29 KILLED IN TALIBAN ATTACK ON PAF CAMP IN PESHAWAR DG ISPR says attack on PAF facility in Badaber was planned and controlled from Afghanistan; all 13 terrorists killed by army’s special units n Martyred people include 23 from PAF, three from army and three civilians
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US DRONE STRIKE KILLS SEVEN IN SOUTH WAZIRISTAN
Pakistan warns those sabotaging Pak-Afghan ties Maleeha Lodhi says ‘those who are working overtime to sabotage and poison PakAfghan relations are no friends of Afghanistan’ STORY ON PAGE 02
LHC MAINTAINS BAN ON ALTAF’S SPEECHES, DISPLAY OF PICTURES UNTIL OCTOBER 2 STORY ON PAGE 02
New SNGPL MD refuses to endorse LNG deal: report STORY ON PAGE 02
GERMANY SAYS EU MEMBERS THAT DON’T HELP WITH REFUGEES WON’T GET MONEY
TRUMP CONSIDERS GETTING ‘RID OF’ MUSLIMS WHEN PRESIDENT
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Saturday, 19 September, 2015
pakistan warns tHose sabotaging pak-afgHan ties MALEEHA LODHI SAYS ‘THOSE WHO ARE WORKING OVERTIME TO SABOTAGE AND POISON PAK-AFGHAN RELATIONS ARE NO FRIENDS OF AFGHANISTAN’ UNITED NATIONS
elaborating. “Those who are working overtime to sabotage and poison Pak-Afghan relations are no friends of Afghanistan,” Dr Lodhi added, while participating in a Council debate on the situation in Afghanistan. Reconciliation and dialogue has to be between the Afghans themselves, she said, stressing that external parties cannot impose a solution. At the request of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistan had facilitated dialogue between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban, which had later ruptured because of “certain developments.”
EAFFIRMING its readiness to assist Afghanistan’s national reconciliation process, Pakistan has cautioned Afghans that those attempting to sabotage and poison Pakistan-Afghan relations were not their friends. “We have declared that Afghanistan’s enemies are also enemies of Pakistan,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the UN Security Council on Thursday. “We should both be clear who these enemies are,” the Pakistani envoy said, without
“These developments led to the rupture of what could have been a promising peace process,” the Pakistani envoy said, adding that the Afghan Taliban were unable to return to the table, and attacks inside Afghanistan increased. In recent weeks, she noted, the security situation in Afghanistan had deteriorated significantly and Pakistan condemned all terrorist violence there. “But we were saddened when some in Afghanistan chose to lay the blame for escalating violence on Pakistan,” Ambassador Lodhi said in a serious tone. “Our efforts to encourage the Taliban leaders to revive the dialogue should not be misconstrued as any form of endorsement for their revived violence, following the scuttling of the intra-Afghan talks,” she said, noting vast uncontrolled areas in Afghanistan from where such violence emanated against both Afghan targets and against Pakistan’
“My country’s priority was, and remains, to defeat the terrorists it is confronting,” the Pakistani envoy told delegates sitting around the Council’s horseshoe table. Those terrorists were responsible for hundreds of attacks against civilians and security targets in which over 64,000 have been killed, including innocent children at a Peshawar school. “Our military campaign, Zarb e Azb, and Pakistan’s multi-dimensional National Action Plan, have degraded these terrorist groups and flushed out and eliminated those trying to use our soil for their violent agendas,” she said, adding that their infrastructure in North Waziristan and adjacent areas has been destroyed, and the few remaining hideouts in Shawal valley and other isolated redoubts were under consistent attack. Pakistan, the ambassador said, believed that continued conflict in Afghanistan was not in its national inter-
IHC DISPOSES OF CONVICTED TERRORIST’S PLEA MUSHARRAF PREFERRED HOSPITAL STAY OVER FACING COURTS: SHAH ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) stalwart and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah on Friday lashed out at former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf, calling him a ‘coward’ who preferred a stay in hospital instead of facing the courts. Taking strong exception to the former president’s remarks against PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Shah said that, “Musharraf should try to be man enough to spend even half a day in jail, instead of ridiculing Asif Zardari who spent over a decade in detention and faced police brutality.” “Since he feared being sent to prison by court, Musharraf demonstrated ‘shameless cowardice’ by asking the driver to turn the vehicle towards a hospital, feigning pain in his chest, instead of appearing in court,” Shah said in a statement Friday. Shah claimed that his party’s co-chairman spent 11 years in jail including long periods in solitary confinement without any conviction by a court. “He was tortured while in custody and his tongue was slashed. Zardari was dragged from court to court, city to city and jail to jail as torture,” Shah claimed. The PPP stalwart added that Asif Zardari was kept from living with his family when his children were in their formative phase of life and were in most need of fatherly care. “If this is not torture while in custody then what else is this,” asked Shah. In a television interview on Thursday, Musharraf had claimed that Asif Ali Zardari was never tortured in jail and he completed most of his jail term in a Karachi hospital. STAFF REPORT
ARMY’S RESPONSE SAYS MILITARY COURT HAD INDICTED MUHAMMAD TAHIR ON THREE CHARGES FOR HIS ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN THE 2012 BANNU JAILBREAK ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Army on Friday informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that a military court convict, whose death sentence was suspended on September 17, was indicted on three charges over his alleged involvement in the 2012 Bannu jailbreak. “Convict Muhammad Tahir was indicted on three charges under the Pakistan Army Amendment Act 2015,” a written reply submitted to the court by an army colonel of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) branch of the Pakistan Armed Forces said. Subsequently, the court disposed of the petition seeking records on the whereabouts of the convict who had been awarded death sentence by the military court in Bannu jailbreak case. “The whereabouts of the convict have been revealed thus making the petition infructuous,” Acting Chief
Justice of IHC, Noorul Haq N Qureshi said in his remarks while disposing of the petition. On Thursday, the court had suspended the execution of Tahir’s sentence, linking the stay with the submission of the report. The army official through his standing counsel, Raja Khalid Mahmood, submitted the reply in the court. “First charge was preferred as the convict, along with his accomplices, attacked on a Frontier Corps’ check-post with heavy weapons, including rocket launchers, light machine guns and Kalashnikovs,” the statement said, adding the attack had resulted in the killing of one soldier while another was injured. For the second charge, the statement claimed that the convict along with his accomplices attacked on Bannu Jail with heavy weapons, including rocket launchers and light machine guns, saying 381 prisoners managed to escape from the jail due
to the attack. The statement further revealed that the third charge was related to an incident wherein the convict and his accomplices attacked on a FC check-post in Bannu and escaped afterwards. “It was due to the above mentioned charges, Muhammad Tahir was tried by a military court, established in K-P, and awarded death sentence which was also confirmed by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on September 02,” it said, adding the convict was then handed over to the authorities of a District Jail in Kohat on September 08. Meanwhile, the army official also informed the court that the convict, through the jail superintendent, had also filed an appeal before the Army Court of Appeals, which was still pending and likely to be heard soon. “Military authorities have no control over the convict who is being dealt as per the jail manual in the Kohat district jail,” he clarified. Tahir’s father Mir Shah had approached the IHC claiming his son was at his fruit and vegetable stall on February 24, 2014 when he was kidnapped by unidentified men, while on September 3 the petitioner heard that Tahir had been sentenced to death by a military court.
LHC maintains ban on aLtaf’s speeCHes, dispLay of piCtures untiL oCt 2 LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday upheld its ban on broadcast of speeches and display of pictures of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain until October 2. A full-bench of the LHC headed by Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the case. Hussain’s counsel Asma Jahangir requested the court to reconsider its decision regarding the ban. MQM Rabita Committee member Dr Farooq Sattar said that Hussain had apologised for whatever it was in his speeches that offended the nation and institutions. The bench maintained that everyone is equal in eyes of the law and that the court could revisit its decision if the MQM leader’s written statement is presented before it. STAFF REPORT
PAKISTAN REMAINS LEAST FAVOURED NATION IN INDIA WASHINGTON AGENCIES
Pakistan is the least favoured nation in India with only 18 per cent seeking better relations with the neighbouring state while 64 per cent wanting to stay away from it, says a new survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre. The survey claims that nearly threequarters see Pakistan as posing “a very serious threat to India”. It also describes Pakistan as “a long-running and particularly neuralgic problem in India-US relations”.
But more and more Indians now see the US government being on their side in the India-Pakistan conflict. About 45pc Indians say American policy favours India rather than Pakistan while only 12pc say it is otherwise. This is a ratio of nearly four-to-one. An additional 28pc believe that Washington’s policy on the subcontinent fairly balances between Delhi and Islamabad. In 2013, 36pc thought the US favoured India, while 12pc said Pakistan. Just 43pc have a positive view of Russia, relatively unchanged over the past few years. About four-in-ten (41pc)
see China favourably, yet that sentiment is up 10 points from 2014. And just 28pc are favourably disposed towards Iran. In each case, those with at least some college education have a better opinion of other countries than do those with a primary education or less. But, for many Indians, especially those living in rural areas, other countries are truly foreign. Roughly four-inten Indians express no opinion about Iran and Russia, almost three-in-ten have no view on China, and about twoin-ten say they don’t know how they
feel about the US. And about six-in-ten (63pc) say it is more important for India to have strong economic ties with the US, compared with just 14pc who hold the view that a closer commercial relationship with China would be in India’s best interest. A year after an election swept the opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power, public satisfaction with India’s direction has nearly doubled while pride in the country is up, as about two-thirds of Indians have a very favourable view of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
est. Peace in Afghanistan, and cooperation with Kabul, would enable the two countries to fully defeat their common threat from violent groups, and pave the way for the voluntary return of millions of Afghan refugees and towards implementing the ambitious plans for regional development and integration. “We seek peace, friendship, and cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan,” the ambassador said. “Mutual respect for each other’s national interests and sensitivities must be the bedrock of our future relationship,” she said.
NEW SNGPL MD REFUSES TO ENDORSE LNG DEAL: REPORT MONITORING DESK Newly-appointed managing director of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), Uzma Adil has reportedly refused to endorse the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) deal that had resulted in the sacking and then subsequent resignation of her predecessor Arif Hameed, a private news channel reported on Friday. Earlier, SNGPL former MD Arif Hameed had tendered his resignation following a tiff with Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who wanted SNGPL to take charge of the LNG deal with Qatar. Hameed had said that he was being pressured to sign the LNG agreement without the approval of the board of directors. “I had refused to carry out this illegal action,” he had said at the time. Now it seems that the new MD has gone ahead and refused the same deal. When she joined the organization, Adil had asserted that she would work to her best abilities and ensure the betterment of the company. She had said that projects would be completed on an emergency basis and said that works will be done at the regional level to resolve the problems being faced by consumers.
PAKISTAN ARMY TRAINS 150 LEVIES PERSONNEL FROM BALOCHISTAN QUETTA: The Pakistan Army has trained 150 Levies personnel in Balochistan, with their passing out parade held on Friday. The Levies personnel were trained in Quetta Cantonment, with the army imparting modern training to expand upon their operational capacity. “The Levies force is being trained to wipe out the curse of terrorism from the province and to ensure capacity building for security forces in Balochistan,” said Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch. The chief minister added that the Levies administratively control more than 90 per cent of Balochistan and they play an important role in maintaining law and order in the province. During the passing out parade, the Levies personnel demonstrated their skills in martial arts, counter terrorism and targeted operation drills during the ceremony held at Quetta cantonment. Those in attendance at the ceremony included Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch, Major General Aftab, Chief Secretary Saifullah Chatha and other military and civilian leaders. Pakistan Army has trained more than 4,000 Levies personnel during the last few years, helping them build capacity and deal with emerging security scenarios. STAFF REPORT
Saturday, 19 September, 2015
29 kiLLed in taLiban attaCk on paf Camp in pesHawar PESHAWAR
T least 29 people, including personnel of the Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army, were killed in an armed attack by Pakistani Taliban on the PAF camp at Inqalab Road in Peshawar’s Badaber area early on Friday. Pakistan Army’s chief spokesman, Major General Asim Bajwa told reporters later in the day that the attack on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Badaber camp was planned and controlled from Afghanistan. “We have recordings which reveal the attack was planned, executed and controlled from Afghanistan,” the ISPR DG said. Bajwa said the attack on the PAF installation started at around 5am, when at least 13 terrorists wearing law enforcement uniforms arrived on Inqalab Road and dismounted from their vehicle near the gates of the base. “After dismounting, the terrorists used rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and automatic rifle fire to breach the gates and gain entry into the PAF base,” he said, adding that as soon as the terrorists entered the facility, they met stiff resistance from the PAF guards deployed at the gates. “The terrorists then split into two groups, with one group heading towards the administrative area of the base while the other group headed towards the technical area,” Bajwa said. He said that the terrorists were under continuous fire from security forces, and the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) reached within 10 minutes and managed to contain the attackers in a rela-
DG ISPR SAYS ATTACK ON PAF FACILITY IN BADABER WAS MARTYRED PEOPLE INCLUDE PLANNED AND CONTROLLED FROM AFGHANISTAN, ALL 23 FROM PAF, THREE FROM 13 TERRORISTS KILLED BY ARMY’S SPECIAL UNITS ARMY AND THREE CIVILIANS
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army troops seen during action against terrorists who attacked a PAF camp in the city on Friday. ONLINE
tively small area of the base. “Once the terrorists entered the facility, they were contained within 50 metres of either side of the gate, and were not able to advance towards their objectives.” The ISPR chief confirmed that the ensuing firefight took place within the small area which also housed the base’s mosque, which “unfortunately became a target for the attackers, and they rushed in and opened fire on the people present for morning prayers.” “At least 29 people have been mar-
PAKISTANI AMONG 7 PEOPLE CHARGED WITH SUPPORTING IS GROUP IN GERMANY BERLIN AGENCIES
Prosecutors in Germany say they have charged six German nationals and one Pakistani with supporting Daesh or the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group and two other extremist organisations that are active in Syria. Federal prosecutors said Friday that the seven, aged 23 to 59 and including one woman, formed a network to help facilitate and finance people’s travel to Syria to join the groups, which also included Ahrar al-Sham and Jund al-Sham. They face charges of supporting a terrorist organisation between the beginning of 2013 and September 2014. Two of the accused are in custody, including one who is also accused of trying to recruit a man as an IS member or supporter. German authorities say that a total of around 700 people have travelled from Germany to join extremists in Syria and Iraq.
tyred — 23 from air force, three from army and three civilians,” Bajwa said, adding that 29 people were also wounded during the attack. The DG ISPR said that 10 soldiers were injured during an exchange of fire with terrorists — two of whom are officers. “Sixteen people offering prayers at the mosque were gunned down while seven others were killed in the ablution area of the mosque,” he said. A PAF spokesperson confirmed that three airmen killed in the attack were deployed at the guardroom when the at-
BADABER AIRBASE - ONE HELICOPTER CRASH AND A MARTYRED HERO ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
At least one helicopter crash landed on Friday at the Badaber airbase in Peshawar during the surveillance, evacuation and rescue operation conducted by the special forces, well placed sources informed Pakistan Today. The incident slightly injured the Commanding Officer (CO) 9 Squadron and his co-pilot. According to information available with Pakistan Today, three helicopters flew from Tarbela, carrying commandos from a unit from the Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU) of Zarrar Company, to take part in the operation at the Badaber airbase. The helicopters had three sorties from Tarbela to Peshawar. Both pilots were rescued and provided immediate medical treatment. Another source, however, said both officers were on duty. The ISPR did not comment on the matter. Inter-Services Public Relations Director-General (ISPR-DG) Major General Asim Bajwa also hinted at the crash landing, mentioning in a tweet that one
helicopter had made an emergency landing due to a technical fault. “3 heli participate in clearance/cas/evac. A heli made emergency landing due technical fault, safe.11,” he wrote. ARMY LOSES A PEARL: The Pakistan Army suffered a major loss when one its brightest and most brilliant soldiers, Captain Isfandyar Bukhari, embraced martyrdom while engaging the terrorists at the Badaber airbase. According to army sources, Captain Isfandyar was the first to reach the airbase along with his commander from the 102 brigade even before the Quick Response Force (QRF) could reach the spot. This was the same brigade which had been the first to reach the spot when a bunch of hardcore terrorists attacked APS Peshawar on December 16, 2014. “While the brigade commander led the way and restricted the terrorists near the guard room, a contingent of the QRF also arrived. The QRF was led by a junior commissioned officer (JCO). However, Captain Isfandyar volunteered and took over the command of the QRF and engaged an-
PRESIDENT, PM, POLITICAL LEADERS CONDEMN PESHAWAR TERRORIST ATTACK ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other political leaders have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a PAF camp in Peshawar. The president said the nation is committed to eliminating terrorism from the country and terrorists could not undermine our resolve by carrying out coward acts of terrorism. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated the re-
tack occurred. The attack on the PAF base was claimed by TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khurasani in an e-mail sent to journalists. The Badaber camp used to be an operational airforce base. It is no longer an operational airbase but is still used as a PAF training centre. The base is on one side of the road, while a residential estate lies on the opposite side. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif reached Peshawar soon after learning about the attack. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman also met Gen Sharif and the Peshawar Corps Commander at the Corps Headquarters. Prior to the meeting, he briefed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about the ongoing operation in Badaber over the telephone. The Corps Commander briefed the Air Chief and COAS on the Peshawar operation. The COAS and Chief of Air Staff visited the wounded at CMH. They then visited Badaber airforce camp to meet PAF, Army and police personnel who had successfully defended the base against the terrorists’ attack. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also reached Peshawar later in the day and participated in the funeral prayers for those martyred in the attack. He also visited the injured personnel at the hospital. Gen Sharif accompanied the PM during the hospital visit.
