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22 killed in attack on Shia pilgrims in Mastung BUS CARRYING SHIA PILGRIMS FROM IRAN TARGETED IN DRINGHAR AREA, 32 PEOPLE LEFT INJURED
FOUR SECURITY PERSONNEL AMONG THE DEAD
T least 22 people, including women and children, were killed and dozens injured on Tuesday when a powerful explosion ripped through a bus carrying Shia pilgrims in Balochistan’s militancy-hit Mastung district. The bus was coming from PakistanIran border at Taftan when it was attacked in Dringhar area, on the main QuettaTaftan Highway in Mastung district, some 50 kilometres southwest of Quetta. Mastung Assistant Commissioner Shafqat Anwar said the bus caught fire after the blast. “At least 32 people were injured in the attack, including 24 men and eight women,” he said. “Two security vehicles escorting the pilgrims’ buses were also damaged in the blast,” said provincial Home Secretary Asadur Rehman Gilani, adding that four security personnel were among the dead.
Gilani said investigators believed around 80 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the explosion, though the exact nature of the blast was yet to be confirmed. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch condemned the attack on the pilgrims’ bus and ordered an enquiry into the incident. Meanwhile, the Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast. Earlier on January 1, a bomb blast targeted a passenger bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Taftan, a town in Balochistan bordering with Iran. The blast had killed two people and left 31 injured. Similarly, in October 2013, a car bomb hit a Frontier Corps (FC) van escorting a bus of Shia pilgrims in Dringarh, Mastung, killing two soldiers. After increasing number of attacks on Shia pilgrims, security on the QuettaTaftan highway was beefed up and the buses carrying Shia pilgrims were escorted by FC and Balochistan Levies personnel. A large number of Shia pilgrims go to Iran to visit the sacred places through Quetta and most of them travel on passenger buses.
QUETTA: Rescue workers look for body parts of victims of a bus bombing. ONLINE
Eradicate TTP, we will eradicate polio, says Bilawal KARACHI Staff RepORt
PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Tuesday they will eradicate polio if the government is able to wipe out the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). In his latest tweets following an attack on polio team that killed three workers in Karachi, he said: “Eradicate TTP & we will eradicate polio.” He said that terrorism and drones
Special task force for protecting polio teams to be formed ISLAMABAD Online
Federal government has decided to form a special task force for protection of polio workers from terrorists’ attacks. The force will be formed with close consensus and recommendations of all provinces, while the expenses of this task force will be borne jointly by the federal and provincial governments. The federal government will be contributing 60 percent, while the provincial governments will
afford the rest of the expenses of this special task force; while the issue will be soon submitted in Provincial Coordination Commission. The federal government will present its analysis at earliest to the provincial governments and the task force will be able to start operating from year’s end. There have been numerous cases of attacks on polio eradication teams, especially in the KPK and Sindh, while in Sindh the intensity of these attacks has even caused the polio campaign to come to a virtual halt.
strikes will end when TTP is eradicated. Bilawal criticised the government and other political leaders for not agreeing to take action against the Taliban who are attacking polio workers. He said that the time has come to unite against the TTP. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari also took to the social networking site and tweeted, “I strongly condemn the killing of innocent polio workers in Karachi. I urge Sindh Government to investigate the crime and apprehend the culprits.
GUNMEN INJURE DRAMATIST ASGHAR NADEEM SYED LAHORE: Renowned dramatist Asghar Nadeem Syed was injured in a firing incident in Johar Town area in Lahore on Tuesday. According to reports, two unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on his car near Shaukat Khanam Hospital. Asghar Nadeem Syed himself telephoned the Rescue teams and informed them about his situation. He was shifted to Jinnah Hospital but later transferred to the Doctors Hospital where the hospital sources stated that he was shot twice in his right shoulder. While speaking to media, the Lahore CCPO said that the writer is out of danger. Syed told reporters that he was heading towards Raiwind in his car when the incident happened. He said that he has no enmity with anyone and it was not a robbery attempt. Staff RepORt
Polio war claims four more foot soldiers THREE HEALTH WORKERS, INCLUDING TWO WOMEN, GUNNED DOWN IN KARACHI’S QAYYUMABAD AREA KARACHI/MANSEHRA iSMail DilaWaR/aGenCieS
Four polio workers, including two women, were killed in attacks in Karachi and Mansehra on Tuesday. In Karachi, three people – including two female polio workers – were killed and two others sustained injuries in a gun attack. The team – working without any security – was attacked in the Qayummabad area. The injured were shifted to hospital for medical assistance. According to eyewitnesses, four armed men had been waiting in the area for a while and attacked the team as soon as the workers entered the neighbourhood. The polio campaign was postponed in the city’s East Zone after the attack. Dr Manzoor Memon, a medico-legal officer at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), identified the deceased as Aneeta, Akbari Begum and Farhan. Those wounded, the MLO said, were Salma, 40, and 70-year-old Syed Asghar, an area resident who was passing by when the attackers struck their victims. Citing initial reports, Karachi police spokesman Inspector Atique Ahmed Shaikh said the attack was carried out by motorcyclists when the polio team entered two narrow lanes of Qayummabad. “The eyewitnesses told the police that some bikers wearing helmets were present on the spot before the team arrived there,” said the spokesman. “They targeted the polio team in two different lanes. Two lady vaccinators were gunned
POLIO WORKERS REFUSE TO CONTINUE VACCINATION CAMPAIGN BECAUSE OF SECURITY THREAT down in one lane and one in the other,” Shaikh said. Police sources said that two members of the polio team had gone missing after the attack. “The two volunteers might have gone into hiding after the attack. We don’t tend to consider them as missing,” the police spokesman said. The ill-fated polio team, Shaikh conceded, had no security cover like vaccinators get in high risk areas like Gulshan-e-Bunair, where two female polio volunteers, Madeeha and Fehmida, were assassinated on Dec 18, 2012. “There was no police escort with the team,” the spokesman said. Naseem Munir, Karachi chapter president of All Pakistan Lady Health Worker Employees Association (APLHWEA), told Pakistan Today that the polio workers were targeted in an area which was “clear”. “It is an area we categorise as clear because it is dominated by Urdu-speaking people and has never been infested with Taliban elements,” said Naseem, who at the time of Tuesday’s tragedy was accompanying a polio team in Gulshan-e-Bunair area of Landhi Town. “Our workers will not put their lives in danger for Rs 250,” she said, announcing that her workers would not participate in the campaign for now. MANSEHRA ATTACK: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, unidentified armed men opened fire at a polio team working in Oghi town in Mansehra and killed one worker. In Panjgur, Balochistan, miscreants snatched away a car from the polio team.
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
52 TerroriSTS boMbed To hell! PAF JETS CARRY OUT MULTIPLE AIRSTRIKES IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN AND KHYBER TRIBAL REGIONS PESHAWAR
A K I S TA N Air Force jets pounded militant bases in the North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions, including the home of feared Taliban commander Adnan Rashid, and killed 52 terrorists, as pressure grew on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take tougher action against terrorists following a string of attacks across the country in the past week. Though some news channels reported Rashid was killed with some members of his family, the military sources said this
MIXED REPORTS ABOUT KILLING OF TALIBAN COMMANDER ADNAN RASHID could not be confirmed. Taliban and military sources said that his house was hit but Rashid himself was later seen alive in the marketplace of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan. Rashid escaped with scores of hardened militants during a daring jailbreak engineered by the Taliban in Bannu in April 2012. “On the basis of confirmed intelligence reports about the presence of militants, their hideouts were targeted by airstrikes last night in North Waziristan Agency. Forty terrorists were killed,” a military source said. The localities where the military
strikes were conducted included Hamzoni village, Mohammadkhel village of Dattakhel tehsil in North Waziristan, Shera Tala area, Harmaz village, Moski village and other areas of North Waziristan. The source claimed those killed included terrorists linked to attacks on a church and Qissa Khwani Bazar in Peshawar as well as a bombing within Bannu cantonment on Sunday that killed 26 troops. “Scores of militants were injured in these strikes,” the source said. Unconfirmed reports said civilians were also killed in the airstrikes. The casualties could not be independently verified as journalists are barred from the tribal belt. Military sources put the death toll at 40, all of them suspected to be militants. Tribal elders said between 15 and 24 people were killed. A Taliban source put the death toll at 27. KHYBER AGENCY AIRSTRIKES: Later on Tuesday night, airstrikes were car-
ried out in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency in which 12 militants were killed and eight others left seriously injured. The attack also wiped out four hideouts of the terrorists. The operation by air force jets took many by surprise. This was the first time the air force resorted to air strikes in North Waziristan since a ceasefire was finalised with local Taliban chiefs in 2007. Fear and panic gripped areas struck by the overnight blitz which flattened several houses. Helicopter gunships conducted fresh strikes on Tuesday morning, causing local residents to flee to safer places. Sources said those wounded in the attacks could not be shifted to hospitals due to a curfew imposed in the area. “We were all asleep when the planes started bombing the village,” said Khyal Zaman, a tribesman from Esori village in Mir Ali. “We had no idea what happened in the dark and those who survived came out of their homes in desperation along with children and started walking away into the open.”
TERRORISED, NOT SILENCED!
Terror cell buSTed in iSlaMabad ISLAMABAD Staff RepORt
RAWALPINDI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif enquires about the health of an injured person of RA Bazaar bombing at the Combined Military Hospital. General Raheel Sharif and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif are also seen.
Injured persons of Bannu and RA Bazar terrorism attacks as well as their relatives have demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take strong action against terrorists to bring an end to their activities. According to reports, they made the
demand when the prime minister visited the injured of the two incidents at Rawalpindi CMH on Tuesday. The prime minister was accompanied by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and senior military officials. Sources said when the prime minister met an injured civilian from Chawinda, Sialkot district, he used
strong language against Taliban and requested the prime minister to teach them a lesson that their generations must remember. The prime minister, in response, smilingly said, “Hosla rakheen. Sab theek ho jaiga.” (Have patience, everything will be OK) When the prime minister met a young injured student who had lost his elder brother in the RA Bazar attack, he
The special court (SC) constituted to try former president Pervez Musharraf for treason after completion of arguments by the prosecutor Akram Sheikh has adjourned the hearing till Thursday. The three-member SC headed by Justice Faisal Arab on Tuesday resumed the hearing of the case. On the occasion, the special prosecutor presented his arguments on the objections raised by the defence counsel that the federal government, in accordance with the law, could constitute the special court, the interior secretary is representing the federation, as it is not the job of
the prime minister or the federal cabinet. Blaming the prime minister and ex-chief justice of Pakistan partisan was unfortunate, he said. He said that PM and the CJP were not plaintiffs in the case. He also said there was documented evidence of the November 3 emergency against the accused, only with his own signature. During the proceedings, the court inquired of the prosecution as to whether the interior secretary had any special authority to file a complaint without consulting the government. Responding to which, chief prosecutor Akram Shaikh said the government had established clear rules of business in accordance with the Constitution, adding
that the prime minister and the cabinet did not carry out the processes of investigation and prosecution. He said that governments, during last twenty years, kept silent over the issue of filing treason complaint. The existing government, after the court decision, nominated the interior secretary as competent officer to file complaint. Justice Faisal Arab intervening enquired whether the interior secretary had the authority to get the high treason case started on his own, or to pick and choose the accused. Akram Sheikh replied the interior secretary has the authority to initiate treason case proceedings, he does not choose the accused, as it hinges on investigation.
Punjab govT wakeS uP To SecTarianiSM
said mercy of God is on him. Sources said that the prime minister and others accompanying him were highly impressed by the courage of the injured student. At one point the defence minister could not stop his tears when an injured civilian said “I am not bothered about my wounds but they (militants) have killed innocents.”
Evidence of Nov 3 emergency points only at Musharraf: prosecutor ISLAMABAD
Three suspected terrorists were arrested along with 100 kilogrammes of explosives in a police raid in Islamabad, officers said on Tuesday. The arrests follow two lethal attacks on military targets by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in recent days. Police forces raided the a house in the south-west area of Tarnol and held three suspects along with fuses, detonators, wires and other bomb-making material. “They had several bags filled with explosives. They had wires and a complete system which can detonate the explosive,” a police official said, requesting anonymity. “All three men belong to the tribal areas,” he added. Investigation Officer Rab Nawaz confirmed the arrests and recovery of the explosives. “They had rented a house and had everything they needed to detonate explosives,” Nawaz said. A case has been registered against the suspects.
Justice Faisal Arab remarked that the defence lawyer says that action is being taken against only a single individual. On which, the prosecutor said there is only evidence against Musharraf, due to which treason hearing has started. He said co-offenders can also be included in the probe on the statement of the prime accused. The government itself cannot involve anyone just on the basis of here say. Time has come for Pervez Musharraf to come to court and record his statement. Defence Lawyer Anwar Mansoor said he could not submit arguments and requested the court to adjourn the proceedings till Thursday on account of his sickness. The court adjourned the hearing till Thursday.
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The Punjab government has announced to launch a crackdown against elements involved in spreading religious hatred. Talking to reporters, provincial minister Rana Sanaullah admitted that sectarian killings registered an increase across Punjab during last three months. He revealed that during probe, evidences were found leading to involvement of foreign hands in the sectarian strife. He said the government would not sit silent. “The government would launch a crackdown against sectarianism and all those involved would be dealt with accordingly,” he added.
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
In new twist, magistrate says Sunanda Tharoor was poisoned NEW DELHI ONLINE
Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor may have died of poisoning, according to the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) who is heading the investigation into the death of the wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor. Earlier, the doctors who carried out the autopsy said she may have died of a drug overdose but SDM Alok Sharma in his report stated that Sunanda died of poisoning. Sharma has asked police to probe the case and ascertain the cause of poisoning. The autopsy had also
found “injury marks” on Pushkar’s body, but did not say if they were linked to her death. Dr Amit Gupta, spokesperson of Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where the autopsy was conducted, told the media that the “preliminary report shows there was drug overdose”. Pushkar was found dead in a hotel room in the Indian capital of Delhi on Friday, two days after a Twitter row that caused a media frenzy in India and Pakistan. On Wednesday, seemingly private messages between Tharoor and Pakistani
IMF sees higher global growth, warns of deﬂation risks WASHINGTON AGENCIES
The International Monetary Fund raised its global growth forecast for the first time in nearly two years on Tuesday, saying fading economic headwinds should permit advanced nations to pick up the mantle of growth from emerging markets. But the IMF warned richer nations were still growing below full capacity, and it added the specter of deflation to its long list of risks that could derail the nascent recovery. In an update to its World Economic Outlook report, the Fund predicted the global economy would grow 3.7 percent this year, 0.1 percentage point higher than
its October projection. It said it sees growth of 3.9 percent in 2015. Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s chief economist, said less government austerity and uncertainty, and a healthier financial system, were all allowing growth to speed ahead. “The basic reason behind the stronger recovery is that the brakes to the recovery are progressively being loosened,” Blanchard told reporters on a conference call. The IMF forecast higher growth in advanced economies this year but kept its outlook unchanged for the developing world, where higher exports to rich nations were expected to be offset by weak demand at home.
journalist Mehr Tarar were published on his Twitter feed that suggested the Indian Minister was romantically involved with Tarrar. Pushkar admitted to two Indian national dailies that she had hacked in to her husband’s account and published the private conversation. She accused Tarar of stalking her husband. Tarrar strongly denied the allegations. On Thursday, Tharoor along with his wife published a joint statement that insisted that they were happily married and blamed “unauthorised tweets” for causing the confusion.
