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NWA IDPS TO GET CASH GRANTS INSTEAD OF RELIEF GOODS
25 MORE TERRORISTS TAKEN DOWNMILITARY IN NWA SPOKESMAN AIRSTRIKES CLAIMS ALL CIVILIAN POPULATION HAS BEEN SHARIF URGES
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SAFELY EVACUATED AFTER DETAILED VERIFICATION
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KARZAI TO SEAL PAK-AFGHAN BORDER
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8 murders IN THe NAme OF LAW
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Blood begets blood: Qadri asks for Qisas
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Shahbaz offers scalp if found guilty
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Three policemen harass a female supporter of Minhajul Quran during the violence against Dr Tahirul Qadri’s workers on Tuesday.
Eight supporters of Dr Tahirul Qadri, including two women killed, over 80 injured after heavy contingents of Lahore police opened fire on protesters during ‘anti-encroachment drive’ at Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Lahore’s Faisal Town
Go home Sharifs, enough is enough, says Imran Khan
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Gullu Butt, the long arm of the law! STORY ON PAGE 04
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014
OperatiOn Zarb-e-aZb Day 3: 25 mOre terrOrists taken DOwn in airstrikes MILITARY SPOKESMAN CLAIMS ALL CIVILIAN POPULATION HAS BEEN SAFELY EVACUATED AFTER DETAILED VERIFICATION PESHAWAR
T least 25 foreign and local terrorists were killed early Tuesday as military jets bombed suspected terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan, the army said in a statement. An ISPR spokesman said security forces destroyed six hideouts which included a terrorist training camp and a bomb-making factory in Dattakhel Tehsil and Hasokhel area. He said operation Zarb-e-Azb, which was launched this Sunday, was progressing as per plan. More than 187 militants have been killed since the operation was launched in the tribal region. At least 15 suspected terrorists were killed in bombings on militant compounds in Hasokhel and Dattakhel areas of the tribal agency, while 10 terrorists were
US UPS SURVEILLANCE ON PAK-AFGHAN BORDER WASHINGTON: The top US military commander in Afghanistan has said that the US has increased its surveillance over the Pak-Afghan border since Pakistan began pounding North Waziristan with airstrikes, but so far officials have not seen any militants fleeing the latest offensive. Marine General Joseph Dunford said in an interview that the US was not coordinating military operations with Pakistan along the Pak-Afghan border, but officials have increased the amount of intelligencesharing with the Afghans. He said the Afghan troops and US forces in that region were ready for any effects of the strikes, including extremists seeking refuge in Afghanistan. The US has long pressed Pakistan to root out Taliban militants who have found a haven in the lawless tribal region of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border, and used it as a staging area to launch attacks. Dunford said officials have seen families crossing the border to escape the military airstrikes that have pounded NWA since Sunday. “The Afghan forces as well as our forces are fully prepared to deal with the secondorder effects of the operations in North Waziristan,” Dunford said in an interview from Afghanistan. He added that officials were still trying to determine how many families have fled into Afghanistan to escape the violence, but it was difficult because many relocate to families in the southeast and northeast. AGENCIES
COAS POSTPONES COLOMBO VISIT TO DIRECTLY SUPERVISE OPERATION IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN tan remained sealed with no one allowed to move out. Locals have been told to either register at IDP camps in FR Bannu Baka Khel or leave with relatives moving out of the tribal agency. New checkposts have been established near Miramshah Bazaar, which has been cordoned off to restrict movement. Tanks have also been deployed at checkposts, and aerial surveillance is also taking place. North Waziristan has been isolated by the deployment of troops along its border with neighbouring tribal regions to block movement of terrorists in and out of the agency. Army chief postpones Sri Lanka visit Also, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has postponed his scheduled four-day visit to Sri Lanka. The ISPR spokesman said the army chief was scheduled to leave for Colombo on Tuesday but postponed it due to ongoing operation in North Waziristan
killed when jets pounded militant hideouts in the Mir Ali Tehsil. “The cordon around all terrorists hideouts including in the town of Mirali and Miramshah has been further tightened and reinforced,” said the ISPR statement. ‘CIvILIAN pOpuLATION evACuATed’: The military spokesman claimed all civilian population has been safely evacuated after detailed verification. “Necessary logistics and administrative arrangements for internally displaced people (IDPs) have been made by the political administration and the disaster management agency,” the spokesman said. “The security of (the) IDP camp is being ensured by army troops,” he said, adding that air surveillance of the operational area was still underway. Meanwhile, curfew remained imposed in the area for the fifth consecutive day as all routes leading to North Waziris-
SHARIF URGES KARZAI TO SEAL PAK-AFGHAN BORDER ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged Afghan President Hamid Karzai to help stop militants escape a major military offensive, as jets pounded Taliban hideouts in North Waziristan tribal region for a third day Tuesday. Sharif asked his Kabul counterpart to seal their porous border along a mountainous tribal area where the Pakistan Army has deployed troops and tanks in a longawaited crackdown on insurgents. Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said Sharif had requested Karzai to help stop the flow of people. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Hamid Karzai last night to request him for the closure of Afghan border to avoid exit of militants to Afghanistan from Pakistan during the military offensive,” she said. “The message was earlier conveyed via military sources and Afghan authorities were also requested for an action against militants’ sanctuaries in Afghanistan which are being used for attacks inside Pakistan. “I am not aware about the response of Mr Karzai to these requests,” she added. STAFF REPORT
Sources said that the army chief is directly supervising operation Zarb-e-Azb
NWA IDPS TO GET CASH GRANTS INSTEAD OF RELIEF GOODS FEDERAL GOVT ALLOCATES RS 500M TO ENABLE IDPS TO MEET LIVING EXPENSES EACH DISPLACED FAMILY TO GET CASH ASSISTANCE OF RS 7,000 EACH ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
As the federal government announced an extra-budget package of Rs 500 million for the internally displaced people (IDPs) fleeing the military operation in North Waziristan, a meeting on issues of IDPs decided to provide cash assistance of Rs 7,000 to every family to meet its living expenses instead of relief goods. The decision was taken on Tuesday during a meeting on coordinating relief activities by Minister for States and Frontier Region (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar announced in the National Assembly an initial allocation of Rs 500 million for meeting needs of IDPs. The meeting decided that instead of the government bearing responsibility for providing food stuff and other supplies, IDPs will be pro-
vided cash grants. Baloch, who has been tasked by the prime minister to oversee issues relating to the IDPs, reviewed the proposal to increase the cash grant from Rs 7,000 to 10,000 also came under discussion but no decision has been taken as yet. Additionally the government would provide each IDP family Rs 25,000 for rehabilitation once the operation ends. The federal government announced that Rs 500 million will be sanctioned for providing relief to the internally displacement persons (IDPs) fleeing the military operation in North Waziristan. Addressing the National Assembly on Tuesday, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the financial requirements for the military operation in North Waziristan and the displacement of civilian population will be met with an initial allocation of Rs 500 million. Although no allocation was made in the
budget for the military operation, the government would exercise its discretionary powers to allocate the necessary resources, Dar said, while winding up the general debate on the budget which has continued for nine days. In response to the criticism made by the opposition that the budget has become irrelevant even before its passage, Dar informed the Lower House that 57 of the 133 recommendations made by the Upper House have been accepted by the government. Former National Assembly speaker Fehmida Mirza said that during the previous government’s tenure, the Swat military operation was debated in the parliament and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) took ownership of the operation. However, she pointed out that parliament was not taken on board in regard to this military operation, due to which political ownership of the operation was vague. It was the right time to declare emergency in the country, but the federal government has set no priority for much neglected sectors in the budget, she said. She also blamed that unnecessary haste should not be made otherwise someone can wrap up the system before we could wrap up debate on budget.
and holding daily meetings with concerned military commanders.
FAZL SAYS OPERATION ZARB-E-AZB WAS ARMY’S DECISION ISLAmABAd: Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman on Tuesday claimed in the National Assembly that that the parliament was “helpless” before military establishment’s decision of conducting a military operation in North Waziristan Agency. “The decision regarding use of force is the domain of public representatives, not the military establishment,” he added. He said that the JUI-F was not in favour of militancy in the country but the use of force had not worked in the past. “It is time to determine whether this operation is against terrorists or the people of Waziristan,” Fazl added. He said that the decision was taken by the army while the parliament had merely given approval to it. “How one can convince extremists that democracy is the best option if the constitution and democratic norms will not be respected by state institutions,” he asked. He said that the parliamentarians had not honoured dozens of parliamentary resolutions regarding restoration of peace through talks. “I know I will be penalised for my independent opinion but I want to record my protest on the pages of history,” he added. STAFF REPORT
PAKISTAN ARMY IN FOR LONG HAUL IN OFFENSIVE AGAINST TALIBAN MILITARY OFFICIAL SAYS NAWAZ SHARIF’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS TO CONVINCE THE PUBLIC THAT IT’S BETTER TO BLEED ONCE THAN TO DIE SLOWLY EVERY DAY ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
After months of dithering, the Pakistan Army has launched an offensive against Taliban insurgents near the border with Afghanistan but the tough terrain, a potentially hostile local population and the possibility of revenge attacks in heartland cities could be more difficult to conquer than the militants. Islamabad has been under intense US pressure for years to crush sanctuaries for militants in the region and Pakistan’s move will be greeted with resolute approval in Washington, but the challenges facing its army on the ground mean it should be ready for a long haul. No single outside force has ever succeeded in subduing the volatile ethnic Pashtun region straddling Pakistan’s western frontier with Afghanistan, its deeply tribal population fiercely independent and opposed to any
invading army. The biggest setback may be far away from the battlefields of North Waziristan as the country braces for a wave of Taliban revenge attacks around Pakistan including in Punjab, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political power base. “The biggest challenge of this operation is that our success in the tribal areas could quickly turn into losses in the plains of Punjab,” a senior military official close to the operation told a foreign news agency. “Because there will be blowback and the public will get scared and Taliban sympathisers will come out and say ‘we told you so’. And that’s where we could lose this battle.” “That is Nawaz Sharif’s biggest challenge,” he added: “To convince the public that it’s better to bleed once than to die slowly every day.” GrOuNd OffeNSIve SOON: So far the army has resorted only to air strikes, sending F-16 and Mirage fighter jets to pound suspected militant hideouts up in
the mountains in a strategy to disorient the Taliban and sow panic among their ranks. According to a military official close to the operation, the ground offensive will start in the next week when land forces will try to comb through North Waziristan’s valleys and take over villages and buildings. Air raids have continued daily since Sunday, killing hundreds of fighters and no civilians, according to Pakistani military sources. The official account is impossible to verify as journalists are not allowed to work freely in the region. The success of any operation of this scale is impossible without the involvement of the United States, whose forces in neighbouring Afghanistan have crucial intelligence on the location of militant bases and training camps around the region. Pakistan fears the militants may slip over the border into Afghanistan once the offensive starts and indeed some senior leaders may already have. Pakistan says it has asked Afghanistan’s army to help seal off the border from its side. But with most US troops leaving Afghanistan this year, it is unclear how much capacity and willingness Washington would have to get involved in another
conflict far away from its shores. COOrdINATION CONuNdrum: Once the ground operation gets under way, analysts also expect the notorious lack of coordination among Pakistan’s myriad of security and intelligence agencies to hamper efforts to tackle the insurgency headon. “The remote and rugged terrain is a big problem but the biggest challenge is away from the tribal areas,” said a close aide to the prime minister. “It’s a question of intelligence coordination throughout the country.” The Taliban are deeply entrenched in Waziristan’s complicated patchwork of tribal alliances, blending into the local population and making it hard to distinguish them from ordinary residents. “The biggest challenge will be intelligence, how to get precise intelligence and then go after them,” said Imtiaz Gul, a security analyst. “They are dealing with a mobile enemy. It pops up here and there, and wherever you apply pressure they move to another place.” Pakistan’s strategy, for now, is to encircle North Waziristan with troops and use helicopters and fighter jets to attack sanctuaries from the air. Before it launches a ground offensive, the army has given the region’s estimated
two million population several days to evacuate the area, with a large number of refugees massing in a tent camp across the border in Afghanistan’s Khost province, a potential humanitarian crisis in the making. Those who have stayed behind are unlikely to give troops a warm welcome, analysts say, particularly in areas with traditionally strong Taliban influence. Even if the army’s advance through the region is smooth, it is unclear what would happen afterwards and how Pakistan intends to rebuild the ruined villages to bring the refugees back. A similar operation in South Waziristan in 2009, which was unpopular among Pakistanis, displaced half a million people as homes, schools and hospitals were turned into hideouts by militants and meagre civic amenities were destroyed. The region remains largely undeveloped. “The most difficult task is not the operation, they can achieve that and clear the area,” said Muhammad Amir Rana, director of the think tank Pak Institute for Peace Studies. “It is in the post-operation period when many different scenarios emerge. (Taliban) support networks, their affiliates are still active in many different parts of the country.”
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GO hOme sharifs, enOuGh is enOuGh: khan PTI CHIEF SEEKS REMOVAL OF SHAHBAZ, SANAULLAH, OTHERS OVER KILLINGS OF TMQ WORKERS IN LAHORE ISLAMABAD
ENOUNCING the clash between police and Tehreek-eMinhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) workers in Lahore following an anti-encroachment crackdown at Minhajul Quran Secretariat which resulted in eight deaths, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday sought resignations from Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan and demanded termination of the Punjab Police inspector general over his alleged “criminal negligence and brutality” over the issue. Addressing a press conference in the federal capital, the PTI chief pointed a finger at Punjab chief minister’s “style of governance”, which he said reminded him of “fascist regimes”.
PUNJAB GOVT AFRAID OF QADRI’S RETURN, SAYS SHUJAAT
KHAN TO VISIT HOMES OF DECEASED TMQ WORKERS TO OFFER CONDOLENCES, WILL ALSO VISIT THE INJURED PERSONS AT JINNAH HOSPITAL Rejecting the judicial commission formed by Punjab chief minister to probe the matter, Khan said that the findings of such commissions in the past had never been made public and such tactics were actually aimed at “covering up the matter”. Flanked by senior party leaders, Khan said his party had decided to call off all its public meetings in the wake of North Waziristan operation, but now PTI’s public meeting in Bahawalpur would be held on June 27. Holding Shahbaz responsible for the brutal police attack at TMQ workers, Khan alleged that Sharifs had also used Punjab Police as a “political tool to settle scores with their opponents”. Khan alleged that Punjab Police had also been “misused” to steal public mandate in last year’s general elections. The PTI chairman said that the Lahore killings had proved that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had “no leadership skills” and he was “afraid” of Dr Tahirul
Qadri’s return to Pakistan. Khan also took to task the Punjab government’s assertion that the police action had been conducted to remove barricades around Minhajul Quran Secretariat, asking why the barricades around Sharif’s palaces in Raiwind and Model Town were
PUNJAB GOVT SHOULD TARGET PAKISTAN’S ENEMIES, NOT QADRI’S WORKERS: ALTAF MQM RETRACTS MOURNING CALL ON TRADERS’ APPEAL LONDON/KARACHI AGENCIES
LAHOre: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Shujaat Hussain has condemned the clash between the police and workers of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) in Lahore on Tuesday, alleging that the Punjab government resorted to such tactics because it was afraid of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s return to Pakistan. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Hussain said that barriers were put up at Qadri’s residence on court orders. He alleged that the removal of these barriers was a cowardly act of the Punjab government, adding that blood of those martyred in this action was on the head of the government. Condemning the incident on behalf of his party, Hussain said that beating up the elderly, women and children and firing on them was a lowly act, and the Punjab government should refrain from such actions otherwise there could be a great reaction. He said that in the prevailing circumstances, the civil government’s operation against its own citizens was not acceptable. STAFF REPORT
SHEIKH RASHEED ‘HOLDS HIS TRAIN’ OVER SECURITY REASONS
ISLAmABAd: Awami Muslim League (AML) Chairman Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed announced on Tuesday to postpone his planned anti- government train march scheduled for June 20, due to security reasons. Quoting intelligence officials, the AML leader said that two suicide bombers could target him. Rasheed said that Railways general manager had refused to provide security for the train march. He said that AML would now use its power to greet Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahirul Qadri, who is due to arrive in Pakistan on June 23. STAFF REPORT
Meanwhile, sources told Pakistan Today that the PTI chief is expected to visit the homes of TMQ workers who were killed by Lahore police when he arrives in Lahore today. Khan will also visit Jinnah Hospital where most of the injured persons are being treated.
not removed. The IG police should be put behind the bars while the home secretary should also go home, he demanded. Khan said that his party would hold a consultative meeting in Lahore today (Wednesday) to chalk out its future strategy. KHAN TO Offer CONdOLeNCeS:
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chairman Altaf Hussain strongly condemned the Lahore police’s violent crackdown on Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s Secretariat and PAT Chairman Tahirul Qadri’s residence in which eight people were killed and over 85
others were injured. In a statement, Hussain said that after the launch of an operation against terrorists, the government should try to bring all political and religious parties on board, adding that the siege of PAT Secretariat is an unwise move, which will incite PAT workers. He said that the Government of Punjab should use its energy and resources against enemies of Pakistan and not against PAT. Meanwhile, the MQM retracted their earlier call to observe a countrywide day of mourning in the aftermath of the killing of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) supporters in Lahore.
