Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 Jamadi-ul-Awwal 16, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 259 16 Pages Islamabad Edition
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Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
cJP castIgates government over thar lethargy JUSTICE JILLANI SAYS GOVT KEPT SLEEPING WHILE PEOPLE DIED OF HUNGER IN NEGLECTED DISTRICT ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
UPREME Court (SC) of Pakistan, while expressing dissatisfaction over Sindh government’s report on drought in Tharparkar and deaths of children, has rejected it and sought detailed report from the Sindh chief secretary within 48 hours. A three-member bench of the SCP presided over by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took up for hearing Thar drought and deaths of children case Monday. The CJP remarked, “The government kept on sleeping and people kept on dying due to drought. Thar incident is grave negligence of the Sindh civil administration. We cannot pardon any-
Iran dIsmIsses commanders over abductIon of border guards
one. Why did no one note when the international organisations cautioned that steps should be taken with regards to this. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked, “The people of Thar were left stranded. Earlier, it was said people had died due to epidemics and now it is being disclosed that deaths have occurred due to drought. Why were steps not taken earlier? Why was disaster awaited for the sake of relief?” Sindh health secretary Iqbal Durrani, while presenting the report told the court that 127 persons, including 99 children, had died between December 2013 and March 2014 in district hospital Mithi due to epidemics and drought. Some 259,000 families have been affected and 73,000 bags of food have been provided to them, the report said, adding that the Sindh government has
PM TO GIVE CASH GRANTS TO THAR PEOPLE ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday decided to give cash grants to the crisis-hit people of Thar. Around 78,000 people from Thar would benefit the cash grant facility, according to the spokesman of the PM’s House. He said the crisis in Thar was a vicious cycle of poverty, malnutrition and diseases, which aggravated the vulnerability of the people. The income support beneficiaries would receive almost triple the existing amount for next two quarters. The existing income support mechanism would be used to help the poorest of the poor of Thar area as well as ensuring transparency in the process, the spokesman added. APP
also announced compensation amounting to Rs 200,000 per each child victim. Lists were being worked out in this regard. Also, 66 tonnes of flour, 11 tonnes of pulses, 80 tonnes sugar, 80 tonnes fodders and 12 trucks of safe drinking bottled water has been provided. Problems have been created due to the deteriorated situation in Karachi. Justice Azmat remarked that no attempt should be made to divert the at-
PTI trashes CII proposals on family laws
Iran's state TV says the military has dismissed several commanders from service and others face court proceedings for alleged negligence after last month's abduction of five Iranian border guards by Pakistan-based militants. The Monday report on the state TV website quotes border guard commander Hossein Zolfaghari as saying that all five captive border guards are still unharmed. The five were abducted in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province on Feb 6 and reportedly taken to Pakistan. Iran has said it sent officials to Pakistan to coordinate their release. Tweets in the name of the Jaish al-Adl, said to be an armed Sunni group, have claimed credit for the kidnapping and posted pictures that purport to show the captives. Recent Tweets have threatened to kill the five.
tention of the court from this incident by narrating the stories of Karachi. The justice said governments’ will stop performing as soon as the court closes the file of the case. The court, while rejecting the report, ordered that the Sindh government file a detailed report within two days again. The hearing of the case was adjourned till March 20.
PARTY SAYS DNA SHOULD BE ACCEPTED AS EVIDENCE IN RAPE CASES ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday trashed the recent controversial observations of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) regarding family laws. The CII last week had declared that wife’s permission was not necessary to remarry. The PTI is the first political party to reject the CII’s version of Islam. PTI sources told Pakistan Today that the core committee discussed the
matter and supported the existing family law, terming it in accordance with Islam. “There is nothing contrary to Islam in these laws. This law has stood the test of time and provided protection and security to women,” said an official statement, adding that the DNA should also be accepted as evidence in rape cases – another controversial decision of the CII earlier last month. “Some members of the PTI even observed that CII’s chief, Mohammad Khan Sherani, had become controversial
and should be removed from his office as his appointment was a result of a deal between the former PPP government and JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman,” a source said. However, he added that PTI Chairman Imran Khan objected to the observations and said that people should not be discussed. Imran Khan provided a fact sheet about ‘Sehat ka Insaf’ launched in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that the programme has been lauded internationally and other provinces were trying to emulate it. The core committee praised transparency in the programme.
Indian arms imports almost triple China, Pakistan TOTAL VOLUME OF ARMS SALES WAS UP 14 PER CENT IN 2009-13 COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS PARIS AGENCIES
India remains the biggest buyer of arms in the world, importing nearly three times as many weapons as its nearest competitors China and Pakistan over the last five years, a Swedish think tank said on Monday. The total volume of arms sales was up 14 per cent in 2009-13 compared to the previous five years, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Indian imports of major weapons rose by 111 per cent in the last five years compared to 2004-08. Its share of total global arms imports increased from 7 to 14 per cent,
SIPRI said. India replaced China as the world's biggest arms buyer in 2010. With its domestic defence industry struggling to manufacture high-tech arms, India is in the midst of a defence spending binge as it struggles to keep up with better-equipped Chinese forces and a range of military challenges in its volatile neighbourhood. The main supplier of arms to India in 2009-13 was Russia, accounting for 75 per cent of all imports — reflecting India's need to upgrade and modernise weapons systems dating back to their close relationship during the Cold War. India has lately sought to diversify its sources, looking particularly to the United States. Figures from IHS Jane's re-
leased in February showed that India became the biggest buyer of US weapons last year — with total imports worth $1.9 billion, and a string of large-scale purchases including Boeing's C-17A transport aircraft and P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft. In 2009-13, however, the US still accounted for only 7 per cent of India's purchases according to SIPRI. India's traditional rival Pakistan increased its weapons acquisitions by 119 per cent, growing from 2 per cent of the global total to 5 per cent during that period. The five largest arms suppliers worldwide between 2009 and 2013 were the United States (29 per cent of global exports), Russia (27 per cent), Germany (7 per cent), China (6 per cent) and France (5 per cent). They collectively accounted for 74 per cent of total arms exports, SIPRI said. The world's
top five arms importers were now India, China, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. “Chinese, Russian and US arms supplies to South Asia are driven by both economic and political considerations,” said Siemon Wezeman, senior researcher with the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme. “In particular, China and the USA appear to be using arms deliveries to Asia to strengthen their influence in the region,” Wezeman said. Arms exports to Africa between 200408 and 2009-13 jumped 53 per cent. The three largest importers in the region were Algeria, Morocco and Sudan. Imports by European nations decreased by 25 per cent between 2004-2008 and 2009-13. Britain was the largest importer of major weapons in Europe (receiving 12 per cent of deliveries), followed by Azerbaijan (12 per cent) and Greece (11 per cent).
exPatrIates to get machIne readable PassPort facIlIty In four eu cItIes ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistanis abroad will soon get facility of machine-readable passports and visas in European cities of Manchester, Birmingham, Barcelona and Milan. According to an official at Passport Office, the Directorate of Passports has already nominated its technical staff which is set to leave for these cities to deploy Machine-Readable Passport (MRP) and Machine- Readable Visa (MRV) facilities in a month. He said large number of Pakistanis which reside in these cities will benefit from the new facilities. Under the directions of Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the directorate is taking steps to upgrade its facilities at foreign missions vigorously. All non-machine readable passports (Non-MRP) are to be phased out globally by November 2015 in accordance with the decision of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Presently, machine readable passport facility is available to Pakistanis at more than 20 missions abroad. The Directorate of Passports is also sending its System Incharge Dilawar Hussain to start providing MRP facility in Beijing. The Supreme Court had issued directions on the application of an expatriate Pakistani Muhammad Azam Khawaja when he drew the court's attention towards nonavailability of machine readable passports facility at Pakistan's embassy in China.
saudI arabIa bans hundreds of books from PromInent authors RIYADH AGENCIES
Saudi authorities have banned hundreds of books, including works by renowned Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwish, as part of a crackdown on publications deemed threatening to the kingdom. Saudi Arabia clamped down on dissent following the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, from which it has been largely spared, and has adopted an increasingly confrontational stance towards the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups it has long viewed as a threat to its security. The local Okaz daily reported Sunday that organisers at the Riyadh International Book Fair had confiscated “more than 10,000 copies of 420 books” during the exhibition. Local news website Sabq.org reported that members of the kingdom's religious police had protested at “blasphemous passages” in works by the late Darwish, widely considered one of the greatest Arab poets, pressing organisers to withdraw all his books from the fair, which ended Friday. The religious police frequently intervene to enforce the kingdom's strict conservative values, but the move to ban so many works was seen as unprecedented. Similar action was taken against works by Iraq's most famous modern poet, Badr Shaker Al Sayyab, and another Iraqi poet, Abdul Wahab Al Bayati, as well as those by Palestinian poet Muin Bseiso. The fair's organising committee also banned a book entitled “When will the Saudi Woman Drive a Car?” by Abdullah Al Alami, the Saudi Gazette daily reported.
Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
lIst of talIban non-combatant PrIsoners gIven to nIsar TTP SPOKESMAN SAYS DEFENCE MINISTER KHAWAJA ASIF DOESN’T EVEN KNOW LOCATIONS OF DETENTION CENTRES IN COUNTRY AND NEITHER DOES HE KNOW NUMBER OF PRISONERS
TALIBAN INTERLOCUTOR POF IBRAHIM SAYS THREE PLACES ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR GOVT-TTP MEETING
TALIBAN DEMAND 'FREE PEACE ZONE' FOR TALKS: SAMI
ALIBAN negotiating committee member Professor Ibrahim on Monday said a list of 300 Taliban women and children prisoners has been given to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, as Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said that Defence Minister Khawaja Asif was unaware of the number of prisoners in custody of security forces. Briefing Jamaat-e-Islami leaders on the dialogue process, Ibrahim said the withdrawal of forces from South Waziristan Agency was a proposal and not a demand put forward by the Taliban. He added that troops should be at least withdrawn from Laddah and Makeen tehsils, if not from the entire agency. According to him, the release of Salmaan Taseer’s and Yousaf Raza Gillani’s sons would be discussed with the Taliban. He cautioned that the release of women and children prisoners could be the biggest issue in the dialogue process. Ibrahim said that three places were under consideration for a meeting between the government committee and Taliban Shura. Ibrahim said they were in contact with Chaudhry Nisar. He said, “We cannot disclose the names of the three places.” On the other hand, Rustam Shah
Jamiat Ulema Islam-Sami chief Maulana Samiul Haq said on Monday that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) wanted a “free peace zone” for the purpose of peace talks in which they can travel without fear of being arrested, BBC Urdu reported. Haq claimed that the army, FC and law enforcement agencies were still arresting suspected Taliban personnel and security checkposts in various locations were restricting their movement. “Several senior Taliban leaders have to remain hidden because of the fear of being arrested.” He also said that the whereabouts of Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah were not known, adding that as many as four members of the Taliban Shura may take part in the peace talks process. MONITORING DESK
Mohmand, a member of government committee, said no decision has been finalised for the meeting. Meanwhile, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah called on the Taliban to provide evidence of women and children prisoners. He said that if there were any prisoners they would be released, adding that the issue would not be allowed to become the reason for a deadlock in talks. TALIBAN PRISONERS: Meanwhile,
sc constItutes commIttee to Probe self-ImmolatIon case ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Monday constituted a committee to probe the case of a rape victim who died after committing self-immolation the other day. The three-member committee will be headed by a Deputy Inspector General (DIG). Chief Justice Tasaduq Hussain Jillani, presiding over a three-member bench, issued these orders in the suo motu case. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has remarked, “Should courts hold the reigns of this country now as every job is left to the courts”. He further remarked, “Such is the state of affairs with police that the court took notice and then it registered the case otherwise the investigation officer had declared the accused innocent by merely considering his statement enough”. The CJP also said that the girl who committed self-immolation was not at all satisfied over the attitude and investigation of the local police. Due to this reason she committed self-immolation. This girl could have been saved by taking preventive measures. This is live evidence of the negligence and slackness of the police. The IG told the court in his report that five witnesses confirmed the reports of rape with the girl. A case was registered against the SHO who had shown negligence. The CJP questioned, “What purpose will this serve? Will the girl who has committed self immolation will rise to life and if the justice will become available to her. It is incomprehensible that as to why our society has gone so apathetic. No one feels them a jot when such incidents occur. It seems as if police has also gone indifferent and they avoid taking any action on their own in such matter. Everything has been left to the courts. Should the court now hold the reigns of the country? Provide protection to the people for God’s sake. The court ordered for constitution of a three-member inquiry committee and submission of report within 10 days. The hearing of the case was adjourned for 10 days.
TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid on Monday said that Defence Minister Khawaja Asif was unaware of the persons held in detention by security agencies. In a statement issued to the media, he said that if the defence minister was unaware about the location of detention centres in the country, then how could he be informed about the number of people being held at such facilities. Khawaja Asif earlier on Sunday had
rejected a major demand of the Taliban — release of non-combatants – saying there were no women and children in the custody of security forces. The TTP spokesman further claimed that the secret detention centres in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and other areas of the country were an undeniable fact. He added that after passage of the Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) these "illegal and inhuman" centres were given legal cover and further questioned the number of missing persons Khawaja Asif had presented in court in abidance with the law. Shahidullah also asked about the people over whose recovery the Supreme Court had threatened to initiate contempt proceedings against the prime minister and defence minister. He said that the government appeared to be confused over holding peace talks and wondered about the 'forces' who had signalled Khawaja Asif to put the dialogue process at stake. He also said that as evidence of his claims, he had forwarded a list of noncombatants to the committee nominated by the militant organisation to mediate peace talks with the government. The TTP spokesman also said that it was the committee's responsibility to investigate the list and if the issue progressed any further then the names of prisoners could be presented in this regard.
GOVT INSISTS $1.5B IS A SAUDI GIFT SARTAJ AZIZ SAYS PAKISTAN WILL NOT ARM SYRIAN REBELS
SAYS PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF WILL BE VISITING IRAN TO ‘BALANCE RELATIONS’
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday said Saudi Arabia gifted $1.5 billion to Pakistan, and the money was not meant to supply weapons to Syrian rebels. Addressing a meeting of the Senate's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Aziz said $1.5 billion was a “gift for the people of Pakistan which was deposited in the Friends of Pakistan Fund”. Aziz was further quoted as saying that Pakistan would not send weapons to Syria or to any other country going through civil unrest. While giving details of the money, the adviser said, "The grant given by Saudi Arabia is unconditional and in return Pakistan is not supposed to give anything to the Kingdom." Aziz also confirmed the purchase of weapons by Saudi Arabia, however, he added that the kingdom would not use these weapons against any other state.
IRAN-SAUDI BALANCE: He also said Pakistan had to balance its relations with both Iran and Saudi Arabia, adding that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would soon visit Iran for which dates were being worked out by both governments. The adviser also said Pakistan had not changed its foreign policy due to foreign funding. He also briefed the committee about
the state of overseas Pakistanis in Jeddah and steps being taken by Pakistani consulate for their welfare. Earlier, the committee meeting was held under the chair of Haji Adeel in the Parliament House. Endorsement bills of parliament 2007 regarding foreign loans were discussed. Foreign Secretary Aziz Ahmed Chaudhry said Pakistan has issued 34,488 passports on emergency basis for illegally residing Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia to be deported to Pakistan. Those Pakistanis whose documents have finalized they would be sent back on a ticket of one thousand Saudi Riyal and Pakistan International Airline (PIA) is ready to carry Pakistanis back on 1,000 Riyals instead of 1,500 Riyals. The Saudi government deports Pakistani through Flights charging less than the required expenses but Pakistanis are compelled to wait for quite long in the deportation centre. The committee adopted a resolution while condemning terrorism in China and said that Pakistan’s territory would not be used against China at any means.
Acid thrown at three Hindus celebrating Holi KARACHI: Three Hindus received burn injuries when unidentified miscreants hurled acid at them while they were celebrating Holi on Monday. DSP Majeed Abbas said that the Hindus were observing their religious festival Holi by squirting different colours at each other in Model Colony.
