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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 278 19 Pages Islamabad — Peshawar Edition

Friday, 5 April, 2013 Jamadi ul Awwal 23, 1434

culling of election hopefuls continues story on page 02

sheikh Waqas’ o Level degree declared fake

moonis elahi among owners of secret firms in British virgin islands

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sharif brothers’ candidacy at risk after naB objects story on page 02

ppp strengthened democracy in pakistan during its five years story on page 03

sc orders elimination of karachi’s ‘no-go’ areas in a week

sc orders government to recover mengal

During Thursday’s hearing of the Karachi law and order case, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered all ‘no-go’ areas in the city be eliminated within a week, media reported. A five-judge larger bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case pertaining to implementation of its 2011 order in a suo motu notice over unrest in Karachi. page 04

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Balochistan government to take effective steps for the recovery of Salahuddin Mengal, former advocate general (AG). A two-member bench comprising of Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed hearing on the Balochistan law and order situation. Directing law enforcers, the bench said that kidnapping was still a routine in the province even after repeated directives of the court. page 09

afghan taliban attack checkpost in kurram, 4 militants killed

anp pushes ppp aside to secure own backyard

Four militants were killed and five injured when Afghan Taliban attacked a check post in Kurram Agency on Thursday. According to security sources, the Afghan Taliban attacked a security check post in Lower Kurram early on Thursday and injured two security personnel. Four militants were killed and five injured when the security forces retaliated. page 04

With general elections round the corner, the solidarity and camaraderie between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Awami National Party (ANP) that lasted for five years seems to be fast fading away. Both these political parties have failed to build upon the relationship they had established as allies after the 2008 general elections. page 08


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No dialogue with Taliban, elections in FATA will be free and fair. – Governor Shaukatullah

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Moonis Elahi among owners of secret firms in British Virgin Islands

Scion of the Chaudhries of Gujrat, Moonis Elahi has denied that he owns a secret company in the British Virgin Islands. The denial came as Elahi’s name appeared on Thursday among a list of fresh names of owners of secret offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands. Moonis Elahi was named as the owner of an offshore company, Olive Grove Assets Ltd. The company was incorporated in the BVI 2006, and the address listed in BVI records is the Chaudry family’s residence in Lahore. Elahi was acquitted in a Pakistan court in 2011 of receiving payments in a corruption scandal. Refuting the claims, Moonis said, “I do not own” nor control the BVI company. The latest cluster of names to emerge from the huge leak of BVI financial data include Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili and prominent figures of India, Thailand and Indonesia. They also include a Briton, Neil Gaitely, nominally a director of a company reported to be a front for the Iranian regime. nEWS dESK

Kalsum’s cousin to contest against Nawaz Sharif in Lahore ISLAMABAD InP

Saira Bano, a cousin of Begum Kalsum Nawaz, on Thursday announced she will contest election from the constituency NA-120 Lahore, against Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif. She made the announcement after a meeting with All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Pervez Musharraf, who assured Bano of complete support. According to sources in APML, Saira Bano met Musharraf at his farm house in the federal capital. On the occasion, Bano said she would give Sharif a humiliating defeat in the May 11 polls. Bano is granddaughter of renowned sub-continent wrestler, Gama Pehlwan, daughter of Bholo Pehlwan and wife of Jhara Pehlwan.

Culling of poll hopefuls continues Aqil ShAh, JAmShed dASti Sent to JAil, AyAz Amir’S nominAtion reJected on ‘ideologicAl’ groundS LAHORE/PESHAWAR StAFF rEPOrt

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H U R S D Ay proved to be a difficult day for election hopefuls as several leaders of the former government and opposition parties either faced rejection of their nomination papers or were sent to prison altogether. They DIDn’T hAve An eDucATIon In an almost domino-like effect, the tragic comedy began in the early hours of Thursday morning when Additional District and Sessions Judge Sheibar Khan sentenced former Awami National Party’s (ANP) lawmaker from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Syed Aqil Shah, to one year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 3000 for holding a fake degree. Shah became the fourth MP from Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa to be convicted on the charges of fake degree. Earlier former independent MPAs Sardar Ali Khan from Swabi, Khalifa Abdul Qayoom, an independent MPA from Dera Ismail Khan and Kishwar

Kumar, JUI-F former minority MPA had been sentenced to various terms over the last few days. Another independent MPA from

A tearful Dasti was arrested in the court premises and was shifted to a jail amidst security. The former MNA was also handed a penalty worth Rs 5,000. Dasti announced that his brother would now contest from his constituency in the upcoming general elections. His lawyers said that they would move the high

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Swabi, Javed Ali, was also sentenced on the charges of dual nationality. Shah had served in the previous provincial cabinet as minister for sports, tourism and archives. He was elected from PF-4 Peshawar, from where he was contesting again when his electoral ambitions were cut short. Barely two hours later, former member of the National Assembly Jamshed Dasti was handed a three-year jail term by a district sessions judge in Muzaffargar.

Pakistan’s ideology was put to question as the Election Commission of Pakistan told the renowned columnist and PML-N hopeful that his nomination papers had been rejected. According to details, an objection on Amir for writing articles “against the ideology of Pakistan” was filed against his

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court against his disqualification. Moreover, a district and sessions judge in Pakpattan declared a former Member of National Assembly, Syed Salman Mohsin Gilani, of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) a proclaimed offender over possessing a fake degree. Gilani was elected as an MNA from NA-165 Pakpattan in the 2008 election. ecP TAkeS IDeoLogy SerIouSLy Ayaz Amir’s commitment to

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nomination papers by complainant Babar Salim. Amir told a private TV channel that he had not received the verdict so far, but had been informed that the papers were reportedly rejected on objections raised by the president of a local press club over his two articles on the ideology of Pakistan. The decision against Amir’s nomination papers was taken by an ECP returning officer on Wednesday. FAISAL SALeh and ABID IMAM

Sharif brothers’ candidacy at risk after NAB objects ISLAMABAD StAFF rEPOrt

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Thursday objected to the candidature of Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif in the upcoming general elections over alleged scam of Hudaibiya Paper Mills. The Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) Punjab president and the former chief minister, along with his brother PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, are accused in the Rs 3,486 million loan default case. They have been accused of accumulating money and assets beyond their declared means of income by misusing authority. The case was filed with the Attock NAB Court on March 27, 2000. Abbas Sharif, Hussain Nawaz, Hamza Shahbaz, Shamim Akhtar, Sabiha Abbas, Maryam Safdar and Ishaq Dar are other accused in the case. The bureau has conveyed its recommendations to the election commission in this regard. The NAB had set up election cells to help the election commission

BiLLions oWed By aspiring LaWmakers

The State Bank of Pakistan on Thursday forwarded a list of loan defaulters to the Election Commission of Pakistan, which is currently scrutinising the credentials of aspirants for national and provincial assemblies in the coming elections. Noted among the names are three former federal ministers who owe millions of rupees to various banks. PPP leader Ahmed Mukthar owes Rs 13 billion to four banks. Haroon Bilour owes over Rs 20 million, PTI’s Jahangir Tareen owes Rs 407 million, while ANP’s Ghulam Ahmed Bilour owes Rs 4.5 million to commercial banks. MONITORING DESK

in the scrutiny of candidates for the May 11 elections. The decision to establish the cells was taken at a meeting held on Feb 20. The meeting, presided over by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakharuddin G. Ebrahim, was attended by heads of NAB, Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR), State

Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and National Database Registration Authority (Nadra). The meeting had decided that the ECP, with the help of relevant organisations, will identify tax-evaders, loan and utility bill defaulters and beneficiaries of written-off loans to prevent them from contesting polls.

Furthermore, the ECP disqualified former Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Faisal Saleh Hayat and politician Syeda Abida Hussain’s son, Abid Imam. Hayat was contesting as an independent candidate, while Imam submitted his nomination papers as the Pakistan People’s

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Party (PPP) candidate. Imam, who was contesting election for the first time, had filed an application against Hayat which resulted in the disqualification of Hayat, who had been winning seats from his constituency without fail. There’S More… Today (Friday) will also be a difficult day as the Higher Education Commission deadline expires and cases of at least 140 leaders are lying pending with no follow up. Who will be next?

Sheikh Waqas’ O Level degree declared fake ISLAMABAD: The education certificate of Shaikh Waqas Akram, ex-federal minister for education and a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, has been declared fake by the Higher Education Commission on Thursday. Sources said Cambridge University had said it had no record of Waqas’ qualification with them. An Inter-Board Committee submitted its finding to the HEC in which Waqas’s ‘A-level’ had been termed fake. It may be mentioned that Waqas Akram had not submitted his O-level certificate. Waqas is the first high-profile leader whose educational certificate has been declared dubious. Several members of the former national and provincial assemblies are already behind bars on charges of submitting fake degrees. Meanwhile, Waqas accused Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Javed Leghari of hatching conspiracies against him. Talking to reporters, he begged the media not to talk about his educational ability as Cambridge University, in a letter, replied that record of his degree had been lost but it would be verified on providing more details. He said he challenged the HEC chairman over dual nationality and assets of Rs 40 billion and filed references against him in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), upon which Leghari started a media campaign against him. To a query about fake degree, Akram reminded that he had verified his A-Level degree in 2007 and 2010, but expressed surprise that it had now “become fake”.OnLInE


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Need to resolve Kashmir for India, Pakistan to coexist peacefully. – Hina Khar

PPP strengthened democracy during its 5 years in govt: Zardari NAUDERO InP

President Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had strengthened democracy in the country during its five year tenure and had made the weak democratic structure much stronger.

Addressing the party members in Naudero on the occasion of PPP founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s death anniversary on Thursday, Asif Ali Zardari said for the first time in the history of Pakistan, a democratic process had completed its 5-year tenure. “Continuous progress of democracy will strengthen the democratic

system in the country,” he said, adding that the PPP government had put the nation on the right path. He reminded the people that he had given up all his powers to the parliament, making the institution supreme. “Supremacy of the parliament is the supremacy of the people of Pak-

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HE PTI on Thursday witnessed a mini revolt in its rank and file when seven party leaders, all from Lahore district, making through to the final list of probable candidates from Lahore, returned their tickets in a protest against what they termed “a skewed selection process” while awarding tickets. The rebels included Aleem Khan, Mansha Sindhu, Hamid Miraj, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, and Mian Iftikhar, all of whom were recipient of party tickets on provincial and national levels. Aleem, who led the show today, received one party nomination from NA-127 and one provincial seat while Miraj and Sindhu were picked for NA-123 and NA-130 respectively. The other rebels, who returned tickets, received party’s nomination for provincial seats. The other day, the PTI released a list of probables from Lahore after its Parliamentary Board concluded its deliberation on the award of tickets in Islamabad. The party decided to make formal announcement after the scrutiny of candidacy papers. In response to the development, PTI Information Secretary Shafqat Mahmood said there was no point in returning tickets when the party had

not given tickets to anyone so far. “The decision in this regard will be made after scrutiny,” he said. The trouble was brewing in the Lahore chapter of the PTI from the day the party’s Parliamentary Board turned its focus on Lahore and started deliberation on the award of tickets. There were reports that Aleem was either not happy with the party’s decision, or he was not being given constituencies of his liking. It was reported that he had an argument with the board chairman as well as Imran Khan over the selection process for awarding tickets to the candidates from Lahore. On Thursday, Aleem and the other rebels, mostly members of his Unity Group, gathered at the party’s district office and took everybody by surprise. After a brief meeting, they decided to return the tickets but not before making a big show out of it, creating scenes before TV cameras, delivering lengthy fiery speeches against the party’s top leaders and its selection criteria. The party workers gathered there also clashed with each other and exchanged hot words. In a show of power, 10 town presidents, 30 district

ECP steers clear of candidates’ scrutiny process ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday kept itself at bay from the grilling of politicians by returning officers during the ongoing process of scrutiny of the nomination papers for the implementation of articles 62 and 63. It was reported that during the scrutiny of nomination papers some returning officers asked the candidates questions regarding the ideology of Pakistan and Islam. In some cases, they even asked the candidates to recite some verses of the holy Quran. The ECP on Thursday said it had received various inquiries in relation to the scrutiny proceedings being conducted by the returning offices across the country. “It is hereby clarified that the returning officers are members of Pakistan’s judiciary. They are carrying out their duties as returning officers independently. The ECP does not instruct or direct them on how to decide the fate of the nomination forms. The ECP only provides data, as received, from the FBR, NAB, SBP and other governmental authorities, to the returning officers,” said a press release issued by the ECP. The press release added that the decision of the returning officers to accept or reject nomination papers was subject to the right of appeal before the election tribunals comprising of learned Judges of the high courts. StAFF rEPOrt

leaders and 12 UC presidents along with party workers were gathered on this occasion. The party insiders say that the protest was a calculated move to influence the selection process by pressurising PTI Chairman Imran Khan. They said these leaders wanted to pick and choose tickets for themselves and their group members which the party could not afford especially when thousands of people were in the race to get tickets. It is learnt that Imran Khan took a strong exception to the position taken by the rebel leaders. The party sources foresee the move getting backfired. “Imran Khan does not take any pressure or accept blackmailing tactics as being employed by this group,” one PTI leader said. Others say it was wrong in the first place to let outsiders, having no ideological bond with the party, to enter. Talking to Pakistan Today, Aleem said it was a well-considered decision to return the tickets. He said seven to eight members had returned the tickets, adding that he along with other members of his group were elected members of the party. He said his protest was against the se-

The trouble was brewing in the Lahore chapter of the PTI from the day the party’s Parliamentary Board turned its focus on Lahore and started deliberation on the award of tickets. There were reports that Aleem was either not happy with the party’s decision, or he was not being given constituencies of his liking.

lection criteria in which precedence was given to the board over the town and district bodies elected recently. He said the board ignored the recommendations of district bodies while awarding tickets. He denied the impression that he was quitting the party. Commenting on the situation, PTI Chairman Imran Khan tweeted, “I have faith in r ppl so I simply opened my gate & spoke 2 PTI’s angry but dedicated workers protesting outside. Mutual trust reinforced!”

Imran Khan, Sheikh Rashid cozy up to each other

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In another move towards a seat-toseat adjustment, Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Thusrday ensured his party’s support to the Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid during the upcoming elections. The assurance came after a meeting between the PTI chairman and the AML chief on Thursday. Both the leaders agreed that the PTI would assist Sheikh Rashid in NA-55, Rawalpindi

during the upcoming general elections. In return, Rashid pledged support to Imran Khan for NA-56, Rawalpindi. Furthermore, the PTI chief said that he would deliver a speech during Sheikh Rashid’s election rally in NA-55. Rashid further said that his party workers would continue to support PTI candidates across the country. Both leaders also discussed the prevalent political situation. Neither party, however, announced any formal seat-to-seat adjustment in any other parts of the country.

istan,” he said. “There was no political prisoner in our tenure and the only political prisoner who was in jail was Hamid Saeed Kazmi and he was sent to jail by the judiciary,” he added. He further said that the PPP government had done things which would prove fruitful for the next generations.

PTI workers clash over party tickets in Quetta QueTTA: Workers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) clashed on Thursday in a row over the distribution of party tickets in Balochistan. According to details, PTI Balochistan President Qasim Soori was addressing a press conference when his opponents stood up on their seats. Soori’s opponents within PTI blamed him of favouritism in awarding tickets for the general elections of the national and provincial assembly in Balochistan. “Soori was disqualified by court, we do not accept him,” Asif Tareen, a local leader of PTI said. PTI workers also exchanged hot words with each other. However, the situation was contained following the intervention of other people present at the scene. Tensions got so high that the police was called to ensure peace in the aftermath of the clash.

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BNP-M threatens to boycott elections QUETTA APP

The Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNPM) has warned that it would not participate in the general elections 2013 if incidents of killing of its workers continued and “no go areas” in Khuzdar were not set up. This was stated by the BNP-M acting president, Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini who along with the party’s Information Secretary Agha Hassan Baloch and other leaders was addressing a press conference at the Quetta Press Club on Thursday. “Khuzdar has become a no-go area and a specific armed group is involved in killing of BNPM activists while our party leadership and workers in Kalat are also receiving threats,” Jamaldini alleged. He said although Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ibrahim and caretaker Balochistan Chief Minister Ghous Bakhsh Barozai had held meetings with BNP-M chief Akhtar Jan Mengal in Karachi and had assured him of providing a peaceful environment for conducting free and fair elections, the party was still facing difficulties in continuing its election campaign. “The BNP-M is fully prepared to participate in the general elections 2013 with full enthusiasm, but, hardships and difficulties are being put in the way of the party,” he claimed. Jamaldini said his party had fielded candidates in 28 districts of Balochistan to contest general elections. He said his party was ready to make an alliance with likeminded political parties, adding that the next chief minister of Balochistan might be from nationalist Baloch and Pashtun political parties. Jamaldini demanded the federal government induct another Baloch minister in the federal cabinet. Meanwhile, Haji Zahid, a tribal and political leader from Panjgur announced joining the BNP-M.


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UK aid to Pakistan should stop unless taxes rise, MPs say LONDON OnLInE

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ISLAMABAD: Prominent lawyer Asma Jahangir speaks during the launching of annual report of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan ‘State of Human Rights in 2012’ on Thursday. InP

terrorists killed 1,577 people in 2012 ISLAMABAD StAFF rEPOrt

Bloodshed was frequent in 2012, as 1,577 terrorist attacks claimed 2,050 lives while leaving 3,822 injured across the Pakistan. Not only this, 2,284 people were killed in ethnic, sectarian, and political violence in Karachi. As many as 14 journalists were also put to death during the year. These particulars were noted down by the report titled “State of Human Rights in 2012” launched by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on Thursday at a ceremony. The report shows that 48 drone attacks took place in 2012 which killed 240 to 400 lives. The number of such attacks in 2011 was 74. 2012 was not good for re-

ligious minorities. Along with non-Muslim minorities, Shia Muslims were particularly targeted throughout the year. In Muharram, 929 clerics were banned to enter Punjab and 439 were forbidden from delivering sermons. Around 583 people were killed and 853 injured in 213 sectarian attacks. In Karachi, six churches were attacked, and in Mardan 150-year-old Baba Karam Singh temple was destroyed by land mafia. As many as 20 Ahmadis were also killed. Blasphemy was again a burning issue, Rimsha, a 14-year-old Christian girl charged with burning the pages of the holy Quran was acquitted but, Ryan, a 17-year-old kept behind the bars. Sherry Rehman, ambassador to the US, faced being booked in blasphemy.

