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MODI OFFERS CONDITIONAL FRIENDSHIP TO PAKISTAN Wednesday, 7 May, 2014 Rajab 7, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 308 16 Pages Lahore Edition
INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ASPIRANT SAYS INDIA AND PAKISTAN CAN TACKLE POVERTY TOGETHER BUT ISLAMABAD SHOULD FIRST PREVENT TERRORIST ATTACKS ON INDIA FROM ITS SOIL
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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY UNANIMOUS ON UNBLOCKING YOUTUBE STORY ON PAGE 02
Nawaz promises to light up your world Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday that the present government was committed to addressing the issue of power shortage in the country and would encourage local and foreign investment in the energy sector. "We will eliminate darkness from this country and a day will come when STORY ON PAGE 03 every house will have electricity,” the prime minister said while speaking at the groundbreaking of 1,320 mega watts (MW) coal-based power plant at Port Qasim. STORY ON PAGE 03
PAKISTAN WILL NOT MEDDLE IN MIDEAST AFFAIRS: PM
PUNJAB GETS TOUGH ON POLIO! CHAUDHRY SAYS IMRAN’S CHARGES DON’T WARRANT A RESPONSE STORY ON PAGE 02
PUNJAB GOVT SAYS ALL PEOPLE ENTERING PROVINCE WOULD HAVE TO PRESENT POLIO VACCINATION CERTIFICATES OR GET THEIR CHILDREN IMMUNISED AT ENTRY POINTS
MINISTRY DEMANDS 20% RISE IN NEXT YEAR’S DEFENCE BUDGET STORY ON PAGE 04
NISAR DENIES KIDNAPPED IRANIAN GUARDS EVER ON PAKISTANI SOIL STORY ON PAGE 02
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Wednesday, 7 May 2014
PuNjab gets tough oN Polio! PunJab govt SayS all PeoPle entering Province would have to PreSent Polio vaccination certificateS or muSt get their children immuniSed at entry PointS Shahbaz SayS he will not tolerate negligence by any govt official federal health miniStry SayS it will SetuP Polio immuniSation PointS at airPortS acroSS country LAHORE STAFF REPORT
N wake of World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommendations on imposing international travel restrictions on Pakistanis because of increasing cases of polio infections in the country, the federal and Punjab governments swung into action on Tuesday with the Federal Health Ministry announcing that mandatory polio immunisation points would be setup at all international airports in the country while the Punjab government
GOVT TO CHALLENGE WHO TRAVEL BAN, SAYS MINISTER ISLAMABAD: State Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar expressed reservations on Tuesday over the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s decision to ban international travel of Pakistanis in order to prevent the spread of polio and said the government would file an appeal against it. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, she cited the poor law and order situation and the issue of Dr Shakil Afridi as the reasons for the recent rise in the number of polio cases. Tarar said polio cases were reported in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Peshawar and some areas of Karachi. “No polio case has been reported in Balochistan during the last two years and none in Balochistan for the last one year,” she claimed. She said that setting up polio camps is difficult in FATA due to terrorism in the area. She said a polio vaccination certificate for people intending to go aboard would be prepared with the consultation of the provinces. “The government has convened a meeting of all the provincial health ministers and representatives of health departments on May 7 to devise a strategy to address the issue,” she said. The minister said that all the religious scholars were onboard on the issue and help will also be sought from the Imam-e-Kaaba who is expected to visit Pakistan next month. APP
has decided that all people entering Punjab would have to present polio vaccination certificates before crossing into the province. Punjab Health Adviser Khawaja Salman Rafique on Tuesday said that after surfacing of polio cases in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recently, there was a risk of the crippling virus moving into Punjab. Rafique said that polio vaccination counters would be set up at all airports in Punjab within the next two days. He said that those who refuse to be administered polio drops will not be allowed to enter the province. Polio vaccination teams aided by the police will be posted at 41 entry points from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Punjab and all en-
trances from Sindh at the border in Rahim Yar Khan, he added. “All children entering the province will be administered polio drops if they do not show vaccination certificates,” he said. Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed officials to ensure that all children in the province must be administered polio vaccines to contain the spread of virus. “Anti-polio campaign must be pursued vigorously in the province to ensure that every child is vaccinated against polio. No negligence or dereliction would be tolerated in this regard,” Shahbaz said while presiding over a high-level meeting. The Punjab CM said polio was a
fatal disease and its eradication was necessary for safeguarding the future of the nation. He directed that special arrangements be made at airports, railways stations and bus stands for administering polio drops. He said that federal and provincial governments would have to work jointly to make Pakistan a polio-free country, adding that the government is utilising all available resources for ensuring a safe future for the children. cOunters At AirPOrts: Earlier on Tuesday, the Federal Health Ministry announced that it was setting up mandatory polio immunisation points at all international airports in the country. “Special measures will include establishing mandatory immunisation counters on all airports, border crossings and seaports for all travellers," Health Ministry spokesman Sajid Ali Shah said. Shah could not confirm whether long-term non-Pakistani residents would also be subject to immunisation under the new initiative. "That will be decided in a meeting scheduled soon," he said. According to WHO, Pakistan recorded 91 cases of polio last year, up from 58 in 2012. It has also recorded 59 of the world´s 74 cases this year. WHO had called on Pakistan, Cameron and Syria, which it views as reservoirs polio, to ensure all residents and long-term visitors receive a polio vaccine between four weeks and a year before travelling abroad. For urgent travel, at least one vaccine dose should be given before departure, according to the emergency committee, which also called for all travellers to be given certificates proving they have been immunised.
CHAUDHRY SAYS IMRAN’S CHARGES DON’T WARRANT A RESPONSE former cJP SayS returning officerS were aPPointed by ecP, not him
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ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday rejected the rigging accusations made against him by Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, terming them 'baseless'. The former CJP said that returning officers (ROs) for the 2013 elections were appointed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and not by him. He added that the 'absurd' allegations hurled by the PTI chief did not warrant a response. Speaking to the media after addressing the Islamabad Bar, Chaudhry said the judiciary had been serving justice and would continue to do so. He said the country’s top judge had nothing to do with the elections. The former CJP further said that a strong foundation for democracy had been laid in the country and there was no threat to it. He added that the Con-
stitution had defined the roles of the judiciary and armed forces of Pakistan and he was sure there would not be a clash between state institutions. He said both the judiciary and armed forces were not debatable topics. Chaudhry also demanded the payment of compensation to the victims of the Islamabad court attack on March 3, in accordance with Justice Shaukat Siddiqui's report on the matter.
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran khan has said that those involved in rigging last year’s elections should be subjected to Article-6 of the Constitution. While talking to journalists during his visit to a local PTI leader on Tuesday, the PTI leader said that only free and fair elections could safeguard democracy. The PTI chief asked all the leaders of his party to ensure their presence at D-Chowk on May 11. He said that on May 11 he would present a charter of demands which would be the beginning of new movement that would not derail democracy but deepen its roots in the country. “After elections, I felt that Tsunami would no longer be required for next five years. However, now I have realized that the country needs Tsunami once again. People should come out on May 11 – not for my sake or for PTI but for the sake of our country and future of our children.” Khan also singled out a media group and asked it to stay away from his character assassination as it could not stop him from calling spade a spade. He said that throughout his political career he struggled for the independence of judiciary and media. STAFF REPORT
NatioNal assembly uNaNimous oN uNblockiNg youtube reSolution moved by PPP’S Shazia marri SayS ban iS affecting StudentS and buSineSSmen negatively SayS PakiStan iS the only iSlamic country where youtube iS Still blocked ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A resolution seeking the removal of the ban on YouTube was unanimously passed in the National Assembly on Tuesday. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Shazia Marri presented the resolution in the session of the National Assembly. The government had blocked the videosharing website YouTube in Pakistan on September 17, 2012, following a controversial film. During the session, State Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar suggested that a committee be formed to decide whether the ban should be removed or not. Marri protested against the ban, demanding immediate action from the government in this matter and said it affected students and businessmen negatively. She criticised the government for not taking any steps to unblock the website, saying “YouTube is essential to get advanced knowledge and information, but the government is pushing the people towards darkness by putting a ban on this important facility.”The PPP MNA had previously stated, “It is really disappointing that the government is ignoring this issue and trying to shift responsibility. YouTube is a source of knowledge for a large population of Pakistanis, particularly students and young professionals.” “The distribution of laptops sans technologically advancement would not serve any objective of this scheme,” she stated. “It is the duty of the Pakistan Telecommunication Community (PTA) to filter the controversial sites and open useful content for the growing number of internet users.” On Tuesday, Tarar stated that government wanted to lift the ban on YouTube and said that it was not possible to remove all the content considered ‘objectionable’ from the internet or YouTube. “The government is as interested as the opposition to come to a solution for unblocking YouTube, but it is a sensitive issue,” Tarar said. The government will not be an obstacle in this and will support the initiative to lift the ban, she added. She said that the Supreme Court has even asked the government to lift the ban by blocking all the controversial movies, but it is not possible technically. No date has been given as to when the ban would be removed as yet. Other cOuntries: “Pakistan is the only Islamic country where YouTube services are blocked,” Marri said. Other Islamic countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia who had also imposed a ban on the video-sharing site for the same reason unblocked it after taking necessary measures, she explained asking for an uplift of the ban. She further added that after launching next generation services such as 3G and 4G there is no reason to block YouTube.
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Nawaz Promises to light uP your world Premier vowS to increaSe Power generation by 21,000 mw, laudS china and qatar’S collaboration for 1,320 mw coal-baSed Power Plant at Port qaSim KARACHI APP
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday that the present government was committed to addressing the issue of power shortage in the country and would encourage the local and foreign investment in the energy sector. "We will eliminate darkness from this country and a day will come when every house will have electricity,” the prime minister said while speaking at the groundbreaking of 1,320 mega watts (MW) coal-based power plant at Port Qasim. The power project is a joint venture of Chinese Sinohydro Resources Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China, and Qatar’s Al Mirqab Capital, which will undertake development of two 660 MW coal-based power projects. The prime minister said that his government did not waste a single day during the last 11 months and the current 660 MW project, which is the first phase of 1,320 MW power project, reflected the government’s commitment to addressing the energy crisis. The premier said he had no doubt in his mind from the first day of his government that realising the dream of socioeconomic development was impossible without addressing the issue of energy. "The severity of this crisis required hard work on power projects so that we could replace the darkness with lights,” he remarked. He said the groundbreaking of power project at Port Qasim had a special significance given the importance of Karachi in Pakistan's economy. The prime minister said the government would increase the power generation to 21,000 MW. He said since the
production of electricity from the coalfired power plants was cheaper, 10 coalbased power projects with a capacity of 660 MW each were being initiated at Gadani in Balochistan, which would add a total of 6,600 MW electricity in the national grid. He said 3,500 MW electricity would be generated from Diamer Bhasha Dam in Gilgit Baltistan. Moreover, the prime minister said that 950 MW of electricity would be available from the Neelum-Jhelum power project next year. He also referred to other power projects including 1,320 MW project at Jamshoro and others in Rahim Yar Khan, Muzaffargarh, Sahiwal and Jhang. The premier said that with coal-fired power generation, the cost of electricity would be reduced, enabling the masses to get electricity according to their purchasing power. "It is our desire that we should not only have ample power at our disposal
but also achieve cost-effectiveness so that masses can get relief," he added. He said it was a matter of immense pleasure that Chinese Power China Company and Qatar's Al Mirqab Capital had collaborated to initiate this project. The projected time of completion for the project is 2017, he said and added that looking at the past performances of the companies, he was confident that the project would be completed ahead of the scheduled time. "These energy projects are a result of our successful foreign policy which also shows the consistency and perseverance in the Pak-China relationship," he added. The prime minister observed that China had assisted Pakistan to resolve the energy crisis with sincerity which had set an example in the comity of nations. Referring to Chinese cooperation in other sectors of economy, he said it was appreciable that Pak-China joint projects could be seen at “the heights of Hi-
malayas and in the depths of Arabian Sea”. "These are early harvest projects and will bear fruit in short time. PakChina friendship will play a crucial role in stabilizing the economy of Pakistan as well as bringing peace and prosperity in the region," he added. About Qatar's cooperation in the energy sector, the prime minister noted that it was also very crucial and hoped that the project would further strengthen the relationship between the two countries. About the load management in the country, he said that as soon as the temperature increased, the demand for power had shot up and given the gap between the demand and supply of electricity, the duration of load shedding had increased. Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, Provincial Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Minister for Information Pervez Rasheed and State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali were also present on the occasion.
Pakistan will not meddle in mideast aﬀairs: Pm nawaz tellS PakiStani envoyS iSlamabad haS equal aSPiration for cloSer tieS with all countrieS in middle eaSt ISLAMABAD APP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that Pakistan desired peace and tranquillity in the Middle East and would maintain the policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of states particularly Afghanistan. Addressing the concluding session of the Envoys Conference which focused on the Middle East, at the Foreign Office in the federal capital, Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan had an equal aspiration for closer ties with all countries in the region. The premier said that performance
of diplomats was very important in relations with other countries as well as making Pakistan prosperous, adding that envoys in other countries were like eyes and ears of the country. Sharif said Pakistan was facing challenges like terrorism, economic and energy crises, adding that the government has evolved a comprehensive strategy to resolve all these issues. He said Pakistan wanted to solve all issues including the core issue of Kashmir with India through peaceful means. The prime minister said that Pakistan has started efforts to give new shape to its relations with China, USA, Russia and European countries. He urged the ambassadors to work for improvement of relations with other countries and provide services to Pakistanis living abroad. Earlier, addressing the conference, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said that the government attached special importance to its relations with neighbouring countries.
He urged the envoys of Pakistan in Middle East countries to work for en-
hancing trade and economic relations with these countries.
Pm waNts a more taNgible relatioNshiP with iraN ISLAMABAD APP Calling for enhanced relations with Iran, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif stressed upon the need to promote strategies aimed at reinforcing synergies between border regions through physical connectivity and joint border trade markets. The premier was having a word with the Iranian Interior Minister Abdolereza Rehmani Fazli who called on him at his house on Tuesday. Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatmi, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Alireza Haghighian, Member National Security & Foreign Affairs Commission of Iranian Parliament Ausat Hashemi, Sistan governor general and Deputy PM Security and Administrative Affairs of Iran Abdullahi were also present in the meeting. The prime minister, while welcoming the delegation, said that Pakistan and Iran were bound by ties of religion, culture, history and geography. Pakistan attached great importance to its brotherly relations with Iran, he added. Underlining the importance of trade and investment, Sharif said that since economic and political relations were mutually reinforcing, greater focus should be placed on strengthening economic ties. The premier said that he was looking forward to his visit to Iran and meeting with President Rouhani. The visit will not only serve as a political affirmation of brotherly relations, but would also set a new direction for future course based on mutual trust, confidence and cooperative partnership.
PakistaNi PassPort remaiNs amoNg worst to travel with: rePort NEWS DESK Pakistani passport is one of the worst to travel with, a new report by the Visa Restriction Index has revealed. The report, prepared by the Henley & Partners, ranked Pakistan at 91st along with Somalia, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan at 92 and 93, respectively. The index ranks countries according to the travel freedom their citizens benefit from. Pakistan citizens enjoy visa-free access to only 32 destinations out of a total of 218 countries. The survey found that the United Kingdom, Sweden and Finland top the index, as their passport holders enjoy hassle free travel to 173 countries, the report said. The United States is ranked at second position along with Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg with visa free access to 172 destinations. India is ranked at 74 with easy access to 52 countries, while Bangladesh is ranked at 85 with visa free access to 41 destinations.
