Pakistan reached 132,333,853 cellular subscribers...

Cellular subscribers in Pakistan reached 132,333,853 at the end of November 2013, as per stats made available by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

All five operators added 800,071 subscribers during the month of November 2013, while around 2 million subscribers were added during October 2013. Zong remained the major contributor for both the months, with over one million subscribers’ addition during October 2013 only, which is quite amazing but its astonishingly strange.

Kayani conveys security concerns to Zardari

ISLAMABAD: During a meeting held on Thursday night, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani expressed concerns regarding the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country especially in Karachi and Quetta to President Asif Ali Zardari.

According to sources, Army Chief Kayani expressed concerns regarding the ineffective use of civilian law enforcement agencies to President Zardari. Sources further add that the Amry Chief also told the president about the presence of armed wings in political parties along with raising the issue of contacts between terrorist groups and political parties.

Army Chief Kayani said that the army was willing to support civilian law enforcement agencies at the request of the government.

The Corps Commanders’ meeting held on Thursday also discussed internal and external security threats to the country while during his March 6 visit to Karachi; General Kayani also received a briefing regarding the security situation in the city.

via: The News

South Africa lose two wickets chasing 182

CAPE TOWN: South Africa lost two second innings wickets but were on target for a series-clinching win after a dramatic Pakistan collapse on the fourth day of the second Test at Newlands here on Sunday.

South Africa, set 182 to win, were 66 for two at tea.

Pakistan were bowled out for 169 after starting the day on a relatively comfortable 100 for three.

They lost their last six wickets for 22 runs on either side of lunch. At one stage four wickets fell in 13 balls, including three off successive deliveries.

The collapse was engineered by left-arm spinner Robin Peterson and opening bowler Vernon Philander, who took three wickets each before Dale Steyn finished off the Pakistan innings. Peterson finished with three for 73 and Philander took four for 40.

South Africa lost Alviro Petersen ten runs into their chase, when he was leg before wicket to Umar Gul for one.

Captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla put on 53 for the second wicket before Smith was leg before to Saeed Ajmal for 29 shortly before tea.

Pakistan made slow but solid progress at the start of the day, seeing off the threat of fast bowlers Philander and Dale Steyn.

But they had only added 14 runs in 8.2 overs to their overnight total of 100 for three when captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-edged a sweep against left-arm spinner Peterson and was caught by Smith at short fine leg for 44.

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq added 33 for the fifth wicket before Shafiq was unlucky to see a defensive stroke against Philander bounce up and then back on to his stumps.

The wicket fell five overs after the umpires called for a replacement ball after the original ball went out of shape.

Peterson bowled Sarfraz Ahmed, who padded up to a ball pitched outside leg stump, with the last ball of the next over. Philander then took wickets with the first two balls of the following over.

A long vigil by Azhar Ali ended when he edged an outswinger to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers. Ali made 65 off 193 balls with seven fours. Umar Gul edged the next ball and Alviro Petersen flung himself to his left at third slip to take a spectacular catch.

Tanvir Ahmed and Saeed Ajmal lasted until lunch, which was taken at 157 for eight. Ajmal was bowled by Peterson, attempting a sweep, before Mohammad Irfan fended a short ball from Steyn to gully.

South Africa were without fast bowler Morne Morkel, who left the field with a hamstring injury on Saturday, but Peterson bowled accurately for all but two overs from the Kelvin Grove end, enabling Smith to use Philander and Steyn in short bursts.

Philander, who took five for 59 in the first innings, had match figures of nine for 99.

The tall Irfan was given the new ball by Pakistan and gave Petersen a torrid time.

He unsuccessfully sought a review after umpire Steve Davis turned down a leg before wicket appeal. The replays showed the ball pitched on and was striking the outside of leg stump in the 'umpire's call' area.

There was more frustration for Irfan when Petersen was caught at mid-on, only for the bowler to be no-balled after a television replay. 

