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third time’s the charm

Expressing gratitude after being sworn in as the prime minister for an unprecedented third time, Nawaz Sharif sought cooperation from all political forces, saying no single party could get rid of the problems being faced by the country. story on page 03


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AMIN FAHIM CONRATUALTES NAWAZ, AGENCIES

Congrats, but don’t expect a cakewalk, opposition to nawaz HASHMI SAYS PTI WOULD OPPOSE DRONE ATTACKS, DEMANDS LOCAL BODIES’ ELECTIONS

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hE leaders of main opposition parties in Lower house – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), on Wednesday congratulated Nawaz Sharif on being elected the 27th prime minister of the country and vowed that their parties would play the role of real and strong opposition. PPP leader Amin Fahim and PTI’s Javid hashmi took the floor of the house after losing the PM election to Nawaz, saying their parties would support the government in good steps, while they would strongly criticise the government for any wrong step it took. They were of the view that their opposition would be based on principles and they would support the government on issues of national interest. Opposition parties termed the peaceful democratic transition as a victory of democracy. In his speech, Fahim congratulated Nawaz on being elected the prime minister, but at the same time, he said the agencies should also be felicitated. he said that it was heartening

ACHAKZAI SEEKS SAFE PASSAGE FOR MUSHARRAF

event that power had been transferred from one democratically-elected government to another. “had PPP not done away with Mushrraf’s condition of bar on third time prime minister-ship, it would not have been possible for Nawaz to become prime minister today,” said Fahim, adding that his party should be given credit for accomplishing the passage of the 18th, 19th, and 20 Amendments. he said that role of spy agencies in country’s political landscape should come to an end. Citing the Asghar Khan case, he said the case had many senior politicians exposed. Fahim further said in the past, the country’s top secret agency also offered him to get his elect his son elected the chief minister of Sindh. “In this elections too, a group of 10 political parties on the pattern of Islami Jamhori Ittehad (IJI) was formed to defeat the PPP in Sindh. Enough is enough! The role of agencies in politics should come to an end now.” he urged the new government to implement the Iran-Pakistan gas-pipeline project. Fahim further said President Asif Ali Zardari had given all powers back to the prime minister, which was a great omen for democ-

racy. On his turn, PTI leader Javed hashmi said the transition of power from one government to another was a victory of democracy. he said only democracy could hold the country together. The PTI leader said: “Nawaz Sharif was my leader and is my leader.” however, he later said his visionary and legendary leader Imran Khan had always opposed drone attacks in the country and urged the new government to take step to make US drone attacks stop. hashmi said his party had decided to oppose drones attacks at every forum. he said despite some reservations on elections results, his party accepted the mandate of winning party for the sake of democracy. hashmi also called on Nawaz to hold local bodies elections at the earliest to transfer power top the grassroots level. PakhtunKhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai said he was happy to see the transition of power amicably completed. he said all politicians, judges and lawyers who supported the dictators in the past should be condemned. “And all those judges who had to sacrifices their jobs while opposing dictators should be given benefit and salaries with due honour. All such great judges, who did not accept the order of dictators should be declared national heroes as they did a great job for the sake of democracy,” Achakzai added. he suggested that the licences of all those lawyers who represented dictators should be cancelled. he said former military general Jehangir Karamat should also be officially praised for his refusal to topple an elected government. Achakzai said

singling out Pervez Musharraf was not fair. “Under a deal, Musharraf should be given a chance to go and then the government should focus on real issues being faced by the people of the country." he also criticised the role of secret agencies in politics. MQM leader Farooq Sattar congratulated the newly-elected prime minister. he assured the government of full support in good steps, adding that his party would play a constructive opposition role. he said law and order situation of Karachi was worst as on Wednesday MQM received dead bodies of four of its workers. he urged the new government to take stern action against terrorists as the menace had destroyed the peace of the country. JUI-F chief Maulana Fazulur Rehman congratulated Nawaz on being elected the prime minister. he said constitution was based on four principles that included Islam as religion of the country, a federation that had four units, parliamentary system and democratic system. he said these leading principles could not be changed and his party would respect the supremacy of the constitution. Awami Muslim League’s president Sheikh Rashid also spoke on the occasion and felicitated the newly elected prime minister. Rashid said there was no harm in holding peace talks with the Taliban. he said Pakistan urgently needed $6 billion to revive the economy, adding that Saudi Arabia was not giving $15 billion to Pakistan. “Missile strikes will stop only if the economy is fixed,” he said. The AML chief said those speaking against dictatorship were products of dictators themselves.

Munir Malik to be new attorney general

Monitoring Desk Eminent lawyer Munir A Malik is to be the new attorney general of Pakistan, a private TV channel reported on Wednesday. Quoting its sources, the channel said the notification in this regard would be issued in the next couple of days and Malik was expected to assume office at some point next week. Malik would replace Irfan Qadir who is facing contempt proceedings before the Supreme Court. Malik is a former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association and was a leading figure in the movement for the reinstatement of judges deposed by former president Pervez Musharraf.


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third tiMe’S the CharM SWORN IN AS THE PM FOR A RECORD THIRD TIME AMIDST TROUBLING TIMES FOR THE NATION, NAWAZ SHARIF HAS CALLED OUT TO HIS ALLIES AND OPPONENTS TO HELP HIM STEER THE COUNTRY OUT OF CRISES isLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN

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AKISTAN Muslim League (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif was on Wednesday elected the 27th prime minister of the country for a record third term. After informing Nawaz of his win, NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq gave the floor to the new PM, who dropped strong hints about his government’s policies during his speech. Expressing gratitude to the entire house as well as the nation for reposing trust in him and his party, Nawaz sought cooperation from all political forces, saying no single party could get rid of the problems being faced by the country. Spelling out the outlines of his vision, Nawaz talked of the grave challenges being faced by the country, including worsening economy, law and order, extreme poverty, heavy foreign debts, rampant corruption and urged all political forces to extend support to the government to resolve the issue. he said the country was facing a worsening economic situation and he could not promise “paradise” to the people. he said the country had to payback foreign debts amounting to billions of dollars and government institutions were on the verge of a collapse. he urged parliamentarians to help close doors on adventurism and military interventions, which had led to the losing half of the country. “But now, we would have to ensure a strong democracy and rule of constitution and law to ensure prosperity while blocking adventurism. Pakistan has already paid price for un-constitutionalism and there will be no room for such ventures anymore,” he remarked. Expressing serious concern over drone attacks, Nawaz said drone attacks should be stopped forthwith.

he called for evolving a joint strategy to handle the issue. “We respect the sovereignty of other nations and they should also show the same respect for our sovereignty,” he maintained. Nawaz said he had chalked out a plan to pull the country out of the current crises for enabling Pakistan to tread the path of peace and progress and he would unveil his plan soon in an address to the nation. he said to accomplish the national agenda, he would require all out support of parliament, people and the media. The prime minister said he would approach all heads of political parties to seek their support for his national agenda and will ask them to come and help develop a national agenda to steer the country out of pestering problems. Nawaz said if the political leaders assembled on one platform, all issues could be resolved amicably. Enumerating the issues, the prime minister said he would not paint a rosy picture as the country was already beset with problems such as law and order, unemployment and deep-rooted corruption. “I will try to come up to the expectations of the people, who have shown strong trust in democracy. The nation has given its clear verdict in favour of democracy as it knows the importance of democracy. There is no other option except a democratic order,” he added. Referring to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), he said the mandate of people was honoured and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was facilitated to form its government while the same policy was followed in Balochistan where despite having more numbers, the PML-N allowed nationalist leaders to form the government. he said there would be no discrimination against provincial governments and the federal government would extend every possible cooperation and support to them.

MQM to mourn killing of workers today kArACHi AAMIR MAJEED

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced to observe a peaceful mourning day in Sindh on Thursday (today) against the killing of three party sympathisers in Malir on Wednesday. The party has requested traders, businessmen and transporters to keep their businesses close. Responding to the strike call, traders, transporters and businessmen have decided to suspend the routine activities on Thursday (today). Four MQM sympathisers were kidnapped from the Malir City police precincts and the bodies of three of them were recovered later. The fourth one was shifted to hospital in serious condition. At a press conference, MQM Coordination Committee Member haider Abbas Rizvi demanded that the government bring to book the culprits behind the murder of the party sympathisers in Malir. Raising fingers squarely at the People’s Aman Committee, he demanded that the PPP stop nurturing the criminals. he demanded that the government arrest the PAC members. he demanded that the newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry to take notice of the killings in the city. he alleged that newly-elected Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah had visited the PAC after which incidents of distribution of extortion chits to traders, industrialists and businessmen have been increased.

altaf feliCitateS nawaz LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday greeted Nawaz Sharif for being elected the prime minister of Pakistan for a record third term. In a statement, Altaf said, “May the Almighty give Nawaz Sharif the strength to deal with the challenges being faced by Pakistan.” The MQM chief also prayed for Nawaz’s success in putting the country on the path of progress and prosperity. NNI

Responding to the strike call, the traders and transporters have announced to keep their businesses close on Thursday (today). All Karachi Tajir Ittehad (AKTI) has announced to suspend trading activities on Thursday. Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) has decided not to bring their vehicles on roads. Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has also announced to keep industries close due to possible absence of workers due to unavailability of transport due to MQM strike. The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has postponed English-I (normal) and English-I (advanced) papers scheduled for Thursday (today). The postponed papers would now be held on June 7.

he said during the last five years, his party had served as an ideal opposition despite allegations of a ‘friendly opposition’. It strongly opposed the then government on various issues and strengthened the democratic system. he pronounced that like their good track record as opposition during last five years, his government would also set new precedents. “The strong infrastructure will be the priority of PML-N government. There will be zero tolerance for corruption and the corrupt elements will get strong punishment,” he added. he maintained that the heads of all government and semi-government entities would be appointed on merit and there would be no nepotism or favouritism. “Advertisements for posts will be placed in international and national dailies and the capable overseas Pakistanis will be invited to serve the country,” he added. he said to tackle the persistent load shedding issue, the PML-N government had prepared a plan which would be announced soon and the nation would get a sigh of relief. “I foresee a bright Pakistan where minorities will also have a complete protection of their rights,” he maintained. Expressing his resolve to restore peace in Balochistan, he said through a democratic transition to the real political parties there, peace would dawn on the province. “When there is peace in Balochistan, every person either in Punjab or in KP will rejoice,” he added. Nawaz said Karachi was as dear to him as any other part of the country and assured that the federation would lend all possible support to the Sindh government for restoring law and order in the provincial metropolis. Referring to his meeting with visiting Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Nawaz said they had agreed for constructing a rail track and road link from Kashgar to Gwadar via Khunjrab, leading to Karachi. Nawaz declared that these projects would largely benefit the northern areas, Gilgit-Baltistan, KP, Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh. he spoke highly about handing over Gwadar Port to China by the previous government, which he said, should operate as a free port and have a special status.

uS greets nawaz, looks forward to working with his govt WASHINGTON: Congratulating the newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his victory, the United States (US) on Wednesday said it looked forward to working with his government. “We congratulate Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his party's success in the May 11 elections and look forward to working with him and the newly democratically elected government of Pakistan,” US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said. Washington, she said, welcomed the “historic, largely peaceful, and transparent transfer of civilian power,” which is a “significant milestone in Pakistan’s democratic progress.” Asked to comment on the new prime minister’s call for end to controversial US drone strikes against suspected militant targets in Pakistan’s tribal areas, the spokesperson said the two countries conducted dialogue on all aspects of the relationship. SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

he announced that all mega projects would be accomplished during his tenure and invited all segments of the society to join hands with his government so that the people should have peace and better education facilities for their children at their doorsteps. OATH: At a ceremony held at the Presidency later, President Asif Ali Zardari administered oath to Nawaz Sharif as the country's 27th prime minister. Attired in a 'sherwani', Nawaz read the text of the oath under Article 91(5) of the constitution of Pakistan at the ceremony attended by diplomats, services chiefs, officials and politicians. Nawaz assumed office of the prime minister after a lapse of 13 years, seven months and 24 days. Justice (r) Rafiq Tarar and three prime ministers including Raja Pervez Ashraf, Yousuf Raza Gilani and Justice (r) Mir hazar Khoso, former NA speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, Senate Chairman Nayyar Bokhari, chief ministers of Balochistan and Sindh, governors, the services chiefs, ambassadors and senior government officials were also present. The diplomats of Arab countries made prominent presence at the occasion. The family of Nawaz Sharif, including wife Kalsoom Nawaz, daughter Maryam and son hussain Nawaz were also present. President Zardari's daughter Aseefa Bhutto Zardari also attended the ceremony. ElEcTION: Earlier in the NA session, the election of the prime minister’s slot was announced by National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and the procedure of division of members was adopted per rules. Before commencement of voting, the speaker ordered to ring the bells to enable the members reach the house from lobbies or chambers. After the bell stopped ringing, all entrances of the assembly hall were locked and the assembly staff deputed at each entrance did not allow any entry or exit till the conclusion of the division. Three lobbies namely A, B and C for Nawaz Sharif, Amin Fahim and Javed hashmi were set up, respectively. The members were asked to proceed to the

pML-n to table budget before na next week isLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS

The new government is likely to table the federal budget for 2013-14 before the National Assembly (NA) by next week, for which consultations between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with other political parties is already underway, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to details, the annual budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 is likely to be tabled before the Lower house of Parliament by the 12th or 13th of this month. PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar is leading the committee that is working on budget proposals. Other political parties are already in touch with the PML-N leadership on account of budgetary proposals and recommendations. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)

First batch of cabinet to take oath on Friday isLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN

The first batch of the federal cabinet is likely to take oath on Friday, Pakistan Today has learnt. A source in the PML-N said around 15 ministers would be taking oath and the min-

lobby of their choice. On reaching the teller appointed by the speaker, the members called out the division number allotted to them for marking the list. The members were asked not to move on until he had clearly heard the teller calling out his name. Later, the division lists were placed before the National Assembly secretary for counting votes who later presented it to the speaker who announced the result. In the session attended by 317 members, Nawaz clinched 244 votes, while Makhdoom Amin Fahim of the PPP 42 votes and Makhdoom Javed hashmi of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) got 31, respectively. Two members of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) remained absent, while 23 members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), who has announced to sit in the opposition, extended their full support to Nawaz as “goodwill gesture”. Their support is being dubbed as a calculated move to move back to the treasury benches in the near future. PML-N’s Khwaja Saad Rafique was active in bringing independent lawmakers to the chair of Nawaz and telling him of their decision to support him. Moreover, almost all the political bigwigs voted for Nawaz, including JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Aftab Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party, Ijazul haq of PML-Z, Jamat-e-Islami lawmakers, PkMAP chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai and Abdur Rahim Mandokhel, Mir hasil Bizenjo of National Party, Amir haider Khan hoti of ANP and independent members, including Jamshed Dasti. Shaikh Rasheed Ahmed of the Awami Muslim League was the lone politician who voted for an opposition party’s candidate – for PTI’s Javed hashmi. With the speaker announcing the results, an uproar of slogans of “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” and “Sher Aaya .. Sher aaya” gripped the house. The slogans were raised by the guests occupying the visitors’ galleries and even press gallery. Nawaz Sharif, 63, started his political career in early 1980s and served first as the Punjab finance minister and later as chief minister during 1988-1989 stint. he was elected to the office of prime minister in the controversial election of 1990, but his government was overthrown on corruption charges in 1993. Later, he was again elected as prime minister in 1997, but again his government was toppled in a military coup in 1990.

isters for finance, interior, water and power and other key ministries would be sworn in. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants that the selection of new cabinet should be made purely on merit and only individuals with impeccable integrity must be shortlisted,” the source added. he said the formation of federal cabinet

Parliamentary Leader Farooq Sattar recently visited the chambers of Senator Dar where he met Nawaz Sharif, then prime minister -designate. During the meeting, the MQM leader discussed budget issues with the PML-N chief in detail and proposed his recommendations. A source told Pakistan Today that during the meeting, MQM suggested the new government to extend the tax net to landlords and traders to pour more money into the national exchequer. The issue of Sindh government’s revenue was also discussed in the meeting. If the budget session takes place by June 13, as planned, the address of President Asif Ali Zardari to the joint sitting of Parliament could be disturbed because the constitution binds the president to address the joint session prior to the budget session and following oath taking of the new prime minister. was mandatory as under the Article 156 of the constitution, the institution of National Economic Council (NEC) was a requirement to pass the federal budget 2013-14. “Since the preparation of the federal budget has already been started, the cabinet formation will help form the national economic council,” the source added. Under the Article 156, the president shall form a national economic council which shall consist of the prime minister, who shall be the Chairman of the Council; the chief ministers and one member from each province to be nominated by the chief minister; and four other members as the PM may nominate from time to time.


