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CJP quits bench hearing ‘prodigal’ son’s case Kamran Khan appears in SC, denies having documentary proof against Dr arsalan g Says Malik Riaz has complete dossier of evidence against Dr arsalan, has also shared it with aitzaz ahsan g
Running out of patience with pakistan, warns US panetta lashes out at pakistan, Haqqani network during brief visit to Kabul g
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta warned Pakistan on Thursday that Washington was losing patience over Islamabad’s failure to eliminate safe havens for insurgents who attacked US troops in neighbouring Afghanistan. Panetta lashed out at Pakistan and the al Qaedalinked Haqqani network during a brief visit to Kabul overshadowed by fury over a NATO air strike that allegedly killed 18 civilians, an issue that the Pentagon chief did not address in public. Panetta left Kabul less than five hours after his arrival, as Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged to cut short a trip to Beijing and head home over the deaths of around 40 civilians Wednesday in the air strike and a suicide bombing. Panetta’s trip to Kabul to assess the state of the war and plans to withdraw US combat troops by
the end of 2014 coincided with an increase in violence. “Even though we are seeing an uptick in violence in recent days, the overall level of violence is down from past years,” he said. “It’s an increasing concern that this safe haven exists and that there are those like the Haqqanis who are making use of that to attack our forces,” Panetta told a news conference with his Afghan counterpart, Abdul Rahim Wardak. “We are reaching the limits of our patience here,” he said. “For that reason, it’s extremely important that Pakistan take action to prevent this kind of safe haven,” he said. “We have made that very clear time and time again and we will continue to do that. But as I said, we are reaching the limits of our patience,” he added. Continued on page 04
Pakistan looks to SCO for full membership ISLAMABAD
OT before me. In an expected move in the interest of justice, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who had taken a suo motu notice of his son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar’s alleged involvement in a Rs 340 million scam that hit the family of the top judge, on Thursday decided to disengage himself from the bench hearing the case. However, he remained steadfast in his conviction to protect the institution without any consideration that his son was one of the main characters in the plot that real estate tycoon Malik Riaz had reportedly fabricated to influence the cases pending against him in the Supreme Court. At the onset of Thursday’s hearing, the chief justice announced to step down from the three-member bench and left the courtroom. Later, the court continued hearing the case with Justice Jawwad S Khwaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain on the bench. “I have faith in Supreme Court judges,” the chief justice remarked after Attorney General Irfan Qadir again argued that the CJP could not be part of a bench hearing his son’s case. The Supreme Court, however, ordered formation of a two-member bench to hear the case. Talking to reporters outside the Supreme
Court, Malik Riaz’s counsel Zahid Bukhari said the chief justice’s decision to step down from the bench was appreciable. Bukhari said Malik Riaz would appear in the court once he recovered and returned to the country. Before the chief justice stepped down from the bench, he asked TV anchor Kamran Khan whether he had any documentary evidence pertaining to the allegations against Dr Arsalan Iftikhar. Responding to the query, Kamran Khan said Malik Riaz had shown him certain documents which pertained to Dr Arsalan’s travel details as well as a copy of his passport and receipts of the payment made for his shopping abroad through credit cards. Kamran said although the documents had been shown to him, he was not provided with the copies. He told the court that payments for Dr Arsalan’s travel, his stay abroad and shopping had been made by a son-in-law of Malik Riaz. “I asked Malik Riaz what benefit he took from the favours he had been giving to the CJP’s son, and he responded that so far he had taken no benefit, rather 42 cases were decided against him (Malik Riaz),” Kamran Khan told the bench. “What is the reason behind such a huge bribe,” the CJP remarked, adding that he was not responsible for his offspring as stated in the Holy Quran. “I own no house and no car despite having been a judge and hearing high-profile cases for 22 years,” the CJP said. “I swear I do not know what business Arsalan does. The accused standing before me is not my son, he is just an individual named Arsalan,” he said. Kamran Khan said Riaz had told him that he had also shared the evidence against the CJP’s son with Aitzaz Ahsan who was shocked and started crying. After a brief break, the two-member bench comprising Justice Jawaad Khawaj and Justice Khilji Arif resumed hearing in the case. The counsel for Malik Riaz, Zahid Bukhari, requested that a larger bench be formed to hear the case. Continued on page 04
Seeks greater collaboration in enhancing regional connectivity
BEIJING: President Asif Zardari bows to the honour guard during his welcoming ceremony hosted by Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday. afp BEIJING APP
President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday announced that Pakistan would host an international conference on narcotics and called for a full membership of the SCO to further advance the agenda of peace, security and development, elimination of narcotics, chocking funding for militancy, fighting insurgencies and overcoming lack of development of the region. He was addressing the 12th SCO Summit in Beijing. President’s spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said the president
drew attention to the challenges for region arising out of Afghan and Iraq wars, militancy and proliferation of drugs and called for greater collaboration in enhancing regional connectivity through air, rail and road links and building mega energy pipelines straddling across the region. Pakistan was strategically located to play a critical role in realizing goals of SCO, the president said. Zardari said Pakistan was proud of its association with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and fully subscribed to SCO’s ideals and values. He said Pakistan was keen to work with the Organization as a full member.
“Together we can usher in a secure and prosperous future for the entire region”, the President said. President Zardari said the organization was now 11-yearsold and its mandate had grown as had its global and regional importance. He said the SCO had become a powerful vehicle for the promotion of regional cooperation and economic integration. Zardari said Pakistan wanted to further strengthen its relationship with the organization by becoming its full member. Continued on page 04
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Malaysian prince’s ‘pill’ targets dengue scourge
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Zardari calls for setting up Energy Fund for mega projects
R E S I D E N T Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday called for greater Chinese investment in infrastructure development, particularly in mega energy projects, and proposed setting up of an Energy Fund for mega projects, including hydropower projects. Zardari, in his meeting with President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, called upon the Joint Energy Working Group of the two countries that held its second meeting last month in Islamabad to find new ways in energy production. The two leaders discussed the whole spectrum of bilateral relations, including the re-
cent developments taking place at the regional and international level. Presidential spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar quoted Zardari as saying that Pakistan’s ultimate goal was closer economic integration with China. He called for Chinese investment in trans-regional economic projects, particularly in energy sector among Pakistan, Afghanistan and China, and for raising the bilateral trade target of $15 billion by 2015. He said the bilateral trade between the two countries was on an upward trajectory as in 2011 it increased to $10.6 billion from $8.6 billion in 2010, showing an increase of 22 percent. The president said the opening of ICBC’s branches in Pakistan, the currency swap agreement last December and the launching of PAK-SAT 1R project in August 2011, were significant milestones in Pakistan-China relations.
He also assured the Chinese leader of Pakistan’s commitment to ensure safety and security of Chinese personnel working in Pakistan. He said the widening and up-gradation of Karakoram Highway as well as realignment of the segment impacted by the Attabad Lake would further facilitate and enhance trade, and people-to-people contacts. He also welcomed China’s support for mega hydro projects and also for connectivity projects in Pakistan. ZArDArI MeetS KrIShnA At SCO: President Zardari also held a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on the sidelines of the SCO summit. According to the Indian media, the president enquired about Indian investments in Afghanistan during the meeting. Krishna told Zardari that these were concentrated in the areas of health, education and capacity building.
NICL scam: SC warns commerce secretary of arrest over absence ISLAMABAD oNlINE
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday said Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood should appear before court during the next hearing and his arrest orders would be issued if he failed to do so. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the proceedings of the NICL corruption case. The SC expressed displeasure over the absence of Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood from the hearing. The CJ said a case could be registered against Makhdoom Amin Fahim pertaining ineligible appointment of Ayaz Niazi as chairman of National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL). The SC ordered making public the investiga-
tive report of Justice Rabbani Commission in NICL scandal. The SC also asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) about the action taken against Amin Faheem over illegal appointment of Ayaz Niazi as the NICL chairman. The court inquired why an appeal was not filed against the acquittal of Moonis Elahi, the main accused in the NICL scandal. The SC questioned why an investigation was not being conducted over the money kept in foreign banks and why that money had not been brought back to the country. FIA Director Muazzam Jah told the SC that Zafar Saleem, who sold property for paying loans of Amin Fahim, died in Air Blue plane crash in 2010. He said the Rs 900 million cost of the NICL land sold was much less then its worth and the money was deposited in a joint account of
Khawaja Akbar and Khalid Anwar. He said Khalid Anwar used to be the front man for late Zafar Saleem, and that the money was deposited to 16 various accounts, including that of Amin Faheem. During the hearing, the CJ said Ayaz Niazi was illegally appointed the NICL chairman and Amin Faheem was alleged to have been behind the decision. The chief justice said Zafar Mahmood should have registered a case against the illegal appointment. Justice Jawad S Khawaja remarked that if such examples were set, every guilty person would claim to be innocent. The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) also appeared before the court and presented procedures of appointment of the chairman. Later the case’s hearing was adjourned until June 11.
Asma should lodge legal complaint, provide evidence: Defence Ministry ISLAMABAD: A spokesman of the Ministry of Defence on Thursday said instead of publicly declaring that her life was in danger, senior Supreme Court lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir should lodge a complaint and provide necessary evidence so that the matter could be investigated properly and appropriate steps be taken accordingly. In a statement, the spokesman said Asma had accused intelligence agencies of being a part of the plot to assassinate her. “This is a very serious allegation, which should be articulated in an appropriate legal manner by her.” He said rather than raising the matter through the media, it would serve her personal security as well as national interest that she lodged a complaint and provided evidence so that the matter could be properly dealt with. GNI
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ArtS & entertAinMent
‘Depressed’ Mubarak’s health worsens
Say what? Top oddball interview questions
The damage done Pak to invite Indian players to Pakistan Premier league Justice for all
coMMent Whither diplomacy? Need for introspect on both sides
Taimur Ashraf says: A secular Pakistan?: The speech that the Quaid made on 11 August, 1947
Sajjad Shaukat says The American tactics: Debate over NATO supplies
Shabbar Raza Rizvi says: Disqualification of the PM: The SC does not have the jurisdiction
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PESHAWAR: A motorcyclist rides past a closed CNG station as a strike called by the All Pakistan CNG Station Owners Association entered its second day on Thursday. INp
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Six newbOrnS burnt tO death
Because Services refuses to learn from experience g
Hospital admin blames short circuit as cause of fire that broke out in nursery ward LAHORE
Continued CNG strike tests people’s patience g
APcnGA says strike to continue until govt reverts prices LAHORE AGENCIES
Commuters on Thursday faced severe hardships as the strike of CNG association continued across the country for the second consecutive day. CNG filling stations in Lahore were to open on Thursday after the three-day weekly closure, but they remained closed as the CNG association has called an indefinite strike against the government’s decision to impose additional cess on the CNG sector. The citizens said rulers had done nothing but make the masses mentally ill. They said electricity was not available if they stayed at home and CNG was not available if they went out of the hous. The chairman of the All Pakistan CNG Association threatened expelling those CNG station owners from the group who conducted business during the strike. Petroleum Secretary Ejaz Chaudhry called the strike meaningless and demanded the association call off the strike immediately. Some CNG stations remained open in Karachi where long queues of
cars were seen waiting their turn. Commuters in Rawalpindi and Islamabad also suffered to a shortage of public transport. Taking advantage of the situation, taxi and rickshaw drivers charged exorbitant fares from commuters. Citizens across the country have demanded the government to settle the issue immediately by holding dialogue with gas dealers and the CNG association. All Pakistan CNG Association Chairman Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha said the strike would continue until the government took back the raise in the price of CNG and cancelled the proposed CESS. Paracha said all CNG stations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Balochistan would remain closed until the acceptance of demands. “We need support from the public as we are fighting not only for ourselves but for the people as well,” he said. He also said the imposition of CESS would cost Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 extra burden on the budget of middle class families. He appealed to the public to bear the temporary suffering in order to avoid a bigger problem.
Evidence against pM’s son available, aNf tells SC ISLAMABAD INP
The officials of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) told the Supreme Court on Thursday that evidence was available against Ali Musa Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, in the ephedrine scandal. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heading a three-member bench of the Supreme Court, enquired from the ANF about the progress
in the case. In reply, ANF Investigation Officer Brigadier Fahim told the bench that evidence was available against Musa Gilani, and added that this was the first scandal which was being overlooked by the federation itself. Brig Fahim further told the court that there was embezzlement worth Rs 7 billion in the scandal. On an application filed by drug manufacturers and chemists of being harassed by the ANF, the chief justice directed the ANF to work as per the law and not harass anyone. The hearing of the case was adjourned for three weeks.
