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MAGIC WORD REOPENS NATO SUPPLIES Clinton says US sorry for losses suffered in Salala airstrike, Washington working to ensure such incidents do not happen again g Pakistan to get $1.1 billion under border deal

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AKISTAN on Tuesday announced it would re-open the supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington was sorry for the losses suffered by Pakistan Army in an errant airstrike last November 26 on a border checkpost along the border with Afghanistan. The US had earlier refused to apologise for the mistaken attack – contending there were errors on both sides – but Clinton broke that impasse in a phone call with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. “We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military,” Clinton told Khar, a statement issued by the State Department said. “We are committed to

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working closely with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent this from ever happening again.” The deal re-opening the so-called ground lines of communication – GLOCs – also had face-saving gestures by both sides: Pakistan agreed not to increase its tolls for such shipments, and the US agreed it would not ship lethal aid via the routes unless it is intended for Afghan security forces. But a US official asking not to be named told AFP that Washington will release about $1.1 billion to Pakistan as part of the deal. The money, from a US “coalition support fund” designed to reimburse Pakistan for the cost of counter-insurgency operations, had been withheld due to tensions between the two countries and Islamabad’s closure of the supply routes. The coalition support fund is often the subject of wrangling between US and Pakistani officials, with Islamabad’s claims often rejected and smaller sums approved by Washington for reimbursement. The $1.1 billion that will be freed up under the border deal does not include large sums that Pakistan says it is owed, said the US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “This is the amount that has been approved and already gone through the process,” the US official told AFP. But Pakistan’s decision not to charge transit fee from the US raised many eyebrows in the country as Islamabad had been demanding a heavy tax on each

NATO truck passing through the country. The US has termed the decision Pakistan’s commitment to peace efforts in Afghanistan. “I once again reiterate our deepest regrets for the tragic incident in Salala last November. I offer our sincere condolences to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives. Foreign Minister Khar and I acknowledged the mistakes that resulted in the loss of Pakistani military lives. We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military,” Clinton said. The chief US diplomat struck a number of notes of interest to Pakistan in the statement, including respect for Pakistani sovereignty, enduring partnership, appreciation for Pakistani sacrifices and cooperation in trade and development areas. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman, who had been reaching out to American lawmakers to convey her country’s perspective on various issues, appreciated Clinton’s statement and hoped that “bilateral ties can move to a better place from here”. “I am confident that both countries can agree on many critical issues, especially on bringing peace to the region,” Sherry said in a statement released by the embassy. “Today, as we announce the opening of the GLOC, I am glad that this breakthrough is not part of any transaction. We are playing our role as responsible global partner in stabilising the region.” Earlier in the day, the Defence Committee of Cabinet (DCC) in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf made the crucial decision of reopening ground supply lines of communication (GLOCs) into Afghanistan for NATO troops. Following the meeting, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira announced the DCC decision during a press talk. “Keeping in view the statement by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton .... the DCC in principle has decided to reopen GLOCs ... No transit fee would be charged against the NATO supplies as financial gains were never a consideration for Pakistan. Rather, we wanted the world community to respect our sovereignty,” Kaira said. A source told Pakistan Today that the DCC had decided to accept the US regret offered by Secretary Clinton despite the fact that Secretary Clinton did Continued on page 04

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Judges not to be judged: SC ISLAMABAD Agencies

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly cannot carry out the audit of the apex judiciary as according to Article 68 of the constitution, parliament cannot discuss the conduct of judges. According to a report presented to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, three existing and twelve retired judges of the Supreme Court received two residential plots each worth millions of rupees in expensive sectors of the federal capital. The Supreme Court (SC) refused to provide audit report details to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) saying the parliament cannot review judges’ conduct. This was said in a reply written by the Registrar Supreme Court to the Chairman Public Accounts Committee with the consent of full court bench of the Supreme Court in which it is mentioned that the constitution prohibits PAC to call any official including the registrar of the apex judiciary, however the president, being the head of the state, has the authority to decide about the consultative sphere of the Supreme Court, so the committee should consult the President of Pakistan. ‘If the committee is interested in a formal court order, it should approach the president,’ the letter said. The letter referred to Article 68 which said: “No discussion shall take place in [Majlise-Shoora (Parliament)] with respect to the conduct of any Judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court in the discharge of his duties”. The PAC, during the chairmanship of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, had sent the letter to the SC asking for the audit report. The NA body, under the instructions of present Chairman Nadeem Afzal Chan, made the letter public it received recently that had been issued by the SC’s full court. According to the PAC report, as many as 21 judges of the apex court, including Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman Ramday, and around 214 bureaucrats received residential plots in G-12 and G-13 sectors of Islamabad.

SC says apex judiciary’s conduct can’t be debated in parliament after PAC report says three existing and 12 retired SC judges received two expensive plots each in posh sectors of Islamabad Justice Ramday was among 15 judges of the higher judiciary and around 56 bureaucrats who received two plots each in Islamabad. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) presented lists of 21 judges before the committee, saying all judges who acquired one or more plots in Islamabad were either sitting or retired judges of the SC. The lists showed that around 15 judges acquired two or more plots in Islamabad. The name of judges who received residential plots include Justice (r) Mansoor Ahmed, Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, Justice Muhammad Javed Buttar, Justice Syed Ashad, Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, Justice Falak Sher, Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Syed Jamshed Ali, Justice Ghulam Rabbani, Justice Syed Zahid Hussain, Justice Chaudhary Ijaz Ahmed, Justice Mohammed Sair Ali, Justice Anwar Zaheer Ali and Justice Khliji Arif Hussain. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry did not receive any plot, according to the list. The PAC chairman said the judge’s plots issue resembled the NRO case.


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NATO supply truckers demand security after Taliban warning ISLAMABAD Afp

NATO truckers late Tuesday welcomed Pakistan’s decision to reopen supply lines into Afghanistan, but demanded security guarantees before the resumption as Taliban militants threatened to attack supply trucks. The Pakistani Taliban threatened to attack NATO supply trucks and kill its drivers if they tried to resume supplies to troops in Afghanistan, a spokesman said. Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP that the Taliban “will not allow any truck to pass and will attack it,” hours after Pakistan confirmed it had decided to reopen vital NATO supply routes into Afghanistan which have been

closed since November. Mir Mohammad Yousuf Shahwani, head of the largest oil tanker owners association in Pakistan, told AFP that supply trucks and tankers could be en route in “days” but insisted they needed protection first. “It is a sudden decision but even then we can start supplies in days. The thing is, who will protect us,” Shahwani said. “We need security, we need protection. Taliban have killed dozens of our drivers and torched hundreds of vehicles,” he added. Pakistani Taliban have carried out dozens of attacks, disrupting supplies for 130,000 US-led international troops fighting in Afghanistan, and have repeatedly warned of more if Pakistan reopened supply routes.

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PML-N’s Malik Jameel suspended from National Assembly ISLAMABAD inp

The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the National Assembly membership of PML-N’s Malik Jameel Awan in the dual nationality case. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the case initiated on a petition against lawmakers holding dual nationality. The PML-N MNA from Gujrat, Malik Jameel, confessed before the court of having dual nationality. Suspending the NA membership of Awan, the chief justice said all lawmakers having dual nationalities should be treated uniformly. The petitioner, Waheed Anjum,

had claimed that as many as 14 lawmakers belonging to the PPP, PML-N and MQM were holding foreign passports despite a clear bar in the constitution on dual nationality holders from becoming a lawmaker. The bench also remarked that there was a kind of discrepancy between clauses of citizenship and nationality in Article-63/1-C of the constitution. The bench in its previous hearings suspended the memberships of adviser to PM on internal affairs Rehman Malik, Amina Buttar and Farah Naz Isphahani. Rehman Malik’s counsel Anwar Mansoor Khan gave arguments about the legality of parliamentarians not being disqualified before the elections if they held dual nationality. The court later adjourned the hearing until Wednesday (today).

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ENIOR doctors at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) announced closure of all departments at the hospital other than the Emergency Ward and demanded immediate release of the arrested doctors as the Young Doctors Association’s (YDA) strike entered 18th day on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference, Medical Teachers Association (MTA) President Dr Ijaz Ahsan said senior doctors were withdrawing their services from all departments, including the Outpatient Department (OPDs) and Indoor Departments. “Young doctors are the backbone of our system. All arrested young doctors, particularly young doctors of the PIC should be released immediately,” said Ahsan. He said the doctors currently deputed at PIC were untrained and could not handle heart patients. “It takes a doctor 10 years to do FCPS and then another five-year training to become a cardiologist. How could you expect new doctors to come and replace those who have already completed their training?” Ahsan said only two doctors were present in the Emergency Ward at PIC on Monday night, adding that they had been “abused and threatened” by the attendants as they had been unable to handle the situation. “Senior doctors are in their 50s and cannot do rigorous work for 24 hours. That is why we are demanding that our doctors should be released immediately,” Ahsan said. He said the government was beguiling patients and the media by showing that they had deployed doctors at all hospitals. YDA spokesman Dr Salman Kazmi said five meetings between the Health Department and the office bearers of the YDA and the PMA were held which remained inconclusive. Solidarity: Expressing solidarity with the MTA, representatives of the Paramedical Alliance of the PIC and the Young Nurses Associ-

ation (YNA) also announced that they would stop working at PIC. 25 call off Strike: Meanwhile, 25 doctors ended their strike and resumed their duties at DHQ hospital in Gujranwala on Tuesday, as the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) released 24 of the 33 doctors from Kot Lakhpat Jail. According to a private TV channel, the released doctors dissociated themselves from the protest movement and promised to extend cooperation to the authorities. An official at the Central Jail told reporters that the doctors, who had been shifted to the CM’s Secretariat, had signed affidavits stating that they were tendering an unconditional apology and would not strike again. YDA office bearers, on the other hand, refuted the statement, saying these doctors were not YDA members but were students of medical colleges who were arrested by police without verification. The Punjab law minister has said the provincial government would not hold talks with the doctors on strike, adding that the ones who are persistent on holding strikes would be blacklisted and terminated.

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Since the Mediagate scandal that hit the headlines a few weeks ago, the media in Pakistan has been shaken to the core. Each development in this story is as bizarre as the next. In early June, Mubashir Luqman quit Dunya News following the leakage of an offair footage of an interview with property tycoon Malik Riaz. All hell broke loose as the TV channel and the anchorpersons of the

show, Luqman and Mehr Bukhari, were accused of running a planted interview. Rumours were rife on the social media that Luqman was rejoining Dunya News but he

media WAtcH rejected the reports, while confirming that he was joining ARY TV network and would soon be hosting a show on the channel. “I’m joining ARY after resolving my issues amicably with Dunya News,” he told Pakistan Today. There were also reports that Sana Bucha, an-

chorperson of Geo News talk show Lekin, had left the channel in protest against the rehiring of Amir Liaqat Hussain of the Alam Online fame. However, Sana has denied that she has resigned from her position at Geo, saying she has no issues with Amir Liaqat’s hiring as the Vice President of the entire Geo Network, Group Executive Director and Editor Religious Affairs. The “Doctor” had embarrassed himself and the entire network when a leaked YouTube video showed Liaqat making fun of a woman who had called him with a problem and using street language off-air.

Meanwhile, Lahore High Court Justice Aijazul Hassan issued notices to the health secretary, the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), and the YDA for July 6 and remarked that young doctors’ strike in Punjab was against their oath. Hearing a case against young doctors’ strike, Justice Hassan said the law and the constitution did not give the doctors any right to go on a strike. yda iSlamabad chapter: The protests spread to the north with the YDA Islamabad chapter holding a demonstration outside the Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) against manhandling of young doctors by the Punjab Police. The protesters chanted slogans against the Punjab government and asked it to meet the demands of the young doctors. budget: Late in the night a private TV channel reported that the Punjab government had reduced the budget allocated for medicine and uplift projects by 43 percent. About Rs 26 billion have been spent on the payment of salaries of doctors, vehicles and other facilities while Rs 1.10 billion were spent for Health Professional Allowance.


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Tribal elders demand opening of wana-Angoor Adda road WANA inp

Tribesmen and tribal elders decried the move of the local political administration to close the major Angoor Adda Road after some unknown miscreants launched a suicide attack on an army camp in the area. Due to the closure, hundreds of passengers were facing difficulties in reaching Wana and it was also causing losses to local fruit-related businesses. Tribal elders Malik Hafizullah, Malik Gul Khan, Malik Habib Charg, Malik Dilawar Khan Mehsud, Maulvi Anayatullah and several others while talk-

Five-member JIT formed to probe Arsalan-riaz graft case ISLAMABAD stAff report

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bukhari has constituted a fivemember Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the alleged graft case involving Arsalan Iftikhar and real estate tycoon Malik Riaz. Per an official handout, the JIT would be headed by NAB’s director-general (DG) of the Financial Crimes Investigation Wing (FCIW). The committee also includes one member each from the federal investigation agency (FIA) and police, while three members are from NAB. The committee held its first meeting on Tuesday at NAB headquarters with DG FCIW in the chair. The committee has decided to procure all relevant material from the quarters concerned within a week to proceed ahead.

ing to the media said that authorities had blocked the major Angoor Adda Road for the last four months and demanded of the government to immediately re-open the road which is the only route connecting remote areas with Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan Agency. The elders said that local fruit sellers were especially in a fix. Because of the closure of road, they are not able to transport their fruits to major fruit markets and it is causing losses worth millions to them. Moreover, several petrol pumps on the blocked roads have closed down since the road was blocked. They also added that aged people and females

were especially facing extreme difficulties in crossing the area to reach Wana. The elders stressed that every matter could be solved through talks and it would be better if the government sorted out the matter through talks with the elders of tribe rather than taking decision such as blocking routes without consultation and, thus, creating difficulties for the poor citizens. The elders demanded of the government for opening of the road at the earliest and warned that government would be responsible for any untoward incident if the road was not re-opened for traffic.

reinstatement of sacked employees in accord with PPP manifesto: PM iSlamabad: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Tuesday said the reinstatement of sacked employees was in line with the policy of the democratic government as provision of employment to people was one of major planks of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) manifesto. The prime minister expressed these views while speaking with Syed Khursheed Shah, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Chairman of Cabinet Committee on Reinstatement and Regularisation of Sacked Employees, who met him at the PM House on Tuesday. The prime minister said that Lady Health Workers (LHW) was a flagship programme, which aimed at providing healthcare services to women living in inaccessible regions of Pakistan. He said that the project won global recognition. Shah told the Ashraf that the Cabinet Committee had approved regularization of the services of 106,000 LHWs and the summary was sent to the prime minister for his approval. Shah said that the federal government had decided to continue paying salaries and allowances of LHWs up to 2015 but the provinces were insisting to extend the payment of salaries to 2017. INP

Cricket star Afridi to front Pakistan polio fight KARACHI Afp

Cricketer Shahid Afridi is to front efforts to eradicate polio from the country, going head-to-head with militants who have banned vaccinations in an al Qaeda-linked stronghold on the Afghan border. The former Pakistan captain was born in Khyber Agency, and campaigners hope his Pashto credentials can persuade parents to inoculate their children. “It is a noble cause and I am happy to be part of smashing polio from Pakistan which has crippled many children,” Afridi told AFP. He said the main target was remote areas of Pakistan, such as the al Qaeda and Taliban infested tribal belt on the Afghan border. “I am from that area and speak their language, so I will try to go door-to-door to remove any negative concept about the campaign and I hope this will help us raise healthy future generations,” added Afridi. The campaign is being run by Pakistan and UNICEF.

