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tHai arMy declares Martial law to quell unrest Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 Rajab 21, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 322 16 Pages Lahore Edition
Pakistan on toes for neighbours next door
CIA BARRED FROM USING VACCINE PROGRAMS FOR COVERT OPS story on page 04
lawMakers disMayed at goVt’s non-inclusiVe budget strategy story on page 02
LHC SUMMONS PM, ZARDARI, 61 OTHERS IN FOREIGN ASSETS CASE story on page 02
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ecp orders rigging probe in nawaz sHarif’s na-68 constituency story on page 02
GOVT MOVES SC AGAINST ZAKA ASHRAF’S REINSTATEMENT story on page 02
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Geo off-air or not? Plot thickens! a private members’ committee of the pakistan electronic Media regulatory authority (peMra) has suspended the licences of three television channels owned by geo tV network over defamation and blasphemy charges recently levelled against the channel, ordering the closure of geo tV oﬃces. However, a final decision in this regard will be announced following a peMra meeting on May 28, which is expected to be attended by the government’s representatives as well who abstained from participating in tuesday’s meeting. story on page 03
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Pakistan on toes for neighbours next door CIVIL AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP EXAMINES SECURITY SITUATION AS CHANGE OF HANDS TAKES PLACE IN INDIA, AFGHANISTAN PAKISTAN CONVEYS PM PUTS NATIONAL AFGHAN LEADERSHIP ITS SECURITY ON TOP, LOOKS RELUCTANCE TO PLAY A FORWARD TO COOPERATE PART IN AFGHAN POLLS WITH MODI ISLAMABAD
HE civil and military leadership of the country on Tuesday took stock of the fast developments taking place on its eastern and western borders as elections in India bring Narendra Modi to power while Abdullah Abdullah is likely to take charge of Afghanistan. Well-placed sources in the government told Pakistan Today that the leadership has decided to remain neutral in the second phase of Afghan presidential elections scheduled to take place on June 14. A high-level meeting on security issues, chaired by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, was held at the Prime Minister’s House Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief
of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General (DG) Lt General Zaheerul Islam, Chief of General Staff Lt General Ashfaq Nadeem, MO DG Maj General Amir Riaz, Secretary to PM Javaid Aslam and Additional Secretary to PM Fawad Hasan Fawad. PAKISTAN CAN’T TAKE SIDES IN AFGHAN ELECTIONS: During the meeting, COAS General Sharif briefed the premier regarding his recent visit to Kabul and his discussions on border coordination and security for second phase of Afghan presidential elections. “The army chief informed the meeting that the Afghan authorities had requested Pakistan to help the Afghan authorities in the second phase of Afghan presidential elections. However, the civil and political
leadership decided to remain neutral in Afghan elections as it was pursuing a policy of non-interference in all the sovereign states,” a source privy to the details of the meeting revealed. The source added that the meeting noted that since the drawdown was approaching, Pakistan could not afford to side with any faction in Afghan elections as it wanted the people of Afghanistan to decide their future leadership without any foreign interference. “The army chief told his Afghan counterpart that Pakistan could not afford risk of confrontation on its eastern and western borders simultaneously. So he told Afghan officials that Pakistan will stay out of the Afghan polls. The army chief also briefed the meeting on his meetings with the Afghan leadership and the intelligence reports shared with him about the possibility
of new leadership emerging victorious in the presidential polls,” the source said, adding that the Afghan government believed that Abdullah Abdullah was likely to win the next elections. According to reports, Abdullah Abdullah has been a vocal anti-Pakistan leader and a leader of anti-Pakistan northern alliance. During his office of minister for foreign affairs of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah was known to be a pro-Indian and anti-Pakistan hawk in Afghan administration. The source said that the meeting resolved to closely monitor the developments in Afghanistan as drawdown of US and ISAF forces was nearing. PAKISTAN TO COOPERATE WITH INDIA’S ELECTED LEADERSHIP: “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also briefed the meeting on his telephonic conversation
LHC SUMMONS PM, ZARDARI, 61 OTHERS IN FOREIGN ASSETS CASE LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued notices to 63 politicians, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan People’s Party Co-Chairman Asif Zardari, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Muslim League President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on a petition asking the politicians to bring their foreign assets back to Pakistan,. The hearing was held in the courtroom of Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan in which the petitioner Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri contended that most of the politicians had transferred their assets illegally to foreign countries and if these were brought back to Pakistan, the country would be free of external debt. The court besides issuing notices to the politicians ordered that those who could not be informed should be notified through advertisements. The hearing of the case was subsequently adjourned to June 15. Barrister Jafri had filed this petition originally in 1996 against 26 political leaders and later amended it, adding more names of politicians to it. He had stated that the respondent politicians had transferred at least $300,000 million to foreign countries through money laundering, causing a huge loss to the national exchequer.
COURT RESERVES RULING IN REFERENCES AGAINST ZARDARI ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad reserved its ruling over former president Asif Ali Zardari’s acquittal in five references against him. Zardari’s counsel Farooq Naik concluded his arguments before AC judge Justice Muhammad Bashir. He said National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had failed to produce any evidence against his client and no witnesses were produced in court against him. NAB reopened cases against Zardari in 2013. The references include a polo ground case which builds upon the construction of a polo ground along with ancillary works at the PM House, which NAB says are illegal and in violation of the rights and privileges accorded to him. Another reference is a corruption case in continuance of a reference filed in 1997 that accused late Benazir Bhutto and her spouse Zardari to have gained off a contract between the SGS and the government. Yet another reference revolves around grant of trade licenses to ARY Traders for importing gold and silver which NAB says has caused losses to the treasury. Other references against the former president deal with alleged corruption during the import of Russian and Polish tractors and the award of a contract to a Swiss company after allegedly receiving six per cent bribe on the revenue proceeds. The court will announce the verdict on May 28. ONLINE
LAWMAKERS DISMAYED AT GOVERNMENT’S NON-INCLUSIVE BUDGET STRATEGY FORMER FINANCE MINISTER MANDVIWALLA SAYS GOVT’S RS 2.810TR TAX TARGET AMBITIOUS BUT BUDGET STRATEGY PAPER IS ‘MORE OF A WISH LIST’ ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Parliamentarians got their first official look at the government’s budget strategy for FY2014-15 on Tuesday during an in-camera meeting presided by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Dar presented the government’s budget strategy paper to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and Senate Standing committees on finance and revenue. In the first ever briefing to any parliamentary panel on the budget for FY2014-15, the finance minister faced a barrage of questions from members of
PPP’S NAVEED QAMAR SAYS GOVT HAS ALREADY AGREED ON A BUDGET DEFICIT TARGET OF 4.8% OF GDP WITH IMF AND THE REST IS SIMPLY ‘NUMBER CRUNCHING’
the committees, who specifically took exception to the government’s decision to ignore parliament in the budget-making process. “The whole exercise was eyewash as the government did not share tax proposals with the representatives of the people,” said a member of a standing committee after the meeting. The briefing was arranged weeks before the government is set to present the budget in parliament on June 3, providing virtually no room for any meaningful discussion. “What was presented to us in an in-camera session is already known to us through newspapers, defeating the
purpose of calling an in-camera meeting,” said former finance minister Saleem Mandviwalla and MNA Dr Nafeesa Shah of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). “The government’s Rs2.810 trillion tax target for next year is ambitious and its budget strategy paper is more of a wish-list than anything,” said Mandviwalla. Syed Naveed Qamar of PPP, who also served as minister of finance, water and power and petroleum, said the government had already agreed on a budget deficit target of 4.8% of GDP with the International Monetary Fund and the rest is simply “number crunching”.
Qamar said members of standing committee were disappointed that they weren’t consulted during the budgetmaking process. “What the government presented to us is a very small step towards taking Parliament into confidence,” he said. Parliamentarians also criticised the government’s strategy to curtail inflation and create employment. “Inflation will likely increase due to the new budget while there is also a question mark on the government’s strategy to reduce unemployment,” said Senator Talha Mahmood of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). The JUI-F is an ally of the ruling party, though both have differences over distribution of ministerial berths. Senator Talha said FBR’s Rs2.810 trillion tax target is unlikely to be achieved. Meanwhile, Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, chief of Qaumi Watan Party, simply termed the in-camera meeting as sketchy.
with Indian leader Narendra Modi. He told the meeting that Pakistan would cooperate and work with the elected leadership of India and Afghanistan in best interest of the region and to help maintain peace and development for the peoples of the three countries,” the source added. Moreover, the premier underlined that national security was of paramount importance for the country as the meeting also reviewed law and order situation in Balochistan and Karachi. TAKE NOTE OF CHINESE KIDNAPPING: Sources said that DG ISI Lt General Zaheerul Islam briefed the meeting on the security environment. They said that the prime minister also took notice of kidnapping of a Chinese tourist from Dera Ismail Khan. In this regard, the prime minister directed the authorities to take immediate steps for recovery of the abducted Chinese national.
ECP ORDERS RIGGING PROBE IN NAWAZ SHARIF’S NA-68 CONSTITUENCY ECP SEEKS VOTERS LIST AND RECORD OF VOTE COUNTING AFTER IMRAN KHAN ALLEGED THAT OVER 100 PER CENT VOTES WERE POLLED AT ONE OF THE POLLING STATIONS IN THE CONSTITUENCY ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered investigation into Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s allegations of electoral rigging in Sargodha’s NA-68, a seat won by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the 2013 general elections. Sources said that the commission has demanded the voters list and record of vote counting after Khan’s allegations of over 100 per cent votes polled at one of the polling stations in the constituency. The PTI claims that at polling station number 246 of NA-68, where Prime Minister Sharif was declared winner, 540 per cent votes were cast on polling day. The total registered voters at the polling station were 1,510, whereas 8,176 votes were polled, of which 7,829 went to Sharif, claims the party. Following election results, Sharif vacated the NA-68 seat and retained NA120 (Lahore). Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan of the Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) later returned successful from the seat. Speaking to reporters in Lahore earlier on Tuesday, Khan said that he wanted electoral reforms within the ambit of the law, and that his party was in contact with other political parties over the matter. However, Khan ruled out the possibility of a greater alliance of opposition parties in the current political circumstances. The PTI chief also strongly opposed martial law, or any such extra-constitutional steps. STAFF REPORT
IMRAN VOWS TO CONTINUE MOVEMENT FOR ELECTORAL REFORMS MONITORING DESK Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday said that all records of vote fraud were broken in the last year’s general elections, adding that he would continue his movement for electoral reforms in the country. Addressing a public meeting in Narowal, Khan warned against attempts to carry out rigging in by-election. He said that Pakistan’s challenges would not be resolved unless free and fair elections were held. The PTI chief asked his workers not to tolerate any attempt to rig elections.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
geo off-air or not? Plot thickens! AS PEMRA COMMITTEE SUSPENDS GEO’S LICENSES, PEMRA SPOKESMAN TERMS PRIVATE MEMBERS’ MEETING ILLEGAL; FINAL VERDICT TO COME ON 28TH ISLAMABAD
private members’ committee of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has suspended the licences of three television channels owned by Geo TV Network over defamation and blasphemy charges recently levelled against the channel, ordering the closure of Geo TV offices. However, a final decision in this regard will be announced following a PEMRA meeting on May 28, which is expected to be attended by the government’s representatives as well who abstained from participating in Tuesday’s meeting. Speaking to the journalists outside PEMRA Headquarters in Islamabad on Tuesday after the PEMRA meeting, members of the committee comprising Israr Abbasi, Mian Shams and Fareeha Iftikhar announced that they had decided to suspend the licences of Geo News, Geo Entertainment and Geo Tez with immediate effect. HAVING GOVT REPRESENTATIVES WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER: “All members (present) today unanimously decided that the licence for Geo News be cancelled. However, due to
SC MOVED FOR STAYING ARRESTS OF OWNER, EMPLOYEES OF GEO, JANG GROUP
a legal formality that could not be completed, we have sent our recommendations to the Council of Complaints (CoC), advising that they respond before May 28, the date for our next meeting,” said Mian Shamsur Rehman, a member of the PEMRA committee. “PEMRA is an independent organisation, and it would have been better if a government representative attended today’s meeting as well and help us come up with a decision,” he said. Shams lamented that apart from him, only four other private members of the media authority attended Tuesday’s meeting which included Israr Abbasi from Azad Kashmir, Shama Parveen from Balochistan, Zeba Hussain from Sindh and Fareeha Iftikhar from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). ABBASI CLAIMS QUORUM WAS COMPLETE: Abbasi said that one-third members were present during the meeting, whereas government member did not attend the meeting. The suspension is to stay effective until May 28, when another session of the committee will be called to decide on the final decision regarding cancellation of the licences, he added. Abbasi said that there were members representing the public and the provinces at the meeting which resulted in the sus-
PEMRA’S GEO SUSPENSION DECISION DRAWS FLAK LAHORE: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) complaint committee’s decision to suspend the licences of three television channels owned by the Geo TV network has drawn strong reaction from journalists. Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami, speaking on a TV channel, said all politicians boycotted this PEMRA committee meeting, and they should intervene to prevent this suspension. He added that the electronic media should, in its turn, behave responsibly. Former information minister Javed Jabbar questioned whether PEMRA’s move to revoke Geo’s licenses was legal, given that due process was not followed. Senior journalist Nasim Zehra also criticised the PEMRA committee’s decision, blaming journalists, media owners and the regulatory body for the current crisis. Senior journalist Mazhar Abbas said it was apparent no one seemed to care about the fear and insecurity this decision will spread among media workers. He said the decision was taken wrongfully, ignoring the technicalities needed for suspension of Pakistan’s largest news channel. Speaking to a TV channel, PTI spokesperson Shireen Mazari said no one wanted to see Geo News off air, but if the decision for suspension was taken lawfully, it should be upheld. Former Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani condemned the closure of Geo channels. Speaking to a private TV channel, senior journalist Talat Hussain said according to the law, no one should be surprised with the decision taken on Tuesday. “There are some institutions you can talk against, and some you cannot,” he said. STAFF REPORT
SHC, LOCAL COURTS SUMMON GEO ADMINISTRATION, SHAISTA WAHIDI FOR 28TH
pension of Geo’s licences. He said that in the next meeting, the legal process against Geo would be decided upon, and until then, the group’s licenses will remain suspended. He said that there was no need to refer this decision to the Law Division as PEMRA has been given the authority to take such a decision. Back in time following the defamation charges, the committee comprising Syed Ismail Shah, Pervez Rathore and Israr Abbasi was tasked to review the Ministry of Defence’s application filed against Geo TV Network for levelling allegations against Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). PEMRA SELF CONTRADICTS: Interestingly, a couple of hours after the PEMRA private members’ press briefing, a PEMRA spokesperson disowned the decisions announced by the three members of PEMRA regarding cancellation of Geo’s licenses. “The majority authority members in 95th meeting held on May 9, 2014 had decided to refer the case to the Ministry of Law for legal opinion. The decision of seeking opinion from Law Division was taken in all fairness to avoid any future legal consequences in such a critical issue. The complaint against Geo Entertainment was already referred to the
Council of Complaints Sindh. The CoC in its meeting called today [Tuesday] has already recommended about status of Geo’s license. The minutes of the CoC are awaited and the authority would consider this matter in the next schedule meeting,” read the PEMRA spokesperson’s statement. Moreover, the spokesperson also claimed that Tuesday’s meeting was called without following the laid down procedures and had no legal standing. “According to Rule 3(4) of PEMRA Rules 2009, the chairman or as the case may be more than half of the total members can call the meeting i.e. out of twelve members at least 07 members can call a meeting. This was an informal meeting attended by five members. The executive member was not even asked to officially convene the meeting and notify it through the secretary to the authority which is the set procedure.” The clarification claimed that the meeting convened by these members was without any official intimation or invitation to other members in accordance with the procedure. The authority committee is functioning and is exercising the power of chairman in day to day affairs and taking decisions with requisite quorum, the statement added. GEO WANTS A STAY: In the meanwhile, Geo and Jang management has resorted to Supreme Court (SC) to seek stay order in connection with arrests of owner and employees in the cases registered against them all over the country. In this regard, a petition was filed by Akram Sheikh on behalf of Geo and Jang administration Tuesday. The federal and
JUI-F BLAMES ‘ISI WITHIN ISI’ FOR KIDNAPPINGS, KILLINGS SENATOR HAMDULLAH SAYS ISI BEHIND INCIDENTS OF MISSING PERSONS AND MASS GRAVES IN BALOCHISTAN ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Tuesday alleged that there is an “Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) within the ISI” which is involved in kidnapping and killings of innocent people across Pakistan. Commenting on a motion in the Senate regarding ongoing political situation in the country, JUI-F Senator Hafiz Hamdullah said the ISI was behind the incidents of missing persons and mass graves in Balochistan. Former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf had said that there were some people within the ISI ranks who were not under the control of its chief while former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also said in his verdicts that the ISI was involved in the cases of missing persons, the JUI-F senator said. “It was not decided since the independence (of Pakistan) that who will rule the country … either it will be the parliament or those institutions whose employees get pays from the taxes of the nation,” he said. Hamdullah said it was an alarming situation
that the violators of constitution were being considered as faithful and those who introduced the Constitution of 1973 were being considered as traitor in the country. He also criticised the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (PTI) which was protesting against the alleged rigging in the May 11 elections. “Imran Khan is dangling between the parliament and the establishment,” he added. The JUI-F senator said that the survival of Pakistan was only in prevalence of justice and supremacy of Parliament, adding that the JUI-F will only support democracy in the country. He said the government should come forward to deal with the ongoing tussle between different media houses while the government should also introduce code of conduct for the media organisations by taking all stakeholders on board. Later, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Chaudhary Jafar Iqbal said the PTI was trying to create confusion regarding the government through its rigging allegations. “Pakistan could get weaken economically if anyone tries to destabilise the country politically,” he added. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Farhatullah Babar said the government should implement the decision of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Supreme Court regarding appointment of director general military lands and cantonment areas. Commenting on a calling attention notice, the PPP senator said it was a cadre post while a noncadre officer was heading the department instead.
