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DEATH TOLL IN NWA DRONE STRIKES REACHES 16
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Friday, 13 June, 2014 Sha’aban 14, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 345 16 Pages Lahore Edition
Sindh didn’t heed to six terrorism alerts: Ch Nisar
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Musharraf free to fly
Court says rival parties could approach SC in 15 days
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday said that the name of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf should be removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) after 15 days. A two-member bench of the SHC, comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Shahnawaz Tariq, delivered the short verdict. The bench said that parties opposing the ruling could approach the Supreme Court (SC) in the next 15 days, adding that Musharraf could not leave the country during that period. STORY ON PAGE 02
Musharraf summoned on July 1 in Ghazi Murder Case STORY ON PAGE 05
Pakistan has two Sharifs – Nawaz Sharif and Raheel Sharif: Achakzai STORY ON PAGE 02
FAZL TERMS Kaptaan against TALKS WITH putting an end TALIBAN to democracy ‘DRAMA’ STORY ON PAGE 03
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Chaudhrys, Rashid vow support for Qadri’s protest STORY ON PAGE 03
LITTLE ONE MAKES THE COPS SWEAT! STORY ON PAGE 02
PUNJAB, SINDH BUDGET TODAY STORY ON PAGE 04
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HANGU: Displaced persons leaving Hangu Togh Siraye IDP Camp after militant attack. ONLINE
LITTLE ONE MAKES THE COPS SWEAT! TAMACHANI POLICE IN SUKKUR BOOK TWO-YEAROLD BOY IN A TERRORISM CASE, SAY CHILD WAS INVOLVED IN LAND GRABBING AND DEMANDED RS 2M EXTORTION MONEY SUKKUR INP
The police registered a terrorism case against a two-year-old child and produced him in the Anti-Terrorism Court in Sukkur on Thursday. A case with terrorism charges has been registered against two-year-old Asad Mahar, a resident of Dareha Village, at Tamachani Police Station. According to police, the child was involved in land grabbing and has demanded Rs 2 million for returning back the piece of the land. The court granted bail to the child on cash bond. The child’s father Arshad said that the police registered the case against his son on instigation of an influential person of their village. The father has called the attention of the police highups towards the matter.
‘PAKISTAN HAS TWO SHARIFS – NAWAZ SHARIF AND RAHEEL SHARIF’ ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Balochistan chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai has said that there were two Sharifs in the country – one being Nawaz Sharif and second being Raheel Sharif – and both should tell the world if they were together for the sake of democracy. Participating in the budget debate for the financial year 2014-15 in National Assembly (NA) Thursday, Achakzai said, “had I been in place of Nawaz Sharif, I would have arrested and jailed the person who invites army. If Afghanistan is declared independent country and Abdullah Abdullah and Karzai are brought to Pakistan, they will not turn against Pakistan.” Achakzai said Imran Khan should show better performance in KP and he will convince the federal government. “I met Mian Nawaz Sharif in London and persuaded him to forge alliance with PPP and PTI to save the democracy from becoming derailed,” he said, adding that Pakistan Army should become the best army of the world.
Musharraf free to fly COURT SAYS RIVAL PARTIES COULD APPROACH SC IN 15 DAYS KARACHI INP
he Sindh high Court (ShC) on Thursday said that the name of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf should be removed from the exit Control List (eCL) after 15 days. A two-member bench of the ShC, comprising Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Shahnawaz Tariq, delivered the short verdict. The bench said that parties opposing the ruling could approach the Supreme Court (SC) in the next 15 days, adding that Musharraf could not leave the country during that period. "The court has allowed our appeal and ordered to strike down Musharraf’s
name from the eCL. The order will be executed after 15 days," said Musharraf’s lawyer Farogh Naseem. While talking to reporters, Naseem said the government could remove Musharraf’s name from the eCL within 15 days, and within the said time limit the court’s ruling would be enforced. The court had reserved its order on May 29 after Naseem, Attorney
General of Pakistan Salman Aslam Butt and Maulvi Iqbal haider, who became a party in the case in favour of keeping Musharraf’s name in the eCL, had completed their arguments. The federal government had opposed the petition of the former president and contended that his name had been put on the eCL on the Supreme Court’s directions in high treason case.
DEATH TOLL IN NWA DRONE STRIKES REACHES 16 MIRANSHAH: The death toll in Wednesday’s two US drone strikes in North Waziristan Agency has reached 16. According to reports, at least 10 people were killed in a second drone strike in NWA. The two drone strikes were the first by the unmanned aircraft in 2014 and came in the wake of the terrorist attack at Karachi airport. Sources said the second drone fired eight missiles at a house near Miranshah, headquarters of the restive agency. As a result, 10 people were killed. earlier, in the first drone strike six suspected terrorists were killed in Tibbi, Ghulam Khan Goth in Miranshah. According to sources, a US drone fired two missiles at the house killing four Uzbek and two Punjabi Taliban terrorists. INP
KAPTAAN AGAINST PUTTING AN END TO DEMOCRACY
SINDH DIDN’T HEED TO SIX TERRORISM ALERTS: CH NISAR NISAR DID NOT CONSIDER THE FACTS BEFORE DECLARING THE SINDH GOVT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KARACHI AIRPORT INCIDENT: MEMON
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Thursday that his ministry had sent six security alerts to the Sindh government about Karachi airport attack. Talking to the journalists outside the Parliament house, Nisar said five
terrorists entered Karachi airport through the gate which was indicated as the security risk in the alerts. he said the government of Sindh did not take any action over the alerts issued in March by the federal government. The minister went on to saying that the provincial government was also warned about terrorists’ spying activities including photographs of the area taken by the terrorists. Nisar questioned why no security checks had been setup in the sensitive area used by the terrorists to enter the airport. Nisar said upon his arrival in Karachi, the Sindh chief minister and Sindh IG were informed of a meeting however, he failed to understand the logic of the meeting being at any other location when the attack had taken place at the airport. “Is this airport in India that it is not the responsibility of the Sindh government,” Nisar said while questioning if the terrorists had entered the airport via parachutes or helicopters.
Nisar said he was informed that the airport had been cleared and he had asked for the wall of the cold storage to be broken. According to Nisar, rescue and relief was the responsibility of the chief minister. The minister said only truth should be told to the people. The minister suggested judicial enquiry of the terrorism incident in Karachi by Supreme Court or high court judge to decide the responsibility of the incident. In response to Nisar’s statement, Sindh Information Minister, Sherjeel Memon while talking media said that Chaudhry Nisar did not consider the facts before declaring the Sindh government responsible for the Karachi Airport incident. he added that the responsibility of airport's security lies with the federal government, despite the fact, Sindh Police's personnel including I.G. Sindh Police and high profile officers of Rangers reached the crime scene within minutes of the attack to counter militants.
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said his party was not in favour of putting an end to democracy and would continue to protest against rigging in the general elections 2013. Talking to a private news channel, the PTI chairman said his party wanted verification of votes in four constituencies but the government, which claimed to enjoy popular public mandate, was scared to provide justice. he said the PTI had never wanted suspension of democracy in the country but supported real democracy. he said true democracy could only be established with free, fair and transparent elections. Imran said it was his party’s democratic right to protest against polls rigging. he said the protests would continue until they get justice. The PTI chief said problems could not be resolved through military operations. he said the country’s destiny could not be changed until the arrival of real democracy. he said the people were fed up with the government as it has been failed to provide them relief. he said the people were deceived in the budget. he said power load shedding was crippling the country’s economy. INP
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CHAUDHRYS, RASHID VOW SUPPORT FOR QADRI’S PROTEST
ML President Chaudhry Shujaat hussain, former deputy prime minister Pervaiz elahi and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad extended support on Thursday for Dr Tahirul Qadri’s sit-in protest, a private media channel reported. Referring to Qadri’s announcement of homecoming on June 23, they said they would support Qadri’s cause and also plan to form a grand alliance to overthrow the government. Shujaat said they would urge the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership to join their alliance. Rashid said that they would hold a historic long march on June 20 prior to Qadri’s arrival. he had announced a ‘train march’ to protest against load shedding, inflation and rising unemployment in the country on May 11. Pervaiz elahi told reporters that his party workers would participate in the train march. however, on June 9, the Pakistan Railways refused Rashid’s request to reserve 200 seats on the special coach, saying that political activity was not allowed on passenger trains.
Body forMed to ProBe Karachi airPort attacK KARACHI: Karachi Police Chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo has constituted an enquiry committee to probe the recent terrorism-bid at Karachi airport. Led by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Karachi east Munir Ahmed Shaikh, the committee comprises, senior superintendent of Police (SSP) east Zone, SSP Malir, special investigation unit (SIU), deputy superintendent of Police (DSP) airport and station house officer (ShO) airport. Meanwhile, Intelligence agencies conducted raids on two mobile companies in Nawabshah and arrested four people, suspected of selling mobile phone SIMs to the terrorists involved in the Karachi airport attack. The suspects were the employees of mobile companies and have been shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. An FIR of the attack on Karachi’s international airport was registered against the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), under the Anti-Terrorism Act, nominating the top brass of the banned militant outfit and its spokesman Shahidullah Shahid. Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has also claimed responsibility for the attack, which has given a new turn to the investigation. INP
CATHAY PACIFIC WILL RESUME KARACHI FLIGHTS TODAY KARACHI: Cathay Pacific Airways Limited will resume flights to and from Karachi today after having reviewed the situation at Jinnah International Airport. According to the airline’s website, it will resume flights with “additional capacity to help meet demand from recently cancelled flights”. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” it said, recommending travelers "to check their flight status before departing for the airport". The airline had previously cancelled some flights to Karachi from Bangkok after Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for an attack at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi. INP
YOUTH INJURED IN ACID ATTACK KHANEWAL: Three people threw acid on a youth on Thursday over a land dispute. Police said Muhammad Safdar, Akhtar and Rasool Buksh threw acid on their relative, Muhammad Mohsin. As a result, Mohsin received burns and was shifted to hospital. hospital sources said that the victim had received severe burns on his neck and chest. APP
FAZL TERMS TALKS WITH TALIBAN ‘DRAMA’ ISLAMABAD INP
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chairman Fazlur Rehman said on Thursday that he was dejected regarding the future prospects of the country in light of the current political scenario. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament house, Rehman said that ‘a drama of talks’ was staged in the country to end terrorism. he claimed that the establishment has already decided to launch an operation in Waziristan. he said that the establishment was impeding the process of peace talk. he said the JUI-F was prepared to offer any assistance to the prime minister for peace efforts.
Responding to a question, Rehman said that the JUI-F had nothing to do with the Musharraf issue but added that court orders should be implemented in letter and spirit.
he said Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri is a Pakistani citizen and no one can stop him from coming to Pakistan, adding that Qadri should be provided security on arrival to Pakistan.
BHAI CLEARED OF HATE SPEECH CHARGES LONDON ONLINE
The Scotland Yard has announced to scrap probe against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf hussain for ‘inciting violence’. According to a statement issued, the Scotland Yard said that Altaf hussain’s (Teen Talwar) speech did not have anything that goes against the UK laws. On the other hand, the Crown Prosecution Service officials said that they did not have enough evidence to establish a case against
Altaf hussain for ‘inciting violence’, announcing that there will be ‘no further action’ against the MQM chief on the speeches made after May 11, 2013 elections. They also said complaints had been received on Altaf hussain’s speech delivered at Teen Talwar, Karachi. Special crime and operation officers had reviewed the speeches of London-based MQM leader and found nothing against the UK laws. The Scotland Yard had launched investigation against the MQM chief for allegedly inciting violence in May 2013.
KP WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT OFFICIALS WITH DUAL NATIONALITIES PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has ordered data collection of 22 federal and provincial employees of Peshawar who hold dual nationalities. Following the government action against dual nationals in other provinces, such people are also likely to face the music in KP as well. According to government officials, it was discovered that some high-ups in the provincial government departments were holders of dual nationalities. The government has now issued directives for collection of data of all such officials to determine their positions in government departments. The erstwhile PPP government had been under fire for keeping dual nationals on key government posts in its tenure. The Supreme Court had disqualified various lawmakers from parliamentary memberships after they were discovered holding dual nationalities. Most of them were later restored after filing appeals and clarifying their positions. INP
POLICE NOT TRAINED TO FIGHT TERRORISTS: KP IG PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General Nasir Durrani said on Thursday that the police force was not imparted the required training to fight terrorism. Speaking to reporters at a ceremony, Durrani said that the KP police are struggling to cope with the menace of terrorism because of lack of proper training. he added that incidents of extortion and abduction for ransom were going on in the province. The IG said that investigation was underway into the matter of alleged bribe taking for recruitment in the police force in some districts of the province. INP
PM for transParent Privatisation ISLAMABAD INP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that the government upholds a very transparent policy of privatisation which is aimed at converting organisations into profit-making entities and reducing the burden on the government exchequer. During a Cabinet Committee on Privatisation meeting with Finance Minis-
ter Ishaq Dar, the PM was informed that the privatisation will raise money equivalent to USD 387 million out of which 310 million will be the foreign exchange component while the remaining amount will be the rupee component. Dar said that 90 percent of the proceeds will be used for debt retirement and 10 percent for poverty reduction. The PM also appreciated the efforts of the finance minister for divestment of 19.8 percent of GOP shares of United
Bank of Pakistan. elaborating other issues taken up in the meeting, Dar apprised that 31 PSes were approved for fast-track privatisation by the previous government, adding that the present government is following the same list. UBL, Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) will be the first few to be privatised. The UBL deal is the first success story which will be followed by PPL and OGDCL soon.