solve to continue with full zeal the mission of eliminating terrorism for which the nation has rendered so many sacrifices. Expressing sympathies with the personnel of law enforcement agencies injured in the incident. The PM stressed terrorists will be rooted out from this country. Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah strongly condemning the attack said the nation will collectively defeat the enemies of the country. PTI Chairman Imran Khan also strongly condemned
other group of terrorists,” the source said and added that the captain killed four terrorists and injured some others before being hit by a sniper. The bullet entered his abdomen from behind a window. Later, the young commander succumbed to his injuries. Capt Isfandyar was a great soldier and was highly regarded amongst his peers and officers. After completing his education from Hassan Abdal Cadet College, he was selected for the PMA 118 Long Course, Kakul. He was Wing Commander Jinnah Wing, 48th Entry and was awarded the sword of honour during the passing out parade for the course. He held the position of Battalion Sergeant Under Officer (BSUO) 1st Pak Battalion in the PMA. After completing his course, he remained attached with the School of Infantry & Tactics after his Young Officer’s Course due to his own research. During his research, Isfandyar invented an instrument for precise indirect mortar fire on enemy locations. He was also decorated with a gold medal for his research in tactics, a military subject.
terrorist attack on Badaber air base and cowardly act of killing 16 worshippers. He commended swift response from the Quick Reaction Force (QRF). Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan lauded the security forces on foiling the terrorist attack at PAF camp in Peshawar. He said the success in war against terrorism is manifestation of professionalism and preparedness of our security forces to deal with terrorism. Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said the armed forces have once again proved that they are determined to flush out terrorists at all cost. In a statement, he said effective and quick response of the security forces reflects their complete readiness to tackle the terrorists.
US DRONE STRIKE KILLS SEVEN MILITANTS IN SWA WANA: At least seven suspected militants were killed and two others injured in a US drone strike on Friday in South Waziristan Agency(SWA) According to security sources, a vehicle close to a militant compound was the target of the strike in the Shonkrai Narai village of South Waziristan. Two missiles were fired by US drone, killing at least seven suspected militants and destroying their hideout in the area. The killed are yet to be identified. SWA is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, among others. Further, sources said the area has heavy presence of Sajna group of the Taliban faction. The drone strike comes after a long halt, as North Waziristan (NW) has been the main target of drone strikes in recent months. At least five suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired two missiles at a compound in NW, on September 1.officials added. Earlier this week, security forces imposed a curfew in SW after a convoy came under attack which left one dead and injured five security personnel. Meanwhile, the army continues its Operation in the nearby Shawal Valley where a ground offensive was launched last month. STAFF REPORT
FO SUMMONS INDIAN DIPLOMAT, LODGES PROTEST OVER ‘CEASEFIRE VIOLATIONS’ ISLAMABAD: Pakistan summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner on Friday to lodge a strong protest against the latest unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir’s Nakyal sector in Kotli district. Three Pakistani civilians were killed and three others were wounded on Thursday by fierce shelling by Indian troops from across the Line of Control. “Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Director General (SA and SAARC ) Dr Mohammad Faisal to protest against the killing of three civilians in Nikyal sector due to unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian security forces at LoC,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office. Laiba Shabbir, 12, was killed in Oli village and Sufi Amin, 55, and Zahid, 19, died in Mohra Dharoti village when mortar shells fired by BSF hit their houses. “The Government of Pakistan has expressed its deep concern at the continuous unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian security forces and the intentional targeting of innocent civilians, which is highly condemnable,” said the ministry statement. Pakistan has stressed upon India to stop forthwith these ceasefire violations and respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement in order to restore peace at the LoC and the Working Boundary, the statement added. The press release said that the Pakistani government extends condolences to the bereaved families and prays for the departed souls and for the quick recovery of the injured. The latest bout of border skirmish follows a bi-annual meeting between commanders of Pakistan’s Rangers and India’s Border Security Force, in which the two sides had agreed to stop border violations along the LoC, check smuggling and ensure expeditious repatriation of those who inadvertently cross borders. STAFF REPORT
PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, accompanied by Army chief General Raheel Sharif, enquires about the health of an injured PAF personnel at the hospital. INP
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Desperate Afghans pin asylum hopes on Taliban threat letters KABUL
TAMPEd with the Taliban’s crossed sabres emblem, the threat letter in Ahmadzia Abbasi’s hand reads like a death warrant — but like many Afghans he sees the document as a ticket to a new life and asylum in Europe. The Taliban widely use so-called “night letters” containing lurid threats of violence and death, often delivered by shadowy agents under the cover of darkness, as an effective tool of intimidation. Many war-weary Afghans embarking on perilous voyages to Europe carry the nocturnal missives — real and counterfeit — in an effort to build a compelling case for their refugee application. “Anyone who reads this will know that my life is in grave danger,” said Abbasi, a 31-year-old social activist from eastern Logar province, holding up a night letter he found pinned to his front door in April. The Pashto-language document, bearing the signature Taliban stamp, castigates him for supporting the “infidel government” and warns that his head will be cut off. He said the threat was prompted by his push to promote girls’ education in his village, which apparently angered the infamously misogynistic militant network. “The letter is my best hope — my only hope — of gaining asylum,” he told AFP in Kabul. He has appealed for asylum to the European Union (EU) mission in Afghanistan, but the process is unlikely to be smooth as a record number of Afghans flee the turmoil and war convulsing their country. Afghan officials say the country is
indian army kills five suspected militants near Loc SRINAGAR: Indian soldiers shot dead five suspected militants Friday near the heavily militarised border in Occupied Kashmir as they tried to “sneak in from the Pakistani side of the divided territory,” an Indian army spokesman said. The group of armed men were intercepted by Indian soldiers when they crossed the Line of Control (LoC) early morning in Gurez, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) north of the main city of Srinagar. “Five terrorists were eliminated by the army while they were trying to infiltrate across the LoC in Gurez Sector,” Colonel NN Joshi said. “Soldiers... effectively foiled the infiltration bid,” he said. India regularly accuses Pakistan of arming and training militants to infiltrate what it sees as its territory. Islamabad denies the allegation, saying it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for selfdetermination. AGENCIES
witnessing an “unprecedented” migration towards European nations. Some 77,731 Afghans applied for asylum in Europe in the first six months of the year, more than three times the figure in the same period last year, and higher than all previous years since 2001, according to the UN refugee agency. Afghans are the second largest group of migrants trying to make Europe their home, behind only Syrians. ‘PeOPle keeP DyING’: While many face genuine threats, fabricated night letters are common, highlighting the lengths some Afghans are willing to go in order to attain asylum. Heshmat, 24, bought his for $80 from a group of counterfeiters recommended by a friend who recently made it to Germany with a similar letter. He said he was unsure whether the network was linked directly to the Taliban but the forged night letter looks “very real.” “The human smuggler who will take me to Sweden says: ‘Europe is now open to migrants — and a Taliban death threat can go a long way to demonstrate the need for asylum’,” Heshmat told AFP, requesting that his last name be withheld. Smuggling networks are flourishing in Afghanistan, making money from tens of thousands of desperate migrants undertaking dangerous journeys on well-trodden Mediterranean trails via Iran, Turkey and Greece. Statistics suggesting the scale of fraudulent cases are hard to come by but Heather Barr, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, cautions against generalising the trend. “Even if some letters are fake, that does not mean that all are — and Human Rights Watch has documented what we are fully satisfied are genuine threat letters in some
cases,” Barr told AFP. “It’s also worth remembering that the body count in Afghanistan is high and growing. I would ask anyone who argues that the threats are not real to explain why so many people who say they are under threat keep dying.” GROwING DeSPeRAtION: Anecdotal evidence, however, suggests that Afghans — increasingly weary of surging Taliban violence and rising joblessness — are going to lengths to bolster their case for asylum. A Kabul printing press said it has fielded more and more enquiries about “Taliban rubber stamps,” possibly for fake night letters. A hair salon in Kabul revealed recent requests from light-haired Afghans for darker, dyed hair to make them “appear Syrian” — the belief being that Syrians are being given priority for asylum. Joining the snaking queues outside Kabul’s passport office — another testament to the accelerating exodus — some Afghans are seen waving night letters in desperate pleas to officials to expedite the process. “We can’t give passports to thousands of people in one day — nobody in the world can! Leave, just leave!” an official bluntly told the crowd one morning recently. Abbasi says the prevalence of “fake night letters” was affecting his EU application. “It raises questions whether my threat is real,” he said, adding that his cousin, a government official, was recently shot dead after receiving a similar threat. As the sun went down over Kabul, he scrambled to return to his village in Logar before nightfall — when security forces retreat to their barracks and the Taliban prowl the streets. No one can dispute that threat.
NA REJECTS GODIL’S REQUEST FOR TREATMENT ABROAD AT COST OF NATIONAL EXCHEQUER ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The National Assembly (NA) has rejected the request of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Rashid Godil for treatment
abroad at the cost of national exchequer. Godil who was critically injured in an armed attack by unknown miscreants in Karachi had dispatched a letter to NA for sending him outside the country for his
ihk PoLice detains dukhtaran-e-miLLat chieF asiya andrabi SRINAGAR: In an early morning raid, the Indian-held Kashmir Police nabbed Hurriyat leader and chief of dukhtaran-e-Millat (deM) Asiya Andrabi. Per details, Andrabi and Fehmida Sufi were nabbed in an early morning raid at her residence in Rambagh
treatment. The NA Secretariat responding to Godil’s letter on Friday saying that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has imposed a ban on treatment abroad at the cost of national exchequer.
area of Srinagar for waving Pakistani flag in Srinagar on India’s national day. Hurriyat leaders including Asiya had called for a protest march on Friday against the killings of three youths, whose bullet-ridden bodies were found on Monday from an apple orchard in Pattan area of Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Andrabi had earlier also celebrated Pakistan’s National day on March 23 this year and hoisted the flag of that country, following which the police had registered a case against her under the ‘Unlawful Activities Prevention Act’. AGENCIES
Pakistani drone crashes in sargodha SARGODHA: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF)’s unmanned aircraft on Friday crashed in Jahanabad area after encountering technical problems during flight. The drone was conducting a routine flight in the area when it encountered a mechanical fault. PAF officials and police reached the crash site after learning about the news and cordoned off the area. A large number of locals gathered at the crash site. STAFF REPORT
assange says French President ‘stabbed me in back’ PARIS AGENCIES
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claimed in an interview published Friday that President Francois Hollande “stabbed me in the back” by rejecting his request for asylum in France. The head of the whistleblowing website told Society magazine that France’s rejection of his request in July followed discussions at the highest levels. “There had been direct contact between Francois Hollande and me. Text messages were exchanged through my French legal advisor. The French president gave encouraging signs,” Assange said, in comments translated from French. “In a way, his (final) response was a stab in the back,” Assange
said. “What pushed him to change his mind between the first exchanges and his final public response?” Assange asked. He said: “Perhaps he wanted to look strong, not to the French, but to the United States and the United Kingdom, to be loyal to them. Publicly rejecting such a request was a way of doing that.” Assange has been holed up in the Ecuador embassy in London since 2012, having taken refuge there because Sweden wanted him to be extradited to answer questions about an allegation of rape. He insists Sweden wants to pass him on to US authorities over the release of hundreds of thousands of classified cables. In turning down his asylum request, Hollande’s office had said Assange’s situation “does not present an immediate danger”.
One killed, anOther injured while transpOrting explOsives in Bannu PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT One person was killed and another was injured in a minor explosion in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. The blast initially seemed a planted bomb explosion but later security sources claimed that the two men were transporting explosive material on the motorcycle and had to stop due to a fault in the vehicle. As they stopped, the material they were carrying exploded, killing one and injuring the other.
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GERMANY SAYS EU MEMBERS THAT DON’T HELP WITH REFUGEES WON’T GET MONEY BERLIN
Another drowned toddler wAshes up on turkish beAch
OUNTRIES that do not share European values of human empathy and solidarity cannot count on receiving money from the bloc, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned in an interview with the newspaper Bild. Renewing a threat issued this week by his cabinet colleague, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, Gabriel said that while Germany was opening gymnasiums, barracks and homes to refugee families, other countries were “laying barbed wire on their borders and closing the gates”. The comments were a thinly veiled jab at Hungary, which has built a fence along its border with Serbia and is building one on its border with Croatia to prevent refugees fleeing war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, to make it into Europe’s frontier-free Schengen zone. “Europe
SAUDI ARABIA WARNS AGAINST HAJJ UNREST AS PILGRIMS PRAY FOR PEACE MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia has warned Muslim pilgrims attending next week’s Hajj in Makkah to avoid exploiting Islam’s annual gathering for political reasons, reflecting its worry that turmoil in the region may prompt attacks or damaging displays of discord. Wearing the clothes and speaking the languages of dozens of nations, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flocked to Makkah’s Grand Mosque for Friday prayers in a show of religious harmony in a year when the region’s Muslim states are riven by conflict. “The security forces are ready to confront any irresponsible behaviour that might pollute the purity of Hajj or endanger the lives of the guests of Allah,” Interior Minister Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was quoted as saying by state media. The turbulence and sectarian infighting between Sunni and Shia Muslims that has plagued Arab countries since the 2011 uprisings has grown even more acute this year, as Yemen and Libya joined Syria and Iraq in plunging into civil war. In Saudi Arabia, three suicide bombings of mosques by sympathisers of Islamic State this year have proved that even Muslim places of worship are at risk of attack by militants. AGENCIES
AIR STRIKE KILLS 14 YEMEN PRO-GOVT FIGHTERS BY ‘MISTAKE’ MARIB: At least 14 pro-government troops were killed when a Saudi-led coalition air raid targeted their position “by mistake”, tribal and military sources said Friday. “The air force bombed a gathering of fighters in the region of Harib believing them to be Houthi rebels,” a military source said. A tribal chief confirmed the overnight strike, saying that those killed appeared to be local tribesmen fighting on the side of the forces loyal to exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi. Harib is around 80 kilometres south of Marib, the capital of the central province. Loyalist forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, say they are advancing on the ground in Marib as part of a major counter offensive against Shia Houthi rebels, who last year stormed Yemen’s capital and seized large parts of the country. Coalition aircraft launched a series of raids Friday morning on rebel positions in the south of the province, military sources said. AGENCIES
is a community of values based on human sympathy and solidarity. And those that don’t share our values can’t count on our money over time,” said Gabriel. “If it continues like this, then Europe is in danger, more than it was from the financial crisis or the Greece
ISTANBUL: A four-year-old Syrian girl’s body washed up on a beach in western Turkey on Friday, state media said, just weeks after images of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi shook the world. The yet-to-be identified girl was found lifeless on a beach in the Aegean town of Cesme in Izmir province after a boat carrying 15 Syrians to the Greek island of Chios sank, the official Anatolia news agency said. It said the Turkish coast guard rescued
the remaining 14 Syrians, including eight children, from the inflatable boat. The girl appeared to be the only casualty. Harrowing pictures of three-yearold Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, whose body was found washed up on a Turkish beach after the boat carrying his family to the Greek island of Kos sank, caused an outpouring of emotion around the world, pressuring European leaders to step up their response to the refugee crisis. AGENCIES
crisis.” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s closing of the border and introducing laws making it easier for his government to crack down on migrants has helped reduce the flow of asylum seekers travelling through Austria and into Germany. But images of
Hungarian police blasting refugees with tear gas and water cannon have also tarnished Europe’s image and underscored divisions over how to respond to the influx of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children from the war-torn Middle East.
