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Defence budget up by 10 percent to Rs 627 billion No amount allocated for Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project Subsidies down by 35 percent
Unfriendly taxation proposals likely to invite agitation Leaving the people stunned, unexpected and unfriendly taxation measures worth Rs 167 billion in the budget 2013-14 were tabled by the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz on Wednesday, which included a GST raise of one percent. The one percent raise in the GST would directly contribute to the general price hike and inflation across the country.
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4.8 % GDP growth, 8% deficit targets set Inflation to be curtailed at 9.5% Revenue target pushed to Rs 2.475 trillion
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4.8 PERCENT GDP GROWTH, 8 PERCENT DEFICIT TARGETS SET
INFLATION TO BE CURTAILED AT 9.5 PERCENT
ISLAMABAD TAyyAb HuSSAin
Rs 3.591 tRillion fedeRal budget pResented
INANCe Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday unveiled the federal budget for the year 2013-14 with an outlay of Rs 3.591 trillion, a projected gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 4.8 percent, a fiscal deficit of 8 percent and a target to curtail inflation at 9.5 percent. Irrespective of tall claims made during election campaigns by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership, Dar told lawmakers in the National Assembly (NA) during his budget speech that the government was presenting a business-friendly budget, but hastened to add that a one percent rise in general sales tax (GST) was also being imposed, taking it from a current16 percent to 17 percent. The government also allocated Rs 1.1 trillion for Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of the federal and provincial governments with the federal government bagging Rs 540 billion and the provincial governments getting a total of Rs 615 billion. The landmark budget, as Information Minister Pervez Rashid termed it while talking to reporters, also pushed the revenue target to Rs 2.475 trillion while Rs 75 billion was allocated for Income Support Fund. even though pensions were increased by 10 percent, no raise in salaries of civil servants was made. In stark contrast to past budget sessions, when the PML-N used to hold protest demonstrations, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI), Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) and other smaller parties expressed resolute responsibility by keeping pin-drop silence while the budget was being announced. The only noise at times was created by desk-thumping by PML-N lawmakers
REVENUE TARGET PUSHED TO RS 2.475 TRILLION
while the finance minister was delivering his speech. The budget envisages a record allocation of Rs1.155 trillion for PSDP with an aim to stimulate the economy which presently depicts a bleak picture. A massive chunk of Rs 225 billion will be spent on the energy sector. The government allocated Rs 627 billion for defense as compared to Rs 570 billion in the preceding year. As an austerity measure, Dar proposed to bring down expenditures of Prime Minister (PM) House by 45 percent, which he claimed will result in national savings of Rs 40 billion. There will be a complete ban on purchase of new cars for PM’s office but the ban will not be applicable for law enforcement agencies and other inevitable requirements, he added. Tax exemption for luxury cars was proposed to be abolished while 1,200 cc hybrid cars are being exempted from import duty. A concession of 50 percent has been proposed for 1,200 to1,800 cc cars while Rs 20,000 in tax will be applicable on purchase of 1,000 cc cars. A withholding tax on wedding ceremonies being held at commercial venues has also been proposed along with taxes on foreign movies and dramas. Taxes on cigarettes, pan and chaliya have also been increased. GDP growth rate target for 2013-14 has been projected at 4.8 percent and revenue target at Rs 2.475 trillion. The nontax income will be Rs 800 billion. The government has also allocated Rs 185 billion for power subsidy. Dar maintained that the circular debt amounting to more than Rs 500 billion will be eliminated in 60 days. The budget also proposes to abolish the ministers’ discretionary funds. The government will initiate a ‘Prime Minister Laptop scheme’ in the days to come, he added. Customs’ duty on water filtration equipment has been decreased while the
SHOCK FOR CIVIL SERVANTS AS NO SALARY RISE ANNOUNCED; PENSIONS UP BY 10 PERCENT
people’s works program has been renamed as ‘Tamire Watan Pakistan program’. Dar further said auction for 3G technology will be held soon and borrowing from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will be reduced. The rate of inflation will be kept in single digits and a 9.5 percent target has been set for the year. He said the government inherited a battered economy and the average rate of inflation stood at 13 percent in last five years. The minister said Rs 926 billion has been allocated for debt servicing and that minimum pension has been raised from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 while Rs 225 billion has been reserved for development in the energy sector. Dar said by focusing on economic growth and resolving the energy crisis, the government would be reducing fiscal deficit and tackling public debt for putting the economy back on track. He vowed improvement in tax collections and reduction in non-development expenditures. He stated that GDP growth had remained below three percent in the recent past and when compared to a population growth of about two percent, real growth had been just one percent. He said the government would fulfill all promises made during the election campaign, saying that the budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 was a manifestation of those pledges. He said the first priority of the government would be to make the country self-reliant and the government would not involve in over-spending like the previous government, causing massive damage to the economy. He was of the view that doing business was not the job of the government so it would make the private sector a center of economic activity and introduce reforms in the market system. He said the government would not indulge in business and would only intervene in sectors where
the private sector has a limitation. These, he said, included sectors such as education, health, population and infrastructure development. He said the government would also improve infrastructure, particularly in the energy sector. Dar said the government introduced the concept of a medium-term plan for improving the economy. According to Medium Term Macroeconomic Framework (MTMF), by 201516, GDP growth rate would increase to 7 percent, inflation will be brought down to single digits, investment to GDP will be increased to 20 percent and fiscal deficit will be reduced to 4 percent. While describing salient features of PSDP, Dar said Pakistan had abundant water resources and it inherited a countrywide system of irrigation and dams at the time of partition which was followed by building of Mangla and Tarbela dams which are the lifeline of the economy. The government has allocated Rs 59 billion for water projects including expansion of Mangla and Tarbela dams, Diamer-Bhasha Dam, Gomal Zam Dam and various other dams and irrigation projects, he added. The minister informed the House that Rs 225 billion has been allocated for the energy sector, Rs 160 billion via PSDP and Rs 65 billion would be generated by Gencos and Discos. Funds have also been allocated for Neelum Jhelum Dam, Thar coal project, Chashma nuclear power plant, modernisation of power stations and building of grid stations, he added. The finance minister said the federal government would provide Rs 21 billion to the health sector for programs of immunisation, mother and child care, family planning, reduction of blindness, and other national health objectives. The federal government, he said, would also assist provinces in population welfare projects. Ishaq Dar expressed disappointment that during the last five years, investment in industrial sector decreased and the sector grew, on average, by 1.8 percent only. The industrial sector is the mainstay of the economy and the engine for economic growth and job creation, he said,
adding that laws would be improved to make export processing zones more attractive for investors and the special industrial zone in Gwadar would be given more incentives. Terming human resource development vital for the national economy, he said total allocations for development of human capital would be Rs 57 billion and Rs18 billion was allocated for higher education. According to a study, number of students in higher education will increase from one million to 1.2 million and 6,200 scholarships would be provided to bright students. Referring to the building of unprecedented Islamabad-Lahore Motorway by the PML-N government in the late 90s, the finance minister said Rs 63 billion has been allocated for building of highways and roads. He said roads in far flung areas and link roads connecting farms to markets will be built to create economic opportunities and alleviate poverty. “One of the government’s main strategic goal would be to link Gwadar Port to the northern areas, making Gwadar a gateway to Central Asia and access point for markets of europe,” the minister said. He said Rs 31 billion was allocated for railways to improve the mode of transportation, which he said was a remarkable institution at the time of partition, but was now in shambles. “Destruction of railways is not acceptable for us,” he remarked. He said governments around the world were making investments in railway as it was considered environment friendly but in Pakistan, these affairs were in a bad state due to lack of resources, falling revenues and absence of double tracks. The minister said the state of affairs was so bad that the government allocated Rs 34 billion for salaries and pensions of railways employees every year. “Pakistan Railways is not a poor department and it connects far flung areas of the country, but there is a need to considerably improve its working,” he added. He said railways employees were disappointed but the real problem was not one of resources, adding that things could be changed through leadership and vision.
No amount allocated for Defence budget up by IP Gas pipeline in budget 10% to Rs 627 billion ISLAMABAD TAyyAb HuSSAin
It seems that the PML-N government has decided not to pursue the most significant project for the country at the moment, the Iran-Pakistan (IP) Gas pipeline, as no allocation has been made in this regard in the budgetary proposals made for the fiscal 2013-14. It was being predicted since long that the PML-N government would abandon the IP gas pipeline project under immense pressure from the US and Saudi Arabia, who are opposing any future collaboration with the Iranian government. The project had been effectively pursued by President Asif Ali Zardari though. On March 11, defying
repeated warnings from the US, Zardari visited Cahbahar in Iran to inaugurate the project near Iran Shehr, an Iranian city bordering Pakistan, where President Mahmood Ahmedinejad was also present. However, no allocation has been made in the four ongoing projects of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources in the budget 2013-14. Rs 50 million had been allocated for the four ongoing schemes but not a single penny has been kept for the IP gas pipeline. Moreover, the Planning and Development ministry has also not allocated any amount for the IP gas pipeline project. Though Rs 125,658.646 million has been earmarked for 12 ongoing and six new schemes, the IP gas pipeline project is not included.
ISLAMABAD: The PML-N government on Wednesday announced an increase of 10 percent in the defence budget, earmarking Rs 627 billion ($6.3 billion) for the defence services in the next fiscal year 2013-14. The budget documents presented in parliament by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said a sum of Rs 627 billion had been allocated for defence services for 2013-14. The Nawaz-led PML-N government announced its first budget on Wednesday after assuming power a few days ago against a backdrop of high inflation, weak economic growth, grave energy crisis and depleting foreign exchange reserves. In the outgoing fiscal 2012-13, the PPP-led coalition government had allocated Rs 545 billion for defence services but later that allocation was revised and increased to Rs 570 billion. Hence, the hike in the defence budget in next
fiscal is 15 percent if it is compared to the actual allocations announced in the last budget but comparison with the revised allocations of Rs 570 billion makes it an increase of 10 percent. According to budgetary allocations, the army got the major share of the outlay with Rs 301.54 billion, the air force was allocated Rs 131.18 billion and the navy will get Rs 62.80 billion. The budget documents showed that the government had allocated Rs 2,300 million for the Defence Production Division in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for 2013-14. Of this amount, Rs 2246.300 million has been allocated for installing a ship lift, transfer system and associated machinery and equipment to provide docking and repair facilities for surface ships, submarines and commercial vessels at Karachi port. STAFF REPORT
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pM’s House expendituRes to be loweRed by 40% ISLAMABAD AnWER AbbAS
The government on Wednesday announced that the expenditures of the Prime Minister’s House would be reduced by up to 40 percent. While tabling the budget in the National Assembly here, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar told the House that the budget estimate for the Prime Minister’s House for the year 2013-14 was Rs 396 million as compared to Rs 725 million in the 2012-13 budget. Dar said 44 percent of the Prime Minister’s House’s budget had been cut. However, it excluded salaries and allowances. He was of the view that other than obligatory expenditures of debt servicing, defence, pay and allowances of civil servants and grants, there would be a 30 percent cut on all other expenditures in accordance with the announcement of the prime minister that would save Rs 40 billion.
HealtH gets Rs 9.863 billion ISLAMABAD
budget 2013-14: Rs 1,155b foR publiC seCtoR developMent PSDP TO GET RS 540B WHILE ADPS WILL RECEIVE RS 615B ISLAMABAD KASHiF AbbASi
OCUSING on development projects, the government on Wednesday earmarked a total of Rs 1,155 billion for public sector development in the budget for the fiscal year 2013-14, presented in the National Assembly by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The figure shows a 32 percent increase compared to the amount set aside for the purpose in the outgoing fiscal year. According to budgetary documents, overall development program comprises Rs 540 billion for the fed-
eral Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) and Rs 615 billion for Provincial Annual Development Program (ADPS). The development breakup for 2012-13 was approved at Rs 360 billion for PSDP and Rs 513 billion for ADPS, a total Rs 873 billon. Per budgetary documents, Rs 115 billion has been proposed for new development initiatives, Rs 50 billion for special programs and Rs 10 billion has been fixed for earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority (eRRA). Of the Rs 540 billion set aside for PSDP, Rs 57.84 billion will go to Water and Power Division, Rs 52.3 billion to the Pakistan Atomic energy Commission, Rs 2.179 billion to Cabinet Division, Rs 1.505 billion to Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Rs 58.8 million for Climate Change Division and Rs 841 million for Commerce Division.
The government further allocated Rs 109 million for Communication Division (excluding NHA), Rs 3.545 billion for Defense Division, Rs 2.3 billion for Defense Production Division, Rs 104 million for economic Affairs Division, Rs 5.24 billion for education and Training Division, Rs 79.4 million for establishment Division, Rs 31.3 million for Federal Tax Ombudsman, Rs 13.074 billion for Finance Division and Rs 255 million for Foreign Affairs Division. Meanwhile, Rs 30.96 billion has been allocated for Railway Division, Rs 2.172 billion for Science and Technology Research Division, Rs 533.3 million for Revenue Division, Rs 18.5 billion for States and Frontier Regions Division, Rs 220 million for Statistics Division and Rs 315 million for Textile Industry Division. In addition, the government fixed Rs 3.780 billion for Housing and Works Division, Rs 18.49 billion for
Higher education Commission (HeC), Rs 779.8 million for Industries Division, Rs 78 million for Human Rights Division, Rs 492.8 million for Information and Broadcasting Division, Rs 29.59 billion for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Rs 2.36 billion for Law and Justice Division and Rs 326 million for Narcotics Control Division. Among corporations, the government allocated Rs 51.443 billion to WAPDA and Rs 63.038 billion to National Highway Authority (NHA) whereas Rs 5 billion has been fixed for special programs. Moreover, Rs 10.658 billion has been mandated for Planning and Development Division, Rs 50 million for Petroleum and Natural Resources Division, Rs 316 million for Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Rs 6.259 billion for Interior Division and Rs 927.1 million has been fixed for Information Technology and Telecom Division.
The federal government has proposed Rs 9.863 billion for the health sector in the budget for the fiscal year fiscal year 2013-14 against Rs 7.893 billion allocated for the sector in the last budget. Under the head of Health Affairs and Services, a total allocation of Rs 9.863 billion has been earmarked in the budget estimate 2013-14, which is higher by approximately 25 percent than the last budget of fiscal year 2012-13. According to budgetary documents, Rs 260 million has been proposed for medical products, appliances and equipment, Rs 8,110 million for hospital services, Rs 1,029 million for public health services and Rs 394 million has been allocated for the health administration.
Cabinet appRoves budget pRoposals ISLAMABAD APP
The federal cabinet on Wednesday approved proposals for the federal budget for the fiscal year 2013-14. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired the special cabinet meeting held at the Parliament House that considered and gave its approval to the budget proposals.
BuDgeT ‘unfRienDly’: opp Budget: Subsidies down by 35% LAHORE
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Senator Shujaat Hussain on Wednesday said the youth should pray for Imran Khan because the government tried to copy him by announcing incentives for them. He said Khan had announced many programmes for the youth and the government had fulfilled part of that in the budget. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Farooq Sattar criticised the federal government for increasing General Sales Tax (GST) from 16 to 17 percent. He said the GST should have been brought down to 16 percent. Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said the government had broken its promise regarding elimination of power crisis within
six months. He said the PPP would try to press the government over changing the name of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). Defence Production Minister Rana Tanveer congratulated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for presenting a “balanced, pro-poor and people-friendly budget”. Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi said the government had started a new journey for development, prosperity and presented a “balanced and realistic” budget despite shortage of time. Meanwhile, talking to a TV anchor, PTI leader Shireen Mazari said the focus of the budget was on indirect taxes which was evident with the increase in sales tax. “This is a businessman’s budget and will increase burden on the ordinary man,” she added.
PTI Deputy Parliamentary Leader in the House Shah Mehmood Qureshi said it was an anti-people budget and no concrete relief was given to them. He said the PTI would record its stance on floor of the House during general debate on the budget. PTI President Javed Hashmi termed the budget “a budget for the accountants”, saying no economic revolution could be seen in it of which the PML-N had made promises with the people during the election campaign. He said the government had proposed only 10 percent increase in the pension of retired employees while no increase was announced in salaries for current employees. He alleged that the rulers were not serious and the budget reflected their lack of interest in national policy making.
unfriendly taxation proposals likely to invite agitation ISLAMABAD AnWER AbbAS
Leaving the people stunned, unexpected and unfriendly taxation measures worth Rs 167 billion in the budget 2013-14 were tabled by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Wednesday, which included a GST raise of one percent. The one percent raise in the GST would directly contribute to the general price hike and inflation across the country. Another worrying proposal by the government – additional five percent sales tax – other than the standard rate of 16 percent – on unregistered power or gas industrial and commercial consumers with monthly bills in access of Rs 15,000 had been floated. The PML-N government also proposed a raise in the Federal excise Duty (FeD) on soft drinks from 6 percent to 9 percent. A 10 percent duty had been proposed on imported and local car manufacturers (above 1,800cc). A tax of Re 1 per kilogramme on locally produced ghee and cooking oil
will force people to appear on the roads sooner than later. On imported seeds, the FeD had been proposed up to Rs 4 per kg. Weddings would also be a problem for the general public, as the government had decided to bring the adjustable withholding taxes on hotels/clubs/marriages and hall/restaurants from person arranging the function. It is natural that the hotel, club or the marriage hall management would maintain the tax payments from their consumers or customers that would directly affect the general public. Withholding tax worth 0.3 percent on cash withdrawal from banks has also been proposed. Rather making education tax free or adopting measures to make education across the country cheaper, the PML-N government has proposed an adjustable advance tax of five percent of fee on all educational institutions where annual fee is above Rs 200,000, to be collected by educational institutions at the time of receipt of fee. The government has enhanced the rate of tax on vehicles as well.
