Sunday, 22 June, 2014
Sha’aban 23, 1435
Vol IV No 354
Govt takinG no chances when it comes to Qadri As the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Punjab led by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif reels from the political fallout of the police violence on supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Lahore on June 17, the federal government led by Sharif’s elder brother, Nawaz Sharif has decided to give fool-proof security to the preacher-politician and his supporters when the former lands in Islamabad from London on Monday (tomorrow).
QADRI CRIES ‘INQILAB’ AGAINST ‘SHARIF REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN’ RANA SANAULLAH, DR TAUQEER TO EXPLAIN POSITIONS ON MONDAY RELATIONS’ WITH US DAR ASSURES END TO LOAD SHEDDING WITHIN FOUR YEARS ‘GOOD GET $960M FOR PAKISTAN
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NA APPROVES FINANCE BILL 2014-15 WITH A TOTAL OUTLAY OF RS 4.3 TRILLION, ACCEPTS SOME AMENDMENTS MOVED BY GOVERNMENT AND REJECTS ALL THOSE MOVED BY OPP STORY ON PAGE 02
US CONGRESS REJECTS AMENDMENT TO CUT PAKISTAN AID STORIES ON PAGE 05
30TERRORISTS PML-N, PPP keePiNg BITE THE DUST thiNgs to theMseLves govt fails to IN KHYBER, present Audit NWA AIR BLITZ Report 2012-13
MORE THAN 400 US MILITARY DRONES CRASHED IN PAST 13 YEARS, REPORT SAYS
UTMANKHEL DAWAR AND WAZIR TRIBAL ELDERS PLEDGE TO FLUSH OUT FOREIGN FIGHTERS FROM NWA, ASSURE GOVT THEY WON’T ALLOW TERRORISTS AGAIN IN THEIR AREAS
PROTESTS IN KABUL AS AFGHAN ELECTION CRISIS DEEPENS
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before parliament side by side with budget documents, breaches 60-yearold parliamentary traditions
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02 NEWS NWA OFFENSIVE: OPP LEADER QUESTIONS INTERIOR MINISTER’S ABSENCE ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah expressed concerns on Saturday over the absence of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on the political front as armed fight terrorists in North Waziristan. Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Shah said he feared that there could be a backlash of the military operation. “Under these circumstances, Nisar’s absence is a matter of serious concern,” he said. “Nisar holds a key portfolio. His absence leaves a question mark on the government,” he said. “I have no idea what is going on within the ruling party at a time when Pakistan is passing through a critical phase,” said Shah. INP
ARSALAN IFTIKHAR APPOINTED VICE CHAIRMAN BALOCHISTAN INVESTMENT BOARD
QUETTA: Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, son of former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has been appointed vice chairman of the Balochistan Board of Investment. The investment board was formed in 2010 with an aim to lure foreign investors and engage them in Balochistan. Balochistan has an abundance of natural resources but remains untouched since foreign investors are not provided any proper mechanism to initiate any mega project. In 2012, a financial impropriety case was filed against Arsalan Iftikhar following media reports that he had received between Rs 300 and Rs 400 million from realtor Malik Riaz to influence judicial proceedings. STAFF REPORT
Sunday, 22 June 2014
PML-N, PPP KEEPING THINGS TO THEMSELVES PML-N, PPP FOUND ‘SCRATCHING EACH OTHER’S BACK’ WITH THE FORMER ALLEGEDLY HIDING THE LATTER’S MISUSE OF AUTHORITY DURING PAST REGIME
GOVT FAILS TO PRESENT AUDIT REPORT 2012-13 BEFORE PARLIAMENT SIDE BY SIDE WITH BUDGET DOCUMENTS, BREACHES 60-YEAR-OLD PARLIAMENTARY TRADITIONS
FINANCE MINISTRY INSTRUMENTAL IN DELAYING REPORT SINCE APRIL WHILE DAR AND SHAH ‘NEGOTIATE DEAL’ BETWEEN PML-N AND PPP ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN Today has learnt that the federal government is allegedly employing delay tactics in submitting this year’s audit report in the National Assembly and Senate, suggesting an “underhand deal” between the two major political parties of the country. The move is being seen by parliamentary experts as an “open breach” of the 60-year-old tradition of the parliamentary history as traditionally, auditor general of Pakistan (AGP)’s report is laid before the houses every year along with the federal budget documents. Experts have also termed this tactic “a cover-up measure to dodge parliamentary accountability over the extravagant spending and expenditures done by the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) regime in the election year of 2012-13”. The report for the year 2013-14 (financial year 2012-13) deals with the audit objections of billions of rupees pertaining to alleged misuse of authority by two prime ministers of the former PPP regime – Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf. Both the politicians have been accused of diverting funds from other important projects towards the mega development projects in Multan and Gujar Khan in violation of rules. AUDIT rEporT STUcK IN pM HoUSE: Sources in the federal government told Pakistan Today that the Finance Ministry and Prime Minister’s House had allegedly adopted delay tactics in presentation of the report on special instructions from Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar. “Although the audit report for audit year 2013-14 had been re-
ceived by the Finance Ministry from the AGP office in April this year, the same was not forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office till mid-May,” sources said. Later on, after a delay of approximately more than two weeks, the Prime Minister’s Office forwarded the audit report to the president for his formal assent, sources said. A source added that although the president had returned the audit report after his assent in the beginning of June, the report had yet not reached the Finance Ministry, being withheld in the Prime Minister’s House for the last three weeks. EXcHANGING FAvoUrS: A source in the PPP said that there was “complete harmony and understanding” between the top leaderships of the PPP and the PML-N and Senator Ishaq Dar had given assurance to the PPP leadership to “protect” their party’s wrongdoings. “After mudslinging of two decades, the leaderships of both the parties [PPP and PML-N] have reached an understanding to support and protect each other. We believe in not pulling each other’s legs as this negative trend has harmed both the parties in the past,” the PPP leader added. The PPP stalwart said that Dar and NA Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah, from the government and PPP’s sides respectively, were negotiating in this regard. “Due to the same understanding, the PPP leadership has fully backed the PML-N government during its tiff with the army leadership. We will keep supporting the ruling party if they would keep protecting our interests,” the PPP leader maintained. NoTHING WroNG WITH IT: Commenting on the delay in submission of audit report, Finance Ministry Media GM Nadeem Kayani told this
scribe that laying the audit report before the Parliament along with budget documents was not mandatory for the government but was on the discretion of the government. Kayani said that he had also confirmed the same from Rana Asad Amin, the advisor to the ministry. When Pakistan Today asked Kayani as to when the ministry was planning to present the report before the parliamentarians, the Finance Ministry’s Media GM promised to respond soon. However, no response was received despite a lapse of 24 hours, while Kayani’s telephone remained switched off Saturday. pTI coNcErNED ovEr rEporT’S DELAY: Moreover, while talking to Pakistan Today, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s MNA Shafqat Mahmood, who is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), expressed his concerns over the inordinate delay in submission of the audit report before the legislature, stating that he was wondering why the breach of the parliamentary traditions was being committed. “I wonder why the audit report is not being laid before the House if the AGP office has sent it to the Finance Ministry in April last. It raises serious questions on the PML-N government’s commitment towards the accountability of the previous government. It further raises the possibility of a silent complicity between the PPP and PML-N leaderships to support each others’ wrongdoings,” he maintained. The PTI leader said that the parliamentary traditions should be upheld and the audit report must be laid before the House as soon as possible so as the parliamentarians and the PAC could do scrutiny of funds spent during year 2012-13.
KHAN WON’T SETTLE ON ANYTHING LESS THAN SHAHBAZ’S RESIGNATION
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Saturday demanded the resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the backdrop of clash between police and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers at Minhaj headquarters in Lahore, which left about 11 people dead and dozens injured. In press statement issued Saturday, Khan said that “complicity” of the chief minister in the Minhaj tragedy was evident from the hasty transfer of the Punjab inspector general just before the police action commenced. “Shahbaz must take responsibility for these killings,” Khan stressed, also alleging that under Punjab CM’s previous tenures, extra judicial killings and encounters had been rampant. Khan added that the Punjab Police had “lost all credibility” as it had become notorious for effectively being “a militant wing of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N)”. “It is seen more as a force of terror than a protection against terror by the ordinary citizens.” Khan said that instead of showing remorse and resigning, the chief minister and his brother had embarked on a “vengeful track” through getting Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ban ARY TV channel for exposing police atrocities. The PTI chief said that ARY had led the critique against Geo and its owner had not gone unnoticed in the vengeful ban. “This vengeful and undemocratic behaviour of the Sharifs must end and PTI will continue its struggle to strengthen democracy by exposing this behaviour through its protests.” ONLINE
NATO DRIVER INJURED, TANKER DESTROYED IN FIRING NEAR MASTUNG QUETTA: The driver of a NATO tanker was injured in firing while the tanker was burst in fire along Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) Highway near Mastung on Saturday. According to details, miscreants riding a motorcycle opened fire on a NATO oil tanker near Mastung along the RCD Highway. The driver, Sher Shah, was injured in firing while the oil tanker caught fire. PPI
DAR ASSURES END TO LOAD SHEDDING WITHIN FOUR YEARS FINANCE MINISTER SAYS GOVT TAKING EFFECTIVE STEPS TO CUT LINE LOSSES, MAKING EFFORTS TO ADD 11,000MWS IN NATIONAL GRID WITHIN THREE TO FOUR YEARS NA APPROVES FINANCE BILL 2014-15 WITH A TOTAL OUTLAY OF RS 4.3 TRILLION, ACCEPTS SOME AMENDMENTS MOVED BY GOVT AND REJECTS ALL THOSE MOVED BY OPP ISLAMABAD APP
Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar on Saturday said that load shedding would come to an end within three to four years with the addition of 11,000 megawatts (MW) in the national grid. In response to a question raised by the opposition regarding the budget in the National Assembly, he said the country is currently enduring its “peak power shortfall” of 4,500 MW. The government had taken effective steps to reduce line losses from 16 per cent to a respectable level, he added. He said that a massive campaign has been launched to reduce gas and power theft. Refuting the allegations that the Nandipur power generation project had stopped generating power, the minister said the 100 MW power plant is func-
tional. Dar said that provinces would be given Rs 300 million more from federal divisible pool during the next financial year. Provinces were getting Rs 200 billion more in the current year than the previous year, he added. He said a transparent procedure has been adopted for new appointments in government departments and nepotism had been made impossible. Rejecting allegations against the laptop scheme, he said the country’s youth had been connected to the world’s leading libraries through 3G and 4G technology, The minister said that a sum of Rs 118 billion had been allocated for the underprivileged under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), adding that 5.3 million families were benefiting from the scheme as compared to 4.1 million families during the era of Pakistan People’s Party.
Crude oil production had been increased from 72,000 barrels to over 100,000 barrels within a period of one year, he added. Dar said that government had paid a subsidy of Rs 21 billion to keep oil prices at a minimum level. The minister said that work on the Metro Bus Service Project had been initiated with approval of Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC). He said that the country’s foreign currency reserves had reached to $14.2 billion, adding that the depreciation of dollar’s value directly resulted in reduction of Pakistan’s borrowing by Rs 700 billion NA ApprovES FINANcE BILL 2014-15: Furthermore, the National Assembly approved the Finance Bill for the fiscal year 2014-15 with a total outlay of Rs 4.3 trillion, accepting some amendments moved by the government and rejecting all those moved from the opposition benches. Following nine-day discussion, the 149-page Finance Bill was moved by Finance Minister Dar that was passed by the House with a majority in clause-by-clause reading. The passage of the bill has brought to an end the budgetary process started on June 3 with the budget speech of the finance minister in the National Assembly. The bill now will go to the president for assent, and will be applicable from July 1.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also present during the budget’s passage. The Senate had made 133 recommendations, out of which the government accepted 57 and which were incorporated in the federal budget. Once signed into law, the bill will increase monthly stipend from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 billion for those receiving income support, and the number of families for the Benazir Income Support programme will be increased from 4.1million to 5.3mn. Crop insurance will be increased to 25 acres and prices of fertilisers will be reduced by Rs 300 per bag. The government will also impose uniformed income tax of 4 per cent on first class air travel and reduce sales tax
on solvent extractors from 17 to 16 per cent. It will also withdraw exemptions of Rs 103 billion under its endeavor for phased-elimination of SROs. The Finance Bill also provides a special package of Rs 36 billion for all provinces – Balochistan will get Rs 14 billion, Sindh will get Rs 8 billion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will get Rs 4 billion, FATA will get Rs 4 billion, AJK will get Rs 3 billion while Gilgit-Baltistan will receive Rs 2 billion as part of the package. As part of the budgetary approval, the House has also approved demands for grants worth Rs 2.6trillion besides charged expenditures. Following the passage of the budget, the finance minister congratulated the National Assembly and the Senate.
