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ConviCted SharifS returning to faCe jail term LAHORE




s Begum Kulsoom Nawaz regained “consciousness” on Thursday and deposed prime minister Nawaz sharif confirmed his homecoming on Friday, the stage is set for a tense showdown between the Punjab caretaker government and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) zealots amid a police crackdown on party workers in Lahore and its surrounding areas. “I am leaving behind my ailing wife to come back for the sake of the country,” said Nawaz, adding that Kulsoom had briefly opened her eyes but “she did not recognize me”. “But I’m returning to Pakistan leaving my sick wife behind,” he vowed. In separate statements, Nawaz’s children Maryam and Hussain said that their mother had opened her eyes for a few seconds exactly one month after losing consciousness and being placed on a ventilator. speaking to media persons outside London's Harley street Clinic, Hussain said that his mother opened her eyes for a few seconds only to close them again; however, she is in a better state now and doctors have adjusted the settings on the ventilator. In a tweet, the former first daughter said "[First] time in 30 days, Ami opened eyes for a few seconds. Don’t know if she saw or registered us. [she is] still not conscious and on ventilator. Prayers solicited." In a video message in support of her son and granddaughter ahead of their expected return, Nawaz’s mother shamim Begum said “the leader who made Pakistan prosperous is returning to the homeland”. “My children have been wrongly convicted; I won’t let them go to jail; however, if they are sent to prison, I will go with them,” she said. CARETAKERS CRASH WELCOME PARTY: Meanwhile in Pakistan, things don’t look good for the beleaguered PML-N.




loNDoN: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz see off their relatives before leaving for the Heathrow Airport to return to Pakistan. Former premier and his daughter are expected to land at Lahore airport in the evening.

SC stops FIA from questioning Zardari, Faryal till polls

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NAB KP summons Imran Khan in helicopter misuse case



CJP orders LHC to fix case against ex-army chief Gen Kayani for hearing

Four-nation alliance decides to counter growing IS footprint in Afghanistan STORY ON PAGE 05




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HE Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday barred the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from summoning Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister, Faryal Talpur, in the Rs35 billion money-laundering probe involving fake bank accounts. Stringent security measures were in place at the apex court due to Zardari’s expected appearance. However, as the hearing went underway, it became clear Zardari will not be appearing in the court.

Earlier, senior PPP leader and Zardari’s counsel Farooq Naek arrived at the SC and told the media that Zardari’s appearance in court will depend on the nature of the proceedings. Zardari’s close friend and former Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE) chairman Hussain Lawai was also present in the SC. During the proceedings, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that the defence counsels should have approached the bench if they had reservations about the top court’s orders. The top judge was referring to a press conference of the PPP senior leadership wherein the party leaders had decried the money laundering investigation as political, saying the case was three years old. “Zardari was neither summoned in person today nor was the brothersister duo placed on the Exit Control List (ECL),” the CJP clarified during the proceedings. The two-member bench observed that since Zardari is just a suspect, how could he be

placed on the ECL? Chief Justice Nisar remarked that it will direct the FIA not to display bias against anyone during the investigation. The hearing was later adjourned until August 6. ‘ZARDARI HAS NO ASSOCIATION WITH ZARDARI PVT LTD’: Addressing the media outside the court, Zardari’s counsel Naek said that the top court observed that it does not want the election transparency affected. He further claimed that conspiracies are being hatched to bring a bad name to the PPP. “The PPP co-chairman has no association with Zardari Pvt Ltd — which is being probed by the FIA in the scam,” Naek clarified. Furthermore, Naek said he apprised the court of their reservations against FIA’s joint investigation team head Najam Mirza, adding that the chief justice has assured them that he will keep these issues in mind. Answering a question, Naek blamed the media for “creating a hype” about the ECL issue. He, how-

ever, admitted that there was confusion in the earlier order of the court regarding the placement of names on the ECL. On July 9, the SC had reportedly summoned Zardari, his sister Faryal Talpur and others in a case relating to the money laundering scam on July 12. On Tuesday, Zardari and Talpur were also summoned by the FIA in connection with a probe into the 29 fake accounts allegedly used to channel illegal funds and the siblings were directed to appear at an FIA office in Karachi to record their statements. However, they sent their lawyers instead. The FIA had submitted its report on the scam in the Supreme Court on June 8 after it ordered to place on the Exit Control List (ECL) names of all fake accountholders, people in the Sindh government who transferred funds from these accounts, the contractors and all the suspected beneficiaries. Meanwhile, a judicial magistrate in Karachi extended until 14 July the physical remand of Lawai and Raza.

LAHORE: Containers have been placed at various places in Lahore to bar Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supporters from welcoming former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz who will be landing at Lahore airport in the evening. ONLINE

NEWS DESK The much controversial book of Reham Khan, after already making ripples in the rank and file of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has finally come out with a bang. Though there has been no response from PTI chief Imran Khan — whose life the book explicitly explores — it is yet to be seen if the expose will able to build enough momentum to affect PTI and Imran’s political career. While many see a hidden agenda behind the publishing of the book, and that too just ahead of the elections, Reham sticks to the claims made in the book, that not only slings mud on Imran, but many others, including media persons, politicians and the Pakistani elite social circles. Announcing the release of the her book, Reham tweeted, “It’s out! Available in paperback in the UK and select territories. Available worldwide in Ebook format.” The book contains account of various PTI leaders besides Imran, including Jahangir Khan Tareen, Naeemul Haq and Aleem Khan. IMRAN’S ‘OTHER’ CHILDREN: The book claims that while Reham was married to Imran, he told her that he had had several children out of wedlock - “There are five in total that I know of.... some are Indians,” the book quotes Imran as saying.

Filth and the fury! ‘SLEAZE ON THE RIGHT, SLEAZE ON THE LEFT’: “At another social gathering, suddenly, I felt a hand touch my knee. I felt a cold shiver of disgust and turned to give the owner of the offending hand (Naeemul Haq) a glare that promised to cut it straight off. The prowling, sleazy figure of the chief of staff to the PTI chairman was relentless in his chase. I saw him approaching us from the corner of my eye and backed away until I hit the glass cabinet behind me. I muttered something to Shehryar Taseer along the lines of, “Save me from this sleaze-ball,” Reham describes an odd encounter with the PTI leader. JAHANGIR KHAN TAREEN AND ALEEM KHAN: Reham also mentions how Jahangir Khan Tareen and Aleem Khan’s fortunes improved. “On the first visit of Mrs Musharraf to Jahangir Khan Tareen’s house, she had appreciated the decor wholeheartedly. On their departure, Mrs Tareen had branded the then first lady an upstart. Meanwhile, established elites describe Tareen as an opportunist who from his humble beginnings as the son of a police officer had climbed right to the top. His rapid rise

from middle-class teacher to Imran’s personal cash machine was ridiculed by many. Tareen’s business grew phenomenally during the Musharraf years, which was unsurprising given his position as Federal Minister for Industries and Production. During this period, he was given water reservoir projects and mining contracts from which he made a lot of money, and several bank loans were written off as well. In 2011, he along with other PML-Q politicians jumped onto the PTI bandwagon after IK’s overnight success in October 2011. Tareen made sure he paid more tax than anyone else and his paper trail was perfect, but the extent of his white-collar manipulation was extraordinary,” she writes about Tareen. Similarly, another excerpt states the rags to riches story of Aleem Khan. According to the excerpt, Aleem, in his own words went from washing dishes in Canada with his future brother-in-law, Faraz, to being one of the biggest land developers in Pakistan. Aleem’s success was even more miraculous than Tareen, as he had no inherited lands of a spouse to nudge him forward. In fact, he some-


PPP rubbishes memo claiming it has planned attack on Zulfiqar Mirza LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Thursday rubbished a memo – circulating on social media and released by Sindh caretaker government – that accused of party of planning an attack on former party member Zulfiqar Mirza, Dr Fehmida Mirza and other Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) members in Badin. “It is a pre-planned conspiracy by the GDA and Mr Zulfiqar Mirza,” the Senator Taj Haider said, terming the accusations of planning law and order situation or target killing of the GDA leaders as false. The PPP said defaming political opponents and levelling unfounded allegations are gross violations of the code of conduct, asking the ECP to monitor all public meetings and rallies before and on the election day. A notification dated July 4, 2018, released by the caretaker Sindh government was circulated over social media. According to details of the memo, the Hyderabad commissioner had reported a threat that “PPP leadership has planned to create law and order situation” before the elections. The memo claimed that attacks and target killings of the GDA leaders were planned by the PPP through their associate and ‘notorious criminal’ Ameer Bux Umrani. The commissioner also issued a high alert and strict security measures in the notification. STAFF REPORT

PTA directed to block websites, pages containing blasphemous material ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to immediately block all the websites and pages containing blasphemous material against Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). The directives were issued by the Senate chairman here on Thursday while admitting an adjournment motion moved by Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif regarding the continuous display of abusive and blasphemous material against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on the internet. Senator Muhammad Ali Saif said that although on the directions of Islamabad High Court the PTA had blocked most of such websites and pages, however on social media, there were many pages where such abusive discussion was going unnoticed by the authorities concerned. He asked the upper house to direct the authorities concerned to take notice of such abuses and take immediate action against the people involved in disseminating the abusive material on the internet. Meanwhile, the senate deferred an adjournment motion regarding the recent increase in prices of petroleum products by the caretaker government which will further burden the poor masses, due to non-availability of the movers, Senators Sirajul Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed. During the course of proceedings, the senate also laid a report of Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on the bill to repeal the West Pakistan Juvenile Smoking Ordinance, 1959, to the extent of Islamabad Capital Territory (The West Pakistan Juvenile Smoking (Repeal) Bill, 2018. On behalf of Senator Mohsin Aziz, Senator Behramand Tangi presented another report of Standing Committee on Petroleum on a point of public importance raised by Senator Imamuddin Shouqeen on May 15, 2018, regarding non-installation of RO Plants by the E&P companies operation in District Sanghar, which was laid by the senate. APP

how went from a 25-year-old late-stage cancer sufferer to a billionaire in less than a decade. In his constituency of NA-122, no secret was made about the campaign budget. A modest estimate suggested at least Rs1 billion. THE POSSE OF ‘JKT GIRLS’: “A group of women in PTI prefer to call themselves ‘the JKT girls’. This group of women in their late 30s worked voluntarily and simultaneously with all three toptier leaders: Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and Tareen. I was used to their breathless gushing about these three older men and chose to tolerate it,” reads an excerpt about women working for PTI. THE MAN WHO THOUGHT HE WAS STILL KING: Regarding former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf, she writes, “At a party, Musharraf would grab the mic and break into his favourite songs. His bald bouncer, Jimmy Chaudhry, stayed close to him and made sure no one photographed or recorded the intoxicated general singing away with the professional musicians, entertaining everyone. It was the maestro Hamid Ali Khan and his son who had been called in to sing that evening for the man who still thought he was king. It was a small drawing room, but the mehfil (intimate concert) atmosphere was maintained by the owners of local TV channels flinging £20 and £50

notes at the performers. My friend nudged me and pointed to the heavily made-up ‘peshkash’ (production) introduced to the president. One of these voluptuous sariclad women had apparently been flown in from America. I did not know who to feel sorry for: the young ladies paraded in front of this powerful man.” FUNDED ELECTIONS: The book mentions a meeting between Reham Khan and Mrs Arif Naqvi at her residence in Emirates Hill, Dubai. The two women exchanged their views on issues like Taliban and security challenges in the KP. When Reham returned to their hotel, Imran asked her how the meeting went. “Baby, they are very important. Arif Naqvi funded 66 per cent of my campaign in 2013 himself,” the PTI chief revealed, according to his former wife. Arif Masood Naqvi, the founder and group chief executive of The Abraaj Group, is a renowned Pakistani businessman. His firm works as a private equity investor operating in Africa, Asia, Turkey, Latin America, Middle East, and Central Asia. Meanwhile, PTI spokesperson, responding to the book’s release, has said, “We will ignore the book.” On the other hand, Reham Khan has announced that she is ready to, and most definitely will, prove the authenticity of her book in the court of law.

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HE Supreme Court on Thursday directed the interior secretary to take steps to bring back former finance minister Ishaq Dar to the country on an urgent basis. “Is Dar present today?” Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar asked the interior secretary as he headed a threejudge bench of the apex court. The bench was hearing a suo motu case related to former Pakistan Television (PTV) chairman Attaullah Haq Qasmi’s appointment as managing director (MD) as well as the amount of salary and perks he received both as chairman and MD of the state-run corporation. When informed about Dar’s failure to appear once again, despite being given a last chance to be present in person within three days during the last hearing on Monday, the chief justice ordered the interior secretary to bring back the finance minister and also directed concerned authorities to assist him. “If any authority refuses to assist the interior secretary, we will conduct an inquiry against it,” Justice Nisar remarked. Further, the chief justice asked the interior secretary to share how Dar can be brought

SC orderS governMenT To enSure IShAq dAr’S reTurn To PAKISTAn COURT RESERVES JUDGMENT IN FORMER PTV CHAIRMAN’S APPOINTMENT CASE back to the country. “What steps can be taken if someone does not appear despite being summoned by the court?” he asked. “An accountability court has already declared Dar an absconder,” Justice Nisar upheld. In response, the interior secretary informed the bench, “A passport can be revoked through several ways.” “The passport is cancelled after issuing a show cause notice,” the interior secretary explained and added that former president Pervez Musharraf’s passport and national identity card (NIC) have been cancelled. To this, the chief justice remarked, “If we cancel the passport then he will have the excuse that he cannot travel back.”


Justice Ijazul Ahsan, however, asked, “Can Interpol be asked to bring him back?” “There has to be a mechanism to bring back people to the country,” Justice Ahsan added. Further, the chief justice asserted, “There need to be laws to bring back suspects.” He continued, “Three months ago, a NAB court declared Dar absconder but what did the government do?” “Then prime minister is meeting Dar — is this rule of law?” Justice Nisar asked. “Can red warrants be issued against Dar?” he further questioned. Additionally, former finance secretary Dr Waqar Masood, who had been summoned earlier, appeared before the

court. “I have recorded my statements,” Dr Masood told the bench while adding that he expressed reservations at Qasmi’s Rs1.5 million monthly salary. “The summary was sent to the Finance Ministry who forwarded it to the Prime Minister Secretariat,” he added. Further, the former finance secretary said, “I have nothing to do with the approved Rs270 million salary package.” “The package is for a total Rs54 million and not Rs270 million. Various perks may have been included in it which took it up to Rs270 million,” he added. However, the chief justice said, “Former premier’s principal secretary Fawad


london police arrest Maryam nawaz’s son Junaid Safdar The United Kingdom (UK) police on Thursday arrested Maryam Nawaz’s son Junaid Safdar in London over his involvement in the clashes outside the Avenfield flats, media reports said. Maryam condemned the arrest on Twitter and wrote, “PTI workers stationed outside London flat shouted ‘son of a bitch’ every time they saw Junaid. Anyone would have reacted.” According to the police, Junaid and his friend have been detained for punching a protester outside the Avenfield flats in London. In his defence, Junaid said that protesters had spat on him and tried to attack him outside their apartment. Last Friday, after the accountability court convicted deposed premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam in Avenfield reference, protestors belonging to the PTI had staged protests outside their London properties. The matter went out of hand when a few enraged demonstrators tried to enter the residence by knocking down the door. The police were called on the sight to disperse the protestors while a number of PTI and PML-N supporters were taken into custody over their clashes. NEWS DESK

Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday reached Peshawar separately to attend a high-level security meeting and condole the martyrdom of Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour. Both the premier and COAS, accompanied by Interim Interior Minister Azam Khan, met with KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and discussed issues pertaining to the province’s law and order situation. Earlier, they visited the martyred candidate’s family and extended their condolences. While talking to the engraved family, COAS said, “Bilour family has stood firm in war against terrorism with great sacrifices during national effort. We have come a long way in our challenging journey to peace and destination isn’t far Inshallah.” He added that the Pakistani nation stands

united against all proponents of hate and mayhem regardless of hue and colour. Bilour had died on late Tuesday night in the suicide attack at a corner meeting of the ANP. The suicide attack carried out by the banned Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the Yakatoot area of the city had also claimed the lives of 22 others. BILOUR’S WIFE TO CONTEST POLLS: Wife of Haroon Bilour will contest elections from PK-78 constituency. Talking to journalists, Danyal Bilour, son of slain Haroon Bilour, said his mother will now contest elections from PK 78 constituency (former PK-3 constituency). “I and my mother will continue the mission for which my father, Haroon Bilour and grandfather, Bashir Bilour who sacrificed their lives,” he said. In response to a question, Danyal Bilour said terrorists cannot succeed in browbeating their family from participating in the political process. “The vests of suicide bombers will end, but our chests not,” Danyal remarked and hastened to add that “we will continue to take part in democratic process of the country.” Haroon Bilour’s wife is daughter of former Sindh minister Irfanullah Marwat, and grand daughter of former President of Pakistan late Ghulam Ishaq Khan.

