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thursday, 12 january, 2017 i 13 Rabi-us-sani, 1438 i Rs 20.00 i Vol Vii no 194 i 20 Pages i lahore edition

Raheel and the 39-nation militaRy allianCe

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ConfliCting statements fRom Cabinet ministeRs

Stepney back in the trunk

naeem bukhari concludes arguments STORY ON PAGE 03

Raheel has not Requested noC foR joining: Kh asif STORY ON PAGE 02

Governor Sindh Saeed-uz-zaman Siddiqui dies STORY ON PAGE 04


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Thursday, 12 January, 2017

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HERE is a bit of a haze surrounding former army chief Raheel Sharif’s appointment to lead a 39-nation Islamic military alliance, with different government officials taking different positions on the issue. Defence minister Khwaja Asif first confirmed his appointment, which was subsequently denied by PM’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz. The Senate was informed on Tuesday by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif that former Army Chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif had not requested for an NOC pertaining to appointment to the military alliance. Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaz Aziz said the former Army chief had not been offered any post by Saudi Arabia to the alliance. Speaking in the Senate, Khawaja Asif said, “The Ministry of Defense issues NOC to retired military officials, however, General Raheel Sharif has not yet requested the ministry for an NOC or clearance”. “Gen (retd) Raheel Sharif did not submit any application for a no objec-

tion certificate (NOC). There’s nothing in our notice,” the defence minister said in response to Senate chairman Raza Rabbani’s request for a clarification on the matter. “General Sharif went to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage, on an invitation extended to him. He had informed about this,” Asif said, adding that former COAS is back from Umrah. “He (Sharif) has neither requested the Ministry of Defense nor the GHQ after having returned to the country.” General Sharif has also not informed whether he has been offered the post. He added that existing rules will also be changed pertaining to taking up a foreign job. Earlier, on January 6th, it was Khawaja Asif who had confirmed speculations regarding the appointment of the former army chief to the aforementioned job. This was met by spirited criticism from certain quarters. Reacting to the noise, in his reply in the Senate, Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, said the foreign policy of the country cannot be impacted since nothing has yet been offered to the former Army chief. On Monday, Senate Chairman Raza

‘Those setting own ‘courts’ outside courts would be disappointed’ ISLAMABAD APP

Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Wednesday that those setting their own ‘courts’ outside courts will get nothing except disappointment. Talking to media persons here, the minister said she was wondering what Imran Khan would do after the Panama Papers case as his politics was at stake. The minister congratulated the residents of the federal capital on prime minister’s gift of 200 buses for schools and colleges under PM’s Education Reform Programme. To a question, Marriyum said that 200 buses being handed over to various schools and colleges would resolve transport problem of the students, especially for the girls of rural areas of Islamabad educational institutions. “Congratulations to Imran Khan as well as one more ribbon was cut today. In future too such ribbons will be cut for public welfare and development projects”, the minister said. She said the PTI leadership still had time to mend its ways and work for fulfilling its promises made with the KP masses. She remarked that Imran’s party had made promises with the masses of KPK at the time of elections but none of them had been fulfilled. “Imran should get ready for the accountability of the electorate as he cannot run away from the court of masses,” she added. PTI won’t get what it wants: PML-N Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan does not want to prove anything in the court but only to pressurize it for the decision according to their wishes.

Nisar for expediting anti-drug drive ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday directed the district management to expedite the ongoing campaign against drug usage in educational institutions. He said under a comprehensive strategy with the help of police and Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), strict action would be taken against those who push the young generation towards this dark alley. He said this anti narcotics drive which had been initiated from Quid-e-Azam University, would be expanded to rural and other nearby areas as well. “By launching awareness drive against the usage of drugs with the help of teachers, parents, students, civil society and media, drug peddlers and drug mafia should be brought to justice”, the minister directed. APP

Rabbani had asked the defence minister to provide details of the army chief’s appointment as the head the military alliance to fight terrorism. “Whether Gen Sharif sought permission prior to taking up the job or was an NoC issued to him?” Rabbani had asked. “And, if an NOC was issued, then who issued it?” Senator Farhatullah Babar intervened in the debate and said that any possible move by the retired Pakistani general to head a Saudi-led army will be detrimental to a resolution passed by Parliament last year advising Pakistan not to become part of the Middle East conflict. Defence analyst General (retd) Amjad Shoaib, speaking to a private news channel, cited Raheel Sharif as saying that the ex-general was “disappointed at remarks hurled on his heading the Saudi military alliance.” He said Sharif was disappointed at people issuing statements without being cognizant on the matter. Amjad Shoaib also revealed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had given approval after Saudi authorities expressed their desire to appoint General (retd) Raheel as the chief of the military alliance. The former military officer revealed

that General (retd) Raheel set three conditions for taking up the new job that are as followed: 1) To include Iran in the military alliance so that the organisation doesn’t look sectarian in nature. 2) He’ll not work under anyone’s command. 3) He’ll have the mandate to act as an arbitrator if there is a need to promote harmony among Muslim countries. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had said Monday that any decision regarding appointment of General (retd) Raheel Sharif as head of Saudi-led Islamic military alliance would be taken in accordance with the Constitution and in the larger national interest. Dar, while talking to a private news channel, disclosed that Saudi Arabia was keen to appoint Raheel Sharif as head of the Islamic military alliance even prior to his retirement. “Both Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and General Raheel Sharif had a consensus view that it will be a conflict of interests. It would have been inappropriate to head the 39-nation NATO-type Islamic alliance while still serving as head of Pakistan’s armed forces,” he had said.

NAB authorises multiple inquiries ISLAMABAD APP

An executive board meeting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) held on Wednesday decided to authorise investigations against Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Ex-Chairman Asif Hashmi, and the managements of the ETPB and the Model Educational Institutions Foundation (PMEIF). The accused are suspected approving over 700 illegal appointments. Another decision taken by the meeting was to authorise four inquiries. One inquiry was authorised against the management of the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology Lahore Sub Campus and its former vice-chancellor Dr Zafar Iqbal. Both parties are accused of establishing the Lahore sub-campus in violation of rules and regula-

tions and collecting a huge amount of money from students. Another inquiry was authorised against officials of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and others. In this case, the parties are accused of misuse of authority and financial embezzlement of millions of rupees. A third inquiry was authorised against Umair Steel Industries (Pvt) Ltd, Lahore. In this case, the party is accused of a willful loan default of Rs 42.59 million, referred by the State Bank of Pakistan. The fourth inquiry was authorised against Bakht Zada Khan and others, for a suspicious transition report (STR). The meeting also decided to reauthorize two other inquiries. An inquiry was re-authorized against Abdul Wali Khan University Vice Chancellor Dr Ehsan and others for misappropriation Rs 1,176 million allocated for scholarships.

The second re-authorized inquiry was against officials of Sheladia Associates and others regarding corruption of Rs 355.53 million in the construction of Barang Road in FATA. The meeting decided to close six inquiries against former federal minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, officials of the Civil Aviation Authority, officials of BISP and others, former forestry secretary Waseem Ahmed Ursani and others, officials of the revenue department, forest department and others, and former federal board of revenue member Shahid Hussain Jatoi and others. An investigation against officials of the National Highway Authority was also closed due to lack of incriminating evidence. The meeting also rejected the plea bargain request of Seth Nisar Ahmad s/o Muhammad Latif (Accountability Court Reference No. 69/2007).

Spain govt accepts responsibility for 2003 military plane crash MADRID: Spain’s defence ministry took political responsibility for the first time on Wednesday for a 2003 air accident which killed 62 Spanish soldiers as they were returning from Afghanistan. “There are reparations that are not economic, which have to do with recognition,” Defence Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal told radio Cadena Cope a day after she met family members of the victims.

62 Spanish soldiers and 13 Ukrainian and Belarusian crew were killed on May 26, 2003 when a Russian-built Yak-42 bringing them back from Afghanistan crashed in a mountainous area of northeast Turkey. The defence ministry had chartered the plane from a Ukrainian firm despite warnings from military authorities that it was in poor shape. The accident was followed by a

scandal over the misidentification of the bodies of 30 of the soldiers, which had been delivered to the wrong families. Three Spanish military officers received jail terms in 2009 for having misidentified the bodies. The crash and subsequent misidentification scandal hurt the popularity of the then conservative government of Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. AGENCIES

Pakistan keen to strengthen ties with Kyrgyzstan: President ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said that Pakistan was keen to strengthen its relations with Kyrgyzstan. He was talking to the Kyrgyz Minister for Economy and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan-Kyrgyzstan Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) Kozhoshev Arzybek Orozbekovich,

who called on him along with a delegation at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, according to a press release issued here. The president said that the government and people of Pakistan valued their partnership with Kyrgyzstan. “The CASA-1000 is an important energy project between the two countries, and it will help in meeting our energy

requirements,” the president said. President Mamnoon said that Pakistan wanted to promote regional connectivity and was actively promoting relations in Asia. The president stated that increased cooperation between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan in the fields of transport, energy and commerce would be helpful in alleviating poverty. APP

Pakistan to export medical doctors to Saudi Arabia this month ISLAMABAD APP

The attached department of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) would send medical doctors to Saudi Arabia this month. Talking to the news agency here Wednesday, OEC Managing Director Perveez Ahmed Janjua said that OEC will organise walk-in interview for the selection of consultants, specialists and resident doctors for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health on January 14 to 15 in Karachi. A delegation of Ministry of Health will visit Pakistan in this regard. They required doctors for different regions, including Asir, Baha and Bisha region. They required the services of doctors as consultant, specialists and resident in internal medicine, paediatric, general surgery, orthopaedic, family medicine, anaesthesia, radiology and others. To a question, he said that salary and other terms and conditions will be settled at the time of interview.

Committed to eradicating corruption: NAB chairman ISLAMABAD ONlINE

“Corruption is one of the greatest challenges of the modern era,” NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhary said while addressing a ceremony at the Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, on Wednesday. He quoted Quaid-e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who said: “One of the biggest curses is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison. We must put it down with an iron hand”. “The NAB is essentially a complaint-driven organisation which was established to eradicate corruption and it has adopted a proactive approach to curb corruption in the country. During the last 16 years it has received 326,694 complaints from individuals and private/public organisations,” the chairman said. During this period the NAB authorised 10,992 complaint verifications, 7,303 inquiries, 3,648 investigations, and filed 2,667 corruption references in respective accountability courts with an overall conviction rate of 76 percent.

LOC: Pakistan hands over woman on humanitarian grounds ChInArI ONlINE

Pakistan has handed over elderly woman to India on Humanitarian grounds at Chakoti Ori Aman Bridge connecting both sides of Line of Control (LoC). The 50 years old woman had inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and came into Azad Jammu and Kashmir area (AJK) on 20th October 2016. The Pakistani Security Force on Wednesday handed over her to India on Humanitarian grounds, while the civil and military officials of both the countries were present on the occasion.

PAKISTAN CALLS FOR RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES AT UN Welcoming the new UN Secretary General’s pledge to make 2017 a year of peace, Pakistan urged the 15 member Security Council to resolve outstanding international disputes. Speaking in an open debate on the Maintenance of International Peace & Security, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said, “We welcome and endorse the Secretary General’s call to make 2017 a year of peace and assure him of our full sup-

port and cooperation to translate this resolve into reality.” She said that the world was witnessing unprecedented human suffering caused by conflicts and violent upheavals as entire regions were being destabilized and millions of lives destroyed by long drawn out conflicts. Ambassador Lodhi emphasized that sustainable peace was a challenge and could not be achieved unless the underlying causes of conflicts were ad-

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dressed. These causes, she said, included poverty, environmental degradation, political and economic injustice, ethnic, tribal and religious tensions, and external interference and intervention. “It also means addressing longstanding political disputes”, she added. The Pakistani envoy urged the need for political, security and development actors to support each other in striving for sustainable peace. “It is a comprehensive activity requiring holistic, long-

term thinking that connects development, peace and security and human rights”, she said. Highlighting the importance of political processes in building sustainable peace, Ambassador Lodhi said, “All our discussions from the past year have brought forth the understanding that sustaining peace entails a political process. It encompasses prevention of outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict”. AGENCIES


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PANAMAGATE HEARING

PeTiTiONerS’ COuNSeLS CONCLude ArgumeNTS JI collAPSeS, Sh rASheed fAIlS to IMPreSS JuStIceS

PM’S couNSel to reSuMe ArguMeNtS todAy

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ONCLUDING his arguments in the Panamagate before a five-judge larger bench of the apex court on Wednesday, counsel for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Naeem Bukhari, pointed out inconsistencies between the statements of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children, and called for them to provide a record of the ownership of the London flats from when a law regarding bearer certificates was passed in 2002 till the time they were transferred. “We want the court to give a verdict on disqualifying the prime minister,” Bukhari demanded as he resumed his arguments. Justice Azmat Saeed Khosa remarked that going by Bukhari’s definition, Maryam Nawaz was dependent on Hussain Nawaz. “Even now one has to determine when the London flats were bought,” he added. When Justice Khosa remarked that a ruling could not be based on newspaper clippings submitted as ‘evidence’, the PTI counsel replied that the court had ruled on the basis of newspaper clippings in the past. Interestingly, Bukhari, whose arguments spanned over five days (17 hours), had to take leave for an appointment with the doctor after he complained of pain in the back. After PTI’s counsel, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the head of Awami Muslim League, took the podium to argue his case. Rasheed said that in order to hide massive amount of money, specialists were hired (by Sharifs). “The court knows what is happening; we are simply here to assist it. The Sharif family is hiding behind the Qatari prince’s letter. The prince is Rescue 1122 for the Sharifs,” he remarked as he compared the letter from the Qatari prince to “a novel by Razia Butt”. In his arguments, Rasheed also cited the confession by Ishaq Dar of the money laundering case and the award of Port Qasim power plant and LNG contracts to PM’s old aide Saifur Rehman. With no prior experience of law practice, Rasheed stood all alone without an entourage of assistants and pleaded his case in Urdu before the bench. During his arguments, Rashid kept on taking digs at the Sharif family’s counsel. At one point, he said, “Your lordships have read the case, but

the respondent’s counsel’s haven’t.” While Rasheed hurried to conclude his arguments, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed advised him to have patience while arguing. “I may look emotional, but I am not,” he said when the justices pointed out that he was being emotional. Rasheed, who had come armed with 12 previous judgments of the SC where punishments were awarded in the light of Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution, was rebuked several times by Justice Khosa and asked to stick to telling the title of the case when he tried to give running commentary of the cases. Furthermore, during his arguments, Rasheed made ample use of the hadiths and examples of accountability from the lives of the companions of the Prophet (PBUH). “Nawaz Sharif should present himself before the court; he is no greater than Hazrat Umer (RA),” he pleaded before the bench. Nevertheless, things didn’t go as planned for the Jamaat-e-Islami as its counsel Taufeeq Asif invited serious queries from the bench. As soon Asif started arguing, Justice Khosa remarked that in their application, they (the JI) hadn’t made respondents those whose names were in the Panama leaks. When the counsel argued that the court had previously ordered the formation of a commission, Justice Khosa cor-

rected him saying “the court had stated it might form a commission if need be”. Also, Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that the JI’s application was of general nature and had very little that was specific. Upon this, the JI counsel sought permission for filing a new application, but

PtI says Panama case will be last nail in corruption’s coffin ISLAMABAD HAMID KHAN WAZIR Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday sounded upbeat as his party’s counsel concluded his arguments in the Panamagate before a Supreme Court bench. “It is of paramount importance for the future of democracy and the country that Panamagate investigation is taken to its logical end,” Khan said during his meeting with a delegation of the Supreme Court Bar Association at the office of SCBA Secretary Altaf Bajwa. PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Secretary General Jahangir Khan Tareen and other party leaders were also present on the occasion. The PTI chief, during the meeting, said that the Panama case would have great impact on the country’s democracy and hence it was the need of the hour to take the case to its logical conclusion. Khan said the nation had pinned high hopes on the

judiciary and that was why all and sundry were looking towards the judiciary for quick dispensation of justice. The PTI chief rejected that he had waged a war against corruption for the sake of his party, adding that it was for the future of the country. “The decision of the Panama case would have a far reaching impact on the country’s history,” he went on to add. Khan said that PTI’s counsel Naeem Bukhari, who completed his arguments before the Supreme Court bench on Wednesday, had pleaded the case in an effective manner. He expressed the optimism that justice would be done in the Panama Papers case, saying his party’s legal team had presented solid evidence before the bench. Talking to media outside the Supreme Court, PTI spokesperson Naeemul Haq said the Panama Papers case would be last nail in the coffin of corruption as all evidences and proofs had been submitted to the apex court. “The nation would not face any critical situation if

Schools to be made a place of best learning experience: PM ISLAMABAD APP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday, while terming children the country’s future, said the government was focusing on providing quality education and best facilities at their learning places. “With best educational reforms and improved building infrastructure, we want the children to get a conducive environment at their schools,” the prime minister said in his address here at the handing over fleet of 200 buses for the schools of Islamabad under his Education Reforms Programme. The prime minister said Islamabad would be made a model city in terms of standard of education and provision of facilities at schools. “Schools should be a place where the children could enjoy their learning experience in their quest for knowledge and the government is working on the same strategy,” he told the audience comprising school students and teachers. Sharif said 422 buses would be provided for the capital’s 422 schools, and directed that next fleet of 200 buses be arranged at the earliest. He said the provision of buses would fa-

Justice Aijaz Afzal Khan replied that he did not need any permission for that. Later, advocate Makhdoom Ali Khan began his arguments on behalf of PM Nawaz Sharif. Makhdoom argued that the petitioners had prayed that the prime minister, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Captain

Safdar, PM’s son-in-law, be disqualified and they be made to pay tax, but they (petitioners) had failed to point out from which person tax should be collected. He said the petitioners had prayed that the names of PM and his family be put on the Exit Control List (ECL), but their counsel(s) didn’t even mention that point during their arguments. Justice Khosa told the PM’s counsel that they could not scrutinise the entire life of an individual. “We’ve told the PTI to stay focussed on the London flats. You’ve been made part of the case later, maybe that’s why you are unaware of it,” Justice Khosa remarked. The counsel further argued that his client’s name was nowhere in the Panama Papers leaks. “The petitioner’s counsel had tried to establish an impression that the whole family had collectively plundered. The petitioner had tried to put the whole burden on the court’s shoulders,” he went on to argue. Scores of people, leaders of PMLN, PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami, including Imran Khan, Jehangir Tarin, Shafqat Mehmood, Asad Umer, Shah Mehmood Qureishi, Anusha Rehman, Marriyum Aurangzeb, attended the court proceedings. PM’s counsel Makhdoom Ali Khan will continue his arguments when the court resumes the hearing today (Thursday). In its remarks on Tuesday, the Supreme Court had stated that it could not investigate and then give judgement like a trial court. “Disqualifying the prime minister over mere assumption will set a dangerous precedent,” the SC had stated.