Sunday, 22 June 2014
GOVT TAKING NO CHANCES WHEN IT COMES TO QADRI INTERIOR MINISTER TELLS POLICE AND SECURITY AGENCIES TO POOL RESOURCES TO FULLY SECURE RAWALPINDI AND ISLAMABAD IN WAKE OF DR TAHIRUL QADRI’S ARRIVAL ON MONDAY, OPERATION ZARB-E-AZB IN TRIBAL AREAS NISAR DIRECTS ISLAMABAD COMMISSIONER TO BAN CONGREGATIONS IN FEDERAL CAPITAL OWING TO TERROR THREATS ISLAMABAD
S the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Punjab led by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif reels from the political fallout of the police violence on supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr
BILAWAL APPEALS FOR ‘POLITICAL CEASEFIRE’
Tahirul Qadri in Lahore on June 17, the federal government led by Sharif’s elder brother, Nawaz Sharif has decided to give fool-proof security to the preacherpolitician and his supporters when the former lands in Islamabad from London on Monday (tomorrow). A meeting in this regard was held in the Interior Ministry on Saturday in which Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan chairs a meeting on security-related issues on Saturday. INP
Ali Khan asked the police and security agencies to pool their resources to fully secure the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, and its residents in wake of the recently launched Operation Zarbe-Azb in the tribal areas, and for ensuring the security of PAT workers when they arrive in the federal capital to receive Qadri. The interior minister stressed that the security plan be devised in such a manner that security of those participating in PAT’s rally and that of general public be ensured by means of better coordination between the administration and police of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. He directed that security of other parts of twin cities be also ensured at this
QADRI CRIES ‘INQILAB’ AGAINST ‘SHARIF REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN’ PAT CHIEF ALLEGES GOVT PLANNING TO SEND HIS PLANE BACK WHEN HE LANDS IN ISLAMABAD
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday appealed to all political segments to hold a ‘ceasefire’. In a statement issued on the 61st birth anniversary of slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto, the PPP patron-inchief called on all political forces to suspend the politicising of issues and show unity in support of the armed forces fighting terrorists under operation Zarb-eAzb. “There should be no space for partisan politics at this time. All political forces should be united in supporting our armed forces and working to help IDPs,” he stated. Bilawal urged civilians to donate blood for the soldiers fighting in the restive northwest and to provide assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). He said his party is mulling the formation of a donation fund for the relief and rehabilitation of IDPs. ONLINE
moment so that no unlawful element could take advantage of the situation and to keep in view the facilitation of the common public while keeping strict security measures intact. He said that the sensitivity of the situation demands extra security measures and it is incumbent on the security agencies to fully secure public places and strategically important buildings. The minister directed the top police officials to review the overall security of the federal capital with particular reference to entry and exit points and identification of sensitive buildings in order to take security measures accordingly. He stressed that entry and exit points of both cities be put on high alert
QADRI CONSPIRING AGAINST OPERATION ZARB-E-AZB, DEMOCRACY: PERVAIZ RASHID
Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has alleged that Sharif brothers had joined hands with world’s “most corrupt leaders” to prolong their time in power in Pakistan. Addressing a press conference in London, Dr Qadri accused Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership of committing crimes “skillfully without leaving traces”. “Sharif brothers have always shattered constitution and democratic values, committing state atrocities against peaceful citizens. Raiwind’s Sharifs abused and politicised public institutions for their vested interests. They left no state institution remain impartial.” Dr Qadri continued the briefing saying, “Sharifs buy loyalties of elec-
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that Dr Tahirul Qadri knows that the government and Pakistan Army are engaged in a military offensive against terrorists yet he is deliberately creating an environment which would benefit the terrorist. In a statement on Saturday, Senator Pervaiz Rashid said Qadri was trying to divide the nation and shift the focus from Operation Zarb-e-Azb with his politics of agitation. “Qadri is conspiring against Operation Zarb e Azb, the constitution and democracy,” the minister stressed. Rashid said that Qadri was a part of the regime which had conducted the most rigged elections and referendum of 2002, adding that the preacher had avoided criticizing the financial scams in Bank of Punjab and National Insurance Company Limited because the people responsible for the financial plunder were his allies now. APP
tion commission and election tribunals to rig elections and come into power.” The Minhajul Quran cleric rejected Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah’s resignation as the sole person responsible for Model Town tragedy. He demanded Shahbaz to step down as chief minister. He alleged that Sharif brothers had involved their family members in every profitable project to make money. He
said the PML-N had declared monarchy in the country making Pakistan as “Sharif Republic of Pakistan”. Qadri also alleged that the government was conspiring to send his plane back. The PAT chief said that he is not afraid of giving up his life and will come to Pakistan and fight for the cause of the masses. “No matter how hard the government tries to stop me, I will come to Pakistan,” he said.
RANA SANA, DR TAUQEER TO EXPLAIN POSITIONS ON MONDAY HEALTH SECRETARY TOLD TO PRESENT AUTOPSY RECORDS AND MEDICO-LEGAL REPORTS OF INJURED BEFORE ENQUIRY COMMISSION PUNJAB POLICE SPOKESPERSON DENIES IG WROTE LETTER TO CM IN WHICH HE HAD REFUSED TO ARREST POLICEMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR OPENING FIRE ON PAT PROTESTERS LAHORE RANA HAIDER
The one-person judicial commission comprising Justice Ali Baqir Najfi on Saturday summoned former law minister Rana Sanaullah and former principal secretary to the chief minister, Dr Tauqeer Shah to appear before the commission on Monday (tomorrow) for recording their statements. The commission enquired why Rana Sanaullah had been asked to step down from office and whether there had been any progress in ascertaining as to who had ordered police to open fire on the Pakistan
Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in which over 12 people lost their lives and more than 80 others had suffered serious injuries. The commission also summoned the health secretary to submit the autopsy records and medico-legal reports of the victims. Regarding the possibility of the constitution of a joint investigation team to probe the clashes, the commission asked for a report from the Punjab home secretary. Furthermore, the Baitul Maal secretary has been directed to discuss compensation payments for the victims with the tribunal. poLIcE DENY IG WroTE LETTEr To cM: Meanwhile, Punjab Police
Spokesperson Nabeela Ghazanfar told Pakistan Today there was no truth in claims made by a private news channel on Saturday that Punjab Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Sukhera had written a letter to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif stating that he would not arrest the policemen responsible for opening firing on the PAT workers. “There is absolutely no truth in this claim,” said Nabeela. A senior official of the Special Branch also denied that the Punjab IG had written any such letter to the CM, but he said that his department was preparing a list of the policemen who had fired their weapons during the clash with the political workers. He said that video footage of the incident was acquired from several private news channels to identify such policemen. In a related development, the Punjab government has formed a joint investigation team comprising representatives of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) to probe the incident. The PAT had demanded the formation of this JIT in a press conference on Friday. On Saturday afternoon, a private news channel had claimed that IG Mushtaq
Sukhera had told Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif that the policemen responsible for opening fire at PAT protesters were “simply following orders” therefore he could not arrest them. The channel did not say whether the IG had specified in the letter as to who had ordered his men to open fire. The bloodshed on Tuesday took place outside the Central Secretariat of Minhajul Quran International in the Model Town neighbourhood. The clashes erupted in the early hours of June 17 and continued for up to 14 hours. The standoff began when a police team tried to remove barriers outside Minhaj leader Dr Tahirul Qadri’s residence and Minhajul Quran’s Central Secretariat in guise of an anti-encroachment campaign. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday told law minister Rana Sanaullah and principal secretary to chief minister, Dr Tauqeer Shah to step down from their offices to pave the way for ‘transparent investigation’ into the incident. However, the move was termed “ridiculous” by Dr Qadri who said that Sharif should have been the first one to resign from his office followed by other members of his team.
and surrounding areas be thoroughly searched on war footings and be cleared of any unlawful elements. He said that the joint patrolling teams of Rangers and police have given a sense of security to the residents of Islamabad and directed to strategise this exercise to get its more optimum use. “All routes must be highly protected and special attention should be paid to unconventional routes including jeep-able and pedestrian routes,” Nisar told the meeting’s participants. In wake of the bombing at the Naanga Sarkar shrine last night, the minister directed the Islamabad commissioner to ban congregations owing to threats because of the ongoing operation.
BECAUSE PROTECTING QADRI IS IMPORTANT... Punjab law minister says govt will follow security SOPs to counter terrorist threats upon PAT chief’s arrival at Islamabad Airport LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan Saturday said that the government had informed the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leadership about its strategy for coping with the threats of terrorism and providing security to the people upon the arrival of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri at Islamabad Airport as he held the protection of life and property of Dr Qadri and his colleagues dear. While addressing a press conference at 90 Shara-e-Quaide-Azam in Lahore, the minister said that upon the arrival of Dr Qadri in Pakistan, the government will act upon the existing standard operative procedures (SOPs) in accordance with the law. The Punjab law minister said that Islamabad Airport was a sensitive place as it also held installations of Pakistan Air Force. Therefore, the present government has decided not to leave its citizens on the mercy of terrorists and would go to every extent for their protection, he added. Khan said that those who wanted to create hindrances in the way of eliminating terrorism should think about the people of the country. He said that Pakistan could not afford derailing of democracy through the politics of protests and sit-ins. “We have to tell the world that the Pakistani nation is united for elimination of terrorists.” Moreover, commenting on the anti-Taliban military operation in tribal areas, Khan said, “This is a defining moment in history for Pakistan. The nation wants to ensure prosperity, peace and stability of the country by providing complete moral support to Pakistan Army in an operation against terrorists.” The minister said that the government and the people would jointly identify those terrorists who have infiltrated the cities.
Sunday, 22 June 2014
30 TERRORISTS BITE THE DUST IN KHYBER, NWA AIR BLITZ OVER 300 TERRORISTS KILLED IN OPERATION ZARB-E-AZB SINCE OFFENSIVE STARTED LAST WEEK UTMANKHEL DAWAR AND WAZIR TRIBAL ELDERS PLEDGE TO FLUSH OUT FOREIGN FIGHTERS FROM NWA, ASSURE GOVT THEY WON’T ALLOW TERRORISTS AGAIN IN THEIR AREAS PAKISTAN ARMY DONATES ONE-DAY SALARY TO INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS FROM NWA PESHAWAR/RAWALPINDI
T least 30 suspected terrorists were killed in targeted strikes by air force jets in Khyber Agency and North Waziristan tribal areas as Operation Zarb-e-Azb entered its sixth day on Saturday. According to a statement from the InterServices Public Relations (ISPR), at 2am on Saturday, fighter aircraft destroyed two hideouts close to the Pak-Afghan border in Khyber Agency killing 10 suspected terrorists. At 5am, three hideouts were destroyed in Hassu Khel in North Waziristan, killing 20 terrorists. All strikes were made in areas where there is no civil population, the statement said. Over
300 suspected terrorists have reportedly been killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb so far. While tribesmen have already left Mirali tehsil of NWA, those staying behind to resist are militants or their supporters who are being chased and eliminated, military sources said. The terrorists are mostly foreign fighters and those who harbour them, with some having fled to the thick forests in Shawal valley extending to South Waziristan Agency, the sources said, adding that there are still some key resistance points where the fleeing terrorists have left some fighters who are planting mines to stop the advancement of security forces. Meanwhile, the Utmankhel Dawar and Wazir tribal elders have again pledged to flush out foreign fighters from NWA and assured the government that they will not allow
HEAVY RAIN LASHES PUNJAB CITIES, BRINGS DOWN MERCURY
these terrorists again in their areas. Also, officials said that the number of people who have fled North Waziristan has risen to 307,501 on Saturday. Since Wednesday when a curfew was relaxed in North Waziristan, 25,242 families have left the area and registered at checkpoints along the way, said Arbab Muhammad Arif, who heads the administration of seven tribal regions along Afghan border. The figure includes 62,000 people who left the area of operations before June 18, he added,
saying that displaced families were provided food, drinks and Rs 5,000 rupees per family. The curfew will remain relaxed until Sunday, he said, and the administration expects another 100,000 tribesmen and their families to leave. The administration has established displaced persons camps, but few have showed up there, preferring to stay with relatives or in rented houses around Bannu, he said. 3 KILLeD, 6 InjUreD In KhyBer Agency: As part of an earlier operation underway in parts of FATA, early Saturday strikes in Bara Malakdin Khel area of Khyber Agency killed three militants and injured six others. Official sources said that the militants had occupied a government school in Malakdinkhel area of Bara which was targeted by the gunship helicopters in an attempt to destroy it. ArMy DOnATeS DAy’S SALAry: Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army on Saturday announced that it will donate one day’s salary to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan. An ISPR spokesman said ration will also be donated to the displaced tribal people which will be enough to meet their needs for 30 days. On the directives of the prime minister, the government decided to do away with the use of smart cards for the transfer of cash to IDPs of from North Waziristan. The PM’s House said that all agencies and departments concerned have been directed to give cash relief to IDPs at checkpoints.
SUNNI MILITANTS TAKE CONTROL OF IRAQSYRIA BORDER POINT
Pta discontinues roaMing facilities on afghan siMs
Heavy rain lashed several parts of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad and Kasur, on Saturday night bringing the much needed relief for citizens reeling from sweltering heat for the last several days. Earlier in the day, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had forecast premonsoon rain-thundershowers in upper parts of the country (Upper Punjab, Islamabad, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir) from Saturday to Wednesday. According to the synoptic situation, seasonal low lies over Balochistan and adjoining areas. Another low lies over central Punjab and adjoining areas. Moist currents from Arabian sea are penetrating into upper and central parts of the country. A fresh western disturbance as an upper air system is expected to approach western parts of the country during next 24 hours and likely to grip upper parts of the country during next 02-03 days.
Sunni militants led by the Iraq and the Levant took control of an Iraq-Syria border crossing after Syrian rebels withdrew overnight, security officers and witnesses said. The sources said insurgents took control of the al Qaim border crossing, one of three official border points between Iraq and Syria, after gunmen linked to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al Qaeda affiliated al Nusra Front left. “Gunmen took full control of al Qaim and areas surrounding it,” a police lieutenant colonel said, speaking on condition of anonymity. He said the militants, who include ISIL but also several other armed Sunni groups, did not enter the actual border crossing buildings for fear of booby traps. An army major confirmed that the town and its surrounding areas were in insurgent hands.
ISLAMABAD: Following orders of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has discontinued roaming facilities on Afghan Subscriber Identity Modules (SIMs) in Pakistan, in an effort to block anti-state and criminal activities of terrorists. The directive was issued on the request of law enforcement agencies, which informed the government that Afghan SIMs were being openly used inside tribal areas in Pakistan by terrorists and criminal elements. The move would be a step towards halting communication among terrorists and would also help in reducing crimes related to kidnapping for ransom in tribal areas. STAFF REPORT
LAHORE: Heavy rain and a windstorm lashed the provincial capital on Saturday evening. ONLINE
The maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Turbat 50.5øC, Sibbi 48øC, Noorpur Thal, Bhakkar 47øC, Dadu and Dera Ghazi Khan 46øC. The temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Islamabad 41øC, Lahore 44øC, Karachi 38øC, Peshawar 43øC, Quetta 36øC, Skardu 28øC, Murree 28øC, Muzaffarabad 41øC, Gilgit 32øC, Faisalabad 43øC, Multan 43øC and Hyderabad 40øC.