Around 913 girls and women were killed for honour which includes 99 minor girls. 74 percent of the girls married off in Charsadda and Mardan districts of KP were under 16. Children rights were again ignored by the authorities and 10 million minors were engaged in child labour. The country has the world’s second largest amount of outof-school children aged between five and nine. Health and education, two basic human rights acquired a tiny amount in fiscal year 2012-2013. For heath, it was further declined to 0.2 percent of GNP. Pakistan ranked sixth among the 22 high-risk tuberculosis countries. On the other hand, primary education only got Rs 71.6 billion and secondary education got 69.4 billion. About 121 schools were

targeted by terrorists. In this report it is also cited that only 15 percent of the cases filed to green benches established in high courts to deliver environmental justice could be decided and 20 percent of the fines imposed by them could be collected. The report also stated that enactment of 20th Amendment regarding electoral matters is a success. But, law for the establishment of National Commission of Human Rights remained unimplemented. National Commission on the Status of Women became autonomous and, four bills sponsored regarding minority rights but little progress was made concerning their passing. During the year 22 Acts were made and eight ordinances issued.

AKISTAN will become the largest recipient of UK aid next year, a controversial move given the backdrop of corruption, tax avoidance and political instability, MPs warned. Although there is a “powerful case” for continuing aid to the nation, British taxpayers must not be left to foot the growing bill unless Pakistan’s wealthy are made to pay their fair share, the Commons International Development select committee said. “Any increase in the UK’s official development assistance to Pakistan must be conditional on Pakistan increasing its tax collection and widening the tax base,” its report states. “We cannot expect the people in the UK to pay taxes to improve education and health in Pakistan if the Pakistani elite is not paying income tax. In the past, donor money has not been spent effectively in Pakistan for a variety of reasons. Corruption is rife in a social order based on

patronage and kinship networks. Pakistan’s rich do not pay taxes and exhibit little interest in improving conditions and opportunities for Pakistan’s poor.” The government plans to increase its £267 million bilateral aid programme in Pakistan, which has one of the smallest tax bases in the world, for the financial year that ends today to £446 million in 2014/15. During their inquiry, MPs were told that while one in three people in Pakistan lived on less than 30p a day around 70 percent of the nation’s MPs do not file a tax return. The committee indicated it wanted Prime Minister David Cameron to push for action on corruption and tax evasion with Pakistan’s leadership and called for the government to use its influence within the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to press for urgent reform of the tax system. It criticised the Department for International Development (DFID) for failing to tackle corruption, frequent absences in the rule of law and low tax collection at the top of the agenda for its governance work in Pakistan.

sc orders elimination of karachi’s ‘no-go’ areas in a week KARACHI

Empty box on ballot papers challenged in LHC LAHORE OnLInE

Insertion of an empty box on ballot papers by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was challenged in Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday. The petitioner took the plea in his petition that the insertion of an empty box in ballot papers by the ECP was an illegal and unconstitutional move, saying that it would land the society in chaos and strife. It was further said that ECP was only authorised to print the name of candidates, and by inserting an empty box, the ECP had overstepped its powers. It may be recalled that a press release issued by the ECP said that an empty box would be added in the ballot paper and the voters would be entitled to reject all the candidates by stamping this box.

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safma condemns ayaz amir’s disqualification LAHORE PrESS rELEASE

South Asian Free Media Association’s Secretary General Imtiaz Alam has condemned leading columnist Ayaz Amir’s disqualification on “flimsy ideological grounds”. “It is a sad reflection on the low quality of intellect that ordinary officials with low intellect and academic

qualification are passing judgements on matters of interpretations that have remained a bone of contention among historians and qualified academics, Alam said. Ayaz Amir’s disqualification on the basis of his two articles being judged as against the ideology of Pakistan by a local presiding officer is a gross violation of freedom of expression and

an attack on press freedom, he said. Imtiaz Alam expressed his serious concern about the tendency of election officials to become ayatollahs without having any spiritual and ideological credentials. He said Ziaist elements have become very active to disrupt the democratic process by resorting to McCarthy’s methods.

The committee also said it was sceptical of the ‘scalingup’ of DFID’s maternal and new-born health programme, which is aimed at cutting the number of deaths among babies and new mothers by training community midwives, after it was given a “very poor review” by international assessors. It also found that while the government believed educational programmes would help counter extremism the connection was “unclear”. Committee chairman Sir Malcolm Bruce said: “There is a powerful case for maintaining the UK’s bilateral aid to Pakistan. Britain enjoys a close relationship and has long established ties with Pakistan which has real poverty and serious security problems. But the committee is concerned that not enough tax is raised in Pakistan to fully finance improvements in the quality of life for poor people. Pakistan’s rich must in turn demonstrate a clearer commitment to improving conditions and basic opportunities for all their fellow citizens by paying more in tax than they do under present arrangements.”

During Thursday’s hearing of the Karachi law and order case, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered all ‘no-go’ areas in the city be eliminated within a week, media reported. A five-judge larger bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the case pertaining to implementation of its 2011 order in a suo motu notice over unrest in Karachi. The bench ordered that a judicial tribunal be set up within three days over the land grabbing issue in metropolis. The court also rejected police reports regarding ‘no-go’ areas in Karachi, saying they were identical in content. The bench observed that it appeared that the reports were authored by one person and ordered reports from all 112 police stations in the city to be submitted within 30 minutes’ time. Moreover, the Lyari police SSP was ordered to submit a report from four police stations within his jurisdiction.

The CJ said during the hearing that in the caretaker setup, the government had only changed faces but policies remained the same. The bench also rejected a report submitted by Rangers’ officials over the law and order situation in the city on grounds that the report did not exhibit seriousness over the issue. The CJ further said that despite presence of 11,500 Rangers personnel, certain areas in Karachi like Lyari could not be cleared even after operations were conducted in the ‘no-go’ areas. Justice Arif Hussain Khilji said the report appears to indicate that either the Rangers had submitted a misleading statement or that they were complicit. During the previous hearing, top law enforcement officials who had failed to control criminal activities in the city were severely reprimanded. The officials had admitted before the apex court bench that their men lacked the will to combat the growing number of militants and gangsters in the city. This was on account of sluggish follow-up of cases of their colleagues who had been killed by criminals, they had said.

Bangladesh blogs blacked out on arrests of atheists afghan taliban attack checkpost DHAKA AGEnCIES

Operators of top Bangladeshi blogs said Thursday they had blacked out their sites to protest against a government crackdown on atheist bloggers in the face of pressure from radicals. The move by eight sites comes after the arrests of four online writers this week on charges of hurting religious sentiment through their Internet writings against Islam. Their secular supporters have blasted the crackdown, accusing the government of kowtowing to Islamic groups who are planning a march on

Saturday towards the capital Dhaka to demand a blasphemy law and the hanging of anti-Islam bloggers. “Bangla Blogosphere begins blackout in protest against harassing and cracking down on bloggers,” reads a notice on the home pages of the protesting sites. All of them were inaccessible from noon on Thursday. Home minister Muhiuddin Khan on Wednesday said the government had identified 11 bloggers, including the four detainees, who had hurt the religious sentiments of the nation’s majority Muslim population. There has been vociferous debate between staunch atheists and funda-

mentalists in Bangladesh’s social media for years, but it took a deadly turn in February when an anti-Islam blogger was murdered. Both secular and Islamic protesters have taken to the streets over the war crimes trials of leaders of the Islamic Jamaat-e-Islami party in cases related to the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. The government has blocked about a dozen websites and blogs to stem the unrest. It has also set up a panel, which includes intelligence chiefs, to monitor blasphemy on social media. Under the country’s cyber laws, a blogger or Internet writer can face up to ten years in jail for defaming a religion.

in kurram, 4 militants killed KURRAM AGENCY OnLInE

Four militants were killed and five injured when Afghan Taliban attacked a check post in Kurram Agency on Thursday. According to security sources, the Afghan Taliban attacked a security check post in Lower Kurram early on Thursday and injured two security personnel. Four militants were killed

and five injured when the security forces retaliated. The sources said the militants who came from Afghanistan attacked the check post at 5:30am and the attack continued for more than an hour. Security sources said three security personnel were also injured in the attack. High-ranked security officials reached the site of attack and were analysing the situation.


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I am not quitting the party. I am just giving away my tickets. This is a democratic way to protest for the candidates who ran for party elections and were ignored. –Abdul Aleem Khan

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HE battle lines are drawn for the contest in NA-53 (Rawalpindi-IV). Once again, a two-horse race is expected between PML (N) stalwart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and his old contender Ghulam Sarwar Khan. But decision regarding Sarwar Khan’s fake degree case can knock over the arena in the favor of Chaudhry Nisar. As previous record tells, Khan is the only political force in this constituency who can compete with Chaudhry Nisar on a level playing field. Although Khan has two brothers

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SHOs grilled for increase in crime during last three months ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Inspector General of Police served show cause notices to police officers on Thursday after a surge in crime during the last three months in the federal capital. Sources said IG Islamabad held a meeting with Station House Officers (SHO) of Kohsar, Shalimar, Ramna, Margalla, Koral, Shahzad Town and Tarnol police stations on Thursday. The IG lauded the performance of SHO Chaudhry Arshad of Koral Police Station for low crime rate in his jurisdiction during last three months. Kohsar Police Station SHO Hakim Khan was reprimanded on the fact that seven vehicles had been lifted in the period of last one month, while inspector Baqir of Shalimar Police Station was given a warning to improve his performance to overcome the crimes. Due to an increase in robberies in the jurisdiction in Ramna Police Station, SHO Inspector Abid was punished and deprived of one year of employment. The IG deducted two years of service of Margalla Police Station SHO and cancelled one year service of Shahzad Town Police Station SHO Sajjad Bukhari. In addition Tarnol Police Station SHO Inspector Fazal Rehman was issued a warning to improve his performance. InP

(Muhammad Siddique Khan, former Tehsil Nazim Taxila, and Muhammad Shafique Khan, former MPA from PP-7) to replace him, his disqualification can not only alter the current scenario, but it could seriously impact future politics in the constituency. In the 2008 general elections, Chaudhry Nisar defeated Ghulam Sarwar Khan with the difference of 23, 189 votes. At that time, Sarwar Khan was contesting from PML (Q)’s platform. Earlier in 2002, Ghulam Sarwar Khan had managed to overpower Nisar by 9,790 votes as an independent candidate. This time around Khan will confront the PML-N stalwart from the platform of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. The extent of Khan’s support in this constituency can be garnered from the fact that he managed to obtain 49,068 votes in 2008 despite his association with the unpopular Q-league. He is likely to receive 40 thousand plus votes no matter which political party is backing him by granting ticket. On the other hand, Chaudhry Nisar is an N-League stalwart and is a leading political force in Rawalpindi district. Being dominated by right wing voters, this constituency plays to Nisar’s strengths. He has been elected to the National Assembly seven times, and has never been defeated in the neighboring constituency NA-52. If Jamat-

e-Islami (JI) and PML (N) agree on a plan for seat adjustment in NA-53, N-league will expectedly support JI candidate for PP-8, and in return JI will support Nisar. This will further damage Khan’s chances of being elected. Pakistan People’s Party vote bank in this constituency has suffered great set-backs over the years. In 2002 elections, PPP candidate Sardar Shoaib Mumtaz Khan managed to obtain a meager 6,673 votes. PPP’s present candidate Justice (retd) Syed Intikhab Shah is a new-comer to the political arena. While he has gained the support of Pakistan Ordinance Factories’ Workman Association by echoing their demands for better wages and job regularization, it is probably safe to say that labor politics in this constituency will not be able to create any major upsets anytime soon.

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Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) court of Rawalpindi on Thursday granted post arrest bail to Tauqir Ali Khan, an alleged front man of Ali Musa Gillani, son of former prime minister Syed yousaf Raza Gillani. CNS judge Arshad Mehmood Tabassum also accepted the bail of another accused Zunair Malik, owner of a Lahore-based money exchange firm, who has been charged with illegally transferring black money to

foreign accounts. The court directed both the accused to deposit Rs 0.5 million surety bonds. According to the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) the prosecution agency in the ephedrine case, Tauqir was the front man of Musa Gillani who acted as an intermediary between health officials and two pharmaceutical companies namely Berlix and Danas. The prosecution alleged that Tauqir supervised the allocation of 9,500 kg ephedrine from the health ministry to sale locally. The pharmaceutical companies went on to

sell the ephedrine to narcotics smugglers and pocketed billion of rupees. The prosecution also pointed out that Zunair Malik was arrested after investigation disclosed that a sum of Rs 30 million was transferred abroad through Malik’s money exchange firm. On the other hand, Malik’s counsel Abdul Rashid Sheikh argued that ANF had prepared fake records to frame his client. He requested the court to accept the bail plea because his client is ready to cooperate with the investigation agency.

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PTV NEEdS TO LIVE UP TO ExPECTaTIONS, SayS NIzaMI ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Postal Services Arif Nizami said on Thursday that the upcoming general elections were very crucial for the country and it was the responsibility of the state media, especially Pakistan Television (PTV), to give a balanced coverage to all political parties. He was chairing a meeting at PTV Headquarters. The minister said that PTV being the national channel should strive to live up to the expectations of the masses and reestablish its image as a neutral medium. He said that PTV should hire the services of experienced anchor persons who have a strong grip over national and political affairs. Nizami said that during past few weeks, PTV’s coverage of the activities of various political parties had been balanced. Nizami also said that PTV’s English news channel was a good addition that could prove helpful in projecting Pakistan’s positive image abroad. PTV Managing Director Yusuf Beg Mirza said that PTV had set up an Election Cell which would provide latest news and analysis on the upcoming elections. The meeting was also attended by Information Secretary Agha Nadeem and senior officials from the Ministry of Information. AGEnCIES


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OLLOWING the directions of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Interior Ministry on Thursday removed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general (DG) and Islamabad inspector general of police (IGP) from their positions. ECP the other day had directed the government to remove all such officers from administrative posts who could influence the election process in any manner to favour a particular party or candidate. On Thursday, Caretaker Interior

Minister Malik Habib transferred FIA DG Anwar Virk to National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA). The ministry’s additional secretary Saud Mirza has replaced him. The ministry also removed Islamabad IGP Bani Amin Khan. He has been replaced by Capt (r) Zafar Iqbal, who has earlier served as Islamabad senior superintend of police (SSP). Earlier, addressing a press conference, Habib said that his team would do its best to facilitate the holding of free, fair and impartial elections. “We would extend full cooperation to the ECP, and all controversial police officers would be removed from their posts,” he added.

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Prominent national election observation organizations have endorsed international standards in observation of the 2013 general elections in Pakistan, in a conference held on Thursday. Aurat Foundation, Free and Fair Elections Network (FAFEN), Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) pledged to observe elections according to the recognized methodology defined in “Declaration of Global Principles for NonPartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations”. The Pakistani organizations were joined by international associations of citizen observation groups from Asia, Middle East and Southern Africa and by

Democracy Reporting International (DRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Vladimir Pran from DRI said, “The standards used by international and domestic observer groups to assess elections are an extension of the obligations and commitments Pakistan made under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). These treaties include the obligation to facilitate election observation.” Sharing observation plans for the upcoming elections, Naeem Mirza from Aurat Foundation explained that the focus of AF will be on participation of women “We will be reporting on how the authorities are guaranteeing women’s rights. Our special focus will be

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The armoured personnel carrier (APC) at Central Prison Adiala, which ensures safe transport of high-profile criminals to courts for proceedings, has been out-of-order for the last one-and-half month, while police have failed to repair or arrange alternate ways for the purpose. Sources said that police cite shortage of funds for not repairing the armoured personnel carrier due to which criminals involved in highprofile cases could not be brought to anti-terrorist courts for hearings. It may be noted that police failed to bring highprofile criminal Rana Faqir Hussain, involved in a suicide attack on former president General Pervez Musharraf, to court for a hearing on Wednesday.

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arrangements made by the ECP.” Access of voters with disabilities will be under scrutiny of STEP, an organization promoting rights of persons with disabilities. National civil society organizations planning election observation present at the conference acknowledged the importance of adhering to internationally recognized standards for the responsible conduct of their duties as observers. Discussing the importance of the relationship between elections commissions and observers, Zurab Tchiaberashvili, former Chairman of Georgian elections commission, said: “Elections can never be credible and in line with international standards without proper and long-term observation. Simple fact is that election authorities need election observers to support the electoral process.”

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The Islamabad Police have arrested 11 outlaws from various localities of the city and seized a stolen bike, fake currency, wine and heroine from their possession, a police spokesman said on Thursday. According to details, Central Investigation Agency (CIA) arrested Arslan Farooq and recovered fake currency from him. Kohsar police arrested three criminals namely Naeem Ahmad, Akram and Umer Sarwar and recovered 11 bottles of wine from their possession. Bhara Kau police arrested two persons namely Munwar Hussain and Nadeem Chowan and recovered a stolen motorcycle worth Rs 40,000.

