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United we stand! Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid on Thursday said the civilian and military leaderships are on the same page over the national agenda and there is no truth in the fabricated stories of civil-military discord. “Let me make it clear that no institution is dictating the other institution,” said the minister, adding that the national security institutions presented their views in shape of different options whenever consulted by the civilian leadership while it was the government which took the decision regarding the offensive against militants.
Operation Zarb-e-Azb requires national unity: Nawaz Opp will support govt in safeguarding democracy: Shah Operation Zarb-e-Azb: 23 terrorists killed in fresh strikes
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United we stand! raShid diSPelS iMPreSSion of Senior civilian and Military civil-Military diScord, aSSureS arMy officialS aSSert leaderShiPS are being SubServient to conStitution on SaMe Page over nwa oPeration general bajwa SayS iSPr dg SayS arMy working hard to eliMinate droneS ‘coMPlicate’ terroriStS after reStricting theM to nwa, avoid collateral daMage and eStabliSh write of the State arMy’S oPeration in nwa ISLAMABAD
HE civilian and military leaderships of the country Thursday said that they were on the same page vis-à-vis anti-terrorist operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) by Pakistan Army, asserting that no one should have doubts over the subject. As senior government and military officials huddled at the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) office, the editors and publishers of the print industry were made aware of aspects of NWA operation. During a joint briefing which was also attended by ISPR Director General Major General Asim Bajwa, State and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch and federal secretaries of information and SAFRON ministries, Information Minister Senator Pervez Rashid made it clear that there were no differ-
jui-f Senator’S Son gunned down in South waziriStan PESHAWAR: The son of a Jamiat Ulemae-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) senator was gunned down in Wana on Thursday. Wana is the largest town of South Waziristan Agency. JUI-F Senator Maulana Saleh Shah’s son Shamsul Islam was reportedly travelling from Wana to Tank district when unidentified persons fired on him, killing him on the spot. The motive for the attack is not known yet. STAFF REPORT
Suicide attack on Peace laShkar chief’S houSe killS 2 PESHAWAR: A suicide attack on the residence of a peace lashkar chief in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa capital killed at least two people and wounded five others on Thursday. The attack took place at the residence of the Adezai peace lashkar’s chief in Peshawar’s Matni neighbourhood. The injured were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital for treatment. STAFF REPORT
afghan Singer gulnaz Shot dead in PeShawar PESHAWAR: Afghan singer Gulnaz famous under her performing name Muskan, was shot by four gunmen who barged into her house in the provincial capital on Thursday. “The singer Gulnaz has been shot dead,” local police station chief Riazul Haq told reporters. “She had married three times and had some personal enmities.” She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment where she succumbed to her injuries. Police lodged a First Information Report (FIR) on her brother’s request at the Gulberg police station. Attacks against female singers are common in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where many consider the performing arts to be un-Islamic. A young actress suffered burn injuries in June last year when she had acid hurled at her while she was sleeping. The 18-year-old, known as Bushra and popular in the northwest for her film, television and theatre appearances, was attacked at her home in Nowshera. Popular singer Ghazala Javed, 24, was shot dead by gunmen as she left a beauty salon in Peshawar two years ago over a dispute with her ex-husband. STAFF REPORT
ences between the army and civilian leadership and rumours in this regard were unfounded. “The army and the civilian leadership are on the same page over the national agenda and there is no truth in the fabricated stories of civil-military discord. Let me make it clear that no institution is dictating the other institution,” he said. The senator said that the national security institutions presented their views in shape of different options whenever consulted by the civilian leadership while it was the government which took the decision. “Let me assure you that the army is subservient to the constitution,” he maintained. SUPPORT YOUR ARMY: ISPR DG Maj Gen Bajwa was of the view that the media should cooperate with the government in this critical phase as the country was facing a war against terrorists. “A message should go to the nation that the army and civilian leadership are on the same page. Rather, let’s put it this way: the message should be that not only
the government, the entire nation stands by its armed forces in this fight against the insurgents,” he said. CAPTURE, REHABILITATE, HANDOVER: Briefing the media on the army’s strategy during the operation, Gen Bajwa said that the army had a mission to restore the writ of the state in NWA. He said that it would be made sure that the NWA was the last bastion for the militants. “We will clear the NWA of terrorists and hold the area. Then we will construct it and later handover to the civilian leadership,” he said, adding that the experiences of Swat operation were useful in this regard. AVOIDING COLLATERAL DAMAGE: Asked about the collateral damage during the airstrikes against the militants, Gen Bajwa said that the army was working hard to avoid any sort of collateral damage or human rights violations during the operation. The ISPR DG said that the collateral damage was unavoidable if the terrorists
use humans as shields and where it is impossible for the forces to differentiate between the civilians and the terrorists. However, he added that all measures were being employed to avoid collateral damage. RESTRICTING TALIBAN TO NWA: Gen Bajwa said that a well-thought-out plan was being followed to make sure that the terrorists fleeing NWA could not get refuge in any of the other areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). “In past, we witnessed that whenever an operation was launched, terrorists fled the area and took refuge in neighbouring agencies. But now, we are working on a concerted plan and a better coordination has been made with the Afghan National Force as well as with the ISAF forces to make sure that militants do not slip into Afghanistan,” he said, adding that neighbouring agencies and areas like Tirah were also being monitored to make sure that the fleeing terrorists do not find a place to hide. “We will make sure that the on-therun terrorists do not get regrouped after fleeing the NWA.” DRONES DO NOT HELP OUR CAUSE: Asked about drone strikes, the ISPR DG said that drone attacks did not help the cause and there was no complicity with the US or ISAF in this regard. “Rather drones are making our job more complicated. Drone strikes only target five to six terrorists at a time. But our strikes by fighter jets are much more effective, specific and targeted. Moreover, there are lesser chances of collateral damage in our strikes due to greater human intelligence and surveillance,” he asserted. Gen Bajwa, however, admitted that the Pakistan Army was coordinating with
the ISAF and Afghan National Army during the operation as without this coordination, the air strikes might not be much successful. The ISPR DG said that the army and its intelligence agencies were also working to block and counter any blow-back operation by the insurgents like the Karachi Airport attack. He said that the intelligence apparatus was vigilant and a proper forward security plan was in place to counter any blow-back operation by the Taliban. BALOCH HIGHLIGHTS IDPS’ WOES: Furthermore, addressing the briefing, SAFRON Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch said that 68,700 people had migrated from the NWA during the past few days but most of them had preferred to live with their relatives as living in tent villages established by the government was “against their traditions and culture”. Baloch said that out of the families which migrated on Wednesday, only one family had got itself registered with the government’s established tent village. He said it reflected that the tribal people did not like to live in the tent villages. The SAFRON minister said that the government was providing each migrating family Rs 7,000 while Rs 5,000 were being given as starter. He said that they were also being provided smart cards to avoid any manipulation in funds by the bureaucracy. The minister said that most of the migrants had their own vehicles and there was no truth in some projected stories that the people were being charged high prices by the transporters. He added that there might be some isolated incidents of overcharging by a transporter but mostly the people were migrating on their personal vehicles.
OPERATION ZARB-E-AZB REQUIRES NATIONAL UNITY, SAYS NAWAZ PM SayS Peaceful environMent in country would benefit SoldierS fighting terroriStS in nwa ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that Operation Zarb-e-Azb requires national unity, adding that terrorists would lose the war. Sharif said this during a meeting of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) held to discuss the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan and the Lahore Model Town episode. “A peaceful environment in the country would benefit the soldiers fighting in the North Waziristan tribal area,” Sharif said, adding that the internally displaced persons from North Waziristan would be provided with every facility in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sharif said he would soon be visiting Peshawar to review the arrangements made for the IDPs and operation in North Waziristan. He said the nation would be kept informed about the progress in Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The meeting was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for
Shahbaz Sharif SayS Punjab govt will not SPare PerPetratorS of lahore’S Model town incident Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Minister SAFRON Lt Gen (rR) Abdul Qadir Baloch. Meanwhile, the Punjab chief minister’s briefing on the Lahore Model Town tragedy also came under discussion. During the meeting, it was expected that the names of those responsible for carrying out orders to open fire at the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) supporters would be disclosed, but no such details emerged. However, the PML-N leadership collectively condemned the episode that resulted in the death of PAT supporters. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the provincial government would investigate the incident and those responsible for it would be brought to justice. The prime minister said that such incidents should be prevented in the future and relatives of those killed and injured should be compensated. He asked Shahbaz Sharif to pay personal attention to
the return of Dr Tahirul Qadri so that there was no untoward incident. ZARB-E-AZB IS WAR OF COUNTRY’S SECURITY: Separately, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has said that the North Waziristan operation “is the war of security of the country and all the political forces must be united for the national cause”. Talking to reporters, Rashid emphasised the importance of national and political unity, “this is not the time of street politics because such actions will provide strategic support to the terrorists”. The minister commended Pakistan armed forces and said they are amongst the best security forces of the world and are also playing an important role in UN peacekeeping missions all over the world.
don’t Sell helicoPterS to PakiStan, india tellS ruSSia NEW DELHI: In the first highlevel engagement with Russia after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government came to power, India has objected to the proposed sale of Mi-35 Russian military attack helicopters by Russia to Pakistan. Russia has been the largest arms supplier to India but has so far not sold any weaponry in the past to Pakistan out of regard for Indian concerns and sensitivities on the issue. According to Indian media, the issue was raised strongly by India during talks between Indian External Affairs (EA) Minister Sushma Swaraj and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry O Rogozin. The issue was also understood to have been raised in a meeting between the visiting Russian dignitary and Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley. “The question regarding our defence cooperation and any issues that impact this in terms of our concern were raised,” EA Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said. ONLINE
PAKISTANI OFFICIALS MEET KARZAI, SEEK AFGHAN COOPERATION IN NWA OPERATION afghan foreign MiniStry SayS country’S Security forceS will not allow ‘terroriStS’ froM PakiStan to croSS borderS KABUL AGENCIES
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudry along with special envoy Mahmood Khan Achakzai met Afghan President Hamid Karzai to formally convey Pakistan’s cooperation request in the ongoing military offensive in North Waziristan, a press release from Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. The government sent Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke to Karzai over the
phone on Monday night and sought his government’s help to enhance border security and to stop fleeing militants from entering Afghan territory.However both, Afghanistan and Pakistan have not issued any formal statement about the meeting. Diplomatic sources said the foreign secretary has also held other meetings in Kabul during his day-long visit to the Afghan capital. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had told President Karzai that he will send a special envoy for further discussions in regards to Waziristan operation as secu-
rity officials are concerned about the possibility of militants fleeing into Afghanistan. Karzai’s office has confirmed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif informed the Afghanistan president about the military operation against militants in North Waziristan and sought Afghanistan’s help. According to a statement issued on the Afghan presidential palace’s website, Karazi has offered complete cooperation. “President Hamid Karzai told the Pakistani prime minister that his government would extend complete cooperation until all sanctuaries of terrorists on the other side of the Durand Line are eliminated.” When the army issued a formal statement about the operation, it had stated that the Afghan National Army
and Afghan Border Police have also been requested to seal the border on their side to facilitate elimination of terrorists fleeing across the border. “They have also been requested to initiate immediate measures to eliminate terrorists and their sanctuaries in Kunar, Nuristan and other areas of Afghanistan,” the statement said. Afghanistan Foreign Ministry says the country’s security forces will not allow “terrorists” to enter their side of the border as a result of major operation in North Waziristan. Pakistan and Afghanistan, whose relations have been tense in recent months over allegations of cross-border attacks, have increased high level interaction in view of the Waziristan operation.
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OPERATION ZARB-E-AZB: 23 TERRORISTS KILLED IN FRESH STRIKES 15 terroriStS killed in zartatangi Mountain heightS, eight uzbek fighterS taken down by SniPerS in MiranShah iSPr SayS evacuation of civil PoPulation haS Started froM MiranShah and ghulaM khan areaS at leaSt 113,000 PeoPle have fled nwa Since initial air StrikeS in May RAWALPINDI/PESHAWAR
T least 23 more suspected terrorists were killed in the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation launched by the Pakistan Army in North Waziristan tribal region, according to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public relations (ISPR) on its website. At least 15 suspected terrorists were killed in Zartatangi mountain heights, east of Miranshah in North Waziristan tribal region late on Wednesday when one of the main suspected communication centers of terrorists was targeted by Cobra gunship helicopters of the Pakistan Army. Meanwhile, eight Uzbek terrorists who were planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on Miranshah-Mirali road
were also killed by military snipers. Security forces were also cordoning off residential areas sheltering suspected terrorists in North Wazirstan tribal region. The military also claimed that several attempts by terrorists to flee from the cordoned off areas were foiled. The ISPR statement further said that the evacuation of civil population from Miranshah and Ghulam Khan areas of the region had begun on Thursday, adding that checkpoints had been established at various places where internally displaced persons (IDPs) were being provided all administrative support including food items and medicine by security forces. Moreover, an IDP camp was established at Bannu while the number of registration points at Saidgai post were increased to 20, including 10 for men and women, for speedy and organised evacuation.
113,000 HAVE FLED NWA: Meanwhile, officials said that at least 113,000 people have fled North Waziristan since initial air strikes began in May. That represents more than a fifth of North Waziristan’s estimated total population but the true size of the exodus is likely to be even larger, as official figures only count people who register with the authorities. Most of those escaping have gone to the town of Bannu. Arshad Khan, director general of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Disaster Management Authority, told reporters that 51,000 people had arrived in Bannu since June 18, when a shoot-on-sight curfew was eased to allow civilians to get out. But significant numbers have also flowed over the porous frontier into eastern Afghanistan. “So far, an estimated 4,000 families have crossed into eastern Afghan provinces and the displacement is increasing,” an official responsible for monitoring the displacement on the Afghan border said. “Afghan authorities have yet to prepare a final report but up to now they have provided assistance to 818 Pakistani families.” Authorities in the eastern Afghan province of Khost have set up a camp to provide displaced people with food and other essentials, the official said. Akbar Zadran, a senior government official in Khost told a foreign news
BANNU: Internally displaced people (IDPs) from North Waziristan arrive in Bannu to take refuge in the government’s camps set up in the city. INP
agency by telephone that 1,000 Pakistani families had been registered by Thursday while thousands more had taken shelter with the local population. There have been fears that militants could use the cover of the civilian evacuation to slip out of North Waziristan. Soldiers searched vehicles leaving the area on Thursday leading to long queues of vehicles waiting to get out of Miranshah. Vehicles are in short supply and owners are cashing in on the sudden demand. “A vehicle which used to be available for Rs 4,000 now costs Rs 40,000 and
NO LINK BETWEEN MILITARY OPERATION AND DRONE ATTACKS, SAYS FO SPokeSPerSon SayS PakiStan regardS drone StrikeS a violation of itS Sovereignty and territorial integrity ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistan on Thursday condemned recent drone strikes that took place near Miranshah in North Waziristan, and said there was no connection between the strikes and ongoing military operation. Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam in her weekly briefing said Pakistan condemned the recent incidents of US drone strikes that took place near Miranshah in North Waziristan during the early hours of Wednesday. She said there was no link of these drone attacks to the military operation in North Waziristan and that it was completely misleading and wrong to attach these strikes with the ongoing operation. The spokesperson added that Pakistan regarded such strikes a violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. She also said these strikes also had a negative impact on government’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region. Referring to previous statements and efforts of Pakistan on the drone issue, the spokesperson said Pakistan
SayS PakiStan haS urged afghaniStan for better border ManageMent to thwart terroriStS’ atteMPtS to flee Military offenSive in nwa
had agitated the issue at various international fora and presented and passed a number of resolutions against drone strikes. She said a resolution, sponsored by Pakistan, was also passed by the Human Rights Council on drone strikes and that Pakistan had also taken up the issue of drone strikes with US officials at various levels to lodge its protest. In response to another question about the military operation in North Waziristan and contact with the Afghan leadership, the spokesman said Pakistan has conveyed to the Afghan leadership that this operation was the need of the hour and to purge the area from extremist and terrorist elements. She said there was a need for better border management and parallel steps on the other side so that no terrorist could escape into Afghanistan. She said Pakistan has emphasised that there should be better management across the border this time and the Afghan government should also take adequate steps so that there could be no disturbance and interference from Afghan side in this operation. Responding to a question about ask-
SayS no reStriction on tahirul qadri froM viSiting PakiStan becauSe he’S ‘alSo a PakiStani citizen’
ing the Canadian government to stop Dr Tahir ul Qadri to travel to Pakistan as he is Canadian citizen, the spokesperson said although there were international norms in this regard but Tahirul Qadri was also a Pakistani citizen, therefore, this law was not applicable. Commenting on the forthcoming visit of Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to the Russian federation, the spokesperson said he will attend a conference but he will also meet his Russian counterpart during this visit and discuss
bilateral relations and regional situation. The spokesperson said Pak-Russian ties had been on a positive trajectory in the last few years and these relations in different sectors were improving. Replying to a question on latest situation in Iraq, the spokesperson said, “We are concerned about escalation of violence in Iraq.” She said “Pakistan wants stable, peaceful and calm, not only in Iraq but also in the region.” The spokesperson said Pakistan’s envoy in Baghdad had informed that all the Pakistanis living in Iraq were safe and sound as they were living away from the disturbed areas. Replying to a question, the spokesperson said there were 281 Pakistani in different prisons of China. She said 90 percent of these Pakistani prisoners were held on charges of drug and illegal trade activities while very few were in the jails on the charges of illegal entry or stay in China. On the question of any contact between Pakistan and India, the spokesperson said two sides were in contact with each other.
