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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 305 19 Pages Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
Thursday, 2 May, 2013 Jamadul Sani 21, 1434
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US report warns of US asks India, Pak crisis for Pakistan’s to restrain their minorities nuke programmes A US government-appointed panel in Washington on Tuesday said there was a need to step up pressure on Pakistan over religious freedom, warning that risks to its minorities had reached a “crisis level.” The US Commission on International Religious Freedom also raised concerns about what it called a deteriorating situation in China. PAG E 04
Expressing concern over the continuing buildup of nuclear weapons in South Asia, the US has asked India and Pakistan to restrain their atomic and missile programmes and play a positive role in the global non-proliferation community. "The US remains deeply concerned by the dangers posed by the continuing buildup of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems in South Asia." PAG E 08
DISCARDED AFRIDI VOWS TO MAKE COMEBACK Pakistan’s discarded all rounder Shahid Afridi has vowed to make a comeback to Pakistan’s one-day squad, claiming that he is “better than most”. He was dropped from the side for the upcoming tours of Scotland, Ireland and England for the Champions Trophy in June, along with batsman Umar Akmal and fast bowler Sohail Tanvir. PAG E 15
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Holding Balochistan hostage
May Day marked by global workers' protests
On May 1, 2013, 22,000 troops and 50,000 ‘law enforcers’ entered 12 districts of Balochistan to “conduct a freeand-fair election”. The existing number of troops in the areas shall not be revealed to us, nor the fact that de facto these areas had been no-go areas for the military since the current Baloch insurgency started in 2005. PAG E 08
Demonstrations are taking place across the world as protesters gather to mark May Day, the traditional date for demanding better workers' rights. Protests first began in Asia, with tens of thousands of workers in Jakarta calling for improved conditions and mobilising against government plans to cut fuel subsidies. PAG E 07
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no arMy on pollinG day as attacKs continUe ISLAMABAD
HE Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday decided that army troops would not be deployed at polling stations, as at least 19 more people were injured in attacks on election candidates in various parts of the country. Finalising its security plan for the general election scheduled for May 11, the ECP decided that seven security personnel would be deployed on the most sensitive polling stations, five on moderately sensitive and four on the remaining from May 10. The army will only be utilised as a quick response force in emergency with 20 to 30 personnel in each squad, it was decided. As the ECP came out with its election security plan, election candidates of various political parties remained under attack from elements bent upon disrupting the first democratic transition of government in Pakistan. JUI-F RALLY ATTACKED: At least 10 people were injured when militants fired eight rockets at an election rally of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in Harnai district of insurgency-hit Balochistan province. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Police officials said the rockets were fired from an unknown location. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. PML-N ELECTION OFFICE ATTACKED: Unknown armed men
More troops deployed in Balochistan QUETTA: More army troops have been deployed in far-flung districts of Balochistan to ensure security during the upcoming general elections. According to a Pakistan Army spokesman, a contingent of 800 troops left for Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Musa Khel, Kohlu, Sheerani, Dalbandin, Ziarat and Harnai. So far, a total of 1,250 troops have been deployed in various districts of Balochistan, including Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Panjgur, Kharan, Awaran and Naushki. ONLINE
hurled a hand grenade at an office of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) election candidate on Arbab Ghulam Ali Road area of Quetta. Police said militants hurled the bomb at the election office of PML-N leader Haji Lashkari Raisani. They said four party activists were injured in the attack. The injured were immediately rushed to civil hospital Quetta for medical treat-
ment. However Raisani was not hurt in the attack. Police said armed men were riding a motorcycle and escaped unhurt from the spot. Lashkari Raisani is contesting election on PB-4 from Quetta city on a PMLN ticket. He is the younger brother of former chief minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani. SHIKARPUR SUICIDE ATTACK:
Furthermore, at least two people were injured in a suicide attack which occurred near the convoy of National People’s Party candidate Dr Ibrahim Jatoi at Shikarpur toll plaza. Jatoi remained unhurt in the attack. DERA MURAD JAMALI ATTACK: In another incident, three people were injured when a bomb exploded in Balochistan’s Dera Murad Jamali region. The
May 11 to be a battle between progressives and extremists, say ANP, MQM, PPP KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Clearly not reassured by General Kayani’s statement on Tuesday that the election will be held on time, the leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) on Wednesday called upon Ulema and scholars to issue a fatwa against terrorism and termed the elections as a battle between forces which were for and against the Taliban. They also expressed apprehensions as to whether elections in the current circumstances could be held in a free and transparent manner. These three parties have been facing terrorist attacks recently forcing them to restrict their election campaigns. Dozens of political activists from PPP, MQM and ANP have been killed in these attacks. PPP’s Rehman Malik, MQM’s Farooq Sattar and ANP’s Shahi Syed addressed a news briefing in Karachi on Wednesday. In an apparent reference to PML-N and PTI, they questioned why some political parties had been given freedom to carry out their election activities while
KARACHI: MQM leader Farooq Sattar, ANP leader Shahi Syed and PPP leader Rehman Malik hold hands to express solidarity after a press conference at Shahi Syed’s residence on Wednesday. ONLINE
others have become constant target for the extremists. They said a conspiracy was being hatched to ensure that right wing parties come to power in the May 11 elections. They urged the people to support them in the polls and defeat the
"nefarious designs of extremists and terrorists". MQM’s Farooq Sattar said progressive parties were being prevented from actively participating in election campaigns. “The election campaign is being
dictated by the Taliban and not the Election Commission,” he asserted. The leaders of PPP, MQM and ANP welcomed the remarks of General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani that the war against terrorists was Pakistan’s war.
Altaf hails Kayani’s statement KARACHI/ LONDON NNI
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday hailed the statement issued by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on the occasion of Yaum-eShuhada and said the army chief had shown courage in the face of a delicate situation. In a statement issued from London, Altaf Hussain
said General Kayani with his courageous stance had proved himself to be a valiant solider who was always ready to defend his country. Kayani’s statement imparted a renewed courage to the nation and helped whittle down the misgivings to a large extent, he said. It should be mentioned here that General Kayani said the general elections would be held on its scheduled time on May 11, asserting he reiterated there should remain no doubt about it.
blast took place near the convoy of an independent candidate for PB-32, Allah Dino, in the district’s Kachchi Pul area. MINGORA ATTACK: An election candidate of the Awami National Party (ANP) also escaped an attack in the Mingora district of Swat valley. According to initial reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire on the convoy of Wajid Ali Khan, who is contesting on PK-80 constituency in Swat. TERROR BIDS FOILED: The bomb disposal squad (BDS) foiled two terror bids in Peshawar by defusing bombs targeting election candidates of the Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N). BDS officials said the first improvised explosive device was planted to target the ANP’s provincial assembly candidate for the PK-8 seat, Arbab Nazir in Mathra. Officials said the bomb, weighing five kilogrammes and planted in a tin can was defused near Nazir’s election office. Another bomb planted near the house of PML-N candidate for PK-7, Syed Abbas Ali Shah alias Mouzam Bacha, was defused in Bacha Ghari area of Pir Bala on Warsak Road. A BDS official said that the bomb weighed about five to seven kilogrammes. The official said the bomb was exploded with water charges as it was operated with a remote control and could not have been defused manually. Police said the road was a routine patrolling route of the police, and the militants may have been planning to “shoot two birds with one stone”, targeting both police and the contestants at the same time. NATIONAL HIGHWAY BLOCKED: Moreover, supporters and relatives of Abdul Fateh Magsi, the slain candidate for PB-32 (Jhal Magsi), blocked the National Highway linking Sindh and Balochistan on Wednesday in order to protest his killing. Long queues of vehicles were witnessed on the National Highway during the road’s blockade. The protesters later agreed to clear the highway following negotiations with the administration.
secUrity concerns: pM hands ncMc over to ecp ISLAMABAD: Prime Minster Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has handed over the control of National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) to the Election Commission of Pakistan. PM Khoso has directed the NCMC, presently working under the Ministry of Interior, to work hand-in-hand with the ECP in case of any emergency. He said the army would be called in for help only in case of an emergency, and if deemed necessary, would also be used for targeted operations. The NCMC is repository of various assets of the country which include representatives of intelligence agencies and specialised services. This decision has been taken by the prime minister to allay concerns raised by the ECP regarding the law and order and it is consistent with its policy to assist the ECP in the conduct of general elections in a free and fair manner. Alluding to recent tragic incidents in various parts of the country as a result of bomb blasts and terrorists' attacks‚ the prime minister termed them unfortunate and expressed concern over the prevailing law and order. Khoso reiterated the resolve to leave no stone unturned for providing security to political leaders and candidates and maintenance of law and order in the country. The prime minister said though maintenance of law and order was a provincial subject‚ the federal government had been extending all possible assistance to the provincial governments for beefing up their capacities in this regard. The caretaker government, having inherited the over decades-old law and order problem‚ re-affirmed its commitment to take all that it takes to defeat the nefarious designs of those who threaten the life‚ property and honour of the people of Pakistan. The government has decided to use all available resources, including deployment of the army and civil armed forces and permitted targeted operations in some parts of the country to flush out terrorists and anti-social elements. The PM, who is personally monitoring the situation, is reportedly in touch with the provincial governments as well as federal authorities, besides issuing necessary directions to take remedial measures as and when deemed necessary. NNI
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Four militants killed in orakzai, cache of explosives seized ORAKZAI: Fighter jets on Wednesday targeted insurgent hideouts in the Orakzai tribal region, killing four militants and destroying two hideouts. The militants and their hideouts were targeted in Upper Orakzai’s Asmat Khana region with the help of jet fighters. Moreover, security forces also foiled a sabotage bid in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s capital and seized a huge cache of explosives along with arresting two suspects. In another operation, security forces seized a huge quantity of explosives from a house in the Urmar area on the outskirts of Peshawar. During the operation, two suspects were taken into custody. Police feigned ignorance over the operation saying it may have been carried out by the security forces. STAFF REPORT
Grandfather kills 2-year-old over land dispute in Gujranwala
Us report warns of crisis for pakistan’s minorities WASHINGTON INP
US government-appointed panel in Washington on Tuesday said there was a need to step up pressure on Pakistan over religious freedom, warning that risks to its minorities had reached a “crisis level.” In an annual report, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom also raised concerns about what it called a deteriorating situation in China, as well as problems in Egypt, Iran, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia
and other nations. The commission called for the United States to designate Pakistan as a “country of particular concern,” meaning it could be subject to sanctions if it failed to improve. Assessing the year through January 31, the commission said religious freedom violations in Pakistan “rose to unprecedented levels due to chronic sectarian violence” that targeted the Shia Muslim minority. “The government continues to fail to protect Christians, Ahmadis and Hindus,” the report said, charging that blasphemy and other laws “are widely used
to violate religious freedoms and foster a climate of impunity.” Sunni Muslim extremists over the past year have killed hundreds of Shias in Pakistan, especially Hazaras, a community originally from Afghanistan that is known for its comparatively liberal attitudes. “Pakistan is in a crisis right now with these particularly severe violations of religious freedom,” said Knox Thames, the commission’s director of policy and research. The commission, whose members are appointed by President Barack Obama and the Congress, said Pakistan faced the
most serious violations of religious freedom among any country not already on the blacklist. The State Department has not previously issued the designation for Pakistan, with which the United States has had a close but prickly relationship since the September 11, 2001, attacks. The designated countries of particular concern on religious freedom are China, Eritrea, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan. Along with Pakistan, the commission urged the State Department to add Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Viet-
Kayani on list of 500 powerful people
GUJRANWALA: A man killed his twoyear-old granddaughter over a land dispute with his son in Gujranwala on Wednesday. According to details, the accused identified as Hanif, residing in Risalpura area of Gujranwala, had some differences with his son over a land ownership issue. To take revenge, Hanif drowned his two-year-old granddaughter Zahra in a water tank and fled after making sure the child was dead. An FIR has been lodged against Hanif. INP
navy official among four killed in Karachi KARACHI: At least four people, including a Pakistan Navy official, were killed in separate incidents of violence on Wednesday. According to details, unidentified gunmen opened fire at a man, identified as Zahid Iqbal, a navy official, near Tower in Old City area. The injured was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Two people were killed in a firing incident in Baldia and Lasbela Bridge areas. The bodies were shifted to hospital. Police recovered a bullet-riddled body from Phool Chowk area of Kharadar. Police said abductors shot dead the man after kidnapping him. Meanwhile, firing incidents continued in Baldia Town, Old City, Shah Faisal Colony, Sohrab Goth, Kharadar and other areas of the city during which several persons were reportedly injured. Separately, six shops and one car were torched as two groups clashed over land near Purani Sabzi Mandi. Police and Rangers personnel took into custody several suspects and recovered arms and drugs from them. INP
seminary student beaten to death in Faisalabad FAISALABAD: A 12-year-old seminary student was beaten to death in Faisalabad on Wednesday for not being able to memorise a lesson. The accused seminary teacher, Qari Farooq, escaped and took the student’s body along with him. An FIR was lodged against the suspect by the seminary administration. Sajjad Ahmed, 12, who was brutally beaten with a stick died on the spot. Qari Farooq called an ambulance, took the dead body and escaped along with several other students. The police said that both the accused and the victim belonged to Bahawalpur. NNI
nam to the list. The commission voiced concern over Myanmar, where a recent Human Rights Watch study said at least 211 members of the Rohingya Muslim community were killed in religious violence since June 2012. In a first, the report dedicated a chapter to western Europe in which it raised questions about the ban in secular France and Belgium on Muslim women wearing veils in public. The report did not cover the United States, where incidents last year included a massacre at a Sikh temple that left six dead.
QUETTA: A blast victim is being shifted to the hospital for treatment on Wednesday. INP
3 British soldiers killed in Afghanistan roadside bomb attack LONDON INP
Three British soldiers have been killed and several others injured after the heavily-armoured vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a large roadside bomb while they were on a routine patrol in Afghanistan. The Afghan Ministry of Defence on Wednesday said the men had been killed on Tuesday in the Nahr-e
Saraj district of Helmand province, on the border of Kandahar just north of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah. It is understood six other Britons were injured in the explosion, which happened while the soldiers were inside a Mastiff troop carrier – a 15-tonne vehicle which is regarded as one of the safest operated by the British military. Nine Afghans also died in the attack. British Prime Minister David Cameron
said Britain had paid a “very high price” for the work it was doing in Afghanistan as he paid tribute to the three soldiers. The ministry said the injured men received immediate medical attention and were evacuated by air to the military hospital at Camp Bastion but three could not be saved. Next of kin have been informed. The other soldiers hurt are not thought to have lifethreatening injures.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani’s name appeared in the list of 500 most powerful people in the world published by the Foreign Policy (FP) Magazine’s May/June 2013 issue. The individuals included in the FP Power Map come from different professions and industries. The magazine claims to using a “list of lists” approach to put the rankings together. In 2012, General Kayani was ranked at 28 in the Forbes World’s Most Powerful People list. Director General of the Inter Services Intelligence Lieutenant General Zaheer-ul-Islam was ranked 52. The said list, along Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, The Wall Street Journal, the Fortune Global 500 and Global Journal Top 100 NGOs are some of the sources used to draft the FP list, in which General Kayani is listed as the only Pakistani. The list also includes Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, United National Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Imran vows to end military operations in Balochistan LORALAI ONLINE
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday said that after coming into power his party would end military operations in Balochistan, adding that bullets do not solve problems. Addressing an election rally at Loralai, he said PTI would transform the country into a welfare state, where justice would be dispensed without discrimination. He said local government polls would be held in the country as soon as possible. “We would not allocate development funds to any member of parliament but would empower local bodies,” Khan added. The PTI chief said the biggest issue facing Pakistan is
terrorism, which would be dealt with mutual consultation. He further said PTI would implement a uniform education curriculum throughout the country. Khan said people would lay the foundation stone of a “New Pakistan” on May 11. He urged the youth to come out of their homes on election-day and cast their votes. Meanwhile, talking to a private television channel, Khan said his party did not believe in personal attacks on opponents, but agenda debates between political leadership was a democratic tradition, followed in all democratic societies including western countries. He said he had invited Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif for such a de-
bate, focusing on party manifestos, in compliance with democratic norms. He said PTI had, and continues to condemn terrorist attacks that killed innocent people. “We condemn violence against any political party and their workers,” he stated. Responding to a question, Khan said he had offered his services for mediation to resolve matters with Taliban through dialogue, but the ruling elite in the previous government was not serious about his offer. The PTI chief said his party still believed in negotiation and political solutions to the plague of terrorism. Khan said his election campaign would gain further momentum as the election draws closer, adding that PTI will conclude its campaign at the federal capital.
