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iMran, Qadri join hands for shoW of poWer on May 11
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Wednesday, 23 April, 2014 Jamadi-us-Sani 22, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 294 16 Pages Lahore Edition
MQM JOINS SINDH GOVT, 2 MINISTERS TAKE OATH story on page 02
War of Words: govt throWs ball in peMra’s court PAKISTAN SUCCESSFULLY TESTS NUCLEAR-CAPABLE HATF III
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“Base price of five licences is expected to be over $1.3b,” says Finance Minister Ishaq Dar story on page 10
Sharif patS iSi on the back aS govt moveS pemra
as chief of army staﬀ (coas) general raheel sharif visited inter-services intelligence (isi) headquarters in show of solidarity with the agency, lauding its sacrifices for strengthening national defence, the Ministry of defence approved and sent on tuesday a reference to the pakistan electronic Media regulatory authority (peMra) regarding geo news’ ‘baseless’ allegations against the country’s premier intelligence agency, the inter-services intelligence (isi). story on page 03
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
BomB Kills three cops iN charsadda PESHAWAR/BUDHABHER SHAMIM SHAHID
T least three cops were killed and around 30 people were injured as a result of a high intensity explosion on Nowshehra Road in Charsadda on Tuesday morning. According to the officials concerned, the militants targeted a police van with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted in a motor bike parked on roadside. According to an official, three policemen boarding a van were killed on the spot whereas the vehicle was reduced to pieces. The official said that 31 injured were admitted in Charsadda District Headquarters and Peshawar’s Lady Reading hospitals where several injured people were stated to be in danger. During the explosion, policemen present on site started firing shots, which caused panic in the locals.
CHAMAN BLAST INJURES SEVEN PEOPLE CHAMAN: At least seven people were injured after a blast in Chaman near the Pak-Afghan border on Tuesday, police said. Ashraf Kakar, a police officer in Chaman, said that militants had planted a bomb on a motorcycle parked outside a private bank on Mall Road area. He said seven people who were passing by were injured when the bomb went off. "A loud and powerful explosion was heard throughout the city," Kakar said. The rescue workers and police were quick at the scene to shift the injured to the nearby civil hospital. The blast also smashed the windows of the bank and other buildings located in the area. Police and a huge contingent of Frontier Corps reached the spot and cordoned off the area as the investigation into the incident went underway. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. The incident has come a day after a similar blast in Chaman injured three people. STAFF REPORT
TRAFFIC POLICEMAN SHOT DEAD: Moreover, a traffic police-
man was shot dead by unidentified men inside Peshawar city. The offi-
cials said that a constable of traffic police was shot dead by unidentified people on Ashraf Road, a busy commercial locality of the city. The assailants riding a bike succeeded in escaping. MILITANT SHOT DEAD: Furthermore, an alleged militant was shot dead by policemen on Kohat Road in Badhabher. According to officials, an alleged militant, wearing military uniform was shot dead by policemen in Badhabher area. The dead body was shifted to police station and investigations are in progress. Earlier, late on Monday night, militants attacked a police mobile vehicle in Badhabher. As a result of indiscriminate firing, five policemen including an inspector were killed on the spot and two others were injured. During the encounter between the policemen and militants, a driver of an ambulance was also killed.
WHEN FRIEND OF FRIEND IS A FOE... SINDH ASSEMBLY FAILS TO CONDEMN PPO AS PPP LEAVES MQM IN LURCH ON CONTROVERSIAL ANTI-TERROR LAW KARACHI ISMAIL DILAWAR
The provincial lawmakers from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), which is all set to sit on treasury benches in Sindh Assembly, have casted serious doubts on Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s stance on Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO). The lawmakers, terming PPO a “draconian” law proposed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, referred that their would-be allies [PPP] had an “ambiguous stance” on the issue. The recent meeting between PPP Cochairman Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad is believed to have caused a covert change of mind in the PPP ranks. The party, which rules Sindh province, is perceived to have softened its stance on the controversial ordinance. Zardari’s party, which vehemently opposed – what provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon called an “inhumane ordinance” in the lower and upper houses of the Parliament, the party dilly-dallied the passage of an MQM-backed resolution in Tuesday’s sitting of Sindh Assembly. If anything, the ongoing “targeted” Karachi operation stands to be a prime reason for the PPP to be flexible on PPO, which empowers the law enforcers – Pakistan Rangers and the police – to shoot the suspects at sight and keep them in detention for 90 days for criminal investigation. PPP denies as MQM insists that its workers are being targeted in the Rangers-led crackdown which is in place since September 4 last year in this violence-prone city. Noticed and spelt out by Leader of Opposition Faisal Sabzwari in a couple of veiled references, the PPP’s “ambiguous
stance” towards PPO furnished PPP-dominated provincial legislature’s failure in demanding from the federal government to withdraw the “unconstitutional” piece of law through adopting a resolution tabled by MQM’s Khawaja Izharul Hassan. “This house strongly condemns and rejects PPO which is not only in violation of Constitution of Pakistan but also supersedes the judicial system and power of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” reads the draft. “This house recommends (to) government of Sindh to approach federal government to withdraw dictatorial, unconstitutional and undemocratic ordinance which does not safeguard human rights,” it adds. With PML-N lawmakers sitting idle almost throughout Tuesday’s hours-long sitting, the MQM members kept scratching their heads in surprise to see PPP suggesting that the resolution be referred to the standing committee concerned for necessary changes – “redrafting”. Memon urged Khawaja to “rephrase” the draft in a way that it echoes all political parties represented in the 168-member house demanding the federal government to make the ordinance more inclusive by incorporating the recommendations of all parliamentary parties. Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, another PPP stalwart, quoted Rule 125(3) of the Rules of Procedures saying the draft should be more specific and clear in its reservations over PPO’s objectionable clauses. “The resolution carries a sweeping statement on the rejection of the ordinance,” he said. Senior minister Nisar Khuhro read out Rule 257(1), he opined, was warranting the resolution’s reference to the committee. The PPP’s reluctance to say yes to the resolution came despite the fact that many of the lawmakers, including Deputy Speaker
MQM JOINS SINDH GOVT, TWO MINISTERS TAKE OATH KARACHI: Two members of the Sindh provincial assembly belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday took oath as cabinet ministers after the party decided to join the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)led government in Sindh. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan administered the oath to Rauf Siddiqui and Dr Saghir at a ceremony at Governor’s House. Siddiqui has been assigned the Industry and Commerce portfolio whereas Saghir has taken the Ministry of Health portfolio. Rumours had been circulating for some time about the possible alliance of the two parties. When contacted on Monday, leaders of both parties declined to comment on the expected oath-taking ceremony. However, Abdul Qadir Patel of the PPP had said he was aware of the development and showed optimism on the likelihood of MQM joining the Sindh government. Last month’s meeting between former president Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan and some MQM leaders had triggered speculation of the possible MQM-PPP alliance in Sindh. Later, a statement of Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon in which he had hinted that the PPP was ready to embrace the MQM strengthened the rumours that both parties were making headway in their talks. STAFF REPORT
Shehla Raza, Dr Seema Zia of PTI, Bijarani, Javed Nagori and Jam Khan Shoro, had blasted PPO in the strongest possible terms. The MQM legislators were at unease as Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani asked the house if there was a rule providing for the resolution to be referred to the house’s newlyconstituted Standing Committee on Law and Parliamentary Affairs. Backed by Khawaja, Moeed Pirzada and other party fellows, Sardar Ahmed of MQM was quick to remind the house that the move was nothing more than the house’s opinion to reject the curtailment of “lawlessness through lawlessness”. “There is no political extremism here. We understand that the (Sindh) government has already set up courts in line with the PPO,” said visibly irritated Sabzwari. The leader of opposition, however, lamented that the treasury benches’ stance on the controversial law was “ambiguous”. “We should respect our mandate and say in the assembly what we say at corner meetings (held) back in our constituen-
cies,” said the MQM leader dubbing PPO as “draconian”. Declaring PPP’s party policy towards the “black law”, Memon, however, clarified that his side was opposed to PPO that, he demanded, should first be implemented against Taliban whom the PMLN-led federal government was negotiating with. “I think the resolution should be made the first task of the Standing Committee on Law and Parliamentary Affairs. It would review to be put back to the house,” the speaker announced. Law Minister Sikandar Mandhro proposed one-week time as the displeased MQM lawmakers asked for a timeframe for “redrafting” of the draft. Ironically, the committee, which came into being a day earlier, is yet to have a chairman to start working. Having started its parliamentary year since May 27 last year, the assembly was able to form at least 34 standing committees, meant to review the proposed legislations, just on Monday after a year on Monday, April 21 (2014). The assembly would meet again Friday 10am.
NiNe suspected militaNts arrested from peshawar hospital PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Nine suspected militants including three injured with gunshot wounds were arrested from the Lady Reading hospital on Tuesday as they were brought to the hospital for treatment. Official sources said that the suspected militants belong to a banned outfit operating in the Khyber Agency, adding that they were first shifted to the Khyber Teaching Hospital for treatment but were referred to the LRH for further treatment. The three alleged militants in injured condition were brought by six people in an ambulance to the LRH Peshawar where police arrested all of them. Some sources claimed that these militants might have been injured in a gun battle with the security forces or due to infighting and were later brought to the hospital for treatment. The police officials present on the scene refused to give details about the arrests and took away the suspects in a police mobile. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Saleem Aman said that few injured persons were brought to the hospital but they were not admitted for treatment. The hospital officials said that the suspects including three injured were brought to the hospital but the police arrested them as soon as they were brought and took them away. Another high ranking official source said that the injured people were brought to the Khyber Teaching Hospital in the morning from the Badbher area where they might have been injured last night in a gunbattle with police after an attack on security forces. Senior Superintendent of Police Operations Najeebur Rehman Bahwai said that the police have arrested some suspects from Peshawar and are investigating to find their probable link to the Badbher incident. He said that security forces have also recovered the body of a militant from the spot who was wearing security forces uniform while the severed hand of another has also been recovered from the spot in Badbher where the attack on police had left five dead.
ecp ready to hold lB polls iN Kp Before JuNe 30 ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that it was ready to hold local bodies’ (LB) elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) before June 30, however, without the use of biometric system. Briefing reporters on Tuesday, ECP Director General Sher Afghan said rules had been framed and delimitations completed in the KP, adding that the ECP had also approved the use of biometric system for polling in Ghazi tehsil as a pilot project. About LB elections in Punjab and Sindh, the DG said that the Supreme Court had already ordered the provinces to legislate within five months, empowering the commission to carry out delimitations.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
GeN sharif pats isi oN the BacK as Govt moves pemra DEFENCE MINISTRY FILES REFERENCE AGAINST GEO NEWS FOR LEVELLING ‘BASELESS ALLEGATIONS’ ON ISI OVER ATTACK ON JOURNALIST HAMID MIR ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
S Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Headquarters in show of solidarity with the agency, lauding its sacrifices for strengthening national defence, the Ministry of Defence approved and sent on Tuesday a reference to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) regarding Geo News’ allegations against the country’s premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Defence Secretary Lt Gen (r) Asif Yasin Malik had sent a reference to Defence Minister Khwaja Asif who approved it and forwarded it to PEMRA. The reference alleges that Geo News had violated the code of conduct set by PEMRA. According to a statement, the ministry has also provided the authority
sc BlocKs aswJ’s ludhiaNvi’s eNtry iNto parliameNt
PEMRA MEMBER SAYS GEO NEWS WILL FACE THE MUSIC AFTER AUTHORITY MEETS ON APRIL 24
with oodles of relevant evidence that suggests that the media group is involved in smearing the image of ISI. “The news channel has breached the code of conduct by accusing director general (DG) of ISI, Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam of masterminding the assassination attempt on senior journalist Hamid Mir,” the statement said. It further said that action would be taken against the channel’s editorial and management team. “All those who are involved in the mala fide broadcast, riddled with baseless allegations, will be taken to the task,” the statement said. Meanwhile, another application was filed in PEMRA against Geo News by journalist Khushnood Ali Khan, who said that Geo News violated PEMRA rules when its anchorpersons accused the ISI director general without any concrete evidence. The application states that the ISI and armed forces of the country are vested with the task of safeguarding the security and integrity of Pakistan, and
GEN SHARIF MAKES MAIDEN VISIT TO ISI HEADQUARTERS AS COAS, APPRECIATES AGENCY’S SACRIFICES FOR HOMELAND’S DEFENCE
any attempt to falsely malign them is prejudicial to the security and integrity of Pakistan. PEMRA Punjab member Mian Shams told a private news channel that the authority has called a meeting on April 24 to discuss Geo News’ “irresponsible allegations” levelled against ISI. Shams said that the meeting will finalise modalities for a probe in the Geo News affair. He said that as many as three applications were received by PEMRA against the television channel. Shams said that Geo News could possibly face fine, restriction on broadcast or cancellation of license. AT THE HEADQUARTERS: In the meanwhile, the COAS was briefed at ISI Headquarters by the agency's top brass on the functioning of its various operations and tasks. Upon his arrival at the Headquarters, ISI DG Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam received the army chief. The COAS was given a detailed briefing on the internal
and external security situation of the country and on sacrifices rendered by personnel working for the agency in the war against terror. The army chief was also given a detailed briefing on the internal security environment, including in Karachi, Balochistan and the tribal areas. General Raheel Sharif expressed satisfaction over the ISI’s role and operations in relation to national security and safeguarding the country from internal and external threats. He appreciated the role of ISI vis-à-vis national security and lauded the contributions and sacrifices of its officers towards strengthening national defence. The ISI's intelligence sharing with national and foreign civil intelligence agencies in countering terrorism also came under discussion during the briefing. Highly-placed sources said that the army chief's visit was also aimed at boosting the morale of the premier intelligence agency after it witnessed a
War of words: Govt throws ball in PEMRA’s court INTERIOR MINISTER CHAUDHRY NISAR LASHES OUT AT PROPAGANDA AGAINST DEFENCE INSTITUTIONS
SAYS WITHOUT EVIDENCE ACCUSATION AGAINST DG ISI WAS USED BY PAKISTAN’S ENEMIES TO TARGET NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
INFORMATION MINISTER PERVEZ RASHID SAYS PEMRA TO TAKE DECISION ON COMPLAINTS AGAINST GEO NEWS
series of allegations following an attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir. Sources said that senior ISI officials had expressed their anger over the allegations that have been recently levelled against the agency. SHARIF TO MEET SHARIF SOON: After yesterday’s briefing, General Sharif is expected to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sometime this week during which the army chief would take the premier into confidence on matters of national security. Tuesday's meeting comes just days after the rumblings over a growing civil-military divide. It was also the first ever visit of the COAS to the ISI Headquarters since assuming the command of the army in November last year. The rift which has been attributed to the trial of former army chief General (r) Pervez Musharraf, statements issued by Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif as well as other factors was beginning to attain near-alarming proportions last week. It was tackled by meetings between the political and military leadership as well as an explanation by Khawaja Asif who reaffirmed his "support and respect" for the armed forces. The attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi has however put a strain on relations again. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decided to constitute a three-member judicial commission to probe into the murder attempt on Mir, and also visited the injured journalist at the hospital. Amir Mir, brother of Hamid and also a journalist, had accused some members of the ISI, including the DG, for the attack, saying the wounded television anchor had felt threatened beforehand.
