absence during the formula milk hearing case in the Supreme Court (SC)’s Lahore registry. The CJP informed him that Aitzaz’s associate was fined while the related statement was not written in the order. “I feel that you are in a state of tension,” said Aitzaz. “No, I’m not. Who suggested this to you?” the judge retorted. “Your associate showed the influence of your chamber while standing in court. Whoever will do such a thing, then I will not differentiate between a junior and senior lawyer. Being a part of Aitzaz Ahsan’s chamber does not mean that you can do anything. I will give your fine from my pocket,” he added. The court staff were then ordered to pay Rs 10,000 to the Fatimid Foundation and to hand over the receipt to Aitzaz Ahsan.
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PAKISTAN NAvy TeSTS fIreS lANd-BASed ANTI-ShIP mISSIle ADMIRAL KALEEM SHAUKAT HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES, CHANGING SECURITY ENVIRONMENT IN INDIAN OCEAN KARACHI
HE Pakistan Navy (PN) on Saturday test-fired a land-based anti-ship missile as part of a training exercise from the coastal region. The missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory and accurately engaged its target at sea. Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Kaleem Shaukat and senior officers of the navy also witnessed the exercise. Addressing the audience, Admiral Shaukat highlighted the changing security environment in the Indian Ocean and corresponding challenges for the Pakistan Navy. He conveyed the confidence of the naval chief on the relentless efforts being put in by the officers and men of the Pakistan Navy to defend the sea frontiers of Pakistan. The vice naval chief said that the
Pakistan Navy would continue to support regional peace and security initiatives to meet the entire spectrum of challenges in the maritime domain. He also lauded the dedication, resolve and professionalism of the participants of the exercise, especially the crew of missile unit for making the event a complete success. ITALIAN NAVAL CHIEF IN KARACHI: On the other hand, Chief of Italian Navy Admiral Valter Girardelli visited the field commands of the Pakistan Navy in Karachi and also met officers in the second leg of the visit. The Italian naval chief held separate meetings with Karachi Commander Rear Admiral Ather Mukhtar, Coast Commander Rear Admiral Moazzam Ilyas, and Pakistan Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi. Besides holding discussions on
the professional matters and bilateral naval collaboration, Admiral Girardelli lauded commitment of the Pakistan Navy towards maintaining peace and stability in the region through persistent participation in ‘Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan’ and ‘Counter Piracy Task Forces’. He also laid a floral wreath at the Mazare-Quaid. Later, the dignitary visited various PN establishments and ships.
Axact CEO fails to appear before court again KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Axact CEO Shoaib Shaikh on Saturday failed to appear before the additional sessions judge (South) due to health issues and “threats to life”. The jail official informed the court that Sheikh could not appear due to ill-health. This was informed by a jail official earlier before the hearing began. The court adjourned the hearing till March 17 and demanded Sheikh be present for the next hearing. During the hearing, SHO City Court informed the court that Axact CEO did not face any life
threats as police officers in civilian clothes have also been deployed in the court to ensure security. The judge also delayed Shoaib Sheikh’s plea to delay the hearing. “Are you suggesting I should ignore the orders of High Court and Supreme Court” the judge asked. On Friday, the Sindh High Court issued notices to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Shoaib Shaikh’s appeal against the verdict of an additional district & sessions court that rejected his bail application in ‘Hawala’ case. The trial court on March 1 had thrown out the bail application of Shoaib Shaikh who was arrested by the FIA after the SHC accepted FIA
appeal against his acquittal. According to FIA, Shoaib along with others was involved in transferring Rs 170.17 million to a Dubai-based firm, Chanda Exchange Company, in April 2014 through an illegal channel. The defence counsel; however, denied the charges and requested the court to release Shoaib on bail. In his bail plea, the Axact CEO prayed to the court to order his release on bail, contending the charges labelled against him were baseless. After the preliminary hearing, the SHC issued a notice to FIA and others directing them to submit their respective replies by March 14.
Our land cannot be used to attack anyone: Aizaz ENVOY SAYS HE HOPES FOR A CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH US WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s Ambassador to United States Aizaz Chaudhry on Saturday said Pakistan will not let anyone use Pakistan’s soil to launch attacks against any other country. While talking to a delegation of US journalists, he said that Pakistan has sacrificed a lot in the fight against terrorism, and will not allow utilisation of its land to at-
tack anyone. He further said that the economic statistics and security situation of the country have improved considerably due to the operation against terrorism. He reiterated that the country’s wrong perception needs to be castoff, and it should be viewed in a new light adding that the operation against terrorists has cleansed terror-ridden areas while developmental works are underway too. The United States and other various global partners are investing in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the ambassador said adding that
Afghanistan’s instability has affected Pakistan and the solution to the Afghan conflict lies in the hands of local stakeholders. “Peace in Afghanistan is necessary to peace in South-Asia,” he said. Talking about relations between Washington and Islamabad, he stated that he hoped for a cordial relationship with the US. Last month, the Ambassador to the US had said that any ‘breakdown’ in the relationship between the US and Afghanistan would be a mistake as Pakistan and US have worked together for seven decades and should continue to do so. STAFF REPORT
On Wednesday, Admiral Girardelli called on Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at the Naval Headquarters in Islamabad, where discussions on professional matters and avenues of existing/future naval collaboration were held. The visit of the Italian navy chief to Pakistan was expected to further strengthen the bilateral defence collaboration between Pakistan and Italy.
Kohat police take suspect in Asma murder into custody ISLAMABAD: The prime suspect, Mujahid Afridi, in Asma Rani murder case has been taken into custody from the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad, by a special team of the Kohat police, said a district police officer (DPO). A team of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was also present at the airport at the time of the detainment. Asma Rani, a third-year medical student, was shot dead in Kohat in January. The suspect was extradited to Pakistan following his arrest by the Interpol in Sharjah on Thursday Afridi, son of a wealthy man and nephew of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) district leader in Kohat, had apparently targeted Asma Rani after she rejected his marriage proposal. Following the incident, the culprit had escaped to Saudi Arabia on the pretext of Umrah. STAFF REPORT
Pakistanis among 10 killed in Helmand operation KABUL: At least 10 persons, including Pakistanis, were killed during the Afghan forces’ operation in the Helmand province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) of Afghanistan said on Saturday. According to a statement issued by the NDS, 10 were killed while 13 wounded during the operation conducted in Khoshkaba area of the Lashkargah city. NDS stated that eight insurgents were arrested while the security forces recovered weapons and explosive materials including suicide vests and a vehicle bomb. The Afghan forces claimed to destroy the militant hideouts. Meanwhile, the NDS forces seized a cache of weapons in the separate operations conducted in Paktika province. INP
APPOINTMENTS IN UNIVERSITY
SZABMU’s acting VC stopped from exercising his powers ISLAMABAD HAMID KHAN WAZIR
Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) has stopped acting vice-chancellor of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) Dr Abid Farooqi from exercising his powers of making appointments, or else disciplinary proceedings would be initiated against him. Sources told Pakistan Today that the acting VC had sent his resignation to the president in protest as there is a strong resentment among the university’s officials over what they call undue interference of CADD in the affairs of the university. They said that owing to the issuance of such orders, the affairs of the university had been badly disturbed as a number of important appointments were still pending. They expressed surprise the way the CADD ministry was interfering in the affairs of the university
despite its separation from PIMS, creating problems for both the institutions instead of easing their woes. CADD Section Officer Javed Akbar Sheikh, in his letter to the SZABMU VC, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, directed the VC to withdraw the orders of assigning the charge of the registrar to Dr M Hafeez and controller examination to Hamid Mahmood. “I am directed to refer to SZABMU notification dated February 9, 2018, and February 15, 2018, in which the charge of posts of registrar and controller examination is assigned to Dr M Hafeez and Hamid Mahmood,” the letter read. He directed that these positions were created by an act of parliament and are required to be filled by the syndicate. In such cases where syndicate has already filled these positions, an order made by syndicate can only be undone by a prescribed authority and the incumbent position holder cannot be removed by VC under Section 13 (1) of SZABMU Act, 2013.
“Additionally since the legality of your holding the position of SZABMU VC has already been questioned before the lawful authority, it is therefore advised that you should not exercise any substantive power of VC until a decision regarding the legality of your appointment is made by the competent authority,” Javed added. Moreover, he directed the vice-chancellor to withdraw all such orders and refrain from making matter anomalous, instead of creating legal liabilities for all lawful stakeholders. “Since you are a BS-20 civil servant, you may avoid such actions otherwise disciplinary proceedings will be initiated against you under E&D Rules, 1973,” he warned. When contacted by Pakistan Today, Dr Abid Farooqi said that CADD is the parent ministry for this university, but does not have the power to dictate appointments of university officers. He added that this letter from the ministry was definitely contestable in the court, and in fact, the acting
registrar had filed a petition to this effect already. “I do not agree with the ministry’s stance and could have gone to court myself. But I have chosen not to as I do not want a confrontation on the issue,” he added. “I have been given this task through fate and had looked upon this duty till such time that the government appointed a regular VC. It is up to the government to streamline these affairs since I am not an aspirant for this post,” Farooqi added. The acting VC said that it is in light of such uncalled for interference that he has asked the president to allow him to relinquish him from the post and arrange a regular VC. “Even this letter has not drawn any response after a gap of more than 10 days and affairs of the university are beginning to suffer. It is a sad state of affairs,” he lamented. Despite repeated attempts and text messages, CADD Minister Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary and CADD Secretary Azhar Ali Chaudhry could not be reached for their comments on the issue.
WEATHER UPDATES SUNDAY
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
IndIan SuRGeon lIkely To PeRFoRm lIveR TRanSPlanTS In kaRachI KARACHI
Indian surgeon Gupta is reaching Karachi with his team to perform these liver transplants. Eminent gastroenterologists and hepatologists from public and private sectors hospitals including PGLDS Patron Dr Shahid Ahmed, Dr Waseem Jaffri, Dr Lubna Kamani, Dr Amanullah Abbassi, Dr Sajjad Jamil, Dr Nazish Butt and others also spoke on various water-borne diseases, liver ailments, different types of viral hepatitis and other issues on the occasion. Indian surgeon Gupta had performed the last liver transplant at Ojha campus of DUHS. He will this time train a team of Pakistani surgeons to carry out this complicated surgery locally without any foreign experts’ supervision. “Trained human resource constraint is the basic hurdle that is preventing us from performing liver transplants locally and a large number of our patients are going to Shifa International
OW University of Health Sciences (DUHS) Vice Chancellor Dr Saeed Quraishy on Saturday said that renowned Indian liver transplant surgeon Dr Subhash Gupta will arrive in Karachi this month to carry out three to four liver transplant surgeries at the Ojha campus of DUHS. He announced this while talking to media on the sidelines of a Scientific Conference on Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases organised by Pakistan Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases Society (PGLDS) here at a local hotel. He said that despite border tensions between Pakistan and India and deadly skirmishes on the line of control in Kashmir and working boundary in Punjab, eminent
Islamabad and abroad for liver transplants”, Dr Quraishy said adding that hopefully, Pakistani surgeons would be able to perform liver transplants after learning from Indian and other countries’ surgeons. He maintained that provision of safe and clean drinking water is the most important intervention in preventing and controlling the outbreak of ExtensivelyDrug Resistant (EDR) typhoid in Sindh, which has now spread from Karachi to Sukkur after initially reported in Hyderabad. He advised people to boil water at least for 20 minutes and then consume it for drinking purposes to avoid contracting infectious water-borne diseases. Appreciating the organisers of the conference, he said Dow health varsity is providing hands-on training to young gastroenterologists and hepatologists and offered his varsity’s resources to the PGLDS in hold-
ing joint training sessions, conferences and workshops to train the young doctors. PGLDS Patrol Dr Shahid Ahmed said that in these circumstances, we have established this society to create awareness among masses and to train young doctors so that people could be prevented and those suffering from the ailments and could be treated properly. Demanding government to impose an immediate ban on over-thecounter sale of antibiotics without any prescription in Pakistan, he also urged the doctors to prescribe third generation antibiotics ‘very cautiously’ to avoid the emergence of more drug-resistant strains of deadly bacteria. Dr Lubna Kamani deplored that hepatitis C is spreading at an alarming rate in Pakistan and despite being a preventable disease, it is causing thousands of deaths in the urban and rural areas of Pakistan. “If
hepatitis C is not controlled in Pakistan in the coming years, other countries may impose travel restrictions on Pakistan and only those people who do not have Hepatitis B and C virus in their blood, would be allowed to travel to the developed countries”, she warned. Prof Dr Waseem Jaffri in his keynote address spoke on the various types of Hepatitis including A, B, C, D and E, discussed their mode of transmission and available treatment options in Pakistan but stressed that only option for the government and people is to prevent this viral hepatitis to save lives and monetary resources on their treatment.
Pasban-e-Pakistan says role of lawmakers crucial in uplift of megacities KARACHI PPI
Pasban-e-Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor on Saturday said that the role of lawmakers is crucial for the uplift of megacities while appealing their support to ensure due rights for the citizens of the megacities. These views were expressed in an open letter written to the lawmakers that said that the latter has to play a very important and crucial role to shape the destiny of this nation and country needs no further elaboration. He said: “Borrowing the words of Malcom Trunbull, it is your job, as members of parliament, to legislate with an eye to the long-term future, to look over the horizon beyond the next election and ensure that as you can what you do today will make our beloved country a better place, a safer place, for future generations to live in.” He said who knows better than the parliamentarians that the urban development is key to a rapid progress and prosperity of every nation? “And you may have also personally observed that the megacities of Pakistan, especially Karachi, are badly deprived in terms of the needed attention, resources, powers and funds.” He said the cities with a population of 10million or more are considered as megacities, and all over the world these megacities are given preferential attention and special funds, as they generate the lion’s share for the national economies. Though it is an open secret that the megacities in the whole world are considered revenue engines for national economies, however, sadly, this is not the case in Pakistan, where the megacities like Karachi are still badly neglected, said the Pasban leader, the letter said. The people of Pakistan earnestly feel that if the megacities of Pakistan are duly recognized in the constitution and get their due powers and resources, our country would further progress and prosper and become a real Asian tiger very soon, he stressed.
