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Retired brigadier commits suicide, accuses NAB of ‘harassment’ in last note
IslAmophobe mAssAcres 49 muslIms In new ZeAlAnd g
premier Jacinda ardern SayS ‘thiS g iS one of new zealand’S darkeSt dayS’, raiSeS national Security threat level from low to high CHRISTCHURCH
t least 49 people were killed and 20 injured in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers in two separate mosques. the attack, which came around the time people were attending the mosques for Friday prayers, was the deadliest in the western nation’s history. One mosque attendee told CNN the gunman, dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit and carrying an automatic rifle, fired for “10 to 15 minutes” taking aim at more than 200 people. thirty fatalities occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch. Seven of the dead were inside the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque and three died
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Shooter identified aS 28-yearold white auStralian named Brenton tarrant live-Streamed terror attack on fB
outside the same mosque. New Zealand police said they have taken into custody three men and a woman over the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that one of the four people taken into custody in New Zealand’s mosque shootings is an Australian. the reported shooter, Brenton tarrant, who claimed responsibility for the shootings said in a manifesto that he was a 28-year-old white Australian who came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack. tarrant live-streamed his rampage to Facebook from a head-mounted camera. two IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were also found and neutralised by the military, police said. He said one of those detained was later released, while officers were working to determine if the other two
were involved. EYE-WItNESSES: One unnamed survivor told tV New Zealand he saw the gunman shoot a man directly in the chest. the attacker reportedly targeted the men’s prayer room in the mosque, then moved to the women’s room. “What I did was basically just waiting and praying, God please, let this guy run out of bullets,” the witness said. “He came to this side, he shot this side, he went to another room and went to the ladies’ section and shot them. I just heard one of the ladies has died.” A Palestinian man who asked not to be named told AFP he heard rapid gunfire and saw a man shot in the head. “I heard three quick shots, then after about 10 seconds it started again – it must have been an automatic, no one could pull a trigger that quick,” he said.
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Saturday, 16 March, 2019
RetiRed BRigadieR asad MuniR CoMMits suiCide, aCCuses naB oF ‘haRassMent’ in last note iSLamaBad
ORMER intelligence official and defence analyst Brigadier (r) Asad Munir committed suicide on Friday. According to police, Munir’s body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his apartment at the Diplomatic Enclave. Following the legal procedure, the body was handed over to his family who refused to allow the autopsy. Reportedly, Munir was stressed after the emergence of media reports that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to file a reference of abuse of office against him. In a meeting held on Thursday, the anti-graft watchdog decided to investigate Munir, a former member of the Capital Devel-
opment Authority (CDA), and others for allegedly abusing their powers to restore a plot in F-11 of Islamabad while violating rules and regulations. Earlier, his brother Khalid Munir had tweeted that “Asad Munir has passed away”. However, he did not dis-
Four Pakistanis injured, five missing after Christchurch shootings ISLAMABAD: At least four Pakistani nationals were reportedly injured and five others were missing after violent gun attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The wounded Pakistani nationals have been admitted to a hospital, said Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal. He said the names of missing Pakistani citizens were not yet available, adding, “It is hoped that the missing [Pakistani] individuals will soon be located.” At least 49 people were killed and 20 injured in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers in two separate mosques. The attack, which came around the time people were attending the mosques for Friday prayers, was the deadliest in the western nation’s history. Staff RepoRt
close the cause of death. Later on, journalist Umar Cheema tweeted that Munir had committed suicide “after a NAB reference [was] filed against him”. Cheema also tweeted an alleged suicide note, which Munir wrote to the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa before his death.
“I’m giving my life in the hope that you’ll bring positive changes in [the] system where incompetent people r playing with life & honor of citizens in name of accountability,” it read. Munir wrote that the aforementioned plot was restored by the then CDA chairman while he had only recommended the restoration as he was convinced that the restoration was in line with the CDA Restoration Policy, 2007. He further cleared that he remained in the authority from 2006 to 2010 but the case was registered in 2017, after a gap of six years. “I have also submitted my assets detailed to NAB,” he mentioned. Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari offered his condolences to the deceased’s family. Senator Sherry Rehman also expressed her grief over the incident.
Nawaz tells PML-N workers not to stage protest on Mar 23 Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has reportedly advised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers against staging a protest for him on March 23. According to reports, the PML-N supremo on Friday asked the workers to celebrate Pakistan Day instead of protesting in his favour for not getting the desired medical treatment in jail. “The PML-N is a responsible party and workers will adhere to party policy,” Nawaz was quoted as saying. The PML-N workers had decided to stage protests from March 17 to March 23 at various locations to protest against the treatment being meted out to the three-time premier. “I have come to know that the workers,
being worried over my health condition, want to assemble outside Kot Lakhpat jail to give vent to their sentiments. Perhaps, they want to arrange some protest outside to raise their voice in support of me. I respect the
sentiments of my lovers. I appeal to all of you not to lose patience. I have no taint of corruption; therefore, I expressed full trust in the law and justice system of my country. I prefer national interest to my personal and political interests,” he said in a statement. Nawaz reportedly cautioned the party workers, telling them that they should not make any decisions regarding protests without the approval of the party’s leadership. Nawaz was sentenced to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia corruption reference while his legal team has filed a petition to have his sentence suspended on medical grounds. He is incarcerated at the Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. newS deSk
Terrorist attacks on places of worship over the last decade The terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand is just the latest in a series of incidents where terrorists have targeted houses of worship — a place of reflection and peace. Here are some of the deadly assaults over the last decade: Oct 31, 2010: Al-Qaida in Iraq militants attack Our Lady of Salvation Catholic Church in Baghdad during Sunday night mass, killing 58 people in the deadliest assault targeting Christians since the 2003 U.S.led invasion there. Al-Qaida in Iraq later became the Islamic State group. Dec 15, 2010: Two suicide bombers from the Sunni extremist group Jundallah blow themselves up near a mosque in southeastern Iran, killing six Revolutionary Guard commanders. Aug 5, 2012: Six members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, in Oak Creek, were fatally shot by a white supremacist, Wade Michael Page. Page was shot by a responding officer and later killed himself. Nov 18, 2014: Two Palestinians using axes, knives and a gun kill four Jewish worshippers and an Israeli police officer in an attack on a Jerusalem
synagogue. Jan 30, 2015: Suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in the Pakistani town of Shikarpur kills 71. Jundullah claims responsibility. March 20, 2015: Islamic State suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques in Yemen’s capital, unleashing monstrous blasts that ripped through worshippers and killed 137 people. June 17, 2015: Nine black worshippers including a pastor were killed by Dylan Roof, a 21-year-old white su-
premacist, after he prayed with them in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was convicted of federal hate-crime and obstruction-of-religion charges and sentenced to death. Sept 24, 2015: A suicide bomber strikes a mosque in Yemen’s rebel-held capital, killing 25 worshippers during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Nov 12, 2016: Suicide bomber from Islamic State group kills over 50 at the shrine of Shah Noorani, in Pakistan’s Baluchistan
province. Dec 11, 2016: Suicide bomber strikes inside a Cairo chapel adjacent to St. Mark’s Cathedral, seat of Egypt’s ancient Coptic Orthodox Church. The Islamic State group claimed the attack, which killed at least 25 people. Feb 16, 2017: Suicide bomber detonates his explosives vest among the devotees at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Pakistan’s Sindh province, killing 98. April 9, 2017: Twin suicide bombings rock churches in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria and Tanta, killing at least 45 people. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group. Nov 5, 2017: Dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault weapon, 26-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 others. Nov 24, 2017: Militants kill 311 worshippers in a mosque attack in north Sinai, the deadliest such terrorist attack in Egypt’s modern history. newS deSk
islamophobe massacres 49 Muslims in new Zealand continued from page 01 “Then people started running out. Some were covered in blood.” NZ PM SAYS IT IS DARKEST DAY: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the national security threat level has been lifted from low to high after what appears to have been a well-planned “terrorist attack.” deadly shootings at two mosques.The security threat level is now at the secondhighest level. She said authorities had no reason to believe there were more suspects, but “we are not assuming that at this stage.”“This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” said Ardern. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” CITY ON LOCKDOWN: People in the centre of the city should stay indoors, police said. All Christchurch schools and council buildings have been placed into lockdown. Central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library, were also locked down. The city council offered a helpline for parents looking for kids attending a mass climate change rally nearby. “Please do not try and come and collect your children until police say it is safe for people to come into the central city,” they said. Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the Al Noor mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and “there was blood everywhere”. “Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings. There is never a justification for that sort of hatred,” said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.
govt targeting six to seven per cent growth rate, Fawad says Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary has said that the government is making efforts to achieve six to seven percent growth rate in order to fulfill the promise of providing 10 million jobs to the youth. In an interview on Friday, he said the survey of International Republican Institute has once again confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan is the most popular leader of the country and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) are not even close to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s popularity. He said 83 per cent respondents have also reposed their confidence on the transparency and impartiality of the general election. This shows the confidence of the people on the electoral system. He said the people also stand by democracy as 59 percent of respondents have thrown their weight behind the system. Responding to a question about the mass shooting incident at Christchurch, the Information Minister said this attack on Muslims is a manifestation that Islamophobia is penetrating into Western society. He said extremism is the most serious global issue and close international cooperation is required to deal with it. newS deSk
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woRld ReaCts with disgust at ChRistChuRCh Mosque attaCks
OLITICAL and religious leaders around the world expressed disgust and sorrow at the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, with some blaming politicians and the media for having stoked hatred of Muslims that led to the attack. As governments in Asia and the Middle East scrambled to find out how many of their citizens had been caught up in the Christchurch bloodshed, there was anger that the attackers targeted worshippers at Friday prayers. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the shootings, blaming them on Islamophobia. The premier tweeted: “Shocked and [I] strongly condemn the Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorist attack on mosques. This reaffirms what we have always maintained: that terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families.” PM Imran pinned the blame for these terror attacks on “current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam and 1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been
Inflated gas bills to be refunded ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan, while addressing the Senate ‘Standing Committee on Petroleum’ has said that overbilled gas consumers would be reimbursed. Sarwar said that three committees had been formed to probe the inflated gas bills after the government found some technical faults in the slabs under which the commodity price was determined. “We admit that there were some technical faults in finalizing the gas slabs due to pressure factor that caused inflated bills. Technical teams carried out random surveys in different regions and examined the gas bills of 10,000 consumers, out of which 3,300 bills were found wrong or excessively charged. The overcharged amount will be refunded to consumers,” said Committee Chairman Senator Mohsin Aziz, “an inquiry report would be submitted by March 22 and we will make sure to take strict action against the people who are found responsible for the inflated gas bills.” Sarwar said that the gas companies had refunded around Rs50 million to consumers on account of excessive billing, while approximately Rs2.5 billion had yet to be paid. Commenting on huge line losses in Balochistan, the minister said a proposal of ‘flat tariff’ was being considered, keeping in view all aspects to bring down the ratio of Unaccounted for Gas (UFG) there.”We promise to resolve all issues of the gas sector soon and the common man would be given relief. For this, we have devised a strategy to tackle the gas theft issue in Balochistan for which, we are in contact with the provincial government.” The minister has held meetings in Quetta with the Chief Minister, members of the Provincial Assembly across party spectrum and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the issues related to the gas sector. Currently, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC)’s UFG stands at 11 per cent across its transmission areas, out of which 72 per cent line losses were reported in Balochistan alone. Staff RepoRt
blamed for any act of terror [that is committed] by a Muslim”. “This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles,” he added. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also condemned the heinous incident. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the attack was a result of the demonizing of Muslims. “Not only the perpetrators but also politicians & media that fuel the already escalated Islamophobia and hate in the West are equally responsible for this heinous attack,” he wrote on Twitter. Bangladeshi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said it was “extremely lucky” the country’s cricket team, in Christchurch for a match against New Zealand, did not suffer casualties. The players arrived for Friday prayers as the shooting started. “I can’t even imagine what would have happened if they were there five minutes earlier,” he said on social media. Hundreds of angry protesters in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, chanted “allahu akbar” (God is Greatest) after Friday
prayers. “We will not let the blood of Muslims go in vain,” said one protester. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an Australian national arrested after the attack was an “extremist, rightwing violent terrorist”. A city of about 400,000 people, Christchurch has a small Islamic community, including overseas students. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, the head of state of New Zealand, said in a statement: “I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.” Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May referred to the mass shooting as a “horrifying terrorist attack.” In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was deeply saddened: “I mourn with the New Zealanders for their fellow citizens who were attacked and murdered out of racist hatred while peacefully praying in their mosques. We stand together against such acts of terrorism.”
Similarly, French President Emmanuel Macron in a tweet said, “France stands against all forms of extremism and acts with its partners against terrorism in the world.” The European Commission said: “This senseless act of brutality on innocent people in their place of worship could not be more opposite to the values and the culture of peace and unity that the European Union shares with New Zealand.” Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim mayor of London, said Londoners stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch. “When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonized because of their faith, when people’s fears are played on rather than addressed, the consequences are deadly as we have seen so sadly today,” he said. Norwegian Prime Mininster Erna Solberg said the attack brought back memories of 2011 in her country when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people: “It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places.” Al-Azhar University, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old seat of
Sunni Islamic learning, called the attack “a dangerous indicator of the dire consequences of escalating hate speech, xenophobia, and the spread of Islamophobia.” NO MENTION OF TERRORISM OR BIGOTRY IN TRUMP’S TWEET: US President Donald Trump, who was praised in the alleged manifesto of the man who’s claimed responsibility for the shooting, has not described the Christchurch mosque massacre in such terms. The alleged shooter was seemingly driven by a white nationalist philosophy, harboring vehement anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments. Experts in the field of 8chan message board culture— where the alleged shooter was a frequent poster — cautioned however that the manifesto contains many ironic and misleading signals designed to amplify and sew chaos in coverage of the massacre. Reacting to the shooting later than other global leaders, Trump tweeted, “My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!” The president made no mention of terrorism, bigotry, or the suspect. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement referred to the incident as an “act of hate,” going further than her boss, but did not mention terrorism. agencieS
Zardari and Bilawal summoned on 20th after NAB gets case KaracHi/iSLamaBad Staff RepoRt
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chiefs Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in Islamabad on Wednesday after a banking court granted its request to transfer the fake bank accounts case to the accountability court in Rawalpindi for trial. It reported issued notices to both the father and son, saying the bureau needs to record statement in the fake accounts case, so they must appear before the investigation team with details of their companies and accounts and record their statements. Last month, a NAB prosecutor had filed a statement with the trial court on behalf of NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, stating that the investigation of the case had been transferred to the anti-graft watchdog
by the apex court. Therefore, he requested the trial court’s judge to transfer the proceedings of trial in the present case to the accountability court in Rawalpindi. Following the arguments, the court had reserved its verdict earlier this week. On Friday, the court announced the verdict, allowing the case to be transferred from Karachi to Rawalpindi. Subsequently, the banking court cancelled the interim bails granted to Zardari, Talpur and others as the case had been transferred to a different court. As the verdict was announced, the sons of Anwar Majeed — coaccused — left the court, following which a team of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) followed them to make arrests. Zardari appeared before the court after the verdict had been announced. Talpur’s counsel, meanwhile, informed the court that his client was sick, and filed an application for the court to grant her permission to skip
the hearing. Speaking to journalists in informal talk, the former president told them it doesn’t make any difference for him if the authorities transferred the case to Islamabad. Responding to a question, Zardari said he didn’t know the motive behind the transfer and that a legal expert could tell it better. In the last hearing, Zardari’s counsel Farooq H. Naek had argued that the Supreme Court, in its verdict in January this year, had ordered NAB to further the investigation and not to transfer the case. He claimed that NAB was trying to “pressurise the banking court” by filing transfer requests as he urged the court to reject the appeal. Reading out the first information report filed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Naek had said that the fake bank accounts case did not fall under NAB’s jurisdiction as it did not include the charges of corrupt practices and corruption. The charges
did not include “deceiving the public” either, he added. Zardari’s counsel had further said that there were “no grounds” for transferring the case to Rawalpindi, and pointed out that the top court had ordered that NAB concludes its investigation within two months, which he said had already lapsed. He further said that it was “important to review” Section 16-A (transfer of cases) of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999.
New avenues opening for Pakistan as security situation improves: Asad Umar iSLamaBad Staff RepoRt
Finance Minister Asad Umar on Friday said that Pakistan is opening up to the world as the security situation in the country is improving. Addressing the graduation ceremony of 27th Advanced Diplomatic Course organized by Foreign Service Academy for foreign diplomats, Umar said Pakistan is trying to improve trade and economic relations with different countries in order to exploit its full potential. Speaking of Pak-China relations, the finance minister said Pakistan is the pivot of the Silk Road. We are in the process of implementing China Pakistan Eco-
nomic Corridor (CPEC) project which has strengthened our economic relations with the time tested friend, he said. He pointed out that Pakistan and Turkey are also on the path of developing a strategic economic framework. A strategic relationship council has also been set up with Saudi Arabia to further deepen the relations with the Kingdom, he added. The finance minister said that Pakistan by its history and incredible heritage is a multi-cultural society and we want to make this accessible to the rest of the world. Referring to the recent escalation of tensions with India, Umar said that “things seem to be on the mend”. “We, however, will continue to be guard till the elections are held in the neighboring India.