The earlier you were appointed, the senior you are! Sc diSmiSSeS Petition Pertaining to Seniority of additional JudgeS of lhc ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday dismissed the Lahore High Court (LHC)'s additional judges’ seniority case, saying that the seniority of high court judges
would be reckoned from the order and date of their appointment as additional judges of their respective courts. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassaduq
Hussain Jillani, comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, resumed hearing of the constitutional petition under Article 184 of the Constitution regarding seniority of the judges of LHC. The court in its order observed that seniority of additional judges of a
high court appointed vide the same order and date shall reckon from their seniority in age. If appointment of two or more service candidates is simultaneously made with that of the candidates from the Bar, the service judges would retain their existing seniority in the department regardless of their age, though that would be the
determining factor in respect of their seniority vis-à-vis the candidates from the Bar, court remarked. The court also said that the principle has consistently been followed without exception ever since the establishment of high courts in Pakistan and is even otherwise in accord with the equitable dispensation of justice. APP
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modi offers coNditioNal frieNdshiP to PakistaN indian Prime miniSter toP runner SayS india and PakiStan can tackle Poverty together but iSlamabad Should firSt Prevent terroriSt attackS on india allegedly from itS Soil
NDIAN prime minister hopeful Narendra Modi has offered a new era of economic cooperation with Pakistan, if it stops terrorist attacks on India from its territory. In an interview with The Times of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader and chief minister of Gujarat said both countries faced a common enemy in widespread poverty which they could tackle to together if a new trust could be established. If he becomes prime minister when the results of the biggest election in history are announced next week, on May 16, he is ready to write a "new chapter" in relations between the nuclear neighbours if Islamabad can first demonstrate its commitment to peace by stopping terrorist attacks being launched from its soil. His comments will be welcomed in Pakistan, where senior officials last month told The Telegraph they would like Modi to become prime minister because they believe only an Indian government under a strong leader will be able to reopen talks and make progress towards normalising relations.
g-b chief miniSter endS alliance with Pml-q Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Chief Minister Mehdi Shah on Tuesday announced the termination of an alliance with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), terming its members as “snakes in the grass”. “PMLQ lawmakers are like ‘snakes in the grass’ who keep on attacking us despite enjoying privileges from the government,” said the minister, who had been nominated for the position by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). After coming into power in 2010, PPP formed an alliance with PML-Q, JUIF and MQM in G-B, under Asif Ali Zardari’s policy of reconciliation, though it had gotten a two-third majority in the legislative assembly. The termination was triggered by allegations of corruption which were levelled by one of PML-Q’s lawmakers, Mirza Hussain, during the 35th session of the G-B legislative assembly in Gilgit.
elected, to hasten new negotiations. In his interview with The Times of India on Tuesday, Modi said the two countries have much to gain from cooperation if they can re-establish trust. "Our country continues to face the onslaught of terrorism emanating out of the soil of Pakistan," he said. "The first step in building any meaningful relation with Pakistan has to be Pakistan taking effective and demonstrable action against the terror networks that operate from its soil. Once that happens there will be an increased trust between the two neighbours
which will enable us to pursue a policy of dialogue to solve all the issues. We will be very frank and forthright in our dealing with Pakistan. "We are very clear that both our countries have a common history and we share not only borders but also common culture and traditions. Besides, the problems that we face are also common; our biggest enemy being poverty and lack of development. India and Pakistan can together write a new chapter in the development of South Asia if the two countries were to concentrate on fighting poverty and unemployment." The long-running dispute over the future of Kashmir remains the greatest obstacle to peace between the two countries. In its manifesto, the BJP retained its commitment to ending Jammu and Kashmir's special constitutional status and to further integrate it into India, while Pakistan's new army chief last week described Kashmir as his country's "jugular vein". Modi's party colleague and former BJP prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had visited Pakistan in early 1999 to sign the Lahore Declaration to prevent nuclear war but months later the deal was abandoned after Pakistani troops invaded Indian-held territory in Kargil. Modi said he would not let that failure stand in the way of progress. "We should not be constrained by what has happened in the past if the present throws up new possibilities in terms of solutions,” he said.
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GILGIT STAFF REPORT
India and Pakistan have fought four wars since their independence from Britain and partition from one another in 1947. Relations had been improving until the 2008 Mumbai attacks when Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists sailed to India's commercial capital by sea from Karachi and massacred more than 160 people in a three-day rampage. Dr Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, accused elements within Pakistan's security apparatus of supporting the attacks, which brought the enemies close to a fifth war. Since then moves to reopen talks have made little progress, while an upsurge in attacks by Pakistani militants across the Line of Control which separates the two countries' armed forces in Kashmir in the last 18 months have further damaged their prospects. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif voiced his frustration at the lack of progress last autumn and officials said they had abandoned hope of talks until after a new government emerges from the Indian election. Its officials expect Modi to win the election and are planning to announce Most Favoured Nation trading status for India shortly after the new prime minister is
miniStry demandS 20% riSe in next year’S defence budget
The dewan of Ajmer Dargah has asked the Indian government to snap ties with Pakistan over Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif's statement describing Kashmir as 'jugular vein' of Pakistan, Indian media reported on Tuesday. Syed Zainul Abedin Ali Khan while addressing heads of various shrines in Mehfil Khana expressed disappointment at Indian government's ‘poor response’ to the remark. "Such nonsense statements issued on a routine by Pakistan's politicians, diplomats and sometimes by their non-state actors should be reciprocated in similar manner. Kashmir is an integral part of India. It is highly uncalled for them to peek
KASHMIR ISSUE FETCHES ANTI-PAKISTAN STATEMENT FROM AJMER SHRINE’S DEWAN WHO ASKS INDIAN GOVT TO SEVER TIES WITH PAKISTAN OVER GEN SHARIF’S PRO-KASHMIR STATEMENT into our internal affairs at a time when they are struggling to control sectarian violence in their own land," Khan said. He demands a paradigm shift in Indian foreign policy especially towards Pakistan. Islam preaches cordial relations with neighbours and Pakistan being an Islamic republic has never put this tenet in practice, he said adding that Pakistan's interference in India’s affairs gave Pakistan an opportunity to build a popular stereotype for Mus-
lims in India. Khan also talked about terrorism and communal conflicts in the country and advised the upcoming government that every political party should come on a single stage on these issues. India should demand the ban of every sort of relations with Pakistan, he said. Khan raised the issue of Muslim killings in Assam by Bodo terrorists as an apparent attempt to kindle sectarian violence in the north-east re-
gion. The heads of shrines unanimously condemned the killings and called for an action plan to ensure that violence ends and people who fled their homes may return. "The fresh killings are an outcome of some political leaders fanning religious sentiments. These killings took place in the midst of Lok Sabha polls and the Election Commission should investigate if these are fanned due to political reasons," Khan said. He also urged the Indian Muslims to rally behind the new government and participate in every nation-building activity. "Community is lagging behind in all social and economical parameters. Time has come that we set short-term goals and focus on educating our new generation," Khan said.
thai Pm yingluck Shinawatra’S Political career on the tenterhookS BANGKOK AGENCIES
Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who is facing allegations of power abuse to transfer a top official, could be removed from office and banned from politics for five years if proven guilty. Shinawatra is due for a crucial ruling by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday in wake of accusations that her Pheu Thai party fetched benefits when she transferred Thawil Pliensri in 2011.
The court will on Wednesday decide if the transfer was unconstitutional and if proven guilty, the PM risks being removed from office and may face a five year ban from politics. Denying the allegations against her by anti-government senators, Yingluck on Tuesday appeared before the Constitutional Court and said that Thawil's transfer was for the nation's benefit and it didn't violate any laws. "I deny the allegation... I didn't violate any laws, I didn't receive any benefit from the appointment," Yingluck told the court on Tuesday.
Seated along with her legal team, Yingluck said that as the country's PM she is “entitled to carry out responsibilities I have toward the people ... and for the utmost benefit of the general public". The ruling from the court against Yingluck might be another jolt for the Thai government which has been facing protesters since last year, who want a new “people's council” to be elected. Protesters led by opposition leader Suthep Thaugsuban accuse Yingluck government of being a puppet regime being run indirectly by her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in 2006.
infighting between rival ttP factionS leaveS 13 dead PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Thirteen militants were killed on Tuesday as infighting between rival Taliban groups restarted in Shawal Tehsil of North Waziristan Agency. The latest violence comes a few days after a ceasefire which the militants claimed to have reached through mediation by top commanders. Official and tribal sources confirmed that the clashes had started early Tuesday morning between Sheryar Mehsud and Khan Said alias Sajna. According to official sources, several other militants have also been injured in the Shawal mountains near the Pak-Afghan border. The infighting
between the two groups have claimed more than 50 lives during the last few weeks. Sources said that the death toll is likely to rise. The Sajna and Sheryar groups of the TTP have been at odds since the death of Hakimullah and Waliur Rehman Mehsud in US drone strikes. The rival factions have accused each other of grabbing power in order to control South Waziristan’s Mehsud tribal area. Sajna had been considered the right hand man of Waliur Rehman, whereas Sheryar was a confidant of Hakimullah Mehsud. Their slain leaders had also been at loggerheads after the death of TTP founder Baitullah Mehsud.
Two killed, one injured in Miranshah PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed and another injured in a bomb explosion on Tuesday at Miranshah’s main bazaar. According to reports, unidentified men had planted a high intensity improvised explosive devise (IED) in the market’s car parking. According to officials, two people were killed on the spot when the IED blew up whereas one injured person was shifted to a local hospital. Two vehicles were also destroyed So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, an alleged suicide bomber was killed when his explosives went off during a search operation at Javed Abad Dera Ismael Khan in the early hours of Tuesday. Two accomplices of the alleged suicide bomber succeeded in escape. The killed alleged militant was identified as Naseebullah Mehsud. STAFF REPORT
The Ministry of Defence has demanded an increase of 20 percent in the defence budget for the fiscal year 2014-15. Sources said that the Finance Ministry has been asked to make considerable enhancement in the defence budget allocation in wake of the evolving regional and global situation. Defence budget to the tune of Rs 760 billion has been sought for the upcoming financial year. A major chunk of this budget goes to the Army followed by the Air Force and Navy. The finance minister met the defence authorities twice to review budget-related matters. Sources said budget amounting to Rs 380 billion has been sought for the Army, Rs 160 for the Air Force and Rs 80 billion for the Navy. Budget amounting to Rs 627 billion was allocated for defence in the current fiscal year. An additional defence budget of Rs 133 billion has been demanded in the upcoming fiscal year. Fluctuation in the value of the rupee is also instrumental in demanding the additional budget. Price hike and inflation have caused a rise in the costs of defence equipment. It may be mentioned that whatever amount is allocated for defence department is spent on defence ministry, armed forces, salaries and allowances of employees survey of Pakistan, Met Office and FG schools and colleges.
SAY YOUR PRAYERS! US SC allows New York town to open its public meetings with prayers neW YOrK: The US Supreme Court has allowed a New York town to start its public meetings with prayers, mostly of the Christian faith, in an order slammed as discriminatory by minorities. Divided along ideological lines in a five-four decision, the court found the practice ceremonial and not consequential enough to make members of other faiths feel unwanted or unwelcome. But dissenting judges—the liberals—said the practice violated the constitution’s promise of granting equal share of the government to every US citizen, irrespective of faith. Writing for them, Justice Elia Kagan said, ”[O]ur public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian.” “Unfortunately, this decision may open the door to government sanctioned sectarian prayers,” said Harsh Voruganti of the Hindu American Foundation. Greece town of New York state started the practice of opening its board meetings with prayers about 15 years ago. The town did invite “a Jewish layman and the chairman of the local Baha’i temple to deliver prayers,” but a federal court ruled that they had not done enough. ONLINE
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Nisar deNies kidNapped iraNiaN guards ever oN pakistaNi soil
INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS NO POSSIBILITY OF PRESENCE OF FIFTH IRANIAN GUARD ON PAKISTANI SOIL TWO MINISTERS AGREE TO STRENGTHEN COOPERATION ON SECURITY AND BORDER MANAGEMENT ISSUES, ENHANCE INTELLIGENCE SHARING AND TO INCREASE COLLABORATION IN THE ECONOMIC SECTOR ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN on Tuesday strongly denied that kidnapped Iranian border guards were ever on its soil, amid fresh efforts to improve fractured ties before Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Tehran. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan denied the abducted men had ever crossed the border. “Let me reiterate very categorically that those five Iranian guards were never ever present in Pakistan,” he said. “So the question of fifth
SAUDIS TO HALT PIA UMRAH FLIGHTS IF DELAYS PERSIST MONITORING DESK The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation has warned the Pakistan International Airlines of suspending its Umrah flights to Jeddah if it fails to overcome delay, a private news channel reported on Tuesday. The Saudi aviation has also warned the PIA that it would only allow one flight a day for Jeddah if it does not follow the flight operations schedule. The ground handling company of Saudia (Ports Projects Management and Development Company) has pinpointed PIA’s scheduled Umrah flights delay and no prior coordination with the scheduling department. The PPMDC also held a meeting with PIA officials to discuss the issue. The PPMDC said: “PIA has operated four Umrah extra section flights without reservation and approved schedule and it has neither operated 14 approved Umrah flights nor they bothered to file any cancellation. Over and above PIA has operated 70 per cent of its flights delay of its schedule.” It said PIA must depute extra manpower to handle delayed flight at Haj terminal. The PIA must file the delay at least eight to 10 hours prior to scheduled departure except any technical issue. The Saudi aviation authority further said PIA was supposed to fulfill the following instructions. “Provide all PIA on duty supervisor with one mobile number. Provide PPMDC operation duty manager with the duty supervisor monthly roster and their telephone numbers. Inform PPMDC operation duty manager with any changes on schedule flights transferring Umrah passengers. PIA must ensure that it will not transport normal passengers on Umrah flight.” PIA spokesman Mashhood Tajwar told the news channel that it had taken up the matter seriously and somehow it had overcome the problem. He said congestion at the Jeddah airport was also one of the reasons for flight delays. He said the PIA faced this problem primarily due to shortage of the fleet. “In July two more planes will be added to the PIA fleet that will ease up the situation,” Mashhood said.
one being in Pakistan is out of question.” Khan was speaking at a joint press conference in Islamabad with his Iranian counterpart, Abdolereza Rahmani Fazli. Fazli arrived in Islamabad Sunday on an official visit ahead of Sharif’s two-day trip to Tehran which begins on Sunday. Fazli, who in March issued a veiled warning to Pakistan over the abduction, said Tehran had given Islamabad “images and documentation regarding terrorist activities” of the group involved. The two sides have agreed to set up a hotline between Pakistan’s paramilitary Frontier Corps and Iran’s Border Security Force, Khan said. Relations between the neighbours hit
Saudi Arabia, which granted his country a $1.5 billion loan in March. The loan contributed to a major recovery of the rupee. Further straining ties, Sharif’s government in February announced it was suspending work on a $7.5-billion pipeline for Iranian gas exports on which work began in 2010. Cooperation on security issues During the press conference, the two ministers also agreed to strengthen cooperation on security and border management issues, enhance intelligence sharing and to increase collaboration in the economic sector. Nisar said the two sides discussed issues of security, cross border terrorism, smuggling, human trafficking, greater intelligence sharing, cooperation between security forces and economic relations. Earlier the Iranian delegation held a meeting with the interior minister which was attended by Iran’s ambassador to Pakistan Ali Raza Haghighian. Nisar said he had a very long and
a low following the kidnapping by Sunni extremists of five Iranian border guards from Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province, which adjoins Pakistan, in February. Four of the soldiers were eventually freed and returned home in April. Officials say the fate of the fifth soldier is unknown but he is assumed to have been killed. The Jaish-ul Adl (“Army of Justice”, in Arabic) rebel group, which says it is fighting for the rights of Sunni Muslims in Shia-majority Iran, said last month the fifth guard had been executed in late March. The issue is likely to feature during Sharif’s visit, which includes meetings with President Hassan Rouhani and spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Regional issues including Syria will also come up for discussion as mainly Sunni Pakistan attempts to balance its relations between Shia-dominated Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, analysts say. Since coming to power last year, Sharif’s government has pivoted towards
NAME ON ECL: MUSHARRAF SAYS CASES AGAINST HIM POLITICALLY MOTIVATED REPLY IN SHC SAYS GOVT HAS BEEN UNABLE TO PROVE ANYTHING AGAINST THE FORMER MILITARY RULER KARACHI STAFF RePORT
Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer Farogh Nasim submitted a reply at the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday which stated that cases against the former president were politically motivated and therefore Musharraf’s name should be removed from the Exit Control List (ECL). The reply said that the government had not been able to prove anything in the cases against the former military ruler. On Monday, the federal government had raised objections over the SHC’s authority to accept a petition regarding the removal of Musharraf’s name from the ECL. In response to the high court’s notice, the government had strongly opposed allowing Musharraf to leave the country on any ground and stated that he is accused in other high profile cases and may therefore be awarded
capital punishment. The government had also contended that allowing Musharraf to go abroad for treatment would be a violation of Article 25 of the Constitution as adequate medical facilities are available in Pakistan. The reply had stated that Musharraf’s name was included on the ECL first on April 5, 2013 by the federal government and that the Supreme Court on April 8, 2013, had also directed the federal government to place his name on the ECL. The petitioner had approached this court (SHC) after more than a year against the order dated April 5, 2013. The instant petition was therefore hit by the ‘doctrine of laches’ and the same was therefore liable to be dismissed with costs. SpInAL frActureS: DoctorS ADvISe MuShArrAf to Seek treAtMent ABroAD: Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf has been advised by his doctors to immediately seek medical
treatment abroad, a private news channel reported on Tuesday. According to a medical report, the former president has spinal fractures which cannot be treated in Pakistan due to a lack of expertise. Medical experts are of the view that Pakistan lacks technology to treat such an injury. The fivemember medical board has recommended that Musharraf can receive treatment in Dubai, North America and Europe, said the channel. The report by the medical team comes a day after the federal government opposed removing Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL) in its reply submitted in the Sindh High Court (SHC). According to the federation’s response the SHC was not authorised to hear the case pertaining to removing Musharraf’s name from the ECL as the order to place the former president on the list was issued by the Supreme Court. The Sindh High Court will resume hearing of the case on Wednesday.