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H E Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday extended the bail of federal minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and former Health director general Abdul Rashid Jumma in the Ephedrine quota case until July 9. During the hearing the two-member division bench comprising Justice Ijaz Ahmad and Justice Ali Baqir Najfi asked Shahabuddin to appear before the ANF’s investigation team and record his statement. Counsel for the minister, Shah Khawar argued that the ANF had become party in the case which is reflected in the attitude of the investigation officers.

He said it appeared that the investigation agencies were gong beyond their limits to target someone or to fulfill somebody’s desire. The counsel said after bail from the court, his client himself went to the ANF but the investigation team did not bother to meet him and nobody was ready to record his statement. He said no officer was ready to even meet him and ultimately he had to hand over his written statement to a consta-

MAGIC WORD REOPENS tinued closure of supply lines was not only damaging relations with the US, but also Pakistan’s ties with 49 other member states of NATO/ISAF. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta welcomed the move, saying the United States remained “committed to improving our partnership with Pakistan and to working closely together as our two nations confront common security challenges in the region”. Sources said prior to the decision, ISAF commander General John Allen had held talks in Islamabad twice in the last six days, and offered a private and personal soft apology to Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Kayani, which the army chief had politely rejected, calling it insufficient. General John Allen also praised Pakistan’s decision to allow supplies to NATO forces. “I look forward to future opportunities to work together toward our common goals, by taking coordinated action against terrorists,” he said.

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not use the word “apologise” - a demand Pakistan had been making as a precondition for NATO routes’ reopening. The DCC also decided that no lethal cargo will go into Afghanistan through Pakistan except equipment for Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) essential for ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan. The DCC stressed that it was in Pakistan’s interest to support the transition and the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to eliminating terrorism for the sake of a secure future for Pakistan. The DCC also reiterated Pakistan’s stance on drones and agreed to continue to engage the US on counterterrorism cooperation and counterterrorism tools that were in line with international law and practice. Addressing the DCC, Prime Minister Ashraf said the con-

musharraf says tried persuading iran Karzai to seek $3.9b annual aid at donors meeting to make peace with israel TOKYO WASHINGTON inp/nni

Former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf has said that he tried as president to convince Iran to make peace with Israel and abandon its nuclear ambitions. Musharraf, during an interview conducted by Atlantic Media Company owner David Bradley, spoke about his 2006 “peace effort” to bring reconciliation between Israel and the Arab world. Musharraf flew to Iran to visit President Mahmoud

Ahmadinejad, and said he tried to get Iran to pursue a path to peace with Israel, the Foreign Policy magazine reports. He said that he urged the Islamic nation to move away from the development of nuclear weapons, but that he made no progress. “They are determined to develop a nuclear arsenal... I did not succeed,” the report quoted him as saying. “But Iran has not posed any threat, so they need not go nuclear,” he added. In another interview, Musharraf said that he was returning to Pakistan next year to help the failing state.

In a recent interview to Aspen Ideas Festival Media Company, Musharraf resembled himself with former US president Abraham Lincoin, saying he had broken the constitution to save the country. Defending the military coup, the former military dictator said that the state is being run to the ground at the moment, and people are again running to the military to save the country. Musharraf said that he was ready to return to the country by putting his life in danger.

Shah Khawar said his client remained federal minister thrice and there had been no allegation of corruption of a single rupee against him. He said his client had been involved in the case under a preplanned conspiracy. Later, Shahabuddin went to the ANF and recorded his statement. He said he had come to the ANF to prove his innocence. He said a letter had been written to the ANF to check the authenticity of the pharmaceutical company. The court ordered the release of a pharmaceutical company director, Rizwan on bail. His counsel argued that the product was purchased from the market according to fixed rates and if it was imported beyond quota, his client was not involved in it and had done no crime.

SC gives govt 7day deadline to appoint judges in special courts ISLAMABAD inp

The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the government a deadline of seven days for the appointment of judges in special courts. A threemember bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawad S Khwaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the case. Deputy Attorney General Raja Haleem Abbassi told the court that the “homework” for the appointment of judges had been completed, but the government needed another 15 to 20 days to fill the posts. In response, the court refused to offer more time in this regard. Justice Khwaja said that the posts had been lying vacant for the last 14 months and no action had been taken.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai will seek $3.9 billion in annual international assistance to rebuild the economy when he attends a conference this weekend in Tokyo, Japanese media reported Tuesday. Karzai voiced the request when Japanese reporters interviewed him in Kabul on Tuesday ahead of the one-day international aid conference for Afghanistan on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK reported. He said his country needs a combined $3.9 billion from the international community every year to rebuild the Afghan economy starting from 2015, following the pullout of NATO forces from Afghanistan, NHK said. During the interview, Karzai reiterated his call for the Taliban to join mainstream politics in Afghanistan by taking part in forthcoming presidential and general elections. “My recommendation to Taliban is to join the peace process and become a political force in Afghanistan,” the Afghan president was quoted by Kyodo News as saying.

A security forces personnel was killed and another four were injured in a remotecontrolled blast in Bajaur Agency on Tuesday. An official of the Nawagai Political Administration said Frontier Corps (FC) personnel had launched a search operation in the area after an early morning blast. The second blast occurred in the Bara Kamangra area of Nawagai tehsil when a remote-controlled bomb was detonated near the FC personnel, killing one of them and injuring four.


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HE Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet on Tuesday approved a Ramadan relief package of Rs 2.5 billion on essential food items, providing sovereign guarantee of Rs 19.1 billion and wavier of demurrage charges Rs 856.5 million for the 425MW Nandipur Power Project, while principally approving new gas supply priority and LPG air-mix project. Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Shaikh chaired the ECC meeting that approved the Ramadan relief package effective from July 15, under which prices of 13 essential food items would be reduced on 5,700 state-owned Utility Store Corporations stores. The subsidy would be Rs 6 on 1 kg of flour, Rs 15 per kg on

ghee, Rs 10 per kg each on gram pulse, baisen, dates, basmati, sela and broken rice, black tea, packed milked and spices. An official source said an untoward situation arose in the meeting when the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman opposed the Ministry of Petroleum’s policy guideline on LPG air mix project for the industrial sector. Abruptly intervening, Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain said the OGRA chairman was going beyond his mandate by intervening in the policy issues which were only the prerogative of the ministry. A perturbed minister said the regulator could only implement, monitor and regulate the policy finalised by the government and could not express any views on the policy which was beyond its mandate. However, the source said the finance minister had to intervene and ask the petroleum minister to at least allow the ECC mem-

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bers to listen to the other’s point of view. The OGRA chairman said the weighted average cost of gas formula proposed by the ministry would be significantly increasing gas prices from the current level of $4 mmBTU considering the imported cost of $9 mmBTU. After a detailed discussion the ECC approved import of LPG equivalent to 250 tonnes with a cost computed on the basis of weighted average cost of gas. However, the key decision of procurement methodology and tendering will be brought to the ECC through a detailed presentation in the next meeting. The ECC also requested the Law Ministry to look further into the matter regarding price determination of LPG on a monthly or six-monthly basis. The ECC also approved the summary for increasing sovereign guarantee from Rs 5.3 billion to Rs 19.1 billion in favour of

local banks syndicate as a time gap arrangement until effectiveness of foreign loans for 425MW Nandipur Power Project. The committee also decided to waive demurrage and detention charges Rs 856.5 million on the machinery of the project. The ECC also approved natural gas load management plan proposed by the Ministry of Petroleum but subject to approval from the prime minister. The Petroleum Ministry proposed that the supply of natural gas to power sector should be given priority over supply to fertilizer sector after domestic sector in the wake of current load shedding in the country. There was a lengthy discussion on the proposal of changes in composition of business express moved by the Ministry of Railways, in which it contented that joint venture partners had from the very outset failed to meet most of major contractual obligations

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Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Shakirullah Jan has said that voter lists would be completed by the end of the ongoing month and the ECP would be in a position to hold general elections after July. Addressing a ceremony on Tuesday, Justice Shakirullah Jan said the delay in preparation of voters’ lists was not a negligence of the CEC, but a laxity of Statistics Division. He said due to inattention of Statistics Division, the EC had to suffer and bear additional burden to complete the voters’ lists. The acting chief election commissioner was of the view that the ECP was only responsible for monitoring the polls, and it was the government’s job to maintain law and order.

karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday rejected a petition challenging the appointment of deputy prime minister. While hearing the petition, Justice Munib Akhtar observed that there was no restriction in the constitution to appoint a deputy PM, adding that the prime minister could appoint anyone as his assistant. The judge remarked that Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi was part of the cabinet as a federal minister, while the government was being run by Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. The petitioner, Moulvi Iqbal Haider, argued that the Constitution of Pakistan does not have any provision for the post of deputy prime minister, and such an appointment was illegal. He requested the court to declare the notification of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s appointment as deputy PM “unconstitutional and illegal”. The court said that the notification on Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s appointment as Deputy PM also stated that he could not exercise the prime minister’s powers. Therefore, the notification cannot be declared null and void, the court ruled. Agencies

SeParatiStS PUSh PakiStan for kaShmir iSSUe NEWS DESK Unnerved by Pakistan’s new approach of talking trade over Kashmir, separatists from the valley have lined up to meet visiting Pakistan foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani in New Delhi on his invitation. “It’s unfortunate that no headway is being made vis-à-vis Kashmir. Nothing has moved despite several rounds of Indo-Pak talks. Talks seem

not serving any purpose. We stressed the need to push for final resolution to the dispute during our interaction,” said moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who met Jilani on Tuesday afternoon. Most separatists are unhappy with Indo-Pak relation making headway on trade issues and not Kashmir problem. “Relations between India and Pakistan cannot be strong enough till the Kashmir issue is resolved,” said hard-

like guaranteed revenue of Rs 3.1 million was to be paid in advance, a commitment that had never been fulfilled. In the same way, guaranteed revenue was to be paid in full whereas the joint venture partners had been making part payments and so on. After the detailed discussion, the ECC formed a committee comprising information minister, Board of Investment chairman, Railways secretary and the Planning Commission deputy chairman, which will look further into the matter. The source said the committee was formed as it was assessed that the babus were trying to derail the privatisation process in the Railways. The ECC also discussed summary regarding protection to the motorcycle industry which proposed that new eight-digit tariff lines be created in Pakistan Custom Tariff for all the parts of 125CC motorcycles with five percent tariff in case of new entrants.

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line Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who opposed Pakistan’s decision to grant most favoured nation to India. The 83-year-old separatists said he reminded the Pakistan foreign secretary that “it’s incumbent upon Pakistan to push for Kashmir solution first” “It’s moral, diplomatic and democratic responsibility of Pakistan to pressure India to resolve the sixdecade old dispute…Kashmir is not a border issue that the two countries will sit across and resolve it. Kashmir is an international dispute,” Geelani told the Hindustan Times after meeting Jilani. The hardline separatist, who advocates for right to self determination, told the Pakistan delegation to push for a Kashmir resolution that considers “its historical background”. Geelani is learnt to have raised the issue of alleged human rights abuses, use of Public safety Act against youth and his “round-the-clock detention” at his Srinagar residence with Jilani. Both the Mirwaiz and Geelani said they do not oppose improved relations between India and Pakistan but

“Kashmir should be at the core of the talks”. “Neither are we against Indo-Pak parleys nor CBMs. Our sole concern is Kashmir issue should be resolved according to wishes and aspirations of people of Kashmir,” said the Mirwaiz. Another separatist leader, Yasin Malik, who heads pro-independence Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, asked both the countries to seize the present moment to resolve the problem. “Kashmir has witnessed transition from violent movement to peaceful struggle. This should be acknowledged by the two countries and push for resolution as soon as possible. India and Pakistan cannot afford to freeze the Kashmir issue. If they don’t resolve the problem, it will have far reaching consequences and younger generation can once again explore the option of taking up the arms,” said Malik. All the separatist leaders —- the Mirwaiz, Geelani and Malik —- met Jilani separately in New Delhi. It has been a ritualistic diplomatic gesture from Pakistan, much to chagrin of New Delhi, to invite separatist leaders whenever senior official visits India.

At least two policemen were killed and four others were injured in an attack on a police vehicle on Tuesday morning. Officials said that police sent a team of commandos to raid a suspected hideout of criminals in Jhang district after receiving information about the presence of dangerous absconders. The raid team, riding on four vehicles, reached the district’s rural area, and while it was cordoning off the suspected hideout, the criminals opened fire at a police vehicle. All the six policemen on board got injured in the attack, officials said, adding that they were quickly taken to a hospital where two of them succumbed to their injuries, while four others were reported in stable condition. After the attack, crossfire started between police and criminals but the latter succeeded to escape from the area.

Four women killed, four injured in grenade attack KHYBER AGENCY online

As many as four women were killed and four others, including women and children, were injured in a grenade attack at a house in Khyber Agency on Tuesday. According to details, unidentified persons hurled a hand grenade inside a house in Malik Din Khel, a remote area of Khyber Agency. The explosion killed four women and injured four others, which included women and children. The injured were shifted to a hospital. Tribal officials and Khasadar force reached the scene after the attack however no arrests could be made until the filing of this report. Sources said that the attack was a result of tribal enmity.


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CdA to revive Saidpur’s rustic look ISLAMABAD stAff repoprt

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to launch an operation to remove all illegal structures and encroachment at historical Saidpur village to revive its original rustic look. CDA Chairman Engineer Farkhand Iqbal on Tuesday said that all illegal structures and encroachments would be removed in Saidpur village to revive its rustic look. The CDA chairman said this on the occasion of his visit to model village Saidpur and Sector F-6/4 to inspect developmental activities in the areas. The officials concerned of environment, sanitation, enforcement, municipal administration, and engineering wing were also present during the visit. The chairman said that rich cultural and traditional heritage is the real identity of Saidpur village while foreign as well as local visitors have been showing their deep interest in the cultural activities initiated by the CDA in Saidpur village. The CDA chairman directed carpeting of road and parking to avoid hindrance. He further ordered formation of an authority to ensure sanitation on daily basis to avoid unhygienic condition.

islAmAbAd: A vendor sells ice at his roadside setup. STAFF PhOTO

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The city police on Tuesday claimed to have traced 36 murder cases, including 12 blind murder cases, during the current year, a police spokesman said. He said the IGP had directed all police officers to give priority to investigation of murder cases and book the culprits. Following these directions, Islamabad police worked hard to trace the blind murder cases and succeeded in tracing 36 murders after collecting forensic as well as other vital evidences. Every available resource and latest investigation techniques were used to resolve these cases. Due to these efforts, the city zone traced four murder cases and Saddar zone 11 murder cases, the spokesman said. He further said that the industrial area zone police traced four murder cases while the rural zone traced 17 murder cases. A total of 81 accused were arrested due to their involvement in these murder cases and challans of these cases were submitted in courts after arresting the culprits and collection of evidences against them.

dC orders inspection of patwar offices iSlamabad: Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed has directed the assistant commissioners of Secretariat and rural areas to carry out inspection of patwar offices in the rural areas regularly and ensure availability of patwaris at their workplaces during office timing. The DC also directed the ACs to direct patwaris to redress public complaints on the spot and submit their inspection reports to the district collector fortnightly. He issued these instructions to the ACs during a meeting chaired by him to review the performance of the revenue administration. The DC directed the officials to ensure quick action on public complaints, warning if any patwari was found involved in any malpractice, stern action would be taken against him. stAff report

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HE Rawal Town municipal administration has decided to demolish illegal constructions in the city. Earlier, during a recent operation, the TMA demolished illegal extensions of five commercial buildings while one house was sealed in the town. According to a TMA Rawal Town spokesman, the ongoing operation against illegal constructions had been accelerated on the special instructions of the administrator of Rawal Town and strict action was being taken against the violators of the law. Rawal Town Administrator Saif Anwar Jappa has directed the officials concerned to conduct a comprehensive survey in this regard so that a strategy could be adopted and the violators of the rules could be dealt

with in accordance with the law. The staff of the department concerned conducts raids and demolishes illegal constructions in the city areas, he said. He said that after the solid steps taken in this regard, the revenue generation has also increased considerably as now the citizens are submitting their building plans to get formal approval. It is pertinent to mention here that a special demolition squad for removing illegal structures from the city areas has recently been formed by the TMA. Tehsil Municipal Officer (TMO) Chauhdry Liaquat Ali said that the increasing number of constructions without getting prior approval from the TMA has compelled the administration to take solid steps in this regard. He said the TMA officials have also been warned to improve their performance otherwise stern action would be taken against those violating the rules. He said officials with

bad reputation would not be tolerated. Water Shortage iN potohar toWN irkS reSideNtS: Shortage of water supply in the different areas of Potohar Town has made lives of the residents miserable. The residents of Adiala Road, Dhamial Road, Chakri Road, Dhama Seydian, Munwar Colony, Kalial, Dhoke Juma, Dhamial, Bank Colony, Liaquat Colony, Quaid Azam Colony, Nai Abadi and Dhoke Munshi have been facing water shortage but the authorities concerned are least interested to resolve the issue. Talking to APP, Muhammad Sajid, Waleed, Iqbal, Ansar Khan, Ahsan and other residents of the affected areas said they were facing great difficulties due to water shortage, but the authorities concerned were paying no heed. A number of complaints have been registered, but the water supply situation could not be improved, they added.