Convicted Sharifs return to face jail term CoNtINuED froM pAgE 01 The welcome announced by new party president and Nawaz’s younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif did not go down well with the ‘powers that be’ and “hundreds of party workers were reportedly taken into custody from Lahore and some other cities till Thursday night” under the MPO [Maintenance of Public Order] law. Besides arrests, the Lahore administration has also seized several containers and placed them on the main arteries of the city to discourage the PML-N workers from reaching the airport where Nawaz and Maryam would likely land at around 5.15pm in the evening, a week after their conviction. Nawaz and Maryam, convicted by an anti-graft court in Islamabad on July 6, were sentenced to 10 and seven years, respectively, in the Avenfield reference. The National Accountability Bu-


reau (NAB) has already announced that the father-daughter duo will be arrested as soon as their aircraft lands in Lahore and will be sent to Islamabad on a helicopter. NAB has acquired two helicopters—one at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport and the other at the New Islamabad International Airport to transport the two convicts. SHEHBAZ FUMES AS WORKERS GET ARRESTED: Shehbaz Sharif and other senior leaders of the PML-N were visibly angry over the police crackdown on their party workers during a press conference held in Lahore on Thursday afternoon. Warning the interim Punjab chief minister, Dr Hasan Askari “not to cross the lines”, Shehbaz vowed “to go to the airport to welcome our leader, come what may”. “Sharifs will come back on Friday,” he said as he brushed aside the

rumours of their flight cancellation. “Everyone is involved in this blatant rigging from the caretaker Punjab chief minister to the caretaker interior minister and police officials,” the PMLN president asserted, as he warned the officials concerned of “fair judgement” if the PML-N is voted to power again. Late on Wednesday night, police stormed workers’ homes and took them into custody for 30 days to thwart the PML-N’s ‘welcome’ procession. PML-N leaders claimed that around 300 workers were arrested from Rawalpindi on Tuesday, while several hundred others had been picked up from Lahore and other cities. “No logic can defend the 30-day detention of our workers,” Shehbaz upheld. Urging the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of the emerging situation, the PML-N president said, “By the time our workers are released polls will be over.”

Lamenting that the party is not being allowed to campaign and is “being pushed against the wall”, Shehbaz said, “No one complain to me later if we are not given a level playing field.” “Section 144 has been imposed for us while Imran Khan has been permitted to hold a rally in Defence Housing Authority,” he said, adding, “You can do all the rigging you want, we will still win the July 25 polls.” Once again, appealing that the ‘injustice’ and arrests of workers be stopped, Shehbaz urged the caretaker government setup, “Please pause, reflect and change the course.” “The caretaker setup is a salaried puppet,” he said. Further, the PML-N president said the verdict in the Avenfield reference was ‘unjust’. “Judge’s verdict stated that there was no proof of corruption against Nawaz,” he said while adding that he was sentenced based on presumptions.


Hasan Fawad had said the PM Secretariat had nothing to do with the matter.” “Further investigation is needed in this case,” Justice Nisar observed. The attorney general said, “If the amount is returned then the case should not be referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).” “This is why we had summoned Qasmi,” the chief justice said in response. The bench then summoned a copy of the summary which was forwarded to the PM Secretariat and Finance Ministry. “We will have to do something to end corruption,” he remarked. The bench then reserved the judgment and adjourned the case till July 14.

Apex court bars private medical colleges from advertising admissions LAHORE: The private medical colleges on Thursday have been ordered by the Supreme Court to not advertise admissions until further notice. The decision came from Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar while hearing a suo motu case on exorbitant fees charged by medical colleges, at the apex court’s Lahore registry. The Federal Investigation Agency informed the court that Rs745 million was recovered and returned to students. The court was further requested by the FIA officials to ‘issue directives to the University of Health Sciences to constitute a centralised admissions policy’. The CJP remarked that the court wants quality doctors emerging from the country. He lamented that medical colleges have been extracting as much as Rs3.4 million from students in fees. Earlier in March, the Supreme Court had ordered all medical colleges across the country to return collected fees in excess of Rs850, 000 to students within 15 days. Moreover, they were told that strict actions would be taken against the medical colleges not complying with the court’s orders. The chief justice will resume hearing of all cases from July 30. STAFF REPORT

ATC judge rules rao Anwar was absent from naqeebullah’s murder site Former Malir senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rao Anwar was not present at the site during the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud and three others in an allegedly ‘staged’ encounter, according to an antiterrorism court’s (ATC) ruling. The ATC judge stated in the bail order, “I have come to the conclusion that accused Rao Anwar was not present at the scene of the crime and his case has become one of further inquiry. Anwar was temporarily detained in Multan Lines in Malir cantonment until his lawyers submitted a surety bond worth Rs1 million. The former SSP’s bail plea in another case is still pending and fixed for hearing on July 16. Judging from the call data record (CDR), the judge ruled that the former SSP was not present at the site of the incident when the allegedly ‘staged’ encounter occurred. Moreover, the defence counsel produced a WhatsApp message in court which proved that Anwar had used the word “us” in his press conference at the request of Station House Officer (SHO) Amanullah Marwat. Moreover, statements given by the eyewitnesses against Anwar were inconsistent. The judge also ruled that there was no doubt about the incident being a ‘staged’ encounter. NEWS DESK

nAB KP summons Imran in helicopter misuse case PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned in the coming week Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a case pertaining to misuse of government helicopters. KP NAB’s call-up notice regarding the case was approved by NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal. The PTI chief has been accused of illegally using official KP government helicopters for 74 hours causing a loss of Rs2.1 million to the national exchequer. Khan reportedly used an official MI 171 from Banigala to Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Batagram, Dir and Kumrat. Moreover, through another helicopter, the PTI chief allegedly travelled from Banigala to Peshawar, Kohat, Abbottabad, Haripur, Chitral, Swat and Nowshehra. Former KP chief minister Pervez Khattak has already appeared before NAB regarding the case. Earlier on February 2, NAB had taken notice of the issue. STAFF REPORT


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Traffic plan puT in place To avoid gridlocks on sharifs’ reTurn LAHORE


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N view of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz’s return, Punjab caretaker government on Thursday took various measures to avert any untoward incident, which include blocking of various main intersections as well as routes leading to the Allama Iqbal International Airport and the Lahore Ring Road. According to the devised traf-

fic plan, traffic coming from Islamabad will enter Lahore via motorway through Thokar Niaz Baig, Qizilbash Chowk and Shaukat Khanum Chowk. The traffic from GT Road will enter the city via Kala Shah Kaku through Thokar Niaz, while that from Kala Khatai Road will enter via Shahdara Chowk, Begum Kot, and Faizpur Interchange through the motorway. Traffic from Multan Road will enter via Bund Road and Mohlanwal Road. Moulana Shaukat Ali Road, Main Boulevard Johar Town,

Shaukat Khanum, Qizilbash Chowk, Motorway Interchange or Multan Road will be open for traffic exiting the city. As the ousted premier will be landing at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, all routes leading there will also be closed for traffic and the people, having flights to catch, will have to reach at least six hours prior to the departure time. They will then be transported to the airport via a shuttle service that will be provided from Bhatta Chowk, Chungi Dogaij, Gajjumata, Mehfooz Park and Niazi Shaheed Park.

LAHORE: Motorists cross the Faisal Chowk amid heavy rainfall that lashed the provincial capital on Thursday. The downpour, a part of the second spell of Monsoon rains, is likely to persist and gain intensity during the next couple of days. The Met Office has forecasted moderate to heavy rainfall across Punjab, including periodic downpour in Lahore, till Monday. The Agriculture Department has advised farmers to save rainwater in rainfed areas to irrigate crops. Zubair MehfooZ

LHC dismisses plea against Aleem Khan's nomination papers for NA-129 LAHORE STaff rePorT

Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday dismissed a petition against the nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Abdul Aleem Khan for NA-129 constituency and allowed him to contest the polls. A two-member bench of the high court dismissed the plea for not resorting to court in time and gave Aleem the permission to participate in the general elections. Separately, Aleem said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was a national institution and he appeared before its officials to uphold the supremacy of law. Speaking to the media representatives outside the NAB office, he said that everyone should be questioned about offshore companies, adding that he did not own any. To a question, Aleem said that masses were fully aware of the corrupt leaders and

would reject them in the forthcoming elections. He said the election results would decide the future of the country and added that it would set a new economic direction for the nation. Speaking of the allegations leveled by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) President Shehbaz Sharif, Aleem said that the former had called him a land grabber multiple times, but had never been able to present any evidence in this regard. Training guns at the PML-N chief, he also challenged him to point out the “land which he had grabbed”. To a question, he said that PML-N would face defeat in the upcoming polls and Shehbaz Sharif would have to face the music on the issue of Punjab’s 56 companies that were established during Shehbaz’s tenure as the chief minister. About the arrest of political workers, the PTI leader said that nobody should be arrested and issues with the local administration should be resolved through dialogue.

Two girls gunned down for ‘honour’

Minister donates Rs20mln for dams fund on behalf of Sardar Group

JARANWALA: Armed culprits shot dead two girls during separate incidents of honour killing here on Thursday. The police arrested the murderers. Police said that during separate incidents in Rodala police station jurisdiction in Jaranwala, a youth gunned down his sister while another person shot dead his niece over suspicion of having illicit relations. The bodies of both incidents were shifted to hospital for postmortem. The police arrested the murderers and after registering separate cases against them started the investigation. STaff rePorT

LAHORE: Punjab Caretaker Minister for Agriculture, Food, Planning and Development Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan on Thursday announced to contribute Rs20 million for Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Dams Fund on behalf of Sardar Group of Companies. Speaking during a news conference, the minister said the nation should contribute generously for the construction of dams to combat future challenges of water scarcity. “It is a matter of life and death for Pakistan and we cannot overcome future challenges without addressing climate change issues.” He appreciated the spirit of Chief Justice Saqib Nisar and said that water was a basic necessity for agriculture, over which 75 per cent of the rural popu-

38 outlaws held with arms, ammunition LAHORE: The Dolphin Squad arrested 38 outlaws besides recovering arms and ammunition from their possession here on Thursday. SP Mujahid Dolphin Squad said that operations were conducted against the criminals in different areas of Lahore. He said that during operation 38 outlaws were apprehended with 14 pistols, 3 rifles, several magazines and hundreds of rounds from possession of the detainees. STaff rePorT

lation was dependent. The minister said that construction of reservoirs was very important, and so, the fund raising movement would be continued while the Sardar Group would contribute more to the cause. He said that lands would become unfertile if requirements of underground moisture of cultivated lands were not met, and revealed that up to 30 thousand small and big water reservoirs were needed in Punjab. The caretaker minister was of the view that water requirements of Punjab were not evaluated nor any consideration was given in the past and now farmers were facing difficulties in getting the required quantity of water for irrigation purposes. STaff rePorT

Friday, 13 July, 2018

TAlIBAN ATTAcKs ON AfghAN fOrces cAuse ‘heAvy cAsuAlTIes’: OffIcIAls KUNDUZ



ALIBAN attacks on Afghan security forces in the country’s north have caused “heavy casualties”, officials said Thursday, putting the number of soldiers killed as high as 40 in fighting that is ongoing. Militants using night-vision goggles launched simultaneous raids on several Afghan military bases and posts in Dashte Archi district in Kunduz province overnight, defence ministry spokesperson Mohammad Radmanish and other Afghan security sources told AFP.“We have suffered casualties, the Taliban have also suffered casualties,” Radmanish said. Between 10 and 15 Afghan soldiers had been killed so far, and about the same number wounded, he added. But an Afghan security source told AFP that the death toll among security forces was “more than 40”, and another confirmed that 39 had been killed and 10 wounded.

A separate security source said there had been “heavy casualties” among the soldiers. An air and ground operation against the Taliban was under way, Radmanish said. The night-vision goggles helped the Taliban fighters execute their predawn attack, a senior Afghan commander told AFP. He said the attacks were carried out

by the group’s elite Red Unit. “Since we don’t have the night vision [goggles], the Taliban can get close to soldiers without them noticing,” he said. Mohammad Hanif Rezayee, a spokesperson for the 209 Shaheen Army Corps in the north, said two military posts had fallen to the Taliban, but security forces had managed to beat back an attack on a base.

In a separate incident, Afghan forces launched airstrikes on a gathering of high-ranking Taliban members in the southeastern province of Ghazni, killing 24 and wounding 17, the defence ministry said in a statement Thursday. Mullah Amir Khan Mutaqi, who was a Taliban minister during its 19962001 regime, was among the injured, the defence ministry said. A recent ceasefire between Afghan security forces and the Taliban during Eid had raised hopes that an end to hostilities in the war-weary country was possible. Since then, however, the Taliban has returned to the battlefield, launching deadly attacks against the Afghan military across the country. The latest attacks come as President Ashraf Ghani attends a NATO summit in Brussels where he will be hoping to get a greater commitment from members to the nearly 17-year conflict. Currently, there are about 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, providing the main component of the NATO mission there to support and train local forces.

CJP orders LHC to fix case against ex-army chief Gen Kayani for hearing Indian troops martyr one more youth in IOK






In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred one more youth in Kupwara district on Thursday. The youth was killed during the ongoing cordon and search operation by the Indian troops in Kandi area of the district. Meanwhile, the Indian authorities imposed a curfew and other restrictions in Kupwara district, where a youth was martyred when the Indian troops opened fire on demonstrators and killed a shopkeeper Khalid Ghaffar Malik, at Banpora, Trehgam on Kupwara-Chowkibal road on Wednesday night. The authorities made the announcement on loudspeakers asking people to remain indoors as a curfew was imposed in Trehgam, Chowkibal and Kupwara town, adding that additional forces were deployed in the areas.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday ordered the Lahore High Court (LHC) registrar office to schedule a hearing for a case filed by a retired army officer against former army chief General (r) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in relation to an alleged medical scam. In the petition, Lt Col (r) Inamul Rahiem has accused Kiyani of shutting down a legally established Armed Forces Medical Store Depot to instead manufacturing, supplying and procuring substandard and counterfeit medicines besides for “improperly established depots”. The Ministry of Defence, General (r) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Lt-General (r) Athar have been

made the respondents in the case. The petitioner has appealed to the court to order a complete audit of these medicines which were tendered, purchased and procured at 27 Combined Medical Hospitals (CMH). Earlier the Supreme Court (SC) registrar had refused to take up the petition over a few objections after which the retired colonel had appealed against the registrar’s decision. The CJP while hearing the appeal against registrar had directed the LHC registrar to fix a date for the petition’s hearing in court. “I am confident that the learned LHC court shall decide the matter efficiently,” he said while adding that the case is not covered under Article 184(3). “During his [Athar’s] stay as corps commander Karachi, he came across certain medicine manufactur-

ers and knew their business technique and after his retirement from [the] armed forces he decided to set up a business of medicines,” states the petition while further adding that Athar had also solicited former Lt Col Naveed’s help in regard to the illegal business. In 2009, a sample of the tablet Tinize manufactured by Medizan Laboratories (Pvt) Ltd was sent to the Drug Testing Laboratory Punjab; the results of which confirmed that the medicine which had been supplied to the DHQ Hospital Rawalpindi as well as, the market, was second-rate. The drug inspector looking not the matter also revealed that Medizan had issued a warranty to Foray Pharma in 2008.