RSF calls for immediate release of journalists
US Consulate’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Director Martha Patterson in a group photo after a panel discussion on the development of Gwadar Port and other coastal areas of Balochistan.
Mayor announces to establish new satellite kidney disease centres KARACHI PPI
Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar on Saturday announced that a chain of Satellite Kidney Disease Centres would be established in Karachi in future to treat the patients suffering from kidney problems on the pattern of Satellite Cardiac Disease Centres. He said this while addressing a kidney diseases’ awareness program organised by Karachi Metropolitan Corporation’s (KMC) Medical and Health Services (MHS) Department on the occasion of World Kidney Day at Nazeer Memorial Kidney Centre. District Municipal Corporation (Cen-
tral) Chairman Rehan Hashmi, ViceChairman Shakir Ali, Karachi Medical & Dental College Senior Registrar Dr Asifa, MHS Senior Director Dr Birbal Genani, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) Medical Superintendent Dr Muhammad Anwer and others were present on the occasion. Mayor urged the philanthropists to coordinate with Karachi’s administration to make the KMC-run hospitals functional. He said more dialysis machines would be purchased for Nazeer Kidney Centre. He said conditions of KMC run hospitals were deteriorated but efforts are under way to improve patient-care there within the available funds. Dr Genani on the oc-
casion said that poor diet, diabetes, tension, high blood pressure and low consumption of water are some major reasons behind the prevalence of kidney diseases. Dr Asifa said more than 20 million people are suffering from kidneys related diseases in Pakistan and they are rapidly growing in the country due to poor awareness in the masses. Experts said consuming junk and low quality food, self-medication or excessive use of medicine, low water intake, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and renal stones are a few common causes of kidney diseases. Toxic drugs and fake medicines have their own considerable share in kidney damage.
Fowzia says Women's Day is West's redemption from historical injustices against women KARACHI PPI
Aafia Movement Pakistan leader and noted neurophysician Dr Fowzia Siddiqui on Saturday said that observing the International Women’s Day is a compulsion of the West as it was their ideology that women are born in sin and they were sinners by birth. However, Islam does not agree with this notion as it gives even extra respect and honour to women. She said this during speaking at different functions and programs on the occasion of the Women’s International Day here. She spoke at programmes organised by
Human Rights Network (HRN), Aga Khan University Hospital, Hareem-eAddab, Sindh Women Development Department and Warsi International Organization and said that it was Islam that gave equal rights and respect to the women. She said there is a difference in treatment of women in the Western societies and Islamic society She reminded that when Islam was teaching people to respect women, the Western scholars had been debating if women were human beings or not and if they were human beings to which category of human beings they should be classified. Dr Fowzia said, in fact, women are symbols of respect and honour to any
society, be it Islamic or secular. She said the societies that stop respecting women gradually lose their respect and importance in the global community. She said four years ago, India took allout efforts and brought back home their daughter Devyani Khobradage from the USA with honour and respect and today India is amongst the top 10 economies of the world. She asked what we, as a nation, have done in the case of the Pakistani daughter, Dr Aafia Siddiqui, who was kidnapped and trafficked from our own country along with her three minor children. She said today if we have no respect on international level, it is not without a valid reason.
She said those crying hoarse on the Kasur tragedy should also think that why this tragedy took place. She said when societies keep a mum on female prisoners of Abu Ghraib and Bagram jails then it is natural that the daughters in these societies would go unprotected. She said we should ask from ourselves what steps we have taken to secure life and honour of female members of the society. She said still we have time to pledge as the nation that we will not vote the rulers who are involved in selling and trafficking of our daughters. She said that illegal detention of the kidnapped and trafficked Dr Aafia Siddiqui is a big question mark on the honour of our male-dominated society.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international media advocacy group, on Saturday called for an immediate release of two journalists held by Sindh Police, a local English daily reported. A correspondent for the Daily Koshish newspaper in the town of Tanda Bago, Rafaqat Ali Jarwar, went missing on February 15 but it was only on March 2 that the police admitted he was in their custody. Jarwar was charged with terrorism and alleged links with groups created by India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Likewise, a journalist working for Sindh Express newspaper and BOL TV, Kamran Sahito, went missing on February 6 from Hyderabad. The court ordered the police to produce within three days on February 28 him after his father filed a complaint. The police charged Kamran Sahito with burglary. “Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of two Pakistani journalists held on spurious charges by the police in the south eastern province of Sindh. Both were initially the victims of enforced disappearances before the police eventually acknowledged holding them,” said the organisation. “The crude police behaviour and trumped-up charges border on the absurd,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “These reporters are clearly the collateral victims of the relentless harassment of independent journalism in Sindh.” “We call on the government to dispatch an independent commission of enquiry to shed light on these arbitrary arrests. The police must stop serving as the armed wing of private interests, as is so often the case in this province,” he added. Jarar’s brother, fellow journalist Nasrullah Jarar, told RSF that his brother’s abduction was a reprisal for his investigative coverage of complaints by local cane sugar producers about their treatment by major landowners with links to provincial politicians. The RSF ranked Pakistan 139 out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index 2017. MonItorIng rePort
Three wedding guests die, one injured in Ghotki road accident GHOTKI: Three wedding guests died while another was injured in a collision between a trailer and a jeep here on Saturday. Police said that a speeding trailer hit a jeep carrying wedding guests at National Highway near Daharki in Ghotki. Two people died on the spot in the accident while two others were seriously injured. They were rushed to Tehsil Hospital Daharki where another succumbed to his wounded raising the death toll to three. The police impounded both vehicles and registered a case. InP
06 FOREIGN NEWS
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
SyRIan aRMy caPtuReS MoRe StRategIc RebeL-heLD aReaS In eaSteRn ghouta
The Syrian army has captured 52 percent of Eastern Ghouta in recent days, as part of an ongoing widescale offensive to dislodge the rebels from that key
HE Syrian government forces on Saturday captured the strategic town of Mesraba and encircled the city of Harasta in Damascus' Eastern Ghouta countryside, according to War Media, the media wing of the Syrian
army. The rebel-held city of Harasta in the capital Damascus' Eastern Ghouta countryside has become encircled by the fire of the Syrian army, following the military progress in Eastern Ghouta, said the report. The achievement of exposing the entire surrounding of Harasta to the fire of the Syrian army comes after the Syrian government forces captured areas near the road between Harasta and the Douma district in Eastern Ghouta, said the report. Harasta was one of the earliest rebel-held cities in Syria and was reported under rebel control by early 2012. The rebels in that city have also triggered the recent wide-scale military offensive in Eastern Ghouta, when the attacked a key military base in Harasta in January of this year, prompting the Syrian forces to start preparing a massive offensive to eliminate the rebels' threats in Ghouta. Also Saturday, the Syrian forces captured the town of Mesraba, a strategic area in the central part of Eastern Ghouta, which enables the Syrian army to tighten its recent move of splitting Eastern Ghouta in half as it links several towns and areas in Eastern Ghouta with one another.
area on the eastern rim of Damascus. Eastern Ghouta, a 105 square km agricultural region consisting of several towns and farmlands, poses the last threat to the capital due to its proximity to government-controlled neighborhoods east of Damascus and their ongoing mortar attacks that target residential areas in the capital, pushing people over the edge. Four major rebel groups are currently positioned inside Eastern Ghouta, namely the Islam Army, Failaq al-Rahman, Ahrar al-Sham and the Levant Liberation Committee, otherwise known as the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front. The UN humanitarian agencies have sounded the alarm about the worsening humanitarian situation for 400,000 people live in that region, where activists said over 800 people have been killed since late last month by the heavy bombardment and military showdown in areas of Eastern Ghouta. The Russians have backed a daily five-hour-long humanitarian pause to allow civilians to leave rebelheld areas in Eastern Ghouta toward government-controlled ones, with Syrian helicopters dropping leaflets over that area to guide the people out. But since entering into force late last month, no major evacuation took place in Eastern Ghouta, with the Syrian government accusing the rebels of targeting the civilians who are attempting to leave. A day earlier, 13 rebels of al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front left Eastern Ghouta, marking the first rebel group to leave that area, just two days after the Russian side pledged to secure a safe exit for the rebels and their families from Eastern Ghouta.
Food arrives in battered Eastern Ghouta GHOUTA: The Syrian army continued its offensive against rebel-held Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, a day after an aid convoy delivered food to the hunger-stricken residents of the enclave despite heavy bombardment. Nearly 950 civilians have been killed since Russia-backed government forces launched a blistering assault on the last opposition bastion near Damascus on February 18. Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 inhabitants have lived under government siege since 2013 and the enclave ─ more than half of which has over the past three weeks been retaken by regime forces ─ is home to a myriad of armed groups. Apart from militant groups such as Jaish al-Islam, armed fighters from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), who are mostly linked to Al Qaeda, are also deployed there. Syrian state television aired footage of a single bus carrying 13 “fighters” and family members out of the enclave through Al-Wafideen checkpoint, without giving their affiliation. Some appeared to be young, while others wore hoodies to cover their heads and faces. The limited operation came as the powerful Jaish al-Islam said HTS fighters would be evacuated to the northern province of Idlib, in an arrangement struck following consultations with the United Nations (UN) and other international players. “It has been agreed that the first group of HTS members be released from the prisons of Jaish al-Islam ... (and) moved to Idlib at their request,” Jaish al-Islam said. HTS is the main force in Idlib, in Syria's northwest and the last province outside regime control. 'Enough death' Civilians continued to bear the brunt of the violence on Friday with at least six killed in air strikes on the area of Jisreen, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said. Thirteen trucks loaded with 2,400 food parcels, meanwhile, crossed into Eastern Ghouta, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said, entering what UN chief Antonio Guterres has called “hell on earth”. But “shelling” near the enclave's main town of Douma threatened “to put at risk” the joint ICRC, Syrian Arab Red Crescent and United Nations convoy, said the UN humanitarian coordinator in Syria, Ali al-Zaatari. The aid was delivered as helicopters hovered overhead and warplanes targeted areas outside Douma, a correspondent said. The World Health Organization said it has verified 67 hits on medical facilities in Syria through January and February, nearly half of them in Eastern Ghouta. The facilities hit included 20 hospitals, 16 health facilities, two ambulance stations and one medical supply warehouse. AGENCIES
India, France security accord has China in mind NEW DELHI AGENCIES
China´s mighty strategic shadow hangs over an accord signed by India and France on Saturday aimed at stepping up military cooperation in the Indian Ocean. Under the deal signed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, each country will open its naval bases to warships from the other. China´s territorial ambitions in the South China Sea already worry world powers. And its move into the vast Indian Ocean -- stretching from the Suez Canal to the Malacca Strait -- has heightened that concern. Modi and Macron are particularly anxious as China extended its military presence by opening a naval base in the eastern African nation of Djibouti last year. Beijing is also building up its trading network -- the so-called One Belt One Road initiative -- which involves many of the Asian and African nations that line the Indian Ocean. It has built a port in Gwadar, taken a 99-year-lease on Sri Lanka´s Hambantota and bought a number of tiny islands in the Maldives. All of this has alarmed India, which sits at the heart of the Indian Ocean region. New Delhi experts see Chinese companies investing in assets ranging from airports to the Bangladesh stock exchange as Beijing´s Trojan horses.
"They essentially work at the behest of the state and all of their investments are actually not commercial investments but strategic investments and they are meant to serve a geopolitical purpose," said Abhijit Singh, an analyst at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi-based think tank. Modi made clear when he came to power in 2014 that boosting India´s influence in its immediate neighbourhood was a strategic priority. His government expressed fury when Sri Lanka let a Chinese submarine make a stopover in 2014. Colombo refused a similar request the following year.
India has stepped up its patrols in the Sunda Strait in the eastern Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, while boosting its maritime surveillance capability around the Andaman and Nicobar islands off Myanmar, where Chinese warships and submarines have increasingly been on patrol. Reunion island is in turn a key French territory in the Indian Ocean and Paris also has extensive Pacific interests. "We have a strong maritime power, a big navy with our nuclear submarines," Macron said in an interview with Indian television broadcast Friday. France is "very active in this region
to preserve collective security and for me India is one of the critical partners to preserve stability in the whole region." China strongly denies any territorial motive against India despite its huge investments and military moves. "The two countries are partners in development not rivals," said the foreign ministry in Beijing. Liu Zongyi, a specialist at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, told AFP that India was using the "China threat" to extend its own military power. Some international experts have doubts about Modi´s response to China in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere. "On a regional level, the Modi government has not proposed a convincing alternative to the new Silk Road proposed by Chinese leader Xi Jinping. India just does not have the same financial and administrative strength as China," said Isabelle Saint-Mezard, a South Asia specialist at Paris VIII university´s institute of geopolitics. Brahma Chellaney, a professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi said "India is at last waking up to this new threat." But he is among many who fear storms in the Indian Ocean. "For the moment, China cannot take on India in its own strategic maritime backyard," Chellaney said. "But the country is growing, deploying submarines and the situation could quickly change to India´s disadvantage."
DPRK media condemns Japanese massacre of Korean sex slaves in WWII PYONGYANG AGENCIES
Official media of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Saturday condemned the massacre of Korean sex slaves by Japanese troops in World War II as shown in a recently published video. A video depicting the massacre of sex slaves by the Imperial Japanese Army in 1944 was recently published, with the 19-second footage filmed in China's Yunnan Province showing the shooting of 30 Korean women. The official Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary that this has brought to light once again the barbarity and cruelty of the Japanese imperialists. "Japan's right-wing conservative forces including (Prime Minister) Shinzo) Abe and his group are making a far-fetched assertion that there has never been such a thing as the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army and insulted the victims of the sexual slavery as 'prostitutes,'" said the commentary. The recently disclosed video proves that the sexual slavery system created by the Imperial Japanese Army did indeed exist, it said. The commentary accused the Japanese government of trying "to deny the history of crimes, bring back the past history of aggression and crimes."
