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Indian drone shot down along LoC, says army

Six PakiStaniS killed in ChriStChurCh terror attaCk g

fo says three pakIstaNI NatIoNaLs reMaIN MIssINg after MassaCre


New ZeaLaNd Court Charges 28-year-oLd BreNtoN tarraNt wIth Murder



thIs Is the thIrd spy droNe shot dowN By pakIstaNI forCes IN 2019 STORY ON PAGE 02

Qureshi blames Islamophobia for growing anti-Muslim sentiment STORY ON PAGE 02

Court defers verdict in Mashal murder case till March 21 STORY ON BACK PAGE

New Zealand PM urges Trump to ‘show love’ for all Muslims




ut of 49 people who were killed in mass shootings in New Zealand’s Christchurch on Friday, at least six belonged to Pakistan, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Saturday. “Sohail Shahid, Syed Jahandad Ali, Syed Areeb Ahmed, Mahboob Haroon, Naeem Rashid and his son, talha Naeem, have been pronounced dead by the authorities,” Dr Faisal said in a tweet. On Friday, at least four Pakistani nationals were reportedly injured and five others had gone missing after violent gun attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. three Pakistani however still remain missing and a search for them is underway. the FO confirmed the death of six Pakistanis shortly after a list was issued earlier on Saturday. the list included: Zeeshan Raza; father of Zeeshan Raza; mother of Zeeshan Raza; Haroon Mahmood, son of Shahid Mehmood; Sohail Shahid, son of Muhammad Shabbir; Syed Areeb Ahmed, son of Ayaz Ahmed; Syed Jahanand Ali talha Naeem; Naeem Rashid. Naeem Rashid and his son talha Naeem tried to intercept the shooter, but they were shot dead in their attempt. Naeem and talha, who hailed from Abbottabad, were injured as they attempted to overpower the attacker and later succumbed to their injuries. Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi also spoke to the media about the terror attack on Saturday. “We are waiting for identification of [missing] Pakistanis. Obviously I’m getting more worried with time as we have not been able to contact them [the missing Pakistanis] and I fear that they might be on the list of martyrs. But nothing has been communicated to us officially yet and to say anything before an official confirmation will be speculation,” he said while condemning the attack in strong words. TERRORIST CHARGED WITH MURDER: Meanwhile, a right-wing extremist who filmed himself on a shooting rampage flashed a white power gesture as he appeared in a Christchurch court on Saturday and was charged with murder. Australian-born 28-year-old Brenton tarrant stood in the dock wearing handcuffs and

Zardari siblings move SHC against transfer of fake accounts case to Rawalpindi



File Photo of Naeem Rashid

a white prison smock, as the judge read a single murder charge against him. A raft of further charges is expected. the former fitness instructor and self-professed fascist occasionally turned to look at media present in court during the brief hearing that the public were excluded from for security reasons. Flanked by armed police he made an upside-down “okay” signal, a symbol used by white power groups across the globe. He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5. A short distance from the court, 39 people were being treated in hospital for gunshot wounds and other injuries inflicted in the massacre. the wounded included a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, who was in critical condition. ‘MUSLIMS STILL LOVE THIS COUNTRY’: In a separate development, an imam who was leading prayers at one of the mosques said the Muslim community’s love for New Zealand would not be shaken by the massacre, reported the telegraph. “We still love this country,” said Ibrahim Abdul Halim, imam of Linwood Mosque,

vowing that extremists would “never ever touch our confidence”. Halim gave a harrowing account of the moment during Friday prayers when gunshots rang out in the mosque, replacing peaceful reflection with screaming, bloodshed and death. “Everyone laid down on the floor, and some women started crying, some people died immediately,” he said. But, he said, New Zealand Muslims still felt at home in the south Pacific nation. “My children live here” he said, adding, “we are happy”. He said the majority of New Zealanders “are very keen to support all of us, to give us full solidarity”, describing how strangers exchanged hugs with him on Saturday. “they start to… give me big hug, and give me more solidarity. this is something very important.” 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.

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IndIan drone shoT down along loC, says arMy P RAWALPINDI

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AKISTAN Army on Saturday shot down an Indian quadcopter spying along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Rakh Chikri area of Azad Kashmir, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Saturday. “The quadcopter had come 150 meters inside Pakistan,” ISPR chief Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted. Pakistan and India are going through a rough patch in their relationship after 44 Indian troops were killed in suicide bombing in Pulwama district of held-Kashmir. Following the bombing, India launched an airstrike inside Pakistani ter-

ritory followed by Pakistani airstrike in occupied Kashmir, shooting down an Indian jet and capturing the pilot. However, Pakistan’s decision to release the pilot and international pressure eventually led to de-escalation in the situation. Though

PM summons federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a meeting of the federal cabinet on March 19 (Tuesday) in Islamabad. The meeting will be held at the prime minister’s office to discuss a 30-point agenda. The cabinet members will be briefed over plan for reformations in the revenue division of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). The federal cabinet will approve the dissolution of budget allocated for “entertainment and gift”. A commission set up for reviewing the master plan for Islamabad is likely to be reshuffled by the federal cabinet. The cabinet will also approve the formation of a new National Information Technology Board (NITB) as well as a youth development agreement between ministries of inter-provincial coordination and communication. The cabinet will also consider the formation of a task force on Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), appointments of heads of public sector enterprises and the director general of Debt Policy Coordination Office. Extension of licenses of different airlines and private charters are likely to be approved in the upcoming cabinet session. Staff RepoRt

the tensions subsided considerably after the release of the pilot, the tensions along the LoC remains relatively high, with intermittent firing and shelling. In in the first week of January, Pakistani forces had shot down two Indian

drones in Bagh and Satwal sectors along the LoC after they “intruded in the Pakistani airspace”. “Not even a quadcopter will be allowed to cross LOC, InshaAllah,” General Ghafoor had said at the time. Eventually, Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat acknowledged to using drones for spying along the border. He accepted the fact that India does send quadcopters over the LoC with the purpose of spying. “Our two quadcopters were shot down by Pakistan,” he disclosed days after Pakistan claimed to shot two of Indian drones. The top military head also affirmed that India is involved in ceasefire violation on the LoC, despite being aware that the civilian population lives in proximity on Pakistan’s side of the LoC.

Qureshi blames Islamophobia for growing anti-Muslim sentiment MULTAN Staff RepoRt

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday condemned the deadly Christchurch mosque attacks and blamed Islamophobia as the major force behind the growing hate against Muslims across Europe. Addressing a presser in Multan, the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) stalwart said that nine Pakistan nationals are missing after the Christchurch attack. “[Pakistani] government is making efforts to find the missing persons however those efforts have been proved futile so far,” he asserted while adding that all possible assistance will be given to their families. To a question, Qureshi replied that over 300 Pakistani reside in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

“A list of those injured in the accident has been released by the foreign office, which features one Pakistani too,” he added. Qureshi blatantly blamed Islamophobia for

the deadly attack which took the lives of 49 people and said that it is a heinous act of terrorism. Qureshi, while speaking about bilateral relations between Pakistan and India, said that there has been an ease in the tensions as Pakistan as well the international countries have at-

tempted to de-escalate the tensions. “The decision to release the captured Indian pilot was one such gesture,” he recalled. To a question whether or not Pakistan should expect a positive answer from India, Qureshi asserted that Islamabad does not have any hopes from Narendra Modi – at least till the general election. He further said that Pakistan is fully prepared to defend its sovereignty “if the time comes”. To a question pertaining to Kartarpur dialogue, he maintained that the next meeting between the two countries will take place on April 2. Qureshi upheld that the government is fully committed to getting Dr Aafia Siddiqui released. Pakistan has also talked to the US government in this regard and “hopefully, she will return to her home soon”.

na speaker seeks legal aid for Pakistanis imprisoned in Malaysia ISLAMABAD app

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has asked his Malaysian counterpart for legal relief of Pakistani expatriates imprisoned in Malaysia. In a letter written to Chairman House of Representatives of Malaysia Mohammad Arif Yusof, the Speaker National Assembly said that a large number of Pakistani expatriates were working in Malaysia, unfortunately, some of them are in prison owing to small crimes and most of them are not able to obtain legal counsel for addressing their cases. He acknowledged that Pakistani diaspora in Malaysia formed the largest Pakistani expatriates’ community in South East Asia and they also made up the sixth largest group of foreign workers or nationals in Malaysia. Unluckily there is also a large number of a Pakistani expatriate imprisoned in Malaysia for petty offences, the Speaker added. While referring the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Malaysia, the Speaker said that both brotherly countries needed to enhance bilateral cooperation and high-level coordination in all spheres. He said that there was an agreement between the two sides to promote high-level bilateral exchanges and to collaborate with each other at an operational level. The Speaker also expressed deep felicitation of the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad as Chief Guest on Pakistan Day Parade on 23rd March 2019. He hoped the journey of mutual cooperation in the field of Education, Defence, health and trade will remain continued. Asad Qaiser also expressed his resolve that being the custodian of the representative Houses, it is our mutual responsibility to enhance our government efforts to furthering these bilateral ties. In this context, the Speaker intends to formulate special parliamentary group in the National Assembly of Pakistan to foster coordination with House of Representative of Malaysia. He wished for same response from Mohammad Arif Yusof Chairman House of Representative of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur.

HEC’s stubbornness may put future of law students at stake ISLAMABAD HaMID KHaN WaZIR

The Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) stubbornness could put the future of thousands of law students at stake, as the already enrolled students in threeyear LLB programme are being asked to appear in Law Aptitude Test (LAT) in sheer violation of the Supreme Court’s judgement. The LAT test is only mandatory for admission to LLB programme for new students and no new admission has been allowed in LLB 3 years programme after the Supreme Court’s decision, which banned the programme after December 31, 2018. However, ironically, despite clear order by the apex court and Pakistan Bar Council (PBC)’s letter to the Commission, the HEC showed no leniency and asked the students to appear in the LAT test to be held in various parts of the country on March 17, 2019 along with the news aspirants to be admitted in 5-year LLB programme. The students expressed

serious concern as in case they did not qualify the entry test, inquiring whether the government will compensate for the financial and time losses since the test is mandatory only for new candidates, and not for the enrolled students. The PBC in a letter to the HEC, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, reads, “The Supreme Court banned LLB 3 years programme after 31-December-2018 and presently only 5 years LLB

program in vogue, now LAT entry test is meant only for admission to 5 years LLB programme.” The letter further reads, “It will, therefore, not be in accordance with directions of the SC rather it would be a violation thereof if the test is held for 3 years LLB programme as well.” The PBC stated in the letter that in compliance with the order of SC dated 06-03-2018, the HEC conducted the first LAT entry test in July/August, 2018, for


which “the Commission got published an advertisement in the national press on 1206-2018, especially mentioning that the said test is for admission in 5 years LLB programme and there was no mention regarding 3 years LLB programme for the reason that the said programme had to be closed down in 2018.” A student, Sardar Aman Ullah Khan, in his petition against HEC chairman filed in SC, pleaded that the LAT test is going to be held on March 17, 2019, which is a violation of the order of SC; hence the matter needs early adjudication.” Moreover, University Law College, Punjab University, in letter to HEC also raised objections to the said test and conveyed, “The judgement dated 31-08-2016 passed by apex court, arrived in the matters concerning LLB 5 years programme, therefore, as our understanding, LAT entry test was meant only for undergraduates program i.e. LLB 5 years programme.” The letter reads, “In case, if an already admitted students of the law college appears in the LAT entry test and

fails, how he/she dealt with, is a big question for the Punjab University as well as for PBC/HEC especially in a situation when admission in LLB 3 years programme is banned for the next years; hence asking these students who have completed half of their syllabus has created uncertainty and psychological anxiety in their minds.” However, the affected students stated that the HEC conducted LAT in August 2018; however, now suddenly in February 2019, the Commission realised that they want to take LAT for 3 years as well in clear violation of the SC’s order, which they said is contempt of the court. They said it gives an impression that perhaps HEC is willing to facilitate the new admissions in LLB 3 years programme even after 31-12-2018 or is trying to create hindrances and complications in the implementation of the judgement of the apex court. Ayesha Ikram, HEC Director Media, could not be reached for her comments on the issue despite calls and WhatApp messages.

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ZardarI sIBlIngs Move shC agaInsT Transfer of faKe aCCounTs Case To rawalPIndI KARACHI


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 judge to transfer the proceedings of the trial in the present case to the accountability court in Rawalpindi. After listening to the arguments, the banking court had reserved its verdict earlier this week. On Friday, the court announced its verdict and allowed the transfer of the fake accounts and money laundering case from Karachi to the apex court in Rawalpindi. Following the verdict, the anti-graft watchdog summoned Asif Ali Zardari and

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AKISTAN People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur on Saturday challenged the banking court’s decision to transfer the fake accounts case to an accountability court in Rawalpindi. The counsel for the former president and his sister filed a petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) to overturn the decision which allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to move the case to Rawalpindi. The petition maintained that “the [banking] court’s decision is illegal” and pledged that it be declared “null and void”.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in Islamabad on March 20. THE CASE: In December 2015, the FIA began a discreet investigation into certain bank accounts through which multi-billion rupee transactions have been made. According to FIA sources, information regarding the fake accounts came to the fore when an intelligence agency picked up a prominent money changer in an unrelated case. As the monitoring and investigation of these suspicious accounts continued, it surfaced that five of these accounts in two banks – the Sindh Bank and Summit Bank – had been used for transactions worth around Rs15 billion. Investigation showed the accounts were operated by fake companies. Funds

were credited into these accounts from contractors with multi-billion rupee contracts with the Sindh government. The money was found to have been transferred to accounts of companies owned and operated by the Omni Group, whose chairperson, Anwar Majeed, is a close aide of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Cochairman Asif Zardari. Another beneficiary was Nasir Lootah, the chairperson of Summit Bank. The probe, however, was shelved. It resumed almost a year and a half later. FIA’s State Bank circle initiated a formal inquiry in January 2018. By June, the FIA had several highprofile names on its list but was unable to make headway – for several reasons. It was at his point that the Supreme Court

Govt will be responsible if anything happens to Nawaz, warns Shehbaz ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

Opposition leader in the National Assembly (NA) Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said that his elder brother and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is unwell and if any harm is caused to him then the government and Prime Minister Imran Khan will be responsible. “Nawaz Sharif underwent heart surgery one year back. The man remained prime minister of the country for three terms. He has given everything to the country; now he is a heart patient and the government is not providing him treatment which constitutes to criminal negligence. They are not taking his health problems seriously. The PM and his government will be responsible if anything happens to him,” said Shehbaz while talking to reporters after appearing in the accountability court. On a side note, he said that perks and privileges announced for the Punjab chief minister are beyond comprehension. “When I was the Punjab chief minister I used my personal car for 10 years . I did not spend money out of the

national kitty on my treatment. During my 10-year tenure as chief minister, I did not receive a single penny on account of my salary. I met all my expenses out of my pocket.” In response to these allegation, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Information Secretary Omar Sarfraz Cheema said

govt's failure to build dams will be criminal negligence, says ex-CJP nisar MONTREAL: Former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has said that he had made it clear to Prime Minister Imran Khan that the government’s inability to construct dams would be criminal negligence. Speaking at an event held in connection with fundraising for the construction of water reservoirs, he said no dam had been constructed in Pakistan after the Tarbela Dam. “A probe should be carried out into non-construction of dams after Tarbela,” he suggested. Defending his use of suo motu powers during his stint as the country’s top judge, the former adjudicator said he was proud for taking suo motu notices over matters involving the country’s sovereignty and water issues He said he was happy that the prime minister became part of the dam fund. The ex-CJP assured people’s donations would be spent only on the construction of dams. Speaking on the occasion, PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan said he wanted to make it clear that dams would certainly be constructed in the country. More than Rs50 million funds were being collected for the dam fund daily, he added. He said the government had already released Rs17 billion for the construction of the dams. The PTI leader said construction work on Mohmand dam would start from March 20 while work on Diamer-Basha Dam would begin later this year according to the Wapda chairman. INp

that the Sharif family has put all focus on politicising Nawaz Sharif’s ailment. Cheema rejected Shehbaz’s allegations, calling them ‘baseless and condemable’ and said”It doesn’t seem as per their words that Sharif family is serious about the treatment of Nawaz Sharif. They will be solely responsible

if, God forbid, something happens to [the former prime minister] Nawaz Sharif.” Continuing his criticism against Sharifs, he added, “Instead of exhibiting seriousness, their efforts are for blackmailing the government.” He reiterated that Nawaz Sharif was given facilities to continue treatment of his own choice when millions [in this country] cannot avail the facility.The PTI leader said that Sharif was a convicted criminal. He added that the government was not authorised to allow a prisoner to move abroad. “If a picnic in London can better health conditions, then the court should be convinced,” Cheema said sarcastically. Back in January, incarcerated former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after being convicted in the Al-Azizia Reference, fell sick under captivity in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. He was sentenced after a series of three court cases against the Sharif family were concluded in the high-profile Panama Papers case. Jail authorities maintain that Nawaz’s heath is checked on a regular basis whereas he is also taking his medicines timely.