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S arabia executes Pakistani for heroin smuggling RIYADH: Saudi authorities on Wednesday beheaded a Pakistani convicted of smuggling heroin, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. Wajid Ali Zarnoosh was found guilty of trafficking heroin into Saudi Arabia, the ministry said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency. His beheading in Qatif, Eastern Province, brings to 50 the number of people executed in the ultra-conservative kingdom this year. In 2012, the Gulf country put to death 76 people, according to a tally based on official figures. Human Rights Watch has put the number at 69. AgENCIES

Saudi gets 30 lashes, jail for slapping wife A Saudi man who slapped his wife has earned himself a flogging and jail sentence, in a rare ruling in the Gulf kingdom that imposes stiff restrictions on women, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday. A court in the town of Safwa, in the eastern Qatif district, sentenced the man to 10 days in jail and 30 lashes, Al-Sharq daily said. The judge also allowed the woman to attend the flogging and ordered her husband to enroll in a course on dealing with partners. The woman, in her twenties, had lodged a complaint against her husband after he slapped her during an argument. The man admitted hitting her, saying his wife “was rude to his parents”. The ruling is very uncommon in the ultra-conservative kingdom, where men usually get the upper hand, while women are dependent on their male guardians in most aspects of their lives. MONITORINg DESK

two magistrates abducted in balochistan JACOBABAD: Two magistrates, Abdul Karim Bugti and Bahadur Ali Khosa, along their security guards were abducted from Jacobabad in Balochistan on Wednesday. According to the police, the magistrates were on their way from Sukkur to Jafferabad when unknown armed men abducted them on gun point and shifted them to a secret hideout. Police sources said that abductors had demanded a heavy amount of ransom for the release of men. INP

inquiry report on Pti MPa’s murder submitted PESHAWAR: Inquiry report on the murder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Farid Khan was prepared in Peshawar on Wednesday. The Kohat commissioner dispatched the preliminary inquiry report to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak while the provincial government sent the report to the federal Interior Ministry also. Unknown persons shot dead MPA Farid Khan along with his companions in Hangu, a couple of days ago. ONLINE

Power shortfall exceeds to 4,450Mw LAHORE: Electricity shortfall on Wednesday exceeded 4,450MW and the duration of load shedding rising to 18 hours a day in most areas. According to latest statistics, the total power supply was 12,150MW against a demand of 16,600MW on Wednesday, resulting into a shortfall of 4,450MW. The rural areas have been facing more than 16 hours of load shedding while in urban areas it is being carried out for 12 hours. INP

LAHORE: People rest in the shade in front of Lahore Railway Station on an extremely hot day in the provincial capital. ONLINE

woman among three killed in balochistan QUettA SHAHZADA ZULFIQAR

Three people, including a woman, were killed in Balochistan and two government officials went missing in Sindh on Wednesday. According to details, Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) Abdul Karim Bugti

and Naib Tehsildar Bahadur Khan Khosa went missing in the Sultan Kot area of Shikarpur on their way to Jaffarabad. When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Zafar Ali Shah said the incident occurred on Tuesday. he along with officials rushed to the area. No group has claimed responsibility for the

kidnapping so far. Meanwhile, unidentified armed men killed two people, including a woman, in Goth Allah Dad of Dera Allah Yar. Police rushed to the scene and shifted the bodies to a hospital where they were identified as Imam Khatoon and Zafarullah. Police said preliminary investigation reports said they

were killed for honour, adding that raids were being conducted to arrest the killers. Separately, an accused was killed after exchange of fire between security personnel and armed men in Jaffarabad District. After the incident, local administration shifted the body to a hospital.

thousands evacuated after fire in Moscow metro MosCoW AgENCIES

Thousands of commuters were evacuated from the Moscow metro on Wednesday after a high-voltage electric cable caught fire, filling station platforms with smoke at the height of the rush hour, emergency officials said. The emergencies ministry said around 4,500 people were evacuated after the fire broke out in a tunnel between the Okhotny

Ryad and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (Lenin Library) stations close to the Kremlin at around 8:20am (0420 GMT). Russian television showed pictures of smoke filling the Okhotny Ryad station, one of the system’s oldest, which has exits close to the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre. The fire was extinguished in just over 40 minutes. A total of 45 people sought medical attention and seven were hospitalised, a spokesman for the emergencies ministry, Viktor Biryukov, told the RIA Novosti news

agency. The health ministry said those hospitalised were suffering from smoke inhalation, while some of those who asked for medical help were suffering “from a serious reaction to stress”. The head of the Moscow metro system, Ivan Besedin, told the Interfax news agency that the fire started in a “complicated technical junction linked to the contact rail”. The metro line affected was shut down but was set to reopen by 1:30pm (0930 GMT).

world powers continue to pressure iran to cooperate with un ViennA APP

Six world powers engaged in stalled talks with Iran over its nuclear programme on Wednesday said that it was “essential and urgent” Tehran cooperates with the UN atomic agency over allegations of bomb research. The US, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany also said they were deeply concerned by Iran’s continued expansion of its nuclear programme despite UN Security Council resolutions calling for a suspension. They said that after 10 failed meetings between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran over the past 18 months, it was “essential and urgent for Iran to engage with the agency on the substance of its concerns”. The countries - all permanent UN Security Council members except Germany - said that this included Iran fulfilling its undertaking to grant access to Parchin, a military base near Tehran.

LHC issues notices to pb govt, ag in vires of pst case LAHore APP

The Lahore high Court issued notices to the Punjab government and the advocate general Punjab to explain under what rule more two years have been given to Chairman Punjab Services Tribunal Justice (retd) Saeed Ahmad through ordinance 2013. The vires of PST (Amendment) 2013 were challenged in the Lahore high Court for giving more two years to its

chairman against the Supreme Court judgement. The counsel for the petitioner Mian Jaffer hussain argued that in the ordinance chairman PST has been allowed to retain the post till completion of his tenure without any lawful justification. It was further pleaded that Supreme Court of Pakistan had also declared section 3(3) (b) and section 3(40) of the PST Act 1974 as void and unconstitutional being in derogation

of Article 2-A and 9 read with Article 175,hence the same are ultra vires to the constitution. Mian Jaffer hussain continuing his arguments,said that section 10 (5) of the said ordinance does not import the true command given by the apex court in para 71 of the judgment on Jan 9 last. The section in question is also against fundamental rights under Article 9.10-A and 25 of the constitution of Pakistan. Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan after

hearing comprehensive arguments observed that as provisions of law have been challenged terming the section 10 (5) of ordinance in clear contradiction with Supreme Court judgments and sought detailed report from Punjab government and directed the Advocate General Punjab and Chairman PST to appear in person and explain how more two years have been given to chairman contrary to clear cut directions and judgement of the apex court.


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new CarPetS to adorn faiSal MoSque floorS ISLAMABAD: The ceremony of placement of new carpets at Faisal Masjid would be held at 4pm on Thursday in the Islamabad International Islamic University (IIUI)’s Faisal Masjid Campus by the Saudi government. Saudi Ambassador Dr. Abdul Aziz AlGhadeer would be the chief guest. President IIUI Dr Ahmad Yousaf AlDraiweesh said in a press statement that the new carpets would be a memorable gift to the Faisal Masjid from Saudi Arabia. The current carpets had also been placed by the Saudi government 30 years ago. ONLINE

three killed over an old feud ISLAMABAD: Amidst tight security in Islamabad due to the Prime Minister’s oath taking ceremony, three people were killed on Wednesday when unknown gunmen opened fire on a vehicle in Bani Gala, officials disclosed. A local jeweler and two security guards were shot dead while three others were wounded. The jeweler was identified as Gulzeb while his guards as Mushtaq and Tufail. The injured persons included the jeweler’s son. The victims’ bodies were shifted to Polyclinic. Sources said that the incident was a result of old enmity. The police have registered a case and started investigations. STAFF REPORT

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HE Margalla Police on Wednesday arrested four men involved in preparing fake currency and deceiving people by portraying themselves as government officials, a police spokesman said. According to details, the police arrested Asif Riaz Alvi, who revealed information about his accomplices during the preliminary investigation regarding the fake US dollars. Consequently, the police team raided flat No.5, Second Floor, Awan Plaza, Sector G-8, recovering the tools used for printing the fake notes. Three other persons were arrested during this raid and fake letter pads of government departments and uniforms were also seized. The arrested have been identified as Amir Raza Mir, Sohail Ahmed and Zahid, who confessed their crimes. Islamabad Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Yaseen Farooq appreciated the Margalla Police’s performance and directed the Saddar Superintendent (SP) to conduct a special anti-crime campaign. he also announced cash prizes and commendation certificates to the policemen who busted the fake currency culprits.

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An Education and Training Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday that Dr. Sania Nishtar has declined pay and allowances for the period she served as the education federal minister, informing the Cabinet Division in this regard accordingly. The spokesman further said that Nishtar has also declined to accept 5 arms licenses (1 PB and 4 NBP) which were to be awarded to her in the federal minister’s capacity, citing no specific need to accept them. She thanked the Ministry for their consideration and also expressed gratitude to the Interior Ministry for offering to retain her police guard which she also declined, stating that she would not like to tax the already overburdened police force.

Climate Change Federal Secretary highlighted food wastage in the country on World Environment Day while addressing a ceremony held at the Pakistan Agriculture Research Centre. The secretary told the participants that aside from the moral implications of such wastage in a world where almost 900 million people go hungry every day, unconsumed food wastes both the energy put into growing it and the fuel spent on transporting produce across vast distances. This puts extra pressure on the environment as well. On the other hand, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also proposed a solution to promote environmental protection by launching the Pakistan Reconstruction Program (PRP) on Wednesday. The PRP is a tree plantation campaign which would be conducted at every site being reconstructed with USAID funding. “Trees play a great role towards a better environment and the pollution so we need to encourage a tree planting culture. Let’s pledge for this on the “International Environment Day” as trees are the world’s single largest source of oxygen and they are under threat, which means that we are

welcome back Dr kiani: POLY CLINIC ED RESTORED isLAMABAD APP

Dr Shaukat Kiani on Wednesday took over the charge of Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) executive director (ED) on the Supreme Court’s orders. “I restarted my work as Poly Clinic ED after Supreme Court’s suspension order of transfers, postings, deputations and termination of contracts made by the caretaker government,” Dr Shaukat Kiani confirmed. he assured that he would work to

provide the best health care services to patients. On-going projects would be completed punctually while new development projects would be launched for the hospital’s uplift, he added. The medical and para-medical staff welcomed the Poly Clinic ED back and assured him of their full support. They expressed the hope that Dr Kiani would continue the efforts he had started for providing better medical care services to patients and would complete the hospital’s extension plan.

under threat.” said PRP Senior Manager Zulfiqar Rathore. The tree plantation campaign started with many saplings planted at the Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences (JIMS)’ construction site. During the groundbreaking ceremony of the hospital which took place earlier this year, US Ambassador Olson and USAID Mission Director Jock Conly planted local trees’ species to mark the start of construction work on this US$ 10 million USAID-funded project in the country’s south. A similar tree plantation campaign has been initiated especially in Sindh and Balochistan where average temperatures have crossed 45 degrees because of declining tree cover and increasing heat-absorbing structures.


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fees collection, despite the scorching heat because of which it has become impossible for students to attend classes. Daily, reports reached the CAD Ministry about students falling sick and being shifted to hospitals due to heat-caused illnesses. The parents felt that the private schools would not close till their hefty earnings target was not met. Sources said the CAD Ministry had evolved lists of such private educational institutions and it had directed the Private Educational Institution Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) to initiate proceedings against them. The ministry said that schools found breaching the government’s orders for observing summer vacations from June 1 would be sealed and their registration cancelled.

victory for female commuters RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi district government on Wednesday approved an increase in women’s reserved seats in public transport vehicles in a meeting at the District Coordination Office (DCO). Accordingly, two front seats would be reserved for females in Suzuki pick-up vans, 5 in wagons and 8 in the buses moving along inter city routes. District Coordination Officer Arshid Mehmood Langrial, Rawalpindi Town Administration Head Owais Tariq Tarar, City Traffi Officer (CTO) Syed Ishtiaq Hussain and Muttahida Transport Federation Secretary General Wazir Awan and other transporters attended the meeting. ONLINE

reMeMber the SaCrifiCeS: PakiStani PeaCekeePerS’ day rAWALPinDi INP

June 5 was observed as Pakistani Peacekeepers Day to pay homage to Pakistani martyrs who sacrificed their lives for international peace and security. The day was observed humility and modesty in honour of 24 brave Pakistani soldiers who sacrificed their lives while ensuring Somalia and United Nations (UN) comrades’ security in 1993. The maximum casualties occurred in a single day during “Operation United Shield.” Since then, 135 Pakistani soldiers have sacrificed

their lives under the UN in different missions all over the world. Pakistan has always expressed belief in the purpose and principles of the UN Charter and it has been actively participating in multinational efforts to maintain peace and order since 1960, when it deployed its first ever contingent in Congo. Over the past 52 years, Pakistan has been the most significant and consistent contributor to the United Nations peacekeeping force. At the moment more than 8000 Pakistani peacekeepers are deployed in different peacekeeping missions of the UN.


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hE Syrian army has regained control of the strategic city of Qusayr on the border with Lebanon, Syrian rebels and state television have said. “Our heroic armed forces have returned security and stability to all of the town of Qusayr,” a statement carried by the station said on Wednesday. Rebels confirmed they had pulled out of Qusayr, where they had fought fierce battles with government forces, who have been backed by Lebanese hezbollah fighters, for more than two weeks. One hezbollah fighter said that they took the town in a rapid overnight offensive, allowing some of the fighters to flee. “We did a sudden surprise attack in the early hours and entered the town. They es-

caped,” he said. The city, where civilians have been trapped without access to water and electricity for weeks, is on a critical cross-border supply route between Lebanon and Syria. Sources in Beirut said that the state TV’s report had been preceded by earlier government forces’ gains on the battle field. “What we know is that the government made significant advances yesterday,” they added. Qusayr remains a strategically important town for government troops and the hezbollah fighters battling alongside regime forces. Iran, which backs hezbollah and the Syrian regime, was quick to congratulate the army and the Syrian people for their victory over the rebels. Foreign Minister hossen Amir Abdolahia called the rebels the “takfiri terrorists”, using a term for Sunni fighters who comprise the majority of the country’s

rebels, according to sources. MISSIlE HITS AlEPPO: News of Qusayr’s recapture came amid reports that a missile had struck near the country’s

biggest city, Aleppo, killing 26 people. The Syrian Observatory for human Rights (SOhR), an activist network, said on Tuesday that there were numerous dead

on both government and rebel sides but gave no other details. The SOhR also said shellfire near the Russian embassy in Damascus had killed a civilian and wounded a member of the security forces. A representative of the Russian embassy in Damascus said that two Syrian security guards had sustained injuries but that no embassy staff had been killed or hurt in the attack. Qusayr had come under renewed missile and air attack on Tuesday as fighting there dragged into a third week. The situation there prompted fresh calls for humanitarian access to offer some relief to the thousands trapped by government forces. Meanwhile, US-based group human Rights Watch said its mission to Aleppo had concluded that the bodies of 147 men pulled out of a local river between January and March were “probably” executed in government-controlled areas of the city.

turkey protests continue PROTESTERS MEET WITH DEPUTY PM TO DEMAND CANCELLATION OF GEZI PARK DEMOLITION AND RELEASE OF DOZENS ARRESTED IN IZMIR istAnBUL AgENCIES

Modern housing being constructed behind traditional Mongolian huts in a fascinating juxtaposition of old and new. AgENCIES

Germany pledges $130m to help flood victims BerLin AgENCIES

At least 12 people have been killed in central Europe as floodwater inundates large areas of Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help towns and cities in the flood-hit region. Several others remain missing after torrential rains, and floodwater that peaked in Prague, the Czech capital, was heading towards Germany, officials said. Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged $130m in emergency aid for flood-ravaged areas of Germany on Tuesday, as the swelling waters forced thousands of people from their homes. Merkel, visiting the flooded southern city of Passau, said the emergency cash would be disbursed in an “unbureaucratic” way because “what’s important now is that the aid quickly reaches the people”. “I have talked to citizens who have started the clean-up and I realise it will take several more weeks,” she said. “The damage and the loss of income is a long-term matter. And that’s why our support will not cease.” Emergency services have continued to work around the clock trying to evacuate residents from the Slovak village of Krivousy that has been hit by the widespread flooding. Despite being forced to wade through knee-deep floodwaters, some residents still refused to leave their homes on Tuesday. Krivousy, which is located 30km north of Prague, was flooded by the river Elbe. Jiri Kris, head fireman for Vojkovice village, said due to the continuous work that he and his team had not “slept for 40 hours” in a bid to ensure the safety and well being of village residents. Kris also noted that several locals were refusing to leave the flooded region. “Today it [flooding] started again. People who didn’t want to leave their houses, who didn’t want to evacuate, realised they had no drinking water,” said.

franCe will not intervene unilaterally in Syria PARIS: France will not intervene unilaterally in Syria, the government said on Wednesday after Paris stated there was “no doubt” that the regime in the war-torn country had used deadly sarin gas. “France will take no unilateral and isolated decision... It is now up to the international community,” government spokeswoman Najat VallaudBelkacem told reporters in response to a question on a possible military intervention in Syria. “We will hold talks with our partners on what we must do and all options are on the table,” he said, to decide “whether to react, including in an armed manner”. Not long after his comments, Britain said that its own samples brought back from Syria had tested positive for sarin gas and that there was growing information showing that the regime was using chemical weapons. Washington, however, has been more cautious and says more evidence is needed before concluding that sarin has been used. AgENCIES