NAB court rejects plea seeking transfer of Al-Azizia reference against Nawaz Judge Bashir says only a High Court has mandate to order shifting of cases to other courts ISLAMABAD sTAFF RePORT

The accountability court on Thursday rejected a petition seeking the transfer of the Al-Azizia corruption reference against the Sharif family from Judge Muhammad Bashir’s court. The hearing went underway in the presence of Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer Khawaja Haris and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi where the counsel asked for more time to present a copy of the apex court’s order for an extension in concluding the corruption references against Nawaz and former finance minister Ishaq Dar. The hearing was then adjourned till 12pm. As the hearing resumed, the NAB prosecutor said, “The Supreme Court’s extension order is yet to be received.” To this, the judge asked what the apex court’s order entailed. “A six-week extension was granted by the anti-graft body to wrap up the corruption cases against the accused,” Abbasi said. The judge remarked that he was yet to see the Supreme Court order. Following this, Haris requested the court to issue an order on the transfer request. “I do not have the mandate to transfer the reference after indictment; only the high court does,” Judge Bashir remarked while rejecting the petition. The defence further requested the hearing to be adjourned till Tuesday so it can gather the relevant material for it. The NAB prosecutor, however, argued that Judge Bashir should hear the case as he had indicted the accused and the hearing had been presided over by him. “We should see justice getting served too,” said Nawaz’s lawyer, adding that the matter had been raised in the Supreme Court to bring it to the apex court’s attention. The hearing has now been adjourned till July 17. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members are facing three corruption references in the accountability court — Avenfield Properties, Al-Azizia Steel Mills and Flagship Investments — in which they are accused of money laundering, tax evasion and hiding offshore assets. The Supreme Court had originally set a deadline of six months to conclude the cases, which ended in midMarch but was extended for two months after the judge requested the apex court. Later, the deadline was extended to July 10. On July 10, the Supreme Court extended the deadline in the high-profile case for the fourth time, granting Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir a six-week extension to conclude the corruption references.

Four-nation alliance decides to counter growing IS footprint in Afghanistan PAKISTAN, RUSSIA, CHINA AND IRAN AGREE TO JOINTLY COUNTER ISLAMIC STATE ISLAMABAD MiAn ABRAR

In an unprecedented development, four key regional military powers have decided to form a joint military front to counter the growing influence of the notorious terror group Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. The meeting is the first of its kind held between three nuclear-armed neighbours and Iran to work together towards a joint objective of keeping the threat of IS contained, and reflected the growing concerns that IS might be able to cement its foothold in Afghanistan. Sources told Pakistan Today that an agreement was reached during the extraordinary huddle held in Islamabad on Wednesday in which the intelligence chiefs of the four countries were present besides other high-ranking officials. They said that the heads of intelligence agencies from Pakistan, Russia, China and Iran agreed over joint counterterrorism cooperation with a particular focus on foiling the rise of IS in Afghanistan and foil its efforts to desta-

bilise the territorial boundaries of the four countries. “This is just a start. Many central Asian countries are likely to join in soon as we all share the same concerns,” an official privy to the development said, reflecting that the scope of joint counterterrorism alliance would grow sooner. ‘ALLIANCE NOT AGAINST ANY COUNTRY’: An official, requesting anonymity, told Pakistan Today that the meeting was not aimed at any third country or state and no country should feel offended. When asked if the alliance was directed against any regional or global power including the United States of America (USA), the official said, “Let me make it clear that the effort is against the terrorist outfit and not against a specific country.” “This is an agreement to counter the scourge of terrorism and since all the countries are against terrorism, such efforts should be encouraged by the regional and global partners,” he said. Furthermore, a spokesperson for Russian foreign intelligence service confirmed that the rise of the terrorist Islamic State in Afghanistan prompted the delib-

erations in Islamabad. “The conference reached understanding over the importance of coordinated steps to prevent the trickling of IS terrorists from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan, from where they would pose risks to neighbouring countries,” Sergei Ivanov told state-run TASS news agency. He said that the director of the Russian spy agency, Sergei Naryshkin, attended the Islamabad meeting along with Chinese and Iranian counterparts. He said the meeting “stressed the need for a more active inclusion of regional powers in the efforts to end the war in Afghanistan”. The discussions followed months of Russian allegations that the USA was supporting the growing influence of Islamic State, particularly in northern Afghan provinces next to the border with Central Asian countries. Washington dismissed the charges as rumours and an attempt to justify Moscow’s links to the Taliban insurgency. Russian envoy to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, while addressing a Security Council meeting on Afghanistan last month, asserted that IS is creating training camps in the country for its fighters, including those who come from Central Asian states. “This is a group, which has up to 10,000 fighters in its ranks and is already


active in at least nine out of 34 provinces. It is constantly consolidating its positions in the north of the country, turning it into a springboard for its expansion into Central Asia,” Nebenzya said. Iran, which shares a long border with Afghanistan, has raised similar concerns in the wake of IS’ growing terrorist activities in the region. Islamic State calls its Afghan branch as Khorasan province or ISKP, and it routinely carries out deadly suicide bombings in the war-hit country and occasionally plots such attacks in Pakistan. Pakistani officials maintain that the terrorist group has established strong

bases in “ungoverned spaces” in Afghanistan and plans cross-border terrorist attacks from there. They cite US military assessments that the Afghan government controls less than 60 per cent of the territory. Islamabad, Moscow, Beijing and Tehran have all maintained contacts with the Taliban, saying they are meant to persuade the insurgency to seek a negotiated settlement to the Afghan war. But the diplomatic ties with militants have upset both Kabul and Washington because they see them as an attempt to legitimise Taliban’s violent campaign.

Friday, 13 July, 2018

QUETTA: Workers carry banners of a political party for upcoming General Elections 2018. INP

Political parties asked to remove illegal banners voluntarily ISLAMABAD



The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the political parties and contesting candidates to remove their banners, panaflex and signboards, which exceed the approved size specified by the commission, voluntarily. According to the ECP, all political parties have been asked to cooperate with the district administration and abide by the election rules. It said that the ECP’s district monitoring teams are in action and have started removing posters and banners violation of the approved size under the polls code. It also said that the ECP monitoring team in Rawalpindi district removed illegal publicity material from over 140 points besides other cities. The commission said that the ECP had appointed as many as 592 monitoring teams throughout the country to monitor election campaign. It said that 99 teams have been constituted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 297 in Punjab, 130 in Sindh, 51 in Balochistan, 12 in FATA and three in federal capital to monitor election campaigns of the candidates both for the national and provincial assemblies. The commission said that these teams will monitor election campaigns of candidates and political parties to ensure strict compliance of the code of conduct. It added that the ECP will not tolerate any violation on account of publicity material. As per the code of conduct, no person or a political party can affix or distribute posters, handbills, pamphlets, leaflets, banners or portraits, larger than the sizes prescribed by the commission.

abbasi’s nomination papers challenged in sc ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s nomination papers from the NA-57 constituency were challenged in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The petition by Masood Ahmed Abbasi was moved to the top court against the approval of the former premier’s nomination papers ahead of the polls on the basis of ‘misstated facts’ in his nomination papers. “Lahore High Court’s decision should be declared void and Abbasi should not be allowed to contest in the upcoming polls,” the petitioner requested. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar ordered that a bench be constituted on Ahmed Abbasi’s petition. Earlier, Abbasi was allowed to contest from his home constituency of NA-57 by LHC. A two-member bench headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi had accepted Abbasi’s appeal against the appellate tribunal’s decision of rejecting his nomination papers and disqualifying him for life. The divisional bench of the LHC had dismissed the tribunal’s order against Abbasi.


Neck aNd Neck coNtest expected iN karak’s Na-34 N ISLAMABAD APP

ECK and neck contest is expected in Karak’s NA-34 between candidates of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Shahid Khattak and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Nawabzada Mohsin Ali Khan. As many as 19 candidates are contesting elections from NA-34 constituency of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Other candidates included PMLN’s Rehmat Salam Khattak, JUP-S’s Shah Abdul Aziz, Iktiar Gul (independent), Altaf Qadir (independent),

Tauseef Razzique (independent), Haseeb Ahmed Afaqi (independent), Hamidullah Khan (independent), Zeshan Ahmed (independent), and MMA’s Mir Zakim Khan. Provincial President of Insaf Student Federation (ISF) Shahid Khattak was given the ticket for Karak’s NA-34 by the PTI. Talking to APP, local political experts said that young PTI candidate Shahid Khattak is expected to give tough time to his opponent due to his popularity in the youth of Karak, the stronghold of PTI. However, they said that PPP candidate Mohsin Ali Khan is one of the

senior politicians in the Karak district and popular for winning elections due to his strong affiliation with people at grassroots level. According to the ECP, the total registered voters in Karak district are 404,475, out of which 225,957 are male and 178,518 are female. The candidates of MMA and PML-N are also claiming that they will win the NA-34 seat. In 2013 general elections, PTI candidate Nasir Khan Khattak won the election by securing 5,1400 votes while PML-N candidate Rehmat Salam Khattak obtained 21,600 votes and was declared runner-up.

Former Senate chairman and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) stalwart Mian Raza Rabbani on Thursday claimed that “meddling” is being carried out ahead of the upcoming general polls. Speaking during a Senate session, the PPP leader said that he had doubts over the transparency of the upcoming general elections. He also said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had failed to fulfil its constitutional responsibility to ensure fair, transparent and free elections. Rabbani also said that the ECP secretary had said that “external forces” were trying to hamper the upcoming polls. Efforts are underway to postpone the elections, the PPP leader remarked. Moreover, he also said that the ECP had extended polling time at the request of one party and that had made the election process dubious. free and fair elections: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Babar Yaqoob has assured that elections will be held in a free, fair and transparent manner. Addressing a news conference, he said that army troops are being deployed to conduct the elections peacefully. The ECP secretary said the code of conduct has been issued for security personnel as well. He said that only concerned officials will disseminate election results and that the process of printing and dispatching of ballot papers continues. He said that the electoral code of conduct is being fully implemented and that election-related material will be delivered at every polling station by July 24. Additionally, mobile phones will not be allowed in the polling booth.

ECP issues directives to ROs for issuance of election results ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued directives to the returning officers (RO’s) all over the country in connection with issuing the electoral results. The ECP has sent letters to all RO’s stating that presiding officers will fill form 45 right after the counting of the votes on which the detail of votes cast in favour of the candidates will be mentioned and the details of remaining ballot papers will

be mentioned in form 46. Directives have also been issued that the verified copy of electoral results be issued to the candidates at the spot after the completion of counting votes and a copy of results can also be given to the polling agent who is present over there. It was further stated in the letter that the presiding officer will be bound to pack all the electoral material in a packet and send it to RO after the arrangements of results. He will set the time and place by issuing written notices to the can-

didates and the agents of the candidates after arranging the results. The letter also stated that the presiding officer will also include the details of postal ballots and results sent to officers will be filed in the presence of the candidates and their agents. This process will be started at the end of polling day without any delay. The ECP has also mentioned in the letter that RO’s will be bound to tell the related authorities about the remaining ballot papers before compiling the result.

Gol roti for the win – Sheikh Rasheed convinces voter by making roti RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT

Trust Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed to gather votes in his two constituencies by taking the road less travelled. While touring a market as part of his election campaign, Rasheed was asked by a potential voter what he [Rasheed] could do for him. In response to this, the witty politician commented that he will make the voter a ‘roti’ (round bread) and began baking roti himself at a local ‘tandoor’, convincing the voter. The veteran politician from Rawalpindi kicked off his election campaign On June 24 on the back of a motorcycle. While speaking to media, he shared that he is thinking of replacing

raza rabbani protests pre-poll ‘meddling’

his party symbol from the current pen and a bottle of ink to a motorcycle. Rasheed further expressed confidence that he will get a ‘record’ number

of votes from both his Rawalpindi seats (NA-60 and NA-62). Other candidates’ are also adopting unique styles to impress the voters and


garner their attention. Former opposition leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah, who is contesting for NA-206 (Sukkur), also launched his campaign in Panu Aqil while riding a motorcycle. Similarly, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Arif Alvi (NA247) took his campaign drive to the next level by riding a rickshaw in Karachi. Ayaz Memon Motiwala, who is contesting as an independent candidate from PS-110, and PS-111 and NA-243 constituencies of Karachi, made waves on social media by posing inside a gutter, sitting on a garbage dump and even lying on sewage water. He claimed to do all this in a bid to raise awareness about the unhygienic conditions and dysfunctional sewage systems of Karachi.

sc gives clean chit to saad rafique after five years LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday accepted Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique’s appeal against an election tribunal which had declared poll results in NA-125 during the 2013 general elections null and void and ordered by-election in the constituency. Ruling in favour of the former railways minister, a two-member bench of the apex court’s Lahore Registry annulled the decision by the election tribunal in a case pertaining to alleged rigging in the NA-125 constituency during the 2013 general election. After a defeat in 2013 elections in the said constituency, Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) candidate Hamid Khan had filed an application in the election tribunal levelling allegations of rigging against the former federal minister. Disqualifying Rafique, the tribunal had ordered by-election in NA-125 and barred the former minister from contesting in the constituency, following which the PML-N leader had approached the SC to appeal against the decision.

Friday, 13 July, 2018

Na-127 remaiNs pmL-N stroNghoLd despite maryam’s ouster PML-N USEES FREE FOOD TO LURE VOTERS





AKISTAN Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) continues to have a stronghold on the NA-127 constituency despite disqualification of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz. Following this, PML-N leader Pervaiz Malik’s son Ali Pervaiz Malik opted to be the covering candidate and has been allocated the ‘lion’ as the electoral symbol by the Election Commission of Pakistan. He is the son of PML-N Lahore president and a candidate from Lahore’s NA133 constituency, Pervaiz Malik. Pervaiz Malik is also contesting from Lahore’s NA133 constituency for the upcoming polls. In 2013 elections, he had won with a margin of over 95,000 votes to accommodate Maryam who was not willing to contest from her family constituency of NA-125. Moreover, as the total number of candidates contesting from the constituency adds up to nine, it has been revealed that PML-N continues to have a stronghold in the NA127 as the party workers’ remain ‘loyal’.

According to a survey conducted by Pakistan Today in various locations, it concluded that the party has added an incentive for the voters to woo them in on the Election Day. This scribe visited the main campaign offices of major parties including PTI and PML-N near University of Engineering and Technology (UET). Moreover, during an interaction with the people, it further suggested that the PML-N supporters are likely to vote for them no matter what the circumstances are. Ahmed Ali, 30, a resident of China Scheme said, “Nawaz Sharif has done a great job for the country. There was 18hour load-shedding during the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) tenure. However, there is no load shedding now. The credit goes to Nawaz Sharif for this.” Another PML-N supporter, Mian Azhar, 60, who runs a shop in Anarkali is hopeful of PML-N’s victory in the area. He said, “The PML-N leaders have always been very close to people of this area.” “Pervaiz Malik was always available to dwellers of this constituency to solve their problems,” he added. “The authorities all set to discredit

PTI ALLEGES PRE-POLL RIGGING IN THE CONSTITUENCY Nawaz Sharif, but all of this is just some drama,” Mian Azhar said. In addition to this, the 70-year-old Ramzan Khan said Nawaz Sharif lives in his heart since decades and no one should be allowed to harm him. “I will go to welcome Nawaz Sharif on his arrival at Lahore Airport. No power on earth can stop me,” he said. On the contrary, PTI candidate Jamshed Iqbal Cheema’s brother in his campaign office was sure his victory. “It would have been a good competition between PTI and PML-N had Maryam contested from this constituency,” he said. However, he was quick to add a comment about the pre-poll rigging allegations saying, “The PML-N is still calling the shots.” He continued to add that female health workers appointed by Khawaja Imran Nazir were directed to go home and ‘campaign against us’. “The PML-N goons and supporters in the city are tearing our posters, banners and other publicity materials on the roads.” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has fielded Jamshed Iqbal Cheema to contest from the constituency, while others who are running in the race include, Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Chaudhry Adnan Sarwar, All Pakistan Muslim League’s (APML) Chaudhry Muhammad Alyas, Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) Muhammad Zaheer and Muhammad Ahmed as an independent candidate. The NA-127 comprises of 26 union councils and the areas in the constituency include Baghbanpura, Kot Khawaja Saeed, China Scheme, Mahmood Booti, UET, Mujahidabad, Ganj Mughalpura, Darsbaray Mian, Pakistan Mint, Singhpura, Jameelahabad, Railway Power House, Baja Line and Nishtar Park.

