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mQm, Pml-Q support for Qadri a melodrama
imran khan for chalking out counterterrorism strategy
north korean leader seeks end to confrontation with South
Rs 15.00 Vol iii no 186 19 pages islamabad — peshawar edition
Wednesday, 2 January, 2013 Safar 19, 1434
AltAf HuSSAin, tAHirul QAdri vow to turn iSlAmAbAd into tAHrir SQuAre on 14tH SAy long mArCH Aimed At SyStem, not regime CHAnge AltAf HuSSAin ASkS Army to join ‘revolution’
Calling upon the army and other national institutions to join, not hinder, their “revolution”, leaders of Tehreek-eMinhajul Quran (TMQ) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday vowed to turn Islamabad into Pakistan’s Tahrir Square on January 14. The emerging alliance has sent alarm bells ringing for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), of which the MQM is a major ally, and President Asif Ali Zardari summoned Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to Karachi to discuss the future strategy. Political analysts are still uncertain about the intentions of TMQ chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, who along with his newfound ally Altaf Hussain, has declared to march on the country’s federal capital to press electoral reforms leading to, what he says, “a change of system, not government”. Tuesday saw the MQM’s self-exiled leader Altaf Hussain flexing his political muscles by holding a massive political gathering, titled “Safar-e-Inqilab-e-Pakistan”, at Jinnah Ground. Continued on page 04
Four killed, 38 injured SC snubs PAC for issuing notice to its registrar in Karachi bombing ISLAMABAD
KARACHI aaMiR MaJEED
Four people were killed and 35 others injured on Tuesday when a bomb planted on a motorcycle went off near Ayesha Manzil in Karachi’s Federal B area, just as participants of Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) “Safar-e-Inqilab-e-Pakistan” rally at Jinnah Ground in Azizabad were making their way home. The bomb was planted on a motorcycle which was parked near Ayesha Manzil between Shadyana Marriage Lawn and Al-Saud CNG filing station, close to the space reserved for parking buses that brought attendants to the rally. According to Karachi West Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Asif Aijaz Sheikh, the blast shattered the windows of most of the buses and was heard as far as the Numaish area. Law enforcement personnel, paramilitary forces, the Bomb Disposal Squad and investigation agencies rushed to the spot and cordoned off the site to ascertain the cause of the explosion.
The deceased, Rehan, Tayyab, Hashim and Talib Hussain were all members of the MQM. The injured were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) and Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad (SGHL) for treatment. Talking to Pakistan Today, the ASH medical superintendent (MS) said condition of five of the injured was critical. DIG Asif Ejaz Sheikh said the improvised explosive device (IED), which contained two to three kilogrammes of explosives and ball bearings, was placed in the toolbox of the motorcycle and was detonated with a remote controlled device. “Though nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast so far, the incident was similar to the one that took place near Cantonment Railway Station,” Sheikh said. “Two more bombs have been recovered from the surroundings,” he added. The blast has raised serious questions regarding the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies, as a checkpost of Sachal Rangers was a stone’s throw away from the blast site.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a summoning order by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) served on the apex court’s registrar, asking him to appear before the PAC in connection with the scrutiny of the SC accounts. Earlier, the registrar had also snubbed the PAC summons in a statement and had refused to get the accounts scrutinised. The special bench comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed suspended the summons while taking up a petition moved by Rashid A Rizvi, former president of the Karachi Bar Association. Munir A Malik, the counsel for the petitioner, contended that the PAC had summoned the registrar regarding the administration of expenditures which negated the constitutional scheme of the country. He said the PAC had no mandate over the accounts of the apex court under Articles 78 and 81 of the constitution. He said under the trichotomy of powers and independence of the judiciary, which he linked with the fundamental rights of the citizens, the parliamentary body could not summon the registrar.
He said the administrative expenditure, including salaries of the judges of the Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court, were being charged from the Federal Consolidated Fund, which was beyond the purview of PAC under Articles 78 and 81. He said the PAC jurisdiction was confined to the funds granted by the National Assembly under public accounts. To the bench’s query about the functioning of the PAC, the counsel replied that the PAC was working under Articles 67 and 198. Malik also referred to Article 68, saying the provision placed a clear bar on discussing the code of the conduct of the judges of the superior judiciary in parliament, which was similarly applicable to the administration expenditure of the judiciary. After hearing the preliminary contentions, the bench also issued notice to the attorney general for Pakistan. Justice Afzal said the parliamentary watchdog did not have the authority to audit the expenditure of the courts, as according to the constitution, the judiciary was treated as an autonomous institution. The bench said in its order that they would like to suspend proceedings if any before the PAC over the issue and adjourned the hearing until date in office. Continued on page 04
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02 News newS
Top afghan negotiator optimistic over peace prospects
ARTS & enTeRTAInMenT Every actor is an attention seeker: anushka sharma
spectre of election postponement:
And the Pandora’s Box it opens.
Dr Hasan askari Rizvi says; Dynastic leaders and democracy: Not as much of a bad idea as it sounds.
Malik Muhammad ashraf says; Game changer or a spoiler: Qadri seems intent on throwing a spanner in the works.
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US allowed weapons’ shipment via Torkham ISLAMABAD inp
Pakistan on Tuesday allowed the United States to transport its weapons to Afghanistan through Torkham and Chaman. The Finance Ministry issued a notification in this regard under which Customs General Order 2012 was amended. The notification allows transportation of army vehicles and light weapons. However, transportation of uranium and chemical weapons would be prohibited. It may be mentioned that the US issued $590 million to Pakistan last week for the losses incurred during the war on terror.
Fog disrupts traffic on Motorway, GT Road
LaHoRE: Children hold placards during a demonstration outside the press club in support of polio workers. ONLINE
Pak, India exchange lists of nuclear installations ISLAMABAD sTaff REpoRT
Pakistan and India on Monday carried out the annual exchange of lists of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the prohibition of attack agreement between the two countries. “The governments of both the countries are required to exchange such lists in accordance with Article-II of the Agreement on prohibition of attacks against nuclear installations and facilities between Pakistan and India of 31 December 1988,” said a Foreign Office statement. A list of requisite facilities in Pakistan was officially handed over to a representative of the Indian high commission at the Foreign Office while India provided its list to the Pakistani high commission in New Delhi. A separate statement issued by the Foreign Office read that the nuclear neighbours also carried out the exchange of lists of prisoners. “According to the Agreement on Consular Access signed between Pakistan and India on 21 May 2008, both countries are required to exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s custody twice a year, on 1 January and 1 July, respectively,” it read. “Consistent with the provisions of this Agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handed over the list of Indian prisoners in Pakistan to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Tuesday,” the statement said.
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Imran for chalking out counterterrorism strategy PTI chief urges government, political parties and stakeholders to sit together to chalk out anti-terrorism plan g
N a major policy-shift, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday came down hard onr terrorists and called upon the government, political parties and all other stakeholders to sit together on a single platform and chalk out a comprehensive strategy to flush out terrorists from the country once and for all. Khan has been taken as a Taliban apologist and analysts across the world call him a pro-Taliban politician who has been critical of the country’s decision to join the US-led war against terrorism. He has also been called a major critic of the drone attacks and he organised a peace march to Waziristan in October that caught attention of the international and local media. Terming the menace of terrorism the biggest challenge for the country in 2013, Khan said the menace of terrorism was a major hurdle in the country’s progress. “Terrorism has been the main cause of the prevailing economic crisis. The government should take immediate
steps to provide protection to the people, which is their constitutional obligation,” he said.“Year 2012 was the most challenging year for Pakistan. The government’s writ totally eroded across the country and terrorism reached all-time high as target killers, extortionists and sectarian assassins were at liberty to strike the innocent people at will, while the kidnappers were out there to kidnap the people and get
ransom as a routine matter,” he added. Condemning the killing of 21 Levies officials by the Taliban and the targeting of a bus carrying pilgrims in Mastung that claimed another 20 lives, Khan said during the last five years, thousands of innocent people and security personnel had embraced martyrdom in various terrorist activities, which spoke volumes of the incumbent government’s ineptness and incompetence. The PTI chief urged the government to overcome its ineptness and play its constitutional role so that the people could live a peaceful life. He urged the government to realise its responsibilities and work out a well-thought-out plan by taking all political parties and stakeholders on board to weed the menace of terrorism out from the country forever. Khan said due to the uncertain security situation, foreign investors were not ready to invest in Pakistan, while Pakistani businessmen had been transferring their capital abroad, adding that during the last five years, thousands of small and big industries had been shifted abroad, leaving thousands of employees jobless.
Thick fog continued to disrupt traffic on motorways and GT Road in different parts of Punjab and some areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Tuesday. According to Motorway Police, the Motorway remained closed for traffic from Lahore to Pindi Bhattian interchange for several hours. Due to the closure of the Motorway, the traffic was diverted to the Grand Trunk (GT) Road. The police said further there was fog in most of the areas between Multan and Gujjar Khan. The police advised motorists to drive slowly and switch on fog lights while driving in the late night and morning hours during next few days. They also requested people to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travelling.
Police foil terrorism bid in Peshawar PESHAWAR onLinE
Police foiled a terrorism bid in the suburban area of Sarband by defusing 70 kilograms of explosives on Tuesday. The bomb was planted in a drum outside the house of a tribal chief in the semitribal village of Keena Bala. After being informed by a local, the bomb disposal squad reached the spot and defused the explosives. Meanwhile, police and FC personals have cordoned off the area and started a search operation.
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04 KaRaCHi: president asif Zardari and prime Minister Raja pervez ashraf discuss the political situation in a meeting at bilawal House on Tuesday. ONLINE
Hillary Clinton making ‘excellent progress’, doctors say WASHINGTON aGEnCiEs
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “is making excellent progress” as she recovers from a blood clot in her head. A statement issued from her medical team said a scan discovered the clot in the space between her brain and her skull, but that it did not result in a stroke or any neurological damage. Doctors Lisa Bardack and Gigi El-Bayoumi said they “are confident she will make a full recovery” and that she “is in good spirits, engaging with her doctors, her family, and her staff.” The statement, issued late Monday, said the secretary of state is being treated with blood thinners and will be released once the medication dose has been established. Clinton was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Sunday, after doctors discovered a blood clot while per-
forming a follow-up exam for a concussion she suffered two weeks ago, when she fainted due to dehydration from a stomach virus. Clinton’s illness forced her to cancel travel plans and public appearances in recent weeks, including a congressional hearing about the deadly events at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11. Doctor Raj Narayan, chair of neurosurgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, told the Reuters news agency Clinton’s “condition is not very common, but it certainly happens”. Narayan, who is not treating Clinton, said Clinton’s fall could have triggered the production of a blood protein that causes blood to clot. Fast response: Baltimore-based Doctor Jeffrey Quartner told VOA Monday that for any type of blood clot, quick treatment is critical.
300 Baloch insurgents being trained in Afghanistan, Pak tells CIA ISLAMABAD inp
US bill passed to avert fiscal cliff WASHINGTON
HE White House and top Republicans have struck a dramatic deal to avert huge New Year tax increases and postpone automatic spending cuts that had threatened to send the US economy into recession. After months of agony over the crisis, weeks of debate about a possible solution and days of intense closed-door negotiations, members of the US Senate voted 89-8 early on Tuesday to pass a controversial bill that averts the ‘fiscal cliff’. It now goes to the House of Representatives, which could hold a vote on the measure later on New Year’s Day. If agreed by Congress, it would
hand President Barack Obama a victory by increasing tax rates on households earning over $US450,000 ($A436,000) a year but exempt everyone else from a planned tax increase. ‘While neither Democrats nor Republicans got everything they wanted, this agreement is the right thing to do for our country and the House should pass it without delay,’ Obama said in a statement after the vote. The deal puts off $US109 billion in budget cuts across the government for two months, but in the process sets the stage for a new showdown between Obama’s Democrats and Republicans in dysfunctional Washington at the end of February. ‘There’s more work to do to reduce our deficits, and I’m willing to do it,’ Obama said. Vice-President Joe Biden, who
negotiated the deal with top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, trooped to Capitol Hill to sell it to Democratic senators, some of whom wanted tax increases to kick in at a lower threshold. Had no deal been struck, experts warned that the fragile US economy could have been sent spinning back into recession by the $US500 billion combined whack from spending cuts and tax rises. In the end, the deal was clinched a few hours before a midnight deadline. The Senate vote came just after 2.00am while the House was not due back into session until Tuesday. Now it remains for Republican House Speaker John Boehner to rally his restive conservative coalition around the pact, which will likely need some Democratic votes in the House to pass.
At least 300 Baloch insurgents are getting training across the border to spread unrest in Pakistan, a report stated. According to reports, Pakistani intelligence officials handed over a secret list to Central Investigation Agency (CIA) during a meeting in Washington. The report stated that insurgents were getting $300 a month in salary. It was also mentioned in the report that the US and NATO forces were taking care of Afghan security, thus, they would be held responsible if insurgents from across the border carried out attacks inside Pakistan. On the other hand, the US officials have rejected Pakistan’s report, saying no such training camps existed in Afghanistan. In response, the officials have directed the authorities in Quetta to recheck the names and asked for more evidence in this regard. The Baloch men are purportedly receiving the training with a single aim of avenging the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti.
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The bench also repeated similar notices on identical petitions moved by Rawalpindi Bar Association President Shaikh Ahsan and Sindh Bar Association. Until 2005, the registrar used to appear before the PAC – a practice discontinued since. The committee has been urging the Supreme Court to review its decision since 2008. The Supreme Court is of the view that since its allocations are made out of the Federal Consolidated Fund, they cannot be discussed by the PAC. Other departments like the Presidency, Senate, National Assembly, Election Commission of Pakistan and Auditor General of Pakistan will also claim exemptions. These departments also receive their budget allocation from the Federal Consolidated Fund.
Pak assumes presidency of UN Security Council n
PM will be in New York to chair January 21 open debate on peacekeeping UNITED NATIONS onLinE
Pakistan on Tuesday assumed this month’s presidency of the UN Security Council and will hold special sessions on peacekeeping and counterterrorism. “During its presidency, Pakistan will help Council members to forge consensus and bridge differences. Ours will be an effective presidency,” Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Masood Khan said. Continued fRom page 01
The gathering was also addressed by Dr Qadri, who said the day had marked the start of a revolutionary journey. While the TMQ leader described the so-called Long March a peaceful revolution for giving the aggrieved masses their basic rights, the MQM chief said he had found a “big brother” in Dr Qadri in his struggle against the decades-old hereditary system in the country, where corruption and feudalism were deep-rooted. Dr Qadri told the gathering that he wanted a caretaker setup that was impartial, powerful and courageous enough to introduce electoral reforms. “We have no hidden agenda. Our agenda is January 14, our agenda is the elimination of feudalism and capitalism,” the TMQ chief said. MQM chief Altaf Hussain called for cleansing the assemblies of corrupt politicians, saying the revolution was to rid the crises-laden
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Pakistan began its two-year term as non-permanent member of the 15-nation Security Council last year and will be the president of the UN body for January, the first time that Pakistan has assumed the rotational office of the UNSC during its present term. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf would be in New York to chair the January 21 open debate on ‘UN Peacekeeping: a Multidimensional Approach’, which would take a comprehensive view of UN peacekeeping.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar would chair a ministerial level session on January 15 on counterterrorism. Khan said the debate would provide an opportunity to the council members and the general UN membership to have a “holistic view of the continuing threats and challenges posed by international terrorism and the best ways of formulating and implementing coherent and comprehensive responses to this menace”.
“We have put the difficult issue of counterterrorism on the agenda of the council for a special debate. Terrorism can only be rooted out through a comprehensive approach of deterrence, dialogue and development,” Pakistan’s UN envoy added. Previously, Pakistan has been elected to the Security Council six times. The UN Security Council has five veto-wielding permanent members – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – and 10 nations that are elected as non-permanent members without veto powers.
‘Revolution’ Rising masses of exploitation and highhandedness. “Only those facing problems can understand the masses’ troubles. We are out to rid the country of feudalism,” he told a lively audience comprising thousands of his supporters. The two leaders, in their high-pitched speeches, called upon all politico-religious parties, as well as the armed forces to join the “million march”, as Dr Qadri has dubbed it. PML-Q leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervez Elahi have responded positively to their call. “Islamabad would become Tahrir Square on January 14. But this revolution would be peaceful, aimed at giving rights back to the poor,” said Qadri, who some quarters believe is bent upon delaying the forthcoming general election with the covert support of establishment. Brushing aside the im-
pression that he had a foreign agenda and that he wanted to become the caretaker PM, Qadri said those spreading such propaganda were liars. “My mission is to uphold the constitution of Pakistan. My mission is to restore Jinnah’s true democracy,” he said. The TMQ chief said his party wanted the next polls to be contested by politicians who were honest and constitutionally eligible. “We are not opposed to politics and this address is for the restoration of corruptionfree politics,” he said. In his speech, MQM chief Hussain said hundreds of his party workers were subjected to extra-judicial killing and the MQM was maligned with baseless allegations. Altaf said both the MQM and TMQ were upholders of the cause of the oppressed and downtrodden people. Appealing to the masses to donate for making the January 14 march a success, he
said no worldly force could now stop the revolution, which would end only after reaching “its destination”. “Army and other national institutions should join this revolution instead of hindering it,” the MQM chief said. Altaf also asked the chief election commissioner whether he was able to disqualify corrupt politicians and bar them from contesting election. “This march is for bringing change, not for destabilising the government,” clarified Altaf, whose party is itself a part of the PPP-led coalition government at the Centre and in Sindh. Underlining lingering issues like CNG shortage, the MQM chief said the povertystricken masses were starving at the hands of corruption. “January 14 would reveal what the people actually want,” he said. The calls for a revolution, however, appeared meaningless for a Sindh minister.
