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PESHAWAR: Although Urmar SHO Ijaz Khan had been suspended by IGP Nasir Durrani on Tuesday, the notification took time in issuance and the actual suspension took place on Wednesday.

This was said by SSP Operations Dr Mian Saeed during a press conference at Gulbahar police station.

“Some people in the media are confused about the entire case as Ijaz had been suspended in an earlier case in Badhaber police station,” he said. “A police team is investigating the matter thoroughly.”

According to the SSP, Aslam was killed by the SHO after he gunned down three police constables.

“The SHO then entered Aslam’s house, took shelter there and opened fire in retaliation which killed Aslam on the spot,” he said. “Aslam’s relatives gathered and started firing at police. As a result, six policemen were injured.”

He added that Ijaz opened fire on Aslam in the Urmar case, only after the villagers began the shoot-out.

After his involvement in the Urmar case, a judicial enquiry has been announced by MPA Ishtiaq Urmar.

Cases registered

Two FIRs have been registered in Urmar Payan firing incident which left three people dead and six others injured.

The first FIR was sealed immediately after the registration. The second one was registered on the complaint of Abbas Khan, the father of the deceased Aslam Khan, resident of Urmar Payan village.

“We were present in the house when the police raid was conducted and my son was murdered in cold blood by the SHO,” Abbas said. “I was too shocked after Aslam’s death to see what was happening between the police and villagers.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Frontier Printers and Publishers Association has pressed the provincial government to issue all printing contracts of government and private institutes to local publishers.

The demand was put forward during a news conference at Peshawar Press Club on Thursday. The association’s president, Zafar Khattak, said outsourcing is rare in other provinces.

“On the contrary, printing responsibilities for all government and private institutions are taken on by local publishers,” he said. “The K-P government should adopt a similar system as it could prevent countless injustices faced by local publishers.”

According to Khattak, the local publishing industry has been dealt a critical blow due to outsourcing. “We must realise that the livelihood of thousands of people is at stake,” he said. “If no action is taken, the employees will suffer.”

Tax exemption

He shared textbook, printing companies and publishers enjoy tax exemptions in other provinces.

“However, companies in K-P have to pay hefty taxes to the government,” he said. “The provincial textbook board wants us to print textbooks on tender basis for the next academic year and start working in August.

But the government has failed to announce the tenders. I strongly urge them to announce the tenders and issue contracts to local publishers.”

Khattak demanded a ban on private publishing companies, saying they have fuelled corruption and nepotism. He also threatened to take to the streets if these demands are not met.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.


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The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government does not plan to privatise Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation (PEDO) and will instead introduce reforms in the energy sector to enhance its capacity. This was stated in a handout issued on Thursday.

The provincial government is following a policy to strengthen the economic condition of the province and improve the quality of life of the public. Therefore, it has declared a power emergency and directed the energy department to initiate viable power projects so that energy crisis in the country can be resolved.

The handout quoted a PEDO official as saying that if the organisation operates on modern corporate lines it will be able to generate more profits for the province.

“In order to modernise the official structure, services of experts from the corporate sector are being hired,” the official was quoted as saying. “However, at the same time it would be ensured that interests of existing employees are safeguarded.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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PESHAWAR: FIRs against minority leaders for failing to provide adequate security to places of worship have met with criticism.

Minority representatives argue it is the responsibility of the government and police to provide security. The concerns were raised after police registered an FIR against a Hindu temple administrator for inadequate security at the centuries-old Kalabari temple. Ram Lal was booked on Tuesday under the Protection of Sensitive and Vulnerable Establishments and Places Act 2015.

A few days ago, an FIR was also registered against a Christian leader Haroon Jani Masih for failing to implement adequate security measures at a church in Tarnab Farm in the jurisdiction area of the Chamkani police station. Even though he was not directly related to the church, Haroon Jani was still booked, which was unfair, a community member said.

Chairman for Hindu Rights Movement Haroon Sarbdyal told The Express Tribune he was upset with this trend in the making. Like all temples in the area, be it a Hindu or a Sikh one, the Kalabari temple is also under the supervision of Auqaf, he said. “These buildings generate millions of rupees, but Auqaf does not spend any money on providing security to them,” he added.