IMRAN’S CLEAN CHIT TO THE TALIBAN In a startling claim, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has said that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was not killed by the Taliban. Speaking in an interview with British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, the PTI chief said that Bhutto had been “clearly killed by people worried she was going to come into power”. He did not say whether his claim was based on any concrete evidence that he was privy to. The Benazir Bhutto murder case is currently underway in an anti-terrorist court in Rawalpindi. Khan’s claim contradicts the investigations done by a UN commission as well as Britain’s Scotland Yard Police. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 in Rawalpindi while she was campaigning ahead of 2008 elections. Investigators are currently questioning former military ruler and president General (r) Pervez Musharraf who was heading the country at the time of her assassination. Musharraf has repeatedly denied his involvement and has instead blamed the slain leader for ignoring security warnings by the then regime led by prime minister Shaukat Aziz. MONITORING DESK
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Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks. –Karl Marx
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ABOUR Day is observed across the world to celebrate the achievements of workers,” is what they say. If a worker has not achieved a day’s livelihood after a year of breathless toil and is still bound to sweat in the daily grind even on the International Labour Day while the city’s well-off casually lounge after a deliciously hectic meal, enjoying the pleasures of another public holiday, one may wonder what have the workers ‘achieved’ and what are the ‘celebrations’ for? While the developed world observes the day in remembrance of various workers movements in their respective regions and cherish the accomplishments of labourers who on this day proudly walk the earth with a heightened sense of achievement, one may wonder what significance it holds in the Pakistani setting and how empowered the workers feel in this country. Majority of the citizens of the capital from the lower middle to the upper economic class, ignorant of what the day may mean, enjoyed a lazy day home, some gathered with friends and families to spend some leisure time, others spent it as if it was an Eid holiday, while the organizations that work for labour rights took to the empty streets of the city and kept chanting slogans for labour rights. As for the labourers themselves for whom this day is supposedly celebrated, they continued with their regular search for livelihood. They just could not afford a hungry day home. To accompany them were journalists, doctors, barbers and policemen who also carried on with their routine work as if they don’t belong to the working class. Reports proudly read, “Pakistan’s first labour policy was devised in 1972, in which, May 1 was declared an official holiday. This policy also formulated the creation of social security network, old age benefit schemes and workers welfare fund.”
As for the lAbourers themselves for whom this dAy is supposedly celebrAted, they continued with their regulAr seArch for livelihood. they just could not Afford A hungry dAy home Really? Are all those sassy policy formulations benefitting the daily wager who still regularly ‘begs’ for work and either denies being a part of a labour organization or works far away from the ambit of these organizations? Many daily wagers that Pakistan Today found to be at work on their day to rest showed indifference towards this day. “This public holiday is not meant for us. I can’t have a holiday with empty pockets. A day without work is a day without wage and a day without wage is a day without food, this is as simple as that. If the government really wants us to rest on this day then it should give us at least a day’s wage on this day,” said Rehmat, a middleaged agitated daily-wager who works at the iron furnace in the city suburbs. “This is the day when the world celebrates achievements of workers like you. Are you not proud of being an honest daily-wager?” Pakistan Today asked Rehmat. His sparkling white teeth glimmered in the hot and dark furnace environment when
I have two sons and a daughter and a rented house for which I pay Rs 3000 per month. I work seven days a week from 7am to 5pm to earn a meager reward of Rs 500. My clothes are torn, my skin has tanned, my nails broken and my hands swollen, my back aches as if I am 70 years old while I have not crossed 30 and when I breathe I feel as if my lungs have gathered iron deposits. And After four long years of work I cannot afford a single day off which you say is meant for me? Are you kidding me? What is it to be proud of?
he laughed and said, “I have two sons and a daughter and a rented house for which I pay Rs 3000 per month. I work seven days a week from 7am to 5pm to earn a meager reward of Rs 500. My clothes are torn, my skin has
they are all the same. They say they work for us but they have been ripping us off. All they think of is about themselves. While sitting in their air-conditioned offices, they say they are making policies for us while actually they are devising ways to extract more money from the labourer,” said Yaseen Muraad, a daily-wager who used to work for the textile industry. Yaseen now independently works as a painter. “I am better off this way. At least I know I will be paid once I am done with the paint job. Those union leaders use us to put pressure on the factory owners and then later warm their pockets after striking a deal with the factory owners while we
tanned, my nails broken and my hands swollen, my back aches as if I am 70 years old while I have not crossed 30 and when I breathe I feel as if my lungs have gathered iron deposits. And After four long years of work I cannot afford a single day off which you say is meant
for me? Are you kidding me? What is it to be proud of?” “I have work to do,” he reached back to his work saying that he could not talk more as his employer would charge him for wasting time with journalists. Various other workers, mostly daily-wagers, who render their services for the power looms, textile industry, construction works, brick kilns, painting, cleaning and vehicle repairing, also including hand cart operators, coolies and those who say that they would do anything for a wage, had similar views to share.
While many workers showed indifference to the day, others were angry for they could not afford the luxury of a holiday. Some also vented out anger on the people celebrating the day. “The government, these organizations,
continue to wait for the time when our rights will be guaranteed.” On the other hand, various organizations organized rallies and protests and chanted slogans in favour of labour rights. They demanded the implementation of labour laws in the country and asked the government to improve labourer’s conditions in the country. A large number of people joined the organizations in their rallies for the solemn observance of the big day.
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sexUal assaUlt on transvestite not worth reGisterinG a case ISLAMABAD: A security guard is still at large after sexually assaulting a transvestite in Sector G-11 of the federal capital as the police concerned fail to register a case despite the medical examination confirming the occurrence. As per details, two transvestites, Shabana and Paro, were at home in Sector G-11 when Zulfiqar, a security guard by occupation, entered their house. Zulfiqar locked Shabana in a room at gunpoint and then sexually assaulted Paro. When informed, the police took Paro to the Complex Hospital where medical examination confirmed the sexual assault. The police, however, have not registered a case against Zulfiqar so far. ONLINE
It has become almost a cliche to remark that nobody boasts of ignorance of literature, but it is socially acceptable to boast ignorance of science and proudly claim incompetence in mathematics. –Richard Dawkins
of fun-filled literary learning
‘clean and Green islaMaBad’ caMpaiGn Moves to sector G-9 ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will launch “Clean and Green Islamabad” campaign in Sector G-9 today. CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz has directed the environment wing, the sanitation directorate, the city sewerage division, the enforcement directorate, the municipal administration, and the water supply and engineering wing to ensure their participation in the campaign. Shahbaz has requested residents to cooperate to make the campaign successful. ONLINE
police’s criMe control claiMs UnMatched with risinG criMes RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi police have claimed of apprehending several criminals and taking in possession illegal weapons and drugs, but residents of RA Bazaar say street crime is dramatically rising in their area and the police are taking no action. According to the police, 29 criminals, including 11 gamblers, have been arrested by them. They claimed that 460 grammes of hashish, 27 bottles of liquor, 30 pistols of 30-bore, eight rounds of bullets, one 9mm pistol, one 32-bore revolver, one Kalashnikov with 15 rounds and one stolen Mehran car have been seized from the possession of the accused. The rise in street crime has caused great concern among the residents of RA Bazaar. They said the area police were not taking action but remained a “silent spectator” in the wake of rising crime. They said criminals were depriving the residents of valuables, especially in the areas of Tanch Bhatta, Peoples Colony and Chungi no. 22. The RA Bazaar residents urged the Rawalpindi capital city police officer to take strict action and check the rising crime. ONLINE
convocation held at BilqUis colleGe oF edUcation For woMen ISLAMABAD: A convocation ceremony was held on Wednesday at the Bilquis College of Education for Women (BCOEW) at the Pakistan Air Force base in Chaklala. The convocation was held for the passing out students of MA English, MA education, M Ed, BA, BSc, and BEd. Quaid-e-Azam University Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai was the chief guest on the occasion, while Islamabad Air University Vice Chancellor Air Commodore (r) Dr Ijaz Ahmad Malik presided over the ceremony. Pakistan Air Force Women Association (PAFWA) President Begum Shehla Tahir was also present on the occasion. Yasinzia gave away trophies, medals and certificates to the position holders in various disciplines. Jamila Naseer, received the BEd degree, was awarded the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, given to the student of the year. The 33 students received a degree in M.A English, 65 students in MEd, 42 students in MA education, 545 students in BEd, 31 students in BA and 44 students in BSc. STAFF REPORT
laBoUrers’ children to have qUality edUcation: shah ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Human Resource Development Barrister Feroz Jamal Shah has said that the government was paying special attention for the education of labourers’ children and for this purpose high standard schools were being set up. Addressing a programme held in line with the International Labour Day, Shah said the government was also establishing vocational and polytechnic schools so that children of laborers easily get jobs at the completion of their education. He said the government paid a monthly scholarship of Rs 3,500 for the children of workers, adding that if the children continued education after matriculation then all the expenses were borne by the government. The minister said the government gave Rs 0.5 million from the Workers Welfare Fund to the families of the workers who died while performing their duties. He said an additional grant of Rs 100,000 was given for dowry to the daughters of such workers. Federal Secretary Ahsan Raja said on this occasion that the government was going to make a medical and dental college where 50 percent of seats would be reserved for workers’ children. “The Employees Old-age Benefits Institution is paying pension to 400,000 pensioners,” he added. INP
HE first Islamabad Literary Festival (ILF) came to an end with lots of literary activity, fun and learning on Wednesday. The second day of the two-day festival was thronged by thousands of booklovers and professional writers. The festival was not just of books, but of thoughts and ideas, where writers and thinkers could air their opinion with freedom. So enormously crowded, the hotel was left without space where this auspicious event was arranged. Visitors were highly excited to
find literary giants around them. “Here I can talk with Mustansar Hussain Tarar. The festival has given us a chance to meet our heroes we could not have thought seeing them around,” said Natasha, a visitor to the festival. An interesting feature of the festival was the team of volunteers which was available to assist every visitor. “My name for a volunteer was passed on by my teacher to the ILF committee and we are selected by our schools based on our abilities,” said Aimel. “I am enjoying work here and have learned a lot.” The sessions included readings and conversation with Mohammad Hanif; drama Hum Kia Dekhty
Hain, a panel discussion in “Pakistan at the Crossroads”, where discussants were Layle Zuberim, Amjad Islam Amjad, Khawar Azhar, and Seema Taher Khan In another session titled “Pakistan and Afghanistan: Conflict and Extremism”, Zahid Husain said “I am worried about Pakistan because terrorism and extremism is going to increase after the withdrawal of the US forces in 2014.” He said the roots of militancy were deeply rooted in society because of its patronage in Pakistan. “The political parties that believe the issue of the Taliban will end with the withdrawal of the US forces live in a fool’s paradise”.
Man commits suicide after killing three of his family members ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
A man allegedly committed suicide after murdering his wife and two daughters in Sector I-10 on Wednesday in the vicinity of Sabzimandi Police Station. According to the police, Afzal Raza, who was in his mid-40s, first killed his wife Numi Raza and then shot his daughters Yasra Raza (16) and Fatima Raza (14) in their head. “It seems Afzal committed suicide after killing his family members, but we are investigating other aspects of the case as well,” said Superintended of Police (SP) Ishfaq Ahmed while talking to the Pakistan Today. The police said Afzal had also brought his 12-year-old son Ahmed Raza from the madrassah where he was studying but then asked him to stay outside the house for a while. Investigators were yet ascertaining if Ahmed was brought before killing the rest of the family members or Afzal had already killed them and then brought Ahmed home and lastly shot himself dead. The police are yet clueless why Afzal killed his family and then committed suicide. Afzal was running a small shop of commuter accessories and spare parts. Afzal had shifted with his family to Islamabad only a year ago from his native village in Chakwal. Sources said tensions were running high between Afzal and his wife over financial matters. They said Afzal made a phone call to
his brother-in-law to come to his place, but by the time he reached there he found everyone dead, except Ahmed. According to the police, Ahmed, a class VII student, said his father entered the house saying that everything had been ruined and then he heard fire shots. “When I entered the house, I found everyone dead”. Inspector General of Police Bani-Amin Khan and the senior superintendent of police rushed to the crime scene with area police officers. Sources told the Pakistan Today that Afzal had sent a text message to his friend, telling him that it was the last message he was sending out. However, the police did not share about this message with the media. “We have taken Afzal’s cell phone in custody, but nothing can be said before the completion of investigation,” said the IGP during his brief talk with reporters on the crime scene. SP Ishfaq Ahmed told the Pakistan Today that it appeared that Afzal committed suicide after killing three of his family members. “All the victims have been shot in their head from a very close range with the same pistol,” adding that Ahmed also said that his father had killed the three family members. The Sabzimandi Police Station duty officer said forensic information was being collected from the crime scene. “The bodies of the victims have been shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Institutions for an autopsy.”
Analyst Amir Rana said Pakistan needed to develop a bilateral approach to Afghanistan. Riaz Khokar said the major stakeholders had to be involved for the solution of the Afghanistan issue. “Pakistan will suffer a lot because none of political parties have vision on how to resolve the issue,” he said. In another session Zia Mohyeddin read from his book “Carrot is a Carrot”. The name of the book comes from Anton Chekhov’s famous quote that his wrote his wife: “You ask “What is life?” That is the same as asking “What is a carrot?” A carrot is a carrot and we know nothing more. Mohyeddin’s session was jam packed with people from all age groups who sat on the floor or remained standing throughout the session. Mohyeddin, who is now eighty years old, narrated several interesting experiences from his life, especially his early adventures in the Pakistan film industry. Along with these interactive sessions, a huge book fair involving hundreds of publishers from across the country, was also set up in the lawn of the hotel. Books on literature, art, religion, sports, cooking, and politics were of great attraction to booklovers. Talking to the Pakistan Today, the ILF management team said such festivals were regularly held in Karachi and Lahore but it was the first time they were able to bring it in Islamabad. “The people of Islamabad have responded well to the festival. Normally, we never receive such a large number of visitors in book fairs,” the team said.
24 polling stations in the capital declared ‘extremely sensitive’ ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Twenty-four polling stations have been declared extremely sensitive while 65 are declared sensitive in the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) final security plan announced for the capital. The ECP has decided to set up 70 check posts at entrance and exit points of the capital and 18 check posts in the city. Sources in the ECP said that 11 armored personnel carriers, 65 motorcycles, and 15 mobile vans will patrol the city, along with 7,000 deployed security personnel on May 11. They also said the Pakistan army would be on the alert to quickly respond to any emergency with 30,000 soldiers readily available for deployment. According to the plan, all the security personnel will be deployed across the country on May 10. People will vote for two National Assembly seats – NA-48 and NA-49 – in Islamabad. ELDERLY, DEAF, HANDICAPPED CAST THEIR VOTES FIRST: The ECP has directed polling staff members to facilitate the elderly, deaf and special persons by allowing them to vote first. The ECP has directed to facilitate pregnant women so that they do not have to wait for long to exercise their right to vote. The commission said religious minorities might face discriminatory treatment at certain polling stations. “The polling staff must not discriminatorily treat anyone,” the commissioned issued the direction.
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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. â€” Mahatma Gandhi
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May day marked by global workers' protests JARAKATA
EMONSTRATIONS are taking place across the world as protesters gather to mark May Day, the traditional date for demanding better workers' rights. Protests first began in Asia, with tens of thousands of workers in Jakarta calling for improved conditions and mobilising against government plans to cut fuel subsidies. Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen, reporting from Jarakata, said: "Everywhere I look I see demonstrating workers; this is the biggest rally I've seen here. "The president [Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono], announced yesterday that the fuel price will go up as it is heavily subsidesed.
ISTANBUL CLASHES With 80 countries around the world marking May 1 as a public holiday, Istanbul's Taksim Square was in lockdown on Wednesday, after the Turkish government banned May Day protests there. The square is the site of a 1977 May Day massacre in which dozens of people died under disputed circumstances. Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Istanbul, said: "There have been scuffles, particularly in areas that lead to Taksim Square, which has been sealed off.
CAMBODIA WORKERS In Phnom Pehn, the Cambodian cap-
syria opposition denoUnces hezBollah 'threat' DAMASCUS: Syria's opposition has denounced what it called "threats" from the head of Hezbollah, and warned against any intervention by the movement or by Iran, which backs the Lebanese group, in the Syrian conflict. The Syrian National Coalition's (SNC) statement on Wednesday comes after Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, said Syrian rebels would not be able to defeat President Bashar al-Assad's regime militarily. "The Syrians and the Lebanese hoped ... that the Hezbollah leadership would stop their attacks on Homs and Damascus and take into account the gravity of the situation in the region," the SNC said. "But they heard nothing but threats ... and warnings against setting the region on fire and an admission of their interference in Syrian affairs." Nasrallah, speaking in a televised address on Tuesday, said that Syria had "real friends in the region", apparently indicating that his group would intervene on the government's side if the need arises. AGENCIES
BoMBs Kill aFGhan oFFicial and British troops KABUL: An Afghan official has said fighters used a bomb and small arms to kill a representative of a government peace council entrusted with helping start talks with the Taliban. Omaer Zawak, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand, said the attack that killed Malim Shah Wali Khan on Wednesday also wounded the province's deputy governor. A bodyguard also died and four others were wounded. He said the armed group first detonated a bomb next to Khan's car and then attacked with assault rifles. A day earlier, at least 12 people, including three British soldier, were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand. Six British soldiers have now been killed this year in Afghanistan, where British casualties have slowed over the past year. AGENCIES
Bangladesh factory-collapse toll passes 400 DHAKA AGENCIES
May Day rallies in Bangladesh have taken on an added significance as workers marched through the streets to demand improved safety standards after the deaths of more than 400 people after a building collapsed near Dhaka. Almost 150 people are still missing follow the collapse of the structure last week which housed clothing factories and other businesses. Some protesters on Wednesday called for the death penalty for the owner of the factory, who remains under arrest in the capital. The EU said on Tuesday that it was concerned about labour conditions and is considering action to encourage improvements in the country. In a statement issued by Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign affairs chief, and Karel de Gucht, the trade commissioner,
the bloc said measures could include using its trade preference system which gives Bangladesh duty- and quota-free access to EU markets. The EU is Bangladesh's largest trade partner and clothes made inside the building - an illegally built structure that toppled last week - were produced for European and Canadian retailers. "The EU is presently considering appropriate action, including through the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) - through which Bangladesh currently receives duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market under the 'Everything But Arms' scheme - in order to incentivise responsible management of supply chains involving developing countries," said the the statement, Britain's Primark and Canada's Loblaw, two Western retailers that had factories in the building, have pledged to
compensate families of the victims.