detailed discussion with the Iranian minister on different aspects of Pakistan-Iran relations. “We both agreed to form a task force or commission which will put in place entire framework for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Iran.” The present government wants relations with Iran which reflect the desires of the people belonging to the two countries and is a model of friendship for others, he added. Iranian Interior Minister Fazli said, during the meeting with his counterpart, it was agreed to strengthen border markets, increase exchange of commodities and create more opportunities for bilateral investment. “We agreed on expanding cooperative relations and improving intelligence sharing.” The Iranian minister said Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan will hold a trilateral meeting to increase security cooperation. He said increased regional economic cooperation will lead to sustainable security on the borders.
SC ADMITS PETITION SEEKING REGISTRATION OF CASE AGAINST SENIOR JOURNALISTS ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has admitted for regular hearing a petition filed by Zaid Hamid seeking registration of treason case against senior journalists, including Hamid Mir, Najam Sethi and Hassan Nisar. The SC has admitted the petition for hearing after abolishing the objections raised by the registrar apex court Hamid had filed an appeal plea against the registrar office objections. The court has directed the office to fix the petition for hearing. These directives were issued by Justice Nasirul Mulk during the course of hearing of this petition in his chamber on Tuesday. Advocate Ahmad Raza Kasuri appeared on behalf of the petitioner. Hamid had filed an application in the SC seeking institution of treason case against Hamid Mir, Najam Sethi, Hassan Nisar, Marvi Sarmad, Imtiaz Alam, Nusrat Javed and Asma Jahangir among others. The SC registrar had raised objections over it. The petitioner had made SAFMA and Ministry of Information respondents in his application filed in 2012. Online
NADRA THRIVES UNDER NEW, DYNAMIC CHAIRMAN ISLAMABAD MiAn ABRAR
Under its new and dynamic chairman Imtiaz Tajwar, the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) is fast moving from the red to green zone, as a number of measures have been adopted for speedy streamlining of the organisation. On January 13, 2014, the federal government appointed Tajwar as NADRA chairman. Per official documents available with Pakistan Today, it has been revealed that the administration has achieved a number of milestones after appointment of the new chairman in the office, including winning Scanning and Digitisation of Sri Lankan Identity Card project worth US$5.8 million in an international bidding against India and other countries.
proJectS SIGneD unDer neW nADrA chAIrMAn: Other than Scanning and Digitization of Sri Lankan ID Card project, NADRA has also won Punjab Bar Council Cards project worth Rs 46.2 million. The agreement was signed on February 15, 2014. Moreover, an agreement of Proof of Residence (PoR) for Afghan Refugees amounting to Rs 342 million was signed on 26 February 2014 in collaboration with the UNHCR. As per the agreement, NADRA is supposed to renew the cards for Afghans in Pakistan. Over 600,000 cards have already been delivered through 42 centres established for the program through existing manpower. Meanwhile, Safe City Islamabad, a project of national importance aiming to safeguard the economy and social security of the country, which had earlier been shelved, has been re-launched to
meet the demand of law enforcement agencies to effectively prevent and combat crime. The Rs 21 billion project had hit the snag after a Supreme Court ruling terming it void on August 12, 2012. The actual project was meant for Islamabad and Peshawar. The court declared the project was executed in violation of the mandatory provisions of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) 2004. fInAncIAL DIScIpLIne: Due to financial discipline measures imposed by the new chief, Rs 4,101 million was generated as revenue during the third quarter (January–March) of financial year 2013-14. Total operational expenses incurred during the period are Rs 2,760 million. An unprecedented net profit of Rs 1,341 million has been earned in these three months.
Under Tajwar’ chairmanship, NADRA has earned Rs 1 billion from operations (CNIC etc.) and received high profit returns from national and international projects. Expenses have also been curtailed due to stoppage of honorariums, withholding of 15 percent salary increase that was earlier announced by the previous management and rationalisation of other monetary incentives. Substantial savings have been made due to strict monitoring of movement of official vehicles and austerity measures introduced recently. ADMInIStrAtIve AchIeveMentS: As many as 23 vehicles have been retrieved from various directorates/departments while a sum of Rs 2,025,501 has been saved on account of Monetization Allowance. NADRA has saved Rs 1,500,970 by economising on fuel expenses.
100,000 more will get laptops this year!
Punjab CM says provincial government is taking short, medium and long term measures for uplift of education sector LAHORE
unjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the process of reformation of education sector is continuing successfully and the Punjab government has initiated revolutionary programmes for empowerment of youth which have yielded positive and highly encouraging results. Presiding over a high-level meeting on Tuesday which reviewed various programmes of the Education Department, Shahbaz said the Punjab government had distributed more than 200,000 laptops worth Rs 10 billion among talented students purely on the basis of merit during its previous tenure while 100,000 laptops will be given to brilliant students on merit basis during the current year. He said that the entire process, from purchase till distribution of the
laptops, will be completely transparent. The CM said that the Punjab government is taking short, medium and long term measures for the uplift of the education sector and in addition to promotion of education, special atten-
tion is being paid to teachers’ training, adding that the british Department for International Development (DFID) is playing a commendable role in this regard. Referring to his recent visit to britain, Shahbaz said british Prime Minister
David Cameron, deputy PMs and other ministers appreciated the measures taken by the Punjab government for development of the education sector and it is a matter of honour that friendly countries are extending full cooperation for the progress of education and other sectors. Shahbaz directed that the initiative of computerisation of the examination system be accelerated as it will help ensure complete transparency in the examination system. He also ordered that the programme of installation of filtration plants in schools be expedited. The CM took notice of the incident of snatching of solved papers in bahawalpur and ordered immediate arrest of the culprits. “no one will be allowed to play with the academic career of students,” he said. The CM also directed the authorities concerned to evolve a foolproof system for despatch of papers from the examination centers to curb such incidents in future.
FOR A BETTER PROVINCE
Eighteen development schemes approved LAHORE APP The Punjab government on Tuesday approved 18 development schemes of different development sectors at an estimated cost of Rs 67082.291 million. The schemes were approved in the 42nd meeting of Provincial Development Working Party of current fiscal year 201314. P&D Provincial Secretary Arif Anwar Baloch, members of the Planning & Development Board, Provincial Secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant Provincial
Departments also attended the meeting. The approved development schemes included: Widening / Improvement of road from Vehari to Tibba Sultan Pur, Length=45.21 km in District Vehari at a cost of Rs. 798.406 Million, Elimination of Child & Bonded Labour Project-Integrated Project for Promotion of "Decent Work for Vulnerable Workers" in Punjab Province at a cost of Rs. 6009.793 Million, Capacity Building for Managing Emergencies in High Rise Buildings, Lahore at a cost of Rs. 783.984 million, Establishment of 60 Bedded Tehsil Level Hospital at
Lidher, Bedian Road, Lahore at a cost of Rs. 335.602m, Construction of Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery Block at B.V. Hospital Bahawalpur at a cost of Rs. 883.847m, Jinnah Burn & Reconstructive Surgery Center, Lahore at a cost of Rs. 1242.976m, Establishment of Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal at a cost of Rs. 1237.603m, Establishment of Model Cattle Market Sammundri Road, Faisalabad at a cost of Rs. 277.752m. Shahi Bagh, PhaseI at a cost of Rs. 8416.000m, WASA Drains Rehabilitation (Bird Wood Drain, Central Drain and
Cantonment Drain from Multan Road to Babu Sabu, Lahore at a cost of Rs. 9299m, Supply / Installation of 100-Nos Water Filtration Plants (Arsenic Removal) in Lahore City at a cost of Rs. 424.33m, Extension of Water Resources for Faisalabad City (Phase-I) (Revised) at a cost of Rs. 6429.300m, Sewerage Scheme Chishtian (City Uplift Package Chishtian) at a cost of Rs. 916.110m, Provision & Extension of Water Pipe Lines in Cholistan including evaluation of 4 Nos. existing Pipe Lines. (PC-II) at a cost of Rs. 6.590m, Hiring of Consultants for Review Updation
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lahore Zoo loses its Jumbo LAHORE: A famous lion of the Lahore Zoo named ‘Jumbo’ died after prolonged illness on Tuesday. According to the zoo administration, Jumbo was born in 1998 and had crossed an average age for lions. The administration said that due to illness Jumbo had stopped eating anything and was being fed artificially for the last one week. The administration claimed that all possible measures had been taken to save Jumbo’s life but he succumbed to his illness. The administration further said that the body has been sent for autopsy and if doctors give permission to use Jumbo’s hide, it will be saved in the Zoo’s museum. STAFF REPORT
bird-hit pia plane escapes disaster
LAHORE: An America-bound national airline flight escaped disaster by emergency landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore after a of Request for Proposal (RFP) for bird hit it on Tuesday. AcSelection of Sponsors (s) for 120 cording to PIA spokesman MW Taunsa Hydropower Project Mashood Tajwar, PIA plane (PC-II) at a cost of Rs. 11.398 PK-721 from Karachi airport million, 2x55 MW Imported Coal was going to Lahore and then Fired Power Projects at M-3 New York via Manchester air Industrial City Faisalabad. route. Before landing at the Concept Clearance Paper at a cost airport in Lahore a bird hit the of Rs.150m, 2x55 MW Imported plane and all passengers panCoal Fired Power Projects at icked due to its vibration. He Sundar Industrial Estate Lahore said that the pilot safely (Concept Clearance Paper) at a landed the aircraft at Lahore cost of $150m, Engagement of airport, adding that the plane Short Term Consultant to Conduct was slightly damaged in the Feasibility Study for Biomass incident. He said that all pasPower Generation in the Punjab sengers were sent to their Province (on Fast Track Basis) destination through alternate (PC-II) at a cost of Rs 9.6m. plane. STAFF REPORT
pak pwd's female executive engineer free to go LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday granted bail to a Pakistan Public Works Department (Pak PWD) female executive engineer in an embezzlement case. The court directed the accused to submit two surety bonds of Rs 1 million to avail the bail. The single bench comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Kazim Raza Shamsi passed the orders on an application filed by Executive Engineer (XEN) Humaira Khurram. Earlier, the petitioner's counsel arguing before the court submitted that the petitioner was arrested by the FIA on the charges of embezzlement in a development scheme at Manga Mandi. He pointed out that the contractor had already deposited the embezzled amount in government treasury. He pleaded the court to grant benefit of bail to the accused. However, the FIA opposed the bail saying the accused was involved in the matter. The court after hearing the arguments granted bail to the accused and directed to deposit two surety bonds of Rs 1 million. It is pertinent to mention that another LHC bench had already granted bail to the accused in an identical case. APP
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
a drop for a better future
5.22m children to be administered polio drops LAHORE
xTEnDED Programme of Immunization (EPI) additional Director Dr nazir Hussain, has said that some 5.22 million children up to five years of age would be administered anti-polio drops during the current three-day drive. He said that three consecutive polio campaigns would also be carried out in
LAHORE: A man sleeping with his pet dog at the roadside near Urdu Bazar. INP
police detain 60 suspects Wattoo censures Punjab govt for ‘anti-farmers policy’ LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Manzoor ahmed Wattoo, President Punjab chapter of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has castigated the Punjab government for its continuous anti-farmers policy since it assumed the reign of the province. In a statement on Tuesday, Wattoo said the latest manifestation of such policy was in the district Muzaffargarh where it intended to acquire farmland for setting up coal-based power plants. He said the Punjab government failed to understand the simple logic of the availability of sufficient government’s barren land in the area and yet determined to de-
prive the poor farmers from their land holdings, their only source of livelihood. He said that the government was pushing the farmers in a tight corner and they may resort to extreme action like blocking the national highway or march the provincial capital to press the government for the acceptance of their demands. He said that the provincial government should give priority to use the government land in the region for the power generation projects which were important to overcome the energy shortage in the country required for running the wheels of the economy. He pointed out that the development strategy should
uPs battery retailers fleecing people LAHORE APP
uPS battery retailers are fleecing people by over charging their customers, after their demand increased in summer. The battery retailers also do not honour their warranty commitments on one pretext or the other, while they charge up to Rs 400 extra for recharging a battery even during the warranty period. With the advent of summer and increased loadshedding, people have to use the uninterrupted power supply (uPS) in their houses and shops. People who buy these devices are forced to either replace batteries or get them recharged. The long and frequent outages cause batteries to wear out earlier than usual, es-
pecially during the summer. Consumers complain of shorter life of batteries from various manufacturing factors. a trader, assad bhatti in Saddar bazaar, attributed the malfunctioning to the retailers' practice of storing batteries for more than a year. To earn more money, he said, businessmen buy batteries in bulk and then store them, which reduce the life of battery cells and fail to produce the desired results. He urged authorities concerned to formulate standard rates to protect consumers from any kind of exploitation at the hands of battery retailers. On contact, Touqir ahmed, proprietor of a battery retail store, said retailers could not replace batteries on every claim since manufacturers set very hard rules for replacing them.
PTDC PHOTO EXHIBITION BEGINS LAHORE: A photo exhibition organised by Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and Lahore Arts Council opened at Alhamra Art Gallery on Tuesday. The exhibition was inaugurated by PTDC Managing Director Chaudhry Kabir Ahmed Khan. Around 100 photographs of Pakistan's landscape, mountains, lakes, glaciers, people and culture, heritage and monuments were put on display. PTDC MD Chaudhry Kabir Khan talking to media said that PTDC was striving hard to promote country's natural and cultural heritage at national and international level. He said that photo exhibition was part of many national events being organised by the PTDC in the country. He said that the exhibition was organised in Lahore to tap the tourism potential of Lahore which is one of the important tourist generating regions of the country. He said the PTDC's 18 tourist information centres and 43 motels were serving facilities to tourists since 1977. APP
be in harmony with the imperatives of social and development notions including climate’s that would ensure the sustainable development which was the acceptable development strategy in the world today. He called upon the government to hold negotiations with the farmers to work out a mutually agreed formula that was suitable to the farmers and for the proposed power projects. He said that if it was absolutely important to acquire the land then the farmers should be given compensation on the market price of the land which was much higher what the government was unilaterally offering based on its own assessment.
