Jan 312017
 

LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp urged Liverpool’s supporters to show more patience with his team after arguing with a fan during the 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea. The Liverpool manager could be seen exchanging words with a fan standing behind the dug-outs after a first-half back-pass towards goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was met by a collective groan around Anfield. Klopp said his side were committed to building play from the back and asked supporters not to allow their impatience to get the better of them. “If we don’t play possession football tonight, it’s ping-pong,” Klopp told reporters after Tuesday’s game. “We played high pressure, so Chelsea does it smart, plays a few long balls. If we do the same, you have a stiff neck after the game. “So we had to play football and that includes sometimes you play a back-pass. And then I hear in this moment [shouts]: ‘Why you play a back-pass?’ Klopp hoping to turn dismal Liverpool around against Chelsea “Keep your nerve, please. It’s still football. I have no problem with emotion. I have much more emotions than I should have. But it’s in this moment [I think], ‘What do you want?’ “It was only one guy, by the way, that I made eye contact with. Blue jacket.” The draw preserved the 10-point gap separating the sides, but meant Liverpool, who remain fourth, avoided four successive home defeats for the first time since 1923. Chelsea took a 24th-minute lead when David Luiz’s quickly taken free-kick caught out Mignolet [Read More…]

Jan 312017
 

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of government employees—a majority of whom misused their authority for illegal financial gain — deposited a total sum of Rs3.04 billion with the national exchequer under the National Accountability Bureau’s plea bargain agreements. In response to a question of a lawmaker, Law and Justice Minister Zahid Hamid told the house that as many as 290 government employees, involved in corruption, had deposited a total of Rs3.04 billion with the national exchequer. The minister however, did not state the amount of money that had been embezzled by the government employees. Interestingly, many high-cadre government employees and extremely low scale government employees like Patwaris and clerks had availed plea bargain deals and deposited billions to the exchequer. According to the document available with The Express Tribune, ex-chairman of Pakistan Steel Mills, Usman Farooqui  made two massive plea bargain pacts with the NAB—one amounting to Rs301 million while the other was of Rs52 million. Farooqui’s Rs301 million plea bargain pact is the biggest deal in this context so far. He was found charged with corruption and of accumulating wealth in the shape of saving certificates. A Patwari of Revenue Department (Lahore region) Asghar Ali made a plea bargain deal with NAB and deposited Rs65 million while another Patwari of the same region, Liaquat Ali Gulzar, also deposited Rs11 million under the same head. Shaukat Ali Bhatti, Chief Central of Excise Department (Lahore Region), found guilty of owning assets beyond his means, returned Rs142 million to the government. Ex-DIG Punjab prison Ghulam Sarwar [Read More…]

Jan 312017
 
A successful tournament

It is great news for all of us that the country’s first ever international ski tournament – the Malam Jaba International Alpine Ski Cup – turned out to be successful. This event should be highlighted internationally so that other countries realise that Pakistan is now safe to host international sporting events. The organisers of the event must be lauded for the successful event. Zafar Gigyani Battagram Charsadda

Jan 312017
 
Go green

This refers to the news report, ‘Climate change adaptation project to benefit 185 million population’ (Jan 30). Since climatic change poses dangerous threats therefore it is the responsibility of every country to adopt safety measures to combat it. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has recently approved $36 million Climate Change Adaptation Project to respond to Glacial Lakes Outbursts Floods (GLOF) in Northern Pakistan including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. This is a commendable step. In the same way, the government must take safety measures to control environmental pollution. Last year, Punjab was engulfed in a thick blanket of toxic smog called smog affecting the lives of the people. The Ministry of Climate Change must plan properly to curb emission of greenhouse gases. CMs of provinces must also fully involve in mitigating pollution in their respective province. The Ministry of Climate Change received Rs2 billion to launch the Green Pakistan Programme in the current buget. In the say way, the government should give more funds to the GCF in the coming budget. A comprehensive strategy is needed to plant more trees and conserve forests. Smoke-emitting factories should be located away from residential areas. Heavy financial penalties should be imposed if factories operate in the middle of a city. Toxic waste from factories shouldn’t be discharged in rivers and seas. This badly affects the marine life. There must be seminars and conferences to create awareness among the people. Engr Riaz Akbar Wah Cantt

