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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 246 19 Pages Islamabad â€” Peshawar Edition
Monday, 4 March, 2013 Rabi us Sani 21, 1434
STORY ON PAGE 03
Pak-Afghan Ulema Conference likely in April
Asim says no direction received to slash POL prices
Army called in as 14 more killed in Bangladeshi riots
In a setback to ongoing peace efforts in Afghanistan, a joint conference of Pakistani and Afghan clerics, which was scheduled for early March, has been delayed and now Islamabad and Kabul will try to work out a mutually acceptable schedule for the vital meeting in near future. PAGE 04
Petroleum Adviser Dr Asim Hussain has said that the Ministry of Petroleum had not received any directive from Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to decrease petroleum prices and any decision in this regard would be taken after an appropriate order is received. PAGE 03
The Bangladeshi government has called in troops to quell protests against the conviction of Islamist party leaders that claimed 14 lives on Sunday. Protests have been raging against the convictions on charges stemming from the countryâ€™s 1971 independence war. PAGE 02
Hafeez, Gul demolish SA in second T20 Mohammed Hafeez and Umar Gul were the stars as Pakistan cruised to an emphatic victory over South Africa in the second T20 macth on Sunday. The help made Pakistan leapfrog three places on the ICC rankings to No 3. PAGE 16
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We cannot issue a notification regarding reduction in POL prices until directed in writing by the Petroleum Ministry — OGRA Chairman Saeed Ahmed Khan
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TrooPs kill 15 susPecTed miliTanTs in orakzai, khyBer oPeraTions ORAKZAI/KHYBER: Security forces killed at least 15 suspected militants and destroyed three hideouts in operations conducted in the Khyber and Orakzai tribal regions on Sunday. At least seven suspected militants were killed during an operation conducted in the Sipah Lakhkar area of the Khyber Agency. Military jets bombarded several targets in Orakzai Agency’s Mamozai area, destroying three suspected hideouts. Eight alleged militants were killed during the blitz. Security sources said that search operations were conducted at Lundo Qamar, Arghanjo and Adamkhel areas of the Upper Orakzai Agency. Security forces have been fighting Taliban militants in the region, and have cleared most of the areas. However, the remaining areas are being targeted in the ongoing offensives. ageNcIes
ecP To Take decisions Per sc verdicT: cec ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim said on Sunday that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would take all its decisions in accordance with the verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Talking to reporters, he said that a meeting of the ECP regarding the delimitation of constituencies in Karachi would be called soon. However, he questioned as to how delimitations could be done in Karachi without population census? The Supreme Court, in its short verdict on the Karachi law and order case on November 26, had observed that delimitation of constituencies could be done even without population census. The Supreme Court had further observed that “it seems the ECP is not apparently keen to do delimitation of constituencies in Karachi.” The court had observed that constituencies in Karachi should be delimited in a manner that they comprise “mixed population” to avoid political polarisation and issued notice to the ECP secretary after an ECP official submitted that the process of delimitation of constituencies in the city could not be initiated. ageNcIes
KARACHI: People look through the rubble for survivors following the bomb blast in a densely populated area of Abbas Town on Sunday. INP
Troops called in as 14 more killed in Bangladeshi riots DHAKA
hE Bangladeshi government on Sunday called in troops to a town where eight people have been killed in clashes between police and Islamist party supporters protesting the conviction of party leaders on charges stemming from the country’s 1971 independence war. The troops were deployed in the country’s north as six more people were killed in fresh rioting on Sunday, taking the death toll to 58. The latest killings came when police used gunshots on Sunday morning after Jamaat-e-Islami activists attacked a police station near an army cantonment at Shahjahanpur of north-western Bogra. Also on Sunday, six more deaths have been reported in Rajshahi, some 256 km northwest of capital Dhaka, as Jamaat men fought pitched battle with the law enforcers. Rajshahi’s deaths have not been confirmed by police. Apart from this, a truck crushed a Jamaat leader Sunday in Gazipur, 37 km north of capital Dhaka during picketing.
Pro-Jamaat-e-Islami television DIGANTA reported that “seven people were killed and about 200 others sustained bullet injuries.” “Entire situation has gone beyond our control after thousands of pro-hartal pickets attacked the Shahjahanpur police station,” said a female police official. Jamaat activists overnight torched a train and attacked several police installations in north-western Bangladesh, as they enforced a nationwide 48-hour stoppage to halt ongoing trial of their leaders. Violence broke out on Thursday after Delwar hossain Sayedee, vicepresident of the Jamaat-e-Islami, was sentenced to death by International Crimes Tribunal. A local journalist quoting officials said army troops were called out from nearby Bogra cantonment to tame the protesters, who also attacked two other police outposts and set ablaze a local office of Muktijoddha Sangsad of 1971 freedom. Bangladesh has been rocked by protests since January, when a government tribunal tasked with investigating abuses during the war of independence
against Pakistan handed down its first conviction, sentencing a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in absentia to death. Bogra is the political home turf of Begum Khaleda Zia, head of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and arch rival of Prime Minister Sheikh hasina. Rejecting the verdict, Jamaat has called a non-stop 48- hour countrywide strike for Sunday and Monday. Sunday was the first day of a threeday strike. Local authorities also slapped restriction on public gathering in Bogra until further order. Clashes have also been reported in parts of Dhaka and elsewhere in the country. On account of the strike, the usually busy streets of the capital looked almost deserted as most means of private transportation remained off the roads. Jamaat says hasina’s ruling Bangladesh Awami League Party has targeted the party in its attempt to split Khaleda Zia-led 18-party main opposition alliance which has been demanding parliament polls, slated for 2014, under a neutral government.
PPP likely to get ‘benefit of the doubt’ on intra-party polls ISLAMABAD KashIf abbasI
In the absence of a proper mechanism to check the credibility of intra-party elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is likely to give a clean chit to the ruling Pakistan People’s Party-Parliamentarians (PPPP) following a joint petition filed by its two estranged leaders challenging intra partypolls. A source in the ECP said the commission lacked a proper mechanism to check the credibility of intra-party polls – a requirement for contesting general elections. When asked why the ECP had accepted the petition if it was a toothless body, the official said the requirement was just a formality. “In case the commission hears this petition, then I guess after one or two hearings it will give the decision in favour of the PPP, as the commission has no mechanism to check the credibility of intra-party elections. Mostly we have to rely on the reports submitted in this regard by the political parties,” said a senior ECP official, who requested anonymity. Two estranged leaders of the PPP – Senator Safdar Abbasi and MNA Agha Nasir – on Friday filed a joint petition challenging the intraparty polls in the PPP. They requested the electoral body to declare the intra-party polls as “farce, a mala fide exercise” on paper only which fell short of complying with the statutory requirement under the Political Parties Order 2002. The petitioners had requested the ECP to not allocate any election symbol to the PPPP for the general election. “The questionable mode and manner in which these elections were held has raised many eyebrows because fundamental flaws have been noticed by many members of the party, the general public and the media,” the petition read.
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There are no corruption cases against any MQM minister — Farooq Sattar
Monday, 4 March, 2013
Bombing in karachi leaves 47 people dead 140 others injured as boMb targets shias outside al-Mustafa iMaMbargah KARACHI
iran-PakisTan gas PiPeline will raise serious concerns: us WASHINGTON: The $7.5 billion Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, if finalised, would raise serious concerns under America’s Iran Sanctions Act, the United States has warned. “If a deal were finalised for the proposed Pakistan-Iran pipeline, it would raise serious concerns under the Iran Sanctions Act... We have made that absolutely clear,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters. “Of course, Washington will look at it,” Ventrell said in response to a question on the decision of Pakistan to go ahead with the project despite objections from the United States. “As a member of the international community, a current member of the IAEA board of governors and the UN Security Council, Pakistan has an obligation to join multilateral efforts to convince Iran to adhere to international nuclear obligations,” Ventrell said. “We are still talking about something that’s hypothetical. We’d have to monitor and see exactly what sort of infraction it would be. But I can look into see if we can give you a technical readout of how that works,” he said. The US, he said, continues to discuss Pakistan’s energy needs, especially through its bilateral mission in Islamabad and contributing to the alleviation of its energy crisis. “So it’s something we’re working with our Pakistani counterparts on. They know our position, and we’ll continue to discuss this with our Pakistani counterparts,” he added. NNI
no direcTives received for Pol Price cuT: asim ISLAMABAD: Petroleum Adviser Dr Asim Hussain on Sunday said his ministry had not received any directive from Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to decrease petroleum prices. According to Dr Asim, the price of petroleum products would be decreased after directives were received from the prime minister, adding that he had only heard about the reduction in prices through the media. Prime Minister Ashraf on Saturday ordered the revocation of a March 1 hike in POL prices and restoration of prices to the mark as on February 28. However, the prices of petroleum products have remained unchanged as the Ministry of Petroleum has not issued a notification in this regard. In several cities across Pakistan, POL products were still being sold at new prices despite orders from Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to roll back the prices. OGRA had withdrawn its March 1 POL price hike by issuing a fresh notification according to which the price of petrol was slashed to Rs 103.07 per litre, high speed diesel to Rs 109.21 per litre and kerosene oil to Rs 99.90, effective from March 3. ageNcIes
S many as 47 people were killed and more than 140 sustained injuries in a bombing at the entrance of Al-Mustafa Imambargah situated on Abul hasan Ispahani Road on Sunday. A second blast occured when a gas pipeline exploded, setting nearby apartments on fire. Teams of Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) and Karachi Electric Supply Company reached at the spot and suspended gas and electricity supply to the residential apartments. Several vehicles parked on the road were also damaged badly. “At least 30 people including women were killed in this blast,” Sindh Inspector General (IG) Fayyaz Leghari told Pakistan Today. “I cannot say exactly that it was a suicide or remotecontrolled blast as the enraged people do not allow the law enforcers to enter in the area.” The IG added the law enforcers reached the scene soon after the bombing but some unidentified people opened fire on them. “Now police and paramilitary forces had entered in the area and the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) teams were collecting evidences,” he added. “It was the city’s second biggest bombing after
President Zardari, PM, iMran Khan, MQM chief condeMn boMbing the explosion that took place at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters few years back,” said CID SSP (Investigation Wing) Mazhar Mashwani. “Two hundred kilogrammes of explosives with ball bearings and nut, bolts were used in this attack.” he added that that it was a remote-controlled blast which was planted in a four-wheeler.” “We have found engine of a four-wheeler from the spot, but it will be clear later whether this was engine of that vehicle which was used in the blast,” Mashwani added. According to a preliminary report, it was said that 150 kilogramme of explosives were used in the explosion. however, the reasons behind the blast were not mentioned in the preliminary report. The Sindh health secretary said, “An emergency has been declared in all government hospitals of the city and leaves of the staffers have been cancelled.” he also said, “The hospitals have been directed to provide immediate treatment to the injured of the blast.” So far 21 bodies, including that of a woman, were brought to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), said JPMC Deputy Director Dr Seemi Jamali. “The rescue operation is going on. however, I fear that the death toll will rise further,” Dr Jamali added. “11 bodies, including a woman, and 20 injured were brought to Abbasi Shaheed hospital (ASh) so far,” said Medical Superintendent (MS) Nadeem Rajput. “Three critically injured were admitted in ICU
Altaf asks poor and middle classes to unite on one platform ISLAMABAD staff RePoRt
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf hussain said if people from the poor and middle classes unite on a single platform for their rights and for eliminating the archaic feudal system, no one would be able to resist the arrival of a revolution in Pakistan. Addressing a gathering at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Convention in Islamabad, he said conspirators had been ruling by creating a feud between the Pakhtuns and the Mohajirs, adding that it was necessary for the poor people to resolve not to fight each other. District-level office-bearers of the MQM from KP attended the convention. A large number of women and students were also present on the occasion. “They must make a concerted effort against the feudal lords for obtaining their rights,” said hussain. he further said the MQM was waging a practical struggle against the system of corrupt political culture and dynastic politics. Speaking on the importance of discipline in struggles for rights, hussain said nations with a sense of discipline become prosperous and make progress. “hence maintaining discipline in struggles for truth was of essence for people,” he said. hussain said there had been no dispute between the Pakhtuns and the Mohajirs in Karachi for the past many decades. The Pakhtun people used to earn their livelihood through hard work, but some elements
sowed seeds of hatred and conspired to set the Pakhtuns and the Mohajirs against each other, he said. These elements had vested interests and wanted to secure their rule fuelling hostilities, he said. hussain said Bacha Khan, who struggled for peace all his life, underwent hardships in jails like ordinary workers but did not swerve from his fight against imperialism. The MQM had also been struggling against the feudal system in the country and the fight between the followers of his ideology and Bacha Khan would only serve the purpose of the ruling clique. It was therefore necessary for the poor people to struggle against the privileged ruling class instead of fighting amongst each otherm, he said. hussain said the shrines of saints were being bombed in KP and the blood of the hazara community was being spilled in Quetta. Terrorists involved in violence, bloodshed and kidnapping for ransom were operating freely in Karachi, but no action was being taken against them. hussain said he had been struggling against the corrupt feudal system for the past 35 years. More than seventeen thousand people laid down their lives during this struggle and thousands were subjected to inhuman torture in government cells, he said. A large number of people were uprooted from their homes and forced into exile, he added.
while others were discharged after medical treatment.” “Nine bodies and seven injured were rushed to Patel hospital,” said administrator of the hospital. “Later, the injured were moved to public hospitals.” Three bodies each were taken to Aga Khan University hospital and Liaquat National hospital and one body was shifted to Civil hospital Karachi so far. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah announced a day of mourning on Monday (today) across the province. he also announced that all public educational institutions would remain close on Monday. he announced Rs 1.5 million for heirs of the victims and Rs 1 million for the injured. Security of Red Zone and all government buildings and offices has been beefed up. Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro cancelled all visitor passes for Sindh Assembly’s Monday (today) session. he announced that members of the provincial assembly and journalists would be allowed to attend the assembly session on Monday (today). The All Karachi Tajir Ittehad has announced to keep their businesses closed on Monday (today). The All Pakistan Goods Transport Association announced a suspension in supply on Monday. The Concerned Citizens of Pakistan condemned the attack on Shias in Karachi. The Karachi Bar Council (KBC) also announced a boycott of under-trial courts on Monday. The Jafferia Alliance has given a strike call in Karachi for today. The Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen has given a three-day mourning call in Karachi. President Asif Zardari, PM Raja Pervez Ashraf, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, MQM chief Altaf hussain, ANP leadership expressed grave concern over the bombing.
PPP believes in power of people, not money: kaira LALMUSA aPP
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) believed in the power of the people rather than that of money. Addressing a large gathering, Kaira said, “The PPP has always come to power through the vote of the people, who have the real power to bring any positive change in the country.” he urged the people to elect honest, trustworthy and committed representatives in the upcoming general elections to take forward the country on the road to progress, prosperity and development. Kaira asked the opponents not to level accusations without any proof. “I will quit politics if corruption of a single penny is proved against me and my family,” the information minister said, adding that he presented himself to the media and the people for accountability. The information minister said serving the people and honouring its workers was the hallmark of the PPP.
Three people killed in Balochistan QUETTA ageNcIes
Three people were killed in separate incidents in Balochistan on Sunday. According to details, police recovered two bodies from the Kali Spin area of Kolchak in suburbs of Quetta. The bodies were shifted to a hospital. Identity of the deceased was not yet ascertained. Levies officials recovered a woman’s body from a well in the Kali Khud Koocha area of Mastung. She has been identified as Bibi Shakira Shahwani. The woman committed suicide, but the reason could not be ascertained yet, said the Levies officials. Separately, unidentified gunmen shot dead a man in the Killi Tarara area of Pishin District. According to the police, the victim identified as Gul Muhammad, was on his way home when armed assailants opened fire on him and fled from the scene. The body of the deceased was handed over to the heirs. The reason behind the killing could not be ascertained.
