militants killed as jets pound Khyber militant hideouts STORY ON PAGE 02
DWELLERS OF GLASS HAMID MIR HOUSES SHOULDN’T THROW HOLDS ISI STONES, INDIA TOLD RESPONSIBLE
FO spokesperson says those in India maligning Pakistani institutions should first look into their own internal matters STORY ON PAGE 03
Friday, 25 April, 2014 Jamadi-us-Sani 24, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 296 16 Pages Islamabad Edition
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Nawaz says army oN same page for paKistaN’s progress Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said the government and all its institutions, including the armed forces, were on the same page for the development, progress and security of Pakistan. During a visit to Gwadar, the prime minister also announced the construction of a state-of-the-art airport in the port city, which the government envisions as a ‘Free Port’ along the lines of Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong ports. STORY ON PAGE 02
MUSHARRAF’S COUNSEL SEEKS COPY OF FIA REPORT STORY ON PAGE 04
AFGHAN ELECTION TALIBAN KILL KARACHI SET FOR RUN OFF COP IN REVENGE ATTACK SAMI SAYS HAS WITH MOST VOTES CONVEYED GOVT’S COUNTED DEMANDS TO TALIBAN STORY ON PAGE 04
Mohmand Taliban claim responsibility of suicide blast which killed four persons, including Inspector Shafiq Tanoli, and injured 15
STORIES ON PAGES 03 & 04
HRCP VOICES CONCERN ON RISING SECTARIAN VIOLENCE
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Friday, 25 April 2014
nawaz SayS army on Same page for pakiStan’S progreSS PM SAYS STATE-OF-ART AIRPORT TO BE BUILT IN GWADAR BESIDES DEVELOPMENT OF PORT
ITH army chief General Raheel Sharif on his left side and Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on his right, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that the government
SAYS GEN RAHEEL SHARIF WILL TAKE ‘IMMEDIATE ACTION’ ON LAW AND ORDER SITUATION IN BALOCHISTAN
and all its institutions including the armed forces, were on the same page for the development, progress and security of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif was visiting Gwadar to assess the development projects in the region. He was received at the airbase by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and Fi-
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nance Minister Ishaq Dar also accompanied Sharif during his visit. The prime minister said Rs 162 billion will be allocated for development projects in the province. He said that the construction of a state-of-the-art airport will be implemented along with development of the port, which the government envisions as a ‘Free Port’ along the lines of
Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong ports. International consultants will be hired for the planning and development of the free port, said the prime minister, adding that it will be developed along the lines of the ones in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. Speaking about the law and order and security situation in Balochistan, the premier stated that immediate action will be taken by General Raheel Sharif, and new security measures will be introduced. Furthermore, the PM said special security measures will be implemented for Chinese personnel working in Balochistan to safeguard the Pak-China economic corridor. He also praised and gave special thanks to Balochistan’s chief minister on the basis of his work in implementing good policies and curtailing nepotism and bribery. The prime minister also lauded the role of the FC, the military and federal institutions for the improvement in the law and order situation of the region. Prime Minister Sharif on April 18 had stressed that the Gwadar port extension project should be given priority in order to boost economic activity in the country, Radio Pakistan reported. Along with these development projects, he had also emphasised the need to improve health and education services in the province. The socioeconomic package includes provision for training of human resource in different sectors. Establishing peace in Balochistan is a priority of the government, he said, noting that security concerns can impede economic activity and socioeconomic development.
Nawaz govt is partner in peace pursuit: Dobbins
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Army fighter jets pounded suspected militant hideouts in Khyber Agency near the Afghan border on Thursday, killing 37 and injuring 18 others. "Terrorist hideouts were engaged by fighter jets in Khyber Agency early on Thursday," the army's press wing said in a message sent to the media. It said it was a response to a number of recent attacks against the police and civilians in Islamabad and Peshawar. A senior military official in Peshawar said the operation, which started early on Thursday, was still underway. "After the jets, Pakistan Army’s ground forces also launched an operation in the area," officials said. Airstrikes were carried out on insurgent hideouts in Spera Dam, Merokhel, Tirrah valley's Kokhikhel area and the surrounding areas of Akakhel, sources claimed. Scores of militants were killed in the airstrikes, including those suspected of involvement in recent attacks in Badbher, Charsadda, at the vegetable market in Islamabad and in Chaman, sources said.
woman Set on fire over marriage refuSal MULTAN INP
A woman was set on fire by her daughter’s suitor and his family after she spurned a proposal on Thursday. The incident occurred in Makhan Bela, a native area of Muzaffargarh, where 35-year-old Farhat Batool rejected the proposal of her 13-year-old daughter Tahira. The would-be in-laws got raged and they set Farhat on fire. She was shifted to a hospital in critical condition. The victim is a mother of four children.
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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered to release the journalist who allegedly hurled a shoe at him during an event on Thursday. The security staff of the Punjab chief minister had arrested the journalist to investigate regarding whether he did it himself or any other power was behind the incident. However, after the conference, Shahbaz ordered to release the journalist immediately. The chief minister said that the PML-N government believed in freedom of expression. Earlier, a journalist in Lahore rushed past security and threw a shoe at the chief minister. The journalist, Imdad Ali, employee of a private Sindhi television, was a special guest at three-day South Asia Labour Conference. According to reports, before throwing the shoe, Ali raised slogans against expected restrictions on a private news channel.
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ISLAMABAD ONLINE US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins said his country views the Nawaz-led government as a reliable partner in the pursuit of peace and is committed to a multi-faceted and long-term relationship with Pakistan. US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins met Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on
Thursday. Overall regional situation came under discussion during the meeting, which was also attended by US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson. Dobbins eulogized the role of Pakistan both as an ally and as a major player in the region in the cause of peace and stability. He assured the minister that US views that the Nawaz-led government as a reliable partner in the pursuit of peace and was committed to a multi-faceted and long-term relationship with
Pakistan. He said Pakistan’s importance was going to multiply in the aftermath of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. Nisar emphasised the need for openness and transparency in relationship and demanded a genuine and honest appraisal and appreciation of Pakistan’s role without which the relationship can never be substantive or proactive. It was agreed to maintain close interaction both at policy level and in term of areas of close cooperation.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) got electoral victory in PK-86 constituency on Thursday in Swat Valley. PTI candidate Dr Haider Ali bagged top position in PK-86 Swat after completion of polling by taking 15,111 votes, according to unofficial results. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) candidate Sardar Khan got second position with 13,490 votes after completion of votes’ counting in 84 polling stations.
Friday, 25 April 2014
taliban kill karachi cop in revenge attack MOHMAND TALIBAN CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY OF SUICIDE BLAST WHICH KILLED FOUR PERSONS, INCLUDING INSPECTOR SHAFIQ TANOLI, AND INJURED 15
TANOLI’S BROTHER SAYS HE WILL REGISTER CASE AGAINST POLICE HIGH UPS FOR NOT PROVIDING ADEQUATE SECURITY TO HIS BROTHER WHO WAS ON TERRORISTS’ HIT-LIST
KARACHI ISMAIL DILAWAR
T least four people, including a top crime fighter, were killed and 15 others injured on Thursday morning in a suicide blast near Old Vegetable Market in Karachi. According to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nasir Lodhi, Inspector Shafiq Tanoli was killed along with his friend when a suicide bomber targeted a shop in Old Vegetable Market near Tanoli’s house where he was present at the time of attack. He said there were at least five people in the shop at the time of the blast. The other victims have been identified as Ijaz, Jalal and Daood. The victims including Tanoli’s injured family members were taken to a local hospital for medico-legal formalities. The injured also included two cops, identified as Saleem and Asif. Three injured were stated to be in critical condition in the hospital. According to SSP East, the head of the suspected suicide bomber, about 15 years of age, was also recovered from the blast site which was being inspected by the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS). According to witnesses, the explosion
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that killed Tanoli was so loud that windows of the nearby buildings and shops were partially destroyed in the blast. POLICE OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE: Talking to journalists, Rasheed Tanoli, brother of the martyred SHO, said that two of their relatives, an uncle and a cousin, were also among those killed in the blast. He said he will register a case against the high police officials, lamenting that his brother was not provided adequate security despite life threats. In the meanwhile, Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) through its Mohmand Agency leader Omar Khalid Khurasani claimed the responsibility for the suicide attack. Khurasani alleged that Tanoli was involved in “heinous
criminal acts against the innocent”. In particular, he said Tanoli was responsible for killing their accomplices and thus in return, he was eliminated. Tanoli had been facing threats from terrorists for carrying out several operations against gangsters and terrorist elements in the city. He killed over 30 terrorists, including members of banned outfits, in six months. Seven murder attempts had been made on Tanoli in the past and he was on the hit list of several banned outfits. Moreover, Tanoli was actively involved in the investigation of
Geo News reporter Wali Khan Babar’s murder case and had previously escaped several attacks on his life. On December 20, 2013, Tanoli had survived an assassination attempt. A suicide bomber approached his vehicle near his residence in Old Sabzi Mandi when Tanoli sensed danger and quickly jumped off his vehicle, saving his life. Sindh Governor Dr Ishartul Ebad has condemned the attack on Inspector Tanoli. He has taken notice of the blast and sought report from Sindh inspector general.
Hamid Mir holds ISI responsible for attack AMIR MIR SAYS HIS BROTHER’S FIGHT IS FOR SOVEREIGNTY AND SECURITY OF PAKISTAN, RESTORATION OF PEACE, ERADICATION OF TERRORISM, RULE OF LAW AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH
INFORMATION MINISTER DIRECTS RESTORATION OF GEO NEWS TRANSMISSION AFTER CABLE OPERATORS TAKE IT OFF AIR IN CANTONMENT AREAS
KARACHI STAFF REPORT Senior journalist Hamid Mir, who was wounded after being targeted in Karachi, still holds the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) responsible for orchestrating the attack. This was conveyed by his brother Amir Mir while speaking to the journalists outside Aga Khan Hospital on Thursday. Amir Mir also struck a defiant tone stating that Geo TV Network and his brother had faced similar circumstances when former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf had imposed an emergency in the country and shut down TV channels in 2007. The journalist is defiant in countering all efforts of suspending Geo TV’s transmission, he said. Amir said that the senior anchorperson had informed some visiting intelligence officials about the threat he was facing from the ISI. He said that his brother was aware of the agency’s method of threatening journalists and media houses for "biased reporting" of certain national issues. He said the ISI officials were apparently “unhappy” about his brother’s famous talk show, Capital Talk, being broadcasted on Mama Qadeer’s long march over missing Baloch persons. Mir said the agency was also “unhappy” of Hamid Mir’s criticism aimed at the ISI in different Capital Talk shows. The senior journalist was concerned on the government’s failure to hand over written proof of ISI’s threat to his life, said his brother, adding that
he was also concerned about the probe of a planted bomb underneath his car in November 2012. Amir said that Hamir Mir has vowed to foil all these conspiracies being orchestrated against him and his family members at an appropriate time. His fight is for sovereignty and security of Pakistan, restoration of peace, eradication of terrorism, rule of law and freedom of speech which cannot be suppressed, said Hamid Mir’s brother. Hamid deems no individual or Institution above the law, he said, adding that covering up armed forces and its agencies’ role in politics was “criminal silence”. Hamid Mir condemns the government and other state institution’s efforts for suspending Geo TV’s transmissions, he said. TAKING GEO OFF AIR: Geo TV was taken off air in some parts of the country, cable operators said
Thursday. They said they had blocked transmission of Geo in some residential areas managed by the military. Pakistan's armed forces run cantonment areas in many cities and towns and have a property arm, the Defence Housing Authority, which provides upmarket housing for serving and retired personnel. “I have received information that Geo is not being shown in the Defence and cantonment areas of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Kohat, Hasan Abdal and Peshawar,” Cable Operators Association of Pakistan Secretary General Sheikh Ijaz said. However, he said that there had been no general order from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to interrupt the channel's transmission. “PEMRA has not issued any instructions to shut down Geo TV. We will not advise our members to
shut down any channel until PEMRA sends us a written instruction to do so,” Ijaz said. An operator in Quetta said security officials told him not to show Geo in their areas, affecting 35 percent of the city. “The Frontier Corps and pro-military tribal elders are putting pressure on us to not show Geo at least in the military areas,” Babrak Khan, Quetta's leading cable operator, told a foreign news agency. In Peshawar, a resident in the upmarket Hayatabad locality said Geo had been off air in his area since Wednesday. No cable operator confirmed a blockade in the country's largest city Karachi, where Mir was attacked. The Defence Ministry on Tuesday urged the national media regulator to cancel Geo TV's broadcasting licence after it aired allegations that the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency was behind an attempt to kill Hamid Mir. The Defence Ministry's letter accused Geo of a “vicious campaign, libellous and scandalous in nature” and said the channel was trying to undermine the integrity of an important state institution. Furthermore, taking notice of unofficial blockade of the channel, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid Thursday directed for restoration of Geo News Transmission, which has been suspended in some areas. According to official media, the minister regretted the suspension of transmission of Geo News channel in some areas. The minister called PEMRA chairman and asked him to restore the broadband and cable position of Geo News.
NEWS 03 DWELLERS OF GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN’T THROW STONES, INDIA TOLD FO SPOKESPERSON SAYS THOSE IN INDIA MALIGNING PAKISTANI INSTITUTIONS SHOULD FIRST LOOK INTO THEIR OWN INTERNAL MATTERS SAYS ELECTIONS IN IHK CANNOT BE AN ALTERNATE TO KASHMIRIS’ RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION SAYS PAK-IRAN GAS PIPELINE KEPT PENDING BECAUSE OF FUNDING ISSUES ISLAMABAD APP Pakistan said Thursday that the Indian criticism on its institutions was baseless and those involved in the propaganda should first look into their own internal matters. During her weekly media briefing, Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said negative reporting against the ISI had been carried out by the Indian media in connection to the attack on journalist Hamid Mir. She condemned the attack on Mir and prayed for his speedy recovery. Commenting on the election process in Indian-held Kashmir she said the election could not be an alternative to Kashmiris' right to selfdetermination. She said cooperation between Iran and India regarding energy was their bilateral matter. Replying to a question on Pakistan-Iran energy cooperation, particularly import of electricity, Aslam said international sanctions did not hurt that agreement as purchase of electricity from Iran was a government-to-government agreement. She rejected the impression about termination of Pak-Iran gas pipeline project and said there were funding issues. About sanctions on this project, she said building of extensive infrastructure and international financing took it to a category where international sanctions were applicable. Responding to a question about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Iran, the spokesperson said it would take place before 15th of next month. She said process of meetings between both the countries officials' was in progress in order to make the visit substantial. She said visit of Iranian Foreign Minister was not on cards, while the Interior Minister would visit Pakistan soon. About the visit of US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins, the spokesperson said he would be holding meetings with PM Nawaz, Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif. She said the Pakistani Embassy in Washington had, during the past few months, extensively engaged Dobbins who was a US focal person. Aslam said Dobbins would be sharing views with Pakistani leaders on matters of regional security, Afghanistan and bilateral ties.
