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rmy personnel would be deployed both inside and outside polling stations to ensure security during general elections. this was decided at a meeting held at the election commission of pakistan (ecp) on thursday with chief election commissioner Sardar muhammad raza Khan in the chair. it was also decided that foolproof security would be provided during printing of the ballot papers. for this purpose, the army would be deployed at Security printing press from June 27 to July 25. briefing reporters after the meeting, the ecp additional director general media said that cctV cameras would be installed at 20,000 sensitive polling stations in the country. he said close coordination would also be maintained with national counter terrorism authority for security issues. he said the meeting decided that foolproof security would also be provided to political leaders, adding that it would be the responsibility of the
provinces to make necessary arrangements in this regard. Similarly, provincial governments would also provide security to district returning officers, returning
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officers and presiding officers. he said the commission expressed satisfaction over security arrangements so far devised for the general elections.
as per a revised election schedule issued by ecp on June 8, the last day to submit nomination papers was extended from June 8 to June 11. the electoral body had earlier said that the date for submission of nomination papers was extended to facilitate political parties. the deadline to complete the scrutiny of nomination papers was changed from June 14 to June 19. the last day to file appeals against any objection to the decisions of returning officers was extended till June 22. the verdicts on appeals will be announced by June 27, after which, the revised list of candidates will be issued on June 28. candidates will be able to withdraw their nomination papers on June 29, and the electoral body will announce the final list of candidates on the same day. the electoral symbols will be issued to candidates on June 30. elections will be held on July 25. DEFAULTERS IDENTIFIED: meanwhile, the ecp has identified 383 election candidates as bank defaulters of hundreds of millions of rupees during the scrutiny of their nomination papers.
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SC quaSheS MuSharraf’S hopeS of ConteSting pollS CounSeL teLLS Court forMer diCtAtor wAntS to return to PAkiStAn APML SeCretAry generAL SAyS MuSHArrAf wiLL CoMe BACk After HiS PASSPort iS reStored By govt But ‘CertAin SituAtion’ PrevAiLing in Country won’t Let HiM LaHore
HE Supreme Court (SC) has suspended its interim verdict permitting former military dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf to submit his nomination papers for the general elections after he failed to appear before the court on Thursday. A four-judge bench of the apex court, headed by the chief justice, was hearing Musharraf’s appeal against his 2013 disqualification by the Peshawar High Court. The apex court had allowed the for-
mer military strongman to contest elections on a condition that he appears before the court on June 13. The court then extended the deadline to June 14 and asked Musharraf to appear before it in Lahore at 2pm or face the consequences. Following the court order, Musharraf submitted nomination papers to contest elections from NA-1 constituency from Chitral. However, now his nomination papers stand void after his repeated absences from the court as his papers could only be considered if he had appeared at the SC. At the outset of the hearing at Lahore Registry on Thursday, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar inquired about former gen-
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directive allowing Musharraf to file nomination papers and asked his lawyer to let the court know when he wants the case to be heard next. All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary General Dr Amjad, who also appeared the court, said Musharraf’s return was delayed as his passport was still not restored. He said that Musharraf is ready to return in light of SC‘s orders; however, his passport has not be restored despite the directions of the court. “He will depart for the country as soon as his passport is restored,” he maintained. On Wednesday, CJP Saqib Nisar said that the apex court was not bound to accept Musharraf’s condition re-
eral’s intentions to appear before the court and ordered the deputy attorney general to “find out whether or not the accused will appear before the court”. “The hearing was scheduled for 2pm but we can [still] wait if Musharraf will appear [before the court],” Justice Nisar said. However, Musharraf ’s counsel Qamar Afzal apprised the bench that his client wants to return to the country and face the court, but a “certain situation” prevailing in the country besides Eidul Fitr holidays is a hurdle in his return. Adjourning the case for an unspecified period of time, the court took back its
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KaraCHi STAFF REPORT Eidul Fitr will be celebrated with traditional zeal and fervour across Pakistan on Saturday, June 16, Ruet-iHilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman announced after the members failed to sight the Shawal moon on Thursday evening. Friday will therefore be the 30th and final day of Ramzan. Mufti Muneeb told journalists that evidences of moon-sighting were not received from anywhere in the country. The Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee met in Karachi to see the Shawal moon, whereas zonal bodies of the committee also met in Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore. The Met Office had also announced that no testimonies were received, adding that moon was not sighted in various regions of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Indonesia and some other countries declared they had spotted the Shawal moon therefore Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in these counties on Friday. “The crescent of Shawwal moon has been observed in Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain,” said the International Astronomy Centre, Khaleej Times reported. In India, the Shawal moon was not sighted and the committee announced that the countrywide Eid celebrations will commence on Saturday. Eidul Fitr celebrations mark the culmination of the holy month of Ramzan during which Muslims all over the world observe 30 days of fasting. In Pakistan, Eid festivities are marked by last-minute late night shopping with shopping malls and markets bursting at the seams with energetic crowds. The government has announced a four-day holiday for Eid this year, which will run from June 15 to June 18 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday).
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday issued notices to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over a plea seeking to exclude the name of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s close aide Zulfi Bukhari from the Exit Control List (ECL). Justice Amir Farooq conducted hearing of the case during which Bukhari’s lawyer said that imposing a travel ban on his client is contrary to human rights. He said that Bukhari was first stopped from traveling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah on June 11, however, he was later given permission for six days. Bukhari’s name was unlawfully put on ECL, he added. The lawyer said that NAB cannot bar anyone from traveling abroad on an undergoing inquiry and requested the court to withdraw this decision. Meanwhile, Justice Amir asked Bukhari why he needs a restraining order. The court suspended notification of Interior Ministry and also rejected Bukhari’s appeal of giving restraining order over the issue.
Moreover, hearing of the case has been adjourned until June 21. Earlier, Caretaker Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk asked for an explanation from the Interior Ministry on how Bukhari left for Saudi Arabia despite the ban. According to local media reports, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) stated that the caretaker prime minister had taken notice of Bukhari’s flight out of the country on Monday. It was earlier reported that Bukhari was not allowed to board the flight to Saudi Arabia as his name had been placed on ECL. According to some private TV channels, the interior ministry has
submitted a report claiming that Bukhari’s name was not on ECL. The federal cabinet on Wednesday also took notice of this and the notice taken by the prime minister suggests that he had not been in the loop about the grant of a one-time permission to Bukhari. Bukhari is being investigated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for owning an off-shore firm that was revealed in the Panama Papers. Subsequently, his name was placed on ECL on NAB’s request. According to a letter issued by the interior ministry, a one-time “permission” was given to Bukhari for six days so he could perform Umrah.
Army to secure election Continued from page 01 Among the candidates who owe money to banks or have secured loan waivers is a certain Iftikhar Ahmed Khan, who owes a staggering Rs642 million. Of the other poll hopefuls, Naveed Mukhtar owes Rs570m, of which over Rs13m was waived; Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh owes Rs560m, of which over Rs14m has been waived; Rashid Yaqoob, who owes Rs528m, of which Rs13m has been waived; Muhammad Khan, a defaulter of Rs23m, and Malik Waheed Khan, a defaulter of
Rs5m, with Rs38m waived. Earlier this week, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had informed the ECP that more than 100 candidates were found to be bank defaulters in its scrutiny process. PPP’s Hina Rabbani Khar and Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo were among the prominent names that the central bank had red-flagged. The scrutiny process was to be carried out by four federal bodies: the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the National Accountability Bureau, the State Bank of Pakistan and the Federal Board of Revenue.
The ECP says three of the four agencies have wrapped up their part of the process, with the FIA, which is responsible for checking the dual nationality status and Iqama papers of the candidates, yet to submit its report on the matter. The ECP said that scrutiny of more than 20,000 applicants was conducted and the data of defaulters has been sent to the returning officer. The FIA has asked for 22 days to submit its report. FIA sources however said that most of the agency’s record is on paper, which is why it will need more time.
garding guarantee for his return, as the court has already granted him protection by letting him practice politics in Pakistan without any fear. He said that if Musharraf is a commando, he should come to Pakistan instead of ‘mis-committing like politicians’. Didn’t you get afraid when you took over the country, the CJP had quipped. If Musharraf has Parkinson’s disease then how will he participate in general elections 2018, he had wondered. Pervez Musharraf, who came into through a military coup in 1999 and held on to power till 2008, had left Pakistan in March 2016 on the pretext of backache after his name was removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) by the interior ministry. Then interior minister Nisar Ali Khan had announced at a press conference that the government had decided to allow Musharraf to travel abroad for treatment after the Supreme Court lifted a ban on Musharraf’s foreign travel a day ago. Musharraf had “promised to return in four to six weeks” to face all cases against him in court, the minister had said. Furthermore, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) last year declared Musharraf an absconder in the murder case of Benazir Bhutto.
Teacher tortured to death over Rs40 KASUR: A school teacher was killed by a tea stall owner and his accomplices over a dispute arising over petty Rs40 in Kasur city. According to reports, two school teachers, Shabbir Bhatti and Shafiq Dogar, went to Ansari tea stall located in old Larri Adda for having a cup of tea on Wednesday night. An employee of the hotel collected Rs40 from them as a bill for tea and when both the teachers were trying to leave, stall owner Latif stopped them and demanded the payment of two teacups. The teachers told him that they had paid the amount. However, an exchange of hot words ensued following which the hotel owner gathered his relatives on the spot. About 20 people tortured both Shabbir and Shafiq and both were shifted to DHQ hospital where Shabbir succumbed to his injuries. The A-Division police registered the case and arrested the main accused, while raids were being conducted for the arrest of remaining accused. The funeral prayer of Shabbir was offered in his native graveyard where all the teachers, students, lawyers and members of civil society participated. It is pertinent to mention here that the tea stall was being run by gamblers and criminals who clashed with their customers on a daily basis and also tortured them with the help of their accomplices. WAQAS ASHRAF
All stakeholders should play role for regional peace, says COAS RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that all the stakeholders should play a role in establishing peace in the region, according to an Inter-Services Public Relations statement. The army chief visited the Defence University of Islamabad, where he addressed officers enrolled in courses on national security and defence. The army chief said that Pakistan is trying to establish peace and stability in the region. “Pakistan is for all Pakistanis, which goes beyond the concepts of race and colour,” Bajwa said. For dealing with Pakistan’s internal challenges rule of law is necessary, he added. STAFF REPORT
CJP summons report in six weeks on land acquisition for SCBAHS LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday summoned a detailed report over the land acquisition for the Supreme Court Bar Association Housing Society (SCBAHS) in six weeks. A four-member bench of the apex court’s Lahore Registry headed by CJP Nisar heard the case pertain-
ing to the construction of the housing society for the legal fraternity. During the court proceedings, the CJP inquired about the progress in acquiring land for the housing society. Replying to him, a public lawyer shared that steps are being taken to attain land for the society. The chief justice further re-
marked, “The court orders are not being implemented strictly.” He directed the relevant authorities to not take the land of any person who is unwilling just to make lawyers happy. “We should not get complaints that the land was taken forcibly,” the top judge asserted. “It seems as if the Islamabad ad-
ministration is upset with lawyers, which is why they keep engaging in delay tactics,” observed CJP Nisar. Moreover, the Supreme Court Bar Association president shared with the court that Rs5 billion has been collected for the housing society, adding that 8,200-kanal land is needed for the society. STAFF REPORT
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Kulsoom Nawaz readmitted to hospital as condition worsens London STAFF REPORT
Former premier Nawaz Sharif’s wife and Maryam Nawaz’s mother Begum Kulsoom Nawaz’s health has suddenly deteriorated again and she was readmitted to the hospital, reported a private media outlet on Thursday. According to reports, Kulsoom Nawaz is experiencing increased weakness in health and was readmitted to the hospital on Wednesday. Doctors, who have been doing regular checkups of Kulsoom Nawaz, had advised that she should be hospitalised for further treatment. Nawaz Sharif, along with daughter Maryam Nawaz, left for London earlier on Thursday to spend Eid with his ailing wife. Kulsoom Nawaz underwent surgery in 2017 to remove diseased lymph nodes after she was diagnosed with throat cancer. In April, her medical reports indicated that her health had worsened after her throat cancer began to spread to the rest of her body. On May 25, her health was said to have improved following medical treatment for throat cancer in London. Nawaz and Maryam are scheduled to return to the country after spending Eid with Kulsoom Nawaz. On June 7, Nawaz and Maryam had sought a five-day exemption from appearance before accountability court in the corruption references against the Sharif family.
ORMER prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz on Thursday left for a week-long trip to London, where they will spend time with Nawaz’s ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, as the deposed premier appointed hired Jahangir Jadoon to represent him in the references filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) after Khawaja Harris and his team recused themselves from the case on Monday. According to reports, the fatherdaughter duo boarded a Qatar Airlines flight from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport and landed at London’s Heathrow Airport on Thursday evening. In London, they will spend Eidul Fitr with Kulsoom and also consult doctors regarding her health. Maryam took to Twitter before boarding her flight, asking her followers for special prayers for her mother, claiming that she would return to Pakistan in a week’s time. The two Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) leaders, both of whom are facing corruption charges in an accountability court, were allowed to leave the country despite a request by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to put their names on the Exit Control List (ECL).
Their visit was made possible after a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, on Sunday had allowed Nawaz and Maryam to take a break and visit Kulsoom in London. On Wednesday, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb had confirmed that the two leaders were set to leave for London but would “surely return” to the country. JADOON TO DEFEND NAWAZ: Earlier in the week, Nawaz’s lawyer Khawaja Harris had announced his decision to withdraw from representing the former PM in the graft references during the hearing of Al-Azizia reference. The
Supreme Court ‘dictated on completing the trial within a month’ and asked me to work on the weekends, said Harris while recusing himself from the case. Jadoon has represented Nawaz in multiple cases and also heads the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) legal wing. Maryam Nawaz and husband Safdar’s counsel Amjad Pervaiz was not present in court citing ill-health. Judge Muhammad Bashir then gave Pervaiz till June 19 to present his final arguments and adjourned the hearing. Jadoon submitted the power of attorney in all three references, taking over from Harris. He hoped former
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imran khan comes home to a sit-in after umrah trip Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was ‘welcomed’ by a sit-in outside his Bani Gala resident when he returned after performing Umrajh on Thursday. A number of unhappy party workers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Buner district staged a demonstration over, what they claim, ‘favouritism’ in distribution of tickets for the forthcoming general elections. The angry protesters stopped Imran’s car and shouted slogans including “Give respect to ideological party workers”. Deprived of tickets, the party workers had been staging a sit-in outside the Imran’s residence for a few days. They, however, dispersed peacefully after registering their protest. A board chaired by ‘deposed’ PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen was formed to award party tickets to candidates for the general elections 2018. The board is alleged of ‘favouritism’ and distribution of tickets to ‘non-ideological members’ of the party. On Monday, Imran flew to Saudi Arabia accompanied by wife Bushra Maneka and close aide Zulfi Bukhari from Noor Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi. NEWS DESk
counsel of Nawaz will take over as Nawaz has been trying to convince him. Over the course of the hearing, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi expressed reservations over the absence of Maryam’s counsel. He argued that Jadoon should present the arguments instead; however, Jadoon replied he was only submitting Maryam and Nawaz’s exemption plea for the hearing. On June 10, the SC granted another four weeks to the accountability court to wrap up the proceedings in four weeks’ time. The written order stated that the verdict came after hearing arguments from both Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi [NAB’s prosecutor] and Harris on the matter. The top court further said that NAB judge Muhammad Bashir is free to fix timings for the hearings as well. Subsequently, Harris recused himself from representing the former premier in the corruption references filed by NAB against the Sharif family. During the proceedings, the lawyer and his team had walked out of the case, stating that they could not perform under such pressure. He had said that the top court had instructed the accountability court to wrap up the proceedings in a month and to conduct hearings on Saturday. “The court can’t do justice to the case under this pressure,” Harris had maintained.
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A 10-member caretaker cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was sworn in on Thursday. KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra administered the oath to newly inducted cabinet members in a ceremony held at
Governor’s House, Peshawar. Caretaker Chief Minister Dost Muhammad Khan was also present on the occasion. The new cabinet comprises only one female member while the rest of them are males. Almost all of the members are new to the political circles. One member of the cabinet, Akbar Jan Marwat from Southern Laki
Marwat district has earlier served in provincial caretaker set up. Besides Akbar Jan Marwat, the other members of the caretaker cabinet are Muhammad Rashid Khan, Dr Sarah Safdar, Muqadas Ullah, Abdul Rauf Khan, Muhammad Sanaullah Khan, Zafar Iqbal Bangash, Anwarul Haq, Fazal Elahi and Justice (r) Asadullah Khan Chamkani.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday withdrew its earlier notification to restrict the federal and provincial governments to make fresh recruitments. According to an ECP notification, “In exercise of its powers conferred on under Article 218 (3) of the constitution read with sections 4,5 and 8 (c) of the Elections Act 2017, and all other powers enabling it in that behalf, the Election Commission of Pakistan direct that the ban imposed on recruitments is withdrawn forthwith.” The notification further said that the caretaker governments shall not make promotions or major appointments of public officials but may make short-term appointments in public interest.
UN rights chief calls for major probe into IHK abuses Zeid rA’Ad AL HuSSein SAyS He’LL urge HrC to ConSider eStABLiSHing CoMMiSSion of inquiry to indePendentLy inveStigAte HuMAn rigHtS vioLAtionS in kASHMir neW YorK AGENCIES
The United Nations (UN) human rights chief on Thursday called for a major investigation into abuses in Kashmir, as the organisation released its first-ever report on alleged rights violations committed by both India and Pakistan in the disputed territory. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he would urge the Human Rights Council, which opens a new session next week, “to consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation
into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.” A COI is one of the UN’s highestlevel probes, generally reserved for major crises like the conflict in Syria. The report, which the UN said was the first-of-its-kind for Kashmir, highlights “chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces”, the rights of office said in a press release. The findings come after months of deadly clashes along Line of Control (LoC). The report said that Zeid met with representatives of both governments following an upsurge of violence in July 2016, triggered by India’s killing of 22-
year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Concerned by what the UN termed “large and unprecedented” protests after Wani’s death, Zeid asked for “unconditional access” to Kashmir, but neither government agreed. His office then began remote monitoring of the region, ultimately producing a report covering alleged abuses between January 2016 and April of this year. The report, which focuses mainly on India-held Kashmir, accuses Indian troops of being responsible for an estimated 145 unlawful killings, far surpassing the 20 people estimated to have been killed by militant groups during that period. “It is essential that the Indian authorities take immediate and effective steps to avoid a repetition of the numerous examples of excessive use of force
by security forces in Kashmir,” Zeid was quoted as saying. Turning to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), the report identifies “a range of human rights abuses”, but notes they “are of a different calibre or magnitude and of a more structural nature”. The rights office also said that restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly made it difficult to obtain information about conditions in AJK. Pakistan should “end the misuse of anti-terror legislation to persecute those engaging in peaceful political and civil activities and those who express dissent,” the UN said. India has about 500,000 soldiers in the part of Kashmir it controls, where armed groups are fighting for independence or a merger with Pakistan. PAKISTAN WELCOMES PROPOSAL: The Foreign Office (FO) in a press re-
lease said Pakistan “welcomes the proposal by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish a Commission of Inquiry for international investigation into human rights violations” in IHK. “This proposal is consistent with Pakistan’s several calls to this effect since 2016, even as India has continued to ignore legitimate demands for probe into gross and systematic violations, including pellet guns, excessive use of force, arbitrary arrest and detentions as well as continued sexual violence as part of overall impunity enjoyed by Indian security forces,” the statement read. The report’s main focus is on IHK, the FO noted, and the “contents, scale and the narrative of killings, maiming, abuse and impunity articulated in the report is a reaffirmation of what Pakistan has long highlighted for the international community.”