During the festivity, unidentified miscreants spewed acid at them, burning three people. The injured were rushed to a hospital where according to paramedics their condition was critical. The police have registered a case against unidentified people. STAFF REPORT
sc annuls 238 eobI aPPoIntments Court orders NAB to investigate appointment of Pervaiz Ashraf’s son-in-law ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Announcing judgement in the Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) appointments case, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday annulled the 238 appointments. A two-member bench headed by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali was hearing the EOBI appointments case. Giving the judgement‚ the court declared the appointments during former EOBI chairman Zafar Gondal’s tenure (2010-2013) as null and void. The court order said that the appointments on the vacant posts should be made in accordance with rules and regulations and provincial quota. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been ordered to conduct an inquiry into the appointment of Raja Azeemul Huq, son-in-law of former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. Pervaiz Ashraf had appointed his sonin-law to the prestigious post of executive director (ED) of the World Bank in Washington. The court ruled these appointments were reviewed in the light of EOBI Service Rules1980 wherein it was laid down that first of all written test will be taken in respect of posts falling in the scale 6 to 16 and 7 to 17. As many as 132 officers were appointed in 2010 and seven were taken on deputation and 238 were appointed on contract. The court ruled Nazar Muhammad Gondal, brother of chairman Zafar Iqbal Gondal had been elected from NA-109 Mandi Bahauddin and he was the food minister when the appointments were made. Nadeem Afzal Chan had also played role in these appointments.
PakIstan concerned at caPture of Its fIshermen by IndIa ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad was summoned to the Foreign Office on Monday by the Director General (South Asia and SAARC), who lodged a protest with him over the capture of 13 Pakistani fishermen by Indian authorities on March 15, according to an official statement. Pakistan’s Fishermen Cooperative Society said the fishermen and their boat were well within Pakistani territorial waters, at Khajar Creek, when they were captured. Pakistan sought the immediate release of its fishermen and return of the boat. The Foreign Office said the incident went not only against international law and practices but also against the spirit of the positive steps being taken by both countries to improve and normalise bilateral ties.
PM to hold high-level security meeting ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned a high-level meeting on national security today (Tuesday). The meeting will discuss matters of national security and other issues of critical importance. All provincial chief ministers, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Army chief General Raheel Sharif and Inter-Services Intelligence Agency Director General Zaheerul Islam will attend the important meeting. ONLINE
Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
MALAYSIAN PLANE MAY HAVE LANDED IN TALIBAN TERRITORY FINAL MESSAGE SENT TO AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS FROM THE JET'S COCKPIT, “ ALL RIGHT, GOODNIGHT”, WAS SPOKEN AFTER SOMEONE ON BOARD HAD ALREADY DISABLED THE PLANE'S ACARS REPORTING SYSTEM MONITORING DESK
ALAYSIAN authorities are seeking diplomatic permission to investigate a theory that the vanished Boeing 777 plane was flown to one of a number of Taliban strongholds on the Afghan border and in Pakistan’s tribal areas, British newspaper The Independent reported on Monday. The latest revelation came as it was revealed that the final message sent to air traffic controllers from the jet's cockpit, “ All right, goodnight”, was spoken after someone on board had already disabled the plane's ACARS reporting system, the newspaper said. Around 14 minutes later someone also switched off the plane's transponder, which identifies it to commercial radar systems. Malaysian Air force Major General Affendi Buang told reporters that the two separate actions, along with the calm message in between, “will tell you something” about whether the diversion was deliberate or not. At least 25 countries are now assist-
ing in the search for the plane, intensifying challenges of coordinating ground, sea and aerial efforts. Countries known to be involved include Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia, with special assistance regarding satellite data requested from the US, China and France. On Sunday, Malaysian officials examined a sophisticated flight simulator belonging to the chief pilot of the missing jet, after experts said only a trained person could have turned off the plane’s communication equipment and flown it off course without being detected. Working on the theory that the plane was intentionally flown off course, police have delved into the backgrounds of Captain Zaharie Ahmed Shah, 53, and 27-year-old co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid. Their homes were searched on Saturday, and on Sunday, experts examined the simulator Shah kept in his home which he had built himself. There have been no reported sightings or concrete leads on the whereabouts of the jet, which vanished from
Pakistan, India, Taliban say know nothing about missing plane NEW DELHI/PESHAWAR AGENCIES
Aviation officials in Pakistan, India and Central Asia as well as Taliban militants said they knew nothing about the whereabouts of a missing Malaysian jetliner on Monday after the search for Flight MH370 extended into their territory. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished on March 8 about an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard and investigators are now increasingly convinced it was diverted thousands of miles off course. Malaysia said it had sent diplomatic notes to all countries along an arc of northern and southern search corridors including India and Pakistan, requesting radar and satellite information as well as land, sea and air search operations.
Indian defence officials rejected the possibility of a plane flying for hours above the country undetected. "The idea that the plane flew through Indian airspace for several hours without anyone noticing is bizarre," a defence ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "These are wild reports, without any basis," he said, adding a pilot would have to know the precise location of all Indian radars and surveillance systems to be able to get around them. Explaining why this was unlikely, he said surveillance was so tight on India's border facing its nuclear archrival Pakistan that the air force scrambled a pair of Sukhoi fighters last month after an unidentified object showed up on the radar. It turned out to be a weather balloon drifting towards the Pakistan border. MYSTERY: Pakistani officials said
radar screens shortly after it took off in Kuala Lumpur at 0040H on the morning of March8, destination Beijing. The final confirmed location for MH370 on civilian radar was at 0121H, but it was spotted less than an hour later on a military radar, far to the West of that position. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak revealed that ping signals from the plane were last received at 0811H. Based on data collated by the British company Inmarsat’s satellite network, at that point the plane was on one of two possible arcs, one stretching North from Thailand to Kazakhstan and crossing more than 10 countries, and one to the South over Indonesia and out across the Southern Indian ocean. Experts have said the aircraft could have been on the ground when it sent its satellite signals. Boeing 777s need a runway of at least 5,000ft long, limiting the number of possible sites within the 2,200 nautical mile-radius it is believed the plane could have flown from its last known position. On Sunday night, sources in Kuala Lumpur assisting with the investigation told The Independent that full diplomatic permissions were being sought in order to rule out the theory that the plane could have flown to areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan that are not under government control.
they had detected nothing suspicious in the skies after the plane vanished. As the search widened, some observers suggested the plane might have flown to remote mountainous areas abutting Pakistan's border with Afghanistan where Taliban militants are holed up. TALIBAN DENY: Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban in Afghanistan, who are seeking to oust foreign troops and set up an Islamic state, said the missing plane had nothing to do with them. "It happened outside Afghanistan and you can see that even countries with very advanced equipment and facilities cannot figure out where it went," he said. "So we also do not have any information as it is an external issue." A commander with the Pakistani Taliban, a separate entity fighting the Pakistani government, said the fragmented group could only dream about such an operation. "We wish we had an opportunity to hijack such a plane," he told Reuters by telephone from the lawless North Waziristan region.
EU and US impose sanctions after Crimea vote CRIMEA'S LAWMAKERS ON MONDAY FORMALLY ASKED TO JOIN RUSSIA AND VOWED TO DISBAND UKRAINIAN MILITARY UNITS STATIONED ACROSS THE PENINSULA SIMFEROPOL AGENCIES
The European Union and the United States on Monday slapped sanctions on top Russians and Ukrainians deemed responsible for a breakaway vote in Crimea that has fanned the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War. Official results from Sunday's disputed referendum showed 96.77 per cent of voters in the mostly Russian-speaking region of Ukraine had opted for Kremlin rule in what would be the most radical redrawing of the map of Europe since Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia. Crimea's lawmakers on Monday formally asked to join Russia and vowed to disband Ukrainian military units stationed across the peninsula.
Crimea has been under effective control of Russian troops and pro-Kremlin militia since the start of the month. Kiev and the West consider the secession vote to be illegitimate and the reaction from Brussels and Washington was both swift and tough. EU foreign ministers unveiled travel bans and asset freezes against 13 Russian officials and eight Ukrainian officials from Crimea. The 28-nation bloc did not name those sanctioned but Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius tweeted there would be “more EU measures in (a) few days”. The 21 were officially targeted “for undermining the sovereignty of Ukraine”. The EU's punitive measures were followed minutes later by a White House announcement that it was impos-
ing financial sanctions on seven top Russian government officials and lawmakers in reprisal for the Kremlin's incursion. “We have been guided by a fundamental principle,” US President Barack Obama said at the White House. “The future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine. That means Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected and international law must be upheld.” The White House said Ukraine's ousted pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych and Crimea's self-declared premier Sergiy Aksyonov were both on the US list. The Russians targeted include upper house of parliament speaker Valentina Matviyenko and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, responsible for overseeing Russia's military and industrial sector. “These are clearly people who are very close to President (Vladimir) Putin,” said one US official on condition of anonymity.
A second US official called the steps “by far the most comprehensive sanctions applied to Russia since the end of the Cold War.”Those listed will see any assets and interests in the United States or under US jurisdiction blocked. They will also be banned from doing business with Americans and will find it difficult to make financial transactions using dollars. US officials noted that the government had not taken what would have been the extraordinary step of personally sanctioning Putin. Rogozin, a former Moscow envoy to Nato who is known for his hawkish views of the West, ridiculed the US manoeuvres. “I think some prankster prepared the draft of this Act of the US President,” Rogozin tweeted in English. The Western allies have tried to put up a united front against Putin's perceived attempts to stamp his authority on post-Soviet regions he views as part of Moscow's historic domain.
Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
Pakistan army largest reciPient of Us fUnds US EMBASSY FACT SHEET SAYS PAKISTAN HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED EFFECTIVENESS OF OPERATIONS AGAINST TERRORISTS
KARACHI ISMAIL DILAWAR
hE armed forces of Pakistan are the world’s largest recipient of $5 million funds the United States annually spends to impart technical education and training to foreign troops under its International Military Education and Training (IMET) programme. having reimbursed more than $11 billion as war expenditures to Pakistan over the past decade, Islamabad’s nonNATO allies in Washington have also extended over $ 4 billion in civilian aid under the Kerry-Lugar Bill (KLB) over last five years. “The United States provides Pakistan’s military with training to promote regional stability, improve its counterterrorism and defence capabilities and enhance civilian-military relations,” said a fact sheet the US embassy shared on Monday with its local alumni on US Assistance to Pakistan. The 10-page
Us frees oil freighter carrying six Pakistanis
document details a range of areas in which the US has been cooperating with Pakistan to promote its partnership with the latter which, the embassy said, was vital to its shared interest in Pakistan’s economic growth and development, regional stability, and mutually determined measures to counterterrorism. Since fiscal year 2009, the document said, the US had trained nearly 1,120 officials of the Pakistan Army, air force and navy. “Pakistan is the largest recipient of… IMET funding in the world, with an annual budget of approx-
imately $5 million for this program,” the fact sheet added. The US also provides critical equipment, ranging from advanced communications gear to surveillance aircraft, to Pakistani troops conducting counterinsurgency and counterterrorism operations in the border region and to enhance Pakistan’s participation in international maritime security operations. “In addition, the US has refurbished and upgraded military helicopters and maritime surveillance aircraft.” Consequently, Pakistan has signifi-
cantly increased the effectiveness of its operations against terrorist groups, the embassy said. Unlike its past do-more attitude, the US embassy expressed satisfaction over the steps Pakistan had recently taken to check the production of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that are said to be used against the ISAF troops in Afghanistan. “Pakistan has taken positive steps over the past year to increase its controls and interdiction of the illicit supply of the materials used to produce IEDs,” the embassy viewed.
US Navy Seals took control of an oil freighter “Morning Glory” that was seized by three armed Libyans earlier this month, according to a press release issued by the US Department of Defense. Six Pakistanis were also on board the vessel when it was seized. No one was hurt “when US forces, at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments, boarded and took control of the commercial tanker Morning Glory, a stateless vessel seized earlier this month by three armed Libyans,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. The operation was approved by US President Barack Obama and was conducted just after midnight on Monday “in international waters southeast of Cyprus”. The Morning Glory is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company. The ship and its cargo were illicitly obtained from the Libyan port of As-Sidra, according to the statement. The commercial taker will be underway to a port in Libya with a team of sailors supervising the transit, the statement further stated.
mUsharraf’s BUgti case gUarantors in hot water QUETTA STAFF REPORT
QUETTA: Nurses stage a sit-in outside Balochistan Assembly on Monday. INP
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Quetta on Monday issued arrest warrants for the guarantors of former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf in a case relating to the murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawb Akbar Bugti. The ATC issued the warrants against Mumtaz Ahmad and Nazeer Ahmad after the former president failed to appear in court. Moreover, the court accepted pleas requesting bail for former provincial home minister Mir Shoaib Nosherwani and former federal interior minister Aftab Sherpao. Subsequently, the hearing of the case was adjourned to April 7. Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Khan Bugti was killed in a cave on Aug 26, 2006 during a military crackdown ordered by Musharraf who was president and army chief at the time.
PAKISTAN EYES US MILITARY EQUIPMENT IN AFGHANISTAN REPORTS SAY PAKISTAN IS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN US ARMY’S MINE-RESISTANT AMBUSH-PROTECTED VEHICLES ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
The US military, now that its war in Afghanistan is ending, may have another option for disposing of $7 billion worth of armoured vehicles and other equipment it’s struggling to get rid of. Some of it could be driven across the border and handed over to Pakistan, part of an effort by the Pentagon to unload excess military supplies to US allies at no cost. According to reports, the discussions between American and Pakistani officials have been going on for months and center on leftover military hardware that the United States does not want to pay to ship or fly home. Although no final decisions have been made, Pakistan is particularly interested in the US army’s mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles, which Pentagon officials say will have limited strategic value as US forces withdraw from
Afghanistan this year. But with Pakistan’s military expected to be battling Taliban insurgents for years, the MRAPs could help Pakistani forces slow their high casualty rate of more than 20,000 dead or injured troops due to the fight against insurgency since 2001. “We will not take it for the sake of just taking it, and we will not take it because it’s free,” said one senior Pakistani military official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the negotiations. “We will take it because we need it.” About 150,000 personnel of the Pakistan Army are deployed along the country’s border with Afghanistan, and US officials are counting on them to help keep the pressure on militant groups after 2014. Pakistan’s troops remain vulnerable to roadside bombs and explosive devices, and their armored vehicles can withstand far less force than a US-made MRAP, officials said. The United States had been a major weapons supplier to Pakistan for decades, but those sales slowed dramatically after the US military raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011. Over the past year, the tension has eased, and leaders in both countries have stressed that they need to work together to try to ensure regional stability after the
US-led coalition withdraws from Afghanistan. Last fall, US Secretary of State John Kerry signed a waiver authorising US weapons sales to Pakistan through at least this year. The backbone of the US military’s vehicle fleet in Afghanistan, MRAPs were designed to protect American troops from explosive devices. But each MRAP weighs as much as 40 tons, and Pentagon leaders have said it would potentially cost more than $100,000 per vehicle to ship them back to United States. They also have qualms about leaving them in Afghanistan, noting that the stock is far larger than what the Afghan army would be able to maintain. The Washington Post reported in June that the US military was shredding hundreds of MRAPs for scrap metal, despite their initial cost of $400,000 to $700,000 each. But Mark E Wright, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military still has about 13,000 MRAPs scattered worldwide that remain in good working condition, including about 1,600 in Afghanistan. The US government is offering them to allies for free on an “as-is, where-is” basis, Wright said. But the recipients, who would be vetted by the State Department, would be responsible for shipping them
out of Afghanistan. Twenty countries have expressed an interest, he added. The US Defense Department “is reviewing every request and is expediting the review process to support US retrograde timelines,” said Wright, noting that decisions must be made by the end of this year. But Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, told the US Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that
many countries have ultimately decided that it’s neither cost-effective nor practical for them to pay to collect the MRAPs from Afghanistan. “It’s very expensive for countries to take those vehicles from Afghanistan,” he said. Pakistan, however, shares a 1,500mile border with Afghanistan. Coalition forces also use Pakistani highways and ports to ship material into and out of landlocked Afghanistan.
06 ISLAMABAD NatioNal Book Day Festival to kick oFF From april 22
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
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ISLAMABAD APP National Book Foundation (NBF) would hold a three- day National Book Festival from April 22 (Tuesday), as a part of its efforts to promote book reading culture in the country. The event would be held under the supervision of a renowned literary figure and Managing Director NBF, Professor Dr. Inam-ul-Haq Javeid. Talking to APP, Deputy Director (Publications), Afshan Sajid said the programme would be held at PakChina Friendship Centre and Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is expected to inaugurate the mega festival. The celebrations include a variety of prestigious and colourful programmes including reading sessions based on diverse literary, cultural and educational activities, she said. Afshan Sajid said the festival would feature a Grand Book Fair which will consist of the books of different writers and publishers in different languages and fields. A separate segment named “Overseas Pakistani Writers Corner” has been planned for the first time in this Book Fair which those writers who would be in Pakistan in those days will read out excerpts and poetry from their books personally.
let’s play with colours PNCA to celebrate Holi festival on Tuesday ISLAMABAD APP Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) here on Tuesday will officially celebrate Holi (Hindu festival of colours) featuring religious rituals of Hindus with participation of different religious minorities living in different parts of the country. The event has been organized in collaboration with Ministry for Religious Affair, while Federal minister for religious affair will be the chief guest of the event. Holi is the festival of colours celebrated to welcome the spring season with all its traditions and myths by Hindu community, while in Pakistan the Hindu minority also celebrate this with play of colours in their communities and also burn logs of wood to symbolize victory of good over evil and observe Holi Pooja.