Auqaf department takes control of JuD seminary in Peshawar PESHAWAR Staff RepoRt

Under the National Action Plan (NAP), Department of Auqat and Religious Affairs has taken control of a seminary of Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) in Saddar Peshawar. The department took control of ‘Jamia Masjid’ and ‘Taleem-ulQuran madrassah’ in Peshawar Cantt and displayed a board whereon it is inscribed ‘under the management and regulation of the department of Auqaf and religious affairs.’ Sources said that after taking control of the madrasas and mosques and putting signboards of the Auqaf department outside, the next step would be appointments of administrators and prayer leaders to replace the former ones to run their affairs. Although the JuD has not yet issued any statement, the Wifaqul Madaris al Arabia (WMAA), a board of Deobandi madrasas, has shown its concern over the takeovers and held an internal meeting to discuss the issue. Earlier, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi had said that the operation against proscribed organisations under the National Action Plan (NAP) will continue till achievement of all objectives. The minister of state for interior

tweeted, “Operation against proscribed organisations as per NAP 2014 shall continue till achievement of objectives. Efforts to accelerate progress on complete NAP are being pursued.” Before the takeovers were started, the federal government took as many as 44 members affiliated with proscribed organisations, including Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Chief Masood Azhar’s brother, Mufti Abdul Rauf, and son, Hammad Azhar, into “preventive detention” under NAP. Moreover, the monitoring of the persons included in the ‘Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) Schedule-4 listt’ has been further tightened. Bank accounts of over 4000 persons have been sealed. FIA had earlier arrested a key accused involved in an illegal transaction of Rs 9 billion. Dozens of people allegedly involved in illegal


transactions have been arrested in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The takeover was done as part of an ongoing crackdown against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) after the two groups were listed among the proscribed outfits by the interior ministry recently. Auqaf department has also taken control of 18 other seminaries and mosques for their links with the JuD, the JeM and the Tehreek-e-Ghalba Islam, a JeM’s splinter group, in various parts of the country.

intervened. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the ‘slow progress’ in the money laundering case. In July, Zardari’s close aides; Hussain Lawai, Taha Raza and two others were arrested. Subsequently, the first case was registered in the mega-corruption scandal. The FIA submitted its report to the apex court on July 8 which revealed a web of companies and accounts that were being used to transfer billions of rupees. In all, 29 accounts were identified that received payments, totalling at least Rs35 billion. In August, Omni Group chief Anwar Majeed was arrested along with son Abdul Ghani Majeed when they returned to the country on being summoned by the apex court. They are now on judicial remand.

Bilawal decides to campaign from Karachi to Thatta KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has announced to launch a mass contact campaign from Karachi to Thatta in order to mobilise people to support his party. The PPP chairperson will travel to different cities from Karachi to Larkana and hold meetings with the masses in his stopovers. In a statement, Bilawal reiterated his demand that the federal government must remove three sitting ministers who contacted the banned terror outfits. “You can’t compete with us in the political battleground,” he said while referring to the government. Bilawal said, “These people also didn’t want to see me in the assembly.” The PPP leader said the prime minister was only taking action against opposition forces in the country. He was of the view that a plan to get him defeated in the elections was going on for a long time. Without naming Nawaz Sharif, he said the three-time prime minister was arrested during his election campaigns. He expressed his resentment that Asif Ali Zardari was punished for “just making a phone call”. INp

IhC seeks response from religious affairs Ministry on sale of alcohol ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has sought an explanation from the Ministry of Religious Affairs regarding the sale of alcohol in the country. According to details, a single member bench of the high court comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani was presiding over a case seeking a ban on the sale of alcohol. The Pakistan United Christian Movement and the Centre for Rule of Law had filed an application in the court arguing that consumption of alcohol was prohibited in almost every religion, therefore, the practice of selling liquor should be banned countrywide. The counsel of the petitioners presented a list of 340 license holders who were selling liquor in the country. The judge asked clerics from all religions to assist the court in the case while directing the religious affairs ministry to file a response on the matter. The hearing was then adjourned for an indefinite period. Earlier, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice had rejected the constitutional amendment bill proposed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Dr Ramesh Kumar seeking a complete ban on consumption of alcohol in Pakistan. According to reports, the committee had dubbed the bill ‘a publicity stunt’ and ‘a mischievous act’. Dr Ramesh had requested parliament to amend Article 37 of the Constitution which allows the consumption of alcohol for minorities in the country. He had called for proscribing the trade license of alcohol for the Hindu community as “it is against the teachings of their religion”. Staff RepoRt



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SHC CJ orders all benches to wrap up pre-arrest bail pleas KARACHI STAFF REPORT

Chief Justice of Sindh High Court (SHC) Ahmed Ali M Shaikh on Saturday ordered all circuit benches of the SHC to wrap up pending pleas of pre-arrest bails within two weeks and also sought weekly updated reports from circuit benches. The SHC CJ remarked that apart from National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases, all pleas of pre-arrest bails be warped up within two weeks. СТ pleas for adjourning unnecessary cases be discouraged, ТТ SHC CJ said. He said a plea could be adjourned until next working day in any urgent situation. In a weekly report, it is told that there 676 pleas seeking pre-arrest bails are pending in high court, 223 are filed in high court Karachi, 292 are in Hyderabad circuit bench, 112 in high court Sukkur bench and 49 pending pleas in Larkana bench. The SHC CJ said that all pending pleas of prearrest bail should be wrapped up in two weeks and their report be submitted before the SHC.

K-Electric cuts power supply to 11 shrines as Auqaf fails to pay bills KARACHI PPI

Karachi Electric (KE) shut down the power supply to 11 major shrines of Karachi as the Auqaf Department failed to pay the electricity bills. According to details, the K-Electric has repeatedly sent warning notices to the shrines due to non-payment of pending bills. However, no action was taken and KE shut down power supply to Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine due to unpaid dues of Rs 2.2 million. Similarly, Miran Data Mazar at Nishtar Road is a defaulter of Rs 1.7 million. The other shrines of the metropolis include Zinda Shah shrine, Achhi Qabar, Jamal Shah Bukhari and other shrines.

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AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sindh chapter here Saturday staged a protest demo and rally against recent terror attacks on mosques in New Zealand and demanded of the United Nations (UN) and Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to take strong notice of this bloody terrorism. The protest demo and rally against the terror attacks on mosques of

Christchurch were led by PTI Sindh general secretary and parliamentary leader in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh, MNA Saifur Rehman Mahsud and other leaders. The rally participants offered funeral prayer in absentia for the martyrs. Later the rally marched from Lasi Goth to Ayub Goth. Addressing the rally, Haleem Adil Sheikh said we condemn this gory terrorism in strongest possible words. He said it was a coldblooded mass murder on innocent Muslims. He said the

mosques of Muslims were openly attacked and the silence of the West on this tragedy is just shameful. He said Islam is the religion of peace and brotherhood, but the antiIslam forces are constantly trying to defame this peaceful religion. He said terrorism has no religion and the terrorism in Christchurch has once again proved this. He regretted that only innocent Muslims are subjected to torture, violence and terrorism. He said mass murder of Muslim in their mosques is a shameful act and the worst

terrorism. Haleem Adil said the OIC and all other stakeholders must take notice of his and see how to ensure safety of Muslims and how to save them from such acts of naked terrorism. He said the culprits of Christchurch massacre should be punished as soon as possible. MNA Saifur Rehman said this is very sad incident and it should be condemned strongly by all. He said this was an attack on humanity. He said the terrorists involved on Christchurch massacre should be punished.

Manganese and Parkinson's: Mechanism may explain link New research, published in the journal Science Signaling, details the mechanism through which exposure to manganese can trigger protein misfolding in the brain — which may, in turn, lead to Parkinson's-like symptoms. The findings may enable an earlier diagnosis of the neurological condition. Manganese is an essential nutrient present in "legumes, pineapples, beans, nuts, tea, and grains." In the human body, manganese aids blood sugar regulation, bone formation, and immunity. However, exposure to excessive levels of manganese may trigger Parkinson's-like neurological symptoms. Manganese builds up in the basal ganglia area of the brain. Researchers have known about these links between manganese and Parkinson's for decades, but new research helps elucidate the mechanisms behind these associations. Anumantha Kanthasamy, the Linda Lloyd Endowed Chair of Neurotoxicology at Iowa State University in Ames, led the new research. Parkinson's disease is characterized by clumps formed by misfolded alpha-synuclein protein. These protein aggregates are toxic to neurons. Kanthasamy and colleagues set out to investigate how these misfolding proteins might interact with manganese to trigger the progression of Parkinson's. To do so, they examined data from mice and blood serum samples collected from eight welders. As a group, welders have a higher risk of prolonged manganese exposure. The research also examined a control group of 10 people. The analyses revealed that welders with exposure to manganese had higher levels of misfolded alpha-synuclein, which puts them at a higher risk of Parkinson's. Additional cell culture tests showed that misfolded alpha-synuclein was secreted through small vesicles called exosomes into the extracellular space. In other words, the vesicles en-


abled the proteins to travel from cell to cell and further spread the misfolded protein. The scientists also isolated alpha-synuclein-containing exosomes from alpha-synuclein-expressing cells that had exposure to manganese and delivered them to a brain area in the mice called the corpus striatum. This induced Parkinson's-like symptoms in the mice. Manganese seemed to accelerate the "cell-to-cell transmission" of alpha-synuclein, which, in turn, led to neurotoxicity. Kanthasamy and colleagues explain: "Together, these results indicate that [manganese] exposure promotes [alphasynuclein] secretion in exosomal vesicles, which subsequently evokes proinflammatory and neurodegenerative responses in both cell culture and animal models." "[W]e identified a possible mechanism involving the exosome-mediated, cell-to-cell transmission of [alpha-synuclein] during exposure to the environmental neurotoxicant," write the authors. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), around 50,000 individuals in the United States receive a diagnosis of Parkinson's each year, and 500,000 people currently live with the condition. Though the condition does not yet have a cure, diagnosing it earlier may prevent irreversible brain damage and help accelerate human clinical trials of new drugs. The results that Kanthasamy and colleagues have just published may help scientists devise a new diagnostic test for Parkinson's that could detect the disease much earlier on. The results may also help scientists test how effective new Parkinson's drugs are. "As the disease advances, it's harder to slow it down with treatments," Kanthasamy says. He adds: "Earlier detection, perhaps by testing for misfolded alpha-synuclein, can lead to better outcomes for patients. Such a test might also indicate whether someone is at risk before the onset of the disease." OnlInE


Sunday, 17 March, 2019


Salon ChaUnCeY deVeGa


ORDS are weapons. Those weapons can be lethal. The president of the United States gives both permission and encouragement for public's behavior, values and norms. This is true both in the United States and around the world. He or she is that powerful. Earlier on Friday, a 28-year-old white man who appears to have described himself as "an actual fascist" entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, armed with assault rifles and killed at least 49 people, injuring 20 others. New Zealand authorities also report that the attacker had placed two explosive devices on his vehicle, which apparently did not detonate. In an especially gruesome contemporary twist, the gunman apparently streamed parts of the terror attack live on Facebook. Although that feed and other accounts apparently associated with the shooter have been taken down, the New York Times reports that both the 17minute video and a manifesto apparently posted by the shooter have been widely disseminated on social media. Three men and one woman have been taken into custody by New Zealand law enforcement, who have since said that one of those people is likely not involved. At this writing, reports suggest that the

28-year-old man, who by his own account was born and raised in Australia, may have been the sole shooter. That man appears to have posted his hate-filled manifesto online before the attack. In it, he rages against "Islamic invaders" who are "occupying European soil," and specifically writes that he used guns to commit this massacre in order to call attention to debate about the Second Amendment in the United States. The alleged mass murderer also wrote that he had donated money to American white supremacist organizations, and quoted the "14 words" pledge often used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis. According to various reports, the alleged terrorist specifically cited President Trump as an inspiration. His online manifesto praises Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” A person is judged by the company they keep. A person is also judged by the quality of those people who claim him or her as their compatriots, role models, guides or heroes. As has been repeatedly documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations, Donald Trump is considered a hero by white supremacists and neoNazis. The official Ku Klux Klan newspaper endorsed Trump for president in 2016. There has been a surge in hate crimes, including violent crimes against Jews, Muslims and immigrants of various backgrounds, since Trump launched his presidential campaign nearly four years ago. Trump's closest advisers have included people with apparent sympathy for white nationalism and the "alt-right,"

including current White House adviser Stephen Miller and former White House strategist and campaign chair Steve Bannon, along with former advisers Michael Anton and Sebastian Gorka. Other lowerlevel officials in the Trump administration appear to share similar racist views. There have been many documented examples of assaults and other forms of violence by Donald Trump supporters, in some cases wearing MAGA hats and other regalia, shouting his slogans or claiming to act in his name. These hateful actions have included the so-called MAGA bomber, the man who killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, and the neo-Nazi mass murderer who killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. As shown by Friday's massacre in New Zealand, Trump-inspired violence is not limited to the United States. A Canadian right-wing terrorist was moved by Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric to kill six Muslims at a Quebec mosque in 2017. Ultimately, there are so many examples of Donald Trump's racism and bigotry that to list them all would be a near-endless task. Trump has suggested that the neoNazis and white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, included "very fine people." He sought to ban Muslims from entering the United States and pursued a policy of separating black and brown children from their families and placing them in concentration camps. He has suggested that Latino immigrants are a natural criminal class who come to America with the express goal of raping and killing white people.

Trump has described predominantly black nations such as Haiti and Nigeria as "shitholes." He basically abandoned the people of Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, implying that they were lazy and did not deserve humanitarian aid. At least 5,000 people died. Trump has shared neoNazi talking points and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Twitter. He has condemned the Black Lives Matter movement and has said that AfricanAmerican athletes who exercise their constitutionally protected freedom of protest are traitors who should be kicked out of the United States. Trump was and remains one of the leading voices for the "birther” conspiracy theory alleging that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and may be a secret Muslim. The Trump administration is working to remove any language in UN documents that condemns racism, xenophobia, bigotry or nationalism. Likely at the direction of Stephen Miller (who himself is Jewish), the Trump administration omitted any mention of the genocidal violence suffered by the Jewish people under the Nazi regime from the 2017 annual Holocaust Remembrance Day statement. More generally, Trump's administration has launched a wide-ranging initiative to change immigration laws to ensure that the United States remains a majority white country. Some would like to look away from this list. Others will find it tedious and complain that they have seen this all before. Some will mutter that we all know that Trump is a racist, and so what? And yes, too many other people who will see such a list and feel validation. Numbness

Don’t just condemn the New Zealand attacks — politicians and pundits must stop their anti-Muslim rhetoric

