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FOR COUNTRY’S SAKE, LET THE GOVT ALONE! n
PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF URGES POLITICAL PARTIES TO LET THE GOVT COMPLETE ITS TERM STORY ON PAGE 03
Saturday, 21 June, 2014 Sha’aban 22, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 353 16 Pages Lahore Edition
OVER 200,000 CIVILIANS FLEE OPERATION ZARB-E-AZB AS 12 TERRORISTS KILLED STORY ON PAGE 03
when the going gets tough, sana sent packing
In wake of mounting political pressure, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday sacked Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr Tauqeer Shah “to pave the way for a transparent investigation into the Model Town incident” in which over 12 workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek were killed and more than 90 others were injured in a gun-and-baton attack by policemen earlier this week. However, PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri says he’s not satisfied with Rana Sanaullah’s resignation and “the first person to resign should have been the chief minister himself”. STORIES ON PAGE 02
02 NEWS WOMAN RAPED, MURDERED AND HANGED FROM TREE IN LAYYAH LAHORE: A woman’s dead body was found hanging from a tree in Layyah on Friday. Taking notice of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has asked for a report from DPO Layyah and ordered the police to take strict action against those responsible for this act. The 20-year-old woman was kidnapped on June 19 and found murdered on Friday. According to her post-mortem report, she was raped before she was strangled to death. The father of the victim had informed the police that his daughter had been kidnapped but the police did not take any action to recover the abducted girl. Residents of the area found the body of the victim hanging from a tree just a few yards away from a security checkpost. The identity of the women was not known till the filing of this report. STAFF REPORT
ENVIRONMENTAL TRIBUNAL JUDGE KILLED IN QUETTA QUETTA: Environmental Tribunal Judge Sakhi Sultan was killed in Shahbaz Town on Friday. According to the police, the incident occurred when unidentified gunmen entered the Environmental Protection Tribunal office and opened fire on Sultan, leaving him critically injured. The assailants managed to flee the site. Sultan was rushed to the hospital but he could not survive and died before any treatment was provided to him. Sultan had served as a senior lawyer at the Supreme Court and high court, and was discharging his duties as a judge of the Environmental Tribunal. In the past, he had also been associated with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Mourning Sultan’s murder, the Pakistan Bar Council, Balochistan High Court (BHC) and Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) announced a boycott of court proceedings for two days. BBA President Bilal Anwar Kasi and BHC Bar President Mir Zahoor Shahwani strongly condemned Sultan’ killing and said that lawyers would boycott court proceedings on Monday and Tuesday. STAFF REPORT
BENAZIR BHUTTO’S 61ST BIRTH ANNIVERSARY TODAY ISLAMABAD: The 61st birth anniversary of former prime minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Shaheed Benazir Bhutto will be observed across the country today. PPP cadres across the country will celebrate the day by organising special functions and cakecutting ceremonies. In a message on the occasion, PPP Co-Chairman and former president Asif Zardari extended felicitations to PPP workers and all democracy-loving people of Pakistan, especially women and the marginalised sections of the society to whom Bhutto had devoted her life. He said the 61st birth anniversary of “our great leader” is being commemorated at a time when the nation has finally decided to root out militancy from its midst, a battle that Bhutto had vowed to wage and lead from the front and during the course of which she had laid down her life. He said that the recent declaration of the resolve to fight militants to the finish is indeed an echo of the slain PPP leader’s call to the people on the day she was martyred. He said that this birth anniversary of Bhutto is doubly auspicious as it also marks the start of a new resolve to defeat the ideology that is posing existential threat to the country. Zardari said that the birth anniversary of the slain PPP leader is also an occasion to reiterate our pledge to defeat the militant mindset and uphold the ideals of democracy, pluralism and rule of law for which Bhutto stood for and struggled throughout her life. APP
Saturday, 21 June 2014
WHEN GOING GETS TOUGH, SANA IS SENT PACKING PUNJAB CM SAYS LAW MINISTER, PRINCIPAL SECRETARY TOLD TO RESIGN TO PAVE WAY FOR TRANSPARENT ENQUIRY INTO MINHAJ MURDERS RANA SANAULLAH SENDS CM HIS RESIGNATION, OFFERS HIMSELF FOR ENQUIRY LAHORE
n a bid to contain the political fallout of a suspicious ‘anti-encroachment’ operation at the Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) Secretariat of Dr Tahirul Qadri four days ago in which over 12 people lost their lives and more than 90 others were seriously injured by personnel of the Lahore Police in a gun-and-baton attack, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday announced that he was removing his Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Principal Secretary Dr Tauqir Shah to pave the way for a transparent enquiry into the tragedy. The announcement at a press conference comes after massive outrage against the police crackdown on workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and TMQ on Tuesday. The chief minister said that even though Sanaullah had performed his duties in an honest manner for 15 years, he has asked him to resign for the “sake of justice”. Shahbaz also said that he has asked for the resignation of his principal secretary, Dr Tauqir Shah. He said that Dr Tauqir Shah was like a younger brother to him but the decision had to be taken as a matter of principal.
SHAHBAZ SAYS HE HAS NEVER COMPROMISED ON JUSTICE, HAD EVEN PUT HIS OWN SON-IN-LAW BEHIND BARS Soon after Sharif’s announcement, news channels reported that Rana Sanaullah had sent his resignation to the Chief Minister’s Office and offered to present himself before the judicial enquiry commission to record his statement. Pakistan Today made repeated efforts to get Sanaullah’s comment on the development but the phone calls went unanswered. Sources told Pakistan Today that the chief minister was likely to appoint Education Minister Rana Mashood as the new law minister of the province. Claiming that people who had died in the Model Town incident “were our own”, Shahbaz Sharif said that he had also ordered the arrest of police personnel who had opened fire on the protesters. “If someone does not have faith in the judicial commission set up by the provincial government, they can request the Supreme Court to set up a judicial commission or take suo motu notice of the incident,” said the chief minister. He said that he had tasked a ministerial delegation to visit the Minhaj Secretariat to condole the deaths of the PAT workers and also to convey his eagerness to visit the Secretariat for offering Fateha for the deceased, but the TMQ and PAT leadership had refused
to meet them. “I’ve worked tirelessly for the province and my services during floods and dengue outbreak are known to all. I’ve never allowed miscarriage of justice and have always stood between the affluent and poor as an iron wall,” Sharif said. Stressing that he had never compromised on justice, the Punjab CM said that he had even put his own sonin-law behind bars over the bakery salesman torture incident in Lahore. SHAHBAZ NOT IN THE LOOP: On Thursday, Shahbaz Sharif had reportedly protested in a meeting of the PML-n leadership chaired by Prime Minister nawaz Sharif in Islamabad that he was kept out of the loop about the operation around the Minhajul Quran Secretariat until TV channels started reporting on the clashes between police and PAT workers. According to reports, Sharif told his elder brother and other party leaders that he first learned about the disturbance near the Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Model Town at 8:30am on
Tuesday. The CM said that he immediately ordered police to disengage and then left to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the chief justice of the Lahore High Court. “During the ceremony I was informed that the situation was worsening. I again passed a message to police to back off. However, unfortunately police failed to implement my orders on time,” reports quoted the chief minister as telling the meeting participants. Shahbaz Sharif said that no prior permission was sought from him for the operation, moreover the police had taken automatic weapons to the scene when there was no such need. It was quite embarrassing for the younger Sharif, who over the years had earned a reputation of being a good administrator, to accept that such an important operation was planned, decided and carried out without his knowledge. “I will not spare anybody found involved in this situation which resulted in the loss of innocent lives people,” reports quoted Shahbaz as telling his elder brother.
MARCHING ORDERS FOR SANAULLAH NOT ENOUGH, SAYS TAHIRUL QADRI PAT CHIEF SAYS SACKING OF PUNJAB LAW MINISTER A ‘FACE SAVING’ TACTIC OF CM SHAHBAZ SHARIF
SAYS SHAHBAZ AND HIS ENTIRE TEAM SHOULD STEP DOWN OVER MODEL TOWN INCIDENT
DEMANDS FORMATION OF JIT COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF ISI, MI AND IB AND A THREEMEMBER JUDICIAL COMMISSION OF SC JUDGES JOINT RESOLUTION BY VARIOUS POLITICAL PARTIES INCLUDING PPP, PTI, MQM AND SUNNI TEHREEK ENDORSES PAT CHIEF’S DEMANDS LAHORE RANA HAIDER
Rejecting the “face-saving” sacking of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Friday said the minister’s termination was “too inadequate and ridiculous” and rather Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his entire team should tender their resignations. “Giving marching ordering to just Sanaullah, who is a mere pawn in the hands of the all-powerful Sharif brothers, is absolutely not enough,” Qadri said, adding that Sanaullah had not been sacked but rather sent on a “honeymoon to take a break and he will be back in the game as soon as his vacation ends”. “On moral grounds, the whole chain of command from chief executive, who issued the orders, to the policemen, who executed them, should
step down over an incident as grave as the Model Town tragedy,” said Qadri. The PAT chief said that Shahbaz Sharif’s resorting to “these damage-controlling tactics” had endorsed his stance.
JOINT PROBE BY ISI, MI, IB: Earlier addressing a press conference through video link from Canada, Dr Qadri has said they would accept an enquiry by a joint investigation team which should comprise representatives from Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, and Intelligence Bureau, and a judicial commission comprising three impartial judges of the Supreme Court (SC). Qadri said that a joint investigation and a three-member investigation tribunal comprising SC judges was formed to investigate the attack on TV anchor Hamid Mir. He questioned why it was not possible for the Model Town incident in which more than a dozen people were gunned down and scores others injured. He said he did not have confidence in the one-man tribunal formed by the Punjab government, which he deemed as responsible for the incident. He alleged that the police were implicit in the killing of his activists, and ques-
tioned how they would be able to carry out an impartial investigation. Qadri said this was his last press conference from Canada, adding that he would leave for Pakistan after it ended. He said he arrive on June 23 at Islamabad airport. He had addressed the media and a participants of a joint meeting of representatives of different parties including Chaudhry Ijaz of Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf, Jahangir Badar and Manzoor Wattoo of Pakistan People’s Party, Chaudhry Zaheer of Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid, Rasheed Godail of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Majlis Wahdat-eMuslimeen, and Sahibada Hasan Raza of Sunni Ittehad Council at the Secretariat of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). The representatives of these parties held the meeting to show solidarity with the PAT activists and condemn the police operation. Member and representative of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Hassan Moiuddin lashed out at Shahbaz Sharif, going as far as referring to him as “Qatil-e-Aala”. The representatives of these parties after having a joint session issued a joint communiqué making various demands to the government. They made demands for a joint investigation team, and a three-member SC bench for investigation into the incident, as well as a release of all arrested activists of PAT. They also demanded that the missing PAT workers that were arrested by the police and transferred to an undisclosed location be produced. The participants further demanded that the government ensure the registration of an FIR on application filed by PAT workers against Shahbaz Sharif, his ministers and police officers and officials.
Saturday, 21 June 2014
FOr COUNTry’S SAKE, lET THE GOvT AlONE! PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF URGES POLITICAL PARTIES TO LET THE GOVT COMPLETE ITS TERM
SAYS ‘SOME ELEMENTS WHO WANT TO TAKE TO THE STREETS IN THE NAME OF REVOLUTION’ WANT TO PUSH COUNTRY BACK TO THE ERA OF DARKNESS AND MISERY
URGES YOUTH TO STAND WITH THOSE WHO WANT TO TAKE THE COUNTRY FORWARD ON THE PATH TOWARDS PEACE AND PROSPERITY ISLAMABAD
RIME Minister nawaz Sharif on Friday said the politics of strikes and sit-ins are against the country’s progress and asked the opposition political parties to let the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) government to complete its agenda of the country’s development. “Stop leg-pulling and let us work for five years. Let Pakistan move forward. Let Pakistan progress,” he said at the launch of the PM’s Laptop Scheme under the PM’s Youth Programme at the Convention Centre. Sharif said that “some elements” who wanted to take to streets in the name of revolution, were on the agenda to push the country back to the era of darkness and misery. He said that on the contrary, the PML-n government was working on a ‘real revolution’ by including the youth in the country’s development process. “We are working with commitment and zeal for the development of the country,” he said, adding that there is no need to create hurdles in the journey of national development. The PM said his government’s dream
was to gather bright students at the Convention Centre, while some people on the road were bent upon pushing the country back into the dark ages. He urged the youth to stand with those who wanted to take the country forward on the path towards peace and prosperity, and not with those who wanted the nation to plunge into darkness. He said that the people of Pakistan had voted PML-n into power as they believed that this party had the capability to deliver. LOADSHEDDING, DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS: Sharif said that the PMLn was working with the determination to eliminate power load shedding, while work had been initiated on mega development projects like Lahore-Karachi Motorway and Pakistan-China trade corridor. He said that the government had launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb to eliminate terrorism, and said he was working on a plan to bring legislation on banning illegal weapons across the country. He said that his party lacks majority in the Senate and faces problems in the passage of this new legislation on ban on possession of illegal weapons. He hoped that the opposition parties too will realise the importance of such measures to overcome incidents of extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gives away a laptop to a student at the first laptop distribution ceremony of PM’s Laptop Scheme at Jinnah Convention Center on Friday. INP
The PM said that a “feel-good factor” had increased the stock index, while new employment opportunities were being generated and all sectors were witnessing a positive change. PUNJAB POLICE GIVES GUARD OF HONOUR TO STUDENTS: On the occasion, a contingent of the Punjab Police presented a guard of honour to the students. The PM said that the contingent was there to appreciate the students of the country who were in fact the ‘real VVIPs’. PM’S LAPTOP SCHEME: Under the Rs4 billion Laptop Scheme, about 100,000 students across the country would be getting quality laptops per year for a period of five years. The scheme is aimed at boosting the scope of research, quality education and improved access to information and communication technology among the graduate and post-graduate level students in the country.