Brace for impact ABDuLLAH NIAZI


OME would like to call the clouds that engulfed Lahore on Thursday ominous, in truth they were little more than a small spat of monsoon rain and the sun was shining cluelessly before anyone knew it. But the weather might just become another factor in an already complex situation as the caretaker government stares down the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ahead of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz’s return to the country. It’s been the same back and forth since the return was announced. The government insists the Sharifs will be arrested at the airport. However, PML-N continues to ignore these promises and makes plans for their grand statement. With the day of the Sharif, landing is finally here, the Punjab government is stepping on the gas. At least 300 workers of the League were arrested from Lahore including a union council chairman. Section 144 has been imposed in Punjab and the government is looking to completely paralyze the League. The crackdown of course, is astounding. As many as 300 political workers locked up in a single night is not a joke or a ‘measure,’ but reeks of authoritarianism. So conditioned have we become to such arrests that they do not draw the outrage they should. That it comes from the unassuming Hassan Askari Rizvi, who is an interim to boot, makes it all the more baffling. Shehbaz Sharif is defiant. He says a rally is their constitutional right and he will lead one to the airport come hell or high water. The

high water might just come if it rains again and the roads start to flood. But the younger Sharif will be chugging along at his famed Punjab speed, and we all know he has the high boots to trudge through that rainwater. At this point, Nawaz Sharif has probably accepted that he will not be surrendering at the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Lahore office at the end of a glorious parade. But will he make a show of handing himself over at the airport or will he resist and take his time getting off the plane? How long is he going to let his followers play this out? And how far are said followers actually going to get? N a w a z Sharif is landing around five in the evening. That means the city is going to be tense the entire day, and his stand at the airport could last some time. What happens to Nawaz is anyone’s guess. But it is going to be one hell of a day here in Lahore. PostscriPt: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is now actively crying foul too. These elections have become controversial, says Senate’s former chairman Raza Rabbani Khar. All elections, by their very contentious nature, are going to be controversial. But these ones are now rife with accusations of pre-poll rigging and undue influences. The accusers are the two largest parties from the country’s last parliament. That at least should merit something. Post-PostscriPt: It has been pointed out before, but it is worth saying again, the return is on a Friday the 13th. It’s been a saga of Fridays for Nawaz Sharif until now but before today it has been the courts setting the dates. This time, it’s Nawaz making the call.

Women determined to defy 1947 ban on their vote in Multan village MuLtAN AgENcIES

Men banned women from voting in the village of Mohri Pur sometime around 1947, and they have obeyed ever since — until this year, when changes to Pakistan’s election laws and women’s attitudes could shift the dynamic, AFP reported. At least, that is the hope of many women meeting beneath a Jambolan tree in the village some 60 kilometres from Multan, its shade protecting them from the blazing sun. Whether the men, watching angrily as the women speak to AFP reporters, will allow them to follow through when the nation goes to the polls on July 25 is another question. “They perhaps think that women are stupid… or there is an issue of honour for them,” says 31-yearold Nazia Tabbasum. Village elders banned women from voting decades ago, claiming that visiting a public polling station would “dishonour” them. So-called ‘honour’ describes a patriarchal code across South Asia that often seeks to justify the murder and oppression of women who defy conservative traditions by acts such as choosing their own husband, or working outside the home. “I don’t know where their honour goes to sleep while they lie down at home… as their women work in the fields,” Tabbasum adds, scathingly. But the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared that at least 10 per cent of voters in each constituency must be women, otherwise its results will be voided. Nearly 20 million new voters have been registered in the rapidly growing country, including 9.13 million women, the commission says. It is another step in women’s long battle for rights in Pakistan, a deeply patriarchal country of some 207 million people — though it does little to address the gender imbalance of the 2013 elections, in which male registered voters outnumbered female by some 11 million.

The shift also sets the stage for a stand-off in conservative rural areas, like Mohri Pur. fear of Violence: “The main reason is that these are the areas where women are not allowed to even come out of the house,” says Farzana Bari, a gender expert and rights activist.The ECP’s rule change should improve things — though Bari warned that within each constituency there could yet be pockets where women are prevented from voting.

There is plenty of precedent: in 2015 men stopped women from voting in a local poll in Lower Dir, in the northwest. The ECP promptly cancelled the result. In 2013 a court ordered the arrest of male elders in two other northwestern districts over banning female votes in the previous general elections. In Mohri Pur, located in Punjab province, women do work outside the home and some receive education, yet the vote ban holds.

Many of the younger women under the Jambolan tree are eager to exercise their rights — but not all. Widow Nazeeran Mai, 60, says it is not ‘custom’ for women to vote. “(T)here is no one to stop me, but still I don’t vote because nobody else does,” she says. Others fear violent reprisals. “If they go to vote alone, there will be violence and unrest, the men will abuse and beat them, so it’s better not to go,” explains 22-year-old Shumaila Majeed — though she remained determined to get as many women to the polls “as possible”. Even Mohri Pur’s lone female councillor Irshad Bibi — elected under laws stipulating at least one woman on every village council — has never voted. When asked why, she calls on her husband to speak for her. “Our elders had set up this custom… We stand by this today,” the husband, Zafar Iqbal, tells AFP. ‘noBodY listens’: “In any civilised democracy, half the population ought not be disenfranchised,” says newspaper columnist Hajrah Mumtaz. But local politicians say they are helpless. “I can’t break their tradition… the people of this village have to decide when they will allow women to vote,” says Raza Hayat Hiraj from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Bismillah Noor, a member of the district council who arranged the meeting under the Jambolan tree, says the men are stubborn. “I’ve been trying since 2001 but nobody listens to me,” she says. “In 2005, men told me their women don’t want to vote so I should not force them.” Another attempt in 2013 also failed. The determination Noor hears from the village women now gives her a glimmer of hope — but progress is fragile. In 2015, one woman, Fouzia Talib, became the only one in Mohri Pur to vote in local elections. She was ostracised. Now, she is unsure if voting on July 25 for politicians she believes will do little for the area is worth the backlash. “I will see,” she said.


Friday, 13 July, 2018

The act of liberalism

Nawaz Sharif’s arrival And what he calls “the state above state”

Not just philosophies, but political actions also


aWaZ Sharif’s arrival has united the hawks and doves in the PML-n. The hawks mustered party activists while Shahbaz is to lead them to the airport. according to police 300 PML-n workers and leaders were arrested on Wednesday night while 300 more were to be nabbed on Thursday. after an edgy administration started blocking the main thoroughfares across Lahore with containers and sealing all roads leading to the airport, the issue of how many PML-n workers the party could manage to gather has become a futile academic exercise. The establishment has over-reached itself. While in a headlong clash with the PML-n it has taken actions that have given birth to suspicions among a number of political parties. Suddenly a case that seemed to have been buried in 2015 was revived to bring Zardari under investigation. The PPP reacted strongly calling it an exercise in pre-poll rigging. Zardari meanwhile rejected money laundering charges, condemned the “torture” of Hussain Lawai and gave vent to suspicions about there being “something in the works hidden behind a veil”. Even more important, he declared that he would not join hands with undemocratic forces. in other words, whatever possibility there existed of the PPP and PTi reaching an understanding is ruled out now. The PPP had already been complaining of agencies supporting its opponents in Sindh. a former PPP Senator has now come out openly with the names of various security officials involved in pressurising PPP candidates in different districts of the province. Whatever ambivalence was allowed to define agencies’ role in politics has been replaced by naming and shaming. The killing of Haroon Bilour by the TTP along with over 20 anP supporters has generated strong antiestablishment feelings in the awami national Party and others contesting against the PTi which they see as the King’s party. The resentment has been caused because those who were supposed to provide security were nowhere in sight when the attack took place. The brazenness displayed by the offstage players has created a likelihood of new political alliances coming into being soon after the elections with the aim of countering what many parties consider political engineering by the agencies.

Faraz talat


O, you’re a liberal. i suppose that means you care about women’s rights and believe in equal opportunities for them. it could mean that you believe that our country’s non-Muslim citizens are entitled to the same respect and dignity as its Muslim citizens. it means that you don’t believe in a religious apartheid, and see no reason why ahmadis must abide by a different set of rules than you and i. Maybe you’re a liberal who believes there’s nothing wrong with being transgender or gay. Perhaps you regularly use difficult and widely misunderstood words like ‘heteronormativity’, ‘intersectionality’ and ‘patriarchy’. and it is because of your knowledge of these complex terms that you possibly feel more enlightened. Regrettably, that liberalism means little if it exists only as an idea in the minds of the educated, English-speaking class. Liberals generally have the unfortunate trait of brandishing progressive ideas not as instruments of change, but as fashion accessories. To be progressive, is not to ‘believe’ in certain values; but being able to ‘act’ upon those values, often at the expense of your social standing or your financial situation. i’ve said this repeatedly. To be progressive is to interrupt your uncle’s racist soliloquy at family dinner, when he starts spilling vitriol about “Pathans”. To be liberal, is to avoid laughing at your male friend’s sexist joke; to resist the urge of sounding agreeable, and let his toxic hu-

mour bounce right off your straight face. More significantly, to be progressive is to vote progressive. We’ve all encountered the brand of liberals who repeatedly question the usefulness of standing outside press clubs. Sabeen Mahmud lashed out against lazy liberalism in one of her Facebook posts on a similar subject. These are the same liberals who are quick to douse out all flames of hope with their unrelenting cynicism. The general notion is that we’ve forever lost Pakistan to the islamist right and the irredeemably corrupt centre-right, and all we can do is retreat to our gated communities with bottles of off-brand vodka. it is in these airtight spaces that we constantly attempt to out-liberal one another; not in actions, but in words. as a friend of mine usually says, cynicism is a privilege. ammar Rashid, na-53, a secular democratic socialist speaks along the same lines, albeit a bit more diplomatically than i normally would. a secular person who cares for workers’ rights is part of such a rare species of politicians, even liberals are often sceptic when they announce their candidacy amidst progressive slogans. We sometimes express our cynicism, and speak of the ‘unelectability’ of good, progressive candidates. What we end up with, is absurd circular logic that partly brought down Bernie Sander’s campaign in the United States. “He won’t win because nobody would vote for him.” “We won’t vote for him because he cannot win”. awami Workers Party (aWP), to which ammar as well as ismat Shahjahan (na-54) belong, has a history of robust grassroot activism. which includes political and economic support for slum-dwellers and religious minorities. They’ve organised many events on feminism, and the women’s role in progressive politics. This is a group of committed men and women who have risked invisibility by pandering neither to the selfserving islamonationalism of the empowered, nor

the neocolonial tastes of the upper class. They have focused their energies on the underprivileged countrymen who usually cannot return the favour through money or Facebook likes. Over in Karachi, Jibran nasir requires no introduction. Jibran is a man loved as passionately by Pakistani progressives countrywide, as he is despised and feared by the established and its allied islamist groups. i could write endlessly about his past contributions, but he is best known these days for his recent stand against the ViP culture. although it was under the banner of PTi that the movement against ViP culture first gained prominence, the party has done disappointingly little to advance that movement; owing partly to the fact that the party itself is manned by an ironic collection of ViPs from all over the political landscape. This election season, we have a number of candidates that prove that ‘liberalism’ or ‘progressivism’ aren’t just philosophies, but political actions. it is not just about word-fights with strangers on Facebook and Twitter, but organisations that walk the streets in sweltering heat. Our ideas – developed through years of individual learning, study circles, and valuable experiences – are too precious to be wasted on random internet trolls. These ideas need to be translated into organised efforts; the most important of which is paying close attention to the candidates in your constituency – their histories and their manifestos. Find organisations around you that support your values, and see what you can do to lend a hand. never allow yourself to settle for ‘believing’ what’s right. act upon that belief, and offer yourself to the movement. Faraz Talat is a medical doctor from Rawalpindi and an ardent traveller who writes frequently about science, social politics and international relations.

‘Free Balochistan’ office at New Delhi

Pak-India again

Exploiting the Baloch

Waiting for Hale


S President donald Trump’s decision to promote david Hale, ambassador to Pakistan, to Under Secretary of State for Political affairs is clearly meant to wind up the endgame in afghanistan by ensuring cooperation between Pakistan and india. indeed, just a few months ago, Trump himself implied that improving the climate between islamabad and delhi was central, in many ways, to ensuring success in afghanistan. and Hale – a known advocate in Washington of better Pak-india relations – would no doubt be the natural man for the job. There’s a lot to be gained, of course, by a Pak-india thaw – not just for afghanistan. Peace would mean more contact and, far more importantly, more commerce. and it’s no rocket science that by diverting monumental sums from defence and security to trade and commerce, there’s the chance of the added benefit of lifting millions of people out of poverty, and improving living conditions across the board. Yet with the indian election due next year, there’s practically zero chance of delhi softening its rhetoric towards islamabad in the immediate term. The best that can be hoped, realistically, is for a change of guard in india and then perhaps approach the subject of negotiations should a new dispensation grace delhi. That does not mean, however, that no efforts should be made for peace. The best advances towards normalcy, in recent times, came in the Musharraf era; and they were built on painstaking back-door diplomacy, even when main channels were frozen. also, Pakistan and india need not wait for a david Hale to come and break the ice between them. it is, ultimately, in our own mutual interest to finally overcome differences and enmities that have their roots in a bygone era. and getting together to bring about a sensible end to the afghan war, too, will benefit everybody.

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ndia has inaugurated office of “Free Baluchistan” at new delhi on 23 June 2018. a ceremony was held to inaugurate the office, which was attended by around 50 indians. Reportedly, the office will be run by dr naela Baloch to authenticate and accelerate “Free Balochistan Movement” (FBM). RaW will arrange seminars at the office and invite foreign journalists and diplomats will be invited to highlight the so called “atrocities of Pakistan in Balochistan”. The inauguration of the office materialised after meeting of BJP’s ex MLa, Mr Vijay Jolly with a delegation of “Free Baluchistan Movement” (FBn) at London during May 2018. FBM activists discussed Pakistan’s (alleged) interference in Kashmir and impacts of CPEC on the region and indian delegation agreed to accelerate their support. naela Quadri Baloch was on born July 18, 1965 in Quetta, Balochistan. She is a Baloch politician, activist for women’s rights, author and poet. Her pedigree fits the profile for being exploited by vested interests for denigrating Pakistan and stoking the fires for “liberating Balochistan.” She has been launched to deliver fiery lecKarachi – Ph: 021-35381208-9


tures on Baloch rights. Being the daughter of Syed ahmad Quadri, a well-known lawyer and activist for Baloch national rights and Bibi Gul Zarina, who is also an activist for women’s development, and founder of the first indigenous nGO in Balochistan, naela Quadri professes being a legitimate activist for the right of the Baloch. Professor naela is married and is the mother of three sons. One, Mazdak dilshad Baloch, lives in self-imposed exile in Canada. She is the founding member of Hind Baloch Forum in india, which organised its first seminar in agra. She became more vocal after indian Prime Minister narendra Modi delivered his infamous 2016 speech astride the ramparts of delhi’s Red Fort in which he declared solidarity for the Baloch. Readers may recall that india had exploited the grievances of the Bengalis in 1971 and goaded them to insurrection and rebellion, breaking away from Pakistan and forming Bangladesh. Modi has even admitted in a speech delivered on the floor of the Bangladesh parliament that india had carried out the heinous task of severing erstwhile East Pakistan and Modi was a foot soldier in the conspiracy. He gloated over the fact that india created the Bengali guerrilla force Mukti Bahini while he himself fought alongside them. now Modi is trying to repeat history and instigate the Baloch to insurgency and insurrection. There are numerous Baloch self-styled activists, who are eager to carry out the dirty deeds for india and its infamous spy agency RaW. People like naela Quadri have jumped on the bandwagon. Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, the indian RaW operative, sang like a canary, giving details of the modus operandi of recruiting, training, arming and launching of

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misguided Baloch like naela Quadri to destabilise Pakistan and derail the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Earlier, Canada-based naela Quadri was barred from boarding a flight from Montreal to Geneva for participating in a protest on the sidelines of the UnHRC events. in an interview with ‘Just Earth news’, naela Quadri Baloch stated: “We will continue our struggle, and inform all the countries and their lawmakers of how Pakistan is now trying to occupy Balochistan with the help of China. The two nations are collaborating by building a collection of infrastructure projects worth around $46 billion meant to deepen economic ties between China and Pakistan.” For some time, US congressmen have been propagating against Pakistan. On 17th February 2012, US Congressman dana Rohrabacher had introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives, calling upon Pakistan to recognise the Baloch right to self- determination. The motion had been co-sponsored by House Representatives Louie Gohmert and Steve King. The proposed bill had favoured Baloch rights of selfdetermination and affording an opportunity to choose their own status of a sovereign state. Though US government had distanced from them, yet there is a perception that the protagonists of the Baloch Liberation Movement have the blessings of the US government. This Great Game of the US strategic map-makers has been in full play in Balochistan province for quite some time. World maps, showing Pakistan all splintered up, and Balochistan province merging with iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan region making a Greater Balochistan, were published. But situation in Balochistan has been addressed at political



level; an elected government was put in place; fresh elections are underway and incidence of insurgency has also declined. People of Balochistan are known for their patriotism; and will never be deterred by violent activities of separatists. The motion in the US Congress had been co-sponsored by House Representatives Louie Gohmert and Steve King. The proposed bill had favoured Baloch rights of self-determination and suggested to afford people of Balochistan an opportunity to choose their own status of a sovereign state. Such resolutions moved by a tiny minority may not have any importance, but they bring Pakistan and its institutions into disrepute. despite the vile acts of rivalling eyes, Balochistan is gaining stability under political government, and people of Balochistan elect their representatives regularly. Pakistan military and agencies with the support of the people of Balochistan have frustrated sinister designs of detractors of Pakistan. Yet, Pakistan has to be watchful of india, which is still trying to fan terrorism, violence, militancy, linguistic hatred and inter-provincial disharmony to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project with known agents provocateurs of the ilk of naela Quadri, who are now establishing Free Balochistan premises in new delhi. The followers of naela Quadri should ask her if the CPEC is bringing prosperity to Balochistan, wont the Baloch benefit from it and their quality of life will improve. Why does she and others of her ilk want to deprive her own Baloch brothers and sisters from reaping the fruits of development and progress? Sultan Mahmood Hali is a retired Group Captain and author of the book defence & diplomacy. Currently he is a columnist, analyst and TV talk show host.