04 KARACHI Rao Anwar claims he'll walk free in Naqeebullah case KARACHI: Former senior superintendent of police (SSP) Rao Anwar said that he would be proven innocent in the case pertaining to Naqeebullah Mehsud’s murder. Former SSP Anwar along with 11 of his associates is accused of killing Naqeebullah, an aspiring model, a shopkeeper and three others in a staged encounter. Speaking to journalists outside the court, Anwar claimed that he neither caught nor killed Mehsud and that he had the record to back up his claim. The accused said evidence against him was not available. "I have been nominated in the wrong case," he said, adding that the case against him was taken up due to professional jealousy. Anwar further said that his phone number mentioned in the Joint Investigation Team report was incorrect. He added that records of the phone number mentioned in the report show it was used in Karachi on March 21, while he was in Islamabad for a Supreme Court hearing on the said date. After lawyers representing Naqeebullah’s father Khan Muhammad failed to appear for today's hearing, the court gave them the final chance to present their arguments. Staff RepoRt
Judicial commission summons industrialists for 'polluting' sea KARACHI: Owners of industries in Port Qasim Authority (PQA) industrial zones were summoned by the Sindh Commission on Water and Sanitation constituted by the Supreme Court (SC) regarding an issue related to the release of untreated industrial waste into the sea. The commission’s head, Justice (R) Amir Hani Muslim, had earlier visited the PQA after receiving several complaints pertaining to the issue. The commission also inspected sites where the untreated waste was allegedly being discharged into the sea. The commission issued notices to several industrialists seeking justification for the release of untreated industrial waste into the sea. Staff RepoRt
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WEATHER UPDATES FRIDAY
RangeRs deployed to stop wateR theft CARETAKER SINDH CM REHMAN PRESIDES MEETING OF IRRIGATION DEPARTMENT TO REVIEW WATER POSITION IN BARRAGES KARACHI
ARETAKER Sindh Chief Minister Fazulur Rehman directed on Thursday to deploy Pakistan Rangers at different canals, distributaries and channels to stop the theft of water so that it could be provided at the tail-end. He took this decision while presiding over a meeting of irrigation department to review water position at different barrages here at the CM House in Karachi. Irrigation Secretary Jamal Shah briefing the chief minister said that water position has considerably improved at Guddu Barrage and it has been recorded at 81,328 cusecs. The position of different barrages is as follows: Guddu Barrage upstream is 81,328 cusecs and downstream is 63,948. Sukkur Barrage upstream 48,401 and downstream 15,831.
Gotri Barrage upstream is 6,880 cusecs. The chief minister was told that the allocation for Guddu Barrage 31,100 and Balochistan 6,700, Sukkur Barrage 5,600 and Balochistan 2,200 and Kotri Barrage 32500. Guddu Barrage withdrawal: Begari Sindh feeder withdrawal is 3,054, desert pat Feeder 7,700, Ghotki Feeder 6,626. Sukkur Barrage: Northwestern canal 3,100, Rice Canal 4,040, Dadu Canal 2,360, Nara Canal 10,500, Khairpur Feeder East 1,415, Rohri Canal 10,000, Khairpur Feeder West 1,155. Kotri Barrage: Kalri Baghar 2,660, Akram wah 640, Pinyari 1,530, New Fuleli 2,125 total 6,955. In this, the total withdrawal of canals of Sindh is 56,905 cusecs. The chief minister said that Nara Canal has the capacity of 13,649 cusecs against which it withdraws 10,500 cusecs. “This is not a bad situation but even then, there is an acute shortage at the end of Nara
Canal,” the chief minister said. On this, the secretary said that there was water theft on different distributaries and added that so far 50 FIRs have been registered. Caretaker chief minister decided to deploy Rangers in aid to the police so that water theft could be stopped. “My objective is to provide water to all the tail-enderstherefore I am going to deploy Rangers and the cases of theft would be registered directly against the landlord not against their kamdars (managers),” he said. The chief minister directed the irrigation secretary to identify the spots of canals, distributaries and branches from where water is stolen and hand over the list to the home secretary. The home secretary would coordinate with Rangers for their deployment. The chief minister also spoke with Rangers DG for the deployment of security personnel along the canals. The meeting was attended by caretaker Irrigation Minister Mushtaq Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput and Irrigation Secretary Syed Jamal Shah.
Fauzia Kasuri challenges PTI’s Arif Alvi in NA-247 KARACHI Staff RepoRt
Woman, man murdered for 'honour' SHIKARPUR: An unmarried woman and a man were gunned down by a relative for ‘honour’. Station House Officer (SHO) Saleem Raza Abro said that the suspect, Ameer Baksh Jatoi, used a shotgun to commit the crime. The unmarried woman, Samina, and the deceased man, Ayaz Ahmad Soomro, were killed by Jatoi during early hours. Police registered a case but the accused had not been arrested so far. Staff RepoRt
Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Fauzia Kasuri has filed her nomination papers for National Assembly Constituency NA-247 Karachi (previously NA-250). If chosen as her party’s candidate, Kasuri is expected to contest against Dr Arif Alvi from her former party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Speaking to a private TV channel, Kasuri confirmed filing her nomination papers solely on the aforementioned constituency but maintained that the final decision on her nomination rests with the party’s high command. “I have not been told to file nomination papers from any other constituency. I requested the leadership to nominate anyone else for
the seat but they told me that my candidacy is in the best interest of the party,” she said. PSP sources have informed the private TV channel that the party has decided to field Fauzia Kasuri against Arif Alvi on NA-247. The decision which has not yet been disclosed to the public was made by the party’s election committee at its headquarters Pakistan House. Other notable candidates contesting on this constituency are MQMP’s Farooq Sattar, JI’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, PPP’s Abdul Aziz Memon and independent candidate Jibran Nasir. There are also reports that PSP chief Mustafa Kamal would be contesting from NA-247. Kasuri parted ways with Imran Khan-led PTI after her 22 years of association in May 2018.
In her resignation letter, she stated that since 2013, she had become increasingly disenchanted by the direction the party had taken and no longer saw it as representative of aspiration of millions of undersized citizens seeking transformative change in Pakistan. “Furthermore, you opted to hand the reins of the party to those electable we fought against since our inception, at the cost of workers who in some cases laid down their lives for the cause,” she had stated in her resignation letter to Imran Khan. “Sadly, this was the final nail in the coffin.” The now-PSP leader said that she won’t be hesitant or reluctant to contest election against her former party as it has now left its founding principle of merit, transparency and accountability.
Nomination papers of Zardari's sister Faryal Talpur challenged LARKANA Staff RepoRt
PPP Women Wing President Faryal Talpur’s nomination papers to contest the 2018 general elections from PS-11 Ratodero, Larkana, were challenged on Thursday. Objections were raised by two voters of the constituency – Wahab Bhutto and Qadir Baksh. They claimed that Talpur holds an iqama (work permit) and owns three flats in Dubai. The petitioners said that since PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari’s sister did not declare all of her assets in the nomination papers, she is not ‘saadiq’ (honest) or ‘ameen’ (loyal). The returning officer has put Talpur’s papers on hold and summoned parties for a hearing on June 18. PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s nomination papers from NA-200 Larkana have been accepted. On Thursday, Bilawal’s lawyer Farooq H Naik appeared before the returning officer on his behalf for the scrutiny of the nomination papers.
4 killed in clash near Larkana LARKANA ppI
Four people were gunned down and three others injured at Noor Khan Jatoi village over old enmity on the land issue between two groups of Jatoi community in the limits of Akil at Pir Sher police station, here on Thursday. Both groups used sophisticated weapons and from one group Faqir Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Qurban Jatoi, Mushtaque Jatoi were killed on the spot and another villager Ghulam Sarwar Jatoi was critically injured. However, one Mujahid alias Muzaffar Jatoi of another group was killed in the firing. Two other people of this group were also injured including Karam Ali Jatoi and Bakht Ali Jatoi. Police shifted the bodies and injured to the Emergency Department of the Chandka Medical College Hospital.
12 more dengue cases surface KARACHI ppI
12 more dengue fever cases were reported in Karachi, taking the reported toll of cases to 467 in the city since January 1, 2018. As per the weekly report issued by Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in Sindh, as many as 14 new dengue fever cases were surfaced throughout the Sindh province. These cases include 12 from Karachi and two from other districts. In June, a total of 66 dengue positive cases were detected throughout the province. 63 cases from Karachi and three from other districts of the province have been reported so far.
Eidul Fitr prayer timings for the city’s mosques KARACHI Staff RepoRt
The following are the Eidul Fitr prayer timings for the city’s mosques for Saturday: The Eid Namaz will be offered at Sabeelwali Masjid Shamzai (Gurumandir) Chowrangi at 6.30am; Jamia Masjid Shafaee, Block D, Bombay Town, North Nazimabad 7.00am; Masjid-iHamza, 25 Street, Khayaban-i-Shaheen, Phase VIII, DHA at 8.00am: The prayers at KGA Gymkhana Ground, M. A. Jinnah Road; Tajul Masajid, Jamia Tajia, Sector 14/B, Shadman Town; Jamia Masid Nakhuda, Katchhi Memon Cooperative Housing Society, KDA Scheme No 7, Bahadurabad; Masjid Zubair, M-118,
Khayaban-i-Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, DHA Phase-VII (Ext); Masjid Arafat, PhaseVIII, P-169, Khayaban-i-Arafat will be offered at 7.30am: Adamjee Community Centre, BlockB, Adamjee Nagar; Katchhi Memon Masjid, Ratan Talao; Masjid Khadijatul Kubra, 8th Lane, Phase-VII, Khayaban-iSehar, DHA; Masjid-i-Mustafa, 2- B East Street, Phase-I, DHA; Jamia Masjid Tayyeb, Shikarpur Colony; Jamia Masjid Al-Falah, Mehmoodabad, Ashraf Colony No.1 at 7.45am: Katchhi Memon Masjid, Saddar; Jamia Masjid Taj, Mehmoodabad Gate No.1; Rehmania Masjid, Channesar Goth, Mehmoodabad; Haji Shah Ali Goth Sharafi, Malir; Eidgha Ghazi Shah, Malir; Masjid Akbaria Malir; Masjid-i-
Aqsa, Ghazi Dawood Goth Malir; Tayyaba Masjid, Malir; Noorani Masjid Asoo Goth, Malir; Siddique-i-Akbaria Masjid, Gosht Market, Malir at 8.00am. Jamia Masjid Farooq-i-Azam Trust, St-7, Block-7, Khayaban-i-Roomi, Boat Basin, Clifton; Eidgah Madressah Mazhar-ul-Uloom, Khadda; Park adjacent to Masjid-i-Usman Ghani, Block S, North Nazimabad at 8.15am. Nishter Park; Jamia Masjid Taj Auliya, Block 1, Shah Faisal Colony; Old Thana Village; Eidgah Jam Goth; Jamia Masjid Mulla Essa Goth; Jamia Masjid Baroo Goth; Jamia Masjid Kousar, Imam Ahmad Raza Eidgah, Shah Faisal Colony No.4; Allama Iqbal Masjid, Allama Iqbal Colony, Mehmoodabad at 8.30am. And, Jamia Masjid Aram Bagh, Burnes Road at 8.45am.
9.00am: Jamia Masjid Gulzar-iHabib, Gulistan- i-Okarvi, Soldier Bazaar; Eidgah Memon Goth; Haji Sokia Goth, Gharibabad; Hashim Khaskheli Goth; Memon Goth, Brohi Mohalla; Razzakabad, Pir Sirhindi Goth Eidgah; Sheedi Goth, Jam Kunda Eidgah; Khanqah-i-Alia Tajia, Mewa Shah; Fatimatuz Zuhra, Sector 51/L, Korangi 5½. Qadir Masjid, Mohammad Ali Society, near Awami Markaz, Sharea Faisal at 10.00am and Khanqah-i-Nizamia, Gulzari-Saadia, Nazimabad 5A at 10.30am. FIQAH-E-JAFRIA: The prayers at Masjid Shah-i-Khorasan; Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola Road, Karsaz will be offered at 7.00am while Masjid-i-Najaf, Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola Road, Karsaz at 7.30am.
Mehfil-i-Murtaza, 163/L/3, PECHS; Masjid-i-Yasrab, DHA-IV; Imambargah Shah-i-Najaf, Martin, Road; Al-Mustafa Asna Ashri Eidgah Ground, Pipri, Sindhi Goth, Bin Qasim; Masjid Shah-i-Khorasan; Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola Road, Karsaz; Jamia Masjid Mustafa Abbas Town, Block 4-A, Gulshan-i-Iqbal at 8.00am. Jamia Imamia, Block 2, Nazimabad; Masjid Syedus Shuhada, Islamic Culture and Research Centre; Masjid-i-Najaf, Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola Road, Karsaz; Imambargah Jamiatus Sibtain, Gulshani-Iqbal at 8.30am. Jehangir Park, Saddar; Imambargah Shah-i-Najaf, Martin, Road; Masjid Shah-i-Karbala, Rizvia Society; Jamia Masjid Mustafa, Abbas Town, Block 4-A, Gulshan-i-Iqbal at 9.00am.
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Global warMinG set to exceed 1.5°c: Un draft OSLO
lOBAl warming is on course to exceed the most stringent goal set in the Paris agreement by around 2040, threatening economic growth, according to a draft report that is the UN's starkest warning yet of the risks of climate change. Governments can still cap temperatures below the strict 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7° Fahrenheit) ceiling agreed in 2015 only with "rapid and far-reaching" transitions in the world economy, according to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The final government draft, obtained by Reuters and dated June 4, is due for publication in October in South Korea after revisions and approval by governments. It will be the main scientific guide for combating climate change. "If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040," according to the report, which broadly reaffirms findings in an earlier draft in January but is
Japan PM vows to resolve abduction by holding talks with Kim TOKYO AGENCIES
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Thursday with families of people abducted by North Korea decades ago and pledged to deal directly with the North to resolve the issue. Abe vowed to seek a summit with North Korea, but only when its leader is committed to resolving the abduction issue. US President Donald Trump said he raised the issue with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their summit in Singapore on Tuesday, keeping his promise to Abe who had repeatedly sought Trump's help. Abe said he will make use of the momentum to pursue the effort. "I'm determined to deal with North Korea face-to-face and resolve the abduction issue," Abe told the families. Japanese officials have already begun approaching North Korea.
more robust, after 25,000 comments from experts and a wider pool of scientific literature. The Paris climate agreement, adopted by almost 200 nations in 2015, set a goal of limiting warming to "well below" a rise of 2°C above pre-industrial times while "pursuing efforts" for the tougher 1.5° goal. The deal has been weakened after US President Donald Trump decided last year to pull out and promote US fossil fuels. Temperatures are already up about 1°C (1.8°F) and are rising at a rate of about 0.2°C a decade, according to the draft, requested by
world leaders as part of the Paris Agreement. "Economic growth is projected to be lower at 2°C warming than at 1.5° for many developed and developing countries," it said, drained by impacts such as floods or droughts that can undermine crop growth or an increase in human deaths from heatwaves. In a plus-1.5°C world, for instance, sea level rise would be 10 centimeters (3.94 inches) less than with 2°C, exposing about 10 million fewer people in coastal areas to risks such as floods, storm surges or salt spray damaging crops.
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It says current government pledges in the Paris Agreement are too weak to limit warming to 1.5°C. IPCC spokesman Jonathan lynn said it did not comment on the contents of draft reports while work was still ongoing. "It's all a bit punchier," said one official with access to the report who said it seemed slightly less pessimistic about prospects of limiting a rise in global temperatures that will affect the poorest nations hardest. The report outlines one new scenario to stay below 1.5°C, for instance, in which technological innovations and changes in lifestyles could mean sharply lower energy demand by 2050 even with rising economic growth. And there is no sign that the draft has been watered down by Trump's doubts that climate change is driven by man-made greenhouse gases. The draft says renewable energies, such as wind, solar and hydro power, would have to surge by 60 percent from 2020 levels by 2050 to stay below 1.5°C "while primary energy from coal decreases by twothirds".
Jordan's king swears in new cabinet led by ex-World Bank economist AMMAN AGENCIES
Jordan's King Abdullah on Thursday swore in a new government led by a former World Bank economist and mandated to review a disputed tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures. Abdullah, a relatively secure US ally in a conflict-ridden Middle East, appointed Omar al-Razzaz, a Harvard-educated economist outside the ranks of the traditional political elite, as prime minister last week. Razzaz replaces Hani Mulki, a business-friendly politician who was dismissed to defuse public anger that led to triggered some of the largest popular protests in years. Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets in Amman and in provincial towns earlier this month against a series of tax rises since the start of the year. Protesters called
for sacking the government and scrapping a tax bill which unions and civic groups blamed for worsening poverty and unemployment. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Interior Minister Samir al Mubadeen kept their posts in Razzaz's 28-member cabinet, dominated by a mix of conservative politicians and Western-leaning technocrats, including seven women. "The (economic) challenges we face are the accumulation of decades, in fact..., nearly two decades," Razzaz said, pledging to address sluggish growth and eroding living conditions. Rajai Muasher, a conservative politician and influential banker and among Jordan's wealthiest businessmen, was appointed as deputy prime minister. Official sources said the government is expected to maintain traditional support for US policies in the Middle East and continue with International Monetary Fund-
guided reforms. Razzaz appointed long-time veteran finance ministry official Izzeddin Kanakrieh as the new finance minister to complete negotiations over a tough three-year program with the IMF. Critics and some officials blame the speedy implementation of the program for successive tax hikes this year which infuriated many Jordanians and sparked the wave of protests. Razzaz, who was education minister in the previous administration, admitted after being appointed that the previous government had rushed into tax rises and pledged to engage a wide cross section of society on future levies. The broad-based popular protests were led by middle class professionals, unemployed graduates and youth who feel alienated and disenfranchised in a country where donors and diplomats say corruption is rampant.
Pompeo says North Korea sanctions to remain until complete denuclearisation SEOUL/BEIJING AGENCIES
Tough sanctions will remain on North Korea until its complete denuclearisation, the US secretary of state said on Thursday, apparently contradicting the North's view that the process agreed at this week's summit would be phased and reciprocal. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a joint statement after their Singapore meeting that reaffirmed the North's commitment to "work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", while Trump "committed to provide security guarantees". Trump later told a news conference he would end joint US-South
Korean military exercises. "President Trump has been incredibly clear about the sequencing of denuclearisation and relief from the sanctions," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters after meeting South Korea's president
and Japan's foreign minister in Seoul. "We are going to get complete denuclearization; only then will there be relief from the sanctions," he said. North Korean state media reported on Wednesday Kim and
Trump had recognised the principle of "step-by-step and simultaneous action" to achieve peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. The summit statement provided no details on when North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons programme or how the dismantling might be verified. Skeptics of how much the meeting achieved pointed to the North Korean leadership's long-held view that nuclear weapons are a bulwark against what it fears are US plans to overthrow it and unite the Korean peninsula. However, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the world, through the summit, had escaped the threat of war, echoing Trump's upbeat assessment of his meeting with Kim.