In a statement, Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla said the lovers of long march must proceed with their desire. “The government would face all undemocratic forces with its full capacity,” he said. Political analyst Mujahid Barelvi said revolutions were always bloody and primarily aimed at regime change. “But these two parties say we don’t want a regime change. Many ambiguities are there about the objectives of this long march,” he said. Another analyst went a step further and told a TV anchor that the “drama seemed to be aimed at blackmailing”. “There is a credibility issue with Dr Qadri. I don’t understand what this march is aimed at,” he said. He, however, said that the supporters of the march from the MQM and PML-Q had several complaints against the ruling PPP, so were pressurising the latter. “The MQM is displeased with the PPP on the demarcation issue in Karachi,” the analyst added.
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Culture important tool to market Pakistan’s soft image abroad: Pm ISLAMABAD sTaff REpoRT
NAUGURATING “Pakistan Cultural Week”, Prime Minister (PM) Raja Parvez Ashraf said that Pakistan has a rich and diverse culture and Pakistanis are the proud custodians of a cultural legacy transferred to them from generation-to-generation over a period of more than 9,000 years. “Pakistan’s traditional culture has evolved over a great length of time. Though living, it has a feel of antiquity to it. It links back to the ancient Mehargarh civilisation that flourished in the Balochistan province, Indus valley civilisation of Moenjodaro and Harrapa and the Gandhara are important examples of our rich past. Our traditional culture is therefore deeply rooted and extends over many centuries,” said the PM while addressing the opening ceremony of the culture week held at National Art Gallery on Tuesday. Federal Minister for National Heritage and Integration Samina Khalid Ghurki and the federal secretary Asaf Ghafoor of the same ministry were also present on the occasion. The PM said that the present government of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was determined to take every possible step to promote and portray the culture of Pakistan not only at home but also abroad, adding that the current government understood that culture was the tool which could be used for creating a soft image of the country in the eyes of the international community.
“I am glad to know that all cultural institutions in Pakistan including Lok Virsa and the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) were founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto during the first democratically elected government of the PPP. His talented daughter Benazir Bhutto also strengthened these institutions taking forward the vision of her great father. These institutions are doing a great service to the nation by safeguarding the indigenous folk culture and supporting traditional practitioners associated with different art and craft fields, who are the real torch bearers of our magnificent cultural heritage,” the PM added. During the current unfortunate wave of extremism and war against terrorism, cultural activities like “Pakistan Cultural Week” cannot only play a vital role in providing healthy entertainment to the masses but would also serve to educate and acquaint our younger generation about their traditional culture, he further added. Meanwhile, the PM congratulated Samina Khalid and her dedicated team for conceptualising, planning and presenting “Pakistan Cultural Week” celebrations on behalf of the Government of Pakistan, while adding that the event would serve to create unity and harmony among all federating units besides promoting the colourful culture of Pakistan. In her welcoming address, Samina said, “No nation can thrive without a strong culture, therefore, preserving and strengthening cultural heritage is important for development and for promoting national unity and tolerance. The PPP
government is aware of the importance to promote and safeguard Pakistan's rich cultural identity because it understands that the country at present needs to be united and re-introduced as a country which is rich in heritage, blessed with harmony, and accommodative of other cultures.” The major features of the “Pakistan Cultural Week” celebrations included an exhibition of cultural heritage, and set-
ting up of an arts and crafts bazaar, singing of folklores and dance performances, display of traditional floats representing all federating units of the country, installation of 24 entrance gates on highways and busy roads, decoration and beautification of different intersections and roundabouts on various themes, holding of theatrical plays, and a prestigious closing/award ceremony scheduled to take place on the last day of
Citizens welcome the New Year in style ISLAMABAD onLinE
Sheesha smoking goes unchecked in twin cities onLinE
Hubble-bubble smoking, otherwise locally known as "Sheesha", is gaining immense popularity among the youth of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi posing serious health risks to their lives. Most of the hot spots like Dam-e-Koh and Pir Sohawa were the places where sheesha smoking facilities were provided to willing visitors especially the youth. Sheesha smoking had been one of the main attractions for the youngsters and adults when visiting these recreational spots. A large number of students visiting these places for picnics were also seen enjoying sheesha in the company of friends. Sheesha had been a source of enjoyment for the young generation as it was served with many different flavours including lemon, strawberry, orange, apple, honey and cherry.
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winter chill and low gas pressure IsLaMaBaD: Low gas pressure in the twin cities has adversely affected household activities and forced people to go to their offices and schools without breakfast. Residents have expressed deep concern over the low gas pressure in various parts of cities as a result of which people have been facing multiple problems. Housewives have been unable to make breakfast, lunch and dinner due to low gas pressure and have been forced to use firewood to run household activities, said a resident of Sector F-6. "Domestic consumers do not have sufficient gas pressure to prepare meals," complained Mrs Hina Abbas. The weather is biting cold and the authorities have responded by resorting to gas load shedding for domestic consumers, she added. Muhammad Kamran, a resident, said the majority of people were not using gas heaters in their homes and still had no gas to prepare food for families. Residents have requested the relevant authorities to take notice of the situation and resume a smooth supply of gas to domestic consumers. The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) spokesman admitted that consumers in some localities had been facing low gas pressure for a few days. He said the pressure depended on the weather and if the temperature dropped lower than it had, there could be more instances of gas load shedding and low pressure. sTaff REpoRT
Residents on Monday night celebrated the New Year with enthusiasm despite the freezing temperature, looming terror threats, shortage of petrol and inflation, under strict police security. From private parties to impromptu celebrations on main roads, the city had it all. Using the occasion as a perfect opportunity to let their hair down and enjoy, residents of Islamabad went all out. A number of private parties and dinners were organised in the city. Fashion trends this year seemed to be padded shoulder tops, with drapes, flowers and broaches on the shoulders. The police measured the strict security arrangement for the celebration. Law enforcement personnel were also deployed in and around green belts, while Frontier Constabulary personnel were charged with securing important government buildings and hilly areas of the capital. While New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration, the city’s police were busy warning people of strict action if anyone was found using motorcycles without a silencer. The traffic police had chalked out a comprehensive plan for the city to control the heavy traffic flow, but that did not deter young men, who still went to mechanics to remove silencers from their motorcycles. The tight security, political confrontation, terrorism, economic and financial hardship and lack of CNG and petrol could not stop ‘Islooites’ from celebrating and wishing each other a Happy New Year.
the event. A large number of people attended the opening ceremony and enjoyed the programmes presented by the organisers. Outstanding artists including Hadiqa Kiani, Shazia Khushk and the Sindhi dance party, Akhtar Channal from Balochistan, Haseena Naz from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Fazal Jatt from Punjab, Bano Rehmat from Azad Kashmir, Cholistan and Kalash dancers performed on the occasion.
It is important to mention here that sale of cigarettes or other tobacco items to youngsters below the age of 18 had been banned in Pakistan. Therefore, various Sheesha serving outlets were openly violating the state laws that barred the sale of tobacco to youngsters below the age of 18 years. New sheesha parlours had also been opening up at Jinnah Super, Melody and F-10 markets. Hotels and cafes selling sheesha offered the item with a mixture of crude types of tobacco, fermented with molasses and fruits, and the sweet odour of fruits concealed the natural smell of tobacco's tar and nicotine. A large number of school and college going students of both genders under the age of 18 were seen hanging out at the said sheesha parlours as they did not face any hurdles here to satiate their desire. Meanwhile, concerned citizens termed the increased use of sheesha smoking among the most vulnerable groups as alarming and urged a complete ban on sheesha selling and smoking.
‘Fines to be imposed on anti-tobacco law violators’ IsLaMaBaD: The district administration has decided to launch an anti-smoking awareness campaign in collaboration with the civil society, traders and educationists. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Aamir Ali Ahmed said fines of Rs 1,000 to Rs 100,000 could be imposed on violators of the antitobacco law. The drive was launched with the support of traders and businessmen to strictly implement the law regarding smoking in public places. He added that all institutions had assured their support in this regard. The DC said the district administration had constituted anti-tobacco teams under the supervision of the assistant commissioner. He said the administration had issued directives to hotels and restaurants to ban sheesha smoking and to strictly follow the anti-tobacco law. inp
operation for evacuation of Afghan slums this week IsLaMaBaD: The CDA has decided to launch an operation for the evacuation of the Afghan ‘kachi abaadi’ in Sector I-11 in the first week of January. Sources said the operation would be carried out in collaboration with the district administration and all homework in this regard had been completed by the CDA. In the first phase of its campaign, the CDA had collected particulars in respect of all houses and slum dwellers. In the second phase, dwellers were asked to evacuate the settlement voluntarily, and the operation to forcibly evacuate any remaining dwellers will be carried out as the third phase. The National Assembly Standing Committee on cabinet division had also set Jan 15 as the deadline to evacuate the kachi abaadi. The slum had become security risk due to criminal. Over 864 families and 8,000 people were housed in this settlement and the CDA might face an armed resistance from dwellers during the operation. onLinE
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06 Islamabad Committees to ensure women inheritance right raWaLpInDI: The Punjab government has decided to make administrative committees at the district level for the protection of women rights in inheritance. The committees are being formed to end corruption in the Land Revenue department and ensure the right of inheritance for females. According to sources, the District Enforcement Inheriting Rights Committee (DEIRC) would be headed by district coordination officers (DCOs) and the committees would ensure transmission of properties inherited by women. The committee’s first meeting was presided by DCO Saqib Zafar who approved the initial policy of protection of women’s right to inheritance. According to the policy, verification by two persons and the union council would be necessary for transfer of inherited properties. The B-form issued by the NADRA is also made mandatory for the transfer. inp
motorway Police to initiate help centres, mobile ambulances ISLAMABAD na saHi
OTORWAYS and Highways Police Inspector General Zafar Abbas Luk said that during 2012, Rs 1.25 billion had been disbursed to initiate different projects including road safety measures, mobile ambulances and Help Centres on all motorways and highways. Talking to Pakistan Today, Luk said Rs 200 million had been utilised to ensure road safety measures and different workshops and training sessions had been arranged to create road awareness among the public. The IG said that the Motorway Police had also initiated a project to make new driving licenses and driving institutes would be formed at the district level all over the country for this purpose. Commenting on the prevailing cold weather and fog, Luk said commuters should avoid travelling on the Lahore-Multan road and Salam Interchange during late hours and follow instructions aired on electronic media. Pakistan is currently dealing with the menace of terrorism and the Motorway Police has initiated a project worth
Rs 70 million to scan suspected vehicles and contain their movement, the IG said. The Motorway Police is going to establish help centres and effective patrolling on motorways in the coming month to facilitate commuters and passengers on motorways. The help centres will be established every 10 km and an effective patrolling mechanism including four vehicles and one mobile ambulance will be established after every 50 km, Zafar said, adding that these help centers will be equipped with first-aid and other emergency facilities. Overloading is a major challenge for the police, as goods’ transporters and truck drivers usually exceeded the maximum weight limit, the IG said. The maximum weight capacity for trucks on motorways is 56 tonnes and roads and motorways are being damaged due to over loading, he added. Luk said the government had been requested to appoint vehicle examiners for motorways to ensure the fitness of vehicles and avert any untoward accidents. The Motorway Police is committed to facilitate passengers and commuters and passengers should also cooperate with the authorities, he said.
Security plan for Imam Hussain (AS) chelum chalked out RAWALPINDI onLinE
Rawalpindi police has chalked out a comprehensive security plan for the chelum procession of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS). According to the plan, the Rawalpindi police had sought the services of 5,000 police personals to ensure the implementation of stringent security measures. To ensure effective security for the central chelum procession, the special branch of police, Elite Forces, Punjab constabulary, women police, PQR Rangers and the members of peace committee would perform duties on the occasion. CCTV cameras would be installed at different points of the procession route while no one would be allowed to stand on the balconies and roof tops of their houses laying in way of the procession. Before the start of the chehlum procession, special checking would be carried out on important routes to avoid any untoward incident from happening. All those coming to the procession would be frisked and would have to pass through walk through gates installed at different locations. All roads leading to the procession area would be sealed with barbed wires. Meanwhile, parking of cars and motorcycles near sensitive areas would also be banned and aerial surveillance would be actively carried out during the procession.
enquiry against 10 missing exam sheets RAWALPINDI onLinE
The Rawalpindi Education Board has started an inquiry against five employees including superintendent with respect to ten missing empty answer sheets during the Intermediate supplementary examination of 2012. To this effect, Government Asghar Mall College Associate Professor Saleem Zaib and Professor Malik Riaz of Garden College were made responsible for holding the enquiry, and had questioned five board officials including the superintendent in regard to the incident. The Rawalpindi Education Board Chairman Dr Muhammad Ashraf said that under the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Disciplinary and Accountability (PEEDA) Act, a committee had been established for probing into the matter of the ten missing empty answer sheets during supplementary intermediate exams. After the finalisation of this committee’s report, a formal inquiry committee would be established to further look into the case.
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Sixth road fly over to be completed by Jan 6 RAWALPINDI onLinE
Sixth road fly over costing around Rs 1. 04 billion will be completed by January 6. Completion of this fly over would save an estimated amount of Rs 350 million annually being incurred on other resources by the government to ensure steady traffic on the interaction. The fly over project, which was started on September 24, 2012, had reached the final phase of completion. Prior to construction of the fly over, it took every vehicle four to five minutes to cross the intersection and now the same route would be covered in a roundoff time of 45 seconds. The fly over was being constructed under the supervision of the Highway Department by contractors of the National Logistics Cell (NLC) and Habib construction company. Work on the project had picked up pace and was set to be completed before schedule as the original time for its accomplishment was set at 120 days, but now it would be
completed within a time frame of a 100 days. Punjab Highway SE Farhat Munir said the fly over bridge was 245 metres long and the Faizabad side of the project had been completed. Ramps having a length of 100 and 115 metres have also been built on both sides of the fly over, he added. He said payment of Rs 100 had been made to the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Sui gas, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and other departments on account of utility services. Meanwhile, Rs 8 million had been paid to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) for installation of signals and Rs 3 million would be spent on landscaping of the fly over, he added. In addition, 144 girders, 14 pillars and 76 piles made of concrete have been utilized in the fly over project, he informed. It is important to mention here that the sixth road venue would become a signal free intersection with the completion of this fly over project.
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row over the naming of an apparently mundane roundabout in Lahore exposed how much of a battleground Pakistan’s identity can be. BBC Urdu’s Shumaila Jaffrey examines the city’s struggle to embrace its history. Lahore has long been known for its historical traditions, love of culture and its diverse heritage, where parts of the city were named after Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and other communities. That is now changing. Most roads and spaces have been renamed to be associated with Muslim heroes or personalities. It appears as if nobody ever objected until the trend was bucked by the renaming of a small and insignificant roundabout, which stirred up a huge controversy between religious groups and civil society in the city. In September, the district government of Lahore declared it would rename a roundabout called Fawara Chowk in the city’s Shadman area after the revolutionary Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh
ology should be promoted in Pakistan.” But the decision to rename the roundabout was approved - and it unleashed a torrent of opposition. Religious groups said they would rename the roundabout Hurmat-e-Rasool (Sanctity of Prophet Muhammad PBUH) Chowk for themselves and threatened protests. Now a local traders’ association has filed a petition against the decision in the Lahore High Court. In reality, most people do not care about its name but religious groups can bring pressure on people, particularly if they cast the move as anti-Islamic. The trader who filed the petition, known simply as Zahid, said: “How can we tell our children such names, names that are associated with Sikhs? Hindus are demolishing our mosques [in India], and our rulers are naming squares after them!” There is little evidence to support the claim that mosques are being demolished in India, but such a message is likely to find supporters in Pakistan. Although this is not the first time public amenities or monuments have been subject to dispute, it did raise many questions.