Jobless youth immolates self raWalpiNdi: A youngster tried to commit suicide by self immolating himself due to domestic problems and unemployment. According to details, resident of Gawalmandhi Muhammad Ashfaq put fuel on his body and then with the help of matchstick set himself ablaze. The nearby residents took him to PIMS where his condition was serious and he is said to be suffering from second degree burns. Police has lodged a case in this regard. online

ANF seizes 15kg heroin iSlamabad: The Anti Narcotic Force arrested one person for attempting to smuggle a large amount of heroin. ANF officials deployed at Benazir International Airport said that Zulfiqar, a resident of Sargodha, was a passenger of Abu Dhabi flight and upon checking his luggage the ANF officials found 15 kilogram heroin. He was carrying 11 kg brown heroin and 4 and a half kg white heroin According to officials, Zulfiqar was attempting to smuggle heroin to Greece via Abu Dhabi. The ANF took him into custody and started interrogations. online

PBC to broadcast programmes to mark Black Day APP islAmAbAd

Radio Pakistan will air special programmes on the occasion of the Black Day being observed tomorrow (Thursday) against the overthrowing of democratic government of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto by military dictator Ziaul Haq on this day in 1977. The speeches of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, interviews and special songs will be aired by FM-101 network throughout the day. The National Broadcasting Service, current affairs channel of Radio Pakistan, will air special programmes from 7:10am to 11pm while the English channel of

Radio Pakistan, Planet FM-94 will present English speeches and interviews of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Community channel FM-93 and medium wave stations will air special messages of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as well as the interviews and impressions of political leaders and federal ministers. Excerpts from the speeches of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on negation of despotic rule, uplift of the country and people and rule by the people will also be presented. Special interview of prominent broadcaster and intellectual, Aslam Azhar, will also be broadcast. Director General Radio Pakistan, Murtaza

Solangi, will be the host of the programme. Special programmes comprising interviews of leading political and social figures, intellectuals and leading journalists will be the part of programmes being aired on the occasion of the black day. A special seminar on imposition of marital law in country on July 5 and beginning of the darkest era is being organised by PBC Peshawar. Special songs and impressions of the people will be aired to mark the black day. Discussion programmes on democracy and dictatorship, human rights, trampling down of constitution and fundamental rights, and tele-

phone call by listeners will be the hallmark of the black day programmes. Prominent poets, Aslam Gordaspuri, Shahzad Ahmed, Zafar Iqbal, Abbas Ather, Najeeb Ahmed, Amjad Islam Amjad, Nasir Zaidi, Asghar Nadim Syed, Neelma Sarwar, Naheed Ishtiaq, Ahmed Aqil Rubi and Rabia Rehman will pay homage to Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a mushaira being organasied by PBC Lahore. Excerpts of former military dictator General Ziaul Haq will also be included in `Naiy Ufaq’ programme to be aired at 8:05pm along with comments by leading intellectuals, journalists, and analysts.


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Islamabad 07 drive against illegal water connections fails ISLAMABAD online

With the connivance of the CDA, around 500 illegal water connections have been installed on the water supply lines coming from Simly Dam. Following the illegal water connections, water pressure in pipelines, which are supplying water to the city and Bara Kahu area becomes very low while these illegal water connections are also causing huge loss to the CDA in terms of water revenue. Accepting that hundreds of illegal connections have been installed on water supply lines coming from Simly dam, Director Water Supply CDA, Zulfiqar Khan said that the CDA directed enforcement directorate to take stern action in this regard. Meanwhile, encroachments have been setup on the CDA’s land near Korang water works area but the CDA has yet to take any initiative to demolish these illegal structures.

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NDIAN scholar Prof Dr Ram Puniyami has described as dismal the general lot of Indian Muslims in secular India as the situation of minority rights has worsened over the last three decades. Ghettoized and alienated for long from the mainstream, the Indian Muslims were now awakening and realizing that the way out for them was acquisition of modern knowledge. Still the dream of equity for the Muslims was a far thing and their security had been made precarious by the infiltration of communal elements in the state organs. Dr Puniyami was speaking here at the regional conference on the “Rights of Religious Minorities in South Asia: Learning from Mutual Experiences” organised by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) of Germany in Islamabad. The Indian scholar said the growth of communalism was not something new as it was

the existence of two communal streams of religious nationalism which had caused the division of the British India. However, India’s secular constitution which exhorts affirmative action to safeguard the minorities had all along struggled against the forces of Hindutva led by the RSS. He said the Sangh Parivar was persecuting the Muslims. The other religious minority that was being oppressed was Christians. He said communalism in South Asia was of a competitive nature as persecution of the Muslims in India aroused negative sentiments in Pakistan and vice versa. The visiting speaker further said violation of human rights anywhere should be treated as a violation everywhere. He said there were many men and women in India who had devoted their lives to fighting the menace of communalism and evolving a polity that was truly secular. They were trying for the passage of a communal violence bill that would hold the state apparatus responsible if violence against a minority persisted for more than 24 hours.

He also advocated reservation in jobs for the Muslims to bring them up to a threshold of economic and social survival. But it was going to be a long and hard fight. Former federal minister and minority rights activist J Salik called upon the United Nations to devote a day to the rights of the minorities and create a body to monitor violations of minorities’ rights in various countries. He said that minorities were not represented at the UN and in Pakistan they did not enjoy equal rights as no member of the minority community could become the head of the state or the chief executive. Professor Imtiaz Ahmad of Bangladesh said that polity in Bengal was more tolerant as public reasoning there was enriched by the Sufi tradition and the influence of Hanafi school of thought which tended to separate religion from politics. Ambassador Nihal Rodrigo who spoke on the Sri Lankan civil war said the Muslims had also suffered a lot during the conflict and faced dislocation a t a large scale. The country

Photo exhibition opens at Lok Virsa ISLAMABAD online

A photographic exhibition has been organized at National Heritage Museum here at Garden Avenue, Shakarparian. The exhibition is held under the aegis of Tourism Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) in collaboration With Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage), Ministry of National Heritage & Integration, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad. The opening ceremony was performed by Commissioner Rawalpindi, Imdadullah Bosal as chief guest. Managing director TDCP Habibur Rehman Gilani and Lok Virsa’s Executive Director Khalid Javaid were also present on the occasion. The exhibition presented works of two students from National College of Arts, Lahore Ubaid ur Rehman and Naeem Jatoi. They undertook an extensive tour of entire Pakistan in four months in cooperation with TDCP to capture scenic beauty, national monuments and cultures of different areas through the lens of camera. Talking to media, the chief guest Imdadullah Bosal said “Youth is considered as backbone in any society and efforts of these young students are praiseworthy. We can promote our tourism by highlighting various

aspects and colours of our diverse and beautiful culture”. Speaking on the occasion, Managing Director TDCP Habibur Rehman Gilani appreciated the contribution of Lok Virsa management for their support and collaboration in holding the exhibition. In his remaks, Lok Virsa’s Executive Director Khalid Javaid lauded the efforts of the students for creating such a beautiful exhibition. He said “Lok Virsa’s major focus was currently on youth who was the future of Pakistan. ieSco poWer SuSpeNSioN programme: The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) on Tuesday issued a power suspension programme for various areas of its region due to necessary maintenance and development work. According to an IESCO spokesman, power supply of the areas falling under following grid stations / feeders would remain suspended as under: July 4-9: From 07am to 12pm, Tench Bhatta feeder, Capt. Aamir feeder, Radio Pakistan feeder, Azizabad feeder, Tench Bhatta, Radio Pakistan, Dk Syedan, Azizabad and surrounding area; July 5-7-9: from 7am to 11am, Peshawar Road feeder, Millatabad feeder, Peshawar Road, Chour Chowk and Millatabad and July 10: from 7am to 11am, Saghri feeder, K/Syedan feeder, Redco feeder, Saghri, Mankiala, Bashndot, Kallar Syedan & Redco.

was now engaged in the task of resettlement and rehabilitation. Pandit Channa Lal, senior representative of the Hindu community in Pakistan, said the community faced no problem in the observance and celebration of religious rites and festivals, but the children of his community did not consider them part of the mainstream. Hindus could not climb to the top in service careers; there were no foreign office jobs for them and the doors of the presidency and the PM House were closed to them, he said. He added the PPP was no more a liberal party as it used to be in the time of ZA Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. Dr Maqsudul Hassan Nuri, acting president of IPRI, in his welcome address, said that it was an ‘age of rage’ and that there had been a marked rise in religiosity in South Asia over the years. “We need to understand the causes behind this phenomenon and devise pragmatic solutions”. He said the IPRI was holding a series of conferences to deliberate on the burning issues of the day.

Illegal parking areas established in commercial areas raWalpiNdi: Illegal parking areas have become endemic around major commercial areas of cities and Cantt board with the backing of police and political organization. These illegal sites in major commercial hubs are not only affecting the normal flow of traffic but also causing millions of rupees loss in revenue to Tehsil municipal administration and cantonment board. Criminal groups operating in these illegal areas collect parking fee and upon non-payment the police either takes the cars into custody or they are damaged. online

Stale meat being sold in G-10 Markaz iSlamabad: Despite tall claims of the authorities, sale of stale and artificially prepared meat (beef and mutton) is being sold in G-10 Markaz putting lives of the people at risk. The residents and the customers have lodged several complaints but in vain as no heed has been paid to their agony. It has been told that the meat is being washed in gutters while the same meat is being sold and people are forced to eat it hence ending in hospitals. Residents have demanded high ups to take serious action and notice against such butchers who are selling stale meat on hefty rates. online


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HE Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) is holding a series of master artisans’ training workshops here from today (Wednesday) to provide capacity building for 768 marginalised craft persons/artisans, mainly from rural areas with poor lower income groups. The workshops have been arranged in collaboration with the SUNGI Development Foundation, GIZ and DAACHI. Lok Virsa Executive Director Khalid Javaid and Executive Director SUNGI Sheikh Asad Rehman briefed the media persons about details, objectives and schedule of the workshops here on Tuesday. They announced that five batches will be trained in workshops of 14-day each. The first workshop will be held from July 4 to 17, 2nd from August 30 to September 12 and the 3rd from September 14 to 27. During workshops, daily training and exhibition will be arranged, including display and sale of products of the master artisans. According to the organisers, the craft persons/artisans, are home-based workers living in far flung deprived areas, with no or limited linkage with big markets to sell their products. The training package includes GALS (Gender Action Learning System), group management, skill development/enhancement, colour scheming, product design and development, quality control, pricing, raw material purchasing, marketing as well as economic rights of home based/ informal workers, health, for sustainable improvement in their earnings. There would be 768 beneficiaries of the train-

ing workshops, including 128 master artisans and 768 artisan apprentices. The training methodology includes 14 days training module for master trainers (men and women) skilled artisans from various areas of Pakistan. The master trainers will be trained on Lok Virsa premises. The important aspect of these trainings is to provide exposure to the skilled artisans in value chain development and marketing practices through hands-on experience in the exhibition/marketing facility at Lok Virsa. Artisans will be bringing their hand-made products along with them and they will also be making it on the spot at training sessions and shops that will be sold to customers directly. Each master trainer after successful completion of training will be responsible to train 5 other local artisans from his/her own locality for two months. Master artisan will get Rs. 5,000 as honorarium for training 5 fellow crafts persons and this will be given to them on successful completion of the training during the marketing exposure/exhibition at provincial level such as craft exhibitions, industrial exhibitions, exhibitions by chambers of commerce etc. iNNovatioN Summit to improve educatioN Sector: Sheikh abdulla: World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Chairman Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani has said that this initiative will play a pivotal role in supporting a change in Pakistan’s education system by bringing the students of far-flung areas at par with urbanites and inculcating in them modern teaching techniques and skills. He said the 2012 WISE summit being held in Doha, Qatar, in November this year, will be attended by a galaxy of educationists, students and experts who will contribute a lot to the improve-

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ment of the education sector. Dr Abdulla said the WISE would provide young students with an opportunity to take part in amazing global experiences throughout the year 2013. He said that every year participants from Pakistan attend the Summit. “I am very proud to tell you that we will have Dr Shams Kassim Lakha, the founding chairman of the Board of the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy and the founding president of the Aga Khan University, as a member of the 2012 WISE Awards Jury. “I would also like to take this opportunity to ask Pakistani students to send us their applications for ‘Learners’ Voice’ project,” he said. The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is a year-round global platform dedicated to nurturing innovation in education by harnessing the expertise of multiple sectors. It was created in 2009 on the initiative of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation. Sheikh Abdulla said the WISE believes education is a passport to inclusion. Furthermore, innovation in all its forms, is not just technological, it is a key to enabling education to play a pivotal role in tackling the 21st century global challenges. The WISE has developed a unique approach which gives a voice to innovators from all countries and all sectors during a summit that takes place every year in Doha. The WISE Awards, for instance, is a program that identifies, shares and helps scale up best practicesby bringing new approaches to education. He said that the WISE gathers more than 1,000 participants from 120 countries every year. They form part of the WISE community, which today represents thousands of people around the world.