The party had taken the decision after at least seven PAT supporters were reportedly killed in a clash with police. A statement issued to the media said that after going through the requests of transporters, traders and shopkeepers, the party has decided to take back their call. “We appeal to the public to go about their businesses as usual,” it added. The MQM’s Rabita Committee also appealed to the public to record their protest peacefully against the incident in Lahore by hoisting black flags and pray for the ‘departed’. Following MQM’s call for mourning, petrol pumps in Karachi had
TREASON CASE: SPECIAL COURT STARTS RECORDING EVIDENCE INTERIOR SECRETARY RECORDS TESTIMONY AS FIRST WITNESS OF PROSECUTION ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
After a lapse of six months, the special court has started the process of recording evidences and testimonies submitted in the high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf. In this context, Interior Secretary Shahid Khan on Tuesday appeared before the court to record his testimony as the first witness of the prosecution. The three-judge Special Court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, however, expressed its annoyance over the interior
secretary’s failure in furnishing the original letter submitted by the government to initiate treason proceedings. The letter in question had been sent by the then secretary to Prime Minister for initiating treason proceedings against Musharraf. Earlier, the court had directed the interior secretary to provide the original letter dated June 26, 2013, wherein the then secretary to prime minister had directed to constitute a joint investigation team (JIT) to collect the evidences regarding the promulgation of November 3, 2007 emergency and PCO. In reply to a question from the head of prosecution Akram Sheikh, whether direction from the PM’s office was given to him in written or orally regarding the constitution of JIT to collect evidences in treason case, the secretary replied that a written direction had been issued by the then
secretary to PM. In reply to a question by the prosecutor, the secretary claimed that he has the letter, duly signed by then secretary to PM, upon which Justice Tahira Safdar pointed out that it was not original document. The bench then directed him to provide them copy of the letter on Wednesday. During the hearing, when head of prosecution Akram Sheikh raised question over the special court’s May 8 order about providing the record of FIA’s investigation, Justice Faisal Arab snubbed him by saying “be selective in your words”. Justice Arab also asked him that instead of raising questions over the special court’s judgment before the bench, he might challenge it. On the other hand, Musharraf’s counsel Barrister Farogh Naseem expressed apprehension over the record that is provided by the prosecution.
GILANI GETS BAIL IN 12 CORRUPTION REFERENCES KARACHI STAFF REPORT
A federal anti-corruption court on Tuesday granted bail to former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani in 12 corruption cases. A large number of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers and leaders had gathered outside the court and chanted slogans on the occasion of Tuesday’s hearing. At the onset of the hearing, party workers and members forced themselves into the court as a result of which the hearing was carried out in the judge’s chamber. During the hearing, Gilani said that he was hopeful of receiving justice from the court. The ex-premier said he and his party al-
ways respected the judiciary and would continue doing so in future. The court granted bail to Gilani in 12 corruption cases until July 10. It, however, issued a bailable arrest warrant for former commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim until July 10. The former prime minister and Fahim are accused for their alleged involvement in a case pertaining to Rs7 billion corruption in the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). Gilani and Fahim, along with former and serving officials of the TDAP had been booked for their alleged involvement in approval and disbursement of fraudulent trade subsidies. The case in this regard had been registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) when Faheem was the commerce minister.
started to shut down whereas examinations scheduled for tomorrow were also postponed.
AGP NOT DRAWING DOUBLE SALARY, CLARIFIES AGPR ISLAmABAd: The accountant general of Pakistan Revenue, in the backdrop of a recent controversy regarding the auditor general of Pakistan (AGP)’s salary and transport monetisation allowance, has clarified that neither is the AGP getting double salary nor has he compelled the office to add any perquisite which is legally questionable or not allowed in the constitution. In a press release, the AGPR added that transport monetisation allowance in the AGP’s salary with effect from January 1, 2012 observed the constitutional direction. The constitution and the Auditor General of Pakistan’s Ordinance-2001 clearly states that the AGP shall be paid a salary with is 20 percent higher than the maximum salary payable to an officer in BPS-22. According to the AGPR, if the AGP’s salary is compared to that of other federal secretaries, he seems to be underpaid. For instance, secretary Law Rs 436,110, secretary general to the president Rs1,117,746 while the auditor general is drawing only Rs398,655 which is not even equivalent to these, let along 20 percent higher. According to the AGPR, incumbents of constitutional posts are drawing far higher salaries than the AGP’s. He said that Wafaqi Mohtasib chairman is getting Rs1,117,746, chief election commissioner Rs817,560 and Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) chairman Rs513,000. He said that the salary of Wafaqi Mohtasib chairman also includes the presidency allowance of Rs368,186, which is only allowed to the secretary general at the President House. This head was non-existent at the Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat and it was especially opened to accommodate the present Wafaqi Mohtasib chairman. INP
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eight murderS in the name of laW EIGHT SUPPORTERS OF DR TAHIRUL QADRI, INCLUDING TWO WOMEN KILLED, OVER 80 INJURED AFTER HEAVY CONTINGENTS OF LAHORE POLICE OPENED FIRE ON PROTESTERS DURING ‘ANTI-ENCROACHMENT DRIVE’ AT MINHAJUL QURAN SECRETARIAT IN LAHORE’S FAISAL TOWN
GULLU BUTT, THE LONG ARM OF THE LAW! LAHORE RANA HAIDER Gullu Butt, the man responsible for damaging more than 20 vehicles belonging to citizens during the police’s violent attack on Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in Lahore’s Faisal Town locality, is a police tout known for extortion and blackmailing of shopkeepers and residents of the area. Butt was seen shamelessly dancing around after vandalising public property and his ‘services’ were acknowledged by none other than Model Town Superintendent of Police Tariq Aziz, who embraced the rascal and also patted his back. Aziz was also in-charge of the entire operation on Tuesday which brings the police’s claim of an anti-encroachment campaign gone wrong in an entirely different perspective. Sources told Pakistan Today that soon after TV channels started showing footages of Butt’s vandalism, his friends in the police asked him to go underground to escape arrest. Butt has a history of notoriety and he has been a constant source of nuisance for the area residents, sources added. Late on Tuesday, SP Tariq Aziz was made an Officer on Special Duty by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while Butt still remains at large.
LAHORE Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said he will resign if he were found responsible for the incident in which eight people, including five policemen and two women, were killed in a violent clash between supporters of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and police on Tuesday,. “The deaths in Model Town are unfortunate. I have ordered the formation of a judicial commission to probe the incident,” Shahbaz Sharif told a press conference, adding that he will not rest until the commission ascertains who is responsible for the incident and that they will be punished according to the law. He also offered condolences to PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and the families of the victims over what he said are unfortunate deaths. “I request the people of Punjab to maintain patience and tolerance, even though emotions are high,” he said, adding that that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had never engaged in politics of bullets or batons and any one was free to lodge an FIR
LHC APPOINTS JUSTICE BAQIR FOR JUDICIAL ENQUIRY INTO INCIDENT, SHAHBAZ SHARIF SUSPENDS THREE SENIOR POLICE OFFICIALS
N an unashamed murder of professional integrity, the Lahore Police encroached upon the lives of workers of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) at Minhaj Secretariat in Faisal Town, Lahore as they rammed the vicinity in a bid to “rid the area of security barricades” placed outside the secretariat, resulting in the deaths of eight people and injuries to over 90 others. The police found stiff resistance from the Minhajul Quran University students and PAT workers when it turned up at Minhajul Quran headquarters – also the residence of PAT and TMQ chief Dr Tahirul Qadri – with large contingents and machinery to allegedly remove the barriers set up around the premises. According to some eye-witnesses and local residents, it all started at 1:30am Tuesday when the police reached the spot with cranes and bulldozers and turned the entire vicinity, including the Civic Centre into a veritable battleground. The ‘protectors of the law’ used tear gas and resorted to baton charge and aerial firing to break the resistance from the crowd not ready to let police clear the area of barriers. However, the damage was not done to the extent seen later. After a brief lull, the operation started again at 5am Tuesday with added contingents of police from 12 police stations of the city. “It was when the police opened fire at the PAT and TMQ activists when most deaths and injuries took place. We lost eight workers, including two women, while over 80 people got seriously injured,” said a PAT official, Altaf Hussain. “Over 250 PAT workers are missing. Parents are approaching us with complaints of
Shahbaz offerS Scalp if found guilty STAFF REPORT
POLICE CLAIM MINHAJ SUPPORTERS OPENED FIRE FIRST, FORCING THEM TO RETALIATE WITH BATON CHARGE AND FIRING
against him. The chief minister also announced Rs 3 million compensation for the families of each of the eight victims. IGP Punjab vows ‘Internal InquIry’ besIdes judIcIal: Speaking to media representatives, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Sukhera said that an internal probe would be launched besides judicial investigation into the incident. “We won’t wait for the judicial probe,” he said, adding that he and all senior police officers would make themselves available for the investigation. Expressing sorrow over the killing of people, Sukhera said that Punjab Police regret the incident. “We are not protecting the role of Punjab Police in the incident … basic objective of the police is to protect lives and properties of the people.” The Punjab Police chief remarked that the law enforcers resorted to act against those who opened fire and pelted stones at the police. “Police resorted to only aerial firing in reaction to the resistance shown by the protesters,” he said. “Punjab Police present itself for the judicial enquiry into the incident,” he added.
missing loved ones,” he further disclosed. Straight shots were reportedly fired by the police when Elite Force personnel showed up to disperse PAT supporters outside the PAT chief’s residence. However, the police claim that they were first fired at from the headquarters by unidentified people and they fired only in retaliation. At least 90 people were injured including 40 with bullet wounds, showing the use of heavy firing during the clashes. Several injured with bullet wounds are quite critical according to insiders and doctors. According to reports, one of the deceased PAT supporters is a 16-year-old. Two women were also killed in the clash. People who lost their lives during the clash have been identified as Ghulam Rasool, Shaziya Murtaza, Tenzillah, Asim Hussain, Safder Hussain, Mohammad Iqbal and Umer Raza. As almost 1,000 police personnel subjected the protestors to violence, the PAT and TMQ workers began to hurl stones at them which resulted in injuries to 11 police officials as well. However the police manged to force its way inside the Mihaj Secretariat despite stiff resistance. According to PAT officials, the police fired shots as it entered the premises. “It even fired at people sitting in Ghosha-eDarood reciting Darood Shareef,” a PAT leader said. In the meanwhile, situation got highly tense and grim in the city especially in the vicinity of Model Town with over 1,000 PAT activists still manning the headquarters fully charged to take on the police which managed to clear most barricades except the ones set up close to the Minhaj headquarters. Pat worKers Protests across ProvInce: Later in the day, voicing their protest against the police high-handedness, the protesters blocked Metro Bus at Ravi Toll Plaza and Chungi Amar Sadhu where citizens faced problems due to a massive traffic jam. A large number of police force reached the scene to control the situation. The PAT workers also burnt tyres on roads and pelted police mobiles with stones. Meanwhile in Rawalpindi, PAT workers thronged Faizabad, the junction of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, and staged a sit-in by blocking Rawalpindi-Islamabad Expressway. A large number of women also participated in the protest while traffic from Rawalpindi to Lahore was also blocked. In Faisalabad, the workers rushed to District Council Chowk and blocked Millat Chowk and Narwala Chowk while angry PAT workers also held a protest outside Bahawalpur Press Club. They staged sit-ins and blocked traffic while workers in Layyah also blocked traffic at Multan-Mianwali Road. InquIry coMMIssIon ForMed, rePorts souGHt: Taking notice of the situation and responding to public pressure, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and sought a report of the incident while on the
blood begetS blood: Qadri aSkS for QiSaS QADRI PATS PAT WORKERS ON THE BACK FOR THEIR ‘STRUGGLE’, CALLS FOR FIR REGISTRATION AGAINST SHARIFS
PAT CHIEF CLAIMS GOVT SEEKING ‘REVENGE’ OVER PAT’S SUPPORT FOR ARMY, APPEALS GEN SHARIF TO INTERVENE
TORONTO/ISLAMABAD: Terming the clash between Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) workers and Punjab Police in Lahore a “revenge attack by the Sharifs”, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and TMQ Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri Tuesday asserted that a first information report (FIR) will be filed against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Shahbaz’s cabinet over the deaths of supporters of TMQ and PAT. Addressing a press conference through a video link from Toronto earlier on Tuesday, Qadri said that eight PAT workers were “martyred” while 83 were injured outside Minhajul Quran Secretariat when the police “opened straight fire” on them. “I congratulate people who fought with such peace regardless of how horribly they were treated,” said the Canada-based Pakistani scholar, alleging that the purpose of this “state terrorism” was to avenge his support for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Pakistan Army. Qadri appealed to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to protect the lives of citizens from “tyrants”. “I will not hesitate to embrace martyrdom and I will not allow the voice against the corrupt system to be gagged. Not an iota of harm has been caused by the Secretariat barrier to even a single person of the locality so far,” he said. Qadri claimed that the government was resorting to “chaos” to distract the nation’s attention from Pakistan Army’s Zarb-e-Azb operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). “I want to inform them that this movement can never be stopped. There will be Qisas of lives lost according to the Sharia,” Qadri said. Speaking about the barricades outside his house, Qadri said the barriers were put in place at the orders of Lahore High Court (LHC) in the presence of Model Town Police nearly three years ago, adding that the police were glad over the sustained safety of the area owing to the barrier. “The removal of the barriers is nothing but an effort by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and their band to allow the terrorists a safe passage to my residence so that an act of terrorism can be made possible against me,” the PAT chief alleged. Moreover, Qadri questioned that if police were there to remove barriers from outside his residence in Model Town then why they opened fire at the gate of his house. “They destroyed the generator at my house and shut down all electricity. How does this link with the barriers?” he asked. He further stated, “My workers have raised my head. They have won this event. They will never be defeated and my workers will stay steadfast.” Qadri also thanked all political parties who showed solidarity with his party and walked out of the Punjab Assembly, adding that he will visit Pakistan on June 23 as planned and reveal party’s future strategy upon his arrival at the Islamabad airport. REFUSES SHAHBAZ’S COMPENSATION:Addressing mourners at the funerals of six PAT workers late on Tuesday night, Qadri turned down Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s announcement of compensation for the victims of the police violence. He said the TMQ will bear all expenses of the deceased party workers’ families.