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in order to acknowledge his sacrifice for freedom. revereD IDoL: Bhagat Singh was hanged in Shadman Square almost 80 years ago - when this part of the world was under colonial British rule - on charges of murdering a British police officer. He is still one of the most revered idols of the Indian movement for freedom. For years, admirers of Bhagat Singh across the border in India have been imploring authorities to rename this square after him. He was born into a Sikh family, but many historians believe he was an atheist. Irrespective of his religious views, his Sikh identity has become a bone of contention in the most recent controversy. Several religious groups opposed the move. A spokesman for the hardline charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa, said: “We respect Bhagat Singh’s sacrifices for freedom, but in the present age, the controversy is between Islam and non-Islam, and we believe that Islamic names, personalities and ide-
Is Pakistan a society that can embrace the long history of its land, including the events that shaped events in the sub-continent before Independence? Or is it a place that wants to shed all such past associations and focus on its current identity. Queen vIctorIa MoveD: Under the British, there were many statues erected in public places. Many have since been removed.
One statue, of Sir Ganga Ram, noted for giving many landmarks to Lahore, was torn down in the communal riots of 1947 - retold in a short story by Urdu writer Hassan Manto - as documented in this blog post on Lahore’s cultural heritage. “They first pelted the statue with stones; then smothered its face with coal tar. Then a man made a garland of old shoes climbed up to put it round the neck of the statue. The police arrived and opened fire. Among the injured were the fellow with the garland of old shoes. As he fell, the mob shouted: ‘Let us rush him to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.’” Another prominent statue was Queen Victoria’s which since 1904 had stood on Charing Cross Square on the Mall road until 1974 when it was removed from the public eye on the eve of the Islamic Summit Conference. Since then it has been displayed at the Lahore museum. Statues of Dayal Singh, King Edward, Bhagat Singh, and Lord Lawrence met the same fate. The prominent archaeologist, historian and the ex-director of the Lahore Museum, Saif-ur-Rehman Dar, believes that the statues were removed for religious reasons. “A very limited number of people are against pre-partition social and cultural icons, but they have access to media. They are very loud so their voices can be heard everywhere.” He adds that statues are not popular in Pakistan: “We don’t have statue of Jinnah or Liaqat Ali Khan anywhere in the country as well.” But when it comes to homegrown symbols, there are fewer inhibitions.
Wagah cheerLeaDer: Earlier this year, Mehar Din, also known as Chacha Pakistani (Uncle Pakistan), died aged 90. He was widely mourned in the city and indeed across the country. With a distinctive white beard, for years he was regularly seen at Pakistan’s Wagah border crossing with India holding a Pakistani flag and wearing colour-co-ordinated clothing as the famous ceremony was played out each day. A patriot rather than a nationalist, he had become a prominent feature and could always be heard chanting pro-Pakistan slogans. The troops and visitors mourned his death and his zeal has been sorely missed. “The Wagah border had become his home, and everybody here was his family,” said one border guard, Asim. “As long as we remember, we cannot recall any evening when Chacha Pakistan was not around.” Bhagat Singh dedicated his life to revolutionary actions out of love for his motherland and these acts were part of the march towards independence from British rule. Chacha Pakistani lived from day-today to express his zeal for Pakistan. But were it not for Hindus, Sikhs and others like Bhagat Singh who fought for independence from the British, the series of events that led to Pakistan’s creation might never have occurred. Lahore, meanwhile, remains divided about giving Bhagat Singh a place on its streets. Mr Dar says: “History is continuity, individuals can accept or reject it on their personal liking and disliking but it cannot be disowned.”
who was bhagat Singh? Bhagat Singh (1907-1931) was an Indian nationalist, one of the highest-profile heroes of the independence movement He was born into a Sikh family and became involved in revolutionary activities as a teenager Seeking revenge for the death of politician Lala Lajpat Rai, he was involved in the killing of a British police officer He was eventually arrested and convicted for his involvement He was hanged at Shadman square in what is now Lahore, aged 23
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North Korean leader seeks end to confrontation with South PYONGYANG
ORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media. The address by Kim, who took over power in the reclusive state after his father, Kim Jong-il, died in 2011, appeared to take the place of the policy-setting New Year editorial published in leading state newspapers. But North Korea has offered olive branches before and Kim’s speech does not necessarily signify a change in tack from a country which vilifies the United States and U.S. ally South Korea at every chance it gets. Impoverished North Korea raised tensions in the region by launching a long-range rocket in December that it said was aimed at putting a scientific satellite in orbit, drawing international condemnation. North Korea, which considers North and South as one country, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is banned from testing missile or nuclear technology under U.N.
sanctions imposed after its 2006 and 2009 nuclear weapons tests. “An important issue in putting an end to the division of the country and achieving its reunification is to remove confrontation between the north and the south,” Kim said in the address that appeared to be pre-recorded and was made at an undisclosed location. “The past records of inter-Korean relations show that confrontation between fellow countrymen leads to nothing but war.” The New Year address was the first in 19 years by a North Korean leader after the death of Kim Ilsung, Kim Jong-un’s grandfather. Kim Jong-il rarely spoke in public and disclosed his national policy agenda in editorials in state newspapers. “(Kim’s statement) apparently contains a message that he has an intention to dispel the current face-off (between the two Koreas), which could eventually be linked with the North’s call for aid (from the South),” said Kim Tae-woo, a North Korea expert at the state-funded Korea Institute for National Unification. “But such a move does not necessarily mean any substantive change in the North Korean regime’s policy
towards the South.” The two Koreas have seen tensions rise to the highest level in decades after the North bombed a Southern island in 2010 killing two civilians and two soldiers. The sinking of a South Korean navy ship earlier that year was blamed on the North but Pyongyang has denied it and accused Seoul of waging a smear campaign against its leadership. Last month, South Korea elected as president Park Geun-hye, a conservative daughter of
height of their Cold War confrontation. Park has vowed to pursue engagement with the North and called for dialogue to build confidence but has demanded that Pyongyang abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions, something it is unlikely to do. Conspicuously absent from Kim’s speech was any mention of the nuclear arms program.
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aBIDJan: About 60 people were crushed to death in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan overnight after a New Year’s Eve fireworks display, an emergency official and state radio said on Tuesday. “There are around 60 dead, and about 200 injured, this is a provisional estimate,” a rescue official told Reuters, asking not to be named. He said the incident happened near Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium where a crowd had gathered to watch fireworks. A Reuters correspondent said there were blood stains and abandoned shoes outside the stadium Tuesday morning, and government officials and rescue and security forces were still there. “My two children came here yesterday. I told them not to come but they didn’t listen. They came when I was sleeping. What will I do?” said Assetou Toure, a cleaner. She said she did not know if her children survived. aGEnCiEs
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hong Kong: Thousands in Hong Kong protested on Tuesday against the city’s leader Leung Chun-ying as pressure mounts against the Beijing-backed politician who has been embroiled in an illegal construction scandal since taking office in July. Thronging the streets on New Year’s Day, crowds of people, some dressed in black with colorful banners and wearing long-nosed Pinocchio masks, chanted “Leung Chun-ying step down” in a rally that snaked several kilometers towards government headquarters. While Hong Kong is a largely stable financial hub with a strong rule of law, the political heat has risen over Leung’s failure to adequately explain seemingly innocuous building work on his home, corroding public trust and raising suspicions he may have covered up the scandal last year as he campaigned for the leadership. “CY Leung does not have the ability and credibility to handle even his own personal scandals. How can he lead Hong Kong in a proper way with political and economic development?” said protest organizer Jackie Hung. Leung said last month he had been negligent and apologized for how he handled questions over his illegally built basement. Such work is common to maximize living space in space-starved Hong Kong, but similar minor violations have ensnared several prominent officials over the past year. By late afternoon, organizers put the turnout at the protest at around 60,000, though police said 17,000 had showed up. aGEnCiEs
Expats who bounce cheques no longer risk prison in UAE
MisRaTa: people inspect the destroyed side room of a Coptic church following an explosion on Dec 31, in the Mediterranean town of Dafinya.Two Egyptians were killed in the attack on the stone church built between 1936 and 1937 during italian colonial rule. AGENCIES
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Thousands march against Hong Kong’s leader
DuBaI: The United Arab Emirates will stop imprisoning expatriates for writing cheques that bounce, Abu Dhabi daily The National reported on Tuesday, citing a senior official. The UAE’s tough penalties for defaulting on loans, which is a criminal offence in the Gulf Arab monarchy, were relaxed for Emirati citizens in October after a royal decree. “In line with the directives of Sheikh Khalifa... and in the spirit of fairness and equality, the courts have stopped as of last month accepting collateral cheques presented as a criminal tool against expatriate debt defaulters,” Ali Khalfan Al Dhaheri, head of the legal affairs department at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs was quoted saying. In July a British businessman who had been jailed for nearly three years in Dubai for writing bad cheques was released when his conviction was overturned following a seven-week hunger strike. The UAE has no bankruptcy laws to protect debtors and many have called for the decriminalisation of bounced cheques. “Federal public prosecutions in the country have, indeed, released expatriate detainees as has been the case of their Emirati counterparts who were freed last October,” The National quoted judge Jassem Saif Buossaiba, head of the judicial inspection department at the Justice Ministry, as saying. aGEnCiEs
Syria starts 2013 with aerial strikes and clashes DAMASCUS aGEnCiEs
Syrians woke on New Year’s Day to countrywide aerial bombardment, while President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebels fighting to topple him clashed on the outskirts of the capital. Residents of Damascus entered the new year to the sound of artillery hitting southern and eastern districts that form a rebel-held crescent on the outskirts of the capital, the center of which is still firmly under government control. In the center, soldiers manning checkpoints fired celebratory gunfire at midnight, causing alarm in a city where streets were largely deserted. “How can they celebrate? There is no ‘Happy New Year’,” Moaz al-Shami, an opposition activists who lives in the capital’s central Mezzeh district, said over Skype, his voice trembling with anger. He said rebel fighters attacked one checkpoint in the district of Berzeh early on Tuesday. Opposition groups said mor-
tar bombs hit the southwest suburb of Daraya, where the army launched a military offensive on Monday to retake the battered district. Assad’s air force pounded Damascus’s eastern suburbs, as well as rebel-held areas in the second city Aleppo, and several rural towns and villages, opposition activists said. An estimated 45,000 people have been killed in the revolt, which started in early 2011 with peaceful protests demanding democratic reforms but turned into an armed uprising after months of attacks on protesters by security forces. A resident of the central city of Homs, who asked to remain anonymous, said shells had landed on the Old City early on Tuesday. Homs lies on the strategic north-south highway and parts of the ancient city have been leveled during months of clashes. Government forces ousted rebels from the city early last year but militants have slowly crept back in. “The Old City is under siege. There is shelling from all sides,” he said. The opposition-linked Syrian Obser-
vatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, reported 160 people killed on the final day of 2012, including at least 37 government troops. The group’s reports cannot be verified. BoMBarDMent The civil war in Syria has become the longest and deadliest of the conflicts that rose out of the uprisings that swept through the Arab world over the past two years. Many Sunni Muslims, the majority in Syria, back the rebellion, while Assad, who hails from the Shi’ite-derived Alawite minority sect, is backed by some minorities who fear revenge if he falls. His family has ruled Syria harshly since his father seized power in a coup 42 years ago. Assad’s forces have lately relied more on aerial and artillery bombardment, rather than infantry. Residential areas where rebels base themselves have been targeted, killing civilians unable to flee. Schools and queues of people buying
bread have been hit.Rebels have taken swathes of the north and the east but have struggled to hold cities, complaining that they are defenseless against Assad’s Soviet-built air force. A year ago, many diplomats and analysts predicted Assad would leave power in 2012. But he has proved resilient and none of his inner circle have defected. He still largely retains control of his armed forces. Diplomatic efforts to end the war have faltered, with the rebels refusing to negotiate unless Assad leaves power and him pledging to fight until death. Most Western and Arab states have called for him to leave power. He is supported by Russia and Shi’ite Iran. In the final days of 2012, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi called on countries to push the sides to talk, saying Syria faced a choice of “hell or the political process”. One Damascus resident, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, said the usual new year’s eve crowds were absent from the increasingly isolated capital.
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NA body seeks details of all negotiations with donor agencies ISLAMABAD
HE National Assembly Special Committee on Foreign Loans has recommended that the details of the negotiations with donor agencies regarding loans worth more than Rs 500 million should be presented before parliament for consideration. The decision was made during a meeting of the special committee held in the parliament house and was presided over by Ms Shehnaz Wazir Ali. During the meeting, legislators said the parliament was not taken into confidence during negotiations with foreign donor agencies and the terms and conditions were finalised without the approval of the body. Ahsan Iqbal said the ministries should hire the services of special advisors for a better assessment of foreign loans. “Our ministries do not have qualified people to deal with issues regarding negotiations with donor agencies therefore the post of an advisor should be made. This advisor will assist our government and will be helpful to remove flaws in our financial system,” Ahsan added. Resenting the planning commission’s failure to present its independent
QUETTA: A boy holds an icicle as the temperature further decreased in the provincial capital on Tuesday. INP
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Hundreds of people protest at Karachi Press Club ISLAMABAD onLinE
The Supreme Court on Tuesday took suo motu notice of Shahzeb Khan’s murder and issued notice to the Sindh advocate general and PPO to appear on January 4 and submit a report in this regard. Twenty-year-old Shahzeb Khan was killed allegedly by Shahrukh Jatoi near Mubarak Masjid in DHA Karachi on December 25. Jatoi killed Khan after his friend Nawab Siraj
Talpur had an argument with the deceased, when Talpur’s servant verbally harassed Khan’s sister. Talpur and his friend, Jatoi, allegedly followed Shahzeb, even after the issue was settled, and shot him dead. Reportedly, the two main suspects escaped to interior Sindh after the murder. The action was taken by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry on a note initiated by the office. The note was based on press clippings carrying story regarding the brutal murder of the 20-year-old who was gunned down in Karachi a week ago and police
failed to make any progress due to immense political pressure. Hundreds of people from different walks of life protested against the murder at the Karachi Press Club carrying banners and requesting the CJP for taking suo motu action in this regard. A three-member investigation committee was formed by the Sindh Police but so far, the body has not made any arrests. The investigation teams that were sent to the interior Sindh also came back “empty-handed”.
Top Afghan negotiator optimistic over peace prospects KABUL aGEnCiEs
A top Afghan peace negotiator said he was cautiously optimistic about prospects for reconciliation with the Taliban and that all sides now realized a military solution to the war was not possible. Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai also told Reuters that the Kabul government hoped to transform the Afghan Taliban, who have proved resilient after more than a decade of war against U.S.led NATO and Afghan troops, into a political movement. He predicted the highly lethal Haqqani militant network, the most experienced at guerrilla warfare, would join the peace process if the Afghan Taliban started formal talks. Signs are emerging that the Afghan government is gaining momentum in its drive to persuade the Taliban to lay down their arms before most NATO combat troops pull out by the end of 2014, a timeline that makes many Afghans nervous. Members of the Afghan government, the Taliban and some of their old enemies in the Northern Alliance, which fought the Taliban for years, discussed ways of easing the conflict during a recent meeting in France. “I think one consensus was that everybody acknowledged that nobody will win by military (means),” said Stanekzai, who was badly wounded in a 2011 Taliban suicide bombing attack. “Everybody acknowledged that we have to enter into a meaningful negotiation.”Pakistan, long accused of supporting Afghan insurgents such as the Taliban, has sent the strongest signals yet that it will deliver on promises of helping the Kabul government and the
United States bring stability to its neighbor. Pakistan is seen as critical to the process after three decades of upheaval in Afghanistan. Ten years of Soviet occupation were followed by devastating civil war and the rise of the Taliban, who ruled from 1996 to 2001. On Monday, Pakistan freed four Afghan Taliban prisoners who Afghan officials said were close to the group’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, and still had the clout to persuade commanders to pursue peace. “everYBoDY shouLD BeneFIt” Stanekzai stressed that in order to bring long-term stability, reconciliation efforts should aim to bring the Taliban and other insurgents into Afghan politics. “The purpose of the peace process is we want all Afghans to be part of the political system,” said Stanekzai, who studied at Cambridge and was in charge of disarmament in Afghanistan before becoming a senior member of the High Peace Council. “This peace process should not just be a deal between a few people or between the government and the Taliban, but everybody should benefit from the peace process, and everybody should see a peaceful prospect for themselves for the future.” Some activists fear that the government will make concessions in order to pacify the Taliban that could hurt efforts to improve women’s rights. Stanekzai said Afghan security forces had made progress but acknowledged that more work was needed to ensure they would be ready to take over when the U.S. combat mission ends in 2014. He also believes a free and fair presidential election in April 2014 are
evaluation report over foreign and domestic loans, the committee directed the officials of the planning commission to inform Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr Nadeemul Haq to give a written report in ten days regarding the matter. “Hundreds of people have been hired in departments which are already facing financial constraints,” the committee added. Officials informed the committee that during the last four years the average fiscal deficit remained 6.12 percent and defence and debt services were a major cause of it. Ahsan Iqbal said unrealistic figures were shown when the budget was being made. “This is why we face such immense difficulties,” he said. The committee asked the officials of the planning commission and the finance division to give details of the amount of money which lapsed back to the national treasury during past few years and give reasons why this amount was not utilized. The legislative body said loans should be scrutinized before being granted. The standing committee also asked the officials to give complete details of the Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation Act (FRDLA) 2005 and advise the committee how this act can be amended.