Bilawal pledGes ppp’s support for mir, Geo
ANALYST RASOOL BUX RAEES SAYS GOVT SHOULD HAVE TAKEN ACTION TO STOP PROPAGANDA
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The Supreme Court has suspended the notification declaring Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat leader Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi as the winning candidate from Jhang NA-89. Ludhianvi was declared the winner by an election tribunal after the disqualification of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Sheikh Muhammad Akram for allegedly being a loan defaulter. The tribunal had ruled the disqualification of Akram on a petition filed by Ludhianvi in which he alleged that Akram was involved in poll rigging and was a loan defaulter. Ludhianvi had further stated in the petition that as envisaged by Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution, Akram was ineligible to run for election as he was not ‘sadiq and ameen’ ( truthful and trustworthy). Akram Sheikh moved the Supreme Court against the tribunal’s ruling. In Tuesday’s hearing, a three-member bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali suspended Ludhianvi’s victory notification saying that the tribunal’s decision was not based on substantial reasons. The tribunal did not take into account the ground realities in the constituency and the number of votes each candidate received, added the bench. The court issued notices to all respondents and ordered the tribunal to reassess the case and inform the court within three months.
The government has seemingly thrown the ball in PEMRA’s court as the confrontation between a private news channel and the military establishment ballooned in wake of defamatory allegations against the country’s premier intelligence agency over the attack on TV journalist Hamid Mir. Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid, who had earlier told journalists that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Hamid Mir reflected “with whom the government stands today”, later in the evening made a calculated retreat from his earlier stance saying that Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA) is the regulatory body for electronic media and it would decide the matter after listening to both sides. "Today the state of Pakistan and national institutions are standing with the scholars and intellectuals. They are standing with those who speak the language of arguments and not of weapons," the information minister is reported to have said earlier. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, however, minced no words while condemning the news channel’s accusations against the defence institutions. Expressing grave concerns over allegations against national defence institutions following an attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan condemned the way the ISI DG was accused without the presence of evidence. He said that the national institutions were being “attacked and accused” without any “registerable” evidence. "The way our defence institutions are being criticised,
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visited injured journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi’s Agha Khan Hospital and told him that PPP was with him and his organisation Geo News. According to media reports, Bilawal enquired about Mir’s health and greeted him saying, “We are missing you on our TV screens.” The PPP chairman advised Mir to take care of his health besides announcing that PPP will always stand for freedom of expression and journalism. Bilawal was accompanied by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Information Minister Sharjeel Memon. there is no such example in the world," he commented. The interior minister said whatever specific circles propagated against the country's institutions, was further circulated by the enemies. "Such criticism is regrettable, as our defence institutions are rendering sacrifices for the motherland," he said. "When the government has constituted a three-member judicial commission, such accusations have no meaning and justification," the minister commented. LACK OF COORDINATION IN GOVERNMENT: Talking to Pakistan Today, noted political analyst Dr Rasool Bux Raees said that the dissenting voices emerging from within the cabinet reflected that the battle lines were being drawn over the accusations levelled against the Pakistan Army and ISI. “The dissenting voices reflect an immense lack of coordination among the cabinet ministers over the subject
matter. The government must have come up with a coordinated response," he added. He said it was sad to note that the government had no strategy to deal with the situation. "Whatever the administration of Geo and Jang group did was inappropriate. Accusing state institutions is unacceptable. It is damaging for the state. It was sad to see a major group doing damage to security institutions," he added. He said that according to reports, the Defence Ministry has moved PEMRA to get Geo TV off-air for airing “baseless” propaganda against the defence institutions. “In my view the government should have taken action to stop this negative propaganda. The government should own the state institution. But even if the Defence Ministry does not file a complaint, the army itself will do so. So I think battle lines have been drawn and political leaders are also now taking sides in this battle,” he added.
JourNalist shot dead iN south puNJaB MIANWALI ONLINE
A local journalist was shot dead in Mianwali in the south Punjab on Tuesday, while the motives behind the murder are yet to be ascertained. Police sources said Shahzad Iqbal and his brother were on their way on a motorbike when unidentified gunmen intercepted them and opened indiscriminate fire on them. Shahzad suffered multiple bullet wounds and died on way to the hospital while his brother was critically injured in the attack. Police is investigating motives behind the murder.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Pakistan, afghanistan to resume Proxy war: us PaPer WASHINGTON AGENCIES
AKISTAN and Afghanistan may resume their proxy war aftertheAmericansleavethe region, a US newspaper has warnedwhileanothersaidthatthePakistanigovernmentwasholdingtalkswith theTalibanagainstthearmy’swishes. TheLosAngelesTimesnotedthat Pakistan’s civilian government was “pushing back” against the country’s powerful military as politicians expandedtheirinfluenceandsincehere-
turnedtoofficeinJune,PrimeMinister NawazSharifhadtakenseveralstepsto makethispoint. Hetookupacaseagainstarmypersonneloverthedisappearanceofimprisoned militants, engaged the Taliban insurgentsinpeacetalksandindictedGen PervezMusharrafontreasoncharges.The governmentandcourtshavedeniedthe ailingMusharraf’sappealstoseekmedicaltreatmentabroad. Themilitary-civiliantussle,thereportnoted,presentedadilemmaforthe UnitedStates,whichwaseagertosee democraticreformsbutalsosupported
Inaseparatereport,TheNewYork Timesnotedthataneruptionofviolent rivalriesandinternaldisputesinthepast monthhadstrainedthemilitants’cohesion, casting doubt on their ability to makepeace. An outbreak of infighting between rivalTalibangroupsinWaziristanearlier thismonthleftatleast40militantsdead andexposedaviolentriftinthemovement’soperationalheartland. The fight stemmed from a leadershipcrisisthatstartedwithanAmerican drone strike that killed Hakimullah Mehsud. Now the Taliban is led by a
thePakistaniarmy’sdesiretogoafter theTalibanmilitants. “US military officials fear that the (US) troop drawdown (by December 2014) will give the Pakistani Taliban more freedom to move in and out of Afghanistan,”thereportadded. Thenewspaperpointedoutthatthe civiliangovernment’seffortstoreduce the military’s influence had its limits, particularlyastalkswithmilitantshad stalled.“Ontheall-importantissueof India,MrSharifhasdeferredtothemilitary,whichisopposedtomakingswift concessionstoitsrival.”
Power tariff likely to be cut by re 1/unit
nisar summons Joint meeting of govt-taliban committees
ISLAMABAD: Power consumers would find some relief in next month’s bills as the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved a Re 1 nominal cut in the rate of power under the head of fuel price adjustment. The regulatory authority, under the fuel price adjustment for the month of March, would approve this cut in power tariff, which was sought by the central power purchasing agency (CPPA) under a monthly fuel price adjustment mechanism. However, domestic consumers using 50 units a month on average would not benefit from this cut in power prices, besides, power consumers of KElectric formerly known as Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC). Price of furnace oil and dollar rate dropped last month due to which the authorities decided to convey this benefit to the masses. ONLINE
FederalInteriorMinisterChaudhryNisar AliKhanhassummonedajointmeeting ofgovernmentandTalibandialoguecommitteestoday(Wednesday).Themeeting woulddiscussthefuturestrategyfordialogue,besidesreviewingtheprogressin thetalksprocesswithspecialemphasison exchangeofprisonersandrefusalofthe Talibantoextendtheceasefire.
PAKISTAN SUCCESSFULLY TESTS NUCLEARCAPABLE HATF III
6-year-old Pakistani becomes youngest mcP LAHORE: A 6.5 years old boy, Mehroz Yawar has become the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional in the world. Mehroz Yawar, who is a resident of Karim Park in Lahore, passed two Microsoft tests on the same day breaking the previous records of Arfa Karim and Aziz Awan from Pakistan to become the youngest Microsoft Certified Technologist and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate. He declared his achievement as the grace of Almighty Allah and hard work of his tutors. STAFF REPORT
bJP blocks access to its website in Pakistan People in Pakistan cannot view the website of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which has blocked the access of the site. Although, the profile of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi can be accessed by internet users from Pakistan, ZeeNews reported. "Error 1009 The owner of this website (bjp.org) has banned your IP address (---) on the country or region you are accessing it from," says the page as one logs in from anywhere inside Pakistan. Therefore, internet users from Pakistan have to mask their IP addresses to log on to the website of the BJP. The measure is not entirely surprising with the party’s traditional stance in relation to Pakistan and with Modi vowing a tough stand against the country if his party wins elections this year. Modi has also called Singh weak and said his government was riddled with graft, as tens of thousands of supporters screamed Modi’s name. Modi, the chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, is a polarising and controversial figure — tainted by deadly anti-Muslim riots on his watch in 2002. He was also chief minister at the time of the riots, during which as many as 2,000 people were killed, mainly Muslims. NEWS DESK
lame-duck figure, Mullah Fazlullah, who has struggled to keep his commandersinline,thereportadded. TheTalibanchoseFazlullahtoquell feuding between rival factions of the Mehsudtribebutitfurtherincreasedthe in-fightingastheMehsudsappearedreluctanttoacceptaleaderwhowasanoutsider, said the report, pointing out that FazlullahwasfromSwat. Thenewspaperalsonotedthatthe fightingwithinTTPwasnotjustabout tribal differences or over leadership. The Haqqani Network, which has a major influence in Waziristan, was pushingtheTalibantomakepeacewith Pakistan, so that it could use them in Afghanistan after the Americans left. Fazlullah,ontheotherhand,wantedto focusonfightingPakistan. Thereportalsonotedthatlastweek in Kabul, former and serving Afghan governmentofficialsunveiledapolicyof sanctuaryandlimitedfinancialassistance toTalibanfactionsthatwishtoresume fightinginsidePakistan.
MITTHI: Thari children play in the rain on Tuesday as the heavy showers broke a long spell of drought in the Tharparkar area. ONLINE
Hindu leader urges Muslims’ eviction from homes NEWS DESK It is getting increasingly harder for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to convince sceptical voters that it poses no threat to Muslims, after Pravin Togadia, president of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, a sister organisation, was caught on camera talking about how to prevent Muslims from buying property in Hindu-dominated areas. “Muslims have been buying Hindu properties at throwaway prices. How
do you stop this?” As a solution, he offers, “You put pressure on the government to enforce the Disturbed Areas Act the way we have in cities like Ahmedabad.” The circumstances in which he spoke are also controversial. Togadia had joined a group of Hindu activists outside the residence of a Muslim man in Bhavnagar, Gujarat, who were calling for the man’s eviction. “If he does not relent, go with stones, tyres and tomatoes to his office. There is nothing wrong in it.
Killers of Rajiv Gandhi have not been hanged … there is nothing to fear and the case will go on,” Togadia told the charged-up gathering, the Times of India reported. While not a part of the BJP itself, the VHP and the BJP are both part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevakh Sang, a right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation formed in the early 20th century. There is significant overlap between the organisations, and their core political ideology remains the same.
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PakistanonTuesdayconductedasuccessfultraininglaunchofShortRangeSurface toSurfaceBallisticMissileHatfIII(Ghaznavi),whichcancarrynuclearandconventionalwarheadstoarangeof290 kilometres.ThesuccessfullaunchconcludedtheFieldTrainingExerciseof StrategicMissileGroupofArmyStrategic ForcesCommand.Thetraininglaunchwas witnessedbyChairmanJointChiefsof StaffCommitteeGeneralRashadMahmood,DirectorGeneralStrategicPlansDivisionLtGeneralZubairMahmoodHayat, CommanderArmyStrategicForcesCommand,LieutenantGeneralObaidUllah Khan,ChairmanNESCOM,Muhammad IrfanBurneyandotherseniormilitaryofficialsandscientists.Addressingthetroops intheexercisearea,ChairmanJointChiefs ofStaffCommitteecommendedthetroops onachievingtechnicalandoperationalexcellenceinoperatingthestateoftheart weaponsystem.Heexpressedhissatisfactionoverthetraininggoalsachievedduringtheexerciseandexpectedthatthe officersandmenentrustedwiththetaskof deterringaggressionwouldcontinueto maintainprofessionalexcellence.
Cameron sparks unholy row over ‘Christian’ UK LONDON AGENCIES A debate on the place of Christianity in 21st century Britain has sparked conflicting opinions in Swindon following David Cameron’s description of the UK as a Christian nation. In an article published in Church Times earlier this month, the prime minister said the UK should be more confident about its status as a Christian country. Cameron said: “I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country, more ambitious about expanding the role of faithbased organisations and, frankly, more evangelical about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a
difference to people’s lives.” His comments were heavily criticised by more than 50 authors and thinkers in an open letter to the Daily Telegraph, who branded them divisive and untrue in a largely ‘non-religious’ nation. Their criticism has been echoed by the Swindon Humanists, who said introducing Christianity in the political debate was fraught and ignored other faiths and citizens with no religious beliefs. “You can’t define the country in this narrow sense,” said Swindon Humanists co-chairman Neil Davies. “Half of the country has no religion at all which disproves the Christian country idea. “Our concern is that David Cameron seems to be against a secular society.
“But a secular society is probably the best way to ensure that people of any religion or no religion are treated fairly.” He added: “It is a little disappointing, more than surprising for us. People are free to believe in anything they want and not to believe in anything they like.” Yet the prime minister’s view opened up a valuable debate according to the Reverend Tricia Roberts, associate minister at All Saints Church in Lydiard Millicent. “In some ways Cameron was maybe encouraging the quieter Christians to allow their voice to be heard,” she said. “They are a majority but not as vocal as some minorities. His statement has created a reaction and he has made this statement in the
midst of a society where speaking about religion is in some way a taboo. He has created a conversation. It’s probably a debate that we need to have.” She added: “Our society is increasingly secular and there is an increase in diversity in religion and in the number of people who would not want to label themselves in any way shape or form. But if you look at the census many say they are Christian, more as a background or tradition than by practice. “I think without an understanding of Christianity and Bible stories, you don’t understand our culture if you go to historic monuments or you won’t understand paintings and stories.”