Sarbdyal said the Hindu community is financially one of the weakest in the country. “We cannot afford to pay for security at the temples,” he said, adding that Hindus cannot afford to hire guards, install CCTV cameras, and have a generator to provide round-the-clock electricity, among other security measures.

A year ago, Peshawar police hired eight constables on contract from the Hindu and Sikh communities to guard the temples. The decision came after a police constable was killed while guarding a temple in Sikandarpura in a target killing incident.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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Adviser to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani on Thursday said Pakistan will continue its moral and diplomatic support of the Kashmiri people.

He said the Kashmir issue should be resolved according to the United Nations resolutions and strongly condemned the Indian firing on working boundary and Line of Control. He said the Indian aggression was a threat to regional peace and Pakistan would not budge from its principled stance on Kashmir.

Dr Kirmani said the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) would elect their representatives on the basis of performance in forthcoming Legislative Assembly elections. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), he said, would win the AJK elections with a big majority on the basis of its performance.

He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was determined to make AJK a developed state, because its people had affection and love for him. The Kashmiris would practically show their love by giving votes to the PML-N in the forthcoming elections, he added. He directed the PML-N workers to speed up their mass contact campaign for coming elections.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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FAISALABAD: A Citizens Facilitation and Service Centre is being built at a cost of Rs78.743 million over eight kanals near the Yadgar-i-Shuhda police station and the General Bus Stand.

The idea is to provide services of several government departments under one roof.

DCO Noorul Amin Mengal visited the site and inspected the pace of construction work on Thursday. He told officers of the relevant departments to monitor the quality and pace of construction work regularly. He said the project must be completed in four months instead of the initial six month deadline.

Menagl said once completed, the Citizens Facilitation and Service Centre would allow for prompt delivery of services. He said facilitation offices of various departments would be under the same roof.

Citizens could apply for birth certificates, character certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, domicile certificates, token tax, CNICs, transfer of property, Motor Vehicle Registration, Motor Vehicle Transfer of Ownership, Route permits, learners driving licences and NADRA Sahulat. He said they would also be able to deposit traffic fines at the centre.

The DCO said that the government was working on developing an innovative system for prompt departmental service delivery.

Khawar Hafeez, the coordinator of the project, said this would help simplify several bureaucratic procedures. 

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2015.

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The marketing of Eden Life, a new housing scheme by Alhamra Pvt Ltd, has been termed misleading. The mandatory no objection certificate (NOC) for the scheme, announced in the Zone-5 of the federal capital, has not been secured yet from the Capital Development Authority.

According to the government sources, before completing all the necessary requirements, starting and marketing of any residential project on commercial basis is illegal. The necessary procedure and standards have not been met for Eden Life yet and thus the marketing of the project by the company is illegal.

Alhamra Pvt Ltd had got NOC for its project Alhamra Avenue. Later, the company applied for approval of changing the name of the project to Eden Life.

According to CDA, the application is still pending with the authority. According to government sources, the marketing of the Eden Life project before issuance of the NOC is tantamount to cheating and an illegal act as the application is still pending with the authority.

They also said that the marketing of the project Eden Life before issuance of the NOC is cheating and an illegal act.

Alhamra Pvt Ltd claims to be the sponsor of a residential project named Alhamra Avenue spanning over 1074.1 canals of land in the village Charrah in the federal capital and now is marketing a new project with the name of Eden Life.

The sources said that the biggest hurdle in the way of issuance of the NOC with the new name is a case filed by Shaheen Foundation of PAF which has filed applications in NAB saying that investment was done in the company for purchase of 700 plots and 7 farmhouses. The full payment has been done but the plots have not been handed over yet.

The Eden Life spokesperson said the company’s application for change of the name of the project in the CDA has not been approved yet. The company has deposited the required fee.


Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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LAHORE: Punjab Ombudsman Javed Mahmood on Tuesday took notice of an appeal by a girl student who said she had not received the cash prize she was promised after winning an essay writing competition held by the government three years ago.