TALIBAN FACTION SAYS IT HAS ABDUCTED CHINESE TOURIST MILITANT COMMANDER ABDULLAH BAHAR SAYS CHINESE NATIONAL ABDUCTED TO BUILD PRESSURE ON GOVT FOR RELEASE OF FELLOW MILITANTS PESHAWAR SHAMIM SHAHID
A Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) faction has claimed responsibility for kidnapping a Chinese tourist from Draban area of Dera Ismail Khan Abdullah Bahar, a commander of the militant outfit, called media
correspondents in DI Khan and Tank on Tuesday, confirming that the outfit had abducted Chinese national Dong Zhong. DI Khan District Police Officer (DPO) Sadiq Baluch told Pakistan Today that the 26-year-old Chinese national had entered Pakistan from India on April 17, 2014 at Wahga
border, adding that “there is no further information about his next destination in Pakistan or abroad”. The officer said that the police had received reports regarding the abduction of a Chinese engineer by two motorcyclists. After a fourhour-long search, the policemen returned with the belongings of the Chinese national. “We have abducted the Chinese national to build up pressure against the government to release our men,” said Abdullah. Abdullah is leading a group called “Toora Shpa”, involved in
abductions. The purpose of these abductions is to make the government concede to the demands of the militants and to get ransom to address financial and logistic needs of the militants. Previously, militants headed by Abdullah Mehsud, abducted two Chinese engineers working on Gomal Zam Dam project in October 2004. One of them was killed in a military action whereas the other was rescued. In 2006, several Chinese nationals were killed by militants in Peshawar.
provincial governments and Islamabad chief commissioner have been made respondents in the petition. The petitioner has prayed the court to seek details of the cases registered against Geo and Jang throughout the country. “The persons and channels engaged in launching propaganda campaign against Geo’s morning show host Dr Shaista Wahdi and others be restrained from doing so besides directing the PEMRA to take action in this regard. Orders be issued for staying the arrests of owner and employees of GEO and Jang group,” it was pleaded. The petitioner further prayed that honest police officers be appointed to conduct investigation in the case registered against them with the capital’s Margalla Police. SHC SUMMONS GEO: Moreover, the Sindh High Court (SHC) has summoned Geo administration, Shaista Wahidi and Deputy Attorney General on May 28 over airing an allegedly blasphemous content in its morning show. Earlier, a Sargodha sessions judge directed the complainant to contact Margalla Police Station. In Faisalabad, Wan Bhachran, Sarai Alamgir, Kasur and Hafizabad the courts concerned have ordered filing of cases against the Geo administration. In Wan Bachran the court has summoned Mir Shakeel, Shaista Lodhi, Veena Malik and Asad Khatak on May 25. CABLE OPERATORS BLOCK GEO: Meanwhile, reports pouring in from various parts of the country said that cable operators had taken Geo channels off their networks in wake of the PEMRA committee’s decision.
GEO TO ADMIT ISI MISTAKE, SAYS AAMIR LIAQAT MONITORING DESK Geo TV Vice President and anchorperson Aamir Liaquat Hussain has said the channel will soon admit its mistake on the issue of alleging that the ISI was responsible for the attack on presenter Hamid Mir. “I have been saying from day one that we should not have done, what we have done with the army and the ISI,” Hussain told Voice of America. “We have never been stubborn in accepting our mistakes. Now the only issue left is the ISI’s. In a day or two, we will accept our mistake.” About Geo’s morning show controversy, he said: “We have closed down Utho Jago Pakistan. The whole staff of the show has been suspended. In fact I want to inform you that most of them have been expelled.” He also admitted laxity in editorial judgment. Coming back to the attack on Hamid Mir, he regretted that without any research, Geo TV alleged that the ISI was involved in it, terming it “painful and highly offensive”. He added that the media infighting was leading to violence which will have repercussions for all. “There has been effort to instigate people. Also the cable operators have become law unto themselves.” He said that Geo TV has been removed by cable operators but PEMRA has taken no action. “Eight thousand employees of Geo are in extreme danger. If God forbid someone is harmed, who will be responsible,” he asked. However, he promised a new and improved Geo TV in the days to come.
DEMOCRACY GUARANTEES PEACE, SAFEGUARDS HUMAN RIGHTS: RASHID ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Pervaiz Rashid said on Tuesday that democracy guaranteed peace and safeguarded human rights. In a meeting with Swedish Parliament Speaker Per Westerberg, Rashid said Pakistan highly valued its ties with Sweden as both nations shared the common values of parliamentary democracy and pluralism. He said the government believed in women empowerment and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had emphasised on the need for increased participation by women in all spheres of public life. Rashid told the delegation that women parliamentarians in Pakistan played a proactive role by participating in debates and giving valuable suggestions and proposals in the committees of the House. The parliament has also adopted many legislative measures to ensure gender equality and women rights in Pakistan, the minister said. He said National Commission on the Status of Women was functioning and issues related to violence against women were taken up accordingly. APP
04 NEWS NIGERIA HIT BY NEW CAR BOMB ATTACK, 46 DEAD JOS AGENCIES
Twin car bombings on Tuesday killed at least 46 in central Nigeria in the latest in a series of deadly blasts that will stoke fears about security despite international help in the fight against Boko Haram militants. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan swiftly condemned the attack in the central city of Jos, calling it a “tragic assault on human freedom” and condemning the perpetrators as “cruel and evil”. “President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that (the) government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror and... will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilisation,” his office said. Forty-five people were also injured in the attack where improvised explosive devices were hidden in a truck and a minibus, according to the military. Most of the victims were women, Pam Ayuba, spokesman for Plateau state governor Jonah Jang, said, while the emergency services said their workers were caught up in the second blast as they attended victims from the first. Plateau, of which Jos is the capital, falls in Nigeria’s socalled Middle Belt, where the mainly Christian south meets the Muslimmajority north.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
THAI ARMY DECLARES MARTIAL LAW TO QUELL UNREST TROOPS DEPLOYED IN BANGKOK AS ARMY INSISTS MOVE WAS ‘NOT A COUP’ BANGKOK AGENCIES
hailand’s army declared martial law across the deeply divided kingdom Tues-
day to restore order after months of deadly anti-government protests, deploying armed troops in the capital but insisting the move was “not a coup”. Gun-wielding soldiers, backed by a military vehicle mounted with a machine gun, were seen in the heart of the city’s retail and hotel district. Troops were also positioned at television stations and the army said the media would be censored. The dismissal of prime minister Yingluck Shinawa-
tra earlier this month in a controversial court ruling has sent tensions soaring in the kingdom, which has endured years of political turmoil. “Red Shirt” supporters of Yingluck and her brother Thaksin Shinawatra, who was deposed as premier in a 2006 coup, have warned of the threat of civil war if power is handed to an unelected leader, as the opposition demands. Thailand, Southeast Asia’s secondbiggest economy and a key US ally, has been without a
NEW CHINESE CIA BARRED FROM USING VACCINE PROGRAMS ENGINE BREAKS DOWN FOR COVERT OPS WASHINGTON AGENCIES
The White House promised on Monday that the CIA will not use immunization programs for its operations following a complaint that the spy agency used such a campaign in its hunt for Osama bin Laden. The deans of 12 public health schools had complained about a reported vaccination program conducted by a Pakistani doctor, who used a hepatitis immunization survey in the Pakistani city where bin Laden was later killed in a secret US mission. The CIA orchestrated the survey to try to obtain fluid containing DNA from relatives living near the bin Laden
residence, the Washington Post reported. It said the effort failed and the surgeon, Shakil Afridi, was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said Obama homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco had assured the deans in a letter that CIA policy as of August 2013 makes clear “the CIA will make no operational use of vaccination programs, which includes vaccination workers”. “Similarly, the agency will not seek to obtain or exploit DNA or other genetic material acquired through such programs. This policy applies worldwide, and to US persons and non-US persons alike,” she said.
fully functioning government since December, disrupting government spending, spooking investors and deterring foreign tourists. The country is now staring at recession according to latest growth figures this week and Japan, whose companies have some of the biggest foreign investment in Thailand, expressed its concern at the unfolding crisis. “We have grave concerns about the situation in Thailand,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told
Narendra Modi will be sworn in as Indian prime minister and form a government on May 26 after winning the general election in a landslide last week, the president of his right-wing party said Tuesday. “Narendra Modi´s swearing-in as prime minister will be on the 26th,” Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh told reporters. Modi, making his first visit to parliament since his election triumph, choked
back tears Tuesday as he urged party colleagues to dedicate themselves to serving the nation. The 63-year-old leader bowed and kissed the steps of the building as he entered for a meeting of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its political allies, which elected him as leader in the national parliament. Speaking in the central hall of the complex in New Delhi, Modi had to hold back tears in a rare public display of emotion by the hardliner known to his supporters as the “Lion of Gu-
jarat”. Other BJP figures could be seen weeping. “I said this earlier and I say it again: that 125 crore (1.25 billion) Indians’ hopes and aspirations are embedded in this temple of democracy,” he said, later recalling his humble origins and the country’s independence fighters. He said “the common man has got renewed self-confidence and faith in democracy” after the victory last Friday by the BJP, which won the first overall majority by a single party since 1984. “For rural areas, farmers, dalits (low castes), weak
“to restore peace and order for people from all sides” after seven months of protests that have left 28 people dead and hundreds wounded. “This is not a coup,” it said. “The public do not need to panic but can still live their lives as normal.”Despite their assurances, concerns a military takeover was under way were fuelled by the troop presence and an order from army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Chaan that media would be censored in the interests of “national security”.
ADMISSIBILITY OF MUSHARRAF’S PLEA HEARD AT SHC
A new train engine imported from China by Pakistan Railway could not complete its first assignment and failed at Sukkur on Monday. According to reports, the engine was to take Shalimar Express to Karachi from Lahore. However, the engine developed some fault and stopped at Dherki. Authorities had to arrange an alternate engine to take the train to its destination. A spokesman of Pakistan Railway said that there was a fault in engine’s computerised system. The spokesman said that local technicians were not trained to use computer technology.
AGP SAYS SHC DOES NOT HAVE TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION TO HEAR MATTER KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The Sindh High Court (SHC) heard the arguments of the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) on Tuesday regarding maintainability of the petition filed by Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf against the restriction on his travelling out of the country with regard to jurisdiction of the SHC. A division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar partly heard the arguments of AGP Salman Aslam Butt, who contested that the high court had not territorial jurisdiction to hear the matter as the former miland the pained, this govern- itary ruler’s name was ment is for them. To meet placed on the Exit Control their aspirations and hopes, List (ECL) on the orders of this is our responsibility be- the Supreme Court. It was cause our weakest, poorest stated that the former presihave sent us here,” he said. dent should approach the Modi broke down, hav- apex court to get his name ing to pause and ask for a withdrawn from the ECL. glass of water, while referring Musharraf’s counsel to his former mentor LK Ad- Barrister Farogh Nasim vani and promising to serve while forwarding his arguthe BJP and India as his ments said that order regard“mother.” Modi, chief minis- ing placing his client’s name ter of the western state of Gu- on the ECL was against jarat since 2001, has been ‘principles of natural justice’ locked in talks since Sunday as no show-cause notice, as about the composition of his required by the law, was iscabinet which is expected to sued to his client.He said be sworn in next week. that earlier on April 8, 2013,
Modi to take oath as PM on May 26, pledges to serve ‘mother’ India NEW DELHI
reporters in Tokyo. “We once again strongly urge all parties concerned to act in a self-restrained manner without using violence.” The leader of a Red Shirts protest in Bangkok said soldiers had encircled them, and the government said the military was trying to convince them to disperse. “We have been surrounded by troops on all sides,” rally leader Jatuporn Prompan told a foreign news agency. An announcement on military-run television said martial law had been invoked
BARRISTER FAROGH SAYS NO SHOW-CAUSE NOTICE ISSUED TO MUSHARRAF BEFORE PLACING HIS NAME ON ECL
the Supreme Court had issued directions to the federal government for placing the name of petitioner on ECL but later, final order of the apex court did not maintain the condition of ECL. Barrister Farogh was of the view that the trial court was competent to impose any restriction on movement of the petitioner if it considered necessary. Since the court had not barred the petitioner from traveling out of the country, any restriction by the government on his movement was “sheer violation of the fundamental rights,” he added. He argued that there had been cases against former prime minis-
ter Benazir Bhutto in accountability courts but she was allowed to travel abroad. Nasim said that Musharraf wanted to visit his ailing mother in Dubai and also get medical treatment for spine problem as a private medical board had confirmed that he had a fracture in vertebra. But the federal government had disallowed him from leaving the country by placing his name on the exit control list on April 5 last year, he added. He said the trial courts had confirmed Musharraf’s bail in all cases including those pertaining to the killing of Benazir Bhutto and Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.