Ix newborns were burnt to death and several others injured in a fire which broke out in the Services Hospital nursery ward on Thursday, making it the fourth such incident to occur within the span of a year. Chaos reigned in the nursery ward where newborns, most of them premature babies, are kept in a ‘neat and clean’ atmosphere until they are healthy enough to be taken home. Often, even attendants are not allowed to enter the nursery ward because of the newborns’ susceptibility to diseases and only select nurses take care of the children. All this care was reduced to ashes when a fire broke out in the nursery, burning down the ward and the equipment in it. The thick smoke suffocated some children while others burned to death. As soon as news of the fire spread, the people present in the hospital tried to run outside. Rescue sources said the fire broke out due to an electric short circuit in an air conditioner. They said a nearby mattress caught the sparks coming off it, causing the fire to spread and produce thick smoke. They added that the rescue teams continued operations for around two hours and evacuated all the 21 children present in the ward. Three of them were already dead at the time of the evacuation, while three more children had succumbed to burn injuries till the filing of this report. The workers stated that the burning mattress produced thick smoke and that it was speculated that most of the children died of suffocation. “Since it is a highly sensitive area and no attendants were allowed inside, very few people were present inside the ward to evacuate the children right when the fire erupted,” they said. “We should thank God that the oxygen cylinders in the ward did not catch fire, otherwise we would have an explosion on our hands instead of a fire.” Hospital stakeholders have raised eyebrows on the recurring incidents of fire at the Services Hospital which is considered one of the better equipped public health establishments. Last year, a fire broke out in the coronary care unit (CCU),
while previously the ICU and Bano Meraj surgical operation theatre were also gutted, with equipment worth millions destroyed. The parents of the children in the ward raised hue and cry over the unfortunate incident, calling it a failure on the part of the hospital administration, which did not take adequate measures to avoid such repeated incidents. “Unfortunately, the places which should be the safest become the target of such incidents. The administration is responsible for this negligence. They will now hold enquiries and then the matter will be hushed like the previous times but our kids will not come back,” said Nasreen Bibi who lost her child in the incident. On the other hand, Services Hospital MS Dr Rehana Malik said the hospital is not a planned construction and a lot of new blocks are
being built. “We have old electrical wiring in the entire hospital which needs to be checked and improved,” she said. In reply to a question, she said the hospital was conducting a high profile enquiry to probe the cause of the incident and could only comment on the cause of the fire later. Commenting on the issue, CM’s Advisor on Health Khwaja Salman Rafique said the pertinet question is that why the Services Hospital is experiencing these recurring fires. He said all hospitals in Punjab have been asked to update their electrical and emergency response systems to avoid such incidents. He added that the most immediate thing is to provide the remaining newborns with adequate medical care. “We will probe the incident and find out the cause and take adequate measures to avoid it in future,” he added.
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orders report on manhandling of Saudi official at islamabad international Airport ISLAMABAD
H E Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Thursday sought details of bureaucrats and judges who had been allotted two plots in Islamabad after filing affidavits for not owning any land in the federal capital. The PAC sought details of the rules under which two
Al Qaeda still a threat: clinton ISTANBUL AFP
Al Qaeda is still a spreading and imminent threat, US Secretary of State said on Thursday, as she joined major world powers in Istanbul for a meeting on fighting terrorism. “The core of al Qaeda that carried out the 9/11 attacks may be on the path to defeat, but the threat has spread, becoming more geographically diverse,” Clinton said at a speech that kick started the Global Counterterrorism Forum meeting. “We will always maintain our right to use force against groups such as al Qaeda that have attacked us and still threaten us with imminent attack.”
plots had been allotted to people in Defence Housing Authority (DHA). The PAC also directed the Ministries of Communications and Defence to resolve dispute of toll plazas between National Highway Authority (NHA) and Frontier Works Organization (FWO). The committee directed the Ministry of Defence to submit an inquiry report into the manhandling of a
Saudi Arabian official by Airport Security Force personnel at Islamabad International Airport in the next meeting. It also directed the departments concerned to submit a list of governmentowned autonomous organizations who refused to get their accounts audited by the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP). The PAC chairman observed that the committee would recommend to the
National Assembly not to approve budget for those state-owned autonomous organization who had not got their accounts audited by AGP. Later, officials of the FWO and NHA present in the meeting held detailed discussions and came up with an arrangement for the resolution of the toll plaza issue, which the PAC turned down. It directed FWO to start depositing revenue collected
NaB arrests pakistan Railways GM, add’l GM ISLAMABAD STAFF REPoRT
Special Operation Wing of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested Pakistan Railways’ GM (Maintenance and Services) Naeem Malik and Additional GM (Mechanical) Ahsan Mahmood. Both the accused had played a key role in purchase of spare parts worth $15.6 million for 69 Chinese locomotives. The accused were part of the negotiation commit-
tee, Malik being head, who decided to purchase the spare parts at very high prices. Based on the decision of the committee, Pakistan Railways purchased 356 items at five times higher than the actual market price, 256 parts at double the price while 776 such items were purchased that were not required. The scam surfaced during former President Pervez Musharraf’s regime when 69 locomotives were purchased from China on a suppliers’ credit at an
amount of $98 million without any assessment of whether the locomotives were suitable for Pakistani conditions or not. NAB has already summoned and recorded the statements of former top government functionaries including former federal minister for railways Lt General (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi, former Pakistan Railway chairman Lt General (r) Saeeduz Zafar, and Major General (r) Hamid Hasan Butt. GM Operations Saeed Akhtar has been arrested.
withdraw the bulk of combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and hand responsibility for security to the Afghans. But civilian casualties caused by US and NATO air strikes have been a frequent source of tension between Karzai and the United States. The Afghan president, who was attending a meeting
of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Beijing, issued a stinging rebuke of NATO’s latest air strike. “Attacks by NATO that cause life and property losses to civilians under no circumstances could be justified and are not acceptable,” Karzai said of the incident on Wednesday in Logar province, south of Kabul.
Running out Continued FRom page 1 The Afghan and US governments have suggested the war in Afghanistan cannot be won without safe havens in Pakistan being dismantled. Analysts say Islamabad allows the Haqqanis to operate to hedge against any influence by their arch-foe India in Afghanistan, while critics in Pakistan accuse the
Americans of deflecting blame for the increasingly deadly war. The Pentagon chief blamed an attack last week on Forward Operating Base Salerno, in eastern Afghanistan, on the Haqqani network. The United States leads 130,000 NATO troops fighting the Taliban insurgency and is planning to
from 54 toll plazas in NHA’s bank accounts within a week. It also directed NHA to settle its accounts with FWO by making payment of liabilities as soon as possible. The PAC gave three months’ time limit to the Ministry of Communication for completing the entire process of tendering toll plazas and to submit a progress report to the PAC on a weekly basis.
The PAC was informed that the defence secretary had constituted an inquiry committee headed by CAA DG to probe into the incident of manhandling of the Saudi official at Islamabad International Airport and committee had submitted its report to the secretary within 24 hours. The PAC then directed the Ministry of Defence to present the report to the committee in the next meeting.
US unilateralism, Pakistani hypernationalism cause of concern: Haqqani WAShInGtOn: Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the United States, Prof Husain Haqqani has said that the USPakistan relationship was deteriorating due to the rising hyper-nationalism in Pakistan and the United States’ unilateral actions that did not take into account Pakistan’s sovereignty. He was the main speaker at an event at the Washington-based think-tank Foundation for Defence of Democracies along with two FDD experts Reuel Marc Gerecht and Bill Roggio. The event was titled, “Is Al Qaeda dead?—a conversation with Husain Haqqani.” Haqqani said that although al Qaeda had been degraded, several components of al Qaeda were not yet dead and its ideology was alive, which could resuscitate the terrorist outfit any time. SPECIAl CoRRESPoNDENT
cJP quits Continued FRom page 1 The bench directed Bukhari to inform his client not to conduct a media campaign. The court directed Malik Riaz and Dr Arsalan to submit their detailed response within two days. The court also summoned the tax returns of Malik Riaz along with the details of his assets. The hearing of the case was adjourned until June 11. What appears from the details given by some anchors and journalists, who had the privilege of having met the real estate tycoon and seen the documentary evidence, it is not simply an act of desperation that Malik Riaz finally lost his patience and decided to expose Dr Arsalan for having cheated him and did not help settle his cases. The timing of this explosive disclosure is significant. Malik Riaz, who is a close friend of President Asif Ali Zardari, understandably chose to make the issue public at a time when the government was facing a number of cases in the Supreme Court and hitting the top judge with such a volcanic thunder put him in line with other top figures whose sons are also involved in mega scams.
Pakistan looks Continued FRom page 1 President Zardari pointed out that our desire for full membership is driven by our identification with its objectives. On Pakistan’s pivotal role in war against terrorism, President Zardari said Pakistan was a victim of terrorism. “Over 38,000 Pakistani civilians and armed forces personnel have laid down their lives in this struggle,” he said, adding that “our economy has also suffered a loss of 70 billion dollars”. “Yet, the people and armed forces of Pakistan are determined to fight this war to the very end”, he noted. The president said he
knew fighting terrorism had been a priority for the SCO as terrorism posed a grave threat to its vision of achieving economic integration in the region. He pointed out that there could be no peace in the region without peace in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan believed that military action alone would not solve the problem, adding that there must also be political outreach and economic development. Zardari said Pakistan fully supported efforts for ending violence in Afghanistan through a national reconciliation process that was driven by Afghan people. The president said that
“despite the global financial crisis and an unfavorable security situation in the region, our government has restored economic stability. This was necessary for generating growth, creating jobs, and improving the quality of life of our people”. Sitting at the crossroads of Eurasia, Central Asia and Western China, Zardari said Pakistan could offer access to its highways and ports to our friends in the SCO. He said Pakistan could be a catalyst for regional economic integration and connectivity. President Zardari also congratulated Afghanistan on becoming an SCO observer state and Turkey as Dialogue Partner Status.
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china and Afghanistan edge towards ‘strategic partnership’ NEWS DESK
To help stabilize the region, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has offered to increase cooperation with Afghanistan. But what the cooperation would entail remains open. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit concluded Thursday in Beijing. Among the topics discussed was the security situation in Afghanistan. There is fear that the withdrawal of international security forces from Afghanistan - due to take place by the end of 2014 - could create a security vacuum with devastating consequences for the entire region. The SCO is thus looking to increase cooperation with the country. One step has been to
grant Afghanistan observer status. But China aims at taking cooperation further still. Chinese President Hu Jintao recently said in an interview with People’s Daily, the main newspaper of the Communist Party, that China wished to play a larger role in Afghanistan. ChInA’S rOLe In AfGhAnIStAn: Afghan President Hamid Karsai, who attended the two-day SCO summit in the Chinese capital, said in a speech before Chinese students, “We will be working with President Hu Jintao to sign a memorandum of understanding between us … for the creation of a strategic partnership between the two countries.” A “strategic partnership” would be a clear sign that
China is willing to take up a more active role than its current one. But it is not yet clear what such a partnership would entail. The Chinese foreign ministry has said it would simply expand China’s current cooperation with Afghanistan, which is focused on the production of natural resources, energy and education. When it comes to security, China has played a very minimal role in Afghanistan and Chinese experts do not believe this will change in future. SCO’s future role of in Afghanistan is just as unclear. The organization was founded 11 years ago by China, Russia and Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Cooperation focuses predominantly on fighting the
so-called “three evils:” terrorism, extremism and separatism. While it has conducted a number of joint military operations in Central Asia, China maintains the group’s members do not wish to develop the SCO into a military alliance - a kind of “NATO of the East.” “Cooperation between SCO members aims at creating peace, development and conflict resolution. According to its basic principles, the SCO is non-confrontational nor is it directed against any third parties. It will not develop into a military or political bloc,” said Liu Weimin, China’s foreign ministry spokesman. trIAL run fOr pOLItICS: But now it seems Afghanistan could become a kind of trial run for the
group’s political activity. When it comes to China, President Karzai said the People’s Republic could help to bring Pakistan and Afghanistan together. “We have been of the view that China can play a very significant role in bringing
Afghanistan and Pakistan together towards a cooperative environment in the ‘war on terror’ and radicalism. So nobody in this region will feel that one or the other will need to rely on the use of radicalism as an instrument of policy.” Beijing brought
representatives from Pakistan and Afghanistan together in February in a dialogue on the Taliban. It was the first time that China openly expressed interest in helping secure stability in Afghanistan. China might soon be putting its money where its mouth is.
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Winning hearts can curb terrorism, says Khar
News 05 Judge transferred on lawyers’ pressure MANDI BAHAUDDIN SHER GoNDAl
Foreign minister says eliminating conditions that give way to feelings of helplessness and deprivation among people key to dealing with terrorism g emphasises education for all, economic opportunities for young g
O R E I G N Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the real challenge in dealing with terrorism and extremism is to win the hearts and minds of the people. Addressing the ministerial meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) held in Istanbul on Thursday, she said eliminating conditions that gave way to feelings of helplessness and deprivation among the common people, giving a message of hope to misguided individuals and bringing them back into the national mainstreams were important elements in dealing with the international problem of terrorism. She attached importance to education for all, and creating economic opportunities for the young as most effective antidotes against spread of extremist ideologies. She gave an example of educating the people of Swat after an operation there, and said the de-radicalisation project, known as “Sabaoon” was very successful. “The success of this project gives us the confidence to launch more such projects,” she said. About the people who underwent military training during the Afghan jihad and later, she said the government of Pakistan was developing a database of such people with a view to imparting vocational training in vari-
ous trades enabling them to reintegrating into the society. “Already, more than 250 individuals have completed training and another 48 are still in vocational training institutes,” she told the audience. Appreciating the activities of the GCTF since its launch in New York last September, she said GCTF activities had covered considerable ground in both regional and thematic working groups such that the member countries shared information on areas like criminal justice as well as for the rehabilitation of offenders of violent extremism. She said Pakistan was working with
its partners for strengthening the criminal justice system and had instituted programmes for capacity building of investigators and prosecutors, securing crime scenes, collecting evidence, upgrading forensic laboratories, improving prison management system and expanding de-radicalisation programmes. She said Pakistan emphasised on strengthening criminal justice system due to the fact that fair prosecution and conviction of terrorists in the court of law would be more effective than eliminating them through innovative means as it has the potential to sow seeds of
further extremism. She said the government was also working on how intelligence inputs could be converted into evidence to undergo judicial scrutiny. Khar acknowledged the cooperation of the government of the United Arab Emirates in establishing the centre of excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Abu Dhabi, and said Pakistan looked forward to its formal launching in October this year. The foreign minister also thanked the people of Turkey for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to the delegation from Pakistan.