Protests have continued in Turkey as demonstrators defied a government appeal to end deadly unrest in which two people have died. On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arnic apologised for “excessive violence” against protesters trying to save a park in Istanbul, a campaign which acted as catalyst for deeper tensions within the country. A meeting between the deputy prime minister and some of the protesters took place on Wednesday in Ankara. Police used tear gas and water cannon overnight and into Wednesday morning on hundreds of protesters, who ignored warnings to disperse in Istanbul, Ankara and the southeastern city of hatay. In Istanbul, thousands gathered peacefully at Taksim Square on Wednesday yelling defiance at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had earlier dismissed the protesters as “extremists” and “vandals”. At least 29 people were arrested in the coastal city of Izmir for encouraging rebellion over social media and tweeting “misleading and libellous information”, according to the state-run Anatolia news agency. Police are still searching for 9 others who will be arrested on the same charges. Sources said that protests on Wednesday seem to be relatively calmer than the previous day and the arrests are reflective of government accusations that Twitter is being used for spreading lies. The Taksim Solidarity group held a press conference after their meeting with Arinc where they requested allowing for freedom of expression and the banning of tear gas. The group said their findings indi-

cated that during the protests four people have lost their eyes due to gas canisters and 2,319 have been injured. Sources in Istanbul revealed that some of the other demands include cancelling the demolition of Gezi Park, the release of those arrested, the resignation of governors and police comissioners of Istanbul, Ankara and hatay, and the opening of public spaces for protesting, adding that the protests have been mostly peaceful and violence is only sporadic, and described the mood at the square like that of a “picnic”. WArNING STrIkES: On Tuesday, thousands of public-sector labour union workers called for a two-day warning strike, which has not yet begun, in solidarity with the anti-government protesters. Members of the workers union said they will join the ongoing rallies on Wednesday. Two of the country’s deputy prime ministers have commented on the situation and have called for calm. Speaking at the American-Turkish Council’s annual conference in Washington, also attended by US Vice President Joe Biden, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said the government respects the right to non-violent protest and free speech, but that it must also protect its citizens against violence. “There is a need for a strict distinction between the terrorist groups or illegal organisations versus citizens who are purely protesting on a non-violent basis,” he said on Wednesday. Biden said that only the Turkish people can solve the problems behind the protests. “Turkey’s future belongs to the people of Turkey and no one else. But the United States does not pretend to be indifferent to the outcome,” he said.

palestinian president abbas prefers unilateral moves to peace talks JerUsALeM AgENCIES

Israel’s deputy foreign minister on Wednesday accused Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas of rejecting direct peace talks in favour of “unilateral” moves to seek statehood. Abbas “is in no hurry to restart negotiations, despite the pressures on him, because he thinks that the unilateral path will get him further and that way he won’t have to pay a political price,” Zeev Elkin said on public radio. Elkin’s comments came just days

before US Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the region for his fifth visit in just over four months in a bid to coax the parties into resuming direct talks which collapsed in September 2010. his remarks were also made as Israel and the Palestinians separately marked 46 years since the start of the Six Day War when Israeli forces seized Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem, with the Palestinians mourning it as the “naksa” or setback. The Palestinians in November successfully applied for upgraded UN status as a non-member state in a move

sharply denounced by Israel and Washington as a “unilateral” move, with both insisting a Palestinian state can only arise out of bilateral negotiations. Elkin, a hawkish member of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party, also reaffirmed Israel’s refusal to return to the lines which existed before the 1967 Six Day War. “The people of Israel are not ready to commit suicide and make the same mistake they made when they pulled out of the Gaza Strip (in 2005),” he said, referring to the subsequent takeover of the territory by hamas and the barrage of rocket fire which has since been aimed at southern Israel. A similar stance was expressed on Tuesday by Yoram Cohen, head of the Shin Bet domestic security agency, in a meeting with MPs at the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and defence.


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ISLAMABAD: Supporters of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif dance in celebration of his election as PM. STAFF PHOTO

Secret agencies urged to honour vows regarding missing persons PesHAWAr STAFF REPORT

Peshawar high Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan on Wednesday urged secret agencies to realise their responsibilities in honouring their commitment regarding missing persons. Khan said this while hearing missing persons case. The bench was informed that 11 people facing minor charges of terrorism and criminal acts have been released whereas one person was handed over to law enforcers in Landi Kotal. The court was also informed about the recovery of the body of Gul Muhammad from Daudzai last week. Muhammad and Ali hassan went missing on May 21, 2012. The body has already been handed over to the family. The CJ ordered the capital city police chief and the Khazana police ShO to appear along with complete record on next hearing day. he warned that stern action would be taken against ShO concerned if body of any missing person was recovered from his precinct. he urged the Police Officers to ensure complete record in this respect. The court has so far settled cases of as many as 135 people whereas more than 1,800 have been shifted to internment centers in Peshawar, Kohat and Lakki Marwat.

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germany supports nawaz’s reforms agenda isLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel on Tuesday congratulated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his election and assured him of her country's continued support in fulfilling reform agenda. "The German government will continue to support the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in its upcoming political and economic reforms on the basis of the existing trust-based cooperation," she said in her letter to the newly elected prime minister. "Please accept my sincere congratulations on your election as prime minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I wish you every success in performing the responsible duties incumbent on you during your new term of office," she said. Merkel said she was looking forward to working with the new prime minister "to intensify the good and friendly relations between the two countries".

to the Sharifs have sprung into action once again doing their pick and choose exercise. This time officers inducted by the caretaker chief minister are in the line of fire. The caretakers carried out a wholesale reshuffle in the bureaucracy when they assumed power to ensure a neutral administration during the elections. The officers posted included secretaries, DCOs, commissioners, RPOs and DPOs. The PML-N leaders never liked these transfers. Interestingly, Nawaz Sharif won elections with a thumping majority right under their nose. Yet the top bureaucrats of Punjab are not happy with them and want to see their back at the earliest.

Probably, those officers who would not have listened to the instructions of Dr Tauqeer and others have reasons to feel insecure now. The bureaucrats expect a massive reshuffle sooner than later. Some bigwigs from the Punjab too are expected to join the federal government. They are Nadeem hasan Asif, former secretary to chief minister, Sami Saeed, former chairman P&D, Tariq Bajwa, secretary finance and Fawad hasan Fawad. They are officers with long standing relations with the Sharifs. Former chief secretary Nasir Khosa has already been appointed as principal secretary to the prime minister. he is busy with Dr. Tauqeer in firming up lists of officers to be posted in federal

and Punjab governments in coming days. These are the officers most sought-after for the bureaucrats eying for better positions. It is believed that the federal government in its reorganisation drive is more in need of loyal and trustworthy officers. In the Punjab departments of local government, finance, home and health would need new secretaries soon along with placement of officers in districts on a huge level. It will be interesting to see how the administrative teams of the Sharifs, both in the centre and provinces, take its final shape but this will not be achieved without giving some sleepless nights to the bureaucrats.

INDIAN HOME MINISTER BLAMES ISI FOR FANNING SIKH MILITANCY neW DeLHi INP

Indian home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Wednesday accused the ISI of fanning Sikh militancy as well as the high quality of counterfeit Indian currency being pushed inside India from across the border. Addressing the Chief Ministers' Conference on security, Shinde said there had been “significant development on the Sikh militancy front with its commanders in Pakistan under pressure to further the ISI terror plans”. “Sikh youths are being trained in ISI facilities in Pakistan,” he said, adding that the interrogation of suspects has revealed the use of “jailed cadres and unemployed youth to unleash terror

attacks”. Shinde also said a large quantity of RDX and other explosives were finding their way into Punjab from across the border. India, he said, has a long and porous border with Nepal and Bangladesh which is being used by Pakistan-based jihadi groups to cajole youth for terror training in Pakistan and to push in hardware and finance into India to carry out terror attacks. “Jihadi organisations in Pakistan linked to the Let, JeM and IM (Lashkare-Tayyaba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Indian Mujahideen), have set up tunnels for transfer of funds into India... Militants based in Gulf are collecting money for terrorism in India” he blamed. This, he said, points to the necessity for closer coordination between states

and the centre, and the multi-agency centre needed to be strengthened for real time coordination of intelligence inputs. On fake Indian currency being pushed into India, Shinde said high quality fake currency notes were being printed in the “neighbouring country” and smuggled into India. “The fake currency notes are produced in sophisticated machines using real ink,” he said. “We live in a troubled neighbourhood and forces inimical to the country are working to hit at the country’s roots.” Shinde said the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir had improved and in the northeast many militant groups had shown willingness to abjure arms and join the peace process.

Pia maintaining its domestic, international flights schedule kArACHi APP

The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is maintaining its domestic and International flights schedule and there has been no disruption so far, a spokesman for the PIA said in a statement on Wednesday. Refuting a news item appearing in a section of print and electronic media regarding grounding of all of its B-737 aircraft, PIA spokesman said two of its Boeing 737 aircraft were under normal routine maintenance checks and would resume service after completion of maintenance checks. “All aircraft in the airline's fleet undergo routine maintenance from time to time. The airline's flight operation is not affected by aircraft routine maintenance. however, slight schedule changes if any, are normal in airline business mostly depending upon market conditions,” the PIA spokesman concluded.

Pakistani among top 10 leading ‘asset finance’ lawyers in the world kArACHi AgENCIES

Pakistani lawyer Zarrar Sehgal has been named among the top 10 leading lawyers in the world in “Asset Finance” by Legal 500. he was earlier named as one of the top ten lawyers in “Aviation Transportation Finance” in the US by Chambers USA. he is the first in the world who has been so honoured under 40 years of age. Zarrar’s firm Clifford Chance LLP, which was one of three law firms in “Band 1” category in “Aviation Transportation Finance”, has also been named by LEGAL 500 as one of the top three law firms in the world in the “Asset Finance” category. Legal 500 series of guides reviews the strengths and strategies of law firms in over 90 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North and South America and the Caribbean. To quote LEGAL 500, “The highly esteemed New York practice Clifford Chance LLP, which is jointly led by John howitt and Zarrar Sehgal, is considered ‘among the best’ for innovative, cutting edge financing, especially in bond underwriting and asset-backed securitization (ABS)”.


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kP assembly body to look into complaints against police PESHAWAR: A meeting of members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Provincial Public Safety and Police Complaints Commission (PPS&PCC) was held on Wednesday which decided that member Sikandar Khan shall go through complaints received from public against police officials and dispose them off in the light of law. The meeting was chaired by independent member Sikandar Khan. The commission also nominated Shamim Qaiser and Faiza Hameed as media coordinators for PPS&PCC. The commission requested the KP Assembly speaker to proceed in accordance with the law for appointment of parliamentarian members of the commission, as stated in Article 74 of Police Order 2002. Members of the commission requested Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM Pervez Khattak to preside over the meeting of Provincial Public Safety and Police Complaints Commission in order to materialise the aims and objectives of the body. The meeting, besides others, was attended by members Said Bahadur Khan, Col (r) Salahuddin, Sahibzada Asad Noor, Shamim Qaiser, Faiza Hameed, PPS&PCC Director Muntazir Khan, Assistant Director Syed Aftab Hussain and Assistant Director Zeeshan Khan. STAFF REPORT

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S PML-N President Nawaz Sharif took oath of the office of prime minister for a record third time, the nagging question being asked in political circles is whether he will be able to complete his full term of five years this time around. The response he got from the PPP leadership in this context, especially from President Zardari, addresses this question to a significant extent, leaving the distinct impression that he will indeed be around for the next five years, following the footsteps of the PPP government. The political setting in which Nawaz assumes power again is quite conducive for him with major parties in the country opting to support him as a goodwill gesture. Now it is up to Nawaz how he uses the political capital he received at the very

onset of his new political journey. President Zardari has made his intention loud and clear that he is all for the continuation of the democratic project in the country. In his recent interview, he even indicated the PPP’s willingness to give vote of confidence to Nawaz if sought and negotiated by the PML-N leadership. Fielding Amin Fahim against Nawaz seemed just a formality to avoid the tag of an absolute friendly opposition. The PPP’s other leaders too echoed the same reconciliatory tone. From its central to provincial leaders, all have wished Nawaz well. The leaders did not even try to make most of the allegations of rigging heard from every nook and corner of the country and instead welcomed the new government with open arms and mind. So there are no intentions anywhere from the opposition to expose Nawaz to or any destablising intent. The PPP’s choice of Khursheed Shah as the opposition leader

should also be heartening for the PML-N leadership, probably too good for them. he was given a warm welcome by the entire house on the day of oath-taking with Nawaz and Shah seen exchanging greetings, indicating scheme of things to come. having developed a strong reconciliatory credential in the last five years, it will be much easier for the PML-N leaders to run the NA smoothly. The PML-N did the same for the PPP in the last five years. It never tried to capitalise on opportunities that came its way, thanks to the hostile judiciary and media, despite a lot of enticement. It seems now it is the PPP’s turn to pay back in the same coin, one senior politician said. The detractors of PMLN have already branded the emerging equation between the PPP and PML-N as part of an old understanding according to which it is now the PML-N’s turn to run the government for full five years.

“The forces that enabled the PPP to complete its five years will now be at the back of Nawaz to let him finish his term,” a PTI leader said. On the other hand, political circles and media continue with the PPP bashing. Some of them strongly believe that the PPP cannot take on the PMLN government given the number of cases its leaders are going to face. This is the very mindset that lies at the heart of efforts at creating a joint opposition in the National Assembly over and above the PPP’s ‘friendly opposition’. Sheikh Rashid is the driving force behind these efforts so far, with the PTI yet showing lukewarm response to his moves. Sheikh has taken up the issue with the MQM also to support Imran Khan as the opposition leader as well as prospects of creating a joint opposition. But the MQM had other ideas as it turned out later. Its leaders were first to announce MQM’s unconditional support for Nawaz.

Musharraf ready to face high treason case: aPMl LAHORE: Former president Pervez Musharraf will be ready to face any court if newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif supports a high treason case against him, Musharraf’s political adviser said on Wednesday. “Musharraf is ready to face any court in order to defend himself against the politically motivated cases… [and] a Pakistani soldier never feels threatened by anyone,” said Chauhdry Sarfraz Anjum Kahlon of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). Speaking to reporters, Kahlon cautioned the incoming government “to exercise political maturity and to think twice before pursuing the emotional path of personal revenge which will ultimately benefit Pakistan’s adversaries”. He said the pursuit of politically-motivated cases would only set off a dangerous chain of events which had the potential to weaken national institutions and was not in the best interest of the country. Kahlon also refuted media reports about Musharraf leaving the country. “There is no exit strategy or secret deal to leave the country… [and] Musharraf will continue to reside in the country he has fought for,” he said. “Musharraf dedicated his life to the state of Pakistan the day he joined the armed forces and he has every right as a Pakistan citizen to live with his people,” Kahlon added. INP

ihC nullifies fbr chief’s appointment ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday declared the appointment of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem as illegal and unconstitutional. A single bench of the IHC, comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, announced the verdict on a petition filed by FBR member Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed. Earlier‚ on April 8, the court had stopped Hakeem from working as the FBR chairman. INP

fazl takes oath as Mna ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam- Fazl (JUIF) chief Fazlur Rahman and a few other MNAelects on Wednesday took oath as members of the National Assembly (MNAs). NA Speaker Ayaz Sadiq administered oath to the newly elected members. Earlier, talking to media personnel outside Parliament House, Fazl said his party’s share in the federal cabinet had not been discussed with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif as yet. He said the next government should focus on restoring internal security and reviving the economy on the basis of domestic resources. Replying to a question, he said the PML-N enjoyed public mandate and JUI-F had also decided to vote for Nawaz for the slot of premier. “Pakistan’s economy cannot be strengthened without improving the law and order situation,” he said. He further said addressing the energy crisis was imperative, while restoration of peace would boost investment in the country. INP

ISLAMABAD: Daughter of President Asif Ali Zardari, Asifa Bhutto Zardari presenting bouquet to newly-elected Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on his arrival at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. President Asif Ali Zardari is also seen in picture. INP

Pakistan calls for end to bloodshed in syria UniteD nAtions APP

Pakistan on Wednesday made a fervent call for an end to the bloody conflict in Syria, and backed a Russia-US bid for a new peace initiative to end more than two years of civil war in the Middle East country. "The forces that are exploiting vacuums in Syria to impose the writ of terrorism and extremism should be stopped," Ambassador Masood Khan told the Security Council during closed-door consultations on the situation in Syria and the region, according to council sources. "Only diplomacy will ensure that Syrian conflict will not take down the entire region by deepening ethnic, religious and sectarian divides and fracturing polities of Syria's neighbouring countries," he reportedly said after an in-depth briefing by UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco. A three-way meeting - involving Russian, American and UN officials - is being held in Geneva to further the preparations for the international conference on Syria en-

visioned under the US-Russian initiative. No date for the conference has yet been set. The UN is represented by its peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi as well as undersecretary-general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman. The US delegation includes Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and acting US Assistant Secretary of State Beth Jones. Representing Russia is Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, according to media reports. The proposed conference, dubbed Geneva II, is facing serious obstacles in getting warring parties to the table. While Syrian President Bashar al Assad's regime has agreed "in principle" to attend the talks, the main opposition National Coalition is refusing to take part until all order demands are met. In his remarks, Pakistani envoy Masood Khan called the joint USRussia initiative to convene Geneva-II as the "most important diplomatic development", and went on to say that imprudent actions or statements by the parties and their supporters could vitiate the atmosphere and ruin its chances.