Sri Lanka to probe anti-Muslim riots, lifts curfew
An investigation into anti-Muslim riots that spread in central Sri Lanka prompting the authorities to declare a nationwide state of emergency was announced Saturday by President Maithripala Sirisena. A panel of three retired judges will probe the breakdown in law and order in the picturesque hill resort of Kandy, Sirisena’s office said in a statement. Three people died, 20 others were wounded and more than 200 Muslim-owned businesses and homes were destroyed in four days of rioting that died down on Thursday. Eleven mosques were also damaged or completely destroyed by Sinhalese mobs, according to police who say the situation has been brought under control after a heavy military deployment. A curfew in the district, which is 115 kilometres (72 miles) east of the capital Colombo, was lifted at dawn Saturday but army soldiers continued to patrol alongside police, officials said. Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority held their Friday prayers under military protection across the island amid fears of fresh attacks. However, the weekly religious activity went off without incident, authorities said. Hundreds of Buddhist monks and activists staged demonstrations in Colombo on Friday denouncing the anti-Muslim attacks and urging authorities to take strong action against the perpetrators. Police said nearly 150 people, including the main instigator, have been arrested over the unrest. They named the main suspect as Amith Weerasinghe, a man from the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority known for anti-Muslim activism and outspoken social media posts, and said he was taken into custody on Thursday. The government declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as the unrest escalated when a Muslim man was found dead in a burnt-out building, a day after a Sinhalese man died of injuries sustained in an attack carried out by Muslim men.
FOREIGN NEWS 07
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
uS RuLeS out tRooPS’ PuLLout, DIRect taLKS WIth taLIban WASHINGTON
senior US envoy has said the Taliban could not expect direct talks with the US as had happened in the case of North Korea. The Taliban are the stumbling block to the peace process, the Trump administration alleged on Friday, ruling out direct talks with it unless the militant leaders engaged with the elected Afghan government. In an apparent response to a recent letter from the Taliban to the US, the Trump team also ruled out withdrawing troops from Afghanistan – a pre-condition set by the rebels for talks. America’s senior diplomat for South and Central Asia said the US was in Afghanistan at the request of its government and people and therefore would stay there to make sure the country did not become a safe haven for terrorists again. “The recent Taliban letter to the people of the United States, I believe, misses
the point. For eight years, the US has been prepared to support a peace process, but we cannot be a substitute for the Afghan people in the Afghan government negotiations with the Taliban,” Alice Wells remarked. Speaking at the US Institute of Peace (USIP), a Congress-supported think-tank, she said: “The Taliban were at war with the Afghan people long before US military operations began in 2001. Now obviously the US has a direct interest in the resolution of this conflict and the Taliban have frequently stated the need for all foreign troops to depart Afghanistan is a precondition for negotiations.” “We are in Afghanistan as a guest of a sovereign Afghan government that’s recognised by the UN and the international community, with our presence enshrined in the strategic partnership agreement and a bilateral security agreement,” she added. She explained that the US would continue its mission so long as the independent Afghan government agreed to host
and work with the Americans. Responding to a question, she said the Taliban could not expect direct talks with the US as had happened in the case of North Korea. There was no comparison between North Korea and Afghanistan, the diplomat argued. Wells noted North and South Korea had spoken to each other in advance of the president’s offer to engage in the conversation. “So, what we’re looking for in Afghanistan is a fundamental recognition that in an insurgency, the insurgents and the government that is ruling need to engage in a conversation with one another as well as with other interested parties to that settlement. We have been very consistent in this approach,” Wells said. President Ashraf Ghani recently concluded the second Kabul Process conference, laying out some important principles in his remarks about the implementation of a peace process that would require the support of the international community.
ent to the Afghan people, she believed it was time for the conflict to end. “There’s a way to end this conflict. There’s a will to end this conflict. There’s international support to this. It’s the Taliban who are the stumbling block to peace.” The diplomat said it was up to the Taliban leaders to respond to this serious offer of talks from Ghani. The US supported Ghani’s move and was prepared to facilitate it, the official explained. Wells said when it came to the United States, its conditions-based South Asia strategy ensured the Taliban could not win on the battlefield, but it recognised that a resolution to the conflict would be through a negotiated settlement.
“There was no way to walk away from Afghanistan even in a time of peace. But I can certainly assure you we understand how difficult it is and how essential it is to the success of the overall effort. Certainly, it’s only going to be when we see the success of the stabilisation of Afghanistan that we in the international community can draw the confidence that the level of our presence is not required,” Wells said. The Afghan government’s ability to manage its own security and territory in a responsible fashion would all feed into the international assessment of how to structure future relations with Afghanistan, she added. Accusing the Taliban of being indiffer-
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china anti-graft drive sees 100 top officials tried in five years BEIJING AGENCIES
Chinese courts have tried more than 100 top officials in corruption cases in five years, the country’s top judge said, as President Xi Jinping pursues a relentless anti-graft campaign. Government corruption is rampant in China, and Xi has presided over a much-publicised drive against crooked party officials since coming to power in 2012, which some have compared to a political purge. “We have maintained a strong pressure on perpetrators of corruption,” Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People’s Court, said in a speech to some 3,000 parliamentarians gathered in Beijing for the annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the Chinese parliament. A total of 195,000 corruption and bribery cases involving 263,000 people were heard between 2013 and 2017. Of these, 101 were officials at or above the rank of minister or head of province, he said. These include former security czar Zhou Yongkang and former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, a potential rival to Xi. Zhou did not say how many of the defendants had been found guilty. Xi promised during a party congress in October 2017 to intensify the graft crackdown which has so far punished more than 1.5 million party officials at various levels — including top military leadership. Corruption has long been an intractable problem for the country, and the vast majority of Chinese citizens welcomes the move. But many experts argue that the campaign also has the hallmarks of a political purge as the Chinese president consolidates his power.
The African Union mission (AMISOM) Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) officers should help speed up Somalia stabilisation process by facilitating the implementation of quick impact projects, the mission's military official said on Saturday. Naboth Mwesigwa, AMISOM Chief Military Intelligence Officer, also called on CIMIC officers to help facilitate programs that can improve the socio-economic lives of residents. Mwesigwa who closed a one-
week training course for AMISOM officers urged CIMIC officers to engage more with communities to help strengthen relations between the Mission and the local population. "The image the population gets should be through you. So if you the CIMIC activist don't reflect a good picture on our side, then the civilians will get a negative attitude or impression about the forces," he said in a statement released in Mogadishu. He said closer collaboration between AU mission CIMIC officers and their Somali National Army (SNA) counterparts was also needed
to help win the hearts and minds of the local communities in the fight against terrorism. Mwesigwa said the AMISOM leadership has implemented measures aimed at improving relations between the military and civilians and also reviewed its CIMIC structures to improve understanding between the military and humanitarian actors. The pan African body's mission has also adopted Somalia Country Specific Humanitarian Guidelines which stipulates the rules of engagement between AMISOM and humanitarian actors working in different parts of the country. Constance Sikalumbi, the AMISOM Head of CIMIC, said the training was intended to enhance the capacity of CIMIC officers to help improve civil-military relations, so as to enable the Mission achieve its mandate. "Civil-Military Cooperation is an art of warfare which is used to win hearts and minds of the civilian population in conflict regions. This is employed during peace resolution be it peacebuilding, peacekeeping or peace enforcement," Sikalumbi said.
6 killed, 23 injured in truck crash in Myanmar YANGON AGENCIES
Six people, including a woman, were killed and 23 others injured in a car crash in Myanmar's eastern Shan state, the Home Affairs Ministry said on Saturday. With 32 people aboard, the 10-wheeled truck overturned due to the brake failure on Yaksauk-NaungCho road in Yatsauk township Friday afternoon. The injured were brought to nearby hospitals for treatment. Reckless driving was blamed for the accident.
Lord's Resistance Army haunts Central African Republic OBO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AGENCIES
Every morning, Joseph gets on his motorbike to tend to his field of manioc, in the thick bush surrounding the Obo, in southeastern Central African Republic. This day, though, is not ordinary. Joseph is tense with worry. There are rumours that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), one of Africa’s most notorious and longest-surviving militias, is in the area. “They recently attacked hunters just 15 kilometres (nine miles) away,” said Joseph, who, despite his fears, picks up his tools to work on his precious crop. The LRA dates back to January 1987, when a voodoo priestess, Alice Auma Lakwena, set up a rebel group to fight Uganda’s new leader, Yoweri Museveni. The following year, Joseph Kony, presented as Lakwena’s cousin, took over the group, which was renamed the LRA and whose mission was to rule by the Bible’s Ten Commandments. The fanatical Christian movement became a byword across central Africa for mutilations, massacres, kidnappings and the forced enrollment of children.
According to a UN toll in 2013, the LRA was to blame for the deaths of more than 100,000 people, the abduction of between 60,000 and 100,000 children and the displacement of 2.5 million people. The militia began to be rolled back in 2011 by a force of 2,000 Ugandan troops, supported by about a hundred US military advisors based in Obo. Last March, the US military wrapped up its side of the operation, saying the LRA had been “reduced to irrelevance”, and a month later the Ugandan army began withdrawing its troops from CAR. Today, according to Laurent Wastelain, a representative of the UN peacekeeping mission in CAR, the LRA has been reduced to about 200 people, women and children included, spread across three groups, one of which is dissident. “The organisation’s political doctrine is falling away,” he said in Obo. “They’ve gone from economic profit-making to economic subsistence, based on looting and trafficking.” The Ugandan and American pullout from southeast CAR, the absence of the state in this strife-torn region and the lack of a UN mandate to fight the LRA means that these marauding remnants
are a lethal menace to local people. Since April 19, 2017, when Uganda began its phased withdrawal, the LRA has struck 34 times in CAR, killing nine people and kidnapping 129 others, according to LRACrisisTracker, a site run by an NGO that is trying, in difficult conditions, to monitor the problem. Kidnappings are an LRA speciality, witnesses in Obo said. The militiamen capture adults to carry their loot and turn their children into fighters. “On February 9, I was with nine
hunters in a place about 100 kilometres (60 miles) west of Obo,” said Brice, who has fled to the town from his home in Mboki. “The LRA held us up, they took the manioc flour, the smoked fish, the meat and the ammunition,” he said adding that this was the third time he had been robbed by the group. Francois Apoyo, another man displaced from Mboki, said the LRA seized him on November 24 – “they held us for a week, we carried their belongings.”
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
Our cities in the decade of democracy
From Senate polls to general elections Surprises that await the parties
nexPeCteD developments witnessed before and during the senate elections make one wonder if similar surprises will characterise the general elections scheduled for July. the PML-n has suffered a number of setbacks. the Pti has been shocked by its legislators who sold their votes. Zardari seems to have finally come in from the cold. two months before the senate elections the PML-n legislators in Balochistan rebelled against their own Chief Minister, elected a PML-Q MPa as CM and contested the senate elections as independents winning 6 seats. the PML-n was eliminated from the province. to add to the PML-n’s travails the sC decided that the 15 candidates nominated by their disqualified party chief would contest as independents. Four senators accused of being dual citizens, three of them from the PML-n, were provisionally allowed to take part in the elections for the senate Chairman, pending resolution of the issue of their membership by a seven-member bench of the apex court. to the surprise of imran khan, the supposed paragon of honesty, it was discovered that at least 17 Pti MPas from kP assembly had sold their votes helping the PPP to win two senate seats. Pti’s Chaudhry sarwar succeeded in performing the same feat in Punjab assembly. Will the PPP manage to get elected a sizable number of Mnas from Punjab to be able to play a meaningful role in government formation at the federal level? if not, it will remain confined to sindh as before. Will imran khan who has been on the back foot for the last few months build up a momentum in the coming months in Punjab that can double or triple his strength in the na? if not he will be out in the wilderness on the national level for another five years. there are straws in the wind which indicate that the PML-n will be fighting the general elections without nawaz sharif and Maryam. Will the new PML-n leadership steer the party to victory once again despite the hurdles in its way and joining hands with allies, new or old, form a government at the centre? if not, the country could be moving towards a hung parliament.
IHC’s judgement Fuelling extremism
The biggest losers
s we move on to the end of the second democratic term in the country and prepare ourselves to decide which party to lend our support to in the upcoming elections, we should take a round of the cities we live in. this is a suggestion. this is just an idea that, in its remotest possibilities, might reshape or influence our voting behaviour and preferences. and while we are out there, we should ask some basic questions; can we drink tap water? How is the quality of air? Can we have hygienic and unadulterated food anywhere - be it a roadside dhaba or an expansive restaurant? What happens in the city when it rains? are the neighbourhoods clean and the city sewers working properly? What is the condition of roads, transport facilities and other networked services? Do we have enough parks and green spaces or adequate leisure amenities in town? are we secure in the city? Closely observe other public services if you have more time - from marriage, birth and death registering bureaus to hospitals, schools and those that regulate your businesses and manage your properties and assets – in order to get the real picture of things on ground. You will get the obvious answers. if you roam around, these places will speak to you that the biggest losers of the decade of democracy in Pakistan are its cities, which have been systematically left out to produce the urban chaos that we experience on daily basis. every municipal service from water supply, sewerage, solid waste and transport to food security, land, housing and policing are far from being smooth even in the best of our cities (that we consider) which witnessed tons of money poured into them in the last decade. Quite understandably, these are not simple questions. Rather, the issues of public service
UstiCe shaukat aziz siddiqui has a knack for making controversial decisions and statements that can range from criticising the army Chief on one end to declaring the celebration of Valentine’s Day illegal on the other. His latest ruling concerning amendments to the khatm-e-nubuwwat oath in the elections act 2017 makes it mandatory to declare ones “true faith” when he or she takes oath when joining the civil service, armed forces or the judiciary. in his decision siddiqui does make reference to the fact that the Constitution grants “complete religious freedom” but then conveniently moves on to article 5 of the Constitution that demands citizens to remain “faithful” to the state and “abide by the rules of law and Constitution.” in doing so he interprets that if someone does not declare their “true faith” they are “betraying the state”. not only is this a flawed conclusion to derive by cherry picking articles in the Constitution it also violates the right to freedom of religion and tramples on individual liberties of citizens who should not and cannot be forced to make declarations about something as personal as their religion. Going by this extreme logic that siddiqui has used he is trying to say that someone’s faith is a valid credential of a candidate looking to join the civil service, army or judiciary. this does not augur well for religious minorities. as a result, they remain secretive about their beliefs in order to survive in an increasingly extremist environment. One only needs to take a look at the composition of Jinnah’s cabinet post partition to understand what this country was envisioned by him to become, a diverse people living in harmony, respecting each other’s beliefs. sadly, decisions like these and many before it have eroded the foundations of what Pakistan was built on. the supreme Court should review iHC’s decision and preferably offer a better more logical interpretation of the Constitution on this matter.
