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HrCp says ppo will be used against sindHi, baloCH nationalists
Mengal warns of quitting assembles over continuing Baloch persecution
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Tuesday, 15 April, 2014 Jamadi-us-Sani 14, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 286 16 Pages Karachi Edition
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BJP CHIEF RULES OUT MAJOR CHANGE TO NUKE POLICY story on page 04
Mullah OMar: SeriOuS differenceS eMerging in PakiStani taliban Just a day ago tehreek-e-taliban pakistan spokesman shahidullah shahid had accused the media of exaggerating diﬀerences within taliban ranks, but on monday supreme leader of the afghan taliban, mullah omar gave credence to reports that the pakistani taliban were engaged in a bitter power struggle and “had a lot of internal diﬀerences”. the infighting has also stalled the peace story on page 03 talks process, with the taliban shura currently engaged in resolving the rifts.
prime minister, about time you attend senate! To bring the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif to Senate, the upper house of parliament on Monday amended its rules to ensure that the country’s chief executive attends its sessions. Sharif has not attended a single session of the Senate since assuming office. According to Sharif’s trusted aide and government minister Ahsan Iqbal, the prime minister does not need to attend Senate sessions as “he is busy resolving challenges facing the country”. The amended rules will require the premier to come to the Senate once during a week when the house is in session. story on page 02
global military spending drops, led by us: sipri story on page 04
PCB KEENTO BRING BACK WAQAR AS CHIEF COACH story on page 16
bHakkar Cannibals baCk to eating Human flesH story on page 02
NAWAZ CALLS FOR FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH SOUTH KOREA story on page 10
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
priMe Minister, about tiMe you attend senate! UPPER HOUSE AMENDS RULES TO ENSURE PRESENCE OF PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK DURING ITS SESSIONS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
AKiSTAN'S upper house of parliament amended its rules on Monday in a move to ensure that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attends its sessions. Rule 61 (2A) of the rules of the Senate's procedure and conduct of business says that the prime minister would have to appear in the Senate at least once a week when the session is underway. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not attended a single session since his election in May 2013. Earlier, the opposition had staged a
Mengal warns of quitting asseMbles over continuing baloch persecution
NAWAZ SHARIF HASN’T ONCE APPEARED BEFORE SENATORS SINCE ASSUMING OFFICE
walkout from the upper house against the comments of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Jafar iqbal regarding the presence of the prime minister in the Senate. MQM Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi had said that the prime minister should attend the proceedings of the Senate at least once in each week when the upper house is in session. Senator Jafar iqbal said that the country is facing many challenges which the prime minister is busy dealing with. He also said that the presence of the prime minister is not important in the Senate. PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said that Senator Jafar iqbal's comments
PML-N’S AHSAN IQBAL SAYS NAWAZ BUSY DEALING WITH CHALLENGES FACING COUNTRY
are against the dignity of the House, while it is the responsibility of the prime minister to attend the Senate session. Later, senators from the opposition parties staged a walkout from the upper house. NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY BILL: Meanwhile, Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari warned the government to present the National Security Policy bill in the upper house on Tuesday (today) otherwise he will forward the matter to the concerned standing committee of the Senate. Bokhari said that it was difficult to understand that the government succeeded in passing the bill in the National
Assembly, but failed to present it to the Senate despite assurances of the Leader of the House, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq. Earlier, commenting on a point of order, PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said that government is not presenting the National Security Policy bill in the Upper House, and said that the opposition will bring a privilege motion against the Minister for interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for breaching the dignity of the Senate in this regard. Meanwhile, Minister for State and Frontier Regions, Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch said that the government is trying to bring peace through dialogue with militants. He further said that if the
National Cyber Security Council Bill introduced in Senate BILL SEEKS SETTING UP OF NCSC TO DEVELOP POLICIES TO CONTROL CYBER SECURITY THREATS INP
tively in the region where Pakistan is located, it is imperative that Pakistan take institutional steps to combat this threat," Senator Mushahid expressed its objectives. The council, according to the bill, shall have the function of and powers to devise strategic plans as well. The bill emphasised to facilitate communications between the government and private sector entities, academia, civil society, cyber security experts and also develop a 10-year and 20-year vision.
Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Sardar Akhter Mengal on Monday said that his party is left with no option but to resign from assemblies after the discovery of mass graves and mutilated bodies in Balochistan. Talking to reporters after his meeting with Muhajir Qaumi Movement chief Afaq Ahmed, Mengal said that if he resigned from the assembly, then there would be no democrat left in Balochistan. To a question, he said those who supported him in elections were being killed. Mengal inquired that what would he do of such assemblies when he could not speak of the rights of his party workers. He said that the Balochistan's representation in the National Assembly was not equal to that of a single district of Sindh and Punjab. Speaking on the occasion, Afaq Ahmed said that the circumstances in Karachi were also worsened like Balochistan, adding that courts were performing their duties under intense pressure and the judicial complex was not being constructed due to fears.
Bhakkar cannibals back to eating human flesh POLICE ARREST MOHAMMAD ARIF WHO WAS ABOUT TO COOK A BABY’S BODY LAHORE STAFF REPORT Two brothers who were earlier sentenced for eating five corpses dug out from a graveyard of the Darya Khan locality in Bhakkar district have again been found involved in cannibalism. Police arrested one of the brothers, Mohammad Arif, on Monday and found a child's body parts at their residence. The
saarc woMen entrepreneurs’ core coMMittee Meets LAHORE STAFF REPORT A meeting of the core committee of the SAARC Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs was held at the residence of the body’s chairperson, Shaista Pervaiz Malik on Monday. The meeting discussed proposals for empowerment of women entrepreneurs and future plans of the organisation. The meeting was attended by Mrs Ayesha Zaheer, special adviser to the chairperson; Mrs Nighat Yawar Ali of Lahore Grammar School; Mrs Naz Mansha of Nishat Group; and Mrs Nina Nizami.
ISLAMABAD Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed presented Pakistan's first ever bill on cyber security, named Cyber Security Council Bill 2014, in the Senate on Monday. The bill seeks establishment of a National Cyber Security Council and defines its functions and powers as to develop and draft policy, guidelines and governance models related to ever emerging cyber security threats, which the senator termed “one of the major non-traditional, nonmilitary threats the country is facing” and addressed the strong need to monitor legislation and provide advice and recommendations as per international best practices. "Given the clear and present danger of threat to Pakistan's national security related to cyber warfare, as demonstrated by revelations of intrusion into privacy and spying by overseas intelligence networks, and given the context that cyber warfare is currently being weighed ac-
process failed, the government will take serious action against the terrorists. The minister was commenting on a resolution which was presented by Afrasiab Khattak of the Awami National Party (ANP). Baloch said the PML-N government believes that it will succeed in bringing peace through dialogue while it will not drag the issue till 2018 for the next government. He said that around 0.1 million families of FATA are residing in iDPs camps situated in KP province. Baloch also announced that his ministry is preparing a ‘Mini Marshall Plan’ for FATA which will be implemented after the restoration of peace. Earlier, ANP Senator, Afrasiab Khattak presented a resolution in the Senate in which it was said that the government should prepare a plan to cleanse FATA of militants, provide compensation to the victims of militancy, relief and rehabilitation of iDP’s and a massive programme for the socio-economic uplift of the people. Khattak also said that there is no record of killings in FATA which is being used for militant activities across the country while the state should establish its writ in the tribal areas. “Do you believe that the people of FATA have any right or future due to ongoing militancy in the area,” he questioned.
other brother, Mohammad Farman, managed to flee before he could be detained. Police said Arif confessed to eating human body parts during interrogation. The two brothers, Arif, 35, and Farman, 30, from the small town of Darya Khan, had dug up more than 100 corpses from the local graveyard and eaten them in the past, police said. "Residents informed police after a stench emanated from the house of the two brothers. We raided the house on Monday morning and found the head of a young boy," district police chief, Ameer Abdullah said. "We have arrested one of the brothers, Mohammad Arif, and are conducting raids for the
arrest of the other brother." Police were searching nearby graveyards to see if they had been disturbed, he said. Arif and his brother were sentenced to two years imprisonment after they were found engaged in cannibalism and were released only last year. Taking notice of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called for a report from DPO Bhakkar. Farman and Arif were first arrested for cannibalism in 2011 and the town had attracted both national and international media coverage when on April 3 that year, the newly-buried body of a girl was found in their house with a few limbs cooked in a curry.
‘treasure hunter’ found dead MONITORING DESK The corpse of 20-year-old Zeeshan, who dug a 40-foot-long shaft beneath his house in search of treasure, was found by the Rescue 1122 on Monday. His body was spotted 44 hours after the rescue operation started. Zeeshan’s father had earlier said that three months ago a Pir visited their house and told them that they had a large treasure buried beneath. In a statement to the police, he and Zeeshan’s mother said they had told their youngest son to dig under the house. The son had started digging 10 weeks ago, but on Saturday he did not emerge from the shaft.
police net safe vault break-in suspects KARACHI: The Karachi police have arrested two men suspected of involvement in the robbery at the Muslim Commercial Bank’s Safe Deposit Vault in the Soldier Bazaar area last week. According to information, the suspected robbers have confessed to breaking into more than 50 lockers and stealing Rs 5.3 million from them. The suspects were said to be Pashtuns settled in Karachi. STAFF REPORT
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Mullah oMar: serious differences eMerging in pakistani taliban SUPREME AFGHAN TALIBAN LEADER SAYS ‘LOTS OF INTERNAL DIFFERENCES’ AMONG VARIOUS PAKISTANI TALIBAN FACTIONS PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
pamphlet attributed to the Afghan Taliban and distributed in parts of North Waziristan Agency has confirmed serious differences among the Mehsud Taliban and the infighting which has left a number of militants killed on both sides in the recent days. The Pashto language pamphlet, with letterhead of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar, has not only mentioned the conflict among the Mehsud Taliban groups which form the major part of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan but also appealed to the local tribesmen to pray and resolve the conflict. The pamphlet said there were “a lot of internal differences”
HAKEEMULLAH MEHSUD GROUP LEADER SAYS KHALID SAID SAJNA WANTS TO GRAB CONTROL OF SOUTH WAZIRISTAN
TALIBAN SHURA YET TO DECIDE ON EXTENSION IN CEASEFIRE
group only if endorsed by TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah. The umbrella TTP group on the other hand has termed the internal rift a petty issue and had blamed the media for creating hype. A key member of the TTP Shura, Azam Tariq said that the Mehsud Taliban’s dispute has been resolved and it was not a “big problem” any more. About the extension in ceasefire with the government and other issues, he said that reports about it were premature and the matter would be decided by the Shura soon. He said that a ceasefire has been established between the two Taliban groups and there would be no more fighting between them. On Sunday, TTP spokesperson
Shahidullah Shahid had denied the news of infighting between the TTP groups, claiming that minor clashes had been exaggerated by the media. The armed clashes between the militant groups over a period of a week have left over 60 militants dead on both sides. TALIBAN DIVIDED: A private TV channel reported that the Taliban Shura meeting, chaired by TTP deputy commander Khalid Haqqani, on Monday reviewed the government’s response to their demand for the release of noncombatant prisoners and the establishment of a peace zone to facilitate free movement of the militants. The channel reported that various Taliban factions expressed their reservations about the government’s refusal to allow a peace zone in the tribal region.
within the Taliban factions. The pamphlet has also appealed to the Taliban groups to play their role in defusing the tension and stopping the infighting between Hakimullah Mehsud group led by Sheryar Mehsud and Khan Said Sajna group, affiliated earlier to Waliur Rehman Mehsud group. On the other hand, a member of the Hakimullah Mehsud group, Haji Daud who claimed to be its spokesman has also confirmed to the media that their group is in conflict with Khan Said Sajna group. He said that the Sajna group wanted to take over the Mehsud Taliban’s command and establish its authority in South Waziristan’s Mehsud belt which was not acceptable to them. Daud added that the group would accept the authority of any
HRCP says PPO will be used against Sindhi, Baloch nationalists HRCP CHIEF SAYS LAW TO GIVE RISE TO EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, TORTURE IN CUSTODY JSQM SAYS SECURITY AGENCIES TO GET FREE HAND IN SINDH, BALOCHISTAN KARACHI ISMAIL DILAWAR
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern that the controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2013 (PPO) would be used to deal with an iron fist small rights’ groups, most prominently the Sindhi and Baloch nationalist parties. HRCP Chairwoman Zohar Yusuf believes that if passed, the "bad" law, which is pending before the Senate for passage after getting the PML-N-dominated National Assembly's nod on April 7, would increase the number of extra-judicial killings in the country which is coping with militancy on different fronts. Having been dubbed as "suppressive" by the Human Rights Watch, the PPO 2013 is being resisted in the country's lower and upper houses by the opposition political parties prominently PPP, PTi, MQM, Ji and ANP. The Sindhi nationalist leaders approved as the HRCP chairperson apprehended the draconian law would be used to suppress by force the country's nationalist
parties in Sindh and Balochistan. "They appear to be a softer target," Zohra opined in an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today. What she described as the "greatest contradiction" was the fact that while the government was negotiating peace with the "biggest terrorists" (TTP) what warranted the need for the promulgation of such laws that, she said, were against the spirit of basic rights the Constitution of Pakistan entitled the citizens. "Against whom these laws (PPO) would be enforced," she wondered. Terming the government's inability to enforce the existing laws as a "biggest problem" in the terrorism-hit Pakistan, the HRCP chief said the Baloch and Sindhi nationalist groups stood as "softer target" for the PML-N led government and security agencies. "Laws have been stiffened but militancy has not decreased. Simply because they are not implementing the existing laws," she lamented. Zohra claimed that by and large the country's political leadership was "afraid" of acting against any individual
or group claiming to be speaking in the name of islam no matter what its version was. Slamming the federal and provincial governments for playing "lip service" only after every untoward happening marking intolerance by the religious extremists and terrorists specially towards minority groups, the HRCP chairperson said "smaller communities" fighting for their fundamental rights would suffer the most at the hands of unchecked security agencies if the "bad law" (PPO) was passed into law. Pinning hope in the opposition parties resisting PPO tooth and nail in the Senate, Zohra said if cleared even by the upper house the Commission would be closely monitoring the abuses the law would entail in future. The HRCP chairwoman was critical of a "poor" prosecution" system in Pakistan that, she said, led to acquittal of accused in 60 percent of terrorism cases. Lack of evidence, she said, was a major stumbling block in taking the culprits to justice. "i am afraid this law would also increase torture in custody
to collect evidence," she expressed the fear. Citing the complaints of some political parties, she said the HRCP had received a number of complaints against Sindh Rangers for their involvement in extra-judicial murders on the basis of mere suspicion. Dr Niaz Kalani, seniour vice president of Jiye Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), seconded Zohra's apprehension saying the propped law was meant to give the law enforcers a free hand to crush nationalists in Sindh and Balochistan. "We agree with what Madam has said," the Sindhi nationalist leader told Pakistan Today on telephone. Dr Niaz said no civilised society of the world would equip its security agencies with the power of a court. "They talk of 90 days detention, do the people have enough confidence in the (security) agencies that they won't torture the detainees in custody," the JSQM leader asked. Also dubbing shooting to death on the basis of suspicion as "objectionable", he said at least 20 of his party workers had been killed in recent weeks. "They are not even lodging our FiRs," Dr Niaz claimed. Chief of his own faction of Baloch National Party (BNP) Sardar Akhtar Mengal and BNP leader Senator Hasil Bazinjo were not available for comments despite repeated attempts of this reporter. The PPO 2013 grants sweeping powers of arrest and detention to security forces who would be permitted to shoot suspects on sight, detain them at secret locations for up to 90 days and carry out raids without search warrants. The controversial law also authorises the security forces to carry out secret trials of the accused.