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Suu Kyi defiant in ‘Burma’ row yaNgoN: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday brushed off orders from Myanmar’s government to stop calling the country “Burma”, a name widely used by democracy campaigners to defy the former junta. The old regime changed the country’s official name some two decades ago to Myanmar, saying “Burma” was a relic from British colonial rule and implied the diverse land belonged only to the Burman ethnic majority. The country’s election commission castigated Suu Kyi last week for repeatedly using the term during recent overseas trips, accusing her and the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) of flouting the constitution. But a defiant Suu Kyi told reporters in Yangon that she would call the country whatever she liked. “In a democratic nation, things should be done after viewing the desire of the people,” she said, adding the army had renamed the country without consultation. “Freedom of speech... and the right to speak one’s mind freely doesn’t insult anyone. This is also about democratic principles and policy. “So I assume that I can use whatever I want to use as I believe in democracy.” Afp

Police raid Sarkozy office in campaign finance probe pariS: French police searched Nicolas Sarkozy’s offices and home Tuesday as part of their probe into claims the former president was involved in illegal political campaign financing, his lawyer said. Magistrates are investigating claims that staff for Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics empire and France’s richest woman, gave envelopes stuffed with cash to Sarkozy aides to finance his 2007 campaign. Around ten police officers accompanied investigating magistrate Jean-Michel Gentil on the raid on his home and on offices he has recently rented in Paris, a source close to the enquiry said. Sarkozy’s lawyer Thierry Herzog said that the president, who was defeated in his re-election bid in May by the Socialist Francois Hollande, is currently in Canada with his family. Le Monde newspaper’s website said that investigators had also searched the lawyers’ offices where Sarkozy was once an associate. Sarkozy, who has denied any wrongdoing and whose presidential immunity from prosecution expired last month, has supplied his diary to judges to disprove claims from witnesses that he attended meetings in the Bettencourt household. The witnesses, whose testimony was reported in the French press, claimed that Sarkozy held meetings on at least two occasions in the Bettencourt home ahead of his presidential election win in 2007. Afp

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NALENI: An Indian child stands in floodwaters in Naleni Village, some 45 kms from Guwahati, the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Assam, on Tuesday. AFP

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truck bomb blamed on al Qaeda killed 26 people at a crowded market in central Iraq on Tuesday while attacks elsewhere claimed 11 lives, the latest victims of a spike in nationwide unrest. The violence, the bloodiest of which was in predominantly Shiite areas, came ahead of commemoration ceremonies on Friday for the birth of a key figure in Shiite Islam, and left nearly 100 people wounded in the worst unrest to hit Iraq in three weeks. Tuesday’s violence was swiftly condemned by the UN special envoy to Iraq and the country’s parliament speaker. The morning blast struck a popular market in Diwaniyah, 160 kilometres

(100 miles) south of Baghdad, killing 26 people and wounding 50, according to Adnan Turki, head of the provincial health department. “This attack has the fingerprints of Al-Qaeda,” provincial governor Salim Hussein Alwan told a news conference, adding authorities were investigating the explosion. Shortly after the attack, Diwaniyah officials imposed a curfew across the city of some 440,000 people. Women and children were among the victims of the attack that hit the main vegetable market, where 15 shops and stalls were destroyed, the officials added. “The explosion led to a huge fire ball in the sky,” said Muslim Farhan, who was nearby at the time of the blast. “Everyone was running in different directions.”

The blast came just hours after near-simultaneous car bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims in Freyha, a village on the outskirts of the central shrine city of Karbala, killed four people. “There were four killed and 13 wounded by two car bombs at around 7:00 am, (0400 GMT) east of Karbala,” provincial police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed al-Hasnawi said. Two separate gun and bomb attacks in the restive province of Diyala, north of Baghdad, killed four people — the sons of two anti-Qaeda militiamen and two farmers — security and medical officials said. Also north of the capital in Taji, a policeman was among two people killed in simultaneous bomb attacks, an interior ministry official said. A hospital official said three people died in the blasts.

russia accuses west of distorting Geneva Syria accord MOSCOW Afp

Russia on Tuesday accused the West of seeking to “distort” the agreement reached last weekend in Geneva on a plan for a political transition to end the escalating conflict in Syria. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hailed the accord based on proposals by envoy Kofi Annan as an “important step” but said that Western capitals

had already read more into the final statement than what was written on paper. “Unfortunately... some Western participants have started in their public statements to distort the agreements that were reached” in Geneva, he told reporters at a news conference with his Vietnamese counterpart. “These (Geneva) agreements are not there to be interpreted. They mean exactly what is said in the com-

munique and we need to follow the agreements that were made,” Lavrov added. “Our (Russian) position is honest and we are not trying to make it seem more than what is written in the text.” His comments came just after Annan’s spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told reporters Tuesday that a “shift” in positions by Russia and its diplomatic ally China at the Geneva talks should not be underestimated.

Mali boosts efforts to save north from Islamists BAMAKO Afp

Mali’s embattled interim government ramped up diplomatic efforts Tuesday to save the north from Islamist fighters who have smashed World Heritage shrines in Timbuktu and rigged another city with mines. The post-coup transition authorities in Bamako are powerless in the face of the armed Al Qaeda-allied groups occupying the north, and Mali’s neighbours in west Africa have proposed a stronger unity government be formed. West African leaders will meet in Burkina Faso’s capital on Saturday to discuss this option with senior Malian political figures, as the Islamists escalate efforts to exert their control in the country’s north. In Timbuktu, where they have enforced sharia law for the past three months, Islamist group Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith) have smashed seven tombs of ancient Muslim saints as well as the ‘sacred door’ to a 15th century mosque. The UN cultural agency UNESCO on Tuesday called for an end to the “repugnant acts” of destruction and called for the head of the body to create an emergency fund for the cultural treasures and send a mission to assess the damage. The destruction has deeply upset Malians and prompted outpourings of condemnation from abroad.

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Syrian troops pounded several rebelheld districts in the central city of Homs on Tuesday, as the death toll mounted across the country, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. In total, at least 48 people were killed on Tuesday, bringing to more than 120 the death toll over two days, the Britain-based watchdog reported. Two civilians and three rebels were killed in Homs, as clashes raged in and around the neighbourhood of Baba Amr, a former rebel stronghold that the army seized on March 1 after a fierce 27-day assault.

Rebels and troops also battled for the district of Khaldiyeh, the monitoring group said. Khaldiyeh is one of several rebel-held districts of Homs that have been besieged by the army for almost a month. On Monday troops tried to storm the encircled district of Jourat al-Shiah, according to the Observatory. Troops also rained shells in the southern province of Daraa, cradle of the 16-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, killing six people, the watchdog said. Among the victims were a woman and her three children. In the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, much of which is rebel-controlled, violent clashes broke out with

regime forces, at least four of whom were killed, the Observatory said. The Local Coordination Committees — a network of activists on the ground — said “125 families fled the city of Deir Ezzor and its suburbs ... as a result of the unrelenting military attacks.” Several areas of Damascus province also saw heavy violence, the Observatory said. Troops shelled the town of Arbeen, killing one child, while two people were shot dead by snipers near the city of Douma. Meanwhile, President Bashar alAssad said Tuesday he regretted that his country’s defence forces shot down a Turkish fighter jet on June 22, but still insisted the plane was in Syrian airspace. “I would have wished 100 percent

that we had not attacked it,” he said two weeks after the F-4 Phantom jet on a training mission was shot at and crashed into the Mediterranean off Syria. “The plane was flying in an air corridor used three times in the past by the Israeli airforce,” Assad said as an explanation of his military’s action in an interview with a Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. “A country at war always acts like this, this plane was flying at a very low altitude and was shot down by anti-aircraft defences which mistook it for an Israeli plane, which attacked Syria in 2007,” Assad said, rejecting Turkey’s accusations that the Syrians intentionally targeted the jet.

An unidentified disease has killed 60 young children in Cambodia in three months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as it raced to identify the cause. “The number of deaths reported to WHO is 60 cases and they have all been in young children,” said Dr Nima Asgari, a public health specialist for the UN body in Cambodia, adding that the first casualties were reported in April. The WHO is currently working with the Cambodian Ministry of Health “to identify the cause and the route of spread of this disease”, he said. With the investigation still at an early stage, Asgari said it was difficult to specify the symptoms, which “include high fever and severe chest disease symptoms, plus in some children there were signs of neurological involvement”. There have been 61 reported cases so far, Asgari said, with just one patient surviving. The victims, all aged seven and under, were admitted to hospitals in the capital Phnom Penh and the northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap.


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wo incidents have recently taken place that can mar relations with Afghanistan if not dealt with realistically. The attack in Upper Dir by TTP militants from shelters in neighbouring Kunar province led to casualties on the part of Pakistani troops. The only practical way to deal with attacks of the sort by militant networks is coordinated action against them by Pakistani and US troops. It was an unwise policy to prolong the standoff between the US and Pakistan for nearly seven months. It is time for the required give-and-take leading to the cleansing of the safe havens of the militants on both sides of the Durand Line. To treat any militant outfit as a possible client is the height of folly in a world fed up with terrorists and their patrons. There is a need meanwhile to address the complaint from Afghanistan regarding the launching of rockets in Kunar by Pakistan. Earlier both Islamabad and Kabul used to blame the militants for any incident of the type. That now Kabul points a finger at Islamabad indicates a reduction in the level of mutual understanding. Islamabad has claimed that men in Afghan National Army uniforms entered Pakistan’s territory on Monday and killed two people; it is not clear if the attackers were really Afghan soldiers or the TTP elements wearing their uniform. The incident again shows lack of understanding between the two sides which could be dangerous. It is in Pakistan’s supreme national interest to help restore peace and strengthen security in Afghanistan. The terrorist attacks inside Pakistan will multiply if Afghanistan remains unstable after the allied troops leave it in 2014. Pakistan’s industry and business is in shambles on account of power shortages. To put them on back on track, Islamabad needs Central Asian gas and electricity which can reach it only if there is stability in Afghanistan. With a power cum trade corridor established from Central Asia to India on the one hand and to Gwadar Port on the other Pakistan will emerge as the major beneficiary from the trade which will bring it fees worth billions of dollars. This would make it permanently independent of foreign aid. To improve ties with Afghanistan, Islamabad has to get rid of some of the traditional misperceptions. To start with, Afghanistan has to be treated as an equal sovereign state instead of Pakistan’s backyard. Attempts to foist on Kabul a government of the agencies’ choice have to be abandoned. Nations need friends but hate those posing as masters.

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e often talk of the endgame in Afghanistan but we will have to wait for 2014 to see how this endgame is fully played out by competing interests inside and outside Afghanistan. However, another endgame is already unfolding in Pakistan. It is a political endgame raising doubts about the future of democracy and creating the spectre of Pakistan becoming a nonfunctioning state. The growing institutional conflict and the effort of the superior judiciary to stretch its domain of authority at the expense of elected civilian institutions like the parliament and the executive adds a new dangerous dimension to the increasingly conflictridden politics in the country. The superior judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, has adopted a highly activist role since the restoration of the chief justice and other judges in 2009. They may see their role in purely legalistic terms but the widespread consensus in the political circles is that the superior judiciary is stretching its domain at the expense of the elected parliament and the federal executive. One wonders if the courts need to fix sugar price which was not implemented, remove and post officials, By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi and seek legal action against the president and the prime minister. The comments made by the judges during the court proceedings get published in the newspapers that become a part of the on-going political confrontation between the government and the opposition. Three important facts seem to highlight the current judicial activism. First, it is a wellknown fact that the PPP federal government and especially President Asif Ali Zardari were not keen on restoring the current chief justice and few other judges. It was the threat of the long march by the opposition and pressure by the army chief that the chief justice was restored in mid-March 2009. Second, the restored chief justice and other judges adopted judicial activism that

often targeted the federal government and some of its key officials. Since 2009, the Supreme Court judges have shown remarkable unanimity of views in judgments. We have seen in the past that sometimes the court gives split judgments, some judges diverging from the main judgment. We now see unanimity among the judges in the cases dealing with the federal government, the prime minister and the president. Third, the opposition activists are filing more petitions against the federal government and its leadership in the High Courts and the Supreme Court than ever before. For them, the courts have become another arena of political contestation. In any democratic system, the elected institutions enjoy precedence over non-elected state institutions. In their mutual interaction, the state and societal institutions observe restraint and show deference towards one another. If an institution attempts to overwhelm other institutions for any reason, institutional imbalance is the natural consequence which distorts the political process. In the past, the military overwhelmed civilian institutions and processes with a savior complex. This did not remove the deficiencies in the civilian institutions. Rather the civilian institutions lost the sense of direction. The present day judges may have the noble desire of establishing the rule of law and improve the performance of the executive, the current method of keeping civilian institutions under pressure is not going to help to achieve the objective. If the judiciary uses activism to place a check on elected civilian institution, the judiciary cannot exercise this power as a self-articulated discretion. Judicial activism need to be accompanied by restraint and moderation and it cannot be exercised in a manner that it contributes to political uncertainty and chaos. The disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gilani and his removal from the office of prime minister will continue to be debated in legal and political circles. It is also well known that there are two conflicting views on the writing of letter by the Government of Pakistan for reopening corruption cases against Pakistan’s sitting president in a foreign country. There may not be any legal and political precedent of the insistence by the highest court in a country to put its own sitting president on trial in another country. The memo case will also involve the presidency. The matter has become more politically sensitive with the demand of the Supreme Court to the new prime minister to explain his position on this

matter by July 12. What adds to the concern about the future of the present day democratic order is that the Lahore High Court has also taken up an issue relating the president. It has asked him to quit his political party office in order to continue as president? This is a question of political morality and should the issues of political morality be settled in courts or the parliament? Does all this mean that we are now heading towards an institutional clash as the superior judiciary takes up these matters involving the president. Interestingly enough, the support of opposition to the executive-judiciary confrontation is based on the existing political divisions which have become sharper after the removal of the prime minister. The PML(N), the PTI and the Jamaat-e-Islami and the legal community affiliated with or sympathise of these parties support the Supreme Court in its bid to revive the case against the president. Those supporting the PPP and its allied parties view this as a bid by the superior judiciary to remove them from power. The independent political observers are perturbed that the current political tensions will accentuate when a new round of court cases starts against the new prime minister and the president. Pakistan is currently facing devastating socio-economic problems with faltering economy, growing internal disorder, sectarian killings, religious extremism and terrorism. These issues cannot be addressed by a court judgment. Similarly, if the executive and judiciary engage in another confrontation, Pakistan is likely to experience administrative paralysis and political anarchy. Any interim political arrangement dominated by the judiciary and supported by the military may remove the PPP-led federal government but it does not offer a credible solution to the multiple crises of the state and society. The only practical solution is that the superior judiciary should step back and give a breathing space to the federal government which would make arrangements for early general elections; perhaps before the end of the year. The PML(N) and the PPP-led coalition should agree on a new Chief Election Commissioner and then evolve consensus on caretaker prime minister and chief ministers so that new elections are announced. Any other strategy to resolve Pakistan’s problems will have unmanageable negative consequences. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.

Not the whole truth is that 60 milllion dollars the only money worth retrieving?