ASSET FREEzE The building's collapse has sparked violent protests and a top Bangladeshi court on Tuesday ordered the government to "immediately" confiscate the property of Mohammed Sohel Rana, the owner of the collapsed building. A two-judge panel of the High Court also asked the central bank to freeze the assets of the owners of the five garment factories in the building, and use the money to pay the salaries and other benefits of their workers. The order came after police produced Rana and the factory owners in court. The order did not elaborate but it was implied that the salaries of the dead victims would be paid to their relatives. The court has given the police 15 days to interrogate Rana.
ital, garment factory workers demanded higher wages and better working conditions. Organisers said about 5,000 demonstrators, including union workers, gathered for the rally, chanting slogans and holding banners. Protesters came from 16 unions and associations in Cambodia to mark International Labour Day and urge whoever wins the general election in July to meet their demands. "I demand that my pay is increased to $150 per month," said garment worker Neang Leakena, from the Chinese-owned Deum Por garment factory.
EUROPEAN PROTESTS In Athens, Greece's capital, the main public and private sector unions called a 24-hour strike to protest against the government's austerity policies. Greece has had to enforce tax rises and spending cuts as part of deals with the International Monetary Fund and its eurozone partners to overcome a crippling debt crisis. On Sunday, parliament approved a bill which will leave 15,000 civil servants out of work by the end of next year. In Moscow, the Russian capital, authorities sanctioned 16 separate rallies, including one led by Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party. Other groups, including the Communist Party, are holding gatherings of their own. Up to 90,000 people are expected.
deadly bombings rock iraqi cities BAGHDAD AGENCIES
At least 15 people have been killed in a series of bomb blasts across Iraq, police and medics say. Wednesday's attacks follow a sharp increase in violence that has prompted warnings of a full-blown sectarian conflict between Sunnis and Shia. A suicide bomber wearing an explosives vest detonated himself in the midst of a group of government-backed Sunni fighters who were collecting their salaries east of the city of Fallujah, killing six, police sources said. In Baiji, 180km north of the capital Baghdad, police said a roadside bomb killed four policemen. A car bomb in a Shia district in northeastern Baghdad killed at least three people and wounded 14, police and hospital sources said. Another car bomb north of the city of Ramadi killed two policemen and wounded another 10. Iraq is home to a number of Sunni groups including a local al-Qaeda affiliate that has launched frequent attacks to undermine the government and provoke wider confrontation.
Anti-Muslim violence hits central Myanmar OKKAN AGENCIES
At least one person has died and 10 people have been injured in central Myanmar after Buddhist gangs set fire to hundreds of homes and overrun two mosques. Tuesday's flare-up in Okkan, 110km north of Yangon, is the latest anti-Muslim violence to shake the Southeast Asian nation since late March. In Chauk Tal, an outlying village, leaping flames still rose on Tuesday night from the remains of several fiercely burning structures, while distressed villagers cried and hurled buckets of water to try and douse the flames. Residents said as many as 400 Buddhists armed with bricks and sticks rampaged through the area.
"We hadn't really seen [violence] in this central part," said Al Jazeera's Scott
Heidler, reporting from Bangkok. "[The violence] is definitely spreading; in this
latest incident troops and security forces had to come in to prevent any more violence. You can view what's going on in Myanmar as a tinderbox." Eighteen people are reported to have been arrested. The mobs targeted Muslim shops and ransacked two mosques; about 20 riot police were later deployed to guard one of them, a single-story structure, which had its doors broken and windows smashed. In Okkan, two mosques were overrun and looted, while more than 100 Muslim homes in three nearby villages were torched in arson attacks. "They came around 1pm and most of the people were from this town, not from outside. There were around 50 of them," said Khin Maung Than, a 60-year-old shopkeeper in Okkan.
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Us asks india, pakistan to restrain their nuclear, missile programmes WASHINGTON INP
xPRESSING concern over the continuing buildup of nuclear weapons in South Asia, the US has asked India and Pakistan to restrain their atomic and missile programmes and play a positive role in the global non-proliferation community. "The United States remains deeply concerned by the dangers posed by the continuing buildup of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems in South Asia," Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman said in his address to the 2015 Review Conference of the States Parties to the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons in Geneva. "Consistent with our shared vision of a world without nuclear weapons, the United States has repeatedly called on India and Pakistan to restrain their nuclear and missile programmes; end the production of fissile material for use in nuclear weapons; and support the commencement of negotiations in
the Conference on Disarmament of a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty," he said. "In that regard, it is with concern and deep disappointment that we note Pakistan's reluctance to support the start of such negotiations," the US official said. "We would welcome meaningful trust and confidencebuilding between these nuclear-armed states; we must find ways to reduce regional tensions and diminish the risk that nuclear weapons could be used, either intentionally or accidentally, in a crisis," he said. The United States, he said continued to encourage both India and Pakistan to play a positive role in the global non-proliferation community and take steps to prevent proliferation, including bringing their strategic trade controls in line with the guidelines of the multilateral supplier regimes. "We support, in a phased manner, India's goal of joining the four multilateral export control regimes," he said, adding that the US remains cognizant of its non-proliferation commitments and objectives when considering how to conduct its bilateral relations with any country.
two pakistani diplomats injured in cessna plane crash VIRGINIA: Two Pakistani diplomats were injured when their Cessna plane crashed in West Virginia. The injured diplomats were identified as Shujaat Rathore and Habib Paracha. US media reported that three residents from McLean and Great Falls were hospitalised after their small plane crashed at a Tucker County airstrip in West Virginia. The crash happened on Friday in Canaan Valley near Davis at the Windwood Fly-In Resort, which has a 3,000-foot runway. The cause of the crash remains unknown. Police said witnesses reported the singleengine Cessna touched down but ran out of room. The pilot tried to pull back up, but the plane clipped the tops of trees. Police identified the pilot as Waseem Haider, 46, of Great Falls. The passengers were Shujjat Rathore, and Muhammad Paracha. INP
oBaMa pledGes to renew GitMo prison closUre Bid
US EXPERT FAVORS CIVILIAN NUCLEAR DEAL FOR PAKISTAN WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: An American analyst on South Asia has said that the United States should offer Pakistan a conditions-based civilian nuclear deal as a way to save the relationship, which severely tested during the last decade, as well as secure long-term interests with regard to containing militancy and atomic safety. Christine Fair, an assistant professor in the Center for Peace and Security Studies, said Washington should adopt a new approach towards Pakistan, since the previous US policies toward the South Asian country had failed. She favoured a civilian nuclear deal as a way to make the relationship productive. The US traditional approach of “muddling through” its management of Pakistan would not yield positive dividends forever, she said. ‘TIME FOR A BIG IDEA FOR PAKISTAN’: “If the United States wants one last chance of salvaging a relationship with Pakistan, it should put on the table a conditions-based, civiliannuclear deal,” she proposed in an opinion piece appearing in Time magazine. Such an “enormous” deal and “political inducement”, the expert said, should help Islamabad curb the alleged support for militancy and help Washington achieve its goal of ensuring security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. Putting the nuclear deal on the negotiating table with Pakistan should have a clarifying effect, Fair said. As 2014 looms, the United States should recognise that some meager prospects for a peaceful Pakistan may be the prize rather than a functional Afghanistan, Fair added. Unfortunately, during the last 11 years, Washington and its allies have persistently pursued a policy—howsoever inept and ill-conceived—that prioritized Afghanistan. Unable to forge a tandem policy to manage the twinned threats inhering in and from Afghanistan and Pakistan, the international community had a semblance of an Afghanistan strategy while never formulating a Pakistan strategy at all, Fair maintained. APP
Us condemns attacks on politicians stAte dept spokesmAn sAys they hAven’t tAken position on mushArrAf’s return WASHINGTON INP
The United States has expressed concern over violence and condemned terrorists for targeting politicians and their supporters during election campaign in Pakistan. The US also condemned the recent statements by terrorist groups indicating their intent to disrupt Pakistan’s democratic process.
Replying to questions during briefing on Tuesday, Acting State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the US supported the right of the Pakistanis to participate in the polls to fulfill their aspirations for a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic nation. He said the US looks forward to witnessing timely, transparent, free, and fair elections on May 11. These elections will mark an important democratic transition, a historic development of which the people of Pakistan can be very proud. He made it clear that they do not support any particular party or any individual candidate, and look forward to engaging the next democratically
elected government. Asked about the spike in the violence in the last few weeks, and whether people can go out without any fear and vote, Ventrell said the US in addition to condemning the violence surrounding the elections also urged the Pakistanis to go out and vote and express their free will so that democracy can prevail and the people’s voice can be heard. “We’re concerned about the violence but we urge the electoral process to continue” he remarked. About return of former president Pervez Musharraf and cases against him, he said, “We haven’t taken a position on Musharraf’s return to Pakistan.”
WASHINGTON: Amid a hunger strike by Guantanamo Bay inmates, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged to re-invigorate his administration’s bid to close down the infamous prison, housing several terrorism suspects without charges. “It is not a surprise to me that we've got problems in Guantanamo, which is why, when I was campaigning in 2007 and 2008 --- I said we need to close Guantanamo. I continue to believe that we've got to close Guantanamo,” Obama told reporters at the White House. The US president was responding to a question following reports that around 100 of 160 prisoners are on a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama said he has asked his team to “review everything that's currently being done in Guantanamo, everything that we can do administratively, and I'm going to re-engage with Congress to try to make the case that this is not something that's in the best interests of the American people”. He said the prison – which is outside the pales of traditional mainstream American system - is not necessary to keep the country safe. “It is expensive. It is inefficient. It hurts us in terms of our international standing. It lessens cooperation with our allies on counterterrorism efforts. It is a recruitment tool for extremists. It needs to be closed.” Taking a swipe at the US Congress for blocking his plan to shut down the prison, Obama said, “Now Congress determined that they would not let us close it and despite the fact that there are a number of the folks who are currently in Guantanamo who the courts have said could be returned to their country of origin or potentially a third country.” Expanding on the issue over Guantanamo prison, where hundreds of terrorism suspects were detained after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Obama noted that it is not sustainable. “I mean, the notion that we're going to continue to keep over a hundred individuals in a no man's land in perpetuity, even at a time when we've wound down the war in Iraq, we're winding down the war in Afghanistan, we're having success defeating al Qaeda core, we've kept the pressure up on all these transnational terrorist networks, when we've transferred detention authority in Afghanistan – the idea that we would still maintain forever a group of individuals who have not been tried – that is contrary to who we are, it is contrary to our interests, and it needs to stop.” SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
US legislators discuss elections with foreign secretary ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A United States (US) Congressional delegation led by Senator Joe Donnelly held a meeting with Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Wednesday in Islamabad to discuss matters of mutual interest. The US delegation also included Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Chris Murphy, Congressman Peter Welch, and US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson. “The two sides exchanged views on the current status of bilateral relations, upcoming elections in Pakistan, and regional issues including the situation in Afghanistan,” said a Foreign Office statement. The foreign secretary un-
derscored the traditional importance of Pakistan’s relationship with the US and apprised the American legislators about various facets of the relationship focusing on people-to-people contacts and its benefit. He appreciated the US Congressional support for growth of democracy in Pakistan. The foreign secretary also briefed the US delegation on recent developments with regards to peace and stability in Afghanistan. The US delegation acknowledged the importance of Pakistan-US relationship in the current international environment and reiterated support to the development of democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan. The US side also took note of Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace and prosperity.
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani meets a US Congressional delegation led by Senator Joe Donnelly at Foreign Office. INP
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in rare critique, hashmi fires a salvo at former party chief ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HuSSAIN
ORMER Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and current president of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, on Wednesday lashed out at PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for keeping party workers in the dark about his secret exile deal with military dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today, he said the PML-N workers and he himself only came to know about the deal when Sharif accepted at London airport that a deal had been inked for seven years. Hashmi began his election campaign for NA-48 with a rare salvo against Nawaz. The presence of Nawaz in the federal capital on Wednesday had already heated the political environment. Since both senior politicians were campaigning in opposite camps in the federal capital, the passion and fervour of the workers was at a new high. Asked why he had decided to terminate his decades-long association with the PMLN, Hashmi said it was an easy decision for him, as he decided to start a new struggle for the people of Pakistan after suffering a stroke. He said Nawaz had never liked him due to his blatant expression of views during party meetings. Hashmi said the tipping point arrived when he made a public demand to the political elites of the country to bring back to the country their wealth abroad that had been stashed away in foreign bank accounts. He said such a situation compelled him to join the PTI which he found the best platform where he could deliver for the country's development and prosperity by serving the poor. Describing his decision of parting ways with Nawaz historic, Hashmi said Nawaz had
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf President Javed Hashmi addresses supporters during an election rally on Wednesday. ONLINE
handed over the party affairs to him when he was under detention during Musharraf's martial law. "Nawaz never awarded party ticket to me with an open heart during my 24-year-long association with the PML-N. Every time I had to fight for the ticket. In year 1988, Nawaz Sharif refused me a ticket and said the ticket had already been decided for the son of the then governor Punjab (Makhdoom Sajjad Qureshi)," he asserted, referring to Shah Mahmood Qureshi, adding that he had to fight for the ticket and eventually won it. He added that
his contributions for the party were never duly recognised by Sharifs. He lamented that while he and other party workers were fighting against the tyrant regime in jails, the Sharifs were enjoying luxuries in Saudi Arabia by keeping them in dark about the deal. "The people close to Nawaz today, including Nisar Ali Khan, Ishaq Dar and others, were also enjoying their normal lives in Pakistan seeking relaxation from Musharraf under a deal while I along with other party workers were jailed," said the veteran politician, who is contesting
Country comes first, not premiership: Nawaz ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif addresses businessmen from Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Wednesday. INP
elections on PTI tickets from NA 48 Islamabad and NA-149 Multan simultaneously. Hashmi made it clear that he had no lust for power and he would never accept the coveted posts of prime minister or federal minister, rather he would prefer to work for delivery of rights of the poor masses while serving as an MNA. The PTI heavyweight further alleged that PPP chief Asif Ali Zardari was elected as a president under a deal between the PPP and PML-N. "PML-Q's Chaudhry Shujaat, JI's Qazi Hussain Ahmed, JUI-F chief
Nawaz Sharif, president of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League (PMLNawaz), on Wednesday said premiership was not his destination as he wanted to bring the country out of crises. Addressing the business community of the twin cities, Nawaz said that traders, industrialists and businessmen were the backbone of the country. He said after coming into power all financial policies would be planned in consultation with the
Maulana Fazlur Rehman and all other parties had assured full support to the PML-N if Nawaz Sharif proposed me for presidency. However, since a deal was already struck, Nawaz did not propose my name and rather picked a weak candidate, making it a threeway fight. This helped Asif Zardari clinch the slot for the president," he asserted. Coming down hard on Nawaz, Hashmi said when the Musharraf toppled his (Nawaz) government and forced him to leave the country, he took up the gauntlet to fight the war of party’s survival due to which he had to go behind bars. The PTI leader said PML-N leaders had turned their cannons towards Imran Khan, as they had miserably failed to deliver when they were enjoying power. He said the PML-N leadership had no pro-masses agenda due to which, in utter desperation, they had resorted to criticising PTI chairman Imran Khan. To a question, he said since the PMLN had miserably failed to deliver and mustering the masses' support in their favour for the general elections, therefore, it wasted time in alluding to Imran Khan's speeches, which never revealed foul language.