More than 400 us Military drones crashed in Past 13 years, rePort says OF 418 MAJOR DRONE CRASHES SINCE 2011 IDENTIFIED BY THE WASHINGTON POST, ABOUT HALF HAPPENED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN MONITORING DESK More than 400 large US military drones have crashed around the world in the past 13 years, a Washington Post investigation has found. The Post obtained documents detailing accidents including collisions with homes, farms, runways, roads, waterways and even an air force transport plane in midair. Several drones vanished while at cruising altitude and were lost. In April, an army drone crashed next to an elementary-school playground in Pennsylvania; in 2012 an unmanned navy surveillance aircraft nose-dived and ignited a
wildfire in Maryland. Of the 418 major drone crashes since September 2001 that the newspaper identified, about half happened in Iraq and Afghanistan and nearly a quarter were in the US. Almost 200 of the crashes were classed by the military as “class A”, meaning they destroyed the aircraft or caused at least $2 million-worth of damage, though no loss of life was attributed to the accidents. Problems included pilot error, mechanical failure and communications challenges. Though unmanned aircraft have long been used by the US military in overseas operations and by US border patrol, their safety is of particular concern as they are set to become a common feature of civilian life in America within a couple of years. The drone industry has lobbied US politicians to back commercial flights in the US, citing economic benefits. The online retailer Amazon, for example, is stepping up its efforts in Washington as it seeks to use drones for the swift delivery of its products to customers.
THREE US TROOPS, MILITARY DOG KILLED IN AFGHAN BLAST
An Egyptian court on Saturday confirmed death sentences for 183 Islamists, including Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie, a prosecutor said, after a speedy mass trial that sparked an international outcry. The court in the central city of Minya had initially sentenced 683 people to death, but on Saturday it commuted death sentences of four to life in prison, including two women, and acquitted 496 other defendants. Since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July last year, hundreds of his supporters and Badie himself have been sentenced to death in trials criticised by Egyptian and global human rights bodies. Those sentenced on Saturday, in a session that lasted about 15 minutes, were accused of involvement in the murder and attempted murder of policemen in Minya province on August 14, the day police killed hundreds of Morsi supporters during clashes in Cairo.Saturday’s convictions came after the court’s initial ruling was referred to Egypt’s top Islamic scholar as required under the country’s law. In March, the same court presided by judge Said Youssef Sabry had reduced 492 of 529 death sentences to life in prison.
Protests in Kabul as afghan election crisis deePens KABUL AGENCIES
KABUL: A Taliban attack killed three American soldiers and a military dog in southern Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, in the latest sign of the insurgents’ capability as the coalition winds down operations. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force will end its combat mission later this year, leaving the Afghan police and army to take on full responsibility for battling the resilient Taliban insurgency. AGENCIES
EGYPT CONFIRMS 183 DEATH SENTENCES, INCLUDING BROTHERHOOD CHIEF
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah marched through Kabul on Saturday as fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in the election one week ago. Abdullah has boycotted the vote count, pitching Afghanistan into a political crisis as NATO combat troops withdraw from a 13year war against Taliban insurgents. The former foreign minister accused his poll rival Ashraf Ghani, outgoing President Hamid Karzai and election authorities of all committing fraud to deny him victory. The protests began peacefully as hundreds of activists shouted slogans and carried banners that read “Fraudsters should be put
on trial” and “We will defend our vote to the last drop of our blood”. “The election authorities are not impartial,” Asar Hakimi, one protest organiser, told a foreign news agency. “All the achievements of the past 12 years are at stake. We will continue protesting if the government and the election commission continue their hostility.” He said the “anti-fraud” rallies were not organised by Abdullah’s campaign, but the crowds appeared to be made up of Abdullah supporters. Many Kabul roads were blocked off due to the demonstrations, and security forces were out. An early morning suicide attack in the city targeted Masoom Stanekzai, a senior official at the government body responsible for exploring peace talks with the Taliban.
Sunday, 22 June, 2014
‘Good relations’ with US get $960m for Pakistan US SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES $960 MILLION FOR PAKISTAN IN 2015, LAUDS IMPROVEMENT IN PAK-US TIES WASHINGTON
he US Senate Committee on Appropriations has approved around $960 million in assistance allocation for Pakistan in the 2015 fiscal year as the powerful panel acknowledged improved relations between the two countries since last year’s elections and urged sustained commitment to common goals.
United States downgrades Pakistan in human trafficking WASHINGTON: Alleging that the Pakistan government does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking, the Unites States has downgraded Pakistan to “Tier 2 Watch List” in its latest annual Trafficking in Person Report 2014. In the 2013 annual report, Pakistan was placed with India in Tier 2, which is for nations whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards. Pakistan is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking, said the annual report released by the US Secretary of State John Kerry. “A large percentage of trafficking that occurs within the country, particularly of children, is due in part to Pakistan’s deteriorating security situation and weak economy. Counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts monopolised the Pakistani government’s resources and attention,” stated the report. INP
“The committee recognises an improvement in bilateral relations following elections in Pakistan, and encourages continued commitment to shared security and development goals,” the panel says in the fiscal year 2015 State, foreign Operations, and Related Programs Bill that provides $48.285 billion to the State Department. WE WON’T STOP HELPING PAKISTAN: In another development at the Capitol hill, the US house of
Representatives friday dismissed a move by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to halt assistance for Pakistan. The Republican legislator from California was seeking an amendment to the defense appropriations bill to stop US support for Pakistan. In its measure for the State Department expenditures, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommends up to $816 million for assistance programs in Pakistan and directs that assistance in Pakistan target unemployment, illiteracy, and disenfranchisement among the most impoverished communities. The US financial year starts on Oc-
tober 1 each year. The committee’s approval of a total of $959.7 million for Pakistan is $65.8 million – less than the Obama administration’s request of $1.03 billion – while for Afghanistan, the approved amount of $1.9 billion is $700 million below the US president’s request of $2.6 billion. Of the $1.9 billion appropriated amount for Afghanistan, the measure provides up to $961.4 million for assistance programs in that country amid transition and reduction in American footprint. While approving allocation for Pakistan, the committee recognises Malala
CJP constitutes larger bench to hear missing persons case LARGER BENCH WILL CONSIDER LEGAL LACUNAS RELATING TO TRIAL OF SERVING MILITARY OFFICIALS ISLAMABAD
hIef Justice Tassaduq hussain Jillani has constituted a larger bench to decide on the legal lacunas pertaining to the trial of serving military officers. The military officers would be tried for their alleged role in orchestrating the enforced disappearance of 35 missing persons from an internment centre in Malakand on June 5. A two-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice S Khawaja, while hearing a suo motu case regarding the disappearance of the missing persons, had recommended that the case be heard before a larger bench. Khawaja made this recommendation to ensure uniform consideration over questions related to the trial of the military officials. In view of the bench’s recommendation, the chief justice on friday constituted a five member larger bench, headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk. The bench comprises five judges in line to become the chief justice of Pakistan. They are Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa. The bench will take up the issue on June 24 to decide the legal questions
Phew! Longest day of year finally ends ISLAMABAD: Saturday, June 21 was the longest day of the year in countries located in the northern hemisphere, including Pakistan. In Islamabad, the time of sunrise was 04 58 hours and sunset at 19 21 hours, making the day’s total length 14 hours, 23 minutes and 45 seconds. In Karachi, the time of sunrise was at 05 43 hours and sunset at 19 24 hours, making the day’s length 13 hours 40 minutes and 56seconds. The longest day of the year is called the ‘Summer Solstice’. Solstice is defined as either of the two times of the year at which the sun is furthest north or south of the equator. The summer solstice falls on June 21 while the Winter Solstice falls on December 22 in countries located in the northern hemisphere. The summer solstice marks the peak of summer when the sun comes closest to the northern hemisphere. The day-night equation will remain almost the same for a couple of days in Pakistan but the process of a gradual shift in time like late sunrises and early sunsets will begin in the last week of June. APP
Bench to PLay dUe roLe if jUdiciary iS threatened: cjP MULTAN: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassadiq Hussain Jillani said on Saturday that judiciary would play its due role if judicial freedom is threatened. He was addressing the media at the District Bar Association office here. CJ Jillani said that supremacy of the law and constitution would not be compromised. He urged lawyers to keep in mind basic principles such as supremacy of constitution, rule of law, provision of justice and struggle against corruption. “The bench would fulfill its oath if the freedom of judiciary is jeopardised,” he added. The CJ said that he wanted to transform society to one where everyone would have easy access to justice. He said his job as a judge is not a “bed of roses” as judges are accountable. The chief justice urged the lawyers to work hard and lauded the role of lawyers, civil society and the media for restoration of an independent judiciary. APP
related to the trial. Presently, the cases of the missing persons are being heard in four different benches. for the first time in Pakistan’s history, on March 21, the defence minister lodged an fIR, under Section 346, against those army officials in regard to the removal of 35 undeclared inmates from a prison facility in Malakand. On the request of military authorities on March 25, the provincial administration decided to close the case against members of the armed forces. Subsequently, the matter was referred to military authorities for further investigation and a trial under the Pakistan Army Act 1952. Later, the SC on May 15 formulated legal questions about the trial of the army officials and asked the attorney general of Pakistan and advocate general Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to assist it in this regard. The questions are:
firstly, when a person is accused of commission of an offence under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and that person is serving in the Pakistan Army, is it the ordinary criminal (forums) courts, set up under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which are to try him, or is it for forums under the Pakistan Army Act to try such an accused? Secondly, is it the ordinary criminal courts (in the present case, the courts in Malakand) that are obliged to accede to the request made by the army authorities, or is it within the discretion of the ordinary courts to determine whether or not to allow the request of army authorities to transfer the case to them? Thirdly, if it is for the ordinary forums to exercise discretion in the matter of a request received from the army authorities, what is the basis on which such a request should be considered, and then allowed or declined?
Australia offers Pakistani asylum-seekers $3,000 to return home SYDNEY ONLINE
Australia is offering Pakistani asylum-seekers in its Pacific immigration camps up to Australian $3,300 if they voluntarily return to their home country, stated a report on Saturday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners. It was reported that those returning to Lebanon from detention centres on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island and the tiny Pacific state of Nauru were offered the highest amount of $10,000 (US$9,400). Iranians and Sudanese would be given $7,000 if they drop bids for refugee status, Afghans $4,000 and those from Pakistan,
Nepal and Myanmar $3,300, the report said. Under the previous Labor administration, in office until September 2013, the payments were much lower, ranging from $1,500 to $2,000. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said “return packages” were standard practice but would not reveal what the maximum payments had been. “It has been the standard practice for more than a decade for settlement packages to be offered to those who voluntarily return home,” Morrison told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The packages are tailored individually for every person who decides to voluntarily return home, he said.
Yousafzai’s courageous advocacy for girls’ education. The Appropriation Act provides $3,000,000, in addition to funds otherwise available for such purposes, to increase the number of scholarships under the Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program. “Not less than 50 percent of the scholarships should be awarded to Pakistani women,” it says. The bill increases funding for polio prevention programs to $59 million, including $7.5 million in Afghanistan and Pakistan and to support a multilateral campaign to eliminate the disease, which is $9 million above US President Obama’s request.
US congress rejects amendment to cut Pakistan aid Amendment was moved by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who alleged that Islamabad had undermined efforts to combat terrorism and US money contributed to strengthening security forces that kill and persecute minority groups WASHINGTON: The United States house of Representatives has defeated an amendment to the Defence Appropriations Bill to stop US funding to Pakistan. The amendment was moved by US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who alleged that Islamabad had undermined efforts to combat terrorism. The amendment was defeated in a voice vote. “The policy which has us funding Pakistan’s military is wrong, and the fact that we can’t even debate a precise dollar figure is absurd. It is insane for us to continue borrowing large sums of money from China to give to Pakistan,” said. he said it was a farce to believe that the US aid, sometimes deceptively labelled as ‘reimbursements’, was buying Pakistan’s cooperation in hunting down terrorists. “It was the Pakistani establishment that sheltered Osama bin Laden for years. They continue to jail Dr Shakil Afridi, the man who helped the CIA locate bin Laden. Why would Pakistan do that if they are really on our side?” Rohrabacher asked. Claiming that the abysmal human rights record of the Pakistani government is shameful, Rohrabacher said it was even worse because US money contributed to strengthening the security forces that kill and persecute minority groups who are denied their right to self-determination. “This is especially true for the Baloch and Sindhi, two large ethnic minority groups in Pakistan. Our money equips the Pakistan military, which brutally oppresses the aspirations of both of these people, both of which have a long history separate from Pakistan,” he said. “Pakistan is not an ally, and any money we send them only strengthens their ability to act against us and against Afghanistan as we withdraw our military. We cannot buy the friendship of a govt whose strategic interests are not aligned with ours. They are allied with terrorist elements and our ever more dangerous adversary, Communist China,” he said. ONLINE
Sunday, 22 June, 2014
NA has not forgotten BB NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PAYS TRIBUTE TO SHAHEED BENAZIR BHUTTO FOR HER STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY AND COURAGE AGAINST TERRORISM ISLAMABAD
HE National Assembly Saturday passed a unanimous resolution paying homage to former prime minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto on her birthday for her struggle for promotion of democracy and showing courage in fight against terrorism. The House also unanimously passed another resolution condemning the June 18 attack on the Member National Assembly of MQM Tahira Asif in which she was injured and later succumbed to her injuries. The resolution demanded of the Punjab government to arrest the culprits involved. Through another resolution, NA extended Federal Judicial Academy Ordinance 2014 for another 120 days. The House also passed a resolution regarding the appointment of NA members, Shaista Pervez, Ishtiaq Mehr and Nafeesa Shah as member of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education. It hoped that they will play their role in promotion of education in the country.
