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Govt has a few tricks up its sleeve if all else fails to stop Qadri Artificial fuel shortage, transporters’ strike being considered among other options Rehman Malik says intelligence reports warn of terrorist attacks on long march participants ISLAMABAD tayyab Hussain he Pakistan People’s Partyled government is making covert efforts to disrupt the Tehreek Minhajul Quran’s (TMQ) long march scheduled for January 14 and all measures are being adopted to discourage those who have announced to join the march. A source in the government told Pakistan Today that the government was making multiple efforts to disrupt Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march with the support of the Punjab government. It was Interior Minister Rehman Malik who repeated terrorism threats to the long march of Tahirul Qadri for the second consecutive day on Saturday. Malik told reporters that intelligence reports suggested that there was a serious threat to the long march
participants. Malik also claimed on Friday that there were clues of terrorists present in suburbs of Islamabad where 90 percent Afghan refugees were living illegally. A source in the coalition parties said that there was a possibility that most of the transporter associations would give a strike call to create artificial shortage of transport. “Different options would be used to create artificial shortage of transport. The suspension of compressed natural gas (CNG) is one of them. This would be followed by petrol shortage and later several transporters’ associations may go for strike in protest to the petrol and CNG shortage. This all process may help thwart the long march plans of TMQ,” he added. Source said further the strike call could be announced from across the country to block all
possibilities of provision of transport to the long march participants. he said the coalition partners were playing on both sides in a bid to settle different scores. “The CNG association’s support to Dr Qadri’s march is being backed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), a major coalition partner, Continued on page 04
Democracy is future of the country: PM
rIME Minister raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday said completion of five-year tenure by the coalition government against various odds is a testimony of the fact that politics in Pakistan has matured and no one could harm it. Addressing a public meeting in Chak-
wal, he said democracy is the future of the country and no one could snatch it. The PM said media and judiciary were talking about democracy in the country and military leadership was also pro-democracy.
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Brace for a political drone strike in 72 hours! KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement Chairman Altaf Hussain on Saturday said the nation should brace for a ‘big political drone attack’ in the next 72 hours. According to a MQM press statement, Hussain said this while talking to the MQM rabita Committee in a telephonic conversation. “The drone attack would be so severe that no one will be able to respond to it,” the statement quoted Hussain as telling his party leadership. staff report
Multiple explosions rock Karachi KARACHI staff report
Three explosions struck central locations in the country’s financial hub on Saturday, damaging property but causing no loss of life. According to Karachi police, a remotecontrolled bomb containing 2-3 kilogrammes of explosives was planted outside the office of a political leader in Orangi. Three wheel carts were damaged but no casualties were reported. Another bomb targeted a police van in Mawaach Goth area of Baldia town. According to Deputy Inspector General
(DIG) West Asif Ejaz Sheikh, a hand grenade was hurled at a police van that injured two personnel. He said the police arrested two suspects and seized two hand grenades and two TT pistols from their possession. Earlier in the morning, unidentified miscreants hurled crackers at a medical store in Metroville area of SITE and fled from the scene. The crackers caused a loud explosion that was heard in several areas. The blast completely destroyed a medical store and adjacent two shops and caused a minor crater at the site. The medical store belonged to a local leader of a political party and has been ambushed earlier as well.
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Haj Scandal: Abdul Qadir Gilani moves SC against FIA director
Fog blankets to prevail till Monday: Met office
IslAmAbAd: Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of former premier Yousuf raza Gilani on Saturday, approached the Supreme Court (SC) requesting it to disassociate FIA Director Hussain Asghar from the Haj scam case claiming the officer was not impartial which was required from an investigating officer. Qadir also sought a restraining order against Asghar to stop probe into the authenticity of his BA degree. Asghar had recently submitted a progress report before the apex court alleging that during the investigation he found that Qadir possessed a ‘doubtful’ bachelor degree. In the report, he said the University of Punjab, Lahore, was asked to provide record of his degree in response of which the assistant controller of examination presented the attested record which showed that Qadir had not passed his examination. In his petition, Qadir alleged that Asghar had clearly violated his jurisdiction and acted without lawful authority, especially when he was not nominated in the FIr registered in the Haj corruption nor was his name mentioned in the charge sheet issued against former Haj Director General rao Shakeel Ahmed. Asghar had been posted to Gilgit-Baltistan by premier Gilani but later the SC brought him back and directed him to resume his responsibility as head of the inquiry commission on the Haj scandal. staff report
Seven dead bodies found in NWA mIRANsHAH: Security forces recovered dead bodies of seven persons from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) late Friday night. According to details, the bodies were found at razmak road in NWA, bordering Afghanistan. The bodies were shifted to a hospital for medico-legal formalities where the identity of the deceased could not be ascertained. reasons behind the murder and how the deceased were put to death were not clear either. It was suspected that they had been killed over suspicion of spying. inp
IslAmAbAd: Fog blankets would continue to prevail until Monday over plain areas of Punjab while cold and dry weather is forecasted for most parts of the country for one week, metrological office said on Saturday. Met office stated fog would engulf these regions, particularly at night and early morning. Continental air was prevailing over most parts of the country while a shallow western disturbance was also persistent in northern areas, according to the met office. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, chilly and dry weather is expected in most parts, however partly cloudy conditions with isolated light rain and snow may be seen in Malakand division during the next week. Fog is likely to continue in Peshawar and DI Khan divisions till morning hours on Sunday. In Sindh too, cold and dry weather is expected in most parts while light fog is likely to continue over Sukkur and Larkana divisions for two more days. Balochistan and Kashmir would also be facing the same cold and dry weather during the course of the next one week. online
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Govt and senior Minhajul Quran leadership in secret talks to stop long march from materialising MULTAN
Iran pitches extending pipeline to India via Pakistan NEW dElHI: Iran has made a pitch for the extension of gas pipeline with Pakistan to India with its visiting Supreme National Security Council Chief Saeed Jalili to India saying that Tehran had the “best capacity” to provide security for the pipeline, Indian media reported on Saturday. Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator was on a three-day visit to India during which he met his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon. Apart from Iran’s nuclear power programme, the two sides also discussed regional issues like terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan as Kabul pushes for its controversial peace process roadmap with the Taliban. India has repeatedly cited security as one of the concerns for not joining the pipeline known earlier as IPI (Iran-PakistanIndia) pipeline. Tehran has left open the option of India joining later. “Iran has the second largest gas reserves in the world and we will welcome any step which can be used for the benefit of people,” said Jalili. He was replying to a question whether Tehran was still trying to convince India to allow the pipeline to be extended from Pakistan to India. “Just like the way it has handled piracy in the Persian Gulf, Iran has the best capacity to provide security also,” he added when asked about the pipeline. online
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ECrET mediations between government officials and Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran President Dr Tahirul Qadri are currently underway, with a strong possibility that Qadri will call off his long march scheduled on January 14, sources told Pakistan Today. Sources close to Qadri revealed that the government initiated talks with the Minhajul Quran senior leadership and it is likely that Qadri, too, will reconsider his call for the long march. Sources further said that “big news” is expected within the next two days about the future of Qadri’s long march to Islamabad. They said that despite official statements by the government condemning his threat of a long march on January 14, secret mediations have been underway to convince the leader to call it off. Former prime minister of Pakistan Yousaf raza Gilani, while talking to Pakistan Today, said that Dr Qadri should play a role in saving democracy first. He further said that organising a long march to destabilise the current set-up was contradictory to his claims.
Resolution against Tahirul Qadri tabled in KP Assembly PEsHAWAR: A resolution against Dr Tahirul Qadri was tabled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Saturday, asking the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to continue preparations for upcoming general elections. PML-N lawmaker Javed Abbasi submitted the resolution. The resolution read that several forces wanted to derail democracy and the demands for electoral reforms are being made to get the elections delayed. It also read that those elements knew that the people would reject them in the upcoming elections. The ECP should continue its preparations for the next general elections without fear, the resolution added. inp Gilani further said that demanding amendments to the constitution just before the elections was undemocratic, adding that if Qadri wanted to see constitutional reforms, he should join the parliament after being elected by the people. Commenting on the situation, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf President Javed Hashmi said that Qadri should not play a “destablising” role in Pakistan’s politics. He further said that Qadri should not join hands to derail the upcoming elections and pose a threat to democracy. The former speaker of the National Assembly
said that protection of democracy was the priority of the government, adding that democratic transition from one government to the other must not be halted. Local political leaders favoring the establishment of a new province in southern Punjab alleged that Qadri’s long march was the hand of “foreign elements” in the country which did not want to see Pakistan prosper. They said that if Qadri wanted to change the status quo in the country, he should do so by contesting in elections and joining the parliament.
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Body finalises recommendations on forced disappearances Body says law enforcers should present abducted person before magistrate within 48 hours of arrest g Says suspect will be kept under custody for maximum of three months g
H E Parliament’s National Security Committee on Saturday finalised recommendations regarding forced disappearances and amending the Anti-terrorism Act, a source told Pakistan Today. The members of the Parliament’s National Security Committee (PNSC) met under Chairman raza rabbani during an in-camera session to review the finalisation of its recommendations on missing persons as well as amending the ATA to discourage incidents of forced disappearances. Source said the committee finalised around a dozen recommendations, which urged the lawenforcement agencies to present any suspect, abducted, before a magistrate within 48 hours of one’s detentions/arrest/or abduction. It was made mandatory in the PNSC recommendations that the blood relations or relatives of the person arrested or detained would be informed, after his abduction and a visit from his relatives would be permitted during detention of accused. The draft of the committee was finalised with consensus of a majority of the members and it recommends providing the suspect an access to counsel. Moreover, the measures propose that the
Dr Qadri, Altaf Hussain hold telephonic talk KARACHI inp
Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri held a telephonic conversation with MQM chief Altaf Hussain in which the latter reiterated his support of the former, expressing confidence in his vision. Discussing the political situation of the country, Qadri said various political leaders were alleging him for coming to Pakistan with a mission to get elections postponed and to derail the democratic system. Altaf said Qadri did not want to delay elections but wanted to abolish the feudal system, culture of corruption, writing-off of billions of rupees of loans and to reform the electoral system. Altaf further said those leveling accusations against Qadri wanted to maintain the status quo in the country.
local police station should be notified at the time of a suspect’s arrest and that a challan be presented within 21 days after completing the probe. The committee also recommended that security and law- enforcement agencies should inform the SHO concerned while abducting/detaining any accused and an FIr should be launched against the accused within 24 hours. Similarly, the suspect would be kept under custody for the maximum of three months, recommends the draft. Later, talking to reporters, rabbani confirmed that these recommendations have been finalised. He, however, said that due to the absence of Aftab Khan Sherpao and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders from the session, the recommendations would be forwarded to the National Assembly for approval, after consultations with them, he said. The Supreme Court is already investigating cases of missing persons in Balochistan. recently, a UN working group also visited Pakistan to probe the complaints of forced disappearances with special focus on Balochistan. The parliamentary committee, a 13-member body representing almost all parties in the National Assembly, was asked by the government to recommend measures to deal with the problem of missing people or forced disappearances, especially those belonging to Balochistan.
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‘Outspoken’ PAC members threaten chairman of walkout from meetings IslAmAbAd: rift between the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members has become visible as few members of the body have threatened PAC Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal to stage walkouts or boycott the upcoming meetings of the body if they are not given a free hand, Pakistan Today has learnt. PAC member Noor Alam Khan and Gondal, both hailing from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had been friends for a long time and had been observed supporting each other on various Parliamentary as well as party issues. However, since Gondal took charge of the committee, the rift between the two has become so visible that during proceedings the chairman has often been seen trying to restrict Khan from presenting his point of view, said sources. Sources told Pakistan Today that three PAC members including Noor Alam Khan, Saeed Zafar and Hamid Hirraj paid a visit to Gondal’s office, warning him of walkouts from meetings. Per reports, they informed Gondal that they are not ready to tolerate any restrictions on their point of views for it is their fundamental right to express themselves as members of PAC, disregarding how influential the bureaucrat sitting in front might be. Unconfirmed reports also claim that these members accused the chairman of establishing good ties with bureaucrats, while keeping rest of the members in isolation. Sources said during meetings of the body when Noor Alam Khan or other members grill bureaucrats on their audit paras, the chairman interferes asking them to keep their tones soft and often restricts them from speaking. anwer abbas
Jamaat-e-Islami chief lashes out at Qadri LAHoRe online
Ameer Jamate Islami (JI) Syed Munawar Hassan said Tahirul Qadri is pursuing the agenda of establishment to postpone polls and must be stopped at any cost. Addressing a press conference after talks with Jamhoori Watan Party chief Talal Akbar Bugti who called on him at Mansoora on Saturday, Munawar held Zardari responsible for the recent unconstitutional and undemocratic disturbances that he said furthered Musharraf’s agenda. Those who sacrificed everything for democracy
have the right to start a long march but a Canadian national, without sound and profound knowledge of the problems of masses, does not have that right, said the JI chief. He alleged that the establishment was backing Qadri and claimed the long march would not be possible without the establishment’s assistance. “Systems cannot be changed by threats. It requires long-term struggle, unity of all patriotic forces over a single point agenda and a grand alliance to counter undemocratic forces,” said Munawar. He demanded an immediate end to military operations in Balochistan and said things were worsening there. He emphasised pursuance of
constitutional methods to eliminate problems and hatred from the hearts of Balochs. Bugti said if Balochistan was getting weaponry from external forces then the government had failed completely. Some 144,000 votes had not been registered in Dera Bugti area and 250,000 in other areas of the province, Bugti said Earlier, Munawar Hassan welcomed the delegation of Jamhoori Watan Party. JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, JI Punjab chief Dr Wasim Akhtar, deputy secretary general Hafiz Sajid Anwar, Idara-e-Maaraf-e-Islami Director Hafiz Muhammad Idrees and JI Secretary Information Muhammad Anwar Niazi were also present on the ocassion.
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Chaudhrys retract support for Dr Qadri report says PML-Q leaders were not expecting strong reaction from President Zardari and federal cabinet g PML-Q president assures party members decisions will be taken with consensus in future g
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain had assured the chief of Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) Dr Tahirul Qadri of full participation in his long march and had offered cash of rs5 million to him during a recent meeting. According to a report on Saturday, the Chaudhrys were hoping to stop the “common opponent” by joining hands with Dr Qadri,
but all went wrong when their allies in the government, i.e. the PPP, took strong exception to this move. In fact, the report read the Chaudhrys were not expecting such a strong reaction from PPP Co-chairman Asif Zardari and the federal cabinet over joining hands with Dr Qadri. Even the Chaudhrys were not aware of the resentment within their own party about their move. According to sources, the biggest property tycoon of the country, who is a guarantor of the agreement between the PPP and PMLQ, also took strong exception over the Q-
League’s joining hands with the TMQ chief and reprimanded Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, who was latter forced to arrange a press conference to announce that his party would not take part in the long march. According to sources, Elahi also came under severe criticism during a high-level party meeting during which the party leaders said he [Elahi] was damaging the party to settle personal scores. Sources said further Chaudhry Shujaat assured the party members during the meeting that in the future all such decisions would be taken with consensus.