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
Imran, QadrI joIn hands for show of power on may 11 PTI AND PAT SEEK VERIFICATION OF THUMBPRINTS IN LAST YEAR’S GENERAL ELECTIONS ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri are set to join hands for a major show of strength on May 11 to press the government for carrying out immediate verification of thumb impressions in last year’s general elec-
tions, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably. The joint show is likely to concern the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif which is already facing a plethora of problems since assuming power last year. According to sources in the PML-N government, the PML-N is reluctant to appoint a new chief election commissioner (CEC) and both the Pakistan People’s Party and PML-N are on the same page as both parties are being accused of massive rigging during the elections. According to well-placed sources in both PTI and PAT, the workers of both parties will converge in the federal capital on May 11 to put up an impressive show of strength. “For the same reason, Imran Khan has cut short his foreign visit and
SC rejects govt’s review report on flour prices ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has rejected the review report presented by the Food Security Ministry about the prices of flour and directed the federation and provinces to evolve an investigation-based report and present it before the court till May 2. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja presided over a two-member bench of the SC for hearing of petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Liaqat Baloch on hike in the prices of flour Tuesday. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked:“The government makes tall claims for protection of fundamental rights of the citizens and for catering to their basic necessities, yet the situation is that flour is being smuggled to Iran and Afghanistan and whereas it is being sold at the cost of Rs 1,150 per 20-kilogram bag in different cities of the country”. He further observed that Articles 9 and 14 of the Constitution say that the State is responsible for providing basic necessities of life
to the citizens and uplifting their standard of life. No survey report has been worked out on the basis of real facts. “What statistics are being presented to help the troubles of the poor? The government is extending no help for taking steps and issuing orders to address this situation. This is the matter of life of poor people of the country.” Taufiq Asif appeared in the court on behalf the complainant while Additional Attorney General (AAG) Attique Shah was also present in the court. Taufiq told the court that data was collected within 7 days, which suggested that flour was available all over the country and there was no shortage of it. Justice Jawwad remarked that it was the State that was in question. “We have to see what the State does. How will a poor man bear the expenses on account of water, gas and electricity bills, adding that the State is not only responsible for providing food to the citizens but also things needed by them.
returned to make preparations for the May 11 show. He had visited UK to meet his children but he returned only after a
Pak Navy gets recognition in western pacific naval symposium ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Pakistan Navy was formally accorded the Observer Status of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) on Tuesday. The decision to this effect was announced at the plenary meeting of the 14th WPNS meeting at Qingdao, China which was attended by the naval chiefs and high level reps of the member navies. WPNS was formed in 1988 to enhance cooperation amongst the navies of West Pacific rim nations. Since then, the WPNS has emerged as an important regional maritime collaboration forum. It comprises of 21 member navies namely, Australia, Brunei, Combodia, Canada, Chile, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, United States, Vietnam and four Observer navies which include Bangladesh, India, Mexico and now Pakistan. The WPNS aims to increase cooperation and interoperability amongst international navies, as well as to build trust and confidence between the member countries by providing a framework to enable the discussion on maritime issues of mutual interest, exchange of information and personnel and demonstration of capabilities.
Patriotic Companions say peace talks bearing fruit LAHORE: Patriotic Companions President Mian Matten in a press statement said the peace talks with Taliban have borne fruit as there were less incidents of terrorism in the country since the talks started. He said that Minister Interior Chaudhry Nasir is playing a vital role in the peace talks, which had also led to a cessation in US drone attacks. He added that Taliban leaders should announce an extension in thr ceasefire. PRESS RELEASE
Democracy feeling the heat in Geo-army tiﬀ LAHORE NADEEM SYED
The murderous attack on journalist Hamid Mir and the ensuing fight between a media group and the establishment have created an uncertain situation in the country with a section of the society seriously challenging the democratic set up and its merit. The more well-informed people are not sure what turn this ugly situation will take and what would be the end-result of ensuing confrontation between the state institutions. One thing
is however certain that Jang group is feeling the heat after triggering a controversy involving the premier security agency. Already a case has been filed against the said media group with the plea to invoke Article 6 of the Constitution. The government on its own also has constituted a judicial commission to probe into the attack. With Hamid Mir’s family taking a position against security agencies, the judicial probe could see the opening up of a Pandora’s Box that would leave a bad taste in the mouth
few days to monitor the arrangements,” the sources added. When contacted, PTI spokesman
of all Pakistanis concerned about the present state of affairs. The government after a brief lull is also gradually awakening and getting its acts together. The Defence Ministry has decided to take legal action against the TV management and all others implicating the security agency. Similarly, Interior Ministry also issued a statement with Ch Nisar condemning the accusations on the ISI. While the minister had all the sympathy for Hamid Mir, he did not approve of the
implication of military institutions in the murderous attack which he believed has been exploited by a neighbouring country. With alarm bells started ringing, the signs are that the media group is out in the cold for some time. But what is more alarming is the public response to the brewing crisis. All of sudden one could observe the issue of civil-military relations coming to fore. Intriguingly, the government functionaries initially failed miserably to diffuse the situation. Nor the government was seen trying to take a justifiable position that balances out the things. Instead, Nawaz Sharif visited Hamid Mir at Afghan Khan Hospital when his organisation was going bringing disrepute for the security agencies. More seriously as the fight intensifies and lingers on, the public is questioning the merits of a democracy and supporting the army.
Chaudhry Rizwan told Pakistan Today that his party was going to hold a huge demonstration to protest against the government’s reluctance to concede to PTI’s requests for thumbprint verifications. “Since the judiciary has also turned down our requests, we have decided to move the court of the people of Pakistan. We will not sit idle till we get justice and will prove that the May 11 polls were hugely rigged,” he added. Asked whether or not the PAT workers would join the demonstration, Rizwan said he had heard of it. “I can’t confirm it right now. But I have heard that PAT leadership and workers may also join our protest,” he maintained. The PAT spokesman could not be reached for comment.
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
YOUR HEALTH IS MY CONCERN! CM Shahbaz vows to provide health facilities to masses g
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Eal purpose of spending billions of rupees on the health sector cannot be achieved unless modern treatment facilities become available to the poor and deprived people living in far-flung areas of the country, said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while addressing 2nd annual convocation of Sheikh Zayed Medical College in Rahim Yar Khan on Tuesday. The chief minister said it is unfortunate that like other facilities of life, healthcare has also become limited to a
specific segment of the society despite the fact that poor cultivators, low income government servants and factory workers have as much right over medical treatment as a minister, secretary, general or a judge. He said that students showing outstanding performance have been awarded medals in the convocation but those who have not been able to win medals can earn the blessings of allah by serving the ailing humanity in their professional life. He said that if the flaws of the system are not removed through evolutionary process, a revolution will take place and in order to avoid this disastrous situation every member of the society as well as the institutions will have to play their due role. The chief minister said that the government spends millions of rupees from the public money on the education of medical students and it is the demand
of honesty and sanctity of their profession that they should always be ready to serve the people. He said that the existing obsolete system has widened the gulf between the rich and the poor and if this system is not changed a heavy price will have to be paid. The chief minister said that national resources have been looted mercilessly and despite spending billions of rupees on the health sector since the creation of Pakistan, the poor masses are still deprived of basic health facilities. He said that doctors should serve the ailing humanity with a spirit of service and commitment so that the destiny of the nation is changed and the country could achieve a prominent place in the comity of nations. The chief minister also awarded medals and certificates to male and female students performing outstandingly in the academic field.
Dengue versus masses to continue LAHORE: Campaign against dengue is a continuous effort and will uphold this campaign during the current season, said Punjab Minister for Excise, Taxation and Finance Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman during the awareness campaign against dengue at Wasanpura on
Tuesday. Mujtaba Shuja said the people that elected representatives played a commendable role in promoting public awareness against dengue in previous years and efforts will be made by the government to prevent dengue virus. He said the Punjab government had provided 19
percent additional budget for the provision of health services in Punjab increasing the health budget up to 102 billion rupees. He said that ulema should communicate people about protective steps regarding dengue virus in their individual as well as collective contacts. APP
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
LAHORE: Dr Saleha Naghmi from Kinnaird College addresses the 1st Conference on Recent Advances in Mathematical Methods, Models and Applications at the Lahore School of Economics. PR
HAMZA HAS A KEEN EYE FOR COMMUNIST PARTY’S STRUCTURE LAHORE STAFF REPORT
National assembly Member Hamza Shahbaz Sharif along with a delegation of the PMl-N members visited Hangshui town in Sichuan Province where the delegation was briefed about party structure of the Communist Party of China. The party building at this town was shown to the delegation and the delegation also interacted with members of the local community. a luncheon was hosted in the honour of the delegation by Communist Party of China Sichuan Province Vice Secretary General Tang Wenjin. Both sides discussed areas of mutual cooperation and current projects underway in Pakistan with Chinese collaboration. Hamza Shahbaz while speaking at the occasion said that he was overwhelmed by the warmth and affection extended to him and his delegation by the Chinese government and the Communist Party. He further stated that the Chinese investment of $ 30 billion which was announced during the Punjab chief minister recent visit to China will play a big role in the future prosperity of Pakistan and bringing the people of the two nations even closer. local farmers and people gathered at the office of Communist Party when they heard about the delegation from Pakistan. Members of the delegation mingled with the local farmers and asked them about their well being. The farmers chanted slogans of PakChina friendship and told members of the delegation that they value friendship of the two nations deeply. The delegation also visited Sichuan University and the Pakistan Study Centre based at the university. The professors and senior university staff members briefed the delegation about the cooperation between the university with various pakistani universities including Punjab University and lUMS. The delegation expressed gratitude to the university administration for taking such keen interest in Pakistan Studies and for enrolling Pakistani students at the university.
A PROUD MOMENT! Pakistani lawyer and environmentalist named 2014 Yale World Fellow g
LAHORE: Pakistani environment lawyer, activist, and founding partner of Saleem alam & Co ahmad Rafay alam has been named Yale World Fellow 2014 which was announced by Yale University President Peter Salovey. alam is among 16 World Fellows selected in 2014 from a pool of about 4,000 applicants. The Yale World Fellows Program is the University’s signature global leadership development initiative and a core element of Yale’s ongoing commitment to internationalisation. Each year, the University invites a group of exemplary mid-career professionals from a wide range of fields and countries for an intensive four-month period of academic enrichment and leadership training. as a lawyeractivist, alam has argued a number of pro-bono public interest cases; he also teaches environmental law at the lahore University of Management Sciences. With a background in commercial, civil and constitutional litigation, he is committed to environmental protection and sustainable development. alam’s firm specialises in energy, natural resources, and urban infrastructure. He currently serves as member of the Punjab Environment Protection Council and on the Board of Directors of the lahore Waste Management Company. Michael Cappello, Yale World Fellows Director and professor of pediatrics at Yale
School of Medicine, said, “like prior cohorts, the 2014 Yale World Fellows are dynamic, high impact practitioners committed to effecting positive change. Rafay alam fits that mold perfectly and will bring immense talent and vision to the group. Through the Fellowship, Yale will provide global leaders like Mr alam with the valuable opportunity to take a step back from the intensity of their work and to develop a strategic vision for their personal and professional trajectories and continued impact on the world.” PRESS RELEASE
Sanity must prevail
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
No place for secularism In Narendra Modi’s India
Hold judgment till Enquiry Commission’s report
HE Senate adopted a unanimous resolution condemning the attack on Hamid Mir while urging the government to take steps to protect the journalists. Similar resolutions were passed in the Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa assemblies as well. To bring things in perspective, or maybe searching for a semblance of balance, most senators meanwhile deplored the ‘ISI bashing’ that was resorted to by some sections of the media immediately after the attack. In yet another development, on Monday on the federal government’s request, the Supreme Court appointed a three-member commission to probe the incident. This should put an end to the ongoing smear campaign in the media that has degenerated into mudslinging on all and sundry. Hopefully within a few days Hamid Mir would be in a position to record his statement. A day after the prime minister visited Agha Khan Hospital to meet the media anchorperson, who is by now out of danger, the COAS was at the ISI Headquarters where he praised the sacrifices rendered by the ISI personnel for the defence of the country and commended the performance of the intelligence organization. The visit may have been scheduled earlier to brief the army chief on the prevailing security situation but in view of the ongoing debate the visit is likely to be interpreted as an unqualified assertion of confidence in the organization by the COAS. While the ISI has rendered sacrifices for the defence of the country, its past is by no means without blemish. Investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad too had reportedly complained of being threatened by the ISI before he was assassinated. That said, there are numerous groups of killers attacking the media persons these days. In that milieu, only a proper enquiry can establish who indeed was involved in the attack on Hamid Mir. People expect a lot from the powerful enquiry commission comprising three judges of the apex court. There is a perception that Pakistan has a competent intelligence network with state of the art gadgetry at its disposal and is quite capable of resolve mysteries such as the present case if it really goes for it. One hopes Prime Minister nawaz Sharif would fulfill the promise to make the report public. The enquiry report should lead to better oversight and appropriate control over the ISI so that the image of the institution is in the future not damaged by the kind of sordid episodes that have occurred in the past. Meanwhile all stakeholders should help to put out the fire lighted by the controversy, instead of adding fuel to it.
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may question the timing, practically on the eve of polling for the Lok Sabha elections, of the disclosure of conspiracy behind the demolition of Babri Majid at Ayodhya in 1992. I do not know how this has helped the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) at the polls during which it shed the development factor and came out in its true colours, the pro-Hindu stance. Its election manifesto is a bit accommodative on the mandir and seeks solution within the constitutional framework. But the BJP remains adamant on Article 370 which is an integral part of the process of Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to India. The other main party, the Congress, did not lag behind in communalizing the environment. The party marshaled Shahi Imam Bukhari and other Muslim clerics behind it. The party did not care about the oft-repeated allegation against it that the Congress goes out of the way to appease the Muslims. Yet, I commend the meticulous job of piecing together the bits of information through sting operations spread over three years to bring to light the plan to destroy the masjid. The news portal, which has divulged the details, says that the demolition was an “act of planned sabotage.” It was meticulously planned, rehearsed and executed. This confirms what Justice M.S.