Ajmal bewitches Proteas

CAPE TOWN - Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took all five wickets as Pakistan finished on top on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands on Friday. South Africa were struggling at 139 for five at the close, still 199 runs behind Pakistan's first innings of 338.
Ajmal's threat was nullified by a seam-friendly pitch in the first test at the Wanderers, but a healthy breeze and a dry surface at Newlands assisted both drift and turn as he claimed figures of 5-41 from 25 bewitching overs.
Three of Ajmal's wickets came after the use of the decision review system, including a controversial dismissal of star South African batsman Jacques Kallis. South African captain Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla were both out leg before wicket after being given not out by umpire Steve Davis.
Kallis was given out caught at short leg and immediately called for a review, which showed that the ball had not touched his bat before looping off his pad to the fielder. But he was then given out leg before on the advice of television umpire Billy Bowden, although replays showed the ball was only brushing the outside of his leg stump, in the area known as "umpire's call".
Kallis was clearly shocked and stood at the wicket seeking clarity before reluctantly returning to the pavilion. It was not clear what the conversation between Davis and Bowden had been and on what basis Kallis was given out on what was a marginal call. Controversy apart, it was a superb display of bowling by Ajmal, who bowled 25 overs unchanged into a stiff south-easterly wind, varying his flight and mixing off-spin with cleverly disguised top spinners and "doosras" which turned away from the right-handed batsmen.
It was a productive day for Ajmal, who helped fellow tailender Tanvir Ahmed put on 64 for the ninth wicket to take Pakistan comfortably past the 300 mark. Their eventual total seemed unlikely when Vernon Philander took three wickets in his first three overs to reduce the tourists to 268 for eight. Ajmal came on to bowl after 11 overs had been bowled in South Africa's innings and struck with his ninth delivery, Smith missed a sweep and Pakistan successfully sought a review.
Two overs later Ajmal had Alviro Petersen smartly caught at short leg by Azhar Ali, who dived to his right to hold a sharp chance. At tea, Ajmal had taken two for 20. Amla went back on his stumps and was also given out on review before Kallis was dismissed.
He was followed by Faf du Plessis, caught at slip off a "doosra" for South Africa's highest score of 28.
AB de Villiers and Dean Elgar survived until the close. Pakistan batted until lunch after resuming at 253 for five, although Philander's early strikes raised the home side's hopes of wrapping up the innings quickly. Philander, who took five for 59, struck with his first ball of the day when Asad Shafiq was caught at first slip without adding to his overnight score of 111.
Shafiq batted for 308 minutes and faced 230 balls. Sarfraz Ahmed, the other overnight batsman, fell for 13 in Philander's next over when Petersen dived full length to his right to hold a good catch at third slip. Umar Gul was leg before wicket without scoring as Philander completed his ninth five-wicket haul in Test matches.
But Tanvir and Ajmal went for their strokes, with Tanvir in particular hitting out aggressively as he made 44 off 59 balls with four fours, while Ajmal made 21 not out. South Africa suffered a blow when fast bowler Morne Morkel left the field after bowling three balls of his 21st over with what was described as a tight left hamstring.
Tanvir fell shortly before lunch when he hit left-arm spinner Robin Peterson to Philander at deep mid-off, with last man M Irfan following in the next over when he was bowled by Peterson, going for a big hit.


(OVERNIGHT: 253-5):
M Hafeez c Smith b Steyn    17
Nasir Jamshed c De Villiers b Philander    3
Azhar Ali c De Villiers b Morkel    4
Younus Khan c De Villiers b Philander    111
Misbahul Haq c Elgar b Morkel    0
Asad Shafiq c Smith b Philander    111
Sarfraz Ahmed c Petersen b Philander    13
Tanvir Ahmed c Philander b Peterson    44
Umar Gul lbw b Philander    0
Saeed Ajmal not out    21
M Irfan b Peterson    6
EXTRAS: (lb5, nb3)    8
TOTAL: (all out; 116.2 overs)    338
FOW: 1-10, 2-21, 3-33, 4-33, 5-252, 6-259, 7-266, 8-268, 9-332
BOWLING: Steyn 25-7-55-1, Philander 26-10-59-5 (2nb), Morkel 20.3-6-59-2 (1nb), Kallis 19.3-2-52-0, Peterson 23.2-0-94-2, Elgar 2-0-14-0
G Smith lbw b Ajmal    19
A Petersen c Azhar b Ajmal    17
H Amla lbw Ajmal    25
F du Plessis c Younus b Ajmal    28
J Kallis lbw b Ajmal    2
A de Villiers not out    24
D Elgar not out    11
EXTRAS: (b2, lb5, nb6)    13
TOTAL: (5 wkts, 60 overs)    139
FOW: 1-36, 2-50, 3-84, 4-102, 5-109
BOWLING: Umar Gul 11-3-32-0, Tanvir Ahmed 9-4-17-0, M Irfan 10-1-32-0, Saeed Ajmal 25-8-41-5, M Hafeez 5-1-10-0
TOSS: South Africa

