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hashmi demands pML-n make drone strikes stop
hard for pti to implement manifesto in Kp
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf senior leader Javed Hashmi on Monday warned the PML-N to stop drone attacks, otherwise the people would take to the streets to demand justice. “Its high time to stop drone strikes inside Pakistan as protection of the citizens is the prime responsibility of a government,” Hashmi said while talking to reporters outside parliament. pag e 02
Despite the formation of government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it could be hard for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders to implement manifesto as most of their policies and strategies could be influenced by their allies from the Jamaat-e-Islami and Qaumi Watan Party. While PTI is considered liberal and at times even progressive, the position of JI is different and the QWP is trying to get political identity as “nationalist” party. pag e 18
Musharraf going nowhere, says apML story on page 04
119 people killed in pakistan cruise to China’s poultry victory over farm blaze south africa A large fire at a poultry farm and processing plant in northeastern China has killed at least 119 people, state media reports. The fire on Monday in Jilin province’s Mishazi township appeared to have been sparked by three early morning explosions in the farm’s electrical system, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The blaze charred the entire facility and trapped workers inside sheds. pag e 07
Pakistan outplayed South Africa in all three disciplines to win the final warmup match for the two countries at The Oval in London on Monday by 6 wickets ahead of the start of the ICC Champions League. The Proteas were very much in practice match mode as they gave opportunities to all 15 members of their squad. In the past they have set off like a pedigree race horse, even in the warm-up matches. pag e 21
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N PTI Hangu lawmaker NEWS Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
Parliamentary body approves Judicial commission’s recommendations ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Judicial Commission Committee for Judges’ Appointment in its meeting on Monday approved recommendations of the Judicial Commission. The committee extended the services tenure of six additional judges of Sindh High Court for one year, regularised the services of three judges of Peshawar High Court while the services of four judges were extended. The meeting of the Parliamentary Committee for Judges’ Appointment, with Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain in chair, took place at Parliament House. According to rules, participation of three members is necessary for quorum of the meeting. However, the committee continued its proceedings with only Senator Ishaq Dar being the other participant. The judges who were given a one-year extension included Justice Muhammad Farooq Shah, Justice Farooq Ali Channa, Justice Azizur rehman, Justice Aftab Ahmad Grad, Justice riazat Ali Sehr and Justice Salahuddin. The commission did not give extension to Justice Habibur rehman Sheikh. ONLINE
kIlled In cold blood IMRAN KHAN, PERVEZ KHATTAK CONDEMN KILLING PESHAWAR/LAHORE STAFF REPORT
ArID Khan, Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker from Hangu, was shot dead on Monday. One of his bodyguards was also killed whereas two others were
injured seriously. Officials said Khan was on his way in a car. When the vehicle reached near Hangu Bazaar terrorists opened fire on the vehicle. Khan and one of his bodyguards died on the spot whereas two injured were rushed to the Hangu Headquarters Hospital. Doctors termed the condition of both the injured in danger. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the killing so far. On the other hand, Khan’s family has not nominated someone in this respect. Similarly,
police officials are also tight-lipped, saying that investigation has not been started so far. Belonging to a middle-class family, the MPA was elected to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in May 11 2013 general elections as an independent candidate. Soon after winning polls, he had joined the PTI. He had defeated Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl candidate Attiqur rehman. Hangu is considered sensitive due to its geographical location, but Farid Khan had nothing to do with the Taliban or
other miscreants. Hangu is adjacent to Kurram, Orakzai and North Waziristan agencies. Separately, PTI Chairman Imran Khan condemned the murder of Farid Khan. In a condolence message on Twitter, Imran Khan sympathised with the family of slain lawmaker. “May Allah give his family strength to bear the loss. My prayers go out to them,” he tweeted.” Meanwhile, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak also condemned the killing of the PTI MPA in Hangu. The chief minister ordered police to probe the attack.
Hashmi demands Pml-n make drone attacks stop ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Javed Hashmi on Monday demanded the PML-N take steps to make US drone attacks stop, otherwise the people would take to the streets in protest. “It is high time to stop drone attacks inside Pakistan, as protection of the citizens is the prime responsibility of a government,” Hashmi said while talking to reporters outside parliament. He said if the PML-N did not stop drone attacks, the PTI and people of the country would come to the roads. The senior politician added that the PTIwould play a role of effective opposition in parliament. Hashmi vowed to play the role of a strong opposition, however, he said the PTI would facilitate the PML-N on national issues. Meanwhile, PML-N leader Nisar Ali Khan said the party was in contact with opposition parties to get Nawaz Sharif unanimously elected as the prime minister of the country. “We would ask the PPP not to field its candidate for the PM’s slot so that Nawaz is elected unopposed.” However, PPP senior leader Makdoom Amin Faheem said his party would field candidate for the PM despite having withdrawn candidates for the office of speakers and his deputy. Outgoing speaker Dr Fahmida Mirza said she tried her best to treat all lawmakers on equal footing and also hoped that the next speaker would remain impartial in running the business of the House. She praised the role of women parliamentarian, saying they worked to their best capacity for the betterment of women folk. Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh rashid said the opposition would have to get united to play an effective role in parliament. STAFF REPORT
QUETTA: Balochistan chief minister-designated & National Party president, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, talks to reporters on Monday. INP
Dr Malik calls for cooperation of all quarters on Balochistan QUETTA APP
Balochistan chief minister-designate Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Monday emphasised the need for liaison with democratic forces to provide relief to oppressed people. Addressing a gathering of his party workers and media persons at MPA Hostel, he said, “If we succeed in making good relations with democratic and progressive forces, it would help in resolving problems of downtrodden people of society and promote harmony, brotherhood among the people”. He said that his party, National Party had accepted the challenge to get all ethnicities including Baloch, Pashtoon, Punjabi, Hazara, Sindhi and others together at a single platform to meet the challenges faced by the country and in Balochistan. He said that he was thankful to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, Pash-
toonkhawa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai and his own party leadership who had assigned him the task of tackling issues being faced by Balochistan. “Our test has started and we could not provide relief to masses if we could not unite all political and democratic forces of the country,” he said, adding that he was cognizant that people of Pakistan were happy over nomination of a chief minister from a Baloch nationalist party. He said that National Party did not have an agenda of transfers and postings but would pay special heed to implement its manifesto. He said that it was his top priority to recover missing persons, sectarian violence and target killings. Furthermore, he said he would introduce reforms in education and health sectors and curb corruption. Moreover, he said that education and health sectors of the province remained marred in corruption during the previous gov-
ernments, adding that his government would not only improve the performance of these sectors but also completely eliminate the corruption in all public sector departments. The National Party leader urged his party activists to remain far away from the issue of posting and transfers of government employees as it would damage the party image. He said that NP would continue political struggle of all veteran nationalist leaders including Mir Yousuf Aziz Magsi, Gul Khan Nasir, Mir Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo, Sardar Aataullah Mengal, Akbar Khan Bugti, Khair Bakhsh Marri, Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch, Bacha Khan, Khan Abdul Samad and Khan Abdul Wali Khan. Speaking on the occasion, MPA and National Party senior leader Nawab Khan Shahwani said that Nawaz Sharif had shown his political maturity by nominating Dr Abdul Malik for the top slot of the Balochistan government.
altaf hails party decision to support nawaz for Pm KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain endorsed the decision of his party’s coordination committee to support Nawaz Sharif for the office of prime minister (PM) as a goodwill gesture. He said the support given to Sharif would be unconditional. Speaking to a joint meeting of the coordination committee, he said it was heartening that the democratic government in the country had completed five years and the formation of a new government was in process. He said it was his desire to give unconditional support to the PML-N candidate for premiership Nawaz Sharif, in view of the critical situation of the country and the challenges facing the new government. Hussain prayed to the Almighty to enable the new government to bring the country out of the current crises, meeting challenges and providing real justice to the masses. STAFF REPORT
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rana Iqbal re-elected Pa speaker LAHoRe: rana Iqbal Khan on Monday was re-elected the Punjab Assembly speaker. Of a total 332 votes, Iqbal secured 297 votes while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-backed raja rashid Hafeez bagged 35 votes. Polling for the speaker’s slot was held through a secret ballot with rana Mashhood Khan in the chair. Chief minister-designate Shahbaz Sharif was the first to cast vote for the election of speaker followed by Mehmoodur rashid of the PTI, PML-Q’s Moonis elahi while Jamaat-e-Islami’s parliamentary party leader Dr Waseem Akhtar abstained, saying as per his party’s decision he would not cast vote. The Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian had already announced a boycott of the election. Separately, PML-N candidate Sher Ali Gorchani took oath as Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly. rana Iqbal administered oath to the newly elected deputy speaker. AGENCIES
Pml-n’s Jamali elected balochistan assembly speaker QuettA: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali was elected the speaker of the Balochistan Assembly unopposed while Mir Abdul Qadus Bizenjo was elected deputy speaker on Monday. A meeting of the parliamentary board of the PML-N and the PML-Q was called where the speaker and the deputy speaker of the 10th elected assembly of Balochistan were elected. Jamali would assume charge as the 13th BA speaker and Bizenjo would be the 15th deputy speaker. Both speaker and deputy speaker would take oath on June 4. AGENCIES
Sc objects to ex-nab chief’s review petition ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday returned the review petition on Fasih Bukhari’s dismissal. Former National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chief Fasih Bukhari filed a review petition against the apex court’s decision in which his appointment was declared null and void. The SC’s registrar office returned the petition with technical objections to it and sought the apex court’s detailed verdict, including the Pakistan Bar and Supreme Court Bar’s referred resolutions. Further, it was stated that inappropriate language had been used in the petition and Bukhari had submitted the petition as NAB chairman despite the court’s orders. NNI
Sc to hear TIP’s application seeking Farooqui’s appointment unconstitutional ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took notice of the Transparency International-Pakistan (TIP) application regarding unconstitutional appointment of Federal Ombudsman Salman Farooqui and fixed a date for hearing the matter on June 4, 2013. CJP took notice on an application sent by TIP Adviser Syed Adil Gilani, praying the apex court for taking suo motu action against the unconstitutional appointment of Farooqui as federal ombudsman. The Supreme Court had already fixed June 4 to hear Constitution Petition No. 30 of 2013 challenging appointments, transfers and postings made during the caretaker government’s tenure. Both applications will be taken up for hearing alongside. INP
ISLAMABAD: Future prime minister Nawaz Sharif casting his vote during elections for National Assembly speaker during assembly sessionon Monday. PPI
ayaz Sadiq, abbasi elected na speaker, deputy speaker PPP WITHDRAWS IT CANDIDATES FOR THE POSTS IN SUPPORT OF PML-N CANDIDATES
JUI-F, QWP, JI, OTHERS ALSO VOTED FOR PML-N CANDIDATES
ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
eMBerS of the 14th National Assembly (NA) on Monday elected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) nominees Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Murtaza Javed Abbasi as the legislature’s speaker and deputy speaker, respectively, with a majority vote for the next five years. The speaker’s election was conducted through a secret ballot and was monitored by outgoing speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza. Ayaz Sadiq, the new speaker, clinched 258 out of a total 313 votes that were cast. His closest rival was Shehryar Afridi of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) who bagged 31 votes. Iqbal Qadri, from the Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), came in third securing 23 votes. Though the PTI won 35 NA seats, the absence of party chief Imran Khan and five seats vacated by Khan, Javed Hashmi, Asad Qaisar and Pervez Khattak curtailed
their number to 30. Sheikh rashid Ahmed of Awami Muslim League (AML) voted for PTI’s candidates. Out of the 313 votes cast, one was declared invalid. Ayaz Sadiq was elected to the National Assembly from Lahore’s NA-122, defeating PTI Chairman Imran Khan with a margin of around 9,000 votes. After counting by the National Assembly secretary, Speaker Fehmida Mirza announced the result and declared Ayaz Sadiq as the 19th Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament. Later, the new speaker-elect Ayaz Sadiq took oath which was administered by Dr Fehmida Mirza. Dr Fehmida Mirza was elected as 18th Speaker of the House with two-thirds majority. She had taken oath on March 19, 2008 and served as speaker till June 03, 2013. Sadiq’s oath was followed by slogans and desk thumping from the benches as well as the galleries. After taking oath of office, Sadiq took the speaker’s chair to conduct elections for deputy speaker. Murtaza Javed Abbasi bagged the same number of votes as Sadiq, 258, while
PTI’s Munazza Hassan received 31 votes with Kishwar Zahra of MQM clinching 23 votes. Later, the new NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered oath to Abbasi. Abbasi was elected to the House from Abbottabad, the Hazara belt of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. After taking oath, the newly elected speaker asked political workers in lobbies not to raise political slogans and observe restraint. PPP, otHeR PARtIeS SuPPoRt PML-N CANDIDAteS: earlier, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) announced to withdraw its nominees for the posts of speaker and deputy speaker in the NA. The PPP had nominated Nawab Yousuf Talpur as a candidate for the office of speaker and Ghulam rasool Koreja for the office of deputy speaker. The decision to withdraw candidates was announced by PPP President Amin Fahim after a round of talks with the PMLN. resultantly, all PPP legislators voted for PML-N’s candidates for both slots. Other smaller political parties including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Qaumi Watan Party, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, National Party, PML-F, independent group from FATA and Jamat-eIslami also extended their support to the PML-N candidates. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in his maiden address to parliamentarians on Monday said being custodian of the House, he
would remain impartial as he believed in smooth functioning of the NA. After being elected with majority votes Sadiq thanked PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, leaders of various parties and MNAs for honouring him with the office. He said all parliamentarians should keep their sprits high, show exemplary performance and work hard to give practical shape to the golden sayings of the father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the vision of Allama Mohammad Iqbal. He called on the members to fully participate in the proceedings of the House and take decisions in Pakistan’s national interest. “We should all contribute in the progress and prosperity of the country and must think about what we can do for our motherland,” he added. Sadiq said they could change the destiny of the nation if they work together and take collective decisions in the larger interests of the country. He also appreciated the outgoing speaker Fehmida Mirza for her sagacity and wisdom in conducting the House. He assured all possible support to the print and electronic media and said the press gallery would continue its important task of informing the public about proceeding of the National Assembly and building a good image of the country all across the globe.
Mengal says party to unveil future strategy on 30th BNP-M PRESIDENT SAYS PARTY’S CENTRAL COMMITTEE HAS DECIDED TO FORM DISTRICT COMMITTEES TO CONSULT PEOPLE QUETTA SHAHZADA ZULFIQAR
Balochistan National Party-Mengal President Sardar Akhtar Mengal on Monday said his party would take a final decision on June 30 whether to quit or stay in the assemblies. Addressing a press conference after heading his party’s central working committee meeting, Mengal said his party candidates were defeated through massive rigging in general elections. He said the
party’s central committee had decided to form district committees to consult the people whether the party should quit the assemblies or remain part of parliamentary system to raise voice against the injustices done to the Baloch people. The BNP leader said that the committees would visit every district, especially Baloch dominated area, and after consulting the voters they would submit their report on June 28. He said that the final decision would be announced in a public gathering on June 30, the BNP-M would
announce its final decision to continue parliamentary politics or quit it. To a question, he said Dr Abdul Malik’s government would have to face several challenges, including recovery of missing persons and rehabilitation of internally displaced people. He said that he had well wishes for the upcoming government of Dr Abdul Malik. He said that the political forces had been given the titles of
traitors and enemies of the country who had been raising voice for restoration and protection of rights of their people. He said that his party would issue a white paper carrying evidence of “mega rigging” in elections. He alleged that personnel of police and Balochistan Constabulary had been made presiding and assistant presiding officers at polling stations, adding that these offi-
cials rigged elections. He also claimed that results were changed by FC in favour of their blue-eyed candidates. He said, “We had been claiming, and after May 11 fraudulent elections it has been proved that powerful circles in Islamabad treat Balochistan as a colony and Baloch people as third grade citizens.” He said his party did not take part in the elections to enter power corridors, but to steer Balochistan out of bloody quagmire, restore honour and pride of the people and to stop human rights abuses and military operation. He said, “We had already invited the wrath of powers by knocking the doors of Supreme Court to present the case of Balochistan.”
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musharraf going nowhere, says aPml ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
OWNPLAYING all stories appearing in the media about another exile for former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf to Dubai, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has termed such assertions as false and fabricated news that were a part of a vicious campaign to malign the retired general. On Monday, leading media outlets ran headlines suggesting Gen (r) Musharraf would leave today (Tuesday) under a deal with the PML-N as next PM Nawaz Sharif was being persuaded by world powers not to try the dictator under Article 6.
kArAchI: President Asif Ali Zardari late on Monday ordered the removal of blockades on road from Bilawal Chowrangi to Park Towers, Karachi. The road had been earlier closed due to security concerns.
Saudi Prince doles out 15m euros on disney stay
friendly opposition: ppp withdrew ‘talpur’ to give sadiq clear win ISLAMABAD ANwER ABBAS
BBC A Saudi prince is reported to have spent some 15m euros ($19.5 million) during a private visit to the Disneyland resort near Paris. Prince Fahd al-Saud is said to have booked entire areas of the park over the 22-24 May period, to celebrate getting his degree. euro Disney, which runs the theme park, confirmed that a prince had spent three days there with a number of guests. The company says it regularly organises private events for firms or people. The festivities included tailor-made events involving “rare Disney characters”, euro Disney said. Special security was put in place for the prince, one of the park’s top customers, added euro Disney. The theme park attracted 16 million visitors last year, but euro Disney says it has not made any profits since it was set up in 1992. Last year, it lost 120.9m euros in the first half of its financial year compared with a net loss of 99.5m euros in the same period a year earlier.