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delivery form the basis of complicated debates of public policy and are also the ones that draw a clear line between the ‘developed’ and the ‘underdeveloped’ geographies in the world. But taking up these matters is the whole point of democracy and accountable governance especially at the time of elections in order to rescue the real issues from the dust of election rhetoric and verbose manifestos and also in order to rescue the democracy itself in our country. it is critical to draw a checklist for the potential candidates especially from the parties in power in the most urbanised and the most populous provinces (sindh and Punjab) as to what they have done in the last ten years on account of the basics for life in the cities. What were they thinking when they were holding all the institutional powers of urban affairs at provincial level to the extent that even graveyards are being managed by the provincial government authorities. and even if they let the local government elections happen on the orders of the supreme Court, they didn’t allow the local bodies to function even with their clipped wings. We all remember the textbook lesson that having local bodies is not an end itself but they are means through which we are able to address our municipal problems down to the smallest unit of a city. if we allow ourselves more time to think deeper into it, the failure is not just on the part of the parties in power that deprived the city governments of their constitutional space in the
urban governance. the local leadership is also responsible for this. imagine, what the local councillors are doing after their elections when they have almost nothing left in the local government laws to deliver and there’s no resistance from these elected city representatives to the all-powerful provincial governments. they are playing like hostages to this situation – not ready to speak up to the mighty party bosses in order to avoid their displeasure. so, consolidation of dynasties in politics is a bottom-up process as much as it is top-down. From this situation it appears that the numbers, which predict the fate of our lives in these cities don’t really scare us. every time a report on the state of our cities is out; livability, human development, city security or governance rankings are published; we brush them aside. it feels like the future approximations regarding our demographic realities and their conclusions on what is in store for us in the days to come are just irrelevant. When such stocktaking is absent, we are taking away the essence of democracy where representative politics will gradually become an isolated activity devoid of public service and accountability. in the century of cities, if at all we wish to see democratic values with responsive governance take their roots in society, let us start with asking questions on the urban basics.
The issues of public service delivery form the basis of complicated debates of public policy and are also the ones that draw a clear line between the ‘developed’ and the ‘underdeveloped’ geographies in the world.
Asif Mehmood is an urban policy analyst.
The future of US-Pakistan relations Better diplomacy required from our side
akistan’s foreign secretary, tehmina Janjua, who is in Washingtonian DC for bilateral talks in a recent statement said that “Washington should know Pakistan has no longer influence to bring taliban to talks.” Reportedly, she further said that “we have made clear that we will do whatever we think is in our national interests.” a few days ago, the Us Defence intelligence agency said Pakistan’s efforts in the war against terrorism had made some considerable gains against the country’s fight against terrorism. in this regard, a recent report submitted to the Us senate’s armed services Committee concerning Pakistan’s counterterrorism operations notes that “islamabad is likely to proceed with its counterinsurgency operations and border management efforts along its western border while sustaining counterterrorism and paramilitary operations throughout the country. these efforts have had some success in reducing violence.” the report further noted: “Pakistan will look to the United states and the afghan government for support against anti-Pakistan fighters in afghanistan. after the recent rupture in bilateral relations, there appears to be a Karachi – Ph: 021-35381208-9
realisation both in kabul and Washington that the blame game will not help in resolving issues, which will only increase if there remains a confrontation and mistrust between the two countries. While efforts are being made on both sides to revive some sort of structural dialogue to undermine growing mutual mistrust, for any dialogue to achieve something strategically, Washington and islamabad need to keep their expectations in zones which are practically achievable. One of the fundamental reasons that Pakistan has been unable to fulfil Washington’s demands is due to the latter’s impractical and unreasonable expectations from islamabad. For instance, the Us has never worked on a plan which directly or indirectly takes into account Pakistan’s concerns when it comes to the complex regional security situation. Washington has never paid heed to Pakistan’s concerns when the country remains a direct stakeholder in the south asian regional security situation, particularly afghanistan. Washington’s strategic community focuses more on blaming Pakistan for its questionable security policy than assessing the latter’s strategic sensitivities which with all its hyperbolic caveats have realistic concerns. as things stand, it’s a good policy on Pakistan’s part to let the american’s know that islamabad doesn’t have any significant leverage to bring the afghan taliban to the negotiating table. With the afghan taliban controlling nearly half of afghanistan, Washington cannot expect the solution to the conflict by blaming the
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neighbouring states for its own counterterrorism failures in the country. afghanistan remains a highly divided country internally with its ruling elite working for its own political and tribal interests. afghanistan’s military has emerged as a defeated force with desertions and casualties soaring. apparently, Washington has no workable plan to defeat the taliban other than creating a narrative which blames Pakistan for the deteriorating security situation in afghanistan. Pakistan for its part has never had an aggressive policy to counteract the Us’s propaganda machinery which has successfully continued to project islamabad’s image as a state which sponsors transnational terrorism. Washington’s recent lobbying to place Pakistan’s name on the list of countries that are not doing enough to counter terror financing at the FatF forum in Paris shows that our foreign policy not only lacks an aggressive stance but has also failed to create an international narrative which recognises Pakistan’s recent counter-terrorism gains. in this regard, two factors stand out which needs a strategic push from the Pakistani side. One, it’s unclear whether the current leadership of Pakistan’s military is interested in seeing the afghan taliban creating havoc in afghanistan. However, what has become clear is that, the current leadership of Pakistan genuinely desires a peaceful afghanistan which directly supports Pakistan’s ongoing mega economic projects. For this to become achievable, Pakistan wishes to see the afghan taliban becoming part
of any negotiation process. and given afghan taliban’s clout, it’s immature to expect peace in afghanistan without the involvement of the former in any reconciliation process. second, while Pakistan has made significant efforts to eradicate militant group’s sanctuaries from the tribal areas, what the country still lacks is an effective policy design which projects these efforts as a regional success story. For instance, Pakistan needs to demonstrate to the international community that effective border management, refugee repatriation and afghanistan’s internal dynamic remain key issues in afghanistan’s security situation. so far, unfortunately, we have not seen Pakistan’s foreign policy representatives presenting islamabad’s views in Washington’s policy circles. Making statements and hurling threats on local tV channels is not an effective approach to leave a message to an audience which feeds on Washington’s policy institutes analytical vigour. the recent political appointment of an ambassador to the Us shows that there does not appear to be a seriousness on the part of the government to work on the area of assertive diplomacy which only a credible and accomplished career diplomat can deliver. Umair Jamal is a graduate of the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. He is a research fellow with the Centre for Governance and Policy. He regularly writes for various media outlets. He can be contacted on Twitter: @UJAmaLs
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History will condemn our silence
My political philosophy: Grow up! Especially in these dangerous times
dr James J Zogby
have been involved in politics my entire adult life. there were two main sources of inspiration from my childhood that have moulded my thinking and my actions. i inherited my mother’s belief in the positive role that government could play in providing for the common good by caring for those who needed a helping hand. it was our government that built our schools and our infrastructure, protected our rights, insured our safety and security, and when pressured by political movements have created at least a modicum of economic justice. Having lived through the Great Depression and World War ii and having experienced and benefited from the policies of Franklin Roosevelt’s new Deal, my mother believed that taxes weren’t a burden. they were our collective obligation, a dues we paid to live free and responsibly as part of our society. From my Catholic education, i learned the values of social justice, our responsibility to care for those in need, and the importance of recognising the rights of others. i learned: that i was “my brother’s keeper”, that “all of us are equal in the eyes of God”, and that i would be judged by “what i did for the least of these.” With my thinking having been moulded in this way, i found a home in the Democratic Party, except for a brief flirtation with Conservatism during my adolescence. as a normal teenager, i went through a period of self-absorption, searching for meaning. i found it in Barry Goldwater’s “Conscience of a Conservative” and the writings of ayn Rand. the philosophy of Conservatism, as they defined it, fit my adolescent needs. the world really was all about me. selfishness was a virtue. Personal success, even at the expense of others
was a worthy goal. those who couldn’t make it were a burden and government was an obstacle to personal liberty. i wallowed in this world of the self for more than a year until the tug of three factors brought me back to my roots. in the first place, i found that i could not rationalise how so many Conservatives with whom i came into contact were flag-waving chauvinists and racists. and then there was my mother. two social movements were roiling the country back then: one was against the war in Vietnam, while the other was demanding civil rights for long-oppressed african americans. i could not understand how Conservatives could be so vehemently opposed to both. i asked, “Didn’t an individual who truly believed the war was immoral and unjustified have the right, even the obligation as an individual to conscientiously object? How could someone who believed in personal liberty, oppose the exercise of that right to stand against a war they felt was wrong?” i was deeply troubled by the intolerance demonstrated by those Conservatives who stated, “it’s my country, right or wrong” and then proceeded to demonise those who disagreed. in a jingoistic frenzy they shed their belief in individualism and became mindless followers of the dictates of the very “government” they claimed to resent. similarly, i was confounded by Conservatives’ hostility to the african american demand for equal rights. Were black people not also individuals who deserved personal liberty? there was, i felt, no philosophical justification for segregation and other forms of institutional discrimination. and if that were not problematic enough, i found it deplorable to hear some Conservatives use vile racist terms to describe the black community. Once again, i discovered that their commitment to the principles they espoused took a back seat, this time, to their deep-seated racial prejudice.
The philosophy of Conservatism, as they defined it, fit my adolescent needs. The world really was all about me. Selfishness was a virtue. Personal success, even at the expense of others was a worthy goal.
Finally, there was this encounter with my mother: i was at home venting about “big government” and the evil role it played in confiscating wealth and denying personal freedom. My father had died just a few years earlier, and my mother, a school teacher, made just enough income for us to get by. Like my siblings, i was receiving a monthly social security survivor Benefit check. i also was the recipient of what was called the “new York state Regents scholarship.” as i was in the midst of my rant, my mother came very close to me, pointing her finger in my face and said “How dare you? if it weren’t for the new York state scholarship, we wouldn’t be able to send you to college. and if it weren’t for those social security benefits, you’d be home working right now to help keep us going. Do not deny to others what you take for yourself. Grow up.” this moment, almost like a much-needed slap in the face, helped knock me out of my adolescent selfishness. On reflection, i came to realise that the entire artifice of Conservative thinking was based on an infantile narcissism that focused so narrowly on the individual that it forgot the meaning of our humanity and our responsibility. i have been reflecting on this because we are living through a time when an angry infantile narcissism, passing itself off as Conservatism, has once again resurfaced as a dominant political ideology. When a prominent Conservative organisation held its annual convention in Washington last week, the messages pronounced from the podium were a disturbing mix of pro-white xenophobia, antiimmigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, antipoor, and pro-gun rhetoric. there was also blind acceptance of President trump who, because he has delivered on tax cuts and deregulation, was being lionised by the faithful. the damage he was doing to our culture and to our sense of community were ignored, with “patriotism” and “Conservatism” now being defined as uncritical support for “the leader.” these are dangerous times where values are being upended and cruel, angry, and divisive language has become the “lingua franca” of our political discourse. Hanging in the balance are the most vulnerable and unprotected in our society, and how we will define ourselves as an american people. Would that my mother—or their mothers—were alive and could deliver a muchneeded slap with the message, “it’s not just about you. it’s about us all. Grow up!”
I have been reflecting on this because we are living through a time when an angry infantile narcissism, passing itself off as Conservatism, has once again resurfaced as a dominant political ideology.