Liberahan had said in his report on the demolition. He has reiterated in a press interview: “It stands beyond doubt that the events of the day were neither spontaneous nor unplanned, nor an unforeseen overflowing of the people’s emotion. narendra Modi was part of the L.K. Advani’s rath yatra in support of mandir.” What has pained me is the fact that both Atal Behari Vajpayee and Advani knew about the proposed demolition – the plan and the exercise carried out for demolition. I was honestly taken in by Vajpayee’s argument that it was an act of people’s spontaneous emotions and had no prior planning behind it. When Advani resigned from the Lok Sabha taking moral responsibility, I really believed that he was speaking the truth. I feel cheated. The alacrity with which he withdrew the resignation within 24 hours indicates the hypocrisy. And Vajpayee still plugs the line that it was a spontaneous reaction of the crowd. This is not true because half a million sevaks were assembled from different parts of the country, particularly Maharashtra, on December 6, 1992. The Justice Liberhan report is an indictment of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which has taken 22 years to complete the probe as it claims to have done. More than that it is an indictment of public figures that were part of the conspiracy but parade themselves as an apostle of virtues. Other BJP leaders, some of whom I see on various channels of television, do not minimize the sin by arguing that no sting operation has been carried out in the case of corruption deals by the Congress. This can be done even belatedly. But the Sangh parivar cannot be absolved of its nefarious activities. I knew all along that narasimha Rao, then the Congress prime minister, had blessed the destruction. He had the army deployed in the vicinity and was bound to use it when the Supreme Court had said to maintain the status quo, that is, to protect the Babri Masjid. not a single soldier was moved to defend the mosque, nor ever the proposal
to surround the structure with tanks to ward off any attack. What Socialist leader Madhu Limaye had told left me with no room for any doubt about Rao’s involvement. Limaye said, when the demolition began, Rao sat for puja. There were frenetic calls from his colleagues urging him to take action against those who were engaged in destroying the mosque, but he had instructed that he should not be disturbed. When the destruction was complete, Rao’s aide whispered into his ears that the process was complete. Rao promptly finished his puja. The masjid’s demolition was followed by communal riots, particularly in Mumbai. Rao invited some senior journalists to seek media help to normalize the situation. I was one of the invitees. I asked Rao how a small temple had come to be built overnight when the centre had taken over the administration after dismissing the state government ruled by the BJP. He answered me: the temple would not be there for long. Twenty-two years have gone by since the demolition. I had reminded Rao of his assurance on several occasions when he was still in power. But no action was taken despite my repeatedly taking up the issue. The small temple stands there even today and the talk to accommodate the Muslims by building a mosque next to the mandir is not heard anymore. I can understand and even appreciate the arguments of those who claim that it was the Ram janam
bhoomi and not the Babri masjid. But when lakhs of Ram sevaks gather there and even beat up a few Gandhites who objected to violence, the dictum sought to be proved is that the majority community would have the way through peace, if possible, or by force, if necessary. In fact, the Babri Masjid’s destruction is a watershed in our country’s ethos of pluralism. The Muslim community began to tilt on the side of extremists since then. Its faith in the secular society was shaken and it went even to the extent of not protesting against the terrorists. If I were to trace militancy among the Muslims I would find the demolition of Babri masjid as the starting point. The community feels insecure, particularly on the prospects of Modi becoming the prime minister. All I can say is, India has been a multi-religious society for centuries and the society has learnt to live that way. If Modi tries to undo the reality, he will find defiance all over. He may even jeopardize the country’s integrity. I wish the BJP election manifesto had mentioned at least once the word of secularism. Although the new converts to the BJP argue that when the party swears by the constitution, it expresses its faith in secularism without spelling it out. I wish it were so because when the Babri Masjid was demolished it was done despite the constitution.
If Modi tries to undo the reality, he will find defiance all over. He may even jeopardize the country’s integrity. I wish the BJP election manifesto had mentioned at least once the word of secularism.
Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
Democrats need ethnic voters to win the mid-term They were once Democratic voters; there is no reason why they can't be again.
Washington Watch Dr James J Zogby
n this november's mid-term elections, the Democratic Party will be focused on winning back the governorships and legislatures in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Democrats lost decisively in these important states in 2010, giving Republicans the opportunity to institute far-reaching changes in programmes, benefits, and regulations that, for generations, had provided economic security for the middle class. As Democrats are currently debating their 2014 electoral strategies, not a week passes without an article in the major media arguing what the party must do to regain lost ground in these critical battleground states. Some Democrats make the case for doubling down on increasing voter turnout among those constituencies that have become the new core vote of the party: youth, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and professional/educated women. They make the case that this
approach worked for President Obama in 2008 and 2012 and so if these same groups can be energized again in the mid-term contests, Democrats can win in 2014. But although Obama won these same states in 2008 and 2012, it doesn't automatically convey that Democrats will automatically win them in a non-presidential election year. national contests mobilize different voters than local races, and so it cannot be assumed that those who voted for President Obama will vote for a Democrat or even vote at all in more localized contests. What is missing from this strategy is that it gives short shrift to substantial groups of voters that Democrats have ignored for decades. According to the 2010 Census, over one-third of all residents in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants from European and Mediterranean countries. Many retain a strong attachment to their heritage, belong to ethnic organizations and churches, and remain connected through their ethnic media. Many of them also have deep roots in the labor movement and in the Democratic Party. A decade ago, based on polling conducted by my brother John Zogby, I wrote "What Ethic Americans Really Think". What we found was that these ethnic voters embrace values that are at once progressive and traditional. They are progressive on the role of government in public education, health care, Social Security, and protecting the minimum wage and labor standards. At the same time, they are traditional in their attachment to their
families and their communities. These ethnic voters were once core constituents of the Democratic Party, but along the way, the Party stopped talking to them and directing its message to them. As a result, Democrats lost their support. This disconnect came through quite clearly for me one night in 1984 at an event I have often spoken of in the intervening years. It was the national Italian American Foundation Gala in Washington, D.C., featuring speeches by Walter Mondale and Ronald Reagan. Mondale spoke first. His speech had nine applause lines— most came when he mentioned the name of his running mate, Geraldine Ferraro. The rest of the speech was a litany of issues and pledges, as in: "I'm for the teachers..." and "I'm for unions..." Ronald Reagan came next and after a pause began something like this: "My grandmother, like yours, came to this country with nothing but her hopes and dreams. She worked her fingers to the bone, believing in the promise of America that someday one of her own could run for president of this great country. I stand before you the beneficiary of her hard work, the fulfillment of her dreams." I left that night knowing that Reagan would win the Italian vote – and he did. What should have been of concern to Democrats was that the speech that Reagan had given was one that had been given by decades of Democratic leaders. It evoked themes of family, heritage, hard work and the values and promise of America. It represented the very messages Democrats once carried, but had since had lost.
In reality, Mondale had a programme designed to ensure economic security for middle class ethnic voters, but he wasn't talking to them in language that showed he understood their identity and their values. Over the years, the disconnect between Democrats and ethnic voters has only grown. This november, Democrats will have chance to reconnect with ethnic voters and win support from them while still courting other key groups. It is not an either-or proposition. Immigration reform, expanding health care coverage, creating good jobs, promoting women's rights for equal pay and opportunity, improving public education, and protecting workers rights are issues that affect all Americans. But in order to win, Democrats have to broaden their appeal and expand their support base by speaking directly to older immigrant groups, as well as to newer immigrants – white ethnics, as well as African Americans and Latinos. European and Mediterranean voters want to be recognized and respected. And because they are connected through their churches, clubs, and media it's not that difficult to reach them. If Democrats stop treating ethnic voters as if they were an undefined mass of "white" voters and speak to them as descendants of Irish, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Greek, and Lebanese immigrants whose history is celebrated and whose values are embraced, they stand a chance of winning them back. European and Mediterranean were once Democratic voters and there is no reason why they can't be again. The writer is President, Arab American Institute.
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Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
PAKISTAN, IN MODI’S EYES IndIan ExprEss
C Raja Mohan
f the rednecks in the BJP want to banish the critics of Narendra Modi to Pakistan, the only ones going across the western border right now seem to be aides to the party’s prime ministerial candidate. A report published in the Sunday edition of The Hindu cited official sources in Islamabad to say that unnamed advisors of Modi had travelled recently to Pakistan to meet the leaders of the Muslim League, which runs the federal government as well as the provincial government in West Punjab. As Pakistan-bashing gains some traction in the BJP’s election campaign, Modi has sought to calm the fears it has generated in the region and beyond. In his interview to ANI last week, Modi suggested that there would be no radical departures in India’s foreign policy, especially towards Pakistan, under a government led by him. He underlined, instead, the importance of engaging Pakistan and insisted that “anger” can’t be the basis for a policy towards our western neighbour. If the reports that Modi has sent emissaries to Pakistan are true, they indicate a recognition of the need to reassure leaders across the border that, were he to become prime minister, he would not be throwing a grenade at the bilateral relationship. Equally important is Modi’s reported outreach to separatist leaders in Indian-held Kashmir and his decision to clear the confusion on India’s nuclear policy created by the BJP manifesto. The claims of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the hardline Hurriyat leader in Indian-held Kashmir, about meeting Modi’s “emissaries” have been formally denied by the BJP. But it makes eminent political sense for Modi to suggest he is open to engaging everyone in
IHK, including separatists, in his quest for peace in the state that has endured so much suffering. Modi also appears to have understood the need to address the widespread international concern that a government led by him might abandon India’s traditional nuclear restraint and adopt the more risky approaches. If the BJP manifesto talked about revising the nuclear doctrine, Modi made it absolutely clear there was no question of changing India’s policy on the no first use of atomic weapons. The government in Pakistan, like most others, has no problem in recognising that the BJP’s rhetoric during elections is not necessarily a reflection of the party’s policies when in government. Islamabad is putting out signals that it is eager to open a dialogue with the next government and is ready for formal political contact with it at the earliest. The deeply polarised Indian debate on secularism and the controversy over Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots have, however, reinforced fears in Pakistan about a BJP victory in these elections. The lower the political debate in India sinks, the greater the political discomfort in Pakistan will be with a Modi-led government. At the same time, there is some hope in Pakistan that a strong leader like Modi might be better equipped than Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to move the bilateral relationship forward. Pakistani leaders across the political spectrum and in the military have been deeply disappointed with the UPA government, which repeatedly raised expectations of a big breakthrough in bilateral relations over the last decade but did not have the political courage to follow through. India’s political passions on secularism and communalism make little sense in Pakistan, which is a Muslimmajority state and an Islamic republic.
HATEMONGERS SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF BJP ARE UNDERMINING ITS IMAGE HIndustan tImEs This is an albatross round the BJP’s neck that it needs to jettison double quick. We mean the motley crew of self-styled Hindutva proponents who have done nothing by embarrassing the party with extreme and unacceptable pronouncements. The BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi have rightly understood that the Indian voter will, by and large, cast his or her lot in with a moderate and secular political party. This is what the BJP has been trying to project itself as, putting behind some unfortunate episodes in its past. But the latest salvo allegedly from Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Pravin Togadia has once again put the onus on the BJP to disassociate itself from his remarks. In a bid to make himself relevant, Mr Togadia has reportedly asked his followers to drive out a Muslim businessman who has purchased a house in Rajkot by confronting him with stones, tyres and tomatoes. Mr Togadia apparently assured his supporters that “there is nothing wrong in it. Killers of Rajiv Gandhi have not been hanged…there is nothing to fear.” Mr Togadia has subsequently denied having said all this. Then we have Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh saying that those who do not vote for Mr Modi should go to Pakistan and that they would be considered traitors. There have been calls to expel him, but he should have been shown the door the minute he made these remarks. The RSS, which is in the vanguard of the BJP’s efforts to gain power, has urged the majority community to vote in strength, hinting that to do otherwise would amount to encouraging minority appeasement. While it is true that none of these have the sanction of the BJP, all these organisations are part of the right wing Hindutva lobby. The BJP should have made it clear at the very outset that no one, but its authorised spokespersons, can speak on its behalf or with the misplaced notion that such remarks will help it. If, however, the likes of these hatemongers cannot be contained, then the BJP leadership at the highest level should roundly and publicly condemn these divisive tactics. Mr Modi and the top BJP leaders have scrupulously avoided raising religion as this is an issue which is misused to stoke sectarian passions. The BJP president, Rajnath Singh, has time and again sought the help of the Muslims in these elections with assurances that they will not be targeted in any manner. The same goes for other minorities. Yet, the BJP is being tarred with the same brush as the VHP and other fringe organisations that claim to speak for all Hindus. Now is the time for the BJP as the party which was once the ruling party, and which aspires to be that again, to firmly distance itself from these elements and take action against those in its ranks who are giving it a bad name.
Pakistan’s foreign policy establishment attaches little operational value to secularism in engaging India. Islamabad remembers that Atal Bihari Vajpayee, representing a “Hindu nationalist” government, travelled to Pakistan twice. Under far more difficult circumstances, Vajpayee had kept the dialogue going with Pakistan and launched bold initiatives. Pakistan is acutely aware that the “secular” Congress would not even let Manmohan Singh travel across the border, despite repeated requests from General Pervez Musharraf, former President Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif. Nor is it a secret that the champions of secularism in the cabinet, like Arjun Singh and A.K. Antony, were the most vociferous opponents of any reasonable accommodation with Pakistan. What matters to Islamabad is not the political label attached to Modi, but the kind of policies he might pursue if he comes to power. If Modi embarks on a confrontation with the Muslim minority at home and adopts an adventurous policy towards Pakistan, his government would quickly be weakened and become vulnerable to multiple pressures — regional and international. On the other hand, if Modi addresses the genuine fears of the Muslim minority at home and begins an engagement with Pakistan, his room for manoeuvre at home and abroad will significantly improve. Given the unprecedented negative international image Modi has acquired, a sensible and pragmatic approach to Pakistan could bring him extraordinary diplomatic rewards. His recent statements do underline an awareness of the imperative for political moderation at home and abroad. His problems in pursuing moderate policies if he comes to power are likely to come from within his own camp. Like the Congress, the BJP too is very conservative in its worldview.
With his stature in the BJP, Vajpayee managed to keep the party at a distance from the making of foreign policy. Yet, when it came to Pakistan, Vajpayee had to constantly fend off sniping from his seniormost colleague in the party and the cabinet, L.K. Advani. Modi is likely to encounter resistance from the BJP’s old guard in a broad range of policy areas. If he does become the next prime minister, he can
develop a sensible policy towards Pakistan and effectively pursue India’s larger regional and global interests only if he is able to quickly establish unrivalled political authority over the BJP after the elections and win full freedom to conduct India’s foreign policy. The writer, a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research foundation, Delhi, is contributing editor of ‘The Indian Express’.