THAILAND IMPOSES EMERGENCY RULE TO DEAL WITH PROTESTS BANGKOK: Thailand on Tuesday declared a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas to tackle mass street protests aimed at overthrowing the government. “The cabinet decided to invoke the emergency decree to take care of the situation and to enforce the law,” Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said, noting that protesters had prevented officials from going to work. The decree will come into effect from Wednesday. The move follows weeks of mass rallies in the city that have sparked several bouts of violence, including grenade attacks and shootings that each side has blamed on the other. AGENCIES
Altaf demands PM brief nation over anti-terror strategy LONDON INP
Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has demanded the prime minister to address the nation and take the masses into confidence over the government’s strategy to deal with the menaces of terrorism. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Altaf Hussain strongly denounced the latest attack of terrorists on a
bus of devotees in Mastung and called upon the PM to inform the nation about the government’s concrete strategy and steps against the terrorists. He warned that if solid steps were not taken on immediate basis to tackle terrorism, extremists will soon have strong hold over the entire country. Extremists who were gaining power will force people to declare allegiance to them after imposing their version of Islamic Shariah
if not stopped to fulfill their nefarious designs, he added. The MQM chief asked how could one expect that the terrorists who target security personnel, innocent civilians, students and general public will spare tombs of the Quad-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal, razing them to the ground. He asked the MQM workers and the people to become part of the three-day mourning over the Mastung carnage.
Kashmir a flashpoint for another Indo-Pak war, says Nawaz ISLAMABAD ONLINE
ASHMIR is a flashpoint that can trigger a fourth war between Pakistan and India anytime, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said, seeking an early settlement of the issue. “If the Kashmir issue remains unsettled, it can trigger a fourth war between the two nuclear powers at anytime, which is not in the benefit of anyone,” Nawaz said in an interview. He said that the Kashmir issue should be settled according to the aspirations of the people and the UN resolutions as peace in the region was not possible without it. The prime minister said that he had a dream of seeing held-Kashmir free from the Indian occupation and desired that this dream turn into reality during his lifetime.
INDIA SUMMONS PAK DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER OVER KASHMIR TRADE SUSPENSION NEW DELHI AGENCIES
India has summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner in India over Pakistan’s decision to suspend the SrinagarMuzaffarabad Bus and Truck Service following the alleged smuggling case of a Pakistani truck driver involved in crossborder trade with India, according to Press Trust of India. India had detained a truck driver from Azad Kashmir for allegedly smuggling drugs in the garb of cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade. As Pakistan demanded that the driver be released, India refused. Talks stalemated with Pakistan detaining 27 Indian truck drivers in Azad Kashmir in a tit-for-tat move, with Indian Kashmir officials detaining 48 more trucks from Pakistan. On January 19, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Travel and Trade Authority (Tata) announced it would suspend the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Bus and Truck Service until India released the drivers.
PaKistan’s stance on Kashmir unaccePtaBLe: india NEW DELHI: Indian Minister for External Affairs Salman Khursheed has said that Pakistan’s ‘stubborn and strict’ stance over Kashmir is unacceptable to India, adding that Pakistan is not trying to understand India’s point of view either. According to Indian media, Salman Khursheed while talking to reporters said, “We are ready to talk to Pakistan on all issues. However, talks can only start when Pakistan does something which can bring a change”. He said the revival and strengthening of relations not only depends on India but on Pakistan also. Pakistan has to move forward with positive thinking. He added that relations can only be improved when steps are taken with trust. Pakistan has adopted such a stance on Kashmir since 1947 which is unacceptable to India, he observed. “We do not want a war with Pakistan, however, Pakistan is not only fuelling the matter of infiltration but its soil is also being used against India,” the Indian minister claimed. He said that Pakistan has made no progress in bringing Mumbai attackers to justice despite that we have provided ample evidence to them. In response to a question he said India is a democratic country and we want to bring prosperity to Indo-Pak region by taking into confidence not only Pakistan but other neighbouring countries as well. ONLINE About Indo-Pak relations, the prime minister categorically reiterated that it was India which indulged in the arms race. “We were drawn into an arms race by India,”
he said. “If we had a choice, we could have diverted these expenditures to the social sector uplift and eradication of poverty,” he emphasised. Sharif said we want de-
PTI demands political leaders be briefed on security situation ISLAMABAD INP
The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) has asked the government to immediately brief the National Assembly about its counter-terrorism policy and the position on the dialogue and the possibility of an impending military operation. The PTI Core Committee which met on Tuesday also sought an in-camera briefing for all the political
leaders about the current security situation, including on the talks and timelines of any planned military operation. In case of the latter, the PTI also demanded to know the parameters of such a military operation. It said already disturbing reports are coming in from NWA where aerial bombardment has left the local people shelterless and many, including children, have died in this attack. At the very
Delhi police on Tuesday clashed with the street protestors lead by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the capital near Rail Bhavan, leaving more than a dozen people injured, including two policemen. A group of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists jumped barricades, set up around at the roads leading to the venue
where chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was staging a sit-in for the second day, and clashes broke out when police started pushing them back. There was heavy deployment of police at the high-security zone in central Delhi that houses Parliament, Prime Minister’s Office, various ministries and Rashtrapati Bhavan. On the second day of a sit-in Kejriwal vowed to step up his unprecedented street
protest amid a row over who controls the city’s police force. Kejriwal and members of his cabinet spent the night in the open in the heart of the capital. Police blocked roads as more protesters gathered to join Mr Kejriwal. His anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party caused a shock with its strong performance in recent state elections. Correspondents say his
actions have divided the public with some hailing this as a new form of democracy and public protest but others urging him to get off the streets in order to govern as he was voted to do. Hundreds of policemen cordoned off the site of his demonstration and positioned water cannons on the road. “Since yesterday no food or water has been allowed to enter the protest site. What message the central govern-
least, the government should have evacuated the area of civilians before allowing any military operation or aerial bombardment. The PTI said the continuing terror attacks on innocent civilians and the armed forces by the TTP and the government’s continuing vacillation on giving a clear-cut counter-terror policy are both destroying any and all hopes for peace through dialogue.
LG candidate dies in Karachi bomb attack Bugti tribesmen KARACHI: A candidate for the local bodies elections was killed while his brother and a security guard were wounded in a bomb attack in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Tuesday night. At least two armed men riding a motorcycle threw explosive material at Wajahat Hussain Naqvi’s car near Karachi University and escaped. The resultant explosion killed Naqvi on the spot, while his brother Ali Naqvi and a security guard were wounded. Their driver managed to drive to the Aga Khan Hospital. Police have so far been unable to ascertain the motive behind the attack. SHO Hayat Abbasi said that deceased was the area manager of Allied Bank Limited and also the chairman of Shia Matami Anjumane-Makhdooma Konain, adding that he was on his way to his residence in New Rizvia Society when armed motorcyclists attacked him with a locally made low-intensity bomb. In a press statement, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain expressed grief over the attack and said that the deceased had filed his nomination paper to contest upcoming local bodies’ election from an MQM ticket. STAFF REPORT
Delhi police clash with CM’s supporters, 12 injured NEW DELHI
escalation of tensions at the Line of Control (LoC), adding that terrorism is a menace in Pakistan but allout efforts are being made to eliminate it.
ment wants to convey? Many people want to come but they are stopped through barricades,” Mr Kejriwal told reporters. “Police [are] carrying people selectively in to the bus and beating them up. Is this called democracy?” Kejriwal took the wheel as Delhi’s chief minister last month on a ticket to fight corruption and conduct politics differently, calling his party a “new broom”.
But he quickly became embroiled in a row over policing after one of his ministers accused officers of failing to crack down on an alleged drugs and prostitution ring the police deny these claims. Delhi’s police force is run by the federal government and the impromptu protest began on Monday when Mr Kejriwal was prevented from going to the home minister’s office to demand the suspension of several officers.
continue sit-in on fourth day, traﬃc stalled SADIQABAD AGENCIES
Traffic between Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan remained suspended for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday due to the sit-in staged by Bugti tribesmen, who were denied access to Dera Bugti by the Balochistan government. Heavy traffic between Sindh and Punjab is being diverted from Sukkur and Ghotki but there are still hundreds of vehicles stranded at National Highway. Led by Shahzain Bugti, the president of Jamhoori Watan Party and grandson of Nawab Muhammad Akbar Bugti, thousands of Bugti tribesmen tried to enter Balochistan on January 18 but were stopped by the security forces at Dolli Check Post. Since then, the tribesmen have blocked the highway at Dera Morr – the area connecting the three provinces. Despite the lapse of four days, neither the Sindh nor the Balochistan governments have taken any initiative to end the blockade.
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
Ex-MNA, MPA givEN 3 ANd 5 yEArs iN AbsENtiA for fAkE dEgrEEs BHAKKAR INP
A district and sessions judge on Tuesday awarded three and five year sentences to former member national and provincial assemblies for not appearing in the court despite repeated summons. Former MNA Rasheed Akbar Nawani and ex-MPA Saeed Akbar Nawani had been served several notices to appear in the district and sessions court in fake degree cases. However, both avoided to appear in court in person or through their counsels after which the judge sentenced them in absentia.
sEcurity MEN guNNEd dowN by tErrorists KURRAM AGENCY/HANGU
No more than four civilians killed in us drone strikes in Pakistan in 2013 ISLAMABAD
S CIA drone strikes against militants in Pakistan killed no more than four civilians last year, according to an annual study by a Britishbased organization, the lowest number of reported civilian deaths since the drone program began in 2004. The study by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism released this month showed that the number of civilian casualties stood at between zero and four. The findings may reinforce the position of those who support unmanned drones in a debate over the legality, effectiveness and accuracy of the strikes compared to more traditional military operations. The United States releases no information about individual strikes. Information issued by Pakistan’s government is patchy. The Bureau tracked 27 suspected strikes, using news reports, field investigations and research by Amnesty International. It said drones, used mainly in remote
north-western areas, killed altogether 112193 people in 2013. The death tolls varied as different sources often gave conflicting accounts. Increased scrutiny, political pressure
Increased scrutiny, political pressure and a sharp drop in the number of strikes may have helped cut civilian casualties.” ALICE ROSS, BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM and a sharp drop in the number of strikes may have helped cut civilian casualties, said Alice Ross, who heads the Bureau’s drone research unit. “The lack of transparency surrounding
the drone campaign means it’s very hard to say what’s causing the drop in civilian casualties,” she told a foreign news agency by telephone from London. “The fact they can now take out a single room in a building does suggest the technology and intelligence are quite advanced, but we haven’t seen a commensurate fall in civilian casualties in Yemen.” DECLINE IN STRIKES, CASUALTIES: In 2012, the Bureau tracked 47 strikes, with civilian casualties put at 13 to 63. The drop indicated that previous civilian casualties were genuine, Ross said. Amnesty International has documented strikes that killed a grandmother and a group of labourers in 2012. “If civilian casualties had been fabricated, you would expect it to continue,” she said. She said more reports of civilian casualties might still emerge. Possible civilian deaths on January 8 and February 6 last year were reported by some Pakistani media. The New York Times reported that the February 6 attack may have been an air strike by the Pakistani military, something they denied. Some Pakistanis welcome the strikes, saying they kill fewer civilians and are far
more effective against Taliban militants than traditional military operations. Others argue the strikes still cause civilian casualties, terrify residents and violate Pakistani sovereignty. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says he wants them to end. Activists from the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf political party are blocking a NATO supply route to Afghanistan to protest against the strikes. A PTI spokeswoman did not respond to requests for details of civilian casualties. The figures for civilian deaths in Pakistan are much lower than those reported for Yemen. Yemeni officials told a foreign news agency a December strike hit a wedding party. The bureau says 61-99 people were killed in 16 confirmed drone strikes in Yemen last year, and 11-29 of them may have been civilians. There were another 16 suspected drone strikes. In Afghanistan, NATO is investigating a September drone strike. Afghan officials say it killed eight women and children. Since 2004, Pakistan has been hit by 381 drone strikes, the Bureau says, and between 416-951 civilians have been killed.
Three kidnappers killed near Sariab Road
QUETTA STAFF REPORT
The terrorists in their cowardly ambush activities in different tribal areas gunned down two security men on Tuesday. Sources said some unknown armed persons in a snap attack on a checkpost shot dead a security man, torched the check-post and fled away at Kandao Talab area in Kurram Agency. Similarly in Torawari area of Hangu, unknown armed persons opened fire at the Levies checkpost, killing one man and escaped from the scene. On the other hand, security forces shelled the hideouts of the extremists in Tordara area of Tirah valley in Khyber Agency.
Three kidnappers were killed in Quetta in an operation near Sariab Road on Tuesday. The police had tracked down the kidnapping victim, Rozi Khan, through his cell phone. The operation resulted in a cross-fire between the kidnappers and police officials which left one police official, one Anti Terrorist Force (ATF) official and one passerby injured. The area around Sariab Road was cordoned off during the operation, which started at 12pm and ended at 5pm. It was reported that there were five to six kidnappers in total, of whom three were killed.
United stand will enable us to achieve peace, says PM ISLAMABAD APP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the maintenance of law and order was the government’s top priority. “A concerted effort and united stand will enable us to achieve the desired results,” the PM said while talking to a parliamentary delegation, comprising all political parties headed by Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. The delegation included Senator Mushahid Hussain, Senator Daud Khan, Senator Haji Adeel, Senator Abdul Rauf Lala, Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Maulana Abdul Wasey and
other members of the Balochistan Assembly and provincial leaders. Malik assured the premier of his support on the government’s policy on terrorism. “We are together against the terrorists and want to give a strong message to them through our unity,” he said. He, moreover, asked the premier for assistance for the recovery of Awami National Party (ANP) leader Arbab Abdul Zahir Kansi from Balochistan. “We want that the menace of kidnapping for ransom be eliminated from our province and need support of the federal government in this respect,”
Malik said. Nawaz expressed his deep concern over kidnappings for ransom and assured the delegation that he would take personal interest in the recovery of Arbab Abdul Zahir Kansi. He also expressed concern over the abduction of the sons of former premier Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and late governor Salman Taseer and said he would direct all the heads of intelligence agencies to make concerted efforts to recover them soon. The delegation appreciated the stance of prime minister against terrorism and reposed their confidence in his leadership.