The rate of tax on up to 850cc motor car/jeep increased to Rs 10,000 from Rs 7,500. Tax on 851cc to 1,000cc enhanced to Rs 20,000 from Rs 12,500. Tax on 1,001cc to 1,300cc surged to Rs 30,000 from Rs 17,500. Tax on car/jeep 1,301cc to 1,600cc soared to Rs 50,000 from 30,000. Tax on car/jeep 1,601cc to 1,800cc has imposed Rs 75,000. The government proposed Rs 100,000 tax on cars/jeeps of 1,801cc to 2,000cc and Rs 150,000 on cars above 2,000cc. Duty on betel nuts has been proposed raised from 15 to 20 percent and betel leaves would now cost Rs 300 per kg. The government also proposed to impose 2 percent 'further tax' on supplies to unregistered persons. The fiscal relief package granted to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas would be abolished through the new Finance Bill. The government has also proposed to charge FeD at 16 percent on financial services like banking services. The government has also
proposed to withdraw hydraulic cement and services provided or rendered by asset management companies in being withdrawn. In relief measures, the rates of tax slabs of salaried individuals are proposed to increase to twelve slabs from existing six. There would be no tax on income that does not exceed Rs 400,000 per year. Meanwhile, in the upper slab (12th slab), where the taxable income exceed Rs 7,000,000, the rate of tax would be Rs 1,412,500+ 30% of the amount exceeding Rs 7,000,000. To promote industrialization and investment in the country, the period of income tax holidays in increase to 10 years from five years. To encourage hybrid vehicles for conservation of fuel, withholding tax on import on hybrid cars with engine capacity up to 1,200cc has been exempted. Similarly, withholding tax up to 1,800cc has been reduced by 50 percent and 25 percent for vehicles up to 2,500cc. To provide relief to corporate sector, the rate of tax for nonbanking companies is being reduced from 35 to 34 percent.
ISLAMABAD KASHiF AbbASi
In the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2013-14, the newly elected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government allocated Rs 240.434 billion for subsidies, which is 35 percent less than the amount earmarked for the purpose in the outgoing fiscal year. The government has targeted this subsidy at the energy sector since Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Pakistan electric Power Company (PePCO) will get 68.7 percent of the total allocation followed by Karachi electric Supply Company (KeSC), which gets a share of 22.9 percent. In budget estimates 2012-13, Rs 208.595 billion were proposed for subsidies, however, later in the revised budget, government had to increase subsidies to Rs 367.472 billion. A total estimate of subsidies for budget 2013-14 is around 0.92 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). According to breakup, Rs 165.1 billion has been earmarked for Inter Disco Tarrif Differential, Rs 3,000 million has been proposed for Tariff Differential for agri-tubewell in Balochistan and Rs 12,000 million has been allocated to increase WAPDA receivables from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). In addition, Rs 100 million has been allocated for exchange Rate Differential for USAID’s grant to power generation companies. Similarly, a total of Rs 55,000 million has been allocated for KeSC, while Rs 6,000 million has been allocated for Utility Store Corporation (USC). USC will spend Rs 2,000 million on the ‘Ramzan Package’ and Rs 4,000 million for the sale of sugar. According to budgetary documents, Rs 9,000 million has been allocated for Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO). Of the 9,000 million, Rs 4,000 million would be spent on cost differential for sale of wheat while Rs 5,000 million for reserved wheat stock. The budgetary document further stated that for the next fiscal year, an amount of Rs 4,000 million had been allocated for oil refineries and oil marketing companies, Rs 231 million for Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd, Rs 283 million for sale of wheat in FATA, Rs 815 million for sale of wheat in Gilgit-Balitistan and Rs 5 million has been fixed for sale of salt in Gilgit-Baltistan.
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sC cannot meddle in military affairs: Mi COUNSEL SAYS ARMY HAS AUTHORITY TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ITS EMPLOYEES UNDER ARMY ACT 1952 ISLAMABAD OnLinE
He Supreme Court (SC) cannot interfere in the matters of army nor does it wield any authority on this count. This was said in reply from the Military Intelligence (MI) presented by counsel Ibrahim Satti in the SC in missing persons case on Wednesday. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice ejaz Afzal, took up missing
COURT EXPRESSES DISSATISFACTION OVER POLICE PERFORMANCE IN MISSING PERSONS’ CASE
persons’ case for hearing. The reply further said the army had the authority to take any action against its employees on its own under Army Act 1952. The SC had rendered the decision in Mushtaq Ahmad case in 1996 that it is not authorised to take any action in respect of army convict. The court directed Col (r) Inamur Rahim, counsel for Dr Abida Malik to study the report and file the reply with regard to objections within two weeks. The court while expressing dissatisfaction over the performance of police in missing persons’ case of Omar
Zada and Omar Hayat from Chakwal sought explanation until June 25. Justice Afzal said, “Amir Farooq had given statement before the court. If he had committed mistake by doing so. It was duty of police that it should have played its role. Police is making the case adventure deliberately. Police is avoiding to initiate proceedings against a person because he has relevance with armed forces. If some one has already given statement before the court then he is bound to record statement before police. If he does not come to record his statement then police should summon him in connection with his statement by issuing arrest warrants. If some one is impeding the process then the court be informed. We want missing persons no matter they are brought from any where. We can not provide opportunity again and again. When such a solid evidence is available then why the proceedings is not being initiated.” At the in-
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ception of the hearing the police told the court that Omar Farooq had gone missing on the day he had given statement with reference to Omar Zada and Omar Hayat. He had contacted by telephone three days earlier and said he would meet police after a few days. The court said, “You should have traced him out through telephonic call. You should have arrested him and obtained statement from him.” The court was told that the commission had barred them from arresting him. The court observed, “The commission has prevented from arresting him and not from investigating him.” The SP told the court that the case was threeyear-old and it should be referred to provincial taskforce. The court scolded him, saying this way his incompetence stands proved. “We are giving you time till June, 25. Statement be obtained from Omar Farooq and presented in the court,” the court remarked.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formally signs the budget documents for the year 2013-14 after approval by the cabinet on Wednesday. OnLinE
offiCials ReaCH islaMabad to HandCuff MusHaRRaf ISLAMABAD/QUETTA
A team from Quetta Crime Branch on Wednesday reached Islamabad to arrest former president Pervez Musharraf in the Akbar Bugti murder case. Sources investigating the case said that a police team comprising senior officials had reached the federal capital to arrest the former military ruler. earlier on Monday, an anti-terrorism court in Quetta had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Musharraf. Moreover, on Tuesday, ATC judge Ismail Baloch had rejected a bail application submitted by Musharraf's lawyer in the same case. The court had moreover ordered a police team to arrest Musharraf by June 24. Jamil Bugti, a son of Akbar Bugti, had nominated Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and others in his father's murder case. Bugti was killed in a cave in Chalgri area of Bhamboor hills of Dera Bugti district on August 26, 2006 during a crackdown ordered by Musharraf who was president and army chief at the time.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak has allotted the portfolio of finance minister to Sirajul Haq of the Jamat-e-Islami while the Irrigation, energy and electricity Ministry has been given to Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao of the Qaumi Watan Party. A notification to this effect was issued by government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday.
sC oRdeRs appointMent of full tiMe pia CHief ISLAMABAD nni
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday ordered that a full time chairman and managing director (MD) for Pakistan International Airline (PIA) be appointed, adding that PIA was an institution carrying national importance. A threemember bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary asked Attorney General Munir A Malik to get necessary instructions from the prime minister and other relevant authorities in this regard. The court observed that the defense secretary had to deal with important work and therefore could not be given additional charge of such a huge organisation. The SC also directed for steps to rehabilitate PIA. The attorney general informed the court that PIA was facing acute problems of administration‚ corruption and various other irregularities.
‘kasuRi not going baCk to pti’ LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Fouzia Kasuri is not returning to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and is in no rush to withdraw an earlier decision to quit the party, Kasuri’s family sources told Pakistan Today. “Fouzia is right now in Dubai and has no plan to rejoin the party on her return,” a close relative said. There were reports in certain sections of media claiming Kasuri is set to return to her parent party. earlier, PTI chief Imran Khan had hinted Kasuri would be back soon, at a press event a couple of days ago. This statement by Khan came following his meeting with Kasuri last week and according to reports, Khan had even sent a party delegation to win the estranged leader back. But Kasuri, apparently, refused to budge. Her family sources revealed she had been unhappy for a while on how the party was being handled, especially at the ascendancy of “outsiders.” Despite being a founding member of the party, she was hardly rewarded for her struggle and neglected when she could have been accommodated in the new parliament, they said. Sources said she was hardly inclined to reverse her decision to leave the party for the time being. There are also reports that she has been offered a senior position in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
SC cancels reshuﬄe by caretaker govt ISLAMABAD inP
The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared void the appointments and transfers order by Mir Hazar Khan Khoso in his capacity as caretaker prime minister. A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, issued the ruling. The court said that the federal government had the authority to review and retain the appointments and postings ordered by the caretaker government.
The case was heard by the bench after Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif, who is now a federal minister, had moved a petition against the transfers, postings and deputations of senior government officers. The bench had earlier reserved its ruling on the petition filed by the senior PML-N leader. The court had moreover been informed that 442 officers had been posted out, transferred, promoted, terminated or deputed in different departments by Khoso’s caretaker government.
sufi MuHaMMad sent baCk to jail afteR CHeCkup
us to Help pakistan oveRCoMe eneRgy CRisis ISLAMABAD
Sufi Muhammad, chief of Tehreek-eNifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), was taken to Lady Reading Hospital from the central jail on Wednesday after his condition worsened. The TNSM chief is suffering from joint aches and urinary infection. The TNSM chief was taken to the hospital in handcuffs and could not walk properly on account of the aches. Police personnel escorted him to the doctor's office who after a check-up recommended taking certain medications for a month.
The United States (US) has assured to help Pakistan overcome its energy crisis. The assurance came through a delegation of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in a meeting with Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Asif in Islamabad on Wednesday. Members of the delegation said $853 million would be provided to power generation companies for capacity building. They assured provision of funds for construction of hydel projects including Diamer Basha‚ Gomal Dam and Tarbela expansion projects. The minister for water and power said the government was making serious efforts to overcome the electricity crisis.
Budget at a glance ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The budget 2013-14 has the following significant characteristics. • The total outlay of the federal budget is Rs 3.591 trillion. Its size is 24.4% higher than the size of budget estimates 2012-13. • The resource availability during 2013-14 has been estimated at Rs 3,010 billion against Rs 2,719 billion in the budget estimates of 2012-13. • The net revenue receipts for 2013-14 have been estimated at Rs 1,918 billion, an increase of 7.9%. • The provincial share in federal rev-
enue receipts is estimated at Rs 1,502 billion during 2013-14, 3% higher than 2012-13. • The net capital receipts for 2013-14 have been estimated at Rs 493 billion against the budget estimates of Rs 478 billion in 2012-13 i.e. an increase of 3.2%. • The external receipts in 2013-14 are estimated at Rs 576 billion. This shows an increase of 50.1% over the budget estimates for 2012-13. • The overall expenditure during 201314 has been estimated at Rs 3,985 billion, out of which the current expenditure is Rs 3,196 billion and development expenditure is Rs 789 bil-
lion. • The share of current expenditure in total budgetary outlay for 2013-14 is 80.2%. • The expenditure on General Public Services is estimated at Rs 2,357 billion which is 73.8% of the current expenditure. • The size of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for 2013-14 is Rs 1,155 billion. • Of this, Rs 615 billion has been allocated to provinces. Federal PSDP has been estimated at Rs 540 billion, of which Rs 296 billion to federal ministers/division, Rs 115 billion to Corporations, Rs 5 billion to special
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programmes, Rs 540 billion to new development initiatives and Rs 10 billion to earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (eRRA). The other development expenditure outside PSDP for 2013-14 has been estimated at Rs 172 billion. To meet expenditure, bank borrowing has been estimated at Rs 975 billion. Sales tax of 5% in addition to standard tax of 16% on non-registered commercial and industrial consumers of electricity and gas having monthly bill in access of Rs 15,000. FeD on aerated beverages increased to 9%.
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A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it. –William Feather
NO WAY OUT! Another World Day against Child Labour has passed without the implementation of laws that could put an end to this boy’s miseries who works at the capital’s fruit market. SAjjAd ALi
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Cad oRdeRs fResH inteRviews foR poly CliniC vaCanCies
Cda bids farewell to its NA speaker for project Management office stronger Pak-Turk ties PMO FAILED TO COMPLETE 21 PROJECTS
OnlineCapital Administration and Development (CAD) on Wednesday cancelled interviews conducted for 128 different posts in Poly Clinic Hospital. CAD directed the hospital administration to conduct the interviews again with a free and fair process. Sources said that these interviews were conducted last month for different posts including dresser, ward boy, technician and 16grade librarian. A three member committee of hospital administration conducted the interviews. However, declaring these interviews biased, the CAD has instructed that they be conducted again and had written to the Poly Clinic Hospital in this regard. Senate Committee Member Kolsum Parveen and CAD Joint Secretary Lateef Laghari visited the hospital and directed that appointments on announced positions be made on merit.
APITAL Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz directed for abolishing the CDA Directorate Project Management Office (PMO) in a meeting at CDA Headquarters on Wednesday. All PMO projects and its officials would be adjusted in other CDA departments. To improve the Human Resource Policy, Tahir Shahbaz also ordered for a complete audit of the Human Resource Directorate, the purpose of which was to chalk out a comprehensive policy on human resources. Administration Member Munir Ahmad Chaudhry apprised the chairman that the present administration at its inception had decided to abolish the PMO; however, the decision was delayed because of pending matters to be discussed with the Judicial Commission ordered by the Islamabad High Court (IHC). He further said that the PMO was created for mega projects in the past; however, it has failed to complete its 21 projects. He added that the PMO has lost its standing in the CDA.
CDA CHAIRMAN WANTS BETTER HR POLICY AND VEHICLES RECORD Chaudhry said that abolishing PMO was a good decision, and its projects should now be handed over to other departments within the CDA. He said that the Human Resource Policy had been compiled in view of the CDA Board’s decision; however, besides 13,000 employees’ pays being scaled up, 8,000 employees have been promoted. Munir said that the issue was also submitted to the Judicial Commission, where the CDA filed a comprehensive reply and ordered an inquiry. He added that they are working on decreasing misuse of vehicles as well, saying that at present 778 vehicles are on the CDA pool including 435 light vehicles, 225 heavy machinery, 25 ambulances, 200 motorcycles, 271 vehicles for field duty and 63 dysfunctional vehicles. He said that on the chairman’s orders, a total of 60 extra vehicles have been retrieved from all officers. The administration is also working on centralizing the vehicles record. Shahbaz directed the officers concerned to finalise all reforms so the government could be informed in connection with its austerity measures for the CDA’s budget. He also ordered a comprehensive policy on transport.
Army chief inaugurates Army Public School’s new branch RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT
Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said on Wednesday that education is the bedrock of any society and plays a pivotal role in nation building while inaugurating a recently constructed Army Public School branch at Fort Road. With a huge campus, the school has the capacity to accommodate 3700 students, providing much needed relief to Rawalpindi’s parents, who had to wait months to admit their children to schools. There are 126 army public schools and colleges throughout the country which are contributing significantly towards imparting quality eduction to the youth. Besides education, these schools lay great emphasis on character development and grooming. Lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani and Pakistan Army quarter master general were also present on the occasion.
Turkist Ambassador Babur Hizlan on Wednesday called on National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at the Parliament House. He congratulated Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on his election as the speaker and on the smooth transfer of power in Pakistan. Sadiq said that Pakistan considers Turkey a brother and a trusted friend who has always offered support when needed. He said that religion, history and culture bind both the nations together. He lauded the unwavering Turkish support to Pakistan at a regional and international level. Referring to the existing warm parliamentary relations between the countries, the speaker
desired that those bonds be strengthened further by enhanced interaction at the parliamentarian and secretarial level. He termed it a befitting way for exchanging views and learning from each others’ experiences. He said that the Pak-Turk Friendship Group in the National Assembly would soon be activated and said that he was convinced that Pakistan and Turkey could play their role at PAeCO to increase cooperation between OIC member states. The Ambassador reaffirmed his government’s continued support to Pakistan. He said that the Turkish business community was keen to explore Pakistan’s economic potential and the Turkish Mission in Islamabad had arranged a meeting between businessmen from both sides for that purpose.
Rafiq sets tone foR new and iMpRoved Railways ISLAMABAD: Railways Federal Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said on Wednesday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government would take effective steps to improve Pakistan Railways. He said that the federal government would allocate Rs. 64 billion for bringing stability to the railways ministry. He said that Pakistan Railways presented a bleak picture, adding that no solid steps were taken by the past government to make it a profitable organisation. Rafiq said measures would be taken to halt the losses being reported in different national institutions like Pakistan Railways, Pakistan Steel and PIA. Further, he informed that a neighbouring country’s successful model would be applied to uplift the Railways. He also said that increasing train fare was not the solution to the institution’s problems, and he called upon Railway employees to help resolve the problems. APP
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The cold harsh reality is that we have to balance the budget. –Michael Bloomberg
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nurses eager to help govt CDA addresses water crisis with achieve un millennium goals new filtration plants, tube-wells ISLAMABAD: Nurses on Wednesday urged the government to include them in policy and decision making processes as they are on the forefront of all efforts being made to achieve the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at a ceremony arranged by Shifa International Hospital (SIH) to celebrate International Nurses Day (IND). The MDGs are eight goals that all 191 UN member States have agreed to try to achieve by 2015. Former Punjab Nursing Director General Nisab Akhtar was the chief guest and the ceremony was attended by nurses from various hospitals of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Akhtar emphasized that nurses must be engaged in advocacy. He said, “We must be involved in the development of any program introduced to improve health services as it is nurses who have the practical knowledge of how health service delivery can be designed, coordinated and effectively implemented.” Akhtar said that as the largest health care profession in the world, nurses’ role is crucial to achieving the MDGs. STAFF REPORT
He Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Wednesday decided to install 10 new water filtration plants and 10 new tubewells in Islamabad in the financial year 2013-2014. According to CDA officials, the decision has been made to lessen the water shortage. The project would cost Rs 50 million, they added. The officials said that filtration plants
would be installed in Sectors G-10, G-7, I-9, G-11 and F-11 and the project would cost Rs 20 million. They said that earlier there were 37 filtration plants in the federal capital. They also informed that special funds had been allocated for repairing dysfunctional filtration plants. The officials further said that there were 187 tube-wells in Islamabad, which would now increase to 197, as 10 new tube-wells would be installed during the new fiscal year. They hoped that the authority would succeed in controlling the water crisis in the coming year.