three saudi ngo workers abducted in di khan DERA ISMAIL KHAN INP
Unidentified men on Monday kidnapped three workers of a Saudi-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) on Monday. Police said that unidentified miscreants abducted the three workers who were engaged in construction of houses in Jehangirabad and Gira Guldad from Roudi Road locality in Tehsil Kalachi of Dera ismail Khan. The abductors took their vehicles as well. Two among the abductees identified as Touseef and Ghulam Mustafa belonged to Azad Kashmir (AJK) while the driver islamuddin was a local. No group has claimed responsibility for the abductions so far. Police registered a case and started investigation.
nato containers torched, two killed PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
As many as two people were killed and three others injured after two NATO containers were torched by terrorists at two different places of Khyber Agency on Monday. A Khasadar Forces soldier was among those injured. The officials said that the terrorists had attacked a NATO container at Soor Qamar Jamrud. As a result of the firing three people were injured. Later, two of the injured people (driver and cleaner) succumbed to their injuries in a hospital. The second incident occurred in Ali Masjid area where terrorists opened fire on a NATO container and later torched it. The container was carrying military vehicles. The officials said that a driver was injured in the firing and was shifted to a hospital. Officials also said the personnel of Khasadar Forces reacted, but the terrorists managed to flee.
afghan border forces kill two pakistani shepherds QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Afghan security forces killed two Pakistani nationals who had mistakenly entered into Afghanistan near Badini area on Monday. A Levies official who requested not to be named, said that two shepherds had mistakenly slipped into Afghanistan from Badini. He said the Afghan security forces deployed at the border opened unprovoked gunfire without any warning killing the two shepherds on the spot. The victims belonged to Badini area of Killa Saifullah district. "i have ordered inquiry into the incident,” Balochistan Home Secretary Syed Asad Gilani told reporters. He said a team of senior officers was also dispatched to the area to probe the incident. However, levies officials stated that the two shepherds were in pursuit of their camels and other livestock when they mistakenly slipped into Afghan territory. A levies officer, who was negotiating the return of the dead bodies, said that "Afghan forces claim, the victims were Taliban insurgents". The dead bodies of the victims were brought to Badini after negotiations with Afghan authorities. Security was tightened on both sides of the border after the incident. A few months back, Afghan forces had killed four Pakistani tribesmen from Qamar uddin Karez area of Zhob district of Balochistan.
Afghanistan confirms Taliban dissident leader has gone missing in UAE KABUL AGENCIES Afghanistan on Monday officially confirmed that a senior Taliban leader, Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim, who had started dialogue with Kabul-backed negotiators in Dubai, has been missing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). After a mysterious silence for nearly two weeks, the Afghan Foreign Ministry on Monday confirmed that Mutasim is missing. “The Afghan government confirms that Agha Jan Mutasim has disappeared in
the UAE and we are talking to UAE senior officials to determine his fate,” the Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Ahmed Shakaib Mustaghni said in Kabul. “The talks, unfortunately, have not yet produced any results and we do not have any more details,” Mustaghni told his weekly press briefing, according to the recorded version of the briefing received here. Meanwhile, Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that he had seen media reports and has no other information.
Mutasim’s family and friends had confirmed last week that they had lost contact with him in Dubai for 10 days. They were concerned that the UAE authorities had detained and shifted him to an unknown location in Abu Dhabi. Mutasim, a former Taliban cabinet minister and close aide to the Taliban chief, Mullah Muhammad Omar, had launched his alternate peace movement. And contrary to the Taliban policy, held talks with Karzai’s negotiators. After their first meeting, they had
agreed to hold more talks to push the peace process. Sources close to Agha Jan had said that he had been working on a plan to convene a big conference of religious scholars. Mutasim’s move was seen a major embarrassment for the Taliban as he was thought to be the first senior leader to have openly started talks with Karzai’s government. President Hamid Karzai had personally welcomed the Dubai peace initiative. He also urged other Taliban leaders to join the move after receiving Kabul-
backed negotiators. However, the Taliban reacted angrily to Agha Jan’s “unauthorized negotiations” with Karzai’s High Peace Council and had publicly disowned him. The dissident Taliban leader’s detention is seen a serious setback for Karzai’s efforts to lure some Taliban leaders to join the intra-Afghan dialogue in the last day of his NATO-backed regime. Karzai is scheduled to step down as the long serving elected leader of Afghanistan if a new leader is elected in the first round of the April 5 presidential elections.
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
ihc orders appointMent of hec chairperson in 15 days
GloBAl miliTAry SPENdiNG droPS, lEd By US: SiPri THINK-TANK REPORT SAYS WORLD SPENT $1.75TR ON MILITARIES IN 2013
The islamabad High Court on Monday ordered the government to appoint a new Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairperson within 15 days. Over two months after the court-ordered deadline to appoint a permanent HEC chairperson, the post still remains empty. Former HEC chief Javaid Laghari’s term had expired on August 26, 2013. On November 12, 2013, the government had handpicked University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar (UET) Vice Chancellor imtiaz Hussain Gilani for the post on acting charge. His tenure ended on February 12, 2014. The government was under strict instructions from the islamabad High Court to appoint a permanent head before February 12 and in January it announced that a six-member panel would determine the right man for this key job. Three names were dropped for unknown reasons and eventually a three-member committee – headed by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan iqbal, and including State Bank of Pakistan’s former governor Dr ishrat Hussain and Dr MB Shami – started its work. The committee, after going through the credentials of the applicants, had initially shortlisted 21 names from among 103 applications. On February 11, iqbal-led committee chose three names — the incumbent HEC Executive Director Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, National Textile University Faisalabad’s Rector Dr Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, and Karakoram international University’s former vice-chancellor Dr Najma Najam. However, all the names were rejected by the PM, who is the controlling authority. iqbal was ordered to repeat the process, but he refused and excused himself. A new committee, headed by Khawaja Asif, was notified.
ORLD military expenditure fell in 2013 as the United States and other Western countries cut back, but spending in emerging economies grew, a Swedish think tank said on Monday. The 1.9 percent global decline followed a 0.4 percent drop in 2012, the Stockholm international Peace Research institute (SiPRi) said. “The increase in military spending in emerging and developing countries con-
tinues unabated,” said Sam Perlo-Freeman, director of SiPRi’s Military Expenditure Programme. “While in some cases it is the natural result of economic growth or a response to genuine security needs, in other cases it represents a squandering of natural resource revenues, the dominance of autocratic regimes, or emerging regional arms races.” The world spent $1.75 trillion on the military in 2013, according to SiPRi’s data, which accounted for inflation. The decrease was led by a 7.8 percent fall posted by the United States, the world’s largest spender, as a result of the end of the war in iraq, the beginning of the drawdown from Afghanistan, and the effects of automatic budget cuts passed by the US Congress in 2011. But the next three highest spenders — China, Russia and Saudi Arabia — are
BJP chief rules out major change to nuke policy NEW DELHI AGENCIES The head of India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tipped to win ongoing national elections, has ruled out any change in the country’s “nofirst-use” nuclear weapons policy. The BJP sparked speculation about an end to the doctrine last week when its manifesto said that the party would “revise and update” India’s policy. “The no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons was a well thought out stand… We don’t intend to reverse it,” BJP President Rajnath Singh told the Hindustan Times newspaper
in an interview published Monday. The policy was adopted after a series of nuclear tests in 1998 during the last BJP-led coalition government which led to international condemnation and an embargo being placed on the country by Western powers. The policy was intended to gain India greater acceptability as a nuclear power, despite it not being a signatory of the 1970 UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. The BJP is predicted to clinch power under elections which began on April 7 and end with results on May 16. Any BJP government under hardline prime ministerial
NIGERIA BUS STATION BOMBING KILLS 71 ABUJA AGENCIES
A morning rush hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station on the outskirts of the capital on Monday, raising concerns about the spread of an islamist insurgency after the deadliest ever attack on Abuja. Suspicion fell on Boko Haram, though there was no immediate claim of responsibility from the islamists who are mainly active
in the northeast. As well as 71 dead, police said 124 were wounded in the first attack on the federal capital in two years. Security experts suspect the explosion was inside a vehicle, said Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, director of search and rescue operations. The bus station, 8 km (5 miles) southwest of central Abuja, serves Nyanya, a poor, ethnically and religiously mixed satellite town where
many residents work in the city. “i was waiting to get on a bus when i heard a deafening explosion, then saw smoke,” said Mimi Daniels, who escaped from the blast with minor injuries to her arm. “People were running around in panic.” Bloody remains lay strewn over the ground as security forces struggled to hold back a crowd of onlookers and fire crews hosed down a bus still holding the charred bodies of commuters.
Russia, West lock horns at UN as Ukraine launches military response SLAVYANSK AGENCIES The UN Security Council held emergency talks Sunday after Ukraine declared a “full-scale” military operation against pro-Russia forces, amid deadly clashes in its restive east. Russia and the West locked horns over the escalating crisis in Ukraine with Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin saying “there has already been bloodshed and a further escalation must be swiftly stopped”. US ambassador Samantha Power accused Russia of waging propaganda and bombarding Ukraine with incitement and violence.
among 23 countries around the world that have more than doubled their military expenditure since 2004. China increased its spending by 7.4 percent in 2013, while its territorial disputes in the region have in turn prompted neighbouring countries to step up their military outlays. “Japan’s concerns over China’s growing military power, combined with the Japanese government’s own nationalist policies, have led to Japan ending its long, gradual decline in military spending,” said Perlo-Freeman. “Nevertheless, the largest increase in the region in 2013 was by Afghanistan, by 77 percent, as it builds up its security forces in preparation from the withdrawal of most foreign troops at the end of 2014.” in the Middle East, military spending increased by four percent, led by Saudi
“This is the saddest kind of instability. It is completely man made. It was written and choreographed in and by Russia,” Power told the 15-member council. The latest clashes broke out a day after masked gunmen stormed police and security service buildings in coordinated raids, especially unsettling for Kiev and Western leaders because of their similarity to events leading up to Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced the launch of a counterstrike against the armed separatists in the eastern Donetsk region early on Sunday morning.
“There are dead and wounded on both sides. On our side – an SBU officer. The head of the SBU’s antiterrorist centre has been wounded, as have four others,” Avakov wrote on his Facebook page. “On side of the separatists – an unidentified number. The separatists have started to protect themselves using human shields.” Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov later declared the launch of a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation”. Turchynov told the nation in a televised address that “we will not allow Russia to repeat the Crimean scenario in the east of Ukraine”. “Blood has been spilt in a war that is
candidate Narendra Modi, a proud nationalist promising strong leadership, is expected to have a more muscular foreign policy. Any change in nuclear policy would be of most significance to India’s rivals Pakistan and China. Neither reacted to news of the possible review and analysts have pointed out that the “nofirst-use” policy is a mere promise that could be ignored by New Delhi in a conflict situation. China was the first country to adopt the “no-first-use” nuclear policy in 1964, but nuclear-rival Pakistan, with whom India has fought three wars, does not have a similar position.
“These are the remains of my friend,” said a man, who gave his name as John, holding up a bloodied shirt. “His travel ticket with his name on was in the shirt pocket.” The attack underscored the vulnerability of Nigeria's federal capital, built in the 1980s in the geographic centre of the country to replace coastal Lagos as the seat of government for what is now Africa's biggest economy and top oil producer. Boko Haram militants fighting for an islamic state have largely been confined to the remote northeast. They have been particularly active there over the past few months and are increasingly targeting civilians they accuse of collaborating with the government or security forces. being waged against Ukraine by Russia,” said Turchynov. “The national security and defence council has decided to launch a fullscale anti-terrorist operation involving the armed forces of Ukraine,” he announced Kiev gave the pro-Russian forces a deadline of 0600 GMT Monday to give up their weapons to escape prosecution. The Russian foreign ministry immediately responded by accusing Ukraine’s leaders of “waging war against their own people”. US ambassador Power urged Russia to explain why 40,000 of its forces are massed on the Ukrainian border and find constructive ideas to stop armed attacks on government buildings in eastern Ukraine. Moscow has denied playing a role in the latest wave of violence and previously told Kiev that its armed response could ruin the chances of the two sides sitting down for US-EU mediated talks in Geneva on Thursday.
Arabia, which leapfrogged the United Kingdom, Japan and France to become the world’s fourth largest military spender. Tensions with iran and fears of an “Arab Spring”-type revolt were the likely main factors explaining the Saudi increase of 14 percent, according to SiPRi. However, the estimated total for the Middle East is highly uncertain, as data for 2013 are not available from iran, Qatar, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. “This reflects the general opacity of military spending in the region, and even where data is available it may not cover all military spending,” said Perlo-Freeman. in Africa, spending rose by 8.3 percent, driven by growing oil revenues in the case of countries such as Algeria and Angola, SiPRi said.
ihc orders proMotion of 27 bureaucrats ISLAMABAD ONLINE
islamabad High Court (iHC) has directed the establishment division secretary, cabinet secretary and others to issue promotion orders of 27 bureaucrats besides making payment of all their outstanding dues till April 25. A single bench of the iHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui took up bureaucrats’ promotion case for hearing Monday. Advocate Muhammad Ramzan appeared on behalf of the petitioners and told that the aggrieved officers had not been promoted on the basis of seniority under the fundamental rights, nor were their outstanding dues being paid to them. Earlier, as many as 27 officers of grade-19 had filed petition in the iHC against non-issuance of their promotion orders. The court, while giving one month’s time, had directed the concerned authorities to issue the promotion orders of aggrieved officers on the principle of seniority. Owing to non-implementation of these orders, Ghulam Qasim, Shama ud Din Rana, Arshid Muhammad, Asad Naqvi, Altaf Qadir Pervez, Dr Athar Qayyum, Qamar Saud Qureshi, Dr Samina Afghan and others had filed contempt of court petition in the iHC. The notice was issued to the concerned departments. The court, while repeating its orders to the concerned departments, adjourned hearing of the case.
indian woMan dies at train station after seeing pakistani brother MONITORING DESK An elderly indian woman passed away at the Wagha Railway Station on Monday night, as soon as she saw her brother, who was meeting her after 16 years, a private news channel reported. According to the report, Sarla Jeewant, 60, had previously been refused the Pakistani visa four times. Her brother Mahesh lives in Larkana and the siblings had not seen each other for the last 16 years. When finally the big day arrived, Sarla arrived in Pakistan but her heart could not bear the joy and she collapsed soon after seeing her brother.
religious violence has no place in us, warns obaMa WASINGTON AGENCIES
President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home in Kansas on Sunday. According to police, the attacks happened within minutes of one another. Alleged gunman Frazier Glenn Cross opened fire on two people in the parking lot behind the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. He then drove a few blocks away to a Jewish retirement community, Village Shalom, and gunned down a woman or girl there, Douglass said. Officers arrested the suspect in a school parking lot a short time later. “Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should have to fear for their safety when they go to prayer,” Obama said at the White House, a day after the shooting in Kansas. The president said the shooting was particularly tragic because it came as Jews were preparing to celebrate Passover and Christians were marking Palm Sunday.
