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PEOPLE KILLED IN BUS-TRAILER COLLISION IN SUKKUR
Monday, 21 April, 2014 Jamadi-us-Sani 20, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 292 16 Pages Lahore Edition
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Army to take legal action against ISI’s defamation ISPR DG says no one should have doubts about army’s conviction about legal course of action, says one media group cannot taint image of national institution PM orders formation of three-member judicial committee to probe attack on journalist Hamid Mir CPJ official denies receiving any video sent by Hamid Mir as claimed by his brother Amir Mir STORY ON PAGE 03
DOCTORS ADVISE ANGIOGRAPHY FOR MUSHARRAF
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MILITANTS KILL ANP LEADER IN BUNER STORY ON PAGE 02
IMRAN ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION OF 300 SMALL DAMS IN KP PAGE 05 INDIA SET TO TEST LONG-RANGE MISSILE SHIELD NEXT WEEK: DRDO PAGE 02
MODI’S RIVALS SHOULD GO TO PAKISTAN: BJP LEADER PAGE 02
TALIBAN AND TALIBAN FOOLING GOVT TEAMS GOVT INTO WILL MEET SOON: BUYING TIME: PROF IBRAHIM REHMAN MALIK STORY ON PAGE 02
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Monday, 21 April 2014
miliTanTs kill anP leader in bUner MILITANTS BLOW UP COMPOUND AND HOUSE OF ANP LEADER, ABDUCT THREE PEOPLE FROM PESHAWAR PESHAWAR SHAMIM SHAHID
ILITANTS on Sunday shot dead an Awami National Party (ANP) leader in Buner whereas house of another leader was blown up and his three relatives were abducted from outskirts of Peshawar. As per details, Afzal Khan was picked up by militants when he was going to his marble factory from
home at Jawar town in from Buner District. His relatives said that two militants forced him to stop. In the meantime, two other militants appeared and took him to mountainous region called Elum. They also said that militants also forced a passerby to walk along with Afzal Khan. They later opened fire on Afzal Khan and the passerby was told to inform Afzal’s relatives. Relatives and police personnel rushed to the scene and shifted the body to a hospital.
Taliban and govT Teams will meeT soon: Prof ibrahim ISLAMABAD: Taliban committee member Professor Ibrahim on Sunday said the Taliban committee to meet the government team in a few days. Talking to a private TV channel, he said that the date of the longawaited meeting has not been finalized so far. The Jamaat-e-Islami senator said he was not in direct contact with the Taliban leadership for a long time. Despite refusing to extend the ceasefire, the Taliban interlocutor said, the Taliban were open to talks. Ibrahim said the reservations of the Taliban would be presented before the government. He also said that for the success of the dialogue, an extension in the ceasefire was necessary. He said that efforts were being made to contact the Taliban and convince them for a ceasefire but the process was facing hurdles. He said a number of complaints from the Taliban had come forward via the media, adding that the concerns should be addressed. He said that contacts should continue between the two sides. ONLINE
Un officials confirm sTaff members wenT missing KARACHI: Two local employees working for the United Nations Children's Fund Unicef have gone missing in Karachi and police said Sunday they are thought to have been kidnapped. Both disappeared on Thursday, said Vittorio Cammarota, a UN spokesperson, in a statement. “Unicef can confirm that two of its national staff went missing on Thursday evening in Karachi. The police are managing the investigation and are in close contact with the families and so is the Unicef country office,” it said. Police in Karachi suspect the pair were kidnapped. “It is very possible that they might have been kidnapped,” senior police official Javed Alam Odho said Sunday, adding they were in Karachi for a picnic at a resort on the outskirts of the city. Muhammad Sammad, another police official, said the wife of one staffer had informed police about the incident and a search had begun. AGENCIES
Separately, dozens of militants attacked the house and compound of Mian Mushtaq in Masho area in the outskirts of Peshawar. Mushtaq, his driver and an aide were killed by militants on January 12. The banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the killings. Militants blew up both the compound and house. They later abducted three people. According to police, the abducted persons were identified as Fahad, Shabir and Shakil. ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain held the government responsible.
“The government is friendly towards Taliban. Therefore it is responsible for violence and terrorism across the country,” he told Pakistan Today. Showing concern over Afzal Khan’s assassination and blowing up of Mushtaq’s residence, Hussain said, “We have made restricted Taliban with dislodging their network in almost of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and some of the adjoining tribal agencies. But Taliban went for regrouping after empowering of its friendly governments. He said that on such grounds, they couldn’t expect anything from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders.”
Taliban fooling govt into buying time: Malik PPP SENATOR URGES POLITICAL PARTIES TO SUPPORT GOVT IF IT TAKES STRICT ACTION AGAINST TERRORISTS ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Former interior minister Rehman Malik on Sunday said that the Taliban cheated the government by buying time to strengthen themselves. Malik said that he could not doubt the sincerity of the government which started talks with the Taliban to restore peace in the country but the Taliban engaged the government in dialogue process just to buy more time to strengthen themselves. Malik said that he had no doubt over the intentions of the current PML-N-led government; however, the TTP had been provoking the government by ending ceasefire agreement. Malik said the TTP terrorists did not want peace and it was clear that they wanted more time to go back to their safe hideouts near Afghan border once sown melts in those remote areas. The PPP senator said the TTP has condemned Islamabad fruit market bombing and termed killing of innocent people as haram (prohibited) in Shariah but what
about more than 50,000 people killed in terrorist attacks. He said Taliban have made release of their several prisoners possible during so-called dialogue process but did not release even a single civilian hostage. Malik said after release of their prisoners they have become stronger and will carry out terror attacks with more power. He said that the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is a terrorist organization and its activists should be put behind bars. The PPP leader said that the Taliban deserved to be in jails and they should also be beaten up in police station. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was “anti-Islam” and against the country, Malik said. “I’m saying openly that I do not see terror in Pakistan coming to an end,” Malik said, advising the government to keep strict security measures in place during dialogue with the Taliban. Malik said the government should be prepared for an effective action against the Taliban to curb terrorism, adding that all political parties should support the government if it takes strict action against terrorists.
MODI’S RIVALS SHOULD GO TO PAKISTAN: BJP LEADER PATNA INP BJP leader from Bihar Giriraj Singh on Sunday told an election rally in Jharkhand that those who want to stop Narendra Modi from becoming the prime minister should go to Pakistan as they would have no place
in India in the coming days. Singh, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Nawada, had accused Modi's opponents of acting on behalf of Pakistan. "Those opposing Narendra Modi are looking at Pakistan and such people will have place in Pakistan and not in India," Singh told a poll meeting at
Mohanpur Haat Maidan near the temple town Deogarh on Friday. He also said, "Those who have united in Bihar and the country to stop Narendra Modi from becoming Prime Minister are pro-Pakistan. They have no right to live in India." Giriraj made the remarks in presence of former BJP president Nitin Gadkari,
who himself stirred a row by telling reporters in Patna that casteism was embedded in Bihar's DNA. Later, he said he meant Bihar's politics, not Bihar. Gadkari also accused Congress, RJD and his party's former ally of 17 years JD (U) of being "multicommunal" and practicing "terrorism in the garb of secularism".
PakisTan’s high-Powered delegaTion visiTing sri lanka Today COLOMBO INP
A 21-member delegation of the National Defence University (NDU) Pakistan, headed by Major General Noel Israel Khokhar, will be visiting Sri Lanka today on a week-long visit. The visit aims at gaining overview of the defence, economic, domestic and foreign policies of Sri Lanka. It will also help in exploring areas of mutual interest for enhancing mutual cooperation in various spheres. The delegation comprises of senior officers from Pakistan’s Armed Forces, civil services and officers from Turkey and Bangladesh, who are undergoing National Security and War Course at NDU, Defence Advisor of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Colonel Sheharyar Parvez Butt said. The delegation will interact with a number of prominent officials from the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and civil institutions including Defence secretary, External Affairs Ministry secretary, chief of Defence Staff, commanders of army, air force and navy, hierarchy at central bank and Lakshman Kadrigamer Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS). During the course of their stay in Sri Lanka, the delegation will visit Jaffna, Trincomalee and Kandy. Several senior Sri Lankan officers from its armed forces have been regularly attending courses at the National Defence University since 1993.
india seT To TesT long-range missile shield nexT week: drdo NEW DELHI INP
In a bid to boost defence muscles, India is all set to test its anti-ballistic missile defence system for long range (beyond 100 km) for the first time next week. This will be followed by trial of cruise missile Nirbhay, whose maiden test had failed last year, and air-to-air missile Astra next month, Indian defence sources revealed Sunday. During an informal chat with reporters, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister Chander, who is also the director general (DG) of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), said the indigenously-built unnamed missile interceptor will be tested from Wheeler Island. "It is a system to intercept enemy missiles with a range of 2,000 km. The missiles will get intercepted at range of more than 100 km away so that damage to our cities can be prevented," the DG said. Chander said DRDO is also preparing to test Nirbhay, a sub-sonic cruise missile which flunked maiden test in March last year, early next month off Odisa coast. Nirbhay (which means fearless) is India's equivalent to America's Tomahawk and Pakistan's Babur. DRDO will also test-fire Astra, the beyond visual range air-to-air single stage and solid-fuelled missile, from an aircraft. The 3.8-metre Astra is the smallest DRDO-developed missile. "Both are having unique capabilities. Astra will be tested for the first time from an SU30 aircraft. These two tests will be carried out between Chandipur and Wheeler Island in next 15 to 20 days", Chander said. Sources said if Astra is successfully fired, India will break into elite group of nations, including the US, France, Russia and Israel, possessing such missiles.
Monday, 21 April 2014
army To Take legal acTion againsT isi's defamaTion ISPR DG SAYS NO ONE SHOULD HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT ARMY’S CONVICTION ABOUT LEGAL COURSE OF ACTION ISLAMABAD
SAYS ONE MEDIA GROUP CANNOT TAINT IMAGE OF NATIONAL INSTITUTION
group’s allegations could not taint the image of the army or the ISI. He also lauded the role of the media, stating that almost all media houses and outfits had observed responsibility in covering the attack on Hamid Mir except for one specific media group. Bajwa reiterated that the "baseless allegations" against the armed forces would not be taken lightly, adding that the existing military leadership has full realisation of the current situation. He said that Mir was attacked by miscreants who don’t want peace to prevail in the country. Earlier, on the orders of Prime Minister Sharif the interior secretary has written to the Supreme Court’s registrar for the constitution of a judicial commission for probing the attack on Mir. The government has also announced a Rs 10 million reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the attack. Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid met with Hamid Mir at the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi. He told the
AKING strong exception to the allegations leveled by the family of news anchorperson and senior journalist Hamid Mir that some elements in the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) were involved in Saturday's gun attack on him in Karachi, the media wing of the Pakistan Army on Sunday announced that the military would launch legal action into the allegations, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decided to form a three-member judicial commission to probe the attack on the TV personality. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Asim Bajwa said that no one should have doubts about the army’s conviction about the legal course of action. Welcoming the government’s announcement to form a three-judge commission to probe the attack on Hamid Mir, Major General Bajwa said that the armed forces were loved by the people at large and the media and one media
PM ORDERS FORMATION OF THREE-MEMBER JUDICIAL COMMITTEE TO PROBE ATTACK ON JOURNALIST HAMID MIR
journalist that the federal government would extend all cooperation to the Sindh government in the probe. Rashid also said that those trying to impose their agendas at gunpoint would not be allowed to succeed. CPJ DENIES AMIR MIR’S CLAIM: In another development, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has denied a claim by Amir Mir, the brother of Hamid Mir, that his brother had sent a video to the CPJ detailing the threats to him from certain individuals in the ISI. Joel Simon, the executive director of CPJ, tweeted that the organisation had not received any such video from Hamid Mir. “Media is reporting that @HamidMirGeo sent a video to #CPJ. We have no record of receiving it .. reviewing all of our communications,” he said in his tweet. MIR OUT OF DANGER: Meanwhile, according to the Hamid Mir's medical report, Mir was shot six times. Three bullets were removed during the surgery while three still remain in his body. According to the report, one bullet hit
CPJ OFFICIAL DENIES RECEIVING ANY VIDEO SENT BY HAMID MIR AS CLAIMED BY HIS BROTHER
The United States on Sunday condemned Saturday’s attack on TV journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi. In a statement, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “The latest attack in a series of worrisome attacks on journalists in Pakistan should be a wakeup call for all who value democracy.” “We wish Hamid Mir a speedy recovery, and urge the government of Pakistan to bring all those responsible for these attacks on the media to justice,” the spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman said that freedom of the press, including ensuring that journalists can safely carry out their vital mission, is of paramount importance to freedom of expression and to the healthy functioning of any democracy.
MINISTER SAYS FIR TO BE LODGED AFTER MIR REGAINS CONSCIOUSNESS KARACHI INP
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Sunday visited TV journalist Hamid Mir at the Aga Khan Hospital. Speaking to reporters, Rashid said the attack on Mir took place in Karachi and it was the responsibility of the Sindh government to conduct an investigation. The minister added that the federal government will provide full support during the probe. The talk show host was targeted on Shahrah-e-Faisal when he was on his way to office from airport. The attackers fired shot on his vehicle, leav-
The management of the Jang and Geo News group on Sunday distanced itself from the allegations levelled against the ISI with its anchors claiming that the Mir brother’s allegations did not reflect the media outfit's stance on the issue. Soon after the attack on Mir, most media houses had aired allegations against the ISI and its director-general for over 14 hours since the attack took place. Geo anchorperson Amir Liaquat Hussain claimed during a talk show that the allegations against the ISI and its DG were not a policy of the media group. He said the allegations were only from the family of Hamid Mir and not from the media house's management. Later, another anchorperson, Najam Sethi in his programme Apas Ki Baat welcomed Amir Liaquat's statement, stating that it was a wise decision by Geo group to clarify that it had no link with statements of Hamid Mir's brother regarding involvement of the DG ISI in the attack on the journalist. MONITORING DESK
Mir in the ribs under the arm, one in the stomach, one grazed his hand while two pierced his thigh on the front and one on the back which doctors have not been able to remove as it is lodged in the bone. Doctors will take a decision regard-
pression in the country and said we will have to support his efforts. MEMON SPEAKS: Minister for Information Sindh Sharjeel Memon has said that First Information Report (FIR) of attempt on Hamid Mir’s life will be lodged soon after he regains consciousness and records his statement. Talking to journalists after enquiring about the health of injured senior TV anchor at Aga Khan Hospital, Memon said they did not want to lodge an FIR hurriedly and ruin the case. The provincial government did not want to register a case against unidentified persons, he added. The information minister further said he was in contact with Hamid Mir’s family and would consult them before an FIR was lodged. Memon claimed some evidence of the attack had been gathered and he had written to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar for assistance.
DOCTORS ADVISE ANGIOGRAPHY FOR MUSHARRAF KARACHI STAFF REPORT A three-member team of doctors studied the medical reports of former president Pervez Musharraf and advised him to undergo an angiography soon, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. Special arrangements, including the setting up of a separate ward to conduct backbone tests of Musharraf, were made at the PNS Shifa Hospital in Karachi. Musharraf is expected to be admitted at PNS Shifa, according to sources who added that lawyers of the former president may file an application in the Sindh High Court seeking their client’s name from the Exit Control
List (ECL). The city has been on high alert since the arrival of the former military dictator in a chartered airplane yesterday, with roads being cordoned off for security. Moreover, sources had said the visit of the former military ruler was on account of the security issues confronting him as well as for the continuation of his medical treatment. On April 19, the former president landed in Karachi via a chartered private jet from Islamabad for the first time after his indictment. Soon after landing, Musharraf was driven away in a convoy of 18 armoured vehicles, including two mobile jammer vehicles and an ambulance to his residence in General’s Colony off Zamzama.