LAHORE: At least 60 suspects were apprehended in the wee hours of Tuesday in a search operation conducted by police in Saddar division. According to police, the search operation led by SP Saddar Owais Malik, was carried out in Marghzar Colony, Awan Town and its adjoining areas. The police checked documents of people staying in hotels, seminaries and tenants. They took more than 60 suspects, including Afghan nationals, into custody during the operation. The investigation from arrested suspects was underway. STAFF REPORT
VERDICT RESERVED ON PLEAS FOR BAIL CANCELLATION OF JOSEPH COLONY ARSON ACCUSED LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday reserved verdict on petitions for bail cancellation of accused involved in Joseph Colony incident. The bench comprising Justice Shahid Hameed Dar and Justice Ali Baqar Najfi was hearing the petitions filed by Punjab Prosecution Department for bail cancellation of 70 accused including Umar Mehmood, Fazal Hussain, Sheikh Khalil, Mubashar,Tariq, Muhammad Riaz, Fazal Akbar Khan, Mukhtar Ahmad, Muhammad Munawaar Khan, Inam ul Haq, Haji Khar Bakhsh, Muhammad Nazir, Abdul Rasheed and Bashir Khan besides others. Earlier, an additional prosecutor general Punjab arguing before the court submitted that the trial court had granted bail to the accused despite the fact that the prosecution had solid evidence against them. He pleaded the court to cancel bail of the accused. However, the defendants' counsels pleaded the court to dismiss the petitions on the ground that the accused were innocent and no evidence was available against them. The bench after hearing the arguments reserved verdict on petitions. STAFF REPORT
Lahore during May. He said that first campaign is being carried out from May 5 to 7, while other two campaigns would be launched in the second and third week of this month. Special antipolio campaigns have also been scheduled in ten high risk districts including DG Khan, Lahore, Mianwali, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Rawalpindi, Rahim Yar Khan, Sahiwal and Toba Tek Singh. He said that in Lahore
773,000 children would be vaccinated during the threeday campaign. He said the Punjab government had made arrangements for vaccination of children travelling by buses or trains through Punjab and check-posts had been set up at all entry points of the province to administer polio drops. “There is a need for national spirit and commitment to eradicate polio virus from the country,” he maintained.
Bad name for Pakistan
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
Back to barracks Both the khakis and the monsters they created cannot rule any longer
Our failure in eradicating polio
ITH polio still uncontrolled the WHO has finally recommended that Pakistanis travelling abroad should present a polio vaccination certificate. Earlier, WHO had declared India and 10 other Asian countries poliofree. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world, the other two being Afghanistan and nigeria, where polio is yet to be eradicated. Successive governments failed to take the issue of polio seriously despite the havoc it has wreaked in the country by making thousands of children suffer from a most debilitating and permanent physical damage. It is understandable why Pakistan is being shunned by the countries which have got rid of the endemic disease. The government failed to take note when Saudi Arabia clamped travel restrictions on visitors from Pakistan. In October 2011, WHO warned that if the polio virus was not contained, Pakistan could face serious consequences. none heeded the warning. Early this year India also placed restrictions on visitors from Pakistan. Successive governments failed to sort out the ignorant clerics who declared that the polio vaccination was an American conspiracy to spread sterility among the Muslim community. They incited attacks on polio workers and the security personnel attached with them. The killings led to lulls in the campaigns causing hundreds of thousands of children missing polio vaccination. The policy of appeasement towards the TTP by both the PML-n and PTI has led to more attacks on polio workers than ever before. In January, the WHO declared Peshawar as the largest endemic poliovirus reservoir in the world. With the terrorists from Pakistan’s polio infected tribal areas proceeding for jihad to Syria, they acted as carriers of the Pakistani strain of polio to countries of the Middle East, including Egypt and Israel. Earlier, 23 children in Sinkiang were affected by polio, and it was confirmed after DnA analysis that the virus had been transmitted from Pakistan. This too was presumably carried by the Chinese jihadists operating from the tribal areas. Complacency regarding polio continues to mark the PML-n administration. State Minister for Health Services and Regulations Saira Afzal Tarar hopes to address the concerns of the WHO so that by the next assessment the travel restrictions are reversed. How can this happen when in December last year, 47,099 children were missed all over Pakistan because their parents refused the vaccination. While Punjab chief of Task Force on Polio Eradication claimed that no polio case had been reported in Punjab during the current year, samples taken the next day from two of Lahore’s Main Outfall pumping stations tested positive. To bring Pakistan out of growing isolation the government has to eradicate terrorism with an iron hand and stop the use of religion against polio vaccination. Terrorism and extremism have to be eradicated if the country is to survive and prosper and be regarded as a responsible member of the comity of nations.
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dr farid a Malik
n times of peace, army’s role is limited to barracks. As a child growing up on the Mall Road of Lahore, Mian Mir Bridge was the clear divide between civilian authority exercised through municipalities run by elected mayors and cantonment boards. As land could only be leased in Cantonment area, civilians stayed away. The city of Lahore was fully functional with transportation, health and educational facilities for the common man. The founding father of Pakistan worked with honesty and dedication to build national institutions. Policies and procedures were formulated and then followed through. Governance was a big challenge in the beginning. The two wings of the nascent democratic state were thousands of miles apart. There was an influx of refugees from all over India who had to be settled. Issues between East Pakistan and West Pakistan had to be determined by 1956 constitution. Elections were scheduled for 1958 to put Pakistan on solid foundations of constitution democracy.
Ayub Khan (PA-10), an ordinary soldier with a checkered military career, was chosen to lead the armed forces but who later derailed the entire democratic order. Under his orders the khakis crossed the Mian Mir Bridge and started running civilian institutions for which they were neither trained nor exposed to. Pervez Musharraf, the last khaki usurper, started appearing in jalsas in uniform where he was crowned by all kinds of headwear in violation of the protocol accorded to the uniform. The GHQ promptly informed him of the incursion and he was made to follow the procedure. By contrast when khakis take over civilian institutions they disregard all laid down procedures which eventually cause their collapse when they leave. The list is long: Pakistan Railways, WAPDA, LDA, University of Punjab, University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan Steel Mills, Mechanised Construction of Pakistan, Pakistan national Shipping Corporation, Saindok Metals Ltd, PITAC, TUSDEC, Overseas Employment Corporation, Pakistan Tea Board, PUTC, municipalities, literacy commission, LOS, national Construction Company among others. The rank and file of the Pakistan armed forces are professional and committed to the national security. The trouble starts when their leadership decides to meddle in political affairs. Ayub Khan was the first to cross the line. Marginal officers like him should have never made it to the top. The same holds true for Zia and Musharraf. Professionally, only Yahya Khan had a good career but once in leadership role his conduct was unbecoming of a leader. Compared to the founding fathers
of Pakistan (Jinnah, Liaquat A Khan, nazimuddin, Suharwardy, nishatar, Qayyum, Mamdot), all four usurpers were pygmies and totally unsuitable for the role that they forcibly assumed by using the rank and file of the army. By surgically eliminating all democratic leaders, the country was orphaned. Tainted political leadership was also a part of this operation foul play. It is widely believed that the PPP wants to sell Pakistan while PML-n is interested in buying it. The armed forces do provide security on the borders but their interests within are mostly limited to plots and plazas. With no parenting and institution bashing by the four martial laws the country has become ungovernable. Mafias and vested interests have taken over with no nation building. On a recent trip to China there was a clear feeling of an authority figure. Someone in authority was responsible and watching national interests. While the Communist Party has allowed private enterprise, it clearly watches the interests of the common man and facilitates their growth. The embalmed body of Mao Tse Tung, the great leader, is kept right in the city centre at Tiananmen Square, reminding everyone of the revolution that changed the very fabric of the nation. The state is a facilitator of the strong and protector of the weak. Whereas in the Land of the Pure it acts as an exploiter and usurper of the nation. Turkey under Erdogan was able to contain its armed forces by confining them to the barracks. With honest leadership and good governance, the sick man of Europe has been transformed into an economic giant. There was a time when the European Union (EU) was reluctant to take in Turkey, now it is the other way around.
After coming into power in 1970, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) crated an election monitoring cell within the ISI. The charter of this cell was to watch popularity treads of political leadership. It was the data from this cell that convinced ZAB to hold elections in 1977 and Zia to postpone them. With the mess that Pakistan is in today, the march back to the barracks is not that simple. Parenting is a painful and difficult exercise. Parents are responsible for producing good children who can become their goodwill ambassadors. The armed forces of Pakistan remain the only functionally viable institution. now that the original 1973 constitution has been restored, the election monitoring cell within ISI should be disbanded and free and fair elections held to elect real un-manipulated leadership to lead the nation. In Iran all candidates have to be vetted by a council before they can contest. A strict disqualification mechanism can be enforced to get rid of ‘lotas’ and loteras’. Mafad aur plots ki siasiat has to give way to ‘khidmat’ and nation building. What was started in 1958 by khaki leadership cannot continue any longer as it is not in the national interests. Khakis have miserably failed to govern this side of the Mian Mir Bridge. They must retreat back to their barracks on the other side but not before cleaning the mess created by them on this side. Pakistan has to be in safe hands, individuals who are elected through an honest ballot as was done in Turkey, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Bosnia and Argentina. Both the khakis and the monsters they created cannot rule any longer. Dr Farid A Malik is ex-Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation, Email: email@example.com.
Sanctity of the oath Respecting institutional boundaries
Malik MuhaMMad ashraf
n the backdrop of the reports of growing tensions between the government and the army and reading too much between the lines by the more than independent media, which certain circles believed could threaten the nascent democracy in the country, the commitment made by the COAS to strengthen democracy and upholding the constitution is indeed very reassuring. Addressing the families of martyrs, high ranking civil and military officers, diplomats and people from different walks of life on the Yaum-e-Shuhada (Martyrs’ Day). He also unequivocally expressed army’s support for all efforts to eliminate terrorism and restoring peace in the country and vowed on behalf of the army not to hesitate from any sacrifice to defend the ideological and territorial frontiers of the country. That should be enough to put to rest the speculations and rumours about the growing tiff between the civilian and military leaders. What General Raheel Sharif said was exactly what the oath taken by army officers at the time of their passing out obligates them to abide
by and the role that the Quaid wanted them to play in warding off the threats to the motherland. By reiterating allegiance to the constitution and strengthening democracy, he has indeed upheld the sanctity of the oath taken by him, unlike the ones who not only violated their oath but also pushed the country into an intractable crisis with debilitating consequences. The army as an institution is beyond any reproach. I fully subscribe to the view that army as an institution deserves unqualified respect and gratitude of the nation for the sacrifices rendered by it for thwarting the designs of the enemies of the country and in fighting against terrorism. I, and for that matter all the citizens of Pakistan, still become emotional and respectful to the army listening to the song ‘Ay watan key sajeeley jawanon meray naghmy tumharey liye hein’ by noor Jahan. At the same time it makes me equally sad to introspect what the generals betraying their oath have done to our motherland. The nation has great respect for those generals who were not part of the coups or who did not believe in transgressing their constitutional role and duty. It is indeed heartening to note that the mindset of disdainful patronage of the civilian leaders and their armstwisting among the top echelons of the army has started transiting towards a respectful relationship in conformity with the constitutional obligations. The pioneer of this transition was none other than General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and it is really very reassuring that General Raheel Sharif and his colleagues remain committed to strengthen this process. One can hardly deny the existence of an ominous civil-military imbalance, brought about by repeated martial laws, which
is hindering the achievement of our cherished national goals envisioned by the founding father. Peace and progress in a country, arguably, depends on the rule of law and unfortunately this cannot happen in Pakistan until the extra-legal and political role that the generals have played during the greater part of our history is ended and the civil-military imbalance is rectified. Otherwise, it would continue to hurt democracy, rule of law and across the board accountability. Reportedly, one of the causes of stressful relations between the generals and the civilian government was the trial of former dictator General Pervez Musharraf. The permeating perception in this regard is that the proceedings against Musharraf are politically motivated to settle score with the former dictator by the incumbent prime minister. I am afraid this contention and impression is totally wrong and is being deliberately bandied around to create confusion. The case against Musharraf has been instituted in pursuance of the decision of the Supreme Court which held the former dictator solely responsible for the developments on 3 november, 2007, and it would be a travesty of the facts to say otherwise. Generals are citizens of Pakistan also and are liable to be held accountable for their illegal and unconstitutional actions, as there is no ouster clause in the constitution to this effect. The logical conclusion of the Musharraf case in conformity with the demands of justice and law is essential to make a new beginning in regards to establishing the rule of law. Opposing or trying to obstruct this process or pressurising the government to let Musharraf go out of the country to escape justice would not only be tantamount to making mockery of the SC decision but would also deliver a
deadly blow to the chances of ever establishing rule of law in the country. One can hardly take an issue with General Raheel’s contention that democracy was the only way forward to join the developed nations and that in view of the critical phase the country was passing through, all institutions were required to work in full harmony with all their strength. The harmony among the institutions that the general alluded to could only come through strict adherence to the domain and parameters set by the constitution for every state institution. This change in the mindset of army leadership is a healthy development and it is hoped that the future chiefs and their companions would continue to faithfully follow this course. The general also praised the positive role played by the media in moulding public opinion on issues of national importance. Every person in his right mind would accept this contention ungrudgingly. Media, being the fourth pillar of the state, has a crucial role in nation building and there is no doubt our media relishing in its new-found independence has indeed contributed immensely towards strengthening democracy and educating the masses on issues of national importance. However, at the same time, it has also at times committed indiscretions in complete disregard to its social responsibilities and professional ethics by resorting to speculative reporting and comments, as in case of civil-military relations. In the current scenario, the media owes it to the nation to play its role in a positive manner by curbing its proclivities for rumour mongering and creating issues out of nothing, at the cost of objectivity and truth.