THREE DAGS RESIGN FROM POSITIONS ISLAMABAD: At least three deputy attorney generals, including Zahid Khan, who was heading the Musharraf ECL case, tendered their resignations on Tuesday. All three DAGs – Zahid Khan, Waleed Ansari and Mohsin Imam belonged to Karachi and were leading important cases on behalf of the federal government. Zahid Khan was due to appear in the Sindh High Court along with Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt on Tuesday for the hearing of Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf’s petition for removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL). Khan cited personal reasons for tendering his resignation. STAFF REPORT
CENTRE TO RELEASE RS 3.4B TO PROVINCES UNDER NFC DAR SAYS PROVINCES WILL GET RS 200B MORE THAN WHAT THEY RECEIVED LAST YEAR DURING CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The federal government would release Rs3.39 billion to provinces for maintaining surpluses for second and third quarters of the current financial year. The announcement was made by the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while presiding over a bi-annual meeting with the
provincial finance ministers and secretaries to monitor implementation of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award at the Finance Ministry on Tuesday. Earlier, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) had decided that the provinces will be allowed the rate of return on their surpluses at latest T-bills rate, maintained for a minimum of three months. Under the scheme, Punjab to get
Rs556.485 million, Sindh Rs2.313 million, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Rs1.2 billion and Balochistan Rs1.6 billion. The meeting also reviewed implementation of the NFC award for the period July-December 2013 of the current financial year. It was informed that the gross divisible pool taxes amounted to Rs1 trillion and after deducting one per cent collection charges and one per cent war on terror charges for K-P, the balance net divisible pool amounted to Rs990.58 billion. Out of the total gross divisible pool taxes, the share of provinces stood at Rs569.58 billion. The meeting was also informed that
from provincial share in the divisible pool taxes for July-December, 2013, the provinces has received; Punjab Rs294.69 billion, Sindh Rs139.84 billion, KPK Rs93.27 billion and Balochistan Rs61.63 billion. However, this amounted to Rs589 billion. During the current financial year provinces will be getting Rs200 billion more than what they received last year, said Dar. Claiming that the Federal Government does not delay payments to the provinces after completion of reconciliation process, the minister said that steps can be taken to decrease the time consumed in consultation with the provinces.
Dar also urged the provinces for early implementation of decision taken at CCI meeting regarding Federal Adjuster issue. The minister informed the provincial representatives that in the next NFC meeting, all issues of provinces will be discussed and procedural improvements will be made in consultation with all stakeholders. The meeting was also attended by Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh on Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, K-P Finance Minister Siraj-ul-Haq, Finance Minister Punjab Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and provincial governments.
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
Govt moves SC against Zaka’s reinstatement PETITION SAYS IHC JUDGEMENT ‘WILL RUIN THE GAME OF CRICKET’ ISLAMABAD
HALLENGING the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) January 17 order to restore Zaka Ashraf as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, the federal government has expressed apprehension that the high court’s judgement will “ruin the game of cricket”. The Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, through its counsel Asma Jahangir, on Tuesday filed an appeal against the IHC’s January 17 judgment, wherein Ashraf was restored as the PCB chairman. Meanwhile, acting chief justice of Pak-
THREE-MEMBER BENCH TO TAKE UP PETITION TODAY istan Nasirul Mulk fixed hearing for the government‘s plea against IHC order on Wednesday (today) before a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali. In its plea, the government has requested the top court to restore PCB Management Committee (MC) along with Najam Sethi as chairman PCB. “The impugned judgment has brought up a situation that will have long term detrimental effect on PCB, if not reversed promptly and it will ruin the game of cricket”, the government says in its petition. The government has claimed that the restored PCB chairman has already started his vendetta against professionals associ-
ated with the PCB; therefore, PCB could not be allowed to be treated as a personal fiefdom of any board of governors or its chairman. It further said that the high court not only annulled February 10, 2014 notification in utter violation of the top court’s judgments but also struck down all acts, orders passed along term implications, adding that the impugned judgment has throughout erroneously termed the management committee as interim management committee, whereas the patron had set up the management committee to clean up the PCB swiftly which was urgently required to hold financial integrity and governance. The appeal stated that multiple reforms including holding of elections, drafting a constitution and making alliances so that Pakistan cricket is not isolated were underway. “By declaring all acts of the MC that are ‘long term’, the judgment has struck a fatal blow to PCB and cricket, which will cost PCB heavily
in terms of financial loss and credibility in international cricket”, it adds. The government raised questions that the single bench illegally assumed the jurisdiction, as neither Arbab Altaf Hussain is a resident of Islamabad nor his service was terminated in Islamabad. It says that matters of policy squarely remain within the domain of the executive and exception to the rule must law down cogent and strong evidence of mala fide by those alleging it. “The impugned judgment completely disregards that there is an alternative remedy available under the PCB constitution in para 40 and41 A.” It is also said that the high court has wrongly presumed that the MC or the government was not moving toward holding of elections. “Impugned judgment has erroneously concluded mala fide, pollution, fancifulness and tainted appearance of the petitioner (federal government) and the fact that the pe-
The government has claimed that the restored PCB chairman has already started his vendetta against professionals associated with the PCB; therefore, PCB could not be allowed to be treated as a personal fiefdom of any board of governors or its chairman titioner challenged the judgment of IntraCourt Appeal (ICA) in the Supreme Court is indicative of its approach and at no point has the petitioner tried to hijack the PCB nor can the petitioner allow any vested interest to do the same as that would defeat the interest of Cricket and undermine the responsibility of patron.”
Abu HAmZA ConviCted of terroriSm in nY triAl NEW YORK AGENCIES Jurors in the New York trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza have found him guilty of kidnapping and terrorism offenses. The former imam of the north London Finsbury Park mosque, real name Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, showed no reaction to the verdict, which carries a possible life sentence. He is to be sentenced September 9. The charges against him pre-dated the 9/11 attacks on New York and were over the 1998 abduction of 16 Western tourists in Yemen, four of whom were killed in a military rescue operation. He was also accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in the United States in 1999, and of promoting “violent jihad” on a global scale. The jury deliberated for 12 hours over two days before reaching a verdict, after a four-week trial in which Abu Hamza took the stand for three days of testimony in his own defense. Blind in one eye and with no hands after an accidental explosion in Pakistan, the 56-year-old had denied all the charges, though he acknowledged he occasionally used strong words in his sermons and fiery speeches – numerous extracts of which were played for the jury.
SuSpeCted militAnt SHot deAd in SwAbi PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT Local police on Tuesday claimed to have gunned down a suspected militant at the main gate of Shah Mansoor Police Lines in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi area. Police sources said that the suspected attacker opened fire at the main gate, injuring a policeman on guard at the gate. The police personnel retaliated, killing the attacker on spot. District Police Officer Sajjad Khan said that the attacker was carrying a pistol and ammunition but was not wearing a suicide vest.
SHANGHAI: President Mamnoon Hussain being presented a set of Urdu-Chinese dictionary at Fudan University on Tuesday. INP
PM launches fee reimbursement scheme today ISLAMABAD APP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will launch “Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas” in Quetta today (Wednesday). The scheme is aimed at encouraging talented students of the less developed areas to pursue higher education by reimbursing 100 percent of the educational expenses of post graduate students. Prime Minister’s Youth Programme Chairperson Maryam Nawaz Sharif said that the students undertaking post graduate studies at a Higher Education Commission (HEC) approved pub-
lic sector educational institution and domiciled in interior Sindh, Southern Punjab (Multan, Bahawalpur and DeraGhazi Khan), Balochistan, less developed areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Kohistan and Dera Ismail Khan), Gilgit Baltistan and FATA are eligible for the scheme. She maintained that 30,000 post-graduate students across Pakistan, including 3,852 students of Balochistan will benefit from the scheme. She said that the eligibility criterion is based purely on merit with proportionate regional representation and appropriate representation of minority students, adding that 50 percent of the quota was reserved for female students.
PIRS PROMISE THE WORLD, FOR A PRICE
ISlAMABAD: From winning the heart of your beloved to getting a promotion at work, Pakistani aamils say there is nothing they can't help you achieve -- for a humble donation. The centuries-old practice is rooted in mystic Sufi lore and has traditionally been the domain of pirs (saints) and aamils (sorcerers). A cure-all to some and for others a scam that preys on people's superstitions, the sorcerers continue to thrive despite the disapproval of some hardline schools of Islam. "Contact us immediately to get all the jobs done while sitting at home," screams one classified advert featured in several newspapers. It offers an answer for all manner of problems: "failure in love, overcoming the boss, getting a job transfer, foreign travel, lack of marriage proposals and a chance to win a lottery." Pir Ali Hussain Shah, the 55year-old "saint" referred to in the notice says the correct incantation from the Quran is key to working miracles. "Disease, financial or family problems or any other problem of the world,
can be solved in one night of recitation," Shah said. Shah said he was working for the good of humanity and providing the service on a charitable basis -- though he admitted satisfied followers were generous with their gifts. "People who are happy with my work and get solace from their worries, themselves come and give offerings in cash and kind which I spend on langar (charity food handouts)," Shah said. The expensive Sunday newspaper ad was paid for by one such follower grateful for Shah's help in getting married to a man in Britain despite her parents' opposition, he said. "The girl's parents did not want her to marry a British-Pakistani man she liked. She contacted me and I did the recitation and told her that within seven days she will get married and it happened." SPellS AND SAcrIfIceS: Shah and his ilk use a number of traditional practices, including writing verses of the Koran on paper and folding them into various patterns to be worn around the neck as a talisman. Other meth-
Visiting the shrines of ancient Sufi saints and offering alms to the poor -- and cash to the custodians -- are very popular in Pakistan, where many believe they will help get their prayers answered ods include reciting the Quran and then blowing onto water or rosewater which a follower then drinks. Inscribed "spells" of black magic script can also be dissolved into liquids and used as a curse to be given to one's enemies, while some sorcerers ask their followers to sacrifice a black hen or goat to ward off evils. Visiting the shrines of ancient Sufi saints and offering alms to the poor -- and cash to the custodians -- are very popular in Pakistan, where many believe they will help get their prayers answered. AGENCIES
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CM VISITS MODERN COAL-BASED ENERGY PARK IN JINIG LAHORE sTAFF rePOrT
ROGRESS made by China is a role model for the world and is a result of continuous hard work and commitment, said Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif while speaking at a reception hosted in his honour by the City Council at Jinig China. Shahbaz said that people of Pakistan are proud of their friendship with China and consider it an asset. He said that China has proved to be a true friend of Pakistan by announcing historic package of 32 billion dollars at a time when Pakistan was facing the worst energy crisis. He said that a substantial portion of this package will be spent on power generation in Pakistan. He said that China has played its due role and now it is
the responsibility of Pakistani leadership to achieve the best results from this package. Shahbaz said that as he is outside Pakistan, he would not like to say that the former government had not taken the issue of loadshedding seriously but would want to assure Chinese leadership that the government of Pakistan will spare no effort in achieving self-sufficiency in energy sector with the help of its friendly countries. He said that efforts being made by the government in energy sector are a proof of its commitment in this regard and the contract of the first 100-megawatt project at the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park has been awarded while Nandipur power project will also start production by the end of the current month after its rehabilitation. He said that he is accountable to the masses and will come up to their expectations. The chief minister further
said that he is thankful to the Chinese authorities, investors and people for extending warm hospitality to him and other accompanying him on every visit to China. Earlier, the CM visited the most modern coal-based energy park in Jinig. As much as 4640 megawatts of electricity is produced from this energy park while the only 1000 megawatt coal-based power plant of the world is also a part of this energy park. The chief minister visited various sections of the park for about two hours. Talking to Chinese officials and experts, the CM said that Pakistan is making all out efforts for generation of electricity from water, wind, fuel, coal, gas and other sources and requires cooperation of friendly countries like China in these sectors. However, he said, as the cost of power generation from coal is less than that of
On whose side is the government? Mehmoodur Rasheed alleges govt backing elements defaming army, ISI LAHORE INP
Government is involved in backing the elements involved in defaming Pakistan Army and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), said Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) senior leader and Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Mehmoodur Rasheed while talking to journalists outside the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday. Mehmoodur Rasheed said that his party will defend armed forces of
the country and intelligence agencies at all fora and no one would be allowed to degrade them. He lashed out at Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for his anti PTI stance, statements and suggested him to follow the political norms. He said that since the PTI has announced the May 25, meeting in Faisalabad, leaders of the ruling party have accelerated the negative propaganda against his party and the chairman. Mehmoodur Rasheed
And once again, democracy is under threat Sheikh Rashid says democracy facing severe threat from inside LAHORE INP
Democracy is facing severe threat and the rulers should show sagacity in this situation, said Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed while addressing a ceremony at Karachi Shohada Hall at the Lahore High Court on Tuesday. Sheikh Rashid said a unique kind of democracy exists in Pakistan and it was not like the democracies of US UK or the europe. He claimed that he can say it with conviction that there was not a single political party or political leader in Pakistan who has not gone through the ‘nursery of dictatorship’. However, he said, the existing democracy in
the country was genuine. He said the country was confronted by several problems. He said on one side there was Narindra Modi while on other sides there were Abdullah Abdullah and Hasina Wajid. He said the government was facing no external problem but problem from within. The AML chief while repeating the allegations of rigging in four constituencies said if rigging proved in any one of these constituencies then it will certainly cast impact on the democracy. Criticising the former government of the PPP, he said that it could not arrest the killers of Benazir Bhutto during its five-year rule. He also appealed to the lawyers’ community to reduce their protests.
ministry ordered to allow bagram detainees to meet their families LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Tuesday ordered Interior Ministry to facilitate a meeting of 10 repatriated Bagram detainees with their families and lawyers within 10 days. Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan passed the order on a petition filed by Sultana Noon for the release of Pakistanis detained at the Bagram Theatre Internment Camp in Afghanistan. As proceedings started, a law officer submitted a report on behalf of the Interior Ministry wherein the ministry admitted that 10 detainees had been released by the US authorities from the Bagram prison and handed over to the Pakistani authorities. The court then directed the ministry to facilitate a meeting for the released Bagram detainees with their families and lawyers. He gave the ministry 10 days to comply with these directions besides adjourning the matter. APP
termed one-year performance of ruling party as poor and said that it failed completely to overcome the crises faced by the country and fulfill aspirations of the masses. Responding a question, he said that the PTI condemns attack on any journalist irrespective as to which media group he belongs. The PTI leader also questioned the silence spectator role of the government and the prime minister over allegation of a media group on ISI.
lHC orderS govt to review qUotA for PrivAte HAjj oPerAtorS LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday barred the federal government from allotting government’s quota of 15,000 Hujjaj to private Hajj operators. The LHC issued its ruling over an application in which the petitioner raised objections over allotment of quota to private Hajj operators and government’s Hajj fares. He stated that under government scheme the Hajj package will cost over Rs 2,72,000 for those travelling from Punjab and KPK, but the private operators are charging over Rs 500,000. During the hearing the LHC issued notices to the federal government and Federal Ministry for Religious Affairs to file their response on June 23. Over 143,000 Hujjaj will perform Hajj this year under the new Hajj policy announced in April this year. The original Hajj quota of 179,210 allocated to Pakistan for year 2012 was reduced by 20% last year due to expansion plan of Haram Sharif and was accordingly fixed as 143,368. The Hajj scheme, 2014 will be implemented through government scheme and private Hajj group organisers (HGOs) in the ratio of 50 percent each. According to new Hajj policy, anyone who has performed Hajj during the last five years won’t be eligible to perform Hajj this year. INP
PUnjAb ASSembly AdoPtS reSolUtion to exemPt CniC fee LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly adopted a resolution to exempt fee for issuance or renewal of Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) on Tuesday. Tabled by a Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) female lawmaker, the house urged the federal government not to charge any fee from the citizens over issuance or renewal of CNICs. The house, however, rejected another resolution with majority tabled by the PML lawmaker for revision of pay scale of federal government employees. The opposition recorded their protest for not getting permission to table a resolution regarding introduction of bio-metric vote counting system in the province. The chair gave a ruling to settle the matter with the provincial minister of Local Government and Community Development or bring a motion on it but the opposition continued their protest till the adjournment of the sitting. INP
fuel, it will help stabilise electricity tariff in the country. The CM said that transparency,
speed and quality are the hallmark of energy policy of the government.