Japanese lawmakers’ fists fly during debate on military bill
CLASHES ERUPT IN ISRAEL ON PALESTINIAN ‘DAY OF RAGE’ JERUSALEM: Clashes erupted in Jerusalem and the West Bank after Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” to protest about new Israeli security measures. Israeli Magen David Adom ambulance service told NBC News that a Palestinian was seriously injured and three Israeli policemen were also hurt in Jabel Mukaber, a predominantly Arab neighborhood in southern East Jerusalem. Israel had earlier deployed around 800 extra police in the heart of Jerusalem and adjacent Arab neighborhoods. Tensions have been running high in the since Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon banned two Muslim groups which confront Jewish visitors to the ancient alAsqa Mosque last week. He said the groups were the main sources of tension and violence at the site and banning them was necessary to public order. Israeli police raided the plaza outside the mosque on Sunday in what they said was a bid to head off Palestinian attempts to disrupt visits by Jews and foreign tourists on the eve of the Jewish New Year. Police used tear gas and threw stun grenades toward Palestinian youths, who barricaded themselves inside the mosque and hurled rocks and flares. Along with the Dome of the Rock, the mosque is one of the holiest places in Islam. Jews refer to the area as Temple Mount, where an ancient Jewish temple once stood. It is the most sacred place in Judaism. In an effort to limit the threat of violence, Israel also banned access to al-Aqsa for all men under 40 on Friday, the Muslim holy day. But rather than putting a cap on unrest, the restrictions appeared to further fuel anger and frustration. As well as tensions over alAqsa, Palestinians are angry at plans by Israel to allow police and soldiers to open fire on anyone seen throwing stones at Israeli vehicles. AGENCIES
Japan took a step on Thursday towards enacting legislation for a policy shift that would allow troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II, part of the prime minister’s agenda to loosen the limits of a pacifist constitution. The security policy shift, which Abe says is vital to meet challenges such as a rising China, has sparked protests and sharply eroded his popular support. But it came with a price: A wild melee where legislators climbed over their desks, punching and grabbing each other. Opponents argue it violates the constitution and fear it could ensnare Japan in U.S.-led conflicts. Ruling Liberal Democratic Party member Masahisa Sato told NHK public TV that an upper house panel had approved the bills after a chaotic session, carried live on television, in which opposition lawmakers tried physically to block the vote, saying the vote was unacceptable. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc has a majority in the full upper house but opposition parties have pledged to use delaying tactics to try to keep the bills from passing before parliament adjourns on Sept. 27. Thousands of demonstrators rallied near parliament on Wednesday chanting “Scrap the war bills” and “Abe resign” and they were gathering again on Thursday. The protests were reminiscent of those that forced Abe’s grandfather, Nobusuke Kinship, to resign 55 years ago after forcing a US-Japan se-
NORWAY SAYS MAY IMPOSE BORDER CONTROLS IF ASYLUM INFLOWS SURGE
curity treaty through parliament. The revisions will end a decades-old ban on defending a friendly nation under attack, or collective self-defense, when Japan faces a “threat to its survival”. The measures expand the scope for logistics support for the militaries close ally the United States and other countries, and for participation in peace keeping. The United States has welcomed Japan’s shift, as have some Southeast Asian countries, worried by China’s actions to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea. China, where there is deep anger over Japan’s brutal occupation before and during World War Two, has said the legislation would “complicate” re-
gional security. The revisions will still leave Japan constrained in overseas military operations by legal limits and a deeply rooted public anti-war mindset. “The conditions imposed in the legislation and during the extended debate make it very clear that there will be real limits on what Japan can do and when,” said Richard Samuels, director of the Japan program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It loosens to some degree constraints on some military behavior, but it … does so under very strict conditions.” Abe has pledged to go ahead with the revisions despite polls showing the majority of voters want a better explanation of why they are needed.
OSLO: Norway is ready to impose border controls if the number of asylum seekers entering the country were to surge, the minister of justice and public security said on Friday.“We are assessing various measures. Increased border control is one of the things we are considering,” Anders Anundsen told Reuters, when asked if the government was seeking ways to limit the flow of asylum seekers. “It depends on the numbers that arrive. If they were to increase significantly or we believe we don’t have sufficient control of our entry points, then we’ll have to impose border controls. That’s something we’re continuously considering.” Tens of thousands of migrants from Syria and other countries are traveling to the Nordic region to seek asylum, especially in neighboring Sweden, which has one of Europe’s most open policies on immigration. EU outsider Norway, a member of the borderless Schengen area, had originally expected to receive 11,000 applications in 2015 but earlier this week said it was now more likely that 16,000-20,000 would come and that the final number could turn out to be even higher. Some 2,300 arrived in August, up from around 550 per month in the first quarter of the year, and September data pointed to further increases. AGENCIES
TRUMP CONSIDERS GETTING ‘RID OF’ MUSLIMS WHEN PRESIDENT In a shocking statement, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would consider one man’s request that America “get rid of” Muslims. At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire earlier this week, a man asked Trump, “We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of them?” “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. A lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things,” Trump responded. Trump
had also agreed with the man when he had stated that Muslims were a problem in the US and that President Barack Obama was himself a Muslim and ‘not even American’. “We have a problem in this country,” he began. “It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one,” the man said. “Right,” Trump responded. “You know he’s not even American,” the man continued. “We need this question, this is the first question,” Trump said with a laugh. President Obama is a Christian and was born in Hawaii. He had also issued a certified long-form birth certificate in April 2011, showing he was born
at Honolulu’s Kapiolani Hospital on August 4, 1961. However, Trump has for years raised questions about Obama’s nationality and religion, claiming he was born in Kenya and was not eligible to hold presidential office. Later, speaking to the Washington Post, Trump said his answers were more about defending Christians in the US because their ‘religious liberty is at stake’. He further said that, “The media wants to make this issue about Obama. The bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians…Christians need support in this country.” NEWS DESK
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NATION UNITED TO ROOT OUT TERRORISM FROM COUNTRY: RASHID ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said that the entire nation is determined to root out terrorism from the country. In a statement on Friday, he said operation Zarb-e-Azb will continue till the elimination of every last terrorist. Condemning the terrorist attack at PAF camp in Badaber, the minister said such cowardly acts cannot weaken the nation’s resolve to get rid of terrorism. He commended the armed forces of Pakistan for giving an effective response to the terrorists and paid tributes to the martyrs. STAFF REPORT
RAC DRAMA ‘JEET’ HIGHLIGHTS ZARB-EAZB IMPORTANCE RAWALPINDI: In connection with National Action, a family play “Jeet” was staged under the auspices of Rawalpindi Arts Council which was written and directed by Azhar Feroz. Jinnah Iqbal Fikri Forum Chairman Rana Abdul Baqi, flanked by Naseem Arif, Naheed Manzoor and RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed was chief guest at the occasion. Zarb-e-Azb is a sequence of events wrapped in a story of the oppression of a time in which Pakistan’s integrity, sovereignty and lasting peace implementation is characterised by the blood of martyrs and gazis. STAFF REPORT
ABBOTTABAD: A PTI supporter protests against ‘turncoats’ during a meeting of the district council on Friday. ONlINE
WATER PROJECT WORTH MILLIONS INANELY SCRAPPED NEAR COMPLETION ISLAMABAD SHAMIM MEHMOOD
HE Ministry of Science & Technology (S&T) wasted Rs 1,413,350 million as a project of pure drinking water was shut down without any reason. Machinery costing million rupees has been dumped. It had been purchased for the project exclusively. Apart from this many of the employees are wondering what their future will hold. Hundreds of employees are waiting for their salaries as Eid approaches. The S&T is neither able to continue nor able to close. According to the details, during the Musharraf era in 2006, the pure drinking water project was initiated at the cost of Rs 1,413,350 millions. It was supposed to be complete in December last year, and was meant to provide pure drinking water to the public. The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) established more
than 24 quality testing laboratories in different cities of the country and 300 highly qualified employees were sent abroad for training. Until this government, 83 per cent of the project work was completed and 76 per cent of the project amount was released. However, sources suggest that this government ordered that the project be shutdown in July last year, though PCRWR requested the government to review the order. However, the government paid no heed to the request and shutdown the project because of its feelings for Musharraf. Around 800 will be left unemployed because of the decision. Sources also confirmed that the staff has not being paid, nor has it been accommodated in other departments. If the situation remain the same, millions of rupees in machinery and hundreds of highly qualified staffers will be on the road, due to the ignorance, incompetence and personal enmity of the present rulers. PCRWR Chairman Dr. Mohammad Ashraf said that PCRWR requested
ISLAMABAD Installing surveillance cameras in the city would be entirely useless since more than 80 per cent of the street lights are out of order. Despite repeated complaints from the public, the Capital Development Authority (CDA)has paid no heed to the repair of these defective street lights. The CDA in collaboration with the Police is in the process of installing surveillance cameras at different locations to overcome street crimes and traffic problems. However, due to the defective street lights system these cameras will not be able record anything in the night. Over the last few months, roads and pavements in the federal capital have been ruined and ripped apart for the cables that are needed to implement the “Safe City Project.” The
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) held a seminar on the State of Right to Information in Pakistan on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Information Commissioners of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said exposure to shortcomings and deficiencies can improve the performance of government departments. PILDAT Chief Executive Ahmed Bilal Mehboob said that positive changes are taking place in the country with regard to right to the right to information. INP
NAB TURNS ITS ATTENTION TO ILLEGAL HOUSING SOCIETIES
the higher officials to review this decision but there was no response. The staff working with the project will have their salaries before Eid and then they
What good is a CCTV in complete darkness? SHAMIM MEHMOOD
POSITIVE CHANGE IN RIGHT TO INFORMATION POLICY: PILDAT
project involves a network of cameras, scanners, etc to be installed at every intersection and crossing in the city. The project has been launched by the Ministry of Interior to record footage of crime scenes, which can later assist in catching criminals. The Interior Ministry has initiated work on 1,500 CCTV cameras for the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad to counter terror incidents. A private firm has started the process of installation for these cameras. Earlier, considering the ongoing law and order situation of the country, the administration directed concerned authorities to install CCTV cameras along with the other security checks of passengers. CCTV cameras for 442 educational institutions were also supposed to be install. This project is still under process . The management and CDA were not available for comment.
will decide the future of this project, he added. A spokesperson for the ministry was out of the country and unavailable for a comment.
Pakistan loves all its neighbours equally,: Sartaj Aziz ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Adviser to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz has stressed that the Government of Pakistan desires to maintain good relations with all its neighbours including India and Afghanistan. Sartaj Aziz was talking to the eight-member delegation of the German Press and Journalist’s Association at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The adviser briefed the journalists on the country’s foreign policy objectives and the prime minister’s vision for a peaceful neighbourhood. He dilated upon Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and the Na-
tional Action Plan (NAP). Commenting on relations with Germany, he stated that it was a strong relationship with great potential. The adviser stated that the Government of Pakistan seeks more trade and not aid. Pakistan offered excellent investment opportunities to foreign investors. He also highlighted Pakistan’s democratic credentials and various measures taken by the Government to ensure good governance and fiscal discipline. The visiting journalists appreciated Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and its desire to maintain good relations with all its neighbours. They also commended the freedom of the media as well as the transparent policies of the government.
ISLAMABAD: NAB has decided to launch an operation against illegal housing societies in the twin cities. NAB Spokesman Nawazish Ali Asim said that NAB has contacted the CDA, the RDA, housing societies, advertising agencies and representatives of all stakeholders to devise a strategy against illegal housing societies. The NAB has directed the CDA and RDA to ensure that all housing societies under their respective jurisdictions work within the ambit of law and regulations. NAB has also directed advertising agencies not to publish advertisements of illegal housing societies. CDA and RDA have also been instructed to place the names of illegal housing societies on their website. NAB has already setup a committee to keep an eye on the illegal occupation of land and working of housing societies. NAB has warned people against making investments in housing societies that do not have a no objection certificate (NOCs) from the regulatory authorities. ONlINE
POLICE NAB 16 ALLEGED GAMBLERS RAWALPINDI: At least 16 alleged gamblers were apprehended by the Pirwadhai police on Friday. According to police, the police raided a hideout on a tip-off in the Pirwadhai area and arrested gamblers red handed. The police seized an unspecified amount of sum, six cellphones and other equipment from their possession. The police have registered a case against them and started an investigation. STAFF REPORT
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Taji KhoKhar’s home raided, securiTy beefed up afTer paf aTTacK ISLAMABAD
ECURITy was beefed up and the city was placed on high alert subsequent to the PAF attack, leading to a raid and arrests from Taji Khokhar’s residence. Security forces raided the home of Taji Khokhar in the airport area on Friday and arrested 20 suspects and seized arms and ammunition and narcotics from their possession. According to a senior official, who wished to be named, the search operation was carried out by Rangers, police, the elite force and intelligence agencies in the wee hours. The suspects were shifted to the Koral Police Station for further investiga-
tion. Taji Khokhar, who is the brother of former deputy speaker National Assembly Haji Nawaz Khokhar, is under arrest in a murder case and has been accused of occupying land after murdering the owners. Personnel from Police, Rangers and sensitive agencies conducted a joint search operation in various areas of the federal capital including Khanna Pul, Iqbal Town, Zia Masjid and surrounding localities. A stolen vehicle was also recovered from Ghouri Town during the operation. According to details, the security of the city has been beefed up after the attack on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) camp in the Badaber area of Peshawar, which killed 16 worshippers in the Mosque and several members of the armed forces, including Captain Isfandyar.
ISLAMABAD: Police and Rangers officials display weapons seized from the house of crime boss Imtiaz Khokhar alias Taji Khokhar on Friday. INP
FOUNDER GROUP SWEEPS ICCI ELECTIONS FOR 2015-16
ISLAMABAD: A boy catches fish with a net at Rawal Dam. INP
PTCL PARTNERS WITH GOOGLE FOR TECH MELA FESTIVAL ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has announced a partnership with global search giant Google for Tech Mela, a first of its kind online shopping festival in Pakistan. Designed to promote the growth of online shopping in the country, the 10-day festival features products by Google’s leading retail partners. Acknowledging that increased Internet penetration is vital to the growth of ecommerce in Pakistan, PTCL is leading the way by offering special discounts for its products and services through Tech Mela. Products carrying discounts include the premium CharJi wireless broadband, the EVO Wingle range and the recently launched CharJi Tab. PTCL is also taking online orders for the newly launched Hi Speed No Limits triple play (TV, broadband and telephone) package. PTCL has extended its existing partnership with retailer Daraz.pk to offer doorstep delivery for Tech Mela. “Convinced that online commerce in Pakistan is on the rise, PTCL is geared up to enable ecommerce retailers in Pakistan and is also looking at this channel to interact with our customers,” observed Mr. Adnan Shahid, Chief Commercial Officer at PTCL. PRESS RElEASE
Legislators call for urgent measures on family planning ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Over thirty prominent legislative leaders urged the government to improve the availability of family planning services especially, for poor and lowincome families. They said this while participating in a meeting held on Friday, said a press release. Describing it as “a grave tragedy”, the legislators deeply regretted that 14,000 women die every year in Pakistan due to pregnancy-related causes. They said that such needless, tragic deaths can be prevented if suitable measures are taken. Such measures include the promotion of the practice of birth spacing, prevention of unwanted and unplanned pregnancies, expanding the availability of family planning services in all four provinces and ensuring deliveries of infants by skilled birth attendants. Legislators belonging to the PML-N, PPP, PTI, NP and PML-F attended the meeting. In a special message addressed to the meeting, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani said, “It is a
most encouraging reflection of the sincerity and maturity of all major political parties that they have given due importance to the subject of family planning in their respective manifestos for the previous general election of 2013. “Thus, there is already a sound and solid basis on which a multi-party consensus can be shaped and applied. We cannot afford a single day’s delay in extending and improving access to family planning services, especially for those millions of married couples who already wish to practice family planning but do not have convenient access.” Minister of State for Health Regulations, Saira Afzal Tarar said that the government attached great importance to improving the healthcare of mothers and children and said that it planned to convene a national population summit in November 2016. She regretted the county failed to pay attention to the family planning in the last 68 years. UNFPA Deputy Representative and Officer In-charge Sarah Masale
said that the UNFPA was committed to supporting Pakistan’s efforts and appreciated the interest being taken in the subject by the legislators. Senator (r) Javed Jabbar emphasised the vital and decisive role that legislators could play in ensuring that the subject of family planning becomes a part of public and media discourse. Country Director Population Council Dr Zeba Sathar provided background information on the Council’s research and advocacy support to Pakistan. Dr. Ali Mir Director Programmes Population Council made a presentation of the latest research data and identified the serious implications facing Pakistan due to rapid growth of population. During the candid and comprehensive discussion, several legislators suggested specific measures that could be taken by the elected forums and by members in their individual capacities and as members of their respective parties to catalyse the required political actions, particularly in overseeing and monitoring the delivery of family planning services to all citizens.