The 34th death anniversary of Pakistan People’s Party’s founding chairman and former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) was observed on Thursday with a pledge to continue his mission. Bhutto was hanged on April 4, 1979 inside the Rawalpindi Central Jail (Jinnah Park), which was later demolished and a new prison was built at Adiala by the then military regime. The local PPP leadership, along with a large number of party workers participated in the event. Quran Khawani was held at 10 am in Jinnah Park and food was also

distributed among the participants. The function was arranged by the local PPP leadership. Former Baitul Maal managing director Zumrad Khan, on the occasion, said ZAB devoted his life to the people and to democracy. “He created awareness about the social, civil, economic and political rights among the masses and stabilised the country by uniting the four provinces,” he added. Speaking at the occasion, PPP Rawalpindi President Amir Fida Paracha said that the constitution of 1973 which was passed with the consensus of all political parties present in parliament at the time, was a monumental achievement of Bhutto.

“Bhutto wanted to strengthen democracy in the country and died protecting the rights of the poor and the powerless of the society” he said. PPP leaders, including Central Executive Committee Member Qazi Sultan Mehmood, AJK Minister Abdul Islam Butt, Rashid Mir, Raja Khalid Mehmood, Shujaat Haider Naqvi, Nasir Mir, Tahir Gondal, Khalid Nawaz, Mian Imran Hayat, Jameel Qureshi, Haji Sher Zaman, Sohail Mukhtar and ex-nazims and naib nazims also attended the function. People Students Federation (PSF), People youth Organisation (PyO), Lady Wing (LW) People Lawyers Forums (PLF)and People’s Unity of PIA also participated in the event.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) executive director said on Thursday that the commission was trying to resolve the issues being faced by the higher education sector in Pakistan. During the meeting, Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academics Staff Association (FAPUASA) office bearers showed deep concern over the financial crisis being faced by the higher education sector of Pakistan. They demanded that at least 4 percent of GDP should be spent on education and 25 percent of total allocated budget for education should be spent on higher education. They were of the view that due to untimely release of higher education funds, the employees of public sector universities were not getting their salaries and development projects were being affected. It was also demanded that the federal government supplementary grant may be approved against the 20 percent recent increase in salaries for all the employees of public sector universities. In addition, FAPUASA office bearers discussed restoration of 11 terminated faculty members of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University in Benazirabad. The HEC chairman assured that this issue would be taken up by the HEC. FAPUASA also raised the issue of a uniform criterion for the appointment of vice chancellors throughout the country. “Experienced academicians with PhDs should be appointed through a transparent and merit based process. No retired person should be appointed on administrative posts,” they said.


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ISraELI TrOOPS GUN dOWN PaLESTINIaN yOUTHS IN WEST BaNK TEL AVIV: Israeli troops have shot dead two Palestinian youths in the occupied West Bank as confrontations entered a third day following the death of a prisoner in an Israeli jail. The body of Naji Balbisi, 17, a cousin of 16-year-old Amer Nassar who was also shot dead in clash at a military roadblock at Tulkarem in the north of the Palestinian territory, was discovered early on Thursday morning, officials said. The Israeli army said troops fired on Palestinians who threw fire bombs at a guard post in the area after dark on Wednesday, but did not confirm the teenager was killed by them. The army said it was investigating the incident, which left at least one other Palestinian wounded. Tensions have risen rapidly in the West Bank and Gaza Strip following the death from cancer on Tuesday of Maysara Abu Hamdeya, 64, who was serving a life sentence in an Israeli jail. Palestinians accuse Israel of withholding care from the man and failing to release him after diagnosing that his illness was terminal. Israel said it followed normal procedures. Abu Hamdeya was convicted for a planned attack on a Jerusalem cafe in 2002. In the southern West Bank city of Hebron, where Abu Hamdeya is to be buried on Thursday, Israeli forces clashed with dozens of Palestinian protesters on Wednesday, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at men throwing stones and petrol bombs. AGEnCIES

N KOrEa’S TWITTEr aCCOUNT HaCKEd aMId TENSION SEOuL: Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites Thursday, as tensions rose on the Korean Peninsula. The North's Uriminzokkiri Twitter and Flickr accounts stopped sending out content typical of that posted by the regime in Pyongyang, such as photos of North's leader Kim Jong Un meeting with military officials. Instead, a picture posted Thursday on the North's Flickr site shows Kim's face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reads: "Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death." Another posting says "We are Anonymous" in white letters against a black background. Anonymous is a name of a hacker activist group. A statement purporting to come from the attackers and widely circulated online said that they had compromised 15,000 user records hosted on Uriminzokkiri.com and other websites. The authenticity of the statement couldn't be confirmed, but the North's official website did not open Thursday. Tweets on the North's Twitter account said "Hacked" followed by a link to North Korea-related websites. One tweet said "Tango Down" followed by a link to the North's Flickr page. North Korea opened its Twitter account in 2010. It has more than 13,000 followers. The North uses the social media to praise its system and leaders and also to repeat commentaries sent out by North's official Korean Central News Agency. AGEnCIES

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late on Tuesday night. Earlier, the storm had dumped 15cm of rainfall on the capital, Buenos Aires. Local officials said at least 48 people were killed in La Plata, six in Buenos Aires and two in its suburbs. The Red Cross said most of the victims had been elderly people who drowned in their homes. So far, only half of the bodies have been identified and rescue workers fear the number of dead may rise as more bodies are found as the flood waters recede. FeAr oF LooTIng: Firefighter Federico Langone said in some areas of La Plata, the flood waters had reached a height of 1.5m (5ft). More than 3,000 people had to leave their homes and 80,000 still do not have electricity, with two of La Plata's hospitals also affected by the power cuts. On Wednesday night, some of La Plata's residents set up roadblocks to "protect their neighbourhoods from looters". President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Wednesday visited Tolosa, the worst affected neighbourhood of La Plata, where she grew up and where

UK urges Saudi arabia to withdraw sentencing a man to be paralysed LonDon: The UK has urged Saudi Arabia not to carry out a reported sentencing of paralysis for a Saudi man as punishment for paralysing another man. A Foreign Office spokesperson said London was "deeply concerned" by the sentence, describing it as "grotesque". Such punishment was "prohibited under international law", the official added. Saudi media reports earlier said the 24-year-old man could be paralysed from the waist down if he could not pay his victim £250,000 in compensation. Ali al-Khawahir was 14 when he stabbed a friend in the back in the Eastern Province town of al-Ahsa. He has been in prison for 10 years. The judge in the case has reportedly interpreted the Islamic law of qisas, or retribution, that Saudi Arabia follows as meaning that he in turn could face being paralysed. AGEnCIES

her mother still lives. Ms Fernandez acknowledged residents' fears and promised to increase security. Before her arrival, dozens of people had looted a supermarket. Three police officers were injured in scuffles with people trying to break into two other supermarkets. Officials said 400 extra police officers and soldiers would be deployed to La Plata. cLeAn-uP: In Buenos Aires, where the rains had been at their worst overnight Monday to Tuesday, the floods have begun to recede and residents have started the clean-up. Damp clothes and furniture were piled by roadsides as neighbours assessed the damage to their homes. Mayor Mauricio Macri said about 350,000 people had been affected by the torrents of rain. Hundreds are still in shelters. Pope Francis, an Argentine, has called on the authorities to step up their assistance to those left homeless by the storm. The Pope sent a telegram to his newly appointed successor as Buenos Aires Archbishop, Mario Poli, saying he was praying for those who died, their families and survivors of the disaster.

Top Swedish judge defends Wikileaks' assange STockhoLM: A senior Swedish judge has said that the sex crime allegations against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange are "a mess", and praised him for leaking classified US documents. Speaking on Tuesday, Stefan Lindskog, chairman of the Supreme Court of Sweden, also listed legal obstacles to extraditing the 41-year-old Australian to the United States to face prosecution for exposing thousands of classified documents. AGEnCIES

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North Korea has shifted a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korea's foreign minister says. Kim Kwan-jin played down concerns that the missile could target the US mainland, and said the North's intentions were not yet clear. Pyongyang earlier renewed threats of a nuclear strike against the US, though its missiles are not believed to be capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The US is responding

to North Korea by moving missile defence shields to Guam. Meanwhile Russia said Pyongyang's attempts to "violate decisions of the UN Security Council are categorically unacceptable". "This radically complicates, if it doesn't in practice shut off, the prospects for resuming six-party talks," foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement on Thursday. The talks involving North and South Korea, the US, Russia, China and Japan were last held in late 2008. uS rAMPS uP DeFenceS

over n koreA ThreATS: The North Korean army has warned Washington that its military has been cleared to wage an attack using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons. "The moment of explosion is approaching fast," the military said, warning that war could break out "today or tomorrow". The statement, carried by the Korean Central News Agency early on Thursday, said troops had been authorised to counter US aggression with "powerful practical military counteractions". The warning, the latest in a

series of escalating threats against the US and South Korea, came after the Pentagon said it would deploy a missile defence system to the US Pacific territory of Guam to strengthen the region's protections against a possible attack. Despite the rhetoric, analysts say they do not expect a nuclear attack by North Korea, which knows the move could trigger a destructive, suicidal war that no one in the region wants. Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, said that he was "deeply concerned" over rising tensions on Thursday.

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ITH general elections round the corner, the solidarity and camaraderie between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Awami National Party (ANP) that lasted for five years seems to be fast fading away. Both these political parties have failed to build upon the relationship they had established as allies after the 2008 general elections. The probable beneficiaries of this fallout is proving beneficial for political rivals, including the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and others in the Peshawar Division of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KPK) province. During the 2008 general elections, both the PPP and the ANP were contested on all eight national and 22 provincial assembly constituencies in Peshawar. The trend would be different this time round as candidates of both the parties were likely to face unfamiliar competitors in familiar territory. In the 2008 elections, the ANP had

managed to bag four out of eight NA seats from Peshawar, Nowshera and Charsadda, while three seats went to the PPP and one to Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao, now renamed as Qaumi Watan Party (QWP). In the provincial assembly, the ANP dominance was more profound: out of 22 it grabbed 14 seats, as six were won by the PPP and two by its Sherpao splinter. So far, the ANP, PPP, JUI-F, JI and several other political parties have announced the names of its candidates for all eight national and 22 provincial assembly constituencies in the Peshawar Division, including candidates for the crucial Nowshera and Charsadda districts. Meanwhile, the PPP leadership was keen to continue with its time-tested policy of making sure that all of its former MPA’s were kept happy, whereas the ANP has made drastic changes in its candidates list, according to which former MNA Arbab Mohammad Zahir along with two MPs namely Ateefur Rahman and Aurangzeb, and Fazal Shakoor from Charsadda have been replaced with fresh faces. To keep their chances alive and thriving, the ANP had decided to nominate young Taimoor Khan from Charsadda, thus pitching him against former federal interior minister

Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao. It is important to mention here that Taimoor Khan had served as an MPA in the outgoing parliament. The catch here is that Sherpao had already won against an extremely strong candidate, Bashir Omarzai, in the 2008 general elections. In that backdrop, Taimoor Khan seemed like fair game for the experienced Aftab Sherpao. So far, no election alliance has been forged between the five important political parties at the KPK level. However, hobnobbing amongst leaders of the JUI-F and PML-N, and PTI and JI has been going on for seat to seat adjustment. Though it was very difficult to predict the impact of such alliances in the near future, but it was not hard to predict that the failure of these alliances would only be to the benefit of the ANP and the PPP, as both have since long enjoyed a strong position in and around Peshawar valley. Furthermore, the ANP was being consistently pestered by candidates of Aftab Sherpao’s QWP in half of Charsadda. It is pertinent to mention here that Sherpao’s party had earlier lost two important personalities, namely Pervez Khattak and Iqbal Hussain Khattak, who decided to opt for the dynamic and youthful PTI over him. The

QWP was presently finding itself in a tight squeeze, as it could only fight from two provincial assembly constituencies in Peshawar. Moreover, the ANP had also earlier lost some of its heavy weights, including Hasham Babar and Fazal Shakoor, while most recently, some of the aspiring candidates have revolted against the parliamentary board. Though the ANP was weak in the face of strong PPP candidates nominated from Peshawar and Nowshera districts, but the nationalist party was proving to be a giant in its own backyard of Charsadda where no other party seemed to be in a position to pull it down. While, the PPP and the ANP leaderships were claiming maximum popular support in the above mentioned districts, the rival political parties have doubled their efforts to make inroads into the loyal vote banks associated with both the political parties. As alliances are forged and broken by all political parties in the KPK province, the position of ANP on most National and Provincial Assembly seats seemed more stable than any other political party that were pushing hard to gain as much ground as possible before election fever grips the whole nation.

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Showing dissatisfaction over the performance of Ministry of National Harmony in relevance to the Badami Bagh incident, Senate’s Standing Committee for National Harmony has demanded capital punishment against all those misusing the blasphemy law. A member of the committee, Kamran Michael pointed out that anyone could be easily accused of blasphemy under the existing law. Meeting of Senate’s Standing Committee for National Harmony was held under the chairmanship of Mir Muhammad Ali Rind in the Parliament House on Thursday. Members of the committee, Ministry for National Harmony Secretary and high-ups of the Punjab Government also attended the meeting. The committee also stressed upon the need for legislation on preventing incidents similar to Badaami Bagh. Punjab Police DIG told the meeting that the Punjab Government secured the locals of Badaami Bagh and gave Rs 500,000 to each of the affected families. Lahore DCO said that the provincial government had built houses for the victims by March 22. “In addition, the condition of the churches was also restored,” the deputy commissioner maintained.

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When certain national and international institutions have declared drone attacks a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, how can the government be so negligent on the issue, questioned Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Thursday, during hearing of the case on drones attacks. Pakistan Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed is the petitioner in the case. Justice Bandial said United Nations (UN) commissions that visited Pakistan in March proclaimed drone attacks as illegal. In addition, Human Rights Watch expressed concerns on the transparency of these attacks, and the Parliament also confirmed their illegality through passage of two resolutions, he said, adding that the government should raise the issue at the international level. He said innocent people including children and women were, and are still, being killed in these attacks. Deputy Attorney General yasmeen Sehgal said the LHC did not have the prerogative to hear the case and only the Parliament and the Supreme Court could deal with the issue at hand. At this, the LHC CJ questioned whether FATA, which is targeted by drones, is part of Pakistan. He said the children killed by drones are children of the nation. Sehgal further said Hafiz Saeed lived in Punjab and had no right to take up the case. In reply Justice Bandial said Saeed is a citizen of Pakistan and any citizen can approach any of the national courts. The people directly assaulted by drones cannot approach courts on their own, he added. Sehgal said she needed time to take directions from the newly appointed caretaker government on the matter, following which. Justice Bandial adjourned the case till April 18.

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Grouping and alienation of party members on the issuance of party tickets has not affected political parties as badly as it has affected Pakistan People’s Party in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The PPP, which had been struggling at the hands of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf, is now suffering from rifts exists amongst its own ranks throughout KPK. Although PPP KPK President Anwar Saifullah Khan and his aides are of the view that the growing rifts and differences amongst the party ranks would not affect PPP in the upcoming general elections but the situation is rather bleak. While Anwar Saifullah is busy solving rifts in his native districts of Lakki Marwat and Bannu, he is yet to resolve disputes elsewhere in KPK. Similar rifts and divisions have come to the surface in other parties like Awami National Party, Pakistan Muslim League-N, Jamiat Ulema-a-Islam-F, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Jamaat-e-Islami. While the ANP and PTI are looking for ways to resolve rifts, the leadership of

PML-N and JUI-F seem to have adopted silence over the allegations of possible break-ups among party ranks. In Dera Ismail Khan, former provincial minister Samiullah Khan Alizai is not only contesting polls as an independent candidate but has also entered into an alliance with JUI-F against former national assembly deputy speaker Faisal Karim Khan Kundi. A similar situation exists in Tank, where Dawar Kundi is showing reluctance to support Ahmad Kundi against Maulana Fazalur Rahman on the National Assembly seat. Ahmad Kundi is Faisal Karim Karim Kundi’s younger brother. Although cracks have emerged amongst PPP ranks, JUI-F has already started the healing process. JUI-F has nominated Maulana Lutafur Rahman on two provincial assembly seats from Dera Ismail Khan, making him a favourite for the slot. Lutafur Rahman is Maulana Fazalur Rahman’s younger brother. In Peshawar, PPP has announced Zulfikar Afghani as the party’s candidate for NA 1. Earlier, PPP nominated Azam Afridi but certain elements from Peshawar, especially non-Pakhtuns, op-

posed the decision. For the provincial seats, two PPP diehards Anwar Khan Saafi and Nazim Sharif Khan have opposed the awarding of tickets to Syed Zahir Ali Shah and Iftikhar Jaghra respectively. As a result Saafi has decided to contest the elections independently, whereas Sharif has deflected to JUI-F. A similar is prevalent in Mardan where a large number of PPP stalwarts and workers are unhappy with the awarding of tickets to Zeeshan Khan, Imtiaz Shagai and Sher Afghan Khan for provincial Assembly and Khanzada Khan for national assembly. In Malakand, PPP seems divided over one national and two provincial assembly seats, thus to the benefit of Jamaat Islami. In Nowshehra, PPP suffered a setback when its former provincial president Senator Sardar Ali Khan decided to make his son contest the elections as an independent candidate. Earlier, PPP lost Daud Khattak, Shahid Khattak, Pervez Khattak and Iqbal Hussain Khattak and now PPP workers from all over Nowshehra have reservations over the nomination of candidates Tariq Khattak and Baseer Khattak.

OGRA Finance Member Mir Kamal Farid Bajarani on Thursday fled from the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench after his interim bail was cancelled in a Rs 84 billion corruption case. According to details, a division bench comprising Justice Anwarul Haq and Justice Abdul Sami Khan cancelled the interim bail of Kamal Farid Bajarani who is an accused in Ogra corruption case. Soon after the cancellation of his bail, Bajarani succeeded in fleeing from the court. According to witnesses, no effort was made by the police or NAB authorities to arrest Bajrani while he made his way out of the high court. Bajarani is co-accused with Tauqir Sadiq, former chairman OGRA in a 84 billion corruption scam. NAB has filed a reference in Accountability Court (AC) Rawalpindi against Tauqir Sadiq, Kamal Farid Bajarani, Mansoor Muzaffar and several others. It may be mentioned here that the prime accused, Tauqir Sadiq, has not been arrested and brought back to Pakistan so far despite the orders of the Supreme Court.