MIR WAS SHOT SIX TIMES, THREE BULLETS REMAIN LODGED IN HIS BODY
GEO MANAGEMENT DISTANCES ITSELF FROM MIR'S ALLEGATIONS
US CONDEMNS Centre to cooperate in ATTACK ON probing attack on Mir: Pervaiz HAMID MIR SINDH INFORMATION ing the journalist critically injured. On Sunday, Rashid arrived in Karachi and visited the private hospital to enquire after Hamid Mir's health. On this occasion, the Information Minister said the responsibility of investigations into the attack preliminarily lies on Sindh government. "We all will have to counter the elements who want to silence the voice of Hamid Mir and impose their agenda through gun,” Rashid said. The minister said the government was working to strengthen democratic culture in the country, which he said is the name of tolerance and peaceful interaction with each other. The minister said we all will have to counter the elements, who want to impose their agenda through gun. Rashid said it would be premature to say anything about the perpetrators before investigations. He lauded Mir's struggle for strengthening democracy and freedom of ex-
ing removal of the lodged bullet after further examinations. According to the medical team looking after Hamid Mir, his condition is improving and they are hopeful that he will regain consciousness soon.
‘excessive Use’ of sUo moTU by former cJP qUesTioned ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Renowned legal experts and constitutional experts have expressed their strong concerns over what they called an ‘excessive use’ of the suo motu notices by former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Expressing doubts on this excessive use of suo-motu notices, legal experts Barrister Aitazaz Ahsan and former Supreme Court Bar president Aasma Jehangir expressed their concerns and unlimited authority as divested under Article 184 (3). Ahsan deliberated over the issue of unlimited authority as divested according to Article 184 (3) during the case of the NAB chairman, during which he had pointed out the lacunas concerning no chance of appeals in suo motu cases; unless the Supreme Court agreed to amend rules, allowing for intra-court appeal. Jahangir also expressed her strong concerns over the issue, while lawyers, during the hearing of a court case, have already appealed to form a larger bench to deliberate this issue of Article 184 (3). The court has still not formed any such bench, Jahangir said.
coUnTry cannoT ToleraTe anoTher dicTaTor: shah LAHORE AGENCIES
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah said that the country could not tolerate another dictator, saying that the minor mistakes of the parliament should be overlooked, a private TV news channel reported Sunday. Talking to reporters at the airport, Shah said, “I have tried to convince the prime minister that Pakistan Protection Bill was not good for the country and told him that the bill might create difficulty for you in future.” About the talks with Taliban, the opposition leader said he did not think that the talks with Taliban would continue. Regarding the attack on journalist Hamid Mir, the leader of opposition said that the attack on the journalist was highly regrettable, adding that the nature of allegation demanded that the government and the army should jointly make an enquiry into it.
Monday, 21 April 2014
abdUllah Takes lead in afghan voTe coUnT EARLY COUNT GIVES EX-FOREIGN MINISTER 11-POINT LEAD, BUT IS SHORT OF OUTRIGHT MAJORITY IN PRESIDENTIAL POLL KABUL
ORMER Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest official tally of votes, but is short of an outright majority. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission said initial results based on almost 50 percent of the vote from the 34 provinces showed Abdullah in the lead with 44.4
percent, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday. Abdullah is followed by academic Ashraf Ghani who obtained a 33 percent share of the ballots. Obtaining less than half the votes in the first round would mean the top two candidates going up against each other in a second round of elections. Zalmay Rassoul, backed by two of President Hamid Karzai's brothers, trailed far behind with 10.4 percent of the vote. Afghanistan's allies have hailed the April 5 vote as a success because of the high turnout, and the absence of any major attacks on polling day. However, evidence has subsequently emerged of widespread fraud. The final first round results will be released on May 14 and a run-off, if needed will take place in late May.
Terrorists kill 11 Algerian soldiers in ambush ALGERIAN OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SPILLOVER FROM TURMOIL IN NEIGHBOURING LIBYA ALGIERS AGENCIES
Terrorists killed at least 11 Algerian soldiers in an ambush on a patrol in mountains east of the capital Algiers, a security source said on Sunday, in one of the deadliest attacks on the military in years. The troops were searching for militants in the Tizi Ouzou region, 120 km east of Algiers, when they were attacked by fighters from al Qaeda's north African branch, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the source
bengali oPPosiTion chief asks coUrT To halT Trial DHAKA: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was set on Sunday to learn whether she would stand trial on charges of embezzling more than $650,000, in a case that could see her jailed for life. The High Court in Dhaka was expected to rule on the two-time former premier's lastminute bid to halt the trial scheduled for Monday, after she and her associates were indicted last month on corruption charges. Zia's lawyers have called the charges politically motivated -- aimed at keeping her out of politics and destroying her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which has vowed to topple the government of archrival Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The lawyers argue Zia has been charged unlawfully and are seeking a court order to stop the trial, which was set to start on Monday in a special anti-corruption court in Dhaka. "The charges framed against her were not done in accordance with the law," her lawyer Moudud Ahmed, a former law minister, said. AGENCIES
said. Another 11 soldiers were wounded, the source said. The attack came just days after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, was re-elected for a fourth term following a campaign that portrayed the aging leader as key to continued security for the North African OPEC state. Since the end of its 1990s war with armed Islamists, attacks have been rarer in Algeria. But Algerian officials are concerned about spillover from the turmoil in neighbouring Libya, where fighters linked to al Qaeda have sought refuge in the southern deserts. The army has
killed 37 terrorists in different regions of the country since January, according to the ministry of defense. AQIM is mostly based in the Sahel area which crosses southern Algeria, but over the past few months the army has killed several militants in the eastern mountains, and security sources say some have been found with weapons traced to Libya. Abdelmalek Droukdel, the university chemistry student who become AQIM leader after fighting in Afghanistan's civil war, is believed to be hiding in the eastern mountains. Algerian forces last year killed two of Droukdel's deputies in Bouira, a former stronghold of terrorists during the 1990s war that was triggered when the government cancelled elections that an Islamist
party looked set to win. "This attack is a response to setbacks for AQMI which lost several of its militants in recent months, AQMI tried also to disrupt the election but it failed," Algerian security specialist Rahmani Anis told Reuters. In January last year, militants raided Algeria's Amenas gas plant near Libya's border, killing 40 oil contractors, most of them foreigners, in an attack that prompted BP and Norway's Statoil to pull their workers out. That attack was led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian veteran terrorist and former al Qaeda fighter who the French have dubbed "The Uncatchable". He was reported killed last year though there no confirmation and recent reports say he is still alive.
Drone kills al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen: Defence Ministry OFFICIAL DID NOT SAY EXACTLY HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED YEMEN AGENCIES
A number of al Qaeda terrorists were killed when an airstrike hit their training camps in a remote mountainous region of southern Yemen on Sunday, the defence ministry said — the second attack of its kind in two days. On Saturday, an air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants and three civilians in central Yemen, a country that neighbours top oil exporter Saudi Arabia and is home to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group’s most lethal wings. Yemen’s Defence Ministry website quoted an official source on the high security committee as saying that an airstrike hit the mountainous region between al Mahfad in Abyan province and Azzan in Shabwa after information that “terrorist elements were planning to target vital civilian and military installations”. The source did not say exactly how many people had been killed, but a local official said three suspected al Qaida terrorists had died in the strike on al Mahfad. He did not
know how many people had died in the Shabwa attack. The source said the terrorists targeted were among the “leading and dangerous” elements of al Qaida and were of different nationalities. Riyadh also watches AQAP with concern since the branch was founded by citizens of both countries and has sworn to bring down its ruling al-Saud family. An online video has been circulating with AQAP leader Nasser al-Wuhaishi addressing a large gathering of fighters in an undisclosed mountainous region of Yemen and vowed to attack the United States. The exact nature of the strikes was unclear. The United States has stepped up drone strikes as part of a campaign against the Yemen-based AQAP. Yemen is among a handful of countries where the United States acknowledges using drones, but it does not comment on the practice. US drone attacks have killed several suspected AQAP figures, including Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born Islamist cleric accused of links to a plot to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009 and US cargo planes in 2010. Yemen has been fighting AQAP but the group, which has attacked military targets, tourists and diplomats in the country and taken over territory for long periods, is proving hard to beat so far.
firsT bodies PUlled from sUbmerged korean ferry JINDO: Divers began retrieving bodies on Sunday from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace of the rescue efforts scuffled with police. Coastguard officials said 16 bodies had been removed from the ship which sank on Wednesday morning, pushing operations further along the painful transition from rescue to recovery and identification. The retrieval of the first bodies from the interior came after prosecutors revealed that the officer at the helm of the 6,825-tonne Sewol when it capsised was not familiar with those particular waters. The confirmed death toll from the disaster stood at 56 with 246 people still unaccounted for. Three bodies were pulled out of the fully submerged ferry just before midnight and another 13 were recovered later Sunday morning, a coastguard spokesman said. The breakthrough followed days of fruitless efforts by more than 500 divers to access the capsized ship, while battling powerful currents and near-zero visibility. It was a watershed moment for distraught relatives who have clung desperately to the idea that some passengers may have survived in air pockets in the upturned vessel. AGENCIES
sUicide bomber aTTacks baghdad UniversiTy BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber attacked a university in north Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding at least nine, security officials said. Officials gave varying accounts of the attack on Imam Kadhim University. A police colonel said a suicide bomber entered the university before detonating explosives, while another bomber and a gunman were killed by security forces. An interior ministry official meanwhile said that the bombing took place at the entrance to the university, while a second bomber was shot dead. AGENCIES
EASTERN UKRAINE ATTACK QUIVER EASTER TRUCE SLAVIANSK: At least two people were killed in a gunfight early on Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. After the deaths, Russia questioned whether Ukraine's Western-backed government was complying with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia's ties with the West more fraught than at any time since the Cold War. The separatists said gunmen from Ukraine's Right Sector nationalist group had attacked them. The Right Sector denied any role, saying Russian special forces were behind the clash. Failure of the Geneva agreement could bring more bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, but may also prompt the United States early next week to impose tougher sanctions on the Kremlin - with far-reaching potential con-
sequences for many economies and for importers of Russian energy. The deal signed in Geneva last week by the European Union, Russia, Ukraine and the United States agreed that illegal armed groups would go home. So far, the proRussian militants have shown no signs of budging, though there was some hope of progress after Kiev said it would not move against the separatists over Easter, and international mediators headed to eastern Ukraine to try to persuade them to disarm. But the shootings near Slaviansk - already a flashpoint for tensions between Ukraine's rival camps - are likely to make that task even harder, hardening the view of pro-Russian sections of society that they cannot trust Kiev. "The Easter truce has been violated," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. "This provocation testifies to the lack of will on the part of the Kiev author-
ities to rein in and disarm nationalists and extremists." Right Sector spokesman Artem Skoropadsky said it was a "blasphemous provocation from Russia: blasphemous because it took place on a holy night for Christians, on Easter night. This was clearly carried out by Russian special forces." Separatist militiamen near the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk said a convoy of four vehicles had approached their checkpoint at around 2200 GMT and opened fire. "We had three dead, four wounded," one of the separatist fighters, called Vladimir, said at the checkpoint, where there were two burned-out jeeps. He said the separatists returned fire and killed two of the attackers, who he said were members of the nationalist movement which has its power base in the Ukrainian-speaking west of the country and is reviled by many in the Russianspeaking east. AGENCIES
Monday, 21 April, 2014
42 people killed in bus-trailer collision in Sukkur OFFICIALS SAY VICTIMS INCLUDE 13 WOMEN AND 14 CHILDREN SUKKUR STAFF REPORT
T least 42 people were killed and several others injured on Sunday in a bus-trailer collision on the National Highway in Sindh's Sukkur district. The accident took place near Pano Aqil when a bus traveling from Dera Ghazi Khan to Karachi collided with a trailer, security officials said. The bus was carrying over 50 passengers when the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with the trailer coming from the opposite direction, rescue sources said. A track of the road where the accident took place was closed down due to construction work being carried out. Police personnel and rescue
teams immediately reached the scene and began cutting through the wreckage of the bus to rescue the victims. The deceased included 13 women, 14 children and the driver of the bus among others, according to rescue sources who added that the driver of the trailer had also sustained wounds in the mishap. Most of the injured were in critical condition and many were transferred to a hospital in Karachi after initial treatment in Sukkur. Among the dead were six members of a family. “We were ten members of one family, six of them died and two were injured,” a weeping family member said while recounting the accident. The family was travelling to visit other relatives in Karachi, she said. Fida Hussain Shah, Sukkur police officer, said the bus driver was killed on the spot while the driver of the trailer was wounded. Sharjeel Kharal, another police official, confirmed the incident. Most of the injured were in critical condition and many were transferred to a hospital in Karachi after initial treatment in Sukkur.
Imran announces construction of 300 small dams in KP PTI CHIEF ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTABILITY COMMISSION MINGORA INP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Sunday announced construction of 300 small dams in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to provide cheap electricity and eliminate load shedding. Addressing a public meeting held in connection with by-elections in PK-86 constituency at Khawaza Khela in Swat, the PTI chief also announced to establish an independent accountability commission saying that no one, including ministers, MNAs, MPAs, and corrupt officers would escape from accountability. The PTI chief said he would not allow corrupt practices under his watch, and vowed to make KPK a model province having a vast difference from other provinces. He also voiced his views regarding electricity generation in the province, saying that the KPK had potential to provide electricity for the whole of the country. Khan said that work was in progress on a small dam in Kalam which would provide cheap electricity to the locals and end load shedding.
Referring to the dilapidated condition of roads in Swat, he assured the people to speak with National Highway Authority (NHA) which is responsible for their maintenance. He assured that if the NHA failed to carry out the repair of the roads, the provincial government will build road up to Kalam. The PTI chief said that the country received massive assistance for the IDPs during the war against militants in Swat, but the money did not reach the people during those times. Also, he said the KPK police had been made non-political and had it been so in Karachi, the situation in the biggest city of the country would have been different.
Khan also said the PTI is working to bring in a uniform system of education in the province which would bring an end to a divide between the poor and the rich. The PTI chairperson also announced to build sports grounds first at every tehsil level followed by union council level to explore the talent of young men in the province. He said being a former fast bowler, he was keen to see speedy development in the province, and committed to change the map of the province in five years. He asked the people of Swat to vote for his party's candidate in the by-elections, as voting for the old defeated horses in the race would be a serious mistake.
22-year-old girl commits suicide KHAIRPUR: A young girl named Kubra Khaskheli, 22, committed suicide in village Kot Lalo by drinking pesticide. She was brought to a local hospital where the doctor pronounced she had died a while ago. Local police on receiving information took the body in custody for autopsy and medico-legal formalities, later handing it over to her relatives. The cause of suicide is stated to be over domestic affairs. Meanwhile, a local leader of Awami Tehrik (AT) was kidnapped from Kumb. According to details, some armed persons intercepted Shoukat Lund at the main square and kidnapped him at gun point. In another incident, unidentified armed persons kidnapped a boy named Gada Hussain Narejo, 8, at gunpoint. On resistance, they killed the mother of the boy, Mst Zarina Narejo. The traders and citizens of Kumb, in protest over increased crime rate in the locality, shut down their business. All main markets remained closed. Later, PPP MNA Nawab Wasan reached Kumb and talked with traders who on his assurance ended their protest. INP
President's visit to nigeria PostPoned: Fo ISLAMABAD: The scheduled visit of President Mamnoon Hussain to Nigeria was postponed Sunday evening. The Foreign Office spokesperson said that due to pressing commitments at home, the president's visit to Nigeria has been postponed. “The new dates for the visit will be finalised through diplomatic channels," the spokesperson said. APP
Pak-UAE naval war games begin PAKISTAN, CHINA BEGIN JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE
KARACHI STAFF REPORT The Pakistan Navy (PN) started six-day long Exercise Nasl al Behr with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy from Sunday. The PN has always been ready to accomplish its professional responsibilities, said a statement issued by PN on Sunday. These are the first exercises of this series for mutual cooperation between both nations. The navy continues to hold joint exercises
with other regional navies to enhance its professional capabilities and to play its part in maintaining peace at regional and international level. Exercise Naseem al Behr with Saudi naval forces and Exercise Thamar al Tayyab with Oman Navy are testimony to it. Pakistan Navy organises exercises of Aman series with naval forces of all major countries of the world. The 4th exercise was conducted in March 2013. UAE Navy ships have arrived today to take part in the exercises. They
include Abu Dhabi and Baynunah class warships along with a maritime patrol aircraft. Special operating forces of UAE Navy would also partcipate in the exercise. Pakistan Navy’s platforms PNS Khaibar, PNS Babur, PNS Quwwat, PNS Azmat and helicopters will take part in these exercises. These exercises reiterate that Pakistan not only want peace in the region and in the world and it will keep on playing its part through taking part in such exercises.