Intercept Mehdi hasan

“It’s the birthrates.” So begins the online manifesto of the man accused of shooting and killing at least 49 Muslims in a terror attack targeted at two mosques in New Zealand. “Even if we were to deport all Non-Europeans from our lands tomorrow, the European people would still be spiraling into decay and eventual death,” it continues. “In the end we must return to replacement fertility levels, or it will kill us.” The alleged shooter goes on to refer to his “dislike” of Muslims, and his particular hatred for converts to the Islamic faith, while referring to the attacks as “revenge” against Islam. He talks of a “white genocide” and describes Muslim immigrants as the “most despised group of invaders in the West.” Whether or not this manifesto turns out to be a trap, designed for the purposes of trolling, baiting, and “shitposting,” as Bellingcat’s Robert Evans has argued, there is no denying that it is a hate-filled screed. It is vile, viciously anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant, and unhinged. But what it is not is shocking. There is nothing shocking about it. How can there be? Have you not been paying attention? Much of his rhetoric

and references are borrowed from the political and media mainstream — especially here in the United States. When I read his manifesto, I couldn’t help but think of high-profile American politicians, such as the president of the United States who said, “Islam hates us,” referred to “people coming out of mosques with hatred and death in their eyes and on their minds,” and compared a caravan of migrants to an “invasion.” Or Sen. Ted Cruz, who called on “law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.” Or Sen. Marco Rubio who said he was in favor of “closing down anyplace — whether it’s a cafe, a diner, an internet site — anyplace where radicals are being inspired.” Or Sen. Lindsey Graham who declared: “If I have to monitor a mosque, I’ll monitor a mosque.” Or former Gov. Mike Huckabee who described Muslims in the Middle East coming out of mosques on Fridays “like uncorked animals.” Or even former President Bill Clinton, who suggested at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 that Muslim-American citizenship was contingent on good behavior and proving loyalty: “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together.” When I read the alleged shooter’s manifesto, I couldn’t help but recall how right-wing pundits have made so many similar statements — and paid no penalty. For example, author Ann Coulter who has spoken openly of “ragheads,” “camel jockeys,” and “jihad monkeys,” declaimed three days after 9/11 that “we should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity.” Or commentator Ben Shapiro, who believes that a “majority” of the world’s Muslim popula-

tion is “radicalized” and has claimed that “Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage.” Or Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has won the support of neo-Nazis by repeatedly making not-so-coded references to the white genocide conspiracy theory and has also dismissed Iraqis as “semiliterate primitive monkeys.” Or Brigitte Gabriel, friend of the president, who thinks that “a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Quran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday … cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America.” Or Steve Bannon, former executive chair of Breitbart News and ex-adviser to the president, who has declared, “Islam is not a religion of peace” but “a religion of submission,” and warned that the U.S. could transform into the “Islamic States of America.” When I read the manifesto, I couldn’t help but remember the names of some prominent liberals, too, such as atheist and scientist Sam Harris, who dubbed Islam “the mother lode of bad ideas” and announced that “we are not at war with ‘terrorism.’ We are at war with Islam.” Or TV host Bill Maher who called Islam “a mafia” and accused “violent” Muslims of bringing “that desert stuff to our world.” Or author and ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has demanded that Islam be “crushed” and thinks “every devout Muslim who aspired to practice genuine Islam, even if they didn’t actively support the [9/11] attacks, they must have at least approved of them.” Or novelist Martin Amis, who once said, “There’s a definite urge — don’t you have it? — to say, ‘The Muslim community will have to suffer until it gets its house in order.’ What sort of suffering? Not letting them

travel. Deportation — further down the road. Curtailing of freedoms. Stripsearching people who look like they’re from the Middle East or from Pakistan.” To be clear: I am not suggesting that any of these people, whether conservatives or liberals, politicians or pundits, are directly responsible for this heinous crime. (The alleged shooter does, though, praise Donald Trump “as a symbol of white identity and common purpose,” and claims that “the person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens,” an “alt-right,” social media superstar. Again, this may or may not be shitposting.) What I am suggesting, however, is that violence does not exist in a vacuum. In fact, since the 9/11 attacks, the right has demanded that progressives and Muslims crack down on “preachers of hate.” Remember the so-called conveyor belt that leads from nonviolent rhetoric to violent acts by Muslims? Remember how “ideology matters”? Isn’t it past time for conservatives to take their own advice? And what of the rest of us? What lessons will we learn from this latest hatefilled atrocity in New Zealand? Are we willing and able to stand up to Islamophobia on days when there are not brutal terrorist attacks on Muslims in mosques? Will we call out vile anti-Muslim rhetoric when we see it on cable news, or in our newspapers and magazines — or only when we see it quoted from the online manifesto of a deranged mass murderer? I doubt it. “People who can only condemn racism and Islamophobia — being ‘horrified’ and ‘shocked’ — only when so much blood is spilled are part of the problem,” the Cambridge academic Priyamvada Gopal observed on Twitter on Friday. “Because the rest of the time, they are busy normalising & minimising them.”

to this kind of horror is one of the main ways through which evil is normalized. Early on Monday morning, Donald Trump issued the obligatory public statement condemning the Christchurch massacre, apparently committed by a self-identified fascist who claimed him as an inspiration. The president wrote, "My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques." As usual at such moments, there is something deeply awkward and strained about Trump's pronouncement. It might almost be comical if the circumstances were not deeply tragic. We all understand the reason for that awkwardness. Trump's policies, statements and worldview does not value the lives of Muslims -- or nonwhite people more generally--as equal to those of white Americans. Trump's words of condolence stink of rancid hypocrisy, which is nothing new. On this terrible day for the world, the smell is worse than ever. Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

Murder in Mosques Star, BangladeSh There can be no place for hatred, intolerance and senseless violence anywhere in the world—of the type we witnessed in Christchurch on Friday which has killed at least 49 people so far, including 3 Bangladeshis and injured many more—as of going to print. The senseless killings of devotees in two mosques who had assembled for Friday prayers is the most abhorrent, hateful and appalling act that one has seen in the recent past. While we mourn for those killed and injured, we thank Providence that our national cricket team are safe, having escaped by the skin of their teeth. This act of utter madness and brutality must be condemned by all in the strongest possible term. While we call for the arrest of the killers and their sponsors if any, we feel that our reactions should be modulated by the head and not heart in addressing the matter. We must all make sure that this horrendous situation is not exploited by other religious extremist groups. Evidently, the killings were well planned and thoroughly coordinated by the perpetrators—there couldn't have been a better time to choose to ensure maximum casualties than a Friday congregation when most of the local Muslims had gathered for this weekly prayer. Unfortunately, there has been a resurgence of farright ideology in recent times, coated and garbed under the banner of nationalism. Christchurch killings, sadly is a manifestation of that tribalism espoused and encouraged, regrettably so, in many parts of the world. And one notices with distress the embers of hatred and exclusivity being stoked by some politicians in these countries for political dividends. We suspect that killers have been motivated by this particular ideology and consumed by a pathological hatred for people who believe in a different religious creed than them, betrayed by the manner they went about their killing spree. While the killings are definitely an act of terror, they do not fit the definition of terrorism—the only intention of the killers was to vent their hatred against a particular minority group, and gain publicity. However, one cannot say with certainty that they do not have other cohorts who share their abhorrence of the “other”. And this is what the government of New Zealand must address seriously. It must make sure that such extremist and fanatical views do not get the space or opportunity to breed and gain currency in a country whose ethnic diversity is second to none.


Sunday, 17 March, 2019




N a meeting scheduled for March 21, the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat will include a briefing on the expenditures incurred during the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan in February, as per the meeting agenda shared on Saturday. As per the agenda, issued by the secretary of the committee on Mar 15, the meeting will also include a briefing on the vehicles that were employed for the crown prince's protocol. Additionally, a briefing and discussion will take place on the details and

status and working of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation after the 18th Amendment, including its assets, expenditure and profits. As per the notice, in addition to any other item permitted to be discussed by the chair, a briefing and discussion on development schemes in Pakistan that were identified by the senators in the last six years (2012-2018) as well as their current status will take place. On Feb 17, MBS had arrived at the Nur Khan Air Base in Rawalpindi amid heightened security and arrangements in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. It was the crown prince's first state visit to Pakistan since becoming heir to the Saudi throne in 2017. The trip in-

cluded the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for investment cooperation, meetings and a reception. The crown prince was also conferred Pakistan's highest civil award — Nishane-Pakistan — during a ceremony held at the President House in Islamabad. The visit had also garnered interest for the entourage and equipment accompanying the heir. The twin cities were decked out in images of the Saudi royal family and banners welcoming the crown prince. A high-powered delegation comprising key ministers and some prominent businessmen, besides members of the royal family, had also arrived with the crown prince for his two-day visit.

Among the preparations, seven BMW 7 Series luxury sedans and one Land Cruiser flown in two C-130 aircraft. MBS's personal belongings, including furniture and gym equipment, flown in and transported to PM House in eight containers. 750 rooms were booked in eight Islamabad hotels for the visiting delegation, and advance bookings were cancelled. The Senate committee scheduled for Mar 21, will also include a briefing on details on a recent auction of vehicles in PM House. On Sept 17, 61 of the 102 luxury and surplus vehicles parked on the lawns of PM House were auctioned off as part of Prime Minister Khan’s austerity drive.

Pakistan to stay alert until Indian polls are over: Qureshi ISLAMABAD INP

NAB arrests KDA secretary, project director in fake accounts case KARACHI STAFF REPORT

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested two more accused in the fake bank accounts case on Saturday. According to details, the NAB arrested Secretary Karachi Development Authority (KDA) Najam Zaman and Project Director Hassan Memon in fake bank accounts case. The detainees have been charged with awarding plots to an alleged frontman of Zardari in Clifton while Hassan Memon was accused of submitting the money acquired through commission in fake bank accounts. Sources said that the detainees would be shifted to Islamabad on Monday. The NAB has acquired the remand of the nabbed accused who are supposed to have important information regarding fake bank accounts case.

Earthquake jolts parts of Balochistan QUETTA INP

An earthquake measuring magnitude 5 on the Richter scale shook parts of Balochistan on Saturday. According to National Seismic Monitoring Centre, the earthquake struck at the depth of 16 kilometers northwest of Sibi at 6:00 am. The tremors were felt in Quetta, Bolan, Sibbi, Mastung and other parts of Balochistan. The earthquake sent people scurrying into the streets but no loss of life and property was reported from the areas.

Warning of possible Indian mischief, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Saturday Pakistan will have to stay alert until elections are over in India. “We will have to keep guard over our frontiers as everything could be expected from [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi,” he said while speaking to the media here. The foreign minister said a joint statement issued by both countries on the Kartarpur Corridor was a positive sign. Such a statement had come after a long time, he said, adding tensions with India had eased. “I am going to China for further de-escalation in tensions. I’ll meet Chinese leadership there.” Taking about reports on the possible release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, he said a lot of things circulating about Ms Siddiqui on social media negated the truth. “I wish we succeed in get-

ting Aafia Siddqui released from America.” About nine Pakistani nationals who are said to have gone missing after the attacks on New Zealand mosques, he said the Foreign Office had no knowledge of them. He said he had talked to Pakistan’s high commissioner in New Zealand who visited the injured Pakistanis, adding some of them were struggling for their lives in hospitals. The minister said the country’s diplomatic mission was in touch

with New Zealand authorities and hoped that they will provide details about Pakistanis in a while. “We all stand by the people affected by terrorism. A report about a London incident is correct, he said. “A wave of Islamphobia has swept through the entire Europe. This attitude toward refugees and expatriates is uncalled for.” Stressing the need for protecting religious places of minorities, he said terrorism was a global issue.

Govt not able to bring any change, says Baloch LAHORE INP

Acting Ameer of the Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Liaqat Baloch, has said that with every passing day, it became evident that the government which came into being on the slogan of change, has not been able to bring any change. JI deputy chief Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, deputy Secretary General Hafiz Sajid Anwar and JI Information Secretary Qaisar Sharif, were also present. Addressing the participant of the JI central workshop for workers at Mansoora, he said that an exploitative system had been thrust on the country in the name of politics and democracy. The self styled and so- called political parties had not allowed the democratic system to flourish in the country. Instead of grooming their workers on political lines, the parties had been using their workers only for sycophancy and selfish interests. The people ruling the country for seventy years had not taken any interest in ameliorating the lot of the masses. Liaqat Baloch said the JI was striving to change the exploitative system and bring about a truly democratic system in line with the teachings of the holy Quran and the Sunnah. He said the JI believed in bringing this change through truly political and democratic process and not by force. The Acting JI chief said that after every few years, the establishment prepared a map for the future and then efforts were made through unseen forces to bring about the desired results. Elections were held and the people exercised their right of vote but the same old faces came up through different parties. He said that this game was being played in the country so far. As a result of this maneuvering, he said, the country’s economy and its educational and judicial systems had reached the point of destruction. The incompetent and self seeking political elements had done an incalculable harm to the national harmony and unity in the pursuit of their selfish ends. Liaqat Baloch said that a complete national unity was required to face Indian Prime Minister Modi’s jingoism but Prime Minister Imran Khan was hurting the national unity in his speeches. The nation, he said, wanted an across the board accountability. He said had the rulers been sincere in accountability, they would have pushed the accountability process on transparent lines instead of making it controversial.

Bilawal supports women marchers NEWS DESK Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Saturday that it was important for progress that women reclaimed social, political and public spaces. The PPP chairman said so during his meeting with organisers of Aurat March here in Karachi. He said he was pleased to meet members of Aurat March. "Bigoted, misogynistic and vitriolic reaction of some is expected in a patriarchal society," Bilawal said in his tweet. "Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights," he added.

Cabinet body puts travel ban on Senator Michael, HR activist Jalila Haider NEWS DESK A cabinet committee has decided to impose a travel ban on former federal minister for ports and shipping Senator Kamran Michael and human rights activist from the Hazara community Jalila Haider. According to the Interior Ministry, the committee removed the names of two prominent personalities from the Exit Control List (ECL): former National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman Tariq Malik and Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh, energy minister in the Sindh government. The body deferred the cases of four persons, including Sindh minister Anwar Sial, Executive Director of the Securities

and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Abid Hussain, ex-Sindh industries secretary Zameer Ahmed and two managing directors of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Zahid Mir and Rauf Kajak. The cabinet committee on ECL was formed to decide the cases recommended by different departments. Most of the persons in the list discussed by the committee are facing alleged corruption cases of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). KAMRAN MICHAEL: On Feb 9, NAB arrested the former federal minister for ports and shipping, for allegedly misusing his authority as a minister and usurping over Rs1 billion. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader has been accused of getting ille-

gally transferred of three commercial and flat site plots at prime locations of the KPT Cooperative Housing Society in Karachi’s Mai Kolachi area that was allotted in the name of people from whom he allegedly received a bribe. The former federal minister allegedly misused his authority for influencing some officials to get these plots allotted in the name of his favourite people in 2013, the spokesperson said. The value of these three plots is about Rs1.05bn. A corruption reference with respect to 16 such plots was already filed by the Karachi NAB, in which evidence against Michael for receiving bribe was unearthed during the investigation. Micheal remained minister for ports and shipping from 2013 to 2016. He has

also held other portfolios in the federal cabinet during different tenures. JALILA HAIDER: Jalila Haider is a human rights attorney and founder of We The Humans – a non-profit organisation which works to lift local communities by strengthening opportunities for vulnerable women and children. She specialises in defending women’s rights and provides free counselling and legal services to poverty-affected women. She is also a leading activist of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement. The reason behind her travel ban could not be ascertained. TARIQ MALIK: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Feb 1 ordered that the name of former Nadra chairman Tariq Malik be removed from the ECL.

His name was placed on the ECL after his return to Pakistan last December. Later, he challenged the government decision in the IHC seeking removal of his name from the list. Malik is facing a case of concealment of his dual nationality during his tenure at Nadra. His services were terminated by the previous PML-N government. However, his job was restored by a high court. SOHAIL ANWAR SIAL: NAB has launched an inquiry against Sindh agriculture minister Sohail Anwar Sial on a charge of misappropriation of funds earmarked for the uplift of Larkana. ABDUL RAUF SIDDIQUI: He is facing NAB cases regarding Baldia Town fire incident and illegal appointments.

Sunday, 17 March 2019


Former SSP arrested for sharing ‘obscene’ images on social media LAHORE: Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) cybercrime wing arrested most wanted criminal Junaid Arshad. The accused has been charged of uploading obscene images of his former wife. According to FIA, the accused was an absconder in a case filed against him in 2017. He was accused of sharing his former wife’s obscene images on social media. The other suspect involved in the case Danish has already been punished before the court. FIA had also placed five lacs reward on the arrest of accused Junaid Arshad. STAFF REPORT

Man commits suicide after killing wife, three children CHINIOT: A man committed suicide in the city of Chiniot, Punjab after killing his wife and three children. The incident took place in area of Rai Chand where a man named Mohammad Aijaz opened fire on his three children and wife before proceeding to take his own life afterwards. According to police, Mohammad Aijaz killed his wife Rubina, 5 years' old son Abu Bakar, 4 years' old daughter Tehreem and 3 years' old son Murtazeen by firing at them. The people of area say that the family was very poor and husband wife used to fight over this issue quite often. Area DPO officer Anwar Khetran reached at the incident place from where bullets and other evidences were collected related to the incident. People of the area have also informed the sources that five-gun shots were heard early morning. INP




LAMMING the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s move to increase MPAs’ salaries and perks, opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz said on Saturday that while the government has been complaining of lack of funds, it has increased salaries of the provincial lawmakers. Speaking to reporters on the premises of the accountability court where he turned up for hearing of Ramzan Sugar Mills case against him and his father, he said he opposed the increase in the MPAs’ salaries and perks. “The government doesn’t have funds for electricity and gas yet it has increased salaries,” he said. Earlier, on March 14, Prime Minister Imran Khan had expressed deep disappointment at the Punjab government’s decision to in-

crease salaries and perks of the provincial lawmakers including the chief minister. In a tweet, PM Khan said, he was ‘extremely disappointed’ at the decision of Punjab Assembly regarding increase in salaries and privileges of the MPAs,

ministers and the chief minister. “I am extremely disappointed by decision of Punjab Assembly to raise pays & privileges of MPAs, Ministers & esp CM. Once prosperity returns to Pak such a move cld be justified, but now, when we do not have resources to


provide basic amenities to all our people, this is untenable.” ‘NEVER TOOK A DAY’S SALARY AS CM’: National Assembly Opposition Leader and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif claimed on Saturday that he did not take a single day’s salary during his ten-year-long tenure as Punjab chief minister. The former provincial minister was speaking to reporters outside the accountability court in Lahore. When questioned about the recent bill raising the privileges and salaries of MPAs that was unanimously passed by the Punjab Assembly, Shehbaz said that he never took any allowances while he was in power. He said it was “beyond my understanding” how the Punjab Assembly could pass such legislation. I did not use any government money for my health expenses and used my private car to commute, he said.