BRINGING DOWN POLIO: President Mamnoon Hussain chairs a meeting on Polio Eradication at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. INP
mamNooN staNDs BetweeN polio aND chilDreN PRESIDENT REITERATES COMMITMENT OF PROTECTING CHILDREN AGAINST POLIO ISLAMABAD Online
RESIDENT Mamnoon Hussain has reiterated unwavering commitment of the present government to protect the children from polio and eventually eradicating the crippling disease from all parts of the country and said that the Government has declared polio eradication a health emergency. The President said this while chairing a briefing on polio eradication campaigns and the latest situation in the efforts for stamping out the disease.
The meeting was attended among others by Engineer Shaukat Ullah Khan, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ms. Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication, Mr. Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, Secretary, National Health Services Regulations & Coordination, Mr. Arbab Muhammad Arif, Additional Chief Secretary FATA and Dr. Altaf Bosan, National Technical Focal Person, PM’s Polio Monitoring & Coordination Cell. Ms. Ayesha Raza Farooq, PM’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication, briefed the meeting on latest polio situation, the Polio campaigns and the various steps being taken by the government for eradicating the polio from Pakistan. The meeting was informed that in each of the National polio campaign, around 34 million children are being vaccinated. Mr. Arbab Muhammad Arif, Additional Chief Secretary FATA apprised the meeting about the various strategies
US transfer wheat sowing technology to Pakistan ISLAMABAD APP
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday transferred latest wheat sowing technology to Pakistan with aim to enhance healthy wheat production in the country. The USDA, under U.S.Pakistan Wheat Productivity Enhancement Project (WPEP) handed over wheat sowing planters to various research institutions and universities that would replace the traditional handsowing crop systems and antiquated machinery, currently utilized in Pakistan. The planters would initially be utilized on pilot projects in these institutions and would be replicated to transfer the technology to
farmers to enhance their crop productivity. The wheat planters were handed over to these institutions at a ceremony at National Agriculture Research Center (NARC) which was jointly organized by the USDA, International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT), Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), and several Pakistani agriculture institutions and universities. The USDAsponsored WPEP has imported research-grade wheat planters for provincial and university partners to increase Pakistan’s wheat productivity. Speaking on the handing-over ceremony, Secretary Ministry for Food Security and Research (MFS&R), Seerat Asghar said although population of
the country was growing fast, we have been successful in catering to increasing food needs due to research conducted in the agriculture field. He said that the wheat sowing technology should have been transferred three decades ago, however remarked that it was never too late adding that the planters would particularly help small farmers to enhance their crop productivity. He said that the planters would be handed over to the local manufacturers to replicate the technology to ensure that farmers take benefit of this technology. On the occasion, Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahemd said that the WPEP project achieved the goal of increased productivity by introducing disease-resistant wheat
varieties, building research capacity, improving disease surveillance systems, developing seed distribution systems, and modernizing national crop development programs through upgrading infrastructure and equipment. He said that Pakistan was fully prepared to cope with the challenges of UG99 crop disease as the scientists have developed new crop varieties to cater to the increasing food requirements. He said that Pak-US collaboration in agriculture field resulted in establishment of several agriculture universities and institutions in the country. USDA Agricultural Counselor in Pakistan, Clay Hamilton said that the transfer of planters to Pakistan was a symbol of long collaboration between Pakistan and US.
and innovative approaches being employed by the FATA Secretariat for polio eradication in all the seven agencies and six FRs of FATA. The meeting was apprised that a new transit strategy has been introduced to cover children moving out of and into FATA through special Polio teams and transit points have been established to vaccinate these children. The President stressed for further strengthening the already existing civilmilitary co-ordination mechanism in FATA and directed the FATA Task Force, established under the leadership of Governor KP, to undertake all necessary steps to ensure consistent reach to all the children in FATA for polio vaccination. He also called upon the FATA authorities to ensure that challenges in FATA, especially North and South Waziristan where a ban is clamped on polio campaigns by certain groups, are met with locally appropriate
solutions and in accordance with local traditions and norms. The President reiterated for engaging local populace especially the influential people including Khateebs and Ulema, religious scholars and the tribal elders in the fight against polio and persuading people to allow vaccination in the interest of their own children. Dilating on security situation, the President said that despite immense security challenges especially in FATA, Pakistan remains firmly committed to the eradication of polio and every possible step at all levels will be taken to stamp out the crippling disease from every corner of the country. He urged all the relevant authorities for providing full security cover to the workers involved in the Polio Campaign and said that we cannot allow anyone to target those working to protect the health of our children.
SOLVE THE CASES ASAP! IHC CJ URGES LAW OFFICERS TO AVOID UNNECESSARY ADJOURNMENTS IN CRIMINAL CASES ISLAMABAD APP
Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan has urged the law officers to avoid unnecessary adjournments in the criminal cases because such practice leads to create people’s mistrust in the institution of judiciary. He expressed these views in the inaugural ceremony of a one-week refresher course on “ Role of law Officers viz a viz quick disposal of criminal cases” for law officers
from all over Pakistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, here at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA), on Monday. He said, “Law Officersprosecutors play a crucial role in the administration of criminal justice system, hence, it is essential to arrange such professional training and refresher courses to improve their efficiency and performance”. Advising the participants, he said, “Carry out your duties and functions impartially and avoid all political, social, religious, racial, cultural, or any other kind of discrimination. Protect the public interest, act with objectivity.” Spokesman of the Academy, Hashim Abro said that Twenty-two Law Officers-two of them female- from all over country, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit- Baltistan are attending a one-week refresher course in the Academy
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
a Never eNDiNg wait? DEGREE COLLEGES IN DHOKE SYEDAN STILL INCOMPLETE SINCE PAST 7 YEARS RAWALPINDI Online
WO degree colleges in Rawalpindi Cantt Area Dhoke Syedan are still pending after spending 42 million Rupees in fiscal year 2008-9. The Project was inaugurated by Former Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and Former Law Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja in 2007. A Degree College for Boys and Degree College for Girls was proposed in the project. Rs. 42 million were release and spent on the colleges but still Government has not initiated classes in both colleges. Talking to the media Syed Kausar Abbas, Program Manager, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI) said that the
than 160 trucks of various commodities within 45 days. In order to make the operation further effective, the administration has decided to expand their operation to daytime so as to discourage those involved in the illegal occupation of the public places and road. The operation teams would raid bazaars, markets and other areas where encroachers have occupied public places, roads, parking lots of schools and others area that create trouble in the smooth flow of traffic and trouble pedestrians. This time the authority has constituted various operation teams under the area Inspectors who would carry out operation against the encroachers at any time of the day or even early in the morning. Online
IHC returns application against former CJP ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has returned application with legal objection against former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for giving permission to Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani for going abroad. A single-judge bench of the IHC, Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan heard application filed by Shahid Orakzai, asking the court to begin inquiry against Iftikhar Chaudhry who was heading nine-judge bench hearing memo case. The plaintiff further stated that the former chief justice without consulting with other eight judges and allowed Hussain Haqqani to leave for abroad. The court maintained its objection over the application and asked the applicant to go in the Supreme Court. Online
Government of Punjab still not able to start classes in two degree colleges of Dhoke Syedan Chowk, Rawalpindi. He said that the project of construction of two degree colleges in Dhoke Syedan Choek was started in year 2007 by the Government of Pakistan Muslim League (Q). He said Rs. 42 million funds were released and spent on the construction of colleges building but still the colleges building are incomplete. Kausar Abbas said that these two colleges are the only colleges in the surrounding of Na-52 and Na-54. Both the Nation Assembly Constituencies are owned by well powered Elected Representatives by Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Member National Assembly Malik Abrar Ahmad. He said that both the elected representatives were approached by number of times to bring their attention towards the completion of both colleges but they do not have any political will to promote the higher education in their respective constituencies. Kausar Abbas said that thousands of young boys and girls used to travel a long distance to get the higher education due to incompletion of degree colleges in Dhoke Syedan Chowk Rawalpindi.
Time to get rid of encroachers RAWALPINDI: Rawal Town Municipal administration has decided to launch a major operation against all illicit encroachments in the town that has created disturbance in the smooth running of traffic as well as in the daily lives of the masses. While the administration has constituted various operation teams and committee under the supervision of Inspectors which will be ready to raid encroachers in the town both in the time of day and early hours of the morning to get rid of the encroachers. According to details, earlier the administration carried out operation in daytime that has become quite fruitful and has controlled encroachment to a great extent leading to confiscation of more
A LIFE SAVIOUR: A woman vendor sits under the cover of an umbrella to protect her from rain at her roadside setup. INP
ISLAMABAD 07 MIGHT IS RIGHT?
Kutchery accused yet to be brought to books Lawyers to stage sit-in outside Parliament against district court tragedy today
WELCOME HABIBI KING OF BAHRAIN ARRIVES TODAY ISLAMABAD: King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa is paying a three day visit to Pakistan from Tuesday (today) on the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The King would be leading a high-level delegation including members of Cabinet‚ Government officials and important businessmen. During his stay in Islamabad‚ King Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa would hold talks with the President and the Prime Minister on bilateral‚ regional and international matters of mutual interest. The visit would also provide a good opportunity to explore ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in diverse areas of interest particularly in expanding bilateral trade and enhance investments in Pakistan. In this context‚ the accompanying Bahraini businessmen will meet their Pakistani counterparts. Online
ISLAMABAD: Rizvan Chaudhry, in-charge of PTI media cell, with his spouse at his Valima ceremony. Pr
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad District Bar Association and High Court Bar Association on Monday announced to stage sit-in outside the Parliament House to fulfil their demands against Kutchery tragedy on today (Tuesday). Addressing a joint press conference here, the office bearers of both the Bar Associations decided to stage sit-in till the demands are fulfilled. Announcing their demands, they said it is immense important for transferring of Islamabad District Courts (Kutchery) and moreover they will continue their sit-ins till the compensation amounts will be given to the families of injured and martyred in District Courts attack. Lawyers demanded that District Courts should be shifted to Judicial Complex from Sector F8 of Islamabad. Online
Back to Cold War rhetoric US and Russia square off on the Ukraine issue
Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
Redefining Pakistan There’s need to do it super-fast
f better judgment fails to prevail political brinkmanship by the US and Russia, it could bring the world back to the Cold War era. The confrontation on the issue of Ukraine has to be brought down with both sides yielding ground. Ukraine, a country ethnically, linguistically and religiously divided needed a political leadership that had patience and flexibility to maintain the unity of the country that became an independent state only 23 years back. There being no tradition of democracy in the country, social contradictions that could have been resolved amicably were made intractable by opposing political forces which tried to force their will on their opponents. Thus former President Victor Yanukovych arrested and jailed his political rival Yulia Tymoshenko and persecuted her followers. This led to unrest and a movement against the government which gradually turned violent. This was followed by unruly mobs controlling the streets and deciding issues they had no authority to take up. The government sought support from Russia while the opposition appealed to Washington and Europe for help. One had hoped the foreign powers would give priority to overall strategic concerns over their domestic politics. One side forgot that Ukraine had for centuries been a part of Russia. further that over 90 per cent population of Crimea is Russian speaking. It would therefore be harmful for the unity of the country if attempts were made to make it a part of a camp seen to be hostile to Russia. Similarly, Moscow should have realised that it would be counterproductive to disregard the democratic aspirations of the people of Ukraine. The referendum in Crimea has shown that over 90 per cent population wants to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian federation. A referendum is an established practice in democracies to know the aspirations of a community claiming separate nationhood. There are however two valid objections to the exercise in Crimea. One, that there is no provision in the Ukrainian constitution for referendum and the second that it was conducted in the presence of Russian troops. Technical objections apart, the referendum leaves no ambiguity about the wishes of the population of Crimea. Putin needs to realise the extent of Russia’s isolation on the issue. It was the only country in the Security Council to oppose and veto the resolution. Russia would therefore do well to abstain from any military adventure in Ukraine. The US and EU need to realise the long term consequences of the initiation of a new Cold War. Both sides need to agree on a solution that keeps the country united as well as neutral. for this the warring sides of politicians in Ukraine have to be encouraged to jointly work out a constitutional solution that ensures the country to be a genuine federation with federating units enjoying maximum autonomy.
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InnAh’S speech of August 11, 1947 printed by most dailies was a censored version released. Resultantly, to date there remains confusion whether Jinnah wanted Pakistan for only Muslims or for all religions. Besides, there are quite a few controversial issues that have deepened the lines of division within Pakistan. On ground there is flagrant violation of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973. The chapter of fundamental rights that awards equal rights to its ‘citizens’ is often flouted. Groups decide who classifies as a citizen of Pakistan and who does not. hatred, anger, ostracism is directed towards those deemed not to be ‘citizens’ of Pakistan. Let’s establish first, the meaning of a citizen. Black’s Law Dictionary defines it as, “One who under the Constitution and laws of United States, or of any particular state, is the member of the political community, owing allegiance and being entitled to the enjoyment of full civil rights…” (Centennial Edition 1891-1991; Pg 244) nowhere does it award a superior status to one group of people over the other based on religion, gender, ethnicity or any other basis. The Objective Resolution, made a substantive part of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 states, “Wherein shall be guaranteed fundamental rights including equality of status, of opportunity
and before the law, social, economic and political justice, and freedom of thought, expression, belief, faith, worship, and association, subject to law and public morality..” If all are equal at all levels, where did we go wrong? So horribly wrong? Dr haroon Ullah, member of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s policy planning staff and author of a recently published treatise, “Vying for Allah’s Vote; Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan” talks about the driving force that guides political extremism in Pakistan. he talks, among others, of the death of Salman Taseer – killed for supporting minorities’ rights and those of women in Pakistan – and reactions to his murder. he talks of structures of the religious parties and the conflict within the defining parameters of the rightist groups A mention, well understood and accepted within Pakistan but need to be better understood by those in the west, “Any use of the term ‘‘sharia’’ must come with some caveats. The fact that Islamist parties share roughly similar conceptions of the role that sharia should play in governance should not obscure the signiﬁcant differences in their political programs, their different interpretations of what sharia entails, or the contested nature of the term ‘sharia’ itself.” (Pg 11) he continues to share, “Differences regarding what sharia entails exactly, and who has the right to deﬁne and enforce it, help explain the surprising fact that Islamic parties that occupy much the same space on the continuum are as likely to disagree with one another as they are with groups to their right or left.” This is the key to Pakistan’s dilemma of defining herself. Bull’s eye! Very interestingly, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has referred a plea to Islamabad high Court a plea filed to enforce sharia in the country. The court has been allowed 3 months to adjudicate upon the petition. In an earlier op-ed I had written, “The desire for peaceful coexistence
must aim at cultivating, first and foremost, a tolerance and understanding towards these differences by all. failure to do so must result in differences, acts of terrorism and ultimately war. The fact that we did not ‘choose’ our beliefs in which we were born, we did not ‘choose’ the sects within which we were born makes religious intolerance completely unnecessary. Different religions and different sects have lived together all over the world and in Pakistan – why the growing intolerance?” The constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 by Justice Muhammad Munir states, “Wrongs practiced in the name of religion are not protected by the Constitution providing for the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship… Everything which may be equally an exercise of religion is not required to be tolerated and the right to exercise religious freedom ceases where it overlaps and transgresses the rights of others.” (Volume 1 pg 369) The Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 does not differentiate between followers of different religions and sects by offering different degrees of fundamental rights to its citizens. Article 25 under the Constitution lay out, Equality of citizens: 1) All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law; 2) There shall be no discrimination on the basis of sex; 3) nothing in this Article shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the protection of women and children. It is extremely sad when non-state actors decide to take the decision in their hands to: a) make a determination as to who is, and who is not a citizen, and b) to then inflict hatred and brutality upon those deemed to be non-citizens. In any civilized society, Equality is one of the three pillars the structure of the society balances itself upon. The other two are Liberty and Justice. If we refuse equality across the board to all citizens, we are automatically denying to them; liberty and justice! In an extremely interesting paper by Thomas Christiano
dealing with the subject of equality and democracy, “Equal consideration of interests means that advancing the interests of one person is as important as advancing the interests of any other person... It is an elementary requirement of justice that individuals ought to be treated equally.” Pakistan needs to ensure none of its citizens are victimized or reduced to the level of second class citizens! But then there comes evidence of interfaith respect in Pakistan, which restores confidence in the country. Sikandar Chandio guards the hindu Temple at Johi. “Chandio’s Muslim family ‘protects’ the only temple in Johi, a town in which no hindu family resides. A hindu man handed over the charge of the temple to his grandfather, Jamaluddin,” says the local newspaper. (february 8, 2014) Report states “I was born in this temple, so were my children. We all are watchmen of this building.” Pakistan needs more Sikandar Chandios! E.A. Bucchianeri in ‘Brushstrokes of a Gadfly’ recounts an enchanting dialogue between Socrates and Plato. “Socrates: Have you noticed on our journey how often the citizens of this new land remind each other it is a free country? Plato: I have, and think it odd they do this. Socrates: How so, Plato? Plato: It is like reminding a baker he is a baker, or a sculptor he is a sculptor. Socrates: You mean to say if someone is convinced of their trade, they have no need to be reminded. Plato: That is correct. Socrates: I agree. If these citizens were convinced of their freedom, they would not need reminders.” Pakistan needs to redefine itself – super-fast. Yasmeen Aftab Ali is a lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book, ‘A Comparative Analysis of Media and Media Laws in Pakistan.’ Email: email@example.com; Twitter: @yasmeen_9.