KP restores commissionerate system peshaWar: The commissionerate system has been restored in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Malakand Division and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) repealing the Local Government System 2001 enforced by former president Pervez Musharraf. In view of this development, the serving deputy coordination office (DCO) would become deputy commissioner. According to official sources, deputy commissioners will take over the charge of their offices from today in 25 districts of the province. Also, assistant commissioners and additional assistant commissioners will also work under the new system. Commissioners are already working in different divisions of the province. The provincial government, during the last week of December, promulgated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act 2012 with effect from January 1, 2013. The provincial assembly on May 8, 2012, passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act 2012 to revive local bodies system that was prevalent in the country before the government of Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf with minor changes. onLinE
Measles claimed 306 lives in Pakistan: WHO
essential to prevent any further conflict. The last vote was plagued by allegations of widespread fraud. “This is the time where we have to enter in negotiations to make sure that does not happen. But, as you know, politicians are always politicians. They are always in a power game.” Stanekzai warned that reconciliation was complex, with many moving parts having to be synchronized. The Haqqanis, who are close to al Qaeda and have been blamed for a number of highprofile attacks on Western and Afghan targets in Kabul, are regarded as a possible spoiler. But Stanekzai did not seem too concerned about the group. “When you go to a market you always use a brand name and then you sell your very low-quality product under that brand name,” he said. “We enter a negotiation with the Taliban which is the brand marketable name. The rest is easy.” Asked if he thought there would be a major breakthrough in peace efforts this year, Stanekzai said conditions
had been established to make that possible. But he noted that Afghanistan was highly unpredictable. “Anything can happen. You don’t know which direction these different actors will take,” he said. staneKzaI KnoWs that FIrst hanD. He recalled how a man posing as a Taliban peace envoy kissed the hand of exAfghan president and chairman of the High Peace Council Burhanuddin Rabbani before detonating a bomb hidden in his turban. Rabbani was killed instantly and Stanekzai was badly wounded. Faith in Islam has helped him recover. “The suicide bomber was between the both of us and when he lowered his head, I remember there was a light and a bang and that was the last thing I remember. Next thing I remember was I was in the hospital,” said Stanekzai, sitting near his cane. “It’s life,” he said. “In Islam, in our religion, it says even if you are in the middle of fire, Allah can save you.”
KarachI: World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday said 306 children died in Pakistan due to measles in 2012. Although the WHO spokesperson, Maryam Yunus, did not give a reason for the increase in deaths, a provincial health official said the disease hit areas where parents could not afford vaccination for their children. Yunus said in southern Sindh, where measles caused the death of 28 children in 2011, 206 children had died this year. Sindh Health Minister Saghir Ahmed said around 100 children had died in Sindh in December alone. onLinE
Retrieve schools from influential grabbers: SC IsLaMaBaD: The Supreme Court has ordered Sindh and Balochistan governments to retrieve school buildings from influential grabbers and submit comprehensive reports in this regard. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, heard the proceedings of a suo motu case regarding a lack of schools. The SC ordered the provincial governments to ensure that school buildings should only be used for educational purposes. Earlier in its orders, the SC asked about ghost schools in all the provinces and measures taken so far in this regard. The SC ordered all provincial and federal governments to submit comprehensive reports and adjourned the hearing for three weeks. onLinE
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10 Comment Dynastic leaders and democracy Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
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Spectre of election postponement and the pandora’s box it opens
peculations regarding the postponement of elections became rife after Tahir-ul-Qadri’s address to a mammoth gathering in Lahore on December 23. At a time when elections were due in about four months, the TMQ chief demanded wide ranging reforms in the economic, social and electoral system. What is more, he gave deadlines to the government to fulfil his demands. Three weeks deadline till January 14 for announcing an independent interim setup to be formed in consultation with the army, judiciary and other stakeholders. In case this did not happen, Qadri is to march on Islamabad “at the head of four million people on January 10”. Three months for changing the entire system! If this could not be done within the stipulated period, elections would have to be postponed. With MQM and PML-Q, two major partners in the ruling coalition, now supporting the demands, this has further added to uncertainty. Meanwhile, statements by the top PMLN, ANP and Jamaat-eIslami leadership on the New Year eve warn of dire consequences if the elections were postponed. Asfandyar Wali called any delay was disastrous for the country. Going a step further, JI’s deputy chief Siraj-ul-Haq said that a second Bangladesh model would come into being if the general elections were postponed. Last week, Imran Khan had maintained that a delay would jeopardise Pakistan’s stability. On Sunday, Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira asked the MQM not to become part of a conspiracy to delay elections and derail democracy in the country. Meanwhile, the government allies have reportedly asked it to immediately announce the schedule of elections to take the wind out of Tahir-ul-Qadri’s sails. Under Article 232(6) of the Constitution, the term of the National Assembly can be extended only in case the president proclaims a state of emergency in situations like war, foreign aggression and internal strife. Pakistan faces threats from the extremists, of this there is no doubt. But if Iran could hold elections in the midst of its war with Iraq, Pakistan too can do the same. Postponement on any pretext would be a serious setback to the democratic process as it would constitute an acknowledgement that the democratic system was unable to address the challenges facing the country. Proclamation of emergency by the president would be an expression of no confidence in the PPP-led government. If the government really finds itself unable to cope with the challenges, the best way is to urgently hold the elections to let the next government bail the country out of its difficulties. The government has unnecessarily delayed an agreement with the opposition on the interim setup. The talks should be concluded urgently. Meanwhile, the government would do well to announce the election schedule.
not as much of a bad idea as it sounds
he death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto on 27 December has become the annual day for the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) to demonstrate its country-wide popular support. It has also become an occasion when the party leadership has the biggest presence at one spot. The latest death anniversary was another impressive display of popular outpouring for Benazir Bhutto and the PPP. What distinguished this from the previous occasions was the formal launching of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari into active public life. This was the induction of the third generation of the Bhutto family into the PPP’s active leadership role. Bilawal Bhutto addressed the public meeting in a high tone and emotionally charged manner in the tradition of his mother, Benazir Bhutto, and grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He invoked the PPP’s traditional political philosophy of “rotti, kapra aur makan” and the legacy of its elders. He spoke about some political issues in general terms but his style captivated his audience who wanted to hear him no matter what he said. Bilawal Bhutto’s advent as the leader of the PPP and active involveBy Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi ment in election campaign would improve internal harmony in the party and moderate the dissenting elements. This will also create an opportunity for President Asif Ali Zardari to disengage himself from dayto-day affairs of the PPP and stay out of election campaigning, defusing the ongoing criticism of his active role in PPP affairs. The advent of Bilawal Bhutto is the latest example of dynastic politics that characterises this region. In Sri Lanka, the Senanyakes and
the Bandaranaikes dominated the politics of the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party respectively for years and held the offices of prime minister and president. In Nepal, the Koiralas held the office of prime minister on several occasions. In Bangladesh, the wife of former President Ziaur Rahman and the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dominate politics. In India, three generations of the Nehru family held the office of prime minister. This legacy continues as the dominant feature of the politics of the Congress Party. All these countries have several other politically active families where political leadership passes on from generation to generation. Pakistan is currently experiencing generational transition. The daughter of Nawaz Sharif, Mariam Nawaz, was launched into active politics last year. She devotes her time to the PML-N secretariat, women and youth affairs. Her husband is a member of the National Assembly. Shahbaz Sharif’s son, Hamza Shahbaz, is also involved in active politics for many years. The same can be said about Monis Elahi, son of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. However, both, Hamza and Monis, are involved in day-to-day politics, hindering or helping the tasks of others. This has made their role controversial. The two sons of former Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, are in active politics and have caused many controversies in their short span in active politics. We can talk of several other political families in Pakistan. Political dynasties can be found in established democracies where some families dominate the politics in some regions and political and elected offices pass on from one to another generation. Political dynasties are more common in semi-traditional or transitional societies where the institution of family, clan or tribe continues to be important. The attachment to the important families passes on through generations. This is the interplay of charisma that evokes loyalty of the people who firmly believe that certain families have extraordinary qualities of leading the community. We talk of political dynasties that succeed and forget that many sons and daughters or wives of important political leaders do not succeed. If Sonia Gandhi carries on with the traditions of the Nehrus and the Gandhis in India, her sister-in-law, Manika, wife of Sanjay Gandhi (brother of Ravi Gandhi) could not go beyond the membership of the Lok Sabha and a junior cabinet position. She has been pushed to the background. Similarly, all children of an established leader do not reach to the top. The political family name helps the first entry in politics. It is like the son of an estab-
lished lawyer or doctor who has the advantage at the time of entry into the profession. The father’s professional standing helps in the initial days. However, the initial advantage has to be reinforced by individual efforts and demonstration of professional excellence. The same happens in the political domain. A strong family background facilitates entry into politics with a clear advantage. However, the family tree does not ensure success throughout the career. Such an entrant cannot reach to the top without establishing his/her credentials as a leader in his/her own right. The dynastic leadership sustains itself by two principal methods. First, the leadership must be confirmed again and again by winning elections. Popular mandate helps to strengthen leadership. Second, the party and close associates must continue to accept him/her as the leader over time. He has to demonstrate his leadership qualities in the party affairs, especially internal conflict management, and offer inspiring solutions to complex political issues. This kind of political clout develops over time. While leading the political party to success in the elections, the dynastic leader must win the confidence of the senior colleagues. Benazir Bhutto started her political career under the leadership of her mother after the death of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Later, she assumed an independent role and worked hard for many years inside and outside of Pakistan, faced imprisonment and years of exile, to acquire a world class stature. Bilawal Bhutto has embarked on a career with a natural advantage. However, the next 7 to 10 years will determine his stature and role as the leader. If he excels in party management and how to address the political challenges, he will become a leader in his own right. Only then will he become the leader of historical significance. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto had advantage over most of their colleagues due to superior intellect and an intelligent understanding of global and comparative politics. This quality was acquired through reading good literature on political and societal affairs and seeking of briefings from knowledgeable people. Hopefully, Bilawal will follow the family tradition of acquiring superior intellect and a sound understanding of domestic and foreign affairs. If the mandate of a dynastic leader is renewed by popular mandate on a regular basis in a fair and free electoral exercise within the framework of a liberal democratic framework, dynastic leadership helps to strengthen democracy in transitional societies. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
Game changer or a spoiler Qadri seems intent on throwing a spanner in the works
By Malik Muhammad Ashraf
he sudden and late in the day entry of a religious scholar-cum-politician Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri into the political arena – after remaining in the political wilderness for five years – with a vow to force changes in the political system before elections through agitation, is a much fancied subject of discussion in the media, political circles and the intelligentsia. While the need for changes in the political system can hardly be contested, the timing of his appearance and the mode of affecting those changes, as suggested by him, is certainly very intriguing. Without going into and judging the authenticity of the motive behind his unceremonious appearance, and the con-
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spiracy theories being bandied around regarding Qadri acting as an errand boy of the establishment, I will be focusing on the contents of his speech, their constitutional validity or otherwise, and the repercussions that are likely to emerge from the solutions contemplated by him to cleanse the system of its ailments. The thrust of his speech was that the political system was not being run as per the constitution and those who were elected as members of the parliament did not meet the standards set by the constitution for the eligibility of the candidates and therefore changes were required in the way the people are elected to the parliament. He extensively quoted the constitutional clauses to substantiate his viewpoint and insisted he was not aiming to undermine the constitution or have the elections postponed. I as an anodyne observer and a student of political science honestly feel that his discourse was self-contradictory in regards to his respect for the constitution. He proposed an interim government comprising of technocrats in whose formation the military and judiciary should also have a role. Where in the constitution do these institutions have a role in deciding the formation of the interim setup? Nowhere. The proposal is therefore unconstitutional; enough to dent his credibility and claim of respect-
ing the constitution. He further said that the political and religious forces outside the parliament should also be made part of this process. That again is against the constitution. The constitution bestows this responsibility on the government and the opposition who enjoy the mandate of the masses. Now coming to the changes: his speech concentrated on unraveling the inadequacies of the system and the imperative to transform it but he did not spell out clearly what kind of changes were required to be made. The strategy that he unfolded to have those vaguely described changes effected was also unconstitutional to say the least. The change in the political system would require constitutional amendments with the consensus of the majority comprising the members of the parliament as enunciated by the constitution and not through agitation and coercion. If he is genuinely concerned about the state of affairs in the country and honestly feels that he must play a role in changing the game, he should adopt a constitutional way of doing it. The elections are around the corner and he must participate in the elections and win the mandate of the people to make the changes he perceives are required to be put in place. He cannot justify his claim of having the support of the masses by simply organising a
rally of two million or having four million gathered at Islamabad. Pakistan has a population of 180 million and his claim of masses’ support can only be tested through his electoral triumph. The disruption of elections will reaffirm the authenticity of a permeating notion that the rightist and religious elements in this country have always played the role of a spoiler. The political entities supporting the strategy of Qadri also need to revisit their stance as it can portray them in dismal colours as far as their democratic credentials are concerned. The PPP and PML-N, who represent the majority of the masses in the parliament, and other smaller parties, are unanimous in their stance of holding the elections on time. Having the elections postponed, as Qadri hinted in his speech, and paralysing the functioning of the government will only play into the hands of the forces inimical to a democratic setup in the country. And God forbid if that happens, Qadri will be remembered in the history as a spoiler who played a role in shattering the dreams of the masses to tread the democratic path for realising their cherished dreams in conformity with the vision of the Quaid. Pakistan has already suffered due to such unconstitutional undertakings and politics of agitation. The only way Pakistan can rediscover itself is to follow
the constitution. Any other course will lead to yet another disaster. Qadri must realise that it is not the ends that justify the means but the means that justify the ends. If he believes he has a noble cause he must strive for its fulfillment through noble, legitimate and accepted political norms. Democracy has been restored and saved through a very arduous and valiant struggle. No doubt all the major political forces have also contributed to this cause but bulk of the credit goes to the PPP and its leadership which has a proven history of standing against the dictatorial regimes. The anti-people and antidemocracy forces have made relentless efforts during the last four years to derail the system, but thanks to the political sagacity of the leadership of PPP and supportive role played by other political parties, including PML-N, the country is poised for a smooth transition of power through ballot for the first time. The PPP, PML (N) and all other political parties are already running their electoral campaigns. Let the power of the ballot determine what course and what changes are needed to be adopted. Remember, even the worst kind of democracy is better than dictatorship or any other unconstitutional arrangement. The writer is an academic.