RAWALPINDI AGENCIES Two-week long Pak-China Joint military exercise "Peace Angel 2014" commenced on Sunday near Rawalpindi. The exercise would certainly pave the way for further cementing the existing bilateral relations between armies of the two countries, according to a statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations
(ISPR). The statement added that the joint exercise aimed at sharing mutual experience and information in medical field through a comprehensive training programme in near real time environment. Flags of both countries were hoisted and national anthems played to mark the opening of the exercise. Pakistan Army Major General Hamayun Aziz and senior colonel Liu Agiou of the People Liberation Army China
represented their respective countries in the opening ceremony. The exercise was particularly designed within the scope of disaster relief operations caused due to massive floods and terrorist attacks on relief camps. It would also provide an opportunity to exchange latest technological advancement in medical field to improve medical operations during peace and war.
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Another star shines in Shahbaz’s sky
CM inaugurates Walton Flyover LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Alton Flyover project has been completed within a short period of two months while a high standard and transparency have also been maintained, said Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif while talking to journalists after inaugurating the Walton Flyover on Sunday. Provincial assembly members Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, Mian naseer, chief secretary, lahore Development Authority Vice Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, Planning and Development chairman, nESPAK chairman, Pakistan Muslim league-n office-bearers and officers concerned were also present. lDA Director General Ahad Khan Cheema gave a briefing to the chief minister on the Walton Flyover project. the chief minister said that the first phase of the public welfare project of making Ferozpur Road signal-free from Walton to Ferozepur Road has been completed with the construction of the flyover while work is in progress round the clock on the second phase of the project. He said that this project is scheduled to be completed in July but the way the work is being carried out expeditiously, it is hoped that it will be completed in June. He said that the completion of the project will not only save time of the people and streamline the flow
of traffic but resources will also be saved as Ferozepur Road will become signalfree. He said that the project will also facilitate doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and patients going to the General Hospital and Children Hospital. He said that completion of 872 metre long Walton Flyover costing Rs 700 million within 62 days is the result of the best coordination between political leadership and the agencies working on the project. Shahbaz Sharif said that he has always believed that time is wealth and should not be wasted. He said that every moment of
the nation is precious and the projects of public importance have to be completed with a national spirit. He said that energy projects will also be executed at the maximum speed. He said that completion of Walton Flyover project in a very short period is reflective of the same passion and determination of the Punjab government. He said that the flyover has been constructed within only 62 days which is a result of the blessings of Allah Almighty. He said that the first phase of the project has been completed while its second phase will be finished by the month of June. He said
that the institutions concerned have worked as a team for the execution of the project. He said that the PMl-n government had completed the Kalma Chowk project in four months during its previous tenure while a splendid project like metro bus was opened for the benefit of the people within only eleven months. He said that lDA DG Ahad Cheema is like a younger brother to him and is very honest and hardworking officer and that is why he has been awarded tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the government. He said that credit for quality and early completion of the Walton Flyover goes to assembly members Ramzan Siddique Bhatti and Mian naseer, lDA Vice Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hasaan, departments concerned, lDA DG, contractors, nESPAK chairman and other officers who worked day and night for the completion of the project. CONDEMNS ATTACK ON MIR: Shahbaz Sharif said that attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir is tragic and highly condemnable. He prayed for early recovery of Hamid Mir so that he could take up his journalistic responsibilities again. He said that attack on Hamid Mir is an attack on freedom of the press. He said that the federal government will conduct inquiry into the incident and ensure punishment to the culprits. He said that the elements involved in this heinous act will soon be apprehended and brought to justice so that no one could dare attack journalists again.
GAS BALLOONS EXPLOSION INJURE 17 LAHORE AGENCIES
Gas balloons released during Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's inauguration of an overhead bridge near Walton Road exploded after landing in the area near Kamaha road on Sunday, resulting in burn injuries to at least 17 people nearby. Area residents shifted the injured to nearby hospitals on a self-help basis where they were provided with medical treatment. Shahbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and sought a report from the district administration. Sharif demanded answers regarding the nature and kind of gas filled in the balloons and warned of firm action against those held responsible. A police probe into the incident went underway. Earlier reports had claimed that the number of persons wounded in the balloon blasts was 42.
What are you doing about former president’s security? Manzoor Wattoo to meet Home Secretary and IGP to request security for Zardari, Bilawal LAHORE NAdEEm SyEd The PPP provincial leadership is approaching the Punjab government with the request to provide foolproof security to party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and former President Asif Zardari, expected to visit the provincial capital by the end of this week. Both Bilawal Bhutto and Mr Zardari are visiting Punjab anytime between April 21 and April 29, PPP’s provincial Chief Manzoor Wattoo
announced the other day. PPP leaders, however came up with conflicting schedule of arrival, as if no one is sure about the actual dates of the arrival, showing the security predicament of the PPP top leaders especially when they are traveling in Punjab. It is learnt that Manzoor Wattoo has decided to take up the issue security for Bilawal and Zardari. Wattoo is either expected to meet Home Secretary and IGP with request for adequate security cover or he will
write letter to these figures, pleading for foolproof security arrangement for the PPP dignitaries during their upcoming visit. Sources say that Wattoo being former CM Punjab is less likely to personally see these officials. So he will write a detailed letter to these officials, they added. It is also learnt that PPP leaders would not be relying on the security given by the Punjab government. “They will be provided security by the private guards and also by police
commandoes from the Sindh government” sources said. Meanwhile, conflicting reports emerged as to when the visit of Bilawal and Zardari is taking place actually despite laterst announcement of Mr. Wattoo. Some PPP leaders say that it is not possible to give dates of the visit right now. “Dates cannot be issued due to prevailing circumstances. The Sindh government is into final round of talks with MQM. The party bigwigs are also watching situation developing in the
aftermath of attack on Hamid Mir. So it cannot be said with certainty when they are coming” a PPP leader said. But for sure he is coming before the end of this month, he added. Inspector General of Police Punjab Khan Baig said foolproof security will be provided to PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari during his visit in the Punjab. The IGP has contacted with the chief security officer of Bilawal Bhutto in this regard, said a statement issued here on Sunday.
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TURKEY MUCH: Artists perform on the stage during a cultural show at the Lahore International Tourism Expo on Sunday. INP
More interested in ruling than serving?
Mehmoodur Rasheed alleges government struggling to secure its rule instead of serving masses LAHORE
HE sitting government is engaged in securing its political interests instead of resolving the problems faced by the masses, alleged Pakistan tehreek-e-Insaf (PtI) senior leader and Punjab Assembly opposition leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed while talking to journalists during his visit to the Ishaq Haroon Hospital,
being run through charity of the affluent people, located in Sham nagar on Sunday. Mehmoodur Rasheed said that the Punjab government make tall claims of good governance in the province but on ground reality is that common man is deprived of basic facilities including health, education and other life amenities. He said that political parties vow to resolve all crises faced by country and ending the grievances of poor
masses but when they come into power they forget all pledges and focus their attention on privileges and enjoying luxurious life. the PtI leader said that the government run hospitals of Punjab are overburdened, lack proper treatment facilities and poor people who can't afford visiting private hospitals had to suffer and it often results in loss of precious lives. He stressed the affluent of the society for extending cooperation in pub-
lic welfare projects so that needy people could also be provided basic facilities. the opposition leader expressed concerns over the power supply situation in Punjab and said that loadshedding has gone out of control before the on set of summer. Mehmoodur Rasheed condemned the attempt on life of senior tV anchor Hamid Mir and demanded bringing the culprits to book besides awarding exemplary punishment to them.
Police continues to do well 23 criminals arrested in last week LAHORE APP
lahore police claimed to have arrested 23 culprits, including six target killers, during a crackdown against proclaimed offenders, drug pushers and dacoits in the last week. Police sources said on Sunday that the CIA police arrested six accused of a banned organisation involved in sectarian killing and other heinous crimes. the accused were involved in killing of renowned
personalities, including Allama nasir Abbas, Prof Shabiul Hassan, Shakar Ali Rizvi Advocate and Shamsur Rehman Moavia. naseerabad police have arrested five drug pushers and recovered 702 bottles liquor and 60 litre liquor from their possession. Cases have been registered against the accused. Ichhra police arrested two criminals and recovered 29 motorcycles from their possession. Mustafa town police arrested three dacoits of a gang and
Qul of MotorwAy DIG MIrzA helD Qul of national Highways and Motorway Police (nHMP) DIG Mirza Shakil Ahmad was held at Wapda town on Sunday. nHMP Inspector General Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, Punjab IG Khan Baig, Additional IG Rai Altaf Hussain, Additional IG Muhammed Amlish, former IG Zafar Abbas lak, Punjab former IG Azher Hassan nadeem, ex-IG Rana Maqbool and a large number of people from different walks of life participated in Qul.
well Done 426 victims of accidents rescued LAHORE
recovered a motorcycle, a cow,a laptop, six mobile phones and three pistols. the police had traced eight cases against them. Sundar police arrested a drug pusher and recovered 1,500 litre liquor during the crackdown against drug pushers. A special police team conducted a raid in Mohlanwal area and arrested the accused with narcotics. Sanda police arrested three accused of a dacoit gang and recovered a motorcycle, four mobile phones and three pistols.
the Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) provided emergency to 426 victims of 514 accidents in the province during the last 24 hours. As many as 99 accidents were reported in the provincial capital with 108 victims, 50 in Faisalabad with 59 injured and 43 in Multan with 42 victims. According to data, 412 bikes, 54 rickshaws, 48 cars, 28 vans, 20 passenger buses, 15 trucks, 53 other vehicles and slow-moving carts were involved in the accidents.
Diabetes dangerous if not treated: expert LAHORE APP Diabetes is of two types and both are dangerous if it not treated or controlled properly, said Head of Diabetes Management Centre of Services Hospital Professor Khadija Irfan Khawaja on Sunday. She said that in 2000, Pakistan was ranked sixth in the world with 5.2 million patients of diabetes and would become fifth in 2030 with 13.9 million diabetics. She said that in Diabetes Management Centre of
Services Hospital only 5157 diabetics were recorded in 2002 but the figure had reached 60,823 patients by the end of year 2013. The figure is escalating rapidly. The sharp spread of diabetes in the country needs some immediate measures and public awareness to control the threat, she added. Prof Khadija was of the view that it had been observed the ratio of spread of diabetes in women was much higher than men in the country. Talking about types of diabetes, she said that there were two types
of diabetes; type I and type II. Responding to a question about the reason of more prevalence of diabetes in women, she said that mostly women had no opportunity to walk and exercise and often remained in houses due to which ratio of prevalence of diabetes in women was higher as compared to men. She also pointed out that diabetes was increasing in the urban population with the rate of 10 percent while the ratio of spread of diabetes in rural people was comparatively less. Talking
about the reason of spread of diabetes, she said that sedentary lifestyle and obesity were the main reasons of vast spread of diabetes. People have less opportunity to walk as footpaths have been occupied by vendors, few and small parks are not sufficient to cater to the rising population. The trend of double jobs among people is also a contributory factor of less opportunities to walk and exercise. She said that at least 30 minutes exercise daily might lead a healthy life to a diabetic.
Media in crosshairs Journalists paying heavy price for doing their job
Monday, 21 April, 2014
Havoc in the Kingdom Survival is the Saudi keyword
vEr the last few years Pakistani media has been in the crosshairs of a number of organisations, civil as well as military, which did not like its coverage of events and issues. a political party was accused of planning the killing of Wali Khan Babar as well as the witnesses in the case. In Tribal areas the TTP and the LEas have alternately been accused of being behind the killing of several journalists. In Lahore LeJ activists have been held responsible for attack on raza rumi. about six journalists were killed in Balochistan in 2012, the Khuzdar Press Club locked and media persons forced to flee to other parts of the province. The killing continued throughout 2013. Two journalist have died in attacks this year. It has been claimed that Khuzdar’s Musallah Difayi Tanzeem was behind most killings. On Saturday, CM Balochistan maintained that the killers’ gang bearing the name was in fact formed during the tenure of the previous government to counter the insurgency and is now adding to the problems of law and order in the province.
The prime minister has done well to ask the Supreme Court to appoint a Judicial Commission to conduct the probe. Fortunately Hamid Mir has survived the attack and would hopefully be able to provide the evidence that led him to make a highly serious allegation. The year 2014 started with attacks on a media house in Karachi by the TTP which accused it of partiality in covering the war on terror. In January the network attacked the DSNG vehicle of its private channel, killing three staffers. as the media house had already been attacked three times in the preceding months, the incident led Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to constitute a two-member committee which was to immediately contact media houses and formulate workable solutions to address security threats faced by them. Had the committee done anything worthwhile, the attack on Hamid Mir might have been averted. The dastardly attack on Hamid Mir has been rightly interpreted by the journalists’ organisations as a threat by forces opposed to free media. What remains to be investigated is which one of these several forces had actually masterminded the attack. Hamid Mir’s friends and colleagues maintain the Tv anchor had already told them that if he was attacked, the ISI and its chief were to be held responsible. The ISPr spokesman has meanwhile denied the allegations and called for an independent inquiry. The prime minister has done well to ask the Supreme Court to appoint a Judicial Commission to conduct the probe. Fortunately Hamid Mir has survived the attack and would hopefully be able to provide the evidence that led him to make a highly serious allegation.