ISLAMABAD: The Founder Group has won the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI)elections unopposed for the year 2015-16. Nasir Khan was the Chief Election Commissioner while M/s. Abdul Ghaffar Chaudhry and Muhammad Hussain were members of Election Commission. Atif Ikram has been elected as the President, Sheikh Pervez Ahmed Senior Vice President and Sheikh Abdul Waheed as Vice President of ICCI for the year 2015-16. They will take charge on October 1, 2015. Speaking at the occasion, Founder Group Chairman, Mr. Abdul Rauf, congratulated the new office bearers and executive members of the ICCI on their unopposed elections and said that all decisions in the Founder Group are taken on merit. He said that the Founder Group has always tried to select the best talent for ICCI elections to promote the interests of trade and industry and hoped that the new team would make utmost efforts to serve the cause of the business community. ICCI President Muzzamil Hussain Sabri, Senior Vice President M. Shakeel Munir and Vice President M. Ashfaq Hussain Chatha also felicitated the new team on its unopposed election and stressed upon the need for providing the best services to the business community. They also assured that their assistance and guidance would be available to the new team as and when required. The newly elected members of the ICCI thanked the chairman and members of Founder Group as well as all the members of ICCI for posing confidence in them and electing them unopposed as Office Bearers of ICCI. They said they would try to perform up to the expectations of the stakeholders and use this platform to promote the interests of business community. Founder Group members, ICCI former presidents, former senior vice presidents, former vice presidents, former executive members and members of ICCI also congratulated the newly elected office bearers and executive members and expressed best wishes for their success. STAFF REPORT
WOMAN KILLED FOR HONOUR ISLAMABAD: A 19-year old pregnant woman was killed in the name of honour in the Thala Syedan area in the Golra Sharif Police Station jurisdiction. Syed Amir Hussain lodged a complaint with a local police station that his daughter Kainat, 19, married an Afghan national. His relatives Murtaza Shah, his wife, Zahra and Sada Shah visited him at his home and asked Kainat to get a divorce. Kainat rejecting their request said that she was pregnant. They took Kainat away with them and killed her at 4 am, the father of the victim told police. Police have registered a case; no arrests were made till filing of this report, however. STAFF REPORT
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A dastardly attack Questions of security
HE terrorists launched an audacious attack on Badaber PAF base camp to assert that they are alive and kicking. It goes to the credit of the air base guards supported by the Quick Response Force to stop the terrorists from destroying the PAF’s physical assets. A young captain died while fighting the terrorists while several others were injured. The terrorists however managed to kill 16 servicemen inside the base mosque and injured 13. The attack raises disquieting questions. One had hoped that after the attacks on Mehran naval base and Kamra air base fool proof security measures would have been put in place at all military installations. The way terrorists managed to enter Badaber base is disquieting. In case the attackers had inside support, this would give birth to questions about the efficiency of the military agencies. Badaber air base borders Khyber Agency. After the months long operation in the Agency the nation was told that the terrorists’ back had been broken and their remnants had been forced to take shelter in Afghanistan and that henceforth they would not be able to launch attacks in and around Peshawar. The attack raises questions about the extent of the success of the operation in Khyber. It appears that despite remarkable successes achieved by the military against the terrorists, much more needs to be done over the coming months and years. What is needed on the part of the military leadership is to focus on securing the strategic assets. An air force base is supposed to be a well guarded defence installation. With terrorists playing havoc inside it, the general public is bound to be worried about the safety of soft civilian targets like schools, palygrounds, mosques and cinema houses. The military leadership has to fully focus on eliminating terrorism and extremism from the country. It should avoid undertaking responsibilities that do not come strictly under its purview.
Another AfPak low point Trade this time
EnEFICIAL trade with immediate neighbours just does not seem Islamabad’s strong point. That commerce could never come in the way of politics with India is understandable to an extent, given how establishments on both sides are anchored in regressive nationalistic politics of a bygone era. But things have not been much better with friends either. We have always struggled to get the ball rolling with Iran – partly because of our closeness to Gulf monarchies and partly out of western pressure. And China-specific trade too, despite all the rhetoric of brotherly love, is miniscule. That is one reason why economic negotiations with Kabul – along with the proposed political thaw in President Ghani’s outreach – were being eyed as a potential game-changer. But it seems Pak-Afghan trade will remain stuck around the $1.5 billion mark; a far cry from the $5 billion figure that was worked out ahead of the negotiations. The problem, once again, is Kabul’s demand for transit trade with India. It turns out that the deadlock was reached some months ago, but concerned ministries kept a lid on the disappointment to keep the political and security negotiations on track. But now that they too have unravelled, it was natural for this news to come out into the open. Importantly, just as Afghanistan will not use Pakistani territory to get to India, we too will now be ruled out of the Afghan trade route to Central Asia. Of course, this problem has enabled Iran to gain as the bypass for Afghanistan; an arrangement that is now turning into infrastructural reality. When more groundwork is done, Pakistan will become irrelevant. True, we will also win a foothold in Upper Asia because of the Corridor, but the Afghan route was meant to cater to different realities which must now be compromised. Our leaders must explore new, innovative diplomatic procedures to lead us out of this paralysis. Our export earnings are already very low. There is an urgent need to enhance trade by whatever means necessary; especially by erecting basic linkages within the region. The present mindset will just not do any longer.
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An honest appraisal Good progress on all fronts
Malik MUhaMMad aShraf
HERE are so many vested interests working at cross purposes in the country that sometimes it really becomes difficult to make out as to who has contributed and to what extent towards pushing the country into the crucible of a precipice. In this muddled scenario one perforce has to rely on the generality that both the military dictators and the politicians with myriad of skeletons in their cupboards are equally responsible for all the ills and challenges confronting the country. Take for example the phenomenon of terrorism and religious extremism which poses an existentialist threat to the integrity of the country. They undoubtedly are a sequel to the wrong policies pursued by a military dictator who misused the name of Islam in promoting jihadi culture and allowed the mushroom growth of militant outfits under the official patronage. These policies ultimately boomeranged and the ‘Frankenstine’s monster’ created to advance foreign policy objectives came back to haunt the country. The representative governments that interspersed between him and Pervez Musharraf regime also failed to reverse the burgeoning threat to the country, remained locked in hatching conspiracies against each other and showed criminal negligence and indifference to tackling the real issues. Musharraf who usurped power with the pledge to weed out corruption and winch the country out of the quagmire that it was stuck into, like the previous dictators, focused more on prolonging his dictatorial rule instead of fixing the problems on the basis of which he staged the military coup. By the way, according to Transparency International his government was also
the most corrupt government since the period the agency started giving its findings on corruption indexes in different countries. He also miserably failed in tackling terrorism and religious extremism. Karachi went down the drain under his approving nod as he allowed MQM a free hand in conquering Karachi through its militant wing. As for corruption, unfortunately it is an overwhelming social disease which has eaten into every strand of our social fabric. Military dictators, politicians, bureaucracy and the public are equally responsible for this most dangerous affliction stemming from the archaic colonial system of governance which invariably promoted a culture of graft and entitlement. no serious effort was ever made to check the monster in its tracks. However it is heartening to note that some lessons have been learnt and finally serious and honest efforts have been launched to resurrect the country from the clutches of terrorism, religious extremism and militancy. Operation Zarb-e-Azb, target operation in Karachi through Rangers and a determined effort in Balochistan to eliminate insurgency coupled with the combination of political initiatives and humanitarian steps have brought about a sea change in the whole scenario indicating the onset of a real break from the past. Terrorists are on the run. Their infrastructure in north Waziristan has been dismantled. Their abettors, sympathisers and sleeping cells throughout the country are being targeted. Karachi is well on its way to achieving normalcy notwithstanding sporadic incidents of target killing, terrorism and street crimes. The citizens of Karachi and people throughout Pakistan have felt the change and majority of them approve of the continuation of Rangers operation in Karachi without any let up. The government and the military establishment are unanimous and determined to take the fight against terrorism and militancy to its logical conclusion. Our Army, under the stewardship of COAS General Raheel Sharif, of course has played a very significant role in bringing about this change through a well conceived paradigm shift in regards to jihadi outfits. Our soldiers have rendered unprecedented sacrifices in dealing with terrorism and the whole nation is grateful to them for what they have done and are doing safeguard the integrity of the country and warding off threats to its security. Having said that I feel that the PML-n government under nawaz Sharif must be credited for taking these courageous steps rising above political expediencies and introducing a culture of consultative decision making in regards to national issues. Operation Zarb-e-Azb, targeted operation in
Karachi, actions against Baloch insurgents, the national Action Plan and crack down on militant religious outfits are all good outcomes of this newfound concept. Army is part of the executive and one must not forget that the authorisation for all these actions has been given by the political leadership of the country and the PML-n government which ultimately is and will be responsible for whatever results are achieved through these actions. I, however, have a sneaking feeling that certain circles, including some sections of the media, are deliberately trying to denigrate the resolve, determination and initiative of the political leadership to confront the challenges facing the country by giving the impression as if the entire effort was the brain child of the military establishment and the government had perforce to follow it. That is entirely a wrong notion and an extremely unfair reflection on the civilian leadership. It is a national effort spearheaded by the government and implemented by the Army with a sense of purpose and sincerity for which it deserves unqualified accolades of the people of Pakistan. Army is undoubtedly a very prestigious institution of the country and the only entity which can help the government in tackling the threats to the security of the country on the internal and external fronts. That is the constitutional role it is supposed to perform under the orders of the elected representatives of the people. Entertaining and promoting notions to the contrary is tantamount to undermining the constitution. The government, as well as the Army, honestly speaking, through their concerted and collaborative efforts have orchestrated the turnaround that we see all over the country and it should be perceived accordingly. now a few things about corruption. According to Transparency International, corruption in Pakistan for the last two years has gone into a nosedive as no mega corruption scandal has come to light during the last two years of the PML-n government. It is an encouraging development but we need to launch a crusade against this all permeating social menace first by bringing a positive change in the system of governance in conformity with the changed realities and demands of the modern times, followed by a sustained campaign with the help of all the stakeholders to change social attitudes in regards to this menace. There is an imperative need to bring adequate reforms in the government machinery and plugging the avenues of corruption in-built in the prevailing system of governance. The PML-n government, opposition political parties and the military establishment must use their collective wisdom to lead the fight against corruption making sure that the system thus evolved is based on the demands of justice and fair play and is seen to be indiscriminate by the public, to become a worth emulating example. Malik Muhammad Ashraf is an academic. He can be contacted at: email@example.com.
Iran can be an asset for the United States Provided they play their cards right weapon and stop or scale down its nuclear wherewithal for making an atomic bomb. In return the debilitating economic and trade sanctions and stifling embargoes on Iran would be gradually lifted. Although Israel and Saudi Arabia were on the same page in opposing the nuclear deal for different reasons yet the United States and the five leading world powers ignored the concerns or opposition of both these countries for a more sublime outcome, which was to draw commitment from Iran and subject her to stringent conditions from further bolstering her nuclear knowhow for an ultimate goal of making an atom bomb. It is impossible for Iran to wriggle out of that treaty and surreptitiously keep advancing her nuclear capability because the sanctions and embargoes could be instantaneously re-imposed. Iran in that situation would be rendered as a pariah state and isolated from the rest of the world. Israel should be doubly felicitated and satisfied that she would be immune from a dreaded possibility of Iran making a nuclear warhead that if used could decimate Israel and erase her physical existence from the surface of the earth although in that dreadful cataclysmic situation Iran would also suffer an irretrievable annihilation for ages. In a broader perspective the world could witness another atomic nightmare after the destruction of Japanese cities namely Hiroshima and nagasaki during the second
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n September 2 president Obama secured enough Democratic Party votes “to prevent aresolution of disapproval of the Iran’s nuclear deal”. This development is being termed as President Obama’s victory against the Republicans who are irreconcilably opposed to the deal and want it to be rescinded. The swing of nearly eight democrats came after their dialogue with senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia who categorically told their American counterparts that “their nuclear agreement with Iran was the best they could expect and the five world powers had no intention of returning to the negotiating table.” President Obama was instrumental in the signing of a comprehensive agreement (JCPOA) on the nuclear program of Iran between Iran and the five permanent members of Security Council (United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom) plus Germany and the European Union. It was inked in Vienna on 14 July 2015. But a more daunting challenge for President Obama and the Democratic Party was to win support for it at home turf. President Obama surmounted both these hurdles with amazing success which would bind Iran to not fabricate an atomic
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world by United States by dropping atom bombs. And those bombs were much smaller and fabricated from a primitive nuclear technology. President Obama’s historic and watershed accomplishment in finalising the nuclear deal between Iran and the western powers plus United States ought to be reciprocated by Iran through an expression of goodwill and friendship. Americans must understand that Iran has the potential of being a far more useful ally than Israel. Israel has always been a liability for United States while Iran can be an asset. The Iranian nuclear Deal can be utilised for opening a new chapter of cordiality and mutually fruitful friendship between the United States and Iran which have been the closest and most fraternal allies before the advent of the Ayatollahs’ Islamic regime in January 1979. The lifting of economic and trade sanctions would help revive her mauled economy and open her to the outside side world. The Iranian oil once again would start flowing into the international markets and could stabilise the oil and gas price worldwide. The United States can import Iranian oil and gas on competitive prices. Yet a redeeming feature and outcome of this remarkable deal possibly could be if the Ayatollahs’ regime scales down its fanatic exuberance towards United States and in due course a moderate and even a democratic political set up could come up. The Iranian people could also travel and interact with the rest of the world with the lifting of the international and domestic restrictions on traveling. Thus the
Iranians’ closed and dogmatic society may open to the outside world. The world would be a better place if peace can be restored in conflict ridden regions of the Middle East and Afghanistan. Iran can play a crucial role in brokering peace in the troubled Middle East as well in Afghanistan where a sizable number of Shi’a live. Iranian leverage in Iraq and Syria and Lebanon can be hugely instrumental in dousing the leaping fires of unrest and bloody conflicts now raging for over a decade or so. Iran has enormous influence in the Central Asia’s caucuses or the liberated countries beyond Afghanistan. For durable peace in Afghanistan the inevitability of Iran cannot be blinked away. Pakistan and Afghanistan alone cannot bring about lasting peace and the advent of a new era of reconstruction in Afghanistan without the involvement of a powerful regional power Iran. The Central Asian states would also enormously benefit from a relationship of friendship between Iran and the United States for their reconstruction and tapping of hidden natural resources. The Uzbeks and Tajiks, mostly allied to Iran by virtue of common Shi’a faith, had been a formidable part of the anti-nATO and anti-west militants in Afghanistan. Their sizable number is also part of the Taliban still at war with the foreign forces stationed in Afghanistan: the bulk of which come from the United States. Iran can help in ending the insurgency and incursions of the Uzbeks and Tajik insurgents and that would be a big step towards diminishing civil war in Afghanistan.