Benazir Bhutto’s Surrey retreat put up for sale for £10m NEWS DESK The former home of the late Pakistan People’s Party leader and twice prime minister of the country, Benazir Bhutto, complete with its own airfield and hanger, is to be sold for £10 million, The Telegraph reported on Friday. Bhutto bought The Rockwood Estate in Surrey with her husband Asif Zardari in 1995 and carried out a series of lavish upgrades. The couple had a bomb-proof master bedroom installed along with a replica of the local pub built in the basement. It is thought Zardari tried to by the nearby Dog and Feather, but when his offer was rejected he decided to have his own version installed. The Rockwood Estate, set in around 350 acres of Surrey countryside near Godalming, is dominated by the main home which has more than 30 rooms. There are 11 bedrooms, five bathrooms, a great hall, massive drawing room and a 115-foot terrace which overlooks a pond in the grounds. It retains some original features including a wood-panelled study. A domed master bedroom, which is the size of a small home, was apparently made bombproof with steel and reinforced concrete. The politicians had always denied buying the mansion in 1995, which Pakistan authorities believed was paid for allegedly with ill-gotten gains. They spent incredible figures on furnishings, including £120,000 on a dining table. Bhutto, who was assassinated in a 2007 bombing, claimed to never have even visited the property. But Zardari eventually admitted being behind the purchase in 2004, before it was sold for more than £4 million the following year. The property is now a shadow of its former glory and, while liveable, it is likely anyone buying it would have it fully restored or knocked down and replaced with a new mansion. It also has separate farm, a pool house, two cottages and an airfield complete
with hanger and windsock. The current owners have never lived in the property, which is better known in Karachi as The Surrey Mansion. Instead, it has been rented out with one tenant using it for a number of raves and other events. Last year the property was in the news when a series of sex parties took place for “a range of open-minded and wonderful people”. The mansion, available in whole or as 12 lots, will be auctioned off on July 4 by Clarke Gammon Wellers at the Radisson Blu in Guildford. It is expected to sell for around £10 million with the buyer getting planning permission to replace the main home with a new mansion. Nick Freeth, from Clarke Gammon Wellers, said: “Local people know about the estate and so do people in Pakistan, it made headline news over there. “The whole estate would suit someone looking for privacy but also be within 40 minutes of London. “There is also a working airstrip, although I’m not sure I would like to land on it. “So far we’ve had individuals and businesses looking at it. The estate would make a great home but also something like a school. “They must have spent a lot of money on it but it wasn’t until 2004 that Zardari admitted they owned it. And Bhutto denied ever even visiting it. “There is a highly sophisticated air-conditioning system which was installed by them and it is thought to have cost £750,000 to install. “Heating the place will cost around £13,000 a year so it’s not a home for the feint-hearted. “But at £10 million it offers good value. This would only get you a fourbedroom home in Mayfair. “The master bedroom is fantastic. It has a domed ceiling with stars which sparkle at night. It is also meant to feature reinforced concrete. “Zardari went to the nearby Dog and Feather and tried to buy it but they wouldn’t sell so he recreated it in the basement. “It is a fascinating and unusual property with amazing views.”
RAWALPINDI: Pakistan People’s Party workers offer Fateha in front of a portrait of their late party leader Benazir Bhutto on the occasion of her birth anniversary on Saturday. onLInE
The push for peace PRIME MINISTERS OF PAKISTAN AND INDIA URGED TO RESUME DIALOGUE ISLAMABAD Raoof Hasan
The gathering of the Pakistani and Indian delegates in Islamabad on June 14 to discuss ways and means to push forward the momentum for peace was marked by an uncommon level of frankness and cordiality which is also reflected in the drafting and release of a Joint Declaration at the end of the one-day conference. Held under the umbrella theme of “Rationalising a Peace Discourse in South-Asia: Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities”, the track-11 gathering brought together people from divergent backgrounds. India was represented by Salman Khurshid, the former external affairs minister of India, Mani Shankar Aiyar, the former energy minister of India, Narendra Nath Jha, a former ambassador and a key BJP strategist, members of the academia and media. Khurshid Kasuri, former foreign minister, General (r) Ehsan ul Haq, former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Raoof Hasan, Executive Director, RPI, Shahnaz Wazirali, former Advisor to the government of Pakistan, Lt. Gen. (R) Asad Durrani, former DG, ISI, Bushra Gohar, Riaz H. Khokhar, Aziz Ahmad Khan, Ziauddin Ahmad, Arif Nizami and a member of the business community represented Pakistan. Four sessions were held during the course of a single day dealing with the dialogue process as being the key to peace, economic relations, social linkages and the role of the media. Each session was marked by a healthy outpouring of ideas that were recommended to be taken to advance the cause of peace between the two neighbouring countries. The Executive Director of the Regional Peace Institute, in his opening remarks, said that “there is no dearth of realisation on both sides that peace is desirable, in fact inevitable, but there are impediments in its way. Some of these are genuine which emanate from a protracted history of enmity, but most
are artificial which primarily reflect a fear syndrome on both sides as well as a high level of trust deficit. This, unfortunately, precludes any prospect of change and the evolving of a momentum toward peace that would inspire confidence. The two sides need to work on dissociating from the bitter legacy of the past and driving the fear factor out of the effort to help the two countries agree on a minimum common agenda for peace.” Khurshid Kasuri, Salman Khurshid and Mani Shankar Aiyar welcomed the convening of the conference at a critical juncture when a new Indian government had just been inducted into office and there had already been some initial contact between the leaderships of the two countries. The need was to build on this interaction and move quickly towards restoring an irreversible and uninterrupted dialogue to discuss all outstanding issues. The delegates from both the countries, in their presentations, supported the idea of strengthening and expanding the scope of the bilateral dialogue and make this a continuous process so that more opportunities could be provided to a larger number of people from the two countries to interact and discuss proposals to manage all outstanding issues. The Joint Declaration, issued at the conclusion of the conference, stated that “the desirability of peace with justice and equity for both sides was accepted by all delegates and it was resolved that this message should be carried across to a larger cross-section of people on both sides of the border”. The participants agreed that all the issues that had, in the past, formed part of the composite dialogue including contentious ones like Kashmir and the incidents of terrorist violence should be discussed by the two governments. In doing so, progress made in, and consensus arrived at, in previous parleys, should become the basis for achieving rapid progress with concrete results in a reasonably short time. The delegates felt that enhanced connectivity in the economic and social sectors could greatly contribute in furthering the prospects of peace. The key role that the media needed to play in carrying forth this message of peace to the people of the two countries was also highlighted. The delegates felt that media should project a positive
image of Pakistan in India and of India in Pakistan at the grassroots level to broaden the constituency of peace in both countries. The delegates also felt that “there was an urgent need for the two governments to take all such measures as are necessary to expand and deepen social bonds between the people of the two countries. In particular, divided families on both sides of the border should be enabled to reunite by easing the visa procedures. Issuance of visa should also be made simpler, indeed automatic for many categories, to enable a wide range of professionals as well as tourists to travel from one country to the other”. The Joint Declaration stated that “there are two fights that both Pakistan and India need to fight: the fight within and the fight without. The fight within relates to addressing the fear factor and the fight without is to engage with each other in an irreversible and uninterrupted dialogue that encompasses all areas of contention”. To facilitate and strengthen the linkages in various fields between the two countries, the Joint Declaration recommended the opening of an Indian consulate in Karachi and a Pakistani consulate in Mumbai. It also urged the Indian government that “Jinnah House in Mumbai should be handed over to Pakistan to open its consular office there”. The Joint Declaration concluded by stating that “the present time is most propitious for the two governments to engage with each other because the two recently-elected leaderships have the capacity to take challenging decisions. The need is for the two leaderships to transcend the bitter legacy of the past and enter the domain of hope for the underprivileged and impoverished people of the region. The positive vibes that such reconciliation will send to the entire South-Asian region are immense which would usher in an unprecedented era of multidimensional progress and prosperity”. The conference provided an effective platform to the delegates of the two countries to work closely together regarding proposals and initiatives that could contribute to bringing the two countries closer. It was also decided to continue this process into the future and an effort will be made to hold the next round of talks in India.
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CDA yet to submit list of its staff enjoying government houses, plots in Senate ISLAMABAD: Capital Developing Authority (CDA) has so far not submitted the detailed list of its officers and staff members who have got residences and plots from government in Senate. According to sources, CDA union is the main hurdle in compiling the list. More than 400 CDA officers and staff members are enjoying luxuries without any check. Millions of rupees worth plots have been sold to the chairman and directors at nominal prices. According to sources, the CBA Union workers have got plots in G-6, G-7, G-9, I10, I-11 and I-12 sectors of the capital. CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal was contacted for confirmation but was not available for comments. However, an employee of CDA said that the list was being compiled and will take some time. OnLine
Commodore Asif Khaliq promoted ISLAMABAD: Commodore Asif Khaliq has been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral with immediate effect. Rear Admiral Asif Khaliq was commissioned in the Operations Branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1985. During his distinguished career, the admiral has vast experience of both operational and staff appointments. His operational appointments include commands of two destroyers and squadron Command of Destroyer Squadron. He also carries the distinction of Commanding Multinational Combined Task Force 150 at Bahrain. His staff appointments include Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans) and Chief of the Naval Staff principal secretary. The officer also served as Army and Naval attaché in Paris. He is a graduate of Pakistan Navy War College and has also qualified Armed Forces War Course from National Defence University, Islamabad. In recognition of his meritorious services, he has been awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military). He is also a recipient of National Order of Merit by Government of France. OnLine
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers offer ‘fateha’ during a ceremony to celebrate the 61st birthday of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. OnLine
Taliban commander arrested in Tarnol 51 SUSPECTS INCLUDING 22 AFGHANS ARRESTED, COPS DIRECTED TO STAY ALERTS
Rawalpindi from Miranshah. Police said that the arrested suspect was involved in serious criminal offences in several cities of the country. Police shifted him to an undisclosed place for investigation. As teams of
Pakistan Rangers (PR) and Islamabad Police on Saturday conducted joint search operation in Tarnol, they nabbed 51 suspects including 22 Afghans. Following directions from Islamabad SSP Muhammad Ali Nekokara, search
Taliban commander identified as Tayyab was arrested from Tarnol near Islamabad on Saturday. According to police sources, law enforcement agencies carried out an operation at Tarnol area and arrested the suspected Taliban commander. He was coming to
operation was conducted in Tarnol which was participated by teams of Pakistan Rangers and Islamabad Police. It was supervised by Saddar Muhammad Ilyas and SDPO Saddar, SDPO Ramna, all SHOs of Saddar Zone police stations and Pakistan Rangers also joined it. During this search operation, 51 suspects including 22 Afghans have been arrested who are being investigated further. Islamabad IGP Aftab Ahmed Cheema has directed to ensure effective policing measures following which Islamabad SSP has directed to maintain high vigilance and conduct search operation in under construction buildings, hotels, inns, slum and other areas. He further directed to involve Eagle Squad, Falcon and Commandos in these efforts of alert and active policing measures so that they can approach in time in case of any problem.
Looking for your stolen car? Three-hour water suspensions for next two days ISLAMABAD APP
Islamabad Police have arrested 10 outlaws including two car lifters and seized car, wine and
weapons from their possession, a police spokesman said. Kohsar Police arrested accused Mehboob Alam and recovered one liquor bottle from him. Secretariat Police arrested ac-
cused Mohsan Raza and recovered eight cans of beer from him. Margallah Police arrested two car lifters namely Shahbaz and Rashid and recovered stolen car bearing registration No RG360 ICT from their possession. CIA police arrested a bootlegger Shakeel and recovered 10 cans of beers from him. Sabzi Mandi police arrested accused Sikandar Khan for having 30-bore pistol. Tarnol Police arrested three persons Arshad, Asif and Akhtar Zaman for involvement in crime case who are being investigated further. Meanwhile, Islamabad Police impounded 10 vehicles and 69 bikes during checking which were being driven without authentic documents. Police team also apprehended four suspects from various area of the city during search operation.
Water supply to several city areas will remain suspended for three hours from June 23 to 24, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) announced Saturday. The water supply would remain suspended from 5am to 8am due to shifting of WAPDA transmission lines at Metro Bus Project site. WASA has appealed to the residents to store water for their needs to avoid any inconvenience. The announcement said besides shifting of WAPDA lines, the pipeline would also be repaired at some point. Therefore, it would be impossible for WASA to provide water to the residents on Monday and Tuesday for three hours. However, water supply to other city areas would continue as usual, it said.
The areas which would be affected due to suspension of water supply are blocks A, B and C of Satellite Town, Saidpur Road, Raja Bazar, Akal Gar, Dhoke Ratta, Dhoke Dalal, Bagh Sar-
daran, Dhoke Ghaba, Jhangi Mohalla and Kartarpura. WASA has made special arrangements to supply water to any of the above mentioned areas through water tankers.
Sunday, 22 June, 2014
RAWALPINDI: The graves at Dhoke Dalal are in grave danger as they are being washed away in Nullah Leh. OnLine
Musical display of colours of Hazara at PNCA ISLAMABAD: A colourful musical evening dedicated to the people of Hazara was held at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). Speaking on the occasion, PNCA DG said Hazara Night was being arranged to provide entertainment to the music lovers and to bring the artists in to main stream. Pakistan inherits rich and diverse cultural heritage and preservation of tangible and intangible cultural assets is the PNCA’s prime duty, he said, adding that promotion of folk and traditional music and artists of flung areas was the concept behind the programme. Evening started with a popular song by Rizwana Khan “Perdesi Dhola Shala Jeve Dhola” followed by “Kamli Na La Akhian” and Hindko song “Chiti Corola Car” among others. Munir Awan, a renowned singer of the Hazara, started with “Mahia Gia Perdes Ticktan Noon Agg Lawan” and presented “Chalo Koi Gal Nai Chalo Koi Gal Nai” and “Kache De Yari Nadani Honed Ai Chad Ken A Janvi Badnaven Hondi Ai”. Rafia Bano, a popular folk and playback singer having more than a hundred audio albums to her credit, presented “Chita Chita Chola Te Kala Teri Wasket Da Rang Mahia”, “Men Sonri Tem Era Mahi Sonar Sonran Des Hazara Da”, “Chite Chana De Chandni Ve Sargi Dia Taria” and other songs on public demand. The singer of the night Shakeel Awan, Hazara singer having more than 200 albums, was the most popular among the masses. He presented “Teri Thodi Ute Til Sada Kadhai Dil”, “Kashmir Wadi Ai Dila Bardash Karin Mahi Zulman Da Aadi Ai”, “Mushkan Da Palia Me Naqshi Dhola Hazro De Chapli Haripur Da Chola” and “Ve Adi Adi Rati Achnan Ain Akhan Koi Hor Hosi”. The evening ended with a combined presentation by Shakeel Awan, Rafia Bani and Munir Awan “Chite Chane De Chandni Ve Sargi Dia Taria Lo Cha De Mera Chala Gumai O Cha De”. APP
Qadri should avoid unrest during Zarb-e-Azb PAT SEEKS PERMISSION FOR PUBLIC RALLY TODAY RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has sought permission for holding a public gathering on Sunday at Airport Road in Rawalpindi to welcome its chief Tahirul Qadri. For security, Rawalpindi district coordination officer (DCO) was requested to tighten the security by asking people for walkthrough gates, metal detectors and huge number of police personnel. PAT Naib Ameer Ahmed Nawaz Anjum along with his party member met the DCO Rawalpindi Sajid Zafar Dal the other day and sought permission about the public gathering. The DCO enquired the details of the gathering. Ahmed Nawaz Anjum said they needed an area of one kilometre and a 60-foot stage with three big screens to facilitate the supporters. OnLine
ELIGIOUS scholars and political analysts on Saturday urged Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Tahirul Qadri to avoid creating unrest in the country during operation Zarb-e- Azb in North Waziristan and follow the Constitution of Pakistan.