Pakistan to buy three more Chinese nuclear reactors WASHINGTON INP
Pakistan is in talks with China to acquire three large nuclear power plants for around $13 billion. A deal to purchase three reactors will be in addition to last year’s agreement of China to build two nuclear plants in Karachi. The reactors will help plug the gap in Pakistan’s electricity supply and cement an alliance with China. Negotiations are continuing with China
“for three more plants,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told a cabinet meeting this month, according to those present. The discussions about additional plants had previously not been made public. The three Chinese reactors will likely be placed in Muzaffargarh, at a site now being prepared, officials said. Two other advanced 1,100MW reactors are due to be built near the southern port of Karachi, under a $9 billion agreement completed last year. Sharif led the groundbreaking ceremony for the two Karachi reactors in
November. Fixing Pakistan’s electricity crisis is a high priority for Sharif, who was elected to power in May. The energy shortage is a constraint on his effort to boost economic growth and curb violence. Coal-fueled, hydroelectric and nuclear energy plants are all planned to plug the shortfall. Pakistan produces 12,000-14,000 MW of electricity, while demand is at least 18,000MW, the ministry of power says, causing hours of power outages nationwide every day. Demand is set to rise sharply with the ballooning population, which is
projected to almost double by 2050. Nuclear energy provides just 750 MW of the power, through two existing Chinese 330 MW plants at Chashma, and a tiny, aged, plant outside Karachi. China is building two more plants of the same size at Chashma, boosting output to 1,400 MW by 2016. The plan is to acquire much larger 1,100 MW plants from China, including the two new reactors for Karachi. China is the only country willing to supply Pakistan with nuclear plants and Pakistan is its sole market for nuclear
exports, providing an outlet for Beijing’s hopes of selling its nuclear technology more widely. Ansar Parvez, chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, which builds and runs the country’s nuclear plants, said Pakistan aims to generate 8,800 MW of nuclear power by 2030. “When we’re talking to the Chinese, we’re discussing how to get to 8,800 MW by 2030,” said Parvez. That target requires Pakistan to build six to seven large nuclear power plants, including the two already scheduled for Karachi. Each such plant costs $4 billion to $4.5 billion, said Mr. Parvez.
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014
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LAHORE: Moderate rain on Tuesday has brought an end to the dry winter spell . INP
Fight against price hike continues g
Yasin says Mnas, MPas along with dCos to monitor prices LAHORE APP
MNAs and MPAs, as notified by the Punjab government along with DCOs, would monitor prices of items in markets thrice a week, said provincial Food Minister and Price Control
Committee Chairman Bilal Yasin while presiding over a Price Control Cabinet Committee meeting at Civil Secretariat on Tuesday. He said the price checking system of essential items was being further streamlined. He said the Agriculture department had made planning to ensure supply and productivity of vegetables and pulses for the next three months to ensure their availability to citizens.
Bar and Bench – two peas in a pod LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that Bar is an integral part of judicial system of the country. The CJ was talking to a delegation of newly-elected cabinet of Lahore Bar Association (LBA) in his chambers. He said the institution of judiciary remains incomplete sans advocates because Bar and Bench cannot survive without each other. The chief justice congratulated the newly-elected office bearers and said that they should be proud of being leaders of the oldest Bar of Asia which has produced best judges for the superior judiciary. “It is a great seat of learning and hone your professional expertise from this forum,” chief justice advised the young Bar members. He stressed upon the Bar to restore dignity and honour of courts as it will enhance confidence of masses in the system of dispensation of justice which is necessary of ensuring peace and tranquility in the society. LBA thanked CJ for giving them a patient hearing and assured that it will eliminate of culture of random strikes. However, for raising voice in case of extreme genuine matters, a token call will be given after 11.00 am so that litigant public may not suffer. Bar body also spoke about its problems and Chief Justice said that these will be looked into sympathetically ONLINE
He said the Livestock department had further intensified its campaign against illegal slaughtering while thousands of tonnes of unhygienic meat had been destroyed. Bilal Yasin said the local government had implemented it by-laws in 118 TMAs, under which strict legal action was being taken against people extracting oil from dead animals. He said the Labour department was ensuring proper measurement of petrol as well.
shahbaz unwilling to forgive and forget LAHORE
UNJAB Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif met the heirs of two girls who fell victim to domestic torture. Sympathising with the families of Azra
Batool and Fiza Batool, the chief minister said that the culprits involved in the incidents of torture would not escape punishment and justice would be provided to the aggrieved families at any cost. He said that though the victims cannot be brought back but he would keep up his promise of provision of justice. The chief minister directed
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah to personally monitor the pace of investigation into both the cases. He directed additional IG investigation to submit report to him twice a week regarding the investigation of the case. The chief minister announced financial assistance of Rs 0.5 million each for the families of the deceased girls.
out-of-order car near a petrol pump located in the provincial capital of Punjab. In order to prevent herself from the grip of legal consequences over her illegal move, she claimed her presence in the National Assembly’s session on the day which reportedly found fake, Journalist Umar Cheema tweeted. In a series of tweets, Umar Cheema alleged that NA record shows Tahira Asif was in the
assembly on September 27, 2013 (when the incident occurred) cell phone record establishes her presence at the venue of incident. She has dissociated herself from the incident claiming that she was present in the National Assembly session that day, Umar Cheema said on his twitter account. Akmal Ghumman wrote to MQM London Secretariat drawing attention to the incident but there was no reply from the party office.
‘PM working to eliMinate terrorisM’ LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is making sincere efforts to end terrorism in the country, said PML-N National Assembly Member Shaista Pervaiz Malik while talking to party workers at her Mozang office on Tuesday. She said the country was in grip of terrorism and the political parties should forge unity to counter it. APP
faked it but Couldn’t Make it MQM Mna tortures journalist, shows fake attendance in na
National Assembly Member (MNA) Tahira Asif affiliated with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has reportedly tortured a journalist Akmal Ghumman with help of her bodyguard near a petrol pump on Tuesday. MNA Tahira Asif had allegedly involved in torturing a journalist Akmal Ghumman for parking an
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
governMent is iMPotent! shujaat says government dysfunctional in all aspects including tackling terrorism
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The government seems to be dysfunctional in all aspects including in dealing with the menace of terrorism and other problems faced by the countrymen, said Pakistan Muslim League President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain while talking to journalists on Tuesday. Chaudhry Shujaat said that though the country was facing multifaceted crises but inflation was directly affecting the common
LAHORE: A street vendor selling woolies. ONLINE
Hameeda has a concern for women Minister says ﬁve hostels for working women to be set up this year LAHORE APP
Five new hostels for working women would be set up during the current financial year, said Punjab Women Development Minister Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din on Tuesday while talking to a delegation of working women at her office on Tuesday.
Women Development Department Director Moeen Akhtar was also present. “New hostels will be constructed in Silakot, Jhelum, Mianwali, Khanewal and Mandi Bahauudindin,” she said. The minister said the government was aware of the plight of working women and that was why it was establishing women hostels where low-cost international standard boarding and lodging facilities would be available. She said another five new hostels for working women would be built in 2015.
Call for aCtion against sPurious drugs LAHORE: Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal has stressed action against spurious drugs in market. He was speaking as a guest of honour at a seminar on ‘Drug Act and Future Healthcare Challenges’ organised by Hajvery University on Tuesday. He said that efforts were being made to provide new job opportunities to pharmacists and pharmacists would be appointed at rural health centres in Punjab to provide quality healthcare to people of far-flung areas. Punjab Chief Drug Controller Iyaz Ali Khan said that an Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting System was being launched at tehsil and district level in Punjab to monitor adverse drug reactions. A control room at Health Services DG has been set up to monitor complaints about drug reactions, he added. Renowned pharmacist and leader of Pakistan Pharmacists Association (PPA) Noor Mehar said that by implementation of the Drug Act 2012, the export of locally manufactured medicines could be enhanced to ten times. APP
Youth tortured to death over PettY disPute LAHORE: An auto rickshaw driver tortured to death a youth over a petty dispute on Tuesday. Police said that a rickshaw driver and a motorcyclist youth exchanged hot words over minor issue outside Jinnah Hospital. The verbal clash turned violent after which the rickshaw driver tortured the youth with iron rod killing him on the spot and fled the scene. The police registered a case against the accused and kicked off investigations. STAFF REPORT
man across the country. He said that when masses are financially satisfied they can help the government, administration and law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to deal with the problems faced by the country. The PML-Q president said the government hasn’t played any role to deal with extremism and militancy. “The government neither took any step to facilitate the masses, nor it allowed other political parties to work for welfare of the general public,” Shujaat alleged. He said a man can survive without electricity but he needs food for existence from which he has been deprived due to poor polices of the rulers. Shujaat said nothing is impossible but it needs commitment and sincerity to tackle the situation.
Another day, another acid attack lhC takes notice of acid attack LAHORE APP
The Lahore Tuesday took acid attack on wrestler. The
High Court notice of an a 60-year-old cell directed
take Your uMbrellas out! LAHORE: Partly cloudy to cloudy weather conditions would prevail in upper parts and light rain is expected at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala and Sargodha in the next 24 hours. According to Meteorological department, light rain with snowfall is expected at hills and isolated places of Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Malakand and Hazara divisions. Cold and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country during next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, a shallow westerly wave is expected to affect upper parts of the country from today (evening) that may persist for next 24 to 36 hours. The lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Skardu - 10 C, Gupis, Astore -7 C, Hunza -5 C, Gilgit -4 C, Kalam, Kalat, Quetta, Rawalakot -3 C, Chitral and Drosh -2 C. The minimum temperatures recorded in the other cities were Islamabad 2 C, Lahore 6 C, Karachi 10 C, Peshawar 3 C, Quetta -3 C, Murree -1 C, Muzaffarabad 4 C, Gilgit -4 C, Faisalabad 5 C, Multan 7 C and Hyderabad 11 C. The rainfall (mm) during last 24 hrs: Pasni 11, Gawadar, Nokkundi 5, Turbat 3. APP
Railways land dePiCting language RetRieved
through art LAHORE: Punjab University will hold a twoday art exhibition depicting history of English literature through art works at the English department auditorium starting today. The art exhibition is being organised by PU department of English in collaboration with the Kaneez Fatima Literary Society. APP
LAHORE: Pakistan Railways Police following a crackdown near Kahna Nau got vacated eight kanals residential land worth Rs 321 million on Tuesday. According to Police spokesman, Railway police conducted the raid in collaboration with Engineering branch staff on the direction of Ministry of Railways under ongoing drive against land-grabbers. APP
Sialkot District and Sessions Judge (DSJ) to look into the matter and submit a detailed report on steps taken by the local police. The complaint cell took notice of a police report which stated that Muhammad Hussain aka Nikka wrestler was at his outhouse in village Lalaywali near Pasrur where
two persons threw acid on him. Nikka received burn injuries and was shifted to a nearby hospital where his condition was reported to be critical. Police have registered a case against unidentified accused. However, the reason behind the incident could not be ascertained.
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
No more Lessons in civil-military relations vacillation, Finding balance in civil military relations is an age old struggle across the world and is not unique to Pakistan please Jets pounding NW: Change in strategy or a mere shot across the bow?
vEr four months spent on preparing a national security policy and the draft still unacceptable to the cabinet in its present form! Even Nawaz Sharif seemed to be dissatisfied with what Ch Nisar had produced observing that the critical security situation required extraordinary measures. His remarks to the army chief assuring him that the nation and armed were determined to continue together their struggle against militancy and terrorism also indicated an approach different from that of Ch Nisar. The two back-to-back terror attacks have only emphasized a point that Ch Nisar fails to take into account. The TTP and its affiliates extend offers of peace only for tactical reasons, i.e. to regroup, gain time and strike at a moment of their own choice. Otherwise the TTP is bent upon destroying the state of Pakistan in their misconceived plan of creating on its ruins their cherished world khilafat. In their assessment, the biggest hurdle in its way is the armed forces. A devious way of weakening the army is to suggest that it strike down the drones and thus come into direct conflict with the United States. Another way is to suggest that it initiate a fight against India with the help of the TTP. The TTP and its sympathisers want to create a situation where Pakistan army is considerably wakened, thus allowing the terrorists to achieve their aims. One hopes that when the cabinet resumes talks on the National Security Policy next week, it will take a more realistic and clear-cut stand against the TTP and is affiliates. On account of the government’s unending vacillations, common people continue to die in terror attacks all over the country while the army is taking casualties in FATA and adjoining areas. The two latest attacks have led General raheel Sharif to state that the Army will never allow a handful of terrorists and extremists to dampen its resolve to take them head-on and also tackle other security challenges. The recent attacks have led to defensive measures on the part of the government, particularly in the Punjab, where alleged terrorists have been arrested in Faisalabad and scores of suspects hauled up in rawalpindi and Islamabad. While this was much needed, vigilance of the type cannot be sustained over a long period. While it may stop the attacks for a while, the permanent threat remains unaddressed. Meanwhile, military jets have pounded several suspected militant hideouts in North Waziristan, killing at least 24 persons and wounding 15 others. It remains to be seen whether this was a mere shot across the bow or an indication from the army of a change of strategy. Hopefully the army has devised a plan to secure the noncombatants in case it decides to launch an operation in the Agency.