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UI Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) Managing Director (MD) Arif Hameed on Saturday announced suspension of gas supply to CNG stations for an indefinite period. The MD announced this decision in an interview to a private TV channel. He said gas demand for domestic consumers alone had crossed 1,510 mmcf, while the production stood at 1,780 mmcf, adding that under such circumstances gas
supply for commercial activities could not be continued. Therefore, all CNG station owners have been informed that gas supply will remain suspended for an indefinite time, he said. The announcement comes at a time when several regions in Punjab have been facing unannounced CNG suspension for more than a week that has paralysed life in the region. The Pothohar strip along with Islamabad and rawalpindi has remained without CNG for the past eight days while Lahore has not received the fuel for the ninth
consecutive day. Gas stations in Multan have also been shut for the past six days. In a faltering economy where the price of petrol is beyond the reach of the common man, CNG served as a cheap alternative for commuters. With unemployment and inflation plaguing the society and electricity load shedding disrupting normal life, CNG closure comes as another blow to the citizens who are desperate for some relief. Amidst claims that commercial gas has been suspended to fulfill domestic needs, citizens complained of low gas pressures at their
homes as an unprecedented cold wave hits most parts of the country. Commuters including students faced problems reaching schools and colleges while public and private servants faced problems in reaching their offices due to unavailability of public transport vehicles that are not operating due to suspension of fuel supply. Other transporters and taxi drivers taking advantage of the situation increased fares and continued fleecing passengers who had no option but to pay the high price. Citizens said the sustained
closure of CNG stations had greatly added to their miseries. Employees of filling stations have also shown concern over the closure as they risk losing their jobs. Most people were of the view that they were already in the grip of numerous crises and CNG closure in addition to low gas pressure for domestic consumers had added to their miseries. ZARdARI TAKEs NOTICE: President Asif Ali Zardari took notice of gas suspension to the commercial sector in Punjab and gave directions for resumption of the fuel to industries. In this regard, Adviser to
Application moved in SC for reopening of Kohistan case
DaMasCus: a syrian girl rides her bicycle in an almost deserted street in the teshrin neighborhood of the syrian capital. AGENCIES
Shahzeb case: One of two key suspects arrested KARACHI aftab CHanna
One of the two key suspects in Shahzeb Khan’s murder case, Siraj Talpur, was arrested by police on Saturday near a village in Moro in Dadu. The arrest comes following suo moto notice of the murder by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhary who had ordered arrests of the accused by Saturday. According to sources, the police was initially reluctant to take action against the suspects owing to their affluent backgrounds. However, the cold blooded murder which was brought to the limelight
through social media activists, got the apex court’s attention a few days ago following which it ordered immediate arrests, threatening action against police officers in case of non-compliance. Following these orders, police came into action and raided various addresses in Islamabad, Karachi and Hyderabad. Sources said police also arrested two brothers of Siraj Talpur from Citizen Colony, Hyderabad. A man was also arrested during a raid in connection with the case from the federal capital. On Saturday, police raided a house in a small village near Moro within the jurisdiction
of Dadu district and arrested Siraj Talpur, one of the key suspects in the murder. DIG South Shahid Hayat told Pakistan Today that the police had succeeded in arresting one of the prime suspects from Moro. He will be shifted to Karachi within the next two days, he said. Three other people, Imdad, Sajjad, and Ghulam Murtuza were also arrested after several raids in Hyderabad and Sukkur. Shahrukh Jatoi, the other major suspect, is still at large and is reported to have escaped to Dubai. Earlier in the day, police had also recovered a car, allegedly used in Shahzeb’s murder from
Khaybane Badr, Defence. The vehicle, with a number plate reading “Moro V” was traced back to one Asif Lund, who police believe was also present at the crime scene. The 20-year-old Shahzeb was fatally shot in his car near Mubarak Masjid in Phase V of Defence House Authority on December 25, allegedly by Shahrukh Jatoi, son of Sikandar Jatoi, and Siraj Talpur. After the incident, both suspects fled to Sukkur and went into hiding to escape arrests. Later, Sikandar Jatoi told media personnel that his son had left for Australia. However, it has now been revealed that he has fled to Dubai.
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while another coalition partner, Awami National Party (ANP) was putting pressure over the transporters’ association to give a strike call across the country so no transport could be attained by TMQ,” he added. Meanwhile, to add fuel to the fire, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) chief Ahmed Ludhianvi said that the long march announced by his party against the targeted killings of his party leaders, which was also supported by the Defence of Pakistan Council (DPC), might be delayed or rescheduled keeping in view the
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ready announced to protest suspension of gas to CNG stations under the gas load shedding plan and had blamed the government of charging extra taxes on the sector. APCNGA Chairman Ghayas Paracha had said in numerous statements that CNG prices and load shedding plans were targeted to filter out the sector from the economy to benefit the LNG mafia at the cost of the masses. He had threatened to stage demonstrations and sit-ins against these moves which he said would also be backed by CNG consumers, transporters and the public at large.
Achakzai consensus candidate for caretaker PM slot?
ISLAMABAD Afzal Kohistani on Saturday filed an application in the Supreme Court requesting it to reopen suomotu proceedings into the killing of five girls in Kohistan over a video scandal as his three brothers have been killed and remaining are on hit list. He contended that his three brothers have been killed by those who earlier murdered the five girls on January 3, adding that the killing of his brothers was part of the video scandal. Kohistani said that he and his remaining brothers were on the hit list. Speaking at a ceremony on Friday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry has said the court would reopen the case after receiving a fresh application from the aggrieved party. It is expected that the court will hear the matter on Monday. In the application, Kohistani requested that on the publicity of video of five dancing girls and boys, a jirga was convened by their rival party in which it was decided to kill the dancing girls and his brothers, appeared in the video. He reiterated that in response to jirga verdict the girls were slaughtered, adding that he raised the issue in the media, saying his brothers would also be killed in case of no timely action.
PM on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain briefed the president on measures being taken to overcome the shortage in the province. Zardari asked the adviser to arrange a meeting for him with the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) to discuss the issue with industrial stakeholders. Dr Asim said tenders for the import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will be floated next week. He hoped that LNG will start reaching Pakistan next month‚ which will help overcome the gas shortage to some extent. The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) had al-
possibility of a confrontation between the followers of both the religious groups. “We are considering some options to review our long march schedule to avoid possibility of confrontation between both the religious parties. We had announced to launch the long march from Karachi on January 11 which would have reached Islamabad on January 18. However, now we are considering an option to postpone the march or to limit it only in Karachi and Islamabad on the dates announced earlier. Final decision would be taken on Sunday as our Karachi chapter is considering all options to avoid confrontation,” he
added. Separately, a source said that Pir Moinul Haq, caretaker of Darbar Golra Sharif, who announced to provide food to around 200,000 participants of the long march, was being hounded by the government agencies and he has gone underground. “Pir Sahib has been approached by certain officials and has been questioned from whom he would provide food to over 200,000 people. He has also been questioned details of his tax returns and his income details. So Pir Sahib has gone underground,” said a close aide. Pir was not available for comment, despite several attempts. After
contacting his landline number, an attendant, Muhammad Irfan, said Pir was not available and was out of the city. Meanwhile, Shaikh rashid Ahmed, the chief of Awami Muslim League (AML), has also withdrawn his offer to provide food and shelter to the march participants in rawalpindi. A source close to Shaikh rashid said that the DPC leadership had asked Ahmed to withdraw his offer as the DPC was against the march. Source added that the DPC, which comprised mostly of extreme right parties, were opposed by Dr Qadri. Despite repeated attempts, Ahmed was not available for comment.
Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Chairman Mahmood Khan Achakzai has emerged as a consensus candidate for the caretaker prime minister slot. He, however, refused to accept the offer of opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Sources in the PPP said that religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah and Senator raza rabbani had several meetings with Achakzai and finally succeeded in persuading him to accept the chief executive post. He was also told that as he was from Balochistan, where law and order was “extremely dangerous”, his becoming the premier would give a positive message and help in restoration of peace and stability there. Achakzai is also expected to persuade the nationalist parties to
take part in the upcoming general elections. After Achakzai’s nod, a meeting was arranged between Prime Minister raja Pervez Ashraf and the PkMAP chief. Sources said further Achakzai would be meeting PML-N President Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chaudhry Nisar in the next few days to take them into confidence in this regard. He is also likely to meet the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the Awami National Party, the Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl, the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf heads as well. Earlier, Achakzai had turned down the Nisar’s offer on the ground that he does not want to be out of electoral politics. Sources said that Achakzai has been acceptable to all stakeholders as he has a neutral stance on important issues and a strong defender of the country’s vital interests.
JI charity worker gunned down in Charsadda CHARsAddA: Unidentified men on Saturday gunned down the provincial head of a charity organisation – run by the Jamaat-e-Islami – along with his driver in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda District. The provincial chief of Alkihdmat’s education wing and his driver were shot dead by unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle in the Uthmanzai area of the district. The Charsadda police confirmed that both Zakir Hussain and his driver Khadim Shah succumbed to their injuries on the spot. Advocate Israrullah, JI provincial information secretary, said that Hussain was killed when he was on an inspection visit to a local school run by the JI in the district. To a question, he said, “Zakir Hussain had no enmity with any one, and the incident is a target killing by terrorists, who are striking at will but the law-enforcement agencies had failed to protect its citizens.” aGenCies
SWA tribesmen protest against drone strikes PeSHAWAR inp
A protest against US drone strikes was organised in Wana on Saturday. Local sources said that the massive protest attended by 20,000 people was led by the Ahmedzai Wazir tribesmen. All commercial centres in Wana, including Wana, Azam Warsak, Birmal, Angoor Adda and rustam Bazaar were closed. The protesters were also carrying banners and placards and chanted slogans against the
US and drone attacks. Ainullah, an important of the Mullah Nazeer group, said the peace agreement with the Pakistan government will continue as Pakistan is their country as well. He said that the Wazir tribe was proud of the martyrdom of Mullah Nazir. Attacks by unmanned US aircraft or drones remain contentious and are deeply unpopular in Pakistan. A couple of days ago in three simultaneous drone attacks killed Mullah Nazeer, a Taliban commander of the Wazir tribe.
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US not assisting Qadri: Hoagland ISLAMABAD inp
The United States Deputy Chief of Mission, Ambassador richard Hoagland, on Saturday said his country was not assisting Dr Tahirul Qadri for his political activities and long march. Talking to journalists, Hoagland said the US does not help political parties or individuals. “We support free and fair elections all over the world. There have been reports in the media that Dr Tahirul Qadri had come to Pakistan with the assistance of foreign powers in order to delay the elections. This is not true,” he said. In a reply to a question, the deputy chief of the mission said it is for the government of Pakistan to decide whether or not to launch an operation in North Waziristan. “The US is against terrorism and would continue efforts to eliminate the menace,” he added. richard Hoagland said Pakistan and US were not satisfied with the existing arrangement for the release of Coalition Support Fund (CSF). He said it is yet to be decided how the fund is to be released. The Ambassador went on to describe other US government programs which supported entrepreneurs, including efforts to form partnerships among American and Pakistani universities so that Pakistani startups can obtain practical advice from seasoned industry leaders in the US. Another US program, the Pakistan Firms Project, helps to increase the profitability and incomes of small and medium-sized enterprises in vulnerable areas by identifying and removing constraints in key areas such as agriculture, livestock, minerals, and tourism. “The United States has also recently launched Pakistan Private Investment Initiative which will spur job growth and economic development by promoting small-to medium-sized companies,” he said.
Business community shows reservations over Dr Qadri’s long march IslAmAbAd: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) President Zafar Bakhtawari expressed his reservations regarding the long march called by Tehreek-e-Minhaj ul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on January 14. The ICCI president urged Tahirul Qadari to call off the long march as it could create problems for the business community and other citizens of the federal capital. He said Islamabad has a population of 0.7 million while Qadri says that 4 million people will participate in the long march. “This would definitely damage the infrastructure of Islamabad and deteriorate the law and order situation in the federal capital,” he said. ICCI president said Islamabad is fully equipped with modern facilities and a large number of diplomats were present there. “Thus, any long march would portray a negative image of our country,” he said. online
Folk dancers enthrall Lok Virsa Mela visitors ISLAMABAD
rOUPS of folk dancers, attired in beautiful regional costumes with their exotic performances, enthralled the visitors at the week-long cultural Mela at Lok Virsa on Saturday. The performers, hailing from all five provinces, used a variety of props to elucidate the cultural value of their respective areas. The cultural events included the Khattak dance party from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gatta Ghora dance party from Punjab, Jhoomar dance party from Sindh and Leva dance party and Jangi Khan Group from Balochistan. Most prominent among the per-
formers was the Leva (camel dance), which entertained the viewers with its distinctive attire and unique dance moves. Leva is a Balochi dance of Sheedi origin which is performed by a group of people walking in a circle with hand movements. The lively performance by the Punjabi artist Fazal Jat was also notable. Jat entertained the audience by presenting popular folk tales in a unique style. Talking about the folk music, Lok Virsa’s executive director Khalid Javaid said,”Pakistan is extremely rich in folk music. It includes folk songs, folk dances, folk tales, epics, folk romances, children’s songs, lullabies and children’s game songs”. “One finds a remarkable conti-
nuity of traditions, some of which date back thousands of years to the ancient civilizations of Mehergarh, Moenjodaro, Harappa and Gandhara”, he added. “The folk songs express the people’s inner and most powerful feelings and ideas, which the ear conveys to mind thus having an elevating, influence on human minds. It is not only an expression of art but it also promotes harmony among different cultures”. He said folk music constituted an integral part of the cultural life of the people of Pakistan. “It includes folk songs and folk dances. Folk songs speak for the popular emotions and sentiments, which emanate directly from the heart of the people,” he added. “These songs differ in tone, tenor
and accent of language but their central themes invariably resemble with each other. This is due to the unbreakable cultural ties of the people as a whole. Popular folk dances include bhangra, luddi, gidda, leva, jhoomar, khattak dance, etc,” he said. The major features of the Pakistan Week celebrations include an exhibition of cultural heritage, art & craft bazaar, folkloric songs and dance performances, installation of 24 entrance gates on highways and busy roads, decoration and beautification of different roundabouts, stage plays, special attractions for families & children and an award ceremony scheduled to take place on the last day of the event. A large number of people are attending the event daily, enjoying the programmes immensely.
Rent of houses in twin cities goes all time high ISLAMABAD app
Ex-PAF chief Anwar Shamim laid to rest with military honours ISLAMABAD staff report
Air Chief Marshal (r) Muhammad Anwar Shamim, former Chief of Air Staff Pakistan Air Force, who expired due to prolonged illness on Friday was laid to rest at H-11 graveyard Islamabad with pro-
found military honours. After the burial, wreaths were laid at the grave of the deceased on behalf of president of Pakistan, prime minister, chief of the air staff, punjab governor, retired air chiefs and other dignitaries. Earlier, his funeral prayers were held at PAF Complex, Air Headquarters
Islamabad. The funeral parade was attended by Air Chief Marshal Tahir rafique Butt, Admiral Asif Sindhela, chief of naval staff, ex PAF air chiefs, ambassadors, war veterans, senior civil and military officials of tri services, senior journalists and people from all walks of life.
rents of houses in the twin cities have skyrocketed as people are returning from hill stations due to the severe cold and heavy snowfall. The situation in the federal capital, which already faces a shortage of around 75, 000 housing units, is deteriorated in winters due to the huge influx of residents of the hilly areas. rents in the less developed sectors of Islamabad, including I-9 and I-10, and the rural areas are no exception in this regard as the rent of a five-marla single portion in these localities has increased from rs 15, 000 to rs 18, 000, 10-marla portion has increased to rs 35, 000 whereas the rent of one portion in the F-series has increased to rs 50, 000. Landlords in the developed sectors rent out their properties only to foreigners and demand money in US Dollars and Pound Sterling. In rawalpindi, the rents have surged from rs 12, 000 to rs 15, 000 for five-marla houses and rs 10, 000 to rs 12, 000 for residential flats.
"Unfortunately, the rents in both the cities are not increasing according to the size or location, rather it is as per the desires of the property dealers who have monopolised the market," said Arsalan Chaudhry, a government officer residing in rawalpindi. Besides the skyrocketing monthly rents, the tenants have to pay a twomonth rent in advance and a security deposit equivalent to a one-month rent to the landlord. Murtaza Javed, a property dealer in sector G-9 said the dealers earn maximum revenues in this season as in the summers the demand for accommodation decreases considerably. “The houses in the elite class sectors of Islamabad and rawalpindi are unaffordable for the middle class. The majority prefers to live either in flats or in a portion in suburban areas,” he said. According to a CDA official, the housing rentals would decrease once the CDA develops new residential sectors. He said the Authority would soon acquire the land of C-15 and C-16 sectors to develop new societies.
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three-day anti-polio campaign in high risk areas of rawalpindi will start from January 14 during which over 200, 000 children are expected to be administered antipolio drops. The Punjab government has directed the district health department to launch a drive in 63 union councils. Health Executive District Officer (EDO) Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal said the reason behind focusing on these areas is the presence of people coming from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa to live in the city. Dr Zafar said 530 teams have been made to administer the anti-polio drops. “A regular campaign will be launched in February in which more than 700, 000 children across the district will be administered antipolio vaccination,” he said. Sources said district health department had asked for volunteers from the City District Government rawalpindi for the campaign. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar, on the request of the district health department, called a meeting of the police and district administration to chalk out a plan to provide protection to the vaccinators in the 63 union councils.