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Pak Iran Gas pipeline and Gwadar port projects are milestones in economic progress of the country — President Asif Ali Zardari
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Pak-afghan ulema conference likely in april ashrafi says it will not be Possible to hold conference in first or second weeK of March ISLAMABAD shaIQ hUssaIN
N a setback to ongoing peace efforts in Afghanistan, a joint conference of Pakistani and Afghan clerics, which was scheduled for early March, has been delayed and now Islamabad and Kabul will try to work out a mutually acceptable schedule for the vital meeting in near future. It was decided in early February in
official says both countries will try to reach consensus on new schedule for Moot London during a meeting between British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President hamid Karzai that the PakAfghan Ulema Conference would be held in the start of March. The plan to hold conference in Afghanistan is part of efforts to bring back peace and stability to the war-torn Afghanistan. The US, UK, Pakistan and all other important nations, who were cooperating with each other to reach some peace-
ful settlement with the Taliban, believe that the clerics on both sides of Afghan border could play a crucial role in this regard. Few days back, a prominent Pakistani scholar, Tahir Ashrafi, who was supposed to attend the conference, told reporters that the conference was likely to be delayed. “I don’t think it will be possible to hold the conference in the first or second week of March,” head of Pakistan Ulema Council, Ashrafi, was quoted as saying. he said that the Afghan Taliban, who were waging an insurgency in the country, should also be invited to the conference. The diplomatic sources said that officials in Islamabad and Kabul were trying hard to hold the conference in early March but those efforts didn’t proved fruitful owing to Pakistani religious scholars insis-
tence that the Taliban, who were one of the main stakeholders in Afghan issue, should also be invited to the clerics moot. “Now both the neighboring countries would try to reach consensus on new schedule for the conference and for that consultations would be held with noted religious scholars in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” a source said, seeking anonymity. he, however, said that any new schedule would take some time and it was likely that the conference of religious scholars was put off until the next month (April). Another diplomatic source, who also wished not to be named, said that fresh tensions between Islamabad and Kabul over the Afghan government’s refusal to hand over Maulvi Faqir, a senior Pakistani Taliban to Pakistani authorities, were also likely to impact
the efforts on both sides of border to reschedule the conference. Faqir was arrested last month in Afghanistan by the Afghan security forces and since then Islamabad has been asking for his handover but the Afghan government has refused to oblige its neighboring state on that count. “The end to fresh tensions in PakAfghan relations is vital not only for the holding of the conference, but also for the success of broad efforts to bring back peace to Afghanistan,” he said. A Pakistani official said Islamabad was committed to holding the clerics conference in Kabul and for that it would take all possible steps. he said that both sides were trying to hold the conference soon as it would help in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.
JI leads opposition’s train march to demand transparent polls March headed to rawalPindi where oPP leaders will Meet cec KARACHI staff RePoRt
SIALKOT: President Asif Ali Zardari and Federal Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan unveiling the plaques of Safe Mother Home and Old Age Home projects on Sunday. oNlINe
‘Grievance Commissioner for overseas Pakistanis to be appointed soon’ ISLAMABAD
lic and other utility services. he said a former foreign secretary has been selected for the slot of grievance commissioner to deal with overseas Pakistanis’ complaints. “The appointment of grievance commissioners is being tried for the first time in the country’s history,” Faruqui said. Likewise, a grade-22 officer would be assigned the task to deal with complaints against gas and power companies. Earlier, a low grade official used to handle these cases which undermined ombudsman dignity, he said. he said the National Assembly has unanimously approved ‘Ombudsmen Institutional Reforms Bill 2013’ and once it is signed into law by the president after Senate’s approval, the functioning of the ombudsman’s office would commence.
The Federal Ombudsman would shortly appoint a grievance commissioner to address the burgeoning complaints of millions of overseas Pakistanis against relevant government organisations, including the passport office, NADRA and concerned embassies, said acting Wafaqi Mohtasib Salman Faruqui on Sunday. In an interview, he said former provincial chief secretary Ijaz Qureshi has already been appointed as grievance commissioner in the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to help resolve complaints of the residents of Islamabad against the civic agency dealing with land, pub-
sindh govt patronising targeted killing in karachi: rana sanaullah
The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), with the support of 22 opposition parties, launched its “train march” on Sunday with demands for transparent elections and end to targeted killings. JI Sindh chief Mirajul huda Siddiqui led the train march heading from Karachi to Rawalpindi. A large number of political workers belonging to the JI and others parties were present on the Cantonment Station to see off the participants of the train march. They also chanted slogans against the ongoing targeted killings and the alleged pre-poll rigging in voters’ verification process. Apart from the JI, the leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Sami (JUI-S), JUI-Fazl, PMLFunctional, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, Awami Muslim League, and Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party (STPP), are also participating in the march. The participants of the train march will reach Rawalpindi on March 6. A delegation of opposition leaders will meet the chief election commissioner at the Election Commission’s office in Islamabad, and will present a memorandum. Before departing, JI Sindh chief Mirajul huda Siddiqui addressed the participants at the Cantonment Station. In his address, Siddiqui said the Election Commission (EC) had become “a tool of evil powers in Karachi”, adding that “such powers do not accept the existence of anyone” in the city. “Over 2.2 million voters have been added in the electoral rolls despite completion of the voters’ verification process,” he added.
Terming the train march a “convoy of democracy and peace”, he said the JI would once again make Karachi a “city of lights”. Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) leader Owais Noorani said the train march would prove itself as a referendum against target killers, extortionists and terrorists. he said the EC had become a hostage in the hands of “terrorists”, and was obeying Nine Zero [headquarter of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement] instead of the constitution. PML-N leader Saleem Zia said that all opposition parties needed elections instead of “selection”, adding that the mandate of the MQM was fake. JI Sindh President Asadullah Bhutto said that transparent elections were the need of the hour so that the people get rid of American agents. he said that anomalies were being witnessed in electoral lists, but both the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the MQM had planned pre-poll rigging ahead of the upcoming general elections. JI Karachi chief Muhammad hussain Mehanti said that the train march would change the fortune of the people of the country, adding that it would pave the way for lasting peace and transparent elections in Karachi. AML leader Mehfooz Yar Khan thanked the JI leadership for gathering 22 parties under one umbrella. PML-F leader Shahid Soomro said that his party had always raised voice for the people of Sindh and Karachi. he said that had the JI announced a march to Islamabad on foot, his party would have joined it. he said peace in Karachi was in the interest of all Pakistanis. he said they would support the cause of Karachi and its people at all forums. Mufti Usman Yar Khan said that Karachi was being converted into a human slaughterhouse under a deep-rooted conspiracy. he said that free and fair polls were a must if the nation wanted to salvage the burning Karachi. Later, thousands of people saw off their leaders travelling on the Allama Iqbal Express to reach Rawalpindi.
Queen elizabeth in hospital as rome trip cancelled MonIToRIng DESK Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has been admitted to hospital with symptoms of gastroenteritis, Buckingham Palace said on Sunday. She had been due to visit Rome for two days this week, but the trip has been cancelled, it was reported. A spokesman of the palace was quoted as saying, “The Queen is being assessed at the King Edward VII’s hospital, London, after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis.” “As a precaution, all official engagements for this week will regrettably be either postponed or cancelled.”
PML-Like Minded demands Zardari’s resignation LAHoRE INP
Pakistan Muslim League (PML)-Likeminded Chairman hamid Nasir Chattha said on Sunday that President Asif Ali Zardari’s resignation and change of political governors in the provinces was essential for free and fair elections. Chattha was addressing a convention of party workers at Band Road along with Provincial Information Secretary Mian Muhammad Asif. They said that Zardari’s continued political activities
were tantamount to contempt of court, adding that the Supreme Court and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should take notice of the matter. They said that the politics of “looters of the national exchequer” would be buried forever in the next elections. They said that the current Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was not a party founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, but a “Qabza group” of looters. They said that the rulers’ inept policies had pushed the country on the verge of destruction.
The Sindh government is patronising targeted killing and extortion in Karachi, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Sunday. Commenting on the statement of Sharjeel Memon, Sanaullah advised him to pay attention to improving the performance of the Sindh government instead of levelling baseless allegations against the Punjab government. Sanaullah said the Punjab government had always taken vigorous action against terrorist organisations whereas the PPP had always been patronising these organizations. he said the PPP’s federal and provincial governments in Sindh and Balochistan issued arm licences to those belonging to terrorist organisations. he said the Punjab government has always condemned terrorism and took strict action against terrorist organisations.
PAC to review audit reports of ministries from March 6 ISLAMABAD aPP
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will review the audit reports and implementation status of previous PAC directives for financial years 2004-05 and 2008-09 relating to various ministries, divisions and departments from March 6 (Wednesday). The PAC will review the paragraphs related to the audit of the Ministry of Postal Services, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Capital Administration and Development, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Interior. Official sources said that on the directives of PAC Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal, Section Officer Nisar Ahmed had issued letters to the departments regarding the committee’s meeting. According to the schedule, the PAC had to consider and approve the compliance reports for the years 199697, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2005-06 and 2008-09 on
March 1. Similarly, the PAC had to consider deferred paras/printed paras of Ministry of Postal Services, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and Ministry of Water and Power on March 1. The principal accounting officers (PAOs) have been asked to ensure holding of the Departmental Accounts Committee meetings before the PAC meetings. The PAOs have been directed to bring the list of previous PAC directives and its implementation status in the paras concerned.
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govt set to launch crackdown against electricity theft ISLAMABAD INP
Arrangements were finalised on Sunday to launch a countrywide crackdown against electricity thieves and defaulters as the government and its institutions plan recovery of Rs 407 billion by mid March through a crash program. The recovery campaign would be launched in collaboration with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), while the Federal Investigation Agency, police and other institutions would also assist in this program. It has also been decided that experienced lawyers would be hired for early disposition of cases involving Rs 80 billion pending in different courts. It was learnt that provinces owe more than Rs 100 billion in outstanding electricity bills. In addition, sources said that due to theft of electricity, the country was suffering from huge line losses. They said attempts to recover outstanding dues from defaulters had yielded some results but more resolute efforts were required. They said that many industries and business houses were also involved in theft of electricity apart from domestic consumers. They were of the view that if the menace of theft was not brought to an end, the country would witness days when there would be no electricity.
frequent raise in the tuition fee by private schools in the federal capital continues to haunt parents. It has become a nightmare for parents as private schools revise the fee structure without taking into notice the financial problems of parents. Many private schools were operating in small houses in residential areas without fulfilling the criteria of having sufficient rooms, an equipped laboratory, a library and play grounds for the students. Government schools are unable to provide quality education, leaving no option for parents but to go to private institutions to educate their children and pay the hefty fees. Amjad hussain, father of a student studying in a private School, said the abrupt raise in fee was a nightmare for the parents. “The school owners do not even think of the parents, whose budget is greatly disturbed by the sudden fee raise,” he said. “Private schools charge high annual promotion fees along with other charges, including annual charges, examination fee, sports and medical, putting extra burden on the people belonging to the middle class,” he added. "The administration of these schools raised the fee without any justification",
Amjad said. Shaista, mother of another student studying in a leading private school said, "These private schools are acting like money minting machines. They extort money in the name of funds, making education as the most profitable business." She said private schools were extracting money from them on one pretext or the other. “Extra funds are collected from the students on several occasions, making it very hard for the parents, who can hardly afford the tuition fee,” she added. "We never know why they increase the fee every month," she said. “Public schools in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) were providing
inexpensive education but they lacked capacity to give quality education,” she lamented. A senior teacher of a leading private school, on the condition of anonymity, said the students of private schools were winning laurels at national and international level and not those of the public ones. "We are providing unmatchable services to the people in terms of quality education and good atmosphere. No one can deny the remarkable role of private institutions in the nation building process", the teacher claimed. She added that private schools paid taxes regularly and provided quality education services to the people. FDE' Senior Director Tariq Masood
Private hospitals lack basic medical equipment ISLAMABAD aPP
Most private hospitals in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi lack basic facilities to handle general surgeries, post-operation infections and complications due to lack of qualified staff. The majority of private hospitals do not provide essential facilities like CT scans, incubators, ventilators, ICU, CCU wards and a sufficient strength of doctors to handle general surgeries. Several people complained about the general lack of treatment facilities in these hospitals.
Kashif Ali, a teacher, said the hospital management irritates patients and attendants by asking them to fulfil various formalities and do not provide adequate services. “There are no checks on their performance and they provide no relief to the poor, even if they are dying in their premises,” said a patient at a private hospital. Ahsan Ali, an employee at a private firm said, “The doctors in these hospitals work in various other hospitals as well, they come in a few minutes before surgeries, take a cursory look at the patients' histories and take decisions without really studying the case and
said the government was taking a special initiative to enhance the standard of education in the capital by bridging the gap between private and public schools. “The plan is on the cards to realise the dream of a unified education system in the ICT so that the students can get same opportunities without any discrimination,” he added. he said the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) was handling the affairs of more than 100,000 students and thousands of teachers, besides its own staff. however, setting up a separate directorate for the college sector would lessen its burden and improve efficiency of the educational institutions. According to the National Education Policy approved by the government last year, private schools were to be encouraged to offer admission and education services to meritorious students free of charge. Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) Chairman Atif Kiyani said after the passage of the bill from both the houses of parliament, the authority had now power to serve notices to institutions to register with it. “The bill required the authority to come up with a policy to determine the rate of fee being charged by the institutions, qualification of the teaching staff, their terms and conditions of service, including salaries and mode of payment of their salaries", he said. he said PEIRA would ensure that the quality of education, facilities and salaries offered by schools matched the fees charged from students and to ensure uniformity in the education standards of private schools.
Traffic Police asi shot dead in Tarnol RAWALPInDI INP
physical condition of the patients.” These patients are then left at the mercy of nurses, he added. Expressing concern, people urged the government to take concrete steps to avoid untoward incidents in the future by evolving a clear-cut policy to deal with private hospitals. When contacted, a private hospital official said that adequate steps had been taken to facilitate the maximum number of patients from far-flung areas of the country. he said despite limited resources, the hospital administration was doing its best to provide adequate medical services.
Unidentified miscreants gunned an official of traffic police on Sunday and fled from the scene. According to details, Muhammad Safdar, an ASI of traffic police from Attock was on his way to Pind Dadan Khan on special duty when unknown armed assailants sprayed him with bullets in Tarnol, killing him on the spot. The body was taken to a hospital for medico-legal requirements and was later handed over to Safdar’s family members. Meanwhile, traffic police wardens held a protest against the incident and demanded to bring the culprits to book. They said there was a heavy deployment of police personnel in Tarnol but it was unfortunate that the culprits could not be apprehended after committing a murder in broad day light.
how to deal with plants and seeds because this is our work,” he added. he did not seem as satisfied with this job as Sharif was. Sheraz and Sharif deal
with colours and fragrances. They bring spring into other’s lives for a meager amount of money; they are still waiting for their own spring.
City welcomes spring ISLAMABAD ZaINUl IslaM
While Islamabad welcomes spring, freezing cold winds have turned to light breezes. Spring is a season of eye-catching colourful flowers. “Chacha” Sharif, a gardener at a private school in sector F-6/4 of Islamabad is involved in the beautification of the front of the campus building. “This rectangular ground was barren a few months ago when the school owner hired me. he was looking forward to the up-coming spring season and invested some money to renovate this piece of land for kids and visitors,” Sharif said. The old gardener, with his wrinkly hands, has done a major part of his work. The rectangular field has changed into a lush green meadow with red roses, Asiatic lilies and carnations, with white lilies on the boundaries.