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Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
CIA fAlls bACk In AfghAnIstAn Daily Beast
he CIA is dismantling its frontline Afghan counterterrorist forces in south and east Afghanistan, leaving a security vacuum that U.S. commanders fear the Taliban and al Qaeda will fill— and leaving the Pakistan border open to a possible deluge of fighters and weapons. “The CIA has started to end the contracts of some of those militias who were working for them,” said Aimal Faizi, spokesman for outgoing Afghan President hamid Karzai, a longtime critic of the CIA’s Afghan operatives. “Some of them were in very important locations, so we deployed our troops there.” U.S. and Afghan military commanders tell The Daily Beast that Afghan forces are stretched too thin to replace many of those departing CIA paramilitaries. Thousands more CIA-trained operatives are about to get the boot ahead of what already promises to be a bloody summer fighting season. That could mean spectacular attacks against U.S. and Afghan targets just as the White house is weighing its long-term commitment to Afghanistan. And it could give the nowsmall al Qaeda movement inside the country more freedom to grow and even-
tually hatch new plots more than a decade after the invasion meant to wipe out the perpetrators of the Sept. 11th attacks. Senior U.S. officials said the slow dismantling of the CIA’s forces has also alarmed U.S. lawmakers, who had assumed those forces would remain in the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban after U.S. troops withdrew. But CIA officials told lawmakers this past week that with U.S. troops slowly closing bases across the country, the intelligence agency’s footprint also has to shrink. The CIA doesn’t want to face another high-risk situation like Benghazi, Libya, where militants attacked both the U.S. diplomatic outpost and the CIA base. The U.S. ambassador, one of his staff and two CIA employees were killed in that strike. The Obama administration had wanted to leave up to 10,000 U.S. troops in the country after the December 2014 withdrawal deadline. But the current Afghan president has refused to sign a long-term security agreement, and the Afghan presidential election seems headed for a runoff, meaning it could be months before a new Afghan president takes charge. So U.S. forces here are rapidly closing outposts, preparing to withdraw to six “enduring” bases that could remain if a security deal goes through before early fall. While the CIA is not affected by the
security agreement, it relies on the U.S. military for protection and logistical support—especially at its far-flung bases in south and east Afghanistan. Just months ago, the talk in administration circles was that these paramilitaries would be significantly expanded in the near future. Now, it appears, the opposite is taking place. The CIA started recruiting and training these Afghan paramilitary groups only months after the intelligence agency first entered the country in 2001 ahead of invading U.S. troops, according to current and former U.S. and Afghan officials. They described the top-secret force in detail on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. (The CIA declined to comment for this story.) The elite Afghan teams have built a fearsome reputation for their U.S. special operations-like targeting of terrorist suspects, guided by a handful of CIA paramilitary officers on most missions. The forces now facing the chopping block are 750 members of the Counterterrorist Pursuit Teams in the Kunar region—home to the elusive Afghan al Qaeda leader Farouq al-Qahtani alQatari—and the entire 3,500-strong Khost Protection Force. The Khost fighters have helped patrol the insurgent-heavy region along the border with Pakistan’s infamous Waziristan
POWER REALITIES BEHIND MIDEAST PEACE Boston GloBe AnDrew J bAcevich
The collapse of Secretary of State John Kerry’s effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has provoked much handwringing. A recurring theme is this: Given that the deal’s basic terms are known to all, why can’t the parties involved just sign and have done with it? After all, the endgame is clear: Two states living side-by-side, Israel withdrawing more or less to its pre-1967 borders, Palestinians accepting compensation in lieu of an actual “right of return,” and some sort of creative arrangement for sharing Jerusalem. Let’s stop the bickering and get on with it. The problem with this analysis is that it implicitly treats peace as an agreement between equals. That definition might pertain to relations between Norway and Sweden. But it does that not describe relations between Israel and the Palestinians. In politics, power determines outcomes, but power is always relative. Between Israelis and Palestinians, the disparity of power looms large and not by accident. even before founding their state, Zionists were intent on acquiring a surplus of power. By means both fair and foul, Israel succeeded in doing just that. Today it has a regionally dominant conventional army; nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them; and the world’s leading superpower in its pocket. By comparison, the Palestinians can claim no remotely comparable advantage. So when it comes to relative power, Israel enjoys an immense edge, which the Israeli government has no intention of surrendering. For Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the “peace process” is not a means to settle differences through compromise or give-and-take. It’s a mechanism to enshrine hardearned Israeli advantages in perpetuity. Several years ago, in outlining his own “vision of peace,” Netanyahu spelled out the implications of this approach. “If we get a guarantee of demilitarization,” he remarked, “we are ready to agree to a real peace agreement, a demilitarized Palestinian state side by side with the Jewish state.” Note that Netanyahu does not say, “When the Palestinians disarm, we will follow suit.” In the eyes of most Israelis, doing so would constitute the height of folly. Similarly, to relinquish control over strategic terrain such as the West Bank or strategic resources such as water in return for assurances that bygones will henceforth be bygones will strike many Israelis as a dubious bargain. Stripped to its essence, therefore, peace, as Israelis understand the term, is an agreement between supplicant and benefactor. It’s the condition that ensues when the weaker party meets the stronger party’s requirements. Peace implies submission. Given its superior power, why should Israel settle for less? Fair? Of course not. But in international relations, fairness is like good sportsmanship in pro hockey. You might give it a nod during postgame interviews. On the ice, meanwhile, you do whatever you can get away with.
Viewed from this perspective, when Palestinians refuse to acquiesce in Israeli demands — protesting the expansion of settlements in the occupied territories or balking at a requirement to acknowledge Israel’s indelibly Jewish identity — they are willfully rejecting peace. Given that existing circumstances manifestly favor Israel, we may take with a grain of salt Israeli expressions of disappointment that peace should remain so elusive. The United States has limited ability to break this deadlock. Although an interested third party, it cannot simply mandate peace. As a practical matter, Washington’s plausible policy options reduce to three. The first, by far the easiest, is to perpetuate the never-ending charade of the “peace process.” This implies tacitly endorsing the pro-Israeli status quo while affirming Palestinian statelessness for the foreseeable future. Solving nothing, it also costs nothing, merely kicking the can down the road. The second option, by far the most dangerous, is to persuade the weaker party to accede to the stronger party’s expectations. A Palestinian quasi-state designed with Israeli preferences uppermost in mind might yield a sort of peace, sullen but better than no peace at all. But for the United States such an achievement will likely cost plenty. Any hint that Washington has forced Palestinians to knuckle under to Israel will further inflame anti-Americanism throughout the Islamic world. We have quite enough of that already. The third option, by far the most difficult, is to peel away the advantages to which the stronger party has become accustomed. Reducing the disparity of power will level the playing field. Rendering the status quo less tenable might create incentives for meeting the other side halfway rather than issuing diktats or scoldings. What makes this option so difficult is that the stronger party will not voluntarily relinquish its advantages. Just as obliging Palestinians to accept a made-in-Israel formula for a two-state solution would entail considerable nudging so too will obliging Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians as equals. When it comes to nudging, the United States has several tools at hand. It can curb the flow of US military hardware and technology to Israel. It can cease to indulge double standards regarding weapons of mass destruction. It can withhold diplomatic cover for Israeli actions inconsistent with US interests. None of these guarantee success. All entail risk. But together they might encourage Israeli leaders to rethink the consequences of continued inaction. Although it may not be able to mandate peace, the United States can at least encourage the stronger partner to want it. Which of these three options are our leaders in Washington most likely to choose? Count on them to take the easy way out. Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University.
province, an area so heavily populated by Taliban, the haqqani Network, al Qaeda and other militant networks that it’s frequently targeted by CIA drone strikes. The Khost and Kunar-based units “are instrumental in blocking the haqqani/al Qaeda mix that are responsible for spectacular attacks,” said one senior U.S. military official. “It’s not clear what will happen to either unit; there is no plan so far to absorb them.” Khost province is also the site of one of the worst losses in CIA history, when an al Qaeda double agent blew himself up at Forward Operating Base Chapman, killing seven CIA employees and injuring six more. One of the first major CIA-trained units to be disbanded was the 900-man Counterterrorist Pursuit Team in the town of Shkin, in Paktika province next to Khost. A former senior Afghan intelligence official said the men were fired with no notice, given a severance payment, two rifles and told to leave. The soon-vacated site was then overrun by Taliban forces, who had to be driven out roughly a month later by the Afghan army. Karzai’s spokesman Faizi said the Afghan government had no advance notice of the firings, but later tried to recruit the Shkin forces into the ranks of
spearheaD analysis Over the last decade that the Pakistan military has been deployed in the western border areas to counter insurgency the three strands of a national strategy that have been consistently emphasized are — Deterrence, Development and Dialogue. each of these has been in constant play and significant successes have been registered. It is the military that has been in the forefront and it is only recently that the government has stepped in to emphasize the dialogue process but not with much success so far. Once a national policy or strategy has been given or, as in Pakistan’s case, has evolved over time then it is the military’s job to formulate a military strategy that will achieve the task assigned to it by the national strategy. The Pakistan military came up with the concept of ChBT meaning Clear, hold, Build and Transfer. Swat, that had been overrun by the insurgents was cleared as was most of the FATA region and this involved heavy fighting as well as numerous peace agreements that inevitably failed. The Army has been holding the cleared areas through a strong deployment of resources and excellent retaliatory capacity that has consistently improved over the years. Needless to say a most important part of these operations has been human and technical surveillance and intelligence. As a cumulative effect these operations have forged a strong deterrence and if the government can opt for dialogue now it is because this deterrence is in place; and it is in place because of the military that has suffered and continues to suffer high casualties. It would be pertinent to recall that almost 5000 lives have been lost and there are many maimed and wounded. 50000 civilians have been killed in terrorist attacks and again many more are crippled. This is what the ShUhADA DAY is all about and it is heart rending to see the children, wives and parents of these martyrs. Against this the cynicism and blatant disregard displayed by a segment of the media and their supporters seems totally unjustified. It is the military that has undertaken the build part of the military strategy that implements the development envisaged in national strategy. The military has rebuilt and built schools, dams and roads on a massive scale in the entire FATA region and by its presence it ensures that these function safely. The most important but least known development has been the miltary’s establishment of what is now called the Central Trade Corridor. Together with the Southern and Northern Trade Corridors this will make a significant long term contribution towards opening up FATA, bringing economic opportunities and eventually mainstreaming FATA into the nation. The existing Southern Trade Corridor is from Gwadar-Karachi ports to Quetta, onto Chaman, into Afghanistan and beyond. Likewise the existing Northern Corridor is from Karachi-Port and Qasim ports to SukkurMultan-Islamabad-Peshawer-Torkham into Afghanistan and onwards. The Central Trade Corridor that is under development and nearing completion is from Karachi to Sukkur-
Afghanistan’s intelligence service, in hopes of keeping them from selling their skills to the Taliban or someone else. “We tried to hire those militia for the same pay as the CIA,” he said. “But only a 100 or so said yes.” In Kunar province, the Afghan army commander there is trying to keep history from repeating itself, by moving his troops to fill the key U.S. outpost and its nearby CIA base, before the Americans depart. “I need to take that position, but I need more troops,” Maj. Gen. Mohammad Zaman Waziri told The Daily Beast through an interpreter, during a visit to the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps headquarters in eastern Afghanistan. Two U.S. officials said the CIAtrained paramilitaries at the Kunar base have been told of their imminent firing, and some have already reached out to the Taliban, possibly to reach a peace deal for when they no longer have Americans to pay or protect them. Kimberly Dozier is an author and former CBS News correspondent and AP intelligence writer, who covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A contributing writer at The Daily Beast, Dozier will hold the 2014 Bradley Chair at the U.S. Army War College.
FATA AND BEYOND Dera Ismail Khan to the Wana-Angoor AddaGhulam Khan Killi and thence onwards into Afghanistan. All three corridors link to the ring road in Afghanistan between Kandahar in the south and Kabul in the north. These trade corridors have enormous potential and significance not only for Afghanistan and Pakistan but for India and the Central Asian States. These developments link with the ChinaPakistan economic Roads and the New as well as the traditional Silk Road. The economic spin offs for Pakistan are enormous and this realization is prompting Pakistan’s enemies to undermine stability within Pakistan and to target the driving force behind these — the Pakistan military. Unfortunately a short sighted segment within Pakistan does not rise beyond their petty squabbles and vested interests. Speaking on Shuhada Day the Chief of Army Staff lifted the national discourse beyond the tactical to focus on the strategic by talking of the importance of all institutions and the role of the national media. he also clearly and unambiguously stated that the military will respect and uphold the Constitution of Pakistan and has the capacity to do so. The military has successfully countered insurgent attacks, Drones and IeD’s (Improvised explosive Devices) and it has never wavered in its resolve. The last part of the military strategy envisages transfer of cleared areas and built up assets to civilian administration. This has not happened so far because of a lack of capacity. The military remains deployed even though this entails severe hardship for the troops and heavy wear and tear on equipment. There are no complaints from the military and no pressure, and the operational competence of the military and its cohesion have not suffered. The military runs a state of the art Rehab Center for maimed and crippled soldiers and civilians and from within its resources it takes care of its widows and orphans. The areas where the government needs to focus are financial flows to the insurgents, the insurgent influx into cities, mosques and madrassahs, the sectarian and ethnic fissures being created in society and the lawlessness that is now a serious threat to human security. A national strategy based on available resources should be devised and implemented without the constraints of political or other pressures. Spearhead Analyses are collaborative efforts and not attributable to a single individual.
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
PAK READIES RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES FOR MODARABAS KARACHI AGEnCiES
AkISTAn regulators will introduce risk management guidelines for modarabas later this year, part of efforts to jump-start the equity-like financing format that remains a tiny part of the country's Islamic finance sector. Modarabas are a form of Islamic investment partnership where assets are managed on behalf of clients, with income and expenses shared under a pre-agreed ratio, regarded as one of the purest forms of Islamic finance. Pakistan's modaraba concept dates back to the 1980's as the first Islamic business model setup with a statutory framework and dedicated regulations, yet it has found limited interest while debt-based products have thrived in recent years. Regulators are keen to change this: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has finalised risk management guidelines which will be circulated soon, Imran Hussain Minhas, joint registrar of the modaraba unit at the SECP, told a foreign news agency. "I cannot give the exact date of its official promulgation but hope to circulate it soon for implementation. It broadly covers all the business risks including the risk of sharia non-compliance. In addition we have also addressed the product-wise risks and their mitigation techniques." He did not give specific details, but the guidelines would cover risks associated with common sharia-compliant contracts such as mudaraba, musharaka, murabaha, salam and istisna. Last year, the SECP introduced sharia compliance and sharia audit mechanisms to strengthen the sector, and the new rules are expected to attract new firms. "We have some applications for registration as MMC (modaraba management company) and expect one of them would be able to manage its IPO before June," Minhas said. As of December, the sector included 26 firms operating 50 branches with total assets of 30.7 billion rupees ($310.6 million), SECP data showed, almost unchanged from a year ago. The move comes at a time when author-
ities are stepping up efforts to develop Islamic finance, encouraging lenders to expand their operations in the world's second most populous Muslim nation. FLEXIBLE: Modarabas remain closely regulated. In Pakistan they hold the status of a corporate entity and must be listed on an exchange, which has further disclosure requirements. But they are also quite flexible investment vehicles that can cater to almost any purpose, something the market should to capitalise on, said Muhammad Shoaib Ibrahim, chief executive of First Habib Modaraba. Pakistani law allows modarabas to conduct multiple financing activities, trading of commodities, project financing, equity investments, as well as act as a special purpose vehicle and a venture capital company. Modarabas can also be setup to offer a dependable source of medium-term financing, and the new rules would further help the sector become more uniform, Ibrahim said. Further reforms to the non-bank financial sector are also underway which could spur further expansion, said Ibrahim. CHALLENGE: Despite this, some modarabas haven't kept up with growth in the country's financial sector and some are even winding down. In January, First Habib Bank Modaraba, a unit of Pakistan's largest lender HBL Bank, said it would liquidate its business. It did not give a reason but analysts pointed to a lack of scale of the business, with paid up capital of 397.1 million rupees at the end of September. To an extent, their own equity-like nature makes modarabas vulnerable to market price swings, meaning some have been unable to remain consistently profitable. For instance, First IBL Modaraba posted a profit of 9.3 million rupees for the year ending June 2013, a reversal from a loss of 41.5 million rupees a year earlier. kASB Modaraba did the opposite, posting a loss of 46.1 million rupees in the year ending June 2013, compared to the 40.6 million rupees in profits a year earlier. First Punjab Modaraba and Modaraba Al-Mali posted profits in two of the last six years. This prompted the SECP to issue rules in 2012 that allow smoothing of profits using a profit-equalisation reserve.
CORPORATE CORNER PakWheels.com decodes Pakistan’s automobile industry LAHORE: PakWheels.com, the largest community based automobile website in Pakistan has conducted an extensive market research survey to analyze automobile trends in the country. The survey provides first-of-its-kind in-depth market research on the automobile industry in Pakistan. With no such study conducted before, it has derived valuable information for stakeholders of the industry and consumers alike. And with over 10,000 respondents from all over Pakistan, the survey covers people from all walks of life. Data has been gathered from people belonging to all ages, income levels, and industry sectors. The survey even had responses from people who don’t own cars to get a good idea of the market from a third person’s perspective. Looking at the bigger picture, this survey is an attempt to gauge automotive trends in the country and to yield vital information which will be helpful for stakeholders of the automobile sector. Results from this survey will also aid consumers in making better choices. The survey has gathered valuable information on consumers’ spending habits when buying a car, what factors they deem important, what image they have of different brands regardless of whether they own cars or not, and a whole lot more. Responders were also asked if they drive without licenses and whether their cars are registered. This provides us with information of how well the authorities are doing to enforce the law in different parts of the country. The survey not only gathered information about cars, but also collected data on industries associated with the automobile scene. People voted for their favorite brand of lubricant, tracking company, insurance company and radio channels they listen to while driving. Ahmed Saeed, Chief Operating Officer, PakWheels.com said: “The automobile trends survey has given us extremely valuable information to analyze public perception about the local car industry. The research has made inroads in evaluating buying habits of people and also in measuring how effectively they can be persuaded in making decisions. This survey will now help automobile companies to build on their recent efforts and identify future changes beneficial for the industry to grow in the country.” PRESS RELEASE
SIALKOT: Master Group Managing Director Shahzad Malik and COO Amjad Ali at the launch of a Master Celeste Home mega outlet on Tuesday. PR
IMF PROGRAMME RESTORING PAK FOREX RESERVES: MOODY’S SINGAPORE OnLinE
Moody's Investors Service says that Pakistan's Caa1 government bond rating with a negative outlook reflects the country's very low institutional and fiscal strength, its weakened external position and large government financing needs. Moody's views were outlined in its justreleased Credit Analysis on the government of Pakistan. The report elaborates on Pakistan's credit profile in terms of economic strength, institutional strength, fiscal strength and susceptibility to event risk, which are the four main analytic factors in Moody's Sovereign Bond Rating Methodology. Moody's notes in recent months, Pakistan has made progress under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) agreement, which it signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in July 2013. Under the agreement, Pakistan envisages implementing reforms in the energy sector, improving tax administration, and privatizing
some of its public enterprises. A successful completion of the challenging programme of reform would address constraints on economic growth and reduce fiscal imbalances, thus improving the sovereign's credit profile. The IMF program disbursements, coupled with a recent sovereign bond issuance and the receipt of grants have also helped to reverse the decline in official foreign-exchange reserves, bolstering thinned external buffers and reducing to some degree vulnerability to a sudden stop in capital inflows. In the near term, large fiscal imbalances and debt structure weaknesses, coupled with a narrow tax base and heavy reliance on the banking system for deficit financing will likely remain credit constraints. Apart from the successful implementation of structural policy reforms, other key triggers for an upward revision in the rating include improvements in domestic and regional political stability and a sustained build-up in external liquidity.