Zardari made country beg for foreign aid: Shahbaz LAHORE Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday alleged that President Asif Ali Zardari had forced the country to begging and depending on foreign aid. Addressing a public meeting in Jalo Morr area of Lahore‚ he said the PML-N had carried out development projects including the metro bus project‚ Daanish schools‚ and the Education Endowment Fund at the national level in Punjab in the last five years. He alleged that PTI Chairman Imran
Pakistan needs an experienced leadership to bring the country out of problems
Nawaz never liked me due to my blatant expression of views during party meetings. The tipping point arrived when I made a public demand to the political elites of the country to bring back the wealth they had stashed away in foreign bank accounts
Khan was campaigning for the PPP in Punjab. The PML-N leader said the previous government of the PPP had destroyed all public institutions and looted the public wealth. He said the agriculture sector had been adversely affected due to the shortage of electricity and industries were also being closed down. Shahbaz said if returned to power‚ the PML-N will provide jobs to the unemployed and relief to the farmers per the party’s manifesto. He asked the masses to vote for the PML-N to bring real change in the country. LAHORE: Shahbaz Sharif addresses an election rally at NA-130 constituency on Wednesday. NNI
business community. He said Pakistan needed experienced leadership to bring the country out of problems, adding that his party would be victorious on May 11. He said that former president Pervez Musharraf was responsible for electricity crisis, but President Asif Zardari also did nothing to resolve the problem. He said the priorities of the PPP government were not progress of the country rather corruption. Nawaz said electricity was not available for 20 hours in the area, adding that the industry has been closed and children were unable to study. He said that the
rulers had filled their pockets through corruption, adding that the ministers were also involved in this matter. He said that there was no load shedding, unemployment, unrest in Karachi and Balochistan and there were no terrorism during his rule. He said gas and electricity were available to the people and the country was progressing. He said the condition of country has been changed, adding that the PML-N would take the country again on the position where it had left in 1999. He said the people should consider who has served them and established dams and motorways.
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The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is. –Winston Churchill
holding Balochistan hostage through the election bullet
CoMMeNT Thursday, 2 May, 2013
Kayani’s address A piece of advice on democracy and terrorism for politicians
ANY would welcome the categorical assurance by the COAS that the elections would be held on May 11 as scheduled. That the CJ too has issued a similar statement indicates an awareness on their part of the lingering scepticism among the public at large. This being the first time that power is going to be transferred from an elected civilian government, which has completed its full tenure, to a newly elected administration, people watch the rare event with dire premonitions based on real experience. The remarks by the general, therefore, are all the more reassuring. Thanks the shoddy performance on the part of the political parties whenever they come to power, the country has to hear a lecture from the army chief on democratic values and good governance. This time neither the PPP and its erstwhile allies nor the PML-N administration can claim that they would have done wonders if their tenure had not been cut short. Gen Kayani is spot on when he says that the success of democracy is intimately linked with the wellbeing and prosperity of the nation. He is also right that the forthcoming elections provide a golden opportunity to usher in an era of true democratic values in the country. With fresh assurances from the army that it values and wholeheartedly supports democracy, which some will take with a pinch of salt because of their past experiences, the next government would hopefully work hard to consolidate the system. It has to continue the recently established tradition of tolerance of the opposition and media criticism. It has however to focus on governance, be responsive to the common man’s problems and take a clear cut stand vis a vis the terrorists. Ironically, here too the political parties need to pay heed to what Gen Kayani has said. To start with the general has owned the war against terrorism. He has designated those ordering terrorist attacks from their remote strongholds as a small faction which wants to foist its misconceived notions of Islam on the entire nation. As he put it, the terrorist ideology defies the constitution and the democratic process and considers all forms of bloodshed justified. As the formulation does not come from the Army Green Book, which, we have been told, may not always reflect the thinking of the army high command, but which the COAS himself said carries the stamp of institutional authority. There is need on the part of all political parties, many of whom have been reluctant so far to do so, to take a clear cut stand against the terrorists. In their election manifestoes too they have preferred to tiptoe around the issue of terrorism. The political parties must provide support to army action against those who conduct attacks in Pakistan. It is interesting that while the PPP, ANP and MQM have opposed military deployment in Karachi, the Sindh government, set up with the consensus of the three parties, has called out the army to help it hold peaceful elections. The army’s presence would discourage the terrorists and increase the voter turnout.
labour day ensuring that their rights are protected is due us
O that one day, the May Day, to honour those who make lives easier for the rest of humanity has gone by, and without much fanfare. It is a day to look around and appreciate the effort and work they put in to make life worthwhile for others while going through what most others won’t like to. No doubt one needs more than just a day if one wanted to look into under what conditions the labourers work and survive. And this is one perspective that relate pretty much to the situation in Pakistan where going has been getting tough over the past few years. Power crisis, increasing load shedding, gas shortage, price hikes, and an endemic lack of security are but a few problems that the whole country is facing right now but these problems take a whole new form for the poor labourers, fort they don’t have means to find alternatives. As a result, they fall down into a vicious circle of poverty from where escape for them is nigh impossible. Much of Pakistan’s labour class is unaware of their rights. In rural areas of Punjab and Sindh, many of them are still found working as bonded labour, or working on some feudal lord’s lands, trying to pay off debt that their forefathers took and whose interest has grown more than the principal amount, children as young as five years old are working in workshops, industrial labour has no option other than to work without proper safety equipment, no health insurance or other benefits are offered and on job training is virtually unheard of. What this translates into is that even though we have a huge labour force, an asset for the country otherwise, which is treated in not so humanely fashion and their contributions to the society often ignored. Improving their condition is not that difficult, in fact, if the government, and we as individuals, put our backs into it. The very first thing that should be done is to ensure that their rights are not only protected but also afforded to them. Minimum wages must be set and changed according to the inflation in the market. Job creation for this class would only be possible when there is electricity and investment, both local and international, and when there is an improvement in the security situation. Instead of dealing the labour classes as a burden and looking down upon them, they should be offered the same level of respect and honour, if not more. Only by doing so would we be able to alienate their fears and sense of being downtrodden, while bringing them to a level where they are given the respect that is due them.
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N May 1, 2013, 22,000 troops and 50,000 ‘law enforcers’ entered 12 districts of Balochistan to “conduct a free-and-fair election”. The existing number of troops in the areas shall not be revealed to us, nor the fact that de facto these areas had been no-go areas for the military since the current Baloch insurgency started in 2005. With the entry of troops, the possibility of free-andfair elections in the province has ended. Rather the Baloch people shall have elections shoved down their throats with a gun to their head. It does not matter if the Baloch people want to give their stamp of approval to the selection processes of the Pakistani state. Rather, the pretense, or the formality, that ‘the Baloch people’ confirm their stamp of faith in the State, shall be obtained, under the sound of the boots of the fine men in khaki. If it wasn’t quite obvious when the operation was announced, the Balochistan home secretary made it clear the day before the operation: the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), the Balochistan Republican Army (BRA), the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLA), the United Baloch Army (UBA) and the Lashkar-e-Balochistan (LB) would be targeted. No one seems to recall that the outrage over the kill-and-dump of missing persons – or “kidnapped Baloch” as Muhammad Hanif chose to clarify – by state agencies was about individuals from the same groups. Over 300 bodies of these missing persons had been recovered since 2011 – all the killings blamed on the Pakistani state. The calls for the past three years, since the announcement of the token Aghaz-eHaqooq-e-Balochistan package in 2009, had been for the withdrawal of army troops from Balochistan and accountability of the agencies, neither of which could be delivered during the
PPP-era. Back in 2008, President Zardari also issued a token apology to the Baloch people. But with nothing changing on the ground, with one after the other Baloch nationalist being killed-and-dumped, the resentment amongst the Baloch people has grown deeper. Bodies have been returned to each district. Nothing has also changed about the conception of development being applied to the province. The great hallmark that the 18th amendment was supposed to be was circumvented with imprudence. The control of the Gwadar Port was handed over to China and the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline started in the two month period the Balochistan government had been dissolved earlier this year. The so-called failure of the never existent Balochistan government was in fact that failure (or complicity) of the state apparatus in the spate of Hazara killings – duly stopped the minute the establishment’s aims in the province were achieved. But the joke about the current military operation in Balochistan runs much deeper. It comes on the back of five years of the PPP-led coalition governments at both the province and centre denying accusations that a military operation was underway in Balochistan. It is a bit strange that the caretaker government has taken it upon itself to take on the mandate of announcing a full-blown military operation in Balochistan. This is not to say that the fears expressed by government schools teachers are not well-founded. The discontent with the Pakistani state is such that government schools in a number of districts in Balochistan have not been able to display the Pakistani flag for a number of years. The Balochistan caretaker setup has pointed to security threats to candidates and election officials in Balochistan as reason for announcing the current military operation. But the question is how important are the political parties contesting polls in Balochistan to the Baloch people? Let us name them: the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, the Pakistan Peoples Party, the Jamaat-i-Ulema-i-IslamFazl, the National Party and the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M). Only two of these parties have any credentials so to speak of in Balochistan. Of these, the National Party leadership, including Dr Malik and Hasil Bizenjo, spend the bulk of their time in Islamabad, while the BNP-M chief Akhtar Mengal was in self-exile from the country until the interim setup took over. However, the bulk of the nationalist movement has
chosen to keep itself outside the trapping of the upcoming polls. Apart from the dismissed NAP government of the Bhutto era, Balochistan cannot be said to have ever had any semblance of ‘representative government’. Nor does there appear to be any serious resolve on part of the Pakistan establishment to give Balochistan representative government. Sources from within the state say that, as a lesson from the separation of East Pakistan, they now fear any nationalists coming into power through the ballot and presenting something akin to Sheikh Mujib’s Six Points. This is why there are army men in nine districts, including Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Awaran, Washuk, Khuzdar, Kalat, Mastung, Kharan and Gwadar districts. The question is what will the cleanup operation mean on the ground? “Not a single militant will be spared by May 11” is what the caretaker provincial home minister said. Bullets and arrests have been promised. It is another way of saying: expect more kills-and-dumps, unreported raids on villages and more anger from the Baloch. When national newspapers continue to express worries that “there is no election excitement in Balochistan”, it appears they are delusional. Elections are a celebration of a belief that participating in the processes of the state can offer deliverance. Barely anyone in Balochistan believes such. If the Baloch people, as a whole, feel disenfranchised from the processes of the state, then why bake up this cosmetic drama of an election in the province? Let us learn to call a spade a spade: these are not measures to secure the elections, this is a full-blown operation against Baloch nationalists. For Baloch nationalists, the province was made to join Pakistan at gunpoint. Now, it appears, after a sixth decade long insurgency, it will be made to enter elections at gunpoint. The consequences, it must be said with regret, are fated. With the military presence in Balochistan, there cannot be a ‘freeand-fair’ election. Let us not subscribe to any such mistaken notions. Another farce is about to be created in Balochistan in the name of representative government. All the efforts at reconciliation of Baloch nationalists should be considered abandoned. Balochistan is being held hostage in the name of the elections. The consequences will not be pretty. The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: email@example.com
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a cost effective approach A successful livestock operation accounts for expenses occurring at the farm. The entire profit potential of any successful operation revolves around the foundation of sound and economical calf rearing programme. Rearing young calves is a labour intensive and costly segment. From birth to weaning, milk shares highest cost of feeding along with the health issues associated with hygiene and sanitation of milk feeding utensils. These items, if done improperly, can lead to severe consequences; like higher cost of milk feeding, increased incidence of scours and drenching resulting in both time and economic loss. Pakistan is blessed with a huge population of cattle and buffalo (36.9 and 32.7 million heads, respectively). However, majority of livestock farmers are currently using conventional practices which are inefficient, higher in cost, and result in higher mortality rates. Conventionally, buffalo calves are kept with dam, fed on seasonal forages, and weaned around one year of age. Inadequate milk feeding and poor husbandry practices result in high mortality rate (85.2 percent), and lower body weight (60 to 80 kg). Further, conventional rearing of buffalo calves is higher than cattle whereas, market price of a weaned buffalo calf is lesser than the cost of
milk feeding. Therefore, farmers have developed a wrong concept that rearing of young calves is not profitable enterprise and prefer to sell milk instead of feeding to calves. With increasing meat prices, livestock farmers are adopting new strategies to improve calf performance at a lesser cost of production. To reduce the cost of feeding, early weaning from milk is practised. Recently, we weaned buffalo calves from milk at 12, 10 and eight weeks of age. We reported that early weaned (eight weeks) calves grew at the same rate, consumed less milk and reduced the cost of feeding by 22 percent to those weaned later. Results might help to mitigate issues like poor growth and low returns associated with traditional calf rearing practices. We concluded that buffalo calves can be successfully weaned off milk as early as eight weeks of age without negatively affecting growth performance and significantly reducing the feeding cost. Results suggest that adopting early weaning strategies might be useful to reduce the age of puberty in buffalo heifers, which at the moment is around 3-3.5 years. Further, better growth rates of male calves can improve the supply of quality bulls. The investigation will help us to mitigate gaps between conventional rearing systems and modern feeding strategies. MUHAMMAD AFZAL RASHID, PROF DR TALAT NASEER PASHA UVAS, Lahore
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First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Thursday, 2 May, 2013
america doesn’t know its real enemies every country where the us has intervened has been worse oﬀ because of it
the curse of perception how perception trumps facts at any given time
OMETIMES perception is almost more important than the reality. This is exactly the case in Pakistan’s political minefield. Righteousness is tearing apart our country and it does not seem to matter what the facts are. Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but not facts. Perception is created and twisted so effectively that if the facts do not coincide with perception, conspiracy theories are produced to correspond to it. It is the function of all-powerful media to renew or reverse our perception. The media pundits shake up the familiar situation, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.Once the perception is built, nothing can undo it. Take for example Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, the man in charge of the transition of power in Pakistan. He has stainless decades of service to the nation, shining with honesty and integrity. That is the general perception but let us take account of what the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has actually achieved under his auspicious leadership. According to news reports, ECP has simply failed to prevent 55 candidates from Punjab, belonging to 10 different sectarian groups, from contesting the general elections despite the fact that intelligence agencies had warned the ECP. After a 14-day period during which the eligibility of nearly 25,000 candidates were examined under the criteria laid down in articles 62 and 63 of the constitution, no one has been disqualified for tax evasion, non-filing of tax returns, defaulting on payment of bank loans or for false declaration of assets and liabilities. At least 35 former members of national and provincial assemblies who failed to get their degrees verified from Higher Education Commission (HEC) are running for May 11 elections. The TTP is targeting the liberal parties like PPP, ANP and MQM in election campaign. On the other hand, there are no threats to other parties including PTI and PML-N. How can Fakhrudin G Ebrahim term these elections as free and fair, since level playing field is being negated to the three important political players?The only response from ECP on this alarming situation is nothing but deafening silence. Recently, I had a chance to interact with and observe the operations of ECP officials.