Argentine Congress OKs elective abortion; now goes to Senate BUENOS AIRES: The lower house of Argentina's congress has approved a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri has said he'll sign the bill if it's approved. The measure has roused fierce passions in the homeland of Pope Francis, and Thursday's vote was tight: 129 to 125. Crowds of supporters and opponents of the measure have been watching the debate on large screens set up outside Congress. AGENCIES
China's Xi says US, China should make most of bilateral mechanisms BEIJING: China President Xi Jinping told visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday that Washington and Beijing should make the most of bilateral mechanisms, amid escalating trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies. Pompeo told Xi during their meeting that US President Donald Trump truly values his relationship with Xi. AGENCIES
UN sees movement in Syria talks, US weighing in GENEVA: US officials will join talks in Geneva later this month on forming a Syrian constitutional committee, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters on Thursday, signaling movement in a process that had appeared at risk of stalling. De Mistura plans to meet senior Russian, Turkish and Iranian officials early next week and said he expected a similar meeting a week later with US, British, French, German and Jordanian officials. "We are seeing movement and we will keep seeking more of it," he told reporters, adding that he did not expect a major breakthrough. AGENCIES
UK lifts immigration cap for medical workers amid shortages LONDON: Britain said Thursday it will lift a cap on the number of visas granted to foreign doctors and nurses to help ease staffing shortfalls in the country's National Health Service. Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said the government would remove non-European Union doctors and nurses from a cap on the number of skilled-worker visas that can be issued each year. The cap currently restricts Tier Two visas for non-EU workers to 20,700 people per year. The move is expected to be formally announced by the Home Office on Friday. The Royal College of General Practitioners said it would be a "much-needed victory for common sense and patient care." It's the first easing of immigration rules by a Conservative government with a longstanding — and unmet — goal of cutting net immigration to below 100,000. It's currently more than double that. Critics say the target is arbitrary, unrealistic and economically harmful. People from all 28 EU countries can currently live in Britain under the bloc's free-movement rules. They will lose that automatic right when the U.K. leaves the EU next March. Britain's 2016 vote to leave the bloc was followed by an increase in the number of EU medical staff leaving Britain, adding to pressures on the country's overstretched state-funded health care service. AGENCIES
Egypt replaces ministers of defense, interior, finance in new cabinet CAIRO: Egypt swore in a new cabinet on Thursday, replacing key ministers including finance, defense and interior in a major reshuffle after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a second term in office. The new cabinet marks the broadest shake-up in Egypt's government since Sisi first took office in 2014, as the Western- allied nation grapples with an Islamist insurgency and tries to put the economy back on track after years of turbulence since 2011 protests toppled veteran leader Hosni Mubarak. Mohamed Ahmed Zaki was named as minister of defense, replacing Sedki Sobhi, who has overseen Egypt's efforts to quash an Islamist militant insurgency in the Sinai peninsula that has seen scores of security forces killed in recent years. AGENCIES
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saUdi-led trooPs fiGht rebel forces soUth of YeMen's hodeida SANAA
ROOPS in a Saudi-led coalition captured a town south of Yemen's port city of Hodeida on Thursday as fierce fighting and airstrikes pounded the area, officials said, on the second day of an offensive to capture the strategic harbor. A Saudi military spokesman described forces drawing closer to Hodeida (hoh-DY'-duh) , through which some 70 percent of Yemen's food enters via the port, as well as the bulk of humanitarian aid and fuel supplies in this country on the brink of famine. Around two-thirds of the country's population of 27 million relies on aid and 8.4 million are already at risk of starving. International aid agencies and the United Nations had warned Saudi and Emirati forces not to launch the assault against the Shiite rebels known as Houthis who hold the city, fearful it could shut down that vital route for aid. However, the UAE's ambassador to UN agencies in Geneva maintained that the coalition had no choice but to act. "Should we leave the Houthis smuggling missiles?" Ambassador Obaid Salem al-Zaabi asked journalists. "This comes from this seaport. We already gave the United Nations the chance to operate from this seaport, and (the Houthis) refused." The ambassador's comments contradict a January UN panel of experts
report calling it "unlikely" the Houthis used Hodeida for smuggling arms. The panel cited the fact that vessels coming into the port faced random inspection, required UN approval and no weapons had been seized on the route since March 2017. However, the UN and Western nations say Iran has supplied the Houthis with weapons, from assault rifles to the ballistic missiles they have fired deep into Saudi Arabia, including at the capital, Riyadh. Over 150 ballistic missiles in all have been fired into the kingdom by the Houthis, according to Saudi officials. The Norwegian Refugee Council said in a statement the port remained open Thursday, citing information from the UN There were "four vessels filled with food and fuel at berth" and another five vessels at anchorage, it said. "People in the governorate have reported heavy airstrikes along coastal areas and roads in districts south of Hodeida city," the council said. "No direct attacks have been reported within Hodeida city itself, despite the overhead presence of fighter jets." Meanwhile, soldiers took the town of Nakhila in Yemen's ad-Durayhimi district, some 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) south of Hodeida International Airport, according to Yemen's government-run SABA news agency. Fighters continued to move closer to the airport in fighting Thursday. Col. Turki al-Malki, a Saudi military spokesman, described coalition forces
Russia vows consequences after Norway invites more US Marines OSLO: Russia vowed on Thursday to retaliate for a plan by Norway to more than double the number of US Marines stationed there. Oslo announced on Tuesday that it would ask the United States, its NATO ally, to send 700 Marines to train in Norway from 2019, against 330 at present, and said the additional troops would be based closer to the Russian border. "This makes Norway less predictable and could cause growing tensions, triggering an arms race and destabilizing the situation in northern Europe," the Russian Embassy said in a statement on its Facebook page. "We see it as clearly unfriendly, and it will not remain free of consequence." Oslo has grown increasingly concerned about Russia since Moscow annexed of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, while adding that it does not regard its much larger neighbor as a direct threat. The US Marines were scheduled to leave at the end of this year after an initial contingent arrived in January 2017 to train for winter conditions. They are the first foreign troops to be stationed in Norway since World War Two. The initial decision to welcome the Marines had prompted Moscow to say it would worsen bilateral relations and escalate tensions on NATO's northern flank. On Wednesday, Russia's Northern Fleet launched a large naval exercise in the Arctic Barents Sea. later this year, Norway will host its biggest NATO maneuver in decades. AGENCIES
Yemen rebels say they foiled naval attack DUBAI: Yemen's Shiite rebels say they have foiled a naval attack by government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition off the Red Sea port of Hodeida. Col. Aziz Rashed, the spokesman for an army unit allied with the Houthi rebels, told a news conference Thursday in the capital, Sanaa, that the rebels have countered "hostile naval warships" off the coasty of al-Olifika, to the south. He claimed that rebel forces hit a UAE warship near Hodeida with two missiles. He says it will be "impossible" for the coalition to capture Hodeida. The Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive Wednesday aimed at driving Iran-allied Houthi rebels from the port, which is the main entry point for food and aid to the wartorn country. Iran has condemned the Saudi-led coalition's assault on the Yemeni port city of Hodeida, which is controlled by rebels aligned with Tehran. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Thursday that "such crimes will shatter the hopes for political endeavors and will add to the complexity of the situation." Ghasemi also expressed concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in the impoverished country, which has been driven to the brink of famine by more than three years of war. AGENCIES as around 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the airfield in an interview with Saudiowned satellite news channel Al Arabiya. The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's exiled government launched the assault on Hodeida on Wednesday, raising warnings from aid agencies that Yemen's humanitarian disaster could deepen. The attack is aimed at driving out Iranian-aligned Houthis, who have held Hodeida since 2015, and break the civil war's long stalemate. But it could set off a prolonged street-by-street battle that inflicts heavy casualties. The fear is that a protracted fight could force a shutdown of Hodeida's
port at a time when a halt in aid risks tipping millions into starvation. The initial battle plan appeared to involve a pincer movement. Some 2,000 troops who crossed the Red Sea from an Emirati naval base in the African nation of Eritrea were awaiting orders to move in from the west after Yemeni government forces seize Hodeida's port, Yemeni security officials said. Emirati forces with Yemeni government troops moved in from the south near Hodeida's airport, while others sought to cut off Houthi supply lines to the east, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to brief journalists.
Turkish, US military oďŹƒcials agree on plan for Syrian town ANKARA AGENCIES
Turkey's military said Thursday that Turkish and US officials meeting in Germany have reached an agreement on the Syrian town of Manbij, which has been a source of tension between the NATO allies. A US-backed and Kurdish-led force captured Manbij from the Islamic State group in 2016. Turkey views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists because of their links to the Kurdish insurgency in southeastern Turkey, and has demanded they withdraw. A military statement said Turkish and US military officials met at the US European Command headquarters in Stuttgart on Tuesday and Wednesday, and reached an agreement on a "Manbij Implementation Plan." It said the plan would be discussed by senior officials from the two countries, but provided no details. Turkey and the US have offered differing descriptions of their roadmap for Manbij, but the Kurdish forces are expected to retreat to the east of the Euphrates River, meeting a long-standing Turkish demand. Turkey has repeatedly called on the US to stop backing the Syrian Kurdish People's
Protection Units, or YPG, which it sees as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The PKK has waged an insurgency in Turkey for more than three decades. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which are dominated by the YPG, played a key role in driving IS from much of northeastern Syria. Their advance prompted Turkey to intervene in 2016, sending troops and allied Syrian fighters into an area along the border. An international human rights group said Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighters have seized, looted and destroyed the property of Kurdish civilians in the northern Syrian region of Afrin, which was retaken from Kurdish fighters by force earlier this year. Human Rights Watch said the Syrian forces have installed fighters and their families in residents' homes and destroyed and looted civilian properties without compensating the owners. Priyanka Motaparthy, acting emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, was quoted in the report as saying that "destroying or moving into the property of people who have had to flee the fighting is not what the Free Syrian Army fighters should be doing when they move into an area."
Two stabbed to death in S Africa mosque, Somali attacker shot dead MALMESBURY AGENCIES
A Somali man stabbed two worshippers to death and wounded two others in a rampage at a mosque in South Africa on Thursday before being shot dead by police, officers said. Police quickly surrounded the building in Malmesbury near Cape Town outside which a body lay under a tree and a penknife was discarded nearby, according to an AFP correspondent at the scene. The motive of the attacker, who police said was Somali, remains unclear. It comes just a month after a deadly stabbing at another South African mosque which police said had "elements of extremism" and left an Islamic leader dead. Police were alerted by early morning worshippers and arrived at Malmesbury's mosque to find two people had died of stab wounds, Western Cape police spokeswoman Noloyiso Rwexana, told AFP. "The suspect, believed to be in his thirties and armed with a knife, charged at the police who tried to persuade him to hand himself over," she said. The man, who was seen at the Mosque for the first time on Wednesday according to police, "ignored the calls and tried to attack police. He was shot dead".
Afghan oďŹƒcial says insurgents burned down clinic KABUL: The governor of eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan Province says a clinic that was providing medical facilities for more than 2,000 people has been burned down by insurgents. Hafiz Abdul Qaum says the attack happened early Thursday in Kamdesh district and seven staff members were taken hostage, with five later freed. Qaum says two doctors are still being held by the insurgents. He said all the facility's equipment was burned. Zakiullah Storay, head of the health deportment in the province, said the facility was important, with 20 beds for people living in the rural area. Storay said the insurgents later freed the two remaining hostages. AGENCIES
Putin invites North Korea's Kim Jong Un to visit Russia in September MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin asked North Korean official Kim Yong Nam at their meeting on Thursday to pass an invitation to visit Russia in September to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Yong Nam is head of the presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly. Putin also said he welcomed the meeting between the North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump. AGENCIES
US seeks to assuage Asian allies after North Korea summit BEIJING AGENCIES
The United States and its Asian allies worked Thursday to paper over any semblance of disagreement over President Donald Trump's concession to Kim Jong Un that the US will halt military exercises with South Korea, with Trump's top diplomat insisting the president hadn't backed down from his firm line on North Korea's nukes. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meeting in Seoul with top South Korean and Japanese diplomats, put a more sober spin on several moves by Trump after his summit with Kim in Singapore fueled unease in Washington, Tokyo and Seoul. He said Trump's curious claim that the North's nuclear threat was over was issued with
"eyes wide open," and brushed off a North Korean state media report suggesting Trump would grant concessions even before the North fully rids itself of nuclear weapons. "We're going to get denuclearization," Pompeo said in the South Korean capital. "Only then will there be relief from the sanctions." Pompeo flew from Seoul to China's capital, Beijing, later Thursday for a meeting with President Xi Jinping, whose country is believed to wield considerable influence with North Korea as its chief ally and economic lifeline. "I also want to thank China and President Xi for his role in helping bring North Korea to the negotiating table," Pompeo said in a briefing with reporters. Pompeo thanked Beijing for its continuing efforts to
help achieve the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea." He said both sides had agreed that
sanctions would not be eased until that's achieved. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in
remarks at the start of his meeting with Pompeo, described the Singapore summit as of "great historic significance" that could lead to "enduring peace." Wang said the US should continue to "work through China." Pompeo said there was still a risk that denuclearization might not be achieved and added there more work to be done by Beijing and Washington. At a daily briefing, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated China's support for a political settlement, while also pointing to an eventual lifting of United Nations Security Council economic sanctions. "We believe that the sanctions themselves are not the end," Geng said. China has been praised by Trump for ramping up economic pressure on the North that the US believes helped coax Kim to the negotiating table.
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Friday, 15 June, 2018
Middle east eye
AUDI Arabia did not come to Jordan’s rescue with a $2.5bn aid package, although King Salman very much wanted to appear as if it had. What happened was an attempt by King Salman to take the credit for the money that Kuwait had already pledged. What resulted was a scramble by rival Gulf states to support Jordan. ‘SUBSTANTIAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT’: King Abdullah had sent an envoy to Kuwait, before street protests erupted at rising prices and a planned increase in income tax, a well informed source close to the Jordanian Royal Court told MEE. A Kuwaiti minister of state was in Jordan during the protests, and as a result Kuwait pledged to deposit $500m in the Central Bank of Jordan and promised another $500m in low interest loans. The next knock on the door came from Qatar. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, called Abdullah to offer Qatar’s “substantial financial support”. The call was not announced upon the request of Jordan, which was still hoping for Saudi Arabia to cough up. Qatar’s foreign minister, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, and the Qatari finance minister have arrived in Jordan to negotiate the aid package. This is the first such visit since Jordan downgraded relations with Qatar as a result of Saudi pressure to enforce the blockade a year ago. The Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Qatar decided to support Jordan’s economy directly with more than 10,000 jobs, and $500m. A few hours after the call from Qatar, and possibly because he had got wind of Qatar’s move, King Salman called Abdullah. The meeting which followed included the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah alAhmad al-Sabah, and the emir of Dubai and prime minister of UAE, Mohammed bin Maktoum, who is theoretically second in command after the president. King Salman called the de-facto UAE ruler, Mohammed bin Zayed, but he declined to come and the
How Jordan’s economic crisis exposed saudi arabia’s leadersHip vacuum SAUDI ARABIA DID NOT SAVE JORDAN’S AILING ECONOMY. KUWAIT AND QATAR DID UAE was represented by bin Maktoum. In a Saudi sleight of hand, Kuwait’s $1bn was included in the total aid package announced by Salman, as if it had been decided in the meeting. In reality, Saudi and the UAE gave less than Kuwait by dividing the remaining $1.5bn between them. There was, consequently, “a degree of disappointment” in the royal court with Salman’s response, because Jordan already had received $1bn from Kuwait and they expected more from Saudi Arabia, particularly as the Saudis had stopped funding Jordan for two years. WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? Firstly, that King Salman was panicked into a reaction once he realised that the vacuum of Saudi regional leadership was being filled by his Gulf rivals. Kuwait has tried and failed to play the role of intermediary in the crisis sparked by the blockade of Qatar by Saudi, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. But it has also been at loggerheads with Israel and the US over Gaza. The US blocked a statement calling for an independent investigation of the killings of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border, which Kuwait, a non-permanent member of the Security Council had written. Having attempted to bully the Gulf Cooperation Council into submission, all Saudi Arabia has succeeded in doing is to split it. Kuwait now is pursuing its own policies with a degree of independence which it did not do before. The same can be said of Qatar. The Kuwaiti reaction to Jordan is another sign that there is no love lost between it and Saudi. Secondly, it means that King Abdullah, who visited Kuwait on Tuesday, is less tied to Saudi Arabia after this aid package than everyone thinks. The
CHANGE THE POLITICAL FORMULA: King Abdullah understands that his legitimacy does not depend on buying the support of his people. He has to take into consideration the will of his people regarding the political direction of the kingdom more than any time in his reign. Last week’s protests and the continuing friction with the Beni Sakhr tribe, whose leader Fares alFayez, was arrested on Saturday after calling for political change, are a warning to the king that he can no longer take the loyalty of his people for granted. Al-Fayez broke the unwritten rule of making a personal attack on the king publicly. He not only said he wanted to “change the political formula”, he added: “We will not accept you [Abdullah] as a king, prime minister, defence minister, police chief and governor. You are everything. You became a demigod, according to this constitution, and we are slaves.” He also reminded the king that his family came from the land that is now Saudi Arabia. To be more precise, Jordan is all that is left of the kingdom his family once ran. “This is our country and our land. You came from the Hijaz, you, your father and your grandfather. My father welcomed your grandfather. You owe us, we do not owe you.”
nal’ party. Two decades later, this kind of astringent criticism has lost much of its substance: Far from being unconcerned with ‘communal’ politics, Nandy dubs Hindutva as artificial and far from the original and genteel Hinduism, turning the tables on his Leftist critics. So where does he see himself on the political spectrum, on the left or the right? “Whatever may be your metaphor and whatever may be your publicly stated ideological position, that position does not go the same way or enter into public discourse and particularly the minds of the electorate. It takes a different kind of shape,” he says in his book-lined office at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). But if left and right can’t serve as a demarcation for politics, won’t that allow religion an entry, the paramount fear in intellectual India today? Pat comes the answer: “In India, religion is already a strong force, as faiths are alive. There are people who use religion very mechanically as an ideological position. That is a trivialisation of religion. Unlike Europe or elsewhere, in India religion has much deeper roots with cultures and with each other. So those who are talking in left-right terms, their ide-
ologies are also very thin.” Ideology Nandy argues is something for public consumption by a small sector of the population. It is a political metaphor and totally unlike religious faith that has deep roots within people. “People take it not with a pinch but a bucketful of salt. There is now a political class with a lot of money and for whom politics is a vocation. You cannot capture this reality with a left-right distinction,” he adds. If religion is out, as is that distinction, what is the basis for organising politics? Nandy makes an interesting argument, one that few will believe today. “Ethics. Political ethics is a different kind of ethics from private ethics. I believe there’s another way to configure political ethics in India. We have not deciphered it. But people have an intuitive sense of it. We may not understand that as we have been brainwashed into looking at politics from different categories. But if you can reach out to the people and take their words more seriously or respectfully, then you will normally get an idea of what they are thinking.” He offers two interesting examples that transpired in close succession in the last century. In 1977, Nandy says, most intelligence agencies gave Indira Gandhi a very high probability of return. But when the votes were counted, she was out. “This was not about left or right, people said ‘What she did was wrong’ and they acted on the basis of what they thought was right.” Yet, barely seven years later, when she was assassinated, the same people gave her son the largest electoral mandate in Indian history. “People felt that assassination is not our way of doing politics, whatever may be the cause,” he says. These are not conventional assessments of historical events. But then there’s nothing conventional about Nandy. He has long argued that poverty alleviation in India is a boondoggle that has deprived the poor of their agency to act in accordance with what they want. If anything, such schemes have made the poor more hapless as ‘development’ reaches the nooks and crannies of India, forcing people who lived in their habitats into urban India and miserable lives. So how did India come to such a pass whereby all ‘schemes’ and ‘development ideas’ ended up causing more harm than good? It is here that Nandy stands the farthest apart from the usual understanding of India’s intellectual history. Most contemporary thinkers and ideologues have imbibed Western ideas as ‘natural’ and ‘universal’, and India perhaps needs its own theories and ideas. “Our elites were brought up or pushed through a pattern of education that made them totally mindless mimics of the West. And I am not only talking of the classical Anglicised elite we like to talk about. I am
Nothing is sacred FAR FROM BEING UNCONCERNED WITH ‘COMMUNAL’ POLITICS, NANDY DUBS HINDUTVA AS ARTIFICIAL AND FAR FROM THE ORIGINAL AND GENTEEL HINDUISM, TURNING THE TABLES ON HIS LEFTIST CRITICS Open Magazine Siddharth Singh
Indian intellectuals love silos. Before anyone has pigeonholed them into some category, group or class, they quietly classify themselves. Then begins the war for India’s ‘soul’, with the learned men (and women) aligning themselves with some or the other political party, in effect leaving them as mere adjuncts in a bigger game: the pursuit of power. Far from all this, in the very city where this din is at its most grating, a diminutive 80-year-old is busy in his own demolition game. For a person who has observed much of independent India closely, Ashis Nandy has strong opinions. He forcefully questions reigning ideas that lie at the core of what has been done in the country. And he has much to say—from dams that caused more havoc than development to political ideologies. Oxford University Press recently released a collection of essays (A Life in Dissent; edited by Ramin Jahanbegloo and Ananya Vajpeyi) that underlines this voice of dissent. It is hard to classify Nandy intellectually, except in one way: his strong link to ideas that have roots in the Indian soil. This has been a source of controversy for long. Leftists and Modernists alike have criticised him. One Leftist critic went so far as to say, “The most intransigent of these anti-secularists—the one who would not hesitate to describe himself as such, is Ashis Nandy. He is also the most uncompromising in his hostility to history, to the project of modernity, and the one most determined to read Gandhi as an anti-modernist.” Such criticism was in vogue in the 90s when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was on the ascendant and any questioning of secularism as a Western idea alien to India was met with hostility and seen as coming close to support for the ‘commu-
Saudis do not have as much leverage over Amman as the headline figure of $2.5bn suggests. Yes, there are 400,000 Jordanians working in Saudi and their remittances are worth around 10 per cent of Jordan’s GDP. But Jordan now has other sources of finance, from Gulf states that are closer to the issues that matter to Jordanians than Salman is. I say Jordanians rather than the king himself, because that too is another factor.
AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT: Such bald and open affronts to royal authority are not accidental. They are a reminder to the royal court that public opinion in Jordan cannot be so easily bought off these days. What Jordanians think matters and this too is a factor limiting Salman’s leverage, because as an absolute monarch he has no concept of civic society or public opinion. For different reasons, both the East Bank and Palestinian halves of the Jordanian population are dead set against Saudi’s sponsorship of the Israeli demand that Palestinian refugees abandon their right of return. This alone is being seen as an existential threat to the stability of the Jordanian state. But there are other threats too. The US recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel challenges, to say the least, the Hashemite custodianship of the holy sites in Jerusalem, as well as the Palestinian demand, backed by the Arab League, that East Jerusalem is the capital of a Palestinian state. Whether he wants to or not, these are not issues on which King Abdullah can bend. His legitimacy depends on his role as custodian of the holy sites more than ever before. Saudi Arabia has good reason to think that the fresh wave of people power in Jordan could easily migrate across borders. Kuwait and Qatar’s growing importance as independent Gulf actors and donors to Jordan also gives King Abdullah the chance to give political reform in Jordan a chance. If he does not take it, the writing is on the wall. David Hearst is editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He was chief foreign leader writer of The Guardian, former Associate Foreign Editor, European Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, European Correspondent, and Ireland Correspondent.
also not talking about the first two or three generations of Marxists mimicking the way Lenin or Stalin sneezed,” he says. “They borrowed the mid-19th century theories of social change mechanically without thinking. And that manner of thinking had a clear cut social evolutionary thrust. Even if they work, we have to be very careful about utilising them because immediately we have to classify cultures, civilisations and even small communities in evolutionary terms, some as backward, some as advanced, some as developed and some as underdeveloped.” One look at the map of contemporary India and the continuing legacy of Nehruvian ideas shows that Nandy is not off the mark. But at the same time, hearing his ideas is unsettling. At one level, Nandy does an effective job of demolishing ideas, concepts and categories that come packaged with Western education as imparted in India. This is evident when one looks at stories and narratives built every day about Indian politics in a polarised age. To a number of people, ideas such as ‘secularism’ and the left-andright distinction comes naturally and there is no reason to question these ideas. But even the crowd that disavows that distinction—and there are a substantial number of believers in ‘Indic values’ among new conservatives who dot social media—would have a hard time believing that mere ethical distinctions can power contemporary politics in India. But if it won’t be ethics—which is Nandy’s preferred answer— what will it be? There’s no clarity there. Might there be room for some local anti-enlightenment thought? If one looks at India’s raging culture wars that are so intimately linked to the pursuit and acquisition of power, there’s little space for that. One nativist prophet, Gandhi, tried that a long time ago, but somewhere that tradition disappeared into nothingness. There are bhajan-kirtans on designated days, almost like the religious-agricultural calendars of yore, but nothing more. His powerful followers abandoned him while he was alive. The truth is that Nandy-like argumentation cuts across so many cosy and neatly built ideas, ideologies and narratives that to accept it in toto—or even substantially—calls for too much intellectual demolition with too little brick and mortar to build something new. The intellectual current that he represents— anti-Western and one that abandons much of the apparatus of rational thinking from that part of the world—has few takers. It will remain one of those traditions that illuminate so much, for a while, and then disappear for the lack of a following. Ashis Nandy: A Life in Dissent, edited by Ramin Jahanbegloo and Ananya Vajpeyi, Oxford University Press, 384 pages, Rs 750
Friday, 15 June, 2018
Mainstreaming estranged Baloch leaders
Acting both as negotiator and party cheerleader An uphill task for Mushahid Hussain
The path of peace and development
FTEr all the anti-judiciary, anti-army rhetoric from nawaz Sharif, any attempt to improve relations with the establishment is a daunting task. The SC has already disqualified Sharif, shot down parliament’s decision allowing him to continue as PmLn president while references in the accountability court are nearing their logical end. a handful of PmL-n mnas have defected to the PTI while Imran Khan has managed to recruit a fairly large number of heavyweights from Punjab districts. nawaz Sharif claims that the prime security agencies have helped the PTI. Shahbaz Sharif faces a dilemma. While he accepts nawaz as the helmsman and permanent guide of the party, he also wants to lead the PmL-n to victory. He is therefore keen to revive confidence with those who matter while keeping up the morale of the party workers. It appears that he has sublet the job to mushahid Hussain while appointing him the new chief of the PmL-n’s media cell. mushahid Hussain is in a way the fittest man to negotiate with the establishment. What remains to be seen is if he can succeed at a time when the two sides are engaged in headlong clash. mushahid Hussain has tried to assure the establishment that the party will have normal relations with it after winning the polls. The PmL-n has been a party of the establishment throughout its history till nawaz Sharif started asserting his authority by fits and starts. Since he did so without any plan or sense of timing or taking the main opposition forces on board, he invariably had to eat the humble pie. Can Hussain assure the establishment that with nawaz in jail the PmL will turn its back on him? Hussain wants to bolster the spirits of both the doves and hawks in the PmL-n. He assures the first that Shahbaz has good rapport with the establishment. The second group is told that non-elected forces cannot change the outcome of the election as proved during the 1988 elections. What’s more all local and international surveys show the PmL-n is in the lead. Winning over establishment while keeping the PmL-n one peace is going to be an uphill task.
The ten-million-rupee question Imran and his principles
mran Khan is fast turning out to be the typical one-step-forward-two-steps-back poster child of Pakistani politics. For one who never tires of extolling the virtues of parliamentary democracy as practiced in the west – especially the politicians’ subservience to the system — there seems, of late especially, more than the usual daylight between his words and actions. The matter of removing Zulfi Bukhari’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) for example, where he worked his telephone like one of the more conventional politicians he constantly accuses of corruption, will stick out like a sore thumb for a while. It turns out that the caretaker interior minister is also a board member at the Imran Khan Foundation (IKF). Granted, nothing wrong with a minister in the caretaker setup to have humanitarian – or even political – motives as long as they don’t interfere with a very temporary job assignment. But if Khan really did call the said minister, and he subsequently set the ball rolling that revoked the no-fly clause in Bukhari’s inquiry, then Imran has some serious questions to answer. For one, if he can undo naB and interior ministry rules with one phone call when he does not hold any public office, what can be expected of him should he really become Pm? Then there’s also the matter of the chartered plane that shuttled him across the arabian Ocean to walk barefooted in the holy land (on instructions of his latest wife, according to the press). Yet news reports also mention, quoting Imran’s spokesman Fawad Chaudhry, that the rs10 million – the cost of chartering the private plane – bill is being funded by ‘private donors’ not party members, without elaborating any further. Why does a man claiming to represent the common man need to charter a special plane to fly to KSa on someone else’s money? This, after the beeline of all sorts of politicians into PTI to build momentum for the election, seems to expose Imran as pretty much like the people he derides in his public speeches; or so an increasing number of his party members seem to think.
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VEr since Indian Prime minister narendra modi declared in his Indian national day address astride the ramparts of new Delhi’s red Fort that his government supported the Baloch struggle of independence, he delivered the kiss of death to the Baloch insurgency. Soon after his infamous admission, senior raW operative Commander Kulbhoshan Jadhav was apprehended from Balochistan. He admitted in his confession that India was recruiting, training and arming angry Baloch youth and launching them to acts of terrorism and violence. Sincere Baloch leaders from inside and from abroad have always expressed their concerns about Indian sponsored insurgency in the province. after the exposé of India’s nefarious designs, sensitive leaders like Dr Jumma Khan marri, a self-exiled Baloch nationalist leader and intellectual have parted ways from Baloch separatist elements like Brahamdagh Bugti, Herbier marri and mehran marri accusing them of being completely controlled by Indian intelligence agency raW. One of the main reasons for Dr Jumma Khan’s changed stance is the exposé of India in support of Baloch unrest. Lately, revelations from Chairman of american Friends of Balochistan (aFB), mr ahmar musti Khan have poured cold water over the aspirations of those fighting Pakistani state in Balochistan. as a matter of fact the startling revelations of mr ahmar masti have exposed the entire game plan of raW, hatched since 2001 to stage terrorism in Balochistan. mr ahmar masti Khan claimed that he heckled former prime minister nawaz Sharif during his 2015 visit to Washington at the behest of Indian intelligence agency raW. ahmar musti Khan posted three online statements on Facebook in april 2018 after a district court in maryland rejected an appeal to muzzle him. aFB’s two Indian supporters — Soumya
Choudhary and Krishna Gudipati — had filed the appeal, asking the judge to stop mr musti Khan from publicly sharing the internal affairs of the group. The court agreed with the Baloch activist’s plea that the US constitution guaranteed his freedom of expression. mr musti Khan, who is also a journalist, claimed in the videos that he was “let down” by raW operatives working from the Indian embassy in Washington. He identified one of them as nagesh Bhushan who, mr musti Khan said, manned raW’s Balochistan Desk. mr musti Khan said that India was supporting terrorism in Pakistan and this support started after the Kargil war and that’s why the current insurgency had continued for 12 years. mr musti Khan also claimed that raW encouraged militants to kill Punjabi, Pakhtun and even Sindhi civilians. “We have no fight with civilians. They are our brothers,” he said. “They gave me a lot of mental torture [for opposing their plans]. They say if you kill, you are a hero otherwise you are zero.” This is a big change because earlier mr ahmar musti Khan would appear on Indian TV Channels and blackball Pakistan. Being of Baloch origin, mr musti Khan was projected as being the “true voice” of oppressed Baloch. Information gleaned from news trickling in reveals that raW is lifting its hands off the so called Baloch insurgent leaders considering them useless and ineffective. The leadership of these organisations and intellectual front-men have failed to satisfy their masters about their usefulness. There are reports that raW is focusing on younger generation and opting for soft revolutions. Fortunately for Pakistan, they have failed to find a manzoor Pashteen in Baloch youngsters. Baloch people have thoroughly understood that the so called Baloch insurgent leaders sitting and enjoying abroad are sincere to none other but to their personal selves. Those chanting slogans of freeing Balochistan are paid for each slogan and for each poster. Ever since Dr Jumma Khan marri distanced himself from Baloch separatists in February 2018, he has become vocal in trying to convince the dissidents to lay down the arms and work for peace and development of Balochistan. Last month, he declared: “Our enemies are trying to lure Pashtuns as they did with Baloch nation, but their vicious plans can be frustrated through national unity.” addressing a telephonic speech he said that Brahamdagh Bugti and Harbiyar marri had become the slaves of Indian Prime minister modi, using Baloch nation’s name for their terror mindset. “Indian army uniform is behind the terrorism in Pakistan,” the tribal elder added that the future of the province remained linked with Pakistan.
Sharing his experience spanning 30 years as a leader of so called independent movement, the veteran said he travelled to afghanistan, to moscow following a flawed ideology, but all in vain. “I want all to get united against the vicious Indian philosophy of independence; I am sure that soon we will wipe out Indian involvement from Balochistan.” he remarked. a few years ago, Baloch Liberation army (BLa) and Khan of Kalat had planned to take the Balochistan issue to International Court of Justice (ICJ) and expected India to pay $2.4 million lawyers’ fee to contest the case in ICJ; but India backtracked. Those playing in the hands of raW need to understand the enemies’ designs, and like Dr Jumma Khan should work for peace and development of Balochistan. Government of Pakistan has welcomed them with open hands and is affording them every opportunity to contribute to the development of Balochistan. In april 2018, supporters of Dr Jumma Khan marri had gathered in big numbers in Kohlu to welcome his decision to disassociate from the so-called Baloch separatist movement and join the mainstream politics in Pakistan. Participants of the gathering reached the venue in the form of a procession taken out form Bank Chowk Kohlu; they were carrying banners with slogans to welcome Dr Jumma. Several tribal elders also attended the highly charged-up gathering. Speaking from moscow, Dr Jumma thanked the people of Pakistan, especially his supporters in Kohlu, for arranging such a big gathering to welcome his decision. He said projects like Gwadar port CPEC would change the fate of the province. Dr Jumma asked Baloch people to lay down their arms and start contributing to the ongoing projects for the betterment of the province. He said he had launched the Overseas Pakistani Baloch Unity (OPBU) which would expose and confront the so-called disgruntled Baloch leaders at all fronts abroad. Saying that he would soon come back to Pakistan, he asked the people of Balochistan to support him in his mission for peace, unity and brotherhood. During his address from moscow, Dr Jumma was accompanied by OPBU officeholders including noor Habib Shah and Chaudhry Zahid Khurshid as well as President Pakistani Community russia (mil Ker Pakistan) malik Shahbaz. Baloch are as patriotic as their compatriots of other provinces; however in the past a handful of dissident Sardars challenged the writ of the state. It is indeed encouraging that people of Balochistan have understood their game plan, and are joining the mainstream politics. Those playing in the hands of raW need to throw down the weapons and pick up the unity like Dr Jumma Khan. Their Balochistan is waiting for them to come and join the path of peace and development.
The Reham chronicles Sensationalising a non-issue
OT often do we see people debating over books in Pakistan but past few weeks have seen the country’s obsession with books. First it was the The Spy Chronicles, written jointly by former Indian and Pakistani intelligence chiefs, and now it is reham Khan’s yet to be published tell-all. much hue and cry was created over The Spy Chronicles but the controversy surrounding the book was soon buried after the media in Pakistan found a better topic to debate on. This was none other than a book written by Pakistan Tehreeke-insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s ex-wife reham Khan, a couple that has been in the limelight since their marriage till divorce and postdivorce chatters. The book has gained popularity even before its release for its content which the PTI deems too controversial and libelous to be published. People all over the world are always interested in the lives of politicians as they are public figures while books and accounts are often written on them, involving their conduct in personal and professional lives. reham did nothing different. Since it’s her biography, she only gave an account of her marriage and divorce with Imran Khan. reham repeatedly says that her marriage Karachi – Ph: 021-35381208-9
is one of the ‘many things’ discussed in the book but the PTI clearly seems to have gotten very upset with Imran’s mentions in the book, hence the allegations and counter-allegations. according to leaked manuscripts several journalists claimed to have received, reham alleges PTI of using sexual favours for political positions and claims that her ex-husband had illicit relations with female journalists and party leaders. She goes as far as calling Imran a gay and that he has close ties with some active Zionists. This does not come off as a surprise to most as many people know what goes on behind closed doors and behind the cameras. Politics, as they say, is dirty business and so is media, but when combined, it becomes something very lethal and damaging for the society. However, what surprises one is that out of all the people, how Hamza ali abbasi first got his hands on the book – a celebrity known to stir controversy with his hypocritical and misogynistic remarks over various subjects. He is disliked by many for his moral policing on social media but since he has already stolen many hearts with his acting debut in hit TV serials like Pyare afzal and mann mayal, he is less likely to be criticised over his political views. and these political views are what got him a prime time show on Bol TV and so he is now one of their highest paid anchors. Hamza was the one to start all of this debate on reham’s not yet published book with his single tweet giving his so-called review of the book. The summary given by the CSP-turned-actor-turnedjournalist was quite obvious – IK is the most evil man to walk the face of this planet. reham is the most pious righteous (Tahajjud guzaar) woman ever and Shehbaz Sharif is an amazing guy! That was it. This tweet posted the media went crazy, inviting Hamza on every talk show
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to take his two cents on this ‘national issue’ – a book which may or may not have these allegations against Imran and his party. Upon contacting reham, she remains calm and simply says how she would know what the leaked manuscript has written in it since she has not seen it. She neither denies nor accepts the content of the book’s manuscript being leaked on media but she has surely sent PTI in frenzy as with elections coming closer and Imran expecting premiership of the country, the book can prove to be damaging for the party. no wonder #rehamKhan, #rehamKhanBook and #rehamOnPmLnagenda kept trending on Twitter for a week, giving the book way too much publicity than it deserved. Pakistan largely remains a conservative society and the conventional people do not like Imran for his messed up private life which has always been very public. Other politicians also have multiple wives but they are not a highlight in media like Imran’s. This is because of the same charisma and same appeal that drew voters to the party, making it emerge as the second biggest political party in the country in the previous elections. Whether or not reham’s book is ‘vulgar and against family values’ (as PTI terms it), it has surely created much hype about it before its release and there no doubts left that it will be a bestseller as many people are now anxiously waiting for its launch, thanks to the priorities in media. at a time when there should be election debate on media, as to how these political parties have performed in the centre and provinces in their tenure, the media is busy sensationalising an issue as trivial as reham’s book – that too unpublished. Mahnoor Sheikh is a freelance journalist. She can be reached at: email@example.com, Twitter @mahnoorsheikh03.
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Killing with impunity So what else is new?