In a television programme, the scholars said that Dr Qadri was apparently implementing the agenda of some powers who wanted to destabilise Pakistan. Senior Journalist Abdul Qayum Siddiqui said that the present government and Pakistan Army were making all out efforts to resolve the problems of the country as stability and peace were need of the hour. He suggested the government for negotiation with Qadri
and said that a committee must be formed for this purpose. He advised to get help from other political parties as well, in this regard. Siddiqui appreciated the steps taken by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and condemned the allegations leveled by PAT leadership against him. Renowned religious scholar Allama Tahir Ashrafi said that Qadri was not sincere with Pakistan as he was following the agenda of Pakistan’s enemies and busy in derailing the smooth democratic system. He added that the government and Pakistan Army were on the same page and working together for eliminating the menace of terrorism from the country. Ashrafi alleged that PAT chief was using people on emotional basis besides misusing their religious sentiments to carry out the agenda of anti-peace elements. He said that Qadri has been
minting money from Pakistanis and spending it on construction of his institutions, abroad. He alleged that Qadri had a dubious character and people of the country were well aware his politics and would not support his agenda. Ashrafi said that Qadri was responsible for the recent Lahore’s incident as his party had set up illegal barriers on the road which were a constant source of inconvenience for the general public. He said that the people will not support Qadri as the nation had seen the drama at D-Chowk last year and now Qadri was again going to stage a puppet show. Another religious scholar Zubair Ahmed Zaheer urged the people not to support PAT’s agenda as the country was facing a number of challenges. He said that it was the need of the hour to promote national solidarity among people of the country for resolving national issues.
Sunday, 22 June, 2014
Attempts to solve energy crisis is mere politicAl slogAneering: experts ISLAMABAD
nergy experts in a seminar organised by the Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, analysing the one-year progress of the present government vis-à-vis Pakistan’s energy issues, have raised an alarm on, what they claimed, the short sightedness, unprofessional approach, lack of integrated planning, total disconnect with technicalities and mere sloganeering of the political leadership responsible to handle the country’s power sector. The seminar titled ‘Pakistan’s Power Sector: Tracking the Progress of One year’ was chaired by Mirza Hamid Hasan, former federal secretary and member of IPS-national Academic Council while the keynote speech was made by Ashfaq Mahmood, former federal secretary, water and power. A number of energy experts and researchers also participated in the seminar. Asfhaq Mahmood called for macroplanning of the country’s power sector with an integrated approach to mitigate the perpetual energy crisis and secure a better future for the sector. He was of the view that the present government was living by slogans, as far as the energy issues were concerned, lacking vision, planning
or concrete measures to deal with them. The projects being announced were politically motivated, lacking transparency and bypassing necessary technical studies, creating difficulties for experts and professionals in the concerned ministries and departments, he claimed. He criticised the government’s lack of aggressiveness to build major dams and depending completely on the World Bank and other foreign funding for the critical projects like Dasu and DiamerBasha. Had Kalabagh Dam been built, the US dollar could never have gone above the value of rs 25-30. He hinted that the government’s inactions in this regard would lead to further deterioration of hydro-thermal mix in the coming years. He said the government’s attempt to switch to coal from furnace oil as cheaper fuel for thermal power generation was faced with severe hurdles as only a few public sector plants were making progress in this regard and IPPs were not going for it due to tariff issues and plant shut down losses. He further said that without any impact assessments and necessary technical studies several coal-fired plants of 6600MW had been announced, including 10 in gadani, Balochistan. There was no mentioning of any PC1 for trans-
mission/distribution project for all those projects, he pointed out. He disclosed that the effect of the much boasted neelum-Jehlum project was also limited to within 40km as there was no transmission line ahead to distribute the electricity being generated. Though the power plants at gadani had significant potential to ease the present energy crisis, the government was yet to establish any proper mechanism for its power transmission, he added. He lamented that despite being a coal-rich country possessing one of the world’s largest reserves of coal in its Tharparkar district, Pakistan could not use its coal for power generation with the technology, which will be used for the announced coal-fired projects. This will increase the country’s dependence on imported coal. There was little action, too, so far on the engro-Sindh government’s project on Thar coal. He also pointed out that due to inefficient governance, the issue of circular debt was again cropping up and within a year of the clearance of rs 480 billion circular debt there were reports that it had piled up again to the tune of around rs 400 billion. He said the federal government’s tussle with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh on energy issues was also taking its toll and was further obstructing the
sector’s growth. The expert also slated the government’s failure to check line losses and thefts, ever-increasing power tariff, and load-shedding despite huge claims and political statements and called for strict implementation of laws on power theft to tackle the ongoing energy crisis. Mirza Hamid Hasan, in his con-
PAKISTAN WANTS FULL-FLEDGED MEMBERSHIP IN SCO: SARTAJ MOSCOW Online
Pakistan wants to be a full-fledged member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the potential of which is growing, Sartaj Aziz, an advisor to the prime minister of Pakistan on national security and foreign affairs, told ITAr-TASS. “The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is playing an ever growing role, especially in the area of regional security,” he said. “That is why Pakistan is taking an active part in its work even in the status of observer.” “The next SCO summit due in September in Dushanbe is expected to adopt admission rules for new members, so we will exert more efforts to further our application for full-fledged membership in this organisation,” he noted. “Since many states of the region are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, it can play an important role in securing peace and stability in Afghanistan, which is to be one of the agenda provisions at
the September summit. I think that Afghanistan is an example of how SCO members can cooperate in the interests of strengthening security in the region, of how the SCO mechanism can be used to achieve peace in a concrete country. Pakistan will not interfere with the process of national reconciliation in Afghanistan but is ready to offer all possible support, Sartaj Aziz, an advisor to the prime minister of Pakistan on national security and foreign affairs, he told.
“The key question linked with the forthcoming withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan is whether it will bring peace and revival to the country or will entail a new war,” he said. “Pakistan would not like to interfere into this process, this is the competence of the Afghan people and the country’s new government,” he noted. “We can only offer assistance, certain support to national reconciliation in Afghanistan,
so, on our part, we shall continue efforts in this direction.” Aziz also said he would welcome more active involvement of the “mechanism of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, taking into consideration its growing potential. The current political crisis in Ukraine must be resolved by peaceful means only, Sartaj Aziz said. “The position we have been keeping on to is that all differences of this kind are to be settled by peaceful means, through a dialogue, since any military solution to the conflict could never be lasting and sustainable,” he stressed. “We have been upholding this position on this situation even within the framework of the United nations, where we prefer to abstain from voting at the Security Council.” Aziz expressed confidence that “the level of contact between the parties that are this or that way involved in the conflict in Ukraine should allow them to avoid the risks of direct military confrontation.
cluding remarks, endorsed the analysis stating that the government’s power policy looked like a wish-list without any concrete course for action. He advised the authorities to devise realistic policies, develop an institutional framework and then build the capacity of its institutions for the practical implementation of those policies.
DHA CITY ACKNOWLEDGED AT WASHINGTON CEREMONY WASHINGTON: The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure cited DHA City Karachi project as model of modern housing development, as it awarded the Defense Housing Authority Karachi and consultants Osmani and Company at a ceremony. William J Bertera, President and CEO of the Institute, which administers sustainability rating system for infrastructure, praised the planning, designing and development work of the city, saying the DHA city is the first of its kind project that meets international requirements of sustainable development. Spiro Pollalis, Prof of Design, Technology and Management at Harvard University, and Director of the Zofnass Programme for the Sustainability of Infrastructure also acknowledged the high standard being maintained with regard to work, design, construction and development of the facilities at the Defense Housing Authority City, which will house one million residents. The DHA City Karachi is located on the Karachi-Hyderabad Superhighway at the eastern border of Karachi, bordering Thatta District in the South and Jamshoro District in the East, and its mater plan includes development of education, health and residential infrastructure. The recipients of the awards given by the independent and non-profit Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure included Inam Osmani, President and Founder of Osmani and Company (Pvt) Ltd, Arif Osmani, Director Osmani and Company, and Brigadier (r) Muhammad Rafique, Project Director DHA City Project. In their presentations, the recipients informed the gathering at the ceremony about progress on development of the massive project, which also uses alternative sources of energy to meet work requirements of the city envisioned as the first sustainable city of Pakistan in accordance with latest international standards. According to the organisers, the awardees also include the top leaders including Prof Spiro N Pollais, the Chief Planner, Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani, President Executive Board Brig Muhamamd Abdullah, Administrator DHA City Col (r) Muhammad Sagheer, Director DHA City, and companies including Doxiadis Associates, Planners, RMJM Planners and Osmani and Company Pvt. Ltd. A leading Virginia-based Pakistani business leader Mohammad Nasimuddin Mirza, speaking on the occasion, said it was heartening to see a Pakistan developing such a modern city. APP
POWER TARIFF MAY BE CURTAILED BY 81 PAISAS PER UNIT
LAHORE: Master Motor Corp (Pvt) Ltd Managing Director Nadeem Malik and Yutong Director Mr Robin inaugurate the Yutong-Master Euro II Engine bus at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO
ISLAMABAD: Power tariff is likely to be scaled down by 81 paisas per unit and final decision to this effect will be taken on June 24. A private TV channel quoted the sources as saying that reduction in electricity tariff was being made under the head of monthly fuel adjustment surcharge. The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) has sent the recommendations for reduction in power tariff to the PEMRA. The recommendations said that 8.3 billion units electricity was generated during the last month while the cost of generation of electricity remained Rs 62.93 billion. Online
Sunday, 22 June, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
Your diplomatic skills are making life great for everyone today -- so open up and let people see your charming side! It's a great time for negotiations of any kind, from business to romance.
An unexpected windfall comes your way and makes you reconsider your disdain for some project or person who suddenly seems much more valuable. Enjoy the ride and let go of old habits!
You seem to understand new concepts more readily now, so it's a great time for stepping up to new educational projects. It could help at work or even in your love life, so keep an open mind!
People are much more receptive to your ideas and plans today -- so speak up! Your energy is better spent on meetings than action, which is kind of rare. Make the most of it this time!
Your ego may get you in trouble today -- but it's more playful teasing than righteous fury. If you can take it, there's no need to change a thing. Sometimes self-confidence is exactly what's needed.
You're exploring greater emotional or intellectual depths today, and you may find that you're at a very different place by this time tomorrow. Keep pushing - the best is yet to come!
Your energy is entirely concerned with relationships today -- so much so that you may end up pushing too hard on one person who's close to you. The good news is that you should be able to get back in balance soon!
Something small starts wreaking havoc with your schedule - or maybe with your peace of mind. The good news is that this issue is unlikely to be anything but positive in the long run.
You may not be perfectly eager to deal with people today -- but with this kind of energy you are far better off helping out. In fact, you can rack up so much karma in one day that the rest of the year is a breeze!
Terrific mental energy keeps you working long past when everyone else poops out, and you feel great while you're at it! Make sure that you are taking everything into account as you take care of your business.
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Sunday, 22 June, 2014
the virtues of stAnding British doctor says standing for three hours a day has the same health beneﬁts as 10 marathons a year
F you find it tricky to find the time – or the motivation – to go to the gym, here’s some good news. Simply standing up for three hours a day is as good for you as running ten marathons a year, an expert has claimed. Dr Mike Loosemore, Lead Consultant in Exercise Medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, said that official guidelines on exercise are impractical and can seem an impossible task for many people.
THE KEY TO ETERNAL YOUTH MAY BE A WORM, CLAIMS NEW RESEARCH
The centuries-long search for the fountain of youth has led researchers to an unlikely source - a tiny worm. The nematode worm C. elegans can put itself into 'famine mode' researchers have discovered- a state where it does not age. They say a new study of the phenomenon could one day lead to a drug for humans. 'It is possible that low-nutrient diets set off the same pathways in us to put our cells in a quiescent state,' said David R. Sherwood, an associate professor of biology at Duke University who led the research. 'The trick is to find a way to pharmacologically manipulate this process so that we can get the anti-aging benefits without the pain of diet restriction.' Researchers found that taking food away from C. elegans triggers a state of arrested development: while the organism continues to wriggle about, foraging for food, its cells and organs are suspended in an ageless, quiescent state. When food becomes plentiful again, the worm develops as planned, but can live twice as long as normal. The study, published in PLOS Genetics, found that C. elegans could be starved for at least two weeks and still develop normally once feeding resumed. Because the meter isn't running while the worm is in its arrested state, this starvation essentially doubles the two-week lifespan of the worm. 'This study has implications not only for aging, but also for cancer,' said Sherwood. 'One of the biggest mysteries in cancer is how cancer cells metastasize early and then lie dormant for years before reawakening. 'My guess is that the pathways in worms that are arresting these cells and waking them up again are going to be the same pathways that are in human cancer metastases.' The researchers are now performing a number of genetic studies to see if they can find another way to force C. elegans into these development holding patterns. COURTESY DAILY MAIL
But, he insisted, even small amounts of exercise can have health benefits. The British Government advises we spend half an hour a day, five days a week doing moderate exercise. But Dr Loosemore said barely 7 per cent of men and 4 per cent of women meet that advice. Speaking on BBC 4’s Today programme, he said: ‘The message I want to try to get out there is that small amounts of physical activity, although not reaching the government guidelines, are still doing you a lot of good – even just standing up
is good for you. ‘I’m standing up now, I’m using all the small muscles in my legs and the rest of me, I’m keeping myself upright. 'If I stood up like this and worked standing up, which I do, three hours a day, five days a week, that would be the equivalent of running ten marathons a year.’ Dr Loosemore, who was also Lead
Sport Medic for the GB boxing team at the London 2012 Olympics, added that people would be ‘entirely wrong’ to think that small changes, such as standing up more, are pointless. ‘It’s going to improve their health, it’s going to reduce their risk of heart disease, diabetes, it’s going to reduce their risk of cancer, it’s going to reduce their cholesterol
and it’s going to make them thinner,’ he said. ‘If you keep doing small gains, they’ll improve your health. It’s easy to do and you make it part of your lifestyle. It’s not about tracksuits and gyms, it’s just about adding a little bit of activity.’ A spokesman for the Department of Health said: ‘We recognise that everyone has to start somewhere, and even making small changes to daily routines will have long term benefits for health and fitness. ‘The physical activity guidelines are designed to be a manageable way in which people can start to make these changes.' Other small ways of making a big difference include parking 50 yards from the supermarket door, rather than right next to it, and getting out of the lift a floor early to take the stairs. Dr Loosemore, who was chief medical officer for the England Commonwealth Games team in 2010, said: ‘I say to patients, when you get on the escalator don’t just stand on the escalator and let it take you up to the next floor, actually walk up one step. Just one step because although it seems like a tiny amount of physical activity, all that builds up.’