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urvIvaL is the keyword to understand the Saudi dynasty’s latest external and internal policies. These are designed to preempt change but paradoxically they are creating more enemies in a changing world order marked by turbulent regional geopolitics and growing internal demands for change. The seventy-year old strategic oil for security uS-Saudi alliance seemed about to crack on its 69th anniversary ahead of the summit meeting of uS President Barak Obama and king abdullah bin abdul aziz in March. With the uS now committed to pivoting east and possibly on track to become an oil exporter by 2017, american and Saudi policies are no longer identical. Former uS President George W. Bush’s democracy campaign, which Saudi opposed, alerted its rulers to be on guard. The arab popular protests since 2011 pushed them into leading a regional defensive counterrevolution and ever since the gap in bilateral relations has been widening. The Saudis could not trust the uS’ “regime change” strategy in the region, which depends on the Muslim Brotherhood International (MBI) as an instrument of change, sponsored by a regional rival like Turkey and a co-member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), like Qatar, which has been for long contesting the Saudi leadership of the GCC, the Saudi leading role in arab politics and the Saudi political representation of Sunni Muslims. This trilateral alliance of Qatar, Turkey and the MBI would develop into a real threat to Saudi’s survival if it was allowed to deliver change in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya and elsewhere in the region. It might quickly leave Saudi arabia as the next target for “change.” The uS pillar of Saudi security now seems to be in doubt as the united States stands unable to meet Saudi expectations on almost all the most critical issues in the Middle East, from the arab-Israeli conflict to the Saudi-Iran conflict and the ongoing bloody conflict in Syria, let alone the conflict with the MBI, especially in Egypt. Within this context, using the
MBI as an instrument for “regime change” in the region has created a Saudi MBI phobia. Change is overdue in the kingdom, but, after decades of intensive Islamic education, change could only come camouflaged in Islamist form. “It might seem ironic for a Wahhabi theocracy to oppose so forcefully a party that mixes religion with politics. But it is precisely because the monarchy bases its legitimacy on Islam that it fears Brotherhood rivalry,” journalist roula Khalaf wrote in the Financial Times in March. Obama doesn’t seem capable of mending the bilateral fences. His refusal to fight Saudi regional wars reminds them that he is the same man who as a state senator back in 2002 stated that: “Let’s fight to make sure our socalled allies in the Middle East – the Saudis and the Egyptians – stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies.” However, as demonstrated by Obama’s visit to the kingdom on March 28, the bilateral differences will remain tactical, while the strategic alliance will hold until the kingdom finds a credible alternative to its american security guarantor, although this seems an unrealistic development in the foreseen future. Regional Shifts regionally, the kingdom is not faring better. The uS-promoted and Saudi–advocated anti-Iran “front” of regional “moderates,” with Israel as an undercover partner, seems now a forgone endeavor. The Saudi call for converting the GCC “council” into a “union” is now dead. Oman’s public threat to withdraw from the GCC should it transform into a union and the Saudi current rift with Qatar threaten the GCC’s very existence. Saudi invitation to Jordan and Morocco to join the GCC was unwelcome by other GCC members and by Morocco. In Bahrain, the kingdom has intervened militarily to squash a three-year old ongoing democratic uprising. The latest Kuwait-hosted arab summit meeting did not see eye to eye with Saudi on Syria. Forming a Lebanese government without Hezbullah and its pro-Syria coalition has failed. Egypt’s calls for a “political solution” in Syria and its refusal to give the Syrian arab League seat to the opposition could not be interpreted as a friendly position from a country that Saudi arabia has bailed out, in exchange for its transition away from a MBI rule. Turkey is at odds with the Egyptian-Saudi newly found partnership. Iraq is accusing the kingdom of waging a “war” against it, with Saudi now the only country to not have a
permanent ambassador to Iraq. Meanwhile, the kingdom continues to deal with Iran as an “existential threat.” In the background, the Israeli threat could never be overlooked. Self-confidence Challenged using petrodollars as soft power to gain influence abroad and secure loyalty internally, the kingdom seems self-confident enough, or overconfident, to feel secured on its own. Speaking at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, virginia, on March 11, Prince Turki al–Faisal, chairman of the King Faisal Center for research & Islamic Studies in riyadh and former Saudi ambassador to the uS, said: “Saudi arabia represents over 20% of the combined GDP of the Middle East-North africa (MENa) region (and over a quarter of the arab World’s GDP) making it … an effective partner and member of the G20. “The Saudi stock market represents over 50% of the entire stock market capitalization of the MENa region. “The Saudi arabian Monetary agency (SaMa), the Kingdom’s central bank, is the world’s third largest holder of net foreign assets … Last but not least, Saudi aramco, the Kingdom’s national oil company, is the world’s largest producer and exporter of petroleum and has by far the world’s largest sustained production capacity infrastructure.” However, veteran journalist Karen Elliot House, has presented a starkly ominous picture. “Sixty percent of Saudis are 20 or younger, most of whom have no hope of a job,” House wrote in her 2012 book. “Seventy percent of Saudis cannot afford to own a home. Forty percent live below the poverty line. The royals, 25,000 princes and princesses, own most of the valuable land and benefit from a system that gives each a stipend and some a fortune. Foreign workers make the Kingdom work; the 19 million Saudi citizens share the Kingdom with 8.5 million guest workers.” according to House, regional differences are “a daily fact of Saudi life.” Hejazis in the West and Shiites in the East resent the strict Wahhabi lifestyle. Gender discrimination is a growing problem. Sixty percent of Saudi college graduates are women but they account for only twelve percent of the work force. Moreover, according to anthony H. Cordesman, published by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on april 21, 2011, “There are serious gaps between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots,’ regional differences in wealth and privilege, and tensions between Saudi Shi’ites and Saudi Sunnis.” The kingdom has been squandering billions upon billions of petrodollars in a lost battle to finance a regional counterrevolution. Some $20bn dollars were pledged to bailout Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman out of the arab
Spring. Three billions more was pledged recently to buy French arms to prop up the Lebanese army against the Hezbullah-led pro-Syria coalition. Several billions more have been pledged to Egypt to reinforce the successors of the ousted former president Mohamed Morsi, let alone the reportedly other billions spent on financing “regime change” in Syria. reportedly, Obama tried to convince King abdullah during his latest visit to bail out the transition in ukraine. To contain the repercussions of the arab uprisings internally, the Kingdom has already spent even more on buying the loyalty of its own people; for the same purpose twenty royal Orders, which were economically dominated, were issued in March 2011. In February 2011, King abdullah pledged more than $35 billion for housing, salary increases for state employees, studying abroad and social security. The next month the king announced another financial package worth more than $70 billion for more housing units, religious establishment and salary increase for military and security forces. Bailing the population out of protests economically seemed not enough to secure internal stability as the kingdom, instead of relaxing the internal situation, has recently tightened the screws with the issuing of the Penal Law for Crimes of Terrorism and Its Financing on last January 31, the royal Decree No. 44, which criminalizes “participating in hostilities outside the kingdom,” three days later and on March 7 the Interior Ministry’s “initial” list of groups the government considers terrorist organizations, both inside and around the country and both Sunni and Shiite. “These recent laws and regulations turn almost any critical expression or independent association into crimes of terrorism,” said Joe Stork, the deputy director of the Human rights Watch for the Middle East and North africa region. “These regulations dash any hope that King abdullah intends to open a space for peaceful dissent or independent groups,” Stork added. Internally and externally, the kingdom overconfidently seems intent on creating more enemies, neutralizing none, alienating world and regional powers, mainstream Sunni, Shiite, liberal, pan-arab and leftist forces, wrecking regional havoc, all in what looks like an unbalanced reaction to threats, real and perceived, to the survival of the ruling dynasty. However, the kingdom seems like shooting its survival in the legs. Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Birzeit, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories (firstname.lastname@example.org). An edited version of this article was first published by Middle East Eye on April 15, 2014.
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Social deprivation causes crime Social evolution has taught man the principles of peaceful co-existence, the very reason for the transformation from man, to human. The recognition of fundamental human rights and unanimous efforts towards the establishment of societal stability in the world are great achievements of the previous century, as history proves itself time and time again to be the catalyst for change and humanity’s growth and success. The idea of ensuring basic human rights stems from the desire to provide the minimal basic needs to everyone in the world for a respectable life, but, the problem gains heat when these basic needs are not met. The competition for life, instead of growth and a struggle for survival, instead of progress awakens in man a very basic instinct to
fight back harder, tracing back to the social ‘animal’ he was, trying to be the ‘king of the jungle’ in what we proudly call the civilized world. These feelings of distrust and vengeance are the nurturing grounds for crime. Social deprivation hits the youth the hardest. They are the most vulnerable prey to the ever spreading networks of crime that exploit the feelings of resentment against society. Lack of opportunity for financial growth, joblessness, discriminatory policies and violation of merit generate hostility towards the state. In this age of consumerism social deprivation is a very strong impetus for adopting whatever means possible to acquire a coveted lifestyle. Then again, when these glamorous lifestyles are projected with every step these children take, the lust for wealth is what leads to juvenile delinquency and therefore, crime. What begins as vandalism, leads to conditions such as mobile and auto-mobile theft being rampant. Slowly the moral compass turns more towards the
south, as the value of life behind a gun becomes worth the pocket change a man carries to work. When people are still judged on the basis of their religion and their differences are highlighted, events like that of Hazara are what come into notice. When landlords and the ‘wadera’ system forces the poor to stay unskilled and uneducated, they gun down their children who they cannot provide for. When society labels individuals as ‘untouchables’ the sense of anomie destroys the very belief in the existence of that perfect god, which could possibly promote social backlash. We’ve had enough discussion of equality, now it’s time to walk the talk. What we need is to halt the ebb and flow of human misery, which leads to more, duplicating and multiplying, cyclical chains promoting crime and disjunction in society. We want a change, and to bring a change, we need to be the change. MUHAMMAD AHMED TAJAMMUL Lahore
WORLD VIEW 09
Monday, 21 April, 2014
f the opinion polls turn out to be generally correct, and Narendra Modi comes to power, it will unleash an angry flurry of obituaries of Indian secularism. Last week, some of India’s most respected public intellectuals signed a joint appeal to save the idea of India from Modi. That his rise is a crucial turn in the Hindutva project that began with the Babri Masjid demolition. That nobody and nothing will be able to resist this wave of saffron communalism. Not the liberals among the majority Hindus, not our great institutions and, least of all, Muslims. Nothing could be lazier, more cowardly, illiberal or unfair to all three. Let me try to explain. I said in a television discussion on NDTV 24×7 that India was not a secular country because only its minorities wished it to be secular. India is secular because its Hindu majority wants it to be so. I said, also, that if I were an Indian Muslim, I couldn’t be faulted for thinking sometimes that both sides on the secular divide in this election were hell bent on fighting their ideological battle to the last Muslim. It drew quite a bit of comment and I think it deserves a more detailed elaboration than a sound bite would allow. This is how the picture would look to an Indian Muslim. first, the BJP, it would seem, has accepted that Muslims won’t vote for it, and it couldn’t care less. It would simply contest this election with, to take liberties with a golfing metaphor, a handicap of 15 per cent. The BJP is therefore not even bothering to address Muslim concerns and fears specifically. The “secular” group, led by the Congress, on the other hand, is pitchforking India’s Muslims into this unequal fight against the BJP. As if the responsibility of saving our secularism lies with our Muslim minority. An
Secularism is dead! Indian Muslim would find it both unfair and worrying. To say that only Muslim consolidation can stop Modi, or at least limit his mandate, is unfair to the Hindu majority as well. It is as if all of the Hindus have joined the RSS and have no faith in constitutional secularism. This is rubbish. Because if such was the case, Modi would probably equal Rajiv Gandhi’s 1984 mandate of 415, if not better it. No such thing is about to happen. The most generous opinion poll estimates put the NDA’s vote share in the mid-30s, which accounts for just over a third of India’s Hindus. The remaining majority will be voting for others. And most of these 30-odd per cent would vote for the BJP/NDA not because they want to build grand temples, spank the Muslims or banish them to Pakistan. They will be voting in search of an alternative to the weakest, most incompetent, uncommunicative and incoherent full-term government in our history. Having voted in the UPA so enthusiastically for a second time, they are going elsewhere, in search of jobs, more buying power, stability and confidence. To insinuate that this mass of Hindus will be voting Modi because they have suddenly turned communal is unfair to them. It is also intellectually lazy, morally cynical and politically disastrous. Put more simply, it is a bit like saying that Hindus have been voting for the Congress and other “secular” forces all these decades because they were not given a convincing saffron option. India gave itself a secular, liberal constitution because a vast majority of all its people, in fact almost unanimously, determined that this was the finest formula-
THIS ANTI-MODI BATTLE CRY IS LAZY, ILLIBERAL AND AN AFFRONT TO MUSLIMS — AND TO HINDUS
tion for nation-building in a land as diverse and complex as ours. The Constituent Assembly had participation from across the many ideological divides. The document it drafted has now acquired the status of scripture and nobody in mainstream politics dares to question it. The man credited with leading that process, Ambedkar, has been added to our pantheon of all-party gods. It is also unique. Unlike Western countries, where secu-
larism means living with one or two faiths, Christianity and Judaism or Islam, India is a deeply religious country, and peopled by every religion invented, including the many thousand variants of Hinduism. As Wendy Doniger says in her magisterial book, The Hindus — the one Penguin pulped, quivering with fear in the face of a man called Dina Nath Batra — Hinduism is the “Ellis Island of religions”. Pluralism and diversity are deeply in-
grained in it, “the lines between different beliefs and practices are permeable membranes”. That is why, she says, there are countless more narratives of Hinduism than the ones defined by Sanskrit, Brahmins and the Gita. And if I may dare to make my own risky addition to that list of defining three, by the RSS or VHP. In a country where the determinants of identity change every 10 miles, from religion to caste to language to ethnicity to culture, tribe, sub-tribe and region, secularism is the glue needed to keep it all together. It isn’t just a charter to protect Muslims. The Hindus need it as much as them. That is all the more reason why India is secular, and must remain so. Indian Muslims can, in fact, complain that over the decades, they have been taken for granted and offered a minimal political deal in return for their votes: to give them physical protection from the Hindu right. I know some will argue that even that promise was never really kept. But the truth is, the Muslim vote has been hostage to fear. Explaining why he had joined the BJP now, M.J. Akbar said to me that in the “Congress/secular” view so far, the Indian Muslim had to conform to one of three stereotypes: the decadent, decrepit feudal with sherwani fraying at the collar, as portrayed in the 1960s’ “Muslim socials” like Mere Mehboob, a riot victim like the crying Gujarati with folded hands in that infamous 2002 portrait, or a petty criminal in the image of Haji Mastan, even if sometimes with a sacrificing heart of gold. Since he hasn’t delivered, despite my asking him several times to put this in an article, I am borrowing the idea. That mainstream, liberal politics in India has delib-
erately failed to treat the Muslim as a mainstream Indian. The extreme and most shameful manifestation of this was Azam Khan’s claim that the peaks of Kargil were conquered not by Hindu soldiers of our army, but by Muslims with the battle cry of Allah-oAkbar. This is not a secular claim, but amounts to spreading communalism to the one institution that remains so secular, the army. It is true that Muslim soldiers fought alongside the Hindus and the rest in Kargil. Two of the battalions with mostly Muslim soldiers, 12 JAK LI and 22 Grenadiers, suffered heavy casualties. But to now view them in isolation, through a sectarian prism, and pit them competitively against their fellow soldiers from other faiths is not secularism. It isn’t even pseudo-secularism. It is the most cynical, anti-minority communalism. That is why this newspaper and this writer had objected so furiously to the Sachar Committee’s misplaced idea of investigating the recruitment patterns and numbers of Muslims in the army. The fundamental values of our secular Constitution sustain because of our institutions, which are trusted as fair and secular. The Election Commission can send Imran Masood to jail, ban Azam Khan and Amit Shah and then let one off with an apology. Some will call it unfair but nobody calls it communal. The Supreme Court, the UPSC, the armed forces, the mainstream media and the public intellectual class are, by and large, liberal and secular. Of course, these institutions will be tested by such a fundamental ideological shift on Raisina Hill. But that is why the founding fathers invented them. We need to strengthen them, preserve their credibility and freedoms to protect and strengthen our secularism. It is too hasty to write its epitaph. Or to hunt for a sabbatical to a liberal campus on the American east coast until some post-Modi secular resurrection.