“I worked very hard to satisfy my master. he wanted this garden should be an award-winning garden; better than all others in this street,” he said. Usama, the 12-year-old grandson of Sharif, helped him in his work. As he was not a specialist, he assisted his grandfather in watering the plants and collecting decayed leaves. “Yes! I go to school,” he exclaimed. “But today is a holiday and I preferred to be with my grandfather rather than playing with my friends. I love to spend time with him as we visit various beautiful places like parks, bungalows and schools,” he said. Sharif said he was an all-rounder. “One can hire me as a driver, watchman, gardener, and a peon but I prefer to serve as a gardener. And the last couple of months have been the best for gardening. I know common methods of plant propagation like sowing seeds and grafting. Moreover, I am familiar with ordinary plant
diseases and their treatment,” he said. “I leave my home early in the morning on my bicycle, go to a bungalow in F-8/2 and then I come to this venue. I do all this not for a few hundred rupees, but for selfsatisfaction. I do not want to be a burden on my poor son who is a daily-wage labourer,” he said. The Capital Development Authority in its annual plantation campaign plants around 5 million saplings. CDA engages different NGOs, educational institutions, and organisations and educates them to achieve this target. The civic agency gives out free saplings to individuals as well. But, Sheraz Satti, a 30-year-old gardener who works for a private hospital in the Blue Area had some reservations on this way of plantation. “It is a waste of money. Targets can’t be achieved by this method,” he said. “They should hire people like me on a contract basis to meet the goal. We know
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DIRTIEST EVER: A view of garbage in Rawal Lake that poses a serious threat to environment. Inp
media urged to play role against population explosion T ISLAMABAD
hE Contech Consortium organised the second consultative meeting, ‘Challenge Journalists Forum’ to discuss “The Role of Media to Make Governance Elite Socially Responsive” on Sunday at a local hotel in Islamabad. The forum, under the aegis of a national advocacy campaign, “APNA Pakistan- Advocacy for Population & National Advancement,” discussed the ways to generate sustainable political will and commitment in order to adapt reproductive health as a national agenda, and to make it a part of political parties’ manifestos. Aniq Zafar, CEO of Communications Research Strategies (CRS), which is a member of the
Contech Consortium, while addressing the welcome session said that the core message of this forum was to make governance elite socially responsible to control the population surge, and for the media to ask the right questions and to demand action. Aniq initiated a debate on population surge in Pakistan and asked for input on the various ways it could be controlled. The meeting was attended by health experts, media representatives from the provincial capitals of the four provinces and by various journalists. Dr Nauman Khan, a senior consultant on public health at Contec, informed the participants that the consortium had spoken to political parties, including the religio-political parties, such as Jamat-e-Islami and Jamat-e-Ulema-e-Islam, to sensitise them of the issue and urge them to make reproductive health a priority agenda in
their manifestos. Khalid Khan, a journalist, quoted the population minister of KPK, Saleem Khan as saying that the population rate of the province had reduced in the last few years. he attributed this decrease to Ulema’s involvement in educating people about the benefits of a smaller family, and the presence of health centres in the rural areas. Participants stressed on the need to take effective measures to control the population growth which was inversely proportional to the national resources. Participants said that population growth was co-related to the increase in crime rates. Participants recommended that increasing the spending in the education sector was an answer to many issues plaguing the country today. The consultative session is a follow
up of the first session held in Islamabad on December 15, 2012. Consultative process for the project APNA Pakistan was launched in the first session and had provided the basis for a comprehensive political and media involvement guidelines. The Consultative meeting was attended by senior media professionals from all over Pakistan, including Faisal Rehman Malik (PTV World, Islamabad), Shahzada Zulfiqar (Senior Correspondent AFP, Quetta), Beena Qayyum Khan (Anchor Samma, Karachi), Fauzia Shaheen (senior journalist, Karachi), Wajahat Masood (Jang, Lahore), Ameera Javeria (Lahore), Khalid Khan (The News, Peshawar), Said Alam Khan (The Nation, Peshawar), Shamim Shahid (senior journalist, Peshawar), Asghar Khan (Faisalabad) and Ms Deya Rehan (Radio Pakistan Islamabad), among others.
Record cut in chicken prices in twin cities ISLAMABAD aPP
With an exceptional decrease in chicken prices, a mixed trend was witnessed on Sunday in the prices of food items in the markets of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. According to traders and wholesalers in different markets of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, a record decrease had been noted in chicken prices, as it was being sold at Rs 118-120 per kg against Rs 140 per kg during the past week, with a decrease of Rs 20-22 per kg, a private news channel reported. Change in weather and with an increase in production of poultry positively contributed in this regard. Meanwhile, eggs' prices increased last week as compared to the preceding week; they were being sold at Rs 88 per dozen against last week’s price of Rs 85 per dozen. A mixed trend was noted in the prices of perishable food items like vegetables, as some reflected a slight increase, while others remain stable. however, no significant changes were observed in the fruit prices. Meat prices also remained stable this week as compared to the preceding week.
Former DG MET Qamaruz Zaman Chaudhary said on Sunday that announcing national climate change policy was an achievement of the government which would help in coping with the menace of global warming faced by the country. Talking to a private news channel, he said Pakistan's contribution to green house gases was quiet less than other countries but its impact was rather strong on Pakistan. Zaman, who is also the vice president of World Metrological Organization, said the main focus of WMO was climate change, which was rampant after the war on terror. he said due to excessive usage of heavy weapons in the war on terror the climate of south Asian was changing notably. "It affects most of the countries but the developing countries, including Pakistan, are more vulnerable to these changes as we have had significant weather changes in the last 10 to 15 years", he said. he said the disaster frequency and intensity was also increasing day by day and the government had established a Ministry Of Climatic Change to cope with several issues regarding weather and climate changes in the country.
security at major roads tightened after terror threats RAWALPInDI INP
The district administration and police on Sunday banned the entry of nongovernment vehicles on the roads which had offices of important government institutions in Rawalpindi following terror threats. Roads passing by the buildings of special anti-terrorist courts, CPO office, DCO office and commissioner’s office were blocked to unauthorised vehicles. The road from Commissioner’s Gate to Jinnah Park was also blocked from both sides and even the vehicles of officers of inspector ranks are not being allowed to enter the area. Meanwhile, security on other important roads and important places like the airport and universities had also been tightened. Parking on major roads had also been banned.
14 outlaws arrested; 9,000 kites seized RAWALPInDI aPP
Rawalpindi Police arrested on Sunday 14 alleged criminals, including four drunkards, and seized 8,500 grams of hashish, 20 bottles of liquor, 20 litres of alcohol, three 30-bore pistols with 10 rounds of ammunition, one 32-bore revolver with three rounds, 9000 kites and 60 string rolls from the accused. According to a police spokesman, Taxila police arrested Ashraf and Ismail and recovered 8,290 grams of hashish from their possession. Race course police recovered 20 bottles of liquor from Jamshaid, while Waris Khan Police arrested Khursheed for possessing 20 litres of alcohol. City police held Yousaf, Asif, Raheel and Irfan who were allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Bunni police also arrested Khursheed and recovered 9000 kites and 60 string rolls from his house. A few others were sent behind the bars for possessing illegal weapons and drugs.
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We are not going to deal with terrorists who are determined to carry weapons, to terrorise people, to kill civilians, to attack public places or private enterprise and to destroy the country. We fight terrorism.–Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad
Monday, 4 March, 2013
six people die as blizzards hit northern Japan TOKYO: At least six people died in a spate of snowrelated incidents as blizzards swept across the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend, police and news reports said Sunday. A 40-year-old woman and her three teenaged children were found dead late Saturday in a car buried under snow in the town of Nakashibetsu, eastern Hokkaido, a local police spokesman said. They are believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning as the car’s exhaust pipe and was blocked by snow and the windows were up, Kyodo News said, adding that snowfalls of more than two metres (6.6 feet) were recorded in the area. aPP
mexico’s ruling party opens door to tax, energy changes MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party paved the way on Saturday for possible tax hikes and an overhaul of state oil giant Pemex as it seeks to spur growth in Latin America’s second-biggest economy. PRI delegates at a congress in Mexico City voted to change the party’s position on refusing to consider the imposition of a value-added tax on food and medicine, and giving the party scope to open up Pemex to more private capital. President Enrique Pena Nieto wanted the changes, which run contrary to many old tenets of the PRI, so he would have more room to maneuver in boosting Mexico’s low tax take and revamping its flagging oil industry. aPP
second leak at north sea oil platform forces evacuation
MAnSuRA: Egyptians carry the body of a person killed in overnight clashes between police and protesters. Mansura is the latest province to launch a campaign of civil disobedience. ageNcIes
200 syrian troops, rebels die in police academy battle BEIRUT
LMOST 200 troops and rebels were killed in an eight-day battle for a police academy in the north Syrian province of Aleppo, as insurgents seized control of most of the complex, a watchdog said on Sunday. “Rebels have seized most of a police acad-
emy in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo province... after eight days of fighting that left 200 troops and rebels dead,” said the Syrian Observatory for human Rights. The Britain-based watchdog added that at least 120 of those killed in the battle for one of the regime’s last remaining bastions in the west of Aleppo province were army troops. On Sunday alone, rebels killed more than 34 government troops in the facility.
After rebels battled troops for control of the sprawling eight-hectare complex, located some 11 kilometres (eight miles) west of Aleppo city, they combed the academy buildings on Sunday, said the Observatory. Amateur video shot by Islamist rebels and distributed by the anti-regime Aleppo Media Centre showed a black flag flying over one of the academy buildings, while a large poster showing President Bashar al-Assad had been torn.
LOnDOn: An oil leak at a North Sea platform caused it to be partially evacuated on Saturday, its Middle East operator said, the second such incident at the installation in less than two months. The Alpha Cormorant platform and the pipeline system it services were shut down as a precaution, operator Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) said in a statement. The company said it had evacuated 71 of its 145 nonessential staff from the platform, situated 160 kilometres (100 miles) northeast of Lerwick on the Shetland Islands north of Britain, and that everyone was safe and well. “TAQA Bratani can confirm that a hydrocarbon release detected in one of the Cormorant Alpha platform legs has now been contained, with no further hydrocarbon release,” the company said. aPP
Japan, eu to launch free trade talks ToKYo aPP
hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal LISBOn: Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Lisbon and other Portuguese cities Saturday to protest against the government’s austerity measures aimed at rescuing the debt-hit eurozone nation. The rallies were organised by a non-political movement which claimed 500,000 marched in the country’s capital and another 400,000 in the main northern city of Porto. There have been no official estimates of the crowds. But the mood of the crowd was clearly political, calling for new elections with banners declaring “Portugal to the polls!” and “If you fall asleep in a democracy, you wake up in a dictatorship”. aPP
BOgRA: Bangladeshi Islamist activists watch as materiel burns in a street during clashes with police, some 120kms north of Dhaka on Sunday. Bangladesh deployed troops in the north on Sunday after 16 more people were killed in a fresh wave of violence over the conviction of Islamist leaders for war crimes in the Muslim-majority nation. ageNcIes
Bomb kills three Posco protesters in India: police BHUBAnESHWAR aPP
A crude bomb exploded in a village in eastern India, killing three people involved in protests against a $12 billion steel plant project by South Korean giant Posco, police said Sunday. Police claimed the dead victims were suspected of making bombs themselves when one of them exploded Saturday in Patana village in Orissa state, but a protest group spokesman said they were attacked
by supporters of the project. “Three people died and one was crucially injured when the crude bomb went off. We suspect that the protesters were making bombs and one might have accidentally exploded,” district superintendent Satyabrata Bhoi told AFP. The village has been the epicentre of protests since Posco — the world’s fourth-biggest steelmaker by output — signed a pact with the state government in 2005 for the plant on 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres) of land.
Japan and the European Union are to hold a summit this month to formally launch negotiations on a huge free trade deal, a report said Sunday. EU President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso will visit Tokyo in the last week of March to meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Nikkei business daily said. The report said the two sides would reach a final accord to launch long-awaited negotiations aiming to liberalise trade and remove barriers on services and investment.
five malaysian police killed in Borneo clash LAHAD DATU aPP Five Malaysian policemen died in a fresh clash with gunmen as violence linked to a deadly stand-off with Filipino intruders spread to another area of Borneo island, police said Sunday. The shootout late on Saturday in the town of Semporna followed a firefight the previous day between Filipino followers of a self-proclaimed sultan and Malaysian security forces that left 12 intruders dead along with two police officers.
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Some elements sowed seeds of hatred and conspired to set the Pakhtuns and Mohajirs against each other — MQM chief Altaf Hussain
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mQm will bring change in kP: farooq sattar In the upcoming general elections, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will bring a change in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, party leader Farooq Sattar said on Sunday. According to a private TV channel, the deputy convener of the MQM’s Rabita committee said politics needed to be purged of corruption in order to save the country. He further said there were no corruption cases against any of the MQM’s ministers, adding that the MQM would soon hold “historical public gatherings” in Peshawar and Abbottabad. On the other hand, party chief Altaf Hussain said the MQM had demanded the change of North West Frontier Province and that conspiracies were being hatched to incite clashes between his followers and the followers of Bacha Khan. MoNItoRINg DesK
one killed in attack on Peshawar jirga One person was killed while another was injured in a firing incident at a jirga in Peshawar’s Jamil Chowk, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. Police said two people were injured when the firing took place. The injured were taken to Lady Reading Hospital where one of them succumbed to his injuries. A heavy contingent of police reached the scene and immediately initiated investigation. MoNItoRINg DesK
LAHORE: Children collect potatoes while a peasant ploughs his field near Saggian Bridge on Sunday. ONLINE
anP successful in restoring peace to kP: iftikhar hussain PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Iftikhar hussain on Sunday said the establishment of peace was the KP government’s top priority and the ANP had achieved significant success in this regard. Inaugurating the widening and construction of a bridge on River Bara, the minister said, “Anyone, who comes forward for establishment of durable peace in KP, will be fully supported.” he said ANP’s great leaders including Bashir Ahmad Bilour, Shamsher Sahaheed and Alamzeb Khan Shaheed, his lone son Rashid hussain and over 750 party workers had laid down their lives for a noble cause and their sacrifice would not go to waste. hussain said despite such a large number of sacrifices by the ANP, “we are ready to pardon the blood of our martyrs for the sake of peace and protection of people and motherland”. KP’s information minister said the general elections were very near and urged the masses to vote for those who had courage, capability and resolve to counter militancy and terrorism besides protecting the people from terrorists. aPP
four cops killed in Baghdad bombings suicide boMber hits shrine of haZrat iMaM hussain (ra), injures 10 KARBALA
N the hussainia area northeast of Baghdad, three roadside bombs went off simultaneously, killing three civilians, a police officer said. he said 11 others, including three policemen, were wounded. Another police officer said a soldier
was killed when a bomb attached to his car exploded in the northern Utaifiya neighborhood of Baghdad. Two health officials confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information to reporters. Separately, a suicide bomber struck in an area between major shrines in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala on Sunday, wounding 10 people, security and medical officials said. Jamal al-Din Shahristani, an official at the Imam hussain (AS) shrine, said an engineer working on a project between the site and the hazrat Abbas (AS) shrine blew himself up, causing
casualties. A police colonel and employee of a Karbala hospital said 10 people were wounded in the bombing. The shrines for the two grandsons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUh) are among the holiest sites in Islam, and they are visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from Iraq and abroad each year. Terrorists frequently target Iraq’s Shia majority in a bid to increase sectarian tension and undermine the country’s Shia-led government. No group claimed responsibility for the latest bombing but suicide attacks are a hallmark of al Qaeda’s front group in Iraq.
avalanche kills two in swat SWAT: Two labourers died and another was injured when an avalanche fell on them at Fizagut in the outskirts of Mingora on Sunday, police said. Ibrar, Khair Rehman and Khurshid were busy working in a coal mine when the avalanche fell on them. As result, Ibrar and Khair Rehman died on the spot while Khurshid sustained critical wounds. Locals rushed to the spot and recovered the bodies from the mine. aPP
780kgs of narcotics seized QUETTA: Police recovered a huge quantity of narcotics from a vehicle near Muslim Bagh area of Killa Saifullah in Quetta on Sunday. Police said a suspected vehicle was signaled to stop for checking when its driver sped away from officials. The police team chased the vehicle, finding it stranded. The driver had left the vehicle along with 780 kilogrammes of hashish and managed to escape from the scene. Police registered a case and started efforts to arrest the peddler. aPP
President inaugurates ‘safe Mother Home’ in sialkot SIALKoT aPP
President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday inaugurated the Safe Mother home and the Old Age home in Sialkot, during a special inauguration ceremony. Addressing the ceremony, the president termed the completion of these projects a continuation of the government’s efforts for the socio-economic uplift of fragile segments of society. he said completion of these projects brings the government closer to the dream of bringing a qualitative change in the life of poor and down-trodden segments of the society. he said Pakistan is
about to experience a historic moment when for the first time a democratic government completes its tenure and hands over power to another democratically elected government. he said that earlier governments remained under threat by undemocratic elements and were removed from power prematurely which had an adverse affect on the development of the country. Zardari said despite immense difficulties faced by the current democratic dispensation, “we have succeeded in planting democracy which has strengthened its roots during the last five years.” he expressed hope that the next democratically elected government, irrespective of which party comes to power, will not have to face the same difficulties that were faced by the present government and will be able to focus its energies and
efforts exclusively for the development and prosperity of the country. The president appreciated the sacrifices rendered by the citizens of Sialkot for the defence of the country and said Sialkot is not only known for its sports industry but also for its sacrifices during war. Later, Zardari unveiled the plaques of Safe Mother home and Old Age home projects along with Minister for National Services and Regulations Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Evacuee Trust Board Chairman Syed Asif hashmi and opposition leader in Punjab Raja Riaz. Earlier, explaining the salient features of these projects Dr Firdous and Asif hashmi said the Old Age home had an initial facility to house 50 homeless old women and was built at
a cost of Rs 20 million on public-private partnership. The land was provided by local philanthropists and a cost of Rs 20 million was borne by the Evacuee Trust Property Board, they said. They further informed that the facility will be managed by an NGO and will provide decent living to old homeless women living under the subsistence level in 124 union councils of Sialkot district. They said the Safe Mother home was a 50 bedded maternity hospital for provision of child and mother care and would cater to a target area of 92 union councils in Sialkot. Dr Awan thanked the president for being with the people of Sialkot to share their happiness on completion of these projects. She also hosted a lunch for the President.