RESEARCHERS REVEAL MASSIVE SECURITY HOLE IN GOOGLE APP STORE A major security flaw in Google's Play Store that could expose user's private data has been revealed by researchers. The bug, which the team has worked with Google, Facebook and other app makers to fix before revealing it, put millions of users at risk, the researchers said. The bug would allow hackers to steal user data from Facebook, Amazon and others using 'secret' keys the team uncovered. The research was revealed in a a paper presented—and awarded the prestigious Ken Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper Award—at the ACM SIGMETRICS conference. Jason Nieh, professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering, and PhD candidate Nicolas Viennot said they were stunned by the scale of their find. 'Google Play has more than one million apps and over 50 billion app downloads, but no one reviews what gets put into Google Play—anyone can get a $25 account and upload whatever they want. Very little is known about what’s there at an aggregate level,' says Nieh 'Given the huge popularity of
Google Play and the potential risks to millions of users, we thought it was important to take a close look at Google Play content.' Nieh and Viennot’s paper is the first to make a large-scale measurement of the huge Google Play marketplace. The researchers created an app called PlayDrone, which used various hacking techniques to circumvent Google security to successfully download Google Play apps and recover their sources. PlayDrone scales by simply adding more servers and is fast enough to crawl Google Play on a daily basis, downloading more than 1.1 million Android apps and decompiling over 880,000 free applications. Nieh and Viennot discovered all kinds of new information about the content in Google Play, including a critical security problem: developers often store their secret keys in their apps software, similar to usernames/passwords info, and these can be then used by anyone to maliciously steal user data or resources from service providers such as Amazon and Facebook. These vulnerabilities can affect
users even if they are not actively running the Android apps. Nieh claims that even “Top Developers,” designated by the Google Play team as the best developers on Google Play, included these vulnerabilities in their apps. 'We’ve been working closely with Google, Amazon, Facebook, and
PHYSICALLY FIT TEENAGERS DO BETTER IN EXAMS Teenagers who are physically fit do better in exams, new research suggests. And those who are lazy see their performance in the classroom suffer. It has long been known that physical fitness in childhood and teenage years is beneficial for both physical and mental well-being throughout life. But a growing body of evidence suggests it may also play a key role in brain health and academic performance. In a new study, published in the Journal of Paediatrics, researchers studied the influence of the different components of physical fitness on academic performance. They looked at the influence of cardio-respiratory capacity, muscular strength, and motor ability. Cardio-respiratory capacity is aerobic fitness - it reflects the heart and lungs' capacity to supply the body with fuel and oxygen during exercise. Motor ability refers to skills involving muscle control such as speed, agility and coordination. Irene Esteban-Cornejo, of the Autonomous University of
Madrid, said: ‘Because these physical fitness components are highly associated with each other, it is important to differentiate which physical fitness components are important in relation to academic performance.’ The study sample included more than 2,000 Spanish children and teenagers, aged from six to 18, with detailed information on physical fitness, body composition, and academic performance. The researchers found cardio-respiratory capacity and motor ability, both independently and combined, were related to academic performance. However, the link between academic performance and physical fitness was stronger for speed, agility and coordination. In contrast, children and teenagers who weren't as fit or dextrous had lower grades. Muscular strength was not associated with academic performance. Dr Esteban-Cornejo added: ‘Having high levels of cardio-respiratory and motor fitness may, to some extent, reduce the risk of school failure.’ ONLINE
other service providers to identify and notify customers at risk, and make the Google Play store a safer place,' says Viennot. 'Google is now using our techniques to proactively scan apps for these problems to prevent this from happening again in the future,' adds Nieh. BY MAIL ONLINE
Android And WindoWs to get 'kill sWitch'
Google and Microsoft plan to join Apple in introducing theft-deterring "kill switches" in their smartphone operating systems, as part of an agreement with mayors and police agencies. The announcement came in a report by the "Secure Our Smartphones Initiative" led by the New York state attorney general with officials from San Francisco and London. The report said Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone would add the feature -- enabling a user to deactivate a stolen handset -- after Apple included this last year. "The commitments of Google and Microsoft are giant steps toward consumer safety and the statistics released today illustrate the stunning effectiveness of kill switches," said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The report noted that preliminary data following Apple’s adoption of its "activation lock" feature found that in the first five months of 2014, theft of Apple devices fell by 17 percent in New York, while thefts of Samsung products increased by 51 percent from the same period in the previous year. "We can make the violent epidemic of smartphone theft a thing of the past, and these numbers prove that," said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. AGENCIES
Sunday, 22 June, 2014
Lana DeL Rey Lashes Out
emRaan hashmi BONDS WITH HUMAIMA OVER SUFI MUSIC Emraan Hashmi's films have always been high on love and romance and multiple intimate scenes, but they have also been associated with hit music. Almost all the songs in the actor's films go on to become chart busters. Clearly, he has always had a bond with soulful numbers and he can now share this love with his co-star in Kunal Deshmukh's upcoming film Humaima Malick. Movie Talkies reports that the actors often discuss Sufi music at length during their breaks in between shooting. Humaima, being from Pakistan has a lot of knowledge about the genre and is a Sufi expert. The two even shot for a Sufi number in Cape Town, South Africa for their film. In fact, Humaima has invited Emraan to Pakistan and has promised to introduce him to local Sufi artistes. NEWS DESK
RObeRt PattinsOn HOPING TO WRITE, DIRECT AND STAR IN LONDON PLAY British actor Robert Pattinson has set his sights on the London stage by writing a play he plans to direct and star in. The Twilight star reveals he began penning the show years ago and although he is keeping specific details about the play under wraps, he admits he has high hopes of conquering the theatre world. He tells Mtv.com, "I think maybe in the next year, I'd like to direct it. Probably in London, but I'm not sure yet." Pattinson also suggests he decided to write his own production after struggling to find a suitable stage project to take on. COurtESY BBC
AT REPORTER OVER 'SINISTER' DEATH INTERVIEW
INGEr Lana Del rey has sparked a war of words with a journalist for Britain's The Guardian newspaper after taking issue with the writer for asking her questions about death during a recent interview. The Summertime Sadness star hit headlines last week (ends13Jun14) when Tim Jonze's article was published, with the 27 year old apparently admitting she found the premature deaths of tragic soul singer Amy Winehouse and rocker Kurt Cobain glamorous, declaring, "I wish I was dead already". The singer's disturbing comments stunned many of her fans and she took to Twitter.com late on Thursday (19Jun14) to try and explain herself and clear up the controversy. In a series of messages, Del rey accused The Guardian reporter of acting in a "sinister" manner, writing, "His leading questions about death and persona were calculated but hiding sinister ambitions and angles... "I regret trusting the Guardian - I didn't want to do the interview but the journalist was persistent. Alexis (sic) was masked as a fan."
Her biting remarks, which have since been deleted from Twitter, caught the attention of Jonze, who fired back at Del rey by publishing another article in The Guardian on Friday, poking fun at her for failing to even remember the name of her interviewer. Jonze went on to defend his angle for the interview, explaining, "It's not pleasant asking a pop star if she thinks the idea of dying young herself is attractive - it's a dark question, but
it's not a leading one. She has every opportunity to say no. And she can hardly complain about the subject matter: she'd been talking about her icons all dying young, she named her debut album Born to Die and had spent much of the 50 minutes previous to this point telling me how miserable she was." He adds, "Ultimately, the problem with Lana's complaint is that she doesn't seem to know what she's actually complaining about. She's not
MOTHER-OF-TWO MEGAN FOX: 'MY HEART ISN'T IN ACTING ANYMORE'
alleging that I made up her quotes, nor is she claiming that they've been 'twisted' or that we've printed them out of context. Instead she seems annoyed by the fact I wanted her to say interesting things and asked questions that caused her to do so. Well sorry, Lana, but that's just me doing my job." Jonze also released a twominute audio clip from their lengthy chat to prove he had not coaxed Del rey into making the death declaration. COurtESY WENN
BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE BUILD SKATEBOARD PARK
matthew mccOnaughey HONOURED FOR TRUE DETECTIVE Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has picked up another best actor award, this time for his performance in HBO's True Detective. The actor was honoured at the fourth annual Television Critics' Awards, which saw Breaking Bad take home the coveted best drama honour. He credited television with "raising the bar for character-driven drama". Fargo, inspired by the 1996 film, and prison comedy drama Orange Is the New Black dominated with three awards each. FX's Fargo won the award for best mini-series, beating BBC dramas Dancing on the Edge, The Hollow Crown and Luther, as well as Bonnie and Clyde and American Horror Story: Coven. COurtESY BBC
Hollywood beauty Megan Fox plans to make just one movie a year to support her family after confessing she has lost her passion for acting since becoming a mother. The Transformers star welcomed her first child, son Noah, in September, 2012, and she became a mum for a second time earlier this year (Feb14), when she gave birth to a boy named Bodhi. Fox, who is married to actor Brian Austin Green, reveals having two children so close in age means "total chaos" at home and she is still learning how to balance her time between her boys. She tells Parents.com, "It's hard because I don't feel like I'm ever giving either one of them 100 per cent of my attention or 100 per cent of myself, so I carry a lot of guilt. Do they each understand how spe-
cial they are and how much I love them...? It's hard to make each one feel like an individual when you have to raise them together and manage them together all of the time." The actress, who is currently promoting the forthcoming live-action remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, has not signed up to any new projects since Bodhi's arrival, and Fox admits she would rather focus on raising her kids than building on her career, because she struggles with the guilt that comes with being a working mother. She explains, "I've never been an extraordinarily ambitious girl or career-oriented, but especially once I got pregnant with my first son and now (having) my second, it's so hard to be a working mom especially when your heart is not in your work, when your heart is with your family." AGENCIES
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt built their daughter, Shiloh, her own private skateboard park in the backward of their home in Los Feliz, Los Angeles for her eight birthday last month. The couple, who have six children, hired a team of builders to construct the huge facility with a series of ramps, dips and metal grinds in the backyard of their mansion in Los Feliz, Los Angeles for Shiloh's eight birthday on May 27. A source told Celebdigs.com that the workers began transforming their beautiful garden into the skateboard park, which includes a ramp that's made to look like an abandoned pool, last month. Asked about Shiloh's birthday, the 'Maleficent' actress previously told E! News: ''We did a lot of things. She's very into skating. She's a skateboarder. We did graffiti lessons and skateboarding.'' The couple also have five other children together, Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, and five-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne. BY AGENCIES
Lupita Nyong'o compares attending movie award season events to â€˜war zoneâ€™ Lupita Nyong'o may have been victorious at this year's Academy-Awards, but it sounds the process isn't particularly pleasant. The whole award season was rather overwhelming for the 31 year-old actress, who was unheard of before starring in '12 Years A Slave,' especially the daunting experience of walking the red carpet. While Nyong'o landed her first front cover of Vogue, looking stunning in a Prada purple-and-red printed dress, she revealed what it is like being at the limelight of Hollywood. "Everyone said, 'Brace yourself, Lupita! Keep a granola bar in that clutch of yours!' I didn't really understand what they meant, and it was only once it was past that I realized that my body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience. Nothing can prepare you for awards season," she said. "The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to
stand there and take it. I hope they don't make that the big quote! Because that would be sad! Tell them not to do that," she told Vogue. Along with being honored at this past award season, Nyong'o was also named this year's "Most Beautiful" person by People Magazine, and landed a part in the highly anticipated flick, 'Star Wars Episode VII.' "It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life," the Ethiopian actress said of her career. "People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me before I recognized them!" "For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at - and it was me!" she said of the paparazzi," she continued. "That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity. Even in my dreams of being an actor, my dream was not in the celebrity. My dream was in the work that I wanted to do." ONLINE
Sunday, 22 June, 2014
New ICC ethICs Code to be tabled a SPORTS DESK
LL notions of independent governance for cricket will be stricken from the record of the ICC in the latest incarnation of one of the world's more trampled upon documents, the code of ethics for the executive board, which will be approved by its members at the governing body's annual conference in Melbourne. While constitutional change to the ICC and the ascension of the banned BCCI president N Srinivasan to its chairmanship will be the major events of the conference, the ethics code will provide the framework under which the new regime will operate. Authored primarily by the Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards, it will be signed on not only by executive board members but associated office bearers and any alternate representatives at board meetings. The key change to the code will be to assert that executive board members are
at meetings not as independent directors of the ICC but as representatives of their home boards, a distinction that takes the game's global governing body back to the status of a "members' organisation" as its most powerful delegates, India and England, prefer it to be. This was made clear by leaked board minutes from the January 2013 executive board meeting, when N Srinivasan disagreed openly with the ICC's ethics officer Sean Cleary's reminder that the code stated executive board members should act in the best interests of the game. The minutes recorded: "Mr Srinivasan explained that he did not agree with that principle and that his position was that he was representing the BCCI." Such flouting of the code was commonplace when Edwards began his term on the ICC board following the end of his predecessor Jack Clarke's tenure in 2011. Edwards had been a major figure in the implementation of an independent governance model for CA, spreading power
and influence equally among the states while also opening a path towards the appointment of board directors not tied to any state association. However Edwards' discussions with board members, Srinivasan and the ECB chairman Giles Clarke in particular, led him to conclude that the ICC board was still some years away from being ready for such a scenario, despite the recommendations of the Woolf Report into global cricket governance. Only a handful of Lord Woolf's findings, including the separation of the roles of ICC president and chairman, will be approved at the conference. "I think we've come to grips that the ICC is a members' organisation. It is a debate that's gone on for a couple of years and will still go on," Edwards said in March. "It's not FIFA or the IOC. It doesn't make the rules. It doesn't do the FTP, never has and never will, in my view. It was set up to help organise international cricket on behalf of the members. Umpires, security, anti-corruption, those are its main roles,
and being a forum for members to go and talk and decide things." Nevertheless, the new ethics code may yet emerge as a vital document, given the Indian Supreme Court investigation running concurrently to Srinivasan's looming appointment as ICC chairman. That investigation has banned Srinivasan from conducting his day-to-day duties as BCCI president. Should it rule against him in conclusion it will be under the new ethics code - which he will sign and agree to abide by - that Srinivasan would be removed from ICC office. Another notable change to the code is that accusations of its contravention may
only be brought to the ICC and its ethics officer by signatories of the code, reducing the ability of outsiders to level allegations without first presenting them to the board. For the likes of Lalit Modi, this will be a new obstacle. But the presentation of an ethics code that all ICC executive board members agree to work by will be some sort of progress. After all, its predecessor has been flouted ceaselessly and heedlessly in recent years, as the game's big three nations set a course for the governance and revenue changes that will be inked into cricket's equivalent of law in Melbourne from Tuesday.