Training workshop for journalists from Monday RAWALPINDI app
A five-day training workshop for journalists, being organized by the National Press Club (NPC) Islamabad, will start from Monday, January 7. The workshop, which is aimed at improving the professional skills of journalists and highlighting their role and obligations in filing stories, especially those having national or international impact. The moot, first of its kind, will provide budding and mid-career journalists to enhance their capacity to have a better insight of the issues bearing national as well as international importance. There will be discussion on three major aspects; reaction of recipients of electronic and print media, psychological
point of view and experts’ views. renowned personalities including Gallup Pakistan Chairman Dr Ijaz Shafi Gilani, Fatima Jinnah University Behavioural Sciences Department head Dr Farrah Qadri, senior journalist rana Jawad, senior journalist and analyst Imtiaz Gul, senior journalist Mubarak Zeb and National Accountability Bureau Director General Brig (r) Mussadaq Abbasi are expected to interact with participants of the workshop. Information and Broadcasting Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira was also invited to conclude the session on January 11 and to hand over certificates to all participants of the workshop. Around 50 journalists from various news channels and newspapers will participate in the workshop.
Seven people were arrested from ‘Sheesha Centre’ when police raided the café on Saturday. Police launched a crack down on restaurants serving Sheeshas and arrested seven men having Sheesha at the ‘Sheesha Centre’. The arrested were identified as Hanif Kayani, Muhammad Adeel, Ali Sikandar, Naveed Tariq, Ali raza, Talha Hameed and Saif Ali. Police also registered a case against the owner of the Sheesha Center, Niaz Ghouri.
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6th flyover to open today RAWALPINDI online
The 6th flyover of rawalpindi will be opened to vehicular traffic today, Punjab Highway XEN Jamshed Ahmad said on Saturday. Ahmad said rs 1042 million were spent on this flyover. “The bridge is 248 meters long and will be opened for traffic of all sorts on Sunday. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif will formally inaugurate this project next week,” he said. He said although the project was expected to be completed on January 23, “handwork led to the accomplishment of the project ahead of schedule”. “rawalpindi Commissioner gave a green signal to open the flyover to vehicular traffic on Thursday but a tug of war between the Highway department of Punjab and the NLC caused the delay,” he said.
RAWAlPINdI: Syed Akhtar Imam rizvi, famous poet, intellectual, columnist, dramatist and broadcaster was remembered in a ceremony organised by rawalpindi Arts Council on Saturday to pay homage to rizvi for his services in the field of literature. Muntazir Imam rizvi, nephew of Syed Akhtar Imam rizvi, presided over the ceremony. Addressing the audience, Muntazir Imam rizvi said his uncle had a versatile personality and his love for the culture and civilization of the Potohar region was reflected in his writings. He said intellectualism prevailed in his poetry which differentiated him from his contemporary poets. Young poets of the region paid tribute to the late Akhtar Imam rizvi while singer Shahid Ali sang songs from his poetry. staff report
ISLAMABAD: Activists of JKLF hold placards during a demonstration outside National Press Club. ONLINE
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82 witnesses record statements before commission ISLAMABAD o nl in e
Enquiry commission has recorded the statements of 82 out of the 294 eyewitnesses of the Lal Masjid incident. The enquiry commission issued a show cause notice to the then CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz and National Crises Management Cell director general for not providing the required record timely and directed
them to present the record by January 8. The enquiry commission also issued a show cause notice to the PTV Chairman rasheed Ahmad and other journalists for not presenting the record required by the commission, and summoned them on January 9. The commission also directed PEMrA chairman to take legal action in case the private TV channels do not submit the records.
16, including six women arrested, weapons and hashish seized ISLAMABAD online
Islamabad Police on Saturday arrested 16 alleged outlaws from various areas of the city, including six women, for their alleged involvement in immoral activities and recovered 1.550 kilograms of hashish, six pistols and wine from their possession, a police spokesman said on Saturday. According to details, Sub-Inspector Ghulam Shabir and ASIs Ali Asghar and Iqbal Mehmud from Tarnol police station arrested Saqib Khan, Arsalan Iftikhar, and Ejaz Ali Khan for the possession of three 30-bore pistols and 450 grams of hashish
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Shams Akbar of CIA, arrested Zakir for possessing 1.100 grams of hashish while Sub-Inspector Muhammad Iqbal from Industrial Area police Station arrested a bootlegger, Kamran Azam, for possessing two bottles of wine. On a tip off, ASI Muhammad Ishaq from Sabzi Mandi police raided a house in sector I-10/2 and arrested Niaz Gul, riaz, Gul Nisa, Shazia, Sehar, Saba, Asifa who were allegedly involved in immoral activities. In another incident, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Azam from Margalla police station arrested Aleem raza, Sumera from G-9 Markaz who were allegedly involved in immoral activities.
ASI Fiaz Akbar from Sabzi Mandi police arrested Muhammad rafiq for possessing a 9 MM pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition while Sub-Inspector Muzaffar Hussain from Shehzad town police station arrested Ansar Mehmud for possessing a 30 bore pistol and seven rounds of ammunition. Cases were registered against the people arrested and further investigations are underway. reviewing the overall performance of Islamabad police, IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan and SSP Islamabad directed all police officials to ensure effective policing measures in their respective jurisdictions.
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US Journalist Mark Siegel did not appear before the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) to record his statement in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case. ATC judge Chaudhry Habibur rehman on Saturday resumed hearing of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case in Adiala Jail. During the hearing, Mark Siegel who was summoned by ATC on the previous hearing did not appear before the court. The court had directed him to appear before it as a prosecution witness against former president and General (r) Pervez Musharraf. FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar told the court that Mark Siegel did not obey the summons issued by the court. The prosecutor, on behalf of the FIA, submitted a petition seeking a hearing on a daily basis or three times a week. “The decision of former governor Salman Taseer’s murder case was made within one year but the court could not complete the trial of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case in five years,” the pettion said. However, the court rejected the petition on the objections of the defence lawyers. The prosecutor said in the light of Supreme Court’s verdict, the decision of the Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case would be made soon. The court adjourned hearing till January 19.
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NTErNATIONAL Business Plan Competition (TIBPC) was successfully concluded on Saturday by The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Islamabad Chapter. Over a hundred people attended the event, with participants coming in from all over the country. Several top entrepreneurs and leading professionals were part of the panel of judges. US Ambassador richard Hoagland, Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq & roots Millennium Schools CEO and Executive Director HEC Eng Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gillani were amongst the
high profile dignitaries who attended the event. TiE Executive Director Murtaza Zaidi briefed the audience that TiE’s mission was to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and this competition is a part of long term objective of creating entrepreneurial experts out of Pakistan. “TiE Islamabad attempted to reach out to every University of Pakistan in order to make sure that the best talent is recognised on the international stage,” he said. roots Millennium Schools CEO said Pakistan was a country full of opportunities and those who want to succeed had to believe in their dreams. The CEO also thanked US ambassador for attending the competition and addressing the
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YrIAN government forces have bombarded several rebel strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus to quell the fighters battling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad from reaching the capital. Activists on Saturday said troops leveled their bombardment campaign on the districts of Hajar al-Aswad and Qaboun in southern Damascus while they continued to shell the suburbs of Daraya, Beit Hahm, Zibdeen, Maadamiya and Jisteen. Meanwhile, Syria's official news agency said a journalist for a pro-gov-
ernment television station has died of wounds sustained in shooting attack in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus. The state-run SANA agency says that Suheil al-Ali of Addounia TV died on Friday, four days after a "terrorist'' fired on him as he was going to work. Syrian state media refers to opposition fighters as terrorists. Fighting has raged for weeks in neighborhoods and towns around Damascus as rebels fighting to topple Assad press on with an offensive to take the city. While the regime has largely kept his grip on the capital, Damascus has been targeted by a number of large bombings, many of which appear to target government buildings. Some have been claimed by the opposition group Jabhat al-
Nusra, which the US has designated a terrorist organisation. On Saturday, a shell reportedly landed in the neighbourhood in Bab Touma in central Damascus, while an IED explosion was reported in rokn Al Deen districts. No casualties were reported in both blasts. The latest violence in the capital came a day after at least 11 people were killed and 40 wounded when a car bomb exploded at a crowded petrol station in Masakin Barzeh district in northern the capital. Elsewhere, clashes were reported on Saturday in the eastern Deir Ezzor city around the technical services building that was recently seized by rebels after they killed and injured government soldiers and took several others hostages.
More fighting was reported reported near the air force intelligence building in the northern Aleppo city, while shelling was reported in the town of Hritan in the city's suburbs. Meanwhile, in the central province of Homs, activists said government forces shelled the rebel-held town of rastan and the farms surrounding the neighbourhood of Bab Amr in the city. Activists reported the deaths of at least 122 people on Friday in violence across the country. The UN, this week, said more than 60,000 people have been killed since Syria's crisis began in March 2011, a figure much higher than previous opposition estimates.
Tasmania wildfires force thousands to flee sydNEy: Wildfires have erupted on the Australian island of Tasmania, destroying at least 80 properties, police have said, as much of the region suffered a heatwave. Officials had been investigating a report that one person died, but police said on Saturday that there were no confirmed deaths or injuries from the fire. East of Hobart, the state capital, as many as 2,000 people had taken refuge in the town of Nubeena overnight, while another 700 were sheltering at the nearby historic Port Arthur site. Others have been ferried to emergency accommodation in Hobart. The fires flared on Friday pushed temperatures above 40 Celsius in Tasmania, a southern island state known for its cooler climate. Conditions had eased across much of the region on Saturday, but fire officials warned that the danger from some of the fires remained high. â€œWe reached catastrophic fire danger ratings at times during this afternoon,'' Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer Mike Brown told reporters on Friday. "I don't think we're quite out of the woods yet." One of the worst affected areas was the small community of Dunalley, about 55km east of Hobart, where police estimate about 30 percent of buildings have been destroyed, including the police station and school. In nearby Connelly's Marsh, about 40 percent of buildings have been ruined. aGenCies
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raMallaH: a palestinian boy dressed in a superman costume and holding a toy gun in an alley of the Jalazoun refugee camp. AGENCIES
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The Church of England has lifted a ban on gay male clergy who live with their partners from becoming bishops on the condition they pledge to stay celibate, threatening to reignite an issue that splits the 80-million-strong global Anglican community. One of the church's most senior bodies, the House of Bishops, said on Friday it had ended an 18-month moratorium on the appointment of gays in civil partnerships as bishops. "The House has confirmed that clergy in civil partnerships, and living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality, can be considered as candidates for the episcopate," Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich, said. The decision was made in late December but received little attention until the church confirmed it on Friday. "The House believed it would be unjust to exclude from consideration for the episcopate anyone seeking to live fully in conformity with the Church's teaching on sexual ethics or other areas of personal life and discipline," he added in a statement on behalf of the House of Bishops. The issue of homosexuality has driven a rift between Western and African Anglicans since a Canadian diocese approved blessings for same-sex couples in 2002 and US Anglicans in the Episcopal Church appointed an openly gay man as bishop in 2003. Gay clergy in civil partnerships would be eligible for the episcopate - the position of bishop if they make the pledge to remain celibate, as is already the case for gay deacons and priests. The Church of England, struggling to remain relevant in modern Britain despite falling numbers of believers, is already under pressure after voting narrowly last November to maintain a ban on women becoming bishops.
Venezuela says Chavez oath can be delayed CARACAS aGenCies
Venezuela has signaled that cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez will be unable to be sworn in to a new term next week, laying out a legal rationale for delaying the oath-taking ceremony. Vice President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that the ailing leader could take the oath of office at some later date before the Supreme Court without giving up the presidency in the interim. With a pocket-sized constitution in hand, Maduro argued that the charter provides "a dynamic flexibility" that guarantees that Chavez's re-election will be respected. He vehemently rejected the opposition's insistence that if Chavez is prevented by ill health from taking the
oath of office on schedule January 10 he must at least temporarily give up the presidency to the speaker of the National Assembly. Under Venezuela's constitution, new elections must be held within 30 days if the president dies or is permanently incapacitated either before he takes office or in the first four years of his six year term. Chavez, 58, underwent his fourth round of surgery more than four weeks ago and has developed a "severe pulmonary infection" that has raised doubts about his fitness to continue serving. He has not been seen in public in nearly four weeks, and only his family, a handful of senior officials and his Cuban medical team are known to have seen him as he battles to regain his health in a Havana hospital. Close allies like Bolivia's president, Evo Morales, have expressed concern over his health and Brazilian President
Dilma rousseff sent an envoy to Havana to inquire about his condition, a source in the Brazilian presidency said Friday. Before leaving for Cuba, Chavez named Maduro as his political successor, but there have been persistent rumors of a struggle between him and National Assembly speaker Diosdado Cabello, a former military officer.
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raja says President Zardari has implemented vision of Benazir Bhutto CHAKWAL
rIME Minister raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday said completion of five-year tenure by the coalition government against various odds is a testimony of the fact that politics in Pakistan has matured and no one can harm it. Addressing a public meeting in Chakwal, he said democracy is the future of the country and no one could snatch it. The PM said media and judiciary were talking about democracy in the country and military leadership was also pro-democracy. He said he held talks with the political leaders on Friday and they all agreed on democracy in the country. The premier said there is no other way, but democracy. He said that after the next five years of the elected government‚ democracy would be strengthened further. The PM assured that elections would be held on time and there would be no delay. He said elections were a trust of the people and these would be returned to the people and whoever voted to power would serve the people. He said PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave a role to the people in the politics. He said reconciliation policy of the Pakistan People’s Party would continue. He said slain PPP chairwoman Be-
Democracy a must for progress, says nawaz lAHORE: President of his own faction of the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday said that the country could not move on path of development and progress without democracy. The PML-N president was talking to Jamiat Ah-e-Hadith chief Senator Sajid Mir who called on Nawaz at raiwind. During the meeting, both leaders discussed prevailing political situation and other current issues of the country. They also agreed to cooperate in strengthening democracy and resolving problems in the future. They also demanded that the government hold upcoming general polls on scheduled time. During the meeting, Nawaz said institutions of the country could not be strengthened without democracy. He said that “remote-controlled people” were befooling the masses by talking of electoral reforms and bringing change in the country, adding that their nefarious agenda would be foiled. The PML-N chief said that democracy would be protected at any cost and general elections would be held on time. He said that undemocratic forces brought the country to the brink of destruction which gave rise to terrorism, inflation and unemployment, adding that only democracy could safeguard the integrity of the country. inp nazir Bhutto gave this vision in 2008 to meet challenges and for a prosperous country. He said President Asif Zardari had implemented the vision of Benazir Bhutto and made a coalition government.
He accepted all demands of the people relating to the development of the area. He also ordered officials concerned to immediately start work on the development projects of the area.
WAsHINGTON: A legislation to award the prestigious United States (US) Congressional Gold Medal to Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani peace activist who was shot in the head by Taliban, has been reintroduced in the US Congress, according to media reports on Saturday. Introduced by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, House resolution No 60 called to award the medal to Malala in recognition of her devoted service to education, justice and equality in Pakistan. Malala, who was shot by Taliban for her girls’ education campaign, was discharged from a British hospital on Friday. Noting that Malala is a symbol of hope in a country long plagued by violence and despair, the resolution said she represented the future of Pakistan and is the new face of the country and an advocate for human rights for women. Lee had first introduced the resolution in Congress on November 13, 2012, and was sponsored by nearly three dozen members of the House. Since it was not passed by the Congress, it was reintroduced in the new Congress this week. “Malala stood against the oppressive policies imposed upon the citizens of Pakistan by the Taliban”. online
Ijazul Haq fails to get ‘amnesty’ from Sharifs IslAmAbAd: Despite repeated requests, the PMLZia chief Ijazul Haq could not get ‘amnesty’ from the Sharif brothers, and no senior member of the PML-N attended the marriage ceremony of his son, Usmanul Haq. However, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat along with other party leaders was present at the marriage ceremony. Some PML-N activists though, attended the function. According to sources, Ijazul Haq was confident that someone from the Sharif family would attend his son’s marriage ceremony, which would prove fruitful for his future politics, but his hope did not materialise. Ijazul Haq was visibly disappointed over the cold attitude by the Sharifs and passed on his sentiments to some PML-N members present on the occasion. inp
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The Siachen Glacier, which is located in the eastern Karakoram range of the Himalayas, has reduced by 5.9 kilometers on the longitudinal scale between 1989 and 2009 due to rising temperatures, according to a study published recently. Human presence at Siachen may also be affecting the neighbouring glaciers of Gangotri, Miyar, Milan and Janapa which feed Ganges, Chenab and Sutlej rivers. The study titled ‘Climate Data and Modeling Analysis of the Indus Eco-region’ has been written by Dr Ghulam rasul of the Pakistan Meteorological Department as part of a project titled ‘Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan’. It was a European Union -financed project of World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan. According to the study, Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindukush together make the largest mountain chain on earth and they are custodians of the third largest ice reserves after the Polar regions. The glaciers in these mountain ranges feed 1.7 billion people through the seven large Asian river systems, including the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Mekong and Yangtze. These ranges are a blessing for South Asia as they protect the region from
cold surges in winter, associated with northerly winds. “Since temperature maxima have been increasing at a greater rate, the thinning of ice and retreat of glacial extent has taken place simultaneously at an alarming rate. The decay estimates calculated by remote sensing techniques show that Siachen Glacier has reduced by 5.9km in longitudinal extent from 1989 to 2009. Thinning of its ice mass is evaluated at 17 percent,” the study says. A sharp decline in the mass of all glaciers has been observed seen since the 1990s. Accelerated melting process of seasonal snow and that of glacier ice from mountain glaciers have been adding to greater volume of water into the sea than normal discharges, the report says. Both precipitation and thermal regimes in Pakistan have suffered changes, especially in the recent two decades in line with a sharp jump in global atmospheric temperatures. Visible changes in hydrological cycle have been observed in the form of changing precipitation patterns, cropping patterns, droughts, water availability periods, frequency and intensity of heat waves, precipitation events and weather-induced natural disasters. According to the study, both minimum and maximum temperatures have increased in summer and winter almost throughout Pakistan.