Rta blaCkMails publiC tRanspoRt dRiveRs witH unfaiR fines RAWALPINDI inP
The Rawalpindi Transport Authority (RTA) is allegedly blackmailing public transport vehicle drivers by fining them almost Rs 5,000 each following the Supreme Court (SC) order for testing CNG cylinder kits. Some drivers said that the RTA secretary and traffic police were busily checking vehicles’ gas cylinders and had fined Rs 5,000 each to over a dozen vehicles without giving any deadlines to fix the kits and hence avoid the fine. They added that the secretary impounded many vehicles including taxis when drivers refused to pay the fine. They complained that many taxi drivers were out of business due to the
aiRpoRt seCuRity tigHtened ISLAMABAD inP
A trench has been dug on the apron side of the Benazir Bhutto International Airport to ensure foolproof security. Moreover, in lieu of the approaching monsoon, desalination of nullahs running through the airport area has also commenced. According to sources, the security in and around the airport has been ungraded and Rawalpindi Police and elite Force contingents would patrol the airport’s boundary. The Airport Security Force (ASF) would continue patrolling within the airport.
RTA’s strict action against them, adding that they belonged to poor families could not afford the heavy fine. They also said that they could not pay the hefty fees of CNG cylinder testing. After SC orders, the public transport vehicles’ drivers faced severe problems because the secretary RTA did not give them any time to test and accordingly adjust their vehicle’s cylinders. The drivers appealed to the chief justice to take action against RTA. Meanwhile, it was revealed that OGRA issued fake permission certificates to some influential owners of Hiace vehicles for installing two cylinders even though the Supreme Court had allowed only one cylinder. The owners had paid Ogra Rs 15,000 for the certificate.
pM office sheds burden of compliant cell, five officers ISLAMABAD: Public Affairs and Complaint Cell at the Prime Minister (PM) office were abolished on Wednesday as part of reducing the PM staff for austerity. The cell’s officers from grade 19 to 22 have been directed to report to the Establishment Division. The officers who have been asked to report to the Establishment Division include Mazhar Ali Khan Grade-22, Aurangzeb Haq and Sher Ayub Khan Grade-21, Masood Akhtar Grade-20 and Mohammad Jameel Grade-19 from the Pakistan Administrative Services group. inP
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It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. — Henry Ford
Massacre in eastern syria BRITISH-BASED SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS SAYS AT LEAST 60 SHIA MUSLIMS WERE KILLED ON WEDNESDAY BY REBELS NEAR DEIR AL-ZOUR DAMAScUS
YRIAN rebels attacked a village in the country’s east, killing dozens of Shia Muslims, activists said. A Syrian government official on Wednesday denounced the attack that occurred a day ear-
lier, saying it was a “massacre’’ of civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 60 people were killed in the village of Hatla in the oilrich province of Deir al-Zour, bordering Iraq. A video supplied by the Observatory showed masked fighters shouting, “Here are the Mujahidin [Islamist fighters] celebrating entering the homes of the rejection-
ists, the Shias.” The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified. The fighters added that they “burned the homes” of the Shia residents. The reported killings highlight the sectarian nature of Syria’s conflict that has killed more than 94,000 people, according to the UN. Both sides in the fighting have been accused of abuses, with the UN saying that war crimes are a “daily reality” in Syria. Thousands of rebels took part in the attack and at least 10 of them were killed in the fighting, said the Observatory. In Damascus, a government official said that the rebels “carried out a massacre
against villagers in which older people and children were killed”. Opposition sources revealed that “agents” of President Bashar al-Assad had been trying to recruit and arm fighters for his cause, and the Observatory claimed most of the dead were pro-Assad Shia militiamen. The fighting in Deir al-Zour came a week after Syrian troops, backed by Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah group, captured the strategic town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border after nearly three weeks of fierce battles that killed dozens of troops, rebels and Hezbollah members.
tuRkisH poliCe foRCe pRotesteRs off taksiM squaRe ISTANBUL: An uneasy calm has descended over Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the focal point of protests in Turkey, after a night of violent clashes that ended with demonstrators being ejected by the police. Riot police used tear gas and water cannon on Tuesday evening, just hours after Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, demanded an immediate end to almost two weeks of dissent. Sources said that fresh squads of police had arrived on Wednesday morning to replace those left exhausted by a night of violence. The square has also been re-opened for traffic. Taksim Square became the cradle for antigovernment protests, which were spawned following heavy-handed police action to end an environmental protest in nearby Gezi Park. Police overnight also fired tear gas on protesters in Gezi Park, despite earlier assurances that police would not try to remove people camped there. Ugur Ozcan, a protester, said: “The governor promised not to make a move against Gezi Park. But for nearly eight to 10 hours the police have been attacking, even in the park. This is brutal.” Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the Istanbul governor, said on Tuesday: “I would like to say again we won’t be intervening upon the young people staying in the park. After today’s operation in Taksim, those protesters in Gezi Park are staying in a very risky area. If they decide to remain in this risky area it will be risky for them.” Gezi Park has been turned into a ramshackle settlement of tents by leftists, environmentalists, liberals, students and professionals who see the development plan as symptomatic of overbearing government. The wider anti-government protests have cited Erdogan as an authoritarian ruler and some suspect him of ambitions to replace the secular republic with an Islamic order, something he denies. Erdogan, however, says the protests are engineered by vandals, terrorist elements and unnamed foreign forces. Despite the demonstrations, he remains unrivalled as a leader in his AK Party, in parliament and on the streets. His critics, who say conservative religious elements have won out over centrists in the AK Party, accuse him of inflaming the crisis with unyielding talk. Erdogan, who denies accusations of authoritarian behaviour, declared he would not yield. “They say the prime minister is rough. Were we going to kneel down in front of these [people]?” Erdogan told a meeting of his AK Party’s parliamentary group on Tuesday as action to clear Taksim Square began. Turkey’s Medical Association said that as of late Monday, 4,947 people had sought treatment in hospitals and voluntary infirmaries for injuries, ranging from cuts and burns to breathing difficulties from tear-gas inhalation, since the unrest began more than 10 days ago. AgEnciES
BrASILIA: Munduruku Indians from the Amazon Basin demonstrate in front of the Ministry of Mines and Energy by lying on the street to symbolize the dead. AgEnciES
Thursday, 13 June, 2013
Mandela HealtH iMpRoving JOHANNESBURg AgEnciES
Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment in hospital, the South African president has said. Jacob Zuma told parliament on Wednesday that he was happy with the progress being made by the 94-year-old former president after a “difficult few days”. “We urge South Africans and the international community to continue to keep president Mandela and the medical team in their thoughts and prayers,” he said. Mandela was admitted to a hospital in Pretoria on Saturday with a recurring lung infection. It is his fourth hospital stay since December, and there is a growing realisation among South Africa’s 53 million people that they will one day have to say goodbye to the father of the “Rainbow Nation” that Mandela tried to forge from the apartheid-era. His eldest daughter Zenani, who is South Africa’s ambassador to Argentina, was seen on Wednesday entering the heavily guarded clinic where only close family members are being allowed. Zenani as well as the elder statesman’s two other daughters, Makaziwe and Zindzi, and his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, have visited him daily this week as have other family members. His current wife, Graca Machel, called off a trip to London last week to be with her ailing husband. Meanwhile, well wishers continued to arrive at his home in the Johannesburg suburb of Houghton to leave cards and offer their best wishes. Wednesday is laced with meaning for South Africans as it marks the day 49 years ago that Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to overthrow the apartheid government. Mandela has a long history of lung problems since being diagnosed with early-stage tuberculosis in 1988, while in prison on wind-swept Robben Island, near Cape Town.
greece to replace state broadcaster amid protests, eu criticism ATHENS AgEnciES
Journalists from Greece’s national broadcaster refuse to leave the office and continue to stream over the internet in defiance of Tuesday’s dramatic axing. Amid sharp criticism, the Greek government said it will create a new “modern broadcasting service.” The decision to shut down the Hellenic Broadcasting Corp (eRT) and fire its 2,500 staff caused uproar in the country and brought criticism from abroad. Athens said the broadcaster had to be scrapped as part of the major spending cuts, which is
the requirement for receiving bailout money from international creditors. The planned new broadcaster will be called NeRIT, the government announced on Wednesday. It will be a state-owned, independently-managed public company funded through a special fee. While no official date for the new broadcaster’s launch was officially stated, sources indicated that it may happen sometime in August. NeRIT is to have 1,200 employees when it opens, according to the German magazine Focus. Athens cited lack of transparency, overstaffing and waste of public money as its justification for their condemning eRT.
europe strikes may trigger air traﬃc chaos PARIS AgEnciES
A plan to open the european Union’s air traffic control system to private enterprise has led to strikes and job actions by controllers. The strikes that began in France on Tuesday are expected to spread to 10 other european nations on Wednesday. At the centre of the dispute is the idea of a single european sky consolidating the continent’s air traffic control systems under a sole authority, turning its many scattered air traffic zones into a few regional blocs, opening up bidding on services such as weather forecasting and navigation, and easing what european officials say is a looming capacity crunch. About 27,000 flights a day now cross european airspace, for a total of over nine million a year and most are flying under air traffic management systems that were designed in the 1950s, the european Commis-
sion said. Air traffic control workers, however, do not necessarily want to adapt to new proposals put forward by the eC. They say they fear threats to passenger safety and to their jobs and claim that the eU is yielding to industry pressure to cut costs. “This is a dispute between european technocrats who know nothing about air traffic control and highly trained specialists,’’ said Olivier Joffrin, a union leader in Paris. Air traffic controllers in France began a series of strikes on Tuesday, forcing the country’s main airports to cut their flight timetables in half just as the busy tourist season was beginning. About 1,800 flights were cancelled. Workers elsewhere in europe are expected to join on Wednesday to varying degrees, from working strictly by the book, to picketing and distributing leaflets, according to the european Transport Workers Federation.
“The Greek people are paying for eRT, which has three times, even eight times, as much staff as it needs,” government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said. “It has ample assets, which have remained unused.” He also criticized eRT over “benefits for its workers and spending huge amounts on external productions.” The sudden closure of eRT on Tuesday, which was the first-ever shut-down of a national broadcaster by its government in europe since World War II, caused uproar in the country and criticism from foreign organizations. In a gesture of solidarity two major
Greek labor unions – GSee and ADeDY announced a 24-hour strike for Thursday. “We want to show our solidarity to the state TV workers and protest against these unacceptable public sector reforms that the lenders have demanded,” the general secretary of public sector union ADeDY, Ilias Iliopoulos said onWednesday. The journalists’ union eSIeA earlier announced a strike too to support colleagues from the closed channel. eRT staff members refused to leave the broadcaster’s building north of Athens and have continued TV broadcasting over the internet, long after the radio signal was shut down.
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MqM files motion in senate against load shedding ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Wednesday submitted an adjournment motion in the Senate against load shedding and inhuman treatment of police with the power protesters in Faisalabad. The motion was moved by Senator Tahir Mashhadi. It also said that attempts to stop supply of 650MW of electricity to the KESC would further worsen the situation. The MQM leader said the government should take steps to ease the sufferings of the people. inP
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QUETTA: relatives of missing Baloch persons protest outside the Quetta Press Club on Wedesday. nni
us Rebuilding ties witH pakistan, says pentagon WASHINgTON
eN Martin Dempsey, the top American military officer, has said the United States is gradually rebuilding its relationship with Pakistan following a tension-filled phase in 2011-12. Appearing before a Senate Committee for testimony on the next year’s defence budget request, Dempsey also noted that the US defeat in Afghanistan would have fallout for Pakistan and the
region. "We are gradually rebuilding our relationship as reflected in the recent signing of a tripartite border document to standardise complementary cross-border operations and will continue to do so with Pakistan's new leadership following its historic election last month," he said in a statement. Dempsey, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff, recounted that when he appeared for a testimony last year, the effects of the November 2011 border incident with Pakistan were still fresh, and
israeli defence Ministry denies selling weapons to pakistan JERUSALEM nni
The Israeli Defence Ministry on Wednesday denied a report alleging that it had sold military equipment to Pakistan, Israeli media reported. "The State of Israel categorically denies having sold military equipment of any kind to Pakistan," the ministry said in a statement. On Tuesday, the Ha'aretz daily reported that Israel sold defensc weapons to Pakistan, as well as to Morocco, citing testimonies provided by high-ranking British officials. There are no diplomatic ties between Israel and Pakistan. Moreover, Israel has been reported providing weapons to Pakistan's long-time rival, India. "Israel has strategic relationships with India... The State of Israel does nothing that could compromise its excellent relations with India," the statement added. Israel is considered to be one of the world's top arms exporters. According to an estimate published on January 10 by the Defence Ministry, Israeli defence equipment exports have reached $7 billion, marking a 20-percent increase from 2011.
tensions were as high as any time since the Osama bin Laden raid but things improved through bilateral engagement. “Measured, but steady civilian-military engagement with Pakistani leadership led to the reopening of the Ground Lines of Communication in July 2012," he noted. To Senator Lindsey Graham question as to what would happen if the US were to lose the conflict in Afghanistan, Dempsey hinted at a number of possible implications. “Well, the region will become unsta-
ble. Our -- I think there will be problems on Pakistan's border. Iran will be encouraged to become even more regionally aggressive… we could find a re-emergence of violent extremist groups.” However, he said, the US was winning in Afghanistan. The Pentagon leader noted that the difference between winning and losing was certainly what the US-led allies do between now and the end of 2014 “but also, I think, the commitment we make beyond”.
pTi yet to settle internal rifts over ministries RACE HAS STARTED AMONG PTI MPS FOR LUCRATIVE MINISTRIES PESHAWAR SHAmim SHAHid
Though Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders succeeded in resolving dispute with the Jamaat Islami leaders over the education Ministry but they are yet to settle internal rifts over portfolios. PTI Provincial Secretary General Shaukat Ali Yousufzai along with JI’s Sirajul Haq announced that the dispute over the education Ministry has been settled. Yousufzai also announced to form/complete KP cabinet in a couple of days. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Sirajul Haq of Jamaat Islami and Sikandar Hayat Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party, have taken oath of offices on May 31 last. The completion
NAMES OF PTI MINISTERS HAVE NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC SO FAR of cabinet was expected within days but unfortunately rifts between PTI and JI erupted over education Ministry. Similar, a race was also started amongst the PTI MPs not only for ministerial offices but also for attractive ministerial offices. According to formula, three ministries would go to QWP and JI and one to Swabi’s Awami Jamhoori Ittehad whereas PTI will get only seven ministries. However, the chief minister has already made a mind for inducting five elected MPs as his advisers. These advisors will be equal to ministers and could be made responsible for looking after affairs of the ministry or department. On such grounds, the PTI in a cabinet of 20 will enjoy 13 ministries. The PTI coalition partners would
get attractive ministries. JI’s Sirajul Haq will be finance minister, Inayat Ullah Khan the local government minister and Habibur Rahman as the ushr and Zakat minister, social welfare and women development. Sikandar Hayat Sherpao will be minister for irrigation and public health engineering, Bakht Baidar Khan the industries, labour, mineral development and technical education and Ibrar Tanoli as minister for environment. Awami Jamhoori Ittehad’s Shehram Khan will be the agriculture minister. So far names of PTI ministers have not been made public but Shaukat Ali Yousufzai will get information, culture and sports ministries, Sardar Israrullah Khan Gandapur will be the law minister and Yousuf Ayub Khan is likely to be made the education minister as he served in the same capacity in 1997-1999. Sardar Idrees, Yaseen Khalil, Shah Farman, Muhammad Atif Khan, Dr Amjad, Fazal Hakim, Dr Meher Taj Roghani, Samiullah Alizai, Amjad Afridi and Malik Qasim are waiting to be inducted in the cabinet as ministers and advisers.