Accelerated pace of economic uplift govt’s top priority: Dastagir ISLAMABAD: Minister for Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastagir Khan has said that an economic turnaround followed by an accelerated pace of economic development was among the foremost priorities of the present government. "A substantive increase in our trade therefore holds the key for much of our future," he said while addressing Pakistan Envoys Conference on "Interactive Session on Economic Cooperation" on Tuesday. The commerce minister appreciated the ministry of foreign affairs for organising this conference and said that he was privileged to have been invited on the occasion of today's envoys conference represented by Pakistan's Ambassadors in the Middle East Region. "It is indeed a commendable initiative of the ministry of foreign affairs. This forum, I am sure, would give a new momentum to our growing relations with neighbors in the Middle East. It is a unique opportunity for us to share our perception of the regional potential and present appropriate strategies to serve our economic and trade interests," he remarked. APP
MCB Lite receives the Most Innovative Product Award KARACHI: MCB Lite (pass-it-on); a digitally powered mobile wallet by MCB Bank has received ‘The Most Innovative Product Award’ at the 12th International e-Banking Conference and Exhibition hosted by Total Communications here at a local hotel. MCB Lite is an innovative mobile wallet that comes with Visa Card, allowing its users the endless possibilities of shopping, transacting online and for using it at ATM machines across the globe. Speaking at the occasion, MCB Digital Banking & Business Development Head Qasif Shahid stated that ‘it is no secret that the retail and branchless banking space is poised for a big change. He further added that this rapid change is being fueled by the surge in smart phone ownership, regulatory framework and by the arrival of 3 G and 4 G mobile internet services in the country. Most business models in Pakistan are built around mobile payments so far and have looked similar in approach without any meaningful differentiation in customer value propositions. The launch of MCB Lite ‘A socially connected mobile wallet’ where your mobile number is up graded to become your financial identity or your bank account number. This he said is a novel attempt at digitizing payment behavior in this country. Zargham Khan Durrani, Head Retail Banking (North) at MCB Bank stated that wining this award reflects the tremendous efforts made by the bank’s management and staff in propelling the market forward and as a consequence in aggressively growing the bank in terms of new customers. PRESS RELEASE
JS Global continues to lead in Pakistan's Fixed Income & Foreign Exchange market KARACHI: JS Global Capital Ltd (JS Global) continued its impressive showing in Pakistan’s Fixed Income & Foreign Exchange (FX) market in the 2013 Financial Market Association of Pakistan (FMA) survey. The FMA survey is considered the gold standard of gauging performance in Pakistan's Money and FX markets. In the 2013 FMA survey, JS Global was awarded the prestigious ‘Best Foreign Exchange Brokerage House Award 2013’ where this latest award marks the 4th consecutive FX award JS Global has won. FMA also ranked JS Global 2nd amongst all Money Market brokers in Pakistan in its ‘Best Money Market Broker Survey 2013’. JS Global Capital remains a market leader in both Pakistan’s fixed income and equity brokerage markets, handling sizeable portion of total foreign fund business in the country. Having the largest net capital balance among domestic brokers, JSGCL has the ability to execute orders of over USD500mn/day and is arguably the top broker by volume with the highest-level of institutional penetration, the largest foreign base and maximum retail outreach program through its liaison with JS Bank. PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Maggi Pakistan launched Maggi Mom Circle at a ceremony at Nestle Pakistan head office. Renowned actress and philanthropist Nadia Jamil inaugurated the event. Maggi Mom Circle is a social platform for mothers to connect, share their experiences and happy moments as well as learn from each other. STAFF PHOTO
LAHORE: Diamond Paints CEO Mir Shoaib Ahmed and General Manager Asad Munir at the launch of Daimond Paints new product Elastomeric on Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
You're feeling the heat and it has nothing to do with weather! You should find that your energy levels are peaking and that you need to get out there and do something physical. Enjoy what you've got!
You know the difference between right and wrong -- but on a day like today, you may feel like you're the only one who does. Try to gently persuade others to do what's right while leading by example.
You can get to the bottom of almost anything through lighthearted argument today. Others may not understand that you're just trying things out, so see if you can stave off any serious conflict.
It's time to really shake things up - in one way or another. You may find that your energy is better spent on some dramatic gesture or wild impulse purchase than on mundane tasks at home or work.
Your creative powers are the center of your world today. That could mean art, brainstorming or just fantastic conversations, so let loose and indulge your inner spirit. It's a blast!
Try not to brag too much today -- though you're busting out with pride over something or someone that's resonating deep within you. Let that go and let others talk up your achievements.
It's vital that you remain active today -- otherwise, you may find that your energy levels plummet quickly. Just a wee bit of socializing is all you need to keep your game face on, though.
You need to deal with an ego problem -- but the thing is, it may be yours. Try not to inflict your own issues on anyone else, and remember that what you feel now may not feel true tomorrow.
Your devotion to friends is a real asset, and today you can improve their lives and your own at the same time. Things are sure to get better in the near future, too, but keep focused outward.
Things are not quite going your way today, so see if you can pull back and hope for a better situation tomorrow. It's certain that things are going to be different very soon.
It's hard to get very much done today -- but not because of anything going on within you. It's one of those days when your energy is better spent on putting out little fires than focusing on long-range plans.
You need to do whatever you can to keep your mind focused today -- even if that means shutting the door and even being rude to family or colleagues. It's just for today, so don't worry too much about it.
fill in all the squares in the grid so that each row, column and each of the squares contains all the digits. the object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once.
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Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
DAILY COFFEE PROTECTS EYE AGAINST RETINAL DEGENERATION
CHILDREN 'INFLUENCED BY PARENTS' SCREEN-VIEWING HABITS': RESEARCH
Drinking a cup of coffee a day can protect eye against possible blindness resulted from retinal degeneration, South Korean scientists suggest. Researchers indicate that daily intake of coffee helps prevention of deteriorating eyesight from retinal damage due to glaucoma, aging and diabetes. Animal study reveals that coffee acts like an antioxidant in keeping retinal damage away, according to the study report published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Raw coffee contains 1 percent caffeine and 7 to 9 percent chlorogenic acid (CLA), which is a strong antioxidant that prevents retinal degeneration in mice. As one of the most metabolically active tissues, retina is a thin tissue layer on the inside, back wall of the eye with millions of light-sensitive cells and other nerve cells that receive and organize visual information. In the research, the team treated the mice eyes with nitric oxide, which produces oxidative stress and free radicals that play significant role in retinal degeneration. The results showed that since the mice were pretreated with CLA, no retinal damage appeared in their eyes. While the tissue needs high levels of oxygen, the lack of oxygen and production of free radicals hurt the tissue and cause eyesight defects. The study is "important in understanding functional foods, that is, natural foods that provide beneficial health effects," said professor of food science and the study's senior author Chang Y. Lee. "Coffee is the most popular drink in the world, and we are understanding what benefit we can get from that," Lee also noted. Earlier studies unveiled the important role of drinking coffee in averting the risk of chronic diseases, Parkinson's, prostate cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and age-related cognitive declines. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology funded the study. AGENCIES
COKE TO REMOVE CONTROVERSIAL CHEMICAL FROM FANTA, OTHER DRINKS
HIlDREN are three times more likely to spend lots of time watching TV and playing on screens if their parents do the same, suggests a Bristol University study. Previous research suggests too much screen time can damage the health of adults and children. The study looked at five- and six-year-olds from 1,000 families. Parents were asked how much time they and their children spent watching TV and using a computer, a games console or a smartphone. The results, published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, showed that during the week 12% of the boys, 8% of the girls and 30% of the parents watched more than two hours of television each weekday. In the families where parents watched more than two hours of TV on a weekday, the children were 3.4 times more likely to adopt the same habit if their father exceeded this threshold - and 3.7 times more likely if their mother watched more than two hours. On a weekend day, screen-viewing time was much higher, with 45% of the boys, 43% of the girls, 53% of the mothers and 57% of the fathers spending more than two hours watching TV. At the weekend, children were nearly five times more likely to watch more than two hours of TV if their mother or father did the same. Daughters of the fathers who spent more than two hours watching TV were more than twice as likely as sons to exceed this level, the study found. The Bristol researchers said further research was needed to find out why this was the case. Screen health riSk: The discovery that parents' viewing habits can influence their children's screen-viewing habits was important, the
researchers said, because of the health risk associated with high levels of screen-viewing. This activity has been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and all-cause mortality among adults and an increased risk of obesity in children. Prof Russ Jago, lead study author, from the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences at Bristol University, said: "We know that excessive screen-viewing is not good for children's health. "What our data shows is that some young children spend too much time watching TV and using other screen-viewing devices with much
IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO LOSE WEIGHT AND IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH: STUDY It is never too late for overweight people to lose weight to improve their health, according to a new study. Researchers also found, perhaps not surprisingly, that people who are obese in their mid-twenties are more likely to suffer serious weight problems later in life. However, the study showed it is a person’s current weight - rather than how long they have been obese for - that influences their risk of heart problems and diabetes. The researchers say the findings prove that losing weight at any stage can help reduce health risks, regardless of how long a person has been overweight. Associate Professor Jennifer Dowd, of the City University of New York's School of Public Health, said: ‘The current findings suggest that the biological risks of longer-term obesity are primarily due to the risk of more severe obesity later in life among those obese early in life, rather than the impact of long-term obesity per se. ‘This is good news in some respects, as overweight and obese young adults who can prevent additional weight gain can expect their biological risk factors to be no worse than those who reach the same level of BMI later in life.’ The study is published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. It examined data from the 1999 to 2010 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). It found that men who were obese at age 25
had a 23.1 per cent estimated probability of being morbidly obese - classified as class III obesity with a BMI greater than 40 - after age 35. But men of a normal weight at age 25 only had a 1.1 per cent chance of severe obesity after age 35. For women, the statistics were even more dramatic with the likelihood of class III obesity jumping to 46.9 per cent if obese at age 25, compared to just 4.8 per cent for those at a normal weight. Although the study found that current weight was a better indicator of risk than the length of obesity, it is still significant that those obese at 25 years old were more likely to be morbidly obese in middle age. By being more likely to reach severe levels of obesity, they are more susceptible to complications such as hypertension, inflammation, and diabetes. Researchers found long-term obesity may play a role in other chronic conditions. Assistant Professor Anna Zajacova, of the University of Wyoming, added: ‘Duration of obesity may still have important implications for mobility and musculoskeletal disease, research questions that should be investigated. ‘Prevention of weight gain at all ages should thus be a clinical and public health priority.’ Dr Dowd said: ‘This study adds to growing evidence that in terms of traditional cardiovascular, inflammatory, and metabolic risk, obesity duration confers little additional risk beyond the current level of attained weight. VIA MAIL ONLINE
The Coca-Cola Company said on Monday it will remove a controversial flavouring stabilizer from some of its drinks, following rival PepsiCo Inc's announcement earlier this year that it would drop the same ingredient from its drinks. The ingredient, brominated vegetable oil (BVO), is chemical containing bromine, which is found in fire retardants. Small quantities of BVO are used legally in some citrus-flavoured drinks in the United States to keep the flavor evenly distributed. The company expects to remove it from Fanta as well as citrus-flavoured fountain drinks, by year's end for U.S. consumers. The company said it will also remove the ingredient in its products sold globally but did not provide a timeline. Coke, which has said its use of BVO was safe for consumers, will use as a replacement sucrose acetate isobutyrate, which it has used for over a decade in some drinks, or glycerol ester of rosin, a ingredient commonly found in chewing gums and drinks, the company said. AGENCIES
more TV watched at the weekend than during the week. "Children are much more likely to spend high amounts of time screen-viewing if their parents spend a lot of time screen-viewing." He added that families should be helped to reduce the amount of time that children and parents spend screen-viewing. Dr Sanjay Thakrar, from the British Heart Foundation, which funded the study, said spending too much time watching TV or playing computer games could have a real impact on heart health. "The results of this study highlight that any guidance related to excessive screen viewing should involve both parents and children." COURTESY BBC.CO.UK
WORLD TO HAVE THREE BILLION INTERNET USERS BY YEAR END: UN
The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) released new statistics on Monday, announcing that by end of 2014, there will be nearly three billion Internet users – two-thirds of them from the developing world – with mobile-broadband penetration approaching 32 per cent. Internet users, according to the ITU report, are expected to hit 3 billion by the end of 2014, which accounts for about 40 per cent of the world’s population. Among those users, over three quarters are from developed countries while two-thirds come from the developing world. Moreover, people from developing countries make up for more than 90 per cent of those who are not yet using the Internet. In Africa, about one-fifth of the population will have access to the Internet; while in the Americas, nearly two-thirds of the population will be online by the end of the year. Further, Europe has the highest Internet penetration rate of 75 per cent, while the Asia-Pacific region has the largest population of Internet users. Turning to mobile-broadband penetration, the number of its subscriptions will achieve 2.3 billion globally. 55 per cent of them are expected to be in the developing world. Compared to the spike of mobile-broadband, fixed-broadband, however, reflects slowing growth in the developing world. The ITU report expects its penetration to reach 10 per cent by end 2014. Similar to Internet subscriptions, Asia-Pacific region also dominates the most users in fixedbroadband, while Africa has the least, with lower than 0.5 per cent of its population. Regarding mobile-cellular, a significant step towards which subscriptions is that the number will reach 7 billion by end of 2014, with developing countries home to over 75 per cent among the users. ONLINE
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
ARTS PEMRA WANTS ALL CHANNELS TO AIR AZAN ON TIME There was a time when it was obligatory on the two channels that existed in Pakistan to telecast Azan on daily basis, even if it meant interrupting their programs in between. But now, there are many private channels in Pakistan but none of them telecasts Azan. To address the issue, a resolution is going to be tabled in the next session of the Pakistan National Assembly which is expected to make it mandatory on all private channels to telecast Azan every day. It remains to be seen if this resolution gets approved by the members of the assembly or not. AGENCIES
RESHAM RETURNING TO SILVER SCREEN REALLY SOON Resham has many hit films to her credit. She has also worked in many dramas and is a very famous model too. She has been missing from the big and small screen for a few years now but she always finds a way to be in the news. A few months back she said that she was getting married, something that was covered by many newspapers and channels. Now the latest news is that she is going to be seen in a good project very soon. She said in an interview that she has been offered many films in the past few years. Now she has decided to say yes to one of them. Her fans will see her in an exceptional film very soon. Lets see if this is another publicity stunt to gain attention or we will really see her. AGENCIES
fine with biopiC on her life