Following its policy of reconciliation as well as playing a friendly opposition, the Pakistan Peoples Party on Monday withdrew the name of its candidate for National Assembly speaker, Nawab Yousuf Talpur, in favour of Ayaz Sadiq of the PML-N. The PPP withdrew the name of Nawab Talpur in favour of the PML-N prior to the speaker polls. Political pundits termed the withdrawal part of PPP’s future strategy of reconciliation and a pay back to the PML-N. Talking to reporters at Parliament House, Senior PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim said his party withdrew the names of PPP candidates for the speaker and deputy speaker’s positions because of policy of reconcil-
iation. He said all decisions were being made in the better interest of the country as well as public and the PPP would continue to cooperate with the incumbent government for the sake of the country. Sources said PML-N senior leader Senator Ishaq Dar had earlier contacted the PPP on directives of PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and the PPP agreed to support PML-
N candidates during the elections for the slot of speaker and deputy speaker. Sources said Dar had contacted several leaders of the PPP. The leaders discussed the matter with President Asif Ali Zardari who decided that the PPP would lend support to the PML-N for stability of democratic order and bolstering democratic norms in the country. The PML-N has been under criticism for playing a role of friendly opposition throughout the PPP’s tenure. The PML-N turned blind eye to various unpopular decisions taken by the ruling PPP in the last five years. During the election campaign, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and other opposition parties slammed the PML-N leadership for its support to the PPP’s flawed policies despite being in the opposition.
California brushfire spreads, containment unlikely soon MOnITORIng DESk A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California spread to a total of 30,000 acres over the weekend, and fire-fighters said they no longer think thought they could contain it this week. The fire, which started Thursday, grew by 10,000 acres during the day on Sunday and overnight into Monday, US Forest Service officer ronald Ashdale said. The blaze was 40 percent contained by Monday morning, he said, and a change in its direction meant fewer homes were now threatened: 400, down from 1,000. Still, none of the 2,000 evacuated residents had been allowed back in their homes as of Monday morning, Ashdale said. Despite cooler, wetter weather that moved into the region overnight, the fire-fighters now be-
lieve it will take them longer than they had anticipated containing the blaze, Ashdale said. Full containment, initially predicted for Wednesday, June 5, is now not expected until next Monday, June 10, he said. The fire started near a power plant owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in the community of Lake Hughes, about 65 miles north of Los Angeles. By Sunday, it had destroyed six houses and forced 2,000 people out of their homes. Ashdale said 2,185 fire personnel were fighting the blaze from several California agencies. The US Forest Service is using night-flying helicopters to help fight the fire for the first time in decades, although that is a long-standing practice among other fire-fighters in the region, Ashdale said.
Pakistan Studies, Islamiyat o levels exams to be held again KARACHI: The British Council Pakistan on Monday announced that students who earlier sat for Cambridge O Level and Cambridge IGCSe Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies exams would have to retake them. The announcement was made as a result of breach in the security of the said exam papers. According to the schedule, new exam will be held on June 13-14. According to the British Council, students would be required to take new examinations of these subjects in order to ensure the continuing integrity of these exams. The council further stated that its first priority was to ensure a valid and fair outcome for all Cambridge students. NNI
“The (former) president is going nowhere. He is not going abroad to visit his ailing mother. He will live and die in Pakistan,” said Aasia Ishaque, the secretary-information of the APML. “Such assertions that President (Musharraf) is leaving for Dubai are a pack of lies. Let me put it on record that my leader would prefer to die here in Pakistan rather than fleeing the country,” she asserted. The APML leader said all fabricated cases had been lodged against her party leader when he was in self exile. “These so-called brave rulers did not register a single case against Musharraf despite the fact that he lived in Pakistan for over eight months after his resignation as president in August 2008. All the false cases
were registered against him on assumption that he will never return. But he has returned and will face these cases in courts,” she added. Holding the political ‘turncoats’ responsible for conspiring against Musharraf, Aasia said those elements wanted Musharraf to leave, as if he was tried in those cases, names of those politicians would come to the fore who were then with the general but were now supporting Nawaz. “Fearing exposure, these politicians want Musharraf to leave so their skins could be saved. But to their dismay, Musharraf is going to stay and he will clear his name in all cases because he believes that he will get justice from courts,” she concluded.
israeli defence minister says syria has not yet received sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles JERUSALEM AGENCIES
Israel’s defence minister on Monday said advanced anti-aircraft missiles had not reached Syria. Moshe Yaalon said according to ‘russian talk’, the sophisticated S300 anti-aircraft missiles have not yet been delivered, despite indications to the contrary from Syrian President Bashar Assad. russia has said it is committed to selling the missiles. Israel and the US have pressured russia to cancel the sale.
Yaalon made the remarks to a parliamentary committee on Monday. Israel has carried out several airstrikes in Syria in recent months that are believed to have destroyed weapons shipments bound for Hezbollah militants in Lebanon. Israel has not confirmed carrying out the attacks. The delivery of the russian missiles to Syria could limit the Israeli air force’s ability to act. Israel has threatened to attack the missiles if they are delivered.
saving pakistan, not govt need of hour: farooq sattar ISLAMABAD ANwER ABBAS
Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Dr Farooq Sattar on Monday reiterated his party’s commitment that the MQM would play the role of a neutral opposition in the National Assembly. Talking exclusively to Pakistan Today, the parliamentary leader of the MQM criticised the Pakistan People’s Party-led former coalition government’s performance unsatisfactory. He said his meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif at the Parliament House on Monday was not planned, adding that during the sitting, he felicitated the PML-N chief on his victory in the recently-held general elections. “We went to meet Ishaq Dar to discuss issues pertaining to the coming budget,
and Nawaz Sharif was already present there,” Sattar said. Asked about voting for the prime minister, without naming Nawaz, the MQM leader said his party would vote for the candidate who deserved it. “The coming government will also fail if it repeats the
same mistakes,” said Sattar, adding that serving the people and delivering per the promises made during their electoral campaigns was the most important thing. He said that was also the reason that the MQM wanted to give a chance to someone else. “What’s more important than sitting on the opposition benches or joining the government was safeguarding the beloved motherland,” he said. He said his party’s only desire was to bring the country out of the economic decline, adding that “for that purpose we all have to adopt a multi-directional strategy”. To another question, he said in last one month the MQM had lost 28 of its activists and workers, adding that “some were abducted by government agencies prior to their murder”.
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ANY -million rupees’ mega projects in rawalpindi are ongoing or have been completed without procuring a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the environment Protection Department. Under the environmental Protection Act’s Section 12, an NOC from the department is mandatory for all projects. Its violation has thus complicated estimations of environmental pollution created by the projects. According to sources, environment Department officials conducted a survey
of the slaughterhouse constructed on ratta road and found that no steps had been taken to curb pollution in the surrounding areas and Nullah Lai. Similarly, an application was forwarded to the department for an NOC for the Chandni Chowk Flyover project but no heed was paid to the issue. Likewise, NOCs for various projects the Sixth road Flyover, Chohr Chowk expansion, Pirwadhai road Flyover and Underpass and Mareer Chowk were also not acquired. environment District Officer Shoukat Hayat said that letters regarding the environmental law’s violation have been sent to the environment director general, adding that a fine of rs 5 million per project could be imposed under Section 17 of the environment Act. Punjab Highways Department’s Zain Jamshed Khan said that all formalities for attaining an NOC from the environment Protection Department for the Sixth road Flyover, Chohr Chowk and Pirwadhai projects have been completed and sent to the concerned department.
STreeT crImInalS, beware: caPITal PolIce arreST 118 ISLAMABAD APP
Islamabad Police on Monday arrested 118 persons involved in street crimes this year and recovered 74 stolen mobile phones and cash from their possession, a police spokesman said. On Islamabad Inspector
General Police’s orders, an aggressive campaign against street crime was launched. During this drive, Capital Police obtained names of those involved
in street crimes in the past and arrested 118 criminals. Islamabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Yaseen Farooq also directed all subdivisional police officers
(SDPOs) and station house officers (SHOs) to ensure effective patrolling in their jurisdictions, taking stern action against street crime perpetrators. Further, 50 gamblers were also arrested during raids in various areas of the city and stake money and other items worth many rupees recovered from them.
PM chooses Dr Saadia Sarwar to lead fight against polio ISLAMABAD APP
Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Monday appointed Dr. Saadia Sarwar as prime minister’s Polio Monitoring Cell’s focal person. The decision was in continuation of the prime minister’s decision on Sunday to restore the Polio Monitoring Cell at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. Khoso also directed that the cell should start functioning and hoped that honest and dedicated people would be brought onboard to achieve a polio free Pakistan. reiterating his government’s resolve towards fighting polio, the prime minister was optimistic that the cell would play an important role in achieving this national objective.
CoMing Soon: Clean anD green SeCtor F-8 ISLAMABAD APP
The Capital Development Authority (CDA)’s phase-wise “Clean and Green Islamabad” campaign was on Monday launched in Sector F-8. The scheme has already been successfully implemented in Sectors I-10, G-10, G-11, G-9, I-9, G-7, G-8, I-8, F-10 and F-11, and would run in Sector F-8 for three days. CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz and school children, traders, NGOs, Sector F-8 residents and other CDA officials inaugurated the campaign at Najam Market, Sector F8/4. Tahir Shahbaz directed the environment Wing, Sanitation Directorate, City Sewerage Division, enforcement Directorate, Municipal Administration, Water Supply and engineering Wing officials to ensure their presence in F-8 Camp Office for addressing residents’ complaints. He requested Sector F-8 residents to cooperate with the CDA to make the “Clean and Green Islamabad” campaign a success.
HEAT’S SILVER LINING Sales of anti-mosquito products, sunglasses soar
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The scorching heat has become the bane of every citizen’s life, however, the one silver lining to the rising temperature has been for those dealing in anti-mosquito products and sunglasses, as their sales are on the rise. Long hours of load shedding are coupled with the wrath of biting mosquitoes, which also include the lethal Dengue strain. To counter this, people in Islamabad and rawalpindi have started purchasing anti-mosquito sprays, lotions, nets and electric
devices in large quantities. Shopkeepers in sectors G-7, G-10, I10, F-10, Aabpara Super Market, Sadar, Commercial Market and raja Bazaar informed that they had stocked up on these commodities as their demand was rising day by day. One shopkeeper informed that sales of electronic mosquito killing devices had registered a 25 percent increase, despite the fact that administrations of both cities have been fumigating various areas to secure them against mosquitoes. Moreover, the sale of low-priced lowquality sunglasses has also been on the rise despite their contribution to eye diseases
among their users. Substandard sunglasses’ sales have always goes unchecked. Customers, while being choosy about style, colour, price and brand name, show no concern about quality. Vendors selling these sunglasses operate in all sectors of Islamabad including Super Market (F-6), Jinnah Super (F-7), Ayub Market (F-8) and on the sector F-9 park’s traffic signals and roadsides. It was revealed during a survey that low-quality sunglasses are causing various eye diseases among the citizens. Situated in Melody market, local optical dealer Asad Ali informed that most such vendors purchased defective
sunglasses at cheaper rates from dealers who imported sunglasses from abroad, mostly China, adding that sunglasses rejected from ordered consignments were also being sold, mostly in raja Bazaar, rawalpindi. A customer Awais said “Last year I bought a pair of sunglasses from a roadside vendor for rs 100. After using them for two days, I developed eye infection symptoms, blurred vision, dizziness and watery eyes.” The vendors on the other hand, said that they were selling high quality imported sunglasses. “I bought them from various cities in bulk and I know these
glasses are not harmful to the eyes,” said Shahbaz Khan, a sunglasses vendor. When asked how he knew that they were Ultraviolet (UV) filtered sunglasses, Khan said that he was unacquainted with medical terminology, but all he knew was that he had sold these sunglasses to qualified opticians and shops in posh areas. Blue Area’s Kulsum Plaza eye specialist Anjum Khawar said that qualified UV filtering sunglasses had good vision transparency, while low quality sunglasses resulted in visual distortion, leading to headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and other symptoms.
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ISLAMABAD Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
Doing it the Sindhi way at Margalla Festival ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Sindh cultural day was observed at the Margalla Festival 2013 on Monday at Arts and Craft Village. The traditional cultural heritage of Sindh was exhibited at the festival including cultural shows and music from different parts of Sindh. People from the twin cities and other surrounding areas thronged the festival and enjoyed performances of different folk artists from Sindh. People were amused by the prominent Sindhi folk singer Karim
Faqeer. Famous folk singer from Sindh Deeba Kanwal performed Sindhi songs and received great appreciation from audience. Another folk music icon from Sindh Wahid Bakash entertained the spectators with his performance. The 10 days long Margalla Festival organised by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) at Arts and Craft village is in full swing, providing recreation for Islamabad and rawalpindi residents. The festival commenced on May 31, and tis various events centred on presenting the cultures of all provinces and regions.
June 1 was celebrated as Punjab day, June 2 as Sindh Day, June 4 as Balochistan Day, while June 6 would be dedicated to Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan’s culture and June 7 to Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa’s heritage. Horse dance has also been arranged daily. Punjab Day featured many colourful cultural events including a performance by the prominent cultural group “Jhoole Laal.” Mulazim Hussain, a renowned singer who earned great fame through a music competition in India also enthralled the audience.
A traditional Punjabi “luddi” performance also entertained the festival’s visitors. Further, Hazara’s famous folk singer Afshan Zabi also performed in Hindko, Punjabi, Saraiki and Pashto, receiving great appreciation from all quarters. Gulshan Jehan, another Punjabi folk music icon also adorned the event. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest and Planning and Design Member Syed Mustafain Kazmi said, “This mega cultural event has been arranged on the CDA chairman’s directives to pay tribute to the multicultural heritage of Pakistan.”
He also appreciated the CDA and Sports and Culture Directorate’s efforts towards organising the Margalla Festival which was being enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Kazmi said that the festival provided opportunities for the folk singers and artists and also helped to promote the country’s rich culture on an international scale. He also visited different stalls at the festival where artists were demonstrating various crafts. The festival’s concluding ceremony would be held on June 9.
world bank wanTS a HealTHy PunJab ISLAMABAD
He World Bank (WB) on Monday approved an assistance package of US $ 100 million for the Punjab Health Sector reform Project’s implementation. It would focus on enhancing the number of people with access to basic health services, particularly in the low performing districts of Punjab. “Punjab holds the key to Pakistan’s progress towards attaining the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) as it constitutes 60 percent of Pakistan’s population”, said Pakistan World Bank Country Director rachid Benmessaoud. “This programme would help the Punjab government implement its Health Sector Strategy by building the capacity and systems to strengthen accountability and stewardship in the Health Department,” rachid added. Punjab’s overall health outcomes are comparable to the national average, and slightly better than other provinces, but the pace of change remains slow and uneven with significant disparities among regions, rural and urban areas, and by
PIr wadHaI ProJecT To be comPleTed by June’S end rAWALPINDI: June 30th shall be the deadline for completing Pir Wadhai More Flyover and other underpass projects, said the Punjab Highway Department on Monday. The Sixth Road Flyover project would be handed over to the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) by June 15. Punjab Highway Department’s Zain Jamshed Khan said that LED lights have been fitted on the bridge for the Chandni Chowk flyover project. He stated that work was underway on the road originating from Pir Wadhai and leading to Peshawar, which is part of the Pir Wadhai More Flyover project. O N LI NE
economic status. For example, the average exclusive breastfeeding duration is only 0.9 months in Punjab, compared to the national average of 3.2 months. Immunization coverage also remains low; only one in three children aged 12-23 months are fully immunized (34.6%). The Punjab government is keen towards human development for a productive workforce due to its increasing youth population. It said it had included health in a holistic Punjab Health Sector Strategy 2012-2020, which involves governance, accountability reforms and strengthening health systems. “Punjab has gradually improved maternal and child-outcomes and for further improvement, addressing the huge burden of malnutrition among women and children is crucial. Stunting occurs among 39 percent children under five”, said Dr. InaamUl-Haq, the project’s task team leader, adding that the project would aim “to improve the health service providers’ capacity to deliver nutrition interventions at the facility and community level.” The project comprises four components and its results would specifically measure improvements in three health service indicators: fully immunized children 12-23 months of age; use of skilled birth attendants and use of modern birth-spacing methods.
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Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. –Henry David Thoreau
Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
un nuclear chief says no progress on Iran TEhrAN: The UN nuclear agency chief has said that talks with Iran have been “going around in circles”, with no progress on efforts to clarify concerns about its nuclear programme. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said that Iran’s atomic work was in “clear contravention” of UN security council regulations. Iran was advancing its activities related to the construction of a heavy water research reactor, and its number of uranium enrichment centrifuges and stockpile of refined uranium were increasing, he said. “This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran,” he told the IAEA’s 35nation governing board. AGENCIES
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Authorities in parts of europe issued disaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defences as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks. Several people have died or are missing in the floods in Germany, the Czech republic, Austria, and Switzerland since the rains began on Thursday. The floods have killed at least one person and left several missing across the Czech republic. Czech officials warned that the waters of the Vltava river could reach critical levels in Prague late on Sunday as soldiers erected metal barriers and piled up sandbags to protect Prague’s historic centre from flooding after days of heavy rains swelled rivers and forced evacuations from some low-laying areas. Prague authorities also limited public transport and closed underground stations as water from the Vltava river overflowed into parts of the Old Town. The area is a UNeSCO heritage site boasting hundreds of well-preserved buildings, churches and monuments dating back mostly to the 14th Century, including the Charles Bridge that straddles the Vltava. “Due to the current situation, I have declared a state of danger for the area of the capital city,” acting mayor Tomas Hudecek told a news conference. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said 200 soldiers have been deployed so far to help local authorities. DISASteR wARNINgS: In Germany, where at least four people have died or are missing, Chancellor Angela Merkel promised federal support for affected areas and said the army would be deployed if necessary. Several cities, including Chemnitz in the east, and Passau and rosenheim in the south, issued disaster warnings. Passau, which is located at the confluence of three rivers, could see waters rise above record levels of 2002, said Mayor Juergen Dupper. German news agency DPA reported that large stretches of the rhine, Main and Neckar rivers have been closed to ship traffic.