Source: The Nation

Free education for every child bill passed

KARACHI - Taking lead on other provinces, the Sindh Assembly on Wednesday passed a law to ensure implementation on Article 25-A of the Constitution, which provides free and compulsory education to all children of aged five to 16 years.
When Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq tabled the ‘Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2013’ for consideration, almost every lawmaker from government to opposition benches praised the Sindh government especially the education department for implementing the Article 25-A of the Constitution, that was inserted in 18th Amendment in 2009, which gives right to free and compulsory education to every child of the age of five to 16 years regardless to sex and race.  
Speaking on the salient features of the bill, the education minister said that following the insertion of Article 25-A in the Constitution after 18th amendment all the provinces had to pass a provincial law to declare free and compulsory education for all children of aged five to 16 as fundamental right of the government and implement it.
“Today is day of happiness and jubilation for all of us as we are taking lead on other provinces in passing the law of free education to all,” education minister told the House. He explained that no law is perfect as we are laying foundation for free and compulsory education in the province today.
He said that under the law, all children from aged five to 16 years would get free and compulsory education from class one to secondary.
Mazhar said Pakistan and other South Asian countries were behind in achieving of Millennium Development Goal of 100 per cent literacy rate by 2015, claiming that we could raise only 10 per cent in literacy rate during last five years in the province.
He said that even countries like Ethiopia, Somalia and other under developed countries spending more and using technology in education than Pakistan.
Mazhar said that punishment and fine of Rs50,000 had been proposed in the law for the private schools, which fail in enrolling for free education of 10pc of children to disadvantaged/poor children and terrorism victims’ children.
MQM’s parliamentary leader Sardar Ahmed while congratulating the government emphasised for implementation of law in letter and spirit.
Sardar Ahmed, who served as senior bureaucrat for years in the province, recalled that there was qualitative education in public sector schools because access to education was compulsory before creation of Pakistan in the province.
But with the passage of time, the education went deteriorating as today’s Pakistan stands bottom at 143rd out of 180 countries in education sector, of which girls’ education is poor in the province of Sindh.
Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo said that lately but right step was taken by the education department by bringing free and compulsory education for all children.
Arif Jatoi of NPP from the opposition side appreciated the government for tabling the bill and suggested that government should give incentives, stipends and funds to the private schools for poor students’ free education.
Marvi Rashdi of PML-F said that no doubt, free education bill was a good step which would reduce the gap in rich and poor education system.
She suggested the government to insert a clause for enrolling poor children from rural and suburb areas for free education in private schools.
Humera Alwani of ruling PPP drew the attention of the House towards a report of 72,000 religious seminaries running in the country, of which 18,000 existed in Sindh. She said that these seminaries were teaching extremism as there was no check or monitoring of their syllabus.
Nawab Taimour Talpur of the ruling PPP said that right to free education should be included for transgender in the law. 
Later, the education minister read the bill clause-by-clause, which the House passed unanimously.
The law comprising of eight chapters stated that children of disadvantaged class-economically, socially or whose annual income limit is lower than the minimum limit as well as victims of terrorism shall have the right to free education in public sector, besides they shall be enrolled in private schools with ratio of 10 per cent of attendance of class.
Under the law, every school shall constitute a school management committee with the equal representation from government, teachers under the chairmanship of head/principal of school, which ensure enrolment of children and implementation of the education policy. According to law, the school management committee to propose punishment of Rs5,000 as fine for the parents who fail to ensure sending child/children to school.
The law stated that the school management committee after giving the parent an opportunity of being heard and after such enquires as it considers necessary, may pass an order directing the parent to ensure child to attend a school on and for a date which shall be specified in the order.
The sub-section (4) of clause 16 of proposed law categorically stated that any parent who fails to comply with an order issued under this section for attending the children school, the school management committee’s decision will be treated as conviction for parent, while punishment will start with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees and with further fine which may extend to five hundred rupees for every day after the conviction for which the failure continues or with imprisonment which may extend to three month or with both.
Besides, punishment has been suggested for employer of children, who fail in sending the child school. The School Management Committee will give warning to the employer of the child, if employer of child fails to comply it he will liable to face punishment with fine of fifty thousand rupees or with imprisonment, which may extends to six months or with both. After warning and decision of conviction announced by the school management committee, the punishment shall extend to one thousand rupees for every day for employer of child for non-attendance at a school continues.
The new law stated no child shall be liable to pay any kind of fee or charges or expenses which may prevent him/her for perusing and completing the secondary education.
According to law, if any private school receives fee/donation from the children, enrolled for free education, such school management shall face punishment of fine of rupees fifty thousand or imprisonment of three months.
It would be mandatory that private school shall admit disadvantaged children of neighborhood in class one and then in every class to the extent of at least twenty percent of the 10 per cent of that class to provide free education till the education level of that school.
Corporal punishment has been banned in the schools.

Source: The Nation