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The Election Commission has become the tool of evil powers in Karachi — JI Sindh chief Mairajul Huda Siddiqui
Monday, 4 March, 2013
sms verification system to combat vehicle-smuggling ISLAMABAD aPP
Authorities have introduced an SMS based Vehicle Verification System (VVS) for spot verification to combat smuggling of vehicles. “It is a fact that luxury vehicles are being smuggled in the country through unauthorised routes and the western border. This is attributable to the long and porous border with Afghanistan,” an official source at the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday. The official said joint anti-smuggling teams, comprising staff of regional directorates of intelligence and investigation have also been constituted for impounding smuggled vehicles. To combat smuggling, special help desks are also working in regional directorates for immediate response on information pertaining to smuggled vehicles, he said. he said criminal proceedings have been initiated against those involved in smuggling of vehicles. In addition, he said countrywide meetings of the Joint Task Force (JTF) constituted by Ministry of Interiorheaded by the Intelligence & Investigation DG and comprising Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) zonal directors, Provincial Traffic Police DIGs, concerned Customs collectors, representatives from FC and Rangers- are held to monitor progress and coordinate enforcement efforts. The official said the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has devised a strategy document, focusing on smuggled vehicles in light of the observation of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
sc to take up gilani’s review petition on 6th ISLAMABAD INP
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Chaudhry will start the hearing of former prime minister (PM) Yousaf Raza Gilani’s review petition against his disqualification on March 6. Earlier, Gilani had sent his review petition by email to the court. The Registrar Office of the apex court, however, on January 5 returned his review petition after raising objections. Gilani filed the petition again, which will be heard by the court on March 6. On April 26 last year, a seven-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa found Gilani guilty of contempt of court for not implementing the court’s ruling in the case against the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). The conviction had not only left Gilani disqualified as PM but also disqualified him from contesting as member of the National Assembly. Later on June 19, 2012, a three-member bench of the SC led by the CJ upheld the court’s earlier decision on Gilani’s disqualification.
QuETTA: FC personnel search a vehicle at the entrance point of Hazara Town. INP
ogra awaits orders to revoke Pol price hike fuel stations not suPPlying Petrol to consuMers on Previous rates ISLAMABAD
GRA Chairman Saeed Ahmed Khan has said he could not issue a notification regarding reduction in petroleum prices until directed in writing by the Petroleum Ministry. On Saturday night, the chairman said price reversal notification would be issued before midnight, adding that prices were being reversed on the verbal orders of prime minister. he said his office was open on Sunday and written directives from the ministry were awaited.
Meanwhile, despite reversal of POL prices by OGRA on the direct orders of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, and issuance of official notification to reduce prices at last month’s level, fuel stations were not supplying petrol and other fuels to consumers on previous rates. OGRA had withdrawn March 1 price hikes by issuing a fresh notification according to which petrol prices were slashed to Rs 103.07 per litre from Rs 106.60, high speed diesel to Rs 109.21 from Rs 113.56 per litre and kerosene oil to Rs 99.90 from Rs 103.69 per litre effective from Sunday. According to OGRA notification, the POL prices had been reversed to previous month’s level, but the fuel stations had not reduced prices and were still charging new prices. Consumers complained that in defiance of the
government notification, petrol pumps had refused to reverse the POL prices back to February 28 levels by either keeping their petrol pumps closed or selling the POL products at the higher prices of March 1 in several cities across the country.
Multinational exercise Aman-13 begins today AMAN, a series of multinational exercises started in 2007 by the Pakistan Navy with a view to promote regional cooperation and stability, would begin today. AMAN-13 is the fourth such exercise planned from March 4-8 2013 in Karachi. Pakistan Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Khan hasham Bin Saddique said the concept of exercise was designed to provide common forum for information sharing, mutual understanding and identifying areas of common interest. The countries participating with naval assets are Australia, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia (Sof only), Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UAE, UK and the US. The exercise would focus on display of united resolve against terrorism and crimes in maritime domain and contributing towards regional peace and stability. PR
Target ‘real’ terrorist hideouts: karzai tells naTo KABUL INP
Afghan President hamid Karzai on Sunday denounced last week’s NATO airstrike that killed two children in the Charchino district of central Uruzgan province. The deaths occurred in Dowan area on Thursday, when the troops were conducting an aerial patrol of the village, where the children were tending their cattle. In a statement from his office, Karzai reiterated his stance that terrorists were not hiding in Afghanistan’s rural areas. he once again asked foreign troops to target insurgent hideouts outside the country’s border. Deeply hurt by the deaths of the minors, the president extended his heartfelt condolences to the victims’ relatives. Earlier in the day, the Australian military said it was investigating the incident. Gen David hurley, the Australian military chief, said, “We deeply regret that ISAF was responsible for the unintended death of two young Afghan boys during the operation.”
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Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. –Clement Attlee
CoMMent Monday, 4 March, 2013
a welcome decision consensus on dissolving assemblies
hILE elections offer an opportunity to bring change democratically, they are also a yardstick with which a political party’s influence can be measured. For a stable and consistent experience of democracy, elections have to be held after a certain interval in a manner that does not raise fingers on those who can influence the outcome of this exercise. Parliamentary democracy thus needs consultation for the process to go ahead with the opposition and coalition parties. Pakistan, where the only time when relatively free and fair elections were held was 2008, is about to take on the exercise again. But issues of mistrust between the government and opposition, and ironically but not too unexpected of, between the PPP-led federal government and its coalition partners, had turned into something that was impeding the formation of a caretaker setup. however, it appears that stumbling blocks are being removed one by one. PPP’s whip Khurshid Ahmed Shah has said that PML-N’s Ch Nisar Ali has agreed to dissolution of assemblies on 16 March, which is offers some relief. As President Asif Ali Zardari has stated that ‘I don’t want to become a Ghulam Ishaq Khan’ and that he will hand over the reins of power to the caretaker setup, the conspiracy theorists have been given a shut up call. With judiciary not entertaining Dr Tahirul Qadri’s plea which could have possibly delayed the elections, COAS Ashfaq Pervez Kayani stating that the army doesn’t want any stakes in the political process and would welcome the new democratic setup after the elections, and now the president’s statement, the trifecta of power in Pakistan seems to have come to a conclusion that democracy is the only solution for our political woes. President’s stay at Lahore has another purpose as well, apart from holding meetings with the opposition party leaders and coalition partners. he is meeting with the people from all walks of life to gauge and assuage, if possible, tensions and find a way out of the rock bottom situation that the PPP finds itself in the Punjab. Considering the province’s clout, both economically and politically, whoever wins Punjab wins the federation, and that’s exactly what seems to be the agenda of the president. his statements that the government is determined to complete the IP gas pipeline with Iran, that a separate province for South Punjab was PPP’s idea, and that giving the chairmanship of the PPP to Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is a proof that his party was in consonance with the youth, are somewhat true but also appear to be for public’s consumption. Whether the PPP gains anything from president’s machinations in the elections remains to be seen, but a consensus on when the incumbent legislatures would dissolve is a welcome decision.
negotiating peace at gunpoint Politicians want a peaceful election, not lasting solution to conflict
EACE with the Taliban’ has become the catchphrase as major political parties appear to have tired off the now decade-long ‘war on terror.’ Observers however continue to question if fear, not dialogue, is behind the recent overtures to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as political parties fear the TTP’s ability to sabotage the upcoming general elections. After the recently hosted All-Parties Conference (APC) hosted by the Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F), the Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) governor was tasked with spearheading the negotiations. The TTP has also gone on record and announced the terms of negotiation. however there are significant fears that the TTP may be using this as an opportunity to buy some time and goodwill without really changing face. The failed negotiations of December 2011, the breach of the Nizam-e-Adl agreement in Swat all serve as red markers on the route to peace. Moreover, more recent concerns have been raised as law enforcement officials are failing to show up as witnesses in key terrorism cases, including the Benazir Bhutto murder case, citing life threats from TTP and Taliban commanders from Afghanistan. Last month, shopkeepers in a number of areas of KP continued to report threatening letters from the TTP to mobile and CD markets for “selling objectionable CDs and materials.” On the other hand, the hakimullah Mehsud-led TTP shura has asked for a ‘positive signal’ from the military, operations against suspected militants have continued in the Orakzai and Khyber regions with over 15 suspected militants reported dead. On the ground, the battlefronts between the TTP and the military remain open and wounds continue to be inflicted on each other. Citizens continue to be the ones that are suffering the most from the uncertainty of the upcoming elections. Is there a real TTP threat to the election? Does the purported peace takes aim at a temporary withdrawal of hostilities or do they offer a more permanent solution to this internal battle? Bullets may not be the answer but negotiating with a gun on the head is not the best position to begin a dialogue for sustainable peace. And the fact that all this talk about talks has reached fever pitch two weeks before assemblies are set to be dissolved opens the question of who will be continue the talks if – as expected – no conclusion is reached before the current parliament says adieu? Will the TTP continue to play a ‘cat-and-mouse’ game with the Pakistani state – or is there something sincere in the press briefing from their end? While we wait and watch, the political consensus for now appears blind to the continuing TTP threat and more concerned with securing a mirage of peace that lasts till the next government takes oath.
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a case for Pakistan Munter fronts up on the us need to look at terror war ally’s stability
Monday Musings KaMRaN RehMat
OR long Islamabad has complained, both in private and officially, how Washington does not appreciate the former’s stellar role in the war-on-terror enough. The grouse has fallen mostly on deaf ears. What has compounded the lack of appreciation is the constant refrain to do more. During a visit to Pakistan in 2011, the-then US Secretary of State hillary Clinton had a hearty laugh when a Pakistani woman in the audience during a town hall meeting likened Washington’s patronising role to that of a “never satisfied mother-in-law.” hillary was so disarmed, she acknowledged the interesting simile and even joked she understood the grouse now that she was a mother-in-law herself. Somehow that powerful, even if humorous, metaphor has stuck with Islamabad feeling a bit like a hemmed in daughter-in-law! The humour was amplified given the ages of hillary and her counterpart hina Khar. however, there’s one resonant, if unheeded, voice that fully appreciates Islamabad’s difficulties and who pleaded while in office with his own bosses in Washington to read the situation and embrace pragmatism. he is Cameron Munter, the former US ambassador to Islamabad, who fell out with the State Department over the increased interference of Department of Defence in the region and eventually resigned. Last week, he reiterated to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in a freewheeling interview that the US should also
focus attention on the Pakistani nation, not just the war-on-terror. Munter was ambassador during a particularly difficult time when the US-Pakistan relationship had become virtually dysfunctional following the US airstrike on a Pakistani check post that killed two dozen troops, leading to the closure of NATO supplies through Pakistan and the eviction of American personnel and aircraft from a Pakistani air base. This, however, did not dampen his spirit and will to wade through the turbulent waters. But Munter often ran into trouble with how the Department of State had virtually ceded ground to the Pentagon and the CIA in dealing with Islamabad. he resented how the diktat was all about using force with little space for diplomacy. Referring to a recent opinion poll that showed only eight per cent of Pakistanis viewed the US as a partner, while 74 per cent saw it as an enemy, Munter said: “I think it’s very important to look at these numbers and remember that what we’re talking about is a picture the Pakistanis have of us, that they see, in terms of our security policy,” Munter said. however, while agreeing that it was important to engage in a robust counterterrorism regime, he said this needed to be upended by diplomacy. “We need to supplement those with the commitment to the Pakistani people and to their future, and to stability.” That is something Pakistanis are convinced is not happening. “We need to have more balance. We worked on it during my time there. I’ll be honest with you; I think we could have done a lot better. I think the Pakistanis could have done a lot better. I think the team that’s there now is trying to do that, to have more outreach, to have more longterm commitment to Pakistan and the needs they have in addition to what we have in counterterrorism.” The ex-envoy also recalled how he used to receive calls from the White house to ‘dial up the pain’, and he would tell the US that Islamabad doesn’t respond well to ‘dialing up the pain.’ “Look, when you’re dealing with diplomacy, you’re dealing with the
idea of listening as well as talking,” Munter said. “A diplomat will want to make sure that, in addition to telling America’s story, we’re listening to the other person’s perception so we can come to some sort of agreement.” In an earlier interview a few months after he left Pakistan, he disputed the assertion that he was against the use of drones. “The use of drones is a good way to fight the war. But you’re going to kill drones if you’re not using them judiciously.” Munter thought the strikes should be carried out in a measured way. “The problem is the political fallout,” he says. “Do you want to win a few battles and lose the war?” The Daily Beast reported last year Munter wanted a veto on drone strikes. Then-CIA director Leon Panetta saw things differently. Munter remembers one particular meeting where they clashed. “he said, ‘I don’t work for you,’ and I said, ‘I don’t work for you,’” the former ambassador was quoted as saying. Sadly, not many Pakistanis realised while they were here that Munter was a rare US ambassador who not only understood the predicament his host nation faced with myriad of issues but right till the end when he had had enough with his administration, the envoy was making a passionate case about diplomatically engaging a country which had done so much for Washington at a huge cost. The New York Times famously quoted him as complaining to his bosses that “he did not realize his main job was to kill people” – in reference to the huge number of casualties, including innocent women and children, that drone strikes claimed. But perhaps, his biggest contribution was to keep the bilaterals afloat following the secret US Navy SEALS raid that took out Osama bin Laden and the Salala attack. The eventual, if grudging, “regret” offered by the US after a long impasse on NATO supply routes was owed in some part to Munter’s last stand. The writer is Editor Pique Magazine based in Islamabad. He can be reached email@example.com
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ignoring verifiable data
The tax puzzle
It is a pity that some editorials have come out in support of Sindh’s concern that the flow in the Indus will be reduced if Kalabagh dam is built. Dams are built the world over to overcome shortages and not to create them. Mangla dam was built to compensate for the loss of the three eastern rivers and brought about a green revolution in the country. Could it have done this by reducing the flow in the Jhelum? Tarbela dam increased supply to the canals by 25 percent, could it have done this by reducing the flow in the Indus? Sindh got an additional 7 million acre feet of water from Tarbela dam? As per the Water Accord of 1991, Sindh stands to get 2.2 million acre feet from Kalabagh dam, can it get this if the dam reduces flow in the Indus? Please check with the Sindh irrigation department to see the post-Tarbela increase of 7 maf over the pre-Mangla withdrawals in the canals of Sindh, also the 27 lac acre increase in the area under cultivation. These increases did not come about by reduction in the flow of the Indus. In this day and age of technology, we should speak on the basis of verifiable data and not on the basis of hearsay. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