119 people killed in china’s poultry farm blaze BEJIEng
large fire at a poultry farm and processing plant in northeastern China has killed at least 119 people, state media reports. The fire on Monday in Jilin province’s Mishazi township appeared to have been sparked by three early morning explosions in the farm’s electrical system, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The blaze charred the entire facility and trapped workers inside sheds. Firefighters had extinguished the blaze by early afternoon but were continuing rescue work, reports said. Photos from the scene posted on Chinese news websites showed thick smoke billowing from the cement and corrugated iron sheds. The semi-official China News Service quoted company officials as saying liquid ammonia had leaked and caused the explosions. NARRow exItS: The rescue ef-
forts were hampered by narrow exits and the “complicated interior structure” of the pre-fabricated building, Xinhua quoted firefighters as saying. More than 300 workers were at the plant when the fire broke out, but the number trapped inside was unclear, it quoted survivors as saying. About 100 workers had escaped from the plant despite the gate being locked, survivors said. eRDogAN BLAMeS ‘extReMIStS’ FoR tuRKey RIotS: The Turkish prime minister has blamed “extremist elements” for the riots that have swept his country in recent days. recep Tayyip erdogan on Monday accused the main opposition republican People’s Party (CHP) of playing an active role and working together with extremists. He also said intelligence services were investigating foreign links to the anti-government demonstrations centred on Istanbul’s Taksim Square. “People who are talking about a “Turkish Spring” in their coverage of events do not know Turkey,” he said. Meanwhile, police clashed with pro-
testers in the capital, Ankara, as antigovernment demonstrations stretched into a fourth straight day. The Associated Press quoted the local Dogan news agency as saying police also fired tear gas at a group of protesters in an area close to erdogan’s offices in Besiktas neighbourhood of Istanbul. The protesters responded by hurling back stones. CoNSeRvAtIve MeDDLINg: erdogan has overseen a transformation in Turkey during his decade in power, turning its once crisis-prone economy into the fastest-growing in europe. He remains by far Turkey’s most popular politician, but critics point to what they see as his authoritarianism and religiously conservative meddling in private lives in the secular republic. Tighter restrictions on alcohol sales and warnings against public displays of affection in recent weeks have also provoked protests. erdogan, appearing on Sunday on television for the fourth time in less than 36 hours, justified the restrictions on alcohol as for the good of people’s health.
kABUL: A suicide bomber has killed at least 13 people, including 10 school children, outside a market in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province, police say. Two foreign soldiers and a local policeman were among those killed in the blast on Monday. The police said the attacker was targeting a passing US military patrol. General Zelmia Oryakhail, the provincial police chief of the province, said the bomber was on a motorbike and detonated his explosives outside the market in Samkani district as American forces passed. He said a local school had just let students out for lunch. Oryakhail said 15 other students were wounded. He did not say how old they were. AGENCIES
ISraelI SoldIerS rePrImanded For racy PHoToS TEL AVIV: The Israeli military has disciplined a group of female soldiers who posted photos of themselves in underwear on Facebook. One picture shows the soldiers exposing their underwear and bottoms. In another, five women pose only in helmets and a small amount of combat equipment. The faces of the soldiers were blurred. An Israeli news organisation said the women were new recruits at a base in southern Israel. In a statement, the military said the young women had acted in a manner that showed “unbecoming behaviour” for Israeli soldiers. “The commanding officers disciplined the soldiers as they saw fitting,” it said. In the past few years, the Israeli military has disciplined a number of soldiers for posting offensive images and comments on social media sites. AGENCIES
BRADLEY MANNING SET TO GO ON TRIAL OVER LEAKS WASHIngTOn AGENCIES
An American soldier faced his first day on trial accused of the biggest leak of classified information in US history, with prosecutors saying his actions aided the enemy. Private Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with providing more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy website, including a video showing an Apache helicopter kill a group of civilians and two reuters journalists in Iraq. He said the move was intended to
spark renewed debate on US military action. But the government says the leaks damaged national security and endangered American lives. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted. The military trial at Fort Meade, Maryland, is expected to run until at least late August. Prosecutors have said they expect to call more than 100 witnesses. Civil liberties groups say the courtmartial has been shrouded in secrecy and threatens to stifle whistleblowers. Manning faces 21 counts, including the most serious one of aiding the enemy, as well as prosecution under the espi-
onage Act of 1917. “It’s probably the most dramatic example of the administration’s use of the espionage Act to prosecute leaks of information to the media,” said elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Centre for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Programme. “It’s quite dramatic, and the government will say that it’s proportionate to the crime.” ‘CLeAR CoNSCIeNCe’: Manning, an intelligence analyst, was arrested in May 2010 while serving in Iraq. He was charged with downloading intelligence documents, diplomatic cables
and combat videos and forwarding them to WikiLeaks, which began releasing the information that year. Manning testified in February that he had released the files to spark a domestic debate on the military and on foreign policy in general. “I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said at the time. “I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience.” One of the leaked US military videos showed a 2007 attack by an Apache helicopter that killed a dozen people in Baghdad.
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PPP to field candidate for Pm, confirms Fahim
ISLAMABAD: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, speakerelect taking oath from outgoing speaker, Dr Fehmida Mirza at the Parliament house. INP
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Amin Fahim said on Monday that his party would nominate a candidate for the prime minister’s election, scheduled to take place on Wednesday. Speaking to media personnel outside Parliament House, Fahim said the PPP received two requests from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders urging it to support their candidates for the elections of speaker and prime minister. “The party accepted the request for the speaker’s election but rejected the other request for supporting Nawaz Sharif to be elected as prime minister,” Fahim said. earlier, the PPP withdrew its candidates for the election of speaker and deputy speaker in the National Assembly. The announcement came a day after President Zardari told journalists in Islamabad he wished Sharif be elected unanimously, similar to the election of former premier Yousuf raza Gilani. However, Fahim said the party’s decision to field a candidate against Sharif for the prime ministerial race was final. Despite PPP’s decision, Sharif is all set to become prime minister for a third time as his party enjoys majority in the newly-elected National Assembly that was sworn in over the weekend.
Hard for PTI to implement manifesto in kP QWP AND JI HAVE BECOME PART OF COALITION GOVT JUST TO SETTLE SCORES WITH ANP AND JUI-F PESHAWAR SHAmIm SHAHID
eSPITe the formation of government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it could be hard for the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) leaders to implement manifesto as most of their policies and strategies could be influenced by their allies from the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP). Unlike the PTI, lawmakers of JI and QWP are experienced politicians. The PTI has 55 of 122 seats in KP
THERE WILL BE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN PTI AND JI ON EDUCATIONAL REFORMS AND PROMOTION Assembly and the election commission has announced by-polls in two constituencies. The party is also enjoying the support of 10 QWP, eight JI and five Awami Jamhoori Ittehad (AJI) members. A few independents and lone MPA of the All Pakistan Muslim League have also extended support. According to agreement, both the QWP and JI would get three ministries each. Whereas the PTI is planning to give two ministries to independents and one to the AJI. On such grounds, nine ministers will be out of PTI’s agenda regarding change. No one can neglect the fact that PTI is considered liberal and even progressive whereas the position of JI is differ-
Police arrest woman accused of poisoning 10 of a family MOnITORIng DESk The police on Monday arrested a woman allegedly involved in the poisoning of 10 members of a family, 9 of whom died. According to the investigating officer, the woman who was also a relative of the victims had added excessive poison pills in the flour that caused their deaths. During the investigation, the woman confessed to her crime. A police official further said that investigations into the case were still underway. earlier, 10 people of the same family were hospitalised after consuming poisonous food in their house at Basti Jangla, Jatoi tehsil. Their condition continued to deteriorate despite treatment. They were then rushed to DHQ Hospital where doctors referred them to Nishtar Hospital in Multan due to their critical condition.
ent and the QWP is trying to get political identity as “nationalist” party. The PTI and JI would have confrontation on educational reforms and promotion. On the other hand, both the PTI and QWP differ on Afghanistan and presence of US-led allied troops there. PTI’s Pervez Khattak has become the chief minister, but he is yet to declare his party or government stance on terrorism and militancy. He is waiting for the federal government’s policy on this issue. Likewise, the PTI policies regarding future of Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) are also unclear. Though some of the PTI leaders believe that fate of FATA could be decided according to the wishes of FATA people, but they (tribesmen) are disintegrated on such issue since inception of the country in August 1947 last. The KP suffered a lot during the fall of Dhaka. On one hand, this region was converted into ruins due to involvement first in the so-called cold war and later in war on terror. Whereas economically,
KP and its people deprived of economic progress and prosperity on pretext of “location disadvantages”. On both issues, people from this part of the country have rejected not only nationalists but also Islamists (JUI-N) and patriots (PML(N) in 2013 general elections. They voted for new parties like PTI, QWP, AJI and even JI. Whatever might be strategies and policies of political forces, but it is clear that existing issues in KP could be tackled through unanimity. The PTI remains at loggerheads not only with PPP and its allies, but its leadership is reluctant to shake hands with the PML-N and Jul-F. Likewise, the QWP is more confrontative towards ANP and similar is the situation between JI and JUI-F. The QWP and JI have become part of coalition government just to settle scores with the ANP and JUI-F. On such grounds no one could expect a major shift in plight of KP and its people as allies could exploit PTI’s compulsions for own strategies and objectives.
PPP to continue reconciliation policy, says Khursheed Shah ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) nominate for leader of opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Monday said that his party would continue to follow its reconciliation policy in larger national interest. He said that his party would like to see then incoming Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government complete its constitutional term. Khursheed Shah further said that the PPP leadership believed that democracy was the only solution of problems faced by the country.
Talking to private television channel, he said people had given a mandate to the PML-N which must be honoured and accepted by other political groups. replying to a question, he said that political maturity was gaining roots in the country and PPP would act as a watchdog in the parliament. He said all political forces of the country wanted to strengthen the democratic system and efforts were being made by democratic forces in this regard. He said democracy was restored in the country after great efforts and that was why the party did not want to indulge in politics of confrontation.
Pakistani diplomat attacked in India, reportedly wounded MOnITORIng DESk Pakistan High Commission First Secretary Zargham raza was allegedly assaulted on Monday by unknown assailants in New Delhi. According to media reports, raza was on his way to a market when he was attacked. He was reportedly injured in the attack, though his injuries were not serious. Following the attack, the Pakistan High Commission in India lodged an official protest with Indian authorities. Indian news channel NDTV reported that raza was allegedly manhandled after his car was involved in an accident with a motorcycle. The report further claimed that the diplomat was being chased by the motorcyclist, after which 10 to 15 people assaulted him and his driver.
15 more newly-elected mnas take oath ISLAMABAD APP
Fifteen more newly-elected members of the National Assembly took oath on Monday by pledging loyalty to the country and the constitution. Outgoing National Assembly Speaker Dr Fahmida Mirza administered oath to the newly-elected members. So far 316 of 323 newly-elected MNAs had taken oath. A total of 301 newly elected MNAs had taken oath on Saturday, the first day of inaugural session of the 14th National Assembly. Those who took oath on Monday included Shah Mehmood Qureshi, roshan Deen Junajo, Zehra Wadood Fatimi, Shahzeb Khawaja, Shahida rehmani, Shugufta rehmani, Sabiha Nazir, Dr Asima Mumdot, Aamira Khan, Philis Azeem, Lal Chand, Maryam Aurengzeb, Mir Manawar Ali Talpur, Tehmina Dooltana and Jamshed Dasti.
electricity tower blown up in barkhan QUETTA APP
An electricity transmission tower was blown up in Padi area of Barkhan district on Monday. Local Levies sources said that unidentified miscreants blew up the tower by planting an explosive device causing power breakdown in Barkhan and Kohlu district.
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Ice thaws as mQm seeks cooperation with ‘n’ ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
He post-election fence mending process started on Monday between two archrivals, Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), when a high-powered MQM delegation called on Nawaz Sharif to pledge a new partnership between the estranged partners. This was the first high-level contact between both parties after the 1992 military operation in Karachi which had left both them at loggerheads for the next two
decades. An MQM delegation comprising Dr Farooq Sattar and Senator Babar Ghauri met with the PML-N chief at the Parliament House and exchanged views on the political situation of the country. PML-N leaders Senator Ishaq Dar and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan were also present on the occasion. The quiet meeting took place at the chambers of Senator Dar, the office of leader of the opposition. A source said both sides discussed the possibility of cooperation between MQM and PML-N in the Centre as well as in Sindh. “The MQM delegation conveyed Altaf Hussain’s felicitations to Nawaz Sharif over his party’s em-
phatic win in the recent elections. They also suggested that since both parties were victim of a negative propaganda by Imran Khan, they should cooperate in the Centre and Sindh,” said a PML-N leader when contacted. The source said Sharif expressed gratitude to the MQM leadership and said soon formal talks would be held with them in this regard. When contacted, Dr Farooq Sattar said they met with Sharif to convey felicitations from his party to the PML-N chief. “This meeting was not planned but happened by chance,” he asserted without mentioning that they had sought a special time from the PML-N chief.
Imran breaks silence over PTI women’s seat controversy LAHORE NNI
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday spoke out about a controversy regarding PTI’s women elected to the National Assembly (NA) on reserved seats. PTI leader Fauzia Kasuri was dejected for not being among those who made it to the parliament on reserved seats. She publicly vented her anger on twitter, igniting a heated debate among PTI leaders and supporters. Khan finally broke his silence on the issue when he tweeted, “the senseless controversy over women reserved seats must end. The two who made it from Punjab have come on merit.” “Dr Mazari highly qualified & rooted in a strong ideological commit 2 PTI’s vision & Munaza Hassan won the WW elections! Merited 1&2 on list,” he wrote.
Two security personnel killed in mastung blast QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Two security personnel were killed and another two were injured in an explosion in Balochistan’s town, Mastung, on Monday. An intelligence official said two security personnel were killed and two injured in a remotecontrolled blast in Splinji area of Mastung. He said the forces were on routine patrolling duty in the area when they were targeted by militants through a remote-controlled bomb. He said it was yet to be confirmed where the bomb was planted. A security forces vehicle was also destroyed in the blast. The injured security men were brought to Combined Military Hospital for treatment. Police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel reached the scene soon after but no immediate arrests were made.
Tauqir Sadiq to be handed to Pakistan in a month: nab official kARACHI NNI
A court in Abu Dhabi ordered former Oil and Gas regulatory Authority (OGrA) chief Tauqir Sadiq to be handed over to Pakistan within a month, a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) official said on Monday. The court order against Sadiq was given on the request of the Pakistani government. Sadiq has been declared a proclaimed offender and is also a principal accused in a rs 82 billion corruption case. He fled abroad soon after the Supreme Court declared his appointment as OGrA chief void on November 25, 2011, and ordered NAB to arrest him. Sadiq managed to leave the country despite his name being on the exit control list (eCL). Two former prime ministers, Yousuf raza Gilani and raja Pervez Ashraf, have been accused of being involved in the illegal appointment of Sadiq.
ISLAMABAD: chairman Joint chiefs of Staff committee General khalid Shameem Wynne, chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez kayani, chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila and chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Marshal Tahir rafique Butt during discussions on Army War Game (Exercise AZM-E-NAU 4). INP
ADMAF makes a large donation to Malala Fund ISLAMABAD APP
The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) on Monday donated 368,000Dh to UNeSCO, to support the Malala Fund for Girls’ education in egypt. The cash represents a portion of the box office sales of the Abu Dhabi Festival - the annual classical music, arts and community festival of ADMAF that took place throughout March this year. Hoda al Khamis-kanoo and Irina Bokova signed the MoU allowing ADMAF and UNeSCO to work together on educational and cultural projects. Launched in December 2012, the Malala Fund for Girls’ education is dedicated to 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was the target of an assassination attempt by the Taliban last October because of her defence of the right of girls to go to school. The fund seeks to stem the dropout of adolescent girls from secondary education, strengthen women’s literacy programmes and give momentum to the quest to pro-
vide access to school for all girls by 2015. Last week, Malala Yousafzai, along with her family members, visited the UAe and thanked Abu Dhabi government officials in person for their efforts. “education is the key to a greater future and we hope this donation will
enable girls and women to experience a better tomorrow,” said Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, founder of ADMAF. Furthermore, ADMAF also signed an MoU with UNeSCO. The agreement will allow the two organisations to work together on future educational and cultural projects.
Suspect ashraf Islam admits threats to kill Prince Harry LOnDOn AGENCIES
A man is being held in custody Sunday after admitting threatening to kill Britain’s Prince Harry, police said Sunday. Ashraf Islam, 30, was arrested on May 23 — the day after a British soldier was butchered to death in a London street in a suspected extremist attack — after attending a west London police station. Harry, 28 — a British army attack helicopter pilot who has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan — is third in line to the throne. Ashraf was charged on Saturday with threatening to murder the prince, contrary to Section 16 of the 1861 Offences against the Person Act. That section states: “A person who without lawful excuse makes to another a threat, intending that that other would fear it would be carried out, to kill that other or a third person shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.” Ashraf, of no fixed abode, appeared in custody at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in west London later Saturday and pleaded guilty. He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on a date yet to be fixed. The British police’s Counter Terrorism Command investigated the case but no terror charges were brought against Ashraf.