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he court has asked the new PM to make it clear by 12th of July if he is going to write to the Swiss government. This confrontation has to end or this all will turn into a disaster. Unfortunately, the PPP can’t play a major role in surrendering completely since it is a political party with emotional voters to take care of and it is the judiciary who seems to be in an attacking mode. By saying at-

tacking mode, I don’t wish to be held in contempt of the judges but it is a matter of few months only that the new government is ushered in after the elections, when the much needed Swiss action on their behalf can be affected without leaving a bad taste in the mouth. After all, we have waited for the whole of 65 years…a few months won’t bring the skies down. Most of the analysts believe, with or without much logic, that the PPP can’t earn the martyrdom status they wish for even if SC keeps on disqualifying their prime ministers one after the other. If that be the case, why have we started hearing voices even though not so assuring, casting unflattering shadows on the role of the judiciary and its adamant activism. After all, it has only been less than four years since their restoration after a heroic movement and no unsavoury practices have been detected ever since in the higher halls of justice? For the SC, respect for its decisions is much more important than their ability to get them implemented, which may

prove to be another bugger’s muddle. The initial outburst against it accusing it of being Sharif Court instead of Supreme Court wasn’t as bad as the silent whispers we hear these days about it deliberately or unconsciously paving the path for yet another army take over. I say ‘unconsciously’ because I find a lot of convincing arguments that the courts wants to deal evenhandedly with both the civil and military arms of the government but the military is better placed to twist their arm to create some space for themselves. Moreover, I’m inclined to believe that the military had more of a hand in the Malik Riaz fiasco (which took place just six months before the termination of this government) as it had more to gain from it than the PPP. It makes no sense for the clever-by-a-half contractor and the inept PPP government to risk more of the SC’s ire when all they have is, by popular estimates, less than half a year to sink. The SC has talked about summoning the army chief regarding the missing persons. If neither the PPP, nor the army is behind

this ill-fated Dr Arsalan case, then it stands to reason that the 36 odd outstanding Bahria cases may have been the sole cause. But still, even if it was just to put the CJ on the back foot, it is the army top brass that the magician land developer has a partnership with through the DHA. Those not so happy with the judiciary these days argue that the judges restoration movement was against Musharraf’s decision to unconstitutionally sack them, not against his dictatorship. Had they been against his dictatorship, they wouldn’t have taken the oath on PCO in the first place. With this, they try to augment their stance the judges are power hungry and not concerned about the dire state the country is in. The situation with government should never go to a point where the SC will need to look to other power players for help. The image building of military doctors coming for the replacement of their protesting civilian counterparts does not portend well for the country. The military has already wrested the case

of the three NLC generals from NAB since 2010. The case of railway land under army occupation is not to be returned but the rent paid by the latter again is a favourable one for the army. We are only aware of fact the Royal Palm Golf Club land worth billions was sold for a pittance to or through the army. But Wapda has also alleged that huge tracts of its land are under the army’s control. Who would be more in favour of the Supreme Court than the majority of the common people that includes us, for accountability to be across the board and not just the measly $60m holding up the state to ransom? Many hundreds of millions of dollars that the Sharif family creamed off in the Motorways and other contracts also need going into. We wish all the luck to this CJ and his team and pray he clears up the country of rampant corruption without undue harm to the system, good or bad. The writer is a member of the band Beygairat Brigade.


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Probation officers needed The probation system was founded on the concepts of rehabilitation and diversion but the idea has not been materialised yet in true spirit in Pakistan. The major problem is that the government is not interested in non-custodial measures and there is also a lack of political support coupled with lack of proper development of the probation and parole department. Currently there are 81 juvenile offenders in Youthful Offender Industrial School (YOIS) Karachi, 26 in YOIS Hyderabad, 03 in Remand Home Karachi, 20 in Juvenile Ward Sukkur and 16 in Juvenile Ward Larkana who could be released under section 11 of the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000 and under section 05 of Probation Offenders Ordinance 1960. But owning to the fact there are only three Probation Officers In Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur working out of 23 districts of Sindh, the system of diversion of the juvenile offenders seems doomed to fail. Moreover, the delay in the trail processes further aggravates the situation. The Sindh Government had announced 16 posts of probation officers while 13 posts of parole officers in 2010 through the Sindh Public Service Commission. Though the commission has given its final recommendations for successful candidates, yet the notification of appointment has long been delayed. This delay in the process of induction through the SPSC frustrates the aspiring candidates as they usually sit waiting for the issuing of the final notification. But the delay is not only frustrating the aspirants to the posts of probation and parole officers but it also hampering the diversion system and the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. The Government of Sindh should now expedite the process of issuing notifications. RAJA SHARJEEL HASSAN SOOMRO Karachi

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Fair demands; unfair methods? The strike of the Young Doctors could be deemed to be unethical. The biggest sufferers are the poorest of the poor, pensioners and widows who cannot afford to pay for private medical services. But while we condemn the methods of their protest, we need to understand that these doctors must be respected and well rewarded in terms of emoluments. It is the moral obligation of the political executive to prevent them from ridicule and harassment of our snobbish civil bureaucracy, who look down upon everybody and have assumed role of masters instead of public servants. Our Grade 21/22 civil servants who at time of retirement justify the unethical and immoral allotment of two plots in Islamabad’s CDA

Caveat emptor? Consumers of the country have been badly hit by the government’s policies and inflationary pressures. Their budget constraints change every week due to hike in consumer price index. Every week, news reports shed light on how bundle of goods are not in the reach of consumers. Moreover, big private companies especially wholesalers have designed new strategies to worsen the situation for consumers. Recently, it was reported in some sections of that two big superstores merged and were now asking higher margins of their suppliers. It is obvious that as soon as this information reaches other retailers, they too would demand higher selling margins equivalent to those being given to these merged mega stores. Eventually, all these high selling margins will have to be paid by the consumers. It is time for the concerned authorities to take action against cartelisation and do the needful to reduce the prices which will go up in disguise of discounts and promos offered by these big stores. ABU BAKAR KAREEM Lahore

The dual nationality issue The SC has cancelled the membership of a number of MNAs and MPAs belonging to PPP, PML(N) and other political parties for holding dual nationality. The nation is also divided on this issue as no national debate has been held on this important matter. The logic prevailing in the judiciary is that in the past, PMs were imported from abroad who left the country after improving their personal CV because of a lack of their commitment to Pakistan. The pertinent question is, who was responsible for calling dual nationals to serve in these positions of importance and why? Is it not fair that all these civil bureaucrats, defence forces officers and technocrats who have positions of authority and access to confidential

should desist from sermonising the doctors on ethics and morals. In a country where lawlessness and crime thrives, the DPO or DCO lives in a spacious house spread over acres, while government employed doctors, professors and teachers live in small quarters. Merely stating that doctors belong to an honourable professional committed to healing the sick or wounded is not enough. All over the developed world, doctors, professors and other professionals are better paid than civil servants, police officers and members of security apparatus. Remuneration by the state reflects upon its priorities. Our bureaucracy, inspite of its perks, is riddled with

information be removed from their positions and asked to abandon their other nationality? To appreciate those Pakistanis who are sending billions of dollars annually to keep the Pakistani economy afloat, there should be some sort of recognition for their love for Pakistan. They should be given special incentives to invest in Pakistan by providing them free of cost government land for the established of hospitals, schools, colleges and university projects. Those who remit more than US$100,000 in a year should be a given a certification of a Very Important Pakistani (VIP) and given special protocol on their visit to Pakistan. Those who have looted Pakistani money and have invested abroad in property and business must not be allowed to contest elections unless they repatriate their wealth from abroad. These politicians also do not have an interest in Pakistan’s future or the welfare of the Pakistanis as their stakes lie elsewhere. S T HUSSAIN Lahore

The open roads Pakistan and the US looked close to a breakthrough as the meeting of the Defence Committee of Cabinet came on the heels of overnight talks between top Pakistan and US officials to narrow down their differences. It was the second time in less than a week that the ISAF Commander, John Allen, landed in Pakistan to help break the impasse on restoration of NATO supplies. He, along with US deputy secretary of state Tom Nides held extensive talks with their Pakistani interlocutors including Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Chief of Army Staff Gen Kayani. To keep media at bay, the talks were held at Hina Rabbani’s residence and at the GHQ. The two sides had finally reached an agreement. In the meeting at Ms Khar’s residence at the Ministers’ Enclave, the two sides took to finalising the nittygritty of a proposed agreement for

corruption; it sends shivers down my spine when I imagine what would happen if doctors were to indulge in similar behaviour and start to seek bribes from poor patients for their services. As it is, our medico legal doctors who in a manner administratively report to police are notorious for corruption, issuing wrong reports to save murderers and rapists. While the state cannot give doctors a salary compared to those prevailing in the international market, their emoluments and perks should be comparable to other civil servants. SHAHZAD KHALIL Sialkot

reopening of the NATO supplies and other contentious matters between the two states. As per the agreement the US would come up with some sort of apology on the Salala attack; and the US would announce immediate release of payments under CSF. The issue of charges to be paid by NATO to Pakistan for using country’s road network was also settled downward from what Pakistan had demanded –$5,000 per container – to around $1,000. The US has given assurance that it would compensate Pakistan in some other way. Pakistan-US relations hit snags when a month or so ago the US had recalled its technical staff engaged in drafting and finalising mutually acceptable terms for restoration of NATO supply routes. Obviously the opening of NATO supply would help (a) end the bilateral impasse, diplomatic stalemate and the ensuing blame-game; (b) enough has been done in terms of ‘punishment’ to the ally for ‘deliberate’ attack on Salala that killed 24 Pakistan soldiers; (c) the message is clearly sent across that any such attempt by the US would be considered as an act of aggression and that it would carry more severe repercussions; (d) the hostile elements within Pakistan like the DPC must also be convinced that hostility must not be given way to spoil the relations out of emotionalism; (e) if the formula of payment is agreed upon, the ultimate beneficiary of this deal would obviously be the nation; (f) with this Pakistan has once again proved that its strategic importance cannot be undermined (g) this also goes to the credit of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf that such an important issue has been amicably solved within the first week of him assuming his office. ESCHMALL SARDAR Peshawar (ii) It has been reported by the media that the opening of GLOCs for NATO through Pakistan is imminent. In this regard, the conditions decided entail that

besides other things, the US will pay to Pakistan within one week, an amount of $400 million, out of the overdue CSF payment of $2.4billion. It will pay another $400 million by December 2012. There is no mention of the payment schedule for the remaining $1.6 billion of the CSF. Firstly, this small instalment looks like a joke of a condition. Secondly, why is Pakistan allowing CSF overdue payment to be made in instalments, let alone measly instalments, in the first place? Pakistan is not demanding this payment from a poor man or an organisation. Moreover, this is not aid or charity but Pakistan’s right as a coalition partner of the US. Pakistan must also be wary that the US will definitely attach its own conditions with regards to these overdue payments. Given the US’ track record of using the stoppage of payments as a brokerage and pressurisation tactic, we must insist on this amount being paid lump-sum. Because, payments paid in broken instalments are as good as payments denied. Because while $2.4 billion may be a big sum for Pakistan, it is peanuts for the US. SYED NAYYAR UDDIN AHMAD Lahore

down the drain NAB has disclosed that Pakistan loses up to Rs 8 billionn per day due to corruption. The TIP had previously evaluated that corruption of Rs 8500 billion had taken place during four year; but the per day corruption figure of Rs 8bn now given by NAB means that corruption of a whopping Rs 11.6 trillion has taken place in four years. Now the question arises: what is NAB doing? Are other related institutions not failing? Who is responsible? Is it only the judiciary’s job to take suo moto notices to stem this rot? If so, then what is the function of other state institutions? TARIQ HUSAIN KHAN Karachi


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DELE, who recently announced that she is pregnant, may also be expecting a wedding as her boyfriend is reportedly planning to propose to her. The 23-year-old announced on Friday that she and her boyfriend of nearly a year, Simon Konecki, a 38-year-old nonprofit CEO, are expecting their first child together. Konecki was planning to go down his knees marriage to the singer before he learned she was pregnant, according to sources. “He was planning to propose anyway!” a source said. Raised by a single mom, a pal of the singer told the tabloid that Adele “wants a low-key affair where her mother gives her away.” More than anything, “she wants to be a wife and mom,” the friend added. Agencies

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EYONCE shone like the sun at Sunday’s BET Awards in L.A. on Sunday! Dressed in a gorgeous chartreuse Stephane Rolland gown, the “Love on Top” singer showed off her incredible legs in the number’s hip-high slit. She paired the asymmetrical dress with Givenchy heels and Lorraine Schwartz diamond and platinum earrings. It was a big night for the 30-year-old superstar, who walked out with the award for Best Female R&B Artist, plus a Video Director Of The Year honor for her and Alan Ferguson’s “Dance for You and Party.” Her hubby Jay-Z, 42, also was a big winner. He and his Watch the Throne collaborator Kanye West won for Best Group and saw “Otis” take the Video Of The Year category, in which Beyonce held two nods! Agencies

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HRIS Brown showed his support for his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, after the singer recently lost her grandmother, Clara “Dolly” Braithwaite, to cancer. Brown took to his Twitter account on Sunday to express his condolences prior to his appearance at the 2012 BET Awards. ‘Praying for family and the lost loved one. She was like my grandmother. Love you GRAN GRAN! RIP’ Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) Brown was among the many winners, including Beyoncé, Kanye West and Jay-Z, at Sunday’s awards ceremony, taking home the Fandemonium and Best Male R&B Artist award. Agencies

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KATIE’S REASONS FOR DIVORCING TOM REVEALED! Tom Cruise, 50, tied the knot with Katie Holmes, 33, in a storybook Italian castle in November 2006. Unfortunately, their fairytale romance has gone sour and Holmes has filed for a divorce from Cruise. Here’s why: to keep Suri away from Scientology. TMZ.com claims Holmes filed for divorce mainly over Cruise’s ties to Scientology, “fearing that Tom would drag Suri deep into the church.” “We’re told the couple had been arguing over Suri that she’s now of the age where Scientology becomes a significant part of her life,” says the tabloid. “Suri faced an inquisition of 99 sinister questions at a Scientology boot camp. The chilling prospect helped to convince Katie Holmes to divorce the movie superstar,” reports the Sun. Katie Holmes’ friends believe that the actress’ career will be relaunched following her multi-million divorce from husband Tom Cruise. The star, who posed seductively in a bathing suit earlier this year for Brazilian jewellery label H Stern, is expected to build on the acclaim she won as Jackie Kennedy in the mini TV series The Kennedys. Agencies

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UMORS that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are dating are getting harder for the pair to deny after they were spotted looking like way more than just friends on a recent lunch date. On Saturday, the two actors grabbed lunch at Soho House in Los Angeles and eyewitnesses told Us Weekly they couldn’t keep their hands off each other. “They were seated on a couch on the same side of the table and Mila was running her hands through Ashton’s hair. She had her elbow resting on his back and couldn’t stop playing with his hair and rubbing his shoulders. He leaned in and whispered to her and kissed her cheek. They were holding hands,” said the source. Rumors the two were dating began in April, and a rep for the 28-year-old actress told reporters the two were not dating, but had “been friends for a long time.” The pair met on the set of “That ‘70s Show” in 1998 and played an on-screen couple for several seasons. In 2001 Kunis told People magazine that Kutcher was her first real on-camera kiss, and revealed that she had a huge crush on him back when she was just 15 years old: ed a stroll ughter Ava a Fourth of ornia.