Umar Saif’s hard work for better e-governance paying oﬀ LAHORE Press releAse
The contributions of Dr. Umar Saif could be recognised by the fact that he has been awarded with one of the world’s best and prestigious awards in the field of Science and Technology. His radical and innovative projects of e-governance and mobile governance were appreciated by World Bank and international media like CNN, BBC, New York Times, His contributions as the PITB chairman are indeed commendable, soon after joining his charge, he eradicated corruption from the board and the PITB is now playing an instrumental role in assisting the government to improve public sector performance. Dr Saif’s vision of instant, speedy and thriving administration was materialised successfully by deploying smart phone-based early epidemic warning system that played a vital role in the fight against
the dengue epidemic in Punjab. The said system was used by more than twenty government departments in all districts across Punjab. Hundreds of field workers were provided smart phones to upload, geo-tag pictures of their antidengue tasks, while more than 650,000 pictures of anti dengue activities were received from all over Punjab. This success story leading towards the good governance did not end there. Now the PITB is working on numerous computerised and digital applications to help the government of Punjab for the monitoring of various departments’ work like Department of Health, Livestock and Dairy, Agriculture and Punjab Police are few instances. Under the Health Watch Program, EDOs, DDOs, Dos and other officers inspect healthcare facilities on regular bases using smart phones. The Irrigation department is also using smart phone based applications to report
and monitor daily activities like their daily visits and water level discharge. Punjab Police in the provincial capital is successfully utilising smart phone applications to geo-tag location of FIR and analyze crime hot spots; the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has been successfully using smart phone applications to report its cleaning activities in the metropolitan after Eidul Azha. The PITB has also introduced another mobile phone (non-smart) based initiative to track the movement of field workers. The objectives of various departments have been achieved with the help of unmatchable public administrative measures of Dr Umar Saif. His technological intervention has equipped the Punjab government with state-of-the-art monitoring capability to track the progress of government departments. Other provinces like KPK are also following the successfully implemented projects of the PITB.
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
Brace yourself: Longer power ‘PyS talent helped in Punjab's performance’ outages coming your way! Wattoo says IPPs threat of 12 to 14 hours load shedding exposes tall claims of govt LAHORE sTAFF rePOrT
HE government’s credibility suffered another setback due to the letter written by the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to the Ministry of Water and Power handing out a warning that if their dues of Rs 300 billion rupees are not cleared soon the load shedding between 12 to 14 hours will become inevitable, said Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Punjab President Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo in a statement issued on Tuesday. He observed that the letter damaged the credibility of the
Punjab chief minister in particular who used to boast that he would control load shedding of electricity in months not years. He observed that the frequency of undertaking the foreign tours by the Punjab chief minister had become joke of the town as he spent more time in foreign countries than in the province addressing the governance issues. He lamented the statement of the federal minister for Water and Power in the recent past admitting that loadshedding would continue in the country till 2018 and getting rid of it earlier was not possible. He said that the Pakistan Muslim League -N leadership lied to
the people in this account to get their votes in the general elections held last year. He said that the claim of the government of clearing the circular debt of IPPs of about 500 billion rupees left behind by the PPP government accumulated during the five years was three times less as the same had now been accounted for Rs 300 billion in just one year of this government. He pointed out that in the letter the IPPs had cautioned the government of excessive load shedding because their outstanding payments had clipped their capacity to generate electricity in full capacity in the face of liquidity crunch.
Pml-q provided employment in every sector: Parvez elahi LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML) had provided employment to maximum number of people in every sector but present rulers are snatching the job from the people, said PML senior central leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi while addressing Water and Sanitary Authority (WASA) employees who were protesting in favour of their demands. Elahi said these employees should not consider themselves alone as his party is with them in their difficult time and their voice would be raised in support of their demand both inside and outside the assembly. Continuing, the PML leader said that we had always made plans to provide em-
ployment to the people and during our tenure thousands of unemployed people were provided jobs and the WASA employees were also regularised. WASA Union Chairman Rana Maqsood, Vice-Chairman Rana Nawaz and President Rana Iqbal thanked Parvez Elahi for supporting their demands and said that his tenure was a golden era for govt employees which were ample proof of his love for every worker. They warned Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif that if he did not withdraw his decision in 24 hours then all tube-wells and sewerage of Lahore will be closed, adding that the chief minister was not ‘Khadam-eA'ala’ but ‘Zaalim-e-A'ala’. sTAFF rePOrT
LAHORE: Punjab teams put up dazzling show in the athletics and swimming competitions of the inter provincial games because of their players participation in the Punjab Youth Festivsal which helped them to lift the level of their game, said Punjab Minister for Sports and Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan at the opening
Some mediA HoUSeS USing religion for bUSineSS: rAnA SAnAUllAH LAHORE ONlINe
Some media houses were using religion for their business purposes, said Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah while speaking to journalists outside Punjab Assembly on Tuesday. Rana Sanaullah said provocative remarks were harming journalism. Rana alleged that Imran Khan had become a tool of non-democratic forces, however, he would not succeed in his efforts to come into power through shortcut. He said legislation over Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) comes under jurisdiction of the National Assembly, and not under the provincial assembly. Moreover, Sanaullah said that all the national institutions believe in the constitution and democracy. He vowed to foil attempts to use these institutions for personal or group agenda.
ceremony of Inter-Provincial Youth hockey, table tennis and badminton championships at the National Hockey Stadium on Tuesday. Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Director General Usman Anwar was also present on this occasion. The players of all the team were introduced to chief guest on this occasion. APP
08 COMMENT Putting the genie back into the bottle
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
Foundation of science How science itself needs to evolve
Dealing with the multiheaded hydra called terrorism
AWAZ Sharif presided over yet another high level security meeting with briefings from the COAS and ISI chief. What the government lacks is not information but the power to decide. new problems are thus being added to the already big reservoir of highly troublesome developments. Over the last couple of months the TTP has been deeply involved in internal dissensions. The Taliban groups not directly involved in the infighting have meanwhile continued to target polio teams, destroy school buildings, attack troops and police. On Tuesday, a Chinese tourist was kidnapped while a Taliban group owned the act. What impact this will have on Chinese firms who are supposed to invest billions of dollars in Pakistan, remains to be seen. One wonders why the government still insists on pursuing talks with TTP fanatics despite their chief Fazlullah having called upon his fidayeen squad to get ready to enforce sharia by launching suicide attacks and confronting the army. A number of senators have lambasted the government for acting as a silent spectator while banned outfits are holding rallies all over Pakistan, avowedly in support of the army but actually in pursuit of their own agenda. Like TTP they too are ideologically opposed to democracy which they reject as an un-Islamic system. These groups are making use of the right of free speech to denounce and destabilise democracy. nawaz Sharif should have immediately intervened when a TV channel initiated a vicious campaign against the ISI chief. Timely arbitration would have nipped the evil in the bud. True to his reputation Sharif hesitated and let the mischief spread. Important federal ministers meanwhile issued impolitic statements. This brought in the groups which are out to create anarchy while posing as the defenders of the army. The government has been accused of entering into a conspiracy with the media group to malign the army. The administration is watching apathetically as the charge of blasphemy is being used to whip up mass hysteria. The vested interest is manipulating the issue to create a situation where public anger leads to widespread lawlessness. This is reminiscent of the 1977 PnA movement which was launched avowedly for the restoration of sharia laws but ushered in a military dictatorship instead. Parties like Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehrik, Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI are challenging the legitimacy of the elections and the neutrality of the election commission. They have also cast reflections on the independence of the courts. Meanwhile the media is involved in a no holds-barred infighting. Institutions that stood by democracy during the last few years are themselves under attack. The enforcement of martial law in Thailand should be an eye opener for the government. It needs to awaken from slumber. After taking Parliament into confidence, the government must to take well considered and firm action to put the genie back into the bottle.
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Abdul QuAyyum KhAn Kundi
ne of the subjects that occupy some of my time is trying to understand how we perceive things and the foundation of our consciousness. If you recall some weeks ago I shared with you that a fly sees our hand moving in slow motion because scientist say that its heartbeat is in the range of 370 beats per minute which is about five times faster than a human being. The scientists explain this phenomenon on the basis of sense perceptions, the ability of fly to process light that strikes its eyes at a faster rate, and that it has a complex eye structure. Herein lies the basic problem of science, with which philosophers have been grappling for ages: the foundation of science is based on sense perception. What it means is that the bulk of the scientific discoveries and theories are derived from observations made in a lab using five senses of smell, sight, sound, touch and taste. even the lab instruments are built on these sense perceptions. For instance an electron microscope helps us see at such minute
level as is not visible to the naked eye. So in a way it extends the vision of the eye just like a telescope does to see objects at a far off distance. This reliance on sense perceptions has served mankind well and resulted in our ability to master the matter to improve our lives. But since observations are deductions using a trial and error method, we cannot say for sure that we have knowledge of the exact nature of things as in that case there would be no side effects of a product. For instance, if we knew the exact nature of diesel fuel we would be able to design an engine that does not discharge a residue that pollutes the air. Consequently there is something about the nature of diesel as a fuel that is still not in the grasp of our knowledge. even development of mathematics is an attempt to give sense perception to abstract ideas. These mathematical models of theoretical physics enabled us to accept them as valid and verified. For instance electron at the subatomic level or gravity at the terrestrial scale could not have been possible to perceive in the absence of mathematics. But these mathematical models are approximations, so we cannot say that they depict the true realty of these phenomena. For instance, these mathematical models do not answer why it was necessary for electron to appear at the first place. Is it possible to create some other particle that can replace electrons or combination of particles that could create the atomic balance needed for a stable atom but are different in nature than electrons? Science in most cases assumes that things or events happen by chance rather than a plan. It is quite amazing that a complex system arising from these chance happenstances could operate so harmoniously which defies
the logic. Our view of matter is from the utilitarian perspective rather than the larger scheme of things. So what is the best way to approach science? It is not an easy question to answer. But one way to approach it could be to understand the process of creation by which diesel, for example, came to be and why it came to be. I mean why was it necessary for the nature to combine the elements of carbon and hydrogen in a particular format and structure to produce diesel. The current thinking of science is that the creation of diesel in nature was a chance occurrence that was bound to happen because certain environmental factors occurred in a particular sequence. Since scientists cannot definitely say that it was a chance occurrence, let's present the hypothesis that the creation of diesel had to happen not just because certain environmental factors happened but also because creation of diesel was needed to balance the whole ecological equation to work. This means we need to investigate what would happen to nature if a particular element or compound did not exist and how its existence contributes towards balancing the equation of life and nature. To elaborate this point, let’s go back to the example of fly. We define the fly’s ability to perceive motion in a manner we ourselves perceive things in our human consciousness. But is it not possible that the consciousness of a fly is different than ours? We cannot say that a fly does not have consciousness because in that case it would not move away to avoid a risk arising from the attack of our hand. How does the fly know that this moving object coming towards it is a risk to her life and not a friendly gesture?
For instance, it is in nature of things that it will interact with light in a particular way to produce a consciousness about it. But how did our mind know in advance to construct the image of that thing in a particular shape which is same for all human beings? In the absence of this priori we could not give it a name that would mean the same thing to everyone. It is only possible when human consciousness is preconceived at a prior time and is same for everyone. now the other question would be how other living things perceive the same object. Does the light produce the same shape of an object for all these other animals, and if it does then what emotion or name is associated by them to it? Since sense perception has limits, despite our efforts to extend its reach through modern tools, our reliance on it has also created limits for science which we are quite close to exhaust. For science to leap forward with much deeper knowledge, it has to reform its foundation. Imagine the conversion of two dimensional data into a three dimensional object produced by a 3D printer. What I am trying to propose is that the foundation of science should evolve from two dimensional approach of cause and effect to the three dimensions of cause, effect and purpose. German philosopher Immanuel Kant proposed that pure knowledge should be first pursued from the perspective of why rather than how. At his time sophisticated data processing tools were not at the disposal of scientists and environmental science did not existed as it is today. now it is possible. We need a radical departure from the way we see things in our scientific consciousness.
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Facebook addiction nowadays our young generation is very much addicted to Facebook. With close to a billion users out there, one can easily throw a stone and hit a Facebook user. The amount of time users engage in Facebook activities, like updating statuses, posting photos, commenting and ‘liking’ posts has also been increasing with smartphones and 3G/WiFi networks becoming common in recent years. At a time when many of us are concerned for the privacy issues, it seems strange that still a number of users voluntarily share their deepest secrets on Facebook. even when we are out enjoying a drink with a friend, we log in to the Facebook app on our smartphone every now and then. Spending about an hour or so daily looking through our newsfeed and checking out profiles of our friends is still okay, but if it starts going beyond that, it’s an indicator of a problem. Surely, there’s load of content on Facebook like photos, games and other interesting apps, but if we start using increasingly more of our valuable waking hours surfing aimlessly on Facebook, it’s time to re-examine our lifestyle. MISHAL WAHEED BUTT Lahore
Musharraf’s cardinal sin ever since Ghulam Mohd, Sikander Mirza and Ayub Khan decided to derail democratic process charted for this country by Founding Fathers Quaid-e-Azam Mohd Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal, this country has suffered in terms of massive rise in corruption, abuse of power, collapse of law and order, deterioration in human development index and politics of opportunism. We owe it to our shuhada, valiant sons like Aziz Bhatti and Shabbir Sharif, that their sacrifices and those of millions who lost their lives in 1947 while migrating, were not lost in vain. The corridors of power and those in whose hands are entrusted policies, evolve development plans, define our foreign policy are dominated by men of mediocre caliber, who have proven that they lacked vision and commitment to this country, for most of them have chosen to abandon this country, shifting their assets and families to safer
foreign havens, having reaped a bonanza while sun shined on them. Pakistan has endured a series of martial laws, followed by political governments, both allowing elite to pilfer state, involve in institutionalised tax evasion, massive flight of capital and brain drain. A state where most influential and so called philanthropists are land mafia dons known for involvement in organised land grabbing, smuggling, insider trading and running criminal Mafioso style gangs involved in heinous crimes, is a state waiting to be reduced to anarchy that is exhibited in Somalia. Musharraf like Zia, Yahya, Ayub imposed martial law, but he crossed all limits when on 12 May, 2007, he stood in Islamabad and proudly claimed brutal killings of over 60 innocent citizens of Pakistan on streets of Karachi as a show of his force. By this act he brought into disrepute, institution of armed forces, creating a wedge between people and their army, which if allowed could threaten very edifice on which our national security rests. It is mutual love and respect between army and people, which gives strength to our valiant soldiers to defend their motherland, by being seen as guardians of security of lives of its citizens. On 12 May, 2007, Musharraf committed this cardinal sin, for which he must pay. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
Marching forward with demos The capital of the country – Islamabad was abuzz with slogans chanted on the top of their voices by the followers of PTI and its Chairman Imran Khan on the eve of May 11, 2014. Oratory of PTI demagogue Imran Khan undoubtedly was at its best, as always. He, undoubtedly, succeeded in touching the hearts and igniting the minds of the exuberant and emotionally charged mass of people present at the venue of the demonstration, the “D-Chawk”, in Islamabad, in thousands. Was the show of strength that was demonstrated by the tehreek-e-insaf chief on the occasion something unusual? no, it wasn’t. Demonstrations and long marches, all and sundry would agree, have become a common feature in this country. True, that they take place everywhere in the world.
But the difference is that in our part of the world demonstrations and marches have started occurring a little too frequently and that too for no solid rhyme or reason. In the protest rally of Sunday, May 11, in the capital, the PTI leader demanded dissolution of the existing election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) and asked the incumbent government to immediately bring about electoral reforms in the country. This assertion, write or wrong, was made by him because he strongly felt that the people of Pakistan have lost their faith in it. The concerns raised by Chairman PTI vis-a-vis polls rigging may carry some weight but the way the issue has been blown out of proportion compels one to think that the blatant aspersions cast by the PTI Chief on the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) is not without pre-meditated intent. Leaving things at that let us not forget that the election Commission and its Chairman Justice (R) Fakhruddin G. ebrahim when re-constituted/appointed was profoundly appreciated by the Chairman PTI, Mr. Imran Khan and almost every political party of the country. In fact, the sparkling stature and integrity of the then Chairman of the Commission, Justice (R) Fakhruddin G. ebrahim was particularly eulogized by all and sundry, and very rightly so. now, by casting undue aspersions on the integrity of eCP, those responsible are forgetful of the fact that they are blotting the image of not only the Commission but also its highly respected former Chairman, Justice (R) Fakhruddin G. ebrahim. While saying so, it must not be misunderstood that the issue of polls rigging, if it has taken place and wherever it has taken place, should be considered as a trivial matter and therefore condoned. The issue is serious and must receive due importance and consideration of the authorities concerned, and resolved in the larger interest of this nation and democracy. Let this also be clearly understood that demos and long marches are no solution to the massive predicaments that Pakistan is confronted with today. Let’s not play with the emotions of this nation, for personal gains, any more. Let’s rise above personal prejudices and rancour. Pakistan cannot afford futile and meaningless activities such as demos and long marches. Time has come for the political parties of this country to quickly realize this and work in unison to steer Pakistan out of the quagmire that it is currently trapped in. M FAZAL ELAHI Islamabad
WORLD VIEW 09
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
exAmining A modi foreign policy Tanvi Madan
the us: Will modi look BaCk or move ForWard?