Pakistan remains committed to improve relations with all the regional countries including India,” the finance minister asserted. Speaking of Afghanistan, Asad Umar said Pakistan’s efforts for the Afghan peace process are now widely being appreciated and Pakistan will continue to play its role to make the dialogue process successful. In his welcome address, Foreign Service Academy Director General Aftab Ahmad Khokhar said that twenty three participants from eighteen countries participated in the advanced diplomatic course. He expressed confidence that the participants of the course will serve as Pakistan’s ambassadors to their home countries and contribute towards further promoting bilateral relations.
thRee susPeCts gang RaPe giRl in RawalPindi A girl was allegedly subjected to sexual assault by three men within the jurisdiction of Kallar Syedan Police Station after being abducted from the clinic of a family doctor. According to a complaint lodged with the police, the young girl had gone to the clinic with her cousin in Chokindori for a medical examination on March 13. She was abducted by two suspects while her cousin was busy talking to a relative over telephone. The suspects, identified as Imran and Yasir, pushed the girl in a car and took her to a villa, where they allegedly raped her. The complaint mentions that they also called a third boy, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, to the villa. The men threatened her of dire consequences if she opened up about her ordeal to anyone. In the first information report, the victim further said that following the incident, Imran and Yasir tried contacting the victim’s cousin over telephone in a bid to get an out-of-court settlement. However, on victim’s refusals, they subjected her to torture. The girl somehow managed to flee away from the crime scene. The police said they have arrested Imran while raids are being carried out to arrest the other two suspects. Further investigation into the incident was underway. Earlier, it was reported on Tuesday that a man allegedly tried to rape his sister-in-law in Kabirwala. The victim said that the suspect wanted to develop relations with her but she refused. She said that the accused tried to force him upon her on several occasions. newS deSk
Saturday, 16 March 2019
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KP GovT IMPoses bAN oN use oF PolyTheNe bAGs PESHAWAR
HE government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has imposed a ban on use of polythene bags in the province and ordered all deputy commissioners to ensure strict implementation of the ban. KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousufzai said purpose of the ban was aimed at keeping the city clean. “The legislation in this regard has been enacted, it will now be implemented”, he said. He said the violators could face fine up to Rs 5 million. Repeated violation would result in im-
VIOLATORS TO FACE FINE UP TO RS5 MILLION, TWO YEARS IMPRISONMENT ON REPEATED OFFENCE prisonment for two years, the information minister added. Last week, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan issued orders to impose a ban on the use of polythene bags (Plastic Shopping Bags) in the province. While presiding over a meeting regarding the
Newly-elected PTI MPA administered oath PESHAWAR: Newly-elected PTI MPA from PK-30, Balakot, Mansehra, Ahmad Hussain Shah administered oath as member of the provincial assembly here on Friday. The Speaker, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani administered oath to him. The session of the provincial assembly has been convened on the requisition of the opposition. After administering oath to the legislator, the Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani congratulated him on his election as member of the provincial assembly. The newly elected MPA later signed the attendance registration of the house. Congratulating the newly elected MPA on taking oath, Nighat Yasmin Orakzai of PPP said that last time Ahmad Hussain Shah was elected on their party ticket and this time had elected on PTI ticket and they are welcoming him in the house and congratulating them whole-heartedly. APP
ban on polythene bags and its alternate solution, the chief minister also directed to constitute a committee to be headed by Minister for Information Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, which would recommend an alternate solution against the use of polythene bags. The committee comprises Commissioner Peshawar, the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO)Peshawar and representatives of Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP), business community and environment department. The KP CM also underscored the need for a comprehensive campaign through print, electronic and social media for awareness of the general public in this respect.
5-day anti-polio drive from March 25 RAWALPINDI APP
A five-day polio drive would commence in three tehsils of the district including Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation and Cantonments areas from March 25 to 29 as the environmental water samples tested positive for polio virus for last eight months consecutively. Talking to APP, District Health Authority In-charge Anti-polio Drive Chaudhry Muhammad Hussain said around 2,000 polio teams including 1,500 mobile teams, 217 fixed points, 90 transit points, 187 union council medical officers and 400 area in-charges would administer polio drops to above 740,000 children less than five years in Tehsil Rawalpindi, Taxila, Gujar Khan, Rawalpindi city and Rawalpindi/ Chaklala cantonments boards area. Chaudhry Hussain said drive was being launched in the said areas due to presence of polio virus in the sewerage water while no signs have been indicated
of polio virus in Tehsil Murree, Kotli Saytaia, Kahuta and Kalar Syeda of the district. He informed that with the coordinated efforts of government and World Health Organization, polio workers have been trained to accomplish the target set of vaccinating children below five years of age. He urged the citizens, particularly the parents, to come forward and play their role for the elimination of the crippling disease from society. “The parents should cooperate with the special teams so that the set target could be achieved.” He said and added continuous efforts were being made to control polio. Special teams have also been formed to cover areas from where complaints about unattended children are registered, he said. The in-charge said no polio case has been detected in Rawalpindi, adding that polio is a national issue and it is the responsibility of all to play an effective role to make the country polio free.
IGP Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan has worked out a mechanism to deal with complaints related to non-registration of FIRs and matters related to nonperformance of functions and duties of police. In compliance with the order passed by the National Judicial Committee, the Addl. SP, Islamabad has been designated as SP/Complaints to deal with applications for nonregistration of FIRs under Section 22-A CRPC till the time the post is sanctioned by the competent authority. A case for sanctioning the post of SP Complaints along with staff has already been initiated. However, the application for registration of First Information Reports shall be processed through various steps. In case of complaints of nonregistration of FIR and matters related to non-performance of functions and duties of police from the offices of SHO, SDPO, Zonal SP, the aggrieved person who approaches the office of SP/Complaints shall do so by submitting a written application duly supported by an affidavit and other material/evidence. The SP/Complaints shall act on such applications and record the application in the Police Complaints Redressal System and generate e-record of the complaint. He shall call the applicant and the accused and, if needed, personally hear both parties. He shall decide the application within seven days positively through a speaking order spelling out the reasons as per Section 24-A of the General Clauses Act. He shall supply a copy of the order to both parties, if the complaint is fund to be cognizable, the SP/Complaints shall ensure registration of FIR forthwith, It the complaint is found to be non-cognizable, the same shall be mentioned in the speaking order. If the complaint is found to be false, directions will be issued to initiate necessary legal action under the relevant law (i.e. Section / PPC). The DIG/Operations, Islamabad shall supervise the working of SP/Complaints and shall ensure compliance of this order in letter and spirit. Monthly report of complaints shall be submitted to the AIG/Establishment during 1st week of every month.
KP govt to equip tribal youth with education: CM BAJAUR APP
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Friday said that PTI government would equip the tribal youth with education to bring real prosperity in the region. Addressing a public rally here, he said that damaged infrastructure that included schools, hospitals and roads would be reconstructed in the district. On the occasion he announced establishment of a university in Bajaur. He said that who did politics in the name of Pashtun failed to deliver and resolve problems of the people. Chief Minister announced construction of a sports stadium in the areas, social welfare complex, Darul Aman, school for disabled children and vocation training centres besides provision of tourism facilities, soft loans, interest free loans for business persons. He said industrial zone, two grid stations, solarization of mosques, Tablighi centre would also be done, adding that Brang tunnel to be connected with Swat expressway to take Bajaur at par with other settle areas. He said the in consultation with Corp Commander Peshawar Nawa pass would be opened for public. He assured that he and KP Governor would continue visiting the areas to monitor the development activities. He said that Prime Minister would announce provision of 3G and 4G services would be provided in Bajaur.
Islamabad Express Highway: commuters face traﬃc jams in peak hours ISLAMABAD APP
Commuters of twin cities traveling via Islamabad Expressway including government servants, those work and study in Islamabad but have residence in adjacent areas are facing traffic problems twice a day in peak hours during office timings. According to the commuters, road remains congested in morning around 9 am and in evening after 4 pm. Zeshan Ahmad, working in a private firm told APP that
he did not know the exact time to reach the office and that routine runs him agony as he had to depart early from the home. Aliya Habib, a school teacher said, “I travel daily from Rawalpindi to Islamabad for my job. "I’m working in a school as science teacher that observes very strict timings and traveling through express highway has increased the traveling timings in routine”. When contacted about this traffic mess on this artery almost on daily basis, Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) source said that traf-
fic remained jam on this road after breaking down of some heavy vehicle and absence of any machinery with ITP to immediately remove such vehicles was the main reason behind it. He said that heads of ITP along with high officials of CDA and police visited the various roads of the city including Expressway during the last month and considered about the option of widening of various roads to avoid traffic congestion there. The source said that he was hopeful for improvement of situa-
tion in coming days. He told that an option was being considered to specify services roads along Expressway for motorcyclists and ensure lane discipline in the city. He spoke at length about the issues with ITP and said that there had been 631 personnel in ITP at present and an additional strength of 3000 policemen WAs required to run the traffic related affairs very much effectively. He said that 631 traffic policemen for the Capital city were insufficient to handle traffic related issues.
Saturday, 16 March, 2019
Broken white men and the racist media that fuels their terrorism
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T 1.40pm local time, a man who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant burst into a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, and possibly another, shooting and killing upwards of dozens of panicked and huddled Muslim worshippers at point-blank range shortly before Friday prayers began, laughing insanely as he carried out what can only be described as IS-level violence. We know this much because the Australian gunman live-streamed his grotesque terrorist attack to his Facebook account. New Zealand police deployed armed officers in central Christchurch after reports that several shots had been fired,
police said, and witnesses at a mosque told media of several casualties. What we do know about Tarrant, however, at least based on his social media accounts, is his profile reads as the sum total of every counter-terrorism practitioner's and academic's fear, one that law-enforcement agencies throughout the Western hemisphere have long warned to be the No. 1 terror threat: right-wing extremism. More specifically, Tarrant represents the dangerous convergence between broken white men and extreme right-wing media, bearing in mind that 100 per cent of all terrorist attacks carried out on US soil in 2018 were carried out by rightwing extremists, with the Southern Poverty Law Centre crediting a “toxic combination of political polarisation, anti-immigrant sentiment and modern technologies that help spread propaganda online”. These kind of attacks are being carried out in increased frequency and ferocity in mosques, synagogues, and black churches throughout the Western world, with a notable common denominator: the gunmen are always white, male and fuelled by consumption of right-wing media. “Well, it's time to stop shitposting and time to make a real life effort post. I
will carry out an attack against the invaders, and will even live stream the attack via Facebook link,” Tarrant warned on the far-right online forum 8Chan on Thursday, which included links to what he called his “writings”. On Friday, the Masjid Al Noor Mosque became a scene of a mass shooting. A day earlier, he posted a photo of his semi-automatic weapon on Twitter, with the words “Here’s your migration compact!” etched onto the butt of his assault rifle. Essentially, his manifesto mimics the same kind of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and anti-leftist views expressed by the Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Breivik, who shot dead 77 Norwegian students in what he described as his protest against Europe’s liberal and multicultural values. “Merkel [German Chancellor], the mother of all things anti-white and antigermanic, is top of the list. Few have done more to damage and racially cleanse Europe of its people,” reads the opening excerpt to Tarrant’s manifesto titled “The Great Replacement”. That is a reference to the same “white genocide” theory that drove the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooter, who killed 11 Jewish worshippers in October of last year.
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In another post, Tarrant provides his social media followers a series of questions and answers, in which he claims conservative pundit Candace Owens, a darling of the far right, to be the “particular person” who radicalised him the “most”. “Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness,” Tarrant wrote. Owens, an African American, is feted by far-right activists and white nationalists for praising the US President as the “saviour” of the West, and for warning Europe will soon be overrun by Muslims, while also not forgetting her recent statement proclaiming Hitler would have been fine if he didn’t want to “globalise”. In other words, the Holocaust was fine. The problem is Hitler invaded other countries. It was only a decade or two ago that anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant extremists like Owens existed only on the fringe of the media landscape or the corners of the dark web, but today, particularly in the age of Trump, Brexit and the return of ultra-nationalism, they have moved to the mainstream, enjoying platforms on major television networks. Today, pundits can say and write
things about Muslims that would never be published by editors or executive producers. Whereas anti-Semitism, antiblack and anti-Asian racism are rightfully and routinely condemned, Islamophobia remains the only form of racism that remains within socially acceptable limits. Last week, for instance, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro suggested America’s first elected black Muslim congresswoman would not be loyal to the US constitution because she wears a hijab, invoking the anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” canard, a slur that would have seen her show pulled had she said similar about a kippah-wearing Jewish American politician. For years, tabloid newspapers in New Zealand, Australia, Britain and the US have published a stream of inaccurate stories about Muslims, while also deploying sensationalised headlines, with one study finding British newspapers were pressured into correcting stories about Muslims more than 20 times in one three-month period, and another revealing that crimes committed by Muslims received almost four times as much media coverage as crimes committed by all other groups. Ultimately, Tarrant nurtured by a media that exploits the politics of hate and division. If the slaying of dozens of Muslims so close to home isn’t a warning that Islamophobia and the rise of white supremacy must be taken seriously, then what is? C. J. Werleman is a journalist, author and analyst on conflict, terrorism and the Middle East.
The massacre in New Zealand Muslims need more than just was made to go viral your thoughts and prayers
new York Times ChaRlie WaRzel
On Friday, a gunman strapped on a helmet camera, loaded his car with weapons, drove to a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand and began shooting at anyone who came into his line of vision. The act of mass terror was broadcast live for the world to watch on social media. Forty-nine people were killed in the attack, which occurred at two different mosques in the city. A 17-minute video of a portion of the attack, which leapt across the internet faster than social media censors could remove it, is one of the
THE ATTACK MARKS A GRIM NEW AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA-FUELED TERRORISM most disturbing, high-definition records of a mass casualty attack of the digital age — a grotesque first-person-shooter-like documentation of man’s capacity for inhumanity. Videos of attacks are designed to amplify the terror, of course. But what makes this atrocity “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence,” as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it, is both the methodical nature in which the massacre was conducted and how it was apparently engineered for maximum virality. Though platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube scrambled to take down the recording and an accompanying manifesto apparently from the gunman, they were no match for the speed of their users; new artificial-intelligence tools created to scrub such platforms of terrorist content could not defeat human cunning and impulse to gawk. In minutes, the video was downloaded and mirrored onto additional platforms where it ricocheted around the globe. Still frames of bodies were screenshotted and uploaded to sites like Reddit, 4chan and Twitter
where it was shared and reshared. Some Twitter users described frantically trying to stop videos in their feeds from autoplaying, so as not to be bombarded with the recording of the carnage from around the globe. Internet users dredged up the alleged shooter’s digital history, preserving and sharing images of weapons and body armor. The gunman’s apparent digital footprint — from the rantings of a White Nationalist manifesto to his 8chan message board postings before the murders — was unearthed and, for a time, distributed into far-flung corners of the web. The killer wanted the world’s attention, and by committing an act of mass terror, he was able to get it. It was not the first act of violence to be broadcast in real-time. In 2015, two reporters in Roanoke, Virginia were murdered by a gunman who posted the footage on Twitter. Not long after, Periscope, a live streaming app, came under fire after a teenager live-streamed her suicide. Other murders have been broadcast live on Facebook, like the apparently random killing of Robert Godwin in 2017. There have also been numerous recording of encounters — sometimes fatal — with police. Since the live video tool debuted in late 2015, users have also broadcast rape and child abuse — a 2017 survey by BuzzFeed News found “at least 45 instances of violence” across the platform. And yet the Christchurch shooting feels different, in part due to its perpetrator’s apparent familiarity with the darkest corners of the internet. The recording contains numerous references to online and meme culture, including namechecking a prominent YouTube personality shortly before beginning the attack. The digital trail the shooter left behind appears to depict a white supremacist motivation for the attack. There is much, at this early date, that is unknown despite what’s been posted online. The 87-page manifesto, for instance, is filled with layers of ironic, self-referential commentary, apparently written to specifically enrage the communities that appear to have helped radicalize the gunman in the first place. It seems that the Christchurch shooter — who by his digital footprint appears to be native to the internet — understands both the platform dynamics that allow misinformation and divisive content to spread but also the way to sow discord. As terrifying as the violence itself is, is how well the online community worked in the gunman’s favor. This may be our new reality. Not only has conspiratorial hate spread from the internet to real life, it’s also weaponized to go viral. Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.