CTRESS Priyanka Chopra says she does not mind if there is a biopic on her life, but wants it to made at the right time. Aseem Merchant, rumoured to be Priyanka's friend during her modelling days, is reportedly planning to make a movie on her. Aseem, who was last seen in a small role in Salman Khan starrer 'Wanted', is turning producer with this biopic on Priyanka. "It is mind-blowing to hear that I have become so big that people are making a film on my life. Jokes apart, I don't think I have become so big that people would make a film on me," Priyanka, 31, said last night at an event here. "I really haven't heard about if someone is doing it. There are a lot of things that I still need to achieve. Maybe when I turn 40, people can decide to make a film because I am sure I will achieve whatever I want to by that age," she added. There is buzz that the film will focus on Priyanka's days as a model and also talk about her legal battle with her ex-manager Prakash
Jaju. Prakash had served over two months in jail on allegations of cheating the actress. Apparently, he targeted Priyanka over non-payment
Kareena Kapoor STYLES HER OWN LOOK FOR SINGHAM 2
RAJINIKANTH ATTRACTS 150,000 TWITTER FOLLOWERS ON DAY 1 Superstar Rajinikanth joined Twitter on Monday, May 5. Right on the first day itself of joining the social media platform, the ‘Thalaivar’ attracted over 150,000 followers. Within minutes of joining the site, the 63-year-old had already over 8,000 followers. The actor’s official handle is ‘@SuperStarRajini’. The actor posted his first tweet last afternoon, May 5. Rajinikanth will soon be seen in his daughter Soundarya R. Ashwin’s directorial venture, ‘Kochadaiiyaan’ which releases this Friday. Hence, the actor probably decided to make his Twitter debut to engage fans before the film’s release. Rajinikanth’s profile picture is one of himself, while his background features a collage of his various cinema and real-time stills. Rajinikanth’s current number of followers on Twitter has now gone up to 211k. AGENCIES
BRUNEI’S NEW LAWS AFFECT SULTAN’S HOLLYWOOD TIES
Actor-couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan turned heads with their glamorous style on the red carpet recently at an awards ceremony in Tampa Bay, Florida. And now, sources claim that Kareena might just turn stylist for her upcoming film, Singham 2, directed by Rohit Shetty. A source close to the actor reveals, "Kareena had put together the look for the ceremony herself. The choice of dress, shoes and understated make-up were all her ideas. Also, lately, she’s been working out religiously. So the dress highlighted her toned physique." The source adds that at the function, the makers of her next took note of her styling abilities. "They were impressed with her fashion sense. They have now asked her to style her own look in one of the sequences in the film. She will be seen essaying the role of a Maharashtrian girl, so she has decided to do some research for putting together her look. She will be starring opposite Ajay Devgn." Since this is the first time that Kareena will be playing a Maharashtrian girl, she is choosing her look very carefully, keeping in mind the style sensibility of a simple, middleclass girl. AGENCIES Hollywood is responding to harsh new laws in the tiny Southeast Asia nation of Brunei by boycotting the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Motion Picture & Television Fund joined a growing list of organizations and individuals Monday refusing to do business with hotels owned by the sultan or government of Brunei. They're protesting the country's new Islamic Shariah criminal law that calls for punishing adultery, abortions and same-sex relationships with flogging and stoning. The Motion Picture & Television Fund says it won't hold its annual Night Before the Oscar party at the hotel as it has for many years. "We cannot condone or tolerate these harsh and repressive laws and as a result support a business owned by the sultan of Brunei or a Brunei sovereign fund associated with the government of Brunei," the fund's directors said in a statement. Brunei's Sultan Hassanal
Bolkiah, who owns the Beverly Hills Hotel, has praised his country's new laws as a "great achievement." The most severe punishments — flogging, amputation and stoning — are to be introduced over the next two years. Branson tweeted over the weekend that no member of his staff would stay at any Dorchester Collection hotel "until the Sultan abides by basic human rights." Members of the Feminist Majority Foundation joined representatives from other civil rights groups Monday afternoon to picket the hotel. Jay Leno was among the protesters. Dorchester Collection's chief executive said the hotel boycott is misdirected. "American companies across the board are funded by foreign investment, including sovereign wealth funds," Christopher Cowdray said in a statement. The Beverly Hills City Council is set to consider a resolution Tuesday calling on Brunei to divest its ownership is the historic hotel. AGENCIES
of dues and insisted that the actress owed him money. Priyanka is currently doing a biopic on ace Indian boxer Mary Kom. NEWS DESK
HUMAIMA SLAMS SHAAN ON CRITICISING ARTISTS WORKING IN BOLLYWOOD
Pakistani famous actress and model Humaima Malik who is currently busy in Bollywood said that we should not criticise actors for their work in Bollywood. Humaima said,”We should change our mind with time, we don’t have right to criticise others. Shaan is a senior artist but still he doesn’t have any right to criticise others. His criticism on Ali Zafar and other actors working in Bollywood is not a good gesture by such a senior artist. There is no limit for art and artist and if there is any limit then we should change our literature.” AGENCIES
LEONARDO DICAPRIO BUYS 10M HOME
Leonardo DiCaprio has splashed out $10 million on a new apartment. The 'Wolf of Wall Street' actor has bought a two-bedroom fourthfloor property at the Delos building in New York's Greenwich Village, and the complex which has WELL certification for its holistic approach to improving human wellness - boasts facilities including vitamin C-infused showers, purified air and water, and a circulated aromatherapy air supply. The property also boasts posture-supportive heat reflexology flooring and 'dawn simulation' provided by a circadian lighting design. In addition, Donna Karan's Urban Zen is providing the building's residents with a 'wellness concierge' to ''curate and coordinate your daily wellness experience''. Until a luxury duplex apartment in the same building is sold, Leonardo has also been told he can use a $1 million parking space which comes with the neighbouring property. The 39year-old actor has been on a property buying spree recently, splashing out $8 million last month on an apartment adjacent to a $4 million home he already owns in the eco-friendly 2 River Terrace in Battery Park City. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
isner joins nishikori and tsonga in Madrid second round
PraVin taMBe joins hat trick cluB in iPl S PERvEz QaiSER Pravinn Tambe became the ninth bowler to claim hat trick in Indian Premier League. The leg-break bowler got the hat-trick in the his fourth and final over which was 16th over of Kolkata Knight Riders' innings. The first delivery adjudged wide as the googly spun enough to beat an advancing Manish Pandey as he was stumped by Sanju Samson. With his first legal delivery, he got Yusuf Pathan, caught and Ryan ten Doeschate was done in by a flipper. Pravin Tambe's hat trick was 12th in Indian Premier League. Amit Sharma did the same thrice while Yuvraj Singh take two hat tricks. However this is the second time that a bowler in Twent-20 cricket has taken a hat-trick in two legal deliveries. Sri Lankan left-arm seamer Isuru Udana was the first among equals as he got three with two legal deliveries playing for Wayamba against Central Districts during a Champions League match in Port Elizabeth on September 22,2010. Isuru Udana deceived Brad Patton with a slower fourth ball of the third over, with the batsman playing too early and popping the ball up in the air for wicketkeeper Kushal Perera to run around to take an easy catch. Mathew Sinclair over-balanced and was stumped off a leg- side wide and George Worker played down the wrong line to be bowled by a delivery which slanted in to complete the hat-trick. ** Kolkata Knight Riders achieved the ignominy of becoming the first team in the history of IPL who lost a match having conjured a 100-run opening partnership during the chase. ** Gautam Gambhir became the third Indian after Suresh Raina (4487 runs in 170 matches) and Rohit Sharma (4346 runs in 177 matches) and 15th batsman overall to score 4000 runs in Twenty-20 cricket. The Kolkata Knight Riders' left-hand batsman reached this landmark during his 54-run knock against Rajasthan Royals. It was his 151st innings of 155 Twenty-20 matches. ** Gautam Gambhir also became the first batsman ever to hit 300 fours in Indian Premier League. The fourth four off Rahul Tewatia during his 54-knock was his 300th in 94 innings of 95 matches in IPL. ** Gautam Gambhir also set a new record of most fifty plus knocks in Indian Premier League. His 54 was his 21 half century in IPL.He shared the previous record of most fifty plus innings with Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina with 20 fifty plus knocks each. HAT TRICKS IN INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Bowler Opponent Venue Date Lakshmipathy Balaji(Chennai Super Kings) Kings XI Punjab Chennai 10-05-2008 Amit Mishra (Delhi Daredevils) Deccan Charges Delhi 15-05-2008 Makhaya Ntini (Chennai Super Kings) Knight Riders Kolkata 18-05-2008 Yuvraj Singh (Kings XI Punjab) Royal Challengers Durban 01-05-2009 Rohit Sharma (Deccan Chargers) Mumbai Indians Centurion 06-05-2009 Yuvraj Singh (Kings XI Punjab) Deccan Chargers Johannesburg 17-05-2009 Praveen Kumar (Royal Challengers) Rajasthan Royals Bangalore 18-03-2010 Amit Mishra (Deccan Chargers) Kings XI Punjab Dharamsala 21-05-2011 Ajit Chandila (Rajasthan Royals) Pune Warriors Jaipur 1305-2012 Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) Kings XI Punjab Mohali 16-04-2013 Amit Mishra (Sunrisers Hyderabad) Pune Warriors Pune 17-04-2013 Pravin Tambe (Rajasthan Royals) Knight Riders Ahmedabad 05-05-2014
OHN Isner earned a place in the second round of the Madrid Masters with a straight-sets victory over Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili. The big-serving American, seeded ninth in the Spanish capital, hit 14 aces on his way to a 7-6(8) 6-4 win - his first on clay this season. “I feel like I competed very well out there and on top of that I felt like I played well from start to finish,” said Isner. “I played really well in the first set. Had a lot of chances, but I just didn’t capitalise on them. I was able to
win a super-close tie-break. "I served extremely well. When I serve like that, I’m very tough to beat and it bodes well for me. Number 10 seed Kei Nishikori also won through with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ivan Dodig of Croatia, while 11th seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga found the going a little tougher in a 63 4-6 6-3 victory over compatriot Edouard Roger-Vasselin. "I started well," said Japan's Nishikori. "I broke his serve in the first game. He's not easy to play. He has a great serve and he comes to the net sometimes. "But I played really well. There was just one bad game, on my
Manchester City are facing UEFA sanctions for breaching financial fair play rules which would see the club limited to a 21-man Champions League squad instead of the usual 25 players next season, it can be disclosed. City, who are still strongly challenging the settlement offer from UEFA, are also facing a fine in the region of 60million euros (£49million) over three years, and a cap imposed for next season to ensure there is no rise on this season's
Madrid Masters woMen's results
First round 12-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Pablo Carreno (Spain) 6-2 6-4 Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) beat Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) 7-5 4-6 6-2 Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Federico Delbonis (Argentina) 7-6(4) 4-6 6-2 Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-3 7-6(3) Gilles Simon (France) beat Benoit Paire (France) 2-0 (Paire retired) Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Nicolas Mahut (France) 6-1 7-6(7) 15-Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) beat Benjamin Becker (Germany) 6-3 6-4 Marinko Matosevic (Australia) beat Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 6-2 6-2 11-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) 6-3 4-6 6-3 9-John Isner (U.S.) beat Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) 7-6(8) 6-4 Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 6-4 6-2 10-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Ivan Dodig (Croatia) 6-4 6-4 Marius Copil (Romania) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 6-3 6-4 Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-3 6-2
FIRST RoUND 14-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Yvonne Meusburger (Austria) 7-6(6) 6-4 6-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 6-4 6-3 13-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) 6-2 6-2 4-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Julia Goerges (Germany) 62 6-0 Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Alize Cornet (France) 63 4-6 6-1 15-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 3-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 7-6(3) 6-2 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat Maria Teresa Torro (Spain) 6-4 4-6 6-1 Irina Begu (Romania) beat Zhang Shuai (China) 6-4 7-5 2-Li Na (China) beat Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-1 7-6(7) Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat 9-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 6-4 6-0
serve at 3-2 in the second set. Otherwise, it was an almost perfect match.” Tsonga, who took two hours and 10 minutes to beat Roger-Vasselin, said: "It was a difficult match. I played well in the second set, but I lost my concentration a bit and then it was too late to come back. But in the end I won, and that's good." In the women's draw, Sam Stosur sprung the first upset of the tournament, the Australian beating ninth-
seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-4 6-0. Although Stosur is ranked lower than Cibulkova, she has now won all four of their meetings, the latest victory coming after she went on a run to claim 12 of the last 13 games. There were no problems for the top seeds in action on the opening day though, with Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep - two, three and four respectively - all winning through in straight sets.
Federer withdraws FROM MADRID TO BE WITH PREGNANT WIFE
BLACKSTOCK PUNISHED BY FA OVER BETTING
SPORTS DESK Roger Federer has pulled out of the Madrid Masters to be with his wife Mirka, who is expecting their third child. Federer, the 17-times Grand Slam champion, was expected to face Gilles Simon in their second-round clash on Tuesday, but the Swiss veteran has elected to stay with his family. "I’ve decided to withdraw from Madrid to be with my wife Mirka during these next few exciting weeks
for our family," Federer said on his Facebook page. "I apologize to my fans and hope to be back in Madrid next year. I’ll be training near my home, and am excited to rejoin the Tour soon!" It is a boost for Simon, whose match against Benoit Paire was abandoned after two games with his fellow Frenchman injured, and also for Rafael Nadal, who has seen Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro and Richard Gasquet all pull out of the clay court tournament.
City facing Euro squad cut threat SPORTS DESK
Madrid Masters Men's results
Champions League A squad wage bill. The reduction in the size of the Champions League squad to 21 would potentially hit the club hardest, and City would also have to ensure that there are still eight locally-trained players in that A squad. Press Association Sport understands the sanctions are very similar to those being handed to Paris Saint Germain - the two clubs are among nine European sides being dealt with by UEFA's club financial control board (CFCB) for FFP breaches. City have until the end of the week to reach an agreement with UEFA over the
sanctions - but it is understood they are the club furthest away from reaching any final settlement. If no agreement is reached City face the prospect of the case being handed to a panel for a non-negotiable decision. Neither City nor UEFA would comment but it is understood the Manchester club have been negotiating forcefully for a significant reduction in that sanction but have been struggling to make progress. The risk, however, is that if they are unable to agree a deal with UEFA then they could face even stiffer sanctions from the CFCB's adjudicatory panel.
Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock has been hit with a suspended three-month ban and fined after admitting breaking the Football Association's betting rules. The FA has imposed the ban on Blackstock, who is currently recovering from a serious knee injury sustained during a loan spell at Leeds in December, after last month charging the 27-year-old with multiple breaches of conduct. A statement on thefa.com said: " Nottingham Forest's Dexter Blackstock has been suspended from all football activity for three months after he admitted multiple breaches of FA Rule E8 for misconduct in relation to betting. "However, the Independent Regulatory Commission ordered that the player's suspension be stayed until 31 May 2016 and will only be automatically invoked upon a proven breach of the FA Betting Rules during that period. "Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Blackstock was also fined £60,000." Blackstock, who signed a new four-anda-half-year contract at the City Ground last season, last played for Forest in October and later that month he was sent out on loan to Sky Bet Championship rivals Leeds. After four appearances for the Yorkshire club, he suffered a season-ending knee injury in training ahead of Leeds' league game against Blackburn. He is not expected to play again until October, when Stuart Pearce will have begun his tenure as Forest manager.
Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
corey richards TENDERS RESIGNATION
INJURED KI RETURNS TO SOUTH KOREA TO GET FIT FOR WORLD CUP
OREY Richards, the Bangladesh fielding coach, has become the third member of the support staff to tender his resignation in the space of eleven days after the BCB's cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan confirmed that he had received a resignation later from him. Richards' exit comes after the head coach Shane Jurgensen and trainer David Dwyer had both quit late last month, leaving only the physio Vibhav Singh and computer analyst Nasir Ahmed left in the support staff. The BCB, however, has already formed a fivemember special committee to look for new coaches, as well as a head for the National Cricket Academy which was vacated when Richard McInnes left last month.