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Saturday, 19 September, 2015
How Pakistan Protects itself from regional sectarian war IN BOTH WORD AND DEED, PAKISTAN’S CIVILIAN AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP HAVE MADE CLEAR THEIR SERIOUSNESS IN COMBATING, AND EVENTUALLY ELIMINATING, THE SCOURGE OF SECTARIANISM natIonal Interest
S sectarian wars continue to rage across the Middle East, Pakistan has managed to largely insulate itself from this regional plague. After a surge in SunniShia sectarian violence from 2007-13, deaths from sectarian violence plummeted in 2014 by approximately 60 percent, in comparison to the previous year. In 2014, about two hundred Pakistanis died in Sunni-Shia sectarian violence, compared to approximately six hundred in 2013. While fatalities from Sunni-Shia sectarian violence this year are on pace to exceed those of last year, the uptick is due to two gruesome massacres that make up a slight majority of this year’s deaths. The actual number of incidents of Sunni-Shia sectarian violence this year have dropped by about half, compared to last year. Regional SectaRian Fault lineS PaSS thRough PakiStan Pakistan is located outside the Middle East, but given its border with Iran and strong ties to Gulf Arab states, it is susceptible to contagions emerging from that part of the world, especially when its leaders play the role of facilitators. The first wave of Sunni-Shia violence in Pakistan took place in the 1980s, when Iran sought to export its revolution to Pakistani Shias, and Pakistan’s military leader, General Zia-ul-Haq, in concert with Saudi Arabia, aided Sunni extremists who could serve as bulwarks. By the late 1990s, hundreds of Sunnis and Shias had been killed in sectarian violence. Pakistan, a country founded by a Shia Muslim who sought to create a homeland for all of the subcontinent’s Muslims, had become replete with Sunni agitators who, through politics and violence, sought to pressure the state to declare Shias as non-Muslims. But their wish never came true. Despite its sectarian challenges, countervailing forces prevented the consolidation of Sunni majoritarianism in Pakistan. Among those countervailing forces is the diversity of Pakistan’s Sunni majority and the divisions within it. A plurality of Pakistani Sunnis is believed to be from the Barelvi neotraditionalist subsect. Barelvis are generally not hostile toward Shias, and they often congregate at the same Sufi shrines. In contrast, the Deobandis, who form the second largest Sunni subsect, have disproportionately directed their polemics and violence toward the Shias. Most anti-Shia and antistate jihadist groups in Pakistan emerge from the Deobandi community. Sunni Barelvis and Shias—both targets of Sunni
Deobandi violence—have banded together in political alliances in recent years. And so the Sunni-Shia conflict in Pakistan is one that is essentially between Sunni Deobandis and Shias. Additionally, while sectarianism influences Pakistani politics, it is not a prime determinant of voter choice. Ethnicity, kinship ties, and class play more important roles. Pakistani Shias, for example, generally vote for mainstream political parties, such as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and Pakistan People’s Party. While there are nearly a dozen political parties that represent Shias or each Sunni subsect, most tend to direct their supporters toward mainstream political parties that court their votes to tilt close elections in their favor. And so while sectarian actors have become fused into local politics, their impact on the broader political agenda is limited. SectaRian tenSionS MetaStaSize once again… An Iraq-style sectarian war has always been unlikely in Pakistan. Its sectarian divisions are not as deep as those of Iraq or other Arab countries like Bahrain, Lebanon or Syria. In Pakistan, there is no minority religious group ruling over a majority; and there has never been a need for a confessional distribution of major political offices. But the seeds of sectarianism that were sewn in the 1980s proved to be perennial, aided by governmental neglect or assistance, and the introduction of new species into the fertile jihadist landscape. A crackdown on the anti-Shia Sipahe Sahaba Pakistan (subsequently renamed Ahl-e Sunnat Wal Jamaat or ASWJ), and its expressly militant splinter group, Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LeJ), that began in the late 1990s was never quite complete. The ASWJ and LeJ crept up once again after 2007, as their fellow Deobandi militants, the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), launched sectarian attacks in major cities and joined a sectarian war in the Kurram Agency near Afghanistan, as part of a broader campaign to overthrow the Islamabad government. By the end of 2013 into most of 2014, it appeared that a mix of endogenous and exogenous forces were converging to create an even bigger Sunni-Shia sectarian war in Pakistan. In 2013, general elections brought to power at the center the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PMLN) party, which has been historically proSaudi, and in recent years, accommodated the anti-Shia ASWJ. In November 2013, Shia processioners, motivated by pent up frustration after witnessing regular massacres of Shias across the country, murdered Sunni Deobandi
Independent The principal problem with Greek politics is that Greek politicians, political parties and voters – or at least an uncomfortably large proportion of them – think that Greece’s debt crisis can be solved simply by electing a new government. If that were the case then Greece’s economy and democracy would be in a much healthier condition than they are today. So it is that successive elections yield more desperate options, as leftist and right-wing parties try to outflank each other in their extremism and defiance in the face of a foreign enemy. Now the young are abandoning Syriza, moving to the harder-left Popular Unity and to the neo-fascist Golden Dawn. The centre-right parties are also benefiting, as Greek electors thrash around for someone, anyone, to offer a lead and a way out of their agonies. But the failure of Syriza and the Tsipras government demonstrates that it doesn’t matter who rules in Athens. The debt mountain is still vast and the economic reforms the country needs to place itself on a sustainable footing remain as urgent and intractable as they did the day before the ballot.
madrasah students in Rawalpindi. The incident suggested that sectarian violence would once again flare up in Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province. Subsequently, anti-state jihadists from the TTP and other groups renewed calls to anti-Shia agitators to join their ranks in a war against Islamabad, the Shias, and Iran. Ahmad Ali Intiqami, the TTP’s Rawalpindi chief, released a video statement in January 2014 calling on Sunnis to wage jihad against the Shia and kill them “before they are able to flee to Iran.” A month later, a TTP suicide bomber targeted the Iranian consulate in Peshawar (though failed to reach it). In 2013, the year that had just ended, both sectarian violence and terrorist violence hit record highs. And in the backdrop, the war in Syria raged on and Saudi officials were aggressively lobbying the PML-N government to assist it in countering Iran throughout the region. After a flurry of visits by Saudi officials, Riyadh gave Islamabad a grant of $1.5 billion in early 2014. The king of Bahrain made his first visit to Pakistan in March 2014 and was met by Shia protesters. At the same time, the Iranian Sunni Baloch militant groups based in Pakistan stepped up attacks on Iranian security personnel, further straining relations between Islamabad and Tehran, which renewed its sponsorship of Shia militants in Pakistan. …But PakiStan DeFtly DoDgeS a PeRFect StoRM In early 2014, it appeared that Pakistan was going to be swept up in a Sunni-Shia sectarian war engulfing the region. But by the year’s end, the bottom fell out of the country’s sectarian war. And into 2015, sectarian terrorism continues to wane in frequency. So how did Pakistan manage to avert the looming sectarian disaster? One, the downturn in sectarian violence is a positive externality of a comprehensive, nationwide crackdown on terrorists who challenge the writ of the state. Anti-Shia and anti-state terrorist networks overlap. And so the Pakistani government’s attempts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat the anti-state Tehreeke Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has weakened the ability of the group and its expressly anti-Shia partners, Lashkar-e Jhangvi, to target Shia Muslims. In June 2014, the Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e Azb in North Waziristan, which had been the lone tribal area untargeted by comprehensive ground and air operations. It served as a safe haven for the anti-state TTP and a medley of other sectarian, regional and transnational jihadist groups. And so the drop in sectarian violence has come alongside a steep decline in terrorism overall. In 2015, terrorist attacks in Pakistan have dropped for the second consecutive year. Civilian fatalities as a result of terrorism are at their lowest levels since 2006. In 2014, civilian deaths in terrorist attacks dropped by over 40 percent compared to 2013. And this year, they are on pace for another drop of over 40 percent.
Two, the Pakistani government has isolated and eliminated several hardcore sectarian terrorist leaders. In February 2015, Usman Kurd, the leader of the Balochistan wing of prime anti-Shia terrorist group, Lashkar-e Jhangvi, was killed in a shootout with Pakistani paramilitary forces. And in June, Malik Ishaq and Ghulam Rasool Shah, the prime ASWJ militants in Punjab, were killed by police forces in the Punjab province. Ishaq had spent much of the previous two years under administrative detention. But the escape of Kurd from prison in 2007 and release of Ishaq from jail in 2011 helped spur a resurgence of LeJ. Three, in contrast to previous counterterrorism operations, it appears that militants in the Punjab province will not go unscathed. In fact, the killing of Ishaq in June signaled the start of intensifying counterterrorism operations in Punjab. TTP terrorists later killed the province’s top security official, Shuja Khanzada, in August, in reprisal. But the federal and Punjab governments have made clear through the media and in deed that counterterrorism operations in the province will only become more severe. The Punjab government, which previously accommodated anti-Shia agitators from the ostensibly banned ASWJ, is finally utilizing once again existing laws to detain or punish those engaging in sectarian hate speech. At least two clerics associated with the Deobandi Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl party have been arrested on charges of hate speech against Shias and Ahmadis. Punishment of antiAhmadi hate speech is extremely rare in Pakistan—and this arrest may signal the government’s resolve to combat hate speech with an unprecedented vigilance. The Punjab government has also held the ASWJ’s firebrand leader Aurangzeb Farooqi has been held in detention since June. Utilizing detention powers under the Fourth Schedule of the 1997 Anti-Terrorism Act reduces sectarian pollution in public space. And Pakistani police officials who have long been in the fight against the LeJ say that these measures also slow down the momentum of sectarian and terrorist networks. Four, sectarian terrorists have far less operating space inside the country than before. The Pakistan Army now is now engaged in active combat operations in all seven tribal areas. The Kurram Agency, located adjacent to North Waziristan, was home to a Sunni-Shia sectarian war that raged from 2007-11. When the Pakistan Army launched the North Waziristan operations last summer, there were fears that terrorists would resettle in Kurram and renew the sectarian war there. But with the army’s active operations across the tribal areas, the TTP can no longer play a cat and mouse game. Five, at a national level and in all four provinces, there is a whole-of-government approach toward combating sectarianism and militancy. There is unprecedented intelligence sharing and coordination between the civilian and military security agencies in Balochistan and Karachi, where most of the sectarian
violence has taken place in recent years. To be clear, the military is in the driver’s seat. But the net effect has been joint operations by Pakistani paramilitary and police forces in Balochistan and Karachi. Scores of anti-Shia LeJ terrorists have been arrested or killed in Karachi. In Balochistan, targeted killings and mass casualty attacks on Hazara Shias have waned in large part due to the efforts of Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti, who has prevented anti-Shia preachers from entering the province and has swiftly arrested newly created militant cells behind the targeted killings of Hazara Shias this year. Paramilitary forces in Balochistan now provide security for Shia pilgrims en route to Iran. At the national and provincial levels, government officials are bringing Sunni and Shia leaders together to get them to remove hate speech, terror financing, and incitement material in their curriculums. The government is also considering a ban on takfir—the practice of declaring other Muslims as disbelievers. Finally, Pakistan’s refusal to play an active combat role in the Saudi-led Yemen war has proved to be a wise strategic decision, helping ensure the country’s internal cohesion. Involvement in the Yemen war was unpopular across the board, but especially with the country’s Shias. A Pakistani combat role in Yemen would have possibly invited Iran to play a destabilizing role in Pakistan, which would then spur Sunni extremists into action. Digging in FoR a long-teRM Fight There appears to be recognition among Pakistan’s senior leadership that SunniShia sectarianism is a cancer that eats at the very idea of Pakistan, which was founded as a homeland for the subcontinent’s Muslims. In both word and deed, Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership have made clear their seriousness in combating, and eventually eliminating, the scourge of sectarianism. When Talib Hussain, a Shia private security guard, was killed in July while preventing a suicide bomber from entering a Hazara Shia enclave in Quetta, he was hailed as a hero by the Pakistan Army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, and the Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch. The senior military official in Quetta, Lt. Gen. Nasir Janjua, visited Haider’s family. Weeks earlier, Gen. Sharif canceled a scheduled visit to Sri Lanka to head to Karachi after the massacre of Shias by Sunni extremists. More work, of course, needs to be done. Many key leaders of the ASWJ in Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh have gone unscathed. Some ASWJ leaders may lack direct linkages to the expressly militant LeJ, but in the case of people like Rafiq Mengal, the ASWJ’s leader in Quetta, the LeJ connections are direct. Mengal was detained in the summer. While Pakistan has made significant gains in reducing sectarian violence in the country over the past two years, victory will come when the arrest, conviction and punishment of extremists like Mengal (who was detained this summer) becomes not the exception, but the rule. Arif Rafiq (@arifcrafiq) is president of Vizier Consulting, LLC, which provides strategic guidance on Middle East and South Asian political and security issues. He is the author of the monograph, “Sunni Deobandi-Shi`i Sectarian Violence in Pakistan Explaining the Resurgence Since 2007.”
ANOTHER ELECTION WON'T FIX GREECE The party that eventually forms an administration will need to implement the package of reforms agreed with the European Union and the IMF. Fortunately, Alexis Tsipras and the leader of the conservative New Democracy group, Vangelis Meimarakis, have pledged to press on with the conditions dictated in the bailout agreement. A change of government should not lead to a further attempt to renegotiate the terms of that deal. It does mean that the Greek election is a rather superfluous exercise that has done more harm than good, but that is a minor feature in a landscape with much more difficult terrain still to cross. The Greek government has a difficult and long march back to solvency. It will mean real hardship for the Greek people and some of the richer elements in Greek society as they pay something more akin to their fair share of their obligations to the nation. Pensions, social security and wages all face a further squeeze. Privatisations and deregulation of labour
and other markets will also have to be pushed ahead despite resistance. Those changes will be needed whatever the level of Greek debt, as a precursor to establishing a more competitive economy. Investment is desperately needed in the Greek economy as the best hope of delivering the productivity gains for the Greek people to enjoy the standard of living they have a right to. Borrowing to maintain living standards, wages and benefits is no longer an option, for fairly obvious reasons. That is the reality behind much of the technical talk about haircuts and bond yields – a mistake made by the Greek nation as a whole to borrow on world markets at the low rates available after it joined the euro, but without then investing those funds in a way that boosted the productive potential of the Greek economy. Yet Europe owes Greece, too. Greece, as almost every economist concedes, has a debt mountain that cannot be paid off, whether the Greek economy
grows at normal levels or slumps back into recession. At some point some debt “forgiveness” will again be on the agenda and Germany, in particular, will have to accept the reality of the situation. More pressingly, Greece and Italy are on the front line in the refugee crisis and, for obvious reasons, unable to cope with the tide of humanity reaching their shores. If the rest of the EU continues to take an overly harsh line on debt, the Greeks may be less than enthusiastic about implementing European policy on refugees, which is glaringly absent in any case.
10 BUSINESS CORPORATE CORNER beaconhouse Launching nationwide short film competition LAHORE: Beaconhouse is launching the Beaconhouse Film Festival, a nationwide short film competition that will showcase the work of young, talented filmmakers between the ages of 12 to 18 years from across Pakistan. Open to all who wish to participate, the short film competition will offer the next generation of talented filmmakers a grand stage to screen their extraordinary creations, share their vision and interact with others who share their passion. Planning, scriptwriting, shooting, editing and reviewing will bepart of the final product and entries will be judged on these criteria. The submitted short films will be judged by renowned filmmakers and media personalities. The winning films will be screened at the highly publicised Beaconhouse School of Tomorrow festivals in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad this November. Winners will also be awarded cash prizes of up to Rs. 250,000. For competition rules and details on how to apply, visit www.beaconhousetimes.net. PRESS RELEASE
Mobicash launches ‘bachat Account’ for its savings conscious subscribers LAHORE: Mobicash, continuing with its innovative offerings, has launched a savings account for its mobile account holders. Aptly titled ‘Bachat Account’, it provides an incentive to account holders conscious of their saving habits by offering them a daily profit on maintaining a certain balance of money in their mobile account. The profit in the “Bachat Account” is calculated and posted to the mobile account on a daily basis. This service comes with unique features that are industry first initiatives, daily posting to the mobile account and option to subscribe/un-subscribe directly from customer mobile account menu. This service is available to both existing and new Mobicash Mobile Account customers. PRESS RELEASE
samsung launches Galaxy J series smartphones J5 & J7 in Pakistan KARACHI” Samsung has launched Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, the latest Selfie-focused smart phones, in Pakistan. These brilliant, smart devices of Samsung carry LED Flash with the front camera, which outshines all the peer smart phones in the market. Samsung has continued its tradition of delivering gadgets, which are exquisitely designed and carry pioneering technologies. These smart devices are endorsed by Samsung’s Brand Ambassadors, Josh Band and Sabeeka Imam. Farid Ullah Jan, Head of Mobile at Samsung Pakistan and Afghanistan, said, “ The launch of Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 aims to give consumers options in the mid-range price segment. With optimal features and great value proposition for our consumers, the new devices will offer an uncompromised smartphone experience, at very competitive prices.” PRESS RELEASE
Meezan bank & ruba digital sign agreement
KARACHI: Meezan Bank, Pakistan’s first and largest Islamic Bank, and Ruba Digital – Company of Ruba SEZ Group, signed an agreement to certify Ruba Digital’s Installment sale product ‘Mustafeed Islamic Facility’. Under this facility, Ruba Digital will sell consumer durables on installments; Meezan Bank’s role is to provide guidelines to Ruba Digital for ensuring that their installment sales scheme is completely Shariah-compliant. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Waseem Afridi - CEO Ruba Digital said that Meezan Bank’s Islamic Finance knowledge and expertise would enable Ruba Digital to earn Halal returns on this business. He highlighted that Meezan Bank provides Shariah Advisory services around the globe to the financial sector and Ruba Digital is one of the few companies outside the core financial sector that have requested Meezan Bank to structure their installment product according to Shariah principles. PRESS RELEASE
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar awards the USF contract to Telenor Pakistan worth Rs 5.56 billion to provide basic telephony and data services. PR
Saturday, 19 September, 2015
Minister WAnts trAders, businesses to PAy tAxes for econoMic ProGress RAWALPINDI
eDerAl Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar said on Friday that the contribution of traders and business community was a pre-requisite for economic progress in the country. Addressing the 28th Achievements Awards Ceremony organized by the rawalpindi Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the finance minister said that the best way the trader and business community could help in this cause was by paying taxes and helping the government promote tax culture. Dar said it was a great pleasure for him to be among the top performing businessmen and personalities from other spheres who had played a key role in socio-economic uplift of the country. “I have closely interacted with members of the business community. They have contributed well by putting forth proposals for tax reforms,” the finance minister said. The minister said he was fully aware of the problems of the business community and said that the government was devising policies that could address their genuine issues in an appropriate manner. “let’s sit together, discuss the issues and resolve them, that should be the spirit,” Dar said. The minister on the occasion said that he wanted to convey the message to the investors around the world that Pakistan was
an excellent destination for the foreign investors. “All international ratings agencies have given us positive ratings, the latest is Fitch which has awarded us a ‘B’ rating,” the minister said, adding that the country’s forex reserves stood at a record US $ 18.56 billion; the inflation rate in July –August 2015 had been the lowest in over a decade at less than two per cent while the policy rate was at six. Dar said that there had been 33% increase in the revenue generation in the last two fiscal years, adding that this was all reflective of the stability in economy. He also said that just two days ago they had an-
All set for the ground breaking of 100 MW Gulpur Power Project
HUNGARY’S MOL ANNOUNCES NEW OIL, GAS DISCOVERY IN KARAK ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Hungarian oil and gas group MOl on Friday announced a new crude oil, condensate and natural gas discovery in Karak Block in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The block is operated by Mari Petroleum Company limited (MPCl) with 60% working interest while MOl Pakistan Oil and Gas Company. B.V, a subsidiary of MOl, has a 40% share in the block. MOl has a well-established presence in the country with five blocks and over 15 years of successful operation. This is the 10th such discovery since 1999 in 3 different blocks. Kalabagh-1A ST1 discovery is the Joint Venture’s second success in the
nounced establishment of telecom centres in the areas of Zhob, Shangla and Sibi. “We want to facilitate people even in the remotest areas of the country,” the minister said. He said that a Korean delegation was currently visiting Pakistan and would help in the field of telecom and IT. He said that with the government’s focus on energy, economy, education and addressing the scourge of extremism, the future would offer excellent opportunities to potential investors in Pakistan. We have an equal resolve to improve the lives of the poorest of the poor with increased focus on health and education.