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PTI EXPAT LEADER LAMENTS SIDELINING OF OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS SAHABZADA JAHANGIR SAYS FORMER CJ’S OPINION ON EXPATS HURT SENTIMENTS ABROAD SAYS UK BUSINESS DELEGATION TO INVEST IN KP HOUSING PROJECTS LAHORE
OuNDING member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and senior advisor to party Chairman Imran Khan, Sahabzada Jahangir has lamented that overseas Pakistanis are not being treated as equal and in some sections, even being considered less-patriotic than their brethren in Pakistan. Jahangir, who is a London-based British Pakistani, is proud of his long as-
sociation with Imran Khan who launched the PTI in London from his residence. He assured that the PTI would take a lead to ensure equal rights to Pakistanis living abroad, who he said were an asset to the economy of Pakistan. “Pakistanis living abroad are doing a great service for Pakistan. There are 7,000,000 of them, who all have earned a name for themselves as notable doctors, IT experts, engineers and teachers. And yet they are not treated as equals in Pakistan. It is disappointing that the former CJ considered expatriates less credible, and not worthy of public offices. This was a damaging statement that hurt millions of overseas expatriates,” Sahabzada said. The PTI leader said his party was set to take a lead and bring a motion in the Parliament that would not only ensure the expatriates’ voting rights, but also give them a right to hold public offices, or become member parliament. He revealed that the party chairman will introduce the motion next week after taking other political parties sympathetic to the cause in
the loop. Sahabzada Jehangir has been chairman of Shaukat Khanum Hospital and has been instrumental in raising funds for the hospital and now for the university founded by Imran Khan in Mianwali. He
is in Pakistan with a British business delegation keen to invest in Pakistan, particularly in KP. “We have brought in investment worth 200 million dollars for KP. With
this investment, a new city will be raised between KP and Islamabad. This project will generate huge employment opportunities besides providing lowcost housing units,” Jahangir revealed while giving the details of the new project. He said under the school adaptation policy, over 500 schools in KPK will be adopted by British-Pakistanis this year and this would be a big boost for the education sector in the province. He informed that during this visit, London PTI has also gifted Khan 20 ambulances, 20 fire-fighting engines and 200 computers. On politics, he notified that oversees Pakistanis felt that future of the PTI was linked to the party’s performance in KPK. “I have shared this concern with Khan and he has assured me that he would spend more time in KPK. He also served notices on all ministers that their performance would be reviewed every quarter and those with nothing to show would be shown the gates immediately”, said Jahangir.
TWENTY-FIVE BIRMINGHAM SCHOOLS INSPECTED OVER ISLAMIST ‘TAKEOVER PLOT’
CHAMAN: A health worker gives polio vaccine to a child at Civil Hospital on Monday. INP
SC REJECTS CONTEMPT Six of a family among nine PETITION FILED AGAINST killed in naSeerabad NASEERABAD:At least nine people, including six members of a family, were MUSHARRAF killed when some unidentified miscreants attacked the house of a peace militia ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court rejected an application Monday submitted by a petitioner against former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf pertaining to the removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL). Maulvi Iqbal Haider had filed a contempt of court petition in the apex court against the former president. The petitioner presented his stance in the application, saying that Musharraf had sent an application to the Interior Ministry for removal of his name from the ECL without seeking clearance from the Supreme Court. This, he said, was tantamount to contempt of court. Registrar Iqbal raised objections over Haider’s application, saying that he was not a party to the matter and that he had submitted a wrong address in the petition. The application was thus returned. Earlier on March 31, Musharraf had submitted the request after the special court, which indicted him in the treason case, ruled that it was for the government to decide whether to keep his name on the ECL or not. The government had rejected his petition on April 2. “The request has been considered on the basis of record of pronouncements of the superior courts on the cited subject and pending criminal cases in various courts. The federal government is unable to accede to your request in public interest,” read a letter written by the interior ministry to Musharraf. STAFF REPORT
leader late on Sunday. Talking to reporters on Monday, a police official said that the incident occurred in Togh Bugti village near Pat Feeder area, bordering area of Sindh and Balochistan. The police said that the attackers fire rocket launchers at the house, killing nine people on the spot. Four women and two children of the same family were among those killed, police added.Police and Levies personnel cordoned off the area to apprehend the culprits. INP
man killS SiSter, four otherS over love marriage SWABI: A man on Monday gunned down five people, including his sister, brother-in-law and nephew over marriage in Qab Ghani area. According to police, the sister of the accused, who had married of her will eight years ago and had left the area, returned to her native place a few days ago. The accused went to his sister’s home and opened fire, killing five people. Another nephew and a woman sustained injuries. The accused managed to flee from the scene INP
man kidnapS, killS two nephewS on pir’S advice ISLAMABAD: A man kidnapped three of his nephews from Haripur near Abbottabad and slit their throats, killing two and injuring the third critically on Monday. These crimes were reportedly committed on the advice of a Pir who told the man, identified as Nadeem, that in order to fulfil his wishes he will have to sacrifice three children. According to a police official, the victims were identified as Meher Ali and Qadir Ali and were reportedly between 10 and 14 years of age. The bodies of the victims were found from the Murree tehsil of Rawalpindi. The injured nephew, identified as Zain Ali, managed to get away from Nadeem and reportedly informed the police. Nadeem managed to get away after committing the crimes. STAFF REPORT
BIRMINGHAM: Twentyfive schools in Birmingham are now under investigation following 200 complaints received by the council in relation to allegations of Islamist “takeovers”, according to the leader of the city council. Sir Albert Bore detailed the investigations as he announced the appointment of a new chief adviser to deal exclusively with the fallout from Operation Trojan Horse – a dossier claiming to reveal a plot to “overthrow” teachers and governors in secular state schools in the city and run them on strict Islamic principles. Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood said 20 headteachers in his Perry Barr constituency alone – “virtually all Muslim heads” – had raised concerns about potential plots. Despite fears the Trojan Horse document was a hoax, Mahmood said he’d been made aware of similar allegations over the past 12 years and that he was confident there had been concerted attempts to take over Birmingham schools by Islamic fundamentalists from the Wahabi or Salafi sect. Allegations have also emerged involving schools outside Birmingham, including the Laisterdyke Business and Enterprise College in Bradford. It emerged on Monday that Laisterdyke’s
entire governing body has been sacked by Bradford council amid concerns over poor performance and a “dysfunctional” relationship between governors, including two city councillors, and management. Laisterdyke’s female, white headteacher is thought to have complained of coming under pressure to quit by a few influential, hardline Muslim governors who firmly deny trying to oust her. In a press briefing in Birmingham on Monday, Bore said: “There are certainly issues in Bradford which have similarities with the issues being spoken about in Birmingham.” Bore also announced that Ian Kershaw, a former headteacher with experience of leading independent inquiries, has been given a six-month contract by the council to “analyse further all Trojan Horse material to enable us to see the whole picture”, according to a statement put out by the council on Monday. He is currently managing director of Northern Education, a company working in partnership with schools, local authorities and other agencies. Concerns over how some of the city’s 430 schools were being run first emerged when an anonymous letter known as Operation Trojan Horse was leaked to councils and teaching unions, claiming that
a small but radical group of Muslims were pursuing their own agenda in the classrooms, with non-compliant headteachers and governors forced out. The document, which is unsigned and undated, claimed to have caused “a great amount of organised disruption” in the city, crediting the plan with forcing a change of leadership at four schools. Since the letter came to light, anonymous whistleblowers, including former staff, have come forward, making claims that boys and girls were segregated in classrooms and assemblies, sex education was banned, and non-Muslim staff were bullied. In one case it was alleged that the teachings of a firebrand al Qaeda-linked Muslim preacher were praised to pupils. In Bradford, one of the sacked governors from Laisterdyke said on Monday that the governing body had been unfairly removed. Faisal Khan, an independent councillor (formerly with George Galloway’s Respect party), said the head, Jen McIntosh, had refused to take instructions from the governing body and had colluded with the council to get them all sacked after they refused to “rubber stamp” an internal appointment. AGENCIES
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Memon admits rise in sectarian violence Karachi Agencies
S KARACHI: Shops were closed on Monday in protest against the killing of a Sunni Tehreek worker in Shah Faisal Colony. ONLINE
Violence claims another five lives Karachi stAff RePORt
Unknown gunmen opened fire on a shop on Shahra-e-Faisal killing at least three people on Monday. Police said the gunmen opened fire on a confectioner’s shop near drig Road on Shahra-e-Faisal. A spokesman for the Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat said their legal adviser Amjid and two other activists were targeted in the attack. The ASWJ condemned the killings and called for an action against the perpetrators. The bodies were shifted to a nearby hospital. Two other people were shot dead in other parts of the city, police said. 25 held in guliStan-eJauhar operation: At least 25 suspects were held in a police operation near Gulistan-e-Jauhar on Monday morning. According to police, the operation was conducted on a tip off about presence of some suspects in Madhu Goth areas near Gulistan-eJauhar. Entry and exit points of the area were closed during the operation. As many as 200 personnel took part in the operation. Four oF a Family Shot dead: At least four people of a family were shot dead in Bhitayi Colony area of the city on Monday. According to reports, gunmen barged into a house and opened indiscriminate firing killing a couple and their daughter and son. Police said the assailants managed to flee after the killings. identities and ages of the deceased were yet to be known. woman among three killed: As many as three people
including a woman were killed and two others injured in separate mishaps near Khairpur on Monday. A dumper truck collided with a motorcycle on national highway near Khanpur Junejo village. As a result, woman Begum Khatoon aged, 55, was killed while Fida hussain Junejo and Azeema were injured. The body and the injured were shifted to Civil hospital Khairpur for medico-legal formalities and treatment. The body was handed over to relatives after medico-legal formalities. Separately, a man, Khadim hussain Khaskheli, was shot dead by armed men in village Gopang near Kotdiji in district Khairpur Mir. A youth, Abdul Razak Junejo, was killed and two others, Abbas and Sadiq, were injured in aerial firing in a wedding party in villager Kalhoro within the jurisdiction of Abdul Rehman Unner police station. Police have registered cases and started further investigation. Jirga FineS man rS5.3m For killing 3 women For honour: A local jirga fined a man of Rs 5.3 million for murdering three women including one who was pregnant on Monday. The jirga was headed by former prime minister Mir Zafaullah Khan Jamali and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Maqbool Ahmed Sheikh. The murders had taken place three years ago. The accused, Abdul Qadir Jamali, was presented before the jirga where he confessed to committing his crime. he informed the jirga that he killed three women including his wife and mother-in-law for honour.
NAB DG seeks transferring of mazarba cases to AC Karachi Online The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) director general (DG) has sought transferring of all mazarba cases from subordinate courts to the accountability court (AC). The subordinate courts have issued NOC for arresting the persons accused in mazarba cases from jail besides issuing arrest warrants of the accused who have been released on bail. Fraud cases running into billion of rupees were registered in different police stations at Karachi against the accused Shafiq-ur-Rehman,
Inam-ur-Rehman, Adnan and Nasir. Police had arrested them and sent to jail after investigation. The Sindh NAB DG took notice of the matter and said that these fraud cases fell under the NAB Ordinance 1999. He constituted an inquiry team and nominated Ali Ahmad Siddiqui and Baqa Muhammad as inquiry officers. These officers approached the subordinate courts. Additional district and session judge central, judicial magistrate Sohail Ahmad Mashori and others issued NOC on the request of prosecutor Syed Shamim Ahmad for arrest of the accused.
Commissioner orders implementing of priCe lists SUKKUR: Sukkur Division Commissioner Muhammad Abbas Baloch on Monday directed the all the deputy commissioners (DCs) of the Sukkur division to concentrate on the implementation of officially approved price lists and removal of encroachments in the concerned districts. He said the robbery cases at the national highway in Khairpur and Sukkur area were a challenge for the concerned district administrations. Addressing the divisional co-ordination committee at his office, the commissioner said that the chief minister had issued special directives regarding maintenance of law and order in the region. Senior officers of law enforcement agencies and deputy commissioners were also present on the occasion. DIG Police Sukkur Range Sharjeel Kareem Kharal informed the participants of meeting that some gangs involved in robberies had been arrested. He further said that security of Central Prison Sukkur had been strengthened. APP
petition against ex-CJ iftikhar filed in sC KARACHI: A constitutional petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against former chief justice of Supreme Court (SC) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The appellant, Iqbal Kazmi, filed the petition in the SC Karachi Registry on Monday. In his petition, he pointed out that the former chief justice had misused his powers and office. Moreover, the petition stated that Iftikhar Chaudhry had declared that the Article 186-A was not part of the constitution. However, the parliament did not exclude the said article from constitution. Iqbal Kazmi prayed the court to take action against CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry on the charges of violation of constitution. Online
Body on fata reforms meets Zardari KARACHI: A delegation of 10 political parties joint committee on FATA reforms called on former president Asif Ali Zardari and PPP patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Bilawal House on Monday afternoon. The united FATA committee called for urgent implementation of new reforms for FATA. The political parties committee urged the PPP leaders to help them push for new reforms soon with government and in parliament arguing that more reforms in FATA were needed now for peace not only on the border but throughout Pakistan. Online
indh Minister for information Sharjeel inam Memon said on Monday that a new wave of terrorism had started in the city on sectarian basis. While talking to media men on Monday, he said a particular group was responsible for increasing terrorism in Karachi. The minister said: “investigation is underway and we shall tell about the group which is involved in terror activities.” Memon said he could not say anything about MQM’s decision of joining the Sindh government. Answering a question regarding the PPO, the minister said misuse of the ordinance would bring bad results. Memon said the hasty government should not bow down before the Taliban and they should not have released their prisoners. The Taliban should reciprocate this gesture of the govt, he suggested. On the PPO, he said they
had reservations over this law as, if misused, no citizen in Pakistan would remain safe. Regarding gallop survey, he said these surveys were in accordance with PML-n wishes despite the fact that suicides, kidnapping for ransom and gang rape were all time high in Punjab. Sabzwari worried over miSSing mQm workerS: The MQM representative Faisal Sabzwari presented a list of missing MQM workers in the Sindh Assembly on Monday and expressed concern about their whereabouts. Sabzwari, who is Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly, claimed that five MQM workers were kidnapped by persons dressed in plain clothes the night before. he asked the government to let them know which agencies had taken MQM workers into custody so that they could move the courts of law. The list mentions 45 MQM workers who have allegedly gone missing since the targeted operation in Karachi on September 7 last year.