Dr James J Zogby is President, Arab American Institute.
sYRia continues to bleed, and the international community continues to stand in silent observation. Pakistan continues to stand in silence, ignoring the cries of the syrian people. History will one day condemn the world for standing by as one of the cradles of civilisation was torn asunder by the greed of a dictator supported by his murdering allies. While the assad regime is fully supported by its friends in its brutal crackdown against its own people, nobody is there to reach out to the syrian people. Pakistan continues its silence on syria. this government refuses even to condemn the atrocities of the assad regime as a token measure. When the dust is settled, as it is always bound to, what words will history remember Pakistan by? as a modern nation state, it is Pakistan’s duty to condemn the brutal actions being perpetrated in syria. One cannot think for a second that anyone truly maintains neutrality in a matter as serious as the killing fields of syria, and there is no overt political reason for Pakistan to support the assad regime? What prudent reason is there to maintain this tactful silence? nothing other than cowardice. the least the Pakistani state can do is condemn the continuing violence in syria and the assad regime, which would only be their duty as a democratic state with a conscience, and the weakest form of faith. even as a part of the larger Muslim world, Pakistan owes a lot more to syria than a condemnation. But at least severing diplomatic ties would be a start. JoSHUA ATTAoULLAH Lahore
Taxes for services sOVeReiGn independent state levies taxes on citizens to provide basic services, security of life and property. to perform these functions, it employs citizens on merit, invests in development of human resources and trains them for specialized services. Representatives of people are elected for legislation, oversee law enforcement, and regulate relations with comity of nations. a disciplined paid militia is recruited to defend country from foreign aggression and aid elected civilian government when asked to do. independent judiciary plays vital role to enforce rule of law and accountability of all citizens who enjoy equal rights and opportunities. this is the social contract between citizens and custodians of state. Unfortunately we have not been able to shed legacies of 200 years British Colonial rule, where an occupying foreign country utilized state assets, lands and titles as spoils of war to be given solely at pleasure of Her Majesty’s Governments to natives willing to collaborate with Raj for services rendered. On periphery of every big city, cantonments were established to house soldiers of British indian army and gated housing society for civil servants, both recruited to assist Viceroy in prolonging colonial rule and collecting taxes for systematic transfer of natural resources to Uk. More than 71 years have elapsed since our independence in 1947, but unfortunately we have not yet shed tyrannical legacies of colonial rule and adjusted to the reality of being a sovereign free country, whose people are sole masters of their destiny and all civil and uniformed institutions are there to serve them. Under the Raj, people were there to serve Colonial Masters. state assets, land and taxes collected from citizens must be handled by paid or elected public office holders strictly in accordance with laws in existence, while performing their role as custodians and not for abuse and personal benefits at cost of public welfare. Why should elected government spend billions on advertisements for self projection on completion of projects completed on tax-payer money? When will these housing societies, belonging exclusively to various state institutions, built on state land given on subsidized rates cease, when over 90 % of population is denied basic necessities, security of life and housing? Can anybody justify allotment of 80 acres? MALIk T ALI Lahore
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Pakistan’s tallest building was criticised by many for allegedly spoiling the visual beauty and the environment around the shrine of karachi’s patron saint, abdullah shah Ghazi. Well, though the conservationists might well be correct, the building group has offered much by way of penance. they not only renovated bits of the shrine and gave some of it a makeover, but also developed a public park right behind it. Which is more than the business community’s usual contribution in such matters: nothing. * * * * * * * * * a no-nonsense journalist took on a no-nonsense public official and politician. the former styles himself on the hard-nosed interviewers of the west and usually gets away with it but this time he seems to have bit off more than he could chew. Because kashmala tariq, the Ombudsperson for women’s harassment, did not take too kindly to his questions about her political affiliations rather than women’s rights. it was quite a scuffle between her staff and him.
10 BUSINESS Lab tests reveal use of chemicals to increase petrol quality LAHORE: according to lab tests conducted my Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) and Oil and Gas regulatory authority (OGra), importers and oil refineries are using chemicals in low-quality petrol to improve its quality, a practice that is destructive for car engines, human health and the environment as a whole, reported a private news outlet. For the test, samples were taken from domestically produced and imported gasoline which revealed chemical contents in research Octane Number (rON) 90 and 92 gasoline. earlier, Honda atlas Cars Pakistan filed a complaint with OGra regarding high manganese content in rON 92, 95 and 97, which it claims results in engine knocking due to low-quality fuel, blocking of the catalytic converter and adverse impact on human health. similarly, Hascol oil claimed that the use of Methyl Tertiary Butyl ether (MTBe), Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tricarbonyl (MMT) is prevalent by the refineries to achieve the required gasoline specification and to save cost. Meanwhile, a committee was constituted comprising OGra, HDIP, Petroleum Division and Oil Companies advisory Committee to probe the complaints. NEWSDESK
pIa to increase flights to Gwadar KARACHI: PIa is increasing the frequency of its flights to Gwadar, a PIa spokesman said on saturday. The airline will now operate two flights per day from Karachi to Gwadar. PIa is also planning to operate direct flights from other cities of Pakistan to Gwadar keeping in view the commercial viability and demand of passengers, PIa spokesman concluded. STAFF REPORT
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GOvt shOuLd end super tax In budGet 2018-19: OICCI ISLAMABAD
verseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) have demanded that the government put an end to the super Tax in upcoming budget 2018-19. Budget proposals available with Pakistan Today indicate that the OICCI super Tax should be deleted from Finance Bill. The government had imposed 4 per cent supertax in the Finance act 2015-16 for the period of one year but was later extended for another year. The OICCI further asked that the effective corporate income tax rate should be 25 per cent from the fiscal year 201819, considering the average tax rate of less than 22 per cent throughout asia. OICCI also demanded that tax rates of the banking sector should be aligned with the corporate sector moreover all sales tax rates of the different jurisdictions within the country, should be reduced to 13 per cent in line with the average of less than 12 per cent in asia.
The overseas investors demanded that the amendments made in Finance act 2017 in respect of tax on undistributed profits should be revoked and tax on bonus shares be repealed. In addition to this, review of Minimum Tax (MTr) regime and abolishment of alternative Corporate Tax should be abolished for instance, the general rate of MTr should be reduced to a maximum of 0.5 per cent, and 0.2 per cent for oil marketing, refineries, LNG terminal operators and large chemical companies with high turnover and low margins as well as alternate corporate tax under section 113C should be abolished in lieu of minimum tax. It was also recommended that regulatory duty levied through srO 1035(I)/2017 during the year be withdrawn on imports of raw materials which are not being produced locally. The number of rates currently applicable on goods and services for withholding tax purposes, numbering 55, is very complex and cumbersome, which needs to be rationalised, including facilitating the withholding agent through a
robust IrIs wherein the visibility of tax deduction certificate should be given to the taxpayer, the proposals indicate. The OICCI recommended, the incentive for investment be made attractive for instance tax credit u/s 65B be enhanced from existing rate of 10 per cent to 15 per cent of the investment and the date for benefit be extended from existing 2019 to 2022 and factory building associated with the plant and machinery purchased for extension, expansion, balancing, modernisation and replacement purposes, should also be included. In addition industrial undertakings be allowed to import raw material in the first year of production, without payment of advance tax u/s 148 and for subsequent years, be allowed exemption against advance tax u/s 148 on import of raw material, as per actual requirement, instead of 125 per cent quantity of previous year. Tax credit for employment generation u/s 64B, currently restricted to manufacturers, should also be extended to the service sector which contributes about
Stile invests Rs1.25bn, introduces European technology tiles
ahsan Iqbal reviews work on narowal development schemes SIALKOT: Interior Minister ahsan Iqbal saturday reviewed progress on several development projects including roads in Narowal city and its suburban areas. Narowal Deputy Commissioner ali anaan Qamar gave a briefing to the minister about the development schemes. The minister directed the officials and contractors to ensure timely completion of development schemes. He said on the occasion that the government was spending billions of rupees for raising the living standard of people in Narowal district. APP
balochistan govt working to meet energy requirements ISLAMABAD: Balochistan government has taken effective steps to meet energy requirements in remote areas of the province. an official of Provincial energy Department told radio Pakistan that several villages were being provided electricity in Kech district at a cost of rs66 million to the government. similarly, solar energy system was set up in Pishin district at a cost of rs53 million for water supply schemes. APP
KARACHI STAFF REPORT
With an investment of rs1.25 billion in research and its production plant, shabbir Tiles and Ceramics has now introduced the surface finish tiles with the quality that matches international standards for the first time in Pakistan, said a press release here on saturday. shabbir Tiles CeO Masood Jaffery said demand of building materials particularly tiles is growing and the company has invested in expansion and up gradation to cater the market gap. Plant and machinery have already been modernised in phase 1, while the second phase to support product development and accommodate customer preferences is underway. “Now, the consumers in Pakistan will have access to quality surface finish tiles like metallic surface finish, granilia surface finish and anti-slip matt surface finish on some of the beautiful designs in this product range,” he added. These durable scratch resistant tiles are an ideal fit for Pakistani market with rough and
harder surface than ordinary porcelain matt surface, read the press release. The company is manufacturing porcelain and ceramic tiles of international quality in different sizes and colours, employing the latest technology and state-of-the-art machinery imported from Italy. recently, Centro Ceramico in Italy certified stile products being manufactured according to highest international quality standards. The sTCL plants, based in Karachi, incorporate the latest european technologies and techniques to manufacture high-class products that conform to european standards, read the press release. Jaffery further added that the industry needs government’s support in reducing the energy and input costs, and also in form of duties and taxes on imported tiles to save precious foreign exchange and enable tile exports to neighbouring countries. “We hope that with the support of the government we can contribute more revenue to the national kitty by not only enhancing our local customer base but exploring international markets for export,” he concluded.
PM inaugurates 1410MW hydropower project at Tarbela TARBELA APP
Prime Minister shahid Khaqan abbasi on saturday inaugurated 1410 MW Tarbela 4th extension hydropower project. azad Jammu and Kashmir President sardar Masood Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Minister for Water resources syed Javed ali shah, Minister of state for Information Maryum aurangzeb and Chinese ambassador Yao Jing accompanied the prime minister. The first unit with a capacity of 470 MW will be commissioned
today, while two more units with equal power generating capacity will be online before the advent of summer this year. The project will play a pivotal role in balancing energy mix of the country and stabilising prices of electricity in the future with an attractive economic rate of return of more than 30 per cent and an annual cost of $300 million to the national exchequer. The project is expected to augment economic growth and social uplift. Tarbela Dam is located on the Indus river about 100 km northwest of Islamabad. The Tarbela 4th extension hydropower project
is located within the premises of the existing Tarbela Dam Project. The Tarbela Dam Project, completed in 1976, has a provision of five tunnels, four on the left bank and one on the right bank. Tunnels one to three have an installed capacity of 3,478 MW with an average annual energy generation of 15-16 billion units. The 4th extension project will generate 3.84 billion units annually, equivalent to the burning of one million tonnes of furnace oil. The newly installed units of the project are more efficient and are expected to have 10 15 per cent more energy.
half of the GDP of the country. In respect of group taxation the law which existed prior to the Finance act 2016-17 may be restored and coordination between federal and provincial legislation should be streamlined, including synchronisation and harmonisation of sales tax rates and policies across all jurisdiction and sectors and should be closely aligned with the regional benchmark of 12 per cent sales tax rate. The Federal WWF and WPPF law should be updated based on the recent provincial enactments and current minimum wage levels, the OICCI asked that pending tax refund be cleared within next six months in an orderly and prearranged manner. all subsequent tax refunds are cleared within 45 days. Furthermore, inter adjustment of income tax and sales tax refunds be made part of the law. Lastly, the OICCI demanded that the federal Tax Ombudsman should be entrusted to settle all the disputed claims of taxpayers. OICCI said that the proposals aim to boost FDI and rapid economic growth by making tax compliance easy.
LCCI for measures to control power sector’s circular debt LAHORE: Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) saturday expressed concerns over increased circular debt in the power sector and feared dire consequences if the issue was not resolved. LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid, senior vice President Khawaja Khawar rashid, vice President Zeshan Khalil and executive Committee Members said in a media statement that according to a report, the circular debt had become a threat to the power sector. They said that huge amount of circular debt would result in a reduction in power generation that would hit electricity consumers of all categories; industrial, agricultural, commercial and domestic. The departments concerned, they blamed, always chose the easy way to allow power distribution companies to charge consumers under the head of system losses, asserting that it damaged the trade and industry. They said that repeated increases in power tariff were not the solution to power sector problems, but National electric Power regulatory authority (NePra) and other authorities concerned would have to address inefficiencies in the system. The office-bearers claimed that industrial sector paid its dues in-time and there were no line losses or theft in most of the industrial estates. Power sector planners should take the cue from the efficient distribution companies (DIsCOs) where line losses were at the lowest. The LCCI office-bearers also demanded the government shift power generation from costly thermal means to cheap hydel resources. They said that some three decades ago the energy mix of Pakistan was roughly 70 per cent from hydel resources and 30 per cent from others, but at present, that proportion had almost reversed. The business community would be much relieved if per unit price of electricity was brought down because that would make Pakistani products more competitive in international market. APP
Farmers urged to install drip irrigation system ISLAMABAD: Punjab agriculture department has urged farmers to install drip irrigation system in their fields as it is cost effective and offers handsome returns. Talking to radio Pakistan, Punjab agriculture department spokesman Najaf abbas said that the government has initiated various projects to promote modern irrigation systems. He said that the government is providing 60 per cent subsidy on installation of the drip irrigation system whereas farmers will only have to spend remaining 40 per cent. He informed that 80 per cent subsidy is being given for running drip irrigation system on solar system adding he said that sprinkle irrigation system with solar system has been installed on an area of more than 1,500 acres in Punjab. APP
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
GOvt’s CLaIms OF InCreased expOrts FaLse: prGmea KARACHI
KARACHI: Squash legend Jahangir Khan met Shaheen Foundation deputy managing director and Hawk Advertising CEO during his visit to the Shaheen Foundation office. PR
aKIsTaN readymade Garments Manufacturers and exporters association (PrGMea) Chairman Central shaikh Mohammad shafiq discussed the stuck up payments of PM package duty drawback of taxes order 2017-18 with Commerce Minister Muhammad Pervaiz Malik and Federal secretary Commerce Mohammad Younus Dagha in a meeting held here at Islamabad on Friday. While briefing the commerce minister and secretary, shaikh Mohammad said that the textile industry has been the main driver of the economy for the last 50 years in terms of foreign currency earnings and has created countless jobs. He further pointed out that severe cash flow crunches have squeezed productivity resulting in reduced
exports as billions of rupees are blocked. On the contrary, commerce minister and secretary assured PrGMea chairman that they are doing their best to overcome these issues and informed that the government has leased rs5 billion to state Bank of Pakistan (sBP) for the payment of PM package scheme and will release another rs6 Billion by the next week. They further informed that a special tariff for the textile sector is also under process while discussing the high cost of doing business. Claims made by the commerce minister regarding increased exports are false, shaikh Mohammad said, adding “I have a different point of view; if we cross $25 billion in exports then we should say that we have truly increased exports.” shaikh Mohammad also enquired about the time-barred cases whereas Commerce secretary Mohammad Younus Dagha assured that they will also consider the same.