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Return of the ‘Padri’ never underestimate the collective stupidity of our ruling classes
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Positive developments finally, moving towards a united stand
ecently, two positive developments have been seen on our political scene. The first is the consensus between the political and military establishments on talks with the TTP. The second is a near unanimous rejection of Tahirul Qadri’s long march by major political parties. Meanwhile, the army has again dispelled notions about any perceived link with Tahirul Qadri and his agenda. How far the developments are real would become clear as stakeholders walk the talk. After the important changes introduced in the latest edition of the Green Book, the military commanders have once again reiterated their commitment to continue the fight against the terrorists who are bent upon destroying the peace and stability of the country. regarding the offer of talks from Hakimullh Mehsud, the army has raised the question whether this indicated a change of heart or it was a tactical move to defuse the pressure that the militants are facing from military operations in a number of tribal areas, especially the Khyber Agency. The army has left it to the government to decide on the offer made by the TTP chief. Asfandyar Wali, whose party has lost the largest number of workers and parliamentarians in terrorist attacks, has rightly maintained that talks are possible only if the TTP agrees to abandon violence and takes recourse to constitutional means to bring any changes in the system. The militants must not however be allowed to use talks to regroup or improve their situation on ground as they did in Swat. As long as they do not renounce violence and agree to employ only peaceful means, the talks have to be combined with military action with full force. Mian Nawaz Sharif has finally taken a clear cut stand on Tahirul Qadri’s march, unlike some of the hawks in his party who have resorted to innuendos which indicated that they were interested more in “exposing” the PPP. While maintaining that the PTI wanted reforms in the system, Imran Khan has branded Qadri’s suggestions for electoral reforms as vague. He has also expressed full faith in the constitution and maintained that reforms could be brought about through elections alone. Earlier, religious parties, including JI and JUI-F, and nationalist parties from Sindh and Balochistan had distanced themselves from Qadri’s agenda. It is time the TMQ chief realises his folly and stops the long march. The government should enter into talks with Qadri to dissuade him from the adventure and to provide him a face saving opportunity to apply the back gear. There is a need on the part of the major political parties to take a joint stand on the issue of terrorism. To create a consensus on the issue, both the PPP and PML-N have to play a leading role. This would also dispel the notion that PML-N and PTI retain a soft corner for the militants.
By Humayun Gauhar
ime to descend to earth. Time to pause from delving into heaven after death to hell before death. Things had become stagnant. Now there is a new kerfuffle – the return of the ‘Padri’ and another long march that threatens to bring Islamabad to a standstill yet again. I had been predicting it for months: a visitation by the latest pretender to the messiah mantle, to wit one Tahirul Qadri, doctor of philosophy and a scholar of theocracy who speaks many languages and whom the wags have taken to calling Tahirul ‘Padri’ – as in ‘Padre’. He claims to having been visited by the Holy Prophet (pbuh) who was so unhappy with Pakistan that he threatened to leave and never return. Qadri begged and pleaded with him but I don’t remember whether the Prophet (pbuh) relented. People cry when they hear this story and regard Qadri as the anointed one. So once again the illusion of change in the air is upon us. Once again there is no gainsaying that it too won’t turn out to be another mirage. People flocked to Qadri’s rallies in droves. Not all could have been hired or rounded up. No surprise with a people who have dynasts and messiahs in their bones, for that is all they know, perpetually in search of a monarch and at the same time a messiah to deliver them from the dynast’s tyranny. We first knew Qadri as head of – wait for it – PAT, acronym for Pakistan Awami Tehreek. Then he went to Canada and got citizenship. For years he honed his political philosophy. Now he’s back with a new set of demands: change the constitution, change the system, end feudalism, reform before elections, blah, blah and more blah, things we have heard many times before but never seen come to fruition. On the face of it, none could disagree with Qadri. We all want reforms towards a truly democratic and egalitarian society. But talk comes cheap; action is difficult. Qadri hasn’t told us how he is going do it: we know his strategy – what to do – but not his tactics – how to do it – except for the inevitable ‘long march’ (Poor Mao. When O’ when will they have an original thought?). What could Qadri’s real objective be? If
Feliz Navidad new year, new hopes, new beginnings
By Saad Rasool
he New Year, from an astronomical perspective, is a logical fallacy. For all intents and purposes, it is just one particular point in space – and each time the earth crosses that point in space (relative to the sun), we celebrate the beginning of another calendar year. But despite its astronomical insignificance, humanity uses it as an op-
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portunity to mark new beginnings, making ambitious resolutions, hoping for a new start on a clean, fresh slate. In that same spirit, Pakistan, which in recent years has been embroiled in numerous internal as well as external turmoils and catastrophes, is hoping for a fresh, new and hopeful start at the beginning of this calendar year. Individual aspirations aside, our national hope for this fresh start stems from four imperative changes that are due to take place in 2013: 1) the general elections, and therefore the installation of new national as well as provincial governments; 2) completion of Asif Ali Zardari’s term of Presidency; 3) retirement of the all-powerful Chief of the Army Staff; and 4) a change of guard at the Supreme Court, with the retirement of the honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan. And it is in light of these monumental changes, there is good reason to hope for the beginnings of a regenerative and prosperous future. However, in
you cut through the jungle of his rhetoric it becomes obvious: to delay elections that are nigh – ‘reforms before elections’ gives it away. Elections can be delayed for a year constitutionally, but how reforms can take place constitutionally defeats me. Why should the disease willingly provide the cure and kill itself? Why would our parliamentarians bring reforms that end their overlordship? Conventional wisdom has it that Qadri has America’s backing. Proof? Where is Qadri’s money coming from? Fair question. It’s more than his supporters could muster or the ISI provide. Why would America want the present government to continue a while longer? Because they have been brought to the realisation that without Pakistan it would be impossible to exit Afghanistan safely and honourably. Pakistan’s support is vital to getting hundreds of thousands of troops and some $35 billion worth of heavy armaments, equipment and materials out, which can only be done via Pakistan’s land route through Karachi Port. They might never find more pliant and obedient satraps as they have now. They can’t risk what new elections might bring. Even the return of the same satraps won’t guarantee continued compliance for their power might be limited. There is no guarantee that an interim pre-election government with a long extension will be able to deliver without electoral ‘legitimacy’ and a mandate. They certainly don’t want Nawaz Sharif whom they regard as unreliable and unpredictable. So the best option is to continue with the present setup. Indian writer Bhadrakumar agrees in ‘India’s Afghan Moment’: “America’s ‘dalliance’ with India is over and Pakistan is back in the ‘core group’ of three with America and Afghanistan and an ‘outer ring’ of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. An end to America’s Afghan War is not only good for Pakistan, America and Afghanistan but also for the rest of the world. We should help them for our own sake.” The Peoples Party’s and the Nawaz Sharif’s opposition’s minds are preoccupied by Qadri’s impending long march to Islamabad on January 14. If it materializes, it will bring the capital, and thus the state, to a standstill. It could eventually also bring Pakistan to flashpoint. If there is violence there will be chaos and eventually anarchy. The army will have to step in. Some people think this is precisely Qadri’s purpose: to create justification for a coup, overt or covert. MQM supporting him lends credence to this theory for its leader Altaf Hussain has repeatedly asked the army to join the people for once to bring reform and end feudalism. I don’t think so. The army knows that Pakistan is already in so much turmoil that they will not be able to control it. The army’s statement that now internal security is its main concern fortifies the coup theorists but they forget that the war within is worse than the danger without.
the same breath, we must be cautious of not prolonging mistakes of the past. Two of these changes (the election to the Parliament and Presidency) are within the control of the tired, weary and huddled masses of Pakistan. The other two, despite their profound impact on our everyday lives, fall outside the ambit of peoples’ exercise of their choice. Starting with the elections, it is really something that the democratic dispensation allows the people (the final custodians of all political power) to overthrow the government every five years, through the casting of their ballots. And the conscientious casting of the ballot, for all intents and purposes, is perhaps the greatest responsibility and privilege of a citizen in any democracy. As a new and educated generation graduates to be included in the fold of voters, there is reason to hope that the old creeking practices of voting along the biradari and feudal lines will give way to casting the ballot along the intellectual and ideological divide. The coming election is not a decision between PPP, PML-N or PTI. It is not a decision between Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif. It is, in essence, a referendum between the forces of extremism
However, things could go so out of control that a coup becomes inevitable. The earlier ones couldn’t deliver because while it is relatively easy to do a coup it is very difficult to know what to do the day after. Without a plan of precisely what to do, another coup would be a disaster. remember an uncontrollable Pakistan suits no one. Its falling apart suits them even less, especially India, whose own centrifugal forces would accelerate and the Taliban come to its borders and soon inside it. Who wants such a powerful country with a huge armed forces laced with a nuclear arsenal in chaos? Old countries like Egypt can withstand the turmoil that it is going through and still remain intact. What about a new, fragile state brimming with contradictions and problems? How to counter Qadri? I had predicted Zardari and Sharif ganging up again, this time in an electoral alliance of convenience driven by self-survival. That has nearly come to pass. The alliance will be so huge that it will take the wind out of Qadri’s sails. It might even suit America and our establishment: Zardari the senior partner, Sharif the junior, PPP prime minister, PML-N deputy prime minister. Let’s see. As President Lyndon Johnson said, America might think of Sharif that it is better to “have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in”. With the MQM, ANP, JUI, FATA and PML-Q – perhaps Qadri too – rushing into the tent as well, it is the closest thing we will have to a national government. No bad thing at this juncture. I say what I have been saying for years: let our evolutionary process continue to its natural conclusion. If that conclusion is self-correction, good, but if it is demise, all the better. Best it dies naturally than becomes a martyr to rise again as a zombie as it has done. Something better will emerge from its ashes. The people will have learned and will not make the same mistakes again – hopefully. Some people never learn and remain mired in the past, stuck forever in decadence, degradation and poverty. There is no system that can correct them. This is how nations die. You might think that I am being perverse, but I am happy because things are going in the right direction. I thought it would take longer, but it has taken only one full term of elected governments to expose the system as unworkable. An increasing number of people are seeing that this system isn’t for working. Best to let it go to its natural death and hope that a brave new world emerges naturally from its ashes. Once again Pakistan stands at a crossroads. Take the path less trodden upon and go to fortune. Or take the path most trodden upon and go to more misfortune. Let us see what lies in store but never underestimate the collective stupidity of our ruling classes. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
(and the parties that represent such thought) and those of progressive change. It is a confrontation between those who would surrender to the forces of barbarianism, and those who would – at their life’s peril – defend our fundamental rights to speech, thought, religion and consciousness. This choice, as is the case in terms of national identity, has to be made in each individual’s mind. And a summation of those individual choices will determine the path of our collective destiny. Away from the voter’s choice, as two new individuals come to occupy the powerful constitutional posts of the Chief of Army Staff and Chief Justice of Pakistan, there is reason to be cautiously optimistic. Since the nation has no direct choice in appointing these individuals, the caution and hope must emanate from the concerned institutions themselves. The incumbent army chief and the honourable chief justice have, during their terms in office, done tremendous good in many ways. However, despite all the gains, we must not shut our eyes to the mistakes made and the lessons learnt. An army chief that does not submit himself to the scrutiny of the court or public accountability, or deems institutional interests to be above
national concerns, shall not only be detrimental to the interests of Pakistan, but also to that of the institution of armed forces. Similarly, a chief justice, who (with a desire to become a national ‘saviour’) blurs the lines of separation of powers, institutional autonomy, or attempts to dictate public policy from the unscrutinised seat of the bench, will eventually lose fidelity to the constitution and public confidence. These are real decisions and difficult choices. As the partisan rhetoric takes over the national discourse in this election year – slinging mud at everyone who wears a different party hat – it will be wise for us (mango-people) to not lose sight of the overriding national objectives. The New Year brings with it the promise of a bright new beginning. However, the choice is ours. We can choose to travel the road that leads to bright sunlit uplands, or lose ourselves (for another five years) in the darkness of biradarisim, religious intolerance and institutional badgering. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Only in Pakistan qadri is not pakistan’s ataturk or Mahatir
By Muhammad omer Hayat
he whole Tahirul Qadri episode really makes one question the nature of our national politics. It boggles the mind for one. A new actor has entered the arena, months before general elections are due. Well, new in the sense that he’s been passive for the past five years or so, but new nonetheless in the sense that no existing political actor was able to gather a crowd as big as Qadri managed to do so on the 23rd of December. In the least, it signifies that he has an audience, a large one. This is why when he called out for a long march against the existing regime on 14th January, it sent shivers down PPP’s spine. Not to mention, the fact that Qadri put up such a massive show in Punjab’s capital, he was bound to step onto some toes. The fiercest runners for Punjab’s throne are none other than the Sharifs and we have all witnessed PML-N’s sheer disapproval of Qadri’s tactics. They have gone on to label him a second play by the establishment, following Imran Khan, of course – which they claim to have defeated. So the situation is that the new entrant has managed to lead the ruling PPP and its opposition to agree on something right before elections, when their instinct would be to go at each other’s throats. The irony of the situation is that Qadri is rooting for implementation of the constitution in its true form, something the PPP claims it has already done. Even more mind numbing is the fact that MQM, an important member of the ruling coalition, has joined Qadri in his movement against the ruling regime. Only Altaf Bhai knows how both these positions are not mutually exclusive. I am unable to take one position without disregarding the other. Only in Pakistan, I think to myself while trying to analyse this mess. A
person with a foreign nationality calls out for drastic reforms, however ideal they might be in spirit, right before general polls, and millions gather to listen to his agenda. Tomorrow if Imam of Holy Ka’aba decides to start a political career he would be welcomed by an ever bigger audience, I’m sure. Not in Saudia, right here in our land of the pure. A man with a foreign nationality, which he acquired by choice, is coming back to his indigenous land and asking for a local Arab Spring? And people are actually listening to him, supporting him, backing him in his march to the capital. Why can almost anyone garner such striking presence in our national politics? Because we have mutilated our nationalism to an extent where anyone can paint it in their own colours and give it a meaning of their choice and we would be forced to consider their representation. We have dented our nationalism with politics of religion, ethnicity and language and now we are left with a hollow structure that keeps getting its meat from one stakeholder or another. Lost somewhere between constitutional supremacy and Shariah implementation, we are a country that is moving rapidly towards extremism, in all forms. I’m sure the government will not fall on the 14th. Neither will Qadri become the caretaker PM. He is just another actor looking to make waves and gain some territory. Eventually, he will renounce his Canadian nationality and contest elections and get a few seats in the House, definitely more than his party had last time they tried. For now, he has achieved his goal by becoming the centre of our political drama and shaking up the big guns through his public support. But I’m sure the likes of Zardari and Co are expedient enough to deal with Qadri and his rants on constitutional reforms. Plus, Qadri’s rhetoric in a way undermines the role of our newly acclaimed independent judiciary which has shown itself to be a strong player in the political setup and the impartial election commission which is also being supervised by the judiciary. With these two institutions in place and functioning, I don’t see what all the fuss is about and that is why I do not think Qadri is Pakistan’s Ataturk or Mahatir. He is just one more in the line of many, looking to benefit from the uncertainty that is our national politics.