government’s application, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has tasked Justice Ali Baqir Najfi as a one-man commission to probe the incident. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif late on Tuesday night made Capital City Police Officer Chaudhry Shafiq Gujjar, DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar and SP Model Town Tariq Aziz as officers on special duty. FIr lodGed aGaInst Pat worKers: Moreover, in a “strange display of sympathy” for the victims at Model Town, the Punjab government
lodged a first information report (FIR) against PAT workers over the incident. The FIR has been lodged in Faisal Town Police Station with the State being the complainant in the case. Office bearers of PAT, TMQ and unidentified people have been nominated in the FIR filed on charges of Anti-Terrorist Act, interference in state affairs and creating chaos. WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY RANA HAIDER
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
‘Budget’s alright But could have Been Better’ MNAS ASK FOR MORE DEVELOPMENTS IN SINDH, BETTER ACCOMMODATION FOR IDPS, LAUD GOVERNMENT’S YOUTH-ORIENTED SCHEMES WHICH THEY SAY WILL HELP ELIMINATE TERRORISM ISLAMABAD
ESuMING general discussion on budget 201415 in National Assembly (NA) Tuesday, NA members lauded government’s youth-oriented schemes and opined that such projects would help eliminate terrorism and extremism from the country by engaging youth in constructive activities. Resuming the debate on budget, Maulana Jamaluddin of Jamiat ulema-e-Islam – Fazl (JuI-F) said that stranded people of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) should be allowed to go to safer places. The government must also ensure royalty to the victims of Gomal Zam Dam, he added. Syed Mustafa Mehmood of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian
(PPPP) criticised the government for not proposing any reforms in the budget. He opined that the Waziristan operation should have been initiated much earlier. Maryam Aurangzeb of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) praised the budget and steps initiated in it. She said that Prime Minister’s Youth Programme would help exterminating terrorism and engaging country’s youth in positive activities. Mujahid Ali of Pakistan Tehrike-Insaf (PTI) criticised the budget saying it was anti-poor budget. He demanded basic amenities in camps of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Abdul Rashid Godel of Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) lauded allocations to overcome energy crisis. He criticised the budget asking withdrawal of turnover tax on edible items and making withholding
tax ratio adjustable in income tax. He said Karachi should be provided more funds for uplift and demanded local government elections in the country, adding that 10 percent increase should be merged in their basic salary. Nawab Yousaf Talpur of PPPP said that over 60 percent population of the country had plunged under the poverty line. The member of Sindh province should be appointed in Indus River System Authority (IRSA) and that Sindh should be given water from Mangla Dam. He alleged that fewer funds have been allocated to various mega projects of Sindh as compared to other provinces. Ghaus Bux Mehr of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional said that budget manifested the government’s intention and added that Rangers should be deployed in Shikarpur area as incidents of kidnapping for ransom were increasing. Mehr said Sindh areas were mainly dependent on irrigation but the federal government provided no fund for the irrigation project. He called for just allocation of funds among the provinces to avoid differ-
ences among the federating units, adding that Karachi-Lahore Motorway should be started from Karachi. Moreover, he said that Sindh Assembly has passed an amendment setting 17-year age for the wedding and questioned as to why it was different from the recommendation of the Council of Islamic Ideology opposing any limit for marriage. In the meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal said that security and defence matters always captured major chunk of the federal budget, though every parliamentarian desired otherwise. He said that energy was vital for national economy and said that the opposition parties should not adopt biased approach towards dams as it would ensure country’s deliverance from power crisis. Regarding allegation of rigging in four constituencies, he said the respective candidates also gad the right to defend their position. He said the PTI has failed to address longstanding issues faced by the KP province, adding that the party could not execute the commitments it had made during the electioneering.
NWA OPERATION: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, MUSHARRAF TELLS GOVT FORMER PRESIDENT CALLS FOR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS TO CRUSH MENACE OF TERRORISM ONCE AND FOR ALL
KARACHI: Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf has said that he wholeheartedly supports the military action in North Waziristan. Referring to the government’s decision to launch the military offensive, the retired general said in his social media messages, that “it is better late than never”. “We have wasted precious time and inflicted avoidable casualties on ourselves due to delayed decision,” he said. The former Army chief prayed for the victory of Pak Army soldiers, and wished that Allah protect them from harm. He said that he prayed for Allah’s choicest blessings for all those who were martyred at the hands of terrorists. Musharraf said that Pakistan has to win this war to emerge as a moderate, progressive, Islamic nation as failure is not an option. He said that the people of Pakistan must rise to face this vicious enemy from all sides, including religious, sectarian, ethnic, regional or transnational fronts. Musharraf said that the nation has to fight the terrorists with combined strength and resolve in all provinces, cities and areas of Pakistan. Let us crush this menace once and for all and establish Quaid’s Pakistan in the true spirit, said Musharraf. INP
EXPECT RAIN AND SOME THUNDERSTORMS IN PUNJAB, KP AREAS
HANGU: Policemen check a public transport vehicle on Tuesday as security has been beefed up following the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency. ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Tuesday forecast rain-thundershower associated with dust storms for scattered places of Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir in the next 24 hours. Rain-thundershower with gusty winds is likely at Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan during next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, seasonal low was lying over Balochistan and adjoining areas. Moist currents from Arabian sea were penetrating into upper parts of the country. A shallow westerly wave was affecting upper parts of the country. Mainly very hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country especially in Sindh and Balochistan during the next 24 hours. The highest maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Turbat 50 C, Sibbi 49 C, Jacobabad, Bhakkar, Dadu 47 C, Sukkur, Rohri, Moenjodaro, Bannu, D.G.Khan, Noorpur Thal, Larkana 46 C, Bahawalnagar, Jehlum, Shaheed Benazirabad and Rahim Yar Khan 45 C. The maximum temperatures recorded in the other cities were Islamabad 42 C, Lahore 44 C, Karachi 36 C, Peshawar 40 C, Quetta 34 C, Skardu 28 C, Murree 28 C, Muzaffarabad 36 C, Gilgit 34 C, Faisalabad 42 C, Multan 44 C and Hyderabad 38 C. The rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours was Abbotabad 50 mm, Murree, Kotli 10, Lower Dir 07, Muzaffarabad, Risalpur, Garhidupatta, Rawalakot 05, Peshawar 04, Malamjabba, Parachinar 03, Balakot and Mirkhani 01 mm. APP
OIC LIKELY TO DISCUSS IRAQ SECURITY CRISIS IN JEDDAH MEETING OIC SECRETARY GENERAL IYAD MADANI EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER IRAQ SITUATION JEDDAH INP
Foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states are likely to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Iraq at a two-day meeting in Jeddah, starting today. Saudi Arabia is hosting the meeting.
ARAB LEAGUE SECRETARY-GENERAL NABIL EL-ARABI SAYS FOREIGN MINISTERS OF MEMBER STATES WILL MEET ON THE SIDELINES OF THE OIC SUMMIT TO CHART NEXT COURSE OF ACTION ON IRAQ
Most of the foreign ministers or deputies of 56 of the 57 members of the OIC have confirmed their participation. Syria’s has been suspended from the organisation. According to sources, Iraq was not on the agenda of the meeting. “The agenda is sent to the respective members in advance for consent and since the Iraq meltdown occurred only
three to four days ago, it was not on the list of items to be discussed at the Jeddah meeting,” sources said, adding that in view of what has happened, Iraq will “most likely be taken up at the meeting”. The sources confirmed that an Iraqi delegation would participate but said it was still not clear if it would be headed by Iraqi Foreign Minister
Hoshyar Zebari. The meeting has evoked considerable interest because it is being hosted by regional powerhouse, Saudi Arabia. On Monday, OIC Secretary General Iyad Madani expressed concern over the situation in Iraq, especially the events in Mosul over the past few days. He called on the Iraqi leadership to
take steps to solve this critical situation because it may have serious consequences for the security and stability of the whole region. Madani called on all Iraqi parties to hold talks to achieve real and comprehensive national reconciliation. He reiterated the OIC’s willingness to support these efforts with regional and international parties. All members of the Arab League are also members of the OIC. Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El-Arabi confirmed in Cairo that foreign ministers of the member states would meet on the sidelines of the OIC summit to chart the next course of action on Iraq.
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JUSTICE BANDIAL TAKES OATH AS SC JUDGE
ISLAMABAD: Justice Umar Ata Bandial took oath as judge of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani administered oath to him in a ceremony. The ceremony was attended by judges of the Supreme Court, Attorney General of Pakistan, Supreme Court Bar Association President Kamran Murtaza, former Pakistan Bar Council vice chairman Syed Qalab-e-Hassan, senior lawyers and law officers of the federation and provinces. Supreme Court Registrar Syed Tahir Shahbaz conducted the proceedings of the oath taking ceremony. Senior officers of the Supreme Court also attended the ceremony. INP
FAREWELL BUBB! PRESIDENT APPRECIATES PAK-SWISS LONG TERM PARTNERSHIP, DESIRES AUGMENTING RELATIONS IN TRADE AND COMMERCE ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Switzerland in Pakistan Christoph Bubb Tuesday paid a farewell call on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr Tuesday. Discussing Pak-Swiss bilateral relations with the outgoing ambassador, the president said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its excellent bilateral relations with Switzerland which are based on mutual trust and goodwill and wishes to further consolidate them. He appreciated Switzerland's long-term partnership with Pakistan in economic, trade and commercial relations and observed that there was great potential to further augment our bilateral equation especially in the area of trade and commerce activities. The president appreciated Bubbâ€™s diplomatic services in bringing Pakistan and Switzerland further closer during his tenure as ambassador. The president wished the outgoing ambassador good luck in his future life and assignments. The outgoing ambassador also thanked the president for the support he was extended by the government during his tenure as ambassador. FATA MNA TURI MEETS PRESIDENT: Sajid Hussain Turi, an MNA from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday. Overall situation in FATA particularly in his constituency was discussed during the meeting. INP
ISLAMAABAD: Workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek stage a sit-in against Lahore incident at Faizabad Bridge on Tuesday. INP
How did THe SikHS enTer ParliamenT? IHC APPOINTS SESSIONS JUDGE AS ENQUIRY OFFICER IN SIKH ENTRANCE CASE ISLAMABAD
HE Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday appointed District and Sessions Judge (west) Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan as
enquiry officer to probe the matter of Sikh entrance into the Parliament House and suspension of selective police officers. A single judge bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed the inquiry officer to submit report within 15 days and point out that who was responsible of the security lapse, on a petition filed by the police officers suspended after they failed to stop Sikh protestors from entering in the Parliament House. The police as well as Islamabad administration submitted reports before the court regarding the circumstances in which Sikh protestors managed entry in the Parliament
House. Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, counsel of police officers argued before the court that the police authorities made his clients scapegoat and suspended them for May 24 incident. He claimed that none of the suspended officers was officer of Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) and all of them were rankers. On May 24, the members of the Sikh community held a protest demonstration against the desecration of their holy book in Sindh and entered the Parliament House after breaking the police cordon. As a result, the IGP suspended SP Habibullah Niazi, DSPs Hussain Lasi, Fida Satti, Safeer Bhatti and Mohammad Arshad.
THREE CAPITAL VARSITIES WITHOUT VCS ISLAMABAD: Three government universities of the federal capital are working without vice chancellors for a long time. According to details, former International Islamic University rector Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik left the seat on May 12 after which additional charge of rector was given to Quaid-eAzam University Vice Chancellor Prof Masoom Yaseen Zai. In January 2014 four year contract of Quaid-e-Azam University vice chancellor finished due to which he had to leave the seat of Rector Islamic University because his contract was not extended however he has been directed to continue as rector Islamic University and Islamic university is still working without permanent rector while Prof Aitzaz is working as acting VC of Quaid-e-Azam University. Same is the situation of AIOU because after the retirement of former chancellor extra charge of VC was given to Dr Ali Asgher Chishti. ONLINe
PTI WONâ€™T SUPPORT ANTIDEMOCRATIC ELEMENTS: QURESHI ISLAMABAD INP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday said the PTI would not support elements that wanted to derail democracy. Talking to journalists outside the Parliament House, he said, "The PTI wants to work for the strengthening of democracy and its institutions." He said protests were democratic rights of political parties but they should be peaceful. Qureshi asked the federal government to allocate funds for IDPs. He also condemned Punjab Police for their action against Pakistan Awami Tehrik workers in Lahore. He said chief minister Shahbaz Sharif should take action against those police personnel who were involved in highhandedness against the PAT workers.
ICT R&D FUNDS TO BE SPENT ON BENEFICIAL PROJECTS: ANUSHA
ISLAMABAD: While chairing a meeting of ICT R&D Fund, the Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman expressed government's firm resolve to ensure that industry contributed national ICT and R&D fund plays its assigned role in an appropriate way by fueling research and target oriented development within its mandate. It was agreed in the meeting that utmost priority of the government should be to ensure that R&D money is spent on beneficial and result oriented projects in a transparent manner by fulfilling all mandatory prerequisites. While keeping in view the importance of having a professionally driven program, the appointment of permanent CEO, is critical and this process is at an advanced stage. The minister of state for IT further stated that already mandated by board a performance audit of all research projects funded by the company has been set in motion, which will help us to get maximum benefits out of past experiences and to help in setting future priorities. While reiterating emphasis on output based and commercially driven projects, the board has already indicated priority of funding technology incubators, entrepreneurship development programs and product driven collaboration between industry and academia. It was agreed in the meeting that milestones set for disbursement of funds should be professionally evaluated before making disbursement to projects. The meeting concluded that we want our National ICT & R&D Fund to be used on more focused and strategic areas like research and innovation, for creation of eservices applications and citizen centric applications to be used over the next generation broadband networks, along with substantive research in innovation rather than selecting already researched subjects around the world. INP
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
nUml, nie join HandS for collaboraTion in elecTronicS
POWER WOES BRING POWER SECY TO THE STATION WATER AND POWER SECRETARY TAKES NOTICE OF DELAY IN REPLACEMENT OF FAULTY 160KV TRANSFORMER AT NTDC GRID AT MARDAN
N order to promote quality education in the field of emerging areas of electronics and to enhance know-how in advance disciplines, National University of Modern Languages (NUML) and National Institute of Electronics (NIE) joined hands. This partnership took place in a ceremony where a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the NUML and NIE for a formalised academic collaboration between both the institutions. The MoU was signed by the NUML Director General (DG) Brig Azam Jamal and NIE DG Abdul Haleem Asghar. The signature ceremony was attended by the Director Academics Col (R) Syed Jawaid, Director Planning and Coordination Dr Riasat Ali, Dean Faculty of Engineering and IT Dr Muhammad Akbar, NIE Director Research M Bashir Ahmed, Dr M Haneef Zauq, other officials and faculty members of both institutions. NUML DG Brig Azam Jamal said, “Such academic ventures provide opportunities to one institution to get benefit from expertise and resources as well as experienced and qualified faculty of the other institutions.” “NIE has expertise and the mandate for pilot production of electronic equipment, electronic components and software. It disseminates knowledge of electronic technologies. Our faculty members and students have a great chance to get maximum benefit out of facilities and resources available at NIE,” he added. Speaking on the occasion, NIE DG
ISLAMABAD: Water and Power Secretary Nargis Sethi paid a surprise visit to Mardan Tuesday and inspected the 220KV NTDC grid station where one 160KV transformer developed a major fault and was affecting a large population. She took notice of the delay in replacement of the faulty transformer and issued directions to the NTDC MD to immediately provide another transformer to the grid within 72 hours to mitigate the sufferings of the people. The fault in the transformer has affected electricity supply to the people living in Nowshera, Swabi, Mardan, Takht Bhai, Swat and some area of Chitral, due to heavy load on the grid station. The replacement of the transformer will bring solace for the people of these areas since they are facing tripping and low voltage besides un-scheduled load shedding. The Water and Power secretary also visited PESCO sub-divisions of Toru and City 2 besides paying surprise visit to the customer services centers and other offices. She directed the PESCO chief to take practical steps in improving the service delivery. Sethi also took notice of non-provision of domestic connections to the consumers by PESCO in Mardan as there were around 900 pending cases for such connections. She directed the PESCO chief to immediately provide connections to the people and bring them to the billing net. ageNCIes Abdul Haleem Asghar said that NIE had state-of-the-art facilities for students of Electronics, Telecom Engineering and Computer Sciences and any university or institution could avail it for training and learning of its faculty and students.