MILITARY OFFICIALS TELL PM 232 TERRORISTS OF VARIOUS GROUPS HAVE BEEN KILLED WHILE 20 MILITANT SANCTUARIES DESTROYED IN AIRSTRIKES SO FAR
ISPR SAYS SECURITY FORCES FOILED SIX ATTEMPTS BY TERRORISTS TO FLEE NWA ON THURSDAY NIGHT
RAWALPINDI/PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Army’s Cobra gunship helicopters pounded three militant hideouts in Qutub Khel area on the outskirts of Miranshah Friday, killing at least 12 suspected terrorists, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 200,000. “It was an integrated action by cobra gunships, artillery and snipers. 12 terrorists including foreigners were killed in the strikes. Huge cache of arms and ammunition was also destroyed,” said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). nearly 150,000 people have left north Waziristan tribal area on the Afghan border this week after the military launched a long-awaited assault against Taliban hideouts. The authorities eased a shoot-onsight curfew on Wednesday to give civilians a chance to leave before troops begin a full-blooded ground operation. A senior security official earlier said that helicopter gunships targeted militant hideouts in an early morning raid, killing up to 20 militants. The ISPR statement further said that six fleeing attempts by the terrorists were foiled last night and three locals, who did not have any identity proof, were apprehended while trying to flee from the cordon. Another 24 suspects, who were trying to flee in the garb of IDPs, have been apprehended at various strangulation checkposts in Mirali and Miranshah, it added. “Till now 200,000 persons have been evacuated from the area,” said the official military statement, adding that so far 11 families (92 individuals) have been enlisted in the IDPs camp in Bakkakhel of Bannu. It also said that 400 Afghan families had left north Waziristan Agency for Afghanistan through Ghulam Khan Border village on Thursday. “They were provided all required administrative assistance,” it added. “Additional lady searchers (Police), mobile nADRA vans and smart card vans have been placed at IDP registration point to further streamline the registration process at Saidgai registration point.” “Total 20 booths i.e. 10 each for male and females IDPs are continuously functioning for expeditious regis-
loan scheme for the youth by certain quarters, and said that despite propaganda, time had proved the success of the scheme. He said that currently only 12,000 youth had got the loans, adding that funds were available for more loan-seekers. The PM said that while distributing laptops, the students were not asked which party they supported. “It does not matter if you have voted for me or not, I am still your prime minister and responsible to provide you all facilities,” he said. In her address, Maryam nawaz said that the present democratic government had been effectively fulfilling its promises to the people and the launch of the laptop scheme was part of those commitments. She said that there would be no discrimination at all in the distribution of laptops, adding that all deserving students will now be able to get required help in education and will not lag behind due to lack of resources.
PM ASSURES FULL RESOURCES TO MILITARY FOR NWA OPERATION
OVER 200,000 CIVILIANS FLEE OPERATION ZARB-E-AZB AS 12 TERRORISTS KILLED 400 AFGHAN FAMILIES LEFT NORTH WAZIRISTAN AGENCY FOR AFGHANISTAN THROUGH GHULAM KHAN BORDER VILLAGE ON THURSDAY
Sharif said that he personally approved the design of the laptop that was prepared by PM’s Youth Programme Chairman Maryam nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and others, and hoped that the students would utilise it prudently in the advancement of their studies. FEE REIMBURSEMENT SCHEME: Among other projects for the youth, Sharif said Rs 1.2 billion had been allocated for the Fee Reimbursement Scheme under which 40,000 students will be getting a refund of up to Rs 100,000 every year. Referring to the promises he made during his election campaign, Sharif said that he remained committed to taking the country forward. He said that the government would facilitate those who had education and skills by providing them enough resources to move forward in their lives and help their families by earning respectably. He recalled the criticism against the
NORTH WAZIRISTAN: A soldier mingles with Afghan children in the Pak-Afghan border village of Ghulam Khan on Friday as Pakistan Army troops began search operations in villages in the restive tribal agency. INP
tration and move out of Agency,” said the ISPR press release. The military offensive began last week after a bloody and dramatic attack on Karachi airport earlier during the month brought an end to months of largely fruitless government efforts to negotiate a peace deal with the Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Washington has long demanded action against militant hideouts in north Waziristan, which has served as a rear base for insurgents battling US-led forces in Afghanistan. The area, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions on the Afghan border, has been an important base for the TTP, which has killed thousands in bombings and gun attacks during its seven-year insurgency. The fighting also triggered a huge exodus of civilians from north Waziristan into Bannu, Peshawar and Kohat and across the border into Afghanistan. “Some 157,000 people have arrived in Bannu from different areas of north Waziristan,” Arshad Khan, director general of the Fata (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Disaster Management Authority, said on Friday. Registration points and camps have been set up to deal with the influx of people in Bannu, but many prefer to travel on to stay with relatives in other areas.
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Prime Minister nawaz Sharif, during his first ever visit to the Headquarters of the Peshawar Corps of Pakistan Army, assured the military of full financial support to ensure success in the ongoing military operation against militants in north Waziristan tribal region. The prime minister, who was also accompanied by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, was given a briefing by senior commanders of the Pakistan Army on the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation. They were apprised about the significance of Zarb-e-Azb and told that the operation was imperative because of the threat of large scale attacks across the country by the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). During the briefing, it was also confirmed that 232 terrorists of various terror groups were killed while 20 militant sanctuaries were destroyed, along with their com-
munication networks so far. PM nawaz and General Sharif were also told that forces had encircled the TTP strongholds in Mirali and Miramshah areas of north Waziristan to ensure that no terrorist fled the area. “Militants’ supply line has also been cut,” the briefing further said. They were also informed that the presence of East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and International Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) posed serious security threats not only to Pakistan but also to the region. These networks also had full foreign financial and material support, it was said. Senior commanders said during the briefing that in the first phase, spanning over six weeks, major targets would be achieved by security forces. nawaz said that he had spoken to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to ensure that Afghan soil may not be used against Pakistan by fleeing terrorists.
STATE INSTITUTIONS ON SAmE PAGE OvEr NATIONAl AGENdA: PErvAIz rASHId ISLAMABAD APP
Minister for Information and Broadcasting and national Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Friday that there is no divide among national institutions and all are on the same page regarding the operation in north Waziristan, foreign policy and economic revival. Talking to a television channel, he said that the armed forces were fighting to secure country’s future and bring peace on its soil. The minister said that those talking of division among institutions were raising baseless allegations which had nothing to do with the reality, adding that those elements had their own vested interests. “Had there been any division, Pakistan would not have suc-
ceeded in getting GSP Plus status from the European Union, support for mega projects from China and United States’ financial assistance for Diamir Bhasha Dam,” said Rashid. He said that the speeches of Army Chief General Raheel Sharif reflect his resolve to strengthen democracy, rule of law and freedom of expression. Rashid said the incident of killing of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran workers at the hands of the police was very unfortunate, adding that a judicial commission was probing the matter and its recommendations would be implemented. He appealed to political forces to abandon their political agenda till the completion of the military operation in nWA. He said that those who were using religion for political purposes were doing a disservice to the nation.
Saturday, 21 June, 2014
russiA keeN To exPANd relATioNs wiTh PAkisTAN RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEY LAVROV SAYS RUSSIA SUPPORTS ISLAMABAD FOR FULL MEMBERSHIP OF SCO
SARTAJ AZIZ THANKS RUSSIA FOR APPROVING SUPPLY OF MI-35 HELICOPTERS TO PAKISTAN; HOPES FURTHER REQUESTS FOR DEFENCE EQUIPMENT WOULD BE CONSIDERED
USSIA is keen to expand its relations with Pakistan since close cooperation between Pakistan and Russia would not only be of benefit to the two countries but would also help in building stability and prosperity in the region. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made this statement in a meeting with Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Moscow on Friday. The adviser, in his response, said there was also a consensus in Pakistan for improving relations with Russia. The PM has a new vision for Pakistan. It is based on creating economic partnerships with nations, said Aziz. Pakistan, therefore, wants to develop a multidimensional relationship with Russia in the fields of trade, energy, infrastructure development, defence and culture, he said. Both the leaders agreed that the positive role of recent and forthcoming high
BlaSt at iSlamaBad Shrine injureS over 55 ISLAMABAD: A powerful explosion at a shrine in the federal capital on Friday night injured more than 55 people out of whom several are said to be in critical condition. The blast took place at the shrine of Chan Pir Badshah in Pindorian neighbourhood near Shehzad Town Police Station. Police sources said that a bomb planted near a tree exploded, injuring the devotees who were being served food at a Langar. They said that there were over 200 people present at the shrine at the time of the attack. STAFF REPORT
ied ATTACk oN PoliCe vAN kills Two iN kP disTriCT PESHAWAR: Two policemen were killed, and two others injured on Friday as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on a police van in Akazai area of Torghar district. District Police Officer Iftikharudin confirmed the attack and said the van was totally destroyed. Torghar was part of Mansehra before it was made a separate district during the previous PPP-led government. It was then that the provincially administered tribal area had seen its first police setup. The police stations were established due to presence of militants in the area to ward off any threat. A checkpost in Torghar district had been set on fire on June 15 where the militants also tortured the policemen. STAFF REPORT
level exchanges between the two countries would help in moving forward this objective. AFGHANISTAN, SYRIA, IRAQ DISCUSSED: During the meeting, the situation in Afghanistan, cooperation in the efforts against extremism and terrorism, drugs control, and situation in the Middle East, including Syria and Iraq, were also discussed. In the course of discussion, it was agreed that the forthcoming Summit meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)in Dushanbe in September would provide a useful opportunity for discussing the emerging situation in the post2014 Afghanistan. Lavrov conveyed that Russia fully supported Pakistan’s entry into SCO as a full member. ENERGY, TRADE, SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL COOPERATION: The two leaders agreed that there was considerable scope for cooperation in the field of energy since Pakistan has a very large scale programme to overcome its energy crisis and many Russian companies were keen to participate in this programme. Aziz informed Lavrov that Pakistan was looking forward to the next meeting of the Inter Gov-
ernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation in November 2014 in Moscow as well as the Joint Working Group on Energy preceding the IGC. PAKISTAN WELCOMES MI-35 HELICPOTERS: Aziz thanked Lavrov for Russian agreement to provide MI-35 helicopters to Pakistan and expressed the hope that Pakistan’s further request for defence equipment would also be considered soon as part of our continued defence collaboration. PAKISTAN-INDIA TIES: The Russian FM wel-
comed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi and expressed the hope that constructive dialogue and improved relations between the two countries would be beneficial for the security and stability of the region.Before his return to Pakistan, Aziz said that his visit to Russia was successful as he and Lavrov not only agreed on the need for better relations but had also worked on a roadmap with timelines to carry the relationship forward. Earlier, Aziz attended the fifth meeting of high officials responsible for security in Kazan on June 19.
PAkisTAN world’s lArgesT hosT oF reFugees: uNhCr REPORT SAYS PAKISTAN HOSTING 1.6 MILLION REFUGEES MOSTLY FROM AFGHANISTAN ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
By the end of 2013, Pakistan continued to host the largest number of refugees in the world (1.6 million), nearly all from Afghanistan, according to a report released by United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Islamabad at a ceremony marked in connection with World Refugee Day which was celebrated on Friday. Speaking at the World Refugee Day commemorative event in Islamabad, senior UNHCR official Maya Ameratunga, lauded Pakistan's role. She said Pakistan has generously hosted the world’s largest refugee population for three decades, and it was essential to mobilise more support from the international commu-
nity to sustain efforts such as the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (Raha) initiative, which is a way of thanking the hosts of these refugees. The report titled, “War’s Human Cost: UNHCR Global Trends 2013”, shows that the number of refugees, asylum-seekers, and internally displaced people (IDPs) worldwide has, for the first time in the post-World War II era, exceeded 50 million people. The situation is similar for the Islamic Republic of Iran, which hosted 857,400 refugees by year-end, almost all Afghans. At the same time voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan to Afghanistan has also been the largest in the world, with 3.8 million having been assisted by UNHCR to return home since 2002. The report said 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2013, six million more than the 45.2 million reported in 2012 and added that the reason for this massive increase was driven mainly by the war in Syria, which at the end of last year had forced 2.5 million people into becoming refugees and made 6.5 mil-
lion internally displaced. Internal displacement amounted to a record 33.3 million people globally. The UNHCR report said with some 2.56 million refugees in 86 countries, Afghanistan remained the leading country of origin of refugees in 2013 – the 33rd consecutive year it has topped this list. On average, one out of every five refugees in the world is from Afghanistan, with 95 per cent located in Pakistan or the Islamic Republic of Iran. The strategy helps Afghan refugees to return home safely and voluntarily and to reintegrate as citizens in their own country. The strategy also provides support for host countries, for example through the Raha programme. The report commended the efforts of the government of Pakistan which took the commendable initiative of adopting a National Policy on the Repatriation and Management of Afghan Refugees. It further said that as part of this policy, the government is renewing the Proof of Registration cards of Afghan refugees, with validity until the end of 2015.