Minor injured after brutally tortured by teacher NAROWAL: A minor student was injured and hospitalized after brutally tortured by teacher on Saturday. According to details, a six-year-old student of class II, was brutally tortured by class teacher in government primary school of Tula, tehsil Sharkargarh in Narowal. The student was injured and fell unconscious due to torture and shifted to hospital were according to hospital sources his 17 percent body suffered wounds due to torture. Despite complaint of the heirs, the police were reluctant to register FIR against the influential school teacher and take action against him. Heirs of the torture victim students have appealed the Punjab Chief Minister and Education Minister to take notice of the incident and direct strict action against the brutal teacher. INP

Child abducted, killed over personal grudge LAHORE: A man along with wife and another accomplice abducted and killed minor son of his sister. The police arrested all culprits and recovered the body of child. According to details, Shehzad, a resident of Burqi Road Lahore along with his family visited house of his sister in village Mandianwala where his wife Shazia exchanged hot words with her brother Imran. The accused Imran to take revenge from his sister, abducted her 4-year-old only son Waleed, killed him and threw his body in canal. The police over suspicion arrested Imran who during preliminary investigation admitted the crime. The police arrested the co-accused including Imran’s wife and his friend Selman and recovered the body of child Waleed from the canal. STAFF REPORT

LAHORE: Farmers use traditional technique to wash harvested carrots with their feet in a canal before sending them to market in the suburbs of the provincial capital. ONLINE

NAB makes key arrests in Model Housing Enclave scam LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Key arrests have been made by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) while taking action against an illegal housing society scam on Saturday. A major development was seen as the anti-corruption watchdog made significant progress in complaints filed against Model Housing Enclave. Six accused persons including Farhan Cheema have been arrested over looting millions by defrauding citizens by the fake housing society. It is pertinent to mention here that Cheema had been taken into custody earlier on October 20 – 2017 in Rs5 billion land scam case and later he was released by an

accountability court after NAB reached a plea-bargain of Rs620 million. According to NAB Lahore, the previous arrest was made over misleading the investigators while Cheema has been arrested over scamming for the second time. The anti-graft watchdog said that the institution has received Rs2 billion claims against the accused person. The other persons who were arrested by the NAB include Rashid Bashir, Agha Shahid, Rizwan Farhad, Sajid Ameen and Salim Ishtiaq. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) opened a thorough investigation into scams through housing and investment schemes including Model Housing Enclave, Eden Housing, Ashiana Iqbal Housing and other after the emergence of hundreds of complaints by citizens.

Steps being taken to empower women: Buzdar LAHORE APP

Federal Parliamentary Secretary Andleeb Abbas called on Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at the CM Office on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, CM Usman Buzdar said, "We are taking measures to provide equal growing opportunities to women as development targets can only be

achieved with their participation in every field." He said the role of women was very important for economic and social development of the country. In the past, the governments did not take solid measures to give basic rights to women, but the incumbent government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, had included women in the national mainstream. Responsibility of empowering women would be discharged


in an effective manner, he maintained. The chief minister said women of Pakistan were competent and hardworking and they have proved their talent in every field of life. Usman Buzdar said, "We want good relationship with all neighbouring countries, but compromise will not be made on solidarity and independence of the country." He said history would remember the sagacious policy of PM Imran Khan for peace in the region.

Punjab govt takes over PKLI LAHORE: The autonomy of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) and Research Centre has ended after its control was handed over to the provincial government. After passage of a bill by the Punjab Assembly, the board of trustees of the 820-bed PKLI was dissolved. Under the new set-up in future, the Punjab government will run PKLI by a board of governors (BoG) like that of Jinnah Hospital, Services Hospital and other public sector hospitals. Lately, the Supreme Court had in February dissolved the managing body of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute in a suo moto case pertaining to misappropriation and irregularities of funds. Justice (r) Nisar had remarked during a case hearing: “We want the government to run the hospital, instead of handing it over to a trust.” INP

FIA arrests three suspects involved in human trafficking GUJRANWALA: FIA has apprehended three human traffickers from parts of the Punjab province here on Saturday. According to sources, the FIA nabbed three suspects from Gujranwala and Khanewal districts of Punjab who were allegedly involved in human trafficking. The suspects are involved in trafficking people from Pakistan to Europe via illegal means. INP


Sunday, 17 March, 2019

Using cricket to heighten hate

More vengeful than professional NAB’s disrespect for human dignity claims a life

great admiration for the way India promoted their cricketers. Unfortunately, the BCCI seems set to cricket. I also remember wanting to be a cricket destroy one of the few things that connects us. There is no doubt that the Indian team was commentator like harsha Bhogle, mainly because cajoled into wearing the milhe is a non-cricketer like myitary caps due to the fever self with a passion for the pitch anti-Pakistan sentiment game. What I enjoyed most constantly being peddled about Indian cricket was One of the reasons from all Indian quarters as Rahul Dravid. At that time well the heated political sceDravid was my favourite why young Indians nario with the upcoming elecbatsmen. When India toured and Pakistanis do not tions. To use cricket as a Pakistan in 2004, Dravid was platform to embolden this naunstoppable. Shoaib Akhtar carry hatred for each tionalist narrative reveals the and Mohammad Sami, the other is because of our toxic nature of those at the fastest bowlers at that time helm. The fact that the BCCI had no answer to Dravid’s immutual appreciation (Board of Control for Cricket peccable technique. now, as a in India) sought special percricket analyst on PTV World for our cricketers mission from the Interna(english), nothing gives me tional Cricket Council (ICC) greater satisfaction than anato wear those caps shows lyzing Virat Kohli’s genius. how desperate they are to dishis hard work, passion, and cricketing nous is incredibly unique. his commit- play their ‘patriotism.’ Insecure much? Rather Ali GAuhAr ment and dedication to his craft is inspiring for not than pandering to the unhinged nationalism that seems to have consumed the country, perhaps it just Indians, but everybody across the world. hen the Indian cricket team When I went to University in england in would have been a better idea to wear a symbol donned military caps in the 3rd 2007, I immediately bonded with the Indians I in support of Women’s Day. The fact that the ODI against Australia as a sign of met over cricket. The way they would talk about match was played on the 8th of March was the solidarity with the 40 troopers of players like Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram, and perfect opportunity for the team to do that, espethe Central Reserve Police Force Waqar Younis made me understand the deep ap- cially since the maltreatment of women in India (CPRF) killed in Pulwama, it immediately preciation they had for our cricketers too. We has come under the scanner in recent years. sparked controversy. Their became and remain close By asking their players to wear military caps blatant display of jingoism friends, and it was cricket and threatening not to play Pakistan in the World was immediately called out that brought us together. Cup, the BCCI is sending a terrible message. by the Pakistan Cricket Board I write this to show just Young Indians will start believing that Pakistan is What this does is arguing that sport should not how important sport and en- the enemy, and young Pakistanis will see how their be used for politics. is to win the country is perceived by Indian’s and naturally depoison the mindset of tertainment If we delve further into the hearts and minds of people. velop hatred towards them. It is a vicious cycle, the younger generation Cast your mind back to which can only be broken by the next generation. Indian cricket team’s gesture, it goes far beyond ‘politicizChennai 1999, when Pak- however, through these toxic actions, it seems as on both sides of the ing’ cricket. What this does is istan were given a standing if the Indian leadership is hellbent on making sure poison the mindset of the ovation during their lap of that the mistrust and animosity lives on. border, which is the younger generation on both honour. Or in Lahore, when The level of anger is not going away anytime most dangerous part of the crowd cheered for the In- soon. Conflicts like this will continue for now. sides of the border, which is the most dangerous part of this dian team after they beat The only way forward is when the coming genthis conflict conflict. I’ll explain through Pakistan in 2004. Those were eration are in positions of authority, and hopemy personal experience. powerful moments, civilized fully they will find a way to ward off irrational I grew up watching moments. One of the reasons sentiments of past and current leaderships. cricket in 1990s and early why young Indians and Pak2000s. I would watch eSPn and Star Sports India istanis do not carry hatred for each other is beAli Gauhar is a sports anchor on PTV World every day after school. Through that, I developed cause of our mutual appreciation for our English where he hosts “Sports Extra”.

More dangerous than we think


AUnTeD by the prospect of public humiliation by nAB, Brig (rtd) Asad Munir committed suicide on Friday in Islamabad. Besides being a former army officer, Munir was also a well-informed and balanced columnist and a TV talk show figure. his views on issues related to the Taliban and the war on terror were widely respected. The lack of professionalism in nAB has led it to rely more on coercive methods than on collecting irrefutable forensic evidence that requires painstaking efforts. Lacking the expertise required for the task, the nAB takes recourse to methods that it believes will force the accused to sing like a canary, take police straight to the secret place where he has hidden his pelf or provide incriminating evidence sufficient enough to prosecute him. While nAB has been accused of torture, it is mostly more of a psychological than physical type. The goal is the same, i.e. to break the will of the detenu. For this nAB fully concentrates on public humiliation of the accused. That he might finally turn out to be innocent is none of nAB’s concerns. A university professor subjected to prolonged interrogation by nAB died during judicial custody. The dead body was taken to hospital in handcuffs. Another outstanding example of public humiliation is that of a Punjab University VC who was taken to the accountability court along with four senior professors, all in handcuffs. As former CJ nisar remarked while taking suo motu notice of the case, the action amounted to killing their dignity. But this is precisely what nAB wants. Media trial is another tactic to put psychological pressure on the accused again forgetting that finally nothing might be proved against him while the stigma would remain forever. In a note that he addressed to the CJ before his death Asad Munir explained that he was committing suicide to avoid humiliation of being handcuffed and paraded in front of media. Further that he was giving his life in the hope that the SC would bring positive changes in the system where incompetent people are playing with the life and honour of citizens in the name of accountability.

PNMA Need of the hour


heSe are testing times for Pakistan’s media industry with multiple problems across all mediums. From a financial standpoint it has to be accepted that internationally conventional media is having a tough time keeping above water. In Pakistan however with the abrupt cut in government spending on advertisement by the PTI the situation is much worse. The economic slowdown has compounded the problem with companies slashing advertisement budgets to cut down on costs. Simultaneously, efforts are being made to control the narrative through media management. Those who dissent are excluded from ad campaigns and only those who tow a certain line are entertained, which is essentially an extension of the first problem. Fear tactics, abductions, detentions and curbs on distribution and broadcasting are common. To legitimize this antidemocratic practice a new regulatory body PMRA is being formed that will be a one-window operation aimed at curtailing press freedom. Currently there are different representative bodies for editors and media owners with sub-bodies for various mediums like print and electronic due to which there is a divergence in views about the prevailing scenario amongst stakeholders with some even choosing to ignore it altogether. Therefore the formation of a new media representative body PnMA (Pakistan news Media Association) is a welcome move aimed at establishing a more comprehensive and inclusive body with representation across all platforms ranging from editors and television anchors to digital media outlets, columnists, advertisers and intellectuals. In a first the heads of all national press clubs have also been included in the body, which will provide working journalists a broader forum to voice their legitimate concerns. The sort of tacit censorship that is being practiced currently has not been seen previously in the chequered history of the movement for press freedom. hence it is imperative now more than ever to have an organisation like the PnMA to put up a united front against the pressures being faced by the fourth estate.

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Should we subsidise car moguls? Time for a change

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OR the past twenty years successive governments in Pakistan have succumbed to pressure from the car lobby to protect car manufacturers at the expense of the general public. One of the first steps the present government took, in its first ninety days, was to endorse the car policy of the previous government. The car policy of the government is to not allow citizens of the country to import popular cars on their own by imposing severe restrictions and constraints on them. Why? Simply, because such import restrictions allow local car manufacturers (or assemblers, to be more accurate) to charge higher prices from unsuspecting consumers. Do the local car assemblers need such financial support from the general car buying public? Should the general public be subsidizing the local car assemblers by paying premiums to them? The fair answer is an emphatic nO! There are three main car assemblers in Pakistan, namely, Pak Suzuki, Atlas honda and Indus Motors (Toyota). The owners of these three companies are billionaires many times over. The evidence is published and sum-

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mium can often be as much as Rs.200, 000 per marised below. In 2017 Pak Suzuki sold vehicles worth car and reflects the inability of these companies Rs.102 Billion on which it earned a net profit to meet consumer demand on time. One consumer booked a Suzuki Vitara from after tax of Rs.4 Billion (to put the size of this figure in perspective that is Rs.4, 000,000,000). Pak Suzuki in Lahore last year. he had to pay the The ePS (earnings per share) for the sharehold- full price at the time of booking and was promers/owners of Pak Suzuki was Rs.46 per share. ised the car after six weeks (it is imported by Pak The total paid up capital of Pak Suzuki is Rs.823 Suzuki from Suzuki hungary). eight months million. On this investment it has so far accu- have passed and the car has still not been delivmulated profits of Rs.28.7 billion (that is Rs.28, ered. his money is still blocked with Pak Suzuki. If he had been allowed to import the Vitara him700,000,000). In the same year Toyota sold cars worth self, the same amount of foreign exchange would Rs.112 billion on which the owners of Toyota have been used and the government would have earned a net Profit of Rs.13 billion. The share- collected the same amount in duties and taxes. holders received a dividend of Rs.115 per share. And he would have got the car sooner and at a On an investment of Rs.786 million (Rs.786, much lower price. Why are the people of Pakistan being taken 000, 000) Toyota’s owners have accumulated profits of Rs.30 billion (Rs.30, 000,000,000) for a ride and that too by their own government? The explanation often which means they have regiven is that this policy is ceived their investment back necessary to protect jobs in thirty times over. the automotive industry. Atlas honda is doing just If the super profits how many jobs are being as well (and why not, they protected and at what cost? are equal beneficiaries of of these three Maybe as many as 50,000 government protection and companies are people work in this industry. subsidy from the public). In If the government was to 2017 on sales of Rs.77.5 bilremoved, that would allow every citizen who lion it earned a net Profit of wants to buy a car to import Rs.4.7 billion. Their cash translate into an one, the existing car assemdividend to their shareholdaverage price reduction blers would simply have to ers was 270% of paid up capreduce their prices and ital. honda’s owners also of Rs.100, 000 per forego the super profits. As have accumulated profits of car for every car can be seen from their finanRs.15 billion from an investcial performance they would ment of Rs.1 billion. buying consumer definitely not go out of busiIf the net profits of these ness, and 250,000 conthree companies were resumers every year will be duced by 50%, they would the beneficiaries, while the still be giving very high returns to their investors, certainly well above av- government will continue to earn the same erage by any standard. every year around amount of revenue. It is time for this government to rethink its 250,000 cars are sold in Pakistan of which 90% are made by these three companies. If the super car policy, or rather change the car policy of the profits of these three companies are removed, previous governments. that would translate into an average price reducAmar Hameed is a graduate in Monetary tion of Rs.100, 000 per car for every car buying consumer. It is worth noting that this does not in- Economics from LSE who has worked for over clude the premiums charged by these companies 12 years in the UK as a banker and has also and their dealers/distributors on cars every time served in various senior corporate positions in there is a delay in delivery periods. This pre- UAE and Pakistan.