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Defending the un-defendable An analyst said on TV that he did not approve the way the nurses have been treated, but he also did not approve the way these nurses treated their patients. I could not agree more with him. I am reminded of my experience with CMh Rawalpindi of many years ago. During the Ayub period one felt as if one had walked into a hospital in UK, but during the Bhutto period one immediately knew that one was in Pakistan. A Pakistan where discipline had been thrown out of the window, not only in the hospitals but everywhere else, and for every one person who worked there were four or more who did no work. This was the new work ethics. We are still suffering from the fall out of those populist policies but there are those who are ever ready to defend the un-defendable. They even oppose the present government’s efforts to make some sense out of the nonsense that the public sector enterprises have become. Will we ever get out from under Bhutto’s shadow? KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
Hollow suo motu notices I was amazed to read that Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken suo motu notice over the incident of selfimmolation of a rape victim in Punjab. The teenaged victim of sexual assault, who immolated herself in frustration after police bailed out the alleged rapists, died the other day of severe burn injuries. not long ago, Chief Justice also took notice of a gang-rape of a 40-year-old woman on the order of a jirga. Though some may consider such suo motu notices quite timely to redress the rape victims, but I wonder how come these notices are of any worth.
It was the same Supreme Court which upheld Lahore high Court judgement to release five of six accused of raping, now an icon women rights activist, Mukhtaran Mai, in 2011. Sixth man’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. If Supreme Court has already set the precedent in such cases, then what’s the use of such suo motu notices. We also failed to see any suo motu action against a Karachi court judge who acquainted the rapists of a girl after the painful 5-year long trial. These rapists were not only identified in the ‘identity parade’ but were also proved through DnA tests. The honorable judge threw the case out on the lack of primary evidence — there were no four (4) male witnesses! Why Supreme Court didn’t come into action to stop such cruel treatment of rape victims in the name of religious and tribal values? The court needs to first put its own house in order; otherwise such suo motu notices are no more than a propaganda stunt. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
The Thar catastrophe Drought, which is a normal feature in Tharparkar, has been a source of constant threat to the lives of the down-trodden and vulnerable residents of the area. Tharparkar, as known to everyone, has always been in a state of utter neglect. Successive governments that have come to the citadel of power, over six and a half decades of country’s existence, have been least concerned about the utterly dismal living conditions of the residents of this godforsaken region of Sindh. People residing in the deserts of Thar have encountered the menace of drought time and again. hundreds of men, women and children have lost their valuable lives over the past so many years. Yet again, this menace has taken a heavy toll on the lives of down to the core oppressed residents of the area, particularly the children. Pakistan’s media, quoting information disseminated by the Mitthi Taluka hospital (MTh), over hundred children have so far become unfortunate victims of the deadly menace of drought in a short span of just
three months. however, the figure quoted by those in position of authority in the province vis-à-vis the fatalities is roughly half the number quoted by MTh. Unfortunately, as reported in the media, 32 children died in the month of february alone in the area, due to severe malnutrition. According to figures furnished by MTh, more or less 38 children admitted in the referenced hospital had died of undernourishment in December 2013. forty two lost their lives in January 2014, and 36 and 5 deaths occurred in february and March 2014 respectively. The scenario depicted above is not only distressing but also pitiful. The administration, both at provincial and federal level, has sprung up to the latest situation in Tharparkar with unparalleled concern and a sense of urgency. The Pakistan Army, as always, has swiftly moved to deal with the crisis that has menacingly overwhelmed the region causing deaths of a large number of innocent children due to starvation. It has mobilized its medical team and other paraphernalia to provide relief to the devastated Thar community. To demonstrate his personal concern over the tragic state of affairs in Thar and see the measures that were being taken to address the predicaments of the calamity-struck residents of the area, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad nawaz Sharif also visited Thar and announced an interim relief of Rs1 billion for the affected people of Thar. All this hullaballoo and show of concern may be worthy of appreciation, however the fact remains that this is nothing unusual because that is how matters as crucial as the recent Thar catastrophe and the like have always been dealt with in this country. Sincere endeavors will have to be made by those at the citadel power to get out of this adhoc and totally nonprofessional style of governance if we are to ensure sustained and equitable development of all the regions of the country. If this is not done on war footing, elimination of poverty in the country will always remain a far cry. Catastrophe such as the one that has recently struck Thar, or catastrophes of even greater magnitude, may continue to occur and cause greater devastation in the future. M FAZAL ELAHI Lahore
WORLD VIEW 09
Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
Saudi Arabia and new foreign policy challenges tehran tiMes
he removal of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, known as the organizer of a new Army of Islam in Syria to topple the Assad regime, from the position of the director general of Saudi Intelligence Agency is emblematic of a new power struggle in Saudi Arabia. The battle of succession continues in Saudi Arabia, as major socioeconomic and political challenges loom large in a country whose leaders have yet to recover from the shocks of the 2011 Arab uprisings across the Middle east and North Africa. This new development shows that the Bandar-era of supporting the Takfiri terrorists and jihadists—some of whom are affiliates of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan—is practically over. The mastermind and principal financier of terror networks, Prince Bandar has fallen out of favor with both Washington and Riyadh, especially in recent months in light of the fact that the Syrian crisis has
assumed a terminal direction highly unfavorable to the Saudi ruling family. What explains this change of leadership? Bandar’s influence on shaping Saudi foreign policy has proven counterproductive, to say the least. In recent months, Bandar has spoken of forging an alliance with the nuclear-equipped Pakistan to counterbalance Iran’s potential to grow as a nuclear power in the region. Most significantly, however, Bandar has been a driving force behind the formation of the Islamic Front Coalition in Syria, a move that has yielded no benefits, insofar as their efforts have undermined the Assad regime and have left hundreds of thousands dead, wounded, displaced, or refugees. At the regional level, the Turkey-Saudi rift over the July 3, 2013 coup in egypt, which led to the removal of President Morsi from the egyptian political scene has drastically widened. While Turkey supported the democratically elected Morsi administration, Saudi Arabia chose to support the coup against Morsi. equally consequential has been the U.S.-Iran rap-
prochement, which has increasingly been seen as undercutting the traditionally stable Riyadh-Washington axis. Saudi security concerns in the region remain closely related to the role that Iran plays in the region. Most Saudi leaders as such fear that Washington may pull the plug on Riyadh by normalizing its ties with Tehran. Bandar’s replacement, Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, who is currently Saudi interior minister, represents a new strategy in Saudi foreign policy, one that is aimed at containing militancy in Saudi Arabia, mending some fences with Washington over Syria, and adjusting the country’s foreign policy to rapidly changing geopolitical considerations in the region. Most notably, Nayef may be concerned about curbing the increasing and expanding sectarianization of the Syrian conflict that has scarred and exacerbated the region. To the extent that Washington is seeking a more diplomatic and quieter approach than an openly militaristic solution vis-à-vis Syria, Saudi leaders might contemplate a change of approach prior to President Obama’s
visit to Riyadh in late March. The dominant thinking in Saudi Arabia is that the settlement of the decade-old dispute between Iran, the United States, and the european Union (eU) is bound to further weaken Saudi’s policies in the region, undermine its rivalry with Iran, and boost Iran-Turkey ties. While attempts to patch over Saudi-U.S. relations are likely to take center-stage, the Saudis need to adjust their regional policies, largely because the nuclear deal reached in the next 6-12 months by the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United States, plus Iran) could fundamentally alter the region’s balance of power. Never has the pace of change in the region’s geopolitical equilibrium been faster and never has the imperative of adjusting to new realities been so widely felt. Will the Saudis embark on a new path and where will it lead? Mahmood Monshipouri, Ph.D., teaches middle eastern politics at San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley.
Why BJP can’t win Spending for a modern armed force Week
Mani Shankar aiyar
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This time 10 years ago, all pre-poll surveys were predicting that the BJP was well ahead of the Congress. Only one psephologist, Yogendra Yadav (now the AAP's Dronacharya), cautioned that the results did not mean a closed contest but an election in which the outcome was yet to be determined. Apart from the first-past-the-post seat-taking, which put the Congress comfortably in front (you should have seen the shattered expression on Vajpayee's face), there were two other factors that contributed-as they might do now-to snatching victory from the jaws of the frontrunner. The first is that election-eve polling results incentivise alliances among the runners-up to come together to overtake the frontrunner, while disincentivising the frontrunner from sharing his lead with others. The second is that the more geographically concentrated the vote-lead, the less the number of seats it yields. It would be prudent to apply both these lessons to the current voting trends. Both the BJP and the Congress do not have a significant number of committed electoral allies. The BJP has only the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Shiv Sena. All other parties are keeping their options open. This is most vividly illustrated in Tamil Nadu, where Jayalalithaa has conspicuously distanced herself from close friend Narendra Modi. In what was billed as the BJP's major debut in Tamil Nadu, not even one party turned up to share the platform with Modi at his major rally in Chennai. Meanwhile, Congress talks with the DMK are quietly gathering steam. In the key states of UP and Bihar, local rivals might further their edge by tying up with one of the two “nationals”, one of which only Ram Vilas Paswan wants to touch. Frontrunners in the states have all agreed that they want nothing to do with the national frontrunners. Apart from Haryana's Indian National Lok Dal, no one seeks the company of the National Democratic Alliance. And while many spurn the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party has reaffirmed that it will be going with the party. Of course, the tainted Yeddyurappa has returned to the BJP, but whatever good that might do the BJP in Karnataka will be wiped out by the corrupt and opportunistic image it gives the party throughout the country. I turn now to the second factor-geographical concentration. In our system of elections, where victory and defeat are determined at the constituency level, every vote secured above the last vote gained by the loser is wasted in terms of seatgain. The BJP vote, with substantial margins, is concentrated in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Here, the BJP will win many seats but all of its surplus votes will not translate into more seats. The BJP is not the frontrunner in peninsular India. Nor in the northeast. Nor in the far north, Haryana upwards (except, perhaps, in the seat-starved Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand). The determining band thus narrows to UP and Bihar. In both states, the BJP is the dark horse desperately attempting to come from behind but being stalled by formidable hurdles-Mayawati and Mulayam in UP; and Nitish and Lalu in Bihar. The BJP would have to take half the current Congress seats to emerge the clear winner, but much of the haemorrhage from the Congress would be in the direction of the third front parties, not the BJP. Even if the BJP picked up half the Congress losses, it begins from such a low level that it will be stranded well below its ambitions. The third front parties would much rather take a shy at the coconut themselves than leverage one they loathe to the top post. And they would be supported from within the BJP by at least four leaders who want the top slot for themselves. It's open season and all bets are off! Aiyar, former minister, is an MP and a social commentator.
On February 6, 2014, India’s defence minister AK Antony announced that an important deal for 126 multi-role combat aircraft could not be signed in fiscal 2013, claiming that there was no money left to support the signing of the deal. The official proposal for what came to be known as the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition dates back to 2005, when the Government of India issued requests for information from prospective vendors. After a laborious vendor selection process that lasted seven years, Dassault’s Rafale emerged as the winner in 2012. Since then, complaints about the vendor selection process, disagreements over specific terms of transfer of technology and India’s ability to make monetary commitments due to a weakening economy have stalled the signing of the contract with Dassault. This general lethargy in India’s defence management is worrying. Indian Air Force (IAF) force levels are at an alltime low owing to obsolescence, attrition and retirement of aircraft. Force levels have depleted to 29 squadron today, against IAF’s minimum sanctioned strength of 39.5 squadron. Worse, nearly half of IAF’s inventory consists of aging MiG21s, which have been manufactured domestically under licence since the 1960s. India’s domestic multi-role fighter Tejas, conceived over 30 years ago and meant to replace the MiG-21s, has stalled. It is now expected that MiG-21s will not be retired until 2025, 62 years after the aircraft was first introduced in India. Issues pertaining to obsolescence do not plague the IAF alone. The Indian army is woefully short of tank ammunition. It is also short of artillery guns, not having inducted any howitzers into the army since the Bofors scandal in the 1980s. Delays in our indigenous aircraft carriers, and conventional and nuclear submarine programs impact India’s defence preparedness. Overall, neither do India’s Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) appear capable of meeting the needs of the armed forces – the ubiqui-
tous political lip-service given to ‘indigenisation’ notwithstanding — nor has the Ministry of Defence (MoD) displayed any sense of urgency in procuring equipment and systems needed to sustain the armed forces. As Ajai Shukla highlighted in February, only 4 percent of the 2013-14 capital budget is allocated for new acquisitions, down from 38 percent in 2010-11. The interim defence budget announced in February 2014 appears to do little to alleviate this systemic decline. Although a 10 percent increase in the defence budget was announced, there was only a paltry 3 percent increase in capital outlay, with revenue expenses garnering a large part of the increase. What little money will go towards defence modernisation from the overall capital outlay is as of yet unknown. In the context of the budget, Mr Antony’s admission that there was no money left for the MMRCA deal in FY 2012-13 is surprising. Capital allocation for the IAF was increased in FY 2012-13 by 22 percent, conceivably in order to account for the first installment of Rs. 10,000 crore due to be paid to Dassault after the deal was to be signed in FY 2013. If we are told that the IAF has spent all but 3 percent of its allocated capital acquisitions budget for FY 2013, where has the rest of the money gone? The interim budget for FY 2014 has decreased the IAF’s capital allocation budget by about 15 percent (over FY 2013 beginning estimates) to Rs. 31,818 crore. Worse, if the worrying trend of committed liabilities accounting for 95 percent of the capital acquisition budget lingers, this effectively means that the
MMRCA deal cannot be concluded in FY 2014-15 either. If the systemic mismanagement of defence expenses is not concern enough, the issue is exacerbated by the large size of India’s armed forces. All nations routinely reassess the size and strength of their armed forces. In 2008, Russia announced sweeping military reforms that envisioned reducing the size of its armed forces from 1.13 million to 1 million. Similarly, China began reassessing and reducing the size of non-combat units of the Peoples’ Liberation Army. Such a reevaluation is only natural, given the advancements and increasing reliance in force-multiplying technologies that make it unnecessary to maintain a large military. however, not only are there no routine assessments on the structure of India’s armed forces, their size also continues to grow rather inexplicably. For instance, the decision in 2013 to raise a new “China-centric” strike corps with 45,000 soldiers is perplexing at a time when the army and IAF’s conventional capabilities were already being upgraded along the border and nuclear deterrence exists. This raising will further skew the revenue-to-capital ratio further in favour of revenue allocations, and will add additional pressure on the defence budget at a time when India’s economic growth has slowed. Under such circumstances, it is usually the modernisation outlay that will be impacted. As Nitin Pai noted in Pragati, defence expenditure needs to be grounded in sound economic reasoning. Necessary conditions for this are better public reasoning and legislative oversight. While transparency in procurement has been repeatedly stated as a focus, no focus on procurement is visible. Nor is there much by way of a public account of cost overruns on defence acquisitions, as well as meaningful budget breakups. The effectiveness and seriousness of the current parliamentary standing committee on defence, chaired by Raj Babbar, remains questionable. Rohan Joshi is a Fellow at the Takshashila Institution. Pavan Srinath is Manager, Policy Research at the Takshashila Institution.