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Batsmen all set to hook PunjaB’s Budget hard PARLIAMENTARIANS BRACE THEMSELVES FOR A TURBULENT BUDGET WITH PTI’S STALWARTS ALL SET TO GIVE PML-N A HARD TIME DURING THE DISCUSSION ON LARGEST PROVINCIAL BUDGET LAHORE NADEEM SYED
He parliamentary leaders have finalised their budget strategies s e p a r a t e l y, promising a highly turbulent budget session starting from Friday (today) when the provincial finance minister
would unveil the largest provincial budget for 2014-15. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), already highly charged and determined to pull the rug from under the feet of the government, is going to lead the show, testing the abilities of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and his counter-strategies for an upper hand on this important occasion. It is learnt
PAKISTAN FLAYS MIRANSHAH DRONE STRIKES ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday condemned Wednesday’s two US drone strikes in Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency. The Foreign Office spokeswoman in a statement said these strikes were a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Additionally, these strikes have a negative impact on the government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region, she added. INP
GUJRANWALA COPS KILL 3 POS GUJRANWALA: Three proclaimed offenders were killed in an encounter with police on Thursday. According to police sources, three criminals were robbing a motorcyclist in Kot Yousaf area when a police vehicle passed by the scene. The accused opened fire on the police, to which the police retaliated, killing all the three on the spot. Police said that the deceased were involved in robberies, killings and others criminal activities and were wanted by police. INP
SC MOVED FOR BRINGING HAQQANI BACK! LAHORE: A miscellaneous petition has been filed in Supreme Court (SC)’s Lahore Registry for bringing back former Pakistan’s ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani to Pakistan. The petition was filed by Zafar Ullah of Watan Party Thursday. The petitioner has taken plea that Memo Gate Scandal led to defamation for the country in the world and allegations were levied against Pakistan Army. It was said in the petition that Haqqani who played major role in this scandal went abroad after giving affidavit in SC to the effect that he will return to Pakistan and he has not returned even after lapse of two years. He prayed the court to declare Haqqani proclaimed offender besides issuing orders for bringing back him to Pakistan through Interpol. The petitioner prayed the court to conduct early hearing of this case of national importance and issue orders in the light of facts. ONLINE
that benefitting from the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the house – which in itself is a rare moment for all the parliamentarians – the PTI would register its protest against the ongoing load shedding in the province. A token walk-out during the budget speech or prior to it cannot be ruled out, sources say. Keeping alive the issue of load shedding, PTI has already set up a camp outside the assembly where they record their protest on daily basis. The protesting MPAs and leaders the other day extended invitation to Shahbaz to join their ranks, probably paying the PML-N leader in the same coin, reminding him the time when he used to adopt similar tactics
against PPP government to highlight the power outages in the country. The MPAs from PMLQ also held their meeting in assembly and finalised their plan of action to challenge the treasury benches. The party officials disclosed that the party leadership had collected all the data of economic activity and performance of the government in the last six years. “We will challenge the government with the help of figures and facts,” Chaudhry Zaheer commented. “We are not going to discuss in the budget session government performance only during the last one year. Rather we will hold it accountable for the last six years,” he added. Punjab Assembly Opposition
Leader Mahmoodur Rasheed has contacted other parliamentary leaders to forge a joint strategy during the session at least to the extent of highlighting issues common to all parties. The PPP parliamentary party too assured him its fullest cooperation. The PPP leadership has made it clear to record its protest both inside and outside assembly if the budget failed to redress the concerns of poor sections of the society. It has already expressed its reservations over the meager increase in the salaries of government employees. Similarly, JI also wants the government to address the lawlessness and creeping moral degradation in the society through budgetary means.
PM LAUDS DAR FOR WB’S $700M LOAN NAWAZ SAYS GOVT WORKING WITH USAID TO ORGANISE INVESTORS’ CONFERENCE FOR DIAMER-BHASHA DAM ISLAMABAD INP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the government’s rational economic policies have developed the confidence of foreign donor agencies in Pakistan and the vision of making Pakistan a self-sufficient economy will soon be realised. The PM said this while praising the efforts of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and the Finance Min-
istry in its efforts to realise the World Bank’s (WB) $700 million loan for Pakistan. The WB in its meeting on 11 May, 2014 had approved a total of $700 million worth loan for two projects. The assistance is meant for 4,500MW Dasu hydropower project ($600 million) and Sindh water irrigation project ($100 million). Nawaz said the confidence of WB was also evident from the already approved $1 billion for budgetary support to Pakistan. “The WB’s support and commitment with Pakistan reflects their confidence in the leadership and vision of our government,” Nawaz added. He said, “The Dasu hydropower project will not only improve the water storage and irrigation system of Pakistan but also provide 4500MW of power to our powerstarved economy.” He said, “We have embarked
STOP WOOING HARD-LINE MOODI, MAZARI TELLS PM ISLAMABAD: PTI Information Secretary Shireen Mazari on Thursday condemned the PM's indifference to the state of affairs in the country at this crucial time. Instead he is continuing to woo hardliner Indian PM Moodi - the latest being a letter committing himself to furthering better relations with India. Unfortunately, she said, the PM seemed oblivious of the fact that the Moodi government has shown no positive response to his overtures. Ironically, the PM's letter to Moodi comes in the wake of seizure of Indian weapons in the Karachi airport attack. She added that it was evident that the PM's sole focus was on furthering his business interests. That was painfully obvious when he took his businessman son with him to Delhi and met with a range of business tycoons and media houses but found no time to meet the Kashmiri leaders, the PTI leader added. She pointed out that already news was coming out of New Delhi about a possible joint venture between a major Indian media house and the Sharifs. Mazari added the Sharifs have become one of the biggest investors in the UK and while he goes around the world asking for foreign investment, he refuses to bring his own wealth back to invest in Pakistan. ONLINE
POWER SHORTFALL SURGES TO 3,300MW
upon a journey of development and our economic policies have shown positive results. Our economic policies have resulted in raising the foreign investor’s interest in Pakistan and in last one year the foreign investment has gained substantial increase. We will fulfill the promises made with the nation to make Pakistan self-sufficient in energy and water resources.” He added that the government was working with the USAID to organise an international investors’ conference for Diamer-Bhasha dam.
ISLAMABAD: The power shortfall in the country again surged to 3,300MW as the total generation on Thursday was recorded as 14,000MW against the demand of 17,300MW at 1300hours. According to data released by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), the hydro-generation stood at 5,170MW, Wapda thermal 1,930MW, wind 35MW and independent power producers 6,900MW. The hydro-generation has significantly increased owing to more water discharge from both the reservoirs Tarbela and Mangla dams and stood at 5,170MW. APP
PUNJAB, SINDH BUDGET TODAY LAHORE: Budget sessions of Punjab and Sindh provincial assemblies have been summoned in Lahore and Karachi on Friday. Punjab Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman will present the Punjab budget for the next fiscal year, while Sindh CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah will present provincial budget for 2014-15 in the Sindh Assembly. ONLINE
PAKISTAN BEEFS UP BORDER SECURITY AHEAD OF AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL POLLS ISLAMABAD INP
Pakistan has taken additional security measures along the border with Afghanistan ahead of the second round of Afghan presidential elections due on June 14. Speaking at a weekly media briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said the measures include enhanced vigilance and security along the border with increased patrolling and closure of border crossing areas. She added that the immigration staff will increase their checking and communication will be strengthened with the Afghan counterparts through the existing communication mechanism
and the hotline contact. She said that Pakistan had previously taken special measures along the border Pak-Afghan border on the occasion of the first phase of Afghan presidential elections, earlier this year. Aslam said that the Afghan presidential elections are a milestone in the democratic journey of the Afghans. Congratulating the people of Afghanistan on this achievement, she reiterated that these elections are an Afghan affair with Afghan electoral institutions in the lead. She expressed the hope that the Afghan voters will once again demonstrate their firm resolve and exercise their right to franchise with full determination. She said that Pakistan sincerely supports the cause of democracy and
peaceful transition in Afghanistan. “It is our earnest hope that the Afghan nation will emerge safer and more unified at the culmination of the presidential elections,” she said, adding that Pakistan stands committed to supporting the Afghans in every possible manner in their quest for peace and prosperity. US DRONE STRIKES: When asked about the US drone attack in North Waziristan Agency, Aslam said, “Our position on these strikes is very clear and evident from different resolutions. As regards the recent drone strikes, we are still ascertaining the situation and facts.” KARACHI ATTACK PROBE: Responding to a question regarding the reports that Indian weapons were used in the recent attack on Karachi attack, she said that investigation is still underway.
“We are not in a habit of hurling allegations without any proper investigation,” she said, adding that terrorism is an issue that Pakistan and India discuss whenever they meet. On Pak-India foreign secretary level talks, she said both the countries are in contact for the resuming the dialogue process. Responding to a question, Aslam said that the presence of foreign terrorists in the tribal areas has a history. “Terrorism poses a threat to our security and we can eradicate this menace through collective efforts,” she said. Aslam said that the issue of movement of foreign terrorists to the tribal areas is discussed regularly with Afghanistan. She said the Punjab government has constituted investigative teams to recover the kidnapped Chinese nationals.
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musharraf summoned on july 1 In ghazI murder Case ISLAMABAD INP
local court in Islamabad resumed hearing of the murder case of former prayer leader of Lal Masjid, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, and rejected the exemption plea filed by the accused General (r)
Pervez Musharraf from Thursday’s hearing, summoning him on July 1. The court in its ruling ordered Musharraf on July 1 otherwise action will be taken against his guarantors. The court also summoned guarantors of the former president. Additional Session Judge Wajid Ali Durrani heard Gahzi Abdul Rashid’s murder case. Two guarantors of
the former president appeared before the court. The court had summoned former president and accused in the case in Thursday’s hearing and had granted exemption in the last hearing. The counsel of Musharraf, Maj (r) Akhtar Shah informed the court that doctors treating his client have strictly forbidden him from traveling. The counsel also
presented Musharraf’s medical report in the court on which the prosecutor and applicant’s lawyer raised objections. The one-page medical report by Dr Imtiaz says that Musharraf is suffering from severe back pain and he has been advised to avoid travel and needs complete rest. Raising objections over the medical report, counsel of the petitioner
NEWS 05 took the stance that this was just a prescription by the doctor and not a medical report. Musharraf's lawyer Shah said that the medical reports showed that the final challan has been prepared but its copy has not been prepared so far. Upon this, Judge Wajid Ali Durrani remarked that the police have not yet submitted the final challan to the court. Shah said Musharraf had been declared innocent as per the challan. He said if the accused was declared innocent then there seems no justification that he should appear in the court. Shah further said that despite all this, Musharraf was ready to appear in the court but he needed tight security on this occasion. He said the former president will appear in the court when his doctors will permit him.
average annual broadband growth rate stIll above 100 perCent ISLAMABAD APP
Broadband subscribers base has reached 3.4 million at end of February this year as around 717,835 new users joined the platform during last eight months. An average annual growth rate of broadband is still above 100 percent in the sector. An official at Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Thursday said one subscription can cater broadband needs of a number of people in a house/business facility, therefore, broadband users are in larger numbers than the subscription. He said taking an average family size of four people, the broadband users, based on number of broadband subscriptions of 3.4 million are around 13 million. The official said this number is reasonably be higher than this as corporate subscription of broadband is also used by multiple users. He said with the introduction of 3G/4G mobile services, the mobile broadband penetration in the country would substantially increased in coming years.
26 held wIth drugs, weapons In multan
DERAGHAZIKHAN: Beating the heat, youngsters cool off in the canal. ONLINE
Police claimed on Thursday to have arrested 25 outlaws, including 14 proclaimed offenders, in district Multan. According to the police, Muhammad Nawaz, Yousuf, Younus, Muhammad Mehmood, Maqsood Ahmad, Aashiq, Muhammad Yousuf, Wajahat Hussain, Bashir Ahmad, Sarfraz, Irshad, Zafar Iqbal, Muhammad Saleem and Hanif were arrested. Police also apprehended six drug peddlers and an illegal weapon holder with 66 liters of liquor, 190 grams of hashish, one pistol and two rounds. Meanwhile, the police also arrested five others with fireworks. Separate cases have been registered against the accused.
sC seeks eobI’s report for land purChase ISLAMABAD APP
The Supreme Court on Thursday sought final report from the Employees' Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) comprising details of properties sold or purchased by the institution. The court also directed the EOBI to give details of the properties sold by people and their proposals for getting those properties back. The directions were given by a two-member bench comprising Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani and Justice Athar Saeed during the hearing of multi-billion mega scam of EOBI during the sale and purchase of properties. During the course of proceedings, the bench noticed that the proposals by the people who sold out their lands to the EOBI needed to be brought before the court. Thus, the court directed the EOBI for filing of the final report in this regard and adjourned the case till June, 26.