KENNAUGH FRUSTRATED AS HE WITHDRAWS FROM GIRO
SPORTS DESK Peter Kennaugh has expressed his frustration at having to withdraw from Team Sky's squad for this year's Giro d'Italia just days before the opening stage. The 24-year-old, who helped Team GB claim team pursuit gold at London 2012, was due to take his place in Team Sky's nine-man squad for the opening stage in Belfast on Friday. However, Kennaugh has been forced to pull out due to illness, the same causing him to also withdraw from LiegeBastogne-Liege at the end of last month. Chris Sutton has been named as his replacement in the squad, but Kennaugh insists he wishes he could still play his part in the first Grand Tour of the season. "The Giro is one of my favourite races and I would have loved to have ridden it again," Kennaugh told the Team Sky website. "A lot of my friends and family were planning on coming over to Ireland for the start, and I was looking forward to racing back in Italy. This bug laid me low though and it was a tough one to shake off. "I'm feeling better now but I'm behind on where I wanted to be and the decision to withdraw was taken after I'd chatted with the doctors and coaches. "Now I'm back in training and the plan is to be competing again in a few weeks' time."
Richards was appointed in February last year on a two-year contract till the 2015 World Cup, a few days after Jurgensen was made full-time coach. But over the past few weeks, the BCB has been seeking specialist coaches in all three departments, leaving Richards, who was also the team's batting coach, in an untenable position. "I have handed over my resignation to Akram and the required people," he told ESPNcricinfo. "It has been accepted immediately and I will be leaving in a few weeks. The fact is that the BCB and I are going in different directions so I feel it was time to part ways. "There are a few reasons to take the decision and it has come up over the past few months. The final thing for me was when Shane [Jurgensen] resigned. But I have really enjoyed working with the players, Shane Jurgensen and the coaching staff, and the two programs - batting and fielding de-
partments." Richards said he is looking for a bigger role in coaching, particularly having been so successful in that position for the Sydney Sixers. "I am seeking more head coaching roles and the opportunity for that in Bangladesh doesn't appear available in the immediate future. "With the experience and success that I have had in my head coach career to date, I am looking at potential opportunities to continue my development and career." Richards will take back with him the memory of a successful 2013 where he blooded several youngsters. "The definition of success for a coach is to see the development of players," he said. "Mominul Haque, Anamul Haque and Mushfiqur are such improved cricketers, and they are learning and trying to be better every day."
USACA FACING SUSPENSION BY ICC SPORTS DESK The official governing body of cricket in the USA could be facing suspension from the ICC after seeing its tenuous grip on control of the sport in the nation slipped further. Under ICC rules, Associate membership is dependent upon a board proving that "they are the sole recognised governing body for cricket in the country." But dissatisfaction with USACA, the official board, has seen around a third of the country's senior hard-ball leagues sign up to the rival organisation, the American Cricket Federation (ACF) instead. Switzerland was suspended from the ICC in 2012 in similar circumstances. To further weaken USACA's position, their chief executive, Darren Beazley has recently quit with frustration at the board's failure to accept governance reform being a contributing factor. The organisation is believed to be around $3m in debt and if the ICC withdraw their funding - currently believed to be around $400,000 a year - it is hard to see how USACA could survive. Beazley resigned after 14 months in the job as he was unable to persuade USACA to accept independent board members - a policy that would have involved some existing board members resigning and competency based appointments. Furthermore, he backed limited-term appointments to the board and introducing player representation. High performance manager, Andy Pick, also resigned recently citing political interference in his selection and development plans. Neither he nor Beazley have currently been replaced. USACA had hoped to boost interest and funding by attracting the Caribbean Premier League to stage some games in the country. But while there is support from the West Indies Cricket Board for the idea of exploiting the interest from the large AfroCaribbean community in the US, any commercial organisation is likely to be uncomfortable about dealing with an organisation burdened by debt and with such doubts about their governance. USACA are also among the partners in Cricket Holdings America; a limited liability company that was established amid lofty claims to stage T20 leagues in the country. It has instead merely accrued large debts. While the ICC could, in the long term, consider backing the ACF, there is likely to be some reluctance to set a precedent by switching support to a rival group. In an ideal world, the ICC would probably want the ACF and USACA to join forces for the betterment of cricket in America. At present it
seems some individuals in both organisations are more interested in personal aggrandisement or score settling. In USACA's favour is the fact that the ICC have a number of more pressing priorities. While the failure to exploit the American market remains a frustration, it could be that the ICC, beset by other issues, might allow the matter to slide for a while. USACA could ask for extra time to reorganise themselves, too, and are due to stage elections in the coming months. Quite what would change that could not have been changed before remains unclear. USACA have twice before been suspended by the ICC. In 2005 and 2007 the ICC took the action due to governance issues. Then, as now, the president of USACA was Gladstone Dainty. Appointed in 2003, Dainty has gained many critics over the years. His survival qualities, however, remain beyond question.
Sunderland's on-loan Swansea midfielder Ki Sungyueng has returned home to South Korea in a bid to recover from injury in time for next month's World Cup in Brazil. The player, loaned to the relegation-battling Black Cats by Premier League rivals Swansea last year, has missed Sunderland's last three games with tendonitis of the knee. "Although I had long since felt pain in my knee, I endured it and played. But my injury has got worse," Ki told reporters on his arrival in Korea. "I received treatment for three weeks but it hasn't gotten any better. I cannot even run right now and I want to play an important role at the World Cup." Ki, who has won 56 caps, also featured at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Korea, drawn in Group H with Belgium, Russia and Algeria, will be playing at their eighth consecutive World Cup finals.
NOW IS THE MOST EXCITING TIME TO BE A FEMALE CYCLIST: ROWSELL
SPORTS DESK Were it not for a rare sun-kissed English day several years ago, multiple world and Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell might never have got on a bike. It's a scary thought, as those few laps on a heavy mountain bike around her London school's playing field left talent scouts so impressed by the teenager's raw speed that she was immediately on their radars. Now 25 and five-times a world champion after adding to her haul in Colombia in February, this week Rowsell was due to ride through whatever conditions were thrown at her in the inaugural Women's Tour through eastern parts of England. But with World Cup leader Lizzie Armitstead, world No.1 Marianne Vos of the Netherlands and double Olympic champion Laura Trott still primed for action, Rowsell has no doubt the cream of women's cycling will showcase female sport in its best light. "Everyone wants a piece of us. Now is the most exciting time to be a female cyclist, everyone's talking about it," said Rowsell, who has had to pull out of the Women's Tour through illness. "I think the Women's Tour is going to be massive. Already the foreign riders within my team have said they're really excited about it. "In the UK I think we're really leading the way and the next logical step is an international race, which they've managed to get together." Rowsell will never forget the crowds of London 2012, her debut Olympics where she teamed up with Trott and Dani King to win the team pursuit. King and Trott are Rowsell's Wiggle-Honda teammates and the aim is to inspire younger riders while tempting novices to the sport between Wednesday's start in Oundle and Sunday's finish in Bury St Edmunds. "I think women's cycling is going to be huge," Rowsell said in March, fresh from her latest World Championship heroics and at a Q&A in Manchester Central at the Bike & Tri show. "Younger girls that are in the sport have something to look up to. When I started, Victoria Pendleton was the only one really racing at that level whereas at the moment there a lot of top girls." Why there are so many more these days is anyone's guess, though Rowsell said a postOlympics visit to her old haunt in September 2012 quickly showed women were becoming more interested in velodromes than makeup. She added: "When I went back to my first cycling club I couldn't believe how much the numbers had increased. They said female participation had increased four times." The interest and enthusiasm shown in cycling since the Olympics has helped Britain establish itself as one of the leaders of the pack and it is little surprise organisers jumped at the chance to put on the Women's Tour.
SPORTS Wednesday, 7 May, 2014
waqar returns as pakistan head coach
Former fast bowler says extremely pleased to have been selected for the position
ORMER Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis has been appointed national coach for a period of two years. He will join the team in June, having previously served as bowling coach of the Pakistan side in 2006-07 and briefly in 2009, and as head coach in 2010-11. "I am extremely pleased to have been selected as the head coach," Waqar said. "My immediate aim would be to prepare the team for the upcoming busy cricket season including the next year's ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand." A committee comprising Intikhab Alam (director domestic cricket operations), Haroon Rashid (director game development) and Moin Khan (chief selector) met today in Lahore to review the applicants for the coaching job and "unanimously" recommended Waqar, a choice that was endorsed by the PCB chairman. After Dav Whatmore's contract with Pakistan ended in February, Moin, who had been the team manager, was named coach and was in charge until the World Twenty20 in April, when the same PCB
administration under Najam Sethi that had appointed him, gave him the dual roles of team manager and chief selector of the national team. Waqar had previously quit as Pakistan coach reportedly because of personal reasons, but his differences with former captain Shahid Afridi were a factor during Ijaz Butt's term as PCB chairman. When asked last week if he was okay with working with Afridi, Waqar said: "Pakistan cricket is like my family and differences aren't the end of life, so things get better. I am here to serve cricket and want to return what I have learned from my playing career." During Waqar's previous stint as Pakistan coach between March 2010 and August 2011, Pakistan endured several off-field controversies - the spot-fixing scandal in England and Zulqarnain Haider fleeing to the UK mid-way through a tour - but their performances were satisfactory. They drew a Test series against South Africa, won one in New Zealand and reached the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup. After his term came to an end, Waqar applied for the Australia job but did not make it past an interview with Cricket Australia.
Kaneria’s appeal BUNGLING CAMPAIGNS rejected by UK court SEEK END TO FREEFALL SPORTS DeSK Danish Kaneria has had his latest appeal against a life ban imposed by the ECB dismissed. Kaneria had sought to overturn the ruling in the UK Commercial Court but his case was rejected by Justice Nicholas Hamblen in a ruling delivered on Tuesday. Kaneria was banned for life by the ECB in 2012 in relation to the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case. The suspension is applicable globally under any board affiliated to the ICC, although Kaneria, who has repeatedly denied involvement in corruption, has been playing T20 cricket in the USA. An appeal under the ECB's regulations was unsuccessful last year but Kaneria continued to pursue the case through the Commercial Court, a subdivision of the High Court that deals with business disputes. Costs of £100,000 imposed upon Kaneria were also upheld by Justice Hamblen, who ruled that the ECB had not exceeded its powers in imposing the ban. Kaneria was not present to hear the ruling. The ECB once again urged Kaneria to admit his involvement in spot-fixing, with David Collier, the chief executive, calling for the former Test spinner to "publicly admit his guilt". "This judgment re-affirms the previous findings of guilt and recognises that the two Cricket Discipline Commission Panels' decisions to impose a life ban were proportionate to the seriousness of the offences," Collier said in a statement. "It also makes it abundantly clear that there was no error of law or irregularity involved in the disciplinary process. "This case has now been considered by two different independent panels and an experienced High Court Judge. Today's decision supports the outcome of the earlier hearings both of which led to a finding that Mr Kaneria acted as a recruiter of spot-fixers and exploited
his status as an international player to engage a young county professional, Mervyn Westfield, in corrupt activity. "Once again, in the light of Justice Hamblen's ruling today and the overwhelming weight of evidence laid against him, we would urge Mr Kaneria to publicly admit his guilt in this matter, apologise for betraying the trust of his former team-mates at Essex and ask him to co-operate with both ECB and ICC in their ongoing efforts to root out corrupt activities within cricket." Westfield was given a four-month prison sentence in 2012 after admitting to accepting payment in order to concede a certain number of runs off an over during a televised 40-over match in 2009. During his trial, he named Kaneria as the man who induced him to take part in fixing. Westfield has served his ban from cricket and now takes part in a programme of education arranged by the Professional Cricketers' Association.
It is said that one must live in the present and not dwell too much on the past. But if you are Kolkata Knight Riders, the past refuses to leave you. It keeps playing out in loop in the present, each newer version scarier than the previous one. Exactly a week ago, Knight Riders squandered a strong position against Rajasthan Royals, brought about a Super Over on themselves and then lost on the boundary count. A day ago, they motored to 121 for 0 in pursuit of 171 against the same opponents. Fifty runs needed, six overs left, all wickets intact. Piece of cake? Not quite, if you panic so much that you lose six wickets for the addition of two runs. If points were to be earned for scoring self-goals, Knight Riders would top the table. They are earned for wins, though, and Knight Riders have only two victories from seven matches. Which is exactly how many Delhi Daredevils have from as many games. Both sides will need the second half of their campaigns to be the opposite of how the first half has panned out. Even five wins each from their remaining seven games might not earn them a spot in the playoffs. While Knight Riders have continued to come in the way of their own progress, the margin of Daredevils' defeats suggests they have not competed, unlike their opponents. Four of their five losses have been by eight wickets, 93 runs, seven wickets and eight wickets. That last margin was after they racked up 178 against Chennai Super
Kings. Rarely have both batting and bowling fired in unison for Daredevils this season, which began with high expectations from a revamped squad. Halfway into it, Daredevils need urgent course correction if they are to do better than 2013's bottom-place finish. Form guide (most recent first) Delhi Daredevils: LLWLL Kolkata Knight Riders: LLLLW Watch out for…
"We succumbed to the pressure," Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss said of Monday's capitulation. Knight Riders have been doing it too often. When Gautam Gambhir was not scoring earlier, it was said that the poor starts were putting pressure on the middle order. What pressure does an opening partnership of 121 bring about, though? The Knight Riders batsmen have to take collective responsibility. There is no point
to the openers making fifties if the rest of the line-up sinks without any fight. Kevin Pietersen has failed in three of his four innings so far in the tournament. He has a strike-rate below 110 compared to a T20 career figure of 136.32. Pietersen is one who leads by example, by aggressive, dominating batting that can rouse his team-mates. That is what Daredevils would have wanted from Pietersen when they bought him and chose him to lead the side. We are yet to see such a knock from the Daredevils captain. Stats and trivia Daredevils have conceded 12.12 runs an over in the last five overs of an innings, the most expensive by a side this season Excluding Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan, the rest of the Knight Riders attack has gone for 8.10 an over
Afridi emerges as favourite for T20 captaincy KARAChi AGENCIES Better sense seems to have prevailed as the idea of appointing the young and controversial Ahmed Shehzad as Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain has been shot down apparently by some saner minds in the national cricket thinktank. Well-placed sources told a daily newspaper that various senior officials, both in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the national team management, were unanimous in their opposition against the possible
appointment of Shehzad as the national T20 captain. They were of the view that Shehzad has been quite a controversial character during his career as an under-19 cricketer as well as a national player and hence does not deserve to captain Pakistan in any format, at least not in the near future. In his brief international career, Shehzad has been fined and even banned for breaches of indiscipline. Since he is still only 22, they also believe that the aggressive opener is too young for any kind of serious
responsibility. Shehzad emerged as a surprise candidate to take up the command of the national team soon after seasoned all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez resigned as the country’s T20 skipper in the aftermath of Pakistan’s disastrous campaign at the ICC World Twenty20 championship in Bangladesh last month. Shehzad’s supporters pushed his case in the belief that the youngster could be a good long-term solution to Pakistan’s captaincy problem. But now that the idea has been shot
down, one of Pakistan’s most experienced limit-overs’ exponent has once again become the hot favourite to regain the team’s leadership, at least in the slam-bang format of the game. According to sources, most of Pakistan team official are in favour of appointing Shahid Afridi as the national Twenty20 captain. Afridi, regarded as the biggest crowdpuller in the national cricket team, has captained Pakistan in the past in all three formats of the game. But he was shown the door soon after leading
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Pakistan to the semi-finals of the World Cup 2011 following his tussles with the then coach Waqar Younis and then PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. Afridi, 34, was widely seen as the best choice to replace Hafeez, but he shot himself in the foot by openly criticizing his team-mates following the national team’s poor show in the World Twenty20 championship in Bangladesh. “Afridi might be a bit outspoken but most of the team officials believe that he is currently the best option when it comes to Twenty20 captaincy,” said a source.