HAnGE is in the air in Indian politics, with narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate of the center-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed toward leading India's next government. His administration will replace the longest-serving Indian government since 1977 and will-unusually for India-be led by an individual who has been chief minister of a state for nearly a dozen years. With the BJP having won a majority on its own, it will be able to form the first non-Congress-party non-coalition government in India's history. What change might this bring in Indian foreign policy? First and foremost, it is important to say that there is a lot we don't know. There is a better sense of Modi's priorities and preferences when it comes to economic policy, but not as much known about his foreign policy preferences. This is complicated by the fact that who will form his core national security and foreign policy team-the national security advisor, as well as the political and bureaucratic leaderships in the foreign, defense, home and finance ministries-is not yet known. The structural and ideological basis of Indian foreign policy and the existence of a permanent bureaucracy mean that there will be continuity in many areas, but there is likely to be change on a few fronts. Modi is likely to double down on the theme of foreign policy as foreign economic policy, with India's economic imperatives driving its international interactions. Diplomats might be expected to serve as force multipliers for Indian economic policy rather than business serving such a function for Indian foreign policy. There is also a possibility of institutional reform of India's foreign, energy and trade policymaking apparatus-something Modi has discussed-though the feasibility of this is unknown. There has been talk of capacity increases, bringing in outside experts to a greater extent, as well as institutional reorganization. In addition, it'll be interesting to see whether and how Modi brings in the states and the diaspora into his foreign policy approach - also something he has talked about on a number of occasions. Furthermore, there
There are two schools of thought on how a Modi government might deal with the United States. Some analysts argue that his (and his advisors') resentment of the American attitude toward him over the last decade will dominate this dynamic; that he will pay back the lack of official engagement with him since 2005 with an approach that will hold the U.S. at arms length. Others believe that given Modi's priorities (economic growth, meeting energy needs, balancing against China) and the depth of the India-U.S. relationship, the U.S. will continue to be an essential partner for India under a Modi government even though it might not be warm. Which trajectory the bilateral relationship takes will partly depend on what the U.S.-both the administration and Congress-does on India policy over the next few months, both in terms of style and substance. Modi has recently commented on each of these three relationships. On Pakistan, he's put the ball in Islamabad's court, stressing it needs to take action on the counter-terrorism front to build trust with India. However, he's also identified a shared goal-fighting poverty and unemployment. On China, he has stated that it is possible for the two countries to resolve their differences and take the Sino-Indian relationship "to another level." On the U.S., Modi has asserted that he will take the relationship-one that involves "natural allies" and mutual interest-forward. We will have to wait and see whether Modi's foreign policy actions matches his recent rhetoric; whether "good days lie ahead"-Modi's "morning-in-America"like promise to India-for India's relations with certain countries or not. How a Modi government's foreign policy will play out will also depend on how other countries approach India. Furthermore, it will depend on what kind of crises the government will face and how it will react. Finally, much-including Modi's foreign policymaking space-will depend on domestic factors, including economic growth, social stability and the state of play in Indian politics.
might be specific changes in India's relationships with particular partners, for example, a new Indian government might bring relations with Israel more out into the open. Pakistan: the Wild Card What about interactions with other key countries? The relationship with Pakistan is perhaps the biggest wild card. It is not known whether Modi will essentially take the line that India needs stability in its neighborhood to ensure economic growth and development, which is the primary and perhaps sole objective for which he will have a clear public mandate. Such an assessment could mean Modi would reach out to Pakistani Prime Minister nawaz Sharif and take confidence-building measures further, especially in the economic realm. There are some who think he'll go further-in the nixon-goingto-China vein. They point to the precedent of the last BJP Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee reaching out to the Pakistani leadership. However, it is important to keep in mind that that initiative materialized only after the Indian nuclear tests had proved that BJP-led coalition government's security credentials. Furthermore, the fact that the Kargil conflict between
A power-pAcked House 34 per cent of the new MPs face criminal cases Tribune, Chandigarh The newly elected members of the Lok Sabha have come with a promise to give clean governance. A third of these messengers of hope have a tainted background though. Of the 543 winning candidates, 186 have criminal cases pending against them. According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which analysed the election affidavits filed before the Election Commission, 34 per cent of the new MPs face criminal charges. Of these, about 21 per cent face serious criminal charges related to murder, attempt to murder, causing communal disharmony, rape etc. The criminal credentials of the people's representatives have grown steadily; in 2009 and 2004 the percentage of MPs with a criminal record stood at 30 and 24 respectively. Before the elections, ADR data had shown, across the parties, candidates facing criminal charges were more than twice as likely to win as compared to those with a clean record. In the Punjabi folklore it is believed till a man has a few criminal cases pending in a court and till he owns weapons, he hasn't arrived. The technology-driven, suave urban politics of 2014 is influenced by the same old agrarian beliefs where macho criminality is seen as a positive attribute for gaining power. Going by the success rate of the elected MPs in this House, criminality or the charges of criminality favoured them. In a country where Rs 33 per day can keep one afloat above the poverty line, one crore adds glamour to this power quotient. Eighty-two per cent of our new MPs have assets worth over Rs 1 crore each, as compared to 58 per cent in 2009 and 30 per cent in 2004. This showcases the country's economic growth and their greater electability. It affirms the fact that money wields power the same way a gun wields power. And they go hand in hand. With onethird of them having both, they make it a power-packed House to kill the Minotaur of corruption and crime. To herald good days ahead!
the two countries erupted just a few months after Vajpayee traveled to Lahore has not been forgotten. There's a possibility that Modi will take a more hawkish line instead. This is especially likely if, in the first six months or so of his government, there is a major terrorist attack in India or on Indians abroad that can be traced to elements in Pakistan. This is not a far-fetched scenario-terrorist groups might see the period of political transition as an opportunity to derail any chance for peace. And in the event of such an attack it is unlikely that any Indian government will sit back and do nothing or essentially act in a post-Mumbai-like manner-especially if there is little cooperation from the Pakistani government. China: eConomiC oPPortunity and seCurity ConCern On India's other major neighbor-Chinathere are two Modis. One, the economicminded leader who wants to do business with and in that country. This is the Modi who had traveled to China as Gujarat's chief minister, seeking investment and opportunities for Gujarati business there. We'll probably see more of this Modi at the upcoming BRICS summit in Brazil-
likely to be one of his first overseas visits-where he will meet Chinese president Xi Jinping. The other Modi is the security-minded leader who has run on a tougher-on-national-security platform and publicly criticized China as having an "expansionist mindset"-making it a point to do so in territory that China claims. Absent a border crisis, the new Indian government is likely to try to reconcile these two instincts, balancing economic engagement with preparation for a more assertive China. In the last few weeks, Chinese officials and scholars have, publicly at least, welcomed the prospect of a Modi government. Yet they might come to look with concern at a couple of other potential elements of a Modi foreign and security policy. First, the continued modernization of the Indian military and the upgrading of India's border infrastructure. Second, the deepening of India's political and economic ties with countries in East and Southeast Asia, especially Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. A third element-a potential rise in nationalism in India-might also become a subject of concern, with implications not just for India's relations with China, but also its approach toward Pakistan, multilateral issues and the United States.
BEYOND THE GREAT GAME IN AFGHANISTAN Carnegie endowmenT for inTernaTional PeaCe Frederic Grare, WilliaM Maley and aMiTabh MaTToo
As the end of the drawdown of international forces approaches in Afghanistan, concerns are mounting about its potential impact on regional stability. By the end of 2014, all Western combat forces will have left the country. Yet despite official rhetoric, twelve years of war and billions of dollars spent in Afghanistan have neither eliminated the country’s insurgency nor dealt effectively with any of the regional irritants that have historically motivated Afghanistan’s neighbors to lend their support to various actors in the conflict. Regional involvement in Afghanistan has been pervasive since the end of the 1970s and the Soviet invasion of the country. For more than 30 years, India and Pakistan, in different ways, have projected their fierce rivalry into Afghanistan; Pakistan and Iran have done the same. China, Russia, and a number of states in Central Asia observe the evolution of the US presence in the country and the resurgence of the insurgency with equal anxiety. The nature of these rivalries is essentially political and geostrategic. India and Pakistan are not competing in Afghanistan over the country’s resources, but to prevent each other from using Afghanistan as a tool in their respective grand strategies, although there is, of course, a significant difference in the way India and Pakistan have projected these strategies in the last few years. Similarly, although Iran has undoubtedly developed an economic sphere of influence in Afghanistan’s west, it primarily aims at preventing Afghan soil from becoming a launchpad for antiIranian attacks. Despite the much-publicised investment of China in the Aynak copper deposit, Beijing’s main motivation seems to be to insulate its Xinjiang province from an Islamist contagion from Afghanistan. Yet, despite—or because of—the scale of the regional involvement in Afghanistan, the conflict
is unlikely to be resolved through a regional approach alone. neither bilateral negotiations between the actors involved nor any regional cooperation mechanism will end regional interference in Afghanistan. The Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for a Secure and Stable Afghanistan, launched in november 2011, or the new Silk Road initiative, can be effective and useful means of promoting cooperation on a wide range of technical and economic issues, but they are unlikely to result in a political settlement in Afghanistan or beyond. The level of mistrust between the regional actors is so great that it is impossible to expect them suddenly to abandon their respective games in Afghanistan unless they have striking new incentives to do so of a kind that are not currently on the horizon; such an expectation would be akin to asking them for a conversion to non-interference. Indeed, all past attempts to solve Afghanistan’s problems from the outside have failed. Any future policy based on a regional approach is likely to encounter the same fate unless the Afghan state is strong enough to impose a minimal degree of respect for its sovereignty. This paper argues, therefore, that the political consolidation of Afghanistan is the only way to avoid a return to the proxy wars of the 1990s and to preserve regional stability. Only the creation of a sustainable political system capable of resisting outside political interference and pressures can mitigate the risk for the region. Given the current configuration of the regional system and the domestic evolution of the security situation of most regional actors, such political consolidation is a prerequisite to resisting outside interference. The paper also argues that a sovereign and relatively stable and potentially neutral Afghanistan is essential to mitigate the consequences of all pending regional issues. Its alternative—chaos— would deprive regional actors of the possibility of capitalising politically on their eventual gains and would therefore defeat their very purpose. As a consequence, a broadly-inclusive Afghan political process is not only acceptable
but desirable for all regional actors, without exception. Such a process would include representatives from the government, but also from the opposition operating within the constitution, from civil society, and eventually from the insurgency. It would focus mainly on the definition of a political system better equipped to secure support from a wide range of Afghans than the post2001 neo-patrimonial system has proved to be. This process should be disconnected from regional issues, which should be left to bilateral negotiations between the concerned parties or the existing regional forums. no regional solution, whatever the status of the future Afghanistan and no matter how desirable will ever be implementable without an Afghan government capable of ensuring respect for its own sovereignty. At the same time, the injection in the Afghan political process of regional issues which are only indirectly linked to Afghanistan would unnecessarily complicate the negotiations and lead to a failure. It is inevitable that Afghanistan, even after the withdrawal is complete this year, and a new president has been elected, will remain an issue will remain an issue for regional security. Equally inevitable is the decline, already perceptible, in international interest in the issue. In these conditions, the United nations could play a facilitating role. Finally the authors believe that such a process should start immediately after the election to delink it from any immediate electoral stake. The paper is divided into three parts. The first examines the likely consequences of the Western withdrawal from Afghanistan and identifies potential scenarios. The second analyses the interests and priorities of the regional actors in post-2014 Afghanistan and the consequences of the latter’s developing objectives and policies. In its final section, the paper proposes a mechanism to avoid the chaos likely to prevail in Afghanistan should events continue on their current trajectory. It advocates a standing ‘inclusive national conference,’ organised under the auspices of the United nations, and examines its potential roles.
10 BUSINESS PR TO ADD 30 NEW LOCOMOTIVES FOR FREIGHT TRAINS ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways would add 30 more locomotives for freight trains by the end of the current financial year. "We will be bringing hundred more engines during next financial year which would help increase the frequency of rail traffic" said an official of PR. Capacity of luggage vans had been increased from 10 to 15 tonnes and initially these new vans were working with Karachi Express. Pakistan Railways (PR) was expected Rs 6 billion more income in current fiscal year than the previous year due to proper planning, determination and hard-working. Giving details, he said, the PR had earned Rs 19.83 billion during first ten months of the incumbent government which was Rs 5.27 billion more than the earning of previous year. He said that administrative discipline, reduction in fare, restoration of freight trains, transparent selling of scrap and revenue collection from other government departments were some of the major actions which had diverted the department towards success. He said that after positive achievements, the department had decided to restore Shahsawar Express train from Lahore to Sialkot via Narang, Narowal and Pasrur which would earn Rs 60 million per year for the PR and it would facilitate 850 passengers daily. Jund shuttle train from Attock to Jund was going to be operated which would facilitate 18,000 passengers every month, adding the running time of Tezgam Express train was being reduced to 25 hours and 45 minutes from 26 hours and 25 minutes. APP
CORPORATE CORNER Zong to set up customer service center at Wagah border
ISLAMABAD: Zong, Pakistan’s first and only Super 3G and 4G LTE telecom network and a part of China Mobile Pakistan, has agreed to set up a mini customer service center (CSC) at PTDC motel, Wagah border, Lahore. The CSC is being set up to provide Indian visitors with Zong’s network connection upon their arrival into Pakistan. Speaking about the initiative, Dr. Zhao Peng, CCO, Zong said, “At Zong, we have always strived to provide the best service to our customers. To showcase this technical prowess and to provide a better experience to Indian visitor’s from across the border, we decided to set up a CSC at the main point of entry into the country. Being a company looking to evolve basic telecom services in Pakistan, we have always looked to create a synergy with the local masses and this initiative showcases our solidarity with the consumer. The idea is to welcome and facilitate visitors from across the border with state of the art, telecom service provision.” These special Zong Sims will offer Indian visitors excellent network coverage throughout their stay in Pakistan and add value to their trip by providing them with seamless connectivity and high speed internet connection. PReSS ReleASe
3rd int’l halal conference and expo begins may 22 LAHORE: The 3rd International Halal Conference and Expo will be held from 22nd to 23rd May 2013 at Expo Center Lahore to show case the halal Trade Potential of Pakistan. Dr Russly from Malaysia, Dr Winai from Thailand, Professor Ir. Sakoo from Indonesia, Dr Munir from USA are participating in the event. More than 30 renowned importers of Halal Industry from Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Indonesia, Argentina, Australia, USA and Russia are participating. This event will provide a unique opportunity to our entrepreneurs, business houses dealing in food and non-food products especially the exporters of mutton, beef, poultry and allied industries to showcase their products. PHDA has also planned field visit for the international guests. PReSS ReleASe
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
Government to abolish discriminatory sros in three years FINANCE MINISTER ASSURES STAKEHOLDERS ECONOMIC POLICIES WILL CONTINUE ISLAMABAD APP
INANCE Minister Ishaq Dar said on Tuesday that all discriminatory Statutory Regulatory Orders (SROs) at Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) would be abolished within three years. Chairing a meeting with presidents of Chambers of Commerce (FPCCI, KCCI, LCCI, QCCI, FCCI, Rawalpindi/ Islamabad CCI, Gujranwala CCI, Sialkot CCI and Hyderabad CCI) the minister said that the government believed in consulting all stakeholders including Chambers of
Commerce, trade bodies and representatives of the industries. He urged the stakeholders to stay engaged with the FBR for consolidation of budget proposals. He assured them that there would be continuity of economic policies in the country and the reform process would be completed within a period of three years. He said that the policies of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would fill the trust deficit between FBR and traders. He welcomed proposals from the trade representatives and assured them that the government will give a serious consideration to their proposals before finalising budget. The chamber representatives discussed in detail their issues and recommendations. They appreciated the work being done by the Finance Ministry and FBR for SROs’ rationalisation. The traders appreciated strengthening of Pakistani rupee and observed that it will have
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Tuesday indicated to hold a ceremony to award recently auctioned 3G and 4G licenses to four telecom operators on May 22 (Thursday). PTA Chairman Dr Syed Ismail Shah said, "We are in touch with the mobile phone operators and getting their confirmation. We have planned the ceremony and probably it would be held on Thursday." He said, “Our plan was to award licenses to auction winners after meeting all required formalities so that they could start their 3G and 4G services on commercial basis
without any hassle and subscribers could enjoy the high speed broadband on their mobiles.” While talking to media, a PTA senior official said that Ufone, Mobilink and Telenor would be awarded with 3G licenses while Zong would be given 3G and 4G licenses. Here it is pertinent to note that, without No Objection Certificate (NOC) from PTA the telecom operators cannot commercially launch their 3G services in the country. License award ceremony was subject to advance (or full) payment of spectrum that telecom companies had won during the auction. This ceremony was initially planned for May 10 but was later rescheduled because the mobile phone companies did not deposit the upfront payment for the spectrum. Initial or upfront payment was lingered because of 10 per cent withholding tax issue which seemed almost resolved after several rounds of talks among FBR, PTA and cellular companies, confirmed a PTA official.