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You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. –Friedrich Nietzsche
COMMENT Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
dr malik’s chance to shine Breath of fresh air from Balochistan
He selection of Dr Abdul Malik Baloch as Chief Minister of Balochistan augurs well for the province. It is for the first time that a province long mismanaged by tribal chiefs with little sense of human values is going to be led by a professional and a middle class politician well-versed in parliamentary politics. Dr Malik’s National Party, which is based mainly in the non-tribal Mekran Division, is categorised as a Baloch nationalist party with a progressive outlook and preference for mainstream politics. Along with other Baloch nationalist organizations, the NP had also boycotted the 2008 elections as these were held under a military ruler. Dr Malik is required to perform a historic but highly testing task. To begin with he has to ensure the rule of law in the province. For over a decade Balochistan has passed through a painful nightmare. There have been unending reports of kidnappings of political activists and the subsequent dumping of their dead bodies. According to Akhtar Mengal 279 people have gone missing, over 100 fell to target killings and 50 bodies dumped during the two months of the caretaker government’s tenure alone. Dr Malik is not only expected to put an end to disappearances but also to rehabilitate thousands of Marri and Bugti tribesmen who have been displaced by military operations or FC actions in Kohlu and Dera Bugti. Another arduous task before him is to negotiate with the misled Baloch leaders who have taken up arms against the state. As he heads a progressive party which aims at improving the lot of the common man, many expect him to remove the economic suffering of the people. To top it all as CM of the province enjoying good relations with the PkMAP, he has to work for the welfare of the Pushtuns too besides other smaller communities living in the province. Dr Malik has promised to practice good governance. To begin with he wants to have a small cabinet and wants to show zero tolerance for corruption. Balochistan has been subjected to neglect and misrule for decades. The long suffering the people of the province have gone through cannot be alleviated by the provincial government alone. The military establishment has to realise that the new government provides the best, if not the last, chance of national reconciliation and therefore needs to be extended full cooperation. The federal government also has to be steadfast in its support to the new administration in Quetta. While one appreciates Nawaz Sharif’s preference for a clean middle class Baloch politician over the chief of his own PML-N, one had expected a similar approach from him in apportioning the key government and parliamentary offices in Islamabad. It is saddening to find most of the key posts going to male legislators from Punjab and that too mostly from Lahore.
Zardari’s future President will not seek reelection but fails to recognise problems in tenure
will not seek reelection,” President Asif Ali Zardari told media on Sunday. In his first interview after the elections, Zardari appeared ever the statesman, laying down his position, but not asserting much. With the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) no longer in the majority in the National Assembly (NA), Zardari admits that he has lost his mandate to be president of Pakistan. The PPP and Zardari himself reminded us at numerous times that he was the only president in Pakistan’s history to relinquish his powers through the 18th amendment. The last step of his term is fast approaching: he shall now vacate the seat of President. This resolves a number of issues for the new Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, who shall have to appoint its own president soon enough. For those looking for some more candidness for the now outgoing president, there was none forthcoming. Surely the president would say something for why the PPP lost? But the ever-elusive Zardari said nothing. Neither he nor the PPP took any responsibility for the crises that have beset Pakistan in its term of government. The lack of explanations is strange though. When asked about the Karachi violence, Zardari pointed to a “foreign hand”, forgetting that the three-ruling parties blamed each other during the continuing spate of violence. When asked about Balochistan, Zardari blamed the Baloch, forgetting that it was his PPP that stuck the agreement to appoint Aslam raisani as chief minister and appointing all Balochistan MPAs to the cabinet. The matter appears to be a case of selective memory from the president, who maintained that he had been a victim in the NAB witch hunt which was continued by the Supreme Court to include four years of his presidential term. On his future plans, Zardari said he would be ready to take a leadership role if the PPP offered him such and would work to re-organise it. He maintained that the reconciliation mantra that he used during the five-year PPP term would continue with the PML-N. With the PPP now fully handed over to Bilawal Bhuto Zardari after Zardari dissociated himself from the party in line with a high court verdict earlier this year, Zardari’s own future is an open question. Zardari’s wish that the PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif be elected as consensus prime minister does not appear like being fulfilled. Zardari is now the former head of the leading opposition party, where he of course still carries a certain clout. His future probably lies with the party, but if he takes too dominant a role in the PPP, it may hamper the future of the PPP as envisioned by Bilawal. Zardari faces a difficult choice for what to do after his term ends. Some clues shall be forthcoming soon.
navigating the path forward The solutions lie with us
rIVING through torrential rain in Germany yesterday while heading to Munich airport, my mind wandered through the last three weeks spent in the US, London and Germany. I had the opportunity to meet some opinion makers and investors who consider Pakistan a viable investment opportunity. But then, of course, they quickly come down to the nitty gritty of the prerequisites that would inspire them. In Stuttgart at a seminar I met a group of investors including some from Turkey. The Turks were definitely curious about Pakistan but wary because many Turkish companies had invested and secured contracts that fell into chaos and legal battles causing severe losses. I reminded them that a few years ago legislation to protect foreign companies from being harassed by lower courts was passed, allowing them direct access to the High Courts. I also reminded them of the recent investments from Turkey in the transport sector in the Punjab. But the view that the system was loaded against foreign investors apparently continues to prevail. There is a strong opinion that long term foreign investment can only be successful if it is given the freedom and incentives required. They clarified that investment in challenging, long gestation projects is forthcoming only when the host country is fully cognizant of the fact that it does not have the internal resources to develop the particular project or sector – hence the need for investment, both financial and technical, probably marketing too, from outside. The operative word is ‘fully cognizant’, with an emphasis. For only then are investment inspiring incentives and concessions developed. Sometimes these concessions may look disquieting in the short term but it must be remembered these are not shortterm projects. returns to the host country come in multiple forms. Foremost, an unutilized resource, perhaps one that may never see the light of day, is developed and put into the mainstream. This leads to downstream development of engineering, skilled human resource capacity and employment. In the long-term, at the end of the concession period, the country will have acquired a fully developed sector and resource gen-
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erating revenue, employment and lifelong benefits. As most of these projects will be in outlying areas, new towns, businesses, education and medical centers will surface and enhance the quality of life in the entire region. Government’s fears of local businesses, regulators, legislators, judiciary baulking at such concessions are not without cause, but this is where it must transparently market the benefits. And reality must prevail in the minds of such allegedly conscientious objectors. Lets be clear, the public sector has been a disaster in Pakistan and investment in long-term projects from big local investors has been insignificant. What we have are white elephants that are sucking the financial resources instead of contributing. In fact even the employment they have created is a nightmare as they are heavily overstaffed and been used by political parties to accommodate personnel for jobs that don’t exist. Pakistan has hardly any joint ventures with foreign companies or even a strong public-private venture. We have been lagging in capital goods investments from the inception. Nationalization was a huge disaster and our industrial economy has still not recovered. Privatization was successful only during the Musharraf era and non-performing concerns were sold. Most have performed well under new management, the KeSC being one such example. It is unfortunate that there is still an outstanding amount for PTCL but the organization is doing well and at least the bleed to the exchequer has been stopped. Since that time, privatization is at a complete halt. The issue of Pakistan Steel triggered that halt. If the Supreme Court was to consider, or have or has considered, the alleged loss that the applicants suggested was being caused by the privatization at that time and correlate it with the enormous losses born by the people of Pakistan since that time until today, it may perhaps be guided to reconsider the wisdom of its decision. It is too late though unfortunately. But it will always remain as a fierce reminder of Pakistan’s many omissions. Similarly, the reko-Diq project. This is a small town in Chagai District, Balochistan, Pakistan, in a desert area, 70 kilometres north-west of Naukundi, close to Pakistan’s border with Iran. The likelihood of any investment in that region from within Pakistan is close to zero. And from overseas now more than zero. Without going into the legal ramifications, one can only opine that any concession granted to enable this project to develop would have been beneficial to Pakistan in the long run. Now it will remain a buried treasure. Yet another unutilized resource of a country desperate for resource mobilization and development of its natural endowments. Investors want security of their investment and implementation of the agreements permitting their role in the country. And Pakistan needs FDI. The
pragmatic approach would be for stakeholders to sit together and for the executive to assume full responsibility and authority for the decisions it can and must make to ensure that all Pakistan’s resources can be fully developed, optimized and utilized. We have to stop the hemorrhages that the public sector companies, no matter which company, and the only way is to privatize them or shut them down mercilessly. At the same time, subsidies to businesses that should and must compete with the rest of the world must cease. Once you start offsetting subsidies from benefits earned an entirely different picture emerges. This is a challenge the new government must take. Between my drive and flight back home, a new parliament has taken oath and we are all set for the new government. Mr Zardari has announced that he too will go at the end of his term. As it stands we are likely to see a complete change of management before the year is out in every significant segment. Barring Sindh, which has voted to maintain the status quo. I am seriously put off by an advertisement in the press that urges the new government to defer certain taxation measures that may affect the stakeholders and instead impose measures that would ostensibly increase the tax base. Where I am all for increasing the tax base, and for imposing a workable agriculture income tax (in fact I submitted a paper a number of times with a modus operandi) this tax is unfortunately within the domain of the provinces. They do not have the capacity or will to impose or collect. Seeking concessions at this point may not be appealing to either the government or the IMF and donors to whom it appears the government must go to and very soon. Perhaps the way forward is for the many big businesses in the country which do not pay their due taxes to step up and meet their obligations – hence encouraging the new taxpayer to come forward. It goes without saying the tax base must go beyond the salaried classes and this is Pakistan’s misfortune. If at all, the government must provide relief and stability to this sector. It is for the business sector to prove that it deserves consideration. Look at recent contributions and you will get a dismal picture. The only way to success is for us Pakistanis to pay meet our social obligations and pay our bills. Whether it be power, telephone or gas and for the government to do the same. The energy crisis is exacerbated thus. And the curse of what is now commonly known as ‘circular debt’. I agree with the advert to the extent the “new government needs to adopt bold and innovative policies in consultation with key stakeholders” but I believe contrary to the advert that those key stakeholders are the people of Pakistan. The writer can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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conquering everest Perhaps the prevailing week needs to be dedicated to several brave women who are making history by breaking the cultural taboos. This Saturday a 25-year-old graduate student from Jeddah, raha Moharrak became the first Saudi women to reach the world highest peak —- Mount everest. She scaled the peak from Nepal side of the mountain along with a group of 64 climbers including Nepalese Sherpa guides. Congratulations to Saudi Arabia. On Sunday, a 21-year-old mountaineer from Shimshal Valley of Hunza, Samina Baig became the first Pakistani
woman to summate the Mount everest. She was accompanied by her brother, Mirza Ali, and twin sisters from India —- Tashi and Nugshi Malik. Samina has got several feathers in her cap. She summated the virgin peak, Chashkin Sar in 2010 which is now called Samina Peak. It’s sad that Pakistani media failed to highlight this proud event on TV channels which were busy in covering the political mud of elections and its aftermath. Perhaps we have misplaced our priorities and are more interested in non-issues. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it. –Malcolm X
Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
Throwback to the Zia era For women the CII is symbol of regressive status quo
State of the union In the backdrop of elections
He leaders of the developed world always watch State of the Union address keenly. I am attempting to set up a similar format for the federal government (in-waiting) and intend to update it regularly, preferably on the first weekend of every month. We have to draw an agenda for actions, break it down on annual, monthly, weekly and daily basis. Pakistan used to have five-year plans; all of them were conceded to have failed. They were substituted by no-plan periods. That caused more problems than solving any. It was like shooting in the dark. The GOP later opted for 10, 15, 20 years plans whose contents are hiding in voluminous reports that no person has ever seen. Herculean promises were made by all parties in the backdrop of greed, empty kitty, massive energy problems, shut down industry, massive corruption, growing poverty, deteriorating law and order. Ideally all politicians must work in unison for the interests of the nation. Any error in the polity can trigger uncontrollable situations. Leaders of PML-N have grown relatively sober after suffering a massive blow to their majority when Gen Musharaf sent them to jail and then abroad. The State of Union today is miserable and no level of optimism can help in doing away with the past history of Pakistan. Massive energy and economic problems created by known entities and the people Nawaz Sharif does not want to touch will make it difficult to come out of problems during the foreseeable time. The risk factors include differential role of Armed Forces in Balochistan and Northern Areas, unchecked violence and massive unemployment among the youth. Wrong and delayed actions can incite players including civil and military bureaucracies to damage democratic institutions. Pakistan has become one of the most corrupt countries with extremely poor masses. It is generally because the lessons learnt during 1970s were soon forgotten. The federal governments never accepted the freedom of provinces to let them make their own decisions. The innocent people in Balochistan and KPK are bombarded by air force jet fighters. The political leaderships from all provinces are jailed on false charges. Successive
martial laws made the development of fraternity impossible and fortified corruption. There is distrust between federal and provincial governments, between political parties within a province, between provinces and districts. Three prime ministers of Pakistan were murdered, all in rawalpindi. People played politics over dead bodies to get power. The State of Union among various provinces and groups is very alarming and depressing. Sunnis are killing Shias, they both are killing Qadianis, Baloch are killing Punjabis, Pathans are killing Sindhis and Punjabis, and Muhajirs are killing Pathans, Baloch and Sindhis. Civil servants with domicile of one province are not comfortable getting posted in other provinces. No politician has tried to reduce hatred and polarisation and integrate the society. Almost 90 percent bureaucrats and politicians live and/or send their children abroad to study and settle. everyone wants to keep their wealth abroad. The country has, therefore, become poor and extremely polarised. Looking at provinces, KP has a long and porous border with Afghanistan where different tribes with different religious sects are settled on both sides of the border. The tribal belt has its own laws, traditions and method of administering justice and managing peace. Many a tribe is fighting with one another since generations. Most of the adults are jobless but armed. Can a new party, PTI, under the leadership of Imran Khan, change the culture and help bring prosperity? Masses are generally poor but some of the country’s richest people live in this province. Drugs and arms are manufactured, traded and marketed from the province. People are not in favour of educating girls. elders are confused and helpless. There is no tolerance and collective wisdom in the province to solve even small problems. The issues have given birth to a “get-rich-quick” culture. Imran Khan and his team have to play a tough innings if they want to change anything. The situation in Balochistan is not poor due to a design of divinity. It was probably this realisation that one of the former chief ministers had to make a public statement, saying, “If there are any constitutional difficulties for facilitating the development
of Balochistan, let us change the constitution.” The governments during the last over six decades have failed without fear of accountability. People of Balochistan are angry because Gen Musharaf killed Nawab Akbar Bugti, who was a good Pakistani, well educated and had been the governor and chief minister of Balochistan. The only demand he was making was to guarantee jobs for the youth of the province because the industry and kitchens of the whole country were running on natural gas found in Sui area of the province. As a compulsive optimist, I believe Balochistan is relative easy to make a Model Province of Pakistan. If the government of Balochistan decides to help common people to become prosperous, it shall take only a little time to achieve its objectives of throwing away the shackles of poverty in comparison to any other region in the country. The national leadership must come forward to help the province. The leaders have to understand that anything good for Balochistan is good for Pakistan. This is a recipe for a prosperous, stronger and united Pakistan. The youth of Balochistan today are asking for their rights. They are crying without tears. The leaders with vision can probably see the tears and sense the anger. The youth have changed the fate and systems of many nations and regions, including China and Japan in the past few decades. Who in Pakistan does not know about the corruption of politicians, generals, bureaucrats and their wives? They all get angry when people ask for rights. Majority of youth in Balochistan are angry, armed, unemployed and violent. They ask more questions than the people in governments can answer. The province is currently not governable due to a number of complex reasons. But political government has to talk to all stakeholders and implement solutions. I intend to discuss Punjab, Sindh, energy crisis and possible solutions in another piece soon. The writer specialises in energy, water resources, environment and economic development. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
He ushering in of the new government couldn’t have been more inauspicious for women. Days before it was sworn in, the Council for Islamic Ideology jumped the gun, announcing their latest stand on women – as contentious as ever. They won’t consider DNA as primary evidence in rape cases – although it might be used NAjmA SADEQUE as secondary evidence. Why they chose to bring up this issue at this stage raises eyebrows. It was more like a reiteration – to remind the country – that they considered themselves the last word in laws surrounding women, and intended to keep it that way. Thirty-two years ago, people were thunderstruck on learning a couple that married of their free will were to be stoned to death! Simply because some crude cops determined they were not, despite an authentic Nikah Namah. Hauled before a low-level judge who knew nothing about Islam but sought to be more loyal than the king, there was no questioning the police, unauthorised to make decisions in family matters, or why the judge accepted the police for their word. Women activists leapt to organise themselves against the sentence and Gen. Zia ul Haq, while the leading lawyer of the day, late Mr Khalid Ishaque, although a conservative and leaning towards the Jamaat-i-Islami, voluntarily stepped in to defend the couple. He proved, with his prodigious knowledge of Islam and Islamic history that not only was the punishment un-Islamic, it was no longer even practiced in Judaism where it originated. The case was eventually thrown out, acquiring worldwide notoriety for Zia’s regime in the most unflattering terms. Such punishments were never again meted out, but since then, women have been harassed by hardening attitudes encouraged from the top as well as religious political parties. For every progressive youth we have today who believe in equal rights for women, there’s an extremist who doesn’t. Since then, a version of Islam perforce, constantly subject to reinterpretation, has come to stay. Islam is what the government of the day chooses it to be. What did Zia ul Haq have against women? He was no different from other run-of-the-mill men whose upbringing kept women in second place. Did he take the so-called Islamization step, as some suspect, to eliminate his competitor, Benazir Bhutto, by declaring women ineligible for presidentship or prime ministership? There has been little genuine Islamic justice ever since Zia ul Haq seized control through so-called Islamization – forcing Muslim citizens to adopt his brand of Islam irrespective of the sect or personal beliefs they adhered to. Minority sects firmly rejected his version and were too strong to be walked over. Ironically enough, it was the majority sect that got railroaded. He even managed to weaken the more just Family Laws enacted by a previous, but more liberal, military dictator. While Zia ul Haq may be long gone, his legacy is not, his excessive number of ordinances incorporated and intact in a still imprecise Constitution, so that they can be sprung whenever to serve undue purpose. The last 30 years have seen women consistently dogged by both overt and not-so-subtle institutionalised repression in the name of religion. This is already a Muslim majority country. There is a strong judiciary that seeks to extend social justice not coloured by sectarian or other bias, and in the process takes cognizance of Islamic principles. It is secularity that respects the rights and recognition of all. The judiciary makes the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) superfluous. The CII is not representative of all colours of Muslims. It has failed to uphold even basic fairness. It determines women’s modesty, but not men’s. It has ignored some of the most horrendous crimes against women including honour killings and burying women alive. It is quick in doubting women’s intent; slow in questioning male predatory behaviour. For women the CII has proved to be lacking in empathy; biased, and more of a political tool, meant to thwart and retain a regressive status quo. It is well known that there can be no compulsion in Islam; yet compulsion is the CII’s tool. There is no consensus, no allinclusiveness, no ijtihad. Islam enjoins people to broaden their horizons and discover and apply new knowledge. Knowledge is exactly what the CII is trying to block by denying proven science such as DNA testing. religion is supposed to bring us guidance in living and peace of mind. The CII only brings divisiveness, stress and fear. Bandying with personal faith is violation of individual conscience. It not only undermines faith, but women and democracy as well, and makes hypocrisy of representation that parliamentarians boast of. Women voters – better informed, more savvy, and with more fight in them – will be closely watching both the PML-N and the PTI. Today’s women can change loyalties accordingly.