ART WORK OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN PUT ON DISPLAY RAWALPINDI: Art work of autistic students was put on display Tuesday at an exhibition here organized by the Centre for Profound Education (CPE), a school for special children in Gulrez Phase II. The exhibition showcased beautiful and eye catching art work by children with a diverse range of learning difficulties. It was a much awaited event and projects were based on themes of landscape, nature and wildlife. A variety of art material and mixed media was used such as water colour, acrylic, plaster of paris and paper mache. Parents and visitors gave an overwhelming response and applauded the creativity and originality of the work and appreciated teachers' efforts for bringing out the hidden artist in children. The students used innovative and ecofriendly ways to create storage objects such as pencil holders and jewellery boxes. The exhibits were also made available for sale and many of them were purchased by friends of CPE belonging to various prestigious professions, both inside and out of Pakistan. CPE firmly believes that creative arts and crafts therapy provides a forum for self-expression, communication, imagination enhancing creativity and improving quality of life. Due to this reason, it is ensured that students enrich their art skills as it is an effective method / tool of teaching and learning in addition to imparting daily life, behavioural, social and academic skills. aPP
He assured full cooperation from NIE to make this collaboration a success story. Dr Muhammad Akbar said, “MoU aims at collaboration between the two institutions of higher education in the field of Electronics, Telecom Engineer-
ing and Computer Sciences. State of the art lab facilities of NIE would be utilised by the students and faculty of NUML. Moreover, joint research and development projects and training will be under taken by the two institutions.”
PEACE ESSENTIAL FOR EDUCATIONAL, BUSINESS ACTIVITIES: MARYAM NAWAZ MURREE aPP
Prime Minister's Youth Programme Chairwoman Maryam Nawaz Tuesday said peace was necessary in the country so that educational and business activities could continue smoothly. Addressing a ceremony of cheques distribution among 570 students under the Prime Minister's Fee Reimbursement Scheme for less developed areas here, she said Pakistan should be made free of terrorism. She prayed for the success of operation in North Waziristan. Maryam distributed cheques worth Rs 38 million among the talented students. She said the fee reimbursement scheme was a great initiative, which extended to all of Pakistan, including Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, FATA and less privileged areas without discrimination. Under this scheme, fees of upto Rs 100,000 of 40,000 students would be paid, she informed. The fees included library and admission fees.
She said the government wanted to expand the outreach and scope of this scheme. She said those, who had complaints and that their names were missed in the scheme, should contact her directly on her twitter account @maryamnsharif or on the helpline 0800-77-000, so that their problems could be conveyed to the Higher Education Commission for redressal. On behalf of the prime minister and herself, she congratulated the students for receiving cheques.
Maryam Nawaz asked for suggestions from the students and said the government would provide all possible assistance and relief to them. She said the Prime Minister was concerned and wanted the students to focus on their talent and honing of skills instead of worrying about their fees. She said under the Prime Minister's loan scheme, so far 10,000 talented and aspiring entrepreneurs had received loans. It is a matter of satisfaction that youth have successfully set up their businesses and started to return their loans, she added. Maryam said the schemes would financially empower the youth and help them successfully run businesses.
NH&MP ROLE MODEL FOR PUBLIC ORGANISATIONS, SAYS BALOCH ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Communications Abdul Hakeem Baloch visited NH&MP Headquarters in the capital on Tuesday. NHMP Inspector General Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema gave a detailed briefing to the minister on the performance of the department and highlighted its salient aspects. The minister of state greatly appreciated the performance of NH&MP and remarked that the motorway police have made the whole nation proud. He considered NH&MP a role model for other public sector organizations. INP
80 SUSPECTS ARRESTED DURING SEARCH OPERATIONS RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Police have arrested 80 suspected persons in search operations conducted in several areas of the city during last two days. According to Superintendent Police (SP) Rawal Town, City Police on the special directive of Regional Police Officer (RPO) Rawalpindi Umar Hayat Lalika and City Police Officer (CPO) Hamyoun Bashir Tarar launched search operations and conducted several raids in Rawal Division. Station House Officer (SHO) Ratta Police Station, New Town and heavy contingents of police from Rawal Division, elite force personnel conducted raids in different areas including Khurram Colony and other areas. During the raids, police apprehended 100 suspected persons initially and after questioning, over 80 persons were arrested. aPP
CDA TO LAUNCH THREE PUBLIC WELFARE PROJECTS ISLAMABAD ageNCIes
Capital Development Authority (CDA) Development Working Party (DWP) has approved three public welfare projects. The allocation for these projects would be made in the current CDA budget and work would start soon after the approval of the budget for the financial year 2014-15. The projects include construction of
two under passes on Faisal Avenue between Sectors G-7, G-8 and Sector F-7 and F-8, construction of Citizens Facilitation Centre in Sector G-7 and fixation of barbed wire/warning boards around CDA’s acquired land. The construction of two underpasses on Faisal Avenue between Sectors G-7, G-8 and Sector F-7 and F-8 Islamabad was approved during CDA DWP’s meeting on Tuesday. The estimated cost of the
project is Rs 555.515 million. The completion time for the project is six months. The scheme shall be financed through CDA’s own resources. The scheme comprising of two underpasses i.e to link sector G-8 with Sector G-7 at their corresponding major roads as per layout plan duly issued by the CDA Director (TE&TP). Similarly, arrangements for Sector F-8 and F-7 on Faisal Avenue are also catered for in this scheme. CDA also approved the construction
of Citizens Facilitation Centre at Jasmine Road, Sector G-7/2. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 71.195 million. The completion time for the project is six months. The scheme shall be financed through CDA’s own resources. The purpose of facilitation centre is to provide a central office for the convenience of the general public for all kinds of services related to CDA /IESCO/SNGPL/PTCL/NADRA/passport etc under a single roof. The architectural and
structural design is prepared by the Design Wing of CDA and Structure Directorate. CDA approved another project named “providing/fixing barbed wire, boundary pillars, warning boards and construction of pre-cast wall around CDA’s acquired land” to save it from illegal encroachers. The project cost is Rs 333.806 million. The project will be completed in one year. The scheme shall be financed through CDA’s own resources.
08 COMMENT Brutality! There is no other word for what the police did
EW in this country would agree with Tahirul Qadri’s politics but fewer would support the police brutality against the PaT workers on Tuesday. Early last year Qadri called upon the PPP government to accept his demands or quit. Many thought the PaT chief wanted to sabotage the elections. Despite Qadri’s irresponsible demands, followed by a road march from Lahore to Islamabad, the government maintained restraint. attempts were made to persuade Qadri to allow the government to hold the elections peacefully. When all other ways failed and Qadri’s protestors entered Islamabad, the government sent a delegation of important cabinet members to hold talks with him in his air conditioned container parked near D Chowk in Islamabad. The move succeeded and the PaT leader called off the protest. The marchers dispersed peacefully without a drop of blood being shed. The Punjab government however resorted to brutal methods to disperse the PaT protestors all over Punjab. In Lahore the police used force to remove barriers from outside Qadri’s establishment. When the PaT workers resisted, the police used force. In the fighting that subsequently took place at least eight people, including two girls, were reportedly killed. Never since 2008 has one seen such brutality committed against protestors. People had started to hope that with the passage of time politicians had become more tolerant of dissent. The PML-N government has disproved this through theie action. Every political party has a right to hold peaceful protests. Had the police not resorted to high handedness, the PaT warming up exercise would have continued peacefully till the arrival of Tahirul Qadri. at a time when most of people are focused on the military operation, few would have taken interest in the activity. some would have even condemned it for striking an altogether dissonant note at a time when all political parties were expressing solidarity with the army. It is condemnable on the part of the PaT activists also for injuring several policeman. Tahirul Qadri should have seen to it that the leaders of his party were present at the protests to keep the workers under control. It is callous to use workers as gun fodder while Qadri is himself cooling his heels in Canada. If the idea behind the ruthless suppression of the PaT protest was to demoralise the workers, the killings are likely to do the opposite. When political activists are killed in ruthless police actions, they invariably arouse public sympathy and put a new life in unpopular causes.
The refugee effect IDPs need special attention
ars, invariably, create refugees. and it is sincerely hoped that important lessons were learnt from previous operations, particularly the south Waziristan offensive, which exposed unforgivable government unpreparedness for dealing with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The camps were just not fit to accommodate the large numbers fleeing the agency, with the result that most people eventually made their way to cities like Bannu and DI Khan, putting far more burden on these cities than they could bear. The North Waziristan operation, Zarb-i-azb, is far better planned and thought-out than previous adventures. It is not a mere retaliatory incursion to counter or limit recent advances. It is meant as the final, most comprehensive exercise of its kind, one that will end when militancy itself has ended in the badlands. Therefore the refugee aspect must also have been worked out minutely. But there is always concern in such matters when the fine line between military and civilian responsibility, in war time, becomes hazy. Last time, when the army was fighting in the mountains, the civilian government was criticised for confounding the IDP operation, but, as always, it merely tossed the blame back to the forces. This time around, the arrangement must be clear, and relevant arms of the government/military should be well prepared. already, chatter from NW is cause for concern. Tens of thousands have already started marching out, and hundreds of thousands more are expected soon. There is also news of civilians trapped in the curfew, unable to flee the fighting. They will need not only protection, but also evacuation. Pretty much the whole nation has taken the PM’s decision to fight the militancy very positively. But it is more important to win hearts and minds of the local population as opposed to other parts of the country. and if the people who suffer the most do not see active official effort to help their cause and minimise their suffering, this war will being going wrong sooner rather than later. Every effort must be made to safeguard IDPs.
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Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
Some myths about Muslims They are not what common belief makes them to be
N the context of massive propaganda campaigns, the subtle use of stereotypes, and the fact that both the Western and the Indian media share certain basic biases, many people end up believing in a range of myths about the adherents of the world’s second largest religion. This is a quick attempt at exposing those myths. Myth: ‘Muslim’ countries are never secular. Muslims do not tolerate minorities in ‘their’ countries but demand minority rights in other countries. The world’s largest Muslim majority country is Indonesia (total population approximately 25 crores, larger than Pakistan). Indonesia is a secular democracy. Indeed, its population is almost a mirror image of India’s – 88% Muslim, 9% Christian, 3% Hindu, 2% Buddhist, etc. (as compared to India, which has a population that is 80% Hindu, 13.4% Muslim, 2.3% Christian, etc.) Indonesia’s national slogan is “Unity in Diversity.” Yes, Indonesia has occasional riots and bomb blasts, but so does India. In reality the majority of Muslim majority countries in the world are secular. several large examples include Turkey, Mali, syria, Niger, and Kazakhstan. Despite having Islam as ‘state religion’, Bangladesh’s government is also secular in law. The same is true of many other countries. Only six countries in the world claim to use Islam as the basis of their law making – and their total population is roughly the same as the population of Indonesia, Turkey and Kazakhstan combined. In other words, the vast majority of Muslim majority countries are secular, and the vast majority of Muslims live under secular governments. Myth: Not all Muslims may be terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims. Even if we accept the government’s definition of who is a terrorist in India, this is entirely untrue. In India, less than a third of the organisations banned as “terrorist” under the Unlawful activities (Prevention) act are Muslim organisations. Internationally, the group that engaged in the most suicide bombings in the world was the LTTE in sri Lanka – a militantly atheist group whose members are mostly of Hindu and Christian origin. It is also not true that Muslim organisations engage in the most violence in India. Between 2005 and 2014, as per the South Asia Terrorism Portal, twice as many people were killed in ‘terrorist incidents’ by Northeastern militant organisations and “left wing extremism”. These are all non-Muslim organisations, and the largest Northeastern organisation in this period (ULFa) has a mostly Hindu, upper caste leadership. Besides, the definition of “terrorism” that the government uses is contradictory. Killing twenty people by a bomb blast is considered terrorism, but the killing of thousands of people in 1984 or more than a thousand people in Gujarat in 2002 (or, for that matter, the killing of 40 people in Muzaffarnagar, 68 people in Orissa in 2008, etc. etc.) are not. all riots involve planning, stockpiling of weapons and systematic attacks. Why then are they not considered terrorism? Myth: Muslims have always been fundamentalists and are ‘more religious’ than followers of other religions. recent history shows that this is a lie, and also exposes where current “Muslim fundamentalism” comes from. Just forty to sixty years ago, in most of the major regions of the world with high Islamic populations – Indonesia, the Middle East, north africa – the strongest political forces were secular leftists. This took many forms: the Indonesian Communist Party, the Nasserite and Baa’thist regimes in Egypt, syria and Iraq, the Iranian government of Mohammed Mossadegh, etc. In these countries, especially in the Middle East, it was the United states and its client states (such as saudi arabia) that sponsored, financed and armed right wing and religious fundamentalist organisations, precisely in order to counter the strength of the secular leftists whom they opposed. Israel’s role in propping up Hamas to counter the PLO is also well known. This reached its height in the 1980s with
the war in afghanistan, with the Us bankrolling and training the people who later founded al Qaeda. It was during this period as well that the Us financed and supported the Zia regime in Pakistan in its “Islamisation” drive. The current strength of the Islamic fundamentalist movement in the Middle East is a result of american strategy, which involved finishing off all leftist resistance while tolerating and encouraging Islamic fundamentalism. above all, to repeat the key point, Islamic fundamentalism is a political phenomenon created by a particular history – just like Hindutva, Christian fundamentalism and every other form of right wing movement. The myth of the inherently fundamentalist Muslim owes a lot to European mythmaking around the Crusades and subsequent efforts to prop up their empire in India. But people continue to recycle colonial self-justifications as if they are true. Myth: Muslims always start violence. Hindus only ‘retaliate’ or ‘act in self defence’. Every single group that has ever engaged in mass killings has claimed to be ‘retaliating’ or ‘defending themselves’.’ The september 11 attacks in the Us were justified as “retaliation” for the killing of lakhs of people in Iraq (through sanctions) and in Palestine by the Us and Israel. If you believe the emails being sent before the Delhi and ahmedabad bomb blasts in 2008, the blasts were “retaliation” for police atrocities and the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat. In 2008 Christians were massacred in Orissa in “retaliation” for the killing of a VHP leader. Going back further in history, the Nazis justified the Kristallnacht- their first state-sponsored riot against Jews, in which thousands of synagogues and homes were destroyed – by claiming it was “retaliation” for the murder of a German diplomat and necessary to ‘defend themselves’ against ‘international Jewry’. The reason for this is simple – the only way to convince people to commit inhuman atrocities against other people is to make them believe that they are “defending themselves” or “paying back.” The sheer inhumanity of talking about “retaliation” is obvious. Would those who claim “Hindus only retaliate” be comfortable if a Bihari militia were to massacre Maharashtrians as “retaliation” for attacks by the MNs and the shiv sena? Would they accept if Northeastern armed organisations carried out massacres of Delhiites in “retaliation” for atrocities and racism against Northeasterners in the capital? It is a mark of how low we have come as a society that so many people go around mouthing these slogans today, as if gangrape and massacres can ever be justified by “retaliation” and “self-defence.” Myth: Hindus do not kill based on their religion. Only Muslims do, because their religion requires them to. In Gujarat in 2002, in Delhi and other cities in 1984, in Bhagalpur in 1989, and in most other riots, the overwhelming majority of those who died were from minority communities (Muslims, sikhs, etc.) Then we have the recent instances of bomb blasts by Hindutva organisations. The majority of the killers in all of these incidents were Hindus, and the organisations that drove the killings called on them to kill non-Hindus. Would it be accurate to say they killed because Hinduism required them to do so? No, clearly, in all those instances, the attackers and the organisers were political groups seeking political goals (and dressing them up as religious goals). This is exactly what far right Muslim groups do too. Every religion has groups that urge conflict with other religions, and holy texts in every religion contain things that endorse atrocities (just look at the what the Manu Smriti says about women and Dalits, or the Old Testament of the Bible says about massacres of non-Jews). This does not mean that followers of those religions follow those texts literally. The vast majority of Muslims, like the vast majority of Hindus, Christians, or any other group, have never killed anyone and never will. Myth: Muslims are united and act together, while Hindus are divided and weak. Every election study ever done has found that Muslims vote in the same manner as any other community votes – for facilities, on the basis of the candidate, whether they like a political party, etc. In practice also Muslims are no more united than any other group; they have internal divisions on religious, caste, gender, regional, language and countless other lines, just like any other community in India. If Muslims were “united”, one would expect that they would be represented well in Parliament. In fact, Muslim MPs constituted only 5.5% of the outgoing Lok sabha, even though they are more than 13% of the population. If anything, in today’s cities the idea of “Muslims all live together” has been created by discrimination against them and them being forced to live in particular ghettos. Meanwhile, in voting, people worry about their own physical