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sa adopts 3 resolutions, defers election of committees Karachi
hE Sindh Assembly adopted three resolutions and carried a motion to defer the election of the standing committees on Monday during 9th sitting of 12th session. The government also withdrew a bill namely the Sindh Coal Authority Bill, 2014. The proceedings witnessed differences between the Chair and the ministers over understanding of rules of procedure and conduct of business in the house. The provincial ministers for education and information objected to the Chair for allowing more points
of order than usual. Through a resolution sponsored by the PPPP lawmaker, the house condemned the federal min-
istry of health services for dissolving the Pakistan Medical and dental Council by promulgating an ordi-
nance. Another resolution called upon the government to close illegal outlets from the branch and main canals, and take action against the culprits. A resolution, brought by a female lawmaker of the MQM recommended the government to arrange for the vocational and technical training in juvenile jails of the province. The house also took up all five calling attention notices regarding checking of CnG cylinders, observation of the job quota for disabled candidates, discharging industrial water in agricultural lands, alcohol shops in residential areas and the details of amount deposited by OGdC Gas Company for Sanghar.
altaf for praCtiCal struggle to get rights
HYDERABAD: The MQM leader Altaf Hussain called upon the people of Sindh to hold his hand for protecting their rights. Addressing the launching ceremony of Sindhi edition of his book ‘Philosophy of Love’ in Hyderabad by telephone, Hussain said mere speaking or crying won’t help Sindhis in getting their rights. “Outsiders set up factories in Sindh but the locals were not given jobs,” he said. “Enough politicking has been done in the name of Sindh, but nothing had been done practically,” he noted. “I invite my Sindhi brothers to hold Altaf Hussain’s hand,” he urged. Online
pia refutes news item KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has refuted a news item appearing in a section of media regarding PIA plane landing at wrong airport in Saudi Arabia. In a statement issued here on Monday, the PIA spokesman strongly denied the news item published in media and aired on TV channels that PIA plane flying from Karachi to Riyadh had mistakenly landed at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. The regular scheduled flight PK 731 is for Karachi-Jeddah and not any other destination. It is regretted that no reporter contacted the spokesperson regarding the veracity of the news story before making it public. PIA spokesman said that flight PK 731 is for the destination Karachi-Jeddah and the flight took off from Karachi and landed at Jeddah Airport, its proper destination. Out of the total number of passengers only 30 passengers, who were traveling to Riyadh and opted for surface transportation from Jeddah to Riyadh were accommodated in this flight. The spokesperson of General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Al Khabiri, has also denied the report carried by Gulf News that PIA had mistakenly landed at King Abdul Aziz International Airport at Jeddah, the PIA spokesman added. There is no way that a plane lands by mistake at Jeddah airport, instead of Riyadh because all inbound and outbound flights are in accordance with a specific schedule approved by the General Authority of Civil Aviation Saudi Arabia, he further stated. APP
On same page with army?
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
The elusive peace Nations world over must decide, how long will peace elude them?
The PM needs to get his house in order
eW would buy Ch nisar’s narrative that coordination and harmony between the government and the armed forces in the past ten months has been historically the best ever. the army had not been comfortable with the structure of talks with the ttP, to quote just one example. the cravenly attitude towards the murderous lot injured the feelings of tens of thousands of civilians and army men who lost friends, comrades or family members in the dastardly attacks launched since 9/11 by the ttP. the bloodthirsty network spared no section of society in its pursuit of creating panic in the population and to dictate its terms to the successive governments. Few liked Ch nisar and other apologists when they tried to explain away the killings of thousands of civilians and armymen as being a reaction to drone attacks. the army had reasons not to be comfortable with the structure of talks but was extra cautious not to publicly air its misgivings. Soon after Ch nisar hectored the PPP, anP and mQm into offering an olive branch to the militants, ttP struck by assassinating gen Sanaullah niazi. the militant leadership then claimed that it was testing the sincerity of the government and continued with its strikes. Just 10 days after the first meeting between the government and taliban committees last month, ttP ordered the beheading of 23 FC troops. Is this not enough to put off the army? talks can be useful if these can deliver, but have they? Ch nisar is supposed to supervise the internal security of the entire country. as things stand he has failed to stop terrorist acts even in Islamabad. the last year’s gun drama when a lone gun totting man paralysed the whole of Islamabad police and administration, the killing of a judge and 10 others in a terrorist attack on Islamabad district court and the latest killing of 24 in the city’s fruit market, are all a reflection on the interior minister’s competence. a federal minister has described the differences within the Pml-n as a beauty of democracy. Differences among party leaders holding portfolios are good as long as they are confined to the cabinet meetings. once a decision has been taken, public airing of differences is highly unfortunate. as things stand the views expressed by the defence minister and commerce minister regarding taliban are polls apart from those of the interior minister. there is a dire need on the part of the Pm to put his house in order. What is more, strengthening democracy requires a more sensitive handling of the army than is presently being done. Faux pas in media talk shows or public statements are the sole responsibility of those who make them. the tendency to blame media is not a healthy trend.
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eaCe is a state desired not only on a personal level but also on national level and in relationships between nations. Yet it continues to elude at all levels. on a very general level it may be defined as, ‘freedom from disturbance; tranquility.’ Yet, how many of us, at an individual level have ‘complete’ peace? not many, is my bet. each one of us has those gray areas in our lives that perturb us. relationships can be marred by various differences. then there is the national peace we hanker after, especially in today’s Pakistan. the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as, a) ‘a state in which there is no war or fighting b) an agreement to end a war and c) a period of time when there is no war or fighting. In a country fraught with differences that have reached a boiling point, any difference to approach is dealt with extra-judiciously. a country with citizens and those residing within (they may not be citizens), armed with the state-of-theart weapons with little or no accountability, taking law in their hands to settle scores. the culprits are either not nabbed or go unpunished. the writ of the state has been negatively affected as a result. root causes of lack of peace, leading to terrorism are many – like injustice, increasing levels of social gap, economic disparity with the rich accumulating more and more wealth and the poor falling to sustenance level or below, lack of equal opportunities to better one’s social stand-
ing, rampant corruption that has seeped into every level of the society, increasing radicalism resulting from politicizing religion etc. religious conflicts have increased over time, deepening rather than lessening. Unfortunately since 2001 religious conflicts owing to armed factions has become a huge security threat to the nation – in particular its innocent citizens. a difficult-to-manage border situation with afghanistan does not help. Unfortunately, various governments that have come and gone have not really processed through the issues to move towards a logical solution. a short term and long term plan has been consistently missing, marrying a political and social approach towards addressing the issues at base level. If at all, there has been an effort to address an issue, at best it has been at a superficial level. a friend argued this is so because governments have been dismissed repeatedly, and take-overs by the army have been a regular feature of Pakistan’s checkered past. I respectfully disagree. though the fact so stated, cannot be denied, it is also a fact that the civilian governments formed to rule have failed to develop a blueprint to the effect, what to speak of taking the first step towards any implementation that even came close to addressing the issues briefly touched upon. the challenge that faces the Pakistan government is to reorient the people of Pakistan ideologically. this is a more uphill task than original orientation. It requires more focused, more determined approach towards clearing up of the fog enveloping the society. there is, in many pockets, a genuine confusion. this confusion is often channelized by vested interest groups into acts of hate having a negative cascading effect on the society. arshi Saleem Hashmi, Senior research analyst, Institute of regional Studies, Islamabad in his research paper published way back in 2009 states, ‘the real clash is not between Islam and the west, as projected, but between the orthodox and the moderates. the key question is how far the new generation will be different from the one lost to orthodoxy and
militancy. Pakistan’s inability to control radicalization limits its capacity to engage in a sustained struggle to control extremism and terrorism and revive the pluralist and tolerant spirit of Pakistan’. He just about hit the nail on the head here. He suggests, ‘Pakistan needs to emphasize the synthesis of culture and religion rather than be influenced by “arabization” to prove its true Islamic credentials’. I could not agree more. In my earlier articles I have always promoted support to all cultures, religions, sects within under the umbrella of Pakistan – for appreciation of the differences enriches the society. Former president of South africa, F.W. de Klerk to the rotary reunion Conference in Cape town on February 4, 2011 rightly said, “the main threat to peace during the 21st century will come from the inability of states to manage relationships between ethnic, cultural and religious communities.” then there is peace sought at international level. J. Kirk Boyd, a lawyer and professor at the University of California in his article on peace (excerpted from 2048: Humanity’s agreement to live together; on may 11, 2010) writes, “religious diversity also lies at the root of some of the ongoing conflicts in the world. ongoing tensions in India have their roots in the unresolved conflict between moslems and Hindus in Kashmir and elsewhere in the sub-continent. Differences between Hindus, moslems and Sikhs in India; and moslems and Christians in nigeria and Sudan all create volatile situations that can explode into violence and terrorism at almost any time… the age of the single culture, single language state is over. two thirds of the world’s 200 countries have minorities comprising more than 10% of their populations. Cultural and ethnic minorities now comprise more than 900 million people throughout the world – one in seven of the human population… everywhere populations are becoming more multicultural. throughout the world people are on the move, legally or illegally, across borders, across continents and across oceans.”
The changing climate Are we ready to face it?
nter-governmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a report last week in its annual conference which is very alarming and needs an urgent consideration. Climate change is a serious debate in advanced countries. It is one of the biggest challenges posing a threat to the people and economies across the world. according to the report, increasing temperature and continuing emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. as a result of global warming the world today suffers around 400-500 natural disasters on average in a year, up from 125 in the 1980s. according to the IPCC assessment report, the evidence of predicted impacts of climate change is slowly unfolding. Crop yield rates are declining in most parts of the world, particularly as a consequence of rising temperatures, while increase in prevalence of climateinduced disease has also been recorded. another serious threat arising from climate change is the freshwater availability which is projected to decline, especially in large river basins and adversely affect more than a billion people by 2050s. Climate change is a phenomenon related to greenhouse gases. greenhouse gases absorb radiations and warm the planetary surface. Water vapor, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and ozone are the primary greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere. Developing countries are the least responsible for the climate change as the world’s least developed countries con-
tribute only 10 percent of annual global carbon dioxide emission. However, the geographical location and socio-economic fragility of most of the developing countries make them more vulnerable to the environmental, social and economic ramification of climate change, and lack of resources and capabilities to adapt to the changes will worsen the situation. the rate of global climate change is projected to be more rapid than any to have occurred in the last 10,000 years. limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Pakistan, despite producing a lot less greenhouse gases, has been among the top ten most affected countries worldwide. the recent tragic thar incident in which hundreds of children became victim of hunger and lost their lives is a consequence of climate change; gyari incident in which about 135 soldiers and civilians lost their lives to an avalanche, the phenomenal floods of 2010 which submerged a fifth of country and displaced millions and changing monsoon patterns are just some of the alerts of the bad days ahead and reminder of the critical role the climatic conditions play in our lives. September 2011 witnessed the most rains ever recorded in southern Pakistan, with monsoon amounts 1,170 percent above normal. the phenomenon of climate change largely caused by human activity has environmental, political and security implications. In Pakistan’s context climate change would particularly affect the agriculture sector which is the mainstay of the national economy. the most important po-
tential threat is the increased variability of monsoon which will ultimately affect adversely on our agricultural crop pattern and production, rapid recession of glaciers reducing the capacity of natural reservoirs and increased risks of flood and droughts. Due to increasing water shortage it is feared that this would not only aggravate the economic crisis and increase food insecurity but if unaddressed, it could increase tension with the neighbour countries, particularly India. Heat stressed conditions in arid and semi-arid region and threat to coastal areas, including the city of Karachi, due to a rise in sea level and increase in cyclonic activity due to higher sea surface temperature are also attached directly to climate change. the above threats lead to major concerns for Pakistan in terms of its water, food and energy security. Increased deforestation, loss of biodiversity and increased health risks are other aspects to worry about. experts estimate that about a quarter of Pakistan’s land area and half of its population are vulnerable to climate change related disasters. It is also projected that climate change effects could cost Pakistan’s economy up to $14 billion per year. Forests play a great role in minimising the drastic effects of climate change while we are facing reduced forest area with every coming day. We have only 2% of our land area covering forest as compared to advised 25% area to keep a healthy environment. Unfortunately we have lost our 33% forest area during the last 20 years. It is estimated that deforestation and degradation accounts for 20 percent of greenhouse gases emission. By
the problem surfaces when one or more nations become more equal than equal. they take over the moral responsibility of making a determination as to who is right and who is wrong. not stopping at that, they then launch upon a course of action to punish the ‘wrong doer’. this responsibility is left best to the relevant world forums without being subjected to external influences. Sometimes, one or more religious, ethnic groups overshadow others marginalizing space for their freedom. this too leads to chaos. In a world riddled with conflict, there must be an effort to move towards a harmonious one. Peace however, cannot be imposed by pressure, threats and bullying. this has to be achieved with patience, setting of specific time related goals, addressing issues at grassroots level. thor Halvorssen, President of the new Yorkbased Human rights Foundation and founder and Ceo of the oslo Freedom Forum writes, “meaningful peace is never based on coercion between nations. It is based on open international communication, and problem-solving through non-violent channels. Such a network can only exist when its individual pieces are free.” (Forbes magazine 12/09/2011) nations must stop viewing issues through a narrow prism with self-interest first. one country cannot be allowed to get away with a wrong as the world criticizes another for the same. He further shares, “If we are to achieve meaningful peace, the foreign policy of free governments and the cultural export of free societies must: help build civil society, establish rule of law, secure individual freedoms, spark economic development, separate religion and government, secure freedom of thought and belief, and expose human rights violations.” agreed with thor! nations world over must decide, how long will peace elude them? Yasmeen Aftab Ali is a lawyer, academic and political analyst. She has authored a book titled A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org and tweets at @yasmeen_9.
these estimates deforestation is second to energy sector in terms of contributing to greenhouse gas emission. the entire transport sector is a smaller polluter in comparison to deforestation. another survey found out that only 24% Pakistanis knew what climate change really meant, another 15% had just heard about the phenomenon but didn’t have any further knowledge about it, while 50% had never heard about climate change, making Pakistan one of the least knowledgeable country about climate change. this state of public awareness sharply contrasts the steps the government claims to have taken to elevate climate change in its sets of priorities. establishment of ministry of Climate Change and adoption of national Climate Change Policy and action Plan was a good initiative but much more needs to be done particularly creating ownership for these initiatives among the public. Being a developing country Pakistan lacks technical capacity and financial resources to address climate change related issues. We need international cooperation in extensive use of renewable energy, clean coal and advanced nuclear power technologies. Use of mass transit system in cities to avoid carbon dioxide emission, increase in hydropower generation capacity, large scale afforestation and reforestation activities will reduce climate disasters. Un-reDD &WWF are working all over the world for this purpose. We need to strengthen our skills in this regard. Capacity building and awareness can help to avoid major loss in future. effects on climate change needs to be addressed and all remedial measures should be taken on war basis to avoid future destruction. otherwise we should be ready to face floods, more droughts, incidents like that of thar, increased temperature and health risks. The writer can be contacted at: email@example.com.