Javed Mehmood directed the education secretary, the Kasur DCO and the Kasur education EDO to probe the matter and submit a report in 15 days.

Kiran Mukhtar, 17, a resident of Talvandi village of Chunian, said she had won the competition during the Youth Festival in 2012. She said she had been promised the prize after she secured the first position. “I was in grade 8 at that time. I have now passed matriculation and still not received the prize.”

“I come from a humble background. To take part in the competition, I had borne travel, boarding and food expenses,” Mukhtar said. She said the money could help her pay college dues.

“The payment to Miss Mukhtar will be ensured at the earliest,” Abid Noor Bhatti, the public relations officer to Mehmood, quoted the ombudsman as saying. “Action will be taken against those responsible for the delay.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2015.

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The Supreme Court has reserved verdict on the show-cause notice to Barrister Ali Zafar. The full bench headed by CJP Jawwad S Khawaja rejected the application for deferment of the case and directed Zafar to complete his arguments. He had presented his arguments for more than five hours.

The court also rejected the request from Supreme Court Bar Association President Fazal Haq Abbasi and senior lawyer Latif Afridi for a break in the hearing.

The CJP continually gave references of the constitution and the law during the hearing, while Justice Faiz Essa spoke of compromise and Justice Dost Muhammad Khan spoke about interesting things to keep the mood light.

The court said Abbasi’s plea that the matter be sent to the Pakistan Bar Council’s disciplinary committee could be accepted if Zafar offered an unconditional apology.

However, Zafar decided to defend his case despite the fact that his counsel Asma Jahangir was absent and he also did not have the record.

Justice Dost assured Zafar that no judge had made up his mind against him and that he would be provided justice.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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ISLAMABAD: The federal government has asked the Sindh Rangers to slow down the process of arrests and interrogation of political personalities allegedly involved in corruption

“After hard hitting statements from Asif Ali Zardari and the rest of the PPP leadership, the federal government has asked the Sindh Rangers to slow down the process,” official sources said. This was disclosed on the condition of anonymity to The Express Tribune.

“The Sindh Rangers have been told that if they find any evidence or information leading to the arrest of any political personality, it should take the provincial government into confidence before taking any action,” the sources said.

The sources said Sindh Rangers have declined to entertain the federal government’s request after finding evidence against political personalities

“The Sindh Rangers have taken the plea that any relaxation at this stage will badly damage the on-going operation as happened in the past. The noose around corrupt elements, financers of terrorists, hit-men, extortionists, their abettors and the people involved in corruption, should continue to be tightened,” the sources said.

However, sources said the Sindh Rangers have shared before going after prominent personalities it informs the Apex Committee, and will now take the provincial government into confidence.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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Approximately Rs75,306 is the average cost of disposing of a case in the Supreme Court, reveals the apex court’s annual report for 2014-15.

The report states that 16,021 cases were disposed of from May 2014 to May 2015, and last fiscal’s total budget was approximately Rs1.207 billion, which puts the approximate cost of each case at Rs75,306. Until May 1, 2015, a total of 20,149 cases were still pending in the top court.

Disclosing the statistics of institution, disposal and pendency of cases since 1950, the report pointed towards an increase in the rate of institution of cases since 2001.

In 2001, 15,243 cases were instituted and 13,070 were pending, but the numbers gradually increased every year. In 2014, 18,520 cases were instituted and 22,979 cases were pending.

Former additional attorney Tariq Mahmood Khokhar listed several reasons for an increase in institution of cases. “The country’s population has increased; as a nation, we are more inclined to litigation; most cases were filed against the executive, which shows the government’s failure to redress the people’s grievances; there’s a trend of filing frivolous petitions; litigants approach superior courts against lower courts’ verdicts due to poor standard of justice system; disposal of cases in different high courts have increased due to appointment of a number of judges, so appeals are filed against them.” To discourage the trend, he recommended implementing a ‘cost and fine system’.

The annual report says the SC judges have adopted different ways and means to clear pending cases. A categorisation cell was established last October. It has been operating under the guidance of Justice Mian Saqib Nisar.

Human rights cell

After retirement of former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry, the rate of filing applications in the apex court’s human rights cell has decreased.