SOUTH AFRICA’S MILITARY IS FALLING APART War Is BorIng PeteR DöRRie
Under apartheid, the South African security sector—its armed forces and internal police agencies—were instrumental to the racist government’s policy of suppression. Decades later, the security services are still feeling the repercussions of their role in segregation. Until the early 1990s, the police and the army actively undermined black resistance movements at home and abroad. During white rule, South Africa waged war in Namibia and Angola and supported the Ian Smith regime in Zimbabwe, then called Rhodesia. So it’s no wonder that, when apartheid ended in 1994 and Nelson Mandela’s raciallyintegrated African National Congress came to power, public opinion was divided when it came to the security services. That ambivalence, and a policy shift in favor of economic development, resulted in a period of neglect for the military—from which it has yet to fully recover. This year, the South African government published its first major defense review since 1998. According to the document, the South African National Defense force is “in a critical state of decline” characterized by “force imbalance between capabilities, block obsolescence and unaffordability of many of its main operating systems.” Without immediate remedies, this decline will “severely compromise” South Africa’s military capabilities, the review warns. The main issue is money. There’s not enough of it—and what cash the armed forces do possesses, they usually mismanage. South Africa spends less than 1.2 percent of its GDP on the military, putting it in the same class as New Zealand and Sweden, two countries with fewer nearby threats. This level of spending might still be acceptable, if South Africa had no military ambitions beyond directly defending its own territory, explains Helmoed Heitman, a South African military expert, who helped write the 2014 review. Territorial self-defense may have been the military’s original mandate in the ANC era, but that’s no longer realistic, Heitman says. At present, South Africa maintains substantial military contingents in the Democratic Re-
public of Congo and Darfur—both as part of African peacekeeping forces. The SANDf also participates in anti-piracy operations off the Mozambican coast. South Africa is “already involved as a regional player and our defense force plays a huge role in that,” explains John Stupart, editor of the online African Defense Review. South Africa has assumed leadership of all of southern Africa—if not the whole continent. As Africa’s largest democracy, it’s vying for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council and is equally invested in the African Union. “We may want all this [political aim],” Heitman points out, “but our neighbors say you are not performing peacekeeping-wise.” “Of the 25 countries involved in peacekeeping operations in Africa, we are the ninth largest in terms of troop contributions,” Heitman explains. “But if you compare our troop commitment to the size of our economy, we are the 23rd out of 25.” This mismatch has led the South African government to step up its commitment to peacekeeping forces, but it has also strained the SANDf. Sutpart and Heitman agree that the mismatch between ambitions and resources is the result of the government never defining a coherent foreign policy. “It was up to the Defense Review Committee to define what the Defense Department and the South African state’s foreign policy is,” Stupart says. “Within the government, there is no real concept of what national interests are,” Heitman says. “There is an ever-widening gap between the missions given to the defense force and the funding available,” Heitman adds. This proved tragic when, in March 2013, rebels attacked a contingent of South African soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic—an incident that became known as the Battle of Bangui. Rebels almost completely overran the South African positions. The SANDf relied on commercial airlift services to provide ammunition and reinforcements in Central African Republic, and these contractors were not able to provide the necessary capacity on short notice. What way out? The Defense Review recommends increasing military spending to two or three per-
cent of GDP and reforming both procurement and strategy. By pushing the military to its breaking point, the South African government has made radical change—or complete disaster—inevitable, Stupart argues. “If this [budget increase] doesn’t occur in the next five years, there is no plan B. We cannot maintain our defense force at our current defense budget level.” “Within 10 years,” he adds, “we will reach the point of no return, where we are no longer able to pursue any coherent defense policy.” Heitman is cautiously optimistic that reform can succeed. He says the political and military establishments appreciate the need to act. And while money is always short, Heitman says he thinks that even a small increase in the budget will go a long way. “We couldn’t go from 1.1 to two percent overnight, anyway—there is no way we could spend the money,” he explains. “But given a little bit more money and with a firm leadership by the commander in chief and the cabinet, we could stop the decline almost overnight.” “If we focus, we can be doing what we are doing now—properly.” Of course, in politics nothing is certain. Elections are coming up in South Africa, and that could impact military reform. Beset by scandal, the governing ANC is the most vulnerable it has been since 1994. Ideally, the current Defense Review would be only the “starting point,” Heitman says, with additional reviews following every five years— and substantial political action taking place between the planning exercises. “If the government gets a really big fight in the elections,” Heitman warns, “then we are dead, because then it will spend the next five years throwing money at Mickey Mouse social projects to buy votes—and they won’t spend attention on the military.” Many argue that South Africa will need to justify increased military expenditure with increased transparency and improved anti-corruption measures. South Africa has squandered billions of dollars in corrupt weapons deals in recent decades. Some procurement deals, like high-tech Gripen jet fighters, are possibly overkill in light of the SANDf’s needs. The Defense Review calls for increased transparency and radical changes in procurement policy.
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
3G, 4G spectrum licences go under the hammer today FINANCE MINISTER ISHAQ DAR SAYS BASE PRICE OF FIVE LICENCES IS EXPECTED TO BE OVER $1.3B ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
AKISTAN’S top telecommunication authority has decided to take legal action against foreign news agency Reuters for trying to “sabotage” the much-awaited auction of next-generation cellphone spectrum licences, which will held today (Wednesday). The bid submission process for the auction was carried out last week to which response received from four existing cellular mobile operators of Pakistan was “very encouraging and satisfactory for the PTA,” according to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. However, news agency Reuters claimed there was scant interest in the auction, and that Pakistan would not be
able to raise no more than $850 million. The Reuters report had quoted unnamed officials as saying that the bids were “so embarrassingly off target” that Finance Minister Ishaq Dar wanted to call off the auction. “This was a completely baseless and fabricated story, and came out at when we were ready to go into the auction in an effort to damage the process,” PTA spokesman Khurram Mehran said. Mehran said the telecom authority had forwarded the matter to its legal counsel, which advised them to initiate legal proceedings against the news agency. “We have prepared our legal notice and it will be served to Reuters as soon as we complete the auction process on Wednesday,” he said. Reuters was unavailable for comment. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the auction of next generation 3G and 4G licences is expected to create employment opportunities for about 100,000 people. In the budget for financial year 2013-14, Dar said the government had expected to raise $1.2bn from the auction. But on Tuesday, Dar said the base price of the five licences is ex-
pected to be over $1.3bn. The base price for a 3G licence and 4G licence is set at $295 million and $210 million, respectively. Companies can bid for one 10MHz bandwidth or the entire spectrum consisting of three 10MHz bandwidths (a total of 30MHz). According to PTA, China Mobile (Zong), Mobilink, Ufone and Telenor Pakistan submitted sealed bids by the stipulated deadline last week. Warid Telecom, the fifth major player in the local market, chose to stay away from the bidding process. Two foreign companies – Turkcell and Saudi Telecom – that initially appeared interested in obtaining the licences, also chose not to enter the bidding process. The auction process is scheduled to take place today at 11:00am. Pakistan, a country of 180 million people and 132 million mobile phone users, is the only country in the region that still does not offer 3G services. Afghanistan switched to 3G in 2012. The local telecommunications market was deregulated in 2004 and foreign firms have invested heavily in recent years.
MCB Bank earns Rs 8.35b during 1st quarter March LAHORE PRESS RELEASE
The Board of Directors of MCB Bank Limited met under the Chairmanship of Mian Mohammad Mansha on April 22, 2014, to review performance of the Bank and approve financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. From financial performance perspective, the operational profitability of the Bank depicted an improvement as net interest margin increased by 3pc over March 2013. This was achieved despite the fact that the Bank offered higher rates on its savings and term deposits, based on regulatory revisions on minimum deposit rate. MCB Bank focused on improving its non-markup income proportion and registered a growth of 17pc over corresponding period of last year. The administrative expense base (excluding pension fund reversal) recorded an increase of approximately 12pc. A substantial reversal of Rs 583 million in the provision charge is reflective of the prudent and aggressive provision strategy adopted by the Bank and rigorous efforts put in by the recovery units. All this translated into profit before tax at
MCB drops plans to buy Islamic LPG slashed by bank, to set up own unit KARACHI Rs10/kg AGENCIES
LNG import from Qatar will start by end of 2014: Khaqan ISLAMABAD INP
The Senate was informed Tuesday that the import of LNG from Qatar will start by the end of this year and negotiations are underway in this regard. Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House during Question Hour that the government was considering a proposition of importing LNG from Qatar based on government-to-government arrangements. He said the government also intended to invite open tenders for procurement of LNG to es-
tablish transparency. He said the Pakistan State Oil Company Limited and Qatar Gas Operating Company Limited have been nominated by respective governments to negotiate import of LNG from Qatar. He said a draft heads of agreement had been received from Qatar gas which was being reviewed. The minister said the terms and conditions and price were yet to be discussed and finalised. He said the import would start after signing of the agreement. To a question, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the government was committed to complete Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project but due to international sanctions on Iran, Pakistan
was unable to undertake the construction of the pipeline. He said they had taken up with the Iranian leadership that they should table the issue at appropriate forum for exemption from the gas sanctions. He said after the lifting of the sanctions the work on the pipeline would be completed. The minister said as per Bankable Feasibility Study the total cost of the project estimated in 2012 was around 1.86 billion dollars. He said Iran had completed the gas pipeline from the South Pars gas filed up-till Iranshehr which comprises of 900 km. He said the work on remaining 250 km of the pipeline was likely to start soon.
Rs 8.35 billion and profit after tax at Rs 5.51 billion. MCB Bank’s total asset base was reported at an all-time high of Rs 827.25 billion which increased by 1pc over December 31, 2013. Net investments increased by Rs 13.14 billion to Rs 462.15 billion, whereas gross advances were reported at Rs 272.46 billion. Following the trajectory set in 2012 and 2013, the non-performing loan base of the Bank reported a significant contraction of Rs. 753 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2014 with major recoveries in loss categorized loans. On the liabilities side, the Bank continued with its strategy of shifting its base to low cost current and savings accounts, taking the CASA base to an all-time high of 91pc approximately. Earnings per share (EPS) for the period came to Rs. 4.95, whereas return on assets was reported at 2.68pc. Return on equity came to 22.44pc with book value per share improving to Rs. 89.15 as compared to 87.39 for December 31, 2013. The Board of Directors of MCB Bank declared a cash dividend of Rs. 3.00 per share for the period ended March 31, 2014.
Gas marketing companies Tuesday sliced the prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) by Rs10 per kilogram. The LPG chairman distributors association, Irfan Khokhar, said the decision had been taken after reduction in LPG tariffs in international market. After recent decrease of Rs10/kg in LPG, prices of domestic and commercial gas cylinders have been decreased by Rs 100 and Rs385 respectively.
Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB) Ltd will set up a wholly owned Islamic banking subsidiary while dropping plans to take a stake in Islamic lender Burj Bank, according to a filing with the Karachi stock exchange. Last month, MCB started due diligence on taking a 55 percent stake in unlisted Burj, which held assets worth 53.3 billion rupees ($547 million) as of December, but it said it would not proceed for commercial reasons. Those plans would have included an additional investment by the private-sector arm of Jeddahbased Islamic Development Bank , which already holds a 33.9 percent stake in Burj. Bahrain’s Bank Alkhair is its
largest shareholder, with a 37.9 percent stake in Burj, which it has classified as held-for-sale since June 2012. The move comes amid increased activity in Pakistan’s Islamic banking sector, with regulators stepping up development efforts and lenders expanding operations in the world’s second-most populous Muslim nation. Burj Bank is the smallest of five full-fledged Islamic banks in Pakistan with a network of 75 branches, while MCB operates the country’s sixth-largest Islamic window with 28 branches, which it established in 2003. MCB had earlier said it would spin off its Islamic window into a separate subsidiary with 10 billion rupees in paid-up capital, using its existing Islamic banking branches to form the new entity.
CORPORATE CORNER Veet Miss Super Model 2014
KARACHI: The Veet, world’s no. 1 depilatory brand has inspired millions of women across the globe. Veet gives a woman confidence, and enables her to feel feminine and beautiful. This year Veet announces its acclaimed Veet Miss Super Model 2014. This season promises to be not only bigger but also more exciting and glamorous! This model hunt reality show will consist of eight episodes where the aspiring models will battle it out to win the title of Veet Miss Super Model 2014 along with a modelling contract. The show will be hosted by the heart throb of thousands, Wiqar Ali Khan. Veet Miss Super Model has partnered with Saba Ansari of Sabs as the hair and makeup artist, Hum TV Network as the official media and production partner of the show, and Take-II (Tehmina Khalid) as PR partner. Veet’s creative agency Manhattan International Limited is the creative partner. PRESS RELEASE
Warid CEO meets PTA chairman ISLAMABAD: The Chairman PTA Dr. Syed Ismail Shah held a meeting with Mr. Muneer Farooqui, CEO Warid Telecom in Pakistan. The meeting was held to discuss the reports of Warid Telecom launching 4G services without participating in Next Generation Mobile Services Award (NGMSA). It was clarified that Warid does not intend to immediately launch such service.
Although the existing license of Warid is technology neutral, it would properly seek PTA’s consent. PTA will look into such a request based on the license conditions and in the best interest of the cellular industry at large and the bidders participating in the 3G/4G spectrum auction. Chairman PTA informed that offer of 4G/LTE services by the existing licensee will have to go through a process as per their license as well as requirements of assuring proper coverage and quality of service, enhanced monitoring requirements and commencement permission by PTA. The Chairman also used this occasion to inform that auction of 23rd April 2014 will dispel all impression about lack of interest of bidders in 3G/4G spectrum. PRESS RELEASE
Bahria Town provides Home Insurance
ISLAMABAD: Bahria Town (Pvt.) Ltd. has been shaping landscapes and lives in Pakistan since the company’s inception in 1996. Bahria Town aspires to be Pakistan’s greatest builders of all time with projects offered to an eclectic mix of segments, at choice locations with world class amenities while ensuring the highest International standards, timely delivery, safety and lifelong customer’s satisfaction. In continuation to Bahria Town (Pvt.) Ltddedication for providing the best of everything to its residents, Bahria Town (Pvt.) Ltd proudly announced its distinctive initiative of providing HOME INSURANCE (Inclusive of
Dawlance rewards 1st digital contest winners
KARACHI: Dawlance, the number 1 home appliances brand of Pakistan, held a ceremony awarding seven winners of its recently organized online competition in Karachi on Monday. The contest was organized by Dawlance in a bid to honor its digital followers who visited their recently relaunched corporate website. Visitors had to fill out a
short survey on the website to enter themselves in a lucky draw with the winners being presented with the brand’s latest DW-296 Cooking Series microwave oven. The evening provided an opportunity to Dawlance’s management and staff to interact with their consumers and showcase how as a company it values its digital followers. PRESS RELEASE
Apartments) for its populace of all phases with effect from 1st May, 2014. A contract signing was held at Bahria Town (Pvt.) Ltd corporate office between Bahria Town (Pvt.) Ltd and EFU General Insurance / Saudi Pak Insurance. Wg Cdr. (R) Ayaz Khan VCE of Bahria Town and Mr.Malik Akbar Awan Deputy Managing Director of EFU General Insurance were the signatories of the contract for Bahria Town Lahore. Wg Cdr. (R) Ayaz Khan VCE of Bahria Town and Mr. Raja Naeem Tariq Chief Financial officer (acting CEO) Saudi Pak Insurance (SPI) were the signatories of the contract for Bahria Town Islamabad. PRESS RELEASE
Karachi. Aiming to be Pakistan’s biggest bridal expo, the Wedding Affair Pakistan is a platform for obtaining unique and innovative ideas for your wedding and for businesses to market their products and service. Visitors shall be able to not only save considerable time in planning their wedding festivities, but also they will see a whole host of wedding related products and services gathered together in one place. Allowing them to create their ultimate wedding day experience, this is simply the best way to shop, plan, sample or simply gather information. PRESS RELEASE
The Wedding Aﬀair Pakistan 2014 - A Complete Wedding Expo KARACHI: Production 021 and S&S Event Designers proudly present The Wedding Affair Pakistan 2014, a one-stop solution expo for the upcoming Wedding season, to be held over April 19th & 20th, 2014 at The Palm, Clifton
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
Set goals today -you may need to replace a few, as you've had some serious success lately. Now is a good time to figure out what you want and how to get there. Things are moving along nicely for you!