We encourage dialogue between India, Pakistan: US WASHINGTON INP Welcoming the discussion held between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the US has said that dialogue between the two neighbours is a positive step, adding that the US is supportive of such efforts. Speaking to reporters, US State Department Spokesperson Jen
Psaki said, "We encourage dialogue between India and Pakistan. We feel that it is a positive step. There have been some steps in recent weeks that we've been encouraged by. We believe dialogue is an important step in the process between India and Pakistan." Psaki was replying to a question about the letter written by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his Indian counterpart Narendra
Modi, expressing desire to work in harmony for the resolution of disputes between the two countries. Regarding the recent Karachi airport attack, Psaki said that the United States has offered forensics and investigative assistance to the Pakistani authorities concerned. She said that Pakistan had not yet responded to the offer but “it remains on the table”.
NO CYCLONE THREAT TO PAKISTAN: MET OFFICE KARACHI APP None of the areas of Pakistan are under threat of a tropical cyclone but some isolated rain or thunder showers are expected along Sindh-Makran coast on Friday and Saturday. According to the Met Office reports on Thursday, the sea conditions along the Pakistani coast may be rough to very rough from Friday evening to Sunday night. Therefore, fishermen of Sindh and Balochistan are advised not to venture in open sea during the
period. The tropical cyclone 02A (Nanauk), located at a latitude of 18 north and longitude of 64 east, about 680 kilometers south-southwest of Karachi, is likely to move further west-northwest ward (towards Oman Coast) with a speed of 10 kilometers per hour. The cyclone is likely to further intensify into a severe tropical cyclone in the next 24 hours with a maximum sustained wind speed of 50 to 60 knots gusting up to 80 knots. After 48 hours, the tropical cyclone may start weakening gradually and there is high probability of its dissipation over the water (near Oman Coast) before making landfall.
Iqbal's son’s statement agaInst army poIsonous: Ch shujat ISLAMABAD INP
Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President and former prime minister Chaudhry Shujat Hussain has termed the statement of federal minister Ahsan Iqbal’s son against the Pak Army on Facebook to be “poisonous, stupid and nonsensical”. Hussain said in a statement that the minister’s son’s “stupid thinking and use of nonsensical language” regarding the Armed Forces of Pakistan and concerned institutions reflected the mentality of their parents. He questioned the rationale behind such statements.
tremors jolt shangla, nearby areas SHANGLA INP
Tremors measuring 4.3 on the Richter Scale were felt in parts of Shangla and district headquarters of Alpuri, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the early hours of Thursday. No loss of life or property was reported. The earthquake stirred panic among the locals, who came out on streets. Mild tremors were felt in Alpuri, Besham, Kalorah and Shahpur sub-divisions. Pakistan Metrological Department said that the quake’s epicenter was in Pattan, at least 31 kilometers under the earth.
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Friday, 13 June, 2014
The case of an acidic proposal LAHORE APP
The Lahore High Court (LHC) Complaint Cell has disposed of a notice regarding death of a man in an acid attack after the arrest of the accused and submission of police report against them in Anti-Terrorism Court, Multan. According to details, the deceased, Muhammad Zahid, 21, of Galleywal in Lodhran district, was attacked with acid by his paternal uncle, Abdul Majeed, on refusal to marry his daughter. On a press report, LHC Complaint Cell had taken cognizance of the issue and directed District & Sessions Judge Lodhran to probe into the incident and submit a detailed report within a week. The sessions judge reported that Galleywal Police registered a case against Abdul Majeed, Abdul Rasheed and arrested them. After completion of investigation they had been sent to judicial lock up and police report under section 173 CrPC against them had also been submitted in the Anti Terrorism Court Multan where the case is under trial.
A hectic dAy for rescue 1122 LAHORE PRESS RELEASE
Total 483 road traffic accidents were reported in Rescue 1122’s Provincial Monitoring Cell in all 36 Districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours in which eight lives were lost and 471 serious injured were shifted to different hospitals of relevant district. However, some 150 victims sustaining minor injuries were provided first aid on the spot. According to data 225 drivers, 17 underage drivers, 71 pedestrians and 333 passengers were among the victims of these road traffic accidents. The statistics show 103 RTAs were reported in Lahore Control Room, which affected 127 persons placing the provincial capital at top of the list followed by 50 RTAs in Faisalabad with 58 victims and Gujranwala at third position with 27 RTAs and 28 victims. The details further show that total 629 in victims were affected by road traffic crashes including 487 males and 142 females, while age group of the victims show that 101 were under 18 year of age, 384 were between 18 and 40 year and rest of the 144 victims were reported above 40 years. According to the data, 385 motorbikes, 46 auto rickshaws, 52 motorcars, 29 vans, 09 passenger buses, 19 trucks and 73 other types of auto vehicles and slow moving carts were involved in aforesaid road traffic accidents.
LAHORE: Children collecting reusable items from the garbage, ONLINE
energy is on shAhbAz’s mind!
CM says Punjab government will set up 1,000 MW solar projects at Quaid-e-Azam Park LAHORE ONLINE
unJAb Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that provincial government will set up a solar power project of 1,000 megawatts (MW) at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park with its own resources while a 100 MW project will be completed by the end of the current year. The Punjab chief minister was presiding over a high level meeting Thursday which reviewed the pace of solar project at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, bahawalpur. The chief minister said that concerned federal and provincial departments should work with close coordina-
tion for completing solar and other energy projects within stipulated period so that energy crisis could be curbed as early as
possible. He said that no delay would be tolerated in the completion of power projects within the timeframe. The chief minister strongly reprimanded the high-ups of the concerned departments for not following the timeline regarding laying of transmission line for the solar power project and said that they were duty bound to discharge the important national responsibility of implementation of energy projects in an efficient manner. He said that delay or laxity in this regard was totally unacceptable. He said that the concerned institutions should realise their responsibility and solar power project should be completed on fast track basis instead of traditional manner. He said that the officers who were in-
different to the problems of the masses or failed to come up to their expectations had no right to stay on their posts. Federal Secretary for Water and Power nagis Sethi said that every effort would be made in accordance with the vision of chief minister to complete the work regarding supply system of electricity from the solar project, laying of transmission line and dealing with other issues within the timeframe and a report would be submitted to him in this regard within next few days. Special Assistant Azm-ul-Haq, chief secretary, federal secretary for water & power, Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park chairman, bank of Punjab president, nEPRA, nTDC, MEPCO and officers of other concerned departments attended the meeting.
Wattoo terms CM’s Ramadan Package ‘purposeless’ LAHORE INP Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Mian Manzoor Wattoo has said that the indiscriminate subsidy on hundreds of items as a part of Ramadan Package for all and sundry will not serve the purpose and as such will not make difference to down trodden for providing relief to them. In a statement issued Thursday,
Watoo demanded that the subsidy should be targeted and for those who were the poorest of the poor and were badly hit by the unprecedented surge in the food inflation during the first year of this government. Wattoo urged the government that it should provide subsidy to those only who were recipients of the cash assistance under Benazir Income Support Programme because its authenticity and reach had been very well verified
by the third party of international standing. Wattoo pointed out that there was no use of putting hundreds of items of daily use in the package adding that the list should be slashed keeping in view of the needs of the poor people. He said that the government must evolve a mechanism dedicated to serve the poor people adding that the hoarders and the middle man generally succeed in cashing on the
bad management that was responsible for the implementation of the package. The PPP Punjab president said that the subsidised items were generally available in the open market for sale with the connivance of the administration, and the loopholes should be plugged to stop the pilferage with stern warning that culprits would not be spared come what may.
Wattoo said that his party will keep close vigil on the execution of the Ramadan Package to deny the crooks the opportunity to swindle the people they were notorious for. He also demanded that the network for the disbursement of the subsidized items should be stretched out right across the province so that the rural population of the province was not denied from the likely benefits if there were any.
Friday, 13 June, 2014
17 culprits Arrested LAHORE: Punjab Highway Patrol arrested 17 culprits, including a proclaimed offender, besides recovering a kidnapped man. PHP team Kalashah Kako apprehended a proclaimed offender Amanullah of Gujranwala who was wanted to PS Shahdara Town Lahore. APP
cm gives rs 1m to fAmily of Asf mArtyr LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday visited the family of an Airport Security Force (ASF) official in Lahore who was martyred in the Karachi airport terrorists attack. The chief minister handed over a cheque for Rs 1,000,000 and ownership documents of a house in the Aashiana Housing Scheme to the heirs of Muhammad Sarwar, who was an inspector in ASF. Shahbaz also announced to fund education of the children of the deceased. INP
Ji questions state’s attitude in musharraf’s case LAHORE INP
AMAAT-E-ISLAMI General Secretary Liaqat baloch has questioned the absence of the government’s counsel in the petition seeking removal of former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf's name from the Exit Control List (ECL) during the hearing on Thursday. In a statement, he said that the Sindh High Court decision on the issue was in line with the law and the Constitution but the government must explain why its counsel did not appear during the hearing. He also questioned whether the government would file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Sindh High Court verdict or not. baloch said that Musharraf was being tried under Article 6 of the Constitution and if the government allowed the former military dictator to go abroad before the final decision of the court, it would have negative consequences and create the impression that there were different laws for the poor and the influential. The JI general secretary further deplored the blamegame between the federal and the Sindh governments in regard to the terrorist attack at Karachi airport. He said it was of least importance for the masses whether the responsibility rested with the federal government or the Sindh government but the bitter fact was that there was huge loss of lives while both the governments remained
unmoved. baloch remarked that Mian nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari could have lunch together for mutual interest but their parties started blaming each other in any critical situation.
08 COMMENT Learning from Iraq Both Afghanistan and Pakistan should realise the danger of letting terrorists go scot-free
Friday, 13 June, 2014
Budget strategy beyond reproach It has taken care of all the segments of the society
HERE is much for Pakistan and afghanistan to learn from the developments unfolding in iraq. Foreign militants driven by fanaticism have captured yet another iraqi city after Mosul, which fell on Tuesday, and are marching posthaste towards Baghdad, the country’s capital. The way two divisions of UStrained iraqi troops vanished without putting up a credible defence at Mosul, iraq’s second largest city, must lead Kabul to draw the right lessons. iraqi security forces which collapsed were trained for 10 years by the US occupation army at the expense of billions of dollars. The militants are being led by the islamic State of iraq and Syria (iSiS) which is an anti Shia outfit and intends to foist upon the country a medieval Sunni islamic Caliphate. Thanks the assistance provided to some of these groups by the US and the Gulf states, they now threaten the integrity of iraq and Syria. The extremism is in the long run likely to consume the Gulf states themselves and make the US pay a heavy price for encouraging the trend. Pakistan and afghanistan also face an existential threat from the militant and sectarian groups. it is high time governments on both sides realised the danger. Providing shelter to these groups in the hope that they would act as the host country’s proxies is like playing with fire. These groups have their own agenda of imposing a reactionary medieval system with the force of arms. Those hoping to reform them through talks are living in a world of fantasy. The events in iraq are likely to provide encouragement to the afghan Taliban and their Pakistani counterparts. Both are likely to join hands after the departure of the foreign troops. The only way to maintain peace and bring prosperity in the region is for Pakistan and afghanistan to jointly hunt out the militants and focus on promoting mutual economic and social cooperation.
A breather for Musharraf Or not?
inally the Sindh High Court grants Gen Musharraf a breather. But, of course, there’s a caveat, and it is completely up to the government to spoil proceedings and approach the Supreme Court, so the coming fortnight will tell a lot. Going by the recent belligerence of Khwajas Saad and asif, carefully crafted and timed no doubt, the ruling party clearly indulged in symbolism that netting Musharraf was just as central to Pakistan’s ‘democratic project’ as uninterrupted elections, civilian-to-civilian transfer of power, etc. But it just might be that saner counsels have prevailed, and the prime minister, almost always either procrastinating or caught in decision-making paralysis, is looking beyond his close circle of hawks. That there are differences with the brass is not even an open secret anymore, it is plain out in the open. and it was impossible for the Musharraf trial not to become a sticking point. So just as the civ-mil cleavage widened the more the government preferred talks, even as the TTP’s campaign of terror went ahead, it was natural for Musharraf to become the litmus test for the relationship, with implications far beyond his treason trial. and the Khwajas didn’t exactly help. The military had kept mum about Musharraf since the Kayani days, and when it did break that silence, on the ECl issue, it expected the prime minister’s team to honour the request, especially since the former president had been indicted. But the shenanigans from then, especially the Geo drama and continued differences over COin strategy have, according to reports, culminated in clear, and pretty heated, differences following the Karachi airport attack. and now approaching the Supreme Court to frustrate Musharraf and belittle the GHQ will have very different connotations. The army has already started going its own way in Waziristan, with the government apparently two-steps behind, but claiming “same page” solidarity, etc. Pakistan is faced with existential problems, and politicians’ expectations of democracy seem to differ from common folks’. The government must first fend off the country’s enemies and improve people’s lives before making symbolism, and vendetta, its priority.