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the briefcase reformer How many times will the innocent and unfortunate people of Pakistan allow themselves to be duped by briefcase politicians, ambassadors, economists, bureaucrats and now a briefcase reformer to deliver them from excesses committed by them? It was a briefcase fake degree holder, closely related to a prominent politician of the ruling party, who gobbled rs 82 billion of OGrA and yet even the forthcoming elections could not deter his patrons from defiantly helping him flee from any accountability. The former MD of PIA, responsible for colossal losses to the tune of over rs 100 billion, lives comfortably in a palatial villa in Manchester, even getting his retirement benefits in full. The CAA, the sole profitable state corporation, faces a deficit courtesy its CFO who happened to be brother-in-law of perhaps one of most powerful man of this country. When will we realise that those, who have no stakes in this country and proclaim to be men who will save us, have only done harm to this country? Are there no qualified men or women who hold sole Pakistani nationality and capable of holding important public offices? Why does our every government desist from providing employment to Pakistani nationals who have not sworn an oath of loyalty to other nations? IRFAN BUTT Texas, USA
inertia over Gwadar Port Whenever the strategic importance of Pakistan comes under discussion, the potential of Gwadar Port stands out as an important aspect. The focus on the possibilities offered by Gwadar intensified manifold with the break of Soviet Union and the emergence of Central Asian states as independent entities. The landlocked countries are in search of corridors through which they could supply the energy starved world with their much in demand oil and gas merchandise. Gwadar is the most obvious choice. It also provides an alternative to the clogged arteries of communications passing through the bottleneck of Karachi Port. The decision by the Pakistan government in March 2002 to
begin development of the Gwadar Port was a timely one. The signing of an agreement with an operating subsidiary of the Port of Singapore Authority in Feb 2007 was a much needed fillip to push forward with the project with the required urgency. It is, however, disappointing to see that the project has lost steam and is marking time in doldrums. The development of Gwadar Port is a national project that has the bi-partisan support, yet it is disheartening to see that the project appears to have lost its developmental priority for reasons best known to those in command of the affairs of the ports and shipping. With a project of Gwadar’s magnitude, there are bound to be administrative difficulties and given the political will there is no reason why the same can’t be tackled in a reasonable timeframe. There is also a need to take out the bugs, if any, in the contract with the Port of Singapore Authority to ensure that obstacles hindering progress on the Gwadar Port are duly taken care of. The Ministry of the Ports and Shipping has the job cut out for her and needs to shake off its inertia that seems to be the major stumbling block in expeditious development of the Gwadar Port. GUL RAHMAN WAZIR Peshawar
Qadri’s opposition All political parties have fallen under Tahirul Qadri phobia. What these political parties failed to achieve in five years, Qadri has done in one day. Now that the PML-N and PPP have joined hands to oppose Qadri and his political agenda, the nation should not forget that these are actually the erstwhile political opponents of each other. The fear and consequences of long march has brought their leaders again close together to oppose this march which is basically meant to get rid of the corrupt politicians who have looted and plundered this country for the last 65 years. There is no justification shouting and condemning Qadri. Opposition’s major objection is that he has come at a time when elections are being held; secondly, he has come from Canada after five years with dual nationality. This is only a personal matter of the individual. We have legislators with dual nationality, we have ministers with fake degrees, we have ministers involved in mega corruption. These objections are ridiculous. While criticising him, it should be kept in mind that he is a Pakistani. As for as coming at this stage when the elections are being held is concerned, it is totally irrelevant. It is for him to decide when to come, a right decision must be taken at the right time and that’s what he has done.
He has just one demand that elections should be held according to the constitution of Pakistan and candidates for elections must be cleared by the Election Commission of Pakistan under article 62 and 63 of the constitution. Is it an unfair demand? The opposition to Qadri is not because of his dual nationality or his coming at wrong time but for his demanding vetting of applicants under article 62 and 63 of the constitution that if implemented, 99 percent of present lot of politicians will stand disqualified. That is what has unnerved the present political clout. The status quo will have to be changed for the survival of the country. All the political stakeholders should support him to bring about reforms that are long due and which this country deserves. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
‘the Pakistan that i see’ I agree to some extent with your reader Zarminay Haq in her letter of 3rd January. We should not look so dismal and gloomy over the situation in the country and particularly we should remember good things that are happening around us. But my viewpoint is that the good does not come very often or perhaps has not come at all these past few years. The troubles with our country are: firstly, bad things were never that bad before. Secondly, priorities are totally disarrayed. Pakistan was heavens not so long ago. There was no poverty to the extent it has today. Females were safe on streets. Corruption was within limits. Culprits were caught and even punished. There were safe places for families and kids. Things were under control. Where is my Pakistan? Arfas, Malalas and some more don’t satisfy me when I hear small infants crying in open, suffering from measles and womenfolk suffering from cold and hunger. Ms Haq, how can I think of pleasant things when I watch them day and night? Ms Haq, if you have any panacea to make me happy, please tell me sooner than soon. We have weird political scene with one Canadian coming in to demand amendments in constitution outside the normal way, and a British national supports him fully and with lousy arguments. The existing government gets daily orders from Washington what to do and what not to do. I don’t want to mention an unending list of other things when the entire police of Pakistan cannot catch Tauqir Sadiq who has vanished with rs 80 billion. There is nothing in Pakistan to rejoice. I may sound pessimist but I prefer to be realistic. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
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Charlie Sheen locks lips with porn star
h A R L I e Sheen rang in 2013 with porn star Georgia Jones at his newly opened Cabo bar, el Ganzo, where the thrice-divorced star reportedly threw a wild New year’s eve party. According to Us magazine, the ‘Anger Management’ star, famously known for his years-long love of prostitutes and porn stars, got hot and heavy with adult film actress Georgia Jones during a recent trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the New york Daily News reported. The couple didn’t appear shy when they were photographed locking lips outside of Sheen’s villa on December 31. Wearing a denim romper, with a cigarette in one hand and a beer in the other, Jones looked at ease as the 47-year-old actor leaned in for a kiss. news Desk
HY did Naomi Watts agree to play Princess Diana in the new film “Diana”? According to the actress, because the project was going to happen whether she accepted the role or not Calling the role “high, high, high risk,” but also a “very, very important piece of our history,” Watts told Peter Travers that the Princess Diana movie was like a fast-moving train she felt compelled to jump aboard. “It was a story that was going to be told, and I just felt like she was a fascinating woman,” Watts said. “It’s delicate because her boys are still around, obviously. Very much so. But, like I said, it was going to be told. Maybe it was more recent than people [expected].” Originally called “Caught in Flight,” “Diana” focuses on Diana’s long-time love affair with Dr. Hasnat Kahn (Naveen Andrews), the “love of her life.” According to Variety, the film will show “how finding true personal happiness for the first time allowed [Princess Di] to evolve into a major international campaigner and humanitarian.” Jessica Chastain was initially rumored for the role, but Watts took her place. “The filmmakers came to me and it’s a good script and it’s very scary and I kind of wanted to say no but I couldn’t,” Watts said last year. To play Diana, the actress dived into research materials headlong. “I read all the biographies. I looked at every piece of footage. I spent every single day, for weeks, listening to that Martin Bashir interview in my iPod,” Watts told Travers. “I didn’t want to get involved in a performance of mimicry, but I did want to be as exact as possible with the Bashir interview because everybody knows and remembers that well.” Whether or not Watts nailed the role won’t be known until “Diana” hits theaters later this year, but co-star Andrews is already an avowed fan. “I don’t think anyone else could have done it,” the former “Lost” star told the Press Association. “There’s no one else.” news Desk
Beyonce and Lady Gaga hint at reunion with matching earrings
eyoNCe Knowles and Lady Gaga have hinted that they are finally preparing a follow-up track to their hit song ‘Telephone,’ by wearing earrings with the single’s name ‘Ratchet’ etched on them. The video to the 2010 song had promised “To Be Continued” - now the sequel appears to be on its way. A few months back, Lady Gaga had posted a photograph of herself wearing earrings with the word “Ratchet” written on them, the Sun reported. Now, Beyonce has followed it up with an image of the same item hanging from her ears. Gaga had previously confirmed that she was singing a new song called ‘Ratchet,’ cowritten by rapper Azealia Banks. The track will be Beyonce’s and Lady Gaga’s third collaboration together, the first was for Beyonce’s track ‘Video Phone’ in 2009. news Desk
Unlike most youth-centric Bollywood films that project the current generation as carefree and unsure of their purpose in life, Vishal Bhardwaj has portrayed his characters — Matru ( Imran Khan) and Bijlee ( Anushka Sharma) — in Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola in a different light altogether. Bhardwaj feels that the youth today will not leave any stone unturned to bring about a social transformation as witnessed in the gangrape incident that happened in Delhi. Says the director, “Today, the youth are aware of the happenings around them and that is how I have projected Matru and Bijlee. See, living in a village like Mandola, one would stereotype them as typical village folks, but I have shown both
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my characters as well-educated individuals. Matru has studied law from a reputed university and though he has the option to take up a job in a big city, he chooses to return to his village. he dresses like the other villagers, speaks in haryanvi and becomes one of them. he dares to take a stand against the oppressors rather than accepting it as a way of life.” About Bijlee, Vishal adds, “Though she has completed her education from abroad, Bijlee chooses to contribute to society and the country at large. The common perception of a village girl is someone covered from head to toe and always sacrifices for others, but Anushka’s character is far from that. At the same time, she is confused whether she should listen to her heart or head — the perennial crossroad at which the young
Al Pacino said Friday that he decided not to meet famed record producer and convicted killer Phil Spector before portraying him in an HBO movie only to find he already had. A friend showed Pacino a 20-year-old photo in which the actor was standing next to Spector. Pacino said he has no memory of the moment. The movie, “Phil Spector,” debuts in March. It focuses on the client-attorney relationship between Spector and Linda Kenney Baden, who represented him in his first trial after he was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. That ended in a mistrial, but Spector was convicted in a second trial and is now serving 19 years to life in prison. Pacino wore a dizzying array of wigs in his portrayal of the eccentric Spector, whose “Wall of Sound” style was an integral part of pop music in the early 1960s.
KiM KARDAShiAn worried about child? Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is reportedly terrified her estranged husband Kris Humphries will try to interfere with her pregnancy. The 32-year-old is expecting her first child with boyfriend Kanye West, but after discovering that her estranged husband Kris Humphries could legally claim custody, Kim is upset, reports contactmusic.com. “Kim was shocked when she found out that Kris could technically try to get custody. It sounds totally crazy! Why would he do that when it’s only going to make him look bad. but Kim wouldn’t put anything past Kris, all he cares about is hurting her, so of course she’s worried that he’ll do something to ruin the best moment of her life,” a source told hollywoodlife.com. news Desk
represents the changing face of young India NeWS DeSK
AL PACiNo says he didn’t want to meet Spector
find themselves. Matru and Bijlee represent the changing face of young India who are willing to take charge of their lives in a positive, responsible way.” Imran, on his part, relates to Matru, too. having lived in different places in his growing-up years, he shares a special connect with Mumbai. “Likewise, Matru also has a special feeling for his village and stands for today’s youth — educated and aware, but concerned about his own people and sensitive to his culture,” says the actor. Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, presented by Fox Star Studios and produced by Vishal Bhardwaj, releases January 11.
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N the deadly sweep of every wave, said the poet Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib once, a thousand dangers lie in wait. he would have known of those dangers, for he lived through them. Rising to poetic prominence in the fading glory of the Mughals, he was fated to witness the decay and decline of what had once been one of the most powerful dynasties not just in India but in the entire world as well. As his twilight approached, Ghalib watched the Mughal dynasty peter out, through the sheer power of British colonialism soon after the outbreak and subsequent collapse of the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857. The hapless Bahadur Shah Zafar, emperor-poet, of whose munificence Ghalib had partaken of, was removed to Rangoon after a humiliating trial at the hands of the colonial power. It was in Rangoon that the heart-broken emperor would die. The British were determined that nothing remained of him and one way of ensuring that was to spray acid over the corpse of the emperor and so make sure his remains would quickly mingle with the soil in his grave. of Ghalib’s family we know hardly anything. he is said to have married at thirteen but then marriage could not keep him within its strict confines. he sired seven children, all of whom died before they could grow into adulthood. he was deeply attracted to women, and they to him. It is thought that he had at least one serious romantic liaison in his life, a phase which certainly must
have given a spurt to his poetry. If, as Ralph Russell once noted, Urdu poetry is meant to be recited and not read, and then Ghalib’s poetry was not merely recited but, on a more elevated level, transformed into soulful music. Recall the following: ‘Muddat hee hai yar ko / mehmaan kiye hue / josh-e-qada se bazm / chiraghaan kiye hue . . .’ Which, in Russell’s translation, stands thus: ‘An age has passed since I last / brought my beloved to my house / lighting the whole assembly /with the wine cup’s radiance’. Those among you who have heard Noor Jehan sing this number half a century ago, or more, will yet feel the bitter-beautiful pain inherent in the parting of loving man from beloved woman. Ghalib’s haveli at Gali Qasim Jaan, Ballimaaran, in old Delhi is where the poet spent the last years of his life. It is today a museum, home to poetry enthusiasts grateful to Ghalib for the exquisite nature of his poetry. And the poetry rested on love, all the way: ‘Love knows no difference between life and death / the one who gives you a reason to live / is also the one / who takes your breath away . . .’ Jawaharlal Nehru, having watched the movie ‘Ghalib’ (1954), was in his element as he told a happily surprised Suraiya: ‘you have put life into the soul of Mirza Ghalib.’ news Desk
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Indian Censor Board to address issue of objectionable lyrics In the wake of the Delhi gangrape case, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) CEO Pankaja Thakur plans to address the issue of objectionable lyrics in films and albums. She says, “I am going to raise this issue in the next board meeting. The chairperson and the board will take a call on how it should be addressed. Suggestions from the public are welcome.” Her recent post on a social networking site had read: “Today, I pledge not to post any song that objectifies women/treats them as commodity/discusses their physicality in
a denigrating way/has covert violence in lyrics or images/promotes the popular stereotype of women as lesser beings. I request my friends to check me in case I fail to keep my pledge.” Shouldn’t the film industry and CBFC be blamed for such songs? Thakur says, “We start looking for heroes and scapegoats when tragedy strikes. It is unfair to blame the film industry for all the evils prevalent in our society. As far as CBFC is concerned, let me put it on record that it does not clear any song or dialogue that either promotes violence against women or
Wealthy Indian spends £14,000 on a shirt made of GOLD to impress the ladies It is often said that money can’t buy love. But trying telling that to a wealthy Indian man who splashed out £14,000 on a solid gold shirt in the hope it will attract female attention. Money-lender Datta Phuge 32, from Pimpri-Chinchwad, commissioned the shirt which took a team of 15 goldsmiths two weeks to make working 16 hours a day creating and weaving the gold threads. It comes complete with its own matching cuffs and a set of rings crafted from left-over gold. ’I know I am not the best looking man in the world but surely no woman could fail to be dazzled by this shirt?’ he explained. ‘The gold shirt has been one of my dreams,’ Mr Phuge told Indian newspaper the Pune Mirror.’It will be an embellishment to my reputation as the ‘Gold man of Pimpri”, ‘Mr Phuge said. The gaudy shirt was assembled on a fabric base of imported white velvet, and comes with six Swarovski crystal buttons and an intricate belt, also made of gold. news Desk
falls under the ‘obscene’ category. While interpreting obscenity, the board keeps in mind the contemporary standard of society as well as the various court judgements where obscenity has been defined. The Cinematograph Act is also very clear about the depiction of women on screen.” So, how come there are a number of songs with vulgar lyrics floating in the market? She explains, “Songs (audio only) do not require certification. However, all music albums require certification, and action can be taken against the makers of uncertified albums if a case is registered against them. The only way to deal with the menace of vulgar lyrics is to show zero tolerance towards them. While CBFC is determined to play its role to the best of its capability, we should keep in mind that no mature society can afford to depend solely on the intervention of regulatory bodies.”