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In the latest waves of violent incidents in Afghanistan, at least 27 people died in various bombings across the country over the last. According to details, roadside bomb struck a car in the western Farah province on Tuesday, killing four civilians, all members of the same family. "A father and three of his children were killed on Tuesday morning and the mother of the family was seriously wounded when a vehicle ran over a roadside bomb in Farah," the provincial government spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhwandy said. "The bombing happened in Lash Wa Juwayn district at around 7AM local time while the ill-fated family was traveling in a car from district center to a nearby village," the spokesman added. he also blamed the Taliban militants for placing the explosive device on a road in the area. hours later, in a similar incident, six civilians lost their lives as a roadside bomb went off in the southern helmand province 555 km south of Kabul, spokesman for provincial administration Omar Zawak said. "A mine planted by Taliban militants in Sangin district of helmand province went off at around noon today killing six civilians including three women and three men," Zawak told Xinhua.

Ten more civilians, mostly school children, were killed as a suicide bomber blew himself up in Samkanai district of Paktia province on Monday and injured 17 others, mostly civilians, provincial police chief Zalmai Oryakhil said. Moreover, seven members of an Afghan family were killed on Monday morning when their car was hit by a roadside bomb in the country's eastern province of Laghman, said the provincial government. "Four women, two children and a man were martyred as their car ran over a roadside bomb in hakim Abad area of the Laghman province at around 7 AM local time on Monday," the provincial government said in a statement. Afghan civilians have suffered greatly in the protracted conflict as the Taliban militants fighting the government and NATO- led troops are largely relying on suicide and roadside bombings but the deadly homemade weapon does not spare the civilians. The conflict-related violence has killed 125 Afghan civilians and injured 287 others within the last two weeks, a 24 percent increase in total civilian casualties against the same period in 2012, the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a statement on Monday, adding that Taliban and other anti-government elements were responsible for 84 percent of all civilian casualties during the past two-week period.


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Momentous tasks ahead

the case against privatising power PPP, PML-N both responsible for present power crisis

Despite heavy mandate, Nawaz Sharif will not have it that easy

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awaz Sharif has assumed power with heavy mandate. The new PM deserves credit for 15-year long perseverance that finally brought him back to power. Compared to 1990s, there are a number of positive changes in Nawaz Sharif’s outlook, tone, dealings with other parties and level of concentration. One hopes he has also managed to overcome some of the urges that created problems for him during his earlier stints in power. Nawaz Sharif has been elected prime minister with 244 solid votes. Besides his own party Nawaz was also supported by the JUI-F, MQM and even by Jamaate-Islami and PQP, which are PTI allies in KP. Nawaz has promised to take all parliament parties along to resolve the multifarious problems faced by Pakistan. This reminds one of the address delivered by Yousuf Raza Gilani on March 24, 2008, after receiving 264 votes. Gilani had declared, “I invite all political forces to join us because the country is facing such a crisis that a single man cannot save it.” One hopes that the tradition of tolerance for the opposition and media and of respect for courts established during 20008-13 will be further strengthened under the PML-N rule. Nawaz Sharif has taken the right decision in Balochistan by agreeing to support National Party chief Abdul Malik Baloch to form the government. It was unfortunate to describe it as a sacrifice made by the PML-N. The party has in fact saved itself from the embarrassment of appointing a tribal leader who had been a part and parcel of the inefficient and corrupt Raisani government. The federal government has now to persuade the army and the security agencies to fully cooperate with the Malik government so that his administration can move ahead with confidence to resolve the decades old sense of deprivation in the province. Nawaz has similarly done well to let the PTI form government in KP instead of letting himself be seduced by the JUI-F who despite being in minority was keen to rule the province with PML-N’s help. As he assumes power Nawaz Sharif is by no means on easy street. he faces formidable issues like the power shortages and terrorism. Creditors are meanwhile knocking at the door. Besides resuscitating the economy, Nawaz has to retrieve his promise of protecting the minorities. What is more he has to ensure that the minorities enjoy full rights as equal citizens. Nawaz forgot to mention the empowerment of women and an end to excesses they continue o face like karo kari, forced marriages and all too frequent acid attacks. The latest suffering inflicted on women is the decision by the CII regarding DNA test being inadmissible as primary evidence in rape cases.

breaking the begging bowl PML-N hopes to delay IMF deal to improve economy

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deal with the IMF now would be self-defeating,” come the words from Sartaj Aziz, likely to be Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s chief economic and foreign policy advisor. Aziz has insisted that the new leadership of the country should first see the results of the steps it has planned to shore up the country’s finances and ease the power crisis. That the PML-N is willing to wait on a deal with the IMF, at a time when many analysts were advocating that the quick solution be taken to solve the financial crisis facing the state, is a positive sign. It suggests that the PML-N has a coherent economic and taxation plan that it wishes to implement, and has trust in its ability to steer the country out of both the budget shortfall and the debt trap. Nonetheless, despite taking the line that the PML-N must implement its reforms, then wait for the results for the next two to three months, Ishaq Dar, another one PMLN’s financial gurus, met the IMF’s Resident Representative in Pakistan, Mansoor Dailami, a few days ago. The discussion is said to have covered the new IMF bailout programme and the current precarious fiscal and balance of payments position. Dar himself insisted that the meeting was to set a date to hold overdue Post Programme Monitoring discussions. An IMF team is due in this regard on June 19. The subject of another bailout is sure to come up in the meeting, with Pakistan’s balance of payment situation and budget deficit precariously placed. Sources suggest that the Finance Ministry is seeking to show the PML-N that the current account deficit for 2013-14 shall exceed the predicted amount of $2.9 billion or 1.1 percent of Gross Domestic Product. The Finance Ministry and Planning Commission appear to be insisting that the government has no option but to take the bailout route. Generally, a deficit of below two percent is considered normal for developing countries, but the serious nature of the finance situation of the country appears to have pushed bureaucrats to believe that even a one percent deficit is too high. What this translates into is that the PML-N government will have to weave some tax magic. One of the most important things appears to be the need to end the curse of SROs, which the Federal Board of Revenue approves as exemptions to “special” producers, importers and exporters, which total at around Rs150 billion a year, equal to about half the predicted budget deficit. Similar steps are needed to increase the tax net, perhaps by reducing the tax rate, but incentivising all businessmen, industrialists, traders – and by bringing agriculturalists into the tax net. A policy of austerity will be needed to reduce excess government spending, along with an end to secret funds. The PML-N government has chosen a difficult path to tread. It is hoped it can step up to the promise.

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Comradely Speaking HASHIM BIN RASHID

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ITh 20 hours of outages in mid-summer and Rs500 billion circular debt balance to pay, there is no doubt that a serious crisis has beset the power sector in Pakistan. With all kinds of solutions to the power crisis being bandied about and the PML-N giving a strong indication that it will turn to the private sector as a solution, there is a need to ascertain what caused the power crisis in the first place. The debate during the election was played out as a blame game between the PML-N and the PPP. The PML-N blamed the PPP for the rental power plants while its chief economic ideologue Sartaj Aziz blamed it for its 1994 power policy. The PPP’s rejoinder was that the PML-N had “cancelled the contracts of around 24,000MWs of Independent Power Plants (IPPs)” in their 1997-99 tenure, arguing that “had this additional power been available to the national grid today there would be no shortage.” But here lies the fundamental problem in the electricity debate: the crisis is not a crisis of capacity. With over 20,000 MWs of generation capacity, Pakistan’s power sector far exceeds peak demand that hovers around 17,000 MWs. What both parties – and the PTI too – gloss over is that their energy policies during the 1990s were in fact identical. In 1992, at the insistence of the World Bank and IMF, the PML-N government’s Cabinet Committee on Privatisation approved a Strategic Plan for Restructuring WAPDA. The plan involved “unbundling” WAPDA’s Power Wing and shifting the burden of generation and distribution to the private sector. When the PPP was at the helm next, it approved the World Bank championed 1994 Power Policy which offered astonishing terms to private investors – including a 80:20 debt-to-equity ratio, minimal taxes, guaranteed capacity payments even if power plants were not producing. The first major step in the direction was the announcement of the hub Power Project, a 1,292 MW private sector project described as the “Deal of the Year” and later as the “Deal of the Decade.” The hubco deal was followed by the signing of 16 IPP contracts to add 3,400MW of private thermal power to the grid, at a time when the future shortfall was assessed to be between 1000 and 1,500 MW. The PML-N, which now apparently questions the terms of the deal, only continued the process once it returned to power. In sanctioning the creation of NEPRA in 1997 and approving the unbundling of WAPDA into 13 units: eight distribution companies (DISCOS), three generation companies (GENCOS) and the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), operating under the newly created Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO). The unbundling of the WAPDA Power Wing was supposed to move the power sector “from an inefficient state-controlled monopoly to a competitive, market-driven system.” The actual plan, as the IMF describes it, was to “ready the power sector for a more attractive packaging to be sold to private investors.” Smaller units of WAPDA could be privatised much more easily. That was the

plan the PML-N had approved in 1992 and set up for packaging in 1998. Now that it has returned in 2013, the energy plan it has announced its intention to “finish their unfinished business.” The PML-N envisages a three-step plan. Step one: merging the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Water and Power. Step two: raising Rs500 billion through treasury bills, bank loans and printing money and paying off the circular debt. Step three: selling government shares in public-owned power companies, reducing its share to 51 percent and handing over their management to private investors. The move is expected to raise another Rs500 billion. But more importantly, it will leave the power sector one step behind the promise of the PML-N manifesto: complete privatisation. This is the reason why the shares of the Nishat Group, Engro Group and DESCO/Dawood Group have reached their peak. Each big business group in Pakistan is expecting a windfall from the government’s selling the self-created carcass of the public power sector. And like the KESC, they know that even if they are unable to make net profits, they will still be able to make good sums for themselves through the various gimmicks that each privatisation experience in Pakistan has coughed up. The torrid experience of privatising the KESC should have set the alarm bells ringing that something is amiss in the policy. What began as a 25 percent share offering was upped to 51 percent and then 73 percent without undergoing due process. When in February 2005, KESC was finally privatized, the winning bidder withdrew four months later. From being handed over to the Saudi Al-Jomiah Group of Companies, it was switched to the Abraaj Group in 2008. Despite the privatisation, the government has continued to subsidise the KESC by around Rs30 billion a year since 2005. With LESCO, FESCO and the rest of the distributing companies now set to be shifted under private control, the tussle between NEPRA and privately-managed distribution companies over increasing both tariffs and subsidies is likely to intensify. Already, the privately-run KESC continues to employ increased outages as a blackmailing tool with NEPRA when it refuses requests to increase the tariffs. Can the public, a decade down the line, afford around 20 separate privately-run power distribution and generation companies tussling with a central regulator because revenue is not as much as they expected? Surely not. But this is the direction the PML-N’s plan to sell a stake in government-owned power companies shall lead to. In simpler terms, it means that the power crisis, if one considers only the small variable of availability of power, is likely to be severer under the private sector than the public sector. But there is another variable that is not being spoken about: the cost of consuming electricity. Consuming electricity at the current tariff rates has already become unmanageable for all sets of consumers: domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural. Those who have forgotten must be reminded that the All-Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) and the Kissan Ittehad have both been organising protests and filing cases against both outages and the spiking of tariffs. Domestic and commercial con-

sumer protests have turned cities into warzones, as would be remembered in the summer of 2012. The greatest irony of course is that the ideologues of the PML-N also point to the 1994 energy policy by the PPP as the point where things went awry. Finance minister in waiting Sartaj Aziz wrote an article in these very pages criticizing the same policy and defending the PML-N’s decision to cancel the relevant tenders. The power crisis blame game was played between the PML-N and the PPP during the election campaigning, without letting the people know that both were part and parcel of the same regime. Cambridge economist Kamal Munir and Salman Khalid, affiliated with private sector power investments, state, “It took a few years for the true extent of this policy’s fallout to become apparent. When lights came back on, the power sector and everything else that depended on it lay in ruins. All the promises of great service vanished. Since 1990, tariffs in rupee terms have climbed up approximately 530 per cent for the median domestic consumer as the energy mix of the country shifted away from much cheaper hydro to thermal based power, exposing the average consumer to the vagaries of the international oil price fluctuations. As a result, the government and the consumers found it increasingly difficult, almost impossible, to pay for this electricity. By 2011, it became usual for large parts of the country to plunge into darkness on a daily basis – all this in the presence of substantial excess, unused capacity!” The debate that is not being had is whether the solution to power crisis lies in promoting public sector investment or inviting the private sector to take over the public sector? Why was public money not pumped into the public power sector in the 1990s? Why was the same money used to “incentivize” private investors? And of course why is an “inefficient public sector” being blamed, when the bulk of the “inefficiency” in the system is the excess and expensive capacity added by the private sector? With the PML-N government promising the end of consumer subsidies (except for domestic consumers), this is not to say that corporate subsidies shall end. In fact, in the next round of pushing the public power sector towards complete privatisation, expect the government to spend more than the Rs500 billion it expects to receive from selling shares, expect more controversial deals collapsing – and expect a starker power crisis a decade down the line with no path of return available. Munir and Khalid conclude their article by stating, “The blackout in Pakistan is a policy failure, a result of the disastrous privatization undertaken by the government at the behest of the World Bank.” More privatisation is likely to completely cripple the system. The running joke these days with the spike in tariffs is, “Thank God for the loadshedding. If there were electricity 24 hours round, who would afford to pay the bill?” If the next round of PML-N led privatisation succeeds, we may not be able to afford the little electricity we consume at this moment. Be warned. The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: hashimbrashid@gmail.com


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‘Prestige’ before reason Is Pakistan’s rural voter rational?

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O us urban armchair political warriors, rural Pakistan is a world away. To your run of the mill, middle class second generation Punjabi urbanite, the word village drums up images of a small, dusty settlement, rolling fields of wheat, children beset by droves of flies and a feudal lording over his fiefdom, taking whichever lass seems pleasing to his eyes. Save for the last, the rest would be a fairly accurate and shallow description of your average Pakistani village. All too often, from this very shallow lens people will draw further conclusions and try to prescribe motivations to seemingly ‘irrational’ voting choices of Pakistan’s malnutritioned Third World underbelly. From the outside, from where we sit, the decisions of the masses seem somewhat irrational in nature, choices concluded not through a process of iron clad logical reasoning but through a more personal, heartfelt one. To us, the biradari and clan systems are mere symbols of identity, but to the person in the village, the biradari is something much more sacred. Voters will line up to vote for a candidate of a similar biradari irrespective of the candidates’ reputation or track record. The fact that voter and candidate share the same biradari is reason enough to cast one’s precious vote in favour of the candidate. You huff and puff, frown at this cavalier attitude. They’ll bring Pakistan down. It gets worse; it gets much more irrational than that, more personal than just biradari. Without assuaging the rural voter’s ego in every way possible, there is a likelihood that the voter might not root for the aspirant come Election Day. If the voter has a number of ballots under his/her belt, it is imperative that the candidate come knocking on the voter’s door, earning the constituent prestige points in the village. Time and again, I have

witnessed voters changing allegiances and announcing their support for a rival candidate on the basis of a candidate having come and swept the voter off of his feet with a dexterous bit of ego massaging.Where Pakistan burns, how can people put their social standing above the concerns of Pakistan? Why such self-centredness? One of the more understandable voting trends is the rivalry vote. The only reason I will not vote for party A is because my rivals are voting for party A, hence leaving me with no option other than to vote for party B. Whither national issues? Whither legislation? Realise though that these are symptoms of a larger problem. Rationality, at the end of the day, is a very contextual thing. Pakistan’s rural areas are but a slightly civilised version of the Wild West and the rational decision over there would be completely different than a rational decision taken in the cities. ‘Out there’ survival depends not on the government or institutions, you would be a fool to do that, but on other people. Pakistan’s institutions inspire nothing but suspicion, disdain and hatred. Rather than providing avenues to the populace for non-partisan judgment and justice, they are in fact

Perceptions about social standing matter for a lot in the village, much more so than in the cities. When a candidate personally visits the voter, that person’s social standing rises, he earns prestige points among his peers.