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Malik MuhaMMad ashraf
HE budgets that the governments all over the world announce annually are of immense interest to all segments of the society, as they embody strategies to propel growth in the economic and social sectors as well as the fiscal and monetary measures that not only provide necessary finances to the governments for their obligatory undertakings but also affect economic situations of the masses in varying degrees. The judgment on whether a budget is good or bad is based on the overall impact that it is going to create in surmounting debilitating economic factors, developmental activities that it envisages to generate, the scheme of distribution of resources it contemplates and above all the range of relief measures that it stipulates for the poorer sections of the society. The budget for 2014-15, the second by the incumbent government, announced by the finance minister, like the budget for 2013-14 which was a trend setter in effect, also aims at reducing the budget deficit which is the mother of all economic ills, broadening of the tax base, lays greater emphasis on private-sector led growth through myriad of measures aimed at nudging business and industrial activity in the country and protecting the poorer segments of the society. it is an irrefutable reality that the present government inherited an economy in complete disarray. The grimness of the economic landscape
warranted some tough and courageous decisions by the government in conformity with the ground realities, rather than politically motivated approach to appease the electorate and further precipitate the economic meltdown. The country had a fiscal deficit of 8% of the GDP. There is an unqualified consensus on the point that for securing and promoting the wellbeing of the masses and sustaining the health of the economy, it is imperative to curtail this deficit through the only available options of cutting the non-developmental expenditure and broadening the tax net. The government did adopt a rational approach. The government did adopt a rational approach. The economic management strategy implemented by the government has produced very encouraging results in all sectors of the economy though some of the targets, like revenue collection and pace of development envisaged in different sectors have not been met, as indicated by the economic survey. But the overall GDP growth of 4.1% does represent a substantial headway as compared to growth rate during the last six years, as a result of the policies aimed at promoting business and industrial activities within the country and attracting foreign investment. Fiscal deficit has been brought down to 5.1% and inflation contained at 8.5%. The success of the government policies has also been endorsed by the iMF, World Bank and the Gallop Survey report for the year 2014. The budget for 2014-15 in fact represents the consolidation of the gains made during the last fiscal year, winching the country out of the economic quagmire and setting the stage for a selfsustained growth in the years to come. With a view to broaden the tax base and moving toward terminating excessive reliance on foreign borrowing, the government has set an ambitious revenue target of Rs2810 billion which would be supplemented by non-tax revenues of Rs319 billion. a conscious and deliberate effort has been initiated to bring the fiscal deficit down to 4.1 per cent by the end of the financial year. The share of direct taxes in the new tax regime would be 66% per cent, a measure which apart from generating more revenues would also help in containing inflation. Bringing retailers and other non-tax paying sectors into the tax net
through direct taxation is a commendable effort. The measures announced by the government would also help in documenting the economy. increase in the development allocation and defence budget are good necessity-driven steps. Similarly, incentives announced for the exporters, investors and foreign investment in the form of reduction in corporate tax are right steps towards nudging economic activity in the country. The government has not neglected the poorer sections of the society and has announced a number of steps to promote their well being and providing relief to them. The allocation under the BiSP has been increased from Rs85 billion to Rs118 billion, with monthly support enhanced from Rs1000 to Rs1500. The government servants and pensioners have been given10% raise. Though it might seem insufficient to the relevant circles but the fact remains that it is more than the rate of inflation recorded during the year. The resource constraint faced by the government also did not permit any benign action. Provision of house building loans to those who cannot afford to construct a house for themselves through their own resources, the contemplated scheme of health insurance and already initiated measures for the youth are commendable moves towards well-being of less privileged classes. The most redeeming factor in regards to the preparation of the budget is that the government consulted the business and industrial community and other stakeholders in regards to the imposition of new fiscal measures. The business community has already endorsed the budget proposals. My personal view is that the budget has taken care of all the segments of the society. it may not have addressed all the problems in consonance with the wishes of all the stakeholders, but it is the best possible effort in view of the prevailing economic situation of the country. The vision and strategy to achieve economic objectives, both in the short and long term, is simply beyond reproach. Economic management is not an easy task and even the governments in the most developed countries are never able to satisfy all the people all the time. Malik Muhammad Ashraf is an academic. He can be contacted at: email@example.com.
What Palestinian unity is all about The real task ahead
alESTinianS are yet to achieve national unity despite the elation over the ‘national unity government’ now in operation in Ramallah. One has to be clear in the distinction between a Hamas-Fatah political arrangement necessitated by regional and international circumstances, and Palestinian unity. What has been agreed upon in the Shati’ (Beach) refugee camp in april, which lead to the formation of a transitional government in the West Bank in June, has little to do with Palestinian unity. The latter is a much more comprehensive and indispensable notion. Without it, the Palestinian people risk losing more than a unified political platform, but their ability to identify with a common set of national aspirations wherever they are in the world. Thus, a hurried agreement in Gaza that left many points of contention to be discussed and settled by various sub-committees with uncertain chances of succeeding is hardly the prerequisite to true and lasting national unity. The Pa is allowed to operate in the West Bank under the watchful eye of the israeli army. in return for
allowing the Pa a space of operation, Pa forces are involved in ‘security coordination’ aimed at securing illegal Jewish settlements, reigning in Palestinian resistance and offering a line of defence for the israeli army, which in reality is the one and only ruler of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. it is unclear as of yet how the security coordination will affect the way israel controls Gaza, which thus far has been secured through a hermetic siege intensified since the Hamas election victory in 2006 and the brief Hamas-Fatah civil war in 2007. Hamas is unlikely to allow a similar security coordination arrangement like the one that is underway in the West Bank, or through which Gaza itself was controlled – by 10 separate Pa security branches – before 2006. in fact, Gazan’s grew resentful of Fatah – then under the control of Mohammed Dahlan and a few notorious Fatah officials – namely because of such practices. Despite the unity agreement, abbas still sees collaboration with the israeli army as sacred. But even if some alternative arrangement is found to prevent another split until the next elections that are scheduled for early next year, what has taken place has hardly qualified as unity. in recent weeks, the word ‘unity’ has been used in many ways, some erroneous and others quite disingenuous. Hamas and Fatah party officials – all operating with expired mandates – have repeatedly infused a more sentimental meaning of ‘unity’, with few exceptions including that of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal. The latter, although optimistic about the future potential of the agreement, understands that the transitional government is merely a first step in a long
program aimed at the unification of the Palestinian body politic. Even The New York Times, known for its resolute support of successive israeli governments, is also urging unity. “if there is ever to be an israeli-Palestinian peace agreement … the Palestinians must be united,” read its editorial, signed by the editorial board, on June 6. Unity tailored towards israeli interests and american funds is hardly what millions of Palestinians have been wishing for in the last seven years. needless to say, ensuring that one party dominates another is barely a democratic overture. But Hamas and Fatah are also at fault. Their absurd infighting and allowing themselves to serve other parties’ agendas is both inexcusable and unforgivable. To think that both parties will continue to dominate the Palestinian leadership landscape for the coming years is not encouraging. Palestine is not Hamas and Fatah, and Palestinian disunity didn’t start with both of these parties but has been an integral part of the Palestinian national struggle. The fragmentation of the Palestinian political identity is decades-old. it was perhaps the departure of the Palestine liberation Organisation (PlO) from lebanon in 1982 that accentuated the split between the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom and their leadership. it was then that Palestinian elitism truly rose to prominence. Palestine then was reduced to factions, each with its own symbols, mantras, slogans, agendas and funders. The PlO served as a political platform whose sole purpose, at times, seemed to validate the ruling Fatah party, and a particular Tunisia-based branch of that party. The Palestinian parliament in exile – The Palestinian national Council – was later delegated to rubber
stamp the political initiatives of yasser arafat, Mahmoud abbas, ahmed Qore and a few others. The age of Palestinian democracy was mostly over, and became confined to elections held by Palestinian political prisoners in israeli jails and local student union elections in the occupied territories. With a self-imposed mandate, unchallenged by any democratic platform, and validated by the israeli occupation, the Pa ruled the occupied territories as it pleased. The rich became richer, and the poor lined up in front of aTM machines at the end of every month praying that their salaries made it to their bank accounts on time. On many occasions, that was not the case. On June 5, Hamas and Fatah government employees scuffled with each other and at times with the police because Hamas workers didn’t get paid, while their Fatah counterparts did. This is hardly the kind of scene that would accompany a state of national unity. For true unity to take place, it has to be shaped entirely by Palestinian national priorities. it cannot be linked to aid, and tribal political allegiances. it should not be aimed to please the US and the EU or to accommodate israeli security. True unity would have to go back to the original questions that split Palestinian communities in Palestine and around the world in the first place. it has to contend with important questions concerning Palestinian identity, national aspirations, resistance and the outlook of an entire generation that was born after the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993. Palestinian unity is not a logistical question, but a major undertaking that requires new faces, new names, new thinking, and dare one says, a new leadership.
WORLD VIEW 09
Friday, 13 June, 2014
reworKing the idea of PaKistan InDIan express
OON after Partition, Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah told the American ambassador, Paul Alling, that he wished for India-Pakistan relations to be “An association similar to that between the US and Canada.” Jinnah had no way of predicting the rise of Pakistan’s militaryintelligence complex. Nor did he envision that his successors in the Muslim League would join Islamist leaders in basing Pakistan’s nationalism on the idea of perennial conflict with, and permanent threat from, India. Just as the perceived threat from Hindu domination prompted the call for Pakistan’s creation, the new rallying cry for an ethnically diverse populace was the ostensible threat from India to Pakistan. This required keeping alive the
frenzy of Partition and a contrived historic narrative. It also necessitated the glorification of past and present warriors and the building of a militarised state. Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru foresaw how a national state of paranoia across the border imperiled India-Pakistan relations. He tried to comfort Pakistan’s leaders that disagreement with the idea of Partition before it took place did not mean India would now use force to undo it. Nehru chose the Aligarh Muslim University, whose alumni had played an active role in the demand for Pakistan, as the venue for a speech that addressed Pakistani concerns as early as March 1948. He reassured those who accused India of seeking to strangulate Pakistan. “If we had wanted to break up Pakistan, why did we agree to Partition?” he asked. “It was easier to prevent it then than to try to do so now after all that has happened. There is no going back in history. As a matter of fact, it is to India’s advantage that Pakistan should be a secure and prosperous state with which we can develop close and friendly relations.” “Pakistan has come into being rather unnaturally, I think,” Nehru told his audience. “Nevertheless, it represents the urges of a large number of persons. I believe that this development has been a throwback, but we accepted it in good
FOLLOWING KARACHI STRIKES, PAKISTAN MUST TAKE DECISIVE STEPS TO DESTROY TERROR INFRASTRUCTURE Investor's BIz DaIly Times of indiA Going by a letter written by Nawaz Sharif to Narendra Modi, that he was 'much satisfied' with their meeting in New Delhi, the two prime ministers have succeeded in striking up a working relationship. But Sharif faces critical challenges at home. Taliban insurgents managed to close Karachi's international airport twice within three days, with audacious backto-back assaults. Karachi is Pakistan's largest and richest city and its main gateway to the outside world. But Taliban has demonstrated that it is not just confined to northern tribal areas, but can attack at will and cut Pakistan off from the world. Moreover, simultaneous events in Iraq demonstrate what can happen when the state fails and jihadis triumph. Islamists have captured Mosul, Iraq's second largest city after Baghdad. This raises doubts about Iraq's survival as a nation. But Iraq is not a nuclear power, Pakistan is. If Pakistan's jihadis overrun one of its nuclear installations, the situation would be truly catastrophic. It's essential, therefore, that Pakistan's state establishment as well as civil society realise the true enemy they are confronting. Even short of the nuclear scenario, spectacular attacks such as the ones on Karachi will deter foreign investors and persuade domestic ones to flee. The so-called peace talks between Taliban and the government haven't yielded tangible results, with Islamists using sham ceasefires as opportunity to regroup and rearm. Merely attempting to hold off terror strikes on Pakistan's vital installations won't succeed, as some of them will inevitably get through. Sharif has held emergency meetings with the army, but he must go beyond air strikes and take the decisive step to put boots on the ground in Taliban's North Waziristan strongholds. Sustained counter-insurgency operations in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border regions will be bloody, but military success there will effectively cut off the Pakistani Taliban from its Afghan counterpart and the dreaded Haqqani network. If Sharif and the Pakistani establishment take down the country's terror infrastructure it will find Pakistan's isolation effectively broken as the whole world will help. Modi too should leverage his relationship with Sharif to assist India's embattled western neighbour in terms other than military. The Karachi strikes should be a sobering reminder to the Pakistani establishment that the enemy is not to the country's east but within.
faith.” According to him, “It is inevitable that India and Pakistan should draw closer to each other, or else they will come into conflict. There is no middle way, for we have known each other too long to be indifferent neighbours.” The first Indian prime minister also laid out a vision for India to “develop a closer union” with Pakistan and other neighbouring countries — a vision that seems to be shared by Narendra Modi. But Nehru made it clear that India had no “desire to strangle or compel Pakistan” because “an attempt to disrupt Pakistan would recoil to India’s disadvantage.” “If today, by any chance, I were offered the reunion of India and Pakistan, I would decline it for obvious reasons,” Nehru continued. “I do not want to carry the burden of Pakistan’s great problems. I have enough of my own.” Nehru proposed that a “closer association must come out of a normal process and in a friendly way which does not end Pakistan as a state but which makes it an equal part of a larger union in which several countries might be associated” — an early envisioning of Saarc. Bengali leader Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy also cautioned against declaring Pakistan an Islamist ideological state and warned that slogans of permanent war with India would only undermine Pakistan. Addressing Pakistan’s constituent
assembly on March 6, 1948, Suhrawardy insisted that Pakistan’s future rested on the “the goodwill of the people” of Pakistan and the “mutual relationship between the Dominion of Pakistan and the sister dominion, [the] Indian Union.” Suhrawardy briefly served as prime minister in 1956 before being barred from politics under martial law. He died in exile a few years later. But his admonition, within a few months of Pakistan’s creation, still rings true. “Now you are raising the cry of Pakistan in danger for the purpose of arousing Muslim sentiments and binding them together in order to maintain you in power,” Suhrawardy told Pakistan’s rulers. He warned that “a state which will be founded on sentiments, namely that of Islam in danger or of Pakistan in danger” will face perilous circumstances.