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Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
Has Iran already achieved its nuclear goals? YaleGlobal
hE new round of talks opened on April 8 marks another step in the race against time to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. The powers have given Iran until July 20 to reach comprehensive agreement on denuclearization. But what if Iran believes it has enough nuclear potential and the time has come for a strategic pause in its nuclear program? From a technological standpoint, Iran is in much the same class – in the sense of possessing the technical ability to build nuclear weapons – as Germany, Brazil, Japan, Korea and some 10 other nations. Iran grabbed the golden ring against fierce opposition, with a lot of help from A.Q. Khan of Pakistan, and is hardly likely to relinquish its nuclear gains after investing an estimated $100 billion. From the narrowest legal perspective, Iran has only violated a safeguards agreement, which it denies and which in turn led to referral to the UN Security Council. The Security Council then passed a series of resolutions critical of Iran based on Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, generally referring to “any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression.” For the clerics and their increasingly competent lawyers, the legal arguments are on their side. Iran argues that it is in full compliance with safeguards obligations and calls the referral by the International Atomic Energy Agency Board to the Security Council “unjust.” Doubtless the argument has been made in Tehran councils that any acceptance of a Chapter VII reso-
lution would be tantamount to conceding that Iran’s nuclear program is a “threat to the peace.” Since the first disclosures of clandestine enrichment were made in 2003, Iran’s response has careened from outrage and denial to limited cooperation with the IAEA that led to acceptance of the Agreed Protocol along with more intrusive inspections, to angry rejection of the protocol since 2006. In the ensuing years, with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president, the “possible military dimensions” file opened another point of contention despite the 2007 US intelligence conclusion that Iran had suspended such activities in 2003. Then Iran disclosed the existence of the enrichment plant Fordow in 2009, under pressure of discovery, affirming expectations and raising questions about whether Iran is trustworthy even with inspections. During this period Iran continued to work on its centrifuges, introducing new iterations, drastically increasing the number of centrifuges spinning and amassing an enriched-uranium stockpile out of proportion to actual need. Work on the Arak reactor continued, which could open up the plutonium route to a weapon – calling into further doubt Iran’s contention that the nuclear program was “peaceful.” President hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, followed recently by Ayatollah Khamenei and Revolutionary Guard leaders, now sound a new tone of acquiescence. It’s possible that a pause in Iran’s nuclear program has become desirable and convenient in the face of the sanctions that undermine the economy and the regime. Tehran may have concluded there’s little
downside risk in hitting a reset button with the big powers. Why would Iran, if determined to build nuclear weapons, accede to the Joint Plan of Action worked out in Geneva, its associated commitments to the IAEA and the expectation of further limits on its nuclear program? The Obama administration argues that sanctions led to this juncture: Economic pain finally wore out a restive public. The mullahs decided they had better cut a deal. US Senators Mark Kirk, Robert Menendez and others have doubled down, introducing a bill adding new sanctions on Iran should it fail to reach or violate the agreement. But Iran’s government still stands after years of persistent ratcheting up of economic punishment. Its foreign policy fundamentals remain unchanged. The interim agreement is not
worthless, but $7 billion in sanctions relief seems like relatively small potatoes in view of Iran’s broader ambition. The interim agreement is actually strong on its face. An advantage is increased verification and reporting on Iran’s declared program. With better access to Iran’s program comes better opportunity to discover anomalies that may lead to undisclosed activities, including research. This dynamic can be expected to cause many irritants in this nascent process. Iran will resist more intrusive measures. But as a side effect of the process, the IAEA confirms Iran’s own bragging about its nuclear prowess. Membership in the eminent club of 14 or so countries that can enrich uranium is confirmed. As Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, observed, “Its officials have long
What Indonesia's voters are saying Wall sTreeT Journal JOHN KURTZ AND JAMES VAN ZORGE
The early results from last week's legislative elections in Indonesia show Megawati Sukarnoputri's PDI-P party winning about 19% of the popular vote. While that is enough to make it the leading party in the new parliament, the PDI-P gained far fewer votes than expected. The party's presidential candidate, Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, must be wondering what went wrong. After the nomination last month of Mr. Widodo, known as Jokowi, many pollsters predicted that his popularity would boost the party's performance in the legislative elections. Several credible analysts predicted PDIP would capture as much as 35% of the national vote. But the so-called "Jokowi effect" proved a mirage, throwing into question the notion that Mr. Widodo is an unbeatable candidate in July's presidential election. The less-than-stellar performance has also reportedly thrown PDI-P into serious disarray, with key party officials playing the blame game. What exactly went wrong for PDI-P is hard to untangle, but there are a few plausible explanations. First, one must remember this election tested the popularity of PDI-P, not its presidential candidate. While it is true a strong candidate can help a political party in legislative elections, candidates' popularity don't necessarily track their parties. This is true in both directions. An example of a party that polls ahead of its candidate is Golkar, where its chairman and presumed presidential candidate is the controversial tycoon Abur-
izal Bakrie. While Mr. Bakrie polls well below 10%, his party came in a close second place to PDI-P with more than 15% of the national vote. Mr. Widodo's popularity is substantial, sometimes reaching 45% in opinion polls, far higher than PDI-P's popularity in any poll and two-and-half times the reported numbers in the legislative race. Still, it is possible that Indonesians were ecstatic about him as a governor and embraced his persona as a down-to-earth politician but were uncertain of his presidential qualities. No poll has adequately tested Mr. Widodo's popularity after he was anointed PDI-P's presidential candidate. So until more solid polls are conducted, his real prospects remain uncertain. Second, closer inspection of the votes on a regional basis shows that while PDI-P did very well in most districts on Java— traditional pockets of strength for PDI-P and a source of solid support for the Central-Javanese governor of Jakarta—the party came in second place to Golkar in non-Java districts. This suggests that perhaps there was a "Jokowi effect" after all, but one limited by geography. Even in Java, the party only fared markedly better in those places where he has deep personal ties. Third, murmurs within the inner circles of PDI-P suggest that numbers in the legislative election would have been higher had there been a true partnership between Ms. Megawati and Mr. Widodo. Some suggest there are rifts already that could grow more serious in the coming months. Tensions between two circles of advisors--Ms. Megawati's long-
term loyalists and the Governor's upstart and confident newcomers--will need to be sorted out before the presidential campaign kicks into high gear. In Indonesia's world of oligarch-driven campaign funding, confusion in the party has already hurt donations. And that should be a major worry for the party. With the electoral landscape more uncertain, some big decisions loom. The largest three parties—PDI-P, Golkar and Gerindra—each need to decide upon coalition partners to control of 20% of the seats in the legislature needed to nominate a presidential candidate. Related to that, they also need to pick vicepresidential candidates. Normally, running mates are taken from the second-most senior coalition member. Since PDIP needs only a small party to comfortably pass the threshold and has several already waiting in the wings, it is conceivably the only party that could have its choice of a president and vicepresident on the ticket. Megawati will likely insist on a true family loyalist as Mr. Widodo's running mate and resist his public declaration that it is his call. As one long-time observer quipped, "Jokowi may be borrowing the party car but she's not ready to give him both sets of keys." Golkar's Aburizal Bakrie and Gerindra's Prabowo Subianto will, on the other hand, need to take on more formidable coalition partners to pass the threshold and will therefore not be afforded the luxury of selecting from a wide universe of potential running mates. Compromise and a merging of political visions will be an important challenge
for them to overcome. In the broader sense, though, decisions such as coalition partners and running mates are not so important. The only function they serve in the presidential election is to define the final pool of qualifying parties. Indonesian voters care little about a presidential candidate's party affiliation and often care even less about running mates. What matters most is the singular appeal of the presidential candidate's personality. And that leads us to the real lesson of last week's election for the upcoming presidential race. In short, the subpar performance of PDI-P is a sharp reminder that there are no sure wins in Indonesian politics. A party's entire energy must focus on clear messages of support for its leader; the fickle nature of the voters in a race that depends on personality means there is no room for complacency. Mr. Widodo and the PDI-P are on the defensive, at least for now. Gen. Prabowo Subianto, who recently polled as the country's second most popular politician, has received a boost of confidence from his party's strong performance last week, putting him within striking distance to qualify as a presidential candidate and go head-to-head with Mr. Widodo. Who will win the presidential sweepstakes? The most one can say is that instead of a first-round decisive victory for Mr. Widodo and the PDI-P, a two-round showdown with Gen. Prabowo seems increasingly likely. Mr Kurtz is the head of AsiaPacific for AT Kearney, where Mr Van Zorge is a senior fellow.
held that transparency-rather than reduction of capabilities-is the key to assuring the world that its program is peaceful.” Iran’s rhetoric in defense of its rights to technology not only sets up expected conflict over what capability it may retain in any long-term agreement; it also provides opportunity to build confidence already recognized by its own negotiators through greater transparency. As a reward for a verified freeze on most current activities, a rollback of others yet to be determined, dilution of its stockpile and more intrusive IAEA inspections, Iran gains greater access to the global financial system and overseas technology in the short term, with perhaps more to follow. It also begets willingness on the part of the international community to consider the nation more “normal” rather than the predictable spoiler it’s been since the 1979 revolution. The multifarious business delegations headed to Tehran and the reputed oil deal with Russia bear this out. The charges of Iranian nuclear weapons and nuclear-capable missile research cannot be dismissed. But like Iran’s centrifuge expertise, whatever knowhow has been obtained can never be walked back to some earlier state. International experts have developed a healthy respect for Iran’s capabilities. Ali Akbar Salehi, former IAEA ambassador, foreign minister, and current head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, received his PhD in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Many other Iranian scientists have the wherewithal, too, despite assassinations of several predecessors. Iran’s breakout capability will
remain – even with a freeze and possible future reduction in the number of spinning centrifuges, reduction in the enrichment of uranium from the current 20 percent to 5 percent, and slowdown or redesign of the Arak reactor. Analysts continue to provide a time horizon based on fuzzy information. If the agreement succeeds, Iran will still retain the capability to build nuclear weapons, no matter how many centrifuges remain spinning. If this nonproliferation experiment goes awry, the time horizon for a breakout will shorten considerably. Much time will be spent trying to figure out what breakout scenario is acceptable. Whatever is agreed, Iran becomes another Japan or Brazil, and quite possibly that’s the goal for now. Iran has made its point: fait accompli. Inspectors or others may catch Iran in prohibited activity which would lead to another dustup and another round of recrimination. But as Iran continues to refine its nuclear narrative, especially with a pause or rollback in place, only a drastic downturn in political relations with the big powers will provide timely warning of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Of course, everything is in play during the period of the interim agreement. No one has a crystal ball. But Iran may have hit its nuclear groove for the moment, and if so, can better engage with the rest of the world and turn its attention to more pressing problems, confident that its nuclear position is secure. Arch Roberts is a former staff member of the IAEA, elsewhere in the United Nations, and for the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Damning indictment: Sanjaya Baru's account of dual authority within UPA is a plausible explanation of what went wrong Times of india Throughout the ten years of UPA rule Congress president Sonia Gandhi heaped praise on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his vision, leadership qualities and personal integrity. The latter, in turn, sometimes went to an embarrassing extent to return the compliment. But in Delhi's incestuous circle of senior politicians, bureaucrats and media persons, hardly anyone doubted that this mutual back-scratching was an elaborate charade. What Sanjaya Baru — who served as media adviser to Manmohan Singh in the UPA-I regime — has done in his book 'The Accidental Prime Minister' is to say aloud what many others have been murmuring beneath their breath. Namely that the Congress president used her political secretary, Ahmed Patel, and her chosen loyalists in the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet to call the shots in matters ranging from the appointment of individuals to positions of power and influence to interference in the formulation and implementation of government policies. If Sonia Gandhi emerges in Baru's memoirs as a suave if manipulative figure behind the scenes, Manmohan Singh comes out as a victim. One of the few occasions when he asserted himself was when he threatened to put in his papers if he wasn't allowed to get the Indo-US nuclear deal through. Otherwise, he suffered one setback after another with stoicism. Senior ministers bypassed his authority and colleagues in PMO were at each other's throats in official meetings. And for all the acclaim he received for his spotless character, he was unable to check the government's slide into a quagmire of sleaze. So here was a Congress president who exercised power without responsibility, took credit for such successes as UPA was able to achieve and by that token attributed — often furtively — its failures to the executive. The result? A near-complete subversion of the Cabinet system. This is no doubt a damning indictment of UPA. The timing of the book's publication, coming as it is during Lok Sabha polls, will certainly raise eyebrows. Some will even see in it an attempt to settle personal scores. The PMO's statement that the author has misused his privileged position and access to high office and peddled 'fiction' and 'coloured views' for commercial gain is only to be expected and must be seen in this context. But Baru hasn't breached any law. His faults, if any, can only be attributed to journalistic legerdemain.