tMq ﬁles application for nominating nawaz, Shahbaz in lahore killings case federal MiniSter for railwayS khawaja Saad rafique, law MiniSter rana Sanaullah and State MiniSter for water and Power abid Sher ali alSo naMed in aPPlication LAHORE RANA HAIDER
The Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) of Dr Tahirul Qadri on Thursday submitted a First Information Report (FIR) application seeking nomination of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his son MNA Hamza Shahbaz among others in the Model Town killings case. At least eight supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were killed when they clashed with local police on Tuesday. The application for registering the FIR, against a total of 21 people, was submitted by a delegation of the Minhajul Quran
Trust to the Faisal Town Police Station’s duty officer in absence of the SHO. Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, Law Minister Punjab Rana Sanaullah and State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali were also named in the application. The trust also named former DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar and former SP Model Town Tariq Aziz in the application. Earlier on Thursday, PAT chief Qadri’s son Hussian Mohyuddin’s name was taken down from the FIR due to lack of evidence available against him. In the wake of the clash, police had booked a number of PAT affiliates and supporters in the FIR along with Qadri’s
SHAHBAZ PLEADS MINHAJ ADMIN TO JOIN PROBE LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif Thursday appealed to the administration of Minhajul Quran “in the name of justice and humanity”, to withdraw its boycott of the judicial commission probing the Minhaj incident in which more than 12 lives were lost owing to police’s brutal action. Talking to a delegation of assembly members, the Punjab chief minister pleaded that the judicial process was the only source of ensuring justice while its boycott would be “grave injustice” to victims and their families. Shahbaz said that he was determined to provide justice to the victims at any cost and cooperation with the judicial commission was necessary for ensuring punishment to those who played with human lives. The Punjab CM said that despite Idara-e-Minhajul Quran’s refusal to meet the delegation of ministers which intended to express condolences, the Punjab government will uphold all demands of justice. The chief minister said that the judicial commission set up to hold enquiry into the incident had started its work and the facts would soon be brought before the nation. He said that the report of the judicial commission will be implemented in letter and spirit and the guilty persons will not escape punishment. STAFF REPORT
son. Of the 53 arrested on Tuesday, 38 were presented before an ATC court which had released 11 women and two
elderly people, ordered medical examination of nine and remanded 16 in judicial custody.
even at this fare it is almost impossible to find one,” a resident waiting to move out his family said in Miranshah. A sombre atmosphere prevailed in the town as people packed up their belongings and loaded them on whatever vehicle they could find. Some were reduced to attempting the 60-kilometre journey to Bannu on foot. The Pakistani military launched the offensive – a longstanding demand of the United States – on June 15, a week after an attack on Karachi airport killed dozens and marked the end of a troubled peace process.
oPP will SuPPort govt in Safeguarding deMocracy, SayS Shah na oPP leader SayS loSS of PreciouS liveS in lahore a big failure of a ‘deMocratic govt’ ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties in the National Assembly on Thursday demanded the government to withdraw the FIRs registered against Dr Hussain Mohiuddin, the son of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and his followers over the Model Town incident, while reiterating that they would not allow anyone to derail the democratic system in the country. Commenting on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah, belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), said that the government had failed to adopt the political strategy to handle the situation in Lahore. “The government played the role of Gullu Butt in Lahore incident,” he said. Shah said that PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri also organised a huge protest against the PPP government during its last tenure in Islamabad but the party leadership dealt with Dr Qadri by adopting the political strategy of reconciliation with the support of its coalition parties. He also said that it is the constitutional right of the people to protest peacefully while the loss of precious lives in Lahore incident was a big failure of a democratic government. The opposition leader also demanded the government to cancel the FIR lodged against the son of Dr Tahirul Qadri and his followers. Shah also assured the National Assembly that the opposition would not allow anyone to derail the democratic system in the country, adding that it will support the government to safeguard democracy. Later, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qurshi also criticised the government’s step to register FIR against the PAT workers. He said that the government should take strict action against the culprits while it should cancel the FIR against 3000 workers of the PAT. Pakhtunkhawa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mahmood Khan Achakzai said that the judicial commission was set up to probe the Lahore incident had become controversial and the government should set up a judicial commission which should consist of the judges of the Supreme Court. Later, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said the prime minister and chief minister Punjab have taken strict notice of the Lahore incident and stern action will be taken against the culprits in light of the investigation report of the judicial commission. He said that all political forces should be on same page to expose hidden hands behind the activities against the democracy. STAFF REPORT
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US ready for ‘preciSe’ military action in iraq, SayS obama SAYS ONLY NON-SECTARIAN LEADERSHIP COULD RESCUE IRAQ FROM ITS CURRENT PLIGHT WASHINGTON AGENCIES
S President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was ready to send 300 military advisors to Iraq and if necessary to take
“targeted” and “precise” military action to counter radical Sunni fighters. Obama said Washington was ready to deploy advisors to study how to train and equip Iraqi forces and had already increased its surveillance and intelligence capabilities in the country. The US teams could set up joint operations centers in Baghdad and near Mosul, the northern Iraqi city that fell to extremist rebels last week, the president suggested. “Going forward, we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires
GIRL GANG-RAPED IN HAFIZABAD, PARENTS KILLED ON WAY TO DPO OFFICE HAFIZABAD: A couple was killed and their daughter sustained injuries when they were on their way to the District Police Officer’s office to register a complaint against the rapists of the girl on Thursday. According to details, the victim, daughter of a labourer, was allegedly kidnapped by influential landlords in Phaloo Chiragh Shah and was gang-raped. The victim and her parents were on their way on a motorbike to register a complaint in the DPO office when the assailants, who were in a car, hit the motorbike near Qillah Sahib Singh Bypass. The victim’s father died on the spot while his wife and daughter sustained injuries and were shifted to hospital where his wife also succumbed to the injuries. The victims’ family held a protest for two hours at Raja Chowk, demanding that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif take notice of the matter. The chief minister has sought a report from the DPO about the incident. Police have registered two separate cases against four accused and investigation is underway. INP
WORLD PEACE DETERIORATING AFTER IMPROVEMENT: STUDY WASHINGTON: World peace has deteriorated steadily over the last seven years, with wars, militant attacks and crime reversing six decades of gradual improvement, a global security report has said. Conflict in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and Central African Republic in particular helped drag down the annual Global Peace Index, according to research by the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). In particular, rising numbers of people were killed in militant attacks across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa while murder rates rose in the emerging world’s growing urban centres. More people also became refugees by fleeing fighting. Crime and conflict rates in more developed regions, particularly Europe, generally fell, said the report. The deterioration appeared to be the most significant fall in 60 years, the IEP said. Estimates of what the index would have been prior to its launch in 2007 showed world peace improving more or less continuously since the end of World War Two. “There seem to be a range of causes,” Steve Killelea, founder and executive chairman of the IEP, said. “You have the repercussions of the Arab Spring, the rise of terrorism particularly following the invasion of Iraq and the repercussions of the global financial crisis.” AGENCIES
it, “Obama said at the White House after meeting senior members of his national security team. Obama said it was a good investment for Washington to intervene in Iraq if it prevented Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters establishing bases which could eventually pose a threat to the West. But he repeatedly insisted US troops would not be going back in to direct combat in Iraq, twoand-a-half years after the last American soldier came home from the war. Obama did however pledge to help Iraq bolster its own forces against the advance of the radical Sunni fighters.
MQM MNA TAHIRA ASIF SUCCUMBS TO BULLETS WOUNDS Party says incident was targeted killing as she had been receiving threats for the last six months
“We’re prepared to send a small number of additional American military advisers, up to 300, assess how we can best train, advise and support Iraqi security forces going forward,” Obama said. The president also renewed US warnings that only non-sectarian leadership could rescue Iraq from its current plight — an apparent implicit rebuke of Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. “Shia, Sunni, Kurds, all Iraqis must have confidence that they can advance their interests and aspirations through the political process rather than through violence,” Obama said.
MQM workers protest against Punjab govt outside hospital
Balochistan govt unveils Rs 215b budget with focus on education, health sectors GOVT HAS DECIDED TO ESTABLISH TWO UNIVERSITIES AND 14 NEW COLLEGES, AND UPGRADE 200 PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO IMPART QUALITY EDUCATION TO STUDENTS QUETTA STAFF REPORT
With an effort to improve key social indicators, the Balochistan government claims to have given top priority to the education and health sectors in the financial budget for the year 2014-15. Mir Khalid Langove, finance adviser to the Balochistan chief minister, presented in the provincial assembly on Thursday a deficit budget with total volume of over Rs 215 billion, as compared to Rs 198.395 billion total outlay for last year’s budget. The Balochistan government has decided to establish two universities and 14 new colleges, and upgrade 200 primary schools to middle schools to impart quality education to students in the province. “The government has allocated a substantial amount for repair of impoverished schools across the province,” said Langove. He said that a cadet college would be established at the Chaman border-town at the cost of Rs 1 billion. Universities would be established at Gwadar, Turbat and Loralai areas of the province to ensure ac-
BANS PURCHASE OF LUXURY VEHICLES AS WELL AS VISITS OF LEGISLATORS AND BUREAUCRATS TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES ON GOVT FUNDS
cess to higher education to students in their own areas, he said. Regarding the health sector, Langove said that 70 vaccination centres would be set up across the province and Rs1billion were allocated for the purchase of equipment for government-run hospitals in the province. Similarly, Rs 1.24 billion have been allocated for the provision of free medicine to patients across the province. “Now Balochistan can be called a polio-free province,” Langove said while referring to poliovirus. With regard to law and order, he told the house that 27 per cent budget for law and order was increased and that the government had decided to impart modern training to police. He said the provincial government had allocated more than Rs 17 billion for law and order, up from Rs 16 billion. Similarly, the coalition government has also decided to increase compensation for the victims of terrorism from Rs 2 million to Rs 4 million. For the promotion of the agriculture sector, he said Rs 6.35 million were allocated whereas Rs 3 billion were allocated for the purchase of 200 new bulldozers in the province. In an effort to improve gover-
nance, the Balochistan government has also banned the purchase of luxury vehicles as well as visits of legislators and bureaucrats to foreign countries through government funds. Despite the financial constraints and backwardness of the province, the government has increased the non-development expenditures from Rs 154 billion to Rs 164 billion. However, the government increased the funds for the public sector development programme from last year’s Rs 43.913 billion to Rs 50.742 billion this year. Last year’s infighting among the coalition partners over attractive portfolios caused a six-month delay in the formation of the cabinet in Balochistan. The provincial government could not complete the development projects owing to delayed formation of the cabinet. “Government could not use more than Rs 2 billion for development projects,” an official said. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch told reporters that the funds would not lapse and a mechanism was prepared to re-use it upon completion of ongoing projects. The government also increased the salaries and pensions of government employees by 10 per cent.
LAHORE: Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) female member of the National Assembly, Tahira Asif, succumbed to her bullet injuries at Sheikh Zayed Hospital late on Thursday night. Tahira Asif was shot and injured by two armed motorcyclists during an apparent robbery bid in Lahore’s Iqbal Town area when she was buying fruit along with her daughter and driver. She received four bullet wounds in her abdomen and leg and doctors had conducted two lengthy operations since Wednesday afternoon to save her life, however she could not survive the injuries. The senior leadership of the MQM has however alleged that Tahira Asif had been receiving threats from unidentified people for the last six months, and accused the Punjab government of indifferent attitude regarding provision of security to her. MQM leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, who arrived in Lahore from Karachi on Thursday, rejected the police’s claim that Tahira Asif was a victim of street crime. “The two assailants had identified Tahira Asif by her name before opening fire. This is a targeted killing and should not be treated as an attempted robbery incident,” he said, adding that the MQM demanded immediate arrest of Tahira Asif’s killers. Soon after the news of Tahira Asif’s death broke out, a large number of MQM supporters gathered at the hospital and shouted slogans against the Punjab government. Meanwhile, a statement from the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office said that Shahbaz Sharif was deeply grieved by Tahira Asif’s death. STAFF REPORT
TALIBAN ATTACK ON NATO BASE IN AFGHANISTAN DESTROYS 37 TRUCKS KABUL AGENCIES
Taliban suicide bombers struck NATO fuel trucks at a key border crossing in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, setting off explosions that destroyed dozens of trucks and triggering a gunbattle with police guards that left all the attackers dead. The attack in eastern Nangarhar province, on the border with Pakistan,
began early in the morning, according to a spokesman for the border police in Nangarhar, Idris Momand. Three Taliban bombers targeted a parking lot of the NATO outpost near the Torkham border crossing, a key supply route for the alliance. Momand said 37 NATO trucks were destroyed in explosions set off by the gunbattle with the guards. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the spokesman for the provincial governor,
said two of the attackers were killed by police while one blew himself up. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said his group was behind the attack. Moreover, NATO helicopters also arrived and were targeting the attackers in the surrounding hills. Most NATO cargo shipments go through the Torkham crossing, toward Pakistan's port city of Karachi. The Taliban have intensified their
spring offensive in Afghanistan in a bid to undermine the Western-backed government as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year. PAk-AFGHAN BOrDer clOSeD: The Pak-Afghan Torkham border was closed after the Taliban attack. Official sources said that scores of containers and oil tankers were burning after the attack but the casualties could not be confirmed right now.