Under pressure from a group of lawyers, Civil Judge Abu Bakar Saddique has been posted out of the district, Pakistan Today has learnt. A week ago, the judge had rejected a miscellaneous application, filed by a lawyer, on the grounds that it was not maintainable in view of the facts of the case. The group of lawyers, which holds great influence over judges, threatened the judge of locking his court if he attended the court. The group also met a district and sessions judge and asked him to issue orders for Siddique’s posting out of the district, warning that they would otherwise lock his courtroom. The sessions judge bowed to the lawyers’ pressure and sent the judge immediately on leave. The civil judge has not attended the court since then. On Thursday morning, the members of the pressure group were jubilant while telling other bar members that the transfer orders had been issued on their demand. Other lawyers expressed concern over the episode, saying the head of district judiciary was not bold enough to give protection to his subordinate judges working honestly. They further said that the sessions judge was often visited by influential lawyers in his chamber, alleging that some of those visitors were involved in murder cases, which were being heard in his court. They said there was no hope for transparent justice if such practices continued.
Al Qaeda advertises for suicide bombers AMMAN oNlINE
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has begun posting Internet advertisements offering training for suicide bombers to target the US and France. The adverts have been posted on several Web forums, including Al-Fidaa, Shmoukh al-Islam and Honein. The advertisements ask for volunteers to get in touch via e-mail with details about their own experience and proposed targets. “The aim of this training is to continue with our brothers who are seeking to carry out operations that make for great killing and slaughtering of the enemies of Islam,” said the advertisement attributed to Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. “It is clear now that the individual jihad, or what is called the lone wolf, has become more widespread and its features have started showing - in summary, it is a complete jihadist operation to be carried out by a single bomber.” It said the targets of the attacks were “those who are fighting the Muslims and Islam” and specifically pointed to “economic, military and media interests of the enemy.” “Their identity must be, according to priority, American, Israeli, French and British.”
ISlAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani talks to parliamentarians at Parliament House on Thursday.
US confirms receiving details of charges against Dr Afridi WASHINGTON AGENCIES
US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner has acknowledged that Pakistani authorities had forwarded some details of Shakil Afridi’s case to the US. In an earlier briefing last week, Toner said that the US had sought clarification from Pakistan on charges against Dr Afridi, who worked for the CIA to track down Osama bin Laden and get his DNA by running a fake vaccination campaign in the area. “We have received some clarification on this case from Pakistan, indicating that charges against him are not related to his involvement in Osama Bin Laden raid but his contacts with other terrorist groups,” Toner
said in his briefing for the media on Wednesday. Dr Afridi remained in custody for almost a year and was convicted last month to 33 years in prison under the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) Act on alleged links with the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam instead of his role in the OBL killing. Notwithstanding the Pakistani response, the US official stressed that they were still not convinced that Dr Afridi should have been convicted. “We are concerned about him and our position has not changed that there is no basis for holding him captive. This conviction sends a wrong message about our shared interest with Pakistan against terrorism and extremism,” he stated. He, however, did not have a clear answer
as to what objections the US administration has on the Pakistani legal process if Dr Afridi was convicted on charges unrelated to the OBL raid or alleged treason, as was widely believed. “We appeal to Pakistan to consider Dr Afridi’s appeal in a judicious manner and give him right to due process,” he maintained. Toner also revealed that the US was trying to get access to Dr Afridi, but such efforts had not been successful. “We don’t have any contact with Dr Afridi yet. We are seeking access to him but have not been able to get that, because he is not a US citizen,” he explained. He also declined to comment on the reports that Dr Afridi had refused an offer to resettle abroad before he was arrested in the aftermath of the OBL raid. In response to another question, the
spokesman said that the US administration had received the required response directly from the Pakistani authorities in Islamabad, and not through the country’s embassy in Washington, DC. He, however, was not ready to answer whether the response was forwarded by the civilian or military administration of Pakistan and at what level such an interaction had taken place. Toner also refused to answer another question about drone attacks in Pakistan and whether these were with the consent of Pakistani military and government. “I can’t talk about our classified operations,” he said but stressed that the US “will continue with its goal of disrupting, dismantling and eventually defeating Al Qaeda, because they are still a threat.”
“Extremism and terrorism is a threat for Pakistan’s stability and its people. Nobody has suffered more than the Pakistani people because of terrorist activities,” he said. “AlZawahari has got to be somewhere up there, but we have not reached him yet,” he said when asked if the US has any definite clue about the whereabouts of Al Qaeda’s new chief after OBL. “I can’t say how many Al Qaeda leaders are still on the US hit list after Al Qaeda’s number two, Al-Libbi’s killing. We are going to continue our efforts to go after Al Qaeda wherever they are,” he emphatically said but denied having any information that the attack on the US embassy in Libya was in retaliation to Al-Libbi’s killing in a drone attack in Pakistan’s tribal area of South Waziristan.
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PPP senator criticises opposition’s walkout from budget session ISLAMABAD APP
AKISTAN People’s Party (PPP) lawmakers on Thursday took a swipe at the attitude of PML-N legislators in the Upper House, saying that they did not have the courage to listen the voice of reason. “We should be having debate on budget and discuss country’s economy. It is not fair to just criticise the government and then leave the House without listening to the members from treasury benches,” Leader of the House in Senate Jahangir Badar said while commenting at PML-N’s move to walkout from the budget session. Nisar Muhammad, a PML-N senator from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while opening the budget debate launched an attack against the government and targeted the discretionary funds. He said the PPP was obliging its workers through the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) He added that Malakand Agency was being neglected despite the fact that it suffered heavily due to terrorism. After speaking in the House for almost an hour, he said that his party had decided to stage a walkout due to the constitutional implications after the Supreme Court’s ruling in the contempt case. PPP Senator Jahangir Badar said that the PML-N should have the courage to listen to others as well. “If they (PML-N) have any data about corruption, they should present the figures. We will also present details as who have been supporting military dictators in different
periods and plundering the national wealth,” he added. Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in Senate Ishaq Dar urged all parliamentarians to abide by parliamentary norms and traditions and avoid raising fingers on any member of the National Assembly in the Upper House. Responding to Mutkhtar Ahmad Dhamra’s remarks about Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, he said, “We should observe parliamentary and democratic norms. It is our foremost duty to respect both the houses and should not discuss any member on floor of the House.” He said that the opposition leader in the National Assembly was an elected member who had already made it clear that he never made any humiliating remarks about Sindhi cap and Ajrak. Dar requested the Chair to expunge Dhamra’s whole speech against Chaudhry Nisar as the speech was based on mere speculation. Acting Senate Chairman Sabir Baloch said that Nisar was an honourable member of the National Assembly and hence should be given due respect. He expunged remarks against the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. Mir Hasil Bizenjo drew the attention of the chair that it was a very important budget session, but the relevant ministers did not bother to come. Upon this Sabir Baloch expressed his annoyance and asked Leader of the House Jahangir Badar to ensure presence of concerned ministers during the budget debate. Jahangir Badar assured the House that presence of the ministers would be ensured.
Pakistani smuggler beheaded in Saudi Arabia RIYADH INP
Saudi Arabia on Thursday beheaded a Pakistani man convicted of drug trafficking, making it the second execution in as many days, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. Zohur Hussein Mohammed Sadeq had been found guilty of smuggling heroin into Saudi Ara-
bia, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency. The previous day the ministry reported that a Saudi had been executed after he was found guilty of murdering a compatriot. The latest beheading brings the total number of executions in the kingdom to 31. At least 76 people were beheaded in 2011, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79.
PESHAWAR: Rescue personnel make efforts to extinguish a fire that razed to the ground a godown on Kohat Road on Thursday. STaff pHoTo
Nisar wants army to disassociate itself from property mafia ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday demanded Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Kayani to ensure that the name of armed forces was not misused by a property mafia. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, he said by walking away from the bench, the chief justice had done a good thing to disassociate himself from the case pertaining to alleged corruption of his son. He said Malik Riaz had tried to blackmail all politicians, generals, journalists, lawyers and bureaucracy and had now tried to influence the chief justice. Nisar said the Pakistan Army belonged to entire nation and it should disassociate itself from the Defence Housing Authority. Nisar said that there should be accountability of huge money distributed by Malik Riaz. Announcing further steps for the ongoing agitation against the government, he said they would take out a protest rally outside the Prime Minister’s House as the rulers had been oblivious to the basic public problems. “A civilized government would have quitted. The public’s woes have not touched upon the hearts of incompetent rulers while the whole country is passing through a phase of uncertainty,” he lamented. He said they would force them to
honour the court’s verdicts. The court would decide whether the CJ’s son had taken favours or not but the people hoping to malign the judiciary would be disappointed, he declared.
Malaysian prince’s ‘pill’ targets dengue scourge KUALA LUMPUR AFP
A Malaysian prince is promoting a novel weapon against the worsening scourge of dengue fever: a protein “pill” that starves mosquito larvae and could revolutionise the global dengue fight. It is a fight that is intensifying: more than 2.5 billion people — around 40 percent of Earth’s population — live in areas susceptible to the mosquito-borne virus, with up to 100 million infected annually, according to the World Health Organisation. Dengue kills 20,000 people worldwide every year, and its complexity — and what health advocates say is a lack of priority given the race to find cures for higher profile viruses such as AIDS — means a vac-
cine has proved elusive. It is mainly transmitted to humans by the aedes aegypti mosquito, and causes symptoms including high fever, body aches, rashes and heavy fatigue. In severe cases, white blood cells drop to potentially fatal levels. Enter Prince Naquiyuddin Jaafar, one of the most popular members of Malaysia’s nobility, whose anti-dengue technology targets the offspring of mosquitoes in a bid to win the battle against t h e virus-
spreading pest. A former diplomat and son of Malaysia’s past king, Naquiyuddin, 65, has
been involved in a wide range of philanthropic and charitable pursuits, but dengue has been a particular passion. It is a growing problem in Malaysia, where cases surged 22 percent to 6,141 from January to March this year, with 17 deaths. Just eight dengue deaths were reported for all of 2011. Among Naquiyuddin’s diverse business activities is the biotech company he founded in 2007, EntoGenex, which has taken a pre-existing protein called the Trypsin Modulating Oostatic Factor, or TMOF, and developed it into what he calls a fatal “diet pill” for mosquitoes. TMOF is mixed into yeast cells which are then inserted in rice husks, allowing them to float on water where they will be eaten by mosquito larvae, said Alan Brandt, EntoGenex’s research head. “Larvae love yeast,” he added. Once consumed, it shuts down mosquito larvae digestive systems, starving them to death before they can grow and spread dengue, Naquiyuddin said as he showed slides and photographs of dead mosquitos at the firm’s high-tech research facility in downtown Kuala Lumpur. “The ‘pill’ has a 100 percent success rate against all larvae species within 24 hours, and there is no way for resistance to build as it is not a toxic chemical but a protein which only affects mosquitos,” Naquiyuddin said. The protein stops production of trypsin, a critical enzyme without which
digestion cannot occur. TMOF is harmless to animals and humans, Brandt said, washing a handful of the rice husks down with a glass of water in his laboratory as proof. The firm has combined the TMOF with the equally tongue-twisting bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti) bacteria, which eats holes in the guts of larvae but is non-toxic to people. Most larvae die within an hour, and nearly all within 24 hours, according to EntoGenex, which has held several successful Malaysian field trials with universities and health authorities. “What they have come up with is quite remarkable in combining Bti and TMOF, and the field trials have shown that there is success in using it,” said the Malaysian Health Ministry’s Disease Control Division director Chong Chee Kheong. Although known for hundreds of years, dengue has emerged as a global health problem in recent decades as cases have rapidly mounted. This spread has been blamed on factors including population growth, urbanisation, and increased human mobility taking the disease to new areas. Authorities in Malaysia are unsure of the reasons driving the recent spike in cases there, but have speculated that wetter weather as a result of changing climate patterns could be a factor. Current methods of mosquito control include fogging with chemicals such as the insecticide DDT which can be harmful to both humans and animals, and to which insects can develop a resistance. Malaysia in 2010 released 6,000 ge-
netically modified mosquitoes designed to have offspring with shorter lifespans but no more releases were made amid concerns as to how the insects would interact with their cousins in the wild. Naquiyuddin’s “pill” is now registered for use in Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines, while Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon and Sri Lanka are either conducting field trials or seeking approvals to use it. He hopes it could potentially become a weapon in the even larger fight against malaria, which kills an estimated 650,000 people per year. More than $5 billion is needed annually to control malaria but only $1.8 billion is being put into the fight, according to Roll Back Malaria, a group that carries out global anti-malaria campaigns. The “pill”, which costs about one-eighth the price of manufacturing conventional neurotoxins like DDT, will lower costs dramatically, said Naquiyuddin. “We are offering a cheaper and much healthier alternative to fighting dengue and malaria, and this is why we are in the business: to improve the quality of life of people, while helping to solve a major health threat,” he said. “If it means my wife and family will never again have to worry about dengue, then I urge the government and businesses to help make it available to everyone,” said Ahmad Ismail, 47. A recent field trial in the suburb where he lives north of the capital Kuala Lumpur caused dengue cases to disappear, said Ahmad, an engineer whose wife was struck down with the virus just months before the trial. She later recovered.