Guardian MasuMa RahiM
There is a certain profundity about waking up one morning, when your only plans for the day are to go to Friday prayers with your family, to discover that on the other side of the world people just like you, doing exactly the same thing with their Friday as you intend to do with yours, have been slaughtered. My first response upon reading of the massacre in Christchurch was, I admit, stunned blankness. I could read the words, and I understood them, but for a few moments there was no obvious emotional reaction. Not because I didn’t care about what had happened, but because the enormity of it meant it was simply too difficult to immediately process. The responses from many people, both politicians and those known personally to me, have been welcome. They have been kind and they have been compassionate and they have been well-intentioned. It is clear that there are many who are hurt and outraged by this atrocity. Promises of “thoughts and prayers” abound. But what they fail to understand is that we do not need your thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers may be useful to the dead, and they may provide some comfort to the relatives of the dead, but they do nothing of substance for the rest of the living. Your thoughts and prayers will not save our lives, while the actions of politicians and the media undoubtedly destroy them. Every single day, people like me are subject to a media onslaught. Every single day, we are demonised, both by the people who make our laws and by the people who have significant influence over public opinion. And when I say “we”, I don’t just mean Muslims. Because it’s not just
Muslims who are losing their lives at the hands of far-right nationalism. It’s Jews and Sikhs and black people. Because when fascism comes to call, it usually doesn’t care what shade of “different” you are. All it knows is that you are different, and it does not like you for it. My fury and my pain is not lessened when a Jewish person is killed, or when a Hindu person is killed. We share a common humanity and that is sufficient for us to feel rage and pain. And it is evident that very many people do feel a sense of shared humanity with those targeted in attacks. Those emotions are not specific to people of colour, or to religious minorities. We do not own them. But marginalised people do have an acute understanding of what it is to live their lives in a constant state of low-level alert. How could we not? We’ve spent the past 20 years watching the world around us change beyond all recogni-
der our resources, but they don’t want us in their countries. They value our oil but they don’t value us. They dress it up as “free speech” but through their actions hatred has been legitimised, and minorities die because of it. You may disagree, but it is the truth. So we don’t need your thoughts and prayers. We need our rights to be defended. There are many good and brave people who do that every day, but too often they’re doing it in a climate that is wilfully hostile. We need politicians and the press to do it. They created an environment where radicalism could flourish. Now it’s their job to send it back to the margins, where it belongs. That’s no small task: hours after the shootings in Christchurch, Australian senator Fraser Anning released a statement blaming an increasing Muslim presence for what happened. Will he be condemned by the people whose voices matter? Will he be sanctioned
tion. Endless wars in the Middle East. Talk of “clashes” of ideology and culture. Refugee children left to die in the sea. The Windrush scandal. Rightwing nationalists given platforms that no one would have dreamed of giving them in the 1990s. There was a time when the very notion of the leaders of extremist parties appearing on Question Time was criticised heavily from almost all quarters. These days we have racists and extremists on mainstream television all the time, and hardly anyone in any position of influence bats an eyelid. Those in power have made their position clear: they will invade our countries of origin and they will plun-
in any meaningful way? Or will he be allowed to continue to spew hate speech? Politicians and the press can keep their platitudes. They’re meaningless unless they’re borne out by action. It’s time to make a stand. Defend our rights. Protect us from terrorism. Use your position to send a clear message that hatred has no place in society. Stop giving a platform to extremists. Stop pretending that white nationalism is not a threat to us all. Have the courage to stand up for our rights as citizens. Too many have died. More will die if you fail to act. History will judge you for it. Masuma Rahim is a clinical psychologist.
Saturday, 16 March, 2019
SeCy deMANdS iNdePeNdeNt body to buSt gRAft iN MoSt ‘WE ARE HEADING NOWHERE UNDER EXISTING SYSTEM’, ATTEMPTS BEING MADE TO BURY ONGOING INQUIRES SAYS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY SECRETARY AGAINST MINISTRY HIGH-UPS, CLAIM SOURCES ISLAMABAD
N an interesting move, the federal secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) has asked the Establishment Division to form an independent inquiry body for investigating corruption cases in ministries, reasoning that the departmental inquiries make little difference. During a recent meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology (S&T), the secretary, while showing her helplessness to investigate corruption and illegal appointments cases in the ministry, made the remarks that their departmental inquiries are heading no way due to the pressure from various lobbies and interest groups. Science and Technology Secretary Yasmeen Masood said the number of inquiries about corruption and irregularities in the ministry and its attached departments was inconclusive for the
past several years. The inquiry officers, according to the secretary, mostly save their colleagues despite serious allegations and corruption reports. “We are heading no way under the existing system,” she said while briefing the Senate body regarding pending inquiries in the ministry. Chairmanship of the committee Senator Mushtaq Ahmed, while endorsing the helplessness of the secretary, announced that the Senate body will write to the Establishment Division for devising a way out of the issue. He also said that a separate meeting of the committee will be called for discussing the corruption cases and pending inquiries. The Senate body has already constituted subcommittees for investigating grievances of officials at Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and other departments. Another official of the ministry informed the committee that the stay orders received by the alleged corrupt
PNMA aims to work for prosperity of news media
officials from courts were also hindering the ongoing inquiries in the MoST. The science and technology ministry has been under fire for rampant corruption cases, especially in its attached departments. Illegal appointments, promotions and corruption cases of the ministry were also under investigation at the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB). There are several pending corruption cases related to the PSQCA, an attached department of the ministry. ‘MERE EXCUSES’: An official of the ministry, on the condition of anonymity, told Pakistan Today that the secretary, while making excuses of her inability to handle the corruption cases, has actually tried to bury the ongoing inquires, which may involve high-level officials of the ministry. “All the officials, who are facing inquiries, are enjoying the important postings within the ministry. The secretary could have at least suspended or reshuf-
fled the accuse/suspected officials had she been serious about the illegal activities in the ministry and its attached departments,” they said. Meanwhile, the Senate committee directed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to resolve the problems faced by B-Tech graduates and formulate a clear policy in the consultation with all those involved. The meeting was also given compliance status on the committee’s earlier recommendations regarding low research and development budgets of the attached departments, poor departmental structures, ineffective in-house inquiries, capacity issues, industry linkages, pay packages and regularisation of contractual employees. The committee meeting was also attended by Senators Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Nuzhat Sadiq, Kamran Michael, Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah, Gul Bashra, and representatives from the HEC, PEC, NTC and other organisations.
Demos in Kashmir against Indian state terrorism
LAHORE PRESS RELEASE
A new widespread and broad-based media organisation by the name of Pakistan News Media Organisation (PNMA) was formed in a meeting held at Avari Hotel Lahore on Friday. Prominent media personalities associated with newspapers, TV, radio and digital media professionals from across the country attended the meeting. The meeting was in continuation of the decisions taken in the Pakistan Media Convention held under the auspices of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) held in Islamabad in January this year. The personalities which attended the meeting include Zia Shahid, Mubashir Zaidi, Faisal Aziz, Rehmat Ali Razi, Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Irshad Ahmed Arif, Ayaz Khan, Ahmed Iqbal Baloch, Khalid Khokhar, Imtiaz Khan Faran, Lala Rehman, Doctor Jabbar Khattak, Amir Mahmood, Hamid Hussain Abidi, Kazim Khan, Ijaz ul Haq, Alia Shah, Adnan Malik, Yousaf Nizami, Sohail Iqbal, Khizar Hayat Watto, Agha Waqar, Waqas Tariq, Imtiaz Rohani, Bashir Ahmed Khan and other media persons and anchors. PFUJ President Rana Azeem addressed the meeting. Khizar Watto also gave a short speech. Addressing the gathering, PNMA Organising Committee Chairman Zia Shahid said editors of Lahore and Karachi, TV anchors, columnists, a few TV channel owners and managers have also shown desired to join PNMA.
In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) organised a peaceful protest at Hyderpora in Srinagar against the Indian state repression in the territory. According to Kashmir Media Service, besides a large number of people, Hurriyat leaders including Molvi Bashir Irfani, Ameer Hamza Shah, Bilal Siddiqi, Syed Moham-
mad Shafi, Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Amin Butt, Imran Ahmad Butt, Haji Qadoos, Zahoor-ul-Haq Gilani and Mohammad Rafiq Shah participated in the demonstration. Addressing the demonstration, APHC leaders termed the random detention of resistance leaders in occupied Kashmir as blot on the face of India, which claims to be the largest democracy of the world. They also condemned the fascist
ploys like of booking Muhammad Yasin Malik and others Hurriyat leaders under PSA, issuing summon to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Dr Naseem Gilani by NIA, the spree of mass arrests and ban on Jamaat-e-Islami. Members of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) staged a protest demonstration in Aabi Guzar area of Srinagar, demanding the release of party Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and religious scholar, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri. Soon after the culmination of Friday prayers, scores of the JKLF leaders and activists assembled in Aabi Guzar and demanded release of all illegally detained political leaders and activists languishing in different jails. Besides a large number of people belonging to various walks of life, JKLF leaders including Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi, Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, Muhammad Sideeq Shah and Professor Javaid participated in the demonstration. The activists of Jammu and Kashmir Anjuman Sharie Shian held protest demonstrations in Budgam and Hassanabad in Srinagar against the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and arrest and harassment of political leaders. Agha Syed Akeel Al-Moosvi led the protest in Budgam.
Harris Khalique appointed HRCP secretary general LAHORE StAff REPoRt
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said it is ‘delighted to announce that Harris Khalique has been appointed secretary general of the organisation. ‘Mr Khalique is a leading poet and author, a University of Iowa Honorary Fellow in Writing and a recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance. Over the last 25 years, he has successfully led, managed and advised civil society organisations, community development projects, labour rights movements and human rights campaigns in Pakistan, South Asia and Europe. He has also worked with the Aga Khan Foundation, Amnesty International, Strengthening Participatory Organisation, DAI and various United Nations agencies, among others. He also contributes regularly to the national and international press.
16-parliamentary year hurts constitutional progress ISLAMABAD onLinE
The parliament of Pakistan could achieve only 3/4 of its set agenda in its 16parlimentary year due to consistent delays. The government could present 20 constitutional drafts while six drafts were presented by the private stakeholders, less than the drafts approved by the previous government. The theme of the Parliamentary Year 2015-2018 was maintaining credibility and standard of parliament. The parliamentary session completed on March 11, 2019, witnessed a shift of the political government and welcomed 51 new members. As compared to 15-Parliamentary year, the performance of 2016-parliamentary year remained slow and irregular pertaining law making, keeping check and balance on the government performance, committees’ performance, and disciplined. However, time punctuality was much improved this year as compared to the last Parliamentary year. According to Free and Fair Election Network, as compared to this year, last year as many as 33 government’s constitutional drafts, 17 private drafts were approved. Thin majority of the ruling party in the Parliament could be a reason of this low performance in the approval of drafts. Maximum numbers of draft were approved during the tenure of the PML-N government.
NA body recommends approval of Election Amendment Bill ISLAMABAD StAff REPoRt
The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Friday recommended the House to approve ‘The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2019’. The committee also approved amendments in the bill for de-limitations of constituencies; however, suggestions mooted by the Jamaat-e-Islami were rejected by the body. The standing committee sought report from the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs regarding public complaints. The NA committee was also briefed on the performance of the ministry. It was told during the briefing that the Election Commission of Pakistan was also given facilities regarding parliamentary matters. The officials told the standing committee that the Ministry of
Parliamentary Affairs play its due role in resolving public complaints. On March 4, the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2018’ was passed by the National Assembly. The bill moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan will amend the elections act, 2017. Meanwhile, the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs expressed concern over resolution of grievances of the people and the procedure of disposing off the issues. The committee directed the ministry to provide detailed briefing on the resolved grievances/complaints of the people after every three months. Meeting for the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held at the Parliament House, Islamabad. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting which was
held on 19th February, 2019 at 02:00 p.m. in the Committee Room 7 (Fourth Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad. The Committee was given briefing/performance by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. The official apprised the Committee that this Ministry is the sole coordinating agency between the Ministries/Divisions and the Parliament. It facilitates the legislative process of the Federal Government and provides linkages between both the Houses and the President. It also facilitates the Election Commission of Pakistan to respond to the queries of the Parliament. It also provides opportunities to the general masses for redressing of their grievances/complaints. It has no attached department or subordinate offices. The Additional Secretary responded the queries of the Committee Members
with reference to grievances and complaints of the people. He apprised the Committee that
grievances are resolved in cooperation with Prime-Minister’s Secretariat, Islamabad.
Saturday, 16 March, 2019
SC blAStS govt oveR fAiluRe to ReCoveR SCHool lANd PUNJAB GOVT COULD NOT PROVIDE LAND TO A SCHOOL, SC JUDGE SAYS GOVT SUBMITTED ‘A MEANINGLESS REMARKS JUSTICE QAZI FAEZ ESSA PAPER' IN COURT ISLAMABAD
HE Supreme Court (SC) on Friday blasted the government of Punjab in its failure to resolve the issue of encroachment of a girls’ school in Gujranwala on Friday. A bench of the apex court criticised the provincial government over failing to resolve the issue of encroachment of a school plot. Justice Qazi Faez Essa, addressing the chief secretary, said that "you make
big claims on media daily, can you resolve a problem apart of speeches? The government of Punjab could not provide land to a school." “A chief secretary could not resolve a minor problem, how is he running a province,” the judge asked.” Thirteen years were not enough for you to resolve the matter?” Justice Gulzar said that a meaningless paper was submitted in the court. “The court will be compelled to take a decision if the government fails to do so,” he remarked. “Don’t offer a lollypop to the court.
The matter is not in the power of the chief secretary, someone else will come to decide,” Justice Gulzar further said. The court on Thursday had given the provincial chief secretary one day to resolve the matter. The bench told the provincial chief secretary to resolve the issue or face the consequences. The government counsel told the bench that the government was ready to provide an alternate piece of land for the school. Justice Gulzar said that “the government offering a lollypop; the school was on the land of trust in the centre of
the city, how can a trust property be turned into a katchi abadi.” The judge remarked that regularization of a trust land is unlawful. The Justice questioned “the government what action was taken against the officers involved in an illegal act?” Justice Gulzar also questioned the justification of providing alternate plot for the girls' school 13 kilometres away from the actual place. “Why the katchi abadi is not being transferred to some other place?” the judge asked. “How the children will travel 13 kilometres to reach their school?”
balochistan govt bans sale of carbonated drinks in schools, colleges NEWS DESk The Balochistan government on Friday decided to impose a ban on sale of carbonated drinks at all educational institutions across the province. The decision was taken at a meeting of Balochistan Food Authority, chaired by Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan in Quetta. The authority also decided to those involved in sale of substandard, hazardous food items at or around schools, colleges and universities. The meeting also decided to ensure strict implementation of a ban imposed on sale and smuggling of gutka – chewing tobacco mix. It also decided to establish the Food Directorate at all divisional headquarters in the province within six months. The decision was made after similar actions were taken by the provincial administrations in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.
635 foreigners given Pakistani citizenship in recent years: Moi ISLAMABAD
ISLAMABAD: Fighter jets fly in air during their rehearsal in connection with Pakistan's National Day on March 23. ONLINE
Sheikh Rasheed submits 'evidence' in LNG scam to NAB RAWALPINDI inP
The Ministry of Interior on Friday released a report underlining details of foreigners who have been given the citizenship of Pakistan in the recent years. In the last year years, as many as 635 foreigners were given the citizenship of Pakistan, the Interior Ministry said. It said the decision on 150 applications of foreigners was yet to be taken. The report highlighted that 461 Indians were among those acquiring Pakistani citizenship in recent times. Similarly, 43 people from Afghanistan, 22 from Sri Lanka, 15 from United Kingdom, 10 from United States, 14 from Bangladesh and 12 from Philippines got the citizenship of Pakistan. The report further states that four each people Canada, Japan and Egypt became naturalized Pakistanis.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed on Friday said he had submitted ‘evidence’ of wrong doing by members of the previous government to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) scandal. NAB Rawalpindi had summoned the railway minister on Friday in connection with the case. Speaking to the media after appearing before the accountability watchdog, Rasheed added he had earlier submitted the evidence to the apex court. NAB summons Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in LNG contract case Criticising the previous PML-Nled government, he claimed that due to corrupt practices, there has been
an increase in gas and electricity prices. In 2018, the anti-graft body initiated a probe against former premiers Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Nawaz Sharif over alleged misuse of authority. Abbasi and few others
India’s NIA issues fresh summons to Mirwaiz SRINAGAR inP
In occupied Kashmir, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) continuing its intimidating actions has issued fresh summons to the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, to appear for questioning at its headquarters in New Delhi in connection with a false case registered against him. According to Kashmir Media Service, the NIA in a notice has asked Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to appear before it at its headquarters in New Delhi on March 18, media reports quoting officials of the
agency as having said. The NIA had on February 26 raided the residences of several Hurriyat leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Yasmeen Raja, Zafar Akbar Butt and Dr Naseem Gilani, the son of APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in connection with the false cases registered against them. The NIA had questioned two maternal uncles of the Mirwaiz – Molvi Manzoor and Molvi Shafat – and his close aides last year. Both Molvi Manzoor and Molvi Shafat are retired senior govern-
ment officers. The Mirwaiz had been asked to appear before the NIA on March 11 but he had expressed his inability to join the investigation in Delhi fearing for his security in view of the recent attacks on Kashmiris in different parts of India. “Under the prevailing conditions of hostility wherein there is a threat to the personal safety of my client, it becomes unwise for my client to travel to Delhi,” counsel for the Mirwaiz, Aijaz Ahmed Dhar, had said in a letter to the NIA. If the NIA wants to question the Mirwaiz, it can do so in Srinagar and he is willing to cooperate as he has nothing to hide, the letter had said.
had been accused of illegally awarding LNG terminal contract for a period of 15-year to a company of their liking in violation of defined rules, ‘thus inflicting billions of rupees losses to the national kitty’. The inquiry into the LNG contract case had been initiated almost one-and-a-half year after the NAB Karachi office closed a similar inquiry against Abbasi for his alleged role in the award of a multi-billion rupee contract for the import and distribution of LNG. The PML-N government in its tenure from 2013-2018 completed two LNG terminals, while just days before completion of its term, on May 31, it stopped the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) from going ahead with bidding for the allocation of a site for constructing a third terminal.