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Terrorist attack in Christchurch AS Muslims were present in mosques in Christchurch new Zealand for offering Friday prayers, suddenly a terrorist landed from car with gun and opened fire on the people killing at least 49 and injuring 48 persons senselessly. This ghastly terrorist attack on Muslims in Christchurch have shocked and saddened the whole world. Whereas, this terrorist attack has been strongly condemned all over the world. PM of new Zealand also condemned the attack and termed it as a darkest day for new Zealand. It is heart wrenching to see how an attacker live streamed the shootings on social media. The entire nation condemns this massacre of Muslims and offers condolences to the families of murdered Muslim brothers. It is pertinent to mention here that Western countries have always blamed Muslims for terrorism. But this deadliest attack by white Australian racist has proved that terrorism has no religion. It seems that this deadliest attack is the manifestation of hatred, anger, unrest and Islamophobia against Muslims around the world. Thus, it is the high time for world that they must stop calling Islam a religion of terror. Islam is the religion of peace and harmony. It teaches tolerance, humility, brotherhood, unity and pluralism. The entire world must join hands with Muslims and work jointly for worldwide peace and progress. It is hoped that relevant authorities will take swift action against perpetrator to do justice with blood of Muslims. ASSAd ALI LUnd dadu

Redefining terrorism Let’s distinguish the terrorist from the victim

ShehryAr KhAn Afridi


he world woke up on Friday, March 15, 2019, to a horrifying bloodbath in two mosques of new Zealand – one of the most peaceful countries in the world- which left around 49 people killed in cold blood while they prayed. But the victims this time around were those who have been blamed the most for terrorism - the Muslims. According to reports from Christchurch, the gunman carried rifles covered in white-nationalist and far-right hate groups slogans, names of terrorists who mounted attacks on Muslims and inscribed with historic references. Five Pakistani nationals who had gone to the mosque for offering Friday prayers are still missing. Pakistan’s high Commission has reported that the authorities in new Zealand have yet to confirm their fate. Four Pakistanis have been severely injured in the attacks. Bangladeshi Cricketer, Tamim Iqbal Khan tweeted, “entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers” after they escaped the deadly shooting in the mosques. While people around the globe were still in shock over the butchering of their fellow human beings, another stroke blew them away: a Queensland lawmaker put the blame of the mass shooting on the victims, calling it a result of increased Muslim presence in the region and labelled the community ‘fanatics’. Senator Anning crossed all limits of decency by claiming that the attacks highlighted the “growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence” in Australian and new Zealand communities. Queensland Senator Fraser Anning, who blamed Muslims for being killed by the terrorists, did not stop here. he went on to associate global terrorism with Islam, holding all Muslims responsible for the carnage. If it was not enough, Senator Anning asserted that while Muslims may have been victims of attacks, he claimed they were also perpetrators and blamed deaths on “the entire religion of Islam”. “It is the religious equivalent of fascism,” he said. Prophet Mohammed (PBUh) is the most followed man amongst the Muslim community, who spread the message of peace to the world.

no cricketer lost his life in the attack; “Certainly, people will follow you, and certainly people will come to you from all quarters thanks to the sacrifice of our security forces perof the earth to understand religion; when they sonnel and the driver who showed remarkable come to you, guide them toward goodness,” courage and drove the bus to safety, yet seven said the Prophet (PBUh), advising his follow- precious lives were lost in the incident. The Sri Lankan cricketers survived but doors ers to call every religion towards goodness, peace and harmony. Challenging the basis of a were closed on International Cricket and other religion with such teachings should be strongly world sport in Pakistan. But we did not give up. We defeated the terrorists. It is 2019 and we have condemned on a global level. I don’t know whether political compulsion been successful in bringing cricket back home. I have arrived at Karachi Cricket Stadium made Senator Anning say the words or these are his considered views or a mere racist rant. But today to watch the game of Cricket where a if the political leadership has such irrational galaxy of international cricket stars is partaking views, I am afraid to say, we have to worry in the Finals of the Pakistan Super League about the inclusive peace of the world. We mu- (PSL). Finlay, we have regained our lost glory tually need to concur on the fact that terrorism of Cricket. The question however arises: Will new is an anti-human phenomenon and defies all basic principles of every religion or civilisation. Zealand cricket face the same providence? I hope The level of Islamophobia and bigotry can not, because for Pakistan the struggle was hard be gauged by the double standards of the world to bring back cricket and we would not wish any on renouncing acts of terrorism. Recently, when other country to face similar circumstances. Muslims respect all religions. A Christian terrorists hit France, the entire world stood by the country to denounce it. even people used or a Jew does not represent the entire religion special DPs on social media site Facebook to ex- and so should be the case for a Muslim. We also need to redepress their solidarity with fine terrorism. One must the victims. however, the differentiate between those response to Christchurch defending their own homeslaughter is in stark differland from occupation ence. no DPs, no slogans I don’t know whether forces. One needs to underthis time around were witpolitical compulsion stand that the people of nessed rather Muslims were and Indian Occueven blamed for being the made Senator Anning Palestine pied Kashmir are facing victims. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan say the words or these state terrorism. The armless people have nothing but tweeted: “I blame these inare his considered stones to desperately defend creasing terror attacks on the lands. Labelling of current Islamophobia postviews or a mere racist their stone-throwing souls as ter9/11 where Islam and 1.3 rant. But if the political rorists by oppressive armed billion Muslims have been forces equipped with modcollectively been blamed for leadership has such ern weaponry is an oversimany act of terror by a Musplification of the issue. lim. This has also been done irrational views, As Jean Baudrillard to also demonize legitimate I am afraid to say, we said once, “Terrorism, like Muslim political struggles”. viruses, is everywhere. This sums up the debate. have to worry about There is a global perfusion Peace is an “undisputed the inclusive peace of of terrorism, which accomslogan” of every religion panies any system of domiwhile terrorism’s sole purthe world nation as though it were its pose is to destroy the global shadow, ready to activate itpeace. As a Pakistani, I can self anywhere, like a double feel the pain of this tragedy; agent,” we need to underthe scars that innocent bloodshed of the past four decades has left are stand that terrorism is a global phenomenon deeply engraved on our hearts. Pakistan itself which requires serious international discourse. Patrick J. Kennedy once said, “Terrorism is has been a victim of terrorism and we have fought a brave war against terrorists over the a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behaviour by creatpast two decades. In our fight against terror, we have suffered ing fear, uncertainty, and division in society”. a colossal damage including a loss of over half Today, this tragedy of new Zealand reinforces a million people and $126 billion, according to that terrorism is not a synonym to one religion Pakistan economic Survey (PeS) 2017-18 in a or a country. The world should stand united against this decade; this war on terror has cost us our peomenace and in order to achieve global peace, ple, our children, our assets and our economy. The attack on the Bangladeshi cricket team we must realize that terrorism functions beyond at Christchurch mosque takes me back to the the set boundaries and defined religions. time when the terrorists had targeted Sri Lankan Shehryar Khan Afridi is Pakistan’s Minister cricket team in Lahore on March 3, 2009, on State for Interior. He tweets their way to Qaddafi Stadium for the third day of @Shehryarafridi1 of their second test match.

NZ mosque: An act of terror or simple murder? The pre-massacre hate Manifesto and post-attack live-stream on Facebook, posted to Reddit, and re-posted to Channels remained unchecked by online monitors. If China could muzzle internet’s hydra-headed monster, the other countries, with more sophisticated technologies, could do it better. But, they won’t. Because it would chip off a chunk of their profit from increasing subscribership. That forces us to look at core value of capitalist system _ `Accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and the prophets’! (Karl Marx, Das Capital, Chapter Twenty-Four: Conversion of Surplus-Value into Capital). When violence is mixed up with political agenda, it becomes terrorism (Verinder Grover, Encyclopaedia of International Terrorism). Yet, the perpetrator was charged with murder only, not terrorism. It is time to define terrorism and control online content to make it safer for gullible minds; even it reduces profit from unbridled subscriber-ship. AEIMEn JAAVEd MALIK Islamabad

Let’s talk depression In a developing society like ours, where there are so many economic and social problems and a lot of competition, things like mental stress, depression and anxiety are becoming common. On top of that mental health issues are a taboo in Pakistan. Some sort of stigmatization is related to mental health illnesses. Consulting a psychiatrist or psychologist isn’t encouraged by people and the patient with a mental health suffers in silence just because they don’t want fingers pointing at them, labelling them a ‘lunatic’ or ‘insane’ when that person is in a desperate need of help. Students these days due to immense competition and the desire of being on top and in the front get affected by stress and depression. Studying that should be a way of learning and growth as an individual becomes saddling and stresses out the students. Worrying is of no use. There are countless challenges that we have to face at every step of life. And the issue of mental health being a taboo needs to go away. They should be discussed and that should be accepted that they exist and there’s a treatment of everything so mental health illnesses can be treated. MUHAMMAd TALHA Karachi

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CITIBAnKeRS are living it up these days. There’s hashim Jawan Bakht, the current Punjab finance minister. There’s Zubair Soomro, recently appointed as the chairman of nBP. They’ve had it good historically, of course. Remember the Citibanker who came in out of nowhere, became the prime minister of the country, and went back to nowhere. * * * * * * * * * InCReDIBLY crass tweets by the finance and human rights ministers in the aftermath of the dreadful terrorist attack on the church in Christchurch, new Zealand. The human rights minister made a strange simile between the Sri Lankan team attack in Lahore and the attack in new Zealand, which the Bangladeshi team barely missed. She had to delete the tweet and tender a half-apology. Then, the finance minister, in a manner typical of his prime minister boss, made a strange reference to Usman Khwaja’s performance on the cricket pitch, contrasting it with the terrorist’s role. When he was criticised online for it, he doubled down and defended the analogy.


Sunday, 17 March, 2019

'Worse than Voldemort': Global students' strIke tarGets ClImate ChanGe SYDNEY/LONDON



ENS of thousands of school students around the world walked out of classes on Friday in a global strike to protest against government inaction on climate change. “Climate change is worse than Voldemort,” read a handmade sign carried by one student in Wellington, referring to the evil wizard in the hugely popular Harry Potter books and films. “The oceans are rising, so are we,” read another in Sydney. Student protests in Wellington, Sydney and Melbourne drew tens of thousands of people. In Europe, students packed streets and squares in Paris, Madrid, Rome, Brussels and other cities for “Fridays for Future” protests. Demonstrations also took place across the United States. In Washington, some 1,500 students rallied in front of the Capitol chanting “climate action now!” and waving homemade placards with slogans such as “Our planet, our future.” The worldwide student strike move-

ment started in August 2018, when 16year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg began protesting outside her parliament on school days. She has since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. On Friday, she spoke at a Stockholm demonstration. Other rallies were held in 100 towns around Sweden. “We have only been born into this world, we are going to have to live with this crisis our whole lives. So will our

Paris stores looted, bank torched in new 'yellow vest' violence PARIS: Demonstrators looted and torched shops and businesses on the famed ChampsElysees avenue in Paris on Saturday, on the 18th straight weekend of “yellow vest” protests, characterised by an uptick in violence after weeks of dwindling turnout. A Boss menswear store and the upscale Fouquet’s restaurant — a brasserie popular with politicians and film stars — were among the premises to have their windows smashed by groups of hooded demonstrators in scenes reminiscent of the worst “yellow vest” riots in Paris in December. The demonstrators also set fire to a bank situated on the ground floor of an apartment building, which was engulfed by flames. The fire service evacuated the residents and extinguished the blaze. Eleven people, including two firefighters, suffered minor injuries, the fire service told AFP. A mother of four children, including a nine-month-old baby, told AFP they escaped via the stairs after seeing the fire from their window. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner in a tweet accused the arsonists of being “neither demonstrators nor trouble-makers” but “murderers”. Eighty-two people had been arrested by the early afternoon, the police said. Agencies

Cyclone Idai batters Zimbabwe, at least 24 people dead HARARE: At least 24 people have died in south eastern Zimbabwe as homes and bridges were swept away by a tropical storm, the country’s information ministry said on Saturday. Cyclone Idai, which brought floodwater and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi, hit Zimbabwe on Friday, cutting off power and communications. “Number of deaths is confirmed at 24 mainly from Chimanimani east. The number of missing people is currently 40 (and) the fatalities include 2 students,” the ministry said on Twitter. Joshua Sacco, a member of parliament in the eastern district of Chimanimani, told Reuters that the storm had left a trail of destruction reminiscent of Cyclone Eline in February 2000, which devastated southern Zimbabwe. Sacco said the death toll was expected to rise as authorities continued to assess the situation. Chimanimani, which borders Mozambique, has been worst affected, with the storm causing floods as well as destroying crops, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information said. Air force helicopters were rescuing people, but flights were being slowed by heavy winds. Zimbabwe has faced a severe drought this year that has damaged crops and a United Nations humanitarian agency says 5.3 million people will require food aid this year. Agencies

children and grandchildren and coming generations,” Thunberg said. “We are not going to accept this. We are striking because we want a future and we are going to carry on.” Thousands marched through central London with banners reading “The future is in our hands” and “We’re missing lessons to teach you one”. “Education is important but climate change is more important,” 14-year old

Molly Powell said. ‘clImATE cATASTRoPHE’: Scientists say fossil fuel use releases greenhouse gases that trap heat and lift global temperatures, bringing more floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels. The 2015 Paris climate conference pledge to keep the increase in global average temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius (35 F) above pre-industrial levels requires a radical cutback in the use of coal and fossil fuels. More than 220 rallies were held in Germany. In Dusseldorf, some 2,000 schoolchildren paraded with a carnival float depicting a giant effigy of Thunberg with “Do something about the climate catastrophe at last” written on her raised arms. They stopped around the city, home to the headquarters of many of Germany’s largest manufacturers, reading out calls for change. “The clock is ticking and time is against us!” they shouted. “We are the last generation that can fix this.” About 60 students protested at government house in Bangkok, holding cardboard signs to campaign against plastic. Thailand is one of the world’s worst marine plastic polluters.

“As youths who will inherit the land, we gather here to demand that the government work with us to solve these problems,” said 17-year-old Thiti Usanakul, of student-led group Grin Green International. The group was later invited to meet officials at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in two weeks. There were also demonstrations in South Korea, India and South Africa. In Singapore, where strict laws regulate public assembly, young people planned a virtual campaign on social media. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern supported the strikes, saying teenagers should not wait for the voting age to use their voices. That contrasted with politicians in Australia and Britain, who rebuked them for missing lessons. “For action on issues that they think is important, they should do that after school or on weekends,” said Dan Tehan, Australia’s education minister. Wellington parent Alex, who marched beside his 11-year-old son, disagreed: “It’s a much better day of education. This is the greatest issue of our time.”

Russia says it will respond to new EU sanctions MOSCOW Agencies

Russia will respond to new European Union sanctions, its foreign ministry said on Saturday, without saying what action it would take. The EU on Friday added eight more Russians to its sanctions list over a stand-off between Russia and Ukraine in the Azov Sea, including senior security service officials and military commanders that the EU accuses of preventing Ukrainian ships from reaching port. The EU’s announcement coincided with the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula and was coordinated with the United States and Canada. The two countries also introduced new sanctions. “The Russian side will not leave

this unfriendly action by the European Union unanswered,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. The EU imposed travel bans and asset freezes on Russian officials in relation to an incident in the Azov Sea last November, when the Russian navy captured 24 Ukrainian sailors and their vessels in the Kerch Strait, near Crimea. “The EU’s claim that Russia ‘broke international law’ and used unjustified force does not correspond with reality at all,” the ministry said. “The excuse for placing our fellow countrymen on the European Union’s illegitimate sanctions lists amazes with its hypocrisy and cynicism,” it added, saying the individuals targeted were simply doing their jobs. The EU’s decision takes the number of people blacklisted by the bloc over the crisis in Ukraine to 170, plus 44 entities.

EU leaders urge clarity from Britain before Brexit delay EU leaders on Friday sought clarity from Britain before they consider any delay to Brexit after a series of chaotic votes by MPs just two weeks before the deeply divided country is due to leave the bloc. Quitting the EU after 46 years on March 29 remains the legal default unless EU leaders unanimously grant Britain an extension, with the issue likely to dominate a March 21-22 EU summit in Brussels. The length of any possible delay will depend on the outcome of another parliamentary vote on the twice massively rejected Brexit deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa May with EU leaders. The government said it would ask for a “technical” delay until June 30 to pass necessary legislation if MPs finally approve the deal next week. If MPs vote against it for a third time, the government has warned it will have to seek a much longer extension. “It is very clear that the next steps, the next proposal on how to move forward must come from Britain,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin on Friday. ‘TRy And gET A dEAl’: French President Emmanuel Macron’s office said that if the current deal is rejected again “a clear and new alternative plan” must be presented or else Britain would have to leave the EU with no agreement. The British government is hoping that talk of a long delay to Brexit will persuade hardliners in May’s own Conservative Party and its ally, the

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to get behind her deal. DUP MPs held talks with the government on Friday. “We have had good discussions today. Those discussions will continue over the coming period of time,” the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds told reporters after the meeting. “It is incumbent on everyone to try and get a deal,” including the British and Irish governments and the European Union, he said. Dodds also denied that additional funds for Northern Ireland were being talked about as an incentive for the DUP to vote for the deal: “We’re not


discussing cash in these discussions, this is about Brexit.” Opinion polls meanwhile have shown growing support among Britons for leaving the EU without a deal, despite warnings from political and business leaders. nEEd foR ‘clEAR PlAn’: Speaking on a visit to Paris, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said “everyone would welcome” MPs approving the deal and Brexit being briefly pushed back to get the necessary legislation through. But, asked about the possibility of a longer delay, Coveney said: “I think

many EU leaders will be very uncomfortable with a long extension.” He said Ireland would only consider it if it was to “implement a clear plan and strategy to reflect on and perhaps change direction in regard to Brexit”. EU leaders have hinted they could support a longer delay only if Britain were to drop its red lines, particularly its insistence on leaving the EU customs union so as to pursue an independent trade policy. The UK is barrelling towards the March 29 Brexit deadline with no approved EU withdrawal agreement and a prime minister who appears to have lost control over her bickering cabinet. May struck her agreement with the EU in November after nearly two years of tortuous talks. But the deal has remained deadlocked in parliament, chiefly by disagreement over the so-called Irish “backstop” — a measure to avoid barriers at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Lawmakers voted against the deal for a second time on Tuesday but then voted against leaving the EU without a deal on Wednesday. On Thursday, MPs voted to ask EU leaders to simply push Brexit back in a bid to head off a hugely disruptive end to their partnership. MPs also rejected a call to hold a second Brexit referendum — a blow to the hopes of a large number of Britons who still dream of keeping their European identity. Agencies


Sunday, 17 March, 2019

17 alleged tax evaders placed on ECL ISLAMABAD SHAHZAD PARACHA

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has placed 17 people on the exit control list (ECL) owing to "tax evasion". According to sources, the tax department has asked the Ministry of Interior to place the name of 17 people on ECL as they are involved in tax evasion. The accused included Muhammad Faisal, Muhammad Saddique, Muhammad Ajmal Naveed, Zafar Dildar, Nisar Ahmed, Muhammad Iqbal, Muhammad Kamil Subhani, Muhammad Sikandar Subhani, Muzammil Hussain, Muhammad Saqlain, Jamshad Iqbal, Naseem Akhtar, Musharrar Iqbal, Raja Zafar, Sajid Yasmeen, Muhammad Ali and Umar Ali. Sources said that cases against the accused are under investigation in Lahore, Karachi and other cities of the country. The tax department, on the instruction of the prime minister, has stepped up its campaign against the non-filers and tax evaders in recent days, as the department is sending notices to private school, tuition centers, builders and government officials, sources said. The PM last week had expressed dismay over the performance of FBR and had said that he would "form a new tax system if he finds difficulty in introducing reforms in the existing system". Sources said that the Revenue Division on coming Tuesday would brief the Federal Cabinet on the FBR reforms. It is pertinent to mention that during the last three years, the Ministry of Interior, on the recommendation of Punjab Home Department, has put the names of some 1,082 people on ECL, including 38 members of the proscribed Jamaatud Dawah. Similarly, the ministry, on the recommendation of the Directorate for Military Intelligence, placed the name of 25 army officials on ECL. As per the documents available with this scribe, during the last three years, the ministry placed on ECL some 451 people from Punjab, 317 from Sindh, 96 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 24 from Balochistan, 14 from Azad Jammu Kashmir, four from Gilgit Baltistan and 38 from Islamabad. Similarly, during the last three years, the ministry also removed some 3,049 from ECL. Out of these, some 1,103 belonged to Punjab, 613 to Sindh, 179 to KP, 92 to Balochistan, 56 to AJK, 13 to GB, and 133 to Islamabad.