Friday, 25 April 2014
hrcp voiceS concern on riSing Sectarian violence The country's small Christian, Hindu and Ahmadi communities also suffer discrimination and occasional outbursts of violence. At the launch of the HRCP's annual report on Pakistan's rights situation, secretary general IA Rehman said minorities were facing increasing violence. “Minorities in Pakistan are increasingly feeling insecure since the present government came to power in June last year,” he told reporters. Peace talks with the Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) could have “immense repercussions” on religious minorities, he warned. The TTP, whose seven-year insurgency has claimed thousands of lives, want to impose strict sharia law across Pakistan. “It is a choice of the government if it wants to have negotia-
REPORT SAYS 687 PEOPLE KILLED IN MORE THAN 200 SECTARIAN ATTACKS LAST YEAR ISLAMABAD
ECTARIAN killings rose by more than a fifth in Pakistan last year, a leading rights group said Thursday, warning of an alarming increase in violence against religious minorities. The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said 687 people were killed in more than 200 sectarian attacks last year, a rise of 22 per cent on 2012. The group warned that ongoing
3 FOREIGNERS DEAD AT KABUL HOSPITAL AS GUARD OPENS FIRE KABUL AGENCIES
A guard at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity opened fire on staff Thursday, killing three foreigners including a doctor, in the latest attack targeting international civilians in the Afghan capital. The security guard was injured in the incident at the Cure International hospital and detained by police, officials said, adding that the motive behind the shootings was not immediately known. “As a result of shooting by a security guard of the Cure hospital... three foreign nationals have been killed and one female medical staff injured,” a statement from the interior ministry said. “The incident happened at around 9:50 this morning and the attacker has been injured and detained by police. The motive behind this attack is not clear yet.” Cure International is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1998 and based in Pennsylvania. It operates hospitals in 29 countries, and specialises in treating children with conditions including clubfoot, cleft lips, burn injuries and brain diseases.
peace talks between the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the hardline militants of the Pakistani Taliban could make minorities even more vulnerable. Around 97 per cent of Pakistan's 180 million population is
Muslim, the vast majority Sunnis. Violence against Shia Muslims, who make up around 20 per cent, has been growing in recent years, much of it led by extremist sectarian groups such as Lashkare-Jhangvi (LJ).
4 policemen killed in naSeerabad ambuSh QUETTA tions with the Pakistani Taliban but these negotiations should not come at the cost of religious minorities and women,” said Rehman. Nearly 200 Shia were killed in the first seven weeks of 2013, most in two huge bombings in Quetta, a flashpoint for sectarian violence. The rights group said that since the present government came to power the trend had shifted from large-scale attacks to individual killings targeting Shiite doctors, lawyers and intellectuals. The report also called 2013 “one of the darkest years” for Christians in Pakistan, with the deadliest ever attack on the community mounted in Peshawar in September. Nearly 100 worshippers were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up at All Saints Church after a Sunday service.
869 women killed for honour in 2013: HRCP REPORT SAYS ONLY 18.3 PERCENT WOMEN HAVE SECONDARY OR HIGHER LEVEL OF EDUCATION ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Almost 869 women were killed in the name of honour and more than 800 women committed suicide during the year 2013, revealed Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) re-
port released on Thursday. The annual report titled, State of Human Rights in 2013, mentioned that only 18.3 percent women had secondary or higher level of education and only 28 percent were formally counted in the workforce. Addressing reporters at the launch of the report, HRCP Co-chairman Kamran Arif said the stunting rate among children younger than five had increased from 41.6 percent to 43.7 percent in a decade. Around 800,000 children died in the country each year, 35 percent of
these due to malnutrition, whereas 85 confirmed polio cases were reported across the country, 60 of them from FATA alone during last year. Almost 20 anti-polio vaccinators were killed in the attacks on vaccination teams and nine police protecting them were also killed and more than 300 people were killed in the measles epidemic. The highest number of affected cases were reported from Punjab by the epidemic with 23,477 cases and 192 deaths. Dengue claimed scores of lives
across the country and 16,000 patients were diagnosed with the disease. In Swat district 8,546 patients were registered among which 33 died. The report further said only 1.59 million workers, out of the 59 million labour force had access to social security. The number of unemployed persons increased from 3.40 million in 2010-2011 to 3.72 million in 2013. As many as 10 labourers died in accidents in the ship-breaking industry in one month alone. An estimated two million Pakistanis were trapped in various forms of modern-day slavery.
Sami says has conveyed Bhanbhor, Sindh’s latest govt’s demands to Taliban administrative division TALIBAN NEGOTIATOR SAYS HE HAS URGED TTP TO EXTEND CEASEFIRE NOWSHERA ONLINE
Taliban interlocutor Maulana Samiul Haq on Thursday said that he has contacted the Taliban Shura and conveyed them the government’s demands. Talking to reporters, he said that he also conveyed them the outcome of the meeting of the dialogue committees held on Wednesday chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. He said that he has urged the Taliban to extend their ceasefire to take the dialogue process forward. Sami said he has asked the Taliban political council to revive the dialogue
process and reply to the government after consultation. He said the Taliban intermediaries were convinced that the political and military leadership was on the same page on the talks. The cleric said there were complaints and reservations on both sides, adding that there was need to bridge the trust deficit. Meanwhile, another Taliban intermediary Professor Ibrahim said that the committees reviewed the difficulties in the dialogue and agreed to take steps to remove misunderstanding and speed up the process. "The Taliban committee will continue its efforts to make the dialogue process successful and a subcommittee will be formed to resolve the problems," he told a private TV channel. He said the Taliban intermediaries were trying to ensure smooth dialogue process, adding that he would contact the Taliban to discuss the next round of direct talks.
KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The Sindh government on Thursday bifurcated Hyderabad division, craving out the sixth division of the province “Bhanbhor”. According to notification issued by government, the newly formed division will be headquartered at Makli and will comprise three districts including Badin, Thatta and Sujawal. Both Bhanbhore and Makli are more known for the presence of historical sites with the former hosting remains of what is claimed as the location where Muhammad Bin Qasim battled then ruler of Sindh Raja Dahir in 711 AD. Makli is known for its ancient necropolis. After the recent decision the number of division in the province has increased to six. Previously, Sindh was divided in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Larkana divi-
sions. Hyderabad division will now consist of seven districts including Benazirabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Tando Allahyar, Matiyari, Tando Muhammad Khan and Hyderabad. The latest divisions come almost seven months after the government had bifurcated the Thatta district into Thatta and Sujawal. The divisions have triggered another debate in the province with some political parties terming the basis of the divisions political rather than the administrative one as claimed by the ruling Pakistan People’s Party. The government says the division will facilitate the people by providing them more opportunities. “We welcome this decision, which has been made on the recommendation of local people,” Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said adding that more districts in the province can be made.
Musharraf’s counsel seeks copy of FIA report FAROGH NASIM SAYS NON-PROVISION OF FIA REPORT BY GOVT BASED ON ‘MAL-INTENTION’ KARACHI STAFF REPORT Farogh Nasim, the counsel for former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf on Thursday stated that the nonprovision of the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) report by the federal government was based on
'mal-intention'. He requested the court to order the government to provide the defence team with a copy of the FIA report, without which preparations could not be made to cross-examine the prosecution's witnesses. While presenting his arguments in front of a three-member special court constituted to try former president Musharraf, Nasim said that the move to impose emergency on Nov 3, 2007 was taken after the approval of the then-prime minister and his cabinet. He added that had the step
not been taken, a barrage of legal complications would have risen. The lawyer for Musharraf also said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its rulings had declared fundamental rights as superior to the law and the failure of the government to provide a copy of the FIA report was based on malintention. Nasim further said that several documentations pertaining to the emergency had been made to disappear and only the FIA report could help resolve the mystery as to
which documents had gone missing. He also claimed that the prosecution had managed to get his client indicted without submitting any evidence which was a heinous violation of dispensation of justice. The defence counsel said that if a fair trial was not held, then the issue of cancellation of the complaint would be raised or a re-trial would be held. The court adjourned the hearing of the case until today (Friday) and the defence counsel is expected to continue his arguments.
STAFF REPORT Suspected militants killed four policemen in Balochistan's troubled Naseerabad district on Thursday evening. A police official said that suspected militants opened indiscriminate fire on a patrolling police van in Chahtar area of Naseerabad district. "All four policemen received multiple bullet wounds and died on the spot", he said. The militants sped away on their motorcycles after the attack. A huge contingent of police was called from Dera Murad Jamali, the head quarter of Naseerabad district to launch a search operation against the assailants. The police official said that an exchange of fire also took place between the militants and the additional contingent of policemen approaching the attack site. The dead bodies were shifted to civil hospital Dera Murad Jamali where a large number of people had turned up. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. However, the police sources suspected the involvement of defunct Baloch militant group, Baloch Republican Army, in the attack. Chahtar tehsil of Balochistan's Naseerabad district is considered to be one of the strongholds of Baloch militants. Militants have been targeting vital national installations and security forces in the area during the past eight years.
AFGHAN ELECTION SET FOR RUN OFF WITH MOST VOTES COUNTED KABUL AGENCIES The Afghan presidential election looks increasingly set to go to a run-off, with 82.59 percent of the vote counted so far. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Thursday that Abdullah had garnered 43.8 percent, with his main rival, Ashraf Ghani a former World Bank economist - on 32.9 percent. To win the vote outright and avoid a need for run-off, a candidate would have to secure more than 50 percent of the vote. The latest figures show a slightly reduced lead for Abdullah, who had 44.4 percent of votes compared with 33.2 percent for Ghani in partial figures released on Monday. Those figures were based on 50 percent of the votes. Thursday had been slated as the day to release the full preliminary results, but allegations of fraud led to a two-day delay in counting. Final results from the election held on April 5 are not due until May 14 and a run-off, if needed, will not take place until late May. Outgoing President Hamid Karzai, who has been in office since the US led-invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, is constitutionally barred from serving another term.
Friday, 25 April, 2014
Govt borrows massive Rs1tr in a month through PIBs SBP REPORT SAYS GOVT RAISED RS 425B THROUGH AUCTIONS OF PIBS WHILE TARGET WAS JUST RS 100B
HE government has again gone beyond its target to borrow through Pakistan Investment Bonds (PIB) mounting debt close to Rs1 trillion in one month. The State Bank reported that the government raised Rs425 billion through auctions of PIBs while the target was just Rs100bn. The government has been amassing huge amount through PIBs and Sukuk
bonds to meet its requirements. The investors also find it attractive to invest for long term in the wake of inching up of inflation that could possibly cut interest rate in future. In the previous auction of PIBs on March 26, the government had raised Rs530bn encouraging banks and other investors to invest for longer period. Collectively in the last two auctions, the government raised Rs955bn at rate above 12pc. This massive borrowing slashed government’s borrowing through State Bank and treasury bills.
Bankers said that investing in PIBs instead of t-bills is more attractive as yield is significantly higher. The detail shows that PIBs of threeyear tenure attracted highest amount and collectively in the two auctions half a trillion was invested for three years bonds. In the latest auction, Rs242bn were invested for three-year PIBs, Rs78bn for five years, Rs96bn for 10 years and Rs980 million for 20 years. The target for this auction was just Rs100bn. The maturing amount was only
Rs26bn while the additional requirement was Rs73bn. However, the government set new records in both the auctions by picking up large liquidity for long term. The t-bills borrowing has substantially been reduced, in fact, most of the time during this financial year the government borrowing for budgetary support from scheduled banks remained negative. Currently, as per the report of State Bank, the government borrowing from scheduled banks was just Rs292bn while its borrowing from State Bank was Rs413bn.
Pakistani seminaries received Rs 258m funds from foreign countries ISLAMABAD: Around 15 Pakistani seminaries received Rs 258 million from other Islamic countries during the last one year. Responding to a question, Minister of state for interior, Balighur Rehman told the Upper House that countries which included Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait, were providing financial support to these seminaries through the donations and Zakat. He said that the seminaries, including Madrassa Rehmania Tehfeezul Quran, Jamiatul Ulum Al Asria, Jammiatul Uloom Islamiyah, Jamiat Ahle Hadith Balochistan, Darul Uloom Jamia Anwar Mustafa, Idara Minhaj Ul Quran, Jammiatul Manahil Al Kheriya, Madina Masjid, Madrassa Darul Uloom Baltistan, Masjid e Gulzar Ghoi, Jammiatul Islam Khushab, Jamia Khairul Madaris, Jamiat Al Huda Al Kharia Welfare Society, Islam Trust and Daawat-e-Islami had received money through different banks of Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention that out of these 15 seminaries, 11 seminaries are operating without NOC from the Interior Ministry. The minister said that there is no check and balance on the religious seminaries across the country as yet while the government had prepared a mechanism through national security policy to regularise the seminaries in this regard. STAFF REPORT
US deports Pakistani man for supporting terrorism WASHINGTON: The US has deported a Pakistani national sentenced to three years in prison for providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation. Zahid Yousaf, 45, was put on a Karachibound commercial plane on April 16 and was handed over to Pakistani law enforcers two days later, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. Yousaf pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy for providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organisation in federal court in September 2011. The US District Court for the District of Columbia subsequently sentenced Yousaf to 36 months in federal prison in December 2011 and ordered his removal from the country, following the completion of his sentence. The convict was taken into immigration custody on October 22, 2013 after his release from prison by the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE). “ICE will continue to focus its enforcement operations on identifying, arresting and removing dangerous criminals who pose the greatest risk to our communities,” said ICE’s Acting Field Office Director Michael W Meade. In fiscal year 2013, ICE conducted 368,644 removals nationwide. Nearly 60 percent of ICE’s total removals had been previously convicted of a criminal offence and 82 per cent of individuals removed from the interior of the US were previously convicted of a criminal offence. ONLINE
BANNU: Patients and their relatives protest against load shedding outside the District Headquarters Hospital on Thursday. INP
SC issues notice to Khurshid Shah in rigging case ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday issued notice to Opposition Leader in National Assembly (NA) Khurshid Shah on the application filed by his rival candidate Inayatullah in NA-199 Sukkar on alleged polls rigging. The notice has been sent to Shah through the NA secretary. A two-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja took up the case for hearing. Shahab Sarki appeared in the court on behalf of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional leader Inayatullah. The court was told that Shah has not received the notice.
The petitioner’s counsel said that if Shah has not received the notice then it should be sent a g a i n through the NA secretary. The court said, “We have sent
notice a day before during the course of hearing of a case through secretary. We go to issue the notice again. The notice will be got served through secretary NA this time.” Inayatullah had alleged that rigging had taken place in NA-199 Sukkur during 2013 general election and he had approached the Election Tribunal in this regard. The tribunal had rejected the petition on technical grounds. Later, he resorted to the SC against tribunal decision. The court issued notices which had not reached Khurshid Shah. The court has once again issued notice. The hearing of the case was adjourned until May 8.