NAdRA chairman's appointment case adjourned till April 19 ISLAMABAD StAff REPoRt
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday adjourned hearing of a plea challenging the appointment of National Database and Regulatory Authority (NADRA) Chairman Usman Mobin until April 19. Justice Aamer Farooq of IHC conducted hearing of the petition, filed by through Hafiz Arafat Advocate. Presenting his arguments in the case, the counsel of NADRA said Mobin was qualified and eligible for the post of chairman NADRA and his appointment was legal. “Mobin was appointed on the post after interview of selection board as he was more experienced as compared to other candidates,” the counsel said in his arguments. He further added, according to the high court verdict, the cabinet can appoint chairman NADRA without giving advertisement for the post. Later, the court deferred hearing of the case until April 19 after the NADRA counsel completed his arguments in the case. Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel contended before the bench that the appointment of chairman NADRA was made against the rules. Mobin Usman didn’t meet the requirement for the slot, he added He argued that the mentioned age limit in the advertisement for the post was contradictory with the Constitution.
PeMRA approves landing right permission to bbC World ISLAMABAD StAff REPoRt
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has approved grant of Landing Rights Permission to Indigo Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd. Lahore for foreign satellite TV channel “BBC World News”. It also granted Non-Commercial Satellite TV Licence in specialized subject category to Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad and issued Non-Commercial FM Radio licence to Al-Hamd Islamic University, Quetta. An IPTV distribution service licence was also granted to Special Communication Organization (SCO) for Gilgit Baltistan (GB) region. The authority cancelled three FM Radio Broadcast Licenses issued to M/s Radio Hot (Pvt.) Ltd., Quetta for Nasirabad, Sibi and Chaghi on their own request. Request of M/s Cellevision (Pvt.) Ltd. for surrendering of Mobile TV and Mobile Audio Licences was also approved. The Authority also granted approval for change in management of N-Vibe TV and FM Radio licence from M/s. Sanjh Preet (Pvt.) Ltd. Attock to M/s. GASHERBRUM (Pvt.) Ltd, Skardu.
Saturday, 16 March, 2019
After one deadly streak of terrorism, the outbreak of another
From jihadi militants to anti-immigrant terrorists
When the Aurat marched What turned the women abusive?
he attack on two mosques in New Zealand that killed at least 49 worshippers was the worst incident of targeting the immigrant community anywhere in the world. The act indicates that the wave of hatred against refugees and settlers from other countries has reached the farthest settlements on the globe. Christchurch was known for cricket matches played by teams coming from all over the world and by players belonging to different races and religions. Those who perpetrated the attack were full of the hatred that is being spewed all over the social media through divisive, xenophobic and racist rhetoric and anti immigrant and anti Muslim speech. The attack was not conducted by a deranged man acting as a lone wolf. It was a carefully planned operation involving a number of actors who managed to escape. A wave of violent nationalism characterized by intolerance is fast spreading on both sides of the Atlantic. A torrent of hate has been flowing through the USA since Donald Trump was elected President. Mr Trump, who had furthered his political career by questioning the citizenship of President Barack obama, soon gained notoriety for condemning immigrants in the strongest and at times most indecent language. Some of the worst incidents of malice, hate and violence against the immigrants have since taken place in the USA. Women wearing hijabs have been attacked. So have Latino migrants, Sikhs and hindus. In many parts of europe parties that espouse xenophobic, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies enjoy support. In some countries, they are already a part of governing coalitions. even when out of power, they are shaping the political diaogue. The West gave us the gift of jihadi outfits which were adopted and nourished by local interest groups till they turned into a hydra-headed monster. Those forced to migrate from war-torn Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and other countries now face the wrath of anti-immigrant terrorists who are also ripping apart the USA and the european nations. It is time both the West and the east drew the right conclusion. Terrorism and extremism are not religion-specific, and have to be brought under control to save humanity.
Self-service trumps public service
Punjab Assembly’s ill-timed salary package boost
he astronomical, mind-boggling increase in the salary and perks of the august elected representatives of the Punjab Assembly struck people like a bolt from the blue, causing widespread anger, dismay and incredulity. The feelings of foolish naivety and cynicism were reinforced among ordinary citizens, once the lionised, pampered voters, as they questioned the dubious priorities of individuals whom they so fondly elected in July 2018 for better changing their own lives and the country’s destiny. At a time when national finances are dehydrated to a life-threatening extent and the Finance Minister has recently warned that future inflation would cause people to cry (as if present utility bills don’t elicit that emotional reaction), the elected representatives in their wisdom on March 13 chose to pass the Punjab Public Representatives Law (Amendment) Bill, 2019, sweetening their overall salary perquisites by a massive two-fold to sixfold. And the whole parliamentary process took just a few minutes, as otherwise sworn political enemies gleefully joined hands for the mutually beneficial exercise. None of Caesar’s ‘what touches us ourselves shall be last served’ here. The sloganeering and mayhem which prevails inside the house when an urgent matter of public interest is under debate, was nowhere in evidence this time, the ‘ayes’ had it all the way, unanimously. however, this brazenly self-serving performance seems destined for a short shelf life. An incensed Prime Minister Imran Khan has termed the measure disappointing and ordered its gubernatorial return and its reappraisal. Apart from being diametrically opposed to his avowed austerity drive, it is an unacceptable anomaly when the country is on a begging and borrowing spree. The Prime Minister has rightly halted the extravagance, and the party faithful who initially supported the absurd pay increase are hastily backtracking, except for the PTI’s ‘lateling’ electable, deputy speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari, who calls the measure ‘a wonderful step’. By one reckoning the Punjab assembly’s gratuities would have exceeded those of the National Assembly, of the PM, Speaker and Deputy Speaker, federal cabinet ministers and ordinary members alike, which is illogical. But the imperial ‘incentive’ of providing a lifelong residence in Lahore to the (formerly) rustic, ‘simple Simon’ chief minister is definitely out and now his very job may be in jeopardy.
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he Aurat marched and created havoc. Men are seething with anger and women are preaching morals. Far from acknowledging the depth of issues addressed and questions asked, the everstrong patriarchal society has started a debate over the expressions used in the rally. Courage seems to be at odds in Pakistan, which is still having a tough time to wake from the slumber of a deep rooted conservative system. When the country witnessed undoubtedly the boldest expressions and the most vociferous demands made by women– a minority as suffering as the others, men and women both gawked at the audacity. The messages hit hard. With sarcasm, puns and utter lack of euphemisms, the campaigns were carefully worked out. From questioning the right posture always directed to girls and not boys, to inappropriate messages, from demands to end gender roles to a unanimous declaration to thwart patriarchy, the issues raised were diverse. But largely, they focused on sexual violence against women and trampling their consent even over matters personal to them. however, it was the use of street language on the placards which raised many eyebrows and cupped even more mouths. how wrong was the choice of words? Ideally, it makes perfect sense that the medium of expression matches the location: after all, this was not a discussion in a conference hall, it was a street march. But practically, Pakistani streets and other public spaces deny freedom to expressions which threaten the cloak of cultural conservatism knit with the thread of religion. This especially happens when it comes to women. So it is actually a norm to find shady, secluded ‘dating’ spots outside, where couples attempt to ease their frustrations, but it is a taboo for them to
hold hands or hug publicly. It is a taboo for a woman (please note, not a man) to swear or smoke a cigarette, at least publicly, but it may not be a surprise to find a practising male politician, or even a religious-based-right-winged-male activist, sprinkling curses liberally over his loyal followers. The point is not to chastise bad morals or loose language. The troubling aspect is, why are men not shunned for these acts? Why is there a difference in moral standards for men and women? This is exactly what the Aurat March of this year challenged: a double standard and a practising patriarchal society. Beyond the allegations of marketing gimmicks and fun and frolics, there were condemnations of unjust denials and suffocating suppressions. The bitter truths came out equally bitter in words. And the language was loose. Critics allege that the focus was on the vocabulary and the real issues were buried beneath. It was actually the very opposite. When these issues, which are still buried beneath the layers of morality and decency in the society, were scraped from underneath, they oozed out from all seams. Like a volcano spitting lava, the pent-up frustration which was simmering and boiling under the lid, gushed outside. The expressions were fierce and bold precisely because they expressed the thoughts which are not allowed to be spoken aloud. The language was bad because the issues are not addressed despite being prevalent and even raised for years. The stance was bold because most women of today who are aware and educated, cannot fathom the reason why medieval, antiquated and pre-Islamic era customs still prevail. And the cherry comes on top when these very customs are said to be backed by Islam by unaware Muslims, although their religion was the first to grant fully rights to women, including freedom of speech. The abusive language does not suit the composure a woman carries. So does it suit the men? Why are occasional objections to a man’s inappropriate use of words, body language and gestures often ignored? Why aren’t these men reminded of the appropriate character personification and public display as taught and practised in Islam? Women are being chided with messages reminding them that they are carrying the legacy of hazrat Khadija (RA), hazrat Aisha (RA), hazrat Fatima (RA), hazrat Zainab (RA)– the pioneering women who have indeed set examples of excellence, not only in Islam but also the world. May I remind that along with these iconic females were the exemplary standards of hazrat Muhammad (PBUh), hazrat Ali (RA) and hazrat hussain (RA). May I ask, are men of today following the footsteps of these great personalities? The reactions were bound to be harsh, after all the foundations of a crumbling society were
hit by a tsunami. The very foundations whose burdens have forever lain on the shoulders of women, who have been carrying honour, grace, respect of the family. I have an example of a woman from an unprivileged background, who while protecting her young daughter from forcibly being married to a man aged, already married and father of several, gets thrashed by her own husband and tskedtsked at by society. I have another example from the presumably privileged class, belonging to which a well-educated and professionally experienced woman born to affluent parents, is newly married to an impotent man with in laws isolating her in a room, and the woman is still seeking advice on what step to take next. Both examples from the extreme ends of society reveal the indecisive and submissive minds of Pakistani women, which are forced not to develop. So the reactions to the rallies were huge, because among women, they came from those who live a cocooned, respectable life and cannot imagine the disrespect a woman feels when brushed against by a strange man in public, the fall from grace which tumbles upon her when she receives highly inappropriate images, the pain she feels when she is abused– verbally and physically by those who are said to be the guardians of her life, and the horror she faces as a child, when the touches of a person known to her go beyond limits. The reactions may also come from those women, who may have an idea about these pains, but who are living a life under the decisions of their patriarchal family, and are afraid that if they voice an opinion in favour of the so-called blasphemous, vulgar and outrageous women on the street, their own position or status may come to be at stake. Inappropriate or abusive language cannot be truly justified, but then there is no justification as to why sexual harassment, sexual violence, gender bias and preference for males in families is still practised. In future, if we wish to read better composed placards, we should first acknowledge the horrendous issues and work on fixing them. If we are to remind women that Islam gives equal status to both men and women and it is disrespectful for women to abuse men or engage in men hating campaigns, we should in the very next step, remind the men of the same. Critiques on use of language will be accepted if the issues raised are acknowledged. The voice was harsh because it hasn’t been heard. The tone would soften on its own when listened to sympathetically and acted upon as well. Shabana Mahfooz is a broadcast journalist and freelance writer. She has keen interest in issues concerning women, religion and foreign affairs.
Priority number one Pakistan must stop sacrificing its own citizens
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oR decades, everyone has heaped praised on Pakistan’s impeccable geostrategic location, especially our textbooks. And while it is true that we have acquired a plethora of benefits due to our position on the world map, we must be constantly aware of the perils that come with it. As a nation, we tend to focus on just one thing at a time and historically, the scope of our foreign policy has been India-centric. All of our other international relations are affected and arranged according to our relationship with our eastern neighbour; because of which other diplomatic fronts have suffered. As the Foreign office, and the whole country, was busy with the ‘Abhinandan episode’, relations with Afghanistan have become as perilous as ever. The most recent example of this came a few days ago when eight Pakistani Wazir tribesmen, who were routinely visiting Afghanistan, were taken out of their homes and mercilessly murdered in cold blood by the Afghan security forces, without any reason except sheer hatred. Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident and the Foreign office’s response was, as usual, lukewarm. When asked about the incident, the Foreign Minister did not even care to comment
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and seemed indifferent, I wonder what would have been his reaction if the same incident would have happened in Amritsar. The incident has occurred only a few months after the martyrdom of SP Tahir Dawar, the details of which are all too grim. Mysteriously, or rather not, the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, which spares no opportunity to lambaste the Pakistani law enforcement agencies, did not bat an eye at the incident. Nor have they ever condemned the barbaric attitude the Afghan forces have had towards the Pakistanis taking refuge in, or visiting, Afghanistan. This tarnishes the PTM’s credibility and drowns its narrative even on the issues that hold water. Countless sources indicate that the PTM may be more Afghani than Pakistani, and incidents like these force one to make a conjecture. The incident has a direct relation with the NDS-RAW-MoSSAD nexus which is on everyone’s mind, but not anyone’s lips. The nexus realizes that the key to the destabilisation of Pakistan lies in the tribal areas; the ones which we are trying to integrate and mainstream. The recent unsparing massacre was aimed to show that the Pakistani state still draws a demarcation between ‘regular’ Pakistanis and tribal area dwellers. It was aimed to show that ‘FATA’ still very much exists and the mainstreaming is nothing more than ink on paper. Wazir tribe elders now demand action against the ASF personnel who were responsible for the murders. If the government fails to respond and the tribes act on their own; consider the enemies’ move successful. While it is true that foreign policy makers and Shah Mehmood Quershi are working hard to bring peace in Afghanistan with utmost sincerity and the whole world is appraising the pos-
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itive role of Pakistan, it seems that yet again, we are missing the trees for the forest! historically, when dealing with Afghanistan, we are so eager to play ‘the great game’ that we look at the ‘big picture’ and turn a blind eye to the suffering of our own people. Sources inform that the disinterest of the Foreign office in ASF atrocities is deliberate, so as to not jinx the Afghan peace process. No doubt, the departure of the USA on the Afghan Taliban’s terms benefit Pakistan greatly, and is a foreign policy goal worth striving for, but should not the Number one priority of the state be to protect its own citizens? Pakistan must take concrete steps to break the NDS-RAW-MoSSAD nexus. With each passing day, the bond is getting stronger which can ultimately cause Pakistan an existential threat. A word of advice: use when needed; the USA needs Pakistan for its withdrawal from Afghanistan, because of which Pakistan can involve the USA and demand diplomatic intervention. This leverage is of course, ephemeral. In sharp contrast to the Afghan government’s attitude, Pakistan hosts more than 1.4 million Afghan refugees. These are, of course ‘registered’ ones, and the real number is well beyond 3.5 million. This influx has given Pakistan increased terrorism, criminal behaviour, Kalashnikov culture, and a torrent of illegal narcotics. Yet, they have never suffered state sponsored brutalities like the ones the Afghan security forces perpetrate. especially our textbooks,. In return, all we have gotten are blood-riddled dead bodies, unappreciation, hostile alliances and a villainous international image. The problem is, why am I writing this and not the Foreign office? Arhum Tariq Butt is a Lahore-based lawyer.