Security clearance made mandatory for foreignerS’ viSa extenSion ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Interior Ministry has reviewed its visa extension policy wherein foreigners will now require clearance from intelligence agencies. The policy has been reviewed in view of the current law and order situation in Pakistan. An official said that fines will be imposed on foreign nationals who are found with invalid visas. He said that no extension will be granted once the visa validity has expired. The official said foreigners will be deported if they do not submit an application for a visa extension, adding that a zero tolerance policy will be adopted and there will be no exemptions. Foreigners will be required to submit their application at least one month before the expiry of the visa as security clearance from intelligence agencies has been declared mandatory now, the source said. He said cases will be registered against foreigners who do not submit applications for visa extensions on time as well as those with invalid visas.
NA condemns MQM MNA Tahira Asif's murder, oﬀers Fateha ISLAMABAD APP The National Assembly on Friday offered Fateha for the departed soul of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MNA Tahira Asif who was killed in a firing incident in Lahore. At the start of the House’s proceedings, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq informed the House that the female MNA had succumbed to her injuries. Per parliamentary tradition, the speaker adjourned the House over the death of a sitting parliamentarian, allowing the
members to express their feelings over the incident. On the speaker’s directives, Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony State Minister Pir Aminul Hasnaat led Fateha prayers for the forgiveness of the departed soul. MQM’s Sheikh Salahuddin described the incident as saddening and told the House that Tahira had gone to Lahore to condole the death of Tehreek-eMinhajul Quran workers. He said that Tahira had always fought for the truth and announced that the MQM would observe three-day mourning, besides calling for the arrest
of Tahira’s killers within three days. Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah also called for arrest of Tahira’s killers. NA member hailing from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Shah Mehmood Qureshi also expressed his condolences to the deceased’s family and the MQM leadership. He called upon the Punjab government to arrest and punish Tahira’s killers to avert the occurrence of such events in the future. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed termed the murder an unfortunate incident and a national tragedy. He said that the House should adopt a
resolution to condemn the incident. Mehmood Khan Achakzai said that the government should look into the factors behind such incidents, adding that the country has been facing insecurity since the start of the Afghan war and the government would have to take decisive steps to avoid further losses. He requested the prime minister, religious scholars and the political leadership to work out a solution to the country’s problem. Sahibzada Tariqullah also condemned the incident and condoled with the victim’s family besides criticising the
blockade of roads leading to the Parliament House. Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain also condemned the murder, adding that the government and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were shocked and grieved over the incident. He said that every parliamentarian is serving national interest and assured the House that the Punjab government would leave no stone unturned to arrest the killers. Later, the House was adjourned to meet again on Saturday at 0930 hours.
Saturday, 21 June, 2014
Justice Jawad KhawaJa distances himself from anti Judiciary banners case SC SEEKS PROGRESS REPORT FROM INTERIOR SECRETARY AND IG ISLAMABAD TILL JUNE 25 IN THE CASE OF PLACEMENT OF ANTI-JUDICIARY BANNERS AND POSTERS ISLAMABAD
USTICE Jawad S Khawaja on Friday rescued himself from the anti-judiciary banners case. A two-member bench of the SC led by Justice Khawaja and comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan took up a petition filed by Advocate Tausif Asif against a private news channel anchorperson Mubasher Lucman, Intelligence Bureau (IB) director general (DG)and interior secretary in the anti-judiciary banners case. Justice Khawaja ordered that the aforesaid petition be fixed for hearing with a special SC bench which does not include him. People try to influence the judges illegally
due to cases, he said. He said that in the banners case, an order has already been given as to why action was not taken against the accused when he had been identified. “The words inscribed on the banners are harmless. Our concern is how such things were placed against the judiciary in the federal capital, particularly in the Red Zone which is the safest place in Islamabad,” he said. Justice Afzal said that though anti-judiciary actions are a matter of concern, the law and constitution will take its course. The petitioner told the court that families of the labourers who were arrested and against whom the case was registered had come to him and requested him to get their wards released.
Asif and Ahsanud Din Sheikh told the court that the anti-judiciary campaign is not restricted to Islamabad but it is present at all major highways, GT Road, Sadar areas and district courts, adding that “we cannot sleep the whole night” long after watching a certain private news channel’s program. Justice Khawaja said that the real issue is of the superior judiciary, adding that the chief justice of Pakistan will now fix a bench for hearing of this case and Justice Khawaja will not be a part of the bench. The hearing of the case was adjourned till June 23. It may be mentioned that SC has already constituted a special bench comprising Justice Ejaz Khan, Justice Ejaz Chaudhry and Justice Mashir Alam to hear the petition filed against the anchorperson of a private news channel on June 23. Meanwhile, the SC has sought a progress report from Islamabad Inspector General (IG) and interior secretary till June 25 in the case of placement of anti-judiciary banners
and posters. Justice Khawaja said that how could anyone display so many anti-judiciary banners when there is a security camera on every pole in Islamabad. He ordered the interior secretary and IG Islamabad to “tell us who these Farzandan-e-Islamabad are”. The attorney general said that the mastermind behind the campaign is being traced. He observed that a column had been written and his name had been splashed in such way as if he was responsible for the entire matter. Justice Khan said that “it seems from your report as if only two painters were responsible for the whole matter. Investigation is being conducted but those found responsible are not being located”. The deputy AG (DAG) appeared before the court and requested that the hearing be adjourned as the AG was in Lahore. The court observed that the matter is important so a progress report be presented on the next hearing before adjourning the case till June 25.
PEMRA SUSPENDS LICENSE OF GEO ENTERTAINMENT, ARY NEWS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has suspended the licences of Geo Entertainment and ARY News over gross violations of the Authority laws. According to a statement, PEMRA members unanimously decided to immediately suspend the license of Geo Entertainment for a period of 30 days and imposed a fine of Rs 10 million. The Authority also banned programme “Utho Jago Pakistan” aired on Geo Entertainment, its entire team including host Dr Shaista Lodhi, producer etc. forthwith, besides banning the rebroadcasting of this programme on any channel. Regarding the violations committed by ARY News, the Authority unanimously decided to immediately suspend the licence of ARY News for 15 days and imposed a fine of Rs 10 million. The Authority has also banned programme “Khara Sach” aired on ARY News and its anchorperson Mubasher Lucman for persistently airing contemptuous and malicious campaign against the judiciary.
ISOLATED RAIN, THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED OVER NEXT 24 HOURS ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistan Meteorological Department on Friday forecast rain and thundershowers associated with gusty winds at isolated places in Malakand and Hazara divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, a seasonal low lies over Balochistan and adjoining areas. Weak moist currents from the Arabian Sea are penetrating into central parts of the country. A shallow westerly trough is also prevailing over Kashmir and adjoining areas. The Met Office predicted hot and dry weather in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, with light rain and thunderstorms at isolated places in Malakand and Hazara divisions. Light rain and thundershower is also likely at isolated places in the Kashmir Valley and GB. According to the Met Office, mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, including Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Islamabad during the next 24 hours. The highest maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were at Turbat 49.5C, Sibbi, Dadu 47C and Jacobabad 45C. Temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were 37C in Islamabad, Lahore 44C, Karachi 36C, Peshawar 40C, Quetta 36C, Skardu 29C, Murree 26C, Muzaffarabad 38C, Gilgit 34C, Faisalabad 43C, Multan 42C and Hyderabad 40C. According to Met Office reports, rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours was 7mm in Gupis, Parachinar 2 mm and Gilgit, Kalam 1 mm.
57 OF 133 NON-BINDING RECOMMENDATIONS OF SENATE ACCEPTED, SAYS DAR ISLAMABAD APP
KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila on Friday visited the forward bases of Pak Marines at Creeks Area to overview operational readiness of deployed Pak Marines. PR
Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar said on Friday that the Finance Ministry had fully or partially accepted 57 of the 133 non-binding recommendations made by the Senate, while decisions on 49 others would be taken after a “due process” of required consultation with other departments concerned and the provincial governments. “The debate in the parliament over the proposed budget provided useful inputs for the Finance Ministry and the FBR and in the light of guidance provided by the parliament,” he said while chairing a meeting at the Ministry of Finance which reviewed the amendments suggested by the parliamentarians in the Finance Bill 2014-15. FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa briefed the finance minister on the viability of the proposed amendments and their impact on the overall revenue collection.
INDIA NUKE ENRICHMENT PLANT EXPANSION OPERATIONAL IN 2015 NEW UNITS AT THE INDIAN RARE METALS PLANT WOULD INCREASE INDIA’S ABILITY TO PRODUCE WEAPONS-GRADE URANIUM TO TWICE THE AMOUNT NEEDED FOR ITS PLANNED NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE FLEET NEW DELHI AGENCIES
India is expanding a covert uranium enrichment plant that could potentially support the development of thermonuclear weapons, a defence research group said on Friday, raising the stakes in an arms
race with China and Pakistan. The revelation highlights a lack of nuclear safeguards on India under new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while sanctions-bound Iran faces minute scrutiny in talks with world powers over its own nuclear programme. New units at the Indian Rare Metals
Plant would increase India’s ability to produce weapons-grade uranium to twice the amount needed for its planned nuclear-powered submarine fleet, IHS Jane’s said. The facility, located near Mysore in southern India, could be operational by mid-2015, the research group said, basing its findings on analysis of satellite imagery and public statements by Indian officials. “Taking into account all the enriched uranium likely to be needed by the Indian nuclear submarine fleet, there is likely to be a significant excess,” Matthew Clements, editor of IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review said.
“One potential use of this would be for the development of thermonuclear weapons.” No comment was available from the Indian government press office or the foreign ministry. Unlike Iran, India is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. New Delhi tested its first nuclear weapon in 1974, provoking international sanctions that barred it from importing nuclear technology and materials. It conducted tests again in 1998 that drew a quick response from Pakistan, triggering an arms race between the neighbours, who have fought three wars since independence in 1947. A civil nuclear cooperation deal with
the United States, sealed in 2008, gave India access to know-how and fuel in return for a pledge - so far unfulfilled - to bring in U.S. firms to expand India’s nuclear power generation capacity. The pact exempts military facilities and stockpiles of nuclear fuel from scrutiny by the International Atomic Energy Agency, a United Nations watchdog. The Mysore plant is not subject to IAEA safeguards. The exemption, granted by the administration of President George W. Bush, faced opposition from China and Pakistan, India’s regional rivals, and European nations who said it would undermine efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons.
WEATHER UPDATES SATURDAY
Saturday, 21 June, 2014
Dr Arif QAyyum’s mother pAsses AwAy It is informed with profound sorrow that mother of Dr Arif Qayum Khan passed away to her heavenly abode on Friday. Her Namaz-eJanaza will be held today (Saturday) at 9am and Duae-Maghfirat will be held on Sunday (tomorrow) at 6:30pm at 63-A, Garden Block, Garden Town, Lahore. For condolence: Dr Arif Qayum Khan mobile 0300-8446404, residence: 042-35834463
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif meets Korea’s Ambassador Sang Jang on Friday.
tAhirA Asif lAiD to rest
PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE ATTEND MQM MNA’S FUNERAL LAHORE
uTTAHIDA Qaumi Movement (MQM) National Assembly Member Tahira Asif, who was gunned down in an attack,
was buried on Friday in a local graveyard near her Wafaqi colony residence in Johar Town. Strict security arrangements were in place for the funeral which was attended by a large number of people including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) provincial Food Minister Bilal Yasin, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Pervaiz Rafique, Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed and a delegation of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and others. The lawmaker was buried next to the grave of her father at the Kamal
police neeDs to be proActive! IGP discusses steps to avert Model Town like incidents in future LAHORE: Police will have to take strict measures to avert Model Town like incidents in the future, said Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera in his first meeting with police officers at the Lahore CPO office on Friday after assuming charge as the provincial police chief. The IGP said the police had to adopt proactive approach and it had to work according to SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure) of operation command without any pressure so that no anti-state elements could damage of-
Shah graveyard. Tahira Asif was wounded in a gun attack on Wednesday and was shifted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in a critical condition where she was undergoing treatment. The legislator succumbed to her wounds on Thursday following which her party, the MQM, had announced a three-day mourning and also demanded the arrest of the killers within three days. Lahore CCPO had constituted two teams head by CIA SP and SP investigation respectively to probe the incident. Police sources had claimed that two suspected had been arrested and were being held at an undisclosed location for questioning.
ficial and public property. During the meeting, he expressed sorrow on Model Town incident and reviewed details of the causes of the incident. He said performance of all officials and officers from Mohrar to high ranking would be monitored and misuse of power at any level would not be tolerated. The IGP stressed the officers to perform their professional duties with commitment and honesty to maintain law and order and elimination of crimes. staff report
Saturday, 21 June, 2014
the legenD DepArts LAHORE: Khalid Iqbal is considered as the father of landscape painting and the initiator of the Modern Realism in Pakistan. He has this unique honour to become the first male teacher at the Fine Arts Department of the University of the Punjab, Lahore when he was appointed to teach the first ever batch of boy-students at the Department in 1956-58. He breathed his last today at Lahore. Many of Khalid Iqbal’s students and followers have earned high repute in painting and sculpture like Colin David, Zulqarnain Haider, Sufi Waqar, Ghulam Rasul and many others. Khalid Iqbal was born on June 23, 1929 at Simla, Jammu and Kashmir. In 1945, he did his O’ Level from St Joseph’s Academy Dheradun; the capital of the state of Uttarakhand in the northern part of India, located at about 236 km north of Indian capital New Delhi. By 1948, he was taking Art lessons from Sheikh Ahmad; the husband of Anna Molka Ahmad. In 1949, Khalid did his BA from Forman Christian (FC) College Lahore and joined Atchison College Lahore as an Art Teacher. In 1952, he did a diploma in French from the Oriental College Lahore and the same year he went on to study fine arts at the renowned Slade School of Arts, University of London, UK. From 1956 to 1965, he served the Fine Arts Department of the University of the Punjab as a senior lecturer. staff report
ppp celebrAtes ‘DAughter of the eAst’s birthDAy AnniversAry PPP TO SET UP BLOOD CAMPS ACROSS PUNJAB FOR PAK SOLDIERS ON BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF BENAZIR BHUTTO TODAY LAHORE
AKISTAN People’s Party Punjab (PPP) has chalked out an elaborate program befitting the occasion to observe birth-
day anniversary of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto today, with setting up of blood camps throughout the province where the PPP workers would donate blood for the brave soldiers who are fighting terrorism in general and North Waziristan in particular.