MEGAN FOX joins Twitter after death rumour NeWS DeSK Actress megan Fox joined Twitter just a few hours after fake news of her death started circulating on the micro-blogging site. some people started the fake news of “RIP megan Fox”, and the topic started trending immediately Jan 3, reports contactmusic.com. However, the actress came online a few hours later and wrote: “I’m incredibly late to the party but I’m here nonetheless, so what now?”
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Infotainment 14 World’s 100 richest people added $241 billion to their net worth in 2012
OrLD’S 100 richest people added $241 Billion to their net worth iThe world’s richest people just got richer. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the 100 richest people in the world added $241 billion to their combined net worth in 2012, bringing their total stash to a whopping $1.9 trillion. Of the 100 richest people on the planet, Bloomberg notes that only 16 registered a net loss last year. “Last year was a great one for the world’s billionaires,” said John Catsimatidis, the billionaire owner of red Apple Group Inc. “In 2013, they will continue looking for investments around the world -- and not necessarily in U.S. -- that will give them an advantage.” Amancio Ortega, the Spanish fashion executive who founded retailer Inditex, was the year’s biggest financial winner. He reportedly added $22.2 billion to his wealth. He is currently listed as the third richest man on the planet with a net worth of $57.9 billion. The wealthiest man in the world, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim -- now worth $75.8 billion -- is said to have enjoyed the second largest gain in his fortune. His net worth increased by $13.4 billion. Tech moguls Bill Gates of Microsoft, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, as well as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin, all made the list of
‘Absolute Zero’ may not be coldest temperature
CIENCE students learn that the coldest theoretical temperature isn’t found on either the Fahrenheit or Celsius scales, but on the Kelvin scale—at “absolute zero,” the point at which even atoms stop moving around. That might change, thanks to German physicists, though you might need a working knowledge of thermodynamics to understand exactly what they did. Samples from coverage: “Through an elaborate approach—harnessing lasers and rapidly-flipping magnetic fields—the scientists figured out how to push atoms to temporarily take on energies below absolute zero. ... researchers imagine that if new materials could somehow be made out of below-freezing atoms, then they would probably act in some mighty strange ways.” Smithsonianmag.com “They found that the negative temperature system was stable for hundreds of milliseconds, raising the prospect that we can study a radically different type of material.” ArsTechnica “This unusual advance could lead to new engines that could technically be more than 100 percent efficient, and shed light on mysteries such as dark energy, the mysterious substance that is apparently pulling our universe apart.” LiveScience news Desk
Report: online pirates take advantage of Google, yahoo
NLINE piracy may come mostly through a seemingly never-ending supply of torrent sites, but a new study is shining a light on the role mainstream online companies — namely, giants Google and Yahoo — have in supporting piracy. After all, even torrent sites need ads to survive, and many of their ads come from the biggest online ad providers— including Google and Yahoo, reports Vulture. The report by the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California lists the top 10 ad networks for the piracy sites. Leading the way is OpenX, but Google was second and Yahoo sixth. Google requires agreement to its terms of service to participate in its advertising business, and those terms include a ban on copyright infringement. “But,” writes Claude Brodesser-Akner on Vulture, “the onus has largely been on the copyright holders to object.” Unsurprisingly, both Google and Yahoo denied supporting piracy sites, emphasizing the steps they’ve taken to fight copyright violators. news Desk
the top 100 wealthiest people in the world when markets closed on Dec. 31. Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad and the four Walmart heirs (Jim, Christy, Alice and rob Walton) also made the rich list. The ballooning wallets of the world’s richest people is not a new trend. In the United States, for example, the wealth gap between the country’s richest Americans and “typical” families is said to have “more than doubled” in the past five decades, according to some estimates. Citing a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), CNN’s Tami Luhby declared in September 2012 that the wealthiest 1 percent are now “288 times richer than you.” “That trend is happening for two reasons,” Luhby explained. “Not only are the rich getting richer, but the middle class is also getting poorer.” According to the EPI data, the net worth of a median household in the U.S. was $57,000 in 2010. In 1983, that figure was $73,000. On the other hand, the average net worth of the top 1 percent of the country has swelled. In 1983, their average net worth was said to be about $9.6 million. In 2010, that number jumped to about $16.4 million. As website Design&Trend notes, the public haven’t been all too happy with the news that the world’s wealthiest have fattened their piggy banks, with some disgruntled netizens calling for others to “stop buying” things from the planet’s richest. news Desk
How the internet will transform our cars When the Internet combined with the telephone to create the smartphone, it fundamentally changed our world. Now the Internet is in the process of combining with our automobiles, and it promises even bigger transformations, writes Thilo Koslowski in Wired. Apple, Sprint, and Intel have all made moves recently into the automotive industry. But what could those changes entail? • Self-driving cars. Yes, it’s been the science-fiction dream for ages. But as cars grow more connected, their systems are becoming more contextual, and next comes autonomy. In fact, Koslowski predicts at least three car companies will announce
identity of Princess Diana’s mystery friend revealed
HE question of her companion’s identity was solved last night when it was confirmed to be Adam russell, an Old Etonian and the great-grandson of former Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. The picture, to be sold at auction in America later this year, is thought to have been taken in 1979 or 1980, and despite the intimacy it depicts, Mr russell was said to be “just a friend” of Diana’s. The pair had been injured on the same ski trip and were relaxing togather when the photo was taken. Had “smitten” Mr russell made his feelings about her known sooner, the whole future of the British monarchy could have been very different, it was suggested. Andrew Morton, the royal biographer, told ITV News: “They kept each other company while the others went skiing and at the end of the holiday Adam was somewhat smitten but absolutely nothing happened. “He left unspoken the fact that he hoped the friendship between himself and Diana could be renewed and developed upon his return. “When he arrived home a year later it was too late. A friend told him: ‘You’ve only got one rival - the Prince of Wales.” Mr russell is now believed to be a deer farmer living in Dorset. The picture was sold to the Daily Mirror in 1981 two days after Diana’s engagement to Charles was announced. The newspaper chose not to use the picture - hence the instruction “not to be published” scrawled across it. news Desk
NyPD stops precinct’s tweets on released felons
plans for autonomous technology vehicles by 2016. Maybe even ones that can pick up your groceries. • Better safety. Road navigation systems that warn of bad drivers nearby, and safer routes to avoid them. • Subsidized car purchases. As cars integrate more closely with our digital lives, car makers will pay us for teaming up with telecommunications companies and other lifestyle manufacturers. • No ownership. Groups of drivers could have on-demand access to whatever type of car is required on any given day. NeWS DeSK
HE NYPD has shut down for now a Brooklyn precinct’s Twitter feed that warned residents when local felons had been released from prison, reports DNAInfo. The precinct commander used the feed to post the photos and names of ex-cons who were back on the streets, arguing that it was public information that protected residents. Privacy advocates countered that it was unfair, and maybe illegal, because the criminals had served their time. Either way, the site has been dark since Dec. 16, and NYPD chief ray Kelly says the department needs to re-evaluate its social media protocol: “We want to examine the whole issue. Obviously, social media, we want to use it productively. We want to use it legally. A lot of this is just new ground. It needs to be examined, and that’s what we’re going to do.” news Desk
Sony finally kills the PS2 It was the console that seemed like it would never die, but after 12 years, Sony has finally ceased production on the PlayStation 2, the Guardian reports. (We know what you’re thinking: Yes, they were still making PS2s.) The console, originally launched in 2000, ends its run as arguably the most successful system of all time, selling 150 million units worldwide. The move comes as the next generation of consoles winds down, with Nintendo launching the Wii U, and Microsoft expected to announce a new XBox this summer. The PS2’s successor, the PS3, has sold about 70 million units since its 2006 launch, but has never matched the PS2’s success—a major blow given how expensive it was to develop. Some believe that when Sony finally unveils the PS4, it will be the last traditional console. “Certainly the idea of console cycles that last seven years seems like a busted flush now,” says a former PlayStation Magazine editor. news Desk
Women attack india bar over ‘rapist’ cocktail
APE is sort of a touchy subject in India right now, so promoting a new cocktail named “Balatkari” (meaning “rapist”) probably isn’t a great idea. But a Mumbai bar called Bonobo did it anyway, sparking a fierce protest from a group of women from India’s Nationalist Congress Party. The women stormed the bar, ripped up its menus, and even attacked a bartender, the Independent reports. “It is shameful to know that some people do not consider rape as a heinous crime,” one protester said. news Desk
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form. While India's cup of woes has been brimming, it is a totally different story for the Pakistanis who have found everything going in their favour. The batting has clicked with Jamshed in stunning form while the experienced Mohammad Hafeez and Younis Khan have also chipped in with useful contributions. But it is their bowling which has really made the difference, particularly the potent pace trio of Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Umar Gul. Junaid has shown an exceptional ability to swing the ball and used the damp conditions in Chennai to devastating effect by ripping through India's top order. Junaid was impressive in Kolkata also where he got reverse swing going and the jittery Indians must find a way to tackle him. Irfan, the towering 7 feet one inch speedster, has also proved to be quite a handful for the Indians, getting the ball to bounce disconcertingly while Gul has also been impressive. In the spin department, Saeed Ajmal can prove to be a wily customer while Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are good at doing the containing job. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq could not have asked for a better show from his teammates who have outplayed the Indians in every department of the game. "Indian batsmen are struggling for quite a long time. But I think our bowlers exploited the conditions better. Normally we get flat pitches here in India. But both the pitches -- in Chennai and Kolkata -- were challenging for batsmen," he said. Misbah is now looking for a clean sweep and it should not be difficult. The toss may play a big role given the dew factor and the chilly winter conditions. The team which wins the toss, may opt to bowl first as dew may hamper spinners later. Though the match has been rendered inconsequential, a full house is expected at the Ferozeshah Kotla with tickets being sold out for the Sunday showdown.
ATTErED and bruised by yet another series defeat, India's struggling cricketers will seek to restore some pride when they go into the third and final One-dayer against arch-rivals Pakistan in New Delhi on Sunday (today) with the future of some of the under-performing stars at stake. But the visitors would go all out to seal the series sweep after winning both the first ODIs. The collective failure of the top order batsmen even in home conditions has hurt the team badly in recent times and the hosts will need a huge spark of inspiration to prevent the spirited Pakistanis from achieving a 3-0 clean sweep. Clearly, the pressure will be on the Indians who have been plagued by an inexplicable form slump of their star batsmen while the limited and inexperienced bowling resources have compounded the misery for the hosts who have now sunk to a new low with the recent debacles. With the series already out of their grasp, the Indians may experiment by giving a chance to some of their bench players but whether they can change the team's sliding fortunes remains to be seen in a day-night game which will start at noon to neutralise the dew factor. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in good form with the bat, has been at a loss to explain the repeated failures and there have been suggestions that he should promote himself up the order considering the poor form of the top half. The hosts lost the first game in Chennai by six wickets and the second in Kolkata by 85 runs to give their arch foes their first series win on Indian soil since 2004-05. Unless the Indians put up a far better display, the Ferozeshah Kotla could be a witness another drubbing for Dhoni and his struggling men. Ajinkya rahane, who has surprisingly not played a single match despite his decent showing in the two T20 games prior to the ODI series, is almost certain to feature in the playing eleven on Sunday. The two experienced openers -- Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir -- have invariably failed to give a good start and that has hurt the team badly. The Indians may contemplate benching either Sehwag or Gambhir and let rahane open the innings. The form of Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh raina has been patchy and none of them have shown
consistency nor have they shouldered the responsibility. In the absence of retired greats like Sachin Tendulkar and rahul Dravid, the experienced players in the team have not shown the willingness to take the batting load. India's bowling also does not have the bite to pose much problems for the strong Pakistani batting line-up
which has been well-served by left-handed opener Nasir Jamshed who has cracked back-to-back centuries. The trio of Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda and Bhuvneshwar Kumar neither have the pace nor the consistency to evoke any confidence while spinners r Ashwin and ravindra Jadeja have also not been in the of best
New Zealand train while South Africa tan CAPe ToWN aGenCies
While South Africa's squad dispersed hours after completing their innings victory at Newlands and will enjoy three days off, New Zealand are not taking any breaks before for the second Test. They have practices planned for both days of the weekend which would have spent playing Test cricket had the match not ended before tea on Friday. "It's important to feel the pulse of the group and find out what's required in terms of training because quite a mental toll gets taken on you when you play a Test match," Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, said after defeat. "There are times when you need to get straight back on the horse and other times when you need to have a little bit of reflection." Team management decided to put the emotion aside and concentrate on the former, despite a feeling of embarrassment
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and shock still running deep in their squad. McCullum used the word "hurt," at least four times when discussing how his players felt. That is unsurprising given that they lost the match in an hour and 40 minutes on the first morning when they were bowled out for 45. New Zealand had seven sessions after that to digest what they had done and claw back respect. They managed to do a bit of both. McCullum is adamant that they cannot forget about being dismissed in less than 20 overs in a Test because the memory of that will help them avoid repeating it. But he also recognises that the team has to move on quickly because another challenge awaits. For them to do that, they have focus on how they improved as the match went on and how they can continue to perform at the level they did on days two and three. "The way we responded with the ball on the second day and then to get to 169 for 4 was a remarkable improvement from the previous day," McCullum said. "We've seen
some ways where we can be successful against South Africa if we do those hard yards upfront." It helped that New Zealand's bowlers were able to exploit the movement on offer on the second morning. They also adjusted their lengths accordingly after they were guilty of inconsistency as they chased the game on the first afternoon. McCullum hinted that there will be some changes to the attack. Chris Martin's three-wicket return may not justify replacing him but the suggestion is that Neil Wagner, another leftarm quick, will play in Port Elizabeth. Only if New Zealand are feeling particularly brave will they gamble on the rookie left-armer, Mitchell McClenaghan. Their spinner is also a cause for concern. Jeetan Patel was ineffective with the ball and comically bad with the bat. Bruce Martin, a left-arm spinner, has been taking wickets domestically and could come into contention for that spot. One thing McCullum confirmed is that the batting, albeit the main problem, will not be tinkered with. That is partly because New Zealand do not have too many options. Colin Munro is the only reserve batsman on tour so the same top six will front up in the second Test. "They deserve an opportunity again especially since we can see some improvements," McCullum said. In the second innings, New Zealand's line-up, bar Martin Guptill, moved their feet better, chose their shots more selectively and showed better temperament which included more patience and less hot-headed, ill-thought out aggression. By doing that, they bored South Africa's bowlers somewhat. The evening session on day two saw the South Africa quicks drift. They expected New Zealand to struggle against the short ball but they didn't get the length exactly right and when they tried to go fuller and induce an edge, they gave away runs. According to McCullum that was how New Zealand transferred some of the pressure back to South Africa.
inDia: Mahendra Singh dhoni (c & wk), virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, virat Kohli, yuvraj Singh, rohit Sharma, Suresh raina, ravichandran ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, ishant Sharma, ashok dinda, ajinkya rahane, ravindra Jadeja, amit Mishra and Mohammad Shami ahmed. pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Mohammad Hafeez, nasir Jamshed, azhar ali, younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Kamran akmal (wk), Junaid Khan, umar Gul, Saeed ajmal, Mohammad irfan, anwar ali, Haris Sohail, imran farhat, umar akmal, wahab riaz, Zulfiqar Babar.
Dhoni doubtful for todayâ€™s match
NEW dElHI: MS Dhoni's participation in the final ODI against Pakistan is in doubt after he complained of soreness in his back during practice at the Kotla in Delhi. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has been called up as back-up for the Indian captain. "If at all somebody is doubtful, it's me," Dhoni said when asked about the absence of Yuvraj Singh at the practice session. "Since it was an optional practice session, Yuvraj did not come." The issue of who will take over the captaincy will come to the fore if Dhoni misses out on Sunday. Over the last year, India have had three alternatives: Virender Sehwag when Dhoni was out with over-rate bans in Australia, Virat Kohli was vice-captain in Asia Cup, Gautam Gambhir in Sri Lanka, and now there is no official
vice-captain. When asked, Dhoni said, "Let's hope that I play. We'll see today." The final decision on Dhoni's fitness will be taken on the morning of the match. The news will be a setback for the Indian side who have already lost the series to Pakistan, and are looking to avoid their first home ODI series whitewash since 198384. Dhoni was the only India batsman who showed form in the previous two matches. He has scored 167 runs - 106 more than Suresh raina, who is second in the series without being dismissed. Only twice in his career before he has been ruled out due to injury. Both times, it was the back problem that kept him out - once against New Zealand in Napier and against Bangladesh in Chittagong. aGenCies
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USTrALIA were on the verge of a 3-0 series sweep after reducing Sri Lanka to 225 for seven with a slender lead of 87 at close of play on a dramatic third day of the third test on Saturday. The hosts dominated the morning courtesy of a sparkling unbeaten century from Matthew Wade before declaring at 432-9 with a first innings lead of 138 just before lunch. The tourists stormed back in the second session on the back of a century partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne (85) and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (60) to fleetingly raise the prospect of a first ever Sri Lanka test win in Australia.