I was utterly surprised to see that, Farkhru Bhai, as he is called among his close circles, is treated as merely a symbol of integrity and his subordinates don’t even trust him to talk to the media. “He sometimes doesn’t know what he is saying. We don’t want him to make any factual errors while talking to the media,” said an ECP official while denying us the interview Fakhru Bhai had earlier cordially committed to give. After that, he was not even allowed to speak to us. It left me consternated if the octogenarian election commissioner was even allowed to take his own decisions or he was being manipulated and is too weary to stand up for himself. I personally feel he just wants the elections to be held on time, by any means, so that he can go home triumphant. The perception about him, however, is that of an upright man, struggling to fix all ills for ‘free and fair’ elections. Talking about perception, one cannot ignore the myth of Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s incorruptible omnipotence. An epitome of justice and integrity, as goes the perception, but a quick glance at the facts without going into the details of the decisions taken in our national interest, reveals uncomfortable truths. Iftikhar Chaudhry is an institution in himself, literally. There has been no dissent in any major constitutional case in the past years. During the days of Lawyers’ Movement, courts have somehow assumed themselves to be the representative of the people. Judicial activism has gone to an extent of populism. Judges, along with media, have formed a parallel establishment, sending elected prime minister home while ordering the arrest of another, as was done in the past by the military dictators. The double standards, exhibited during the Memogate case and the way Arasalan Iftikhar case was dealt with, is no secret. At one point, it was even difficult for the media to defend the courts. According to a report by the US State Dept, ‘every three out four terrorists are acquitted by the courts’. Judges have issued contempt notices to the politicians for not obeying their orders while keeping hush when the agencies did the same in missing persons’ case. As for the perception, he is the messiah, the righteous one, the saviour. The real test case of this curse of perception is President Asif Ali Zardari. Nothing has benefited media more than his notorious image, which was sold to the nation round the
clock, for five years. The stamp of Mr 10 percent is still wet on him and obviously, according to some, he had Benazir Bhutto murdered so that he could become the president of Pakistan. Contrary to the perception, his achievements are historic and unprecedented. From the passing of 18th amendment bill and giving away of his powers to the parliament to the first ever completion of the democratic government’s tenure, Zardari has made history while others have merely made headlines. His smart handling of party and state affairs during the ongoing judicial activism, smear campaign by the media, pressure from the military and other political opponents, natural calamities and the pugnacious wave of terrorism in the country have visibly unnerved and frustrated the harbingers of his doom. There is a lot of hullabaloo about corruption but even a journalist like Ansar Abbasi or Kamran Khan cannot point out one corruption scandal that involves presidency. Credit must also be given to his nerves for listening to such callous criticism against him and remaining neutral and dignified. Other than that, his sharp focus on foreign policy has set Pakistan’s position right on the international front. Our relations with UK and US are excellent, so are our ties with China. We have achieved much access into EU and its markets. We are back in the Commonwealth and playing a positive role. We have no disputes with the Muslim world. Gwadar port agreement and Pak-Iran gas pipeline projects will go down in the history as a turning point for our economy and regional stability. Let us also not forget the immense pressure from the US government to halt this deal. Zardari’s most laudable achievement is a gradual shift in the relationship between India and Pakistan and a policy shift in the strategic depth doctrine in Afghanistan. Although, the above-mentioned and several other steps are not popular among masses and media, the fact remains that Zardari has proven himself to be a successful and visionary statesman. But then again, as Gustave Flaubert once said, “There’s no truth in the world. There is only perception”. The author is a senior producer in a news channel and can be reached on twitter @zeekhan
T is surprising how US intelligence agencies’ inability to differentiate between Taliban and al Qaeda – despite 12 long years of war in Afghanistan – is confounding the road to disengagement in late 2014. It has also complicated shutting down Guantanamo Bay, something President Barack Obama promised on his first campaign trail. And much worse, it has led to near-complete breakdown in communication with the most important partner in the war SHAHAB JAFRy – Pakistan. Hence the recent scramble towards a workable solution in Brussels. Yet Brussels was predictably, perhaps deliberately, vague. Kerry thought, after “extensive talks”, that “results are what will tell the story, not statements and press conferences”. And Karzai’s “let’s hope forward for the best” was pretty much the same as our foreign secretary Jilani’s “We are looking forward to a very productive and forwardlooking session”. If the past provides any insight into the present, Karzai and Pakistan’s foreign office exchanged accusations, Kerry sat wide-eyed, and Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani chain-smoked. The result? More power to the Taliban. After ISAF lost steam on the field some years ago – British forces in Helmand even bribed local Taliban to the tune of some millions to point their guns the other way – the new approach has been reconciliation with certain pockets of Taliban. But which former Taliban chieftains to take on board and what to offer them, has only increased differences within the coalition. First the Americans and Afghans pressured Pakistan into releasing high profile detainees, then the Americans flew a few to Qatar, and then Karzai got upset over being kept in the dark about the Doha initiative, and then the process unraveled. All the while, Washington refused to entertain Kabul’s requests regarding Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo, even after the CIA cleared them of serious charges. The lumping together of Taliban and al Qaeda is a throwback to the days when George Tenet headed the CIA, from a little before till a little after 9/11. And while the Americans could be forgiven for confusing the two groups back then, adhering to the same thesis shows they expect the on ground narrative to fit their understanding of things, instead of the other way around. This inflexibility has also led to sharp differences with Pakistan, and harmed Islamabad’s counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy, which has focused on pitting militant groups against each other. The Afghan Taliban, though subscribers to the same Wahabi extremism as al Qaeda, do not share the latter’s expansionism. Their “war with the West” is limited to Afghanistan, and will last only so long as foreigners occupy their country. The Americans still do not understand their widening cleavage with al Qaeda, especially since the ‘foreigners’ expanded the theatre of war into Pakistan and bankrolled the TTP. Mulla Omar forbade the Taliban from engaging with the Pakistani military. And the TTP, despite public allegiance to him, favour al Qaeda’s tactics. The Pakistani intelligence realises that a post US withdrawal clash between the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda is imminent, which is why it has exploited differences in the two groups, and their proxies, to contain al Qaeda advances in the tribal area. And the Americans, showing little appetite to such developments, have targeted both camps with drone strikes. Some of their initiatives, like focusing exclusively on ‘good Taliban’ pockets bolstered by Pakistan, indicate the CIA might even be deliberately sabotaging the ISI efforts of five or more years. The only outcome can be stoking the insurgency on the Pakistani side till at least the American drawdown. More recently, the NYT’s report, and Karzai’s admission, of the CIA bringing “millions of dollars”, sometimes in plastic bags, to the Afghan presidential palace, only confirms doubts that the Americans have been without a workable strategy ever since they realised the limits of the military offensive. And since much of the money has gone to tribal chiefs as well as Taliban commanders – as per Kabul’s own admission – the disconnect between Washington’s stated goals and the ground reality has become more apparent. This failure to really understand the war-on-terror enemy also led the Americans into far worse adventures in the Middle East as it tried to take control of the so called Arab Spring. Libya descended into Salafist chaos as soon as NATO strikes dislodged Gaddaffi, and Washington’s Gulf darlings spared little time in funneling jihadi armies into Syria as world focus shifted to Damascus. Again sticking to the old paradigm – that the old antiIsrael Iran-Syria axis is the biggest enemy – led the Americans to ignore the jihadi threat, and it turned a blind eye to Saudi/Qatari initiative of using religious extremists to unseat the Alawite Baathist regime and weaken their Shi’a nemesis Iran. The GCC and US/Israeli interests may have been aligned initially, but if the al Qaeda aligned al Nusra front is able to dislodge the Assad regime, Israel and America will have the most to lose, placing them in the same camp as Iran. In one of modern geo-politics’ greatest ironies, the Israelis and their American friends will realise, as soon as petrodollar funded Salafi rockets start landing in Tel Aviv and Tehran, that they have more in common with the biggest regional enemy since the fall of the Shah’s peacock throne than oil monarchies they have held so dear all these years. In all the wars and ‘interventions’ since 9/11, the Americans and their allies have left every country they have targeted worse off than before, be it Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya. And little will change if they decide to indulge militarily in Syria. And in all these adventures, they have failed to realise that the biggest threat has come from al Qaeda fanatics, and those fanatics have had their bread and butter, and their arms, come from the Saudi establishment and its friends. Yet Washington continues to cajole Riyadh and its allies. It seems America does not understand who its real enemies are. The writer is Middle East Correspondent, Pakistan Today, and can be reached at email@example.com
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A ARTS Thursday, 2 May, 2013
srK heads to london in JUne For eiGhth sUrGery NEWS DESK: After much delay and prolonged pain, it has finally been decided that Shah Rukh Khan will go under the knife for his shoulder pain in London in June. The surgery that had been postponed for the completion of his shoot for Chennai Express will be his eighth, reported Bollywood Life, adding that his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders needed him as well which was another reason for the delay. Apparently, the accident-prone Khan has also suffered injuries like three broken ribs, a twisted ankle, a broken right toe, an injury to his left shoulder, a neck injury, a broken back bone and an injured left knee in the past.
The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good. –Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Michelle’s arms inspire 4,000% rise in tricepcentric plastic surgery NEWS DESK OW popular are Michele Obama’s impeccably toned arms? So popular that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that upper-arm-lift procedures in the United States (US) have increased from a modest 338 in 2000 to nearly 15,500 in 2012, and suggests that one reason for the 4,473% change may stem from the First Lady’s physique. According to the Los Angeles Times: “The ASPS said that doctors didn’t point to a single reason for the increase, but took note of poll data indicating that women ‘are paying closer attention to the arms of female celebrities’ including Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Kelly Ripa. The most-admired arms of all? Those of First Lady Michelle Obama. Take that, Jennifer Aniston’s arms, which did not even muscle their way into this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where the First
Lady’s arms presided from the podium. In other plasticsurgery news, Americans spent $11 billion on cosmetic procedures last year alone. The most popular surgery remains breast augmentation, with around 286,000 procedures conducted in the US last year— unsurprisingly, concentrated mostly in the region of the US containing the city of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the northeastern US (including New York City) edged out all other regions when it came to rhinoplasty and the aforementioned upperarm lifts. Readers interested in exploring the latter procedure—which involves an incision from the armpit to the elbow, usually along the back of the arm, to remove excess skin—must be
KRISTEN STEWART CROWNED WORLD’S BEST-DRESSED WOMAN NEWS DESK: Kristen Stewart beat competition from Emma Watson, the Duchess of Cambridge and Victoria Beckham to be named Glamour Magazine's world's bestdressed woman for the second year running. The 23-year-old actress was praised for her "personal rock-chick style." The 'Twilight' star also picked up the honour of being named in the best-dressed couple list with boyfriend Robert Pattinson who was named best-dressed man, the Mirror reported. Watson kept her second spot from last year while Duchess Kate was bumped up one place on the list from last year's fourth place. The 31-year-old royal was honoured for "taking maternity chic in her nude-pump-adorned stride." The final two places in the top five were taken by Emma Stone and Taylor Swift. Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and Beyonce were the other who made it to the top 10.
10 besT-dressed woMeN of 2013: 1. Kristen Stewart 2. Emma Watson 3. The Duchess of Cambridge 4. Emma Stone 5. Taylor Swift 6. Victoria Beckham 7. Cheryl Cole 8. Blake Lively 9. Katy Perry 10. Beyonce
warned, though. The upper-arm lift, officially titled “brac h i o p l a s t y, ” leaves an unsightly scar though, which will not look so fierce in all sleeveless outfits one plans to wear post surgery.
iron Man 3 Gets record openinG at international Box oFFice
NEWS DESK: The Rentrak institute announced that the third installment of the Iron Man franchise generated a whopping $195.3million worldwide during its opening weekend. While North American fans will have to wait another week to see the film, the debut of Iron Man 3 (outside North America) ranks as theninth biggest of all time, bumping down Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ($193 million), according to figures published on April 28. And Tom Cruise has become Iron Man's first victim. His film Oblivion takes the box office's second spot with $30.24 million in international revenues. Joseph Kosinski's sci-fi adventure has now generated $263.53M worldwide since its release.
Tom Hanks, ‘Kinky’ musical up for Tonys NEWS DESK Tom Hanks was the big name on the nominations list Tuesday for this year's Tony Awards, but the musicals "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda" were vying for the heaviest haul of gongs. Hanks, better known for his work in Hollywood, shone in "Lucky Guy," a Nora Ephron play about the ups and downs of controversial New York journalist Mike McAlary. Hanks is up for the best performance by an actor in a leading role in a p l a y. "Lucky Guy" is also listed f o r
dePP, HeArd KEPT RELATION SECRET FOR PARADIS NEWS DESK: Actor Johnny Depp's relationship with Amber Heard had begun immediately after his breakup with girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, but they kept mum about it. Depp and Paradis ended their 14-year-long relationship in June last year. But Heard didn't want to go public about her relationship with Depp because she found it unethical, reports radaronline.com. "Johnny and Amber began dating pretty soon after he split with Vanessa. At first, Amber was a little apprehensive, because she didn't want to be seen as the mistress. But Johnny won her over with his generosity and he was constantly giving her gifts," a source said. Depp and Heard recently parted ways, but they have now reconciled their relationship.
best play and four other categories, while the revival of "Golden Boy" surpassed that with eight nominations. But the main rivalry at this year's Tonys could be between "Kinky Boots," with 13 nominations, including best musical and best director, and "Matilda," the adaptation of the beloved children's book by Roald Dahl, with 12 nominations. "Kinky Boots," based on a British movie, tells the story of the unlikely reincarnation of a near bankrupt shoe factory. Pop star Cyndi Lauper -- famous for her song "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" -wrote the music and lyrics. "Matilda," which recounts a supernaturally gifted girl's determination to make something of her life, has enjoyed rave reviews and is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.The nominations list snubbed some major stars, including Scarlett Johansson in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and Al Pacino in the intense real estate salesmen drama "Glengarry Glen Ross." The awards will be presented in New York on June 9.
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Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. –William Shakespeare
ArTs Thursday, 2 May, 2013
WHY SARAH JESSICA PARKER DOESN’T OWN A CELL PHONE
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NEWS DESK Sarah Jessica Parker may be a wife, mom of three, actress, and producer, but she does it all without a cell phone! The star of "I Don't Know How She Does It" opened up to E! News on Tuesday about her reason for cutting the portable device out of her life. "I don't like being behind in both phone calls and emails," she said. "So I chose emails because when you're on a set you can carefully and sneakily check a Blackberry, but you can't return a phone call. Hearing 'Your voicemail is full' is horrifying to me." It looks like the 48-year-old is just like her "Sex and the City" character, Carrie Bradshaw, who famously went cell phone-free. But while mama Parker has rid her life of the mobile phone, her tiny tots are starting to picking up the technology! SJP's 3-year-old twins, Tabitha and Marion, were photographed on Monday talking into their toy cell phones while strolling the streets of New York City.
WOODY ALLEN CASTS STARS COLIN FIRTH, EMMA STONE NEWS DESK EIL Patrick Harris is the epitome of a true Renaissance man. He's a big TV star, Broadway singer and dancer, serious magician, and even serves as the voice of a Disney theme park ride. This week, Harris showed he may have a little interest in detective work (and pipe smoking) when he launched his new Instagram account with an inaugural photo of himself dressed up in an elaborate Sherlock Holmes costume. And he pulled out all the stops, accessorising with a houndstooth cape, matching hat, magnifying glass, and, of course that signature pipe. Fiancé David Burtka played Watson to his beau's Holmes, donning a newsboy cap, bowtie, fake mustache, eyeglasses and holding a cup of tea. And there was a good rea-
son for the costumes: "At our great friends, Becky Baeling & Kris Lythgoe's murder mystery wedding," he captioned the pic. "The game, as they say, is afoot." Harris already has a whopping 5.7 million Twitter followers keeping tabs on his witty observations and fun pictures, so it was only a matter of time before the 39-year-old took the next social media step. So far, 48,000 fans have begun following the "How I Met Your Mother" star on Instagram, but he's starting out slow. Since opening an account (username: Instagranph), the actor has only put up three pictures including the Sherlock Homes shot, and an adorable picture of his and Burtka's 2-yearold twins Harper and Gideon, who look as if they've stepped straight out of a magazine ad in matching leather jackets (his is blue, hers is tan), rain boots, and little jeans.
NEWS DESK: Woody Allen is returning to France for his next film and bringing Colin Firth and Emma Stone along as its stars. Producers Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum announced Tuesday that Allen is set to start shooting his untitled new comedy this summer. This is the writer-director's second time filming in France and his eighth film set in Europe. Allen will reunite with the cinematographer, production designer and costume designer he worked with on some his previous European productions. Allen's latest movie, "Blue Jasmine," is to be released in July. It stars Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin.
this would probAbly be my lAst chAnce to visit pAkistAn: gulzAr COuRTESy TOI ULZAR sahab's recent visit to Pakistan turned into a national controversy even though, in reality, it was a visit that was extremely personal and emotional. Born in Dina 78 years ago, he visited his native place for the first time 70 years later. Being an Urdu poet himself, he had kept in touch with many writers and poets from Pakistan and would often meet them outside India. Pakistani director and friend Hasan Zia invited him for the ‘Aman Ki Asha’ Literary Festival at Karachi and he was only too happy to accept the invitation. Vishal Bhardwaj, who he also considers his son, went along as he wanted to record a qawaali with Pakistani qawaals for his upcoming film. The artists were not being allowed to come to India, so Gulzar felt that their work should be represented in our films. It was decided that they would record the song in Lahore, then visit Dina and finally go to Karachi for the literary festival. There were many stories circulated on him cutting short his visit and returning to India, but Gulzar sahab never spoke. Hear is what he has to say about it now. Sir, could you share details of what actually happened during your visit to Pakistan in February this year? I left Pakistan with my father at the age of eight. During these 70 years, I had flown to Lahore only once, earlier in 2004 on an emergency visa for four days to meet my mentor Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi sahab to see him in hospital as he had suffered a heart attack. But going to Dina, my birth place, was a desire I held for a long time. I had felt like going there many a times, but did not want to wash away the images in which I had lived and always feared that just like other cities of the world, there would be changes even there.