PM Nawaz Sharif responded to the four questions. The government is printing approximately Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 billion currency note on a daily basis while it is getting loan from Rs 7 billion to Rs 9 billion every day,” he said. Haq further said the government was spending some Rs 42 billion on the Orange Line Metro Train project (in Lahore). “The economy of the country has been destroyed.” He said the PTI had always opposed the corruption, violence and injustices in the country while treasury benches had always backed the wrong things. Fawad Chaudhry, PTI’s focal person on the Panamagate, said that “we would welcome if Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb files a case against our chairman Imran Khan”. He said that prince of Qatar had to provide the evidence of his ownership of apartment, adding that as many as 55 evidences were submitted in the apex court. “PTI strongly believes in the freedom of expression”, concluded Chaudhry.

Tayyaba to stay at PSH till real parents are determined ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

cilitate the movement of students to and from their schools and stressed provision of buses to girl schools in urban and rural areas on priority. The premier also proposed construction of a bypass road at Bhara Kahu in Islamabad’s suburbs to ease the movement of students accessing their schools in capital. He said improvement was being made in Islamabad’s streets with a focus on cleanness, adding that Islamabad in coming times would become one of the world’s beautiful cities. The prime minister handed over keys of buses to students of different schools and also cut a cake shaped as the yellow school bus.

He inspected the bus and also took a test ride along with children. Earlier, State Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry in his speech said the Pakistan of 2018 would be much improved in terms of education and health sectors as compared to previous years. Daughter of Prime Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif said new schools would be opened in capital this year. She mentioned that besides improvement in physical infrastructure of schools such as libraries and information technology laboratories, provision of quality education would be ensured.

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After Tayyaba, the ten-year-old maid allegedly tortured by the wife of a serving judge in Islamabad, was produced in the Supreme Court, her case took a new turn. During Wednesday’s hearing of the suo motu case, a medical report of Tayyaba was presented before the two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar. The CJP remarked, “Thanks God, the girl has been recovered. Only Tayyaba can tell about the real facts. She should not stay with her parents so that she could record her statement without any fear. We have to reach the truth. We will decide the case speedily. DIG Islamabad should investigate the matter transparently and bring the facts to fore. Progress in the case be informed on day-to-day basis.” The accused and three couples who claimed to be the girl’s parents also appeared before the court. Tayyaba’s alleged father, Azam, who removed her from a women’s shelter and forgave the judge and his wife following an

agreement, revealed in the court that the agreement was fake. He also disowned any settlement with the accused family. He said he was illiterate and that his thumb impression was taken on a plain paper, on the basis of which the judge’s wife had been granted bail in the case. Upon this, the court ordered that the girl be sent to Pakistan Sweet Homes (PSH) till the determination of her real parents. The three couples claiming Tayyaba’s ownership also withdrew following the hearing. The court directed police to file a comprehensive report within 10 days, get her psychological examination and provide adequate security. She was found Sunday in the suburbs of the capital and taken for a medical examination. The medical report confirmed she had been tortured. She showed signs of torture as a team of doctors observed multiple injuries, burns, blunt injuries and bruises on her face. “She has burn marks on her back and on the left hand. She also has a blunt wound on her face. All her wounds are healing,” doctors said. Meanwhile, the court ordered that DNA report be filed before it the same day when it was received.


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Thursday, 12 January, 2017

Sindh governor Saeeduz-zaman paSSeS away S NeWs desK

INDH Governor Justice (retd) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui, 79, passed away on Wednesday, according to a spokesman of Governor House. The governor was admitted to a private hospital just days after taking oath. At the time it was reported that he was suffering from a chest infection and breathing problems, however, the Governor House spokesman had stressed that the ailment was not serious and that the governor was out of danger. His funeral prayer is scheduled for Friday after the Jummah prayer. Justice (retd) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui was appointed as the 31st governor after it was decided to replace Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan during a meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a private channel had reported earlier. Zaman had served as the Chief Justice of Pakistan from July 1999 till December 2005. During the rule of former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, Zaman had refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO). In 2008 he also ran as a presidential candidate from Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz. SpEAkER SINdh ASSEmbLY AppOINTEd ACTINg gOvERNOR: After the death of Saeed-uzZaman Siddiqui, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani will assume charge as acting Sindh Governor. He will perform duties as Governor Sindh till the appointment of the next governor. CONdOLENCE mESSAgES pOuR IN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

expressed deep grief over the sad demise of Sindh governor. The PM said the services of Justice (R) Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui in the field of judiciary and upholding rule of law would be remembered, a statement issued from the PM’s Office said. “Justice (R) Saeed-uz-Zaman was an upright and honest Judge who never compromised on his principles and remained impartial in delivery of justice”, he added. President Mamnoon Hussain also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death. In a statement, he prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul and commiserated with the bereaved family. The president said services of late Saeed-uzZaman Siddiqui for upholding rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution would always be remembered. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed deep sense of grief and sorrow over the death of Saeed-uzZaman Siddiqui. In a condolence message, the chief minister prayed that “may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.” He paid tributes to the services of the late governor for the nation and the country, and said that in his death, Pakistan has been deprived of a patriotic personality. He said that late governor has rendered memorable services in his field and his services will be remembered for a long time. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah also expressed grief and sorrow over the death of Sindh governor In a condolence message issued, the

At Hindu temple, PM Nawaz reaches out to minorities CHaKWal aGeNCIes

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday inaugurated the restoration of an ancient Hindu temple complex in Punjab, a symbolic gesture that may appeal to the Muslim nation’s minority communities and soften the country’s image abroad. However, the visit and other recent overtures to minority faiths and women, including the passing of prowomen legislation, could also alienate powerful religious hardliners opposed to social change. Sharif’s visit to the 900-year-old Katas Raj temple, one of the holiest sites in South Asia for Hindus, comes at a time when relations with Pakistan’s Hindu-majority neighbour India are at a low ebb and show few signs of improving. “In my personal view, we are all are equal - Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians - and people belonging to other religions; we are all one,” Sharif told agencies after a Hindu ritual was performed at the temples, located in the village of Katas some 110 km south of the capital Islamabad. He said the day is not far when Pakistan will be recognised as a "mi-

norities-friendly country" due to steps being undertaken to better the lives of minority groups. Sharif said he is the prime minister of everyone and "not just Muslims" and instructed Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq to restore the holy sites in the area to their original state by renovating them. At the ceremony, attended by senior Christian, Sikh and Hindu leaders, Sharif chastised hardline Muslim scholars who use “strange interpretations” of Islam to preach hate against other religions. ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR: Political analysts say Sharif’s visit to the Katas Raj temples was part of an effort to reach out to minority groups ahead of a general election scheduled for 2018, and would also appeal to more liberal, urban voters in Pakistan. Non-Muslims make up only about three per cent of the 190 million population, but they are clustered and their votes could swing some seats in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh. Last month, Sharif renamed a university in honour of Abdus Salam, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who was shunned for decades as he hailed from the small Ahmadiyya community.

CM lauded the judicial services of the late governor. He condoled with the family of the deceased and prayed for rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant of courage to the bereaved family members with fortitude. Murad has also announced one-day mourning in the province. Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb Wednesday expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Sindh governor Justice (retd) Saeed-uz ZamanSiddiqui. The minister, in a statement, said his services for upholding the rule of law and supremacy of the constitution would be remembered for a long time. Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President and former Prime Minister Ch Shujaat Hussain, senior central leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi and Moonis Elahi have expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of Governor Sindh Justice (retd) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui. According to reports, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar, PPP Central Information Secretary Maula Bux Chandio, Asif Zardari and Arif Alvi also expressed grief over the death of the governor. FuRThER REACTIONS ON SOCIAL mEdIA: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chief Syed Mustafa Kamal tweeted: “Sad to hear about the demise of Governor Sindh & Former CJ Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui. May Allah SWT grant him the highest place in Jannah.” “PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expresses grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Governor Sindh Saeed U Zaman Sidiqi,” PPP’s media cell tweeted. Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq tweeted: “Saddened to hear about the passing

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Sindh Governor Justice (retd) Saeed-uz Zaman Siddiqui, who passed away on Wednesday, took path as the Sindh governor on November 11. For nearly two months of his governorship, Siddiqui remained ill most of the time. Born to an educated, middle-class Urdu-speaking family on December 1, 1938, Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui received his early education from Lucknow and then from Dhaka, then East-Pakistan and present-day Bangladesh. He passed Matriculation from the Board of Secondary Education from Dhaka, East-Pakistan in 1952. In 1954, Siddiqui obtained intermediate in engineering sciences from the University of Dacca. He then moved to Karachi and attended Karachi University in 1954. Here, at Karachi University, Siddiqui obtained B.A. in Philosophy and L.L.B in 1958. He began legal practice at the High Court of Sindh in 1960. He was a prominent Pakistani jurist and legislator, who formerly served as the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Notably, Siddiqui served as the chief justice when former army chief General (retd) Pervez Musharraf staged the 1999 military coup. He defied Musharraf's request, which he gave via the then Law Minister and Legal Adviser Sharifuddin Pirzada, to take a new oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) saying, "Taking an oath under the PCO, in my opinion, will be a deviation from the oath I had taken to defend the constitution of 1973". In 2008, he ran for the presidential election as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamaat-e-Islami to replace Pervez Musharraf as president, but lost the September 6, 2008 presidential election to Asif Ali Zardari by 153 votes. Justice Siddiqui was again picked for presidency in 2013, but at the last moment his name was replaced with Mamnoon Hussain's as Siddiqui never joined the PML-N and was a neutral candidate. He was awarded honorary membership of the Judicial fraternity of Australia and Canada after the news of his resignation from the office of the Chief Justice was made public in Jan 2000, when he refused to take oath under the PCO. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif nominated Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui as Sindh governor, after which he took oath on November 11, last year. He was the 31st governor of Sindh. Justice Siddiqui, however, passed away on Wednesday after nearly two months of ailment, since he took oath as Sindh governor.

away of Governor Sindh, CJ (R) SaeeduZaman Siddiqui. His services for the country'll always be remembered.” PTI’s Naz Baloch tweeted: “Sad de-

mise of Governor Sindh Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui. He was a jurist & legislator of great prominence. May his soul rest [in] peace.”

Chief of naval staff meets Qatari counterpart in Doha Islamabad Press release

Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, while on an official visit to Qatar, called on Chief of Staff Qatar Armed Forces Lt Gen Ghanim Bin Shaheen Al Ghanim and Commander Qatar Emiri Navy Maj Gen Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi. During the naval chief’s meeting with Chief of Staff Qatar Armed Forces, matters of defence ties and mutual collaboration were discussed. The admiral highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in fight against terrorism, including participation in Coalition Maritime Campaign Plan (CMCP) and Counter Piracy Operations, as well as command of multinational Task Forces 150 and 151. Gen Ghanim Bin Shaheen lauded Pakistan’s efforts in promoting peace and security in the maritime domain for freedom of seas and free flow of the trade. Upon his arrival at Qatar Emiri Naval Forces Headquarters, the admiral was received by Commander Qatar Emiri Navy, Maj Gen Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi. A ceremonial guard of honour was also presented to the naval chief on the oc-

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enhancing the interaction between both the navies. Later in the day, the naval chief met with DG Coast Guard Brig Ali Al Bedeed and visited Qatar Emiri Navy Ship Barzan. The admiral was received by Qatar Emiri Navy fleet commander and he was briefed onboard by the commanding officer of the ship. During his visit onboard, the naval chief interacted with ship’s crew and appreciated their operational competence.


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RESIDENT-ElECT Donald Trump on Wednesday flatly denied “phoney” explosive allegations about ties with Russia and lurid behaviour on a trip to Moscow that have tainted his election victory and threatened to engulf his presidency. Just over a week before Trump takes office, the United States has been rocked by unsubstantiated claims that his aides colluded with the Kremlin to win the election — and that Russia has compromising sexual material on Trump. “I think it’s a disgrace that information would be let out,” Trump said, training fire on media outlets that published the allegations and the intelligence agencies who he suggested may have leaked it. “It’s all fake news. It’s phoney stuff. It didn’t happen,” he said in his first press conference in nearly six months. “It was a group of opponents that got together, sick people, and they put that crap together.” It “was released by maybe the intelligence agencies, who knows, but maybe the intelligence agencies, which would be a tremendous blot on their record,” Trump said, later saying it was “disgraceful.” Turned over ‘complete’ control of business to sons Donald Trump said he had formally handed “complete and total” control of his business empire to his adult sons, Don Jr and Eric, in a bid to avoid conflicts of interest once he enters the White House. “My two sons, who are right here, Don and Eric, are going to be running the company. They are going to be running it in a very professional manner. They’re not going to discuss it with me,” the president-elect told a news conference. Trump said

he had signed documents “turning over complete and total control to my sons.” Mexico will reimburse US for cost of border wall Donald Trump vowed to forge ahead with plans for a wall on the southern US border after taking office, and said Mexico would reimburse the United States for the cost. “I could wait about a year and a half until we finish our negotiations with Mexico, which we’ll start immediately after we get to office, but I don’t want to wait,” Trump told the news conference. “We’re going to start building,” he said, adding: “Mexico in some form — and there are many different forms — will reimburse us and they will reimburse us for the cost of the wall.” “That will happen. Whether it’s a tax or whether it’s a payment.” Trump warns US firms moving jobs offshore, singling out pharma In his press conference, Trump attacked US companies who ship jobs offshore, singling out the pharmaceutical industry for high drug prices and for manufacturing overseas. Trump said US companies relocating production offshore are “getting away with murder” and warned their products will be hit with hefty taxes if imported into the United States. Agencies

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In pursuance of export control on goods, technologies, material and equipment related to nuclear and biological weapons and their delivery systems Act 2004, the government has notified a revised list. The act enables the government to control export, re-export, trans-shipment and transit of goods, technologies, material, and equipment related to nuclear and biological weapons and their delivery systems. As a part of regular review process, the Strategic Export Control Division (SECDIV) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has revised the control lists, in consultation with other

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Pakistan notifies revised control lists regarding nuclear weapons relevant ministries and departments. The revised control lists have been notified vide Gazette of Pakistan SRO 1142(I)/2016 dated 18 November, 2016. It may be mentioned that the lists were originally notified in 2005 and subsequently revised in 2011 and 2015. The notification signifies the continuing resolve and policy of Pakistan as a responsible nuclear state to advance the shared goals of non-proliferation and strictly adhering to its commitments.


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EVEN workers were killed while 14 others sustained burns when a fire broke out in the office of a construction company in Mehmood Booty area here on Wednesday. Police said that the fire erupted due to a short-circuit in the office located in Mehmood Boti area. Eleven fire tenders of Rescue-1122 rushed to the spot and started rescue operations, shifting nine of the victims to Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital and five to Shalamar Hospital, while successfully controlling the blaze. Sources said that about thirty to forty workers were present when the fire broke out The identity of dead is yet to be established while the injured have been identified as Aslam Shah,

Abdul Khalid, Arif, Ibrar, Kaleemullah, Ramazan, Naveed, Sami ur Rehman, Muhammad Abbas, Abid, Naeem, Amjad, Saud, and Naeem. The police have begun their investigations into the fire.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed his sorrow over the fire and sympathized with the bereaved families. He has also sought a report from the district administration regarding the incident.

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Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Punjab government has taken unprecedented steps to empower women and protect their rights. Speaking during a meeting, he said that

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Patients all over Punjab are facing difficulties due to the absence of senior doctors in public hospitals. Taking advantage of the lax attitude of the health department, doctors appointed to senior administrative positions in hospitals and medical colleges of the province are minting money through private practice during hours allotted for public service, despite most of them also receiving a non-practice allowance from the government. Some years ago, no doctor appointed to an administrative post was allowed by the health department to have a private practice during government work hours, according to a senior doctor of medicine, and were required to stay at their post from 8 am to 2 pm, although some doctors disregarded the rule. At the moment, a large number of doctors appointed to public health administration positions are running their own private practice in the evenings, and possibly also during government work hours, including Sheikh Zayd Chairman Farid Ahmed Khan, King Edward Medical University Vice Chancellor Faisal Masood, Mayo Hospital Chief Executive Asad Aslam Khan, Fatima Jinnah Medical College Vice Chancellor Fakhar Imam, Allama Iqbal Medical College Principal Mehmood Shaukat, Amerruddin Medical College Principal Ghais Nabi Tayyab, Gujranwala Medical College Principal Aftab Mohsin, Sialkot Medical College Principal Ghulam Farid, Mayo Hospital Medical Superintendent Tahir Khalil, Syed Mitha Hospital Medical Superintendent Masood Sheikh, Lady Willingdon Hospital Medical Super-

intendent Khwaja Mehboob, and others. According to sources, Lahore’s senior doctors remain absent during the hours of their duty, and are known to operate on private patients around noon, using government provided cars to get to the private hospitals. The government was looking into a policy of having the doctors have their private practice at government hospitals after 2 pm, with half of the pay going to the doctors, and half to the government, but was found to be unacceptable to the doctors. According to a spokesperson of the Punjab Healthcare Commission, a policy is being devised according to which doctors found to be spending usual government duty hours in private hospitals will be reprimanded. Doctors are also being asked to conduct their private practice at public hospitals, but the matter has not been finalised yet. A patient from Kasur died recently in Jinnah Hospital after she was referred from multiple hospitals to Jinnah Hospital. Arriving in the 55-bed ward accommodating 100 patients, there was no bed available for her, and the only place for her to lie down was on the ground, where she died suffering from heart and kidney complications. Following the incident the chief minister of the province formed a committee to investigate the matter, and the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has started their own investigation. Three senior doctors were suspended as a result of the committee report, and an emergency meeting held by the health department sought to identify shortcomings in the public healthcare system. Public hospitals are expected to improve as a result.