A meeting was held under with PPP Punjab President Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo in the chair on Friday which was attended by other party leaders representing PYO, labour wing, women wing and PPP Lahore secretary general and social media. Bilawal Bhutto Chairman has already given instructions to the party to observe the birthday with simplicity and as such there will be no cutting of the cakes to give the occasion solemn overtone due to the fact that
the country is in a state of war. The birthday will commence with the opening of blood camp by Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo at Aiwan-e-Iqbal at 10 am. PPP Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki and Secretary General Tanvir Ashraf Kaira and other office bearers will also be present there. Similar functions will be held in various offices of the PPP at all district headquarters for which the instructions had already been passed on by the party president.
LAHORE: Arif Ijaz, Advisor at Kohinoor Maple Leaf Group, with students and faculty members at Lahore School of Economics. pr
LHC takes notice of acid attack LAHORE app
The Lahore High Court Complaint Cell on Friday took notice of a press report on administrative side that a man allegedly threw acid on his estranged wife in Jatoi Town. The cell has directed the Muzaffargarh District and Sessions judge to look into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the police along with his own comments within a week. As per details, the police said Meer Hazar, resident of Jatoi, married Sumaira seven years ago and the couple had a daughter. Meer Hazar suspected that his wife had loose morals and their relation got tense whereas Sumaira had moved court for divorce. Consequently, her husband nurtured a grudge and threw acid on her face and body and escaped. The woman was shifted to the Rural Health Centre from where she was moved to Nishtar Hospital Multan. Police registered a case under Anti-Terrorism Act and kicked off investigations.
Quid pro quo Pakistan and Afghanistan both can gain a lot from cooperation
Saturday, 21 June, 2014
The budget rigmarole Facts and figures don’t back up government’s claims
He resumption of contacts between Pakistan and Afghanistan at the highest level is a matter of satisfaction. The ongoing operation in north Waziristan can succeed only if both armies cooperate with one another. Soon Pakistan’s troops would enter the north Waziristan in force. Both local and foreign militants will try to cross over to the Afghan side to escape the military dragnet. Subsequently they would pose security threat for both countries. However, coordination between the two armies can ensure the elimination of the threat. The recent blitz of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) should be an eye-opener for the establishments of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The several militant networks operating on both sides of the Durand Line share the aspirations of organisations like Al-Qaeda and ISIS and have close links with them. over the years the militants have learnt to use the differences between the states to gain space for themselves. The Haqqani network, Maulvi nazir group, Gul Bahadur’s Shura and Sajna keep assuring Islamabad that they would not launch attacks inside Pakistan if not restricted from conducting jihad in Afghanistan. Mullah fazlullah and omar Khorasani, on the other hand, make similar offers to Afghanistan if allowed sanctuaries to undertake jihad inside Pakistan. There is a likelihood of all these groups joining hands after the departure of foreign troops from Afghanistan in an effort to turn the area on both sides of the Durand Line into their fief. Hopefully the two governments would avoid cherry picking by making fine distinctions like good Taliban and bad Taliban. To retain their integrity the two countries must not allow any private army to operate from their respective side for whatever aim. Pakistan has hopefully learnt the lesson and the ongoing operation would be indiscriminate. It is good to hear that President Karzai too is keen for security cooperation. for this he needs to order a similar operation against leaders of the TTP operating from the Afghan side.
Enough, Khwaja sahib There are more important things than Geo
efence Minister Khwaja Asif never fails to remind just why some of his old speeches and promises come back to haunt him. He seems in the habit of being a little too vocal, sometimes, about his preferences. Take the some-year-old speech bashing the army, which he later said was about one general and not the forces, and continues to dismiss it as out of context. But it clearly ruffled some feathers on the other side of the divide. And, given the defence portfolio, hurt his credibility. Perhaps that is why he has been more vocal than usual about his support for everything military in the recent past. And the tiff with Geo, where he now wishes a heavier fine imposed, seems a clear extension of this reaction. But if he is counting on winning any brownie points, the minister might be mistaken. The Geo incident was clearly an embarrassment for the channel, but an ugly war of words later blame was accepted and punishment decided. What is more, important lessons were learnt, and the unpleasantries were more or less water under the bridge. But Khwaja sb wants more, and when he could not get a longer suspension he wanted a stricter fine, as if a price tag could be set for “treason”. Rather than blowing an already distasteful situation further out of proportion, the defence minister’s time, and attention, is better occupied concentrating on greater threats to the country’s security, especially when his government has been behind the curve regarding the insurgency for some time now. With the military operation underway, the defence ministry’s role will be crucial in coordinating between the government and the military. And so far, things have not gone as smoothly as Islamabad would have liked. A lot more needs to be done to clear public doubts about the government, so Khwaja Asif better get his priorities right.
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He budget presented in the national assembly on June 3, 2014, is the second budget announced by the incumbent government. Unfortunately, the government has failed to achieve almost all of the key economic targets it had set last year after coming to power, highlighting the consequences of delays in introducing tough structural reforms. According to the finance minister, the government is facing the most daunting task of repairing a broken economy, and has embarked on a very comprehensive agenda of economic reform to spur growth, maintain price stability, provide jobs to the youth and rebuild key infrastructure of the country. Therefore, they have considered all these points in preparing the budget. But, regrettably, the government has again favoured the elite, the industrialists and not the poor and the agriculturalists. The poor would get poorer as a result of this budget. The finance minister has also launched the economic Survey of Pakistan, a pre-budget document from which it is clear that the GDP has increased to four per cent, which has happened for the first time in the last six years. The key indicator of tax-to-GDP ratio was again missed and
stood at only 8.8 per cent. Regrettably, on the one hand, the so-called democratic government is taking loans from the IMf and the World Bank; while on the other hand, it claims that the people of Pakistan are enjoying economic growth. However, it is more than 190 million population that has come under the burden of loan of 900 USD per person and this also covers the coming generations. There is no doubt that the government is trying to prioritise socio-economic development, but it is undeniable that socio-economic prosperity largely depends on the state’s capacity to ensure the traditional as well as non-traditional security threats. Pakistan is currently facing multiple security challenges. The finance minister has very aptly pointed out the major social problem. Half of the population of the Islamic Republic subsists below the poverty line. How can the proposed budget address the issue to at least reduce this proportion, say by a quarter? Poverty, of course, is indicative of a lack of access to productive resources. Let us take a look at another blot on the perfect fabric of the Land of the Pure — illiteracy. How difficult is it to mount a true crusade to vanquish this monster when the education budget allocation in real terms has declined by 11per cent? The government has allocated 75 per cent of education outlay for higher education even as students have better means of securing scholarship for them. Primary and secondary education has not been given equal attention. If the budget had provided more funds for the noble cause of primary and secondary education, the process would have created opportunities for productive employment and long-term economic growth, and perhaps a meaningful societal change. Last but not least, a bit of basic economics. A successful market economy requires sufficient savings for investment to grow and expand. Where are the incentives that should have been in the budget document to seriously curb the conspicuous consumption through taxing luxury items? That would have promoted savings with
reasonable rates of interest and made these available for investment through maintaining the interest rates of banks. There is no doubt that Pakistan’s economy is in a dire state but we need to remember that the weak security situation is one of the major factors for that. Though the government has introduced welfare schemes for the farmers, the unemployed, the businessmen and an ad-hoc 10 per cent increase in pensions and salaries for government employees, that cannot be considered a welcome step by the masses, considering the inflationary pressures they are facing. The fiscal deficit which was more than 8 per cent has suddenly come down to 5.8 per cent. This is strange, especially when the tax revenue target was also underachieved and expenditures did not come down. That forced the federal Board of Revenue (fBR) to raise an ambitious revenue target which is 23 per cent higher than the revised figure of PKR2,275 billion for fiscal year 2013-2014 to PKR2,810 billion in fiscal year 2014-2015 without announcing key revenue measures and policy actions. What is the plan “B” of the government if the fBR fails to achieve the revenue target in the absence of reforms and capacity constraints, factors that are critical to the economy? Against this backdrop, it is the need of the hour to directly address issues through proper long-term planning and by building harmony among all the stakeholders. Without internal political, security and policy stability, we cannot grasp the opportunities that the regional and global situations are offering as major changes are taking place around us. Pakistan will have to formulate a comprehensive energy policy and make huge investments in the power, education and health sectors. The writer is Research Associate at Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies, Islamabad. The article presents the views of the author and does not represent the position of the Centre.
Steering the ship aright What Benazir might have done in such troubled times
oDAy (June 21st) is Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s 61st birthday. I miss her more this time around as I see Pakistan surrounded by multiple crises. The world around us is changing fast. Both India and Afghanistan are headed for new starts after their elections. The Middles east is going through drastic realignments. The US and Iran explore possibilities of a détente and china re-adjusts to new realities. I don’t think the current rulers understand the challenging situation around us, let alone do something about it. I wish Mohtarma would have been around to steers us to right decisions. She had the capacity to understand the intricacies involved in such geopolitical challenges and had the vision to watch Pakistan’s best interests. She was groomed for this role by none other than her illustrious father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who gave his life to putting Pakistan in such a prominent position which was not liked by then world powers. Mohtarma Shaheed mixed real politics with universal values of propriety and idealism. I firmly believe that Pakistan would not have been as isolated and mistrusted if she had been alive. She knew how to carry national institutions along and yet introduce daring and innovative changes in accordance with new realities. Her handling of the Kashmir issue should be the best example. The people of Kashmir nurture a special fondness of her because she never gave up on Pakistan’s position but was always open to new ideas. I recall that there was pressure on her to show flexibility when she was invited to new Delhi by the confederation of Indian Industries. Many expected that just because she was not in power she would change her stance on Kashmir. But she made sure that she should emphasise the self-determination right of Kashmiris. She declared All Parties Hurriat conference as the sole representative of Kashmiris and this was the pivot of PPP policy. Despite her firm stance she was given immense reception by Indian leadership. She was received by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee along with his national Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra, who had earlier met her separately also. She met Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani on a luncheon meeting and held talks
with opposition Leader Sonia Gandhi and former foreign Minister natwar Singh at tea. everybody welcomed her visit to new Delhi. This was unusual as the attack on the Indian Parliament took place a little before the visit and India had blamed Pakistan for that. The antiPakistan stance in India was at its peak and yet because of her stature she was given extra reception and protocol. She tried to cool down the tempers but without compromising her position on Kashmir. In fact, she used the opportunity to goad India to resolve the Kashmir issue, which caused rancor between the two countries. India insisted that its constitution stipulated Kashmir was its integral part and no party could renege on that. Mohtarma Shaheed, while terming the Un resolutions on Kashmir as paramount, advocated that Kashmiris on both sides should be allowed to see each other. She introduced the idea of maintaining “soft borders” as a confidence building measure, which could lead to a right of self-determination for Kashmiris at some stage. She reiterated her stance on Kashmir in the confederation seminar. Her position on declaring the Hurriat as the sole representative was much resented but Mohtarma was always firm when it came to her convictions. She was invited again to India in a seminar
hosted by daily The Hindustan Times. Mohtarma was the keynote speaker along with former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright while the seminar was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. She was again hosted by top Indian leadership. She helped bring down the tension between the two countries. Such was her appeal that a Star Plus journalist was forced to say that “she was Bhutto’s daughter and we should be careful about sweet talk”. others commented that her popularity was such that she would win hands down if she were to contest elections in India. I had the honour of accompanying her during those two Indian tours where she made us proud of being Pakistanis. I am sure she would have a clear understanding of how to guide Pakistan out of the ongoing diplomatic morass where we have become the pariahs of the world. Dictators tried to dissuade her from her mission by feeding misinformation about her. But she remained undeterred to the last. I remember writing about her: “no matter what her detractors might do, nobody could erase her image from the hearts of people here, there and everywhere. She continues to live in our hearts and will always do.” This is how I would like to pay homage to her on her birthday. Rest in peace, Mohtrama!