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We don’t need another Jinnah
By Adeel Amjad
5th December, the birth anniversary of Quai-e-Azam, is usually celebrated with passion to remind the nation about the sacrifices by our great leader and others in laying the foundation of Pakistan. But even after 65 years, this nation still has no idea what it wants and what it needs. Some question the creation of Pakistan as a necessary step while some say it was our political right and we did the right thing in demanding a separate homeland. There is division among us as to the purpose of Pakistan’s creation with some quoting Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s 11 th August speech. But has this led us to any worthwhile situation? Or, should we keep waiting for another Jinnah while mourning on his demise? Isn’t it time to leave everything aside and start looking for the answers to the questions that require our immediate attention, like poverty, illiteracy, health care, lack of development in social sector, etc? Jinnah’s address to the first constituent assembly of Pakistan clearly separated the business of state from religious preferences. He asked for complete independence regarding the performance of religious duties for all the citizens of Pakistan. It states, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed; this has nothing to do with the business of the state.” But, what has been done till now is totally the other way around. Muslims, Christians, Hindus and every other minority are equally unsafe in performing their religious duties. Prayers are offered in the shadows of guns and Pakistani society has taken a turn towards the worse by becoming highly affected by
the sectarian beliefs. The so-called ‘Laboratory of Islam’ is now a playground for militants and extremists in which Muslims are butchered on the basis of their sectarian beliefs, Christians are being killed in the name of blasphemy and Hindus are being forced to migrate simply because of intolerance. Ideally speaking, religious scholars, analysts and political activists who believe Pakistan to be a land for Muslims only and a laboratory to experience with Islamic teachings, should learn from the statement of the Founding Father. The struggle for Pakistan was political in nature. The demand for a separate homeland was considered unprecedented but the creation of Pakistan became a glaring achievement. So, arguing Pakistan to be the land for Muslims only is a misleading argument being used by the apologists to put a limit on the people of other religions and also to make them realise about their lesser status in the society. What if Jinnah were alive? Would the situation be any different? Politicians use quotes from Jinnah’s speeches at different occasions, trying to look like each one of them has a deeper attachment to the Quaid than the next one. They keep reminding us that Jinnah is no more with us, and we, the people of Pakistan, sadly start mourning the demise of the greatest leader of this country, forgetting his legacy, something that should have never been forgotten. It is high time we told these politicians that enough with using Jinnah as your emotional card and as your rallying call to gather political support for the very ideals that clash with every bit of what Jinnah has ever stood for. This country does not need another Jinnah; it only needs to stick to the principles laid down by Jinnah himself. Following his teachings, solutions to the problems of Pakistan can easily be found. When each member of our society has a tiny bit of what Jinnah has always asked us to do in our heart, we sure can do wonders for this country. In his first address, Jinnah had asked the constituent assembly to function as a sovereign body as the federal legislature of Pakistan. The current Majlis-e-Shoora of Pakistan is still fighting to prove its parliamentary supremacy before the establishment of Pakistan. Jinnah had asked
the legislature to work on the maintenance of law and order, to protect life, property and religious beliefs of the citizens of Pakistan. Has the legislature(s) in Pakistan succeeded in performing this task? To some extent, yes, but mainly a big no. Our assemblies have come a long way over time but their basic objectives remain unfulfilled yet. The problems pointed out by Jinnah in the first address to the constituent assembly of Pakistan are no more different than the current issues. The issues of bribery, corruption, nepotism, robbery and black marketing are still there with the state being curiously inconspicuous of these issues. The socio-economic problems are eating the fabric of our society from inside out. The real problem for us is not the issues we are, or have been, facing but the reasons why we have not moved forward. Pakistan virtually still stands at the same position as it was 65 years ago. The only development, if it can even be called that, has been the development of a consensus by both the religious and political forces of the country to strengthen democracy. But this unity of opinion is and will always remain under the threat of dictatorial forces in the country. And ironically, every dictator in Pakistan has presented himself as the real follower of Jinnah. We first need to accept that we are facing problems, only then can we work for their solutions. These solutions cannot be found in arguing about the past and lamenting the demise of Jinnah; instead they can be found by achieving the goals laid down in the very first address of the Father of the Nation. We must also take into consideration that democracy is a process of trial and error, and it takes time to lay down its roots. The establishment of a progressive society can only be achieved by sticking to the principles of equality, justice and fair play. Pakistan is waging an existential war against the militant and extremist forces. We need to move forward and take responsibility for our incompetence. We don’t need a new Jinnah for no one else can provide us what we want other than we, us and ourselves. The writer can be reached at email@example.com
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Goodbye 2012 O year 2012 that gripped the country in a vicious cycle of events without any respite, I fare thee well, though it is hard to forget the memory of ruthless target killings of innocent people, unprecedented burning to death of trapped factory workers, extortion of money from businessmen in Karachi, kidnappings for ransom and ruthless killing of innocent people in Balochistan, loss of scores of innocent lives at the hands of suicide bombers in KP, death of poor citizens in fake encounters or by lethal cough syrup and greeting of newborns by rats in government hospitals in Punjab (the kingdom of self-proclaimed Khadim-e-Aala). We say farewell to the year that witnessed pledges and vows of politicians to protect the so-called democracy at all costs (which quite literally seems true as we are paying through our nose for it) from being derailed (as if it were on track) while simultaneously accusing, abusing and slandering each other for creating the mess resulting in conditions conducive to postponement of 2013 elections. The loud declaration by lawmakers that parliament is supreme and equal retorts by the judiciary that it being arbiter of constitution is sovereign and supreme do not seem to be understandable. If masses suffer under heavy weight of poverty, price hike and inflation due to fiscal mismanagement, what is the use of supremacy of one or the other pillar of state? The year also saw claims and slogans for change, pledges of ruthless accountability and devolution of power to grassroots by the very people who don’t pay taxes, are the worst plunderers of money, and molesters of law. The mutual hospitality and hostility between the PPP and PML-N is astonishing and beyond comprehension in this regard. Similarly, we witnessed another bearer of change, a Canadian citizen, who in collaboration with, a British national, and the Q League is going to fix this country yet another time. Regardless these deplorable and
depressing happenings, there are some unforgettable and happy events such as winning of World Armature Snooker Championship, wining of Asia Hockey Cup, and victory in ODI cricket match against India. I pray and wish that the new year brings happy ending to the controversies prevalent in the society and replaces them with a change in the upcoming elections. RAJA SHAFAATULLAH Islamabad
nostalgia with kingship The description of Mr Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as the next king on the horizon in a section of the press betrays a nostalgia with the worn out kingship of bygone days of Moghul and English kings and emperors that ruled us, including Mahraja Ranjit Singh. This is certainly in bad taste since the democracy has dawned upon Pakistan. The very idea of displaying our democratic rulers as kings and queens feeds a wrong idea to the population that Pakistan, born out of an epic struggle by the Muslims of the subcontinent under the historic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, is to have kings now in the 21st century. This shows that we have not shed the hangover of English emperors like George the fifth who called himself King of England and Emperor of India. We ought to move away from the shadows of “Zilley Illahis” that adorned the titles of Moghul kings and move into the glorious period of democratic rule. A section of press ought not be carried away by the personal charm of a would-be-ruler to belittle the people at large whose votes will decide the future leadership. As such our press must be people oriented rather than personality worshippers. The drama of life operates on a much broader screen rather than the moustached generals in decorated uniforms or civilian dictators who pose as “gurus” of politics but are incapable of improving the lot of poor masses. The people’s needs have moved further than “roti kapra and makaan”. They also need shoes, clean water, basic education as also basic health care and social justice to dispel the notion of rich rulers and abject poverty of masses that are destined to remain forever so. The “welfare state” concept of Islam needs to be observed at all times, instead of encouraging rulers to become kings and the people as downtrodden subjects being mired in sloth and hunger. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
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12 Every actor is an attention seeker: Anushka Sharma jay-Z spends 25,000 pounds on alcohol
I N G e R Jay-Z reportedly splashed 25,000 pounds on alcohol during a gig with band Coldplay. The singer performed with the band here Dec 31 night at Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team owned by Jay-Z. Jay-Z had a private lounge nicknamed The Vault, which was specially highlighted for the occasion, reports thesun.co.uk. Inside the VIP area was a wall created from hundreds of bottles of Armand de Brignac Brut Gold - worth more than 300 pounds each. He also ordered a 30 litre bottle of the drink for the night. It was more than four feet high, weighed about 100kg and took two burly blokes to lift. The guests included Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cheryl Cole and her boyfriend Tre Holloway. nEWs DEsK
AILING from an army background, Anushka Sharma has led a very quiet and disciplined life, but confesses her profession has now made her an attentionseeker - an “occupational hazard” for all actors. “I am not spoilt as I was brought up in an army background. But every actor is an attentionseeker. It is an occupational hazard for us. If I don’t seek attention, I will not be doing my work well,” Anushka told IANS in an interview. The actress made her Bollywood debut in 2008 with “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” and later went on to do films like “Badmaash Company”, “Band Baaja Baaraat”, “Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl” and most recently “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”. In a short span of four years, Anushka has carved a niche for herself in Bollywood and the 24-year-old says she wants to use her success to do things on her own terms. “You should use success as a way of doing your work in a better way. I want to be successful to be able to do things on my own terms. You should use your stardom and success to be able to pull people into the theatre. That’s what I would want to do with my success,” Anushka said. Asked what her mantra to survive in the industry is, she said: “Do your work and mind your own business; that is the
only way.” Anushka admits she wasn’t sure about the film industry before she joined it, but her views changed once she became a part of it. “I used to think it is a dirty field because of these news channels playing dumb stories. But now I feel that when you get a lot here, you need to give back equally too. So whoever is the biggest star right now is working that much harder,” she said. After garnering critical acclaim for her performance in “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”, Anushka will now be seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola” opposite Imran Khan and Pankaj Kapoor. It releases Jan 11. The actress found the role of Bijlee challenging as it was difficult for her to relate to it. “This is the first time I dealt with something which I just could not relate to. When I was growing up I was not at all spoilt. There was no scope for throwing tantrums in my house. Plus, she (Bijlee) is not a stereotypical spoilt brat. I could not look at my personal references for this. I had to be like someone else totally,” she said.
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Britney Spears in a Hindi film? NEWS DESK
rapper Honey Singh booked for ‘vulgar’ song
first information report (FIR) was filed against Punjabi rapper here Monday over allegedly vulgar lyrics of his song, the complainant said. The complaint was lodged by senior Indian Police Service officer Amitabh Thakur for the “extremely vulgar and indecent songs” like “Main hun balatkaria” (I am a rapist). The FIR, number 606, was registered at Gomtinagar police station in the city. Thakur told IANS that he found the lyrics extremely vulgar, lewd and indecent, and felt that the song acted as an offensive catalyst for crime against women. FIR has been registered under Sections 292, 293 and 294 of the Indian Penal Code that deal with obsenity at public place. Other than Punjabi films, Honey Singh has sung songs for Hindi films “Cocktail”, “Khiladi 786”, “ Race 2” and “Son of Sardar”. nEWs DEsK
While the first half of the year was relatively quiet, the second half saw a flurry of activity that ensured that the wedding planners had no time to breathe. These Hollywood couples gave the paparazzi a slip and managed to keep their wedding plans under wraps. However, that does not mean that these were frugal affairs. A lot of money was spent on these elegant ceremonies that saw varied themes. Kate WInsLet anD neD rocK’nroLL Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio gave the bride (Kate) away as she tied the knot with Ned Rock’nRoll at a private ceremony in New York earlier this month. The wedding took place in a converted barn, and even their families were unaware of the nuptials. Just 12 of the couple’s friends were present for the marriage. Kate and 34-year-old Ned, who has changed his name from Abel Smith, got engaged this summer after a year of dating. anne hathaWaY anD aDaM shuLMan
‘blessed’ kim kardashian confirms pregnancy
IM Kardashian confirmed on Monday that she is pregnant with her beau Kanye West’s baby. The confirmation comes just one day after West announced the news live on stage in Atlanta City on Sunday. “It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby,” the Mirror quoted Kardashian as writing on her website. “We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. “Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family. Happy New Year!!!” she wrote. Kardashian is reportedly three months pregnant. On Sunday, West had shouted “stop the music,” on stage before revealing, “Make noise for my baby mama right here!” nEWs DEsK
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Anne Hathaway married actorjewellery designer Adam Shulman in October. Shulman popped the question by holding up a reportedly six-carat diamond ring. Anne wore a dress designed by Valentino, while Adam was dressed in a dapper tuxedo. The two said ‘I Do’ in a ceremony attended by 100 guests. BLaKe LIveLY anD rYan reYnoLDs They were seen together in the movie Green Lantern. An year later, rumours about their romance surfaced. The two got married in a secret ceremony
in September at the Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. MattheW McconaugheY anD caMILa aLves After living together for six years and playing doting parents to three kids, the couple tied the knot in Texas in June.
JustIn tIMBerLaKe anD JessIca BIeL Justin and Jessica, who have been dating for five years, said their ‘I dos’ in a rustic Italian ceremony in front of close friends and family. The couple even kept their guests in the dark about exactly when the wedding would take place after flying them out to Southern Italy for a week-long celebration, estimated to have cost the couple $6.5 million. DreW BarrYMore anD WILL KopeLMan A pregnant Drew married her fiance of five months, Will, in a ceremony at her Montecito, California, home in June. The couple announced their engagement in January. At the wedding, guests included: Jim Toth, Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen, Busy Philipps and Cameron Diaz. aLec BaLDWIn anD hILarIa thoMas Alec married Hilaria in New York in June. Wed before 175 guests, including Woody Allen and Tina Fey, the couple exchanged gold wedding bands with the inscription ‘We are a good team’ written in Spanish.
Sadanandan Lucsam, a film producer from Kerala who made India’s first food comedy, ‘Salt ‘N’ Pepper’, has signed Britney Spears for a song-and-dance number in his untitled debut Hindi production. “Britney’s song is an integral part of the film. She sings and dances to the title track of the movie, which is a peppy number and will be shot lavishly. It will be a proper Hindi number with some good English lines as well, to make it universal in its appeal,” says
Sadanandan. The filmmaker claims to have made the payments to one of her agencies. He says he has blocked her dates and is working on the song. The producer adds that he will officially announce the name of the project, along with the cast and crew members, closer to when the film goes on floors. “We do not believe in tom-tomming about the project before we start work. We want to make sure that things are in place before we announce the name of the music directors,” says Sadanandan.
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GSTAAd, SwITzeRlAnd: Anne Hathaway, Valentino & Giancarlo Giammetti take a stroll on new year's eve in the posh Alpine resort village.
CTOR Salman Khan jumped to the defence of his arch rival Shah Rukh Khan while having an argument with Bigg Boss contestant Imam Siddique, recently. Apparently, Imam got into a heated argument with Salman, and said that he cast SRK for ad films that worked very well for him.To this Salman said: “Shah Rukh is in the industry because of his hard work and support of his fans... not because Imam cast him in an advertisement.” How the Khan vs Khan fight started Back in 2008, reportedly, a slightly inebriated Salman Khan offended Shah Rukh Khan when he and wife Gauri Khan came for Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash. Salman was apparently upset with SRK for turning down a guest role in Salman’s production, Mr And Mrs Khanna (2009). On being taunted by Salman, SRK retaliated by taking a dig at Salman’s past relationship with Aishwarya Rai. It got ugly as the two stars were apparently prepared to fight it out. Literally. Shah Rukh trashes reports of truce with Salman Khan Actor Shah Rukh Khan has dismissed reports of a “patch up” between him and the Dabangg star Salman Khan. “Bachpan se poochte aa rahe ho yeh sawal...ab toh bade ho jaoo (Please grow up...you people have always been asking the same question),” Shah Rukh retorted when asked whether the acrimony between him and Salman has finally come to end. Differences with Salman won’t be resolved publicly: SRK Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan says his longstanding disagreements with Salman Khan will not come to an end courtesy a film, a filmmaker or an actress. And neither would it be on a public platform. The two Bollywood icons, who did films like Karan Arjun and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai together, had a major fight in 2008 at Salman’s then girlfriend, Katrina Kaif’s birthday bash. Shah Rukh Khan-Salman Khan patch up at Jab Tak Hai Jaan premiere? It was long, ugly and public. But like most Bollywood fights, the one between superstars Shah Rukh and Salman Khan too seems to finally have come to an end.
Chris Brown paints picture for Rihanna, calls her his ‘girl for life’ NEWS DESK Rapper Chris Brown has reportedly spent months working on a romantic painting for Rihanna. Brown’s painting depicts the two of them in a loving embrace and includes a personal message that reads - “You’re my girl for life”, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “He and Rihanna are crazy as hell. Chris had a bomb time with Rihanna over
Christmas. He was scared, though, when she came to his house because Chris has been working on a painting for like two months for her,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying.”He painted this picture of him and her together and it’s amazing. It’s him and her together. She is looking forward and he’s kissing her on the cheek. Chris painted the gold necklace around her neck that he got her and at the
Scarlett Johansson: Marriage ‘not important’
bottom he wrote - ‘You’re my girl for life’,” added the source. The source said the painting has already been shipped to Rihanna.”I don’t know if Rihanna got the painting yet, but he shipped it to her and I know she will go crazy when she sees it. I don’t know why Chris didn’t put it on Instagram, but I guess they want some stuff to themselves,” said the source.
Pakistani singer Nabeel Shaukat Ali wins Sur Kshetra NEWS DESK Pakistani contestant Nabeel Shaukat Ali was crowned the winner of the Indo-Pak Musical series - Sur Kshetra on COLORS. In a close contest between Nabeel and his Indian counterpart Diljaan where both the ‘musical warriors’ were asked to prove themselves in a variety of songs, Nabeel walked home with the trophy on account of his versatility. In the 16 weeks musical battle, Nabeel managed to win the hearts of the audience and judges alike with his diverse performances and ability to adapt to different singing styles. This is no small achievement for the man from Lahore who dreamed to make it big in the world of singing since he was a child. Nabeel has trained under the guidance of Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan and has also won the Azme Alishan National Song Competition season II in Pakistan in 2011. It seems that finally years of hard work has paid off for the young singer as he now holds the
title of being an international singing star.Talking about his win, Nabeel said, “Winning or losing is always the end of a competition, I believe what is important is the journey you take in the process of achieving that target. In a way, all four of us our winners to have reached the finale but since one of us had to win the title of Sur
Kshetra, I feel privileged to have won it. It’s a moment of pride that I did something for my country. For this, I would give all the credit to our mentor, Atif Aslam for all the motivation and guidance he has shown us throughout the show.” In one of the episodes of Sur Kshetra, Nabeel had mentioned Sonu Nigam to be his role model and his Team
Captain – Atif Aslam had promised Nabeel that he would introduce him to the legend. We hope with this victory Nabeel gets a chance to not just meet his idol but also opens up an opportunity of working with him. As part of the win, the star has already won a chance to sing in Boney Kapoor’s film No Entry 2!