During May 2014 and May 1, 2015, 29,717 applications have been instituted and 32,387 disposed of. The number of remaining cases is 11,883.

The report says that since Chaudhry’s restoration, institution of pleas in the HR cell increased drastically. But the number started decreasing after his retirement and it continues to drop every month.

A senior SC official disclosed that after Chaudhry’s retirement, the HR cell’s activities have not been publicised in the media, which is why the people are unaware of its undertakings.

Around 20 people are currently working under the supervision of the director general of the cell. Legal experts believe that the present CJP, Jawwad S Khawaja, should focus on improving the functioning of the cell.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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Serious discrepancies have emerged in the figures of dengue fever sufferers in Punjab after the provincial health department confirmed that 1,261 people to date have contracted the deadly illness, experts said, citing the health department’s own analysis of the collated data.

This shows the “irresponsible attitude” of the authorities in handling dengue cases, they said.

According to documents available with The Express Tribune, from January this year till August 23 there were 832 confirmed cases of dengue fever. But in the last 10 days the total number of reported cases rose dramatically to 1,261. This means as many as 429 dengue cases suddenly emerged. On an average, 40 people across Punjab are being confirmed for dengue fever every day.

Epidemiologists have termed this outbreak of dengue fever both alarming and worrisome. They believe that dengue cases are probably under reported, pointing out that the Punjab government data only relates to the number of patients confirmed for the disease in public sector hospitals. However, it is estimated that 80 per cent of the population frequents private healthcare set-ups.

“Considering the current trend of cases being reporting in the Punjab province, it is estimated that by including the data from private hospitals the number of people who have been confirmed for the disease could go up by 4,000,” said Dr Anwar Rafay, the assistant professor in epidemiology and biostatistics at Contech School of Public Health, Lahore.

He also said that it is a fact that now prevention of dengue fever is not on Punjab government’s priority list.

Commenting on Punjab health department analysis he said, “It is completely misleading and fails to present true picture of the situation on which planning should be done.”

In the analysis a patient tested positive for the disease has been mentioned in the list of people tested negative for it. Furthermore the analysis also mentioned that some of the patients’ platelet count was recorded at impossibly low rates. Medically speaking, if the platelet count is below 10,000, the patient dies.

Dr Saleem Rana, a vector control expert said, “The case response is zero in Punjab which is one of the major reasons behind the spread of the disease.”

He said since the beginning of the year it was known to everyone in the Punjab health department that there would be an outbreak of the disease this year. However, they did not pay much heed to it.

The Express Tribune tried to contact Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab, Khawaja Salman Rafique, but he was unavailable for comment.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed the Rangers and other authorities concerned to conduct magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test of the chairman of the Sindh Higher Education Commission and former petroleum minister Dr Asim Hussain, who is currently under 90-day detention of Rangers for interrogation related to terror financing.

Headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, a division bench passed this direction while disposing of a petition filed by Dr Zareen Hussain, who went to court seeking medical care for her husband.

The bench, however, directed the petitioner to file a separate petition if she wanted to challenge his arrest. An assistant director of the Rangers told the bench that necessary medical care was being provided to Dr Hussain, who was in good health.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata,on Thursday visited Jalozai camp and met the temporary displaced persons (TDPs) receiving support from Japan through UNDP and WFP. Japan is providing a $5 million a year grant to meet the nutritional needs of women and children in the Jalozai camp. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan, UNDP Country Director, Marc-Andre Franche and WFP Country Representative, Lola Castro, were also present. The ambassador also visited WFP Nutrition Facility in Jalozai camp where acutely malnourished children, pregnant women and lactating mothers receive treatment.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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KARACHI: Perhaps the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken the famous William Shakespeare line “what’s in a name” way too seriously. For the umpteenth time, a ‘hurried’ PCB has ignored the global tradition of placing the names on the shirts of the players taking the field in the ongoing Haier National T20 Cup at the Rawalpindi Stadium in Rawalpindi.

Eight teams are involved in the qualifying rounds, while twelve — including two qualifiers — will play the main round of the event, which starts from September 8.