PESHAWAr: Senior Pakistan army official, Lt Col Sajid on Wednesday died in the line of duty while defusing an Improvise Explosive Devise (IED) in Maidan area of Khyber Agency on Wednesday. The ISPR, through a communiqué, said that militants had planted an IED along the road at Maidan, considered to be a gateway to inaccessible Tirrah valley of Khyber Agency. Col. Sajid was making an attempt to defuse the IED but it was exploded, killing the soldier. Belonging to Lahore, Sajid was considered amongst brave and efficient officers of the armed forces. Most recently under his command, the armed forces succeeded in crushing of militants and destroying several hideouts. He left behind a widow and two children. His body was shifted first to Peshawar and later to Lahore. CONSTABLE KILLED: Meanwhile, a police constable was killed when militants ambushed a patrolling party on Daura Road in Peshawar. Nisar, along with other officials, was on routine patrolling on Daura Road when a group of militants opened firing at him. Nisar sustained serious injuries and shifted to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar. However, before getting first aid, he was succumbed to injuries. The police official claimed that one of the militants was killed in retaliatory action. STAFF REPORT
5 cops suspended for torturing women FAISALABAD: Senior police authorities took on Wednesday action and suspended five policemen who entered houses and tortured women in the city after protests against load shedding. Earlier, frustrated with the unannounced and prolonged load shedding, residents of various areas of Faisalabad took to streets on Tuesday and held violent protests. The police, to disperse the enraged protestors, fired tear shells which led to clashes and in return they pelted stones at police. Protestors also burnt tyres and blocked several roads of Faisalabad while police used baton charging to disperse them. Police also entered houses of several residents of the city with the intention to make arrests. The police also assaulted women and used profanity. When the matter was raised at the highest level, the authorities suspended five personnel for entering houses illegally. inP
2 bodies of missing persons found QUETTA: Two more bullet-riddled bodies of Baloch missing persons were found in Balochistan on Wednesday. On a tip off, the police party searched and found a body near Gazgi area in main city of Khuzdar. The body was taken to hospital. A chit was also found in his pocket that said the victim’s name was Mir Gul and that he was a resident of Dasht of Kharan district. However, no further detail could be ascertained about the date he went missing on. The police found another body on Sakran road in the industrial town of Hub. Postmortem report said the deceased, had been killed with bullet in his head a few months ago. However, the identity of the victim could not be ascertained. SHAHZAdA ZuLFiQAR
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kp finance dept issues strict guidelines for mid-year closing PESHAWAR
O observe fiscal discipline and streamline management in public accounts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Finance Department approved measures to be strictly observed by all government departments, latest by June 30, 2013. According to an official handout issued on Wednesday, funds placed at the disposal of departments are to be expended uniformly during the current financial year and
all accrued liabilities are to be promptly cleared and not be postponed towards the end of the current financial year. All concerned authorities shall ensure issuance of sanctions, completion of formalities and procurement of stores well in time so that claims can be presented for pre-audit to the respective accounts offices timely. All bills against releases for financial year 2012-13 must be presented to the KP accountant general /district/agency accounts officers on or before June 17. In case of requirement of any additional information by the accounts office, it shall return the un-passed
bill till the 20th and the concerned departments shall respond promptly and resubmit the bill/claim by the 24th, except in cases of re-appropriation of funds by the finance department. In such cases, bills will be accepted till the 25th of June. Accounts officers shall issue all cheques/pay orders by the 28th and send the last cheque number/pay order number to the finance department the same day. every payment instrument shall be supported by schedule assuring that transfers will have taken place well before presenting of the cheque for payment.
Cheques of lapsable PLAs/SDAs/Assignment Account, Reserve Fund and Works Accounts must be issued well in time and have clearance from the treasury officer, or DAO concerned by 28th June. All cheques drawn against these accounts shall be encashed by 30th June. Authorities issuing cheques/pay orders shall affix the stamp “not payable after June 30, 2013” on all cheques/pay orders except salary cheques. All cheques already issued or to be issued, which pertain to the financial year 2012-13, shall be encashed by 30th June, except salary cheques for the
india says violation of pakistan airspace ‘technical’
nawaz wishes good health for nelson Mandela ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said Pakistan greatly valued its friendly ties with South Africa and admired the role played by Nelson Mandela in cementing these relations. In a message of good wishes on behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan for Nelson Mandela, former president of Republic of South Africa, the prime minister prayed for his early recovery from illness. Nawaz said that Mandela’s well being was not only a blessing for the South African people but also a source of inspiration for all oppressed people of the world. APP
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India on Wednesday confirmed that its jets had entered Pakistani airspace, but described the incident as a "technical violation". The comments come after Pakistan on Tuesday accused Indian jets of briefly violating its airspace, days after India said one of its soldiers had been killed by Pakistani troops. The jets were taking part in a routine mission along the India-Pakistan border on Tuesday when the incident occurred, Indian Air Force (IAF) spokeswoman Priya Joshi said. "It is clarified that IAF aircraft which were on a routine flying training sortie seem to have flown close to the border and it appears to be a technical violation," Joshi said. She said the incident had been "conveyed to the Pakistan authorities". An agreement between the rival South Asian neighbours bans their military aircraft from flying within 10 kilometres (six miles) of each other's airspace or initiate cross-border intrusions. Pakistan's Foreign Office said in a statement on Tuesday that it had "conveyed serious concern to the Indian High Commission (embassy) over the airspace violation" over its eastern province of Punjab. Pakistan scrambled two fighter jets after the border crossing by two Indian planes.
Hafizabad's na-103 gets re-elections ISLAMABAD inP
The election Commission on Wednesday declared the result for NA-103 void and ordered re-polling in the Hafizabad constituency as it upheld the objections raised by a losing candidate that election on the seat was marred by rigging. eCP’s order came on the complaint of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Hussain Bhatti who had lost to independent candidate Liaquat Hussain Bhatti. The eCP on May 18 had issued recount orders for the constituency. However, on Wednesday it said that in the wake of large-scale rigging reports it has been decided to hold re-election in the constituency. The May 11 general elections witnessed a huge turnout but allegations of rigging also clouded its transparency partly, particularly from opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. earlier on Monday, PTI chief Imran Khan had a statement saying he believed that Chief election Commissioner Fakhruddin G. ebrahim and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had failed in dispensing with their duties to check rigging.
month of June 2013 which are payable on or after the 1st July, 2013. The period of validity of cheques up to June 30, 2013 would not be extended during the next financial year. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) will make necessary arrangements for receipts and payments on 30th June, 2013, till late in the night, to honour all cheques, so issued. The banks shall not make any transaction from government’s accounts after the deadline of June 30 for ehcques issued on or before June 28, 2013. The management of NBP shall issue instructions to all concerned for clearance of their claims under assignment accounts by June 30, 2013. All government cheques shall be submitted to commercial banks by their accounts holders not later than June 28th and regional chiefs of all commercial banks shall issue necessary instructions to their branch officers to present government cheques deposited by their accounts holders to respective state banks for encashment up to June 30th.
kp minister issues pre-flood directions
FAISALABAD: Firefighters try to extinguish fire that erupted in a house in Samanabad area of the city on Wednesday. OnLinE
Bnp visits nawaz, asks for resolution of missing persons case ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A delegation of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BN-M) on Wednesday met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on behalf of the party President Sardar Akhtar Mengal at the Prime Minister’s Office. Senior leaders Dr Sajid Tareen, Sana Baloch, Abdul Rauf Mengal and essa Noori were encouraged by Prime Minister Nawaz to play an active role in national main-
stream politics and their party’s participation in the recent general elections was lauded. The prime minister said that his party offered the post of Balochistan chief minister to Dr Abdul Malik Baloch despite winning majority seats in the province. The decision, he said, was taken in the greater interest of the province and the country. The prime minister said that restoring peace and achieving economic prosperity was on the top of his government’s agenda. He
added that progress and development in the province was not possible without taking all the political forces on board. Members of the visiting delegation conveyed Akhtar Mengal’s message to Prime Minister Nawaz and informed him about the issue of missing persons and sought his guidance to resolve it. The prime minister assured the delegation of his complete support and assured the delegation that the missing person’s case would be investigated.
PESHAWAr: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao on Wednesday directed the commissioners of Malakand and Peshawar divisions, deputy commissioners of Charsadda and Nowshera districts and the irrigation secretary to take steps for the expected flood. He issued these directives during telephonic conversation about reports of high floods in the rivers Kabul and Swat. Sherpao said he would soon visit the affected areas to review the safety measures. He also directed the Provincial Disaster Management Authority and Irrigation Department secretaries to remain vigilant in this regard. STAFF REPORT
district food controller kidnapped NASEErABAD: Unknown miscreants on Wednesday kidnapped the district food controller from his house. According to details, the armed men barged into the house of District Food Controller Faiz Muhammad, located in Dera Murad Jamali and took him along with them on gun point. The police, upon getting the information, cordoned off the area and started a search operation. A case has been registered against the kidnappers and efforts for the recovery of the abducted food controller went under way. Meanwhile, a protest demonstration was also held against the kidnapping. The protestors, including family members, relatives and dwellers of the area demanded the authorities for his immediate recovery. inP
Discretionary funds of federal ministers abolished ISLAMABAD inP
The federal cabinet on Wednesday decided to abolish the annual discretionary funds of the federal ministers. Decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the federal cabinet headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to ap-
prove the annual budget for the financial year 2013-14, official sources said. According to sources, all the ministers used to get Rs 600,000 annually as discretionary funds, but now these funds have been abolished. Sources said this practice would save Rs 20 million annually. The discretionary funds of the PM for development projects
have also been abolished. Separately, the Finance Ministry has issued a notification cancelling the secret funds of 16 ministries. The notification issued on 11th June, 2012 will enable the federal government to save Rs 6 billion of the national exchequer. The ministries whose secret funds have been abolished in-
clude the Foreign Affairs, the Interior, the Information Technology, the Information and Broadcasting, Pakistani embassies in the US and Britain. However, the Defence Ministry and intelligence institutions would be able to use the secret funds which would be audited by the auditor general of Pakistan.
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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –anne Frank
commenT Thursday, 13 June, 2013
the revolution will not be televised Would Pakistan’s corporate media televise a revolution?
Budget claims increasing tax net, cutting expenses but IMF, privitisation remain controversial
HAT began as a somber budget speech with new Finance Minister Ishaq Dar beginning on an emotional note and declaring that the government was “disappointed with the deteriorating economy” suffering from “subsidies, foreign debts, energy crisis and bad governance”, became an outline of not just the next financial year, but the basic policy paradigms that shall mark the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rule at the centre. Dar revealed that the State Bank has a depleted reserve of $6 billion while the government’s net debts totalled around Rs15,000 billion. Compare the debt to the Rs3.4 trillion total budget outlay and outstanding debt is approximately five times the total budget. With the PML-N claiming to have been dealt a hard hand by the last government, Dar’s emphasis remained that economic revival shall take “at least three years”. experts had suggested that the budget had to prioritise economic recovery, reducing non-development expenditure, overcome the energy crisis, increase productivity and reduce the fiscal deficit by improving revenue collection. Some of the answers of the PML-N economic programme were there in Dar’s speech while some remained unanswered. With tax revenues expected to total around Rs2.75 billion, the budget deficit is set to be around 6.3 percent of the GDP, a worrying figure. The first word on everyone’s minds was what was the energy plan? Rs225 billion was the amount that Dar stated had been allocated for the purpose. However, to what purpose those funds would be used remained unclear, especially given that the circular debt now stands at Rs500 billion. Subsidies are set to come down while tariffs shall be gradually increased. In terms of increasing tax collection, Dar promised “no additional tax on those who are already paying their share in tax”. He spoke of how the tax-to-GDP ratio had fallen from 13.8 percent to 8.9 percent. He said that the government had planned to bring it up to 15 percent, but gave no timeline or concrete plan, except point to “widen the tax network”. He made an important point in saying that “an effective tax system focuses on direct taxes, while ours focuses on indirect taxes”, but then proposed increasing GST from 16 percent to 17 percent. A new levy is due on movable assets while a withholding tax will be imposed on foreign films and dramas. eco-friendly hybrid cars will be excused of any duties. Dar said the 3G telecom licenses will be auctioned, a matter finding no bidders in the last three years, and the foreign exchange reserve would be upped to $20 billion in three years. Rs59 billion is the allocation for new dams while the road and motorway network is set to be expanded. The Pakistan Railways is set to be turned into a “corporation” while more privitisation is expected, with Dar pointing to a need to “shrink the public sector”. The government is also set to introduce an eight percent markup micro finance scheme for budding entrepreneurs. As usual, the promise of saving Rs40 billion by reducing government expenditures by 30 percent and House expenditures by 44 percent will be believed when seen. Dar also announced an end to secret funds, except for intelligence agencies. The real question however is how to expand the tax net. An agricultural tax has not been imposed while setting the tax rate at 25 percent for traders will dissuade more than it will bring into the tax net. The more dangerous promise is the “public corporations which ought to be sold, will be sold” promise. The fact that Dar himself mentioned the recovery of $800 million still owed by etisalat over the PTCL privitisation deal means that it is hoped that the government is aware of the dangers of privitisation. There was of course the silence about the military budget, with not much said about whether the PML-N was tilting towards demands from civil society to “reduce the budget” or the military’s demands of “increasing it further”. With the first promise, the end of circular debts made with a 60-day timetable, it does appear that speed and determination may define this PML-N term. But with Dar indicating that the government may go to the IMF to cover the budget deficit, the question of how the begging bowl shall be broken still remains. Perhaps more should have been added to the tax net. One only hopes that the PML-N plan will work.
peace in karachi Sindh government must provide the lead
T is rare to hear good news from Karachi. The last two weeks in fact witnessed the return of target killings of political activists, members of religious minorities and police personnel. The MQM accused the provincial government of patronizing Lyari Peace Committee ‘terrorists’. early this month the city shut down at the MQM’s call. Altaf Hussain called on the law enforcement agencies to rein in the gangsters in Karachi otherwise a hint of a signal from him would “move the flood of people towards the hideouts of the criminals.” The MQM also appealed to the federal government to help broker peace in the industrial hub of the country. The situation led Sharjeel Memon to warn the federal government against imposing the Governor’s rule in the province. Any move of the sort he said would be strongly resisted. It is heartening to hear Memon now vowing to turn Karachi into a cradle of peace. While he is right that protecting the lives and property of the citizens is the government’s prime responsibility, the Sindh government has singularly failed to carry it out its duty during the last more than five years. That the government has avowedly worked out a comprehensive strategy and has tasked the law enforcing agencies with implementing it is therefore a good news. equally welcome is the reported decision by the MQM of joining the provincial government. Hopefully the PPP and MQM have finally resolved the dispute over ministries demanded by the later which was keeping it out of the cabinet despite the invitation extended to it by the PPP to join the cabinet. Lawlessness in Karachi has taken the toll of hundreds of lives. What is more it has bled the national economy. The country cannot afford to consign Karachi to lawlessness for an indefinite period. There is a need on the part of the federal government, the army and the security agencies to provide all help and assistance which the provincial government might need to bring peace to the city. Law and order being a provincial subject, it is the duty of the provincial government to take a leading role in protecting the life and property of the citizens. A joint effort by all stake holders to restore peace in Karachi would also promote working relations between the federal government and the provincial administration and strengthen the system.duce excess government spending, along with an end to secret funds. The PML-N government has chosen a difficult path to tread. It is hoped it can step up to the promise.
comradely Speaking HASHim bin RASHid
OMeTIMeS events in a foreign context open up space to look into a local reality. When the recent spate for protests broke out in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on May 31, following a brutal police crushing of an environmental activist sit-in to prevent the commercialization of a park, mainstream Turkish TV stations, including the MNSBCaffiliated NTV and CNN Turk did not cover them. An article in The Guardian asks the question, “How come the news did not get out even though all major media outlets had live transmission vehicles on the ground, and reporters were trying to do their job – being tear-gassed and subjected to police violence in the process?” The article goes on to state that “the answer lies in the ownership structure of the main media companies and government interference with editorial policy. All major media groups in Turkey are now part of larger corporations with diversified interests ranging from banking to the hospitality sector.” For those aware of the intricacies of the Pakistani media, the ownership structure and the finance structure of the news industry in the Pak-land can be said to replicate a similar pattern. Therefore the question that emerges from Turkey can be asked in the context of Pakistan too. The neoliberal turn of the State, both visible in Pakistan and Turkey (also now business partners with Turkish private companies being given preferential contracts in Pakistan), was supposed to have made it more open and easier to criticize. In fact it has translated into a much more opaque context, in which neither the State nor the working of private capital are considered under the purview of the media. The new neoliberal state is in fact harder to criticize as it combines the carrot-and-stick offered by private companies with the whim of the state’s writ. Some examples of the situation in Pakistan are due, where a ‘media revolution’ is supposed to have freed up the media to criticize ‘anyone and everyone’. One of the most critical examples is a telephony giant. In at least two english newspapers a
moratorium was placed on news stories or op-eds critical of its controversial privitisation process. This was after columns appeared in both newspapers critical of selling the once profitable state entity. The company’s media cell had made it clear to both papers that it would “no longer give them ads”. When the advertiser, even though it makes losses and covers them with public funds, refuses ads, it speaks the language that editors in mainstream media hear. Similar media management was seen in how another privatized electricity company in Karachi managed the media to report against its striking workers in 2011. Resorting to the most brutal forms of violence, including hiring gangsters and former intelligence agency officials, the company offered both ads to newspapers and television channels (directed against the workers) and took around 23 journalists on an all-expenses paid tour of its Abu Dhabi headquarters. Back in the day this newspaper printed the then COO of the company admitting to as much seated at his temporary office at a golf resort in Karachi. One of the classic cases is of purposeful misrepresentation of the Baloch nationalist movement. While the Baloch nationalists have long since established their bases in non-sardar areas in southern Balochistan, whenever (if at all) the mainstream media wishes to take the “Baloch opinion”, they call on the sons of sardars in exile, such as Harbayar Marri or Brahamdagh Bugti. The choice of ‘sardar’ or ‘sardar-affiliate’ to represent the Baloch cause is to reify the narrative built in the Punjabi/Pakistani imaginary: ‘Sardars are evil. Balochistan is full of sardars’. And thus that bombing them and killing and dumping Baloch in the name of the federation is ‘justified’. As a political party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) does the task of keeping the media’s mouth shut the best. It micro-manages stories and offers ads in exchange for stopping a story. Only recently a media organistion stopped a story exposing rule violations in the pet Daanish Schools project in exchange for an ad campaign. A reporter told this writer when a major exclusive against the PML-N government in Punjab was blocked that ‘he would rather take a car from the party in question the next time’. Some personal examples should illustrate the case in point. In one of the newspapers I have contributed I was criticised for naming names of organisations that funded it; in another there was an explicit ban on criticising the PML-N, the MQM, various multinational companies, the country’s largest real estate magnate, while another held onto an article regarding a private university of Lahore’s janitors tussle for two weeks before deciding not to
run it. The problem at each end was the same: advertisers. And while it is true that the question of media sustainability is a genuine one – with a number of media organizations in Pakistan and around the globe crippled by financial constraints – but the fact is that the moment you become advertiser is the moment you are no longer criticised. This is part of the reason why barely any ‘negative stories’ are published against multinational corporations. This writer has had stories against one multinational (‘drenching water supplies’) while another one involving another multinational (‘cracking down on unions’) rejected on the grounds of these companies being ‘major advertisers’. The ‘spotless, clean and dogooder’ image of the multinational employee is built upon a close micromanagement of the relationship between advertising in the right amounts and preempting negative stories and ‘nipping them in the bud’ as it were. Again, another specific example is due. A senior editor told this writer that when a fire broke at the Auriga Centre in Lahore, housing a wireless telephony company’s corporate office and the blame was put on the organisation, it asked all major newspapers to publish ‘its version’ and promised a front page ad as incentive. While the situation in Pakistan is perhaps not as bad as Turkey, where 33 journalists are under arrest, it remains the “most dangerous place for journalists” with an equal number or more dead. Of course there is a difference between Turkey and Pakistan. While the police clampdown on protestors in Turkey was not televised or printed at all in the Turkish press, in Pakistan, at least the press dared to air brutally beating up protestors and entering their houses and humiliating their families after a protest against the outages by power loom workers in Faisalabad this Wednesday. However, the brutality against the protestors and their families did not make it onto the debate shows. While self-proclaimed revolutionaries like Imran Khan or Tahirul Qadri, who call for nothing but an adjustment within the system, can be projected to be the ‘next big thing’ within no time, it is the actual working class resistance on the ground that gets marginal coverage in niche spaces within the media. And so we must return to the rhetorical headline and ask: will the Pakistan media televise a real revolution? The answer – and I do ask my friends and colleagues in the media to undertake a sober assessment – is no.. The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: email@example.com
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water and sanitation in sindh There are many areas in the province without water and sanitation system, but mostly Larkano division which is known as the ‘rice belt’ is in the news, it’s about death through waterborne diseases and diminishing paddy crops, mango, olive tress etc. If there are wonderful things as well as the horrors, but our rulers in the past in Islamabad were not hearing about them.