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Ballot paper The strongest weapon

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VERY year, in the third week of February, a summit is organised on the eve of the United nations Human Rights Council’s main annual session. This summit is known as the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and democracy. Hundreds of human rights victims, activists, diplomats, journalists and student leaders are invited to attend this summit. The Geneva Summit is sponsored by a coalition of 25 human rights nGOs from around the world. Usually it is a routine programme of this get-together that human rights activists and former political prisoners from China, Cuba, iran, north Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela and other countries testify about their personal struggles for human rights, democracy and freedom and join hands to plan action strategies. But, to one’s astonishment, there is never a reference to human rights desecration of Palestine at the hands of israel, the horrific human rights violations in Syria, the shaking human rights abuses in indian Occupied Kashmir and the eye-opening genocide of Rohingyas in Myanmar. it seems that this summit is organised just to provide an opportunity of getting closer and getting united to the elements hostile to the countries like Pakistan, iran, China, north-Korea or in other words to the countries not in ‘goodbooks’ of the US. it is a more interesting fact that from these countries only those people are invited to attend the summit that are emotionally and spiritually alien to their own countries. in the summit they are given full liberty of speaking against their own people, their own system and their own motherland. Most of such invitees are regarded in their own countries as traitors or foreign agents. and all this is done under the guise of ‘a war

against human rights violations’. One finds a lot of similarity and resemblance between this ‘war against human rights violations’ and ‘the US war against terror’. Everyone knows that US started the so-called war on terror just to target and destabilise the countries which could prove a threat to the US hegemonic designs at some later stage. Cruelties of israel in Palestine and those of india in the indian Occupied Kashmir were never treated as ‘terror activities’ and nothing was done to chain down them at the same time afghanistan, iran, iraq and Pakistan were given a real tough time. Though countries like China and South Korea would also be in the list of ‘to be destroyed’ but the schemers would have marked them as ‘hard pills to swallow’. activities like the Geneva Summit also seem a sequel to the same philosophy and unluckily one finds Pakistan always at the top of the list of target countries. as far as Pakistan is concerned, it is always a pinching thorn for the brains behind the Geneva Summit like activities. They dream of a Pakistan dominated by a democracy of their own desire; a Pakistan where the army and the intelligence agencies are nothing more than a rubber-stamp; a Pakistan without Wagah Border and without the durand Line. To materialise their illogical dream of turning Pakistan into a ‘banana state’, these brains keep on doing intrigues and conspiracies. They remain busy in searching for the socalled ‘lovers of democracy’, encourage and support them and ultimately throw them into the battle-field to fight a proxy war against their own people. Such antistate characters are invited to different TV talk shows, international seminars and conferences and they are asked to write articles for various papers and magazines and ooze out their venom against their own country. Why do western countries seem more worried about Pakistan than the people of Pakistan themselves; this question must also be answered. From US to the Great Britain, every year so many conferences and

In the summit they are given full liberty of speaking against their own people, their own system and their own motherland.

seminars are organised to discuss Pakistan’s political turmoil, Pakistan’s role in the war on terror and Pakistan’s economic ups and downs. Their worries no doubt provide the strongest proof of the ever-denied fact that Pakistan is always and everywhere important and that it has an un-ignorable role to play in world politics. and more interesting is the fact that the whole focus of all the speakers and participants of these seminars and conferences remains the Pakistan army and the iSi. One feels that the speakers at these seminars and conferences are never happy with these two very sacred institutions of Pakistan. The sin and the crime of the Pakistan army and the iSi is that these two institutions are the hardest hurdle in the way of those who dream of seeing Pakistan as a shattered and scattered state with the worst law and order situation, poor economy and miserable political instability. Somewhere in the beginning of 2018, an article was published in Global Security with the title of Pakistan Politics. name of the writer was not mentioned. The article said, ‘The army generals are in charge of Pakistan; they have a firm grip over defence and security policies, foreign affairs, and internal matters. There had been a struggle between the army and nawaz Sharif for quite some time. during his second term as prime minister in the early 1990s, Sharif attempted to remove a military chief but instead had to resign himself.’ The same concept was floated through another report published a few weeks back in the Economist. The title was ‘General dysfunction-Pakistan’s army is using every trick to sideline nawaz Sharif.’ The said article also attempted to blame the Pakistan army for ‘engineering’ the upcoming elections. The fact of the matter is that the only purpose of such propaganda articles, biased seminars and prejudice-based conferences is simply to spread disinformation and deform the actual face of the Pakistan. The army has just one role to play in the elections, i.e. to maintain law and order situation and to provide security to the election process. Who votes and to whom, army has nothing to do with it. The so-called caretakers of human rights must cast a look at the indian Occupied Kashmir where life of every Kashmiri is a never-ending tale of miseries and sufferings and of exploitation at the hands of the indian army. Pakistan is a democratic country with a very strong accountability system which is supported by a very impartial judiciary. and above all, there are millions of Pakistanis who have a very strong weapon in their hands; the ballot paper.

The said article also attempted to blame the Pakistan army for ‘engineering’ the upcoming elections.

ali Sukhanver is a freelance journalist.

in the countries, where democracy is practiced more than preached, politicians mean business. They make their presence feel largely by their performance, while our breed of politicians is far-off from the landmark. Here politicians become chatter of media due to the reactions channelled by their mouthpieces. We are never off-beat at it. Our media outlets remain very much occupied bashing ill-mouthed remarks by one or the other politician, but their tongue has been soured significantly as they get-on with their election campaigns. First it was Shehbaz Sharif who was at the receiving end of the truckloads of criticism for mocking the people of Karachi over their habit of eating pan. now it is former deputy Speaker of Sindh assembly agha Siraj durrani, who has demeaned people by saying the unmentionable and doubly condemnable then what Shehbaz seem to have voiced. This is his second such abysmal use of language in recent past. not many days ago, durrani was caught devaluing sanctity of votes in a leaked video. The derogatory words used in that video have yet to lose their echo and here he reiterates the same yet again. Like before, like always, if durrani gets away performing a mere cameo of apology, it will not only add into the aggravation of people but the act will be translated as collective mischief of the PPP. Plainly put, this should award him exemplary punishment, booting him out of the party is one wayprobably the best way- of doing so, else the PPP will earn exemplary disdain among public. Lastly, as the engineering of election goes, politicians ought to give more public appearance and deliver more public talks. Sometimes all these amounts to making them more vulnerable. as the maxim goes ‘‘the more you speak the more you are likely to say something foolish’’. all the politicians should weigh their words and avoid being wayward to trigger undue controversy. VaSdEV HEMnai Mithi, Tharparkar

Free and fair elections THE role of caretakers laid down in Constitution is to assist ECP in holding of free and fair elections without any hint of favour or bias for any of contestants. it is responsibility of caretakers to provide level playing field and ensure media freedom. Quaid-e-azam Muhammad ali Jinnah, the Father of nation, very clearly elaborated importance of constitutional rule of law, and stressed that Pakistan was created for selfrule by people through free and fair election, with no political role for paid civil or uniformed public office holders. after Quaid’s unfortunate demise, his vision was derailed by intrigues of iskander Mirza and ayub Khan. What followed thereafter is dismemberment of Pakistan, economic plunder, massive tax evasion and a country bled of its resources by corrupt elite who are product of political engineering. Former PM Mian nawaz Sharif has been disqualified for life by SC. as a citizen of Pakistan, he has a right to demand that due process of law be followed and law must be seen being applied equally to all. The SC of Pakistan called off bluff of former dictator Musharraf, a declared proclaimed absconder, facing charges of massive corruption and treason for usurping constitution, by giving him an assurance that he will not be arrested on arrival and allowed safe passage to appear before the court. MnS is due to arrive in Pakistan on 13 July and is likely to be arrested on arrival. due process of law must prevail but Caretakers should not be seen acting like Musharraf by imposing Section 144 nor seal Lahore airport. if law dictates arrest on arrival than MnS must be apprehended only after he has left immigration, without arresting his supporters who came to welcome him. MaLik T aLi Lahore

Power woes BaLOCHiSTan is the largest province of Pakistan. in complete Makran district till Wednesday 4th of July until now no electricity and it’s being said that iran is not giving electricity. The question is, if iran is not giving electricity then how come the electricity comes at 5:00 am and goes at 10:00 am as daily? isn’t this an excuse being made trying to fool the citizens? Who knows, how many suffer from lack of cold water in this heat, how the aged suffer without getting cold air and how frustrating it is that no one is doing anything about it? Moreover, higher authorities are having all the facilities, they are not facing a single problem. The sad part is, no one’s taking action against it. Remember, if Pakistan wants to make Baloch realise that if we are part of Pakistan then Where’s her voice in the time of need? So, please it’s a humble request to the all highest concerned authorities please take a strong action against this mystery. QaMaR aMdad Makran


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raucous and divisive NATO summit concluded Thursday with all 29 NATO member states agreeing that there still is a common commitment to the military alliance after US President Donald Trump said everyone had committed to push up defense budgets. Responding to reports that he had threatened to leave the alliance if no major increase in spending was visible, Trump said "that is unnecessary" because of all the commitments for more spending he saw around the table. Trump called it "a fantastic meeting," speaking at a news conference before flying to Britain. He did not immediately say what those commitments consisted of. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Brussels

that "there was a clear commitment to NATO by all" at an emergency session of the military alliance. She said that Trump raised the topic of better burden-sharing and more spending by Germany, "as

US accuses North Korea of breaching UN sanctions UNITED NATIONS: The United States accused North Korea on Thursday of breaching a UN sanctions cap on refined petroleum by making illicit transfers between ships at sea, according to a document seen by Reuters and which Washington submitted to Security Council members. "Our information suggests that between January 1 and May 30 of 2018, DPRK (North Korean) tankers have called in port in the DPRK at least 89 times likely to deliver refined petroleum products illicitly procured via STS (ship-to-ship) transfers," the United States told the UN Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee. The United States did not say which countries it believed were illicitly providing North Korea with refined petroleum. In December the 15-member Security Council capped refined petroleum product exports to North Korea at 500,000 barrels a year. The US accusation of a sanctions breach comes as Washington engages with North Korea in a bid to negotiate denuclearizing the Asian country. AGENCIES

South Sudan lawmakers extend president's term until 2021 BARCELONA: South Sudan's parliament has approved extending President Salva Kiir's term until 2021, angering the armed opposition as peace talks continue in a five-year civil war. Lawmaker Atem Garang says the president is expected to sign the extension Thursday or Friday after parliament met in extraordinary session. Elections have been delayed amid the fighting that has killed tens of thousands. Opposition spokesman Mabior Garang tells The Associated Press that "we regret the move as it shows the regime is playing games at the negotiating table." He calls on the international community not to recognize the president's extended term. AGENCIES

IS seizes village in south Syria: monitor BEIRUT: An Islamic State group affiliate seized a village in southern Syria overnight from rebels who had agreed to a regime takeover, a Britain-based monitor said Thursday. Much of the southern province of Daraa had been quiet since Friday, when a ceasefire deal between rebels and the Russian-backed regime ended a nearly three-week government assault. But Jaish Khaled bin Walid, a local IS branch that controls a small corner in the southwest of the province, on the border with Jordan and close to the Israelioccupied Golan Heights, is not included in that deal. AGENCIES

has been discussed for months," and that, "we made clear that we're on the way." Trump has several times assailed Germany for not spending a large enough proportion of its

gross domestic product on defense. Merkel stressed that Germany is NATO's second-biggest contributor when it comes to troops. Tensions rose on the final day of the two-day summit when members met in an emergency session amid demands from Trump for all members to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense. "We are paying for far too much of NATO," Trump said. Also Thursday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg insisted that Georgia will one day join the world's biggest security alliance, despite separatist ambitions in parts of the former Soviet republic. Stoltenberg said that "Georgia will become a member of NATO." He said the 29-nation alliance supports the territorial integrity of Georgia, including its sovereignty over the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia and Georgia fought a brief war in 2008, which led to the regions declaring independence. Russia has since been supporting them financially and militarily. Despite Georgia's important contribution to NATO operations, the alliance is unlikely to invite the country in until the conflict with the two regions has been resolved.

Trump says Iran will seek fresh deal as sanctions hit economy

UK releases long-awaited and already derided Brexit plan LONDON: The British government released detailed plans Thursday for what it calls a "principled pragmatic and ambitious" Brexit — plans that have already triggered the resignation of two top ministers, and which face likely resistance from the European Union. The long-awaited document proposes keeping Britain and the bloc in a free market for goods, with a looser relationship for services. Prime Minister Theresa May's government is trying to present plans that satisfy Britons who voted for their country to leave the bloc and set an independent course, but without hobbling businesses, security agencies and other sectors that are closely entwined with the EU. AGENCIES

Gay sex not an aberration: Indian Supreme Court NEW DELHI: Gay people in India face deep-rooted trauma and live in fear, the Supreme Court said on Thursday before deciding whether or not to scrap a colonial-era ban on homosexuality. A five-judge bench made the comments while hearing a challenge to the ban, which the top court reinstated in 2013 after a four-year period of decriminalization. Gay sex is considered taboo by many in socially conservative India, and despite opposition to lifting the ban from other petitioners and some lawmakers, activists were hopeful of a positive judgment after Thursday's hearing. "(Homosexuality) is not an aberration, but a variation," said Justice Indu Malhotra. "Because of family pressures and societal pressures, they are forced to marry the opposite sex and it leads to bi-sexuality and other mental trauma." AGENCIES

Russian money for Macedonia protests upset Greece BRUSSELS AGENCIES

US President Donald Trump said Iran's economic troubles were going to force it to seek a security deal with Washington following his withdrawal from a nuclear pact. In May the United States pulled out of a multinational deal to lift sanctions against Iran in return for curbs to its nuclear program. Washington has since told countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from Nov. 4 or face US financial measures. This may cut Iran's hard currency earnings from oil exports, and the prospect has triggered a panicked flight of Iranians' savings from the rial into dollars, weighing on an already ailing local currency, hit by economic woes and financial difficulties at local banks. Speaking to a news conference at a NATO leaders summit in Brussels, Trump said Iran was treating the US with 'so much more respect' following the move and he expected Tehran to reach out for a fresh deal. "I know they're having a lot of problems and their economy is collapsing. But I will tell you this: at a certain point they're going to call

me they're going to say 'Let's make a deal'. They're feeling a lot of pain right now." Tehran's Grand Bazaar was hit by strikes late in June and protesters angered by the rial's collapse clashed with the police and traders massed outside parliament to complain about a sharp fall in the value of the national currency. European powers still support the 2015 deal, under which Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear development in exchange for international sanctions relief. They say they will do more to encourage their businesses to remain engaged with Iran, though a number of firms have already said they plan to pull out as they also face sanctions following Trump's decision. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called on American allies to help impose economic pressure on Iran. "We must cut off all funding the regime uses to fund terrorism & proxy wars," Pompeo said in a Twitter post ahead of his scheduled meeting with European Union's foreign affairs and security policy representative Federica Mogherini in Brussels. He has also accused Tehran of continuing to sell weapons in the Middle East despite United Nations resolutions.