The PCB has introduced many new sponsors in the tournament and the logos of the various companies and corporations supporting the event adorn the kits of the players. Almost every possible spot for placement on the jerseys and flannels is covered by a logo, which means that there is no space available for the names of the players wearing the kits.

The PCB has regularly organised limited-overs cricket in white balls and coloured clothing over the last decade or so and, in almost every edition, the players have worn nameless shirts.

Conversely, all major domestic leagues and tournaments around the world have the names of the players written in bold letters on the back of their shirts. The practice is considered essential for improving the broadcast quality and identifying the players for the viewers watching on TV.

‘Names to be placed for one-day tournament’

When reminded of the infuriating practice, a top PCB official vowed to “ensure that the names of the players appear on their kits” for the domestic one-day tournament scheduled later in the year.

The official added that since there were a large number of players, the task of placing the names was an arduous one, especially in the short time frame in which the preparations were made.

However, the domestic cricket department, currently headed by the veteran Intikhab Alam, has overseen the organisation of at least two dozen such events in recent years. Yet it seems that in every edition, ‘time constraints’ or a ‘hurried’ PCB have been forced to overlook the basics.

It remains to be seen if the intrusion of a top official is actually going to help buck the trend in the events ahead.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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ISLAMABAD: Federal authorities on Thursday banned the export of donkey hides in a bid to clamp down on the illegal slaughter of the animal amid disclosure that its meat is being sold in place of beef in several parts of the country.

The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet moved after media reported that donkey meat is being sold illegally in major cities of the country. In the last fiscal year, the export of donkey hides grew by 217% or 129,898 hides, according to official figures. It is suspected that the meat of the same number of donkeys was sold in urban areas, particularly in Punjab.

Headed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the ECC also allowed gas utility companies to raise Rs101 billion from commercial banks aimed at laying a new gas pipeline, which will have a capacity to deliver 1.2 billion cubic feet gas per day. The total cost of the project is estimated at over Rs120 billion and the pipeline will service three Re-liquefied natural gas-fired (RLNG) power plants of 3,600 megawatts that will be set up in Punjab.

The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) will raise Rs40 billion, while the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) will raise Rs61 billion from commercial banks. The federal government will provide sovereign guarantees.

Donkey hide export ban

The ECC banned the export of donkey hides until provinces work out a mechanism to properly dispose of carcasses of the animal, the finance ministry said. The Ministry of National Food Security and Research had noted that several broadcast media outlets have been criticising the provincial governments for failing to check the illegal sale of donkey meat. It blamed provincial governments who could not check the illegal act, despite having the Food Safety Authority.

The Model Customs Collectorate, Karachi had also highlighted the issue of abnormal increase in the export of donkey hides. The exports are largely made to China, Vietnam and Hong Kong. The hides are used in the manufacture of anti-wrinkle creams, gelatin for human consumption and other cosmetic products. The ministry noted that donkeys are either brutally killed or even poisoned to obtain unblemished hides. In 2013-14, as many as 59,634 donkey hides valued at Rs44 million were exported. The figure jumped to 129,898 hides worth Rs147 million in the last fiscal year.

Electricity import

The ECC on Thursday also allowed authorities concerned to continue to purchase 74MW of electricity from Iran-based Tavanir power company. The electricity is being purchased at a price of 6.25 cents per kilowatt hour. The National Transmission & Dispatch Company Limited (NTDCL) will now approach the power sector regulator for approval of extension of existing tariff from January 2015 to 31st December 2015.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.


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A half-century by Khalid Latif guided Karachi Blues Region to a 53-run win over DM Jamali Region, while an all-round performance by Faisal Mubashir gave Bahawalpur Region a 10-run win over FATA Region in the National T20 Cup qualifiers at the Rawalpindi Stadium on Thursday.

In the first match, DM Jamali were given a target of 173 runs as man-of-the-match Latif smashed six boundaries in his 46-ball 51. Latif was not the only scorer for the Blues as Asad Shafiq sent the ball to the boundary five times in his 24-ball 35-run knock, while Shahzeb Hasan smashed three sixes and a four to add 32 runs to the total from 23 balls.