safety; just as a Bihari will not vote for a shiv sena candidate, most Muslims would not vote for the BJP. This is, once again, common sense. a party which has built itself around calling you foreigners, terrorists and anti-nationals is not likely to win your vote. Myth: The government favours Muslims and pampers them. On the contrary, official data indicates systematic discrimination against Muslims. The sachar Committee found that availability of bus stops, roads, bank branches etc. is lower in Muslim majority areas, even when compared to nearby villages with a Hindu majority. Muslims on average received only 2/3 the loan amounts disbursed to other minorities. The proportion of Muslims living in pucca houses is lower than the general population, both in cities and in villages, even if compared to others at their level of poverty. Muslims form less than 3% of the Ias officers and 4% of IPs officers, even though their population is about 13% of the total. Overall, the sachar Committee concluded that on average Muslims are at roughly the same socioeconomic level as Dalits and adivasis. similarly, in a study published in the Economic and Political Weekly in 2007, the authors responded to 548 job advertisements from private sector companies with three identical applications – one with a high caste Hindu name, one with a Dalit name, and one with a Muslim name. Even though the applications were otherwise identical, the Dalit name was approximately one third less likely to get called for an interview, and the Muslim name was two thirds less likely. In both the public and the private sectors, Muslims are denied opportunities across the board. Myth: But Hindus cannot buy land in Jammu and Kashmir! Non-Kashmiris cannot buy land in J&K – just as non-Himachalis cannot buy land in Himachal Pradesh, outsiders cannot enter Nagaland without permission, non-Uttarakhandis can buy only small plots in Uttarakhand, etc. Many parts of India have these regulations to protect local populations. The issue has nothing to do with religion. Myth: The Muslim population is increasing faster than the Hindu population, especially because Muslim men can have many wives. Their aim is to become the majority. The National Family Health survey has found that young Muslim women have the same fertility rate as young Hindu women of the same economic level. The slightly higher growth rate for Muslims overall is due to the fact that, on average, Muslims are poorer than Hindus. Common sense would also indicate this. Kerala, which has a Muslim population of approximately 25%, also has the lowest population growth rate of any state in the country. Poverty and lack of facilities are far more important than religion in deciding how many children you have. The fertility rate of Muslims in states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala is far below that of Hindus in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar or rajasthan, for instance. as for Muslim men marrying many wives, it is blindingly obvious that this can make no difference to population growth, since if one Muslim man has two wives, that means some other man will have no wife (given that the populations of men and women are roughly equal). Meanwhile, the NFHs found (in the only survey that looked at this) that approximately 5.8% of Hindu men have multiple wives, while only 5.73% of Muslim men do. Myth: Muslims got ‘their’ country when Pakistan was created, now they should leave ‘our’ country. The first active political leaders to talk of separate countries for Muslims and Hindus were those who would later be part of the Hindu Mahasabha. Bhai Paramanand, later president of the Mahasabha, demanded this in 1905. The demand for Pakistan did not emerge from the Muslim League until 1940, and then as well it was a political demand by a political party. Huge numbers of Muslims opposed the idea of Pakistan, including the biggest Islamic religious school in India – the Deoband seminary – and President of the Congress party, Maulana azad, who was one of India’s greatest freedom fighters. The demand for Pakistan was a demand by a political party, not a demand by Muslims as a whole. In short, it’s simple: Muslims are human beings, with as much diversity and free thinking as any other group of people. In this climate of intense hate-mongering against Muslims, it’s necessary to reject these racist myths and instead stand up for a world that values human dignity Nivedita Menon is noted Malayali feminist theorist, author, and currently a professor teaching political thought in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory.
WORLD VIEW 09
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
Pakistan’s home-grown terrorism threat: war beyond 2014
He upsurge in terrorist violence in Pakistan this month indicates the trajectory of its home-grown terrorism by Islamist insurgents well beyond 2014. Besides a strong military response to win the fight against militants, the political leadership must take ownership of the war and demonstrate strong political will. Two high profile attacks in Karachi and Balochistan have highlighted the resurgent threat of home-grown terrorism by Islamist insurgents in Pakistan. On 8 June 2014 militants from the Islamic Uzbekistan Union (IMU) and their Pakistani counterparts mounted a brazen terrorist attack on Pakistan’s biggest airport in Karachi. In the five-hour long siege, around 39 people, including 10 militants and 12 security personnel, were killed. Meanwhile, three suicide bombers of a Sunni militant outfit Jaish-ul-Islam (Army of Islam) targeted a hotel hosting around 300 Shia pilgrims in south-western Balochistan province’s Taftan town, killing 30 people. The Shia pilgrims were returning from visits to shrines and holy places in Iran. ImplIcatIons of aIrport attack
The attack on Karachi airport virtually stymied the peace process between the militants’ umbrella group, the Pakistan Taliban (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan TPP), and the Pakistani government. It has pushed the country’s political and military leadership onto the same page. The public anger over the attack allowed the embattled Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to announce a military operation in North Waziristan Agency, along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. On 15 June the Pakistani Army formally launched the military operation, Zarbe Azb (Sword of the Prophet) against local and foreign militants in the Agency. The attack on Karachi airport has brought home the realisation that Pakistan’s fight against home-grown terrorism will continue well beyond 2014. The US exit from Afghanistan in 2014 will not bring any respite but more trouble for Pakistan’s internal security. In the context of growing militancy in Pakistan, the US presence in, or absence from Afghanistan and Pakistan-US counter-terrorism cooperation, have become irrelevant factors. Ahead of 2014, the Tehrik-e-Taliban
Pakistan (TTP), had shifted its strategic objective from fighting the US occupation of Afghanistan to Pakistan-focused operations. TTP has reconfigured itself as a Pan-Islamist jihadist group in Pakistan. Its war is now against the Pakistani state for the establishment of Taliban-style Sharia system in Pakistan. TTP’s campaign against Pakistan’s May 2013 parliamentary elections was a clear signal of the strategic shift. In August 2013, TTP wrote a four-page letter to Pakistan’s religious scholars seeking their opinion (Fatwa) about democracy as a system of governance in Pakistan. The letter categorically stated that TTP’s struggle was not only against Pakistan’s alliance with the US in the WOT but also against the democratic system in Pakistan. TTP has been carefully orchestrating and spreading its terror campaign to mainland Pakistan. Moving to cities is a part of the Taliban’s evolving strategy for post-2014 operations inside Pakistan. The struggle to weaken Pakistan and bring about a Shariah system will not occur in the hinterlands of FATA but in the streets and cities of Punjab and Sindh. By targeting Karachi airport the TTP has an-
nounced the shift in the militant trajectory from tribal to urban areas. Peace talks or military operations? The Karachi airport attack has also raised serious questions about the efficacy of the political approach alone to deal with militancy. Since his assumption of power in May last year, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has engaged the TTP politically but only achieved a 40-day ceasefire (1 March-10 April). The current government deemed suspension of drone strikes and military operation in FATA as a pre-condition for peace talks to succeed. Reluctantly, the Pakistan army supported Sharif’s political approach and gave his government the time and space it needed to try its political approach. During the peace talks, the US suspended drone strikes in Pakistan from December 2013 to 10 June 2014, and the Pakistan army did not conduct any major military operation in FATA as well. The fanfare with which Prime Minister Sharif initiated the peace dialogue with the TTP has subsided now. It has dispelled the misguided belief that the Pakistan army’s counter-terrorism operations, unrest in Afghanistan and US-led drone
programme in FATA had fuelled terrorism in Pakistan. The critics of military operations and drone strikes failed to realise that to date almost all the peace deals with the Taliban have failed. At the same time, military operation alone is not a solution to militancy in Pakistan either. There is no one silver bullet for this pernicious issue. Disrupting and destroying terrorist infrastructure is only one component of counter-terrorism. Physically gaining an upper hand against the militants in the battlefield is a tactical gain that remains incomplete without discrediting and delegitimising the terrorist ideology. need for robust counter narratIve
At a strategic level, winning the war of ideas is more important. Pakistan will have to come up with a robust counter narrative against the Taliban’s ideology to win the war of ideas as well. A comprehensive policy ensuring a strict legal and administrative counter terrorism regime that ensures timely and efficient trials of detained militants is also needed. Given the above, Pakistan’s problem
will only increase after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. TTP-led terrorism in Pakistan is not just about the retaliation of military operations and the US drone strikes. Instead it is a means to force the state to accept the Islamist militant as a stakeholder in the system and create space for the terror group in Pakistan beyond 2014. To win against terrorists, besides a strong military response, it is critical that the political leadership takes ownership of the war and demonstrate strong political will. The US withdrawal places Pakistan at a crossroads:to become an economic bridge between Central and South Asian regions by curbing the internal militancy that has regional and global aspirations, or be an obstruction to regional peace by continuing its support for favourable militant groups, the so-called “good Taliban”. The latter scenario will lead to a new wave of proxy wars in the region. The writer is a Senior Analyst at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University
MILITARY ACTION IN IRAQ: A NECESSITY WITH PREREQUISITES Hassan MneiMneH The dramatic retreat of Iraqi forces from cities, towns, and provinces in Western and Northern Iraq and the threat of lasting territorial gains for the al Qaeda-inspired "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) come as a sobering reminder of the dysfunction endemic to Iraqi politics, and of the heavy toll that the festering Syrian war is likely to exact from the region and the world. And while this disaster exposes the risks of reduced U.S. engagement in the region, it also reveals the limitations of the Iranian project of empire. The oddity that was post-war Iraq — an autocracy sanctioned by flawed elections, aligned with the interests of both the United States and Iran — seems on the verge of unraveling. The transatlantic alliance will be forced to accept that crises of such intensity and magnitude cannot be merely contained, but require instead a vigorous drive toward the restoration of a credible strategic order. The costs of immediate action may be elevated, even if shared with partners and regional stakeholders, but they pale when compared to the exorbitant costs of tackling the impending mayhem that will follow inaction. The dangers of the new situation in Iraq are massive. Countering them does require, however, looking past the linear narrative of "al Qaeda using Iraq as a launch-pad for attacks against the United States and its allies." First, ISIS is not al Qaeda; it is more stringent, more violent, and more predatory. However, if al Qaeda jihadists are the Trotskyites of Islamism in their quest for a universal revolution, ISIS is hard core Stalinism in its insistence on the consolidation of a central Caliphate as a prerequisite for expansionist jihad. ISIS maintains the dystopian fantasy of creating
a "State," and has consistently invested its lethal efforts accordingly. ISIS is an obscenity that must be curtailed; it is not, however, the immediate danger that al Qaeda franchises in Yemen and Somalia constitute. More importantly, the dramatic coverage notwithstanding, the collapse of Iraqi authority in the Western and Northern provinces cannot be credited primarily to ISIS, but to the alienation of the Sunni population of these regions by a regime that has mastered an unexpected balance of alliances with Washington and Tehran. The abrupt military exit of the United States from Iraq in 2011 was also the departure of the one interlocutor deemed trustworthy by the disparate Iraqi factions, leaving the Iraqi political scene without a mediator. The growing autocratic bent of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki exacerbated this mistrust and fueled an underlying sectarian ten-
sion. In 2012, Sunni clansmen and activists across Iraq initiated a campaign of protests and civil disobedience, expressing deep grievances within the context of a common Iraqi nation. Maliki, however, was dismissive, repressive, and abusive. His continuously escalating attempts at eradicating the protests and restoring "the gravitas of the state" metastasized the conflict into a de facto sectarian civil war — offering what had been a nearly defeated ISIS new venues for reassertion. Capitalizing on the appeal of the Syrian war, ISIS gathered new assets, widened its recruitment efforts, and established itself as an important actor in the isolated Sunni areas. Still, it was the grievances of the Sunni community, and not ISIS ideology, that mobilized the contingents of anti-government Iraqis, and the tactical alliance between ISIS and the powerful Sunni tribes and formations should
not be mistaken for a strategic fusion. Yet ISIS' capture of military equipment and financial assets left by the retreating Iraqi forces and officials is bound to enhance its capabilities. The dysfunctional nature of Iraqi administrative and military structures contributes to the danger that ISIS constitutes. Such an Iraqi government cannot hastily regroup to defeat ISIS. Also, Washington cannot offer the Sunni populations of Iraq and beyond the absurd image of a U.S.-Iranian joint effort aimed at helping Maliki defeat the ISIS-infected uprising —especially when it declined to use its might to stop the massive repression of their mostly Sunni brethren in Syria. Such cooperation would in fact serve ISIS, al Qaeda, and similar organizations in their radicalization efforts. But ISIS must be defeated by force. Its radicalism will necessitate decisive, international military action, but, first, its entanglement with the Iraqi Sunni community must be loosened through a multipronged approach that denies it the possibility of translating attacks against it into domestic support. Washington and its transatlantic allies need to put pressure on Maliki to start a credible national dialogue, while providing him with incentives to dissociate himself and his nation from Iran. At the same time, the West should seek the cooperation of Jordan, Turkey, and Gulf states in engaging Iraqi Sunni tribal, political, and religious leaders in maintaining and strengthening the distinction between ISIS and their community. Only with progress on both fronts would international military action be productive. Hassan Mneimneh is a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington, DC
10 BUSINESS CORPORATE CORNER nutshell signs MoU with latitude crs for public relations
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
PakIstan, tajIkIstan agree to Increase bIlateral cooPeratIon MoUs signed for cooperation in counter-terrorism, professional and technical training, and promotion of culture ISLAMABAD
Lahore: Pakistan’s leading conference management organization, Nutshell Forum, Tuesday announced that it had signed on Lahore-based Latitude Corporate Relationship Solutions for the provision of public relations services. Latitude is a boutique public relations and relationship management consultancy that offers a range of services in the fields of public and corporate relations and media management. Latitude team will demonstrate its ability to build the strategic relationships and communications necessary for informing the public and other interest groups about the latest developments in Nutshell’s offerings and corporate standing. Muhammad Azfar Ahsan, CEO Nutshell Forum, said, “With so many event managing companies blooming in Pakistan, it’s important to bring on board a PR agency that understands the importance of brand building and developing a unique image on industry perspectives. We felt the team at Latitude understands the need for wider communications campaigns that encompass more than just broadcasting news including promoting events in an exclusive way.” Omar Jamil, CEO Latitude, added, “We share Nutshell Forum’s vision of a company that will give a new shape to the whole idea of event management and Nutshell Forum has all the tools and expertise required to do that. We are proud and extremely excited to be given this opportunity.” PRESS RElEASE
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Azeem Ibrahim in Dushanbe on Tuesday. During the meeting, they discussed matters of bilateral interest and cooperation in the sectors of energy and trade. Pakistan and Tajikistan also signed an agreement and four Memoranda of Understanding under which the two countries will cooperate with each other for the eradication of terrorism, promotion of technical cooperation for the uplift of textile industry, professional and technical training and cooperation for the promotion of culture. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Dushanbe on a two day official visit to Tajikistan on Tuesday.