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Parliamentarians deplore PMl-n’s attitude ISLAMABAD APP
Public Accounts Committee Chairman Nadeem Afzal Chan and Jamshed Dasti MNA on Thursday deeply regretted the attitude of PML-N in the National Assembly and asked them to contribute towards strengthening of democratic institutions. The parliamentarians, who called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at his Parliament House Chamber, urged the opposition to participate in the proceedings in accordance with the best democratic practices. They appreciated the decision of Pakistan Peoples Party leadership for not resorting to the same tactics as were employed by the PML-N in the forthcoming Budget session of Punjab Assembly, a statement from the PM House said. They said that by resorting to hooliganism, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was undermining supremacy of the Parliament and ideals of democracy. Nadeem Afzal Chan and Jamshed Dasti also discussed with the Prime Minister development projects in their respective constituencies.
ISlAMABAD: National labour Federation Pakistan workers stage a demonstration in support of their demands outside the National Press Club. oNLINE
Fake Fbi agent held ISLAMABAD STAFF REPoRT
The City zone police claimed to have arrested a fake FBI agent here on Thursday. A spokesman for police said the arrested fake agent used to entice people, saying that he worked for FBI and had access to dollars which he could sell at a price lower than the market rate. He said that to gain confidence the fake agent used to sell 500 to 1,000 dollars. For next time, he would call them for bigger amount. In some cases, he succeeded in collecting Rs 5 million from people and vanished. His service card of FBI (USA) and two CNIC cards, one with the name of Riaz Khan and other with the name of Hayat Khan, said the spokesman. However, his original name is Hayat Khan. On receiving several complaints, the IGP gave special task to SP City Capt Ilyas who worked on the case for seven days and and succeeded in tracing the accused and arresting him. The SP said that Rs 2 million were also recovered from the accused. The IGP and the SSP appreciated the efforts of the SP city and his team and announced appreciation certificates and cash prizes for them.
CAAD defies SC’s order on appointment of FDE DG ISLAMABAD
N order to keep former DG of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Dr Shahnaz Riaz away from the important affairs of FDE, the ministry of capital administration and development has created a new post to accommodate Dr Shahnaz instead of reappointing her on previous seat, Pakistan Today has learnt. However, Dr Shahnaz has refused to assume the charge and decided to file a contempt of court case in Supreme Court against the CAAD administration. She held charge of FDE DG in 2010 but she was illegally transferred to Academy of Education Planning and Management (AEPAM). Later on, she approached the Supreme Court against her removal from the post of FDE DG.
On May 31, 2012, the apex court termed her transfer as null and void and directed the CAAD secretary to appoint her in FDE. Dr Shahnaz said according to court ruling, the CAAD secretary was bound to repatriate her on her previous seat which he didn’t. “I don’t know why people at the helm of affair are not repatriating me on my seat. May be they feel I will not bear their extra and out of way interference in FDE affairs,” she added. “All orders transferring her to AEPAM dated 19-2-2010 are declared to be void ab initio,” the Supreme Court decision said. The decision further said: “FDE and Secretary and CAAD are herby restrained to transfer the petitioner to any other department and decide about her posting and transfer strictly in accordance with the law within the FDE.” It is relevant to note here that Dr Shahnaz, who is a grade 20 officer, after the Supreme Court order visited FDE to assume charge of DG office, but CAAD man-
agement didn’t allow her to enter the DG office. And finally the other day, CAAD issued a notification appointing Dr Shahnaz as Director Monitoring & Research (BPS 20). Interestingly, this post was especially created to adjust Dr Shahnaz as earlier there was no such post in FDE for an officer of grade 20, except the post of DG. The notification said: “A new post of directorate monitoring and research (BS-20) has been created in FDE Islamabad by shifting the post of Principal (BS-20). Dr Shahnaz Riaz is herby posted as director in FDE with immediate effect and until further order. It is relevant to note here that the outgoing DG Atif Kiayni, who was removed on the intervention of Supreme Court, had moved a summary for the recruitments of around 4,000 teaching and non teaching staff in FDE, run educational institutions.
over 44,000 children immunised against polio ISLAMABAD APP
Over 44,000 children were immunized against polio during last four days in sub-immunization campaign at eight specific union council of Islamabad. As many as, 113 teams were constituted to achieve set target and District Health Department, Islamabad Capital Territory patronized this four-days antipolio drive in eight specific union councils of Islamabad started on June, 4. In all, 99 mobile teams also visited door to door in remote areas. The health department set up seven fixed points and seven transit points in the specific union councils for the purpose. Deputy Commissioner, Islamabad, Amer Ali Ahmed monitored the daily progress of the campaign to ensure 100 per cent coverage. IhCBA OBServeS StrIKe AGAInSt MurDer Of LAWyer: The Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) on Thursday observed complete strike in protest against the murder of a lawyer Raja Ashraf Zamir in the Federal Capital. IHCBA President Syed Nayab Hassan Gardezi, talking to APP, said that the lawyers wanted a prompt arrest of the culprits involved in Ashraf’s murder and severe punishment to them. The lawyers did not appear before the court on Thursday except for in urgent cases, the president added.
ICT plans concrete steps against Margala fire ISLAMABAD STAFF REPoRT
The ICT administration held a coordination meeting with all the departments concerned, including the notables of local community, to check and take effective measures against any fire incident at Margala Hills during the summer season. The meeting was chaired by ICT Development and Finance Director Rana Akbar Hayat and attended by the notables of the area, assistant commissioners, magistrates and the CDA as well as the traffic officials. The CDA officials gave a detailed briefing about the measures taken to check the fire incidents during summer season and informed the partici-
pants that Capital Development Authority had established 31 pickets at the Margala Hills while patrolling of the CDA officials had been enhanced in the hilly areas. It was informed that the officials deployed at the pickets had been provided with wireless sets and the wireless system had been upgraded to meet the requirements of hilly areas. The meeting was told that the local community members had also been mobilized and villagers’ committees of 31 villages falling in the limits of Margalla Hills had also been activated to patrol the area to immediately report any fire incident to the pickets and police. A control room was also working round the clock in the CDA to coordinate and ensure immediate response
to any fire incident in the forest, the meeting was told. Telephone No 16 is also there to report any fire incident to the officials. The participants were also told that the CDA had also launched a vigorous awareness drive among the local community and visitors to ensure the protection of wildlife in the forests. The meeting was also told that there should be no smoking in the area. The CDA has also placed boards on the tracks for not smoking in the hills. Rana Akbar Hayat stressed the effective coordination among all the departments concerned to control such incidents during the summer season and also requested the local community to play their effective role and cooperate with all the departments concerned.
ISlAMABAD: Federal Minister and Benazir Income Support Programme Chairperson Farzana Raja talks to MNA Muhammad Usman from Khuzdar at the BISP Secretariat. oNLINE
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RAWAlPINDI: Boys play cricket during the rain on Thursday. oNLINE
Wasa MD for stopping water wastage RAWALPINDI
ATER and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Managing Director Raja Shaukat Mehmood Thursday sought cooperation of citizens and Mohala committee in preventing water wastage in different localities of the city. He advised the public to take precautionary measures like avoiding car and motorcycle wash at homes besides excessive use of water in floor-cleansing so that smooth water supply in residential areas could be ensured. Talking to APP here, he said: “Due to the decrease in water level at Khanpur dam, the water supply has decreased to four million gallons from six million gallons per day.” He said WASA is trying to supply water through tankers and “we appeal to residents not to waste water so that it should be distributed with full impartiality.” Sharing the WASA strategy to cope with the prevailing situation, he said two new tube-wells would be operational in Shahkrial by next week, which would help improve water supply in different localities including Dhoke Shahkrial, Muhmmadi Colony, Milad Chowk and Kuri Road. Work is under way to replace the old machineries at various tube-wells to improve water supply, he said adding that new pipelines are also being laid. MArtyrS’ WeeK tO Be OBServeD frOM MOnDAy: Martyrs’ Week will be observed from Monday in Indian Occupied Kashmir to pay homage to the youth who were killed
by Indian troops during the uprising in 2010. This was stated by veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, while addressing the meeting of his forum in Srinagar. He urged the world community and human rights bodies to investigate the killings of innocent youth by Indian troops in indiscriminate firing during the uprising, KMS reported. It was on 11 June, 2010 when a Kashmiri teenager, Tufail Mattoo, was killed by Indian troops in Srinagar. The killing had triggered a mass uprising in the occupied territory for a period of three months and122 people were killed during the anti-India demonstrations. Muhammad Ahsan Untoo of International Forum for Justice, in a statement announced a series of sit-in protests from Monday againstthe killings of the youth by Indian troops and police personnel. APHC leader Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, addressing party meetings in different areas of Srinagar, said that Kashmir was an international dispute that should be settled in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations. Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen killed a 24-year-old civilian at Panzgam in Pulwama. An unidentified decomposed body of a man was recove. nArCOtICS MInIStry OrGAnISeS SpeeCh COMpetItIOn: The Ministry of Narcotics Control Thursday organized an English and Urdu speech competition among the students of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi as a component of mass awareness campaign against drug abuse. Secretary Narcotics Control Javed Iqbal was the chief guest on the occasion, former Secretary Narcotics Control Zafar Abass Lak,
Joint Secretary Narcotics Control Zulqarnain Aamir, Director General Planning and Monitoring Unit (PMU) Muhammad Shahid also attended the event. Cash prizes of Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 for first, second and third position were given respectively for two categories of Urdu and English. In English category, Seemab Haider received the first prize while Hashim Mufti bagged the second prize and Nida Rehman got the third. In Urdu Category, Muhammad Umar stood first, Safia Shahid achieved second prize and Hasan Ali remained third. Addressing the gathering Secretary Narcotics Control Javed Iqbal said that anti narcotics issues can not be countered by government alone, rather it is shared responsibility of every segment of society. He said that the role of youth is very important in this regard, adding that they can actively participate in making “Drug Free” homes, schools, colleges and workplaces. He said that youth needs to be courageous enough to “Say No to Drugs”, adding that they should engage them selves in healthy activities of sports and recreation which ultimately would shape their personality positively. He further said “for the establishment of drug free society, involvement of parents, teachers, students, religious leaders, health professionals, community leaders and social workers is necessary”. The ministry has already launched series of seminars, sorts activities and workshop to create awareness among youth outlining the harms of drugs as youth is the most vulnerable to become victim of drugs.
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Please join us this thursday, 10 May 2012 for Mohsin Shafi's first Solo Show at Khaas Art Gallery at 5:00 p.m onwards. Do spread the word and bring your friends to meet the artist in person and see his work.
exhibition of Pottery by SHeHereZADe AlAM on tuesday 8 May, 2012 the exhibition will countinue till 24 June, 2012 closed Friday, Saturday & Public Holidays
our drumming circle is a (free!) ongoing event and is held every Friday from 5pm to 6pm we are having a great time, and want to share the good time with you! our drumming circle has children ...
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launch of book on Major Shabbir Sharif today RAWALPINDI APP
A book on Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed’s heroic life as military officer, “What more can a solider desire”, will be launched here on Friday. Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed (NH) was one of the most courageous military officers, whose shining story of valour and bravery, as well as his consequent martyrdom, gave him a unique distinction. One of his colleagues and a close friend, Colonel (Retd) Azam Qadri has made the epic life of that legendary soldier more memorable than ever through his remarkable effort of collecting and compiling the shining moments of Major Shabir’s career. The book is a candid account of Major Shabir’s acts of valour and bravery he displayed throughout his military career and during the two Pakistan-India wars of 1965 and 1971. Major Shabir embraced Shahadat on December 6, 1971 while firing and engaging the Indian tanks in the Sulemanki Sector. Portion of the book is based upon the letters that Major Shabir wrote to the author, which contain and enumerate not only some historic facts about the Pakistan-India war of 1965, but also present a good reflection of his day-to-day life, as well as his personality. Major Shabir Shaheed created legends and displayed unparalleled leadership qualities, the likes of which we could quote as examples and about which the leadership theories could be written and read by the generations to come. He can be regarded as the highest decorated military officer not only in Pakistan, but maybe internationally. Another uniqueness of his performance, during the Pakistan-India wars, is the fact that he was severely wounded - bullets were lodged in his body - but he refused any medical aid and continued fighting while remaining there on the forefront along with his jawans and officers.
world oceans Day today ISLAMABAD APP
The World Oceans Day 2012 will be observed on Friday (today) across the world including Pakistan to raise awareness of the challenges humanity faces to protect the world’s oceans. World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992 and officially recognized in 2008 to raise awareness of the crucial role the sea plays as sources of food, oxygen and medicine. Numerous events will be held around the world to mark the World Oceans Day. The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day2012 is “Youth: TheNext Wave for Change.” The World Oceans Day is a global observance and not a public holiday. The world’s oceans play a key role for life on Earth. According to the UN, they are “the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, as well as a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere”.