I am 78 and I knew that this would probably be my last chance and I may not be able to go there again. Doing that would complete the circle for me. I wanted to cross the Wagah border on foot. Walking on that soil I felt like I was walking to my homeland, my birthplace. The feeling was extremely intimate. Instinctively, as soon as I reached the Pakistan border, I took off my mojaris (shoes) and wanted to put my feet on the soil. It might sound childish, but I wanted to feel the ground. My friend Hasan Zia had come to receive us from Pakistan and we could see him waving at us, while our passports were being checked. With them we first went to Lahore, where Vishal and I recorded over two nights. During daytime, we visited the streets of Lahore, but I realised that being who I am, it had become impossible for me to just walk across the street and have a butta with a common man. While people there love me, I was always crowded around by friends and their relatives, who had come from all over to just meet me. I was always around people and that started disturbing me. I was lonely inside, but I could not explain that to anybody. I wanted to just have some ‘channas’ and ask the cobbler “ki mere jute ka naap zara theek kar dein”. I wanted to get my shoes
polished, but was not being allowed and felt the suffocation till I decided that we would go to Dina the next day. It was a five-hour journey to Jhelum and we set out in two cars. Vishal and Rekha were in the other car and Hasan Zia and a poet friend were in my car. I enjoyed the landscape of Pakistan and stopped en route to finally have kelas. People in Pakistan show their love to you through food and our car dickey was filled with all kinds of non-vegetarian eatables. Honestly, ‘itni jagah hoti nahi jitna woh khilate hain’. My friends had a lot to talk about, but I just wanted them to not talk and let me be on my own. I had not seen so many Urdu signboards in my entire life and wanted to read each of them on the way. I was silently sitting in the car and reading and reading and had never read so much Urdu in one day. We reached Jhelum and from there, Dina station. It was exactly the way I had left it 70 years ago, except for one small brick room now built for women. Next to the station, there were open fields looking at which brought back many memories. I remembered one parting from my father when he used to go to Pahar Ganj in Delhi to bring “sauda” for his hatti (shop). I wanted to go with him, but four people were holding me back and I could see just his figure standing in the train and going away. Whenever I would hear the whistle of the train or see the train, I would go to the station and wait for him. Thinking about it, I started getting more and more choked. As it is, people around me were all talking and I was not getting a chance to be alone. I only wanted silence. It was difficult for me to explain to my kind hosts, who had prepared food for me, that I had no appetite and would not be able to swallow anything. I took water a few times. It was close to sunset and I wanted to visit the main bazaar, where we had lived. It used to be on a
straight road from the station. To my surprise, I found that the main bazaar had been left untouched and a new bazaar had come up on an adjacent road. Both the bazaars meet at Daata Chowk, where we parked our cars and started walking into the old bazaar. Everything came alive. I was walking ahead of everyone and could straightaway, without help, reach the galli where we lived. Except a few windows here and there, everything was the same. People knew that I was coming and they all surrounded me. A few shopkeepers recognised me and started talking about my family — my sister, older brother, even my “mamu”. Then suddenly one of them asked me about Allahditta. My father had a lot of Muslim friends and he had brought up one of the sons of his friends his own, Allahditta. I told them how I had lost touch with him after he went to Karachi many years back and now owned a textile mill there. They remembered small details of how my brother's then father-in-law Makhan Singh Kale Wale shared his name with my father's name, Makhan Singh Kurlan Wale. Then he said to me, 'Your father used to collect Rs 5 rent from me. You my landlord has come now, so take the money from me'. I cried and just held his hand and sat down with him. Then we went to my school, where they were waiting for me. It used to be a primary school when I was there with just two blocks. It has now become a high school with the third block named 'Gulzar Kalra block'. I became too emotional. On the way back, I wanted to go to Kurlan, a mile away from Dina, where my father was born, but it was getting dark and Hasan Zia could see my condition and advised me to not go ahead and go back to Lahore with Vishal and Rekha in my car. He could understand what I was going through as I was wiping my nose
again and again. It is only when we were midway on the highway that we stopped by at Lala Musa where I had memories of eating Mia ki dal from a famous shop there. I knew I had kept everybody hungry with me. It was dark by the time we returned to Lahore. Now, it was time to go back to our recording, but I realised that even with the qawaals singing in the background, I was totally alone. People say you feel happy visiting your childhood. I don't think so. There is something nice, but sad about it. I was feeling unwell and Vishal realised it first. He said let's pack up. I did not want to be admitted in the hospital there and at such times you want to be back to the place where you know the medical set-up. Vishal held my hand and said, 'Let's not go to Karachi Gulzar sahab'. There was a lot of responsibility on Hasan Zia's head who had come to Lahore only to accompany me to the Karachi literary festival but I am grateful to him for his understanding. Vishal and I decided to come back to Mumbai and not talk about it much to avoid it becoming a controversy. But by the time we reached Amritsar, everyone knew and it had become just that — a controversy. Tell us about your father? My father called me Punni and was a textile trader with an establishment, both in Dina and in Delhi. And that's why I named my daughter Bosky as that is the name of a famous Chinese silk. We left Pakistan just before Partition. Unlike my brother who was well educated at that time and was amongst the first graduates in my ‘biradari’, my father was not too hopeful about what I would do and that still disturbs me. When my father died in 1960, I was assisting Bimalda (Bimal Roy) in Mumbai. I had not been informed but received a postcard five days later after he died, informing me about his death.
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INFOTAINMENT Thursday, 2 May, 2013
Mathematician finally cracks pow's coded letters
British soldier John Pryor sent letters home to his family from a Nazi POW camp for five years during World War II. Seventy years later, they finally know what he actually wrote. A mathematician at Plymouth University has deciphered the coded messages hidden inside the innocuous-looking letters for the first time since the war, revealing Pryor was really asking for items to help him escape and reporting details of German military targets, the BBC reports. The BBC explains that the code, which Pryor would have learned from British secret agents, involved taking the first letters of each word, translating those letters to numbers, and then translating the numbers back to letters. Deciphered, this sentence—"A few weeks ago we arranged a rather useful scheme, so men could get 'lager'"—reads "MAPS." The letters would have been deciphered at the time by British intelligence, but were then passed on to the family in their original form. NEWS DESK
Every day sees humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time. — Guglielmo Marconi
Beard study shows heavy stubble makes men especially attractive to women
ALK about cutting-edge science. A new study conducted by researchers in Australia shows that women prefer men with heavy stubble over cleanshaven guys and guys sporting light stubble or full beards. And what sort of men's facial hair do straight guys think is preferable among their peers? In the study, published in the May issue of the journal Evolution & Human Behavior, full beards and heavy stubble edged out light stubble and the clean-shaven look. For their research, University of New South Wales professors Barnaby J. Dixson and Rob C. Brooks presented photos of 10 smiling men to 177 heterosexual men and 351 women, according to Medicalxpress. Each man in the photos was shown in four ways -clean-shaven, with five days of beard growth (light stubble), 10 days of growth (heavy stubble), and with a full beard. The researchers then asked the women and men to rate the men in the photos according to their attractiveness, finding heavy stubble to be the clear winner among women. What explains the hankering for heavy stubble?
"Our findings confirm that beardedness affects judgments of male socio-sexual attributes and suggest that an intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive while full-bearded men may be perceived as better fathers who could protect and invest in offspring," the researchers concluded in the abstract of their study. Dixson and Brooks hypothesize that
facial hair makes men seem more mature and masculine but also more dominant and aggressive, the website of the Australia edition of Men's Health reported. "Men, judging other men, might be sensitive to the overall level of masculine threat and aggression signaled through full beards," the researchers wrote, according to the website. "Women, by contrast, may bal-
Baby found at sandy beach in honolulu A baby girl was abandoned and found crying in the sand at a Hawaii beach soon after she was born, human services officials said Monday. The full-term, 8-pound newborn was "abandoned immediately after birth," state Department of Human Services Director Patricia McManaman said. A woman parked at Sandy Beach in east Honolulu sometime between 11 p.m. Sunday and midnight heard several people screaming, police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said. A few minutes later the screaming stopped and the woman heard a baby crying. She walked toward the ocean and saw an infant on the sand. The woman took the baby to a hospital. Police are investigating the case as endangering the welfare of a minor and child abandonment. The baby, who had been found naked, was doing well and drinking formula at the Queen's Medical Center, McManaman said. "We're just very grate-
ful this child is alive and doing well," she said. If no one comes forward to claim the child, the Department of Human Services will file a petition this week with family court, asking for custody. A hearing will be held by Monday. If no family is identified, the state will ask the court for permission to release a photo of the infant on Monday, McManaman said. In 2007, Hawaii became the 48th state with a baby safe haven law, said state Rep. John Mizuno. The law provides immunity from prosecution for leaving an unharmed newborn within 72 hours of birth at a fire department, police station or hospital or with emergency services. No one has taken advantage of the law since it was enacted, McManaman said. The baby safe haven hotline is 800-494-3991. NEWS DESK
Online calculators combat jet lag
– after 12:30 pm – and on the day after that, it suggests you begin to avoid light after 2 pm. The reasoning behind this advice is that the average person can only adjust their internal clock by an incremental amount of 60 to 90 minutes a day. Jet Lag Rooster encourages travellers to pace themselves accordingly, which means it may take a person travelling between Atlanta and Moscow about seven to 10 days to shift their body clock the necessary 10 hours. British Airways also created an online jet lag fighting calculator, where the advice is based on research by Chris Idzikowski, director of the sleep assessment and advisory service at Edinburgh Sleep Centre. The science behind the site’s conclusions is the same as Jet Lag Rooster’s, but the tool condenses the advice to a few sentences, rather than give an hour-by-hour breakdown. It’s important to note that when scientists say you should seek out “light”, they mean ideally being outdoors for up to half an hour. Outdoor light is always better than indoor light. Even an overcast spring day in say, Reykjavik, will provide enough light to reset a body clock, compared with sitting indoors, which won’t. On the flip side, avoiding light can entail wearing sunglasses or staying indoors. Special light boxes, or flat lamps that simulate natural white light with a blue tint, are also effective, noted Foster, who has been consulting with Delta on the feasibility of introducing such lights into airport lounges. However, there is no word yet from the airline on whether it will put the concept into practice.NEWS DESK
iBM makes world's smallest movie
The star of this movie was ready for its close-up—so ready it was magnified 100 million times. A Boy And His Atom is officially the world's smallest film, created by IBM by manipulating thousands of carbon monoxide molecules into an animated stop-motion short, reports the Telegraph. The film, which features a boy playing with an atom, was shot under a two-ton scanning tunneling microscope at -450 degrees, using an extremely sharp needle to manually move each atom one by one for 250 frames, reports Mashable. NEWS DESK
While researchers are continuously debating and finetuning their advice, they agree that exposure to light is one of the most effective ways to combat jet lag. “But the rules for when you should seek out or avoid light are complicated and depend on whether you travel east or west and how many time zones you are crossing,” said Russell Foster, head of Oxford University’s Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology and one of the world’s leading experts on jet lag. Sunlight activates the pineal gland, which triggers a physical process that winds up and sets your body’s internal clock, while darkness encourages your body to sleep by lowering your temperature and sending melatonin, a natural sleep-inducing hormone, into the bloodstream. But obeying signals from sunlight and darkness – which are key to resetting the body’s internal clock – can be difficult when you’re flying cross-country or halfway across the world. Thankfully, two websites offer step-bystep, personalised help for combating jet lag. Using your flight itinerary, each site provides a suggested sleep schedule based on how many time zones you’ll cross and which direction you’ll be travelling. Jet Lag Rooster is an online calculator that employs similar guidelines to those used at academic institutions
such as the Mayo Center for Sleep Medicine in Minnesota and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Type in your itinerary and the site will give you an hourby-hour breakdown of when to sleep and when to go outside and seek sunlight. For example, on an Atlanta to Moscow itinerary where a passenger lands at 10 am, Jet Lag Rooster advises a schedule of doing the best you can that first day and night (without specifying particular hours) and then, on the following day, avoid light after 11 am. The next day, it recommends you begin to avoid light a little later
ance...a competitive masculine partner against the costs of mating with a too-masculine partner." As to why light stubble loses out to heavy stubble, the researchers believe that there's "a threshold of density and distribution may be necessary for beards to function as an attractive signal," Science magazine reported. In other words, it's just too patchy. NEWS DESK
nasa spots colossal saturn hurricane
The hurricane roiling around Saturn's north pole looks a lot like a hurricane on Earth—except much, much bigger. Its eye is about 20 times bigger than Earth standards at 1,250 miles wide, and the storm is also more powerful, with winds as high as 330mph. A NASA probe caught pictures and video of the hurricane, giving us our most detailed look yet, Space.com reports. "We did a double take when we saw this vortex because it looks so much like a hurricane on Earth," says an imaging team member. Rather than drifting northward as Earth hurricanes tend to, this one has been going on at Saturn's north pole since at least 2004. Another interesting point: It's "somehow getting by on the small amounts of water vapor in Saturn's hydrogen atmosphere," the imaging team member notes. NEWS DESK
Boston victims get free prosthetics
People who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing don't need to worry about paying for prosthetics if they aren't covered by insurance, an industry group has pledged. The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association has promised to supply prosthetics and initial services for the estimated 20 to 25 victims who underwent amputations after the blasts, including a 10-year-old boy and two victims who lost both legs, Reuters reports. "We want to ensure that, in the midst of this horrific tragedy, these individuals are not further traumatized by the harsh and unreasonable limits that are present in all too many health insurance policies," says a spokesman for the AOPA, which notes that while a prosthetic limb can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $60,000, many insurance policies cap payouts at $2,500 or $5,000, USA Today reports. NEWS DESK
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aussie batting coach appointment baffles many LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The appointment of Trent Woodhill as batting coach for next month’s Champions Trophy has been met with bafflement. Former greats are saying they had never even heard of the Australian. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday appointed the 42-year-old Woodhill for three weeks after the team’s disastrous performance with the bat on their recent tour of South Africa. Woodhill is currently assistant coach at Delhi Daredevils, second bottom in the Indian Premier League, and has had previous spells with New Zealand and NSW. Former Test captain Hanif Mohammad, one of Pakistan’s all-time great batsman and for many years holder of the world-record first class score of 499, was unimpressed. “Who is Woodhill?” he said. “I have heard his name for the first time in my life. I am surprised how the PCB chose him when his credentials are not known.” Inzamamul-Haq worked as batting consultant with the team ahead of their tour to India in December-January but negotiations fell through in February. Inzamam-ul-Haq worked as batting consultant with the team ahead of their tour to India in DecemberJanuary but negotiations with the 120-Test veteran fell through in February. Former wicketkeeper and captain Rashid Latif also claimed ignorance. “What can I say about a coach whose name I have not heard before?” said Latif. “Pakistan have a batting legend in Javed Miandad who should be helping the batsmen.” Miandad, Pakistan’s leading Test run-scorer with 8,832, is currently a director general in the PCB. He will help the batsmen during a tune-up camp in Abbottabad before the team’s departure for Britain. Pakistan will play warm-up games against Scotland and Ireland before the eight-team Champions Trophy starts on June 6.
At the moment we have the fast bowling resources to cope with James’ injury and it will be great to get him back fully fit for when Steven Finn departs for England duty — Angus Fraser, Middlesex’s managing director
discarded afridi vows to make comeback LAHORE
A K I S TA N ’ S discarded all rounder Shahid Afridi has vowed to make a comeback to Pakistan’s one-day squad, claiming that he is “better than most”. He was dropped from the side for the upcoming tours of Scotland, Ireland and England for the Champions Trophy in June, along with batsman Umar Akmal and fast bowler Sohail Tanvir. “The decision to drop me from the side is taken by the captain (Misbah-ulHaq),” Afridi reported to have said. “It isn’t a big thing if the captain does not want a player but in cricket, being in and out is a one-off thing. It happens and I will soon come back. “I am still better than most. I know I have ample cricket left in me and I can represent Pakistan for the next few years. Players usually get dropped but
I appeal to my fans to pray for me.” Afridi, 33, had been dropped from Pakistan’s squad for the ODI series in India in December 2012, but was chosen for the trip to South Africa because of his skill as a legspinner. He failed to take a wicket in 37 overs, though, and scored 126 runs in four innings with a high score of 88. Since the start of 2012, Afridi’s taken only 15 wickets in 21 ODIs, and five of those came in one game against Afghanistan. His batting average during this period was 19. He managed to score only 70 runs and take three wickets in four
matches for his domestic side last month. “I have been training for the England tour. I want to insist once again that I will walk away before being a burden on the side but for a while I understand I have to work hard to come back,” said Afridi. However, Afridi could be playing Twenty20 games for Hampshire this season. Due to visa issues, he was forced to miss the T20 matches for the county last year. In 2011, he had a successful stint with the county, taking 17 wickets in 10 matches at 11.17.
shoaib in dubai to start Cricket stars’ programme LAHORE STAFF REPORT
There is never a dull moment with Shoaib Akhtar, be it bowling or in expressing his views about the game. Once the most fearsome bowler, Akhtar has always loved to take on challenges and wielded questions on the game and Pakistan with the same ease with which he scared batsmen around the world with his pace and aggression, reported Gulf News. In Dubai to launch the second edition of the Sprite Cricket Stars’ programme, organised by the Ministry of Labour, Akhtar said after interacting with the labourers: “I was delighted to be close with those who came to watch me during my playing days but did not have access to me. I will share everything with them and help them to boost their talent. Labourers are those who built
today’s Dubai and I will be delighted if I can contribute to their happiness.” Akhtar’s remark stunned everyone as fans have only seen him as an aggressive cricketer. When asked if he has undergone a transformation, Akhtar said: “You all have seen me only on the field. Off the field, I am a much calmer person. I have retired now and hence you see the way I am.” When asked whether he will roll his arm over and bowl a few overs during the tournament, scheduled to begin from May 24 and to be played on all Fridays, Akhtar said in a lighter vein: “I will bowl more than a few overs for the people who can dare to face me.” The
final for the event is scheduled for September 20 where he will come again to give the prizes. Pakistan’s new pace sensation Ahmad Jamal, who clocked 143 kmph to win the Pakistan Cricket Board’s ‘King of Pace’ competition had named Akhtar as his inspiration. Commenting on it, Akhtar said: “I am happy to hear he is bowing at 143kmh. He should bowl even faster with the right kind of guidance. Anyone who wants my help I am ready to offer. I am willing to help anyone voluntarily. Jamal has potential and what he need is moral support on how to handle pressure. I don’t want to take any job from the board to help cricketers. “I had spent 21 years on the field as a player and do not want to spend another 21 years more on the field. I am ready to help any pacer, even in Dubai or any part of the world. Jamal should be helped mentally, physically and morally. So I hope if Mohammad Aamir comes back and Mohammad Irfan’s legs get stronger then Pakistan will have one of the finest pace attack in the world.”