Lawyers observe strike in Balochistan QUETTA: People suffered in Balochistan on Thursday as the high court and lower courts were closed due to a strike called by lawyers in protest against the police torture on a colleague. Lawyers clashed with police on Wednesday during a protest against the alleged police torture on their colleague. Scores of lawyers were arrested after scuffles with police during the chaos which lasted for more than two hours and ended after the two sides held negotiations. STAFF REPORT
FBI informant linked to hacking websites of Pakistan govt: report WASHINGTON AGENCIES
A hacker who became an informant for the FBI directed hundreds of cyber attacks against the websites of foreign governments, including Pakistan along with those of Brazil, Iran, Syria and Turkey, the New York Times reported Thursday. It was unclear whether the FBI explicitly ordered the digital attacks, but court documents and interviews suggest “that the government may have used hackers to gather intelligence overseas,” the Times wrote. The figure at the center of the case
is Hector Xavier Monsegur, who had become a prominent hacker with the activist group Anonymous, which has staged cyber assaults on MasterCard, PayPal and other commercial and government targets. Monsegur was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and became an informant, helping the law enforcement agency identify other members of Anonymous. Monsegur instructed a fellow hacker, Jeremy Hammond, to extract data from a long list of foreign government websites. And then that information — which included bank records
and login details — was uploaded to a server “monitored” by the FBI, the Times reported, citing court papers. The vast target list for hacking added up to more than 2,000 Internet domains, including the Polish Embassy in Britain and the electricity ministry in Iraq, according to an uncensored court document cited by the Times. Monsegur and Hammond had previously worked together to sabotage servers for Strafor Global Intelligence, an intelligence consultant firm based in Austin, Texas. “After Stratfor, it was pretty much out of control in terms of targets we had
access to,” Hammond told the Times in an interview from a federal prison in Kentucky, where he is serving a 10-year sentence for the Stratfor attack and other hacking. Hammond said he and Monsegur learned of a vulnerablity that could be exploited in web-hosting software called Plesk, which permitted backdoor access to thousands of websites. A court sentencing statement said that Monsegur directed other hackers to pull data from Syrian government sites, including banks and various ministries, according to the Times. “The FBI took advantage of hack-
ers who wanted to help support the Syrian people against the Assad regime, who instead unwittingly provided the US government access to Syrian systems, said the court statement quoted by the Times. Monsegur’s location is unknown and his sentencing hearing has been delayed repeatedly, fueling speculation that he remains an informant for the US government, the Times wrote. The report reinforces allegations that the US government has exploited flaws in Internet security to spy on foreign targets. The FBI was not immediately available for comment.
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Knowledge is real wealth of nation: PM CITING FEMALE FIGHTER PILOTS AS REFERENCE, PREMIER SAYS HE WANTS TO SEE WOMEN ON TOP, CALLS FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOTH GENDERS FOR ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
rime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, while terming education as the best investment into future, said the government aimed at developing an educational system that was compatible with the requirements of a knowledge-based economy. Addressing the fourth convocation of Air University at Convention Centre, the premier said, “Knowledge is the basic currency of the economy we are living in today and has supplanted land, labour and capital as the wealth of a nation.” The prime minister said he believed in strengthening country’s educational
70,000 children vaccinated in one-day anti-polio drive RAWALPINDI APP
Over 70,000 children, below five years age, were administered antipolio drops during a day-long drive launched in high risk areas of the city and cantonment on Thursday. Under the drive, the polio teams visited eight union councils of Rawalpindi city and two wards of cantt area, which had been declared high-risk areas, Executive District Officer (EDO- Health) Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal said. In the recently concluded regular campaign, he said, 711,744 children up to five years of age were administered drops to prevent the younger generation from the crippling disease. He said the purpose for launching the special drive is presence of people coming from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, especially after sewage samples collected from these areas indicated the presence of polio virus. EDO monitored the campaign and visited various areas to inspect the working of polio teams.
institutions. He termed education a prerequisite for democracy. “We want to strengthen democratic norms, to be able to tolerate different opinions and to understand that everyone has the right to express. And it would only be possible through education,” he said. Nawaz said he had the dream of a Pakistan where every citizen gets educated in the “real sense” and thereby contributes to the development of the country. He said as Pakistan’s Constitution was based on Islamic principles acquiring education was a religious obligation as well. He said as revolutions in technology and communication break down barriers between countries, connecting people all
over the world, new jobs and industries that require more skill and knowledge have come to dominate the economy. He stressed that science and technology are engines of growths in modern economies and must be an integral part of the country’s education system. He also called for including vocational training and education in modern skills like information technology. The prime minister said the educational system should foster creativity, sound judgment and analytical abilities. It should promote tolerance and openness towards other’s point of views and cultures, he added. He mentioned that in the developed economies every member of the society, be it man or woman, is part of the development process. He regretted that in Pakistan, the capacity of the other half of the population was under-utilised. PUTTING WOMEN ON TOP: Nawaz emphasised that education policy must prioritise female education in order
to close gender gap and stressed the need to ensure effective participation of women in the decision-making process and protect their respect and dignity. The premier said the government provides equal rights to women and urged them to come forward and contribute to the development of the country in fields which were previously considered for males only. He gave the reference of the recent induction of female fighter pilots and officers in the armed forces, which he said was a testament to the fact that all citizens have equal opportunity to serve Pakistan. The prime minister termed the young graduates as future of Pakistan and urged them to work diligently in their chosen professions with full integrity, honesty and dedication. He said it was a matter of pride for Air University to have achieved a repute of excellence in higher education in less than 12 years since its inception.
AIOU EWA office bearers take oath ISLAMABAD APP
State Minister for Education and Training, Engineer Muhammad Balighur Rehman hoped that the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) would work as role-model in promoting quality education and character-building of the students. He was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of AIOU’s Employees Welfare Association (EWA) held Thursday. The ceremony was presided over by the AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ali Asghar Chishti. The minister administered oath to the newly-elected office bearers including Chairman Malik Muhammad Saeed, Vice Chairman, Sher Asif Sati, President Malazim Hussain Qureshi, Vice President Muhammad Yousaf, General Secretary Muhammad Amjad Hashmi, Joint Secretary Ilyas Jadoon, Finance Secretary Muhammad Asif Awan, Publicity
Secretary Bilawal Leghari and Coordination Secretary Ghulam Farid Abbasi. Congratulating the EWA’s new office bearers, he emphasised that they should uphold good democratic traditions, showing commitment to their duties, while working for the welfare of the employees. He lauded the role of the AIOU and said it had been on fore-front in meeting the educational needs of the people. Balighur Rehman hoped that educational institutions will have a leading role in promoting healthy and positive social trends in the country, as well as inculcating good human qualities in the new generation. He said the society could only flourish if every individual honestly and dedicatedly fulfils his official and moral duties. The present government, the minister said was working on a roadmap for improving the entire educational system. He said they
also engaged in motivating educational institutions to ensure access of online courses of their students. He was glad that the AIOU has taken lead in this connection and trying to maintain international standard in their academic work. AIOU Vice Chancellor Dr Chishti appreciated the EWA in establishing healthy working environment in the University and providing best possible services to their students. He hoped that it will work as a bridge between the employees and Management for employees’ welfare and resolving their genuine demands. The ceremony was also addressed by Malik Muhammad Saeed and Sher Asif Satti. They thanked the new administration for its initiatives and steps they have taken for the welfare employees, particularly for their promotion to next grade. They demanded the government for regularisation of their 850 daily wages employees.
The prices of fresh milk have been increased Rs 10 per litter by Milk Association in the capital. Earlier the milk was being sold at Rs 80 to 85 per litter and yogurt on Rs 90 to 100 per kilogram but now the rates have been increased by Rs 5 to 6 in the markets of the federal capital. According to details, the milkmen have unilaterally started selling milk at shops on increased rates. The daily milk consumption especially in summers every year increases manifold including demand of packaged and un-packaged milk and yogurt, said a milkman Raheel Malik. It is pertinent to mention here that there is no proper price control system in the city as the milkman like suppliers of other commodities particularly of daily use items have been given a free hand and the departments concerned are taking no appropriate action in accordance with the law. The shopkeepers at Mubeen Market, Madinah Market (Aabpara), Melody, Supermarket, I-9 and I-10 markaz are fleecing the customers by charging high rates of their products, said an old citizen Abdul Rasheed. When contacted, Mubeen Market Milk Centre, Allah Ditta said that the rate of milk was increased due to an increase in Khal Banola (cotton seed cake). The citizens have strongly criticized the increase in milk prices, asking the authorities concerned to intervene into the matter to save them from profiteers. Despite repeated contacts, assistant commissioners Rabia Aurangzeb and Waqas were not available for comments.
Zeus shining bright on solar systeMs in capital ISLAMABAD APP
The power crisis in the twin cities has compelled its dwellers to install solar systems to enjoy uninterrupted power supply. Like other parts of the country, hours-long load shedding is being carried out in the twin cities. The residents are looking for alternative sources to run home appliances. The sale of solar energy systems has registered an increase in the electronic markets of twin cities. Muhammad Usman an industrialist told this scribe that solar panels were now increasingly being recognised by industrial users in the twin cities as a cost-effective alternative to diesel generators and more reliable than gasfired generators. The dwellers have installed the solar panels on the roofs of their houses to operate home appliances during power outages. “The solar panel that I installed at my home last week provides 24-hour electricity,” Abdul Rauf Abbassi, a resident of I-10 said. Subhan Ali, a university student, who had installed the solar energy panel at his residence, said that he was satisfied with its performance, as now they faced no power cuts. He said it was little a bit expensive but was sufficient for their needs. Tahir Malik, who deals in solar panels in Saddar Area of Rawalpindi, said he started selling the devices last summer and its sale had picked up over the last two months. “The price of a solar panel has doubled due to price hike,” he said. He added he sold six to seven solar panels daily. Describing its benefits, an electrician Mubashir Ali said that during the day the system provided power and simultaneously charged the batteries through UPS for its use at night.
Friday, 25 April 2014
If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them. –jane Fonda fbr warns retailers against sMuggled cigarettes ISLAMABAD PRESS RELEASE
To continue its enforcement drive against illicit cigarette trade, Federal Board of Revenue has served warning notices to more than 70 high-selling cigarette retailers across the country for selling smuggled cigarettes. An FBR official, on the condition of anonymity, said that the Board has been collecting evidence against these outlets for some time now and will continue to do so in major metro cities across the country. The notices were served to retailers located in Faisalabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Sargodha; and similar drives have been launched in Lahore and Karachi as well, with plans to extend the initiative to other cities already underway. “FBR wants to send a clear message that it will not tolerate evasion and that smuggled cigarette retailers should beware in the future” he added.
pM’s youth program gets encouraging response ISLAMABAD PRESS RELEASE
VAGuS organises a fat walk against obesity ISLAMABAD APP
AGUS Foundation organised a walk against obesity on Thursday on the green belt adjacent to Faisal Avenue. The event was planned to spread awareness amongst the masses on the major causes and treatments of obesity. The event was massively attended by the people from Islamabad and Rawalpindi with famous health professionals and important personalities addressing the attendees. While addressing the gathering Dr
walk he said that working for social causes like obesity is the best form of health services one can offer. He added that he has always been a staunch supporter of social causes and a healthy Pakistan, for the same purpose he supports the Say No to Obesity campaign with full zeal. Dr Rana Irfan, renowned hair restoration surgeon and pioneer VAGUS Foundation that organized the event explained the importance of understanding about obesity. He said that the purpose of organizing the event was to create awareness among the masses about the health epidemic that kills millions each year around the world.
8 kg hashish, weapons seized ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Prime Minister Youth Skill Development Program (PMYSDP) received overwhelming response from applicants throughout the country. Total 71,555 applications were received from the youth all over the country to get admission in Technical Education and Vocational training in response to admission notice advertisement published on 6th April, 2014. Applications received from AJK are 603, Baluchistan 6,320, FATA 2,740, Gilgit Baltistan 423, Islamabad 381, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 18,430, Sindh 17,089 and from Punjab 25,569. Whereas total 25,000 youth will be selected for imparting technical and vocational training. This shows a huge, very uncourageous and beyond our expectations response from the youth, said Executive Director National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Khalid Hanif in his statement issued.
Ghulam Nabi Qazi, representing World Health Organization said that understanding obesity is the first step to eradicate it in Pakistan. Capital Development Authority Director Health Dr Hassan Arooj addressed the participants of the walk. He reiterated the importance of better diets and the results achieved by these diets. Obesity is the major cause of many diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. As many as 26 percent of women and 19 percent of men in Pakistan are obese, he said. Former Baitul Mal chairman Zamurd Khan also attended the event. While addressing the participants of the
Islamabad Police on Thursday arrested 18 persons including drug pushers and dacoits besides recovering 8 kilogrammes of hashish, 180 litres of alcohol and seven pistols from their possession, a police spokesman said. Following the directions of SP (Rural) Hassan Iqbal, SHO Shehzad Town Police Station Fiaz Ranjha conducted crackdown against drug peddlers in Bilal Town and nabbed five persons. A total of 5.620 kilogram hashish was recovered from them who have been identified as Safarish, Ibadat, Rafaqat, Arshad and Shakeel. On a tip off, police tam arrested
three dacoits Shehzad, Zamir Saeed and Rafi besides recovering pistol and dagger from them. They were planning to rob passersby nearby Faizabad loop at time of their arrest. Sihala Police arrested two other drug peddlers Arshad alias Goga, Nazeer Ahmed alias Tali and recovered 2.150 kilogram hashish from them. Tarnol police team arrested Shahid during routine patrolling and recovered 180 litres alcohol from him while Faizan and Shahid Ibqal were arrested for having one pistol each. Loi Bher police nabbed a pickpocket red-handed and recovered Rs 50,000 from him. Ramana police nabbed Zahid Ibqal during patrolling who was wearing uniform of Punjab
police at time of his arrest but he could not prove his identity. Industrial area police nabbed Qaisar Aziz for having 7 MM pistol while Aabpara police apprehended Nauman Shah for possessing 30 bore pistol. Secretariat police arrested Shahid Iqbal and Allah Dita for having one 30 bore pistol each while Nauman was nabbed by Margallah police in possession of hashish. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is underway from them. AIG (Operations) Sultan Azam Temuri has appreciated this overall performance and directed all police officials for further effective steps to curb activities of criminal elements.
Apology Accepted: A traffic warden wearing a badge reading ‘sorry for inconvenience’ while he diverts traffic from BBR owing to construction work for Metro Bus Project. INP
Making the teachers punctual
RAWALPINDI SCHOOLS TO HAVE BIOMETRIC SYSTEM TO ENSURE ATTENDANCE OF TEACHERS RAWALPINDI ONLINE
A decision has been taken to install bio metric system in all primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools of district Rawalpindi to ensure attendance of the teachers therein. Survey of all government schools operating in the district Rawalpindi has been started in this respect. Bio metric system will be monitored regularly and DMO will supervise this process. This system is being introduced in 2230 schools of district Rawalpindi which include 1527 primary schools, 318 middle, 351 high and 34 higher secondary schools. The teachers will have to put their thumb impression in token of their attendance in this system and salaries will be paid to them on the basis of attendance record under bio metric system.
Man caught with 5kg heroin at airport ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Thursday foiled an attempt to smuggle 5 kg of heroin at Benazir International Airport on Thursday. The accused passenger has been arrested by ANF. ANF officials checked the luggage of passenger travelling on the private airline’s flight no. Q-R 615, scheduled to go from Islamabad to Qatar, and recovered 5 kilograms of heroin. An ANF source said that the suspect had heroin hidden in secret compartments of his luggage. The worth of confiscated heroin is estimated to be millions of dollars in the international market. The suspect has been arrested and an investigation was launched.
08 COMMENT Joining the new spectrum club
Friday, 25 April, 2014
Why media is under attack? Who is at fault, really?
Good, but how good?