Scarlett Johansson, who separated from her husband of two years Ryan Reynolds in 2010, says marriage is not a priority for her. “I got married when I was young and it was incredibly romantic and I liked being married, actually,” Johansson, 28, says in an interview in the February issue of Elle UK, being published Wednesday. “But it is different. It’s hard to put into words. To me, being in a functioning relationship doesn’t mean you have to be married.” She added: “I never think about marriage. Is that weird? The only time I ever think about it is when people ask me.”Johansson, who last year played screen star Janet Leigh in “Hitchcock” and superhero Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow, in “The Avengers,” asked rhetorically: “Would I get married again? It’s really not important to me. It has no relevance to me right now. I’m not having kids any time soon, I’m in a nice relationship, I’m working a lot and, like I said, it’s not important to me.” Her ex-husband apparently doesn’t hold the same view.
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Infotainment 14 Giant Pandas hold new weapon in fight against superbugs giant Pandas may be a rich source of powerful new antibiotic drugs, scientists have discovered
HEIR endangered status and distinctive, cuddly appearance has turned them into the poster-child of wildlife conservation, but now there may be a new reason to save the giant panda from extinction. Scientists have discovered that the animals, of which there are around 1,600 in the wild, produce a powerful antibiotic in their blood stream that kills bacteria and fungi. They believe the substance could be used to create potent new treatments against drug resistant superbugs and other diseases. The antibiotic is thought to be released by the bear’s immune system to protect them infections when they are living in the wild. Researchers discovered the compound, known as cathelicidin-AM, after analysing the panda’s DNA. Fortunately, scientists will not need to depend upon the animal’s notoriously unreliable breeding capacity to harvest the new antibiotic as they have been able to synthesis it artificially in the lab by decoding the genes to produce a small molecule known as a peptide. Dr Xiuwen Yan, who led the research at the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China, said: “It showed potential antimicrobial activities against wide spectrum of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi, both standard and drug-resistant strains. “Under the pressure of increasing microorganisms with drug resistance against conventional antibiotics, there is urgent need to develop new type of antimicrobial agents. “Gene-encoded antimicrobial peptides play an important role in innate immunity against noxious microorganisms. They cause much less drug resistance of microbes than conventional antibiotics.” Pandas have dwindled considerably as their bamboo forest habitat in China and south east Asia has been destroyed. Attempts increase their numbers have been frustrated the extreme difficulty in getting them to breed in captivity. They are notoriously poor at breeding, even in the wild, as the females only come into sea-
After 63 years, uS Postal Service delivers calendar
son once a year. Despite millions of pounds being spent using expensive artificial breeding techniques, their numbers have increased little, leading to arguments about whether the money could be put to better use on other conservation projects. But many argue that the black and white bears act as a symbol of the need to save wildlife from extinction and help with fund-raising for conservation projects. The discovery that they produce powerful compounds that can be used to make new drugs will almost certainly strengthen the case to conserve the endangered creatures. The Chinese researchers found that the cathelicidin-AM, which is produced by immune cells in the animal’s blood, was found to kill bacteria in less than an hour while other well known antibi-
otics took more than six hours. They hope to develop the substance either as a new drug to tackle superbugs or as an antiseptic for cleaning surfaces and utensils. Dr Yan and his colleagues also believe there may be other potential drugs hidden within the panda genome. They have also found other powerful antimicrobial compounds in the mucus produced by snails and in some amphibians. Dr Yan said: Antimicrobial peptides are important components in innate immunity – they can provide an effective and fast acting defence against harmful microorganisms. “More than 1000 antimicrobial peptides have been found from animals, plants, and microorganisms. Analysis revealed that the panda cathelicidin had the nearest evolution relationship with dog cathelicidin.” CouRTEsy TELEGRapH
Germany 'exporting' old and sick to foreign care homes
HE 1950 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar never made it to James W Flanagan, general manager of The Scranton Times. He would never need it: he died in December 1949. But on Friday, 63 years after his death, the U.S. Postal Service made a delivery. A mail carrier, with no explanation of where the package had been the last 63 years, handed it to Chris O'Hora at The Times-Tribune's front desk. The calendar, rolled in a long tube, soon made its way to the office of Bobby Lynett, a publisher of The Times-Tribune and CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications. Mr. Flanagan was The Scranton Times' general manager from 1936 to his death in 1949 at the age of 63. He had a 54-year career at the paper, starting as a salesboy in 1895. The calendar includes a holiday greeting from an executive at the railroad company, dated the same month Mr. Flanagan died. On Friday, Mr. Lynett gently rolled the large calendar out on his conference table, curious about its origin and more curious about where it had been the past 63 years. Ray Daiutolo, a spokesman for the Postal Service, said lost mail is sometimes found when a machine is dismantled or a post office space renovated. Other times, someone may find a stamped but unmailed letter or package at a yard sale and then drop it in the mail, he said. Mr. Daiutolo was unable to trace the package's history on Friday. A new sticker, dated last week from a distribution centre in Pittsburgh, accompanied two 4-cent William Howard Taft stamps, which appear to have been cancelled decades ago, on the tube. The calendar, originally mailed from the Philadelphia publicity department of the Pennsylvania Railroad, features the painting "Crossroads of Commerce" by Grif Teller. The Pennsylvania Railroad merged with New York Central Railroad in 1968. Mr. Lynett said he will contact officials at the Steamtown National Historic Site to see if they are interested in displaying the calendar. If not, it will be displayed somewhere in The Scranton Times building, he said. "We'll find a good home for it. That's for sure," he said. CouRTEsy TELEGRapH
Pensioners are being sent to care homes in Eastern Europe and Asia in an austerity move dismissed as 'inhumane deportation'
beer to become 'alcohol' in russia on new year's day
EER in Russia will become an alcoholic drink for the first time on New Year's Day. Many Russians consider beer a soft drink – a light refresher that can be guzzled on the way to work or sucked down in great quantities before a picnic and a swim in the river. Hard drinkers sniff at its weakness, as the saying goes: "Beer without vodka is like throwing money to the wind." But the hung-over nation woke up to a new and troubling reality on New Year's when beer in Russia was declared an alcoholic drink for the very first time. Until now the brew has been considered a foodstuff along with all other drinks under 10 per cent in strength. It could be bought from street kiosks or at railway stations, as well as from countless 24hour corner shops, just like fruit juice or mineral water. Beer's new status as alcohol, however, will prevent retail sales from street outlets such as kiosks, railway stations, bus stops and petrol stations – which account for up to 30 per cent of sales – as well as preventing sales between 11pm and 8am, and introducing a ban on television advertising of beer. The new restrictions were signed off by then President Dmitry Medvedev in 2011 as part of an attempt to counter alcohol abuse, which he earlier called a "national calamity". The average Russian drinks the equivalent of 32 pints of pure alcohol per year and about 500,000 deaths annually are thought to be drink-related. That includes a large number of about 30,000 annual road accident deaths and of several thousand cases of drowning. CouRTEsy TELEGRapH
Growing numbers of elderly and sick Germans are being sent overseas for long-term care in retirement and rehabilitation centres because of rising costs and falling standards in Germany. The move, which has seen thousands of retired Germans rehoused in homes in Eastern Europe and Asia, has been severely criticised by social welfare organisations who have called it "inhumane deportation". But with increasing numbers of Germans unable to afford the growing costs of retirement homes, and an ageing and shrinking population, the number expected to be sent abroad in the next few years is only likely to rise. Experts describe it as a "time bomb". Germany's chronic care crisis – the care industry suffers from lack of workers and soaring costs – has for years been mitigated by eastern Europeans migrating to Germany in growing numbers to care for the country's elderly. But the transfer of old people to eastern Europe is being seen as a new and desperate departure, indicating that even with imported, cheaper workers, the system is unworkable. Germany has one of the fastest-ageing populations in the world, and the movement here has implications
for other western countries, including Britain, particularly amid fears that austerity measures and rising care costs are potentially undermining standards of residential care. Researchers found an estimated 7,146 German pensioners living in retirement homes in Hungary in 2011. More than 3,000 had been sent to homes in the Czech Republic, and there were more than 600 in Slovakia. There are also unknown numbers in Spain, Greece and Ukraine. Thailand and the Philippines are also attracting increasing numbers. According to Germany's federal bureau of statistics, more than 400,000 senior citizens are currently unable to afford a German retirement home, a figure that is growing by around 5% a year. The reasons are rising care home costs – which average between €2,900 and €3,400 (£2,700) a month, stagnating pensions, and the fact that people are more likely to need care as they get older. As a result, the Krankenkassen or statutory insurers that make up Germany's state insurance system are openly discussing how to make care in foreign retirement homes into a long-term workable financial model. In Asia, and eastern and
southern Europe, care workers' pay and other expenses such as laundry, maintenance and not least land and building costs, are often much lower. Today, European Union law prevents state insurers from signing contracts directly with overseas homes, but that is likely to change as legislators are forced to find ways to respond to Europe's ageing population. The lack of legislation has not stopped retired people or their families from opting for foreign homes if their pensions could cover the costs. But critics of the move have voiced particular worries about patients with dementia, amid concern that they are being sent abroad on the basis that they will not know the difference. With Germany's population expected to shrink from almost 82 million to about 69 million by 2050, one in every 15 – about 4.7 million people – are expected to be in need of care, meaning the problem of provision is only likely to worsen. German politicians have shied away from dealing with the subject, largely due to fears of a voter backlash if Germany's state insurers are seen to be financing care workers abroad to the detriment of the domestic care industry. CouRTEsy GuaRDian
daredevil gorilla walks across tightrope
IRST he was homesick, but Kidogo, a gorilla in Krefeld zoo in Germany, now appears to be enjoying himself with a walk across a tightrope similar to daredevil Nik Wallenda. The 12-year-old silverback moved to Germany from Denmark's Givskud Zoo at the end of March. He was acquired by the German zoo after the previous male gorilla Massa proved to be infertile. Kidogo, a western lowland gorilla nicknamed 'King Kodo' by his keepers, shares his gorilla garden with females Muna, 23 and Oya, 24. Roughly translated from Swahili, his name means "small". After he initially suffered extreme homesickness, he has now discovered he is somewhat of an artiste. This year, Krefeld zoo celebrates its 75 anniversary. A tightrope-walking gorilla would likely be a highlight of any zoo. Kidogo, with a little more practice, could join the ranks of the great tightrope walkers. In June, Wallenda became the first man to walk across Niagara Falls on a high wire. Wallenda, part of a famous acrobatic dynasty, edged his way for 1,800ft along a two-inch diameter steel rope nearly 200 feet above the world renowned falls. CouRTEsy TELEGRapH
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Match-fixing has taken toll on Pakistan cricket: Imran LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
AKISTAN cricket legend Imran Khan lamented that the match-fixing scandal has robbed the country of two match winning bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer. “Imagine if they were playing in this Pakistan team. Pakistan would be a formidable attack,” said Imran during a panel discussion on NDTV after Pakistan’s six-wicket triumph in the first one-day international against India. The duo along with then Pakistan captain Salman Butt were found guilty of spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test against Eng-
land in the summer of 2010. When asked whether Pakistan were reliving the glory days despite this scandal after Junaid Khan ripped through India’s top order to have them tottering at 29 for 5, Imran admitted that “match fixing has taken a big toll on Pakistan”. “Those two bowlers Mohammad Asif and specially Mohammad Aamer are a big loss,” said the former Pakistan captain himself a fast bowler. “In world cricket today there are not many match winning bowlers. In the past you had (Mut-
tiah) Muralitharan and Shane Warne... two match winning spinners. Then you had (Glenn) McGrath, curtley Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee, (Andrew) Flintoff for a brief while. Today if you look at Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel now and then,” said Imran. “On all conditions you don’t have bowlers who can run through a team. In Pakistan you had Mohammad Aamer was certainly a match winner, Mohammad Asif was one of best new ball bowlers,” he added. He said these two bowlers along with sevenfooter Mohammad Irfan and Saeed Ajmal could have made Pakistan an even more formidable attack. Asked what was the secret behind Pakistan producing top quality fast bowlers, Imran said: “I think it where they come from the north of Pakistan or Punjab, they are physically athletic and their bodies are more equipped for fast bowling.” He warned that Irfan has to be looked after if he is to continue making an impact because “he is going to have fitness problems because he is too tall”. On India’s new find Bhuvneshwar Kumar who took a wicket with his first delivery in one-day internationals, Imran said he “swings the ball”. “To get wickets you need air speed. The greatest bowlers are one who can use air speed and move the ball. Or you have to swing the ball which is what Kumar did. Or you should have bounce. Irfan the tall Pakistan bowler at his height gets bounce. You have to have something extraordinary to deceive the batsman with movement or bounce of the wicket,” explained Imran.
Abbasi and Rabia, PHF players of the year LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) named Shakeel Abbasi as the best men player of the year and Rabia Qadir as the best women player of the year, M Dilbar best junior players of the year in its 49th general counsel meeting held here at the National Hockey Stadium on Monday. Former Pakistan hockey team captain and best player of the year Shakeel Abbasi was handed over ‘Noor Khan Trophy’ with Rs 100,000 cash prize while best women player of the year Rabia Qadir and best junior player of the year M Dilbar were awarded ‘Brig Atif Trophy’ and Rs 50,000 each. Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr Kamran Mujahid congratulated Rabia Qadir on her great achievement. Rabia is a student of Punjab University Sports and Physical Sciences and also the captain of Pakistan Wapda hockey team. Wapda’s DG Sports Mian Riffat and hockey team manager Sagheer Ahmad also felicitated Rabia on getting best women player of the year award.
Pakistan women team named for world Cricket Cup LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
The women wing of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday announced 15-member team to take part in the ICC Women’s World Cricket Cup being played in Mumbai, India from January 26 to February 17. “The team is a combination of talent and efforts have been made to gel experience with young players,” said a spokesman of PCB. Sana Mir was retained as captain of the team and Bismah Maroof will be her deputy. Following are the members of the team, Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi, Nida Rashid, Javeria Wadood, Sidra Amin, Rabia Shah, Syeda Batool Fatima Naqvi (WK), Asmavia Iqbal, Qanita Jalil. Sumiya Siddiqui, Sadia Yousaf, Elizebath Barkat,Nahida Bibi and Diana Balga.
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Miandad to watch final Pak-India odI in stadium
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Former Pakistani captain Javed Miandad says he found no difficulty in getting India visa. In 2005, it was reported in the press that any requests for a visa from him would be politely turned down. When Miandad's son, Junaid, married to Mahrooq, the daughter of Dawood Ibrahim, who is still wanted in India in connection with the Mumbai bomb-blasts case of 1993, India's Ministry of External Affairs had apparently taken a decision to deny former batsman an Indian visa. Speaking exclusively over his mobile on Tuesday, Miandad said: "Absolutely there was no problem in getting Indian visa. My visa and tickets are ready and I shall be in Delhi for the scheduled ODI match on 6th January." Miandad could not remember when he last came to India. "I came to India for some Zee TV programme. I also had my visa ready for the World Cup semi-final match (India vs Pakistan) in Mohali, but owing to some last-minute change, I had to cancel my India trip. Hopefully, this may not happen now", he added. Miandad is holding the second highest position in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and is directly reporting to chairman Zaka Ashraf. "For PCB work, I need to travel a lot and hence not getting time to come to India often", he stressed. The PCB has been sending former greats to India to witness the bilateral matches, which have resumed after a gap of five years. Three out of Mohammad brothers will be in India for the remaining two ODIs. "I am granted the visa for Kolkata and Delhi", Mushtaq Mohammad said from London. "I am leaving for Kolkata tonight", he added. "Sadiq Mohammad is already there in Kolkata and Hanif Mohammad will join me in Delhi", he added. All Mohammad brothers, Hanif, Wazir, Raees, Mushtaq and Sadiq Mohammad were born in India before partition. The World Cup winning captain Imran Khan has declined invitation citing political commitments. His cousin and former CEO, Majid Khan too has declined to come to India.