Saturday, 16 March, 2019
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Drug addiction in Balochistan BALoChISTAN is the largest province of Pakistan and it is currently going through a drug epidemic. Drugs abuse is rapidly growing in the region , especially amongst the younger generation, while almost five percent of the adult population is also addicted to some form of substance abuse. Drugs are a very big problem in our country, but often they get eclipsed with the other issue plaguing our society like poverty, illiteracy or lack of basic healthcare facilities etc. In Pakistan, around 700 people die of a drug overdose every year, and almost half of these fatalities occur in Balochistan. Unluckily, drug and narcotics trafficking has become order of the day in Balochistan’s city Turbat where narcotics is being traded publicly. The most addictive drug is heroin (diacetylmorphine), the rating of heroin is 3.0. heroin is a drug that was developed in the 1870s by combining acetyl groups with the molecule morphine. When heroin is injected to the body it converts into morphine and gives the users a significant psychological and physical high According to the report of Islamabad Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics, around 8 million people in Pakistan are drug addicts while 700 people die every day in country due to drugs intake. Drug addiction has become an epidemic disease in Pakistan. The number of drugs user is rising day by day. I highly requested the government of balochistan and Pakistan that take a solid step in order to solve the problem as soon as possible AqiB DAD Balnigwar
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Onwards and Upwards Some positives emerged for Pakistan out of the recent crisis Sahar Shehryar.
ARCh 2019 witnessed a change in the dynamic of Pakistan-India ties. Some things were made blatantly clear: Pakistan was not the sitting duck the world imagined it to be, Prime Minister Imran Khan was no Nawaz Sharif and India, as mighty as its economic power might be, was still susceptible to fear, rash decisions and bad press. India saw a turn in its PR fortunes on the global stage. Suddenly, international media outlets were inundated with images and videos of a united National Assembly and Prime Minister Imran Khan advocating restraint, dialogue and lastly the ultimate PR coup: the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanam of the Indian Air Force. This sync between Pakistan’s government, armed forces and media highlighted the possibility of a growing maturity in the echelons of power. It would not be amiss to say that the events after 27 February brought Pakistan and India to the brink of what could have resulted in a major militarily armed conflict. It is important, now, that the leaders and policy makers of Pakistan step back to analyze the effects of this crisis. India’s propaganda that Pakistan is the Big Bad Wolf of the region, allegedly harbouring and nurturing blacklisted terror outfits, is a narrative created and sold successfully to the world. The fact that Pakistan has probably suffered the most at the hands of terrorism economically and in the cost of human lives lost, is an afterthought in the collective consciousness of the world. India’s campaign to malign Pakistan as the reason why there are continued attacks on Indian armed forces in Kashmir, is part of a plan to not only isolate Pakistan diplomatically but also to undermine and discredit the indigenous freedom movement of Kashmir. India wants Kashmir to always remain a ‘bilateral/internal’ matter. Due to its economic might and a consistent foreign policy, it has prospered in its aim thus far. Pakistan’s relative sluggishness to pursue concrete foreign policy goals and to present its counter-narrative to the world has
till now been of no avail. It is pertinent to remember that while the economy and people of Pakistan have suffered at the hands of terror, there is some truth in the matter that our ‘good-Taliban-bad-Taliban’ policy build-up has cost us dearly. Successive military and civilian governments have come and gone, all the while sweeping this particular issue under the rug. Call it lack of will or flatout denial, the repercussions of the 1980s haunt us still. It would probably come as no surprise that things came to a head when the Financial Action Task Force, the international watchdog for money laundering and terror financing, placed Pakistan on its grey list in 2008 and then later from 2012 through 2015. Add to this a weak implementation of law and delays within the justice system, far-right anarchists found fertile ground to flourish. A case in point is the Tehreek e Labbaik’s emergence as a legitimate political party ready to contest general elections in 2018. As the FATF’s 15month-long deadline crawls closer to expiry, Pakistan must act soon so as to prevent its already crippled economy from coming to an excruciating halt. The PTI’s government seems to have recognized the significance of this. With startling maturity, Prime Minister Imran Khan rose to the occasion as a statesman. Verbalizing overtures of peace followed by equal amounts of firmness to deter India from any misadventure, he was applauded from within his country and without. he reiterated that Pakistan’s soil would not be allowed to be used for terrorist activities. Khan’s critics, were dumbfounded, the citizens of Pakistan in shock; it is a rarity to see the opposition consisting of Mian Shehbaz Sharif, Bilawal and Asif Zardari, and their stalwarts, stand up in full vocal support of the government. The country witnessed what would prob-
While the economy and people of Pakistan have suffered at the hands of terror, there is some truth in the matter that our ‘goodTaliban-bad-Taliban’ policy build-up has cost us dearly
ably be recorded as one of Imran Khan’s finest moments in power. Pakistan stood clearly in the right, the world kept quiet in the face of Indian hostility, a testament to its aggressive pursuance of foreign policy goals coupled with phenomenal economic progress. This in itself was a wakeup call to the powers that be. on 3 March the government began a crackdown on blacklisted organizations. Madrassahs, mosques and ambulance services run by these groups were taken over by government officials in a demonstration of the ruling party’s intention to put this matter to rest. What remains to be seen is how the government plans to rehabilitate and bring into the mainstream the thousands of youth in these madrassahs and employees of the groups’ various welfare services. Meanwhile, it is a step in the right direction. As the 23rd March, Pakistan Day, approaches, it is a moment of reflection. If anything, the Pak-India crisis has served to remind us of our glaringly obvious shortcomings and how we seem to be lagging behind on the global stage, getting caught in the dust of India’s progress. economic strength guarantees a seat at the table. It gives a country the power to be absolved of antagonism or human rights abuses. The world will close its eyes towards all the killings, rapes, beatings and tortures as long as economic might is right. It is what makes the world tick and at the moment, Pakistan’s economic woes, its lack of economic presence on the global stage, is abysmal. If Pakistan wants to have an equal say in the international community it must address its deficiencies with urgency. It must learn from its plethora of mistakes and move forward. For the first time in decades, the leaders of Pakistan set aside their personal agendas if only for a while, and reached towards a higher goal and found themselves, on the right side of history. No matter what path this country takes, history books will record for future generations that in the face of war, Pakistan stood united even for the briefest of moments. “There is no power on Earth that can undo Pakistan” – M.A. Jinnah (Founder of Pakistan)
No matter what path this country takes, history books will record for future generations that in the face of war, Pakistan stood united even for the briefest of moments
Sahar Shehryar is a Lahore based law graduate and freelance writer. She can be reached at email@example.com
BALAKoT airstrikes occurred on 26 February 2019 when Indian air force cross the line of control in Kashmir and as India states that they cross the line of control to attack a terrorist training group Jaish e Mohammad in Pakistan. And as a result, Indian pilot Abhinandan was captured by Pakistan army. All the reason behind this attack was a propaganda by Modi’s government, who can only spread hate against Pakistan, as Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited Pakistan and signed $20 billion in investment deals in Pakistan which was indigestible for him. Since then his government started building plans against Pakistan to increase the threat of terrorism, so no one from the developed countries could invest in Pakistan. As India’s pilot was captured by Pak Army, Pakistani Prime minister Imran Khan said that his government would release the pilot and this action of Pakistan act as “a peace gesture”. And according to Major General Asif Ghafoor, Wing commander Abhinandan was treated as per norms of military ethics. And then Pakistan’s Rangers handed over the captured pilot to Indian officials at Wagah border crossing. This peace gesture was also supported and appreciated by international media. Speaking with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said that the release of pilot should be seen as an expression of his country’s willingness to de-escalate ZoyA BAig Lahore
Dark days BANGLADeSh’S tour of New Zealand has been called off following an attack on two Christchurch mosques which police said involved “multiple fatalities”. The team was en route to the mosque for Friday prayers at the time of the attack but escaped to the nearby hagley oval. They are currently in lockdown at their team hotel. The team stayed in their bus when the players saw signs of the attack. They were initially barred from leaving the bus but, after several minutes, disembarked and ran through hagley Park to the ground. They then went back to their hotel. The attack was described by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern issued a strong statement condemning the attack. “There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was. This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand’s darkest days. I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence, an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. This is not who we are. MuhAMMAD WALEED AThEr Lahore
Complete it already! The federal government-funded Green Line bus rapid transit project is way past its deadline. It should be completed in 2019 now it shows no signs of nearing completion. The main reason for the delays cited by the engineers and consultants working on the project is the lack of coordination between the federal and provincial governments. In the meantime, it is ultimately the citizens of Karachi who have had to bear the brunt of traffic chaos amid the construction work and get late to reach their destination. Also ambulances get stuck in this traffic and dust pollution is increasing day by day. The Departments or agencies with are linked with this project should give some proper attention toward this project and take this to the end. ShAroZ AriF Karachi
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Saturday, 16 March, 2019
nZ mosquE attackEr publishEd manifEsto, livE strEamEd shooting a CHRISTCHURCH Agencies
N Australian gunman involved in attacks on two New Zealand mosques Friday that left at least 49 people dead published a racist manifesto on Twitter beforehand then live streamed his rampage, according to an AFP online analysis. According to a report, the attacker identified himself as Brenton Tarrant on Twitter. The report said the 28-year-old is from New South Wales in Australia with police investigating if he is a resident of Grafton. Police called for people not to share the video, which showed the gunman shooting repeatedly at worshippers from close range. “Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online,” New Zealand police said in a Twitter post. “We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.” AFP analysed a copy of the Facebook Live video, which shows a clean-shaven, Caucasian man with short hair driving to the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, then shooting as he enters the building. AFP determined the video
was genuine through a digital investigation that included matching screenshots of the mosque taken from the gunman’s footage with multiple images available online showing the same areas. The manifesto detailing motivations for the attack was posted on Friday morning onto a Twitter account with the same name and profile image as the Facebook page that streamed the attack. CONSPIRACY THEORY: Entitled “The Great Replacement”, the 73-page document said the gunman had wanted to attack Muslims. The title of the document has the same name as a conspiracy theory originating in France that believes European populations are being displaced in their homelands by immigrant groups with higher birth rates. The manifesto said the gunman identified himself an Australia-born, 28-yearold white male from a low-income, working-class family. He said that key points in his radicalisation were the defeat of the French farright leader Marine Le Pen in 2017 elections, and the death of 11-year-old Ebba Ãkerlund in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday confirmed the attacker at the Masjid al Noor mosque was an Australian.
“We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” Morrison told a press conference. New Zealand authorities said that three people had been arrested, but their identities were not made public. AFP confirmed the authenticity of the live streamed video partly by matching the distinctive features at the mosque seen in the footage with images available online. These included a fence, postbox and doorway at the entrance to the mosque. Inside the mosque, the gunman’s
Some facts about New Zealand’s Muslim minority
New Zealand’s Muslim community was in shock on Friday after dozens were killed in deadly terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, on what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as one of the nation’s “darkest days”. Here are some facts about the Muslim minority in the South Pacific nation, where a majority of citizens consider diversity desirable: POPULATION: There were just over 46,000 Muslims in New Zealand during the last census in 2013, a mere one per cent of the total population. The number of people identifying as Muslims rose by 28 per cent between 2006 and 2013, according to Stats NZ, and just over a quarter of them were born in New Zealand. Many in the New Zealand Muslim community are converts from other religions and from local or European ethnic backgrounds. Prime Minister Ardern sought to reassure the country’s Muslims after the Christchurch attack. “We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages. And amongst that diversity we share
common values,” she said. “And the one that we place the currency on right now is our compassion and support for the community of those directly affected by this tragedy.” INTEGRATION: After the Christchurch attacks, Mustafa Farouk, president of the Islamic Associations of New Zealand, stressed that the community has always felt safe in the South Pacific nation. The Islamic community feels “that we are living in the safest country in the world, we never expected anything like this could happen”, he told TVNZ. “Muslims have been living in New Zealand (for) over 100 years and nothing has ever happened to us like this, so this is not going to change the way we feel about New Zealand at all.” Research showed that young people from the Muslim community were “adapting well to life in New Zealand” and were enjoying more positive outcomes compared with both Maori and European peers, the Victoria University of Wellington’s Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research (CACR) reported in 2010. ATTITUDES: The Muslim community does, however, face challenges in New Zealand. The CACR found that Muslims immigrants are viewed “less
favourably” by New Zealanders. Immigrants from Muslim-majority nations like Pakistan and Indonesia face more negative attitudes than those from other Asian countries like China and the Philippines, the centre added. And a 2015 investigation by the New Zealand Herald newspaper found that Muslims as a group were better qualified than other religious groups but found it more difficult to find jobs. TENSION: One of the major flashpoints for the community in recent years was the reproduction in 2006 by New Zealand newspapers and TV stations of cartoons considered blasphemous by Muslims. It sparked outrage in the nation’s Islamic community, and there were demonstrations against the move, including one that drew hundreds of participants in Auckland. Then Prime Minister Helen Clark, while defending the right of the press to publish what they want, called the cartoon decision “ill-judged” and “gratuitous”. Clark on Friday described the Christchurch shootings as “a heinous hate crime”. In a second tweet, she said that she was “in a state of shock about the terrorist attacks” and extended sympathies to victims.
footage showed distinctively patterned green carpet that also matched images tagged on Google Maps as being at the same location. Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as the gunman drove to the mosque, which AFP tracked on Google StreetView showing his route for the two kilometres (1.2 miles) leading there. The gunman spoke only occasionally while in the car, speaking in what sounded like an Australian accent. Distinctive writing on the gunman’s weapons seen in the footage also matched
images posted on the Twitter account using the same name that posted the manifesto. The manifesto was the final tweet on the account before it was suspended. Photos of weaponry with distinctive writing on them were posted on the Twitter account on March 13. AFP took screenshots of the weapons shown in the Facebook Live video, which showed some of the exact same writing. Scrawled in English and several Eastern European languages were the names of numerous historical military figures — many of them Europeans involved in fighting the Ottoman forces in the 15th and 16th centuries. A few took part in the Crusades, centuries earlier. The Facebook account that posted the video was no longer available shortly after the shooting. The Twitter account of the same name was quickly suspended. Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, “We stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, rightwing, violent terrorist.” He confirmed media reports that the gunman, who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant and mowed down worshippers in two mosques in the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch, was an Australian-born citizen.
Economists sound warning ovEr india data ahEad of poll NEW DELHI: A group of more than 100 experts sounded a pre-election alarm Friday over Indian economic data, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of tweaking or burying unwelcoming numbers. Modi is vulnerable over his economic record in the polls starting on April 11, in particular, a failure to meet promises to create enough jobs for the million Indians entering the labour market each month. The warning comes after India’s central bank chief quit in December in a spat over alleged government interference. His successor, a Modi ally, oversaw an economy-boosting cut in interest rates last month in his first monetary policy meeting. The 108 economists and social scientists said in an open letter that Indian statistics were “under a cloud for being influenced and indeed even controlled by political considerations”. “(Any) statistics that cast an iota of doubt on the achievement of the government seem to get revised or suppressed on the basis of some questionable ideology,” they said. The opposition Congress party of Rahul Gandhi, who has called Modi’s record on employment a “national disaster”, jumped on the letter. “How much more can this govt. embarrass us on a global level?,” the party said on its official Twitter account. Economists in fellow emerging Asian giant China and abroad have long suspected that data there is also massaged, often noting that full-year gross domestic product hits Beijing’s pre-set targets with suspicious regularity. ‘Highest in a decade!’ In 2015, the Indian Central Statistics Office (CSO) revised economic output numbers for past years, changing the base year and showing significantly faster — and questionable — growth rates. The letter also questioned a revised growth rate of 8.2 per cent in 2016-17, “the highest in a decade!”, that “seems to be at variance with the evidence marshalled by many economists”. That raised particular suspicion since it was when “demonetisation” — one of Modi’s biggest and most derided economic policies when 86 per cent of banknotes were withdrawn — hit businesses hard. This was followed in 2017 by the tardy rollout of a nationwide new Goods and Services Tax (GST), which has been praised by experts but which has had considerable teething problems. The letter also noted that a major and overdue survey on employment has still not been released. Two senior statistics officials have resigned in protest at the delay. Press reports have said the study, the first of its kind since 2011-12, showed unemployment was at its highest since the 1970s. The government says it has not been finalised. “The national and global reputation of India’s statistical bodies is at stake. More than that, statistical integrity is crucial for generating data that would feed into economic policy-making and that would make for honest and democratic political discourse,” the report said. Signatories included Sripad Motiram at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Paul Niehaus at the University of California San Diego and Abhijit Banerjee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Quality of data has deteriorated and governmental interference has created an atmosphere where we don’t have an objective assessment of India’s economic growth,” Ashutosh Datar, an independent economist, told AFP. “The government’s interference has created a huge problem,” The government was yet to comment on the letter. Agencies
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Pakistan committed to fulfilling eco’s vision of regional integration, says minister ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Planning, Development and Reform Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar has reiterated the government’s commitment to fulfilling the vision of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), underlining the need for creating a mechanism to enhance regional trade and identify new areas for future cooperation. Addressing a session on 'ECO: Achievements and Challenges', organised by Pakistan Planning and Management Institute (PPMI), the minister highlighted the need for an effective monitoring system to ensure the acquisition of ECO goals. He said that ECO offers its member states a great potential to enhance regional integration and connectivity, adding that 'ECO Vision-2025' is an excellent framework and the impetus provided to it by Islamabad Declaration in 2017 would help translate and realise its objectives. Talking about the potential of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in regional connectivity, the minister said that CPEC provided a lot of opportunities with regard to enhancing trade between the regional countries. The minister informed that the government's new five-year plan is in the final stages and “one of the major pillars of this plan is regional trade and intraregional connectivity”. He termed the development of infrastructure, including roads and railways, important to promote regional trade, saying that in order to ensure the availability of capital required, ECO needs to establish partnerships with different banks and development institutions. Addressing the ceremony, ECO Secretary General Hadi Soleimanpour lauded the role and efforts of Pakistan with regard to regional integration, saying that Pakistan is a vibrant member of the organisation which offers potential to enhance trade and commerce activities among member states.
tractor production decreases 29pc in seven months Fy19 ISLAMABAD APP
Tractor production in the country during the first seven months of the current financial year (FY19) witnessed a decrease of 29.18pc as compared to the corresponding period of last year. According to the provisional quantum index numbers of Large-Scale Manufacturing (LSM) industries, as many as 27,644 tractors were assembled locally during July-January FY19, as compared to the production of 39,033 tractors during the same period last year. Local tractor production also remained down on a month-on-month basis, as 1,675 tractors were assembled in January 2019 as compared 6,419 tractors in January 2018. Meanwhile, local production of trucks fell by 20.88pc, as about 4,255 trucks were manufactured during the first seven months of FY19 as compared to production of 39,033 trucks during the same period of FY18. In January this year, as many as 504 trucks were manufactured locally, compared to the production of 864 trucks in January 2018. On the other hand, local assembling of buses grew by 32.41pc, as about 576 buses were manufactured during the seven months of FY19 as against the production of 435 buses during the same period of FY18. In January 2019, about 61 buses were produced locally as compared the production of 26 buses in January last year. Moreover, local production of jeeps and cars during the first seven months of FY19 witnessed a growth of about 1.73pc (138,514 jeeps and cars were manufactured). During the same period of FY18, the production of cars and jeeps stood at 136,159.