How Chinese think about terrorism A SURVEY OF CHINESE ATTITUDES IN THE WAKE OF THE MARCH ATTACK ON KUNMING Diplomat DingDing Chen anD Ding Xuejie
On March 1, 2014, in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, a group of eight assailants dressed in black and armed with cleavers, daggers and other knives brutally ended the lives of 29 civilians and maimed 143 others at the city’s railway station. Xinhua News Agency announced within hours of the incident that it was “a terrorist attack carried out by Xinjiang separatist force,” authorities and witnesses said the attackers were Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic minority Muslim group from northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Uyghurs have long resented China’s Xinjiang policies of coercion, natural resources exploitation, and marginalization of their linguistic and religious tradition. Between 1990 to 2001, Xinjiang experienced more than 200 attacks, killing more than 160 people. The most terrifying incident took place more recently, on July 5, 2009, and left 184 dead and 1,680 injured. The Kunming attack is thus expected to enflame tensions between the Han Chinese and Uyghur ethnic groups, and signals that the conflict has spread from Xinjiang to the rest of China. After the Kunming incident, my colleague Ding Xuejie at Oxford University and I conducted a survey of Mainland China civilians, aiming at understanding opinions and attitudes towards ethnic conflicts and government policies regarding Xinjiang and its Uyghur minorities. We sent out around 2,000 questionnaires
via the Internet and within one week had received 1151 responses. Our respondents were from 30 provinces across the country. Their ages ranged from 17 to 72, with an average age of 33. If the respondents, 51 percent are male, 96.3 percent are Han Chinese, and 78.5 percent have received at least a college education. Attitudes of Chinese civilians (especially Han Chinese) toward Xinjiang Uyghur after Kunming? Partly because of widespread media reports, 99.5 percent of respondents answered yes to the question “Are you familiar with the Kunming incident?” In answering the question “Do you think similar incidents will also occur in the city where you live?” only 34 percent of the respondents chose “unlikely” or “impossible,” while approximately 50 percent thought it was “likely” or “very likely.” This result indicates that the spread of violence from Xinjiang to other parts of China has fostered an atmosphere of insecurity among Chinese; ordinary citizens have begun to fear for their safety. But does this sense of insecurity provoke negative intergroup attitudes, especially prejudice regarding Uyghur minorities? Our results show that Chinese people do not equate Xinjiang separatists with Xinjiang civilians, even after Kunming. Eighty-seven percent of respondents agreed with the statement “Those who support terrorism in Xinjiang are only a small minority among Xinjiang civilians.” Among people who agree with this statement, the proportion of women is significantly higher than men, and the proportion of people who had college education or above is significantly higher than people who never went to college. No significant difference was observed between ethnic groups. However, we found that the Kunming attack will likely have an economic cost
for Xinjiang. Sixty-seven percent of respondents suggest that they would not work in or travel to Xinjiang. Significant differences were observed across genders, ethnic groups, and educational attainments. Women, Han and people without college degrees were more likely to report an unwillingness to work or travel in Xinjiang, compared with their counterparts. How do Chinese people evaluate government policies towards the Xinjiang Uyghur minority? Our questionnaire explores opinions on the sources of Uyghur discontent and ethnic conflict, and on Chinese economic, political, cultural, religion and language policies in Xinjiang. In terms of the sources of the unrest, it was common in the past to blame poverty as the root cause of insurgencies. People believed that ethnic conflict could be solved if only Uyghurs were offered greater economic benefits. However, substantial fiscal transfers to Xinjiang have not prevented ethnic discontent. The results of our data show that 66 percent of respondents do not agree with the statement that “Poverty is the source of Xinjiang terrorist violent attack.” More than 85 percent think foreign separatist forces and religious extremist forces are the main sources of Xinjiang terrorism. In addition, 96 percent of respondents think the government should step up its fight against terrorism, and 69 percent think that the current ethnic policies need to be modified. In addition to questions on the sources of Xinjiang terrorism, we also asked how to solve ethnic conflicts in the short and long terms. We framed the questions in terms of economic development, language and cultural policy reform, religious policy reform, coercion, and negotiation. In both shortterm and long-term solutions to the problem of Xinjiang terrorism, eco-
nomic development has been considered by the majority respondents as the most important policy. This result apparently contradicts the answers to our previous question on the sources of unrest. On the one hand, 66 percent of respondents do not think economic backwardness is the source of ethnic conflict, while on the other respondents consider economic development an effective way of solving ethnic tensions in Xinjiang (50 percent in the short term and 67 percent in the long term). As for whether the government should use force to suppress the unrest in the short run, opinion is polarized. In the short term, 28 percent of the respondents “strongly agree” with this measurement, while 40 percent “strongly disagree”; in the long term, 72 percent of respondents disagree with suppression by force. Negotiation (53 percent) has been considered the most effective way of solving the Xinjiang problem, in terms of both short- and long-term policy. This result suggests that most people understand that suppression cannot eliminate the root cause of the ethnic conflict. Most respondents do not think that language and religious reform can solve the ethnic problem in Xinjiang. This suggests that Chinese people lack a comprehensive understanding of the problems in Xinjiang. Language is central to ethnic identity, and official language policies are often overlooked as critical factors in the conflict over ethnic nationalism. Han culture and Han Chinese is the mainstream culture of China, and Han people have an absolute advantage with their language and culture compared to the Uyghur minority. Thus, Uyghur minorities are at an absolute disadvantage in the labor market. This inequality in language and culture is thus a significant contributor to the ethnic conflict. Ignoring cultural and linguistic inequality only marginalizes more
of Xinjiang’s ethnic minorities, and intensifies ethnic discontent. Religious factors, on the other hand, are the root of the conflict. Islam became the main religion in Xinjiang in the early 16th century. PanTurkism and Pan-Islamism, ideologies based on supranational, religious and ethnic identities, arrived in Xinjiang in the early 20th century. Under the influence of the pan-Turkism and pan-Islamism, the Xinjiang separatists and religious extremists started a movement to overthrow the Chinese Communist Party. Many scholars consequently see Pan-Turkism and Pan-Islamism as the religious and cultural origin of Xinjiang separatism. Current religious policy intensifies the ethnic conflict. Yet most Chinese overlook the importance of religious policy, while overestimating the effect of economic development. To conclude, we explored Chinese opinions and attitudes towards the Kunming attack, and their ideas for solving ethnic conflicts in China. We found that with the violence spreading from Xinjiang to other Chinese regions, Chinese people have begun to fear for their safety, something that could affect social stability. On the other hand, after the incident, Han prejudice towards Uyghur has not grown, and thus Uyghur should not be further marginalized or isolated because of this attack. In terms of ethnic policies, respondents tend to overestimate the impact of economic development as a solution to ethnic conflict while placing less emphasis on religious, linguistic, and cultural policy combined with properly allocating resources between the Han majority and the Uyghur minority. Dingding Chen is Assistant Professor of Government and Public Administration at The University of Macau. Ding Xuejie is a MA student in Sociology at Oxford University.
Monday, 21 April, 2014
D-8 banks to discuss Islamic financing today KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is hosting the Developing Eight (D-8) countries’ central banks experts meeting on promoting financial inclusion and Islamic banking today at the National Institute of Banking and Finance (NIBAF) in the federal capital. The meeting will be inaugurated by SBP Acting Governor Ashraf Mahmood Wathra. The D-8 is an organisation for cooperation among eight developing countries namely Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. The objectives of D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation are to improve all member states’ position in the global economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation in decision-making at international level, and improve standards of living. “In this backdrop, this event is continuation of efforts for achieving these goals,” the SBP said Sunday. The focus of the meeting will be financial inclusion, branchless banking and Islamic finance. Experts from D-8 central banks, members of private sector industry and other officials will attend the meeting. The experts will share experience of member countries and deliberate on further cooperation in promoting financial inclusion, branchless banking and Islamic finance in D-8 countries. sTaFF rePOrT
Solar energy project to bring 1000 MW: Bajwa LAHORE: Provincial Secretary of Energy Usman Bajwa has said Quaid-e-Azam Solar Energy project being developed in Bahawalpur will produce 1000 megawatt electricity. Talking to APP on Sunday, he said the present government was striving hard and utilizing all available resources to generate maximum electricity to end loadshedding. He said the project of Rs 200 billion would be completed in one year. He said owing to investment-friendly policy of the Punjab chief minister foreign investors were making investment in energyoriented projects in Punjab. The secretary said electricity to be generated for solar energy park will be provided not only to Bahawalpur but other districts of South Punjab. He said not only new job opportunities will creat through the mega project but fruits of economic development will also reach the other areas. aPP
LNG import will save Rs 60b per annum: Engro LAHORE: A landmark decision of the federal government to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) and build an LNG terminal at Port Qasim, Karachi, will have far-reaching impacts on the national economy. The decision will enable the government to save around Rs 60 billion rupees per annum on oil imports and alleviate the energy crisis plaguing the country, a spokesman for Engro Limited said on Sunday. He said that Engro applauded the landmark decision and reiterated its firm commitment to fulfill its obligations to ensure energy security and accelerate industrial development in the country. He said that it would have a positive impact on circular debt and reduce average electricity tariff by at least 10pc if LNG were to replace HFO and HSD in existing power generation units. aPP
Europe’s gas supplies not at risk: EU commissioner FRANKFURT: EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Sunday that he saw no danger of Europe’s access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the standoff over Ukraine. “From my many talks with Gazprom, my impression is that our Russian partners will fulfill their contractual obligations and want to supply the gas,” Oettinger told the Sunday newspaper Weltam Sonntag. “We are agreed that, in the case of possible economic sanctions — whether from the European or Russian side — the gas sector should not have any priority,” the commissioner said. Russian gas giant Gazprom accounted for around 25 percent of the European gas market, Oettinger said. “I am against scaling back or even cutting our gas links with Russia in the coming years,” the commissioner said. “But we must pursue our strategy of diversification.” Norway and Algeria were also important gas suppliers, Oettinger said, pointing out that 30 percent of supplies came from Europe itself, namely Britain and the Netherlands. aPP/aFP
CHITRAL: People drink water from pipes after the inauguration of first solar lift irrigation project at Khairabad Drosh. inP
Pakistan not granting MFN status to India: Dastagir JEDDAH inP
AkISTAn is ‘no longer’ considering India for most-favored nation (MFn) status, said Pakistani Federal Minister for Commerce khurram Dastagir khan on Saturday. khan, however, said Pakistan and India had agreed to work together and boost commercial relations by giving non-discriminatory market access (nDMA) status to each other. He said, “Islamabad will not give MFn status to India,” adding “We don’t talk about MFn anymore.” khan was speaking to Arab news in an exclusive interview in which he gave an overview of the growing relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Referring to the commercial relations with India, the Pakistani minister said that, “The two sides had agreed to work within the framework of the nDMA.” In 2012, Pakistan committed itself to giving the MFn status to India after a strong persuasive note by the World Bank, and having done all the necessary spadework in this regard, opted to miss its own deadline, owing to domestic opposition and lack of reciprocal response from new Delhi. Asked about the plan to import electricity from India for the energy-
starved Pakistan, he pointed out that the two countries have made “progress” on the issue of purchasing electricity from India. “But, we need to have two electricity grids connected together for importing electricity,” said khan. In fact, the long discussed Indo-Pak electricity deal has moved closer to reality with Pakistan handing over the draft of an initial power trade deal to India. The move comes in the backdrop of the World Bank having offered to finance the feasibility study and transmission line to import 1,200 megawatts (MW) of power from India. Referring to the EU trade concession granted to Islamabad recently, the Pakistani minister said that, “The EU has granted a ‘Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Plus’ status which allows Pakistani products duty free access to the European market.” The GSP Plus status, he said, will allow almost 20 percent of Pakistani exports to enter the EU market at zero tariff and at 70 percent preferential rates. “The GSP Plus status award shows the confidence of international markets in the excellent quality of Pakistani products,” said khan. The trade concession granted by the EU will help Pakistani exports to rise by up to $2 billion he added noting that Pakistan’s textile industry would stand to benefit the most from this concession.
‘Downslide of dollar won’t aﬀect Pakistani exports’ KARACHI Online
Pasban Pakistan Director Public Issues Committee Abubakar Usman has said that Pakistani exports would not be affected even if the US dollar went below Rs 98. In a statement here, he said the statement of Pakistani finance minister that exports may halt if the US dollar fell below Rs 98 was based on wrong assumptions. It seemed the government was not interested to appreciate the value of Pak rupee and
decreased inflation and price hike. He said if the dollars stayed below Rs 98 price hike would also decrease at local level and rates of imported goods would come down. He said the depreciation of the US dollar would also lessen the foreign loans of Pakistan and it would stabilize the national economy. He said the Pakistani exports would not be affected if the dollar fell below Rs 98 level. He reminded that the record showed that in 2011 when the US dollar was at Rs85 Pakistan exports were at $25bn.
He said in 2012-13 when the dollar was at Rs94-98 range the exports hit $24bn. He said as per a report from July 2013 to February 2014 when the dollar was at Rs109, the exports were at $17bn. These figures show that the Pakistani exports were being affected not due to the rate of dollar but the wrong policies of the government. He said exports were affected due to load shedding of electricity and gas and rise in their tariffs and delay in payment of exporters’ refund claims, as this delay discourages exporters.
PTA to auction 3G, 4G licenses on Wednesday ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority will auction 3G and 4G spectrum licenses on Wednesday. The auction will be held in two phases for which four Pakistani cellular companies have submitted their bids. The 3G and 4G spectrums will help public access to next generation telecom services across the country. PTA Chairman Dr Tariq Ismail in an interview said availability of high speed mobile broadband services in both urban and rural areas would encourage a more connected community and promote E-commerce activities. He said this will generate more than 900,000 jobs and have multiple benefits for the economy. Online
Askari Bank reports Rs 1.02b profit in 1st quarter of ‘14 ISLAMABAD: Askari Bank announcement leads the banking sector and its results are ahead of analysts’ expectations. The bank has reported strong growth in all income streams. Net interest income increased by a healthy 16 percent compared to the corresponding quarter due to growth in lending – advances deposits ratio (ADR) reaching 64 percent, and an impressive 2 percent decline in cost of funds. Non-interest income almost doubled compared to the corresponding quarter due to increased revenues from trade and business and gains from stock market. The improvement in non-performing loans appears to be attributable to recovery that is also depicted by a net reversal of provisions for the quarter, adding to the bottom line profits. Askari Bank went through a major overhaul in 2013 that followed the change of guards when its majority shareholding was acquired by the Fauji Group which is ranked amongst the largest business conglomerates in Pakistan. The announcement of quarterly results reflects that Askari Bank is now set on the course of sustainable growth. Press release
PPP demands wheat subsidy in Gilgit/Baltistan LAHORE inP
Pakistan People’s Party, Punjab, Secretary General Tanvir Ashraf kaira has called upon the federal government to restore the wheat subsidy to the people of Gilgit/Balitistan and thus dispel the impression that was becoming increasingly popular that this was a government of the capital-
ists by the capitalists and for the capitalists. He said that the Gilgit/Baltistan government had been facing the tough resistance from the people who had resorted to sit-in for the last many days in front of the Secretariat. He said the wheat subsidy to the people of the region was absolutely critical because they could not afford to buy expensive staple food due to the wide spread poverty. He
added that previous government of the PPP never even thought of such anti-poor steps and continued the subsidy throughout its period so that the poor could maintain the subsistence level. He pointed out that the government’s generosity towards elite had no limit as it had awarded more than three hundred billions rupees exemption in duties and taxes through various SROs to
the crony capitalists adding as to why the government was so parsimonious towards marginalized as it was contemplating to starve the poorest of the poor. He expressed his utter dismay over the faint ignorance of the Minister for State and frontier Regions who maintained that wheat subsidy was not the subject of the federal government. Mr kaira assured the people of
Gilgit/Baltistan that the Pakistan People’s Party was with them in difficult times and fully supported their legitimate demand and would keep on pressing the government to alleviate them from the o r d e a l sooner t h a n later.
Monday, 21 April, 2014
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A coworker lends a hand today -- even if it's their day off or you are actually on the hunt for a new gig. Something they say or do leads the way to something that is much better for both of you.