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HE struggle to find a balance between civil and military relations is as old as the human society itself. In classical era Caesar laid claim to be the head of roman republic because he established himself as a capable general who earned the loyalty of the soldiers. When he was assassinated his adopted son could only succeed him after earning loyalty of the soldiers that adored Caesar as a commander. In premodern times after the death of the monarch a struggle for succession would be won by the son or a general that was able to gain the respect, loyalty and command of the army. During the time of Khalifa Omer ibn Al-Khattab, Khalid bin Waleed was removed from the command of the military at the height of his popularity among his troops. Historians argue that this act was motivated to prevent emergence of a perception that military successes were attributed to the ability of the commander and prevent his growing popularity to become a challenge the civil authority. To his credit Khalid bin Waleed complied without breaking any sweat and fought later wars as a soldier and adviser to the commander. In modern times, when popular democracy was introduced, authority was vested in institutions. Individuals assumed positions of authority in these democratic institutions based on people’s mandate rather than inheriting it from a divinely mandated monarch. But one thing continued from old to new: the command of the armed forces were in the hands of the office that represented the sovereign. In old times it was the king and in modern times it was the head of the state. President, in both parliamentary and presidential systems, is the head of the state and is the supreme commander of the armed forces. Prime ministers in most cases have to seek approval of the parliament to declare wars rather than act on the private advice of military commanders alone. Democracy is a relatively young in-
stitute with a history of a little more than 250 years as compared to over 5,000 years of monarchy. During these 250 years it has not been a smooth sailing for civilians to establish their control of the armed forces. In Germany (formerly Prussia), that pioneered the creation of modern professional military, officers of the general staff exerted its influence in the political sphere for much of its history until World War II with only brief periods when generals focused exclusively on soldiering. In post revolution republican France, which followed Germany closely in adopting professional armed forces, the ascension of General Napoleon to the throne brought military influence in the sphere of politics. The influence of armed forces remained prevalent until the retirement of General Charles De Gaulle, commander of the French resistance army, as elected president. Since then civilian authority has largely contained military interference in political matters. Britain was the last European power to adopt a professional army but since it was a constitutional monarchy the military has remained under civilian control for much of its history. In Asia, Japan saw the rise of a professional army based on the honour code of a Samurai which enjoyed considerable political influence until World War II. Civilians were not allowed to interfere in military affairs which were controlled by the monarch himself. Generals controlled foreign and defence policy exclusively ignoring the advice of civilian ministers. Japanese forces invaded Manchuria, in Northern China, during the Second World War despite clear instructions by the foreign ministry to remain on the Korean Peninsula and not enter China. Generals conveniently ignored these instructions and invaded Manchuria without even bothering to inform. They were initially able to control it for a brief time but were comprehensively defeated by the united Chinese army of nationalist Marshal Chiang Kai-shek and communist commander Mao Zedong. After the expulsion of Japan, Mao prevailed over Chiang to form the government. In China, even today, all military units have a political officer that ensures that military officers conform to the political values of the Chinese Communist ideology. In United States of America two parallel phenomena has maintained the balance of power between civil and military. First is that until recently it was a national army where every able bodied citizen had to serve as a reserve for few years before moving on to a permanent civil career. This meant that almost all congressmen and presidents were at one time part of the military.
President Bill Clinton was the first president that had no military experience and his opponents tried to play it against him in the elections. The second phenomenon was that until Second World War, USA was an isolationist country without any grand international design. It was after WWII that America established foreign military bases and engaged in foreign war. Consequently the influence of military establishment gained prominence along with the budget allocated to it. Two recent events clearly highlight the balance of power between civilian authority and professional military officers in USA. During the first Iraq war the political objective given to the army was to liberate Kuwait from the forced annexation by Iraq. In operation desert storm, within days, the Iraqi army was annihilated and the field was wide open for American forces to overrun Baghdad and overthrow Saddam. American politicians were tempted to extend the war, especially neocons, but General Collin Powell, then Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, prevailed with the view that the forces should stick to the original objective of liberating Kuwait. It showed that military did not allow politicians to overextend the military objective and President Bush respected their views. The second event happened during the on-going Afghan war when celebrated General Stanley McChrystal, who was widely respected for his professionalism, allowed lose talk in his presence ridiculing the president and his grasp of military matters. Within days General McChrystal was removed from his command firmly establishing the principle that civilian authority had the final word.
In my personal view, in Pakistan the seeds of military interference in politics were sowed when political leadership took nine years to formulate a constitution in 1956. During these critical years after independence there were many dangers circling the nation and internal harmony was integral for the survival of the state. As politicians faltered to assure internal stability through a social contract the armed forces felt that since security was their responsibility they had to act. On the other hand, India saw emergence of a strong political leader in the form of first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. He ruled the country for over 17 years to establish a stable political order. This left no space for military generals to be expedient in domestic affairs for any reason. The point I am trying to make is that finding balance in civil military relations is an age old struggle across the world and is not unique to Pakistan. We have to learn from other nations to achieve this institutional balance. Now it seems Pakistan is on path of attaining respectful balance of power between civil and military establishment. The credit for this important development goes not only to politicians that controlled their impulses but also military generals led by former Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani. For this historic achievement General Kayani should be considered for Hilal-i-QuaidAzam. We have still much work to do to assure that civil and military leaderships work within their spheres.
We have to learn from other nations to achieve this institutional balance. Now it seems Pakistan is on path of attaining respectful balance of power between civil and military establishment. The credit for this important development goes not only to politicians that controlled their impulses but also military generals led by former Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani. For this historic achievement General Kayani should be considered for Hilal-iQuaid-Azam.
Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi is former president of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce, USA, and member PTI Advisory Committee.
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Appeasing the terrorists Terrorists have yet to succeed but Terror it seems has already won. This was visible in one of the anchorpersons’ talk with Ehsanullah Ehsan on telephone. The TTP’s co-spokesman seemed to be dictating his terms, while the anchorperson repeatedly assured him of extending media’s cooperation and taking their side (terrorists’) of the version. The tone of terror of TTP man was firm and decisive, while the anchorperson was talking like bheegi billi as if he and with him the whole media was on wrong path. This shows that mentally we have surrendered, one by one, to the terror – making it a monster. Why I say one by one? Take judiciary for instance. No court of law has ever fully prosecuted and punished terrorists. Around 8,000 terrorists and extremists are in the row waiting for death sentence in jails but they are not being executed. Courtesy the TTP threat to PM-CM ‘hang them and get hanged’. The court reportedly ordered release of those apprehended red handed with IED in their possession, only on the plea that ‘no evidence found of their involvement because detonators were not recovered’.
Same is the case with police, city administration, witnesses, lawyers, judges. Well done. Next come the religious and political parties. They are not only appeasing the terrorists but also justifying their acts of terror – most of them directly or indirectly harbouring them. Despite surge in terror attacks, both PML-N government at Centre and PTI government in KPK are following the appeasement option. Sometime Imran Khan seems to be speaking on behalf of the terrorists. JI and JUI-F hold government responsible, while pleading the terror acts as justified. They are not willing to accept that the US-Allies war has now been turned into Pakistan’s war against terror because we are the worst victims, we are being killed and we are getting injured. The argument to drop gun is not convincing the terrorists. They are not willing to talk, because talking to government is not their agenda or objective. Our ‘independent’ media must be playing role of raising people’s voice. Fighting terrorism must have been its national and collective agenda. It must not budge or bow to intimidating tactics of terrorists. It would be highly dangerous if it adopts the same appeasement policy only because of the fear of being targeted. Such a situation would lead to ultimately state of chaos and confusion, which is the main aim of terrorists. ENGINEER FAWAD F ASHRAF Rawalpindi
Time to wake up We presume it’s time to congratulate Pakistani Taliban and their imbedded supporters in political parties and media on Taliban’ consistency and big heart to offer peace talks even after killing of scores of soldiers and civilians in last few weeks. Obviously this offer is coming from a position of strength, better say Taliban are very successfully following the carrot and stick policy. After killing of 20 soldiers this Sunday, another six on Monday morning, they have renewed the offer for such talks which should lead to enforcement of Sharia in the country. Their spokesman insisted that demand for Sharia can’t be suppressed by force and soon they would lead the parliament for this purpose. Isn’t time for Pakistani State, government, army and general public to say —- enough is enough. In my opinion if we are unable or unwilling to take action due to whatever reason, then we shall seek help from outside world. It’s no more an internal affair of Pakistan; if not contained today, will become problem of the whole world. Let’s hope better sense will prevail and we will come out of dreams that no Muslim can do such things to other Muslims what Taliban are doing, or how come our forces can take action against our own people. It’s time to wake up. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
Zionists planning to annihilate Islam Press TV CAtheRine shAkdAm
ITH Zionists more intent than ever on defiling one of Islam’s holiest of holy, al-Aqsa Mosque, the very ground upon which, so many prophets of God, including Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), have walked upon, one should not ponder over whether Israel is working towards the building of its Third Temple but rather ask when it plans to destroy one of Islam’s beacons. Only this week, Israeli settlers - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s very own pack of rabid dogs - repeatedly attacked al-Aqsa compound, adamant they would challenge Muslim’s monopoly over the sacred ground and ultimately erase all traces of Islam from…[this place]. Such men want to extradite Islam from its land and deny its very existence for it poses an inherent threat to their own belief system. As a religion of truth, the closing chapter of God’s message onto Men, Islam requires no indoctrination as it is light by essence. It is such light which Israel seeks to annihilate as its forces only yearn for darkness. Perfectly aware of the controversy their actions are bound to generate, Israel extremists feel endowed with a sacred mission; ridding al-Quds of all the Gentiles ahead of the coming of their much awaited “Messiah.” Only what they fail to realize is that with the building of the Third Temple it is their fate as a people they are sealing for all eternity. Under the leadership of radical Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a man who has sworn to destroy Al-Aqsa, as he believes the Arc of the Covenant as well as Moses’ ten commandments tablets sit directly underneath its ground, buried deep within, the precious relics of prophetic times; Israel crusaders are on a mission.
Rabbi Shlomo Goren, the former chief rabbi of Israel actually confirmed in an interview that all Israel religious leaders vied toward such a goal. …Al-Quds remain a sacred symbol within our consciousness, a physical link to our faith, a place which has yet to witness a great deal of tribulations and see fulfilled many prophecies, one of which the return of [Imam] Mahdi, Islam’s most awaited Imam and true leader of faith. The city of all cities, all faiths understand that all will end in al-Quds. And while settlers systematically attack and desecrate al-Quds, under the watchful eye and protection of the Israeli army, Muslims across the world are much too pre-occupied with economic issues, their minds clouded by the ever present specter of war to realize what crimes are taking place. As per noted by Awad Al-Rujoob, a reporter based in East al-Quds (Jerusalem), “Settlers have now become accustomed to storming the mosque regularly, usually touring around the yards starting from the Mughrabi Gate and then going to al-Marwani Mosque, Rahma Gate, al-Asbat Gate and King Faisal Gate until the al-qtanin Gate, exiting from al-Selselah Gate.” This week Zionists climbed over the Dome of the Rock, a move slammed by the Islamic-Christian Committee to support East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and its holy sites. The organization wrote in a condemning press statement, “The incident represents a flagrant violation against places of worship.” While none of the criminals were ever challenged by the police or the army for that matter, three Muslim worshippers were
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apprehended within the ground of al-Aqsa sanctuary and taken into custody. Israel’s plan is two-fold: one, to provoke sectarian strife and tensions within the Muslim community as to generate a situation whereby Zionists will be able to justify an aggressive crackdown, and two, to discourage Muslim worshippers from performing their daily prayers in al-Aqsa to better negate Islam’s claim on the site. Angered by Israel’s sacrilege, the Mufti of East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the [occupied] Palestinian Territories Sheikh Muhammad Hussein stressed in an address to the press in November 2013 that al-Aqsa is an Islamic mosque [and is] for Muslims only, and no one will share it with them. He described the occupation’s and radicals’ intrusion into the Mosque as aggression. Outraged he warned, “Enough playing with fire, if they want peace.” But indeed they do not. With Zionists arguing alAqsa should be split into two sections – division is a tactic most favored by the Zionist history books…– Islamic dignitaries in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) have rose in utter disbelief, calling on all Muslims to rise up in protest and stand in solidarity with Palestine. Chairman of the Islamic Waqf Council Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab emphasized in an outcry to the world, “al-Aqsa and its surroundings, around
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I look forward to soon deepening and broadening [Canada’s and Israel’] mutual trade and investment goals. As well, our military establishments share information and technology. For example, during Canada’s mission to Afghanistan, our use of Israeli-built reconnaissance equipment saved the lives of Canadian soldiers. All such connections are important, and build strong bridges between us. However, to truly understand the special relationship between Israel and Canada, one must look beyond trade and institutions: to personal ties of friendship and kinship. Jews have been present in Canada for more than 250 years. In generation after generation, by hard work and perseverance, Jewish immigrants, often starting with nothing, have prospered greatly. Today, there are nearly 350,000 Canadians who share with you their heritage and their faith. They are proud Canadians. They are also immensely proud of what the people of Israel have accomplished here. Laureen and I share that pride. It is right to support Israel — because, after generations of persecution, the Jewish people deserve their own
First, Canada finds it deplorable that some in the international community still question the legitimacy of the existence of the State of Israel. Our view on Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is absolute and non-negotiable. Second, Canada believes that Israel should be able to exercise its full rights as a UN member-state — and to enjoy the full measure of its sovereignty. For this reason, Canada has spoken on numerous occasions in support of Israel’s engagement and equal treatment in multilateral fora. Third, we refuse to single out Israel for criticism on the international stage. In the world of diplomacy, with one, solitary, Jewish state, it is all too easy to go along to get along [at the UN] and single out Israel. Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, we live in a world where that kind of moral relativism runs rampant. And in the garden of such moral relativism, the seeds of much more sinister notions can be easily planted. And so we have witnessed, in recent years, the mutation of the old disease of anti-Semitism and the emergence of a new strain. We all know about the old antiSemitism. It was crude and ignorant, and it led to the horrors of the death camps. Of course, in many dark corners, it is still with us. But, in much of the western world, the old hatred has been translated into more sophisticated language for use in polite society. People who would never say they hate and blame the Jews for their own failings or the problems of the world instead declare their hatred of Israel and blame the only Jewish state for the problems of the Middle East. This is the face of the new anti-Semitism. It targets the Jewish people by targeting Israel, and attempts to make the old bigotry acceptable for a new generation.
Catherine Shakdam is a commentator and political risk consultant. Her writings have appeared in Foreign Policy Association, the Guardian and Majalla among many others. Based in the UK, she worked in collaboration with Yemen Human Rights Minister on shaping new policies to protect women rights.
Central Asian states must unite to halt the spread of jihadism
What follows is an excerpt from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Jan 20 speech to the Israeli Knesset homeland — and deserve to live safely and peacefully in that homeland. Canada supports Israel because it is right to do so. This is a very Canadian trait: to do something for no reason other than that it is right. To be clear, we have also periodically made terrible mistakes, as in the refusal of our government in the 1930s to ease the plight of Jewish refugees. But, as a country, at the turning points of history, Canada has consistently chosen, often to our great cost, to stand with others who oppose injustice, and to confront the dark forces of the world. Support today for the Jewish State of Israel is more than a moral imperative. It is also of strategic importance. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. These are the things that, over time and against all odds, have proven to be the only ground in which human rights, political stability and economic prosperity may flourish. Either we stand up for our values and our interests, here, in Israel, or the retreat of our values and our interests in the world will begin. Our coment as Canadians to what is right, fair and just is a universal one. It applies no less to the Palestinian people than it does to the people of Israel. Just as we unequivocally support Israel’s right of self-defence, so too Canada has long-supported a just and secure future for the Palestinian people. We share with Israel a sincere hope that the Palestinian people and their leaders will choose a viable, democratic, Palestinian state, committed to living peacefully alongside the Jewish State of Israel. No state is beyond legitimate questioning or criticism. But our support [for Israel] does mean at least three things.
it and beneath it, belong to Muslims exclusively,….We, in the Islamic Waqf Department, together with masses of our people who can get to al-Aqsa, stand before this racist attack, raising our voices and calling out as loudly as we can that al-Aqsa is in danger, and the great Arab and Muslim Ummah must relate to these dangers… We must unify efforts in order to save the blessed Mosque.” But above Palestine’s cries, the thunderous voice of Israel’s propaganda machine covers all, obliterating with its net of lies the voices of the innocent, implacably plotting the destruction of alAqsa, both in the public’ subconscious and on the ground. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, yet another New World Order war-monger participated in the development, production and distribution of a propaganda film which promotes the destruction of al-Aqsa Mosque ahead of the construction of the Third Temple. The film shows the gradual wearing away of the Dome of the Rock and the appearance of the alleged Temple of Solomon in place of the dome. Too explicit as to the nature of Israel’s real policy and much too controversial to be viewed by the greater public, the original version of the film was banned by Israel Foreign Ministry. “The danger has approached and time is precious,” declared Islamic Movement in Palestine’s, Zahi Njedat .