Pakistan, iMF yet to decide on bailout Package: asad uMar Finance minister says Pakistan is Pursuing a Policy oF increased global engagement and cooPeration ISLAMABAD INP
INANCE Minister Asad Umar said on Friday that no final amount had yet been agreed as Pakistan continues negotiations for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme. Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, the finance minister said further discussions would be held when the IMF mission chief would arrive in Pakistan on March 26. He informed the gathering that a delegation of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Asia Pacific Group is also scheduled to visit Islamabad on March 25. Umar said Pakistan is pursuing a policy of increased global engagement and cooperation. “Pakistan wants strong economic ties all over the world. We have already established long-term links with China and have also drawn up a trade framework with Turkey,” he added. The finance minister said Islamabad is playing its due role in stabil-
ising and developing the South Asian region. “We want inclusion of Iran and Afghanistan in the regional development schemes. It is unfortunate that political problems have affected our trade ties with these countries,” he remarked. On the recent tensions with India, the minister reiterated that Pakistan’s commitment to peace must not be construed as weakness. “We do want to normalise our ties but we will not chase after New Delhi. If our gestures are not reciprocated, we will respond accordingly.” Last week, Pakistan asked the FATF to remove India from the co-chair of a body that is reviewing progress on Islamabad’s implementation of an action plan. The finance minister wrote to FATF President Marshall Billingslea,
asking him to appoint any other member as co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Joint Group in place of India. The move, he wrote, was essential to ensure that the FATF review process remained fair, unbiased and objective. “India’s animosity towards Pakistan is well known and the recent violation of Pakistan’s airspace and dropping of bombs inside Pakistani territory is another manifestation of India’s hostile attitude,” the minister had stated. The joint group is a subbody of the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) of the Asia Pacific Group. Pakistan is a member of the APG and its case is being presented before the FATF by the APG. India’s Financial Intelligence Unit’s (FIU) director general is the co-chair of the joint group.
bears return to PsX as benchmark plunges 501 points cement sector lost 3.40Pc From its cumulative market caPitalization desPite a decline in global coal Prices KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Trade floors turned red on Friday as bears of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) once again held the reins of the market. Foreign investors offloaded stocks worth $8.24 million on Thursday. According to latest data released by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), foreign exchange reserves held by central bank surged by 0.08pc on a weekly basis and now stand at $8.12 billion. Pakistan received second tranche of $1 billion from United Arab Emirates earlier in the week. Meanwhile, Interloop Limited, said to be one of the largest exporters of socks in the world, was
successful in raising Rs5.02 billion at the Pakistan Stock Exchange through Initial Public Offering, by selling 12.5pc of its shareholding to different investors at a price of Rs46.10 per share. The company is expected to be amongst top 50 listed companies by market capitalization. Shares of the company were oversubscribed by 1.37 times during the book building process. The KSE 100 index benchmark touched its intraday low of 38,187.48 after shedding 621.13 points or 1.63pc. It ended lower by 501.66 points at 38,306.95. The KMI 30 index declined by 1,182.91 points or 1.85pc to close at 62,724.91, while the KSE All Share index depreciated by 263.39 points,
settling at 28,174.00. Out of the total traded scripts, 61 advanced, 249 declined while the value of 14 remained unchanged. The overall trading volumes were recorded at 129.47 million. The Bank of Punjab (BOP -3.48pc) led the volume chart with 38.57 million shares exchanging hands, followed by K-Electric Limited (KEL -3.90pc) and Unity Foods Limited (UNITY 3.95pc) with 17.03 million shares and 6.25 million shares swapping hands respectively. The cement sector lost 3.40pc from its cumulative market capitalization despite a decline in global coal prices. D G Khan Cement Company Limited (DGKC) was down by 4.75pc, Lucky Cement Limited (LUCK) by -4.19pc, Maple Leaf Cement Factory Limited (MLCF) by 4.67pc and Fauji Cement Company Limited (FCCL) by -2.05pc.
adb reaﬃrms support to Pakistan’s development ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Finance Minister Asad Umar said on Friday that the government is keen to devise an innovative financing model, develop capital markets and mobilise private sector investment in infrastructure and social sectors. "These initiatives will not only provide fiscal space to the government but will also be helpful to boost economic activities in the country," said the finance minister during a meeting with a high-level delegation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), comprising Executive Director Shahid Mahmood, Director Generals Werner Liepach and Michael Barrow, and Director Xiaohong Yang. Asad Umar acknowledged the ADB's support for development in Pakistan and discussed the priorities areas and new avenues for future interventions. He also appreciated the proactive approach of Pakistan's Resident Mission (PRM) and suggested to further enhance the role and capacity of PRM. ADB Executive Director Shahid Mahmood thanked the finance minister and reiterated the bank's commitment to further strengthen and expand its partnership with Pakistan. ADB (Central and West Asia Department) Director General Werner Liepach on the occasion affirmed ADB's readiness to scale up it's lending to Pakistan. He said that ADB supports the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) initiatives in Pakistan which play an important role in bridging the huge infrastructure investment gap. In this regard, ADB may provide transaction advisory services associated with the development and implementation of PPP projects, he added. ADB (Private Sector Operations) Director General Michael Barrow noted that Pakistan has a lot of potential for private investment, adding that ADB is committed to enhancing its private sector operations in Pakistan by developing the capital market and financing the local currency.
Punjab govt to introduce Smart regulations act for investors’ facilitation LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Punjab Industries and Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal has said that the Punjab government will introduce Punjab Smart Regulations Act that will significantly improve ease of doing business in the country. He announced this during a meeting of All Punjab Chambers (APC) at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. LCCI President Almas Hyder presided over the meeting, where Senior Vice President Khawaja Shahzad Nasir, Vice President Faheemur Rehman Saigal and APC office-bearers were also present. The provincial minister said that all regulations currently in place will be gathered and rectified under the Punjab Smart Regulations Act, which is going to be presented in the provincial assembly in the next six to eight months. He cited the example of South
Provincial minister says govt intervention in Private businesses will be reduced Korea where 50pc of 12,000 regulations were eliminated to promote ease of doing business. Likewise, he added, Vietnam and Kenya also brought new amendments in their regulations to facilitate investors. "The prime minister wants Pakistan's EODB ranking within 100," he asserted, adding that intervention of government departments in business affairs would be reduced. Mian Aslam Iqbal said that issues pertaining to the collection of taxes in Punjab and introduction of inspection-free regime have been discussed in detail with the prime minister. "Input will be taken first from the business community on the inspection-free regime, after
which a draft would be forwarded to the Federal Cabinet for approval." The provincial minister said a new strategy is being introduced for special economic zones, as the government mulls establishing country-specific SEZs. He said that three new schemes, designed specifically for business start-ups, are also in the pipeline. Almas Hyder on the occasion said that a special department should be developed to manage the province’s cottage industry, adding that implementation on the model of Thailand could help the province in this regard. He termed the government's initiative to seek feedback from all the
chambers on Punjab Smart Regulations Act “a step in the right direction”. "LCCI has been striving hard to promote ease of doing business in the country. Broad-based changes in rules and regulations are required to bring the ranking of Pakistan within top 50 countries. We need to realize that we have to improve our ranking otherwise foreign buyers and investors will not take Pakistan into consideration," the LCCI president remarked. Khawaja Habibur Rehman from Khanewal Chamber, Sheikh Amir Noman from Gujrat Chamber, Rashid Hamid from Sahiwal Chamber, Asim Anees from Gujranwala Chamber, Malik Ghulam Murtaza from Chakwal Chamber, Mirza Fazalur Rehman from Sargodha Chamber, Shireen Arshad Khan from Bahawalpur Women Chamber, Sheikh Naveed Iqbal from Sialkot Chamber, Malik Shahid Saleem from Rawalpindi Chamber and Nadeem Khan from Jehlum Chamber attended the meeting.
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iMF’s new Mission chieF to visit Pakistan on 26th ISLAMABAD
LAHORE: Vivo unveiled the all-new V15 & V15 Pro smartphones in Pakistan at a star-studded event in Lahore. The V15 Series brings the first model beyond the NEX to incorporate the industry’s first 32MP pop-up selfie camera with upgraded AI technology that combines a stunning full-screen smartphone with an intelligent personal assistant that understands and anticipates consumer needs. PRESS RELEASE
FCC employees sensitised on corporate practices, financial literacy As part of Fauji Fertilizer Company’s (FFC) endeavour to educate and train its employees on best corporate practices and financial literacy, the FFC management invited Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) for Investor Awareness Session on Friday. FFC Secretary Brig (r) Ashfaq Ahmed inaugurated the session by welcoming the distinguished guests from PSX, including Regulatory Affairs Manager Saleem Shahzad, and ISE REIT Management Company Chairman Zahid Latif Khan. In the informative and interactive session, the FCC employees were made aware of investment in capital market, equity savings, various investment avenues and options. FFC employees were also made aware of related applicable rules and regulations regarding trading disclosures derived from PSX Rule Book. PRESS RELEASE
Adamjee Durabuilt (Pvt) Ltd CEO Nadeem Ali presents an award to Motorway Police DIG Mohammad Saleem. PRESS RELEASE
NTERNATIONAL Monterey Fund's (IMF) new mission chief Ernesto Ramirez Rigo will visit Pakistan on March 26 to hold decisive discussions on the bailout package. Sources said that the new mission chief is visiting Pakistan in the last week of this month, as the government intends to implement the already agreed reform agenda of the programme. The discussions on the programme are expected to conclude at the beginning of next month so as to enable the government include the measures in the next fiscal budget, they added. Ernesto Ramirez Rigo as-
ernesto ramirez rigo assumed resPonsibilities at imF last month and has been interacting with the Pakistani team via video conFerences sumed the responsibilities at IMF last month and has been interacting with the Pakistani team via video conferences. Sources said that the IMF is now showing some flexibility on matters pertaining to reforms in energy sector, recovery of taxes and strengthening of state-owned enterprises. Earlier, the lending organization had asked Pakistan to swiftly end currency intervention and move towards exchange rate flexibility. The IMF team also asked the government to tighten its monetary pol-
icy and ensure fiscal adjustment during the current fiscal year. It asked the new finance team to increase social protection in order to facilitate the vulnerable segment of society. Sources said that IMF team in October last year asked Pakistan to increase its focus on critical reforms so as to support macro stability and inclusive growth. “The reforms should aim at fostering exports, private investment and job creation, besides strengthening Pakistan’s policy-
Fto helped exporters receive rs6.89bn worth tax refunds in 2018 Exporters have received Rs6.89 billion tax refunds pending with tax authorities as result of the orders passed by Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) in 2018, said Advisor to FTO on Customs and Sales Tax Shahid Ahmad. He said the FTO secretariat received around 2,400 complaints whereby 25pc complaints were resolved at the initial stage, adding that as many as 72pc decisions of complaints went in favour of the taxpayers. "The FTO currently disposes of complaints within 43 days. Previously, it used to take 60 days for the same while efforts are now being made to further reduce this timeline," Shahid Ahmad stated. "The ratio of complaints being filed with FTO
include income tax 54pc, sales tax 26pc and customs 12pc. Presently, the focus of FTO secretariat is to implement the orders and to ensure the provision of justice to the taxpayers." He said the taxpayers, in their own interest, should report to FTO the maladministration by the FBR officials. He recalled that on the request of Pakistan Apparel Forum, FTO took cognizance of the grievances being faced by exporters regarding pending sales tax refunds, attachment of bank accounts, blacklisting and other taxation matters, and had given orders to redress the grievances with compliance thereof to all concerned. Responding to the issues highlighted by Pakistan Apparel Forum
Chairman Jawed Bilwani, he urged the exporters to file their complaints with regard to old refund cases and all other Federal Board of Revenue-related matters. He assured that FTO secretariat shall consider the motion against the procedural lacking, delay tactics, harassment and maladministration of FBR officials against taxpayers, as appraised by the Pakistan Apparel Forum. Earlier, Pakistan Apparel Forum Chairman Muhammad Jawed Bilwani welcomed Shahid Ahmed and appreciated that FTO for providing speedy justice to the exporters on their grievances against FBR regarding long pending refunds of sales tax, custom rebate and income tax. BUSINESS DESK
google faces third eu antitrust fine next week: report BRUSSELS AGENCIES
Alphabet unit Google is likely to be hit with a third EU antitrust fine next week related to its AdSense advertising service, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, with the sanction expected to be much smaller than previous fines. The European Commission in 2016 opened a third case against the world’s most popular internet search engine by accusing Google of preventing third par-
ties using its AdSense product from displaying search advertisements from Google’s competitors. It said that Google, which at that time had held 80pc of the European market for search advertising intermediation over the previous ten years, had kept its anti-competitive practices for a decade. In response, Google changed the conditions in its AdSense contracts with large third parties, giving them more leeway to display competing search ads. European Competition Commis-
sioner Margrethe Vestager earlier this month told reporters that she was finalizing the case. The commission on Friday declined to comment on the timing of the AdSense decision. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Financial Times earlier reported on next week’s European Union antitrust fine. Last year, Vestager slapped a record 4.34 billion euro ($4.91 billion) fine on Google for using its popular Android mobile operating system to block rivals.
That following a 2.4 billion euro fine imposed on the company in 2017 for blocking rivals of shopping comparison websites. The AdSense case may not be end of Google’s EU antitrust woes. EU antitrust enforcers have asked Google’s rivals if it unfairly demotes local search competitors, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters, a move which could lead to a fourth case. Online mapping services and others could also soon be in the spotlight.
making framework and building key institutions,” the IMF team had stated. “Moreover, the government should prioritize modernizing the tax system and public financing management, strengthening the fiscal federalism framework, improving governance and eliminating losses of state-owned enterprises, enhancing the central bank's autonomy, strengthening the anti-money laundering efforts, improving the business climate and anti-corruption efforts and formulating policies for greater economic inclusion.” Ernesto Ramirez Rigo is visiting Pakistan at a time when new secretary finance would take charge of the office. Arif Ahmed Khan, the incumbent secretary finance, is going to retire on March 22nd.