5.9 magnitude earthquake hits parts of Pakistan ISLAMABAD OnLInE

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake jolted Punjab, Islamabad and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as the adjoining tribal belt and Azad Kashmir. According to news reports, the tremors were felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Swat, Azad Kashmir, Chitral, Kurram Agency, Lower Dir, Battagram, Mianwali, Shangla, Mardan, Murree, Malakand division, Nowshera and other areas. Furthermore, 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook Afghanistan and Pakistan with tremors felt in Kabul and Islamabad, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The epicentre was on the Afghan-Tajikistan border at a depth of 225 kilometres, a senior Pakistani meteorological official, Hazrat Mir said. “The quake was felt across northwestern Pakistan, Islamabad and in parts of Pakistan’s central Punjab province,” he said. The US Geological Survey measured the quake at a magnitude of 5.4 in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan.


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QUETTA: Police personnel stop a female lawyer from entering the Governor’s House during a protest on Thursday against the kidnapping of Supreme Court lawyer and former advocate general Salahuddin Mengal. InP

LHC acquits Christian on death row for blasphemy LAhore: The Lahore High Court has acquitted a Christian man who was sentenced to death for blasphemy six years ago in the country’s second largest city, lawyers said Thursday. younis Masih, 34, a labourer, was arrested in September 2005 in the low-income Qenchi Amar Siddhu neighbourhood of Lahore after local residents accused him of interrupting a gathering of Sufi singing to make blasphemous remarks. Masih’s lawyer, Naeem Shakir, said his client was sentenced to death in May 2007 and fined 100,000 rupees ($1,000), but appealed to the high court in Lahore. “The high court on Wednesday decided to overturn the death sentence and ordered that Masih be acquitted,” Shakir told AFP. “I argued the case in February and put to the court that there is no direct evidence against younis Masih and that the case was based on hearsay,” he said. Blasphemy is a very sensitive issue in Pakistan, where 97 percent of the 180 million population are Muslims, and even unproven allegations can spark a violent public backlash. Rights campaigners argue the blasphemy laws, for which the maximum penalty is death, are often abused to settle personal scores and should be reformed. Shakir said his client would be freed “in a couple of days” after he obtained a written copy of the decision and a detailed judgement. The deputy prosecutor general confirmed the acquittal. AGEnCIES

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HE Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Balochistan government to take effective steps for the recovery of Salahuddin Mengal, former advocate general (AG). A two-member bench comprising of Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed hearing on the Balochistan law and order situation. Directing law enforcers, the bench said that kidnapping was still a routine in the province even after repeated di-

counSel SAyS ig hAS iSSued Strict inStructionS for mengAl’S recovery rectives of the court. To the court’s queries, Shahid Hamid, counsel for the Balochistan chief secretary, apprised the court that the inspector general had already issued strict instructions for the recovery of Mengal and efforts would be fruitful in short time. Hamid presented a report before the bench stating the steps taken by the provincial government for ensuring free, fair and peaceful general elections. A report of CID regarding the missing persons was also submitted in which it was stated that 54 cases had been lodged for 63 missing persons. The report further revealed that of

these missing persons, 13 had been recovered and sent to their homes after recording their statements. The bench was also apprised regarding the rehabilitation of people in Dera Bugti and stated that as many as 1,800 people returned to their homes until now. The bench was informed that a detailed mechanism was also devised for the rehabilitation of these displaced persons and their participation in the upcoming elections. It was stated that an amount of Rs 136 million was being disbursed among these people through National Bank of Pakistan in a transparent manner. The bench praised the trend of all nationalist parties of Balochistan for taking interest in the coming polls. Later, the court directed the provincial government to present a comprehensive report of the mechanism evolved for the homeless people and another report for the recovery of former AG and adjourned further hearing for three weeks.

Fourteen Pakistani fishermen lodged in a central prison after being taken into custody by the Indian Navy six months ago for crossing into Indian waters near Lakshadweep Islands, were sent back to Pakistan on Thursday. “The Pakistani nationals left for Wagah border by train last evening, escorted by Kerala police personnel, after completing the official procedures for their release,” ADGP (Prisons) Alexandar Jacob said. “Kerala police would hand them over to Intelligence Bureau officials, who in turn, would entrust the group to their Pakistani counterparts,” Mr Jacob said. The Pakistani fishermen and an Iranian were taken into custody by the Navy after their boat was intercepted near Kavarati in Lakshadweep six months ago. “They were detained under the Indian Passport Act and the allied laws as they did not have any travel documents with them at the time of their arrest,” he said. Prison sources said since the Lakshadweep administration did not have the legal authority to handle cases involving foreigners, the Navy first brought them to Kochi and later took them to Poojappura Central Jail. Sources said the detainees were released after the IB made an extensive inquiry and confirmed that none of them were wanted in any terrorism-related cases. The fishermen claimed they had sailed a long distance in search of fish and got caught in the ocean currents which dragged them to Lakshadweep. The IB officials informed their Pakistani counterparts about the detention of their nationals. The procedures for sending them back to Pakistan were completed after getting permission from the central government and the local court. “The Iranian national is still under detention as the due procedures have to be completed in his case,” sources added.

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A man cut off the nose and lips of his wife and also broke her legs after a domestic quarrel in Bahawalpur on Thursday. The incident happened in Kotla Bukhsh area of the city within the limits of Alipur police precincts. The woman was admitted to Bahawal Victoria Hospital. Police registered a case against the man and started searching for him.

ECP forms 9 tribunals to hear cases related to nomination papers AppeAlS AgAinSt reJection or AcceptAnce of nominAtion pAperS will be filed by April 9 ISLAMABAD StAFF rEPOrt

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday formed nine appellate tribunals for disposing appeals against rejection or acceptance of nomination papers for the upcoming elections. A spokesman of the ECP said the tribunals have been formed with the approval of President Asif Zardari. The appeals, if any against rejection or acceptance of the nomination papers will be filed by April 9. The appeals will be disposed of by

tribunAlS will diSpoSe of ApplicAtionS until April 16 the tribunals by April 16. Peshawar High Court Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk, Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Irshad Qaiser will hear the appeals of NA-1 to NA-47, Tribal Area-XII, PK-1 Peshawar-I to PK-99 Malakand Protected Area-II, reserved seats for women in the National Assembly and provincial assembly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and reserved seats for non-Muslims in the provincial assembly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Likewise, Lahore High Court Justice Rauf Sheikh and Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh have

been assigned to hear the appeals of NA-48 Islamabad-I and NA-49 Islamabad-II, NA-50 Rawalpindi-I to NA-74 Bhakkar-II, PP-1 Rawalpindi-I to PP-50 Bhakkar-IV, reserved seats for non-Muslims in the National Assembly. Similarly, LHC Multan bench Justice Ijaz Ahmed and Ibadur Ahmed Lodhi will hear appeals of NA-75 Faisalabad-I to NA94 Toba Tek Singh-III and NA-171 DG Khan-I to NA-182 Layyah-II, PP-51 Faisalabad-I to PP-90 TT Singh-VII and PP-240 DG Khan-I to PP-266 Layyah-V. Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh and Justice Shahid Waheed will dispose of the appeals of NA-95 Gujranwala-I to NA-117 NarowalIII, NA-143 Okara-I to NA-147 Okara-V and NA-160 Sahiwal-I to NA-166 Pakpattan-III, PP-91 Gujranwala-I to PP-136 Narowal-V, PP-185 Okara-I to PP 193 Okara-IX and PP220 Sahiwal-I to PP-231 Pakpattan-V. Similarly, Justice Imtiaz Ahmad and Jus-

tice Khalid Mehmood Khan will hear appeals of NA-118 Lahore-I to NA-142 Kasur-V, PP137 Lahore-I to PP-184 Kasur-X, reserved seats for women in the National Assembly from Punjab, reserved seats for non-Muslims and women in the Punjab Assembly. LHC Bhawalpur bench Justice Aminuddin Khan and Justice Ameer Bhatti have been assigned to dispose of appeals of NA-148 Multan-I to NA-159 Khanewal-IV, NA-167 Vehari-I to NA-170 Vehari-IV and NA-183 Bahawalpur-I to NA-197 Ry Khan-VI, PP194 Multan-I to PP-219 Khanewal-VII, PP232 Vehari-I to PP-239 Vehari-III and PP-267 Bahawalpur-I to PP-297 Ry Khan-XIII. Sindh High Court Justice Ahmed Ali, Justice Salahuddin Panhwar and Justice Riazat Ali will hear appeals of NA-198 SukkurI to NA-212 Naushero Feroze-II, NA-215 Khairpur-I to NA-217 Khairpur-II, PS-1 Sukkur-I to PS-23 Naushero Feroze-V, PS-

29-29 Khairpur-I to PS-42 Kamber Shahdadkot-III (old Larkana-VIII) and reserved seats for non-Muslims in the Sindh Assembly. SHC Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai, Justice Munib Akhtar will dispose of appeals relating to NA-213 Benazirabad-I (old Nawabshah-I) and NA-214 Benazirabad-II (Old Nawabshah-II), NA-218 Matiari-cum-Hyderabad (old Hyderabad-I) to NA-258 Malir-cum-Karachi West, PS-24 Benazirabad to PS-28, PS-43 to PS-130 and reserved seats for women in the National Assembly and the Sindh Assembly. Likewise, Balochistan High Court Justice Naeem Akhtar, Justice Hashim Kakar and Justice Noor Meskanzai will hear appeals relating to NA-259 Quetta to NA-272 Kech-cumGwadar, PB-1 Quetta-I to PB-51 Gwadar and reserved seats for women in the National Assembly and Balochistan Assembly, reserved seats for non-Muslims in the Balochistan Assembly.


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ITH the wounds of the Joseph Colony attack in Lahore barely filling up, Punjab has witnessed another attack on the Christian community. A Muslim mob attacked a Christian neighbourhood in Gujranwala and, as with the Joseph Colony attack, the charges and the police response appears frivolous. With Shahbaz Sharif out of the picture, the ‘good governance’ narrative towed by the younger Sharif is being untangled and the brunt is falling on the current caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi. As details have emerged of the frivolous nature of the accusations that led to the mob attack in Gujranwala, it appears that Punjab, if not Pakistan as a whole, is headed for a much more polarized future. The reported clash was between a Christian boy and a local prayer leader over the ‘accusation’ that the boy was playing music on his mobile phone outside a mosque. The prayer leader raised clamour over Christians “disrespecting Islam” and one of those ever ready mobs ransacked nearby Francis Colony. The police, as is now habit, stood by and watched until things got serious. This was despite the new Inspector General of Punjab Aftab Sultan assuring the Supreme Count that “no such incident would occur in the future.” He said there had been 50 arrests for the Joseph Colony arson, while the responsibility had been fixed on one SP, a DSP and two SHOs. However, apparently the message is not going down deep enough in the police ranks who have stood by and watched as another gruesome mob attack was undertaken on Pakistan’s Christian community. While the Muslim mob attack on Francis Colony in Gujranwala may have nothing to do with Sethi, who has barely stepped into his new hot seat, but the pressure will be on him to act meaningfully. Sethi of course has much more to deal with. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which originally nominated him for caretaker CM, appears to have turned about face. Former PPP prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has cast aspersions on Sethi’s neutrality for his refusal to fire retired bureaucrats on key positions in the Punjab hierarchy. It is the PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid that had to come to Sethi’s defense and vouch for his impartiality. Perhaps it is the Gujranwala incident that Sethi’s benefactors would see as closer to his heart, but the shrewder Sethi would do well to weather the political storm brewing about his caretaker CM-ship. Having criticized politicians and governments for their inaction in the casting couch a number of times, Sethi now sits in a seat of power, with the authority to make an impact. All eyes are now turned to the orator par excellence, if he can deliver for the minorities of Punjab and shrug off the political storm hovering around his temporary perch.

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HE war of words has intensified alarmingly among North Korean armed circles after South Korea and its patron, the US, carried out military exercises in the region despite warnings from the nuclear armed communist state to desist from this provocation. While the reaction has been limited thus far to only rhetoric, though frighteningly fiery in content, on the part of Pyongyang, the other side also lost no time in flexing its awesome military muscle by a show of reportedly long range B2 bombers and a couple of the stealth B1s over South Korean skies. Not exactly the wisest steps to take under the circumstances when the North is acting like a disturbed hornet’s nest. To most people, the North, with its closed and apparently xenophobic mindset and a ruling family dynasty that enjoys a near demi-god status among ordinary Koreans, remains a problem and an enigma. Occasionally, reports filter out from defectors or Pyongyang-watchers of the lavish lifestyle of the ruling elite on the one hand and famines affecting various parts of the country on the other. The recent succession of Kim Jong-un to the presidency and tussles between groupings in the communist party and the military for priority of influence over state policy are also cited as being behind North Korea’s apparently illogical and outlandish behaviour. But now it is a nuclear-armed North Korea with delivery systems and sufficient technical ability to launch rockets into space. So its threats cannot be taken lightly. Since Pearl Harbour, a ‘day that will live in infamy’ when Japan attacked the huge Pacific naval base in 1941, the US remains extremely sensitive to any attack or threat of attack on its soil. For the sole superpower that would be a bruising dent to its pride and world image of invincibility. The 9/11 no doubt helped ratchet up that perception into a paranoia. The present confrontational stance will no doubt receive top priority at the UN, whose current secretary general is a former foreign minister of South Korea. But the real player in the Korean game is undoubtedly China, which at times seems unable or unwilling to keep its strange protégé in check, and has so far only issued a mild advice for ‘calm from all sides’. Although it would be the first to be caught up in a Korean conflagration, the demands of geo-politics arising out of the US desire to check China’s rapid rise as the next inheritor of world supremacy, and the American ‘pivot’ to the Pacific from the European-Middle East regions in order to encircle it would no doubt also enter into any Chinese calculations. North Korea with its long range rocketry also checkmates Japan – the US’s other major ally in the region. The volatile situation needs to be defused at once through dialogue instead of launching fifth generation aircraft in the region. As for the North, it should also backpedal from its fiery talk of war and restrict itself to rhetoric alone.

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HE ongoing scrutiny of the nomination papers raises important questions. Before the forms reach a Returning Officer they are already vetted by over half a dozen departments that include FBR, State Bank, Ministry of Housing and Works, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Capital Development Authority (CDA), Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited (SSGPL), National Telecommunication Department, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Estate Officers who deal with the Punjab, Sindh, KP and Kashmir houses in Islamabad. No tax-evader, defaulter of loan, utility bills and government dues, or a beneficiary of written-off loans or a NAB convict can get through the net unless he is able to perform a Houdini act. If the idea behind the scrutiny is to cleanse the system and ensure the candidate’s financial integrity this should be enough. All those passing the test should be declared eligible. But there comes another test then. The threat of Article 62 looms ahead. The way the Article is being applied indicates that the idea is to keep those with liberal view out of the political arena. This was in fact the purpose behind its inclusion in the constitution by General Ziaul Haq. Clauses (d), (e) and (f) of the Article can be stretched to any extent by an interpreter. Clause (d) requires that the candidate is “of good character and is not commonly known as one who violates Islamic injunctions.” This begs several questions: Are card and chess playing, kite flying, betting on horse races or pigeon flights to be considered worthy of moral turpitude? Are going to films, hearing or playing music and shaving the beard violations of Islamic injunctions? Even the ulema are divided over what really constitutes a violation of Islamic injunctions. Keeping dogs as pets is considered un-Islamic by the Saudi Salafis. They have also banned women from driving cars on the same ground. The Afghan Taliban banned football by young males wearing shorts. The TTP considers singing or listening to music

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and viewing videos as violation of Islamic junctions. It also puts shaving the beard in the same category. The extremist network has torched scores of music and video shops and barbers’ saloons. Who will determine what constitutes Islamic injunctions – the Taliban, the Supreme Court or the Parliament? According to Clause (e) a candidate must have adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and practices, obligatory duties prescribed by Islam as well as abstain from major sins. The clause needs to be eliminated altogether as it puts quite a huge chunk of Pakistanis out of the electoral race. The clause ignores that non-practicing Muslims as well as nonconformists and nonbelievers also live in this country. A cursory survey of attendance in mosques would show that many more people fail to offer prayers than those who do. Offering prayers five times a day is an obligatory duty. Interestingly while Article 62 makes all these requirements from the politicians, it excludes the judges, bureaucrats and military officers from its purview. Clause (f) requires a public representative to be “sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law.” Again all these terms are relative and subjective. They leave too much to the interpreter. The way the ROs are interpreting the provisions of Article 62 should be an eye opener. Media reports show that the questions put to politicians amount to a religious studies examination. Excerpts from a newspaper would make an entertaining study. “In Lahore, aspiring candidate Tayyaba Sohail Cheema was told by the provincial election commissioner Punjab that she didn’t look her age. “you don’t seem to be 35, show your face to all around so that people can see that you seem much younger,” the judicial official directed her. “Another candidate, Saadia Sohail, who was accompanied by her husband Shahid Sohail, got a lesson in parenting. “When your wife will become MNA or MPA, all the arrangements at your home will be ruined and no one will be there to attend your children and they will be ruined,” the same gentleman told her husband. “On the other hand, aspiring candidate Shoaib Khan Niazi of NA-121, used

the occasion to profess his love for his wife. When asked by the Returning Officer…if he had any children, Niazi replied that he did not. He went on to tell the court that he had a wife whom he loved very much and who loved him in return. “I am nothing without my wife,” said Niazi. Seemingly satisfied with this response, the RO then asked him if he offered prayers to which Niazi candidly replied that he did not.” The reporter commented that the scrutiny of electoral hopefuls has seemingly turned into a theatre of the absurd. Article 62 was the brainchild of military dictator Ziaul Haq as were several other laws militating against women and minorities. The idea behind these “Islamic” provisions was to project the dictator as a champion of Islam and thus provide legitimacy to his military rule. Zia miserably failed to achieve the aim. Even his ardent supporters like the Sharif’s stopped attending his death anniversary after a couple of years. They are now apologetic about the support they extended to the dictator. The so-called ‘Islamic’ provisions however created an environment conducive to the spread of extremism and militancy. Musharraf’s legacy continues to play havoc in the country. The candidates of the previous ruling party and the opposition who are being grilled deserve the treatment. The PPP and PML-N could have removed the controversial Article 62 and Article 63 or drastically amend them. They brought about a number of constitutional amendments but shrank back from touching the two Articles. They pandered to the extremist sentiments. Perhaps they also hoped to use them against their political opponents. Opportunism still runs deep in the political elite irrespective of which party they belong to. In 2007, Imran Khan declared that only angels could pass the test of Article 62. He now supports it as it hurts the PTI’s opponents. While the constitution is to be implemented, being a part of the basic law does not make a provision sacrosanct. There are enough black laws on the statue book: the notorious FCR being one. The same is the case with Article 62. There is a need to replace it with a more judicious amendment in sync with the spirit of the times.