CEREMONY HELD TO HONOUR PEEF SCHOLARS LAHORE AgeNcieS

Scholars getting higher education through Punjab Educational Endowment Fund were honoured in a ceremony held at Aiwan-eIqbal, Lahore, yesterday. The scholars termed Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s educational scholarships programme as revolutionary and a trendsetter step. They said that PEEF has provided opportunities to the poor students to get higher education and materialise their dreams of progress and prosperity for which they are thankful to Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Meanwhile, Provincial Cooperative Minister Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar has said that the allocation of Rs 17 billion

Private schools allowed to hike school fee LAHORE SHAH NAWAZ MOHAL

Instead of trying to ensure the quality of education in private educational institutions in Punjab, the provincial government, in what could be dubbed a ‘business-friendly initiative’, has allowed all schools to make five per cent increase in their annual fees.

to the Punjab Educational Endowment Fund (PEEF) for brilliant and deserving students would revolutionise the educational landscape. He made these remarks while talking to a delegation of notables of Bahawalpur here at his residence. “As many as 150,000 students studying in various disciplines have been awarded scholarships amounting to Rs 7.5 billion through the PEEF”, the minister said. He further said that scholarships of Rs 405.7 million to 4,232 scholars would be provided in Bahawalpur division during the financial year 2016-17. “PEEF is an innovative educational intervention which has enabled talented and deserving students through a purely meritbased system,” Channar added.

The provincial government’s move to allow the schools to make such an increase distressed the public who are already burdened with poverty and inflation and expect steps that will help ease their woes. This initiative is likely to further strengthen the perception that it is truly a businessmen friendly government. Despite the fact that it is incumbent upon the government to provide free education to all citizens of Pakistan, most of the schools do not have playgrounds and other necessities. The government issued no ordinance for ensuring quality and standards in the schools, despite tall claims of bringing revolutionary changes to the education sector.

Police to take action against land mafia in Journalist colony LAHORE: DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf has said that effective action would be taken against the land mafia in Journalist Colony and cases will be registered against the accused. He expressed these views during his visit to the Lahore Press Club on Wednesday. The DIG said that the staff of the police chowki established in Journalist Colony would increase the security of residents and keep an eye on the land mafia. He said police would fully cooperate to resolve all problems of the Journalist Colony while security of the Press Club would also be made more effective. Lahore Press Club President Shahbaz Mian, other office bearers, Administrator of Punjab Journalist Housing Foundation Col (r) Athar Nasir and senior journalists were also present. APP


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HE Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has reacted strongly over the decision made by the Punjab government to suspend senior professors in the aftermath of the death of Zohra Bibi who breathed her last in the corridors of Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital on 2nd January. The health department suspended Jinnah Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Zafar Yusuf, Professors Jawad Zaheer and Tanveerul-Islam of the Post Graduate Medical Institute and Lahore General Hospital and Professor Zafar Iqbal of Allama Iqbal Medical College and Jinnah hospital as news of the death of Zohra Bibi on the floors of Jinnah Hospital went viral in the media. “There is a strong resentment among medical professionals as very senior and respected professors were held responsible of the death of Zohra Bibi,” Professor Dr Ajmal Hasan Naqvi, PMA Lahore Chapter President said

while talking to media persons on Wednesday. According to the professor, the doctors’ community completely rejects the attempt of the health department to tarnish the image of respected professors of thousands of doctors and urged the department to take back the decision. The office bearers of the PMA said that the poor healthcare facilities of public sector hospitals increase the doctors’ workload manifold. “The government needs to build six more hospitals of the standard of Jinnah Hospital to cater to the mushrooming growth of this city,” Dr Naqvi said. “The emergencies and ICUs of public sector hospitals are flooded with patients and the staff of emergency ward extremely occupied with their work,” he added. The PMA further added that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), only four patients can be treated during a day in one bed of the emergency with an average of 6 hours. As per the standard of WHO, only 400 patients can be treated in the emergency of

100 beds during a day but it is a matter of fact that four to five thousand patients come to the emergencies of public sector hospitals on a daily basis. “The Professor Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry ward in Jinnah Hospital consists of 50 beds but was accommodating more than 100 patients already when Zohra Bibi was brought to his ward. How is it possible to attend all the patients with such limited resources? As per the WHO, there must be 1 bed for a population of 750 but there is only one bed for a population of 6273 in Punjab,” Dr Naqvi said and added that the government and bureaucracy are responsible for the death of Zohra Bibi. According to regulations of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), all private hospitals are bound to provide half of their beds to poor patients. Zohra Bibi was allegedly denied treatment in Arif Memorial Teaching Hospital and Rashid Latif Medical College. A committee constituted by the PMDC will submit its report on the matter on January 13.

Health dept to appoint 2,100 nurses LAHORE APP

Provincial Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh Salman Rafique chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Health Sector Reforms on Wednesday in which the appointment of 2,100 more nurses and a special package for MOs/WMOs working in remote areas on contractual basis were approved. Minister for Population Welfare Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Minister for Social Welfare Syed Haroon Sultan, Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Secretary Najam Ahmed Shah, Primary & Secondary Health Secretary Ali Jan Khan, King Edward Medical University Vice Chancellor Faisal Masood, Health P&D Member Dr Shabana Haider, Health Special Secretary Dr Sajid Mahmood Chauhan, Health Development Additional Secretary Musarat Jabeen, Chief Planning Officer Abdul Haq Bhatti, Dr Naeemud Din Mian and other officers attended the meeting. The meeting agreed with the recommendation of Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan and gave approval for offering a special pay package based on the distance of the hospitals to the MOs /WMOs recruited on contractual basis for remote areas. Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh Salman Rafique also approved the recruitment of cardiologists for Vehari DHQ Hospital and an orthopaedic surgeon and ophthalmologist for Daska THQ Hospital. Najam Ahmed Shah informed the meeting that a requisition for the appointment of the nurses was being sent to the Punjab Public Service Commission.


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Trump SayS ruSSIa dId noT Try To CompromISe hIm, aSSaIlS Spy agenCIeS WASHINGTON AGENCIES

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S President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russia had never tried to sway his actions and furiously blamed US intelligence agencies for news reports that Moscow had compiled compromising information on him. In a series of Twitter posts, Trump accused intelligence agencies of taking “one last shot” at him by leaking the information. “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” he asked. Trump slammed as “fake news” the reports that classified documents presented to him last week by the heads of four US intelligence agencies included claims that Russian intelligence operatives have compromising information about him. “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!” Trump wrote in one of the Twitter posts. Trump, due to hold his first news conference in nearly six months on Wednesday, pointed to the Kremlin’s denials of the reports on the dossier that emerged late on Tuesday. “Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is ‘A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE.’ Very unfair!” he wrote on Twitter. The Kremlin said on Wednesday it was “total nonsense” that Russian officials had assembled a file of compromising information on Trump. Reince Priebus, who will be Trump’s White House chief of staff, called the Russian dossier report “phoney baloney garbage.” He told NBC’s ‘Today Show’ he had raised the matter with Trump. “He said it was ‘total garbage and I’m keeping it clean,’” Priebus said.

Even before the reports, Russia had been likely to take centre stage during Trump’s first formal session with reporters since he won the November 8 presidential election. The Republican president-elect has long said he hopes to improve ties with Moscow, but this effort will come under intense scrutiny after US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia used cyber attacks and other tactics to try to tilt the presidential election in his favor over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. At the same time in Washington, Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, will likely be grilled at his Senate confirmation hearing over his long business relationship with Russian offi-

cials including President Vladimir Putin. There was an unpredictable element to Trump’s news conference, given his repeated criticism of the US news media and his belief that many news organisations favoured Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump, a New York real estate developer, has been under pressure to separate himself from his global business operations to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest once he succeeds President Barack Obama on January 20. After initially declaring there was no law that prohibited him from maintaining control of his business while serving as president, Trump switched gears in December and said legal documents were being crafted “which take me completely out of business operations.” Trump has said his two adult sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, will manage his businesses and no new deals will be done during his time in office, but has offered few details. He has not said he would divest from his companies, a step some ethics experts say he should take. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, announced plans on Monday to divest much of his own business holdings in preparation for taking a senior advisory role in the White House. While North Korea, Syria, Iran, China, tax reform and border security could well come up at the news conference, questions about Russia are likely to dominate the session. Trump has faced persistent questions about Russia throughout the past year given his reluctance to criticise Putin and his desire to improve US relations with Moscow. US intelligence chiefs briefed him on Russian involvement in the election last Friday and he has accepted the fact that it happened.

Ties with Saudi Arabia on the mend: Lebanon’s Aoun RIYADH AGENCIES

Lebanese president General Michel Aoun said Beirut’s relations with Saudi Arabia were recovering, a day after he held talks with King Salman to repair ties after a falling-out between the two countries last year. Saudi Arabia cancelled US$4 billion in military aid and downgraded ties with Lebanon in February last year, blaming Hezbollah’s domination of the country when the government

failed to join other Arab states in condemning attacks by Iranian demonstrators on Saudi missions in Iran. It has also warned Saudi nationals to stay away from Lebanon, depriving the country of vital tourism revenue. Gen Aoun, on paper an ally of Hezbollah, told the Saudi-owned newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday that Saudi tourists would soon return to Lebanon. Asked if his visit had turned a new page in relations with Saudi Arabia, Gen Aoun said: “Yes. When this tran-

sient era clears, we will be certain that it had no roots from the Lebanese people’s side.” “It is obvious that ties should be normal, regardless of any differences that may arise, or that may have arisen in the past, in relation to the Syrian file,” he added, referring to Hezbollah’s involvement the civil war in neighbouring Syria. The dispute has also cast a shadow on hundreds of thousands of Lebanese nationals living and working in Saudi Arabia and other GCC states, who

transfer between $7 and $8 billion each year in remittances. Asked about the fate of Saudi aid to the Lebanese army, Gen Aoun said: “This issue will be discussed by the defence ministers of the two countries.” Gen Aoun, who was in Qatar on Wednesday on the second leg of his first trip abroad since he was elected in October, said Saudi Arabia has already decided to allow tourists back to Lebanon, and that details were being worked out between experts from both sides.

China aircraft carrier crosses Taiwan Strait amid tension China’s only aircraft carrier has led several warships across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s defence ministry said. The Liaoning was returning from drills in the South China Sea. It did not enter Taiwanese waters but did cross its air defence identification zone (ADIZ), the ministry said. It is the latest escalation amid tensions between the two neighbours, and Taiwanese authorities have asked the public to remain calm. In response, Taiwan scrambled jets and boats to “surveil and control” the ships through the 160km-wide (100 mile) Strait, Taiwan defence ministry spokesman Chen Chungchi told agencies. China considers self-governing Taiwan part of its territory, to be reunited with the mainland by force if necessary. Tensions have been high since US President-elect Donald Trump broke with long-standing diplomatic protocol and took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. The head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, Chang Hsiao-Yueh, said the authorities were monitoring China’s actions and appealed for calm. AGENCIES

Bailed murder suspect kills six in Iran rampage TEHRAN: A murder suspect freed on bail killed six people, including a policeman and three family members, in a shooting rampage Wednesday in central Iran, media reported. The 26-year-old entered two houses in Arak and shot eight people with a Kalashnikov, killing five of them instantly, ISNA news agency quoted the city’s prosecutor as saying. A sixth victim later died in hospital and another was in critical condition, he added. The first house targeted was the home of a police officer who had arrested the man last year on charges of complicity in a murder. The officer, his sister, mother and brother were all killed while another family member was hospitalised. The suspect then went to the house of the victim, who he and two others are accused of killing last year, and shot dead his parents. Their son was also injured. The shooter is still on the run but his brother, who allegedly accompanied him in the rampage, has been arrested, the prosecutor said. The gunman had been released on bail of two billion rials ($50,000) on January 1. AGENCIES

MOROCCO BANS PRODUCTION AND SALE OF BURQAS OVER SECURITY CONCERNS: REPORTS RABAT AGENCIES

Morocco has banned the production and sale of burqa fullface Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said Tuesday. While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week. “We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” the Le360 news site quoted a high-ranking interior ministry official as saying. It said the measure appeared to be motivated by security concerns, “since bandits have repeatedly used this gar-

ment to perpetrate their crimes.” Most women in Morocco prefer the hijab headscarf that does not cover the face. In some commercial districts of Casablanca, the country’s economic capital, interior ministry officials on Monday conducted “awareness-raising campaigns with traders to inform them of this new decision,” the Media 24 website said. In Taroudant in southern Morocco, authorities ordered traders to stop making and selling burqas and to liquidate their stock within 48 hours, the reports said. Retailers in the northern town of Ouislane were said to have received similar instructions. It was unclear if Morocco plans to follow in the footsteps of some European countries such as France and Belgium where it is

illegal to wear full veils in public. The reports were met with a muted response in the absence of official confirmation, though Salafists expressed concern that the measure could be expanded to include the niqab. Reactions: Hammad Kabbaj, a preacher who was barred from standing in parliamentary elections in October over his alleged ties to “extremism”, denounced the ban as “unacceptable”. Oussama Boutaher, a coordinator that defends Islamist prisoners, said the burqa ban amounted to “discrimination”. “This shows that we are considered second-class citizens. It attacks individual freedoms even though Morocco has signed a number of international protocols on human rights,” he told agencies.

Germany sees massive drop in asylum seekers Germany says 280,000 asylum seekers arrived there in 2016, a drop of more than 600,000 on the previous year. The German interior minister said that the decrease was due to the closure in 2016 of the Balkan route and the migrant deal between the EU and Turkey. The record influx of 890,000 people came as migrants and refugees travelled through Greece and the Balkans. They headed for Germany after Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered a temporary open-door asylum policy. Her decision to suspend EU rules on registering asylum seekers in the first

EU state they entered was aimed at the growing number of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country, but large numbers of people of other nationalities made the journey too. Migration has become a heavily politicised issue in Germany ahead of federal elections in the autumn. As voters punished her CDU party in regional polls last year, Merkel acknowledged that the migrant crisis could have been handled better. Germany has rejected asylum requests from Albania, describing it as a “safe country”, and has been deporting Afghan arrivals. AGENCIES


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USSIA hacked into Republican state political campaigns and old email domains of the Republican National Committee but there is no evidence it successfully penetrated President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday. Comey also told lawmakers Russia did not release information obtained from the state campaigns or the old RNC email domains, comments that may buttress the US intelligence view that Moscow tried to help Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign. US intelligence agencies on Friday released an assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a covert effort to help Republican Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Clinton. The report, which omitted classified details, was the US government’s starkest public description of what it says was a Russian effort to manipulate the American electoral process by leaking hacked emails from Democrats. Russia has denied interfering in the election but President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian suspected spies from the United States and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies last month in response to the allegations. Defence Secretary Ash Carter told a news conference on Tuesday those penalties were “a start and not the end” of US retaliation for the hacks, and senior officials have suggested covert action may be taken. Comey told lawmakers the Federal Bureau of In-

vestigation “did not develop any evidence that the Trump campaign, or the current RNC, was successfully hacked.” He did not say whether Russia had tried to hack Trump’s campaign. Trump has disputed the accusations of Russian cyber attacks during the election, but his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday that the New York businessman accepts the US intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia was responsible and that further action may be taken against Moscow. senate HeaRinG: Comey declined to comment on whether or not the FBI might be investigating links between Russia and associates of Trump, who frequently called during the campaign for improved relations between Washington and Moscow. The FBI director was pressed by Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, to publicly provide a declassified answer to the question before Jan. 20, the day Trump will be inaugurated, but Comey suggested he would unable to do so. Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee along with the director of national intelligence, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and the chief of the National Security Agency at a time of controversy in Washington about the 2016 election. Testifying before Congress for the first time since Trump beat Clinton on Nov. 8, Comey has been criticised by Democrats for statements about a separate investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. The controversy over Russia’s alleged role in attempting to influence the election has roiled Washington, with Democratic lawmakers calling for an

Neo-Nazi extremist Breivik ‘trying to spread his ideology from prison’

noRWaY: The Norwegian state, found guilty of treating mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik “inhumanely” in prison, said Wednesday his limited contact with the outside world was necessary because he is trying to spread his ideology from prison, including in dating adverts. On the second day of an appeals case into Breivik’s prison conditions, Attorney General Fredrik Sejersted told the court the right-wing extremist, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in 2011, was following the script outlined in his 1,500page anti-immigration manifesto he published just before his killing spree. “He has completed the active phase, and now he is working on his project as an ideologist and a writer to create networks,” Sejersted said. “There is unfortunately reason to believe that Breivik’s ideological project is unfolding as planned.” AGENCIES

independent commission to investigate the matter and Republicans worried that the affair might call into question the legitimacy of Trump’s victory. Comey said there was evidence Russia hacked Republican state-level political campaigns and “old” email domains that the RNC was no longer using. In contrast, Friday’s report assessed that Russian military intelligence used intermediaries such as WikiLeaks, DCLeaks.com and the Guccifer 2.0 “per-

sona” to release emails that it had acquired from the Democratic National Committee and top Democrats as part of the effort to help Trump and harm Clinton. The DNC denied “multiple requests” made by the FBI to examine its hacked servers, Comey said. He added that his agents relied on a forensic analysis conducted by the cyber security firm CrowdStrike, which was hired by the DNC to help clean up the hack when it was detected last spring.

5 Emiratis among 56 killed in Afghanistan bombings Five UAE officials were among 56 people killed in a string of bombings across Afghan cities, authorities said Wednesday, as Taliban militants step up a deadly winter campaign of violence. The Emiratis were among 13 people killed when explosives hidden in a sofa detonated inside the governor’s compound in southern Kandahar on Tuesday, while the UAE’s ambassador to Afghanistan escaped the attack with injuries. Just hours before, twin Taliban blasts in Kabul tore through employees exiting a parliament annexe, which houses the offices of lawmakers, killing at least 36 people and wounding 80 others. And earlier Tuesday, a Taliban suicide bomber killed

seven people in Lashkar Gah, the capital of volatile Helmand province, as the militants ramp up nationwide attacks despite the onset of winter, when fighting usually wanes. The carnage underscores growing insecurity in Afghanistan, where US-backed forces are struggling to combat a resilient Taliban insurgency as well as Al Qaeda and militant Islamic State (IS) group fighters. Kandahar’s governor Humayun Azizi and UAE envoy Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi were wounded by flames from the explosion, but many others were burned beyond recognition, said provincial police chief Abdul Raziq, who was at the scene when the blast occurred. The Emirati officials killed were “on a mission to carry out

humanitarian, educational and development projects”, the UAE’s official WAM news agency said on Wednesday. “This incident will in no way affect the relations and cooperation between Afghanistan and UAE,” President Ashraf Ghani said, ordering an investigation into the bombing. The Taliban denied responsibility for the Kandahar attack, but they said they were behind the Kabul blasts. In the first explosion, a suicide bomber blew himself up next to a minibus transporting government employees. As rescuers reached the scene, a car bomb exploded. Among the 36 dead were four policemen who were killed in the second explosion when they rushed to help the victims of the first blast. AGENCIES

BRITAIN SETS OUT LEGAL BASIS FOR DRONE KILLINGS LONDON AG EN CIES

Britain on Wednesday set out the legal basis for drone strikes against terror suspects overseas, saying new technology meant some terror attacks were developing too quickly for traditional law enforcement to react. Attorney General Jeremy Wright, the government´s top legal officer, said international law must adapt to “changing times” where social media was used to inspire and train militants within a short space of time. The government´s policy has come under scrutiny since an unprecedented RAF drone attack killed two Britons fighting with Daesh in Syria in August 2015. In a major speech, Wright will set out how decisions are taken when Britain can act in “self-defence”, including assessments of the immediacy, nature and probability of the suspected attack. “The situation we face today

does not always allow for the possibility of using criminal law enforcement measures to stop attacks,” he will say, according to extracts of the speech obtained by agencies. “We are a long way from being able to see troops massing on the horizon. Technology has made it easier for terrorists to carry out attacks. The law has to keep up with the changing times.” The likelihood that there will be other opportunities to act that might “cause less serious collateral injury, loss or damage” is also a factor – an acknowledgement of potential civilian deaths from drone strikes. Former prime minister David Cameron revealed the 2015 RAF drone strikes in a speech to parliament, saying it was Britain’s first such action in a country where it was not involved in military operations. British security services and counter-terrorism forces say they have foiled at least 10 attacks in Britain in the past two years.