WORLD VIEW 09
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PLAyINg WITH FIRE IN AFgHANISTAN New York Times At this pivotal moment for Afghanistan, one of the two candidates for president, Abdullah Abdullah, is creating a political crisis by trying to interrupt the vote-counting in Saturday’s runoff. on Wednesday, he demanded that the election commission stop counting ballots and withdrew his election observers from the process. This could be catastrophic for Afghanistan, which is still very fragile and under grave threat from the Taliban. If no winner is decided, there is likely to be a protracted political struggle along ethnic lines that could make it impossible to transfer power democratically. The uncertainty would paralyze government decision-making and prevent the signing of a security agreement that would allow the United States to leave a residual force in Afghanistan after combat troops depart later this year. Mr. Abdullah’s complaint is that his opponent, Ashraf Ghani, and President Hamid Karzai orchestrated a huge fraud in the vote, a charge both Mr. Ghani and Mr. Karzai have denied. But Mr. Abdullah believes he was cheated when he came in second to Mr. Karzai in 2009 and is trying to pre-empt defeat this time. Afghanistan is new to democratic practices and given its history of tribal-based politics and widespread corruption, many people, including international experts and American officials, have assumed some level of fraud in the balloting. The issue this time, as in the elections that gave Mr. Karzai two terms as president, is whether the fraud was so substantial that voters could not accept whatever results emerged. Mr. Abdullah led Mr. Ghani in the first round of voting in April, and supporters believe he has picked up enough additional support to win the runoff. He has alleged that as many as two million of seven million votes estimated to have been cast were because of ballotbox stuffing, most in favor of Mr. Ghani. He also claims that at least one senior member of the Independent Election Commission has tried to rig the election for Mr. Ghani. The problem is that no official vote tallies have been released by the election commission, and Mr. Abdullah has, so far, presented no firm proof to support his allegations. Moreover, he is now rejecting a process laid out under Afghan law that he initially accepted and seems to be repudiating the very protections that were put in place to adjudicate fraud and other election complaints. He is entitled, for instance, to ask the commission to investigate irregularities, but that is supposed to happen after the partial vote results are announced in the next few weeks. The United States and the United Nations, which has been instrumental in advising Afghan on its election procedures, have prudently not taken sides. In a bluntly worded statement, the United Nations called for the candidates to respect the national electoral system they promised to participate in when they opened their campaigns. A senior American official, James Dobbins, testifying before Congress this week, urged the candidates and their supporters not to prejudge the outcome. As hard as it is to lose, both candidates have to be prepared for such a result. Political uncertainty could lead the United States and other international donors to rethink their commitment of monetary aid and other support in the future. That is not an outcome that Afghanistan can afford.
PAKISTAN’S OFFENSIVE, AMERICA’S WITHDRAWAL New Yorker
or five years or more, the United States has been urging Pakistan to clear North Waziristan, a semiautonomous tribal agency along the Afghan border, of foreign fighters and Taliban. North Waziristan has been a deep haven for Arab, Central Asian, Punjabi, Taliban, and sectarian militants, and the headquarters of the Haqqani network, an Afghan Taliban faction that has repeatedly bombed and gunned down civilians in Kabul. Insurgents trying to overthrow the Pakistani state have also launched one bloody attack after another from North Waziristan. Most recently, a few weeks ago, a team of Uzbek fighters shocked the country by killing more than two dozen people during a suicideby-police-style-raid on Karachi’s international airport. This week, the Pakistani military finally moved. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced the launch of operation Zarb-e-Azb, named in reference to a sword of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Army, in its own announcement, called it a “comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists” who “had been disrupting our national life in all its dimensions.” It vowed to “eliminate these terrorists, regardless of their hue and color.” In the opening days of operation Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistani F-16s have bombed forested mountains where some of the groups have camps. The Army claimed to have killed about two hundred opposition fighters. The C.I.A. has apparently launched several drone strikes near Miran Shah and in other areas of the agency this week, reviving its secret air war over North Waziristan after a long period of quietude. These strikes were almost certainly commissioned and supported by Pakistan’s military and intelligence services; it would seem unthinkable for the obama Administration to act unilaterally with drones just when Pakistan was at last doing what it had long urged. Why now? The Karachi airport attack was a precipitating event, but there have been many such outrages. The deeper answer involves America’s impending withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to the military officers, advisers, and civilian analysts I’ve spoken to here. I happened to be in Pakistan when Zarb-e-Azb began. The country’s proliferating cable news channels (absent the largest, Geo, which has been suspended temporarily for earlier broadcasting reports that the military found of-
fensive) instantly rolled out colorful BrEAKING NEWS and nation-at-war graphics that make Fox News look restrained. Animated tanks, fighter jets, and armed trucks zipped across the bottom of the TV screen at random moments during talk shows. As field reporters delivered standups in split-screen boxes, animated F-16s flew bombing runs, over and over, as if to induce hypnosis. The cartoon planes bombed into smithereens an artist’s rendering of a mud-walled desert compound. In Islamabad, the 111th Infantry Brigade, known as the “coup brigade” because its proximity to the capital has led it to execute the Army’s periodic takeovers of government, has deployed with the paramilitary rangers to strengthen the city’s defenses in the capital against an expected backlash of terrorist attacks. Islamabad was already a city that had gotten used to barbed wire, barricades, and checkpoints; now there are more of those, and more roving armed patrols as well. The Army has cordoned off North Waziristan and imposed curfews while it attempts to evacuate tens of thousands of civilians to camps outside the tribal agency. If similar military campaigns carried out in recent years in South Waziristan, Swat, and Bajaur are any guide, North Waziristan’s residents, already among Pakistan’s very poorest, are in for a prolonged period of suffering as internal refugees. North Waziristan lies across the border from the Afghan provinces of Khost and Paktia. For several years, Pakistan’s Army has been forecasting quietly that the American effort to quickly build the Afghan National Army from scratch into a fighting force of at least two hundred and fifty thousand would fail. Eventually, Pakistan’s military high command fears, the United States and its allies will grow tired of paying the Afghan Army’s huge salary and equipment bills (perhaps four billion dollars a year), and then the country’s Army and police will unravel into factional militias, much as Iraq’s Americantrained Army has melted away under pressure during the past few weeks. Pakistan’s greatest concrete security concern is how such an Afghan unravelling might spill into its territory. Afghanistan is in the midst of an uncertain election transition this year. The votes haven’t been counted in last weekend’s runoff round, but one of the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, has already alleged that there was fraud on a grand scale. The great majority of American troops will be gone by the end of 2014. Pakistan’s Army wanted to move in North Waziristan now so that it can push forward military defensive lines along its western border against the possible Afghan chaos to come. Among other things, Pakistan’s generals fear what is sometimes referred to as the “reverse sanctuary” problem—that is, rather than Pakistan providing sanctuary for anti-Afghan fighters, as it has done for several decades, Afghanistan might become a durable sanctuary for antiPakistan groups. Indeed, the current chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, is said to be hiding out in northeastern Afghanistan, along with other armed radicals. What of the Haqqani network, a tacit ally of Pakistan
and a scourge of American generals in Afghanistan? The Haqqanis previously were the main instrument of Pakistan’s forward strategy in North Waziristan. They provided a loyal but imperfect front line—loyal because the Haqqanis studiously avoided attacking the Pakistani state, but imperfect because they harbored other groups that did hit Pakistan. There is no reason to assume that Pakistan has turned on the Haqqanis. But the Army may prefer to push the network’s fighters, at least for a while, into eastern Afghanistan, where they also control territory. (They are, after all, Afghans.) The Haqqanis’ evacuation from their strongholds around Miran Shah would create space for Pakistan to attack the North Waziristan-rooted groups that it loathes most of all—the Uzbeks, Chechens, Uighurs (who spook Pakistan’s critical ally, China), and certain virulent and irreconcilable Pakistani Taliban. According to Pakistani intelligence estimates, there may be about two thousand Uzbek fighters and hundreds of Punjabi Taliban in North Waziristan today—those groups alone promise tough going. Pakistan gained independence in 1947. It left Waziristan alone until 2002, when the Pakistani Army entered in force for the first time, also at American urging. That incursion began falteringly, but more recently the Army has gained confidence and some measure of stability in South Waziristan, if hardly a victory. The Army would like to pull back and put civilian administrators and perhaps political parties in the lead. But Pakistan’s civil government is too weak, and Waziristan’s insurgent, criminal, and terrorist networks are too deep to expect normalcy anytime soon. Even in the best of circumstances, Pakistan’s military occupation of all of Waziristan now looks to be a multi-decade project, akin to the Indian occupation of Kashmir or the Israeli occupation of the West Bank—a heavy load on a state that already has too many.
US AIR STRIKES WILL SIGN THE DEATH WARRANT OF OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBOURS Telegraph, Uk PrinCE MOhaMMEd bin nawaf aL Saud
There are three things that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia strives for above all others: peace, stability and security, for the international community, for our region, and for our country and our people, whether they are old or young, men or women, Sunni or Shia. These are the cornerstones of our government and they lie at the foundation of our thinking. The escalating and alarming situation in Iraq is of serious concern. These are our neighbours, our friends, and we watch with distress as this terrible situation escalates next to us. As our foreign minister, HrH Prince Saud al Faisal, told the Islamic Conference of regional leaders in Jeddah this week, “this grave situation… carries with it signs of civil war that has implications for the region we cannot fathom”. The number of the dead is mounting into the hundreds, maybe thousands, with many thousands of ordinary Iraqi citizens being displaced. These are people who have suffered enough – too much, indeed. Their families have withstood a long war with Iran as well as a violent and repressive regime under Saddam Hussein and the ensuing civil war, before an uneasy peace was brokered less than a decade ago. As neighbours and fellow Muslims, we despair for them and pray for them all – innocent families, men, women and children – in this critical situation. We wish to see the protection of all civilians and the alleviation of their current suffering. So where do we stand? Despite the false allegations of the Iraqi cabinet, whose exclusionary policies have fomented this current crisis, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports the preservation of Iraq’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity. We also absolutely oppose all foreign intervention
and interference. So the call by the Iraqi foreign minister for President obama and the US government to launch air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis) rebels is beyond our comprehension. An air strike will not just eliminate extremists – whom we do not support – but will effectively sign the death warrant of many Iraqi citizens, innocent families trapped and terrified by this crisis. This request to President obama is madness: it reveals a government that no longer sees clearly and no longer cares about the people it has been appointed to care for. The people of Iraq, of all and any faith and denomination, like all people in all countries of the world, look to their government to provide them with the peace and security they need and deserve. The current Iraqi government is dramatically failing in meeting that objective. In our view, there must be no meddling in Iraq’s internal affairs: not by us or by the US, the UK or by any other government. This is Iraq’s problem and they must sort it out themselves. Any government that meddles in Iraq’s affairs runs the risk of escalating the situation, creating greater mistrust between the people of Iraq – both Sunni and Shia. Instead, we urge all the people of Iraq, whatever their religious denominations, to unite to overcome the current threats and challenges facing the country. As the UN envoy to Baghdad, Nickolay Mladenov, has said, the current situation is “life-threatening for Iraq, but it poses a serious danger to the region”. This is our region; we are their neighbours. So what can we do? We have to look at the cause behind this civil unrest. This situation did not happen overnight, but has been developing over years, under the sectarian and exclusionary policies of Nouri al-Maliki’s government, which has angered large swathes of Iraq’s very mixed population. We can and do urge the present Iraqi leadership to
cease forthwith these aggressive policies, which have clearly fuelled the current violent chaos. This unashamedly sectarian agenda – which has included violent and fatal action against Sunni protest groups in the past – has alienated Iraq’s Sunni population, many of whom have “disappeared” under this regime. our view, and that of many international observers, is that the way forward is for a new national government to be formed which represents all the people of Iraq – Sunni as well as Shia. We have been alarmed by suggestions made by Prime Minister Maliki, and by some Western commentators, that in some ways we in Saudi Arabia support Isis. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wishes to see the defeat and destruction of all al‑Qaeda networks – and of the Islamic State of Iraq and alSham operating in Iraq. Saudi Arabia does not provide either moral or financial support to Isis or any terrorist networks. Any suggestion to the contrary is a malicious falsehood. We do not and we will not support violence or extremism in any form, anywhere by anyone. At all times we seek and strive for a peaceful co-existence between all people, both within our country and within our region, and in the wider world community. Whether they gather under the banner of al-Qaeda or Isis, extremists – jihadis – have become the scourge of the 21st century. Their influence and power over people is fuelled by disappointment and disaffection of the sort created by the Iraqi leadership’s exclusionary policies. only last month, the security forces in Saudi Arabia foiled a plot to assassinate Saudi officials and religious figures by a group linked to Isis. We are asked what can be done. At the moment we wait, we watch and we pray. Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud is Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Court of St James’s.