You are feeling a bit conservative today -- if not politically, than temperamentally. You want to hang on to the status quo as much as you can and see if you can get others to do the same.
Your idealistic nature is at the forefront of today's activities, and you may find that your great energy helps you set the world back on track. Make sure that you're pushing for what's right.
You and your partner (romantic or otherwise) are at odds with each other today over something that seems silly at first glance but turns into a big deal the more you look at it. Try to see both sides.
Sparks fly at work, school or some other public venue when you and a colleague clash over something that starts out small but builds until it seems to consume your world. Live the drama!
You should find that the day seems to work out better for you if you try to make small changes in the way you do things. It's not that hard, and it shouldn't shake up your world too much.
Your romantic life is enhanced greatly today -- even if you're single! That could mean you meet the right person or that you are peaking in terms of attractiveness, so make the most of it and have fun!
You've got some serious issues brewing in your home base, but every problem has a solution. You should be able to figure it all out if you just face up to whatever the root of the problem is.
Now is a good time for you to speak up when strangers come calling. Your energy is good enough to make them feel at ease, and you are much likelier to make new friends or other connections.
Now is a really good time for you to focus on savings, investments, retirement accounts and the like. It may not be sexy, but it gives you comfort and your mind is perfectly primed for it today.
Your thirst for positive change is making life a lot more interesting today -- so make sure you are stirring up interest in progress. It's a really good time for you to shake things up!
A dream bears an important message for you, so make sure that you're taking your unconscious life as seriously as anything else. Even if you can't recall every detail, you should still understand.
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
MOTHER'S LOW VITAMIN D LINKED TO RISK OF CAVITIES IN CHILD: STUDY OMEN'S low vitamin D levels during pregnancy are linked to a higher risk of cavities in the teeth of their toddlers, according to a new study done in Canada. Previous studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency among mothers can lead to defects in the enamel of their toddlers' teeth - which have already begun to develop in the womb - and that these defects can increase the risk of tooth decay. Dr. Robert J. Schroth from University of Manitoba's dental school in Winnipeg and his team wondered whether low vitamin D levels in mothers during pregnancy would also translate into higher cavity rates for their toddlers. They measured vitamin D levels in the second or early third trimester in 207 pregnant women and then examined the teeth of 135 of their children when they were an average of 16 months old. Mothers-to-be were recruited from a predominantly poor, urban area. Women's vitamin D levels were mostly in the normal range, but about a third had levels that were too low.
Depending on what definition of cavities the researchers used, 23 to 36 percent of the toddlers had cavities. Prenatal vitamin D levels were significantly lower in women whose toddlers later had cavities than in women whose toddlers did not have cavities, according to findings published Monday in Pediatrics. In fact, there was a direct relationship between low vitamin D levels in mothers and higher numbers of cavities in their toddlers. Besides low vitamin D levels in mothers, defects in the tooth enamel were also associated with cavities in kids. The researchers believe that improving nutrition during tooth formation and in early childhood could reduce the risk of cavities. They say, "Prevention efforts should begin during pregnancy by bolstering maternal nutrition, either through improved dietary intake or supplementation with vitamin D." Whether taking vitamin D is the answer remains controversial, though. William B. Grant from the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco, California is a long-time supporter of vitamin D sup-
plementation. "All pregnant and nursing women need to take 4000-5000 (International Units per day) vitamin D3. There are many benefits for pregnancy outcomes including reduced risk of gestational diabetes, respiratory and other infections, premature delivery, pre-eclampsia, adverse effects on the fetus such as birth defects including very possibly autism," he told a foreign news agency in an email. Grant has been funded by The Vitamin D Society and the Vitamin D Council to study the benefits of the vitamin, according to his organization's Website.
APPLE OFFERS FREE RECYCLING OF ALL USED PRODUCTS
Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centres with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple in an environmental section on the company's website that debuted Monday. The site highlights the ways that the Cupertino, Calif., company is increasing its reliance on alternative power sources and sending less electronic junk to landfills. Apple had already been distributing gift
cards at some of its 420 worldwide stores in exchange for iPhones and iPods still in good enough condition to be resold. Now, all of the company's stores will recycle any Apple product at no charge. Gift cards won't be handed out for recycled products deemed to have little or no resale value. The offer covers a wide array of electronics that aren't supposed to be dumped in landfills because of the toxins in them. In the past seven years alone, Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones, iPods, iPads and Mac computers. The new initiative, timed to coincide with
Tuesday's annual celebration of Earth Day, strives to position Apple as an environmental steward amid the technological whirlwind of gadgets and Internet services that have been drawing more electricity from power plants that primarily run on natural gas and coal. Technology products and services accounted for about 2 percent of worldwide emissions in 2012, roughly the same as the airline industry, according to statistics cited by environmental protection group Greenpeace in a report released earlier this month. These online services, often dubbed "cloud computing," collectively consume more electricity than all but five countries China, the US, Japan, India and Russia. As the world's largest technology company, Apple is trying to hatch more environmental solutions than problems. The campaign appears to be more than just public relations stunt, based on Greenpeace's high praise for Apple in its recent review of the technology industry's environmental responsibility. Among the 19 companies covered in the report, Greenpeace described Apple as "the most innovative and most aggressive in pursuing its commitment to be 100 percent renewably powered." Greenpeace also gave high marks to Apple rival, Google Inc., and Facebook Inc., which makes one of the most popular apps on the iPhone and iPad. About 94 percent of the power in Apple's offices in the world is now supplied by renewable energy sources, up from 35 percent in 2010, according to the company. AGENCIES
BRITISH WOMAN TO BE KICKED OUT OF SRI LANKA BECAUSE OF BUDDHA ARM TATTOO The Sri Lankan authorities have ordered the deportation of a British tourist because of a Buddha tattoo on her arm. Named as Naomi Michelle Coleman, she arrived on a flight from India on Monday and was arrested at the airport after the tattoo of the Buddha and a lotus flower on her right arm was seen. She is being held at an immigration detention camp until her deportation. The authorities are tough on perceived insults to Buddhism, the religion of the island's majority ethnic Sinhalese. Sri Lanka is particularly sensitive about images of Buddha. The authorities regularly take strict action with regard to the treatment of the image. When contacted, the British High Commission in Colombo said: "We are aware of the case and are providing appropriate consular assistance." Last March another British tourist was denied entry at Colombo's international airport because immigration officials said he had spoken "disrespectfully" when asked about a tattoo of the Buddha on his arm. Two years ago, three French tourists were given suspended prison sentences for kissing a Buddha statue. Over the past year monks belonging to certain hardline Buddhist groups have led violent attacks against Muslims and Christians, a trend which has given rise to considerable concern among religious minorities in Sri Lanka. COURTESY BBC
But Dr. Philippe P. Hujoel from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle disagrees that all pregnant women need vitamin D supplements. "In place of supplementation, I would recommend maintaining proper vitamin D levels during pregnancy the natural way - enjoy the sun, choose foods such as wild salmon, ahi tuna, mushrooms and eggs. Additionally, reducing carbohydrate intake will reduce the body's need for vitamin D," he told the news agency. "Avoid sugar. It is a necessary fuel for dental cavities and it burns up vitamin D," Hujoel added. AGENCIES
CALLING OBESITY A DISEASE MAKES PEOPLE 'RESIGNED TO THEIR CONDITION' - AND ENCOURAGES THEM TO EAT MORE, SAY RESEARCHERS Describing obesity as a disease makes people eat more, new research suggests
The label also encourages unhealthy behaviour among people who are severely overweight, the study revealed. The researchers believe this could be because labelling obesity as a disease makes people think it is unchangeable and that attempts at weight loss are likely to be fruitless. Researchers at the University of Richmond and the University of Minnesota say obese people who are told their condition is a disease place less importance on dieting and are less concerned about their weight. As a result, they also tend to eat more unhealthily. The American Medical Association defined obesity as a disease in June 2013 and psychologists Crystal Hoyt and Jeni Burnette wanted to establish what effect this has had. ‘Considering that obesity is a crucial public health issue, a more nuanced understanding of the impact of an “obesity is a disease” message has significant implications for patient-level and policy-level outcomes,’ said Dr Hoyt. ‘Experts have been debating the merits of, and problems with, the AMA policy — we wanted to contribute to the conversation by bringing data rather than speculation and by focusing on the psychological repercussions.’ Dr Hoyt and her colleagues recruited more than 700 participants to take part in an online survey across three different studies. The participants read an article related to health and weight and then answered various questions. mportantly, some participants read an article that described obesity as a disease, some read a standard public health message about weight, and others read an article specifically stating that obesity is not a disease. Height and weight data were used to calculate the participants’ body mass index and to classify participants as ‘average weight’ or ‘obese’, in line with World Health Organisation guidelines. The results showed that the particular message obese participants read had a clear impact on their attitudes toward health, diet, and weight. Specifically, obese participants who read the ‘obesity is a disease’ article placed less importance on dieting and reported less concern about weight relative to obese participants who read the other two articles. They also chose higher-calorie options when asked to pick a sandwich from a menu. Interestingly, these participants reported greater body satisfaction, which, in turn, also predicted higher-calorie food choices. ‘Together, these findings suggest that the messages individuals hear about the nature of obesity have selfregulatory consequences,’ said Dr Hoyt. Despite these findings, the researchers also accept that labelling obesity as a disease can have benefits. They say it can reduce stigma which might help obese people engage with, and attempt to tackle, the problem. VIA DAILY MAIL
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
Moin AkhtAr’s 3rd deAth AnniversAry coMMeMorAted LAHORE
HE third death anniversary of legendary actor, comedian and host Moin Akhtar was observed on Tuesday. Akhtar proved his mettle and immense talent in the fields of Pakistani television, film and stage through his acting, play writing, direction and production. He made his debut for television on 6 September 1966, in a variety show broadcasted by PTV to celebrate the first defence day of Pakistan. He performed several roles in TV plays/shows and made an
rAni Mukherjee MArries AdityA choprA in itAly
Bollywood’s popular actress Rani Mukherjee has tied the knot with Aditya Chopra, son of late iconic filmmaker Yash Chopra, according to Indian media. The wedding — a private affair — took place in Italy on April 21. The couple had reportedly been dating since a long time with frequent speculation surrounding their impending marriage. Mukherjee established herself as a leading actress by doling out commercial hits like Hum Tum and Bunty aur Bubli among others. She earned universal critical acclaim when she enacted the role of a deaf and blind girl in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2004 movie “Black”. Chopra, who has maintained a relatively low profile, directed the 1995 blockbuster Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge starring the legendary Shahrukh-Kajol duo which is being played in Indian cinemas even now. He has written and directed several movies under the Chopra production banner, establishing himself as one of India's most bankable directors. NEWS DESK
unforgettable trio with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari to entertain his fans. Unmatched comic timing and tasteful humour made Akhtar a beloved entertainer among the family audience. His most popular shows include Rozy, Half Plate, Such Much, Aangan Tehra, Loose Talk, Eid Train, Studio 2 ½, Studio 2 ¾. He also performed with Umer Sharif in stage shows Bakra Qiston Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai in India. Akhtar also briefly hosted the Pakistani version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Kya Aap Banaingay Crorepati? He passed away on 22 April 2011 in Karachi after suffering from a heart attack.
SHAAN TO HOST FILM AWARDS
Age hAs slowed down My body, not Mind: big b
Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is basking in the success of his latest release ‘Bhoothnath Returns‘, says that ‘nature has taken its course’ and has ‘slowed down his frame considerably’ but the actor’s mind does not agree at all. Amitabh Bachchan, who has delivered a solo hit at 72, a feat not many of his contemporaries have achieved is currently shooting for R Balki’s next with National Award winning actor Dhanush in Goa. Big B wrote on his blog, “At 72 they ask me to run. Ask me to climb three flight of stairs of at least 25 steps each and come in on camera to partake in a dialogue for the scene. Hahaha … they are unaware that nature has taken its course. It has slowed down the frame considerably. A pity, because the mind does not agree at all .. it still wants to canter up and run about like a 25-yearold, failing which it settles for a 40-year-old … but 72 ? I mean.” NEWS DESK
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NEWS DESK Exciting news! Superstar Shaan Shahid is all set to host the first ever film awards in Pakistan in ages. Waar star Shaan will host the ARY Film Awards 2014, sources confirmed. The veteran actor is also nominated in the Best Actor category (Male) and recently his company also entered into a partnership with ARY Film awards. The actor is a huge pillar of the local film industry as he not only acts in films but directs them as well.
Shaan also hosted Lux Style Awards back in the day. His graceful demeanor has made him one of the most popular Lollywood actors of all times. And if anyone ever doubted his acting ability (thanks to gandasa movies) were left speechless after Khuda ke Liye and Waar. Shaan has won the Pride of Performance, four National Film Awards, fifteen Nigar Awards, five Lux Style Awards and one Pakistan Media Award. The star’s latest directorial venture Arth 2 stars Humaima Malik and Humayun Saeed. The promotional poster for the film will be unveiled at the award ceremony in Karachi.
Haven’t sHot witH Jude Law yet, says nargis FakHri Nargis Fakhri has returned from the US after shooting her first international film entitled ‘Spy’. Directed by Paul Feig, the film will see Nargis in her first action role. Speaking about her role and the film Nargis said, "I don`t know why some sections of the Indian media have written that I`ve shot with Jude Law. Because I haven`t! He is in the film, but I haven`t shot with him yet." "There are also Jason Statham and Melissa MacCarthy in `Spy` with me. I can`t reveal what I am playing until the producers make their announcement. But I can tell you they`re planning a global campaign with actors from various parts of the world. I`d be representing this part of the world," added the actress who made her Bollywood debut with musical blockbuster ‘Rockstar’.