All set for World Islamic Finance Forum KARACHI APP
LAHORE: #SehatStart, an initiative by sehat.com.pk, held their inaugural seminar at KickStart CoWorking Space in Lahore with their partners Cheetay.pk, KickStart, FreshStart PR, and Talk Services. Fresenius Medical Care Pakistan and Afghanistan MD Javaid Nasir Qureshi was chief guest at the event along with sehat.com.pk CEO Nadir Mumtaz, The Vitamin Company CEO Khalid Ahmad Malik and AugmentCare CEO Hyder Mumtaz. PR
KARACHI: Junaid Jamshed (PVT) Limited COO Shahid Iqbal, CFO Kamran Hussain, Muhammad Amir, Ahmed Ali Asad Saeed, Simge Sekeroglu, Hanif ur Rehman attened the launch and inauguration of Junaid Jamshed (PVT LTD) first fragrances and cosmetic flagship outlet at Lucky One Mall. PR
excellence delivered, university of balochistan sign mou to benefit students LAHORE: Excellence Delivered (ExD) and the University of Balochistan, Quetta (UoB), through her ORIC and Computer Science department, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to pursue a SAP training program, titled - ‘SAP Learning Hub, Student Edition’. The MoU was signed between ExD CEO Sajjad Mustafa Syed and UoB Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Javeid Iqbal. The MoU between ExD and UoB focuses on exchange of ideas, skills and techniques to produce technical human resource capable of extending services on SAP and other such platforms. Additionally, 300 students are set to be put through the SAP program of Training and Certification, within the year. PRESS RELEASE
World Islamic Finance Forum (WIFF) 2018 is to be held on March 19 and 20, 2018. aaOIFI Board of Trustees Chairman shaikh ebrahim Bin Khalifa al Khalifa will grace the event as the chief guest at WIFF 2018. WIFF is being organised by Centre for excellence in Islamic Finance at the Institute of Business administration (CeIF-IBa) in collaboration with LUMs and INCeIF. a press briefing on the World Islamic Finance Forum (WIFF) 2018 was organised at the IBa city campus on saturday. IBa Karachi Dean and Director Dr Farrukh Iqbal, Meezan Bank Limited President Irfan siddiqui, Centre for excellence in Islamic Finance IBa (CeIF-IBa) Director ahmed ali siddiqui, CIeF-IBa Chairman Dr Ishrat Husain and Takaful Pakistan Ltd MD and CeO rizwan Hussain were present at the occasion. addressing the media, ahmed ali siddiqui said that prominent shari’ah scholars, renowned academicians, Presidents of Islamic banks and many other important figures from national and international financial institutions will be participating in the conference. The exhaustive list of participants includes state Bank of Pakistan Governor Tariq Bajwa, securities exchange Commission of Pakistan Chairman Zafar abdullah, CeIF-IBa Chairman Dr Ishrat Husain and shari’ah Board Chairman shaikh Muhammad Taqi Usmani. The two-day conference will include
panel discussions with industry experts representing 17 global and 15 local institutions. Global Islamic finance hubs including Ksa, Bahrain, Malaysia and other GCC countries will participate in the conference along with speakers from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Usa, UK, Turkey and China. around 50 speakers representing regulatory bodies, Islamic finance infrastructure institutions, Islamic banks and windows, asset management companies, advisory firms and Takaful players will also be part of the event. Key local and global Islamic financial institutions that will participate in this mega event include securities exchange Commission of Pakistan (seCP), Islamic research and Training Institute (IrTI), Islamic Finance News (IFN), World Bank, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private sector (ICD), International Centre for education in Islamic Finance (INCeIF), accounting and auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (aaOIFI), and Deloitte and Touché. Furthermore, Dr Farrukh Iqbal said that the research papers and case studies presented at the conference will focus on areas that are crucial for the expansion of the Islamic Finance industry. These will then be appraised by a committee of renowned practitioners and shari’ah scholars. announcing the awards and prizes for the winners, Dr Iqbal also mentioned that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions will be rewarded with $5000, $3000 and $2000 respectively, while 3 consolation prizes of Us $500 each will also be given.
Meanwhile, shaikh Mohammad also held a meeting with the Federal Minister for Ministry of Planning, Development and reform ahsan Iqbal at Islamabad here on Friday to discuss the establishment of 1000 industrial stitching units (IsUs) in Pakistan. PrGMea chairman said that setting up 1000 IsUs will directly encourage value addition which could potentially propel textile exports over and above $20 billion. He concluded that we have full confidence in ahsan Iqbal’s ability and expertise to uplift the economy, however, the government needs to provide a conducive environment by reducing cost of inputs to achieve export targets. He also demanded that a special strategy should be formulated to strengthen Pakistani brands in the international market as well as support local sMes to develop their own brands locally as well as in the international market.
no links with any housing scheme, saad clarifies LAHORE: railways Minister Khawaja saad rafique on saturday informed the supreme Court that he was neither a shareholder of Paragon City (Pvt) Limited nor had any links with Twin Towers at 1-Constitutional avenue, Islamabad. The minister made the statement before a bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian saqib Nisar, who was hearing a suo motu notice regarding LDa City Housing scheme. submitting a written statement, the minister said that the owners of Paragon City were his friends but he did not have any shares in the company. “I have relations with them for the past 30 years and they are my voters and supporters,” he added. saad further submitted that he did help the company in acquiring a small piece of land for their housing scheme in 2010-12 and also received some commission against this service, which was mentioned in his tax statement. He categorically denied any link with Twin Towers at 1-Constitutional avenue in Islamabad. He apprised the bench that he was the owner of a firm named saadain, which provides consultancy services. To a court query, National accountability Bureau (NaB) investigation officer submitted that the probe was in progress regarding the Paragon City and LDa City Housing scheme. at this, the chief justice observed that since NaB had taken notice in both matters and no further action was required in the matter. However, the bench directed the minister to submit his statement on an affidavit till Monday adding that it did not incline to continue proceedings in this regard. APP
Pakistan customs get FRP speedboats to stop smuggling GOVT HAS RESOLVED VARIOUS ISSUES FACED SINCE 2013: MIFTAH KARACHI APP
advisor to Prime Minister for Finance and economic affairs, Dr Miftah Ismail said saturday that the present government has managed to
resolve various issues which were being faced by the country since 2013. addressing the handing over ceremony of two speed FrP boats built for Pakistan Customs by Karachi shipyard and engineering Works (KseW), he said when the present government came into power in 2013, the country was facing many issues including the shortage of energy, economic problems, poor law and order situation. The government after efforts managed to overcome those prob-
lems, he added. He said that our GDP growth has been improved as compared to the year 2013. Miftah Ismail said that construction of these high-speed FrP Patrol Boats by KseW in collaboration with M/s Damen is the manifestation of our close relations with the Netherlands. appreciating the timely completion of this project, he said that KseW’s management and workforce have made remarkable efforts to achieve the financial turnaround of the organisation and make it a prof-
itable entity. He expressed confidence that induction of the boats will enhance the capabilities of the customs department to combat the menace of smuggling. earlier, KseW MD syed Hasan Nasir shah in his welcome address shed light on the working and performance of KseW and thanked the guests for participating in the ceremony. The ceremony was attended by ambassador of Netherlands, high ranking officials of Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Customs, corporate sector and KseW.
Pakistan’s rice exports register 27pc growth KARACHI ARSHAD HUSSAIN
rice exports from Pakistan have witnessed a sizeable growth of 27 per cent in February 2018, rice exporters association of Pakistan senior vice Chairman rafique suleman, told reporters here on Friday. He shared the figures on rice exports for the period of July to February 2018. He said that this year Pakistan exported a total 2.59 million metric tonnes of rice amounting to $1.224
billion, whereas in the same period of the last fiscal year Pakistan exported 2.27 million metric tonnes of rice amounting to $0.961 million, which shows a significant growth of 27 per cent in terms values and a 14 per cent growth in terms of quantity. He expressed his pleasure over the improvement in the value of rice exports, which has been made possible by reaP Office Bearers in coordination with Trade Development authority of Pakistan (TDaP) and Customs. reaP members are putting untir-
ing efforts to increase the rice exports and to earn valuable foreign exchange for Pakistan. He informed that last month reaP had organised “International Buyers recognition awards” in Dubai, which resulted in rice exports to Uae showing good growth. In the eight months of the current fiscal year, Pakistan has exported more than 100,000 metric tonnes of rice amounting to $67 million. Kenya is the largest buyer of Pakistani nonbasmati rice and during July 2017 to
February 2018, Pakistan exported 323,000 metric tonnes of rice amounting to $118 million. He also said that China is the second largest destination for Pakistani non-Basmati rice. In February 2018, Pakistan exported 233,000 metric tonnes of rice valuing $83 million. He expressed his gratitude to Ministry of Commerce and the government for obtaining more benefits for Pakistani rice in the recent negotiations during the second round of Pakistan-China Free Trade agreement (FTa).
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
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Sunday, 11 March, 2018
DeePIkA PADukoNe mAkeS It to VArIety AchIeVerS’ LISt MUMBAI
Soch the band to compose music for 'Sherdil' LAHORE AGENCIES
Pakistani band, Soch is all set to compose the music for the upcoming film starring Mikaal Zulfiqar and Armeena Khan, Sherdil. The band has previously been associated with Pakistani films including Dekh Magar Pyar Se, Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hay and Chupan Chupai. According to reports, the band comprising of lead vocalist Adnan Dhool and singerguitarist Rabi Ahmed is currently working on the soundtrack of the upcoming air-force film. “We are working on the lyrics, composition, and production of the songs featured on the soundtrack of Sherdil,” Adnan Dhool said. “The mixing and mashing of the songs will be done in India. There are around four to five songs in the film out of which Aima [Baig] and I will be singing one while other singers are yet to be finalised. We are currently in talks with some vocalists for other songs.” The film’s OST will consist of a party song, a wedding number, a romantic song, and a track that will be played in the background during a training session for the air force officers. Sherdil is currently in production and is expected to release later this year.
Paul Newman once offered co-star Susan Sarandon part of his salary
OLLYWOOD actress Deepika Padukone and film producer Guneet Monga have been featured in Variety’s International Women’s Impact Report 2018. Padukone tweeted on International Women’s Day: “Honoured and humbled joining these amazing achievers! Thank you Variety.” The list honours Padukone for her contribution to cinema and partaking in philanthropic efforts along with emerging through controversies gracefully. Introducing the actress, variety.com writes: “The star of the recent Bollywood blockbuster Padmaavat faced death threats and verbal abuse from various fringe groups with poise and elan. Padukone, whose father, Prakash, was a star badminton player, used to participate in the sport
before becoming a model. “She is now one of the highestpaid Indian actresses and has made the leap from Bollywood movies such as Om Shanti Om and Chennai
Express to Hollywood titles including xXx: Return of Xander Cage last year. She is also philanthropically active, launching the Live Laugh Love Foundation, which focuses on
Patty Jenkins casts Kristen Wiig as villain in ‘Wonder Woman 2’
mental illness.” As for Monga, who heads Sikhya Entertainment and has produced The Lunchbox and The Ashram, variety.com reports that while female Indian producers are rare, she actually enjoys people saying ‘no’; she just keeps finding creative ways to bring stories to life. “There have been several times where I have not been taken seriously and have had to work twice as hard just because I am a young woman, but I have never let that affect my state of mind towards the end goal of putting together the stories we need to tell,” Monga said. The list acknowledges the work of 50 women including Miuccia Prada, Daisy Ridley, J K Rowling, Sofia Vergara, Emma Watson, Lupita Nyong’o, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Salma Hayek, Gal Gadot, Judi Dench and Adele, who are leading the way at a time when women’s rights are in the spotlight.
Indian film festival in LA to honour Sridevi
Hollywood veteran Susan Sarandon has revealed that her Twilight co-star Paul Newman once gave a part of his salary to her after he came to know that she was being paid less than the male leads in the film. The 71-year-old actor said on the sets of the 1998 movie she discovered that her two male costars (Newman, Gene Hackman) were receiving a higher pay than her. The film’s poster although showed all three stars being given equal billing. She said the producers said it was “favoured nations”, “but they meant the two guys”. The phrase “favoured nations” is a contract between a producer and an actor, which ensures the actors are given the same terms as their co-stars. Sarandon told BBC 5 live that Newman “stepped forward and said, ‘Well I’ll give you part of mine’. So, yeah, he was a gem.” The actor recounted the time when Emma Stone had called for equal pay in Hollywood, some of her male co-actors stepped up and offered their part of the fee. “Emma Stone once came forward and said she got equal pay because her male stars insisted upon it and gave up something of theirs. That happened to me with Paul Newman at one point, when I did a film with him ages ago,” she said.
LOS ANGELES AGENCIES
Actor-comedian Kristen Wiig will play a villain in the next Wonder Woman film. Director Patty Jenkins announced on Twitter that Wiig will star as Cheetah in the superhero sequel. Jenkins said in her post that she “can’t wait to finally work with one of my favourites” and is very excited by what they have planned. So excited to confirm the
most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot pic.twitter.com/Gn0jICiIAH — Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) March 9, 2018 Star Gal Gadot welcomed Wiig to the cast in a followup post and added, “This is going to be WONDERful.”
I’m SO excited welcome on board Kristen! This is going to be WONDERful! https://t.co/FqQ191m1s0 — Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 9, 2018 Jenkins reportedly became the highest-paid female filmmaker in history when she signed on to direct the sequel to the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman. No title has been announced for the film yet, which is scheduled to hit theatres in December next year.