However, I appeal to the Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif to listen to the cries of Sindhi rice growers and others and direct the concerned federal and provincial organizations to take practical steps to provide adequate water to the rice growers for rice cultivation and address the issue of sanitation in Sindh on war footing basis which has generated many health and hygiene problems for the people. HaSHiM aBro Islamabad
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Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. –Gustave Flaubert
Thursday, 13 June, 2013
geneticallymodified threats Monsanto dugs its heels in Pakistan
arab americans making progress Of the kind that makes everyone proud
Washington Watch dR jAmES j ZOgby
wo events this past week pushed me to reflect on my community and the trajectory of our progress in American life. On Wednesday, after delivering a briefing for the Arab League ambassadors on developments in Washington, one ambassador asked me a rather pointed question about the Arab American community – our organizations and accomplishments. I answered the question, I hope to his satisfaction, noting the progress we had made during the past four decades: organizing ourselves and securing our identity; defending our heritage against defamation and ourselves against discrimination; and developing the capacity to provide services and support to our community. A better answer to the ambassador’s question sat around a table the next day as my office hosted a luncheon for our summer interns. Sixteen in all, they are an impressive group. Most are Arab Americans, diverse in their backgrounds – Christian and Muslim, native born and recent immigrants from a variety of Arab countries. Some of our interns have come to us directly from the Arab World – Yemen, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Tunisia. And there are a few who are not of Arab descent, but who have come to learn more about our community and our work. This year’s collection of interns – graduates from prestigious colleges and law schools – were selected from hundreds of applicants
seeking an opportunity in public service. One intern is working at the US Mission to the United Nations. Four have taken posts at Washington think tanks. Still others are working in Congress, media institutions, and advocacy groups. To understand what this outstanding group of committed young folks means to an oldtimer like me, I must take you back three and one-half decades to when I first came to Washington to run the Palestine Human Rights Campaign – a group I had co-founded in 1977. Back then, there were only four Arab Americans working in community-based organizations in Washington. Most think tanks and advocacy groups who worked on our issue concerns had no Arab Americans on staff. To be quite blunt about it, back in the 1970’s, there really wasn’t much of an Arab American community. Most people of Arabic descent didn’t even identify as “Arab American”. Instead, they used their country of origin, or religion, as their preferred selfidentifier. It is important to understand what has been accomplished since then. We’ve built institutions that have, first and foremost, enabled us to define ourselves as a community. In the process of doing this, we had to face down many challenges: some internal – from those who wanted to emphasize our differences of religion/sect/country-of-origin; and others external—from those who made a determined effort to exclude us and side-track our efforts to be recognized and included in the mainstream. One simple measure of our success can be demonstrated by our polling which shows that in just the last twenty years, the percentage of people of Arab descent calling themselves “Arab American” has doubled. We also developed the capacity to provide services that have enabled us to: defend those whose rights have been violated; assist recent immigrants with basic needs; use our established networks to help young Arab Americans advance in government and public service; work with local communities to develop strategies that will support their empowerment; and defeat those who seek to defame our heritage or exclude us from full participation in civic life. And finally, and maybe most importantly, we have been able to elevate public service, especially service to the community,
as a career option for hundreds of young dedicated Arab Americans. The Washington I see today is dramatically different than the city I came to 35 years ago. Today we have two vital national Arab American organizations – the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Arab American Institute (AAI). Next weekend ADC and AAI will host a joint meeting during the ADC Convention. They have invited the participation of over 40 local Arab American groups in an effort to foster coordination on programs and policy matters of shared concern. Most major think tanks and important advocacy groups now have Arab Americans in residence or on staff. We are part of coalitions dealing with foreign and domestic policy concerns something that was denied to us three decades ago. And most significantly, there are Arab Americans working, at all levels, in every branch of government, at most major think tanks and advocacy groups, and playing leadership roles in both political parties. To be clear, we are fully aware of our limitations and areas where we have not met goals we set for ourselves. But we also recognize what we have, in fact, accomplished. A friend with a slightly more negative take on our work once chided me saying “Zogby, let’s just say you see the glass half full, and I see it half empty’”. I did not agree with that characterization and responded, “a better way to look at our progress is to remember that just a short time ago we didn’t even have a glass. Now we do, and we’re filling it up, slowly but surely”. And so to those who say “what have you done?” I am proud to say “come to our offices and ask our interns why they are there and what they are doing”. Despite hailing from a rich variety of backgrounds – with families from every part of the Arab World – they have come together with a commitment to serve their community. That consciousness, that commitment, and those opportunities to serve didn’t even exist 35 years ago. Now they do and, as a result, good work is being done by and for Arab Americans. That is the kind of progress of which we can all be proud. The writer is President, Arab American Institute.
OMING from a politician or bureaucrat, it wouldn’t have been surprising. But it was unexpected from the Vice Chancellor of Faisalabad University of Agriculture when he claimed that GMOs would “bring about a new green revolution based on biotechnology, precision agriculture and clinAjmA SAdEQuE mate change.” As if the first Green Revolution wasn’t bad enough! If it was for citizens’ benefit, why wasn’t Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan addressing sustainable farmers and concerned citizens, instead of briefing diplomats from 24 countries? That fit more into loaded trade and investment talks, not a country’s delicate agricultural security. Dr Khan offers no evidence based on local research whatsoever to prove that GMOs are “a great and safe invention that would enhance crop productivity”. He seems oblivious of the fact that even GM seed-producing corporations don’t make that claim. “Where is the independent data which shows that GM Corn would increase average yield?” demands Ijaz Ahmed Rao, professional farmer, graduated from Australia, “Data from USDA clearly shows that despite GM technologies (Insect-resistant (Bt), Herbicide-tolerant, Stacked gene varieties), yields in USA have not increased since 1987!” Rao sounds an alarm the government must note – that Pakistan’s corn exports to europe and elsewhere would be seriously affected as they import non-GM corn and corn products from Pakistan at premium rates and on bases of certification. Far from boosting Pakistan’s output and earnings, Bt corn would be the ideal weapon to destroy our exports to europe which recently banned Monsanto and other GMOs, with ongoing plans to wipe them out completely. Similarly, sans evidence, Dr Khan claims that Bt (GM) cotton increased productivity while pesticide-application was reduced in Pakistan. Strange indeed, when in the rest of the world – including USA, the heaviest GM user – it rapidly lost resistance to pests and required increasing amounts of pesticides, now multiplied several-fold. He disregards India’s terrible 15-year experience with Monsanto’s Bt cotton that, with Monsanto’s overpriced products and unfair practices, led to over 300,000 suicides since 1995, making India the world’s farmers’ suicide centre. Should we be joining their ranks? Indeed, Dr Khan ignores Monsanto’s long and ignominious history around the world – originally a chemical corporation that co-supplied 19 million gallons of herbicide to defoliate Vietnam’s forests and crops on 4.5 million acres over 11 years, killing or maiming 400,000, causing half a million deformed children born, helpless and dependant for life, and two million cancer cases. After diverse other ventures, Monsanto got into GM seeds which are ‘successful’ only if Monsanto’s accompanying poisonous chemicals are heavily sprayed. While appearing to promote Monsanto’s planned launch of ‘Herbicide Resistance Corn’, Dr Khan was blind to the dangerous ground he was treading on. Chemically-grown food crops have already lost nutritive value and led to malnutrition, in both South countries and USA. Because it wasn’t reported here, the VC probably doesn’t know that on May 25, over two million participants in 436 cities across 52 countries, protested against Monsanto, demanding it gets out from everywhere. This, apart from the long-standing, ongoing “Millions against Monsanto” campaign that informs and brings together concerned citizens and activists globally. Or that the Carnival of Corn in Mexico City coincided with and joined the global protest. Mexico was the cradle of corn boasting thousands of corn varieties; it needed no more, let alone GM corn, from outside. But their own president sold his country out to Monsanto and other GM corporations, just as Bush and Obama did the same to their people. In country after country, it was not the merit of the product but officials that succumbed to tempting lures. And last week Japan and South Korea cancelled huge contracts for US wheat when it was revealed Monsanto’s unapproved GM seeds had contaminated vast farmlands in USA. Monsanto dug in its heels in Pakistan over a decade ago since Musharraf ’s time. The General probably didn’t understand agriculture which may have made it easy to sway him. His regime unilaterally sanctioned corporate farming, which is increasingly pursued with GM seeds. The timing was significant. When Musharraf’s rule ended, the PPP government dealt an unexpected shock when Mr. Gilani’s very first speech as prime minister ended with the incongruous announcement – having nothing to do with his political statements – that they had decided to let Monsanto in. Clearly, political changes did not undo special interests. Since then, ceaseless crises in Pakistan have kept attention diverted from Monsanto activities in Pakistan. Dr Khan should remember the ‘Precautionary Principle’ – unless he’s excluded ecology from agriculture – and investigate the extent of unchecked contamination in Pakistan. GM monoculture threatens to wipe out what’s left of our biodiversity without which even GM can’t continue, will further chemical-drench and kill our deteriorating farmlands, while he risks being remembered among the short-sighted responsible for near-extinction of species.
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tia MowRy stRips down foR peta CaMpaign Tia Mowry, the former child star of 90s TV show Sister Sister, has posed wearing just an apron made out of leafy greens in a new campaign for PETA. In the sexy shot, the 34-year-old actress revealed her long legs while she posed with an apple in her hand and a saucy look on her face, Us magazine reported. The 34-year-old actress explained in a behind-thescenes video that she chose to get clicked because she wanted to educate people about the benefits of becoming vegetarian. Mowry also said that being a vegan has helped her to make 'better and healthy choices'. nEWS dESK
Cavill faCed batHRooM pRobleMs in supeRMan suit Henry Cavill revealed he had problems in using the bathroom while he wore the Superman's suit during the shoot of his upcoming movie 'Man of Steel'. He said at the Alice Tully Hall premiere that he had to practice the power of serious bladder control, the New York Post reported. The 30-year-old star further said that the suit was very tight and was like 'alien body glove,' which made his trips to the men's room challenging. He explained that it took him some time to get in and out, so he had to wait. He added that while shooting in Chicago, where it was hot, he could drink as much he wanted because he would sweat, but in Vancouver, where it was cold he took only one bottle of water every half-day. nEWS dESK
Anyone can be a Superman, but nobody can be Jackie Chan. –Jackie Chan
KIM UPSET WITH KANYE
OCIALITe Kim Kardashian is reportedly upset with rapper-boyfriend Kanye West for celebrating his birthday without her. Pregnant Kim is to deliver her first child with Kanye next month. A
source said, "Kim is so close to giving birth and she's big and uncomfortable and knowing Kanye partied with all of their friends really made her mad." West celebrated his 36th birthday with rappers Nas and Jay Z, singer Beyonce Knowles, Kim's best friend Jonathan Chebar and her older sister Kourtney's boyfriend, Scott Disick, in New York. Kim, 32, wanted him to delay the party and have it here so that they can celebrate it together, reports femalefirst.co.uk. The source said, "She isn't traveling this late in her pregnancy but everyone else there could have easily come to Los Angeles, they all can hop on a private plane any time they want!" "Kim totally respects Kanye and the work he has to do, but as her due date grows closer she is getting mad about how little time they're spending together and wishes that he would try and accommodate her more," the source added.
Mumford & sons cancel us gigs as bassist undergoes brain surgery
osCaR winneR benigni ‘Hates’ beRlusConi Oscar winner Roberto Benigni, whose 1997 film "La vita e' bella" (Life is Beautiful) won three Academy Awards, has unleashed a humurous jibe at Silvio Berlusconi, saying he had a "wonderful relationship of platonic hatred" with the former premier. "You know, I have always had a wonderful relationship with Berlusconi, a platonic hatred and, as a comic, have feelings of gratitude towards him," Benigni said at an event in Florence. Benigni was presenting his summer recitations of parts of "The Divine Comedy" in a popular one-man show called "Tutto Dante" (All Dante). He will perform the show in Florence's Piazza Santa Croce on 12 dates between July 20 and Aug 6. nEWS dESK
British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons have canceled three sell-out concerts in the United States this week after announcing on Tuesday that bassist Ted Dwane needed emergency surgery for a blood clot on the brain. The band, which won Album of the Year for "Babel" at the Grammy awards in February and the British Group award at the BRIT awards, said Dwane had felt unwell for a few days and was taken to hospital on Monday for emergency treatment. "The scans revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain that requires an operation," the band said in a statement on its website. "Ted is receiving excellent care and we are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery." Dwane plays bass, drums, guitar, and sings with the four-member band that formed in 2007. The band said it was cancelling concerts in Dallas on Tuesday, Woodlands on Wednesday and New Orleans on Thursday, and would reschedule these dates when possible. The band said it had no plans to cancel or postpone any other appearances on its current "Summer Stampede" tour of North America that started in Calgary on May 21. The next performance is scheduled for the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee, on June 15. nEWS dESK
THERE’S MORE TO ME THAN looks, SAYS SALMA HAYEK NEWS DESK
Actress Salma Hayek never considered beauty to be her first priority and that's why she never tried to be as beautiful as she can be. "I know people have always thought I was beautiful, but I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be," InStyle magazine quoted the 46-year-old as saying, reports eonline.com. "I could do a lot more like exercise, or not eat dessert or not drink alcohol. I don't think my first priority in life has ever been beauty. It's a little bit of a rebellious spirit in me. There is more to me than looks, of course," she added. She also advised those who are unhappy with their looks. "You've got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best you can with what you've got. That goes for the figure, and it goes for everything else. You've got to have a sense of humour about who you are and give yourself a break," said "Grown Ups" star. Hayek added: "You've got to be kind to yourself. And it's not easy, you know?"
boyfRiend aRRested The boyfriend of the Bollywood actress who was found dead at her home in Mumbai has been arrested on suspicion of abetting her suicide. Jiah Khan, 25, was last week found hanged by her mother at their apartment in the Indian city. Police said no suicide note was found. Suraj Pancholi, 21, the son of famous Bollywood actors Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab, had been Khan's boyfriend for about a year and was the last person to see her alive. The arrest comes two days after Jiah's mother and sister found a six-page letter, supposedly written by Jiah before her death, blaming her boyfriend for ruining her life, cheating on her and forcing her to abort their child. Officer D Deokar said Suraj Pancholi, confirmed that Khan committed suicide at her home in Mumbai last week. Khan began her career in the 2007 Hindi film Nishabd, in which she portrayed a teenager in love with her best friend's father, played by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. She also performed with other top stars, including Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar. nEWS dESK
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It's hard to make a cultural phenomenon every time. –John Travolta
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KaTie To launch online channel Model Katie Price is keen on launching her own YouTube channel, which will have videos from her own life. The 35-year-old, who is expecting her fourth child, will charge viewers for downloading every video from the channel, reports thesun.co.uk. "YouTube is the way forward. I'm starting my own channel. I'm going to charge people a pound a clip. I could be in my kitchen cooking or mucking out my horses. I could be riding them. I could be on holiday saying, 'look at me do this dive'," Price said. "You put it on and you charge a pound and people watch that. Instead of spending hours and weeks doing one show, you can just control it yourself," she added. The model is married to Kieran Hayler. nEWS dESK
Dominic rubbishes claims of ‘Doctor Who’ role
RelisHes faMily life
CTReSS Drew Barrymore is enjoying her family life with husband Will Kopelman and daughter Olive because she did not have a good upbringing. The 38-year-old, who gave birth to the couple's first child last year, even loves her extended family and her in-laws and insists quality time at home is like nothing she experienced as a child, reports contactmusic.com. "I won the in-laws jackpot. It might be the best karma for having one of the wackiest upbringings. I never had dinner with my mom or dad, let alone together," she said. "It's amazing to think that in life you can completely have a doover," she added.