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It is often safer to be in chains than to be free. –Franz Kafka
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Two awardS aT Saarc FIlm FeSTIval 2013 coLoMBo: Pakistan, on Monday, won two prestigious awards at SAARC Film Festival 2013 awards ceremony held at Colombo National Films Corporation. Pakistan won awards in the categories of Best Actress and Best Feature Films in the 3rd edition of the annual SAARC Film Festival. The festival screened feature and documentary films from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which were adjudicated by an international panel of jury from Singapore, Iran and Russia. The SAARC Film Festival 2013 focused on promoting some of the best films featured from 2010 to 2012 from all member states of the SAARC Association. The awards for the Best Actress of the year in SAARC Region went to Pakistan’s Aamina Sheikh, for her role in “Seedlings- Lamha”. Pakistan also won silver medal in the category of Best Feature Film of SAARC Region for “Seedlings- Lamha”. Pakistan had nominated one feature film and two documentaries for the festival. The film in feature category was “Seedlings- Lamha”, whereas “The Story of a Living Saint” and “A Bike Ride from USA to Pakistan” were included in the documentary category. ONLINE
eNOWNeD south director K S ravikumar, who has teamed up with Sanjay Dutt for his Hindi film debut 'Policegiri', says the actor wants the film to do a business of rs 100 crore. Dutt, 53, is currently serving his sentence in Pune's Yerwada jail in connection with 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. "He was happy with the way the film shaped up. He said he will be happy to know that the film did well. He had told all of us that he would be happy if the film does rs 100 crore (business)," director K S ravikumar told while expressing his sadness that Dutt was not there with them now. Praising Dutt for his acting skills, ravikumar said, "He is a great actor and a very good performer. He was jolly on the sets, he was at times moody. But, he was very much into the character. He used to give the shot in one take. He is a director's artist." even though Dutt is quite an experienced actor in Bollywood, he never questioned the vision of the director, who is making his debut in Hindi cinema. In March this year, the Supreme Court upheld Dutt's conviction in the 1993 serial blasts case for illegally possessing firearms and sentenced him to five years' imprisonment. Dutt is currently serving the remaining three years of his term. The apex court gave him time to surrender to complete his film projects, as huge money had been invested in them by the producers. "We did not just wind up the film. After the judgement came, we were left with 10 to 15
per cent of the shoot. He tried to give maximum time for the film. We have not shortened or cut anything from the film," ravikumar said. 'Policegiri' is an action film which will see Dutt playing a police officer and Prachi Desai as his love interest. It is the remake of south movie 'Saamy'. "Cop films are doing well in south as well. I am a commercial director, we have made changes according to Hindi film audience. We have confidence that the film will do well," ravikumar said. The makers insist that the film, slated for release on July 5, has "never seen before" action sequences. NEwS DESK
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aPPearance Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance, after revealing the news about her undergoing double mastectomy last month, at her fiance Brad Pitt's zombie thriller 'World War Z.' Jolie even thanked the world for her support, saying that it meant the world for her, the Mirror reported. The 37year-old actress was accompanied by Pitt but had to miss her aunt's funeral, as it was on the same day. NEwS DESK
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EEPIKA Padukone has been playing a quintessential modern girl in most of her films released in the recent past be it 'Love Aaj Kal' or 'Cocktail' or the recently released 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'. She agrees with that but at the same time the actress says that she enjoys playing these parts as she knows the pulse of the youth, their trials and tribulations when it comes to balancing between their love life and career. "I won't deny that I am repeating myself. But I also feel that these characters are slightly different from each other. Also, these are the kind of films I really enjoy doing. I understand what today youngsters are going through in terms of love,
pain, priority where relationships are concerned, where your career is concerned," the actress explains. "But playing Veronica in Cocktail was very different from the character Naina in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD) which is very different from my character in Love Aaj Kal. So if you see the line up of my other films besides YJHD this year - YJHD is very different from Chennai Express which is again very different from Ram Leela. However, Deepika gets defensive when told that the film and the role she played in Cocktail was a bit regressive as the film's hero finally opts for a plain Jane that was played by actress Diana Penty. While Deepika's character of Veronica was
that of a super confident fiesty girl who is out there to have fun and enjoy herself. "Whether we like it or not that is the way society functions. Some of my own friends who were a certain personality type are so much in love with this one person that they don't mind changing the person that they are to suit the guy. It happens to almost everybody," says Deepika. "Secondly", she continues, "Whether we like it or not guys are also like that. They want to date a Veronica but want to marry a Meera. I am aware that people found the film regressive. But I get very defensive when people say that the film was regressive because that is how the society functions." NEwS DESK
there's no CoMpetition with sunny: HaS amanda byneS become HomeleSS? Amanda Bynes has reportedly become homeless after she was asked to leave her flat that she was renting because of her erratic behaviour. A source told InTouch magazine that she was notified that she is no longer welcome as a tenant in the building in light of the recent events, the Mirror reported. The insider explained that at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, movers showed up and removed Amanda's belongings from her apartment. Bynes, who was arrested last week for allegedly throwing a foot-long marijuana bong out of the window of her 36th floor New York apartment, had apparently upset the other residents by smoking, and behaving erratically in the lobby. The source added that even before her arrest, the residents had constantly complained about the smell of smoke coming from her apartment. NEwS DESK
nEWS DESk OBBY Deol gets talking about big brother Sunny, his laid back attitude and more in an interview. In between back to back interviews during his recent trip to Ahmedabad to promote Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, Bobby Deol takes a breather before settling down for a chat.Excerpts: This is the first time you are promoting your film so aggressively. While the need of the day is to go on an aggressive promotional blitzkrieg, a film will work only if it is made well. How much do promotional campaigns actually help a film? As an actor I go with the flow. If other members of the Hindi film fraternity are doing aggressive promotional campaigns, then I can do the same. Plus, such promotional trips enable us to meet our fans. You are going to be seen on screen after a whole year. I'm very chilled out and like to take things at my own pace. I am not cut out to do too many films at a time.
BoBBy DeoL Right from the start of my career I've been that way. There are people who are in the news all the time even when they are not doing films, I don't believe in that. I am satisfied with what I'm doing right now. This is the third time you will share screen space with your father Dharmendra and brother Sunny. So how is it working with the family members? It's more comfortable. When you are working for your home production, you are more involved in the process of film making, and you tend to work really hard. You give your best even when you work with others, but at that time you are involved only as an actor, but if it's your own film there is a certain emotional connect too. Aren't you wary that Dharmendra and Sunny might overshadow you
in the film? Why will I feel that I'm not getting enough mileage if Dharmendra and Sunny are around? I am an actor at the end of the day and I play a character in the film. So there isn't any sort of competition. In fact, I like the comfort level that we share. You seem to admire your brother a lot. Sunny has always been ahead of his times. He thought of making a sequel to Ghayal just after it was released. But no producer agreed at that time, as no one was familiar with that format. And now that sequels are being made in India, people say we copy the west. The truth is even Hollywood copies our stories and style of filmmaking. No one talks about that!
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Our greatest stupidities may be very wise. â€“Ludwig Wittgenstein
ARTS Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
'SeekIng HelP From aSTrologer' nEWS DESk
eMI Moore is reportedly seeking spiritual guidance from an astrologer to plan her future and to help deal with her ongoing divorce tussle with Ashton Kutcher. A source told the New York Post that the 50-year-old star is in touch with Paddi Moore, the Tulum, Mexicobased astrologer and counselor who specializes in metaphysics and spiritual sciences, the New York Post reported. The source added that the astrologer is helping her clear the negative energy out of her life. The insider revealed that Demi has been focusing on strengthening her interpersonal relationships and trying to cleanse her karma of all the nastiness of the past. The source explained that she is using the guidance not only to navigate her messy marriage split, but her relationships with her daughters by ex-husband Bruce Willis: rumer, Scout and Tallulah. The 'Ghost' star has told her close ones that that her sessions with the astrologer have been life-changing and they're helping her keep her demons in check. The source added that Paddi is using a technique to help Demi create "a map of her past and her future". Demi is not new to spiritual practices as she was recently seen getting certified as a Kundalini yoga instructor with her boyfriend Will Hannigan, and she and Kutcher were active in kabbalah during their marriage.
FIrST cHIld Actor-producer Channing Tatum and his wife, actress Jenna Dewan, have welcomed a baby girl. The 32-year-old actress gave birth to the couple's first child here Thursday, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Though they have yet to confirm the baby's birth or gender, friends have already started congratulating them. Jamie Foxx was among the first of the high profile couple's Hollywood pals to offer his congratulations on Twitter. He tweeted Sunday: "Big luv 2 my @WHD ('White House Down') co-star @channingtatum + wife @jennaldewan + their new baby. Welcome 2 the world little Tatum." (sic) The couple, who married in July 2009, had been in the city for the past few months as Channing, 33, is shooting for science fiction "Jupiter Ascending" here. Jenna's pregnancy was announced in December. NEwS DESK
JESSICA CHASTAIN bats for India's child brides NDIA'S child brides have now found a voice in two of the world's most coveted women one being Hollywood's latest sensation and Oscar nominee while another is Indian film industry's most celebrated international face of fashion, glamor and movies. American actress Jessica Chastain, whose latest role as a CIA agent in Kathryn Bigelow's military thriller Zero Dark Thirty took the world by storm and got her a best actress nominations at the Oscars told TOI on Saturday that an urgent clamp down is needed on child marriages - a serious social menace in India. An estimated 47% girls are married off in India before they reach their 15th birthday. Chastain, who had earlier been nominated for another Oscar as best supporting actress for her role in The Help and has been called the finest actor of her generation told TOI "70% of the world's women face some form of physical or sexual abuse. Child marriage on the other hand is a serious menace. It is such a pity that 66% of the work forces globally are women but they earn only 10% of the world's income. It is time women in India and the world were heard and given the respect they deserve". Airing similar concerns were Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her husband Abhishek. The couple, who were in London to share the stage with the biggest
names of showbiz - Madonna, Beyonce, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez to raise money for projects to improve the lives of women across the globe told TOI that it is no point in blaming the government for India's social ills. Aishwarya told TOI "civil society in India needs to wake up. The recent rape of Nirbhaya was just one incident among thousands that take place around the country. It is easy to blame the government. Around 10 million girls are being forced into marriage globally. Every three seconds a child bride is giving birth. They are then five times likelier to die during childbirth because their bodies aren't ready. The stats are appaling". Abhishek, who is now a father of a girl child added "Having brought up in a family where a girl and a male child are given the same standing, it is a no brainer for me to give my daughter the best opportunity. Not all girls share the same fate. Indian women need to open their eyes, allow women to get educated and work. The rapes and assaults against women should not be politicised". Chastain who is synonymous to strong powerful serious roles however says she would love to do a fun and music filled film in India, especially with Shahrukh Khan. Chastain who is believed to be in the running to play the part of Hillary Clinton in the film Rodham told TOI she would love to come to India to promote women's rights and
campaign against girl marriages. Signing off by saying that the Bollywood number Chammak Challo is her favourite number right now, Chastain told TOI "We are all a big family. The half of the population can't move ahead if the other half women are left behind". London on Saturday saw 55,000 people gather at the home of English rugby - Twickenham stadium for a deafening concern to raise money for the world's most pressing challenges for women - lack of education, health care and justice. The Sound of Change sell out concert saw some of the biggest global names from showbiz gather to raise funds for at least 120 projects supporting girls and women in more than 70 countries from ticket sales alone. Beyonce, concert artistic director and Chime for Change co-founder, who held audiences spell bound for 45 minutes said "I am really happy that so many amazing artists and presenters have come together to support the concert on 1 June. Our goal is to have a great time together while we unite and strengthen the voices of girls and women around the world." Madonna, founder of the Ray of Light Foundation, said: "Around 60% of the children in the world not in school are girls while 2/3 of the world's illiterate are women. Do not accept this. We need to change this and we will change this." COURTESY TOI
monSoon Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is eagerly waiting for monsoon to arrive in Mumbai. "The monsoons have reached Kerala and the Lakshdweep islands... This is a good sign... A week later, traditionally, they should be over Mumbai... This is an indicator of a normal monsoon. We survive and depend on this rain phenomena and much of India's produce depends on its performance the monsoons I mean," the actor posted on his blog. The 70-year-old actor remembers the joyous moments of monsoons. "For some it is a much waited delight, for Mumbai and indeed the entire Maharashtra, the 'paus' is a great joy... There is a romanticism attached to it the dark rain threatening clouds, the rain itself, the levelled temperatures, the hot eats and drinks, the special festivities...," he said. At the same time, the 'Sholay' star also talks about the disruption caused by the heavy rains in the city. "For many that survive on the footpaths and the slun regions of the city is an unwelcome sight. Homes get destroyed and flooded, facilities are lost... Ahh... A woeful sight for the lesser advantaged!!," he added. NEwS DESK
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infotainMent tuesday, 4 June, 2013
canada Town banS ‘unlucky’ 4 From addreSSeS
A Toronto suburb that has long catered to the superstitious by skipping 13 when giving out new addresses has decided to do away with the number four as well. Four is considered unlucky by speakers of Cantonese and Mandarin because it sounds like the word “death,” and while Richmond Hill has a large Chinese population, residents say it’s not only Asians who are turned off by the number, the Toronto Star reports. “It’s funny, I had young Italian couple and they were worried about the number four on their property,” a property broker says. “They heard four is no good. It’s really not a big deal, but some people know a bit, and all of a sudden it becomes stigmatized.” Numbers like 14 and 24 will still be used for new addresses, and people who currently have a four in their address can petition to have a suffix added to make it into the somewhat less unlucky 4A or 4B. NEwS DESK
For Sale: ‘uSed’ morgue FrIdge
That special someone who has everything most definitely does not have this: New York’s Office of Mental Health is hawking a “used” but “fully operational” morgue refrigerator, and the New York Post highlights the rather grisly listing it has posted on eBay. It’s a Norlake Scientific 4 Drawer Morgue Refrigerator from a Manhattan psych ward, and the Post helpfully calculates that it can hold something on the order of 2,000 beer cans (beer cans, not soda cans). “Every once in a while, we get an unusual item—and this would be that,” says a spokeswoman for the Office of General Services, which gets rid of state surplus items like police cars and scrap metal. Two caveats, per the ad: “Buyer must dismantle unit to remove from room,” and buyer is responsible for cleaning the unit. Bidding as of this writing is up to $860; the auction ends Thursday. NEwS DESK
The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly: Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation? –Gilles Deleuze
Smuggler’s shipwrecked steamer found T nEWS DESk
He wreck of a 19th century steamer that smuggled guns, carried hundreds of thousands of dollars and possibly gold, has been discovered off the coast of South Carolina, US explorers have announced today. Found off Cape romain in about 40 feet of water, the ship has been identified as the SS Ozama by underwater archaeology pioneer and treasure hunter Dr. e. Lee Spence. “We have positively identified the vessel through the engine type, length, width, type of decking and other construction features, as well as its location, which matches perfectly with historical accounts,” Spence told Discovery News. According to Spence, who discovered the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley, the SS Georgiana and many other historically significant shipwrecks, the iron-hulled SS Ozama steamer is “in surprisingly good condition with most of the ship relatively intact and sitting upright.” The 1028-ton, 126-ft, 5-in-long vessel was born in Scotland in 1881 as the British steamer Craigallion and was used in 1884 to tow from New York to Central America one of the great dredges employed in the construction of the Panama Canal. But it wrecked in the Bahamas a year later and was salvaged by an American wrecking steamer and renamed Ozama after the river in Santo Domingo, Dominican republic — one of the ship’s regular ports of call. “The vessel made a number trips to Panama and other ports in the Caribbean, sailing into turbulent times,” Spence said. “Her colourful history is packed with events such as a mutiny and extensive gun and money smuggling to Haiti,” he added.