vehicles for the exact opposite. The power of people, contacts and money is far greater than that of most institutions. Many will contend that the same statement could be applied to the US, granted but on an absolute scale, a legislator in the US will have an infinitely harder time getting away with murder or rape compared to the same in Pakistan. This, to an extent, explains why the voter’s ego will often be such a deciding factor in whom to vote for. Perceptions about social standing matter for a lot in the village, much more so than in the cities. When a candidate personally visits the voter, that person’s social standing rises, he earns prestige points among his peers. From personal experience, for people living in rural areas, a lot of things are a matter of prestige. To give you an example, cows that look a certain way carry a sort of ‘prestige’ price premium in the rural areas. One would imagine that the sole price factor for a cow ought to be its milk production, not so in the village though. So you have prestige, you have a higher social standing; you increase your clan’s chances of flourishing and surviving in rural Pakistan because more people will be willing to help you out when your chips are down. The people of Pakistan have little or no exposure to the security offered by a group of solid, non-partisan institutions. Despite offers by the Chairman of PTI, Imran Khan, to fill this gaping societal void, voters have till now turned a deaf ear to the same and decided to go along with local influential and biradari leaders, perhaps feeling that a bird in hand is better than two in the bush. Which begs the question, when legislators derive a lot of their power from the existing void of institutions, will they be willing to develop institutions that might take up the role of benefactor that is presently the realm of legislators? In their own way, rural voters will make the decision that suits them best. While Pakistanis share common concern such as chronic electricity and gas shortages and terrorism, more immediate concerns such as having the ability to bail out compatriots from the caring hands of your average, helpful, friendly Station house Officer (ShO) and your cooperative line-man from WAPDA come into play. Personal trumps national. For sure, this situation can be rectified. Pakistan needs institutions, strong, apolitical, nonpartisan institutions. Given those, we can help voters to start looking towards issues of national rather than personal importance. The writer can be contacted at abdullah.humayun@gmail.com,Twitter: @ahshafi

hE drone strikes in the tribal regions of Pakistan, authorized by Gen. Musharraf to take out terrorists and Al Qaeda operatives in 2004 have continued unabated with varying frequency. With over three thousand civilian lives lost and property worth billions of rupees destroyed, the drones MALIK MUHAMMAD ASHRAF have caused extensive collateral damage, and accentuated the hate syndrome against the US consequently swelling the terrorists’ ranks. The strategy has not only been self-defeating for the US, it has also confronted Pakistan with an existentialist threat from within. The people of Pakistan are against the drone strikes and would like them to be stopped by all means even if it involved shooting them down. The elements sympathetic to Taliban, the rightist media and the ‘ghairat brigade’ have all contributed in the crystallization of this view. If a referendum is held today on this question, it is likely people will overwhelmingly voted for shooting down the drones to regain national sovereignty and honour. having felt the pulse of the masses, Imran Khan has also been playing to the gallery, saying that were he voted into power he would give the shoot-down order. After the latest strike that killed the TTP’s deputy commander Wali-ur-Rahman, the newly elected chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Parvaiz Khatak, said: “had PTI been in power in the centre, the US would not have dared to attack”. The PTI stance on the issue is quite naïve and is demonstrative of the lack of understanding of the dynamics of international relations, especially when dealing with the sole super power. The drone strikes are too sensitive an issue to be addressed through sentimental reactions. It needs an objective appraisal of the ground realities, one’s own strengths and weaknesses and of course how it can be ensured that Pakistan remains relevant to the changes that are occurring in our region and beyond which are likely to have a strong bearing on our future foreign policies. President Obama has promised to bring greater transparency to the use of drones but has not ruled out the possibility of their continuous use as and when required to target the US enemies. The US foreign secretary John Kerry has also defended the US policy on drones and said they were legal and effective, which means that come what may, these strikes will continue till the US thinks they are useful. And we should not expect these strikes to stop before the US leaves Afghanistan. Pakistan simply cannot afford military confrontation with the US on the issue as any such move might bring incalculable harm to Pakistan not only in military terms but also the US creating difficulties for us in our endeavours to revive the economy through loans from international lending agencies and probably also isolating Pakistan, capitalizing on hostile sentiments against it in the world community that are wary of terrorism emanating from here. Leaders are people with vision and supposed to guide, motivate and educate the people on complex issues rather than being swayed by the sentimental fervour at a particular point of a time. Yes, the drone attacks are counterproductive and constitute a serious breach of our sovereignty. But the point is are we in a position to adopt a belligerent attitude towards the US in the prevailing circumstances, especially when the US is poised to withdraw its combatant troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The only option for us is to facilitate the process of reconciliation within Afghanistan besides ensuring safe and congenial conditions for the withdrawal of American troops and equipment from that country. The Pakistani leadership should assess the situation rationally and also take the people into confidence on the ground realities. Bringing peace to Afghanistan and consequently to Pakistan is a very convoluted issue which requires a very calculated, pragmatic and workable approach. Untangling the embrace that we have had with the US mostly depends on the bear that is holding us. Those who believe that Pakistan has most of the cards in resolving the Afghan conundrum probably fail to rationally evaluate the situation and the variables involved in this regard. Our room for manoeuvre is quite limited while the US has a number of alternatives to achieve its objectives in Afghanistan and the South Asian region. Despite the fact that US and Pakistan have opposing strategic interests in this region, we still need to remain engaged with them because in the realm of diplomacy engagement is the name of the game. Pakistan now has a new government, under the stewardship of Mian Nawaz Sharif. There is no doubt that our terms of engagement with the US will have to be revisited but it is imperative for the new government to devise a comprehensive strategy of dealing with the US in regards to the Afghan issue and beyond in consultation with all the stakeholders, particularly the security establishment. Similarly the policy to deal with the TTP also needs to be thoroughly debated and discussed among all stakeholders. One cannot take an issue with Nawaz Sharif’s contention to explore the option of negotiations with the TTP, for peace is essential for the economic revival. But it is not as simple as it seems, particularly after the latest drone strike that killed Wali as the TTP has vowed to take revenge from the US and the Pakistan Army. Nawaz Sharif as prime minister is well advised to tread along cautiously and avoid the pitfalls of hurried actions. The issue can be resolved as and when the opportunity comes only if besides the political leadership the military commanders are also on board with regards to the strategy to deal with the proposition. The writer is an academic.


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All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour. –Ben Kingsley

PeoPle uSed to Say i Can’t Make it big in b-town, SayS Madhuri M neWs Desk

ADhURI Dixit, who ruled the hearts of the audience in 80s and 90s, says when she started her career, people tried to pull her down by saying she won't be able to make her place in Bollywood. "Being a woman you always go through something or the other. When I made my debut in Bollywood, many people told me I can't do, it's not a good place, I can't make my position in this industry. But that time I had faith in myself and worked and proved everyone what can I do," Madhuri said at an event. "When you push yourself you rise up to the challenge and you realise your strength. When adversity comes that's when one stands for themselves," she

Pitt SayS MuSe ProvideS PerfeCt SoundtraCk to filM Brad Pitt wants the music for "World War Z" to be much more than a footnote. Pitt says that while making the zombie flick, out on June 21, he wanted the film's soundtrack to have songs reminiscent of those made for "The Exorcist." Enter Muse, which recorded the instrumental track "Isolated System" for the movie. Pitt says the pairing of the British band with the film was "nice kismet." He says the band members were actually reading the "World War Z" book when they were recording their latest album, "The 2nd Law." Muse was at the London premiere of the film on Sunday, performing a special outdoor concert at Horse Guards Parade park for the occasion. NEWS DESK

added. Madhuri made her acting debut with 'Abodh' in 1984 but the film failed at the box office. her next release 'Awara Baap' (1985) also turned out to be failure. In 1986 Madhuri starred in 'Swati' and 'Manav hatya', both the films being declared as flops. She had three releases in 1987 ? 'Mohre', 'hifazat' and 'Uttar Dakshin', which also did not do well. After a series of consecutive flops, she finally attained stardom with 'Tezaab' in 1988. The film went on to become that year's highest grossing movie. Thereafter she delivered hit films one after the other, including 'Ram Lakhan', 'Prem Pratigyaa', 'Tridev', 'Parinda', 'Dil', 'Saajan', 'Beta', 'Mrityudand', 'Dil Toh Pagal hai' and others. After her marriage in 1999 to Shri-

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ram Nene, a US-based surgeon, she did Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Devdas' in 2002. She then took a break and staged a comeback with Aditya Chopra's home production 'Aaja Nachle' in 2007. Despite missing from the silver screen, the 46-year-old film star was very much present on small screen. She appeared as one of the judges in TV dance reality show, 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa' in season four, five and now six. After marriage, Madhuri relocated to the US for almost a decade. But in 2011, she shifted her base back in Mumbai along with her family. Madhuri will feature in the upcoming film 'Gulab Gang' directed by newcomer Soumik Sen, which also stars Juhi Chawla, Mahie Gill, Shilpa Shukla and others. The other is Vishal Bharadwaj's home production 'Dedh Ishqiya'.

MTV to host biggest online-only music festival

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Actress Amanda Bynes refused to do her own daily radio show offered by Playboy radio as she wants to focus on her music career. The 27-year-old actress was offered a full-time job by the radio station and despite being interested in the opportunity, she rejected the offer as her focus is on the album she is recording, reports femalefirst.co.uk. "I want to do the show. But I can't because I'm recording an album!" tmz.com quoted her as saying. "I'll go on their show for an interview when I'm promoting my album," she added. Playboy initially offered her a guest hosting gig on Monday but decided to officially offer her an hour long daily radio show on a week's trial Tuesday. And if the producers would have been impressed by her, the station was planning to offer her a one-year contract. Amanda recently revealed she is determined to have a career as a rapper. She wrote on her Twitter page: "Look forward to seeing me in music videos! I'm getting in shape and getting a nose job! I'm looking forward to a long and wonderful career as a singer/rapper!

Concertgoers won't have to leave their homes to enjoy the "Live Music Day Festival," the biggest online-only event of its kind, music networks MTV, VH1 and CMT said on Tuesday. The 24-hour virtual concert is set to kick off at 7 p.m. EDT on June 19 and will feature performances by more than 50 bands and artists spanning rock, indie, pop, R&B and folk. Acts include Hanson, Atlas Genius, Labrinth, Langhorne Slim and Kate Nash. The performances, accompanied by the fanpicked O Music Awards, will be streamed live from Viacom's offices in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. The Roots drummer Questlove will provide beats during the festival in a 24-hour "drum-a-thon." Viewers will be able to watch the entire show via computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. They also have the option of selecting only the acts and awards they want to see. "We've created the first-of-its-kind music festival that's both connecting artists and fans and allowing them to participate in the awards and festival in new ways," Dermot McCormack, head of connected content for Viacom Music, said in a statement. Categories in the third annual O Music Awards include Best Web-Born Artist, Fan Army FTW (For The Win) and Must-Follow Artist on Twitter. R&B singer Frank Ocean and rocker Beck lead the awards with two nominations each. At the first O Music awards in Las Vegas in 2011, rapper Chiddy of rap duo Chiddy Bang set a Guinness World Record for the "longest freestyle rap" and "longest marathon rap" after performing for more than nine consecutive hours. MTV and its sister music channels VH1 and CMT are part of Viacom Inc.

yeH jawani Hai deewani PREMIERE BY J&S EVENT MANAGEMENT

J&S Event Management organised the premiere of “Yeh jawani hai deewani,” one of the biggest entertainment blockbusters of 2013, a romantic Bollywood film directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar with film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika

Padukone in lead roles. This movie was screened at the Cinestar Cinema, Township, Lahore, on 31st May 2013. The event was arranged by IMGC Global entertainment (PVT) LTD in association with Pepsi who are the official sponsors of the event. IMGC

is a progressive Business House operating out of Pakistan with offices all over Pakistan and in key regions of the world. IMGC ENTERTAINMENT is tied up with one of the biggest production houses in India – Yashraj Films, to bring movies into Pakistan. IMGC ENTERTAINMENT is based in Lahore and is committed to providing quality entertainment to Pakistan with movies and TV shows. The premiere event had an immense line-up of some of our best fashion designers, socialites, talk show hosts, fashion models, celebrities, make-up artists, stylists and showbiz journalists. The beautiful red carpet was hosted by the lovely and dynamic Natasha Hussain. PR


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kiM, kriS offiCially divorCed After going through a long legal war, socialite Kim Kardashian and basketball player Kris Humphries are now officially divorced. The duo was married for 72 days in 2011 and had filed for divorce back then, but were unable to come to a settlement. Kris demanded annulment of the marriage, but settled for a divorce in April this year. The final divorce judgment was filed late Monday evening in Los Angeles Superior Court. Kim and Kris entered into a written agreement regarding division of assets and spousal support, but specifics were not disclosed, reports eonline.com. Kim is expecting her first child with rapper Kanye West and is due to give birth in July. NEWS DESK

PaMela’S ‘SexiSt and degrading’ ad banned A TV advertisement starring Pamela Anderson has been banned for being sexist and degrading to women. In the commercial, for web hosting firm Dreamscape Networks, the actress is seen chairing a meeting of men before her assistant pours cream into a cup of coffee while showing her cleavage, the Mirror reported. One of the men then fantasies about Anderson and her assistant dancing together in bikinis. But the company has argued that the motive of the ad was to portray the 'Baywatch' star and her assistant as 'attractive, dynamic and confident business people'. The Advertising Standards Authority said it understood that the ad was designed to be a humorous and light-hearted spoof of a mundane business meeting. But it argued that the female characters were portrayed sexually throughout the ad, not just during the fantasy sequence but their shirts were open to expose their bras and cleavages. The regulatory authority also said that the fantasy scene gave the impression that the man viewed his female colleagues as sexual objects. The organization explained that because of these reasons they considered the ad likely to cause serious offence to some viewers on the basis that it was sexist and degrading to women. It ruled that the ad must not be broadcast again in its current form. NEWS DESK

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SCAR-WINNING British actress Kate Winslet is expecting her first child with third husband Ned Rocknroll, whom she married last year, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. "Kate and Ned are delighted" at the news, a publicist told hollywood celebrity magazine People, while another spokeswoman confirmed the information to AFP but made no comment. The 37year-old married Rocknroll -- a nephew of British tycoon Richard Branson -- last December. She was given away by her "Titanic" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio at an intimate service in New York. her new 34-year-old husband, who changed his name from Abel Smith, works parttime for his uncle's space venture Virgin Galactic. he began dating Winslet in 2011. Winslet first married in 1998 to Jim Threapleton, who was assistant director on "hideous Kinky" in which she starred. They had a daughter, Mia honey, in 2000 but split up the following year. husband number two was Sam Mendes, the Oscarwinning British director of "American Beauty". They married in a ceremony on the Caribbean island of Anguilla in May 2003 and their son Joe Alfie was born seven months later, but they announced an amicable split in 2010. Winslet won her best actress Academy Award in 2009 for "The Reader."