Thousands in myanmar flee air strikes as ethnic tensions simmer YanGon: More than 3,000 people have fled air strikes and heavy fighting in northern Myanmar since the weekend as the government tries to flush out rebel positions, activists said on Wednesday as the government blocked a senior UN official from visiting the area. Clashes between the army and ethnic minority militias in Myanmar’s borderlands have intensified in recent months, undercutting Aung San Suu Kyi’s vow to bring peace to the country since her party took power in March. Dozens have been killed and thousands displaced since fresh fighting erupted between the Myanmar military and the ethnic minority Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in November. The government prevented a UN official from visiting the area on Tuesday as waves of people crossed the border into China to escape the turmoil. The unrest has rippled across Shan and Kachin states, threatening the next round of peace talks between the government, military and ethnic groups scheduled for February. Dashi Naw Lawn, secretary of the Kachin Network Development Foundation, said the army launched air strikes near the border town of Laiza on Tuesday.“There was a big fight yesterday and the Myanmar army used planes to attack the area around Laiza,” he said on Wednesday. AGENCIES

uS brands pro-Islamic State Indonesian group ‘terrorists’ JaKaRta: The United States named Indonesia’s most prominent pro-Islamic State group a “terrorist” organisation, imposing sanctions on the hundreds-strong network including freezing its US assets. The State Department said in a statement on Tuesday that Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) was a “specially designated global terrorist” organisation, effectively allowing US authorities to block its funding and banning Americans from engaging with the group. AGENCIES

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The Ten Commandments for potential victims of conniving ad-men

The incurable Interior Minister Never fails to surprise us, does he?

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ELF-rIGHTEOUSnESS and a tendency to blame others for his own shortcoming are Ch nisar’s unfading birthmarks. Speaking in the Senate he rebutted those who criticised him for failing to stop major terrorist attacks or held him responsible for nonimplementation of nAP. He called the criticism a negative propaganda against him, his Ministry and the PML-n government. The task of the Interior Ministry ended with sending alerts to the provinces. After that it was for the provincial governments to take action In order to defend the indefensible Ch nisar takes recourse to curious notions. One such notion is that impure things become kosher by changing their names. According to him, when the terrorist Lej rechristened itself into ASWJ, it became a sectarian outfit, even if it had been banned. There was therefore nothing wrong on the Interior Minster’s part to invite the banned outfit for talks right inside Islamabad’s red Zone. He also stated that sectarian violence had been continuing for 1,300 years. This implies that it should be taken as a norm. The idea is not only a highly divisive but aalso a justification for communal attacks. What is more it forgets that tolerance of sectarian differences has been the dominant factor in Muslim societies. The statement was bound to cause an uproar and a walk out from the Senate. Instead of answering the questions put to him about recent disappearances of five liberal bloggers the unrepentant interior minister maintained that unlike its predecessors his government is not in the business of disappearances. His ministry therefore cannot be held responsible for such acts. At the best it can try to locate those picked up. Since three of the five missing bloggers were taken away from Lahore it is for the provincial government to recover them. Unless every city of Pakistan and its highways and unpaved tracks have CCTV cameras installed, little can be done by the Interior Minister alone because when people are removed from the Safe City of Islamabad as Salman Haider was, locating them is like finding a pin in a haystack.

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ETTEr late than never, seems to be the government’s watchword in matters of national importance and the economy. So, three years down the line, and a little more than an year before the elections, the PM has thought fit to announce a generous package of incentives in a bid to boost the country’s continually falling exports, now down to $ 20.8 billion from $24.5 billion in 2012-13. Quality was never a factor, as our finished products easily compete with the world’s best, in textiles, finished leather and garments, sports goods and surgical items. The spanner in the works was - and still remains - the high cost of doing business and a regular availability and quality of electricity and gas for industries. Coupled with political instability and uncertainty - which can suddenly close down business activity for days, as in Karachi - taxation lacunas and bureaucratic red tape have edged out our exports in efficiency, competitiveness and meeting contractual obligations, from the global market. neither the European Union’s gesture of Generalised System of Preferences-Plus status for Pakistan in 2013, which allowed 20 percent of our exports into European markets at zero tariff and 70 percent at preferential rates, nor the artificial measure of currency devaluations tried in the past, could raise our sagging exports. The biggest encouragement in the rs 180 billion package is for the pivotal textiles sector, offered a 7 percent rebate as cash support of rs.58 billion on garments, 6 percent or rs.39 billion on home textiles, 5 percent or rs. 16.5 billion on yarn, and 4 percent or rs.12 billion on grey fabric. As a further stimulus of rs. 22.5 billion, import duty and sales tax on raw imported cotton stands abolished, waived on man-made fibre while 10 percent sales tax on imported textile machinery has been removed. For the non-textiles sector, the total cash support is rs. 22.5 billion. While the incentives will please the business community and add to PML-n’s share of votes, one wonders if these will really give a boost to exports.

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n an ideal world one would expect the commandments to be addressed to advertisers instead of their victims. It is common knowledge however that, on account of not being the most scrupulous of people one could ever imagine, ad-men are not very susceptible to preaching. It’s therefore up to you, reader, to save yourself from the deception that often goes by the name of advertising. Advertising as we know it is perhaps the most cynical profession today – easily beating noteworthy competition in the form of politics, law, and medicine, the practitioners of which feel compelled to use the techniques of advertising. Consequently, despite billions spent on ads the buyer is rarely if ever in a position to make an informed decision. In what follows are some of the ways this is achieved, and why you must never fall for them. A general strategy of occasionally using one’s brain usually suffices to deal with the different attempts to sucker you into buying unwisely. Thou shall not succumb to ‘subtle’ marketing Well it isn’t exactly subtle. ‘Heartiest Eid Mubarak from Baba Beeri’ (for example) is hardly any better than a direct appeal to buy cigarettes of that brand (perhaps worse because of the sneakiness involved). It’s definitely a blessed Eid if you oblige. For Baba Beeri that is. II. Thou shall not lap falsehoods and obvious nonsense up Do the following slogans sound familiar: #1 cellular service provider, trusted for 50 years, a symbol of quality since 1947? The questions that must be asked are: Sure it’s not since 1847? Trusted by whom? number 1 according to whom, especially when the rivals also make the same claim? never be misled by ‘figures’ and numbers either. When an AC manufacturer promises 50% reduction in electricity bills, ask for the basis of comparison (it most certainly isn’t what you are being led to believe). When a whitening cream is advertised to be 200% more effective, or a

shampoo to remove 99.9% dandruff, it’s obvious hogwash. When a conditioner becomes ‘doubly effective’ by the addition of Vitamin D or aloe vera, an ad-man somewhere is obviously trying to pull a fast one on you. Don’t let him. III. Thou shall not follow a multitude to buy stuff Because many people buy a company’s products is a pretty bad reason for you to buy those things as well. Yes, it’s true even if it’s a ‘brand’, in which case you will probably be paying many times their worth. IV. Thou shall not be fooled by computer graphics When they show you their safety razor removing the beard hair from their absolute roots, or their soap making the germs disappear in seconds, remind yourself that that’s an animation which has as much to do with reality as has the exploits of say, Courage the Cowardly Dog. V. Thou shall not let ad-men insult your intelligence The insult-to-intelligence ads come in many varieties. For example, while it’s fine if you are interested when you see a manufacturer improving its twin-blade safety razor by adding another parallel-blade; when it is further ‘improved’ by adding another blade, alarm bells ought to start ringing. If nothing happens even when the number of blades becomes five or six you are not doing justice to your intellect. The insult-to-intelligence alert must also go off when you note that the public service message extolling the virtues of tissue-papers is ‘sponsored’ by the tissue-paper manufacturer itself. Examples can be multiplied but you get the point. VI. Thou shall beware of men and women with the white overalls They are actors, not doctors. And don’t trust them even if they claim their product is verified by some royal society. VII. Thou shall not let emotions sway your better judgment The usual key-words and phrases employed are: ‘Purity of love’, ‘happy family time’, and my all-time favorite: ‘mamta’. An especially cynical approach (to which women are particularly susceptible) is taken by suggesting that

drinking a certain chocolate drink will catapult your son to the top of his class in studies as well as sports. An equally common technique (and no less cynical) is by introducing a religious element into the ad: ‘Pack in your luggage this pill for indigestion if you are going for Hajj’, or the azaan sound in the background while the happy family is breaking the fast with a particular beverage, for example. Some corporations, such as insurance companies, seem even more concerned for the future of your children than you are. Other companies are hell bent on making your life better. One obviously needs to be vigilant when it comes to such selfless people. VIII. Thou shall not be suckered in by limited-time offers While it is very tempting to save 50% by buying something before the wonderful offer expires, it pays to realise that you can save 100% by not buying the thing, which most probably you don’t even need, in the first place IX. Thou shall not be misled by beauty If you are a woman and buy something promoted by Kareena Kapoor in order to look like Kareena Kapoor, I have bad news for you: you won’t look anything like her. The same applies if you are a man and hope to look like Kareena Kapoor, or even Fawad Khan for that matter. And if you already do, then you don’t need that product anyway – kind of defeats the purpose either way, doesn’t it? X. Thou shall beware of the “smart” delusion The wish to join the ranks of smart people is a natural one. But shopping hardly ever helped achieve that goal. For example, designing and manufacturing an iPhone is smart; selling an iPhone is smart; but buying it for taking selfies isn’t very smart (in fact the evidence in support of the opposite is quite conclusive). True, many smart people do use high-end smart-phones but the grand total of people becoming smart as a result of buying the phone is zero. What applies to smart phones applies to everything else. Hasan Aftab Saeed is a connoisseur of music, literature, and food (but not drinks). He can be reached at hasanas@live.jp.

The road travelled and the road ahead ‘And I have promises to keep…’

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HIEF of Army Staff General raheel Sharif retired on 29th november 2016 at the end of his mandated three year tenure. This is as it should be. Chiefs of Army Staff do not ask for extensions nor can they give themselves extensions. General raheel Sharif had indicated well before his retirement that he did not want an extension thereby making sure that the government did not offer him one. In spite of this speculations continued with all sorts of scenarios being predicted. The new Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed from a list of four senior most lieutenant generals and the entire process cannot be faulted. Hopefully this transition will be the norm in future and that it will cease to be the focus of media attention that bordered on frenzy in this case. There will be promotions, retirements and postings and they will be according to well established rules and procedures that ensure that the right man gets the right job thereby creating the best command and staff team for the years ahead. This is how the military system works and delivers. The beauty of the military system is that no two generals are alike in spite of having been through the same process of training and service experience. So when one general says that he is not like so and so he is stating a fact. This is because the military system is dynamic and encourages individuality at every stage of the career and because a grooming process takes place on the basis of demonstrated ability and talent. The implication is that we can look forward to General Qamar Bajwa’s own style of command even as

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he pursues policies already underway. He will be backed by the inherent institutional and structural strength of the institution that he now heads as were all his predecessors. One can expect that the government will continue to get well thought out and considered input from the military. The circumstances that defined General raheel Sharif’s tenure made him venture into spaces that were left open and his motivation sprang from national and not personal interest. Left vacant those spaces would have been exploited to create massive national crises. He picked up the slack in the judicial process as part of the war on terror, he launched into FATA after the threat expanded manifold with no coordinated response against it, he helped forge the national Action Plan and the Apex Committees to help in its implementation, he gave the rangers free rein in Karachi after seeing the city decline into a nexus of crime, terror and political expediency and he personally supported the government in the foreign policy and security domains by timely visits and interactions. There has been a more than 80 per cent drop in violence related civilian casualties since he took over. This statistic more than anything else indicates the success achieved. Pakistan is no longer a failed, failing or fragile state — it is poised to benefit enormously from the CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) project rightly called a game changer for Pakistan. Inevitably there was talk of the civilian government ceding space to the military under pressure or of the military calling the shots — a hackneyed phrase if ever there was on — or the civil and military establishments not being on the same page. none of these ideas had any basis and that is why they never stuck. What did standout was an absence of reciprocity to create a team and institutional structures for the best possible functional arrangements to work with the military.

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This had to do with forums for institutionalised decision making, the right personalities for interaction and a reining in of elements strait jacketed in past hatreds, feuds and petty ambitions. It is to the credit of General raheel Sharif that he ensured the complete detachment of the military from interference in political matters and those who banked on him for covert or overt intervention were rudely disappointed. General raheel Sharif also demonstrated restraint and maturity in the face of the blatant provocations from across our borders though he did speak of latent retaliatory capacity that could be unleashed. What lies ahead is a long delayed consolidation phase and this has to be done jointly by the civil and military establishments. A well thought out policy is needed for Kashmir, the LOC conflict and relations with India. FATA needs to be mainstreamed and secured so that there is no ingress from an insidious threat and this includes the return of Afghan refugees and rehabilitation of those displaced. Karachi has to be brought under strong governance and administrative control and this includes enhancing of civilian institutions. An internal transition that addresses international concerns about Pakistan needs to get underway so that a reset in foreign relations is backed by an image make-over — this will also create the right environment for economic gains and for the CPEC project. The national Action Plan has to be implemented. General Bajwa will be leading the military team that will work on all these issues with the government team even as he ensures credible deterrence that includes secure borders and calibrated responses to threats — internal and external. Expectations are high. Spearhead Analyses are collaborative efforts and not attributable to a single individual. Website: www.spearheadresearch.org I

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Actions speak louder than words THE news that Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC), Punjab, has helped a UK-based Pakistani get back rs 6.6m from a man who had embezzled the amount on pretext of setting up a textile unit is welcoming and sheds light on the fact that actions speak louder than words. It is pertinent to mention here that OPC is an initiative by the Punjab Government to redress the grievances of overseas Pakistanis. Since its formation, OPC is playing a pivotal and proactive role to resolve and address the issues faced by expatriates. By establishing overseas police stations and setting up committees at District level to address problems of overseas Pakistanis, OPC remains committed in its efforts to mitigate the sufferings of people living abroad. It is hoped that the OPC would remain firm and committed in its efforts to help reduce the plight of overseas Pakistanis and would take all necessary steps to promote their rights. DANIA ALI Lahore

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IrrOrED by a decline in the number of terrorist attacks and incidences and the restoration of a semblance of law and order, Pakistan’s fight against terrorism has recently begun to be touted as a story of success. However, within the month of December alone, a number of developments occurred which question this assertion. There occurred a siege and attack by a mob of 1,000 people on an Ahmadi mosque in Chakwal, during which a 65-year old man belonging to the persecuted minority suffered and died of cardiac arrest. The Federal Minister for religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf also happened to present a “peace award” to apostle of peace and esteemed ambassador of inter-sectarian harmony Masroor nawaz Jhangvi, who is now a member of the Punjab Assembly after winning the PP-78 Jhang by-election. Furthermore, flocks of people were reported to be drawing to a site at the outskirts of the capital which was revealed to be the grave of Mumtaz Qadri that is now being turned into a shrine. news of the interior ministry’s preparation of the draft of a law which seeks to give military courts, whose term expired on January 7, permanent status also did the rounds. Lastly, while Jibran nasir struggles to get a case registered against Abdul Aziz for his declared allegiance to ISIS and for incitement of hate against Shias, pressure from the Sunni Tehreek led to the registration of an FIr and a spate of death threats against Shaan Taseer, son of slain governor Salmaan Taseer, for conveying Christmas greetings to Christians in Pakistan and expressing hope of redressal for those subjected to the blasphemy law. That these developments occurred within the span of a single month is an unsettling realisation which also asks for the direction and narrative of Pakistan’s campaign against terrorism and extremism to be probed and reviewed. A concrete answer to the question and status of Pakistan’s fight against terrorism and extremism is found in Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s inquiry report into Quetta’s Civil Hospital attack of 9th August 2016. The 110 page report

provides extensive insights into the “monumen- hindrance of transparency and accountability. tal failure to combat terrorism and perform According to the Justice Project Pakistan, an esbasic protocols” especially pertaining to the na- timated 400 prisoners have been executed since tional Action Plan. It mentions not only a lack the lifting of the moratorium, pulling Pakistan of action against proscribed organisations, that to the position of the third most prolific execuhave freely held rallies in Islamabad, but also a tioner globally. The JPP also states that a slim brazen “cavorting” by key government figures 16 per cent of the executions carried out since with the heads of these organisations, as was December 2014 were tied to charges of terrordemonstrated by the meeting between the inte- ism, while the rest involved juveniles and disrior minister and Ahmed Ludhianvi of Ahle abled inmates. The mockery and sham of justice Sunnat Wal Juma’at. The report further makes continues at the courts and the gallows. Moreover, the attack which gave rise to a mention of lapses, limitations and inadequacies in terms of the tools and methodologies used to national sense of urgency in dealing with terrorinvestigate attacks; along with sheer negligence ism has yet to be investigated. The APS attack, in “silencing extremist speech, literature, and which the so-called “paradigm shift” and the propaganda” and the stark “shortsightedness” national Action Plan were predicated upon, has of the federal and provincial governments in actually been the subject of a concerted and thwarting terrorism and extremism. The report brazen campaign of silencing and harassment is an act of Qazi Isa’s professional integrity and which has been directed at the parents who have bravery, but it is also a damning expose and in- been tirelessly and bravely demanding an indictment of the government, the interior min- quiry and investigation into the ghastly attack. istry and the failure and façade that is the Two years on, an inquiry into the APS attack has not been ordered but actively suppressed. national Action Plan. In light of these realiThe number of terrorist ties, as Pakistan steps into attacks and incidents in 2017 it is necessary to proPakistan may have regisceed with cautious optitered a considerable drop in mism and realise that the numbers but they are far calm engendered by a defrom over. In fact, their A concrete answer to the cline in terrorist attacks is focus in certain areas and relative and temporary as upon certain communities question and status of long as the roots and the remains as forceful and Pakistan’s fight against many manifestations of fatal as ever. The past year alone remains relevant in terrorism and extremism is the menace are not tackled. This relative calm illustrating this. In 2016, a found in Justice Qazi Faez should not engender a Shia majlis was attacked in sense of complacency nazimabad, killing four. Isa’s inquiry report into among the federal and But denial about targeted killings of the beleaguered Quetta’s Civil Hospital attack provincial governments whose approach to the Shia community persist of 9th August 2016. issue already comprises within the wider narrative craven surrender, prevariof the population. Quetta cations and papering over was also frequently bethe problem. The scourge sieged by tragedies which of terrorism and extremhave ceaselessly continued ism doesn’t only need to to devour and devastate the city. In August, the blast at the Civil Hospital be subdued but stifled and strangled to an end. killed an entire generation of the city’s legal There exists a dire for a fundamental change in community, while the attack on the police train- the framework, direction, orientation and agening academy took the lives of 61 cadets and das of the state and the actors steering them. guards. In September, suicide-bombers targeted neither declarations, nor a rhetoric of resolve a mosque in Mohmand Agency, and an Imam- and programs like the national Action Plan bargah in Shikarpur during Eid prayers. Earlier would suffice. Templates and infrastructures in 2016, the attacks on Bacha Khan University like the nAP can only aid and facilitate actual and Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park took place. The sites implementation on ground which demands pofor terrorist assaults may have shifted to neg- litical will, courage, vision and resolve that relected and orphaned “peripheries” like Quetta pudiate political expediency, cavorting, and FATA, but the danger and threat persist. And patronising, pacifying and pandering to milithey will linger as long as state institutions re- tant, sectarian organisations and the many faces main divided on the matter and continue to keep and forms of extremism. Until then, Pakistan’s in place dubious policies and doctrines that bar success against terrorism, drawn from a dean unequivocal commitment to counter extrem- crease in the number of attacks, must be recogism and terrorism in all tints and tones. This is nised as partial success in a war with multiple no longer a contention but a judgement officially battles and fronts, a war still far from a concluarticulated and validated by Justice Isa’s report. sion today. On the other hand, the lifted moratorium on Hafsa Khawaja is a freelance contributor the death penalty, perhaps the only implemented measure of the much-hailed national Action who blogs on socio-political issues and affairs Plan, continues to work in full force without any at http://hafsakhawaja.wordpress.com