Pakistan seeks Japanese assistance to upgrade vehicle testing facility KARACHI: Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood has sought the Japanese government's help to upgrade vehicle testing facility in Pakistan. "Japan has a large share in the auto market and Pakistan needs its help in vehicle testing system," Dawood said during a meeting with Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) Chairman and CEO Hiroyuki Ishig on Friday. JETRO is the trade, investment and technical cooperation promotion arm of the Japanese government. The organisation's chairman is currently on a one-day visit to Pakistan. Hiroyuki Ishing on the occasion assured that he would communicate Pakistan government's request for assistance in vehicle testing system to Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. He briefed the PM’s advisor about JETRO activities pertaining to promotion of external trade. "As per JETRO's annual survey on active Japanese companies, a number of Japanese companies have shown interest in establishing and enhancing their businesses in Pakistan," he stated. "I always wanted to visit Pakistan to get first-hand information about the business environment here." Speaking about his trip, the JETRO chief said he held meetings with various Japanese companies operating in Pakistan so as to inquire about the business environment and about the government's trade and investment policies. APP
Fb shares drop as executives quit, christchurch live-stream shooting stirs outrage Shares of Facebook Inc fell as much as 5pc on Friday to their lowest in nearly three months after the surprise departure of Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, at a time when the company is again being scrutinized over its handling of privacy, extremism and political content. Cox, a Wall Street favorite who has worked with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for 13 years, led the social network’s business development team and helped define the business model of its messaging service WhatsApp. “We believe Cox played a critical role in establishing FB’s mission, values, and culture, and he was extremely well-regarded inside and outside the company, including by Wall Street,” JPMorgan analysts wrote in a research note. Also departing is WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels, adding to a
string of recent high-profile exits from Facebook’s product and communications teams. Facebook, Twitter and Google were also facing another round of public discussions over extremist content on their platforms on Friday, after video footage of mass shootings in New Zealand was live streamed and widely shared online. “The live-streaming of New Zealand’s shooting will certainly bring on more questions of regulation and scrutiny over Facebook. It helped provide a platform for today’s horrific attack and will undoubtedly be called into question for facilitating the spread of this,” said Clement Thibault, analyst at global financial markets platform Investing.com. The gunman, who was part of attacks that killed 49 people in New Zealand, broadcast live footage on Facebook of the
attack on one of the mosques, leading to calls for more content moderation by the social network. Britain’s interior minister Sajid Javid said social media firms must take action to stop extremism on their channels after Friday’s shootings. “You really need to do more @YouTube @Google @facebook @Twitter to stop violent extremism being promoted on your platforms,” Javid wrote on Twitter. The social media companies have said they would take down content involving the mass shootings, which were posted online as the attack unfolded. Facebook has been investing heavily to weed out fake content from its platform and has hired thousands of employees for moderating content and suspended hundreds of suspicious accounts in different countries.AGENCIES
The Game ChanGer: FooTball leaGue oF Top FooTball Clubs oF pakisTan BACKGROUND TO FOOTBALL LEAGUES: Football is world’s most popular sport, and its global events are the most watched competitions in the world. Football also boasts most professional sports leagues besides many other front top ranking accolades. The scale of global outreach and commercial value of top football leagues is second to none. In fact football was the breeding ground of sports league. Football league is reference to a distinct format of the game in which football clubs come head to head with each other in highly competitive and commercially visible environment. Football clubs are the backbone of the global dominance of football.
FOOTBALL IN PAKISTAN Out of the 64% total youth population in Pakistan, 30% were expected to have followed the FIFa World cup. Football is watched, played and loved all across the country. Despite great
potential & sporting talent is Pakistan; it is quite unfortunate for Pakistan to stand nowhere when it comes to Football. currently ranked at 199, the team has hardly won any global or regional titles for the country. Pakistan currently has more than 2,500 clubs registered all over the country which serve as nurseries for young players, however they have never been considered stakeholder of football. Some of the major challenges faced by these football clubs are as follows: • Lack of Major events in the country • Insufficient Investment • Lack of corporate Identity • no Media coverage • no Support from Sports Federation & Government
FOOTBALL CLUBS AT THE CENTRE STAGE IN PAKISTAN FOR THE FIRST TIME! Pakistan football fans, enthusiasts and players are full of joy about a great development lately. Pakistan’s first professionally run sports management organization, Strawberry Sports Management is bringing a one-of-its-kind football league on a ten (10) years’ plus format that is centered on the top football clubs of the country.
Haider Ali Daud | Founder & CEO Strawberry Sports Management
Slated for 2019, the League is placing football clubs as the foundation of game & player development. The league will have nationwide coverage and participation from top clubs from all the provinces of the country, azad Jammu Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, north and South Waziristan. The League shall create numerous branding opportunities for all stakeholders and its coverage across all platforms shall bode well for bringing out the true football talent of the country in the world. The League shall also scout, hunt, and nurture fresh talent from across the country. That’s a first too in Pakistan where in past couple of years top international retired players were toured in main cities of the country in highly extravagant manner without any impact on ground for Pakistani players! Here’s hoping that the ground breaking football league around top football clubs of Pakistan gets to become a top notch national and international football league that brings joy and pride for the game lovers. Media and Government need to play their due role as facilitators for this great national cause!
THE HISTORY OF DANCEFIT: AIMFIT'S PIONEER FITNESS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN
anceFit is an hour-long dance and fitness session where the goal is to have fun and still burn up to 700 calories. The class is designed as a mixture of 10 tracks from the different genres of Bollywood, Bhangra, Hip Hop, Pop, Latin and even some arabic tunes. The choreography is designed by aimFit's in house team to be the perfect blend of fun and killer. The moves combine graceful dance steps with intense toning exercises. While grooving to 'cutie Pie' you don't even realise that you have burnt 80 calories in just 3 minutes. DanceFit classes run regularly only at the 4 aimFit locations (3 of them in Lahore and 1 in Rwp/Isb). DanceFit is designed as a class specifically for Pakistani women, keeping in mind their tastes and preferences. The intensity level is much higher than a class of Zumba or ballroom dance. To ensure that members don't get bored or used to the routines, every 4 months the entire track list is changed with another 12 hottest tunes topping the Billboard charts. We are
proud to say that the creative design of the program is under women and hence suited to female tastes perfectly. The instructors leading the class are highly energetic and motivational. They have a deep passion for teaching DanceFit as well as the talent to pull off a world-class performance. The one-on-one connection you build with your instructor during and after the class puts even the most novice dancer at ease and encourages them to keep coming back to class for sustained great results. 'a lot of people have the misconception that DanceFit is not a 'proper' fitness program. To all those we say, you must try at least one class of the program and see for yourself', said Mahlaqa Shaukat, aimFit ceO. 'all the tracks in the class are designed with specific muscles groups in mind and during the one-hour session we ensure that all participants get progressive muscle activation so they don't just burn calories in class but also benefit from the 'after-burn' phenomenon', added noor Shaukat, aimFit cOO. The Danceathon will be a largescale event that will have 7 DanceFit instructors on a big stage leading the session while 150 people in the crowd follow them to the music. a professional DJ and lights technician will add an extra dimension to the experience of the members. The theme for this Danceathon is 'Glow and Go', so imagine lots of glow paint, glow jewellery and lights to add a groovy vibe to the event. The event is managed by women and will be conducted by women for women. It's a befitting celebration of female strength and empowerment this women's day. The event organisers strongly believe that a fit, healthy and strong woman is an empowered woman.
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Key decisions for Zidane as Madrid rebuild begins
Arsenal draw Napoli in pick of Europa League quarter-finals
INEDINE Zidane has promised change at Real Madrid this summer and the last 11 games of the season will give an indication as to who will be part of his new era. Zidane's first match since being reappointed as coach comes against Celta Vigo on Saturday, with Madrid lying in no-man's land in La Liga, 12 points behind Barcelona in first and 10 ahead of Alaves in fifth. Atletico are away to Athletic Bilbao while Barcelona travel to Real Betis on Sunday. But several Madrid players are playing for their futures before the campaign ends and Zidane's selection will offer early clues as to his thinking about his squad. Here, AFP Sport looks at five areas of contention ahead of the game at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend: BALE CLEAN SLATE?: Gareth Bale was the player many hoped would step up after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus but injuries have again disrupted his rhythm and, when fit, he has only delivered in flashes. Zidane lost patience with Bale last year, believing the Welshman to be a liability defensively and unreliable with his fitness. The pair were barely speaking at times and while Zidane's departure opened the door for Bale to stay, his return may now prompt his exit. NAVAS OR COURTOIS?: Keylor Navas was a favourite of Zidane, who repeatedly persuaded the club against signing a new goalkeeper, such was his faith in the Costa Rican. After Zidane left, Madrid bought Thibaut Courtois and while Julen Lopetegui used both players, Santiago Solari put his faith in Courtois and left Navas out in the cold. Restoring Navas would be a bold move, particularly given Courtois cost the club around 40 million euros last summer. But the
Belgian's form has not been particularly convincing and Navas remains a popular figure in the dressing room. MARCELO OR REGUILON?: Solari promoted a handful of youngsters during his tenure and while Vinicius Junior was the most spectacular to emerge, Sergio Reguilon has been excellent at left-back too. The 22-year-old is adept both going forward and defensively while his crossing has proven a significant attacking weapon. Marcelo was dropped by Solari, considered out of form and out of shape, but was a regular under Zidane, who values the Brazilian's character and experience, as well as his ability. ISCO REVIVAL?: Isco's situation could hardly get any worse. He failed to start a single La Liga game under Solari and was surely destined for an exit in the summer if the Argentinian had stayed in charge. But Zidane's return offers new hope for the midfielder, whose time under the French-
man was far from plain-sailing but finished on a high. Isco pointedly said at one stage last season he preferred playing for Spain than Madrid under Zidane, only to then regain his place and start both legs in the semi-final and the final in the Champions League. He will be hoping to continue where he left off. LLORENTE OR CASEMIRO?: In the end, results left Solari with nowhere to turn but few could argue against his courage in giving youth a chance. The 24-year-old Marcos Llorente impressed greatly in midfield and it remains to be seen whether his progress now continues under Zidane. Casemiro and Toni Kroos have both endured disappointing seasons alongside Luka Modric, who continues to be linked with a move to Italy. Zidane may be tempted to spend big in the summer but might do well to look closer to home as well. Llorente looks ready to step up.
Arsenal will take on Napoli in the pick of the ties in the quarter-finals of this season's Europa League following Friday's draw, as Chelsea were paired with outsiders Slavia Prague. Unai Emery's team will host Napoli at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg on April 11, with the return in Italy a week later. It is a tough draw for the Gunners, with Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli currently second in Serie A -- they were eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage despite beating Liverpool at home and drawing twice with Paris Saint-Germain. The winners of that tie will go on to a semi-final against the winners of an all-Spanish quarter-final between local rivals Valencia and Villarreal. Both La Liga sides defeated Russian opposition in the last 16, with Valencia edging out Krasnodar and Villarreal, who are struggling domestically, knocking out Zenit Saint Petersburg. Before winning the Europa League three years running with Sevilla between 2014 and 2016, Emery really came to prominence during three years in charge of Valencia. He led them to three consecutive third-place finishes in La Liga between 2010 and 2012.
Emery and Ancelotti are both former Paris Saint-Germain coaches, but the latter may have wished for a match-up with another of his old sides, Chelsea. Instead, the west London club will face Slavia, heading to the capital of the Czech Republic for the first leg on April 11. Chelsea, winners of the Europa League in 2013, will fancy their chances of advancing, although they would be wise to beware a Slavia side who are top of the Czech league and knocked out Sevilla in the last 16. The winners of that tie will go through to a semi-final against either Benfica or dark horses Eintracht Frankfurt. Benfica, who dropped out of this season's Champions League at the group stage, lost to Chelsea in the 2013 Europa League final and were then beaten by Sevilla on penalties in the final a year later. Eintracht are a dangerous prospect, and the only German survivor in any European competition this season. The 1980 UEFA Cup winners, and runners-up in the European Cup in 1960, won the German Cup last season and are fresh from eliminating Inter Milan in the last 16. This year's Europa League final will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 29. The winners will secure passage to next season's Champions League group stage.
Man City face FIFA transfer ban: report Solskjaer goes back to Camp Nou as Man Utd draw Barcelona LONDON
Manchester United will face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals while Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur clash in an all-Premier League tie following Friday's draw. Liverpool were drawn to play FC Porto in the knockout rounds for the second year in succession, as Ajax's reward for eliminating the holders Real Madrid is a two-legged tie against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus. English hopes are high that this could be their year in Europe's elite club competition after all four of their representatives made it through to the last eight. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United will have their work cut out if they are to go any further as they take on the Barcelona of Lionel Messi in the headline tie. For Solskjaer, the second leg will bring back memories of the 1999 final, when the Norwegian came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner for United against Bayern Munich at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium. With City and United not allowed to play their home leg in the same week, United will entertain the leaders of La Liga at Old Trafford on April 9 or 10, with the return a week later. The last time the Premier League had four teams in the quarter-finals, in 2008/09, Barcelona beat the Old Trafford side 2-0 in the final in Rome. The clubs clashed again in the final at Wembley in 2011, with Barca winning 3-1 on that occasion. REPEAT OF '96 FINAL: UEFA also drew the semifinals on Friday, meaning the winners of the Barcelona v United will face either Liverpool or Porto in the last four. Jurgen Klopp's side, fresh from knocking out Bayern Munich in the last 16, will be confident of beating the Portuguese champions after defeating
them 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16 on their way to the final last season. Liverpool will host two-time European Cup winners Porto at Anfield in the first leg before heading to the Estadio do Dragao in the return on April 16 or 17. There is guaranteed to be one English team in the semi-finals after Tottenham and City were paired together, with the first leg to be played in London. With Pep Guardiola's team top of the Premier League, 13 points ahead of Spurs in third, City will be the favourites to advance to their first semi-final since 2016. City have also won their last three meetings with Mauricio Pochettino's team. The draw means there will be three clashes between the sides in 10 days -- they are also due to meet in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on April 20. The winner of that tie will host either Ajax or Juventus in the first leg of the semi-finals. The latter tie is a repeat of the 1996 final, which the Italian club won on penalties against an Ajax team who had won the trophy the previous year. Juventus have lost five finals since then but are hoping Ronaldo can fire them to glory this season after his hat-trick knocked out Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. That result ended Atletico's dreams of reaching the final, which will be played at their Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday, June 1.
Manchester City will be banned by FIFA from making signings in the next two transfer windows after they broke rules related to the protection of youth players and third-party ownership, according to a report in the Sun newspaper. The club are already being investigated by the Football Association and Premier League over allegations related to youth transfers and financial fair play rules. European football's governing body UEFA is also looking into potential breaches of financial fair play, an investigation that could result in City being banned from the Champions League. A transfer ban for the Premier League champions would come less than a month after Chelsea were hit with the same sanction for 29 breaches of article 19 of FIFA's regulations on the transfer and status of players. The west London club have already lodged an appeal against that punishment but were told by world governing body FIFA last week that the sanction would not be frozen while the case is being reviewed, as Chelsea had hoped. FIFA has been investigating City's international transfers for several years, although the club were cleared of breaking the rules when they signed Benjamin Garre from Velez Sarsfield in 2016 just after the Argentine midfielder's 16th birthday. According to the Sun report, FIFA believes City have crossed the line, though, in regards to their relationship with FC Nordsjaelland and the Right To Dream football academy in Ghana that is also owned by the Danish side's president, Tom Vernon. Last year, two players from the academy, Sierra Leone's George Davies and Ghanaian Dominic Oduro, told Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten that they signed for City and played in youth matches before they turned 18.
Both have since left City -- Davies now plays in Latvia and Oduro in the United States -- but FIFA has been investigating their time with the English club. And that investigation was broadened later in 2018 when a second Danish newspaper, Politiken, published a story that said City had a secret deal with Vernon to have first refusal on the best prospects from Right to Dream. If true, that would be a breach of the rules preventing the third-party ownership of players, as City could be argued to have undue influence over another club's players. Neither FIFA nor City were available for com-
ment on Thursday. City have welcomed the UEFA investigation into allegations that the club tried to circumvent financial fair play regulations, and Blues boss Pep Guardiola said on the issue last week: "I said last season I trust a lot what the club has done because I know them. Hopefully they can solve it as soon as possible." As well as Chelsea, Spanish trio Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been punished for signing under-age players from abroad in the past. Real were able to get their ban reduced on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, an avenue Chelsea will also explore.
Saturday, 16 March, 2019
bangladesh cricKeters escape christchurch Mosque shooting ThIrd NEw ZEALANdBANgLAdESh TEST CALLEd OFF AFTEr ChrISTChurCh ATTACk CHRISTCHURCH
ANGLADESH'S Test cricketers were just a few minutes from being caught up in Friday's massacre in New Zealand when they arrived at a Christchurch mosque as shooting began, a team spokesman said. In a chilling account, Khaled Mashud described how most of the Bangladeshi team drove up to the Masjid al Noor in a bus just as the attack got underway. At least 49 people died in attacks on two mosques during Friday prayers in what appeared to be the worst assault on Muslims in a Western country. "We were very close, we could see the mosque. We were maximum 50 yards away. I would say we are very lucky," Mashud told reporters in Christchurch.