PCb may now bar Pak players participation in bPl LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
Pakistan Cricket Board criticised Bangladesh's decision to abandon a planned cricket tour over security fears and threatened to bar its own players from playing in a Bangladeshi league. The two nations were scheduled to play a Twenty20 and a one-day international in Lahore this month, albeit pending security clearance. But on Monday Bangladesh shelved what would have been the first international cricket tour of Pakistan since militants wounded seven members of the Sri Lankan team and their assistant coach in Lahore in 2009. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan said the decision had been taken over fears for players' safety, following protests by Bangladeshis and a Facebook campaign against the tour. But Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said
that the decision was "inappropriate". "The decision to tour was up to the BCB," Ashraf told said from New Delhi. "We never forced Bangladesh, but to say that the security situation was not conducive is inappropriate because their own delegation was satisfied with the arrangements." Ashraf said the Pakistani government had promised top-level security. "We had promised the best security arrangements and were hosting matches in Lahore, which is very safe," said Ashraf. "An international eleven last year played matches in Karachi and there were no problems." Pakistan hosted two limited-overs matches in Karachi with players from South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies in October 2012. In a statement, the PCB said it "would only be proper" for the BCB president to read the report from his security delegation before commenting on Pakistan's current situation. It warned
that it may now bar Pakistani players from the second edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, starting January 17. The BPL is the Bangladeshi answer to the Indian Premier League the hugely popular Twenty20 tournament which has fused cricket with showbusiness. In 2012 20 Pakistanis featured in the tournament, with all-rounder Shahid Afridi fetching $700,000 in an auction of stars - the highest amount bid. More than 50 Pakistanis have already been bought at an auction for the second edition. "Now for the 2013 edition of BPL, we have to see the engagements of our players before releasing them for the tournament," the statement said. Bangladesh was also due to tour Pakistan last April, but the tour was blocked by the Dhaka high court on security grounds. Anti-Pakistan sentiment still runs strong in the country, which was part of Pakistan until 1971 when it won independence after a nine-month war.
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Technical committee inspects NHS blue turf LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
HE laying of the world’s best Desso Blue Turf at the world’s biggest sports arena, the National Hockey Stadium has been completed and the venue is ready for holding the international matches. The Sports Board Punjab has taken special care in the transparency of the work and quality of the stuff used in the laying of the blue turf. Usman Anwar, Director General Sports Board and Youth Affairs Punjab had a thorough inspection of the turf along with the inspection committee including Shahzad Qureshi, Emran and Naeemullah Bhatti on Tuesday. They inspected the base of the turf, make of the turf, shock pads and its proper pasting. Later talking to journalists present during the inspec-
tion of the turf, Usman Anwar said that the previous company, Swallow International tried to use the obsolete structure of turf which is no more in use anywhere in the world. He further informed that the company also tried to use the worn out shockpads and when an action was taken, the company tried to use homemade shockpads using old and waste tires material, which would break while applying little pressure and were also damaging for the players muscles. He further stated that the previous company also tried to apply political pressure but the CM clearly directed to have a transparency in all the affairs. The SBP DG also revealed the samples of the shockpads, the previous company tried to lay. He also informed that the previous company also tried to bribe an official of the Sports Board but
their nefarious designs were foiled and the contract was then given to TS Builders after in inquiry committee found Swallow International violating all the terms of the tender document. “Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif directed to lay the state of the art blue turf at the stadium and sanctioned Rs 30.5 million but the new turf cost Rs 10,00,000 less than the previous company’s price. And also directed transparency and quality so keeping all that in view, the world’s top company Desso’s turf which is now being used all over the world with polyurethane shockpads, having 10 years guarantee was laid,” he added. To a question, he said that the turf is ready for use but an inauguration match would not be held on the turf until the FIH gives its final approval and fitness certificate.
Clarke’s chances Latif asks Afridi to take a break improve for Hussey’s farewell
eden curator promises proper odI wicket
Australia skipper Michael Clarke came through a fitness test on Tuesday, indicating he will play in this week's third test against Sri Lanka and resolve at least one of the hosts' selection problems for the dead rubber match. With an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Australia could have been forgiven for going into the match, which starts at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, riding on the crest of a wave of optimism for the future. The hammer blow of Michael Hussey's retirement announcement coming so quickly after that of Ricky Ponting, though, has left them contemplating their batting resources with a test series in India and back-to-back Ashes encounters to come this year. Sri Lanka, despite being humbled by an innings and 201 runs inside three days in the second test in Melbourne, can still hold onto the hope of claiming a first test victory in Australia on what should be the most spin-friendly of the three tracks. Hussey announced last week that the Sydney test would be his 79th and last, and the 37-year-old's chances of going out with a bang are high if statistics are anything to go by. "Mr Cricket", as he is affectionately nicknamed, has averaged 117.75 runs in his seven previous tests against Sri Lanka, 100 in a similar number of matches at the SCG and has scored centuries in three of his last five tests. Australia might need those runs if Clarke's hamstring is not risked and he joins all rounder Shane Watson in the treatment room, leaving a batting order as low on experience as Sri Lanka's is rich in it. Usman Khawaja remains on standby for Clarke and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade admitted there would be a lot more expectation on those players who have played fewer than 20 tests, not least the uncapped Glenn Maxwell. "We've got to accept the responsibility," Wade told reporters this week. "It's a big hole that's going to be out of our team but our young batters are keen and eager to learn and get better and hopefully there's another 'Mr Cricket' waiting in our top six or seven." Mitchell Starc is certain to return to the pace bowling unit, leaving one of Mitchell Johnson (man of the match in Melbourne), Peter Siddle (ditto in the first test in Hobart) or Jackson Bird (an impressive debutant in Melbourne) to miss out. Sri Lanka's battered and bruised tour party, by contrast, have had to call for reinforcements after injuries ruled out batsman Kumar Sangakkara and bowler Chanaka Welagedera and put serious doubt over wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene and seamer Nuwan Kulasekara. Still, batsman Thilan Samaraweera said they were still motivated by the chance of making a little bit of cricketing history.
LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
Pakistan’s former captain and a prolific allrounder Shahid Khan Afridi has been under the scanner for his mediocre batting form throughout last year hence was advised to take a break from game as well however, the former skipper, Rashid Latif feels that instead of taking a break the allrounder should revisit his decision to retire from domestic competitions. “I have not seen a problem with Afridi’s fitness in the past year. His batting strike rate was also impressive but the fact of the matter is that he spent very little time at the wicket for his runs. Every batsman needs to give himself time to regain the lost touch and this is where Afridi lacked in the recent past.”
said Rashid Latif in a television interview. “Afridi scored 182 runs in 13 ODI innings he played in 2012, but faced only 179 deliveries”, Latif points out Latif further said that unlike others who faced the similar sort of situation in the past, Afridi does not play longer-versions of the domestic events. He advised the all-rounder to revisit his decision. “Younus, Misbah, Hafeez and others have been through bad
patches, however they overcome the hindrance by scoring heavily in the domestic events by spending time in the middle. Afridi should do the same, I feel”, concludes Latif. Shahid Afridi, who has played 27 Test matches for Pakistan, took retirement from the longest version in July 2010. In Test matches, the all-rounder scored 1716 runs with an average of 36.51 which includes five centuries.
Commentator and writer Martin-Jenkins dies LONDON aGEnCiEs
Christopher Martin-Jenkins, a BBC cricket commentator and newspaper writer, has died of cancer at the age of 67. Martin-Jenkins was a stalwart of the Test Match Special radio team and cricket correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and Times newspapers. He wrote many books and also served as president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2010 and 2011.
Veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee Tuesday said the Eden Gardens pitch for the India-Pakistan One-Day International (ODI) Thursday would be a “proper one-day wicket” with something for everybody. “It will be a proper one-day wicket assisting stroke-play for the batsmen. There will be bounce for the pacers and spinners will get purchase in the later stages of the game,” said Mukherjee. Mukherjee had courted controversy after slamming India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni over his demand for a square turner in the Test match against England last month. Down a game in the threematch series, India will meet Pakistan for the second game at the Eden here Thursday. “It will be the same pitch which was used for the Test match against England, but it will be a typical one-day wicket with lot of runs,” said Mukherjee. The veteran also said that dew will not be an important factor as it is a day-and-night match. “During this time of the year you get some dew but with the availability of dew-fighting equipment, I do not think dew would be a factor,” added Mukherjee. Meanwhile, the Pakistan team, which arrived in the city Monday, practised hard at the nets Tuesday. The Indian team is slated to arrive later in the day and have an optional practice session. Dhoni, though, is already in the city.
Clarke can lead, rest will follow CHRIS BARRETT AND CHLOE SALTAU
ICHAEL Clarke is set to play in Thursday's third and final Test of the summer against Sri Lanka in Sydney but is likely to be rested from some one-day internationals after a gruelling two months in which he has batted for more than 27 hours. The Australian captain, the world's leading run-scorer in 2012, has fought to put hamstring soreness behind him, as he did in Melbourne last week, scoring a century in the series-clinching rout of the tourists, but team management is cognisant of the need to give him a break. He may be given time off during the back-to-back one-day series against Sri Lanka and West Indies -
both to be played over five matches opening up another leadership conundrum, with vice-captain Shane Watson not due back from a calf injury until later this month. Selectors were due for a phone hook-up with the Cricket Australia board before the New Year's Test to sign off on a back-up for Clarke if he goes down at any stage at the SCG and they will also present contingency plans for the one-day series. Among the possible stand-in, limited-overs captains in the absence of Clarke and Watson are the Australian Twenty20 leader George Bailey and the retiring Mike Hussey. Another player surprisingly discussed has been NSW allrounder Steve Smith, who presided
over the Sydney Sixers' win in the inaugural Big Bash League but who did not feature in Australia's most recent one-dayers, against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. Opener David Warner is regarded as a leader of the future but is not expected to come into captaincy calculations this summer. The green light for Clarke in Sydney means standby batsman Usman Khawaja is set to miss out once again, with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade promoted to No. 6 in the order and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell poised to make his Test debut, in all likelihood at the expense of the unlucky Jackson Bird. The only com-
plicating factor was the Australian team's discovery of a green Sydney wicket on Tuesday. In eight Test innings since November, Clarke has batted for 1627 minutes, chalking up two double centuries, and another hundred, on the way. He missed five matches of the ODI tri-series against India and Sri Lanka last summer due to back and hamstring problems after another lengthy summer of batting in the 4-0 Test hammering of India. With Australia's Test squad due in the subcontinent in mid-February for a four-match series against India, the oneday season is the only time for a breather. ''It simply depends on the fact there is a Test match and how he recovers from his hamstring and his back,'' said general manager of team performance Pat Howard, when asked about Clarke being rested. ''There is nothing conclusive at this stage.''
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Serena aims to overtake Evert as oldest number one
lahore Club beat Baqa Jillini in nazar Cricket LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
In the 6th Nazar Muhammed Memorial Cricket Tournament played at Model town ground here the other day. Lahore Club entered in to the 3rd round beating Baqa Jillani. sCoREs: Rauf wain khuram elahi and Muhammed Faisal helped lahore Club in their victory. Baqa Jillini club scored 182/10 in 30 overs. Ameer Hameed 77 and qarban Ali 53 runs were their main runs getter. Rauf wain 4/2, waleed Atif 26/2, Khuram elahi 39/2, Ahmed Shahab 35/2 and Muhammed Imran 40/1. In reply lahore Club made scored 183/5 in 29.2 overs. Muhammed Faisal 32, Muneeb Shahid 25, Khuram elahi 26, Rauf wain 26 not out and Ahmed Shahab 18 not out. Hameed Awais and Usman Hameed took one wicket each. Muhammed Kaleem give away the man of the match award to Rauf wain. Saheer Ahmed and Raja Shahid were the umpires and Khalid waheed scorer.
ERENA Williams credited a more subdued lifestyle on Tuesday for the current form which has put her on track to succeed fellow-American Chris Evert as the oldest world number one in women's tennis. Williams, who recorded a serve of 200 kms an hour during a secondround 6-2 6-2 win over France's Alize Cornet at the Brisbane International, is currently ranked third in the world. However, the 31-year-old is regarded as the pre-eminent woman player at the moment after winning the Wimbledon, U.S. and Olympic titles last year. Evert was aged 30 years 11 months when she was number one in 1985. "I'm really boring now," Williams told reporters. "I used to be fun. "For a fun time, call Serena. Now for a fun time, do not call me. I don't know what happened to me. "I think I just got older and I realised I can't be that fun girl for the rest of my life. I think that's pretty much what it is. I could be the oldest number one. I don't know how that goes with the funnest." Williams said she had not celebrated New Year's eve. "I've been having insomnia," she said. "I don't know what time zone I'm in. I don't know if I'm in Florida or if I'm in Mauritius or if I'm in Brazil.
Golden eagles beat SPM Bucks LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
Golden Eagles beat SPM Bucks by 40 runs in the 4th Spm Lahore Veteran Cricket League at Stags Cricket Ground. sCoREs: Golden eagles batting first 164/8 after 25 overs. Jamshaid Ali 49, Muhammad Hafeez 21, Ali Rafi 17, Salman Khan 15 & Romail Bashir 22 runs not out. SPM Bucks bowling Ashfaq Ahmad 2/39, nadeem Baig 2/20, Khalid Habib 2/25, zahid Khan 1/38 & Javeed Butt 1/31 wickets. In reply SPM Bucks 124/8 after 25 overs. Sajjad Mehmood 37 & Javeed Butt 20 runs. Golden eagles bowling Asif Mehmood 3/14, Tanzeem 1/23, naveed Sufi 1/14 & Ali Rafi 1/16 wickets. waleed yaqoob, Muhammad Kaleem Umpire & Muhammad Arif was the scorer. end of the match Chief Guest Advocate Saud Cheema give away man of the match award to Jamshaid Ali. Salman Khan is also present.
BRISBAne: Serena williams returns the ball to Alize Cornet. MURTAzA ALI
â€” breezes into Brisbane quarters BrIsBane: Serena Williams booked her place in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International with the minimum of fuss on Tuesday by seeing off Alize Cornet. The third seed dropped just four games en route to a 6-2 6-2 victory, giving her French opponent little chance. Elsewhere in the women's draw, Sara Errani was beaten by Daniel Hantuchova, the fifth seed losing 46 6-1 7-5, while sixth seed Petra Kvitova was also defeated by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-5. Ksenia Pervak went through against Urszula Radwanska 3-6 6-2 7-6 (8/6). In the men's competition, home favourite Lleyton Hewitt overcame a second-set wobble to beat Igor Kunitsyn 6-3 4-6 6-2 in his opener. Tommy Robredo was also put to the test by American Ryan Harrison in his first-round match before prevailing 6-4 7-6 (6/4). Denis Istomin looked much more at ease, dropping just three games against Martin Klizan, while John Millman got the better of Tatsuma Ito. Also in the first round, Alejandro Falla saw off Jesse Levine, Jurgen Melzer went three sets against Denis Kudla and David Goffin saw off Matthew Ebden. Grigor Dimitrov was a 6-3 7-6 (10/8) winner over Brian Baker of the United States. aGEnCiEs "I just don't know anymore. My body is like telling me, 'Don't sleep ever'. I'm nocturnal right now. I can't sleep at night. I was awake for New Year's eve. I heard all the fire crackers and I would have loved to have seen it but I had a match today so I didn't do anything fun." World number two Maria Sharapova's preparations for the Australian Open starting in two weeks' time were interrupted by the collarbone injury which led to her pulling out of an exhibition match against Caroline Wozniacki at the end of last year. Sharapova withdrew from her sec-
ond-round match against Australian Jarmila Gajdosova and said she had been just practising ground strokes because of the injury. "I still have quite a bit of time to prepare for the Australian Open," she said. "I'm on the right track, been training really well, so I just don't want to jeopardise what I've gained in the off-season so far." In other matches, world number six Sara Errani was defeated 4-6 6-1 75 by Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova while number eight Petra Kvitovia was beaten 6-4 7-5 by Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
women Challenge Hockey Cup in progress LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
Key sporting dates of 2013 australian open tennis, Melbourne Jan. 14-27 Rafa Nadal, one of four separate grand slam winners last year, will miss the opening tournament after illness disrupted his recovery from a chronic knee injury. The Spaniard has not played since he lost in the second round at Wimbledon last June. Novak Djokovic, who defeated Nadal last year in the longest final in history, made a perfect start to his season by winning the World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi last weekend. Victoria Azarenka is the defending women's champion. n african cup of nations Jan. 19Feb. 10., south africa Didier Drogba leads an Ivory Coast team packed with talent and experience and determined to atone for the disappointments of this year's tournament where they did not concede a goal but still finished runners-up to Zambia. Zambia, who defeated Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in the final, have kept faith with the squad who won them a first continental title. n
champions League last 16, first leg fixtures Feb. 12-13 and 19-20. return matches March 5-6 and 1213. Final Wembley stadium May 25. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford, home of his former club Manchester United, in the pick of the last-16 ties which will also pit United manager Alex Ferguson against former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Ferguson's team headed the Premier League standings at the close of 2012 but Mourinho, who has been frequently linked with the Old Trafford job when the 71year-old Scot finally decides to retire, is under pressure. Real are third in La Liga, 16 points behind Barcelona, and Mourinho's future at Madrid is uncertain if his side are knocked out of the Champions League. n British and Irish Lions tour of australia, June 1-July 6. The pride of the four home nations gather for their four-yearly expedition to the southern hemisphere, this time to Australia where the Wallabies host a three-test series. Brian O'Driscoll, the n
great Irish centre and a veteran of three Lions tours, is a leading candidate to captain the tour party for the second time although he has yet to play this season after ankle surgery. A Lions' tour is one of the last great romantic sporting ventures when the best players in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland subsume national rivalries in a greater cause. Although they have too little time to prepare after the Six Nations and club seasons, they have the talent to beat the twice world champions. n ashes cricket series, australia tour england for a five-test series followed by five in australia starting at the end of the year. First test trent Bridge, nottingham, July 10-14. Alastair Cook, captain of Ashes holders England, and his opposing number Michael Clarke will lead from the front after both men enjoyed wonderful years with the bat in 2012. Cook scored a record five centuries in his first five tests as captain and was instrumental in turning a 1-0 deficit in India
Sharapova pulls out of Brisbane International BrIsBane: Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the Brisbane International on Tuesday as a precaution before the Australian Open. The French Open champion recently withdrew from an exhibition in South Korea because of an injured collarbone. "I don't want to jeopardise what I've gained in the off-season so far," said the world number two. Sharapova, 25, withdrew from the Brisbane event last year but recovered to reach the Australian Open final, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka. The French Open champion added: "I still have quite a bit of time to prepare for Australia. I'm on the right track, been training really well." The 2011 champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic lost 6-4 7-5 to Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova while fifth seed Sara Errani of Italy was also knocked out, losing 4-6 6-1 75 to Slovak Daniela Hantuchova. The season-opening event has now lost five of its top eight seeds following first-round exits for seventh seed Sam Stosur of Australia and eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark on Monday. aGEnCiEs
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into a 2-1 series win. Clarke tallied an Australian record 1,545 runs in the calendar year at an average of 106.33. England lost more tests than they won in 2012 but in home conditions at least their bowling, headed by James Anderson who bowled magnificently in unfriendly conditions in India, should have the edge. Australia have also lost two middle-order stalwarts in Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey who retired during the current Australian season. n World athletics championships, Moscow aug. 10-18. Usain Bolt, the only man to retain the Olympic 100 and 200 metres titles, has already set his goals for the 2013 season. Bolt says he will concentrate on speed and on winning back the world 100 title he relinquished to Jamaican training partner Yohan Blake in Daegu in 2011 after falsestarting in the final. Another London Olympics double gold medallist, Britain's Mo Farah, plans to run both the 5,000 and 10,000 in Moscow before considering a possible move up to the marathon.