Friday, 20 June, 2014
SC ORDERS FORMATION OF NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR MINORITIES' RIGHTS ISLAMABAD
32-PAGE ORDER ALSO ORDERS FORMATION OF A SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO GUARD MINORITIES’ WORSHIP PLACES
He Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Thursday ordered for the constitution of a national council of minorities' rights. The function of the council should be to monitor the practical realisation of the rights and safeguards provided to the minorities under the constitution and law, stated the decision. The council would also be mandated to frame policy recommendations for safeguarding and protecting minorities’ rights by the provincial and federal governments. The apex court also ordered the formation of a special task force
to protect minorities’ worship places, saying, “Special Police Force [to] be established with professional training to protect the places of worship of minorities.” The proposed task force would devise a strategy to ensure protection of minorities’ rights. In a detailed 32-page decision, Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani ordered federal and provin-
SC ALLOWS ANCHORPERSON TO RESUME PROGRAM ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has suspended Islamabad High Court (IHC)’s decision on debarring Mubasher Lucman from conducting program Khara Sach, aired on a private news channel, and allowed him to host the program. A three-member bench of the SC, led by Justice Nasirul Mulk took up for hearing on Thurday, Lucman’s appeal plea against the IHC decision. Advocate Irfan Qadir appeared on behalf of Lucman and took the plea that the high court had given the decision keeping in view general apprehensions rather than on the basis of available material and evidence. He said this decision was tantamount to gagging the freedom of expression. Article 19 of the constitution gives the right of freedom of expression to everyone, he said. Qadri appealed that as the requisite evidence were not presented before the IHC, therefore, the decision be suspended and his client be allowed to host the program. The court issued notices to Shuhada Foundation and adjourned the hearing indefinitely. COURT ISSUES ARREST WARRANTS: Meanwhile, an Islamabad court has issued arrest warrants for the owner of ARY Network Salman Iqbal, anchorperson Mubasher Lucman, business tycoon Aqeel Karim Dhedhi and Naeem Hanif in a criminal case pertaining to defamation of Jang/Geo Group. Additional District and Sessions Judge Islamabad (West) Wajid Ali heard the criminal complaint filed by the Independent Media Corporation (IMC) against Iqbal and five others, including Lucman. During the hearing, the court issued arrest warrants for Iqbal, Lucman, Dhedhi and Hanif for failing to appear before the court in person. Two other respondents in the case, ARY News Islamabad Bureau chief Sabir Shakir and Lahore Bureau chief Arif Hameed Bhatti appeared before the court and were ordered to submit Rs 50,000 surety bonds for their bail. During the hearing, the court had summoned all of them. ONLINE
cial governments to ensure a quota of minorities in employments in all services. The order further stated that law enforcement agencies should swiftly take action on cases pertaining to the rights of minorities. “In all cases of violation of any of the rights guaranteed under the law or desecration of the places of worship of minorities, the concerned Law enforcing Agencies should promptly take action including the registration of criminal cases against the delinquents,” said the chief justice. Lives and possessions of minorities are to be protected as per law, it said. The federal government was also ordered to take notice of negative propaganda in this regard on social media. “The federal government should
take appropriate steps to ensure that hate speeches in social media are discouraged and the delinquents are brought to justice,” mentioned the decision. The apex court also ruled that social and religious tolerance is needed to be taught on school and college levels. There should be no discrimination in educational institutes on religious basis. “Appropriate curricula be developed at school and college levels to promote a culture of religious and social tolerance,” said the CJ. The rulings were made in the detailed decision on a suo moto case pertaining to the suicide bomb attack on a church in Peshawar in 2013 that had claimed 80 lives and regarding threats being given to Kalash tribe and Ismailies in Chitral.
NA approves Rs 76.987b grant demands for Interior Ministry GRANTS APPROVED FOR INTERIOR DIVISION, PASSPORT ORGANISATION, CIVIL ARMED FORCES, FRONTIER CONSTABULARY, PAKISTAN RANGERS AND NARCOTIC CONTROL DIVISION ISLAMABAD APP
The National Assembly on Thursday approved demands for grants worth Rs76.987 billion to meet developmental and non-developmental expenditures of the Interior Ministry during fiscal year 2014-15. Rejecting the 170 cut motions moved by the opposition members, the House approved 11 demands for grants of the said division, moved by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The heads for which the grants were approved include the interior division, passport organisation, civil armed force, frontier constabulary, Pakistan Rangers, and the narcotic control division. Later, opening discussion on the cut motions, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Shagufta Ju-
mani said that the country is threatened by terrorism, adding that due to the poor law and order, foreign and domestic investors were reluctant to make investments. She said that the government should take measures to ensure security of the worship places of minorities, adding that it was unfortunate that Pakistan had no record of foreigners living in the country. She said the government had not taken the Parliament into confidence before starting an operation against terrorists in North Waziristan. Speaking at the occasion, Sheikh Rashid said that till date no report of the joint investigation has been made public. He welcomed the government’s move to withdraw FIR against Tahirul Qadri's son and
3,000 other people in Lahore. Rashid opined that the police was not capable of dealing with terrorism. He asked the government to renew the arms license, adding that it was unfortunate that the number of drug users in the country was rising. Munazza Hassan proposed the re-structuring of all departments working under the interior minister to improve coordination level among those departments. She also suggested an increase in budget allocation for the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) saying that the FIA should be made a frontline agency by deploying competent and trained officials in the agency. She stressed the need to introduce biometric system in National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to improve its performance. Syed Asif Hasnain said that arms and other equipments of police department should be upgraded so that they may be capable of fighting against criminals and terrorists. He also proposed an increase
in the duration of validity of passports from 5 years to 10 years. Ayesha Syed from Jamat-e-Islami (JI) proposed the introduction of a unified system across the country for preparing passports. Rai Hassan Nawaz said that consumption of narcotics in the country was increasing and role of anti-narcotics department was not up to the mark. Surayya Jatoi urged the government to ensure timely issuance of passports. In response, State Minister for Interior Mohammad Baleeghul Rehman said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has managed to develop National Internal Security Policy in the short period of a few months. Regarding arms distribution, he said that during the tenure of the previous government, a large number of illegal arms were distributed. He said that now the government has ensured the issuance of passports on time and people have been given the choice to opt for a passport valid for a period of 5 years or 10 years.
PERSECUTED AHMADIS SEEK SHELTER IN CHINA AROUND 35 OF THE ALMOST 500 UN-REGISTERED ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES CURRENTLY IN CHINA ARE FROM THE AHMADI SECT BEIJING AGENCIES Fleeing discrimination and violence, members of the Ahmadiyya community have abandoned their homes in Pakistan to find an unlikely refuge in China. “Every day I heard the sound of guns,” said a 37-year-old surnamed Saeed of his former home Lahore. “We prayed every day, because we felt something could happen to us at any time.” He is one of hundreds of people who have sought asylum in China in recent years, often from conflict and violence-stricken countries including Iraq and Somalia. The government tolerates their presence but provides almost no support, while human rights groups have, for years, condemned Beijing for deporting tens of thousands of asylum seekers who enter it to escape oppression in North Korea and Myanmar. Around 35 of the almost 500 UN-registered asylum seekers and refugees currently in China are from the Ahmadi sect. They are among the most persecuted minorities in Pakistan, which has banned them from calling themselves Muslims or going on Haj pilgrimage. In 2010, militants stormed two Ahmadi prayer halls, killing 82 worshippers in gun and grenade attacks, before targeting a hospital where victims were being treated. Ahmadi places of worship and graveyards are regularly desecrated. Even high-achieving Ahmadis have been shunned, including physics professor Abdus Salam, Pakistan's only Nobel laureate. China is regularly condemned by the US State Department for its
restrictions on religious freedom, which analysts say are key elements of the tensions it faces in Buddhist-majority Tibet and mainly Muslim Xinjiang. But Saeed, who arrived four years ago, said: “From a security point of view, China is good. “There is almost no terrorism compared to Pakistan, where there is killing and persecution of minorities every day,” he told a foreign news agency in a rented apartment in Sanhe, a city outside Beijing where clumps of high-rise apartment blocks overshadow restaurants offering donkey meat burgers. Two of his cousins were killed in the 2010 attack, he added. 'PAkISTAN WAS DANgEROUS': The Ahmadi refugees in Sanhe said they paid middle-men up to $3,000 each for Chinese visas – more than twice the average yearly income in Pakistan. Once in China, Saeed said, “You have to do everything for yourself.”
HE LIvES Off OvERSEAS fAMILy DONATIONS AND ADDED: “I don't expect anything from the Chinese. “New arrivals receive no benefits unless the UN grants them refugee status after a gruelling 18-month series of tests and even then China refuses to integrate them, denying them the right to work while they wait for acceptance from a third country, often for years. “In this kind of a situation, you can't enjoy life much,” said Saeed. But teenager Laiba Ahmad, who arrived around two years ago with her mother and several siblings, had no doubts, even though she does not have enough Chinese to attend school. “I am happy here compared with Pakistan,” she said. “Pakistan was dangerous. We could not go outside without our brothers and fathers, if you are a woman especially. “On a recent afternoon around 10 refugees gathered in Saeed's flat for an English lesson. Practising the present tense, they
called out descriptions of their jobless lives. “We play football daily,” offered Ahsan Ahmad, 22, who fled Pakistan after his uncles were attacked. “We offer prayer daily,” said another student. SENSITIvE ISSUES: China signed up to the UN's refugee protocol in 1982, but does not have any mechanism to assess their claims, leaving it to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Its Beijing office has only eight permanent staff to cover the world's most populous country. “Sometimes I wonder how these individuals survive... the assistance we provide is barely enough,” said Francis Teoh, senior UNHCR protection officer. China adopted a revised entryexit law last year which entitles refugees to documentation, but refugees and UNHCR said it has yet to be enforced. Rights groups have previously accused China of taking a harsh stance towards North Korean asylum seekers in order to maintain good relations with Pyongyang. Pakistan has long been an ally of China, which has fought a border war of its own with Islamabad's arch-rival India. “Refugee issues in China are tangled with some of the most politically and strategically sensitive issues in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Lili Song, visiting researcher at Northwestern University's Center for Forced Migration Studies. “There may also be concerns about attracting more asylum seekers,” she added. Saeed left earlier this week with his wife and two-year-old daughter for a leafy suburb in the US, ahead of World Refugee Day on Friday. But others wait on. Yasir Chaudry, 24, a former air-conditioning engineer who left his wife in Pakistan, shares a crumbling apartment with two other refugees who rise in the late afternoon and fill their days surfing the Internet, watching DVDs, or throwing around a frisbee held together with black masking tape. “All I have time to do is think, so I think about bad things, like how my family is not together,” he said. “I didn't want to leave my country. These problems all come into my mind.”
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Friday, 20 June, 2014
suriyya bajia admitted in hOspital after paralysis attack KARACHI PPI
Renowned playwright and drama writer of Pakistan Fatima Suriyya Bajia was admitted to Agha Khan University Hospital after suffering from paralysis attack. The 83-year-old Urdu novelist, who is also a member of governing body of Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP), has been suffering from paralysis attack for the last four days and was under treatment. ACP Secretary Ahmed Shah said that left side of her body has been paralysed, but doctors were hopeful that she would recover but gradually.
gOvernOr takes nOtice Of deaths Of devOtees at sehwan KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples’ Party Sindh Assembly members protest against the remarks of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Sindh Assembly member Seema Zia during the provincial assembly session. ONLINE
OppOsitiOn pOints Out ‘hOles’ in new budget
Government fails to provide relief to Sukkur, Shikarpur KARACHI PPI
AKISTAn Muslim League-Functional (PMLF) MPA debating on provincial budget in Sindh Assembly on Thursday said a mega corruption scandal in Sindh, which he called the mother of all scandals, was in full swing in the name of reverse osmosis plants, in which a private company, a new East India Company of Sindh, is involved. Taking part in general debate on provincial budget of Sindh, he said this budget only reflects poor governance, and it will further increase the feeling of deprivation among the masses. He said the structure of the provincial government is shaky and it is routinely taking imprudent decisions like recruitments that lack transparency; that is why the courts are declaring null and void the decisions of the Sindh government every now and then. He said a large number of youth went jobless when their shoddy appointments were termed illegal by courts. He said Karachi has been deprived of development and the case of his constituency, Shikarpur, is same. He said there is only one higher secondary girls’ school in Shikaprur. He said the citizens have been demanding another higher secondary girls’ school but the government is paying no heeds. He reminded that Shikarpur, which is now virtually in ruins and lack educational facilities, was once called the Paris of Sindh and was pioneer in field of edu-
cation. He said Shikarpur has become a big heap of garbage. A PC-1 for its drainage has been made and submitted but the government is not willing to fund it. He said the citizens of Shikarpur are only punished because they gave vote to the PML-F and the PPPP was defeated in Shikarpur. He said the budget speech of the Sindh chief minister had a plethora of contradictions. He said the Sindh province has been running for years without a chief economist. He said due to inefficiency even the allocated budgetary funds were not spent last year. He said a massive fund of Rs 44 billion was allocated in the head of State Trading, despite the Sindh government is not indulged in any trade. He said who would be made accountable for these huge funds. He said heavy funds were allocated for Waseela-e-Haq program and due to poor governance this program was not even initiated. He said there were several other big schemes that were also not initiated despite fund allocating and they included a scheme to upgrade 200 government schools. Shaikh said in the budget of last year there was a hospital scheme which was supposed to be completed with assistance of Korea. He said the same scheme is again included this year and one could only hope this is completed this year. He said funds of the Sindh Culture department were spent to celebrate Sindh Festival. He said he had spotted a mega corruption scandal in the name of setting up of reverse osmosis plants. He claimed so far Rs 35 billion had been
spent on the RO plants and 90 percent of them are dysfunctional. He claimed all these plants are purchased from the same private company, which he termed a new East India Company of Sindh. He said even in Karachi two big RO plants in Lyari are dysfunctional and the assembly members could visit them. He said his party would soon hold a press conference to unveil ‘the mother of all scandals’. Terming the Sindh budget a deception with Sindh people, he demanded withdrawing indirect taxes and giving relief to the masses. He demanded steps to improve municipal conditions of Shikarpur and solve its lingering drainage issue. Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) MPA Irum Azeem Farooque has suggested that the lingering issues of Karachi, water shortage and electricity load shedding, could be easily solved if the government install desalination plants and harness abundant solar energy. She said there are a lot of suggestions to make the provincial budget beneficial for poor masses, but she feared the bureaucracy might not accept these suggestions. She said the budget is made by bureaucrats who have nothing to do with the sufferings of common man. She said during the pre-budget discussion many useful suggestions were floated but sadly they were not incorporated in the provincial budget. Farooque said the Sindh Assembly has passed a lot of resolutions but they are not reflected in the provincial budget. She said her party, which is a
partner of coalition the Sindh government, has submitted 185 schemes but not a single of them was incorporated in the budget. She said the government should give equal preference to the issues of rural and urban population. She said we face severe water shortage and annoying loadshedding; however, both of these issues could be solved if the seawater is desalinated and abundant sunshine is used for making solar energy. She said the Gulf countries are catering their water needs by desalination of seawater and we should also follow suit. She said arms and equipment should be given to the police but they are useless till the police get training how to efficiently use them. She said the Hyderabad Airport has been closed for years and it is high time to reopen it. MQM’ s Saleem Bandhai regretted that Sukkur, the third largest city of Sindh, has been badly ignored in this budget. He said though situated on the bank of River Indus, sweet water is scarce in the city. He said the outsourcing of municipal work to the north Sindh Urban Services Corporation has make Sukkur and other city heaps of garbage. He said the government should give a sympathetic consideration to the problems of Sukkur and earmark funds for the city while revising the budget. naheed Begum, another MQM MPA from Sukkur also demanded adequate and just funds for Sukkur. She said budget should be given to all districts on the formula of nFC Award distribution.
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, taking notice of deaths of pilgrims at Sehwan, has directed to ensure provision of all necessary facilities. The governor expressed concerns and grief over death of a large number of devotees during the annual Urs of Qalandar Laal Shehbaz at Sehwan Sharif. Emphasising all necessary arrangements in this regard, the governor directed concerned official to keep emergency camps, medical centres and other facilities fully functional along with ensuring provision of drinking water. He also appealed to pilgrims to take precautionary measures.
mQm activists still missing! KARACHI PPI
Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed the police and other law enforcement agencies to make all possible efforts to trace out missing activists of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and produce them in next hearing. A division bench headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi issued this direction while hearing a petition filed by the MQM seeking recovery of its nine missing activists, who were allegedly picked up by personnel of enforcement agencies. The court directed its office to club together different petitions regarding missing activists of the MQM for joint hearing and fix them for hearing on July 15. The party through its leader Farooq Sattar filed a petition, submitting that the LEAs personnel arrested several activists of the party during raids at different areas of the city. He said that the LEAs took away nine activists - Faheem Riaz, Farooq Ahmed, Zeeshan Gul, Usman Ahmed, Saeed, Aftab Alam, Arshad, Ayaz Hasan and Mohammad Asif – without any plausible reason and they were not produced before the court of law. The MQM leader apprehended that law enforcers might coerce the detained activists into making false statements during interrogation. He pleaded the court to direct the law enforcers to present the missing men in court along with any records of cases against them.