Indeed, a December 1888 account of the New York Times recorded that the Ozama was carrying “1,000 stands of arms, 3 Gatling guns and 500,000 cartridges to Cape Haytien.” The newspaper stated that the arms were “doubtless” for the use of Haitian president Hippolyte’s soldiers. In poor health, he was facing a plot aimed at overthrowing his government. In another article, the New York Times reported that the Ozama carried $300,000 in paper money to Haiti — the first tranche of $1,000,000 meant to replace a previous issue of paper money. On November 23, 1894, the Ozama, bound from Philadelphia to Charleston, S.C., struck on Cape romain shoals and stove a hole in the engine room compartment. “The water quickly filled the fire rooms, rendering the engines useless. The
steamer floated off the shoals soon after striking, and at 2 a.m. sank in six-and-half fathoms of water,” the New York Times reported. The crew took to the boats, while eleven men were reported missing, but probably landed on romaine beach. Declared a total wreck, the Ozama was then forgotten and lost. “We don’t know that anyone searched for her. Newspaper accounts said she was travelling in ballast, without cargo. This would have discouraged any attempts at salvage, which would have been both dangerous and expensive back then,” Spence said. He first found the ship in 1979 while doing a magnetometer survey. “I had absolutely no idea it might be valuable until this year when I finally learned her identity during a research on other wrecks,” Spence said. Officially recognized as the “true and
Download your memories; retrieve them later nEWS DESk Could human memories be uploaded and stored — just like data — in a computer? Scientists say not now, but in the coming decades it’s likely we’ll be able to store our memories in a way that allows us to retrieve them later. Long the stuff of science fiction novels, this kind of merger between computer technology and the human brain is being pushed by new findings in neuroscience, as well as advances in computer science and artificial intelligence. Two new high-profile scientific projects are also giving impetus to this idea. President Obama announced a $1 billion effort in February to map the brain, while the european Union announced it would fund a $1.3 billion effort to build a human brain in a silicon substrate. But before anything so ambitious as uploading ourselves to a computer is possible, neuroscientists say they have to figure how and where our memories exist. “It’s clearly beyond the capabilities of what we have today,” said Ted Berger, a neuroscientist at the University of Southern California. “But it’s also true that we are starting to see how we could approach replicating the properties of the brain and replicating the properties of particular brains. In a couple of decades, we will have answers to those questions.” Berger and Sam Deadwyler at Wake Forest University are doing experiments in which they are actually inserting memories into the brains of rats by stimulating certain parts of the
hippocampus with electrical signals. “What we can see is there are particular patterns and activity in space and time that are specific to the object,” Berger said. “If an animal has to remember a red Bull can instead of a can of Coke, there’s a particular space-time activity that is different. We’ve been able to find for the first time these memory patterns.” Berger said they have also been able to disable the hippocampus, in effect blocking the memory, and then electronically stimulating certain areas to create a “new” memory. “We’ve already shown that the strategy will work in monkeys and in rats,” he said. “I do think we can do this in humans.” At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ed Boyden leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which is building new tools to explore the brain. In recent year, Boyden and his
colleagues have found a protein in algae that is able to convert light into electricity. When the protein, called channel rhodopsin, is introduced into certain neurons, it allows them to be triggered by light. The patterns can they be translated into electrical impulses and then mapped – resulting in a computer code of a memory. By using this light-electricity protein to turn neurons on and off with light, Boyden is hoping to soon make an on-off switch for brain cells, which would be a huge advance to help patients with brain disorders. “Our past work has been shutting down neurons in the brain,” Boyden said. “We could play back activity patterns and see how it responds. You need to do more than add a control, you should be able to read out, to build and map at the molecular level at the brain. We’ve opened a whole number of fronts on these technologies.”
exclusive owner” of all of the wreckage, Spence believes the ship wasn’t cargo free. “Ships reporting themselves as travelling in ballast, often carried money and even other cargo. When you are smuggling, the smuggled cargo often isn’t listed or is intentionally miss-listed,” Spence said. When the Ozama embarked on her last trip, the death of Haiti’s president was considered imminent. The ship would have carried guns and funds for either supporting the existing regime, or for sustaining an insurrection. In this view, such funds would have needed to be in gold, not paper money. “Whatever is still there, we have good reason to believe at least some of it will be intact, as I have already brought up some unbroken china,” Spence said. His work is being funded by United Gold explorations Limited, a British company. “As you might guess, I am hoping to find gold, and gold should not only be intact, it should still be shiny,” he added. According to John Christopher Fine, an admiralty attorney and an award winning diver, the exacting research that was conducted leading to the discovery of Ozama’s identity is especially important. “The Spence library collection is an archive unmatched even in public collections,” Fine, an expert on both treasure hunting and diving, told Discovery News. “While reports of the ship’s cargo and passengers’ effects make the Ozama wreck intriguing, it is also a virtual time piece of history that has not been disturbed by careless salvage,” he added. Spence and his team will thoroughly map the wreck and try to determine its structural integrity before digging into it. “We will also be salvaging several of the earlier wooden hulled wrecks that I discovered nearby,” Spence said.
THree STorm cHaSerS dIe In ok Tornado
Former Discovery “Storm Chasers,” Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and Carl Young were among nine people killed Friday during a tornado that tore through El Reno, Okla. The EF-3 twister was one of five that touched down in the area around Oklahoma City. Although not as powerful as the EF-5 tornado that destroyed large parts of the town of Moore, Okla., on May 20, this latest tornado took some people by surprise. It had not been well predicted and after touching down quickly, it moved in a frenzied, erratic path, Mike Bettes, an anchor and meteorologist for The Weather Channel told CNN. Samaras was well-regarded for his expertise chasing storms and founded TWISTEX, the Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment, a project designed to learn more about tornadoes to improve warnings. In addition to appearing on Discovery’s Storm Chasers, Samaras, a 30-year veteran of storm chasing, was a regular contributor to National Geographic. NN meteorologist Chad Myers told CNN that Samaras was known for his attention to detail and for not taking risks. Myers said, “We all know that this is difficult and dangerous and sometimes things go wrong. But I think to portray Tim as just a chaser out for a thrill is just the wrong thing,” Myers said. “I just want people to know that Tim was a scientist. He was out there to put probes out there. He was out there to learn and understand and to make science more understandable. … We all go out there and we try to protect the public, but Tim was even one step higher.” On Sunday, Jim Samaras posted to Tim’s Facebook page, confirming his brother’s death. Among his words, he wrote, “They all unfortunately passed away but doing what they loved.” NEwS DESK
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Closest sport in America is baseball. But cricket lasts five days. We break every now and then for food. And we spend a lot of time rubbing our balls on our trousers — Andrew Flintoff
new Zealand clIncH SerIeS wITH guPTIll’S 189
SPORTS Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
england’S cT PlanS HIT by deFeaTS, InJurIeS
england’s plans for the Champions Trophy could need a significant rethink over the next few days following their two heavy defeats against New Zealand amid growing concerns over the fitness of Stuart Broad and Steven Finn less than a week before their opening match of the tournament against Australia. Broad and Finn have missed the first two ODIs against New Zealand with knee and shin problems respectively. They are due to undergo fitness tests on Monday, although a clearer picture of their chances of making the Champions Trophy may not be available until Tuesday when the england squad reconvenes at Trent Bridge. Broad’s knee problem was picked up on the final day of the Headingley Test when he took a caught-and-bowled off Brendon McCullum. Finn’s shin soreness suggests a more stress-related problem after his early-season workload. It would be a major, and almost unworkable, gamble for england to enter the Champions Trophy with two of their strike bowlers under injury clouds. Teams can replace injured players, subject to ICC ratification, at any time but once a player is removed he can’t return to the 15-man squad. “They are both a concern,” admitted Alastair Cook, “but five or six days is still quite a long way away. They’ve missed two games and been out for a while, so we’ll see.” However, even in the worst-case scenario where england lose both bowlers, Cook did not believe it had to be terminal to their chances.
record-breaking day from Martin Guptill earned New Zealand another one-day trophy on english soil with an 86-run victory at the Ageas Bowl. Less than 48 hours after leading his side home at Lord’s, Guptill plundered New Zealand’s highest individual one-day innings with a monumental, unbeaten 189 which left england shell-shocked and reflecting on their first home ODI series loss since 2009. Guptill, who went past the previous individual mark of 172 by Lou Vincent against Zimbabwe during the penultimate over of the innings, provided more than half of New Zealand’s overwhelming total of 359 for 3 - the second-highest conceded by england after the 387 for 5 in rajkot in 2006. Agonisingly for england, like at Lord’s, they offered him a life on 13, when Jonathan Trott - who later scored a 98-ball
hundred - spilled a relatively straightforward catch at midwicket, although it proved more costly than anyone could have imagined. The final 10 overs of New Zealand’s innings were carnage, costing 132 runs, as Guptill and Brendon McCullum brought up their hundred stand - the third of the innings - in just 45 deliveries as england’s bowling was scattered to all corners. Guptill’s hundred had come off 111 deliveries; the final 44 balls of his stay brought 89 runs and six of the last seven deliveries he faced went for four. He equalled Viv richards’ 189 at Old Trafford in 1984 as the highest innings against england in an ODI and Guptill’s two hundreds in three days was also a repeat of the feat achieved by Mark Greatbatch, the only other New Zealand batsman to score a one-day ton in england, when he notched back-to-back landmarks in 1990. Two partnerships formed the bedrock of the New Zealand innings which allowed the later onslaught: Guptill and Kane Williamson added 120 for the second wicket, then ross Taylor joined in a third-wicket alliance worth 109 in 17 overs as the innings accelerated. Not that Taylor’s departure slowed things down as Guptill and McCullum ensured mayhem in the closing overs. Apart from James Anderson first spell, england’s bowling was disappointing throughout, occasionally verging on woeful, albeit on the best batting surface of the international season so far, coupled with a lightning fast outfield. Jade Dernbach’s 10-over spell for 87 was the fourthmost expensive return by an england bowler in an ODI. Anderson, whose two scalps put him level with Darren Gough as england’s leading ODI wicket-taker, made a deceptive early breakthrough for england by knocking back Luke ronchi’s middle stump to continue his lean start with the bat. Tim Bresnan, who is waiting on news of his heavily pregnant wife, was also economical with the new ball as england kept control during the first Powerplay; New Zealand were 36 for 1. It added further heady context to what happened during the rest of the innings. Woakes, after suffering the dropped catch off his bowling for the second time in three days, sent down another expensive opening spell which cost 29 as New Zealand’s second-wicket pair increased the tempo. Both Guptill and Williamson timed the ball beautifully square of the wicket particularly off the back foot. Joe root was the first spin option used by england and when Graeme Swann was introduced his first ball was crunched through cover by Guptill. They continued to milk him for a run-a-ball. Williamson, who fell for a duck two days ago, completed an unfussy half-century off 59 balls, his tally of three fours highlighting the efficient running which kept the pressure firmly on england - a point hammered home when Guptill dismissively pulled Woakes for six off the front foot - before Williamson bottom-edged a pull off Swann into his stumps. Taylor took time to play himself in; he used 28 balls to reach 21, then clubbed 39 off his next 26 deliveries which included two sixes, one from a full toss by Bresnan, then a second with a trademark bottom-hand flick against Anderson. He fell next ball attempting a repeat but the damage had only just started for england’s bowlers. With the quality of the pitch, speed of the outfield and new fielding restrictions it was not beyond the realms of possibility that england could have made a decent stab at
SCOREBOARD NEw ZEALAND mj Guptill not out 189 2 L Ronchi† b Anderson KS williamson b Swann 55 60 LRPL Taylor c woakes b Anderson BB mcCullum* not out 40 EXTRAS (b 4, lb 4, w 5) 13 359 TOTAL DID NOT BAT GD Elliott, jEC Franklin, NL mcCullum, DAj Bracewell, KD mills, mj mcClenaghan FALL OF wICKETS 1-12 (Ronchi, 2.6 ov), 2-132 (williamson, 24.4 ov), 3-241 (Taylor, 41.4 ov) -1-73-0 , CR BOwLING: jm Anderson 10-0-65-2, TT Bresnan 10 woakes 7-0-49-0, jw Dernbach 10-0-87-0, jE Root 3-0-16-0, GP Swann 10-0-61-1 ENGLAND AN Cook* b mills 34 IR Bell c Franklin b Bracewell 25 109 IjL Trott not out 28 jE Root c Bracewell b NL mcCullum EjG morgan c †Ronchi b Elliott 21 jC Buttler† c Guptill b mcClenaghan 2 13 CR woakes st †Ronchi b williamson 0 TT Bresnan run out (williamson) 1 GP Swann b williamson jm Anderson b mcClenaghan 28 2 jw Dernbach c mills b mcClenaghan 10 EXTRAS (lb 3, w 6, nb 1) 273 TOTAL FALL OF wICKETS 1-50 (Cook, 7.6 ov), 2-64 (Bell, 10.3 ov), 3-122 (Root, 21.4 ov), 4166 (morgan, 29.2 ov), 5-169 (Buttler, 30.1 ov), 6-212 (woakes, 35.6 ov), 7-213 (Bresnan, 36.3 ov), 8-218 (Swann, 37.4 ov), 9-265 (Anderson, 42.4 ov), 10-273 (Dernbach, 44.1 ov) BOwLING: mj mcClenaghan 8.1-0-35-3, KD mills 9-0-55-1, DAj Bracewell 8-1-55-1, NL mcCullum 8-0-47-1, jEC Franklin 5-0-40-0, GD Elliott 2-0-13-1, KS williamson 4-0-25-2 match details Toss New Zealand, who chose to bat Series New Zealand led the 3-match series 2-0 Player of the match mj Guptill (New Zealand) Umpires Rj Bailey and Sj Davis (Australia) TV umpire Aleem Dar (Pakistan) match referee DC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire RK Illingworth
creating history themselves. But, with the exception of Trott who made his fourth one-day hundred 13 balls quicker than it took Guptill, the top order continued in the wasteful vain they had shown at Lord’s with four of the top five falling between 21 and 34. Alastair Cook had collected five crisp boundaries before losing his middle stump to Kyle Mills; Ian Bell’s frustrating season continued when he spliced a drive to mid-off; root picked out long-on and eoin Morgan, a player capable of matching the pyrotechnics of Guptill and McCullum, swiped across the line in Grant elliott’s first over to feather an edge to ronchi. Although the match was always under New Zealand’s control during the chase, McCullum’s proactive captaincy was again to be admired. elliott taking a wicket in his first over owed plenty to good fortune, but it also needed the captain to delve into the options he had available and pace off the ball is rarely a bad ploy to england’s middle order. Neither did he let the game drift, immediately recalling the sharp Mitchell McClenaghan when Morgan and Jos Buttler came to the crease; at Lord’s the reward was Morgan’s wicket, here Buttler drove McClenaghan’s first ball back to short cover.
Success in Trophy is not foreign to Gayle & Co chAMPIoNS TroPhy TEAM ProFILE: WEST INDIES
overview Dark horses - and overachievers - in a period when West Indian cricket has struggled after it once dominated the game, the boys from the Caribbean have played in the final of the Champions Trophy on three occasions. Their only triumph came in 2004, but with a crop of players that recently won the World Twenty20, they will be quietly confident of adding more silverware to their cabinet.
strengths The West Indians have a style of their own. It is thoroughly entertaining for the crowd but is also very difficult for the opposition to combat if the boys in maroon gain some momentum.
Power-hitting is undoubtedly the greatest weapon that the West Indies bring into this tournament. There are no cleaner strikers of a cricket ball in the world than Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard. The presence of these batsmen in the line-up means that no target will be out of reach for this exciting team on their day. The bowling stocks are also healthy, with mystery spinner Sunil Narine leading the charge. He will be ably supported by experienced seamers in the form of Dwayne Bravo and ravi rampaul, who will enjoy the conditions.
weaKnesses It has already been mentioned that the West Indies have a style all of their own. This style does not usually involve digging in and grinding it out when the going gets tough. The result is that it can go very wrong when they are placed under pressure and the power hitters can’t manage to get them out of trouble in a hurry. They do not possess the best fielding unit. They boast some of the best athletes in the world in Bravo and Pollard. Unfortunately, the brilliance of some of the fielders is off-set by the inability of others,
such as Narine.
one to watCh There is one man who leads the batting onslaught and puts great fear in many bowlers around the world. If the big left-handed opening batsman performs, then it will be tough for any side to get the better of the West Indians. The man to watch is of course Chris Gale, as he is likely to set the tournament alight with his heavy bat and some of his signature dance moves.
proBaBLe BenCh-warMer The West Indies have found success by packing their team full of batsmen and only selecting three specialist bowlers. The allrounders share the remaining overs and the philosophy is that it doesn’t manner how many runs they concede because they back their batsman to chase anything. Due to this policy, the inexperienced Jason Holder will learn a great deal from being in the team environment, but may not get an opportunity to show his worth in the middle.