What else was missing about Malaysia flight Christian sCienCe Monitor For governments from Australia to Zimbabwe, there’s a lesson in how Malaysia fumbled its initial release of information about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The lesson: Openness during a crisis is critical to save lives, inform families of the missing, and foster international cooperation. Indeed, transparency in government can generally lift a society in a host of ways, from stimulating innovation to holding officials accountable. During a disaster, it is essential to help bring a speedy response to those in need or to prevent a similar disaster. Malaysia’s rulers, after a week of confusing accounts about the Boeing 777’s last-known whereabouts and its transponders, finally got their act together Saturday. Prime Minister Najib Razak revealed a wealth of new information that could help find the missing plane or explain its diversion. Even China, whose government is one of the most tight-lipped in the world, had criticized Malaysia for its reluctance to share information and for releasing misleading reports. “Unless transparency is ensured, the huge international search operation can never be as fruitful as we hope and expect,” stated an official commentary in the Chinese press. Of the 239 passengers onboard the flight, 153 are Chinese citizens. Beijing’s criticism should not be overlooked. It points to the need for Asian nations to overcome a great mistrust of each other and to work together on disasters and other emergencies that cross borders. With so many closed societies, Asia needs a better communications system between governments, especially their militaries. Malaysia, which has been ruled by the same political party since 1957, ranks low on global measures of honesty and openness. Its government operates more on patronage and ethnic favoritism than merit and efficiency. Perhaps this crisis will now stir its citizens to be more demanding of officials. The Internet has helped create an expectation of openness in many countries, especially those with lessthan-democratic governments. It enables citizens to bypass censors and mobilize grass-roots campaigns. As more authoritarian regimes try to close off access to the Internet, other countries must champion the idea that truth acts like sunshine in exposing the dark corners of government, culture, and the economy. Last week, on the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web, its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, called for an online “Magna Carta” to protect the Web’s “open, neutral” system. He and others worry not only about dictators blocking the Web but the antiterrorism surveillance of digital data by the United States and others. Excessive snooping without enough legal or legislative constraints can upset a delicate balance among the often-competing interests in security, privacy, and openness. Over the past decade, the nonprofit Open Knowledge Foundation has led a global campaign for transparency in all levels of government. Its “open data index” ranks 70 countries on the availability and accessibility of information in 10 areas, such as election results, pollution, and transport timetables. While the US ranks second in the index, Washington still has far to go in achieving openness. Last week, the Center for Effective Government issued grades on 15 key federal agencies in how well they have implemented the Freedom of Information Act. No agency achieved an overall top grade. Malaysia’s quick learning curve on openness should be a lesson for every country. Truth can be an asset, not an albatross.
Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
petrol prices will be reduced from april 1: dar ISLAMABAD INP
InAnCe Minister Ishaq Dar has said that the petrol prices will be reduced from April 1. “Sheikh Rasheed got nervous by our performance,” he claimed. Sheikh Rasheed was mistaken as the dollar was sold for even 97.50 rupee per unit, he added. In an interview with a private TV channel, the finance minister said that Sheikh Rasheed and many other politicians were spreading hopelessness. Dar said inflation was moving down and foreign reserves were increasing. To a question‚ Ishaq Dar said international markets were reposing confidence in the markets of Pakistan and showing keen interest in different sectors. He said measures were being taken to control the smuggling of gold, resolve energy problem and add more energy to the system. Pakistan seeks JaPanese investment: Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan H e Hiroshi Inomata called on Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar
at the ministry of finance on Monday to discuss bilateral economic co-operation between the two countries. The finance minister informed the ambassador that as a result of structural reforms and measures introduced by the present government the economy had started to show positive results. He said tax collection, GDP growth rate and foreign exchange reserves were moving up and the rate of inflation was going down. He mentioned that due to confidence in Pakistan’s economic policies, Japan external Trade Organisation (JeTRO) had ranked Pakistan second in the world in terms of business growth. He said if the survey was any guide then the Japanese companies should expand their business in the country. Instead of aid or loan, the government would welcome foreign direct investment from friendly countries including Japan, he added. He assured the ambassador that Japanese investors would be facilitated to invest in Pakistan where huge investment opportunities were available. Ishaq Dar said gas supply would be ensured to industrial sector.
MCB, ACCA explore future of corporate reporting Rupee stRengthens afteR bRief depReciation last week KARACHI INP
The rupee again gained value against the dollar on Monday after having lost some of it on Thursday and Friday last week. The dollar has devalued to Rs 98.92 in the inter-bank market buying while its selling rate is Rs 99.10. The greenback’s open market buying and selling rates are Rs 99.65 and Rs 100.20, respectively. Financial analysts say that in order to stabilise the rupee, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Saturday did not change its key policy rate and maintained it at 10pc for two months, as announced in the bank’s new monetary policy statement. Therefore, today’s revaluation of the rupee can be attributed to the effects caused due to the central bank’s latest monetary policy, the analysts said. According to sources in the banking sector, there has been no increase in the demand for the dollar by importers. This has, therefore, resulted in the strengthening of the rupee. The government, has however, directed the central bank to ensure that the dollar remains available in the open market in order to quell speculations.
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The future of corporate reporting - the way in which organisations report their performance and activities to investors, and the wider public, was explored at a high-level roundtable discussion between MCB Bank Limited and ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). The event took place on Monday which was attended by senior management of MCB, ACCA and ACCA members working at the bank. Senior management of MCB included Ali Munir, GH Strategic Planning & Investment, Ramzan, Group Head Treasury, Mubashar Bashir, Head of Corporate Communication & Marketing, Kamran Rasool, Group Head – CSR & Security. Senior management
of ACCA included Jenny Gu, Member of ACCA’s Global Council, Rehan Uddin, Head of ACCA Karachi and Muhammad Shahid Khan, Business Development Manager along with others. Jenny Gu made a presentation on the theme of ‘Corporate Reporting’. She highlighted ACCA’s research ‘Understanding investors research series’ which explores the way corporate perspectives are changing and investors are becoming more sophisticated in using a wider range of corporate information than ever. As a result, businesses need to understand their investor audience and respond accordingly. Integrated reporting is going to be the form of reporting increasingly taken up by progressive companies around the world. She said: “The aim of integrated reporting is to provide a
more consistent, holistic picture of how companies create value by bringing together these different strands of reporting. It also aims to address current shortcomings with traditional corporate reporting, which tends to see tangible assets as the main source of market value when, today, they typically represent only a relatively small proportion.” Mubashar Bashir and senior management of MCB Bank Limited appreciated the event saying, “such events are a great platform for institutions to interact with global accountancy bodies and such initiatives should be encouraged and continued.” Speaking on the occasion, he said: “MCB Bank understands the urgency to elevate corporate report mechanism towards integrated reporting as in today’s time and age, it is necessary to present information in a more cleansed manner.”
CORPORATE CORNER MCDONALD’S INVITES SIX MILLION TO FREE BREAKFAST ON NATIONAL BREAKFAST DAY
customers of Sindh Bank Ltd. This would certainly help in reaching out to the areas, not currently under the scope of commercial banks in order to create employment opportunities and improving productivity of the province of Sindh in particular and the country in general. PRESS RELEASE
PORSCHE REVEALS ALL-NEW MACAN AT PORSCHE NATIONAL POLO OPEN 2014
LAHORE: McDonald’s restaurants across Pakistan wereTen (10) among more than 6,000 throughoutAsia, the Middle East and Africa to offer free breakfasts to their customers. One thousand free Egg McMuffins in each of these restaurants were available across the country between 6am10am. The campaign – called National Breakfast Day – marked the second time McDonald’s initiated an international celebration of this scale, and it is called the World’s Biggest Breakfast. Amin Muhammad Lakhani CEO McDonald’s commented: “We are thrilled to be part of an initiative of this magnitude. McDonald’s Pakistanhas more thanFive Hundred (500) staff participating in the event, including everyone from our executive team, to our crew members. This was truly a community event, and a wonderful opportunity for us to share the goodness of the morning meal with our friends in Pakistan.” PRESS RELEASE
SINDH GOVT LAUNCHES ‘SINDH MODARABA’ KARACHI: The government of Sindh to further strengthen its footprints in financial sector announced in its budget speech in June, 2013 to set-up three separate companies in Leasing, Modaraba and Insurance sectors. This decision was largely conceived on the successful launch of Sindh Bank Ltd three years ago, registering a phenomenal growth over a short period. The Registrar, Modaraba Companies and Modarabas, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, (SECP) Islamabad has approved registration of Sindh Modaraba Management Ltd, the management company on 24th February 2014 for the floatation and Listing of Sindh Modaraba. The Business Plan of Sindh Modaraba, reviewed by the Registrar, Modaraba Companies and Modarabas, SECP was developed with the guidance of Board of Directors. Sindh Modaraba would capitalize on the strength of Sindh Bank Ltd to pursue its objective for targeting Small and Medium Enterprises and deepening its relationships with the existing
LAHORE: The Final of the Porsche National Polo Open 2014 was a much anticipated and action packed day which witnessed the unveiling of the allnew Porsche Macan in Pakistan through a surprise presentation before the match, featuring the sporty SUV driven onto the polo ground accompanied by an entourage of award winning polo ponies and other celebrated models of Porsche luxury automobiles indeed a first public reveal of the car in the entire Middle East Region. The final match of the tournament came after a series of Porsche led events throughout the two week tournament including their socially responsible PKDS driving school for children, the Porsche Polo Diaries Fashion Show and the Royal Ascot themed brunch. PRESS RELEASE
launched Internet Acquiring in partnership with Visa Inc’s CyberSource. This new service will allow ecommerce businesses to accept payments online through Visa and other scheme credit and debit cards. This was jointly announced by Mr. Ihab Ayoub, General Manager - Middle East & North Africa, Visa Middle East and Mr. Faiq Sadiq, Head – Payment Services, HBL at a ceremony held at Visa Middle East office in Dubai, UAE. Also present at the occasion were senior executives of both organizations. PRESS RELEASE
SHELL PAKISTAN LAUNCHES NEW PETROL STATION ISLAMABAD: In line with its commitment to meet the fuel and energy needs of a growing and changing population, Shell Pakistan has recently inaugurated a new petrol site here on Lahtrar Road, which is expected to serve thousands of commuters who use this major artery every day that connects Azad Jammu & Kashmir with Islamabad and the rest of the nation. “By expanding our network in the country, we want to ensure that Pakistani customers have access to Shell’s quality products in a variety of locations, particularly where commuter and commercial traffic is growing,” said IstvánKapitány, Shell’s Executive Vice President designate for the global Retail business at the site. PRESS RELEASE
47TH NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP COMMENCES AT POF SPORTS COMPLEX
BEBEK COMES TO PAKISTAN KARACHI: After Florence, New York & Istanbul, Mishal Agha is back to Pakistan to launch the first Turkish brand “Bebek”. Bebek is a retail and online store brand that is set to take local fashion-markets by storm. Mishal Agha, the owner holds a Masters Degree in Fashion Buying from Florence, Italy and has worked at Stella McCartney in New York City. She is aided by her husband who is an established fast-fashion garment manufacturer in Istanbul, exporting his goods all over Europe. PRESS RELEASE
HBL LAUNCHES INTERNET ACQUIRING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VISA’S CYBERSOURCE KARACHI: HBL, Pakistan’s largest bank, has
KARACHI: 47th National Volleyball Championship2014 commenced at POF Sports Complex Wah Cantt. 12 prominent teams of the country including Police, Punjab, FATA, Sindh, KPK, WAPDA, POF, Islamabad, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army are participating in this championship. Muhammad Asif, Member POF Board was the Chief Guest of the opening ceremony who announced to open National Volleyball Championship-2014. Earlier, Muhammad Afzal, President POF Sports Control Board in his welcoming remarks said that POF Sports Control Board has earlier hold Asian Style Kabaddi Championship,
National Cycle Race, National Junior Basketball Championship, POF Open Volleyball Championship and POF Open Shooting Competition as per guideline of Chairman POF Board. PRESS RELEASE
ADVANCE TELECOM GETS MILLION LIKES ON FACEBOOK KARACHI: Advance Telecom, official partner of Nokia, has received one million likes on its Facebook page. The company has become the first to achieve this feat in the mobile handset distributor sector and that too in a short span of time. Today social media in the corporate sector has become a tool to gauge customer loyalty and relationship with the brand. One million likes on Facebook show the strong bond that exists between the company and its loyal customers. PRESS RELEASE
COMSATS HOSTS 3RD PAK-CHINA BUSINESS FORUM ISLAMABAD: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) will organize 3rd Pak-China Business Forum, from March 21-24, 2014, to promote University – Industry collaborations in business and economic sectors for the mutual benefit of both countries. In this forum 130 Chinese and 100 Pakistani Companies will be displaying equipment and appliances. This year more than 100,000 visitors are expected. The forum will encompass project exhibitions, seminars, workshops and industrial academic expo. It will also help promoting thematic areas of new energy technologies, information and communication technologies, water conservation, purification and sanitation and biomedical materials, in consultation with Chinese counterparts. PRESS RELEASE
ISLAMABAD: Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Seok Pil Kim, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics. PR
Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
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Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
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zoo once dubbed the ‘worst in the world’ by a visitor is now set to close after complaints that the animals in residence were looking too depressed. The Split Science Museum and Zoo in Croatia’s second largest city, Split, will relocate its animals to different zoos across the country. The announcement came after numerous complaints that the animals were living in squalid conditions, such as small and dirty cages, making them visibly depressed. The closure was announced by Split’s deputy mayor, Goran Kovacevic, who said: ‘We have told the zoo manager to start preparations and draft a programme to relocate all animals.’ The monkeys will be sent to Germany, but the zoos managers are still looking for a housing solution for the zoo’s 14-year-old tiger. The establishment, open since 1924, previously housed 450 animals across 55 species. ‘There is a small range of animals including bears, wolves, donkeys and monkeys. ‘Some of the cages are ridiculously small and animals do not look happy at all. The most shocking cage was for the biggest animals in the zoo - bears. ‘The tiger’s cage was also really small,
but no tiger was present, maybe he was inside what looked like a nightmarish doghouse with tiny windows. ‘You don’t get even close to a feeling of visiting nature, instead it looks like a tiny and filthy prison.