Sindh Opp irked over govt’s focus on Lahore incident KARACHI STAFF REPORT Sindh Assembly on Thursday passed with a comfortable majority a resolution condemning the Lahore tragedy which had claimed more than seven lives. The Muslim league-N (PML-N) and
Functional League (PML-F) members, however, protested against the politicisation of the issue, resulting in a stringent exchange of remarks between the opposition and government members. The PML-F and PML-N members said that a judicial enquiry was underway and it was not prudent to over
politicise the issue. Opposition Leader Shehryar Mehar said discussion and condemnation should be carried over the airport attack and the unfortunate incident in Sehwan which resulted in the deaths of many devotees. During Maher’s speech, PPP's Nisar Khoro and Sharjeel Memon criticised the opposition. The name of Gullu Butt,
the notorious baton-wielding man caught damaging vehicles in Lahore, was repeatedly mentioned by both opposition and government members during speeches. Sharjeel Memon said that the judiciary was silent due to lawlessness in Punjab, adding that during the PPP government the judiciary took suo
moto notices frequently. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan People’s Party members Khawaja Azharul Hasan, Nisar Khoro and others presented the resolution condemning the recent events in Lahore. The members also demanded a transparent inquiry regarding the issue.
Friday, 20 June, 2014
suspected terrOrist killed in clash with rangers, five arrested KARACHI InP
Rangers on Thursday killed suspected terrorist Imran alias Umar Qari during clash in Baldia Town. Umari Qari belonged to banned Swat Taliban group. According to Rangers spokesperson, the terrorist was involved in more than 20 cases of target killings. Separately, five suspected criminals were arrested during raids in Ramswami. They were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Another gang war suspect identified as Sohail Dada was killed in encounter with the CID police in napier. The suspect was involved in murder, attempt to murder, extortion, land grabbing and other cases. Police also raided a house in Sharafi Goth and arrested Sohail Dada's close aide Sajna. Heavy arms, hand grenades, alcohol drums and other drugs were recovered during the crackdown.
KARACHI: Pakistan Awami Tehreek activists free pigeons during Azam-e-Inqilab Rally near Fawara Chowk. ONLINE
karachi pOlice cOntinues tO dO well KARACHI
Protect Hindus’ holy place! SHC appoints commissioner to inspect damages caused to 150-year-old temple KARACHI PPI
InDH High Court (SHC) on Thursday appointed a commissioner to inspect the damages caused to 150-yearold temple in Clifton that resulted from construction of a flyover near Abdullah Shah Gazi shrine. A division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan granted the requested of All Hindu Rights Organisation for inspection of the temple in order to ascertain the facts regarding threat to temple from construction of flyover in Clifton.
Ghulam Mustafa Lakho counsel for petitioner submitted that Bahria Town has undertaken a project from the Park Tower traffic intersection to the AT naqvi Roundabout, which included the construction of a flyover in front of Park Towers in Clifton and the underpasses near Kothari Parade. He said that mega project was initiated without following the requisite environmental laws, adding that unrest existed among the Hindu community about the construction that had posed a serious threat to the foundation of 150-year-old Sheeri Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple. “Historical temple and Jahangir
Kothari Parade next to it were declared national heritage which were put in danger by commencement of the project.” He said that ground vibrations arising from excavation for flyover were close to the temple and could cause the collapse of this old structure as it cannot withstand these vibrations. Thousands of Hindu devotees who visit temple will find it impossible to reach the place of worship due to the construction. He requested the court to direct real estate concern to produce in court Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on which the project was given go-ahead. The court was also
prayed to direct the Sindh Culture department to inform the court about measures taken by it to preserve national heritage. It is pertinent to mention here that construction work on the project involving a flyover and two underpasses had been stopped following the court order issued by a single bench of the SHC on the lawsuit filed by the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) against the construction for not having an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the project. Appeals filed by the KMC and Bahria Town against the order of single bench were pending disposal in the SHC.
pOwer supply restOred in karachi after majOr breakdOwn KARACHI: The power supply to most parts of the city was restored after three hours following a rare electricity breakdown. The port city plunged into darkness a little after midnight on Thursday owing to multiple grid stations of the K-Electric (previously KESC) going offline. The widespread outage affected Saddar, Clifton, Garden, I.I. Chundrigar Road, Burns Road, Jamshed Town, Jacob Lines, New Town, Nazimabad block 8, 9 and 10, Soldier Bazar, as well as the Governor House and the Chief Minister House. According to a tweet from the power generation company's twitter account, 11 out of 62 grid stations tripped causing the power breakdown. OnlInE
Three alleged criminals were killed and six others arrested in different encounters with police and rangers in different areas of the city on Thursday. According to a Rangers spokesman, a suspected terrorist Imran alias Umar Qari had an encounter with rangers in Baldia Town. He was killed in crossfire. The accused was stated to be involved in more than 20 cases of target killings, according to the spokesman. He said that Qari belonged to a banned group. Separately, five suspected criminals were arrested during raids in Ramswami. They were shifted to undisclosed location for interrogation. The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Sindh police during an encounter killed a gang war suspect Sohail Dada in napier, the police said. Dada was involved in murder, attempt to murder, extortion, land grabbing and other heinous crimes in the city, the police claimed. Police also raided a house in Sharafi Goth and arrested Sohail Dada’s close accomplice Sajna. Heavy weapons, hand grenades, alcohol drums and drugs were also recovered from the house. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sheeraz nazir said that the dead was identified as Waseem Pado who was affiliated with Shakeel Badshah gang. SSP said that Waseem was involved in target killing, extortion and other crimes.
thebO directs actiOn against drug peddlers, gamblers KARACHI APP
KARACHI: President Karachi Union of Journalists Sajid Aziz presents KUJ crest to SSGC DGM Corporate Communication Shabaz Islam at a reception held at Karachi Press Club on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO
Karachi AIGP Ghulam Qadir Thebo has taken notice of a news item published in a section of the press regarding drug and gambling dens in the city. He sought detailed inquiry report about the matter from zonal DIGs, said a statement on Thursday. Thebo ordered crackdown against these vice dens and immediate arrest elements involved in such heinous crimes. He also sought a special report about police officials patronising the business so that stern action could be taken against them.
Commissioner assures businessmen of security in industrial areas HYDERABAD APP Hyderabad Commissioner Jamal Mustafa Syed has assured provision of adequate security with better infrastructure in the industrial areas of Hyderabad, Kotri and Nooriabad to attract maximum investment from national and international investors. The commissioner held out the assurance to a joint delegation of Hyderabad, Kotri and Nooriabad SITE
Associations on Thursday. He said that maintenance of law and order and protection of industrialists will be ensured in the industrial areas with enhancement of police patrolling, and assured that he will approach high ups of the government for establishment of Rangers Check-Posts in the areas. He assured the delegation that he will approach to Sindh home secretary for issuance of arms licenses to industrialists according to their needs
while directives have already been issued to deputy commissioners and senior superintendents of police concerned regarding removal of encroachments in the industrial areas. All illegal connections of water supplying line of Kotri SITE will also be disconnected at the earliest, he said. However, the commissioner expressed his concerns and reservations over the release of toxic effluent of the industrial units into KB Feeder, adding that according to law, all industrial
units are bound to have their own water treatment plant. He said the government would not allow anyone to play with the lives of people and informed that effluent treatment plant of Kotri will be activated soon and if anyone found negligent, his case will be referred to the Anti-Corruption department. The commissioner was surprised to know that the toxic water of NIMRA, Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro and TB Sanitarium Kotri is also being
released into the river and canals and asked the additional commissioner-II to address this issue by holding meeting with the heads of these institutions. Hyderabad SITE Association founder Chairman Mazharul Haq, Kotri SITE Association Chairman Khalil Baloch and Nooriabad SITE Association President Kanwar Ziaur Rehman informed the commissioner about the problems being faced by the industrialists of their respective industrial areas.
08 COMMENT An untimely visit Where do the PM’s priorities lie?
O many problems have landed on Nawaz Sharif’s table, making one wonder whether these would be allowing him enough time for sleep. To start with, there is the issue of the ongoing air attacks in North Waziristan, the Agency which had been spared an operation for years because of fear of deadly reprisals. There is a perception that the militants might any time launch terrorist attacks in major cities of the country. After the lifting of a three-day long curfew on certain areas of the Agency, some reports claim that about 30,000 tribesmen have entered Pakistan within a day while thousands more are on the way. The ground forces are now poised to launch an all-out operation inside the Agency. In view of the serious developments the COAS postponed his visit to Sri Lanka. Another serious issue is the worst ever police brutality in Lahore, resulting in the death of nine PAT activists. This has led to protests by the opposition, the legal community and civil society. The killings are likely to bring into existence a political front with the sole objective of the removal of the government which was hitherto facing difficulties. While all these issues require the prime minister’s personal attention, he has surprisingly spent two days on a matter that had no urgency whatsoever. One fails to understand the need for Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Tajikistan at this juncture. Prime ministers normally do not travel abroad to sign minor trade agreements when facing serious problems at home. how is it that a job that could have been satisfactorily performed by the federal commerce minister was taken up by the chief executive of the country himself? Failure on the part of the PM to concentrate on vital issues is creating a situation where things have started to fall apart. With the Afghan ambassador calling on the COAS instead of the foreign or defence secretary, a perception is bound to be created that the neighbouring country considers the civilian setup less credible.
Crime and punishment in Punjab Getting worse by the day
he broad daylight gun attack on MQM MNA Tahira Asif, deplorable as it was, reflected the worsening crime situation in Lahore in particular and Punjab in general. It did not help, of course, that the tragedy came close on the heels of Punjab police’s barbarity during the Model Town incident. The police force has now earned a seemingly well deserved reputation of being the ruling party’s bodyguards and thugs, always available to terrorise whoever dares to disagree with powers that be, but not too bothered about escalating crime. And the responsibility must be shared by the provincial government, so used to using the bureaucracy as pieces in a power game, and the police hierarchy, so ready to play politics in return for professional, and personal, favours. Fortunately, doctors were able to save the MNA’s life, barely. Bleeding from bullet wounds in her abdomen and leg almost killed her, we are told, and she stabilised only after receiving 30 bottles of blood and timely life-saving surgery. One shudders to imagine the political fallout had the attackers been successful. The Punjab government is already under immense stress. It’s mishandling of the slightest test to its legitimacy has already pushed it to isolation. And MQM, already angry at the security lapse, would have breathed down Khadim-e-Aala’s neck that much harder. By the most modest estimates, Punjab police records approximately 300 armed robberies every day. And, with the information available, it will no doubt try to fit Tahira Asif’s case in a similar robbery-gonewrong variety. But a deeper investigation, and reflection, is needed. It must first be ascertained just how a legislator was almost shot to death in one of the city’s busiest areas, and the attackers allowed to flee. And police officials must also finally realise their prime responsibilities, how and why they have drifted so far from them, and what is needed to get the force back on track.
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Friday, 20 June, 2014
Why Karzai keeps blaming Pakistan And why countries need to work together
Malik MuhaMMad ashraf
ATIONAL Security Council of Afghanistan, chaired by hamid Karzai last week accused an intelligence agency of Pakistan of having orchestrated the attack on Abdullah Abdullah, the frontrunner in the Afghan presidential elections through Lashkare-Tayyaba, allegedly aimed at sabotaging the second phase of the elections in Afghanistan. The absurdity of the allegations is amply exposed by the fact that when the Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif flew into Kabul recently to meet his Afghan counterpart, General Sher Muhammad Karimi, and ISAF commander General Joseph Dunford, the trilateral meeting acknowledged the fact that Pakistan had lived up to its commitment of not taking sides or meddling in the first round of presidential elections. The moot, reportedly, deliberated on security situation in Afghanistan, transfer of security responsibility to Afghanistan Security Forces consequent upon the drawdown of US/ISAF forces and bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan with particular reference to co-ordination of arrangements along Pak-Afghan border. The meeting was actually a follow up move on the agreement reached at the 8th trilateral summit talks between Turkey, Pakistan and Afghanistan held recently in Ankara wherein the three countries agreed to enhance cooperation for regional security, stability and development. Pakistan and Afghanistan broadly agreed to the proposition of managing the border between them to check the activities of the terrorists that were detrimental to regional peace and good neighbourly relations between the two countries. Another very significant outcome of the parleys was the commitment made by Karzai during a press conference addressed by the three leaders that Afghanistan would oust the TTP leaders and their associates from Afghanistan. Kabul and India have been supporting the TTP in carrying out terrorist acts within Pakistan. Deputy Commandant of TTP Latifullah Mehsud, who was arrested in Octo-
ber 2013 by the NATO forces when he was returning after his meeting with the high ranking officials of the Karzai government and the functionaries of the Afghan intelligence, confessed to his interrogators that the Indo-Afghan nexus was fomenting terrorist acts within Pakistan. Last week, Afghanistan decided to pull out of security talks in Islamabad by blaming Pakistan for the cross-border attacks on Afghan territory, in spite of the fact that the attacks were carried out on the Pakistani security check posts from across Afghanistan. Not only that, Karzai during his visit to India to participate in the swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi, also pointed an accusing finger towards Pakistan for the attack on the Indian Consulate in herat and repeated his claim that Mullah Omar was in Pakistan. All these developments are not surprising at all. In fact Karzai all along has been hurling such allegations against Pakistan, notwithstanding the fact that Pakistan’s role as facilitator of the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan, support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solution to the conflict and dialogue between Taliban and the US at Doha, have been appreciated by US and its allies and the UN Secretary General repeatedly. The question arises as to why Karzai has been relentlessly persisting with his anti-Pakistan rhetoric? Well, my considered view is that he was trying to erase his image as a puppet of US, which he is generally perceived by the masses and the Taliban, and to remain on the political chessboard of Afghan politics by siding with forces opposed to Taliban. Pakistan is the convenient whipping horse for him to further his ambitions with the support of its arch rival India. Abdullah Abdullah is manifestly pro-India and is likely to win the second round as he has enlisted the support of the two contestants of the first round of elections namely Zalmai Rasoul and Abdul Raousl Syyaf. Former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh and influential brother of Karzai, Mahmud Karzai are also backing him. Both the candidates for the run-off have committed themselves to sign the BSA which would allow about ten thousand US troops to remain in Afghanistan and to continue the process of reconciliation with Taliban. According to the new plan announced by Obama, the number of the troops would be halved by 2015 and by the end of 2016 all the American soldiers would be recalled, except a few hundred
who would be required for manning the security office in Kabul. The security and maintenance of law and order after 2014 would be the exclusive responsibility of the Afghan security forces. Now the questions being asked are: Will the Afghan security forces be able to resist and subdue the Taliban on their own? Will the new Afghan government be able to establish peace in Afghanistan by bringing the Taliban back to the mainstream Afghan politics? Will India be playing a big role in the post-withdrawal period and prop up an anti-Pakistan government in Kabul? Well, as far as Afghan security forces are concerned, their ability to resist the onslaught of the Taliban is quite doubtful for the reason that they have been penetrated by the pro-Taliban elements, as is testified by frequent incidents of turning on their guns on their own trainers and colleagues by the Afghan soldiers and desertions from the ranks. The new Afghan government would not be able to keep the process of reconciliation on track on its own. It would certainly need support from Pakistan to accomplish it and therefore would perforce have to have cordial ties with her. In case the Taliban agree to join the Afghan government, they would act as a counterbalance to Indian influence as they consider India as an enemy. The new Afghan president, despite his leanings towards India, would not be in a position to continue hostility towards Pakistan. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan need each other and no government could change the geographical realities. Pakistan government has already indicated its strong desire to work with the new government in Afghanistan. The fears about greater Indian role in Afghanistan, therefore, seem exaggerated. Pakistan still remains a major player in facilitating peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. China is also keen to see peace returning to Afghanistan and an end to terrorist culture. It is poised to play a bigger role in the reconstruction and rebuilding of Afghanistan under its new initiative of westward push and revival of the old Silk Route. Chinese involvement and role in rebuilding of Afghanistan would be less controversial as compared to India and probably more acceptable to all the Afghan factions. This could also be another strong factor in diluting Indian influence.