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italy a true friend of PakiStan: ConSul KARACHI: Italy has always stood by Pakistan and will continue to do so in all circumstances, said Consul of Italy in Karachi Roberto Franceschinis at a glittering reception he hosted to celebrate the 67th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Italian Republic. He said it was a rewarding experience for him to be serving in Karachi and he was overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality of the people of this city, and the fact that Italy was much appreciated in Pakistan. Franceschinis congratulated the new government in Sindh and said it was a new opportunity for it to bring socio economic development to Sindh and the country. He added that his country would provide whatever help was necessary in this respect. The chief Guest on the occasion, Sindh Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro said democracy had prevailed in Pakistan and appreciated Italy’s role in supporting the democratic struggle of the Pakistani people who have shown that they are democracy loving nation. Khuhro said he really appreciated the help and assistance Italy had rendered in the preservation of cultural heritage in Swat and Harrappa. He invited Italy to help Sindh preserve the Mohenjodaro heritage site. PR

KARACHI: The Consul of Italy and Mrs Roberto Franceschinis at a reception on the occasion of the 67th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Italian Republic. Sindh Senior Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuro and Almas Jafri also grace the ocassion.

will smith’s film after earth crashes at Us box office

AST & Furious 6" remained atop the North America box office for a second weekend, figures showed Monday, but the big story was the spectacular flop for Will Smith's "After Earth." The postapocalyptic sci-fi adventure, co-starring the Hollywood veteran's son Jaden, made a less-than-stellar $27.5 million to be pushed into third place, behind crime-caper "Now You See Me." Industry journal Variety called the opening weekend a "crash landing," saying its makers must now pin hopes on the film

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doing well internationally, where it opens mostly in the next week or two. "Could 'After Earth' end Will Smith's box office domination?" asked the Hollywood Reporter, noting that the film marks his worst summer opening in two decades. Analyst Jeff Bock of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said: "Will Smith isn't out of the game by any stretch, despite 'After Earth' crashing and burning domestically." But distributor Sony "knows that the only saving grace for this film now is international audiences." "'After Earth' might never be a big hit

but at least it won't be an outright bomb if overseas audiences propel it towards $200+ million," as they did for last year's " John Carter," which led to the departure of a top Disney boss. The movie was critically panned even before its weekend release, earning a dismal 12 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which called it a "dull, ploddingly paced exercise in sentimental sci-fi." But its dismal debut in theaters is a shock, since every one of Smith's summer event movies has opened at the top of the box office, from "Independence Day"

to the "Men in Black" movies. The 44year-old is the only actor to have eight films in a row make more than $100 million at the US box office and 10 consecutive films over $150 million internationally, it noted. Box office watcher Bock of Exhibitor Relations said Smith will have to tread carefully, but can survive the flop. "His next moves will be watched closely though, but I guarantee every big name director would still be willing to work with him on the right project," he told AFP. "Remember, John Travolta survived 'Battlefield Earth' (a 2000 movie based on book by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard), so no doubt Smith can survive this dent in his box office armor." Back at the top of the box office, "Fast and Furious 6," the action sequel starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, stayed in pole position with $35.2 million, ahead of $29.3 million for "Now You See Me." "Star Trek: Into Darkness," another sequel, was in fourth spot with $16.8 million, a whisker ahead of computer animated fantasy-adventure "Epic" on $16.6 million at the weekend, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said. Slipping down to sixth from second spot last week was "The Hangover Part III," starring Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. The final film in the series, given a thumbs down by many critics, earned $16.4 million. Robert Downey Jr's return in "Iron Man 3," meanwhile, took seventh place with $8.4 million, while "The Great Gatsby," Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the literary classic, slipped two places, earning $6.5 million in eighth place. Rounding out the top 10 were a new entry from Bollywood, "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani," a coming of age drama, which earned $1.6 million, and "Mud," with Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, which took $1.2 million in sales. NEWS DESK


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On Monday morning, the first porn app for Google Glass was announced. Unfortunately, the app violated the most recent additions to Google's developer policies for the futuristic eyewear, which ban sexually explicit material. The pornographic app for Glass was released by MiKandi, an adult app store that has a successful Android app store for adult apps. Using the application, Google Glass wearers could look at photos and watch videos filmed using Google Glass. The company wanted to expand from first-person point of view videos to one-on-one interactions between adults who both have Glass. Now it seems that business plan will need to be altered. Google added a new section to its developer policies for Google Glass late last week that prohibits apps from delivering sexually explicit content. "Our policies make it clear that Glass does not allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Any Glassware that violates this policy will be blocked from appearing on Glass," a Google spokesperson said. The same section promises harsh penalties for any app featuring child pornography. Google also bans gratuitous violence, hate speech and gambling on Glass. The connected Glass headset features a tiny screen above the right eye that can display Internet content. The device is still in beta mode and is not expected to go on sale to the general public until late this year or early 2014. More than 10,000 people have visited the landing page for the porn app, and a dozen Glass owners have signed up with the app, MiKandi CEO Jesse Adams said in a blog post. He said the company made sure it was following the Google Glass developer terms when it started creating the app two weeks ago, but those rules were changed by Google just before the app's launch. MiKandi will comply with the new rules, and plans on rolling out a new app that somehow doesn't include any of the forbidden content. "Although the app is still live and people are using it, at this point we must make changes to the app in order to comply with the new policies. Expect to see changes to the application tomorrow," Adams said in a blog post. This is not the first time the adult company has gone up against Silicon Valley giants. In 2011, Apple sent the company a cease and desist letter for using the phrase "app store" in its tagline. It has also had apps rejected from the iOS and Android app stores before. Google Glass is a completely new product, and the public is still figuring out how and if it will be used. The company is working hard to avoid a sullied reputation for the wearable computer before it it is publicly released. NEWS DESK

I sometimes wonder if two thirds of the globe is covered in red carpet. — Prince Charles

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N the hearts of evolutionary biologists, mountains occupy a special place. It’s not just their physical majesty: mountains also have an unmatched power to drive human evolution. Starting tens of thousands of years ago, people moved to high altitudes, and there they experienced natural selection that has reworked their biology. “This is the most extreme example in humans that you can find,” said Rasmus Nielsen, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California at Berkeley. humans have adapted to mountainous environments just as Charles Darwin predicted. To discover how this occurred, scientists are now examining the DNA of people who scaled mountains in different parts of the world. “There’s this beautiful experiment in natural selection going on,” says Anna Di Rienzo, a professor of human genetics at the University of Chicago. “You can really ask questions central to evolutionary biology.” When people from low elevations climb to higher ones, they start struggling for oxygen. At 12,000 feet, each breath delivers only 60 percent of the oxygen that the same breath would at sea level. Even a slow walk can be exhausting, because the body can get so little fuel. In the face of this stress, people respond in several ways. They produce more hemoglobin, the molecule that ferries oxygen from the lungs. Their resting heart rate increases, as does their breath rate. These adjustments help raise the amount of oxygen in the blood, but it never regains its former level. Extra hemoglobin is not a good long-term solution to life at high altitudes, because it can lead to blood clots. Women moving from low altitudes to high ones also have more trouble delivering oxygen to their babies during pregnancy. Studies have shown that the rate of lowbirth-weight babies is twice as high at 6,000 feet as it is at sea level. Life in the mountains is easier for peo-

ple whose ancestors have lived there for millenniums. They don’t suffer from altitude sickness. Women from high-altitude populations give birth to normal-size babies. Scientists visiting some of those populations have discovered a number of biological adaptations in the inhabitants’ bodies. In Tibet, for example, people have broader arteries and capillaries. In the Andes, they can dissolve more oxygen into their blood. Evolutionary biologists reasoned that natural selection produced these adaptations as each population settled at a high elevation. People with mutations that let them withstand low oxygen levels would be more likely to survive and have healthy children. Several teams of scientists have traveled to the mountains to gather DNA samples from people and search for traces of that evolution. In 2010, Dr. Nielsen and his col-

leagues found variants of certain genes that were much more common in Tibetans than in the han, the major ethnic group in China, who have lived for thousands of years at lower altitudes. By a wide margin, the winner was a gene called EPAS1. People with different variants turned out to have different levels of hemoglobin, suggesting that the gene was important to adapting to life at high altitudes. Recently, Dr. Nielsen and another group of colleagues published a study on people who live in the highlands of Ethiopia. They found no evidence that EPAS1 had evolved there as it did in Tibet. Instead, a different gene, BhLhE41, appeared to have experienced natural selection. Two other teams of scientists have recently searched for high-altitude genes in Ethiopians, and neither put BhLhE41 on their list. It’s possible that Dr. Nielsen’s method is more sensitive than the others,

but that remains to be proved. “It’s going to take a while to sort through the discrepancies in Ethiopia,” said Dr. Di Rienzo, a co-author of one of the other studies. It will be intriguing to see that unfold. BhLhE41 and EPAS1 turn out to have something in common: they work together in a network of genes that lets us cope with low oxygen levels. Even at sea level, low oxygen can threaten our bodies from time to time. Exercise can strip it from our muscles, while inflammation can eliminate it from wounds. The oxygen-sensing pathway triggers defenses to protect our bodies from damage. Dr. Nielsen’s study suggests that evolution has stumbled across a way to retool this pathway to help people live at high altitudes. But it turns out there’s more than one way to retool a pathway. Though evolution has some creative freedom, it seems to stick to a few themes. NEWS DESK

Most parents not worried about children's screen time Most parents of young children are not very concerned about their use of TV, computers, tablets and other media – maybe because kids who spend the most time looking at screens have parents who are heavy users, too, a new survey suggests. Contrary to popular belief, "we generally found that media use is not a source of conflict in the home" at least for parents and kids up to age 8, says Ellen Wartella, a researcher from Northwestern University whose report will be presented today at a conference in Washington. Instead, the nationwide survey of 2,326 parents shows they set the pace for media use and young kids follow – often with screen habits frowned upon by child development experts. The survey did not include parents of older children or teens. Nearly 8 in 10 parents said their children's media use was not a source of family conflict; 55% said they were "not too" or "not at all" concerned about it, while 30% said they were concerned. Parents also had more positive than negative views on how TV, computers and mobile de-

vices affect children's learning and creativity. There were some qualms: Most saw those technologies as bad for physical activity and most agreed that video games are bad for learning, creativity and physical activity. One surprise to the researchers: Parents said books, toys, activities and the old media warhorse, TV, remain popular tools for rewarding or diverting children – much more so than new smart phones and tablets. Just 37% who have mobile devices say they use them to keep kids busy vs. 78% for TV. But families are not alike and the survey

found three distinct patterns: 8 Media-centric families (39% of the sample), in which parents used electronic media for an average of 11 hours a day and children averaged 4.5 hours. These families were most likely to leave TVs on most of the time (48%) and put TVs in children's rooms (44%). 8 Media-moderate families (45%), in which parents used media nearly five hours a day and children were plugged in for nearly three hours. 8 Media-light families (16%), in which parents averaged less than two hours and children averaged about 1.5 hours of screen time each day. "Parents set the family style," Wartell says. "Children are not the driving force here." The survey did not look at how media use affected children. But the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages any screen time for children under age 2 and recommends no more than two hours of "high quality" content a day for older children. It frowns upon putting TVs in children's rooms. Excessive media use is linked to obesity and problems with attention, sleep and school, the group says. Previous surveys have found many families don't follow that advice, so the new findings are not surprising, says Ari Brown, an Austin, Texas, pediatrician and spokeswoman for the academy. "People look at the recommendations and ask 'Are you out of touch with reality?' The answer is no, but somebody has to say something," she says. "We are trying to provide evidence-based recommendations to help parents make choices." It is true, she says, that there's no research on how the latest forms of interactive media affect young children. The new findings suggest many of today's parents have chosen a media-heavy family life and feel fine about it, Wartell says. "I do think we are seeing a generational shift." NEWS DESK


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hILE the first two Champions Trophies were intended to raise the profile of cricket in host nations Bangladesh and Kenya, the seventh and last edition starting in England on Thursday will be a straight shootout between the sport’s eight heavyweight nations. The hosts, holders Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka will do battle in Group A while India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies compete for semi-final places in Group B as the game’s 50-over format gets a rare moment in the spotlight. With Test cricket still the pinnacle, and the increasing popularity of the Twenty20 format, 50 overs matches have often become dull with formulaic batting and defensive bowling dominating for large chunks of the games. But with attacking batsmen of the quality of West Indian Chris Gayle and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and

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bowlers such as South African paceman Dale Steyn and Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal there could be fireworks in the 18-day tournament. Picking a winner is difficult and every team look to have genuine hopes of lifting the trophy at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 23. British bookmaker Ladbrokes make South Africa favourites at odds of 4/1 with New Zealand the outsiders at just 12/1. England, who have never won a major 50 overs tournament, were hoping that home conditions would work in their favour but they were mauled by New Zealand in the first two games of the current one-day series. They also have injury doubts over Stuart Broad and Steve Finn and, if the two tall fast bowlers fail to recover in time, captain Alastair Cook looks short of quality options with the ball. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill is enjoying a purple patch with two unbeaten centuries against England, including a brilliant 189 not out in the last game in Southampton. With their classiest batsman Ross Taylor also returning to form and a wellbalanced bowling attack, the Black Caps will fancy their chances of going one better than in 2009 when they lost in the final to Australia. New Zealand beat India to win the trophy in Kenya in 2002. The Australians are no longer the

dominant force in one-day international cricket but they have fast bowlers in Mitchell Starc and Clint McKay who should thrive in English conditions. South Africa, who play India in the tournament’s opening match, enter a new era without great all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who is unavailable for personal reasons, but captain AB de Villiers has the best fast bowling attack at his disposal led by Steyn. If De Villiers can lead by example with the bat, the South Africans will be confident of giving their departing coach Gary Kirsten the perfect send-off. West Indian cricket is on a high after their shock win in last year’s Twenty20 World Cup. The imposing Gayle is the most destructive batsman in the world on his day as he showed six weeks ago in his astonishing record-breaking innings of 175 from 66 balls in the Indian Premier League. The team from the Caribbean will be led by all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and they did win the Champions Trophy in 2004, the last time it was played in England. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will ensure a strong Asian challenge. Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India to the 2011 World Cup and, with batsmen of the calibre of Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and the captain himself, runscoring should not be a problem. Pakistan are the most wildly

inconsistent team in world cricket. But they have come together well as a unit under the captaincy of Misbah-ulhaq and Ajmal’s guile is a game-changing weapon. “he’s always special for us,” Misbah said. “Everybody knows that he’s at the moment one of the best spinners in the world. he always has something special to offer to this team. These kind of bowlers always love these sort of occasions.” Sri Lanka have a formidable top order with the experience of Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan and a devastating pace bowler in Lasith Malinga.

sCHeduLe JUNE 6: India v South Africa, Cardiff JUNE 7: pakistan v West Indies, Oval, London JUNE 8: england v Australia, edgbaston JUNE 9: new Zealand v Sri Lanka, Sophia Gardens JUNE 10: pakistan v South Africa, edgbaston JUNE 11: India v West Indies, the Oval JUNE 12: Australia v new Zealand, edgbaston JUNE 13: england v Sri Lanka, the Oval JUNE 14: S Africa v West Indies, Sophia Gardens JUNE 15: India v pakistan, edgbaston JUNE 16: england v new Zealand, Sophia Gardens JUNE 17: Australia v Sri Lanka, the Oval JUNE 19: First semi-final A1 v B2, the Oval JUNE 20: 2nd semi-final A2 v B1, Sophia Gardens JUNE 23: Final, edgbaston.

Pakistan have a positive start: inti lAHOrE: Intikhab Alam has said that Pakistan team’s victory against South Africa in a warm up match is a good start and will help them in performing well in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Talking to the reporters here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday, Intikhab said: “Pakistan team has performed very well against South Africa which is a good omen. Pakistan team is now in good shape and team combination is also good enough to score crucial victories in the upcoming Champions Trophy matches.“ Intikhab believed that with the triumph against West Indies, Pakistan team will have better chances to quality for the Champions Trophy final. “The first match against West Indies is very important for both the teams and if Pakistan wins this match, it will not only boost the team’s morale but also help them in reaching the final of the prestigious event which Pakistan has never won its cricket history.” On interim set-ups, he said: “Whatever is going on now days, it is really not good for cricket rather it is damaging the image of Pakistan in outer cricket world. We should keep politics away from sports and should work together for the promotion of sports and play our important role in bringing international cricket back to the country. “Zaka Ashraf is the first elected chairman in board’s history and new amended constitution was also presented to the ICC in his era which is a good initiative that helped Pakistan to get rid of the ICC santions,” he added. STAFF REPORT

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ODDS 7/1 SQUAD: MS Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravinda Jadeja, Virat Kholi, Amit Mishra, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar.

sri Lanka STrENGTHS: Overseas conditions hold no terrors for Pakistan who will play all their cricket abroad in the foreseeable future after the armed attack on the Sri Lanka side four years ago. They can also produce minor miracles when in seeming disarray as they did in winning the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup. WEAkNESSES: The loss of pace bowler Umar Gul to injury is a serious blow and the batting is inexperienced. ODDS 8/1 kEY PlAYEr: Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is the best spin bowler in the tournament. SQUAD: Misbah-ul-haq (captain), Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil, Junaid Khan, Mohammad hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Abdur Rehman, Asad Shafiq, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Amin.

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STrENGTHS: Versatile and prolific toporder batting complemented by the all-round skills of captain Angelo Mathews. Lasith Malinga, who now confines himself to oneday cricket only, is always a threat with his slingy round-arm variations. WEAkNESSES: Always a threat in Asian conditions but not so successful in England. have lost their last four major finals. ODDS 8/1 kEY PlAYEr: Former captain Kumar Sangakkara is a vastly experienced and prolific top-order batsman who also keeps wicket in one-day internationals. SQUAD: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dilhara Lokuhettige, Shaminda Eranga, Mahela Jaywardene, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Tillaratne Dilshan, Rangana herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake.

austraLia STrENGTHS: Strong batting throughout completed by captain MS Dhoni, the best finisher in world cricket. Won the last World Cup in a country where one-day cricket is king. WEAkNESSES: Shortage of quality pace bowlers. kEY PlAYEr: Virat Kholi has matured into a classy, aggressive batsman who averages just under 50 in one-day internationals.

STrENGTHS: Potential match-winners in captain Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and David Warner with the bat and the two leftarm fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc. Won the last two Champions Trophies in India and South Africa. WEAkNESSES: Still in transition after losing a host of great players in quick succession, with Ricky Ponting and Michael hussey both retiring this year. ODDS 5/1 kEY PlAYEr: Opening batsman Watson can dominate any attack with his meaty drives and pulls and he is also an experienced and wily medium-pace bowler. SQUAD: Michael Clarke (captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Shane Watson, George Bailey, Xavier Doherty, Phillip hughes, Clint McKay, Glenn Maxwell, Adam Voges, David Warner.

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STrENGTHS: West Indies, led by allrounder Dwayne Bravo, abound with talent in all departments and their victory in the last Twenty20 World Cup was a welcome reminder of the glamour and excitement they once brought to one-day cricket. WEAkNESSES: Top-order batting is notoriously fallible. ODDS 9/1 kEY PlAYEr: Chris Gayle can demolish any attack and on his day he is the most destructive one-day batman in the world. SQUAD: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Tino Best, Johnson Charles, Jason holder, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Devon Smith, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine,

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STrENGTHS: England’s pace attack is ideally placed to take advantage of the new rules providing for a new ball at each end. The hosts’ recent home record is also good as they endeavour to win their first global 50 overs trophy. The top-order batting in the absence of Kevin Pietersen is one-paced and the backup pace bowling in the series loss to New Zealand was inadequate. ODDS 5/1 kEY PlAYEr: James Anderson at the peak of his powers, will be key to his team’s prospects as a strike bowlers at the top, middle and end of the innings. SQUAD: Alastair Cook (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Bopara. Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.