Karak block after its first crude oil discovery made at Halini-1 exploratory Well-1 in 2011. Based on a comprehensive 3D seismic campaign the structure was confirmed as an independent closure at about 8 km from the Halini discovery. Kalabagh-1A ST1, spud-in on March 20, 2015, had been successfully drilled down to a depth of 3,003 meters. During testing, the well flowed gas and condensate in Datta Formation at a rate of 618 boepd and 160 bblpd, respectively. In the Samanasuk Formation gas and condensate flowed at a rate of 877 boepd and 180 bblpd respectively. Testing of lockhart Formation flowed commercial quantity of crude oil at 500 bblpd.
ISLAMABAD: During a meeting between Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif and South Korea’s Ambassador Dr.Song Jong Hwan, it was revealed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would perform the ground breaking ceremony of the 100 MW hydropower project in Gulpur AJK on October 15, 2015. The meeting discussed issues of mutual interest and cooperation in power sector development. The ambassador also informed about the progress on the 154MW Patrinad Hydropower Project in AJK and hoped that it would be completed even before the scheduled time of December, 2016. Speaking on the occasion, the minister praised the role of Korean companies in the development of power sector and assured full support for the facilitation of Korean companies in all respects. He hoped that these hydropower plants would be helpful in resolving the electricity shortage and would provide low-cost electricity to the people of Pakistan. Ministry for Water and Power Secretary Muhammad Younas Dagha was also present on the occasion. STAFF REPORT
tarang supports local cinema through collaboration with Jawani Phir nahi Ani KARACHI: Engro Foods Tarang in a glamorous event held last night, launched the much awaited festive song of the eagerly awaited Pakistani movie. Continuing their support of the Pakistani film and movie industry, Engro Foods Tarang has once again demonstrated their commitment to helping the local industry grow by sponsoring one of the feature songs in what has been described by some, as a hilarious comedy. The upbeat and colorful mehndi song and video depicts a celebratory affair in which the attendees are enjoying a delicious cup of tea made with Tarang while the song itself speaks about Jor. PRESS RELEASE
Huawei to soon launch flagship smartphone, Mate s KARACHI: Soon Huawei is going to introduce its luxurious flagship smart phone, Mate S. This smart phone is certainly going to entice the smart phone lovers because of its striking design which has been achieved utilizing outclass manufacturing expertise and craftsmanship at the Huawei Aesthetic center. Mate S, is going to be such a smart phone which would significantly add to the meaning of ultra classiness and brilliance. Those customers, who are liberal, hate constraint and who seek supreme quality and finesse in every product would certainly be impressed by Mate S, as this smart phone is surely going to strengthen Huawei’s also strong market position. PRESS RELEASE
LAHORE: Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana along with CCBPL GM Pakistan John Mathew Galvin at the closing of CCBPL golf tournament. PR
Saturday, 19 September, 2015
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Someone close is a font of wisdom today -- so listen up! You are sure to be surprised when you hear their ideas, not just because they're sensible but because they come from somewhere deep.
You shouldn't show all your cards at once today -- in fact, you may want to hold on to that one ace until the final showdown. It may feel deceitful, but that's just how the game is played sometimes.
Your deeper awareness of today's secrets and hidden agendas really helps you make progress. It's one of those days when you're sure to surprise at least one person with your insider knowledge.
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Your work -or job search -yields some interesting results today, though it likely has more to do with your personal life than with getting ahead in business. It may even give your love life a boost!
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You're not quite sure what's wrong with your working group or gaggle of friends, but you can tell that some new element is required to liven things up. Try anything until the group clicks again.
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Saturday, 19 September, 2015
NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T: INVISIBILITY CLOAK NEARS REALITY
cloak of invisibility may be common in science fiction but it is not so easy in the real world. New research suggests such a device may be moving closer to reality. Scientists said on Thursday that they have successfully tested an ultra-thin invisibility cloak made of microscopic rectangular gold blocks that, like skin, conform to the shape of an object and can render it undetectable with visible light. The researchers said while their experiments involved cloaking a miniscule object they believe the technology could be made to conceal larger objects, with military and other possible applications. The cloak, 80 nanometers in thickness, was wrapped around a threedimensional object shaped with bumps
and dents. The cloak's surface rerouted light waves scattered from the object to make it invisible to optical detection. It may take five to 10 years to make the technology practical to use, according to Xiang Zhang, director of the Materials Sciences Division of the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a
professor at the University of California, Berkeley. "We do not see fundamental roadblocks. But much more work needs to be done," said Zhang, whose research was published in the journal Science. The technology involves so-called metamaterials, which possess properties not present in nature.
Their surfaces bear features much smaller than the size of a wavelength of light. They redirect incoming light waves, shifting them away from the object being cloaked. The cloaking "skin" boasts microscopic light-scattering antennae that make light bouncing off an object look as if it were reflected by a flat mirror, rendering the object invisible. "The fact that we can make a curved surface appear flat also means that we can make it look like anything else. We also can make a flat surface appear curved," said Penn State University electrical engineering professor Xingjie Ni, the study's lead author. The researchers said they overcame two drawbacks of previous experimental microscopic cloaks that were bulkier and harder to "scale up," or become usable for larger objects.
Hilarious pizza order has best delivery instructions ever for brave driver NEWS DESK
HACKING SENDS SHIVERS THROUGH BRAVE NEW WORLD OF DIGITAL CARS FRANKFURT AGENCIES
The connected car may be catching everyone's imagination at this year's IAA auto show. But the new technology also brings with it new dangers, such as hacking. Car-makers at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens its doors to the general public on Saturday, are keen to show off their brave new world of intelligent, digitized models. But an incident in the US earlier this year when computer hackers remotely took control of a Jeep Grand Cherokee while it was driving on a motorway and brought it to a standstill highlighted the dangers that such innovations can bring. And the industry must find ways of convincing consumers that these new supercomputers on wheels are safe and secure. One Jeep owner, Michael Frosch, is taking an extra close look at different models on display at the IAA. "I have the same navigation system as in the Jeep that was hacked," he says. "But I guess I'm not important enough for someone to want to send me crashing into a tree." Jeep was forced to recall 1.4 million vehicles in the US in the wake of the hacking incident, which was a real wake-up call to the potential dangers, says Ricardo Reyes, vice president of US startup Tesla, a maker of upscale electric cars. "We were mobilized before" the incident with the Jeep, but "awareness is much stronger" now, says Brigitte Courtehoux, director of PSA Peugeot Citroen's connected services business unit. German auto giant Volkswagen has promised to turn "all of our models into smartphones on wheels" by 2020. But as was the case with computers and mobile phones before them, that will make cars potential targets for hackers. Around 150 million connected cars will be on the road worldwide in 2020, according to estimates by consultancy firm Gartner. For the time being, "there is no clear economic model for hacking cars. But once your car stores sensitive data, that will start attracting criminals," said Egil Juliussen, analyst at IHS. And those criminals always keep pace with any technological advance. “A connected car is only secure for a short time until a chink in the armour can be found,” said Andrey Nikishin, director of futures technologies projects at the cybersecurity consultants Kaspersky.
A pizza delivery driver shared a note on Reddit that goes above and beyond the call of a customer to create a perfect guide to how to make the delivery, reported Mirror. User xAverageJoex entitled the post, "Dangerous life as a Pizza guy. But they will soon tell tales of my victory”. Underneath the order details, the receipt reads, "We reside within the labyrinthine basement of the hospital; beneath the women's building. The stork upon the ceiling should lead you safely to our location. If you take a wrong turn, you may run into the minotaur that stalks the halls." "But do not fret," the instructions continue. "The beast has a weakness to fire. It may also be lulled to sleep if one were to play Safety Dance on a pan flute crafted from the finest oak.” The note ended with,"Good luck, traveller." Reddit commenters were amused by the tip. User Fish Back-
wards wrote,"You better have got a good tip," while Bambuschbaum added, "Sounds like a quest!" In another post, xAverageJoex hinted again at his adventure, writing, "It was a calm and quiet night within m'lords castle. All was well until a neighboring village asked upon m'lord for help.
Ever since that creature entered the labyrinth, no one has ever been able to get pass to deliver the supplies. So their people were starving and in dire need of help. So that is when I bravely stepped up to this task. It was a long and hard fought journey, but that be'ith a tale for another time."
Inventor creates device to wash and dry hair in just 5 minutes using motorcycle helmet COURTESY MIRROR A man who watched his paralysed grandmother struggling to wash her own hair has come up with an ingenious solution to keep her clean. Chen Gongke, 38, transformed an old helmet and a tank into a machine that can do the job in five minutes. His invention uses a motorcycle helmet, two water tanks and a powered control panel, to heat
water, wash massage and then dry the user's barnet. But although it produces fast results, it took Chen 16 years of tinkering and 18 broken helmets before he could finish the model. Chen, from China, said although it was not completed in time to help her, he hopes it will help many other people. He successfully tested the device on his father.
Skeletons of 200 Napoleonic troops found in Germany FRANKFURT AGENCIES
The skeletons of 200 Napoleonic soldiers have been found during construction work in the German city of Frankfurt, officials said Thursday. "We estimate that about 200 people were buried here," said Olaf Cunitz, head of town planning for the city, at a press conference at the site in Frankfurt´s western Roedelheim district. "According to our preliminary estimate, they are soldiers from the Great Army in 1813", who were on the way back from Napoleon´s Russian campaign. They had fought battles that claimed 15,000 lives in areas near Frankfurt in October 1813, said Cunitz.
The soldiers probably died from battle wounds or succumbed to a typhus epidemic that decimated their army at the time, said Cunitz. He said this was yet to be scientifically verified. It was certain that the "tombs were erected in an emergency," said Andrea Hampel, heritage and historic monuments director in Frankfurt. The soldiers were buried in coffins, which kept the skeletons well-preserved. They were aligned in a row, without funeral articles, in a north-south orientation, not an east-west axis as was common for European Christians at the time, suggesting they were buried in haste, said Hampel. Over 30 skeletons have been excavated and work to dig up the rest was expected to take four to six weeks, said site manager Juergen Langendorf.
Here is tHe first AccurAte scAle model of tHe solAr system COURTESY BUZZ FEED Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh decided to build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits, a true illustration of our place in the universe. The earth and moon are always pictured close together, when in reality, there is a good amount of distance between them. In fact, “every single picture of the solar system that we encounter is not to scale.” “There is literally not an image that adequately shows you what it actually looks like from out there. The only way to see a scale model of the solar system is to build one.” So, these geniuses went to the middle of nowhere, Black Rock Desert, Nevada—the same place where Burning Man is held—to build a scale model of the solar system. “To create a scale model with an Earth only as big as this marble, you need seven miles of empty space.” one of them said while holding a marble. “At this scale, the sun is a meter and a half.” After placing the sun, they measured out a teeny tiny Mercury. Then Venus, about the same size as Earth. Then Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Sorry, Pluto. The guys did such a good job with their scale model, that when they stood at Earth’s orbit during sunrise, the rising sun was the same size as their model sun!
Apple to lAuncH online pAyment in cHinA SHANGHAI AGENCIES Apple will launch an online payment service in China, media said, as the tech giant seeks to expand in its largest market outside of the US despite fierce competition from local rivals. An Apple Company offering online payment has launched in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ), an area set up as a testbed for financial reforms, China News Service reported late Thursday. Apple didn't give a date for the launch, but the company told AFP that CEO Tim Cook hopes to set-up Apple Pay in China "as quickly as possible". Cook previously said that he expects China one day to surpass the United States to become Apple's largest market. But China's e-commerce giant Alibaba dominates the country's online payment sector, with the Paypal-like Alipay taking around 80 percent of the market. Internet firm Tencent is also catching up with a similar service provided via its popular messaging application WeChat.
Saturday, 19 September, 2015
No caNdlelight dates for alia Bhatt
desigNers dazzle oN day 2 of pfdc
L’ORÉAL PARIS REDEFINES BEAUTY BY INTRODUCING ‘MAKEUP GENIUS’ APP ON DAY 2 Actress Alia Bhatt says that she would prefer a date wearing pyjamas at her home instead of a candlelight dinner all decked up. “Honestly, I’m not into this candlelight and going out and dressing up. I want to be be in pyjamas at home, and watch my favourite TV shows, ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Friends’. I want to eat my favourite cheap food, whether it is pizza, or other cheap food like samosas or chaats. Now I’ve become a vegetarian, so the cheap food is less nowadays. I want to be in the comfort of my home with my partner and be myself and this would be a ‘shaandaar’ date for me,” said Alia when asked about her ideal date. Responding to Alia’s answer, Shahid quipped, “That means you’ll be throwing pizzas and ‘chaat’ at each other.” Alia and Shahid were promoting their film ‘Shaandaar’ at his alma mater Mithibai College and when one of the students asked Alia who she would like to go on a date with from the industry except Shahid, he interrupted, “Why did you leave me out?” When reminded that he was married and hence committed, he replied, “Everybody is committed in some way or the other. At least, hypothetically let me be alive.” Alia was clueless about the date and asked for suggestions from the crowd who took numerous names except Shahid. At this, he said, “I’m one of you and you’re taking other names and not my name, I’m very hurt.” Finally Alia said, “I’ll go on a ‘Shaandaar’ date with Shahid and all students of Mithibai College.” “Shaandaar” is a romantic comedy having the backdrop of a destination wedding and is produced by Dharma Productions and Phantom Films. AGENCIES
BurBerry to preview ss16 show oN sNapchat
LONDON : Burberry will take a pioneering approach to its latest catwalk show, due to take place on September 21 at 1pm as part of London Fashion Week. In a first for a major fashion brand, Burberry will preview the show on Snapchat the evening before as the finishing touches are being made at the brand’s London studio, inviting the app’s 100 million users to see it before it is officially showcased. The entire footage will then disappear 24 hours later. Additionally, the brand will launch Burberry Live Story on Snapchat, which will be available for 24 hours from the morning of the show. It will house a Snapchat-curated montage of crowd-sourced Burberry show-related video and imagery, offering an access-allareas vantage point into Burberry’s show from the red carpet to backstage and beyond. The average Live Story generates around 60 million unique views, meaning Burberry’s reach will be phenomenal. The use of the app also bring Burberry to a younger customer, as 71 per cent of Snapchat’s users are under 25. AGENCIES
HE second day of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2015 (#PLBW2015) opened with bridal showcases by Sana Safinaz, followed by Fahad Hussayn, Nickie Nina, Misha Lakhani. PFDC also introduced new bridal designers featuring SUFFUSE by Sana Yasir and MAHGUL and The House of Kamiar Rokni. Make-up and hair styling for Day-2 of PFDC was done by the creative team at Nabila’s with male models styled by NGENTS. PLBW is presented by Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) and L’Oréal Paris, the world’s leading beauty brand. It is a platform that endeavors to define and present contemporary and traditional Pakistani bridal fashion, while fusing hair and makeup trends to create looks for the upcoming bridal season each year. This year, the PFDC L’Oréal
Photo by Murtaza ali
Paris team also aims to redefine bridal hair and make-up. The styling and makeup teams presented their trends for the season using L’Oréal Makeup Designer Paris and Excellence Crème products. In addition to this, L’Oréal Paris exclusively previewed their latest innovation in digital beauty and augmented reality: Makeup Genius. The global smart phone application, Makeup Genius, acts as a virtual mirror allowing users to test products and recreate looks using their smart phones or tablets. The application provides a customized, premium and unprecedented beauty ‘e-routine’ for all women. L’Oréal Paris also published their signature
newsletters showcasing looks created by the PLBW make-up teams using L’Oréal Makeup Designer Paris products. The success of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week continues to prompt private sector associates to grow in their engagement of the platform to launch new products, marketing campaigns and promotional activities. Thus, sharing a common vision with the PFDC to develop and promote Pakistan’s fashion industry. In the same spirit, this year the PFDC welcomed global giant Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. as official sponsors of #PLBW2015 as black carpet hosts and official digital partners who introduced the
much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 at the event. The PFDC further welcomed premium interiors brand Marina Homes to PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week where they introduced a new line of exotic fashion furniture through an exclusive lounge at #PLBW2015 along with luxury jewellery brand Amrapali Jaipur as an Associate Sponsor, Shoe Planet as the official Footwear Sponsors and Coca-Cola as the official beverage partners. #PLBW2015 is produced by the in-house PFDC production team. HSY is the event director and show choreographer, Nabila/NGENTs is official hair and makeup stylists. Front stage management is by Maheen Kardar Ali and backstage management is by Product 021. Sara Shahid of Sublime by Sara is the official spokesperson for the PFDC. Logistics and operations is handled by Eleventh Experience, digital support by Pakka Papita, photography by Faisal Farooqui and the team at Dragonfly. Urdu1 is the Official Media Partners, CityFM89 the Official Radio Partners and Vision East as the official Live Stream Service Provider. PIFD Students are providing backstage and front-stage support and all media management is being done by Lotus Client Management & Public Relations.