Dominic Cooper has confirmed that he is not replacing Matt Smith as the Doctor of the famous series 'Doctor Who.' Talking during gala screening of his new film 'Summer' on Tuesday, the 35-year-old actor said that he has never been approached for playing the role, the Daily Express reported. The 'Devil's Double' star also admitted that whoever is going to reprise the role will have a very difficult job on their hands. He also appreciated Smith for doing a wonderful job. nEWS dESK
bollywood gatHeRs at pRayeR Meet foR dR CHopRa A prayer meeting was held at a suburban luxury hotel in memory of Dr Ashok Chopra, Priyanka Chopra's father, who passed away Monday afternoon at a city hospital after a prolonged battle with cancer. Priyanka, her mother, cousin Parineeti Chopra and members of the immediate family were present throughout the hour-long gathering, which saw a string of film personalities in attendance. Among those spotted were Vidya Balan, Kareena and Karisma Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukerji, Ranveer Singh, Shilpa Shetty, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh and Genelia, Prabhu Dheva, Lara Dutta, Rohit Shetty, Farhan Akhtar, Ashutosh Gowariker and wife, Rakesh Roshan, Uday Chopra, Hiroo Johar, Pamela Chopra, Rohan Sippy, Arbaaz Khan and Malaika, Madhur Bhandarkar and Anurag Basu. nEWS dESK
John Krasinski on life after ‘The oﬃce’ NEW YORK AgEnciES
John Krasinski is best known for playing the handsome, affable salesman Jim Halpert on the hit TV series "The Office," but that could change as the versatile actor tackles new projects, including writing two new scripts. The Massachusetts native will appear on the big screen in the 3D animated film "Monsters University," which opens in U.S. theaters on June 21, providing the voice for "Frightening" Frank McCay in the prequel to the Pixar and Disney 2001 hit movie "Monsters, Inc." He also has a guest role on the Internet video streaming service Netflix's revival of the emmy-winning series "Arrested Development." Krasinski, 34, spoke to Reuters about the creative process, achieving hero status and how hard it has been to leave "The Office," which ended its nine-year run last month. Q: After playing Jim Halpert for so long was it difficult to take on the characters in "Monsters University" and "Arrested Development"? A: It was fun to do both those roles but they were small, fun roles ... For me it was just supporting two things I love so much. I think "Arrested Development" is one of the best shows ever on television, so I was just honored to be a part of that in any way. And it is exactly the same with 'Monsters University.' Not only am I a fan, but my nieces and nephews are bigger fans than I am, so it is the first time in my career that I reached hero status in their eyes. Q: You've worn a lot of different hats in your career. You're an actor,
writer, director, film producer. Do you prefer one job over another? A: I really prefer acting over everything else. I think acting for me is the most fun. It is what I did from the beginning.
All these other avenues have been fascinating roads to go down but, for sure, acting is the most fun. Quickly I am falling in love with writing and producing and all of it just because
it is nice to be part of the process. The business is changing rapidly, so to be a part of the development of new ideas, new shows, new movies is really exciting, and to work with a whole bunch of different talent.
Q: You co-wrote the film "Promised Land" with actor Matt Damon. Do you plan to do more writing in the future? A: I am writing two scripts right now. I got hooked. As soon as I did it with him I wanted to do it more and more. It is a lot of fun to sit down and write. It is challenging, but it is so exciting - to have the power to create characters and worlds, rather than to just read scripts that are sent to you. Q: Can you reveal what the scripts are about? A: They are totally different movies and definitely different from "Promised Land." One of them is an action-adventure kind of movie and the other one is ... sort of an investigation of one of the government agencies. Q: You have another project in the works, an HBO miniseries about the Chateau Marmont hotel with writer Aaron Sorkin, which you will executive produce. What attracted you to that? A: It is an incredibly historic hotel for our town; probably the most historic hotel ... There is so much of our town and of our business that was created in that hotel. We're definitely fascinated to tell the story of the hotel. Q: After nine years on "The Office," how hard was it to leave for the last time? A: "each day I am not on set and not going through that routine with that group of people is excruciating. It is moving on not only from a television show but from an era of life ... It was the most important things in my career, and at the end of the day I may still be known as Jim Halpert more than anything else. And I am really proud of that.
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taking walks afteR Meals May loweR diabetes Risk After eating a meal, the last thing you want to do is take a rest. Instead, you should be taking a walk, as this can help control the risky blood sugar spikes that occur after filling your stomach with food, thereby reducing the risk of diabetes in older adults. The George Washington University study found that three short bouts of exercise a day are more likely to help older people control blood glucose levels, rather than one long bout of exercise, especially if the exercise is timed to follow a meal. The researchers found that 15 minutes of walking at an easy or moderate pace may be all you need. This study observed 10 people aged 60 and older who were at risk for type 2 diabetes due to insufficient physical activity and higher-thannormal fasting blood sugar. nEWS dESK
oldest Man in HistoRy dies Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura has died after living longer than any man in recorded history. The 116-year-old was born in 1897, the same year as Amelia Earhart and a time when the average male life expectancy in Japan was just 44, the BBC reports. “He has an amazingly strong will to live,” an 80-year-old nephew said in an interview last year. “He is strongly confident that he lives right and well.” Kimura had seven children, 14 grandchildren, 25 greatgrandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Kimura—who left school in 1911, retired from the post office in 1962, and helped out on his son’s farm until he was 90—was an early riser and a light eater, but he said he wasn’t sure how he had managed to live so long. “Maybe it’s all thanks to the sun above me,” he said last year. “I am always looking up towards the sky, that is how I am.” Genetics probably also played a role, Bloomberg notes: four of Kimura’s five siblings lived to be more than 90 years old and his youngest brother survived to 100. nEWS dESK
Acceptance and tolerance and forgiveness, those are life-altering lessons. — Jessica Lange
what will we look like in 100,000 years? animé characters
CIeNCe-FICTION has a knack for predicting the future. Speculative weapons from swipebased interfaces to unmanned aircraft were long sci-fi hallmarks before they became ubiquitous technologies IRL. Others, like real-time holograms, surely aren’t that far away. (Light speed, on the other hand—never going to happen…right?) Yet the fact that these fantastical techie visions were eventually realized changes nothing about their original speculative nature. Things like ray guns or bionic limbs say much more about the cultural and scientific milieu in which they were dreamt up than about the projected futures they outline, especially if those futures are, oh, 100,000 years away.
Lamm and Kwan’s genetically augmented, evolutionary progressed Übermenschen would unfold in three stages — 20,000 years, 60,000 years, and 100,000 years—during which time, the human genome would have been “wrested” from the determining factors of natural evolution and put in the service of human needs and tastes. In a report, the pair chart the biological and genetic milestones.
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wHat we look like today:
Late last week, artist Nickolay Lamm dropped several renderings that claimed to predict what humans might look like in the year (C)MMXIII. The visualizations, which imagine our descendants with the puppy-eyes of animé characters and the foreheads of Talosians, were developed in consultation with computational genomicist Alan Kwan. (Lamm, thankfully didn’t attempt any guesses at future-forward fashion—the subjects are both clothed in gray American Apparel tees.)
The human 20,000 years from now would look to us like someone today except we would notice the forehead is subtly too large. […] By this point, communications lenses will have replaced devices such as Google Glass.” [Humans will have] 1. Larger eyes in response to the dimmer environment of colonies further from the Sun than earth. 2. More pigmented skin to alleviate the damaging impact of much more harmful UV radiation outside of the earth’s protective ozone. 3. Thicker eyelids or a more pronounced superciliary arch to alleviate the effects low or no gravity that disrupt and disorient the eyesight of today’s astronauts on the ISS. [C]ommunications lenses (commlens) in contacts and miniature bone-conduction devices implanted above the ear will work in tandem.”
A total of 1.59 million births between 1992 and 2010 were analyzed from the Swedish Medical Birth Register, the investigators checked the mother’s bodymass-index as well as any pregnancy complications, or health risks after birth. Dr. Raul Artal, professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, who wasn’t involved in the study, said the findings of this study “reinforces the fact that the complications of obesity and additional weight gain are deleterious to both mother and fetus.” Obese women who are pregnant could prevent health complications for their child by losing a bit of weight, a concept which was previously considered to be avoided. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have issued a statement saying that it’s OK for pregnant women who are obese to lose weight. nEWS dESK
Britain is to regulate electronic cigarettes as non-prescription medicine from 2016 in an attempt to improve quality, though the country’s drugs watchdog said they would still be sold in convenience stores. Healthcare authorities around the world are grappling with how to deal with the battery-driven devices, which allow users to inhale nicotine-laced vapor and are increasingly popular as a less harmful alternative to smoking. A few countries have banned them - such as Brazil, Norway and Singapore - while others are opting for varying degrees of regulation, in some cases including restrictions on advertising and curbs on their use in public places. Under the new British system, manufacturers will have to prove the quality of their products and demonstrate that they deliver the correct amount of nicotine. But they will not need to conduct clinical trials. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said on Wednesday that existing ecigarettes on the market were not good enough. nEWS dESK
vivax Malaria a neglecteD tropical Disease SARWAT NAZ Malaria is a mosquito borne disease. It threatens millions of people globally. Malaria is caused by protozoan parasites Plasmodium .Out of the five Plasmodium species infecting man, two species Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax are accountable for the bulk of the global burden of human malaria. Vivax malariis is often known as benign tertian malaria. But it is incorrectly assumed to be benign because it is acute and severe. A person with vivax malari experiences paroxysms of high fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and musculoskeletal pain. Recently, a sort of severe disease syndromes that closely resembles to falciparum malaria including renal failure, cerebral malaria, jaundice, anaemia, seizures, acute respiratory distress syndrome, thrombocytopenia, pulmonary edema, hyperparasitaemia, splenic rupture and death, have been noticed in patients with vivax malaria. Relapse infec-
This human face will be heavily biased towards features that humans find fundamentally appealing: strong, regal lines, straight nose, intense eyes, and placement of facial features that adhere to the golden ratio and left/right perfect symmetry. Of course, several scientists and writers took issue with Lamm and Kwan’s stagist predictions. Forbes writer Matthew Herper countered the original article (also posted by Forbes), saying that the project consulted very little science and operated under a heavy dose of fiction. “Lamm’s vision is science fiction that belongs in the same category as the big-headed aliens from the first ‘Star Trek’ pilot,” Herper writes in his rebuttal. Kwan responded to Herper’s points by stressing that the project was always intended as a speculative exercise and never to be passed of as “real science.” He went on to accuse Herper of purposefully misrepresenting his and Lamm’s “simple thought experiments” for the sake of pageviews. For his part, Lamm shrugged off the flak, telling the New York Daily News that, while his images were informed by a scientific understanding, they were made “just for fun.” So next time you go claiming that the future of the humanity will look like Sailor Moon, remember to check off the “for entertainment purposes only” box. nEWS dESK
bRitain to Regulate e-CigaRettes as MediCine fRoM 2016
obese women more likely to give birth prematurely Pregnant women who are obese or overweight are at a higher risk of giving birth prematurely, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The Swedish study, led by Dr. Sven Cnattingius of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, included an analysis of over 1.5 million births. This isn’t the first study that’s looked at the link between being overweight during pregnancy and risk of premature birth. Researchers at McMaster University revealed that overweight and obese women are at a 30 percent increased risk of induced preterm births and that their children may suffer serious health consequences from early birth. In this study, researchers investigated whether being overweight or obese has any significant impact on pregnancy, increasing the risk of premature birth. Premature birth is when the baby is born at less than 37 weeks of gestation. It is one of the main causes of neonatal illness and infant mortality.
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tion arises weeks to years following the primary episode of vivax malaria. Relapse infections are the main obstacle to the effective control and elimination of vivax malaria. Vivax malaria is distributed in 95 countries of the world and accountable for a substantial health burden in Asia, Central and South America, Oceania, southeastern europe and some parts of Africa.About 130 to 435 million people suffer from clinical attacks of vivax malaria each year and inﬂicts a huge socioeconomic burden on endemic countries. Being a developing country, malaria isa significant public health problem i n Pakistan.Both falciparum and vivax malaria are reported from Pakistan.Pakistan is among the top 10 countries estimated for the highest population at risk for vivax malaria. extensive agricultural practices coupled with vast irrigation network, monsoon rains, sizeable population movements
and a complex political situation in certain border areas increase perceived growing risk of malaria in Pakistan. Malaria is predominantly more prevalent in the rural areas. Malaria is transmitted to man by the bite of infected mosquito. Controlling the mosquito has played a significant role in the reduction of malaria. Residual insecticides are used for control of mosquito both at larval and adult stage. But the extensive use of insecticides has led to the emergence of resistance in mosquitoes to available insecticide. This is alarming for scientific society and controlling bodies. World Health Organization emphasizes on the use of non insecticidal and environmentally friendly methods for control of malaria mosquito. Domestic animals which are not reservoir host of malaria can
play important role in the control of disease particularly in areas where mosquito prefer to feed on both animals and man. The practice is known as zoo prophylaxis. Pakistan’s economy is agrarian and livestock contributed 11.6% to GDP during 2011-12. Proper management of livestock can help in the control of malaria in Pakistan. A Ph.D study on detection and control of vivax malaria was conducted by Ph.D scholar Sarwat Naz under the supervision of Professor Dr. Azhar Maqbool in department of Parasitology, University of Veterinary and Animal Science, Lahore, Pakistan. According to that study, the prevalence of vivax malaria was slightly lower in patients keeping livestock in their compound than the patients not keeping livestock in their compound. The presence of vivax malaria organism in man and mosquitoes was confirmed by microscopic examination, eLISA and PCR tests. It was also confirmed in the study that malaria transmitting mosquitoes in Pakistan take a blood feed from humans and animals. Ivermectin a medicine commonly used in livestock for control of ticks and internal parasites reduce the survival of mosquitoes that transmit malaria to human.
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it’s good to sign and to get things sorted and now it’s all about coming back for pre-season ready to go — andy Whing
atapattu expeCts sRi lanka batsMen to bounCe baCk
ToDay’s maTch EngLAnd And SRi LAnKA gO HEAd TO HEAd AT THE OvAL SPORTS DESK
Three Court of Appeal judges in London on Wednesday rejected an appeal by Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif against his conviction for spot-fixing. In their ruling, the judges said they were “not persuaded that there are any grounds, arguable or otherwise, for attacking the safety of the convictions of this applicant (Asif)”. “The renewed applications are accordingly dismissed,” they added. Fast bowler Asif, 30, was released from jail in May last year after serving half of a 12-month sentence for his part in a plot to bowl deliberate no-balls in a Test match against england at Lord’s in 2010. Former captain Salman Butt was jailed for 30 months, while promising young bowler Mohammad Aamer was detained for six months in a young offenders’ institution. The International Cricket Council (ICC) governing body also banned the trio from cricket for five years. Asif and Butt both challenged the ICC bans at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but the Lausannebased body in April rejected their appeals. The spot-fixing plot, which was uncovered by the now-defunct News of the World newspaper, was one of the biggest scandals to hit cricket in years and also led to the conviction of their London-based agent. The Court of Appeal rejected challenges by Butt and Aamer against their sentences in November 2011. In his ruling Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge, the head of the judiciary in england and Wales, said the players had “betrayed the country which they had the honour to represent and betrayed the sport that had given them their distinction — and of course betrayed all the very many followers of the game throughout the world”.