ISlAMABAD: Myanmar Naval Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nyan Tun being received by chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila on his arrival at the Naval Headquarters. STAFF PHOTO
Lack of dark matter found in sun’s neighborhood ISLAMABAD
HE most accurate study so far of the motions of stars in the Milky Way has found no evidence for dark matter in a large volume around the Sun. According to widely accepted theories, the solar neighborhood was expected to be filled with dark matter, a mysterious invisible substance that can only be detected indirectly by the gravitational force it exerts. Talking to APP, GM Spaces Sciences, Pakistan Space and Upper Research Commission (SUPARCO) Ghulam Murtaza said that these theories just do not fit the facts. This may mean that attempts to directly detect dark matter particles on Earth are unlikely to be successful, he said. Research by a Danish physicist suggests that the explosion of massive stars, supernovae, near the Solar System has strongly influenced the development of life. If a supernova is close enough to the Solar System, the enhanced GCR levels can have a direct impact on the atmosphere of Earth. He said while some galaxies are round and others are slender disks like our spiral Milky Way, new observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show that the Sombrero galaxy is both. The galaxy, which is a round ellip-
tical galaxy with a thin disk embedded inside, is one of the first known to exhibit characteristics of the two different types. The findings will lead to a better understanding of galaxy evolution, a topic still poorly understood. uSAID hOLDS WOrKShOp On COSt Of ServICe, tArIff DeSIGn: The USAID Power Distribution Programme Thursday held a workshop for power distribution companies (DISCOs) on Cost of Service and Tariff Design. The workshop was a continuation of a series of capacity-building workshops through which the Power Distribution Programme is providing training to DISCO employees in conducting Cost of Service (CoS) studies as well as providing guidance on tariff setting principles. The aim of the workshop was to discuss the Cost of Service Model prepared by the USAID Power Distribution Program in close collaboration with DISCOs. This model calculates the total costs incurred by a DISCO and allocates them to different customer segments in order to calculate the appropriate level of electricity rates. It is expected that with the aid of this model, DISCOs will be able to calculate their category-wise costs of providing services through a globally accepted methodology, which will standardize the rate setting process
and lead to cost reflective tariffs. Implementation of the Cost of Service methodology will result in ending intra-category cross-subsidization and reducing the overall subsidy provided by the government. “Our main objective is to assist DISCOs in improving their performance and efficiency, therefore Cost of Service and tariff design shall help in achieving our objectives and DISCOs will be capable to work out appropriate tariffs for consumers,” said Saleem Arif, Deputy Chief of Party of the USAID Power Distribution Programme on the occasion. Officials from Ministry of Water and Power, National Electric Power Regularity Authority (NEPRA) and power distribution companies attended the workshop. USAID’s Power Distribution Programme is a three-year, USAID-funded programme aimed at working jointly with government-owned DISCOs in Pakistan to improve their performance in terms of reduction in losses, and improvement in revenues and customer services, to bring them to the level of well-run utilities in other progressive countries. Through this programme, the United States Government provides assistance and support to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector to end the current energy crisis.
World Brain Tumor Day today ISLAMABAD APP
The World Brain Tumor Day is observed on June 8 across the world with the aim to get the awareness of the public for this quite unknown disease. The day was initiated in 2000 by the German Brain Tumor Association, whose members come from 14 different nations and lobby together for the interests of brain tumor patients. German Brain Tumour Association announced the World Brain Tumour Day in 2000 as an interna-
tional commemoration day to stimulate global awareness about brain tumour. A report, released by the World Health Organization and its affiliated International Agency for Research on Cancer, said a panel of international experts found “limited” evidence that radio-frequency energy from wireless phones could increase the risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma. The latter is a usually benign tumor on nerves near the innerear. A brain tumour is an abnormal mass of tissue in which some cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, apparently
unregulated by the mechanisms that control normal cells. The growth of a tumour takes up space within the skull and interferes with normal brain activity. A tumour can cause damage by increasing pressure in the brain, by shifting the brain or pushing against the skull, and by invading and damaging nerves and healthy brain tissue. Use of mobile phones has increased hugely since their introduction in the early- to mid 1980s. About 5 billion mobile phones are currently in use worldwide. Scientists have long debated the potential cancer
risk linked to cell phone use, but this WHO statement marks the first time an independent group of scientists has taken anything other than a neutral stand. According to medical experts, this disease can happen at any age group, although mostly people above 35 years suffer from it and usually after struggling for five years one-third patients die. Among a lot of other projects, the World Brain Tumor Day is dedicated to persons who lost their fight against the brain tumor as well as to patients who are still fighting this battle.
Myanmar naval chief visits naval Headquarters ISLAMABAD APP
Myanmar Navy Commander-in-Chief of Admiral Nyan Tun visited Naval Headquarters here on Thursday and held a detailed discussion on professional matters with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila in his office. Upon arrival at Naval Headquarters, the Commander-inChief of Myanmar Navy, accompanied by his personal staff, was received by Chief of the Naval Staff. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy, clad in ceremonial dress, presented him the guard of honour. The visiting dignitary was then introduced to Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) at Naval Headquarters. Later, Admiral Nyan Tun, called on Chief of the Naval Staff in his office, where he held detailed discussion on professional matters with him. A comprehensive brief on PN Role in Regional Maritime Security Situation and Operational developments was also given to the visiting dignitary. The Admiral, who is on official visit to Pakistan, will also call on Defence Minister, CJCSC, Chief of the Air Staff and Naval Admin Authorities at Lahore and Karachi during his visit. The Admiral Nyan Tun joined Myanmar Navy in 1974. Besides commanding the Myanmar Navy, he has had the privilege to hold a number of Command and Staff appointments including General Staff Officer Grade-I (Operations), Captain Naval Staff (Operation and Staff Duty) and Tanintharyi Naval Regional Command.
rehman urges media to highlight sacrifices in war on terror ISLAMABAD APP
Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik on Thursday said media must highlight sacrifices and sufferings of Pakistan in the war against terrorism and should treat the country as a victim of terror. He was talking to a CNN delegation led by Ms. Ellana Lee, Vice President, who called on Rehman Malik here. He appreciated the reporting of CNN and said it was highlighting the views of Pakistan government.
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Waste of clinics, labs poses health hazard ISLAMABAD
RAWAlPINDI: Girls get their water cans filled from a supply pipe as citizens face acute shortage of water due to load shedding. ONLINE
Watermelon helps reduce high blood pressure ISLAMABAD APP
Watermelon helps reduce high blood pressure as a substance extracted from watermelon seeds is alleged to have a definite action in dilating the blood vessels, which leads to lowering the blood pressure. The seeds, dried and roasted, should be taken in liberal quantities, Medical Today reported. For many people watermelon is a summer fun food. Current analysis now appears to indicate that this delicious fruit may also be an essential tool in lowering excessive blood pressure. Native to Central Africa, this fruit arrived within America in the early 1600s and has grown in reputation ever since. In line with The University of Georgia, approximately, a hundred mil-
lion are now grown annually in America. And now, researchers from USDA Agricultural Research Service, Texas A&M University, College of Nevada, and Oklahoma State College, have reported that the levels of arginine within the blood increased by 22% after 3 weeks of drinking watermelon juice with every meal. Arginine is a substance needed to provide nitric oxide, which has been proven to decrease blood pressure, reduce blood clotting and defend against myocardial infarction and strokes. The study included 23 individuals who acquired 1,560 grams of watermelon juice per day. Julie Collins, the lead writer of the research, reviews that the volunteers confirmed that fasting blood levels of arginine had increased by 22% in three weeks. As a result of the watermelon juice, research was not sustained longer than
3 weeks, it’s not recognized if arginine levels will have remained steady at three weeks or if there would have been further increase with extended administration, stated the research workers. They stimulate kidney action and enhance the production of urine which favours the elimination of toxins. It is low in fiber and its fats content is sort of non existent. Worth mentioning is its content of the carotenoids lutein and lycopene. Lycopene, the responsible pigment for the red colour in certain fruits, has de-oxidizing properties that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, watermelon assists decrease blood pressure, has de-oxidizing properties, fights infection, facilitates your body heal faster, can aid in weight management, and is a comfort meal that maysooth tension and stress.
HE improper disposal of biomedical waste by several health centres, mainly dental clinics, primary health centres, community health centres and diagnostic centres poses a health hazard to the general public in twin cities of and Rawalpindi. Health professionals said that approximately 25 per cent of the total waste generated by health care activities is highly infectious, hazardous and toxic. The waste is disposed of as municipal waste without proper safeguards. Most of the private health care practitioners, especially in Rawalpindi’s Saidpur area, dispose of their syringes, disposable scalpels and blades like normal municipal waste. Cases have been observed where chemicals, for example solvents and disinfectants, expired, unused, and contaminated pharmaceutical are just thrown away to be picked up by the municipal workers. Moreover, radioactive matter, such as glassware contaminated with radioactive diagnostic material or radio-therapeutic materials and wastes with high heavy metal content, such as broken mercury thermometers, are thrown away as normal garbage. The major sources of health care waste are hospitals and other healthcare establishments such as laboratories and research centres, mortuary and autopsy centres, blood banks and collection services and nursing homes. Wastes and by-products can also cause poisoning and pollution, whether through the release of pharmaceutical products, in particular antibiotics and
cytotoxic drugs, through the waste water or by toxic elements or compounds such as mercury. According to health experts, occupational risks may be associated with the operation of certain disposal facilities. Inadequate incineration or incineration of unsuitable materials can result in the release of pollutants into the air. Same is the case at the Polyclinic and PIMS where untreated and improper disposal of waste is causing ailments and serious hazards to human health as the hospital incinerator cannot match international standards while their emergency and wards are working in a residential area of Sector G-6 adjacent to the main building. Talking to APP, an official of Polyclinic hospital said the hospital had a working incinerator, but half of its waste was transported out of the hospital.” The waste containing iron and glass cannot be burnt in the incinerator. It is usually dumped in suburbs or areas adjacent to the hospital that causes many a disease,” the official. When contacted, a PIMS official said as a makeshift arrangement, the hospital waste was being sent to the Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi for treatment at an incinerator installed there. Poly Clinic spokesman Dr Sharif Astori said, “An international standard incinerator has a capacity of 40 to 50kg, but we have an old manual incinerator which dumps 10kg waste daily in two shifts.” Dr Astori said sanitary workers, scavengers and children collecting garbage and low-grade staff of FGSH were at a high risk of getting infected with viruses like hepatitis B, C and HIV because of their involvement in the treatment of hospital waste.
police arrest 19 outlaws RAWALPINDI APP
Rawalpindi police on Thursday arrested 19 outlaws and recovered 4220 gram charas, 647 bottles of liquor, weapons and stolen motorcycles from their possession. According to police Spokesman, Saddar Wah police arrested Sajjad and recovered 4kg charas from him and also held Khalid on the charges of having 18 bottles of liquor. While Ganjmandi police arrested Tauqeer and recovered 220 gram charas from his possession. Rata Police arrested Sabir and recovered 5 bottles of liquor from him. Taxila police held Ahsan and recovered 10 bot-
tles of liquor from his possession. In a grand operation, Rawat Police held Arshad and recovered 6,00 bottle of liquor from him. Chuntra police arrested Asghar and recovered 5 bottles of liquor from him. Asghar was arrested by Morgah police on the charges of having illegal weapon and recovered 1 pistol 30 bore from his possession. New Town police held Adeel and recovered 1 rifle pump action from him. Ganjmandi police arrested two persons who lifted 2 motorcycles from different places. Police have registered cases against all of them and started investigation.
CT scans on children ‘could triple brain cancer risk’ ISLAMABAD APP
Multiple CT scans in childhood can triple the risk of developing brain cancer or leukaemia, a study suggests. The Newcastle University-led team examined the medical records of almost 180,000 young patients and the authors emphasised that the benefits of the scans usually outweighed the risks, reported BBC Health. They said the study underlined the fact the scans should only be used when necessary and that ways of cutting their radiation should be pursued. During a CT (computerised tomography) scan, an x-ray tube rotates around the patient’s body to produce detailed images of internal organs and other parts of the body. In the first long-term study of its kind, the researchers looked at the records of patients aged under 21 who had CT scans at a range of British hospitals between 1985 and 2002. Because radiation-related cancer takes time to develop, they examined data on cancer cases and mortality up until 2009. The important thing is that parents can be reassured that if a doctor suggests a child should have a CT scan, the radiation and cancer risks will have been taken into account.