THESSALONIKI: An official says Greece moved to expel two Russian diplomats and block entry to two others after authorities learned that clergy and other organizations received Russian money to protest against a deal aiming to end Greece' longstanding name dispute with neighboring Macedonia. The official told The Associated Press Thursday that Russian authorities have been given until Friday to send the two diplomats home. It's unclear if they have already left. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, said he doesn't believe that this will badly harm Greek-Russian relations, although a "chill" is expected. AGENCIES

Trump says 'ultimate deal' with Putin would be world without nuclear weapons BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump on Thursday said the best agreement he could have with Russian President Vladimir Putin would be one where there would be no nuclear weapons in the world. Asked what would be the best possible result from his meeting with Putin, Trump said: "What would be the ultimate? Let's see. No more nuclear weapons anywhere in the world, no more wars, no more problems, no more conflicts. ... That would be my ultimate." Trump is due to meet with Putin on Monday in Helsinki. AGENCIES

Israel hits Syrian army posts after drone incursion BEIRUT/JERUSALEM AGENCIES

Israel attacked Syrian army posts on Thursday near the Golan frontier after a drone incursion, but signaled it would not impede President Bashar al-Assad's battle to recover south Syria from rebels. With the help of heavy Russian air power, Syrian government forces have swept through the southwest. Their offensive against insurgents is expected to turn soon to Quneitra, which adjoins the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, briefing Israeli reporters on a visit to Moscow, indicated that Israel would not act against Assad, while it is working to ensure the exit of the Iranian forces that fight alongside his army. "We never had a problem with the Assad regime. For forty years (after the 1973 Middle East war), not one bullet

was fired on the Golan Heights," a reporter for Israel's Haaretz newspaper quoted Netanyahu as saying. "The heart of the matter is retaining our freedom of action against anyone who acts against us, and the removal of the Iranians from Syrian territory," Netanyahu said, a day after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin also held talks on Syria with Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader, in Moscow on Thursday, the Kremlin said. Israel has been on high alert as Syrian government forces advance on rebels near the Golan, much of which Israel took from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. Israel worries Assad could let his Iranian allies entrench there or that Syrian forces may defy a 1974 Golan demilitarization. In three weeks, Syrian government forces in the south have seized much of Deraa province - the birthplace of the

2011 uprising - and marched toward the border. The pro-Damascus newspaper al-Watan said on Thursday the army sent reinforcements to Quneitra to launch a "broad military operation" and bring all the province under state rule.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitor, said rebel factions clashed with government forces overnight in Quneitra. State news agency SANA said insurgent shelling injured five people in Baath City.


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ruption committed in compensation money.” Muhammad Shafi Khan further said that the construction of the dams was inevitable for the survival of Pakistan, as it was facing acute water shortage. He also appreciated the initiative of the CJP and armed forces, adding that they have taken a historical decision. Accusing the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) regional government of massive corruption in development funds, he said that under the supervision of Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur, the regional government’s leaders and officers committed millions of rupees corruption in the compensation money. He alleged that the government is trying to deprive the owners of the compensation, which is their right. He said that if the Supreme Court (SC) conducted a transparent investigation into the alleged corruption, dozens of the government’s leaders, including the chief minister, would land in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi. Earlier, the SC issued directives that the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams should start immediately, and appealed to the general public, including Pakistanis residing abroad, to donate for the cause. CJP Nisar initiated the donation process by announcing Rs1 million for the cause during the hearing of the case pertaining to the construction of Kalabagh Dam. Meanwhile, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor said that officers of the Pakistan Armed Forces will contribute to the fund announced for the construction of the DiamerBhasha and Mohmand dams. Similarly, officers of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Tuesday announced to contribute their three-day salary to the fund.

PPOSITION Leader in Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly Captain (r) Muhammad Shafi Khan demanded of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar to constitute a Panamagate-like investigation committee to probe the alleged corruption in compensation to the owners of the land being acquired for Diamer-Bhasha dam. Around Rs60 billion have so far been distributed among affectees of the dam while another Rs40 billion would be spent on the acquisition of land for the dam, which would

produce 4500MW of electricity besides storage of water of Indus River. Corruption, embezzlement of money in the mega project’s land acquisition programme was reported earlier and affectees of the dam are frequently protesting against the injustices made to them. In a statement, the opposition leader said that besides salary donated by the Pakistani armed forces and government employees, it would be positive to investigate, recover and deposit money looted during compensation to owners of the dam’s land. He said that the amount would help in the construction of the dam. He said, “The CJP has taken a very positive step and I appreciate it. I appeal to him that he should also form an investigation committee on alleged cor-

eCP summons govt officers over influencing upcoming polls

PM directs foolproof security for candidates, political leadership


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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned government officers on July 17 over allegedly trying to influence the upcoming polls. A threemember bench of the ECP, with Abdul Ghaffar Soomro in the chair, took the petition of Owais Khalid Khan who contended that Punjab DIG (Establishment) Babar Bux Qureshi is running the election campaign of his father and nephew in Kasur. In this connection, several cases have been registered against the voters and supporters of Babar Bux Qureshi, he said. The counsel for petitioner prayed to the ECP that the commissioner as a neutral entity should play its due role and action against the DIG should be initiated as per the law. The ECP has adjourned the hearing to meet on July 17.

Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk on Thursday directed for providing foolproof security to candidates contesting the general election and the political leadership to avoid Peshawar-like gory incidents in the future. The prime minister issued the directives during a meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Engineer Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and caretaker Chief Minister Justice (r) Dost Muhammad Khan at the Governor House. Federal Minister for Interior Muhammad Azam Khan was also present on the occasion. The prime minister expressed concern over the loss of precious lives in the Peshawar blast. The meeting focused on law and order situation and security matters, arising after the brutal attack on the Awami National Party’s (ANP) meeting, claiming lives of 22 persons, including party’s candidate for PK-78 Barrister Haroon Bilour, and injuring around 60 others.

The prime minister was informed about the security measures taken by the caretaker KP government for the security of candidates and top political leadership in the wake of the deadly suicide attack on the ANP meeting. The prime minister expressed deep grief over the loss of precious lives in the attack and prayed for early recovery of the injured. He said that the entire nation was saddened by the tragic incident of the suicide attack and loss of precious lives and equally shared the grief of bereaved families. Earlier, the prime minister visited Bilour House and condoled with veteran politician and ANP leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and former senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour over the death of their nephew Barrister Haroon Bilour. The Bilour brothers received the prime minister upon arrival at the Bilour House. KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana and KP Chief Minister Dost Muhammad Khan were also present on the occasion. The prime minister prayed for the departed soul.

PaF Hercules arrives in UK to participate in Royal air Tattoo Show ISLAMABAD INP

An artistically painted Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft C-130, landed at Royal Air Force Base, Fairford to participate in the Royal International Air Tattoo Show2018. The No 6 squadron Hercules would be vying for the coveted Concours D’ Elegance trophy at the prestigious air show which will be opening for the general public from 13 July till 15 July. The theme of this year’s air show is the “International Centenary celebrations of the Royal Air Force”. The PAF contingent comprising of air and ground crew will be participating in the various competitions and events organised at this mega event. PAF C-130 had also won the prestigious trophy in 2016 when it was adjudged the best aircraft for highlighting Pakistan’s role and its sacrifices in the war against terror. Reputed to be one of the biggest military air show in the world, Royal International Air Tattoo Show features modern military and classic aircraft from the reputed air forces of the world. Various Air Forces, aircraft operators, aerospace and technology companies, as well as organisations, are also participating in this mega show.

Top UN official praises Pakistan’s positive role at world body NEW YORK APP

A top United Nations (UN) official on Thursday lauded Pakistan’s role at the global body especially in advancing its core causes. “Pakistan and UN have enjoyed a close relationship since 1947,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Alison Smale said at a largelyattended reception hosted by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi in New York. “We have been gratified again and again by the generosity shown by the Pakistani people towards the UN,” Smale said. Pakistan has served multiple terms in the Security Council — seven in total — and today it is one of the largest troop and police contributor to UN peacekeeping, she added. “Pakistani soldiers are risking their lives to advance the cause of peace, and we at the UN couldn’t be more thankful,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications continued. Further, US Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Malony, who was a special guest at the reception, lauded Ambassador Lodhi’s work in promoting Pakistan’s goals at the UN. Congresswoman Malony strongly advocated cultural exchanges between Pakistan and the United States to strengthen ties between the two countries. Cultural diplomacy is an effective way to build understanding between people and nations, she said. Earlier while welcoming guests, Ambassador Lodhi said the UN “embodies and represents the finest example of our shared humanity”.


Both the BJP and the Congress on Thursday were involved in a heated verbal duel over Shashi Tharoor's "Hindu Pakistan" comment. While, the Congress leader reiterated that BJP/RSS idea of a Hindu Rashtra is a "mirror image" of Pakistan, the saffron party demanded an apology from Rahul Gandhi. "I have said this before and I will say it again," Tharoor wrote in a Facebook post and added that he doesn't want India to turn into a state where rights of minorities are suppressed, like they are in Pakistan.

"I don't see what exactly I need to apologise for BJP's point of view. If they are no longer interested in the idea of Hindu Rashtra they must admit. Until they do so, how can one apologise for reflecting their point accurately," Tharoor further added while speaking to the media. Yesterday, the Congress leader had stoke a controversy by suggesting that a BJP win in 2019 Lok Sabha polls will create conditions which would lead to creation of "Hindu Pakistan" — "a nation that'll remove equality for minorities, that'll create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn't what Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for," he had said. Following furore, the Congress, without naming Tharoor, urged its leaders to be "cautious" and "choose their words carefully". “Congress party has huge contribution in India’s progress, which is far

ahead of Pakistan,” said Jaiveer Shergill, Congress's national media panellist, to Times Now and added that India will "never turn into its neighbour under any circumstances". An enraged BJP hit back at the Con-

gress leader and accused him of "demeaning" Hindus and "defaming" India. Party's national spokesperson Sambit Patra also demanded an apology from Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. "Congress was responsible for cre-

ation of Pakistan because of its ambitions and yet again it has gone ahead to demean India and defame Hindus of India," Patra slammed Tharoor for his comments. "From “Hindu terrorists” to “Hindu-Pakistan” the Pakistan appeasing policies of Congress are unparalleled!" he added. "Pure hallucination, a withdrawal symptom," Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore joined Patra in criticising the Congress leader. "This is pure hallucination by Shashi Tharoor, I think this is withdrawal symptoms of the fact that neither they are in power nor do they see power coming to them again. It's Congress that has infringed our Constitution and freedom of our citizens," Rathore said. Congress spokesperson Randeep S Surjewala, too, accused the BJP of thriving "upon an unprecedented atmosphere of division, bigotry, hatred, intolerance and polarisation for last four years."


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ITH the General Election 2018 around the corner, almost all major political parties have come up with their respective election manifestos featuring their strategies to take the country forward on the road of economic progress and prosperity. Pakistan Today on Thursday delved into the election manifestos of three major political parties – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) to understand how each plans to further the flagship China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC). PTI, in its manifesto, has come up with a comprehensive plan to carry forward the baton left by the outgoing PML-N to fully implement CPEC, closely followed by the PML-N’s agenda to further the progress. Surprisingly, PPP lags in its strategy to implement CPEC despite party’s President Asif Zardari having championed the cause of CPEC, claiming that he had negotiated with his Chinese counterpart to launch the corridor while being President of Pakistan in 2013. PML-N TO CARRY CPEC FORWARD: Pakistan is greatly indebted to China for CPEC which is bound to produce huge economic benefits for all provinces through the Special Industrial Zones (SEZs) and other economic activities that are expected to help all sectors of national economy, PML-N’s manifesto notes. “One Belt One Road (OBOR) launching provided Pakistan with an opportunity for game-changing economic strategy. PML-N government benefited from this golden opportunity and made Pakistan a part of China’s OBOR initiative to launching CPEC,

“CPEC is Pakistan’s golden opportunity to resurface and complete its economic turnaround. Even though CPEC is in its inception phase, it is imperative for us to establish a solid and transparent foundation for a truly empowering corridor with two-way linkages,” PTI manifesto reads. Currently, Pakistan is not fully benefiting from CPEC related investments due to insufficient transfer of knowledge and capabilities, lesser partnerships with local businesses and our high dependence on imports of goods and services from China, the manifesto highlighted, adding that PTI vows to ensure the completion of CPEC but encourage a shift towards partnerships for project completion. The manifesto adds, “We will utilise expertise from China to supplement domestic manufacturing capabilities and enhance yields in agriculture. We will create more opportunities to promote local value-addition through Joint Ventures and by offering incentives for value-added exports”. PTI also plans to facilitate the integration of Pakistani manufacturers in global value chains besides ensuring that local Pakistani businesses are fully involved in the implementation of CPEC projects and policies. “We will improve and implement State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) National Financial Inclusion Strategy, drastically increase access to finance, increase deposit base of banks and establish an infrastructure lending bank for large projects”. PTI also wishes to enhance the “underrepresentation” of Gilgit Baltistan in CPEC. The party recognises the commitment of the people of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) to Pakistan, which has been exemplary and is reflected in their sacrifices and it will ensure that the people of GB get their due political and economic rights. “Gilgit Baltistan suffers from myriad issues, ranging from lack of economic

development, underrepresentation in CPEC and a centralised bureaucracy coupled with an already disempowered legislative assembly… We will boost the local economy with strategic investments in tourism, minerals and renewable energy. We will provide GB with solid opportunities in CPEC and ensure local participation,” the party claims. PPP’S CPEC STRATEGY: PPP in its manifesto says that PPP spearheaded a quantum leap forward by placing Pakistan as a key player in China’s OBOR initiative and paving the way for CPEC. “We recognise the need to protect the corridor from external threats, including terrorism and hostile, subversive elements. We also recognise that Pakistan’s public capacity to undertake CPEC is linked to pushing through crucial reforms in the energy sector, improving public sector capacity, streamlining tariff structures, and clearing regulatory tangles,” the manifesto says. The political party believes that if properly realised the CPEC-Plus vision will be a game-changer that can help transform Pakistan’s economic landscape in the way of development, growth, jobs, infrastructure and trade while enhancing Pakistan’s strategic clout. PPP pledges to deliver on these fronts to make CPEC an effective driver of both development and stability in the region. “We pledge to redouble our efforts to establish and enable favourable regimes for Free-Trade Agreements (FTAs), comprehensive economic partnerships, financial and banking systems, trans-regional and intraregional energy supply, energy security arrangements, digital connections and secure transport and freight corridors. We will encourage discussions with Moscow and Beijing to locate and identify new nodes of convergence that can possibly help bring CPEC activities in line with Russia’s own vision for a Eurasian Economic Union,” the party’s manifesto concludes.

SECP approves PICIC Investment, PICIC Growth Fund conversion into open-end funds

comprising shares of PSO and SNGPL as per the consent agreements with the Government of Pakistan through the Privatisation Commission. As per the approved scheme, class A units are issued to the certificate holders of the PIF and PGF based on the market value of the frozen portfolio and related assets and liabilities as applicable on June 30, 2018. Class B units are issued to the certificate holders of PIC and PGF based on the NAV of the portfolio other than those attributed to class A units on June 30, 2018. Class A units of PIC and PGF shall remain listed on Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) and are tradable in the same manner as that of certificates of closed-end funds under the newly assigned security symbols of HIFA (HBL Investment Fund “A”) and HGFA (HBL Growth Fund “A”). Investors of class B units would be able to buy or sell units at price based on the net asset value of the respective fund subject to back-end load as applicable.

which diversified the exemplary Pakistan-China friendship,” says the PMLN manifesto. The party believes that the primary objective of CPEC was increasing Pakistan-China cooperation in energy and transport infrastructure megaprojects and Gwadar Port. “The PML-N government with the Chinese government’s funding launched development projects of $50 billion under the CPEC. Most of these projects have been completed by the PML-N government while the rest of projects would be completed during the party’s next tenure. The PML-N in its upcoming tenure would intensify development projects and CPEC infrastructure, employment and business opportunities under CPEC,” the manifesto says. Besides CPEC, the PML-N led government will also develop local resources, the latest modern technologies and industrial clusters which could help generate employment opportunities and enhance exports, the manifesto adds. “The PML-N government would also facilitate cooperation between China’s investment and industrial sectors with Pakistani business corporations. Moreover, the PML-N government would also ensure the provision of capital for setting up new businesses with the Chinese government and Pakistani banks,” PML-N says in its manifesto. The political party believes that a PML-N government would make Pakistan a centre for industrial and business opportunities and Pakistan would become the 20th major economic force of the world by the year 2030 by attracting business opportunities. PTI’S CPEC PLAN: Among other plans and strategies set out by Imran Khan’s political party, in its election manifesto, PTI has vowed to create solid two-way linkages with China and promote an indigenous resource focused growth strategy to leverage trade infrastructure of CPEC and OBOR projects.

Finance ministry to provide 'real picture' of public debt, says Shamshad ISLAMABAD PPI

Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar has commended the ministry for taking the initiative to provide the real picture of public debt and remove the misconceptions being spread in public debates and media. Addressing a seminar on 'Public DebtIssues, Challenges and Way Forward' in Islamabad, she said the public debt should not be measured in isolation as it is governed under Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation Act, 2005. She said public debt mainly increased due to fiscal deficit, IMF loan, balance of payments requirements and rupee depreciation against the dollar.