Format changes, complacency hurt Bailey’s ashes hopes
George Bailey has conceded that he struggled with constantly changing formats last summer, which contributed to his least productive Sheffield Shield campaign since his maiden season in 2004-05. The international retirements of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey in the middle of 201213 left the selectors looking to Shield form to find batsmen for the Test tour of India and the Ashes, but Bailey managed only 256 runs at 18.28 in Tasmania’s successful campaign. A schedule packed with ODIs, Twenty20 internationals, Ryobi Cup matches, Big Bash League and Sheffield Shield cricket meant that from August last year until the Shield final in March, Bailey had to switch between formats 18 times. That is cricket’s equivalent of constant jetlag, and even for a mature player like Bailey, that proved too great a challenge. It was his four-day cricket that suffered: he scored only one half-century in his eight Shield matches. “I struggled at different times with switching back through the formats,” Bailey said of his 2012-13 season. “That’s not an excuse, because I think every modern-day cricketer has to make those changes pretty regularly, but I just didn’t adjust to it very well. I certainly felt like I was going into Shield games with a one-day or Twenty20 mentality. It was certainly not a conscious thing, but just not having the awareness and ability to work out how to build your innings.” It was a blow to the Test aspirations of Bailey, who is highly regarded by John Inverarity’s selection panel and was on Wednesday named Michael Clarke’s vice-captain in Australia’s squad for the Champions Trophy.
Mitchell Marsh recalled for Champions Trophy MuMBAI AGENCIES
Mitchell Marsh will return to Australian duty for the first time in more than a year after being named in the squad for the Champions Trophy ODI tournament that precedes the Ashes in England. Marsh was named in Australia’s 15-man squad alongside the uncapped fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, while the leader of the national Twenty20 side, George Bailey, was named vice-captain to Michael Clarke. The inclusion of Marsh, 21, follows a year in which he was sent home from the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and then disciplined further for his part in the Perth Scorchers’ Champions Trophy misadventures, but a handful of storming domestic limited-overs displays for Western Australia earned him his place. Marsh played five Ryobi Cup games last summer for 278 runs at 69.50, including his maiden century. The Warriors narrowly missed the final despite that innings, 104 from 96 balls against Tasmania at the WACA, which also followed a hamstring injury that cruelled a significant portion of Marsh’s summer. Marsh, whose most recent international was a T20 in February 2012, played his lone ODI in South Africa in late 2011. He has largely flattered to deceive in first-class matches thus far, but it is in 50-over fixtures that he has been most consistent, averaging 39.90 with the bat and 24.85 with the ball across 27 matches.
“We all know what a talented batting allrounder he is,” John Inverarity, the national selector, said of Marsh, “and we look to him to fulfil the faith we have in him because he’s a very talented cricketer.” Marsh will be joined in the squad by his state team-mate Coulter-Nile, who made his T20 international debut during the summer but is yet to play an ODI. Coulter-Nile, 25, was second only to Kane Richardson on the Ryobi Cup wicket tally last season with 16 victims at 23.18, and Inverarity also described him as “one of the three or four best fieldsmen in Australia”. “Nathan Coulter-Nile is an emerging cricketer as a fastmedium bowler and explosive lower-order batsman,” Inverarity said. “He is also one of the finest fieldsmen in Australian cricket and the energy he brings to his game is impressive. While Nathan has played a T20 International for Australia, we are looking forward to seeing him take his very good domestic limited overs form onto the world stage.” The remainder of the Champions Trophy squad was largely as expected. The experienced batsman Adam Voges was included following his maiden ODI century against West Indies at the MCG, while Bailey was preferred to Matthew Wade as vice-captain.
“That was discussed,” Inverarity said of Wade as a potential vice-captain, “but we went with George last [summer] and he captained three of the ODIs and two victories there, and as T20 captain he’s had captaincy experience and is very highly regarded by the players.”
KALLIS, DUMINY MAKE CHAMPIONS TROPHY TEAM JOHANNESBURG: Jacques Kallis will make a return to South Africa’s one-day squad for the Champions Trophy, which is due be announced in Cape Town on Thursday. The final 15 will also see a return to action for JP Duminy, who has not played competitively since last September. Duminy has spent the last six months recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon which he sustained on the first day of the first Test against Australia in Brisbane last November. He was named in the XI but was injured before he could take any part in the fixture. As of last Wednesday, he was sprinting at 80%, batting unrestricted and was due to start bowling at full capacity this week. “We are exercising extreme caution because of the sensitive nature of the injury but we remain cautiously optimistic of his speedy return to action,” Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa’s team manager who is also a medical doctor, said. South Africa’s other injury concern, Faf du Plessis, has also made a full recovery in time for the tournament. Du Plessis missed the last two matches of South Africa’s March ODI series against Pakistan with lower-back trouble. The niggle meant he was unable to bowl throughout the series and it eventually became too painful for him to bat as well. He underwent a six-week rehabilitation program and left for the IPL last week, where he has joined up with the Chennai Super Kings. Although du Plessis has not played a game yet, he is available to make his return imminently. As much as both his and Duminy’s returns have been eagerly anticipated, it’s the inclusion of Kallis that will lift South Africa’s hopes as they aim to claim major tournament silverware for the first time since 1998 when they won this tournament in Dhaka. South Africa’s 30-man preliminary squad: AB de Villiers, Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe, Vaughn van Jaarsveld South Africa squad (probable): AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Rory Kleinveldt, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe. AGENCIES
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We had a pretty good summer but in our postseason reviews, the players all identified areas where we needed to be better — Darren Lehmann
Thursday, 2 May, 2013
( DAVIS CUP TIE AGAINST NEW ZEALAND
pakistan to fight appeal rejection the internAtionAl tennis federAtion upheld the decision to AwArd the mAtch plAyed in yAngon lAst month to new zeAlAnd becAuse the court wAs unplAyAble LAHORE
HE Pakistan Tennis Federation will take the rejection case of its Davis Cup tie forfeiture to the International Tennis Federation’s Board of Directors. Pakistan on Wednesday vowed to fight on after the tennis world governing body rejected their appeal over their forfeited Davis Cup tie against New Zealand. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) upheld the decision to award the match played in Yangon last month to New Zealand because the court was unplayable. Pakistan were 1-0 up and leading in the second match when Sri Lankan referee Ashita Ajigala stopped the match and awarded the tie to New Zealand, as the courts were Pakistan’s responsibility.
The Asia Oceania group II tie was shifted to Myanmar over security fears in Pakistan. The ITF’s Davis Cup committee rejected the appeal by the Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) on Tuesday, but PTF President Kaleem Imam said the fight
captain must be transparent with the players: Ganguly
would go on. “The ITF have said that the referee’s decision was right but we will take the appeal to another forum and will fight on against the injustice done to us,” Imam said. “If the referee had felt the courts were
not up to the mark, why did he start the tie in the first place?” Announcing the appeal had been rejected, the governing body said the PTF could now take their case to the ITF board of directors. Pakistan was forced to shift the tie to
a neutral venue after the ITF declared Pakistan as unsafe and unsuitable for an international event. Pakistan has been a no-go area for international sports teams since militant attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore in March 2009.
starc on road to full fitness, hopes to gain pace
batting collapses a concern: sharma PuNE AGENCIES
Leading a cricket team is no different from running a family where the members would end up playing for themselves if the captain loses their faith, feels former India skipper Sourav Ganguly. “As a leader, if you want a good team, you have to be transparent with your players. The biggest quality of the leader is to get the trust of his players,” Ganguly said at the ‘FedEx Master of Deliveries’ event where he discussed leadership with Australian great Adam Gilchrist in Mumbai on Tuesday night. “We are in an environment where we drop people and as soon as you are left out, as a player you have so many questions on your mind. It is easier to drop a person but you have to speak to him. This is where you stand, this is where we feel you can go but we want you back in the squad and he goes back happy,” he explained. “And when he comes back he knows the leader has kept his word, he delivers 100 per cent. If that transparency or trust doesn’t generate, at some stage, in a team sport, you find players playing for themselves. And that is when things start going down. You need to avoid getting in those situations,” he stressed. Elaborating on other challenges of captaincy, Ganguly said identifying and managing talent is no small task for a leader. Having people with different personalities in the same dressing room can also be a problem but Ganguly said “you need them to be who they are”. “Like in families you have certain people going the other way, you have to deal with it. I think that is where leadership comes into picture. You have to handle every individual differently. With all due respects, you had a Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh to deal with, who are completely different personalities,” the Kolkatan said.
Pune Warriors legspinner Rahul Sharma said that instability in the batting order has been one of the main reasons for the team’s poor performance in IPL 2013. “I think we are not clicking together,” Rahul told IPLT20.com after Chennai Super Kings beat Warriors by 37 runs. “It is a new team and the captain is also new. He is captaining well, making good changes while bowling but the batting order is not getting set and the middle order is collapsing.” Sharma also conceded that the Warriors bowlers had given away too many runs towards the end of the innings, allowing Super Kings to reach 164 for 3 after they were 103 for 3 in the 16th over. “Since we had a good batting wicket, the plan was to not give the batsmen too much room because they do have a lot of hard-hitters lower down like MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel,” Sharma said. “We wanted to restrict them to as less as possible, like 140 or 150, but then according to me we gave about 20 runs more.” Super Kings batsman S Badrinath credited the side’s sharp fielding for the win. “I think our fielding was tremendous,” Badrinath said. “Suresh Raina and Albie Morkel effected run outs. Whenever we have looked for breaks, our fielding has pulled it up. I think that is a big plus with our side. I don’t think you can find any weak fielder on the ground
SHARMA BACKS KULKARNI AFTER VICTORY OVER KINGS XI MUMBAI: Dhawal Kulkarni found himself in a strange place on Monday night. Against Kings XI Punjab on Monday, with 17 needed to win, the Mumbai Indians bowler conceded 12 runs in an eight-ball final over, which included a wide and a no-ball. Two nights before the match against Kings XI, Kulkarni had bowled a match-winning, three-wicket spell at the same venue, with the wickets of Tillekaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to his name, but the manner in which he bowled the final over against Kings XI turned from a hero to its antithesis. Six deliveries in the eight-ball over and what should have been a nine-ball over when squareleg umpire Asad Rauf failed to notice a full toss above waist height - were full tosses. Such was the angst against Kulkarni that a reporter asked Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma how “Dhawal Kulkarni did everything he could to lose the match”. But Rohit stood firmly behind his teammate. “Dew takes a lot of things out of equation,” Rohit said. “Spinners find it very hard to turn the ball. Bowlers, in general, find it difficult to grip the ball. As far as Dhawal is concerned, you can’t be so aggressive. It’s just that anybody can have a bad game. You see the way he bowled in the last game. As I said, it’s not easy with the dew. You’ve got to give him some time. AGENCIES
so that is something we work hard on as well.” Badrinath, who was involved in a 75-run stand for the third wicket with Raina, said the batsmen had a plan to steady the innings before the big-hitting batsmen took charge in the final overs.
Mitchell Starc has declared the ankle operation that he underwent five weeks ago such a good move that it might help him gain pace when he returns to bowling this year. Starc has been named in Australia’s squads for the Ashes and the Champions Trophy one-day tournament, which begins in early June, and he is expected to be fit by then, after having surgery on his left ankle following his early departure from the Test tour of India in March. Starc played through pain in the third Test in Mohali before being sent home for the operation and he said he was already free of the discomfort that had troubled him before. Starc, 22, plays all three formats for Australia and given his ability to swing the ball, he is likely to be a key man in the Ashes campaign, hence Cricket Australia’s eagerness to ensure he would not be carrying a niggle that could hamper his productivity. “The spur on the inside didn’t bother me much; that’s why we were talking about getting through hopefully 12 months [without surgery],” Starc told reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday. “But we’d found one on the outside that had broken off, that was the one that bothered me most in India, and I didn’t know about that one until I got back to Australia. That Test in Mohali it was pretty painful... so with the timeline that we needed to be right for the Ashes, we needed to come home and get it done. “I’ve been back in the gym, doing my fitness stuff for three weeks now, so I’m feeling good. I’ve got more movement in my ankle now than I did after the first surgery three or four years ago. It could work in my favour, maybe an extra yard or two of pace if I’m lucky.
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She is, without doubt, one of the all-time greats of women’s tennis both nationally and internationally — Peter Bretherton about Ann Jones
sPorTs Thursday, 2 May, 2013
top seed Bartoli ousted in estoril opener
ESTONIL: Top seed Marion Bartoli bows to return the ball to Shuai Peng during the Oeiras Open .
Top seed Marion Bartoli bowed out of the Oeiras Open in Estoril in the first round after losing 0-6 6-1 4-6 to Shuai Peng. Bartoli, ranked 14 in the world, has now lost five times in 11 meetings against her Chinese opponent, who held firm after two one-sided sets to set up a showdown in round two against Romina Oprandi of Switzerland. The former Wimbledon finalist from France is scratching for form after three straight first-round exits. “The first match on clay is always tough for me and obviously at the beginning I had a lot of trouble finding my game and my feet on the court,” said Bartoli afterwards. “I wasn’t feeling comfortable and Peng Shuai was playing extremely well as well. I just tried my hardest on the court and was able to play some good shots in the second set. “It was a very difficult draw, but I think it is better for me to have those kind of matches early in the clay court season and try to improve for the big events coming up.”
cricket center become lrca champion
don’t write rafa off the no.1 spot, says Gilbert
Cricket Center Club became the LRCA Sprite Lahore League Champion on Wednesday. In the sprite Lahore League final Cricket Center beat Model Town Club in a one-sided match by 108 runs and become the LRCA Sprite Lahore League Champion. Former Chairman PCB Khalid Mahmood, Director Domestic Cricket PCB Zakir Khan, National Selector Azhar Khan, Head Youth Development NCA Haroon Rasheed and Coordinatiro Club Cricket PCB Azhar Hussain Zaidi distributed the prizes among the players and officials. Umer Akmal named man of the match. Fahad ul Haq named best batsman of the tournament, M Ishtiaq best bowler, Amer Hamid best all rounder, Haris Nazar best fielder and Waqas Mushtaq named best wicket keeper of the tournament SCORE: Cricket Center 283/10 in 45 overs. Umer Akmal 101 (66 balls), Adnan Akmal 74, Raza Ali Dar 39, Mohsin Naveed 3/49, Kashif Iqbal 2/46, Salahuddin Ahmed 2/62. Model Town Club: 175/10 38.3 overs, Imam ul Haq 75, Ashraf Ali 31, Haroon Rasheed 27, M Salman 3/47, Raza Ali Dar 3/23.
OR Rafael Nadal to bridge a 7,000-point gap with Novak Djokovic in the ATP rankings looks like a tall order, even for a player of his qualities, yet he could still threaten the Serb’s hopes of ending 2013 as world No.1. With the French Open looming large on the horizon, Nadal is back in the claycourt groove as he continues his comeback from a knee injury that sidelined him for seven months. The Spaniard has won four titles in six tournaments since returning in Chile in February, finishing runnerup in the other two, yet remains in unfamiliar territory outside the world’s top four. Starting in Madrid next week, however, where he suffered a surprise third-round exit last year to compatriot Fernando Verdasco, fifth-ranked Nadal can start making inroads. While the Mallorcan must defend 3,000 points at the Rome Masters and then at Roland Garros, where he will be chasing an eighth French Open title, the second half of the year looks like being a win-win situation for the 11-times grand slam champion. A stunning second-round defeat by Czech Lukas
Rosol at Wimbledon last year proved to be his final match of 2012, meaning the Spaniard will have six months to harvest ranking points and close the gap on those above him. Djokovic is hoping to finish a third successive season as world No.1 but Brad Gilbert, former world number four and coach to Andre Agassi, believes Nadal has will be breathing down the Serb’s neck later this year. “To me this is the meatiest part of the season,” Gilbert told ATPWorldTour.com “You’ve got two Masters 1000s back-toback and then the French and Wimbledon. That’s 6,000 points up for grabs over a short stretch, and what happens during this time will set the tone as to who has a shot of finishing No. 1. “Djokovic is in good position now but it still could be a very tight race.” Djokovic, world number two Roger
Federer and number three Andy Murray will all be defending sackloads of points after the French Open, and providing Nadal suffers no injury setbacks he will be relishing a pressure-free second half of the year. Gilbert said Nadal’s decision to delay his comeback until after the Australian Open and then skip the Miami Masters was paying dividends. “What a tremendous effort to be in the final every week he’s played. I love the way he goes about his business,” Gilbert said. “He didn’t rush back until he was close to 100 percent, and the results back up that he made the right decision.”
wAdA considers Puerto appeal NEW yORK AGENCIES
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has voiced its disappointment with Tuesday’s decision by the judge in Spain’s “Operation Puerto” doping trial to destroy all the evidence from the case instead of making it available to other sports bodies and said it is considering an appeal. Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, the central figure in
the trial, was given a one-year prison term for endangering public health and the judge also ordered the evidence, including bags of blood possibly belonging to athletes from sports other than cycling, to be destroyed. Her decision not to release evidence to anti-doping authorities for further investigation damaged hopes that the case would unmask other athletes involved in illegal doping, and prompted widespread condemnation. “WADA has carefully considered the decision rendered by the Criminal Court in Madrid in relation with the Operation Puerto,” the agency’s director general, David Howman, said in a statement on the agency’s website. “The decision to order the destruction of all the blood bags is particularly
disappointing and unsatisfactory for WADA, and the whole anti-doping community,” Howman added. “Access to this evidence motivated WADA’s involvement in this case. “This would ensure appropriate sports sanction processes against the cheats who used Dr Fuentes’s services.” The Spanish anti-doping agency (AEA) has already said it will appeal against the judge’s ruling to destroy the evidence and Howman said WADA might follow suit. “WADA is currently fully reviewing the decision and any possible appeal or other action with its Spanish legal advisors, and the Spanish National Anti-Doping Organisation (AEA),” he said, adding that the appeal deadline was May 17.