Earlier, Prime Minister Sharif was received at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister Azeem Ibrihim. The visit is part of regular highlevel exchanges between the two brotherly countries. During his stay in Dushanbe, the prime minister would have
India, Pakistan to resume trade talks next month
Visa unveils innovative tournament activation programme Karachi: Visa, the global leader in payments, and FIFA’s exclusive financial services partner for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, on Tuesday shared its global FIFA World Cup activation programme across the Middle East, which will enhance the sporting experience for millions of fans, clients and partners in 104 countries worldwide. Engaging film and print spots featuring Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, alongside dynamic and interactive social engagement programs, and a seamlessin-stadium payment technology experience, enablesfansat the tournament, or anywhere in the world, to be part of the FIFA World Cup celebration. “Our goal is to make it easy, engaging and relevant for everyone and everywhere to connect to the FIFA World Cup and be part of the collective experience,” said Kamran Siddiqi, Group Executive – Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa (CEMEA), Visa Inc. “From immersive fan engagement programmes to innovative partnerships that help advance the next generation of payment technologies in Brazil, Visa is connecting more people than ever before with this momentous global event.” Visa is celebrating the FIFA World Cup through creative film and print advertisements that extend the reach of its new brand positioning, “Everywhere You Want to Be.” “United in Rivalry” depicts some of the world’s most prominent champions of peace – Nobel Peace Prize Laureates – revealing their true competitive colors as they recall their favorite World Cup memories and discuss their country’s football rivals. Featuring Oscar Arius (Costa Rica, 1987 winner), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia, 2011 winner), Sir Bob Geldof (Ireland, 2006 nominee), David Trimble (Northern Ireland, 1998 winner) and Lech Walesa (Poland, 1983 winner), the spot explores the power of football to unite the world – in rivalry – for the five weeks of the FIFA World Cup. “With this spot, we’re celebrating the one commonality we all have, despite our backgrounds, which is an unwavering passion for football,” added Siddiqi. Visa also partnered with DreamWorks Animation, and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, to create print and digital media featuring popular film and television characters such as Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek and The Simpsons. PRESS RElEASE
NEW DELHI INP
India and Pakistan will resume trade normalisation process on the sidelines of the SAFTA ministerial meeting in Bhutan next month. Both Indian and Pakistani commerce ministers are likely to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the meet, Indian Commerce Ministry Joint Secretary Arvind Mehta told reporters on Tuesday. Pakistani High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, however, refused to give a commitment on when his country would extend the 'non-discriminatory market access' status to India as promised in the trade liberalisation schedule. "Bilateral talks have resumed. Both the prime ministers have met and talked about all issues. We hope things will be carried forward when the time comes," Basit told the media at an India-Pakistan event organised by FICCI. Mehta said India was ready to bring down the duties on crucial items, including textiles from Pakistan to 5 per cent or below as agreed to in the trade normalisation schedule. But it would happen only when Pakistan extends NDMA to India.
gional energy cooperation among Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, would be another key area of focus. In the regional context, the Prime Minister is expected to exchange views with the Tajik leadership on the developments in Afghanistan.
NEW TAXES ON CNG INDUSTRY IN KP BUDGET TERMED DISCRIMINATORY ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
samsung launches service centre in lahore and Faisalabad Karachi: Samsung Electronics, market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, and telecommunications, has launched Greentech Service center and repair lab in Lahore. A special inauguration ceremony was held at the Greentech service center located on Al-Hafeez shopping mall, Main Boulevard. Gulberg. Samsung’s Managing Director, John Park attended the ceremony as the chief guest and addressed the gathering. John Park said: “Greentech Service Center and repair labs are designed to give high technology output and easy solutions for electronic products. Samsung is committed to provide the Pakistani consumers with the best possible solutions for the better. Greentech will cater all Samsung’s hand held products.” Greentech Service Center is a One-Stop solution for all the company’s consumer electronics items. Here all Samsung hand held products can be claimed for perfection. PRESS RElEASE
meetings with President Emomali Rahmon and Prime Minister Qohir Rasulzoda discussing all aspects of bilateral relations, including political, trade, economic, energy, infrastructure, defence and security, and people-to-people contacts. CASA-1000, a project for re-
The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Tuesday said the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has imposed additional taxes on the ailing CNG sector in the budget 2014-14 that will increase the cost of the fuel and discourage investors. The KP government has slapped tax up to Rs 15,000 on owners of CNG filling stations and petrol pumps while another tax of Rs 5,000 per year have been imposed for using generators during the electricity load shedding which was discrimination, said Pervaiz Khan Khattak, APCNGA Central Chairman. He said this while speaking to hurriedly called meeting of the executive body of the association.
Provincial Chairman Fayaz Ahmed Khan, Provincial Vice Chairman Minhajuddin, Khalique-urRehman and others were also present on the occasion. Khattak said that the KP government had discouraged the business community of the terroraffected province which was providing jobs in most difficult circumstances as no other province had slapped any new tax on the limping CNG sector. He said CNG sector had already been paying fees, income tax and sales tax while buying natural gas at highest price; it could not bear any additional burden which will compel us to upward revise prices of the commodity. Extraordinary hike in gas infrastructure development surcharge in the federal budget will have a negative impact on all the gas consuming sectors, he said, adding that additional taxes and double taxation would destroy the CNG sector.
SBP TO ISSUE ISLAMIC BONDS KARACHI: The Islamic banks will find a new window for Shariah-compliant investment as the central bank plans to issue fresh Islamic bonds under a revised transaction structure. The Government of Pakistan, Ijara Sukuk (M3), will be issued in accordance with the provisions of SBP’s previous circulars: FSCD Circular No. 13 of September 06, 2008 and FSCD Circular No. 10 of July 08, 2010. Under the new mechanism, profit on the Sukuk will be based on the following: Rental rate benchmarked against the latest weighted average yield of the six month Market Treasury Bills or six month PKRV (as per FSCD circular 13 dated September 06, 2008). The rental rate as mentioned at (i) above may be adjusted based on the difference between estimated supplementary rental and actual maintenance expenses of the underlying asset as explained in An-
nexure “C”. The State Bank has decided that for this particular issue of GIS (M-3), the total auction participation of a single primary dealer would be capped at whichever is the lower of Rs 25 billion or 20pc of Total Demand and Time Liabilities-Islamic, excluding FE-25 deposits, of the respective bidder. For this purpose, Total Demand & Time Liabilities – Islamic as of 28th March, would be used as reported to the State Bank. In case any PD breaches the aforesaid limit, SBP reserves the right to cancel all or some of the bids of the concerned bank. All Islamic banks and commercial banks with Islamic branches are designated as primary dealers for participating in the auction. All designated primary dealers for the GOP Ijara Sukuk are advised to ensure meticulous compliance with the above instructions. All other instructions on the subject shall, however, remain unchanged. STAFF REPORT
CATHAY PACIFIC TO SUSPEND PAKISTAN FLIGHTS FROM 29TH COMPANY OFFICIAL SAYS AIRLINE IS CEASING ITS OPERATIONS IN PAKISTAN FOR AN INDEFINITE TIME FOR BOTH SECURITY AND ECONOMIC REASONS KARACHI AGENCIES
Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific is to suspend flights to and from Pakistan, officials said Tuesday, following last week's brazen attack on Karachi airport which left 38 people dead including the 10 attackers. “The airline is ceasing its operations in Pakistan for an indefinite time for both security and economic reasons,” Sohail Younas, Pakistan sales manager for Cathay Pacific, told a foreign news agency. On Monday, Taliban militants warned international firms and airlines to wind up their business in Pak-
istan or face attacks in the wake of a Pakistani military offensive launched the day before. A spokeswoman in Hong Kong, where the airline is headquartered, added: “Because of commercial reasons, we have decided that the last flight leaving Hong Kong to Karachi will depart on June 28.“ Cathay said in a statement on its website it would operate 14 more flights to and from Karachi before operations cease. “This is to avoid disruptions for the hundreds of passengers who will be travelling prior to the holy month of Ramazan,” it said. The last flights from Karachi to Bangkok and vice versa would de-
part on June 29, it said. The company has moreover advised customers to check the airline's website for updates and developments. Younas said the company would continue to evaluate the situation in Pakistan for future operations. Cathay Pacific currently operates four flights a week from Karachi to international destinations. It is the latest international carrier to cease op-
erations inside the militancy-racked country after British Airways pulled out in 2008 following an attack on a luxury hotel in Islamabad. The allnight siege of Karachi airport that began on June 8 was the latest in a series of high-profile attacks on key installations claimed by the Taliban in recent years, including an assault on a naval base in 2011 and on the military's headquarters in 2009.
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
You're not at the top of your game -especially if you're focused on stuff that is personal. If you direct that energy toward others, you are much more likely to have a positive impact.
It's a great day to try big, crazy ideas - even if they seem too big or crazy to work out. Consider it a day of experimentation and you are sure to learn some new, valuable things.
If you can't make any progress today, don't give up -- that means it's time to get creative! You may not be productive, but you can certainly dream up new ideas all day long. Go for it!
You're feeling the urge to share your energy with those who need it -- from your hapless nephew to the local homeless community. Your power is most potent when it's directed outward.
A work of art has a profound impact on you at some point today - though it may be in the background. Open your mind to outside influence and you are sure to discover new depths within yourself.
Don't take on anything new today -- even if it seems fun or interesting. Your energy is much better spent on closing up old projects than it is on moving in new directions. Give it a few days more.
Someone needs your help -- but it's not a matter of life and death. More likely it involves choosing an outfit or redecorating their office. Even if you don't have time, give them a hand.
A dream is more significant than it seems -so write them all down, even if they seem trivial. Very soon, you should recognize it for what it is, and then life starts to get really interesting!
A message comes to you today -- not in a dream, not from a pigeon, but from a minor drama playing out in the background of your life. Pay attention and then you will know what to do next.
You're feeling surprisingly good today -- especially when you consider that your people are all (or mostly) out of it. Lend a hand when needed, but you may need to just focus on your own projects.
It's all too easy for you to lose your train of thought today -- so try to keep careful notes or, better still, avoid any in-depth projects. You may stumble upon new inspiration more easily.
You are feeling terrific -- but you can also tell that you've got a narrow window of opportunity for some major self-improvement. Try not to put off anything that feels positive.
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Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Seven body language miStakeS to avoid if you want that promotion!
OR the past two months, you’ve had your eye on that promotion. It’s between you and your colleague, and you really want the job. So you put in crazy hours, deliver top-notch work, and take on extra projects to show your work. You don’t see any reason it shouldn’t go to you. But then time comes for the promotion to be announced, it goes to your colleague instead. What could possibly have gone wrong? Turns out, it may totally be unrelated to the quality and quantity of the work you churn out. Instead, it could be a factor of something far more subconscious: your body language. Body language can have a big impact on the way you are perceived by others, especially in a professional setting. While it may seem like a silly, even unfair reason to be overlooked for opportunities at work, there are actually psychological reasons behind it that in the end make a lot of sense. Here are some red flags that may indicate your body language is becoming problematic, and ways to fix them. 1. Crossed Arms
relax your shoulders back and down, and lean slightly forward. Not only will this make you appear more assured in highpressure situations, but you’ll also begin to feel that way, too.
with the higher-ups. If you’re prone to hand movements, find a place for them—such as on a table or your hips—to rest instead.
3. seeming disinterested
Your boss can tell a lot about your emotional intelligence just by the way you look at people, including how much you respect, appreciate, and are interested in them and your work. A good formula for maintaining eye contact that’s confident and certain is to shoot for holding a person’s gaze for 5060% of the time you’re interacting with him or her. Think about the last conversation you had: Can you remember the colour of the person’s eyes? If not, it’s probably a sign that the eye contact wasn’t sufficient. Play a game with yourself and set a goal of noticing this the next time you’re speaking with someone face-to-face.
When we’re feeling friendly and comfortable with the people we’re interacting with, we tend to angle our bodies toward them and subtly match their movements. Check to make sure that you’re not angled toward the door when engaged in conversation with people, which shows disinterest and distraction, and instead subtly mirror or mimic their gestures. For example, without being too obvious, place your hands on the table if theirs are, or lean slightly back in your chair if they are doing the same. This expresses harmoniousness and alignment. 4. nervous gestures This is the oldest one in the book, but it’s still so crucial. Leg jiggling, hair twirling, face touching—any other motion you do when nervous or bored—indicates insecurity, which could cost you the trust you’ve built
Crossing your arms, which many of us do out of habit, is inherently a defensive position and indicates self-protection. To your boss, however, this may come off as cynical, distrustful, and even angry. Instead, you want to stand with your arms by your side, slightly out from your body, which shows openness and confidence. To help you break the habit of automatically crossing your arms, try holding something such as a notebook during important face-to-face conversations to keep your hands occupied.