‘Pakistan government has already indicated its strong desire to work with the new government in Afghanistan. The fears about greater Indian role in Afghanistan, therefore, seem exaggerated. Pakistan still remains a major player in facilitating peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan’
Malik Muhammad Ashraf is an academic. He can be contacted at: email@example.com.
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Karachi under attack Karachi, the country’s economic hub, also popularly known as the city of lights, once again became the victim of ruthless terrorist attack on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Immediately after the attack the defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed full responsibility of the ruthless act of barbarism in which over two dozen people, including security personnel and ten militants, got killed while an equally large number were injured. As reported by leading dailies of the country, the day after, the attack at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi began just before midnight on Sunday, June 8, and continued until dawn, when the security forces said that all the 10 militants involved in the attack had been killed after they had stormed two areas equipped with suicide vests, grenades and rocket launchers. The audaciousness of the TTP which claimed full responsibility of the dastardly attack on Karachi airport is indeed outrageous. The disbanded militant group TTP said the attack was in revenge for its late leader hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in November 2013. It may be recalled that TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid recently dismissed the Pakistani government´s offer for a new round of peace talks as a stratagem and promised a series of similar attacks to come. he cogently
stated “Pakistan used peace talks as a tool of war.” “We have yet to take revenge for the deaths of hundreds of innocent tribal women and children in Pakistani air strikes,” he said. What the TTP spokesman had said seems to have started taking shape brazenly. At least the latest attack on Karachi International Airport proves to be so. None can deny that TTP’s attack on Karachi Airport is a major security lapse. It also clearly indicates how perilously susceptible our strategic installations are to terrorist attacks. The blame game has started, as usual. Will this yield any positive result? Will this bring an end to the miseries of all those who lost their near and dear ones in the coldblooded attack? Will this bring solace to the women who lost their husbands in the attack and become widows, and the innocent children who lost their fathers and become orphans? No, it certainly won’t. Then what should be done? Time has actually come for the pillars of the state responsible for dealing with the profoundly critical issue of terrorism to quickly act and do all that is required to bring an end to this menace. If this is not done on war-footing the situation will get worse and cause irreversible damage to lives of innocent people and the already shattered economy of the country. The massive military operation “Zarb-e-Azab” launched by Pakistan Army against the terrorists in North Waziristan (NW) on Sunday, June 15, 2014, reflects the resolve of the incumbent government to deal with the critical issue of
terrorism on priority basis and settle it, once and for all, in the larger interest of this nation. The entire nation must stand like a rock by the government and the country’s armed forces in this hour of need. M FAZAL ELAHI Islamabad
Free time People want free time, but when they get it, it leads to anxiety. It is because people have no time to even think for themselves. They are mostly engaged in their work or if they are free they keep on thinking about others or keep using social media. People have gone away from the real purpose of their creation. They never think why they were created. Who created us? People have no time to sit with their parents and family members for a chat. What they seem to be concerned about is the outer beauty, which is only transient. People have free time but don’t seem to be at rest or easy. They keep on chasing things one after the other. Mental stress leads people to many problems, like depression, anxiety, and hypertension. People should have only as much free time as they have busy time, or they will fall victim to mental stress, depression, anxiety, and hypertension. TAYYABA HAMID Lahore
WORLD VIEW 09
Friday, 20 June, 2014
US trained ISIS at secret Jordan base Wnd.com
EMBERS of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by US instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials. The officials said dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar alAssad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq. The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received US training to
fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida. In February 2012, WND was first to report the US, Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region. That report has since been corroborated by numerous other media accounts. Last March, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported Americans were training Syrian rebels in Jordan. Quoting what it said were training participants and organizers, Der Spiegel reported it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private firms or were with the US Army, but the magazine said some organizers wore uniforms. The
training in Jordan reportedly focused on use of anti-tank weaponry. The German magazine reported some 200 men received the training over the previous three months amid US plans to train a total of 1,200 members of the Free Syrian Army in two camps in the south and the east of Jordan. Britain’s Guardian newspaper also reported last March that US trainers were aiding Syrian rebels in Jordan along with British and French instructors. Reuters reported a spokesman for the US Defense Department declined immediate comment on the German magazine’s report. The French foreign ministry and Britain’s foreign and defense ministries also would not comment to Reuters.
The return of the drones? ForeIgn polIcy EMILY SCHNEIDER, BAILEY CAHALL
For the first time in nearly six months, US drone strikes hit Pakistan's tribal region three times in less than a week, killing at least 20 militants with suspected ties to the Haqqani network. The hiatus was the longest pause in the controversial CIA program since 2006, and the drones' sudden return begs the questions: Why now? And is this the beginning of a renewed drone campaign in Pakistan? As the Pakistani Taliban has long been the primary target of these strikes, it seems the answer to the first question is partially tied to the release of US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Haqqani network for over five years after being captured in Afghanistan. A former US military commander told the New York Times that with Bergdahl's release on May 31, the United States suddenly had more freedom to operate against militants in the region, particularly the Haqqanis, who have found a sanctuary within North Waziristan for years. But Bergdahl's release isn't the only reason for the resumption of strikes. Pakistan has been fighting a losing battle with the various militant groups operating in the country's autonomous tribal regions ever since peace negotiations with the Taliban fell through earlier this year. The Pakistani military has been itching to take the fight to the militants, but the civilian government, led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, wanted to let the talks take their course. That seemed to end last Sunday, June 8, when members of the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) launched a major assault on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, rocking the country. Ten
militants stormed the airport and killed at least 24 people before being killed by security forces; the next day, they attacked the airport's security training facility, though no casualties were reported. Coming days after those attacks -- and ahead of a long-expected Pakistani military campaign in North Waziristan -- it seems unlikely that the US drone strikes were not somehow sanctioned by the Pakistani government, especially since one strike killed at least four ethnic Uzbek fighters. To be sure, Islamabad has spoken out against the strikes, calling them a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty, but it is hard to believe that the succession of events is somehow sheer coincidence. Yet it is also hard to believe that this is the start of a renewed drone campaign on the part of the United States. In the lull between these most recent strikes and the last, which occurred on Dec. 25, 2013, many analysts speculated that growing tensions between Pakistan and the United States over the drone campaign were behind the slowdown. There had been increasing public outrage among Pakistanis at the alleged high number of civilian casualties caused by US drones, although according to data collected by the New America Foundation, there were only an estimated 3 to 5 civilian casualties caused by US drone strikes in 2013 (down from a record high of 87 to 99 in 2006). But there was also growing pushback from the Pakistani government. While some Pakistani officials would admit that the US drone campaign was effective, they always pointed out that the strikes were not formally approved by the Pakistani government and violated the country's territorial integrity. The country's parliament even unanimously demanded an end to the strikes in April 2012 when
renegotiating the terms of the two countries' counterterrorism partnership. (Just days later, a drone strike killed three suspected militants in North Waziristan). This pattern of US strikes and Pakistani condemnation continued until last December, when the strikes stopped. With some room to breathe, Pakistan took matters into its own hands by entering into peace negotiations with the Taliban, and when that failed, conducting military operations in the tribal areas. Over 150 militants -- some from Uzbekistan -- have been killed during the Pakistani military's current offensive in which the military has been using American-made F-16 fighter jets that are, by definition, less discriminate in their targeting than drones. Though the three drone strikes may have signaled the start of the military's assault on North Waziristan, the "comprehensive operations" will likely allow the United States to dial back its drone campaign even more, which is not insignificant when you consider that 373 drone strikes in Pakistan over the past decade have killed somewhere between 2,097 to 3,449 people. Since 2004, the United States has launched drone strikes in Pakistan under the "unwilling or unable" doctrine, arguing that if Pakistan wouldn't fight the militants living in the country's tribal regions, the CIA would. That calculus, however, seems to have finally changed with a Pakistani military that is eager to take control of the tribal belt and pick up where the United States left off, and a civilian government that is willing to let it. Emily Schneider, a research associate, and Bailey Cahall, a policy analyst, both work in New America's International Security Program and are associate editors for the South Asia Channel.
The Jordanian officials spoke to WND amid concern the sectarian violence in Iraq will spill over into their own country as well as into Syria. ISIS previously posted a video on YouTube threatening to move on Jordan and “slaughter” King Abdullah, whom they view as an enemy of Islam. WND reported last week that, according to Jordanian and Syrian regime sources, Saudi Arabia has been arming the ISIS and that the Saudis are a driving force in supporting the al-Qaida-linked group. WND further reported that, according to a Shiite source in contact with a high official in the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the Obama administration has been aware for two
months that the al-Qaida-inspired group that has taken over two Iraqi cities and now is threatening Baghdad also was training fighters in Turkey. The source told WND that at least one of the training camps of the group Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria, the ISIS, is in the vicinity of Incirlik Air Base near Adana, Turkey, where American personnel and equipment are located. He called Obama “an accomplice” in the attacks that are threatening the Maliki government the US helped establish through the Iraq war. The source said that after training in Turkey, thousands of ISIS fighters went to Iraq by way of Syria to join the effort to establish an Islamic caliphate subject to strict Islamic law, or Shariah.
Stop misrepresenting Islam Independent MATTHEW CHAMPION
At a panel hosted by the Heritage Foundation on Monday, a young Muslim woman asked how an ideological war with jihadists could be won with bullets while the majority of Muslims are misrepresented so badly. Within minutes the comparisons between Islam and Nazi Germany had begun. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, who was at the event, said the debate degenerated into “ugly taunting”. Video footage of this segment of the debate later emerged. Things get heated at the 4:15 mark, when the right-wing journalist Brigitte Gabriel thanks American University law student Saba Ahmed for her question but then goes on to claim 25 per cent of the world's 1.2bn Muslims are radicals and the peaceful majority “irrelevant”. Her speech drew cheers and applause from the Washington DC audience, while the moderator mockingly asked Ms Ahmed “Can you tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?” The tone of the debate and the reaction of the audience have elsewhere been painted as an “Islamophobic freak show”, with Ms Ahmed described as an existential threat to such conservative groups. But Mr Milbank's account, heavily criticised in some parts for ironically being misrepresentative, neglected the first response given to Ms Ahmed, from Frank Gaffney, a columnist at The Washington Times. Gaffney said no-one on the panel believed all Muslims were the problem. Ms Gabriel did ask Ms
Ahmed if she was American, but only to illustrate her point about Americans holding the White House to account about Benghazi. In a statement the Heritage Foundation said that Ms Ahmed received “supportive applause” and that it encourages “open debate”. But not everyone was so supportive of Ahmed , or respectful. Gaffney chose to divide Muslims into two groups: problematic ones who speak Arabic and want to impose Sharia, and those who cannot and don't (he has previously accused Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin of having "deep personal ties" to the Muslim Brotherhood). Ms Gabriel accused Ms Ahmed of attempting to “steal the limelight” by making the debate about Muslims - a group on which her views are well-known. She has dubbed people from the Middle East “barbarians”, and her ACT! for America organisation describes itself as promoting “national security and the defence of American democratic values against the assault of radical Islam”. In the end, the panel and Ahmed actually agreed about how the war can't be won with just bulletts. But after all the slurs, this was unfortunately overshadowed. Nothing perverts the political discourse quite like the misrepresentation of Islam. No peaceful person, whether part of a majority or not, should ever be regarded as irrelevant. In response to the moderator's question on who the head of the Muslim peace movement is, Ahmed proved that she wouldn't be pushed into any such corner. “I guess that's me, sir," she said.
THE COLLAPSING OBAMA DOCTRINE Wall Street Journal DICK CHENEY AND LIZ CHENEY
As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama's past statements about ISIS and al Qaeda. "If a J.V. team puts on Lakers' uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant" (January 2014). "[C]ore al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated" (August 2013). "So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding" (September 2011). Rarely has a US president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr Obama has told us he is "ending" the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America's enemies are not "decimated." They are emboldened and on the march.
The fall of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul and Tel Afar, and the establishment of terrorist safe havens across a large swath of the Arab world, present a strategic threat to the security of the United States. Mr Obama's actions—before and after ISIS's recent advances in Iraq—have the effect of increasing that threat. On a trip to the Middle East this spring, we heard a constant refrain in capitals from the Persian Gulf to Israel, "Can you please explain what your president is doing?" "Why is he walking away?" "Why is he so blithely sacrificing the hard fought gains you secured in Iraq?" "Why is he abandoning your friends?" "Why is he doing deals with your enemies?" In one Arab capital, a senior official pulled out a map of Syria and Iraq. Drawing an arc with his finger from Raqqa province in northern Syria to Anbar province in western Iraq, he said, "They will control this territory. Al Qaeda is building safe havens and training camps here. Don't the Americans care?" Our president doesn't seem to.
Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America. When Mr Obama and his team came into office in 2009, al Qaeda in Iraq had been largely defeated, thanks primarily to the heroic efforts of US armed forces during the surge. Mr Obama had only to negotiate an agreement to leave behind some residual American forces, training and intelligence capabilities to help secure the peace. Instead, he abandoned Iraq and we are watching American defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. The tragedy unfolding in Iraq today is only part of the story. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent across the globe. According to a recent Rand study, between 2010 and 2013, there was a 58% increase in the number of Salafijihadist terror groups around the
world. During that same period, the number of terrorists doubled. In the face of this threat, Mr Obama is busy ushering America's adversaries into positions of power in the Middle East. First it was the Russians in Syria. Now, in a move that defies credulity, he toys with the idea of ushering Iran into Iraq. Only a fool would believe American policy in Iraq should be ceded to Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terror. This president is willfully blind to the impact of his policies. Despite the threat to America unfolding across the Middle East, aided by his abandonment of Iraq, he has announced he intends to follow the same policy in Afghanistan. Despite clear evidence of the dire need for American leadership around the world, the desperation of our allies and the glee of our enemies, President Obama seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch. Indeed, the speed of the terrorists' takeover of territory in Iraq has been matched only by the speed of American decline on his watch.
The president explained his view in his Sept. 23, 2009, speech before the United Nations General Assembly. "Any world order," he said, "that elevates one nation above others cannot long survive." Tragically, he is quickly proving the opposite—through one dangerous policy after another—that without American pre-eminence, there can be no world order. It is time the president and his allies faced some hard truths: America remains at war, and withdrawing troops from the field of battle while our enemies stay in the fight does not "end" wars. Weakness and retreat are provocative. US withdrawal from the world is disastrous and puts our own security at risk. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent and they present a security threat not seen since the Cold War. Defeating them will require a strategy—not a fantasy. It will require sustained difficult military, intelligence and diplomatic efforts—not empty misleading rhetoric. It will require rebuilding America's military capacity—reversing the Obama policies that
have weakened our armed forces and reduced our ability to influence events around the world. American freedom will not be secured by empty threats, meaningless red lines, leading from behind, appeasing our enemies, abandoning our allies, or apologizing for our great nation—all hallmarks to date of the Obama doctrine. Our security, and the security of our friends around the world, can only be guaranteed with a fundamental reversal of the policies of the past six years. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan said, "If history teaches anything, it teaches that simpleminded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom." President Obama is on track to securing his legacy as the man who betrayed our past and squandered our freedom. Mr Cheney was US vice president from 2001-09. Ms. Cheney was the deputy assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs from 2002-04 and 2005-06.