Because of the terrible conditions, the zoo has suffered a bad reputation for animal mistreatment for years. Many campaigns have been started against it, including that of local animal rights activists under the Mar-
jan civic group, who have been trying for years to have the zoo closed. ‘Until recently there were five wolves in a cage and they had so little room that they constantly attacked one another.’ The city in the southern
Adriatic attracts hundreds of tourists from all over the year, especially in the summer. Its popularity comes from both its Roman-era heritage and proximity to the popular Croatian islands surrounding it. AGENCIES
Dead Indian guru in freezer for ‘deep meditation’
Antenna implanted into skull of colour blind artist works as third eye
An Indian guru declared dead has been in a deep freezer in his ashram for nearly six weeks with followers confident he will return to life to lead them, his spokesman said. Devotees placed Ashutosh Maharaj, whom authorities declared clinically dead on January 29, in the freezer and have been watching over his body in the sprawling ashram in a small town in northern Punjab state. Maharaj, reportedly in his 70s, is one of India’s many gurus or god-men who headed the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (Divine Light Awakening Mission) and claims to have millions of followers around the world. Mission spokesman Swami Vishalanand insisted their leader was not dead but was in fact in a state of samadhi, the highest level of meditation, and was therefore still conscious. Vishalanand told AFP that followers were now waiting for him to end his meditation. Until then, the ashram in Nurmahal town would stay open with followers performing their own mediations and spiritual sessions. “Mahara-ji (a Hindi term of respect) is still sending messages through followers in their meditative stage to protect his body till he returns,” he said earlier this week. The decision to place him in the freezer was challenged in court by a man claiming to be his former driver, who alleged several followers were not releasing the body as they were seeking a share of the guru’s properties, local media reports said. But the court rejected the man’s petition after receiving information from authorities confirming his death, reportedly from a heart attack, said Reeta Kohli, additional advocate general of Punjab state. “The court rejected his pleas after the Punjab government said that the man is clinically dead and that it is up to his followers to decide what they want to do with the body,” Kohli told AFP. Vishalanand said scores of spiritual leaders throughout history have traveled to the Himalayas for months of samadhi in freezing temperatures, before returning to life. AFP
A colour blind artist claims he can now ‘hear’ colours after having an ‘eyeborg’ antenna implanted into his skull. Neil Harbisson, 31, has been wearing an external electronic eye for 10 years which picks up colour frequencies through a camera and transforms them into sound vibrations. Mr Harbisson, of Camden, London, was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition which means he can only see in black and white. But he has now convinced surgeons to implant the chip inside his skull so that he can perceive more intricate colours. A wifi connector inside the chip allows him to hear images sent from a mobile phone without even looking at them. The cyborg antenna - or ‘eyeborg’ - is composed of a camera on one end and an audio input on the other end. The audio input - which is now implanted inside the back of his skull - allows him to receive the visual spectrum captured by his camera via bone vibrations. This audio input was once worn on the outside of his head, but now it has been implanted inside his skull - much like a cochlear implant - he has a greater depth of colour perception. The new wi-fi and bluetooth connectors in the chip also means he will be the first person in the
world to experience an image without actually seeing it for himself. Mr Harbisson had the implant inserted during a series of operations in Barcelona between December and this month, and will be
Honey is a new approach to fighting antibiotic resistance: study ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Honey could be one sweet solution to the serious ever growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, says a research. Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing but it could play a larger role in fighting infections, reported health news. The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance. That is it uses a combination of weapons including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration - all of which actively kill bacterial cells. The osmotic effect which is the result
of the high sugar concentration in honey draws water from the bacterial cells dehydrating and killing them. In addition, several studies have shown that honey inhibits the formation of biofilms or communities of slimy disease causing bacteria. Honey may also disrupt quorum sensing which weakens bacterial virulence rendering the bacteria more susceptible to conventional antibiotics. Quorum sensing is the way bacteria communicate with one another and may be involved in the formation of biofilms. In certain bacteria this communication system also controls the release of toxins which affects the bacteria’s pathogenicity or their ability to cause disease. Team of researchers is also finding that honey has antioxidant properties and is an effective antibacterial.
demonstrating it for the first time tomorrow. He said: ‘This announcement is not the launch of a new product and it is not the presentation of new technology - it is the presentation of a new body part that will allow us to extend our senses in unimaginable ways.’ Every colour has a different vibration, meaning different paintings, images or even faces have a different note or sound +3 Every colour has a different vibration, meaning different paintings, images or even faces have a different note or sound. Project spokesperson Mariana Viada said: ‘The other antenna was attached, but this one is inside. ‘There is now more distinction between the colours - it is much wider and more definite. ‘But the most important new thing is that he can now connect with other devices. ‘He can now not only perceive the colours that are in front of him but also colours that other people are looking at on their phones. ‘Potentially, this means, that he could also communicate skull to skull with other people who have the implant, but at the moment he is the only one. ‘How this will exactly work and the details will be revealed by Neil during his presentation.’ NEWSDESK
100-year-old female beggar leaves millions for govt
A Saudi woman lived as a beggar most of her life until she was 100 years. When she died, she left behind millions and four buildings. Known as Aisha, the woman had told a neighbour just before her death to give her money to authorities as she had no relatives. Okaz newspaper estimated her wealth at SR five million (Dh 5 million) plus four large buildings in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah, where Aisha had practiced her begging profession for more than 50 years. “She had around SR 4 million in cash, more than SR one million in gold coins and four buildings,” it said, quoting a neighboring man, who said he had served her for many years before she died this week. “Before her death, she asked me to inform authorities and hand all her money and properties to them. I have handed her wealth to a dignitary in our neighborhood in the presence of all other dignitaries. He made a pledge to take the necessary procedures to hand the wealth to the authorities shortly.” AGENCIES
tuesday, 18 March, 2014
Beyonce stops concert to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to lucky fan NEWS DESK Pop star Beyonce Knowles gave a birthday girl an unforgettable gift by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in the middle of her recent Birmingham concert. The ‘Drunk in Love’ hitmaker stopped her show so that she could wish the lucky fan, Shehnaz Khan, who turned 22 that day, reported a UK news channel.
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Khan filmed the moment and shared it on YouTube. In the nearly-two-minute clip, Beyone can be seen ordering her backing dancers to stop performing after spotting Khan standing in the front row while wearing a badge saying it’s her birthday. The star approaches the girl and asks her name before singing ‘Happy Birthday’. After finishing the song, Beyonce returns to the
stage and continues the show. “Incredible, when is that ever going to happen again! I was wearing a birthday badge, which she noticed early on in the show and she kind of nodded in acknowledgement. “I can’t believe she stopped the show for me. I was leaning over the barrier holding her hand and not realising the camera was recording, everyone around me was going crazy!” Khan said.
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Annie’s ‘hand’s clean’ in SataeshNoureed separation aﬀair
N g L I S H - PA K ISTANI singer and model Annie Khalid has denied involvement in the Sataesh Khan and Noureed Awan’s separation issue. Annie’s PR agency has urged people to keep her out of this issue as “her name has been deliberately dragged in to attract media attention”. Her media agency further clarified that Annie has no involvement with any social media page created relating
Now if this is true, then it’s definitely a coup of sorts. Aamir Khan and Deepika Padukone may be coming together for a film being produced by Farhan Akhtar’s and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment. The makers have kept the project under wraps but it seems that Deepika is excited about working with Aamir Khan and has already given her nod to the film. Watch this space for more.
drAke, rihAnnA serious About eAch other AGENCIES Musicians Rihanna and Drake, who are fond of each other, have reportedly decided to get serious about their relationship. Multiple sources extremely close to the couple said Rihanna and Drake have gone from casually hooking up to seriously dating. "They've decided to give it a serious shot." Rihanna wants to spend as much time with Drake as her schedule will allow - because he treats her better than anyone she's ever been with. They have been virtually inseparable while Drake's been touring in Europe. Rihanna has spent every single night with him since she arrived on the continent. As for Drake, he's smitten. One source said: "He's in the best mood he's been in a long time."
to this matter and which claims Annie has teamed up with Sataesh Khan against her husband. Hence, a request has been launched to the owners of these pages to remove her name which is being used by them without Annie's consent. Her PR agency further stressed that Annie is building a life for herself in Pakistan and does not want her past to be continuously brought up as it is both painful and stressful for her and her family.
Veena’s hubby asked me to clarify tweet controversy: Mahesh Bhatt
AGENCIES First of all, let me clarify this, that I have no role to play in Veena Malik's either coming to India, or finding a name in the entertainment space. Yes, I was the person who brought Meera, another Pakistani actress here, was the first person to bridge the cultural gap between India and Pakistan and kick-start the cultural peace and exchange process that has taken a leaping curve in building relationship with our neighbouring country in the realm of performing arts. I have never met Veena. I have spoken to her over the phone when she was going through a crisis earlier, but I have
not played any role in making her part of the entertainment space in India. I think it was because of the television that she could be recognised at all. If she has made a statement as shocking as this, it is indeed heart breaking to the people who welcomed her with open arms. This is, I would say, a retrograde moment for the cultural peace process that has been strengthening between the two countries. That such people do not have a shred of gratitude for the affection and warmth shown to her, is a telling comment on her. I got a call from her husband, Asad Bashir Khan Khattak, and he pleaded with me to help him clarify this contro-
versy. He said, and this is clearly according to him, that this particular twitter account from which this comment was tweeted, was being misused by her exboyfriend/secretary. And then she came on the phone and said to me, 'Kya karoon, I am being hounded for this comment, but I haven't said any such thing at all. There is this individual, this secretary who has been misusing my account.' I said, listen, since I have been an ambassador for the Indo-Pak peace process, for that sake alone, I am willing to speak to this secretary, and see if a solution can be found. So, I spoke to him, some Singh, I forget his name, and told him, 'Veena Malik's hubby called me, and I am seeking your help to clarify to the nation about this outrageous thing she is supposed to have tweeted.' He told me, over the phone, that it was a joint account being used and managed by him and her. And that he was not only her secretary, but that he was a person having a relationship with her. When I heard this, I said, 'Aha, if this is a matter of the heart, I would step back to leave you two to solve this issue together, because in the matter of the heart, there is no easy solution.' This is where my connection with this whole controversy begins and ends. I would again like to clarify that I have never had nothing to do, no role to play in Veena's coming to India, or anything else.
Alba, 32, played the role of the invisible woman in last two films but will not be seen in the upcoming reboot. She has been replaced by Kate Mara, reported US magazine. “I don’t have any sort of real attachment to anything like that. I’m like, the more the better, I don’t really have any idea. It’s not like I created the comic book. I think Stan Lee (the co-creator of ‘Fantastic Four’) should have a say in who plays Sue,” said Alba. “I don’t read entertainment news so I’m not aware of it, but I love that comic book and it’s such a great story about family and staying together,” she said. ‘Fantastic Four’ is scheduled for release in June.
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AGENCIES Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has reportedly been dating Somali-born rapper K’Naan since September. The New York-based couple has apparently bonded over their similar interests, reported Us magazine. “She loves his humanitarianism. They’d both passionate about African issues,” a source said. K’Naan, 36, has two sons with pharmacy tech ex-wife Deqa Warsame. But the 31year-old ’12 Years A Slave’ actress and K’Naan are taking things slow. “She hasn’t met his kids,” the source added.
Not disheartened over ‘Shuddhi’, ‘Bombay Samurai’: Kareena AGENCIES Actress Kareena Kapoor doesn`t feel disheartened about her projects getting delayed or things not working out the way she wants them to, and has indeed started taking them in her stride. Two of Kareena`s most talked-about films, Karan Johar`s home production `Shuddhi` and `Bombay Samurai` opposite Farhan Akhtar are stuck for some reasons. In case of `Shuddhi`, the project derailed due to lead actor Hrithik Roshan`s health issues, forcing Kareena to walk out of the venture.
`Bombay Samurai` got delayed apparently as the production house (Excel Entertainment) is busy with other project with Shah Rukh Khan. The film was initially supposed to go on floors this month but now it will happen post September, contrary to reports that it is delayed to next year. "I have left `Shuddhi`, I am not part of it anymore. I am not at all disheartened about it. It (`Bombay Samurai` getting delayed) gives me more time for myself and to holiday... I am married now I am not running a relay marathon now. I don`t know why the press makes
such a big deal about it," Kareena told in an interview. "After `Singham 2`, we will shoot for `Bombay Samurai`. It (film) needs international crew so we will begin (to) work on it post September," she said, adding that shooting for `Singham 2` will start from March 25. When asked about her refusal to projects like `Queen`, `Ram-Leela`, `Chennai Express`, `Fashion`, `Kal Ho Na Ho`, `Black` and others which subsequently went to other actresses, Kareena said she did not regret her decision. "I feel honoured and glad to give
work to other people. I hope they (actresses) become stars as I have rejected big films," she said. When asked about her criteria for picking a film, Kareena said she wanted to be related to the project and big banner is secondary. "I am looking for films that I want to be part of... something that excites me. I listen to about two stories a day but I am not going to say yes to anyone, no matter who it is. I don`t think whether that person is big (filmmaker) or not. I will go by the script and that is more important for me and I have learnt that over the years," Kareena added.
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‘Disappointment’ at Vaughan’s comments
He Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) chief executive, Angus Porter, has expressed “disappointment” at Michael Vaughan’s comments regarding Jonathan Trott after the former england captain said he felt “conned” by the explanation given for Trott’s early return from the Ashes. At the time when Trott left immediately after the Brisbane Test it was termed to be for a “stress-related illness”. The batsman has this week said - in his first interviews given to Sky Sports, eSPNcricinfo and the evening Standard - that he was suffering from burnout rather than any form of depression which Vaughan has taken to mean as being “not mental” issues. “I was so tired, I couldn’t think, I couldn’t concentrate and I couldn’t bat,” Trott told eSPNcricinfo. “It was as if my processing speed was slower... “My answer has always been to work harder. I can see that was a mistake now.” In a strongly-worded column in the Daily Telegraph, Vaughan wrote that players in the england dressing room and the opposition will now think that Trott did a “runner” from Australia when
Reputations at stake for Afghanistan, Hong Kong ChIttagong AGENCIES
The build-up was all about creating heroes but, after illusion-shattering defeats in their opening games, Afghanistan and Hong Kong must get back to the more prosaic business of preserving reputations and dignity. Neither is yet out of the competition but the fates would have to be remarkably capricious for one of them to top the group from here. Afghanistan’s warrior mentality has given them an edge in their bull run through the Associate game but that combustibility is becoming a weakness at the highest level,
where temperament and technique are more closely scrutinised. Only once have they not been heavily beaten at the World T20 and four innings out of five have disintegrated before lasting 20 overs. Their confrontational approach against Bangladesh - expressed most clearly in the moment of handbags between Dawlat Zadran and Shakib Al Hasan - backfired fairly spectacularly but they should not need to get quite so worked up for Hong Kong, a team they beat comfortably in the semi-final of last year’s Asian Cricket Council T20 Cup. After the disappointment of Sunday, the prospect of a first World T20 win will perhaps lift the mood.
the going got tough. “I feel a little bit conned we were told Jonathan Trott’s problems in Australia were a stress-related illness he had suffered for years. “He was obviously not in a great place but he was struggling for cricketing reasons and not mental, and there is a massive difference. There is a danger we are starting to use stress-related illness and depression too quickly as tags for players under pressure.” Vaughan was also critical of Trott’s use of words “crazy” and “nutcase” during his interview with Sky Sports. “He then completely disrespected anybody who has gone through depression and mental illness by using words such as ‘nutcase’ or ‘crazy’. When I hear players talking about burn-out, I suspect it is an excuse. You never see players retiring from sport and talking about burnout when they are playing well. “What Trott will have to accept is that players in his own dressing room and in the opposition will look at him and think at the toughest of times he did a runner. He did not fight and got on a plane and went home. It is harsh but that is the reality.” Porter said that the comments were a reminder of the work still needed to be done not only with sport but in the wider society. “I’m disappointed in the
comments by Michael Vaughan,” he told eSPNcricinfo. “We all need to understand that there is a spectrum of mental illness and every case is different. It’s a reminder that there is still much to understand and learn, I think across society as a whole.” Porter did, though, concede that some of the words chosen by Trott could be seen as “clumsy” although believes they were used to describe people’s possible view of him rather than his view of how mental illness is perceived. The eCB’s role in how they explained the situation and briefed when Trott flew home has also been questioned, but Porter was sure they “did their very best to explain a difficult situation in a sensitive and sympathetic manner.” Another former england player, Matthew Hoggard, who has spoken openly about suffering from depression towards the end of his international career echoed Vaughan’s thoughts. “Very interesting thoughts from Michael Vaughan on Jonathan Trott,” Hoggard posted on Twitter. “As a whole I would have to agree with him. When Trott came back from Australia citing stress-related issues I think we all automatically thought of depression.”Having first-hand experience of
Brendan Taylor asks batsmen to ‘toughen up’ sylhet AGENCIES
Brendan Taylor’s anger with himself was splattered all over his face as his under-arm throw missed the stumps. It was the last
BANGLADESH FAVOURATE TO WIN AGAINST NEPAL s Pervez QaIser After comprehensively beating Afghanistan in the first match, Bangladesh take on Nepal in their second match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong on Tuesday (March 18). This match will start at 18.30 hours (PST). The nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan was Bangladesh’s first after 10 successive defeats in Twenty-20 World Cup. They lost 10 successive matches after beating West Indies by six wickets in their first match in Twenty-20 World Cup at Johannesburg on September 2007. Bangladesh who are participating in the Twenty-20 World Cup for the first time, have won two and lost 10 in 12 matches played. They have won 6 out of 9 Twenty-20 international matches against Associate Nations. Bangladesh need a victory over Nepal to qualify for the Super 10. For Nepal however, the game against Bangladesh is what they have worked so hard for in the last 18 years. This is their first ever international match against a Test-playing nation, and one can only imagine how much they will be raring to have a crack at the hosts. From their big win against Hong Kong on Sunday night, it
became evident that their main batsmen and bowlers have the capacity to be mentally strong enough when they have to stand up. Gyanendra Malla and captain Paras Khadka added 80 runs for the third wicket, which recovered the innings from an iffy 36 for 2 to a strong 116 for 3. The Chittagong wicket has historically been a featherbed and is likely to be slow. It won’t be as bouncy as the Mirpur wicket, so more runs can be expected. The weather is quite hot, so there will be a chance of some dew in the evening game. The first match of the day will be played between Afghanistan and Hong Kong. This match will start at 14.30 hours (PST). Both team are now out of the tournament as they lost their opening matches. Afghanistan’s nine-wicket defeat was their fifth in a row in Twenty-20 World Cup while Hong Kong have lost their maiden match in the Twenty-20 World Cup. PERFORMANCE IN TWENTY-20 CRICKET: Team P W L Success% Bangladesh 34 10 24 29.41 Nepal 1 1 - 100.00 Bang v Nepal - - - Team P W L Success% Afghanistan 23 11 12 47.82 Hong Kong 1 - 1 00.00 Afgh v H.K - - - -
Karachi: Dubai islamic Bank Pakistan Limited (DiBPL) organised a sports festival for its employees on Saturday. PR
the horrible illness to hear Jonathan use the words nutcase and crazy is so disrespectful and coming from a guy that cited mental health issues as the reason he came home astonishing.” A leading mental-health charity, Mind, emphasised that there are no simple answers when it comes to stress, and its various guises, and that there remains some way to go to create an environment of understanding. “We all have mental health and, as with physical health, it’s essential we are attuned to the signs and symptoms that can be indicative of underlying problems,” Paul Farmer, the chief executive, told eSPNcricinfo. “Stress is not a medical diagnosis, but severe stress that continues for a long time may lead to depression, anxiety, or more severe mental health problems. “Within the world of elite sport, there is undeniable pressure to deliver outstanding performances time after time. There is little room for error and failure to deliver can cost a player their position on a team. In turn there is an atmosphere where asking for help can be perceived as a weakness and speaking out about mental health problems a taboo. Cases like the tragic death of Robert enke show just how serious the effects of this stigma can be.