AKISTAN has finally joined the new spectrum club of 3G and 4G mobile services which already has a membership of about two hundred countries. In the budget 2013-14, Ishaq Dar had expected to raise $1.2bn from the auction. Later he raised the expectations to an unrealistic $2bn only to deflate them days before the auction to $1.3bn. Even this turned out to wishful thinking as it did not reflect the socio-economic value of the spectrum. Consequently the government had to be content with $1.182 billion. That the government kept changing its target every few months was another disincentive for potential bidders. Dar failed to attract any more than four competitors who were already well versed in the conditions of the domestic market. Whatever efforts were made to lure the Gulf and Turkish investors, whose presence could have boosted the prices, fell through. While Dar can afford to look at the investment scenario in Pakistan with rose coloured glasses, hardnosed investors thought otherwise. Wary of uncertainties caused by lawlessness, serious infrastructure deficiencies and the PML-N’s knack for clashes with institutions, they decided to keep away. This should make the finance minister worry about the proceeds of the forthcoming sale of the 31 SoEs which he wants to be completed before June this year. The government hopes to raise some $2.5 billion through the sales. Early this month Dar quoted ‘a recent survey’ by the Japan External Trade organisation which had reportedly declared Pakistan as the second most favoured destination for investments and the Wall Street Journal which had described Pakistan as the most attractive place for private investment despite difficult security situation. As the outcome of the spectrum auction indicates the somewhat sexed up surveys did not correspond with the realities on ground. While Pakistan has one of the highest ratios of cellphone users in the region, consumers in the country currently enjoy connectivity at some of the lowest rates in the world. This is going to change after conversion to the new technology which may triple internet cost for users. It is for the operators to consider how to cushion the shock to make the technology available to the vast majority. The government wants to use the funds raised through privatisation to help bridge the fiscal deficit and meet government expenditures. Many think the government needs to keep a greater check on wasteful spending than it is currently doing. What is more, it has to make a more judicious choice of its development related priorities. The idea of a bullet train might be attractive to some, but shouldn’t it be left on the back burner till the railway system is really made functional? Is it a better idea to buy a fleet of new airplanes than reforming the PIA first?
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VER since man has started living in organised societies within the territorial entities called the state, there has been a perpetual struggle and confrontation between the forces of status quo and the change. History is a witness to the fact that the reactionary and anti-change elements have invariably resisted their rival forces with all the power and means at their command, even with violence. In the modern era, media due to its pivotal position and recognised status of being the fourth pillar of the state, is regarded as the harbinger of change, which adequately explains the reasons behind violent attacks on the media houses and media persons around the world, depending on the degree of civilisation attained by every nation. Pakistan is passing through a transitory phase in its march towards morphing into a civilised society with strong democratic traditions and respect for dissenting views. The reactionary forces, in spite of a proven record of their failure to stop change, are now engaged in their
last ditch effort to scuttle the process of change by attacking the media whom they perceive as the biggest threat to their well entrenched vested interests. In recent years, especially after the entry of the private electronic channels into the market of ideas and the freedom of expression enjoyed by the media, the country has witnessed growing attacks on the media persons, some paying with their lives for their belligerent efforts to vie for changing the archaic and exploitative social order and challenging the machinations of the institutions trying to hinder that change. However, it needs to be readily conceded that certain sections of the media and some media persons sometimes also have been acting irresponsibly in complete disregard to their social responsibility and internationally recognised professional and ethical norms, provoking and daring the reactionary elements to make their moves to muzzle the voices of dissent and change. The attack on Hamid Mir undoubtedly is a handiwork of these unidentified forces, since nobody has claimed the responsibility so far. No words and invectives would be enough to condemn the assassination attempt on him. Having said that, my considered view as a media watcher and a teacher of media studies is that this incident has not been handled in a responsible and discreet manner by the media. To begin with, brother of Hamid Mir lost no time in pointing an accusing finger towards the ISI and its current DG General Zaheer-ul-Islam without any concrete evidence to prove his assertion except the apprehensions expressed by Hamid Mir about a possible attempt on his life. Then some media
outlets, particularly the electronic channels, taking cue from the claim made by Hamid Mir’s family, made a conscious effort to reinforce the impression without any corroborative evidence from any independent source or their own irrefutable investigative efforts. It was indeed an impulsive reaction to the sad incident. The sentiments of the family are understandable but the media being the representative of the society was expected to react in a rational and prudent manner with due consideration of the sensitivities involved. ISI is a premier intelligence agency which has persistently been maligned by the enemies of the country. The unsubstantiated flak hurled at it on the domestic front, especially by the media, did provide its detractors beyond our frontiers the chance to further soil its image. At a time when the Pakistan Army is engaged in a relentless war against the terrorists and the ISI is making a sterling contribution in furthering and strengthening its ability to neutralise them on the basis of the credible intelligence provided by it, such irresponsible behaviour on the part of the media could act as a morale-sapping catalyst for the army men who have made unparalleled sacrifices to ward off the existentialist threat to the country. Under the circumstances, the legal action against the irresponsible behaviour of the electronic channels, being contemplated by the Army and the ISI as revealed by ISPR, reflects a sense of disappointment — and rightly so — within the security establishment. It is pertinent to mention that the ISPR had immediately condemned the attack on Hamid Mir and supported an impartial
inquiry into the incident but the ISI bashing has continued unabated. The prime minister has taken a timely and well considered initiative to order a judicial inquiry into the incident to unearth the circumstances surrounding this episode and to bring the culprits to the book. The ISPR has also indicated unequivocally that the security establishment would fully cooperate with the judicial commission in this regard. It has also, as an initial reaction to the umbrage directed at the ISI, said that the attack might have been carried out by the miscreants. It is indeed a very pertinent observation. In the prevailing circumstances, men like Hamid Mir have several enemies who despite representing a broader spectrum of the reactionary forces have their own individual agendas and enemies. Precluding these possibilities and jumping to the conclusion on the basis of sentimental streaks is not an advisable option for the media or for that matter anybody interested in knowing the truth. The media therefore, should wait for the findings of the Judicial Commission and stop committing indiscretions which could influence the process of investigations or undermine the position of a prestigious institution like the ISI and the Army. The government should also make sure that the Commission is formed immediately and its findings, unlike the reports of the previous commission, are not only made public but appropriate action is also taken against the perpetrators of this heinous crime. Malik Muhammad Ashraf is an academic. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moral crisis at the heart of Obama’s ‘Peace’ Martin Indyk’s galloping horse
o understand how thoughtless the US latest ‘peace process’ drive has been, one only needs to consider some of the characters involved in this political theater. one particular character who stands out as a testament to the inherently futile exercise is Martin Indyk. Indyk, a former US ambassador to Israel, was selected by Secretary of State John Kerry for the role of Special Envoy for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Under normal circumstances, Kerry’s selection may appear somewhat rational. Former ambassadors oftentimes possess the needed expertise to navigate challenging political landscapes in countries where they previously served. But these are not normal circumstances, and Indyk is hardly a diplomat in the strict use of the term. As the US-sponsored peace process began to falter, Kerry made a peculiar move by dispatching his envoy Indyk to Jerusalem. on Friday, April 18, Indyk took on the task of speaking to both sides separately. International media depicted the event as a last ditch effort to revive the talks, and to help bridge the gap between the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu. The envoy visit took place a day after intense and difficult talks were reported to have taken place between Israeli and PA negotiators. “No breakthrough was made,” an official Palestinian source told AFP of the Thursday meeting.
It was not that any progress was expected. Both sides are not talking about resolving the conflict per se, but the deliberations were mostly concerned with deferring Kerry’s deadline for a ‘framework agreement’, slated for April 29. The Americans want to maintain the charade for reasons other than peace. Without a ‘peace process’ the US will be denied an important political platform in the Middle East. US administrations have bestowed upon themselves the title ‘honest broker’. of course, it takes no particular genius to realize that the Americans were hardly honest in their dealings with both parties. In fact, the US was not a third party at all, but was and remains steadfast in the Israeli camp. It used its political and financial leverage as a platform that allowed it to advance Israeli interests first, and their own interests second. Indyk is an example. Martin Indyk, the prospective harbinger of peace, worked for the pro-Israeli lobby group AIPAC in 1982. AIPAC is a rightwing outlet that has invested unlimited funds and energy to impede any just and peaceful resolution to the conflict. It has such a strong grip over US Congress to the extent that some have suggested that Capitol Hill has become, in a sense, an occupied territory by Israel and its allies. Indyk’s most important contribution to Israel, however, was the founding of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) in 1985, another Israeli lobby outlet that has done tremendous damage to the credibility of US foreign policy in the Middle East by using ‘intellectuals’ and ‘experts’ as mediums. Writing in Mondoweiss last year, Max Blumenthal recalled some interesting statements made by Indyk at J Street’s first annual convention in Washington DC in 2009. J Street is another Israeli lobby group that has cleverly distinguished itself as pro-peace, thus deceiving many into believing that AIPAC’s dominance in Washington is being seriously challenged. However, its cleverly worded statements, and the colorful past of its honored guests and speakers indicate otherwise. Indyk, the rightwing Israel lobbyist, was indeed among friends.
“I remembered stumbling into a huge auditorium to hear Indyk describe how he made ‘aliyah to Washington’ during the 1980’s to ensure that US policy remained slanted in Israel’s favor, and go on to blame Yasser Arafat for the failure of Camp David,” Blumenthal recalled. He quoted Indyk. “I came to that conclusion 35 years ago when I was a student in Jerusalem and the Yom Kippur war broke out,” said Indyk. “I worked as a volunteer there in those terrible days when Israel’s survival seemed to hang in the balance and I witnessed the misery of war and the critical role that the United States in the form of Henry Kissinger played through activist diplomacy in forging a peace out of that horrendous war.” These were not passing comments made by Indyk, but a reflection of the man’s undying commitment, not to peace, but to Israel, or, more accurately, to ‘peace’ as envisioned by Israel, which is the core of the ongoing crisis. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu never ceases to talk about peace, as does his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Even the Minister of Economy, Naftali Bennett, leader of the extremist party, The Jewish Home, who is known for his bellicose rhetoric, is an ardent advocate of peace. But it is not peace that is predicated on justice or that envisaged by international and humanitarian laws. It is specificallytailored peace that would allow Israel to maintain an unmistakably racist agenda, and a colonial policy of land grabbing. Unsurprisingly, this is the same kind of ‘peace’ that the Americans envision as well. Kerry’s new peace agenda is not entirely a rehash of old agendas. Yes, it is that too, but it almost completely embraces the once farfetched ideas of Lieberman and rightwing groups, that of annexations – the Jordan Valley – and ‘land swaps’ in exchange of main settlement blocs. When Lieberman floated these ideas a few years ago, he sounded like a deranged politician. Thanks to Kerry, it is now part of mainstream thinking. So Indyk, who dedicated a lifetime to securing an Israeli style ‘peace’, is now magically branded as the one attempting to revive talks and exert pressure on both sides like any good ‘honest broker’
would do in these situations. But Indyk is not the only lobbyist-turned advocate for ‘peace.’ He is one of many. Dennis Ross, one of Washington’s essential political hawks for many years and a strong supporter of the disastrous Iraq war, served as a special Middle East coordinator under Bill Clinton, and was handpicked by President Barack obama very early on to continue to the play the same role in the new administration. Aside from the diplomat’s strong links to neoconservatives, especially those involved in the now defunct pro-war group, the Project for the New American Century; he also served as a consultant to the same lobby club founded by Indyk, WINEP. It was no coincident of course. WINEP, as other hawkish pro-Israeli groups, has served as an advocacy platform for Israel, and also fashioned Israeli styled ‘peace makers.’ Interestingly, both Dennis and Indyk blamed Palestinians for the failure of previous peace talks. Blumenthal astutely highlighted Indyk’s J Street tirade blaming late PLo leader Arafat with “that big shit-eating grin of his” for the failings of the so-called Clinton peace parameters, despite the fact that Arafat had indeed accepted them. Indyk reminisced: “I remember Shimon Peres saying to me at the time when Arafat had to decide whether to accept the Clinton Parameters, he said, history is a horse that gallops past your window and the true act of a statesman is to jump from the window on to a galloping horse. But of course Arafat let the galloping horse pass by leaving the Israelis and Palestinians mired in misery.” Now, it’s Indyk, the die-hard Israel lobbyist, being sent along with another galloping horse outside Abbas’ window. We all know well how this is going to end, and we can imagine Indyk giving another speech at an AIPAC or J Street conference deriding Abbas for failing to jump. Ramzy Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant and the editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story” (Pluto Press, London).