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the crease facing a huge task to extend the lead and make Australia's chase anything more than a formality. "It could have gone pear-shaped quickly," Wade told reporters. "It could have gone the wrong way for us this afternoon but luckily enough
Karunaratne fell short of his maiden test century soon after tea with his country still six runs in arrears, however, and Sri Lanka then crumbled to lose six wickets for just 93 runs. At stumps, Dinesh Chandimal (22) and rangana Herath (9) were at
Pakistan have a perfect record at Kotla
Yardage numbers were often meaningless for rickie Fowler on a brutal Friday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii where the first round was eventually abandoned because of severe gusting winds. With golf umbrellas bending sharply in intermittent driving rain and balls being blown off line on the more exposed greens, Fowler realised he simply had to choose his shot and then try to pull it off. “For the most part, I told my caddie I almost didn't even need any (yardage) numbers today,” American Fowler told reporters after the opening round was scrapped because of winds gusting up to 45 mph (72.4 kph). “It's more looking at the shot and seeing what the weather is, just grab a club and pick the flight and hit it. Numbers were kind of irrelevant at times. “I had a ball that rolled up the hill on (hole) six with a gust; and that was a few holes back from when we finished. We didn't say anything. We were just kind of toughing it out ... guinea pigs up front.” Fowler and fellow American Jason Dufner had teed off as the first pairing of the day in the PGA Tour's season-opening event at the Kapalua resort. They had completed only eight holes, with Fowler slipping to three over par and Dufner sitting at one over, when play was suspended. Organisers later decided to wipe out the first round and send the players out on Saturday in a bid to complete 36 holes. “After the strong winds that came through and the weather, I felt like it was a smart decision,” said Fowler, who booked his place in the elite, winners-only field of 30 with his maiden PGA Tour victory at last year's Wells Fargo Championship.
ATTErED and bruised by yet another series defeat, India’s struggling cricketers will seek to restore some pride when they go into the third and final One-day international against arch-rivals Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi on Sunday (January 6) with the future of some of the under-performing stars at stake. Pakistan have a perfect record at this ground. They have won only match played against India here. India, on the other hand, have won 10, lost five and abandoned one in 16 one day internationals played at this ground. The hosts will need a huge spark of inspiration to prevent the spirited Pakistanis from achieving a 3-0 clean sweep. India have been whitewashed at home only once, by West Indies, who were intent on payback after the World Cupfinal loss, in 1983-84. Pakistan recorded a 159-run victory over India in the only match played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground. In front of their president, Pervez Musharraf, and Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, almost every batsman contributed. Shahid Afridi threatened a repeat of previous match at Kanpur, with 44 in 23 balls, and a chillingly composed 72 from Shoaib Malik gave the innings a solid base. Mohammed Yousuf Yand Inzamam-ul-Haq made lan-
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guid fifties, both terminated by doubtful decisions, and an impromptu 40 from Younis Khan helped them accelerate to 303 for eight in 50 overs. Then, fired up after Naved-ul-Hasan dismissed Virender Sehwag asnd Pakistan’s bowlers and fielders did the rest as a newly laid pitch crumbled alarmingly. There was a 20minute interruption when Mohammad Kaif was sixth out at 94 and disgruntled spectators threw bottles on to the field. It would not have soured the sweetness of Pakistan’s biggest one-day win by runs over India. India's were all out in 144 in 37 overs, their lowest total at this ground. Staging cricket in north India is a challenge in winter. ranji Trophy
matches have all been hit by fog and bad light. The groundsman, Venkat Sundaram, has been quoted in press saying he has always asked the BCCI to not stage matches in Delhi at this time of the year. In fact, Feroz Shah Kotla has hosted only three international matches in January. However, Venkat Sundaram says the pitch is ready. The match strip produced a result in three days and a bit in the firstclass match between Delhi and Odisha in November, but don’t expect such help for seamers in the One dayer The temperature is likely to swing between 4C and 15C. Fog and dew will be factors too, which is why we have the game starting at noon.
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HiGHest inninGs totals: inDia: 289-6 in 50 overs vs australia 22-10-1987 289-3 in 50 overs vs new Zealand 03-11-1994 pakistan: 303-8 in 50 overs vs india 17-04-2005
lowest inninGs totals: inDia: 144 in 37 overs vs Pakistan 17-04-2005 pakistan: no instance
HiGHest inDiViDual sCores: inDia: 137 Sachin tendulkar vs Sri Lanka 02-03-1996 pakistan: 72 Shoaib Malik vs india 17-04-2005
best bowlinG perforManCes: inDia: 5-31 Harbhajan Singh vs england 28-03-2006 pakistan: 3-33 arshad Khan vs india 17-04-2005.
Tournament of Champions halted HAWAII: The first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions was cancelled because of extreme weather conditions. Webb Simpson was leading on three under after seven holes when play was stopped, but he, like all the other players who had begun their rounds, will have to start from scratch on Saturday. “It started off bad and got worse,” Slugger White, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and operations, told www.pgatour.com. “It was pretty nasty out there.”
Play had already been suspended twice amid rain and wind which blew up to 45mph before the day was finally scrapped. It will be the first time since the 2005 Players Championship a round has been restarted. “It stinks for me,” Simpson, who earlier had his umbrella broken and said he felt like he was “in a hurricane”, told the Golf Channel. “I got off to a great start, but it's how it goes. The good news is, I'm playing well. I'll try to carry it into tomorrow [Saturday].” aGenCies
our bowlers were good enough and they did well to pull it back. "We've got to take three wickets as quickly as we can because we don't want to be chasing too many on that wicket." Tillakaratne Dilshan departed for five after just half an hour of the Sri Lanka innings but Karunaratne soon indicated he was in no mood to capitulate. The 24year-old lefthander, playing only his fourth test, smashed 11 boundaries in his 109-ball knock - the best of them a huge lofted six over long-on with which he brought up his second test fifty. He survive a big scare on 54 when he was dropped behind by Wade but departed soon after tea when the wicketkeeper held on to the ball when Karunaratne was drawn into an edge by Jackson Bird's reverse swing.
Herath alive and bowling despite death rumours SYDNeY aGenCies
As Mark Twain might have said, rumours of the death of Sri Lankan spinner rangana Herath which spread like wildfire across social media late on Friday proved to be greatly exaggerated. Far from lying in a Sydney morgue alongside former test bowler Chaminda Vaas after perishing in a car crash as the reports had suggested, Herath was very much alive when he pitched up for work at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. The most prolific wicket-taker in test cricket last year, the 34-year-old leg spinner claimed two Australian wickets to seal a haul of four for 95 and then contributed nine runs with the bat. Team mate Dimuth Karunaratne told reporters at the conclusion of the day's play that the team had been dumbfounded by the rumours. "I heard about it when we were having breakfast but I had no idea where that came from," he said with a laugh. "Guys from Sri Lanka were calling us asking 'when is the funeral?' and stuff like that. "rangana is alive," he added, somewhat unneccessarily. Herath's efforts were not enough to prevent Australia taking an iron grip on the third test match on Saturday and move to the brink of a 3-0 series sweep. That could all change, however, if he and Dinesh Chandimal, who finished the third day unbeaten on 22, are able to dig in on Sunday, inflate their lead beyond the current 87 and give Sri Lanka a decent target to bowl at. The Sydney track has traditionally offered a lot of turn for spinners in the last couple of days of a test and, as Herath's 60 wickets last year showed, there are few better spinners operating in test cricket at the moment. "The wicket is turning a lot now and the Aussie guys are playing the fourth innings, so I think rangana... can do something," said Karunaratne.
Phil Taylor may face disciplinary action following an angry reaction to raymond van Barneveld's handshake during the PDC World Championship semi-finals. Taylor, who went on to win a 16th world title, reacted angrily as his opponent tried to shake his hand following the nerve-wracking 6-4 victory. The incident will be examined by the Darts regulation Authority, and if it's concluded the player has brought the game into disrepute, then a financial penalty is most likely. A spokesman for the PDC said: “As with any incident like this, it has been referred to the Darts regulation Authority. “They will decide if there's been any breach of the rules and whether there should be a punishment.” Taylor, who is widely regarded as the best darts player of all time, apologised to Van Barneveld following the altercation at Alexandra Palace and claimed his reaction was made “in the heat of the moment”.
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Irfan is the tallest man in business comment BeN DoRRIeS The land of the giants has a new resident. Glaring down at batsmen from a height of 216cm (7ft 1in), left-arm Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan is a much bigger species than the original "Big Bird'', Joel Garner. Human skyscraper Irfan towers over Garner (204cm) and is easily the tallest man to play international cricket. The product of rural Pakistan, who hails from the eastern Pakistan town of Gaggu Mandi, became a YouTube sensation after making his T20 debut against India in Bangalore last month. Fans could not stop clicking on internet footage of Irfan charging in to bowl at Indian opener Gautam Gambir, 48cm shorter. Sending them down at 145km/h and getting dangerous bounce, it is hard to fathom why 30-year-old
Irfan is a relative rookie in international cricket. He was working in a plastic pipe factory and playing park cricket before being spotted by talent scouts, who sent him to the national cricket academy in Lahore. In 2010, Irfan played two one-day internationals in England as a late replacement for spot-fixing bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer. Irfan turned plenty of heads with his bowling but was banished back to Pakistan domestic cricket when Shahid Afridi claimed his fielding wasn't up to scratch. As with just about everything in Pakistan, his exact height has been a subject of conjecture with "estimates'' from the Pakistan Cricket Board putting it anywhere between 212cm and 216cm. Irfan recently silenced speculation by insisting official measurements put him at 216cm. Australia's batsmen could run into Irfan as soon as June at the ICC Champions Trophy one-day tournament.
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17 Sports Karachi Kings, Gym face off in Super veterans cricket today LAHoRe staff report
Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association is organizing the Fourth Super Veterans (Over 60 Years) T/20 Cricket Match on Sunday 6th January 2013. This will be the Fourth match officially played in Cricket History between the two teams of Over 60 year Cricketers. This was stated in a Press release by Mr. Fawad Ijaz Khan Chairman Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association. This Match will be played under ICC T/20 rules (with the exception of each team comprising of 12 players) by the Teams of Karachi Gymkhana and Karachi Kings of over 60 Years Cricketers at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket Ground on Sunday 6th January 2013 at 11:00 am. Mr. Fawad Ijaz Khan Chairman PVCA has announced Karachi Kings Super Veterans and Karachi Gymkhana Super Veterans Cricket Teams for the Match. Karachi Gymkhana will be led by Masroor Mirza Ahmed and Karachi Kings by Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah. Mr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Honorable Governor, Government of Sindh will be the Chief Guest and will distribute prizes at the Conclusion of the Match at 4:15 p.m. Sajid Abbasi will be Match referee and Umpires will be riazuddin and Mehboob Shah. The Teams are: KARACHI GymKHANA: Masroor Mirza (Captain), Islahuddin Siddiqui, Jamil Gul, Dr. Faiz Muhammad Khan, Mian Muhammad Sharif, Altaf Agha, Mir Haider Ali Talpur, Akber Mahmood , Akbar Pesnani, Iqbal Agha, Muzaffar Alam, Akhtar Shah and Nawaz Ali. KARACHI KINGs: Dr. Mohammad Ali Shah (Captain), Asad Ashraf Malik, Brig ® Salahuddin, Arif Habib, Mutaqqi Hussain, Salim Ullah, rafiq Allahrakhah, Fariduddin, Arshad Nawaz, Dr. Sabih Nasr, Qaisar Anwar, Nasir Shah, Shahid Wadood and Fasihullah Siddique.
Murray backs time penalty rule after win BRISBANe aGenCies
NDY Murray has thrown his unequivocal support behind the crackdown on time-wasting in tennis because he believes it will turn the sport into even more of a survival of the fittest. The U.S. Open champion was speaking after he eased into the Brisbane International final on Saturday when his opponent Kei Nishikori retired but he does have one issue with the ruling, admitting the 25second limit is a little too short. The top-seeded Briton and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov will contest the Brisbane title on Sunday amid widespread controversy over the strict enforcement of a rule that had been virtually ignored for years. Dimitrov will aim to usurp the defending champion after a 6-3 5-7 7-6 triumph against Marcos Baghdatis that was
notable for the Cypriot being penalised for a time violation in the deciding tiebreaker. The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) is trying to speed up matches and an automatic fault was called against Baghdatis when he exceeded the time limit at 2-2 in the tiebreaker. Baghdatis was clearly agitated by the call at such a crucial juncture and Dimitrov won the decider 7-5 to reach his first tour final and earn a clash with Murray. The Briton made a sluggish start to his semi-final but rallied to lead Nishikori 6-4 2-0 when the Japanese number one withdrew because of a knee injury. Murray said the crackdown on time wasting had stemmed from Novak Djokovic's win over rafael Nadal in their gruelling 2012 Australian Open final that lasted almost six hours. “I'm for them being more strict with the time, but I think they maybe should have increased the time allowed first, because 25 seconds
Jahan dad steers Golden Star win LAHoRe staff report
Jahan Dad Khan of Golden Star hit a century to lead his team to a sensational win against Cantt Eagles Club by four runs in a friendly match here the other day. sCOREs: Golden Star 253 for five. Jahan Dad made 118 with the help of eight four and three sixes, Mohammad Asif 60, Azamul Haq 32, Saeedul Hassan 23. Yasir and Shahid shared two wickets each. Cantt Gymkhana 249 for all. Hassan Ali was the top scorer with 70 runs. Captain Mohammad Ashraf fiev for 33, BIlal Butt had three wickets and Mohammad Farhan two. Jahan Dad for his brilliant performance got the man of the match award.
goes by pretty quick,” Murray said. “We were told the reason for them changing the rule is because of the Aussie Open final last year, which I think everyone agrees was a classic match. “right now, that match is getting shown whenever there is a delay or someone has pulled out or something, so it's not like the TV hated the match and they're never going to show it again,” he added. “I also think tennis has changed since the time rule began between points. The rallies are much, much longer, so therefore it takes longer to recover. “I like that there is a time violation in there. I think it'll be good, but I think starting off with 25 seconds at the beginning was a bit too much, because players just aren't used to playing at that pace. “It's a huge advantage for the returner, not for the server, because the returner can just get to the line and just stand there and say he's ready whereas the server, 99 percent of the players bounce the ball three or four times before their serve. “That's when guys are getting the penalties, when they're actually bouncing. I got one the other day whilst I was bouncing a ball. “I like the idea behind it. I just think they could have adjusted the time in between the points a little bit.” The U.S. Open and Olympic champion claimed 30 seconds would have been a more realistic limit, but denied umpires should take into consideration the length of a rally or stage of the match. “I think it's wrong that people say they have to give a bit of leeway if there is a long point,” Murray added. “I don't agree with that. I think that's when the person who is physically stronger gains an advantage. They should be recovering in a certain amount of time, but I just think they should have adjusted the time slightly. “All it takes is a shoelace to come undone and you're out of time. Guys have been getting warnings when they change their racquet for breaking a string or whatever. That's also not right.” Dimitrov had no issue with the rule and believed Baghdatis lost rhythm after the umpire's intervention. “I think it's good,” he said. “Let's not forget that the players voted for that, so I guess it's if they want it to be there, it's there. It's kind of their call.” The 21-year-old is contesting his first ATP final at the beginning of what he hopes will be a breakthrough year. Nicknamed 'Baby Federer' because of the similarity in style and natural ability to 17-times major winner roger Federer, the Bulgarian denied the comparison had become a burden.