PAKISTAN CANCEL ZIMBABWE SERIES HARARE
moved to December when we will play three Tests." Initially, Zimbabwe were to tour Bangladesh in October but the series will now take place in December. The cancellation of the series comes as a major blow for some players since it was an opportunity for them to seal their spot in the national squad in the upcoming tours. Currently, the Zimbabwe team are in camp training for two weeks for the upcoming series against Afghanistan and in the tri-series featuring Australia and South Africa. "Pakistan will not be able to host us in Dubai as per schedule possibly due to financial challenges. That means we will have a gap again towards the end of the year. But we will play Bangladesh and that has been moved to December when we will play three Tests," Waller said. Zimbabwe's last Test was against Pakistan in Harare in September 2013 and they scored a dramatic 24-run win to level the two-Test series.
LUIS SUÁREZ SAYS ROY HODGSON COMMENT INSPIRED WORLD CUP GOALS SPORTS DESK Luis Suárez has said that Roy Hodgson made him more determined to beat England when he denied the striker was worthy of being called a “world-class” player. Suárez ushered England towards the World Cup exit on Thursday night when he scored both goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 win in São Paulo. Hodgson played a big part in firing Suárez up for the crunch Group D clash, it seems. After England’s defeat to Italy last Saturday, Hodgson declined an invitation to describe Suárez as a “world-class” forward who was in the same bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. “He [Suárez] will only be at that level when he shows it on this particular stage [the World Cup],” Hodgson said. Those words, and the constant talk about Suárez’s knee injury, made the striker more determined to make a full recovery and defeat Hodgson’s side. “It wasn’t revenge, but in England they talked about the injury and the coach had words that annoyed [me],” Suárez was quoted as saying on the Uruguayan website Tenfield. Suárez’s place in Uruguay’s World Cup squad was thrown into doubt almost five weeks ago when he had to have surgery because of a knee injury. But after sitting out the 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica, Suárez returned to the starting XI for the England game, with deadly consequences for Hodgson’s side. Suárez sneaked in behind Gary Cahill to score Uruguay’s first and the winning goal came after he capitalised on a mistake by Steven Gerrard, who accidentally flicked the ball straight into his Liverpool team-mate’s path. Suárez celebrated his first goal by hugging the team physio ,Walter Ferreira, who he credits for helping him make a rapid recovery. “My wife and my two children are important to me and Walter is also important, the goals were for him because of what he did for me,” Suárez said. “I have to thank him. I scored the goals, but he is the man responsible for them.” Uruguay still face a tall order to qualify for the knockout stages because of their shock loss to Costa Rica last weekend. Óscar Tabárez’s team face Italy in Natal next Tuesday and Suárez is targeting another three points. “This victory is very important, it is crucial,” Suárez said. “It was a difficult match against a difficult rival. England are a strong team. But we have not qualified, we have to keep our feet on the ground.”
In another major blow to Zimbabwe cricket, Pakistan announced that they will not be hosting the country at the end of the year due to lack of funds. According to the Future Tours Programme, Zimbabwe were expected to tour Pakistan and Bangladesh at the end of the year but the Pakistan tour has been cancelled. However, speaking to the Zimbabwe Independent Newspaper, national coach Andy Waller said that the team will most likely play three Tests and a couple of ODIs in Bangladesh. Waller said, "We are trying our best to give the team more cricket but unfortunately some of the series have had to be rescheduled. Pakistan will not be able to host us in Dubai as per schedule possibly due to financial challenges. That means we will have a gap again towards the end of the year. But we will play Bangladesh and that has been
LARA TO HELP MARK LORD'S 200 SPORTS DESK Brian Lara will play for MCC on Sunday in a match to mark 200 years since the first game was played at Lord's. MCC will take on Hertfordshire, who were the opposition for that inaugural game on June 22, 1814. The Lord's pavilion, usually reserved for members on match days, will be opened up to allow 500 people to visit the famous building which houses the Long Room. And, for the first since 1987, visitors will be able to watch the match by sitting on the outfield be-
tween the perimeter and the boundary. MCC will be captained by John Stephenson, their head of cricket, and also includes Dale Benkenstein, Daryl Mitchell, and Trent Johnston. Next month, on July 5, MCC will take on a Rest of the World side in a televised 50-over match as part of the bicentenary celebrations. Lara is again set to feature for MCC, who will be captained by Sachin Tendulkar, while Rest of the World will be led by Shane Warne and feature Kevin Pietersen. Last month, MCC women took on a Rest of the World women's side at Lord's.
PHF WEBSITE LIKELY TO BE LAUNCHED ON AUG 14 KARACHI AGENCIES
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is working to develop its own website on which all details of the national domestic and international hockey events will be available, a private newspaper has learnt. It is likely that the website will be launched on August 14. PHF had created its own website when Brig Musarratullah Khan was the secretary, but it later became dysfunctional and nothing was done in this regard. PHF has assigned Lt Col (Rtd) Nadeem Bhatti to develop the website. He is working on the project keeping in mind that the website should be self-sufficient, sources said. Nadeem told this correspondent that the website was a basic need of any public institution in today’s world of fast communication. He said the PHF wanted the website to be self-reliant and that expenses should be met through advertisements. He mentioned that professional people would be hired for bringing advertisements. “When the website is established we will also open an Urdu page so that it serves a larger number of people,” he said. He said the website would have news, views, analyses and schedules of domestic and international events. Nadeem said that archives would also be a part of this website as Pakistan has a rich legacy in the world of hockey. “All our history and details about our heroes will be available,” he said.
Sunday, 22 June, 2014
Ramdin slams Wi's 'lazy attitude' on final moRning d SPORTS DESK
IPC MINISTER WANTS CRICKET FACILITIES AT PAKISTAN SPORTS COMPLEX ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC), Riaz Husain Pirzada on Friday directed the Pakistan sports Board (PsB) to establish a cricket facility for youth of twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad in the premises of Pakistan sports Complex. After inaugurating the Annual sports and Physical education Conference here at a local hotel, he gave direction to PsB Director General Dr Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera to establish cricket facilities for young players in Pakistan sports Complex for just practice. “There should be minimum 10 nets for batting and bowling practice and young boys of Rawalpindi and Islamabad should be given enough opportunity to use that,” he said. earlier, as a chief guest at the conference, Pirzada expressed a firm resolve to provide better facilities of sports to children. In his address, he stated that structural changes were required at grassroots level to improve the overall standard of sports. “Moreover, school-going children must be provided the opportunities of playing so that they can sharpen their natural talent and enhance their abilities.” The Minister added all sports loving nations put in their efforts in creating avenues for young ones, so that they could do wonders in days to come. In a firm tone, he said Pakistan would regain its lost position in the field of sports and players would bring laurels to their country. “We are trying to bring international sports into the country,” he added. The Minister asserted that the present government was committed to revive international sports in the country and measures were being taken to project Pakistan a sports friendly country in order to attract international sportspersons to visit the country. “At present, the Ministry of IPC has concerted all its efforts to bridge the gap between two Pakistan Olympic Associations so that we could avoid ban on our players.” The purpose of the two-day Annual sports and Physical education Conference, held at Islamabad is to create awareness among masses about the importance of sports and healthy activities in life. The Minister praised the PsB for organising a successful event. At the end of the first day’s session, PsB DG Dr Akhtar presented a shield to the chief guest.
eNesH Ramdin, the West Indies Test captain, has said that his players were lackadaisical and lacked hunger amid stiff resistance by the ninth-wicket pair of BJ Watling and Mark Craig in New Zealand's second innings in the Trinidad Test. Kemar Roach finally broke the partnership at the stroke of lunch on the final day, before Chris Gayle hit the joint secondfastest fifty for West Indies to bring up a ten-wicket win, West Indies' first following five losses and one draw. "It was frustrating, having that lower order come and put some partnership there," Ramdin said. "They created some chances, we did not take them and at the end of the day, I think we were lackadaisical in the field. We were not hungry for the last couple of wickets there. And we came back this morning with a lazy attitude and it could have haunted us. But we came out on the better end in this match." West Indies had lost the first Test in Kingston by 186 runs. Ramdin credited positive batting and disciplined bowling for the hosts levelling the series. "It was a fantastic victory in the end. It was a hard fought one as well. Our bowlers put in a lot of effort. Our batters did the job in the first innings, which is always good, trying to set up the match. "Coming out of the Jamaica game, what we needed to put into this game was to attack their bowlers more, be confident, play our natural game. The batting has been coming along. Our confidence going into this Test match was a lot better than the one in Jamaica. We went out and played positive cricket, took the attack to the New Zealand bowlers. "We bowled right areas. We were more patient. We tried to cut out the four-balls. On the first day, they were 80-odd for one
or two wickets and we pulled it back tea time and then bowling them out having lost the toss, any captain will take that in a day's play." West Indies posted 460 in their first innings to take a 239-run lead which proved decisive in the end. The total was made possible by contributions from young batsmen, with Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo making hundreds and Kirk edwards and debutant Jermaine Blackwood scoring fifties. Ramdin said these were the players who would "take West Indies cricket forward." "Jermaine Blackwood is an exciting young player. His name has been calling for the past couple of seasons in terms of runs at first-class level. They talk about application but when you go out and the manner in which he got his runs, he applied himself as well as played his shots throughout the innings. He surprised everyone, they did not know anything about him, and hopefully next game he can get a good score and go from strength to strength. You could see the energy that he brings to the team. Always enthusiastic, he wants to learn, he wants to go in every fielding position. "Young Kraigg Brathwaite batted well for his century. Darren Bravo was short of runs but he came out in his home ground and he did well for himself. Kirk edwards really took the attack to the opposition and tried to be on top them from ball one. "Brathwaite is new to Test cricket in terms of matches. Young Bravo as well in terms of matches and Kirk edwards, all those are young guys to take West Indies cricket forward and all have been doing well. Today we (also) saw the experience of Chris Gayle, who went out there and finished the game for us." West Indies needed to chase 93, but were unable to start their second innings for more than an hour due to rain. When they did, Gayle belted six sixes on his way to an unbeaten 80 off 46. Ramdin said he had told Gayle to ex-
to do and finished them off. I have seen him in the past. In south Africa, he played (an aggressive) one. He was injured and came late to bat. This one was exciting. People had come out to support and they got some entertainment."
press himself in the middle. "Chasing a small total is always tricky if you lose a couple of early wickets. The way Gayle plays I told him to go out there and enjoy himself and take the attack to the bowlers. He did what he had
I feel much better than I did for Wimbledon last year: Federer A year after having his "butt kicked" at Wimbledon, a fitter and healthier Roger Federer is back at the All England Club ready for this year's tournament. Little-known Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky enjoyed more than 15 minutes of fame after he condemned the seven-times champion to a brutal second-round defeat last June. That result not only ended Federer's remarkable run of reaching 36 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals or better dating back to 2004, it was also the first time in eight years he had lost to a rival ranked outside the top 100. Though he did not let on then, the Swiss master now admits the bewitching racket skills that had wowed fans from London to South Africa and Melbourne to New York temporarily lost their magic in June 2013. "It's a pleasure being healthy and really fit and eager to give it a go again," said Federer. "I feel I have a very good chance again this year. I hope to utilise my fitness. I'm really coming in with a much better feeling than maybe in the last year, for instance. "I don't know if my game was good enough to win the entire thing last year. "I had too many hiccups leading into Wimbledon and probably...winning Halle (just before Wimbledon)...I think masked the problems I was playing with, the way I was playing. "There were certain things I wanted to do but I couldn't figure out or couldn't do it. "This year I feel all the options are there. Return, serve, serve and volley, come in, my backhand, everything is working to my liking. SPORTS DESK
'WATLING BECOMING MY FAVOURITE PLAYER' SPORTS DESK Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, has said the post-tea session on the first day, when they went from 159 for 3 to 221 all out, cost his side the Trinidad Test match. "I thought right through the Test, barring one session where we lost seven for 60, we were pretty good," McCullum said, after West Indies wrapped up a 10wicket win on the fifth day. "I thought with the ball, and once they got 400, the application and intensity with which our seamers bowled, particularly, was outstanding, something we can be really proud of and any other day they could have easily knocked the top off the West Indies batting order. "I keep going back to that first day when we lost seven for 60. That put us behind the game and allowed West Indies back into the series and that they
did, they kept coming at us and putting us under pressure and obviously today they got the rewards for that." After conceding a 239-run first-innings lead, New Zealand played out more than 150 overs in their second innings, led by wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who batted for more than six hours to score an unbeaten 66. McCullum was full of praise for Watling's effort."BJ is fast becoming my favourite cricketer, actually. His strength of character and his fighting qualities. The guy never complains, gets on with the job, goes out there and keeps for a hundred-and-something overs and goes out and bats for seven hours trying to save a Test match for his country. "It's not the first time he's done it. He's done it on numerous occasions now and he's certainly a guy who's becoming a strong leader within the group as well. He's doing that through his actions and leading by example and that's a really good sign because we're
still a young team, so we need as many leaders within the group as possible." Despite Watling's efforts, and those of Mark Craig, who scored 67 batting at No. 10, New Zealand could only set West Indies a target of 93, which they overhauled in a mere 13.2 overs with Chris Gayle hitting an unbeaten 46-ball 80. McCullum said he thought anything between 100 and 150 might have challenged West Indies, particularly considering the looming threat of rain, which had already delayed the start of their chase by more than an hour. "Trying to stretch our lead if we could get anywhere around 100 to 150, we thought there would be a fair chance, especially if there was some rain hanging around. If they'd had to come in they may have lost an hour or two and that would have put a bit of scoreboard pressure on the Windies as well, so that was our plan and we got through to 90-odd, which was a pretty
good effort, but we knew Gayle was going to come out and play aggressively. "We might have picked him up in the first over or two trying to play like that, we might have created some anxiety among their side but in the end he got away and played the innings he did." McCullum was confident New Zealand could turn it around in the third Test in Barbados and take home a series win. "We've been going pretty well in Test cricket in the last 12 to 18 months and our formula has become pretty familiar to us, and some guys are always going to miss out and some guys are always going to get runs. We've just got to make sure that we're still trying to do the right things and keep trying to execute our gameplan. If we do that, and we have a little bit of luck as well going our way in Barbados, I'm confident we can turn this performance around and again finish with a strong performance."