A recently published study prepared by Centre for Investigative Reporting of Pakistan( CIRP) revealed that two-third of lawmakers sitting in our country’s present assemblies did not file income returns for the financial year ended on 30-06-2011. Quite a sizeable number of parliamentarians reportedly do not even have national tax number (NTN). In a country where legislators themselves appear to be violating income tax law, one should not be surprised to note that it has tax-to-GDP ratio is just 9.5 percent, the lowest in South Asia. The story does not perhaps end here. It is generally perceived that big businessmen also do not pay their due share of income tax to exchequer. A country where legislators as well as big businessmen do not pay their due share of tax to the government, it is very likely that this tendency will trickle down giving the society a tax avoiding culture which is very alarming sign for us as a nation. however, I would like to point out that it is not a rocket science as to how to improve tax-to-GDP ratio. The simple solution is that our political and business leaders should first set examples of paying their due share of tax to the government. The rest of puzzle will be solved automatically. EJAZ AHMAD MAGOON Lahore
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Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life. –Lord Byron
Monday, 4 March, 2013
Talks with TTP it’s not the time to give in, it’s time to stand up
The great reconciliation not a clear picture yet
O gauge where the Afghan reconciliation presently stands has become a complex task. The process itself is quite confusing and there is no clear narrative on its various tangents. President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union focused more on the withdrawal timeline than the reconciliation itself. Similarly, at the recent meeting of NATO ministers of defence the emphasis was on how the alliance would support the Afghan mission post-2014. For all intents and purposes, the political solution part has mostly been relegated to the regional players, with other stakeholders assisting and facilitating. In essence, there are three interconnected elements of the unfolding political settlement. One of them has to do with the American security and economic assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan after the withdrawal. The other components focus on the tense relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan and how it impacts the talks with various factions of Taliban. Different tracks of trilateral talks are underway to tackle the challenge of Afghanistan. The earlier attempts to sideline Pakistan have now been corrected. In the adjusted approach, the US, the UK, Turkey and other NATO members are aiding talks between Pakistan and Afghanistan. For this purpose, recently a number of meetings have taken place in Paris, London and Ankara. Then there are the Gulf heavyweights of Qatar and Saudi Arabia that have also been facilitating talks with the Taliban with their own strategic interests in mind. Meanwhile, India and Iran are pushing their own initiatives. however, Iran lacks
Western backing, while in the case of India, Pakistan has been cautious. As far as the talks with Taliban are concerned, Afghanistan is leading talks with the Afghan factions, while Pakistan is now gearing up politically to tackle the Taliban on its side. There is also the Afghan Taliban political office in Doha that has been a source of more confusion than clarity, when it comes to presenting Taliban position. The Karzai government tasked the Afghan Ulema Council to spearhead dialogue with Afghan Taliban. however, the Council has an inherent challenge; the Afghan Taliban do not consider the Western backed Afghan government as legitimate. There are also reports that Afghan Taliban have adopted delaying tactics as they consider themselves to have an upper hand on the ground. The dynamics of the upcoming Afghan elections and Karzai’s fate is also at play. The delegation of the Afghan Ulema Council that visited Pakistan in early February immediately ran into trouble with its counterpart in Pakistan. Pakistan’s ulema, especially Maulana Tahirul Ashrafi and Samiul haq, demanded the inclusion of Afghan Taliban in the upcoming joint conference of Pak-Afghan ulemas. Furthermore, Pakistan’s ulema were reluctant to criticise the Afghan Taliban or to issue any fatwa concerning this. The joint ulema conference scheduled for early March has now reportedly been delayed. The arrest of TTP commander Maulvi Faqir on February 19 and the refusal of Afghan authorities to hand him over to Pakistan, has clearly established another thorny challenge between Pakistan and Afghanistan. his arrest from eastern Afghanistan validates the claim that TTP is operating against Pakistan from Afghan territory and the authorities there have now established a dangerous leverage against Pakistan. This tactics is not much different than how Pakistan has used Afghan Taliban. “Islamabad says that there is no bilateral agreement on exchange of prisoners. Based on this if you refuse to hand over Mulla Baradar (the Taliban deputy) then Maulvi Faqir should remain in Afghanistan,” commented Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Umer Daudzai after the reported arrest. This statement also negates the impression that Pakistan and Afghan authorities cooperated in apprehending Maulvi Faqir. Since the initiation of the war on terror, Pakistan has floated between political and military solution to the problem of Taliban. To deal with the various factions of Taliban that operate across the loosely controlled Durand line, Pakistan remained under tremendous US pressure to act sternly against such groups, especially against
haqqani network that maneuvered from FATA. To deal with the issue, the country adopted a framework of good vs. bad Taliban. Now that the US and NATO have turned around to a political approach, Pakistan is going all out to deal politically with the bad Taliban, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). On the other hand, as noted by PoliTact in an earlier article, TTP recognises the sea change in the political and security landscape of the region, which makes its prospects shaky. If Afghan Taliban reconcile and become part of the future political dispensation of the country, TTP will be isolated to face the military pressure. With the involvement of regional players in the Afghan political solution, TTP faces even more seclusion. This stark reality has perhaps pushed TTP to offer a peace gauntlet. The proposition offered by TTP requires Pakistan’s leading politicians to act as guarantors. Stakes are high for these politicians as the TTP triggered violence can disrupt the upcoming elections. Thus, favourable global political atmosphere, including election prospects, are pushing leading Pakistani politicians and mainstream religious parties to move towards political reconciliation with TTP. War against terror has remained largely unpopular in Pakistan and has been conducted for the most part covertly far from public buy-in. Moreover, the politicians in Pakistan, as in other places, are prone to voice popular voices during election times. This, however, does not mean TTP is without options. In absence of political understanding, it may move closer to other sectarian and jihadi groups operating in Pakistan. In essence, the political reconciliation in Afghanistan provides an opportunity to prevent this from taking place. Tied to the TTP issue is the enduring challenge of how FATA constitutionally exists within Pakistan. This may also have to be worked out in the larger frame of things, and good ties with Afghanistan and India may be a prerequisite to figuring this out. On the other hand, surfacing of the comment made by none other than the new US secretary of defence has further validated Pakistan’s claims on Indian role in Afghanistan and FATA. With Al-Qaeda diminished in the region and compelled by its fiscal pressures, US appears to be extracting itself from the regional tussles for the time being, while moving more towards behind the scenes role. The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at email@example.com
hE APC convened by JUI-F came up with a five-point declaration emphasising the need for and resolve to hold negotiations with TTP, ostensibly with the purpose of curbing lawlessness in the country. The use of the word ‘lawlessness’ in the declaration instead of ‘terrorism’ that the TTP has been practising and which so vociferMalIK MUhaMMaD ashRaf ously has been condemned by the government and the society, is tantamount to a groveling posture towards the Taliban and turning away from the ground realities. This stance also vindicates the views of those who accuse the religious and rightist parties of having soft corner for the terrorists. The declaration underscores the need for dialogue within the ambit of the law and constitution. That again is a glaring contradiction of the legal and constitutional provisions. Perhaps the participants of the APC and its sponsors are not aware of article 256 of the constitution which says “No private organisation capable of functioning as a military organisation shall be formed, and any such organisation shall be illegal”. If the constitution declares the entities like TTP as illegal, how can you hold talks with it within the ambit of law and constitution? While it is hard to contest the notion of resolving disputes through negotiations, it is also pertinent to emphasise that what the state is faced with is a dogma that is out to strike at the very foundations of the state and the values that the society cherishes and not a dispute in the worldly sense. Taliban are implacably anti-democracy. They desire establishing a Shariah-run Sunni emirate in Pakistan on the pattern that we witnessed in Afghanistan; they believe in exporting the model to the other nation states even through the use of non-state actors; they seek liberating Kashmir by force and cleansing Afghanistan of the infidels. They abhor education (a foremost duty of a Muslim), especially of girls as they have demolished hundreds of schools. The Malala incident is a ranting proof of their breed of Islam. And above all they do not recognise the constitution of Pakistan. They have challenged the writ of the state and killed thousands of innocent human beings. Talking to the practitioners of terrorism and the enemies of the state means extending recognition to what they have been up to and their designs to drag this country back to the Stone Age. Advocating the holding of negotiations with such elements until they renounce terrorism and owe allegiance to the constitution of Pakistan and lay down their arms, is the most fallacious and outrageous initiative that also constitutes an affront to the religious, cultural and political values of the society. The only things that could be negotiated with the Taliban after they renounce their adopted creed are the terms of amnesty and their return to the social milieu as law abiding citizens of the state. As we know, no such development has taken place. Neither have the Taliban spelt out what they want to negotiate with the government nor has the APC identified the subjects to be discussed and the road map to achieve those objectives. The other folly on their part is that they have not taken the military leadership into confidence on this issue. In the absence of such a rapport with the military leadership any move to interact with the TTP remains a non-starter. The notion that the TTP will abandon its activities once there is peace in Afghanistan also lacks vision. The peace in Afghanistan in the near future is a reverie to which only fools can give credence. After the 2014 scheduled withdrawal of the US and NATO forces, America will still retain control of the bases that it has built and thousand of its troops will still be there to deal with any eventuality that might threaten the security situation in Afghanistan. The US talks with Afghan Taliban are still in the limbo although some efforts have been made in this regard. One thing is beyond any doubt: that peace in Afghanistan cannot be assured without an understanding between the US and Taliban, rapprochement between Taliban and the Afghan government and between Taliban and its erstwhile enemy the Northern alliance, which still is a distant possibility. The other stumbling bloc in the establishment of peace in Afghanistan if all the foregoing issues are amicably resolved is, will the Taliban abandon their avowed objective to establish their brand of Islam in the country, which has been the basic factor in their armed clashes with the Northern alliance? The other factor to be kept in mind is that the TTP also preaches the same creed as the Afghan Taliban and there is a very strong nexus between them. Their activities are not a fallout of the Afghan imbroglio. These elements are active since the early nineties under the stewardship of Sufi Noor Muhammad, their mentor from Swat. The war in Afghanistan may have given impetus to their antistate activities and strengthened their resolve to implement their agenda, taking advantage of the volatile situation in the country and the region, but there is no denying the fact that they have been endeavouring to destroy the state structure in Pakistan and establish their writ through brutalising the society, much before the Afghan war. If one accepts the argument of the proponents of the talks that peace in Pakistan is linked with peace in Afghanistan, then their stance of talks only with TTP itself becomes self-contradictory. how can they detach peace in Pakistan from peace in Afghanistan? The state is under obligation to protect the lives of its citizens by eliminating the factors that trigger law and order situation within its borders. Thereby it has to assert its writ and authority without any compromise on its constitutional responsibilities. It cannot and should not abdicate its authority to terrorist organisations like the TTP who have established their writ in some parts of the tribal region of the country. The government’s stance that it cannot negotiate with the terrorists until they lay down their arms is, therefore, beyond any reproach. The states are not run on expediencies. They are run and strengthened on the basis of values, law and the constitution. Any deviation from these universally recognised principles of statecraft can damage the state itself. The society has to make a collective decision as to whether it wants to give in to the machinations of the Pakistani Taliban or stand up to them to defend what it stands for.
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Dil Tu Mera Udaas Hay Nasir; Shaher Kyun Saeen Saeen Karta Hay — Nasir Kazmi (Being remembered on his 41st death anniversary)
I find ‘hero-heroine’ concept absurd:
ARTS Monday, 4 March, 2013
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OLLyWOOD actress Soha Ali Khan doesn’t believe in the “hero-heroine dynamics” of Bollywood, and prefers a character-driven role in a movie, even if if she doesn’t get to play the protagonist’s role. “I don’t think about hero or heroine! I look for character-driven scripts. I find the words hero or heroine very absurd. We all play characters,” Soha told IANS in an interview. Even her debut Bollywood film “Dil Maange More”, released in 2004, reflected this choice. “When I did my first film ‘Dil Maange More’, I chose the character of a girl who chooses her career over the boy. But then everyone was like, ‘you are not the heroine of the film! She has to get the hero.’ But I felt the other role was more interesting,” Soha said. The 34-year-old, daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, is appreciative of the kind of cinema the Indian film industry is witnessing currently. “It is not hero-heroine driven. It is not even star-driven. It is script and plot- driven... this is more exciting for me,” she said. Soha has been a part of off-beat films like “Soundtrack” and “Midnight’s Children” as well as commercial films like “Rang De Basanti” and “Tum Mile”. She is happy the lines between the two are blurring gradually. “In the 1970s, there was commercial cinema and parallel cinema. Now that line is not so clear. Good films work at the box office, with off-beat subjects or actors. So the distinction is blurred now,” she said. Soha is only looking to do good cinema and doesn’t want to restrict herself to any genre. “I want to be part of good cinema...with songs or without songs, with or without masala, with or without Salman Khan. The story should be good, the character should be good. If I like the environment and role, then I will do it. Whether it works or not is secondary,” she said. Soha also admits she regrets being a part of some films, but she doesn’t allow herself to dwell on it too much. “There is no point regreting anything. I don’t look into the past. Of course, there are films which I have done, which have not worked. But I don’t dwell in those,” she said. Soha will be seen next in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns”. She believes it is essential to strike the right rapport with a film’s director. “you have to believe in the director. Even if the director is new, you will get an idea of how he will be. The script can be brilliant, but a bad director can completely mess it up. A script can be average and a brilliant director will bring magic to it,” she said. News DesK
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nA gAnvAO nAvAK-E-nEEM KASH
Karo kaj jabeen pe sar-e-kafan, mere qatilon ko guman na ho Ke ghuroor-e-ishq ka baankpan, pas-e-marg hum ne bhula dia
dressing his well wishers as well as his adversaries, he says I have paid my dues by sacrificing my life. Here the most important word is qarz (dues). What kind of dues is he talking about? Again in the face of injustice and oppression he does not want to be a bystander. He feels that that it is his obligation to fight on behalf of the weak and downtrodden (that is the qarz he is referring to). For him fight for justice is not a choice but a duty. By equating his supreme sacrifice with repayment of qarz he is reminding that he did what he was supposed to do. For that he does not need to be praised. Let us not confine his struggle within a geographical boundary. Faiz who writes against exploitation is a citizen of the world. Does it make a difference if the victims are Lebanese, Argentineans, Haitians or Pakistanis?
Udhar aik harf ki kushtni, yahan laakh uzr thaa guftni Jo kaha toh sun ke ura dia, jo likha toh parh ke mita dia
Karo kaj jabeen pe sar-e-kafan, mere qatilon ko guman na ho Ke ghuroor-e-ishq ka baankpan, pas-e-marg hum ne bhula dia
Jo rukay toh koh-e-garan thay hum, jo chalay toh jan se guzar gaye Rah-e-yaar hum ne qadam qadam, tujhay yadgaar bana dia
Keep the burial shroud atilt on (my) forehead, lest my assassin may have misgivings (that) Pride of self-importance or arrogance of love, I forgot after death. This is typical of Faiz’s style. After expressing despondency and defeat he shows defiance. A bent cap or as in Urdu poetry called kaj kulahi is a sign of self-importance or in case of a figure of authority a symbol of arrogance (like the kulah of Nawab of Kalabagh). So he asks that his burial shroud be placed atilt on his forehead so that his assassins may not have the comfort or satisfaction of knowing that they have made him humble in death. No, he does not want to surrender even in death. He is as defiant in death as he was in life. They killed his body not his soul.
By Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Na ganvao navak-e-neem kash, dil-e-reza reza ganva dia Jo bachay hain sang samet lo, tan-e-dagh dagh luta diax Mere charagar ko naveed ho, saf-e-dushmana ko khabar karo Woh jo qarz rakhtay thay jaan par, woh hisab aaj chuka dia
TRAnSLATIOn AnD EXPLAnATIOn: Na ganvao navak-e-neem kash, dil-e-reza reza ganva dia Jo bachay hain sang samet lo, tan-e-dagh dagh luta dia Do not waste (your) half drawn arrow, (I have already) lost (broken pieces of my) heart. Collect and save the left-over stones, (my) injured or wounded body is (already) wasted There is a clear sense of despondency as he realizes that his opponents are mighty and he had no physical strength to challenge them. The establishment that is perpetrating injustice on society is much more powerful (think of police, military intelligence and even judiciary in addition to the wealth and political power they have against a wronged man who with nothing except his bare hands; in case of a poet, a hand with a harmless pen). In such a situation he does not see any hope. In a state of despondency he asks his tormentors not to waste their arrows and save the left-over stones —Symbols of the power of the establishment to drown and quiet dissent— as they have already achieved their purpose; the resistance is no more, he has already lost his soul and body. Mere charagar ko naveed ho, saf-e-dushmana ko khabar karo Woh jo qarz rakhtay thay jaan par, woh hisab aaj chuka dia Let my health giver know, let the procession of foes know He whose soul was indebted, has settled his dues today In a sense he is repeating what he said in the first two lines. Ad-
Udhar aik harf ki kushtni, yahan laakh uzr thaa guftni Jo kaha toh sun ke ura dia, jo likha toh parh ke mita dia On that side there was one word ‘kill’, on my side there were hundred thousand reasons (to explain why I behaved the way I did) What (I) said (you) heard, not paid attention ; what (I) wrote (you) read and erased The word ‘udher’ he is referring to the oppressors or the privileged class that uses violence to maintain the status quo and yahan signifies the person who is leading the struggle against injustice and tyranny. People who are blinded by their self interest are not willing to heed any word of logic or reason, whether it is spoken or written. The indirect conclusion is that people can not get justice through dialogue because the other side is bent on using brute force to continue exploitation. (Is not true today? West is not prepared to listen to any reasoning though on my side there are hundred thousand reasons to explain
arnie Joins as ediTor in Two fiTness magazines nEWS DESK Arnold Schwarzenegger has reportedly gone back to his roots of body- building, joining as group executive editor for Flex and Muscle ‘n’ Fitness magazines again. The ‘Terminator’ star whose relationship with the magazines goes as far back as 1968, will now be writing monthly columns in the publications and for their online websites, the New York Daily News reported. he held the same position with the magazines before he was elected as California Governor in 2003. The 65year-old stated that bodybuilding has always been a part of his life and the magazines have always motivated him to stay fit and will help others do the same while promoting the sport of Bodybuilding.
why I behaved the way I did ) Jo rukay toh koh-e-garan thay hum, jo chalay toh jan se guzar gaye Rah-e-yaar hum ne qadam qadam, tujhay yadgaar bana dia (I am) mountain when I stop; (I am) beyond life when I walk I have, (turned) every step on the path of the beloved into a memorial In his usual style in the last two lines the person who fights for the rights of the underprivileged now assumes the mantel of a lover. When he stops his strength and determination is that of a mountain and when he walks (that signifies movement in life as against the stationery position when a person is standing), he is larger then life. While walking he turned every step on the path of his beloved into a memorial or a testament through his determination and sacrifice. Here he is not a traditional lover and the path is not an alleyway leading to the beloved. It is a powerful poetic symbol. He is fighting for the right of downtrodden with a lover’s determination and the difficult path he is treading on (to get to his objective, the beloved) has become a monument of his strength (standing) and struggle (walking). (One can listen to the echoes of these lines in the mountains of Afghanistan) COuRTESY JAHAn-E-RuMI
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Brutality is pleasure in forcing one’s will upon other people; courage is indifference to personal misfortunes. — Bertrand Russell in a Education and the Good Life
apologizes to Kelly Brook
ATIE Price has publicly apologized to Kelly Brook for her frankly awful behaviour, putting an end to their three-week feud. It was Price who started the spat by calling model Kelly a “heifer” in her newspaper column threeweek ago, and she has again taken the first step in calling a truce by saying sorry on Twitter, the Mirror reported. The 34-year-old glamour model directly
messaged Kelly Brook: “I’m really sorry for what I’ve done you know I think your a natural beautiful girl we go back a long way so I’m sorry xx” It seems that Price didn’t like the rumours
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that a newly-single Kelly was back with her ex-boyfriend Danny Cipriand decided to rant her anger in her newspaper column by attacking Kelly with the most backhanded ‘compliments’ ever. She wrote: “ Brook is a brilliant role model for young girls because of her curvy figure. Every mum should make her daughter look at the recent set of pictures that show Kelly modelling her latest New Look range in Miami.” “They don’t appear to
I think so, Pak army having lots of extra martial affairs. One big one was in Abbotabad....
be airbrushed and I’m FLABbergasted to see how big Kelly really is. “Rumour has it she’s been hanging out with our mutual ex Danny Cipriani. Knowing him, I guess she’s probably been doing a bit of
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comfort eating. “you’re a heffer, Kelly, but still a hot one,” she said
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” - Pericles
in her newspaper column. News DesK
Jaden smiTh Kevin Bacon blamed for ruining linked to all Bieber’s party H’wood stars in Triva game
Justin Bieber’s 19th birthday party was reportedly cut short because of Jaden Smith. A source has revealed to USMagazine.com that the Canadian popstar and his entourage got into an argument with security staffs that led to them having to leave a London nightclub on Friday night after just 15 minutes because they refused to let Jaden into the event because he is underage, according to Contactmusic. The 14year-old actor - who is the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith -starred in ‘The Karate Kid’ remake. “There was never any mention of Jaden being there, so when he showed up, it caused problems. They could have stayed if Jaden left, but Justin wanted to be loyal to his good friend,” Contact Music quoted a source as telling USMagazine.com. The Baby singer spent 10,000 pounds for a circus themed bash at Cirque du Soir nightclub but it tuned out to be his “worst birthday” ever. After leaving the nightclub the group went to McDonald’s before returning to posh hotel, The Langham, where he is putting up during his time in the UK. News DesK
Triva game ‘Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon’ makes the actor the kingpin through which all hollywood stars are linked by a few steps. The game is based on the fact that the 54-year-old actor’s career on the big and small screens is very wide-ranging, the Sun reported. The ‘Finding Your Roots’ show host, henry Louis Gates Jr, told to Bacon that the actor and his wife, actress Kyra Sedgwick, who have been wed for 25 years and have two children, are cousins and their families are intimately linked to key moments in US history. Gates said that Bacon’s family is connected to 13th Century English royalty and told him: “ Edward I, King of England, is your 22nd great-grandfather.” he further added that Bacon and President Obama are 12th cousins, three times removed, while the ‘X-Men: First Class’ and Brad Pitt are 13th cousins twice removed. Gates claimed that Genealogists helped stitch together Bacon’s past using the paper trail the actor’s ancestors left, while geneticists utilised latest advances in DNA analysis to reveal secrets thousands of years old. News DesK
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Weekly Sunday itwar kitab bazaar near Anarkali is not to be missed for sighting some gems.
Jimmy fallon may replace Jay leno on The Tonight show Jay Leno may retire from his role as host of ‘The Tonight Show’ in 2014. According to The hollywood Reporter, Jimmy Fallon may replace the 63-year-old comedian as early as next fall. Though NBC has officially denied the rumors, sources told the magazine that they might be announcing Leno’s retirement in May, making the next season of the show his last, reported the New York Daily News. Insiders have speculated that the network is hoping to take up Fallon partially to compete with rival show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” which recently moved to Leno’s 11:35 slot on ABC. News DesK
Adele to get wax statue at Madame tussauds Singer Adele will join fellow musical superstars Beyonce Knowles, Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse, when Madame Tussauds unveils a wax statue in her honour here. “Adele is the perfect addition to the music line up here in London. She’s one of the world’s hottest properties right now and one of our most requested personalities,” said Madame Tussauds London’s public relations manager Nicole Fenner, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “In fact, we have seen a huge increase in requests for her figure since ‘Skyfall’ was released and the timing seems perfect to honour her after such phenomenal success with the song. “She is one of the most influential British female artists and we know she is going to be a huge hit with our guests alongside our other pop greats. We’re very excited to welcome her to Madame Tussauds London,” said Fenner. The life-size wax work of the 24-yearold will be revealed in June. It is expected to be modelled on her black gown at the 2012 Grammy Awards, where she collected six statues for her best-selling album “21”. She also recently won an Oscar for “Skyfall”. neWS deSk
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INFOTAINMENT Monday, 4 March, 2013
If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done. –Ludwig Wittgenstein
ancient king’s hat holds clues to korean alphabet
faa not delighted by mid-air ‘harlem shake’ Federal investigators are casting a less-than-approving eye at a frankly spectacular mid-air rendition of the “Harlem Shake” meme. The video, recorded by the Colorado College Ultimate Frisbee Team, begins with a man in a helmet dancing alone in the aisle of a passenger jet, and ends with an aisle full of dancers, including a man in a banana costume. “I don’t see … why this should cause any trouble,” one of the team members tells ABC News. “We asked the staff and they said it was safe.” Of course, not everyone agrees with that assessment. One retired pilot told CNN it was “ridiculous … you cannot tell me it is safe to have that number of people up out of their seat jumping up and down.” The FAA has opened a formal investigation. It says the video “looks bad,” but likely isn’t a crime as long as the plane wasn’t taking off or landing, and the flight crew agreed to the stunt. Frontier Airlines says that “all safety measures were followed and the seatbelt sign was off.” News DesK
hat which belonged to South Korea’s most revered monarch King Sejong has been recovered more than 500 years after it was looted by Japanese invaders, a senior scholar said Wednesday. Apart from its intrinsic value as an historical relic, the discovery has thrilled scholars after documents were found stitched inside the hat carrying explanations of King Sejong’s greatest legacy — the hangeul alphabet. The monarch known as Sejong the Great ruled from 1418-1450. his reign had a profound impact on Korean
history with the introduction of the hangeul phonetic alphabet that replaced classical Chinese characters. hangeul vastly increased literacy — previously restricted to the top scholarly class — and remains the official script of both South and North Korea. The king’s statue occupies an honoured place in the centre of Seoul and numerous buildings and institutions are named after him. hangeul Day commemorating the alphabet’s creation is a public holiday. Lee Sang-Gyu, a professor of Korean language and literature at Kyungpook National University, told journalists that the Ikseongwan (cicada-wing hat) was purchased in Japan last year by a South Korean collector.
tamed dragon supply ship arrives at space station nEWS DESK
evernote hacked: 50 million passwords reset Online note-taking service Evernote Corp. says it has been hacked and is resetting all its 50 million users’ passwords as a precaution. The Redwood City, California-based company said in a post published late Saturday that an attacker had been able to access sensitive customer information and that every user would have their account reset “in an abundance of caution.” Evernote says the attacker was able to access an unspecified number of customers’ encrypted passwords. Decoding such passwords can be difficult but is far from impossible. The company says it has seen no evidence that any customer data had been tampered with or that any payment information had been compromised. A phone message left with Evernote on Sunday was not immediately returned. News DesK
A privately owned Dragon capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, delivering a ton of supplies with high-flying finesse after a shaky start to the mission. The Dragon’s arrival was one day late but especially sweet —
and not because of the fresh fruit on board for the station astronauts who snared the capsule. SpaceX, the California-based company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, had to struggle with the Dragon following its launch Friday from Cape Canaveral. A clogged pressure line or stuck
valve prevented thrusters from working, and it took flight controllers several hours to gain control and salvage the mission. In the end, the Dragon approached the orbiting lab with its 1ton load about as smoothly as could be expected, with all of its thrusters, or little maneuvering rockets, operating perfectly. The capture occurred as the two spacecraft zoomed 250 miles above Ukraine. “As they say, it’s not where you start, but where you finish that counts,” said space station commander Kevin Ford, “and you guys really finished this one on the mark.” he added: “We’ve got lots of science on there to bring aboard and get done. So congratulations to all of you.” Among the items on board: 640 seeds of a flowering weed used for research, mouse stem cells, food and clothes for the six men on board the space station, trash bags, computer equipment, air purifiers, spacewalking tools and batteries. The company also tucked away apples and other fresh treats from an employee’s family orchard. The Dragon will remain at the space station for most of March before returning to Earth with science samples, empty food containers and old equipment.
“This hat will help shed light on details on the creation of hangeul and ancient royal costumes,” Lee said. The documents are believed to be at least two years older than the hitherto oldest documents explaining the principles behind the creation of the Korean alphabet, he said. The hat is believed to be one of many royal relics looted during the Japanese invasions of Korea in the 16th century, Lee said. The outside is composed of pieces of brown and dark cloth embroidered in gold, and the inside of fine red cloth. The documents were found hidden in between the two. The unidentified local collector has decided to donate the relics to the state, Lee said.
crew begins demolition of florida home over sinkhole Crews with heavy equipment on Sunday began the demolition of a Florida home over a huge sinkhole where a man is presumed dead after being swallowed by the earth three days ago. The search for Jeff Bush, 37, was called off Saturday, and a heavy machine with a large bucket scoop was moved into position Sunday on what was believed to be solid ground. The 20foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. Jeremy Bush, the man who tried to save his brother, was escorted with a woman by a deputy to the front of the house early Sunday before equipment moved into position. He repositioned some flowers from a makeshift memorial to a safer location, where Bush and the unidentified women knelt in prayer. News DesK
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When I came out to bat, all the West Indies boys gathered around, raised their caps and raised three cheers – Sammy Guillen in his autobiography
changes likely in team management after sa tour players,” another source said. The names of Moin Khan, Zaheer, haroon Rasheed and Intikhab are being discussed for the role. Sources said what is certain is that Misbah-ul-haq is unlikely to be retained as captain after the tour and the Chairman is likely to initiate a debate on this immediately after the tour. “The national selection committee may also be changed after the tour,” the source added. It is not unusual for the Board to change the team management or selection committee after a disastrous tour like the Test series has been in South Africa. “The only thing that can convince the Board not to make major changes is that the team bounces back strongly in the T20 and ODI series,” the source said. he said another important development for the players will be that after the series the Board also has to finalise the list of players who will be given new central contracts for 2013. “The process has already been delayed as we are in the third month and the contracts are supposed to be given in Jan or Feb. But if the team also fails in the ODI series than some players can also consider themselves as out of the central contracts race,” he said.
hE test series humiliation in South Africa has prompted call of widespread changes in the team management and the chances are that the manager of the team and coach may go. Even if Pakistan cricket team does well in the upcoming One-day and T20 series, it is possible that key positions in the team management, including the job of coach and manager, may be offered to former players. Pakistan suffered a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series and coach Dav Whatmore had to cope with a lot of criticism. The Pakistan Cricket Board is yet to give any official reaction to the Test debacle but the names former captains Zaheer Abbas, Moin Khan, Intikhab Alam and Mohsin Khan are being discussed as possible candidates to get key postings. “Chairman Zaka Ashraf is apparently waiting to see if the tour to South Africa is a complete disaster or ends on a high note after the one-day series but even then chances are the team will have a new management for the Champions Trophy,” reports said. A source said manager Naved Cheema is unlikely to get any more assignments in future and there is talk about having a former player as a manager. “Someone who is well respected by the players and who has the cricketing background to hold his own in the team, can be appointed,” he added. Cheema, a senior bureaucrat, who has been working as manager since 2011.