Elizabeth Hurley's 21 year old model nephew stabbed in London LONDON AGENCIES
Actress and model Elizabeth Hurley’s 21-year-old nephew is in hospital after being stabbed repeatedly in the back. Hurley confirmed the “brutal” attack on her Twitter account, saying it is an “appalling” time for the family. My 21 year old nephew was repeatedly stabbed in a brutal attack in London on Thursday night. The police & hospital are being fantastic. Thank you for all your messages. It is an appalling time for him & our family. The police will be appealing for witnesses. — Elizabeth Hurley (@ElizabethHurley) March 10, 2018 Miles, a model, suffered multiple stab wounds when he was targeted by a group of men in Nine Elms, south west London, at around 9 pm on Thursday. Scotland Yard said his injuries were not described as life-threatening or life-changing. Elizabeth Hurley tweeted: “My 21 year old nephew was repeatedly
stabbed in a brutal attack in London on Thursday night. “The police and hospital are being fantastic. Thank you for all your messages. It is an appalling time for him and our family. The police will be appealing for witnesses.”
Miles and another 21 year-old man were both stabbed by a group of men who got out of a vehicle in Ascalon Street at around 8:52 pm on 8 March. “A 21-year-old man (victim 1) was discovered with stab wounds to
his back,” a spokesperson for the Met Police said. “Another man, also aged 21 (victim 2), was also found suffering from stab wounds. “They were both taken by LAS to a south London hospital – victim 1 remains there; his condition is described as not life-threatening or lifechanging. Victim 2 has been discharged following treatment. They are believed to have been attacked by a group of males who got out of a vehicle and assaulted them before fleeing the scene. “A crime scene was put in place. Road closures were also in place but have since been lifted.” The attack is being investigated by detectives from Wandsworth CID but no arrests have been made yet. Miles Hurley is the son of Elizabeth Hurley’s older sister Kate Curran, 54, and has done photo shoots for Dolce & Gabbana. “His family feared the worst. Fortunately, it seems the knife missed his vital organs,” a source told media channels.
The 16th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) next month will have a memorial tribute screening of Chandni, one of the most loved movies in late Bollywood actress Sridevi’s glorious cinematic career. The gala will screen a 2K print of the 1989 hit, courtesy of Yash Raj Films, read a statement. IFFLA, to be held April 11-15, will open with In The Shadows, starring Manoj Bajpayee, and conclude with Rima Das’s Village Rockstars. Other highlights include Nagraj Manjule’s short film An Essay of the Rain, Ben Rekhi’s The Ashram starring Kal Penn, Vaishali Sinha’s Ask The Sexpert about 93year old sex advice columnist Mahinder Watsa, The Hungry, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra, Hansal Mehta’s Omerta and Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa. The line-up includes 12 languages and first-time filmmakers, including 11 women filmmakers. “This year’s lineup is a testament to the rich variety of genre, style and skill that exists within the Indian filmmaking community. We are enormously proud to present this collection of exciting, inspiring, and challenging stories that are sure to make for a thrilling festival experience,” said IFFLA’s Director of Programming Mike Dougherty. This year, IFFLA will feature four world premieres, three North American premieres, two US premieres, and 14 Los Angeles premieres. Various filmmakers and actors will attend the festival, including Mehta, Sinha, Bornila Chatterjee, Panda and Ajji lead actress Sushama Deshpande.
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
StreSS iS contagiouS CALGARY
F your partner is stressed, the chances are high that you may suffer stress too, researchers who have found that stress is contagious, said. The study, in mice, also showed that stress alters the brain on a cellular level. “Brain changes associated with stress underpin many mental illnesses including PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety disorders and depression. “Recent studies indicate that stress and emotions can be ‘contagious’. Whether this has lasting consequences on the brain is not known,” said Jaideep Bains, Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Calgary. For the study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the research team studied the effects of stress in pairs of male and female mice. They removed one mouse from each pair and exposed it to a mild stress. The researchers then examined the responses of a specific population of cells, specifically CRH neurons which control the brain’s response to stress, in each mouse, which revealed that networks in the brains of both the stressed mouse and naive partner were altered in the same way. The team discovered that the activation of these
London school censors ‘homosexual’ mentions from textbook ‘to protect students'
CRH (Corticotropin-releasing hormone) neurons cause the release of a chemical signal, an ‘alarm pheromone’, from the mouse that alerts the partner. The partner who detects the signal can in turn alert additional members of the group. This propagation of stress signals reveals a key mechanism for transmission of information that may be critical in the formation of social networks in various
species, the researchers said. The researchers also suggested that these findings may also be present in humans. “We readily communicate our stress to others, sometimes without even knowing it. There is even evidence that some symptoms of stress can persist in the family and loved ones of individuals who suffer from PTSD,” Bains noted.
Scientists find new drugs that could help prevent hearing loss NEW YORK AGENCIES
Vitamin D associated with lower risk of cancer PARIS AGENCIES
Higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood may be linked to a lower risk of developing certain cancers, a study in Japanese adults reported. “These findings support the hypothesis that Vitamin D has protective effects against cancers at many sites,” researchers reported in a study published in The BMJ medical journal. Vitamin D is made by the skin in response to sunlight. By maintaining calcium levels in the body, it helps keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. While the benefits of Vitamin D on bone health are well known, there is some evidence that it may protect against chronic diseases as well, including some cancers. Studies to date, however, have been carried out mainly in European and North American people. As natural Vitamin D concentrations can vary by ethnicity, researchers from half-adozen Japanese medical schools and institutes set out to determine the potential for lowering cancer risk in Asians. They analysed the public health records of 33,736 men and women aged 40 to 69. At the start of the study, participants provided detailed information on their medical history, diet and lifestyle. Blood samples were taken to measure Vitamin D levels. The researchers did not specify whether the trial participants used vitamin supplements or not. Taking into account seasonal variations, the group was divided into four groups, ranging from the lowest to highest concentration of Vitamin D. Participants were then monitored for 16 years on average, during which time 3,301 new cases of cancer were recorded. After adjusting for well-known cancer risk factors including age, weight, smoking, and alcohol intake, for example, the researchers found that, overall, higher Vitamin D levels was associated with a 20 percent lower cancer risk for both genders. The risk of liver cancer dropped even more, by up to 50 percent, especially for men. Vitamin D did not appear to have any impact in warding off lung or prostate cancer, however. None of the cancers examined showed an increased risk associated with higher Vitamin D levels. Previous studies have shown that low levels of Vitamin D increase the risk of bone fractures, heart disease, colorectal cancer, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and death. But others have found no evidence of a link to disease risk.
Inhibiting an enzyme called cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2) can save the hearing of millions of people around the world, a study has found. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 360 million people worldwide, including 32 million children, suffer from hearing loss caused by congenital defects or other factors. These factors include infectious disease, use of certain medicines, or exposure to excessive noise. Researchers from Rockefeller University in the US screened over 4,000 drugs for their ability to protect cochlear cells from the chemotherapy agent cisplatin. Cisplatin is used to treat a variety of cancers but causes an irreversible hearing loss in up to 70%
LONDON: A state-funded Orthodox Jewish girls school in north London has admitted to censoring sections of textbooks to remove mentions of homosexuals and examples of women socialising with men, to protect girls from sexualisation, the media reported. Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ school in Stamford Hill, which serves the strictly Orthodox Haredi community, covered text and images including Hollywood actor Fred Astaire dancing with actress Ginger Rogers, reports the Guardian. Words and photos were redacted in a book called Understanding the Modern World. The school removed references to homosexuals from a section on the Nazi belief in the superiority of the Aryan race. Elsewhere, a number of images of women were censored to hide their chests, shoulders and arms, and legs above the knee. In a section on the position of women in modern American society, references to women smoking, drinking and driving with men were redacted, as was the sentence: “They kissed in public.” A spokesman for Yesodey Hatorah said it was “old news” and it was well known that the school redacted textbooks, the Guardian reported. “This policy has nothing to do homophobia or misogyny, but is to protect our girls from sexualisation in line with our parents’ wishes and religious beliefs,” he said. Similar complaints were made against Yesodey Hatorah in 2013, when the exam board OCR found 52 papers in two science exams had questions on evolution obscured, meaning they could not be answered. AGENCIES
British geneticist Sulston passes away
of patients, according to the study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. They identified multiple compounds that protected cochlear cells from cisplatin, several of which are already approved to treat other conditions. Three of the ten most effective compounds were inhibitors of an enzyme called CDK2. One of these CDK2 inhibitors, ken-
paullone, was more effective than four other compounds that are currently in clinical trials for treating hearing loss. Injecting kenpaullone into the middle ear protected both mice and rats from cisplatin-induced hearing loss. Moreover, kenpaullone also protected the hearing of mice to noise as loud as 100 decibels.
LONDON: Nobel prize-winning British scientist John Sulston, a leading figure in the race to decipher the human genome, has died at the age of 75, the institute he founded said Friday. Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, described the professor, who died on Tuesday, as a “great scientific visionary leader”. In 2002, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine along with fellow Briton Sydney Brenner and H Robert Horvitz of the United States for their gene research. Using a lowly earthworm, Caenorhabditis elegans, they laid bare the mechanism by which genes regulate the programmed death of cells, a process vital to understanding cancer. But Sulston was perhaps best known for leading Britain’s contribution to the international project to map the human genome, and his insistence that the data be placed in the public domain. AGENCIES
Dogs give new life to disabled owners BIRMINGHAM AGENCIES
Alongside well-groomed canines taking part in beauty contests this week at Britain’s Crufts dog show, specially trained Labradors, poodles and cocker spaniels showed off a different set of skills that can save the lives of their disabled owners. These four-legged helpers are trained not just to help the blind or partially sighted but also to recognise a variety of sounds for the deaf or detect the signs of an impending epileptic fit. Some of the dogs can recognise the sound of an alarm clock, a knock on the door or a fire alarm — and transmit the information by moving their paws or adopting certain positions. Veronica Pearce, a spokeswoman for the association Hearing Dogs For Deaf People, which was taking part in the display at Crufts, the world´s biggest dog show, said the aim of the charity was to give disabled people their independence back. “We have got lots of people who before might be relying on their parents or their parents wouldn´t be able to leave them, but are now living on their own,” Pearce said. Since it was created in 1985, the or-
ganisation has helped more than 2,000 people. “If someone requests a certain sound at application stage, we will make sure that the dog is trained ready for that,” said Janine Hovey, a 27-yearold trainer. One example is training dogs to react to baby monitors. “If they´ve got a child, and they want to be able to hear the baby monitor, we can train the dog for that specific sound,” she said. For the past three years, John Mor-
ris, a former warehouse worker based in Leeds in northern England, has had Theo, a cocker spaniel given to him by the association. “I have now got my freedom back. Without him, I could not go out,” said Morris, who lost his hearing 15 years ago because of his job and now works as a volunteer for the association. For Morris, it is about more than having a dog who can hear for him. Walking around with Theo and the curiosity that the dog arouses has given
Morris his confidence back. “I now talk to people, whereas I didn´t before. I couldn´t look at people in the face,” he said. “It gives me a new life”. In total, more than 7,000 people in Britain are helped by a dog, including around 5,000 for the blind or partially sighted. Diagnosed with epilepsy in 1998, Lynn Radcliffe lost her driving licence and her job and had to give up going to football games. “It was really dangerous to go out on my own. Just simple things like crossing the road were dangerous — I could have gone into a seizure without warning, so I had to have someone with me.” The arrival of Simba, a Labrador trained by the association Support Dogs, has changed things. “There are very subtle signals that we wouldn´t see, but dogs are very good at picking these signals up,” said Rita Howson, the director of the association, which also helps adults with physical handicaps and autistic children. “They can warn the person between 15 or 50 minutes prior to that seizure happening.” While a warning bark fails to prevent an epileptic seizure it does give time for people to prepare for it. “It makes life safer in the house,” said Radcliffe.
Sunday, 11 March, 2018
Qalandars express coMpleTe faiTh in McculluM Dubai
He management of PSL team Lahore Qalandars has backed the leadership of New Zealander Brendon McCullum, expressing complete faith on his selfless approach for the franchise. A day after Brendon said he was ready to give up the captaincy if it could help the team improve, Sameen Rana—the manager and COO of Lahore Qalandars—said Brendon's contribution for the team was priceless and the management was not thinking of removing him as captain. "Brendon is so committed to Qalandars…you all must have witnessed that he has been playing against his nature for the team. He was very disappointed after yesterday’s loss and he was hurt. He suggested that if his stepping
down could make a difference then he was ready. This shows his selfless approach," said Rana after Qalandars' maiden victory in the tournament on Friday. The Qalandars manager was asked by reporters about McCullum’s statement a day earlier.
“This was a thought by Brendon. It was never our thought, and we have 100 percent faith in Brendon. His commitment, loyalty, and sincerity towards Qalandars is priceless. We are proud to have him as a captain. He changed his own natural style for the team, which is impor-
tant. We never thought of removing him as captain," he added. Rana said the win against Multan Sultans was a relief for the team, adding that while he understands that there is little chance still left for Qalandars, the team is playing for pride and for the fans who were let down by their performance. "It's a relief for us, because the team was united and is still united. A lot of emotions are attached with this team. It was a challenging journey that tested our resolve. We understand that it is not easy to be a Qalandar," Rana said. "Cricket is a funny game. We play for pride. The team is very connected and players were working hard for win. Unfortunately, we were unable to achieve that. We are not spoiling anyone's party but playing to give back cheerful moments to our fans. We have let our fans down, and we want to return the smiles to them,” he added.