Mushfiqur wary of Nepal challenge chittagong: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim will not let his side take Nepal lightly, and having had a look at his training session on Monday afternoon, it is clear that they are treating this game like any other, with equal significance. As he does so often on the eve of matches, Mushfiqur came to the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium early for the extra net session. One of the bowlers troubled him and Shamsur Rahman, who had recently joined the captain in these early nets, but otherwise, they smashed a few having had a good knock from a member of the support staff. Bangladesh’s focus has been firmly on winning games, having only won their first international match in 2014 on Sunday when they crushed Afghanistan by nine wickets. It broke a nine-match losing streak, which included two T20s against Sri Lanka last month and seven ODI defeats on the trot. Mushfiqur gave a reminder of what had been happening, to put everyone into Bangladesh’s perspective. “We will try to beat them even if it is a ten-wicket or one-wicket win,” Mushfiqur said. “Whatever it is, our main focus will be to win the game, by hook or crook. “T20 is a format where the game can change easily. Tomorrow’s game is very important for us because we are plying the World T20s. The last three months the results didn’t come our way, so from that aspect we are not ready to give away anything.” AGENCIES
ball of Zimbabwe’s first World T20 qualifier against Ireland and the Zimbabwe captain’s wide throw gave the opposition the game.His eyes darkened and his face reddened, almost to the colour of his shirt, as he saw Stuart Thompson crash into Tinashe Panyangara and Alex Cusack sprint to the other end. Taylor’s expression said he knew the chance to take the game to a Super Over had been handed to him and he knew he gave it away. He did well not to yell at himself when he was asked about it, even though he took the blame. “I had a good feeling that it was going to be a Super over but it was not to be,” Taylor said. His anger with the rest of his team was a little more wellhidden. Taylor was irritable with them for putting themselves in a situation where they needed a Super Over and it lasted a little longer than his annoyance with himself. Taylor was concerned with his team’s performance from the half-time break when he declared their total, “20 runs short.” His bowlers ensured Zimbabwe were lacking by much fewer than that and could have made 163 enough but after their valiant efforts in the last six overs, Taylor was still upset the batsmen hadn’t done enough. “To defend 160, it was always going to be difficult. But, we showed some character to bring it back,” he said. “With guys getting out for 15 or 20, it was always going to be tough to rebuild with the new batter coming in.” He asked them to place more value on their time in the middle to avoid giving themselves too much to do in the latter overs. “They need to put a high price on their wickets and have to step up. There is no point leaving it for the next man coming in because he takes five to six balls to get going, so the game stop-starts,” Taylor said. Zimbabwe’s scoring rate started healthily with 56 runs coming in the Powerplay but they stagnated against Ireland’s spinners. In frustration, they tried to hit out and Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza, Taylor himself and Vusi Sibanda were all caught aiming to go big, something Taylor was not happy about. “Batters were a bit soft with their dismissals,” he said. “Mentally, we need to toughen up little bit. If you get yourself in, you need to kick on or else you are making it difficult for the team.”
PTCL holds Squash tournament for employees
Islamabad PRESS RELEASE
Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) held a Squash tournament for its employees at company’s officers club in Islamabad. The 7 day tournament saw a large number of employees competing in categories of Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles and Veteran’s Singles events. In the Men’s Singles final, Arslan Aslam emerged as winner by defeating Asim Akhtar, while Uzma Ajmal clinched the women’s title by de-
feating Tasneem Akhtar. The veteran’s title went to Amir Hayat while Zia Ur Rehman remained the runner-up. Chief Guests Syed Mazhar Hussain, PTCL CHRO Muhammad Nasrullah, PTCL CBOO Tariq Salman, PTCL CTO Raid Yousaf, PTCL CIO and M O Senior Advisor Technical Haj Mahmoud presented shields and souvenirs to the participating players. The matches drew large number of spectators comprising of employees as well as their families who appreciated the sportsmanship and level of competition displayed by the players.
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IRELAND’S FIRST LAST BALL WIN IN T-20 CRICKET s Pervez QaIser Ireland recorded their first last ball win in Twenty-20 World Cup as well as in Twenty-20 cricket by winning the match on the final ball against Zimbabwe at Sylhet Stadium on Monday (March 17). It was third time in Twenty-20 World Cup and 12th time in Twenty-20 cricket when victory was recorded off the final ball of the match. Netherlands was the first team to record final ball win in Twenty-20 World Cup. They beat England by 4 wickets on the final ball of the match at Lord’s on June 5,2009. Sri Lanka defeated India by five wickets off the last ball of the match at Grod Islet on May 11,2010. ** Ireland recorded their highest ever total in Twenty-20 World Cup by making 164 for seven in 20 overs. It was also Ireland’s fourth highest total in Twenty-20 crickett. Ireland’s previous highest in Twenty-20 World Cup was 138 for four in 18.2 overs against Bangladesh at Nottingham on June 8,2009. ** Zimbabwe also recorded their highest ever total in Twenty-20 World Cup by making 163 for five in 20 overs. It was Zimbabwe’s sixth highest total in Twenty-20 cricket. Their previous highest in Twenty-20 World Cup was 139 for five in 19.5 overs against Australia at Cape Town on September 12,2007. They have won the match against Australia but lost to Ireland this time. ** Paul Stirling’s 60 off 34 balls with nine fours and one six was his fifth half century in 24 innings of as many matches. This is same as the all other Ireland batsmen put together. LAST BALL WINS IN TWENTY-20 CRICKET: Margin Winner Loser Venue Date 5 wickets New Zealand India Wellington 27-02-2009 4 wickets Netherlands England Lord’s 05-06-2009 5 wickets Sri Lanka India Gros Islet 11-05-2010 1 wicket England Australia Adelaide 12-01-2011 4 wickets Scotland Canada Dubai 23-03-2012 2 wickets Bangladesh Ireland Belfast 21-07-2012 1 wicket Netherlands Bangladesh The Hague 26-07-2012 6 wickets England India Mumbai 22-12-2012 8 wickets New Zealand South Africa East London 23-12-2012 2 wickets Pakistan West Indies Kingstown 27-07-2013 3 wickets Sri Lanka Bangladesh Chittagong 14-02-2014 3 wickets Ireland Zimbabwe Sylhet 17-03-2014.
Jayawardene to quit T20Is after World T20 Mahela Jayawardene, the former Sri Lanka captain, will retire from Twenty20 internationals at the end of the World T20. The news came a day after his team-mate, Kumar Sangakkara, announced the tournament will be his last in the format as well. “The rationale behind retirement is pretty much the same as Sanga’s,” Jayawardene told Wisden India. “When it is clear that I can’t see myself playing in the next ICC World T20, there wasn’t much point in me occupying a spot. It makes more sense for a youngster to come into the mix and establish himself.” Jayawardene, 36, has played 49 T20Is to date, and is his nation’s leading run-scorer in the format, having hit 1335 runs at 31.78, with a strike rate of 134.17. A technical purist for much of his career, Jayawardene introduced new strokes and an innovative outlook to his game to become arguably Sri Lanka’s best T20 batsman. He had not played the reverse sweep for the first 10 years of his international career, but the shot is now among his most productive in limited-overs cricket. SPORTS DESK
Bailey to captain Kings XI Punjab G
eORGe Bailey, Australia’s T20 captain, will lead Kings XI Punjab in the IPL this season. Bailey will be the second Australian to lead Kings XI after Adam Gilchrist, who lead the franchise in the last two seasons before retiring last year. Bailey was one of the four Australians purchased by the franchise at the players auction on February, along with Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh. His price tag of Rs 3.25 crore ($531,000 approx) was fractionally more than Virender Sehwag, who was the bargain buy at Rs 3.2 crore ($522,800 approx). According to Sanjay Bangar, the Kings XI coach, Bailey was the “unanimous choice”, and only candidate considered by him and the franchise owners. Bangar pointed out the biggest factor that swung things in the favour of Bailey was his leadership pedigree. Incidentally, in 2011 when the Australian selectors appointed him as the T20 captain, Bailey became only the second man since Dave Gregory in 1877, to lead the team in his first match for the country in any format. “He was the unanimous choice. He has got success as a leader in the domestic tournaments like Sheffield Shield in Australia,” Bangar told eSPNcricinfo. “He had also lead Australia in the Twenty20 format. And then the overall type of character he is, who can understand a range of players from the bigger names to ones that have limited ability. We are confident he has the ability to bring out the best from everyone.” Bailey, 31, previously played in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings for
It is a mark of how intently Afghanistan have focused on beating sides above them in the global pecking order that their captain, Mohammad Nabi, was unaware that his team would notch a first World T20 win if they overcome Hong Kong on Tuesday. Afghanistan’s rise to becoming one of the leading second-tier sides is a tale no less inspirational for the fre-
Khadka relishes ‘opportunity’ against Bangladesh chittagong: Nepal will face Bangladesh on Tuesday evening, but the two teams go back a long way, all the way back to 1996 when Nepal played their first ever cricket match, when both of them were Associate Nations. During the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur that year, Nepal lost to their World T20 Group A opponents by a margin of a faster run-rate. Their paths have crossed at other levels of cricket: Under-15s, Under17s, Under-19s, Under-21s, their women’s teams as well as the blind cricket teams of the two nations. But that ACC Trophy game was of utmost significance as it happened 50 years after the Cricket Association of Nepal was formed, and started their journey. Paras Khadka was too young to remember the particulars of that game but like most cricket fans in Nepal, they have followed the Bangladesh team on TV. AGENCIES
Clarke fractured shoulder during Cape Town ton
three years from the 2009 season, before being released in 2012. However, the presence of many allrounders forced Bailey to spend time in the dugout. In the three innings he man-
aged, he scored 63 runs at a strike rate of 95.33. Bailey has captained Australia in 24 T20Is and helped the team to 13 victories with good numbers: 435 runs at a strike rate of 146.95.
Afghanistan focused on keeping slim chances alive ChIttagong
quent telling and they added another track to their greatest hits earlier this month with a first ODI win against a Full Member. Bangladesh, beaten on their own turf in the Asia Cup, exacted a clinical revenge on Sunday and extended Afghanistan’s World T20 record to played five, lost five. That record is nothing to be ashamed of, as their previous opponents at the 2010 and 2012 competitions have been India (twice), england and South Africa. Nepal, another side with aspira-
tions of upsetting the established order, got on the victory board at the first attempt with a giddy thrashing of Hong Kong but it is clear a similar result will do little to soothe Nabi and his players, who must rely on Bangladesh making an almighty hash of one of their two remaining games to sneak through. Beating both Hong Kong and Nepal, something they have done regularly in the past, by wide margins may see them into the Super 10 stage but Nabi did not seem overly hopeful.
Broad confident of playing ‘full part’ in World T20 ChIttagong AGENCIES
england’s preparations for the World T20 have been about as tranquil as your average ride in a Bangladeshi auto-rickshaw but, having arrived in Dhaka ahead of the start of the Super 10 stage in a few days’ time, they have received a cautiously optimistic prognosis on the fitness of Stuart Broad. england’s T20 captain has been suffering from patellar tendonitis due to his exertions over a draining winter season but Broad has said he is confident of being available throughout the two weeks. Broad was rested from england’s final two T20s in the West Indies because of swelling and discomfort in his right knee. He has since had an injection on the joint and is not likely to play in england’s first warm-up match - also against West Indies on Tuesday meaning that he will have just the second practice fixture against India to prove his readiness. Since the start of 2013, Broad has bowled more than 650 overs for
england in all formats, the most by any fast bowler in that period. The fact that T20 will only require short bursts is in Broad’s favour, although he may still need surgery and a significant period of rehabilitation at some point in the near future. “I had an injection on my knee last week so they normally take eight to ten days,” Broad said. “We left Barbados on Friday afternoon and didn’t get here until last night, so it was quite a long way to travel and we had to manage that. It is unlikely I will play tomorrow because I have not actually run since I had the injection yet but I would say I will definitely play against India the next day. “The soreness has gone a bit, I managed to get a gym session while we were in Dubai, we were 12 hours in transit so I have rested pretty well. If it was a Test tour, it might be more concerning but with only four overs per game I am pretty confident I will be able to play a full part in this World Cup.” england and Broad’s relish for the challenge may reasonably be expected to have dimmed, after yet an-
other switch of continents to be tested in inhospitable foreign climes. Injuries have bedevilled their World T20 squad, supposedly a fresh start for england after the horrors of Australia, meaning the coach, Ashley Giles, has seldom been able to work with his preferred XI. Confidence may also be low: england have won just one limited-overs series (the one-dayers in the Caribbean) since reaching the Champions Trophy final last summer, as well as a one-off ODI against Ireland. Broad, however, evoked the memory of the 2010 World T20 triumph when england settled on an XI only in the final warm-up match before the start of the tournament. He singled out batsmen Alex Hales, eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler as potential impact players who could spark another unexpected run. “We have some match-winners, the likes of Morgan and Buttler with their power and Hales was recently named number one batsman in the world. I’ve always said that in Test cricket, you need eight or nine guys to have a really good game, in T20 you need two or three max.”