CPPA seeks Rs1.23 per unit hike in power tariff ISLAMABAD AHMAD AHMADANI

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has been asked to increase power price by Rs1.23 per unit under the head monthly fuel price adjustment mechanism for February 2019. The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), in a tariff petition submitted on behalf of the power distribution companies (DISCOs), has requested NEPRA to jack up the power tariff on account of variation in the monthly fuel charges. NEPRA is scheduled to hold a public hearing on CPPA's tariff petition on March 29th in Islamabad. The power regulator has invited all the interested/affected parties to raise written/oral objection as permissible under the law. According to NEPRA, an increase of Rs1.23 per kWh over the reference fuel charges, i-e. Rs3.97 per kWh for DISCOs, has been proposed by CPPA for the month of February. As per the documents, the total energy generated in February was 6,686.81 Gigawatt hours, while net delivered to DISCOs was 6,425.29GWh. During the month under review, power generation from hydel sources remained at 1,522.60GWh (22.77pc), coal 1,167.69GWh (17.46pc), residual fuel oil 112.35GWh (1.68pc), gas 1,595.08GWh (23.85pc), re-gasified liquefied natural gas 1,129.23GWh (16.89pc), nuclear 744.03GWh (11.13pc), Iranian import 28.38GWh (0.42pc), mixed 23.49GWh, wind 212.51GWh (3.18pc), bagasse 98.53GWh (1.47pc) and solar 52.93GWh (0.79pc). Pursuant to Section 31(7) of the NEPRA Act (XL of 1997) and the mechanism for monthly fuel price adjustments prescribed by NEPRA in the tariff determination of ex-WAPDA DISCOs, the authority has to review and revise the tariff on account of any variation in the fuel charges on monthly basis.

GUJRANWALA: An elderly worker prepares a clay pot at his workshop. PPI

No moRE RAids oN busiNEss PREmisEs: FbR ChiEF KARACHI



HERE will be no more raids on business premises and the show cause notices already issued in this regard will be withdrawn, said Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Dr Jehanzaib Khan while addressing at a business gathering at the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Saturday. He stated that in order to coordinate and interact with the business community, he would visit Karachi every month for two days. "To identify new taxpayers, the revenue department is using the (NADRA) data of those non-filers who made frequent foreign visits, purchased luxury cars and payed hefty education fee of their children," the FBR chief said. "The present tax to GDP ratio (11.2pc) is not sufficient to make Pakistan a prosperous and welfare state." Dr Jehanzaib Khan, who was accompanied by an FBR team, announced to formulate a joint committee of FBR officials and FPCCI members in order to facilitate the business community in resolving their long outstanding and day-to-day issues. He also announced a focal person in FBR to

coordinate with him and the FPCCI and to take stock of issues and problems pertaining to trade and industry which may arise due to misuse of discretionary powers by FBR officials. He disclosed that two-thirds of the sales tax refunds would be paid through promissory notes while the rest would be paid through cash refunds system. "Payment of total refunds in one go would create revenue shortfall." The FBR chairman said that those who have filed their income tax return after due date would be accommodated as filers, adding that the tax policy is being prepared with an aim to ensure transparency in FBR's workings and to raise awareness among the taxpayer about their rights. In his welcome address, FPCCI President Engr Daroo Khan Achakzai highlighted the precarious economic situation of the country, saying that Pakistan is passing through a transitory period and radical revolutionary reforms are being introduced in all sectors to uplift the economy. He said that the government's efforts regarding curtailment of imports through imposition of regulatory duties have badly impacted the imports as well as revenue collection. He urged the government to revert back to the previous system of levying penalty on a daily basis instead of de-

Dr Jehanzaib Khan says he will visit Karachi for two Days every month in orDer to coorDinate anD interact with the business community

claring late filers as non-filers and excluding them from the active taxpayers’ list. FPCCI Senior Vice President Dr Ikhtair Baig on the occasion proposed various measures to increase the tax net and suggested to activate ‘alternative dispute resolution committees’ to realize Rs38 billion in taxes lying pending in various courts of law. The FPCCI SVP urged the FBR to encourage direct taxation system instead of indirect taxes which is "regressive in nature and is the main cause behind increasing inequality". The meeting was attended by FPCCI Vice Presidents Muslim Muhammedi and Arshad Jamal, former FPCCI president Zubair Tufail Former, Advisor to President and former FPCCI SVP Syed Mazhar Nasir and former FPCCI SVP Khalid Tawab. During the question and answer session, the FBR chairman replied to various queries raised by leading businessmen and representative of trade associations.

Kinnow exports likely to touch 400,000 tonnes this season ISLAMABAD GHULAM ABBAS

Pakistan has exported around 350,000 tonnes of kinnow during the current season as compared to 335,000 tonnes during the previous season, registering an increase of 5pc. "As the exports are likely to continue till April, it is expected that by the close of the season, the exports will touch 375,000 to 400,000 tonnes, which would represent an increase of 12pc to 16pc as compared to the previous year," said Pakistan Horticulture Development & Export Company (PHDEC) Acting Chief Executive Officer Muhammad Ashraf while talking to Pakistan Today.

Although some exporters have expressed dismay over the number of exports during the current season, the CEO is hopeful that the export figure will touch the historic level of 400,000 tonnes. However, he deplored that the production of kinnow (2.1 million tonnes) remained the same during the past two seasons. The export figure, as claimed by the government officials, is higher than the target set by exporters. The All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA), the representative body of exporters, had set a kinnow export target of 325,000 tonnes for the current season (50,000 tonnes less than the last year’s target), keeping in view the high cost of production of citrus

fruit and stiff competition from Turkey, Morocco and other prominent players in the international markets. Ashraf said citrus exports had remained range-bound between $150 million to $170 million during the last 10 years. "Although exports constitute only 10pc of total citrus production, it is critical for price stabilization." According to him, citrus is an important foreign exchange earner which contributes 40pc to the total fruit exports, and "that is why the Ministry of Commerce has enhanced its focus on it". He said the Pakistani kinnow is amongst the juiciest mandarins in the world but owing to certain quality issues, it does not fetch the right value in the ex-

port markets. It is pertinent to mention that the major kinnow export destinations this year included Afghanistan, Russia, Indonesia and UAE. However, the important market of Iran remained untapped. According to leading fruit exporter Waheed Ahmed, "If Iran issues import permits for Pakistani exporters, we could cater to the Iranian market that has an export potential of 70,000 to 80,000 tonnes." He said the government should help the exporters by opening the Iranian market, as fruit and vegetables are coming from Iran but are not being exported from Pakistan. "We are facing an issue regarding ex-

ports to Iran for the last seven years as Iran is not issuing the import permits," Waheed mentioned. A leading processor and exporters stated that the non-availability of new citrus varieties with extended harvesting season, high incidence of taxes on processing materials like wax, manual examination of containers at airport etc. were some of the factors affecting the citrus exports. Growers and exporters were of the view that lowering the cost of inputs and effective role of extension services to eradicate farm diseases, opening of new markets like China, Philippines and Thailand are needed to boost exports in the horticulture sector.


PsX sheds 643 points in week, reaches 48-month low Out of the five trading sessions during the week, the KSE100 index managed to end in green only on one occasion The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) closed the week in negative territory as equities continued their downward trend, shedding 643 points to finish at 38,307 points level. This is the lowest index level in the last 48 trading sessions. Out of the five trading sessions during the week, the KSE100 index managed to end in green only on one occasion. Sector-wise negative contributions came from commercial banks that slipped by 149 points, cement by 120 points, oil and gas exploration companies by 109 points and oil and gas marketing companies by 76 points. On the other hand, sectors that contributed positively included tobacco that was up by 48 points and textile composite by 7 points. Foreign selling continued this week, clocking in at $15.6 million as compared to a net selling of $3.5 million last week. Selling was witnessed in exploration & production, amounting to $13.4 million dollars and cement $1.5 million. Volumes during the week settled at 93 million shares, down by 18pc, whereas traded value arrived at $27 million, down by 21pc on a weekly basis. In the first four trading sessions of the week, foreigners were net sellers of $17.7 million as compared to net selling of $3.5 million in the first four days of the previous week. On the local investors' side, insurance companies and banks were net buyers of $7.8 million and $4 million respectively. An analyst from Habib MetroFinancial Services said the equity market is expected to remain inconsistent and depressed for the near term amidst concerns on the macro-economic front. He recommended the investors to maintain standby liquidity and cherry pick fundamentally strong scrips. An analyst from Arif Habib Limited suggested the investors keep in view the key near term events, including the visit of the Malaysian premier on 23rd March and the announcement of the State Bank of Pakistan's Monetary Policy this month. "On the stock market front, we expect the bourse to remain range bound next week due to delay in the IMF agreement and suggest market participants invest in blue-chip scrips," he added. BUSINESS DESK

Railways’ revenue increased by Rs3bn in six months, minister claims Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said on Saturday that Pakistan Railways recorded an increase of Rs3 billion in revenue during the last six months. Speaking to media at the Karachi Cantt Railway Station, he said that the department has made great progress in past the six months owing to the hard work of its officers and labourers. "We are laying a new track for which an agreement will be signed with China during the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing," he stated, adding that Pakistan Railways has the capability to construct freight trains. "VIP trains are also being introduced to decrease the deficit of the department, and in this regard, Sir Syed Express and Jinnah Express would soon be launched," the minister mentioned. He announced a reward of Rs3,000 for each labourer on behalf of the prime minister. Last week, the railways' minister called on Iranian President Rouhani during his trip to the country where the latter assured Rasheed of full cooperation in the field of railways. Issues pertaining to upgradation of the Taftan-Quetta rail track and connection between Taftan and Mirjaveh were also discussed during the minister's visit. BUSINESS DESK

Sunday, 17 March, 2019



INANCE Minister Asad Umar has vowed that development work will not be stopped in the country despite prevalent economic woes. “I am going to hold negotiations with International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month,” the finance minister announced while inspecting the construction of a double-crossing bridge at Tarnol’s GT Road on Saturday. Umar clarified that the federal government was not cutting a single penny in funds allocated for the development projects initiated under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “It is difficult to generate resources when the government is facing Rs600 billion deficit on electricity and gas,” he stated. “The deficit

finance minister says it is Difficult to generate resources when the govt is facing rs600bn Deficit on electricity anD gas money will not come from the bank accounts of Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif.” It is pertinent to mention that the government’s policy measures had resulted in the shrinking of trade deficit, decline in imports and increase in exports which augurs well for overall balance of payment of the country. The trade deficit that stood at $17.7 billion in July- December 2017 has shrunk by 5pc to

$16.8 billion in the corresponding period of 2018, the Press Information Department had reported on January 11. Commenting on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Asia Pacific Group’s move to include India as a regulator, Umar said that India has attempted many times to put Pakistan into blacklist, adding that Pakistan was rigorously implementing the action plan given by the FATF. Earlier on March 9, Pakistan had raised an objection over India’s inclusion in the FATF’s Asia Pacific Group. Finance Minister Asad Umar, in this regard, had written a letter to the FATF, registering Pakistan’s protest on the induction of his eastern neighbour. The FATF had placed Pakistan on a money laundering “grey list” early in 2018 but had given it time to take action against a further downgrade.

pm’s aide assures business community of level-playing field LAHORE NNI

Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood has said that the government is introducing reforms to encourage the business community and to enhance the volume of investments and exports in the country. He was addressing a seminar titled “Trade Opportunities in China, Indonesia and the United States” organized by the Ministry of Commerce in Lahore on Saturday. The ministry took this special ini-

tiative to maximize its outreach to the business community and to address concerns and issues faced by them. In this regard, all the registered chambers and associations from across the country were also invited to be a part of the seminar (consultation sessions) and share their input on the subject at hand. "The ministry has made this effort to provide the entire business community with a platform where they could share their concerns and give their input to overcome the issues faced by them," said Dawood. "The seminar seeks to focus not

only on China but also intends to raise awareness about the opportunities emerging in Indonesia and the USA in wake of the recent developments in these markets." He said that the government's main objective is to facilitate the business community in the country and to provide a level playing field to all stakeholders. Representatives of the participating associations and chambers appreciated the outreach initiative of the Ministry of Commerce. They highlighted the importance of incorporating stakeholders' voice in the

policymaking and market access negotiations. They assured that they will continue to send their proposals with regard to bringing improvement in the business environment of the country. They also appreciated the economic relief package passed by the parliament a few days ago and expressed high hopes with the tariff rationalization exercise of the Ministry of Commerce. The advisor also assured of his full cooperation and support in resolving the issues faced by the business community.

ISLAMABAD: A vendor sells popcorns on his pushcart at a local park. oNLINE

Trump’s trade war cost US economy $7.8bn in 2018: study WASHINGTON AGENCIES

President Donald Trump's trade battles cost the US economy $7.8 billion in lost gross domestic product in 2018, a study by a team of economists at leading American universities published this week showed. Authors of the paper said they analyzed the short-run impact of Trump’s actions and found that imports from targeted countries declined 31.5pc while targeted US exports fell by 11pc. They also found that annual consumer and producer losses from higher costs of imports totaled $68.8 billion. "After accounting for higher tariff revenue and gains to domestic producers from higher prices, the aggregate welfare loss was $7.8 billion," or 0.04pc of GDP, the researchers said.

imports from targeteD countries DeclineD 31.5pc while targeteD us exports fell by 11pc The study was authored by a team of economists at the University of California Berkeley, Columbia University, Yale University and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and published by the National Bureau of Economic research. Having dubbed himself the "tariff man", Trump pledged on both the campaign trail and as president to reduce the trade deficit by shutting out unfairly traded imports and renegotiating free trade agreements. Trump has pursued a protectionist trade agenda to shield US manufacturing.

Washington and Beijing have been locked in a tit-for-tat tariff battle for months as imposing unilateral tariffs to combat, and Trump has imposed tariffs that have roiled the European Union and other major trading partners. The authors said while US tariffs favored sectors located in "politically competitive" counties, the retaliatory tariffs imposed on US goods have offset the benefits to these areas. "We find that tradeable-sector workers in heavily Republican counties were the most negatively affected by the trade war," the researchers said.