Shahid Kapoor goes back to class! magazine Being a Bollywood actor is not just about looking good and spreading your arms wide for romantic songs. And after Ranbir Kapoor’s sign-language lessons for the yet-to-release Barfi! and Ayushmann Khurrana’s eyebrow-threading training for Vicky Donor, it’s time for Shahid Kapoor to go back to the classroom. The actor’s focus is now on a yetuntitled Yash Raj project. And to convincingly portray a middle-class Marwari boy in the film, he is all set to undergo a workshop to learn the accent and the nuances of the language. “Shahid will learn the tone and the manner in which the language is spoken,” a source tells us. So far, we know that the script for the romantic-drama has been written by Jaideep Sahni and is being directed by Maneesh Sharma. In fact, it was Maneesh who insisted that Shahid learn the finer characteristics and accent for the part. The workshop will be held around mid-July for approximately 10-12 days. After that, the unit will head to Jaipur where they will commence shooting from the first week of August. Agencies

Veena says she has a split personality Pakistani model-turned-actor Veena Malik, who was born as Zahida, says that she has a dual personality in real life. “I have a split personality. Veena Malik was born when I was 10 years old. Zahida Malik’s personality is very elusive, quite. She would sit in the corner and cry all the time. She falls in love very easily. She wants to stick to one person.

She has no interest in cameras and lights. She is a very simple person,” Veena said in an interview “Veena is a very different person. I have pulled Zahida out of wrong relationship. Veena is a brave person. She hardly cries. She is a very strong person. I am so thankful to my studies like psychology that helped me understand myself. I am two people at one,” she added. Veena played a double role in her debut Bollywood film Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai released on Friday. HindustAn times

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DDIE Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet says she hates diva-like behaviour on set and does her best to put big-headed young actors in their place. The Titanic star is critical of the way some young actors behave behind the scenes on films. “I had great examples set to me at a very young age and to this day I am still grateful for that because whenever I am working with a younger actor who I think might be slightly out of line, or getting a little bit too pleased with themselves, I know I have to set my good example and really set it well. “I might be playing the lead but no one’s trailer is going to be bigger than anyone else’s, no one is going to have all these stars flopping around, no one is going to have a great big entourage,” she said. Agencies

DID SALMAN BEAT KATRINA? A magazine report claims that Salman Khan beat up ex-flame Katrina Kaif when she walked in wearing a “figurehugging, cleavagerevealing dress that showed too much skin.” Katrina’s friend vehemently denies the incident saying the report is completely untrue. Salman was supposedly sitting out on the set, waiting for his heroine to emerge from her vanity van. When she did, it was allegedly in a figurehugging, cleavagerevealing dress that showed too much skin. Or so Salman is said to have felt. Irritated, he supposedly questioned her about what she was wearing and why. Katrina apparently shrugged her slim shoulders and quipped that it was the director’s decision. …A perfectly legitimate response but one

that evidently caused her ex-beau to flip his lid. ‘I’ll see your director!’ he is supposed to have retorted hotly, before allegedly breaking out into a torrent of foul language. But worse was apparently yet to come. “This is completely untrue. Salman and Katrina chose to work in the same film because there was no animosity between them. They got along famously during the Dublin and the Istanbul schedules. Salman cares for Katrina a lot. She is like family,” a friend commented “People make up a lot of stories. Only because they couldn’t keep up to their commitment of making an appearance at an awards function, rumours started flying,” she added. Agencies

First Look: Naomi Watts as Princess Di in upcoming movie

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OWNFALL director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Princess Diana biopic is currently filming in Croatia, and today brings us a first look at headliner Naomi Watts in character as the late English rose. Caught in Flight will follow Princess Di’s life during the two years leading up to her tragic death in 1997. Particularly, the film will focus on the royal’s relationship with British-Pakistani heart and lung surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn, which ended shortly before the fatal accident. “She is a part of our history, an incredible woman and fascinating but a tragic ending,” Watts said, after landing the lead role back in February. “The filmmakers came to me and it’s a good script and it’s very scary and I kind of wanted to say ‘no’ but I couldn’t.”desk


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RI Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara smashed successive centuries against Pakistan to light up the rain-hit second Test in Colombo on Tuesday. The hosts, replying to Pakistan's first innings total of 551-6 declared, took their overnight score of 70-1 to 278-5 by stumps on the fourth day at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Dilshan scored 121 and Sangakkara was unbeaten on 144 as the pair put on 225 runs for the second wicket after opener Tharanga Paranavitana fell for zero on Monday. Pakistan grabbed four wickets in the final session to leave Sri Lanka still needing 74 more runs to save the follow-on on the last day. But a draw appears likely as rain once again wiped off two hours of play in the post-lunch session after bad weather on the previous two days restricted the bowlers to only 71 of the stipulated 180 overs. More rain has been forecast for the final day on Wednesday. Sangakkara had scored an unbeaten 199 and Dilshan made 101 in the first Test in Galle last week which Sri Lanka won by 209 runs to take the lead in the threematch series. Both settled down once again to pound the Pakistani attack on a dead pitch that provided no assistance to the

Lords to host olympic event LONDON Afp

It's been 112 years since cricket made a brief Olympic Games appearance. At the London Games, the sport will still be absent, but its spiritual home of Lord's will at least provide a support role when it hosts the archery competition. The sport, which once again will be dominated by South Korea, has already had its test event at the famous venue, albeit played out on a very chilly week in October last year in front of empty stands. But the ground got the thumbs up from competitors and officials. "They like it," said Tom Dielen, the secretary-general of International Archery. "They haven't had too many problems with the slope. Archery has fallen in love with Lord's." South Korea has won 18 golds since archery returned to the Olympics in 1972 after a 52year absence, double the tally of their closest challengers, the United States. They also took gold and silver at the 2009 world championships. But at the Beijing Olympics four years, the country, although dominating the team events, missed out on the individual golds, a surprising development given that Korean archers hold the world records. In London, South Korea men's team will be led by 2008 team champion Im Dong Hyun, the 2011 world championship runner-up Oh Jin Hyek and newcomer Kim Bubmin. The United States has the top ranked Brady Ellison, Jake Kaminski and Jacob Wukie. France, which will be competing in their 12th Games, will look to Thomas Faucheron, Romain Girouille and Gael Prevost. In the women's tournament, South Korea's strongest rivals are expected to be India, China, Taiwan and reigning world champions Italy. South Korea's team will be made up of topranked Ki Bo Bae, 2004 Olympic team champion Lee Sun Jin and rookie Choi Hyeonju. India will rely on Bombayla Devi, Deepika Kumari and Chekrovolu Swuro. The Olympic archery tournament consists of four medal events -- men's individual, women's individual, men's team, and women's team. In all four events, the distance from the archer to the target is 70 metres.

scoreboArd pAkistAn 1st innings 551-6 declared (mohammad Hafeez 196, taufeeq umar 65, Azhar Ali 157, misbah-ul Haq 66 not out, r. Herath 3-164) sri lAnkA 1st innings (overnight 70-1): 0 t. paranavitana c Azhar b Junaid 121 t. dilshan lbw b Junaid k. sangakkara not out 144 m. Jayawardene lbw b Junaid 0 0 t. samaraweera lbw b Ajmal 5 s. randiv lbw b rehman extras: (b4, lb4) 8 278 total (for five wickets, 85.4 overs) fall of wickets: 1-11 (paranavitana), 2-236 (dilshan), 3-250 (m. Jayawardene), 4-259 (samaraweera), 5-278 (randiv). bowling: cheema 18-5-66-0, Junaid 19-3-56-3, Ajmal 26-0-771, rehman 16.4-3-50-1, Hafeez 6-0-21-0. sri lanka trail by 273 runs with five wickets in hand toss: sri lanka umpires: ian gould (eng) and simon taufel (Aus) tV umpire: ruchira palliyaguruge (sri) match referee: david boon (Aus).

bowlers. Dilshan was the first to the landmark, lofting off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for a six to bring up his 14th Test hundred and the third against Pakistan. Left-handed Sangakkara surpassed Australian legend Don Bradman's tally of 29 centuries with a single off Ajmal in the next over. When Sangakkara reached 60, he become the highest run-getter against Pakistan, surpassing Indian great Sunil Gavaskar's tally of 2,089 runs from 24 Tests. Sangakkara, who is playing his 15th Test against Pakistan, has scored nine centuries against them with a top score of 230 in Lahore in March, 2002.

Kumar Sangakkara celebrates after scoring a century during the fourth day of the second Test match. AFP Dilshan was dismissed in the final hour of play when he was trapped leg-before by left-arm seamer Junaid Khan. He hit 13 fours and a six. Junaid then picked up his third

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PCB receives Champions League invite from India LAHORE stAff report

The Pakistan cricket Board on Tuesday confirmed the participation of the domestic T20 champions Sialkot Stallions in the October's Twenty20 Champions League An official of the PCB said that they received an invitation from India inviting the national champions to play the qualification round of the League, which he believes is a step towards reviving cricket ties between the arch-rivals which have been suspended since 2008. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) last month gave the go ahead to include Pakistan's Twenty20 champions in the multinational league, which brings together 10 top teams, including those from India,

Australia and South Africa. "PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) confirms that an invitation has been received from the Champions Ltague Twenty20, inviting the winners of Pakistan Twenty20 event to participate in the qualifying tournament," a statement issued by the PCB said. "The invitation will be discussed in the PCB's Executive Coordination Committee meeting on Wednesday." The PCB last month called the invitation "the first step towards reviving cricketing ties between the two countries". According to a foreign news agency, the main league will be held from October 9-28 in South Africa, with qualifying rounds taking place before the main event. The Sialkot Stallions won the domestic Twenty20 event in Pakistan earlier this year. They were due to fea-

ture in the inaugural Champions League in 2009 but were not invited after India severed bilateral relations with Pakistan in the wake of terrorist attacks on Mumbai. New Delhi blamed militants based in Pakistan for the attacks which left 166 people dead. Both Pakistan and India have since come a long way in normalising ties, with the opening of trade earlier this year. Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari toured India for a day earlier this year, requesting prime minister Manmohan Singh to revive cricketing ties, prompting BCCI's decision to include a Pakistani team in the league. Pakistan expects a breakthrough in relations later this year but the BCCI said the Indian team's hectic schedule is the main hurdle in arranging any series in the near future.

Rehman sent back nightwatchman Suraj Randiv in the day's last over to enable Pakistan to end the day on a high. The third Test will be played in Pallekele from July 8.

Gillespie adds to Kiwis injury problems WelliNgtoN: Paceman Mark Gillespie will miss New Zealand's tour of the West Indies after damaging his ankle while running, adding to the Black Caps' injury list, officials said Tuesday. Gillespie was due to travel to Antigua for the first of two Tests beginning on July 25 but chief selector Kim Littlejohn said he would remain in New Zealand after suffering ligament damage and severe bruising to his ankle. "As a precautionary measure Mark feels that it would be the right decision to stay in Wellington to continue working on his rehabilitation," Littlejohn said. New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor has already confirmed he will miss the fivematch one-day series beginning in Kingston on Friday after injuring his shoulder during a pre-tour Twenty20 international series in Florida. Taylor, whose side were crushed by the West Indies in both the Florida T20 matches, is also in doubt for the Test series. Afp

Kamran summoned by PCB integrity committee KARACHI Afp

A Pakistani cricket committee has summoned wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal in a bid to clear him from suspicion of match-fixing and revive his derailed career, an official said Tuesday. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) integrity committee will question Kamran on Wednesday, following his inclusion in the preliminary 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September and October. "Kamran has been summoned by the committee and he has been asked to submit some material," PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar told AFP, without giving further details. The 30 year old has not been se-

lected for Pakistan since the 2011 World Cup, and the board said he was not considered for selection because he had not been cleared by the committee. "Kamran is among the 30 probables for the World Twenty20 but his inclusion in the final team is subject to clearance from the integrity committee," chief selector Iqbal Qasim told AFP. Kamran's name was mentioned at last year's spot-fixing trial in England, but he was neither summoned by the London court nor banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Former Test captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were banned and jailed for contriving deliberate noballs during the Lord's Test against

England in 2010. Kamran was also accused of deliberately under-performing during Pakistan's surprise defeat against Australia in the 2010 Sydney Test, where he failed to run out Shane Watson and dropped three chances on Michael Hussey. Despite the allegations, Kamran claimed to have a clearance letter from the ICC saying he is not being investigated. He also vowed to clear his name through the integrity committee, which reportedly asked for details of his assets and bank accounts. He was axed from the team after a dismal keeping behind the stumps at the World Cup where he dropped New Zealand's Ross Taylor twice in paceman Shoaib Akhtar's one over.


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Gayle, Afridi named icon players in SL League LAHORE stAff report

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EST Indies opener Chris Gayle and Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi, among the biggest entertainers in the Twenty20 format, have been named the two international icon players in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League that begins August 10. The presence of the duo, who will join five other Sri Lanka players as icons of their respective teams, lends the fledgling league some star power and has the potential to boost viewership. Gayle, who is set to play New Zealand in five ODIs and two Tests at home in a series that ends August 6, will represent the Uva province, while Afridi will play for Nagenahira, reported ESPNcricinfo. Last week Sri Lanka Cricket auctioned the seven Sri Lanka Premier League teams for an average price of $4.3 million. A number of Indian companies are believed to have successfully bid for teams in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), highlighting the lure of the franchise model in cricket's largest market despite the BCCI's reluctance to allow Indian players to participate. Among the companies are the Wadhawan Group, a business conglomerate with interests in real estate, retail and education, India Cricket Dundee, an Indian fan organisation along the lines of the Barmy Army, and the Delhi-based Rudra Group, which also has interests in real estate. A player draft will be conducted on July 5 and 6, with a lottery held to deter-

mine the order in which players are picked. SLC will determine the value of the contract for each player in advance and the franchises will be made aware of the cost of the player. The players will be drafted in two groups - the first consisting of players from Sri Lanka and the second, the foreign players. The draft is being seen as the best way to ensure that players are evenly distributed among the teams, making it a level playing field. The SLPL will run for three weeks,

with the final to be held on August 31. There will be 24 games in total, split between Colombo and Pallekele. Teams will be allowed a maximum of 18 players, out of which six can be foreign players. Teams will be allowed play a maximum of four foreign players per game. Out of the remaining seven players in the XI, one must be a Sri Lanka Under-21 international. viSa haSSleS to deNy afridi, taNvir participatioN iN eNg-

laNd t20 : Meanwhile, Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi, the Pakistani cricketers, will not feature in this the Friends Life Twenty20 championships in England this year due to visa-related hassles. Worcestershire had initially planned to have Tanvir for the entire T20 season, but his recall to the Pakistan squad for the One-Day International series in Sri Lanka last month deemed him unavailable for the first half of the tournament. And now, with visa issues refusing to be