Last three tournaMent finishes
2009: Group A exit to Australia 2006: Losing finalists to Australia 2004: Winners
preDiCtion The West Indies can beat anyone on their day and that is why this tournament suits them. We feel that they will do enough to progress from the group stages along with South Africa. Once they are in the semi-finals it is anyone’s guess what will transpire, but we fear that the knock-out game will be as far as they get this year.
squaD Dwayne Bravo (captain), Denesh ramdin, Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, ravi rampaul, Kemar roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith.
fixtures 7 June: v Pakistan, London 11 June: v India, London 14 June: v South Africa, Cardiff
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The rationale for the role evolving is to reflect the scope and expansion of the England Women’s programme and the skill set now required to lead that programme, the coaching/support staff and the players, — Clare Connor
Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
Pakistan cruise to victory over Sa SCOREBOARD SOUth AFrICA 16 An petersen c Abdur rehman b Asad Ali hM Amla lbw b Junaid Khan 0 CA Ingram run out (Misbah-ul-haq) 7 15 AB de Villiers*† c †Kamran Akmal b Asad Ali 7 F du plessis c †Kamran Akmal b Wahab riaz dA Miller c Imran Farhat b Wahab riaz 26 1 F Behardien c †Kamran Akmal b Wahab riaz Jp duminy c Shoaib Malik b Junaid Khan 43 55 r McLaren b Asad Ali 6 rJ peterson not out rK Kleinveldt not out 8 eXtrAS (lb 11, w 5, nb 2) 18 202 tOtAL dId nOt BAt AM phangiso, dW Steyn, LL tsotsobe, M Morkel FALL OF WICKetS 1-1 (Amla, 0.3 ov), 2-14 (Ingram, 3.5 ov), 3-43 (de Villiers, 9.5 ov), 4-48 (petersen, 11.5 ov), 5-61 (du plessis, 15.5 ov), 6-67 (Behardien, 17.1 ov), 7-83 (Miller, 21.6 ov), 8-177 (McLaren, 44.3 ov), 9-188 (duminy, 47.4 ov) BOWLInG: Junaid Khan 10-1-41-2, Asad Ali 10-1-30-3, ehsan Adil 61-19-0, Wahab riaz 9-2-30-3, Mohammad hafeez 6-0-24-0, Abdur rehman 7-0-37-0, Shoaib Malik 2-0-10-0 pAKIStAn Imran Farhat c Morkel b tsotsobe 56 13 nasir Jamshed run out (Amla) Mohammad hafeez retired out 54 17 Asad Shafiq c phangiso b tsotsobe Umar Amin not out 27 24 Misbah-ul-haq* not out 16 eXtrAS (lb 4, w 8, nb 4) tOtAL 207 dId nOt BAt Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal†, Asad Ali, Shoaib Malik, Abdur rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, ehsan Adil, Wahab riaz FALL OF WICKetS 1-35 (nasir Jamshed, 4.5 ov), 2-120 (Mohammad hafeez, 24.6 ov), 3-150 (Imran Farhat, 32.6 ov), 4-156 (Asad Shafiq, 34.3 ov) BOWLInG: dW Steyn 5-1-26-0, LL tsotsobe 8-0-43-2, M Morkel 6-1-23-0, rK Kleinveldt 7-0-30-0, F Behardien 8.3-0-43-0, AM phangiso 7-0-27-0, r McLaren 4-1-11-0 Match details players per side 15 (11 batting, 11 fielding) toss pakistan, who chose to field Umpires MA Gough and rt robinson tV umpire MJ Saggers reserve umpire M Burns
AKISTAN outplayed South Africa in all three disciplines to win the final warm-up match for the two countries at The Oval in London on Monday by 6 wickets ahead of the start of the ICC
Champions League. The Proteas were very much in practice match mode as they gave opportunities to all 15 members of their squad. In the past they have set off like a pedigree race horse, even in the warm-up matches, but failed to see the distance out, so hopefully the slow start this time around will bring about the correct formula of hitting their straps when
it really counts. Pakistan won an important toss that saw their seam bowlers exploit a bit of movement off the pitch and the Proteas struggled from the moment when Hashim Amla was dismissed leg before wicket by the impressive Junaid Khan off his second ball (and the third ball of the match). They lost three wickets in the opening
power play and another four by the time the 22nd over had been completed to leave them tottering at 83/7. With the practice format allowing them to play all their batsmen, JP Duminy came in at No 8 and ryan McLaren at No. 9 and these two gave Pakistan at least some sort of target to chase with a stand of 94 off 22.3 overs. McLaren made top score of 55 off
PCB needs Zaka’s decisive leadership AMIR HUSAIn It’s the 25th of March and the year is 1992. The captain of a victorious Pakistani team is called upon to receive the World Cup for the first time in the nation’s history. As Imran Khan lifts the prestigious trophy on that beautiful evening in Melbourne, millions of his countrymen around the world are standing up in unison – connected by the invisible bond of kinship. In the days, months and years to come, that moment captured by television images will be the source of inspiration for millions of Pakistanis, within them countless players who will quote that moment as the day they decided to take up the game of cricket and proudly serve their nation. Such is the power of this game that it can change the mood of a nation, galvanize the resolve of the troubled, instilling belief that individuals who could easily have grown up in their neighbourhood, can carry Pakistan to the summit. In Pakistan, the fate of the game largely depends on an organisation which has been entrusted with its welfare. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) represents the one body which controls the well-being and future development of this game in the country. Whilst the PCB may have been subject of criticism in the past for its inefficiencies, the fact that Pakistan has produced legendary cricketers in the form of Abdul Hafiz Kardar, Fazal Mahmood, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram to name a few, is no coincidence. Similar to any organisation of its size and broad remit, the PCB, whilst performing its primary duty as guardians of the game in Pakistan, has also faced some serious existential issues. It is in this context that one starts to appreciate the true value of leadership for this organisation. This can be best illustrated by comparing the state of affairs that existed in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore and the fallout of the “spot fixing” crisis, with both episodes causing near-irreparable damage to the
credibility of Pakistan as a major cricketing nation. Whilst international teams will continue to hesitate touring Pakistan for a while longer due to security concerns, had it not been for erudite and decisive leadership by the current Chairman of the PCB, Zaka, the reputation of Pakistani cricket as a safe haven for corruption in cricket would have been difficult to shake off. The PCB have attracted some of the top international coaching talent, and also sought to invest in technological analysis tools at the National Academy. The stability has also brought on-field success, with Pakistan whitewashing the then number-one ranked Test side england in the UAe and defeat of India in a limited-overs series in their own back yard being highlights. Strong and responsive leadership was the need of the hour and Zaka provided that quality in large measure. From his endless efforts to restore the reputation of domestic cricket through the negotiation of local sponsorship agreements, the organisation of national talent hunts and ground breaking fast bowling camps, to his attempts at attracting foreign teams to visit Pakistan, the endless energy exhibited by the Chairman puts the efforts of a number of his predecessors to shame. The recent revelations of corruption in the IPL is a stark reminder that lack of sound governance can begin to unravel even the most well-oiled process, lessons were learned by the PCB in 2010 and effective countermeasures
implemented accordingly. In addition, the admirable moves to build bridges with Boards of other cricket playing nations has been widely appreciated and the recent news that Ireland are considering a visit to Pakistan once conditions are conducive to touring confirm the strides the PCB have taken under Zaka’s leadership. However, all the achievements by the present Chairman and his future plans are in great danger of being wiped out as a result of a politicallymotivated lawsuit being filed by a local cricket team coach challenging the election of Zaka. A subsequent court order asking Zaka to “stop” acting as the Chairman has precipitated the paralysis of the PCB. To be clear, the court order does not in any way imply that Zaka has been removed from his position but the repercussions of this court order are significant, in that it will project a negative image of the organisation which could easily destroy the PCB’s reputation as a serious Board with leadership capable of not only formulating, but implementing plans to improve Pakistani cricket. With the national team now involved in a premier International tournament, the absence of a Chairman for the organisation they represent makes Pakistan the laughing stock of the international cricketing community just as it has recovered from the spot fixing crises of 2010 . It is utterly counter-productive and and robs the administrators of key networking opportunities at a global event, undermining Zaka’s attempts at restoring national pride due to the narrow and selfish motives of the few.
72 balls with six boundaries in a continuation of the impressive all-round form he has shown this season. Pakistan had little trouble in knocking off the runs and even had the luxury of retiring Mohammed Hafeez after he had made 54 off 72 balls (8 fours). Imran Farhat (56 off 82 balls, 5 fours) was the other main contributor. Lonwabo Tsotsobe (2/43 off 8 overs) was the only South African bowler to take a wicket while Hashim Amla contributed a run out with a direct hit.
FIxIng Scandal caSTS cloud over cHamPIonS TroPHy SOUTHAMPTOn AGENCIES
The world’s leading cricketers gather for the Champions Trophy in the UK that starts this week against the backdrop of a growing fixing scandal emerging from the Indian Premier League, which has already claimed several high-profile casualties. Such is the extent of the crisis, Narayanswamy Srinivasan, the seemingly all-powerful president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) temporarily stood down from his post on Sunday. He stepped aside, but did not resign, while police investigations into his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, arrested on May 24 for allegedly taking part in illegal betting on the lucrative IPL, remained ongoing. Meiyappan is a business executive for the most successful IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings, which is owned by the 68-year-old Srinivasan. The arrest of Srinivasan’s son-in-law came after three players including India paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two teammates in the IPL’s rajasthan royals — Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila – were taken into custody. All the accused deny any wrongdoing. Meanwhile leading Pakistani umpire Asad rauf was stood down from officiating in the Champions Trophy after fixing allegations against him, which he too denies, were published in the Indian media. It was just the sort of build-up the International Cricket Council (ICC) did not want ahead of a tournament which sees Pakistan returning to england for the first time since 2010. On that occasion, three players including Test captain Salman Butt and paceman Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif were banned and jailed after being caught up in a newspaper sting operation to expose match-fixing. Officials had wanted to scrap what is now the seventh and final edition of the ‘mini World Cup’ with an inaugural World Test Championship, in a bid to boost flagging global interest in the five-day game. However, the ICC was compelled to press ahead with this Champions Trophy when they realised they risked contravening lucrative commercial agreements with rightsholders if they did not stage a one-day tournament in 2013. Yet, in pure cricket terms, this Champions Trophy promises to be a fascinating event. Featuring just the sport’s top eight teams, with 15 matches to be played over 18 days from June 6-23, the Champions Trophy — once dubbed cricket’s “unwanted child” by former ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed — is now a leaner version of the World Cup. Given the 2011 World Cup in the Indian sub-continent lasted more than six weeks, there are many observers who believe the ICC’s flagship event is now dangerously bloated. By contrast, the format of this Champions Trophy is a throwback to the inaugural World Cup in 1975. Then, as now, eight teams gathered during the english season, and produced some marvellous cricket culminating in a brilliant final that saw the West Indies beat Australia at Lord’s.
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I don’t want to dream too much, — David Ferrer
SPORTS Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
Federer survives huge scare to set up Tsonga clash PARIS
e C O N D seed roger Federer produced a thrilling riposte to Gilles Simon’s gallant attempt to knock him out of the French Open, coming from behind to beat the Frenchman 6-1 4-6 2-6 6-2 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals. Averting a mounting crisis in the middle of a spectacular match, Federer won the last two sets to reach his 36th consecutive grand slam quarter-final and keep alive his hopes of a second title at roland Garros. When 15th seed Simon, roared on by chants of “Gillou”, won the third set, Federer looked to be in danger but the 17-times grand slam champion hit back with every weapon in his arsenal to set up a quarter-final with another French hope, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. It was nerve-wracking until the end, however, with Federer missing an easy volley when serving for the match at 53 to offer Simon hope of a late escape. Federer then wasted his first match point with an anxious forehand swiped into the net but when a second opportunity came his way Simon pushed a backhand into the tramlines.
“It was beautiful, it’s always special to play matches like that,” 2009 champion and firm Paris favourite Federer said at courtside. “You always remember matches like this.” The victory was 31-year-old Federer’s 58th at the French Open, making him joint leader with Guillermo Vilas and Nicola Pietrangeli on the alltime list of matches won here. The Swiss had to dig into his vast repertoire of strokes to subdue Simon a player who has troubled him before and who won the first two of their five previous meetings. There were the delicate drop shots, lob volleys, the backhand slices that seem to hang in the air for eternity and then those explosive forehands that few players can return. Federer even managed to curl one winner between the outside of the net post and the umpire’s chair to give him a sixth and final set point in the opener. everything looked under control for Federer until he stumbled and fell in the sixth game of the second set. There was no obvious damage but he was broken in the next game and Simon rammed home the advantage to level the match. A flustered Federer dropped his serve twice in the third set as Simon,
menS’ reSulTS: 2-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat 15-Gilles Simon (France) 6-1 4-6 2-6 6-2 6-3 4-David Ferrer (Spain) beat 23-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 6-3 6-1 6-1 6-jo-wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 6-3 6-3 6-3 32-Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat 11-Nicolas Almagro (Spain) 6-7(5) 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 women’S reSulTS: 1-Serena williams (U.S.) beat 15-Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-1 6-3 4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat 14-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 6-2 6-4 5-Sara Errani (Italy) beat 20-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 5-7 6-4 6-3 Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat 8-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6-4 4-6 6-3
bidding to reach the quarter-finals at his home grand slam for the first time, sensed his chance for a huge upset. Federer has made a career out of pulling out the stops when required, however, and quickly restored order, overpowering a tiring Simon in the fourth set with some belligerent tennis. An early break in the fifth gave Federer breathing space and despite a few nervous moments at the end he claimed the 900th Tour victory of his career. Tsonga easily dispatched Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-3 6-3 to book his place in the quarter-finals.
Blaszczykowski extends Dortmund contract to 2018
Six players to celebrate their birthdays during the Trophy By S.PERVEZ QAISER Only six players will celebrates their birthdays during the seventh Champions Trophy which is going to be held from June 6 to 23 in england and Wales. One player each from Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka will celebrates their birthdays during the 18-day tournament. Shane Watson will celebrate his 32nd birthday on that day when Australia are playing against Sri Lanka at Kennington Oval, London. At seven feet one inch, the
bIrTHday boyS In THe cHamPIonS TroPHy: Player
Date of Birth
Mohammed Irfan (Pakistan)
David Miller (South Africa)
Mitchell McClenaghan (N.Zealand)
Shane Watson (Australia)
Shaminda eranga (Sri Lanka)
ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies)
tallest player in one day international cricket, Pakistan’s Mohammed Irfan will cut his birthday cake on the opening day of this mega event.
Sri Lankan Shaminda eranga and West Inidan ramnaresh Sarwan will be the players to celebrate their birthday on the final day of the tournament.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski has extended his contract at the Champions League runners-up by two years to 2018. The Poland international, who joined in 2007, has been a key player for Dortmund, helping them to two consecutive German league titles in 2011 and 2012 as well as a German Cup win last year. “Kuba is a crucial part of the team both on a sporting and a personal level,” sports director Michael Zorc said in a statement. The 27-yearold also helped his team to the Champions League final this season where they lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich last month as well as second place in the Bundesliga behind their treble-
winning rivals. “When my contract runs out I will have been at the club more than a decade. Such long stints are not common in professional football these days and I am proud to have this trust from my club,” he said. Dortmund will again compete in next season’s Champions League group stage.
Memorial win gives Kuchar major boost for bucket list SPORTS DESk Matt Kuchar has been steadily ticking off his golfing ‘bucket list’ and victory at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday gave him a massive confidence boost as he eyes his top priority winning a Major title. The tall American enhanced his status as one of the favourites for the June 13-16 U.S. Open as he triumphed for a sixth time on the US Tour, fending off a late challenge by compatriot Kevin Chappell with a closing fourunder-par 68. Winning the elite event hosted by golfing great Jack Nicklaus in the leafy surrounds of Muirfield Village Golf Club had long been a goal for Kuchar, and it also made him a multiple champion on the US circuit this year another of his targets. His last three US Tour victories have all come in high-profile events, a progression of success which leaves a maiden major championship as his next logical step. “There are a couple of things I thought were missing from my pedigree, from my golf history,” a beaming Kuchar told reporters as he
sat next to Nicklaus in the plush interview room at Muirfield Village. “A major championship was on the list and a multiple win season was on the list. At the beginning of the year when I set goals I wanted to have a multiple win year. To have kind of sealed the deal with winning this tournament feels really good.” Kuchar won his first World Golf Championships title, widely regarded as just one rung down from the majors, at the Accenture Match Play Championship in February. That followed on from his triumph at last year’s Players Championship, the unofficial “fifth major”. Asked if he now felt ready to win a major, he replied: “Golf’s a fickle thing. You can only control what you do. I can’t control what the other guys do. “I certainly feel like I’m ready to show up and play some really good golf. I’d love it if I could show up and play good enough golf to win a major. “It’s something that is up there, No. 1 on
the list. I want to do it and feel like I’m ready to do it. But I can only control so much of that equation,” said the American, who will rise to a career-high fourth in the rankings on Monday. Kuchar is enjoying a golden run of form, having finished second at last week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational in Texas, and his tie for eighth at the Masters in April also gave him a major jolt of confidence. “For me the majors certainly are more special and mean more,” the 34-year-old said. “Playing good on that late Sunday at the Masters certainly helped give me some more confidence that I can do this. “The more comfortable you are, the better you do. The more often you’re in a situation, the more comfortable you get with that situation. Playing late at a major championship only helps you become more comfortable when that situation comes up again.” Kuchar had to contend with a great deal of adversity at Muirfield Village with strong gusting winds for the middle two rounds and lightning-fast greens all week which exposed any weakness.