In 2007 Imran Khan declared that only angels could pass the test of Article 62. He now supports it as it hurts the PTI’s opponents.

The writer is a political analyst and a former academic.

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a pillion rider’s woe The Sindh government`s latest effort to ostensibly curb rising street crime abd killings in Karachi comes in the form of a ban on pillion riding. This ban has been imposed times and again in order to improve the law and order situation but the state of affairs in Karachi has gone from bad to worse. While it is true that most street crimes are committed by men on motorcycles, banning pillion riding is no solution. A large number of Karachites use motorcycles to go to work and to visit their dear ones. There are over 1.2 million registered motorcycles in the city, which carry over 2 million commuters daily. The ban does not take into account the inconvenience caused to a sizeable chunk of Karachi`s commuting and working population. Why do authorities punish ordinary people for a problem which should be resolved by better policing and law enforcement?

MUHAMMED ZAFIR ZIA Karachi

Turkish plays in Pakistan I would like to draw the attention of authorities concerned to the increasing Turkish plays in Pakistani channels. Turkish plays are increasingly being telecast in Pakistan. For example, the dramas “Noor” and “Manahil aur Khalil.” However, the culture portrayed by these dramas does against Islamic culture. These dramas promise western culture. They advertise the use of drugs, drinking alcohol and wearing inappropriate clothing. I hope the government and related departments will take serious action against the telecast of these dramas. MEHWISH NOOR Jinnah University for Women Karachi


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LECTION Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) implementation of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution deserves a 10-minute standing ovation all over Pakistan, for it has aptly demonstrated how the two articles can be used to filter out the righteous in the country. The articles showcase who warrants a place in the Parliament and who deserves to be given the boot, in turn telling us who is fit enough to be a politician and who isn’t. ECP’s viva voce ensures that only the able rise to the top. I am amazed that no one has thought of implementing these articles in other professional realms. If you have such a foolproof mechanism in place to sift the competent from the inept, you pretty much have a one-pronged solution to ascertaining that only the deserving get a chance to serve the country. Here’s how application of Articles 62 and 63 can enhance professions in Pakistan by making them go through various tests… Scientists Candidates will be tested for their ability to use water as a fuel. Furthermore, special preference would given to those applicants who can prove that the covalent bonding between Hydrogen and Oxygen molecules in Aab-e-Zamzam ensures that the shared electrons align themselves in such a way so as to read “Allah,” according to the Arabic text. Those who can elucidate that smart phone technology was conjured by the Arabs 1,400 years ago, thanks to divine inspiration, will have front row seats in science workshops. Viva voce question: Name any five Muslim scientific discoveries stolen by kafirs. Doctors Candidates will be tested for their ability to prove that all medicine has been derived from religious scriptures, wherein all medical solutions can be found. They will be asked to enlist the most common diseases in Pakistan and the corresponding duas that cure them. Viva voce question: Enumerate the 7,419,263,419 health benefits of praying five times a day Barbers Candidates will be tested for their ability to

crop out various beard styles, like for instance the Muhammad Bin Qasim cut, Sultan-e-Room chop and the Mawan II strip. They will also be asked to give a presentation on various beards and their corresponding level of piety. Viva voce question: What was the average length of Mahmoud Ghaznavi’s beard? Journalists Candidates will be tested for their ability to chicken out of debates involving religion. Those aspiring to be a part of the English speaking media would be asked to showcase hypocrisy and refusal to be brutally honest when commenting on matters pertaining to religion. Their ability to write emotionally arousing pieces on terrorism without addressing its root cause would be well-appreciated. Viva voce question: What is the most effective way of blaming everything that is wrong in this country on the US? Social Workers Candidates will be tested for their ability to be easily offended. They will be asked about the methods of orchestrating mobs to burn down the houses of infidels and of those that insult religion. Feminists will be asked to prove how there is no better means of ensuring gender equality than allowing a man to marry multiple times. Human rights activists will be asked to prove how homosexuality is unnatural despite its presence in a plethora of animal species. Viva voce question: How many days have passed since youTube was banned in Pakistan? Fashion Designers Candidates will be tested for their ability to make shalwars for men that never slide below the ankle. They will also be asked to take instructions from male guardians to design clothes for women that ensure the men’s honour and dignity. Those designers that design burkas, hijabs and abayas that don’t make women look like Ninja Turtles would be disqualified. Viva voce question: Give examples of the type of clothes women wear that can justify them being raped. cricketers Candidates will be tested for their ability to prostrate before the deity after the most minor of achievements. Aspiring bowlers would undergo a checkup to see if they pray sufficiently enough to ensure that their line and length is good, while budding batsmen would be asked to recite Dua-eCover-Drive and Dua-e-Slog-Over-Midwicket. Those failing to thank Almighty Allah in mock post-match interviews would be dumped out. Vice voce question: Which angel was sent down to help Javed Miandad hit ‘that’ match winning six against India at Sharjah? economists Candidates will be tested for their ability to prove that the only way to bridge the national fiscal deficit is by imposing jizya on non-Muslims.

They will also be asked to demonstrate how Muslims should only engage in commerce with the Dar-ul-Islam and avoid any trade ties with Darul-Harb. Those that can break the back of capitalist economic models, by showcasing the atrociousness of interest-bearing (Riba) and speculative (Gharar) trading, will have a part to play in the national Bait-ul-Maal. Viva voce question: Give reasons to support the argument that shifting from rupee to riyal would solve Pakistan’s financial crisis Linguists Candidates will be tested for their ability to give Arabic words fallacious double meanings when they are cornered by reason. They will also be asked to prove that unlike every other language it is virtually impossible to translate Arabic accurately. It would also be examined whether or not candidates can prove that those who read Arabic scriptures regularly have more of a tendency to misinterpret it than those who virtually never go through them. Viva voce question: Why is Arabic the easiest language to take out of context? Marketers Candidates will be tested for their ability to market outdated brands and making them appealing to consumers in the 21st century as well. They will be asked to hide the controversial side of their products and mould them into appearing different to what they are. Those passing the test will be asked to promote the most popular brand in Pakistan on their own TV show. Viva voce question: Would you prefer Peace TV or QTV? historians Candidates will be tested for their ability to portray imperialist Arabs as national heroes and the guardians of our territory as our enemy. The skill of always proving Muslims right and nonMuslims wrong throughout the course of history would also be examined. Rage and irritation while dealing with hard-hitting questions would be a plus. Viva voce question: Was Sikandar-e-Azam, Zulqarnain? Judges Candidates will be tested for their ability to count the number of female testimonies that would sum up to being equal to that of a single man. They will also be asked about the number of lashes various social and religious deviants deserve, and the reason behind ensuring that atheists, apostates, and homosexuals are stoned to death while child rapists are not. Viva voce question: How many witnesses does a woman need for her to fight a case if she is gang raped in the Arabian Peninsula? The writer is a financial journalist and a cultural critic. Email: khulduneshahid@gmail.com, Twitter: @khuldune

O say that the Pakistan Army has been known to dabble in matters that supersede its jurisdiction would be an obvious understatement. The upcoming elections mark a historic moment as it is the first time that a democratic government in a country prone to military coups has completed its five-year term, to be succeeded (almost cernAdIA KHAWAJA tainly) by another elected government. Heavily criticized for its interference in politics, policymaking and other matters of national concern, the Army is often recognized as the single most powerful institution in Pakistan. Tainted by a history of military regimes, democracy in Pakistan is under a constant threat whereby non-compliance with the Army’s agenda might lead to a disavowal of the respective party. While such observances are common place, marginally less attention is paid to the composition of the Army which stands as the proverbial Goliath over a distraught nation. Pakistan’s primary powerbroker, that has historically viewed itself as the guardian of the country’s stability and a “cleansing force” in politics, has an active force of 620,000 personnel (IISS). Out of this staggering number, only 4000 are women and even fewer are minorities. Most of the women are recruited in the capacity of doctors or nurses – a study shows that 3,000 female officers are employed in the AFNS (Armed Forces Nursing Services), 600 serve as doctors in the AMC (Army Medical Corps) and a handful of the remaining officers serve as officers in non-combatant roles in the ISPR, Signals and Engineering departments of the military. The failure to recruit women for combative roles reinforces the normative gender ideals that women are physically incompetent and lack emotional resilience. Furthermore, women are kept out of the strategic planning divisions and intelligentsia, pushing them back into ‘private’, safe spheres that garner the least public attention. The systematic exclusion of women from a powerful state institution alienates them from a sense of ownership and belonging to their country, reinforcing their status as the subordinate sex that needs to be ‘taken care of.’ The contention with the current gender dynamic of the army is not only that women are not recruited, but also that their roles are made invisible. Take for example, that accounts of our major wars tend to cast men as protectors and doers while women are portrayed as passive bystanders – doctors, nurses, wives. The Pakistan Army takes after an elite boys club, actively reflecting the marginalization of women, ethnic groups and minorities. Much of the criticism of the Army’s composition has centered on the disproportionately large number of Punjabis recruited by the army throughout the course of its history. While supposed efforts are being made to draft a greater number of personnel from Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the current structure of the army reinforces that the culture of ethnic supremacy that plagued the country in its formative years has only worsened with time. The intersection of militarism, patriarchy and ethnocentrism has undoubtedly contributed into making the Army the hegemonic establishment that it is today. How can we expect any military government or institution to enact social justice when its very own structure and the values it imbibes are so blatantly discriminatory? It can be argued that military forces, as they exist today, are inherently patriarchal. While increasing the recruitment of marginalized groups and inviting women into combat might seem like the answer, such progressions provoke us to question whether the very concept of an army centered on war is hegemonic. Feminist Carol P. Christ argues that “patriarchy is a system of male dominance, rooted in the ethos of war which legitimates violence, sanctified by religious symbols, in which men dominate women through the control of female sexuality and in which men who are heroes of war are told to kill men, and are permitted to rape women, to seize land and treasures, to exploit resources, and to own or otherwise dominate conquered people.” If we examine the historical trajectory of war and the military, Christ’s definition of patriarchy upholds the agendas of armies more justly than their official mandate of ‘protecting their nation.’ This insinuates that merely becoming more involved in a military force does not automatically liberate women from exploitive relationships. Rather, women who choose to join military forces have to combat both external enemy and the patriarchal attitudes and actions within the military force itself. The reality is that militarism serves to reinforce and reproduce unequal gender relations as military organizations remain distinctly patriarchal institutions by maintaining a sexual division of labor, with most women occupying subordinate positions in the military mirroring stereotypical female roles in the civilian sector. The only time the military actively sought to draft women for assignments other than duties in medical setups was in 2006, during Gen. Musharaf’s era of “enlightened moderation.” However, this instance must be viewed with skepticism since no further steps were taken to induct women in the military on a large scale, suggesting that Musharraf’s decision stemmed from his desire to depict himself as a ‘progressive leader’ rather promoting gender equality. What is especially troubling about the military in Pakistan is that it has an overarching influence in all socio-political spheres. The estrangement of women and minorities from the military means that they cannot access positions of power and undermines any serious attempt at creating social justice. The ideology of militarism and military organizations produce, mobilize and construct gender identities in ways promote patriarchal ideologies and practices. It is time for the Pakistan Army to step away from throne and carry out some introspection – how can it rightly defend its people and combat sectarianism when it does not open its doors to all varieties of Pakistanis? The writer is a staff member of Pakistan Today and holds a degree from Mount Holyoke College.


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FTER giving the industry some of its hit comedies, veteran filmmaker David Dhawan says he wants to bid adieu to slapstick films and make meaningful films. Dhawan, 52, who is behind films like “Raja Babu”, “Coolie No. 1”, “Judwaa”, “Biwi No.1” and many more, said the new filmmakers have inspired him to make cinema which is more realistic and at the same time entertaining. “After directing 40 films in my career till now, I want to make films which are more realistic. Our industry is going through the best phase and the young generation is extremely talented. This is the time for experimental cinema. I am also following the same trend and have decided not to make mindless comedies. I want to make meaningful and entertaining films,” Dhawan said. Dhawan is making a comeback after a gap of four years with “Chashme Buddoor” remake and for the first time he did not cast his lucky charms Govinda, Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor. The film will see a bevy of young talents including Ali Zafar, Taapsee Pannu and Divyendu Sharma. It also stars southern star Siddharth, who made his debut with Aamir Khan starrer “Rang De Basanti” in 2006. nEWS dESK

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T only 25, Abeer Sheikh is coming on strong as an electronic dance music (EDM) DJ and producer with his own trademark sound already established. The genre of music is largely unknown in Pakistan but Abeer Sheikh has been received very well by listeners and musicians in other parts of the world. He is already signed to record labels and appears well connected in places that matter such as Berlin, Toronto, New york and of course in Pakistan. Born in Lahore, Abeer Sheikh began his musical journey at the age of 12 when he started a band with his friends. “Music is my first love and something I never see myself growing tired of. It’s literally my comfort zone or sanctum sanctorum if you will!” he says. After an up-close interview with the talented musician, it’s hard to get a different impression! He had a Beatport top 10 chart topping release “I wanna be like you” on Philip Bader and Nicones label Dantze Records in Berlin -that stayed on the Beatport top 10 charts for a solid three weeks. Only a week following its release, he was signed to Gastspiel Records, Momentum League, Tretmuehle, Budenzauber Records (mostly based in Germany) and Bleep Bloop Records based in Brazil. Abeer Sheikh has also done remixes for Talal & Zoi and has a distinctively original sound that encompasses everything from Chicago House, Deep House, old school disco and techno into one refined package. Abeer Sheikh is without a doubt an up and coming contemporary EDM trail blazer. The Berlin hit-maker talks to Pakistan Today about how he builds grooves, his flare for going into experimental areas with his sound and the utility of technology available at the click of a button that rivals analogue components in any big studio. Q: So hoW DID IT ALL BegIn AnD WhAT hAS chAngeD SIgnIFIcAnTLy BeTWeen The BegInnIng AnD noW? A: I started singing and playing the guitar when I was 12. I was in a few bands and when I was 14 I heard my first Aphex Twin song called windowlicker. That was really when electronic music entered into my aspirations as a musician. It simply blew me away and still does to this day! It was a revelation to realise that I didn’t need a band. I just needed to know the recording and layering process and I needed to know the instruments. So I learnt how to play the piano, drums and began fiddling with synthesisers, learning mostly through trial and error. By the time I was 15 I had two 14 track albums completed that I have never played to the general public mostly because I was an amateur at the time so the quality is low compared to the stuff I do now, having gone to music college and getting an undergraduate degree in music production and sound engineering. Now everything is composed and made with professional industry standard software and the sound quality is at par with the professional standard required in clubs worldwide. I use everything from real instruments to software synths in my music and I’m a huge MIDI fan so I prefer using MIDI to samples so that I can micromanage and fine tune every hit, melody, beat and instrument per my requirements. It gives you a huge array of control that just using samples to make your music does not. So I make my own samples and synths and then use those in my productions.

Q: hoW coMe you uSe your reAL nAMe AnD noT An ALIAS LIke MoST oTher DJS? A: To be honest, I feel my name is unique enough as it is- especially to western people. So I never saw the point in creating an alias or even putting a DJ before my name. I’ve always played as ‘Abeer Sheikh’ and I plan to keep it that way.

the DJ booth which was on the second storey that actually shows the full crowd and the entire set up, which was quite spectacular to say the least!