Anwar Ali (26) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (16*) also contributed with important runs as Imran Khan bagged two wickets for DM Jamali. Nasir Khan, Muhammad Asim and Salman Muhammad took one wicket apiece.

In reply, DM Jamali only managed to make 119 runs with the loss of nine wickets as Najeebullah (35) and Nasir (32) top-scored for the side.

Shahzeb and Faraz Ahmed took two wickets apiece, while Anwar, Muhammad Sami and Fawad Alam grabbed a scalp each.

In the match between Bahawalpur and Fata, the former won the toss and, electing to bat, set their opponents a target of 157 runs with the loss of eight wickets.

Man-of-the-match Mubashir top-scored with an unbeaten 79-run knock off 52 balls, studded with nine fours and a six, while Kamran Hussain (21), Shahan Akram (21) and Aaqib Javed (12) contributed with significant knocks. Khushdil Shah and Muhammad Sarwar took wickets for Fata, while Asif Afridi and Raheem Baz claimed a scalp each.

In reply, Fata were bundled out 146 in 19.1 overs as Mubashir and Zahir Siddiqui dismissed three batsmen each, while Kamran Hussain and Muhammad Imran took one wicket apiece.

Rehan Afridi (35) top-scored for Fata, while Rahim (33) and Asad (21) contributed notably to the team’s total.

In the end, however, the team fell short of 10 runs as Bahawalpur ran victors at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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Former Balochistan chief minister and head of BNP party Sardar Akhtar Mengal has said the rulers have considered Balochistan a golden bird and each one of them looted it as per their capacity.

He added that the current rulers were also following in the footsteps of their predecessors. Talking to reporters here on his arrival in Quetta on Thursday, he said that the palaces in Islamabad change the cordial relations into bitter ones on account of myopic policies.

He said the incumbent rulers have failed in resolving the issues of Balochistan,which have further complicated.  He said that the atrocities inflicted on the people of Balochistan are still going on unabated. He said that the solution to Balochistan’s problems could be had only when the people of the area are transferred all decision-making powers regarding their province.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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SYDNEY: Australian cricket great Shane Warne told tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios on Thursday that respect was more important than being liked and warned him “you’re testing our patience mate”.

Showman Kyrgios has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons, with his sex slur at Stan Wawrinka last month sparking stinging criticism from fellow players.

He lost at the US Open on Tuesday to Andy Murray before jousting with the media over his reputation and behaviour, which some see as petulant and disrespectful while others view as good for a sport in need of characters.

Warne, no stranger to controversy himself, offered his fellow Australian some attitude tips, and urged him not to waste his talent.

“We all realise you’re only 20 and have a lot to learn buddy. But please don’t waste your talent, everyone in the world, especially us Australians, want to respect you,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “You’re testing our patience mate. No shame in losing, I believe in you and know you can do it, but now’s the time my friend.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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MADRID: Tour de France winner Chris Froome has become the latest high-profile casualty in Spain’s Vuelta after withdrawing before the start of Thursday’s 12th stage due to a broken bone in his foot.

“Scans this morning confirm fractured navicular. End of the Vuelta for me,” Froome posted on his official Twitter account.

Froome’s hopes of becoming just the third man to win the Tour and the Vuelta in the same year were realistically ended on Wednesday as he injured his foot whilst crashing on the daunting mountainous 138km ride through Andorra and fell over seven minutes behind general classification leader Fabio Aru.

The 30-year-old was hoping to emulate Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978) by completing the Tour-Vuelta double and was very much in contention before Wednesday’s stage, dubbed as one the hardest in the Vuelta’s 80-year history with four category one and a special category climb. Froome got off to the worst possible start, though, as a crash early in the day left him needing crutches to walk at the end of the stage.

Froome’s withdrawal is the latest blow for the tour organisers in a race that has been mired by dangerous crashes and controversy.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali, one of just six men to have won all three Grand Tours, was then disqualified on the second stage for being towed by his Astana team car.

Belgian rider Kris Boeckmans remains in an induced coma after a serious crash on the eighth stage, which also forced general classification contenders Dan Martin and Tejay van Garderen to retire. 

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th,  2015.

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