Opening up the MunabaoKhokhrapar crossing HInDu TRidiVesH singH mAini
The United Progressive Alliance regime’s foreign policy, especially toward Pakistan, may have been criticised for vacillation (true to a large extent), but one area where the alliance made significant progress was in improving connectivity between the border areas of India and Pakistan — the two Punjabs, Rajasthan-Sindh and the two Kashmirs. While the Amritsar-Nankana Sahib bus service and the weekly Thar Express train connecting Munabao with Khokhrapar began in 2006, the Srinagar-Muzzafarabad bus service began in 2005. Expanding tradE: Trade between the Kashmirs and the Punjabs also commenced in this period. While trade between the two Kashmirs has been marred by political and logistical problems, trade through the Attari (India)-Wagah land route has significantly improved over the past decade, especially over the last two years, ever since the inauguration of the Integrated Check Post in April 2012. A perfect illustration of this point is the fact that while bilateral trade between the two countries was $664 million in 2004, it was approximately $2.6 billion in 2012-2013. There are of course some major constraints, the main one being that only 137 goods can be traded along the Attari-Wagah route. Once Pakistan grants Non-Discriminatory Market Access to India, the number of goods which can be traded across the border will increase along with the number of trading hours. While the Kashmir and Punjab borders draw more attention, there have also been demands of late for opening up the MunabaoKhokhrapar for bilateral trade, and demands for a goods train service. While trade along this route was first brought up during a Commerce Secretary level meeting in September 2012, the issue of opening up the land route was also raised during the parliamentary election by former minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jaswant Singh who contested as an independent from Barmer (130 km from Munabao). Mr. Singh argued that this is a peaceful border. It was also Mr. Singh, who pushed the envelope for the Thar Express when he was Finance Minister. That it commenced in 2005 during the UPA regime is a different matter. A railway connection between Munabao and Khokhrapar had existed before the 1965 war, but was disrupted as a result of the strained relationship between the two nations in the aftermath of the war. The economic ramifications of opening up the Munabao-Khokhrapar land route for trade are significant. Western Rajasthan will be the biggest beneficiary. Once the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited Refinery and the petrochemical complex at Barmer, inaugurated in September 2013, actually commence opera-
tions, there is immense scope for selling products such as chemical dye, plastic and wax. Western Rajasthan has also made significant strides in solar energy, and cooperation with neighbouring Sindh can be explored, too. Apart from Barmer, Jodhpur, 325 km from Munabao, is known for its handicrafts and furniture and could emerge as an important economic hub, not just of western Rajasthan, but northwestern India as a whole. Some businessmen from Rajasthan have begun to establish links with entrepreneurs in Pakistan. A large number of furniture and handicraft items are already in demand in Pakistan, and some businessmen have begun trading via Dubai. This is a very tedious procedure, however, since goods first have to be transported to Kandla or Mundra which are more than 500 km away. Other goods from Rajasthan which are in demand in Pakistan and which may benefit from opening up the route are marble, henna and some food items. Jodhpur also has a number of medical institutions, including an AIIMS. If visa regimes are eased out, a lot of patients from Pakistan, especially from Sindh and Karachi, who travel to other parts of India for treatment may no longer have to do so. It would be pertinent to point out that apart from business and trade, it is also important to address some of the major lacunae of the weekly Thar Express. The train is especially important for certain Hindu sub-castes like Sodha Rajputs and Sindhi Muslims who have relatives on both sides of the divide. The major shortcoming of the train is that while most passengers belong to Barmer, they have to undertake a journey of 200 km to Jodhpur, the only place where passengers are permitted to board the train. Similarly, while the train service was begun with the intention of connecting separated families, the families can only meet at Jodhpur since foreign nationals are not allowed to go west of NH-15 at Barmer. In addition, passengers have to cover a long journey of 800 km — far more than the journey from Munabao to Khokhrapar — from Barmer to New Delhi to obtain a visa. Setting up a Pakistani consulate at Jodhpur would be extremely helpful in this context. While national interest and security cannot be overlooked, for regions like western Rajasthan and Sindh, impermeable borders and unimaginative rules have been a bane. The Rajasthan government has not been pro-active in lobbying with the central government for closer trade links with Pakistan. With the BJP government in the State as well as the Centre, and with some pressure from pro-trade lobbies, this can change. Tridivesh Singh Maini is a New Delhibased policy analyst. He was a Public Policy Scholar with The Hindu Centre of Politics and Public Policy.
Most of Pakistan’s current problems — the rise of the Taliban, the prevalence of conspiracy theories, religious and sectarian strife, the campaign by extremists to deny Pakistani children the benefit of the polio vaccine, the potential for international isolation, the lack of institutional balance and the dominance of the military — can all be traced to the original sin of Pakistan’s post-independence leaders. Pakistan’s establishment has disregarded Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s call to keep religion out of the business of the state and ignored Suhrawardy’s proposal for collaborative ties with India. As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sets about trying to normalise relations with India, he would do well to revise the Pakistani notion of “permanent enemy”, which is inculcated at all levels of schooling and through the Pakistani media. Sharif should recall Suhrawardy’s warnings and embrace Jinnah’s vision of India-Pakistan ties. He should start changing Pakistan’s national discourse, without which forward movement might prove difficult. The writer is director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. He served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US and is author, most recently, of ‘Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States and an epic history of misunderstanding’.
Karachi attacK: are PaK’s nuKes safe? Investor's BIz DaIly AsiAn Age
Last Sunday’s attack by the Pakistani Taliban on Karachi’s international airport is a rude reminder that the extremist outfit — and presumably some other groups like it that have been nurtured over the years by Pakistan’s security establishment to wage proxy wars against neighbours like India, Afghanistan, and to a lesser extent Iran — can strike any major installation in the country virtually at will. In the summer of 2011, the terrorists had hit the Mehran naval base in the Karachi area, knocking out the P-3 Orion aircraft newly acquired from the United States. The gravity of the situation is underlined when we consider the probability of such attacks being carried out with insider support, as was shown to be the case in the Mehran strike. Moreover, it is evident that Pakistan’s capacity to prevent attacks against key installations has in no way improved, and is unlikely to in the foreseeable future, for that would require rebooting the whole system. As matters stand, key militant outfits are known to enjoy political and official patronage. The present chief of the Pakistan Taliban, Maulvi Fazlullah (once derided as “Mullah Radio”), had some years ago been described by the then ISI chief, Lt. Gen. Shuja Pasha, as a “true patriot”. Jihadist contingents have also been portrayed by people holding high rank as “force multipliers” against India. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has enjoyed happy political relations with jihadists and the so-called religious parties in his country. A neighbour like India, which has had to learn to take precautions against deniable proxy attacks by Pakistan-nurtured jihadi militants, cannot but up its ante in the light of the deadly Karachi airport assault, and within 48 hours another attack on the premises of the security contingent which guards the airport — a strike that fortunately turned out to be more symbolic than successful. Without sounding alarmist, we cannot but take on board the prospect of the jihadists finding ways to fire even a low-yield nuclear weapon against this country by breaching Pakistan’s nuclear installations. From time to time, Pakistan has sought to assure the Western world that its nukes are secured and there is no way rogue elements can get to them. The US state department has reiterated the assurance after the Karachi airport attack. Being a neighbour constantly in the sights of Pakistani terrorists, India will be short-sighted to go by third-party observations. The Modi government should go over the ground with Pakistan as regards the safety of the latter’s nuclear weapons. Pakistani nuclear weapons and the delivery system are not mated and are reportedly kept on the move to evade rogue elements. But the issue is the risk of penetration of the safety protocols by jihadists and their sympathisers within the system.
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CCOP APPROVES DISINVESTMENT OF 19.8PC GOP RESIDUAL SHARES IN UBL ISLAMABAD
LAhore: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a global leader in digital media and TV technology, conducted a ceremony to privilege its dealers with first-hand experience of its newly launched Ultra High Definition Curved TV. The event was held at the Expo Center, Lahore, where 450 dealers participated across the country. The ceremony showcased top of the line products produced by the company with the newly launched 1stCurved Ultra High Definition (UHD) television series, taking TV viewing to a whole new level. Samsung’s U9000 Curved UHD TV is the world’s first and largest Curved UHD TV. Mr. John Park, MD Samsung Pakistan attended the ceremony and addressed the gathering. Mr. John Park said, “The demand for our products is driven by the trust that dealers show in the Samsung brand. I am honored to address this wonderful pool of people. The dedication, commitment and sincerity for the company that dealers deliver, has made us the proud leaders of the industry. This is the first time, Samsung Pakistan has launched the Flag ship Curved UHD at the same time of global launch, giving Pakistan consumers the privilege to experience latest technology at same time. The ceremony will excite the dealers with amazing new experience of our products. I wish them the best of luck in achieving bigger goals.” The event involved audience to witness other new and exciting features produced by the company. Samsung always privileges its dealers and affiliated partners providing them premium product experience. Press releAse
SngPl team to train For Falak Sher Peak climbing LAhore: SNGPL mountaineering and climbing team is organising a training and climbing expedition on Falak Sher Peak (5,918 meter) in Swat Valley. Starting the expedition on 15th June (Sunday) from Lahore, the team will push for the summit and aims to become the First Pakistani Expedition to climb the summit. With 5,918 meters (19,416 ft), Falak Sher is considered as the highest peak of Swat district in the Hindu Kush Mountain Range that replicates the image of K2. SNGPL Team’s climbing strategy is based on Himalayan Style Expedition, with a full fledge Base Camp at the height of 4075 meters with Camp-I at 4800 meters and Camp-II at the height of 5300 meters. Team is planning a summit push directly from Camp-II with target to the last week of June. SNGPL Team has invited local youth to participate in Training Part of the expedition, which eventually will teach them environmental protection climbing ethics. Veteran mountaineer Col. (R) Doc. Abdul Jabbar Bhatti will lead the team that consists of the following members M Nasir Awan, Ahmed Mujtaba Ali, Sa’ad Mohamed, Asif Bhatti, Umar Siddiqui, Mehmood Rahseed, Shahbaz Mahmood, Shakeel Ahmed, Tanveer Sadiq and Gulfraz Baig. The expedition will contribute towards boosting local economy and revival of tourism to the valley. Press releAse
INANCE Minister Senator Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCOP) Thursday at the finance ministry to consider the offer for divestment of GOP residual shares in the UBL. The CCOP approved divestment of 19.8 percent of the GOP shares on Thursday. Book building for divestment of government shares concluded the other day. With the divestment of UBL shares, Pakistan has re-entered the world equity market after almost eight years. The meeting was informed that there was an unprecedented interest from both the domestic as well as foreign buyers and the UBL deal was oversubscribed by almost two times. More than 40 of the World's leading equity funds including Templeton, Wellington, Everest, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, Blackrock, etc participated in the UBL share transaction. The total demand received from the domestic investors was Rs 12.3 billion, which is one of the highest in terms of domestic demand in Pakistan's Capital Market history.