WORLD VIEW 09
Friday, 25 April, 2014
Resolve and reassure: The future of US-China relations ForeIgn poLIcy JaMes steinberG and Michael e o'hanlon
S President Barack Obama lunges into his trip to Asia, he will face questions not just about the administration's signature rebalance, or "pivot" toward that region, but also about the crisis in Ukraine. The leaders Obama will meet in South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and the Philippines will be preoccupied with what appears to them as a potential Asian parallel to the challenge Europe faces: How can the United States and its friends and allies deal with an increasingly assertive regional power? Put more bluntly -- as the leaders will surely do in their private talks with Obama -- how would the United States respond if China should resort to unilateral territorial intervention in their own backyard? The administration's strategic shift to East Asia in 2011 was built on two pillars. First, the United States would pursue its long-term interest in peace and stability in East Asia through sustained commitment to its traditional allies; second, it would build a cooperative, constructive relationship with a rising China, while also managing differences. In theory, this strategy is intended to take account of the inevitable growth of China's influence while reducing the danger that the relationship will lead to instability or even conflict. But in recent months, as China has pressed its territorial claims in the East and South China seas, the viability of this strategy has been increasingly put to the test. China's unilateral acts -- including its November declaration of an air defense identification zone in the East China Sea that included the disputed Senkaku Islands administered by Japan (which Beijing claims and calls the Diaoyu) and its efforts to block the resupply of Philippine Marines on the disputed Second Thomas shoal -- have
frightened China's neighbors and led to questions of what the rebalance means in the context of these troubling moves. The Obama administration has repeated its long-standing position that it takes no position on the merits of the sovereignty disputes, but opposes the use of force or coercion to resolve them. And it has asserted that it stands by its treaty commitments to Japan and the Philippines. But that has not led to significant progress. The risk of conflict remains high. The situation in Asia is arguably more complex than in Ukraine, where the United States has no bilateral security treaty but has clearly stated that Russia has infringed on Ukraine's sovereignty. Conversely, while the United States has formal treaty obligations in East Asia, it acknowledges that the countries in question differ on territorial sovereignty. And by taking no position it admits to the situation's ambiguity. The United States could abandon its neutrality and side with Japan and the Philippines on the territorial disputes, to dissuade Chinese adventurism. But such a move would deepen tensions between the United States and China without necessarily pushing Beijing to engage more diplomatically with its neighbors. And it risks moving toward bilateral confrontation with echoes of the Cold War -- a result none of the United States' partners in the region would welcome, given their deep economic interdependence with China. Instead, a more comprehensive approach to the changing tectonics of East Asia is needed: one that treats the territorial disputes not as isolated problems, but rather addresses the fundamental problem of dealing with a rising power. For four decades since then-President Richard Nixon's historic 1972 trip, the relationship between the United States and China has been largely coop-
erative. A weak China posed little threat to the United States and its allies while offering a growing market for U.S. goods, a source of inexpensive imports for the U.S. consumer, and a partner in the struggle to contain the USSR. But with the end of the strategic alignment based on shared concerns about the USSR, coupled with China's increasing military capacity fueled by its spectacular economic growth, both sides have increasingly questioned the sustainability of that cooperation. Many in China see the U.S. rebalance as ill-disguised containment, while many in the United States see Chinese military modernization and territorial assertiveness as strong indications that Beijing seeks to undermine Washington's alliances and drive the United States from the Western Pacific. The result threatens to be a familiar albeit tragic one: growing tension leading to conflict that serves no one's interest. And given China's huge economic potential and momentum, it is in many ways a more formidable potential adversary than Russia, despite the latter's huge stock of nuclear weapons. Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed solving the problem by building strategic trust, and "a new form of major power relationship." But that begs the most important questions: how to build trust, and what kind of relationship can the United States and China aspire to? Compounding this challenge, the longterm intentions of both sides are inherently unknowable. The inclination in the face of such uncertainty is to prepare for the worst -- which all too frequently becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. To manage this dilemma, the United States needs a clear strategy. We propose one entitled "Resolve and Reassure." War too often results from misplaced judgments about another country's resolve. In East Asia, and between China and the United States, the Korean War
demonstrates what can happen when countries miscalculate other's willingness to act. The United States needs to project clarity about its resolve to defend its vital interests. And in the current context of East Asia, nowhere is this more important than with respect to alliance commitments. To prevent misjudgment, the United States must sustain the credibility of its treaty obligations, both in words -as the administration has done by making clear that the Senkakus fall under the U.S. obligation to assist Japan via the U.S.Japan security treaty -- and in actions. That does not mean Washington must immediately unsheathe the sword if tensions escalate over China's actions near the Senkakus or disputed islands in the South China Sea, but it must make clear that it is prepared to impose significant costs if red lines are crossed -which is why the response to Russia's actions in Ukraine is so salient to the situation in East Asia. U.S. allies in Asia worry that China's ability to impose economic costs against the United States might deter Washington from acting -- a concern exacerbated by U.S. and European caution in imposing costs on Russia. The late March expansion of sanctions against Russia should help reassure U.S. allies of Washington's willingness to accept the risks of economic retaliation in order to impose costs on those who cross red lines. U.S. allies will be watching closely to see if the threats of broader sanctions become more concrete in the event of further Russian encroachments. But projecting resolve is only one part of a strategy to stabilize U.S.-China relations. The United States and its allies also have an interest in reassuring China that if Beijing acts responsibly, they will not seek to thwart its future prosperity and security. Resolve must be matched by appropriate confidence building, including the willingness to enter into mu-
Tony Blair is right that defeating Islamism is a generational battle. But we won’t win by repeating the errors of the past Independent So apparently intractable are the political, ethnic and sectarian problems in the Middle East that there are many in the West who throw up their hands at the possibility of their ever being resolved. Tony Blair is resolutely no such character. In a choleric speech the former Prime Minister attacked those who see only shades of grey, and set out instead a startlingly black-andwhite vision of how the West should respond to turmoil that stretches from the eastern tip of Egypt to Pakistan’s border with India. Above all, says Blair, Western powers must redouble efforts to counter “radical Islam” – intervening wherever possible to support “revolution” against religious hardliners. Mr Blair speaks with the same fervour with which he took Britain into the disastrous war in Iraq. Yet not all is misguided. The Middle East is not the “vast unfathomable mess” of stereotype, nor should the West apply a handsoff foreign policy. The threat posed by extremist Islam is real and growing. American and European policymakers should indeed “engage” in countering
its spread, through means primarily diplomatic and – as a very last resort – military. But Mr Blair’s desire to “take sides” leads him to abandon reasonable caution, ignore the reality on the ground, and join arms with parties who deserve no such backing from Western leaders. “The future of the region” hangs in Egypt. Yet Mr Blair’s absolutist approach – his formulation of a “very clear and unambiguous struggle” throughout the Middle East, b e tween, essentially, religious ideology and freedom – leads him to endorse the military coup that evicted Mohamed Morsi, head of the country’s first elected government, a n d
brush over the repression that has followed under the interim rule of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. He ignores the massacre of 1,000 Brotherhood supporters, the re-assertion of strongman rule and the arrest of Al Jazeera journalists for “aiding terror”. By offering his support to Mr Sisi, who exerts control over national media and is sure to win election to the presidency in May, Mr Blair further legitimises the military’s ongoing campaign against freedom of expression, and freedom of religion, within Egypt. That irony is lost in a torrent of conviction. Mr Blair casually elides the Muslim Brotherhood with terrorist activities. How he envisages that Egypt will progress to a safe, free society without engaging the Brothers is not clear. Their record in power was inept at best, but the party’s millions of supporters will not turn into liberal secularists simply because Mr Sisi has banned the organisation and arrested hundreds of its members. Instead, they may be forced underground, and into the waiting arms of the very radicals whose number Mr Blair seeks to thin. One topic upon which Mr Blair didn’t linger is the deterioration of Iraq. Taking Britain to war there in 2003, he leapt before he looked – a decision with terrible and ongoing consequences. UN figures show nearly 8,000 civilians were killed there last year. That is no reason to turn away from all intervention in the Middle East, but it should turn the focus to diplomacy, even to the involvement of Islamist groups – from the Taliban to the Muslim Brotherhood – with whom we may strongly disagree, but who will survive so long as they can call on popular support. The long, difficult battle against religious extremism in all its forms requires patience, determination and clarity of thought; but a Manichean view of the Middle East is not a good place to start.
tual agreements that help make credible each side's professions of good intentions. These might include "Open Skies" reconnaissance agreements, where both sides allow territorial overflights to reduce concerns about concealment; agreements for handling incidents at sea to reduce the risk of accidental encounters that could be interpreted as deliberate provocations, whether they are or not; and restrictions on destabilizing activities in space, such as the deliberate destruction of spacecraft. Just as important as formal agreements is the willingness of both sides to exercise restraint in defensive actions that might appear threatening; to enhance transparency to dispel misunderstandings; and to reciprocate positive actions to stimulate a virtuous circle of enhanced confidence. This might mean Chinese willingness to slow the rate of its military buildup rather than race for parity. And for the United States it might mean modifying its Air-Sea Battle concept, beginning with a more benign name such as Air-Sea Operations and a more inclusive approach toward implementation, to emphasize defensive objectives instead of offensive operations -- which some Chinese view as seeking the ability to deliver a pre-emptive, knock out blow. Both sides need to revise and coordinate their contingency planning in places like the Korean Peninsula, in order to mitigate the dangers of unwanted escalation. This is an ambitious agenda. But if China and the United States hope to avoid the growing rivalry that has too often accompanied the interaction between a dominant and rising power, this effort is needed. A judicious combination of strategic reassurance and resolve could save the U.S.-China relationship from the spiral of mistrust that characterizes the U.S.-Russia relationship today - and protect against the even greater dangers that could result.
Is Britain a 'Christian Country'? Los AngeLes tImes Michael McGouGh Prime Minister David Cameron is under fire for suggesting that Britain “should be more confident about our status as a Christian country.” That assertion came in a column the Tory leader wrote for the Church Times, an Anglican publication. In good Anglican fashion, Cameron was careful to add that “being more confident about our status as a Christian country does not somehow involve doing down other faiths or passing judgment on those with no faith at all.” He also confessed to being a “rather classic” member of the Church of England: “not that regular in attendance, and a bit vague on some of the more difficult parts of the faith.” The prime minister’s diffidence didn’t help him with his critics, who saw his “privileging” of Christianity as incompatible with contemporary multicultural Britain. In a letter to the Telegraph, 56 writers, intellectuals and entertainers objected to Cameron’s characterization and “the negative consequences for politics and society which this engenders.” The letter went on: “Apart from in the narrow constitutional sense that we continue to have an established church, Britain is not a ‘Christian country.’ Repeated surveys, polls and studies show that most of us as individuals are not Christian in our beliefs or our religious identities. At a social level, Britain has been shaped for the better by many preChristian, non-Christian and post-Christian forces.” From an American perspective, there is nothing “narrow” about the fact that Britain has an established church, something that even conservative U.S. scholars agree would be impossible in this country because of the 1st Amendment. But let’s concede the distinction Cameron’s critics want to draw between the Christian nature of the British Constitution and the identity of the United Kingdom as a society. If by “Christian” one means “observant Christian,” the critics may be right, given all the empty pews in those historic churches. (One estimate is that only 6% of Britons attend services regularly.) But when Britons are asked to identify themselves religiously, 6 in 10 say they are Christians. Perhaps Cameron could have avoided the controversy if he had described Britain as “a largely Christian country” or “a historically Christian country.” But he clearly wanted to suggest that the country, and not just the crown, is Christian, even if members of other faiths (or of no faith) enjoy full citizenship and civil rights. (Similarly, Israelis who insist that Israel be recognized as a Jewish state see no contradiction between that designation and civil rights for Christian and Muslim citizens of Israel.) A few decades ago, Cameron’s comments might have been uncontroversial. But Britain is today more like the United States, where a president — even one who, like Barack Obama, trumpets his own Christian faith — would think twice before describing America as a Christian country. But back to Britain. Cameron probably should have realized that his “Christian nation” line would be problematic. A few years ago it was reported that Prince Charles was mulling a change in the monarch’s traditional title of Defender of the Faith (bestowed on Henry VIII by the pope!) to Defender of the Faiths, in recognition of Britain’s religious diversity. (More recently, he has moved to the formula Defender of Faith). If the future head of the Church of the England doesn’t believe his realm is a Christian country, maybe the prime minister should think again.
Friday, 25 April, 2014
CHINA MOBILE TO INVEST $1B IN PAKISTAN SuB-national Anusha Rehman asks company to start production of mobile sets in Pakistan financeS vital foR BetteR econoMy: DaR ISLAMABAD INP
InAnCE Minister Senator Ishaq Dar said on Thursday that management of sub-national finances was an important subject with which the federal and provincial governments have to deal for better economic management. "Keeping in view the requirements of the country and inline with the PML-n economic agenda, better economic management is the top priority of our government," he said. Addressing workshop on strengthening sub-national fiscal management arranged jointly by the ministry of finance and World Bank Group, the finance minister further underscored that fiscal sustainability could not be achieved without sound fiscal and financial management. "Wherever and whenever there is a departure from fiscal prudence and matters are allowed to drift over a period of time, as happened in the recent past in Pakistan, the
economy has had to pay a heavy price in the shape of inflation, high unemployment, high debt burden and slow economic growth," he added.
China Mobile Communications Corporation Executive Vice President Li Zhengmao along with his team called on Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar at the finance ministry Thursday. Zhengmao congratulated the finance minister and the minister of state for IT for holding successful spectrum auction in a transparent manner. He said his corporation would invest over US$ 1 billion in telecommunication infrastructure and training of its officials within a period of three years. While reiterating his commitment to expand investment in Pakistan, Zhengmao disclosed that he planned to roll out projects in e-education and e-health. He
added that a framework agreement for future investment and R&D projects with the government of Pakistan will be formally signed for further commitments. Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman, who was also present in the meeting, requested production of mobile sets in Pakistan which would help the local industry in technology development. She said the company’s aim should be for
localised research and development with transfer of technology which will ultimately benefit their local industry. She emphasized that the China Mobile Communications Corporation should initiate local based product manufacturing projects which will help in employment generation. The executive vice president said they would seriously consider the proposal.
ADB approves $400m for Pakistan to tackle energy problems
Meezan Bank proﬁt ups 13pc with Rs300b deposits
ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $400 million loan to support the government of Pakistan's ongoing reforms to tackle the energy issues. A statement issued by the ADB on Thursday said the loan was part of an assistance programme which would underwrite reforms needed to make the energy sector affordable, reliable, sustainable and secure. This in turn would accelerate industrial activity needed to boost economic growth and help create jobs, which were key to reducing poverty levels, the ADB said. Pakistan's economy had been devastated by power shortages which were estimated to have slowed GDP growth by at least 2 percentage points a year, and private investment had been sharply reduced and power sector subsidies had caused high fiscal deficits and elevated public debt, it added. APP
KARACHI: Meezan Bank Limited has recorded 13 percent growth in its profit-aftertax which increased to Rs 1.106 billion compared to Rs 0. 982 billion earned in the corresponding quarter last year. The earning per share of the Bank for the first quarter of 2014 was Rs 1.10 (March 2013: Re 0.98). The Board of Directors’ of Meezan Bank Limited in its meeting held at Karachi on April 23 approved the financial statements of the Bank for the quarter ended on March 31. The meeting was presided over by H E Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Chairman of the Board.