The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has approved the conversion of PICIC Investment Fund and PICIC Growth Fund being managed by HBL AMC into open-end funds. The SECP managed to bring this longstanding issue to a successful conclusion by closely working with HBL AMC and other stakeholders, including PSX, CDC, and NCCPL. The conversion will enable investors to capture the benefit of the net asset value of the unfrozen portfolio of the funds in case of redemption, and allow exit mechanism to the

investors of class A units representing frozen portfolio through PSX. Consequently, the PICIC Investment Fund (PIF) and PICIC Growth Fund (PGF) were converted into openend funds on July 2, 2018, in compliance with the condition imposed by the SECP for the merger of the PICIC AMC with and into HBL AMC. Regulation 65 of the Non-Banking Finance Companies and Notified Entities Regulations, 2008, required all closed-end funds to be converted into open-end schemes upon expiry of five years starting November 21, 2007. However, PIF and PGF could not be converted into an open-end structure because of the frozen portfolio

Business community to support construction of dams: FPCCI ISLAMABAD ONLINE

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Thursday said future of the business community is linked to Pakistan. Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Vice President Karim Aziz Malik while speaking to the business community said on Thursday. He said that the business community would fully cooperate to construct two dams as directed by the Supreme Court (SC). “We can remain in business if the country remains intact therefore businessmen should be united to discharge their national obligations”, he said He said that completion of dams will take time, therefore, reservoirs should also be constructed across the country which is an economic option and the business community will fully cooperate. The government should also invite local and foreign investors to build reservoirs on BOT basis to save water, worth tens of billions of dollars, wasted annually. Reservoirs are not only meant for power production but these can be used for the provision of water to masses, agricultural sector, and flood protection, he added. Malik said that many former governments have neglected the issue of water scarcity and avoided construction of dams but now the efforts of the SC are sincere which is a positive sign. Pakistan is among the countries facing water scarcity as it has constructed two mega dams and some small dams since independence while other countries completed over forty thousand dams during this period. Avoiding dams resulted in over-dependence on fossil fuels while increasing the cost of electricity which impaired production and exports, he observed.

Pak-China discuss railway projects under CPEC ISLAMABAD APP

A delegation of Chinese consortium in terms of Framework Agreement called on Ministry of Railways Chairman Muhammad Javed Anwar in Islamabad on Thursday and discussed progress on ML-I (Karachi-Peshawar) project. The chairman highlighted the importance of ML-I project and informed that it is an early harvest and a strategic project of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework. The feasibility study of a preliminary design of Phase-I of the project has been completed and is in final stages of the review process so that the next steps of project implementation could be initiated on priority. Both sides also discussed areas of cooperation in railways sector. The meeting was also attended by CREC Pakistan Mission Head Sun and General Planning Director Mazhar Ali Shah.

Market Daily: Bulls hungry as KSE-100 jumps 288 points LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Indices at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) had a better day on Thursday compared to the previous session on Wednesday despite negative news flow influencing investor sentiment. A jump in trade deficit numbers to an all-time high of $37.67 billion for FY18, up 16 per cent or $5.2 billion on year on year (YoY) basis, witnessed a low volume selloff in the first session. However, value hunters stepped in to support the falling Index and lifted it back to green. The day ended with the KSE-100 index closing up 288.36 points (+0.73 per cent) at 39,875.12. Market participation took a step back with volume and value down 18.33 per cent and 12.74 per cent respectively, amid overnight losses in oil prices (brent -5.2 per cent), heavy foreign selling, ongoing political noise and con-

cerns on the economy. The KMI 30 index was up by 492.99 points at close meanwhile, KSE All Share index appreciated by 84.03 points and ended the day at 29,050.88. The advancers to decliners ratio stood at 173 to 127. Activity in materials and financials were up 34.4 per cent and 32.5 per cent of total turnover respectively, dominated the trading activity in Thursday’s session. Investor appetite remained high for DGKC (7.73 per cent of total turnover), ENGRO (4.91 per cent of total turnover), UBL (17.3 per cent of total turnover) and HBL (3.9 per cent of total turnover) amid attractive valuations. Major gains to market performance came from materials (+1.57 per cent), consumer discretionary (+1 per cent) and financials (+0.88 per cent) amid gains in ENGRO (+2.34 per cent), FFC (+3.05 per cent), EFERT (+3.39 per cent), DAWH (+2.7 per cent), INDU (+3.52 per cent),

THALL (+3.32 per cent), MCB (+1.30 per cent), HBL (+0.86 per cent), MEBL (+4.72 per cent) and BAHL (+0.70 per cent). Market participation for the KSE-100 index declined to 59.18 million shares from 72.46 million in the previous session (-18.33 per cent on day on day basis). Major contribution to total market volume came from FCCL (-1.90 per cent), PIBTL (-3.12 per cent) and EPCL (+4.69 per cent) churning 14.72 million shares out of the All Share volume of 108.90 million shares. Daily traded value for the KSE100 index declined to $33.17 million from $38.01 million in the previous session down 12.74 per cent; UBL ($5.59 million), DGKC ($2.56 million) and ENGRO ($1.62 million) were among top contributors from a traded value perspective. Major contribution to the KSE-100 index upside came from ENGRO (+2.34 per cent), FFC (+3.05 per cent), EFERT (+3.39 per cent), HUBC (+1.91 per cent)

and MCB (+1.30 per cent) adding 150 points. On the flip side, PAKT (-4.80 per cent), OGDC (-0.51 per cent) and SHFA (-5 per cent) took away 43 points. The KSE-100 index is 6 per cent above its 52week low of 37,736.73 reached on December 12, 2017, and 16 per cent below its 52-week high of 47,241.17 reached on

August 4, 2017. Technically speaking, the KSE-100 index staged a buoyant close as value hunting took centre stage in the second session. Analysts believe the bottoming out process has started now with limited downside risk, whereas, immediate support is at 39,236 (intraday low).


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Corporate Corner Javaria malik joins ICma Pakistan as director marketing, communications ISLAMABAD: Javaria Malik has joined ICMA Pakistan as director marketing and communications. Javaria Malik is an ACCA member and holds an Advance Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA-UK. Professionally, she has been associated with the education sector for more than 13 years. She is also the former Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) UK, Pakistan Chapter country head and has served CIMA for approximately 9 years, during which she has been actively involved in strategic business development as well as growth management of CIMA’s Pakistan market. The management and the National Council of ICMA Pakistan welcomes her on-board. PRESS RELEASE

KARACHI: Jazz has collaborated with Careem to offer various promotions to its subscribers throughout the year. Subscribers can use the promo code ‘JAZZSUPER4G’ when booking a ride through the Careem app to avail a discount of 20 per cent on their next four rides. pr




HE State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in its latest move to curtail falling foreign exchange reserves has added additional measures to allow access US dollars. Earlier, on Thursday Bloomberg reported that Pakistan’s central bank has increased the amount of red tape needed to access dollars since Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves have dropped at the fastest pace as compared to other economies within Asia. After the latest round of currency devaluation last month, SBP directed banks that importers will now need to inform the regulator regarding foreign currency requirements at least a day prior to the actual transaction and would be required to fill out a form for import payments. According to sources cited in the report, these measures apply to transactions that are not backed by a bank’s letter of credit (LC). Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves have eroded faster than any other country in

the region at -34 per cent during the last 12 months, as compared to Azerbaijan (-8 per cent), Kazakhstan (-6 per cent), Fiji (-6 per cent) and Bangladesh (-4 per cent). Pakistan being Asia’s second largest economy is now showing signs of distress just before the general elections as foreign exchange reserves have dropped to a record low of more than three and a half years. Moreover, increasing imports have burdened the balance of trade and have resulted in a widened current account deficit, along with unprecedented currency devaluation three times since December to ease the pressure. “Once you go into high current account deficit and reserves deplete, this happens,” said Collective for Social Science Research Director Asad Sayeed. “Investments are going to be affected. Your high growth time is over now.” Moreover, Pakistan’s caretaker Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar has also said that Pakistan’s economy faces “some very daunting challenges,” but the decision to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for

No write-off, remissions allowed for loans from Zari Taraqiati Bank: MoF KARACHI: Khushhali Microfinance Bank’s successful microentrepreneurs, Sanober (Hyderabad), Saifullah (Naseerabad) and Surayya (Muzaffarabad) receive acknowledgement at 12th Citi-PPAF Micro-entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony held to celebrate their achievements. pr

LONDON: Grow Online Pakistan has partnered with Riwayat London to jointly launch ‘Pret-a-Pak’ – a fashion and lifestyle mobile and online shopping platform at Pakistan Fashion Week London 13. It was a well-attended and glittery event which was held in London. pr


Finance Minister Dr Shamshad AKhtar Thursday said that the Zari Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) had not filed a single criminal case against any defaulter in Balochistan. Responding to a point of public importance in the upper house, raised by Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, regarding the issuance of arrest warrants in the names of poor farmers of drought-hit areas due to default in payment of loans of ZTBL despite the fact that Senate had passed a resolution to waive off their debts, the finance minister said no write-off and remission was allowed by the bank as per policy in the jurisdiction. She said as regards to the waiver of loans, it was prerogative of the federal government to consider any relief package in this regard. Responding to another point raised by Senator Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini regarding fluctuation of air tickets of Pakistan Inter-

national Airlines (PIA), Minister for Defence and Aviation, Lt General (r) Khalid Naeem Lodhi said that prices for most of the PIA tickets were variable and changed according to the demand of tickets. Earlier, Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National Heritage, and Literary Heritage, Syed Ali Zafar, set before the Senate the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 as required by clause (2) of Article 89 of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which was referred by the Senate chairman to the respective standing committee. Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar also laid before the Senate the annual report along with a copy of the auditors’ report and certified statement of accounts, of the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) for the financial year 2013-14. Meanwhile, the Senate also carried 14 motions to extend times for presentation of reports of various committees moved by the chairmen of respective standing committees.

Pakistani banks urged to comply with EU’s GDPR rules, ensure cyber safety KARACHI STAFF REPORT

Pakistani banks need to operate in compliance with the European Union’s (EU) new personal data protection rules, as ignorance may lead them to troubled lands, a speaker at the International Information Security Conference said on Thursday. “I believe most of the banks in Pakistan already have an understanding about the banking system under GDPR (EU new data privacy rules),” IBM Technical Security Sales Specialist Afzal Rehman said while speaking at the 10th International Information Security Conference. He elaborated that banks are the entities which control personal data of their clients. They may interact with European Union’s clients directly or indirectly (through a third party) to process a financial transaction. In both the cases, they need to follow the regulations. “If you need to interact with any EU data, you need to follow the regulations – doesn’t matter if you are data

controller or a data processor,” he said. He elaborated that noncompliance may cost the EU data interacting companies to pay 4 per cent of their global annual turnover or 20 million euro, whichever is the higher amount. The EU implemented the new rules; General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with effect from May 25, 2018. The rules gave full control to individuals whether they want firms to retain or delete their personal information they provided to use their products. Implementation of the rules had temporarily made some high profile US companies’ websites unavailable to the 28-nations bloc due to the then compliance crisis. A number of international and local ICT (Information and Communications Technology) security experts spoke at the one-day conference organised by Total Communications in collaboration with IBA, FIA, EY, ISACA and Digital Array. They said the challenge of protecting data has been becoming complicated with the passage of time despite firms spending billions of dollars to boost cybersecurity. The number of in-

cidents of cyber thefts has been multiplied over a period of time. “Cyber criminals looted $400 billion in 2014. They made the world deprived of $600 billion in 2017,” Habib Bank Limited Chief Operating Officer Sagheer Mufti informed the audience. “Our job is to not let that happen.” He urged organisations to have disaster recovery and business continuity plans in place, as everyone is at risk of cybercrime and anyone can be hacked. “Data protection is not a tech problem (alone), but this is a (corporate) governance issue which needs to be tackled every day and every minute.” ISACA President Hussein Hassanali said that the digital transformation has increased the vulnerability of big data and demand highly skilled professionals to make daily life hassle-free. “The world is short of two million ICT professionals…Pakistan has potential to fill a part of the vacuum.” Forcepoint Senior Sales Engineering Manager MENA, Ozgur Danisman said that “the incident of cyber security breach has increased 126 per cent in the


last five years despite increased spending on the security maintenance.” He said the breach has increased due to organisations spending on unwanted security features. Instead, they should deploy only those security features which are needed from time to time. “GCC spend on cybersecurity has grown to $1.8 billion, but on wrong things,” he said. IBM MEA Security Technical Manager, Andries Lategan said that 2017 was a tough year. Family members and friends in almost every circle have been affected by cyber attacks during the year. “Equifax (a US credit bureau) breach exposed data for 143 million consumers (in 2017),” he said. He said that there is a great need to address ICT fundamentals through improving working culture and collaboration among staffers at the organisations to mitigate the cyber attack risk. IBAICT and CICT Director Imran Batada said that the big data management industry is growing at a rapid pace. “ICT security has become a billion dollar industry.”

PakIStan’S ForEIgn rESErvES Fall By $309m to $9480m KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) here Thursday said the total liquid foreign reserves held by the country stood at $16,084.3 million as of July 06, 2018 depicting a decrease of $309 million. Foreign reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) stand at $9,479.5 million, whereas, net foreign reserves held by commercial banks amount to $6,604.8 million. Foreign exchange reserves held by SBP decreased by $309 million to $9,480 million due to external debt and other official payments, SBP noted. PPI

support will have to be taken by the new government after the July 25 ballot. Recently, Moody’s Investors Service also revised its outlook downward to negative from stable citing heightened external vulnerability risk. “On the external front, there is a need to arrange external financing in the short-term, and resolve structural issues affecting competitiveness in the medium and long-term,” read SBP’s quarterly report issued on Wednesday.

SBP governor to unveil monetary policy decision tomorrow ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Tariq Bajwa will unveil the Monetary Policy Decision at a press conference tomorrow, July 14, 2018. The press conference will be held at SBP Learning Resource Centre Auditorium, SBP Head Office, I.I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi. Market analysts expect the central bank to raise the policy rate by 50-100bps in the upcoming MPS.

Hussain lawai resigns as PSX Board chairman LAHORE STAFF REPORT

In an emergent meeting of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) held Thursday the board considered and accepted Hussain Lawai’s resignation at PSX Board Chairman with immediate effect. Earlier, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) had directed PSX vide direction dated July 10, 2018, to immediately remove Hussain Lawai as PSX Board of Directors Chairman. The SECP issued the direction considering facts that a First Information Report (FIR) dated July 6, 2018, had been registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under Pakistan Penal Code read with Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947, and the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010. The said FIR, among other individuals, also nominated Lawai as one of the accused, and the FIA had arrested him for further investigation. Earlier, the board held a meeting to address the situation, however, concluded that any action regarding Lawai should be kept suspended since no directives had been received from SECP. The board also noted that FIA proceedings against Lawai had no relation to PSX and pertained to an unresolved problem with another bank. PSX rules do not stop an individual from holding office till the person is convicted or resigns; hence no action was required, according to the board. Consequently, following the resignation the position of PSX Board chairman has been vacated and the new chairman is expected to be elected in the next board meeting.