Sunday, 17 March, 2019

On public suicides


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t’s a dreadfully sad case. Retired Brigadier Asad Munir, a former ISI veteran, a former CDA officer and, ironically, a former NAB Deputy Director General, committed suicide in the wee hours of the morning, leaving behind a note addressed to the chief justice, in which he listed the misbehaviour that he had suffered at the hands of NAB. I won’t stand being handcuffed and humiliated on national media, he wrote, also noting that the investigating officers didn’t even understand the case that had been initiated against him. Even though one holds high the principal of staying calm and carrying

on, of believing in the Universe, and seeking the support of one’s family and loved ones in trying times, and the mantra of this, too, shall pass, one still finds it difficult to be judgmental about someone that had chosen to end their life like this. Self-preservation is hardwired into our brains; therefore, if someone consciously chooses to end their lives, one cannot even imagine the demons and depression that the poor souls must have been facing. May his family have the courage to bear this loss. How the media covers a suicide like this – much like how it covers anything, really – can be more reflective of the society than the incident itself. Media historians immediately think of another suicide, one that altered the way live events were covered. In the early 1980s, the US state of Pennsylvania discovered its state workers had overpaid federal taxes due to errors in state withholding. Many accounting firms competed for a multimillion-dollar contract to determine compensation to each employee. In 1986, State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer was convicted of receiving a bribe from the California firm

that ultimately won the contract, a charge that he vehemently denied. He was scheduled to be sentenced on those charges on January 23, 1987. On January 22, 1987, Dwyer called a news conference in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg where he killed himself in front of the gathered reporters, by shooting himself in the mouth with a .357 Magnum revolver. Dwyer’s suicide was broadcast later that day to a wide television audience across Pennsylvania. Though the event was rebroadcast with the more gory bits censored, it still spurred a debate on how ‘live,’ live coverage should be. Schools were off on the day, on account of a snowstorm, and many kids were watching TV. It was later decided that there should be a lag period of several seconds for the producer in the control room to have a sufficient response time to censor out offensive bits. ********* Our hapless Republic, being what it is, has launched off into a series of conspiracy theories about the case. Some suspect foul play. Some say that

BOOk review

Finger on the trigger Make way fOr PandeMOniuM



AHORE based poet Afshan Shafi, after her recent success with the launch of her ‘Quiet Women’ - a poetic collaboration with female visual and graphic artists from around the world - is set to launch an online literary magazine come April. Aided by journalist Amar Alam, who has studied English at Boston University and served as an editor at a national newspaper and at Libas International Magazine, is her partner in the exciting new venture called ‘Pandemonium publications.’ To mark the countdown to the launch of Pandemonium, the pair is releasing a chapbook titled ‘Trigger’, inspired by an innovative new writing workshop they conducted in which a diverse range of participants took part in surrealist ‘automatic writing’ exercises. Afshan and Amar sat down with ABC to talk about Pandemonium and Trigger. ABC: Pandemonium publications is launching its online presence soon Take us through the inspiration behind the venture, and how it came into being. Amar Alam: The inspiration came from our own lives. This has been the most difficult thing we’ve ever done and I think the reason for that is that it’s so deeply personal. We’re both writers with BA’s in English literature, trying to find our place and our people in a city where there is no cohesive unified publishing industry. There are so many people doing groundbreaking new things in literature (in all languages) but there is no cohesion. And for a real literary industry to emerge, creators, editors and publishers have to come together and work together. So we’re trying to create that sort of platform and be a unifying force. It’s a labour of love for us and we’re trying to create an inclusive, collaborative safe space for writers and artists. It’s voluntary and everyone is welcome

to participate! And we have projects planned for every step of the creative process. From idea to first draft to publishing. We are now accepting submissions at ABC: You mention that before the launch of the magazine, Pandemonium will be putting out a chapbook composed of writings from a workshop you conducted. What was the composition of this workshop? How was it organised, the writers selected and what methods did you use to conduct the workshop? Afshan Shafi: We sent out an open call for submissions on social media a couple of months before we started. We received responses from O level students as well as people who were curious about the process of writing itself. Most of our participants were not strictly writers and were employed in disparate fields like psychiatry, law as well as music and the visual arts, between the ages of 14 and 38. Each workshop was centered around either a literary

technique or movement for example mimesis or echo poetry. We held a three hour workshop each weekend for around six months ending in February 2019. It was so exciting to see how all these people of widely divergent ages and professional backgrounds came together and really gave themselves over to the artistic process. Amar Alam: As much as we romanticise the idea of the writer in seclusion - Hemingway drinking himself through writer’s block and Virginia Woolf locked away in a room of her own with nothing but her demons and a typewriter - writers need to engage with the world and each other. We need feedback from an objective intelligent audience. We need to argue and fight and connect, intellectually and emotionally, because all these disconnected experiences we have in life and the everyday clash of perspectives percolates and comes together in the unconscious. That’s where all poetry comes from. So we needed to have a

those guilty of financial crimes are going to weaponise the incident against the NAB. I eschew conspiracy theories in general and believe that the simplest explanation is (usually) the correct one. Foul play I do not suspect, but the prospect of the aforementioned weaponisation is not only a reasonable conclusion, it is also probably the intention behind the terrible act. The fellow, generally believed to be financially spotless, was reportedly being hounded by men much lower in intellect, and probably much lower in moral standing, in the case against him. As he explained in his suicide note, “I have remained Deputy Director General Special Investigation Wing Rawalpindi NAB and always

writers’ workshop. But not everyone had work to share. And as writers who are accustomed to baring our souls to the world, we were both aware that we all carry untold stories inside us. So we crafted a series of exercises, starting with surrealist techniques (like automatism and echo poetry) to bring out the dreamlike symbolism and then rhetorical devices like ethopoiea and ekphrasis to give them the elegance and coherence of the craft. We ended the workshop with modern edgy, sometimes invented forms, like expletive poetry and phantasmagoria. Those were the three main stages of the workshop. And that progression is documented in the chapbook. Because the participants got to experience the inner worlds of people they would not necessarily interact with and they got to release things that most people hide from the world, that vulnerability wasn’t easy for everyone but most people felt quite relieved by the process. It was easier because we were all vulnerable together and we were helping each other turn our pain into beauty. Sometimes we would read out the automatics in the workshop and realise that this bizarre collective unconscious synchronicity was happening and we were using the same symbols and metaphors. I tear up just thinking about it! ABC: Explain how the ‘automatic writing’ would work in a workshop setting. How does one bring out subconscious agency in a controlled setting? We’re sure must have been a lot going on during the workshop given how intense and immensely personal the writing process is. Any interesting anecdotes or stories to share that stood out? Afshan Shafi: Automatic writing is a technique which, historically, was heavily used by the surrealists to unlock the symbolism of the unconscious. We would begin each session with around ten minutes of writing down whatever came into our minds, without any kind of conscious censorship. In automatism, every image, every observation must be written down as it emerges in the mind. We would then read out each of our writings to the group. As expected, what came out was usually writing that exposed personal vulnerabilities. It was

treated all the accused with respect and the IOs under me knew the difference between criminality and irregularity, omission and oversight.” One hopes this terrible incident spurs into action a way overdue correction of the NAB Ordinance or, perhaps even its repeal. It is a ghastly bit of legislation, dreamt up by a dictator, quite clearly for political victimisation, which the subsequent political class, ever mired in their squabbles, did not try to remove. We are left with this draconian law that gobbles up carefully maintained reputations of honesty. At this rate, we are truly going to leave our bureaucracy only with a gallery of rogues to whom such allegations make absolutely no difference. g

a new experience for most and some participants would flare up or feel wounded and judged. With time, most people realised that being creative meant to continuously toe that tightrope between exposure and craft. There is so much power in talking about things that matter to us as a community, or just as people. ABC: Was the name ‘Pandemonium’ inspired by the surrealist brand of writing you have included in the chapbook, or is there some other reason for choosing this name? Afshan Shafi: Our whole process was a personal and collective brand of pandemonium! High emotion, the pursuit of beauty and truth , fractured egos... an important kind of pandemonium ensued for all of us in those months. Amar Alam: We all have masks we wear in social settings, and sometimes the inner demons are quite triggering, to the person who carries them as well as the people they are revealed to. That’s why the chapbook is called trigger. Because we had to resist the notion that the pain, discomfort and insecurity of trying to understand oneself could be dealt with by repressing it all again and leaving the workshop. Talking and writing about it is the first step to healing but it is just the start of the journey and not the cure. The word pandemonium was coined by Milton in Paradise Lost. It’s literally the home of the demons! ABC: Coming to the magazine itself, what does Pandemonium plan to be? Is it going to be a serious literary venture with reviews and recognised writers and poets? Or is it going to be more experimental and for a younger, dynamic base? Will it bring forth an opportunity for new writers? Afshan Shafi: It’s definitely going to be a platform for people who want to question the status quo a bit. We’re aiming to showcase a mix of recognised and novice writers and artists without homage to any kind of clique. It’s going to be a truly egalitarian entity, where the only important factor will be the quality of the work. We aim to guide younger writers and to encourage the finer aspects of their practice. There is so much untapped potential in the country, we want to provide a conduit for it to the world at large. g


Sunday, 17 March, 2019

Barca legend carles Puyol lands in Karachi KARACHI



ormer football player Carles Puyol Saforcada has landed in Karachi on Saturday to officially commence the ticketsale for the 2019 World Soccer Stars event and to promote the game. As per the schedule announced earlier, Puyol will head to Karachi’s Dolmen mall where he will promote the event from 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm. Former football legend will also attend the final Pakistan Super League (PSL) fixture at the historical National Stadium on Sunday where he will engage with over 100,000 fans. Former Barca player, also known as ‘the wall’, in a video message, said that “Karachi, I look forward to seeing you all and I am really excited to meet all my fans in Pakistan”. “World Soccer Stars presents a great opportunity to celebrate the arrival of football and from what I know football is the next emerging sport in Pakistan,” he further said. retired Spanish international, Puyol spent his entire career with his local childhood team Barcelona. He is regarded as one of the best defenders and leaders of his generation. referred to as the ‘wall’ by his teammates due to his explosive strength, commanding air presence, intense commitment and ruggedness, the versatile defender could play on either

flank but really stamped his mark globally on the centre back position. World Soccer Stars – a project of TouchSky group – will be held between April 26 and 29. Two exhibition matches will be played between Lahore and Karachi respectively featuring

some of the football heavyweights. The much-anticipated tournament will also feature a musical concert by the famed American singer Akon. TouchSky Group’s Ahmer Kunwar said, “It’s a real privilege to see the bedrock of Barcelona FC defence in

Pakistan. We are proud to see him as the official face to kick off World Soccer Stars which kicks off on April 27 in Karachi and April 28 in Lahore.” earlier, other football greats including Luis Figo and ricardo Kaka also visited Pakistan to promote the event.

Solskjaer restored Man Utd: Carrick LONDON AGENCIES

manchester United interim boss ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the same principles of hard work and positivity as former manager Alex Ferguson and that has helped the club rediscover their verve, first team coach michael Carrick has said. Former United striker Solskjaer has rejuvenated the team since taking over from the sacked Jose mourinho in December, bringing smiles back on the faces of players and supporters alike with his attacking brand of football. United have won 10 of their 13 Premier League games under Solskjaer, losing their first match in that run at Arsenal last weekend, and have reached the Champions League quarter-finals to leave him as the favourite to take over permanently. “They have the same principles. ole’s team-talks are big on hard work,” Carrick, who won five Premier League titles with United as well as the Cham-

pions League and europa League, told the Times newspaper. “He delivers it his way. That’s the club’s way, the DNA of manchester United: an exciting, positive, winning performance, where you

take risks, you go for it. “Work ethic, humility — the United way is not ‘we’re better than you’. We just have to work harder. The best teams United had over the years always had an unbelievable work ethic.”

Solskjaer helped United pull off a stunning fightback to reach the last eight of the Champions League on away goals after a dramatic 3-1 win at Paris St Germain, despite losing the first leg 2-0. United take on Barcelona in the quarter-finals next month. “I can try to play it down all I want, you try to forget about it, move on, but it was one of those nights that in a few months’ time... we’ll look back and go ‘wow, that was special’,” Carrick added. “The buzz of winning was incredible. The dressing room was bouncing. The lads were all singing ‘ole’s at the wheel’. Sir Alex and eric (Cantona) were in there, so the lads started singing Cantona songs. “everyone, young kids to grandmas, come up to me in the street and say ‘this is great’. especially after Paris. Paris was massive.” United are in action later on Saturday with an FA Cup quarter-final clash at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

sarri seeks cutting edge from chelsea in home stretch LONDON AGENCIES

Chelsea have found defensive stability in recent weeks and must focus on sharpening their attacking edge in the home stretch of the Premier League season as they chase a top-four finish, manager maurizio Sarri has said. Sarri’s side have conceded 12 goals in their three league defeats this year but have tightened up at the back since, letting in only two goals in their last seven matches in all competitions. “We’re looking consistent in terms of defensive solidity. We’re conceding less... in this moment the most important thing for us is to be solid,” Sarri told the club’s website ahead of Sunday’s league trip to 11th-placed everton. “We’re more consistent with results, but not at the moment with performances, especially in the offensive phase. Sometimes we’ve played with good quality, sometimes not. We need to start in the offensive phase playing every match with same ideas.” The sixth-placed London club have scored league 50 goals so far, the fewest among teams in the top six and Sarri is well aware of the need to regain their cutting edge. “At the moment we are not able to do this, because sometimes we are without movement without the ball, sometimes we didn’t attack balls in the box very well,” the Italian added. “Sometimes we didn’t attack spaces behind the line of the opponent well. We need to have consistency in this.”

PCB plans impressive PSL closing ceremony LAHORE APP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has planned an impressive closing ceremony of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019, which will start at 6pm before the toss takes place at 7:30pm and the first ball is bowled at 8pm. A galaxy of international stars will perform at the closing ceremony, whose chief guest will be Sindh Chief minister murad Ali Shah, said a spokesman for the PCB here on Saturday. The ceremony will be hosted by one of the most popular anchors and singers, Karachi’s very own Fakhar-e-Alam. Spain’s football star Carles Puyol will be a special guest at the closing ceremony. The Barcelona central defender earned 100 international caps and won the euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010, he said. “The leading performers to display their talent include Abrar-ul-Haq, Aima Baig, Shuja Haider, Fawad Khan, Young Desi with the final performance of the ceremony by the heart-throb Junoon,” he added. The PCB has also planned a spectacular fireworks display, which will start after tinal ends.

Federer, Nadal set up semi-final showdown at Indian Wells INDIAN WELLS AGENCIES

rafael Nadal withstood the challenge of russian Karen Khachanov to set up a blockbuster semi-final with roger Federer at the ATP Indian Wells masters Friday despite a flare-up of right knee trouble that required mid-match treatment. World number two Nadal, the highest seed left in the draw after the early ouster of No. 1 Novak Djokovic, dominated both tiebreakers to beat the towering russian 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2). He booked a 39th career meeting with Federer, a five-time champion at Indian Wells who breezed past 67th-ranked Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 6-4. "Hopefully I will be ready for it," said Nadal, who recovered an early break in the opening set and powered through the tiebreaker, but called for the trainer to have supportive tape applied below his right knee three games into the second.

Although he wasn't moving as well, Nadal gained the first break of the second set to lead 3-2, but was immediately broken himself. He saved a set point in a fierce 10th game that went to deuce three times before Nadal held to make it 5-5. He couldn't convert a break chance in the 11th game as they went to another tiebreaker which the Spaniard again controlled. "I just had to give my best and that's what I did," said Nadal, who has battled tendinitis in his knees throughout his career. "I'm very happy to be in the semi-finals." Khachanov, who peppered Nadal with 17 aces in the two-hour, 17-minute match, has now lost all six of his career meetings with the Spaniard. He'll be gunning for a chance to claim a fourth Indian Wells title while Federer is seeking to break out of a tie with Djokovic with a record sixth. Nadal leads the head-to-head rivalry with Federer 23-15, but Federer has won

11 of their 20 hard-court meetings, including their last five. However, they haven't met since october of 2017, when Federer triumphed in straight sets in the final of the Shanghai masters. EXTRA ENERGY: Federer said he might not feel quite the same tingle of anticipation as fans at the prospect of facing Nadal, but he acknowledged that their clashes always raise the stakes. "If I play rafa there's extra energy in the building -- there's always a lot on the line," said Federer, who added that so much time has passed since their last meeting that his own current five-match winning streak is of little significance. "I don't think those five matches matter that much, to be honest," he said. "A lot of time has gone by. Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion who captured his 100th career title at Dubai last month, overcame breezy conditions on stadium


court and a hungry Hurkacz -- a 22year-old ranked 67th in the world who was playing in his first masters 1000 quarter-final and just the second quar-

ter-final of his career. Hurkacz settled his early nerves to produce some entertaining rallies, but he couldn't make a dent in Federer's serve.