PAKISTAN, SWEDEN AGREE ON JOINT AGRICULTURAL VENTURES ISLAMABAD APP
Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research (MNFSR) Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said that Pakistan and Sweden possessed great potential for boosting existing bilateral trade ties, particularly in areas of agriculture and agricultural research. The federal minister was attending a meeting with trade representatives and businessmen of Swedish trade delegation, led by Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom and special advisor to the minister for Sweden trade. The two sides also agreed upon chalking out a course of action for future collaboration
and cooperation in agriculture sector. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that Pakistan was an attractive destination for investment in the field of agriculture. The minister also invited Swedish entrepreneurs and businessmen to explore Pakistan’s agriculture market and venture with business community which, he hoped, would open up new avenues of development for both countries. The federal minister also expressed gratitude to the Swedish government for its support for GSP Plus status to Pakistan. He the status would not only not only increase export of Pakistani products to European Union but also generate job opportunities.
PSO SUSPENDS FUEL SUPPLY TO KARACHI AIRPORT
KARACHI: Chief guest Naseem Shafi, Ghulam Muhammad Malik, Pirzada Ajmal Farooqi, Samiullah, Adnan Pirzada and Imran Farooqi at the annual fundraising dinner of Al-Mustafa Trust. PR
PBC BOARD SUPPORTS EARLY PRIVATISATION
PTA TO HOLD 3G, 4G LICENSE AWARD CEREMONY ON 22ND AFTER ISSUANCE OF NOC, COMPANIES WILL BE ABLE TO LAUNCH 3G, 4G SERVICES COMMERCIALLY
KARACHI: Pakistan State Oil (PSO), the national oil company, on Tuesday ran out of jet fuel rendering itself unable to supply fuel to any domestic or international flight. Following the development, PSO suspended fuel supplies to all airliners at Karachi airport. According to reports, PSO was trying to arrange fuel for the international flights on emergency basis. Reports said several national institutions including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) were defaulters of Rs180 billion. The shortage was a result of stoppage of fuel supply to PSO by national oil refineries because of the debt. Reportedly, PSO owes Rs18 billion to local refineries and 80 billion to foreign companies. PSO demanded national flag carrier PIA to make the due payment of Rs7 billion. Major airliners refuel at Karachi airport and the shortage of jet fuel can cause in delays and even cancelation of flights. Online
positive impact on the economy. They also assured the finance minister of their cooperation in bringing into the tax net all not taxpaying traders. The traders also appreciated finance minister's personal interest in sales tax refunds. There was a general sense of satisfaction on the economic policies of the government and expectations that reforms will bring positive impact on the country. The finance minister said that it is high time that we all should join hands for our future generations and promoting tax culture will allow the government to spend in socio-economic uplift of the country. He informed the traders that the Finance Ministry has been very strict in bringing down the expenditure of the Federal Government adding that every rupee of the taxpayer's money will be spent wisely. The meeting was also attended by Rana Assad Amin, Advisor to Finance Ministry and senior officials of the ministry and FBR.
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) on Tuesday strongly supported the early privatisation of State Owned Enterprises (SOE). A statement issued by the PBC said that most of the SOE were losing money and even the profitable enterprises were underperforming. "The SOE are a major drain on the public exchequer with the quality levels of their service delivery needing major improvements which would not be possible unless they are privatised" read the PBC statement. Without commenting on the mechanics of the privatisation process, the PBC has urged the government to develop a privatisation strategy for each entity which takes into cognizance the dynamics of the industry in which a particular SOE operates in. The PBC statement requested the government to ensure that the privatisation process was expeditiously carried out in a transparent manner- SOEs for privatisation were clearly identified and time lines set for them. APP
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Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
HaGaR tHE HoRRIblE
Don't worry too much about what goes on today -- though it's likely to be positive. Instead, you need to focus your intellect on the longterm. It's easier than you may realize.
A good friend tries to get your attention or comfort you -- but it just ends up driving you nuts. It's not them, though. Your energy is just out of sync, and you need to back off for a day or so.
Idealism suits you well, and you may find that your people are more willing to follow your lead even if they're not sure if they fully agree with you. Your great energy helps you have fun with it all.
Your emotions are making life a lot stranger today -- so make sure that you're dealing with them forcefully. Don't freak out if friends or coworkers feel like robots; they're just on a different wavelength.
Your sense of pride is making life a little weirder than usual -- in part thanks to someone else's pride. It's hard to share a room, but the two of you should be able to reach an agreement.
Your routines need some variety, so make a little change for its own sake and then see where it points you. This could lead to a revolution in the way you live your life. Go for it and surprise someone!
With energy like this, it'd be a shame not to do something totally fun -- even if it's a little risky! Don't endanger your life or reputation, but do make sure you're exploring the fringes.
Expect a few problems with family or roommates -- but nothing you can't handle. Your energy is just right for dealing with conflict, so be respectful and you can ensure success.
A message comes your way-- probably pretty early -- that brings a smile to your face and probably heralds the ending of some phase of your life that you will be glad to see behind you.
You are quite a planner -- and today's mental energy helps you foresee what you are likely to need for quite some time to come. Write it all out and get input so you're satisfied it all makes sense.
You may feel excited over something that doesn't seem like that big a deal to others -- but so what? Your ability to see potential is heightened right now, which could lead to some bold new ideas.
Your deep need to help people is out on display today -- so much so that you may be pursued by those who think they need you most of all! It's not the worst position to be in, but you may have to say 'no.'
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Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
BETTER CARE CAN SAVE THREE MILLION BABIES, MOTHERS EVERY YEAR: STUDY
The lives of three million women and babies can be saved every year by 2025 for an annual investment of about a dollar per head in better maternity care, researchers said Tuesday. About 8,000 newborn babies die and another 7,000 are stillborn every day -- 2.9 million and 2.6 million per year respectively, according to a review of data from 195 countries published in The Lancet medical journal. Most of the deaths are avoidable. "There is an urgent, unmet need to provide timely, high-quality care for both mother and baby around the time of birth," said study co-author Joy Lawn of the Centre for Maternal Reproductive and Child Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "Each year, one million babies die on their birth day -their only day. Without greater investments to improve birth outcomes, by 2035 there will be 116 million deaths" of mothers, newborns and unborn infants. About a quarter of a million women worldwide die every year due to complications from carrying or delivering a baby. The annual cost of expanding prenatal and birth care to 90 percent of women and babies in the world by 2025 would amount to some $5.65 billion (4.1 billion euros) by 2025, said the team -- about $1.15 per person living in the 75 countries of the world with the highest burden. They calculated such expansion could save the lives of 1.9 million newborns and 160,000 women, and prevent 820,000 stillbirths per year by 2025. This would amount to just under $2,000 spent per life saved -- which the researchers said amounted to a triple to quadruple return on investment in terms of labour capital preserved and other benefits. Proper care involves prenatal examinations, assistance at birth, adequate nutrition after delivery, promotion of breastfeeding, infection control, as well as access to medicine, skilled midwives and nurses and timely specialist care. Half of the world´s newborn deaths occurred in five countries: India (779,000), Nigeria (276,000), Pakistan (202,400), China (157,000) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (118,000), the study said. "A preterm baby is at least 11 times more likely to die if born in Africa than in Europe or North America," said the researchers. On current trends, it would be more than 110 years before a baby born in Africa has the same chances of survival as one born in North America or Europe. The researchers said stillbirths were an "invisible" problem -as most never got a birth or death certificate and were not factored into targets for reducing infant deaths. Many newborns also were never documented."This fatalism, lack of attention, and lack of investment are the reasons behind lagging progress in reducing newborn deaths -- and even slower for progress in reducing stillbirths," said Lawn. "In reality, these deaths are nearly all preventable. "The UN is targeting a two-thirds reduction of under-five mortality between 1990 and 2015. VIA DAILY MAIL
HIna rabbanI, Imran kHan among world’s most attractIVe polItIcIans p
AKISTAN’S former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has been named the third most attractive politician in the world with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan at number eight in a list published by an American Jounal. American Journal ‘Real Clear’ issued the list of nine most attractive politicians in the world. The list was topped by Mara Carfagna, an Italian Minister and a former model. Mexican president Enrique Nieto was placed on number two while Pakistan’s Khar made it to the third rank with her classy outfits and designer accessories. Known for her style and class, Khar is also highly qualified with a masters degree in business management from University of Massachusetts. She has served as the 26th foreign minister of Pakistan. Hans Linde, a 27-year-old Swedish politician was listed as fourth of the nine most attractive politicians in the world, followed by Israeli politician Orly Levy and United States presidential candidate Mitt Romney on number five and six.
Russia’s Alina Kabaeva, member of United Russia party, was listed at number seven. Kabaeva is also a retired rhythmic gymnast and has won two Olympic medals, 14 world championship medals and 25 European championship medals. She has also been romantically linked with Russian President Vladimir Putin. PTI Chief Imran Khan, a former
cricketer and a philanthropist, was listed as the eighth most attractive politician. He was the captain of Pakistan cricket team in ICC World Cup of 1992 and led to win the WC trophy. The list concludes with Sarah Palin, former candidate for vice president from US republican party . When Americans voted to renew President Barack Obama's lease on the
SLEEP DEPRIVED CHILDREN ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE OBESE: NEW STUDY
The research - one of the most comprehensive studies into sleep and childhood obesity - discovered 'compelling evidence' that youngsters who are deprived of the recommended hours of sleep in infancy and early childhood were more likely to be obese at the age of seven. But the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found no evidence of a specific period during which insufficient sleep has greater influence on later obesity. Study lead author Dr Elsie Taveras, chief of General Pediatrics at Mass General Hospital for Children in the U.S., said: 'Our study found convincing evidence that getting less than recommended amounts of sleep across early childhood is an independent and strong risk factor for obesity. 'Contrary to some published studies, we did not find a particular "critical period" for the influence of sleep duration on weight gain. 'Instead, insufficient sleep at any time in early childhood had adverse effects.' While several previous studies have found evidence of an association between sleep and obesity in young children, few have examined the effects of constant sleep deprivation across time or used measures other than body mass index (BMI), which determines obesity based solely on height and weight. The new study analysed data from Project Viva, a long-term investigation into the health impacts of several factors during pregnancy and after birth. Information used in the study was gathered from mothers at face-to-face interviews when their children were around six months, three years and sevenyears-old, and from questionnaires completed when the children were ages one, two, four, five and six. Among other questions, the mothers were asked how much time their children slept, both at night and
during daytime naps, during an average day. Measurements taken at the seven-year visit included not only height and weight but also total body fat, abdominal fat, lean body mass, and waist and hip circumferences - measurements that the researchers say may more accurately reflect cardiometabolic health risks than BMI alone. Curtailed sleep was defined as less than 12 hours per day from ages six months to two years, less than 10 hours per day for ages three and four, and less than nine hours per day from age five to seven. Based on the mothers' reports at each age, individual children were assigned a sleep score covering the entire study period. Overall, children with the lowest sleep scores had the highest levels of all body measurements reflecting obesity and adiposity, including abdominal fat which is considered to be particularly hazardous. The association was consistent at all ages, indicting there was no critical period for the interaction between sleep and weight. Lower sleep scores were more common in homes with lower incomes, less maternal education and among racial and ethnic minorities; but the association between sleep and obesity was not changed by adjusting for those and other factors. Dr Taveras said that while more research is needed to understand how sleep duration affects body composition, potential reasons could include the influence of sleep on hormones that control hunger. She said disruptions of circadian rhythms or possible common genetic pathways involved in both sleep and metabolism could play part and that a lack of sleep can cause a poor ability to make good decisions on food choices and eating caused by sleep deprivation. VIA DAILY MAIL
White House in November 2012, more than 9 million citizens took to Facebook to click the "I'm a Voter" button, showing their online friends that they had cast a ballot. The social media site plans to offer versions of the feature around the world for a slate of national elections this year, the company said on Monday.STAFF REPORT
Facebook to roll out 'I'm a Voter' Feature worldwIde
When Americans voted to renew President Barack Obama's lease on the White House in November 2012, more than 9 million citizens took to Facebook to click the "I'm a Voter" button, showing their online friends that they had cast a ballot. The social media site plans to offer versions of the feature around the world for a slate of national elections this year, the company said on Monday. The feature was available for voters in India as the world's largest democracy chose a new prime minister, Narendra Modi, in voting over recent weeks. Over 4 million Indian voters used the "I'm a Voter" button during the country's parliamentary elections, Facebook said. For Facebook, this is another effort to integrate its services into the everyday life of people around the globe as it seeks to increase its number of users, particularly in emerging markets. The button will appear for voters in next week's European Parliament and Colombian elections, and for citizens in South Korea, Indonesia, Sweden, Scotland, New Zealand, and Brazil later this year. It will also appear again for Americans, during November's midterm congressional elections. By clicking the button, users broadcast their status as a voter to their network of friends, but do not reveal how their vote was cast. Previewing the feature's worldwide roll-out, Facebook said it estimates nearly 400 million people will see the message in their news feeds this year - more than one third of its roughly 1.1 billion active users. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
ARTS keIra knIghtLey enjoys readIng 'trashy' noveLs
I am too oLd to do another twILIght fILm: robert pattInson H AGENCIES
Busy actress Keira Knightley, who hardly gets much down time while shooting, usually relaxes between takes with a book, but can't focus on anything too heavy. "On a film like this there isn't a lot of waiting. We had 24 days, so it was just like go, go, go," the 29-year-old said on the set of her latest movie "Begin Again". "Normally what do I do? I have a cup of tea and I like book tapes or really trashy novels, because you can't read something difficult when you're working on something else." Knightley co-stars with Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, currently developing his film career, and though it was his first film, she thought he was a very good actor. She said: "I'd actually seen him live and that energy makes an experience. He's a born entertainer, so I wasn't worried about him expressing himself. He didn't need any tips. He's a natural actor and a very lovely man to work with, so it was a lot of fun." She had to sing in the movie and admits she didn't particularly enjoy the performance scenes. "It was fun, but I think I'm bad at (singing)." AGENCIES
‘THE EXPENDABLES 3’ STARS’ PERFORM STUNTS ON WAY TO CANNES
OLLyWOOD heartthrob Robert Pattinson says he considers himself too old to sign for another Twilight film. However, the 28-year-old actor feels that the role of Edward Cullen in the hit vampire franchise that made him an international superstar came as a complete surprise, reported Variety. That was also where he met his ex Kristen Stewart. "No one thought it was going to be a big deal. We thought it was going to be like Thirteen. I couldn't do another Twilight movie. I'm too old," Pattinson said. The Rover star is due to
appear in Brady Corbet's directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader and is in talks for a movie directed by Harmony Korine. He also made an appearance at Cannes film festival with David Cronenberg's Map To the Stars, where his character has sex with an older actress (played by Julianne Moore, 53) in the back seat of a car. In 2012, Pattinson was in Cannes with another Cronenberg film, Cosmopolis. In that film his character had sex with Juliette Binoche, 50, in the back of a limousine. When asked by media who made for a better passenger, Pattinson laughed before saying, "They are both like sevens."