Junior open Squash semis today

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The Lahore Junior Open Squash Championship 2012 has reached the semi-final stage here on Tuesday. In the quarterfinal matches were started at 1000 hours today at Punjab Squash Complex, Old Club Road, Davis Road Lahore. In all the under-11, 13 and 15 age categories quarter-final matches were decided while in the girls category first round encounters and then quarter-finals were held. Quarterfinal results: Boys under-11: Farhan Hashmi beat Ahmed Anwar 11-3, 11-7, 11-3, Hamza Ali Shahid beat Khakan Farooq Malik 11-6, 11-4, 11-5, Hamad Khan beat Ibtisam Riaz 11-5, 11-5, 11-5, Baaz Ali Khan beat Uzair Raja 11-5, 11-0, 11-3 Boys under-13: Darosham Khan beat Saram Bin Shoukat 11-4, 11-4, 11-3, Haris Qasim beat Rehan Tahir 11-4, 11-1, 13-11, Shahzad Ali Khan beat Aun Abbas 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, Uzair Rashid beat Salman Khan 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 Boys under-15: Abdul Qadir beat Asaad Abid Khan 11-2, 11-9, 11-2, Khizar Qasim beat Ijaz Khan 11-5, 11-3, 10-12, 11-9, Usmar Hassan beat M. Kibria 11-4, 11-6, 11-13, 11-4, Arslan Ramzan beat Wajid Akbar 19-17, 9-11, 11-8, 11-2 Girls under-15: Nimra Shahid beat Bisma Ashraf 11-1, 11-2, Aiman Shahbaz beat Sana Muneer 11-0, 11-1, Noor Ul Ain beat Roma Yousaf 12-10, 11-3, Kaiynat Liaquat beat Farah Manzoor 11-2, 11-1. Girls under-15 1ST round: Nimra Shahid beat Bye, Bisma Ashraf beat Hina Riaz 12-10, 11-4, Sana Muneer beat Fatima Muneer 11-1, 11-4, Aiman Shahbaz beat Bye, Roma Yousaf beat Bye, Noor Ul Ain beat Laiba Shahid 11-2, 11-2, Farah Manzoor beat Sidra M. Ayoub 11-7, 11-6, Kaiynat Liaquat beat Bye.

resolved, the county will have to do without the lef-arm paceman for rest of the tournament too. "It has been well documented that obtaining visa for overseas professionals is becoming more and more difficult," said David Leatherdale, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Cricket Club. "We are very disappointed that Sohail won't be joining us. But with just four group matches remaining, and still no guarantee that the visa process has been completed in Pakistan, his stay with the club is no longer practical." Sohail's unavailability meant Worcestershire have only one overseas player in Phil Hughes, the Australian opener, for their T20 campaign. The team, though, is on course for a quarterfinal berth after four wins in their first six matches. Afridi, the former Pakistan captain, who was supposed to be available for Hampshire's entire T20 campaign, is also unavailable. The delay in obtaining a visa meant that Hampshire stuck to their current set of players for the remainder of the tournament. "We are deep into the 2012 competition and the side is settled so we don't feel it is right to change that now," said Giles White, manager of Hampshire County Cricket Club. Afridi was one of the shining stars in the county's campaign in 2011. His 17 wickets in ten matches helped the side qualify for the semifinal, which they lost to Somerset in the one-over eliminator. Hamsphire, however, did not rule Afridi out for the future. "The door is still open for him to return to Hampshire in future years should circumstances suit both parties," said White.

loNdoN: The doubles team of Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julein Roger lost in the third round of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Aisam Qureshi and Roger lost to J.Marray of United Kingdom and F.Nielsen of Denmark in a tough five set match (6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 5-7). Afp

From Athens to London PERvEz QASAR First Olympic Games in 1896 Venue: Athens, Greece Dates: April 6-15, 1896 Numbers of Sports: 9 (43 events) Numbers of Nations: 14 Numbers of Participant: 241 (all male) Youngest Gold medallist: Alfred Hajos ( Hungary) aged 18 years 70 days in swiminng Oldest medallist: Georgios Orphandis (Greece) aged 37 years in shooting final medals tally country g s b total united states 11 7 1 19 greece 10 19 17 46 germany 7 5 2 14 france 5 4 2 11 great britain 3 3 1 7 Hungary 2 1 2 5 Austria 2 3 5 Australia 2 2 denmark 1 2 4 7 switzerland 1 2 3 total 44 43 32 119 trivia: Greek businessman Georges Averoff from Alexandria, Egypt paid

920,000 drachma (ÂŁ 36,500 at the 1896 exchange rate) for the reconstruction of the Panathenean Stadium at Athens. The Panathenean Stadium at Athens, the venue for the first Olympic Games in 1896 was actually been built in 330 BC by the orator Luycurgus, a disciple of Plato. Australia, France, Greece, Great Britain and Switzerland are the only five countries have never failed to be represented at all Olympic Games since 1896. James Connolly (United Sates) won the triple jump on 6 April 1896, and thus became the first Olympic champion since the Ancient Games. He also finished second in the high jump and third in the long jump. Alfred Hajos (Hungary) won the 100m and the 1,200m events. For the longer race, the swimmers were transported by boat and left to swim back to shore alone. Only first and second place finishers of first Olympic Games were

awarded medals. The winners received silver medals and crowns of olive branches, while second place finishers received bronze medals. QuiZ: Q 1: What was the unique achievement of the Soviet union wrestling team at montreal olympics in 1976? A. All the 10 members of the team returned home with medals. Q 2: Which country won the men’s handball title at montreal in 1976? A. Soviet Union Q 3: When did the modern pentathlon make its debut in olympics ? A. 1912 Q 4: What was the name of the main stadium at mexico city, the venue of the 1968 games ? A. Estodio Olympico Q 5: Who is the only olympic gymnast to win five gold in one celebration ? A. Anton Heide (United States).

Hailing the decision of the Champions League organising committee, which includes Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to invite Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions in the qualifying stage of the tournament, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said this could be the first step towards the revival of bilateral ties with India. Pakistan's domestic T20 champions got an official invitation from the organising committee of the Champions League, which includes the boards of India, South Africa and Australia, to be one of the six teams to play in the qualifying stage this year. "We see this as a very positive development and since India is one of the main stake holders in the Champions League obviously it is the first step towards the revival of bilateral ties with India," Ahmed said. Sialkot Stallions will have to compete with five other teams in the qualifying stage to grab one of the two spots available to qualify for the main round of the competition. Due to strained relations after the Mumbai terror attacks in November, 2008 India has avoided inviting either Pakistani players for the Indian Premier League or a team from Pakistan for the Champions League. But at the Indian Cricket Board's working committee meeting two months back, it was decided to invite a team from Pakistan for the Champions League, which was initially to be held in India. . Ahmed said now that an official invitation had come from the organisers, the executive coordination committee of the PCB would discuss it on July 4. "Pakistan has a very strong T20 domestic base and obviously we were always keen to have representation in the Champions League," Ahmed said. The cricket boards of India, Australia and South Africa jointly own and operate the Champions League, which is a tournament contested by the domestic T20 champions from Test playing nations. Sialkot Stallions a team led by Pakistan's former captain and all-rounder Shoaib Malik are the reigning national and super eights T20 champions.


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Bahria Garden hosts Ambassador’s Golf LAHORE stAff report

The Opening ceremony of 1st Ambassador’s Golf Association Tournament 2012 was held at Garden City Golf & Country Club, Phase 8, Bahria Town Rawalpindi. Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia, Ambassador Argentina ad President AGAP was the chief guest on the prize distribution ceremony. Vice Chief Executive Cdr (r) M Ilyas (President Garden City Golf & Country Club), Vice Chief Executive Projects II Marium Rehman & many other distinguished guests were present on the occasion. Chief Guest Rodolfo J. Martin awarded prizes to the winner & Runner ups.1st Prize in Category (A) goes to Mikko Lainejoki 43 points. In Category (B) LT General Mr Syed Sabahat was the winner, Category (C)Mr Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia win 1st prize.

Young rising stars triumphant LAHORE stAff report

In the 5th National Inter-Club Women Football Championship-2012Young Rising Stars registered a big win on Tuesday at the Islamabad ground. Young Rising Star WFC Rawalpindi beat Hazara Shaheen WFC Abbotabad 4:0 @ Jinnah Sports Complex Stadium, Islamabad. Scorer Rising Star: Nabeela Hashmi 1 Goal @ 2 Minute, Zara Kiani 1 Goal @ 20 Minute, Bushra Jamali 1 Goal @ 27 Minute and Saher Zaman 1 Goal @ 30 Minute, Asmara Kiani 1 Goal @ 40 Minute and Maapara 1 Goal @ 55 Minute.

Ushna wins in egypt LAHORE stAff report

Ushna Suhail of Pakistan defeated Italian to qualify for main draw of the ITF Pro-circuit Women Tennis in Egypt Ushna Suhail, who has been both women and junior tennis champion in Pakistan, is currently working hard to train and compete in ITF Procircuit Womens Tennis. Currently she is in Shrem ul Sheikh, Egypt participating in a tournament. She lost in doubles quarters last week. On Monday she qualified for the next main round by defeating her opponent from Italy, Emy Damiani. Ushna played a very aggressive game and finished the match in straight sets with a scoreline of 6-1, 6-1. She is playing her next single first round against 3 seed from Kazakistan, Kamila Kerimbayeva. For the doubles, her partner is Adnya Naik from India.

Condolence LAHORE stAff report

Cricket Organiser and Chairman of East Zone Cricket Association Tournment Committee Waqqar-ul-Munir and Sye Tauqeer Ali Shah president West Zone cricket Association, Tauseef Club, Wahdat Eaglets, Service Club, Rising Stars, Mughalpura Whites, Model Town Club, Akhter Abdul Rehman Club, Mehboob Park Gymkhana, Aamir Memorial, Prince Club, ,Ghari Shaho Gym and many other clubs of the city have expressed their deep shock and grief over the sad demise on the death of PCB Umpire, President Of Rising star club and joint secretary of EAst Zone cricket Association Hanif Muhammad. In a condolence message they conveyed their sorrow on the death of Hanif Muhammad.

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NDY Murray on Tuesday reached a fifth successive Wimbledon quarter-final where he will meet Spanish bulldozer David Ferrer who has made the last eight for the first time at the 10th attempt. British fourth seed Murray beat Croatian 16th seed Marin Cilic 7-5, 62, 6-3 as organisers scrambled to make up for lost time caused by heavy rain. He will now attempt to go on to a fourth All England Club semi-final on the trot, but will first have to get past seventh-seeded Ferrer who put out former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Murray had led Queen's Club winner Cilic, against whom he was defending a 5-1 career record, 7-5, 3-1 overnight when play was suspended due to Monday's downpours. They played two games Tuesday before more rain sent them off Court One for an hour. But on the resumption, the Scot

was rarely troubled as Cilic struggled with his opponent and the damp, chilly conditions. Murray was playing his last 16 tie against a background of controversy after it was suggested that, as the country's best hope for a finalist since Bunny Austin in 1938, he should play all his matches on Centre Court. "I honestly don't care which court I play on. It makes no difference but obviously every player would rather be on Centre Court because you know you are going to get your match in regardless of the weather," Murray said. "I don't think I deserve to play every match on Centre Court. It's just annoying when the weather is bad. "I haven't always dealt with rain delays that well in the past, so it's good experience for me. Probably from now on I will play on Centre so it won't be a problem." Only three of the scheduled last 16 men's ties had been completed on Monday with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Mikhail Youzhny able to enjoy a day-off before Wednesday's quarter-finals. Federer will play Youzhny looking for a 14th win in 14 matches against the Russian. Defending champion Djokovic will tackle German 31st seed Florian Mayer, who reached the quarter-finals for the second time, eight years after his first appearance, with a 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 62 win over French 18th seed Richard Gasquet. It was Mayer's first win over 2007 semi-finalist

kohlschreiber ends Baker's fairytale run loNdoN: Philipp Kohlschreiber made it into the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time, ending US qualifier Brian Baker's fairytale run in a straight sets win at Wimbledon on Tuesday. The German 27th seed won 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 in an hour and 55 minutes on Court 12 and now faces either French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or US 10th seed Mardy Fish in the last eight. Baker lost six years of his career after five different operations on a hernia, then his left and right hips and finally his right elbow. He eventually felt ready to return to tennis in July 2011 and the 27-year-old has enjoyed a remarkably successful time back on the circuit. Baker started the year ranked 458 but the world number 126 will break into the top 100 after his Wimbledon run, with the American likely to enter at around 77. Kohlschreiber goes fourth on the list of the most Grand Slams played before reaching the last eight, having got there on the 33rd attempt. Fabrice Santoro holds the unenviable record at 54, followed by Australian doubles duo Mark Woodforde on 38 and Todd Woodbridge on 34. The German made it into the last eight thanks to some 23 aces and superb net play. Kohlschreiber was 3-1 up in the first set when the players went off for a rain break. Afp Gasquet since 2004 and was sweet revenge for losing a Davis Cup quarterfinal rubber to the French player in 2011 after being two sets to love ahead. "It's an unbelievable feeling. Eight years ago I was here in the quarters, and now eight years later it's happened again. So it's a wonderful dream for me," said Mayer. Ferrer never got the chance to start his match on Monday, but the 30-year-old, now carrying Spain's hopes after the shock elimination of Rafael Nadal, wasted no time against ninth seed Del Potro, racing home beneath the Centre Court roof in under two hours. Del Potro, who had also made the last 16 in 2011, was undone by 20 unforced errors compared to Ferrer's

more conservative eight. "Of course I prefer Rafael or another Spaniard here with me because I am only with my team," said Ferrer, who is tied 5-5 in career meetings with Murray. Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 27th seed, became the second German into the last eight, ending US qualifier Brian Baker's fairytale run with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win in an hour and 55 minutes on Court 12. He will faces either French fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or US 10th seed Mardy Fish in the last eight. Kohlschreiber, who fired 23 aces, goes fourth on the list of the most Grand Slams played before reaching the last eight, having got there on the 33rd attempt.


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PAIN'S triumphant Euro 2012 heroes parted a redand-yellow sea of fans in central Madrid on Monday in a giant, deafening national fiesta that swept aside all thoughts of economic crisis. An open-top doubledecker bus ferried the team like a small boat picking its way through a vast ocean of hundreds of thousands of adoring Spaniards waving flags, cheering and dancing to thumping rock music. Helicopters hovering above filmed a crowd that seemed to carpet the entire heart of the capital to rejoice in Spain's historic 4-0 thrashing of Italy in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. At the climax of the party, the players basked in glory in the central Plaza de Cibeles square, where Queen's "We are the Champions" blared from loudspeakers. In the centre of the square, a huge Spain flag was draped around the neck of an emblematic stone fountain of the goddess of nature riding a chariot hauled by lions. The team joined a rock group to sing and dance on a huge stage in the square, with towering video screens behind. Rappers blared out the song "No hay dos sin tres (You can't have two without three)" in praise of Spain's unprecedented third straight title and the team danced along, wearing red T-shirds read-

US stars eye 30-medal olympic haul EUGENE Afp

USA Track and Field officials and US Olympic coaches are confident of achieving their goal of a 30-medal haul from the London Olympics after watching competitors qualify over the past 10 days. "There's a real opportunity for that," US Olympic men's track coach Andrew Valmon said. "We have a strong team. If we are clicking on all cylinders anything is possible." A blend of talented veterans, some hoping for a return to the medal podium, and top newcomers advancing from the US Olympic Track and Field Trials staged at Hayward Field give the Americans a chance to improve on 2008 disappointment. "That is a reachable goal," USA Track and Field chief executive Max Siegel said of 30 US athletics medals. "I'm confident we will have a good showing in London. The athletes performed well. We have a strong team." Americans claimed 23 medals from athletics at Beijing with seven golds, nine silvers and seven bronzes. But the 2008 US men produced only 14 medals, the second-fewest at any Olympics, and only four golds, the fewest of any Olympics. And most of the disappointments at the trials came on the men's side. Walter Dix, second in the 100 and 200 meters at last year's worlds and third in the same events at the 2008 Olympics, failed to qualify in either after a leg injury. Beijing Olympic decathlon winner Bryan Clay, former world shot put champion Adam Nelson and 2004 400m winner Jeremy Wariner also missed London. So did 2008 Olympic 110 hurdles medalist David Oliver and 400 hurdles medalist Bershawn Jackson. But some of the trials stars were on the men's side as well, including world decathlon record-setter Ashton Eaton, 5,000 and 10,000 doubler Galen Rupp and 110 hurdles stars Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt, each under 13 seconds for the first time in their lives.