KEEPInG in view the alarming rate of people suffering from hepatitis, the approval by the provincial government to procure hepatitis medicines for public sector hospitals in the province and provide them to patients free of cost is a welcome step. It is pertinent to mention here that viral hepatitis - known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E - affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease. Since around 20 million people in the country have been suffering from this viral disease and most of the people are unaware that they are carriers of this deadly virus therefore, it is hoped that the government along with the civil society would be sincere in its efforts to spread awareness regarding this disease prevention and management so that we might save the future generations of Pakistan from this deadly disease. Only words will not do anything until they are followed by actions. SHEHAr BANo SyED Lahore

Eliminating corruption THE finalisation of recommendations by the Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption Establishment Law reforms to make Anti-Corruption Establishment more effective is a welcome step. The move calls for applause as it will help improve conviction rate of the culprits. Unfortunately, corruption in Pakistan is widespread and is playing havoc with the socio-economic development of the country. Since corruption is a curse and a major hurdle to the progress and prosperity of the country therefore, it is hoped that the government would remain sincere in its efforts to root out this menace from society on priority basis only then Pakistan would be able to make progress by leaps and bounds. SAqIB ALI Lahore

Now or never ALL the dams on the Indus, Tarbela upwards are outside the monsoon range and depend only on snow melt from the glaciers. We need at least one dam which will store and save the copious monsoon flows for irrigation and power generation, and also to moderate the floods which devastate south Punjab and Sindh every year. Why is it that while Tarbela dam on the Indus is acceptable - Sindh being the biggest beneficiary and Bhasha dam on the Indus our future hope - Kalabagh dam, also on the Indus is not acceptable? The issue is far too important to be left to the politicians who have their genuine compulsions and cannot go against the will of their illiterate voters if they want to remain in business. It is for the experts to spell out the apprehensions of the stake holders and sift facts from fiction. Tell the people where their fears are without any basis, tell them the dangers of dwindling storage capacity, the last increase having been made 40 years ago when the population was 8 crore and not 20 crore, tell them of the multiple benefits that accrue from storage of each ‘maf’, benefits which have been lost to us for 20 years and will continue to be lost for another 15 years. Are the experts up to this onerous task? ENgr KHurSHID ANWEr Lahore

A leap of faith AT this crucial time when- after PIA plane crashes, the wavering image of the airline is at stake, the staff chooses to ridicule the whole nation with their superstitions and rituals attempted to satisfy the passengers of the next flight, after the incident of 7th December, by sacrificing a Goat instead of keeping technical checks. PIA is hiding its incompetence through these "Sadqas" and has left its fleet on God's mercy. This event states the mentality of our nation that we seek for things, make prayers but are unwilling to make things happen, this is how strong our belief system is. The need of hour is to take safety precautions, keep check on technical issues and nOT overlook the negligence of the concerned authorities. NIDA MIrzA Sialkot


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Y maternal grandmother, Akbar Jehan, and her children were subjected to deprivation in my maternal grandfather, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s long absence after his ouster and arrest in 1953. They were condemned to isolation, but Akbar Jehan did not cringe. I still see vestiges of the distrust of statist versions of history and criminalization of progressive politics in Mother, which she must have imbibed in her inclement and agitated childhood. But Akbar Jehan was the powerful trooper, the silent force that kept the flag flying while anti-colonial and anti-feudal freedom fighters like Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, Mirza Afzal Beg, and other soldiers of the Plebiscite Front were shunted from one jail to the other, from one solitary confinement to the other. There is a historical value in revisiting and challenging narratives about the political personages of pre- and post1947 Jammu and Kashmir and the movement for political self-determination. I continue to employ oral testimonies and I rely on written sources, works authored or coauthored by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, to add layers of understanding to the tumultuous events that molded the history of Jammu and Kashmir. The early part of Akbar Jehan’s life with the Sheikh, even as the consort of the Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was constrained by hardship, uncertainty, political duplicity, and constant attempts to curb freedom. Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s ouster on August 9, 1953, at the behest of the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, and his subsequent arrest, was an event that alienated the Kashmiri masses and cast his next of kin as personae non grata. The Sheikh’s vociferous protests against, what he per-

ceived as, endeavors to erode the constitutional autonomy of the state and undemocratically legitimize its integration into the Indian Union earned him the disapprobation of some of his former allies. For the benefit of students of politics and history, I reproduce the speech that Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah was scheduled to make on Eid in Srinagar on August 1953 but was unable to, because of the arbitrary dismissal of his government and his incarceration:“This uncertainty and suspense not only tells on the minds and nerves of the people, but also affects activities of the government in all directions. Almost all measures for raising the economic standards of the people carry a stamp of unreality in face of the over-riding uncertainty. Efficiency in administration suffers as the civil servants get mixed in opposite groups of power and vested interest. It becomes difficult to plan and delay occurs in the implementation of various nationbuilding schemes, which must all wait for an over-all solution. The prevalent uncertainty encourages corruption, and the unscrupulous make hay while the drift lingers on. The accession of Kashmir to India, otherwise complete in all other respects, possesses one essential disqualification. It is an accession accepted provisionally being subject to subsequent ratification by the people and, therefore, lacking finality and, as such, a major contribution to the uncertainty itself. It is also true that Pakistan has come to occupy the position of a party directly and vitally concerned with this issue. It is important to bear this fact in mind when we propose, in our eagerness to end the uncertainty, to settle the issue of accession quickly. Added to it is the fact that the Kashmir problem continues to be a favorite topic on the agenda of the Security Council to be discussed when and as necessary and a matter of international dispute. Then there is the suggestion that the accession should be finalized by a vote of the Constituent Assembly. The question is, are decisions of

the Constituent Assembly binding on India, Pakistan, and the UN? The Government of India, as a principal party to the dispute, itself does not consider a decision of the Constituent Assembly on the accession issue binding on it. This is clear from the extracts quoted here from Shri B. N. Rau’s statements in the Security Council as leader of the Indian delegation in March 1951: “I shall now turn to the matter which appears to have caused some concern to certain members of the Council, viz., the proposal to convene a Constituent Assembly of Kashmir. As I have already said, Kashmir is, at present, a unit of the Indian Federation and has to be governed accordingly. When we were drafting the Constitution of India, we had to consider the various units of the Indian Federation. It was decided that the framing of the constitutions would be entrusted to a Constituent Assembly for the unit concerned. Honorable members will please note that the machinery of the Constituent Assembly was not devised only for Kashmir, but for other similar units of the Indian Federation as well. Provision was made in the Indian Constitution for a Constituent Assembly for settling the details of the Indian Constitution. Will that Assembly decide the question of accession? My government’s view is that while the Constituent Assembly may, if it so desires, express an opinion on this question, but it can take no decision in it. Even in a Federation, every state has the right to make its own constitution in its proper sphere and to set-up a special body for that purpose. India cannot, therefore, prevent Kashmir, which at present is a unit of the Indian Federation, from exercising a similar right, which, indeed, is expressly recognized in the Constitution of India. The Constituent Assembly cannot be physically prevented from expressing its opinion on this question, if it so chooses. But this opinion will not bind my government or prejudice the position of the Council” (29/ 3/ 51). Another fact which needs mention is that nearly one-third of the state’s area is unrepresented in the Constituent Assembly. I think I should refer to the Delhi Agreements. These Agreements were endorsed both by the Indian Parliament and the state Constituent Assembly, and we are committed to them. No doubt these Agreements are an attempt to define clearly the

position of the state in India in regard to certain matters. Assuming that our Constitution would provide appropriate provision with regard to these matters and that these matters are clearly stated therein, the question is would we, thereby, succeed in finalizing accession, the basic relationship. If this basic relationship itself is subject to ratification and, therefore, provisional, the character of the Delhi Agreements, which flow from such relationship, must be temporary and interim and, hence, hardly contributing to a settlement of the state’s future. So, the uncertainty continues, and the people grind and suffer. There is growing awareness among the people of the state that a satisfactory and lasting solution of the Kashmir problem is possible only if both India and Pakistan examine this problem from the interest of the good of the people of the state as a whole. The state of Jammu and Kashmir is so situated geographically that it depends for its economy on a free flow of trade to both countries. For ages, Kashmiri arts and crafts have found markets in India. At the same time, the rivers and roads of Kashmir stretch into Pakistan, while our only road to India remains blocked for nearly three months a year. Kashmir’s railhead used to be Rawalpindi and the traders in the Valley would use Karachi as the sea-port for overseas trade. These circumstances lend overwhelming weight to the aspirations of the people of the state to secure the goodwill of both India and Pakistan for their betterment and prosperity. They aspire that somehow the dispute should be settled in a manner as to allow them opportunities for national development based on the IndoPak accord. The National Conference organization opposes pro-merger sentiments of those cultural and ethnological groups whose sympathies and loyalties run outside their own state and the only result of whose activities would be to destroy the basic structure of the state. I know of occasions when I have tried to satisfy the legitimate demands of Muslims or reassure their minds about the future, when my friends have condemned me as a communalist and a turncoat. It becomes necessary that I should satisfy them to the same extent that a non-Mus-

lim is satisfied that his future hopes and aspirations are safe in India. Unfortunately, apart from the disastrous effects which the pro-merger agitation in Jammu produced in Kashmir amidst the present growing fears and dissatisfactions, the Muslim middle class in Kashmir has been greatly perturbed to see that while the present relationship of the state with India has opened new opportunities for their Hindu and Sikh brother to ameliorate their lot, they have been assigned the position of a frog in the well. What the Muslim intelligentsia in Kashmir is a definite and concrete stake in India. So the minds of the people of Kashmir have moved from fear to frustration and from frustration to near-disillusionment, which I have tried to explain in my recent speeches. While the National Conference stands committed to the support it gave to the Instrument of Accession and the Delhi Agreements, the fact remains that the present situation of suspense has primarily to be resolved: 1) Will public opinion in India, more particularly overwhelming majorities of the people of Jammu and Ladakh, accept the present relationship based on the Instrument of Accession and Delhi Agreements as final and not to be altered in due course by coercion or otherwise; 2) Would such relationship not be subject to change because of international factors; 3) Would all sections of the state’s people derive equal benefit from such a relationship, irrespective of caste or creed? Would it be possible under this relationship to overcome the difficulties presented by geography or nature which stand in the way of all-round economic prosperity of the state?” I confess that every time I read one of his speeches or interviews, my eyes well up, because history is a harsh judge! Nyla Ali Khan is the author of Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism, Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir, The Life of a Kashmiri Woman, and the editor of The Parchment of Kashmir. She has also served as a guest editor working on articles from the Jammu and Kashmir region for Oxford University Press (New York), helping to identify, commission, and review articles. She can be reached at nylakhan@aol.com.

MODI MUST END HIS SUPPORT OF ISLAMOPHOBIC, SEXIST TROLLS THIS IS A DANGEROUS TIME TO BE A JOURNALIST, ACTIVIST, WOMAN, MUSLIM OR MEMBER OF A MINORITY IN INDIA Huffington Post Swati Chaturvedi

Trolls are the goons of the online world. This story played out live during the recent U.S. presidential election, when Donald Trump supporters went on a rampage against Hillary Clinton and journalists who had anything critical to say about the president-elect. But in India, some similar trolls are actually paid by the prime minister’s own party. The Bharatiya Janata Party – the ruling Hindu nationalist party that Prime Minister Narendra Modi belongs to – uses an online army of workers and volunteers, along with sophisticated social media bots, to attack anyone who criticizes the government, and to disseminate false images and facts to heighten communal tension. These online trolls spout right-wing, nationalist, Islamophobic views. Some have very large social media followings. The BJP’s network of trolls is scattered across the country as well as in the party headquarters on Delhi’s Ashoka Road. Each troll has a contact point in the Ashoka Road central cell who sends them daily instructions via WhatsApp. For my recent book on the topic, I spoke to a number of these trolls working for Modi’s party – some of whom had attacked me online. No current trolls were willing to come on record but a portrait emerged of a typical one. He is male,

usually in his 30s, often with anxieties and bitterness about his lack of opportunities. Some believe the lies they peddle and are staunchly anti-Muslim, chauvinistic and resentful of liberal, elite, English-speaking journalists. Some are more pragmatic, treating it as a job like any other. Then I met Sadhavi Khosla. Khosla, an attractive bright woman in her 30s, had lived for a number of years in the U.S. and had her own business in Gurugram. She was a passionate Modi supporter and had enthusiastically agreed to be an unpaid volunteer on social media during the 2014 national elections, even putting her own business on hold. Within a year, her zeal had changed to disenchantment. She was dismayed by the daily messages against the Gandhi family and prominent journalists. She finally cracked when she was ordered to threaten e-commerce company Snapdeal into dropping its brand ambassador, the Bollywood star Aamir Khan. Khan had made headlines earlier when he made a statement that was seen as critical of the government. Snapdeal did drop Khan. The Bollywood star had been an icon for Sadhavi, as he is for countless Indians. Being forced to attack him was the final straw, and Sadhavi soon quit. She is still distraught by her actions and terrified of Modi’s party, regularly tearful in our interviews. And yet, she had the courage and the tenacity to stay the course with me, even as I pushed her time and

time again to agree to being on tape and to officially sign off on her testimony to please the lawyers. The BJP’s trolls are mostly anonymous, though some aren’t. They often have Hindu gods as their Twitter display pictures ― or pictures of beautiful women to increase their Twitter following. Those with real identities tend to lead the charge, and as soon as they abuse you, a swarm of anonymous trolls follow in their wake, either repeating the original abuse or adding more to it. Take the case of dentist Pankaj Narang, who was brutally killed by an angry mob in Delhi in 2016. A Twitter user under the name @bhak_sala – with 77.9k followers, including Modi – tweeted that the doctor was murdered by Muslims and that the media was covering it up. An Islamophobic Twitter storm ensued. Before real riots might have broken out, the Delhi police issued a quick clarification that this was an outright lie. But they did not take action toward the man behind the incitement, who I tracked down. His name is Rahul Raj, and he is a manager based in Bangalore with the pharmaceutical company Novartis. He runs a right-wing propaganda website called Opindia. Then there’s the notorious abuser @MahaveerM_, who says in his Twitter bio that he is “Blessed 2 Be Followed by PM @NarendraModi.” He was suspended by Twitter in late 2016 until government ministers campaigned to overturn his suspension. In fact, Modi follows two accounts that have been suspended by Twitter for vile abuse. The more high-profile the victims are, the worse the abuse gets, with women bearing the brunt. The anonymous swarm often sends rape threats and other sexually explicit messages, such

as images of pubic hair, to women with vulgar messages attached to it. Well-known Indian TV journalists, such as BarkhaDutt and RajdeepSardesai, are among some of the most targeted in this country. I, too, am a victim. Our mobile numbers are shared on WhatsApp to get more feral trolls to join in the blood sport. Slurs such as “sickularpresstitute” are now par for the course. In response, the trolls have given my book special attention. They downgraded it on Amazon and have been viciously attacking the book and me on Twitter. Arvind Gupta, the BJP’s IT and technology head and the party’s former head of social media, called my book “lies and fiction.’’ Yet hearteningly, the book has received support from countless Indian senior journalists and politicians from other parties, many of whom are all too familiar with this abuse. This is a dangerous time to be a journalist, activist, woman or member of a minority in India. Journalists are expected to be cheerleaders or megaphones for the government, and when they ask questions, they are often abused as “presstitutes” or told to “Go to Pakistan.” Modi has referred to the media as “Bazaru” (sellable) and has shown his contempt for the fourth estate time and time again. But it’s not possible to have democracy without the media. It’s time for the leader of the world’s largest democracy to stop following and facilitating trolls. Lies and violent words can have deadly consequences in the real world. A political party that peddles such dangerous vitriol must be held accountable. Swati Chaturvedi is a New Delhi-based journalist and author of “I Am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of the BJP’s Digital Army.”


LEISURE 13

Thursday, 12 January, 2017

ARIES

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An urgent issue continues to overshadow your day, and you may feel as if you can't put off addressing it any longer. But be careful about taking the quick and easy way out; whatever you do, don't stop..