Sunday, 22 June, 2014
VICENTE DEL BOSQUE REFUSES TO COMMIT TO SPAIN BEYOND WORLD CUP SPORTS DESK Vicente del Bosque has refused to commit his future to the spanish national team after the World Cup. The spain manager, in an unscheduled appearance that hinted at a departure, said a decision had not yet been taken on his future but that he would not be an obstacle for the federation. He also admitted he had been surprised at his team’s elimination, describing it as “unthinkable”. “This is not the time to talk about my future,” Del Bosque said. “Nothing has been decided about the future. No decision has been made [but] it will be made for the good of the team and the federation. All I want is for spanish football to continue working well. If I am an obstacle, I will go. I want to be comfortable and I want [the federation] to be comfortable.” This was a theme to which Del Bosque returned often, repeating the phrase a number of times. The spanish Football Federation’s spokesman, Jorge Pérez, had previously said: “We are behind him. If we have the best coach why would we change? I want him to stay.” But Del Bosque appeared keen above all to put the question off until after the World Cup, at one point noting that once the Australia game is out of the way there would not be another game until september. His appearance here was unscheduled and seemed designed to calm the atmosphere and gain time. At one point he was asked about whether this was the end of an era, a question ostensibly related to the players but one which prompted him to note: “That’s a question with a double meaning.” Vicente Del Bosque Vicente Del Bosque's position as spain manager is in doubt after the holders were eliminated from the World Cup at the first hurdle. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images When santi Cazorla was asked about Del Bosque’s future, he replied: “It is his decision and we will support him whatever he decides. He has been with us a long time, we have won good things with him and we will back him. It is his decision and we will support him whatever he decides. I think spain has hope for the future but let’s wait to see [on the manager]. There was little enthusiasm or energy in Del Bosque’s tone and he seemed at a loss to offer or seek solutions. “From the inside, doing the work day after day that we have been doing, this was unthinkable,” Del Bosque said, stressing the word unthinkable. He was quick to avoid suggestions that the explanation could be found in attitude, ambition or the relationship between the players. “You can look for this reason or that one,” he said, “but the reasons are purely footballing ones.”
fRance hammeR sWitzeRland 5-2, almost thRough to the knockouts
“Yes, we can,” they sang and ecuador could. They emerged battered and bruised but not beaten from a breathless battle in Curitiba. A cruel 93rdminute goal had condemned ecuador to an opening-match defeat against switzerland and they fell behind here too. But two goals from enner Valencia meant they still have hopes of progressing. And at the full-time whistle there was a huge roar and embraces on the touchline. ecuador, like switzerland, have three points but they lead their european opponents on goal difference. The problem is that they face the leaders, France, while switzerland take on Honduras, who lie bottom. Yet that will not be simple for the French; Honduras put up a fight here. The first goal was scored by Carlos Costly, a man who spent the evening wearing a dark look and chewing a straw, as if to say: “Are you looking at me?” It was that kind of
FRANCE COMPLETES THE CENTURY GOALS IN WORLD CUP FINALS: S PERvEz QAISER France became the fifth team to score 100 goals in World Cup finals. Olivier Giroud's opening goal against switzerland at salvador on Friday (June 20) was France's 100th in 56 matchea at World Cup finals. Brazil holds the record of scoring the highest number of goals in World Cup finals. Five times World Champions, scored 213 goals in 99 matches. Germany who is the only team to play 100 matches in World Cup finals so far, is the second with 210 goals. Italy scored128 goals in 83 matches while Argentina netted 125 goals in 71 matches. The 23 goald in six mastches in the 1958 World Cup final at sweden is France is best while no goal in three matches in 2002 World Cup at south Korea/Japan is the wrost. As many as 38 players scored 104 goals for Fance in 56 World Cup final matches with Just Fontaine topped the list with 13 goals in 1958 World Cup final at sweden. Thierry Henry netted five goals. MOST GOALS IN WORLD CUP FINALS: TeAM TP MTS GOALS 1. Brazil 20 99 213 2.Germany 18 100 210 3. Italy 18 82 128 4.Argentina 16 71 125 5. France 14 56 104
WATSON BEATEN IN EASTBOURNE SEMIS
RANCe are on the brink of reaching the World Cup last 16 after their emphatic 5-2 win over switzerland on Friday kept them in control of Group e. The French backed up their opening 3-0 win over Honduras by racing into a 2-0 lead as Olivier Giroud's 16th-minute header was followed by Blaise Matuidi's goal just 66 seconds later. Diminutive right-winger Mathieu Valbuena put the result beyond doubt with France's third just before the break. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema missed a first-half penalty, but then netted their fourth before Newcastle United's midfielder Moussa sissoko also claimed a second-half goal. Only the heroics of swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio prevented more French goals before Blerim Dzemaili and Granit Xhaka scored late consolation goals. "This could have been more than perfect," said France coach Didier Deschamps, who indicated that the two late goals conceded was the only dampener. "We were up against a good team and to score five goals and win 5-2, it was a very good evening." "six points after two matches is ideal.
We have to wait for the next match but we have a good goal difference and the next match will decide first and second place." France will have their last 16 qualification confirmed unless ecuador beat Honduras later Friday in Curitiba. The swiss, who have not beaten France since 1992, may now need to beat Honduras next Wednesday to qualify for the last 16. They beat ecuador 2-1 in their opener. "I'm very disappointed by our defeat, it was a very bleak day for us," said swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. "The French were ice cold in taking their chances and they had excellent counter-attacks." On the anniversary of their infamous strike at south Africa 2010, France put themselves amongst the World Cup favourites. salvador has now seen 17 goals in three World Cup matches - the most by far of Brazil's 12 venues after the Netherlands routed spain 51 here and Germany hammered Portugal 4-0 last Monday. swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld was forced into an early change when centre-back steven von Bergen had to leave the field with a heavy cut over his left eye, Philippe senderos replacing him. Giroud, back in for Antoine Griezmann after spending
most of the Honduras win on the bench, wasted little time in repaying Deschamps' faith for the opening goal. He met Valbuena's floated corner and his looping header beat Benaglio despite the goalkeeper getting an outstretched glove to the ball. It was France's 100th goal at World Cup finals. The French doubled their lead 66 seconds later as Benzema snapped up a stray pass, charged into the swiss half and put away Paris saintGermain midfielder Matuidi, who fired inside Benaglio's near post. The swiss came perilously close to pulling a goal back as a Xhaka strike was ruled offside, then Xherdan shaqiri's shot flew across the French goal. There was drama in the 31st minute when swiss defender Johan Djourou was harshly adjudged to have fouled Benzema to give away a penalty, but his spot-kick was blocked by Benaglio and Cabaye's follow-up hit the crossbar. France's third goal was textbook counter-attacking as Benzema claimed the ball after a swiss corner and passe dto Rafael Varane who put Giroud into space on the left wing. Without a defender near him, the Arsenal star sprinted away and squared for Valbuena at the far post to make it 3-0 after 40 minutes.
Enner Valencia’s double takes Ecuador beyond Honduras SPORTS DESK
game and Honduras are that kind of opponent. Yet Honduras could still qualify, should they win the final game by a significant margin, and ecuador know from this experience that switzerland will not find it easy. Honduras took the lead just after the half-hour. The ‘assist’ was no more than
a punt but the finish was superb. The ball travelled 50 yards, plummeting between Costly and Jorge Guagua. It was the ecuador defender who reached it but his header rebounded off the striker and, suddenly, Costly was through. He took one touch and then, from the edge of the penalty area, took the shot on the
bounce sending the ball screeching into the bottom corner. It was the first World Cup goal Honduras had scored since they faced Northern Ireland, 32 years ago on saturday. It was also a goal that summed up this game: quick, direct and hit very, very hard. There was something almost slapstick about this clash, and ‘clash’ is the word. At times this was Fight Club made football. The first foul was committed after barely five seconds and the first yellow card followed five minutes later. There would be no retreat. Jefferson Montero flew into the air, sent there by Maynor Figueroa, and all over the pitch players flew into tackles. Chances fell too and while there may have been little fineness, it was certainly fun. The ball whizzed back and forth. At one end, enner Valencia controlled a long ball on his chest but shot over. At the other, Víctor Bernárdez sent a free header wide. And when Costly gave Honduras the lead, ecuador equalised three minutes later.
Great Britain's Heather Watson saw her impressive run at eastbourne end at the semi-final stage after she was beaten in straight sets by American teenager Madison Keys. The 22-year-old was playing in her first WTA tour singles semi-final since winning the Japan Open back in October 2012 but was undone by the power of the world number 47. Keys, 19, needed just over an hour to triumph 6-3 6-1 and reach her first ever tour final at the expense of Watson, who had become the first British women to reach the last four in eastbourne since 1982. Despite the result it has still been an encouraging week of tennis for British number one Watson as she claimed her first ever victory over a player ranked in the world's top 20 by beating Flavia Pennetta in round two. Watson will next be in action on the grass at Wimbledon where she faces an opening round match against Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic. SPORTS DESK
LOPEZ SETS UP GASQUET FINAL IN EASTBOURNE Champion Feliciano Lopez will get a second chance in a week to win a grasscourt title on British soil after he beat American sam Querrey 6-4 7-6(4) to set up a final showdown with Richard Gasquet at the Aegon International on Friday. The spaniard, who was left distraught last sunday after losing the Queen's Club final to Grigor Dimitrov despite holding a match point, will get a chance to heal his wounded pride at the seaside town of eastbourne. Frenchman Gasquet will fancy his chances of stopping Lopez winning back-to-back titles at the Wimbledon warm-up event after easing past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4 6-2. After taking the first set Gasquet saved two break points in the first game of the second before romping away with the victory. In the women's competition, German fifth seed Angelique Kerber fought her way to a final with Madison Keys after beating Dane Caroline Wozniacki 3-6 7-6(3) 6-3.
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stunning injury time strike from Lionel Messi spared Argentina's blushes as they qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup with a hard fought 1-0 win over Iran in Belo Horizonte. Argentina had been thankful to three fine second-half saves from goalkeeper Sergio Romero just to be level heading into stoppage time, whilst Iran had also had a strong penalty appeal waved away when Pablo Zabaleta appeared to foul Ashkan Dejagah inside the area. However, despite having endured a quiet game by his standards, Messi produced a moment of magic when his side needed it most to register his second goal of the tournament.
Close call: Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero blocks the ball after a header from Iran's Reza Ghoochannejhad. Argentina now lead Group F with maximum points from two games and will be confirmed as group winners should Saturday's late game between Nigeria and Bosnia Hercegovina fail to produce a winner. Coach Alejandro Sabella resorted to the 4-3-3 system preferred by Messi with the four-time World Player of the Year joined by Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero in attack. However, despite enjoying the vast majority of possession in the first-half, La Albiceleste struggled to create chances from open play against a well-organised Iranian defence. The first opening fell to Higuain from a fine pass by Fer-
nando Gago, but Iranian 'keeper Alireza Haghighi bravely smothered the ball at the Napoli striker's feet. Angel di Maria and Messi from a free-kick then fired over from the edge of the area, but Argentina were having some joy from setpieces and Marcos Rojo and Ezequiel Garay should have done better when they failed to hit the target from close range from fine deliveries by Messi. Iran were also dangerous from set-pieces, though, as they could even have gone ahead before the break when Jalal Hosseini headed just over from a corner. It was the Asian side who threatened again at the start of the second period as Reza Ghoochanneijhad forced a fine low save from Romero with a flashing header at the near post before Dejagah's ap-
peals for a penalty were turned down when he tumbled in the area under pressure from Zabaleta. Messi then had his first clear chance of the game as he raced onto Javier Mascherano's pass but curled the ball just wide of the target. Romero was forced to come to his side's rescue again moments later he got fingertips to a fine header from Dejagah to turn the ball behind and the Monaco stopper denied Reza once more as Iran threatened to nick all three points on the counter-attack two minutes from time. Instead it was Argentina who snatched victory at the last as Messi created the half yard of space he needed on the edge of the area before leaving Haghighi with no chance as he curled the ball just inside the far corner on his favoured left foot.
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee (MC) chairman Najam Sethi Friday said that Pak-India cricket series would be revived in December next year. Talking to the reporters here at the Gaddafi Stadium, Sethi said: “I hope the agreement of six series with the Indian board will be signed in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting to be held in Australia.” “We will discuss four important things in the ICC meeting. We have signed conditionally on the reviewed Big-3 draft, according to which we will play bilateral series with the entire cricketing nations. We have also signed Memorandum of Understating (MoU) with India according to which we will play six series with them. But until we will sign binding agreement with them, there is no importance of such MoU,” he added. To a query regarding the ‘good news’ he wanted to reveal, Sethi said: “The ‘good news’ is that almost 90 per cent work of ATP has been done. We have also given final shape to Pak-India six series but just their dates have to be finalised yet,” he added. “If the binding agreement is signed with Indian board, the Pak-India series will be played in December next year. The first bilateral series between the two neighbouring counties will be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Indian board has also got green signal from their government,” he added. He further said: “We will want to get membership in the ICC executive and finance committees from the first year while we will also ask for our right as far as the ICC presidentship is concerned.” To another query regarding M Aamir, Sethi said: “I will once again put up the issue of M Aamir in the ICC meeting and try to convince the ICC to at least allow him to play domestic cricket during last year of his ban.”