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NEWS DESK Nerves of steel and hairspray are musts for Cannes red carpet at film fest A stiff breeze made conditions challenging for the glamour girls walking the Cannes red carpet Monday. Jessica Chastain came to the ‘Foxcatcher’ premiere in a flowing purple gown, but it flowed more than she liked in the wind. She had to use her hands to hold down the one-shoulder dress, with its leg-baring slit, to prevent it from becoming even more revealing. Singer Cheryl Cole faced similar struggles with her sumptuous black dress, which was above the knee in front with a long train attached. Monday’s weather offered a cool departure from the radiant sun and warmth that previously blessed the festival. Beneath gloomy skies, it rained sporadically all day.
A R Rahman files police complaint in LA Actors Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer and Antonio Banderas with Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, Randy Couture and Ronda Rousey arrived on the armored vehicles at the venue. The stars waved and posed for fans throughout the way and also after reaching at the location. Intense security and barring measures were taken to control the fanatic fan crowd. AGENCIES
Oscar and Grammy winning Indian musician A R Rahman took to social media platforms early on Monday morning to share a photograph of a "vandalised" wall of his Los Angeles home. The image, captioned, "Vandalism at my place in LA," was posted on his official Facebook and Twitter pages and he was soon inundated with questions about his safety. A friend of Rahman told Mirror, "Rahman was the first to discover the graffiti. He and his family are fine. Nobody broke into the house and damaged any property." Added the friend, "Such things are common in the US." But Rahman is not tak ing the incident lightly. Revealed the friend, "Rahman has filed a police complaint and they are investigating the matter." On May 6, Rahman attended the Los Angeles premiere of Million Dollar Arm, the American sports drama film starring Jon Hamm. The film set to music by Rahman, features collaborations with hip-hop artist Iggy Azalea, rapper Wale and KT Tunstall. AGENCIES
KAMAL HASSAN ADVISES FILMMAKERS TO TAKE RISKS Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan, who led the Indian delegation at the ongoing 67th Cannes International Film Festival, said it is vital for Indian filmmakers to take risks to be able to produce "truly global content". "The problem is that we are a self-sufficient nation. Indian filmmakers need to stop being satisfied with the familiarity and safety of local markets and start taking risks - so that India can constantly produce truly global content that is appreciated across the world," Kamal said in a statement. Kamal, who returned from Cannes film festival Sunday, is proud to have been part of the prestigious festival as he got an opportunity to rub shoulders with international delegates. "As an Indian filmmaker, I am proud to have been part of this wonderful endeavour by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in making the India Pavilion at Cannes a hub of networking, business and informative interactions to promote
partnerships between the Indian film fraternity and the global one," he said. "I am happy to know that going forward, Indian filmmakers will have the support of the government in pushing forward their business and creative ventures," added Kamal. He was also the guest of honour at the exclusive networking receptions at the India Pavilion, one of them hosted by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and three of them co-hosted by the ministry, and film bodies, producers and filmmakers from New Zealand, Australia and Germany. Kamal also had the privilege of speaking at the session on 'Co-Production: Merging Resources to Create Magic'. He lauded the new breed of filmmakers in India who are straying from the path of the commercial mainstream formulas and said, "coproduction treaties allow the filmmakers of today opportunities that were unthinkable a decade or two ago". AGENIES
Iranian actress Leila Hatami on Sunday angered authorities in Tehran by kissing the on the cheek, an act seen as affront to the "chastity" of the Islamic republic's women. A picture carried by Iranian media shows Hatami kissing Gilles Jacob at the opening of this year's festival. "Those who attend intentional events should take heed of the credibility and chastity of Iranians, so that a bad image of Iranian women will not be demonstrated to the world," Deputy Culture Minister Hossein Noushabadi said.
shaan to shoot arth 2 songs In northern areas LAHORE: Pakistani super star Shaan Shahid has decided to shoot the songs of his upcoming film Arth 2 in the heavenly northern areas of country. According to reports, he plans to shoot the songs in June and in this regard he has started contacting the cast of the film. Here It is important to note that Shaan is remaking an Indian movie but with entire Pakistani cast and has hired a cameraman from Hollywood to meet international standards. With this new project he wants to portray the progressive and talented side of Pakistan to the international community. NEWS DESK
strong fashIon Industry Important for LoLLywood LAHORE: Actor and model Mehreen Saeed said that new comers are playing a significant role in improving the image of Pakistan fashion industry. While talking to media, she said that the people entering fashion industry using deceitful ways won’t last long; moreover, people spoofing youngsters with false information are the true enemies of industry. She said such practices will have grave consequences. In an interview she said only hard work pays off and with only a powerful fashion industry will result in a progressive film industry. NEWS DESK
14 SPORTS SL cricket team muSt go and pLay in pakiStan: mahinda rajapakSa President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday said that Sri Lankan cricket team must go to Pakistan and play there. “We must go and play there also. We can’t allow the terrorists to have control,” President Rajapaksa said during a meeting with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain in China. The Pakistani cricket team is scheduled to play in Sri Lanka later this year. SPORTS DESK
Lt gen naveed Zaman eLected punjab goLf aSSociation preSident
LAHORE: The election for the office of President of Punjab Golf Association(PGA) for the remaining term of the Executive Committee was held at the Garrison Golf and Country Club on Sunday .Lt Gen Maqsood Ahmed,was previously elected for a four year term in 2013,but he had to proceed on an overseas posting and hence he resigned from this position.In his place Lt Gen Naveed Ahmed was unanimously elected President of PGA for the balance term which ends in 2016.The other already elected office bearers are Maqbool(Max) Babri of Royal Palm, Vice President,Brig(r)M.Akram Khan of Garrison Club ,Shahid Wahab Rao of Defence Raya Golf Club , Secretary and Imtiaz Ahmed of Garrison ,Treasurer.Lady members include Dr Asma Afzal Shami and Ghazala Yasmin. Members of the executive committee also previously elected are Lt Col(r)Tariq Kaleem(Rawalpindi),Lt Col Asghar Mehmood(Gujranwala),Qalbe Habib(Faisalabad) and Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed(Lahore Gymkhana). Also a member of the Committee is Zahid Sultan who is a representative of the professional golfers on the Executive Committee. Lt Gen Naveed Zaman said that he has a passion for sports and during his younger days he excelled in basketball.During the course of his posting in SiaChin,he kept his association with golf and played golf there.He said he was a firm believer in team work and collective wisdom and considered this assignment a huge challenge.He hoped the team will take golf to new heights and has already given approval for setting up a golf academy in Garrison Golf Club for facilitating the young and talented ones. STAFF REPORT
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
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he retirements of Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis and the subsequent loss of experience from the South African squad is the primary reason behind hashim Amla making himself available for the job of Test captain. Amla informed South Africa's selection panel he could be considered alongside AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy to replace Smith as leader for Tests and is expected to be seriously considered for the role. "A lot has changed over the last few months," Amla said in an interview with South Africa's Radio 2000. "Graeme has retired, Jacques has retired. I have always stayed away from taking the leadership role but now that we have lost two core members I think it is a good time for me, if appointed, to add value to the team." Amla's interest in the job comes as a surprise because he has been reluctant to captain in the past. he asked to be relieved of the duty when he was put in charge of the Dolphins franchise after one season, 2004-05, to concentrate on his batting and also relinquished the vicecaptaincy of the limited-overs sides last February. Now in his 10th year as an international cricketer, Amla feels he has enough experience to take on a little extra in all respects. Like Smith, who called time on his 11-year career partly because of the needs of his young family, Amla also has young children but said he would be happy dividing his time for now. "Though cricket does form a deep
part of a person's life, everything else carries on," he said. "The children are here and running around - being a father is something you can't really explain but it has helped develop some other skills that could be used on a cricket field. I am really grateful the family has been supportive as it is quite challenging and we travel a lot." While Amla admitted he was "not too sure" what the impact of captaining would be on his batting, he maintained scoring runs will remain a key focus. "I have always tried to establish myself as a batsman first. hopefully I can try and manage both," Amla said. "I am confident I can try and balance the two because on the field, I have always felt my mind is active and I try and contribute to ideas." Amla's more vocal approach, particularly behind the scenes, was the first clue he would like to be more involved in the think tank. he explained he will continue to form part of that group irrespective of who is chosen as Test captain, because he, de Villiers, who has also expressed his readiness to take on the role, du Plessis and Duminy share an understanding. "Whoever is captain, I don't think it will change my approach. We have a great bunch of senior guys who rely on and feed off each other," he said."The speculation over who will be the next captain doesn't affect our relationship. We have been playing for quite a long time and we have a good relationship. It's not about who is captain or who is not captain; it's about what's good for the team. If the powers that be deem someone else to be in a better position to captain, then brilliant."
Amla admitted South Africa had been through a "challenging season" and hinted that he expects it to remain tough. Following their first series defeat in five years, to Australia at home in March, and the annual update of the ICC's rankings, South Africa fell a fraction of a point below Australia and the new captain's most pressing task would be close that gap. "The top three or four teams are pretty evenly matched," he said. "We also had a few challenges with Graeme and Jacques retiring but now, as a team we
Yorkshire mourns slipper Sharpe SPORTS DESK Philip Sharpe, who has died at 77 after a short illness, played 12 Tests for England but upon his passing in Yorkshire they will talk only off his slip catching. On the subject of great slippers, Fred Trueman and Raymond Illingworth were just two Yorkshire bowlers who would opine that Sharpe had no better, not just in Yorkshire, but probably in the world in whatever era anybody cared to mention. England's omission of Sharpe for the 1968 Test against Headingley still lives on in cricket folklore nearly half a century later. England preferred to give a Test debut to Keith Fletcher and the somewhat self-effacing Essex batsman had a traumatic debut as slip catches went astray, leaving the Headingley crowd in no doubt that Sharpe would have caught them blindfolded. When the Headingley Test pitch was vandalised seven years later as part of the "Free George Davis" campaign, Trueman's after-dinner speeches quickly had the line that, if he had his way, they would be thrown off the pavilion roof at Headingley. "But I'm not a cruel man," he would say knowingly. "I'd have Keith Fletcher underneath to try to catch 'em." Sharpe's Test record was an
impressive one - he averaged 46.23, compared to 30.73 overall after a county career that brought 22,530 first-class runs. That discrepancy was partly the result of demanding Yorkshire pitches, perhaps also of a
more carefree attitude to the county circuit, although he was always a respected player of quick bowling. His finest county season was 1962, when he made 2,201 first-class runs, held 67 catches and helped Vic Wilson, Yorkshire's first professional captain, bring the Championship pennant back to Headingley. It was not enough to get him to Australia that winter, his Test debut coming against West Indies the following year. In all, he took 618 first-class catches, often taking the catch as late as possible so that it seemed the ball was already behind him, and diving only when it was absolutely necessary. Yorkshire historians ranked him alongside "Long" John" Tunnicliffe as Yorkshire's finest slipper. In the era he played, Australia's Bobby Simpson was of comparable quality. As Don Mosey wrote in We Don't Play It For Fun: "He raised slip catching not only to an art form but a geometrical science by working out the optimum place to stand after taking into account the pace of the pitch, the type of bowling, the positioning of the wicketkeeper and the known technique of the batsman." All that done, he was then reliant upon his ability to judge the pace of the ball and razor-sharp reflexes.
ADAM SCOTT - GOLF'S NEW NUMBER ONE S PERvEz QaiSER Australia's Adam Scott has become world number one on the official world golf rankings, usurping American Tiger Woods who held the position for 60 weeks. Adam Scott has spent 38 weeks in second spot, and has made the jump despite not playing a PGA Tour event last week. It is the first time an Australian has held the top spot since Greg Norman relinquished his crown in 1998. The 33-year old's major breakthrough came at the 2013 US Masters, where he became the first Australian to win the event, taking the crown in a playoff. Although he is yet to win a USPGA Tour event this season, a 14th place finish at the Masters and a 3rd place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational have helped him step up the rankings.
have to find a way of playing without those two colossal figures." In many ways, Amla voicing interest in the captaincy is the start of that process and is thought to have sparked debate among the selection panel. The South African selectors will continue debating who they would like to recommend as the next captain over the next two weeks. Once they have made their choice, they will refer it to the CSA board who will either ratify or reject it. An announcement on who the successful candidate will be is expected in early June.
Adam Derek Scott who was born on July 16,1980 at Adelaide, is the 17th golfer to hold the number one position. Tiger Woods has spent the most consecutive weeks (281) and most total weeks (683) in that position. Three golfers have spent an entire calendar year atop the rankings: Nick Faldo (1993), Greg Norman (1996), and Tiger Woods (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). The other players who have had official World Number 1 status in the 28 year history of the Golf ranking are Seve Ballesteros (Spain-61 weeks), Greg Norman (Australia-331 weeks), Nick Faldo (England-97 weeks), Luke Donald (England-56 weeks), Ian Woosnam (Wales-50 weeks), Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland-39 weeks), Nick Price (Zimbabwe-44 weeks), Vijay Singh (Fiji-32 weeks), Lee Westwood (England-22 weeks), Fred Couples (United States-16 weeks), David Duval (United States-15 weeks), Ernie Els (South Africa-9
weeks), Martin Kaymer (Germany-8 weeks) and Tom Lehman (United States-one week) GOLF'S NUMBER ONE PLAYERS: Player First date at No. 1 Total Weeks Major titles 1. Tiger Woods (United States) June 15,1997 683 14 2. Greg Norman (Australia) Sept 14,1986 331 2 3. Nick Faldo (England) September 2, 1990 97 6 4. Seve Ballesteros (Spain) April 27,1986 61 5 5. Luke Donald (England) May 29, 2011 56 6. Ian Woosnam (Wales) April 7, 1991 50 1 7. Nick Price (Zimbabwe) August 14,1994 44 3 8. R McIlroy (Northern Ireland) March 4, 2012 39 2 9. Vijay Singh (Fiji) September 6,2004 32 3 10.Lee Westwood (England ) October 31, 2010 22 11. Fred Couples (United States) March 22,1992 16 1 12. David Duval (United States) March 28, 1999 15 1 13. Ernie Els (South Africa) June 22, 1997 9 4 14. Martin Kaymer (Germany) February 27, 2011 8 1 15. Bernhard Langer (Germany) April 4,1986 3 2 16. Tom Lehman (United States) April 20,1997 1 1 17. Adam Scott (Australia) May 18,2014 1 1
He enjoyed his cricket and he enjoyed his post-match singalongs, too, needing little encouragement to team up with Don Wilson, an England leftarm spinner and Yorkshire colleague, for a rendition of songs from Gilbert and Sullivan or the Black and White Minstrels, a repertoire which in its entirety could last more than an hour. Not for Sharpe were the intense postmatch Yorkshire inquests conducted by the likes of Illingworth and Brain Close after an unrewarding day. There were few more relaxed Yorkshire cricketers in that era, prepared to wash away the bad memories with a few pints and a song or two. Sharpe's early forays in cricket were at Bradford Grammar School and Worksop School and he was capped by Yorkshire in 1960 as a new young side began to be built: the side of Trueman, Wilson, Close, Illingworth, Jimmy Binks and Jackie Hampshire. During Sharpe's 20-year career, Yorkshire won seven Championship titles and he had spells later on with Derbyshire and in the Minor Counties with Norfolk. He also served as a Yorkshire committee member for York and sided with the committee in the Boycott Wars, although he did so urbanely and his mild, easy-going nature meant that he showed little relish for the fight.
Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
cairnS denieS corruption aLLegationS
Chris Cairns, the former New Zealand allrounder, has acknowledged that his name has been linked to allegations of corruption and has said allegations against him "are a complete lie." The recently reported testimonies of Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum in the ICC's investigation of spot-fixing and match-fixing allegations have both mentioned a Player X in their statements to the anti-corruption and security unit. Cairns won a High Court libel trial in 2012 against Lalit Modi, after the latter accused him of match-fixing. Following the emergence of Vincent's claims last week, reportedly given as part of a pleabargain with the ICC, which revealed the scope and scale of the matches implicated, the Daily Mail revealed details of McCullum's testimony where he explained how he was approached in India during the first year of the IPL and then in Worcester during New Zealand's 2008 tour of England by the same player and asked whether he would be interested in fixing cricket matches. McCullum said that player had been a "hero" of his. "I am aware that Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum have made a range of allegations against a cricketer dubbed Player X," Cairns said. "It is well known that the ICC/ACSU has been investigating allegations of corruption and my name has been linked by others to these allegations. I am being asked whether I am Player X. "Based on the limited information I have received during this investigation, I believe it is being alleged that I am that player. These allegations against me are a complete lie." Cairns had, in April, confirmed that he had had a recent meeting with Scotland Yard investigators but refused to divulge the reasons for the meeting. New Zealand Cricket reacted angrily to the leak of McCullum's testimony. "New Zealand Cricket is dismayed that Brendon McCullum's testimony to the International Cricket Council has been leaked to the media," the board said in a statement. "We can confirm that Brendon is not under investigation by the ICC and his testimony has actually been applauded by them. NZC has 100% confidence in our captain and his role in tackling corruption." SPORTS DESK
SunriSerS Spice up fight for fourth
uNRISeRS hyderabad appeared to be coasting towards their target of 161 after a strong opening stand, but managed to drag the chase into the last over to win by seven wickets and upset Royal Challengers Bangalore's plans of making the playoffs. Sunrisers needed 20 off the last two overs but Darren Sammy's salvo took them through with two balls to spare. Despite the victory, Sunrisers still need other results to go their way, as do Royal Challengers both have ten points with two remaining games. A predominantly one-sided chase turned competitive at the start of the 17th over, when Sunrisers needed 35 off 24 with nine wickets in hand. David Warner, set on 59, carved a high full toss from Varun Aaron straight to cover and his exit increased the required rate as Yuvraj Singh bowled a tight 18th over, giving away just seven runs. It came down to 17 off ten and a boundary was needed. Naman Ojha then sent the ball soaring over the second tier at deep cover and Aaron had his revenge when Ojha tamely scooped the next ball to cover. Darren Sammy didn't need any sighters as he bashed his first ball flat over the straight boundary, bringing the equation down to less than a run a ball. he sealed the win by chipping a slower ball from Mitchell Starc over cover, giving Sunrisers a foot in the door as the scramble for fourth place got tighter. Just as pleasing for Sunrisers was the fact that Shikhar Dhawan, who was re-
lieved of the captaincy for the sake of his batting form, scored his first fifty. Sunrisers were dominant in the Powerplay, scoring 51. Dhawan scored boundaries off more conventional strokes while Warner wasn't afraid to play the reverse sweep against Muttiah Muralitharan. Royal Challengers used five bowlers inside the first ten overs but they had to wait till the 13th over for their first breakthrough. It came via a runout, as Warner pushed the ball to backward point and set off but Dhawan wasn't quick enough to beat Yuvraj's throw. The spinners did well in parts to keep the runs down, but when Warner struck Yuzvendra Chahal for
consecutive sixes, the pressure was released. Royal Challengers did well to stay in the game after Warner departed, but 160 was only competitive, but insufficient. Royal Challengers began sluggishly, scoring just two boundaries in the Powerplay. Sunrisers, in contrast, scored nine. Chris Gayle limped his way to 14 before falling cheaply and Yuvraj fell for a chancy 25-ball 21. Royal Challengers managed only 48 off the first ten overs, but in the second half the innings picked up. Kohli took 19 off a Karn Sharma over with big hits down the ground and in two overs, they had scored
31. Sammy leaked 19 off his only over as Kohli and AB de Villiers helped themselves to a six each. Kohli, who hadn't scored a fifty in the competition, finally got the monkey off his back. he lofted Irfan Pathan over long-on but was caught the following ball in attempting to clear long-off. he wasn't smiling in the end though, as Royal Challengers were left expecting favours from other sides to go through to the last four. Sunrisers Hyderabad 161 for 3 (Dhawan 50, Warner 59) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 160 for 6 (Kohli 67) by seven wickets
Franchises unimpressed with new anti-corruption measures A series of anti-corruption measures introduced in the IPL this season has drawn mixed reactions, with players said to be more forthcoming in reporting information but some IPL franchises calling the steps "confused" and "humbug". A number of franchise officials spoken to by ESPNcricinfo said that the problem was within the IPL, which lacked a culture of complying with the rules and regulations. One official said that the efficacy of the new measures would depend upon whether the BCCI was going to be decisive when anything wrong was revealed. To many franchises, the IPL works on double standards. The new anti-corruption procedures put in place included the appointment of integrity officers assigned to every franchise, random checks on the telephones of players, coaches and support staff, and franchises being required to submit their list of invitees to parties during the IPL. The BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit had the right to check emails and phones of players under suspicion, a BCCI official said, since bookies were trying to approach players through internet messaging applications like Blackberry messenger and WhatsApp. These, the BCCI and franchises believe, had led to players being more forthcoming in reporting information. South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders, is known to have reported an alleged approach after being accosted by a stranger in UAE, where the first phase of the IPL was held in April. A BCCI official said that having an integrity officer stay and travel with the team served as constant reminders to the teams about the seriousness of anti-corruption measures. In the past, the BCCI official pointed out, the
player would judge the content of a conversation he had with a stranger and then decide whether it was worth reporting or not. The big change now, the official believed, was that the player had left that judgement of the implication carried by the conversation to the ACU. The ACU have tried to "cocoon players" from outside influences, by imposing stringent conditions on outsiders trying to enter after-match parties, an easy avenue in the past for bookies to try to strike conversations with cricketers. The franchise needed to inform the ACU in advance along with the names and personal details of any guests they wanted to invite. The franchises, however, are not entirely satisfied with these new measures. A CEO at one of the franchises thought the ACU was "confused" in its planning. The CEO revealed an example of this confusion. Normally the entire squad attends the pre-match team meeting, but only 15 players travel to the ground, with the rest staying back at the hotel. This year, though, the ACU has made it mandatory that all the players in the meeting have to go to the ground because they could leak information. The CEO felt such an assumption - that inside information would be leaked - was "ridiculous." A player/official heading to a ground can easily share information because they hand over their phones to the team manager only after entering the dressing room. Also to force a player to not attend a team meeting just because of the new rule was proving to be difficult, the CEO pointed out. According to him, a safer and better option would be to take charge of the phones from the time the players/officials entered the team meeting. A
franchise team director called the new ACU measures "all humbug". According to him the biggest step had to be taken by the player. It was the player who had to take more precautions. The official pointed out that if the player remained "stubborn and disciplined", the bookies would find it impossible to breach any safety mechanism. A senior official at a third franchise said having an integrity officer around was just a "feel-good feeling." But he agreed the one big positive change evident this year that the ACU has managed to "communicate." Its result was that the "boys are themselves are much more careful, much more aware." The players now understood that if anything wrong happened it would affect his livelihood. "If I allow this to happen it is finally my bread money," the official said. Franchises also had questions over the professional skillsets of the integrity officers, most of whom they said were retired officials from various wings of the Indian army. "The backgrounds of most of these integrity officers does not really make me assured whether how good they are at their detective skills," the franchise official pointed out. The CEO said there was a danger that the integrity officers could be drawn to glamour element found in the IPL. What has also annoyed the team officials is that the IPL had forced the franchises to pay for the integrity officer's travel and lodging expenses. NEW ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES THIS SEASON: An integrity officer appointed to every franchise, Random checks on telephones and emails of players, coaches and support staff, Franchises to submit list of invitees to their IPL parties. SPORTS DESK
HOME STRETCH AWAITS TOP GUNS MOhali AGENCIES A month after they took this edition of the tournament by storm, Kings XI Punjab return home to Mohali, a ground notorious for its sparsely filled stands be it international cricket or the IPL, for the first of three home games. In the recent past, only an occasion as big as the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan saw Mohali choc-ablock with people. Now, they won't have an excuse as Kings XI have been the team to watch in the tournament, their style of batting possibly the most exhilarating ever in seven editions of the IPL. Facing them will be Mumbai Indians, a team on the brink. The defending champions have had a disastrous campaign and need to win all their remaining matches to have any chance of making it to the playoffs. The Mohali test promises to be their toughest as they will be playing their last two matches against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils with the vociferous support of the Wankhede crowd behind
them. That they are one of only two teams to beat Kings XI this season should boost their confidence. Form guide Kings XI Punjab: WWLWW (completed games, most recent first)
Mumbai Indians: WLWLW Where they stand Kings XI Punjab: Top of the table, with 18 points from 11 games Mumbai Indians: Seventh, with 8 points from 11 games
Previous encounter Harbhajan Singh reined in the Glenn Maxwell storm just when it was threatening to explode in the teams' previous meeting. George Bailey and David Miller failed to fire and Kings XI could only set a target of 169, which, considering the conditions in Mumbai, was slightly below par. Kieron Pollard, with a 12-ball 28, helped Mumbai Indians complete the chase in the last over. Watch out for Kings XI retaining Manan Vohra, a 20year-old batsman, ahead of the auctions seemed to be against conventional wisdom. They then kept him hidden for nine matches, raising more questions about that decision. But if you saw him hit that back-foot punch for six over cover off a quick Mohammed Shami delivery against Daredevils, you wondered why on earth was he out for so long. Vohra's stats for his two matches this season read 89 runs off 39 balls, which is a strike rate of 228.20, a few notches above that of Maxwell. Michael Hussey's return to the top of
the order has lent solidity to a fragile Mumbai Indians batting. His halfcentury in his comeback match in Ahmedabad gave Mumbai Indians their best start this year. Maybe the team could have been patient with his form earlier. With three must-win games ahead of them, they now need Hussey to come good three more times. Stats and trivia Kieron Pollard's strike-rate - 130.89 - is the best for Mumbai Indians this season. Kings XI have five batsmen with a better strike-rate than that In four matches against Mumbai Indians in Mohali, Kings XI have lost just once. They scored 168 batting first in that match, the same as in their loss against Mumbai Indians earlier this season Kings XI are nine short of becoming the fourth side to hit 500 sixes in the IPL Quotes "He is a genius and he has done it so many times before for the Chennai Super Kings in previous seasons and Australia as well." Rohit Sharma on the importance of Michael Hussey.
SPORTS Wednesday, 21 May, 2014
ShoAib wAntS AfRiDi to lEAD tEAM in woRlD cup 2015
DREAMS Do coME tRuE!
Pakistan ball maker to fulfill World Cup dream SIALKOT AGENCIES
SPORTS DESK Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said that Shahid Afridi should be the captain for next world cup as he has the potential to lead the side to success. Talking to Private news channel Shoaib Akhtar said that Shahid is not a regular batsman but his credentials as bowler and aggression in his attitude is the key factor for him to qualify as a captain. Shoaib added that the coach should understand how to take the best out of each and every individual in the team. To a question, he said that Waqar would bring changes beneficial for Pakistan team in the future. He as a coach has to rise above everything and act as father figure in the dressing room, he said. He said that a cricketer of Waqar’s stature would be able to help Pakistan team overcome the problems and grab victories in the future. He stated that the current Pakistani team has the potential to at least reach in the final of the Cricket World Cup 2015. However, he said that it is going to require a lot of effort since the competition is immense especially with new teams entering the pool this time.
T was when he felt the roar of the crowd at the 2006 World Cup in Germany that Pakistani factory owner Khawaja Akhtar first dreamt up a goal of his own: to manufacture the ball for the biggest soccer tournament on the planet. “The people were chanting all around me. I just thought, 'This is the real thing',” Akhtar told a foreign media service. “I was part of the crowd. I never had that kind of feeling before.” His factory in eastern Pakistan had made balls for the German Bundesliga, French league and Champions League, but he had never snagged a World Cup contract. Last year he finally got his chance - but only 33 days to make it happen. When Akhtar heard last autumn that Adidas' Chinese supplier for the World Cup couldn't keep up with demand, he immediately invited executives to his plant in Sialkot, a wealthy Pakistani manufacturing town with a long history of leatherwork. Their first visit was not a success. “They said 'You have Stone Age equipment,” said his oldest son, Hassan Masood Khawaja, laughing. “After they left, my father called a meeting and said: 'This is our only
chance. If we show them we can't do it, we'll never get another chance again.'” It usually takes six months to set up a production line, but the factory only had a month - Adidas, the German sports equipment maker, was in a hurry. So Khawaja designed, made and moved the equipment into place within 33 days. Everything had to be done from scratch. “It was hard, maybe the hardest thing I've ever done,” he said over the noise of the hot, hissing machines. But it was a success, and the firm's previous investment in thermal bonding tech-
nology paid off. Only thermally bonded balls - made using a glue that reacts with heat - are round enough for the World Cup's strict standards. A leading force in world cricket, Pakistan is a mere alsoran in soccer, where it ranks just 159th in the world. But Akhtar's factory, where men and women in bright, flowing robes move plastic ball panels from machine to precision machine, is part of a long tradition of Sialkot football makers. Local legend tells of a poor cobbler who made his fortune by repairing the punctured
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footballs of colonial-era British soldiers, then studying how to make them himself. He was so successful that soldiers all over the region started buying from him. Business blossomed - but so did child labour. A series of scandals, and changing technology, forced many factories to close. Others had to clean up their acts. These days’ foreign brands frequently inspect Sialkot factories that make their footballs. Large signs on Akhtar's factory walls sternly proclaim that child labour is forbidden and
unions are allowed. Workers that Reuters spoke to privately confirmed that conditions were good - the salary was mostly minimum wage, around $100 a month, but social security, life insurance and transport were extra benefits. A small government hospital sits on the premises. In the past 40 years, Akhtar's own family business, called Forward, has grown from 50 men to 1,400 employees. Unusually for Pakistan, nearly a quarter of them are women. Some wear the niqab, a long black covering that leaves only a pair of brown eyes exposed. Others flaunt bright sandals with imitation jewels and wear robes the colour of tropical birds. Almost all say they are the first woman in their family to work. Shakila Ashrafi, a 38-yearold mother whose long beige coat reached down to her ankles, said one of her first purchases was a television. When the World Cup kicks off in Brazil on June 12, they plan to invite their neighbours all avid cricket supporters - to come and watch the strange foreign game being played half a world away. “We will bring everyone together to see the match,” she said, her busy hands pausing for a moment. “I want them to see what we make and where the balls go.”