FIRST 8 MINS OF PRIYANKA CHOPRA’S QUANTICO IS OUT Quantico isn’t due to release in to US until September 27, but ABC has already released the first 8 minutes of the pilot episode. In it, we are taken through a brief background of Priyanka Chopra (and other fellow FBI recruits) and how they reach their training base in Virgina. Presumably this is a promotional feature, in order to get us curious/excited about the show. The teaser starts with a very brief intro into Alex’s (Priyanka Chopra) life, which she leaves behind to join the FBI. Thankfully, no efforts have been made to make her look outwardly Indian, or to beautify her by making her unnaturally white (we’re looking at you, Bollywood). The teaser also follows other fellow recruits (look out for an adorable but seemingly pointless kiss between two male recruits) while they are on their way to training, and Alex’s hook up sesh with a random guy she meets on the airplane. Possibly a reinforcement of the fact that Alex is a modern, independent girl, we’re guessing. The introductory 8 minutes are quite telling of how the show may pan out. It’s tightly edited, Priyanka as Alex is impressively sassy, as one would assume an FBI recruit should be. The teaser ends at a cliffhanger, where Alex finds herself (in the future) unconscious and stuck in the middle of rubble”. AGENCIES
BUNDCHEN TOPS FORBES LIST OF HIGHEST PAID MODELS With estimated earnings of $44 million during the past year, Gisele Bundchen has topped the list of highest paid models for a ninth year, Forbes.com said on Thursday. British model Cara Delevingne, who has recently stepped off the catwalk and onto the big screen, came in a tied second with fellow Brazilian model Adriana Lima with $9 million. Dutch model Doutzen Kroes was named fourth with earnings of $7.5 million, followed by Russian model Natalia Vodianova with $7 million. AGENCIES
HOW TO FIND YOUR MOTIVATION: HRITHIK ROSHAN’S FITNESS TRAINER EXPLAINS It’s easy to criticise others for lacking motivation to finish a particular task. But in this negative process, we fail to understand that motivation is a relative term and what it means to the other person. What motivates me may not work for you and vice versa. Self-discovery and self-motivation is not everyone’s cup of tea and it’s not easily realised. Rebuking people for not doing what they set out to do is perhaps the wrong approach. Everyone has motivation; they just don’t see it clearly. In his book-Bollywood by Design-one of the world’s most celebrated fitness trainer Kris Gethin, explains that “Motivation is an evocative word – something that we try to see in ourselves and may disparage others for lacking. But when we really think about it, everyone is motivated – just by different things and in different ways.” Gethin is the director of trainers for Physique Elite, who transformed Bollywood
stars such as Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Imran Khan and Karan Johar. This book sets out to simplify and demonstrate how people can experience transformational success in just 10 weeks. He contextualises the transformation process to suit the Indian audience. Most importantly, Gethin brings into sharp focus the meaning behind the loaded word ‘motivation’. “In a world with so much background noise, it can be difficult, almost impossible, to start every single day with your hopes and dreams at the forefront of your mind. Instead you find your judgement clouded by yesterday’s work, today’s quandaries and tomorrow’s challenges,” says Gethin. In the face of such complexity and everyday stress, it’s natural to lose sight of what we want in the long run. Instead of pursuing a set goal, we become
obsessed with achieving the false ones. “The classic example is materialism,” says Gethin. “We still hanker after a new pair of shoes, a second car or a latest smartphone – everything that would bring us temporary respite from our daily woes.” While the author doesn’t disregard everything we buy as unnecessary, he points out that “buying things should never take center stage in your motivation. Things are easily taken away as they are given. It all begins with your motivation.” According to Gethin, identifying your hopes and ambitions as a starting point can be tough. He suggests some simple steps to identify and unravel what brings you happiness: “Consider for a second how the various components of your life fit together. Look back over the path you’ve taken. Through education, through a career, through family and friends. WEb dESk
CRAIG OVERTON BANNED FROM SOMERSET SURVIVAL MATCH SPORTS DESK Craig Overton has received an automatic two-match suspension after an eCB cricket discipline commission examined a ditsurbing disciplinary record which has brought three umpiring reports in a single season. The suspension is a blow to Somerset, who are not yet safe from relegation, and will cause further concern about the on-field behaviour of Overton, who has been called up, along with his brother Jamie, for an england fast bowlers camp in South Africa in November. Overton was reported by umpires Alex Wharf and Ian Gould during Somerset’s LV= Championship match against Sussex this week for a Level One breach of the directives: using language that is obscene, offensive or insulting and/or making an obscene gesture. He has now received a total of nine penalty points and is suspended from Somerset’s Championship match against Warwickshire on 22-25 September 2015 and also from the first match in the 2016 programme. Overton had previously breached the fixed penalty directives on two occasions in 2015. The penalty for a further breach at Level 1 within 24 months is three penalty points. These penalty points will remain on his record for a period of two years.
MOIN ASHRAF AMONG YORKSHIRE TRIO RELEASED
Saturday, 19 September, 2015
Shaw to undergo Second operation L
COURTESY DAILY MAIL
uke Shaw will have another operation on his shattered right leg in Holland today. The 20year-old Manchester united defender was taken to the St Anna Ziekenhuis hospital on the outskirts of eindhovenon Tuesday nightafter breaking his lower leg in two places during united’s 2-1 loss to PSV in the Champions League. Two orthopaedic surgeons and a trauma specialist operated on Shaw and the left back was told to expect a short stay in Holland before being allowed home. However, it is understood Shaw will have a second operation at the Dutch hospital today, though his condition is deemed satisfactory given the severity of the injury. The england defender, who is expected to miss the rest of the season, willremain in eindhoven until united’s medical staff are happy for him to come home. When he does return, it may have to be by road as air travel — and the associated changes in air pressure — is not recommended after major surgery.
Meanwhile, united chief executive ed Woodward has claimed that ueFA remain as determined as ever to clamp down on clubs looking to get round their Financial Fair Play rules. united released their quarterly accounts yesterday, revealing a £38million drop in turnover caused by last season’s absence from the Champions League. However, Woodward believes united’s new kit deal with adidas will take the club close to Real Madrid’s world record turnover of £513.7m next season and hinted that Louis van Gaal will continue to invest in the squad. Asked on an investors’ conference call if there was any update on his view on Financial Fair Play in the wake of big spending by other British clubs this summer, Woodward said: ‘I think I know who you’re talking about. ‘I would expect that they spent within the rules. everybody understands them and as we know there are some big revenue increases coming down the path. But the core question is:Is FFP still important? It is absolutely. There is still great belief in it from ueFA.’Manchester City have been fined once for falling foul of FFP
united had revenues of £395.2m and made a loss of £1.2m. The cost of missing out on the Champions League for a year was around £35m.
ALL-ROUND NASIR SINKS INDIA A WITH TON AND FIVE-FOR
SPORTS DESK Moin Ashraf, Dan Hodgson and Jonny Tattersall, have been released by Yorkshire. Ashraf, a right-arm seamer, leaves the club after five years in which he made 21 firstclass appearances taking 43 wickets. The 23-year-old’s best season came in 2012 when he spearheaded Yorkshire’s T20 attack with Australian international Mitchell Starc, helping the White Rose County reach finals day at Cardiff before losing out to Hampshire in the final. Wicketkeeperbatsman Hodgson, a product of the Leeds Bradford MCCu set-up, joined Yorkshire in 2012 and has been a mainstay of Yorkshire’s Second XI this season, captaining the side on a number of occasions. He played a major part in the club’s 2012 Champions League appearance in South Africa where he kept wicket in the absence of senior players Jonny Bairstow and Andrew Hodd. Last season he spent some time on loan at Derbyshire. Former england under 19s batsman Tattersall made one List A appearance for the Club during the 2013 season against Glamorgan at Headingley. His fielding ability led to him fielding as substitute for the england senior side on a number of occasions.
rules and spent heavily once again this summer. There is no suggestion, however, that their spending has put them at risk of breaching FFP again.
BANGLADESH A 252 FOR 8 (NASIR 102*, DHAWAN 344) BEAT INDIA A 187 (CHAND 56, NASIR 5-36, RUBEL 4-33) BY 65 RUNS SPORTS DESK A sparkling all-round performance from Nasir Hossain led Bangladesh A to a 65run win against India A in the second
one-dayer, helping them level the series 1-1. Coming in at 82 for 5 in the 19th over, Nasir pulled Bangladesh A out of troubled waters with an unbeaten hundred, his third in List A matches, to lead them to a competitive 252 for 8 and then took five wickets, including those of unmukt Chand and Suresh Raina, to make the win comfortable in the end. The India A chase looked on course when they were 119 for 1 in the 28th over, with Chand on 56, and even when Raina smacked Rubel Hossain for a six three overs later with the hosts needing 116 runs from 19 overs. But Nasir had
Chand caught behind down the leg side, and had Raina and karun Nair stumped within four balls to leave India A struggling at 146 for 5. Bangladesh A captain Mominul Haque brought Rubel back into the attack immediately from the other end, and the bowler did the needful by removing Sanju Samson for a golden duck and karn Sharma for 2. Nasir then knocked over Rishi Dhawan’s off stump, also for a duck, thwarting India’s chance of a win. Mayank Agarwal had given the chase an attacking start with three fours within the first four overs but fell to Rubel’s pace while going for a drive, for 24. Chand then took charge, alongside a circumspect Manish Pandey, and hit three fours in the ninth over off Shafiul Islam to push the run rate towards five. He was dropped on 21 by Liton Das off Rubel, and cashed in to cross 50 and take his team past 100. With things not going Bangladesh A’s way, Mominul used seven bowlers by the 27th over in a bid to break a partnership that grew to 88. It worked when Chand edged one off Nasir and Pandey made room against Rubel three overs later only to find his middle stump scattered. Rubel and Nasir combined to take six wickets for 20 runs and Gurkeerat Singh was the only batsman to hang on, scoring a 30ball 34, before he ran out of partners. earlier, put in to bat, Bangladesh A were thrown off track by double blows from Dhawan and legspinner karn after they lost Rony Talukdar early. Soumya Sarkar and Anamul Haque had just
started to push the throttle after a watchful and edgy fifty-run stand for the second wicket when Dhawan struck. Sarkar, who had been dropped twice, dragged one onto his stumps for 24 and Dhawan got Mominul’s edge in his next over. Three overs later karn took a return catch off Anamul for 34 and struck Sabbir Rahman’s middle stump, after the batsman stepped out and missed, to leave the side at 82 for 5. The innings was resurrected by two crucial stands - the sixth-wicket partnership between Liton and Nasir for 70 runs, and seventh-wicket one between Nasir and Arafat Sunny for 50. Liton led the first partnership, collecting four fours between the 18th and 21st overs, and the two batsmen had just settled down when Dhawan came back for his second spell and Liton pulled him straight to the deep square leg fielder for 45. It was a Nasir Hossain show from there. The pitch seemed better for batting and he farmed the strike in the company of Sunny, Shafiul and Rubel. Soon after he brought up his fifty with a sweep in the 37th over, he smashed karn over long-off like a confident toporder batsman for six. After Sunny and Shafiul fell within 16 balls, Nasir provided a strong finish by smacking Raina for three fours in an over - a slog sweep and two cover drives - to race from 76 to 88. With three overs still to go, he reached the three-figure mark off 94 balls and took his team single-handedly past 250, collecting 41 runs in the last five overs with the tail-enders.
BCCI PRESIDENT DALMIYA STABLE, BUT STILL IN CRITICAL CARE SPORTS DESK BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was hospitalised on Thursday evening after suffering a heart attack, is now stable. According to the fresh medical bulletin issued by the BM Birla Hospital in kolkata, Dalmiya was “clinically better”, but was still in the coronary critical care unit. “Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya was admitted last night with chest
discomfort and underwent coronary angiography. Clot was aspirated out to establish good flow in coronary arteries,” the medical bulletin issued at 10.30 am on Friday stated. “Today, he is clinically better with improvement in eCG. He is being monitored at the hospital with medication as per protocol.” According to one of the senior officials at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), where Dalmiya was elected as president for an
eighth consecutive term in July, doctors had indicated there were still some clots that needed to be cleared: “We have been told that although one of the clots has been removed, it is only partially removed. There are few more.” In the first bulletin, issued late Thursday evening, the doctors had said that “multiple lesions were observed with total occlusion of left anterior descending coronary artery.”
Saturday, 19 September, 2015
SutherLand’S poSSibLe SucceSSor emergeS
eVIN Roberts has emerged as a prospective replacement for the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland, after taking the lateral step of resigning from the board of directors to join the executive management team. A former New South Wales batsman, Roberts was one of three independent directors added to the CA board in late 2012 as part of sweeping governance reform, but he has now turned his attention to a full-time role as executive general manager one team, strategy and people, directly reportable to Sutherland. Roberts was chosen as the man to replace Alex Wyatt, a club cricket colleague of Sutherland’s who had an eventful 18month term in the role. Wyatt had been touted as a potential successor for Sutherland, who last year moved from the contracted role he had held since 2001 to a rolling employment deal that allows both him and CA more flexibility to part ways at a time of mutual choosing. Instead, Wyatt has resigned to return his focus to renewable energy and emerging technology.
taiwan, paKiStan LocKed at 1-1 in daviS cup pLayoff SPORTS DESK Taiwan and Pakistan were locked at 1-1 after the first day of their Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II playoff at the Ulusal Tenis Egitim Merkezi Tennis Club in Izmir, Turkey, yesterday. Taiwan’s bid for promotion back to Asia/Oceania Group I next year did not get off to a good start when Hung Jui-chen lost the opening singles rubber, but Jimmy Wang squared the match with a straight-sets victory in the second. Hung won the opening set against Ageel Khan, but fell to a 5-7, 6-4, 61, 6-4 defeat, before Jimmy Wang crushed Samir Iftikhar 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 to square the match. Hostilities are set to resume to day with Taiwan’s Wang Chieh-fu and Yu Cheng-yu due to take on Mohammad Akbar and Aisam Qureshi in the doubles rubber, with tomorrow’s reverse singles set to decide the victors. Both team’s recorded 3-1 wins to reach this stage of the competition, Pakistan over Indonesia and Taiwan against the Philippines. The match is being played in Turkey due to the security situation in Pakistan.