It seems as if the hand of fate is in control of your interpersonal interactions today. Something odd is happening and you can't put your finger on it. The more you try to remember the specific issues.

A lighthearted conversation could get sticky today, especially if everyone tries to cling to their positions without being open to negotiation. Even a discussion that appears to be heading somewhere productive.

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LEO

VIRGO

You can appear even-tempered today, even if your moods are more extreme. A minor power struggle at home could generate an emotional tidal wave, yet you might not let on how much the stress is affecting.

It's all too easy to just acquiesce and go along with someone else's agenda today even if you're aware of the imperfections in their plans. You're more accommodating now and are willing to make allowances.

You believe that a straightforward approach to your chores is the most productive route today, but your intensity might be bothersome to those around you. You're quick to turn a complex set of tasks into.

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You might sound more easygoing than you actually feel today. Someone may even think you're so ambivalent that you can't make a simple choice on your own. However, the gracious Libra Moon gives you the.

A window of opportunity appears to be shutting today, yet you are not quite ready to make a leap of faith. Although you are usually capable of asserting your will when necessary, you're reticent to express.

Alternating waves of uncertainty and confidence finally give way to calmer waters today. Luckily, your feelings are bolstered by your friends and family. Instead of struggling to justify your choices,

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You are cool-headed today, possessing the strategic objectivity of a master chess player. Your skills are highly marketable, which is useful when pursuing your ambitions. In fact, you have an excellent..

It's as if you are lifted high above the chimney tops and humdrum worries of the mundane world as your imagination soars to new heights. But you may be hesitant to relinquish your earthy subjectivity because.

Relationship dynamics continue to shift, making it nearly impossible to figure out where you will land. On one hand, your dreams are more colorful and vibrant, putting you directly in touch with the supernatural.

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uSLIM parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to school-run swimming lessons with boys, Europe’s top rights court said Tuesday, dismissing a challenge by a Turkish-Swiss couple claiming the rule violated their beliefs. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) accepted that the refusal by Swiss authorities to exempt the couple’s two daughters from the compulsory lessons interfered with their freedom of religion. But the interference, it ruled, was justified by the need to protect the children from social exclusion. The school has become the focal point in several high-profile battles between Swiss authorities and Muslim

families who say their religion prevents their children from participating in some mixed activities. Last year, a high-profile case involving Muslim pupils in the northern canton of Basel refusing to shake hands with their female teachers caused an uproar. School plays “a special role in the process of social integration, particularly where children of foreign origin were concerned,” the ECHR, which is based in the French city of Strasbourg, said. Swimming lessons are “not just to learn to swim, but above all to take part in that activity with all the other pupils”, it added. Several parents in Switzerland have incurred fines in recent years for keeping their daughters home from obligatory swimming lessons. The case in Strasbourg was brought by Aziz Osmanoglu and his partner Sehabat Kocabas, a Turkish-

Japan researchers warn of fingerprint theft from ‘peace’ sign TOkYO

Why Saudi Arabia is allowing people to have a lot more fun Web Desk Swiss couple living in Basel, who were among a handful of parents fined in 2010 for refusing to allow their daughters to take part in swimming lessons. All of the girls concerned were aged under 10. Osmanoglu and Kocabas argued that forcing their daughters — aged seven and nine at the start of the dispute — to attend classes that included boys until they

reach puberty violated their faith. The couple unsuccessfully appealed the fine through the Swiss courts, after which they took their case to Europe s rights court. The ECHR found the authorities had tried to accommodate the parents’ beliefs by, for instance, allowing the girls to wear the full-body “burkini” swimsuit.

Indian police rescue 6,000 turtles in ‘largest’ haul

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Could flashing the “peace” sign in photos lead to fingerprint data being stolen? Research by a team at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) says so, raising alarm bells over the popular twofingered pose. Fingerprint recognition technology is becoming widely available to verify identities, such as when logging on to smartphones, tablets and laptop computers. But the proliferation of mobile devices with high-quality cameras and social media sites where photographs can be easily posted is raising the risk of personal information being leaked, reports said. The NII researchers were able to copy fingerprints based on photos taken by a digital camera three metres (nine feet) away from the subject. “Just by casually making a peace sign in front of a camera, fingerprints can become widely available,” NII researcher Isao Echizen told the Sankei Shimbun newspaper for an article published Monday. “Fingerprint data can be recreated if fingerprints are in focus with strong lighting in a picture,” Echizen also told Yomiuri TV. He added that advanced technology was not necessary and anyone could easily copy fingerprints. But NII says it has developed a transparent film containing titanium oxide that can be attached to fingers to hide their prints, the reports said.

NeW DeLHI Agencies

Indian police said Wednesday they had recovered more than 6,000 freshwater turtles weighing over four tonnes from poachers who planned to smuggle them to Southeast Asia, in the country’s largestever wildlife haul. The 6,430 flapshell turtles were discovered stuffed into 140 jute bags in the northern state of uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.

“Wildlife authorities confirmed that this is the largest haul in the country’s wildlife history, both in terms of number and weight — 4.4 tonnes,” Arvind Chaturvedi, head of the state’s Special Task Force that rescued the turtles, told a foreign news agency. Indian flapshell turtles are not particularly rare but are a protected species under the Wildlife Protection Act. Chaturvedi said police had arrested the “kingpin” and were likely to make further arrests.

He said the poachers had filled half a truck with the turtles to take them to the eastern city of Kolkata, from where they were to be transported illegally to China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Their meat is considered an aphrodisiac while the bones are powdered for use in traditional medicine and soups. Rachna Tiwari of the uSbased Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) said smugglers can earn up to 1,000 rupees ($15) per flapshell turtle, while a bigger softshell — whose meat is considered a delicacy — is sold for up to 8,000 rupees. “Enforcement against poaching has improved, but the scale at which these protected turtles are being poached, who knows, they may also soon become endangered,” Tiwari told a foreign news agency. The turtles are currently at a makeshift sanctuary in the TSA’s local centre. uttar Pradesh is home to 14 of India’s 28 endangered turtle species and at least 20,000 are reportedly smuggled out of the state every year.

FRENCH CHEFS HOOKED ON FISH KILLED THE JAPANESE WAY QUIbeRON Agencies

At first glance, apart from a telltale little hole between its eyes, the inert fish looks like any other dead whiting. But its flesh is much tastier thanks to the ancient Japanese method by which it was slaughtered: ikejime, also known as spiking. Practised for centuries in Japan, the technique has been adopted only recently in France, and 30-year-old Brittany fisherman Daniel Kerdavid is one of only a handful of French purveyors of ikejime-slaughtered fish. Receiving a delivery of Kerdavid’s catch of the day, Michelinstarred chef Herve Bourdon exclaims: “Wow, aren’t they beautiful!” The use of ikejime “completely

changes the taste and texture of the fish,” says Bourdon, who serves up pearly white pollock with caramelised carrots at the Petit Hotel du Grand Large restaurant in the seaside Brittany town of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. “You can feel the muscle,” he told a foreign news agency. “I don’t know if you can imagine the result, something both firm and tender, and it also preserves the original colours of the fish. It’s pretty extraordinary.” Adopting the technique has enabled Kerdavid to double his prices – he now charges an average of eight euros (dollars) a kilo for his whiting. But Bourdon says he is not bothered by the expense: “What I’m interested in is quality.” And Kerdavid is not looking back: “All my fish have already been

As part of a shock therapy to overhaul the deteriorating economy, the government is relaxing the rules on having fun in the ultraconservative society — and also plans to make some cash from it, The Bloomberg reported. The kingdom is hardly synonymous with entertainment: religious police order music to be silenced and citizens usually travel to Dubai or Bahrain when they want to catch a movie or a show. Now the plan is to turn cheering people up into an industry. The changes are part of Vision 2030, the blueprint for a post-oil economy dropped on Saudis in April by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king’s powerful 31-year-old son. It tackles everything from government spending on subsidies to the role of women in the workforce, and people are trying to figure out how it can work. When it comes to fun, it states that by 2020, there will be more than 450 clubs providing a variety of cultural activities and events. Dubai is a favorite destination for artists and filmmakers who cannot show their works at home. When Abdulmajeed Abdullah, a popular Saudi singer, performed in the city in March, the show was sold out to a mostly Saudi audience. Last January, organisers of a performance by Canadian stand-up comedian Russell Peters separated men and women inside a white tent pitched in the desert outside Riyadh. The audience, who had driven 95 kilometers outside of the capital down a dark and secluded road to attend, tried to protest before giving up. For 22-year-old college student Marwa Yassin and her girlfriends, the experience was worth it. “I felt like I was part of a real society,” Yassin told Bloomberg. “We sat together and laughed together. When the show was over, we all stood in lines in the cold to buy burgers or crepes from food trucks. We ran into friends. It felt right.” But now, authorities are sponsoring events in the kingdom’s biggest cities and in 2017 plan to expand its activities to other regions. So far, they have included World Wrestling Entertainment in Riyadh — for men and their kids only — and a motor sports and music show that drew 6,000 spectators to a venue outside Jeddah. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is looking into a Saudi project and Six Flags has agreed to open a theme park in the Kingdom. James ReidAnderson, chairman of Six Flags, said the park would cost as much as $500 million.

sold,” he says. Another Michelinstarred chef Kerdavid has reeled in is Christopher Hache of the restaurant Les Ambassadeurs at the storied Hotel de Crillon in Paris. As the majestic hotel undergoes extensive renovations, Hache is on a global mission scouting for techniques and ingredients used by other top chefs – which turned him into a fan of the ikejime method, Kerdavid says. Donning rubber boots and waterproof overalls, Kerdavid sets sail before dawn from the port of Quiberon on a quest for whiting, pollock and other fish around the island of BelleIle. Each fish he hauls aboard his nine-metre (30-foot) boat – named Miyabi after the hook that is the main tool of his trade – meets a sharp, swift fate. With disconcerting self-assurance, Kerdavid sinks a miyabi between the fish’s eyes, then pushes a steel spike

through the hole into the brain, slicing through arteries as it goes. The blood drains from the fish’s body into a bin filled with ice water. The technique destroys the fish’s nervous system including the spinal cord in a few seconds while the heart continues to beat. “The fish is still alive. Its internal organs continue to function, especially the heart, which will empty out all the blood,” says Kerdavid, who has never set foot in Japan but learned the technique by watching video clips online. “The blood is the main cause of the fish’s deterioration,” he says. Not only is the flesh tastier with all the blood drained from it, but the fish has a longer storage life. Not left to thrash about: The technique may seem cruel, but its proponents say it is more humane than allowing a fish to thrash about until it dies.


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oLLYwooD celebrities like Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor hailed Meryl Streep for taking on the US President-elect after Donald Trump called her an “overrated actress”. Sonam also dubbed Trump a “joker”. Streep, honoured at the 74th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, slammed Trump in her acceptance speech. She spoke of how upsetting it was when he imitated a disabled reporter during a speech in 2015. Trump hit back, much to the dismay of artistes from across the world as Streep is one of the most respected actors. Having won the oscar thrice,

Streep has been nominated over a dozen times for the Academy Award. She is best known for roles in films likeMamma Mia!, The Devil wears Prada, Silkwood and It’s Complicated. Priyanka, who was at the Golden Globes, tweeted a photograph in which she is seen posing warmly with Streep. She captioned it: “Quoting my favourite Meryl Streep from last night. when you have a broken heart… turn it into art. You are astounding! Fan girl.” Meanwhile, Sonam, known for her strong opinions, called Trump a “joker”, while actress Swara Bhaskar described Streep as a “brilliant woman” and Trump a loser. “okay, India isn’t in such a bad way… This person is a joker… at least

our leader has a semblance of intelligence,” Sonam tweeted. Swara wrote: “Let me complete that! She is a … brilliant woman of great courage and integrity… Qualities you lack utterly and will never acquire! Loser Trump.” while singer-composer Vishal Dadlani praised Streep for being frank, he spoke of dual standards in the Indian film industry. “we have some of the biggest stars on earth and all of them have been beaten down for speaking up. Streep has freedom. we have a mirage. we say our stars don’t speak up, but then again, we chose not to stand for those who were victimised for speaking their minds. So, Shh,” Dadlani wrote. AGENCIES

Mahira Khan to promote Raees in India via Skype KARACHI ENTERTAINMENT DESK

KALA KAWA Even if you don’t agree with what the missing activists had to say, why do you feel the need to defend their abduction?

MARVI SIRMED When the powerful (individuals, groups & institutions) are angry at your writings rest assure you’ve done your job well #RecoverAllActivists

FAIZA S KHAN Pity the nation more scandalised by Trump’s sex life than his bigotry, his callousness, his animosity towards all forms of decency.

Mahira Khan is all set to promote her upcoming movie with Shah Rukh Khan Raees by giving interviews from Pakistan via Skype. As relations between both India and Pakistan soured, the Raj Thackeray-led MNS threatened Pakistani artists to leave India and urged the Indian film industry to boycott artists from the neighbouring country. As a result, Fawad Khan could not promote his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil in India and had to leave for Pakistan. Same was the case with Mahira, who could not promote the flick with SRK and had to leave for Pakistan. However, according to sources, Mahira will be promoting Raees in India but from Pakistan and that too, via Skype. Rumours are rife that the actress will be giving interviews through Skype. So far, Shah Rukh Khan is promoting the movie solely in India due to Mahira’s absence. Since the movie is about to be released in India after two weeks, Mahira Khan is also promoting it extensively on social media. The actress shared her song Zaalima’s video from her

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Twitter account a couple of days ago. Ever since it was released last week, Zaalima has garnered over 25 million views and has been appreciated by critics and fans alike. The chemistry of both artists has caught the eye of many in India as well as Pakistan. Raees is set to hit theatres on January 25th, 2017.

Jamie Foxx attacked, kicked out of restaurant

SYED TALAT HUSSAIN Now that Shaikh Rashid hs started to reflect on complex legal matters, we might as well formally bury serious jurisprudence in this country.

AHMER NAQVI A bit bored by how often people tweet about being anti-social while their replies have them making plans every other day. Stop fkn posing.

Actor Jamie Foxx was assaulted while having dinner at a restaurant when a patron approached his table and complained to him and his friends about being too loud. They were later thrown out of the restaurant. The incident took place at Catch Restaurant here on January 7, reports TMZ.com. “You don’t want to mess with me. I’m from New York,” the person reportedly yelled. A comedian who came with Foxx retorted with harsh words. That further angered the complaining person before he came charging at Foxx. Some witnesses said that Foxx fought back, put the random person in a choke hold and took him down. Both parties were eventually thrown out of the restaurant for the ruckus. Several celebrities including Jerry Bruckheimer, Cuba Gooding Jr, Michael Bay and Nicole Murphy witnessed the commotion. AGENCIES

WORLD REMEMBERS BOWIE ONE YEAR AFTER DEATH Bearing flowers, lipstick and glitter, fans around the world Tuesday paid tribute to rock icon David Bowie a year after his shocking death. Bouquets of flowers appeared once again outside the New York apartment where Bowie spent his final years, recreating the festive and communal scene that emerged after he passed away on January 10, 2016. Sabrina Rosneck, a student from Detroit who came to New York for a Bowie anniversary concert, slipped a letter into the makeshift memorial outside The Starman’s Soho home. “I leave him a card whenever I come to New York. I feel like he sort of understands people and he kind of understood me even though he didn’t know me, so I just want to update him on my life and how it’s going,” she said.

Like many fans, Rosneck credited Bowie — who constantly reinvented himself in a half-century career that spanned from glam rock to electronica to disco — with helping people accept themselves. Aurelio Ayala III, who flew to New

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York from Seattle, said that discovering Bowie transformed his youth in Texas, where he dyed his hair orange in the rocker’s honour and didn’t look back. “He allowed me to express myself the way I wanted,” the 56-year-old said on the sidewalk outside Bowie’s

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apartment, between the building’s dumpster and slushy snow. “Living in Texas you are looked upon if you’re a little different. I never really cared — and to this day, I don’t care.” - Tribute concerts around the world Bowie died from an undisclosed battle with cancer two days after releasing his last album, “Blackstar,” a work of hard-driving jazz that won glowing reviews. Columbia Records on Sunday released three additional tracks from the “Blackstar” sessions in a digital EP to celebrate what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday. Bowie’s veteran producer Tony Visconti, one of the few people to whom the rocker had confided his illness, said he has “been through every stage of grief in the past 365 days.”