Dobriskey stays positive LoNDoN aGenCies
Lisa Dobriskey hopes she will be in for an injury-free 2013 campaign when it starts in Edinburgh on Saturday. The 29-year-old has enjoyed a first uninterrupted winter of training since winning 1,500 metres silver at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, after last year having to overcome a stress fracture to her femur and life-threatening blood clots on her lungs. Those setbacks fol-
lowed surgery on a long-term hip problem the previous October, but Dobriskey still managed to reach the Olympic 1,500m final, finishing 10th in London. She goes up against the likes of Olympic 5,000m champion Meseret Defar, 5,000 and 10,000m world champion Vivian Cheruiyot and former world 10,000m champion Linet Masai in a three-kilometre invitational race at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country in Holyrood Park. “I must admit I thought it was going to be a lot lower key than it is,
but it's always a pleasure to line up against such pedigree,” Dobriskey said. “I am really looking forward to racing as I haven't been able to race at this time of year for a while due to injury, so I'm grateful to be healthy. “I loved every second of the Games, but I have a pang of regret and sadness when I think back to it. I hoped for so much more but was just not good enough on the day. I feel I got as much as I could out of what I had to work with, but it wasn't what I wanted.
aucKLand: agnieszka radwanska poses with the trophy after beating yanina wickmayer in the final.
ronaldo remains focused on real LoNDoN aGenCies
ronaldo has been one of the key men in real's recent successes, with his 46 goals for Los Blancos in the La Liga last season helping them win their first league title since 2008. The former Sporting CP player has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu since the end of last season amidst widespread reports of the Portuguese international falling out with several of the real squad, and the likes of Manchester United and French giants Paris SaintGermain have been touted as possible destinations for the 27-year-old. However, ronaldo moved to downplay speculation that he was unhappy at the club, claiming that he would never give anything but his best for Los Blancos whenever he stepped onto the pitch.
Barca not taking title race for granted MADRID aGenCies
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is refusing to take the title for granted as his side prepare for Sunday's derby against Espanyol at the Nou Camp. Tito Vilanova's side are nine points clear at the top of the La Liga table after 16 victories and a draw from their 17 league matches this season. They take on an Espanyol side third from bottom, but Valdes is in no doubt how important the match against their city rivals will be. “We have not yet finished the first lap, the reality is that we have good cushion, but not a definitive one,” he told reporters. “There is a long way to go and
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many points to play for. All teams deserve the same respect in a very competitive league, you cannot let up.” Underdogs Espanyol are buoyed by a 2-2 draw they registered with champions real Madrid in December. “The game at the Bernabeu's is a reference point,” said striker Sergio Garcia. “Nobody expected anything and we got a draw we deserved.” Hector Moreno is equally positive that his side can get a result. “What counts in the end is what we do, as the team have a good chance to get something from there,” he said. “We are in a good place,
working hard, and we want to continue.” Madrid's title challenge may be all but over with Jose Mourinho's side 16 points behind Barcelona, but defender Sergio ramos is not giving up and has backed his side to beat real Sociedad on Sunday. “I think if you ask any fan, whether old or new, we continue to fight for every title,” he said. “The league is complicated but not impossible. And what better way to start than against real. “It is possible the team is anxious. I do not think that's the problem, but the break was good to re-
flect. “But we are on the right track and the attitude is always good.” ramos and Pepe are both banned, although the Portuguese also faces a month off after surgery on an ankle injury, whilst Fabio Coentrao and Marcelo are both also injured. With raul Albiol also still suffering with an ankle injury, raphael Varane and ricardo Carvalho are likely to be paired together in central defence, while Nacho or Michael Essien will once again have to fill in at left-back. Sociedad are seventh and are unbeaten since early November and midfielder David Zurutuza is confident that his side can spring a surprise when they visit the Bernabeu. He told Diario Vasco: “real Sociedad have a team capable of win-
ning in any stadium. We know that it is a very difficult place to go because everyone knows the players that real Madrid have, but if we are ambitious and they have a bad day who is to say we can't take something?” Sunday's other matches see Celta Vigo play real Valladolid and real Mallorca host second-placed Atletico Madrid. On Saturday, Athletic Bilbao travel to Levante, Granada are at home to Valencia, Deportivo host Malaga and Sevilla play Osasuna. Monday's match is rayo Vallecano against Getafe. On Friday, real Betis did their chances of securing Champions League football next season a world of good with a hard fought 2-1 win over real Zaragoza.
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Sports 18 Radwanska beats Wickmayer to claim title AUCKlANd: Top seed Agnieszka radwanska began her Australian Open preparations in winning style, accounting for 2010 champion Yanina Wickmayer to claim the Auckland Classic title on Saturday. The world number four, who had not dropped a set throughout the tournament on the central Auckland courts, beat the 23-year-old Belgian 6-4 6-4 to claim her 11th WTA tour title. Both players had trouble with their serve in the first set, with Wickmayer, who had problems with her ball toss in the windy conditions, broken in just the third game of the set. The Belgian, however, managed to get back into the match when she broke to level at 4-4 only for radwanska to break back immediately and then serve out to take the set in 45 minutes. Wickmayer, who was told by her coach to start treating the game as a practice session and just go for her shots and not worry about the Pole's retrieving ability, made a strong start in the second set taking a 2-0 lead. radwanska's consistency under pressure, however, proved the telling point in the second set, constantly putting the ball back into play and waiting for the tall Belgian to make errors. aGenCies
Li gets Melbourne boost with Shenzhen title SHeNzHeN aGenCies
Top seed Li Na survived a mid-match meltdown to overcome Czech Klara Zakopalova 6-3 1-6 7-5 in the final of the inaugural Shenzhen Open on Saturday, earning the Chinese a seventh career title. World number seven Li, who won the 2011 French Open, looked in danger of disappointing the home fans after surrendering her serve in the first game of the deciding set. Li, who beat fellow Chinese Peng Shuai 6-4 6-0 in Friday's semi-finals, hit back to win five of the next six games but from 5-2 up allowed fifth seed Zakopalova to draw level at 5-5. In a topsy-turvy finish encapsulating the match, Li collected herself to put together two solid games and give her a boost ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 14. Li reached the final of the year's first grand slam in Melbourne in 2011 before going on to become China's first major singles champion in Paris. Saturday's victory was Li's second WTA title in China, following her breakthrough at Guangzhou in 2004 when she became the first Chinese winner on the women's tour. The $500,000 Shenzhen tournament became the third event in China on the WTA calendar for 2013 as tennis continues to expand in the country after Li's recent success.
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Shiffrin leaps above Maze ZAGREb: Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin leapt above overall World Cup leader Tina Maze in the slalom standings after emphatically triumphing in Zagreb on Friday night. Shiffrin, who won in Are last month, came home in a combined time of two minutes and 1.73 seconds for her second World Cup victory. The 17-year-old American finished a whopping 1.19secs ahead of Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, while Erin Mielzynski of Canada was over half a second further adrift in third. aGenCies
united still fa cup’s main draw: fergie lONdON: Sir Alex Ferguson still believes in the romance of the FA Cup and feels Manchester United are the hottest date of all. Saturday's third round tie at West Ham will be the 37th consecutive time United have been televised in the competition. Not since their home game with then non-league Exeter in 2005 has a red Devils FA Cup match failed to be screened live. And given amongst that fixture list are three meetings with Liverpool and Arsenal, two apiece with Everton, Tottenham and Manchester City, plus encounters with Newcastle, Chelsea and Leeds, Ferguson feels sufficiently emboldened to indulge in a little mischief making. aGenCies
The Two J’s comment MUHAMMAD BUTT They are both twenty three, left handed and in many ways represent the future of Pakistan cricket. The comparisons do not quite end there (more on that later) but for now whisper it slowly-for you do not want to jinx them-but both Nasir Jamshed and Junaid Khan have gone some way to alleviating some of the problems that have recently plagued the Pakistan cricket team. They have not suddenly burst onto the scene but have been performing solidly for a while now but perhaps needed a grander stage for the world to take notice. Pakistan will take on India today in the third and final ODI having wrapped up the series in Kolkata on Thursday evening. The manner of the victories was perhaps the most surprising factor; India have been on a downward spiral for a while now but one expected them to put up a better fight in the shorter format at home and more importantly against arch-rivals Pakistan. Blaming India’s insipid performance too much though would be a disservice to the Pakistan side that appeared not only hungrier but also more disciplined and the two people who epitomized these qualities the most were Jamshed and Junaid. The career trajectories of both have some similarities. Both were discovered at an early age but the presence of shinier (debatable) stars meant their progression went somewhat under the radar. Jamshed made his
debut as far as five years ago and it was clear even then that the left hander possessed a fair amount of talent and needed to be persisted with given the dearth of quality openers or indeed batsmen in the setup. Jamshed however, for one reason or the other, found himself out of the side and while they were not directly competing for the same spot, Umar Akmal hogged much of the limelight for being the next batting hope of this generation. The sample size
may be small but Jamshed fills you with a lot more confidence than the younger Akmal. He has in his fledgling career shown that he can combine both talent and temperament, a rarity for a Pakistani batsman. Naturally aggressive but as we saw at Chennai and subsequently at Kolkata, prepared to grind it out without completely going into a shell. All this while still managing to look like a proper and complete batsman and not a cheap imitation.
Like Jamshed, Junaid for a long time and even to this day remains in the shadow of the now tainted Amir. They were both found at about the same time and readily earmarked for success. Amir however got there quicker giving fuel to the theory that he is/was more talented than Junaid. He may well have been but Junaid’s numbers are eerily similar and if anything, a case could be made about them being slightly better. More importantly, one is currently doing his country
proud while the other spends time thinking what could have been. The two have done well for themselves without being under the spotlight. A good performance against India is likely to change that. They will not only be under the microscope but will have to deal with the added pressure of expectations. Greater and sterner tests will most definitely come in the future. One hopes we continue to cheer for the two J’s for years to come.
nasir jamshed: Pakistan’s next Saeed Anwar comment SUYASH SRIvASTAvA Even before Indian fans could overcome the shock of the home series humiliation against England, another one, this time against arch-rivals Pakistan, has come to haunt them. The latter hurts more, keeping in mind the emotions that are attached whenever India and Pakistan lock horns in a cricket field. While Alastair Cook was the tormentor-in-chief for the Poms, another left-hander, who is in sublime form of late, with a mixture of patience and aggressiveness, has left the Indian team wobbling – Nasir Jamshed. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bamboozled him with a peach of a delivery in the first T20I, but since then, Jamshed has scored 41, 101*, and 106 in three innings. Pakistan as a team, have scored 659 runs in their last three ODIs. Jamshed’s willow has produced 248 of them. Moreover, the kind of starts he has been giving his side has made the job easier for his skipper and the team. Pakistan has used different batsmen (Shahzad in T20Is, Hafeez in ODIs) to pair Jamshed in different formats, but that has hardly affected his rhythm. These are early days for Jamshed, who is just 21 ODIs old, but one cannot stop but compare him with another prolific left-hander of Pakistan cricket, Saeed Anwar. All three of Jamshed’s international tons have come against India and that too in consecutive matches. Anwar, who was a terrific left-hander, scored 2002 runs against India, which included 4 centuries in ODIs. In spite of having played less
Tests, Anwar scored 289 runs in three matches against India and the only century he scored (188*), remains to be his highest score in Test matches. His 194 in ODIs was the highest score in ODIs for a very long time before it was equalled by Charles Coventry on 16 August 2009, and later broken by Tendulkar who scored the first double century in limited overs cricket. Against India, Saeed Anwar looked a very dominating batsman. Aggression came to him naturally while playing against the arch-rivals. The bouncers, which dismissed him against other teams, were sent into the stands while playing against India. Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad and others who bowled to him during a major part of their careers were often left stunned when the best of their deliveries couldn’t breach Anwar’s technique. The Indian bowlers have been experiencing the same against the well-built Jamshed, who has become a nail in their shoe. Jamshed became the only cricketer after Zaheer Abbas to fire three consecutive hundreds in India-Pakistan limited overs engagements. In the last four ODIs that he has played against India, Jamshed has scored 372 runs at an incredible average of 186, with three centuries and a half-century to his name. The fifty (53*) came during the Asia Cup 2008. Just like Saeed Anwar, his highest score in
ODIs (112) has come against India. Anwar also holds the record of scoring three successive tons, against Sri Lanka, West Indies and Sri Lanka during the 1993–94 Wills Trophy. Much to the delight of the Pakistan fans, Jamshed has achieved the feat against India. 2012 was a phenomenal year for Jamshed, where he scored 462 runs from 8 ODIs at an impressive average of 66. In T20Is, he scored 263 runs from 11 outings. The year could probably be the turning point of his career. The 23-year-old has provided a lot of strength to the Pakistan batting line-up and the dependency on the left-hander has reached an extent where his early dismissal in the 3rd ODI could create trouble for Pakistan. But that should be inconsequential as he has done his job, very well, to guide his side to a series’ victory in India after 7 years. From fitness problems to spot-fixing allegations, Jamshed has seen it all. Pakistan hasn’t had a good time of late after they were deprived of hosting international matches for quite some time. But now, Pakistan fans have a lot to cheer about – courtesy Jamshed’s tremendous form!
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K karaCHi: pakistan people’s party Chairman bilawal bhutto zardari shakes hands with supporters on the occasion of 85th birth anniversary of zulfikar ali bhutto at bilawal House on saturday. INP
Qazi hussain Ahmed passes away
OrMEr chief of the Jamaat-eIslami and veteran politician, Qazi Hussain Ahmed passed away late on Saturday night. He was a heart patient and had been admitted to a local hospital in Islamabad for treatment, a private TV channel reported. He served Jamaat-e-Islami as secretary and then Ameer of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He was elevated to the office of secretary general in 1978 and later got elected as the JI Ameer in 1987. He got re-elected as the JI chief four more times (1992, 1994, 1999, 2003). In 2008, he excused to be elected once more and the party then elected Syed Munawwar Hassan as the new chief. MonitorinG Desk
Militants attack train in Bolan, four passengers killed QUeTTA staff report
Armed militants attacked a passenger train and killed four persons and injured around a dozen in Bolan district of Balochistan on Saturday night, an official said. Mach Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Kashif Muhammadshahi said armed militants opened fire on a Quetta-bound passenger train in Mach area of district Bolan. He said three passengers and a Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were killed in the attack, adding the militants from nearby mountains abruptly attacked the train coming from
rawalpindi. Kashif said the firing also damaged engine of the Jaffar Express. Soon after the incident Levies, police and FC personnel were called in the area to take action against the militants. “The train has been stopped after the incident,” he said. rescue workers were quick at the scene to shift the injured from Mach to Quetta for medical treatment. The attack was followed by exchange of fire between the militants and security personnel in the nearby mountains. The train was almost stopped for three hours and then it was allowed to proceed towards Quetta, where it arrived under strict security.
EEPING in views the recent attacks on polio workers in Peshawar and other parts of the country, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday suspended the three-day anti-polio campaign that was scheduled to start on January 5 in Peshawar and Mardan. Health department and Extended Program on Immunisation (EPI) officials said the vaccination drive was suspended due to the poor law and order situation in the province. Sources in the health department told Pakistan Today that vaccination workers had refused to take part in the campaign following police department’s refusal to provide complete security. The workers, said sources, were unwilling to risk their lives for a meager payment of rs 300 by the government. EPI Deputy Director Dr Janbaz Khan told Pakistan Today that no date had been announced to restart the campaign but expected the dates would be announced soon. He expected the campaign to be launched on January 14 in 58 sensitive union councils of Peshawar. An official of the district administration told Pakistan Today that the campaign was suspended due to complications caused by restoration of the old local government system. He said the officers had so far not been assigned their due responsibilities through official notifications. The campaign had already been delayed due to attacks on polio teams in Peshawar,
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Charsadda and Nowshera when unknown gunmen targeted eight volunteers killing four, including two women on December 25. The series of attacks caused fear among polio workers as they continued receiving threats from unknown persons in Gul Bahar area of the city during campaigns. Meanwhile, the government has decided to set up a polio control room with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to coordinate vaccination activities in the province with the district administrations. The control room has been established on special directives of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Secretary Ghulam Dastagir Khan. All divisional commissioners would feed information about future anti-polio campaigns and submit progress reports of these drives during the course of their implementation to the chief secretary on a regular basis. An official told Pakistan Today that deputy commissioners of all districts and their assistant commissioners would keep proper liaison with their respective divisional commissioners to collect the required data from their areas and share it with provincial authorities on a daily basis. The newly established unit would also be responsible to pass on results of post-campaign assessments, performed by partner organisations, including WHO and UNICEF, to the chief secretary and secretary health. According to district administration, polio drops would be administered to 800,000 children and 18,000 teams have been formed for the door-to-door drive.
Sunday, 6 January, 2013