It was further informed that the transaction will raise equivalent of USD 387 million out of which 310 million will be foreign exchange component while the remaining amount is the rupee component. Some 90 percent of the proceeds will be used for debt retirement and 10 percent for poverty reduction. The CCoP was also informed that 31 PSEs were approved for fast-track privatisation by the previous government. The present government is following the same list. The UBL, PPL, OGDCL are the first to be privatized. The UBL deal is the first success story which will be followed by PPL and OGDCL soon. The Finance Minister on his own and on CCoP behalf appreciated the hard work done by the PC and complimented the Lead Managers and Book Runners for completing the deal in a professional manner. He said that with this successful deal the international and domestic investors’ confidence in the economic policies of the government will enhance. He added that while putting in place credible plans, due process should not be compromised. The meeting was also attended by Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Plan-
MNAS SUGGEST WITHDRAWAL OF TAX INCREASE, INTEREST-FREE LOANS ISLAMABAD APP
Members of the National Assembly Thursday proposed that increase in taxes should be withdrawn as it would swell inflation and that interest-free loans should be provided to the deserving persons. The House resumed discussion on federal budget 2014-15 in which the members urged the government to focus on social uplift of the masses. Taking part in the discussion, Azra Fazal Pechuho said circular debt had accumulated again despite all claims by the government. She criticised the government's decision to deduct power funds at source from the provinces instead of improving good governance in the Wadpa. She suggested increase in budget allocation for primary education, gender equity, health and judicious disbursement of allocated resources among provinces. Ayesha Gulalai said the GDP growth remained 4.4 percent contrary to the government's claim that it had been the highest during last year. She questioned as what steps were being taken to improve
the power transmission lines, textile sector and reduce corruption in public procurement. Perveen Masood Bhatti lauded government's initiatives for youth loans, skill development, fee reimbursement and increase in employees' medical allowance. She said the Punjab government had excelled in education sector by opening various education and vocational training institutes across the province even in far flung areas. She criticized the protest demonstrations by opposition parties and opined that such agitations would disrupt developmental and economic activities. Sahibzada Tariqullah claimed that proposed tax increase in the budget would swell inflation, tax on CNG to raise transport fares and tax on iron and cement would harm construction industry. He said 40 years have passed but the Lowari Tunnel project could not be completed and requested the government to allocate at least Rs4 billion for the project. He said the government's loan schemes should be made interest-free citing Quranic verses declaring interest as unlawful.
PUNJAB NAB RECOVERS RS 28.051B IN CORRUPTION CASES ISLAMABAD APP
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Punjab, has so far recovered Rs 28.051 billion through Voluntary Return (VR), Plea Bargain (PB), and other heads of recovery in corruption cases. Out of the said amount, Rs 1.483 billion has been recovered during the first five months of the ongoing year. NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry was apprised this during a meeting held at regional bureau's office on Thursday. The NAB chairman presided over a meeting regarding Annual inspection of the regional bureau which was attended by the senior officers from the NAB Headquarters and Regional Bureau, Punjab. The Punjab director general briefed the chairman about the cases being pursued by the regional bureau and progress of the region on different accounts. NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry directed that all complaint verifications inquiries and investigations must be completed within given timeline and court cases be pursued proactively to achieve maximum results. He also directed to conduct wing wise inspection to make a comparison of their efficiency and weaknesses. The chairman directed that complaints regarding corruption should be addressed objectively without compromising the quality. He directed that
scrutiny of the cases must be done with utmost care to filter out the malafide complaints as these not only waste a lot of time but also distort the image of the NAB. He said that NAB headquarters would carry out random checks of the cases at different stages including complaints, inquiries, investigations and prosecution. He directed that concept of the combined investigation team (CITs) must be strengthened and implemented in letter and spirit for early finalization of cases while ensuring quality of investigation and prosecution. The chairman also directed that uniformity in working of all the regional NABs must be ensured. It was noticed with concern that case diaries were not maintained meticulously. The chairman directed for strengthening the culture of maintaining case diaries. He directed that post closure activities should be ensured like intimation to all concerned and removal of the accused from Exit Control List (ECL) in case of acquittal. He directed that special focus should be given to Awareness and Prevention activities, to spread the massage against corruption. NGOs, Media and Corporate sector be involved in developing awareness and publicity material. He also directed that the cases like Double Shah should be made a Case Study and university students be involved in this research oriented activity to spread the message
against corruption. The Chairman NAB also held a detailed meeting with Prosecutors of NAB. He emphasized upon them the critical importance of vigorous Prosecution as no amount of hard work in preparation of a case will come to fruitation if it is not effectively presented and prosecuted in the Court of Law. He desired more effective linkage between Investigation and Prosecution to achieve satisfactory results. While briefing the Chairman, Director General NAB Punjab Husnain Ahmed apprised that NAB has completed 463 cases in last five months. NAB Punjab has established 14,271 Character Building Societies (CBSs) in the province. He further informed that the Regional NAB has processed 2355 complaints since January 2014. The increased number of complaints according to him is reflective of the confidence of the public in NAB. During this period 69 Inquiries were disposed off leaving the balance of 323 inquiries in progress, whereas 33 Investigations has been authorized in this period and currently 95 Investigations are in progress in the Regional Bureau. The DPGA Punjab apprised chairman that the regional bureau was actively pursuing the cases in different courts to get the cases decided with maximum conviction of the accused. He reiterated his resolve to meet the new prosecution related benchmarks set out by the organisation.
ning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastagir Khan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resource Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Textile Industry, Abbas Khan Afridi, Minister for ports and shipping, Kamran Michael and secretaries of various federal ministries.
Forex to cross $ 14 billion by end of June: Dar SAYS CCI IDENTIFIES 31 ENTITIES FOR PRIVATISATION ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday said that $ 310 million will be received during the next week as a result of transaction of 19.8 per cent shares of UBL. Speaking in the National Assembly, he said country's foreign exchange reserves stand at $13.52 billion out of which $ 8.60 billion are with the State Bank of Pakistan. He expressed the hope that foreign exchange reserves will cross 14 billion dollars till 30th of this month. The finance minister said 68 entities had been identified during the previous government out of which 31 were to be privatized in the first phase. He said now the Council of Common Interests has unanimously re-identified this list of 31 public institutions for privatisation. He said the only addition in this list is Lakhra Power Unit. INP
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Friday, 13 June, 2014
The silver lining: Study finds white bread boosts ‘good’ bacteria in the gut
e have been told to choose wholemeal bread instead of white to stay healthy. But now, new research suggests white bread might actually be a healthy option. A study found it significantly boosts the number of ‘good’ microbes in the stomach, warding off disease and leading to better health, reports Mail Online. The finding could mean the much-maligned white loaf regains some of its popularity after being banished to the back of the supermarket shelf. In a surprising twist in the white bread story, scientists found it encourages the growth ‘good’ gut bacteria. The Spanish study looked at the bacteria in people’s guts and what role they play in people’s health. This is important because it is known that when certain populations of bacteria drop, we become more prone to disease. One of the most effective ways to maintain a good balance of the microbes
is to eat well. The team, from the University of Oviedo, investigated the role of polyphenols, common in such items as spices, teas, fruits and vegetables and how they worked to help balance the microbes in people’s guts. They asked 38 healthy adults questions about their diets and worked out which bacteria were present in their stool samples. Their analysis revealed that pectin, a compound in citrus fruits, lowers the levels of some helpful bacteria, contrary to previous research. But, their most unusual finding was that white bread boosted Lactobacillus, a group of beneficial bacteria. To date, wholegrain foods have been linked to increased ‘good’ bacteria levels, because of their high fibre content. However, the latest study found consumption of often undervalued refined grains – such as in white bread and white rice – could also boost the level of healthgiving microbes. Study co-author Dr Sonia González said: ‘Although the limited sam-
ple size and high variability of individuals do not allow firm conclusions to be established, our study highlights the importance of considering diet as a whole, rather than isolated components. ‘The identification of an association between the intake of regular foods, such as oranges or white bread, and certain microbial groups emphasises the requirement of future research focused on diet rather than on isolated compounds.’ NEWS DESK
Genetically modified mosquitoes open up new front in war on malaria
Biologists announced recently that they have devised a new weapon against malaria by genetically engineering mosquitoes which produce mostly male offspring, eventually leading to a population wipe-out. The sex selection technique produces a generation of mosquitoes which is 95-percent male, as opposed to 50 percent in normal populations, they reported in the journal Nature Communications. So few females are left that the mosquito population eventually collapses, curbing the risk to humans from the malaria parasite that the blood-feeding females transmit. “Malaria is debilitating and often fatal and we need to find new ways of tackling it,” said study leader Andrea Crisanti, a professor at Imperial College London.
“We think our innovative approach is a huge step forward. For the very first time, we have been able to inhibit the production of female offspring in the laboratory, and this provides a new means to eliminate the disease.” Malaria kills more than 600,000 people each year, with young children in sub-Saharan Africa on the frontline, according to the UN’s World Health Organisation (WHO). The result of six years’ work, the method focuses on Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, the most dangerous transmitters of the malaria parasite. The scientists injected a stretch of enzyme DNA into the genetic code of male mosquito embryos. The modification essentially shreds the X chromosome during sperm production in adulthood.
As a result, almost no functioning sperm carried the X chromosome, which determines female offspring. Instead, most sperm carried the Y chromosome, which produces males. The modified mosquitoes were put to the test in five cages, each containing 50 genetically modified males and 50 normal, wild females. In four of the five cages, the entire population was wiped out within six generations because of the progressively greater shortage of females. Modified male mosquitoes produced only modified male heirs, which did the same until there were no females left. “The research is still in its early days, but I am really hopeful that this new approach could ultimately lead to a cheap and effective way to eliminate malaria from entire regions,” said Crisanti’s colleague, Roberto Galizi. Scientists are already experimenting in the wild with Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — which carry dengue fever — that have been modified to create offspring that do not reach adulthood. They survive for just a week, compared to a month for normal mosquitoes. Brazil and Malaysia have already released batches of these insects, and Panama in January said it would follow suit. The programmes have run into concerns from environmentalists, who point to unknown impacts of GM releases on biodiversity balance. NEWS DESK
Study links eating more protein to lowered stroke risk According to a new analysis of past studies, people with the most protein-heavy diets are about 20 percent less likely to have a stroke than those who eat the least protein. Since the analysis includes studies with different designs, there is a chance that something other than protein intake might explain the results, said co-author Dr Xinfeng Liu of Nanjing University School of Medicine in China. “Dietary protein intake tends to be associated with other nutrients that may prevent stroke, such as potassium, magnesium and dietary fibre,” so the findings should be interpreted with caution, Liu said. Still, the relationship between protein and stroke persisted when the researchers only looked at studies that took those factors into ac-
count, he noted. The new review includes seven studies, each of which followed a group of adults for at least 10 years. Participants either periodically filled out diet questionnaires or were asked to recall everything they had eaten over the past 24 hours in order to gauge their protein intake, and researchers recorded which of them had a stroke during the follow-up period. The studies included a combined total of about 255,000 people. Four of the studies took place in the U.S., two in Japan and one in Sweden. Most considered any type of stroke, but two focused on fatal strokes. Six of the studies found that as protein intake in-
creased, stroke risk decreased. But in three of those studies the relationship was weak enough that it could have been due to chance, according to findings published in Neurology. All together, the review authors found that people who ate the most protein were about 20 percent less likely to have a stroke than those who ate the least. An extra 20 grams of protein per day was linked to a 26 percent lower stroke risk. Most of the studies accounted for age, sex and diabetes history as factors in stroke risk. eating protein may help lower blood pressure, which in turn lowers stroke risk, the authors write. Still, there could be other explanations for the findings. “The results of this meta analysis should be interpreted carefully,” said Dr Arturo Tamayo, who studies stroke prevention at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He cowrote an editorial accompanying the analysis. Diet can influence stroke risk, but in many ways, not just through protein intake, he told the news agency. Genetic predisposition for increased cholesterol, age and other medical conditions like high blood pressure or heart disease can also influence risk, he said. AGENCIES
SUNSCREEN DOES NOT PREVENT SKIN CANCER: NEW STUDY Wearing sun cream is not a reliable way to prevent getting skin
cancer, scientists have warned. A groundbreaking study into
the way UV radiation attacks the skin has revealed that long-lasting damage is not stopped by sunscreen. While an SPF cream can stop sunburn and the short-term effects of sunbathing, it allows enough rays through to cause potentially fatal disease in the long term. Anyone who spends more than a short time in the sun should make sure they are covered up and should not rely on sunscreen alone, experts warned. Scientists at Manchester University and London’s Institute of Cancer Research carried out the world’s first molecular study into the way malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is caused. Their paper, published in the journal Nature, revealed that even highest grade SPF 50 suncream allows sufficient UV radiation through to damage the DNA in the skin’s pigment cells. Dr Julie Sharp, of Cancer Research UK, which funded the study, said: ‘People tend to think
they’re invincible once they’ve put it on and end up spending longer out in the sun, increasing their overall exposure to UV rays. ‘This research adds important evidence showing that sunscreen has a role, but that you shouldn’t just rely on this to protect your skin.’ The scientists found that sunscreen could not stop solar radiation causing a mutation in the skin’s ‘guardian gene’ which produces proteins that protect against UV. With the gene damaged, the skin is vulnerable to further damage from the sun and more likely to develop a tumour. Study author Richard Marais, of Manchester University, said: ‘UV light targets the very genes protecting us from its own damaging effects, showing how dangerous this cancer-causing agent is. ‘Very importantly, this study provides proof that sunscreen does not offer complete protection from the damaging effects of UV light.’
Professor Marais insisted people should continue to wear sunscreen, because while it does not provide complete protection, it can slow the cancer-causing effect of UV. But he said nobody should rely on sunscreen alone to protect them from skin cancer. He said: ‘This work highlights the importance of combining sunscreen with other strategies to protect our skin, including wearing hats and loose fitting clothing, and seeking shade when the sun is at its strongest.’ Professor Marais said the crucial finding is the impact of a ‘guardian gene’ called P53, which normally helps protect from the effects of damage caused by UV light. He said: ‘We found that sunscreen does work by limiting the immediate effect of UV on the skin - it stops sunburn. ‘But sunscreen does not protect the skin completely - enough UV light sneaks past to cause long term damage to the DNA.