Sunday, 17 March, 2019

Quetta go toe-to-toe with Peshawar in sell-out Psl 4 Final Q LAHORE APP

UeTTA Gladiators hope their in-form opener Shane Watson will make them third time lucky as they look to avoid another knock-out punch from a spirited Peshawar Zalmi when the two teams clash in the sell-out final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the National Stadium on Sunday. The match will start at 8pm, but the closing ceremony will begin at 6pm. Quetta have beaten Peshawar in both the league games this season, before having the better of their arch-rivals in the Wednesday's Qualifier at the back of powerful performance, but they are wary of a knock-out punch from the Daren Sammy-led Peshawar. Despite beating Peshawar in the Qualifiers in 2016 and 2017 in thrilling last-over finishes by one-run, Quetta lost in 2017 final by 58 runs in Lahore and in the eliminator 1 last year. Quetta captain Sarfraz Ahmed on Saturday hoped it will be a case of third time lucky. "We are playing the final for the third time, so we will do our all-out effort to play in the same manner which we have done in the whole tournament," he said. "If you look at the previous years, there were some factors which hurt us as some players didn't come," said Sarfraz of the Lahore final when Kevin Pietersen and rilee rossouw were not available. Last year, Watson decided to stay away for the eliminators in Lahore, leaving Quetta depleted. But this time Watson, who has amassed 423 runs in the tournament, made a late decision to visit Karachi. "This time, we are at our full strength, so we will do our best to play like we have done and win the tournament. obviously, winning the trophy is every captain's wish. We have come close, but were not

able to win. This time, we will do our best, though we have a strong team against us," Sarfraz added. It is befitting for the PSL final that the two most in-form teams are in the final, finishing with seven wins and three losses each in the first phase. Peshawar skipper Sammy admitted Watson has plagued his team. "Shane Watson has really been the pain for us," said Sammy of the former Australia opener, who has 265 runs at 66.25 in five matches against Peshawar in two years. "He is pretty experienced and he is enjoying his form." But Sammy hoped his team will give another knock-out punch. “Quetta has had the better of us throughout the season and I always tell my boys that

everything in life happens for a reason. If it is one time we chose to beat them, why not in the final when it really matters," he said adding "Hopefully, it's a cracker of a game and we find ways and means to execute our plans against them and we will need that but that Shane Watson guy is pain for us." Quetta have mostly chased targets and their two wins against Peshawar came by six and eight wickets, respectively before they had the better of their rivals by 10 runs in the play-off in Karachi. Sarfraz said he was looking for a good platform from his top-order. "Watson and Umar Akmal are quality players. Watson has played well throughout the tournament and is in-form and it's good that a top

player like him is with us and we are at full strength. We also have rilee rossouw, Ahsan Ali and Ahmed Shahzad, so if our top players give the platform, then we will put a good total against the opposition who have a strong bowling line-up." Besides Watson, Umar (277 runs in 11 matches), rossouw (256 in 10 matches) and Shahzad (253 in seven) are in good nick. Peshawar are more reliant on Kamran Akmal, who Sammy described as his "match-winner," having knocked off 336 runs in 12 games. Fellow-opener Imam-ul-Haq has justified his selection with 338 runs in 11 matches. They put on 135 to set the platform for an imposing 214 for five against Islamabad, helping their team to a 48-run win. Peshawar also has powerful pace attack, led by tournament's highest wicket-taker Hasan Ali who has 25 wickets in 12 matches. experienced pacer Wahab riaz has 16, followed by Sameen Gul (10), and Tymal mills and Umaid Asif (seven each). But Quetta's spinners -- mohammad Nawaz and Fawad Ahmed -- make the difference with wickets in the middle overs. Peshawar are unable to accommodate their spinner, Liam Dawson. Sarfraz admitted Fawad Ahmed is doubtful after being hit on the mouth in the Qualifier against Peshawar, which needed surgery. Sammy hoped it will be another cracker of a game before a sell-out crowd. "I like to be the underdogs," said Sammy. "To be fair, Quetta are playing some good cricket. The key for us is that our bowling unit has pretty much been the same. Hasan has been playing since his debut and Wahab leading the pack and sharing his experience. "We have some good players, not superstars but effective players. To be able to make three consecutive finals in a row is an achievement. "Winning the final tomorrow will really be the icing on the cake."

AB de Villiers names Pakistan among top World Cup teams

Bangladesh team leave a changed NZ after mosque shootings WELLINGTON AGENCIES

Bangladesh’s cricket team left New Zealand on Saturday, less than 24 hours after narrowly avoiding being involved in the worst mass shooting in the country, which now had to accept that sporting events were likely to have been changed forever. A lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch in the country’s worst mass shooting which Prime minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as “a terrorist attack”. The Bangladesh team were on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque, where 41 people died, on the eve of the third Test at nearby Hagley oval when the shooting began. The Test match, which had been scheduled to start on Saturday, was cancelled after the shooting and Bangladesh’s tour abandoned. Violent crime is extremely rare in New Zealand and the Bangladesh Cricket Board said the attacks had now changed their perception about team security on tours. “We’ll demand proper security wherever our team goes in future,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan told reporters in Dhaka on Friday. “If a country provides proper security as per our demand, then we will go otherwise not. “I can say that everything will change after this incident.” Pakistan’s minister for Human rights

Shireen mazari also suggested the world governing body, the International Cricket Council, should possibly take a harder line against hosting matches in New Zealand. “ICC shd take note & perhaps suspend int cricket in NZ after this act of terrorism?” mazari said on Twitter. Pakistan has been unable to host matches at home since 2009, when gunmen attacked the bus carrying the Sri Lanka team to a match in Lahore. Six of the visiting team were wounded and eight locals killed. New Zealand have not toured Pakistan since 2002 following a suicide bombing outside their hotel in Karachi and instead played their games in the United Arab emirates. They also abandoned a tour of Sri Lanka in 1987 following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said the country would now also need to accept they were no longer immune from acts of extreme violence and that would need to be factored in when they hosted sports events and teams. “This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of international sports hosting. I think everything changes now,” he said. “We’ll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now. “We now have to be very, very vigilant all the authorities and sporting organisations, absolutely.”

AB de Villiers, the former South Africa batsman, has picked Pakistan as one of the four favourites to win ICC men's Cricket World Cup 2019. He also named India as one of the favourites to win the ICC men's Cricket World Cup 2019 and called their captain Virat Kohli "the best oDI player in the world". The former South Africa captain, who retired from international cricket last year and has played three World Cups including the 2015 tournament, marked India, the hosts england, the defending champions Australia and Pakistan as the favourites to win the tournament, but refrained from naming his former team as one. South Africa made the semi-final in 2015 but lost to New Zealand in a closely-fought contest that went to the last over. They also made the semi-final in 2007 and 1999 but haven't yet made it to a final. "The World Cup is a tough tournament. I have played in three of them and it’s never easy. You always feel like you’ve got a good squad, but once the tournament starts you very quickly understand that there are a lot of teams that are there to win it and have the ability to do so," de Villiers told Sport24. "I do believe South Africa have a chance, like we did at any other World Cup, because we are a worldclass team with plenty of match-winners. The Proteas are certainly in the running, but I won’t say they are the favourites to be honest with you.

"India and england are looking strong, Australia have won five World Cups in the past and Pakistan claimed the Champions Trophy in the UK two years ago. Those four teams are probably the favourites." With India one of the strong contenders to win the title, keeping their captain Virat Kohli in check could be a headache for most teams and de Villiers believes that Kohli's performances of recent times, which have propelled him to No.1 in the mrF Tyres ICC oDI rankings for batsmen, aren't going to stop any time soon. "Virat’s performances over the last while have been incredible and I can’t see it stopping very soon," de Villiers said. "I have played with him for eight years now in the IPL and you can never take the class out of the guy. "However, he is human after all and, like any other cricketer, he will go through patches from time to time where he has to go back to the basics and work his way through it again. I believe it’s his personality and mental strength that gets him through those moments and makes him the best oDI player in the world at the moment. "I see lots of similarities between myself and Virat. We are both fighters and don’t enjoy losing, we love batting together and taking the game away from teams." Kohli and de Villiers will play together for royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, which begins on 23 march. The World Cup begins in england and Wales on 30 may and will conclude with the title clash at Lord's on 14 July. SPORTS DESK

Taylor record powers USA’s T20I debut Steven Taylor made history by becoming USA’s first batsman to score a half-century in T20Is on debut to earn Friday’s Play of the Day accolade. The United States of America’s national side marked their recently-achieved status as the ICC’s 105th member by playing their debut T20I against the United Arab emirates in Dubai. Taylor starred with the bat during the encounter with a blistering half-century that helped power his country to a well above-par 152-7 in their reduced 15 overs. Having been inserted to bat first by the home side, USA were a wicket down with seven runs on the board


when Taylor walked to the crease in the second over. Taylor lit up the ICC Academy ground in Dubai with a sensational 72 off just 39 balls at a blistering 184.61 strike rate. The left-hander smashed nine fours and three sixes out of the park as the UAe’s bowling attack struggled. His partnership with opener Jaskaran malhotra (28) was the highlight of the debutant team’s early stages before roy Silva added a quickfire 25 (7 balls, 1×4, 3×6) at the tail end of the innings. The visitors were ruthless against the UAe bowling attack. Zahoor Khan’s 2-30 in three overs was the pick of the bowling figures

in the first innings, even though he was going at 10 runs to the over. It was mohammad Naveed that eventually accounted for Taylor’s wicket in the end, although his 138 (3 overs) does not make for pretty reading. Showers caused a delay to the second innings which was eventually reduced to 13 overs and the UAe needing 143 runs to win. The home side made a terrible start to their chase by losing both their openers within three overs. The historic match was regularly interrupted by rain and the weather eventually washed out the encounter with the home side on 29-2 after 3.3 overs, nine balls shy of constituting a result. SPORTS DESK

Sunday, 17 March, 2019

NEWS NaB summons Zardari, Bilawal in Park lane inquiry ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Saturday summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari in the Park Lane Estate inquiry. The accountability watchdog had initiated an inquiry against Zardari and Bilawal in connection to the allegations that Park Lane Estate Company (Pvt) Ltd — a Karachi-based real estate firm co-owned by the father-son duo — along with government officials were behind the illegal forest land transfer. According to a NAB spokesperson, Zardari had acquired the company illegally through a front man, Iqbal Memon, in 1989. In 2009, the father-son duo became shareholders of the company. Zardari and Bilawal have been told to appear before the NAB bureau in Rawalpindi “Asif Ali Zardari and Bilawal Bhutto have a stake of 25 per cent each in the company,” the NAB spokesperson said and added that the former president had the authority to use the company accounts at his discretion as the firm’s director. The company documents dating back to 2008 show Zardari’s signatures on them as the director, according to the spokesperson. The NAB official said Faryal Talpur has not been summoned to the NAB office as yet. On Friday, PPP spokesperson Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar denied that Bilawal or Zardari had received any notices from the Bureau.

New ZealaNd PM urges TruMP To 'show love' for all MusliMs WELLINGTON



EW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she told US President Donald Trump to show “sympathy and love” to all Muslim communities. Ardern said she made the comments when Trump asked what he could do in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque attacks, according to The Guardian. Trump had said that he had spoken to Ardern in a phone call on Friday and said that the United States is prepared to give any assistance following the killing of 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand. “I informed the Prime Minister that we stand in solidarity with New

Zealand and that any assistance the USA can give, we stand by ready to help,” Trump said on Twitter. In remarks to reporters at the White House, Trump added: “Earlier today I spoke with Prime Minister Ardern of New Zealand to express the sorrow of our entire nation following the terrorist attacks at two mosques. These sacred places of worship were turned into scenes of evil killing.” The gunman in New Zealand killed 49 people and 42 people were being treated for injuries, police said. Some of the victims were kneeling in prayer, and the gunman broadcast footage of some of the killings online. Ardern described the incident, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history, as an assault on the country’s values.

Australian senator egged after blaming Muslims for Christchurch attack

A Muslim man was assaulted by an unidentified assailant outside an East London mosque on Friday, hours after the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand that had left 49 people dead. A group of men shouted Islamophobic abuses as they drove past the mosque and called the attendees at the Friday prayers “terrorists”, witnesses told the Independent newspaper. One of the three men then climbed out of the vehicle and allegedly attacked one of the worshippers. The 27-year-old victim sustained injuries to his head. In a video filmed by a witness, one of the attackers was seen climbing onto the front of the car in an attempt to get away from the scene. “The suspects returned to their car and left the scene before police arrived,” a spokesperson for London’s Metropolitan Police told the Independent, adding that the suspects were all described as white men, believed to be in their 20s. No arrests have been made yet. newS DeSk

Afghan envoy ‘summoned’ to State Dept over public criticism of Taliban talks WASHINGTON agencieS

A close aide to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday sparked a diplomatic spat with the United States by offering tough criticism of Washington’s talks with the Taliban. The advisor, Hamdullah Mohib, took particular aim at US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and his personal ‘ambitions’ in Afghanistan. “We don’t know what’s going on. We don’t have the kind of transparency that we should have,” Mohib, Afghanistan’s national security advisor, told media during a visit to Washington. “The last people to find out are us.” Mohib was ‘summoned’ by the US undersecretary for political affairs, David Hale, who rejected the comments made by the Afghan official ‘criticising’ the US approach to reconciliation,” State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino said. At issue are the direct talks between the US government and Taliban negotiators that began last summer in Doha. The latest round wrapped up Tuesday. After previous rounds of talks, Khalilzad typically traveled to Kabul to brief Afghan officials — but not this time. On Tuesday, he came straight back to Washington. That raised hackles in the Afghan capital

Australian Senator Fraser Anning has been egged at an organised event in Melbourne which saw protestors and supporters of the controversial identity clash in wild scenes. Senator Anning had earlier been widely condemned for his “disgusting” comments after he released a media statement Friday afternoon, in which he claimed that the attacks highlighted the “growing fear over an increasing Muslim presence” in Australian and New

Zealand communities. Anning said Muslims had been the victims in the Christchurch attack but “usually they are the perpetrators”. His letter quickly went viral and drew flak online, slamming him for his Islamophobic and racist letter. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison slammed the Queensland senator in the wake of the fatal Christchurch mosque massacre which left at least 49 people dead. At the event in Moorabbin, on

Saturday, a man can be seen smashing an egg over the senator’s head as he was speaking at a press conference. The man was filming on his phone as he smashed the egg on top of Mr Anning’s head. A shocked Anning slapped the man’s face in response before a fight broke out. The man was held down and questioned by officials before being led away by police. The boy was later released by the police without any charge. newS DeSk

Pakistan womens' march organisers highlight online death threats ISLAMABAD agencieS

Organisers of an International Women’s Day march in Pakistan say they have had death and rape threats on social media over the event, which prompted complaints from some conservative groups. Nighat Daad told Reuters that the march organizers are looking into filing a complaint with Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Authority about the online harassment. “It has gone too far in terms of death and rape threats to the organizers and also to the marchers,” Daad said, adding that one of the threatening accounts had been suspended by Twitter. The event, which attracted tens of thousands of women on March 8, was only the second of its kind in Pakistan, which A Thomson Reuters Foundation poll found to be the sixth most dangerous country for women in 2018. A Human Rights Watch report last year estimated that 1,000 “honour killings” — the practice of relatives

'islamophobe' attacks Muslim man in london

murdering girls or women because they think the victim has brought shame or dishonour on the family — take place in Pakistan each year. Another march organizer, who

asked not to be identified, said the backlash “shows that this collective organization of women has threatened the patriarchal forces”. Pakistan has experienced a surge in

social media usage with more than 40 million Facebook users. The rapid growth has sparked an online debate about misogyny, with some women highlighting daily hate and pornographic messaging. The days following the march have seen social media attacks on women, while some prominent men have complained about “obscene” signs carried by protesters. A member of the country’s largest religious political party filed a complaint with police, seen by Reuters, in the southern city of Karachi where 7,000 women attended the march, saying the protesters “provoked religious sentiments” and spread vulgarity. The march organizers also said the media had focused on the backlash more than the original aims of the event. “The media played a massively negative role in this campaign … they just looked at what trolls were saying online and picked up (on) a few placards that were provocative to try and sell their content,” Daad said.

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Court defers verdict in Mashal murder case till March 21 PESHAWAR: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Peshawar on Saturday deferred the verdict of Mashal Khan murder case. The four suspects — Asad Katling, Sabir Mayar, Arif Khan Mardanwi and Izharullah — were produced before the court amid tight security. The verdict has been postponed until March 21. Mashal Khan, a student at Mardan’s Abdul Wali Khan University, was lynched on April 13, 2017, by a mob for purportedly committing blasphemy. On February 8 last year, the ATC in Haripur had sentenced one accused to death and five others to 25 years in jail. ATC Judge Fazal Khan Subhan read out the verdicts against each of the 57 men accused in the case one-by-one. Tight security arrangements were in place due to the sensitivity of the case, with roads leading to the Haripur Central jail being closed. The court had also acquitted 26 people in the case. After Mashal’s murder, then chief justice took notice and ordered a judicial inquiry. For this purpose, a joint investigation team (JIT) was formed to investigate the gruesome murder. The JIT report had revealed that the lynching was organized by other students from his own political group and faculty members who resented his criticism of the university. The report also revealed that officials from the university administration were also involved in his murder. The report also stated that there were no solid proofs found about blasphemy committed by Mashal and his friends. The brutality of the attack, recorded on a mobile phone camera, had shocked the public and led to widespread condemnation, including from prominent clerics. newS DeSk

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