5. eye ContACt
6. smile Plain and simple, smiling allows others to feel comfortable with us, and it’s much easier to get ahead when you’re surrounded by people who like and support you. Not only that, but studies have shown that even forcing a smile will improve your mood as well. Try starting and ending all your conversations with a smile on your face; the habit will grow from there. 7. HAndsHAke The sense of touch is incredibly important for conveying rapport, and a strong handshake is one of the few ways to make use of appropriate touch in business. A good, confident handshake is neither too firm nor too light. A good rule of thumb is to match the firmness of the other person’s grip. Understanding the value of body language—and that seemingly simple, subtle gestures can have a huge impact on how you are perceived—can make or break how you’re perceived in the workplace. And when big decisions like promotions are being evaluated, you want to be sure that you’re armed with every weapon in your professional arsenal. Start implementing these tips now for an extra boost to get to the next step. COURTESY FORBES
2. smAllness When we’re feeling intimidated or uncertain, we tend to “shrink” ourselves, slouching and hunching our shoulders which communicates to others fear, powerlessness, or even laziness and lack of motivation. The next time you notice yourself doing this in a meeting or tough conversation, be sure to sit up straight,
BETTING BEHAVIOUR LINKED TO GENES: STUDY Want to make a bet? The answer probably lies in your genes. Researchers said Monday that a study of more than 200 people has shown that genetics plays a big role in how a person acts when it comes to betting and investing. The genes in question affect the role of dopamine, a chemical released in the brain that signals pleasure and motivates people to seek rewards. Dopamine is already known to play a role in social interactions, but researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, said their study is the first to show how genes govern the way dopamine functions in the brain. "This study shows that genes influence complex social behaviour, in this
case strategic behaviour," said lead study author Ming Hsu, an assistant professor of marketing in UC Berkeley´s Haas School of Business. The research involved 217 undergraduates at the National University of Singapore. Their genomes were scanned for some 700,000 genetic variants. Then, researchers focused on certain variants within 12 genes involved in regulating dopamine. They studied the students´ brains with MRI imaging as they engaged in a competitive game, in which one person bet via computer with an anonymous opponent. Those who were better at being able to imagine their competitor´s thinking and anticipate and respond to the actions
of others had a variation in three genes that affect how dopamine functions in a certain part of the brain, known as the medial prefrontal cortex. Those who were better at trial-anderror learning had a variation in two genes that primarily affect dopamine in the brain´s striatal region. Researchers found that the genetic role in decision-making was evident with a "surprising degree of consistency" among those studied. "Our results add to growing evidence that dopamine mechanisms critically underlie a wide class of value-based decision-making across both social and non-social settings," said the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. AGENCIES
progreSS made on a 'bionic pancreaS' for diabeticS Scientists have made big progress on a "bionic pancreas" to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday. The device improved blood-sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps did when tested for five days on 20 adults and 32 teens. Unlike other artificial pancreases in development that just correct high blood sugar, this one also can fix too-low sugar, mimicking what a natural pancreas does. The device was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University. Results were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine. The bionic pancreas is for Type 1 diabetes, the kind often found during childhood. Patients with this diabetes type and cannot make insulin to turn food into energy. Sugar builds up in the blood, raising the risk for heart disease and many other problems. These people must check their blood and inject insulin several times a day or get it through a pocket-sized pump with a tube that goes under the skin. The bionic pancreas has three parts: two cellphone-sized pumps for insulin and sugar-raising glucagon, and an iPhone wired to a continuous glucose monitor. Three small needles go under the skin, usually in the belly, to connect patients to the components, which can be kept in a fanny pack or a pocket. Patients still have to prick their fingers to test blood sugar twice a day and make sure the monitor is accurate, but the system takes care of giving insulin or glucagon as needed. A study is expected to test the device while by fall, researchers hope to have a next-generation version combining all three components in one device to be tested in studies next year aimed at winning US’s federal Food and Drug Administration approval. AGENCIES
picaSSo painting revealS hidden man Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces, "The Blue Room," using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand. Now the question that conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington hope to answer is simply: Who is he? It's a mystery that's fuelling new research about the 1901 painting created early in Picasso's career while he was working in Paris at the start of his distinctive blue period of melancholy subjects. Over the past five years, experts from The Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Cornell University and Delaware's Winterthur Museum have developed a clearer image of the mystery picture under the surface. It's a portrait of an unknown man painted in a vertical composition by one of the 20th century's great artists. In 2008, improved infrared imagery revealed for the first time a man's bearded face resting on his hand with three rings on his fingers. He's dressed in a jacket and bow tie. A technical analysis confirmed the hidden portrait is a work Picasso likely painted just before "The Blue Room," curators said. After the portrait was discovered, conservators have been using other technology to scan the painting for further insights. Scholars are researching who this man might be and why Picasso painted him. They have ruled out the possibility that it was a self-portrait. One possible figure is the Paris art dealer Ambrose Villard who hosted Picasso's first show in 1901. But there's no documentation and no clues left on the canvass, so the research continues. Curators are planning the first exhibit focused on "The Blue Room" as a seminal work in Picasso's career for 2017. It will examine the revelation of the man's portrait beneath the painting, as well as other Picasso works and his engagement with other artists. Hidden pictures have been found under other important Picasso paintings. A technical analysis of "La Vie" at the Cleveland Museum of Art revealed Picasso significantly reworked the painting's composition. And conservators found a portrait of a mustached man beneath Picasso's painting "Woman Ironing" at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
VEENA MALIK ON UK VISIT WITH HUSBAND, INVITED BY BBC
Pakistan actress Veena Malik and her beau Asad Bashir are in the United Kingdom for a 4-month tour as ambassadors of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC). The couple will be working on a number of philanthropic and charity projects during their stay in UK. They were also invited for an official visit of BBC London and were interviewed for a programme. According to reports, Malik and her husband have been quite busy in media interactions until now and are looking forward to leave a mark with their work with IHRC. NEWS DESK
DEEPIKA PADUKONE LOSES HER BAGGAGE
Deepika Padukone seems to be experiencing a bit of bad luck when it comes to claiming her baggage at airports. The actor, who’s currently holidaying in Italy, could not find her bags when she reached Naples on Sunday (June 15) from Capri ,where her alleged boyfriend, Ranveer Singh, is shooting his next movie. The airline apparently lost her bags, not for the first but the fourth time. And Deepika took to social media to express her anger. “... 4th time & pretty sure not the last! #appalling (sic),” she tweeted. Deepika has reportedly filed a complaint about her luggage with the airline in Naples. She is likely to reach India after a couple of weeks. Deepika isn’t the only celebrity to have faced trouble with airlines. Actor Imran Khan also lost his luggage while he was in Dubai for the promotion of his film, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012). Apparently, someone walked off with his luggage, as the airline staff failed to check the tags. On separate occasions, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchcan and Shah Rukh Khan lost their luggage, too, but were lucky to get it back. BY HINDUSTAN TIMES
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ATE Hudson wouldn't say no to Botox. The 35-year-old actress thinks it's ''great'' the age-defying cosmetic injections are widely available to women and she can see herself resorting to the treatment to improve her complexion in the future. Asked whether she'd ever have Botox, she exclaimed: ''Why not? Right now, it's not something I feel I need but I think it's great that it's available. The other day, my girlfriend called me and said, 'I'm going to get a little Boty'. So I think there's nothing wrong with a little Boty call if you feel you want it.'' Kate - who raises her sons, Bingham, two, and 10-year-old Ryder with her fiancé, Muse singer Matthew Bellamy - has always had a passion for fashion and says putting together a great outfit helps boost her confidence. The 'Almost Famous' star told Britain's HELLO! magazine: ''I've loved it since I was a little girl. My
mom says that when I was small, I would put together outfits that made her go, 'Okay, I don't know what you are wearing, but I'll go with it.'
''I've grown tamer since I've grown older and I've also come to realise that looking good has to come from the inside out because there's no outfit in the
FAME AND POTENTIAL FAILURE SAW DANIEL RADCLIFFE TURN TO ALCOHOL Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he stopped drinking alcohol in 2010 because “it was not making me as happy as I wanted it to" The Harry Potter actor, who is making a name for himself on the stage rather than for his wizarding fame notoriety, turned to drinking when the pressures of fame and failure became all too real. “I would have benefited from not drinking as it was not making me as happy as I wanted it to,” he said. “It is not a real pressure but it is a pressure of living with the thought, ‘Oh, what if all these people are saying I am not going to have a career? What if they are all going to be right and will be laughing and I will be consigned to a bunch of ‘Where are they now?’ lists?’” he added. In an inter-
view with Shortlist magazine in 2012, the Fulhamborn actor admitted that drinking had been "unhealthy and damaging to my body and my social life" before he gave it up in 2010. Radcliffe’s career blossomed when he played JK Rowling’s infamous creation; over 8 films, the Potter brand became the most successful British film franchise of all time, but that doesn’t mean its star is still only known as the boy who lived, but for his extensive work on the stage, too. “People don’t shout Harry Potter at me now, they tend to know my name, which is lovely... (but) I always will credit the opportunities I get to Harry Potter. I would not be a happy person if I was bitter about those 10 years of my life,” he said. COURTESY CONTACT MUSIC
AmitAbh bAchchAn SponSorS trAining of two women AthleteS Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who has championed various causes like polio eradication and discrimination against women, to name a few, has now sponsored the training and coaching of two talented female athletes for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, World Championship and Asian Games. The megastar has sponsored women athletes- Ayonika Paul and Pooja Ghatkar (both Rifle Shooting) as part of the Medals4India campaign initiated by the NGO, Olympic Gold Quest. Olympic Gold Quest is a program of the Foundation of Sports And Games (founded in 2001), started by Indian sporting icons to identify and support Indian athletes with a proven track record and who have the potential to win Olympic gold medals. ONLINE
HRITHIK ROSHAN SHOOTS FOR BOLLYWOOD'S LONGEST ACTION SCENE WITH 120 CARS Filmmaker Siddharth Anand, who is making Bang Bang, has managed to shoot the biggest action sequence ever in Bollywood with actor Hrithik Roshan. Reportedly, Hrithik, who was behind the wheel of an high ended sports car, shot for a chase sequence in Abu Dhabi that involved more than 120 cars in it. Sources add that the entire sequence was shot in Abu Dhabi and the makers were very careful that the pictures of the chase sequence do not get leaked. The shoot of the sequence was a heavily guarded secret. To ensure this epic chase
sequence was carried successfully, Hollywood action director, Andy Armstrong was roped in to shoot it. Before the actual filming, Hrithik did some dry runs of the car he was going to drive. Once he was comfortable with it, they started rolling the cameras. All the cars used in the sequence are high ended cars which were rented from Abu Dhabi. But the car that Hrithik was using remains a mystery. Also starring Katrina Kaif as Hrithik's love interest, Bang Bang is slated to hit the theatres on 2nd October. BY MOVIE TALKIES
world that can make you feel confident if you aren't. But then, there's always that one that might put just a little more spring to your step.'' AGENCIES
BIEBER WORKS WITH CHRIS BROWN ON NEW DUET
Justin Bieber and Chris Brown are recording a song together. The 20-year-old teen heartthrob hit the studio with the R&B star over the weekend and teased fans about their collaboration with a series of candid snapshots straight from the recording booth. Justin shared a picture of him with Chris, Akon and two other friends on Instagram with the caption ''studio.'' There is no news yet about whether the duet will be released as a single, but fans couldn't contain their excitement about the revelation. The bad boy duo previously worked together on 2011 track 'Next To You', which appeared on Chris' 'F.A.M.E' album. This is the first time 'With You' hitmaker Chris has returned to the studio since being released from jail, where he was serving 108 days behind bars for violating his probation stemming from his assault on Rihanna in 2009. Justin's music career has also been taking a back seat of late due to his ongoing driving under the influence (DUI) case, which dates back to January when he was arrested in Miami for drag racing. He was also forced to apologise after two videos of him making racist remarks surfaced online. AGENCIES
ANNA KENDRICK TO SING FOR ‘TROLLS’
Actress Anna Kendrick is set to show off her vocal skills again in an upcoming animated movie musical based on the popular big-haired toy dolls Trolls. The Pitch Perfect star will play Poppy, an upbeat princess in DreamWorks Animation's upcoming film. The comedy features the colourful hair dolls that became a popular toy among collectors in the 1960s and again in the 1990s. Trolls is slated for released in November 2016. BY WENN
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
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EST Indies seamer Jerome Taylor attributed his team's resurgence on the first day of the Trinidad Test to a strategy of waiting it out on a grassy surface at the Queen's Park Oval. Having lost the toss, West Indies were made to field and put on the back foot by a half-century from Tom Latham, who also added 104 runs for the second wicket with Kane Williamson to take the visitors to a strong 120 for 1. However, two quick wickets in the second session triggered a collapse, as New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for just 62 runs in the final session and were dismissed for 221. "It [Queen's Park Oval] is the kind of pitch that you have to put in something to get something out of it. You have to put in that hard work," Taylor said. "After the first session, we went back out knowing that we had to give ourselves a chance to get into the game and just be a bit more patient. Jerome Taylor in action at Queen's Park Oval, West Indies v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Trinidad, 1st day, June 16, 2014 Jerome Taylor continued his impressive return to the international stage with a haul of 4 for 34 "It just goes to show that whenever you're patient and you're disciplined it pays off. We spoke about how they got away from us in the
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first session and decided we had to make amends and cut down the run rate and look to get some wickets in between. I think we did a good job." Taylor believed it was this patient approach that was missing from West Indies' game during their 186-run mauling in Jamaica. "In the first game in Jamaica, we spoke about the need to be patient as well. The New Zealanders were patient and they pulled off a win and we needed to beat them at that," he said. "I think I bowled a bit straighter and a bit fuller than I did in Jamaica and that also helped me. I had the batsmen playing a bit mor, which is what you need to do as a fast bowler." Taylor, who had not played a Test series since 2009, continued his impressive return to the international stage with a haul of 4 for 34. He removed Hamish Rutherford early in the day, before snaring three more scalps in the final session to wreck New Zealand's middle order. He credited his performances to the inputs provided by West Indies' bowling coach Curtly Ambrose. "I have been having a lot of talks with Sir Curtly and he is someone that you can learn a lot from in terms of fast bowling," Taylor said. "He is passing on a lot of the knowledge and that is something that is vital for us. "I must give some credit to him, he had done a lot for us in terms of mindset and approach to the game. He continues to stress that in Test cricket you need to be patient with the ball."
TASKIN AHMEDâ€™S BEST BOWLING FOR BANGLADESH ON DEBUT S.peRvez QaiSeR
SpoRtS deSk A dream debut for 19-year-old fast bowler Taskin Ahmed was undone by Bangladesh batsmen who failed to chase a paltry total of 105 after Stuart Binny's record-breaking spell of 6 for 4 sparked a collapse that kept Bangladesh from winning their first ODI of 2014. In the end, the hosts were bowled out for an embarrassing 58, conceding the match by 47 runs and the three-match series 2-0. Stuart Binny, who recorded the best ever figures by an Indian in ODIs, came on to bowl when Bangladesh were 44/2 and looked settled, but from that point on, Binny and Mohit Sharma combined to pack up the hosts in 17.4 overs after rain during India's innings reduced the match to a 41-overs-a-side affair.
Taskin Ahmed recorded the best bowling performance for Bangladesh on debut by taking five for 28 in the second match of the three-match series against India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Tuesday (June 17). It was fifth best bowling performance on debut in one day international cricket. Sohag Gazi who took four for 29 against West Indies at Khulna on November 30,2012, held the previous record for Bangaldesh. Taskin Ahmed's five for 28 was also the best bowling performance for Bangladesh against India in one dayers. Mashrafe Mortaza's four for 38 at Port of Spain on March 17,2007 was the previous best for Bangladesh against India in one dayers. The right-arm fast-medium bowler from Dhaka made his one day international debut after playing just one list A match. His previous best bowling in list A match was one for 31 against England Lions at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong on January 13,2012. ** India recorded their lowest total against Bangladesh by bowling out for 105 in 25.3 overs. It was India's 11th lowest total in one day internationals. India's previous lowest against Bangladesh was 191 in 49.3 overs at Port of Spain on March 17,2007. It was fourth time that India have been bowled out against Bangladesh in one day internationals.
BEST BOWLING ON DEBUT IN ONE DAYERS: Figures Bowler Opponent Venue Date 6-22 Fidel Edwards (West Indies) Zimbabwe Harare 29-11-2003 5-21 Tony Dodemaide (Australia) Sri Lanka Perth 02-01-1988 5-26 Shaul Karnain (Sri Lanka) New Zealand Moratuwa 31-03-1984 5-27 Austin Codrington (Canada) Bangladesh Durban 11-02-2003 5-28 Taskin Ahmed (Bangladesh) India Dhaka 17-
06-2014 5-29 Allan Donald (South Africa) India Kolkata 10-1-1-1991 5-30 Brian Vitori (Zimbabwe ) Bangladesh Harare 12-08-2011 5-67 Charitha Fernando (Sri Lanka) Zimbabwe Sharjah 26-10-2001 4-12 Vernon Philander (South Africa) Ireland Belfast 24-06-2007 4-19 Zakir Khan (Pakistan) New Zealand Peshawar 12-11-1984
BAHRIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB MEMBER WINS 3 GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
WORLD CUP ROONEY TAKES PART IN EXTRA TRAINING SpoRtS deSk Wayne Rooney has hit out at claims he trained with England's back-up players during training on Monday, insisting he was just putting in extra work ahead of the do-or-die clash with Uruguay. No stranger to scrutiny, this tournament has been no different for the 28-year-old as he looks to help the Three Lions out of Group D. Rooney has never scored at a World Cup and missed a wonderful chance in Saturday's promising, if ultimately frustrating, 2-1 defeat to Italy in Manaus. The Manchester United forward stayed on for extra shooting practice after training on Monday, although he has hit back at suggestions it was down to desperation to prove himself to Roy Hodgson ahead of Thursday's match in Sao Paulo. "Sometimes wonder what the press are getting at," Rooney posted on his Facebook page.