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Monday, 21 April, 2014
Why all babies love peekaboo
EEKAbOO is a game played over the world, crossing language and cultural barriers. Why is it so universal? Perhaps because it’s such a powerful learning tool. One of us hides our eyes and then slowly reveals them. This causes peals of laughter from a baby, which causes us to laugh in turn. Then we do it again. And again. Peekaboo never gets old. Not only does my own infant daughter seem happy to do it for hours, but when I was young I played it with my mum (“you chuckled a lot!” she confirms by text message) and so on back through the generations. We are all born with unique personalities, in unique situations and with unique genes. So why is it that babies across the world are constantly rediscovering peekaboo for themselves? babies don’t read books, and they don’t know that many people, so the surprising durability and cultural universality of peekaboo is perhaps a clue that it taps into something fundamental in their minds. No mere habit or fashion, the game can help show us the foundations on which adult human thought is built. An early theory of why babies enjoy peekaboo is that they are surprised when things come
back after being out of sight. This may not sound like a good basis for laughs to you or I, with our adult brains, but to appreciate the joke you have to realise that for a baby, nothing is given. They are born into a buzzing confusion, and gradually have to learn to make sense of what is happening around them. You know that when you hear my voice, I’m usually not far behind, or that when a ball rolls behind a sofa it still exists, but think for a moment how you came by this certainty. The Swiss developmental psychologist Jean Piaget called this principle ‘object permanence’ and suggested that babies spent the first two years of their lives working it out. And of course those two years are prime peekaboo time. Looked at this way, the game isn’t just a joke, but helps babies test and retest a fundamental principle of existence: that things stick around even when you can’t see them. Maybe evolution fixed it so that babies enjoy peekaboo for its own sake, since it proved useful in cognitive development, but I doubt it. Something deeper than mere education is going on. SUrpriSE ElEmEnT: Peekaboo uses the fundamental structure of all good jokes - surprise, balanced with expectation. Re-
searchers Gerrod Parrott and Henry Gleitman showed this in tests involving a group of six-, seven- and eight-month-olds which sound like more fun than a psychology experiment should be. Most of the time the peekaboo game proceeded normally, however on occasion the adult hid and reappeared as a different adult, or hid and reappeared in a different location. Videos of the infants were rated by independent observers for how much the babies smiled and laughed. On these “trick trials” the babies smiled and laughed less, even though the outcome was more surprising. What’s more, the difference between their enjoyment of normal peekaboo and trick-peekaboo increased with age (with the eight-month-olds enjoying the trick trials least). The researchers’ interpretation for this is that the game relies on being able to predict the outcome. As the babies get older their prediction gets stronger, so the discrep-
ancy with what actually happens gets larger - they find it less and less funny. The final secret to the enduring popularity of peekaboo is that it isn’t actually a single game. As the baby gets older their carer lets the game adapt to the babies’ new abilities, allowing both adult and infant to enjoy a similar game but done in different ways. The earliest version of peekaboo is simple looming, where the carer announces they are coming with their voice before bringing their face into close focus for the baby. As the baby gets older they can enjoy the adult hiding and reappearing, but after a year or so they can graduate to take control by hiding and reappearing themselves. In this way
peekaboo can keep giving, allowing a perfect balance of what a developing baby knows about t h e
world, what they are able to control and what they are still surprised by. Thankfully we adults enjoy their laughter so much that the repetition does nothing to stop us enjoying endless rounds of the game ourselves. BY BBC FUTURE
Smells are the key to memory: study WAVES IN THE BRAIN MAKE SCENTS 'STICK' TO THE MIND'S INNER MAP HELPING PEOPLE RECALL PAST EVENTS
Steer clear of flu with vigorous exercise: British research Whether it’s running, mountain biking or competitive sports, the benefits of exercise go far beyond promoting heart health. According to a recent British study, vigorous exercise could even help you to avoid catching the flu next winter. Intense physical activity appears to stimulate the immune system, according to a study carried out by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and presented at National Science and Engineering Week, which took place in the UK last month. The researchers’ findings were based on the results of the Flu Survey, an online project that collects data on the seasonal illness from volunteers. Around 4,800 people took part in the survey this year, answering questions on their exercise habits among other lifestyle factors. Based on the results, the researchers determined that 100 out of every 1,000 cases of the flu could have been prevented through two and a half hours of vigorous exercise per week. The authors of the study specify, however, that moderate exercise did not have the same effect. “We need to treat this result cautiously as these are preliminary findings, however they are consistent with findings for other conditions and really show the health benefits of exercise,” said Dr. Alma Adler, a research fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The results of the Flu Survey echo those in a previous study published in the Journal of Cardiology, which showed that intensive exercise provided a boost to the immune system. COURTESY RELAX NEWS
Freshly cut grass can, for some people, trigger memories of lazy summer days in the park. Certain smells may even have more power than any other sense to help people recall distant memories. Now a Norwegian study has uncovered the process behind how waves in the brain make smells stick to distant memories and 'inner maps'. ‘The signals from your nose translate and connect to memories in an orchestrated symphony of signals in your head,’ the researchers said. Each of these memories link up with a location, pinpointed on an inner map in the brain, according to the study by the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Trondheim, Norway. The brain, they claim, connects smells to memories in a process where neural networks are linked to brain waves - the electrical signal from a large number of
neurons – at around 20-40 Hz. ‘We all know that smell is connected to memories,’ Kei Igarashi, lead author said. ‘We know that neurons in different brain regions
need to oscillate in synchrony for these regions to speak effectively to each other. ‘Still, the relationship between interregional coupling and formation of memory traces has remained poorly understood.’ THE STUDY: To find out more about this process, researchers designed a maze for rats, where a rat would see a hole to poke its nose into. When poking into the hole, the
rat was presented with one of two alternative smells. One smell told the rat that food would be found in the left food cup behind the rat. The other smell told it that there was food in the right cup. After three weeks of training, the rats chose the hole with the food more than 85 per cent of the time. In order to see what happened inside the brain during food-retrieval, 16 electrode pairs were inserted in the brains hippocampus and in different areas of the entorhinal cortex (EC). The EC-hippocampus system is thought to play an important role in recalling autobiographical memories, particularly ones linked to location. After the associations between smell and place were well established, the researchers could see a pattern of brain wave activity in these areas. ‘Immediately after the rat is exposed to the smell there is a burst in activity of 20 Hz waves,’ Professor Igarashi said. He added that the evidence is now piling up to finally explain how brain waves help memories stick to smell. ONLINE
Emojis are taking over the world! CARTOON FACES TOP 2014 LIST OF THE WEB’S MOST POPULAR WORDS From tech terms and celebrity break-ups to world events, social media is giving experts more information than ever before than what people really talk about online. A study has found that ‘emoji’,’ ‘futebol’, and ‘ghost plane’ - relating to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane - are the top trending words and phrases of the year so far. The words and phrases were plucked from among millions used online in social media, blogs and global media. The top trending word of the year so far is emoji – the small digital images used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication - which are continuing to
spread like wildfire online. They are popularly used on social media sites and in emails and there have even been complaints that the current character set is not diverse enough. Major global events hitting the news such as the actions of ‘V. V. Putin’, fighting in the ‘Crimea,’ the mystery of ‘ghost plane’ Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the ‘Mid Term Elections,’ fea-
ture in the list of 15 top trending words and phrases of 2014. The recent astronomical event of the ‘blood moon’ and Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘conscious decoupling’ were two unusual events that captured the public’s imagination and were talked about online, while long-running issues including ‘climate change’ and ‘inflation’ continued to be of interest.
Texas-based Global Language Monitor (GLM) analysed and catalogued the latest trends in word usage and their impact on the various aspects of culture, with a particular emphasis on global English. ‘Not only is the English language adding a new word every 98 minutes, but it is also expanding the basis of word creation,’ said Paul Payack, chief word analyst at GLM. ‘The alphabet itself is now expanding beyond letters to numbers + (emoticons) diacritical marks + emoji (picture words).’ The words are collected from throughout the English-speaking world, which now numbers more than 1.83 billion speakers. The company uses ‘NarrativeTracker technologies’ to perform its internet and social media analysis, which includes looking at the internet, blogosphere, the top 300,000 print and electronic global media, as well as new social media sources as they emerge. VIA DAILY MAIL
Monday, 21 April, 2014
LoLLywood Legend Bashir ahmed no more with us E
MINENT Lollywood singer Bashir Ahmed is no more; dubbed as ‘Ahmed Rushdi’ of Bangladesh, the singer passed away the other night. Reports suggest that Mr Bashir breathed his last at his Mohammad Pur residence at around 10 p.m. Bashir Ahmed, who was born in Kolkata (India) in 1939, was introduced to the world of music while at a tender age of 15 and later on, he emerged as one of the very few music artists lending their voices to several languages such as Bangla, Hindi, Urdu and also Nepalese songs. Bashir Ahmed actually started his singing career from Bangladesh whereby he had migrated with family in the 1960s.
The singer also tried his luck as a lyricist and wrote several memorable songs (which he sung himself) for both Indian and Bangla features films. During his yearslong career, Bashir Ahmed was honored with numerous awards for the songs he sung, including the ‘National Film Award.’ Meanwhile, Meena, Raja and Humaira, the singer’s wife, son and daughter respectively, are also music artists; they’re equally talented and successful in their respective fields as Bashir. Quite inspired by Top Pakistani singer Ahmed Rushdi, Bashir Ahmed was given the title of ‘Bangladeshi Ahmed Rushdi’ since his own style of singing reflected Rushdi’s style. AGENCIES
Kangana to reveaL her coLd, BrutaL avatar
After playing a drug addict in Fashion (2008), a bubbly girl in Tanu Weds Manu (2011), a mutant in Krrish 3 (2013) and a simpleton in Queen (2014), Kangana Ranaut's next outing will see her in a brutal avatar. Revolver Rani, presented by Ponty Chadha's Wave Cinemas, has her playing Alka Singh, a dacoit from the Chambal Valley, who later enters politics. The actress says the role demanded that she step out of her comfort zone, adding, "The film was a challenge as it extracted from me much more, physically and emotionally." Director Sai Kabir describes Alka as a woman who is angry with the world. "She is a cold gangster-turned-politician with fire within her," he says. So, what made him do the film? "Pulp fiction has always fascinated me," he replies. Raju Chadha, Chairman of Wave Group, which is one of the producers, says, "We have always believed in making and distributing clutter-breaking cinema, be it Kahaani, OMG Oh My God, or Special 26. With Revolver Rani, we hope to introduce a new genre to the Indian audience." Revolver Rani, a Crouching Tiger production in association with Moving Pictures and Tigmanshu Dhulia, releases April 25. AGENCIES
JacqeLine to Be part of housefuLL 3? Actress Jacqueline Fernandez is likely to team up with Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan for the third installment of hit comedy film 'Housefull'. The makers of 'Housefull' franchise are planning to come up with 'Housefull 3'. The first installment in the series, which was directed by Sajid Khan, had Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone and Lara Dutta in the lead roles. In the sequel 'Housefull 2', besides Akshay and Riteish from the original film, the new additions were John Abraham, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Zarine Khan, Shazahn Padamsee and Shreyas Talpade. Both the films are made under Sajid Nadiadwala's banner. Nadiadwala has roped in popular writer-turneddirector duo Sajid-Farhad, replacing Sajid Khan. "Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh will once again be a part of this 'Housefull' series. Abhishek Bachchan will now join the cast. As of now, these three actors are confirmed for the film. Talks with Jacqueline are on but nothing is confirmed yet," a source told. "Besides Jacqueline, we plan to rope in two top actresses as well," according to the source. NEWS DESK
sana Leaving for maLaysia, uK today
Pakistani film and television actress Sana, who is reportedly expecting her second child with husband Fakhar is flying to Malaysia. The actress is believed to have ‘limited her showbiz activities’ since she’s pregnant and reports suggest that from Malaysia; she will take a flight to London next month. Although the Lollywood actress has not said a single word about her being pregnant but the word is out that Sana is already several weeks into pregnancy. It is also being speculated that she wants to stay in the United Kingdom (London); till the baby’s birth. AGENCIES
my mom not a party girL: Lindsay Lohan
JUSTIN BIEBER GATE CRASHES DRAKE BELL'S NEW ALBUM RELEASE PARTY Justin Bieber recently gate crashed the release party of Drake Bell's new album in LA. The 'Beauty and the Beat' singer came outside of Mixology at the Grove and also posted a video of the joyful reception on Instagram, where he captioned the clip as,
"so nice seeing my fans at the grove tonight", the New York Post reported. Bell thanked the 20-year-old singer for coming at his party and tweeted that he didn't know that he was down stairs and apologized to the singer as they didn't let him in. AGENCIES
Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has defended her mother Dina, saying she has never been a party girl. The Mean Girls star has been battling with drug and alcohol addiction, and many pointed out that her mother Dina was the reason behind her troubled ways. During an interview on US talk show Watch What Happens Live, Lindsay defended her mother, who was booked for Driving While Intoxicated and speeding in September 2013, reports contactmusic.com. "My mum doesn't drink. That's (Dina's hardcore partying) never been true. It's really interesting how people perceive it and what gets told, because if anything, she's gone out with me because I've forced her to come out with me," she added. "It's just a security blanket. The trust in there. I have a cool mom. And she had me at a very young age. Thank god for that though because she's my best friend," she added. NEWS DESK
Deepika paDukone the new baby Doll!