wInnerS oF THe memorIal TournamenT SPORTS DESk Winners of the Memorial tournament since the inaugural event in 1976, following the two-shot victory by American Matt Kuchar at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on Sunday. Bet on Golf 2013 Matt Kuchar 2012 Tiger Woods 2011 Steve Stricker 2010 Justin Rose (Britain) 2009 Woods 2008 Kenny Perry 2007 K.J. Choi (South Korea) 2006 Carl Pettersson (Sweden) 2005 Bart Bryant 2004 Ernie Els (South Africa) 2003 Perry 2002 Jim Furyk 2001 Woods 2000 Woods
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Woods Fred Couples Vijay Singh (Fiji) Tom Watson Greg Norman (Australia) Tom Lehman Paul Azinger David Edwards Perry Norman Bob Tway Curtis Strange Don Pooley Hal Sutton Hale Irwin Jack Nicklaus Irwin Raymond Floyd Keith Fergus David Graham (Australia) Tom Watson Jim Simons Nicklaus Roger Maltbie
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I started to feel a stabbing pain when breathing, — Sara Errani
Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
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ESPN Qatar vs. IR Iran
STAR SPORTS Oman vs. Iraq
STAR SPORTS Lebanon vs. Korea Republic
careTaker cm HoSTS recePTIon In Honour oF Ju-JITSu PlayerS
LAHoRe: Promising footballers of Lahore will show their skill when the ninth Model Town Football Academy (MTFA) Football Summer Camp 2013 for Boys and Girls will commence today (Tuesday) at MTFA Ground, Model Town. “As a footballer, the best I can do for youth in Pakistan is to give them a platform where they can learn how to play and make a living out of it” said MTFA President Mian rizwan Ali. The three months camp will be concluded on September 1. STAFF REPORT
PunJab Team named For InTer-ProvIncIal aTHleTIcS LAhorE: The Sports Board Punjab on Monday announced its 12-member girls and boys teams to take part in the in the Pakistan Sports Board Inter-provincial Under-16 Girls and Under-14 Boys Athletics Championship commencing here from Tuesday at Punjab Stadium. The Punjab team comprises Fatima Hussain, Afeera Naz, Javeria Kiran, Zainab Khan, Amna Yusuf, Asiya Ibraheem, Mussarat Bibi, Abida Sadiq, Amina Sadiq, Martha Ghafoor, Mehwish Yasin and Sana Hanif. Rizwana Tareen has been named as the team manager and Khalid Bhatti is the coach. STAFF REPORT
InTer-ProvIncIal u14 boyS karaTe From Today LAhorE: The Inter-provincial Under-14 Boys Karate Championship will be held from Tuesday at Iqbal Park sports complex. The SBP announced its teams which has the services of Rehan Safdar, Hassan Ali, Moid, Mohammed Sohail, Syed Kazim Raza, Samiullah Khan, Akbar Khan, Shams Usama and Bilal Khan. They will take part in the following body weight categories 35, 40, 44, 48 and 50 kgs. Mohammed Bashir Butt will be the manager while Abdul Qayyum is the coach. STAFF REPORT
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LAhorE: Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Najam Sethi said on Monday that Pakistani martial art players were showing excellence at international and national level and lifting the image of the country. He was speaking at a reception which he hosted in the honour of medal winner of the Ju-Jitsu competition of the Punjab International Sports Festival 2012. Also present on the occasion were Director General Sports Board Punjab Dr Muhammad Saleh Tahir and President Asian Ju-Jitsu and Pakistan Ju-Jitsu Federation Khalil Ahmed Khan. The chief minister praised the performance of the players not only at international level but also winning the Asian Championships for the country. He announced a special grant of Rs 5 million s for PJJF for the further uplift and welfare of the players. Director General Sports Board Punjab Dr Saleh announced that SBP in collaboration with the PJJF will soon host an international training camp followed by an international event in which a number of foreign teams will take part. STAFF REPORT
Mohsen, Kayani perform well LAHORE
yu SlIm move To league STage
In the June segment of the royal Palm Monthly Medal Golf event held at the royal Palm Golf Course, the top performers turned out to be Mohsen Zafar and Col (r) Jameel Khalid in the gross event of handicap category zero to 12, and raza Ali Khan and Sharjeel Awan in the net section of the same handicap category. In the contest for honors in the handicap category 13-18,a very young upcoming one, Hamza Kayani proved his mettle with an excellence oriented round of net 66.His hard work at the practice sessions have paid off and while his long drives on the par 4’s and par 5’s were accurate indeed, he also reflected control of his shot game around the greens. He appears as a good prospect on the golfing scene. Competitive conditions were
LAhorE: Yu SLim has moved into the league stage of 16th Tauseef Trophy cricket championship when they beat Wahdat Eaglets by 4 wickets in the quarterfinal played at LCCA ground on Monday. Mughalpura Whites, Aligarh and servis club have already qualified for the league stage. The league matches will be played between 4 clubs. Every club will play 3 matches.
tough indeed and even players like Asad I.A.Khan,Dr.Nasrullah,Fayyaz raja,Hamayun Mian and Faisal Sayid failed to match the pars of the course and petered out of contention.Of notable interest is Faisal Sayid’s misery on the closing hole where he topped his bunker shot and ended up in the water hazard and the return shot was equally misfired and took him back to the bunker
and the resultant loss of five strokes one hole cracked his chances of victory chances. Other winners of competitions in handicap category 13-18 were Haris Naseer (net runner up) and Umair Butt (gross winner) and Fareed Malik (gross r/up). At the conclusion of the tournament the prizes were awarded to the winners by Asad I.A. Khan, MD of NeSPAK.
Asif, Mohsin top in Coca-Cola Golf LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Cola Cola Classic Golf Tournament supported by Coke Management and Golfer Welfare Trust concluded successfully at the par-72, Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course. And after some real competitive activity, the glorious ones of the tournament turned out to be Col Asif Mehdi in the gross section and Mohsin Nasim in the net section. Another one who stood out as the outstanding one was Faisal Sayid who holed in one the par-3, fifth hole with a perfectly timed pitch shot which landed in the hole, as perfectly as if was mechanically geared to end up there. Such a happening on a golf course is always accompanied by huge cheers. The gross winner Asif Mehdi remained in command all through the competition and relentlessly pursued the top prize with a precision
oriented display of excellent hitting. His round of gross 70, included five birdies, ten pars and three bogies. It goes to his credit that he won in the presence of quite a few fearsome stalwarts like Imran Ahmed, Mohsen Zafar and Mahad Zafar. The overall winner of the net event, Mohsin Nasim, also deserves compliments for playing maturely and avoiding the dreaded nervousness, when you find you are approaching the winners mark. At all stages of the competition he played every shot with care and precision and succeeded in keeping away the three putts. Others who managed to win gross honors are Salman Jehangir and raza Ali Khan in the handicap category 0-9 and Abbas Ali Khan and Taimur Shabbir in the net section of the same handicap category. In the contest for honors in the handicap category 10-18, the top performers were Farooq A. Khan and Mian Tariq Misbah (gross section) and Mohsin Nasim and Ali Nazir Malik (net
section). Other results: Ladies: Mrs. Sameea Javaid Ali (1st gross); Mrs. Bela Azam (2nd gross); Mrs Faiza Imtiaz (1st net); Veterans; Abdul Sattar Khan (1st gross); Javed Hameed (2nd gross); Javed A. Zia (1st net); A/Cmdre Z.I Ahmed (2nd net); Seniors; Mian Tariq Pervez (1st gross); Javed Ahmed Khan (2nd gross); Col Omer Saeed (1st net); Akhter Hayat Khan (2nd net); Invitational; Asif Mehdi (1st gross); Fakhar Imam (2nd gross); Faisal Sayid (1st net); Tariq Mehmood (2nd net). In the caddies contest, the significant feature of the competition was their turnout. Sixty of the came out to compete and the competitive was noticeable in their approach. Ultimately Yaqoob Masih won with a round of gross 75, followed by M.Waseem, 77 and John Nathanial and Asif Hanif joint third at a score of gross 78.John Seward of Coca Cola committed full support to the caddies in their pursuit of becoming professional golfers.
Scores: Wahdat Eaglets 119/6 in 20 overs. M Ali shah 22, HAris NAzar 11, Zaheer Siddiq 32, M Zahid 32. Mohsin 2/16, Faisal 2/31, Usman Qadir 1/27. YU SLim 120/6 on 19.5 overs. Babar Azam 22, Mohsin 25, Safeer Azam 15, MAjid 29(no). M Asghar 2/8, Jameel Bhatti 2/29.
model Town club In FInal: Model Town club has marched into the final of 10th M Siddiq Memorial cricket event when they outplay National Gym by 6 wickets in the 2nd semifinal played at LCCA ground on Monday morning. Scores: National Gym 93 all out in 17.3 overs. Umair 32, Waheed 17. Zain Abbas 4/13, Saad Naseem 1/18, Aitazaz Khker 2/23, M Asif 1/25, Zia ul haq 1/10. Model TownClub 94/4 in 14.5 overs. Zain Abbas 36(no), Saad Naseem 29. Kamran 2/17, Waqas 1/27.
28TH yaSeen akHTer evenT In endIng STage: The 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket Event has reached in ending stage. The last quarterfinal between shining club and Ghulam Qadir Memorial Club will be played on June 4 at 9:30 AM at Model town greens ground. The winner will face with national Gym in semifinal. On June 4 the 1st semifinal will be played between Model Town Greens and Jallo Gym at Model Town Greens ground. Match will start at 1:00 PM. The 64 clubs of the city have participated in the event. STAFF REPORT
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Pml-n plans body of cms Lawmakers vow to to deal with energy crisis defend constitution COMMITTEE WILL PROVIDE FEEDBACK AND GUIDELINES TO DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED LAHORE NADEEm SYED
He PML-N leadership is toying with the idea of constituting a high-profile committee comprising of all chief ministers to deal with lingering energy crisis with constant input from the provinces. The committee will also be responsible for implementing the federal government policies to meet the gap between
the demand and supply of electricity across the country. Punjab Chief Minister-designate Shahbaz Sharif is qualified to head the committee being the chief executive of the largest province and also by virtue of its status as “big brother”. Shahbaz has been quite active and vocal against the ongoing load shedding, with the Punjab on the receiving end and so deserves a role to mitigate the suffering of people on this count. Due to his stance on loads shedding, it was widely believed that Shahbaz would volunteer himself to become the minister for water and power, triggering a debate in the country as to who will be Punjab’s CM if it is not him. But the party decided to name him as Punjab CM for a third time.
It is also learnt that the party is considering to make Shahbaz adviser to Khawaja Asif, who is going to become federal minister for water and power. However, experts say that it would not be constitutionally possible for a CM to become an adviser to the federal government. The committee of chief ministers will be a big step, if materialised, in equitable load management in the country, they say. Due to lack of cooperation among provinces in the past, the federal government was unable to tackle load shedding. But now if the new federal government forms such committee it will improve cooperation among all federating units to mitigate the crisis. The committee will also provide feedback and guidelines to the department concerned.
Iaea head slams Iran over stalled nuclear probe MOnITORIng DESk The head of the UN atomic agency upped the ante with Iran on Monday, saying Tehran may have literally bulldozed a key part of its probe into alleged efforts to develop a nuclear bomb. Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic energy Agency said that because of “very extensive” engineering work at the Parchin military base, visiting could now be pointless. “It may no longer be possible to detect anything,” Amano told a news conference at IAeA headquarters in Vienna after previously having said that Iran’s activities would “seriously undermine” its probe. “I wish we had had the opportunity to have access to Parchin much earlier.” But Amano added: “I still believe it is necessary for us to have access to the site because by visiting the site we can learn a lot of things. Also we should not forget it is not only the site that we have questions (about).” Iranian diggers and dumper trucks moved in after January 2012 when the IAeA requested access to Parchin, the watchdog says, following seven years of “virtually no activity”. The work spotted by satellite included the “massive removal of soil, asphalting and possible dismantling of infrastructure,” Amano said. The IAeA believes Iran constructed a large explosives containment vessel at Parchin in 2000 to conduct experiments that it says would be “strong indicators of possible nuclear weapon development”. Iran has rejected IAeA requests to visit the site and denies ever having worked on developing a nuclear weapon. It says that the IAeA’s allegations are based on faulty intelligence provided by Tehran’s enemies. Iran says the IAeA has no right to demand inspections at Parchin because, it insists, it is a nonnuclear site, and that the agency already visited it twice in 2005. The allegations on Parchin form part of a major report issued by the IAeA in November 2011 summarising information on suspected nuclear weapons research that it had been given, mostly but not only by foreign intelligence agencies. In 10 fruitless meetings since then the IAeA has pressed Iran for access to documents, sites and scientists involved in these alleged activities, which the agency believes were carried out mostly before 2003 and possibly since. Amano said Monday that in these talks, the latest of which took place on May 15, Iran and the IAeA were “going around in circles”. “This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran,” he told a closed-door meeting of the IAeA’s 35-nation board of governors.
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PPPP LEGISLATOR SAYS HIS PARTY NEVER SUPPORTED ANTI-STATE, AND ANTI-DEMOCRATIC MOVES ISLAMABAD ANwER ABBAS
Parliamentarians on Monday vowed to defend the supremacy of the constitution at any cost. The 14th session of the National Assembly opened under the speakership of Dr Fehmida Mirza, 15 more members took oath. Addressing the session, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) chairman, urged the lawmakers to make a commitment not to support violation of the constitution. He said the members should vow that violators of the constitution would not be included in the political parties. PML-N legislator Khawaja Asif said no one could disagree with the words of Achakzai. He said that present parliament was the beginning of a new era, for which people left their houses and voted, however, the expectations of the people from the newly elected government would also be multiplied. Asif stressed the members not to support any move to breach the constitution, adding that rather focusing on the past the House should move ahead. Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim said that his party never supported any anti-state, anticonstitutional and anti-democratic move in the past and would not support any such move in the future as well. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmaker Makhdoom Javed Hashmi was of the view that unpopular decisions not only lead back the country but also cause unrest in the country, adding that whenever it comes to the supremacy of constitution, his party would stand for the constitution. PML-N lawmaker Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that people would not follow the law unless the MNAs would care about it, urging that now the government would have to perform, as delivering speeches would not prove sufficient. He mentioned that Nawaz Sharif had already said that all important issues would be debated in the House.
PTI LAWMAKER SAYS HIS PARTY WOULD STAND FOR SUPREMACY OF CONSTITUTION PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that not only Article 6 of the constitution, but other articles would have to be fulfilled as well. Later on after the polls, felicitating the winner once again Achakzai highlighted the incidents of lawyers’ movement as well as incidents of May 12 in which several people lost their lives. He urged parliament to probe the incidents of May 12. Achakzai said, “We have to protect our country from destruction and to retrack it to the path of prosperity.” He also offered his unconditional cooperation for the sack of the country. PPP lawmaker Yousuf Talpur felicitated the speaker and deputy speaker and hoped that both would lead the House in a balanced manner. “PPPP unconditional support would be there for the betterment of the public.” Talpur said. MQM lawmaker Kishwar Zahra was of the view that Ayaz Sadiq would follow the legacy of Dr Fehmida Mirza. She seconded the words of Achakzai to probe the May 12 incidents, and mentioned that the MQM workers had also lost their lives. PTI lawmaker Amjad Khan felicitated the speaker and deputy speaker and declared their victory as the victory of democracy. Jamaat-e-Islami legislator Tariqullah Khan endorsed the commitment by Achakzai for the country’s sake. MQM lawmaker SA Qadri said that 23 of the MQM activists have been killed in past month whereas 10 workers were still missing. He said that only enforcement of law could bring peace to the country. PML-N’s rana Tanvir Ahmed Khan was of the view that 180 million people of Pakistan had given their decision for the prosperity of the country and transformation of power through democratic procedure. He urged the speaker to maintain the honour of the House. rana also paid tribute to the former NA speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza. The session of the National Assembly would now resume on Wednesday during which polling for new prime minister would be held.
us concerned by rising turkish violence MOnITORIng DESk The US on Monday called for an investigation into the political violence in Turkey and urged restraint on all sides following the fifth day of escalating nationwide protests against the rule of the prime minister, recep Tayyip erdogan. In remarks that are likely to provoke erdogan, US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “We are concerned by the reports of excessive use of force by police. We obviously hope that there will be a full investigation of those incidents and full restraint from the police force.” earlier, erdogan warned protesters against taking the country’s political disputes on to the streets, signalling he could mobilise his mass popular support to
crush the demonstrations. As sporadic clashes between protesters and riot police continued in Izmir, Ankara and Istanbul, and the first death was confirmed, erdogan lashed out at his critics, delivering an uncompromising message after a week of the worst violent turmoil of his decade in power. erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) took just over half the national vote in the last elections in 2011. Invoking that mandate, the prime minister said: “There is 50 percent and we can barely keep them at home. But we have called on them to calm down.” The turmoil started a week ago as a small environmental protest in an Istanbul park against redevelopment plans, but quickly mushroomed into huge weekend
clashes with riot police in the city and across half the country after police mounted tear gas and water cannon attacks on peaceful civilians. The focus of the protest shifted from the building project to the person of the prime minister. erdogan’s dismissive attitude to the mass demonstrations contrasted increasingly with President Abdullah Gul, who sounded conciliatory and pointedly rebutted erdogan’s message. “Democracy does not mean elections alone,” he said. “There can be nothing more natural for the expression of various views, various situations and objections through a variety of ways, besides elections,” the president said. The prime minister has challenged the rights of the initial protesters in a central Istanbul
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park to launch a sit-in opposing a redevelopment scheme demolishing the green space to make way for a shopping complex, mosque, and a replica of an old military barracks. Government data showed 1,500 arrests in Ankara, 300 in Izmir, and another 370 in the southern town of Adana. The impact of political turbulence was also felt by Turkey’s business community in what has been one of the world’s fastest-growing economies in recent years. Istanbul’s stock exchange fell by 10.47 per cent, the worst oneday decline in a decade. The prime minister brushed off the news. “Bourse indexes increase and decrease, they are not always stable. When we came to power, the National 100 Index was around 11,000. It might increase to 100,000 tomorrow.”
An Istanbul professor and one of his students both lost eyes when police hit them in the face with tear gas canisters on Sunday night, it was confirmed. In a further sign of spreading instability, the Turkish military said there had been an exchange of fire between its forces and Kurdish guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) in Sirnak, in the south-east. The two sides have been observing a ceasefire as the PKK stages a withdrawal from Turkey into northern Iraq as part of an incipient peace process since the start of the year. The reported clash was the first known breach of the truce. The army claim could not be corroborated. Tensions remain high in Istanbul, with protesters still commanding the rebellion’s focal point, Taksim Square.