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Malaysian companies to expand presence in Pakistan
KARACHI: For the first time, a 100% produced and packed Malaysian palm vegetable cooking oil is available in Pakistan market. At the product launching ceremony of Century cooking oil, Consul General of Malaysia in Karachi Abu Bakar Mamat stated that the Consulate would continue to facilitate the efforts by Malaysian companies to expand the presence of Brand Malaysia in the country. Century cooking oil is a product of Pan Century Edible Oils Sdn. Bhd., an IOI Group owned company. Pakistan remains one of the biggest export destinations for Malaysian palm oil. In 2013, total exports of Malaysian palm oil and palm oil products was recorded at 1.5 million tons (RM 3.62 billion). Consumers can be assured of highest quality of palm oil in which stringent regulations and requirements been imposed on palm oil industry in Malaysia to produce high quality products, said Fairuz Hidzir, Regional Director of Malaysian Palm Oil Board stationed in Karachi, who was also present during the ceremony. PRESS RELEASE
CONOMIC managers might be sighing in relief as the country’s macroeconomic indicators show an overall improvement, with the current account deficit having set at 1.1 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) during 11 months of the outgoing fiscal year 2013-14. The inflow of dollars, in resource-constrained Pakistan, due to foreign investment, workers’ remittances and international disbursements is also encouraging. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported on Thursday that during JulyMayFY2014 the country’s current account balance stood at $2.577 billion compared to $2.157 billion in the corresponding period of FY2013. Viewed as manageable by economic observers, the deficit marks the ever-widening trade gap as the only head on the current account list that depicts a negative trend. The country’s balance of trade in goods and services registered a deficit of $1.65 billion to stand at $17.09 billion against last year’s $15.44 billion. The deficit in goods’ trade amounted to $14.93 billion against $14.03 billion, the country’s trade
gap in services trade accumulated to $2.16 billion compared to FY2013’s $1.41 billion. During the review period, Pakistanis working abroad remitted $14.33 billion against $12.75 billion in the last fiscal year. Debtors and donors abroad disbursed $3.67 billion, rising up by $1.42 billion from $2.24 billion the country received in the JulyMayFY2013. The State Bank has said that total long- and the short-term inflows increased from $1.98 billion to $2.91 billion and from $256 million to $757 million, respectively. The heavily-indebted country repaid $2.69 billion to its lenders compared to $2.13 billion in FY2013. During the week ending on June 13, the SBP made official payments of $18 million from its reserves. Analysts foresee the FY2014’s current account deficit equating, or slightly exceeding, the FY2013 level of $2.49 billion. The country has braved a deficit of $4.65 billion in FY2012. A quarterly breakup of FY14 shows that the deficit accounted for $1.26 billion during July-September 2013, $647 million during October-December 2013 and $404 million during January-March 2014. The deficit in the first two months of the outgoing fourth quar-
ter, April and May, stood at $111 million and $147 million with June still to go. Overall, the analysts see the country’s macroeconomic indicators improving, though slowly. InvestORs COmIng tO pAKIstAn AgAIn: The probusiness Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government is perceived to have restored investors’ confidence in the country. It is for this reason that the country’s foreign exchange reserves, which had depleted to a historic low, have shot up to $13.57 billion as of June 2013. Of this total, the State Bank holds $8.669 billion. “The increase in the central bank reserves is primarily due to multilateral, bilateral and other official receipts amounting to $24.0 million,” said the State Bank on Thursday. The inflow of foreign investment, which analysts propose as an ultimate remedy for the dollar-hungry country’s financial woes, swelled by 159 percent ($2.28 billion to $3.711 billion) compared to FY2013’s $1.43 billion. FOReIgn DIReCt Investment CLImBs By 2.5 peRCent: According to the central bank, in July-May FY2014 the allimportant Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) climbed by $ 34 million or 2.5 percent to $1.361 billion from
COCA-COLA TO START 3 NEW PLANTS IN PAKISTAN COMPANY TO SET UP PLANTS IN KARACHI, MULTAN AND ISLAMABAD IN NEXT 18 MONTHS TO SERVE DOMESTIC MARKET CAIRO AGENCIES
Coca-Cola Co expects to start production in at least three new factories in Pakistan and two in Egypt over the next 18 months, seeing doubledigit percentage growth in sales for both markets this year, its Middle East and North Africa president told a foreign news agency. Surpassing Egypt for its sales growth, Pakistan will see three new plants open in the next 18 months in Karachi, Multan and Islamabad to serve the domestic market with sparkling drinks such as Coke, Fanta and Sprite. “We watch the needle in Pakistan and almost every month we red-line on what our capacity is,” Ferguson said, adding he expected sales growth of around 20 per cent in Pakistan this year. “We’re just scratching the surface there.” InvestIng $500m In egypt: The US soft drinks maker’s investment is a particular boost for Egypt, which is desperate to attract foreign direct
investment after three years of political and economic turmoil that has seen its foreign currency reserves shrink and budget deficit swell to around 14 per cent of GDP last year. “Egypt is going to be one of our key anchor countries,” Curt Ferguson said on Wednesday, citing the country’s large and growing population as a big positive. “For sure the other key anchor will be Pakistan.” As part of a $500 million investment plan announced for Egypt in March, Coca-Cola will start constructing a new juice plant in 6th of October city near Cairo next year in a joint $100 million dollar project with Saudi Arabia’s Aujan CocaCola Beverages Company. The $500 million will be spent over the next three years, Ferguson said. The beverage group is in talks to buy a plot of land between Cairo and Alexandria to build a plant for sparkling drinks and water which should go online next year, Ferguson added. The rest of the $500 million will be used to increase production at existing plants such as its concentrate factory in Cairo, the only one of its kind in the Middle East, and to cover capital spending. In Egypt, the company wants to redevelop production lines and keep distributing tens of thousands of Coca-Cola branded fridges to small supermarkets every year. Just to keep its business ticking over, Coca-Cola needs to spend more than $75 million a year in the country on such costs.
FIRST PAKISTANI MANGOES OF SEASON LAND IN US WASHINGTON APP
The first consignment of 3,500 kilograms of Pakistani "Sindhri" mangoes has arrived in Houston, Texas where the high quality fruit is receiving a tremendous response. Currently, the mangoes from the first consignment are being marketed at stores in Houston, Austin and Dallas. According to the Pakistani embassy, more consignments of mangoes are expected to arrive at Houston in two weeks. The retail price of a 2.5 kilogram mango pack is $25, which has been termed as fair, considering the superior quality of Pakistani mangoes, famous
ANALYSTS SEE THE COUNTRY’S MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS IMPROVING, THOUGH SLOWLY
for their fragrance and sweet taste. The US is a favored destination for mango exporters and holds a considerable demand for delicious Pakistani mangoes. Pakistan's Ambassador in Washington Jalil Abbas Jilani welcomed this initiative by Farm House Exports (Pvt) Limited, Karachi and Famous Foods Products, Houston in bringing Pakistani mangoes to the US, which is in line with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's policy of diversification of exports to the US market. The ambassador encouraged other mango exporters to follow suit, and assured them of maximum facilitation by the Embassy of Pakistan and Pakistani consulates in the US.
$1.328 billion in the previous year. Irfan Saeed, an analyst at InvestCap Research, cites the receipt of $537 million from China Mobile on account of 3G/4G auction as the primary reason behind the “meager” escalation in FDI. The inflow of private and public portfolio investment into the country’s booming stock markets showed a positive trend, respectively by 133 percent and 42,758 percent to $227 million and $2.122 billion from $97.4 million and a meager $5 million the country had received in FY2013. FY2014 would be the year seeing the total annual foreign investment figures cross the $3 billion mark after five long years, said Irfan. Offshore investors had invested $2.66 billion in FY2009, $2.08 billion in FY2010, $1.97 billion in FY2011, $707.8 million in FY2012 and $1.58 billion in FY2013. Regarding the future, Irfan sees political stability and the ongoing military operation as most vital factors for determining FDI inflows in Pakistan. “Stability on the political front would provide a room for FDI growth,” the analyst viewed. The analyst predicted that in case the above mentioned issues are not resolved properly, the FDI would remain depressed.
Where does 30pc of budget go? IRFAN ALI The total budget volume for 2014 has been announced as Rs3.936 trillion of which Rs1.325 trillion will be consumed for debt servicing. This means that 33percent of the budget will go to paying interest on debt and the remaining 67 percent will be used for economic reforms. A developing country has to rely on borrowings in order to achieve its overarching goals of economic stability and national development but proper debt management is the prerequisite for the sustainable economic growth of a country. There must be equilibrium in exports and imports so as to minimise the need for borrowing and overcoming fiscal deficit. Unfortunately, the ever increasing foreign debt is one of the major problems besetting Pakistan’s drawn out economy. Pakistan is the third largest debt recipient country in the region. Its external debts have been reported to reach 33 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as compared to India’s 15 percent and China’s 7 percent. There are several factors, including domestic problems and international economic recession, behind this debt dynamics. The increasing debt-to-GDP ratio is mainly due to declining tax-toGDP ratio as out of 190 million only 1.8 million people pay tax. Rampant corruption is the key factor in this regard. According to the Transparency International annual report, Pakistan is at 34th position among the most corrupt countries of the world. Apart from this, the energy crisis, including the erratic power supply, crippling inflation, growing security spending and low productive capacity have led to fiscal deficit which, in turn, increases foreign debt. The writer is a student of MS in Management Sciences at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Friday, 20 June, 2014
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It's harder to deal with authority figures -- so maybe it's a good time to just hang back and chill out. Things are looking up, but it may take a few days for the clouds to lift. Patience is golden!
Your superior positive energy is ready to push you in bold new directions -- so make the most of it and hope for the best! You can have fun doing almost anything, and that means good times for your people, too.
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Friday, 20 June 2014
FIFA WORLD CUP ENTHUSIAST DIES OF SLEEPLESSNESS
A 25-year-old man died after staying up till the early hours to watch a football game on television, doctor said in China. The man was found dead by his parents in his room, even as the television was still running. The heart-broken parents told the media that he had been staying awake for consecutive nights in order to watch the world cup 2014 football matches. Football fans in China are staying up till late night to watch the matches as the time difference between Brazil and China is significant. Television stations in China are broadcasting the games from 12.00 am to 6.00 am Beijing time. Doctors concluded that the man most probably died of exhaustion or heart attack as a direct result of staying up too late, a little too often. Meanwhile, football fans have been warned to pay attention to their health. APP
FACEBOOK RECOVERS FROM A GLOBAL GLITCH
Facebook has responded to the outage that left users unable to log on for 30 minutes this morning, reports Daily Mail. 'Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time,' a Facebook spokesperson said. 'We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 per cent. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.' While down the social network showed an error message on its home screen as users struggled to log on. ‘Sorry, something went wrong’ the message replacing Facebook's home page stated. ‘We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.’ Website downdetector.com said there were over 6,000 reports from users of Facebook being down during the outage. 78 per cent reported a total blackout, while 21 per cent were unable to log in. This isn't the first time the company has experienced a major outage. In October 2013 the social network was down for four hours, with the site blaming the outage on 'network maintenance.' Facebook prevented people from posting new statuses, writing on walls and making payments. Reports suggest the tech giant makes about $15,000 in revenue every 60 seconds. This would suggest the latest outage lasting just 30 minutes cost the company almost $500,000. NEWS DESK
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oMEn who smoke during pregnancy and are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to have children who become obese as toddlers and stay obese through their teenage years, according to a new study. The authors of the new study looked at how children’s body mass index (BMI), a measure of weight in relation to height, changed over time, from age one to age 18. They found being consistently obese was associated with certain exposures in the womb, and with having asthma and other problems in adolescence. Past studies looking at risk factors for obesity and the consequences of being obese have focused on weight at one point in time, Dr. Wilfried Karmaus said. “The main difference to previous studies is that we didn’t assess obesity at one static moment in time but the development over time,” Karmaus, from the School of Public Health at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, said. He and his colleagues analyzed data from the Isle of Wight birth cohort, based in the UK and originally designed to study asthma and allergies. They tracked 1,456 infants born between January 1989 and February 1990 until they were 18 years old. Height and weight were measured at ages one, two, four, 10 and 18 years. The researchers found children’s BMIs as they grew up fit into four distinct patterns, or “trajectories.” As Karamus explained, “We have an early persistent obesity group which starts very early and you can detect this group before the age of four years.” Then there was a “delayed overweight” group of kids who became heavy a little more slowly, and an “early transient overweight” group in which kids were heavy as babies, but had a more normal weight when they were older. The fourth trajectory included
kids who had a normal weight throughout childhood. “These four groups - we can detect them before the age of four years, this was one of the surprises we had,” Karmaus told a foreign news agency “The development is probably set in stone by the age of four years.” About four percent of the children studied fell into the early persistent obesity trajectory, 12 percent were in the delayed overweight trajectory and 13 percent were in the early transient overweight trajectory. Roughly 72 percent of kids fell into the normal trajectory, according to findings published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Having a mother who smoked during pregnancy was a strong risk factor for being in the early persistent obesity trajectory. So was having a mother who was overweight early in pregnancy, which suggests
children may “inherit” obesity through the type of metabolism they acquire in the womb, Karmaus said. Evaluating the children when they were 18, he and his colleagues also found that those in the early persistent obesity group had twice the risk of asthma and higher blood pressure than normal-trajectory children.
The study “provides further evidence to support the importance of prevention of childhood obesity,” Dr. Youfa Wang told the news agency. Wang, from the University at Buffalo, State University of new York, has studied childhood obesity but was not involved with the new research. “overall previous research has suggested that about one-third of overweight and obese children and about one-half of overweight or obese adolescents would become overweight or obese adults," Wang said. The new findings are consistent with those from earlier studies, he added. “Knowing children’s BMI will help parents and children to monitor their weight status and related health behaviors such as eating and exercise, and help make related behavioural changes to maintain a healthy weight,” Wang said. Suggestions to start childhood obesity prevention very early on may actually mean that prevention needs to start with the pregnant mother, Karmaus said. Parents can also make sure kids themselves are moving around enough as toddlers, and not wait until they’re older to address weight issues. “I think it’s important to identify the trajectories early on because at that time the child’s metabolism may still be plastic and can be changed, but later in life, obesity prevention is very difficult,” Karmaus said. AGENCIES
AIR POLLUTION LINKED TO COGNITIVE DECLINE IN OLD AGE The tiny particles in vehicle exhaust and other sources of air pollution may hasten cognitive decline in older adults, according to a new U. S. study. “We decided to examine the link between air pollution and cognitive function in older adults because there is growing evidence that fine particulate matter air pollution affects brain health and development, but relatively little attention has been given to what this means for the aging brain,” said Jennifer Ailshire, who co-wrote the report. Ailshire is with the Center for Biodemography and Population Health and the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She, along with Philippa Clarke of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, say that based on their results, improvements in air quality may be an important strategy for reducing age-related cognitive decline. There has been some evidence that people living in more polluted areas have greater rates of cognitive decline, and the link is not explained by wealth or other social factors, the researchers point out in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. They gathered information from one wave of a large ongoing survey started in 1986, and focused their analysis on 780 participants who were 55 years of age or older at the time of the 2001/2002 survey.