WADA, the AEA, the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC), the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) were all represented in the three-month trial in Madrid. Fuentes, who denied doping, said in his opening testimony that he had clients in cycling but also in sports including soccer, tennis, athletics and boxing. Spain has been hoping the trial will help to dispel the impression that the nation was soft on doping and boost Madrid’s bid to win the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The country is pushing updated antidoping legislation through parliament which the government says will bring Spain into line with international norms.
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“Ivo did not have a stroke, as some outlets have stated; rather, he has viral meningitis, We ask for privacy during his recovery process — Ivo Karlovic wife Alsi
sUBotic looking forward to ‘biggest career game’ MADRID
Mayweather eyes fight in britain LONDON: Floyd Mayweather Junior is keen to stage a bout in the UK in the next 18 months, according to his advisor. Mayweather, boasting a 43-0 career record and fighting Robert Guerrero on May 4, could, depending on results, take on Amir Khan in a stadium venue in the summer of 2014. A fight has long been mooted between the two, but would be dependent on Khan restoring his reputation in the division. The Bolton-born fighter is likely to face the winner of a proposed bout between Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia at the end of the year. Regardless of opponent, though, Mayweather appears keen to perform in front of a UK audience. His advisor Leonard Ellerbe said: “Floyd cannot wait until we can come over there and give the UK fans a big, big fight. “Floyd has a tremendous fan base in the UK and we’re looking at working on something now where he’s going to come over there. “Ever since the Ricky Hatton fight back in 2007, UK fans have been very loyal to Floyd and he definitely acknowledges that and he wants to bring a big, big event to the UK. “There’s definitely a very strong possibility that Floyd will fight in the UK. We’ll see how this thing plays out, his focus is Saturday night and then we’ll go from there. “But we’re definitely going to bring a big, big event to the UK.” AGENCIES
O R U S S I A Dortmund defender Neven Subotic was a relieved man after they weathered a late Real Madrid onslaught to reach the Champions League final and set up the biggest game of his life. The German side nearly paid the price for missing several chances at the Bernabeu but held on for a 4-3 aggregate win despite losing 2-0 after conceding late goals on Tuesday and could feature in an all-German showpiece at Wembley on May 25. “I don’t care who we play in the final, I relish the challenge of facing either Bayern Munich or Barcelona in London because it will be by some way the biggest game of my career,” the 24-year-old Serbia international told Reuters. With a 4-1 first-leg lead, Dortmund seemed to be cruising until Karim Benzema struck in the 83rd minute and Sergio Ramos scored five minutes later to set up a frantic finish. “We lost our focus in the last 10 minutes and we were also lucky not to fall behind on the night in the opening quarter of an hour but overall I think we deserved our 4-3 aggregate win,” said Subotic. “We should have put at least one away when it was 0-0 here and that would have definitely sealed the tie but in the end we are in the final and it’s all that matters,” he added. The centre back, who hardly put a foot wrong before Dortmund were rattled and forced to hang on by their fingernails against Jose Mourinho’s side, said his team’s industrious approach paid off against the nine-time European Cup winners. “We may not be the most entertaining team in the world but there is nowhere I would rather play because this is a hard-working outfit where players put their bodies on the line for each other. “We always knew Real were a classy outfit who could move the ball around seamlessly but although they had more chances... we had the better chances to score.” This season’s Bundesliga champions Bayern carry a 4-0 first-leg lead into their semi-final return against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday as they chase a treble.
singh cleared of doping after deer antler spray admission NEW yORK AGENCIES
Vijay Singh has been cleared of doping by the US PGA Tour despite admitting that he used a spray containing elements of a banned substance. Although he never failed a drugs test, Singh was deemed to have breached golf’s rules on doping when he told Sports Illustrated earlier this year he had used deer antler spray. The spray was found to have contained small extracts of IGF1, a growth hormone on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited substances. The US PGA Tour imposed a sanction on Singh following his admission but the Fijian appealed, saying he was unaware the spray contained any banned substances. He was later cleared when WADA informed the US Tour the use of deer antler spray was not prohibited unless a positive test
resulted. “Based on this new information, and given WADA’s lead role in interpreting the Prohibited List, the Tour deemed it only fair to no longer treat Mr. Singh’s use of deer antler spray as a violation of the Tour’s antidoping program,” the US Tour said in a statement . “Since his initial quote was made public, Mr. Singh has cooperated with the Tour investigation and has been completely forthcoming and honest. “While there was no reason to believe that Mr. Singh knowingly took a prohibited substance, the US Tour AntiDoping Program clearly states that players are responsible for use of a prohibited substance regardless of intent.” Singh, 50, was ranked number one in the world on three separate occasions between 2004 and 2005. He also won three Majors: the 2000 Masters and the 1998 and 2004 US PGA Championships.
Thursday, 2 May, 2013
wAtCh It LIve GEO SUPER Super Kings v Kings XI
03:30 PM Warriors v RCB
07-30 PM UEFA League: Barcelona v Bayern Munich
inter school Blind cricKet FroM today LAHORE: Pakistan Blind Cricket Council is using the Cricket as an effective tool for the capacity building and social inclusion of visually impaired and taking measures to develop the game at grass-roots level by focusing the Schools (Educational Institutes) of the visually challenged. To achieve this envisioned goal, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council is conducting “PBCC Inter-School Blind Cricket Tournament, from May 2 to 6 at Quaid-e-Azam University Cricket Ground Islamabad. The inauguration ceremony of the aforesaid event will take place at 1100 hrs on dated May 2 at Quaid-e-Azam University Cricket Ground Islamabad. RAVI CLUB BEAT SIALKOT FAMILIA IN WOMEN INTER-CLUB CRICKET: Ravi Club beat Sialkot Familia by 58 runs in the All Pakistan Inter Club T-20 Women Cricket Tournament here at the Kinnaird Ground on Wednesday. Ravi club made 136 in 20 overs. Farah Naeem 27, Hina Azam 24, Hafsa Amjad 21 and Ayesha Naz 31.Iqra Nawaz, Saba Sardar, Irum Butt and Zeba Manzoor shared one wicket each. Sialkot Famalia 78 all out in 16.4 overs. Asma Sikandar 38, Anum Zahra 14. Hafsa was declared the player of the match. Earlier, Shah Faisal Club beat Familia Sialkot by 56 runs at Kinnared College Lahore. Shah Faisal Club batting first 189/2 after 20 overs. Nida Dar batted well 63, Maryam Hassan 64, Sania Khan 35 & Zeenat Khan 13 runs. Sialkot Club bowling Iqra Nawaz 1/26 & Zeba Manzoor 1/32 wickets. In reply Familia Club Sialkot 133/5 after 20 overs. Saba Manzoor batted well 62, Asma Sikandar 29 & Anjum Zahra 22 runs. Shah Faisal Club bowling Maryam Hassan 1/8, Saba Nadir 1/8 & Sania Khan 1/29 wickets. Qaisar Waheed, Saifullah Umpire & Waqar Ahmad was the scorer. Later Chief Guest Miss Hallen Khokhar gave away man of the match award to Nida Dar. Miss Nosheen Hanif, Amer Ilyas Butt, Modood Jafri & Ahsan Butt is also present. NATIONAL GYM IN 3RD ROUND: National Gym has qualified for 3rd round of 10 M Siddiq Memorial cricket event when they beat Dawn Club by 40 runs played at Mehran Block ground the otherday. Scores: National Gym 222/6 in 20 overs. Farukh Ali 132, Waqas Ahmed 11, M Mohsin 23, Ihsan Ali 24, Babar Wato 19. Ali Azhar 2/28, Ali Sultan 2/25, Hafiz Umer 1/42, Hamza 1/16. Dawn Club 182 all out in 20 overs. Waleed 42, Rohail 13, Rehan 30, M Umair 31, Hamza 10, Ali Sultan 26. Musadaq ishaq 4/27, Waqas Ahmed 2/29, Habib 3/17, Kamran 1/33.
WAHDAT EAGLETS DOWN TAUSEEF CLUB: Wahdat Eaglets has entered into the 2nd round of 16th Tauseef Trophy cricket championship when they beat Tauseef Club by 42 runs played at Model Town greens ground. Scores: Wahdat Eaglets 180 all out. HAris Nazar 75, Waheed 19, M ALi Shah 16, Zaheer siddiq 19. Israr Baig 2/22, M ALi Rana 2/41, Sher Baz Khan 2/35, Awais Manoor 2/37, Mohsin Agha 1/45. Tauseef Club 138 all out. Sher Baz Khan 44, Ibrar Baig 39, Waqas Khan 14. Ali Tipu Sultan 3/17, M Ali Shah 3/41, M Asghar 2/19, Zaheer Siddiq 2/8
GHARI SHAHO GYM ADVANCE: Garhi Shaho Gym has advanced into the next round of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event when they beat Township Whites by 13 runs played at Township ground . Scores: Ghari Shaho Gym 112 all out. Zafar Gohar 20, Asif Gondal 15, Shoaib Muhammad 25, Zeeshan Akram 14. Qaiser Khan 2/31, Sharif 2/14, Saleem 2/17, Zafar 3/19. Township Whites 99 all out in 19.2 overs. Saeed 42, Kamran 13, NAdeem 14. Raja Farzan 5/17, Qasim 2/13, Saleem 1/13, Zafar 1/18, Asif Gondal 1/14. STAFF REPORT
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Thursday, 02 May, 2013
Mi6 paid the afghan president as well! KABuL NNI
RITISH intelligence agency MI6 has also revealed that it provided money to the office of Afghan president albeit on a much smaller scale. A report published by The Guardian, after daily New York Times suggested that the US intelligence agency had funded the president in large amounts, revealed that British Secret Intelligence Service – known as the MI6 – gave secret money to the president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, for influence. “Sources said the MI6 aid was on a smaller scale, and much of it was focused on trying to promote meetings between Karzai’s government and Taliban intermediaries, as was embarrassingly the case in 2010 when MI6 discovered a would-be Taliban leader in talks with Karzai was an impostor from the Pakistani city of Quetta,” the British newspaper wrote. The Afghan Presidential Palace had denied allegations that it had received funds from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). President Karzai has said that most of such money had been spent for the office of national security advisor as well as for cases including operations, helping out the injured,
providing health services, and paying house rents within the government’s frame. National security advisor Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta told TOLONews that the money was provided to the office of President Karzai for operational purposes, stressing that he had no information on the source and the amount of money, and on how it was spent. Former Afghan minister of commerce and industries Amin Farhang said that the Afghan government should respond for where this money was spent. “When I was serving for the government, I was aware that the British intelligence agency was giving money to National Security Council,” he said. Afghan pundits have also said the circumstances of spending such large amounts of money should be clarified. “This harms Afghanistan’s sovereignty,” said Abbas Noyan, political expert, “The government of Afghanistan should make it clear for the people, where all this money was spent.” Meanwhile, the National Front of Afghanistan has released a statement, asking President Karzai for accountability and clarification of “illegitimate” money from the intelligence agencies.
Karzai violated national sovereignty by receiving CIA money: senators
The amount of money CIA and MI6 have provided to Karzai’s office, and what the intelligence agencies gained in return are not yet clear. Reports have suggested that the main goal for CIA and MI6 to pay such money was to keep access to President Karzai and internal circle of the Afghan government.
KABUL: Afghan senators, in reaction to remarks by the Afghan president confirming receiving cash from CIA, said that “the president has violated national sovereignty and the country’s constitution.” The head of the Afghan senate house also said that the foreign media was trying to mislead the Afghan public by releasing such stories ahead of signing the bilateral security agreement between the US and Afghanistan. “Such kind of money has been given since 11 years ago. Why didn’t the foreign media release any report on it? What this report aims is misleading the public and inconsideration towards President Karzai’s demands for signing the security agreement,” said Fazlulhadi Muslimyar, head of the senate. Senator Rafiullah Haidari said, “Why wasn’t it revealed in the past years that the CIA
paid cash to the presidency? The aim behind such reports is clear; the foreign media wants to make problems in Afghanistan in the interests of their countries.” The Afghan senators suggested that the people of Afghanistan should be enlightened on how the funds from CIA were spent. “Receiving CIA money by the presidency is an insult to the country and it’s a national betrayal. This issue should be clarified,” said Senator Hedayatullah Rahayee. The given cash is illegal, the senators said, pointing out that the issue is raising many questions. “The president has confirmed that he had received the money from the CIA. The country’s first man should be committed to the constitution. Receiving this money is violating the constitution,” Senator Ali Akbar Jamshidi said. NNI
‘Critically injured’ Indian spy Sarabjit passes away LAHORE STAFF REPORT
ABBOTTABAD: Children play cricket on the demolished compound of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden on the eve of his 2nd death anniversary. ONLINE
Five inmates detained for plotting attacks on army MONITORING DESK At least five prisoners are being interrogated for planning attacks on army convoys and senior military officers. According to a report published by BBC Urdu, a civilian intelligence agency has shifted the five prisoners, detained at Bahawalpur and Adiala prisons for the past three years, to unknown locations for investigation. The detainees are suspected of having links with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the feared Ghazi Force militant groups. According to the BBC report, the prisoners are being probed for involvement in plots to attack military
targets, as well as conspiring to abduct senior military officials and their family members. Sources told BBC that the suspects were picked up for communicating with their partners in Miranshah and Kohat. The suspects were allegedly issuing directions to coordinate attacks on the military and paramilitary forces. Last year, a brazen attack on the central jail in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bannu district had resulted in the escape of over 300 prisoners. The freed inmates also included Adnan Rasheed, a high profile militant and the main suspect in a terrorist attack on former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf.
earthquake hits parts of the country
Sarabjit Singh, an Indian spy convicted of carrying out multiple bombings in Pakistan, passed away at Jinnah Hospital late on Wednesday night. Sarabjit was critically injured in a brawl with two fellow inmates at Kot Lakhpat Jail a couple of days ago. He was imprisoned in Pakistan since 1990. The spy breathed his last just as his family returned to India via the Wagah Border earlier in the day after doctors told them that Sarabjit was “brain dead”. A visibly distraught Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur told reporters at Wagah border that
she was returning to India to take care of Sarabjit’s children. She demanded that Pakistan should hold an enquiry as to how Sarabjit’s security was compromised and he was subsequently attacked with bricks and iron rods. “If the attack was planned by the government it-
self then there is no need for an enquiry. But if Sarabjit was attacked without the knowledge of the authorities then an enquiry is definitely needed.” In a meeting with the Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary on Wednesday, the Indian High Commissioner had requested that Sarabjit Singh be immediately released on “humanitarian and sympathetic” grounds. India also proposed that Pakistan could also send Sarabjit to a third country for medical treatment. “We are concerned at the condition of Sarabjit Singh indicated by reports made available by doctors treating him in Jinnah Hospital,” a statement issued by the Indian External Affairs Ministry had said.
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
An earthquake was felt in parts of the country on Wednesday, including Lahore, Abbottabad, Peshawar, Narowal, Sheikhpura, Faisalabad and Kashmir. The quake’s magnitude was recorded 5.8 on the Richter scale. Its epicentre lay in eastern Kashmir, some 243 kilometres from Islamabad. It was also felt in parts of India. Earlier in April, a major earthquake that struck a region near the Iran-Pakistan border, killed at least 34 people in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province. The worst-hit areas from the 7.8 magnitude quake were reported to be close to the Pakistan-Iran border. The country experienced its worst earthquake in 2005 earthquake in which more than 73,000 died.
UK does not believe violence will delay polls ISLAMABAD APP
Britain on Wednesday announced its election observer mission for the upcoming elections on May 11 in Pakistan. British High Commissioner Adam Thomson, announcing the 25member UK mission in Islamabad, said, “Credible and acceptable elections on May 11 are of tremendous importance not only for Pakistan but also for United Kingdom.” Thomson said, “Elections 2013 are the clearest opportunity Pakistan has to consolidate and deepen its democracy.” The commissioner expressed concern over the recent spate of pre-poll violence and con-
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demned the incidents. ”UK believes that the violence must not, definitely will not derail these election process or reduce their credibility, and even contemplate delaying in the election.” “We do not believe, it (violence) will not be contemplated because for Pakistan delaying elections in the face of terrorist activities, we are very clear that their aim is to destroy democracy in this country and it will be victory for handful terrorists and it will be difficult to hold elections in future.” The British diplomat guaranteed that the UK observers will adhere to Pakistani laws and comply with the code of conduct for observers as issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).