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
Nawaz calls for fTa wiTh souTh Korea
DAR SAYS IFIs SATISFIED WITH PAKISTAN’S GROWING ECONOMY WASHINGTON: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said things are shaping up for Pakistan's economic boost as macroeconomic stability has earned the country huge confidence of international investors and financial institutions. Wrapping up a hectic visit to Washington during which he had a series of meetings with World Bank, IMF and US officials, Senator Dar also said major financial institutions now agreed with Islamabad that Pakistan's GDP growth would surpass their earlier projections. "The World Bank and the IMF now agree that the country would chalk out a better economic growth than earlier projections and our projection for the year is 4 percent plus," he told Washington-based Pakistani journalists. APP
PM SAYS BOTH COUNTRIES SHOULD PREPARE PARTNERSHIP STRATEGY FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT FOR NEXT THREE YEARS KOREAN PM OFFERS SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUNG PAKISTANI IT PROFESSIONALS
FOUR CELLULAR COMPANIES SUBMIT BIDS FOR 3G, 4G SPECTRUM AUCTION
akistan on Monday called for preparing a country partnership strategy with the Republic of korea for next three years, mainly in fields of trade and investment. Prime Minister nawaz sharif heading a delegation-level meeting with Prime Minister of Republic of korea Chung Hongwon at the PM House on Monday said Pakistan and korea needed to mutually exploit their trade potential. Prime Minister sharif proposed a comprehensive Free trade agreement (Fta) with the Republic of korea for enhanced cooperation in trade and investment. He said Pakistan offered huge opportunities to the korean business companies in energy generation including hydel, wind, solar, biomass and coal generation. He said the Lahore-islamabad Motorway bears testimony to the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries and Pakistan wanted to replicate and enhance such cooperation in other fields. He said Pakistan would appreciate if korean companies participated in initiatives such as Gaddani Power Park and Quaid-e-azam solar Park. He said the construction of off-shore and on-shore Liquified natual Gas (LnG) terminals also offered investment opportunities to korean companies and Pakistan would welcome and facilitate korean capital and technology in these sectors. Prime Minister sharif said the free economic zone along the China-Pak economic corridor also offered investment opportunities to the korean investors. in this economic zone, korean small
PAKISTAN, KOREA INK MOUS FOR ENERGY, INVESTMENT ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Republic of Korea Monday inked a memorandum of understanding for enhanced cooperation in the field of energy, trade and investment. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Korean counterpart Chung Hongwon witnessed the signing ceremony here at the Prime Minister's House. Secretary Commerce Shahzad Arbab and Korea's Vice Minister for Trade and Energy Han Jinhyun signed the documents on behalf of their respective governments. The ceremony was attended by Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir, Advisor to PM on National Security Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry. The Korean side included Second Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Chao Taeyul, Deputy Minister for National Agenda Shim Otaeg, Foreign Policy Advisor to PM Noh Kwargil and Deputy Minister for Public Info and Press Affairs. The bilateral trade between the two countries stands at $1.341 billion, and the MoU is aimed at creating an enabling environment to further increase the trade between the two countries. A number of Korean companies are investing in Pakistan in chemical industry, hydel and thermal power and infrastructure projects. APP
and Medium Enterprises (sMEs) can establish joint ventures in manufacturing sector to cater for a large and growing domestic market as well as, korean and regional markets, he added. sharif invited the korean financial institutions to start their operations in Pakistan, adding that opening of a branch of korean bank in Pakistan would boost business between the two countries. the cooperation in science and technology, bio-engineering, information technology, and exchange of human resources and other areas of common interest with korea were also discussed. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Republic of korea, Chung Hongwon said that korea looked
forward to enhance bilateral trade relations with Pakistan in different sectors including infrastructure, automobile and chemicals. "since 1983, both countries have been engaged in friendly relations and bilateral trade volume between the two countries has reached Us $1.3 billion which can be further enhanced by boosting mutual trade," he said, while addressing Pakistan-korea investment Cooperation Forum on Monday. He said Pakistan population consisted of majority of young people with professionals in information technology and korea could help those young people in their skill development for the benefit of Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has received four bids for spectrum auction for Next Generation Mobile Services in Pakistan till the deadline of April 14, as per the details, procedure, requirements and criteria laid down in the Information Memorandum (IM). Four existing Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) ie. China Mobile, PTML (UFone), Mobilink and Telenor Pakistan submitted their bids while Warid did not participate. After evaluation of bids PTA will announce the qualified bidders on April 17, 2014. As the demand is more than the supply the allocation of spectrum will happen through an auction process. It may be added that, on December 19, 2013 PTA signed a formal contract with Value Partners Management Consulting Limited (VPMCL) for the provision of consultancy services for the auction of spectrum for next generation mobile services. PTA completed this important milestone in an open and transparent manner in line with the policy directive of the Ministry of IT & Telecom and rules of the Pakistan Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).The Consultants in consultation with Govt. and PTA have developed an efficient and transparent method for the auction. STAFF REPORT
CORPORATE CORNER Bareeze Man outfit is not just clothes, it’s a well-tailored statement
LAHORE: Bareeze Man was borne out of experimentation with Bareeze’s high-quality embroidered fabric. Under the creative direction of Zain Aziz, a trained and passionate mechanical engineer, Bareeze Man began its foray into Eastern and Western clothing, both luxury and casual, in 2010.With a permanent undertone of ‘performance meets style’, and a boldness to constantly innovate, it has quickly shot up to be recognized as one of the finest menswear brands in Pakistan today. Planes, trains and automobiles have always been every boy’s fascination. Inspired by Old World means of transport, our collection is set against the image of a man who is accustomed to luxury, but not encumbered by it. He travels with both style and purpose, without forgoing one for the other. Each piece in the collection embodies a moment from a bygone era, blended with modern day sophistication; classic ruggedness combined with panache. The complete line pays homage to a time when the road was long and uncertain, yet a man’s thirst for adventure made it all the more irresistible to him. PRESS RELEASE
premier producer of liquefied petroleum gas, has adopted two additional schools from the CARE Foundation in Hyderabad, Sindh. Located in Deh Shah Bokhari since 2005, JJVL has been contributing to the socioeconomic development of the local community through multiple Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in collaboration with the Zohra and Z. Z. Ahmed Foundation, the local government, and nongovernmental organizations working in the education and health sectors. JJVL’s adoption of the Government Boys Primary School Long Khaskheli and the Government Girls Primary School Shah Bukhari has been approved by the Sindh Education Foundation and the Sindh government’s Education Department. JJVL’s support will ensure the provision of free textbooks, uniforms, and modern amenities to over 300 students. “CARE Foundation is the country’s leading organization for education which has adopted public schools throughout the Punjab, in Karachi, and now in interior Sindh,” said Sajjad Ahmad, CARE Foundation’s Project Head for South Punjab and Sindh. “The partnership with JJVL is part of our endeavor to assist the Sindh government ensure 100 percent primary-school enrolment in the province.” The CARE schools are the latest ones being assisted by JJVL, which has been supporting similar education initiatives in Sindh and the Punjab. JJVL and the Zohra and Z. Z. Ahmed Foundation also support CARE in the Punjab, this is an initiative that serves another 900 students. PRESS RELEASE
Marketing excellence award for Khaliq ur rehman LAHORE: Marketing Excellence Award was conferred to Khaliq ur Rehman by Marketing Association of Pakistan, in recognition of his valued contributions for strengthening MAP, Lahore as well as promoting its activities and Marketing culture, during his professional career. Khaliq Ur Rehman is a Founder Member of MAP Lahore Chapter and elected Vice President of MAP Lahore several times. He was also Chairman of MARCON 1996, 2003 and 2014. The award was presented by president in a ceremony held at Karachi. PRESS RELEASE
JJVl adopts two care schools in Jamshoro LAHORE: Jamshoro Joint Venture Limited (JJVL), Pakistan’s
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain and American Business Forum President Rizwan Ullah Khan, at the Forum’s fourth annual dinner. PR
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
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Charm is your best friend today, so make sure that you're thinking it all through before you try to get anything from anyone. Your best bet is to hear them out before making your case.
Today is all about you! (Well, and also a little about the United States Treasury.) You need to spend some of the day on your own issues, even if it's packed with other activities. Make the time.
You're feeling thoughtful today and you ought to be able to dream up some great new ideas if you can just get some time to yourself. You're not introverted, though -- you just need to think.
Some important deadline or request is much harder to realize than you want it to be. Call in the cavalry and see if you can make things happen with a little help from your friends. It's not as bad as you fear.
You either make a new friend today or contact one you haven't heard from in a while. It's a great time to build up your social network, even if that phrase offends your sensibilities.
You feel drawn to something deeper and more meaningful today -- so make sure that you're pushing yourself in that new direction. It may be spiritual, romantic or neither, but you should enjoy it.
Your eye for beauty extends to all your senses today, and you should find that you're deep into some work of art (or hot new colleague) before the end of the day. Enjoy the thrill!
Something's a little weird today -- but you're not sure what to make of it! Just let it ride and see if you can figure it out later. Things should make sense soon, once it rises out of your subliminal state of awareness.
Today brings news from someone you know, but not well. It may be that you're being approached about a job or that you need to get back in touch with a friend of a friend regarding something important.
Get started on something new -- you've got to make sure that you're keeping it fresh or you may find that things start to get really boring really quickly. It could be almost anything!
A new cultural experience forces you to see things in a new light -- and it's a good one! Try not to worry too much about where it's all headed, as exploration is the name of the game today.
It's time to go for something new and better -- so make sure that you're on the lookout for ways to improve your lot in life. Opportunities are coming your way, so get ready for them!
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Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
Smart shoes help you find way back home
Indian inventors have created a pair of high-tech satnav shoes that promise to help you find your way home. The Lechal system is available as a ready to wear shoe or as an insole to wear in your own shoes. It uses a Bluetooth link to connect to the mapping system on a mobile phone, sending discreet vibrations to their feet telling them which way to go. The Lechal shoes cost around £100 and can last around three days before they need recharging. “They are as easy to use as a tap on the shoulder,” said Krispian Lawrence, 30, who developed the shoes with Anirudh Sharma, 28, in Hyderabad, India. “It’s that intuitive - if someone taps you on the left shoulder, you immediately turn left. This product harnesses that basic instinct. “You can even communicate with them using hand gestures and finger snaps because the shoes have sensors that can pick up movement and sound. “You can also tell them how many calories you want to burn and they’ll plot the perfect run or cycle.” AGENCIES
Alphabet Sandwich has food for every letter A wacky food fan has created a towering snack with a filling for every letter of the alphabet. The aptlynamed Nick Chipman set himself the challenge of finding tasty treats from A to Z that could be stacked between two slices of bread. The result is a heart-busting, calorie-ignoring homage to the humble sarnie. Nick, 32, from Milwaukee, explains: “As far as what inspired me to create the sandwich I wish I had some really creative answer for you, but in reality I sort of just thought it would be funny, and maybe a little challenging, to make a sandwich with 26 different toppings, one for each letter of the alphabet. “The process behind it was basically to make it as quick as possible so I could take a few pictures before it inevitably toppled over, which surprisingly enough didn’t even happen. It must have been my lucky day. “It ended up being WAY taller that I expected and almost toppled over at numerous points along the way. “Anyway, the idea behind the sandwich was to find 26 different toppings. Now, I know that sounds simple enough, but do you realise how difficult it is to find a food that starts with the letter X? “To solve that issue I eventually settled on xylocarp, which is defined as “a hard, woody fruit that grows on trees,” or in other words, a coconut. AGENCIES
Artist turns bones into high-end jewelry
RTIST Kirstin Bunyard has managed to blend her two great passions – fashion and dissection – into a morbid yet intriguing art form. Kirstin makes high-end, elegant jewelry (rings, bracelets and necklaces) using natural bones. In 2009, she started her own label called Ossuaria Jewelry, through which she sells her handmade accessories. She personally selects the bones for each piece and fashions them by hand to create ‘bold and dramatic adornments’ that are meant for ‘people with a bit of an eccentric side’. Kirstin has a background in criminology, but she was always interested in fashion as well. “From the time I was 10 years old, I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer,” she said. Her dream was to ‘take on the world of punk culture and high fashion’. She sketched all the time,
waiting for the day when her creations would be displayed on the runway. But by the time she got to college, her life had taken a different course. After college, Kirstin worked for a short while as an autopsy assistant and attended several autopsies and embalmings. During this time she developed a great admiration for bones – the structures that support the body. She found them so elegant and alluring that she began to believe that they deserved a more prominent place outside the body. That’s when she seriously began to consider shifting her line of work. When asked about her inspiration, Kirstin said that she generally starts with a blank mind, spreads out a bunch of bones on her workspace and the piece just creates itself. “I do occasionally look to modernist jewelry designers for ideas
about shapes, flow and conflict,” she said. Kirstin mainly sources her materials from farms and ranches, but sometimes she goes to pet stores with deceased animals or reptiles to spare. Once she gets possession of the carcass, she uses her own process to treat the bones and make stunning accessories out of them. “Early on, I would pick up animals in any state of decomposition and clean the bones by maceration – soaking the animal in a tub of water until the flesh peels off fairly easily,” she said. “I have occasionally used beetles and maggots to do the dirty work for me.” But the work was a complete ‘assault on the senses’, so these days, Kirstin prefers to use animals that have died recently. These are easier to clean, and the bones are also much brighter. Kirstin starts by removing all the or-
gans and excess flesh and slow boiling the bones for a few hours. Then she soaks the bare bones in a peroxide mixture until clean. “I can’t say that any of this is a pleasant process, but the results are worth it,” she insists. “Additionally, I find it more gratifying to know that I have done the work myself, as opposed to simply buying pre-cleaned bones.” Because each individual Ossuaria accessory is handmade and almost oneof-a-kind, Ossuaria prices can be pretty steep, although not as outrageous as other much less interesting accessories. The pricing structure depends on the scarcity of the materials used and the time taken to clean the bones, but a necklace could be yours for anywhere between $100 and $500. Rings, bracelets, and earrings are all priced between $50 and $100. COURTESY DAILY MAIL
Best job ever! Guy getting paid $93,000 to have as much fun as possible Most people need to save up before they get to travel and have fun. But for this lucky Californian, things are the other way round – he gets paid to do all that and more. Andrew Smith has been appointed the ‘Chief Funster’ of the State of New South Wales, Australia, a six-month job that will earn him a whopping $93,000. And all he has to do in exchange for the money is travel around NSW and do exciting things every day. Smith landed the dream job after winning a contest as a part of an event to promote NSW as the ideal travel destination for young people. His challenge is to show travelers how exciting the Australian State can be by collecting no less than 802,000 moments of fun in six months. That’s one for every square kilometer of the State. So on a typical day, Smith can be found skydiving, hanging out with famous skateboarders, abseiling the spectacular mountains, and other such stuff. ‘The Funster Experiment’ began in mid-December last year, and Smith has worked his way through over half the required number of fun moments so far. That’s 480,000 to be precise, including 187 high fives on the Sydney
Harbor, sliding down a 91-meter typhoon waterslide, and mingling with 18,000 Elvii (Elvis impersonators) at the Parkes Elvis Festival. “My schedule through to the end of June is jam-packed with great events and travel experiences,” said Smith. “I’m going to be climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, swimming with dolphins in Port Stevens, attending the world premiere of Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, and being part of the much anticipated Vivid Sydney Festival.” During his stint as Chief Funster, Smith also gets to drive around with The Stig, a popular character from the British motoring television show, Top Gear. According to Smith, “There’s so much to do and see in NSW, the challenge isn’t finding the fun, it’s fitting all the fun into just six months.” But Destination NSW CEO Sandra Chipchase isn’t surprised at all the fun that Smith is having. “To reach the halfway point well ahead of schedule on his challenge to find 802,000 moments of fun in NSW is a great achievement,” she said. “But it’s no surprise given the huge volume and variety of amazing experiences on offer across the State.” ootsteps,” she added. AGENCIES
Carpenter cuts off his fingers to make ‘Robohand’ with 3-D printer Richard van As is recalling the moment in May 2011 when he sat in a Johannesburg hospital waiting to hear if his fingers could be stitched back on. Just an hour earlier, he had been in his carpentry workshop sawing wood when the saw slipped and ripped diagonally through the four fingers on his right hand. “It all happened too quickly to know what ac-
tually happened,” he remembers. Rather than fear the outcome, or dwell on the repercussions of losing his fingers, he was already thinking of ways to fix the problem, like a true carpenter. After days of scouring the Internet he couldn’t find anywhere to buy a functional prosthetic finger and he was astonished at the cost of prosthetic
hands and limbs which began in the tens of thousands of dollars. But his online surfing paid off as it brought him to an amateur video posted by a mechanical effects artist in Washington State, by the name of Ivan Owen. Within five minutes of getting it fitted, people can actually use it. Together, the pair developed a me-
chanical finger for van As, but their partnership has also gone on to benefit countless hand and arm amputees around the globe, through the birth of the company “Robohand.” Officially launched in January 2012, Robohand creates affordable mechanical prosthetics through the use of 3D printers. Not only that, but it has made its de-
signs open source, so that anyone with access to such printers can print out fingers, hands and now arms as well. “Within five minutes of getting it fitted, people can actually use it,” explains Leonard Nel, the communications manager in the team. “It’s anatomically driven by the wrist, elbow, or shoulder once fitted,” he adds — meaning its movements are controlled by the user. The first Robohand ever created was made for five-year-old Liam, from South Africa, who was born with amniotic band syndrome (ABS), which left him with no fingers on his right hand. Within minutes of fitting his newly printed mechanical hand Liam beamed excitedly and expressed how he could now “pick up stuff,” describing its movement by saying: “it copies me.” A full adult hand costs as little as $2,000, takes five and a half hours to print and approximately 10-15 hours to assemble. COURTESY CNN
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
Manisha Koirala wants to adopt a baby
AGENCIES Actress Manisha Koirala, who has successfully fought cancer, has expressed her desire to adopt a baby girl but only when she overcomes the fear recurrence of the disease. Bollywood actor and cancer survivor Manisha Koirala unveiled the 7th anniversary cover of health magazine Prevention. Sonakshi Sinha was also present at the event. Manisha, 43, successfully battled the disease and says that she now values life much more. Manisha now plans to become a crusader for cancer awareness by setting up an NGO that will work for cancer prevention. Manisha is also penning a book on how she conquered the fear and fatigue of the disease. The 44-year-old actress, who is best known for her roles in acclaimed films like Bombay, 1942- A Love Story and Dil Se, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012. "May be someday I will be free of fear of relapse and adopt a baby girl… till then having a family of my own is a distant dream!! Hope and more," Manisha Koirala posted on Twitter. The actress, who hails from Nepal made her debut in Bollywood with 1991 film Saudagar and went on to work with directors like Mani Ratnam, Ram Gopal Varma, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Raj Kumar Santoshi.