Friday, 13 July, 2018

SubliMe Serena to face Kerber in her 10th WiMbledon final london



ERENA Williams booked a Wimbledon final rematch against Angelique Kerber as the seven-time champion marched into her 10th All England Club title match with a 6-2, 6-4 rout of Julia Goerges on Thursday. On 20-match winning streak at Wimbledon, Serena is the third oldest female Grand Slam finalist in the Open era at 36 years and 291 days. She will face German world number 10 Kerber on Saturday in a repeat of the 2016 showpiece won by Williams. Williams has often blasted her rivals off Centre Court with ferocious powerhitting, but German 13th seed Goerges was sent packing with a subtler 70minute display featuring just 16 winners and five aces. In only her fourth tournament since the birth of her daughter Olympia in September, the 23-time Grand Slam champion is closing in on her first major title as a mother. "It's crazy. I don't even know how to feel. I didn't expect to do this well in my

fourth tournament back," Williams said. "I had a really tough pregnancy delivery. I had to have multiple surgeries and almost didn't make it to be honest. "I'm just enjoying every moment of this. This was not inevitable for me." The American star will have history

in her sights against Kerber as she tries to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 Grand Slams singles titles. An eighth Wimbledon title would also move her past Steffi Graf into second place on the list of female Wimbledon champions, behind nine-time winner

Martina Navratilova. Serena will go into her 30th Grand Slam final -- her first since winning the 2017 Australian Open -- holding a 6-2 lead in her head to head record against Kerber. "She is clearly a really good grasscourt player. But whatever happens it's a great moment for me and incredible motivation to keep going for the rest of my career," Serena added. After all the controversy about the decision to seed Williams 25th at Wimbledon despite her position at 181 in the WTA rankings, she has proved the tournament's officials were actually too conversative. Williams, who missed Wimbledon last year due to her pregnancy, won the grass-court Grand Slam on her previous two visits in 2015 and 2016. Twenty years after making her Wimbledon debut as a precocious teenager and 16 years since her first title at the All England Club, Serena remains the pre-eminent force in the women's game. In a testament to her remarkable longevity, the former world number one has now made at least one Grand Slam final for the last 12 years. Serena had lost only one of her 10

previous Wimbledon semi-finals and the 11th followed a familiar script. When a panicked Goerges error wrapped up the first set, Serena's dominance was so total that the American, whose emotions are usually on full display, barely acknowledged the moment. By the time a Goerges drop-shot drifted into net to present Serena with the decisive break in the sixth game of the second set, the contest had already been sapped of any drama and moments later the title favourite was waving to the crowd in celebration. Earlier, Kerber raced into her second Wimbledon final and fourth Grand Slam showpiece as the German crushed former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in 67 minutes. The 30-year-old hit only 10 winners but that was all it took to get the job done as Latvian 12th seed Ostapenko shot herself in the foot with 36 unforced errors. "I was just trying to move good and take my chances. I'm so excited," Kerber said. "It's such a great feeling to be back in the final. Playing on Centre Court is always great." Referencing her dismal form last year, Kerber added: "2017 is over and I'm really happy about that. We are in 2018! "I'm really happy and proud to be in a Grand Slam final. These are the matches I was working for since I was a kid." It will be Kerber's first Grand Slam final since she won the second of her two major titles at the 2016 US Open. Kerber, who also won the Australian Open in 2016, is bidding to become the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Graf in 1996.

Injury puts Solomon Mire out of ODIs against Pakistan Harare agencieS

Pakistan team lift physical disability tri-series title London: An all-around Pakistan beat hosts England in the T20 International Physical Disability Tri-Series final, reported ICC. The Pakistanis posted a formidable 189/7, before bowling England out for 144, a brave halfcentury from Liam O’Brien going in vain. Abdullah Ejaz, the left-arm seamer, tore through the England lineup in a potent spell of fast bowling that yielded 5/22. It reduced the opposition to 42/6 at one point. Leading the defiance was O’Brien, who took the hosts to within 45 runs of victory. The Sussex all-rounder, who made his debut in this tournament, struck 75 off 40 balls after taking 2/32 in the Pakistan innings. His innings included six fours and four sixes. He added 63 for the seventhwicket with Jordan Williams (17) but couldn’t keep up the fight. Asked to bat, Pakistan got off to a flying start, racing to 80 without loss. Hasnain Alam’s 48 off 36 and Muhammad Shahbaz’s 34 off 24 led the way. The middle order made handy runs and Saif Ullah pitched in with an attacking 31 off 18 balls to take the side to a total. England had defeated Pakistan the previous day to seal their place in the final over Bangladesh, but they could not repeat the result in the final. “It’s only ever a loss when you don’t learn from it,” said Ian Salisbury, the former England leg-spinner, who is coach of the PD team. “You learn more probably from defeat than when you win. For me, it just goes back to the mantra of making better cricketers and people. The great thing about sport is it does give you another better chance to come back and make things right. So, these guys will learn more from these matches.” Staff RepoRt

Pedrosa announces imminent retirement from MotoGP SachSenring: Spain's Dani Pedrosa, three-times a world MotoGP championship runner-up, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of the season. The 32year-old Honda pilot, who won the 125cc category in 2003 and 250cc in 2004 and 2005, currently sits in 12th spot of the MotoGP standings ahead of this weekend's German race in Sachsenring. One of the most successful riders of all time, Pedrosa has the third most podiums and 54 wins over his 18-year career. Pedrosa found out in June he would be replaced at Honda next season by Jorge Lorenzo, who signed from Ducati. "Next year I won't compete in the championship, I'll finish my career in MotoGP this season," Pedrosa said. "It's a decision I've thought about for a long time and it's a hard decision because this is the sport I love but despite having good opportunities to keep racing, I feel like I don’t live racing with the same intensity as before and I now have different priorities in my life." agencieS

Kyle Jarvis ruled out with injury too, as Zimbabwe suffer setbacks in the lead up to five-match series, reported ICC. Zimbabwe’s chances in the upcoming one-day international series against Pakistan suffered a big setback with Solomon Mire, their star opener, ruled out after sustaining a gluteal tear. The 28-year-old picked up the injury during his innings of 63 against Australia during Zimbabwe’s last game of the tri-nation Twenty20 International series last week. He had plundered a 63-ball 94, Zimbabwe’s highest score in the format, just two days earlier against Pakistan, the third team in the competition. Despite Mire’s best efforts, though, Zimbabwe failed to make the final after losing all their four games. “He will be out for at least three weeks as he concentrates on physiotherapy rehabilitation which aims to speed up healing and make sure the tear heals without tight scar tissue formation,” Anesu Mupotaringa, the Zimbabwe physiotherapist, said on Mire. Mire, who amassed 212 runs in four outings and was the third-highest scorer in the tournament, soared an astonishing 202 places on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Players Rankings for batsmen at

the end of the tournament. He ended with a careerbest 581 points and the 25th place on the table. Jarvis, the medium pacer, has also been ruled out of the ODI series. He fractured his right thumb during the first game of the T20I series against Pakistan while attempting a catch. Jarvis did not play any further part in the series and the physio has confirmed that the medium pacer will be out

for at least six weeks. Liam Roche, former Zimbabwe Under-19 captain, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Ryan Murray have been included in the squad and are in line for their debuts. All five ODIs between Zimbabwe and Pakistan will be staged at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, with the first game on Friday, 13 July.

Karunaratne ton lifts Sri Lanka to 287 on tough day one Galle agencieS

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 158 to lift Sri Lanka to 287 all out against South Africa on day one of the first Test in Galle on Thursday. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada claimed four wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 176-8 but Karunaratne gave the total respect with his 222ball knock after the hosts elected to bat first. The left-handed Karunaratne, who registered his eighth century in his 50th Test, built crucial partnerships including a 63-run 10th wicket stand with Lakshan Sandakan, who made 25. In response South Africa were in trouble at four for one at stumps after veteran spinner Rangana Herath got Aiden Markram out for nought. Dean Elgar, on four, and nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj were at the crease at close of play on a tough day's cricket that saw rain in the afternoon and an extended final session.

The day belonged to Karunaratne who stood tall during his marathon stand after Rabada and then left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi tore into the Sri Lankan middle-order. Rabada, who came back after an injury, returned figures of 4-50, while Shamsi took three wickets on a seemingly turning sub-continent pitch. Rabada had made the first break-


through for South Africa, dismissing Danushka Gunathilaka with a delivery that rose sharply and got the batsman caught behind for 26. He then struck twice in his sixth over of the day, removing Angelo Mathews, for one, and Roshen Silva, for nought, shortly after lunch. Those two wickets came towards the start of Sri Lanka's mid-

dle-order, when they lost six wickets for 61 runs, slipping from a relatively comfortable 115-2. But Karunaratne rarely attempted to counter attack, preferring instead to steadily build his innings, which featured 13 fours and an impressive six off Dale Steyn in the first session. He completed his ton with a boundary off Shamsi and then moved to 150 for the fourth time in his Test career. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was forced to rotate his regular bowling options as Karunaratne played sensible cricket with the tail enders. Stand-in-captain Suranga Lakmal also fought with Karunaratne during their 48-run ninth wicket stand that frustrated the bowling side. Sri Lanka's regular captain Dinesh Chandimal is suspended for the two-match series, after pleading guilty to breaching the spirit of cricket during the team's Test tour of West Indies last month.


Friday, 13 July, 2018

Mental StrenGth carried croatia to World cuP final, SayS lovren Moscow


over 540 arrested in china for online football gambling

Kane says World cup semi-final run just the start for ‘young england’ london agencieS

"I think now in many years people will remember us, not the '98 team. This is what I wanted, this is why I'm proud and I deserve this." added Lovren. "I was only nine. I remember my mum was screaming and she was crying after the France game. People were talking about Lillian Thuram, where did he come from? Maybe it is our time for revenge." Having seen off Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in 90 minutes and had an extra day's rest following their semi-final on Tuesday, France

will be heavy favourites to make amends for defeat to Portugal on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 on Sunday. However, Croatia have grown used to beating the odds, and will relish the role of underdogs once more. "France are definitely the favourites, there is no hiding from that, but we like that," added Lovren. "We like to be the underdogs from day one. "Without being arrogant. I think if you are in the final, you are the two best teams in the world."

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China has cracked down on online football gambling during the World Cup, arresting more than 540 suspected of participating in schemes involving more than $1.5 billion, state media said. The suspects were "associated with more than 20 gangs", and their servers, computers, mobile phones and bank cards were confiscated, police in China's southern province of Guangdong told the official Xinhua news agency. Some 70 mobile apps and websites as well as 250 online chat groups have also been shuttered, Xinhua said Wednesday without providing further detail. In May, police honed in on an online gambling platform which accepted bitcoin and had grown to 330,000 members in just eight months. Authorities arrested six of its key organizers, froze assets of over 5 million yuan ($750,000), and confiscated virtual currency worth over $1.5 million, Xinhua said, without giving specific dates of the raid. Although all gambling is technically illegal in China, it is permitted in the country's hundreds of thousands of "lottery shops". These are run by China's Sports Administration, with part of the proceeds ploughed back into sport ranging from financing stadiums to training the next generation of Chinese athletes.

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ROATIA have relied on mental strength to defy limited resources and become the smallest nation in 68 years to reach a World Cup final, said defender Dejan Lovren. Zlatko Dalic's men have taken the long road to a meeting with France in Moscow on Sunday after three lots of extra-time and two penalty shootouts in the knockout phase to squeeze past Denmark, Russia and England. Born to Croatian parents in the Bosnian city of Zenica, Lovren was forced to flee to Germany at just three years old when the Bosnian War broke out in 1992. His family eventually settled back in Croatia and the Liverpool defender believes a tough upbringing and fierce desire to make the nation of just over four million people proud are key motivating factors. "I think it is our mentality. We went through again a lot... wars, all these things, and even now the situation is not the best. But it is unbelievable how many talents we have in sports," Lovren told reporters after Croatia ended England's World Cup dreams with a 2-1 semi-final win. "We knew we could write history and we did it. Now there is only one game left to make it forever." Lovren and his teammates have already gone further than Croatia ever have before at a World Cup, but can become legends if they gain revenge for France's semi-final victory in the 1998 World Cup. French right-back Lilian Thuram scored his only two goals in a storied 142-cap international career in that semi-final 20 years ago.

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Since Germany humiliatingly crashed out of the World Cup, a team member with Turkish roots has faced a hailstorm of criticism that Muslim and migrant groups charge is openly racist. Mesut Ozil, 29, quickly become a scapegoat for far-right populists, but the storm escalated when even German football bosses, rather than defend him, suggested the squad may have been better off without him. At the heart of the storm is a political controversy that flared before the World Cup started, when Ozil and his team mate Ilkay Gundogan posed for photos with Turkey's authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The incident sparked heated debate on whether the young men felt greater loyalty to their birth country Germany or to Turkey, the ancestral home of their families and of a three-million-strong minority group. While Gundogan, 27, who plays for Manchester City,

voiced dismay about the controversy, Ozil, an Arsenal midfielder, further infuriated critics by staying silent on the Erdogan affair. Ozil, a key player in Germany's victorious campaign in Brazil in 2014, and Gundogan endured jeers and boos on the pitch which, according to Bild daily, reduced Gundogan to tears in the locker room. But the anger escalated after Germany's shock first-round de-

feat to South Korea dismayed the football-mad nation. First off the mark was the anti-Islam and anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), which has long railed against Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees. AfD lawmaker Jens Maier charged bluntly that "Without Ozil we would have won!" in a tweet that also featured a picture of a smiling Ozil and the words "Are you satisfied, my president?"

Harry Kane says England restored pride during their run to the World Cup semi-finals and can use the tournament as a springboard for sustained success for a talented young generation. Playing in their first World Cup semi-final for 28 years, England blew a golden opportunity to reach their first final since 1966, surrendering a 1-0 half-time lead to lose 2-1 to Croatia after extra-time in Moscow on Wednesday. The tournament's top goalscorer with six goals, Kane himself missed a huge chance to give England breathing space in the first half. But he believes even brighter days lie ahead for the third-youngest squad on show in Russia. "It hurts now but I know when we look back there are a lot of positives, (a lot of) experience we can take. That's the aim, in two years' time in the Euros to go again and win big tournaments," said the Tottenham Hotspur striker. "We've shown we can do well in these tournaments and the aim is now not to wait another 20-odd years to get to another big semifinal. It's to go again and try to achieve our dreams." In their run to the last four, England re-engaged with a fanbase disaffected by decades of failure at international tournaments, most notably in a humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016. World Cup fever swept the nation back home and even after the defeat, thousands of England fans at the Luzhniki stadium stayed behind long after the final whistle to give their side a rousing send-off. "It's massive that we had a good tournament and restored pride in the nation. The fans are excited to watch us play and that's how we have to keep progressing," added Kane. "We should be proud and hold our heads up high because we've come a long way from two years ago. Even out there the fans singing after a defeat, it's a proud feeling." England manager Gareth Southgate has taken much of the credit for moulding his young side, not only with a commitment to play attractive and attacking football on the field, but a fresh open attitude with fans and media off it. "This team is very special," said Kieran Trippier, who had got England off to a flying start in the semi-final with a fifth-minute free-kick to open the scoring. "It all comes from the manager. Unbelievable manager... I can't speak highly enough of him. He sets the tone, he brought this team together. Everybody knows how close our team is and that all comes from him." Trippier was one of many England players with limited international experience before the tournament who went onto shine in Russia. And he expects a "great future" for England, with most of the current squad still young enough to be around for the 2022 World Cup. "There is a great future going forward, trust me, with this team," added Trippier. "In the future for sure with this manager, with these players, the team is only going to progress and I'm sure we can go far in the next tournaments. "We've got a great team spirit, great chemistry, a very young team. We can succeed and do the country proud."

What went wrong for Belgium and England? K sHaHid We now have our two finalists for the FIFA World Cup final which will be played on Sunday. On Saturday though, Belgium and England, the two losing semi-finalists take on each other for the third-place playoff, which is always a bit of an anticlimax, especially if the teams participating in it had ambitions of going all the way in the World Cup. This is especially true for Belgium who were among the pre-tournament favourites as one of the top football sides in the world. The current lot is being dubbed the ‘golden generation’ of Belgian football – and with the likes of Edin Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and indeed a formidable backline, nobody would argue against it. Belgium then went on to add to their

billing by being the only semifinalist that had entered the final four having won all of their matches in the tournament so far. They did so without having been taken to extra-time. And after beating the mighty Brazil in the quarters, Belgium were being touted as the favourites in many quarters. The only other time to rival this billing was the French side that they came up against in the semis. And where France outdid Belgium was plain old tactics. It’s true that the Belgian frontline couldn’t come anyway near the level they had exhibited against Brazil, but that is also because France never allowed them to play. Despite a vulnerable defence, it was the midfield where France outthought Belgium by keeping things compact. The French side had seen what the Belgian attack can do if you take the game to them, which Brazil had done in

the quarters. So, they decided to shore up the midfield, and take the role of the counterattacking side instead. Meanwhile, England underwent something in complete contrast to Belgium. They weren’t among the pre-tournament favourites, and in all honesty, a quarterfinal place would’ve been a success story. Little wonder then that a first semifinal for 28 years is being cheered as a major accomplishment back home. But what is also true is that England had a significant rub of the green with the draw, which meant that they didn’t have to beat any of the top-drawer sides all the way to the semis. Beating Panama, Tunisia, Colombia and Sweden, is a very rare path to a World Cup semifinal in terms of the pedigree of the opposition. That is why they came unstuck against the first quality team that they


came up against in the shape of Croatia. What also worked against the English side is the fact that they got their goal in the semifinal too early, and then just chose to sit back against a Croatian side that just grew in strength as the time went on and as they continued to be more expressive. Even so, England have a promising

squad, led by the formidable Harry Kane, which can grow into a force over the next couple of international tournaments. Both Belgium and England can build on their World Cup shows for Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup in Doha. But yes both, especially Belgium, would be dejected at having to play on Saturday and not Sunday.

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