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STrENGTHS: Solid all-round side with an attack spearheaded by the menace of Dale Steyn and bounce of Morne Morkel. Always field brilliantly and determined to erase their reputation

as chokers in big tournaments. WEAkNESSES: The absences of Graeme Smith (injury) and Jacques Kallis (personal reasons) weaken the specialist batting. ODDS 4/1 (favourites) kEY PlAYEr: AB de Villiers carries a heavy burden as captain, wicketkeeper and brilliant attacking batsmen. If he fires in all three roles, South Africa will be the side to beat SQUAD: AB de Villiers (captain), Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Rory Kleinveldt, David Miller, Alviro Petersen, Aaron Phangiso, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn.

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STrENGTHS: Combative, well-drilled side who have won series in South Africa and England this year and who consistently perform well in big tournaments. WEAkNESSES: Some bits-andpieces all-rounders whose bowling could be exposed on good pitches. kEY PlAYEr: Ross Taylor is his country’s best and most consistent batsman in test and one-day cricket with a range of strokes which enable him to score quickly without taking risks. ODDS 12/1 SQUAD: Brendon McCullum (captain), Ian Butler, James Franklin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills, Luke Ronchi, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Doug Bracewell, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Nathan McCullum, Colin Munro, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori.


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Patience really helped me today [Wednesday]. It’s a tough finish; it’s easy to make bogeys coming in. (You) just have to stay patient. – Irish amateur Kevin Phelan beating aussies is key: vaughan lONDON: Former captain Michael Vaughan has no doubt England’s NatWest Series defeat to New Zealand has been particularly untimely, but feels victory in their Champions Trophy opener against Australia this weekend would swiftly eradicate any confidence issues. England go into the third and final one-day international with the Kiwis at Trent Bridge with an overall loss - their first in an ODI home series since 2009 - already confirmed after the visitors made it 2-0 by beating them at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday. With a view to the Champions Trophy campaign, those back-to-back defeats have certainly come at the wrong time for England from a mental perspective as far as Vaughan is concerned. AgENCIES

Scotland squad named for aussies clash EDINBUrGH: Scotland have named their squad to face Australia ‘A’ in a four-day fixture starting this Friday at the Grange, Edinburgh. Preston Mommsen will captain the side in the absence of Kyle Coetzer, one of three Scots involved in county championship action and therefore unavailable to face an Australian ‘A’ team looking to make a strong start in the first official match of their tour of the British Isles. Scotland’s side has an average age of just 24 and only two players - Gordon Goudie and Richie Berrington - have made more than 10 first-class appearances. AgENCIES

wi secure close win over Sl EDGBASTON: West Indies rebounded from a drubbing from Australia in beating Sri Lanka by 17 runs in a Champions Trophy warm-up game at Edgbaston on Tuesday. West Indies was made to bat first and reached 297-6, then Sri Lanka was all out for 280 in 47 overs. Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle gave West Indies a solid start with a combined 87, then Darren Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan raced along before both retired at 71 and 55 respectively in the 44th over to give others’ batting time. Sri Lanka’s chase was well placed at 124-3 but few batsmen were allowed to settle, and Kumar Sangakkara’s demise for 56 off 62 balls in the 32nd when he edged behind Dwayne Bravo, made the result inevitable despite a late flick from the tail. AgENCIES

Mclaren has mighty boots to fill cArDIFF : When Ryan McLaren clutches his chest as the national anthem Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika plays ahead of South Africa’s Champions Trophy opener against India at Swalec Stadium here on Thursday, there will certainly be a few more goosebumps than usual. After being a leading performer on the domestic circuit for close to a decade, the Knights allrounder will finally be representing his country in a major international tournament. The fact that the Champions Trophy is being hosted in the United Kingdom also has a touch of irony to it, as McLaren could easily have been playing in the scarlet red of host nation England and not South Africa’s green. It has been a winding road for the 30-year-old to international cricket, with a few English county sides, especially Kent, playing a large role in his development. It was during his time in the south-east when word spread that McLaren could switch allegiance after his county refused to release their then-Kolpak player for a Proteas call-up to face Kenya and Bangladesh in October 2008. “I never set out to qualify for England. It was just the situation at the time, with South Africa being blessed with a host of allrounders like Shaun Pollock, Jacques Kallis and Andrew hall, leaving limited opportunities at national level. AgENCIES

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni said before flying out for the tournament staged in three cities across England and Wales. “All of them have played good cricket in the IPL or before the IPL. So most of them are in very good touch.” Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik have been making runs in the warmups while its bowling attack, widely regarded as the team’s weak link, tore through Australia - knocking over the holders of the Champions Trophy for just 65 on Tuesday. Such is the nature of the quick-fire, everygame-counts competition that not even Australia will be discounted over the next two weeks, when the 50-over format returns to the spotlight after being pushed to the background by the popular Twenty20.

India is in Group B with Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies, who are many people’s tip having captured the World Twenty20 last year and won the Champions Trophy in 2004 when it was last held on English soil. West Indies also has in its armory Chris Gayle, the world’s most destructive limited-overs batsman. “We can use that victory (in 2004) and we can use the T20 victory last year as positives as we look ahead to this tournament,” Gayle said. “We have a very good allround team so I don’t see any reason when we can’t go all the way again.” Group A looks just as tight, with England drawn alongside Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. England, the only competing country without a major 50-over title to its

Dhoni under scrutiny for link to sports firm neW DeLHi AgENCIES

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s financial association with a sports management firm has come under media scrutiny despite denials that the India captain had any direct stake in the company. The spotlight turned on Dhoni amid the focus on conflicts of interest among the country’s cricket elite. The Times of India on Wednesday reported on Dhoni’s association with Rhiti Sports chairman Arun Pandey, saying the India captain and Rhiti shared stakes in several organisations. Rhiti Sports manages cricketers Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha, and Dhoni’s association with the company raises the question of whether he influenced selection to benefit the firm’s clients. The Dhoni link comes days after the nation’s cricket chief, Narainswamy Srinivasan, temporarily stood down during investigations of an alleged conflict of interest relating to the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal. Though Pandey said Dhoni had a holding in Rhiti Sports for only a limited period, The Times of India reported Dhoni had a direct stake in another

‘india PoliCe quiz iPl teaM owner’ NEW DElHI: Police in New Delhi on Wednesday questioned the owner of an Indian Premier League cricket team as part of a widening investigation into fixing in the domestic tournament, a report said. Investigators summoned Raj Kundra to seek information on three players from his Rajasthan Royals team, who have been arrested over allegations of spot-fixing during the Twenty20 tournament, the Press Trust of India said. Details of the outcome of the questioning were not immediately known but police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the chief investigator was likely to brief media later on Wednesday. Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two of his teammates were arrested last month, accused of deliberately bowling badly in specific IPL matches in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars from bookmakers. A court denied the players bail on Tuesday, after police said they had evidence to prove organised crime syndicates were involved in the scandal. “We are trying to establish if more people are part of this (spot-fixing) conspiracy,” a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity. AgENCIES company, Rhiti MSD Alamode, and indirect interests in a few others, all run by Pandey. “As on date, MSD holds no shareholding in Rhiti Sports Management (P) Ltd,” Pandey said in his statement. “however, it is made clear that shareholding was allotted to MSD on 22.03.2013 (March 22) only to secure certain old outstandings which were due for more than one year.” Pandey claimed Dhoni no longer has a share in the firm. “Further, the payments were cleared

in April 2013 and the shareholding was transferred back to promoter of the company on 26.04.2013 (April 26),” Pandey said. The governance of Indian cricket is in the spotlight after allegations of spotfixing in the IPL led to the arrest of former test cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth plus two other players. The three cricketers are alleged to have given away a set minimum amount of runs per over in IPL games in return for money from illegal bookmakers.

name, would have been hoping to benefit from home conditions but has been put in its place following two straight losses to New Zealand in a three-match ODI series ahead of the Champions Trophy. Test cricket is England’s best format and the forthcoming Ashes series could be a distraction for the hosts. The same could be said for Australia, which won the past two Champions Trophies but has a much weaker squad this time round, so New Zealand looks to be the favorite from that group. The Kiwis, winner back in 2002 and finalist in ‘09, have a good, allround side and will be looking for fireworks from captain Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill, who has hit successive centuries against England. “The boys are delighted to come over here and play against a team as good as England, in their own conditions, and have wrapped the series up after two games,” McCullum said on Sunday. “We’ve done it in a fashion that shows how good a team we can be.” The tournament starts with a match between India and South Africa in Cardiff. The other host cities are London and Birmingham, where the final will be played on June 23.

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india crush australia by 243 runs in warm-up tie cArDIFF: If faltering in warm-up matches can mess up with a team’s mindset, ending up with comfortable wins can take the confidence level that much higher. That seemed to be the case with Australia and India in their final warm-up here in England ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy beginning June 6. Australia may have been slightly messed up for restricting India to 55-5 and then allowing them to post 308. India, in contrast, simply steamrolled the Aussie batsmen as the pacers announced their presence. In a shocking collapse, Australia were all out for 65 in just 23.3 overs, with the star of the day being pacer Umesh Yadav, who picked up five wickets in his first five overs for just 18 runs. Ishant Sharma followed with 3/11 off five overs as only two Australian batsmen - Phil hughes and Adam Voges - managed to reach double figures. “We used five bowlers and all of them got wickets. Umesh is one of the quickest bowlers we have and with the twopaced pitch here, the ball was holding up, not much but just enough. That’s why there were so many inside edges,” skipper MS Dhoni said after the game. BrIEF ScOrES: India 308 for 6 (Karthik 146*, Dhoni 91) beat Australia 65 (Yadav 5-18, Ishant 3-11) by 243 runs AgENCIES

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Gary Kirsten begins his final stint as South Africa’s coach against former team India in the Champions Trophy opener in Cardiff on Thursday. The last time the two teams played a one-day international, during the 2011 World Cup, Kirsten was on the other side as India’s coach, plotting their eventual title triumph on home soil. Former South African opener Kirsten left India after the World Cup to take up the job with his home country, leading Graeme Smith’s side to the top of the world rankings in Test cricket. The final edition of the Champions Trophy will be the popular 45-year-old’s last assignment with South Africa, before he makes way for his deputy Russell Domingo in order to devote time to his family. South Africa’s one-day captain, AB de Villiers, hoped his side, often ridiculed as chokers for their failure to win major titles, will give the coach a fitting farewell by winning the eight-nation tournament. “It would be nice to give him a good farewell,” said De Villiers. “he’s been a

great coach to us. We’ve learnt a lot from him in the few years that he’s been with us. “he’s more like a mentor on the team. I find it funny calling him coach because no one calls him coach. he’s almost like one of our friends and a mentor kind of guy.” Kirsten will be up against an almost new-look Indian squad with just three players skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina - having played in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai two years ago. India go into the tournament as the topranked one-day side, but have lost five of their last seven internationals against South Africa, including a three-wicket defeat in the World Cup in Nagpur. The Proteas are often regarded as the best side never to have won cricket’s showpiece, the 50-over World Cup, or the World Twenty20, and de Villiers was desperate to set the record straight.

“We represent a very proud cricketing nation, and we’d like to make them proud in this tournament.” But South Africa’s prospects of making a winning start could be hampered if star fast bowler Dale Steyn is ruled out with the side strain that meant he only bowled five overs in a warm-up match against Pakistan. The Proteas have misfired so often in major events that few can recall their victory in the inaugural ICC knockout tournament in Bangladesh in 1998, an event that later became the Champions Trophy. Dhoni’s men, meanwhile, will look to draw millions of their fans back to on-field cricket issues following the unsavoury spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League that has hogged the media spotlight for the past fortnight. Three IPL players have been arrested, while the powerful Indian cricket chief Narayanswamy Srinivasan stepped down temporarily on Sunday after his son-

in-law was also accused of spot-fixing. The Indian team got a boost ahead of the tournament when it received a shield and a cheque of $175 000 from the International Cricket Council for being the top-ranked one-day side at the annual cutoff date of April 1. “I am very proud of this huge achievement,” Dhoni said. “Being number one brings with it a certain respect for the game itself and for the way in which we play the game and conduct ourselves on the field.” And there was a fresh boost for India when they hammered Champions Trophyholders Australia by 243 runs in a warm-up match in Cardiff on Tuesday. Australia were bowled out for just 65 after India, who were 55 for five themselves, saw Dinesh Karthik (146 not out) and Dhoni (91) take them to 308 for six. But India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin warned against reading too much into the extraordinary result. “It’s a practice game and it is good to get as much as you can out of it from our point of view rather than looking at what the result is,” he said. “The day after tomorrow (Thursday) this does not matter and we will have to start again.”


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PArIS: Stanislas Wawrinka will draw on the advice and experience of the man who coached the only person to beat Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros when he meets the seven-times French Open champion in the quarter-finals on Wednesday. The Swiss ninth seed, who has never taken a set off Nadal in nine encounters, is now coached by Magnus Norman who was in charge of Swede Robin Soderling when he upset Nadal in the fourth round in 2009. The Spanish third seed had a straight sets win in the fourth round while Wawrinka experienced thigh problems in a five-set thriller against France’s Richard Gasquet. “I know it’s difficult to play against Rafael on clay, and a five-set match, possibly,” said Wawrinka. “It’s going to be difficult. I’ll have to try and seize my chances and see what works out well for me.” Nadal is on a semi-final collision course with world number one Novak Djokovic, who faces German veteran Tommy haas, at 35 the oldest man in a grand slam last eight since Andre Agassi at the 2005 US Open. AgENCIES

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PArIS: Escaping defeat for the fourth round in succession proved a step too far for Tommy Robredo as he was crushed by a machine named David Ferrer on Tuesday. Ferrer reached his second successive French Open semi-final with a 6-2 6-1 6-1 demolition of fellow Spaniard Robredo. he has conceded only 36 games in five rounds. “Playing with a guy like David, who is a machine, is very tough,” iron man Robredo who had overturned two-set deficits in each of his last three matches, told reporters. Fourth seed Ferrer now faces home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and there is a growing feeling that after years of dogged persistence the Valencia native can reach a major final. With world number two Andy Murray missing, Ferrer was bumped up to fourth seed from his world ranking of five and, luckily for him, he was placed in the other side of the draw to undisputed claycourt king Rafa Nadal. AgENCIES

OGER Federer calls Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a “great friend” but received no mercy from the Frenchman who swept him aside in devastating fashion on Tuesday to boost hopes of a first home men’s winner at Roland Garros since 1983. An inspired Tsonga played like a man on a mission and Federer simply could not live with him, slumping to a chastening 7-5 6-3 6-3 French Open quarter-final defeat in front of a spellbound crowd on a sun-drenched Philippe Chatrier court. Serena Williams has been on a mission ever since taking to the park courts in Compton and the 31-year-old moved a step closer to a 16th major singles title, which would be one behind Federer, as she beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 3-6 6-3. The American top seed, who snapped a run of four successive quarter-final defeats here since she won the title in 2002, will face diminutive Italian Sara Errani in the semi-finals. Fifth seed Errani continued to prove that last year’s final appearance in Paris was no flash in the pan as she edged past Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 7-6 (6) in what was her first career win against a player ranked in the top four. In Tuesday’s other men’s quarter-final, Tommy Robredo ran out of escape routes as he was overwhelmed by fourth seed David Ferrer 6-2 6-1 6-1 in an all-Spanish affair. Tsonga has been part of the pack chasing the elite top-four of men’s tennis ever since bursting

through to reach the 2008 Australian Open final where he lost to Novak Djokovic. But he had never gone beyond the last eight in Paris. When Federer wafted a backhand long on match point, the crowd erupted and Tsonga set off on his trademark celebratory leap, the tantalising prospect of the 28-year-old going on to emulate Yannick Noah became the talk of the town. Federer has suffered at the hands of Tsonga before, notably at Wimbledon in 2011 when the Frenchman, who has a passing resemblance to boxing great Muhammad Ali, bounced off the ropes to beat the Swiss great from two sets down. That had been a real toe-to-toe contest but this time Federer trudged off well-beaten, waving to the crowd and knowing his last chance of a second French Open title may have gone. “I’m pretty sad about the match and the way I played,” Federer, one of four players aged 30 or over to reach the last eight here this year, told reporters. “Jo-Willy played great today. he was better than me in all areas today. he returned better than I did, served better than I did. I struggled to find my rhythm.” Tsonga, despite his dazzling brilliance on Tuesday, will have to reach a similar level against Ferrer to become the first Frenchman to reach the final here since henri Leconte in 1988. Ferrer showed why he is second in command in Spain’s claycourt army behind Rafa Nadal by thrashing iron-man Robredo who had recovered two-set deficits in his previous three rounds. The 31-year-old Ferrer, seeded four this year, has marched through the draw without dropping a set, although neither has Tsonga so something will have to give on Thursday.

koscielny threatens to leave barren arsenal

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May resigns union post SYDNEY: Tim May has resigned as the chief of cricket’s international players’ union as his frustration with the sport’s powerbrokers finally boiled over. May’s resignation from the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) comes less than a month after he controversially lost his position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee to Indian television commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan. The former Australia Test spinner, a FICA member for 16 years and chief since 2005, said he was tired of battling an Indian-dominated ICC board, one he claimed was unwilling to make governance changes recommended by the Woolf Report. AgENCIES

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Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny has hinted at an intention to leave the club if the Gunners continue their silverware drought. Besides being one of Arsenal’s top performers this season, Koscielny also scored the a winner against Newcastle on the final match day to secure the Gunners a place in the Champions League ahead of London rivals Tottenham.

however, the Frenchman told the Daily Mail that a place in Europe’s top club competition is not good enough for him and he will begin considering his options should Arsenal’s eight-year trophy drought continue. “I want to lift trophies and to have a winning record,” Koscielny stated. “I hope the club will give me the means. If this weren’t the case, I’d look elsewhere.” Gunners supporters have called on Arsene Wenger to strengthen the squad considerably this summer in order to

match domestic rivals Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. Real Madrid’s Gonzalo higuain is one of the names linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium and the Argentinean international admitted to being open to joining Arsenal. “There have already been offers and I hope that Madrid do the best for me and themselves,” higuain said to The Metro. “Arsenal? They would suit me, I’m still young and I have goals. There are many possibilities. I want to go to a league where I’ll be put to the test.”