Malik MuhaMMad aShraf
HE Indian security forces continue to kill Kashmiris every day with impunity. The reign of terror and oppression let loose by the Indian security forces in the occupied Kashmir since 1989 and more so in the backdrop of the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, regrettably, has gone unnoticed by the international community, the Un and the powers who can play a decisive role in having the Kashmir dispute resolved in conformity with the Un resolutions. Their indifference and apathy to the situation in Kashmir stems from their strategic and commercial interests linked with India. Encouraged by this looking the other way attitude of the international community, particularly the US and its allies India is continuing with its policy to crush the freedom struggle of the Kashmiris through ruthless use of force involving blatant violation of human rights. The Indian security forces committed an act of ultimate barbarity on 1st June when reportedly they drove an armoured vehicle wildly into a crowd of protestors, slamming into half of dozen people and crushing one man beneath its wheels wounding him critically. a picture depicting this gory incident had gone viral which clearly showed a man under the wheels of the vehicle. One of the persons hit by the vehicle reportedly has died. Since the beginning of the new phase of resistance against the Indian occupying forces in the Indian occupied Kashmir in the wake of the killing of Burhan Wani on 8th July 2016, nearly two hundred people have been killed, 8,424 injured by pellet guns resulting in loss of eye sight by 3,055 protestors besides rape of 765 women and destruction of 65,861 homes and structures. Thousands were also detained under PSa.
The Pakistani government, which has been extending moral, political and diplomatic support to the cause of Kashmiris, very rightly has been raising voice against the Indian atrocities. In the backdrop of Shopian incident in which 20 people were killed in one day the government observed april 6 as a protest day to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir and to sensitise the international community about the Indian oppression in the valley under the cover of POTa, TaD, PSa and aFPSa. It asked the Un Secretary General to appoint a special envoy for Jummu and Kashmir besides deciding to send special envoys of the prime minister, including the president of azad Kashmir to selected capitals to highlight the deteriorating situation in IHK. What is happening in Kashmir is an affront to the conscience of the world community, particularly to the nations who cry hoarse from every convenient roof-top to reiterate their abiding commitment to human rights and causes like people’s right to self-determination. Their act of putting blinkers on their eyes and stuffing their ears to block the shrieks emanating from Kashmir, is the most inhuman act which also explodes the myth of their civility and the much trumpeted humanitarian pursuits. The dilemma is that even the Un finds itself helpless in having its own resolutions implemented because of the indifferent attitude of the big powers like USa and its western allies. One does hear from time to time some muffled voices calling for India and Pakistan to resolve their disputes through negotiations but nobody has ever condemned the Indian brutalities and human rights violations in Kashmir or offered mediation to help the two countries in resolving their disputes including the core issue of Kashmir. Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of the partition. The people of Kashmir and Pakistan by all cannons of international law and as per the partition Plan and Un resolutions have a legitimate cause in seeking the settlement of the question of accession of the state through a plebiscite. Perhaps it would be pertinent to mention here some of the commitments made by the Indian leaders in regards to letting the people of Kashmir decide their future by exercising their right to self-determination. The Indian Prime minister Jawahar Lal
The dilemma is that even the UN finds itself helpless in having its own resolutions implemented because of the indifferent attitude of the big powers like USA and its western allies
nehru in his telegramme dated 31 October to the prime minister of Pakistan said, “Leave the decision regarding the future of this state to the people of the state. It is not merely a promise to your government but to the people of Kashmir and to the world.” Further in a broadcast to the nation on all India radio on 2 november 1947 he said, “Let me make it clear that it has been our policy all along that where there is a dispute about the accession of a state to either Dominion, the accession must be made by the people of that state”. These were his commitments before the adoption of Un resolutions. He also repeated those commitments on a number of occasions after the Un resolutions on the subject. addressing a press conference in London on 16th January 1951 said, “We have always right from the beginning accepted the idea of the Kashmiri people deciding their fate by referendum or plebiscite.” making a statement in the Indian parliament on 26th June 1952 he said, “If, after a proper plebiscite, the people of Kashmir said, We do not want to be with India, we are committed to accept that. We will accept it though it might pain us. We will not send any army against them. We will accept that, however hurt we might feel about it. We will change the constitution if necessary.” as late as 20th august 1953 nehru addressing a joint press conference with prime minister of Pakistan in Delhi remarked, “The most feasible method of ascertaining the wishes of the people is by fair and impartial plebiscite.” There could not have been a more authentic proof of the legitimacy of the cause of the people of Kashmir and Pakistan’s stake in having the issue resolved through the implementation of the Un resolutions. It is pertinent to note that when the Indian government went back on its commitments and declared that the question of accession of Kashmir had been settled by the constituent assembly of Kashmir and the consequent adoption of the state constitution—upon which India started claiming Kashmir as its integral part — the Un through its resolutions 91 and 122 repudiated the Indian claims by maintaining that the question of accession of the state could not be determined by any method other than the plebiscite held under the auspices of the Un. In view of the foregoing irrefutable facts the Indian stance on Kashmir has no legal basis and the killings by the Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir are nothing but an act of state terrorism which no human being or a nation with conscience can tolerate and endorse. The International community needs to scratch its conscience and play its role in ending the oppression in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The Indian security forces committed an act of ultimate barbarity on 1st June when reportedly they drove an armoured vehicle wildly into a crowd of protestors
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IT is a matter of great concern and regret that radio Pakistan, which is still regarded as the official spokesman of Pakistan Government the world over, is sinking downward due to acute financial resources crisis. radio Pakistan serving and retired employees, many of whom I know, are getting their salaries and pensions every month somewhat regularly after the requisitioned money is doled out by the Finance ministry. But arrears of pensioners on attaining full pension and medical bills , running into millions of rupees, are pending for months together causing great financial problems to radio people particularly the pensioners as the Finance ministry is not providing required resources. Serving and retired employees purchase medicines for medical treatment out of their meager resources and then wait and wait for months together for reimbursement of the their medical bills. radio Pakistan, rendering great national services to the government and people, is a financial liability of the Federal Government as it does not generate adequate resources on its own. It is suggested that like PTV fee which is paid every month by electricity consumers along with their taxes and surcharges loaded bills , radio Licence of small amount of rs five only per month may also be added to the domestic consumers bills. They are already paying more that 40 per cent of their electricity bills on account of taxes and surcharges and they will certainly not mind paying rs five additionally to help radio Pakistan generate some resources of its own and reduce its dependence on Finance ministry to some extent. Caretaker Federal Information and Broadcasting minister has very limited mandate and rime but still he can initiate a proposal in this regard which may then materialize in the early days of next elected government in due course of time, please. Thanks. M A H SJHEIKH Lahore
Is he a Bhutto ? aT the very outset it is submitted that this is merely an academic and religious question and nothing to do politics in any manner just to set the records straight. PPP Chairman Bilawal Zardari has filed his nomination papers for contesting general election for the first time and his sister Bakhtawar has claimed she is happy that third Bhutto generation is venturing into political arena of the country. mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had not changed her parental name even after her marriage with asif ali Zardari in mid— 1980s and as daughter of Zulfikar ali Bhutto she had Bhutto blood in her veins and quite justified in this regard. But Bilawal is son of asif ali Zardari and mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and as such has Zardari blood running in his veins as children are known after their fathers and not mothers. retaining Bhutto’s name merely through an announcement or sort of declaration of being a Bhutto does not make Bilawal a Bhutto though he is grandson of Zulfikar ali Bhutto from mother side and as such in reality not a Bhutto but Zardari in real sense. He is Bilawal Zardari and not Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. asif ali Zardari was clever enough to change his children name to include Bhutto name prior to his own after the tragic murder of mohtarma Benazir Bhutto merely to retain control over PPP realizing that only a Bhutto can keep the party intact. PPP founded by Zulfikar ali Bhutto as such had vanished in thin air and now it is merely Zardari’s PPP in all fairness. M I H KHAN Lahore
The power of social media THanKS to Skardu’s Shabir Hussain who kind of backtracked us to the real road of social media which sadly does not seem to care much about the boundaries decency as election campaigns pick momentum. The guy was travelling from Islamabad to Skardu and in the mid of his journey he lost whereabouts of his luggage. In the video he reacted just the way any responsible person would have reacted on his rare act of irresponsibility; especially when inside the bag lay your academic documents and medical record of your father. He was in tears. Luckily for him the video message moved the fellow countrymen, including the DGISPr and the words went viral lightening fast. Lightening fast did the efforts bear fruit. next thing we saw was Shabir with his red bag. It would be unfair of us not to admit the contribution of social media in the empowerment of common man; for him it is often the first and last option. Shabir could go to police but he rather chose social media over police. We all know how many days he would have miserably waited with little to no hope had he sought the help of police. But the sad part is despite being conscious of its efficiency; we are still not making the most of social media. a vast majority among us sees it a platform to defend the viewpoint of the political party he like and that’s about it. The cry therefore is a simple one. There are so many gaps that can be bridged by this very tool. True, social media has taken the central stage with regard to pushing our piles of problems to higher authorities of the state. Its hegemony over the rest of like-medium platforms is beyond doubt; at least in Pakistan. But if we keep the incident of Shabir Hussain’s lost bag on one side and the ongoing mudslinging of supporters dedicated to different parties on social media on the other, it will be conclusive enough that we can still do better. VASdEV HEMNAI Mithi, Tharparkar
Friday, 15 June, 2018
PAkistAN AND iNDiA tAke steP FoRWARD FoR PeACe uNDeR sCo TROOPS FROM BOTH COUNTRIES TO TAKE PART IN JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE ‘PEACE MISSION 2018’ BEIJING
ILITARY forces from Pakistan and India will take part in a joint military exercise ‘Peace Mission 2018’ to be held in August this year, under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). It will be the very first time for soldiers from the two countries to jointly conduct training for a war game. The SCO’s role in maintaining regional peace has started to display, reports Chinese official newspaper, the Global Times. Since the partition of India in 1947, conflicts between New Delhi and Islamabad have been occurring one after another. Contradictions between the two have presented enormous obstacles for South Asian regional integration. Against this backdrop, it is good to
see the two agree to take part in joint military training. When India and Pakistan were accepted as full members of the SCO in June 2017, some observers worried that the long-term foes might turn the organisation into a platform to fight against each other. Now, it seems that the SCO has instilled a spirit of collaboration between the two. In 1972, before former US president Richard Nixon met with his counterpart Mao Zedong in China – a meeting that changed the course of history – he asked himself three questions: What did China
PHC allows Dawar’s entry in North Waziristan PESHAWAR SHAMIM SHAHID
The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday allowed a writ petition of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader Mohsin Dawar and allowed him entry into the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) after his entry was barred by the deputy commissioner on June 7. The PTM leader, who is also a lawyer by profession, challenged the deputy commissioner’s order under Article 199 of the constitution. The petition was filed by Advocate Latif Afridi before PHC Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth on behalf of Dawar. The judge after, listening to the arguments in favour and against of the petition, nullified the decision of the deputy commissioner and allowed Dawars entry in the agency. This is the first petition entertained by the PHC ever since the merger of former Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Dawar belongs to Danday Darpakhel and was expelled from North Waziristan on June 7 on the orders of NWA deputy commissioner. Mohsin was in Miranshah and Mirali on June 6 when he was leading a rally to file his nomination papers for the upcoming general elections. During his stay, Dawar also participated in the sit-in protest against frequent target killings in Mirali. On conclusion of the rally, security forces in a crackdown baton-charged the protesters and dispersed them. Subsequently, several arrests were also made.
want? What did the US want? What did they both want? Nixon understood that the third question was the key for both sides crafting a deal. India and Pakistan also know what they both want – peaceful development. The two countries are aware that they should extricate themselves from the antagonism created by British colonialism, and strive for cooperation. It’s been over 70 years since their independence from British rule and it is time to step out of the colonialist shadows. New Delhi and Islamabad share
quite a lot of common interests. They both want to crack down on terrorism, resolve their domestic economic problems and raise the living standard of their people. But without peace and stability or regional integration, these goals are certainly out of reach. India wants to play a crucial role in the international arena, yet confrontation against Pakistan has been holding it back from realizing its dream. Likewise, Pakistan has also spent substantial resources on its challenges with India. Only by breaking away from their rivalry can they focus on economic development and win larger strategic and diplomatic relevancy. The SCO provides India and Pakistan with a platform to work together. But it is not their sole opportunity. The Belt and Road initiative also advocates cooperation for common interests. New Delhi has long been suspicious of the initiative, but China is investing in India’s manufacturing industry, clean energy, etc, which are not in the name of the Belt and Road initiative, yet embody the same spirit of the program. The forthcoming joint military training of India and Pakistan deserves encouragement. It is hoped the two can establish a mutual trust to serve as a foundation for future cooperation.
PML-N willing to work with military if voted into power, says Mushahid LAHORE ONLINE
Chairman of the newly constituted media cell of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed has said that if PML-N is voted to power in upcoming general elections, it will have no objection to work with military leadership. He said this while talking to media men here Thursday while ruling out any delay in elections. He also dispelled the fears that unelected forces would change the map of the polls. Citing 1988 elections, he said that these forces along with Islami Jamhoori Ittihad (IJI) had tried to block Benazir Bhutto’s way so that
she could not get a majority in the parliament to form the government. Regarding election results, Mushahid said that it all depends on the voters as they are the ones to decide who to elect. He added that voters are with PML-N and they will remain with it. “You can see Sharif family public meetings and how warmly people
Continuing deforestation in Margalla Hills irks SC LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday said that tree felling and illegal construction within Margalla Hills in the federal capital has continued despite the Supreme Court’s orders on curbing the practice. While hearing the suo motu notice regarding Margalla Hills at the apex court’s Lahore Registry, the chief justice asked if felling of trees had stopped in the area as the SC had issued orders six months back against the practice. He said the Geological Survey of Pakistan was asked to conduct an examination of Margalla Hills, but
the authority did not fulfill its responsibility. Also present in the court, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said the court should be informed if officials concerned do not want to implement the directives issued to them. He added that those not following court orders will be sent to prison. The court summoned the director general of Geological Survey of Pakistan in the next hearing. At an earlier hearing, the SC had chided the federal government over its failure to remove encroachments in Margalla Hills. People have been barred from altering the forest and carry out construction in Margalla Hills as it has led to deforestation, misuse of natural resources and creeping human settlement.
Sikh leader Charanjeet Singh’s killer caught in Peshawar PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
The killer of Sikh community leader Charanjeet Singh was arrested by the police on Thursday. The suspect, identified as Sheharyar, has reportedly confessed to the crime. Investigations are underway and a team has been formed to find the assassin’s accomplices. Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) caretaker Chief Minister Justice (r) Dost Mohammad Khan had ordered an inves-
welcome them,” the senator said. Ruling out the possibility of arrest of Nawaz Sharif in NAB references filed against him, he said that these all are sheer presumptions. Responding to a question he said the party is united despite all pressures and no power can prevent it from succeeding in the upcoming polls. “All the national and international surveys are indicating the success of PML-N.” Terming Imran Khan, Asif Ali Zardari and Shehbaz Sharif as the three prospective candidates for the slot of premiership after July 2018 polls, Mushahid said that no one can deny that PML-N President Shehbaz is the strongest candidate for the slot of prime minister due to his performance.
tigation into the recent killing of the Sikh leader. According to a local media report, Justice (r) Dost told a Sikh delegation that the law enforcement agencies would provide security to their community members. Moreover, the culprit involved in the killing of Charanjeet Singh would be caught. He also promised the payment of compensation to the heirs of the deceased on the pattern of the Shuhada Package. In May, Sardar Charanjeet Singh, an active leader of the Sikh community in Peshawar, was shot dead by unknown as-
sailants in his shop near the Kohat General Bus Stand, Kohat Road. A police official had stated that Sardar Charanjeet Singh was present in his shop when unknown motorcyclists opened fire at him, killing him instantly. The assailants succeeded in escaping unharmed, the official added. A large number of the community attended the funeral. The 42-year-old’s coffin was draped in Pakistan flag and placed inside Gurudwara Bhai Joga Singh in Peshawar. The body was then taken to Attock for cremation.
Case against Malik Riaz’s ‘frontman’ shifted to Lahore NEWS DESK A case against Fazal Inam alias Saeen Inam, the alleged frontman of property tycoon Malik Riaz, on Thursday was shifted from Rawalpindi to Lahore after the complainant expressed lack of faith in the anti-corruption judge. Earlier this week, the complainant Umair, who is the resident of Islamabad’s Rawat area — from where 732 kanals of land was transferred to Inam’s name illegally — claimed that the Rawalpindi Anti-Corruption Circle Judge Mushtaq Ahmed Tarrar was “biased in the accused’s favour”. According to the complainant, the judge had agreed to hear the bail plea filed by Inam and Sohail Maqbool, who is also a suspect, on June 11. Instead of sending a written notice, as per the usual practice, Umair was informed of the hearing through a phone call. When the hearing commenced on June 11, the court gave the complainant ten minutes to hire a lawyer. The hearing was then adjourned until June 12 and the complainant’s counsel was instructed to prepare his arguments for the bail plea. Following these events, Umair requested the senior special judge of anti-corruption in Lahore to hear the case instead, which was accepted. On June 12, Umair’s lawyer submitted his request letter and the reply of Lahore’s anti-corruption special judge. However, Tarrar said that the Lahore special judge’s response did not have a stay order to adjourn the bail plea hearing. He gave the prosecution until June 14 to submit a written order that clearly said the bail plea would be heard by the Lahore special judge. On this, Umair’s counsel complied and submitted a stay order after which the Rawalpindi court refused to hear the bail plea which will now be heard on June 21 in Lahore by the anti-corruption special judge. It merits mention here that Saeen Inam was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Circle after the authorities found that 732 kanals of land near Rawat had been transferred to his name without any revenue record.
Five of a family butchered in Attock NEWS DESK Five members of a family were brutally murdered in their home in Jatial village in the Hazro tehsil of Attock district, a local media outlet reported on Thursday. According to the police, the victims, which include two women and three children, were tied up and violently attacked with a sharp weapon. The bodies of the victims were transferred to Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) hospital for post-mortem examination. Another family member, Waseem, was also attacked; he, however, survived and was admitted to THQ for treatment. Two other children survived the attack as well. Police started examining call records of the family’s mobile phones and began interrogating the residents of the area. The two surviving children, a boy and a girl, were unable to answer questions due to trauma, police said. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Raja Faizul Haq Naeem said that the cause behind the murders was unclear and investigations were ongoing. Naeem said that the police were waiting to receive a complaint from Waseem after which a first information report (FIR) would be filed. Waseem and his family had been living in the area for six years and ran a barber shop, the DSP said.