Q:WhAT WAS The FIrST evenT Q: DID The DJ’Ing coMe FIrST, you ever PLAyeD AT? or ProDucTIon? ALSo WhAT’S A: It was a show at an art gallery in your TAke on neWcoMerS In Toronto where I was playing back to The DJ cIrcuIT In PAkISTAn? back with Talal & Zoi. I was nervous as A: It started with producing music. I’ve hell but it went pretty well! been producing electronic music since I was 14, when all I had was an old Q:WhAT WAS The FIrST yamaha MIDI synthesiser hybrid and recorD you BoughT? fruity loops. The Dj’ing came next, much A: It was a track called “Fresh” by later. It was actually when I went to “Kool and the gang” from the 80’s. I Canada that it started. One of my heard it in one of Magdas sets and housemates had a pair of pioneer cd-j’s decided to drop it at one of my shows. I and I would spend anywhere from four to cut the bass bit out of it and mixed Carlo eight hours at a stretch messing around Lio’s Scylla in with it for the kick, snare with them learning how to beat-match. and bass part. It was pure disco with a One of my biggest complaints with most badass thumping beat and the crowd of the new age DJ’s popping up in went crazy. I still remember feeling Pakistan is they don’t know how to beatnervous about whether it would work match. They think hitting sync and play and when I saw the crowd’s reaction I makes you a DJ. It’s their loss though couldn’t stop smiling because if they manage to land a gig anywhere abroad they’re going to get laughed out of the DJ booth because standard equipment is two pioneer 1000’s, an amazing mixer but no sync button which is their lifeline. Most of them are also just following the trend. It’s the ‘IN’ thing to be a DJ now so suddenly everybody wants to be one! you hand them two cd-j’s which don’t have a sync button ikh and they are lost because they Abeer Sheg at in rm don’t have a clue about how to perfo manually beat-match which is what an event really teaches you how to DJ through the entire set properly and make a set flow because I realised I had just blown the smoothly. Being able to beat-match entire crowd away. manually is a pre-requisite to being a good DJ. Once you know how to do it, Q: ouT oF ALL The TuneS I’d condone the use of a sync button so you hAve, WhIch one you can focus on other parameters of the ‘never FAILS’? music like live sampling and using up to A: Well, I’m not about to reveal my six decks at a time! top three secret weapons for dance Q: WhIch counTrIeS hAve floor annihilation because I’m willing you PLAyeD In? to bet nobody else in this country even A: Canada was the starting point but the knows the artists but if I had to pick largest show I’ve played was actually something people already know ‘Shut Up 4.0’ at Haroon and Hamzas about I’d say “Tudo Vem” by “Gabe”. warehouse in Lahore where we had you can throw that in anywhere and a about 800 to 900 people in attendance. completely dead crowd will suddenly The video is up on youtube. If you come to life and not be able to stop google “Abeer Sheikh live at Shut up their legs from moving. The song has a 4.0” it will pop up on the front page. magic bass line. Never fails! There’s a shot in there of the crowd from

Q: So hoW IS The Scene In your eyeS AT The MoMenT? A: It’s still young and has a lot of potential for growth in the right direction provided organisers who are there just to make money out of it whilst compromising on setup and crowd quality get weeded out which they eventually will. Q: oTher DJS you rATe? A: These days my top 6 in the House/Techno circuit would have to be Stimming, Frivolous, Maceo Plex/Maetrik, Oliver Huntemann, Rodriguez Jr and Robert Babicz. If it’s encompassing all EDM then Four Tet, Dj Shadow and Bonobo would be in there too. Bonobos new album “North Borders” is a masterpiece! Q: WhAT Do you Do ouTSIDe oF The DAnce MuSIc Scene? A: I have a project called Abeer Sheikh & The Wonderband which you can check out at www.facebook.com/abeersheikhandthe wonderband. We’ve done a City Fm 89 live session with a few videos up and have been on Fm 89’s show counter-revolution and moonlight mile, twice. I never stopped playing guitar and singing. This is my project for collaborating with other indie musicians such as ‘Saad Follows’ and ‘Poor Rich Boy’ who also happen to be really good friends. I write pop/indie music with quite a bit of electronic stuff in there. Something like Gorillaz meets Radiohead. I am also currently in the process of completing my second undergraduate degree which is an LLB degree from The University of London. Q: When you PLAy, IS The SeT Pre-PLAnneD? A: Nope. I just chuck an appropriate number of tracks I feel like playing into a playlist according to the number of hours I’m going to be playing for and then bounce off the crowd in terms of what to mix in next. So its 100% spontaneous! Keep tabs on Abeer Sheikh on his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/abeer.music) and his Soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com/abeersheikh). His podcasts and sets are available at www.abeersheikhspodcast.podom atic.com


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Kendall Jenner doesn’t look like a little sister anymore! The leggy, 17-year-old half-sister of Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian shows off her modeling chops in some colorful new photographs taken for Cosmopolitan. Jenner, who’s struck a pose for brands such as Forever 21, Sherri Hill, and Hello Kitty, rocks bright lipstick and her usual long, glossy locks as she tries on some fab looks for spring. She makes it clear in the accompanying interview that she’s more interested in posing in front of the cameras for a photo shoot than being followed by them for a TV show, so fans shouldn’t expect to see “Workin’ It With Kendall” or a similarly-themed show anytime soon. When she’s asked about her immediate future, Jenner is adamant about what her plans do not include. “Not a reality-show spin-off,” she says, breaking the hearts of teenage boys everywhere. “That’s not happening. Modeling is my number one priority — one hundred percent.” Jenner also admits that she has mixed feelings about the reality TV empire that her family has built already. “The show brought us everything we have, and I realize that, but sometimes I just want to be left alone and be a normal kid for like five minutes,” she confesses. “That’s tough when the paparazzi are chasing you.” When she’s feeling stressed, whether because of her fame, her friendships, or even her love life, Jenner says she relies on her family — all of it, not just her sisters — for feedback. “[Khloe’s husband] Lamar is really good at giving guy advice,” Jenner explains. “He always tells me to know my worth and never accept less than I deserve.” nEWS dESK

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HE Times of India on Thursday reported that parts of Amjad Khan’s film on teenage Pakistani education activist Malala yousafzai would be shot in Kanpur. According to details, the film maker will be in Kanpur to seek permission for the shoot and to finalise the locations. In a telephonic interview, Amjad Khan said, “My film will be a tribute to this teenage education activist – she has proved that age is no bar when it comes to courage.” “We will be shooting for at least 15 days in Kanpur and our shoot is scheduled to begin between the dates of May 22-24. I will be coming to the city to meet the administration to seek due permissions for the shooting,” he added. Khan said they would guard the identity of the girl playing the role of Malala for the sake of her security. “At the moment we cannot disclose who will be playing Malala’s role but yes, actors like Danny, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, KK Menon and Seema Biswas are playing strong roles in this movie. We will be shooting in Bhuj, Iran and the USA, apart from Kanpur,” Khan said. The film-maker has also decided to donate the first day’s revenue from the film to Malala’s school in Swat.

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ADy Gaga is back on her feet … sort of. The “Born This Way” singer was snapped strutting her stuff in a pair of black kitten heels as she headed to a yoga class in New york City’s East Village on Tuesday, April 2. While wearing sky-high pumps is nothing new for Mama Monster (armadillo heels anyone?), the fancy footwear likely surprised her fans, since she has been confined to a

wheelchair since undergoing hip surgery February 20. Unfortunately, it looks like the yoga class may have been a bit too much too for the famous pop star to handle, as she was spotted rolling out of the studio in her trusty Louis Vuitton wheelchair. While she only managed to rock her latest foot candy for a brief stint, perhaps it will give fans hope that she’ll be returning to the stage soon. Prior to her surgery, Gaga’s Born This Way Ball Tour was sidelined after doctors discovered that she had a labial tear in her right hip. Never one to keep her little monsters in the dark, Gaga took to Twitter to explain her medical woes. “I’ve been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for sometime now, over the past month it has worsened. I’ve been praying it would heal,” she tweeted February 12. “I hid it from my staff, I didn’t want to disappoint my amazing fans. However after last nights performance I could not walk and still can’t.” Despite being stuck in her fancy wheelchair these days, the 27-year-old, who celebrated her birthday on March 28, certainly gets around. Last week she was photographed being wheeled into Windy City eatery Spiaggo for a celebratory dinner with her boyfriend, “Chicago Fire” star Taylor Kinney. nEWS dESK


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The eerie images of human cells in space which reveal what happens to the body in orbit

There are some spectacular images captured by astronauts in outer space. But these images of inner space, of human cells taken on the International Space Station, offer a truly unique insight of how the body reacts in orbit. This image, titled 'Goldfinger' by scientists, reveals a monocyte immune cell as a translucent, burntorange vision flecked with green. The human cell photo in space was taken under 'simulated gravity' conditions using the European Space Agency's Kubik incubator, which uses a centrifuge to mimic gravity in the weightlessness of space. Immune cells were placed on gold-coated slides inside the incubator. As the cells migrated they removed the gold, allowing researchers on Earth to measure their movements in space. To record this image, antibodies that light up under a fluorescence microscope were added to reveal colours and identify specific proteins. The ESA said: 'Some cells, such as those in muscles and our immune system, are mobile. 'Others, such as those in our bones, are fixed. 'Knowing how spaceflight affects the mobility of cells is important for astronauts and mission designers.' On earth, cell motility depends on the integrity of the internal cell structure, which is known as the cytoskeleton. Researchers from the University of Sassari, ETH Zürich’s Space Biology Group and Zero g-LifeTec found that cytoskeleton changes in weightlessness lead to reduced motility. This process may be one of the reasons why astronauts suffer from weakened immune systems when living in space, the ESA said. It added: 'Humans bodies have evolved to live on Earthly gravity. Astronauts’ bodies adapt to living in weightlessness in many ways. nEWS dESK

Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts. –William Gibson

Smile and the world smiles back. Can looking at faces lower aggression?

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collected the data for an experiment trying to reduce anger by manipulating biases in emotional processing. I was sceptical, but the results surprised me Before I started my PhD, I worked as a "research assistant". That's a fancy title for an academic dogsbody; well, it can be. I was lucky and had some great bosses in the five years I had that job, but sometimes it can involve menial tasks like data entry, or running experiments you think are a complete waste of time. One such experiment, that I was asked to run by my boss while we waited for ethics approval on another study, was published last week in the journal Psychological Science. Shows what I know! It showed that a simple task involving looking at faces and judging their emotion could reduce anger and aggression in a population of aggressive young people, and a group of controls at Bristol University. When I was asked to run the experiment, I was sceptical because it was a novel way to try and reduce aggression. There is a suggestion that antidepressants work by changing the way a person processes emotions, reducing a negative emotional bias that is a symptom of depression. But would the same be true for aggression?

The premise is: perhaps aggression is at least in part caused by biases in emotion perception. So if you see a neutrally emotional face, due to biases in your emotional processing you view that face as angry or hostile. you respond with hostility towards the owner of that face, and, like a vicious circle, they see your hostility and respond accordingly. The experiment was simple. We showed people a series of emotionally ambiguous faces: happy and angry expressions blended together at different ratios to create a spectrum of faces. Those at either end were clearly happy or angry, but others in the middle were ambiguous. Each person will have a slightly differ-

ent boundary point, where on one side they see happy, and the other side angry. If you work out where a person's boundary is, you can then give them biased feedback to try and "shift" it so they see "happy" further along the spectrum than previously. The feedback, "yes, that was angry" or "no, that was happy" (for example), is given after every face is responded to, and is tailored to each individual's boundary, attempting to shift their perception of happy to include a larger range of ambiguous faces. But would this really make people less aggressive? I was tasked with running the pilot experiment. Half the participants got biased feedback, and half got unbiased

Seeking a market for cheap 3-D printers NEWS DESK There is no shortage of amazing industrial commercial applications for 3-D printing -- internal organs, stem cells, artificial limbs, art, cars, customizable furniture. But if you had a 3-D printer sitting on your desk at home, what would you make? Some people know immediately: They'd create physical Minecraft models, make manga figurines, pop out replacement parts for a motorcycle. But most people will likely see a 3-D printer, think it's cool, then have no idea what to do next and move on. That could change, though, as dirt-cheap 3-D printers like the

Printrbot or new MakiBox simplify the technology and put it in more people's hands and home offices. "The market for desktop 3-D printers right now is really makers, professional users and people who have a lot of patience and time," said Jonathan Buford, the entrepreneur behind the $200 MakiBox 3-D printer. The MakiBox attempts to simplify 3-D printing for a more consumer-friendly experience, by lowering the price and reducing the complexity of assembling the devices and minting objects. Amateurs, basement inventors and hobbyists with no experience printing in three dimensions can jump right in and start experimenting

with minimal investment. There are trade-offs, of course. The $200 version uses only the less expensive PLA plastic, which can melt at a lower temperature than other materials. A $300 version of the printer is available that can work with more substances. The final products will be a step down from what you could make with more professional machines. "We're not optimizing on quality because we think there's actually room for 'good enough,'" said Buford. The idea for MakiBox grew out of the Makible crowdfunding site. The project's goal was to connect the dots between product prototypes, crowdfunding, and the eventual manufacturing process. Say a product designer comes up with an idea for a pedometer armband. He could raise money from interested mallwalkers, then be guided through the product manufacturing process. Buford has unique experience in all three areas. Based in Hong Kong, he studied mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and has worked as a toy designer. In 2005, he struck out on his own, crowdfunding a product before starting a co-working space in Hong Hong called Boot.hk. He launched Makible in 2011. nEWS dESK

Body's anti-HIV 'training manual' offers vaccine hopes NEWS DESK The body's own "training manual" for attacking HIV has been recorded by US scientists and it is hoped it can be used to design vaccines. HIV mutates in order to survive the onslaught of a patient's immune system. However, some patients develop highly effective antibodies that can neutralise huge swathes of HIV mutants. A North Carolina team analysed the arms race between body and virus,published in the journal Nature, and has shown how these antibodies are made. When someone is infected with HIV, their body produces antibodies to attack it. But the virus mutates and evades the offensive, so the body produces new antibodies that the virus then evades and the war goes on. However, after about four years of this struggle some patients hit on to a winner by targeting something the virus finds harder to change - an Achilles heel. "Even though the virus mutates and there are literally millions of quasi-species of virus because of all these mutations,

but there are parts the virus can't change otherwise the virus cannot infect - these are the vulnerable sites," Prof Barton Haynes, of Duke University, in North Carolina, explained. At this stage of the infection it is far too late to make a difference for the patient as the virus is hiding in untouchable reservoirs. However, some researchers believe that vaccines that encourage the body to produce these "broadly neutralising antibodies" may give people immunity to the virus.

SuPer AnTIBoDy: The research team's study is based on a patient in Africa who had a rapid diagnosis, about four weeks after being infected with the virus. They were eventually able to produce an antibody named CH103 that could neutralise 55% of HIV samples. It was not produced in one easy step. Rather it was the product of the war of the immune system and HIV trying to out-evolve each other. However, through regular genetic analyses of both the immune system and virus, researchers could piece together each of the steps that culminated in the production of CH103. Prof Haynes said: "What we were able to do was map out the arms race of both virus and antibody, and in doing so we have now a map. This is the first time we've been able to see the actual road map." He said the challenge now was to see if re-creating those steps could lead to a viable vaccine. However, he said it would almost certainly need to be a vaccine combining multiple "Achilles heels" - in the same way that HIV therapies are a combination of drug treatments. nEWS dESK

feedback consistent with where their boundary actually was, as a control condition. They were asked about their mood with a couple of standard mood questionnaires before and after the experiment. As I watched people doing the task, I confidently predicted to myself that those who were getting the biased feedback would be angrier afterwards. After all, they were being told they were wrong a lot of the time! When the experiment was over and we looked at the data, I was astounded to see that the opposite was true. Those who had received the biased feedback had not only shifted their boundary by the end of the experiment, but they rated themselves as less angry than the control group afterwards (there was no difference in anger before the experiment). It didn't affect how happy or sad they were. This is one experiment, and the plan is to replicate it in different groups of people, to see how robust the effect it. Also, while two weeks post-training is a long time in terms of an experiment, it's not that long in terms of the behaviour of a youth with a high probability of offending. It would be great to run the experiment over a longer timescale, and with more realistic outcomes, such as re-offending rates. But this unexpected finding astounded me, and may have really useful benefits. And it just goes to show that ideas are worth testing, even if your data monkey (in this case, me) has doubts! COUrtESy tHE GUArdIAn

World’s largest freshwater aquarium, river Safari opens in Singapore

The world’s largest freshwater aquarium has opened to the public at the nature-themed River Safari in Singapore. River Safari is Asia’s first riverthemed wildlife park. The freshwater aquarium is a 12-hectare park featuring fish and other wildlife from eight of the world’s major rivers: the Congo, Ganges, Mississippi, Amazon, Mekong, Nile, Murray and Yangtze. The aquarium is made at a cost of over USD 160 million. There are nearly 300 species of animals on display at River Safari, of which 42 species are endangered. The new freshwater aquarium measures 2,000 cubic meters and has a viewing area measuring 22 meters by 4 meters. Singapore is already home to the world’s largest oceanarium. SEA Aquarium features more than 100,000 marine animals and contains 45 million litres of water. The largest saltwater aquarium was opened in November. In the Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit, the tourists can wander through a viewing tunnel window measuring 22m by 4m with a volume of 2,000 cubic metres (around 440,000 gal). Animals that could be seen in the park include catfish, salamander and manatees. The exhibit houses 18 different species of fish and animals, including arapaima, piranha and river otters. The freshwater aquarium also has reptiles and amphibians such as Chinese alligators, Indian gharial, giant salamanders and frog-faced soft-shell turtles. The purpose of the aquarium is to create a greater awareness of freshwater habitat conservation by bringing visitors up close to such fish species that are dependent on freshwater habitats. In addition, through captive breeding programmes, it hopes to contribute to the population of endangered freshwater species. River Safari is open daily from 9am until 6pm and tickets are priced at the cost of S$35 (£19) for adults and S$23 (£12) for children once the full range of attractions, including boat rides, open later this year. In the meantime, tickets will be available at a discounted rate. nEWS dESK


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Pak U16 team routs China in asia Cup Hockey LAHORE: Pakistan U16 hockey team opened up its campaign in the 2nd Asia U16 Cup on a rousing note routing China 16-1 in Singapore on Thursday. Pak young side dominated the game with persistent attacking and coordination scoring goals on regular intervals, said the information made available here. Pak goal scorers were, Muhammad Atiq (5 goals), ShanIrshad (4 Goals), Nohaid Zahid Malik (3 goals), Junaid Kamal (1 goal), AdeelLatif (1 goal), Junaid Manzoor (1 goal) and Sikandar Mustafa (1 goal) = 16. On Friday, Pak team will two matches, at 0700 hours (PST) and against Japan at 1300 hours (PST). The matches are being played on a shorter arena with each half of the game is of 12 minutes with two minutes rest with four halves of play. StAFF rEPOrt

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AKISTAN'S cricket authorities on Thursday ordered English-style pitches to help their struggling batsmen prepare for the Champions Trophy, to be played in England in June. Pakistani batsmen had a woeful time on the fast and bouncy tracks in South Africa where they were whitewashed 3-0 in tests and edged out 3-2 in the one-day series last month. Teams from the sub-continent raised on slow, dry pitches have traditionally

struggled in countries like England and South Africa, where conditions offer more help to quick bowlers. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided that after the South African debacle, in which the tourists were shot out for their lowest test score of 49 in the first test in Johannesburg, the team needed intense preparation for the eightnation Champions Trophy to be held from June 6-23. "The committee noted that during the South Africa tour batsmen struggled and considering the venue of the Champions Trophy it was decided that special pitches, which are close to the English conditions, would be

prepared for the training camp," a PCB release said. The 10-day camp will be held at Abbottabad, north of Islamabad, while legendary paceman Wasim Akram will lead a separate 10-day fast bowling clinic in Karachi. Wasim will later join the camp in Abbottabad for a few days, the PCB said. Media reports said captain Misbah-ul Haq had suggested the team should prepare on fast pitches for the tournament, in which Pakistan face the West Indies, South Africa and arch-rivals India in the initial group stage. Defending champions Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka make up the other group.