"He`s directed `Bridesmaid` and `Heat`. He was amazing to work with. I`ve to go back for about a
week`s work. All I`ll tell you about my role is it`s actionpacked." Nargis says Bollywood
and Hollywood are completely different experiences. "I am not saying one is better than the other. I enjoy both. But Hollywood is far more organised than Bollywood." Nargis returned from Hollywood to the heartening news that her Bollywood film ‘Main Tera Hero’ is a hit. "As for me,I got a nice feedback on Twitter. But I got mixed signals about my own performance. Some critics have been very harsh. That`s okay. I like honest criticism. I know I`m not the consummate Bollywood heroine. But I`m working hard on it." One complaint against Nargis within the industry is that her team is too interfering. Nargis defends her team. "When I came to Mumbai I had no one to support me. My team is all that I had. It still holds true. I am struggling to find my bearings." AGENCIES
Actress Emma Stone has revealed that her actor boyfriend Andrew Garfield is very important to her. The 25-year-old ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ star, who has been dating Andrew, 30, since 2011 recently opened up about her relationship with him, reported a UK magazine. “I think I’ve learned a lot by being around him. And, you know, he is an incredibly important person to me,” she said. Emma Stone, who is co-starring with Garfield in the upcoming ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ sequel, said that she enjoyed working with him. “It’s been fun working with him just because of who he is as an actor and person. I think it would be fun no matter what,” she added. The couple’s upcoming movie ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro’ will be releasing on May 2. NEWS DESK
love is be-All And end-All: nicole kidMAn
The ‘Railway Man’ star, who has been married to Urban for seven years, says their love is very important in her life, reported a US news agency. “It’s the be-all and end-all. It’s your salvation. It’s the thing that keeps you all right, and hopefully, if you’re on the right path, it envelops you and keeps you safe. If you find it, you don’t let it go,” she said. The 46-year-old star recently said Urban showers her with love notes when they are apart in order to keep their relationship exciting. “For every single night he’s away, he leaves me a love letter. Every single night of our relationship. It keeps us close.” NEWS DESK
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
SURESH RAINA EQUALS RECORD OF MOST 50 PLUS INNINGS IN IPL S Pervez QaiSer
HENNI Super Kings’ Suresh Raina equalled the record of most fifty plus innings in Indian Premier League by making 56 off 41 balls with five fours and a six against Delhi Daredevils at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Monday (April21). It was Suresh Raina’s 20th fifty plus knock, one century and 19 half centuries, in 97 innings of 101 matches in IPL. Royal Challenger Bangalore’s Chris Gayle and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Gautam Gambhir also scored the same number of fifty plus scores in Indian Premier League. Chris Gayle did the same in the 58 innings of 59 matches while Gautam Gambhir made 20 fifty plus scores in 89 innings of 90 matches. Most FiFty Plus KnocKs in indian PreMier league: Batsman M I N.O Runs AVG H.S S/R 100 50 0 50+ Chris Gayle 59 58 10 2512 52.33 175* 160.20 4 16 3 20 GautamGambhir 90 89 9 2471 30.88 93 126.26 - 20 9 20 Suresh Raina 101 97 15 2882 35.14 100* 141.13 1 19 6 20 Rohit Sharma 99 95 16 2542 32.17 109* 129.49 1 18 5 19 Shaun Marsh 50 49 6 1903 44.25 115 133.26 1 16 1 17
Jacques Kallis 92 91 10 2348 28.98 89* 109.71 - 17 9 17
CONFIDENT CHENNAI FACE STILL CHALLENGE AGAINST ROYALS S Pervez QaiSer Back in familiar territory after recording their biggest-ever win in terms of runs, Chennai Super Kings will fancy their chances when they lock horns with Rajasthan Royals, a team seeking to get back to winning ways, in the Indian Premier League at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. (April 23) Two-time champions Chennai Super Kings will be high on confidence after inflicting on Delhi Daredevils an embarrassing 93-defeat on Monday. The Super Kings needed a morale-booster like that after starting the campaign with a defeat. On the other hand, inaugural edition champions Rajasthan Royals tasted success to start with, but failed to stop Kings XI Punjab from chasing down a 190-plus total in their last match. It will be the 14th match between the two teams. Chennai Super Kings have won eight and Rajasthan Royals
29th M Yaseen Akhter memorial event young Model town club beat Prince club Young Model Town club has advanced into the next round of 29th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial event when they beat Prince club by 34 runs played at the Model Town Ground on Tuesday. scores Young Model Town Club 156/9 in 20 overs Ghulfam Nazir 39, Mubashar iqbal 45, Hassan Rizwan 44 Sameer Akram 4/14, Sadam ul haq 1/36, mubashar 1/30, Ali shah 1/24 Prince Club 122/7 in 20 overs Amar tariq 26, Mubashar yaqoob 28, Ghulam muhayudin 38, ali shah 18 Ali raza 2/18, Mudasar 2/7, Ghulfam 2/16, hameed 1/20 17th Tauseef Trophy cricket chamipionship Ludiahan Gym down champion Mughalpura Whites Ludiahan Gym has moved into the 2nd round of 17th Tauseef Trophy Cricket Championship when they beat former champions Mughalpura Whites club by 7 wickets played at the New Iteefaq Ground on Tuesday morning. Fine batting by Adnan Raza (Ludiahan Gym) and Zain-ul-Husnain (Mughalpura Whites) were the main feature of the match scores Mughalpura Whites 195/5 in 20 overs Zain ul husnain 91, Hassan Nasir 36, faheem askari 39(no) Khuram siddiq 2/36, haider 1/35, rizwan 1/33, faisal 1/37 Ludiahan Gym 198/3 in 19 overs Hafeez 16, umer siddiq 36, Adnan Raza 86(no), Adnan Butt 37(no) Faheem Askari 1/44, M Ishtiaq 1/41, Hasan nasir 1/39.
five in 13 previous meetings in Indian Premier League. Both teams have notched up a win each, to go with a defeat each from two outings in the seventh edition of IPL.. Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies and Chennai Super Kings allrounder, is set to be sidelined for at least four weeks due to a shoulder problem. Dwayne Bravo sustained the injury when attempting a catch on the boundary in Chennai Super Kings’ first match of the season, against Kings XI Punjab on Friday (April18). Chennai Super Kings have usually preferred to have several overseas allrounders in their line-up, but in Dwayne Bravo’s absence they are lacking a foreign player who can turn the game with both bat and ball.
head to head: Matches played: 13 Chennai Super Kings won: 8 Rajasthan Royals won: 5 stars to watch: record in twenty-20: chenni suPer Kings: Player M Runs S/R H.S Wkts E/R Best Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind) 171 3602 135.41 73* - 12.50 Brendon McCullum (NZ) 178 5053 135.21 158* - - Suresh Raina (India) 166 4437 140.14 101 37 7.14 4-26
Ravichandran Ashwin (India) 128 274 108.73 46 136 6.69 4-11 Ravindra Jadeja (India) 114 1288 121.39 48 62 7.67 5-16 RAJASTHAN ROYALS: Player M Runs S/R H.S Wkts E/R Best Shane Watson (Australia) 129 3483 143.21 101 108 7.31 4-15
Royals square up to Super Kings batting arsenal
After the shock-and-awe show by Glenn Maxwell and David Miler, Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson was quick to admit there was little any bowling side could have done in the face of such calculated and skillful belligerence. Chennai Super Kings will be a bigger challenge for Royals on the basis of facing possibly the strongest top six in the current IPL. Their win against Delhi Daredevils would have buoyed Super Kings as it turned out to be a far more comprehensive effort than the game against Kings XI Punjab, where their bowling and fielding were a letdown. An even better sign for them was the team selection in conditions that played right into their threeseamer strategy. In Dubai, too, the ball can seam under lights early on, as the Daredevils attack
showed a few days ago against Kolkata Knight Riders, so Super Kings may well opt to leave Samuel Badree out for one more game. In spite of their loss, Royals had a lot of positives from their game; the biggest, undoubtedly, being Watson’s return to form. The new opening pair of Mumbai batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Abhishek Nayar - haven’t yet settled at the top, but with Stuart Binny and Steven Smith showing they can hold the middle order together, the old pair of Rahane and Watson striding out may lift the team against a tough opposition. Players to watch: Sanju Samson’s halfcentury on Sunday stood out for two reasons - an ability to strike cleanly and a lack of fear, evident in the way he smacked L Balaji over the leg side off just the sixth ball of his innings. As India’s highest run-getter at the recent Under-19 World Cup held in the UAE, he also brought in his experience of local conditions into play. Ishwar Pandey has been on the fringes of the India team for the last couple of seasons and found himself in the same position on the Pune Warriors bench last year, as he played just two games in a long campaign. He found his rhythm immediately on debut for Super Kings and will hope for a longer run in the tournament this year. stats & trivia: Before his half-century against Kings XI Punjab, Shane Watson’s last T20 fifty came during the IPL in May last year royals have won five out of 13 iPl matches between the two sides: With 19 fifties and one hundred, Suresh Raina shares the record for the most fifty-plus scores in the IPL (20) with Chris Gayle and Gautam Gambhir. He also has the record for most catches in the league (55).
Ajinkya Rahane (India) 94 2248 115.16 103* 1 5.00 1-5 Stuart Binny (India) 61 825 135.69 49 35 7.21 4-14 James Faulkner (Australia) 65 326 111.26 38 80 7.37 5-16 Kane Richardson (Australia) 32 109 102.83 26 32 7.64 3-9
NZ assistant coach Carter to take up high-performance role Bob Carter, New Zealand’s assistant coach, will leave his role with the national side to take up the position of high-performance coach. Carter will be responsible for developing the New Zealand Under-19s and A team sides, and will also coach New Zealand A on their tour to England in July. Carter was appointed assistant coach to Mike Hesson in August 2012 and worked primarily with the side’s batsmen. He had also worked under John Bracewell in the same role for four years until 2008. “Over the past twenty months I have enjoyed working with the players and support staff to mould a Black Caps side which is capable of beating the top teams in world cricket. The team can move forward with confidence towards the ICC 2015 World Cup,” said Carter. “I am very excited to take up this new position and look forward to helping the next group of players make the right preparation for the jump to international cricket.” Carter, 52, is a former first-class cricketer who played for Northamptonshire and then moved to New Zealand in the early 1980s to play for Canterbury. He coached Northamptonshire in the late 1990s and took charge of Canterbury in 2008, steering them to the Plunket Shield title in 2010-11. New Zealand Cricket will advertise for an assistant coach to travel with the team on the West Indies tour, which begins on May 29. SPORTS DESK
FARBRACE QUITS AS SRI LANKA COACH SPOrTS DeSK Paul Farbrace, the Sri Lanka coach, has resigned with immediate effect in order to take up a role with the ECB, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. The development came a day after Farbrace returned to Colombo and met with SLC officials to discuss his position, following reports that he had been approached by the ECB to become assistant coach to Peter Moores, the new England coach. Farbrace had been expected to have further meetings with SLC on Tuesday, but had sent in his letter of resignation before the board had had a chance meet him. SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said that although the board regretted his decision to leave the role, they had understood the reasons behind it.
Significantly better pay and a desire to work in the country of his birth are believed to be the primary reasons for Farbrace’s early departure from Sri Lanka. After talks on Monday, Ranatunga said Farbrace had been offered an “attractive package” by ECB, the likes of which SLC could not hope to match. The salary SLC had offered had been deemed too modest by several high-profile coaches, before Farbrace, who was Yorkshire’s second XI coach at the time, was signed by the board. Farbrace was a little over three months into his two-year contract with SLC. His tenure was marked by off-field upheaval, as much as on-field success. Sri Lanka lost only one out of 18 matches under his watch, winning the World T20 and Asia Cup in that time, but at his time
of departure, the players remained locked in a contracts dispute with the board, seven weeks after their previous agreements expired. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara also clashed with
SLC officials over the announcement of their T20 retirements. Farbrace said, however, his experience in the role had not been soured by off-field events. He had also said he had not applied for the England position, but was approached by the ECB on Thursday, two days before the ECB confirmed Moores as head coach. It is understood Moores had a major say in who he wanted to work with and was strongly in favour of Farbrace. SLC have not yet worked out the legal repercussions of Farbrace terminating his contract,Ranatunga said. The coach has walked out inside a six-month probationary period, which may mean neither he, nor ECB, are liable to compensate SLC, even though another clause in the contract states Farbrace must give six months’ notice before leaving the role.
Sri Lanka’s short-term plans have been landed in some disarray by Farbrace’s departure, as they prepare for a tour of Ireland and England that begins on May 7. Following that tour, Sri Lanka is set to host no.1 Test side South Africa at home in July, before Pakistan’s expected arrival for another full tour in August. Their plans for the 2015 World Cup will also have been somewhat hampered. An interim appointment is likley for the upcoming tour, with assistant coach Marvan Atapattu the frontrunner to assume the role. Including two other temporary appointments, Atapattu would become the seventh head coach Sri Lanka have had since 2011. Ranatunga said the board had not yet decided whether to open up a fresh application process for the job.
Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
Nishikori returns from injury to win in Barcelona SPOrTS DeSK
Mirallas’ season ended by injury SPOrTS DeSK Everton’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League have been dealt a blow with the news Kevin Mirallas will miss the rest of the season. The Belgian forward suffered a groin injury in the final moments of Everton’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday and will be sidelined for three weeks. That means he will not be available for the Toffees’ remaining games against Southampton, Manchester City and Hull. Everton reported the news on their website, saying: “Roberto Martinez today revealed that the Belgian has a small tear in his groin and will be out for the next three weeks.” Mirallas has scored eight goals for Everton this season, including three in the last four games. He netted the second goal against United on Sunday, scoring from a tight angle after beating the offside trap. Everton trail Arsenal by a point in the race for fourth place as they bid to finish in the top four for only the second time in the Premier League era. Martinez will hope for better news to come on the injury front, with captain Phil Jagielka, Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson all in line to return before the end of the season.
Dawson to retire next year as R&A chief executive
OURTH seed Kei Nishikori marked his return from injury with a 6-1 4-6 6-3 victory over Roberto Bautista Agut to move into the third round of the Barcelona Open. It was Nishikori’s first appearance since the Miami Open semifinal farce – in which Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic moved through to the final without hitting a ball after the Japanese number one and Tomas Berdych withdrew. Despite blitzing his way through the opening set for the loss of a solitary game, Nishikori struggled in the second and was broken three times as the Spaniard drew level. The pair swapped breaks at the start of the decider before Nishikori gained the upper hand to triumph two minutes shy of the two hour mark. “I’m very happy to win,” said Nishikori. “I played well in the first and third set and he was more aggressive in the second, I couldn’t do anything. There was a bit of a momentum shift in the third set. it was a good win for me.” Fifth seed Tommy Roberdo also progressed with a 6-3 6-4 win over
Australia’s Marinko Matosevic in front of a home crowd. There were also straight sets victories for Ernests Gulbis and Philipp Kohlschreiber – the ninth and tenth seeds – over Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Edouard RogerVasselin respectively. round two results: 10Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) 7-6(4) 6-2 Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) beat 16-Benoit Paire (France) 6-4 51 (Paire retired)
4-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Roberto Bautista (Spain) 6-1 4-6 6-3 9-Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) 7-5 7-6(1) round one results: Round 1 Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) 6-4 6-4 Martin Klizan (Slovakia) beat Somdev Devvarman (India) 6-2 6-4 Jurgen Melzer (Austria) beat Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 76(5) 3-6 6-3 Ivan Dodig (Croatia) beat Facundo Argueello (Argentina) 6-3 67(5) 6-2.