‘The important thing is the impact on the P53 gene, which is the guardian of the genome. Usually when you go out into the sun P53 activates the release of protein which protects against UV. ‘But solar radiation knocks out the guardian, it targets the very thing that defends the skin, and sunscreen cannot protect against that.’ The cosmetics industry insisted it had never claimed sun cream could stop cancer. Dr Chris Flower, director general of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association, said: ‘As cosmetic producers we never talk about cancer in relation to the product - we cannot talk about protecting against or stopping disease. ‘We never recommend that sun care products should be used to stay out in the sun longer, only as part of ‘sun safe’ behaviour, which includes staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, and covering up, he adds. ONLINE
Friday, 13 June, 2014
Indian director of critically-acclaimed movie wished to shoot in Pakistan
ACK of resources and complications related to filming in Pakistan kept first-time Indian director Nitin Kakkar away from shooting his National Award winning saga Filmistaan which uses Bollywood to bind India and Pakistan. The movie, which released in India June 6, has been lauded critically and commercially. But Kakkar still wishes he had got a chance to shoot the movie in Pakistan too. There was always an effort to collaborate with Pakistan in "some way" on the film/. "We
Digital music reality show in Pakistan Pakistan Superstar ; the country’s first ever digital music reality show is a project of Walnut Studios (subsidiary of Walnut Media) and is supported by Universal Music Publishing Group. Individuals from all over Pakistan were encouraged to send their entries on the show’s website. The team of Pakistan Superstar received 3000 entries and top ten individuals were selected on the basis of ‘social’ voting. These top 10 contestants were from Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur. The whole concept of Pakistan Superstar was to move away from the typical episodic flow of the reality show and to start a show which will give the power to the audience and not the judges. Contestants would be judged solely on the basis of their talent and no other superficial factors. Throughout the show, voting lines were open and individuals were encouraged to extend their support to their favourite contestants by voting on Social platforms, Website & Mobile. With the support of platforms (Facebook & Soundcloud) - social was used as a voting mechanism to select the top 3 candidates. Pakistan Superstar has provided aspiring artists with all the support to showcase their talent and make it big in the music industry, an act that makes the show a game changer in all media platforms. STAFFREPORT
shot the whole film in 20 days. We didn't have anybody from Pakistan while shooting the film but (Pakistani singer) Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan has sung for the film. We are glad we worked with him because in some way we wanted to collaborate with Pakistan," Kakkar said. Khan crooned Bhugol and Bol for the Sharib Hashmi and Inaamulhaqstarrer, but had matters been in Kakkar's hands, he would've taken his crew and shot the movie across the border. "We would love to visit Pakistan; but
that's the reason for making the film. It's very difficult to visit Pakistan. I would have loved to shoot the film in Pakistan but you know how times are. It's not easy for a small film like ours. We couldn't afford to get stuck even for two days. We did our shooting in Bikaner (Rajasthan) and researched in Mumbai," said Kakkar. The going wasn't easy for the crew at all. It took the filmmaker about 10 months to make the movie and by 2012 it was ready to hit the screens, but he had no funds to release it. "We had
Celine Dion’s husband quits as her manager BY BANG SHOWBIZ Celine Dion's husband has stepped down as her manager. René Angélil - who underwent treatment on a second bout of
throat cancer in December - has handed over control of his wife's career to his long-time friend and frequent collaborator Aldo Giampaolo. Aldo will take over as CEo of
grumPy cat to star in holiDay movie Christmas' new grinch is Grumpy Cat. The Internet-famous feline is getting her own Lifetime movie, titled Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. Tim Hill (and Jeff Morris will pen the script, about a pet-store cat that is perpetually overlooked and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her. " It brings fun and irreverence that we haven't had at Lifetime," says vp original movies Arturo Interian, noting that his teenage daughters are fans of Grumpy and gave him the initial idea for the project. "We're so known for our heartfelt sentimentality that it will poke fun at those stereotypes." Lifetime is casting the voice of Grumpy for the live-action project, which will shoot this summer. The cable network said the movie, which Interian describes as "a little Home Alone and a little Die Hard," would also feature cameos from other famous Internet memes. BYHOLLYWOODREPORTER
Feeling Productions, Celine's management company, but René will stay with the firm as chairman of the board. René said in a statement: ''Considering our long-standing friendship, our mutual respect and our past collaborations, this was a logical step for all of us.'' Aldo added: ''I am extremely touched and honoured to be offered this new challenge, and I see it as a continuation of the close working relationship that René and I have enjoyed for the past 25 years.'' Aldo will leave his position president and CEo of Quebecor's QMI Entertainment & Sports to work with the 'Think Twice' singer and is delighted to have been given the ''challenge''. He said: ''Despite the exciting challenges I faced at Quebecor, working with one of the world's most popular and high-profile entertainers was a unique opportunity and a challenge I couldn't pass up.'' It was announced in March that 73-year-old René - who has grown-up children Patrick, JeanPierre and Anne-Marie from his previous marriages, and RenéCharles, 13, and twins Eddy and Nelson, three, with Celine - had taken a break from managing his 45-year-old spouse to focus on his recovery from cancer. A spokesperson said: ''During his recovery, Mr. Angelil has decided to take a short hiatus from his normal work schedule, and concentrate on rebuilding his strength through proper rest and nutrition.'' Celine - who has a residency in Las Vegas - issued a statement which added: ''I don't want René to stress out with work-related issues. I want him to focus on getting back to 100 percent. I've been doing my shows at the Colosseum and everything's under control.''
the money to make the film, not to release it. The cost of production is less but the cost of releasing is a lot more. We are nobodys, so it's difficult for a film like that...To make our film visible in the industry takes time," Kakkar said. The movie has won the best feature film in Hindi title at the 60th Indian National Film Awards 2012, the Silver Crow Pheasant Award for best debut film at the International Film Festival of Kerala and a special jury mention at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival. AGENCIES
Jennifer loPez back in the Dating game in a week
Jennifer Lopez is said to have found herself a new lover less than a week after her split from former boyfriend and dancer Casper Smart. Well, J.Lo's new man is apparently a dancer too. The pop singer and the Dancing With The Stars choreographer and instructor have reportedly been getting rather friendly recently. The 44 year-old 'Jenny From The Block' singer recently split from her 27 yearold lover amidst reports that Smart had been involved with two women. Luckily, Chmerkovskiy has been on hand for to comfort Jennifer in a friendship that could have blossomed into more. "It's really new," an insider said of the pair's relationship to the NY Daily News. Apparently, things began to sizzle between J.Lo and Maksim at last November's American Music Awards where the DWTS standout performed as a backing dancer and even twirled the singer above his head at one point in a nervewracking dance stunt. ONLINE
Pakistani Fashion successfully parades at the Kensington Palace in London
ASHIoN Parade today has earned the vibe and drive of a serious platform revolving around the business of fashion. The fashion show took place at the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Kensington Palace, at The orangery, shined bright amongst the fashion lovers enhanced by sizzling star power, fashionistas and an impressive designer lineup that focused on nothing but strong and streamlined fashion. Pakistani fashion was celebrated amongst international fashion editors, film directors and esteemed marketing heads of huge corporations. Fashion Parade’s objective was to further retail and give
Pakistani designers an international platform to showcase their creative abilities. The event was attended by many international names like Gurinder Chadda (film director of Bend it like Beckham fame), Zoheb Hassan, Sacha Stone, Ciro orsini, Abbas Hassan and fashion heads like Ahlya Fateh of Tata Naka and Hiro &Radhika Harjani of Aftershock. The prestigious event was also attended by CEo of Vitabiotics Mr Kartar Lilwani, famous 90’s singer Sonique Clark and from the print world CEo of Asiana Magazine Ashok Dhawan also attended the show. A little star power was also added to the event by Ali Zafar in attendance who was invited by
Marketing guru, Suhel Seth, to draw the raffle prizes at the event. The event was successful in pleasing international audiences of the 7 designer collections that were showcased at the event. The opening of the event was done by the famous Faiza Samee, one of the pioneers of the fashion world in Pakistan, who showcased a bohemian collection that featured floaty printed jackets and block print palazzos. Ayesha Farooq Hashwani showcased one of her strongest collections giving rise to a perfect fusion of eastern and western embellishments and cuts. Seher Tareen’s collection was a strong interpretation of Gustav Klimt’s
paintings. A relatively new designer with a very drong design philosophy, her collection was very well received at the event. The fashion powerhouse Aashni & Co. chose to present Anamika Khanna’s most recent collection. The deeply feminine and sophisticated collection comprised soft tones of grey and delicate lace juxtaposed with either black or pops of vibrant colours. The second half of the show was opened up by Zara Shahjahan’s famous lovebug collection. Her quirky prints and embellishments along with beautifully styled cuts came out to be a big hit at the London Fashion Parade. The collection was the right amount of
edgy yet minimalistic fusion in the prêt pieces. Naznin Tariq’s bold ethnic jewelry pieces paired up with Romero Bryant’s sleek and beautiful dresses became one of the most impactful collaborations at the ramp. The strong embellished jewelry showcased the true ethnic celebration of Pakistani culture on the very western Romero’s red carpet dresses. The finale came with Nomi Ansari’s collection “Gravity” that was an instant hit due to its elaborate fashion pieces and perfect styling. Minimalistic make up and edgy accessories made perfect style statements giving the event a very apt closing. Ambreen and her makeup team was incharge of the models makeup. STAFFREPORT
Friday, 13 June, 2014
Tamim confidenT of reTurn To form DHAkA
AMIM Iqbal cannot help but end almost every sentence of his the same way. "I believe strongly that sooner or later I will be back to my best," is the gist of what he is saying. By his fourth such mention in ten minutes, you can see just how convinced he is of breaking free of the poor run that has dogged him since the start of this year. The Bangladesh opener has now played 13 innings in 2014, averaging 12.53 and has not made more than 31 in any of them.His last fifty came in the second ODI against New Zealand last October. He was just as poor in the World T20 at home, scoring just 83 runs from seven innings; a fruitless run which eventually led to his place in the line-up being questioned at least once. Five years ago when he went through 25 inningswithout scoring a fifty, there were very few people who doubted Tamim's ability. A comeback was not anticipated as he kept giving good starts with the bat, enough to keep everyone satisfied. In his current run, however, he has had just three scores of 30 and above. In what turned out to be his highest innings in 2014 so far, Tamim was looking in control in the second Test
against Sri Lanka when part-time legspinner Kithuruwan Vithanage snuck one through his bat and pad after continuously drawing him out for expansive drives. The two other 30s were made with a neck injury against Sri Lanka and against Nepal, where he threw his wicket away. Tamim got out of his biggest rut with a Test century against West Indies, which flowed right up to his best year, 2010, when he produced tons against England both home and away. The innings in Lord's and Manchester in particular stand out. Tamim does not talk about such highs now, but said he is doing exactly the same thing he did during his last long dry spellto punch above his weight. "I used to bat a lot back then  and I am doing the same now. I mean, I am batting a lot," Tamim said. "If it was something that could be fixed off the field, I would have done it by now. But it has to be done inside the field. I am preparing myself in every way, and trying above my capability. I believe strongly that sooner or later I will be back to form." When asked if his place in the team being questioned riled him, Tamim was adamant that he would not let the criticism get the better of him. "I don't think I should answer this question," he said. "Those who are questioning my po-
sition, they can tell you whether questioning my position is right or wrong. People can say what they like, I don't get bothered. I have to accept it positively. I won't come out in the media and ask people why they are writing such and such." Tamim's first innings of the year was a mess. Sri Lanka strangled him for 40 minutes before he hooked Shaminda Eranga down at fine leg for just 6. In the second innings, he couldn't resist having a swipe at Rangana Herath late in the third day, and was caught after toeing the ball. He would be caught six more times afterwards, either slogging (twice), driving straight to mid-off (twice) or giving catches to deep point and slip. He had also been bowled four times- on one occasion even losing his off-stump to littleknown Tanwir Afzal of Hong Kong while trying to chop down to third-man- and was trapped lbw once. Tamim insisted that he had not made any big technical changes to his batting, hinting that his current slump had perhaps more to do with the fact that batsmen get lesser time to recover in T20s as opposed to ODIs. "I have not made any technical batting changes, and I have performed well with it. It is also not right to change everything just because I haven't scored in four to six games.
FIELDS RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL CRICKET SportS DESk Jodie Fields, the Australia captain, has announced her retirement from international cricket at the age of 29. Fields, who led her country to the 2013 Women's World Cup and the 2012 Women's World T20 titles, will finish her career having captained Australia in 58 international matches - equal second on the all-time list
with Karen Rolton, behind Belinda Clark on 113. Fields succeeded Rolton as captain in 2009 and in her first Test match in charge, she scored her maiden Test hundred, 139 against England. She will leave the game with 1162 runs at 28.34 and 76 wicketkeeping dismissals from her 67 one-day internationals, as well as 249 runs at 22.63 and 40 dismissals from her 37 T20 internationals.