Financial Times Ahmed RAshid
The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan this year is almost as worrying to the country’s neighbours as to the Afghans themselves. The five central Asian states – Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan – fear an upsurge in Islamic terrorism, increased flows of heroin and a flood of refugees. The US-led intervention, which aimed to uproot al-Qaeda from Afghanistan, may instead have scattered the seeds of jihadism over a wider field. Abdulaziz Komilov, the Uzbek foreign minister, and Erlan Idrissov, his Kazakh counterpart, have warned of serious threats to regional security after 2014. Tajik president Emomali Rakhmon has described the western withdrawal as “a matter of deepest concern’’. Drug smuggling is a big source of revenue for militants, who readily cross into Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan over Afghanistan’s 1,200-mile border. In private, Russian officials express nervousness about the withdrawal. But Moscow is also using the political vacuum as an opportunity to reassert itself in a region that it has always considered its backyard. The Kremlin has promised tiny Kyrgyzstan $1.1bn in military aid and debt relief worth a further $500m. In return, Bishkek has agreed to shut down a US air base in the country. In Tajikistan, parliament voted in October to allow Russia to station 6,000 troops inside the country for another 30 years. China, too, has entered the bidding. It has sent senior officials on long tours of central Asian states, holding out the prospect of increased trade and promising billions of dollars in loans and funding for infrastructure projects. Another Chinese initiative, the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation, channels support to central Asian militaries. China and Russia have launched intensive discussions with states such
as India, Pakistan and Iran to agree a common approach to stabilising Afghanistan. Fears for the stability of central Asia have increased, with reports that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is establishing bases along the Afghan border. With its allies, which include al-Qaeda and the Taliban, it is preparing to inject more fighters into the country once the Americans leave. Pakistani militants keep the IMU generously supplied with arms, money and recruits. The group already has bases around the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. However, developments in Badakhshan province in the country’s northeast – separated from Tajikistan only by the narrow Panj river – now point to an even greater threat to security in the region. Hundreds of IMU are trying to occupy several districts in Badakhshan, a vast area in the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountain ranges. From here the tip of southern Tajikistan, Pakistan’s northwestern border and eastern Afghanistan are all within striking distance. The next step would be for militants to secure the entire northeastern corridor of Afghanistan, which would provide a major operational base. Yet despite their overwhelming common interest in tackling this threat, the five states are at loggerheads, unable to agree a common policy on how to stabilise Afghanistan. The west should also play a more constructive role to prevent Afghan militants from spreading after US forces withdraw Drug smuggling, corruption and poverty are rife in Tajikistan. In Uzbekistan, 75-year-old President Islam Karimov, in office for almost a quarter of a century, is facing a succession crisis as his two daughters fight over who will take his place. His jails hold more political prisoners than the rest of the former Soviet Union put together, according to Human Rights Watch. Only Kyrgyzstan, which has no border with Afghanistan, has a semblance of democracy. But its weak government makes it an easy target for IMU attacks. Central Asian states must rise to this common challenge. It will take co-ordinated action from Afghanistan’s neighbours to prevent a resurgence in Afghan jihadism from spreading across the region. The west should also play a more constructive role. The former Soviet republics feel slighted by the US and Afghan governments, and mistrust Nato powers that have failed to end the war in Afghanistan. Restoring their faith is an urgent task. There is too much at stake for central Asia to be allowed to fail. The writer is the author of ‘The Resurgence of Central Asia’ and ‘Jihad: the Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia’.
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
India seeks liberalised trade with Pakistan CommeRCe seCReTaRy says sTabiliTy in indo-Pak TRade may be aChieved iF Regional sTandaRds aRe haRmonised NEW DELHI
NDIA and Pakistan need to work on areas such as complete liberalisation of trade process, harmonisation of regional standards and enhanced sectoral cooperation to stabilise trade relations between the nations, a top Indian commerce ministry official said on Tuesday. “The stability (in trade between India and Pakistan) can only come when there is a concept of value chain, when there is a sectoral cooperation, when there is a fully liberalised
Ahmed made SBP deputy governor KARACHI: Saeed Ahmad Tuesday assumed the charge of the office of Deputy Governor (DG), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The federal government had notified Ahmad’s appointment as DG SBP on January 20 for a period of three years from the date he assumes the office on same terms and conditions as approved for the two present working Deputy Governors SBP. Saeed brings 45 years of commercial and investment banking experience to his new assignment. Prior to joining SBP, he was serving as Managing Director of a Care Home Group in England since July 1995. Saeed started his career with Prudential Corporation, London as Actuarial Trainee in December, 1969, qualified as a fellow of Institute of Actuaries, London in October, 1974 and last position was deputy Manager. He was also attached with Chase Manhattan Bank/ SIBC Riyadh as Assistant Manager from January 1980 to December, 1981. STAFF REPORT
trade, when regional standards are harmonised and improvement in infrastructure for trade facilitation,” Special Secretary in the Commerce Ministry Rajeev Kher said. He was speaking at the ICRIER’s function on ‘Normalising India-Pakistan Trade’. In his “personal view”, he said these are the five-six areas where both the countries have to work hard to bring stability in their trade relationship. Kher also said that both sides should stick to the roadmap of September 2012. As per the roadmap, Pakistan would remove restrictions on trade through land route and cut the number of items on the sensitive list in a phased manner. “You have a roadmap and I think the biggest thing which is important today is to respect that roadmap because that will give an unemotional hard core trade oriented signal,” Kher added. During the last week meeting of trade ministers of India and Pakistan, both the sides agreed on a non-discriminatory market access programme in place of the MFN regime, besides opening up Wagah-Attari border round the clock to enhance bilateral trade. He asked Pakistan to remove its apprehension over opening of sectors like automobile, pharmaceutical and agriculture.
“India does not have non-tariff barriers specific to a country in South Asia,” he added. Further, Kher said there is need to strengthen the regional integration of South Asian countries to improve bilateral relations. Citing examples of strong regional blocs like European Union, ASEAN and NAFTA, he said that SAARC should have to do tremendous work in making itself a strong group. “The intra-SAARC trade is very low in terms of regional integration. There are reasons which lie in history and non - tariff barriers...There are also reasons which need to go into some more thinking on how do we want to shape this region on trade and investment issues over the next 10-15 years,” he added. Kher emphasised on the need for sectoral integration among the SAARC region. “Huge amount of goods and services would be required in the years to come for domestic consumption within the region and this is not going to grow in one country. It will be produced in the entire region,” he said. The bilateral trade between India and Pakistan stood at $ 2.6 billion in 2012-13 as against $ 1.93 billion in 2011-12 and $ 2.37 billion in 2010-11.
Farm loan disbursement up 13.5pc to Rs 159b in five months KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The banks disbursed Rs 159.3 billion during the first half of current fiscal year, reported the central bank Tuesday. This, the regulator said, was 13.5 % higher than the disbursement of Rs 140.3 billion during the corresponding period last year. The banks achieved 44% of their annual indicative targets of Rs 360 billion despite multitude of challenges such as high non performing loans, recovery drive, insufficient bank’s infrastructure and overall security and macroeconomic conditions, said the State Bank. The agri. outstanding portfolio of loans surged by Rs 40.8 billion or 17.3 % i.e. from Rs 235.9 billion to Rs 276.7 billion at end December, 2013 as compared to same period last year. The increase is mainly due to SBP’s initiative of introduction of annual outstanding indicative targets for banks. Five major banks as a group disbursed agri. loans of Rs 85.4 billion or 47.5% of its annual target which is higher by 12.3% from Rs 76.0 billion during the corresponding period last year. Amongst the major banks HBL, MCB and
NBP achieved 53.3%, 52.6% and 50.5% of their annual targets respectively while UBL and ABL could achieve only 38.6 % and 34.5% of their targets respectively. Amongst specialized banks, ZTBL could achieve only 34% of its target by disbursing Rs 23.7 billion against its annual target of Rs 69.5 billion while PPCBL achieved 48% of its target by disbursing Rs 4.3 billion during the period under review. Fourteen Domestic Private Banks collectively achieved 42% of their targets, however, Sindh Bank has already surpassed its annual target by disbursing Rs 672.8 million against its target of Rs 600 million, while Bank Al Habib, the Bank of Khyber, the Bank of Punjab achieved 61%, 59%, 51% of their annual targets respectively. Likewise, Summit Bank, Silk bank and NIB Bank achieved 48%, 44% and 42% of their annual targets respectively. Amongst the 14 DPBs, Bank Alfalah, Soneri Bank, Faysal, and Askari Bank could achieve only 38.5%, 38%, 34%, and 20.5% of their annual targets respectively. Seven Microfinance Banks as a group disbursed agri. loans of Rs 11.2 billion or 57% of their annual target of Rs 19.6 billion.
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LAHORE: Shell Pakistan Managing Director Umar Sheikh and Daewoo Pakistan CEO Shehryar Chishti sign an MoU between the two companies. STAFF PHOTO
Technology and real estate conference held by Zameen.com
KARACHI: Zameen.com, Pakistan’s leading property portal, hosted a real estate conference entitled “Technology & Real Estate” in Karachi. The event was held in collaboration with Defence & Clifton Association of Real Estate Agents (DEFCLAREA), the largest realtor association in Pakistan. The conference was attended by 250 agents representing over 150 leading estate agencies, and many prominent property developers. The event presented an unmatchable opportunity for estate agents to bring themselves up to speed with the prevailing trends in the online market, as well as to take their
business to the next level by adopting technology. Zeeshan and Imran Ali Khan, CoFounders of Zameen.com, also briefed the audience about the changing tides and global trends in the real estate sector. Zameen.com and DEFCLAREA also signed an MOU at the event, further strengthening their partnership. Zeeshan Ali Khan of Zameen.com had met with the Business Committee of DEFCLAREA in August, 2013 where both parties had formed a business partnership, with a view to facilitate DEFCLAREA estate agencies’ operations via technology. This conference was the next big step for this partnership. Karachi, which is
undoubtedly the commercial and economic hub of Pakistan, is also home to one of the most robust property markets in the country. Owning to this fact, Zameen.com, which has grown exponentially in the past few years, had opened an office in Karachi towards the end of 2013. In context with the office opening in Karachi, the conference was a great way to further consolidate their presence in the market. “We want to continue being the gateway to success for local estate agencies,” said Zeeshan Ali Khan of Zameen.com. Many notable property developers, including Emaar Pakistan, were also present at the event. PRESS RELEASE
At CES 2014, Samsung welcomes new era in kitchen home appliances with Chef Collection KARACHI: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global home appliance innovator, today announced a new lineup of premium home appliances that enable consumers to manage and master the entire cooking process from start to finish. With insights from some of the world’s top professional chefs, a new refrigerator has been developed that keeps even the most delicate ingredients intact. An electric slide-in range with an unparalleled level of oven temperature control and one of the most significant dishwasher cleaning innovations in the past 40 years are also among the highlights on display at the 2014 International CES from Jan 7-10, 2014. This year marks the debut of the Samsung Chef Collection, a suite of premium professional chef-level appliances developed in collaboration with Samsung Club Des Chefs. This first-of-its-kind global culinary initiative, launched in 2013, has brought together world class chefs to collaborate with Samsung on the development of next-generation products. PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Lux brand manger Anushay Ahmed Manto addresses a press conference with Kamiar Rokni, Amar Irfani and Mehwish. PR
KARACHI: HBL has signed branchless banking super agency agreement with Muller and Phipps Pakistan. Picture shows Faiq Sadiq, head Payment Services HBL and Kamran Nishat, managing director and CEO M&P, shake hands after signingthe agreement. PR
ISLAMABAD: Zahdan Group CEO Murtaza Hashwani exchanges the agreement deed with United Bank COO Aameer Karachiwalla. PR
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
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Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
GUN ACCESS TIED TO GREATER SUICIDE, MURDER RISK: STUDY eople may have heightened risks of dying from suicide and murder if they own or have access to a gun, according to a new analysis of previous research. Researchers found people who lived in homes with firearms were between two and three times more likely to die from either cause, compared to those who lived in homes without guns. “There have been a lot of conflicting reports about having a firearm in the home,” Andrew Anglemyer said. He is the study’s lead author and an epidemiologist from the University of California, San Francisco. Anglemyer and his coauthors write in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday that the U.S. has the highest prevalence of gun ownership in the world, and the majority of suicides and murders are committed w i t h
firearms. For the new review, the researchers analyzed 14 studies that looked at the risk of committing suicide among people who did and didn’t have access to guns and five studies that looked at gun access and the risk of being murdered. Four of the studies examined both suicide and murder risk. The studies were published between 1988 and 2005. All but one found people with access to firearms had heightened risks of dying from suicide and murder. “Most analyses will find some conflicting studies,” Anglemyer said. “That’s not at all what we see here.” The researchers found having access to a gun was tied to a three-fold increase in the likelihood that people would kill themselves. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC). About 12 out of every 100,000 people commit suicide each year. Anglemyer’s team also found about a two-fold increased risk of death from murder among people who had access to a gun, compared to those without ac-
cess to firearms. For women, the increased risk of being killed was even higher. The death rate due to murder in the U.S. is about five per 100,000 people each year, according to the CDC. Anglemyer and his colleagues write that previous studies have suggested rates of suicide and murder may be higher in areas with a high prevalence of gun ownership because people who commit those acts on impulse have an easier time getting a gun there. Dr Brian Smith and Rose Cheney from the University of pennsylvania Health System in philadelphia said that firearms are efficiently lethal - even during brief moments of anger, rage and depression. “The lethality of the weapons drives the increased risk of suicide and homicide completion,” they wrote. “Firearms have very high case fatality rates, particularly in the case of suicide. Guns leave very little room for reconsideration of the choice to end a life.” Smith is a fellow in the Division of Traumatology and Cheney is executive director of the Firearm and Injury Center at penn. In an accompany-
Why do We Get car sick? Car sickness is essentially the same as sea sickness or air sickness - it all comes under the banner of motion sickness. Basically your brain is receiving conflicting signals from your eyes and ears. If you are looking at the floor when in a car or on a bus or a book your eyes are telling you that you are not moving. But your ear is telling your brain that