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Saturday, 21 June, 2014
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KARACHI: Samsung Pakistan conduct 2nd lucky draw for Samsung Smart Home Campaign at Hyperstar. Head of Marketing Saad ul Hasan conduct draw for lucky winners. PR
HBL awards cash prizes to students of Daanish schools
KARACHI: HBL, Pakistan’s largest bank, in an act of Corporate Social Responsibility has awarded cash prizes to 3 students and their Project Incharge from Punjab Daanish Schools, Haasilpur Girls Campus in recognition of their outstanding performance in Intel Science & Engineering Fair, world’s largest international pre-college science competition, held in Los Angeles. A ceremony marking this event was held at Punjab Daanish Schools Head Office in Lahore. The participants included Col.(R) Ehtisham Anwar, Managing Director Daanish Schools, Mr. Faiq Sadiq, Head Payment Services HBL, along with other members of the HBL team. Speaking at the occasion Col. Ehtisham expressed his gratitude to HBL for offering financial awards to the students. Mr. Faiq Sadiq praised the students for their achievement and reaffirmed HBL’s commitment to women empowerment through education in Pakistan. PRESS RELEASE
oracle becomes second largest Cloud saas company in world KARACHI: Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) today announced that fiscal 2014 Q4 total revenues were up 3% to $11.3 billion. Software and Cloud revenues were up 4% to $8.9 billion. GAAP Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) revenues were up 25% to $322 million, while non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were up 23% to $327 million. In addition, Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) revenues were up 13% to $128 million. New software licenses revenues were unchanged at $3.8 billion. Software license updates and product support revenues were up 7% to $4.7 billion. Overall hardware systems revenues were up 2% to $1.5 billion with hardware systems products up 2% to $870 million, and hardware systems support up 2% to $596 million. PRESS RELEASE
EMEnT manufacturers are maintaining cement prices although the taxation measures announced by the government in the federal budget have dampened their spirits as expected cost escalations are quite high, reliable resourced confided to Pakistan Today. Industry experts pointed out that expected capacity utilization for the year 2013-14 will be around 80 per cent as cement sector has posted over three million tons despatches during each of the past three months. The industry is well poised to produce another three million tons plus despatches in the month of June and the overall despatches of cement in 2013-14 would be all time high. They said going forward the sector expected the domestic cement demand to further increase due to some turnaround in the economy. The development projects launched by federal and provincial governments, they added, would further boost cement consumption. Experts, however, warned that industry would not be able to absorb the high costs of inputs for long. They said the prices had been capped by the manufacturers in the best national interest so that the buoyancy in construction sector
was not disturbed. Industry experts have expressed concerns that instead of reducing excise duty on cement in line with stated government policy, it has levied further Rs 50 per ton excise on cement manufacturers. The industry sources mentioned that “policy makers have been informed about a number of issues which are impeding the growth of cement sector much before the preparation of the budget and the concerned circles assured that the genuine concerns of industry would be addressed. But regrettably the government chose to ignore the issues and imposed measures that would jack up the cement prices.” The experts indicated that the additional excise duty on cement will add rupees 2.5 per bag to the cost and the duty on coal will further increase the prices substantially as fuel is the major cost of production. Electricity rates have already been increased to historically high level further worsening the overall situation. Cement is the integral part of almost all the activities undertaken by the construction sector which is the main source of employment for the unskilled labour force in the country. In such a situation where construction sector has been experiencing double digit growth, it would have been prudent to further facilitate the construction-related industries in order to accelerate this attained growth.
PTEA demands notching down banking spread FAISALABAD INP
The Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) have demanded notching down the banking spread to save the industry and exports as it is impeding the growth of trade activities in the country. Textile package announced in budget is a positive sign but these schemes should be implemented in letter and spirit, said Sheikh Ilyas Mahmood, chairman, and, Adil Tahir, vice chairman of the association, on Friday In a statement, they said that foreign trade
was the backbone of any economy, but highest banking spread in Pakistan was hampering the industrial growth and the government should ensure rationalisation of banking spread based on the current market conditions. High banking spread pushes up the cost of production making their products uncompetitive and hurting exports, they added. The State Bank of Pakistan must play its role for narrowing down the high interest rate spread which would produce healthy results for economy as it would promote investment, reduce credit cost, bring down production cost leading
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mobicash footprint expands to more than 35,000 retailers in Pakistan KARACHI: Mobicash retailer footprint has spread to more than 35,000 retailers across Pakistan in just 18 months. The milestone renders Mobicash as the fastest growing Mobile Financial Services (MFS) footprint in the country. Led by Mobilink’s robust Sales and Distribution model, Mobicash possesses the second largest MFS retail network in Pakistan, with the total value of transactions being over PKR 18 Billion in 2014 alone. Mobicash started with 1,000 retailers in Nov, 2012. The rapidgrowth of agent network has had a significant impact on transaction volume, which stands at above7.3 million in 2014, growing by more than 190% over the same period last year. PRESS RELEASE
ISLAMABAD: Regional General Manager Marriott Hotels Pakistan Hartmut Noack greets Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada during the National Day of Philippines. PR
to better growth of business activities and availability of cheap products to the end consumers. The PTEA chairman was of the view that regional competitors enjoyed lower and preferential interest rate provided by their respective governments to support their industry but in Pakistan high discount rate was an extra burden on already ailing industry. If the SBP and the finance ministry did not come to its rescue by providing preferential, lower interest rate, textile industry set up after lot of hard work and achievement of many generations was now on the verge of collapse, he added.
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PSM claims it has achieved target KARACHI: Pakistan Steel is commencing higher production of its quality brands in accordance with the targets laid down by the ministry of industries and production, the PSM spokesman claimed. Giving details, the spokesman said that under the dedicated leadership and the technical expertise of the new chief executive officer, Major- General (r) Zaheer Ahmed Khan, and with the financial package released by the present government, the output of the Pakistan Steel mills will be raised from 20 per cent in July 2014 gradually to 80 per cent of capacity. This production process will continue uninterrupted on permanent basis. All the registered traders and consumers will be enabled to purchase Pakistan Steel’s quality products in line with the organisation’s new sales policy. INP
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Saturday, 21 June, 2014
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Saturday, 21 June 2014
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EARTH, MOON MAY BE 60 MILLION YEARS OLDER THAN THOUGHT: NEW STUDY
UNNy Sarajevo was in festive mood on June 28, 1914 for the visit of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. But it was to be a dark day, and one that changed the world. By 11 o'clock, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire would be dead, an assassination that plunged Europe into four years of horrific conflict that killed millions. "There were flags everywhere, the whole city was covered with flags. As children, we had to stand in the front," one witness told Austrian radio in 1994 for the 80th anniversary. Armed with bombs and guns and blending into the crowd along the archduke's route were half a dozen Bosnian Serb nationalists bent on freedom from Austro-Hungarian rule. The night before the group had been partying in Sarajevo cafes and Gavrilo Princip, the sallow-faced 19year-old who would shoot the archduke and his wife, even had a date with a young girl called Jelena Jezdimirovic. Franz Ferdinand, resplendent in military tunic and plumed hat and in the region for army exercises, was in an open-topped car with reduced police protection on his way to city hall. The first three militants, paralysed with fear, let the motorcade pass but a fourth, Nedeljko Cabrinovic, was able to lob a bomb -- which bounced off the archduke's car and exploded under the vehicle behind. Unharmed, the arch-
duke sped on to his destination, angrily saying in his speech: "I came to visit you and they throw bombs on me!" General Oskar Potiorek, military governor of Bosnia, assured the archduke the situation was under control, but if Franz Ferdinand thought his troubles were over, he was wrong. After the ceremony at city hall, the 50-year-old decided to visit the hospital where people injured in the bomb attack were being treated.
But driving back along the Miljacka river, the convoy took a wrong turn up a small street on the right -named after the emperor Franz Joseph -- and had to stop and turn round. Believing that his group had failed and with Cabrinovic arrested, Princip, rejected two years earlier by the Serbian army as "unfit" to carry a weapon, was still mingling in the crowd. And now, the archduke's Graef und Stift automobile stopped right next to him.
"The archduke was served up to him on a plate," said Bosnian historian Slobodan Soja. Stepping up the car, 19-year-old Princip shot both the archduke and his wife Sophie at close range with a revolver, he in the throat and she in the abdomen. "As the car quickly reversed, a thin stream of blood spurted from His Highness's mouth onto my right check," recalled Lieutenant Colonel Count Franz von Harrach. BY AGENCIES
JOB INTERVIEW? MAKE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION COUNT! Next time you're at a job interview, make sure your first six minutes and 25 seconds count. According to new UK research, that's exactly the amount of time you have to make a good first impression and clinch your dream job. And it appears those early thoughts are significant because interviewers take just 385 seconds to decide if the candidate is right for the role. The study shows how first impressions can completely ruin a candidate’s chance of being offered a job. More than two thirds of employers (71 per cent are) are immediately put off if the interviewee has tattoos. Meanwhile, 70 per cent also say the way a candidate applies makeup impacts on their first impression. What’s more, six in ten bosses (62 per cent) say an interviewee’s dress sense has a big impact on their employability. The research, carried out by Monster.co.uk, talked to 273 managers and 3,286 employees about their interview experiences.
It found bosses want their potential staff members to be able to hold eye contact when they are talking to them (82 per cent). Employers also say an interviewee’s quality of ‘banter’ or small talk (60 per cent) influences their decision. Meanwhile, more than half (55 per cent) also make up their mind based on
the strength of their handshake. But it appears employers rank first impressions as the second most important factor when considering a candidate. The most important attribute is a candidate’s work experience (36 per cent), followed by first impressions (24 per cent) and their education (12 per cent). And it also seems the majority of
job seekers (70 per cent) are just as likely to be swayed by their first impressions. They will decide whether to accept the job based on the interviewer’s handshake (60 per cent), their quality of small talk (58 per cent) and dress sense (50 per cent). Corinne Sweet, an organisational behaviour psychologist, said: 'We make instant assumptions about people and can judge harshly or form fantasies. 'These are based on external factors including: style, tattoos, skin colour and their accent. These impressions can be right or wrong, but candidates should know employers are forming an opinion from the very first contact. 'Plus, employers should understand that employees are forming their impressions too. 'Of course first impressions need to be backed up by performance, but getting your foot in the door and succeeding during the interview - or even just getting one - is the main challenge these days.' BY MAIL ONLINE
The Earth and the Moon may be around 60 million years older than previously thought, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that the timing of the giant impact between Earth's ancestor and a planet-sized body occurred around 40 million years after the start of solar system formation. This means that the final stage of Earth's formation is around 60 million years older than previously thought, researchers said, CBC News reported. Geochemists from the University of Lorraine in Nancy, France discovered an isotopic signal which indicates that previous age estimates for both the Earth and the Moon are underestimates. One of the standard methods to estimate early Earth events is measuring the changes in the proportions of different gases (isotopes) which survive from the early Earth. Researchers Guillaume Avice and Bernard Marty analysed xenon gas found in South African and Australian quartz, which had been dated to 3.4 and 2.7 billion years respectively. The gas sealed in this quartz is preserved as in a "time capsule," allowing Avice and Marty to compare the current isotopic ratios of xenon, with those which existed billions of years ago. Recalibrating dating techniques using the ancient gas allowed them to refine the estimate of when the Earth began to form. This allowed them to calculate that the Moon-forming impact is around 60 million years older than had been thought. APP
DEPRESSION AND HEART DISEASE LINKED IN MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN Depression and heart disease seem to be linked, and now a new study shows that this link may be stronger in middle-age women than in men or older women. Women in the study who were age 55 and younger and had moderate or severe depression were more likely to have coronary artery disease, and had more than twice the risk of having a heart attack or a stroke, or dying of a heart problem, during the three-year study than either men or older women who suffered from depression, the researchers said. "Women in this age group are more likely to suffer from depression, so this may be one of the 'hidden' risk factors that explains why women die at a disproportionately higher rate than similarly aged men after a heart attack," said Dr. Amit Shah, assistant professor of epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta and one of the study's authors. In the study, researchers assessed depression symptoms in more than 3,000 people (34 percent of whom were women). All of the people in the study had either been diagnosed with heart disease or were suspected to have it, and were scheduled for coronary angiog-
raphy, an X-ray that looks for problems in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. The researchers adjusted for factors that could affect people's risk of heart disease, including race, high blood pressure, diabetes, history of stroke or heart disease, and smoking habits. [7 Ways Depression Differs in Men and Women] The researchers found that women age 55 and younger with moderate or severe depression were 2.17 times more likely to suffer a heart attack, die of heart disease or require an artery-opening procedure during the follow-up period than were older women and men of a similar age who also suffered from depression. The researchers also found that women in this age group who suffered from moderate or severe depression were 2.45 times as likely as older women and men of a similar age to die from any cause during the study period. In men and older women, symptoms of depression were not linked with heart disease, the researchers said. The study appeared in the Journal of the American Heart Association on June 18.