ARVAN Atapattu, Sri Lanka’s batting coach, is confident the team would put behind their dismal batting performance against New Zealand in Cardiff and bounce back in the remaining two Champions Trophy group matches against england and Australia. “True, we had a bad batting innings the other day,” Atapattu said. “The spirit was high and the boys were fighting, and we almost got through. But unfortunately, it didn’t happen for more than one reason. “Within the team, everyone wants to win. It’s about experience. Given the reputation of some of these guys, they want to win these two games badly. Nobody would like those reputations to be tarnished playing in england, especially.” Sri Lanka meet england at the Oval on June 13 and Australia at the same venue on June 17. They need to win both games to have a chance of qualifying for the semifinals. Against New Zealand in Cardiff last Sunday, Sri Lanka’s batting collapsed for 138 and they lost by a narrow one-wicket margin. Atapattu, a former captain and top-order batsman, summed up the team’s batting performance by saying that the batsmen needed to bring their experience into play in such situations. “We have the experience, but putting that to work is something. We have spoken about it. [From] time to time, it will happen. Hopefully we will read situations better and think 50-over cricket and bat 300 balls of the innings. “Looking at the total we got, it wasn’t satisfactory. We could have read the situation from the middle. We could have adjusted to
settling down to a much lesser target, when you are looking at 230-240 at the fall of the second wicket. Then, the way the wicket behaved and the way we approached it, things went wrong for us.” He regretted the fact that Sri Lanka did not play out their full quota of 50 overs. Atapattu also said that the team had played seven batsmen against New Zealand so that they could set a suitable target but the batting order did not add substantial partnerships. “That’s really disappointing - not batting 50 overs. It’s mandatory we use the full quota of 300 balls. Not to have used it is something that we really regret as a group,” Atapattu said. “We don’t want to go back to the bowlers and expect them to do something. It’s up to the batsmen to take on the responsibility and not expect something from the tail. everybody has been given a role. Our batsmen will not get a flying start every day. But by playing seven batsmen, we have the cushioning of one extra batsman to get to the target we wanted. We needed to have two partnerships going to get to the total we required.” According to Atapattu, the key to succeeding in english conditions was all about spending time in the middle. “It’s all about spending a little more time to get into a rhythm. As you go along and as you get a rhythm scoring runs will be a lot easier,” he said. “The basic principle of one-day cricket is that you get your best batsmen to bat early in the innings so that you give them ample time and face more balls. But in different conditions, against different oppositions, those options could vary and there are times when you need to be flexible. We are open to it. It is not something where we say, ‘No, this is our batting order.’” Given that context, he said the team had considered pushing some of the younger batsmen up the order but had decided on sticking to a settled batting line-up for this tournament. “It’s something that we have spoken about, but that’s something that we decided to stick with for this tournament and we don’t want that to be a disturbing factor. We would like to see them batting at their positions and doing their best. If they come up trumps the other side of the coin is that the team will do well,” he said. He also admitted that the youngsters in the side needed to be pushed to perform, and it was the job of the coaches and senior players to instill a sense of professionalism in them. “I reckon we, as coaches, become facilitators in front of senior players, and, in the meantime, be pushy with some of these youngsters,” Atapattu said. “At one point, they will realise what’s good for them and what’s not. Our system is such, compared to places like england, Australia or South Africa where you see professionalism setting in very early. For us, it won’t happen. We need to
bring it on, buttler challenges Malinga
OS Buttler’s whirlwind 47 from 16 balls against New Zealand at Trent Bridge last week was one of the most brilliantly unconventional innings ever played by an England batsman. In its dexterity, strength and quick-wittedness, it had reminders of racquet sports and baseball with a spot of cricket thrown in. If Lasith Malinga is reverse swinging the ball at the end of England’s innings at The Oval on Thursday and Buttler is on strike, he could be about to face his greatest challenge of all. Buttler’s knock at Trent Bridge was not as much an innings as an escapade, a tricksy collection of outlandish shots, as dapper as they were mischievous. In less than half an hour at the crease, he surely joined Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan as the type of England batsman to whet the appetite of many an IPL owner - if only they could find a way to get England players on the field. Buttler is suddenly the England batsman the world wants to see - but next up comes Malinga as England seek to overcome Sri Lanka and all but assure themselves of a place in the Champions Trophy semi-finals. He will attempt to unveil his collection of scoops, swivel scoops and reverse scoops, with an occasional straight slug for good measure, against the bowler with the thickety hairstyle of the jungle and a yorker that can be suitably ferocious. Buttler did not sound as if he is about to forego the challenge as he prepared for practice in the refined atmosphere of Dulwich College, an independent school in south-east London, where there were more artificial practice strips - a casual count brought 15 - than in any county ground in the land, as well as a square of first-class standard. “Any shot is harder against reverse swing, but the scoop is a big part of my game,” Buttler said. “I practise it a lot and if I feel the situation is right I won’t be afraid to play it. SPORTS dESK
‘few dirty fish cant sully cricket’s image’: gambhir NEW DELHI
inDian cricket Match fixer freeD on bail Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth, arrested last month over allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League, has been freed on bail. On Monday, a court ordered the release of Sreesanth, fellow cricketer Ankeet Chavan and 17 other defendants. A third cricketer, Ajit Chandila, who is also in jail on similar charges, is yet to apply for bail. Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila - all bowlers from the Rajasthan Royals IPL team - have denied any wrongdoing. Spot-fixing involves illegally rigging parts of a match, for example by timing the delivery of a deliberate wide or no-ball, to benefit bookmakers or those betting on matches. On Monday, India’s cricket board also suspended Rajasthan Royals team owner Raj Kundra from participation in cricketing activities over allegations of betting in the IPL. SPORTS dESK
Out of favour India opener Gautam Gambhir doesn`t feel IPL`s reputation has got a beating because of the spot-fixing and betting scandal, and said a “handful of wrong individuals doesn`t carry the image of the entire sport”. “A handful of people who do something wrong doesn`t carry the image of the entire sport. There are still millions of people who wants to go out there and play the game and represent the country,” said Gambhir, who is also the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders. “If some handful of people do something wrong that doesn`t mean cricket is dirty. There are lot of people who wants to do well,” he said. For Gambhir, IPL is a serious business but feels steps like banning cheerleaders from the tournament is not the solution to erradicate corruption from the event.
“For me everything depends on individual. You can`t stop an individual from doing something wrong. It has to come from within,” he said. “IPL is a serious competition and not what you do off the field. When I joined KKR, my only thinking was to see the team do well on the field. “But if a handful of people thing IPL is more to do with off-field activities, it`s the wrong way of approaching IPL. There are a handful of
people who think that and you can`t control them. The only way out is not to make them part of IPL,” the left-hander added.
Gambhir, whose form has been patchy of late, is presently out of the Indian team after he was ignored for the ongoing Champions Trophy is england.
Asked how difficult it will be to return to the Indian team considering the good showing of the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in the Champions Trophy, Gambhir said, “For any sportsperson, it`s not about how difficult to make a comeback. “It`s about going out there and keep scoring runs because as a batsmen that`s what you play cricket for and that`s what give you maximum hapiness. It`s about keeping things simple.” Gambhir brushed aside Manoj Tiwary`s view that 2012 champions Kolkata Knight Riders faltered in this edition of the IPL because of lack of camaraderie within the team. “I don`t know what Manoj Tiwary said, it`s his personal view. But when you don`t play good cricket this is what you get. When you don`t play as a team this is what will happen,” he said. “This year we were not consistent enough in all departments of the game and I an not someone who will hide behind the bush,” the KKR skipper added.
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Trying to find a level of consistency will be the most important thing for Nicky. That is the most challenging thing for any young player at any club. — Mark Hateley
steyn likely to be fit for final game cARDIff AgEnciES
South Africa’s hopes of reaching the Champions Trophy semi-finals received a boost with the news that pace spearhead Dale Steyn is likely to be fit for their virtual quarter-final against West Indies on June 14. Given their poor record in knockout matches, South Africa will look to the experience of their best bowler to help them win. Today, Steyn bowled at full pace for the first time since straining his side in last Monday’s warm-up match against Pakistan at The Oval. He missed South Africa’s first two matches of the tournament while undergoing rest and rehabilitation, which has so far gone according to plan. “Dale is progressing quite well. He came through his net session today without any discomfort,” Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa’s team manager, who is also a doctor, said. “We will watch him overnight to see if he wakes up with any stiffness. If he comes through tomorrow’s practice then he should be available.” If Steyn is fit, South Africa will have something of a selection dilemma. Their three seamers - Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Chris Morris and Ryan McLaren - performed admirably against Pakistan. If the team management’s hand was forced, Morris
would probably be culled purely because of his inexperience. Morris understands that, and promised that if he was benched, South Africa, could be assured of having a “bloody good 12th man,” in him, similar to what Steyn was against Pakistan. Not only did he carry on refreshments for his teammates, he also regularly relayed instructions. “He was loving it. There was a stage where he threw a bit of abuse at one of the batsmen. That’s Dale’s character,” Morris revealed. “He was brilliant. He kept reminding us, ‘There’s a run-out coming’. He kept encouraging us. He’s a ball of energy.” Steyn’s involvement is the embodiment of what South Africa have called their team culture since Kirsten took over two years ago. It centres on inclusiveness and knowledge sharing, and with South Africa at a crunch stage of a major tournament, Steyn could provide plenty of the latter. “Gary has placed a lot of emphasis on the reserve guys playing
a massive part. Having Dale run out there with ideas and options is massively important. He has played with and against a lot of these guys for a number of years so the information and the guidance he offers is invaluable,” Russell Domingo, Kirsten’s successor and the current assistant coach, said. “The guys feed off Dale. He is a mentor, a great leader of the bowling unit, and he is just a good bloke, so guys enjoy getting advice from him.” For that reason, should Steyn be declared fit, it is far more likely that South Africa will play all four seamers and leave out one of their specialist spinners, as they did in the first match against India in Cardiff.
i’ve done nothing wrong: messi SPORTS DESK Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has released a statement denying any wrongdoing after reports claiming the Spanish tax authorities are investigating allegations he and his father defrauded the state of four million euros (£3.4million). Reports emerged on Wednesday alleging the four-time reigning World Player of the Year and his father, Jorge Horacio, were suspected of filing fraudulent tax returns between 2007 and 2009. The 25-year-old Argentinian, currently on international duty in South America, swiftly insisted he had done nothing wrong, though, in a statement on his official Facebook page.
It read: “We have just known through the media about the claim filed by the Spanish tax authorities. We are surprised about the news, because we have never committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advice of our tax consultants, who will take care of clarifying this situation.” Messi arrived at the Nou Camp as a 13-year-old in 2000, made his first-team debut three years later and has gone on to establish himself as one of football’s best ever players. He has won six Primera Division titles, three Champions League crowns and two FIFA Club World Cups with the Catalan giants, and in 2012 netted a record 86 goals for club and country.
SPORTS DESK Australia would not turn to retired batsmen such as Ricky Ponting or Simon Katich even if captain Michael Clarke’s back problem continues to plague him during the Ashes,
according to national selector John Inverarity. Clarke has been out of action since arriving in england and could miss the whole of the Champions Trophy, while his readiness for the Ashes is also looming as a potential concern.
spoRTs Thursday, 13 June, 2013
points spilt after rain ruins match
He famously fickle english weather hadn’t hurt the Champions Trophy much over its first six days, but struck in a crucial transTasman match to leave Australia and New Zealand with split points. New Zealand were 51 for 2 after 15 overs in their chase of 244 when play was interrupted, and couldn’t resume. It is hard to tell whether either team will be happy with the split points. New Zealand were in a marginally worse position in the match, and the extra point means even a washout in their final league game could be enough to take them to the elimination rounds. Australia, having lost their first game as well, will probably be more aggrieved. They got their first point of the campaign but could still be out before they play their next, and final, match if england and New Zealand win the other two games in the group. The solitary point didn’t brighten Australia’s mood on a day which had begun on a dismal note as their regular opener David Warner was stood down from the match after news emerged of an altercation with an england player in a Birmingham bar over the weekend. Things worsened for them after the match got underway as Shane Watson, Australia’s most dangerous batsman and one of only two players in the side to have played more than 50 ODIs, was caught behind in the second over. Soon after, Phillip Hughes was run-out, caught short by an underarm flick from Martin Guptill. In walked George Bailey, the stand-in captain who seems to get scant respect despite a solid start to his one-day career, and he set about righting the innings with Matthew Wade, who was promoted to the top of the order to replace Warner. Their 64-run stand wasn’t the most exciting to watch but against a disciplined New Zealand attack which thrived despite not getting much movement on a cloudy day, it steadied the early jitters. When talk turns to the causes for optimism in New Zealand, it usually centres on the promising pace attack that has emerged. Tim Southee had an off day, and Mitchell McClenaghan continued to hoover up wickets - his fourth four-wicket haul in nine ODIs so far - but the biggest impact was made by New Zealand’s spinners on a slowing track at edgbaston.
inverarity rules out ponting ashes comeback Meanwhile, Ponting has made a strong start to his county stint with Surrey, scoring 192, 52 and 38 not out in his three first-class innings so far. Before his first match, Ponting said in an interview that if the Australians came calling during the Ashes he would consider coming out of retirement, although the next day he backtracked and said there was no possibility of him being part of the Ashes campaign. Katich has also enjoyed a solid start to the county season and although he is yet to make a century for Lancashire, he has posted three 80plus scores and has 406 runs at 50.75. Katich played his last Test during the previous Ashes series, in Adelaide in December 2010, and departed from international cricket on sour terms with the selection panel, then headed by Andrew Hilditch, after he was dumped from the contract list in 2011. “I think they’ve both retired from international cricket,” Inverarity told AAP when asked about the possibility of Ponting or Katich featuring in the
Ashes. “... The answer is no.” Australia’s selectors have already put together a list of standby players should injuries arise during the Ashes and it is likely to include Steven Smith, who performed well in India in March and is vice-captain of the Australia A squad currently touring the British Isles. George Bailey, the standin Champions Trophy captain in Clarke’s absence, could be another option, although his Sheffield Shield form last summer was disappointing. However, the main focus for the Australian camp in the lead-up to the Ashes is not on potential back-up batsmen, but on ensuring Clarke is fit for action for the first Test starting on July 10. Clarke has battled the back problem since he was a teenager and while he has only missed one Test due to the injury, the concern for Australia is that it was their last Test, in Delhi. “I’m confident he’ll be right for the Ashes,” Inverarity said. “I’m confident but one never knows. Nobody works harder than Michael. His preparation is extraordinary.”
AUSTRALIA 5 SR Watson c †Ronchi b mcclenaghan 29 mS Wade† lbw b nL mccullum Pj Hughes run out (guptill) 0 55 gj bailey* b nL mccullum 71 Ac voges c bb mccullum b mcclenaghan 22 mR marsh c †Ronchi b mcclenaghan 29 gj maxwell not out 6 jP Faulkner c mcclenaghan b Williamson 8 mg johnson c bb mccullum b mcclenaghan cj mcKay not out 2 16 eXTRAS: (b 1, lb 7, w 4, nb 4) 243 TOTAL: dId NOT BAT: Xj doherty FALL OF WICkeTS: 1-5 (Watson, 1.3 ov), 2-10 (Hughes, 3.1 ov), 3-74 (Wade, 18.6 ov), 4-151 (bailey, 34.6 ov), 5-193 (marsh, 41.6 ov), 6-196 (voges, 43.1 ov), 7-210 (Faulkner, 46.3 ov), 8-219 (johnson, 47.4 ov) bOWLing: Kd mills 6-1-19-0, mj mcclenaghan 10-0-65-4, dL vettori 10-1-23-0, Tg Southee 4-1-26-0, nL mccullum 10-0-46-2, KS Williamson 10-0-56-1 NeW ZeALANd L Ronchi† c Watson b mcKay 14 8 mj guptill c maxwell b mcKay KS Williamson not out 18 9 LRPL Taylor not out EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 1) 2 51 TOTAL: (2 wickets; 15 overs) dId NOT BAT: bb mccullum*, jEc Franklin, nL mccullum, dL vettori, Tg Southee, Kd mills, mj mcclenaghan FALL OF WICkeTS: 1-18 (guptill, 3.6 ov), 2-26 (Ronchi, 7.1 ov) bOWLing: mg johnson 4-0-18-0, cj mcKay 4-0-10-2, SR Watson 3-1-11-0, jP Faulkner 3-0-7-0, Xj doherty 1-0-4-0 Match details Toss: Australia, who chose to bat Points Australia 1, new Zealand 1 umpires HdPK dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and nj Llong Tv umpire RA Kettleborough match referee bc broad Reserve umpire ij gould
Daniel Vettori, passed fit after struggling with his long-standing Achilles tendon problem, was his usual accurate self, not turning it big but slipping in the arm ball to keep the batsmen guessing. Nathan McCullum, the Man of the Match in the tense win against Sri Lanka, also proved hard to hit and he got the wickets of both Wade and Bailey at crucial junctures. Kane Williamson, a part-timer who is being increasingly used by New Zealand, bowled almost unchanged from the 29th over till the end of the innings, and his figures were dented only by a Glenn Maxwell onslaught in the penultimate over. All three bowled out their full quota, and their 30 overs was the most spin New Zealand have ever been sent down in an ODI.
duMiny agRees suRRey stint Surrey have made their third big-name international signing of the year, with South Africa’s JP Duminy set to join the club in August. The Brown Caps started the year by announcing the arrival of Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith, who has since suffered a season-ending injury, while Australian great Ricky Ponting is currently filling the overseas position. Duminy, 29, will take over from Ponting at the end of South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka and is available for six LV= County Championship matches as well as the end of the Yorkshire Bank 40 and Friends Life t20 competitions. “I am really chuffed to have signed with a great club like Surrey,” said Duminy. “I love the UK and I really look forward to working with Chris Adams and the rest of the team.” SPORTTS dESK
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i went away celebrating, but it was actually a really good decision from the linesman, having seen it again. — Sean St Ledger
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Hewitt ousts dimitrov, famous win for evans at queen’s
e Y T O N Hewitt reached the last 16 of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Grigor Dimitrov. The Australian, a four-time champion at the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event, marched into the last 16 at the expense of the Bulgarian world number 28. The 32-year-old is well into the twilight of his career and a lowly 82 in the world rankings but broke his opponent, a decade younger, in the third game and went on to take the opening stanza. Hewitt had not tasted victory since the first round of the Miami Masters in March before this week but the former Wimbledon champion was serving superbly, not facing a single break point, and broke in the opening game of the second set before wrapping up a 67 minute victory. “I thought I played a really smart match,” Hewitt said. “My first match here wasn’t pretty, but I fought hard and got through it. That’s what I needed to do. Then today it was a classy performance.” He will next face American 2010 champion Sam Querrey in the third round. British wild card Dan evans enjoyed a famous win over Finland’s Jarkko Niemenen. The world number 277 followed up his victory over world number 75 Guido Pella by beating the 13th seed 64 6-7 6-4. evans, who starred in Britain’s Davis Cup win over Russia in April, made an early break to win the opening set but was pegged back by the veteran - ranked 240 places higher - 8-6 in the second set tie-break. But the 23-year-old, who recently won a Futures tournament in Sweden, hit back to make two crucial break in the decider and take victory in 108 minutes. Second seed Tomas Berdych, playing his first match since a first-round defeat at the French Open, eased past Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-1 6-4 in a match interrupted by rain. US Open champion and top seed Andy Murray is currently in action against Nicolas Mahut of France, the man who beat him in a third set tie-break at the same stage last year before Jo Wilfried Tsonga faces edouard Roger Vasselin. Defending champion Marin Cilic meets compatriot Ivan Dodig on Court One. Round 2 results: 2-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands) 6-1 6-4 7-Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) 6-3 4-6 6-4 Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) beat 10-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 6-4 6-3 Daniel Evans (Britain) beat 13-Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 6-4 6-7(6) 6-4 16-Grega Zemlja (Slovenia) beat Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) 7-5 6-4 Kenny De Schepper (France) beat Rohan Bopanna (India) 6-4 6-3 Marinko Matosevic (Australia) beat Michael Llodra (France) WO
punjab giRls badMinton teaM in final LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Punjab team swept aside Fata 3-0 to win the semi-finals of the PSB Interprovincial U-16 Girls Badminton Championship being held at City Complex, Abbottabbad. In the first singles, Manaal of Punjab defeated Saadia of Fata 21-12, 21-10. Zenab of Punjab beat Sheeba of Fata scoring 2116, 21-15 in the second singles while in the doubles, Manaal and Zenab of Punjab pounced Sheeba and Khushboo of Fata by 21-7, 21-7. Mrs.Zarina Waqar is the coach whereas Mohammed Sajid is the team manager. The f inal of the tournament will be played today (Thursday) at 6.00 pm.