ISlAMABAD: All Pakistan CNG Association members protest in support of their demands on Jinnah Avenue Thursday. ONLINE
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Unity versus division There is lot of hue and cry these days about dividing the provinces to create new provinces which would further promote provincialism. The famous clarion call of unity, faith and discipline by the Quaid-e-Azam has now been forgotten in the din of division. It is therefore pertinent to examine the logic of one unit for West Pakistan in the days of late Ayub Khan which was dismantled by a stroke of pen by the drunkard late Yahya Khan without any serious discussion. The result has been the rise of monster of provincialism that is eating into the vitals of Pakistan. I remember having served as a re-
let the law take its course gional director of Quetta, Kalat region, in a professional department during late sixties when even the names of provinces had disappeared and Divisional Commissioners were appointed for each division while regional directors of line departments looked after the regions. There was no question of a Balochi, Sindhi, Punjabi or Pakhtunkhwa while one provincial assembly of West Pakistan decided the issues of one unit with a single governor. I remember the professional director of Animal Husbandry Department at Lahore used to tour Quetta and Sibi with the advantage of development guided at a
higher scientific level while these days Balochistan is suffering from lack of expertise in education and technical departments. Projects like Tarbela dam and Mangla dam took off during the days of one unit but not a single megadam could be built after the break-up of one unit due to bickering of smaller provinces while Punjab dominated the scene at the chagrin of smaller units. Now with the further division of existing units into further subunits would open a can of worms that would make it next to impossible launching a project like KBD that has been held back due to illogical opposition
of smaller units. The overall uniform standard of education and development has suffered in smaller units while the benefit of lesser number of ministers and governors has not been extended to the country by mushrooming of ministers like in Balochistan where all the 46 MPAs are ministers that entail huge expenditure and inefficiency. There ought to be a second look at the break up of one unit that was once West Pakistan under one governor the late formidable Nawab Amir Muhammad Khan of Kalabagh. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
US’ double standards Dr Shakil Afridi is sentenced 33 years for spying and helping US in the Abbotabad Operation in which Osama Bin Laden was allegedly killed. The conviction was handed out under clauses 121, 123, 123-A (1) and 124-A of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). The punishment is based on his close association and terrorism based linkages with the Mangal Bagh, which is active in Bara and Tirah Valley. Dr Afridi’s imprisonment has caused the US to react sharply by levying further economic sanctions on Pakistan. Ironically, US criticises the arrest and sentencing of Pakistani national Shakil Afridi but would not release Jonathan Pollard, a US Navy intelligence analyst, for spying for Israel. Israel granted Jonathan Pollard Israeli citizenship but US is not willing to release on any ground. It clearly shows US’ double standards in dealing with traitors. It is important to note here that exploitation of Afridi’s clandestine service by the CIA is against all norms of statecraft whereby it chose to organise clandestine espionage networks in Pakistani territory by bypassing state institutions and directly establishing contacts with an individual to serve its own ends in return for money. In a nutshell, in castigating Pakistan for taking Afridi before law for collaborating with the foreign intelligence agency, US leadership has to deliberate if they would themselves condone such uncalled for clandestine espionage cooperation on their soil. AAYAN FAIZ Rawalpindi
bahria town affair Bahria Town has remained a subject of speculation since its inception because of its name, which suggested it was a project undertaken by the Pakistan Navy. Instead, it was Malik Riaz’s ingenuity to employ senior retired Navy officers to make his company’s name credible. He succeeded. Since then parents have been quoting Malik to their children how to rise from rags to riches. Semiliterate Malik has rubbed shoulders with the high and mighty of the land, including the prime ministers and presidents. If he could not provide intellectual company, he provided much else that the big of the land needed. Even now, many generals, admirals and commodores work as Malik’s employees. So much so, a colonel operates as his personal staff officer. What kind of favours would Malik like to get from the Supreme Court by appeasing Arslan Iftikhar, son of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? Understandably, Malik faces serious charges of occupying the lands of the poor forcibly. He also faces deep enmity of groups whom he owes huge sums. Perhaps Shahbaz Taseer son of slain governor, Salman Taseer, was kidnapped on similar grounds and still is missing. Big money has its problems too. MAJ (RETD) SURKHAB RAJA Chakwal
what a shame! What happened to Sim Sim Hamara project is a microcosm of how cronyism and favouritism has destroyed our projects of international standards. The Peerzadas turned the project into a family affair while money meant for the project were used for paying off personal debts. No wonder, sensing pilferage and wastage of resources USAID hastened to pull out of the project. SAIMA ALI Islamabad
At least now sense has prevailed as Chief Justice of Pakistan decided to detach himself from the three member bench hearing the suo motu notice over allegations that Arsalan Iftikhar, son of the chief justice, has received millions of rupees and other facilities from a real estate business house. The reason cited for his stepping down was to avoid any conflict of interest. Earlier another bench of Supreme Court insisted that they can hear and decide upon a contempt of court case and by this the possibility of clash of interest was ignored very conveniently. In that case prime minister was tried and punished despite his lawyer’s protest that the bench should not violate the common sense that a judge shall not hear a contempt case against himself. It’s being alleged that Bahria Town owners spent millions of rupees on Arsalan and his immediate family members’ foreign visits in a bid to garner favours from the Chief Justice who has been hearing corruption cases against Bahria town. It may be true that Chief Justice may not be influenced in his decisions but the question is: how come Chief Justice didn’t notice that his wife, son and son’ family is spending their holidays in most expensive European capitals. Arsalan has been a government officer, doing some business in last few years, millions of people was doing same sort of business in Pakistan – how many of them can afford their summer holidays in five star hotels in Europe! Apparently it is a case of double corruption wherein bribes were received but job was not done as promised. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Mind your language The languages used by both the parties and the words they use are street words. They have resorted to using these words in complete disregard of who is watching them. Politics is going street affair. I don’t want to name these so-called leaders but I am sure they know when and if they read my letter. These people should realise that they are being watched by women and children of all ages. They may have vendetta against one another although I don’t find any difference between the two. Both are corrupt. Both take their terms and time for funnelling money out of the country. It is just that they become impatient and can’t wait for five years. Babies too can’t wait when they get hungry. Scams after scams are coming out. New ones make sensation. Swiss account issue has gone in the back drop. Memogate, NLCI, Railways, PIA, Steel mill, Contempt of Court,
Saga of dual nationality Let there be no confusion in any person’s mind that any Pakistani who willingly adopts another nationality and pledges their total undivided loyalty to their new nation are sworn to do so, even if this involves fighting a war against their former country. Americans of Afghan and Iraqi origin were involved in fighting the war in their former countries where they, or their forefathers, were born. People like Baroness Saeeda Warsi and Lord Nazeer, are British citizens who having pledged their loyalty to UK can only maintain emotional contacts with their former country and if it does not conflict the interests of UK, contribute to welfare activities in Pakistan. In this instance the case of Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, an American national of Kashmiri origin, should explain the nature of commitment which an oath of loyalty that every US citizen takes and bounds him to serve his new country in totality. Dr Fai who had being actively involved in lobbying for Kashmir cause was allowed to do so as long as it served US interest. However, when global strategic interests demanded, the US convicted and punished him for getting funds from Pakistani intelligence agencies. This is the same oath that Rehman Malik, Altaf Hussain, Khawaja Asif, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Fauzia Kasuri, Auditor General Boland Rana or the Governor State Bank Mr Anwar has pledged. If called upon to render any services as bound by their oath of citizenship, these men or women are bound to oblige.
Apherdine case of Musa Gilani and Balochistan issues have been beautifully replaced with Dr Arsalan, Kohistani beauties, Hina Rabbani Khar’s husband power bill of 77 crores split into Rs 3,000 per month instalments (I calculated 1944 years to settle the amount at this rate), budget debate destroyed by PML (N) etc when and if we cannot find any sensational scandals Meera is handy to come up with something or the other. Veena Malik is always a good standby in India. At home Fauzia has fallen sick but I could watch a new spark in Sharmila’s eyes on TV talk shows. Mehreen too seems to revise her judo karate classes. I don’t mind anything but yes I would like these actors to watch their indecent language. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
Pakistan as a country has suffered many setbacks and colossal financial losses incurred by massive flight of capital as a result of loopholes and policies framed by men holding public offices of significance, inspite of their dual nationalities. On the other hand there are majority of expatriates forced by circumstances, in search of livelihood, who send all their savings to Pakistan to support their families and build homes in Pakistan. These are not the men who seek public office in Pakistan, because if they had this opportunity they would never have left this country. It is those who having benefited the most in terms of power, fame and fortune, who have now abandoned this country and yet would like to continue fleecing it as long as possible, knowing fully well that Pakistan will suffer economically because of their corruption and ill intent. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
our foreign rulers It took almost a hundred years for the East India Company to establish its rule over the subcontinent. The modern day colonisation process is much simpler and far more efficient. Plant your own nationals at the top key decision making positions of a country and let them do the rest. Pakistan is perhaps the best example of how a country can be taken over without a formal process of invasion. We are now rapidly discovering (rather late in the day) that scores of our top politicians, bureaucrats , governors and other individuals holding key positions are in
fact foreign nationals. Rehman Malik and Farah Naz are just the tip of a huge iceberg. More and more names such as the State Bank Governor, the Federal Finance Minister and the Punjab Finance Minister have now begun to appear in the press. A small hint on why we our eternal begging is partly real and partly orchestrated. Interestingly, while the discovery may be new for ordinary people, the government always knew of this fact and was in fact hiding and telling lies about it. The seven times denial of my request (under the Freedom of Information Act) for disclosing dual nationality parliamentarians is a case in point. Is it enough to disqualify or remove these individuals from their jobs? Did they not knowingly violate the law of the land? Should they not deserve prison sentences for their fraudulent acts such as hiding their true acquired nationality or the earlier reported cases of manufacturing fake degrees? Should we not question our sleepy justice system for doing too little and too late? Should all politicians, governors, judges and civil and military bureaucrats not be investigated and their true nationalities identified? A nation that regularly shoots of nuke capable missiles should at least be able to figure out the foreigners amongst its ranks. Examine the passports on which these individuals travel to their real motherlands or simply use the Freedom of Information Law of UK, USA or Canada and you can readily obtain the citizenship status of any individual. NAEEM SADIQ Lahore
The din of memogate had not yet subsided when another scandal – Bahriagate, has emerged on the scene. Allegedly, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's son, Arsalan Iftikhar, was paid hefty sums by real estate tycoon, Malik Riaz, to curry favours with the Supreme Court. The chief justice has set a precedent by summoning his son to the court to explain his position. Malik Riaz, however, has slipped away to London where all wanted by law take refuge. Malik has chosen Zahid Bokhari as his counsel. I wish he had hired Aitzaz Ahsan for the job because Aitzaz does it better. He plays his cards so deftly that his client neither wins nor loses outright but remains controversial at best. PM Gilani is both a convict and prime minister. However, Malik Riaz has been equally popular with Shaheed BB, Nawaz Sharif, and Gen Musharraf – all three each other's nemesis. From real estate tycoon he has progressed to real estate typhoon. Now comes the tricky part. Chief Justice Chaudhry has asked for the record of payments allegedly made to his son; otherwise, Bahria Town offices might be sealed. Would scrutiny of records mean the Bahria Town bubble whose various divisions are headed by retired commodores and generals is about to bust? Will it once again prove that behind big money is always crime? DR A P SANGDIL Oslo, Norway
cnG for vehicles? This is with reference to the recent advertisements that have appeared in a section of the press on the subject of 500 MMCFD of natural gas being wasted on CNG. It actually comes as a surprise to common people that the same fuel that runs electricity generation plants serving the power needs of 100 percent of the country’s 180 million population are callously diverted to run 3.5 million cars on CNG. This is definitely not the most productive or efficient use of a precious resource in a country torn by power riots leading to civil unrest. Wastage of such a huge quantity of natural gas which could add 1600 megawatts of electricity to national power generation, presents the worst example of mismanagement and illthought policies. The idea of car owners saving a few rupees a day on fuel at the cost of masses struck by load shedding simply sounds ridiculous. I would, therefore, say that an immediate end should be put to this untenable situation. SYED OVAIS AKHTAR Karachi
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t is sheer irony that CJ Iftikhar Choudhry who had diligently pursued cases of perceived corruption on the part of the scions of political leaders in power should be witnessing his own son in the dock on similar charges. A well known journalist has given details before a SC bench of the evidence he was shown by Malik Riaz concerning the finance of the foreign tours of Arsalan and his family in 2009, 2010 and 2011. It was reportedly a lavish affair. In one case alone an expensive London apartment was booked for a month, there were rented luxury Land Rovers along with shopping and gifts. Another widely known journalist has come out with the revelation that Arsalan’s foreign junkets were financed by Malik Riaz through a businessman who also works for the real estate tycoon and has been till recently one of Arsalan’s close friends. That Arsalan should be spending lots of money abroad at someone else’s expense year after year leads to the question whether it was a case of entrapment of a raw young man or a consensual affair between Arsalan and his financier. One does not question the CJ’s uprightness. The cases of Bahria Town were always heard by a three-member bench and never by the chief justice of Pakistan alone. Questions are however bound to be raised regarding the CJ’s judgment as a father. The foreign trips took place year after year and CJ’s own family accompanied Arsalan. Did he ever try to discover how his son had managed to acquire so much wealth? Did he ever ask him who had given him the money for investment in his construction and telecommunication business that according to Arsalan is worth Rs 900 million now with over 400 employees? Did Arsalan possess enough collateral to borrow the funds from a bank? What were the terms and conditions connected with the funds provided? What were the obligations undertaken by Arsalan in return for the favour? The CJ has done well to dissociate himself from the bench hearing the case. Many eyes will be focused on the new bench as it proceeds with the case. The mere repetition of Islamic junctions will not do. The least that needs to be done is to thoroughly probe every aspect of the issue. Justice should not only be done but seen by all and sundry to have been done.