Shah said that although it's unclear exactly how depression and heart problems may be linked, researchers do have ideas about why depression in younger women is linked to heart disease. "One of the possibilities is that hormonal and/or neurological imbalances occurring in the brains of women who are moderately or severely depressed can have adverse effects on the cardiovascular system," he told Live Science. "The other possibility is inflammation, which has been measured at higher amounts in people with depression and is a core risk factor for heart disease. The question remains, which came first: the depression or the inflammation?" Shah said that more clinical studies on inflammation and depression need to be conducted on middle-age women, to determine if medications that reduce inflammation might reduce depression as well. Another possible underlying reason for the link, the study noted, is that women may respond physiologically to stress and depression differently than men do. For example, early-life trauma, which is a risk factor for depression, is known to worsen
the body's normal chemical response to acute stress in young women. Over time, this may lead to obesity and certain metabolic abnormalities that are known risk factors for heart disease, the researchers said. The findings in the new study indicate a need for more research on heart disease and psychosocial factors, particularly
depression, in young women, Shah said. "This population is often underrepresented in clinical studies of cardiovascular disease," he said. "Since heart disease is the most common cause of death in women, reducing depression in young women may have a significant impact on public health." BY LIVESCIENCE
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Ben Aﬄeck to get standalone Batman movie?
en Affleck is rumoured to be starring in a solo superhero outing called 'The Batman', set for release in 2019. The 'Argo' actor has reportedly landed his own solo outing set for 2019, which Warner Bros. is lining up to follow on from 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' in 2016 and 'The Justice League' in 2017. According to Latino Review, the film is speculatively called 'The
Lady GaGa under fire from animaL riGhts workers
Pop superstar Lady Gaga has come under fire from animal rights activists, who have criticised the singer for putting jewellery on her pet dog. Campaigners at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) have taken aim at the Bad Romance hitmaker after she shared a number of pictures showing her French Bulldog, Asia, draped in sparkly necklaces, bracelets and clipped on earrings. The snaps, which were posted on Gaga's Instagram.com page, have sparked outrage among some animal lovers. BY WENN
Batman' and is being planned for four years' time because of Affleck's busy schedule. The rumours aren't as far fetched as they seem since the 41-year-old actor has signed on for multiple movies as the Caped Crusader. This comes just after Warner Bros. announced their long-awaited latest DC Comics blockbuster would be called 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'. The follow-up to 2013's 'Man of Steel' will see Henry
Cavill reprising his role as Clark Kent/Superman and Ben Affleck making his debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane from 'Man Of Steel' have all signed on to reprise their parts and Jesse eisenberg will star as Lex Luthor. Filming has also started on the superhero team-up movie, which was written by Chris Terrio and produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder. BY BANG SHOWBIZ
Shah Rukh Khan’s private party video leaked NEWS DESK IPL 7 shall go down in history as being one of the most controversial seasons ever witnessed by the cricketing tournament. After Preity Zinta's controversy yet another controversy is set to hit Bollywood. Apparently, someone has leaked a private video of Bollywood badshaah Shah Rukh Khan, reported Movie Talkies. The video seems to be recorded the night SRK' s team Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL. SRK is seen dancing with a mystery lady. Also seen with him dancing is Jay Mehta , Shah Rukh's business partner and Juhi Chawla's husband. SRK and Jay are seen dancing on the song Lungi Dance from the movie Chennai express. Interestingly, SRK's supposedly private video has gone viral the very day his arch-nemesis Salman Khan released his song Jumme Ki Raat from his upcoming film Kick.
Tom Cruise granted permission to film in UK parliament: report
aamir khan’s dauGhter ira to host ceLeBrity footBaLL match
Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira seems to be following the footsteps of her father. Just like Aamir, who is associated with many social causes, his daughter Ira will now extend her support for the welfare of animals for which she will be hosting a celebrity football match. In order to encourage her and promote the social cause, many Bollywood celebrities will be participating in this match which includes the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan and Tiger Shroff. Also, we hear that cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar too will be a part of this match. The funds raised with this event will be donated to an NGO of Ira’s choice which works towards providing shelter to animals. This is not the first time that Aamir Khan’s kids are organizing a fundraiser sports event, since previously his son Junaid too had hosted a cricket match for the underprivileged in Maharashtra. BY INDIAN EXPRESS
Lupita nyonG'o on fame and future projects Beyond ‘12 years’
kanye west sLams Barack oBama
Tom Cruise will shoot scenes for the next installment of Mission: Impossible inside Britain's historic Houses of Parliament, according to a U.K. report. The actor has reportedly been granted permission to shoot the fifth installment of the action franchise inside the home of British politics, the House of Commons, where Members of Parliament gather. A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "M:I 5 will feature numerous well-known locations in London but the Houses of Parliament is clearly the biggest coup... The writers are excited about what stunts they could pull off inside the Commons." The news comes shortly after Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan's new movie Suffragette became the first commercial feature film ever to be shot in Britain's Houses of Parliament earlier this year. Film bosses behind Cruise's new blockbuster are also reportedly hoping to shoot in The Shard, the tallest building in the U.K., and the Olympic Stadium, which was used in the London 2012 games.
Kanye West has slammed US President Barack Obama in a confusing rant, insisting thepolitician can't ''effect change''. The 'Bound 2' rapper hit out at the Commander-in-Chief, insisting he can't do anything to ''effect change'' without ''money'' - though he then went on to proclaim ''genius'' to be ''extremely cheap''. Asked about the president in an interview with Power106FM, he ranted: ''You can't effect change from inside the White House like that ...You gotta have the money. ''Good ideas usually aren't connected to money as much ...Creativity and extreme genius are extremely cheap.'' BY BANG SHOWBIZ
Lupita Nyong’o was a relative unknown before she burst on the screen with her captivating performance in ’12 Years a Slave’. Her role as Patsey in Steve McQueens award-winning slave drama, which told the true-to-life story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), saw her pick up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and placed her irrevocably in the limelight. "It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognising me - before I recognised them!” the KenyanMexican star explained, adding that she knew she was ‘famous’ when the paparazzi were pointing their lenses at her. "I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at - and it was me. That was 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." BY CONTACT MUSIC
BrAd PiTT will Be GeorGe Clooney’s BesT mAn George Clooney's aunt has confirmed he and Amal Alamuddin will marry in Italy and thinks Brad Pitt will be best man. The 'Monuments Men' actor is set to tie the knot with girlfriend Amal Alamuddin later this year, and his aunt thinks his close friend and 'Burn After Reading' co-star will be by his side to offer support at the ceremony Starla Clooney said: ''I would say he'd choose Brad Pitt for his best man. They are good friends, I would think that's who he'd choose.'' Starla - who works as a non-denominational minister also confirmed her nephew is planning to marry the 36-year-
old lawyer in Italy, with his parents Nick and Nina Clooney planning a trip to Europe to help with the preparations. She told MailOnline: ''I did hear Cincinnati, since it's not that far from Kentucky - that's one of the places they were considering but apparently Cincinnati didn't win, it's not going to be the place. ''I do know that Nick and Nina are planning a trip over to Italy in the next week or so to, I guess, scope out some stuff.'' However, she offered her own services to preside over a local ceremony if the couple decide to have another wedding for those family members who can't travel.
She added: ''Sure, I'd do it in a heartbeat!'' Meanwhile, several members of George's extended family were left disappointed after Amal missed his annual family reunion in Maysville, Kentucky, because she was working in London. Ben Breslin, 55, a cousin of George's, who hosted a big party on Saturday night, said: ''When he came in the front door, I was looking around asking 'Where is she?' ''He explained she's a lawyer and apparently she's across the sea somewhere working on a case, off saving the world. It was a shame because I would have liked to have met her.'' BY AGENCIES
WE'LL MAKE LIFE EASY FOR NEW SKIPPER AMLA, SAYS MORKEL CAPE TOWN AGENCIES
South Africa's players are determined to make life as easy as possible for new test skipper Hashim Amla as they prepare for next month's tour of Sri Lanka, paceman Morne Morkel said on Thursday. The Proteas play three one-day internationals, starting on July 3, before a two-match test series. "It's a bit of a new-look team, a fresh team, but one that has played well," fast bowler Morkel told reporters. "With Hashim now as leader, we are a squad that wants to back him and play well for him to make his job a bit easier. "That means we need to find our feet as quickly as possible. It's going to be hot and humid. We need to adapt." Amla has taken over from Graeme Smith who retired from international cricket in March.
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Bangladesh failures won't negatively impact indian Batsmen: dravid r COURTEST CRiCiNFO
AHUL Dravid, the former India captain, believes the experience of consecutive collapses in seamer-friendly conditions in the last two ODIs against Bangladesh will hold India's young batsmen in good stead going forward. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo after India clinched the three ODI series 2-0, Dravid said he was not "too concerned" although India were bowled out for 105 in the second game and were 119 for 9 in the third when rain forced the game to be abandoned. "In the end, it's just two games. It's too small a sample size to really judge from," Dravid said. "Those two wickets weren't exactly great, especially with the rain and all those covers there. India got out for 105 and the opposition got out for 58. "It was a good experience for batsmen who have sometimes grown up on flat wickets in the subcontinent. Sometimes when you come up in conditions that are slightly more difficult and challenging, you have to readjust and recalibrate
scores that you think are par for the course, which maybe India, who batted first on both occasions, didn't do as well." Dravid pointed to the "confidence" Stuart Binny would have gained from his Manof-the-Series performance in Bangladesh as India's major "takeaway" from the tour. Calling the criticism of Binny's selection in Test squad "unfair', Dravid said: "He has earned the right to be in the Indian side having helped Karnataka win three titles last season." Having played with Binny for both Karnataka and Rajasthan Royals, Dravid believes he is a "handy cricketer" and a "good selection for a tour to England". "In Tests, if India wanted to play two spinners, maybe there might be a Sanjay Bangar kind of role for him - not at the top of the order, but maybe down the order. Sanjay played that role for us in England in 2002." Besides Binny three other members of the ODI squad in Bangladesh - Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha - are part of the Test squad that leaves on Saturday for the five-match series in England. Dravid dismissed fears that a couple of low scores in Bangladesh will have a negative impact going into sterner
challenges that await in England. "I think the quality and intensity of your practice matches and the quality and intensity of your practice sessions leading into the first couple of Test matches are very important. I always felt they were critical to success abroad, so I wouldn't worry too much about this oneday series but focus on getting the first 14-20 days right in the Test series. If they do that, get onto a bit of a roll, the batsmen get some confidence, time in the middle, I think you will see them have success. I don't think any Test wicket will be the kind we saw in Bangladesh." Dravid is also hopeful that while tackling similarly tricky situations in the future, the batsmen will be better prepared. "India went with a young and inexperienced batting line-up and maybe they just needed a little bit more time to cope, so maybe they can learn from this experience as and when they come upon a wicket like this," he said. "There aren't many wickets like these in the world now, just because of the way they are being prepared, because of the technology, the knowhow, wicket preparation has become so good now.
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WAYNE ROONEY JOINS ELITE CLUB
S PERvEz QAiSER Wayne Rooney became England's fifth player to score 40 or more goals in international Football matches. The only goals in England's 1-2 defeat against Uruguay at Sao Paulo on Thursday (June 19) was Manchester United's forward's 40th goal in 94 international matches for England. It was Wayne Rooney's first goal in nine World Cup matches. He played four matches in 2006, four matches in 2010 and one match in 2014 with out scoring a goal. Wayne Rooney made his international debut for England against Australia on February 12,2003 at Upton Park. At 17 years and 111 days, he was the youngest player to play for England. Later Theo Walcott broke Wayne Rooney's appearance record by 36 days in May 2006. Wayne Rooney scored first international goal for England before his 18th birthday and became the youngest player to score an England goal. Bobby Charlton (49 goals in 106 matches), Gary Lineker (48 goals in 80 matches), Jimmy Greaves (44 goals in 57 matches) and Michael Owen (40 goals in 89 matches) are the other four players to score 40 or more goals for England.
Muttiah Muralitharan working on new delivery for Nathan Lyon SydNEy AGENCIES
Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan says he is working on a new delivery for Australia‘s top spinner Nathan Lyon and expects it to be perfected for their series against Pakistan. The world’s leading Test wicket-taker has been helping Lyon in Colombo and this week agreed to join the Australian coaching team more formally for the showdown with Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October. The 42-year-old said that mastering the trick of the ‘doosra’, a delivery of his that bamboozled batsmen for years, was too difficult for a conventional finger spinner such as Lyon. Instead they are working on a variation of the “carrom” ball, which has been most famously employed recently by India’s Ravichandran Ashwin. It can be flicked from the front of the hand to go straight on but can spin like a leg break in the right conditions. “Doosra is very difficult to teach but we are trying something else like ‘carrom ball’,” Muralitharan said on the Cricket Australia [CA] website. “It’s because he [Lyon] is a finger
spinner, and I am mainly a wrist spinner so [for me] to change the wrist position is easy. “But for a finger spinner to change direction to bowl a doosra it’s harder. So the easiest way for the finger spinners is to learn the carrom ball.”