ing "Champions of Europe." "For me it is a great pride to be able to captain this team of great players and great people," Spain goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas told fans from the stage. "Thank you for being here!" Left winger Andres Iniesta, who was crowned the player of the tournament, said he was humbled to be part of a legendary squad. "But more than anything I feel very proud to see your expressions of joy in these difficult times for us -- it is a matter of pride to see you happy," he said. During the victory parade, Spaniards packed the streets from the buildings right to the edge of the bus, which was escorted by mounted police as it gingerly made its way to the city centre. Leaning over the edge of the bus, forward Cesc Fabregas brandished the silver trophy, adding to an unprecedented collection that includes the 2008 Euro and the 2010 World Cup. Residents hung from apartment balconies to get a glimpse of their heroes, waving wildly as the team passed and throwing buckets of water to cool fellow party-goers on the street below. Giant red balloons bobbed above supporters' heads. One fan, 42-year-old Jaime Barea, brought a group of 14 children, his own and his friends' offspring. "It will give them an unforgettable memory," he said. "When I was small I did not have this chance. Spain went for

40 years without winning." Fernando Torres, winner of the Golden Boot for his three goals and one assist in the tournament, perched nonchalantly at one point with one leg hanging over the edge of the bus. Barcelona forward Cesc Fabregas laughed and waved to fans. Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos danced in his seat. Smiling coach Vicente del Bosque, in a white business shirt, leaned over, waved gingerly and even swayed to the music. Chants of "Champions, Champions!" rang through the Spanish capital. King Juan Carlos, 74, still hobbling after injuring his hip during an African elephant-hunting safari, joined with the royal family in hailing the victors at the Palacio de la Zarzuela in Madrid. "Spaniards are proud of you, really proud, and not only because each of you are good players but because as a team you are terrific," he said before the players joined the national fiesta. Casillas gave the king a Spain shirt with the number 1, signed by the entire team. "The country is more united and people can forget their problems for a while," said 27-year-old Jessica Pino in a team shirt, draped in the Spanish flag and with a Viking hat in the national colours. The party erupted from the end of the first half of the match on Sunday night, when Spain was already 2-0 up, and huge numbers of fans invaded the Plaza de Cibeles.

Bonus frozen as French quartet face probe PARIS Afp

Bonuses owed to the France team for having made the quarter-finals of the recently-concluded European Championships have been frozen, the French football federation announced on Tuesday. Each member of the French team, which lost 2-0 in the quarters to eventual winners Spain, was eligible for a bonus of 100,000 euros. But in light of the in-fighting and illdiscipline that dogged the country's Euro campaign, federation president Noel Le Graet said: "The whole of the bonuses of the France team at Euro 2012 are frozen. "It's blocked money, which may be redistributed or maybe not." Le Graet, up for re-election in December, added that four players from the squad would appear at a disciplinary committee "as soon as possible after their holidays" to explain their behaviour at the tournament hosted by Poland and

Ukraine. "Four players will go before the disciplinary committee: (Hatem) Ben Arfa, (Yann) Mvila, (Samir) Nasri and (Jeremy) Menez," Le Graet said after a meeting of the executive committee, a body he said was unable to impose sanctions. "The players must be punished, sanctioned, but I don't want to make victims out of them. "Financial sanctions are detailed in our statutes, and (possible) suspensions for the upcoming cases will be examined

most fairly." Nasri verbally abused an AFP journalist after the loss to Spain and was seen as a disruptive influence throughout, while Ben Arfa had a dressing room row with Laurent Blanc, who stood down as coach after the tournament. Menez railed at a referee, and gestured at captain Hugo Lloris during the Spain game, telling him to shut up, while M'Vila did not shake hands with Blanc or his replacement when he was substituted by Olivier Giroud.

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Villas-Boas confirmed new Tottenham boss LONDON Afp

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was confirmed as the new manager of Tottenham on Tuesday following the shock departure of Harry Redknapp last month. "The club is delighted to announce Andre Villas-Boas as Head Coach," Spurs confirmed on their official Twitter feed following days of speculation concerning the Portuguese coach. The appointment marks a dramatic return to the English Premier League for Villas-Boas, who was fired as manager of Chelsea in March just eight months into a three-year contract. Villas-Boas' ill-fated reign at Stamford Bridge ended in dismissal after months of unrest behind the scenes, with rumours of player mutinies and a breakdown in relations with the manager. However the 34year-old -- who arrived at Chelsea after a stellar quadruple-winning season with Porto -- has successfully convinced Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that he is the best man to build on Redknapp's legacy.

Beaten but unbowed, Italy squad returns home ROME Afp

Italy's footballers were welcomed back by a small group of just a few dozen fans on Monday after defeat by Spain in the Euro 2012 final but said they were already looking forward to the World Cup in 2014. Arriving on a flight from Krakow in Poland at Rome's Fiumicino airport, the footballers dressed in suits and ties were greeted with shouts of encouragement and later attended a high-pomp ceremony with President Giorgio Napolitano. Fans chanted the national anthem and asked the players to autograph a placard reading "Go Italy" before the footballers boarded their buses. One player, Leonardo Bonucci, admitted to AFP before getting on that there was an overwhelming feeling of disappointment among his team mates. "There is always sadness because we were there -- one step away from the dream, from realising something important," he sighed. "Unfortunately we did not manage to impose ourselves against a great team. Now we are leaving this Euro with the will to put into practice the tactics that (coach) Cesare Prandelli taught us," he said.

Bolt, Blake prepped to make track and field centre stage PARIS Afp

The doping-tarnished world of athletics needed a boost at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and duly received a massive one from Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt, who changed the face of track and field as we know it. The good news for organisers of next month's London Games is that the ebullient 25-yearold remains in tip-top form and professes himself desperate to defend his double sprint gold medal-showing from four years ago. But he will have a battle on his hands, having recently been pipped in both the 100 and 200m in the Jamaican Olympic trials by training partner Yohan Blake, crowned world champion in Daegu last year after Bolt sensationally false started in the final. Bolt truly revolutionised athletics with his performances in a captivated Bird's Nest stadium in the Chinese capital, setting then-world records in both the 100 and 200m and also going on to claim a third gold as part of Jamaica's WR-setting 4x100m relay team. He went on to replicate his three golds in the 2009 world champi-

onships in Berlin, remarkably setting the current world records of 9.58 and 19.19sec in the 100 and 200m respectively. "I am the Olympic champion and I have to show the world I am the best," Bolt said after his double losses in the trials to Blake. "I will always make a comeback. It is not like I was blown away. I know what I need to do to get it right." Blake said he had not been shocked by recording a rare double defeat of Bolt. "I have been working hard and am seeing it paying off now," Blake said. "I was not surprised by the big win. I know what Bolt has to offer and I know he was not at 100 percent. I just tried to keep my form." Contenders for the blue riband event of the 100m will come from another Jamaican in the shape of Asafa Powell and the American duo of Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion barred from defending his title in Beijing after being banned for doping offences. Gay, who has committed to racing just the 100m come London, has made a slow start to the season, but came through the US trials alongside Gatlin, the latter insist-

ing they were ready to face the Jamaican challenge. "We all have our eyes on that prize we want to get at the end," Gatlin said. "If there are three Jamaicans we have to get out of the way, that will be our goal." But athletics is not all about one man and his roadshow, although meeting organisers and the general public may beg to differ... Track and field will be held from August 3-12, the last 10 days of the Games, at the newly-built Olympic Stadium, with an estimated 2,000 athletes competing in 47 events. The men will compete in 24 events and the women in 23, with the latter's schedule lacking the gruelling 50km race walk. The US team suffered one of its worst showings in Olympics history but still finished atop the gold medal standings in Beijing thanks to its men's 4x400m relay squad winning the penultimate race of the competition. The Americans finished with seven golds, nine silvers and seven bronzes for a total of 23. Russia came second with 18 medals (six gold, five silver, seven bronze and Jamaica third with six golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

Kenya bumped up their medal count to 14 (5-5-4) with gold medal-winning performances in the men's 800m and women's 1500m, and the late Samuel Wanjiru claiming the men's marathon title. The US team, always happy to make their "minority" sport centre stage, will again be strong, with incredible strength in depth in the sprints and hurdles. On the track it remains to be seen how the Ethiopian duo of Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba shape up against a formidable-looking Kenyan middle and long-distance team led by 800m world record holder David Rudisha. The two multi-medal-winning longdistance runners claimed the men and women's 5000m and 10,000m doubles within a day of each other. But Bekele is battling to regain his form after a two-year-long battle with an achilles tendon problem, and has so far looked off the pace. Dibaba, meanwhile, won in the 5000m at the New York Diamond League but will have her work cut out against standout Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, who claimed an impressive 5000-10,000m double at the world championships in Daegu.


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Speaker exceeded lawful authority: SC detailed verdict says NA speaker had no discretion left in matter as court had found a parliamentarian guilty of offence under Article 63(1)(g) ISLAMABAD Agencies

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HE Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a 42-page detailed verdict of the disqualification of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, stating that the National Assembly speaker had no discretion left in the matter when a court of competent jurisdiction had found a member of parliament guilty of an offence falling under Article 63(1)(g) of the constitution. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry himself wrote 42page ruling in Urdu language while

it also include a six-page additional note written by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja. The verdict states that the disqualification ruling was finalised after the government decided not to file an appeal against the conviction verdict by the seven-member bench. The order said Gilani’s lawyers could not satisfied the court that a person guilty of contempt of court can remain prime minister. The order said the CJP had ruled that when a court of competent jurisdiction found a member of parliament guilty of an offence falling under Article 63(1)(g) of the constitution, the speaker had no discretion left in the matter. In such

circumstances, the constitution required the speaker to refer the matter of disqualification to the Election Commission. Therefore, by not referring the matter to the Election Commission, the National Assembly speaker exceeded her lawful authority. Her decision therefore was liable to be struck down upon judicial review. Earlier on June 19, a threemember bench, issuing short order, disqualified the former premier. The SC declared Gilani disqualified from holding a seat in parliament from the date of his conviction on April 26 by a sevenmember bench for contempt of

court. However, National Assembly Speaker Dr Fahmida Mirza asserted the position that no reference was binding, so she did not move the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) against Gilani for his disqualification. Later, numerous identical petitions were filed against the NA speaker’s ruling. Hearing the petition, the bench disqualified Gilani from premiership as well as the membership of the assembly. Hours after the pronouncement of the short order, the Election Commission de-notified Gilani as member of the National Assembly and declared his seat vacant.

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islAmAbAd: prime minister raja pervaiz Ashraf chairs a meeting of the defence committee of cabinet on tuesday.

US moves new forces to Gulf in sign to iran WASHINGTON Afp

Iran and the United States on Tuesday underlined their military readiness for conflict should faltering diplomacy over Tehran’s atomic activities fail, as tensions rose over tougher Western sanctions. Iran said it successfully fired several dozen missiles — including a medium-range Shahab-3 ballistic weapon with a range capable of striking Israel — in war games in its central desert region designed to show its capacity for counter-attack. The United States has moved new forces into the Gulf to keep strategic waterways open and strike deep within Iran in the event of a regional military escalation, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times cited senior officials as saying the quiet build-up was aimed at reassuring Israel that Washington is serious about addressing Iran’s nuclear program and keeping the Straits of Hormuz — a key oil choke point — open. “Don’t even think about closing the strait. We’ll clear the mines. Don’t even think about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial shipping. We’ll put them on the bottom of the Gulf.” Some 120 lawmakers in Iran’s 290-seat parliament have also signed on to a draft bill calling for the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the oil-rich Gulf to be closed to oil tankers headed to Europe in retaliation for an EU embargo on Iranian crude that came into effect on Sunday. US President Barack Obama has sought to roll back Iran’s nuclear program though diplomatic means — ramping up sanctions to unprecedented levels in recent months — while not ruling out a military strike.

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With the summer making itself at home and humidity climbing up the percentage chart, continued unannounced load shedding is wreaking havoc with the people’s peace of mind, forcing them to lie awake at nights and find shade during the days in wait for that elusive “spark” of electricity. The duration of load shedding has increased in the last couple of days owing to the suspension of oil supply to various power plants. Sources in the National Transmission and Despacth Company (NTDC) said the supply of oil had been suspended to Kot Addu, Orient and Saif power plants, adding that due to technical faults, Foundation power plant had dropped out of the system, resulting in the electricity shortfall climbing to 5,830 megawatts. NTDC said the production of electricity was recorded at 12,570MW and demand at 18,507MW on Tuesday. However, PEPCO said electricity generation currently stood at 13,230MW against a demand of 18,507MW. Load shedding

continued for up to 14 to 16 hours in Lahore and up to 16 to 20 hours in rural areas in the provincial metropolis’ suburbs. The federal capital was also subjected to severe power cuts. Residents, traders and civil society expressed serious concern over the unannounced load shedding in various sectors of Islamabad, with some facing three to eight hours of load shedding at a go. Traders said load shedding was affecting businesses, while residents said unannounced load shedding had made it impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Taking notice of the worsening crisis, President Asif Ali Zardari again ordered emergency measures for mitigating the people’s misery. A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Pervaiz Ashraf decided to clear the circular debt and enhance recoveries from defaulters. It also decided to immediately cut power connections of companies and individuals who were not paying their bills. Finance Minister Abdul Hafiz Shaikh gave a briefing on the financial issues, while Petroleum Minister Dr Asim explained the reasons for low power generation.

Pakistan on Tuesday asked India to share evidence and information regarding Abu Jundal, the 26/11 handler arrested by Saudi Arabia and deported to India. Visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said his government had requested New Delhi to share evidence on Abu Jundal. Jundal has admitted being involved in the 26/11 attacks conspiracy. The foreign secretary further said his government would extend to India every possible help in its fight against terrorism. Pakistani authorities had on Monday claimed that 40 Indian nationals were also involved in the Mumbai attacks. “Our information is that there were at least 40 Indian nationals who helped the attackers. We want India to come clean on this,” an unnamed official of Pakistan’s Foreign Office was quoted as saying. The official further claimed Indian authorities had “always been reluctant to give us the full picture” of the investigation into the Mumbai attacks. “When a Pakistani judicial commission visited India to collect evidence, it was stopped from cross-examining the witnesses,” he claimed. Pakistan could take “decisive action” if it

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is provided details of the investigation, the official claimed. “We cannot act on hearsay,” he said. Indian officials have maintained that an agreement finalised between Delhi and Islamabad before the commission’s visit made it very clear that the panel would not be allowed to cross-examine witnesses. Earlier, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani arrived in New Delhi to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai on various bilateral issues including visa, trade, disputes on Siachin, Sir Creek, Kashmir, and others. Talking to reporters, Jilani said Pakistan wanted peace with all its neighbors especially with India and wanted to resolve every dispute with New Delhi which would benefit people of both countries. About the much hyped case of Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan, Sarabjit Singh, he said the issue had already been taken at the level of home ministers of two countries who were looking into it. The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet today (Wednesday) to discuss various outstanding issues. The two diplomats are also likely to finalise a date for External Affairs Minister SM Krishna’s visit to Islamabad to review the progress in the dialogue process with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar.


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