Rashid asks Younis to quit Int’l cricket LAHORE StAFF rEPOrt

Former Pakistan cricket captain, Rashid Latif has suggested that former skipper younis Khan who was dropped from Pakistan’s initial squad of 30 players for Champions Trophy, to quit one day cricket and to take up coaching of the national side. ‘I feel that it is high time for younis to call it a day as far as one day international cricket is concerned as his careers seems to be over in ODI after being dropped from the squad,’ he said on Thursday . The former wicket-keeper batsman was of the view that such a juncture

comes in every player’s career when he passes his prime in a particular format of the game and younis should retire from ODI and to serve the game in a different role by taking up coaching of the national side. He acknowledged younis contributions as an ODI player and termed him a wonderful player who inspired the national team to success on many occasions. “I see an ideal coach in younis and there is no harm in appointing him as Pakistan’s assistant coach, who can take over when foreign coach Dave Whatmore leaves”, said Rashid Latif.

He said younis Khan is a certified level-two coach as he attended the course few years ago under the supervision of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at the National Cricket Academy . He said PCB is looking for a full time batting coach for the national side before it takes part in the Champions trophy this summer in England . ‘ I think younis is n ideal choice as assistant coach because of his experience in the game and he has the potential to add to the confidence and technique of our national team’s batsmen ‘,he said. He said it is best way to groom younis as a coach and with the passage of time he will polish his coaching skills to become a full time coach.

aJMaL IS fIT TO PLay: PCB AJmAl wAS feAred to hAve A herniA by pcb doctorS, but thAt hAS been ruled out After A recent ASSeSSment

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board doctors have said Saeed Ajmal is "fully fit" and not suffering from a hernia, as initially feared. Ajmal had been suffering from pain in his lower abdomen, suspecting he had a hernia, but a recent assessment by the PCB's panel of doctors have cleared him. The panel had suggested he meet with a sports hernia specialist in either England or Australia to get further clarification. "As far as his hernia is concerned, doctors have ruled out this possibility after consulting his reports," a PCB spokesman was quoted by Cricinfo. "He is resting at the moment and is fully fit to play any upcoming series." Ajmal, 35, has been suffering from mild pain in his lower abdomen for the last two months and was suspected to have sustained a hernia. After the South Africa tour, he was unavailable for almost the entirety of the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup. He featured in the final against Sialkot Stallions, after doctors had cleared him to play. Pakistan's next major assignment is the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June, with a few ODIs scheduled prior in Scotland and Ireland. Ajmal however, in any case, is available for selection. The PCB's doctors have been criticised for their handling of player fitness and injury issues. Last year, before the India tour, Harris Sohail twisted his ankle during a training camp at Gaddafi Stadium, but after an initial assessment, was cleared to travel with the team. He returned without playing any match on the India tour, but was retained for the South Africa Test series, where he redeveloped a strain in his ankle, and was subsequently sent home without playing. StAFF rEPOrt

Pakistan to host first World T20 Deaf Cricket Cup LAHORE StAFF rEPOrt

Pakistan has been allocated the hosting of the inaugural World T20 Deaf cricket cup in September-October next year. ‘ In all ten countries including Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa and hosts Pakistan will be taking part in the grand event which will be held in Lahore‘, said Zaheer ud Din Babar, manager, Pakistan Deaf Cricket Association on Thursday. The mega event was allocated by the Deaf International Cricket Council at its meeting held recently at Dubai. President, PDCA, Raza Rafi, Secretary, Irfan Miraj andZaheer attended the meting which took important decisions for the further development of deaf cricket across the globe.

Zaheer said Pakistan faced a strong competition from India as far as getting the hosting the of the event was concerned. ‘ We gave a detailed presentation to plead our case and the successful hosting of the Deaf Asia Cricket Cup earlier this year Lahore convinced all the stake holders that Pakistan is capable of organising the first edition of World T20 deaf cup. ‘The participating countries of the Asia Cup put their weight behind Pakistan and then the house decided to allocate it to us‘, he asserted. PDFAofficial said they are thankful to Pakistan cricket board, specially its Chairman, Chaudhary Zaka Ashraf for supporting the cause of deaf cricket in Pakistan and internationally. ‘We had the full backing of PCB when we organised the Asia Cup and Chairman PCB has assured his all out support for holding the World Cup in a

trend setting manner in Pakistan‘, he said. He further said: ‘The staging of deaf World Cup will portray a better image of Pakistan abroad and in our presentation we pointed out that fool proof security was provided in the Asia Cup and efforts would be made to organise the World Cup in a more better way'. He said all the delegates of the meeting also visited the ICC headquarters as well as ICC global academy. ‘ We had productive meetings with the ICC development programme manager, N.D.Hobbs and ICC GLOBAL academy manager, David Jenking who assured ICC’s support for the uplift of deaf cricket ‘,he added. He said the ICC officials told them that Games Ruling Body will recognise the disabled cricket including deaf cricket by year 2015 and they have provided the documents containing the laid down criteria to get PDCA affiliated with ICC.


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Attacks such as this are divisive and unhelpful. For the sake of the game the focus should now be on the Blackcaps' upcoming tour of England. – Ross Taylor

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PL defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chased down 129 with ease against the Delhi Daredevils in the opening clash of the 2013 edition of the IPL in Kolkata on Wednesday. Gautam Gambhir played a captain’s knock of 42 off 29 while Sunil Narine earlier chipped in with four wickets for just 13 runs as Kolkata cruised to a six-wicket victory over Delhi. Narine was instrumental in setting up the win after the hosts won the toss and chose to field first and barring a few blips in their chase, KKR made the win look easy in the end. Kolkata lost Manvinder Bisla early on in the chase when a back of a length ball from Ashish Nehra caused his undoing as the batsman completely misplayed his shot and was sent on his way after contributing just four runs. Jacques Kallis joined Gambhir out in the middle and the South African departed after chipping in with 23 off 20 as Shahbaz Nadeem struck, but the Knight Riders were still firmly in control at 52 for two after 7.2 overs. Gambhir continued his charge before he was caught in

front of his stumps by Johan Botha, but at 93 for three with close to seven overs still remaining, the hosts were still in the pound seats. Tiwary was the last wicket to fall and the job was finished off by Eoin Morgan and yusuf Pathan with the pair wrapping up proceedings with a 30-run partnership and eight balls left to spare. The Daredevils struggled in their innings and it was largely thanks to skipper Mahela Jayawardene hitting a scintillating 66 off 52 that the Daredevils managed to pass the 100-run mark. Brett Lee struck with the first ball of the match to dismiss Unmukt Chand with a brutal away-cutter, which sent the off-stump clattering. David Warner contributed a crafty 21 off 19 before he fell victim to Narine, who struck immediately after being brought into the attack. The ball turned just enough to outfox the Australian who edged through to first slip where Kallis took a simple catch. The visitors looked in a spot of bother at 44 for two after 5.5 overs and it was up to the inexperienced Manprit Juneja to stick around with skipper Jayawardene to rebuild the innings. The youngster struggled, though, and was soon undone by

Lakshmipathy Balaji as Laxmi Shukla took a magnificent catch. The batsman threw the kitchen sink at the delivery after skipping away from his stumps and skied the ball to deep point where Shukla made good ground and lunged forward to pouch the catch. The Delhi outfit continued to struggle as Naman Ojha (9), Johan Botha (7), Irfan Pathan (4) and Andre Russell (4) were all dismissed cheaply and the visitors were in all sorts of trouble at 113 for seven after 17.5 overs. It was up to the skipper to try and lift his side to a competitive total and Jayawardene launched a late-assault during the penultimate over, hitting Lee for a six over mid-wicket and a four ploughed through long-on, but couldn't keep it up and succumbed to a full toss. Trying to make room for himself, the skipper chipped the ball straight to cover and had to go with just one over left to play and the Daredevils stuck on 125 for eight. Narine kept the pressure tight in the final over, conceding just three runs from it and ensuring the Daredevils were all bowled out as he picked up a wicket and engineered a run out as the visitors stumbled to a dismal total which, in the end, was easily chased down by the hosts.

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tournament, featuring the best eight one-day international teams playing across 15 matches in 18 days, for the first time since 2004. The opening game will be in Cardiff on June 6 while the final is at Edgbaston on June 23.

SquAD: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Varun Chopra, Rikki Clarke, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales,

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Pattinson a doubt for Champions Trophy

Four uncapped players in England CT squad England named four uncapped players on Thursday in a provisional 30-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales in June. The selectors included uncapped yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, Warwickshire opener Varun Chopra and seamers James Harris and Chris Wright in the squad which will be cut to 15 players by May 5. "This is a balanced squad which will provide the selectors with strong options in all areas and reflects players' performances for both the senior England teams and the England Lions and EPP squads over the winter period," said national selector Geoff Miller in a statement. England are hosting the

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SYDNEY: James Pattinson is the latest name to be added to Australia's growing list of Champions Trophy injury doubts with the fast bowler needing abdominal surgery for an existing condition on Friday. Captain Michael Clarke (lower back) is already facing a race against time to be fit for Australia's defence of the June 6-23 tournament in England, while injury-prone fast bowler Pat Cummins (upper back) appears set to miss out completely. Pattinson, who turns 23 next month, was undergoing the surgery in Melbourne and was expected to return to training in about a month, Cricket Australia (CA) said in a statement on Thursday. "James Pattinson will be having surgery tomorrow for a non-cricket related medical condition in his lower abdominal region that has been troubling him during the latter part of the recently concluded tour of India," CA chief medical officer Justin Paoloni said. AGEnCIES

fresh uproar over Nz captaincy upheaval WILLINGTON: Former New Zealand captain John Parker weighed into the debate about the controversial sacking of Ross Taylor as skipper on Thursday with a scathing report about how the situation was handled. Parker is part of a group said to include several former captains who compiled a nine-page report on the affair, critical of New Zealand cricket chiefs, coach Mike Hesson and Brendon McCullum, who replaced Taylor as captain. Parker's report calls for unresolved issues to be addressed despite repeated urging from New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White that the matter be laid to rest. The document backs Taylor's claim that he was told before the second test in Sri Lanka in November that he was not wanted as captain in any form of the game, although NZC argues Taylor was told he could remain as test skipper. AGEnCIES

Tahir could help end the 15-year jinx CAPE TOWN AGEnCIES

South Africa could unleash a wild card in the form of maverick leg-spinner Imran Tahir at the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales later this year. Tahir has been in the international wilderness since suffering a drubbing in the Adelaide Test last year, where he was taken for 260 runs and went wicketless against Australia. However, the Pakistani-born journeyman may be offered a lifeline to resurrect his Proteas career after he was on Wednesday included in a preliminary 30-man squad for the eight-team tournament. Knights left-handed batsman Rilee Rossouw was the only uncapped player named, with Henry Davids and Chris Morris having previously only played Twenty20 internationals. The squad will be trimmed to 15. Although Tahir has been more of a liability than an asset for the Proteas in Test cricket, especially in terms of his run-rate, he has been surprisingly economical in the limited-overs format of the game. He played five matches in the 2011 World Cup as part of South Africa’s triumvirate of spinners – Robin Peterson and Johan Botha were the other two – and fin-

ished the tournament as the Proteas’ second-most successful bowler with 14 wickets. His strike-rate, and his wonderfully enthusiastic celebrations, were not the only standout features, but also his economy rate of just 3.79, well below the accepted rate of five per over in modernday international cricket. Tahir has not played any ODIs since, as Peterson became entrenched as the Proteas’ premier one-day spinner after the World Cup. Botha sought greener pastures with South Australia last September, hence limiting his international participation. In the interim, Tahir’s Highveld Lions spin partner, Aaron Phangiso, has also overtaken his more senior teammate by occupying the role as Peterson’s ODI understudy during the past home summer series against New Zealand and Pakistan. Phangiso, though, has had limited opportunities, playing just the one match against the Black Caps in a dead-rubber game, which the Proteas sensationally won off the last ball in Potchefstroom in January. It was a competent performance, with Phangiso conceding 43 runs off his eight overs. However, the orthodox left-arm spinner did not claim a wicket, and it is here where Tahir is considered to have the ad-

vantage. The 34-year-old is believed to have the “X-factor”, and could have that “something different” which the Proteas have craved at major ICC tournaments to help them break the jinx that has now lasted 15 years. Although it is often forgotten, South Africa did in fact win the ICC Knockout Trophy in 1998 – the prelude to the Champions Trophy. But while Tahir is no longer “the mystery bowler” that he was at the World Cup in India two years ago, another factor in the veteran spinner’s favour is his knowledge of English and Welsh conditions. He has spent the last decade travelling around the English county circuit, playing for the Durham 2nd XI, Hampshire, Middlesex, Sussex 2nd XI, Warwickshire and yorkshire, to name just a few of his teams. Whether it would be fair to drop Phangiso after just a solitary opportunity, or that a second spinner is even required in the early part of the English summer will be discussed at length by the national selection panel, chaired by Andrew Hudson, in the build-up to the tournament opener, when the Proteas meet India at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on June 6. Another notable inclusion is that of the injured JP Duminy. The talented all-rounder

has still not fully recovered from his longterm Achilles ailment suffered in Australia last year, but has made steady progress and is already batting and bowling in the nets. Duminy’s presence at the Champions Trophy would not only be a significant boost to South Africa’s often troublesome middle-order, but he would also be able to deliver some handy overs of part-time off-spin when required. Meanwhile, Marchant de Lange is another who could use the Champions Trophy as a return to the Proteas. The Titans speedster last played for the national team on the tour of New Zealand at the beginning of last year before suffering a stress fracture. He missed the England

and Australian tours and only recently returned to domestic action with his franchise, the Titans, where he quickly reached the rapid speeds again that shot him to prominence. SquAD: AB de Villiers (capt), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morné Morkel, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe, Vaughn van Jaarsveld.


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Model Town Greens outplay Punjab Club LAHORE StAFF rEPOrt

Model Town Greens has moved into the next round of 10th M Siddiq Memorial Cricket Event wen they beat strong Punjab CLub by 44 runs played at Township Whites ground on Thursday. Fine batting by Ahmed Dar and good bowling by HAris Majid 3/7 including hatrick were the main feature of the match Scores: Model Town Greens 187/8 in 20 overs. Ahmed Dar 76, Saddullah Ghori 38, Kamran younus 18, Daniyal Zahid 17, Waris Khan 15. Sami Aslam 1/38, Hafiz Zahid 3/21, Haris Majeed 3/7 including hatrick. Punjab Club 143 all out in 20 overs. Sami Aslam 31, yousuf Ali 48, Haris Arshad 42, Sahid Ali 12. Ahmed Dar 1/23, Adil Sharif 2/33, Kamran younus 2/13, Akbar Ali 2/32, Daniyal Zahid 2/26.

National Gymnastic in second week of May

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The 47th National Gymnastic Championship will be held in the second week of May 2013, upon the decision taken in the General Council Meeting of the Pakistan Gymnastics Federation held on March 30. The meeting was chaired by Chairman of PGF Khawaja Farooq Saeed. The exact dates and venue will be announced by the President Pakistan Gymnastics Federation after consultation with the colleagues of host Province of Punjab, said an official of the federation. All the affiliated units including Pakistan Army, WAPDA, Pakistan Railway, Police and the four Provincial Gymnastic Associations including Capital Gymnastic Association shall participate in this Championship. After the Championship promising and up-coming gymnasts shall be selected for the National Camp for Training, which would continue for a reasonable duration and the final team shall be selected for participation in the forthcoming South Asian Games and Asian Gymnastic Championship for the year 2013. The Chairman PGF is trying to find out suitable sponsors to associate with the Pakistan Gymnastics Federation for the development and promotion of gymnastic in Pakistan.

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X-CHAMPIONS Sam Stosur and Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the third round of the WTA Tour's Family Circle Cup Wednesday, while Venus Williams had to battle her way through. The second-seeded Wozniacki breezed past Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-1 just under an hour, while the third-seeded Aussie Stosur routed New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-1, 6-2 on the green clay at Daniel Island Tennis Center. Wozniacki, who won here two years ago, only entered the tournament on the weekend, after she and golfer boyfriend Rory McIlroy postponed a trip to Haiti. Stosur won here in 2010, while Wozniacki claimed the title in 2011. “I felt like I really served well and returned well today,” Wozniacki said. “Playing your first match of the year on clay, it's always going to be difficult to slide and move unbelievably, but I felt like I did a pretty good job of that out there and I'm

pleased with my work.” Stosur was playing her first match since withdrawing prior to the quarter-finals at Indian Wells in March with a calf injury. “But as the match went on I felt really good and the way I was playing all came together,” Stosur said. “And of course, I really enjoy playing on this court, so I always try to do my best every time I'm out there.” Williams, the fifth seed who won the title here in 2004, had to work harder to get past 19-year-old Puerto Rican Monica Puig. Puig pushed the seven-time

Grand Slam winner to three sets, Williams-advancing 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. yet another former champion was taken to the limit as seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic, the winner here in 2007, rallied to beat French qualifier Caroline Garcia 5-7, 7-6 (12-10), 6-3. American qualifier Mallory Burdette surprised 15th-seeded 2009 champion Sabine Lisicki 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 in their second-round match. Burdette booked a third-round clash with world No. 1 and reigning Charleston champ Serena Williams.