Pakistan Army notched up wide 5-0 win over Sindh and Wapda hardly defeated spirited Railways 1-0 in the 1st Womenâ€™s Challenge Cup Hockey Tournament here at the outer ground of the national hockey stadium here on Tuesday. Soldiers led the first half 4-0 against lowly rated Sindh and seemed contended with their first half lead, rarely coming up with aggression lacking much needed fire in their attacks the following session of the play. Sana Arshad who struck two goals gave her side lead as early as in the second minute with Shahida adding a field goal in the 7th minute and Shamshad Bashir collecting Army's third goals in the 22nd minute with Ayeha Rafiq adding a field goal seven minutes before the close of the first half. The only scorer of the second half was Sana who scored in the 58th minute in a lively mid field move. Wapda played an empty first half against Railways . Ayesha emerged the hero of the match when she showed greater agility and anticipation to score a field goal in the 65th minute to lead her side to success. Matches for tomorrow, Wednesday, Wapda vs Sindh at 1130hrs and Railways vs Punjab at 1300hrs.
watson progresses in Auckland aucKLanD: Heather Watson ensured a winning start for British sport in 2013 by overcoming fifth seed Sorana Cirstea in the first round of the ASB Classic in Auckland. The 20-year-old played her part in the success story that was 2012 by becoming the first Briton to win a WTA singles title since 1998, and on Tuesday she won the first set 6-3 before her Romanian opponent was forced to retire because of illness. The British number one will face Kiki Bertens of Holland in the next round. aGEnCiEs
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Sports 18 Berlusconi: Milan don’t need Balotelli MADRID aGEnCiEs
Having fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, Balotelli is widely expected to leave Manchester City in the near future, with Serie A sides Juventus and AC Milan reportedly to leading the chase for his signature. However, Rossoneri president Berlusconi put to bed rumours linking the striker to his club by telling Radio Mars that Massimiliano Allegri's team already possessed a player with more potential than Balotelli in Niang. "We sold [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva [in the summer] for monetary needs, but the others left for age
reasons," Berlusconi shared. "Our goal is to return as a big team in three years' time, to start a new cycle with [Stephan] El Shaarawy who is an extraordinary player - and Mattia De Sciglio, who will become a champion. Niang is better than Balotelli." Milan manager Allegri also advised the City forward to get his act together before his erratic form and behavior destroys his own career. "I don’t like talking about players in other teams, in any case, it’s a shame he still hasn’t shown his talent and I think he needs to hurry up, because you’re 30 before you know it," he noted.
Robson bounced Benitez happy to win with ‘character’ out of Shenzhen Fergie dismisses retirement talk LONDON
Laura Robson`s run in the Shenzhen Open ended at the second-round stage, with the Briton losing in straight sets to Monica Niculescu. Robson was barely in the game against the Romanian, losing 6-2 6-3 as she failed to live up to her seventh seeding. The world number 53 will now spent the remainder of the week fine-tuning her preparations for the Australian Open which starts on January 14.
Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez wants to win with style but he is more than happy to grind out victories to keep their momentum going. Four successive Barclays Premier League wins have lifted the Blues back into the top four and have raised hopes of what appeared an unlikely title challenge. But having swept aside struggling Aston Villa 8-0, they had to dig deep to beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road and at Goodison Park on Sunday clawed back victory after conceding a second-minute opener. Benitez has plenty of flair at his disposal but admits he is equally satisfied when players show the spirit needed to get three points. And with a trip to bottom club QPR on Wednesday, the Spaniard accepts it may be more of the latter is required. "You could see the character of the players at Everton because in the first 25 minutes we were not in the game, but little by little we were controlling and creating chances," he said. "We knew we could create even more and I was really pleased with the performance of the team. "We showed the level of our team and the options we have and I think it was one of our most difficult games. "This is
LonDon: Sir Alex Ferguson has stated there is no likelihood of an imminent managerial vacancy at Manchester United. With Pep Guardiola due to end his post-Barcelona sabbatical next summer, Jose Mourinho tipped to leave Real Madrid and David Moyes' Everton contract ready to expire, three of the major candidates to replace Ferguson could be available at the end of the season. It has led to suggestions Ferguson, who celebrated his 71st birthday on Monday, will call time on his United career, which now extends beyond 26 years. The Scot accepts all three men are at the top of their profession. However, in an interview with the Abu Dhabi Sports channel, Ferguson makes it clear he is going nowhere. "I'm hoping to stay on for a bit of time," he said. It is widely accepted few will get to know when Ferguson is ready to call it a day, with chief executive David Gill the man tasked with advising the Glazer family about a replacement. aGEnCiEs the process of understanding each other, my players have to understand what I want. "Our idea is to play the same way, playing good football if we can but if not at least try to win showing character. "Japan (the World Club C h a m p i onships) was important for us because we were there a long time training, we had at least two or three training sessions together where we could do new things. "We are
still making some mistakes which we have to manage but the team is much better. "The main thing for me is the attitude of the players: they are keen to learn. "We had a discussion among the staff and we are really pleased with the way they train and behave every day, and that is really important for the future." Benitez has been credited with getting striker Fernando Torres scoring again but the manager has been impressed with the selfless work his compatriot is doing for the team. "It is not easy for him to fight against two centre-backs but he creates space for (Juan) Mata and I think the understanding between the two is very good," said Benitez. "He is doing a great job for the team. Sometimes it is not about just scoring goals, it is creating the space for other players."
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Seminar on sports psychology by table tennis federation LAHORE sTaff REpoRT
Known sports psychologist from Germany, Jurgen Walter has said that Pakistan is rich in sports talent and there is dire need to impart the budding sportsmen the latest knowledge for maintaining good health to become good sportsmen in different disciplines. He was speaking at a seminar on sports psychology organized by Pakistan Table tennis Federation here on Tuesday at Chromatex Hall. Focusing on sports psychology, the foreign expert said it is imperative to develop a culture of sports in Pakistan on the pattern of modern countries to help the aspiring sportsmen to excel in their respective sports by maintaining a higher standard of psyche. . He explained scientifically and logically what should be psyche of player in the start, middle and at crucial moments of game. How we should groom the players, how to give comfort levels to players so that they can win the titles. Walter is providing consultancy to football, Volleyball, Tennis, Handball, Table Tennis teams of BUNDUS leagues Germany. President PTTF, Riaz Ahmed, Secretary Ahmer Malik and officials of Punjab Table Tennis Association praised the efforts of Abdul Qayyum Khan and Ali Sajjad Faisal for extending patronage and help for organizing beneficial activity . In the end a former National Champion and table tennis coach in Germany Ali Sajjad Faisal gave the useful coaching tips to the participants of the seminar .In a brain storming questions and answer session was also held in which players discussed a number of aspects pertaining to sports. Walter gave some gifts to participants and awarded a cash prize of Rs.10000 along with souvenir to Asim Qureshi, who has declared best table tennis player of the year 2012.
nIT Club get a tie in MUFAP T-20 Cricket KARACHI sTaff REpoRT
NIT Club played its fourth round match of MUFAP T-20 Cricket Tournament 2012-13 against IGI Club which ended in a tie. The sensational event, played at Young Fighters Cricket Ground Karachi turned out to a tie. NIT batted first after winning the toss to score 136 runs in 20 overs. Arif Misbah and Mattiuddin Siddiqui were main scorers with 36 and 21 runs respectively. Adeel of IGI took 2 wickets. In reply IGI tied the match on last ball. Atif bowled superbly from NIT side and took two wickets.
Murray knows he must do more to become ‘sir andy’ BRISBANE aGEnCiEs
Andy Murray is coming off a season in which he became the first British man in 76 years to win a Grand Slam singles title and won Olympic gold at the London Games but the Scot does not think he has done enough to deserve a knighthood yet. The 25-year-old received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in a special U.K. New year Honours list, though some of his supporters thought his victories at the US Open and Olympics warranted a higher honour. Bradley Wiggins, the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France, and Ben Ainslie, the most decorated
Olympic yachtsman, received knighthoods but Murray said he would have to accomplish much more before he could perhaps one day join them. "You need to do a lot, for a long time, to deserve an honour like that," Murray told a news conference at the Brisbane International on Tuesday. "A lot of the sportsmen and women have been given that just because their sport isn't necessarily in the spotlight all the time, it's easy to forget what they've done for 10, 15 years. "I mean, some of them have won 10 gold medals in world championships, four or five Olympic medals, and have been doing it for years. "I've only been doing it for a couple years, so I think I'll definitely need
to win a few more matches and have more tournaments to have a chance of getting that." Sir Sean Connery and Sir Alex Ferguson were in Murray's corner as spectators during the US Open but he said he only referred to them as Sean and Alex. "I think with the people around you, I think everyone just kind of stays the same, and then it would be people that you don't know that will come up to you and address you as that," Murray said. "But I would hope I wouldn't want my friends and family to call me that." Murray's win over Novak Djokovic at the US Open in September has finally freed him of the questions about when he would make his grand slam breakthrough. The world No. 3 said win-
ning Olympic gold and his first major in the same year had had its perks but with a coach like Ivan Lendl to guide him he was never likely to get carried away by the success. "The few weeks afterwards around the Olympics time and the US Open, I got a few upgrades on flights and things like that, which is nice, but that's died down a little bit over the last few months," he said. "Life hasn't changed too much. Obviously the few weeks afterwards were very busy. Then once you start travelling and playing tournaments again, and get back into the routine of training and practicing, it hasn't really changed that much, to be honest, which has been nice.
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19 ogrA announces new Cng prices, APCngA unimpressed Prices will be rs 74.44 per kg for region-i and rs 65.78 per kg for region-ii ISLAMABAD
OLLOWING the Economic Coordination Committee’s (ECC) approval, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Tuesday increased CNG prices by Rs 12.80 per kg for Region-I and Rs 11.62 per kg for Region-II. In a notification, OGRA fixed Rs 74.44 per kg for Region-I, comprising of Potohar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan; and Rs 65.78 per kg for Region-II, comprising of Sindh and Punjab. On December 22, the Supreme Court directed OGRA to come up with a consumer-friendly pricing formula. In its order, the court held OGRA responsible for high CNG prices and observed that the authority failed to protect consumers’ rights. However, the All Pakistan CNG Association (APNCGA) rejected the new prices. In accordance with approved formula on CNG pricing, the profit of CNG owners has been set at Rs 4.32 per kg. It has also been decided to give Rs 7.22 per kg as cost of electricity and Rs 5.20 per kg under the head operating cost to the owners. However, the standoff between OGRA and APCNGA will persist as the latter, which used to earn more than Rs 25 per kg, rejected the decision on CNG pricing. Hinting at going on a strike, APCNGA leader Ghayas Abdullah
Paracha said it was not a fair and just decision, terming it illogical and against the CNG sector. He said the latest CNG pricing decision is one-sided and irrational in which demand for uniform gas prices and taxation as well as right to just profit margin were not accommodated. He said, “A cut in taxation would have helped the CNG sector and the masses, which was unfortunately ignored while the hike in power tariff was not accommodated.” He was of the view that the sub-committee of the ECC formed to resolve the issue had already taken decision in the meeting, adding that the stakeholders were only called to let them know about the decision, which was against the claims of the body. Paracha said the government seemed uninterested in resolving the crisis and was hell- bent on worsening the situation due to some reasons, he said, adding that the association would challenge the decision in the court. He said further they would also announce a schedule for protests in favour of their demands. The association would give a strike call after two days, he said. Advisor to Prime Minister Dr Asim Hussain told reporters he was ready to review and revisit the CNG prices. However, he categorically declared that old pricing formula and prices would not be implemented at any cost. He said determination of prices was the mandate of OGRA.
PML-Q will maintain MQM, PML-Q support for Qadri a melodrama alliance with PPP
KaRaCHi: a paramilitary personnel inspects the site of a bombing near ayesha Manzil on Tuesday. IMRAN GILLANI
six women among seven ngo workers shot dead in swabi PESHAWAR sTaff REpoRT
Six women were among seven people killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire on a vehicle transporting them in Swabi district on Tuesday. Officials said the staff of Support with Working Solution, a non-government organisation, was on way back after meeting locals in Sher Aslam Keley village when they were attacked. Armed men riding two motorcycles
opened fire at the pick-up truck on the service lane along the Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway near Swabi interchange. The officials said seven people were killed on the spot while another sustained serious injuries. Those killed included five teachers and a lady health visitor, and belong to various areas of Swabi. The bodies and the injured were moved to District Headquarter Hospital, Swabi. No one has claimed responsibility for the latest act of violence, but police officials believe it was an act of terrorism.
Compared to other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Swabi has seen relative peace in the last several years. However, rare acts of violence, including targeted killing and blowing up of schools, have been reported. Support With Working Solution President Abid said the NGO was running a health education awareness project in Sher Aslam village for the last one-and-ahalf years. The deceased included two from the medical and five from the education sector.
Pakistan should not be linked to Tahrir Square
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid senior leader and Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi on Tuesday said his party’s support for Dr Tahirul Qadri, chief of Tehreek Minhajul Quran, did not imply that the PML-Q was parting ways with the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government at the Centre. Talking to reporters, Elahi said his party would contest the next general elections on the basis of seat adjustment with the PPP. “Dialogue with other parties is also underway for seat adjustment,” he said. The PML-Q leader said talks with Dr Qadri chief should not be treated unusually, adding that Qadri’s movement was aimed at eliminating corruption and was not against democracy. Elahi added that a province could not be run through offering subsidies to the public. He said the Punjab government was spending the province’s education budget on unnecessary projects, adding that the rapid bus service project for Lahore had led to increased troubles for the city’s traffic system.
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday said the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ) support for Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march is merely a drama. He said that the people were not aware of political tacticians who are playing with their passions. According to a statement, the opposition leader said that the political structure and system of the country was not too weak as the nation was out to take decisions regarding its future on roads. He said that the MQM and PMLQ’s support for the January 14 long march is nothing but a trick and tactic and has nothing to do with reality. “MQM has been enjoying political power as a coalition partner of different governments for 10 years and suddenly it has decided to join hands with so-called ‘revolutionary forces’. This is absolutely obnoxious and funny,” concluded Nisar.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has asked Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri not to link Pakistan to Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Talking to journalists, he said people used to gather at Tahrir Square to protest against a dictator, whereas there was a democratic system functioning in Pakistan where every citizen’s voice was being heard. “Calling the army to aid a long march against a democratic government is unconstitutional, condemnable and dangerous,” he said. However, Baitul Maal Chairman Zamarrud Khan said democracy does not abolish the basic rights of the people. “Tahirul Qadri has the right to stage public gatherings and meetings as long as he is not defying the constitution,” he said. “Tahirul Qadri’s suggestions would be implemented only if they are in line with the constitution,” he added.
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Editor: Arif Nizami
wednesday, 2 January, 2013
Published on Jan 2, 2013