whither diplomacy? Need for introspect on both sides
trange are the roles within statecraft these days. Especially when it comes to the global juggernaut that is the US. Its top soldiers aren’t quite the tank generals of the Second World War, focussed only on winning individual battles and nothing else. They are soldier-statesmen. Former Military Chief Petraeus was a PhD, no less, in international relations from Princeton University. The ISAF commander’s job description, meanwhile, has as much, nay, more, to do with development economics than fighting the insurgency with firearms. Conversely, it is the diplomatic corps that can be more aggressive than their military counterparts. Expect Ms Clinton to be more caustic before you expect the same of the American military chief. Like the Defence Secretary Leon Panetta (neither a soldier nor a statesman) was the other day in Kabul. For a highranking US official whose next itinerary stop was India, it would have done him good not to ruffle feathers with Pakistan. The quest for better relations with America is not a zero-sum game between India and Pakistan, he could have assured the latter. Don’t be alarmed at better Indo-US relations. The secretary did the exact opposite. Our patience with Pakistan is running out, he has said in Kabul. "It is an increasing concern that the safe haven exists and that there are those -- likely Haqqanis -- who are making use of that to attack our forces," Panetta said. Scarcely words that belong to realms diplomatic, these are already a lightening rod in Pakistan. The US government does not operate on the whims of this operative and that so it would be safe to assume Secretary Panetta’s words underlie a specific, explicitly stated aspect of US policy. Frustrated they might be but it would do them well to realise that one of the things to be frustrated about is how much worse things become when you voice those frustrations, especially in the rage that they inspire. The Pakistani state also needs to realise that all this talk of patience running out isn’t mere rhetoric. If one were to carry out a survey, one might be surprised to realise that though there is absolutely no support for the western far right’s dream about an attack on Iran, even lefty types in world centres need no great convincing about limited-scale operations in Pakistan. We need to play the game by its rules. We could demand a change in the rules but then stick to them. Saying one thing and then doing another, especially with regards to the war on terror, is a policy that cannot hold for long.
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Friday, 8 June, 2012
a secular pakistan? The speech that the Quaid made on 11 August, 1947
akistan may be no heaven on earth but we are undoubtedly much better off today than our elders who had to live through the nightmare of communal rioting which had ensued months before India’s independence. Yet we are no closer to reaching a consensus on the issue whether Pakistan was meant to be a secular state. It is debatable, therefore, that those in tens of millions who headed both East and West of India during the eventful days, traumatised but running very high on religious nationalism, had any clearer notion of the ideological contours of their new nation. This is not to suggest that those who never had to migrate had hedged their bets in favor of secularism. This is however not to suggest that there are no takers of secularism in today’s Pakistan. Self-proclaimed liberals are also the self-appointed guardians of Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s liberal political legacy and actively advocate the form of governance wherein there is a divorce between the state and the religion. To this end, Jinnah’s August 11, 1947 speech has been quoted time and again, stating “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state…” No doubt that the father of the nation uttered these words, but is this all he said on that historic occasion? Jinnah delivered a composite speech in a recommendatory tone, in which he laid out a By Taimur Ashraf roadmap for Pakistan’s future. The speech must be read as a whole to make better sense of what was going on in Jinnah’s mind on that historic day. Those who pick and choose are willfully distorting history to achieve their own contemporary political ends. On 11 August, 1947, the first constituent assembly of Pakistan unanimously elected Mohammad Ali Jinnah to preside over its meetings. However, what would otherwise have been a joyous moment for him, the blood stained landscape of northern India had made him gravely saddened. Even the historic occasion and the thunderous applause could not pull him out of his morbid mood. What had been nagging him all along was the plight of millions of refuges who had either voluntarily or involuntarily chosen to migrate to Pakistan. The British Raj had decided to quit India in a hurry and by doing so had put millions of defenceless Indians before the wolves. The ethnic cleansing that took place was unprecedented in the recorded history of the human race.
Therefore, rather than choosing to lecture on the virtues of secularism, Jinnah decided to start his speech by reminding the constituent assembly of its two foremost responsibilities; framing of the new constitution and functioning of the new assembly as “a full and complete sovereign body as the Federal Legislature of Pakistan.” Underscoring the importance of sovereignty of the assembly, he further said, “The first and the foremost thing that I would like to emphasise is this – remember that you are now a sovereign legislative body and you have got all the powers. It, therefore, places on you the gravest responsibility as to how you should take your decisions. You will no doubt agree with me that the first duty of a government is to maintain law and order, so that the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the state.” Of course Jinnah was not only an astute politician, but also a visionary. He had realised that the scourge of corruption would eat up the very foundations of the new state; therefore, he reminded the constituent assembly: “The second thing that occurs to me is this: One of the biggest curses from which India is suffering is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison.” The old sage then chose to warn the elected leaders against the malaise of black-marketing, nepotism, and jobbery. He then chose to justify the division of India and hoped that the future historians would agree with him. Next segment of his speech could rightly be classified as his “unity, faith, discipline” message, reminding the members to work for their constituents and for the prosperity of all Pakistanis, irrespective of their differences. It is only then that he uttered the famous words, music to some ears: “You are free; you are free to go to your temples…” Finally, he chose to conclude the speech by affirming “…My guiding principle will be justice and complete impartiality, and I am sure that with your support and co-operation, I can look forward to Pakistan becoming one of the greatest nations of the world.” Those who have analysed his speech have often overlooked the fact that it was made before a group of “… mullahs, pirs, nawabs, rajas, shahs, and khans…” (Stanley Wolpert, Jinnah of Pakistan p. 338) Had Jinnah been a secular fundamentalist he would have either not allowed the mullahs and the pirs into the House or ordered their expulsion. Rather, being a realist, he appreciated multiple facets of the new state. He may have held Mustafa Kamal Ataturk in high esteem but unlike him he was a pluralist. Jinnah did not believe in a top down model but rather preferred politics of consensus. Therefore, those who make a point that he had an anticlergy agenda, are advancing their argument on flimsy grounds. The clerics may have had an anti-Jinnah agenda; the reverse however is not true.
Notwithstanding the aforementioned, Pakistan could not have been a secular state otherwise as well. Sporadic communal rioting aside, neither the Muslims nor their religion was faced with mortal threat at any time in the secular British India. Nobody appreciated this reality better than Jinnah. Therefore, as late as 1946, he had no real desire or was in no hurry to carve out a separate secular state for the Muslims of India. Furthermore, exigencies of realpolitik precluded Pakistan from turning into a secular state. It would have robbed the new state of its raison d’être. Pakistan had to be a special state, formed in negation of secular India. It, therefore, could not have been secular India’s twin. India’s demographics, of course, were ideal for the formation of a secular state. Notwithstanding its large minority population, the Indian Hindus, even today, are extremely diverse, owed largely to the fact that Hinduism is not a religion but a mythology. A deity worshipped in Delhi is not necessarily worshipped in Chennai. Brahmins are strict vegetarians all over India but in West Bengal, fish is a part of Brahmins daily staple diet. Therefore, even if the Congress’ hierarchy had ever dreamt of a Hindu India, the idea was readily and prudently shelved. Muslims of India however were a different case altogether. During the 1946 elections, Muslim League ticket holders, mindful of the fact that the new nation could not be India’s clone, sparingly played the “Muslim card”; their Congress opponents with a secular manifesto really stood no chance. Contested on separate electorate basis, needless to say, the Muslim League trounced Congress in that election. The same politicians, lets be mindful, became members of our very first constituent assembly. Therefore, those who had won their seats on the “Muslim card” and separate electorate could not have turned around and advocated a separation between the state and the religion. It is interesting to note that neither that constituent assembly nor any subsequent assembly has ever chosen to pass a resolution demanding Pakistan to be a secular state. The Parliament, let’s not forget, represents the collective will of the people. Pakistan, we all agree, was formed for the Muslims of India, in which they could not only live but also thrive according to their own ways of life. A thriving Muslim way of life naturally demands safeguarding its various aspects through legislation. How could a state stay neutral or in the extreme case, divorced, from religion, while regulating both the temporal and nontemporal, is a question for you to ponder. Hopefully a debate would start soon, determining for once and all the value we still attach to those words uttered on 11 August, 1947. Let me rephrase the question again: If Jinnah was secular; did he want the same for Pakistan?
Hunting down Al-Qaeda Khaleej Times
he Pentagon is keeping close tabs on Al-Qaeda and its closely choreographed moves in the form of drone attacks are, nonetheless, yielding results with high-value targets being claimed. The reported killing of A Qaeda’s second-in-command, Abu Yahya Al-Libi, is a case in point. Though the dreaded organisation hasn’t come out with a statement, security analysts believe that the attack on a hideout in North Waziristan in Pakistan’s restive remote, bordering Afghanistan, has killed Libi and at least 15 other militants. If so, then it is a morale booster for Washington, irrespective of how much it would have annoyed Islamabad, which has been at pains in normalising its relationship with the lone superpower.
The increasing magnitude of drone attacks inside Pakistan, however, is bound to resurface as another unending irritant in their ties. The going solo approach of the United States is in need of being addressed, as it triggers a rise in the level of extremism with which Pakistanis are already tired of. Though the government of President Asif Ali Zardari is hand-in-glove with the Obama administration in enabling the drones’ fly down to their desired targets, the toned down protests are indeed meant for public consumption. This hypocrisy at work in policy has not been able to achieve the objective of winning the war against terrorism. Rather, it has come to buoy the terrorists and enable them to find refuge with the downtrodden class by exploiting their social immobility and the government’s path of connivance with foreign powers. The drone destruction is up for debate.