Sagbo fined over Anelka support
SPORTS 15 Van Gaal emerges as leading candidate for Manchester United SPOrTS DeSK Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has become the runaway bookies’ favourite to get the Manchester United job. David Moyes was sacked on Tuesday morning after Manchester United’s worst season since the Premier League was created. Player-coach Ryan Giggs, 40, was named interim manager but is not expected to be considered for the permanent job at the end of the season. Before Moyes’ sacking, Van Gaal was joint favourite with Borussia Dortmund’s Juergen Klopp, who has since ruled himself out of the running. Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola also refuted claims he would be in line for a shock switch only one season after joining the Bundesliga champions. As a result, Van Gaal – the former Bayern, Barcelona, Ajax and AZ coach – has shot to the top of the bookmakers’ lists, with most listing him as evens or odds-on to get the job after his Netherlands contract expires following the World Cup. Meanwhile, the odds on other candidates are lengthening rapidly – second favourite Klopp is down to 10/1 with some bookies, although Jose Mourinho has shortened from 40/1 to anything as low as 12/1. Unlikely, given United snubbed him first time round. Everything, however, points to Van Gaal.
Djokovic plays down injury fears, back for Madrid
SPOrTS DeSK Peter Dawson will retire next year as chief executive of the Royal and Ancient, the body which governs golf outside the United States said on Tuesday. Dawson, who has led the R&A for 16 years, will step down in September 2015 and also relinquish the role of secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, a members club whose headquarters overlook the Old Course. The R&A organises The Open Championship, golf’s oldest Major, and assumes responsibility, along with the USGA, of the rules of the game. Dawson is also president of the International Golf Federation, with his term of office running to 2016 when golf returns to the Olympics at the Rio de Janeiro Games for the first time since 1904. SPORTS DESK
SPOrTS DeSK Hull striker Yannick Sagbo has been fined £15,000 and ordered to complete an education course after showing support for Nicolas Anelka’s controversial quenelle goal celebration on social media. The Ivory Coast striker admitted an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3 in that Anelka’s gesture was deemed to have anti-Semitic connotations. Sagbo posted a picture on Twitter of Anelka’s celebration alongside the
word: “Legend”. He also referred to Anelka as a role model for France’s urban youth. Hull boss Steve Bruce said two weeks ago that the club would “vigorously defend” the charge but the player since decided to accept the charge. The FA said in a statement: “Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Yannick Sagbo has been fined £15,000, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3. “The Hull City player was also
warned as to his future conduct and ordered to complete a compulsory education course. “The charge was that the comment was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to Rule E3(1). Further to that, The FA considered the comment to be an aggravated breach, as defined in FA Rule E3, in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.” Both the FA and Sagbo have the right to appeal the decision but it is unlikely either party will do so.
Novak Djokovic has played down fears he will miss this year’s French Open, saying the wrist injury he sustained at the Monte Carlo Masters last week is not as serious as first feared. The Serb, second in the world rankings behind Rafael Nadal, said on his website that he hoped to be fit to play in the Madrid Masters which starts on May 4. “Fortunately, the situation with the injury is better than it first seemed,” Djokovic, who was beaten by Roger Federer in Monte Carlo, said on Tuesday. “Doctors assured me that I will be ready for Madrid, then Rome and Roland Garros, just as it has been planned. “However, I need to continue with the recovery process and full medical treatments. It means I will have to take a short break in order to recover as soon as possible.” Djokovic is looking to win the French Open to complete his set of grand slam titles.
ARMSTRONG ‘DOpING TEAM’ GET LONG bANS SPOrTS DeSK Lance Armstrong’s former cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti have all been handed long bans from sport for their involvement in doping, the United States AntiDoping Agency have confirmed. Bruyneel was banned for 10 years, while Celaya and Marti got eight-year bans after the decision by the American Arbitration Association North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA), USADA said in a statement. The trio all worked for Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service team (USPS), which changed its name to Discovery Channel after a change of sponsors in 2005, and opted for arbitration when the charges were
originally levelled against them in June 2012. “The evidence establishes conclusively that Mr. Bruyneel was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders,” said the
statement. “Similarly, Dr. Celaya and Mr. Marti were part of, or at least allowed themselves to be used as instruments of, that conspiracy.” American Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban for doping in 2012, finally admitting
his use of banned substances in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013. Two other doctors connected to the team, Spaniard Luis Garcia del Moral and Italian Michele Ferrari, were handed lifetime bans from professional sport by USADA in July 2012. USADA’s 2012 report said the USPS team had run “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme the sport has ever seen”. Belgian Bruyneel is a former professional cyclist who was team manager for all of Armstrong’s seven Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005. Often described as Armstrong’s right-hand man, Bruyneel enjoyed further success with Astana in 2008-9 before moving to run the RadioShack team, a position he resigned from when USADA pub-
lished its report into Armstrong’s doping. “I do not dispute that there are certain elements of my career that I wish had been different, nor do I dispute that doping was a fact of life in the peloton for a considerable period of time,” the 49-year-old said in a statement on his website (www.johanbruyneel.com). “However, a very small minority of us has been used as scapegoats for an entire generation. There is clearly something wrong with a system that allows only six individuals to be punished as retribution for the sins of an era.” Bruyneel, who did not give evidence in the arbitration hearings in London in December, said he continued to dispute USADA’s jurisdiction over him and might still appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Pedro Celaya was USPS doctor
from 1997 to 1999 before being replaced by fellow Spaniard Del Moral. He returned to the team in 2004. “The panel found that Dr. Celaya possessed and administered doping products, including EPO, blood transfusions, and cortisone,” the statement said. Spaniard Marti, who also refused to testify in front of the three-member arbitration panel, was a trainer for the team from 1999 to 2007 before going on to work under Bruyneel at Astana. He was accused by USADA of delivering banned substances “including EPO, testosterone, human growth hormone and cortisone” from Valencia to riders around the world and assisting with the use of them. The AAA panel “confirmed that” USADA had the authority to bring the cases because it had discovered the violations, USADA’s statement said.
SPORTS Wednesday, 23 April, 2014
No stopping Maxwell and Kings XI ShaRjah aGeNcIeS
AST season, Glenn Maxwell was the punchline to tons of millionaire jokes. He warmed the Mumbai Indians bench for much of the campaign, and was a peripheral figure in the three matches he did play. This time, the season is only a week old, and he’s not just played three matches, he’s been the Man of the Match in each. The people laughing now will be Kings XI Punjab’s owners who will view the million dollars they sunk on Maxwell as a bargain given the three impressive wins he has orchestrated at the start of the season. If the previous two victories had been thrilling encounters in which Kings XI hunted down massive scores, this was a forgettably one-sided affair after Maxwell put on a show again to lead the side to 193. Especially after L Balaji removed David Warner and Aaron Finch in the fifth over. Sunrisers Hyderabad have a danger-
ous top order - any of Shikhar Dhawan, Warner or Finch can single-handedly transform a match - but they also have a dangerously unbalanced batting line-up. After the big three, the batting is alarmingly thin - KL Rahul is still finding his way at this level, Venugopal Rao isn’t someone teams are going to worry about too much, Irfan Pathan is a spot too high at No. 6 and Darren Sammy is great at providing the finishing touches but less proficient at building the base. Once Mitchell Johnson accounted for Dhawan and Balaji made his double breakthrough, it was a hour-long dirge for Sunrisers’ fans before it ended in a crushing 72-run defeat, leaving them with plenty of questions over the composition of the team. Warner won’t just be disappointed with his low score, but also with his botched catch that reprieved Maxwell on 11. With Wriddhiman Saha slotted for No. 6, Kings XI don’t have too much depth in their batting, something Sunrisers could have capitalised on had Warner held on to a fairly straightforward chance
at long-off in the 10th over. Instead, the chance went went down and Maxwell went on to pillage 95 off 43, including nine sixes. The highlight of the onslaught was the 13th over when Maxwell effortlessly cleared midwicket off the first three deliveries before launching one towards the sightscreen to take 25 runs off the Amit Mishra over. This innings had fewer of the switch-hits and reverse-sweeps and was more about clean hitting down the ground and, especially, over midwicket. It was the prefect setting for Maxwell as the openers Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag had provided a fast start from which he could build. He had plenty of luck as well - besides the Warner reprieve, he was caught off a no-ball, a skier was in the air for ages but evaded everyone when it landed at midwicket. Sunrisers also didn’t bring on their main weapon, Dale Steyn, when Maxwell was in the midst of his carnage. Till he was 72 off 29, Maxwell faced neither Steyn nor Bhuvneshwar Kumar - both of whom
Scoreboard MoHaLI ca Pujara c Venugopal rao b Sammy 35 V Sehwag c Sammy b Mishra 30 GJ Maxwell c Sammy b Mishra 95 da Miller c Warner b Kumar 10 GJ bailey* c Warner b Kumar 10 MG Johnson b Kumar 4 ar Patel not out 0 eXTraS (lb 5, w 3, nb 1) 9 ToTaL (6 wickets; 20 overs) 193 dId NoT baT WP Saha†, L balaji, r dhawan, Sandeep Sharma (1) FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-51 (Sehwag, 6.4 ov), 2-86 (Pujara, 10.6 ov), 3-154 (Miller, 15.3 ov), 4-179 (Maxwell, 17.6 ov), 5-189 (bailey, 19.2 ov), 6-193 (Johnson, 19.6 ov) boWLING dW Steyn 4-0-26-0, b Kumar 4-0-19-3, IK Pathan 2-0-28-0, KV Sharma 4-0-37-0, a Mishra 4-0-56-2, dJG Sammy 2-0-22-1 HYderabad aJ Finch b balaji 19 S dhawan* c †Saha b Johnson 1 da Warner c Maxwell b balaji 8 KL rahul† c Miller b Patel 27 Y Venugopal rao b Sandeep Sharma 11
IK Pathan b Patel 5 dJG Sammy c Patel b balaji 15 KV Sharma c Miller b Johnson 10 dW Steyn b balaji 12 a Mishra not out 4 b Kumar c Johnson b dhawan 1 eXTraS (lb 3, w 3, nb 2) 8 ToTaL (all out; 19.2 overs) 121 FaLL oF WIcKeTS 1-11 (dhawan, 1.2 ov), 2-31 (Finch, 4.3 ov), 3-33 (Warner, 4.5 ov), 4-49 (Venugopal rao, 6.6 ov), 5-74 (Pathan, 10.2 ov), 6-93 (Sammy, 13.3 ov), 7-95 (rahul, 14.1 ov), 8-114 (Sharma, 17.3 ov), 9-118 (Steyn, 18.3 ov), 10-121 (Kumar, 19.2 ov) boWLING Sandeep Sharma (1) 4-0-26-1, MG Johnson 4-0-26-2, L balaji 40-13-4, r dhawan 2.2-0-23-1, ar Patel 4-0-20-2, GJ Maxwell 1-0-10-0 Match details Toss - Hyderabad T20, who chose to field Points - Mohali T20 2, Hyderabad T20 0 Player of the match - GJ Maxwell (Mohali T20) Umpires - M erasmus (South africa) and S ravi (India) TV umpire - bF bowden (New Zealand) Match referee - aJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
combined to limit the damage at the end of the innings. Still, though Kings XI didn’t reach
the 200 that looked nailed on for, they reached a total which proved far too much for Sunrisers.
BCB to push Pakistan home series to April SPORTS DESK The BCB is likely to push Pakistan’s 2015 tour of Bangladesh to the second week of April, instead of January. Bangladesh, in the meantime, are set to train in Australia for two extra weeks before the World Cup in a bid to acclimatize to conditions where they last played in January 2010. Though the BCB’s cricket operations committee headed a meeting on the scheduling of international and domestic cricket for the next 12 months on Tuesday, an official confirmation will only come after approval in the board meeting. Bangladesh are currently expecting a three-match ODI series against India in mid-June, after which their next international assignments include a tour of West Indies in August-September, a possible tri-series in October involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, and up to three Tests against Zimbabwe in November-December. The Tests will be followed by the World Cup in February-March and home series against Pakistan, India and South Africa till July. “[The training camp in Aus-
tralia] is almost confirmed,” Akram Khan, the chairman of BCB’s cricket operations committee, said. “We still haven’t decided the dates but we are trying to do a camp as the condition there is different from Bangladesh. If the cricketers can play a few one-day matches there during this camp, it can only benefit them. “The Pakistan tour will be held in April next year while India will come in June, and South Africa in
July.” To keep the second string players busy, the BCB is trying to host an A team in July or August this year. This will be in addition to Bangladesh A’s tour of West Indies next month, and a home series against Zimbabwe in June. Meanwhile, there still remained some question marks over Bangladesh’s domestic season. While the 2013-14 season will end
in mid-May with the final of the Bangladesh Cricket League, this season’s Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League will not be held. Instead, the previous tournament, held between September and November last year, is likely to be considered as part of the 2013-14 season, although at the time of the tournament, the BCB had called it the 2012-13 Dhaka Premier League. The latest confusion arose after AJM Nasiruddin, the chairman of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis, remained vague on the subject. “I don’t know what 2012-13 is. What is a season? There is nothing called a season and there isn’t one here,” he said. “Just like the [Dhaka Premier Division] league began in September last year, it will take place in October this year.” With the next Dhaka Premier League to be held in 2015, it effectively means that the 2012-13 season has been skipped. The lower leagues of the Dhaka club system will be held from October 2014 to February 2015. It means that for the 2013-14 season, there won’t be any Dhaka Premier League as well as First, Second and Third Division matches.
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‘Captains’ playing for personal causes: Ashraf SPORTS DESK Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in February removed Ashraf as chairman of the PCB, appointing former interim PCB chief Najam Sethi, to run the affairs of the PCB. Ashraf says the conditions have since deteriorated. “I left Pakistan cricket in a good standing. But it has gone down,” he said in statement on Monday. “When I was the chairman, Pakistan made a historic clean-sweep against world number one England in Tests.” According to Ashraf, the team was united when he was at the helm and cited Pakistan’s early ouster from the recently concluded World Twenty20 as an example of the discord that has since bred in the squad. Mohammad Hafeez’s team failed to qualify for the semi-finals of World Twenty20 after winning the crown under Younis Khan in England in 2009. It was the first occasion in the short history of the Wo ld Twenty20 that Pakistan failed to get into the last four. In a dig at former captains Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, Ashraf said it was surprising that the team performed the way it did despite the presence of “three captains in the side” “These captains were playing for their personal causes instead of team’s cause,” he commented. “I felt disunity and fear within the team.” Ashraf also expressed his surprise on the induction of ‘tainted’ players in various roles in the board despite recommendations of the Justice Qayyum report which advised against these players taking up any position of responsibility in the country’s cricket setup.