Vice Chairman of the Board Abdullateef A AlAsfour also attended the meeting. Meezan Bank has maintained its growth momentum - crossing the deposit milestone of Rs 300 billion and closing at Rs 307 billion on March 31 as against Rs 290 billion on December 31 a growth of 6pc in just three months. Meezan Bank is Pakistan's 8th largest bank in terms of branch network, with 351 branches in 103 cities of the country. The Bank has been consistently recognised as the best Islamic Bank in Pakistan by various local and international institutions over the past several years. STAFF REPORT
CORPORATE CORNER Rocket Internet and Ooredoo's collaboration to bring investment to Pakistan LAHORE: Rocket Internet, a German start-up incubator, has partnered with Ooredoo Q.S.C a Qatar based telecommunications provider to form ‘Asia Internet Holding’ and will jointly build and fund existing e-commerce startups especially those focused on mobile services. This merger will benefit Rocket Internet's ventures operating in Pakistan. The collaboration is expected to bring in heavy foreign investment to Pakistan, especially through Rocket Internet's most successful venture Kaymu (an online market place), which spearheads operations for the entire Asia region out of Pakistan. Oliver Samwer, Founder Rocket Internet, commented, “We look forward to working with a partner as innovative and customer-centric as Ooredoo in Asia. Our Partnership will accelerate the development of Asia Internet Holding in the region and help our businesses succeed. We feel that by bringing e-commerce models that have worked well elsewhere in the World to Asia, and that by partnering with an operator like Ooredoo, we can jointly bring better services to customers.” Commenting on the collaboration Ahmed Khan, MD Asia Kaymu.com who was present at the investors meet said, "The investment is greatly based on the success already achieved in Pakistan. During investor presentations in Singapore and Indonesia, Pakistan was shown as the success story on which the potential of the region is gauged." PRESS RELEASE
Toyota presents first mega dream car event of the year ISLAMABAD: The 8th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, organized by Indus Motor Company, kicked off with a grand event in Islamabad today. The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is targeted towards school children with the aim to promote creativity and provide an opportunity to children to express their dreams and use their imagination through art by drawing a ‘Future Dream Car’. While at the same time create a bond between Toyota and the participants (the future customers) and their families. In Pakistan, Indus Motor Company has been organizing the Dream Car Art Contest for the last seven years as part of the global Toyota initiative aimed at developing Toyota brand awareness, affinity and association among young people. The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest will comprise a series of three regional events with the first being held in Islamabad, followed by similar events in Karachi (April 30, 2014) and Lahore (May 7, 2014). PRESS RELEASE
Launch of Pakistan’s Premier Online Pharmacy: Sehat LAHORE: The launch of Sehat (Pakistan’s premier online pharmacy) took place today in Lahore. Now, consumers have the convenience of getting guaranteed quality medicines straight from the manufacturers, through special arrangement, delivered right to their doorstep, anywhere in Pakistan. Sehat delivers all medications, including cold chain items, according to WHO and GMP standards and regulations. One can also schedule regular deliveries for convenience and ease of mind so one never misses a single dose of medication. There a number of payment options, including credit card, internet banking, deposit banking etc. Orders may be placed directly on the website (www.sehat.com.pk) or the call center’s toll free no. 0800-SEHAT (73428). PRESS RELEASE
Mobilink, Pakistan’s largest cellular network wins 3G license LAHORE: Dawlance distributed DW-296 cooking series microwave ovens in the first digital contest. Dawlance SVP Communications Hasan Azim is also seen in picture. PR
Ufone wins 3G Auction Spectrum LAHORE: Ufone, one of the leading telecom operators in Pakistan and a front-runner in Innovation has emerged as successful in winning the auction for the 3G license in Pakistan. PTA organized the viewing of online bidding at Marriot in Islamabad. As big screens flickered with bidding activity, journalists and members of civil society were gathered together to witness what many called a historic moment. Speaking at the occasion Ufone’s CEO, Abdul Aziz expressed his delight saying, “This is a major milestone not just for Ufone but also the telecommunication industry of Pakistan in general. We have been working to get 3G technology in Pakistan for a while and it fills me with immense pride and delight that our efforts have finally bore fruit. He also congratulated PTA, relevant ministries and Government of Pakistan on the successful conclusion of the bidding process.” PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Mobilink, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Telecom Holding S.A.E (“Global Telecom”) and part of the VimpelCom group, was announced as one of the winners of the 3G spectrum auction conducted by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (“PTA”) at a formal ceremony held on April 23, 2014. Under the terms of the auction, Mobilink won 2x10 MHz spectrum at 2100 MHz band with a total price of USD 300.9 million. High speed internet services on Mobilink’s 3G-ready sites will be rolled out according to the timelines defined in the license agreement by PTA. The license is valid for a period of 15 years. Rashid Khan, President and CEO Mobilink commenting on the success said, “The acquisition of the license is a testament to the commitment that Mobilink and its parent
company VimpelCom has made to Pakistan to bring the best voice and data services and seamless connectivity through cutting edge technology. As we roll-out NGMS services on our network, we will ensure that our customers continue to enjoy the best EDGE services on more than 9000 cell sites across Pakistan.” Commenting on the role of government and the regulator he added, “This auction will go a long way in bringing Pakistan at par with technology and data services in the global market. I would like to congratulate the PTA, Ministry of IT and Ministry of Finance for facilitating a transparent and successful bidding process.” PRESS RELEASE
Air Arabia connects Pakistan to Ras Al Khaimah in UAE ISLAMABAD: Air Arabia, the newly designated carrier of Ras Al Khaimah, joined the emirate’s tourism and aviation authorities to announce the operational details of its soon to open hub at RAK International Airport, its fourth international base and second in the UAE. During a joint press conference with the RAK Department of Civil Aviation (DCA)and the Tourism Development Authority, Air Arabia announced that starting May 6, 2014, it will offer direct services to eight routes from RAK International Airport, giving an immediate boost to the emirate’s rapidly growing tourism sector. PRESS RELEASE
ISLAMABAD: Regional GM Marriott Hotels Pakistan Hartmut Noack receives President Mamnoon Hussain at the Islamabad Marriott Hotel. PR
ISLAMABAD: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervaiz chairs a meeting of the Bank of Khyber's Board of Directors. PR
Friday, 25 April, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
This isn't a good time to try new endeavors -- not even those that seem like they are the best of ideas. Your energy is just better suited to cleaning up old problems or motoring along on the same paths.
You have to complain a little today, even if you'd rather keep your problems to yourself. It's a good time to enlist support -- or at least sympathy -- for your side in the struggle.
Your people may seem to be deliberately misreading you, but it's actually just the strange energy coursing through the world that's wreaking havoc with perceptions. Try to be very clear.
Your energy is diffuse today, but that doesn't mean you can't get stuff done. It's one of those days when your mind is likely to wander off into fertile territory, so come back with something good!
Now is the time to listen to your heart -- it can't steer you wrong, Of course, if your brain agrees then you're sure to move quickly, but if there's a conflict, it's the emotional component that takes priority.
You may find that your relationship issues are taking over your life -- but this is a good thing! You're in the right place to handle them with care and compassion, and you should end up in a better place.
You're dealing with too many weird projects and tasks to handle easily today -- so get some help or blow off the less important stuff. You're sure to catch up before too much longer.
A burst of creativity jolts your day and sets you off in a new direction. It could be almost anything from a new art project to a dream that leads you to a new job, so pay attention and go for it!
This isn't the best day for beginnings -you should experience slow starts and not much progress until tomorrow or the day after that. It's a good time to just keep doing what you have been doing.
Surprise the competition today -- they will never see you coming. Your creative ideas are perfect for taking advantage of your current situation, and your practical nature helps you succeed.
Don't take that ATM slip too seriously -- you may have a sizable discrepancy coming one way or the other. That means you ought to play it safe financially until it all shakes out.
Try not to get too bent out of shape over today's revelation -- if anything you should be grateful for what you're hearing! Your terrific personal energy helps you turn this into a moment of growth.
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Friday, 25 April 2014
GENE THERAPY RESTORES A PERSON'S HEARING FOR THE FIRST TIME Scientists have used bionic ear technology to restore a person's hearing for the ﬁrst time
HEy used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves. The research, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, also heralds a possible new way of treating a range of neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, and psychiatric conditions including depression through the new way of delivering gene therapy. The study's senior author, Professor Gary Housley, of the University of New South Wales in Australia, said: 'People with cochlear implants do well with understanding speech, but their perception of pitch can be poor, so they often miss out on the joy of music. 'Ultimately, we hope that after further research, people who depend on cochlear implant devices will be able to enjoy a broader dynamic and tonal range of sound, which is particularly important for our sense of the auditory world around us and for
music appreciation.' The research, which has been five years in development, centres on regenerating surviving nerves after age-related or environmental hearing loss, using existing cochlear technology. The cochlear implants are 'surprisingly efficient' at localised gene therapy in the animal model, when a few electric pulses are administered during the implant procedure. Jim Patrick, chief scientist at Cochlear Limited which supported the study, said: 'This research breakthrough is important because while we have had very good outcomes with our cochlear implants so far, if we can get the nerves to grow close to the electrodes and improve the connections between them, then we'll be able to have even better outcomes in the future.' It has long been established that the auditory nerve endings regenerate if neurotrophins - a naturally occurring family of proteins crucial for the development, function and survival of neurons - are delivered to the auditory portion of the inner ear, the
cochlea. However, until now, research has stalled because safe, localised delivery of the neurotrophins can't be achieved using drug delivery, nor by viralbased gene therapy. Professor Housley and his team developed a way of using electrical pulses delivered from the cochlear implant to deliver the DNA to the cells close to the array of implanted electrodes. These cells then produce neurotrophins. He said: 'No-one had tried to use the cochlear implant itself for gene therapy. 'With our technique, the cochlear implant can be very effective for this.' While the neurotrophin production dropped away after a couple of months, Professor Housley says ultimately the changes in the hearing nerve may be maintained by the ongoing neural activity gener-
ated by the cochlear implant. The paper's first author Jeremy Pinyon, whose PhD is based on the work, said: 'We think it's possible that in the future this gene delivery would only add a few minutes to the implant procedure. 'The surgeon who installs the device would inject the DNA solution into the cochlear and then fire electrical impulses to trigger the DNA transfer once the implant is inserted.' Study co-author, Associate Professor Matthias Klugmann, added: 'Our work has implications far beyond hearing disorders. 'Gene therapy has been suggested as a treatment concept even for devastating neurological conditions and our technology provides a novel platform for safe and efficient gene transfer into tissues as delicate as the brain.' VIA DAILY MAIL
BRAZIL SET TO USE ENGINEERED MOSQUITOES TO ERADICATE THE DENGUE FEVER LAUGHING MAKES YOUR BRAIN WORK BETTER, NEW STUDY FINDS Ever have trouble remembering where you just left your keys? Just laugh it off. New research suggests that humor can improve short-term memory in older adults. In a recent small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with no video. Afterwards, they performed memory tests and had saliva samples analyzed for stress hormones. You guessed it; those who got to laugh the 20 minutes away with the funny video scored better on short-term memory tests, researchers said. And salivary levels of the stress hormone cortisol -- a memory enemy of sorts -- were significantly decreased in the humor group. "Learning ability and delayed recall become more challenging as we age," said study author Dr. Gurinder S. Bains, a Ph.D. candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences. "Laughing with friends or even watching 20 minutes of humour on TV, as I do daily, helps me cope with my daily stressors." The less stress you have, researchers said, the better your memory. It works like this: humor reduces stress hormones, lowers your blood pressure, and increases your mood state, according to Dr. Lee Berk, a coauthor of the study and associate professor of Allied Heath. The act of laughter -- or simply enjoying some humour -- increases endorphins, sending dopamine to the brain to provide a sense of pleasure and reward, Berk said. That, in turn, makes the immune system work better and changes brain wave activity towards what's called a "gamma frequency," amping up memory and recall. Want to lower your stress levels? "Begin by laughing more daily," Bains said. "It will improve your quality of life." So, maybe you don't have to feel bad about all that time you spend watching funny videos at work?. ABC NEWS
Brazil has approved use of genetically modified mosquitoes to curb Dengue fever, Daily Mail reports. Dengue fever affects more than 390 million people around the world each year and its symptoms can be fatal. With no vaccine for the disease, researchers have come up with GM mosquitos as an alternative to stop it. The male GM bugs have been engineered in such a way that means their offspring die before reaching maturity The idea is that the male insects are on a suicide mission which involves mating with wild females before they, and their offspring, die. This, in theory, can reduce the number of wild mosquitoes which carry and spread dengue fever. The viral infection causes serious symptoms ranging from high temperatures and muscle pain to bleeding. Earlier this year, Panama announced plans to release the GM insects into its jungles to similarly help tackle the spread. The bugs were engineered by Oxfordbased firm Oxitec. Oxitec has developed the technology to create the genetically modified insects which, it claims, can also be used instead of chemicals to protect food crops from pests. The Oxitec insect is used to control the dengue mosquito, Aedes aegypti, because it is a strain of the wild species that contains two additional genes. The Oxitec males, which don't bite, are released to seek out and mate with the wild females. Their offspring inherit the additional genes and die before becoming functional adults. They also inherit a marker that is visible under a special light, making monitoring in the field simple, and helps ensure that dengue mosquito control programmes succeed. The GM mosquito trials in Panama began in February in Nuevo Chorillo, in the Arraiján district of Panama. They have been approved by the Ministry of Health
but critics claim no information about the possible downsides have been provided to members of the public. Director of GeneWatch UK, Dr Helen Wallace, said: ‘Local people should be aware that releasing large numbers of GM mosquitoes can pose risks to their health and the environment. 'They also need to know who will be liable if anything goes wrong. Will Oxitec take responsibility for any problems, or just walk away?’ GeneWatch said changes could be introduced into the wild population which means the dengue fever they spread becomes more dangerous to humans. ONLINE
SAUDI ARABIA TO BUILD WORLD'S TALLEST TOWER Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. Dubai's iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, could be stripped of its Guinness title if Saudi Arabia succeeds in its plans to construct the even larger Kingdom Tower in Jeddah -- a prospect looking more likely as work begins next week, according to Construction Weekly. Consultants Advanced Construction Technology Services have recently announced testing materials to build the 3,280-feet (1 kilometer) skyscraper (the Burj Khalifa, by comparison, stands at a meeker 2,716 feet, or 827 meters). The Kingdom Tower, estimated to cost $1.23 billion, would have 200 floors and overlook the Red Sea. Building it will require about 5.7 million square feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel, according to the Saudi Gazette. Building a structure that tall, particularly on the coast, where saltwater could potentially damage it, is no easy feat. The foundations, which will be 200 feet (60 meters) deep, need to be able to withstand the saltwater of the nearby ocean. As a result, Advanced Construction Technology Services will test the strength of different concretes. Wind load is another issue for buildings of this magnitude. To counter this challenge, the tower will change shape regularly. ONLINE
45-YEAR-OLD LETTER FINDS WAY TO ITS INTENDED RECIPIENT IN CANADA A 45-year-old letter arrived in the mailbox of a Canadian woman, who received the correspondence from her younger sister decades after it was sent, Canadian media reported. The missive, mailed by her then nine-year-old sibling, was sent in 1969 with a six-cent stamp, Anne Tingle told public radio CBC. It arrived wrapped in plastic with a note from Canada Post apologizing for the envelope's state, but not the delay. "Dear customer, we sincerely regret that your mail item is damaged. It was found in this condition in the mail stream" the note read. The envelope was addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Tingle," with only a street name and incorrect home number and was mailed from the city of Lethbridge, she said. Written on the envelope was neither the intended city, Calgary, nor its western province of Alberta, but the letter recently arrived at Tingle's new home in Calgary nonetheless. Tingle said she was unsure why the correspondence finally reached her, but that she had forwarded her address when she moved. The letter begins with a poem, which was written by the younger sister after she came to stay with Tingle to help after she had a second child. AGENCIES
Friday, 25 April, 2014
VOICE BEHIND ‘KO-KO-KORINA’ AHMED RUSHDI’S 80TH BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATED LAHORE
HE 80th birthday of renowned Pakistani playback singer and "Ko-Ko-Korina" famed Ahmed Rushdi was marked on Thursday across the film and showbiz
industry. Born on April 24, 1934 in Hyderabad Deccan of British India, Rushdi belonged to a conservative and traditional family. Rushdi was fond of listening to music from a very young age and would often hum his favourite tunes. Even though he had no family background in singing, Rushdi’s talent and passion landed him in a local music academy where he learned music from the popular composers of the time, M.A. Rauf and Iqbal Qureshi. He was trained
in classical music from Ustad Nathu Khan. He made his debut in singing in the Indian film Ibrat in 1951. In 1954, he migrated to Pakistan and began his musical career here. He participated in various variety shows and music programs on radio. He recorded his first non-film song “"Bunder Road se Keemari", for Radio Pakistan’s show Bacchon Ki Dunya which was an instant hit. From there on, there was no stopping for the singing maestro. He sang for various films including Bara Admi, Wah Rey Zamaney, Raat Ke Rahi, Yeh Dunya, Anokhi, Raaz and many others. He received his first Nigar Award as Best Male Playback Singer in 1961 for "Chand Sa Mukhra Gora Badan" in the film Saperan. He is also the melodious voice behind the catchy "Gol Gappay
SHAH RUKH KHAN, AMITABH, AISHWARYA, ABHISHEK CAST LAST MINUTE VOTE Bollywood’s power couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai cast their vote, a few hours before the Lok Sabha Polls in Maharashtra ended. Abhishek Bachchan, posted a selfie of himself and Aishwarya showing their ink-stained finger and urging others to vote. The actor couple came to vote with Amitabh Bachchan and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan. Meanwhile, Bollywood’s King Shah Rukh Khan visited the polling booth sans wife Gauri, just few minutes before the polling ended in Mumbai. The actor also tweeted a selfie after getting inked. Bollywood stars like Rekha, Vidya Balan, Aamir Khan and Sonam Kapoor were among the early voters and many celebrities took to Twitter to flaunt their fingers and to tell their fans to get inked as Mumbai went for polls. Other actors who were not the early birds at their respective poll booths were Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, among others. ageNCIeS
AIZA KHAN, DANISH TAIMOOR GETTING MARRIED SOON There was news of Danish Taimoor and Ayza Khan’s engagement in the media last year but then there was news that the engagement had been called off. There is good news for Ayza Khan and Danish’s fans; they are still happily engaged and getting married this year. According to the news there is going to be a grand wedding which will be attended by everyone in the industry. Both these actors have starred in a few dramas together. They look really good on screen. Ayza khan started her career at a very early age. She is an actress and a model. ageNCIeS
Wala Aaya" in film Mehtaab. In 1966, he sang "Ko Ko Koreena", considered the first modern Pakistani pop song. He lent his voice for many film heroes, comedians as well as villains played by Waheed Murad, Nadeem, Santosh Kumar, Darpan, Habib, Rehman, Ghulam Mohiuddin , Munawar Zarif, Lehri, Nirala, Nanha and Rangeela. He passed away on April 11, 1983 following a heart attack. On his death, actor Waheed Murad said. "Today I have lost my voice." Rushdi received around 21 awards in his entire lifetime while was awarded with Pride of Performance, the highest civil award, in 2004. He was also awarded tributes by Indus TV in 2005, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by Lux Style Awards in 2012.