Bollywood Director Karan Johar has been rapped by the LGBTQ community over his ‘homosexuality’ remarks in the recently-released book An Unsuitable Boy, Pinkvilla reported. “If an uneducated person in a remote Indian village comes and tells me that they are scared of coming out, I’d take it, but this coming from somebody with a stature as big as Karan’s, I feel let down. He should be coming out as an empowered and powerful individual, and actually, make a difference for those helpless people living in villages. People who were earlier considering coming out will now sit and think twice, worried that a FIR might be involved — but this is baseless. You won’t be arrested for coming out,” LGBTQ activist Pallav Patankar said. Earlier, the filmmaker also talked about rumours surrounding his sexuality and bashed people for embarrassing him with their regressive approach towards homosexuality. He went on to say that he would never come out due to India’s justice system. Karan has also spoken about how struggling with his sexual orientation had left him depressed. “when you are 44 and lonely and are not in a relationship, it gets you worried. Because all the success that you’ve achieved means nothing if you cannot take it to someone else,” he had said.

we need to keep dialogue around feminism going: kalki koechlin Actor Kalki Koechlin feels it is great to have a conversation about equality in the industry and says it is important to keep the discussion going. Kalki also said that it doesn’t matter if the term ‘feminism’ is only being used since it is in fashion, as long as the discussion is on. “It is great that it (feminism seeping into the industry) is coming in conversation. I think it is our job, and we need to keep that dialogue going and not just let it be a phase or fashion,” she said. The actor, who has films like Dev.D, Shaitan, Shanghai and Margarita with a Straw to her credit, added, “Feminism is definitely coming into forefront because the workforce is with women.” “It is a new thing…There are a lot of questions around it but all these questions are great.” on the big screen, Kalki will be seen in Candyflip, Jia Aur Jia and A Death in the Gunj. AGENCIES


16 BUSINESS

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Russian GazpRom mulls joint ventuRe with pakistan’s oGDCl ISLAMABAD

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high profile delegation of Moscow's state-owned natural gas giant Gazprom is expected to visit Pakistan during the month of February to materialise a deal regarding a joint venture with Islamabad’s OGDCL for the exploration and production of oil and gas. Well-placed sources told Pakistan Today that a delegation of Moscow's state-owned natural gas giant Gazprom would visit Pakistan during the next month of February to hold discussions with Petroleum Ministry and Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) officials for materialising a deal regarding a joint venture with the OGDCL. Russia’s Gazprom is mulling hydrocarbon exploration and production projects in Pakistan and is interested to start joint work with the OGDCL, they added. “A big cooperation in the field of energy is planned to take place, according to the negotiations so far held between Pakistan and Russia, in the coming days,” sources said, adding that many companies are mulling investment and exploring opportunities for direct investment in Pakistan after the inking of $2 billion gas pipeline project from Karachi to Lahore. The sources also informed that Gazprom was keen to work with OGDCL in exploration and production (E&P) of oil and gas. They said Russian firm is interested to obtain a separate field from OGDCL to start E & P activities in the oil and gas sector of Pakistan. Russian investment in the field of exploration and production of oil and gas sector of Pakistan is likely if upcoming meeting between the two companies prove fruitful, sources said. Petroleum Ministry officials on the

condition of anonymity confirmed that discussions with Russia’s Gazprom are underway and soon they would visit Pakistan. They said that there exists a lot of potential and scope for Gazprom investment in the oil, gas and mineral sector in Pakistan. Also, Gazprom’s participation in hydrocarbon exploration and production projects in the country would also help promote the existing volume of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. “Many Russian companies are keen to invest in Pakistan as large number of companies has so far shown interest in oil and gas sector of the country,” they said. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led government in Pakistan had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in November, 2010 with Russian federation to pursue joint projects and cooperation in the oil and gas sector. The MoU was signed by Federal Minister for Petroleum Syed Naveed Qamar and Russian Minister for Energy SI Shmatko in Moscow. During the ceremony, the Russian minister expressed his desire to participate in developing joint ventures with Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in exploration and development of oil and gas prospects in Pakistan and also offered technology and investment for the purpose. Energy experts are of the view that

Pakistan has currently been seeking international cooperation, investment and joint ventures to boost all types of energy - natural gas, electricity and petroleum to shore up its industrial production and gross domestic product (GDP), which has fallen nearly two per cent to 4.5 per cent in fiscal year 2016. The under negotiation cooperation with Russia and Gazprom is part of this plan, they added. Continuing with the policy of previous government regarding enhanced regional cooperation in the field of energy, incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has intensified bilateral relation with Russia and central Asian states. Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khakan Abbasi also held repeated meetings in Moscow with his Russian counterpart in a bid to enhance and intensify bilateral cooperation in the energy sector. Pakistan and Russia had signed a government-togovernment deal in October 2015 to construct a pipeline to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Karachi to Lahore. Moscow will lend Islamabad $2 billion for the project. Pakistan and Russia enjoyed cordial friendly relations and bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various walks of life, especially in the petroleum sector was growing at a fast pace for the

mutual advantage. The gift from Moscow is the planned $2 billion Russian investment in 1,100-kilometre natural gas pipeline, from Karachi to Lahore. In August last year, Pakistan and Russia signed a landmark defence deal for the sale of four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters to Pakistan and are currently in talks about the delivery of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets. The former Soviet Union had financed the construction of the stateowned Pakistan Steel Mills. The Steel Mills is the hallmark of Pak-Russia economic relations and Russia has already constructed Muzaffargarh and Gaddu power stations and was thus playing its role in resolving the energy related problems of Pakistan. The soviets had also helped supply some of the oil drilling equipment for the state-owned Oil and Gas Development Company. Some of that equipment is in use till date. In 1961, Pakistan set up its largest E&P firm, the Oil and Gas Development Company Ltd (OGDCL), with the financial and technical support of Soviet technical experts. The cooperation remained almost non-existent for decades due to diplomatic reasons. A leading Russian petroleum company, JGC Rosgeologia (Rosgeo), had already signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company Ltd (KPOGCL). Under the MoU, the jointstock company Rosgeo from Moscow will extend long-term cooperation in KP’s exploration and production (E&P) sector. Reportedly, the non-binding agreement will envisage long-term cooperation between the two companies to perform various E&P activities, including geological and geophysical field works, 2D and 3D seismic data acquisition, drilling and related services, warehousing and jointly acquiring concession blocks in various parts of Pakistan.

Business community terms PM’s package for exports sector historic PESHAWAR APP

Former Khyber Paktunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI) presidents on Wednesday welcomed the massive Rs.180 billion package of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for promotion of exports sector and termed it a historic and positive step of the federal government, which will increase the country's exports and generating employment opportunities for the youth. Former KPCCI president Faud Ishaq told APP

that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif deserved full credit and appreciation for announcing a massive Rs180 billion package for promotion of exports sector that would also largely benefited the exporters and business community of Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) and FATA. Ishaq said this massive package would not only strengthen economy but also promote industrialisation, generate employment opportunities and enhanced the exports of Pakistan. With promotion of exports sector, he said, the problems of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and migration of population from villages to

urban areas would also be addressed. "The package is historic and unprecedented and I thanked the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for fulfilling yet another demand of business community and exporters for announcing a massive Rs180package for promotion of exports sector," he remarked. Significant reduction in hours of load shedding in urban and rural areas is yet another achievement of PML-N government, Dr Sarwar said, adding that uninterrupted power to industrial units had increased production capacity of industrial units and also enhanced employment opportunities.

219 exhibitors take part in heimtextil Fair in Frankfurt KARACHI: Around 219 exhibitors took part in Heimtextil Fair, being held from January 10-13 in Frankfurt (Germany) while 55 Pakistani companies to participate in this exhibition under the flag of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) pavilion. Over 2000 trade visitors from Pakistan are attending Heimtextil Frankfurt 2017. With a strong increase in the number of exhibitors and all indications suggesting that the new furnishing season will be a good one, Heimtextil started on Tuesday in Frankfurt. It is not just the number of home textile exhibitors that has grown in 2017, but also the exhibition space. Heimtextil in Frankfurt is by far the most international event of its kind. Pakistan have 219 exhibitors of which 55 exhibitors are participating under the TDAP pavilion in halls 10 and 10.3. This will make Pakistan the 4th largest country at the show behind Germany, China and India. Pakistani Ambassador in Germany Jauhar Saleem will also be visiting the show. In home textiles, Pakistan has a very strong and important position in the textile market. Hall 10 which has exhibitors of bed sheets, towels and kitchen linen, the biggest country is Pakistan. Premium exhibitors like Gul Ahmed, Kamal, Sapphire can be found in hall 10.2. STAFF REPORT

state Bank allows clearinghouse membership to CDns KARACHI: In order to facilitate the general public, SBP has allowed clearinghouse membership to Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS). State Bank has issued instructions to all the banks to accept profit coupon / withdrawals slips pertaining to Pensioners Benefit Account (PBA), Behbood Saving Certificate (BSC) and Saving Account (SA) of CDNS. The investors can now deposit these instruments directly into their bank accounts, located anywhere in Pakistan. These instruments will be cleared by CDNS through NIFT. Upon receipt of successful clearance from National Savings, banks will then credit respective accounts of such investors. STAFF REPORT

ECC APPROVES EXTENSION FOR NEELAM JHELUM SURCHARGE ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet (ECC) on Wednesday approved extension in the collection of Neelum Jhelum surcharge at Rs 0.10 per kilowatt hour up to June 30, 2018 and consented giving a sovereign guarantee for WAPDA to get Rs 32 billion credit from banks for settling net hydel profit claims of Punjab. The meeting was chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The ECC approved the proposal of Ministry of Water and Power to extend the closing date of collection of Neelum Jhelum surcharge at Rs 0.10/kWh up to June 30, 2018, for the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project. The previous closing date for the surcharge was December 31, 2016. The extension in the closing date for a period of 18 months up till June 30, 2018, is expected to result in collection of Rs 9 billion which will assist in ensuring successful completion of the project. An official source said that the ECC meeting was informed that the surge was required to meet up with the shortfall in the work on the project.

Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project was started in 2008 with a financial close and its estimated cost of construction increased from initial Rs 38 billion to Rs 174 billion and then to Rs 274 billion during the PPP government. Under the present government the estimate has increased to over Rs 440 billion and WAPDA authorities initially said the project would be completed in 2017 but as per their new schedule the project would be completed in mid-2018. Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has recently said the project will start power generation in the monsoon season of 2017. The ECC also approved sovereign guarantee for the loan of WAPDA to pay net hydel profit of Rs 32 billion to Punjab. The authority had earlier claimed that it did not have resources to pay Punjab during the current financial year. The authority had sought sovereign guarantee for obtaining loan for payment to the provincial government. The remaining amount from the Rs 80 billion will be paid to Punjab in equal instalments during the next three years. An official statement said that in pursuance of the decision of the Council of Common Interests (CCI), ECC approved

the proposal of Ministry of Water and Power for issuance of Letter of Comfort and GoP guarantee by finance division to WAPDA for settlement of Net Hydel Profit claims of government of Punjab. ECC approved the summary submitted by finance division regarding the Prime Minister’s Package of Incentives for Exporters which has been formulated with a view to mitigate exporters’ difficulties and enhance the country’s exports. The package will have an estimated financial impact of Rs 180 billion, and is applicable for the period from January 16, 2017, till June 30, 2018. The incentives for FY 2017-18 would only be available to those exporters who would achieve an increase of 10 per cent in their exports as compared to their exports for FY 2016-17. The Finance Division informed the ECC about the latest key economic indicators, including reviews of product’s prices, inflation, commodity stock position, energy figures, foreign exchange reserves, foreign investment, trade performance and tax revenues. The ECC was informed that headline inflation measured by CPI increased by 3.7 per cent in December 2016 compared to 3.8 per cent in November 2016.

ECC was apprised that the reported stock of wheat as on January 03, 2017, is 7.5 million tonnes showing that sufficient quantity of local wheat is available for daily releases to mills by the provincial food departments and the PASSCO. The finance division informed the ECC that the stock of various POL products averaged 34 days on January 10,

2017. It was also informed that production in the Large Scale Manufacturing sector stood at 2 per cent in July-October FY 2017. The ECC was apprised that worker remittances received during JulyDecember FY 2017 amounted to $ 9.45 billion. It was also informed that gross foreign exchange reserves stood at $ 23.18 billion as on January 09, 2017.


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Chinese inDustRialist Complains oF ‘unjustiFieD’ inCRease in tRaDe pRiCe KARACHI

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HE wood industry of Chinese province of Shandong has complained to Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, that the increase of 50 per cent to 75 per cent in Import Tariff Price (ITP) on their product Melamine MDF Door Skin, is unjust due to which the industry, importers and traders are facing problems. According to details given by a reliable source, Messers Shouaguang Sales Manager Tayeb Wood has sent a letter to the prime minster in which she discussed the problems being faced by the Chinese manufacturers and exporters. She said that they are being isolated and they strongly feel that valuation barrier and hurdles are being created to outplay Chinese exporters in a bid to promote Malaysian-primed moulded door skin in the Pakistani market. She requested the prime minister to in-

world Bank revises pakistan's growth rate upward ISLAMABAD: World Bank has revised Pakistan's growth rate upward to 5.2 per cent for fiscal year 2017 and 5.5 per cent for 2018. The bank previously estimated growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Pakistan 5 per cent and 5.4 per cent respectively, a private news channel reported. The report ‘Global Economic Prospects; weak investment in uncertain times’, states that the uptake in activity was spurred by a combination of low commodity prices, rising infrastructure spending, and reforms that lifted domestic demand and improved the business climate. In Pakistan, growth is forecast to accelerate from 5.5 per cent in fiscal year 2018 to 5.8 per cent a year in fiscal year 2019-20, reflecting improvements in agriculture, infrastructure, energy, and external demand. The report further mentioned the successful conclusion of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) 4.393 billion IMF Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme, aimed at supporting reforms and reducing fiscal and external sector vulnerabilities, lifted consumer and investor confidence. APP

pBiF calls for patronising ‘ailing’ handicrafts sector ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) President Mian Zahid Hussain on Wednesday said there is a great demand for locally made handicrafts in the international market therefore this sector should be promoted. The PBIF president said that this is the only sector that is directly linked with the skilled women and therefore its promotion will not only serve the cause of poverty reduction and women empowerment but also reduce unemployment while providing foreign exchange to the country, according to a press release issued on Wednesday. Mian Zahid Hussain said that handicraft was once a major source of livelihood for millions of people but rising cost of inputs, difficult access to credit and poor marketing network, have brought the industry to its present dismal state. Low prices, lack of proper marketing, want of exhibition centres, discouraging behaviour of the bureaucracy, and the rising costs business were some reasons behind the decline, he added. He said that millions of people are working in this sector but it is not organised while it continues to suffer due to the negligence of the authorities. Besides that, there is a long history of abusive techniques employed by the ‘middlemen’ who give only meager return to the artisans for their hard work, he said, adding that nothing has been done to save the artisans from the clutches of brokers, he said. ONLINE

tervene in the matter and help them resolve the issue. She has also sent a copy of the letter to the China‘s State Counsel Premier Li Keqiang and Federal Minister for Finance

and Economic Affairs Ishaq Dar. In her letter, she also spoke about the long history of China-Pakistan friendship, which she said is meant to last forever.

BUSINESS 17 CORPORATE CORNER abraaj Group partners with islamabad Diagnostics Centre LAHORE: Abraaj Group, a leading investor operating in global growth markets, on Wednesday announced that it has partnered with Islamabad Diagnostics Centre (IDC), a leading diagnostics chain in Pakistan, through its funds. Founded in 2003 by Dr Rizwan Uppal, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Nafees Medical College, and his brothers Dr Imran Uppal and Dr Rehan Uppal, IDC is an affordable diagnostics business operating in 20 centers across Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Wah Cantonment and Hasanabdal. The company is looking to expand its presence across Islamabad, Rawalpindi and additional cities in the Punjab province, with the aim to expand its presence to over 50 centres in the next five years. Since inception, IDC has built a successful track record and is known for its latest imaging technologies, broad range of laboratory tests and quick turn-around times, with over 350 staff members and one of Pakistan’s largest pools of qualified radiologists on its team. It is also the only diagnostic centre in the capital that provides lab and imaging services on a 24/7 basis, 365 days a year. Pakistan has a relatively underfunded public healthcare system which is not equipped to meet the needs of the population. The private sector has been filling the gap and 87 per cent of healthcare spending is funded out-ofpocket. The diagnostics market is extremely fragmented with less than 10 players across the country with more than 20 centres. There are more than 200,000 potential healthcare referral points in Pakistan, yet less than 6,000 diagnostic service providers, leaving significant room for the sector to grow and meet market demand. PRESS RELEASE

uBl, mastercard launch ‘cashback campaign’

KSE 100-Index closes at 49,372 points ISLAMABAD NIDA JAFFERY

Contrary to last day’s sentiment, the KSE Benchmark 100 Share Index staged a buoyant session backed by gains from fertilizers, banks and cements. The index gained 505 points or 1.04 per cent to close at 49,372 points at day end on Wednesday. Day before yesterday’s losses became start performers yesterday as investors directed their interest towards fertilizers after confirmation that the GST situation is favourable and meeting is soon to be called for the discussion of prices. Pakistan market reverted back to its upward trajectory after two dull sessions. Out of total, 59 constituents of the KSE100 index were in green. Investors’ interest remained positive in index heavy weights. MCB Bank (MCB), Fauji Fertilizer (FFC), United Bank (UBL) and Hub Power(HUBCO) cumulatively added 269 points to the gain.

Upbeat sentiment prevailed in the banking sector where Muslim Commercial Bank, United Bank Limited, Habib Bank Limited and Bank Alfalah managed to gain in the band range of 0.6 per cent to 3.6 per cent. Investors preferred to book gains in the textile sector post announcement of long awaited textile package. Nishat Chunia (NCL), Nishat Mills (NML) and Kohinoor Textiles (KTML) declined by 0.3 per cent, 0.4 per cent and 1.8 per cent, respectively. Major contribution in the northbound trend came from Muslim Commercial Bank (+3.59 per cent), Fauji Fertilizer Company (+3.63 per cent), United Bank Limited (+2.02 per cent), Hub Power Company Limited (+2.57 per cent) and Lucky Cements (+1.97 per cent) adding 268 points to the index. Overall, volumes increased by 11.3 per cent to 460 million shares, while value increased by 23.8 per cent to Rs24.9billion/$239million.

PASDEC to provide technical support for AJK stone development ISLAMABAD APP

PADECC Chief Executive Officer Zahid Maqsood Sheikh on Wednesday said Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) would provide technical support to the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) for development of the enormous reserves of high value dimensional stones in the region. He expressed these views while talking to State of Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan. The CEO PASDEC informed that the company would help in planning, development and execution of mechanised quarries processing of the AJK departments. It would facilities in skill development and establishment of industrial estates in

Azad Kashmir for the development of the sector. The president was informed that PASDEC was desirous to work in close coordination with the AJK government to develop the enormous reserves of high value dimensional stones in the region. Zahid Maqsood also briefed the AJK president about the potential and development prospects of marble and granite sector in the state. He also informed that PASDEC and government of AJK were in process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for sector development in the region. The president appreciated the efforts and initiatives taken by the company for the development of the sector and assured that the government of the AJK would extend all the necessary support to PASDEC for the ultimate benefit of the people of the state in particular and the country in general.