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OAMMAR Rana, aka Momi, has let his hair down (pun intended) and excused himself from signing television dramas because of hair loss. According to latest reports, multiple bald patches have appeared on the actor’s scalp and the condition has also affected his facial hair. He has taken a break from acting and is undergoing treatment for hair loss and his doctor has recommended him to continue with the treatment without any gaps. Momi stepped foot in the film industry in the late 90s and quickly rose to fame. He has played the lead role in several Lollywood films. Under the directorship of Syed Noor, Momi starred in blockbuster film Choorian (1998), which grossed over 200 million back then and sustained the record of the highest-grossing film in Pakistan until Waar was released in 2013. We hope that one of the most likable stars of Lollywood gets back in action soon and carries on with his small-screen presence if he can’t take advantage of the boom in Pakistan’s movie industry. As for hair fall, worry not! You can refer to our article entitled ‘Five natural ways to stop hair fall’ for some quick remedies.
The Pakistan Fashion Design Council in collaboration with Sunsilk presented the fourth and final day of the seventh PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week. Day-4 featured Voile shows with Five Star Textile Limited, Warda Prints, Nimsay by Nimra Textile and Lakhany Silk Mills and designer prét-a-porter shows by Rizwan Beyg, Zara Shahjahan, Saira Shakira, Khaadi Khaas, Akif Mahmood and HSY later in the evening. Speaking about the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week platform, Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the PFDC, Sehyr Saigol said: "As we approach the 10th iteration of our critically
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James Cameron has opened up about the time table of 'Avatar' sequels with respect to screenplays and writing. The 'Titanic' director said that the second, third and fourth films will all go into production simultaneously and currently the movies were all in pre-production and that they should be done with all the three scripts within next six weeks. The 59-year-old film maker asserted that there was always pressure on him whether it was a new film or whether it was a sequel, in order to entertain and stun audience and the biggest stress he has now was cutting out things he loves to get the film down to a length that is affordable. Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, in a Fortune interview earlier this week, had said that speaking on the production of the movie said that his entertainment network has planned to step up their production of major films and will have one or two or maybe more sequels to the science fiction film. aGeNCIeS
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PFDC SunSilk FaShion Week 2014
acclaimed fashion weeks, the PFDC shifts gears, bringing the momentum inwards, recognizing the even greater need to work with brands to build market access and visibility within Pakistan.” VOILE SHOWS: Five Star Textile Industries kicked off the Voile Show segment on the final day of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2014 with their Spring/Summer 2014 line of collections titled Vogue, Divine, Classic and Larose. WARDA PRINTS: After Five Star Textile Industries’ presentation, Warda Prints made their PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week debut with ‘Glamorous Hattie’s’. The third show of the Voile Show segment was presented by Nimsay Redefining Style by Nimra
Textile who showcased their Spring/Summer 2014 collection titled ‘Flora’. The concluding Voile show of the day was showcased by Lakhany Silk Mills who presented their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. DESIGNER SHOWS: AcT 1 RIzWAN BEyG Pakistani couturier Rizwan Beyg showcased his collection for the second consecutive time at the PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week. Having previously shown a truck art inspired collection in the previous edition of PSFW, Rizwan had worked closely with original truck artists to create a line of clothing using ethical practices for his label’s latest collection. zARA SHAHjAHAN Following Rizwan Beyg, designer
Zara Shahjahan showcased her prét a porter collection ‘Love Bug’ at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2014, inspired by Jungle florals. SAIRA SHAkIRA The final designer showcase of Act 1 was by fashion label Saira Shakira Making who made their runway debut at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week with a pret a porter collection titled ‘Cirque du Vanite’ inspired by ‘the circus’. AcT 2 kHAADI kHAAS The first show of Act 2 was presented by acclaimed designer brand Khaadi Khaas inspired by the baroque era. Akif Mahmood Following Khaadi Khaaz, Akif Mahmood showcased the label’s titled ‘Matadora’. As the title suggested, Akif drew inspiration from Spanish bull-fighters and their festoon with intricately embellished costumes that represented Spanish culture and history. HSy Day-4’s finale was presented by acclaimed couturier HSY. In the spirit of his 20th year motto, “Giving is the new Achieving” Hassan Sheheryar Yasin brought to PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2014 a collection titled ‘Sher’ which was in homage to and in support of, women empowerment. To this end, Team HSY collaborated with the Anjuman-eKhuddam-e-Rasul Allah (AKRA), a renowned community based NGO in Shergarh, district Okara, which is working towards improving education and poverty alleviation. The collection featured both men’s wear and women’s wear based in luxurious fabrics.
Varun Dhawan, who went all out for the publicity of his latest release Main Tera Hero, says superstar Shah Rukh Khan is his role model when it comes to film marketing. Ekta Kapoor's two productions Main Tera Hero and Ragini MMS 2 are doing well at the box office. Alia Bhatt also came in to congratulate Ekta Kapoor and her team. It was a starry night as stars from the Bollywood came together to celebrate the success of Main Tera Hero and Ragini MMS 2. "My role model for marketing films is Shah Rukh Khan. He is unbelievable. Look at how he marketed Chennai Express, said Varun. In Main Tera Hero, Bollywood's other beloved Khan, Salman, has lent his voice. Isn't he a role model for Varun? aGeNCIeS
football has never been far away: ranbir
Mumbai, Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, who will be owning the Mumbai franchise in the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL), said he was looking to translating his passion for the sport into development activity. Ranbir has tied up with investment banker Bimal Parekh to coown the Mumbai franchise of the eight-city league that will be played during SeptemberNovember. “It is a moment of great pride for me to be a part of the Indian Super League and to represent the vibrant city of Mumbai. Football has never been far away from my daily life since childhood, and now as a partner in the Indian Super League, I am looking forward to translate my passion into contributing to the growth of the sport," said Ranbir. aGeNCIeS
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
BIG RUNS EXPECTED, WITH BAT AND BALL
CHELSEA OPTIMISTIC OVER HAZARD INJURY SPOrTS DeSK Eden Hazard could return from injury "sooner rather than later" as Chelsea continue their push for the Premier League title. The Belgian star missed Sunday's 1-0 win at Swansea after limping out of Chelsea's midweek Champions League quarter-final victory over Paris St Germain. Manager Jose Mourinho made five changes for the trip to south Wales, where his team triumphed through Demba Ba's second-half strike which keeps them two points behind league leaders Liverpool. "Every player is fit at this stage, with the exception of Eden, who should be sooner rather than later. It is still a little bit too early to say for sure," Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland said. "Having a clear week this week is a big advantage. "I can't stress enough the extra demand that the Champions League brings with those fixtures in the week. It is just what the doctor ordered to give the players a bit of a break this week." Chelsea are next in action when the Premier League's bottom club Sunderland visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday. And the Blues know there can realistically be no slipups between now and the end of the season including when they visit Liverpool on April 27 - if they are to land a fourth Premier League title in 10 seasons.
OYAL Challengers Bangalore will enter IPL 7 having in their ranks two of the most talked-about Indian players from the last couple of weeks - that is, talked about for completely different reasons. On one hand, there is Virat Kohli, arguably the in-from batsman in international cricket. The force behind India's charge to the World T20 final, collecting a tournament record 319 runs with four fifties from six matches at 106.33. The team's watchful protector and Dark Knight. And then there is Yuvraj Singh, painted - perhaps unfairly - as the villain for sucking the momentum out of India's innings in the final with a laboured knock of 11. What will worry the Royal Challengers fans more than the Rs 14 crore (US$ 2.33 million) it cost the franchise to secure Yuvraj's services, is just how lost the allrounder looked not only during his 21-ball struggle in Mirpur, but also in a majority of his innings since returning to the Indian fold last year. Still, while an on-song Yuvraj will be more than welcome, his form with the bat should not hurt the Royal Challengers too much, as they boast perhaps the most explosive line-up in the tournament, with the added experience of Albie Morkel to provide a late surge
down the order. Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling. Australia's Mitchell Starc and West Indies' Ravi Rampaul are quality performers but only one of the overseas slots is likely to be available for the two of them. The Indian quick bowlers inspire lesser confidence: Ashok Dinda leaked 9.48 runs per over last season, Varun Aaron is yet to combine precision to his undoubted pace, while Abu Nechim and Harshal Patel are yet to prove themselves in the IPL. Big players Chris Gayle may not have set the World T20 on fire, perhaps being remembered only for his ferocious rendition of Gangnam Style after beating Australia, but his IPL pedigree is never in question. Pune Warriors will attest to that. A 28-ball 69 against England aside, AB de Villiers also had a quiet outing in Bangladesh. However, he has been outstanding as a finisher for Royal Challengers. With Morkel also in the team, de Villiers might be pushed up the order this year to provide an early onslaught. Bargain Buy Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal has a career economy rate of 5.59 in Twenty20 cricket, which is among the best in the world. He was with Mumbai Indians since 2011, contributing to their 2011 Champions League win
CORNET OUTLASTS GIORGI TO SECURE KATOWICE TITLE
with an incisive spell of 2 for 9 in the final, but the presence of Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha in the team meant that his appearances for the
KLINGER ANGERED BY DEPARTURE FROM SA
SPOrTS DeSK Alize Cornet secured a fourth WTA title of her career by beating Camila Giorgi 7-6 5-7 7-6 in the final of WTA Katowice. Giorgi showed great poise to take the final to a decider having been 3-0 and 5-3 down in the second set after losing a 69-minute first set on a tiebreak. The deciding set saw Cornet into a 3-0 lead again but Giorgi, competing in her first WTA final, came storming back – this time winning five of the next six games – to take a 5-4 advantage. Serving to stay in the match, Cornet fended off a match point before levelling things at 5-5, and an immediate break of the Giorgi serve was followed by a hold to love to wrap up the win in three hours and 11 minutes. "What a match," said a relieved Cornet. "It was definitely a huge fight, which is what I expected, and I had to save a match point to win the title, so it feels very special. I gave everything I had. "I'm so happy I could win here at this beautiful tournament in Katowice." The win is Cornet’s first of 2014.
SPOrTS DeSK Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left the state for a richer contract with Western Australia. Currently in England as captain of Gloucestershire, 33-year-old Klinger said he was cornered into the decision after being told he was no guarantee of taking his usual place in the SA top order for 2014-15. This directive surprised Klinger, who still retains ambitions of playing for Australia at next year's World Cup. "I was disappointed and disagreed with the feedback I received. Two Shield games ago I scored a double-ton for South Australia," Klinger told The Advertiser. "Without sounding arrogant, I feel I am too good a player to not play a full season of Shield cricket. I still have ambitions to play one-day cricket for Aus-
tralia in the 2015 World Cup but if you are not playing Shield cricket you are out of people's minds." When the move was announced, SACA's high performance manager Jamie Cox had said that Klinger's decision was influenced by the provision of greater "contract security" with the Warriors. However Klinger said he had not been seeking a contract extension or greater remuneration, and was hurt to be leaving teammates he had grown close to and a city he and his family had made their home over six years. "It was not a contract or money issue," he said. "The two years over one from WA helped, but I only had a guaranteed opportunity to play first-class cricket in one place. The hardest thing is leaving my team-mates. SA will have success soon and to not be part of that hurts a lot. "It has been a pretty emotional couple of sleepless nights for us. The decision was taking a toll. I was getting a lot of love from Justin Langer, saying I would help their young players and help as a leader for WA."
Gallagher aiming for more minutes SPOrTS DeSK Calum Gallagher is looking to use the rest of the season to establish himself in the Rangers first team The 19-year-old forward made a scoring debut in the 2-0 home Scottish League One win over Dunfermline in March and featured in the Gers' next three games. However, he was left on the bench for the Ramsdens League Cup final against Raith Rovers at Easter Road last week and for the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Dundee
United at Ibrox on Saturday. Gallagher, who signed a two-year extension to his contract three weeks ago, featured for Rangers' Under-20s in the Youth Cup semi-final win over St Mirren on Sunday but is hoping Ally McCoist gives him more game time in the final weeks of the campaign. Ahead of the League One clash with Forfar at Ibrox on Tuesday night, he said: "To be a regular in the first team is my target. "Things are going well the way they are but I think I can be a bit greedy and hope for a bit more.
"I would love to play every game until the end of the season but that is not the way things work sometimes. "I will take whatever I am given and I will be happy for it. "But if there was going to be time when the younger ones could stake a claim in the first team I think it could be now. "I was disappointed (on Saturday) but I understand why I was left out. "I don't want that to come over as expected to play but I was wishing I was. "I can't complain. All I can hope for is that if I keep working hard, I can keep impressing the right people."
franchise were limited. Bought for a modest (by IPL standards) Rs 10 lakh, Chahal could well lead Royal Challengers spin attack this season.
OVER 119,000 RUNS IN SIX IPL SEASONS
S Pervez QaiSer As many as 119002 runs were scored for the loss of 4686 wickets at 25.39 in 15211 overs at an economical rate of 7.82 runs per over in 398 matches in the Indian Premier League so far. The highest number of runs were scored in the last edition in 2013 while 2009 season in South Africa saw the lowest number of runs. A total number of 22541 runs were scored for the loss of 909 wickets at 24.79 in 2935.3 overs at an economical rate of 7.67 runs per over in the 2013 edition while 16180 runs were scored for the loss of 698 wickets at 23.18 in 57 matches in second edition in 2009. The first edition played in 2008 was the fastest. The 17810 runs came in the 2164.1 overs at economical rate of 8.22 runs per over. The economical rate in the second edition was 7.40 run per over was the lowest among all editions. Year M Runs Wkts AVG Overs R/O Runs/Match 2008 58 17810 689 25.84 2164.1 8.22 307.06 2009 57 16180 698 23.18 2185.4 7.40 283.85 2010 60 18864 720 26.20 2319.5 8.13 314.40 2011 73 21154 813 26.01 2737.5 7.72 289.78 2012 74 22453 857 26.19 2868 7.82 303.41 2013 76 22541 909 24.79 2935.3 7.67 296.59 Total 398 119002 4686 25.39 15211 7.82 299
Tuesday, 15 April, 2014
GERRARD DESERVES PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE: FLANAGAN
IVERPOOL defender Jon Flanagan believes no one deserves a league title more than captain Steven Gerrard. After Sunday's significant 3-2 win over Manchester City the clearly emotional Reds captain was at the centre of a team huddle dishing out words of advice to his team-mates. Gerrard, who is more desperate than most to claim a championship winners' medal as it is the only honour missing from his trophy cabinet, effectively told the players they had to forget the result and turn their focus to struggling Norwich at Carrow Road next weekend. The England skipper is more than just a leader, he is an institution at the club and his determination to see through the job of ending a 24year wait for a title in their final four games has been imprinted on his team-mates. "It is phenomenal. He has carried this club for years and he deserves this," said young defender Flanagan. "I think all the lads are doing it for themselves but for also for Stevie as well." Liverpool produced their trademark fast start at home and were 2-0 inside 26 minutes courtesy of Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel and, although they were pegged back after the break through David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal, Philippe Coutinho struck the winner. While no one at Anfield is getting ahead of themselves, Flanagan believes the performance and result against City, now seven points behind them at the sharp end of the table, has proved they have the nerve to successfully negotiate the final month of the season. "They are a great side and we have sent a message out - it was a great performance and a great three points," he added. "There are always nerves going into such a big game in the title race but as soon as the game is on you focus on that. "We knew they were going to come out strongly (in the second half) and there was a bit of sloppy defending for their two goals but we still showed our spirit and finally got the third goal. "We can believe now. All the fans are believing we can do it now and we said in the huddle we'll go again next week as we've done nothing yet and that result has gone now. "We have to stay focused and go again at Norwich away, we have to keep going right until the end." The two downsides to the victory were the very late red card shown to midfielder Jordan Henderson for his studs-up tackle on Pablo Za-
baleta, which will rule him out for three matches, and the hamstring problem sustained by Daniel Sturridge, who left the ground limping heavily. "Sturridge felt tightness in his hamstring so we will see how that is in the next couple of days," said manager Brendan Rodgers. "The only sour point to the game is Henderson's red card. "He has just had a touch late on in the game, probably through tiredness, but he actually touches the ball as he stretches for it. "I felt that was a bit harsh and it is unfortunate as he has been brilliant for us." Rodgers displayed his tactical flexibility again as, with the game being taken away from his side at 2-2, he made a switch which paid off. "Second half you expect City to come back and the first goal gave them momentum and we
were unfortunate to concede the second," he said. "I felt they started to get more energy so we changed from the diamond to 4-3-3 to open up the game a bit when we had the ball but also to protect the sides when we were defending and that allowed us to get some control back." Neither Luis Suarez nor Sturridge came anywhere close to their best but the efforts of others meant they were not missed. "We don't demand goals from the strikers, we just demand they give their best and some days they have off days but they are working for the cause, which is most important," added the Reds boss. "Raheem Sterling's goal was brilliant, showing great strength and then making the yard (of space) against top players and score with that composure is what we want."