Routine measurement of air pollution by census tract did not start until the late 1990s, they explain. Cognitive function was measured by math and memory tests and participants got a score based on the number of cognitive errors they made. Air pollution levels for each participant’s neighborhood were calculated using fine particulate levels reported by the U.S. EPA’s Air Quality System. Those pollution particles 2.5 microns or smaller (PM2.5) can travel deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream,
past research has shown. Ailshire and Clarke found the average PM2.5 concentrations in the study participants’ environments were 13.8 micrograms per cubic meter, which is above the EPA’s air quality standard of 12 micrograms per cubic meter. Then they compared the cognitive error scores to pollution levels and found that people living in high pollution areas, with 15 micrograms per cubic meter or more of PM2.5 had error scores one and a half times those of the participants who
lived in low pollution areas with no more than 5 micrograms per cubic meter. Poverty and other social factors as well as health problems can influence cognitive function, the authors note. And poorer neighborhoods tend to be more polluted. But after the researchers adjusted for education, employment, gender, marital status and several other factors, the differences in cognitive error rates remained. “The emerging evidence showing a link between air pollution and cognitive function suggests air pollution
may harm the brain as well as the heart and lungs,” Ailshire said. “Ideally,” she and Clarke wrote, they would want long-term data and more exact individual pollution exposures to assess the importance of PM2.5 in cognitive function. Jennifer Weuve said the new research joins a growing number of large studies that suggest “higher exposures to everyday air pollution affect aging brains’ ability to think.” Weuve, who was not involved in the study, is a researcher at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Scientists “believe that particulate matter may affect cognitive function in older adults by its harmful effects on the cardiovascular system - which is connected to the brain through blood vessels - and possibly by directly acting on the brain itself,” Weuve said. This type of air pollution is difficult to avoid. The most important action is the one we take as a society, by regulating the amount of pollution that gets emitted into our air, not by individual actions, she said. “Short of confining oneself to an indoor space with filtered air, it is extraordinarily difficult (and absurd) to imagine any one person being able to, for example, stop the air pollution that emanates into his or her environment from an industrial plant tens or hundreds of miles away,” Weuve said. AGENCIES
Friday, 20 June, 2014
ARTS hArry Potter stArs reunite At new theme PArk AttrAction The cast of the Harry Potter films reunited in Florida on Wednesday to unveil a new theme park attraction inspired by the wizard series. Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Felton, who played villains Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange in the franchise, were among the stars who came together at the VIP preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at the Universal Orlando park. Matthew Lewis, James and Oliver Phelps, Robbie Coltrane and Warwick Davis were among the other cast members who turned out for the event, which marks the upcoming launch of the theme park attraction on 8 July. Felton said, "It's great seeing everyone again. We've all been catching up - I love it." BY WENN
shrAddhA kAPoor working out for BicePs Shraddha, who has been roped in alongside Varun Dhawan in ABCD's sequel has been working hard on the film already. Shraddha Kapoor has already started working on her dancing skills and is also working out in order to stay fit. However the Aashiqui 2 actress adds that this time she is not hitting the gym to lose weight but to infact gain muscle weight and achieve biceps. She is working hard on ABCD's sequel so much that she fell sick on the day she was supposed to dub for her upcoming film Ek Villain. Shraddha will be seen in the film Ek Villain along with Sidharth Malhotra and Riteish Deshmukh. The movie helmed by Mohit Suri will release on 27th June. BY MOVIE TALKIES
miley cyrus defends BieBer Miley Cyrus thinks Justin Bieber should be given time to ''grow up'' away from public opinion. The 21-year-old singer thinks much of the criticism levelled at the 'Believe' hitmaker - who recently apologised after video footage of him making racist remarks when he was 14 was published online - is unfair as most people get to make their youthful mistakes in private. Speaking on Australia's 'Today' show, she said: ''I think people should have time to grow up and figure out who they are. ''I think people need to sit and think of the times in their lives they were not proud of who they were. ''Imagine if that was completely exploited and everyone had their opinions.'' BY AGENCIES
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WAYNE 'The Rock' Johnson sank into depression when his youthful dreams ''were dashed''. The 'Hercules' star was devastated when, after failing to make it as an NFL player, he signed with Canadian Football League but was later let go, and then split from girlfriend Dany Garcia - who he later married - and he admits the rejection was too much for him to cope with. He said: ''There was no injury. It's just, 'That's it. You're not good enough.' That was very sobering. ''The dreams I had, they're dashed. There is no more football. My relationship was crushed. That was my absolute worst time. ''I didn't want to do a thing. I didn't want to go anywhere. I was crying constantly. Eventually you reach a point where you are all cried out. ''I didn't know what it was. I didn't know why I didn't want to do anything. I had never experienced anything like that.'' The 42-year-old former wrestler also explained how he vowed to transform his
physique when he was 14 after he and his mother were evicted from their home. He explained in an interview with The Hol-
AngelinA Jolie SEEKING NAMIBIAN CITIZENSHIP: REPORT
Angelina Jolie is in talks to become a citizen of Namibia so she can use her new title from Britain's Queen Elizabeth Ii, according to a U.K. report. The Tomb Raider actress was named an honorary dame in the monarch's Birthday Honours List last week for her humanitarian work, but she cannot use the title officially because she is not British or a Commonwealth citizen. However, Jolie could be formally addressed as a dame if she is granted dual citizenship with Namibia because it is a Commonwealth country, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper. She already has ties to the African nation because her daughter Shiloh was born there in 2006 and has a Namibian passport. A source tells the publication, "Angelina was blown away when she was made a dame. She thinks it will add gravitas to her in her humanitarian work." A spokesperson for the Namibian Embassy says, "We would welcome Angelina Jolie to make an application for citizenship, just like anyone else." BY WENN
lywood Reporter: ''We were living in an efficiency that cost $120 a week. We come home, and there's a padlock on the door and an eviction notice. My mom starts bawling. She just started crying and breaking down. 'Where are we going to live? What are we going to do?' ''That was the tipping point. It was about, 'What can I control with these two hands?' The only thing I could do was train and build my body. The successful men I knew were men who built their bodies.'' And the 'Scorpion King' star later had to ''deconstruct'' himself and re-transform his appearance when making the transition from wrestling to Hollywood. He said: ''I was told that I had to conform to a standard in Hollywood that would beget me more work, better roles. ''Which meant I had to stop going to the gym, which meant I couldn't be as big, which meant you had to distance yourself from wrestling. You essentially had to deconstruct yourself.''BY BANG SHOWBIZ
PooJA BhAtt to lAunch Brother rAhul in ‘BAd’
Actor-turned filmmaker Pooja Bhatt is all set to launch her brother Rahul in her upcoming film ‘Bad’. Rahul’s debut film will be produced by Rahul’s sister Pooja Bhatt. Confirming these developments, Pooja Bhatt said, “The script is being worked on. We will decide the director once the script is done.” Interestingly, ‘Bad’ was the title that Pooja Bhatt had chosen for the film based on Charles Sobhraj’s Tihar jailbreak that Prawal Raman was directing for her. Prawal and Pooja had a fall-out. Pooja quit the project and took away the title. Bad, according to sources, would feature Rahul Bhatt in a grey role. “It would be a full-on action film. The focus would be on the introducing Rahul as an action hero,” says the source. ONLINE
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EXES ANUSHKA, RANVEER AVOIDING EACH OTHER Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma decided to face each other as onscreen lovers, after their alleged real life breakup in 2012. However it seems like the bold step is not going down well with the two professionals. Ranveer and Anuhska will be seen as as couple in Zoya Akhtar's Dil Dhadakne Do. The team is shooting on a cruise, away in Barcelona. But it seems that the exflames are avoiding each other while shooting. Reportedly, both their alleged lovers had joined them in Spain for a holiday. According to reports, Deepika Padukone had flown to be with Ranveer, while Virat was also went to meet
Anushka Sharma. While the two exes are enjoying the company of their new found loves, there sure is some tension while shooting. Priyanka Chopra, who plays Ranveer Singh's sister in the film has been posting pictures with the crew and from the sets. Her most recent one had everyone from the cast, including Anushka, but then again Ranveer was missing from the frame. However it remains to see if Ranveer and Anushka can pull off an act like Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, as the duo gave a hit like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani post their breakup. COURTESY TIMES OF INDIA
The final episode of 'Game of Thrones' season four set records for illegal downloads with many fans sharing a single file at the same time. During the first 12 hours roughly 1.5 million file-sharers downloaded a pirated copy of the final episode 'The Children', a number that is likely to increase to over 7.5 million during the days to come, according to website Torrentfreak.com which moniters online piracy. The fourth season of the HBO show, based on JRR Martin's fantasy novels, has been the most viewed season so far both through the official channels as well as through piracy. Almost 7.1 million people tuned in to watch the final on Sunday officially while the episode resulted in the largest BitTorrent swarm ever, which means for the first time so many people gathered to share a single file on the Internet. AGENCIES
Friday, 20 June, 2014
Washout after IndIa collapse
saca fIned over BBl Breaches SPORTS DESK South Australia have escaped Cricket Australia's Big Bash League recruitment investigation with a bloody nose as their former high performance chief Jamie Cox looks for work following his preemptive sacking for the Adelaide Strikers' recruitment activities outside the Big Bash League contracting window. CA found that the SACA had entered into agreements with Brad Hodge, Jonathan Dean and Kieron Pollard before the contracting window opened, concluded that these agreements went beyond the "non-binding discussions" allowed by the competition's guidelines, and fined the association $50,000. However, no other member of SACA staff, including the coach Darren Berry, was found to have breached the tournament guidelines. Hodge, Dean and Pollard will all be permitted to continue negotiations to take their places in the Strikers' squad during the tournament, and there will be no further restrictions on the club's future activities. The same cannot be said for Cox, who was removed by the SACA board after the CA integrity unit visited Adelaide last month to interview him and the association's chief executive Keith Bradshaw. His CA penalty turned out to be light by comparison - a suspension from any involvement with the Strikers during the 2014-15 season, without stopping him from returning to the team or the game beyond the end of the summer. Iain Roy, head of CA's integrity unit, noted that the SACA had co-operated fully with investigators during the process, but said the imposed penalties indicated the seriousness of the matter. "SACA has been found to have breached the BBL Player Contracting and Remuneration Guidelines. We view contraventions of our competition rules seriously and the penalties handed down reflect this," he said. "Cricket Australia is committed to ensuring the contracting rules for all of CA's competitions are adhered to at all times. We acknowledge SACA's co-operation during the course of the unit's investigation." Bradshaw said the SACA had commenced a review of the Strikers operations to ensure no future breaches took place. "I was advised on 13 May that SACA was under investigation for possible breaches of the BBL contracting rules and we have fully cooperated since that time," he said. "No other SACA employees have been found to have engaged in conduct breaching the guidelines."
HE Mirpur track continued to play havoc in the mind of the batsmen, but it was rain that had the final say in the series, forcing play to be abandoned in the third ODI with India stuttering at 119 for 9 after a start-stop innings. The match was officially called off at 8.10pm, India keeping their 2-0 lead. India had travelled with a group of in-form, if not quite experienced, batsmen but they failed for a second time in two games. Their 119 for 9 had come in 34.2 overs after the spells of rain shortened the game to 40 overs a side, with the Bangladesh pace attack dictating terms once again. Mashrafe Mortaza and Al-Amin Hossain started where they left off in the second ODI, regularly beating the bat and restricting the free-flowing and predominantly front-foot batsmen. Taskin Ahmed too was accurate, picking up a wicket off his first ball and generally ensuring proper support to more experienced bowlers. The trio shared five wickets with Mashrafe picking up 1 for 25 in eight overs, AlAmin taking 2 for 23 in six and Taskin claiming 2 for 15 in eight - one of the most miserly spells by a Bangladesh pace bowler. Shakib Al Hasan was his usual dependable self, picking up three wickets. Al-Amin however was the best of the lot, ensuring very little space for
the batsmen to open up their arms, and bowling some unplayable deliveries. India hardly got off the blocks even though Suresh Raina decided to bat first after winning his first toss in the series. Openers Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane left more than they played. Uthappa, ever eager to drive anything remotely close to a drivable length, was given few opportunities in his 21minute stay. He took one boundary but the extra bounce kept him in check until Mashrafe Mortaza drew him wide and found him edging to first slip where Nasir Hossain took an easy catch. Three balls later, Al-Amin Hossain
was rewarded for his persistence against Rahane. He had bowled him two full overs without giving away much, and then had him edging a beautiful delivery, short of length and rearing on the batsman. For a moment Rahane had looked to work that ball towards midwicket but before he could turn, the ball had taken a high edge on his bat and looped to Nasir at first slip. Taskin Ahmed, fresh off a five-wicket haul in his debut ODI on Tuesday, had Ambati Rayudu edging to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim after he planted his front foot to the short of a length delivery, backed away slightly
Southee fined for confrontation with Edwards
SPORTS DESK New Zealand pacer Tim Southee has been fined for breaching the Code of Conduct following a confrontation with Kirk Edwards on
the second day of the Test against West Indies in Port-of-Spain. The incident occurred around the 31st over of West Indies' first innings and a release from the ICC said Southee ignored previous warn-
ings from the on-field umpires, Ian Gould and Rod Tucker. The over was bowled by legspinner Ish Sodhi, who dismissed Edwards for 55 off the third ball. Southee was fined 30% of his match fee by the match referee Chris Broad after he pleaded guilty to breaching Article 2.1.8, that relates to "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game". "Southee's behavior towards Edwards was unacceptable and contrary to the spirit of the game," Broad said. "He disregarded the on-field umpires' previous warnings and continued to engage with Edwards, which required the intervention of the umpires in the middle of the pitch. In doing so, Southee neither showed respect to his opponent nor to the umpires, something which has no place in our sport."
Cook railS at WarnE CritiCiSm SPORTS DESK Alastair Cook has called for "something to be done" about what he sees as personal attacks upon his ability as a captain by Shane Warne. Warne, who has a column in the Telegraph and works as a pundit on Sky Sports, has been a persistent critic of Cook since he was appointed to the England Test captaincy at the end of 2012. Often describing him as "boring" and "negative", he even suggested Cook should be replaced by Kevin Pietersen or Graeme Swann ahead of the winter Ashes series. Just as Warne used to test the patience and confidence of many England captains as a bowler, he has continued to trouble them as a pundit. While his
recent criticism has been no more severe than normal, the repetitive nature of his comments - and he is nothing if not consistent - appears to have worn down Cook. The England captain finally snapped on Thursday in a radio interview with the BBC. "Something needs to be done," Cook said, "because in three years I've been England captain I have just, in my eyes, been criticised for a hell of a lot of that. "Yes, when we lose games of cricket as a captain you get criticised. But I've also won a lot of games cricket for England, won more one-day games than anyone as England captain, won an Ashes, won in India away and that's what I'm proud of as well. So to be criticised for three years, totally, with
those results, I find quite hard to take to be honest with you. "Support and positivity is what this England team needs. The crowd at Lord's were brilliant, the public there were fantastic, got behind the lads and they really drove off it and a bit more support like that will hold everyone in good stead." Asked whether he thought the criticism was personal and whether a century at Leeds, where England play Sri Lanka in the second Test, would change anything, Cook replied: "Yeah, I think it is [personal]. It probably won't change anything, which is sad." It is unlikely Warne will be discomforted by Cook's words. Indeed, he may delight in Cook's irritation. Warne's loyalty to
Australia is never too far from the surface and there were times over the recent Ashes series when he appeared to be goading England to change the tactics that had served them well in the previous few years. The 'mental disintegration' he used to attempt on the pitch, he continues to deliver from behind a microphone. And while Cook may win some sympathy from those who find it ironic that Warne accuses anyone of being boring - suffice it to say his commentary stints are remarkably consistent - his somewhat intemperate comments risk making him appear weak and defensive. This was an occasion when Cook might have been better advised to play with the straightest of bats.
to work it through third man and was beaten by the bounce. A short rain break followed. Play resumed twentyfive minutes later, but the situation worsened for India. Manoj Tiwary, playing his first ODI in almost two years, lasted just six balls. He was beaten by Al-Amin's length, as he followed the ball, edging it to Anamul Haque at second slip. A very large band of cloud gathered over the stadium by this time and at 2.30pm, the players went off as it rained heavier than in the first break. The match was stopped for two and a half hours, after which overs were reduced. Shakib took over the wicket-taking once play restarted, with his controlled left-arm spin. As if holding the ball on a string, he made the batsmen play almost every delivery and was rewarded with the wickets of Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha and Pujara. Pujara batted better than the rest of the India batsmen, holding up one end when the top order and the likes of Raina and Saha attacked but didn't last long. Interestingly, captain Mushfiqur Rahim didn't use Sohag Gazi until the 32nd over although he was the only change in the team for this game, replacing Ziaur Rahman. He took one wicket, but rain returned soon after, for the third time, this time more damagingly, denying the Bangladesh batsmen the chance to show they had learned their lessons from the second match.