Ill Watson ‘should be back to her best’ LONDON AGEnCIES

There is a "strong chance" that Heather Watson should make a full recovery from glandular fever and be back to her sporting best, according to an expert. The 20-yearold, who will be replaced as British number one by Laura Robson on Monday, has said she is at the "tail-end" of the disease, which usually affects young adults. Professor Paul Farrell, who teaches tumour virology at Imperial College London, said recovery from the illness can vary from two to three weeks to a few

months, with a sufferer's general health and fitness levels not having any bearing on how long this takes. He said: "What she should be doing is resting herself throughout the time that she's feeling unwell and as soon as she feels well enough she can resume normal activity. "The key thing is that the time frame of recovery is varied from one person to another. Some people literally recover in two weeks but some people take four to five to six months, although that is very unusual. "If she has been clinically diagnosed with this disease she should make a proper recovery. In all

likeliness she will recover and be back to perfectly normal within weeks to months. "Some people get post-viral fatigue but that is quite unusual." Prof Farrell said no one appears to be predisposed to suffering from glandular fever and the likelihood of contracting it has nothing to do with how fit a person is to start with. "It's probably fairly random," he said. Glandular fever is known as the kissing disease as it is passed through saliva. But the illness is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which the majority of people carry from when they are a baby. "Most people get infected when they are very young - babies from sharing a spoon with their mother or from being kissed," he said. "For the vast majority of people it doesn't have any effect, and they carry it in their saliva for the rest of their life. "But if you're one of the relatively few people - maybe about 10% of people in the UK - who was not infected when they were a baby, and your first infection is when you're an adolescent or adult, then you may develop glandular fever. "What the disease essentially is is a very chaotic immune response to EBV, so all the symptoms like swollen glands in the neck and fever are just acute immune response symptoms.

Six matches played in blind cricket LAHORE StAFF rEPOrt

Another six matches were decided in the PCB T-20 Blind Cricket Trophy with three each at Lahore and Peshawar venues. On day two of the trophy, Bahawalpur, Azad Kashmir and Lahore won their matches at Lahore while Abbottabad, Gujranwala, Peshawar registered victories at Peshawar. At Lahore’s Iqbal Park Sports Complex (Minto Park), Bahawalpur won by 8 wickets against Multan. Multan posted 192 runs for 6 wickets in 20 Overs. Zahid scored 75 runs while Ahtesham made 22. Bahawalpur in reply, reached the target in 12.5 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. Muhammad Bilal scored unbeaten 106 and was named the Man of

the Match. Later, Azad Kashmir beat Karachi by 102 runs. Put into bat, AJK posted 321 runs for 7 wickets. Nisar Ali 71 runs while Zahid and Muhammad Jameel made 60 and 46 runs respectively. Wahab Khan picked 2

wickets. In reply, Karachi made 219 for the loss of 9 wickets. Tahir Ali made 54 runs and Tariq Samuel made 49 runs. Irfan Majeed took 2 wickets. Nisar Ali was named Man of the Match. Lahore beat Quetta by 158 runs. Lahore made 348 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Amir Ishfaq scored unbeaten 246 runs. Bismillah Khan claimed 1 wicket. In reply Quetta, managed 190 for 2. Bismillah Khan remained not out on 103 runs. At Peshawar Medical College Cricket Ground, Abbottabad beat Attock. The winners posted 274 runs for 8 wickets. Riasat 72 and Muhammad Haroon took 2 wickets. In reply Attock made 158 runs for 6. Asif Khan made 37 runs. Man of the Match: Riasat Ali. Gujranwala beat Sheikopura by five

wickets. Sheikopura scored 202 for 2. Tahir 96. In reply, Gujranwala reached home in 16th over for 5 wickets. Muhammad Waqas 68 runs and Muhammad Akram 36 runs. Mohsin took 2 wickets. Peshawar beat Islamabad one run. Islamabad made 191 runs for 9 wickets. Zeeshan Gul was the top scorer with 52 runs, Anees 50. Khalid Zubeer took 2 wickets. Peshawar, in reply made 191 runs all out in 20th over. Muhammad Haroon made 36 and Mohsin scored 27 runs. Mustafa took 2 wickets while Zeeshan Abbasi claimed 1. The match was decided in one over per side eliminator (OOPSE), in which Peshawar made 6 runs for the loss of 2 wickets and chasing 7 runs to win Islamabad made just 5 runs.

armstrong set to return as a swimmer

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Lance Armstrong is planning to make a return to competitive sport as a swimmer this weekend. The disgraced American cyclist, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after being part of a doping scandal, is entered for the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships which takes place at the University of Texas. Armstrong is billed to compete in freestyle races over 500 yards, 1,000 yards and 1,650 yards at the event held in his home city of Austin. The meeting is a US Masters Swimming event, and although he is banned for life from all competitions that adhere to either the US Anti-Doping Agency or World Anti-Doping Agency codes, which means all high-profile professional and amateur sport, the lowprofile Austin event falls outside those restrictions. The championships are open to all ages but most competitors are veteran swimmers. Armstrong, aged 41, will be racing against swimmers mostly older than he is. He appears on the start list for the events on the championship's website and appeared to confirm he would race when he engaged briefly in dialogue on the races on Twitter, suggesting he would struggle to break the five-minute mark for 500 yards.


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Inexperienced Czech pair called up for Davis Cup CzECH REPuBLIC: The Czech Republic will field an inexperienced line-up on Friday as they continue the defence of their Davis Cup crown in Kazakhstan. Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek, the players who led the Czechs to glory in last season's competition, will both be absent for the opening singles rubbers in Astana. Berdych is out of the tie due to shoulder problem, while Stepanek has only been named for Saturday's doubles as he is only just back following neck surgery in January. Instead, the Czechs turn to Jan Hajek and Lukas Rosol. The pair have won just one live Davis Cup singles rubber between them. Hajek opens against Mikhail Kukushkin before Rosol, famous for his Wimbledon upset of Rafael Nadal last summer, faces Andrey Golubev. Ivo Minar is named alongside Stepanek for Saturday's doubles rubber. They are due to face Evgeny Korolev and Yuriy Schukin. The Czechs have won their last six ties with their last Davis Cup defeat coming against the Kazakhs in the first round in 2011. AGEnCIES

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Ibra urges Rooney to be part of PSG project LONDON AGEnCIES

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has encouraged Wayne Rooney to swap Manchester United for the French capital. PSG are rumoured to be weighing up a summer move for the England striker who is no longer considered United's top marksman. Rooney is still held in high regard by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson but the arrival of former Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie this season has certainly lessened United's reliance on their onetime talisman.

The evidence was on full show in United's recent defeat to Real Madrid at Old Trafford where Ferguson set his team up to play with only one recognised striker with Van Persie getting the nod ahead of Rooney for the crucial UEFA Champions League tie. Fellow United striker Danny Welbeck was also included in the starting line-up but was deployed in a defensive role as part of Ferguson's tactics on the night. By all accounts Rooney has no issue with the club's decision to leave him on the bench against Madrid but Ibrahimovic feels the 27-year-old has a decision to make in the summer.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp says he can live with Wednesday's goalless draw at Malaga in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie. Dortmund created 13 shooting chances and managed to land seven of them on target, but their attempts to score an away goal were thwarted by a combination of Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero's brilliance as well as some sloppy finishing from the German champions. Mario Gotze, in particular, was wasteful and even squandered a one-on-one chance in the first half when he was put through on goal by Robert Lewandowski's flicked-on header. However, Klopp remains confident his team will finish off the Spaniards in the return leg at BVB Stadion Dortmund next week. "We didn't take our chances and had to stay calm in order to get a result in the end," he said in his post-match interview. "We somehow lost a bit of determination towards the finish and Malaga started playing better. But we gave a good performance against a good team. We had the better chances and a 0-0 draw is a result we can live with." Klopp also revealed that he had told his team at the half-time interval they needed to improve their finishing, and although they did not heed his warning he was pleased with their overall display. "I told my team at half-time that they were playing great, but needed to improve in the finishing department," he said.

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Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter will have to defy the odds if they want to win the Valero Texas Open and then claim a first Green Jacket in next week's US Masters. Only two players have won the week prior to the Masters and then gone on to win in Augusta; Sandy Lyle in the Greater Greensboro Open in 1988 and Phil Mickelson in the BellSouth Classic in 2006. But the Ryder Cup teammates will both be trying to at least get into contention in San Antonio after adding the tournament to their schedules at the last minute - both on the advice of their caddy. "JP (Fitzgerald) was the one that mentioned it to me," McIlroy explained to reporters at the Houston Open last week. "He said, 'If you just play a few more rounds, I think you're going to be ready.' "I didn't really think about it too much and sat down, had some lunch, started to think about it and I texted him and said, 'I don't think this is a bad idea.' Probably took me an hour or two to sort of think about it and decide." McIlroy's struggles this year have been well documented, with the 23year-old walking off the course during his defence of the Honda Classic and losing his status as world number one to Tiger Woods. And although the Masters will be his third tournament in succession - in stark contrast to last year when he took three weeks off before Augusta - the Northern Irishman's poor form does have one advantage.

Mourinho wary of Galatasaray miracle MADRID AGEnCIES

Jose Mourinho warned Real Madrid their work was only half done after they opened a 3-0 lead over Galatasaray in their Champions League quarter-final first leg. Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema set Madrid on the way to victory at the Bernabeu, and Gonzalo Higuain's headed goal extended the advantage they will take to Istanbul next week for the second leg. The wide margin of victory left Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim fearing the worst, saying: "After losing the match 3-0 we need a miracle but in Istanbul we will try to play well and win the match." yet Mourinho will not take the second match lightly, the Portuguese said. "They need a miracle but miracles happen in football, the history of football is full of miracles, why can they not dream of a miracle?" said the former Chelsea manager. "They will give their all to try to pull off a historic result and I have enough experience to know that although I am happy with the result, the tie is not over. I have to convince my players to believe that too." Mourinho added: "The team played well and produced

a professional and balanced performance. "We defended well and were dangerous on the counter-attack. They knew that at this stage of this competition that matches are decided by the slightest of margins, and we were concentrated and played with humility." Mourinho recalled Benzema to his starting line-up in place of Higuain, who started against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Madrid's last Champions League match. He was pleased that both the Frenchman and

substitute Higuain, who replaced Benzema midway through the second half, were able to get on the scoresheet. Mourinho said: "Higuain and Benzema have scored goals and that's great because that will improve their confidence but I would have been happy with their performances even if they had not scored." The coach also rejected the notion that Madrid benefited due to Galatasaray's defensive errors, stating: "The difference was

not Galatasaray, it was Real Madrid, and we deserved to win the match. "When there is a goal so early on it changes the game. They play an attacking style of football any way, but a goal will always make for a different story. They did everything to get a different result." Terim criticised referee Svein Oddvar Moen's performance, above all his decision to book striker Burak yilmaz instead of awarding a penalty following a challenge from Sergio Ramos late on. "Maybe the name Real Madrid affected Galatasaray and the referee did not have courage," Terim said. "The referee made many mistakes. Burak was fouled, everyone saw it except for the referee, but despite everything there is nothing we can do, the result is there for everyone to see." He also rued his side's carelessness in conceding Ronaldo and Benzema's goals, as well as pointing the finger at Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue, who both missed chances to score in the first half. He said: "At this level in these kind of matches you cannot make clear mistakes. The first and the second goals were basic mistakes and then with Eboue and Drogba we couldn't take two clear chances. If we had taken advantage of those moments the match could have been different."


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AKISTAN, China and Russia are perturbed over the stalled Afghan reconciliation process and both world powers as well as Islamabad want a “responsible” US exit from the wartorn country. The observations came in a trilateral dialogue on Afghanistan held in Beijing between Pakistan, China and Russia on April 3. According to diplomatic sources, there was a consensus among officials of three

states at the dialogue that the stalled Afghanistan reconciliation process must be pushed forward and all key stakeholders, including the US and Afghanistan, should support the efforts to reach out to the Afghan Taliban for peace dialogue.

A source seeking anonymity said Islamabad, Beijing and Moscow also wanted the US to ensure peace and stability in the war-ravaged country before the departure of its troops from Afghanistan, which was slated for 2014. “Pakistan, China and Russia, all the three states wants a responsible US exit from Afghanistan,” the source said. He said that there was consensus among the three countries that in case there were no responsible US exit, Afghanistan could again plunge into war and strife that would be detrimental for the regional peace

and stability as well. With its eyes fixed on 2014 for the smooth departure of American troops, the Obama administration is eager to hold peace talks with the Taliban and wants to see the Mullah Omar-led Taliban insurgents talking to the Afghan government. Taliban, however, prefer talks with Washington over negotiations with the Afghan government led by President Hamid Karzai, but they (Taliban) also want the US to first release some of their key leaders held at Guantanamo Bay prison. Another reason for the ‘sluggish’

Afghanistan reconciliation process is President Karzai’s opposition to Taliban talks to all Afghan groups and he rather wants a dialogue only between his government’s representatives and the Taliban leaders. Afghan authorities’ recent accusations that Pakistan was engaged in military constructions near the Afghan border have led to fresh feuds between the neighbouring countries and observers are of the view that this development could also prove to be harmful to the efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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NAuDERO: President Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Faryal Talpur, Bakhtawar Zardari and Aseefa Zardari at the 34th death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on Thursday.

Interim cabinet to discuss security in maiden meeting today ISLAMABAD tAyyAB HUSSAIn

The 13-member interim federal cabinet is going to hold its maiden meeting on Friday (today), with caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso in the chair, to chalk-out a security plan to ensure a peaceful and secure environment during the upcoming general elections. “yes, the federal cabinet is going to hold its first meeting on Friday. However, I am unaware of the agenda,” said press secretary to PM Shafqat Jalil while talking to Pakistan Today. A source in the government told Pakistan Today that the federal cabinet is likely to be given a presentation on the security plan for the upcoming polls while briefings on an energy plan and a budget strategy paper for the year 2013-14 may also be presented. “Since the cabinet is going to hold its maiden meeting, the new ministers would be taken into confidence on measures to be adopted to ensure peaceful elections,” the source said, adding that law and order was of paramount importance for the country. The source added that the budget strategy paper had been approved by the outgoing cabinet but there was a need for the new cabinet to discuss the matter. “The matter may be delayed due to one reason- there is no minister for finance in place,” the official added.

3 frenchmen expelled from pakistan for militant links ISLAMABAD AGEnCIES

Pakistan on Thursday deported three Frenchmen who had been held secretly since they entered the country illegally 10 months ago to fight NATO troops in neighbouring Afghanistan. According to official sources, investigators were expected to question the men in France, where the case was likely to draw parallels with Mohammed Merah, the 23-year-old who shot dead seven people in southwest France in March 2012 after returning from Pakistan. Investigators said Pakistani police arrested the trio on May 28 last year after they entered the country illegally from Iran. They were detained along with Naamen Meziche, another Frenchman of North African extraction previously known to Western security services as a presumed member of alQaeda. “They said they came to Pakistan to deepen their knowledge of Islam and to fight in Afghanistan,” one investigator on condition of anonymity said. Meziche’s arrest was announced last

June but French and Pakistani officials had kept quiet about the other three. At the time, Pakistani officials said Meziche was probably heading to Somalia. However, experts said he had been en route to Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border, said to be an al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold. Investigators believed Meziche could have been taking the other three to the tribal belt close to the Pak-Afghan border. Officials said the three men left France in January 2012, telling their families in Orleans south of Paris that they were going on pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. However, five months later they were detained in Pakistan. On Thursday a French diplomatic source confirmed that the last of the three suspects was now back on French soil, after being deported over the last 48 hours. Their precise link to Meziche, who will also be deported, remains unclear. It also remains unclear whether they will face trial. A new law banning French citizens from going abroad for militant training came into force last December, only after their arrest.

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani held meetings with Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi and caretaker Chief Minister (CM) Nawab Ghous Baksh Barozai on Thursday. They discussed the security situation in the province and smooth conduct of upcoming general elections in the meetings. Kayani reiterated Pakistan Army’s commitment to extend all possible assistance to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for holding free, fair and peaceful elections. The provincial leadership was assured by the COAS

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan on Thursday said that his party respects the armed forces. He said that statement given by Senator Haji Adeel regarding armed forces was his personal stand and did not base on the party’s policy. He urged the party leaders to keep in view party policy while giving any statement. He said further those who will violate party principles will be expelled from the party. nnI

that army would wholeheartedly welcome an all-inclusive election. He emphasised the need for participation by all political parties in the May polls. Earlier, Commander of the Southern Command Lieutenant General Muhammad Alam Khattak briefed the COAS on the security situation and development projects being undertaken by the army in Balochistan.

haLf of Lahore BLacks out LAHORE: Half of the city blacked out after 100 feeders tripped due to a shortage of fuel late on Friday. The power went dead in localities including Wapda Town, Township, Green Town Johar Town, Sabzazar and Thokar Niaz Baig. According to Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) officials, the shortfall had increased from 2,000 megawatts. They also said the National Control Centre Islamabad was also suffering from shortfall. They said, “We need 3,000 megawatts, but we are getting less than 1,000 mega watts. We are facing problems and that is why we have closed the grid stations to save our electricity system.” The officials also said that due to a shortage of fuel all power houses were closed down. StAFF rEPOrt


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