FATA has potential to produce 20 trillion CF gas: Jhagra PESHAWAR: On the instruction of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, 2D seismic survey of 15 blocks of oil and gas in FATA has been completed which has the potential of producing 20 trillion cubic feet of gas. The governor announced this while presiding over a high level meeting regarding exploration of oil and gas in FATA. FATA Additional Chief Secretary Fida Wazir, Chief Executive Raziuddin Razi, Oil and Gas FATA Director Azhar Mehboob, Senior Executive Administration Engr. Sheikh Amin Jan and GM Reservoir Sadaqat Syed were also present in the meeting. Chief Executive Raziuddin Razi gave a detailed presentation about exploration of blocks lying in FATA and FRs. Director Oil and Gas FATA Azhar Mehboob apprised the governor about the ongoing developmental schemes in FATA. ONLINE

KARACHI: UBL and Mastercard launched 50 per cent ‘cashback campaign’ with Pizza Hut and Burger King through UBL Masterpass QR. MCR manages world renowned food brands Pizza Hut and Burger King in Pakistan. With this offer, customers can avail up to 50 per cent cashback on their UBL Masterpass QR transaction done on any Pizza Hut and Burger King outlets across the country. When ready to checkout, customers can simply ‘scan to pay’ by accessing the Masterpass QR functionality on their UBL Omni mobile app and scanning the QR code displayed at the merchant’s checkout counter. This provides the customer with a fast, secure and convenient payment experience on UBL Omni mobile app. UBL Head Digital Banking Muhammad Zaman said on the occasion “UBL has been the leading financial institution offering innovative products and services in the space of digital payments. This new service will go a long way in further changing the payment landscape in Pakistan. We are delighted to team up with world’s leading brands Mastercard, Pizza Hut and Burger King to facilitate customers with this new service.” Mastercard Pakistan and Afghanistan Country Head Aurangzaib Khan said: “At Mastercard we constantly strive to provide consumers with better and more rewarding ways to pay, and this new campaign launched in collaboration with UBL and MCR is a further step in our efforts to bring the benefits of digital payment technology to a broader segment of merchants and consumers.” PRESS RELEASE

total paRCo bags Brands of the Year award 2015-16 in the mnC petroleum Category

KARACHI: The governing body of Brands Foundation (A nonprofit, public company) being the accredited permanent observers of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO-Specialized Agency of United Nations), on 2nd January-2017, awarded Total Parco Pakistan Limited with the Brands of the year award trophy and certification for the period 2015-16 in the category of MNCPetroleum Services, at a ceremony held at the Grand Convention Marquee, on PAF Museum Road, Karachi. Mr. Mian Raza Rabbani (Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan) was the chief guest on the occasion, who distributed the awards to almost 150 brands in the country in different categories, out of a total of 1500 contestants, scrutinized by the Brands Foundation.HusnainQayum Khan (Manager Marketing) received the award on behalf of Total Parco Pakistan Limited. PRESS RELEASE


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HE heads of 19 National AntiDoping Organisations (NADOs) have called for 2018 World Cup hosts Russia to be banned from all sporting activity until a proper anti-doping system is in place. Their statement, released after a meeting in Dublin, also called on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to take over the investigation presently under the aegis of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) into the 1,000 Russian athletes said to have been part of a state-sponsored doping system exposed by the damning report produced by Cana-

dian law professor Richard McLaren. WADA they say should also have the power to investigate sports federations that are "now facing extensive evidence of doping and cover-ups following the publication of McLaren's efforts". NADO -- the United States, Japan, France and Germany were among the countries attending the meeting -- conceded that Russian athletes should be allowed to compete as neutrals if they had undergone intensive doping controls. "With the best interests of clean athletes at heart, it is our hope that these proposals will help sport move past these dark times and pave a path towards a brighter future -- one where the promise of clean competition is fulfilled," said the

leaders in a joint statement. "But in order to do so, steps must be taken, and it is imperative that those responsible for Russia's state-supported system are held accountable, that calls for a truly independent anti-doping model are finally heeded and those athletes affected by this abhorrent behaviour are given back at least some of what was taken from them. "Lastly, with many international federations now facing extensive evidence of doping and cover-ups following the publication of McLaren's efforts, the NADO leaders look to WADA, the global regulator, to monitor and act - as required by the Code and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Or-

ganization) Treaty Against Doping in Sport -- to ensure evidence is investigated and appropriate consequences are applied," the statement added. The Russian government has denied that any such state-sponsored system was in place. Travis Tygart, head of the US AntiDoping Agency, told insidethegames

after the meeting the ban on hosting events should include next year's football World Cup. "We continue to hear from athletes across the group (of NADO countries) whose concerns have not been addressed," Tygart said. "So we are reigniting our urgency to hold Russia to account in order to give confidence”, he added.

Karachi Whites tops One Day Cup points table ISLAMABAD APP

Sam Billings is up for the job - any job COuRteSy eSPN Sam Billings has put his name up for a flexible position in the England batting order in the one-day series against India, and has also expressed a desire to provide the team with a back-up wicket-keeping option to Jos Buttler. Reputed to be among England's best players of spin bowling, Billings, batting at No. 3, made the right noises with a 93 to help England gun down India A's 305 with three wickets in hand in their first warm-up match on Tuesday. Billings is also coming into the tour on the back of good T20 form, having made three 40-plus scores for Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash League. However, with Joe Root and Ben Stokes set to take the field for the first ODI in Pune on January 15, he is likely to find himself out of the playing XI. Not that he is about to wallow in self-pity. "You cannot afford to be disappointed or feel sorry for yourself," he said after the match against India A at the Brabourne Stadium. "It is a professional sport at the end of the day. Joe Root is one of the batsmen in the world - top-three without a doubt. "It is a great thing for English cricket, isn't it? A strong squad makes the team even stronger on a long tour. With the Champions Trophy coming up, the bigger the squad, the stronger the squad, the better." Since his international debut in June last year, Billings has turned out for England in 13 limited-overs games but only once has he batted higher than No. 6. While he scored 62 opening the batting in Chittagong, he has for the most part jostled for a middle-order slot with Jonny Bairstow, who is also higher up the pecking order as a stand-by wicketkeeper. Billings, however, doesn't believe batting at No. 7 was his easiest route into the side. "Not necessarily. In Bangladesh, I had the opportunity to open. That's the great thing; we have got a really strong side, 1 to 11," he said. "We have Liam Plunkett sitting out, Jonny Bairstow sitting out as well. I just try to offer as many options as I can to the team and the squad - whether it is with the bat, with the gloves, whether it is opening the batting, or batting at six or seven, finishing off the innings. "I will still work as hard as I can in all aspects of my game. If something happens to Jos, I want to be able to come in a back-up keeper as well, and be one of the best fielders I can as well. At the end of the day, I just try to show people what I can be in a different role to what I am normally accustomed to." In a series where spin is expected to play a big part, Billings believed he would be able to call on his experience of playing for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL last year. "Ashwin and Jadeja - two of the best in the world, so it is about combating them as best as we can," he said. Billings expressed delight at the chance to work with Rahul Dravid in his role as Daredevils' mentor. "My footwork against spin definitely improved just in the six weeks, I would say, working with Rahul Dravid, one of the best players ever to play the game. It was an amazing experience, one I'd like to have again." Billings admitted his 93 against India A wasn't his most fluent innings, but was comfortable with how he had worked out the conditions. "It is a different role from what I am normally accustomed to today. We lost a couple of wickets. Every time I started to try and get going, I had to tone it down again," he said. "It is about manipulating the spin as much as hitting boundaries - rotating the strike with those fine sweeps, just trying to disrupt the bowler and the fields that they set. It is just about getting used to the pitches, very different from Australia from where I came from."

Karachi Region Whites is leading the points table of National One Day Cup (Regions) after second round. According to PCB's points table of the National One Day Cup (Regions) after second round, Karachi Region Whites is on top with four points followed by Islamabad Region (2nd, two points),Rawalpindi Region (3rd, two points), Fata Region (4th, two points), Karachi Region Blues (5th, two points), Peshawar Region (6th, two points), Lahore Region Blues (7th, one point) and Lahore Region Whites (8th, one point).

Kelly Smith retires from professional football LONDON AGENCIES

England's record goal scorer and Arsenal forward Kelly Smith has retired from football at the age of 38. Smith, who scored 46 goals for her country, became Britain's first female professional footballer when she joined American side New Jersey in 1999. The striker earned 117 England caps, played in six major tournaments and represented Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. Smith won five FA Cups with Arsenal, scoring six goals in those five finals. "It just feels the time is right now," she told BBC Sport. "I think I've had a very good career at both international and club level, I've travelled the world and, at the age of 38, the body is telling me it needs to stop. "I don't have any regrets, I've loved every minute of it. Every time I put that England shirt on, I felt a lot of emotion playing for my country.

"The game is in a magnificent place at the moment and it's good to step away at the right time." Smith, who ended her international career in 2015, played in two World Cups and four European Championships, scoring a goal in the final of Euro 2009. 'England women's first football superstar' Awarded an MBE for services to football in 2008, Smith's career saw her win numerous accolades and individual honours, including being named the FA Women's Players' Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. She came third in Fifa Women's World Player of the Year in 2009 - one of four occasions she finished in the top five for the award. While playing for Arsenal, Smith has won

the 2006-07 Uefa Cup - the only British team to have won what is now the Champions League - and five FA Cups, plus played a part in numerous league titles. "Kelly Smith is the best women's player England has ever produced, and one of the foremost players in the history of the women's game," said BBC Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce, who extensively covers the women's game. "In terms of technique, when she was in her pomp, she was way above anything else coming out of the UK at t h a t time. She had p o w e r, strength, a lovely eye

for a pass, finishing of course and was so dynamic in the penalty area. "She was a leader because of the way she played, that she demanded respect from her opponents and team-mates. She was the first England women's football superstar. "You have only got to hear the top names in the global game talking about her to know how good she was." 'Dark days' Earlier in her life while struggling with alcohol addiction, Smith said she had suicidal thoughts. But she overcame those challenges and a number of serious injuries to flourish towards the end of her playing career, being shortlisted for the 2015 Women's PFA Player's Player of the Year award aged 36. "I'm now 38, I'm a lot more experienced and I don't use alcohol to get me out of those situations now," she added. "I'm in a good place, in a good relationship and I'm really happy. I'm really comfortable with my decision to walk away from playing and it's not a tough one for me.

GRIEZMANN’S EFFORTS SEE ATLETICO INTO CUP QUARTERS MADRID AGENCIES

Antoine Griezmann struck for the third time in as many games in 2017 as Atletico Madrid secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey 4-3 on aggregate despite losing 3-2 at home to Las Palmas on Tuesday. Griezmann shrugged off the disappointment of finishing third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for world’s best player at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards on Monday to force home the opener four minutes into the second half. A fine individual effort from Marko Livaja gave Las Palmas a brief lifeline, but Angel Correa looked to have killed the tie off just after the hour mark. How-

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ever, the hosts were made to sweat in the final seconds of stoppage time as two goals in three minutes from Livaja and Mateo Garcia gave Las Palmas victory on the night. “These type of things always happen in the Copa del Rey,” Atletico boss Diego Simeone told BeIN Sports Spain. “They finished the few chances they had well which meant, despite us having the game under control, they take away the victory.” Despite holding a commanding 2-0 first leg lead, Simeone took no chances by naming a strong side. Griezmann was included despite making the trip to Zurich to attend FIFA’s gala just 24 hours earlier and had the first big chance when he fired straight at Raul Lizoain on 23 minutes.


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USTRALIAN middle-order batsman Travis Head believes if his team can create a good platform at the start of the innings in the upcoming ODIs against Pakistan then they can score ‘scary’ totals. Pakistan, who were recently whitewashed in the three-match Test series, will be taking on the hosts in a five-match 50-over series starting from Friday in Brisbane. Captain Steven Smith will also have the services of big-hitting Chris Lynn, whom Head thinks can be lethal in the middle order. “I think it’s scary now what you can get in the last 20 overs of an ODI if you set a great platform, which is what we’ve done against New Zealand,” said Head as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “We were able to set good platforms and give 25 overs to playing like T20. Yeah, it definitely brings in guys into it, a lot more than [before]. Lynny’s batting fantastic, yeah, he can clear the fence with ease, and so, if we build a good platform and if he’s in that middle order, it’s scary what we can get,” he added. No Irfan, Sarfraz for Pakistan Pakistan, on the other hand, will be without their regular wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed as well as towering left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan. Irfan, brought back into the squad against Australia,

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had to leave for Pakistan after the demise of his mother. Sarfaraz also had to rush back home after his mother fell sick.

Irfan was replaced with another left-arm pacer Junaid Khan, while Mohammad Rizwan will cover for Sarfaraz by keeping the wickets in the first ODI.

Amla to achieve 100 Test caps SPORtS DeSK Hashim Amla is set to join an elite group of South African cricketers when he makes his 100th Test appearance in the third and final match of the series against Sri Lanka in Johannesburg starting on Thursday. The elegant right-hander has been battling poor form in recent months but his influence on the side remains unquestioned as he becomes the eighth player from South Africa to notch up a century of Test caps. One of the coolest customers in cricket and a hugely popular figure in the dressing room, Amla has established himself in the pantheon

of modern South African greats, equally as influential as the likes of Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers. His recent dip in form, leading him to score just 195 runs in his last five Tests, has dropped his average below 50, including 311 not out against England in 2012, he has been a key part of the team´s success in the last decade. “He has a wonderful sense of calm,” South African opener Stephen Cook, who played with Amla in the national under-19 side, told reporters. “When a situation becomes tricky or some of the players become a bit hot-headed,

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Hashim will be the guy who´ll bring balance back. “He contributes so much, he starts with 30 runs before he even comes in to bat.” The 12 years since Amla made his Test debut have not been without challenges, his technique was questioned early on after a faltering start to his Test career, while 12 months ago he resigned as captain after a home series loss to England. A devout Muslim, he has also had to endure racial and religious slurs, and was infamously called “the terrorist” live on air by Australian cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones during a Test against Sri Lanka in 2006.It was a slur repeated by a fan in Hobart during the Australia series last November, but none of these incidents have managed to ruffle the man dubbed the ´Silent Warrior´ by his South African team mates. “He´s a fantastic person. You can look up the stats and read all the records but that only tells half of the tale,” Cook added. “The person behind the batsman is more important to me. I was taught you´re a human being first and then a cricketer. Hashim epitomises that.”

The hopes of West Indies’ visit to Pakistan are still alive despite the report issued by Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) in which foreign players have been warned not to visit Pakistan. The President of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Azim Bassarath has said that the team may visit Pakistan if security is guaranteed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). However, the ultimate decision will be taken by the West Indies Cricket Board officials who will come to Pakistan to check the security situation. Azim Bassarath said, “In my opinion, because the Pakistan Cricket Board can guarantee the security of the players and officials, we may still have cricket there.” “This is a very sensitive issue and we have a team going across there to look at the situation for us,” said Bassarath. “Our operations manager Roland Holder and head of security Paul Slowe will most likely be on that team and would report back to us. “Despite the concerns cited by FICA, we will depend on what our team tells us,” he added. Pakistan are hoping to host two Twenty20 internationals versus the West Indies at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore. Earlier, PCB said that FICA had done great disservice to the cause of cricket in general and Pakistan cricket in particular by advising overseas players not to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Final in Lahore next March because of “security reasons.” FICA cited unnamed “expert security consultants” for “updated security advice” that claimed Pakistan is “at an extremely elevated state of insecurity.” A PCB spokesman said in a statement afterwards that it was a careless and cavalier approach to an issue of great importance. FICA, he said, “sits thousands of miles away from Pakistan and cannot name even one credible security expert, yet makes a sweeping negative statement about the security situation in Lahore.” The FICA’s claim that “westerners and luxury hotels have been attacked” was contrary to the facts on the ground that proved that not a single foreigner or hotel had been attacked in Lahore in the last five years, the spokesman added. “FICA’s claim that ‘targeted attacks’ are predicted to continue is belied by the fact that Lahore is the showpiece of the government that has secured the services of UK-based ‘Safe City’ security project,” he said. The PCB, he said, had recently hosted Kenya, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh (Women), Afghanistan and Malaysian national cricket teams in Lahore and Karachi without any problem. In the case of PSL Final in Lahore for one day, he added, the government had guaranteed protection by over 3000 army and police personnel in the city.

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The government has approved the Rs 30 million grant announced by the Prime Minister for World Silver Flyweight Champion Muhammad Waseem, an official in the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) said Wednesday. However, the payment procedure is yet to be decided that it whether it would be given in installments or wholesome, he told APP. It may be mentioned here that the grant approved would be utilised in trainings and tours of the boxer. The federal government has also assured to support the player with every possible facility. Waseem had successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) silver flyweight title after defeating Giemel Megramo of the Philippines in November last year. Waseem has so far proved to be unbeatable. Meanwhile, Waseem said he wants to continue his winning streak in future for Pakistan. "I am looking for more wins in future and to bring more laurels for my country. I just need proper support," he remarked.

PCB RECEIVES HEAD COACH’S REPORT SPORtS DeSK Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, in his official report sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has held the bowlers more responsible for Pakistan’s pathetic performance during Test series whitewash against Australia. PCB chairman Shaharyar M. Khan told reporters here that Arthur considered bowlers were chiefly responsible for the abject surrender as they did not bowl according to line and length and conceded too many runs in claiming wickets which allowed the Australians to score freely. Shaharyar said the report would be discussed in detail and after the tour concludes, while adding the second Pakistan Super League this year further step would be taken to revamp Pak-

istan cricket. The performance of the national team was pathetic in Australia and even great Australian former captain Ian Chappell passed very negative remarks about Pakistan cricket and also advised the Cricket Australia to think twice before inviting Pakistan for a series Down Under. The PCB chairman, however, refused to comment on Chappell’s diatribe. However, Pakistani cricket circles mainly believe that Chappell may had refrained from making adverse comments had Mickey Arthur would not have been coaching Pakistan. Arthur’s relation with Cricket Australia was soured when he was sacked from the job as Australia’s head coach in June 2013, just three weeks before the start of the Ashes series in England.

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Pakistan in danger of not directly qualifying for World cuP 2019

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AkIsTAn is in serious danger of failing to qualify directly for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World Cup 2019 in the United kingdom as it currently sits at eighth position in the One Day International Team Rankings. Pakistan is at eighth position with 89 points, two behind Bangladesh and two ahead of the West Indies, said an ICC press release.

A former world champion, Pakistan has sets its sights on direct qualification for the World Cup 2019 as it takes on the in-form reigning world champion and number-one ranked Australia in a five-ODI series starting in Brisbane on Friday. To at least maintain its pre-series ranking points, Pakistan needs to win one match of the series, while victories in more than one match will earn it crucial points. If Pakistan wins two matches, then it will join Bangladesh on 91 points but will be ranked behind its

Asian rivals by a fraction. In the scenario of Pakistan winning the series, it will move ahead of Bangladesh and, as such, will enhance its chances of qualifying directly for the event it won in Australia in 1992. On the flipside, Australia will retain its pre- series points if it wins the series 4-1, while it will concede one point if it wins 3-2. Australia can fall from the top pedestal but to make it happen, Pakistan will have to win by 4-1 or better. However, considering that Aus-

tralia leads Pakistan 33-16 on a head-to-head in its backyard, including 15 wins in 19 ODIs this decade, this looks highly improbable. The ODI team rankings, unlike the Test rankings, are updated after each match and the ODI predictor function is available here. Host England and the seven highest-ranked sides on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings as on 30 september 2017 will qualify directly for the event proper to be held from May 30 to July 15, 2019.

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Misbah clarifies his statement Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq explained his previous comment regarding the national side which toured Australia in 1999. He was asked if he considered the current side was the best team which toured Australia. In response, Misbah said that Pakistan’s 1999 team was the best one. However, he faced criticism over his remark given that side also met with a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series. Clarifying his position, Misbah took to Twitter and said that he did not intend to malign his seniors nor was he trying to use it as an excuse for Pakistan’s recent defeat. SPORTS DESK


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