Friday, 15 June, 2018
NAB to PRoBe DAR, ANusHA oveR DuBious 3g, 4g LiCeNCes AWARD NAB suMMoNs MiFtAH FoR ALLegeDLy AWARDiNg iLLegAL CoNtRACts
ANTI-GRAFT WATCHDOG SEEKS DETAILS OF FOREIGN TRAVELS OF FORMER FINANCE MINISTER AND EX-IT MINISTER ISLAMABAD
HE National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has extended the scope of investigation against former finance minister Ishaq Dar, ex-state minister for information technology Anusha Rehman, the former Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman and a PTA member regarding the auction of 3G and 4G licenses, it has been reliably learnt. According to details, NAB has extended the scope of the investigation and also sought help from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit details of foreign travel of Ishaq Dar, Anusha Rehman, PTA ex-chairman Dr Ismail Shah, PTA Member Telecom Muddasir Hussain and Shabbir Ahmed under sections 19 and 27 of the NAB ordinance, 1999. It is also learnt that NAB has been investigating Anusha Rehman against
accumulating assets beyond her known sources of income. As per a copy of NAB’s letter sent to FIA’s Integrated Border Management System (IBMS) project director, NAB has been investigating the corruption in the illegal award of 3G and 4G licences after it was transpired in the initial inquiry that 3G and 4G licences to specific companies were awarded at specified rates. According to NAB officials, the PTA initiated the process of auction of 3G and 4G in April 2014 and set a reserve price on the demand of the participating telecom companies (telcos). They said that open bidding was adopted for the auction of the licences. After open bidding, one licence of 4G and three licenses for 3G were granted while the bidders totally offered $1.12 billion for getting these licences. Sources in the telecom sector disclosed that the national exchequer had suffered a heavy loss in the auction of 3G and 4G licences while telecom companies earned billion rupees in profit
over 80 militants complete deradicalisation course in khyber Agency PESHAWAR
iSlAMABAD: The N National Accountability Bureau (NAB) N has summoned former finance minister Dr Miftah Ismail on June 20 in a probe related to the illegal execution of contracts. In a statement issued by the accountability body, Ismail allegedly approved awarding of illegal contracts to Jamshoro Joint Venture Limited (JJVL) during his tenure as chairman of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) Limited. Ismail served as the chairman of SSGC from November N 2013 to October 2017. He was named advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs late last year, before being promoted to the role of federal finance minister in April 2018. The NAB, N in its statement, also said five expensive gas fields were contracted to JJVL in violation of the Supreme Court’s orders. Ismail approved the contracts during a board of directors meeting chaired by him, the statement added. The ex-finance minister had been instructed to appear at NAB N Karachi office on June 20. STAFF REPORT
after the IT Ministry, PTA and telcos allegedly affected the auction process. Similarly, PTA had awarded another 4G license at a price of $295m on May 19, 2017. They said the former PTA chairman had frequently received instructions from Anusha Rehman during the process of award of 3G and 4G licences. It is also alleged that the PTA, instead of ensuring transparency and competition, remained dependent on the IT Ministry. The process of trans-
parency in the auction could not be maintained allegedly due to Anusha’s involvement, sources claimed. They further said that the ex-state minister had appointed blue-eyed officials to allegedly protect the interest of telcos in the award of the licences. However, determination of Ishaq Dar’s role in the award of 3G and 4G will be a difficult task as the former federal cabinet had granted approval to kick off the auction process.
Pakistan rejects India’s protest against AJK constitutional amendments ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
In continuation of rehabilitation of terrorists who surrendered before the security forces, around 81 more militants completed a de-radicalisation course in Bara, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the Frontier Corps (FC), this was the sixth batch of the militants completing the training to become useful citizens of the society. Five batches comprising 689 people have already passed out after completing the course under the ‘Sabaun’ project and become part of the social mainstream, the statement said. Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, a military offensive against terroists was launched in February 2017 and hundreds of militants have surrendered after the operation was initiated. Those passing out have been imparted psychological as well as vocational training to ensure that they are able to earn for their families once they return to the society. On this occasion, IG FC K-P met the participants of the course and appreciated the standard of training. Those who attended the ceremony included Sector Commander FC Brigadier Arshad Toufeeq, Political Agent Captain (r) Islam Zaib, Assistant Political Agent Asmatullah Khan Wazir and a large number of locals.
Pakistan on Thursday rejected India’s protest over the constitutional amendment in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Interim Constitution (13th Amendment) Act 2018 and its claim over Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK). “The government of Pakistan categorically rejects India’s protest against the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Interim Constitution (13th Amendment) Act 2018 and its fallacious and baseless claim over IoK as an ‘integral part’ of India,” the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. “The Indian claim has no legal basis and continues to be contradicted by the situation on the ground over the last seven decades,” the FO said. A joint sitting of the Azad Jammu Kashmir Legislative Assembly and the AJK Council, earlier this month, approved the much-awaited 13th Amendment in the Constitution of AJK, securing more empowerment for the state government. Under the amended constitution, most of the powers earlier exercised by the AJK council have been transferred to the AJK legislative assembly and the government leaving the Kashmir council to function as an
sJC moved for sacking of NAB chairman ISLAMABAD ONLINE
A local leader of Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) has moved the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) against National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal for allegedly leveling baseless allegations against Nawaz Sharif. Earlier, the petitioner Noor Muhammad Awan had filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) against NAB chairman, which was rejected by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar. Noor Muhammad had demanded the sacking of NAB chairman through his petition. Per the rules, if any allegation is made against any judge of the superior judiciary or NAB chairman, then the matter is referred to SJC. The petitioner said in his plea that allegations leveled by politicians against their rivals under political motives are acceptable. However, a revered institution like NAB should not become a tool in any political campaign against any politician, it added. The petition also said that it is the basic responsibility of NAB to avoid issuing a press release with reference to such allegations which need more investigation. Moreover, the petition said that NAB chairman had issued a press release on May 8 that Nawaz Sharif transferred American $ 4.9 billion to India through money laundering. The petition further said that Justice (r) Javed Iqbal is unable to perform his duties by staying neutral. Therefore, he should be sacked from his post. He demanded in his petition that NAB chairman should either tender an unconditional apology or SJC should give a just decision in this case.
Pervez khattak not among sNgPL defaulters NEWS DESK
advisory body. The spokesman said the entire state of IoK was a “disputed” territory and its disputed status was enshrined in the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. He said it stipulates that the final status of IoK would be determined through the democratic method of a transparent, free and fair plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) to ascertain the wishes of the Kashmiris. These resolutions, pledging the right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir, are accepted by India, Pakistan and the international community, the spokesman said. He said the Indian attempts to
deflect attention from the ongoing atrocities in IoK, including the use of pellet guns and humans shields, through baseless, fallacious contentions were regrettable and bound to failure. Indian intransigence to implement UNSC resolutions in letter and spirit continues to hold hostage peace and development in the region, the foreign office said. “Instead of making frivolous protests and issuing legally untenable and uncalled for statements, India should take steps to vacate its illegal occupation, fulfil its international obligations and expedite resolution of the IoK dispute in line with the UN Security Council Resolutions,” the spokesman said.
Contrary to earlier reports, former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief minister Pervez Khattak is not among the defaulters of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), it emerged on Thursday. Earlier reports had incorrectly identified the former KP chief minister as an SNGPL defaulter after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) released a report compiled by the gas company. In its report, SNGPL had mentioned that the outstanding amount pertaining to Pervez Khattak, contesting elections from the PK-64 constituency, stands at Rs106,575,071 in one case and Rs82,422,320 in another. The former KP chief minister explained that there are two people of the same name contesting against each other in the same constituency in Nowshera. Khattak told a local news outlet that the name of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) candidate contesting against him is also Pervez Khattak. “The similarity in names might have created some confusion,” he said.
Khadija Siddiqui fights to see her attacker jailed LAHORE AGENCIES
A law student has emerged as a women’s rights crusader after she was stabbed 23 times in a busy street only to see her alleged attacker walk free, igniting outrage across the deeply patriarchal country. Khadija Siddiqui, 23, survived the frenzied attack in broad daylight outside her sister’s school on a busy thoroughfare in Lahore in May 2016. Her sister was also injured as she tried to defend her, and the brazen attack only ended when her driver managed to pull the assailant off and rush Siddiqui to a hospital, where she was admitted to intensive care with her neck slashed, her arms wounded, and a deep injury to her back. Siddiqui named her attacker as Shah Hussain, a classmate whom she had rejected romantically. He was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison in July 2017. But Hussain, the son of a prominent
Lahori lawyer, appealed the decision–and in a shock judgement was released on June 4, the Lahore High Court acquitted him on all charges. The decision was greeted with an uproar in the country. “I was shocked,” Siddiqui, who spent three weeks in hospital after the attack and whose back still pains her, told AFP. “But unfortunately it was true.” Siddiqui’s long struggle to put her attacker behind bars had already drawn attention from women’s rights campaigners, but when Hussain walked free it unleashed a wave of anger. “I am heartbroken, speechless, shattered after hearing what our judiciary system did to you @khadeeeej751 – But do not give up , keep fighting, and we shall overcome this together,” tweeted actress Urwa Hocane. Hamza Ali Abbasi commented: “We must all unite & be Khadija’s voice & leave no stone unturned to get her justice against this barbarian! #WeAreWithKhadija”. The hashtag was
trending within hours of the acquittal. The reaction intensified when the court’s judgement was released, with critics accusing it of “victim-blaming” after it poked holes in Siddiqui’s credibility. The judgement questioned why she did not name Hussain as her attacker immediately, despite testimony saying she had fallen unconscious; and noted that at one point prior to the assault she had written a letter proposing marriage to him. The outcry was so great that the Supreme Court has now taken up the case and will hold hearings later in the summer, it announced Wednesday. Hashmi, Hussain’s father, has told AFP that his child is innocent. “My son is a brilliant student,” he said. “How can he be a criminal?” Siddiqui’s case highlights how Pakistan’s judicial system fails women, says Hina Jilani, a leading lawyer and human rights activist. The young law student is lucky in that she received high-profile sup-
port and it came to the Supreme Court’s attention, Jilani says– but that is rare. “There is a prejudice against women,” she argues. Violence against women has remained “pervasive and intractable” in 2017 in Pakistan, according to a yearly report by the country’s Human Rights Commission. It documented thousands of reported violent incidents including rapes, assaults, sexual harassment, acid attacks, murders, and even four examples of “stove burning”–understood to be when a woman is taken into a kitchen, covered in kerosene and set alight; then the perpetrators claim she was burned by the stove. The real figures, the commission said, are likely to be much higher. Many cases of violence against women are not reported to authorities. In rural areas, such cases often bypass the formal justice system and are dealt with by village ‘jirgas’ or councils, often in a manner that is punitive for women. But even for those cases
which do enter the court system, the conviction rate is “below one percent”, says Rabeea Hadi, an activist with the Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights watchdog. In cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse, it is “almost zero”, adds Anbreen Ajaib, the executive director of another women’s rights group, Bedari. Siddiqui says women, including herself, are often pressured to drop their cases and can face blackmail and harassment. But she is determined to see hers through, and says the attention it has received has prompted many women to contact her to say they, too, are encouraged to stand up for themselves. “I have been told by the prosecutors… that I’m probably the first woman who is fighting so hard to get justice,” she told AFP, sounding calm and confident. “It has proved that if women fight, they can turn things around, so they should never give up… they should not tolerate injustice, violence and blackmail.”
Friday, 15 June, 2018
Customs set to end Cases against digiCom, reLease smuggLed Q-moBiLe phones ISLAMABAD
USTOMS officials are all set to release the confiscated smuggled Q-Mobile phones worth billions of rupees at cheap rates and also provide an end to the cases against Digicom Trading Private Limited and its owners, it has been learnt. Well-informed sources disclosed to Pakistan Today that Customs officials in connivance with Digicom Trading Pvt Ltd has issued orders to release Rs2 billion worth smuggled Q-Mobile phones at Rs400 million only. And, the company of Q-Mobile (Digicom Trading Pvt Ltd) already involved in fraud, cheating, and in being a cause of loss to the national exchequer as well as adding problems and difficulties for the country’s security – is once again making efforts to sell the smuggled Q-Mobile phones in the open market of the country. Sale of smuggled Q-Mobile phones will undoubtedly cause heavy losses to Q-Mobile users, distributors and retailers etc., said sources. Digicom Trading Pvt Ltd had cleared the containers of the phones in the cover of LED lights (bulbs) via a green channel on 31 October 2017. These mobile phones were brought to Pakistan without getting an approval of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and also without getting their IMEI numbers registered. According to the documents, following the information of customs intelligence officials, the anti-smuggling squad of the customs department had raided on 31 October 2017 and confiscated a container loaded with Q-Mobile phones. The container was cleared by Digicom Trading Company through green channel on 31 October 2017. On finding more information, Customs officials also raided different parts of Karachi and Lahore and recovered 317000 mobile phones worth Rs 2 billion. However, the company which was selling Q-Mobile phones had obtained
DOCUMENTS REVEAL Q-MOBILE OBTAINED RS58.6MN AS TAX REFUND THROUGH BOGUS CLAIMS a letter from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 2 November 2017 and adopted a stance that a mis-declaration was filed due to a mistake of a shipper. Also, LED lights were mentioned instead of mobile phones due to the filing of mis-declaration. Similarly, LED lights were mentioned only to save a large sum of tax. According to the Customs officials, if the shipper of Digicom Trading company made a mistake then why did the company not inform the customs department about the mis-decalration. They said that Digicom, instead of informing the Customs department had opened the container and stored the mobile phones in secret places at a bungalow in DHA Karachi. They also said that Digicom Trading has allegedly been involved in different fraud cases from the last seven years. The company of Q-Mobile prior to this fraud has caused heavy losses to the national exchequer through bogus claims and earned worthy income through tax refunds. And, to save billion rupees worth tax it (Digicom) assumed the status of a manufacturer from an importer. However, the inspection team after conducting investigation had cancelled Q-Mobile company’s registration and recommended to blacklist the company and initiate of legal action against thecompany involvedd in fraud. A copy of the inspection report from the additional directorate of internal audit of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has proved the claims of Q-Mobile’s manufacturing in Pakistan wrong and has established that Q-Mobile has assumed a false status of manufacturer only to save the taxes. Also, there is no evidence on record that the technology has been transferred by Chinese principals, manufacturers, patent holders of Q-Mobile to the Digicom Trading Pvt.
Ltd, while Q-Mobile phones have been imported into the country as raw material, said documents. “So far exact figures of the total loss to the national exchequer are not confirmed, however, an exhaustive and intensive audit can confirm the exact figures.” It was also learnt that Digicom had deceived FBR and in a bid to show itself as a manufacturer had presented fake pictures of its employees and had also obtained a floor on rent from its sister construction company New Allied Electronics. An electricity bill was submitted in August 2014, as proof to solidify its claims as a manufacturer. The inspection report also transpires that Q-Mobile was not eligible to assume the status of manufacturer while it was only an importer. The status of a manufacturer was granted to the company after a visit of an inspector since it was declared as an importer from 2009 to 2014. Documents further disclose that a departmental inspector had visited the site on August 25, 2014, and after which the company assumed the status of manufacturer though the company failed to prove the assembling of all models of Q-Mobile phones. Q-Mobile had obtained registration as a manufacturer on June 18, 2013, while the company was declared as an importer till October 2014. “According to the trends and practices in the international and national markets, no distributor can engage in assembling or value addition (physical or intangible like software etc) of any type, with reference to ever-changing and most innovative mobile phone technology, without having specific and comprehensive international agreements coupled with supervised exhaustive and intensive quality control,” said the FBR inspection report.
The inspection team at FBR has recommended a thorough investigation of the matter and immediate cancellation of registration of Q-Mobile as a manufacturer. It has further recommended revenue along with default surcharge and penalty to be recovered from Digicom and the company be blocked and blacklisted besides initiating legal actions. It was also recommended to investigate Q-Mobile‘s status as a retailer and manufacturer because imposition of income tax and sales tax become effective by assuming the status of a retailer. Again, the possibility of short collection of sales tax and income tax and noncollection of value-added tax at import stage must also be explored. “Further, the prosecution proceedings are proposed to be initiated for willfully inaccurate particulars to defraud the departments and take undue financial advantage,” said the FBR report. The inspection report of the FBR internal audit has raised questions over millions of rupees worth tax refund with a penalty by Q-Mobile, value added tax, withholding tax and sales tax collection from retailers and dealers. QMobile has obtained financial benefits by making changes in tax returns. Documents revealed that Q-Mobile has obtained Rs58.6 million as tax refund through bogus claims also in connivance with FBR officials. Moreover, Q-Mobile has deceived customs officials in the import of Q-Mobile phones to the country by showing them as raw material. Q-Mobile, affiliated with Allied Electronics, has obtained heavy refunds from 2004 to 2014. The report recommends that there should be an intensive physical audit of the past record, facts of the company. It also recommends that counter verifications of all, old and new, agreements with foreign companies should be done so that the national exchequer could be saved from heavy losses. “The entire scheme of marketing and sale etc is highly intricate as to the costing and profits as well,” the report said.
Indices down 0.6pc WoW LAHORE STAFF REPORT
After racking gains for last 3-weeks, indices at Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) lost 0.6 per cent WoW as investors remained concerned over external account issues faced by the country and opted for profit taking. Furthermore, concerns over the likely impact of rupee devaluation on select sector kept automobile, cement and engineering under pressure. In Thursday session, the KSE 100 index marked an intraday high of 43,431.13 with a rise of 223.63 points and ended higher by 173.18 points at 43,680.68. The KMI 30 index jumped 450.26 points after the oil and gas exploration sector swelled up its market capitalisation by 1.19 per cent. The KSE All Share Index gained 138.37 points with 177 advancers and 119 decliners. The market volumes inched up from previous sessions 111.90 million to 117.54 million. Banks dominated the volume chart taking up all three top spots. The Bank of Punjab (BOP +1.14 per cent) led by miles. The script had 15.73 million shares exchanged. Next on the chart, Summit Bank Limited (SMBL 5.93 per cent) saw investors exchange 5.15 million
shares. Bank Alfalah Limited (BAFL -0.41 per cent) followed with volume of 5.04 million. The chemical sector’s largest gainer added 2.54 per cent to its cumulative market capitalisation. Biafo Industries Limited (BIFO +5.00 per cent) and Colgate – Palmolive (Pakistan) Limited (COLG +5.00 per cent) both traded at the day’s maximum possible price. The pharmaceutical sector also closed with decent gains, sectors market capitalisation increased by 1.50 per cent. GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited (GSKCH +2.65 per cent) was the top gainer here. The oil and gas exploration sector topped up its market capitalisation by 1.19 per cent. Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL +1.81 per cent) and Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL +1.12 per cent) had noticeable increase. Resultantly, engineering, cements and automobile sectors were down 5-6 per cent during the week on fear of margin dilution owing to rupee devaluation. In contrast, oil and gas exploration (E&Ps) rose 3 per cent on the back of higher oil prices (up 2 per cent WoW to $66/bbl. Market participation during the week showed a slowdown, where volumes and value both went down by 48 per cent and 28 per cent, respectively. Foreigners remained net seller for the six consecutive weeks amounting to $4.4 million against net selling
of $29.5 million last week. On the other hand, amongst local investors, companies were net buyers of $10.6 million and mutual funds were net buyer of $2.1 million. The State Bank of Pakistan reported its foreign exchange reserves of $10.07 billion for the week ending June 8, 2018, up $24 million over the previous week. The foreign exchange reserves held with banks was reported at $6.4 billion, taking total country’s reserves to $16.5 billion. Atlas Honda Pakistan (ATLH) has increased prices of its motorcycles for the third time during the last six months by Rs900-2000 (1.5 per cent-3 per cent) with immediate effect. This has been done to pass on the impact of currency devaluation where the Pak Rupee devalued by 3 per cent on Monday. As per the material information sent to PSX, Millat Tractors (MTL) has achieved production and sales target of 42,500 plus tractors for the year ending June 30, 2018, which is the highest ever volume in the history of the company. Moreover, Board of Directors of Ghani Gasses (GGL) in its meeting held on Thursday has approved the corporate restructuring of certain Ghani Global Group Companies subject to obtaining all regulatory approvals. Manufacturing undertaking of the company shall be demerged from the company and shall be merged and amalgamated with and into Ghani Chemical Industries against the issue of 100 million shares of Rs10 per share of Ghani Chemical Industries in favour of the company at a premium based on valuation/swap ratio to be decided. Ghani Chemical Industries is a subsidiary of Ghani Gases with 95 per cent interest.