“The position of Dav Whatmore will also be reviewed after the tour and there is now a growing support for having a local as a coach instead of a foreigner in view of reports that the Australian has failed to make a noticeable impact or motivate the
MISBAH-UL-HAQ IS UNLIKELY TO BE RETAINED AS CAPTAIN AFTER THE TOUR AND THE CHAIRMAN IS LIKELY TO INITIATE A DEBATE ON THIS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TOUR. IT IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR THE BOARD TO CHANGE THE TEAM MANAGEMENT OR SELECTION COMMITTEE AFTER A DISASTROUS TOUR LIKE THE TEST SERIES HAS BEEN IN SOUTH AFRICA
Pujara and Vijay pummel Australia HYDERABAD
The mercury touched 35C during the hyderabad afternoon and large swathes of the Uppal stadium are roofless, but that didn’t stop the 28,000-strong Sunday crowd from breaking into Mexican waves as M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara ran amok with an unbroken 294-run stand, which put India in command of the second Test. The day also showcased the variety Test cricket allows, with India’s scoringrate jumping dramatically in every session. They were restricted to 49 runs in the morning, Pujara and Vijay then became more expansive to pick off 106 runs in the second session, before going berserk post-tea to pile on 151 runs against a wilting Australia. The disgruntled murmurs over Australia’s team selection for this match will only grow louder after Glenn Maxwell, who batted at No. 8, was introduced into the attack as late as the 47th over, and was easily dealt with - his 10 overs were caned for 55 runs. his inclusion had plenty of parallels with the ill-fated gamble on Cameron White - another Victoria batsman who could bowl a bit and was used as a spinner batting at No. 8 - during the unsuccessful 2008 India tour. The other spinner, Xavier Doherty, posed a bit more of a threat, though he too fared as poorly as most Australian spinners have in India over the years. The visitors’ well-documented worries over the strength of their spin department would have increased when he began with two friendly full tosses on leg stump, but he got a few deliveries to rip off the pitch and turn sharply past the outside edge. Both Pujara and Vijay were surefooted against the spinners, skipping down the track to crash the ball through covers or whip to the leg side. They didn’t allow the spinners to settle either - when Doherty returned to bowl after lunch, his second delivery was powered over mid-off for six by Vijay.Vijay had kept those sort
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‘Pakistan women’s team showed courage by playing in india’ LAHORE: Chairperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board women’s wing Bushra Aitzaz said the national team had shown lot of courage by going to play in India in the ICC World Cup and other countries, including India, must now reciprocate by playing in Pakistan. “They were direct threats against our team and they were threats that our team will not be allowed to play in India. But we still sent our team which showed lot of courage going to India in such circumstances,” Bushra Aitzaz, the women’s wing chairperson, said. “The board sent the team because it didn’t want the World Cup or international cricket to suffer or become a talking point,” she said on a PTV sports channel. “Our point of view was clear that it was the responsibility of the Indian government to ensure security of our players and such threats should not stop or disrupt international cricket activities,” she said. Bushra, who is the wife of well known politician and lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan said India should also send its team to Pakistan now. “Security is an issue everywhere in the world but when we are willing to do everything to provide comfort and security to visiting teams they should also reciprocate and support us by playing in Pakistan,” she said. staff RePoRt
sri lanka pay row may disrupt Bangladesh tests
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of flamboyant shots to a minimum early in his innings. India’s dominance on the day came on the back of a watchful morning session, in which both batsmen looked to play straight, shelving the crossbatted shots that had cost Australia dearly on the first day. After twin failures in Chennai, Vijay needed a big innings to push his case for the remaining Tests. In the first few overs of the day, he chased a couple of shortand-wide deliveries, prompting the usual concerns over his temperament for Test cricket, before buckling down and playing more patiently. It was only after he was well set that his stylish flicks and natural aggression re-appeared. With this century, Vijay could become India’s first-choice opener because the selectors’ patience with Virender Sehwag will be running low after he nicked Peter Siddle to fall for 6 - he now has only one
50-plus score in 13 innings. Sehwag’s early dismissal was offset by the increasingly reassuring presence of Pujara at No. 3. Though he injured his knee diving to complete a risky single early in his innings, hampering his running between the wickets, he showed his hunger for runs. he didn’t shirk the quick singles, and despite hobbling frequently he again displayed the concentration and technique that has led to his Test-match skills being talked up in recent years. The other standout feature of Pujara’s career has been his penchant for big scores. While his frequent double-and triple-centuries in domestic cricket have been pooh-poohed a bit for being made on the flat tracks of Rajkot, even at the Test level, this was his third 150-plus score in the five times he has passed 50. he repeatedly opened the face to
guide the quicks to the third-man boundary, and stepped out to muscle the spinners through cover. he has been typecast as a Test player, but as the day progressed he showed off his repertoire of strokes, speeding from 100 to 150 in just 42 deliveries, getting to that milestone with an audacious hook for six off Siddle. With the partnership growing, Australia looked short of wicket-taking options. James Pattinson and Siddle were unwavering in the morning but had little joy with the old ball, and Moises henriques acquitted himself well as a back-up seamer though not as one who could pick up a clutch of wickets. Michael Clarke let the game drift after tea, pinning all his hopes on the second new ball. India rattled off 102 in the first 17 overs of the final session and even when the quicks took the new ball, India’s momentum didn’t subside.
COLOMBO: A pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 23 centrally contracted players threatens to disrupt a two-test series against Bangladesh, which is due to commence at Galle on Friday. The players’ contracts expired at the end of February and they met Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials to inform them they would not sign new ones by Saturday’s deadline, said SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga. “We have clearly explained to the players that we are willing to pay them 67 percent of our total revenue,” Ranatunga told Reuters. “We told them that unless they sign the contracts they would not be selected to play in the series against Bangladesh.” A similar pay dispute threatened to derail last year’s Sri Lanka Premier League after the players said they would pull out of the tournament. Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage delivered an ultimatum to the players and said the SLC would select a whole new team if they did not sign the contracts. “The players are demanding 75 percent of the total revenue and if that is to be paid Sri Lanka Cricket will have to obtain a loan of 600 million rupees ($4.70 million),” Aluthgamage told Reuters. “I have asked Sri Lanka Cricket to give the players time till Sunday for them to make up their mind, if they still refuse I have told them to go ahead and pick a new team and play the series.” Ken de Alwis, secretary of the Sri Lanka Players Association, told Reuters that senior players would meet the officials on Sunday to discuss the matter. ageNcIes
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I enjoyed my knock today, that’s the way I like to play. It was good coming back into the team. I was feeling like myself again – Lendl Simmons
Monday, 4 March, 2013
hafeez, gul demolish sa, Pak climBs To no 3 on The rankings CEnTURIon ageNcIes
OhAMMED hafeez and Umar Gul turned their tour around to take Pakistan to an emphatic victory and leapfrog three places on the ICC rankings to No.3. With the Durban match rained out, Pakistan also claimed the series and a piece of silverware to go along with the bragging rights. With no Dale Steyn to contend with, hafeez played with freedom and confidence. he became the first Pakistan batsmen to 1,000 Twenty20 runs and notched up his highest score in the format. Timing, placement and an 83-run stand with Ahmed Shehzad helped him set Pakistan up. South Africa’s attack was flayed almost from the very beginning of their innings and may have been taken by surprise at Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad’s positive approach. Shehzad was the more confident of the two openers and showed the first sign of his intent with a cut in the second over. Lonwabo Tsotsobe offered width and even though there was a third man prowling, Shehzad went on a Sehwagesque upper cut and beat the fielder. In the third over, the pair stepped up. Shehzad settled in against Kyle Abbott. he took on the full ball and the short one and seemed to enjoy the ball coming on at pace. Jamshed could not find his timing in the same way and after being hampered by what looked like a hand niggle, was cramped for room by Tsotsobe and played the ball straight to Justin Ontong at midwicket.
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The very next ball, the South African fielders made the mistake that cost them. hafeez cut the ball to Faf du Plessis at point and Shehzad had charged all the way up to the other end. Du Plessis’ throw missed the non-strikers’ stumps but went to mid-on, where Ontong had enough time to run Shehzad out. he also missed, letting Shehzad off a second time. Shehzad did not make another mistake until much later. Instead, he went on to display power and placement in equal quantities. he launched Chris Morris over long-off to show his competency of the former and beat du Plessis, arguably the most agile fielder around, by opening the face of his bat to guide a slower ball for four in an elegant showing of the latter. What characterised his 83-run secondwicket partnership with hafeez was how well they both found gaps and timed their shots. hafeez pulled when it wasn’t short enough but took advantage of the powerplay and lack of fielders outside the ring, he charged Robin Peterson with success and even managed to thread his defensive shots between fielders. The area behind short fine-leg and backward point was a favourite of both the batsmen and they scored nine boundaries there between them. When they were at the crease, the run-rate remained above 10-anover and a massive total was in sight. But Shehzad could not time his running as well as his shots and he eventually fell on his sword. hafeez reverse-swept Justin Ontong, brought on as du Plessis tried to keep the over-rate under control, wanted a run but Shehzad set off late. Morris’ throw from short third man was accurate and Shehzad had to go for 46.
scoReboaRD PaKIstaN Nasir Jamshed c ontong b tsotsobe 13 ahmed shehzad run out (Morris/ontong) 46 Mohammad hafeez* hit wicket b Kleinveldt 86 Umar akmal c du Plessis b Morris 11 shoaib Malik c Miller b Kleinveldt 7 shahid afridi not out 19 1 Kamran akmal† c Peterson b Morris 1 Umar gul c behardien b abbott 0 saeed ajmal not out 11 eXtRas (lb 6, w 5) 195 total DID Not bat Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan fall of wIcKets 1-29 (Nasir Jamshed, 3.3 ov), 2-112 (ahmed shehzad, 11.1 ov), 3-155 (Umar akmal, 14.4 ov), 4-170 (Mohammad hafeez, 16.3 ov), 5-171 (shoaib Malik, 16.5 ov), 6174 (Kamran akmal, 17.6 ov), 7-190 (Umar gul, 19.4 ov) bowlINg KJ abbott 4-0-41-1, ll tsotsobe 4-0-28-1, RK Kleinveldt 4-027-2, ch Morris 4-0-35-2, RJ Peterson 2-0-26-0, Jl ontong 2-0-32-0 soUth afRIca 36 ab de Villiers† b Mohammad Irfan 7 h Davids c saeed ajmal b Junaid Khan 6 f du Plessis* c †Kamran akmal b Umar gul 0 ch Morris c saeed ajmal b Umar gul Jl ontong lbw b Umar gul 0 0 f behardien c ahmed shehzad b Umar gul Da Miller c ahmed shehzad b Mohammad hafeez 9 13 RJ Peterson c shahid afridi b Mohammad hafeez 22 RK Kleinveldt c Umar akmal b Mohammad hafeez 2 KJ abbott c †Kamran akmal b Umar gul 0 ll tsotsobe not out 5 eXtRas (lb 1, w 4) total 100 fall of wIcKets 1-20 (Davids, 1.6 ov), 2-50 (du Plessis, 4.2 ov), 3-50 (Morris, 4.3 ov), 4-51 (ontong, 4.6 ov), 5-53 (de Villiers, 5.4 ov), 6-53 (behardien, 6.1 ov), 7-67 (Miller, 9.6 ov), 8-98 (Kleinveldt, 11.4 ov), 9-98 (Peterson, 11.5 ov), 10-100 (abbott, 12.2 ov) bowlINg Mohammad Irfan 3-0-27-1. Junaid Khan 2-0-22-1, Umar gul 2.20-6-5. Mohammad hafeez 3-0-25-3. saeed ajmal 2-0-19-0 Match details toss Pakistan, who chose to bat series Pakistan won the 2-match series 1-0 t20I debut KJ abbott (south africa) Player of the match Mohammad hafeez (Pakistan) Umpires JD cloete and s george tV umpire at holdstock Match referee JJ crowe (New Zealand) Reserve umpire Kh hurter
Pak bowling coach Akram under fire after south Africa debacle LAHoRE staff RePoRt
ANTIGUA: Lendl Simmons blasted six sixes as his unbeaten 63 led West Indies to a comfortable eight wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Antigua on Saturday. Batting first, Zimbabwe were restricted to 130 for eight with West Indies paceman Tino Best picking up three for 18 in his four overs. Best removed both Zimbabwe openers Vusi Sibanda (13) and hamilton Masakadza (9) cheaply as the tourists struggled at 28 for three. Craig Ervine (34) and Malcolm Waller (49) held together the Zimbabwe innings with a 60-run partnership in ten overs but the lower middle order were unable to capitalise. In response, Simmons was ably supported by Johnson Charles, the pair putting on 30 inside four overs before Charles was trapped lbw by Chris Mpofu. Mpofu then removed Darren Bravo for a duck, the left hander’s attempted pull looped up to Chamu Chibhabha, to offer Zimbabwe a brief opening. But Bravo’s brother Dwayne came in and struck 38 from 30 balls as he and Simmons, with their 85 run partnership, saw the Caribbean team to victory with 23 balls remaining. The second and final game of the series will also be played at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in North Sound on Sunday. ageNcIes
Pakistan’s bowling coach Mohammad Akram is likely to face the heat after the lacklustre showing by the pace attack in their recent 0-3 drubbing in the Test series against South Africa. Sources close to the team have claimed the bowlers have little respect for Akram and primarily don’t take his advice or tips seriously. “The reason is Akram played few tests for Pakistan and with 17 wickets doesn’t have an impressive international cricket background. Plus, when his appointment was made it was seen as a questionable one as there were other better candidates available. Also, there is talk that he got the job because of political pressure,” a source said. The criticism against Akram is not surprising given the vagaries of Pakistan cricket where those in power positions usually face such questions after a bad series. Pakistan’s inexperienced pace attack disappointed in the series with Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Irfan, Rahat Ali and Ehsan Adil grabbed just 19 wickets in the series at an expensive average of 45.89. In comparison South African pacers grabbed 53 wickets at an average of 17.58. Pakistan’s most experienced bowler, Umar Gul took just five wickets at an average of 46.80 on
rePorts suggest, the bowlers have little resPect for aKraM and PriMarily don’t taKe his advice or tiPs seriously
pace friendly wickets in the two Tests he played putting a big question mark on his future as a Test player. Sources say that Akram also failed to read the pitches in South Africa and prepare a comprehensive pace plan for the opponents.
“he himself was lost and whatever he said to the players was never taken seriously. Akram was also unable to give proper advice or even convince the head coach and captain about which pacers should play in the Tests,” the source said. Pakistan ended up fielding a debutant and two pacers with just one test experience behind them in the final test that Pakistan lost by an innings and 18 runs inside three days. “Keep in mind that these bowlers had become used to having someone like Waqar Younis around to help them till 2011,” the source added.
selector Jayasuriya to meet locked-out players Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya will meet with the locked-out players on Sunday evening, SLC president Upali Dharmadasa said. It is expected to be a personal attempt on Jayasuriya’s part to break the deadlock between SLC and the players, and possibly aimed at selecting a full-strength squad for the first Test against Bangladesh on Friday. The dispute could also prevent the Sri Lanka cricketers form playing in the IPL but Nishantha Ranatunga, the SLC secretary, was hopeful the stand-off would be resolved before the IPL began; both the players and the SLC stand to lose if the participation is affected, as the board receives 10% of player salaries in the IPL for providing them No Objection Certificates to play in the league. Jayasuriya’s selection panel was due to name a squad for the first Test against Bangladesh on Sunday afternoon, but has delayed the announcement until after the meeting. The original deadline for signing contracts was March 2, but none of the 60 players who have been offered contracts have yet signed with the board. Jayasuriya had personally set up the meeting with the players after informing board officials. Jayasuriya was a guest of honour on the first day of the tour match currently being played in his home town of Matara, but had left the ground early in the afternoon. Meanwhile Ranatunga said he expected the players to sign before complications around the IPL arose. “I don’t think we will get into that kind of a problem because I am confident the players will sign,” he said. “We will see how it goes.” The IPL begins on April 3 Players require NOC’s from their home boards to play in the IPL regardless of whether or not they are centrally contracted. Although Sri Lanka’s players are likely to already have secured NOCs from the board at the time of their signing with a franchise, Ranatunga said there was a possibility the players could find themselves unable to play in the tournament.”We can issue NOCs. sPoRts DesK
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There’s still a lot of work ahead of us to get to where we want to be but the team is doing a great job – Hamilton
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denzaro clinches Pakistan derby title LAHORE: Denzaro of Gul Zareen Khan clinched the country’s most prestigious race the Pakistan Derby here at the Lahore Race Club course on Sunday. Packed to capacity, the LRC gave a look of grand assembly and on the day the card of 11 races were slated to be competed while Derby was at number nine. Denzaro which was ridden by Amir Pervaiz and trained by Abdur Rasheed took 2.36 minutes to leave behind Raks-e-hawa and hidden Pearl who claimed second and third places in this 12 furlong race. The winner’s trophy was received by Gul Zareen from chairman race club Tariq Aziz. In the first race JohnCena owned by Muhammad Nawaz was the winner while Miss Rishky and Golden Nido were second and third respectively. Jameel Choice of Ameer haider took the second race while Baba Jee and Kingdom were second and third. Mohammad Asif’s Jahalwan Love took the third race with Sweet Love becoming second and hope for All taking third place. Amazing Grace amused all the participants with an easy victory in the fourth race while Desert Flame got the second position and was followed by Geo Shan Say. Penzy got the fifth race with Enigma and Luna getting to second and third positions. The sixth race went in favour of Golden Rose, it was followed by Formula One and Ballerina for a second and third position Divine Angle ran to first position in the seventh race with Royal Fairy taking the runner-up place and was followed by Qous-e-Qaza. Suba Sadiq came upfront of all in the eighth competition of the day while Sufian Prince was second and Malik’s Love came third. Linn County took the 10th race while Jahalwan Blue was second. staff RePoRt
Punjab youth festival 2013 begins today LAHORE: The final phase of the Punjab Youth Festival will roll into action from today (March 4) with matches of cricket, table tennis and badminton. The teams of Press Clubs, Bar Association, Departments and Corporate sector will be played at different venues. The first match will start at around 9 am. Four matches of Press clubs of Faisalabad vs Gera Ghazi Khan, Rawalpindi vs Lahore, Bahawalpur vs Gujranwala and Sargodha vs Sahiwal will be played at Ittefaq Ground. In the Bar Association cricket matches will be played at New Ittefaq Ground, Faisalabad will meet DGK, Rawalpindi vs Multan, Sahiwal vs Lahore and Sargodha vs Bahawalpur. In the Departments cricket at Mehran Club Ground Mehran Block, Iqbal Town, Faisalabad will play Dera Ghazi Khan, Rawalpindi vs Multan, Rawalpindi vs Multan and Bahawalpur vs Gujranwala. In the Corporate sector matches at Shah Faisal Ground Faisal Town, Faisalabad will play Dera Ghazi Khan, Rawalpindi vs Multan, Bahawalpur vs Gujranwala and Sargodha vs Sahiwal. Meanwhile the draws of the badminton and table tennis competitions will be held on the venue prior to the start of the matches. The badminton matches will be held at Gymnasium of Iqbal Park Sports Complex and table tennis has been slated for Shah Jahan (Table Tennis hall near Mian Plaza Johar Town Lahore. The badminton matches will be held between 10 am to 12 noon while the table tennis will start from 12 noon till the about 2 pm. staff RePoRt
shokat memorial beat Pioneer LAHORE: Shokat Memorial Cricket Club Kent beat Pioneer Cricket Club by 51 runs in a friendly match at Air Port Cricket Ground. Scores: Shokat Memorial Club 311 -9 in 25 overs. Waheed Ahmed 82,Ahmed khan 40..Ashfaq Ahmed 340,Tanzeel Tasawar 3-50,Azeem Zulifqar 3-42. Pioneer Cricket Club 260 for 9 wkts in 25 overs. Mubeen Malik 60,hasan Azam 52,Awab Usmanee 30. ,Mushtaq Ahmed 340,Ahmed Ali 3-44 . staff RePoRt
Rafael nadal returns the ball to Martin Alund during Mexican Open.