Khawaja jehanzaib wins ToyoTa GaRden MoToRs GoLf TiTLe LaHOre STAFF REPORT The contest for the Toyota Garden Motors Golf Title 2014 took place at the historic Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course and the competition was spread over two days on stroke play format..Out of the 170 participants vying for honours,the top performers turned out to be Khawaja Jahanzaib in the net section and Salman Jehangir in the gross section. Khawaja Jehanzib played accomplished golf and emerged as the front runner with a net score of 66,six under par and in the process he managed to curb the progress of many others who played very well ,yet could only manage to win a position other than the first. In the gross section the man of the occasion was Salman Jehangir, a member of the national golf team who is going to Sri Lanka next week. Salman was a golfer in control of his swing and nerves and his score of gross 71 is ample reflection of his playing ability. The drives off the tee were perfection oriented and also smooth and crisp were his shots from the fairways. Others who played well in the handicap category 10-18 are Dr Abdul Karim in the net section and Ahyan Mumtaz and Najam Hafeez in the gross section. In the category 0-9, Nasir Irshad won the first net and Danish Javed Khan came second. Other results; Ladies; Dr Rubab Haider (2nd gross); Maryama Khan (1st gross);Mrs Rabia Tiwana (2nd net); Mrs Nighat Akram (1st net); Veterans; A Sattar Khan (2nd gross); Dr Zafar Aziz Khan (1st gross); Khalid Amin (2nd net); Dr Kh Sadiq Hussain (1st net); Seniors; Dr Tariq Malik (2nd net); Ch Naeem Akhter (1st gross); Lt Gen M Tariq (2nd net); Tariq Baloch (1st net); Invitational; Col Zaheer Gillani (1st gross); Nadeem Azam (2nd net); Usman Ahmed (1st net); Nearest to pin; Mir Maaz Mehmood on hole 4; Irfan Saeed on hole 12; Amateurs; Wazir Ali (2nd gross); Salman Jehangir (1st gross); At the conclusion of the Toyota Garden Motors Championship, the prizes were awarded to the winners by Khawaja Muhammed Saleh, Chairman, Khawaja Group of Companies and Begum Khawaja Saleh in a well attended prize distribution ceremony wherein present were Karamatullah Chaudry, Shafqat Rana, Agha Pervaiz, Zahid Nabi Malik, Ahsan Saeed Mian, Agha Ali Imam and Mian Misbahur rehman and participating golfers.
UMAR GUL SURVIVING ON PAST GLORIES: MOHAMMAD ZAHID SPOrTS DeSK HE pace bowlers performed well below expectations in ICC World T20 2014. At times, it was painful to watch experienced pace bowlers from Pakistan unable to get the basics right. Yes, Twenty20s (T20s) are heavily loaded in favour of the batting side, but if you do the basics right, ensure your length is right and you are bowling to a plan and using your brain then there is absolutely no reason why you should get hit around like the Pakistani bowlers did against India, Australia and the West Indies. At the moment, never mind the batting, the weakest link in Pakistani cricket is the pace bowling. Pace bowling has always been Pakistan’s strength over the years, but these days, it’s our weakness which is frankly embarrassing. yOrKers Pakistan’s fast bowlers seem to be suffering from memory loss when it comes to bowling yorkers. It makes me wonder just what the standard of fast bowling is like in Pakistan at the moment, because if those boys in Bangladesh were the best we have, then that is extremely worrying. No bowler in the world can bowl six yorkers every over, but given the amount of time being spent in training and in practice, then these experienced Pakistani bowlers should know what to bowl and how to bowl yorkers. I mean the yorker outside the forth stump on the off-side is a basic and not very difficult skill to perfect. Instead we saw long hops, full tosses, length balls from the Pakistani pace bowlers, it was a shambles. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga bowling at the death against India in the ICC World T20 2014 final. Malinga is a bowler who the Pakistanis can learn a lot from. Look at the length he bowled as well as the immaculate the line — all bowed at good pace. He gave the batsmen nothing. The same goes for Kulasekara, who looks the sort of bowler who the batting side thinks they can get after particularly at his pace, but look at the impeccable length he bowled against India. Videos of Malinga’s and Kulasekara’s bowling
at the death should be made available to watch at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. MOHaMMaD aKraM As a coach you have to take criticism and praise. You cannot just expect the media and fans to praise you when the team are doing well and not say a word when the facets of the game that you are coaching have become a weakness. Akram has not improved the pace bowlers as much as I would have liked to him have done. Yes, there have been marginal improvements and the number of no-balls havae reduced. But what’s the point of not bowling no-balls, if you can’t bowl the ball in the same spot for consecutive deliveries. I know Akram’s job is a tough one and I know he’s working hard, but ultimately his performance is based on the improvement of the quick bowlers, how they are performing and how many quick bowlers he is able to develop. At the moment, I’m afraid it’s not looking too good for him. I’m not sure what the strategy is from our pace bowlers. I’m not sure what the plans are. I’m not sure how much preparation is being done and I’m not sure about the amount of research being done on the opposition batsmen by our bowlers and the bowling coach. At the end of the day, once the bowlers take the field, the coach cannot do much at all. It’s in the
bowlers hands to ensure they perform, but my concern is that what sort of preparation is being done and are the plans and ideas actually getting through to the bowlers? Because from what I can see, I don’t think they are! MOHaMMaD irFan I want to know who is responsible for making this boy play all three formats in domestic cricket and also international cricket. It doesn’t take an expert to realise that Mohammad Irfan’s body cannot take all three formats yet, he is being pushed and pushed to play all three formats. What they should do with Irfan is to prepare a schedule ahead of the domestic season of which domestic matches he will play in and in international cricket he should only play in the fifty over and T20 over formats. Irfan is a treasure, he should be looked after and he should be handled carefully. Instead as usual we are breaking him with too much cricket and this will shorten his cricket career even more if the people running Pakistan cricket aren’t careful. uMar gul I’ve played alongside and against Umar Gul and he’s a fantastic lad and a wholehearted cricketer. However, the Gul we are seeing these days is an unfit version, a bowler who is still surviving on former glories. Gul is risking his career by playing when not being 100% fit at all. If you are not fully fit, then sooner or later you will get found out. What is just as worrying is that why is he being selected when he is not match fit. It’s clear that he is limping at times and is not fit enough for international cricket. He’s been rushed back and should not be anywhere near a cricket field, instead he should be ensuring that he is fully fit. I know what it’s like in Pakistan, sometimes our cricketers are forced to rush back when they aren’t ready. I’m not sure about who made the judg-
ment regarding Gul’s fitness, but it’s flawed. upCOMing paCe BOWlers in paKisTan Neither Anwar Ali or Bilawal Bhatti have impressed me greatly. They’re decent cricketers, Anwar can bat a bit and is a good fielder. Bhatti has good pace, but there isn’t anything there that makes me sit up and think that, here’s the latest in our long list of fast bowlers who will frighten the opposition. There isn’t that fear factor with either of Anwar or Bhatti. WaHaB riaZ I’ve spoken about Wahab Riaz in the past on many occasions. I have a lot of time for Riaz and he always impresses me. The Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) should look at Riaz and look at the comeback Mitchell Johnson has made. Many said that Johnson was finished as a cricketer after some humiliating spells, but he’s fought back, he’s regained his confidence and he’s frightening some of the best batsmen in the world since his comeback. Riaz can do the same for Pakistan, he can terrorise batsmen. But his role needs to be defined. He’s not been used correctly by captains in the past and if he’s given backing and regains his confidence, he can be Pakistan’s equivalent of Johnson. Wahab’s head has been messed up with over-coaching and too much tactical chat. Just give him the ball and tell him to run in for short three or four over bursts and try knock the batsman’s head off, then see the results. neXT paKisTan COaCH I’d like to see a new name given the chance to coach the Pakistan team instead of the same names being mentioned again and again. Waqar Younis’s name is being mentioned as are a few other usual suspects. How about the PCB appointing someone with fresh ideas, a new approach and someone who will not be coming into the role with any baggage or ideas about the players before he takes on the role? We keep hearing the same names being linked to the role, come on PCB, for once think out of the box and make an appointment for the betterment of Pakistan cricket and not one that is predictable and not well thought-out. COURTESY PAKPASSION.NET
SPORTS Tuesday, 15 April, 2014 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plays and misses a ball from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, while batting during a game of cricket during the countdown to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
NOT CRICKET! KATE BOWLED OVER BY WILL’S DELIVERY SPORTS DESK The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their sporting rivalry to the cricket pitch during the latest leg of their tour of New Zealand and Australia in Christchurch. With the scores effectively tied after a yachting challenge and a game of "Rippa Rugby", the royal couple had no hesitation about taking to the makeshift crease in the city's Latimer Square. Despite being unsuitably dressed in a red Luisa Spagnoli skirt suit and three-inch heels, Kate was keen to bat first, watched by hundreds of spectators at the event promoting the 2015 Cricket World Cup. William unbuttoned his formal suit and briefly sought some advice from New Zealand cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee, before bowling a full toss that whistled past his shocked wife's ear - leaving all concerned relieved that the bats and balls being used were made of plastic. The Duchess quickly regained her composure and wagged a finger in warning at the Duke - then confidently strode forward to hit his next delivery to short mid-off, where it was fielded by one of the young cricketers. William then took to the crease with his wife acting as wicketkeeper and he showed off the skills honed on the cricket fields of Eton as he faced the young cricketers. Despite writing with his left hand, the Duke batted with his right and hit one ball over the heads of the fielders then another almost out of the ground. Former New Zealand batswoman Debbie Hockley gave Kate tips and said afterwards: "I told her, 'Don't worry about technique just smash it'. She was quite nervous but she kept her eye on the ball. Kate and William play cricket Kate and William play cricket Kate wagged a warning finger at William after his aggressive delivery "I thought they were great sports to take part in it. I couldn't bat in high heels. She's not played before so it's a pretty good effort and she did the best she could." Sir Richard said he had warned the Duke to be wary of the combative instructions his wife had received from Hockley. He said: "I told him to be on guard for an onslaught and she did remarkably well, it's very difficult to play on an uneven pitch." The royal couple also paid their respects to victims of the earthquake that struck Christchurch on February 22, 2011, leaving more than 180 people dead, and heard about reconstruction efforts.
PCB KEEN TO BRING BACK TIME IS RIGHT
AS CHIEF COACH SPORTS DESK
HE Pakistan Cricket Board is keen to bring back former skipper Waqar Younis as the chief coach of the national team as current coach Moin Khan is tipped to take over as the head of the national selection committee. According to a report published in a private daily, the legendary fast bowler is in talks with the Najam Sethi-led board to succeed Moin, who was only appointed for the Asia Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 following the end of Dav Whatmore’s two-year contract with the national side. Waqar, who has coached Pakistan in 2010 and 2011 before resigning on health and personal grounds, has again expressed his willingness for the post after his previous application was rejected in early February by a PCB panel entrusted with the responsibility of finding the national coach. The committee – that also included Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam – zeroed in on Moin, who was then serving as the Pakistan team manager since the tour of Zimbabwe last August. It is believed that Moin got the backing of Wasim but this time around the PCB is keen on roping in Waqar for a second term as the head coach. Moin though is now certain to take up the crucial role of chief selector after Sethi’s firstchoice candidate Rashid Latif opted against working with the PCB only last Wednesday.
for Pakistan players' return: Wasim Akram Former pace bowler predicts tournament will start with a bang in UAE Abu DhAbi: Keeping Pakistan players away from Indian Premier League is a huge blow for cricket-lovers, legendary former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram insists. Pakistani players have been barred from participating in the IPL since 2008 after the Mumbai terror attacks. Yet Akram feels the time is right for them to be reinstated, for the benefit of subcontinental sports fans. “Whenever India and Pakistan players have played either against each other or together, they have attracted lot of crowds and you get plenty of support, especially in this part of the world. I hope in near future Pakistani players will be able to participate because we have great talent,” said Akram, who is the bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders. Akram went on to highlight what Pakistani players would bring to the Twenty20 league. “Imagine Saeed Ajmal playing. It would have been perfect in these conditions. Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi playing would have been huge. This was their home ground, but let’s see it’s a decision of the cricket boards of both countries has to take. Mixing sports and politics was going to do no good,” he said. “It feels good to be back and seeing the facilities here I must say it is as good as any ground I have seen around the world. The love for the game has been here in UAE for ages with the presence of a huge expat population of Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, Australians and New Zealanders. I’m very sure IPL will start off with a bang here. The buzz is already around and my friends were calling and asking for tickets again,” said Akram, who is second only to Sri Lanka’s former off-spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan, in terms of One-Day International wickets with 502. Akram know the wickets here like the back of his hand and his expertise will definitely benefit KKR, he said. “The conditions are similar and probable better wickets with the ball coming nicely on the bat and it will be good for the T20 format. In T20 cricke, people come for entertainment and it is sixes, fours and wickets that makes it interesting,” said Akram. “Things have changed. Believe me, I have played in Sharjah for 21 years and then it was absolutely flat and you could see your face in it. There was no grass at all,” he added. So what’s the key to bowling on these wickets? “Bowling on these wickets is about different lengths. Sharjah wicket is not that flat but you can play shots and that is where length matters. I would say that is where I will come in handy. This is my fourth year with KKR and I’m looking for a good season from the boys.” The influence of South African great Jacques Kallis will also be huge for the team, Akram believes. “Kallis’ impact is phenomenal. It is like a part of me that he brings on the table. He is one of the best all-rounders that I have seen in world cricket. His calm demeanour [is great], you can go up to him and he helps all the boys. “His presence means a lot and he has an ideal role to play in this KKR team. If he goes in as an opener, he can play 20 overs and the team can play around. He is very useful,” said Akram, who says KKR are a well-balanced side and every one is raring to go. “We have just started our practice and they are a new bunch of boys. What I see in the first two days is that they are in good shape and in good frame of mind. For me, it means they are relaxed and they want to win. Obviously it’s not in our control but I have no doubt we would fight until the last minute. The ability we have in this team, we have every chance [of winning].” AGENCIES
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