Jan 312017
 
No entry

The Trump administration’s ‘Muslim ban’ immediately banned citizens from seven Muslim countries – those included in the State Department’s list of terrorism – from entering the US. So many brilliant Muslim students studying in the US will now have to choose between going back home to see their family and be forced to stay in the country because of the fear of no-entry. Trump is justifying his executive order by claiming that this will ban all ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ from entering the US. But maybe he is also banning those receiving education from some prestigious universities away from their homes. Is this really a step towards making America ‘great again’? Nayab Mir Quetta ***** Although a lot of people are opposing the Trump administration’s travel ban, I am happy that Pakistanis will have to go through an ‘extreme vetting’ process before entering the US. Many young and bright Pakistanis migrate to the US in search of better job opportunities or to pursue higher studies. These people never return back to their motherland causing a huge brain drain at the national level. A travel ban might kindle a desire for self reliance in that field. Many people don’t know that in 1948 India stopped the export of coal to Pakistan. This affected our railways since we required coal for fuel. The railways was left with no other option than to use furnace oil. In short, the Indian ban proved to be a blessing in disguise that helped modernise our railways much [Read More…]

Jan 312017
 
NZ?s Guptill out of second ODI against Australia

WELLINGTON: New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the second One-day International against Australia in Napier on Thursday due to concerns over a hamstring injury. Guptill suffered the injury against Bangladesh last month but returned for New Zealand’s six-run victory in Auckland on Monday, where he scored 61 runs. “Martin felt tightness in his left hamstring while fielding yesterday and after being monitored over the last 24 hours its become apparent he won’t quite be ready for Napier,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said on Tuesday. “He’ll remain with the team and we’ll continue to monitor him ahead of the third ODI in Hamilton.” Dean Brownlie has joined the squad in Napier where Kane Williamson’s side hope to seal the three-match series with a game to spare after a tense victory at Eden Park. The hosts reduced Australia to 67-6 in chasing 287 for victory only for Marcus Stoinis to almost steal the match with a blazing maiden one-day century. “I don’t think anyone expected him to play like Superman,” Hesson said. “He controlled the innings and had it there for the taking at one point. “My heart rate went up towards the end, but you’re never ahead of the game at Eden Park.”

Jan 312017
 
Fata?s fate

For long, the people of Fata have been deprived of their basic rights. According to some media reports, the Fata reforms committee has submitted proposals to repeal the FCR – an outdated legal system introduced by the British. However, under the country’s constitution the people cannot approach the Supreme Court nor register a case against the political agent. Until these restrictions are removed from the constitution, no action will be enough to alleviate suffering of the people of the tribal areas. The people of Fata should also have right to elect members of the national and provincial assemblies from their tribal areas. The region will only prosper once proper laws are in place. This can only happen when Fata is merged with KP. Wajahat Nawaz Islamabad     

Jan 312017
 
Laudable efforts

The Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) recovered a 441 kanal land worth approximately Rs40 million. This sheds light on the fact that the commission is leaving no stone unturned to address the issues and reduce the plight of overseas Pakistanis. In terms of its size, this is the largest land which has been vacated from illegal land grabbers by the commission. Previously, the commission has also helped a UK-based Pakistani recovered Rs6.6 million from a man who had embezzled the amount on the pretext of setting up a textile unit. Keeping in view the increase in problems faced by overseas citizens, the Punjab government felt the need to establish a separate entity for handling of complaints lodged by overseas Pakistanis. It is hoped that the other provincial governments will also follow the example of the Punjab government to reduce the plight of overseas belonging to their respective provinces and take all necessary steps to promote their rights. Ahsan Javed Burewala

Jan 312017
 
Road to Gorakh

The road to Gorakh – the Murree of Sindh – is rough and in the worst condition. The relevant authorities are not paying heed to this important issue. Many accidents happen on the road leaving tourists badly injured. The Gorakh hill station attracts a large number of tourists – both domestic and foreign – still the authorities offer poor services to tourists. A lot of visitors have complained about poor services. Time after time, authorities have been notified about the problems but to no avail. If the authorities don’t take immediate action, tourists will stop visiting the hill station. This will drain out the local government from a potential source of income. Eng Talat Aziz Nawabsha

Jan 312017
 
Generous perks

This refers to the article, ‘For the chosen few’ (Jan 28), by Babar Sattar. The writer highlights the culture of our so-called democratic society making the rich ‘richer’ and the poor ‘poorer’. Obviously, this culture reveals the feudal approach of our ruling elite to extend maximum benefits to the already ‘privileged class’. Allocations of land are not new in the country but these generous perks have been given to politicians, civil and military bureaucrats only. Despite receiving ‘fat salaries’ and other perks during their service period, they are recruited in other state-run institutions and public companies on high posts after their retirement. This exercise is contrary to the democratic system of governance. It sets bad precedents and speaks volumes about a trash system in the country. In the name of democracy we have been witnessing monarchy-style dictatorship for several decades without an end in sight. The reason is quite obvious, we have been choosing corrupt, greedy, incompetent and selfish people as our representatives who have no will and determination to address people’s grievances and miseries. The article is, no doubt, an eye opener and indeed a reminder for a revolutionary change in the present rotten system. Hassan Afzaal Karachi