micheLLe oBama to guest star on nashviLLe
Shah Rukh Khan and Ekta Kapoor may not be the best of friends but now they have a Baby Doll in common. Kanika Kapoor, who sang the Ragini MMS 2 chartbuster, has been roped in to lend her voice for SRK's Happy New Year. The film opens with this song, to be shot in a dingy bar and introduces the film's leading lady, Deepika Padukone. Revealed a source from the film's production, "Both SRK and Farah were impressed with the way Baby Doll escalated the fortunes of Ekta's horrex. However, instead of the Meet Brothers, Kanika will be collaborating with Dr. Zeus this time." Like with Sunny Leone in the Ragini sequel, Deepika who plays a bar dancer in Happy New Year, is the focal point of the song. SRK also intends to shoot a remix version with Kanika, like he did in Lungi Dance with Honey Singh in Chennai Express. When contacted, Kanika confirmed the story saying, "I can assure you that this song will be a bigger hit than Baby Doll. It's something that has never been attempted before. People are bored with the same type of songs, they are looking for a change and this will be it!" The film which also features, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah is set for a Diwali release. AGENCIES
Michelle Obama is to make a cameo appearance on American musical drama series ‘Nashville’ next month. The First Lady, 50, will make a cameo appearance as herself in an upcoming episode of the ABC drama, which will air on May 7 and lead up to the season two finale. The brunette beauty will appear alongside Connie Britton, whose character Rayna James persuades Obama to host a charity concert at Fort Campbell, after it is revealed character Luke Wheeler has been injured in Afghanistan. The mother of two, who appears to have no problem oozing confidence in front of the cameras, recently admitted she was not against getting Botox done in the future because she believes women should have the power to feel happy in their own skin. “Right now, I don’t imagine that I would go that route, but I’ve also learned to never say ‘never’. Women should hav the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves,” she had said. NEWS DESK
Wright focused on climbing St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has insisted his side are more focused on climbing the Scottish Premiership table than thinking of their Scottish Cup final with Dundee United. The Perth club drew first-blood over their cup final opponents thanks to their well deserved 2-0 victory at McDiarmid Park in the league on Saturday, a feat secured by goals in either half from defender Steven Anderson and striker Stevie May. Saints face Jackie McNamara’s United at Celtic Park on May 17 when the Tayside rivals will go head-to-head for the prestigious old trophy in Glasgow, which will be the Perth side’s first-ever Scottish Cup final in their 130-year history. But until the time when the teams face each other again in a few weeks’ time, Wright maintains all of their thoughts will be on trying to improve on their current sixth position in the table. He said: “It’s another win which is what we were looking for. “We still have a few league games left when we will be looking to get further up the table. “We will still be trying to finish fourth. This result takes us to within three points of Dundee United. “A lot of attention is obviously on the cup final but it’s still a bit off. “That’s what I’ve been telling the players and they know that. “In the meantime, we just have to try and keep doing what we’re good at. “It’s another clean sheet and that’s something we’ve been doing well at this season. “It’s important to be solid and the lads looked like that today. “We will be very much focused on May 17 when it comes round but until then there’s still a lot of football to be played.” United assistant manager Simon Donnelly admitted his players were never at the races in the Fair City as boss McNamara watched from the stand as he began his three-match touchline ban. Donnelly said: “It was just one of those days. “It was pretty frustrating from start to finish. “We didn’t really get going and then conceded what was a pretty poor first goal. “There wasn’t much quality to our play which was disappointing. “We wanted to try and put pressure on the teams above us in the league.” United are now gearing up for their final four games of the league season before tackling Saints again for the chance to repeat their 2010 cupwinning heroics. Donnelly added: “We’ll pick ourselves up. “In the games which are left, we hope to get some momentum and confidence. “That’s the important thing and that’s what we’ll be aiming to do over the next few weeks.” SPORTS DESK
Monday, 21 April, 2014
Cook relieved after period in limbo
LASTAIR Cook admitted he had felt in limbo since returning from Australia and is now energised by the prospect of being able to begin forging the next generation of the England team alongside Peter Moores. Cook was told of Moores’ appointment for his second stint as England coach on Friday afternoon, bringing an end to an uncertain couple of months for him where he has been eager to start planning how to arrest England’s winter decline but was unable to talk to the man in charge because his identity was unknown. He also said that the split coaching set-up, implemented in early 2013, had been “very hard to manage” and that one man in overall charge was the ideal way forward. There was a sense, too, as Cook spoke at Lord’s following the announcement of Moores’ return five years after being sacked, that he is going to embrace the chance to put his mark on English cricket with more than just runs (although they, too, have been in short supply). It was, perhaps, a partial admission that the team Cook inherited from Andrew Strauss had not accepted the methods that work for one captain-coach combination do not always translate to a new pairing. Cook, looking refreshed and chipper following a pre-season where he has been able to concentrate on himself for a few weeks (a small benefit of the state of flux English cricket has been in, plus his absence from the T20 side) and after a hundred last week for Essex, opted for a touch of self-depreciation as he summed up his roller-coaster captaincy to date. “As a captain I seem to have got rid of two coaches and an MD, so not sure what has quite happened,” he said. “It’s been an amazing 18 months. I had Andy as the full-time coach, then Andy
Flower and Ashley Giles as coaches and now Peter. Over 18 months that’s quite a lot to deal with. “We have been in limbo the last couple of months, coming back from Australia, devastated with what happened, and you start to think about how to turn things around. You have a lot of ideas, talk to a lot of people but you can’t actually follow through until the head coach came in. When I found who it was, it was a weight off my shoul-
ders. I can now pick up the phone and talk cricket.” Giles lost out due to concerns over his lack of experience - seven years as a coach compared to Moores’ 16 - and Cook said he was “gutted” for him, acknowledging that Giles “found his hands were tied” at certain times while sharing the job with Flower, but that the attempt to divide the coaching workload had been worth trying. “The idea behind it was good, to keep Andy involved. He couldn’t have carried on as he was. We won some good cricket - India and the Ashes - so it did work in that sense but it is very hard to manage that situation because, as Ashley would say, he probably found his hands were tied. It was quite a big change. It was an experiment worth trying, but if you can find a guy with the energy to do all three forms it’s a better way forward. “Giles is a very good guy and was desperate to become England coach. Unfortunately you have to make tough decisions as the leader of any company and Paul [Downton] has made that tough decision. I don’t think you can say the players let Ashley down. We all got behind him, liked his methods, worked hard and enjoyed working under him. Peter has 16 years of coaching experience and has been successful and Paul thought it would be wrong to ignore that. “I’ve got on really well with Peter, not only the time where he was England coach but we did quite a lot of work on the Academy together before that. I think he’s a really good coach, a brilliant coach in fact, and a really good person.” Cook’s captaincy has come in for some strong criticism - not just during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash - and Moores made clear reference to playing a new ‘brand’ of cricket. Cook insisted he will not make any radical personal changes, citing his success in India and last year’s home Ashes as supporting evidence in his favour, but conceded that there is now a chance to start afresh.
Daehli delight for Solskjaer SPORTS DESK Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed the impact of his fellow Norwegian Mats Daehli as Cardiff continue their fight for Barclays Premier League survival. “He is proving time and time again that he is worth a place in the team,” Solskjaer said of the 19-yearold, who joined Cardiff during the January transfer window this season. “He gets you on the edge of your seat, he does things, the difficult things at times, and he is fantastic at just playing simple when that is required. “He’s a good footballer, and I think he has done fantastic since he has come here.” For all Daehli’s excellence, though, Cardiff were once again left indebted to goalkeeper David Marshall as their saviour. Scotland international Marshall,
viewed by many pundits as the best keeper in English football’s top flight this season, came to Cardiff’s rescue with a brilliant late point-blank save to deny Stoke substitute Oussama
Assaidi a probable winner. “The first 75-80 minutes I thought we deserved more than a draw,” Solskjaer added. “Towards the end, though, you might say we didn’t deserve anything. We have a top, top goalkeeper and he saved a point for us. We thank him again. “He has just signed a (new) contract, and we are going to make sure he doesn’t have the option of going down. We have three games to rescue the season.” Cardiff have three games left in the quest to avoid a quickfire Championship return - away to Sunderland and Newcastle, then at home against Chelsea. “Two wins would be enough, but you never know in this league,” Solskjaer said. “You never know what the outcome is going to be in any of the games.
Jayasuriya unhappy at Farbrace’s conduct SPORTS DESK Sri Lanka’s chief selector, Sanath Jayasuriya, has joined the SLC in expressing dismay at news of head coach Paul Farbrace’s possible move to England, citing the cost the board bore to have Farbrace released from his Yorkshire contract. Jayasuriya was a member of the panel that vetted applicants and recommended Farbrace for the head coach job.
Jayasuriya has also been the key figure in regenerating the Sri Lanka team in light of imminent high-profile retirements - a task Farbrace was specifically chosen to assist with. “We negotiated with Yorkshire and even paid his severance fees before getting Farbrace, who was the second eleven coach there, to become the head coach in Sri Lanka,” Jayasuriya told Sunday Times. “Now that he has made his credentials he has de-
cided to move on without giving us adequate time to make the necessary adjustments. It’s not done by Sri Lanka cricket.” SLC treasurer Nuski Mohamed said that while the board did not pay an official severance fee to Yorkshire, it had covered the local costs of the Yorkshire team’s recent pre-season tour of Sri Lanka. That tour had formed the bulk of SLC’s official compensation to Yorkshire, in return for securing Farbrace’s release.
Lennon hails Griffiths’ impact Whatever problems Leigh Griffiths might be bringing to the door of Neil Lennon, the Celtic striker continues to please his boss on the field. The Northern Irishman was unequivocal on Friday when he said that he expects the 23-year-old forward to be at Parkhead next season, despite him being investigated by his club, the police and the Scottish Football Association for allegedly singing a song described by the football authorities as being of “an offensive, racist and/or discriminatory nature”. Griffiths, a former Hibernian player, was filmed singing with Hibs fans in a pub ahead of the Edinburgh derby against Hearts last month and is alleged to have joined in a chant describing the Jambos’ former Czech Republic midfielder Rudi Skacel as “a refugee”. The Scottish FA charges, of bringing the game into disrepute and of not acting in the best interests of the game, were added to an earlier charge of singing about Hearts “going bust” and Griffiths is due to appear at Hampden on Thursday. However, that was put on the back burner on Saturday when the Scotland striker came off the bench at Motherwell to put Celtic ahead after they had fought back from a two-goal deficit with his sixth goal in 11 appearances for the champions since signing from Wolves in January. And although John Sutton’s injury-time goal, his second of the game, gave the home side a point, Lennon said: “I am delighted for Leigh. He is here to score goals and he took his goal really well. “That is the best way to answer back if there is criticisms thrown his way.” SPORTS DESK
SHASTRI IN PROPOSED IPL PROBE PANEL SPORTS DESK The BCCI will propose to the Supreme Court on Tuesday the names of RK Raghavan, former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) head, JN Patel, former chief justice of the Calcutta High Court, and former India allrounder Ravi Shastri to constitute the panel to probe corruption allegations in the IPL. The decision was taken at a working committee meeting in Mumbai on Sunday attended among others by former BCCI president Shashank Manohar. In its previous order on April 16, the Supreme Court had asked the BCCI to come back with constructive, corrective measures to ensure a free and fair probe. Accordingly, the working committee of the board met with a single-point agenda on Sunday.
Incidentally, despite various working committee members confirming the names of the proposed probe panel, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel refused to divulge the names. “We have finalised the three-member panel that will be proposed to the Supreme Court but considering the sanctity of the court, I cannot reveal their names,” Patel told the media after the meeting. The biggest surprise of the day saw Manohar, who had not attended a single board meeting since handing over the presidency to N Srinivasan in October 2011, representing the Vidarbha Cricket Association, which is part of the working committee. Till late Saturday evening, it was not Manohar but VCA president Prakash Dixit who was expected to attending today’s meeting. Manohar’s presence assumed significance considering he has been a vocal
critic of Srinivasan in the past month. It is understood that in addition to the trio, two more names came up for discussion: former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee and L Nageshwar Rao, additional solicitor general of India, who was also part of the Justice Mudgal inquiry committee. “One of the members felt that since he had already worked as part of the Mudgal panel he would be well versed with the matter,” an official, a special invitee of interim president Shivlal Yadav, said. According to a panel member the decision to pick Raghavan and Shastri was not “unanimous”. However it is understood that when a show-of-hands vote was taken for Raghavan, there were 14 members in favour, with a solitary opponent. That lone hand was raised by Manohar though no details were available
about why he was against Raghavan being part of the panel. Although Manohar did not speak on his way out, Sneh Bansal, one of the BCCI vice-presidents, stressed on the need for proposing names who have an “impeccable record and clean image”. When Shastri’s name came up, one of the members objected, stating how the former India allrounder, who is also part of the IPL Governing Council, tournament’s Code of Behaviour and Technical panels, could be proposed. The unnamed member’s objection was how Shastri could be part of the probe panel considering he was a paid BCCI employee. However, Patel explained that the Bombay High Court, in its order last year had observed that the probe committee needed to include one member from the Code of Behaviour committee under
the IPL Operational Rules. According to the IPL website, the Code of Behaviour Committee names are listed as: Sanjay Patel, Ranjib Biswal, Amitabh Chaudhary, Ravi Shastri and Arindam Ganguly. While Shastri is not an office bearer of the BCCI, he is on the BCCI payroll as a commentator and along with being a member of the governing council, his name is found in two of four other IPL committees on the tournament website. While Tamil Nadu Cricket Association secretary Kasi Viswanathan, a close aide of sidelined BCCI president Srinivasan, attended the meeting, Saurashtra Cricket Association secretary Niranjan Shah, Kerala Cricket Association president TC Mathew and Tripura Cricket Association secretary Arindam Ganguly also attended as special invitees.
Monday, 21 April, 2014
Chaos threatens to engulf SL again
Allardyce sympathises with fans
THE POSSIBLE DEPARTURE OF PAUL FARBRACE WILL CAUSE FRESH TUMULT FOR SRI LANKA, JUST TWO WEEKS AFTER THEIR WORLD T20 WIN SPARKED SCENES OF JUBILATION
Sam Allardyce has sympathy with the West Ham fans who booed the team off after their 1-0 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday but insists it was difficult for the Hammers to break down their resilient opponents. Mile Jedinak had put Palace in front with a penalty just before the hour mark and West Ham rarely looked like scoring an equaliser as they struggled to create chances and conceded possession cheaply on a number of occasions. It is not the first time the Hammers players have experienced a hostile atmosphere from their own supporters this season after the team were booed off last month despite beating Hull 2-1. “I always have sympathy with the fans’ frustrations,” Allardyce said after watching his side suffer their third successive defeat. “I’m as frustrated as they are and I don’t want to see my team lose a game of football, particularly at home. “At the end of the day though it’s difficult when you are playing a team that is very good at what they do. “Palace have hardly conceded more than one goal in any of their last 10 or 11 games so we knew we had to score the first goal and try to win the game 1-0. “If we got more than that then fine but our finishing failed us and perhaps the referee failed us too.” West Ham are seven points clear of the relegation places ahead of Saturday’s fixture away to fellow strugglers West Brom. Allardyce’s side, who have 37 points, are unlikely to be dragged into the bottom three but will be keen to seal survival at the Hawthorns with difficult games against Tottenham and Manchester City to finish. “We’ve got West Brom next which is the most important game for us to concentrate on and try to go play as well as we’ve been playing but make sure we get a result,” Allardyce said. “Certainly the last two home games here, having got nothing and losing both games by three penalties, is a bit difficult to take to say the least. “At least we’ve got the points gap so it looks like we’re not going to put ourselves under too much pressure but we are under some pressure now. “We’ve lost all of our last three games so we have to put that right at West Brom on Saturday - it’s that simple.” Upton Park rose to its feet before kick-off to give a minute’s applause in memory of former West Ham striker Dylan Tombides who died of cancer on Friday aged 20. The club have retired Tombides’ number 38 shirt and supporters paid tribute to the player again during the 38th minute of the match. “Football doesn’t mean too much to me today after what happened to Dylan,” Allardyce said. “When I heard the news of him passing away my thoughts were with him and his family - my sympathies are with them. SPORTS DESK
OR almost 18 years, there was hardly a better time to be a Sri Lanka cricket fan than the past two weeks. The WT20 party hurtled seamlessly into the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in one uninterrupted sequence of exploding firecrackers, and the nation drew deep from the taste and noise of success. But two weeks is all you get. As the head coach contemplates jumping ship, euphoria has begun to dissolve with the onset of monsoon rains, leaving behind hardier features of the Sri Lanka fan’s existence: frustration and uncertainty. The full story behind Paul Farbrace’s potential departure is not yet clear but, while he had been well-regarded within the team, unconfirmed tales of discontent with SLC have already begun to emerge. Before taking the job, Farbrace had spoken of an “affinity” for Sri Lanka and its players since his time as the team’s assistant coach from 2007 to 2009, and perhaps he will have known that to thrive in Sri Lanka, an affinity for chaos is also required. Chaos is what he got when Sri Lanka set out to the World T20 with central contracts unsigned, only to win the tournament, before senior players publically slammed board officials minutes after the team had landed. That Farbrace will have been offered a bigger salary by the ECB is almost certain, and even if SLC was not crippled by debt, it could hardly hope to match the England board’s financial might. Sri Lanka’s cricketers play unpaid for months because they feel it is their duty but a foreigner is not bound by such virtue. SLC has also confirmed Farbrace is on a six-month probationary period, which may mean Farbrace can walk out of his contract with few repercussions, though SLC secretary Nishantha
Ranatunga said on Sunday that the exact legal consequences have not yet been worked out. If Farbrace is appointed England’s assistant coach, Sri Lanka will be in considerable strife. They are weeks from undertaking their biggest overseas tour of the year, and fewer than 12 months out from a World Cup they have built methodically for since 2012. A recent history of ODI success in Australia and their general global tournament form has the team believing they can win back-to-back ICC titles, but to make a dramatic change to the coaching staff at this stage may be counter-productive. That said, so often in Sri Lankan cricket, the team triumphs not only in spite of upheaval, but seemingly because of it. There might be a karmic symmetry to Farbrace quitting on short notice, after having made no efforts to communicate with the board - in January 2012, Geoff Marsh was dumped by Sri Lanka, also after having little over three months in the role.