Messi from Argentina reacts after losing the Copa del Re soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
lewis records gritty hsBc women’s champions win
TACY Lewis fended off fierce competition from Na Yeon Choi to win the 2013 hSBC Women’s Champions title. On a windy final day at the Serapong course in Sentosa, Lewis emerged triumphant by just one shot to lift the 2013 hSBC Women’s Champions trophy with a score of 15-under 273. The American seized the lead during the second round, but Choi drew level at the top on the third day. Both ladies started the final round at 14 under par, while dark horse Paula Creamer was hot on their heels at -12. Forced to contend with the heat and strong wind out on the course, Lewis knew all along that she was going to have to dig deep for the last 18 holes. “We were kind of separated from the rest of the field, and with the wind up, it didn’t really allow for a low number out there,” she stated. “So I knew it was going to be one of those days where you just had to kind of grind it out.” Nevertheless, the world number four started well enough. She birdied the second and moved ahead to -15 after Choi bogeyed her attempt. There was also plenty to cheer about early on for fans of Creamer as she notched back-to-back birdies at holes 3 and 4 to pass Choi with a score of 14 under
par. There was big smile on The Pink Panther’s face after her feat, and she thoroughly deserved to bask in the applause after playing good approach shots on both holes. Watching those around her score birdies over the first few holes prompted Choi to step up on her game. She capitalized on a Lewis bogey at the fifth with a birdie at the next hole, but the 28year American came up with a piece of magic on the seventh to stop world number two Choi from taking the lead. hitting a hybrid which landed on the green’s apron and bounced gently toward the pin, Lewis set herself up nicely for a tap in, which she duly finished to score an Eagle. Choi’s eventual birdie could only bring her one shot behind at -15. however, the magic ran out abruptly
for the 2012 LPGA Player of the Year and her competitors in the back nine. Drives headed for the green ended up in bunkers while putts skirted holes stubbornly and refused to drop in. Choi would end up bogeying again on the 13th, while Creamer and Lewis were guilty of doing the same at the 15th. By the time the trio teed up at the final hole, Lewis had picked up another bogey at the 17th, which allowed Choi to close in on her with a score of 14 under par. “I hit it close a lot on the back nine. Just couldn’t get any putts to fall. And the last four or five holes, I was pretty nervous, I’m not going to lie. That golf course is hard and it can jump up and get you at any second. And to have to play with two great players on your tail all day and they played unbelievable.”
“I wanted to hit good shots and did not really get anything out of it, and just really felt fortunate that nobody else was making putts too. Na Yeon [Choi] had plenty of chances, Paula [Creamer] had a bunch of putts on the edge, and it just seemed that nobody could get the putts to go in. I’m sure it was frustrating for the fans to watch that.” A considerable portion of the viewing gallery voiced their support for Choi, urging her to force Lewis into a play-off as both ladies began the par five 18th. Nonetheless, the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner emphatically silenced them when she caught the edge of the green with just two strokes. Lewis needed at least three to do the same in earlier rounds, but decided to go for the driver after her caddie Travis Wilson advised her to capitalize on the wind condition. “All week, I had played to get on the green in three but, with the wind the way it was, my caddie and I both said ‘Driver!’ at the same time,” Lewis shared. “You know, for him, he’s the same person whether we tee off on 1 or whether we are walking off on 18, and that’s the best thing you could ask for in a caddie. Things are kind of going sideways, but his reaction, you would never have known that it was.” After that stroke of brilliance, the Ohio-born golfer should have closed the door on any talk of a Choi fight-back. however, Lewis’ failure to sink her Eagle attempt forced her supporters to contend with a nail-biting finish.
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It can get out of hand, especially when you get into social media and start tweeting and all those different things that can go wrong. – Tiger Woods
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failed To PrePare, PrePared To fail MUHAMMAD BUTT
OU know you are in trouble when midway through the most important series in over a year, a goat needs to be sacrificed, a mule has to be drafted in to open the batting and a giraffe still learning to gallop has to be relied upon to get wickets. This is in a nutshell what transpired in the tests against South Africa. The performances resembled a sine wave form; a spirited show in Newlandson a surface that was more sub-continental than South Africasandwiched between two thrashings. One could argue that the score line would have been different had an Ajmal inspired Pakistan pulled of a victory in the 2nd test but the fact is they did not and after that a whitewash was inevitable. As always, the aftermath has seen everyone from the coach down to the tea boy being blamed. As always, little good will come of it. The team will go back to the UAE, hafeez who ironically opens the batting because he can bowl will score the most sumptuous hundred bringing back memories of Mark Waugh and all will be forgotten. Misbah and Whatmore in particular have received plenty of stick. Some of it
is indeed merited but all things considered, this scribe does not believe that the team could really have done a whole lot better. The vitriol directed towards the above two and especially Misbah is funny because historically we do oh so well outside the sub-continent don’t we? The Pakistan team plays fewer matches than its peers. A point Misbah alluded to and which is largely valid. Expecting them to go without a test for about 6 months, pop over to the friendly conditions of South Africa, play just the one measly side match and then do well would be bordering on delusional. To be fair, Pakistan had their moments but those were too sporadic. Part of it was down to their shortcomings and part of it down to the quality of the opposition. The current South African team is not quite of the same level as the Australian side circa late 90’s and early 00’s but on home soil, expect them to leave most sides, if not all, bruised and steyned. Coach Boone in the movie Remember the Titans demanded his team to be agile, mobile and hostile. The South Africans were all this and then more. Looking ahead to the limited overs’ format is slightly trickier. Pakistan has generally been better than South Africa
in the shortest format and they should look to head into the two T20 Internationals believing they are the favorites. The batsmen and hafeez in particular will be glad to see the back of Steyn albeit for a short while. The Professor, who looked out of answers, will be hoping to have more of an impact in this form while his counterpart Faf Du Plessis leads a side that is probably best described as transitional. This scribe would have written of chances of Pakistan doing too much in the ODI’s on the pretext that our test team which fared rather poorly is better than our ODI side. however the Kiwi side recently showed that a favorable result can be achieved even if it came against a somewhat weakened South African unit so all hope should not be lost. Some familiar names come back into the team. Afridi’s ‘final chance’ according to Iqbal Qasim will provide the cricketer (if you want to call him that) his 639th opportunity to con the nation into thinking that he is of some use. The Akmals, conspicuous by their absence in the tests also return; well two of them at least. Wahab Riaz is another notable inclusion and given the paucity of fast bowlers in the ranks, it would be a good opportunity for the bustling left armer to regain his spot.
oCA president meets AJJbwF president LAHoRE staff RePoRt
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matches postponed LAHORE: The 16th Tauseef Trophy Cricket Championship, 10th M.Siddiq Memorial Cricket event and 28th M. Yaseen Akhtar Memorial Event matches have been postponed due to the National One Day event. A Large No. of Players of the clubs are pa ticipating in the National One day event. All matches of 3 events from March 5 now will be played after completion of the National One day Event. Meanwhile chief organizer of the Events Mr. Waqar-ul-Munir is also going to Saudi Arabia for performing Ummrah on March 4. staff RePoRt
President Asian Ju-Jitsu & Belt Wrestling Federation (AJJBWF) and President OCA/ANOC h.E. Sheikh Ahmed Al Fahad Al Sabah during the meeting have discussed the joint efforts in promoting sports in Asia particularly Ju-Jitsu Sports. President OCA/ANOC h.E., Sheikh Ahmed Al Fahad Al Sabah on the 1st of March, 2013 met President Asian Ju-Jitsu & Belt Wrestling Federation (AJJBWF), Mr. Khalil Ahmed Khan in Bangkok, Thailand to discuss various strategies in order to promote sports and more particularly, JuJitsu, in Asia. During the course of the meeting, Sheikh Ahmed invited Mr. Khan to take an initiative to include and endorse Ju-Jitsu in the Gulf Region and declared it officially incorporated as a sports category in the upcoming Asian
Indoor Martial Arts Games 2013 to be held in June at Incheon, Korea. President AJJBWF highly appreciated OCA’s
stance in this regard and promised to take all measures deemed to be necessary so as to achieve that goal.
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2nd shaheed Benazir women cricket challenge Trophy T-20 LAHORE: Day 1 Matches 04-Mar Punjab Vs Sindh Gaddafi Stadium Lahore 0930 AM UMPIRES Javed Ashraf and Kausar.Shah TV.UMPIRE: Ahmed Shahab REFEREE: Saadat Ali SCORER: Abdul hameed PRESS SCORER: Azhar hussain 04-Mar ZTBL Vs Federal Capital Gaddafi Stadium Lahore 1330 PM UMPIRES Nasar Khan and humairah Farah TV.UMPIRE: Ahmed Shahab REFEREE: Saadat Ali SCORER: Abdul hameed PRESS SCORER: Najamus Saeed staff RePoRt
alfalah insurance take Punjab Polo cup LAHORE: Alfalah Insurance on Sunday edged to a slender margin win beating Master Paints in the final to claim the Enterprise Punjab Cup Polo Tournament here at the Lahore Polo Club ground here. Alfalah Insurance frist took the two goals lead and then wilted in the middle and again bounced back to win the title 5-4. Alfalah Insurance score two goals in the first chukker one in the second and two again in the final and fourth chukker. Saqib Khan Khakwani, hamza Mawaz Khan and Matias Vial Perez were the architect of the win while the Master fought well through Gaston Moore who score all the four goals, two each in the second and third chukker. Moore for his controlled game earned the player of the final award and was given this prize by chief guest h.E. Axel Wech, Ambassador of Austria, who also gave the winners trophy to Alfalah Insurance quartet. Marcus hankock and James harper were the umpires of the match while it was referreed by Santiago Mendivil. staff RePoRt
Flower warns against root hype QUEEnSToWn ageNcIes
Andy Flower, the England team director, has cautioned against over-hyping Joe Root’s early success at international level after his form prompted discussion as to whether he should immediately be promoted to open in Tests, and which of the established top order he could force out for the 2013 Champions Trophy. With the new split coaching role that has Ashley Giles in charge of the limited-overs squads, Flower has not been around the team during Root’s impressive run in India and New Zealand since the start of this year. however, Flower did see at first hand Root’s Test debut in Nagpur, where he made 73 off 229 balls in the first innings to help England towards their series-clinching draw. Root gave another composed display during England’s warm-up match against the New Zealand XI in Queenstown - scoring 49 in the first innings and contributing useful overs during the three-wicket defeat - ahead of a series where he is penciled in to retain the No. 6 position he had in Nagpur. Root has already been given tags ranging from the opener-in-waiting to a future England captain, so while
acknowledging what he had achieved in the embryonic stage of his career, Flower hoped expectations would not become too inflated. “You’ve got to remember Joe Root has played one Test match,” he said. “I think everyone should keep a little calm about his prospects. No one knows exactly how he’s going to do, not Joe and none of us. “But he has handled himself very well in the international competition and the opportunities he’s been given so far. We look forward to him having a very successful career, but he’s got to take it one step at a time - as do all of us.” Another impact of Root’s emergence has been to increase the pressure on Nick Compton. Debate continues about one of the few questionable places in the England Test line-up despite Compton’s solid performances in India. he made only 21 and 1 against the New Zealand XI to be, along with Kevin Pietersen, the most short of time in the middle. “I thought Nick played really well in India,” Flower said. “he had some tricky situations to deal with there - some extreme subcontinent conditions, obviously the pressure of playing in India for the first time. I thought he did extremely well out there, without getting the huge score. he put on
some really valuable partnerships with Cook. “he missed out in this game, having spent a bit of time there in the first innings when the ball was darting around. he’s a good player.” The England squad made the three-hour journey to Dunedin, the venue for the first Test, on Sunday but before leaving picture-perfect Queenstown, Flower also reflected on a performance against the New Zealand XI that was less pleasing on the eye than the backdrop. In both innings the top order failed to impose itself - the first innings was guided by a pleasing performance from Ian Bell and Matt Prior boosted the second - and the pace bowling was less-than-convincing as the New Zealand XI lost just seven wickets in each innings, chasing down 334 on the final day with eight balls to spare. “Winning is a great habit to keep, but they played pretty well and I thought we were a little sloppy in a few areas,” Flower said. “But there were some good things to come out of that game. I thought Bell and Prior were excellent with the bat. “The bowlers, after a poor first-innings display, all got better in the second innings. It’s not ideal, losing. But the crux of the matter is the first Test is four days away, and
that’s when it will count. “I think there was ring-rustiness there, without a doubt. That was obvious for all to see. The point of playing these games is to get ready for the first Test. It was an excellent game of cricket ... all in all, a very good outing for everyone.” No one was rustier than seamer Graham Onions who had a forgettable match, ending with figures of 1 for 213 from 38 overs, which means Stuart Broad is assured of a return to the Test team although, as ever, Flower would not confirm any selection decisions. Broad was the pick of England’s quicks as he put his troublesome heel through a solid work out, maintaining good pace in multiple spells, and did not appear hindered at any point. “I’m very pleased,” Flower said. “his heel is obviously a worry to him and to us. But it reacted well to the number of overs he bowled, and he came through it well. he is fit and available for selection for the first Test.” Still, half of England’s bowling attack in the first Test will be pushing bodies that are not in prime order. Along with Broad’s heel there is Graeme Swann’s elbow to monitor. he spent six overs off the field on the final day in Queenstown, when he sent down 20
overs in total, for what was termed ‘routine’ work on the elbow, which underwent surgery in 2009 and will remain a concern for the rest of Swann’s career. Swann will have an immense workload in the next 12 months - unlike the quicks he is unlikely to consistently have someone to share the burden - and 15 Tests between now and the end of the back-to-back Ashes, not to mention the Champions Trophy, could stretch his joint to breaking point. “Inevitably, there are niggles - the stresses and strains that are put on their bodies mean there always are,” Flower said. “But at the moment everyone is fine.” Flower was also confident that, despite the bowling attack struggling in the absence of James Anderson and Steven Finn, there were enough resources to cover whatever situations occur. “We’ve got some very fine international bowlers. That’s why we’ve had a lot of success recently. We’re always conscious of the contingency plans in case some of our star bowlers get injured - and because of the nature of the job they do, they are going to get injured. I am confident that, if we do have injuries, we will have bowlers who can create pressure and chances.”
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