Scans have revealed that Michael Clarke suffered a fractured shoulder during his gutsy century in the Cape Town Test, an innings that featured a sustained bouncer barrage from Morne Morkel. Cricket Australia’s physio Alex Kountouris has said that Clarke’s injury will heal “with a period of rest”, although it was not confirmed how long that lay-off would be. Australia are fortunate that they have no Tests or one-day internationals coming up in the immediate future. However, the injury means Clarke will be unavailable to play for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield final against Western Australia, which starts at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday. Clarke had returned from the South Africa tour hoping that he would be able to take the field for his state in the decider but instead he will embark upon a recovery period. Clarke scored an unbeaten 161 in the first innings at Newlands, which set up the victory that earned Australia a 2-1 series win. The innings was particularly notable for the way he survived a searching spell from Morkel, who came around the wicket and sent down plenty of bouncers and struck Clarke all over the body. SPORTS DESK
‘We are here to win three games’ SyLhet: William Porterfield spoke like the leader of a side that had beaten an opponent ranked below it. There was no taking any opposition for granted but Ireland were also not going to treat this game as much more than the important victory it was for them in their bid to get to the Super 10 stage of the World T20. No making statements for themselves or on behalf of the Associate world, for now at least. “It is just a win. People may have had Zimbabwe as favourites, people may have had us as favourites, it did not really bother us as a collective unit in the change rooms,” Porterfield said. “We put pressure on ourselves to come here and win three games. Anything else over and above is speculation. That is how people look at it. We have come here to win three games of cricket to get into the Super 10. That is our first problem. We will not underestimate any team in the group for sure.” Just why there was no room for any underestimation was clear when Zimbabwe surged back with Ireland seeming to have sealed the game. Seven needed off 13 became one needed off the final ball and it needed a scrambled bye to take Ireland through. Porterfield said he had become increasingly anxious as Ireland threatened to give it away. AGENCIES
SPORTS Tuesday, 18 March, 2014
Pakistan make a positive start KAMRAN AKMAL AND MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ SHOWCASED THEIR TALENTS WITH THE BAT AS PAKISTAN WENT PAST NEW ZEALAND’S 145/9 IN THE PENULTIMATE BALL, AND WITH SIX WICKETS TO SPARE IN THEIR ICC WORLD TWENTY20 PRACTICE MATCH
Myburgh powers Netherlands to six-wicket win Sylhet aGeNcIeS
Peter Borren will not have any reason to be “pi**ed off” with his batsmen tonight, the way he had been after they had blown potentially winning positions in both their warm-up matches. When it came to the game that counted, netherlands made short work of a potentially tricky target of 152, led by their openers. Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart took on from where Paul Stirling and William Porterfield had left off earlier in the evening. Ireland had been 61 for 0 after the first six overs
Scoreboard UNITed arab eMIraTeS amjad ali b van der Gugten 5 Faizan asif c Jamil b Swart 6 Khurram Khan b TLW cooper 31 SP Patil† b TLW cooper 23 Shaiman anwar b van der Gugten 32 rohan Mustafa run out (borren) 20 amjad Javed c Seelaar b Jamil 2 V Shetty c & b Jamil 10 eHSN Silva run out (TLW cooper) 3 Kamran Shazad c van beek b Jamil 0 aM Guruge not out 1 eXTraS (lb 7, w 11) 18 ToTaL (all out; 19.5 overs) 151 FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-11 (Faizan asif, 0.6 ov), 2-12 (amjad ali, 1.4 ov), 3-79 (Patil, 10.2 ov), 4-80 (Khurram Khan, 10.5 ov), 5-127 (rohan Mustafa, 15.4 ov), 6-131 (Shaiman anwar, 15.6 ov), 7-133 (amjad Javed, 16.2 ov), 8-149 (Silva, 18.6 ov), 9-150 (Shetty, 19.3 ov), 10-151 (Kamran Shazad, 19.5 ov) boWLING Mr Swart 2-0-19-1, T van der Gugten 4-0-24-2, Mudassar bukhari 3-0-24-0, LV van beek 3-0-30-0, PM Seelaar 2-0-13-0, Maa Jamil 3.5-0-16-3, TLW cooper 20-18-2 NeTHerLaNdS SJ Myburgh run out (†Patil) 55 Mr Swart c amjad Javed b Kamran Shazad 26 W barresi† b Silva 24 TLW cooper not out 34 PW borren* c Silva b Kamran Shazad 3 bN cooper not out 6 eXTraS (lb 4) 4 ToTaL (4 wickets; 18.5 overs) 152 dId NoT baTLV van beek, Mudassar bukhari, T van der Gugten, PM Seelaar, Maa Jamil FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-69 (Swart, 6.4 ov), 2-93 (Myburgh, 9.6 ov), 3-129 (barresi, 14.3 ov), 4-144 (borren, 17.2 ov) boWLING aM Guruge 4-0-39-0, eHSN Silva 4-0-38-1, amjad Javed 4-0-27-0, Kamran Shazad 4-0-19-2, rohan Mustafa 2.50-25-0 Match details Toss - United arab emirates, who chose to bat Points - Netherlands 2, United arab emirates 0 T20I debuts - LV van beek (Netherlands); amjad ali, amjad Javed, Faizan asif, aM Guruge, Kamran Shazad, Khurram Khan, SP Patil, rohan Mustafa, Shaiman anwar, V Shetty and eHSN Silva (United arab emirates) Twenty20 debuts - Faizan asif and V Shetty (United arab emirates) Player of the match - TLW cooper (Netherlands) Umpires - bF bowden (New Zealand) and IJ Gould (england) TV umpire - M erasmus (South africa) Match referee - dc boon (australia) reserve umpire - SJ davis (australia)
of their chase. The netherlands openers did even better, taking 67 off the fielding restrictions. By the time Swart top-edged a pull to midwicket, netherlands needed 83 from 80 balls. Myburgh kept going on, and it needed a suicidal dash for a single to send him back at the midway stage for 55 off 36, with 59 needed from the remaining ten overs. Myburgh had set about UAE right from the opening over, as Manjula Guruge went for 34 in his first three overs. UAE’s seamers did not have the pace to trouble the batsmen but they kept pitching it back of a good length and Myburgh, especially, kept pulling them for fours and sixes. He went so hard at the ball that even a couple of top-edges flew over the wicketkeeper for boundaries. Amid Myburgh’s assault on Guruge, Swart went after left-arm spinner Shadeep Silva, who went for 16 in his second over following a tight first one. A short ball was muscled over midwicket and the fuller one next up was sent soaring over the straight boundary. There was no looking back after such a start this time, although netherlands had imploded from similar positions in the practice games. Helped along by a few chances put down by UAE, netherlands cruised home in the 19th over. Wesley Barresi and the late, controversial replacement Tom Cooper ensured the openers’ efforts weren’t frittered away and also avoided the kind of late stress Ireland had managed to build for themselves, although Borren did fall cheaply in the 18th over, needlessly ramping a shortish ball to third man. The game was effectively taken away from UAE by the netherlands openers, but they would think they should have got more than the 151 they did after choosing to bat. Despite the early loss of their openers, UAE were 79 for 2 in the 11th over, captain Khurram Khan and keeper Swapnil Patil having added 67 off 52. Both were bowled in the 11th over by Tom Cooper trying late cuts with no room to play the stroke. rohan Mustafa and Shaiman Anwar put together another partnership, worth 47, but UAE were to surrender the advantage again, and there was to be no comeback from the lower order.
AMrAn Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez made the difference with stroke-filled half-centuries to guide Pakistan to a nervy six-wicket win that came in the penultimate ball over new Zealand in their first ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game at Sher-e-Bangla national Stadium here on Monday. Kamran (52 in 45 balls) and Hafeez (55 in 39) piled on the misery for new Zealand with an 83-run second-wicket stand after Pakistan’s pacers had restricted new Zealand to 145 for nine. The two got together at 38 for 1 in the fourth over and took Pakistan within kissing distance of the target before Sohaib Maqsood (16 not out in eight balls) hit a boundary to take Pakistan past the target. Kamran batted with great ease and eventually retired on 52 to make way for the middle-order batsmen to get a hit. Hafeez, who raced his way to a half-century in the 14th over, dropped his guard after getting to the landmark and nathan McCullum got the better off him, but by then Pakistan had gotten to within 22 runs of the target with four overs left. new Zealand, however, made it tough at that stage by giving away just five runs in two overs and even snaring the wicket of Umar Akmal, but Maqsood’s cameo, with three hits to the fence,
sealed the game for Pakistan. Earlier, Brendon McCullum led the new Zealand essay with an unbeaten 59 from 45 balls after winning the toss and opting to bat. On a dry wicket that was expected to generate turn, Mohammad Talha, the right-arm paceman, made early inroads sending both the new Zealand openers, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill, back in the hut within four overs. Brendon McCullum got off the mark with a huge pull for a six over the midwicket fence off Sohail Tanvir and, two overs later, walked down the track to Zulfiqar Babar to hit a six over long-on. ross Taylor’s stay at the crease was brief, but Colin Munro (20) put on 32 runs with Brendon McCullum to somewhat steady the ship before Bilawal Bhatti had him miscuing a pull to Maqsood at deep mid-wicket. From there on it was a one-man show as Brendon McCullum anchored the innings, bringing up his half-century along the way, even as wickets tumbled at the other end. Umar Gul’s twin strikes in the 14th over triggered a lower-order collapse, as new Zealand had to settle for a total lower than it would have planned at the halfway stage. Pakistan play its second and final warm-up game against South Africa in Fatullah Wednesday, while new Zealand square off against Australia on the same day.
Scoreboard NeW ZeaLaNd MJ Guptill lbw b Mohammad Talha 11 KS Williamson c bilawal bhatti b Mohammad Talha 7 bb Mccullum not out 59 LrPL Taylor c bilawal bhatti b Zulfiqar babar 9 c Munro c Sohaib Maqsood b bilawal bhatti 20 cJ anderson b Umar Gul 1 L ronchi b Umar Gul 8 JdS Neesham b Saeed ajmal 1 4 NL Mccullum c †Kamran akmal b Sohail Tanvir 5 TG Southee b Umar Gul 6 rM Hira not out 14 eXTraS: (lb 5, w 8, nb 1) 145 ToTaL: (9 wickets; 20 overs; 102 mins) dId NoT baT: Ta boult, aP devcich, MJ Mcclenaghan, Kd Mills FaLL oF WIcKeTS: 1-14 (Williamson, 1.5 ov), 2-31 (Guptill, 3.3 ov), 3-61 (Taylor, 8.5 ov), 4-93 (Munro, 13.3 ov), 5-98 (anderson, 14.2 ov), 6-106 (ronchi, 14.6 ov), 7-114 (Neesham, 16.2 ov), 8-126 (NL Mccullum, 17.5 ov), 9-133 (Southee, 18.6 ov) boWLING: Sohail Tanvir 4-0-43-1, Mohammad Talha 3-0-22-2, Zulfiqar babar 3-0-26-1, Saeed ajmal 4-0-18-1, Umar Gul 4-0-163, bilawal bhatti 2-0-15-1 PaKISTaN 52 Kamran akmal† retired out 12 Sharjeel Khan c Southee b Hira 55 Mohammad Hafeez c anderson b NL Mccullum 3 Umar akmal b NL Mccullum 8 Shoaib Malik not out 16 Sohaib Maqsood not out 3 eXTraS: (lb 1, w 2) 149 ToTaL: (4 wickets; 19.5 overs; 84 mins) dId NoT baT: bilawal bhatti, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar babar, Saeed ajmal, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan, Shahid afridi, ahmed Shehzad FaLL oF WIcKeTS: 1-38 (Sharjeel Khan, 4.3 ov), 2-121 (Kamran akmal, 14.6 ov), 3-124 (Mohammad Hafeez, 15.6 ov), 4-129 (Umar akmal, 17.5 ov) boWLING: TG Southee 4-0-27-0, MJ Mcclenaghan 3-0-24-0, NL Mccullum 4-0-21-2, rM Hira 4-0-29-1, cJ anderson 2.5-024-0, JdS Neesham 2-0-23-0 MaTcH deTaILS: Players per side 15 (11 batting, 11 fielding) ToSS: New Zealand, who chose to bat UMPIreS: HdPK dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and ra Kettleborough (england) TV UMPIre: rK Illingworth (england) MaTcH reFeree: rS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) reSerVe UMPIre: NJ Llong (england)
Ireland hold on for last-gasp win Sylhet aGeNcIeS
Some say the phrase “The luck of the Irish” refers to the good fortune enjoyed by the citizens of that country when they took up mining, with much success, in the United States. Others say it was coined in irony, to reflect on the potato famine and wars that affected the country so badly. After their last-ball win against Zimbabwe on St Patrick’s Day, Ireland’s cricketers will be inclined to believe the former. They restricted their Full Member opposition to what was considered a below-par score on a ground hosting its first international match. In response, they seemed to be having their own St Patrick’s Day parade, coasting towards a win at 61 without loss after the Powerplay and 99 for 1 at the halfway stage. Then, they started to stutter. Tinashe Panyangara, who went for 18 runs in his first over, changed ends and delivered a double-wicket maiden in the 15th over to drag Zimbabwe back into the game. Brendan Taylor made the bowler change ends again for his third over and Kevin O’Brien took 15 runs off Panyangara before falling on his sword in the 18th over. Still, Ireland needed only seven runs off the last two overs. Zimbabwe needed a miracle. Tendai Chatara had bowled intelligently to that point with 17 off three overs and a wicket. He understood the conditions called for a change of pace. With a slew of slower balls, he gave away only three in the penultimate over. Ireland needed four off the last six. Panyangara stepped up for the final over. The hallmark of his game is death-bowling and he showed it with his third ball a perfect yorker to dismiss Ed Joyce. The next ball was almost as good but Max Sorensen dug it out and set off for a risky single only to be run out by Sean Williams at mid-off. Ireland needed two runs. Zimbabwe still needed a miracle. The penultimate ball was a low full toss which Stuart Thompson outside-edged to third man. Ireland were one run away from a
win, even as Zimbabwe thought they could pull off a miracle. Panyangara fired a yorkerlength ball, Alex Cusack missed but ran anyway. Taylor was not standing up to the stumps but threw under-arm from his posi-
Scoreboard ZIMbabWe H Masakadza c Porterfield b Mcbrine 21 Sikandar raza c Sorensen b cusack 10 brM Taylor c Joyce b dockrell 59 Sc Williams st †Wilson b Mcbrine 16 V Sibanda c Sorensen b dockrell 16 e chigumbura not out 22 T Maruma not out 13 eXTraS (b 1, lb 4, w 1) 6 ToTaL (5 wickets; 20 overs) 163 dId NoT baTP Utseya, T Panyangara, TL chatara, T Kamungozi Fall of wickets 1-14 (Sikandar raza, 1.5 ov), 2-56 (Masakadza, 6.2 ov), 3-78 (Williams, 8.5 ov), 4111 (Sibanda, 14.3 ov), 5-131 (Taylor, 16.6 ov) boWLING Pr Stirling 4-0-24-0, ar cusack 4-0-53-1, Mc Sorensen 1-0-11-0, GH dockrell 4-0-18-2, ar Mcbrine 4-0-26-2, KJ o’brien 3-0-26-0 IreLaNd WTS Porterfield* c Maruma b Williams 31 Pr Stirling c Sikandar raza b chatara 60 ec Joyce b Panyangara 22 ad Poynter c chigumbura b Panyangara 23 Gc Wilson† c Masakadza b Panyangara 0 KJ o’brien c Williams b Panyangara 17
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tion. Had he hit, Cusack would have been run-out and the match would have gone into a Super Over. He missed and Ireland scrambled the bye for a win. After the match, a gutted Taylor had no explanation for his de-
Sr Thompson not out 3 Mc Sorensen run out (Williams) 0 ar cusack not out 0 eXTraS (b 1, lb 4, w 3) 8 ToTaL (7 wickets; 20 overs) 164 dId NoT baTGH dockrell, ar Mcbrine FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-80 (Porterfield, 8.2 ov), 2100 (Stirling, 10.3 ov), 3-129 (Poynter, 14.4 ov), 4-129 (Wilson, 14.6 ov), 5-157 (o’brien, 17.6 ov), 6162 (Joyce, 19.3 ov), 7-162 (Sorensen, 19.4 ov) boWLING P Utseya 4-0-38-0, T Kamungozi 2-0-17-0, TL chatara 4-0-20-1, T Panyangara 4-1-37-4, Sc Williams 4-0-27-1, H Masakadza 2-0-20-0 Match details Toss - Ireland, who chose to field Points - Ireland 2, Zimbabwe 0 T20I debuts - ar Mcbrine (Ireland); T Kamungozi (Zimbabwe) Twenty20 debut - ar Mcbrine (Ireland) Player of the match - Pr Stirling (Ireland) Umpires - SJ davis (australia) and M erasmus (South africa) TV umpire - bNJ oxenford (australia) Match referee - dc boon (australia) reserve umpire - bF bowden (New Zealand)
cision to not stand closer. “I backed myself to hit the stumps,” he said. “But anyway, these things happen. I think we were still 20 runs short.” It turned out Zimbabwe were only two runs short, but Taylor held the batsmen responsible for not capitalising on starts. He was the only one who did, top-scoring with 59. The rest were frustrated by Ireland’s spinners and the sluggish surface. Between them, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell and Andy McBrine gave away only 68 runs in 12 overs and took four wickets. They pegged Zimbabwe back from the outset - Stirling opened the innings with an over that cost just four and then McBrine and Dockrell punctured the Zimbabwe innings. Hamilton Masakadza was caught at short midwicket trying to clear McBrine. Taylor was caught at the extra-cover boundary off Dockrell, looking to break the shackles after Sibanda lost his wicket to the pull shot. After the Powerplay, Zimbabwe were well positioned at 56 for 1 and looked set for a total of 180-plus. But, at 131 for 5 after 17 overs, even 155 looked out of reach. Elton Chigumbura showed off his finishing skills, scoring 16 off the last over, including two sixes, but Taylor thought even 163 was not enough. The way Ireland openers William Porterfield and Stirling started seemed to rubber-stamp the Zimbabwe captain’s opinion. They raced to 61 without loss in the Powerplay, rendering Zimbabwe’s early attack ineffective. Even after they were both dismissed, Ireland marched on. It was only when Panyangara was brought back from a different end that Zimbabwe came alive again, inspired by his double strike. Prosper Utseya kept O’Brien and Joyce quiet, so did Sean Williams, and Zimbabwe built pressure. O’Brien was not going to be stopped for too long, though, and when he tore into Panyangara, it seemed Zimbabwe’s comeback was short-lived. The bowler, however, made up for his mistakes and delivered a final over that could have seen Zimbabwe win. But it was St Patrick’s Day and the Irish have that luck.