US dollar stands strong at Rs121.50, rupee continues to fall LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The dollar continued its upward trend in the interbank market on Thursday closing at Rs121.50, ahead of Eid, touching its intraday high at Rs122.00. During the last week of Ramzan, the dollar jumped Rs5.65 against the rupee. During the last six months the Pakistani rupee has
depreciated 14 per cent against the greenback, meanwhile, market experts expect further devaluation. In a comment to Profit, Capital Stake Director Research Maha Jafer Butt said, “The fall is not a surprise to market participants who thought it to be a necessity. The move comes as a possible measure to combat the growing current account and trade deficits.” “The declining reserves, for-
eign reserves now at three-year low, made it hard to maintain currency level. The rise in international crude oil prices has made matters worse. There is no doubt the coming government will have to come in with a quick fix for the economy. It would be interesting in what they opt for, the IMF loan or one from China as being speculated, or take another route,” said Maha.
Local petroleum production up by 12.98pc ISLAMABAD APP
The production of petroleum products witnessed 12.98 per cent increase during the first ten months (July-April) of the current fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period of the last year. According to latest data of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the petroleum products that contributed in positive growth included motor spirits, the output of which grew by 18.61 per cent during the period under review while the production of jet fuel oil increased by 0.57 per cent. The production of High-Speed Diesel by 14.06 per cent, Diesel oil by 33.25 per cent while the output of Furnace oil witnessed a growth of 7.76 per cent. Similarly, the production of Jute batching oil increased by 13.16 per cent, Solvent Naptha by 6.51 per cent while the production of LPG increased by 47.66 per cent. The petroleum products that witnessed negative growth in production included kerosene oil, the output of which decreased by 13.62 per cent, while the production of lubricating oil declined by 12.82 per cent. Meanwhile, on a year-on-year basis, the production of petroleum products increased by 18.71 per cent during the month of April 2018 against the production of the same month of last year. It is pertinent to mention here that the overall Large Scale Manufacturing Industries (LSMI) of the country witnessed a growth of 5.76 per cent during the first ten months of the current fiscal year compared to the corresponding period of last year. The country’s LSMI Quantum Index Numbers (QIN) was recorded at 149.39 points during July-April (2017-18) against 141.25 points during JulyApril (2016-17), showing growth of over 5.76 per cent, according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The highest growth of 3.81 per cent was witnessed in the indices monitored by Ministry of Industries, followed by 1.20 per cent growth in the products monitored by Provincial Bureaus of Statistics (PBS) and 0.76 growth in the indices of Oil Companies Advisory Committee (OCAC). On a year-toyear basis, the industrial growth increased by 4.14 per cent during April 2018 as compared to same month of last year, however, on a month-to-month basis, the industrial growth decreased by 16.08 per cent in April 2018 when compared to growth of March 2018, the PBS data revealed.
Cryptocurrency tether used to inflate Bitcoin prices, study reveals NEW YORK AGENCIES
There is evidence that tether, a digital currency pegged to the U.S. dollar, may have been used to manipulate the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, according to a research paper released by the University of Texas on Wednesday. “Tether seems to be used both to stabilize and manipulate bitcoin prices,” said the paper’s co-authors, professor John Griffin and doctoral student Amin Shams. Critics of tether have raised concerns over the past year about whether Tether Limited actually holds $1 in reserve for each tether issued, as it claims. More than $2.2 billion of tether was issued between March 2017 and January 2018, according to the paper. Regulators worldwide are increasing their scrutiny of cryptocurrency markets. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have been investigating whether bitcoin and other cryptocurrency prices are being manipulated, Bloomberg reported last month. In December, the CFTC sent subpoenas to Tether and Bitfinex, a popular cryptocurrency exchange that is affiliated with, and shares executives with, Tether. The reason for the subpoena was unclear. Bitfinex denied that tether issuances could be used to manipulate bitcoin. “(Neither) Bitfinex nor Tether is, or has ever, engaged in any sort of market or price manipulation,” Bitfinex and Tether Chief Executive Officer JL van der Velde said in a statement. Bitcoin soared last year, peaking at nearly $20,000 in December, before the price collapsed.
Friday, 15 June, 2018
aBraaj fiLes for provisionaL LiQuidation in Cayman isLands APPLICATION FILED TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS LAHORE
BRAAJ, Middle East’s largest private equity firm, has filed a petition in the Cayman Islands, asking the court to appoint PwC as provisional liquidators for the embattled company. “The appointment of provisional liquidators imposes a moratorium on the enforcement of all unsecured claims against the company, allowing time for a proposal to be put to creditors for the orderly restructuring of the company,” it said in a statement. The statement read “The Board of Abraaj Holdings Limited (“the Company”) announces that the Company has filed an application in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands seeking the appointment of Simon Conway of PwC Corporate Finance and Recovery (Cayman) Limited and Michael Jervis and Mo Farzadi of PricewaterhouseCoopers, as joint provisional liquidators (“JPLs”).” “The company has made this application so that the rights of all stakehold-
ers can be protected while the company and the JPLs promote a consensual restructuring of the company’s obligations,” it claimed. In the statement, Abraaj claimed that the application had been made with the support of its secured creditors who had reiterated their desire for provisional liquidators to be appointed to work alongside to formulate and implement a restructuring of Abraaj’s liabilities which is in the best interests of all creditors. Abraaj Holdings Chairman of the Board Sean M Cleary said, “This is a defining moment for everyone associated with Abraaj. I want to thank all those who have contributed to building this remarkable firm, and especially the teams that have worked extraordinary hours in dealing with painful challenges over the past five months. Under the auspices of the Court, the situation has now been stabilized, and we can move forward to meet the firm’s commitments and restore confidence in the platform.” Abraaj Group Founder Arif Naqvi said, “This process marks the culmination of an extremely complex and challenging phase of negotiations and detailed planning. Since our differences with certain investors first came to light, we have worked exhaustively and transparently to investigate the matter and address their concerns, all the while ensuring our tremendous investment teams around the world continue to support the
oil prices ease as us production breaks another record SINGAPORE AGENCIES
Oil prices eased on Thursday, dragged down by rising output, although strong demand and a drop in U.S. fuel inventories provided the market with some support. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $76.46 per barrel at 0046 GMT, down 28 cents, or 0.4 percent, from their last close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $66.58 a barrel, down 6 cents from their last settlement. Prices were pulled down by another rise in U.S. oil production, which hit a weekly record of 10.9 million barrels per day (bpd) last week, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday. U.S. crude output has risen by almost 30 percent in the last two years, and it is now close to top global producer Russia, which produced 11.1 million bpd overall in the first two weeks of June. But the rising output came amid strong demand, which traders said prevented crude prices from falling further. U.S. consumption of gasoline in the United States rose to an historic high of 9.88 million bpd last week, according to the EIA. In part because of strong demand, U.S. crude inventories CSTK-T-EIA fell by 4.1 million barrels in the week to June 8, to 432.4 million barrels. Still, U.S. output is now above that of top exporter Saudi Arabia, which currently churns out slightly above 10 million bpd. WORLD CUP MEETING The surge in American output puts pressure on other producers, who are losing market share. Russian and Saudi production has been held back voluntarily since 2017, when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), together with some nonOPEC producers including Russia, started supply cuts aimed at propping up prices. With Brent prices up by around 180 percent from their 2016 lows and demand strong, OPEC and Russia may soon end their voluntary supply cuts. OPEC, together with Russia, will officially meet in Vienna on June 22 to discuss its production policy, U.S. bank Morgan Stanley said OPEC and its partners had “largely achieved their stated objective of rebalancing the oil market.” With demand for oil strong, Morgan Stanley said the group’s “production is likely to creep higher.” OPEC’s de-facto leader Saudi Arabia and Russia will also have the chance to talk before the Vienna meeting. Russia and Saudi Arabia are set to open the football world cup, which kicks off in Russia on Thursday.
growth of our partner companies.” He further added, “The intense public scrutiny and highly speculative rumours on these matters have put enormous stress on the Abraaj family of employees and partners, together with our investors and other stakeholders. We appreciate the support we have received from many who understand our circumstances and believe in the fundamental mission we have strived for the past 16 years to fulfil – investing for impact and driving growth. I want to thank our regulators, management teams, colleagues, lenders and advisors for working tirelessly to bring us to this point.” “Keeping the interests of the Limited Partners in the Funds managed by Abraaj Investment Management Limited (AIML) during this turbulent period has been paramount. The fact that the approximately 50 companies in the current generation of funds have kept growing during these recent turbulent months demonstrates the resilience and quality of their management teams and our investment professionals. Regardless of their future ownership, we are confident that the Funds will achieve above-market returns in the years to come. The provisional liquidation of Abraaj Holdings will create a more controlled basis for moving forward, without impacting the day to day management of the Funds and the underlying portfolio businesses. An independ-
ent AIML, under new ownership, will be stabilising for all who are associated with the asset management business. “The process of court-supervised restructuring will take a few months. I will continue to support this orderly process and help ensure the best possible outcomes for all the stakeholders. The past four months have been humbling, exhausting and testing for us all but when I reflect on the past 16 years, I am proud of the positive impact that Abraaj has had on the markets and communities it serves”. Houlihan Lokey Managing Director Arun Reddy, financial and restructuring advisors to Abraaj Holdings said, “We are pleased to have arrived at this outcome thanks to the strong collaboration and support of key stakeholders. A courtsupervised restructuring process will enable the Company to meet its obligations in an orderly fashion and facilitate an efficient and satisfactory sale process of its investments, including Abraaj Investment Management Limited. The company’s priority has always been, and remains, to ensure the stability of its teams and portfolio, with the intent to maximize value for all parties.” It is pertinent to mention that Allen & Overy LLP, Carey Olsen and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP are serving as legal advisors and Houlihan Lokey are serving as financial advisors to Abraaj Holdings.
Circular debt falls to Rs499 billion NEWS DESK The circular debt has decreased to Rs499 billion from a figure of Rs573 billion reported two weeks at the far end of the PML-N tenure, which completed its term on May 31st. A senior government official revealed circular debt had fallen to Rs499 billion from Rs573 billion and had been rising because of delay in determination of power distribution companies (Discos) tariff. He shared the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) in April had notified the new tariff for Discos and due to this energy companies had been able to gather Rs90 billion additional revenue in monthly bills of last month. The official added the energy companies were expecting Rs101 billion additional revenue collection for the current month of June, which would lead to further reduction in circular debt. In the last government’s tenure from June 2013 to May 2018, the circular debt rose to Rs573 billion. Recently, Secretary Power Yousaf Naseem Khokhar had informed the Senate Standing Committee on Power that power sector receivables
ratcheted a 46 percent increase to Rs633 billion last week from Rs434 billion in end of June 2015. The power division on 11th June provided details regarding the steady rise in power sector receivables from Rs589 billion in 2015 to Rs779 billion till June 4th, 2018, increasing 32.25 percent. Khokhar shared average power
shortfall was recorded at 4,530MW in July 2017 and was largely remain unchanged in 1st week of June 2018 at 4,559MW. According to the Power Division, disconnected defaulter’s receivables were recorded at Rs99 billion. The Senate panel’s meeting was chaired by Senator Fida Muhammad was apprised government sector receivables were recorded at Rs146
billion earlier this month against Rs156 billion in 2015. The Senate committee wasn’t apprised the fall was because of the Rs50 billion waiver permitted by the PML-N government to the Sindh government in 2016. Contrarily, receivables of the power sector from government sector rose 8.33 percent, touching Rs169 billion in 2016 and decreased to Rs115 billion in 2017, because of the waiver provided by the federal government. However, these receivables again surged 21 percent, touching Rs146 billion in the outgoing financial year. Private sector receivables rose 8 percent, touching Rs469 billion in 2016. For 2017, an 18.3 percent rise was reported to Rs55 billion and further increased to Rs633 billion in 2018. Khokhar shared average demand in July 2017 was recorded at 21,540MW which increased to 23,301MW by June this year, posting 8 percent rise. In the corresponding period, a 10 percent rise in generation was recorded, touching 18,742MW now compared to 17,012MW in 2017.
eu approves retaliatory tariffs against us BRUSSELS AFP
The European Union (EU) on Thursday approved a raft of retaliatory tariffs, including on whiskey and motorcycles, against painful duties imposed by US President Donald Trump on European metals, sources said. The 28-member bloc agreed to activate the countermeasures after Trump on June 1 followed through on his threat to impose tariffs on European steel and aluminium exports. "Member states have today unanimously supported the commission's plan for the adoption of rebalancing measures on the US tariffs on steel and aluminium," a European Commission source told AFP on condition of anonymity. The source added that the tariffs would take effect "in coming days", with other officials saying they would be implemented by the beginning of July. From blue jeans to motorbikes and whiskey, the EU's hit-list of products targeted for tariffs with the US reads like a catalogue of emblematic American exports. Brussels first drew up the list in March when Trump initially floated the 25 per cent tariffs on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium, which also target Canada, Mexico and other close allies. "The EU will exercise its rights on US products valued at up to 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) of trade, as notified to the WTO," the commission source added. Transatlantic ties are at their lowest level for many years due to rows over a host of issues including the tariffs, the Paris climate agreement, the Iran nuclear deal and the new US embassy in Jerusalem.
Zte proposes $10.7bn financing plan, new board HONG KONG AGENCIES
Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp has proposed a $10.7 billion financing plan and nominated eight board members in a drastic management overhaul, as it seeks to rebuild a business crippled by a U.S. supplier ban. The news, announced late on Wednesday, indicates China’s No.2 telecom equipment maker is working towards meeting the conditions laid out by the United States, so it could resume business with American suppliers, who provide about 25-30 percent of the components used in ZTE’s equipment. Investors cheered the development, driving up ZTE’s Hong Kong-listed shares as much as 3.7 percent on Thursday morning, outperforming the Hang Seng Index that dipped slightly. A day earlier, its shares plunged a record 41 percent in Hong Kong and 10 percent in Shenzhen, wiping out almost $3 billion off embattled ZTE’s market value, as it resumed trading after being suspended for almost two-months due to the U.S. ban. The United States imposed the seven-year supplier ban on ZTE in April after it broke an agreement to discipline executives who conspired to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea. ZTE last week agreed to pay a $1 billion fine to the U.S. government. The ban will, however, not be lifted until ZTE places another $400 million in an escrow account in a U.S.approved bank for 10 years.
Weekly inflation goes up by 1.71pc ISLAMABAD APP
The weekly inflation for the week ended on June 13, for the combined income group witnessed an increase of 1.71 per cent as compared to the previous week. The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week under review in the above-mentioned group was recorded at 227.74 points against 223.91 points registered in the previous week, according to data provided by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Similarly, as compared to the corresponding week of last year, the
SPI for the combined group in the week under review increased by 3.59 per cent. The weekly SPI has been computed with base 2007-08, covering 17 urban centres and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined. Meanwhile, the SPI for the lowest income group up to Rs8,000 was also increased by 2.15 per cent as it went up from 208.68 points in the previous week to 213.16 points in the week under review. As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs8,001-12,000, Rs12,001-18,000, Rs18,001-35,000 and above Rs35,000
also increased by 1.95 per cent, 1.85 per cent, 1.70 per cent and 1.52 per cent respectively. During the week under review, average prices of 2 items registered decrease, while that of 19 items increased with the remaining 32 items’ prices unchanged. The items which registered a decrease in their prices during the week under review included bananas and mash pulse. The items which recorded increase in their average prices included tomatoes, chicken, wheat flour, red chilly (powder), onions, diesel, potatoes, petrol, kerosene oil, milk (fresh),
sugar, LPG Cylinder, Mustard oil, garlic, wheat, vegetable ghee, beef, eggs and gur. The items with no change in their average prices during the week under review included rice (basmati), rice (irri-6), bread (plain), mutton, curd, milk (powdered), cooking oil, vegetable ghee (tin), masoor pulse, moong pulse, gram pulse, salt, tea (packet), cooked beef, cooked daal, tea (prepared), cigarettes, long cloth, shirting, lawn, georgette, gents sandal, gents chappal, ladies sandal, electricity charges, fire wood, electric bulb, washing soap, match box, telephone local call and bath soap.
Friday, 15 June, 2018
AfghAnistAn rAlly on test debut After indiA dominAte dAy one
man City visit Arsenal on Premier league opening day
EST debutants Afghanistan took five wickets in the final session after India dominated much of the opening day of their match in Bangalore. After India won the toss and elected to bat, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan put on 168 runs for the first wicket. Yamin Ahmadzai took Afghanistan's first Test wicket by dismissing Dhawan for 107, with Vijay (105) second to fall. Afghanistan - who were awarded Test status in June 2017 - rallied late on, taking three wickets for 16 runs. Wafadar, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman took a wicket apiece, while Dinesh Karthik was run out. There was a great sense of occasion before the start of play here in Bangalore as the Afghan players were presented with framed Test caps and glad-handed by a host of dignitaries. With their hands on their hearts and beaming grins across their faces, they then belted out their national anthem and soaked up their moment of history. The smiles were soon wiped off their faces, though, as India opener Shikhar Dhawan took advantage of some palpable nerves from the Afghan bowlers to blast a stunning hundred before lunch. And yet still the Afghans seemed determined to enjoy themselves, none
more so than Mohammad Shahzad, the portly opening batsman establishing himself as a firm favourite with the Indian crowd for his whole-hearted efforts in the field. Following a couple of rain delays, the Afghans improved dramatically and
it was their seamers rather than their much-vaunted spinners who made the initial breakthroughs, much to the delight of a few clusters of flag-waving Afghan supporters in the stands. By the end of the day, however, leg-spinner Rashid Khan was showing
SL selectors look to sign Sangakkara, Jaywardene as consultants NEWS DESK While Sri Lanka Cricket is in government-imposed limbo, the national selection committee under has lobbied the government to appoint Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Aravinda de Silva and Roshan Mahanama as cricket consultants for SLC. Generally, Sangakkara and Jayawardene are kept at arm's length by the board - the pair constantly critical of the self-interest they believe is rampant in Sri Lanka's cricket administration. But with the board is temporarily defunct, and with the government now essentially running cricket in the country, the selectors have seen an opening to get them involved in officially shaping the nation's cricket. Mahanama and de Silva, who also have at times had a strained relationship with SLC's elected
maria sharapova, madison Keys withdraw from Wimbledon tune-up NEWS DESK: Maria Sharapova and Madison Keys have both been forced to withdraw from the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham. Sharapova, who enjoyed a recent run to the French Open quarterfinals, has had an injury-plagued start to the season and cited the need for rest as the reason for her withdrawal. Keys will miss the Wimbledon tune-up due to an abdominal injury. "I have good memories of Birmingham," the two-time Edgbaston champion Sharapova said. "So I'm disappointed not to be able to play this year. I need to take care of my body and make sure I stay healthy and sometimes that means you have to take tough decisions like this one. I wish everyone in Birmingham a great tournament." Keys, an American who reached the semifinals at Roland Garros, added: "I am sorry to have to pull out of Birmingham this year. Everyone knows how much I love playing on grass and I was looking forward to starting my grass season there, but unfortunately I aggravated an injury I sustained in Rome and need to rest as much as I can right now. I look forward to returning to Birmingham next year and playing in front of its great fans."
officials, have voiced ideas on how cricket in Sri Lanka might be improved as well. In addition to getting those four on board as general consultants, the selectors have also requested that Muttiah Muralitharan be brought on board as a spin-bowling consultant. Whether these former players are happy to take on these roles, and whether there is enough time for them to make any tangible impact, remains to be seen. Board elections may be held sometime over the next few months, after which - depending on who is voted in - the likes of Jayawardene and Sangakkara may be unwelcome once more. In the past, the pair, along with de Silva, have advocated for a restructuring of the SLC constitution, even submitting official reports to the sports ministry over the past year. Little, however, has come of those recommendations, for now.
exactly why he is one of the most exciting young cricketers in world cricket, taking the scalp of India captain Ajinkya Rahane and showing off his full array of magical deliveries as Test cricket's newcomers finished the day in the ascendancy.