South Korea’s LG Electronics said on Tuesday it would start selling its first curvedscreen smartphone — seen as a first step to fully flexible products — in Europe next month. The “G-Flex” was introduced in Seoul in October and will hit stores in some 20 European nations, including France, Germany, Britain and Sweden, the firm said in a statement. The GFlex is curved on the vertical axis of the handset, which LG says offers a more immersive viewing experience and fits the contour of the face. LG said the new phone — already available in Asia — would also be introduced in the United States by the end of March. Curved screens are still at a nascent stage in display technology, which is shifting towards flexible panels that
Japan’s airline pulls “big nose” tv ad after online furor
you are indeed moving. So instead of your body realising you are reading a book on a bus, your body thinks it is being poisoned and the only way to deal with poison is to vomit it all up. One way of getting around this is to look out of the window into the distance. It will mean that the signals from your eyes and ears match. COURTESY BBC
LG to Launch curved smartphone in europe, asia has it aLready! are bendable or can even be rolled or folded. Handset makers including Samsung have launched curved-screen smartphones recently as they seek to stoke consumer interest in the increasingly saturated market with a new technology. Samsung launched its first curved smartphone — the Galaxy Round — in October to a tepid reception from consumers disappointed by the largely experimental device. AGENCIES
ing editorial, David Hemenway writes that gun access may not have increased the likelihood of death from homicide as much as suicide because most people are not murdered with their own gun. Hemenway is an expert on injury prevention at the Harvard School of public Health in Boston. He also said that the new analysis may underestimate the relationship between gun access and deaths because it only included studies comparing individuals and not large populations. But he agreed with the main finding. “I would argue that there’s not nearly enough research in the firearm area,” Hemenway said. “But if there is one thing we know, that’s it.” The researchers point out the analysis is only as reliable as the studies themselves, and some could have been flawed in the way they collected information on deaths and gun ownership. Anglemyer said the review is about understanding the risk of owning a gun - just like people should know the risks when buying alcohol or cigarettes. AGENCIES
TOKYO: Days after Caroline Kennedy, US ambassador to Japan, tweeted her disapproval of the dolphin hunt in Japanese town Taiji, a local fisheries official has invited her to visit Taiji to see the “humane” killing methods used in the dolphin hunt. His comments came as campaigners watching the hunt said the killing was under way, adding that the waters of the cove were red with the dolphins’ blood. The official, who did not wish to be named, said Kennedy, the only surviving child of assassinated US President John F. Kennedy, should also see for herself how the hunt supports the local economy. “This is a very small town in the countryside. We have no other major industries,” he told a foreign news agency. “I want her to come and visit so that she can understand how we make a living from it. Many fishermen make a living from the hunting, and many others also earn their living by working at food processing factories.” Kennedy stepped into the row on January 17 when she tweeted: “Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (US Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries”. The mass killing of the animals came to worldwide attention with the Oscar-winning film The Cove, which showed how the fishermen of Taiji corral dolphin pods in the bay. Some of the prettier animals are
removed and sold to aquariums while others are butchered for meat, which is consumed in a small number of coastal communities. It is not widely eaten in Japan. The Cove graphically showed the slaughter of the animals, whose blood turned the water red as they were stabbed to death. But the Taiji official said hunters no longer killed dolphins in that way. “We have switched to a more humane way of butchering them,” he said. “We cut the spinal cord so that they don’t bleed. We don’t butcher them like before.” US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, shown in Tokyo on November 27, 2013, has tweeted her concern at the “inhumaneness” of a Japanese village’s traditional dolphin hunt Japanese officials have hit back, accusing campaigners of double standards and saying the hunt is part of the country’s culture. “We take away lives of animals like cows and pigs daily,” said Yoshinobu Nisaka, governor of Wakayama prefecture, where Taiji is located. “I don’t think it is logical to say that it is only cruel to eat dolphin meat.” In Tokyo, the central government said it would be explaining Japan’s position to Washington in the wake of Kennedy’s tweet. “Whales and dolphins are an important marine resource, which should be sustainably used based on scientific data,” top govt spokesman Yoshihide Suga said. AGENCIES
TOKYO: Japan’s largest carrier All Nippon Airways said on Tuesday it was pulling a TV advertisement featuring a Japanese actor in a large false nose and blonde wig after it was criticized online for having racist overtones. The ad, which is in English with Japanese subtitles, promotes ANA’s expanded international flight schedule from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Japan, host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, is trying to attract more tourists amid a sharp rise in visitors over the last year, particularly from Asia. In the ad, which began airing on Jan 18, two men in ANA pilot uniforms chat about how they will now be heading off to new destinations such as Hanoi and Vancouver. “Let’s change the image of Japanese!” one says, and turns to his companion, who now wears a large fake nose and a brassy blond wig, in line with Japanese stereotypes about Europeans. “Of course,” he replies. In another version of the ad, one man surprises his companion by offering to hug him. Public displays of affection, especially between men, are uncommon in Japan. The ad unleashed a torrent of mostly negative comments on ANA’s Facebook page, with some people saying they had cancelled their loyalty cards. Other online commentators, however, said they liked the commercial while some said it was simply strange, rather than racist. ANA apologized for the ad on its Facebook page, and Japanese media said the company had also apologized to customers who called in to complain. The ad aired only in Japan, but also spread on Internet video sharing sites. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
Johnny Depp engaged to Amber Heard: report
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“They couldn’t be happier to be engaged and excited to share the rest of their lives together. Amber has really taken well to the kids and really enjoys spending time with them,” the People report said, citing an unnamed source. Representatives for Depp, 50, and Heard, 27, did not immediately confirm the report. Depp, a veteran whose diverse career includes Edward Scissorhands and the recent Pirates of the Caribbean series, was previously in a 14year relationship with French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis. They have two children and were not married, ending their relationship in 2012. When the couple separated, entertainment media speculated Depp may have had a relationship with Heard, at the time a co-star in the film The Rum Diary. Heard is known for the film Zombieland. She has spoken of her bisexuality and was recently in a four-year relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree. They split in 2012 around the same time as Depp and Paradis. Depp was married in the 1980s to Lori Anne Allison. He also dated actress Winona Ryder and British supermodel Kate Moss. Depp and Heard are starring in the upcoming film London Fields. NEWS DESK
LAHORE: Q-Mobile has yet again made it; and this time it is even bigger. As per the rumoured news, it has been found that the five years old Pakistani Mobile company has now approached three of the prominent Hollywood celebrities for its next endorsement. The company offered a good package to Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie from whom it is Angelina who will be seen as its brand ambassador in near future. It is to be noted that Angelina’s social work here in Pakistan has had been appreciated previously in Pakistan and has brought her even a better fame. To be accurate enough, negotiations in between the actress and the company are in process and there are all fair chances that Angelina might be the next official face of Qmobile after Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor. This move was believed to be one of the most expensive in MicroMax’s corporate strategy but experts thought it to be the company’s surge into International Markets. This emerging mobile company seems to have good intentions of spreading its business globally soon and probably such foreign faces will help it to create a potential audience. Let us now wait and watch what new Q-Mobile brings this time! NEWS DESK
Miley Cyrus worried about finding ‘true love’ Pop star Miley Cyrus, 21, is keen to be in a relationship, but she isn’t sure if she will find someone who loves her for who she is. The “Wrecking ball” singer, who broke off her engagement with Liam Hemsworth last year, was recently romantically linked with Kellan Lutz. She doesn’t think she will find anyone who enjoys her outrageous antics. “Miley has absolutely no self awareness. She doesn’t see herself the way guys do. She’d love to be in a relationship - she worries she will never find someone who loves her for who she is - but she’s totally unaware of why guys dump her,” contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. In 2013, Cyrus sported a new image - short, dyed hair, skimpy revealing outfits, songs referencing drugs and she even popularised the raunchy dance move Twerking. NEWS DESK
Veena Malik & hubby’s photo shoot for Vogue magazine The controversial and drama queen Veena Malik weds with Asad Basheer Khan Khattak recently…the couple did a stunning photo shoot for fashion Magazine Vogue International. After this marriage, media has witnessed her in a jolly mood. This is not the first time that Veena has shot with Vogue magazine. Some years ago, Veena did a photo shoot with the same magazine that has irked a lot of controversies. NEWS DESK
Brad Pitt bans children from watching ‘12 Years...’ Actor Brad Pitt says he will not let his children watch “12 Years A Slave”, which he has coproduced. The 50-year-old, who has six children Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, seven, and Knox and Vivienne, five, however, may let his eldest son Maddox watch it. Set in the 1900s “12 Years a Slave” is the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery. “Maybe my eldest would, right now. I’d rather (wait) for the others to get a little bit older and understand the dynamics of the world a little more,” Pitt said in a statement. Talking about the depiction of issues like slavery and racial discrimination in the movie, he said: “It’s one of those few films that cut to the base of our humanity; it’s why I got into film in the first place.” NEWS DESK
MehReen Syed expecting a Baby LAHORE
STAFF REPORT Pakistani model-turned actor and the spokes persona of L’Oreal Pakistan, Mehreen Syed who initially planned to work for Sanjy Puran Singh Chauhan’s movie ‘Lahore’ has finally decided to drop the idea and choose to get married. The year 2014 is already looking prolific for supermodel shortly followed the launch of her blog on Desi beauty, the diva has revealed that she is with child. “There’s good news, let me tell you. I’m expecting my first child,” she said. She has moved to London, and said, “I won’t shift to London permanently. It’ll be a temporary shift. I’ll be there till my delivery. The good news is on its way, hopefully by the month of March.” When asked about her come back into modelling after pregnancy, she shared, “Let’s see, I haven’t thought about it as yet. Currently there are no plans if giving up modelling. Most of the time, I stay indoor ad work from the home, my beauty blog site has kept me busy these days.”
Alia Bhatt thanks AR Rahman for being patient Alia Bhatt thanks A R Rahman for being patient with her Alia reveals she went to the studio with A R Rahman only two times had it not been for composer A R Rahman’s patience, actress Alia Bhatt, who has sung a song for her forthcoming film Highway under his guidance, would have been “screaming into the pillow”. Alia has sung the track Sooha saha in Highway, in which she stars with Randeep Hooda. “I didn’t rehearse much, we went twice (to the studio). We spent quite a lot of time and Rahman sir was very patient with me for which I am truly grateful. That really stopped me from going home and screaming into the pillow,” the 20-yearold said here at the song’s launch on Saturday. Alia says singing is an experience she never thought she would have. “This is the kind of experience you think you will never really have in your life. I always knew that somehow I will act, but this experience. I never really thought will happen and it did. So, if I fail as an actor, I can become a singer,” Alia said. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Highway hits theatres on February 21. NEWS DESK
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
PYF hits Punjab with a bang Tehsil level in full swing lAHore STAFF REPORT
HE tehsil level competitions of the Punjab Youth Festival (PYF) 2014 are in full swing here across the province. On the fourth day of the tehsil level, total 78352 exhibited their prowess in various events and among them 24977 proved their mettle and adjudged as winners. In Lahore’s Nishtar Town, out of 754 athletes, 184 remained successful. Danish won armwrestling event, UC 146 won the cricket title, football title went to Shahzad XI who beat Awais XI while hockey event was won Hafiz XI after beating Khan XI.
Shalimar Town saw participation of 457 players out of which 39 were victorious. Danish won billiard event while chess event was won by Jameel. In Wahga Town, out of 232 athletes, 117 returned home joyous. Hafeez XI beat Fayyaz XI to win the cricket event. Samanabad Town witnessed 112 players in action where 22 advanced to the next round. In Gulberg Town, 114 had smile on their faces out of 348 players. In Aziz Bhatti Town, 240 players showed their skills in different events while 59 were declared winners. In Data Gunj Bakhsh, 100 players displayed their skills and 22 remained successful. Iqbal Town involved 99 players in various events and among them 17 were the winners while Ravi Town had low participation of 19 play-
RAYNER CALLED UP TO LIONS SQUAD Ollie Rayner, the Middlesex spinner, has been officially added to the England Lions touring party, with Simon Kerrigan unable to travel to Sri Lanka due to a back injury. Kerrigan will be monitored over the coming week to see if he is able to join the squad later on. Rayner, 28, has never represented England before at any level but enjoyed a successful 2013, taking 46 wickets at 22.04, including a 15-wicket haul against Surrey - the best figures by a Middlesex bowler since 1955. A tall offspinner, Rayner is also a capable batsman, with two first-class hundreds to his name. Kerrigan’s participation has been in doubt after he suffered a back injury at a pre-tour preparation camp earlier in the month. The Lancashire left-arm spinner made his Test debut against Australia at The Oval last year but bowled only eight overs, at a cost of 53 runs, and subsequently pulled out of the Performance Programme tour of Australia to work with coaches at Old Trafford and Loughborough. David Parsons, the ECB’s performance director, said: “Simon has progressed very well over the past week and we remain hopeful that he will be able to join up with the tour party later in the tour following an assessment from the medical staff at Old Trafford next week.” The Lions depart England on Sunday for a tour featuring three unofficial Tests against Sri Lanka A, as well as two three-day matches in Colombo. The four-day matches are scheduled for Kandy, Dambulla and Colombo, with the first beginning on February 12. SPORTS DESK
ers and only one managed to win. The tehsils of Sheiklhupura, Kasur and Nankana Sahib Districts of Lahore Division, around 7121 took part in the competitions and 1657 were the winners. Chakwal, Attock and Jehlum areas of Rawalpindi division, 4973 are the participants and from among them 796 were declared the winners. In Sargadha divisions, Bakkahar, Khushab and Mianwali districts, a total of 20620 turned out to compete and the win went to 6359. The tehsils of Hafizabad, Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal and Gujrat from Gujranwala division attracted 8262 participants and 3176 were the winners. In Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Chinoit districts of Faisalabad division, 11793 came for the competitions and 4614 won their
events. The districts of Okara, and Pakpattan from Sahiwal division, 9613 involved in various events and from among those 910 were the victors. In Vehari, Lodhan and Khanewal districts of Multan division, 6387 came out for the encounters and 2928 were the winners. In Rahimyar Khan and Bahawalnagar districts of Bahawalpur division there were around 3030 participants and victory fell in the lap of 1376. Rajjanpur, Layyah and Muzaffargarh which are the districts of Dera Ghazi Khan produced 1390 winner players out of 4153 participants. SAdAf winS dRESSmAking cOntESt: Sadaf won the Punjab Youth Festival 2014 Tehsil level dress-making contest held in Shalimar Town.