M. ASHRAFUL, NAVEED ARIF HANDED BAN FOR FIXING SPORTS DESK Former Bangladesh Captain, Mohammad Ashraful, has been banned for eight years for his involvement in fixing in the 2013 season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), while Pakistan’s Naveed Arif, the former Sussex player banned for life time by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), it has been learnt. The disciplinary tribunal on Wednesday banned Ashraful for eight years (three years suspended)after being found guilty in match fixing in the 2013 season of the BPL. Ashraful had already admitted about fixing the match played between Dhaka and Chittagong in 2013 edition of BPL. He has asked forgiveness from his fans worldwide for committing the crime of match fixing hoping that he will be forgiven. Furthermore, the anti corruption tribunal also banned two foreign players namely, former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent for threeyear for failure to report an approach and Sri Lanka batsman Kaushal Lokuarachchi for 18 months for the same offence. Naved Arif Naved was handed a life-time ban by ECB after he admitted breaching the board’s Anti-Corruption Code. According to ECB, “Arif pleaded guilty to six breaches of the Code, all of which related to corrupt activity in connection with the CB40 fixture between Sussex and Kent at Hove in August 2011.”
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AMEROON’S coach, Volker Finke, said an on-field brawl between two of his players during the team’s abject 4-0 defeat against Croatia on Wednesday was “disgusting”, and bemoaned a lack of discipline and effort by his players. In the first half Alex Song was sent off for elbowing Mario Mandzukic of Croatia in the back, and towards the end of the game the defender Benoît Assou-Ekotto butted Benjamin Moukandjo after an argument. Song apologised for his sending off, saying: “I’m very sad at the moment as I feel I have let my country and myself down. It was a stupid moment and I’m truly sorry. If I could do anything to take it back I would. Please forgive me.” But Finke was left furious by the manner of their elimination from Group A. “It’s clear we have to find the reasons for what’s going on because such behaviour is really disgusting, it won’t do, it’s impossible,” he said. “Some players behaved very badly, and that’s why we have conceded four goals. The game was balanced until the red card. “The Croatians were more clinical in front of goal, but Cameroon also had chances to score. The behaviour of some of the players is really not satisfactory. Even when we were 11-a-side, it was not acceptable. A result like this is a shame for Cameroon. We now have to sleep and do an analysis and then we can announce something. There will be consequences stemming from this.”
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Finke also bemoaned the team’s defensive indiscipline in the second half, when Cameroon conceded three goals, the first one in the 48th minute. “I know it’s hard to play 11 versus 10 but it’s not necessary to lose control like that … the second goal was really too early. We had to try to play offensively as well, to stay in the match, and you risk having a result like that.” Finke compared the game to the German match against Portugal that ended in a 4-0 defeat for the Portuguese after defender Pepe was sent off. “It was the same thing and exactly the same result. I’m sorry about this result,” he said. Cameroon’s
players had threatened to boycott the World Cup due to a dispute with their federation over bonus payments. “After such a result, we have to admit that it is a disgrace,” Finke said. “We must look to the future.” The German-born Finke, who was appointed to the job one year ago, was also questioned about his own future in charge of the Cameroon team. “You understand very well that one has to sleep at least one night after a match like that. I can’t give a serious explanation to a question like that.” Cameroon, beaten by Mexico in their first game, complete their World Cup against the hosts Brazil.
'The end of a unique generation' Spanish newspapers mourned the end of the country's football dynasty after the champions' stunning exit from the World Cup in Brazil though front pages on Thursday were more focused on a new reign - of King Felipe VI.Champions Spain lost 2-0 to Chile on Wednesday, their glory days consigned to history books on the same day that King Juan Carlos signed his abdication papers, handing over to his heir Felipe who will be sworn in on Thursday. Spain's main newspapers, which had splashed headlines about the team's shock 5-1 demolition to the Netherlands last week across their front pages, bemoaned the second 'debacle' but mostly relegated the news to inside pages on Thursday. "The Spanish soccer team that has been the most deserving of a royal farewell ended its fairy tail in an atrocious way, in a world fiasco," Spain's leading newspaper El Pais said. The undisputed kings of global football in the last six years, Spain won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and their first World Cup in South Africa. But their supremacy is no more and an ageing team needs to be rebuilt. "Crash! The end of a unique generation," sports newspaper Marca said. Spain became the third champions in the last four World Cups to be eliminated at the first hurdle and their departure will almost certainly end the long international careers of their greats Xavi, Iker Casillas and Xabi Alonso. "It was nice while it lasted," sports newspaper AS said.
India cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has said that if the schedule allows then he expects India to return to play cricket in the UAE as soon as there is a window available, according to a Press release. India’s senior team has not played in the Emirates since 2006, when it contested two One-Day Internationals against Pakistan. But following on from the UAE’s successful hosting of 20 matches in the recent Pepsi Indian Premier League Gavaskar said he expected that absence to change. Speaking after receiving honorary life membership of The Els Club at Dubai Sports City, the 18-hole championship golf course managed by Troon Golf, Gavaskar said: “I think now we have had an opening through the Pepsi Indian Premier League, that (a return to the UAE by the India team) is certainly something the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) will consider.
Shandur polo fEStival bEginS today CHITRAL The three-day Shandur polo festival will be held on the scheduled date on June 20 (Friday) despite boycott of the event by the GilgitBaltistan team. Talking to a private daily newspaper, on Wednesday, Chitral Deputy Commissioner Aminul Haq said that the provincial government had decided to hold the event on its scheduled date keeping in view the enthusiasm of the game lovers and arrival of tourists to the venue in large numbers. Haq said that the festival might be a low profile affair this year due to boycott of the Gilgit-Baltistan team, but it would still provide the level of entertainment and joy the people had been waiting for, for so long. Meanwhile, president of district polo association, Shahzada Sikandarul Mulk, dispelled the impression that
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Cameroon exited the running at the World Cup on Wednesday in the same turbulent way they arrived with a glum future ahead for the African country that once held the footballing world’s imagination. A violently petulant display is nothing new from Cameroon but reached a new low when Benoit Assou Ekotto head-butted team mate Benjamin Moukandjo towards the end of the 4-0 capitulation to Croatia in Manaus that condemned the Indomitable Lions to an early departure from the tournament. Their chances effectively ended before halftime when Alex Song was sent off for elbowing Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic in the back, right in front of the Portuguese referee who had no hesitation in handing the midfield strong man his marching orders. Cameroon`s second Group A loss at the World Cup in Brazil means their last game against the host nation on Monday is of academic interest only. Injury means it is unlikely to offer a farewell stage for Samuel Eto’o, their talismanic captain who has been at the heart of much of their turmoil in recent years. A bitter feud between Eto’o and Song split the squad at the last World Cup four years ago, where Cameroon lost all of their first round games. This time Eto’o led the team in a strike action on the eve of their departure for Brazil, delaying their expensively-hired charter plane to squeeze extra money out of an embattled football federation (FECAFOOT). Eto’o had been banned three years ago for leading a similar strike which forced the cancellation of an international match but squabbling over money has become almost a right of passage in the team.
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the absence of GB team would render the event less interesting for the fans. “Eight teams from across the district are participating in the event, which means that the fans will have four thrilling matches to watch and be entertained,” he said. Meanwhile, the tourists have started reaching here to travel onward to the Shandur polo ground to witness the event. The administrations of a number of leading hotels in the city, including PTDC hotel, told Dawn that they almost had all their rooms booked. However, they said a fraction of tourists had cancelled their bookings over the decision of the GB government not to send its team to the event. Meanwhile, the district police claimed to have made foolproof security arrangement to ensure safety of the participants of the event. DPO Ghulam Hussain said under a special security plan, 1,200 personnel had been deployed at the venue and on the roads leading to Shandur.
SPORTS DESK Matthew Wade has switched BBL teams, moving to the Melbourne Renegades on a four-year deal. Wade has moved from the Renegades' crosstown rivals the Melbourne Stars, hoping to gain consistent batting time up the order in an effort to push his case as a Twenty20 international player for Australia once again. "It's a good move for me personally to come over and get the opportunity to try and better myself as a T20 player," Wade said. "Internationally, you generally see that the better players are the guys who are getting the best opportunities and batting higher in the order. "I wanted to sign a longer term deal as this is a serious move for me, to move from the MCG and the Stars. I had to be serious - I didn't want to be one of those players moving between clubs all the time. This longterm deal is a sign of my commitment to the Renegades." Simon Helmot, the coach of the Renegades, said: "Having Wadey come into the team is a massive boost for us, particularly this early in the contract period. He'll add even more stability to the top order and will play a key role in our batting plans during BBL 04. He's a competitor and he can hit the ball a long way, which is what we're after at the Renegades."
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IM Cahill's wonderful strike gave Australia hope against Holland, but his side were eventually beaten in an end-to-end match that finished 3-2 to the Netherlands. With this result, Australia are almost certainly out of the World Cup, and a draw between Chile and Spain will see Holland qualfy for the knockout stages. The first goal game when Arjen Robben burst past Alex Wilkinson on the halfway line, evaded his challenge, drove towards goal and blasted a shot past Mat Ryan's far corner. Only 70 seconds later, Australia had equalised, when Tim Cahill volleyed in a spectacular shot,
just inside the area, from a crossfield pass. In the second half Australia were generously awarded a penalty after Daryl Janmaat handled a cross at close range, and Mile Jedinak converted easily. Four minutes later Robin van Persie rifled an equaliser high into the net. Manchester United can take more encouragement from the enthusiasm and ruthlessness displayed by Van Persie under Louis van Gaal - as can the Dutch fans. They have defensive weaknesses, but Holland appear one of the most potent sides in the World Cup. Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben (R) vies with Australia's defender Alex Wilkinson Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben (R) vies with Australia's defender Alex Wilkinson - AFP
KEY MOMENTS 18' - VAN PERSIE HEADER: Robben curls in a deep free-kick, but Van Persie can only glance it on towards goal. 20' - ROBBEN GOAL: A brilliantly speedy run from midfield by Robben, evading defenders and tackles, concludes when he puts a low shot into the net with minimum fuss. 21' - CAHILL GOAL: A ridiculous volley. A ball over the top of the defence is met by Cahill and volleyed lightning-quick past the Dutch 'keeper. 25' - VLAAR HEADER: Ron Vlaar meets Robben's corner at the near post, and he heads just over the bar. 31' - BRESCIANO MISS: Leckie pulls the ball across the box from
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the right hand side, but Bresciano runs onto it and sends it well over. 44' - CAHILL YELLOW: A second, nasty challenge from Tim Cahill on Bruno Indi Martins sees the defender stretchered off. He should have been seeing red for that, but misses the next match anyway. 53' - PENALTY: Bozanic crosses in from the left wing and hits Janmaat's hand from about two yards - the referee gives a very generous penalty. 54' - JEDINAK SCORES: Taking a few steps into the run up, Jedinak fires a confident penalty to put Australia ahead. 58' - VAN PERSIE GOAL: Jason Davidson plays Robin van Persie onside to collect a through ball, and he sends an emphatic finish into the roof of the net. 64' - VAN PERSIE FOUL: Van Persie goes in hard and late on Jedinak, and is very, very lucky not to get a second yellow. 68' - DEPAY GOAL: Depay's swerving shot should be saved by Ryan, but a combination of bounce and movement deceives the 'keeper and it flies past him into the net. 74' - RYAN SAVE: Van Persie tees up Nigel de Jong and his powerfully hit, skidding shot is well saved by Ryan. CAHILL'S GOAL DURING AUSTRALIA: Netherlands during the World Cup 2014 (Getty) Cahill's goal during Australia Netherlands during the World Cup 2014 (Getty) - Getty Images KEY STATS Arjen Robben has scored eight goals in his last eight games for the Netherlands and also has netted four in his last four World Cup
FIA to back oﬀ over F1 driver contact SPORTS DESK The FIA is ready to ease back on driving standard investigations from the Austrian Grand Prix to make Formula 1 drivers more willing to battle hard. Amid ongoing discussions between the sport's key players aimed at improving the show, the perception that drivers are getting discouraged from making overtaking moves because they are worried about penalties for minor contact was aired. Sources have revealed that during this week's Formula 1 Commission meeting, a number of teams asked the sport's governing body to reconsider the way it deals with racing incidents. The teams argued that if the FIA no longer automatically investigates every bit of contact on track then there is a chance that drivers could take more risks - which would improve the
spectacle. Following discussions in the meeting, the FIA has agreed to a change of approach in how it deals with clashes on track from now on. Up until now, under Article 16.1 of the Sporting Regulations, F1 race director Charlie Whiting has had to report to the race stewards any incident between two drivers that has resulted in a collision. From this weekend's race - providing there is no formal complaint from a team about the actions of another driver - Whiting will leave it entirely up to the stewards to decide whether an incident is serious enough to warrant a punishment. The stewards will only get involved, though, if there is a situation when one driver is clearly at fault for a crash that could easily have been avoided. It means that Romain Grosjean would still have been punished for his 2012 Belgian Grand Prix crash, but
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Max Chilton may have escaped without a reprimand for his clash with Kimi Raikkonen at this year's Monaco Grand Prix. Whiting informed team managers about the new approach during the preAustrian Grand Prix meeting on Thursday afternoon - and made it clear that if the new system was going to work it would require teams not to keep pushing for rivals to be punished in incidents. Earlier this year, Pastor Maldonado expressed his own fears of drivers not pushing as much as they wanted because of the penalty situation. "[The threat of penalties means] you cannot race, you need to only stay on track and wait for problems," he said. "If you attack and your manoeuvre is not that clear, or the guy is defending the place and you have a gamble, and you are fighting, you can be penalised. "So they [the FIA] need to be slightly more flexible."
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games. Tim Cahill has netted three goals in his last three World Cup games. Daley Blind has provided three assists in two games in World Cup 2014. Tim Cahill has scored five of Australia’s 11 goals at the World Cup. Including assists (1) he has been involved in 54.5% of their all-time World Cup goals. There were just 70 seconds between Robben’s goal and Cahill’s equaliser. The Netherlands have now gone seven World Cup games without keeping a clean sheet. In his first 23 minutes in World Cup football, Memphis Depay scored and assisted a goal for the Netherlands. Robin Van Persie only completed one pass (out of four attempted) in the first-half. Australia have conceded in each of their last nine World Cup
matches, shipping 2+ goals in five of those. The Dutch have won three of the last four World games in which they’ve gone behind. TALKING POINT: GREAT GAME (AGAIN), SHAME ABOUT THE REFS (AGAIN): The referees are poor enough to ruin this World Cup. For all the goals and excitement, this match provided countless poor decisions, particularly on bookings. Van Persie and Cahill should both have been sent off for their recklessness - a player could soon be seriously injured, or score when they should have already been sent off. MAN OF THE MATCH Robin van Persie - Both he and Tim Cahill scored excellent goals, and both should have seen red, but Van Persie's superior all-round play meant he brought in others around him to produce Holland's victory.
schumacher likely to remain‘an invalid for rest of his life'
SPORTS DESK Despite having come out of his coma, Michael Schumacher is likely to remain an invalid for the rest of his life, according to a leading Swiss neurologist. The 45-yearold was on Monday transferred from Grenoble university hospital, where he had been a coma since his accident last December, to a rehabilitation clinic in Lausanne after he suffered brain injuries in his French skiing accident. Sabine Kehm, his manager, said he was no longer in the artificial coma that the driver had been placed in since early January and would begin the “long process” of rehabilitation, but Dr Erich Riederer, who has extensive experience of coma patients had words of caution, report Swiss press. In a question and answer interview, the neurologist stated that his waking from a coma after half a year was “incredibly positive” and probably due to intense daily physical therapy but added some sobering realities. "He will remain an invalid all his life and will always remain dependent on the help of others," he told 20 Minuten, in quotes that were subsequently run on the Telegraph website. The six months in a coma will have left the seven-time F1 champion “skeletal” and Dr Riederer believes that it will be a success for him to sit up unaided inside three months. A full recovery remains unlikely, with seemingly simple tasks such as forming a sentence set to prove difficult. “To form complete sentences, should be difficult - he will learn individual words,” added Dr Riederer. Schumacher, 45, won a record 91 Grand Prix victories before retiring in 2006. He made a brief comeback with Mercedes but finally stopped racing last year. Riederer prognoses follows that of other doctors who voiced grave concerns and doubts about the chances of Michael Schumacher making a full recovery despite his management team revealing he is “no longer in a coma”.
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