KALLIS SIGNS UP WITH SYDNEY THUNDER SyDNEy Agencies
However, her career was interrupted by injury when she tore her hamstring off the bone while batting a domestic match in 2010. After a lengthy recovery period her hopes of returning for the World T20 in the West Indies that year were thwarted by another unfortunate injury, this time when she slipped on wet concrete, and she was unable to take part in Australia's successful campaign. "It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to represent my country," Fields said. "I feel that this is the right time for me to retire from international cricket. I've been really lucky and proud to be able to represent Australia for as long as I have and to have been a part of some amazing and successful teams. "There is nothing I loved more than pulling on my Australian jersey and running onto the field with my teammates. The friendships and memories will stay with me forever. No doubt the highlights of my international career were captaining the side to two World Cup wins within the space of six months and I particularly enjoyed the challenges of Test cricket. "Cricket has changed a lot since I first played for Australia. The women's game is bigger and better than it has ever been and I hope that more and more girls continue to take up the game. Fields made her international debut in February 2006, having first played for Queensland in the WNCL in November 2001, at the age of 17. She intends to play on for Queensland despite stepping down from international duties. "I'd like to congratulate Jodie on a successful international career and thank her for her immense contribution to women's cricket at all levels of the game," the Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards said. "Jodie has been a passionate and committed member of the Southern Stars for eight years, and as a dual World Cup winning captain, she sits in elite company in the history of Australian cricket. "Two of my highlights as CA chairman have been watching Jodie lead team to the 2013 Women's World Cup in India and 2012 World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Jodie's on-field achievements are a testament to her exemplary work ethic off the field and the Southern Stars' sustained success over the years, which have inspired many talented young females across the country to watch and play cricket."
Jacques Kallis has signed up with Sydney Thunder for the next two seasons of Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition, the Big Bash League. Kallis, who has been part of the two IPL titleswinning Kolkata Knight Riders side, said he was looking forward to playing in Australia. "I will be playing against a few guys who I have played against most of my career, guys like Huss [Michael Hussey], now I am looking forward to play with these guys," Kallis said. Kallis, who retired from Tests in December last year, has scored 3673 runs and taken 95 wickets in 143 T20 matches. He will join England's Eoin Morgan and Chris Woakes, and Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and Ajantha Mendis in the Thunder team, captained by Michael Clarke. "Signing a player of Jacques' quality and experience is phenomenal news for Thunder fans," Nick Cummins, the Sydney Thunder general manager, said. "He is one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played the game and apart from his experience and leadership, he is still a brilliant allrounder who will give the side a quality top-order batsman and versatile bowling option. "Just having a player of his stature around the group will be great for our young players and he will bring big match temperament and a winning attitude to our squad."
DHONI ONLY CRICKETER ON FORBES' HIGH-EARNERS' LIST NEW DELHI Agencies
MS Dhoni, the India captain, is the only cricketer on the list of 100 highest-paid athletes in the world. He is also, obvi-
ously, the only Indian on the list. At 22, he has fallen six places from the list released in 2013, although it is still better than his 31st rank in 2012. He still ended up making more money than the likes of Wayne Rooney, Usain Bolt and basketball player Dwayne Wade. Dhoni's total earnings, according to the magazine, have come down from US$31.5 million in 2013 to $30 million. The most striking part of Dhoni's presence in this list is the money he has made through endorsements. According to Forbes, $26 million of his earnings have come through endorsements. Only seven athletes have made more endorsement money in the period of July 2013 to May 2014. Roger Federer - with $52 million made through endorsements and only $4.5 million through salary and winnings - and Bolt - with $23 million in endorsements and $300,000 in winnings - lead those with a stark endorsement-to-earnings ratio. Stunningly, boxer Floyd Mayweather earned the most in the qualifying period $105 million - without any endorsements. He has risen from No. 14 to No. 1 this year. Footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi follow Mayweather at the top, sandwiching basketball player LeBron James at No. 3. Tiger Woods has gone down from No. 1 to 6, and Federer from 2 to 7.
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diego cosTa, The brazilian sTriker Who's playing for spain, is The mosT haTed man aT The World cup SportS DESk
IEGO Costa can't win. Before he decided which national team he'd play for at the World Cup, the 25-year-old Brazilianborn Spanish striker was the target of nationalistic taunts from fans. "Diego Costa is not Spanish!" Real Madrid supporters chanted during a game in September. After he decided to play for Spain, an outraged Brazilian football federation went a step further than those Madrid fans. They declared that Costa should be stripped of his Brazilian citizenship. At World Cup training in Brazil, fans taunted Costa with taunts of, "Traitor! Traitor!" Costa became the most soughtafter center forward in the world on both the club and international level this season. He scored 36 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid, leading them to the Champions League final and a deep La Liga title run. With the eligibility to play for both Spain and Brazil, he found himself in the middle of a tense tug-of-war between the two best teams in the world. COSTA MAKING HIS SPAIN DEBUT: He played in two friendlies for Brazil in March of 2013, but never appeared in an official FIFA game that would have tied him to the team for life. In July — at the same time Brazil was playing Confederation Cup games without him — Costa got
afghanisTan appoinT moles as baTTing coach SportS DESk Andy Moles, the former New Zealand coach, will take over as Afghanistan's batting coach, in preparation for the 2015 World Cup. Moles, the former Warwickshire and Griqualand West opening batsman, has also held coaching positions with Kenya and Scotland in the past. He lasted less than a year in the New Zealand job,resigning in October 2009. "We are pleased to have the services of Andy Moles in our batting preparations for the World Cup," Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, said. "He has broad experience in international cricket both as a player and a coach and he will bring the benefits of this experience to our national players." According to an ACB media release, Moles will arrive in Kabul later this week to begin his work with the team.
a Spanish passport after living there for five years while playing professionally. A few months later, amid a hot start to the season in La Liga, Spain began recruiting him to make a dramatic national team switch on the eve of the World Cup. In an interview in March, Costa admitted that Spain wasn't even on his radar at this time last year: "I never imagined it. When I heard there was interest from Spain I began to imagine things, to think: ‘Why not?’" He made his decision official in October, infuriating Brazil in the process, and stepped onto the field in a Spanish shirt for the first time in a March 2014 friendly — almost exactly a year after doing the same thing for Brazil. Brazil's federation said he should be stripped of his citizenship and accused him of making the switch for money. Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari released a strongly worded statement saying, basically, that Brazil wouldn't want a traitor like him anyway: "A Brazilian player who refuses to wear the shirt of the Brazilian national team and compete in a World Cup in your country is automatically withdrawn. He is turning his back on a dream of millions, to represent our national team, the five-time champions in a World Cup in Brazil." We see dual citizens change allegiances all the time. But Costa's case is special. He's one of the best players in the world, both teams have holes at his position, and he switched in a World Cup year. Brazil has a strong back line and a bevy of creative mid-
field players. Their lone weakness is the lack of a focal point at striker — something Costa would have been perfect for. Spain, on the other hand, may have found a solution to their striker problems in Costa. While they've been the most dominant team in the world in the last six years, they've done it without a consistent presence up top. During the 2012 Euros, they even deployed a false 9 — a striker-less formation. COSTA IS jUST wHAT SPAIN NEEDS: Still, though, there's the impression that he hasn't been fully embraced by Spanish fans. He's the type of player you love when he's on your team but hate when he's on the other team . Spanish soccer writer Side Lowe summed up his game nicely in an article last year: "Costa is a tough, aggressive player. One of the words that is often used to describe him is 'jailhouse.' He winds people up and gets wound up back; as one newspaper put it, he has 'arms like a Swiss Army Knife.' He never pulls out of a tackle, he bullies defenders and he doesn't mind pulling a dirty trick or two. He is good at what in Spain is sometimes called 'the other football.' Costa came into this season having already picked up 35 yellow cards in his career — only five players in the league have committed more fouls than him this season." He gets yellow cards. He mixes it up with opponents. He snubs Brazil and offers a somewhat flip "Why not?" as an explanation. He might also shift the tide of the World Cup.
GAMBLER GULBIS OUT OF LUCK AGAIN LoNDoN AFP
Ernests Gulbis will be hoping for a quick change of luck after the world number 10 suffered big losses at the blackjack table and an early exit from Queen's Club within the space of a few days. Gulbis reached the French Open semi-finals last week before bowing out against Novak Djokovic and he returned home to Latvia to celebrate the achievement. But the flamboyant 25-year-old's good fortune
turned sour in the casino as he took substantial losses while playing blackjack with some friends. To make matters worse, Gulbis's hopes of a strong pre-Wimbledon performance at Queen's Club were shattered as he slumped to a surprise 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 second round defeat against world number 66 Kenny De Schepper of France. Widely regarded as one of the more colourful and out-spoken characters on the men's tour, Gulbis has a reputation for partying as hard as he plays, and asked if he celebrated his run at Roland Garros he said: "First of all I smoked a cigar with my friends. "Then we had a special room where we played blackjack. "I like blackjack but I lost. I lost a lot. "My friends had a couple of drinks, unfortunately I didn't. "I would love to but if I have a tiny sip, it's dangerous. "But it was great to be in the company of friends to celebrate." Gulbis, who knocked out 17-time major winner Roger Federer in the fourth round in Paris, had earlier joked that his gambling losses had cost him the 412,500 euros ($558,479) he earned from making the French Open semi-finals. But asked if that was actually the case he added: "Not really, no. That would be tough!" It should be noted that Gulbis is the son of one of Latvia's richest men and used to travel to tournaments by Lear jet, so his gambling misfortune is unlikely to leave him penniless.
5 THINGS TO WATCH IN GAME 4 OF THE NBA FINALS MIAMI AP
Tim Duncan is 38, Manu Ginobili is 36, Tony Parker is the youngster in San Antonio's star trio at 32. Though it's still their team, soon it will belong to Kawhi Leonard, who was 6 when Duncan played his first game with San Antonio and won't turn 23 until later this month. Leonard already has the quintessential San Antonio qualities down pat: Show up, work hard, play hard, win often, don't say much, call it a day. His star shone brightest in Game 3 of the finals against theMiami Heat on Tuesday with a 29-point breakout. And after that win, the Spurs will try to take a 3-1 series lead when the matchup resumes Thursday in Miami. "I don't think you're ever going to get him to sit down and expound on a whole lot of things," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He just wants to do his job. He wants to be a great player and go home. That's basically who he is." It's still hard to believe Leonard wasn't ex-
actly burdened by huge expectations when joining the Spurs. "I just knew I wasn't going to get the ball right away or just be a focal point with these great players on the team," Leonard said. "But now I just try to play my game and go out there and be aggressive." He'll be a focal point of the Miami defensive plan on Thursday. And here's five other things to know going into Game 4 of the NBA Finals:
MUST wIN FOR MIAMI: Miami's season cannot end Thursday. But if the Heat lose Game 4, the Spurs can safely go ahead and order that fifth championship banner. Only eight teams in NBA history have successfully rallied from 3-1 deficits, and none of those eight did it during the finals. IMPROVING SPURS? Not many teams could open a game 19 for 21 from the field, beat a two-time defending NBA
champion by 19 points on the road in a finals matchup, then say they have to do better — and mean it. Such is life with the Spurs. Manu Ginobili said the Spurs saw "many mistakes" on the tape of Game 3. "The thing is that we masked it with making so many shots. ... So the mistakes you made kind of faded away," Ginobili said. THE HEAT STREAK: For whatever reason, losses bring out the best in the Heat at playoff time. Miami has won its last 13 games immediately following a defeat in the postseason, the most recent of those victories coming in Game 2 of this series. Those 13 wins have come by an average of 14.4 points, and six of them have been absolute blowouts of 18 points or more. SCORING SPURS: When San Antonio won its first NBA title, the Spurs had exactly two games of 100 points or more in that postseason run. They have 14 already in these playoffs, going 12-2 in those games. When not scoring at least 100 so far in this postseason, the Spurs are a mere 2-5.
FLORIDA WR COACH JOKER PHILLIPS RESIGNS, FORMER UF QB CHRIS LEAK TO REPLACE HIM
SportS DESk Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, a former head coach at Kentucky, resigned Wedneday and will be replaced by former Florida QB Chris Leak. "I'm thankful for the opportunity that the University of Florida and Will Muschamp provided to me and my family, but at this time I have decided to step down from my position on the UF coaching staff for personal reasons," Phillips said in a university statement. Phillips joined Florida after the 2012 season. He was the head coach at Kentucky from 2010-2012, compiling a 13-24 record overall and a 4-20 record in the SEC. In his final season at Kentucky he was 2-10 and 0-8 in the SEC. In November of 2012, Kentucky announced Phillips wouldn't return to the school but he coached the rest of the season. Before he was Kentucky's head coach he was the Wildcats' offensive coordinator for four years. "I appreciate Joker's contributions to our program and wish him and his wife, Leslie, nothing but the best in the future," Muschamp said. Leak was the starting quarterback for Florida when the Gators won the 2007 BCS Championship Game over Ohio State. He started games in all four of his seasons at Florida and in the national title season took the majority of snaps over Tim Tebow, who was a freshman. He returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant for the 2013 season."Chris is a bright young coach," Muschamp said. "He is one of the alltime Gator greats and being at Florida is very important to him. He has been working with Coach Roper and our offensive staff and is very familiar with our players and new system.”
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