FOR KANGANA, 'REVOLVER RANI' ALREADY A SUCCESS
Kangana Ranaut's new film "Revolver Rani" is yet to release, but for the actress, it is already a success. She says the film is even better than the script envisaged. "We have made a better film than what we had initially intended to. I already believe it is a success. How people perceive box office numbers is a different thing, but for me it is already a success," the 27-year-old said here Wednesday at a special screening of the film. "We have made an incredible film as a team and I congratulate the filmmakers for going beyond the script from where we started," she added. Kangana says "Revolver Rani" is not a woman-oriented film but a high-concept film which is a genre-breaker of sorts. "We are getting a good response. It is not a woman-oriented film, it is a high-concept film. 'Revolver Rani' is a genre-breaker, you will not find any reference for this film, there has never been such a film in Bollywood which has been narrated in a cheap literature style. It is a new experience, please enjoy it," Kangana said. ageNCIeS
BarBie to hit Big screen in a live-action comedy Barbie is constantly being talked about. Whether it’s a debate about body image issues, human Barbie, or just another day at the toy store, the iconic toy is nothing if not recognizable. And now, Barbie will expand her enterprise when she takes over the big screen. Sony considers this its next “big, global franchise” and plans for the project to go into production by the end of the year, according to a press release. The live-action film will be written by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. The story will follow Barbie through many of her more than 150 roles, not limited to but including mermaid, princess, and president. In a press release, Columbia Pictures’ president of Production, Hannah Minghella, said, “We’ve always thought that the Barbie story had great potential, but a universe of possibilities opened up when Jenny, Walter and Laurie brought us their unexpected, clever, and truly funny concept. It captures everything that has made Barbie a classic for generation after generation while also standing on its own, establishing Barbie as a truly original screen character. ageNCIeS
MEHWISH HAYAT PROMINENT AMONG ‘NA-MALOOM AFRAAD’
Currently, Mehwish Hayat is included among top notch artists of Pakistan who not only experimented with their looks in every serial but also with the genre of work they do. Mehwish acted in various dramas, appeared in commercials, did modeling, participated in reality show, and tried her luck in singing which appear to be successful too. And now Mehwish is all set to do an item number in upcoming Pakistani movie name as Namaloom Afraad. Without any doubt, Mehwish is a great dancer but keeping our culture in mind, we should try not to copy Bollywood by adding item numbers in our movies. Previously, Mathira did an item number too. I mean, they can show quality content without adding too much of glamour in movies. Still, I am looking forward to see Mehwish in an item song. ageNCIeS
LUPITA NYONG'O NAMED PEOPLE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON IN THE WORLD
JODIE FOSTER MARRIES PARTNER The Oscar-winning actor and director Jodie Foster has married her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, at an undisclosed location, according to her publicist. Foster, who came out at last year's Golden Globes, was previously involved with Cydney Bernard, with whom she has two sons. Their 20-year relationship ended in 2008. Reports of the wedding first surfaced over the weekend via the celebrity broadcaster E! Foster lives in California, one of 17 states where gay marriage is currently legal in the US. Foster made headlines last year when she used the 2013 Golden Globes awards to address her sexuality for the first time directly. In a wide-ranging speech while accepting the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, she said she had come out to friends but regretted that a public declaration in the media was required. "I already did my coming out about a
thousand years ago, back in the stone age," she said. "In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her. To everyone she actually met." Foster's best known roles include the showgirl Talullah in Bugsy Malone and a prostitute in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver while still a child. She won Oscars for her turns as a rape victim in 1988's The Accused and as Hannibal Lector's FBI confidante Clarice Starling in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs. In the past three decades Foster has combined acting with directing, overseeing the Mel Gibson comedy The Beaver in 2011 and co-starring in the Roman Polanski farce Carnage the same year. She played a fearsome secretary of defence determined to keep immigrants out of an extra-terrestrial utopia in the 2013 science fiction film Elysium. COURTeSY gUaRDIaN
Having starred in a Miu Miu campaign and been signed up as the face of Lancôme within the past three months, Lupita Nyong’o’s fashion ascent has been dizzying – and it keeps going. Today, People magazine declared the actress the most beautiful person in the world. Nyong’o was catapulted from obscurity to global fame late last year thanks to her performance as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Throughout awards season her red carpet appearances won her, and her stylist, acclaim in the fashion industry, while much was written about her beauty. In January, for example, Enuma Okoro said that “for black women especially, she is a welcome sight in a public media eye that tends to obscure the beauty of dark-skinned women, an acknowledged issue in Hollywood circles”. Many also celebrated the fact that Nyong’o broke the Hollywood 'starlet' mould by having her big break at the age of 30. ageNCIeS
14 SPORTS SUNRISERS HYDERABAD HAVE A PERFECT RECORD AGAINST DELHI DAREDEVILS S PERvEz QaiSER After a disastrous start to their campaign with two successive defeats, bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad will be eager to bounce back against an inconsistent Delhi Daredevils, who are likely to be boosted by the return by Kevin Pietersen, in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday (April 25). It will be the third match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League. Sunrisers Hyderabad have a perfect record against Delhi Daredevils. They have won both previous matches in Indian Premier League. In their inaugural season, Sunrisers Hyderabad had reached the playoffs but their campaign this year started on a disappointing note as they first lost to Rajasthan Royals by four wickets and then were blown away by Glenn Maxwell during their 72-run crushing defeat to Kings XI Punjab. The second match of the day will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Like Sunrisers Hyderabad, defending champions Mumbai Indians also lost thier first two matches in this edition of Indian Premier League. Mumbai Indians have won nine and Chennai Super Kings six in 15 previous meetings between the two sides in Indian Premier League. Mumbai Indians have won three and lost one in four matches played against Chennai Super Kings in last edition. This match will be 100th in the Indian Premier League for both captains. Suresh Rains is the only player to complete a century of matches. Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will join Suresh Raina in the elite club of 100 matches in Indian Premier League. HEAD TO HEAD: Matches played: 2 Sunrisers Hyderabad won: 2 Delhi Daredevils won: STARS TO WATCH: RECORD IN TWENTY-20 SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: Player M Runs S/R H.S Wkts E/R Best Shikhar Dhawan (India) 100 2759 119.74 95* 4 8.25 1-7 Aaron Finch (Australia) 92 2982 137.35 156 5 9.97 1-11 Darren Sammy (West Indies) 107 1302 138.65 60 90 7.11 5-26 Amit Mishra (India) 124 561 100.17 49 159 6.84 5-17 Dale Steyn (South Africa) 141 215 113.15 27* 162 6.47 4-9 DELHI DAREDEVILS: Player M Runs S/R H.S Wkts E/R Best Kevin Pietersen (England) 85 2402 137.10 103* 17 8.03 3-33 Ross Taylor (New Zealand) 177 3951 137.47 111* 8 9.03 3-28 Wayne Parnell (South Africa) 105 412 114.44 29* 105 7.47 4-13 Jean-Paul Duminy (S.Africa) 159 3938 121.02 99* 51 7.52 4-20 Mohammed Shami (India) 30 14 58.33 5 40 6.96 4-24 HEAD TO HEAD: Matches played: 15 Mumbai Indians won: 9 Chennai Super Kings won: 6 STARS TO WATCH: RECORD IN TWENTY-20 MUMBAI INDIANS: Player M Runs S/R H.S Wkts E/R Best Rohit Sharma (India) 173 4252 130.03 109* 28 7.78 4-6 Michael Hussey (Australia) 120 3516 125.25 116* - 5.00 Kieron Pollard (West Indies) 219 4175 156.42 89* 164 7.90 4-15 Harbhajan Singh (India) 152 1023 142.28 78 132 6.62 5-18 Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) 183 256 96.96 37* 246 6.62 6-7 CHENNI SUPER KINGS: Player M Runs S/R H.S Wkts E/R Best Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind) 172 3607 135.19 73* - 12.50 Brendon McCullum (NZ) 179 5059 135.01 158* - - Suresh Raina (India) 167 4441 139.87 101 37 7.08 4-26 Ravindra Jadeja (India) 115 1324 121.02 48 66 7.68 5-16 Ravichandran Ashwin (India) 129 283 106.79 46 137 6.69 4-11
Friday, 25 April, 2014
Row eRupts oveR schalke's invitation to Russia
ERMAN politicians have criticised soccer club Schalke 04, sponsored by Russian energy giant Gazprom, for considering an invitation to Russia at a time when tensions are running high over the crisis in Ukraine. Club president Clemens Toennies, who also owns a meat factory, told Handelsblatt daily this week that the team "would like to see the Kremlin and is interested in Moscow" but said no visit would take place before this summer's World Cup. Talk of a possible visit, including a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, has caused anger in Germany. "In the current situation, accepting an invitation to go to the Kremlin and allowing yourself to be exploited does not show much tact," Peter Tauber, General Secretary of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), said. Other politicians also called on Toennies to rethink any plans for a visit. Toennies was "surprised and disappointed" at the attacks, said his spokesman, saying he was keenly aware of the sensitivities at this time. "There was never a date fixed and
it is not planned to fix a date," said the spokesman. "It is the wrong time." The possibility of meeting Putin had been part of a long-standing invitation that had originated with sponsors Gazprom, he said. Other conservatives also attacked Toennies, with Guenther Krichbaum, head of the parliamentary committee on Europe, saying the club was prob-
ably thinking of its economic interests. Gazprom's sponsorship is worth about 17 million euro a season. The row comes as concern mounts in the United States and European Union over kidnappings and killings in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have occupied local government buildings. The West has said it will impose wider economic sanctions
BCB TO INVITE BIDDERS FOR MEDIA RIGHTS
if Russia does not deliver on promises to ease tensions. Many German companies, worried about losing out if economic sanctions are imposed against Russia, are continuing business as usual with their partners. Joe Kaeser, chief executive of engineering giant Siemens, came under fire from some politicians for meeting Putin in Russia last month.
kvitova makes suRpRise exit in stuttgaRt
SPORTS DESK The Bangladesh Cricket Board has issued a tender to sell worldwide media rights for six years until 2020. Two India tours to Bangladesh and a slightly enlarged international schedule during this period are what the BCB are hoping would attract bidders, who have to submit their proposals by May 8. Interested parties can start buying tenders from April 27 till May 8. There will be an open auction on May 12, which Kazi Inam Ahmed, the BCB's marketing and commercial committee chairman, believes will ensure the best valuation for the board. He has laid the groundwork to devise the best way to find a suitable broadcaster, which now includes an eligibility clause that will enable Bangladeshi TV channels to apply. "We are going to hold an open auction on May 12 which we believe will allow us to find the best possible offer," Inam said. "This time the tender will be slightly different as broadcasters with a year's experience in the
business can also apply. Over the last two years, we have found out that local TV channels are capable of handling this type of work." This is BCB's second attempt to find a new broadcaster, having been frustrated by the lack of considerable offers two years ago. Their last such long-term deal was with Nimbus, which lasted till early 2012. It was a botched-up sixyear deal, from which the BCB did not get the full contracted amount till date. For the last three home bilateral series (West Indies in 2012, New Zealand in 2013 and Sri Lanka in 2014) therefore, the BCB had to bring on single-series broadcasters, including local TV stations Channel 9 and Maasranga TV. BCB president Nazmul Hassan had confirmed in February that India had signed the Members' Participation Agreement to tour in 2014, 2015 and 2020. This year a tri-series involving Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka and a Test series against Zimbabwe are planned, while Pakistan, South Africa and Australia are also scheduled to tour next year.
Petra Kvitova was a surprise early casualty at WTA Stuttgart as the third seed fell in the second round to world number 102 Alisa Kleybanova. Kleybanova broke twice as she comfortably took the first set before edging the second via a tie-break to win through 6-2 7-6(3) in one hour and 29 minutes – her first victory over a top 10 player since 2011. The Russian’s reward for victory is a third-round match with either fifth seed Jelena Jankovic or Flavia Pennetta. It was always going to be difficult for Kvitova to adapt to clay after she had played in Czech Republic’s resounding Fed Cup win over Italy on hard courts just three days earlier. There were no such shocks for eighth seed Sara Errani who dispatched of Kaia Kanepi 6-3 6-3, while ninth seed Ana Ivanovic overcame Sabine Lisicki 6-1 63 in their first round tie.
Round two results 8-Sara Errani (Italy) beat Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) 6-3 6-3 3-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat Alisa Kleybanova (Russia) 6-2 7-6(3) Round one results Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 7-5 3-6 6-1 9-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-1 6-3 Julia Goerges (Germany) beat Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 6-1 7-5
SHARAPOVA THROUGH IN STUTTGART, SETS UP RADWANSKA MATCH SPORTS DESK Defending champion Maria Sharapova triumphed in an all-Russian encounter with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at WTA Stuttgart to set up an intriguing quarterfinal against top seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Sharapova, bidding to win the tournament for a third year on the bounce, profited from her opponent’s shaky second serve to break five times en route to a 6-4 6-3 victory in
one hour and 32 minutes. The sixth seed needs to reach the semi-finals to retain her top 10 position in the WTA rankings. World number three Radwanska beat world number 20 Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3 6-2 in a match that lasted an hour and 18 minutes. The Pole's first serve was patchy, finding the box just 56 per cent of the time, but she was ruthless on the key points as she saved all three break points she faced and broke her opponent three times.
"Today was a pretty good match," said Radwanska. "I was playing very aggressively, serving not bad and moving okay on this surface. I think straight sets against someone who is playing very well on clay is a very good score." Second seed Simona Halep is scheduled to face Svetlana Kuztentsova later on Thursday. WTA Stuttgart second round results 6-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 6-4 6-3 1-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-3 6-2
Friday, 25 April, 2014
whittakeR hopes to get aDams a job
COTLAND defender Steven Whittaker hopes Norwich can secure Premier League survival and earn Neil Adams the Carrow Road manager's job on a permanent basis. Whittaker was a peripheral figure under Chris Hughton, who was sacked two weeks ago with five games to play and Norwich in the relegation mire. Adams, who led the young Canaries to the FA Youth Cup last season, has given the players a boost, but is still searching for his first points when he takes his side to managerless Manchester United on Saturday after losses
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to Fulham and Liverpool. "I hope he is the manager here next season," said Whittaker, who believes the players are benefiting from a positive playing style and a higher intensity in training. "A lot of the boys had a boost, training's been a lot higher tempo than before and that's taken it into the games as well. "I think there's been a big change the way we're playing, the positive approach that we've got and he's got is rubbing off on the boys and hopefully we can get the results. "We've done well in the two games he's been in charge of so far, but the results haven't quite matched the performances, so that's something we're looking to improve on.