Rawalpindi Press release
Mr. GhazanfarMahmood, a member of the Bahria Golf & Country Club recently took the tittles for 3 golf championships, held in various cities across the country. The Bahria Golf & Country-Club is extremely proud to have such a professional golfer amongst its member base. The following are the events he took the titles for: Chief of Army Staff Open Golf Championship Rawalpindi Golf Club, 10th April to 13th April 2014 KPK Golf Open Championship Piffer Golf Club, Abbottabad, 6th June to 8th June 2014 Core Commander Open Golf Championship Gujranwala Golf Club, 13th June to 15 June 2014.
Wednesday, 18 June, 2014
ben smIth’s extra detaIl dIstInguIshes hIs fullback play
england frInge players ease past canterbury crusaders
EN smith turned in another excellent performance as he inspired New Zealand to a 28-27 victory over England in Dunedin on Saturday. While Israel Dagg is a world-class player at his best and the injured Charles Piutau provides another interesting option in the long-term, head coach Steve Hansen cannot deny Smith the 15 shirt this season. The Highlanders man is in stunning form and combines incredibly effective attacking play with dogged defensive effort. The covering tackle and turnover on Manu Tuilagi just before half time was a clear highlight, as were Smith’s pass and support line in the sweeping New Zealand counter-attack that ended with him touching down in the 43rd minute. The 28-year-old does the basics of the game excellently, tackling well, passing competently, fielding high kicks with dominance and consistently working hard off the ball. But Smith possesses lots of extraordinary skills too, such as the ability to slip his legs out of tackles even when defenders seem to have a strong wrap of the arms with which to haul him down. His centre of gravity and ability to continue to move forward on his feet when other players would stumble and go to ground marks Smith out as special. Those same physical abilities lend themselves to another of the little skills that Smith has added to his repertoire. Twice in the game we saw the Kiwi fullback go to
England's fringe test players proved to coach Stuart Lancaster he was on the right track to build depth as he prepares for next year's World Cup with a 38-7 victory over the seven times Super Rugby champion Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch on Tuesday. The visitors, who have spent most of the tour holding tackle bags for the test side, scored six tries - four in the first half - while flyhalf Danny Cipriani slotted three conversions before he was substituted early in the second half. Crusaders' flanker Matt Todd, who replaced captain George Whitelock when he suffered a head knock in the first half, scored his side's only try, which was converted by Tom Taylor. England showed a willingness to spread the ball wide and play the game at pace, while their forwards' superior size and the team's rush defensive system put pressure on the Crusaders and forced them into errors and turnovers. They scored four tries in the first half to hooker Joe Gray, winger Ben Foden, inside centre Brad Barritt and fullback Alex Goode, with Cipriani converting three to go into the break with a handy 26-7 lead.
deck under a tackle, immediately release the ball, get back to his feet, pick the ball off the ground and continue forward, all in the space of less than a second. It’s something we’ve seen him do in Super Rugby this season too. It’s a peculiar skill, but one which appears to becoming increasingly common in the game. Referee Jaco Peyper was happy with Smith’s actions, shouting “play on!” both times the fullback carried out this action. As we see above, Smith doesn’t make too many yards on what is essentially his second carry of the ball, but the intention is to buy his teammates a crucial extra second in which to
secure the breakdown. That said, Smith does claw his way a few extra metres up the pitch in the example above, as he recognises the lack of players immediately around him after Dave Wilson ‘completes’ the original tackle. Later in the game, we saw a second example of the skill from Smith, although this time he made even less headway on his ‘second’ carry of the ball. Again, we see that the English tackler [this time Dylan Hartley] doesn’t fully complete the tackle, or at least doesn’t hold onto Smith for that crucial split-second on the deck. That allows the New Zealander to pull off the same trick.
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NORBERT NAGY TO RACE WITH CAMPOS SpoRtS deSk The 19-year old from Budapest will be at the wheel of a Campos Racing SEAT León car in the TC2T class. A former winner of national titles in the Touring Car Championship (2010 in the 1.6L class) and the SEAT Cup (2012), Nagy competed last year in the FIA European Touring Car Cup, ranking 7th in the Single-Make Trophy. He had started the current season in the ETCC again, racing in the S2000 TC2 class at the wheel of a Chevrolet Cruze and finishing third in Le Castellet’s Race 2. “Gearbox problems forced me to miss the ETCC event as the Salzburgring, but I was there and when we heard that Campos Racing needed to solve some technical issues, my team offered them help. "As a sign of gratitude, Campos Racing offered me to take part in the next WTCC event. This is a great opportunity for me! I am looking forward to the races and I hope I can get a lot of experience for the future, as my goal is to join WTCC for a full season,” Nagy said.
MOURINHO CRITICISES PEPE OVER GERMANY RED CARD SpoRtS deSk Football Ambassador José Mourinho has had strong words for Pepe after the defender's red card in Portugal's 4-0 World Cup defeat to Germany. Mourinho said the Real Madrid player's performance was "difficult to accept", saying Pepe was to blame to Germany's second goal and let his frustration boil over in getting sent off after confronting Thomas Mueller. "Maybe it doesn't deserve a direct red card, but deserves. Because in spite of not being a clear aggression, there is a body language that many many times pushes the referees to have these kinds of decisions. "To leave a team playing with 10 men for such a long time is obviously a big handicap for the team. The Chelsea manager also suggested that the Brazilian-born Pepe's naturalised Portuguese status should make him conduct himself better on the pitch.
SpoRtS deSk England have been fined for their slow over-rate during the Lord's Test against Sri Lanka, although were ruled to be just one over behind despite 17 being lost during the match while the visitors have not be sanctioned at all. Each member of the England team will lose 10% of their match fee while Alastair Cook will be docked double. If England are ruled to be behind their over-rate again within the next 12 months, Cook faces a ban for one Test. when England were in the field throughout the day, there were six overs unbowled by 6.30 - the cut-off once the extra half an hour is played. Six overs were also lost on the second day when both teams had been in the field, along with four on the fourth and one on the opening day. Speaking to Sky Sports after the Test had been drawn with Sri Lanka nine down, Cook admitted it was "not ideal" but pointed to the challenges of having a four-pronged pace attack.
CIPRIANI IMPRESSES IN ENGLAND VICTORY SpoRtS deSk England registered a first victory on their tour of New Zealand with Danny Cipriani pressing his claim against a weakened Crusaders for a place on the bench in Saturday's final Test. Just hours after Owen Farrell had been ruled out of the climax to the series at Waikato Stadium due to knee ligament damage, Cipriani cleverly set-up the opening try for Joe Gray and completed three of four conversions as part of a 38-7 victory. Freddie Burns will resume as England's conductor against New Zealand after impressing in the first Test with Cipriani likely to deputise, unless head coach Stuart Lancaster opts against picking specialist cover. Having conceded the series with Saturday's 28-27 defeat in Dunedin, England's midweek team answered Lancaster's call to lift spirits ahead of the final attempt of securing only a third away victory against the All Blacks. Gray began the six-try rout at Christchurch's AMI Stadium with Ben Foden, Brad Barritt, Alex Goode, Anthony Watson and Chris Pennell also crossing in a resounding, if scrappy, victory. Captain Ed Slater was missing from the scoresheet but he placed himself in contention for the fourth and final available second-row spot in the 2015 World Cup squad with a towering display. A weakened Crusaders were missing their current All Blacks with only four of the 23 having been capped by New Zealand in the past and their limitations were apparent. Equally evident, however, was the determination that enabled them to prevent a 26-7 half-time deficit from deteriorating into a heavy beating. When Cipriani selflessly launched the points onslaught with only one minute on the clock, a cricket score beckoned.
An explosive start opened gaps in midfield and the Sale playmaker slipped into space before supplying the scoring pass to Gray. Five minutes later England crossed for a second time with a moment of magic from Foden, whose feet were perfectly placed as he kept Goode's chip in play and touched down under the nose of outwitted wing Johnny McNicholl. Aided by some loose kicking from the tourists, the Crusaders gained a foothold in the game with one thunderous hit by Jordan Taufua on James Haskell sending the muscular flanker hurtling backwards. Only a last-ditch tackle from Goode prevented McNi-
choll from crossing but moments later England's fragmenting defence parted to welcome Matt Todd over the whitewash. The try sobered England and they responded by attacking with greater intent, stretching the Crusaders until Foden was bundled into touch. Having looked to put width on the ball, they reverted to a route one approach with Barritt bulldozing through two tackles and over the line. England were woeful at the restarts, yet it barely knocked them off their stride as a fourth try was amassed when quick hands after a bullocking run from Slater saw Goode ghost in.
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CLUB TROUBLES COST HERNÁNDEZ MEXICO SPOT SpORtS DeSk Miguel Herrera says that Javier Hernández has lost his place in Mexico’s World Cup team because of his struggles under David Moyes at Manchester United. The Mexico manager brought Hernández on as a substitute in last Friday’s 1-0 win over Cameroon and he will rely on his impact off the bench at best in Tuesday’s game against Brazil in Fortaleza, reports the guardian. Herrera is supportive of the striker, who is Mexico’s most recognisable player, and he highlighted the role he played in the goal against Cameroon, which was scored by Oribe Peralta. But he did note that Hernández had, on another occasion, looked to pass instead of shoot, which reflected the way that his confidence had ebbed. Moyes hardly started Hernández, whose nickname Chicharito means ‘little pea’, during this past domestic season and Herrera suggested that Hernández was likely to move to another club in Europe after the World Cup, where he would enjoy greater opportunities.
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ELGIUM opened its World Cup campaign with a 2-1 comeback win over Algeria on Tuesday, relying on second-half goals from two substitutes after a tense start in Group H. Algeria opened the scoring with a penalty in the 25th minute and the surprising lead stood for 45 minutes until Marouane Fellaini’s strong glancing header, with his back to goal, from a Kevin De Bruyne cross. Fellaini, who many had considered would start the match, had only come onto the pitch five minutes earlier and was coach Marc Wilmots’ final substitution. Ten minutes later, Dries Mertens’ rightfoot strike beat Algeria’s goalkeeper after Eden Hazard saw him free on the right and set him up for the decider. Mertens, who went on at the start of the second half, sent his shot high in the net outside of Rais Mbolhi’s reach. “We knew it would be tough, that there would be no space,” Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said. “We made one error and we paid for it. The bench made the difference. We showed mental strength and we came back.” Algeria attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli converted a penalty in the first half after he was dragged down in the area by Belgium left back Jan Vertonghen. At
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that point, Algeria was on course to produce another upset of a major team as it did in 1982 when it beat West Germany in its first group match. But the Algerians were tired by the end, having started the game brightly. Belgium is widely billed as the favorite in Group H, which also includes Russia and South Korea. But Algeria dominated possession in the opening minutes, surging forward and moving the ball with flair. Belgium eventually settled
down and regained control, ending the match with 65 percent possession. Before Belgium’s comeback, the Algeria defense held firm, setting up bulwark in the final third of the pitch. When Belgium had the ball, Algeria defenders allowed them little room to maneuver. Algerian defenders at times doubled up on Hazard, shutting down space for him to operate down the left. Defensive midfielder Axel Witsel had Belgium’s best two opportuni-
ties in the first half — powerful 25yard shots parried by the Algeria goalkeeper in the 21st and 34th minutes — and also snuffed out Algeria threats by protecting the back four and winning numerous aerial duels. Wilmots brought on Mertens for Nacer Chadli after halftime to give Belgium more of an attacking edge. He also took off lone striker Romelu Lukaku, who was left stranded and had a disappointing match, and replaced him with Divock Origi in the 58th.
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A 2-1 win against a Ghana side that knocked the United States out of the last two World Cups will mean nothing if the Americans falter in their remaining Group G games, captain Clint Dempsey said on Monday. The US were beaten by Ghana in their final group stage game in 2006 and in the last 16 four years later. "It just so happened we had history with Ghana," said Dempsey, who scored after 29 seconds on Monday but also suffered a broken nose. "They pretty much knocked us out of the last two World Cups but this win means nothing unless we build on it." The Americans hope they can carry the momentum into their next match with Portugal in Manaus on Sunday before taking on group favorites Germany in Recife as they bid to
make the last 16 for the fourth time in the last seven tournaments. A first step was finally beating Ghana and Dempsey's goal also marked sweet vindication for a player who helped lead the American attack in the two previous defeats against the Black Stars. In 2006, the US equalized when Dempsey scored late in the first half only for Ghana to convert a
penalty minutes later to take a 2-1 lead that would send them through to the knockout rounds and the Americans home. The Americans again fell behind in their last 16 match in South Africa in 2010 before Landon Donovan equalized from the penalty spot - only for Asamoah Gyan to split the U.S. defense in extra time and lash the winner past Tim Howard.
SALVADOR: Cristiano Ronaldo's poor performance for Portugal in their 4-0 defeat to Germany at the World Cup won him few friends in the media as his German nightmare continued. Monday's Group G drubbing was the fourth time in a row Ronaldo has lost to Germany after defeats at the 2006 World Cup, plus the 2008 and 2012 European championships. The 29-year-old World Player of the Year endured an afternoon to forget at Salvador's Arena Fonte Nova where he was over-shadowed by Thomas Mueller's hat-trick. Ronaldo's fortunes were summed up when one of his trademark free-kicks cannoned off the German wall in the second-half leaving the Portugal captain with his head in his hands. He stormed through the mixed zone after the game refusing to answer reporters questions. “Until his free-kick, he didn't really do anything,” said Germany right-back Jerome Boateng, who was marking Ronaldo. The world's media were equally unimpressed. “CR kept himself well hidden,” judged Portuguese daily newspaper Publico, “A shadow of himself” summed up Spain's El Mundo Deportivo. German daily Bild went with the headline: “Ron-NIL-do”, failing to hide their glee after he was unsuccessful in any of his five shots on goal. Portugal coach Paulo Bento was terse when asked about Ronaldo's condition, both physically and mentally, after the match. “From a physical perspective, we can only say that he's doing well,” said Bento after Ronaldo came into the Salvador game on the back of knee and thigh injuries. Boateng also revealed how the Germans dealt so effectively with the Real Madrid star. “The whole team worked together, with a player like that, he'll always beat his man, so you have to make sure the next one is there, that was the key, “said the Bayern Munich defender. Portugal have injury concerns ahead of their next match against the USA on June 22 with striker Hugo Almeida and defender Fabio Coentrao both having suffered leg injuries. Bento will also be without centre-back Pepe, who is suspended after aiming a head-butt at Mueller in the first-half. agencies
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Croatia’s coaches are urging their players to focus on facing Cameroon at the World Cup rather than lamenting the publication of photos showing some of them bathing nude at their training complex’s swimming pool in Brazil. Since the paparazzi photos were published by Croatian media over the weekend, players have refused to speak to the media. “The players are talking about that theme, Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.
but we want them to concentrate on the match against Cameroon,” assistant coach Robert Kovac said on Tuesday. “If those photos were not published, they would be thinking about Cameroon. Like this, they are distracted by things outside the pitch.” However, Kovac said he understood the players’ reasons for boycotting the media. “That was a private thing,” he said. “They had a day off and they relaxed a bit. It was not appropriate by photographers to abuse the situation.” Mean-
while, the stakes will be high in Wednesday’s Group A game at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, as both sides lost their opening match. Croatia was beaten 3-1 by Brazil, while Cameroon went down 1-0 to Mexico. Kovac said the match in the Brazilian rainforest could be won by the team which copes better with the hot and humid conditions. “It will be tough in Manaus, where conditions are inhumane,” Kovac said. “It is important that we win ball possession, be patient and create opportunities