Chelsea firmly focused on Atletico tie: Matic SPORTS DESK Chelsea must wrestle back control of their season in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final at Atletico Madrid, according to Nemanja Matic. Loan star Fabio Borini’s penalty sealed Sunderland’s Stamford Bridge victory, handing the striker’s parent club Liverpool the upper hand in the title battle. Chelsea can expect contact from the Football Association on Tuesday over Ramires’ apparent elbow in the face of Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson that went unpunished, and assistant coach Rui Faria’s sending off for confronting fourth official Phil Dowd. Matic said Chelsea can ill afford to bemoan their Black Cats loss if they want to salvage their silverware dreams. “I can say that we gave our best, I saw after the game that every player was sad because of the result,” the 25-year-old told Chelsea TV. “We tried, we fought until the end for the
result, until the last minute, and we were unlucky not to win. “Everybody knew how important it was for us, this game, but that’s football. “Now we can’t do anything, we have to look forward, get focused on the Champions League, because as you know the Premier League title is going to be difficult to win.”
Jose Mourinho suffered his first home Premier League defeat in 78 games on Saturday, and Chelsea are yet to face leaders Liverpool at Anfield on April 27. Chelsea will hope goalkeeper Petr Cech will recover from the virus that ruled him out of the Sunderland defeat in time for Tuesday’s Atletico trip. The Blues will also sweat on the fitness of midfielder Eden Hazard, who will need to train on Monday to have any chance of making Mourinho’s match squad for the Madrid battle. Brazilian midfielder Ramires could well have played his last Chelsea game this season too, after appearing to strike Sunderland’s Larsson in the face. Ramires’ strike was missed by referee Mike Dean, and the fact the official took no action leaves the door open for the FA to impose a charge. With his two prior red cards for the season, Ramires could be facing a five-match ban, and that would end his campaign prematurely.
England duo offer mixed views on axed Pietersen SPORTS DESK Kevin Pietersen’s former England teammates continue to offer contrasting testimony about the help, or otherwise, he has given them. Eoin Morgan still appears to be scratching his head about the enforced absence of a colleague whose advice he regularly seeks even now. James Taylor, however, can give no such glowing reference for the superstar batsman with whom he shared a century stand on his Test debut yet who never actually spoke to him. Both Morgan and Taylor are hoping to force their way back into England’s Test match middle order this summer, as a promised ‘new era’ takes shape under new head coach Peter Moores following last winter’s Ashes whitewash. In the messy aftermath of that 5-0 drubbing, the England and Wales Cricket Board called time on Pietersen’s outstanding international career - citing issues of “trust” and “team ethics”.
Pietersen appears to have Morgan’s confidence nonetheless. “I still talk to him all the time,” said the Irishman, who at 27 has not played Test cricket for more than two years but is central to England’s limited-overs plans.
“I’ve learned a huge amount from Kev. He has been supportive of me since I came in the side.” Morgan believes Pietersen’s brilliant batting gave all his colleagues an immediate advantage. “He’s a guy who you bat with and
gain a lot of confidence from watching him at the far end,” he added. “He plays a shot that leaves everyone in the field thinking ‘there’s nowhere to go here’ and everybody in the field drops. That gives you a huge boost. He’s been a pleasure to play with.” Morgan is resigned, however, to an England future without Pietersen - who has responded to his axing by agreeing a clutch of lucrative Twenty20 contracts. Asked if he can understand some England supporters being puzzled by their team’s controversial severing of all ties with the South Africa-born batsman, Morgan said: “A little bit ... but again there is not a lot you can do. “I don’t think he will be (involved with England again). He’s going to play IPL, Caribbean Cricket League, play for Surrey.” Taylor could perhaps be forgiven for having less fond memories after playing the first of his two Tests alongside Pietersen, especially once reports emerged of unflattering remarks about his own ability.
SPORTS 15 Alonso credits Domenicali after Ferrari podium Fernando Alonso earned Ferrari their first podium finish of the Formula One season on Sunday and handed some of the credit to former team boss Stefano Domenicali. The Spaniard said his third place in China, the fourth race of the year, was a confidence boost for Formula One’s most glamorous team after a difficult start to the season led to Domenicali’s resignation last week. “I think this podium should be dedicated to Stefano, as everything we do up to July will also be the result of his efforts,” said Alonso. “We have definitely made a step forward, because compared to two weeks ago, we have partly closed the gap to the leaders, but we are well aware there’s still a long way to go and we have to keep our feet on the ground.” Mercedes have won every race this year, with Lewis Hamilton leading Nico Rosberg in a onetwo finish in the last three including China. Alonso was only ninth and way off the pace in Bahrain two weeks earlier but Ferrari’s improved form, with new principal Marco Mattiacci watching from the pit wall, will be good for morale as the team tries to catch up. “We felt more competitive and now ... being here on the podium is some kind of surprise for us, a nice surprise finally,” Alonso said from the podium. “We didn’t have the start of the season that we would like but at the end of the day we’re still in the fight.” The double world champion is third in the standings, 38 points adrift of Rosberg. Ferrari are fourth overall with 52 points, 102 behind Mercedes. “This weekend we made some progress and in general, the speed of the car has increased, both in the corners and on the straights,” said technical head Pat Fry. “But we have to be realistic about our current potential and continue working, because the gap to Mercedes is still big and no one within our team has any intention of giving up.” SPORTS DESK
Hutton out to prove worth Midfielder Kyle Hutton is determined to use the final three matches of Rangers’ season to fight for his future at the club. The 23-year-old, who played the full 90 minutes as goals from Steven Smith, Dean Shiels, Lee McCulloch and Nicky Law secured a 4-0 victory over Stenhousemuir on Saturday, is out of contract in the summer. The win moved Rangers to 33 League One games unbeaten in this campaign, with just matches against Ayr United, Stranraer and Dunfermline now remaining. Hutton’s appearance at Ochilview was just his second league start of a season heavily disrupted by injuries and a struggle to gain regular selection from manager Ally McCoist. “This is the last year of my contract so I am basically fighting for a deal,” he said. “So obviously in the remaining games if I get my chance I need to go out and show the gaffer that I’m up to having a new deal. “Hopefully I can do that in the next few games - I will be totally focused. My agent has spoken to the manager so I will just need to see what happens. I just need to keep performing well. “I’m not sure when it will be sorted out. If I knew I would say, but I have got no idea. Obviously there is stuff going on in the background so you need to wait until all that is sorted out so all I am concentrating on is trying to play well on the pitch and showing him that I’m worth a new deal. “I would like to get it sorted out before I go away anywhere in the summer, but I’ll just have to wait and see. “Obviously you are conscious of it, it is your job and I love being here at Rangers, but as soon as I go out on that pitch it goes right out my head and I just concentrate on my football. I just need to totally focus and keep playing to prove myself to the gaffer.” Hutton said it has taken him time to recapture full fitness after two separate long-term injury absences, but was delighted with the way Rangers played against Stenhousemuir. SPORTS DESK
SPORTS Monday, 21 April, 2014
PCB mulling over radical change in domestic cricket
Saqlain Mushtaq advises bowlers to accept ICC’s ‘15-degree limit’ rule
Karachi: Pakistani spin bowling legend Saqlain Mushtaq has said that players should move on accept the current rules of the ICC regarding 15 degrees of permissible straightening of the elbow joint for all bowlers in international cricket. Widely regarded as the inventor of the famed ‘doosra’ delivery, Mushtaq is considered as one of the greatest spin bowlers and was the first off-spinner to consistently utilise the doosra which formed a key part of his armoury in both Tests and ODIs. According to www.pakpassion.net, Mushtaq advised all the bowlers to accept the ICC’s 15-degree bowling rules as he believes the world cricket governing body must have put a lot of thought before taking the decision, although he feels critics should focus more on the bowlers’ skills instead of going after bowling actions. Stating that a player should abide by every rule put down by the ICC, Mushtaq also insisted that he has no problems with the current bowling rules as put down by the ICC, although he is not in favour of rules like batsmen can only wear one pad, or not wearing a sweater while fielding. AGENCIES
Hamilton amazed by chequered flag blunder Lewis Hamilton nearly backed off while still a lap away from his third win in a row on Sunday after the chequered flag was waved early in a blunder that led to a post-race revision of the results. “That was very strange. I was thinking ‘Am I seeing things?’,” the Mercedes driver told a news conference after the Chinese Grand Prix. “I looked up, I was coming across the line expecting to do another lap and all of a sudden I looked for a split second and I saw the flag, I lifted for a second and I saw there was no-one on the wall, so then I just kept going.” The error led to the 56lap race being shortened by two laps in accordance with the sport’s technical regulations with the running order as it stood on lap 54 declared official. The rule stipulates that if for any reason the flag is waved before the leading car has completed the scheduled number of laps, the race will be deemed to have finished when the leader last crossed the line on the previous lap. The adjustment had no impact on those scoring points but Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi was moved back a place to 18th after he passed back-ofthe-grid Marussia rival Jules Bianchi on what should have been the last lap. “It’s a real shame that my move on him on the last lap now doesn’t count due to the mistake with the chequered flag, something we had nothing to do with,” said the Japanese. Such places matter for small teams like Caterham, who have never scored a point and whose final position at the end of the season will be decided on placings and a possible countback as far as 17th and 18th. “It had been good to see what a small victory like that does for the team as it lifted everyone at the end of a very tough first four races of 2014,” said Kobayashi. SPORTS DESK
he Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is contemplating a radical change in its domestic cricket structure which would see the abolishment of departmental cricket after nearly five decades in the country. A PCB source told PTI that at the last managing committee meeting held in Lahore this month, chairman Najam Sethi had expressed his dissatisfaction with the prevailing domestic cricket structure which is split into first class tournaments for departments/banks and regional cricket associations. “Apparently a proposal has been sent to the constitution committee of the board to incorporate in the constitution which would convert the domestic structure based on regional cricket,” the source said. “The radical proposal is that departments and banks instead of fielding their own teams should take over sponsorship/management of a region which would play the First-Class tournament,” he said. “Under the proposal a department /bank would be asked to provide around 20 million rupees financial assistance to a region with the board also contributing a similar amount. “The concerned department or bank will than have two of its representatives on a management committee which will also include two office bearers of the concerned regional association and a representative of the board which will than select and manage the regional team in the domestic cricket season,” he explained. Under the proposal, the department or bank which provides patronage to a region will also provide a certain number of players for the regional team in the first class and one-day tour-
naments. But apparently the radical plan has already hit a snag with some leading departments and banks questioning the wisdom of this move as they point out it would eventually lead to closure of sports departments and unemployment of players. “The board in its proposal sent to the constitution committee which includes two former high court judges says that the funds provided by the concerned department/bank and board shall be used to pay handsome salaries and match fees to the regional team players,” the source said. A senior official of a bank said the idea was not practical as it would lead to mass unemployment and also that departments and banks would be reluctant to get involved in regional associations. he pointed out there was politics in regional associations and even they wouldn’t like interference from a third party or sponsor in team matters. The official said the radical idea had been floated by a former Test
player, haroon Rasheed who is now Director Game development in the board. “Ironically haroon himself is a product of departmental cricket and now he is hell bent on reducing or ending the active role of departments and banks in domestic cricket,” he said. Another senior bank official who is a former Test player pointed out that due to the different culture and social environment in Pakistan departments and banks had always played a big part in domestic cricket. “It is unfair to compare our domestic structure with countries like Australia, england or South Africa where there is a different culture altogether and their cricket is based at grass root level around clubs and than counties or states. “In Pakistan departments and banks have provided the backbone for domestic cricket by providing employment to players who are picked from regional sides,” he added.
Wawrinka battles past Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters SPORTS DESK Stanislas Wawrinka signalled his French Open ambitions when he beat Roger Federer 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2 in an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday. Third seed and Australian Open champion Wawrinka recov-
ered from the loss of the opening set to claim his maiden Masters title on the Monte Carlo clay just six weeks before the start of the May 25-June 8 grand slam tournament in Paris. “I am really happy, after having won a first grand slam title to win a Masters, it’s outstanding,” Wawrinka told a court-
side interviewer. “Roger, you’re the best player ever, it’s always special for me to play against you and I hope we will have a great year you and me.” Federer, whose only defeat in 14 previous encounters against Wawrinka had occurred in Monte Carlo in 2009, said: “I had a great week. Congratulations to Stan, I hope it will continue for you like that for years.” Fourth seed Federer, who had beaten an injured Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, was his brilliant old self for almost an hour but the 17-times grand slam champion was eventually overwhelmed by his opponent’s power. Wawrinka played with great depth and power as Federer was eventually pushed back far from his baseline and was prevented from attacking. Federer saw off a break point in the fourth game, Wawrinka
banging his racket on his head in frustration after his passing shot went long. Federer was more composed, breaking for 3-2 as Wawrinka’s usually reliable backhand sailed long. Another long backhand from Wawrinka gave Federer the opening set after 42 minutes. Wawrinka opened a 2-0 lead in the second set, only for his opponent to steal his serve straight back with a stunning backhand down the line passing shot. Federer saved more break points in the fourth game, including one with a superb forehand winner as the second set went into a tiebreak. Federer saved two set points before Wawrinka finally finished it off with a smash. Wawrinka broke in the first game of the decider with a forehand winner down the line as Federer looked disorientated.
‘HAVE NOTHING TO PROVE TO ANYBODY’ SPORTS DESK Virender Sehwag is hopeful that a good run in the IPL could help him get picked for India’s tour to england, but the batsman also stressed he had nothing to prove after more than 15 years in international cricket. Sehwag, who last played an international game for India in March 2013, said his focus in the IPL was on getting his new franchise Kings XI Punjab through to the tournament playoffs, and possibly deliver a title win. “There’s no question of whether Virender Sehwag is keen or not because I have played more than 15 years, played more than 100 Test matches, 250 ODIs and a number of T20 games, so I
have nothing to prove to anybody,” he told eSPNcricinfo during a hangout session. “I only have to prove to myself. This IPL, I have to play for Kings Xi Punjab, I have to try and help them qualify for the playoffs or maybe win the championship. So I am not proving [anything] to anybody else. My job is to go out there, give my 100% and try to give a good start to Kings XI. That’s more important at the moment. I’ll think later on about how my IPL went and how I should do this or do that. At the moment, I am concentrating on my batting and concentrating on giving a good start to the team.” Sehwag’s last Test appearance for India was in March 2013 against Aus-
tralia in hyderabad, where he was out for 6. he played his last ODI in India colours in January 2013. The patchy form continued into the recent domestic season, where he managed 234 runs in 13 innings with only one halfcentury in first-class games. In the zonal stage of the Vijay hazare Trophy (onedayer competition), Sehwag failed once again, scoring just 25 runs in two games. he found some form with a hundred for MCC against Durham and followed that up with useful knocks as an opener, steering Delhi to an unbeaten streak in the zonal T20 matches. When asked if he thought the tournament was a good platform to make a case for selection, he said a good run could
help his chances of a comeback on India’s tour to england in June. “I think IPL is the correct platform for everyone, not just for Sehwag. It’s more important for youngsters and domestic players, who work hard on the domestic circuit and score 800 runs and take 40-45 wickets in a season and now they have the platform to show them in the IPL, where may be selectors and the whole world is watching,” he said. “So maybe if they can perform in 1-2 games, the selectors might pick them for one-day or T20 or Test matches. It applies to everyone, including me, so yes if my IPL goes well, maybe they will pick me for the england tour. It depends on my performance.”
Sehwag also said he was enjoying the atmosphere in a new dressing room, after having spent the last six seasons of the IPL with the Delhi Daredevils. he hoped, however, that Daredevils and Kings XI would meet in the play-offs. “Now Kings XI Punjab is my second home and I have a second family. The guys are really good. I have played with most of them, mostly against them. We are gelling well. The domestic players are all from Punjab and they are gelling with us and we are sharing our experiences with the younger guys. “As a Delhi fan and a local boy, my wishes are with Delhi, so hopefully, we’ll play in playoffs against each other.”
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