"If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque, massive thing might have happened." Mashud said about 17 Bangladeshi players and team staff on the bus watched as blood-soaked victims staggered from the building. "It looked like video, what we usually see in a movie. From the bus we saw bloodied people coming out of the mosque," he said. "We were in the bus about eight to 10 minutes. We kept our heads down in the bus, in case of any firing (towards them). "Later we realised terrorists could come out and attack us, they would get then the lot of us in the bus and big incident would happen. Then we all decided to leave the bus." A Bangladesh cricket reporter posted footage of grim-faced players walking briskly from the scene as a police car with sirens wailing speeded in the other direction. 'HEART IS HURTING': Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus later said the team were "shocked" but unharmed and had been ordered to stay in the team hotel. "They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay
confined in the hotel," Yunus told AFP. Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal called the near-miss "frightening", while teammate Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted: "We r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us." "Just escaped active shooters!!! Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!!" posted Bangladesh high
performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran. TEST CALLED OFF: The third and final Test match of Bangladesh's tour, scheduled to start in Christchurch on Saturday, was quickly scrapped. As condolences poured in for the victims and their families, All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams, a devout Muslim,
Overpowering South Africa aim for series sweep SPORTS DESK Sri Lanka are falling into a familiar trench. They’ve lost four successive games this series. They’ve been bowled out each time they’ve played a full innings. And the board is likely to bring in some reforms. Ashley de Silva, the chief executive officer, is scheduled to arrive in South Africa for talks with the head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. Hathurusingha has been asked to return home ahead of the Twenty20 International series, with fielding coach Steve Rixon to take over. It isn't the best atmosphere so close to a World Cup. So as things stand, with two months to go for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Sri Lanka are on an eight-match losing streak, have won one of their last 13 completed ODIs, and haven’t won a game in this format since October last year. The source of these issues has been right at the top. In four ODIs
this series, Sri Lanka’s opening partnership has totalled 48 runs and hasn’t crossed 13. Upul Tharanga, the senior opener, has bagged a pair of singledigit scores in the two matches he has played. Niroshan Dickwella has averaged 24.5 in six ODIs this year. Newcomer Avishka Fernando has, in fact, shown the most promise, with scores of 23 and 29, but it has amounted for little in the face of the rest of the line-up’s failures. Sri Lanka’s two best batsmen have been Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando, and between them, they have 251 runs. That’s just three more than the tally of South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who is himself almost 100 runs behind topscorer Quinton de Kock. De Kock has underpinned South Africa’s dominance with his relentless run accumulation. With scores of 81, 94, 121 and 51, this has been de Kock’s most productive series, bettering the 2013-14 home series against India, where he struck
usa become 28th nation to play t20i SPORTS DESK The United States of America (USA) have become the 28th country to play a men's T20I when they take on UAE at the ICC Academy in Dubai. In January 2019, the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved the inclusion of USA Cricket as an associate member of the cricketing body. The country became ICC’s 105th member. Now, the team will get ready to play their first ever international match on Friday as they face off against the United Arab Emirates at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai. Doing so, the USA will become the 28th nation in the world to play a T20I match. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo in an interview, USA head coach Pubudu Dassanayake expressed hope that the two-match T20I series against UAE could provide a platform for his side to have a successful T20I World Cup qualifying campaign later this year. “Of course, it’s the first T20 International USA is playing, so we want to win, so winning is important. But having said that, at the end of this year there’s a big tournament coming up, the T20 global qualifier and regional qualifiers. So we want to see what is our best combination and best players for that version. We’re going to try a few combinations tomorrow and the day after and see what’s best for us,” he told the website.
said his "heart is hurting" and posted an emotional video tribute. "Inshallah (God willing) everyone who's been killed today... you guys are all in paradise," he said, wiping away tears as he spoke. "Just deeply, deeply saddened that this would happen in New Zealand." Record-breaking ex-All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter, a long-time player for Christchurch's Crusaders team, tweeted: "Sending love to everyone in Christchurch right now." The All Blacks, New Zealand's allconquering rugby team and the reigning world champions, tweeted: "Christchurch, we stand with you during this time. "Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by today's tragedy. Stay strong. Kia Kaha." As a minute's silence was held at the Chiefs v Hurricanes Super Rugby game, a New Zealand derby, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli called the killings "shocking and tragic". And Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former star cricketer, tweeted: "This reaffirms what we have always maintained: that terrorism does not have a religion."
Jp duminy to retire from odis after World cup SPORTS DESK
three successive hundreds. De Kock has been complemented well by du Plessis, and together, they have amassed 595 runs – that’s 59% of the runs South Africa have made this series. South Africa’s decision to rest Dale Steyn to try out some of their younger talent has worked well, with Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje
and Kagiso Rabada taking 18 wickets between them, while Imran Tahir has spun a web around the Sri Lankan batsmen with 7/84 in 24 overs. The last time Sri Lanka played an ODI series in South Africa, they were swept 5-0. Barring a significant turnaround, the visitors risk the same fate again.
JP Duminy, the South Africa all-rounder, on Friday, 15 March, has announced his intention to retire from one-day international cricket after the conclusion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. Duminy, who announced his retirement from Tests in September 2017, will continue being available for South Africa in Twenty20 Internationals. Duminy turned out for South Africa in the fourth ODI of the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, returning 1/21 and scoring 31*. However, he had an extended spell on the sidelines before that, and the 34-year-old said that period helped him make a few decisions. “The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I'd like to achieve in the future," he said. “While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton. I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority.” The CWC19 will be Duminy’s third appearance at cricket’s premier event, after the 2011 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand. He has played 193 ODIs so far and has 5047 runs at 37.39 to show for it, in addition to 68 wickets.
‘Huge lifeline’ as India court scraps Sreesanth’s life ban for fixing NEW DELHI AGENCIES
India’s Supreme Court scrapped cricketer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth life ban for match-fixing on Friday but stopped short of acquitting the paceman. The court said Sreesanth’s longrunning case had been badly handled and gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) three months to reconsider his punishment. Sreesanth, 36, was arrested for illegal betting and spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) along with teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila. Police also launched legal proceedings against several officials of the Rajasthan Royals franchise which was later banned from the IPL for two years. Sreesanth, who was released on bail, faces separate criminal proceedings in the Delhi High Court.
“The life ban has been lifted and that’s a big thing,” Sreesanth said after the ruling. “The court has given me a huge lifeline and I am happy with the opportunity given to me,” said the bowler who was 13 short of 100 Test wickets when he was banned. “There are so many leagues hap-
pening all around the country and cricket is my bread and butter. To take care of my family I need cricket back.” Sreesanth’s lawyer argued that no evidence had been found to prove that he underperformed in return for cash from bookmakers. “The team (Rajasthan Royals) and its owners were banned for two
years only. It is completely unfair that a life ban was imposed on him (Sreesanth),” his lawyer Salman Khurshid was quoted as saying by the local media. The IPL, which is broadcast around the world, is hugely popular in India with its mix of sport and showbiz, with a number of teams fronted by big Bollywood names. But it has been continuously dogged by corruption allegations. Chennai Super Kings, led by former Indian captain MS Dhoni, was also banned for two years after its owner Gurunath Meiyappan was held guilty on charges of betting and passing on information to bookmakers. The BCCI said Friday it respected the court’s order and would take up Sreesanth´s case in their next meeting. The 11th edition of the IPL will start on March 23 with a game between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.
Saturday, 16 March, 2019
Imran takes 'naya PakIstan' PromIses to trIbal belt PREMIER INAUGURATES HEALTH CARD SCHEME FOR TRIBAL DISTRICTS FORMERLY KNOWN AS FATA ISLAMABAD
RIME Minister Imran Khan on Friday said his government would bring in a new era of prosperity in the tribal districts as he inaugurated the Sehat Insaf Card Scheme for the people living in the tribal districts. Addressing tribal elders at Ghalanai, the headquarters of Mohmand district, the prime minister said that people of the tribal districts will benefit from the Sehat Insaf Card like rest of the countrymen. He said the holder of the card will be entitled to get treatment in any hospital up to Rs770,000 annually. The prime minister said tribal districts will be developed, adding that education and job opportunities will be created for tribal youth. He said the government would construct Mohmand Dam which will generate electricity and also provide water for the barren lands. Imran Khan said tourism will also be
promoted in tribal districts. He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has great potential for tourism and this has helped in reduction of poverty during the last five years. Earlier, speaking at a briefing at Ghalanai, the Prime Minister directed to ensure equitable distribution of funds for the development projects meant for tribal districts merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said these projects should be ensured corruption free. The meeting reviewed the steps taken regarding administrative reforms, people’s representatives, local bodies’ system, public welfare and development projects. It was also briefed about Federal Government’s roadmap regarding these measures. In a separate public gathering in Khar, Bajaur, the prime minister said the government would provide Rs2 billion interest-free loan to Bajaur youth, adding that at least “eight thousand tribal people will be provided jobs” in addition to sports facilities. The prime minister said the PTI gov-
Maryam says she was denied meeting with Nawaz Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz said Friday she was denied the permission to meet her father Nawaz Sharif who is incarcerated at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. The former prime minister’s daughter took to Twitter and said, “I wanted to meet MNS tomorrow to ask after him as he is unwell but the permission has been denied." “Was told the concerned authorities were helpless as orders have been issued ‘directly by the govt’. Remember, life is an echo. What you send out, comes back,” she added. On Tuesday, Maryam said she met her father Nawaz Sharif at Kot Lakhpat jail where the former prime minister continues to have angina which last recurred on
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Monday night. In a tweet, the former premier’s daughter said that due to Nawaz’s present condition, she would not be able to have a meeting with him on Thursday. She also thanked people for their love and support. She said, “Just got out of Kotlakhpat jail. MNS continues to have angina, last night being the latest recurrence. In view of his health, the (regular) Thursday meeting would not be possible. Thank you very much for your love, prayers & support for MNS.” Nawaz was sentenced to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia corruption reference while his legal team has filed a petition to have his sentence suspended on medical grounds. He is incarcerated at the Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. neWs DesK
ple’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) during the past 10 years. He, however, touted his government’s economic policies, saying after coming to power the PTI, with the help of friendly countries, has taken steps to improve the economy. He said the federal government won’t let opposition leaders –involved in corrupt practices— off the hook by offering them an NRO [national reconciliation ordinance]. ‘PAKISTAN WANTS PEACE, NOT WAR’: The PM also spoke about recent tensions with India during the gathering. He said instead of war Pakistan was interested in investment, prosperity and creating job opportunities for its people. However, the desire for peace should not be misunderstood as a weakness, he said. Imran Khan said we have repeatedly asked India for talks to resolve the Kashmir dispute but a political party in India is promoting hatred due to [imminent] elections there.
ernment would convert grid stations in Bajaur and will also convert three-hundred mosques on solar energy. In order to promote tourism in the region, the PM said Bajaur will be linked with Swat Motorway. In addition, the government would also bring the internet to the region. He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has great potential for tourism and that the industry has helped reduce poverty in the province during the last five years. The government would also develop an industrial estate in Bajaur and vocational centres will be established to provide technical training to youth, he said. The PM said Levies and Khasadar, the two forces responsible for policing in the region, will be merged with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police and their salaries will be increased. ‘CORRUPTION RUINED COUNTRY’: The prime minister once again took a hit at his political opponents. In his oft-repeated mantra, he said corruption committed by the Pakistan Peo-
Pakistan submits dossier on India’s ‘eco-terrorism’ to UN Pakistan on Friday submitted a dossier to the United Nations (UN), urging it to declare India as an ‘environmental terrorist’ for bombing trees and harming animals on Pakistani soil. The move comes after Indian jets carried out a botched air strike in the Balakot area, leading to heightened tensions between the two nuclear-armed states. Global powers mediated to de-escalate tensions between the two countries. “On February 26, Indian air force planes dropped payload shamefully on Pakistani forests and tried to damage the country’s environmental assets in the attack,” said the dossier submitted to the UN. The dossier also urged the United Nations “to take notice of India’s eco-terrorism”. “New Delhi harmed Pakistan’s trees in the attack and by doing so, it violated the Geneva Convention. Therefore, the UN must take the ‘Champion of Earth’ award
once given by the global organisation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” “The act of damaging trees in the name of strike (by India) has caused eco-terrorism. India will have to pay the price for damages made to trees,” he said. Pakistan’s case on eco-terrorism was strong against India, the adviser said, adding, “We want to enlighten the world about Pakistan’s earnest determination for environment conservation. The UN should take notice of Indian intrusion.” He said India blatantly obliterated international laws by flouting Vienna Convention. “This deplorable ‘strike’ is clearly a strike against nature. It has been duly booked under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial forest act in Pakistan and an independent ‘Natural Resource Damage Assessment’ has already been carried out,” Aslam said. neWs DesK
Zalmi to play third consecutive PSL final SPORTS DESK Peshawar Zalmi qualified to play the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four final against Quetta Gladiators with a thumping 48-run victory against defending champion Islamabad United in the second eliminator on Sunday. The Yellow Storm triumphed over United in all parts of the game. As in response to the mammoth 215 run-target, the United were restricted to 166 runs. In the first innings of the game, Zalmi opener Kamran Akmal slammed down the United bowling attack with an inspiring 74 off 43, from 10 boundaries and three sixes, he was well assisted by Imamul Haq with his 58 off 33. Cameron Delport gave the breakthrough to the team with the back-to-back wickets of the openers. The hurdles were not over for the Sami’s team as the Pollard-Sammy due with their power-hitting neutralised United pace attack in the death overs. Shadab Khan took the wicket of Sohaib Maqsood - the only Zalmi batsman to not play a substantive inning today. Wahab Riaz was run out on the first ball of the 19th over by fast bowler Rumman Raees. Zalmi bowling unit faced no serious resistance from the opponents – with the exceptional performance of Chadwick Walton (48) and Faheem Ashraf (31). Power hitter Asif Ali was dismissed on a duck. Hasan Ali and Chris Jordan picked three wickets each. Wahab Riaz and Tymal Mills and Kieron Pollard picked one wicket each.
Left out of peace talks, US allies reassess Afghan support KABUL Agencies
At a dinner party in Kabul’s high-security “green zone” in March, a senior European diplomat poured himself a glass of red wine and pulled up a photograph on his iPhone. Released by Qatar’s foreign ministry on Feb. 25, it showed seven Qatari officials alongside U.S. and Taliban negotiators as talks on ending the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan had restarted in the Gulf state the previous day. “If Qatari officials can be at the negotiating table, then how did the U.S. forget to invite its key allies who have fought the Afghan war since 2001?” said the diplomat, whose nation has contributed hundreds of troops to NATO’s mission in the country. “We continue to pour millions of dollars as an act of solidarity, but when it comes to peace talks, the U.S. decided to go solo.” Reuters spoke with 10 diplomats from countries spanning three continents that are among the 39 that provide military personnel to the NATO training operation, known as Resolute Support, in Afghanistan, and those that provide development aid. Many of those countries are significant, consistent donors. Most of the diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity,
citing the sensitivity of the situation. The diplomats interviewed said their governments were broadly rethinking their commitments to rebuilding the country. That process had been hastened by feeling excluded from peace talks, and also by a weariness for supporting the Afghan campaign among voters and lawmakers in their respective countries, they said. Asked about those comments, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said regular reviews of foreign assistance was “good practice” and Afghanistan’s de-
velopment remained in the interest of the international community. “We see no signs that interest and investment are wavering,” said the spokesperson, adding that U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad has briefed NATO allies and other partners three times since December, and effective coordination remained a priority. Nick Kay, NATO’s newly appointed senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, said NATO allies “fully support” Khalilzad’s efforts to
negotiate a settlement. But even the Afghan government has complained of being left out. President Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser on Thursday accused Khalilzad of “delegitimizing” the Kabul government by excluding it from deliberations. Qatari officials did not respond to a request for comment. CHANGING PRIORITIES: U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on
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when foreign troops might withdraw. Whether funding countries keep investing in Afghanistan could prove pivotal to sustaining any peace. Diplomats say that, after troops leave, it may be the only leverage they have to retain influence over future Afghan governments. Since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, Afghanistan has been among the top recipients of foreign government aid to promote economic and social development. In 2016, international donors pledged $15.2 billion in aid for Afghanistan until 2020. With those pledges due to expire, many countries are re-evaluating their military and funding commitments. “Priorities have changed for every EU nation,” a European diplomat said, adding that countries besides Afghanistan needed support. “The donor fatigue is intense and no one is in the mood to overlook it after 2020,” another diplomat said. A third diplomat said their country was re-evaluating its future aid with different scenarios in mind, including whether to continue development if the Taliban joins Afghanistan’s government, and what to do if peace talks fail. Any drop-off in international aid would be disastrous for Afghanistan, since much of it funds basic health and education services, said Adele Khodr, country representative for Unicef.