The Sri Lankan master was full of praise for Lyon, who has established himself as Australia’s premier spinner and recently surpassed the 100 Test wickets milestone. “In a country like Australia you don’t need
many spinners, you need to get the right one,” Muralitharan said. “I think Nathan Lyon is the answer for any format. “He spins the ball, he’s confident and he has done well — he has taken more than 100 wickets in Test cricket and has proved himself. So Australia has to persevere with him.” While Muralitharan is helping Lyon, another key task he has been set by CA is to help their batsmen handle Pakistan’s spinners on what are expected to be slow, turning pitches. “The only thing I can do is that I’m still good enough to bowl my deliveries well, which is what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years playing Twenty20 cricket, so I’ll bowl to those batsmen,” he said. “Myself and Ajmal are a little bit similar with bowling off-spin, so they might learn from batting in the nets part of what I’m trying to teach them,” he added, referring to Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, who is among the game’s most potent mystery spinners. Pakistan have been forced to play their home series at neutral venues, such as the UAE, since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009.
KLITSCHKO TO DEFEND FOUR TITLES AGAINST UNBEATEN PULEV SPORTS dESK World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko will defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles against undefeated Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg on September 6, his management company said on Thursday. Ukrainian Klitschko, 38, has been a heavyweight champion since 2006. He was the 1996 Olympic champion and has an outstanding record as a professional of 52 knockouts in 62 wins.
"He (Pulev) has an impressive record as both an amateur and a professional," Klitschko was quoted as saying in the statement. "Pulev has a sophisticated technique and I certainly won't underestimate him." The 33-year-old Pulev, who has 11 knockouts from 20 wins, became the IBF international champion in 2011 and European champion in 2012. "I'm ready to replace Vladimir Klitschko as champion," said Pulev.
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murray and nadal draw Brutal routes to final at wimBledon HAMILTON QUICKEST IN SECOND PRACTICE SPORTS dESK Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, outpacing Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg by almost four tenths of a second. Hamilton was fastest early in the session while all drivers were running on the slower soft-compound Pirelli tyres, just 39thousandths of a second faster than his Mercedes team-mate. But when the pair headed out for their super-soft runs, Hamilton made a big improvement to put in a time 0.747s seconds faster than Rosberg, who found only a tenth on his first flier. Hamilton subsequently found another tenth to improve his advantage to 0.857s briefly, only for Rosberg to string together a better lap to end up 0.377s down. Later in the session, Hamilton did have some trouble while doing long-run work, complaining of a loss of power. Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was third fastest, just over nine tenths off the pace, while Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, who had been the closest challenger to Mercedes on soft-tyre pace, was fourth. Felipe Massa completed a strong showing for Williams with fifth overall, just twothousandths slower than his team-mate. Sebastian Vettel, who started the session late thanks to his floor having to be changed after his high-speed spin exiting the final corner during the morning session, was sixth fastest, almost 1.3s slower than Hamilton. Jenson Button, driving the updated McLaren, was seventh fastest, just six thousandths of a second slower than Vettel and a tenth quicker than the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, who also had to have a floor changed after a morning off. Kevin Magnussen was ninth fastest, with Jean-Eric Vergne once again making it into the top 10 for Scuderia Toro Rosso. It was a difficult session for Kimi Raikkonen, who ended up 11th fastest, half-a-second slower than team-mate Alonso, and endured a grassy moment after running wide at the last corner late on. Adrian Sutil, who managed only nine laps this morning after a split hose led to the turbo failing, completed a full programme to end up 16th fastest. Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson also had a better session after stopping after eight laps this morning. Although rain threatened late in the session, it stayed away and teams were able to complete their planned programmes.
NDy Murray will open up the defence of his Wimbledon title against David Goffin but things get a lot tougher thereafter. The draw for the All England Tennis Championships took place on Friday, with top seed
Novak Djokovic drawing Andrey Golubev in his opening match. If the results go according to seedings and rankings, Murray will face Pablo Andujar of Spain in the second round, Roberto Bautista of Spain in the third round and Italy's 16th seed Fabio Fognini in the fourth round. The Scot would then face three unbelievably tough
matches in his last three encounters if he were to win the title: David Ferrer in the quarter-finals, Djokovic in the semi-finals and world number one Rafael Nadal in the final. Ferrer is the major doubt of those matches, however: the Spanish clay court maestro, seeded 7th, will come up against 11th seed and recent Queen's champion Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth
round. Dimitrov on grass would likely pose a far stiffer challenge to Murray. Djokovic also faces a major hurdle to make the semi-finals: he is set to face Wimbledon crowd favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - a semi-finalist in 2011 and 2012 - in the fourth round, and will then likely have to take on 2010 finalist Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. Nadal and Roger Federer - seeded second and fourth respectively - are in the same half of the draw. Federer is in the same quarter as fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the fifth seed, though bigserving John Isner - seeded ninth - could easily stop Wawrinka progressing beyond the fourth round if his serve is on song. Nadal also has a tough quarter: he is scheduled to meet giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the third round, former Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet in the fourth round before in-form Milos Raonic of Canada in the quarter-finals. Britain's James Ward will start his campaign against Russian 17th seed Mikhail youzhny, Dan Cox will take on France's Jeremy Chardy, Dan Evans faces Russia's Andre Kuznetsov, Daniel Smethurst plays US ninth seed Isner while up-and-coming hopeful Kyle Edwards - the 2012 US Junior and 2013 French Open Junior champion faces Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer.
Gasquet shows grasscourt pedigree at Eastbourne SPORTS dESK Top seed Richard Gasquet confirmed his grasscourt pedigree, easing into the semi-finals of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Eastbourne with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Slovak Martin Klizan on Thursday. The Frenchman, who has won the event twice before when it was held in Nottingham, will meet Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the last four. "I've won two good matches," said Gasquet who celebrated his 28th birthday on Wednesday. "I served well and could play with power." Istomin overcame Gasquet's experienced 30-year-old compatriot Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6 62. Big-hitting American Sam Querrey defeated a third Frenchman, Julien Benneteau, 7-6 (5) 6-4 and next meets the winner of the duel between defending champion and Queen's Club runner-up Feliciano Lopez and another Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Their match was postponed when a fine drizzle started to fall on the English coastal resort. In the women's competition, fifth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany strode into the semi-finals with a 6-2 6-1 win over Ekaterina Makarova. But former world number one Caroline Wozniacki struggled to overcome a determined Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-7 6-4 6-2 in two hours 35 minutes. "It was a really tough match," said eighth seed Wozniacki. "She hits the ball very hard and flat and has some good serves." The Dane will face Kerber in the semi-finals and they will be joined by American
Madison Keys who beat compatriot Lauren Davis 6-2 6-1. Keys will be up against home favourite Heather Watson who had a walkover against second seed Petra
Kvitova after the Czech withdrew with a leg injury. Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, said she hoped to be fit for the grand slam starting on Monday.
Suarez double edges England towards World Cup exit SPORTS dESK Although England are still mathematically capable of qualifying if results improbably fall their way, the familiar inquest now begins England's World Cup campaign has barely begun but is already almost over, their hopes in Brazil left hanging by a gossamer thin thread by Luis Suárez. Even half fit, the Uruguay striker tormented England and their captain, his good friend Steven Gerrard, with the goals that secured a 2-1 victory. Following a mistake by Gerrard, he fired home the winner with just five minutes left, sparking wild celebrations among the Uruguayan fans. He was in a wheelchair a month ago after injuring his knee and said afterwards his goals were revenge for the criticism he had received from "too many people in England". "I'm enjoying this moment, because of all I suffered, the criticism I received," said Suárez. While Suárez cried tears of joy, England were condemned to the gloom and recriminations of their worst ever start to a World Cup campaign. Although they are still mathematically capable of qualifying if results fall their way – Italy need to win their remaining matches and
England convincingly defeat Costa Rica – the familiar inquest will now begin. While sections of the public and the press may call for Roy Hodgson's head, there appears to be little appetite at the FA to get rid of the England manager. Hodgson said afterwards he was "bitterly disappointed" but had "no intention" of resigning, however the final match went. The microscopic attention to detail of the FA's pre-tournament training camps
had not, in the end, helped. Not the iPods loaded with tactical instructions, nor the recovery drinks individually tailored to each player. Not the warm-weather training to cope with the heat, nor the lauded sports psychiatrist, Dr Steve Peters, hired to help the players control their "inner chimp". From the moment the Uruguayans belted out the national anthem and the camera panned across the wan faces of
the England players, the pattern was set. Wayne Rooney, who had hit the bar and missed a gilt-edged chance, had converted a Glen Johnson cross with 15 minutes left to equalise Suárez's first half goal and transform the mood. But the Liverpool striker that football fans have grown to love and hate, often at the same time, had the last laugh. And if the feeling of desolation and frustration was familiar, it had settled over England and their fans earlier than anyone had dared anticipate. An estimated 9,000 England fans in the stands of the Arena de São Paulo and millions more watching at home had told themselves that this time it would be different; that English hopes would not be overinflated and Hodgson's young side given time to breathe and grow. But no one wanted to be thinking about going home after just two matches. For the first of Suárez's two goals, Paris St Germain's Edison Cavani found himself in space and, bisecting six English defenders, lofted a superb, teasing cross beyond Phil Jagielka for Suárez to guide home with his head. He celebrated by running to the team doctor, Alberto Pan, who had nursed him back from in-
jury. The sea of Uruguayan fans bounced up and down, joyously singing: "He who doesn't jump is an Englishman." Following Rooney's equaliser, England looked like they might live to fight another day. But then came Suárez and the decisive swing of his right boot. "If you go out in the group stage, it will be a very personal low for myself and the team," admitted a downcast Gerrard afterwards. A tense, nervy encounter that saw the ball ricocheting between players as if they were in a pinball machine created a very different mood from the freewheeling opening match with Italy. Then, England had felt like a breath of fresh air as Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge tore into the Italian defence. After the heat of the jungle in Manaus, the temperature here was a chilly 15C at kickoff under leaden skies. And in São Paulo, it was as though England were haunted by memories of exits past. The match, like the buildup, coalesced around the contrasting fortunes of two men: Suárez and Rooney. The Uruguay striker had in the space of a season gone from the Premier League's vilified villain – he received a hefty ban for racially abusing an opponent and another for biting a Chelsea player – to the footballer of the year.
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PCB resChedules home tours against australia, new Zealand LAHORE
AkISTAN cricket board has announced an updated itinerary of its home tours against Australia and New
Zealand to be played in UAE. The Australian tour starts on 3rd October with a T-20 match. According to the updated schedule both the teams will play a T-20, 3 ODIs, a 4-day warm up match and 2 Test matches during the tour.
According to the new itinerary the only T-20 of the series would be played on October 3 at Dubai. 1st ODI would now be played on October 7 instead of October 5 at Sharjah, the 2nd ODI would be played on October 10 instead of October 8
at Dubai and the final ODI has been moved to October 12 instead of October 10 at Abu Dhabi. The 4-day match starts October 15 instead of October 13 at Sharjah. The 1st Test would start from October 22 instead of October 20 at
Dubai and the 2nd Test would be played from October 30 instead of October 28 at Abu Dhabi. Likewise a few changes have been made to the New Zealand tour, which commences with the three-day warmup game at Sharjah Cricket
Stadium from 5th November 2014 The first Test would be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from November 11-15 followed by Test matches at Dubai Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
INDIA GO SHORT AFTER PLAYERS BARRED FROM PAKISTAN The Indian team taking part in an international rugby tournament in Pakistan had to take the field with only 12 recognised players after members of the squad who are in the army were barred from travelling. India, the top-ranked side in the Asian 5 Nation tournament, had been expected to comfortably beat Uzbekistan in Thursday's match in Lahore but they were beaten 23-17 after being overrun by the opposition. Aga Hussain, vice president of the Indian Rugby Football Union, said 14 members of the squad who are serving in the armed forces had been unable to gain clearance from their bosses to enter Pakistan. "We need a military intelligence clearance for army players to travel abroad. We applied for it and we were waiting for this permission, unfortunately we did not get it," Hussain said. "As this permission was refused, we had only 12 players." SPORTS DESK
ENGLAND CRASH OUT AFTER COSTA RICA SURPRISE ITALY England were sent tumbling out of the World Cup at the group stage for the first time since 1958 after Costa Rica beat Italy 1-0 in their Group D match in Recife on Friday. Roy Hodgson’s side needed Italy to take maximum points from the match to have any hope of survival. The result means Tuesday’s match against Costa Rica, who have now qualified for the knock-out stages, is meaningless for England. Hodgson said he had no intention of resigning after the 2-1 defeat to Uruguay on Thursday in which Luis Suárez scored both goals on his first appearance since undergoing knee surgery a month ago. And he was backed by FA chairman Greg Dyke who said the 66year-old would be remaining in his post until after the 2016 European Championships. “We’re supportive of Roy Hodgson, we’ve asked him to stay as manager,” Dyke said. “We do not see any value in changing. We think Roy has done a good job and it is an approach over four years and we hope to do better in the European Championships.” It is the first time in 56 years England have fallen at this stage of the finals, with that World Cup squad the only one younger than the current crop. The other group-stage exit came in 1950 – the previous time the tournament was held in Brazil – and, while they approached the tournament more in hope than expectation, their early exit rankles. The general consensus heading into the tournament was that it could not be any worse than the under-achievement in South Africa four years ago. SPORTS DESK Published by Arif Nizami at Qandeel Printing Press, 4 Queens Road, Lahore.