PArIS:Maria Sharapova reportedly dating tennis star Grigor Dimitrov and have given him $105,000 car. Love is in the air in the tennis world. Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov are an item, according to multiple news outlets, and they’re already exchanging some pretty impressive gifts. According to Blick.Ch, Sharapova gave Dimitrov a $105,000 Porsche 911 Carrera 4s, the very car she won late last month when she successfully defended her Stuttgart Grand Prix title. AgENCIES


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N the wake of the spot-fixing scandal surrounding the IPL and Bangladesh Premier League, the ICC is doing whatever it can to minimise the risk of corruption during the Champions Trophy, which starts in the United Kingdom on Thursday. Players will have to surrender their mobile phones when they board the team coach to travel to matches and ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) officials will monitor behaviour around the hotels. Six of the eight teams taking part, including their support staff, have been given an hour long presentation by ACSU officials on how to spot danger signs and raise concerns. New Zealand and England will receive their presentation after Wednesday’s match. Bangladesh are not part of the competition. Cricket around the world continues to be under crisis with former

Bangladeshi captain Mohammad Ashraful breaking down in tears as he admitted his involvement in matchfixing during a domestic Twenty20 competition. Indian cricket has been embroiled in a fixing scandal for weeks, with the arrest of three players, who were on Tuesday remanded in custody until June 18, and 11 bookmakers. Several key figures in the BCCI have resigned and a commission has been created to investigate alleged corruption. Meanwhile, the global cricket controversy took another turn as former Australian cricketer Tim May quit as

head of the international players’ union after eight years amid allegations of threats and intimidation. May, who was last month controversially ousted from an ICC players’ committee amid claims of pressure from India, said he was tired of battling the governing body. “More and more we see allegations of corruption and malpractice on and off the field dominating headlines,” he said, stepping down as the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) chief. “As stakeholders in the game we look to leadership from the ICC to address these and other issues. A vital ingredient of any organisation is the ability of its leaders to set the moral and principled example to others, and to police its organisation from top to bottom to ensure adherence to those principles. “Yet cricket increasingly seems to be pushing aside the principles of transparency, accountability, independence, and upholding the best interests of the global game, in favour of a system that appears to operate through threats, intimidation and backroom deals,” May said.

bangladesh dismayed by ashraful fixing scandal DHAkA AgENCIES

Murray set sights on queen’s Club return lONDON: Andy Murray will be fit to play at the Wimbledon warm-up event at Queen’s Club after missing the French Open due to a back injury, the world number two said on Wednesday. Murray, the U.S. Open champion and last year’s beaten Wimbledon finalist, was forced to miss the claycourt grand slam after aggravating a lower back injury at the Italian Open in May. AgENCIES

Bangladesh cricket fans, players and newspapers reacted with shock and dismay on Wednesday to the tearful confession by former national captain Mohammad Ashraful that he had been involved in match-fixing. Ashraful, who became the country’s youngest test centurion in 2001 at the age of 17, on Tuesday apologised for his wrongdoing and said he had detailed his role in fixing to anti-corruption officials from the International Cricket Council (ICC). The news made the front pages of all Bangladesh’s national newspapers with The Daily Star’s front page showing a photograph of weeping Ashraful next to a headline that read “People’s prince turns pauper”.Another English daily, New Age, ran a story under the headline “The rise and fall of a superstar”. Faruque Ahmed, the national chief selector when Ashraful was made captain in 2007, said he was the finest cricketer the country had ever produced. “he was the first mega-star for

Bangladesh cricket and this is very shocking and sad news, especially when he confessed his involvement in corruption,” Ahmed said. A former coach of the the right-handed big-hitter said he could not understand why Ashraful became involved with fixing. “I am shocked, hurt with his public confession. I knew him for many years. I did not see any bad element in him

when I coached him” when he was a child, Waheedul Gani told AFP. Legions of the cricketers followers also spoke of their disappointment. “I was a wild fan of Ashraful,” Faozul Kabir, a Dhaka University student said. “Now, no matter how important his contribution was, he should get exemplary punishment so that none could dare follow his path in the future to keep the game clean.” The 28-year-old apologised shortly after he was suspended by the BCB pending a full investigation by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). ACSU has been probing allegations of match-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), a Twenty20 competition, and is expected to report its findings to Bangladesh authorities within a week. The alleged fixing involves a match between the Dhaka Gladiators and the Chittagong Kings during the second edition of the BPL. Local media have reported that Ashraful was allegedly paid about one million taka ($12 800) to lose the match on February 2.

sri lanka need to fit in the english conditions cHAMPIONS TrOPHY TEAM PrOFIlE: SrI lANkA

overview Sri Lanka’s only appearance in the final of this tournament came in 2002 in familiar home conditions. They are lead by new captain Angelo Matthews who is a real fighter and will accept nothing but the best from his players. Unfortunately, the style of Sri Lankan cricket does not traditionally suit the English conditions. STrENGTHS: The Islanders have no shortage of class in the hut when it comes to batsmen. Experience in the form of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara should be able to set up a platform from which the young explosive players such as Matthews can launch. Their other and perhaps even more valuable strength, when it comes to ODI cricket, is the abundance of all-rounders in the squad. Thisara Perera and Jeevan Mendis can both do a job will the ball and are devastating at the end of the innings with their six-hitting ability. WEAkNESSES: The usually feared bowling attack does not suit the English conditions. Spin twins Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana herath will not get much help from the wickets, while the

majority of their quick bowlers don’t do much with the ball as they rely on changes of pace to defeat the batsmen. It will also be interesting to see if the big hitters at the back-end of the innings, who are used to rocking onto the frontfoot, can cope with the ball flying through around chest height.

one to watCH There is one bowler in Sri Lanka’s arsenal that swings the ball prodigiously in any conditions. Nuwan Kulasekara does not bowl at express pace, but he will move the ball a long way in both directions during the tournament. The swinging ball is one

aspect of the game that modern batsmen have not come to terms with and Kulasekara should pick up plenty of wickets. he will also chip in with some useful runs down the order.

probabLe benCH-warMer Sri Lanka has several options when it comes to wicket-keepers in their squad. In ODI cricket it is important for the balance of the team that the man with the gloves is good enough to be selected as a batsman alone. Kusal Perera is behind both Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara in the pecking order, and it is highly unlikely that he will get any game time.

Last 3 tournaMent FinisHes 2009: Group B exit to New Zealand 2006: Group B exit to South Africa 2004: Group D exit to England

prediCtion Sri Lanka have failed to progress past the group stages in the last three installments of the Champions Trophy. They will be faced with unfamiliar conditions and teams that are far better suited to the playing environment. It will be a major surprise if Sri Lanka gain passage to the semi-finals. SQUAD: Angelo Matthews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Tilikaratne Dilshan, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiro Thirimanne, Chanaka Welegedara.

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Punjab dominate inter-provincial athletics lAHOrE: Punjab girls and boys maintained supremacy in the Interprovincial Girls Under-16 and Boys Under-14 Athletics Champiopnship being held here at the Punjab Stadium. On Wednesday, Punjab bagged first position 200 metres race and long jump events with Javeria Kiran of Punjab grabbing first position completing the distance in 27:48, Afeera Naz of Punjab attained second position covering distance in 28:98 while habiba Khurshid of Sindh got third position crossing the line in 30:45. In 200 metres boys race, Chand Waseem of Punjab won first position finishing the distance in 24:54. Ishaq of Punjab secured second position with 24:87 while Fata’s humayon covered the distance in 24:93 to manage third position. In the long jump, Javeria Kiran of Punjab again took the honour to win the event, Afeera Naz of Punjab grabbed second position whereas Ayesha Mehfooz of Sindh came third. In the long jump boys event, hunzala of Punjab won first place, humayon of Punjab got second and Faizan of Khyberpakhtunkhua was third in this event. STAFF REPORT

Prof fida inter-academy hockey from 17th lAHOrE: The 3rd edition of Prof Syed Fida hussain Shah PhF Inter-Academy hockey Championship will be played from June 17 to 29 at Iqbal Khan hockey Stadium Abbottabad under the aegis of Pakistan hockey Federation. “Altogether 10 PhF academies working across the country will take part in the event,” said a spokesman of PhF here on Wednesday. Following are the participating academies, Lahore, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Gojra, Karachi-1, Karachi2, Quetta, Abbottabad and Bannu. he said PhF has appointed a number of technical officials for the smooth conduct of the event, following is the Panel of Officials:- tournament director: Syed Muhammad Zahir Shah. Assistant tournament director, Muhammad Usman. tournament officers, Inam-urrehman & Muhammad Mudassar. Judges, Waseem Ahmed, haq nawaz, Masood-ur-rehman, Muhammad pervaiz & Zulfiqar Bhutto. Umpires manager, dilawar hussain Bhatti, Umpires, haroon rasheed, Amir hamza, Atif Malik, haider rasool, Anwar hussain, Kamran Sharif, Muhammad Asghar, Kamran hussain, Munawwar hussain & rana Muhammad Liaqat. Muhammad Saleem raza is the district Sports Officer, Abbottabad. STAFF REPORT

Punjab win boys u14 karate title lAHOrE: Showing all round skills and superior technique youthful martial art experts from Punjab won the title of the Pakistan Inter-provincial U14 Karate Championship title here on Wednesday at Iqbal Park Sports complex. Punjab collected 120 points to remain the leaders of the event and behind them were Sindh 105 points as Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa took the third place with 45 points followed by FATA with 25 points. On the final, events, in 44 KG’s category: Shabih-e-Raza of Sindh grabbed gold medal. Mohammed Sohail of Punjab secured silver, Atif Khan of Fata and Farhan of KPK got bronze medals. In the other 44 Kg’s category, Shah Faisal of Sindh bagged gold, Mohammed Mohib of Punjab attained the silver while Kamrosh Akram of KPK and Fata’s Naseeb Khan got bronze medals.STAFF REPORT


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kP govt submits resolution against drone attacks PesHAWAr STAFF REPORT

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hE Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led KP government on Wednesday submitted a resolution to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Secretariat against drone attacks. The text of resolution was handed over to KP Assembly secretary by lawmakers

URGES FEDERAL GOVT TO TAKE STEPS TO BRING AN END TO DRONE ATTACKS headed by PTI parliamentary leader Shaukat Ali Yousufzai. Senior Ministers Sirajul haq and Sikandar hayat Sherpao represented the Jamaat Islami and the

Qaumi Watan Party, respectively. Through the resolution, the KP government showed concern over the US drone attacks in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. They urged the federal government to take steps to bring an end to these attacks. On August 28, 2012, the KP Assembly urged the federal government to stop drone attacks. Through a resolution, then provincial assembly had also urged the federal

government to raise voice against the killings of Muslims in Myanmar (Burma). The resolution was jointly drafted, signed and moved by former opposition leader Akram Khan Durrani, late senior minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour and former information minister Mian Iftikhar hussain, former PPP lawmaker Abdul Akbar Khan, PML-Q legislators Qalandar Khan Lodhi. Former lawmakers Nargis Samin Jan and

PML-N’s Pir Sabir Shah, Inayatullah Jadoon and Javed Abbasi, and Mufti Kifayatullah from JUI-F were also signatories of the resolution. The resolution said, “This August house strongly condemns drone strikes on Fata and demanded the federal government to take serious steps to stop killings of innocent people in these attacks. Drone strikes are against sovereignty of Pakistan.” The house passed the resolution unanimously.

CoaS congratulates nawaz Sharif on becoming PM ISlAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani extended his felicitations to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on becoming the prime minister of Pakistan on Wednesday. Nawaz is the first politician in the country’s parliamentary history to make it to the office of prime minister for the third time. Others who congratulated Nawaz included Chinese premier Li Keqiang and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. INP

PM’s Secretariat renamed Prime Minister’s office ISlAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday re-designated the Prime Minister’s Secretariat as the Prime Minister’s Office. “The prime minister of Pakistan has been pleased to re-designate the Prime Minister’s Secretariat as Prime Minister’s Office with immediate effect,” a memorandum issued by the Cabinet Division said. APP

nasir Mahmood khosa appointed secretary to PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inspects a guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the Prime Minister’s House. STAFF PHOTO

obama to nominate power Cjp hints at taking nro case to logical end for ambassador to un, rice as national security adviser isLAMABAD APP

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US President Barack Obama will name a former aide and genocide expert Samantha Power as the new US ambassador to the United Nations, to replace Susan Rice, who will take over the top slot of his national security adviser. Obama will make the announcement at the White house, as he names Rice to take over from his current national security advisor Tom Donilon, who is leaving next month, the official said. Obama plans to make the appointment, which is seen as a major change in his foreign policy, later on Wednesday. Rice’s appointment as Obama’s top security adviser does not require Senate

confirmation. Obama had wanted to name Rice as his secretary of state, but she ran into heavy opposition from Republicans over remarks she made in the aftermath of the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Rice, a close confidante of Obama, withdrew her name from consideration for the top diplomatic post in December. Donilon, who served for more than four years as Obama’s top national security adviser, will leave in early July, a White house official said. The shake-up comes as the Obama administration struggles with its response to the civil war in Syria.

Chief Justice (CJ) of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday remarked that the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case would be taken to its logical end. The three-member bench headed by the CJ, including Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry, resumed hearing of the NRO implementation case. During the course of proceedings, prosecutor for the National Accountability Bu-

reau (NAB) K K Agha informed the court that he could not find attested copies of the reference filed in NAB courts against Ministry of Interior Joint Secretary Raja Tahir hussain and former establishment secretary Ismail Qureshi. he pleaded for more time to submit copies of the reference in court. Dr Basit, counsel for Ahmed Riaz Sheikh, informed the court that NAB had completed the investigation against former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman Adnan Khawaja and his client. The court adjourned hearing of the case until June 13.

ISlAMABAD: In what is being called Nawaz Sharif’s first decision as the prime minister of Pakistan, Nasir Mahmood Khosa was appointed secretary to the prime minister on Wednesday. Fawad hassan Fawad was appointed the additional secretary to the prime minister, while the post of principal secretary has been removed. The Prime Minister’s Secretariat will now be called the Prime Minister’s Office. INP

bdS defuses bomb in orakzai HANGU: The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) on Wednesday averted a possible terrorism bid by defusing a 15 Kg bomb in Spin Khaware area in Orakzai Agency. According to details, after receiving info about the presence of a suspected object, the BDS and police officials rushed to the scene and found a bomb wrapped in a sack near a mosque. Later, the BDS defused the bomb. APP

party workers make a mess in historic na session tAyyAB HUssAin ISLAMABAD

Parliament house on Wednesday was a picture of unprecedented scenes not only because of the historic election of the prime minister, but also due to the number of people who had thronged the building cheering their leaders. Roads were blocked and pavements and parking lots flooded with

vehicles as a huge number of visitors were seen inside the National Assembly building. Apparently these were political parties’ workers who had put aside all ethics and social norms to show their loyalty to their party leaders. Long queues of vehicles on a chocked four-lane Constitution Avenue had left traffic police helpless. Fed-up with visitors not inclined to

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follow traffic code, these police personnel were a sight of misery. And what the Parliament house witnessed within its premises has perhaps never happened before. Not only visitor galleries but compounds, corridors and even the press gallery had been occupied by jubilant workers who knew no norms or ethics. The situation aggravated to the

extent that NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had to approach the press gallery to vacate seats for journalists. how such a big number of visitors were issued passes is a question still unanswered. The unnecessary crowd made its presence felt during proceedings and many veterans who are used to peaceful election did not appreciate hooting spectators.

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