Watson anD robson sent packing in birMinghaM
BIrMINgHAM: Laura Robson and Heather Watson crashed out of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. British number two Watson got back to winning ways with a first round win over Melinda Czink on Tuesday but fell 6-4 6-3 to Alla Kudryavtseva, a player ranked 172nd in the world. It was only Watson’s third competitive outing since recovering from a bout of glandular fever. The Guernsey player only returned from a four-month absence from the WTA Tour at Roland Garros two weeks ago. But her Russian opponent clinched a solitary break in the opening set on the Ann Jones Centre Court before four further breaks in the second saw her complete victory in 71 minutes. Robson faced an awkward second round match against former Aegon Classic finalist Daniela Hantuchova and lost 6-4 6-3. The British number one, seeded seventh, had a bye in the first round but had no answer to the Slovak, struggling with a first serve percentage under 50 per cent and being broken twice in the first set and suffering the only break of the second, Their Fed Cup team-mate Johanna Konta also lost, going down 6-4 6-1 to Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. Top seeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens takes on Croatian qualifier Ajla Tomljanovic later. WTA Birmingham - Round 2 results 3-Sorana Cirstea (Romania) beat Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) 6-4 6-4 Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) beat 7-Laura Robson (Britain) 6-3 6-4 12-Kristina Mladenovic (France) beat Johanna Konta (Britain) 6-4 6-1 13-Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia) beat Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) 4-6 6-1 6-4. AgEnciES
i’m all wrong for froch: Degale SPORTS DESK James ‘Chunky’ DeGale is hoping for domestic super-fights and world honours after his win over Croatia’s Stjepan Bozic at the weekend. DeGale successfully defended his WBC Silver super-middleweight title at Glow, Bluewater, outclassing Bozic early on before his corner pulled him out at the start of the fifth round. “I’m in boxing for the big fights,” DeGale said. “Carl Froch is a very good fighter but everyone is making him out to be like ‘The Terminator’, who can’t be beaten. But he has lost before and I think I’m all wrong for him.” Despite spending a little time on the ropes, DeGale never looked troubled by the Croatian Bozic, whose claim to fame is beating Carl Froch in the quarter-finals of the 2000 european Championships when the pair were amateurs. DeGale was looking to impress and despite the action being temporarily stopped in the third and fourth rounds when he landed accidental low blows on his opponent, kept up a brisk pace. By the end of the fourth, Bozic had soaked up a lot of punishment and his
corner took the decision to stop the contest. DeGale said: “He couldn’t take it any more. It wasn’t a vintage performance, but it was nice and I’m pleased.
froome eyes Tour success for years to come SPORTS DESK Briton Chris Froome has made clear that he has no intention of ever again playing second fiddle to compatriot and Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins on the Tour de France. The 28-year-old, winner of the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday, told the Times newspaper that he wanted to be in a position to win the Tour for years to come. “I’ve got my goals and personally where I want my career to go is to target the Tour, not just this year but for the next six or seven years, and each time to line up at the Tour ready to try and contend for the yellow jersey,” he said. “I am driven by that goal, not from a fame point of view,” added the rider, who finished last year’s Tour as runner-up to Wiggins. This year’s race starts on June 29 with
Froome the official Sky team leader and one of the favourites in the absence of four-times Olympic champion Wiggins, who has been ruled out by injury and illness. Froome has been on top form this year, also winning the Tour of Oman, the Criterium International and Tour of Romandie before Sunday’s success in France’s third biggest stage race. “I have been a lot more consistent with my numbers this year and I have been able to hit the numbers that last year I thought were exceptional,” he told the newspaper. “And I feel I can still get better. Last year I felt ‘I am really flying now’. This year I am hitting that comfortably now.” The rider said Wiggins’s absence had not left Sky notably weakened. “We do have a very strong team and regardless of Bradley there or not, I do feel we have all our bases covered,” said Froome.
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You know that i’m something of a perfectionist and i’ll do everything possible for the good of the club.— Hristo Stoichkov
gaRCia leaves note for Tiger over racial jibe
lcca announces scrutiny result of lcca clubs LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The PCB Scrutiny Committee has declared scrutiny result of the LCCA Clubs as voting rights of 41 clubs of LCCA has been cancelled and seven new clubs have been given voting rights. According to an official press release of the LCCA, Victoria Gymkhana has been declared fake club, Shah Faisal and Mughalpura Greener were found absent on the scrutiny day, Aamir Memorial Club was declared disputed due to dual presidency candidate. Aizad Hussan Sayid Chairman Interim committee has officially announced the scrutiny result of LCCA which he has received from the scrutiny committee of the PCB. He said that
voting rights of 41 clubs of LCCA has been cancelled while seven new clubs have been given voting rights and four new clubs have been picked up from west zone, two from east zone and one club from north zone Aizad Hussan Sayid, Chairman Interim Committee LCCA said that in active clubs can appeal to the election Commissioner PCB latest by June 17 and the Interim Committee did not interfere in scrutiny process. He further said 23 clubs from west zone, 12 from north zone and 6 from east zone have been discharged from the list of voted clubs. Victoria Aizad said that interim committee has not interfered in the working of scrutiny committee PCB during scrutiny process of LCCA clubs.
e R G I O Garcia has made repeated apologies for the “fried chicken” jibe he directed at Tiger Woods last month, saying he “felt terrible” and had left a note for the American in his locker. Though the two players shook hands on the practice range at Merion Golf Club on Monday in their first meeting since Garcia made the reference, the Spaniard said it had not been an “appropriate place” for him to apologise to Woods in person. Garcia conceded that the fall-out from the whole affair could distract him in his bid to win this week’s US Open and expressed his hope that Woods would read the note at some point. “I want to apologise for what happened a couple of weeks ago,” Garcia told reporters at the start of what turned out to be a moving and heart-felt news conference at Merion on Tuesday. “But hopefully, like Tiger said, he’s considering the matter closed and hopefully
we can all move forward and kind of start competing ... respectfully ... hopefully we can all have a great tournament.” Asked if he had apologised to Woods during their brief meeting at Merion on Monday, Garcia replied: “Unfortunately not. I felt like it wasn’t the appropriate place for me to, out of respect to him and to the other players, to do it there. “Unfortunately, when I got done practising he was gone already, so I couldn’t see him. “This morning I was here early. I didn’t see him around, but I did leave him a note. A handwritten note. Hopefully he can take a look at it. It’s a big week and I understand that it’s difficult to meet up and stuff.” Garcia, an eight-times champion on the PGA Tour who has yet to win a Major, admitted his own form might suffer at Merion this week with his mental focus still a little shaky following the “fried chicken” affair. “I don’t know,” said the 33-year-old Spaniard. “We’ll see. It obviously doesn’t help, but it is my own fault. I don’t have anyone to blame other than myself.
mercedes still trailing rivals: hamilton SPORTS DESK Lewis Hamilton believes that Mercedes will still need a good step up in form for the British Grand Prix if it is going to be able to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari. Although the Briton is upbeat about the progress his team has made in the last couple of races with its long-run form, he has warned his home fans not to get too excited about his prospects for Silverstone. The high-speed swoops of the circuit are expected to be perfect for the impressive single-lap pace of the W04, but tyre degradation remains a big concern for the race.
And Hamilton thinks that Red Bull and Ferrari’s speed in Canada was evidence of just how much more his team needs to do. “You really don’t know what’s around the corner, but the Ferrari and the Red Bull, I don’t know what they’ve done to their car, but it was massively quick in the [Canadian] race for some reason,” he said. “So we really have to figure out how to improve, and that’s what we are going to work on.” When asked what he was expecting for the British Grand Prix: “Tyre degradation! The long run is going to be a challenge because there are lots of high-speed corners, so it’s the perfect place to overheat your tyres and degrade them.
psB blocks billiard team’s participation in incheon games? LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association request to Pakistan Sports Board for arrangement of its snooker team’s participation in the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Art Games is being given a deaf ear by the board. According to an official of the association, the PBSA last October made hectic efforts to send the Pakistan snooker team for participation in the upcoming 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games to be held from June 29 to July 06 at Incheon, Korea. It had coordinated with the Pakistan Olympics Association in the team’s entry and other formalities fulfillment with the
Organizing Committee. And as per the norm and practice, the Pakistan Sports Board is responsible to make arrangements for the participation of the Pakistan contingent in all such international sports events. “Since only two weeks remain for the commencement of the above games, and receiving no response from the PSB regarding to the travel arrangements or the sports uniforms, which as per the past practice are provided to the participating national teams. The association wrote a letter to the PSB inquiring the status, reply of which as usual is yet awaited by the PBSA. On the other hand the PBSA has learnt through reliable sources that the PSB has decided not to send the Pakistan contingent for participation in the Incheon Games, and the reason being that the Interim Committee
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of POA constituted probably by the PSB has no affiliation with the International Olympic Council and thus it is not recognized for representation internationally by the International Olympic Council,” the official added. “The PBSA has officially also brought the fact to the knowledge of the PSB that at present Pakistan is holding two major titles in the (Billiard Sports) – being the IBSF World Snooker title (Gold Medal) and the recent Asian 6-Red Snooker title (Gold Medal). Besides the above two Gold Medals Pakistan is also holder of Runner-Up position in 2012 – Dubai International Open (Silver Medal) and 14th Asian U-21 Snooker Championship – 2013 (Silver Medal). And as such Pakistan has an optimistic chance of winning a Gold Medal in the forthcoming
Games. And also if we miss the participation for any reason, it would be a great setback for the game of Snooker in Pakistan, especially our players who are undoubtedly performing and bringing laurels for our beloved country,” he added. “The PBSA had planned to hold a practice/training camp for the Pakistan Snooker team two weeks before their departure for Korea, but all seems to be in vain. We hope the Pakistan Sports Board, Pakistan Olympic Association and the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination being the parent bodies on Sports should have a positive approach for the betterment and promotion of Sports in Pakistan as our Players/Athletes do have the potential of bringing laurels for the country,” he said.
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punjab win national inteR-pRovinCial netball LAHORE: Punjab won the National Interprovincial Netball Championship 2013 at Mini Sports Complex, Nazimabad, Karachi, which was organized by Pakistan Netball Federation, in collaboration with Sindh Netball Association. The final match was played between Punjab and Sindh teams. Punjab won the match by 21-14 goals and secured the title. Yasir Mehmood (GS) and Shahzad Sultan (GA) from Punjab showed the outstanding performance. The third position match was played between Khyber Pakthoon Khaw (KPK) and Fata teams. KPK won the match by 16-12 goals and secured the 3rd position. The technical officials namely Khalid Parvez, Qudsia Raja, Shazia Yousaf, Uzma Waqar, Farheen, Anwar Ahmed, Jamal Ahmed & Yasir Javed supervised the matches. Mr. Usama Qadri, President, Sindh Olympic Association was the chief guest in closing ceremony and distributed the trophies, medals and certificates among the successful teams/ players. Mudassar Arain, Secretary, PNF, Muhammad Riaz, Treasurer, Ajaz ul Haq, Secretary, SNA, Haji Toqeer Ahmed, VP, PNF and other dignities were also present in this occasion. Final Ranking: 1st Position: Punjab 2nd Position: Sindh 3rd Position: KPK 4th Position: Fata 5th Position: Baluchistan Meanwhile Army won the National InterDepartmental Netball Championship 2013. it was followed by POLICe at the second position. STAFF REPORT
39 Clubs of east zone deClaRed aCtive LAHORE: The chairman scrutiny committee of the PCB have declared 39 clubs of east Zone active with the right of vote in the DCA/Zonal elections. Clubs are Alhamra Club, Baghbapura eaglets, Cantt Gymkhana, Dawn Club, Dharampura Club, Dharampura Gym, Faran Sports, Fayyaz Memorial club, Garhi Shaho Gym, Ghalib Gym, Ghaziabad Gym, Ghaziabad Sports, Gulberg eaglets, Imperial Club, Jallo Gym, Khan Sports, Lahore Gym, Lucky Star club, Mughalpura Gym, Mughalpura Istitute, Mughalpura Sports, Mughalpura eleven, Muslimabad Gym, Mughalpura Whites, New Union club, Prince club, Punjab club, Raja club, Rising Star club, Servis Colts, Servis Industries, Shafqat Rana club, Shining club, Tauseef club, Young Garhi Shaho Gym, Young Lucky star, Young Mughalpura Greens and Young Mughalpura Gym. STAFF REPORT
sHining, national gyM seMi on 14tH LAHORE: The rain-affected 2nd semifinal of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event will be played between shining club and National Gym on June 14 at Model Town Greens ground. The 20-20 overs match will start at 1:00 PM. Model Town Greens has already marched into the final after 11 years. Model Town Club and P&T Gym have won the event 4 times each, while Model Town Greens, Imperial club, Servis club and Apallo club have won the event 2 times each. The cantonment Gym, Ludihana Gym, Raja club, Dharmpura Gym, Shalimar Gym ,Dharampura Sports, Mughalpura Whites, Cooperative bank, Shining club, Punjab club and Universal club have won the event 1 time each. STAFF REPORT
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Thurday, 13 June, 2013
traders, industrialists undecided over budget KARAcHI iSmAiL diLAWAR
The business community of Karachi on Wednesday showed a mixed reaction over the federal budget. The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) praised the “balanced” fiscal plan, but the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) was critical of dealing with the taxation system. The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) also found the new budget “below expectations”. Also, the small traders expressed their disappointment over what All Karachi Tajir Ittehad (AKTI) President Atiq Mir called the “paper-made boat” that, he claimed, could not take Pakistan out of the deep crises. except the proposed 1 percent increase in 16 percent sales tax, all the budgetary measures the PML-N-led government proposed in the budget were welcomed by the traders and industrialists who had gathered at the Federation House to listen the two-hour long budget speech. While some dubbed it “ambitious” others named the proposed budget
for Financial Year 2013-2014 as “good governance budget”. “On its face value it is a balanced budget,” commented FPCCI President Zubair Ahmed Malik. Appreciative of the proposed “austerity drive”, Malik was unclear how the government would materialise certain budgetary pledges like arranging over Rs 5 billion to clear circular debts in 60 days, increasing country’s $11 billion reserves to $20 billion amid subdued exports. The FPCCI chief, however, said the impact of 1 percent hike in GST would be inflationary in nature. Detailed view of the FY14 budget the FPCCI would give in a briefing due today (Thursday) at the Federation House. Praising development side of the budget, KCCI President Haroon Agar said the FBR part was worrisome. He said the PML-N government on one hand abolished the “SRO culture” and on the other it issued two more SROs. If not addressed this anomaly, he apprehended, would lead to corrupt practices in the FBR. “Seventy percent of developmentrelated budget is great. But we hold strong reservations about the disappoint-
ing FBR part,” Agar told Pakistan Today. Calling some budgetary proposals beyond comprehension, the KCCI president was unhappy with the government for making the traders and industrialists its withholding agents. “It appears that the opportunity of tax reform has not been availed by the new team and instead the government has resorted to old tactics of taxing the already taxed at higher rates,” said OICCI Secretary General Abdul Aleem. He said increase in sales tax and turnover tax would adversely impact the OICCI members. “We find this discouraging for future investments,” he added. Overall, Aleem said, the budget should be improved if the government was serious in inviting large inflows of foreign direct investment into dollar-hungry Pakistan. “We would be willing to hold in-depth, periodical meeting with the government,” he said. FPCCI Vice President Gulzar Feroz, however, lauded the austerity measures suggested, saying, “I would name it the good governance budget.” Former FPCCI VP Khalid Tawab termed the budget speech as positive showing to the businessmen a clear line of action for next five years.
pti yet to settle internal rifts over ministries PESHAWAR SHAmim SHAHid
Though Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders succeeded in resolving dispute with the Jamaat Islami leaders over the education Ministry but they are yet to settle internal rifts over portfolios. PTI Provincial Secretary General Shaukat Ali Yousufzai along with JI’s Sirajul Haq announced that the dispute over the education Ministry has been settled. Yousufzai also announced to form/complete KP cabinet in a couple of days. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Sirajul Haq of Jamaat Islami and Sikandar Hayat Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party, have taken oath of offices on May 31 last. The completion of cabinet was expected within days but unfortunately rifts between PTI and JI erupted over education Ministry. Similar, a race was also started amongst the PTI MPs not only for ministerial offices but also for attractive ministerial offices. According to formula, three ministries would go to QWP and JI and one to Swabi’s Awami Jamhoori Ittehad whereas PTI will get only seven ministries. However, the chief minister has already made a mind for inducting five elected MPs as his
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advisers. These advisors will be equal to ministers and could be made responsible for looking after affairs of the ministry or department. On such grounds, the PTI in a cabinet of 20 will enjoy 13 ministries. The PTI coalition partners would get attractive ministries. JI’s Sirajul Haq will be finance minister, Inayat Ullah Khan the local government minister and Habibur Rahman as the ushr and Zakat minister, social welfare and women development. Sikandar Hayat Sherpao will be minister for irrigation and public health engineering, Bakht Baidar Khan the industries, labour, mineral development and technical education and Ibrar Tanoli as minister for environment. Awami Jamhoori Ittehad’s Shehram Khan will be the agriculture minister. So far names of PTI ministers have not been made public but Shaukat Ali Yousufzai will get information, culture and sports ministries, Sardar Israrullah Khan Gandapur will be the law minister and Yousuf Ayub Khan is likely to be made the education minister as he served in the same capacity in 1997-1999. Sardar Idrees, Yaseen Khalil, Shah Farman, Muhammad Atif Khan, Dr Amjad, Fazal Hakim, Dr Meher Taj Roghani, Samiullah Alizai, Amjad Afridi and Malik Qasim are waiting to be inducted in the cabinet as ministers and advisers.