Sumaira was adjudged winner in family cooking event followed by Mahjabeen and Menahil while Niala excelled in individual cooking competition and the remaining two top positions went to Humaira and Naseem Bari respectively. A large number of women took part in the PYF contests organized in Sannatzar Baja Line Garhi Shahu where MPA Farzana Butt was the chief guest. A large number of women took part in family cooking event and won huge appreciation for their delicious dishes. After the cooking event, the dress-making competition was contested among dozens of the female competitors. Sadaf was declared winner for preparing her dress in stipulated time while Shabnam
DANISH CLINCHES HEALTHY BABY EVENT LAHORE: The tehsil level Healthy Baby competition, in connection with Punjab Youth Festival 2014, was organized at District Population Welfare Office, Ferozpur Road, Lahore. In all 36 victorious kids of Shalimar Town (11 children), Wahga Town (12) and Cantonment Area (13) featured in these events. Danish Sajid of Shalimar Town won the event followed by Safia of Wahga Town and Haleema of Cantonment Area. Qaiser Saleem, DG Population Welfare Department and Aftab Ahmed, DO Population, Lahore were the guests of honour and distributed prizes among the victorious children. STAFF REPORT
Malik and Aiema Junaid finished second and third in the keenly contested competition. Talking on this occasion, Farzana Butt was of the view that women are getting adequate opportunity for demon-
strating their skills in the Youth Festival competitions. “The PYF events are quite useful in tracing new talent and now it’s a proved fact that there is no dearth of potential in our country,” she added.
WRIGHT FIFTY KEEPS STARS UNBEATEN
DAIMOND PAINTS WIN PAKISTAN POLO CUP
Melbourne Stars 5 for 135 (Wright 52, Laughlin 2-28) beat Hobart Hurricanes 9 for 131 (Birt 31, Stoinis 2-12, Hastings 2-15)
LAHORE: “Hush Puppies Pakistan Polo Cup 2014 concluded with a stunning final as Diamond Paints took the title beating HBP PLC Royal Residencia after an invigorating contest which ended 6 - 5.5 goals. Rajah Samiullah was declared man-of-the-match. The players and ponies jostled continuously throughout the match; the crowd were enthralled as the result went right to the wire. National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was the esteemed chief guest, Umer Group Senior Director Mian Shaheen, Firhaj Footwear Director Yousaf Salim, and others were present on the event. “This was an amazing collaboration by Hush Puppies Pakistan and fell in line with what Hush Puppies stands for,”said Natalie Chau after the match in an interview with the press. PRESS RELEASE
The Melbourne Stars continued their unbeaten run with a convincing five-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes in Melbourne. The top three teams - Stars, Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers - have qualified for the semi-finals and the fourth place will be fought for between Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers. The Hurricanes lost Tim Paine on the first ball of the match when they were asked to bat but Ben Dunk and Jonathan Wells steered them to safety. However, Wells was sent back in the fifth over by John Hastings and Shoaib Malik was run out for a diamond duck five balls later, within which Dunk hit two fours, to leave them at 41 for 3. Travis Birt charged the innings by targeting Scott Boland, who was hit for consecutive sixes. The stand of 43, which lasted 6.3 overs, was broken when both the set batsmen were dismissed by Marcus Stoinis, leaving them at a precarious 84 for 5. Aiden Blizzard struck two fours and a six but the rest of the batsmen failed to build on the platform Dunk and Birt had laid as the last five batsmen put together only 17 runs. Hastings took one more wicket to finish with an economical 2 for 15 from four overs and Blizzard was unbeaten on 28 as the Hurricanes were restricted to 131 for 9. The Stars also lost one of their openers
EXCITING ACTION AT TNS JUNIOR’S SPORTS DAY
early with Cameron White falling for 4 on Dimitri Mascarenhas’ first ball. Luke Wright stayed strong at the other end even though he didn’t get much support for substantial partnerships. In nearly seven overs Wright and Brad Hodge put on 42 out of which the latter made only 12 off 26 balls. When he got out in the 12th over, the Stars needed 59
from 55. Wright brought up his fifty and took the team past 100 but his wicket in the 15th over dented their chase further, but they needed less than run-a-ball by then. A four from Peter Handscomb on the first ball of the last over took the Stars home and gave them their seventh win in seven matches.
GEORGE BAILEY’S CAUTIONARY TALE SPorTS DeSK The schedule giveth, and the schedule taketh away. George Bailey has admitted that the same run of limited-overs matches that catapulted him into Australia’s Test XI, also fostered bad habits that he could not shake during the Ashes, leading to a poor return with the bat and his omission from the squad to tour South Africa. To win Australia’s ODI player of the year award hours after the national selector John Inverarity announced that he was not among the 15 for South Africa rather summed up Bailey’s mixed emotions. He reflected on how his run-scoring feats in India did not leave him best-placed to combat the challenges posed by James Anderson and Stuart Broad. This led to a lack of first innings scores that allowed Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh to be chosen ahead of him for the next Test match assignment. Having spoken at length with the coach Darren Lehmann while missing Sunday’s SCG match with a hip complaint, Bailey said he now looked to the examples of the Test
captain Michael Clarke and the young middle-order batsman Steve Smith for clues on how to adapt better should he be chosen again. “I had a really good chat with Boof during the one-day game and I think I’ve got some things to work on against good quality fast bowling,” Bailey said. “I’ve probably got into some bad habits playing a lot of short form cricket so I’ve got to go away and work out how to get rid of those, and then work out how to adapt really quickly, which I think you see Pup and Steve Smith do really well, and that’s what I’ve got to get to. “To be honest I was more hoping than expecting to be on the tour. I think I was a benefit of the fact we were winning those Tests, so as a batsman I think you’re judged on setting games up and scoring big runs in the first innings, so I would’ve liked to contribute more in those runs, and if you’d done that then I think it would’ve been an expectation to be on that flight as opposed to a hope. I can’t really fault it [his omission].” Bailey had given himself an ultimatum of sorts at the start of the summer, reasoning that at 31 this would be his
one and only chance. But a program offering the opportunity to play against Pakistan in the UAE and also India at home next summer, leaves a half-open window, given his aptitude for attacking spin bowlers and the reliance of the subcontinental countries on Saeed Ajmal and R Ashwin. “I think I said at the start of the series that at 31 you probably only get one crack at it, but I’m hoping now to prove myself wrong,” Bailey said. “I don’t think it matters what age you debut, you’re always going to get to that level and find so much out about yourself and find out so much about that level. I learned a hell of a lot about my game, and you discover there’s so much more to learn. So it’s reinvigorated me in a lot of ways. “I tell you what, those five Tests, if that’s not the most addictive thing to be a part of and want to get back and feel that once again, I don’t think I’ve ever had a greater motivation.” For now, though, Bailey will start thinking about leading the Twenty20 team against England and then formulating a plan to win the World T20 in Bangladesh, having reached the semi-finals on his first attempt in Sri Lanka in 2012.
LAHORE: TNS hosted its Junior’s Sports Day 2013-2014 on Tuesday, January 21, at the K-block Football Ground, Phase V, DHA Lahore from 11 pm to 2 pm. The mega sports event included students from Nursery to year 3 from both the DHA and Gulberg branches of TNS, who competed with each other before a cheering crowd of parents, families, teachers and friends. The event was graced by the presence of Mrs. Nasreen Kasuri, Chair Person Beaconhouse, as Chief Guest, who highly commended the students’ dedication, spirit and hard work. Other guests in attendance included the former Foreign Minister MianKhurshidMehmud Kasuri, Director BPS Ali Kasuri, Fatima Kasuri and Director Gymboree Play & Music Sophia Kasuri. The sports day was declared open by the Sports Head at Beaconhouse, Mr. Ian Darlington, followed by the Quranic recitation and the national anthem. A magnificent march past by the junior school led the school student council, amidst great applause from the spectators, was followed by the oath taking. As part of the different Sports Houses – Phoenix, Griffin, Pegasus, and Dragon – the junior students displayed much zeal and fervor, in the various activities including ‘Zig Zag Race’, ‘Match the Color’, ‘Walker Boots Race’, and ‘Formula One Race’, while the crowd’s enthusiasm encouraged them further. “TNS believes in inculcating lifelong skills in students from the junior years by focusing not only on academics but also on healthy activities like sports. Sports are an essential component of education and are a crucial ingredient for the healthy growth and well-being of children” said Ayesha Kasuri, Deputy Head at TNS Beaconhouse, while speaking at the occasion. The event is the 6th Sports Day held by TNS, with attention focused on students of the junior level rather than the entire school. The event proved to be a success with students participating in the true TNS spirit. PRESS RELEASE
Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
wawrinka stuns Djokovic in five-set classic to reach semis SPorTS DeSK
OVAK Djokovic was dumped out of the Australian Open as he lost a five-set thriller to Stanislas Wawrinka. Heartbroken by Djokovic in two fiveset epics in Melbourne and the U.S. Open last year, the eighth-seeded Swiss played out of his skin to upset his grand slam nemesis 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7 in an exhilarating four hours. Wawrinka stayed cool in a deciding set of unrelenting tension, sealing it when the former world number one badly missed an easy volley on match point. His triumph blew the tournament wide open, setting up a semi-final with Czech Tomas Berdych while snapping the Serb's 28-match winning streak. "He's an amazing champion, he never gives up. I'm really, really, really happy," Wawrinka said in a courtside interview. I was really focused point after point. I had to stay aggressive, not to give up. I was tired, I was cramping a bit, I was nervous too. But now I'm going to have an ice bath for a very long time. "Last year was really tough, this year it's a new year." Wawrinka's bid to claim a maiden Melbourne Park semi-final appearance started nervously as he notched a trio of unforced errors to gift the Serb the opening break in the sixth game. Djokovic knuckled down to hold serve and prised two set points off his opponent's serve.
The Swiss saved one but was powerless to save the second as a jet-heeled Djokovic rushed in to retrieve a kind netcord and whipped a drop-shot cross-court. Wawrinka regrouped during a break, found his first serve and went toe-to-toe against Djokovic, edging the Serb in a series of thrilling rallies. The Swiss blasted an imperious backhand down the line at the end of a 26-shot point to break Djokovic in the seventh game of the second set. After prevailing in another epic 29-shot rally in his following service game, Wawrinka threw an icy glare at the Serb. The Swiss thumped a first serve targeted at Djokovic's body to raise two set points and sliced a
second serve into the Serb's midriff on the second to level the match. Thriving in the electric atmosphere, Wawrinka rolled on, breaking a rattled Djokovic in the third game of the third set. The pressure told on the Serb, and after conceding another break point at 31, Djokovic roared in frustration, shooting a beleaguered look at his new coach Boris Becker. The German frowned as his charge blasted a forehand long to concede a second break, allowing Wawrinka to calmly serve out the set with another booming serve. Djokovic rediscovered his formidable
composure, laying siege on his opponent's serve in the sixth game of the fourth set, but the Swiss saw off threat after threat with a barrage of cracking serves. At 40-0 on Wawrinka's next serve, Djokovic turned the match on its head with a brilliant passage of play to clinch five consecutive points. An astonishing, lunging return from the Serb lobbed Wawrinka and dropped just inside the baseline to bring up break point and the Swiss crumbled with a forehand blasted long. Djokovic pumped his fist and roared while Wawrinka bashed a ball into the air in disgust to earn a code violation as the tension raised another notch. Serving for the set, Djokovic wobbled to concede two break points but the Swiss netted the first and the Serb saved the second with a blistering ace. Djokovic blasted another ace to take the match into a decider and bellowed like a man possessed. The crackling intensity of the decider told on both players as they traded service breaks and with the match delicately poised at 5-5, a brief break in play due to a passing shower only added to the drama. Having hung tough through five enthralling sets, Djokovic's resolve crumbled at the four-hour mark when serving to stay in the match at 8-7. He missed a crosscourt shot to bring up match point, allowing the Swiss to complete one of his greatest victories.
Azhar strengthens claim to No 3 spot AZHAR ALI’S MATCH-WINNING 103 OFF 137 BALLS IN SHARJAH WENT A LONG WAY TO PROVING THAT HE HAD THE ABILITY TO BAT ACCORDING TO THE SITUATION AND MAKE THE NO.3 SPOT HIS OWN SHArjAH AGENCIES
Azhar Ali had played 31 consecutive matches since making his Test debut against England in 2010, but a dip in form in 2013 resulted in him being dropped for Mohammad Hafeez in the first two Tests of the series against Sri Lanka. With Hafeez failing in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, however, Azhar was given another opportunity in Sharjah and he took it in style, scoring a brisk hundred to help Pakistan
chase 302 in 57.3 overs, and square the series 1-1. Azhar’s 157 and 68 against England in 2012 are perhaps his two best knocks, but the batsman rated his 137-ball 103 on Monday as his most valued one. “I tried to stick with the plan,” he said. “The message was clear from the management [to go for it] and when I went in and I just played my game. I wanted to play positively and I did that and it’s the most valued innings of my career.” More importantly for Azhar, who spent the first two Tests carrying drinks and watching his spot in the team slipping away, his innings kick-started his career. Misbah said Azhar had been picked because he was the team’s No. 3. “Dropping Hafeez was a difficult decision but in the end we thought to bring Azhar Ali back because he is our established batsman at the position,” Misbah-ul-Haq said after the win. “In the last many innings, Ali was struggling with only one 50 and that’s why we brought Hafeez in place.” Azhar was dropped not only because of his indifferent form but also for not
increasing his strike rate when needed. Until then, he had been an automatic starter in the XI, having brought stability to the top order by scoring 2081 runs at 38.53, mak-
ing the No. 3 spot his own. However, a recent slide saw him make just 270 from seven matches at 19.28, with only two fifties, though even those performances could be attributed to Pakistan’s irregular Test schedule during the time. Still, he needed self-belief and someone to give him confidence. It was provided by his former coach Waqar Younis, who suggested a more attacking approach was the way back for Azhar. His 103 in Sharjah was full of aggression and in stark contrast to the holding role that he has performed for much of his career. Azhar is known for his dead batting, occupying the crease and frustrating the opposition. His career strike rate before the third Test was 38.68 but his century came at 75.18. It was not unexpected, though, because Azhar had entered the series with a plan, after scoring two firstclass hundreds at strike rate of nearly 60. If he is able to raise his game to meet such difficult demands, Azhar could become the versatile No 3 Pakistan desperately need.