It was in these areas that he made his name and career, working extensively in Asia before taking on the CA role in early 2014. Since finishing his time with the Blues, Roberts has developed a strong corporate footprint, spending time with Adidas in europe and also being charged with salvaging the fortunes of the stricken outdoors brand Colorado in Australia. More recently, Roberts has shared his CA board responsibility with a role as
chief executive of the Australian-based sports apparel firm 2Xu. He will be joining the executive management team around the same time as another independent director, David Peever, replaces Wally edwards as chairman of the board. “kevin is an experienced business leader,” Sutherland said, “with an outstanding track record in achieving alignment, managing change and building values-based work forces with a sharp
focus on growth and high performance, which aligns with Cricket Australia’s vision to be Australia’s Favourite Sport - A Sport For All Australians. “In addition to his most recent role at 2Xu, kevin spent a number of years with the Adidas Group in Germany, rising to the role of Global Senior Vice President. either side of his tenure at Adidas, kevin led business transformations at Colorado Group/Fusion Retail Brands and Canterbury International. “kevin brings with him a strong cricket pedigree and deep relationships within the game at club, state and national level. kevin played youth cricket for Australia and first-class cricket for NSW, in addition to managing a former commercial partner of CA and being a CA Director over the last three years. “I am very excited about kevin’s appointment - it is an extremely important role for Australian cricket and I firmly believe that kevin’s experience, capability and passion will complement and further support cricket’s leadership, particularly across CA’s executive Team, Leadership Team and our State and Territory CeOs.” Wyatt, who had shown combustible
SANIA MIRZA’S US OPEN SUCCESS INSPIRES SHOAIB MALIK LAhORE AGENCIES
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Thursday said his tennis star Indian wife Sania Mirza’s success in the uS Open has inspired him on the cricket field — but also put him under pressure. Mirza won the ladies doubles in the uS Open last week with Swiss partner Martina Hingis, the pair’s second Grand Slam doubles title in a row following their triumph in Wimbledon. In April this year Mirza became the first Indian woman to attain the world number one ranking in doubles, alongside former Grand slam singles champion Hingis. Malik, who married Mirza in a high-
profile wedding in 2010, said his wife’s win was both an inspiration as well as extra pressure ahead of Pakistan’s Zimbabwe tour. “Her win in the uS Open inspires me to do well on the tour of Zimbabwe,” Malik told reporters. “It also adds slight pressure to do well in cricket.” Malik is part of Pakistan’s Twenty20 and oneday squad for the tour starting September 27. Pakistan will play two Twenty20 matches, on September 27 and 29, and three one-day internationals, on October 1, 3 and 5. Malik said Zimbabwe would be tough to beat despite many people believing the “Zimbabwe series will be easy”, adding Pakistan’s opponents “will be competitive”.
Bangladesh could give Australia a fright: Law SPORTS DESK Stuart Law believes Australia may be surprised at the strength of the Bangladesh team they take on in next month’s Test series in Chittagong and Dhaka. Law, the former Australia batsman, has previously served as coach of Bangladesh and Queensland, and he is now back in Bangladesh to
tendencies in a selection of on-field confrontations as a cricketer in england and Australia, was responsible for a broad area of responsibility after taking a role designed to replace those of Marianne Roux (now self-employed) and Andrew Jones (Cricket NSW chief executive). His major contribution was to push forward a “one team” strategy for the whole of Australian cricket that will be part of Roberts’ remit, an approach that urges all states to work as closely as possible with CA and each other. However there was also the publicised step of looking to create a more competitive market for international matches, leading to headlines suggesting that the MCG was in danger of losing the Boxing Day Test - a claim stridently denied by CA at the time. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Alex for his tenure,” Sutherland said. “During his time with Australian cricket, Alex has played an important role leading a number of key projects, including our work with State and Territory Associations around a unified working concept, entitled One Team. That process has and continues to bring about important discussion and debate on how cricket will best deliver on its vision and strategy.”
help them prepare for next year’s under-19 World Cup. A new-look Australia will tour Bangladesh next month under captain Steven Smith, with five veterans missing having recently retired: Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Chris Rogers, Ryan Harris and Shane Watson. They will also be without David Warner, who has a thumb injury, and the fast
bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood are being rested. Bangladesh should therefore view this as their best chance to rattle Australia, having previously lost all four Tests they have played against them, in 2003 and 2006. However, Bangladesh have lost only two of their past 12 Tests at home, and they are also coming off ODI series wins at home against South Africa, India and Pakistan this year. “If Bangladesh play anywhere near what they have been in recent times, they will give Australia a real fright,” Law said. “People who are expecting Australia to come here and be the big bully and beat Bangladesh out of the stadium, don’t think that’s the case. Bangladesh will be ready for a fight.” Smith will be in charge of a squad featuring two uncapped players, fast bowler Andrew Fekete and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, and a further eight members of the group have played fewer than 10
Tests. Law said that would add to their challenge, as would the conditions in Bangladesh, where the heat and turn of the pitches will test the Australians. “Australia are going through rebuilding,” Law said. “It is a different look team. The amount of experience that has left the team recently is a huge hole to fill. “understand it will be hot. The ball will turn and another big stepping stone would be to get used to the lifestyle here. They have a lot of hurdles to jump over. Bangladesh has to play good cricket. It will be tight.” The make-up of Australia’s XI remains a mystery but with Nathan Lyon, Steve O’keefe and Glenn Maxwell in the squad they have plenty of spinning options, as well as the seam-bowling allrounder Mitchell Marsh and four frontline fast men. Writing in his column on Cricket Australia’s website, Smith said there were plenty of options for how to balance the side.
preSSure aLL on murray, SayS hewitt GLASGOW AGENCIES Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt says the pressure is all on Andy Murray as he attempts to lead his Great Britain side to Davis Cup glory. Murray suffered the disappointment of being knocked out in the fourth round of the US Open by Kevin Anderson in New York last week - his earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in five years. The 28-year-old is now concentrating on leading Team GB into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1978 as they prepare to face Australia in their semi-final clash at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. The best-of-five tie opens with two singles rubbers on Friday, followed by the doubles rubber on Saturday and the reverse singles on Sunday. Murray played three tough matches in three days in GB’s win over France in the quarter-finals in July including a doubles win with older brother Jamie and Hewitt says the weight of expectation will be on the Scot again this time round. “A lot of the pressure is obviously on Andy,” said Hewitt, who won the competition with Australia in 1999 and 2003. “Whoever gets the opportunity to face him on day one really has nothing to lose, you can go out free swinging and play your game.” The 34-year-old, who is set to retire after the Australian Open at the start of 2016, added: “I think Andy pretty much has got to win that match in a lot of ways so it’s going to be a bigger rubber for them, I think, and these young boys are big match players as well. “We’re going to try and come up with the best team play to win three out of the five matches.” However, two-time major winner Murray was adamant that Great Britain’s Davis Cup squad was not a one-man team. “I wouldn’t say it’s all on me. We got into this position by everyone in the team playing their part,” Murray said. “I think there’s pressure on everybody. It’s Lleyton’s last chance to win the Davis Cup and he’ll be feeling pressure as well and all the players in their team will be feeling the same way. “The pressure is on us as well because everyone views this as a good opportunity, so we can point fingers at one another and say there is pressure for certain individuals and none on the others but they’ll be feeling the pressure as well and we’ll see who handles it better over the weekend.” The 28-year-old, who will be cheered on by a passionate home support in Scotland, added that he had played some of the best tennis of his career in the competition. “When I am competing for my country I have played some of the best tennis of my life. So, I obviously enjoy it and it inspires me,” Murray said. “Obviously I didn’t play as well as I would have liked in New York but hopefully I can turn it around here.” It is Great Britain’s first semi-final for 34 years, and the nine-time champions are now the favourites to win the event for the first time since 1936.
SPORTS Saturday, 19 September, 2015
WOZNIACKI BACKS SERENA TO BEAT SLAM RECORD
Singapore: Former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki on Friday backed her close friend Serena Williams to beat Steffi Graf’s record of 22 major titles despite her heartbreaking defeat at the US Open. Williams was bidding for the first calendar year Grand Slam since Graf in 1988, as well as a recordequalling 22nd major victory, when she was stunned by Roberta Vinci in the US Open semifinals. But Wozniacki, speaking during a promotional visit for the Singapore Tourism Board, said it was only a matter of time before Williams makes the Grand Slam record her own. “She’s won three Slams this year. I think that just proves it,” Denmark’s Wozniacki, ranked sixth, said of the American world No. 1. “It’s never easy (to surpass Steffi Graf) but I definitely believe that she can do it,” the 25-year-old added. With Williams, who will turn 34 next week, and Swiss great Roger Federer, also 34, still at the top of the game, Wozniacki said players are finding ways to take better care of their bodies. “I think if you look at tennis nowadays, people play longer and I think they’ve found better ways to take care of their body... and everything has helped players to play longer and I think that’s great,” said Wozniacki. For herself, Wozniacki stressed that staying healthy is her priority after a season affected by injury. AGENCIES
WAQAR CONFIDENT OF PAKISTAN BEATING ENGLAND
Karachi: Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis is confident that his team can beat England in the upcoming three-match Test series in the United Arab Emirates. The former captain also indicated that Pakistan would rely heavily on their spinners to test the English batsmen. “More than the limited over series in Zimbabwe, we are totally focused on the Test matches against England. It is a very important series for us and I just want the team to repeat the form they showed against Australia and New Zealand last year,” Waqar said while talking to a sports channel. He noted that Pakistan’s Test squad was a well-settled one and balanced. “I am confident we can win this series (against England) if we play the way we did against Australia and New Zealand. Our players are used to the pitches in UAE and if we look at the number of centuries scored by Younis Khan, Misbahul-Haq or Azhar Ali in Tests I think we can do well,” he said. Waqar also said that Pakistan will not feel the absence of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who had played a key role in the 3-0 destruction of England at the same venues in 2012. AGENCIES
PSL SHOULD BE PLAYED IN PAKISTAN: AFRIDI
HAHID Afridi, the Pakistan T20 captain, has said the Pakistan Super League (PSL) should be held within the country, with or without overseas players. The PCB had announced recently that the inaugural edition of the league would be held in Doha, Qatar in February 2016. “It would be great if PSL could have been held in Pakistan,” Afridi said. “As we were talking about the revival of cricket in Pakistan after the Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan, we started to hope that cricket would continue to be played here. Our cricket should be played within our own territory. It looks good if our grounds get revived, filled with crowds and our own players get the maximum benefit out of it.” The PSL had initially contacted top agencies handling over 100 international players to consider playing in Pakistan. The response was overwhelmingly negative, which forced the PSL to be held outside Pakistan. The Zimbabwe tour in May was widely propagated as heralding the revival of international cricket in Pakistan, but a suicide attack near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore during the second ODI meant the rest of the cricket world remained unconvinced. Though Zimbabwe stayed on to play the third and final ODI, the incident ruined the efforts made to revive international cricket in Pakistan. Last month, the PCB finally zeroed in on Doha as the venue for the PSL, for
which prominent T20 players such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo have signed up. Afridi, however, said that what mattered more than overseas signings was that young Pakistan cricketers should get the chance to play at home. “I am not worried if foreign players come or not, but what is important is the revival of cricket in Pakistan and (that) our youngsters get opportunity to play in front of big crowds,” Afridi said. “It isn’t possible that we invite foreigners and (they) do not come. I spoke to some players and they are ready to come. If we give good offers to foreign players I don’t see any reason why they won’t come. The circumstances of our country are getting better and better.” When asked about the prospect of Pakistan playing India, Afridi said it would be “bigger than the Ashes” but added that Pakistan should move on if India does not want to play. Cricketing ties between the countries have been snapped by border and political tension. Despite an agreement between the PCB and the BCCI, the chances of the series slated for December going ahead appear bleak. The BCCI had signed an MOU to play Pakistan in six series between 2015 and 2023, with the first to be hosted by the PCB in the UAE in December. The series, however, was always subject to government approval. “I don’t know why we are pushing for India series,” Afridi said. “There are other teams as well so we should be focusing on reviv-
ing our own home grounds. We have to work on the basic things and making them strong. Why insist on playing with India? I don’t see any need to play if they don’t want to play. We have invited them and if they do not want to play then it shouldn’t be a worry. We are still happy. “Pakistan has always welcomed India, last time when India toured Pakistan nobody has seen such a welcome to any team in the world. We have always supported India in tough times but it’s their government decision. But I understand people from both countries want to see their teams play each other. If we play each other it would be a bigger series than the Ashes.” The Pakistan limited-overs squads are presently undergoing a conditioning camp at Gaddafi Stadium. Pakistan are set to play two T20s and three ODIs against Zimbabwe from September 27 to October 5. The trip is meant to
MOHSIN KHAN DEMANDS CLEANSING OF PCB KARACHI AGENCIES
Former head coach and chief selector Mohsin Hasan Khan on Thursday called for cleansing and accountability in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “I appeal to Patron In Chief of PCB to launch an inquiry into the affairs of the board and for presence of tainted coaching staff in Pakistan team and in Pakistan Super League (PSL),” he told reporters at a news conference at the Karachi Club Hall. He added that, “PCB should have waited for a good time to launch the PSL in Pakistan instead of choosing Qatar as the venue.” He
praised the Army and Security forces for their sacrifices in improving the security situation and restoring peace in the country and paving the way for return of international cricket in Pakistan. Mohsin Khan had also hit out at the PCB last year after he was overlooked for Pakistan’s chief coach. He also referred to Justice Malik Muhammad Qayyum report which fined six players following a judicial inquiry into match-fixing launched in 1998. Mohsin, who guided Pakistan to a historic 3-0 rout of the then world number one side England in 2012 as chief coach, accused PCB of inducting ‘tainted’ players. Mohsin supported the role of departmental
reciprocate the Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan earlier this year. Afridi said Pakistan were not underestimating their opponents. “Obviously no doubt they are a fine side. I never underestimate any team especially in T20 format as once the game slips out of your hand it’s really hard to fight back. They are playing so well and I have seen their recent performances. They are in form as a team. Playing at their home ground in their own conditions is always tough. Even the matches here in Pakistan, in our home series, we never won them with ease. “We are preparing and the series is allowing us to try many new faces ahead of the World T20. There are many players who impressed me in this (domestic) T20 cup but we can’t afford to make many changes at once. We are going to make a settled side ahead of the World T20.”
cricket in Pakistan and said a specific lobby was trying to undermine its contribution. He recalled that legendary Pakistan captain and board head Abdul Hafeez Kardar launched departmental cricket which hugely benefitted national cricket. ‘Tainted trio doesn’t deserve second chance’ Mohsin was also of the view that the trio of Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt should not be inducted in Pakistan team. “For the betrayal and damage Amir, Asif and Salman have done to the country, they should be banned for life,” he said. However showing leniency, Mohsin Khan said they should be allowed to play domestic cricket to earn their bread and butter. He questioned that what kind of message is being delivered to the youth of the nation by allowing these cricketers to play for Pakistan again. He said he had always played cricket for his country with great pride and integrity.
Asif, AAmir betrAyed me in 2010 Lord’s test: Aqib KARACHI AGENCIES
Pakistan’s bowling coach, Aqib Javed, during the 2010 Lord’s Test when M Aamir and M Asif bowled no-balls in a successful attempt at spot-fixing believes the young left-arm pacer was mature enough to understand what he was doing and the trio betrayed his trust. “Aamir has been built up as young and naïve and I don’t think it is a fair narrative,” said Aqib, as quoted by an Indian newspaper. “Aamir was old enough to understand right from wrong. At least in the episode we are talking about. There is no question of him being treated differently because he is three years younger compared to the other guy. It’s about setting examples and age has nothing to do with it.” When asked about how he felt when the news came out he recalled: “It was the worst day of my life. I was the bowling
coach then, and have just horrible memories. That was the worst time of my life. All of us were so embarrassed. We couldn’t go out even to restaurants for a few weeks. In fact, we couldn’t even leave our hotel. It hit our dignity and we couldn’t show our faces anywhere. I don’t want to see something like that happening to Pak-
istan cricket or to any nation again.” Former right-arm pacer was reluctant when asked if the players should be allowed to make an international comeback and that too soon. “The three players — Aamir, Asif and Salman Butt — have served out their suspension and they must have realised their mistakes,” he said. “They
have gone through five tough years and some prison time as well, and they must be very embarrassed. But that doesn’t mean that they can play for Pakistan right away. They must start in domestic cricket and T20 leagues or first-class cricket anywhere in the world. That’s their right; everyone has the right to earn their bread and butter. “However, I am concerned about fast tracking their selection to the national side. They just can’t be welcomed back with open arms as it will open the Pandora Box. Nobody has produced bad headlines for Pakistan cricket in the ensuing years. Though I am not involved with Pakistan cricket at the moment, I am still a Pakistani. I want positive news from Pakistan cricket.” Aqib further added that he was backstabbed by the players as he had spent good quality time with them from the starting of their careers. “How do you think I feel when people take shortcuts
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and back-stab you? In this incident, I was the bowling coach. They not only challenged my authority but have betrayed me. That is wrong,” said Aqib. “It’s not even that I just knew them when I worked as the bowling coach of Pakistan. Our relationship went much further back. I was their coach from the start. I had actually supported them early in their careers, in fact found them. Asif and Aamir especially, and brought them up from nowhere. We have gone through so many memorable moments, good, tough and emotional. I had been with them on so many junior tours, ‘A’ tours, countless net sessions and spent innumerable hours talking about the game. “And it’s not as if they weren’t made aware about these illegal activities. We had many programmes in our academy where we had presentations about illegal stuff and the kind of people they should avoid.