Sultans coach Sarfaraz, Watson steer lauds Shaheen Gladiators to final-over Afridi win against Zalmi Dubai
Today’s MaTch Lahore Qalandars vs Karachi Kings
Sammy proud of bringing cricket back to Pakistan DUBAI: Peshawar Zalmi skipper Darren Sammy said that he is proud of bringing cricket back to Pakistan, and reaffirmed that the entire team without any exception will be in Karachi if his team qualifies for the Pakistan Super League final. Though Zalmi lost their important game against Islamabad United by 26 runs on Friday, Sammy reiterated that his team has all the required potential to stage a come-back. Zalmi are languishing at fifth place on the points table. Out of the seven games they have played so far, they have won three and lost four. The skipper said that though his players faced injuries at the start and during the tournament, he won't hide behind it as an excuse for the defeats. Sammy added that his team has the potential to play eliminators and the final of the tournament but for that, it needs to implement the plans on the ground. Agencies
Multan Sultans head coach Tom Moody has hailed Lahore Qalandars’ fast bowling sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi as one to look out for and nurture. Shaheen’s fiery spell of 3.4-1-4-5 destroyed Sultans’ batting to help Qalandars secure their maiden win in the tournament after six consecutive defeats. Moody, speaking to media after the game, said that Shaheen is an exciting prospect and a player to nurture for the future. “He had a good day out today, there is no question. He had difficult first three games and was out of the side. But the conditions were favoring him and he took advantage of that,” the former Australian cricketer said. “Certainly to me, he is an exciting prospect, he is tall and has got some pace and will get quicker and has the spirit that I like. He is certainly one to look out for the future and to nurture. At this age, he will have some challenges, but he is certainly the one to nurture,” Moody said. Talking about his team’s defeat, the Sultans coach said that the game changed dramatically after the first half of the match. He, however, didn’t agree with the observation that his team became complacent. “We recognise that Lahore had a difficult tournament to date, we also recognise that they have some serious match winners in their team. We need to continue to perform so that we can have momentum throughout the tournament, so complacency doesn't spring to mind,” he said. “The game shifted dramatically after the first half or just before the first half, the back half of the batting became difficult. The ball became soft and was also reversing and it was hard to get the ball away.. all that down to the changed ball after Sangakkara hit that six early on, I think that was the fourth over. The changed ball as a replacement was not as hard and new as we were using,” he added.
Quetta Gladiators on Saturday chased down Peshawar Zalmi's 157 with a cold-hearted, ruthless performance, powered to the finish by a world-class 74run partnership between their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Rilee Rossouw. Quetta tried to stay on top of the asking rate right from the outset, aided by Shane Watson, whose outstanding form has seen him become the top scorer in the tournament. A 25-ball 37 from him sent Quetta on their way, with a cameo from Kevin Pietersen allowing them to keep the required rate in check. However, Peshawar were clawing their way back in with regular wickets, and when Quetta were reduced to 84 for 4, the importance of the RossouwSarfraz partnership appeared impossible to overstate. Both players rose to the occasion with a professional, dispassionate class, managing to keep the runs ticking in the face of magnificent death bowling by Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali. They took it to the final over, but they never looked like blowing it. The result, however, meant that Lahore Qalandars - like the last two seasons - were out of playoff contention. Peshawar were guilty of a slow start, but Dwayne Smith compensated for that with a lusty, powerful innings up top, thwacking five
Sethi asks bigwigs to buy PSL tickets themselves
Karachi King beat Sultans by 63 runs
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi tweeted on Saturday that people should not ask him for free Pakistan Super League (PSL) passes. Sethi’s tweet comes as demand for tickets of the knockout stages to be played in Lahore and for the final in Karachi have increased. Sethi addressed friends, family, top government officials, corporate bigwigs and others to buy PSL tickets online or from TCS centres in Lahore and Karachi. “Please don’t ask me for free passes. You can all afford to pay.” Two PSL eliminators will be played in Lahore on March 20 and 21 while the final will be held in Karachi on March 25. Tickets for the eliminators are currently on sale, while tickets for the final will go on sale March 15. stAff RepoRt
Courtesy 78 runs knock by opener Joe Denly and a three-wicket haul by Shahid Afridi, Karachi Kings won by 63 runs against Multan Sultans on Saturday. Denly and Babar Azam set up a record 189-run target against Multan Sultans, while Multan team was all-out on 125 runs. Muhammad Irfan (Junior) took two wickets, while Usman Khan Shinwari, Muhammad Amir and
Patel to visit Pakistan if Islamabad United qualify
sixes in a 33-ball 49. But soft dismissals were the scourge of their innings, and the next four batsmen fell to straightforward deliveries spooned straight into the air in the inner circle, as Peshawar lost momentum regularly. They only managed to get to above 150 thanks to a brilliant rearguard from Captain Fantastic Daren Sammy - still only partially fit, whose 19-ball 36 powered them to 157. It was respectable, but not quite enough.
Imad Wasim bagged one. each. In a blistering knock, Denly scored 78 runs off 55 balls, including 10 boundaries and two sixes on the strike rate of 141.81. In a brief cameo of eight balls, Ingram scored 29 runs. Sultans’ bowling lineup did not cause much trouble to the Karachi Kings as Hardus Viljoen took only two wickets while Muhammad Irfan bagged one. SEcOnd InnIngS: Muhammad Irfan (Junior) provided a sigh of relief to the Kings by dismiss-
DUBAI: Islamabad United spinner Samit Patel confirmed on Saturday that he will be visiting Pakistan if the Islamabad United qualify for eliminators stage. Talking to local media outlet, he said : “Absolutely, I will be going to Lahore and Karachi if we qualify. I am looking forward to that. I am sure the guys are looking forward to play there. I was unfortunate to not be there with Zalmi last year, the overseas guy say that it was a good trip. I am really looking forward to that trip.” Patel took four wickets in the match against Peshawar Zalmi on Friday. Responding to a question, he said that the Misbah-led team is just playing with freedom and every player wants to go score runs and take wickets. “We are learning. We always say if someone bats through the innings especially in the top-four we know we are going to get top score and we defend the total very well. We got a good bowling attack,” he said. The former England player affirmed that spinner Zafar Gohar has a good prospect to enter in the Pakistan national squad. “He bowls lovely on the wicket. Had some assistance, I am sure he will do well,” the spinner said. Patel called PSL, ‘best in the world’, and appreciated that every franchise playing in the tournament has good seam bowling lineup. Agencies
ing opener Kumar Sangakkara on the fourth over of the innings. The former Sri Lankan captain along with Ahmed Shehzad gave a fiery start to the Sultans. Sohaib Maqsood departed on the very next over on a short bowl delivery of fast bowler Usman Khan Shinwari. Ahmed Shehzad was stumped on the ball of skipper Imad Wasim and Afridi took the wicket of middle-order batsman Kieron Pollard, Saif Badar and skipper Shoaib Malik.
FIRST InnIngS : Sultans struck early and dismissed Simmons for a paltry sum of four runs. The Kings opener was caught on a ball by Mohammad Irfan. Karachi Kings openers LMP Simmons and JL Denly made a decent start and posted a score of 19 at the end of the third over. The Sultans are looking to strike back after yesterday's shocking defeat at the hands of bottom-of-the-table Lahore Qalandars.
SPORTS Sunday, 11 March, 2018
Elgar and amla hit fiftiEs, nEgotiatE rEvErsE swing port eLiZABetH
EAN Elgar and Hashim Amla both ground out halfcenturies as South Africa crawled along on the second day in Port Elizabeth, adding 43 runs in the second session. Just two boundaries were scored between lunch and tea, one of them an edge through the slips that took Elgar to fifty from his 164th delivery, and at the break South Africa had inched their way to 153 for 2, still trailing Australia by 90 runs, with Elgar on 57 from 191 balls and Amla on 54 from 144. The most exciting moment of the session was arguably the point at which the umpires appeared to request silence from the noisy brass band at St George’s Park. A few overs later, the band seemed to take it upon themselves to walk out. It was the only dismissal of the session. To be fair, Australia did send down some challenging deliveries, and a couple of yorkers from Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were especially well kept out. Amla was also given out lbw twice, only to have both decisions overturned. On 7, he was found to have been struck outside the line of off stump by Cummins, and on 40 he had gotten a very thick edge onto his pads off Josh Hazlewood. Amla brought up his half-century from his 122nd delivery, and at length he
TEA SOUTH AFRICA 153 FOR 2 (ELGAR 57*, AMLA 54*) TRAIL AUSTRALIA 243 BY 90 RUNS
indian bowler shami charged with violence after affairs claim koLkAtA Agencies
was threatening to capitalise on his first start of the series. Australia had picked up only one wicket in the first session of the day, that of nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada, who made an entertaining 29 before he chopped on off Cummins to
leave the score on 67 for 2. His 40-ball cameo had brought six boundaries. However, despite their progress on the field, it was a rough day for South Africa off it, with the news that Rabada could miss the remainder of the series to
suspension. His shoulder bump to Steven Smith after dismissing the Australia captain on day one resulted in a level two code of conduct charge and he will only play in the remaining Tests if he can beat a hearing after play on day three.
Sharapova splits with coach after losing third consecutive match SportS DeSk Former world number one Maria Sharapova said on Friday she had split with her coach Sven Groeneveld, two days after losing a third consecutive match for
the first time since 2003. The news comes after Sharapova, who said the decision to end their four-year partnership was “mutually agreed”, was beaten by 44th-ranked Naomi Osaka in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in California on Wednesday.
After losing in the third round of the Australian Open to Angelique Kerber she was then beaten in the first round of the Qatar Open by Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu. She pulled out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Sharapova has struggled to recapture top form since her 15-month ban for taking the banned drug meldonium ended last April. “After four successful and challenging years of collaboration together, I would like to thank Sven for his incredible loyalty, work ethic and most importantly the friendship that we have formed that will go beyond this working partnership,” Sharapova said in a statement on her website. “Although we have mutually agreed to part ways during this time, I have been incredibly fortunate to have a team leader like him in my corner for the past four years.” Russian Sharapova won seven titles during her time with Groeneveld, most notably the 2014 French Open. A two-time champion at Indian Wells, Sharapova, currently ranked 41st in the world, won the Tianjin Open in October for her first triumph since returning to the WTA Tour, but has not come close to challenging for a tournament victory since. “Maria has been one of the most hardworking and professional players I have ever worked with,” Groeneveld said. “Her strength and fighting spirit will continue to be a force to reckon with and I have the deepest respect for her as a player and person.”
Police on Friday charged Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami after his wife filed a formal complaint alleging assault, domestic violence and infidelity. Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan, a former model, filed a written complaint with the police in Kolkata just days after going public with claims that Shami had affairs with other women. The controversy has already cost Shami as India’s cricket board has put the 27-year-old bowler’s annual contract with the national team on hold while an investigation is conducted. “Police have charged Indian pacer Mohammad Shami and his brother with sections related to rape, domestic violence and causing hurt with poisoning after Jahan’s complaint,” Kolkata police joint commissioner Praveen Tripathi told AFP. “She has specifically complained about being tortured by her husband and inlaws, and about her husband having multiple extra-marital affairs,” Tripathi added. Jahan made headlines by making public on Tuesday a series of messages Shami allegedly sent to women during their four-year marriage. “I managed to access the security code in his phone and saw (the) chats last night. I was shocked and could not sleep,” she said. “He tortured me physically and mentally over and over again. Shami assaulted me after returning from the South Africa tour,” Jahan told journalists on Friday. Shami has dismissed the accusations of infidelity as a campaign to defame him. “What is being said about my personal life is completely false,” he wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “It’s definitely a part of a big conspiracy against me. This is just an attempt to defame me.”
messi misses Barca match for birth of son SportS DeSk Lionel Messi announced that he and his wife Antonella Roccuzzo had become parents for a third time on Saturday. “Welcome Ciro!!! Thank God, everything went perfectly. He and his mummy are doing very well. We are super happy!!!” wrote Messi on his Instagram account, accompanying the post with a photo of the baby’s hand. Ciro is a brother to five-yearold Thiago and Mateo, who is two. Messi had pulled out of Barcelona’s squad for Saturday’s La Liga match at Malaga to be present for the birth. The club tweeted: “Change to the squad. Messi is out for personal reasons and Yerry Mina takes his place.” The Argentinian couple, both 30, first met in their home town, Rosario, in 1996 and started going out a decade later.
Ronaldo double gives Real narrow win over Eibar MADriD Agencies
Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue again as Real Madrid followed up their thumping win over Paris Saint-Germain with a narrow victory against Eibar. Ronaldo scored twice, his second six minutes from the end, as Real won 2-1 and avoided another slip-up in La Liga. Ivan Ramis had equalised for Eibar shortly after half-time. His double means Ronaldo has now scored in seven consecutive games and has a remarkable 13 goals overall in that period. Real move four points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who will restore that gap to seven with a win over Celta Vigo on Sunday. Eibar stay eighth. After securing a 5-2 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, Real swapped the Parc des Princes for the
Ipurua Municipal Stadium, the smallest in La Liga with a capacity of just over 7,000. They were below their best and rode their luck late on when Eibar should have converted a pair of excellent chances. But Ronaldo proved the difference again, the 33-year-old taking his tally for the season to 35 goals in 37 appearances. Zinedine Zidane had insisted the success in Paris was now “forgotten” and his starting line-up suggested as much, with Karim Benzema the only key player rested. Gareth Bale started up front alongside Ronaldo, while Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, fit enough only to come off the bench in midweek, returned. Isco and Casemiro formed the top and tail of a midfield diamond. Real were ragged early on as Takashi Inui, Kike Garcia and Joan Jordan all went close to giving Eibar the lead. Raphael Varane had to be replaced by
Nacho after taking a bang to the head and, against the run of play, Real edged ahead in the 33rd minute. A sloppy pass out from the back by Anaitz Arbilla conceded possession to Luka Modric who quickly picked out Ronaldo with a sublime bending pass. Ronaldo chested the ball down and slammed it in at the near post. In front, Real improved but five minutes into the second half and Eibar were level. Sergio Ramos lost his man at a corner and Ramis nodded in from six yards. Ronaldo should have restored the advantage but failed to convert an excellent Bale cross and from the resulting corner, Bale flashed a glancing header just wide of the post. Isco and Kroos made way for Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with 19 minutes left but Eibar had two golden chances to score a second. First, the unmarked Inui headed over from seven yards out and then Kike
hit the side-netting with only Keylor Navas to beat. They would soon prove costly misses. In the 84th minute, Pedro Leon gave away possession too easily,
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allowing Modric to feed Daniel Carvajal out wide. His whipped cross found the leaping Ronaldo and the Portugese made no mistake.
Published on Mar 10, 2018