"We've got the performance, but without getting the points on the board that can push us up the league a little. "Three points in this division's massive and it's still tight down there. We could go up a couple of positions with one win." With their three remaining matches away to United, away to Chelsea and at home to Arsenal it is difficult to see where that win could come from. Norwich have two wins and eight points away from home all season. Whittaker has taken heart from the secondhalf showing against leaders Liverpool last Sunday ahead of the trip to Old Trafford, where United have been beaten six times this term. "We've taken confidence out of the last two games, even though the results haven't gone our way," Whittaker said. "We believe we can pick up points, hopefully enough to stay in the division. "We're looking to start the game well, how we did in the second half against Liverpool. "We got in their faces and when we did that we put them under a bit of pressure. "If we had started the game like that the result might've been different. "We need to make sure that we're like that for the 90 minutes." Just as Norwich have been boosted by a change of management, Whittaker concedes Ryan Giggs replacing David Moyes could provide a fillip for United. "It might give the players a lift, but we need to concentrate on what we're doing," the former Hibs and Rangers defender added. "We would do our homework on the team that's played the weeks before, but it's going to be different. "It's hard to know what's going to come at us, but they've got quality players so it's going to be hard no matter what."
MERCEDES COULD BAN HAMILTON FROM DUELLING WITH ROSBERG
S PERvEz QaiSER Rajasthan Royal's Dhawal Kulkarni smashed the 100th six in the seventh edition of Indian Premier League. The second six during his unbeaten 28-run knock against Chennai Super Kings at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday (April 23) was the 100th in 20th innings of 10th match in this tournament. Dhawal Kulkarni has pummeled, Ravichandran Ashwin's carrom ball on leg stump, over square leg. That was such a powerful strike. Not to mention a pretty poor ball from Ravichandran Ashwin. The 100th six came in the 16th innings of eighth matches in the inaugural Indian Premier League in 2008. The century of sixes was completed in the 20th innings of 10th match in the second edition of Indian Premier League while 100th six came in the 19th innings of 10th match in the third edition of the Indian Premier League. In the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League played in 2012, Mumbai Indians' Ambati Rayudu smashed the 100th six in the 25th innings of 13th match. Delhi Daredevils' Kevin Pietersen smashed the 100th six in the fifth edition of Indian Premier League in the 22nd innings of 11th match in 2012. Pune Warriors' Ross Taylor smashed the 100th six in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League last year in 26th innings of 13th match. As many as 36 bastsmen hit these sixes with Kings XI Punjab's Glenn Maxwell topped the list with 17 sixes in three innings. Kings XI Punjab's David Miller is the second with 10 sixes in three innings. Delhi Daredevils' Jean-Paul Duminy, Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson and Chennai Super Kings' Dwayne Smith shared with third spot with six sixes each. SIXES BY EACH TEAM IN INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE-7: Team M Sixes Players Most Sixes Kings XI Punjab 3 30 3 Glenn Maxwell (17 sixes) Chennai Super Kings 3 18 7 Dwayne Smith (6 sixes) Rajasthan Royals 3 17 7 Sanju Samson (6 sixes) Bangalore Challengers 2 10 4 Yuvraj Singh (5 sixes) Delhi Daredevils 3 10 4 Jean-Paul Duminy (6 sixes) Kolkata Knight Riders 2 7 4 Jacques Kallis (3 sixes) Sunrisers Hyderabad 2 6 5 Lokesh Rahul (2 sixes) Mumbai Indians 2 2 2 Rohit Sharma/Aditya Tare (one each) Total 10 100 36 Glenn Maxwell (17 sixes)
SPORTS DESK Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has hinted Formula 1 title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be reined back in battle if the opposition closes the gap. F1's currently-dominant team permitted its two drivers to engage in a classic scrap for victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, in which they overtook each other several times before Hamilton took victory. Mercedes received praise for not subjecting its drivers to team orders, beyond a vague instruction from race team chief Paddy Lowe not to take each other out. But Wolff suggested the squad's policy
would probably have to shift if more drivers started to become a threat to Rosberg and Hamilton, who have dominated thus far. "Bahrain was particular because our package worked very well and we had quite a competitive advantage there, so it's easier to take a decision for the sake of racing because you know you're going to have quite a margin to the car in third place," Wolff explained. "The more narrow that margin gets the more you have to look out for competitors, and our rule number one is that the team-mate is not enemy number one, the competition is, and there might be situations in the race when you have to consider that fact.
eveRton coulD lose Distin FoR Rest oF season SPORTS DESK Champions League-chasing Everton will be without veteran French defender Sylvain Distin for Saturday's Premier League match against Southampton due to a hamstring injury. The 36-year-old centre back was substituted at half-time in the 2-0 home win over Manchester United on Sunday and manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that the player will not be available for the trip south. "It's a little bit too early to know how long he is going to be out," said the Spaniard, who already has injured Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas ruled out for the rest of the season. "It's a soft tissue injury with his hamstring and I do feel that in the next 48 hours we will have a clearer idea of whether he is going to be available before the season ends." Everton are fifth in the standings, a point behind Arsenal in the battle for a place in Europe's top competition next season, and chasing their fourth successive away win. Martinez said it was also unlikely that on-loan striker Lacina Traore, who has been out since February, would play again this season with three games remaining. "I don't think we'll see Lacina again this season. It would be a surprise if he's fully fit before the Hull City game," he said of the Ivory Coast international, who featured in only one game before injuring his hamstring. "He's recovering well and clearly he'll be fully fit for the World Cup if he's considered for selection. But at the moment I think any games in this league campaign are going to be a little too early for him." The Toffees have Phil Jagielka back in training after being sidelined since February with a hamstring injury but Martinez said the defender would not be rushed into action. "We want Phil back as quick as we can but not because of Sylvain," the Spaniard said. "Phil is going to be fully fit very soon and I do expect that he will probably be able to make the squad against Manchester City on May 3 - that's always been the plan."
ARSENAL WILL SLIP UP IN RACE FOR CL SPOT: MARTINEZ SPORTS DESK Everton manager Roberto Martinez remains confident victory in their final three matches will secure Champions League football despite Arsenal holding the advantage. The initiative, in the form of a onepoint lead, in the race for the top four was handed back to the Gunners after the Toffees' home defeat to Crystal Palace last week. Arsene Wenger's side have the easier-looking run-in with games against Newcastle, West Brom and Norwich compared to Everton's SouthamptonManchester City-Hull combination - but Martinez believes they will slip up "I think it is fair to say, just looking at the last 15 years or so, fourth place is well below 76 points," said the Spaniard, whose side currently have 69 points. "There has only been one season where you have needed 76 points for
that (fourth) and on average it's always been a lot less points. "You don't go far wrong when you look at the points tally. We are well aware anything around 72 to 75 points is Champions League football so we are desperate to try to make sure we get that.
"It doesn't matter who you are playing against or who you are fighting against to get into that fourth spot it's always the points tally that matters. "I will go as far to say if you get nine points and you don't get into the Champions League, you can be proud
and very happy any way. "That's the target we are giving ourselves - how many points we can get from now until the end of the season. "We have to make sure that we are fresh, we have recovered and look at every game as a unique opportunity to show what we can do." Everton's small squad, already without midfielders Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar, defender Phil Jagielka and strikers Lacina Traore and Arouna Kone, will be depleted further by the absences of forward Kevin Mirallas and centre-back Sylvain Distin. Mirallas has already been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a groin problem sustained in Sunday's win over Manchester United while Distin is waiting to hear in the next 48 hours whether a hamstring injury has prematurely ended his campaign.Martinez, however, rejected suggestions the size of the squad had contributed to the recent spate of problems.
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AGGRESSIVE SHEHZAD FAVOURITE TO BECOME T20 CAPTAIN Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering a proposal to appoint opener Ahmed Shehzad as the new Twenty20 International (T20I) captain following the resignation of Mohammad Hafeez from the position after ICC World T20 2014. However, a private daily newspaper reported that the board officials are divided into two factions for handing over T20′s captaincy to Shehzad due his aggressive on-field and out-field behaviour. The report mentioned that some officials are pushing for Shehzad’s selection as T20 captain as they believe that his exciting style is suitable for T20 cricket. However, there are others who feel that his short career is full of controversies, the report added. AGENCIES
PCB ProPosed DOMESTIC REVAMP WILL END DEPARTMENT CRICKET
he Pakistan Cricket Board is developing an extensive plan to restructure domestic cricket that will see the end of department teams, who will be invited to participate in the functioning of regional teams. The proposal, generated by haroon Rashid, the board's director of game development, is yet to be made public though it has been circulated among the PCB top brass. The revamp is a step forward in allowing regional cricket to function independently and to make regional cricket self-sustaining. The PCB currently funnels over Rs 30 crore every calendar year to keep it alive. Players are in line for a 100% hike in salary and funding of domestic cricket will gain three sources - the departments, sponsors and PCB. The plan's premise is that limiting the quantity of teams will heighten the quality of domestic cricket and allow regions to focus more on the players and build a viable talent pool. The proposal reveals a new administration comprising five members: the regional president, a representative from the department,
treasurer, marketing officer and one member from the PCB. Departments whose average annual budget is Rs 30 million are meant to inject the money in regional setup. And the PCB will offer monetary assistance on the basis of the region's performance. The changes are yet to be presented to the stakeholders and are currently being evaluated by the constitution committee. It requires unequivocal support from the departments, but eSPNcricinfo understands they are not in favour of the proposal and would rather work independent of running regional cricket. "We have our unique culture within our country and we can't just deny it," one of the department heads said. "There is always room for improvement but this is not a solution as every corporate department has its own sports policy and it can't be dictated by the PCB. The relationship between departments and regions had never been comfortable as there are contrasting schools of thought among both the stakeholders. "Sports departments were initiated to support the individual players and not the sports body. The plan has no feasibility. None of the regional or department representations were consulted."
Pakistan was recognised as the secondlargest cricket-playing country last year with as many as 537 grade one cricketers in their first-class tournaments. That count will decrease to 180 according to the new structure. The move is aimed at weeding out cricketers with limited skills making teams on the basis of recommendations. Forty percent of domestic players from last year were under 25. The remaining were over 30, including 28 players who were over 35. Despite the vast resources, Pakistan failed to identify a single promising prospect last season and has given Rashid reason to push his suggestions. The structure of domestic cricket in Pakistan has been highly fluid, with revamps occurring every two years in the past decade. The format of the first-class tournament was changed as recently as Zaka Ashraf's regime. Unlike this proposal, the previous one was centered on separating the regions and departments to play their own tournaments. The Quad-eAzam trophy, the country's premier first-class tournament, was limited to 14 regional teams with the top eight participating in in the main draw and the rest competing in a plate league. Regions could recruit five players from departments and four of whom can be part of the playing XI. In the President's Trophy, as many as 11 departmental teams played a round-robin league phase, with the top two teams making the final. The departmental teams are: Pakistan International Airlines, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, National Bank of Pakistan, habib Bank Limited, Khan Research Laboratories, Sui National Gas Pipelines Limited, Water and Power Development Authority, State Bank of Pakistan, United Bank Limited, Port Qasim Authority and Pakistan Television.
IJAZ, SHOAIB NEW PAKISTAN SELECTORS iSLaMaBaD: Former fielding coaches Ijaz Ahmed and Shoaib Mohammad are among the six members of Pakistan cricket’s new selection committee. Extest wicketkeeper Salim Yousuf, former opening batsman Wajahatullah Wasti and Mohammad Akram are the other members. Moin Khan was appointed as chief selector last week. Khan, Mohammad and Akram were coaches of the Pakistan teams that were beaten in the Asia Cup final last month, and didn’t advance from the group stage at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. The PCB says in a statement on Thursday that Akram will be the head coach at the National Cricket Academy and will no longer be the bowling coach of the national team. The board has advertised several coaching jobs, including head coach and fielding coach for the national team. Inzamam backs Waqar Pakistan batting legend Inzamam-ul Haq on Thursday backed Waqar Younes to be given another chance as the country’s national cricket coach, saying he had proved his credentials in the past. Pakistan is looking for a permanent coach after former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore’s two-year tenure ended in February. Fomer Test wicketkeeper and captain Moin Khan was appointed interim coach, but his two-month contract was not extended by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after a poor showing at the World Twenty20 last month. Waqar, who served as coach in 2010 and 2011, is favorite to take over and Inzamam said he was the right man for the job. “Pakistan team benefited during Waqar’s last tenure so I think he is the best choice as he knows the players and is familiar with our culture,” Inzamam told reporters. Inzamam, who played 120 Tests and 378 one-day international during an illustrious career, demanded a change in Pakistan’s attitude. AGENCIES
STRUGGLING MUMBAI NEED BATTING FUEL Dubai (DSC) AGENCIES
Chennai Super Kings have been one of the busier teams in the UAe, and on Friday will play their third game inside five days. however, they may not be complaining too much about the short turnaround time, given that they have built up a winning momentum after their last two games. After steamrolling Delhi Daredevils, they were stretched by Rajasthan Royals while batting. Their bowlers stepped up for the second time after a horror opening game against Kings XI Punjab, suggesting that they are developing their all-round game early in the tournament. Mumbai Indians on the other hand have had the last five days to regroup and reassess their poor start to the tournament, having dropped both games with underwhelming performances. Their batting was a letdown on both occasions and the problems begin at the top. Michael hussey was never an explosive starter while at Chennai Super Kings. he could afford to be the steady accumulator due to the presence of big hitters lower down the order who would routinely shore up the innings. While hussey is yet to find his feet in his new franchise, it wouldn't be fair to lay the blame on him. Mumbai have explosive hitters down the order in the form of Corey Anderson and Kieron Pollard, but the lack of contributions from them has compounded their problems, as scores
of 122 and 115 suggest. even their experienced seam attack of Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga need a fighting total to defend, as was the case against Royal Challengers Bangalore, where 115 was still inadequate after having the opposition down at 17 for 3. Corey Anderson was Mumbai's second-most expensive buy at the auction, behind hussey, at INR 4.5 crore. Though it's still early days for him in the IPL, he is yet to show what he's capable of. he played eight balls for 2 before he was bowled by Sunil Narine and against Royal Challengers he made 18 off 19 with two fours. he has the power to clear the big boundaries in Dubai. Mumbai need him to step up as a lowerorder finisher. Super Kings have preferred to go in with a more inexperienced Indian seam attack comprising Mohit Sharma and Ishwar Pandey instead of the more experienced Ashish Nehra. Mohit was economical against Daredevils, conceding 17 off three overs and against Royals he bowled two overs for 13. Mohit has been difficult to get away when MS Dhoni stands up to the stumps, which suggests that the captain uses him as a run-saving option. Mohit said that the back of a length deliveries work better in the Dubai pitch, which wasn't the easiest to bat on in Super Kings' last game. Mumbai Indians are the only team against whom Chennai Super Kings have a negative win-loss record in the
IPL. Super Kings have lost 9 games against Mumbai while only winning 6, out of 15 games.
The highest run-scorer and the highest wicket-taker in matches between these teams are from Super Kings. Raina
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has scored 414 runs, while Dwayne Bravo has taken 20 wickets (though he is out of this tournament).