Champions Manchester City will travel to Arsenal on the weekend of 11-12 August for their opening match of the 2018-19 Premier League season. Tottenham visit Newcastle first, then play Fulham at Wembley while their new £850m stadium is completed. Manchester United host Leicester City, Liverpool entertain West Ham, and Championship winners Wolverhampton Wanderers welcome Everton to Molineux. Promoted Fulham host Crystal Palace, while Cardiff visit Bournemouth. The three other fixtures on the opening weekend see Chelsea travel to Huddersfield, Southampton host Burnley, and Watford take on Brighton at Vicarage Road. MARTIAL WANTS TO LEAVE MAN UTD: Manchester United forward Anthony Martial wants to leave the club this summer, according to his agent, who said the "time has come" to move on. Philippe Lamboley claims United want to extend Martial's deal - and BBC Sport understands the club do not want the Frenchman to leave Old Trafford. Lamboley said: "We have not reached an agreement for several months." Martial, 22, had his first-team opportunities limited by the arrival of Alexis Sanchez in January. Martial scored 11 goals in 45 appearances last season but failed to make the France World Cup squad. He has a year left on his contract, and United have the option to extend by another season.
Ronaldo primed for likely last shot at World Cup glory SOCHI AGENCIES
Cristiano Ronaldo will launch his latest and probably last attempt to crown his career with a World Cup winners medal when European champions Portugal face neighbours Spain in their opening World Cup game here on Friday. The 33-year-old will lock horns with six of his Real Madrid team-mates as the Spaniards attempt to shrug off the shock sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui following the announcement that he will take over at the Bernabeu next month. It is worth wondering what Ronaldo might have known of Lopetegui’s imminent appointment at Real, given the relationship both have with Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, at a time when the forward´s own club future remains the source of
speculation. But now, amid all that, Ronaldo’s focus is on the World Cup, the one major honour still missing from his CV. It is a stretch to make Portugal one of the favourites to win the trophy, even with Ronaldo, but they are nevertheless in Russia as the reigning European champions after surprising France on home soil two years ago. Ronaldo is 33 now, still in fantastic physical condition and the reigning Ballon d’Or winner. He can probably play on for as long as he wants, but it is hard to imagine him returning for a fifth World Cup in Qatar in 2022. If he is to cap his career with a World Cup winner’s medal, then now is his time, and what better way to start than by inspiring Portugal to victory over their neighbours and put themselves in pole position in Group B.
Kremlin says Russian women will make own dating choices during World Cup MOSCOW AGENCIES
The Kremlin on Thursday rejected suggestions from a senior lawmaker that Russian women should not have sex with visiting World Cup fans, saying they would make up their own minds. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov reacted to comments on Wednesday by 70-yearold Communist lawmaker Tamara Pletneva warning that football-fuelled flings with fans could leave Russian women raising children "of another race". While saying the matter "was out of the Kremlin's remit," Peskov pointed out to journalists that FIFA's slogan on World Cup FAN IDs is "Say no to racism". "Russian women can probably manage their own affairs. They are the best women in the world," he added. Pletneva, who leads the lower house of parliament's family, women
and children committee, told a local radio station she hoped women would not date visiting fans and get pregnant. The World Cup hosted by Russia could mean "there will be young women who meet someone and then
give birth... I hope not," she said. She compared the situation to the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow, which led to some local women having thenunusual relationships with foreigners and falling pregnant.
Asked if the World Cup could boost Russia's birth rate -- a key goal for Putin -- Pletneva replied: "We should be giving birth to our own children." Children who are mixed-race are likely to be brought up in one-parent families, she warned. "It's the children who suffer... and have suffered since the Soviet era. It's lucky if they're the same race (as the mother) but if they're of another race, it's worse," she said, adding "I'm not a nationalist". She said that children risked being "abandoned and just left with their mother" or alternatively being taken abroad by their fathers, urging women to marry "Russian citizens". Pletneva previously criticised the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, tentatively spreading in Russia. "We're not in America or Europe. Why should we copy everything? If a woman doesn't want it, no one is going to harass her," she told Gazeta.ru news site in February.
Friday, 15 June, 2018
World CuP KiCKs off in russiA MOSCOW
HE World Cup kicks off in Russia Thursday as the host nation take on Saudi Arabia in front of 80,000 people in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declares the tournament open. Russia is spending more than $13 billion (11 billion euros) on hosting football's showpiece, the most important event in the country since the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. The buildup has been dogged by controversy and diplomatic scandals and has shone a light on the challenges facing Putin's Russia. On the day of the curtainraiser, Russia freed the main opposition figure to Putin, Alexei Navalny, from jail after he served a 30-day sentence for organising an illegal protest. The completely refurbished Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow hosts the opening match, against the two lowest-ranked sides in the tournament. Excitement has been steadily building in Moscow, with thousands of Saudi fans in green and white arriving in the city for the match. British pop star Robbie Williams performed at the opening ceremony at the Luzhniki. The World Cup favourites enter the fray this weekend. Brazil and their superstar Neymar are seeking a sixth global crown while Ger-
many, who won their fourth World Cup in Brazil four years ago, will be determined to draw level with the Brazilians when the final is played in Moscow on July 15. France boast possibly the most talented squad while Lionel Messi is desper-
ate to make amends for Argentina's defeat in the 2014 final. HEARTS AND MINDS: The money lavished on the tournament will boost Putin's already sky-high prestige at home by giving many of the 11 host cities their
first facelifts in generations. Cities such as Saransk were sleepy outposts with decaying buildings until the World Cup reconstruction put them firmly in the 21st century. The tournament also offers Putin a
chance to project Russia as a global player that is accepted and respected even while being at odds with the United States. He is attempting to do so despite Russia being hit by international sanctions following its invasion of Ukraine's Crimea in 2014. Moscow's military backing of Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria and alleged meddling in the 2016 US election on President Donald Trump's behalf only deepened its worst rift with the West since the Cold War. Putin hopes the most-watched event on the planet provides Russia with the "soft power" needed to capture a sceptical world's hearts and minds. RACISM AND RIOTS: Russian authorities have gone to great lengths to ensure nothing soils the country's image. The bloody beating English fans took from nearly 200 Russian thugs at Euro 2016 in France has influenced preparations as much as any diplomatic dispute. Neo-Nazi hooligans who organise mass fights in forests and chant racist slurs at players have been a feature of Russian stadiums for years. The anti-discrimination network Fare said Russia's football federation was making matters worse by punishing those who reacted to racist abuse "while ignoring the perpetrators". Security services have either locked up or restricted the movement of hundreds to make sure they do nothing to tarnish Russia's image.
Salah fit for Egypt's World Cup opener MOSCOW AGENCIES
russia 'probably' messi’s last chance: mourinho NEWS DESK Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo "probably have one last chance" to win the World Cup, according to Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Portugal captain Ronaldo, 33, and Argentina skipper Messi, 30, have multiple honours for their clubs but neither have lifted the World Cup. "They both arrive at this World Cup probably as the last one," Mourinho said on Thursday. "It would be the pinnacle of their careers." Real Madrid forward Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Messi have nine Champions League final wins between them and a further 11 La Liga titles. Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016 but Messi has yet to enjoy a major success with Argentina at senior level. Both players are appearing at their fourth World Cup finals. Speaking to Russian broadcaster RT, Mourinho added: "Everybody knows for the last decade Ronaldo and Messi are the two best players on the planet. "They have tried to give the best of themselves to their countries." Lionel Messi won the 2005 Under-20 World Cup and an Olympic gold in 2008 with Argentina Asked if this was their last chance to win the World Cup, the Portuguese said: "Cristiano is a superman. He can [play at another World Cup] if he wants. "But four more years at the highest level? To come back to the next World Cup I feel it will be hard. "Of course Lionel is younger and he can perfectly be in the next World Cup in four years time. "But I would also think that to play every week - two or three matches per week for Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, Champions League, national team - I think to resist to all of that and four years later to come to the highest level is hard. "They're both going to try to finish their careers with the only thing they don't have."
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is "almost 100%" certain to play in Friday's World Cup opener against Uruguay in Yekaterinburg, says boss Hector Cuper. Salah, 25, has not played since injuring shoulder ligaments during Liverpool's Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on 26 May. "I can almost assure you 100% he will play, save unforeseen circumstances at the very last minute," said Cuper. "He could become the top goalscorer here and one of the greatest players." Cuper said Salah was "doing very well" and had recovered "very, very quickly". He added: "We're trying to make him feel confident. The doctors are giving him the option to play or not,
Katie boulter beats former us open champion sam stosur NEWS DESK
but I know Salah very well and I'm sure he's not afraid, he's not fearful." Defender Ali Gabr should also be fit to play after bruising his face in training. Uruguay, meanwhile, are expected to name a youthful midfield
featuring 20 year-old Rodrigo Bentancur and Nahitan Nandez, 22. But they boast plenty of experience elsewhere, not least the potent frontline of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Russia and Saudi Arabia are the two other teams in Group A.
British number four Katie Boulter beat 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur to reach her first WTA Tour quarter-final at the Nature Valley Open. The 21-year-old, ranked 53 places below the Australian, powered to a 7-6 (8-6) 6-1 victory in Nottingham. It is the latest in a series of promising results for Boulter, who won ITF tournaments in Japan and Portugal earlier this year. She will face top seed Ashleigh Barty or Duan Ying-ying in the last eight.
232 not out: Kiwi teenager sets ‘surreal’ record DUBLIN AGENCIES
New Zealand teenager Amelia Kerr shattered a world batting record in women’s one-day international cricket with a blistering 232 not out against Ireland on Wednesday. Kerr amassed the record total just days after her team’s 490 for four against Ireland set a record for cricket’s highest-ever one-day international total. The 17-year-old, whose average was just 29 going into the match, blasted 31 fours and two sixes to surpass the 229 scored by Australia’s Belinda Clark against Denmark in 1997 — three years before Kerr was born. Kerr’s onslaught is also the thirdhighest individual score by a man or woman in one-day international history. India men’s player Rohit Sharma is at the top of the pile with his 264 scored against Sri Lanka in 2014. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill made 237 against West Indies in 2015. At 17 years and 243 days, Kerr is the youngest double-centurion in international men’s or women´s cricket. “It was pretty surreal. It was just
nice to get the opportunity to open and get some time out in the middle,” Kerr told the New Zealand Cricket website. Kerr was also involved in the second-highest partnership in women’s ODI cricket, as she and Leigh Kasperek (113) put on a mammoth 285 runs for the second wicket. “I had to work hard at the start but once I got through (that), I got going and had a good partnership with Leigh which allowed me just to play how I
wanted to play and try to hit boundaries because we weren´t losing wickets,” explained Kerr. Asked if her approach had altered after she reached three figures, Kerr replied: “Not much changed too much; I just wanted to keep batting. “I thought ‘put the bad ball away and keep scoring off most balls’. I knew that the powerplay was coming so once we got to the powerplay, with only three out, I was going to try to go hard then.”
Kerr said it was only when she came off the field, to be told by her teammates, that she realised she had rewritten cricket´s record books. “I had no idea. I think I heard them say stuff on the speaker, but I couldn’t hear because everyone kept clapping.” Kerr’s innings was far and away the largest of a fledgling, yet impressive career which had seen her become known primarily as a leg-spin bowler. “I had 152 against Otago Under-21s a few years ago, so this is comfortably my highest score,” she said. Kerr also starred with the ball, taking five for 17 in seven overs as New Zealand went on to beat Ireland by 305 runs after dismissing the hosts for 135 in Dublin. Victory saw the White Ferns complete a 3-0 series sweep over Ireland, with every one of those wins by colossal margins of over 300 runs. New Zealand now travel across the Irish Sea to face England and South Africa in a Twenty20 tri-series, from June 20-July 1. The White Ferns then play world champions England in a three-match ODI series from July 9-15.
Friday, 15 June, 2018
IndIan army chIef wants to gIve ‘peace a chance’ In IhK GEN RAWAT SAYS HE SUPPORTS DIALOGUE TO SOLVE PROBLEMS IN INDIAN-OCCUPIED VALLEY NEWS DESK
NDIAN Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said that peace should be given a chance in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), according to a media report. In an exclusive conversation with The Economic Times, General Rawat stated that he supports dialogue to solve the ongoing problems in the Occupied Valley. “Talks must happen. We kill them and more would join [the movement for freedom]. Infiltration can be controlled, but this cycle of recruitment of local youth can go on and on. So…let’s give peace a chance and see,” he added. While commenting on the controversial incident in which an Indian Major Leetul Gogoi had tied a Kashmiri youth to his jeep as a ‘human shield’, General Rawat said: “The inquiry is on. I had also made
the statement that strongest punishment would be given to him if he is found guilty.” Indian atrocities continued unabated in IoK as Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism,
martyred 31 Kashmiris including a woman and six young boys during the last month of May. According to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, the killings rendered three women widowed and five children orphaned. During the period, 314 people were injured due to the use of brute force including the firing of bullets, pellets, and tear-gas shells by the Indian army, paramilitary, and police personnel on peaceful protesters. Over 288 persons including Hurriyat leaders, activists, and students were arrested during house raids and crackdown operations. The troops also damaged 67 residential houses and disgraced six women during the month.
Indian troops martyr two Kashmiri youths SRINAGAR: The Indian troops martyred two Kashmiri youth in Indian occupied Kashmir's Bandipore district on Thursday. The troops killed the youngsters during a continued military operation in Panar area of the district, the Kashmir Media Service reported. The operation is going on for the past six days. Earlier, an Indian soldier was killed in an attack in the same area. An Indian defence spokesman claimed that the youth were militants and were killed in an encounter with the troops. In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, martyred 31 Kashmiris including a woman and six young boys during the month of May. STAFF REPORT
Polling codes reminded ECP has reminded the lengthy code of conduct for upcoming elections, asking the political parties, candidates and election agents to avoid maligning anyone on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion or caste. The regulations include forbidding the propagation of any opinion or act to defame judiciary or armed forces. It promotes the participation of women and transgender community in the process and warns political parties against running publicity campaign at the cost of public exchequer. The election body will also make sure no one uses Quranic verses or the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for their own publicity. Moreover, the election body’s meeting decided that army personnel would be deployed both in and outside the polling booths to ensure “maximum security”. Foolproof security will even protect the printing of ballot papers. Former military dictator Pervez Musharraf forced himself out of the polls by not showing up at the Supreme Court despite assurances by the top judge himself that he won’t be arrested upon his return. He was to appear before court till Thursday 2pm but his lawyer kept on pleading that Musharraf has delayed his plans as he needs more time owing to the country’s “current situation” and Eidul Fitr holidays. Is this the end for Musharraf’s political career? Only time will tell. Rejecting all objections, the returning officer has paved the way for Maryam Nawaz to take part in the elections
from NA-127. She did appear for scrutiny, answered fairly simple questions – easier than those asked by NAB officials – and cleared the formalities. Maryam did all her practice while campaigning for her ailing mother during NA-125 by-poll On the other hand, NA-147 is surely going to be an interesting battleground. PTI founding leader, now ex-member, Fauzia Kasuri will challenge Arif Alvi from PSP’s platform. MQM-P leader Farooq Sattar is also lined up for the same constituency. It was earlier rumoured that Mustafa Kamal and Sattar will stage a face-off at NA-147, however, Kamal changed his tactics at the eleventh hour. Other notable candidates contesting for this constituency include JI’s Hafiz Naeemur Rehman, PPP’s Abdul Aziz Memon and human rights lawyer Jibran Nasir. Reports say senior PML-N leader Kh Saad Rafique disclosed his second marriage in his nomination papers after keeping it a secret for over two years. Kh Saad admitted to marrying PTV news anchor Dr Shafaq Hira, hence claiming himself sadiq and ameen With all the fuss going around that elections could “save the country”, Farooq Sattar has taken a different approach. He believes the public has lost faith in political leaders because of their “false promises”. He highlighted administrative and constitutional amendments, rejecting the idea that election was the only solution to all problems.
NEWS DESK: Former federal railways minister and Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday disclosed his second marriage with PTV news anchor Dr Shafaq Hira, after keeping it a secret for over two years. According to reports, Saad Rafique mentioned news anchor Dr Shafaq Hira as his second wife, along with mentioning his first wife Ghazala in the nomination papers submitted before the returning officer for elections 2018. The reports about the secret marriage of Saad and Hira emerged in 2016 following which his first wife had reportedly become furious, threatening her husband to leave the house and her children. Shafaq is an MBBS from Abbottabad Medical College and hails from Wah Cantonment.
Russia thrash Saudi Arabia with 5-0 win in WC curtain raiser MOSCOW FIFA World Cup 2018 hosts on Thursday thrashed Saudi Arabia with a 5-0 win in front of an ecstatic crowd in Moscow after President Vladimir Putin officially declared the tournament open. As per the details, it took Russia just 12 minutes to break the deadlock and get the crowd on their feet. With Yury Gazinsky finding the net – picking the perfect time to net his first ever international goal – rising highest at the back post following an outstanding cross from young gun Golovin. But the home side’s elation turned to despair quickly after, as they lost star Alan Dzagoev after just 24 minutes to a serious looking hamstring injury. The midfielder left the park devastated, after pulling up clutching his left leg. A tearful Dzagoev made way for Denis Cheryshev, and it didn’t take long for the substitute to make his mark on proceedings – finding the net, and making history in the process. The winger, who’s on the books at Real Madrid, popped up to double the lead just before the break, becoming the first man in history to net in a World Cup opener after coming off the bench.
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NEWS DESK: Unidentified attackers on Thursday gunned down senior journalist and Rising Kashmir Editor-in-chief Shujaat Bukhari in Srinagar, according to reports. According to reports, Bukhari’s personal security officer also got critically injured in the attack. Bukhari was attacked by armed assailants in Press Colony near Lal Chowk in Srinagar, following which he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His personal security officer also later died in the attack. According to officials, Bukhari, who was in his 50s, was leaving his office for an iftar party when he was shot. While one of the personal security officers guarding him was killed, another policeman and a civilian were injured in the attack. The condition of the two injured in the shooting is critical. It was not immediately clear as to how many gunmen attacked Bukhari, who earlier worked with The Hindu newspaper as its Kashmir correspondent.
Saad Rafique admits to 2nd marriage with news anchor
LAHORE: People board a train at railway station to reach their homes in order to spend Eid with their families. ONlINE
Senior journalist gunned down in Srinagar
As he wheeled off in celebration, it was pretty clear the sorry Saudis were in big trouble. It didn’t get much better for Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side in the second half, as the Russians continued to boss the match. Both coaches switched up their personnel as the minutes ticked by, and in the 70th minute, Cherchesov turned to hulking striker Artem Dzyuba as striker Fedor Smolov made his exit. Similarly to Cheryshev, the big man made his presence felt almost immediately. Just a minute after entering the fray, another pinpoint cross from Golovin found Dzyuba at the back post and he made no mistake – heading expertly into the net to extend the lead to an insurmountable three. The job was done, and the hosts nab three points at football’s showpiece for the first time since 2002. But they didn’t stop there as Cheryshev turned it on once again with just a few minutes left on the clock, netting an audacious outside of the boot strike, in simply jaw dropping fashion. It looked to have been the cherry on top of an enormous win until Golovin netted a superb effort of his own. With just seconds left, the youngster stepped up to a free kick outside the box, before curling a poweful effort home to cap off a stunning 5-0 result.