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imPortant to want to hit the short ball: Kohli HAMilTon AGENCIES
If India’s batsmen need advice in tackling the short ball, they can get it from their team-mate who cracked 123 off 111 in his first international innings in New Zealand, in the first ODI in Napier. Before the second match in Hamilton, Virat Kohli said that it was important to want to hit the short ball in order to get into a good position to do so, while elaborating on his approach. New Zealand had made it clear before the series started that they planned to target the Indians with pace and bounce, especially on faster pitches, and four of India’s top six subsequently fell to the short ball in Napier. Kohli said that as international batsmen, the Indians needed to be technically and physically better equipped to deal with that. “It’s a very personal choice of any team, what sort of plan they want to come up with against us,” Kohli said. “I think a lot of teams have tried to bounce us out but that hasn’t been the case for the longest time that I have seen. Mostly the bouncer is a plan to set you up for the next ball to nick you off. A bouncer is never to scare you away, it is just to put in the batsman’s head that there might be a short ball coming, another one, because you have two in the over now. “I think as international cricketers, we have got to be good enough to stand up to that challenge and be fit enough to actually react to those deliveries. That’s where your fitness counts as well. If you are not fit enough, you might not have the reflexes to actually tackle a ball thrown at 150 kmph and you might be totally exposed or found in a very uncomfortable spot. As I said, we should be prepared to face anything. If it is a seaming wicket, if they are trying to nick us off, then we should be technically correct to tackle that. If they are trying to bounce us out, we should be technically correct to leave the ball or, if confident, pull the ball.” Detailing his own methods, Kohli said one could either strike or leave a bouncer in the end, but it was important to be balanced and set up to play the initial shot. “I think even to leave the ball on a bouncer, it is very important to want to hit the ball. If you are looking to leave the ball, your weight is already on the back foot and then you are in no position to leave or hit the ball. If you are looking to hit the ball, you take your body forwards and then you can be balanced enough to duck under it.
CSA DEMANDS ICC PROPOSALS WITHDRAWN SPorTS DeSK Cricket South Africa has become the first national board to call for the ICC to withdraw the draft proposal that would put power in international cricket in the hands of India, England and Australia. South Africa have been identified as the big losers in the potential changes, which, if adopted, could be viewed as a power grab by the three nations that bring most revenue into the international game. Calling the plans “in breach of the ICC constitution”, CSA has now made its opposition clear. The “position paper”, drawn up by a working group of the ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs (F&CA) committee, is due to be put to the ICC Executive Board at its quarterly meeting in Dubai on January 28-29. The proposals would need seven votes out of ten to pass. Despite South Africa’s position as the No. 1-ranked Test side in the world, if the proposals were adopted, their projected share of future revenues at every stage would fall below than even that of the
Pakistan board. South Africa’s relationship with India has declined markedly since they appointed Haroon Lorgat as chief executive of their own board. It was Lorgat, as ICC chief executive, who championed the Woolf report, which proposed placing the ICC in the hands of independent directors. Lorgat’s subsequent feud saw him ousted at the ICC and cold-shouldered by the BCCI, which refused to deal with him as India undertook a much-reduced tour of South Africa last year.
CSA has now become the first board to publicly state its opposition to the ambush proposals, calling for a more consultative and “constitutionally ordained” process to take place. The meeting on January 9, where Full Member boards were presented with the paper, was unscheduled and “came out of nowhere”, according to the head of one board. Nazmul Hassan, president of the BCB, said that Bangladesh “can’t doing anything on our own”, while NZC director Martin Snedden suggested the
BCCI-ECB-CA plans were not necessarily a bad thing for world cricket. CSA responded in a statement, saying: “Without addressing the merits of the proposal insofar as it concerns constitutional amendments and changes to ICC competitions, these proposals should first be referred to the relevant ICC committees or sub‐committees for proper consideration and to make recommendations to the ICC Board.” The open letter, copied to ICC Full Members and media outlets, was written not by Lorgat, but by Chris Nenzani, CSA’s president and board chairman, directed to ICC president Alan Isaac. “Although there is nothing to prevent a review of the ICC funding model or finances, the proposal self-evidently is inextricably tied up with a fundamental restructuring of the ICC, which has far‐reaching constitutional implications,” Nenzani said. “The draft proposal is, therefore, fundamentally flawed as regards the process and, therefore, in breach of the ICC constitution.
“In the circumstances we propose that the draft proposal be withdrawn immediately, given that the proper procedures have not been followed. “In our respectful opinion, a more considered, inclusive/consultative, and properly constitutionally ordained approach is required.” Isaac, a former chairman of the New Zealand board, whose business career involved 35 years with the global accounting firm KPMG, is now facing the most problematic task of a low-key term as ICC president. It is questionable whether he will welcome the attention. The presidential role will officially become a ceremonial role once he steps down in 2014 and he has already done much to hasten that transition. Tony Irish, chief executive of the South African Cricketers’ Association, had previously defined the document as, “concerning,” saying it will have “significant implication for cricket, particularly for smaller countries of which South Africa is one - revenue wise.”
SPORTS Wednesday, 22 January, 2014
We’re not going to be nice to them, says McClenaghan
SHARjAH: Dav Whatmore has commended the Pakistan team for giving him the “perfect” send-off as his coaching tenure with the team came to an end in the form of an exciting five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka to draw the Test series in the UAE 1-1. It had been announced last November that he would step down as Pakistan head coach following the conclusion of the series. Pakistan chased down a difficult 302-run target on the final day of the third Test, with Azhar Ali leading the way by compiling a fifth Test hundred, while Misbah-ul-Haq and Sarfraz Ahmed sealed the contest with crucial knocks. “[I am] absolutely delighted. It’s a satisfying win and a perfect gift the boys have given me on my departure,” said Whatmore. “I am leaving the Pakistan Cricket Board on amicable terms, but it’s not a case of leaving Pakistan and not wanting ever to come back. “I am sure that I will be back in a different capacity, sooner rather than later. I will always look forward to coming back to Pakistan.” Whatmore confirmed that the victory was definitely one of the highlights of his coaching career. “This victory [against Sri Lanka] will be ranked up there with the (one-day) series win in India and one-day win in South Africa (2013) and the Asia Cup, are pretty decent to start with. When we arrived we were not given any chances in South Africa so there were some high points.” He also stated the team’s future will be determined not by the legacy he has left, but rather how the new coach, when appointed, would fare over the next coming months.“It is for the next coach to do the [future development]. The nucleus is there. We have to pay a little bit more attention to the eleven we play. The will is there and that is a major asset.” Whatmore took over as coach in March 2012 from Mohsin Khan. Prior to that, he had also coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. aGeNcIeS
After taking four wickets to consign India to defeat in Napier, Mitchell McClenaghan has carried on with the same aggressive form off the field. Not only was McClenaghan at India with the ball, he was also in Rohit Sharma’s face just before he hooked McClenaghan straight to long leg. McClenaghan said there wasn’t going to be a let-up. “These guys are good players but at no point are we going to back away from a fight,” McClenaghan told Fairfax NZ News. “We’re not going to be nice to them, we’re going to get in their face and let them know that we’re here and we’re going to put our mark on the build-up to the World Cup.” McClenaghan’s most crucial strike was when he came back to dismiss MS Dhoni with a sharp bouncer to trigger a collapse that brought New Zealand back into a match that was fast slipping out of their hands. He said the short ball was an important part of his plan against India. “When they [India] go to Aussie they get bombed,” McClenaghan said. “It’s something we’ve got with our attack, we’ve got guys who can bowl good bouncers. We know there’s a few of their guys who like to hook compulsively. It’s about picking and choosing the times that we use it and the grounds we use it on because they all have different dimensions. We’ll just have to be really smart about the lines we use it on.” Dhoni has spoken about the need to play the shots to the short balls because you can’t keep leaving alone two balls per over. Virat Kohli, who negotiated the bouncer well in South Africa and in Napier, has said that it is important to at least get into positions to play the bouncer so that you watch the ball more closely, and leave them better should the need be. However, the bouncer always becomes an issue when India go out of Asia because some of the others are not as good at facing them. McClenaghan said this series against India is massively important for them, not just because India are the No. 1 side in the world, but also because this is the World Cup year. “It’s a huge series against one of the best sides in the world,” McClenaghan said. “Leading into a World Cup in our backyard we want to have consistency. This is our best team that we can put out on the park. Hopefully we can let everyone know around the world that in our own backyard on our grounds and our decks, we’re not to be taken lightly come 2015.” SPorTS deSK
Bennett replaces Milne in NZ ODI squad Fast bowler Hamish Bennett has been chosen as a replacement in New Zealand’s ODI squad for the injured Adam Milne for the remainder of the five-match series against India. According to a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) release, an MRI scan revealed a torn abdominal muscle which will sideline Milne for approximately six weeks. Milne sustained the injury during New Zealand’s 24-run win in the first ODI at Napier. He finished with figures of 1 for 40 in 7.3 overs before leaving the field midway through the 41st over with what appeared to be a side strain. Bennett, 26, has played one Test and 12 ODIs for New Zealand and will join the squad at training in Hamilton on Tuesday ahead of the second ODI on Wednesday. His last appearance for New Zealand came in the 2011 World Cup, when he took 0 for 16 in 4.1 overs in a 112-run loss to Sri Lanka at Mumbai. During the 2013-14 New Zealand domestic season, Bennett is the leading wicket-taker in the Plunket Shield with 24 scalps at 23.12 in five matches for Canterbury, who currently sit in first place in the first-class competition. SPorTS deSK
Imam-ul-Haq ton crushes Afghanistan An unbeaten century by opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq helped Pakistan crush Afghanistan in the first of the three-match Under-19 ODI series in Lahore. Imam hit 15 fours and two sixes in his 91-ball 106 and added an unbeaten 129 for the third wicket with Saud Shakeel to overhaul Afghanistan’s total with 14.1 overs to spare. Chasing 181, Pakistan lost their first two wickets for 52 runs, but Imam and Shakeel not only prevented any further damage, they also kept scoring at a brisk pace. Imam reached his half-century - in 55 balls - with consecutive boundaries off Hashmatullah Shaidi, but then increased the pace further, reaching his hundred off the 88th delivery, an over before the finish. Shakeel, too, completed his halfcentury in the same over, reaching the landmark in 58 deliveries. Barring Abdullah Adil, none of the Afghanistan bowlers were able to put a check on the scoring. It was in contrast to how Pakistan had operated after losing the toss. SPorTS deSK
AGGRESSIVE NZ AIM TO PUSH INDIA OFF TOP SPORTS DESK In Napier, New Zealand made it clear that they were going to go hard at India. It’s a series they have waited long for, quite nervously too, given the BCCI’s reluctance to honour the FTP and accountability to none. Now that it has arrived, New Zealand are out to make full use of the shortened version of the tour. It is shaping up to be an evenly matched series: for all their aggression with the bat and the ball, and the brilliance in the field, New Zealand will still need their best at all times to get better of India, as was evident from how Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni nearly won a lost match all on their own. There was a lot of back and forth in the first ODI with both sides showing tenacity at various points of the match. If they can keep that up for over the next 10 days, we might be in for a memorable ODI series.After the Napier win, Brendon McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan, the bowler who did the most damage, have both said they were glad at how the bouncers worked against India - four specialist batsmen fell pulling and that there will be no let-up despite the
absence of Adam Milne, who consistently bowled around 150kmph in his first spell. Hamilton, however, might be the closest to home for India. It has slowed down recently, has been helping spinners, has short boundaries, and should bring India good memories of comfortable wins in both the Test and the ODI on their last trip to New Zealand. There is added incentive for India to win in Hamilton. If they don’t, they will momentarily lose their No.1 ranking to Australia. Form guide New Zealand WLWWL (last five completed matches, most recent first) India LLLWL in the spotlight McClenaghan is all set to become the second-fastest man to 50 ODI wickets. He currently has 47 in 19 games; Ajantha Mendis reached 50 in 19 ODIs. It’s McClenaghan’s strike rate, though, that is stunning. He gets a wicket every 20.4 balls. The nextbest strike rate for anyone who has taken a minimum of 47 wickets is 27.1. It’s McClenaghan’s ability to take wickets, never mind the runs he might concede, that New Zealand will look forward to. Interestingly,
and some might be stunned by this, among Indian bowlers who have taken a minimum of 50 wickets, the best strike rate belongs to Ishant Sharma. His economy rate of 5.7 is similar to McClenaghan’s 5.8, but Ishant doesn’t compensate enough with a strike rate of 32.9, which happens to be India’s best, though. As usual, Ishant, the trooper that he is, will keep fighting with the heat on him. Despite bowling that superb last over, Ishant was the worst bowler in the first ODI, going at eight an over. It won’t be long before India look past the spirit of Ishant. He needs a big performance some time soon. teams news New Zealand have been hit by the injury to Milne, and they are almost certain to bring in Kyle Mills. new Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (capt.), 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Nathan McCullum, 9. Kyle Mills, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Mitchell McClenaghan India don’t discuss their XI before a match, but there are two places that will be debated: Suresh Raina’s and Ishant’s. The recent slowness of Seddon Park should give
the two spinners another go. Unless India make an extremely bold move of playing Stuart Binny ahead of a specialist batsman or bowler, it is unlikely he is getting his debut here. India (possible) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina/Ambati Rayudu, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 Ajinkya Rahane, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Ishant Sharma, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar. pitch and conditions The groundsman Karl Johnson is not sure why it is happening, but Seddon Park is observing a recent trend of slowness and assistance for spinners. However, it has rained heavily on the two days leading into the match so there could be something in there for the quicks too. It is going to be interesting to observe the pitch’s behaviour, especially if it is overcast on match day too. stats and trivia R Ashwin has taken only one wicket in his last 80 overs in international cricket. The Napier win was New Zealand’s first in the last seven attempts against India. New Zealand have won only one of their last five ODIs at Seddon Park.
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Scoreboard aFGHaNISTaN UNder-19S INNINGS Shahidullah run out (Zafar Gohar) 7 Usman Ghani run out (Kamran Ghulam) 39 Ihsanullah lbw b Zia-ul-Haq 0 Hashmatullah Shaidi lbw b Zafar Gohar 58 Nasir ahmadzai* lbw b Kamran Ghulam 14 Mohammad Mujtaba c †Saifullah Khan b Kamran Ghulam 15 Muslim Musa c Irfanullah Shah b Kamran Ghulam 21 Munir ahmad† c Sami aslam b Zafar Gohar 0 0 Sharafuddin ashraf c Imam-ul-Haq b Zafar Gohar abdullah adil not out 12 Sayed Shirzad c Imam-ul-Haq b Kamran Ghulam 9 eXTraS (b 2, w 3) 5 ToTaL (all out; 45 overs; 183 mins) 180 boWLING Zia-ul-Haq 7-0-28-1, Irfanullah Shah 9-1-43-0, Karamat ali 9-036-0, Zafar Gohar 9-3-38-3, Kamran Ghulam 9-0-28-4, Saud Shakeel 2-0-5-0 PaKISTaN UNder-19S INNINGS aslam* c Usman Ghani b Muslim Musa 11 106 Imam-ul-Haq not out Hasan raza (2) c Sayed Shirzad b abdullah adil 4 Saud Shakeel not out 53 eXTraS (w 7) 7 ToTaL (2 wickets; 30.5 overs; 125 mins) 181 dId NoT baT Saifullah Khan†, Zafar Gohar, Karamat ali, Irfanullah Shah, Zia-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Imran rafiq.