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The american tactics Disqualification of the pM Debate over NATo supplies
By Sajjad Shaukat
ince 14 May of this year, when Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had indicated that Pakistan should restore NATO supply across the country to attend a NATO summit in Chicago on 20-21 May by explaining that Pakistan needed to go ahead and try to improve relations with US in order to avoid isolation by the international community, a debate started among country’s political experts and media anchors over the issue.Notably, when the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) met on 15 May, most of Pakistan’s political analysts and TV anchors made clear-cut speculations that Islamabad would restore the NATO supply route through that meeting before the Chicago summit due to growing pressure of the US-led NATO countries, but DCC fixed no deadline in this respect. The debate continued among the political circles and media commentators regarding the resumption of NATO supply lines. Some of them presumed that President Asif Ali Zardari would announce the decision of reopening these transport routes during the NATO meeting as Pakistan is badly in need of financial aid, while some opined that Islamabad would resume NATO supply lines immediately after that summit. But most of them agreed that Pakistan would restore these supplies without putting condition on America to stop drone attacks.On 21 May, US President Barack Obama also met Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of NATO summit amid widespread reports that the US deliberately pressurised Pakistani president to meet US-NATO de-
mands for reopening the supply route. But President Zardari told Obama that drone attacks must be stopped, while pointing out Pakistan’s demand for US apology over the 26 November, 2011, unprovoked Salala check post incident which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Besides Pakistan’s political analysts and media, even American officials and renowned newspapers had predicted that an agreement would be made in relation to the NATO supply during the NATO summit, but the negotiations became deadlocked over Islamabad’s demands which also include $5,000 special charges per truck heading to Afghanistan. US officials rejected Pakistan’s proposal and have also refused to tender apology for the deaths of Pakistani soldiers in the 26 November air strikes. Nevertheless, all the speculations about the resumption of NATO transport routes proved untrue. While conflicting reports are coming regarding the restoration of NATO supply lines in the wake of ongoing negotiations between Pak-US diplomats, we need to grasp realistic approach in this connection. It is mentionable that the US always blackmails Pakistan through financial pressure. IMF sanctions loan to Islamabad only after American gives a green signal. While, at this critical juncture, our country has been facing precarious financial problems, US-led NATO countries are compelling Islamabad to accept American undue demands to re-open the NATO transport routes unilaterally. After noting American duress, Pakistan which has already strengthened its ties with China, has also cultivated its relations with Russia. Recently, Moscow and Islamabad also agreed to enhance bilateral relations in diverse fields. On one side, NATO countries seek to adopt Pakistani routes for withdrawal of their troops and vehicles from Afghanistan, while on the other, they are using pressure tactics on Islamabad. In this respect, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who admitted on 22 May that the government was facing
The Supreme Court does not have the jurisdiction pressure for resumption of the NATO supplies, said in a recent statement that US apology was essential for reopening the supplies. US high officials and NATO leaders recognise that they cannot obtain stability in Afghanistan without the help of Pakistan. But at the same time, the US is making the ongoing talks with Islamabad more complicated through its coercive diplomacy. In this context, on 5 June, a US Senate panel voted cuts in aid to Pakistan by 58 percent, and threatened to withhold even more cash, if Islamabad does not reopen its supply lines for NATO soldiers in Afghanistan. At this crucial hour, when Pakistan’s diplomats are negotiating a complex issue of resumption of NATO supply routes in the wake of heightening political noise inside the country, in the last 11 days, CIAoperated drone attacks killed more than 40 people in North Waziristan besides South Waziristan. Notably, during his visit to India, on 6 June, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has repeatedly pointed out that drone attacks would continue on Pakistan’s soil. In fact, the main aim of American duplicity is not only to destabilise Pakistan by provoking the militants for more suicide attacks as part of Indo-US and Israeli secret agenda because it is the only nuclear country in the Islamic world, but also to make Islamabad accept favourble terms and conditions of America. Despite the US pressure for earlier restoration of NATO transport routes, Pakistan’s civil and military leaders must remain stern on their assertions that the issue of NATO supply lines would be decided in the light of recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and the Defence Committee of the Cabinet after negotiating re-engagement with the US as approved by the parliament. The writer is foreign affairs analyst and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power. He can be contacted at: email@example.com
Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi
he recent decision of the Speaker of the National Assembly is simultaneously being met with appreciation and criticism. This article contributes to the ongoing debate for purely academic reasons. Relevant portion of Article 63 (2) reads: “If any question arises whether a member of the parliament has become disqualified from being a member, the speaker or, as the case may be, the chairman, shall, unless he decides that no such question has arisen, refer the question to theElection Commission within 30 days and should he fail to do so within the aforesaid period it shall be deemed to have been referred to the Election Commission.” Readers must read carefully that “unless he decides that no such question has arisen”. These words were added for the first time in Article 63 (2) under the 18th amendment.This discretionary power did not exist in the original Constitution of 1973 and previous constitutions of Pakistan. This power does not exist in the Indian constitution either. The intention of parliament to arm the custodians of both houses with the above power is clear from the words employed in the amendment itself i.e., to give them express power to decide whether the member stands disqualified or not. According to the relevant portion of Article 69 (2), no officer of parliament in whom powers are vested to conduct the business etc of the parliament shall be subject to the jurisdiction of any court in respect of the exercise by him of those powers. As I mentioned in the preceding lines, the Speaker has been specifically empowered to decide whether the question of disqualification of any particular member has arisen or not. According to Erskine May, the senior most officer of the Parliament is Speaker. The expression ‘proceeding’ of Parliament has a wide connotation. It includes every business conducted by the speaker for which the speaker derives authority from the Constitution, law and rules of business etc. And in this context, provisions of Article 63 (2)
are unambiguous. According to Basu, “Officials of the house acting in the course of their duties as well as witnesses giving evidence to the Committees of the House are proceedings and are protected.” (Commentary on the Constitution of India by Basu).On point of disqualification of members of the parliament an amendment was made in para 6 (1) of the 10th schedule to the Indian Constitution by the 52nd amendment in 1985 whereby the decision of the speaker was exempted from any judicial review which reads: “Notwithstanding anything in the Constitution, no court shall have any jurisdiction in respect of any matter connected with the disqualification of a member of a House under this schedule.” According to the Federal Court: “In respect of the exercise by him of those powers indicate that the speaker or other officer or the legislature will be immune from proceedings in court only so long as he acts intra vires the Constitution.”(Umayal vs Lakshmi, AIR 1945 FC 25 (42). According to the Indian Supreme Court, the area of powers etc of the legislature is exceptional and extraordinary; therefore, ought not be tested on the traditional parameters of judicial review unless acts of parliament/speaker are challenged on the grounds of lack of jurisdiction, violation of constitutional mandate, non-compliance of principles of natural justice etc. (Raja Ram Paul vs Speaker, (2007) 3 SCC 184). The provisions of Article 56 and 89 of 1956, Constitution of Pakistan were similar to Article 69 of 1973 Constitution; however, Clause (1) was more express, which reads: “The validity of any proceedings in the Provincial Assembly/National Assembly shall not be questioned in any court.” The Supreme Court of Pakistan endorsed the above legal position as far back as 1958. Cornelius, J held: “The protection granted to proceedings in a Provincial Assembly against interference by the courts is to be understood and given its full content by reference to the historical development of that right, through some six centuries of contention, in relation to the House of Commons. I feel no hesitation in thinking that this provision was introduced into the Constitution with a full knowledge of the extent to which the House of Commons succeeded in establishing its privilege against the jurisdiction of the courts in relation to its own internal proceedings.” (Pakistan vs Ahmad Saeed Kirmani, PLD 1958 S.C. (Pak) 397). The Lahore High Court in a later case followed the above decision of the Supreme Court. The court also referred
to with approval a decision of the Rangoon High Court on point of disqualification of a member, which reads: “The punishment of declaring a seat vacant cannot be inflicted on a member of the legislature until a competent court has found him to be disqualified.” (AIR 1941 Rang. 151).In another case, the Supreme Court of Pakistan agreed that the validity of proceedings in assembly relating to its business are immune from challenge in courts but question relating to title of person to be member of assembly etc is not a question pertaining to internal proceedings of assembly. And as such not immune from attack in courts. (Farzand Ali etc vs Province of West Pakistan, PLD 1970 SC 98). As I mentioned at the outset, the speaker has been vested with specific powers in express language under the 18th amendment dated 20th April, 2010. When the precedent cases were decided by the courts in Pakistan, the speaker was not armed with the powers conferred upon him under 18th amendment. The power which has been exercised by the present speaker of the National Assembly stands conferred upon her under Article 63 (2) of the Constitution. Moreover, this power has also been given to her by the decision of the Supreme Court itself. The Supreme Court did not disqualify the respondent Prime Minister. Therefore, the punishment of declaring his seat vacant could not be inflicted on him as also observed by the Rangoon High Court. Instead, according to the Supreme Court, the serious consequences are likely to follow in terms of Article 63 of the Constitution. Under Article 63 (2), the primary power to decide the question of disqualification is given to the speaker/chairman (as the case may be), instead of any other authority, including the Supreme Court. The most important words in Article 63 (2) are unless he decides that no such question has arisen. The jurists are unanimous that every word, even a comma employed in the constitution has to be acted upon and ascribed a meaning. If in the present controversy, the decision of the speaker is to be disapproved, it would amount rendering the above mentioned words redundant. Article 63 categorically excludes provision of appeal against order of speaker/chairman. In my humble view, a new dimension has been given to the powers, supremacy and sovereignty of the Parliament under Article 63 (2) after the passage of 18th amendment. The writer is a former judge of the Lahore High Court.
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IN LIMELIGHT 5
mesmerises 21 cities on North american concert tour
AKISTAN’S living legend, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who has many Bollywood hits to his credit has been traveling throughout the US, Canada and the Caribbean as a part of his PME and Star Network promoted 2012 North American Concert Tour. By the conclusion of this sensational tour, he will have visited 21 cities in North America. The spectacular 2012 North America con-
cert tour kicked off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 14th, to an audience of over 2,000 adoring fans. After that Rahat performed at Houston, Bay Area, Dallas, Los Angeles, Raleigh, Chicago, Boston, New York and Atlantic City. The next stop for Rahat is Las Vegas, where he will perform at the Treasure Island Theatre on June 15th This phenomenal first show set the bar for the rest of his tour in North America, which has been generating a huge public response. All of Ustad Rahat’s shows have
been immense successes that have gathered large, engrossed crowds to view his sold out shows. The Chicago and Dallas shows have both had over 4,000 devoted fans in attendance. The nephew of late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat is driving his adorable fans crazy with his distinguished vocals all over the North American region by setting a bench mark with his powerful performances.
1 SINGAPoRE: neha Dhupiya, Ayushman Khuran and chitrangada Singh pose during the international indian Film Academy (iiFA) awards event. 2 SINGAPoRE: ‘Shanghai’ cast member Kalki Koechlin and director Dibankar banerjee attend the news conference during the international indian Film Academy (iiFA) awards event. 3 SINGAPoRE: Farhan Khan
speaks at the news conference during the international indian Film Academy (iiFA) awards event.
Jolie worried clooney may Katy Perry to star in ruin wedding with pranks new comic book loS ANGElES: Angelina Jolie, who is engaged to tie the knot to longtime partner brad Pitt, has warned George clooney not to play any practical jokes at her wedding. while the couple are currently planning their dream wedding, Jolie is worried that the notorious prankster, who is Pitt’s best pal, will ruin their big day. “She doesn’t want any practical jokes played at the wedding and she’s not kidding,” contactmusic quoted a source as telling the national enquirer. “Angie personally phoned George, warning him that she was dead serious! George got the message loud and clear - especially after brad followed up with his own phone call, making George promise to call a truce and put practical jokes on hiatus for his and Angie’s big day. “George finally gave his word, but admitted to pals it’ll be tough to resist the temptation,” the source said. However, if clooney does succumb to temptation and ends up playing a prank on the couple, it will be Pitt’s fault as the 48-year-old actor had previously revealed that he was the one who had originally started the feud. “when we were filming ocean’s 12 in italy, i sent a memo to the entire italian crew, in italian, that said, ‘Dear crew, we wish you a wonderful shoot. George clooney asks that, this is a very difficult role for him. He needs to concentrate deeply. Mr clooney asks that you try not to interrupt him, look him in the eye. if you do need to address Mr. clooney, please refer to him only as ‘Daniel’ or ‘Mr ocean’,” Pitt said. “it went on for two weeks. He handled it gracefully, but he was becoming unnerved, i think,” he added. AGENCIES
apologises over links to Syrian aide of Bashar al-Assad WASHINGToN: barbara walters, the grande dame of American television news, has been forced to apologise after it emerged that she had tried to use her influence to further the career of a former leading aide of the Syrian President bashar al-Assad. emails seen by the Daily telegraph show that walters tried to help Sheherazad Jaafari, the daughter of Syria’s Un ambassador, secure a place at an ivy league university and an internship with Piers Morgan’s cnn programme. when confronted with the emails, which were obtained by a Syrian opposition group, the 82-year-old Abc broadcaster admitted a conflict of interest and expressed “regret” for her actions. Jaafari, 22, was a close adviser to Assad and was at his side as Syrian troops stepped up their campaign of killing and repression. She would speak to him several times a day, sometimes calling him ‘the Dude’ and was sometimes the only official in the room when he did interviews with western journalists. Jaafari, whose father bashar Jaafari has known walters for around seven years, began dealing with the broadcaster late last year as Abc news lobbied for an interview with Assad. walters’s interview in December around the world as Assad denied he was responsible for the crackdown which had already resulted in thousands of deaths in Syria. the emails show that, after the interview, Jaafari and walters stayed in close contact and that walters emailed Piers Morgan and a professor at the columbia School of Journalism. Jaafari did not ultimately get the internship nor the university place. walters is currently the host of ‘the View’, a daytime talk show, but over a decades-long career has interviewed many of the biggest figures in American politics and culture. Her interview with Monica lewinsky after her affair with bill clinton attracted a record 74 million viewers. AGENCIES
NEW YoRK: Pop star Katy Perry will become the latest celebrity to be depicted in the biography comic book ‘Fame’ series, publisher bluewater Productions said. the 27-year-old’s life shown in ‘Fame: Katy Perry’ has her moving from a californian churchgoing upbringing under her christian parents to bouncing around several music labels in los Angeles until striking a deal that landed her first big hits, ‘i Kissed A Girl,’ and ‘Hot n cold’. Perry, who has delved into colourful, fantasy-filled recreations of herself in music videos not unlike a comic book character, will also be the subject of a 3-D concert documentary due for release next month. Her marriage to actor and comedian russell brand ended late last year.
4 NASHvIllE: Mike Fisher and
singer carrie Underwood arrive at the 2012 cMt Music awards.
5 CoPENHAGEN: James
Hetfield, lead vocalist of the heavy metal group Metallica performs on stage at the former state prison in the town of Horsens.
Humaima Malick turns heads in
B-Town NEWS DESK: Pakistani glam diva, Humaima Malick, who got herself noticed in india with her memorable performance in ‘bol’, recently attended the most talked about event of b-town. this was none other than Karan Johar’s birthday bash held at taj lands end which was graced by the entire industry. Humaima Malick walked the red carpet with her upcoming film’s producer nikhil Advani and was seen wearing a dull gold Shantanu and nikhil gown. She was a head turner in this bollywood celebrities’ favourite brand which has been the first choice of Kareena, Malaika Arora, Anushka Sharma for many events and now Humaima Malick is a loyal fan. this gown complemented her warm skin tone and she sashayed away beautifully chatting about her upcoming film shoot in Jaipur at the party. Grapevine has it that she is going to star opposite Sanjay Dutt in an action film playing a strong role which will remind audience of Shabana Azmi in Mother india. Seems like she is following the footsteps of Ali Zafar, carefully choosing only roles that portrays her acting prowess. we wish her all the best with her bollywood projects.
I was scared to play Tamilian in ‘Shanghai’: ABHAY DEOL NEWS DESK: Finally the wait is over for those who were impatient to watch ‘Shanghai’ as it’s releasing worldwide today. Actor Abhay Deol, who is playing a typical tamilian iAS officer in ‘Shanghai’, says director Dibakar banerjee pushed him out of his comfort zone to play the character. the 36-year-old actor has played every character with ease, be it a thief in ‘oye lucky lucky oye’ or the hopeless romantic in ‘Socha na tha’, but Abhay says the role of a tamilian in ‘Shanghai’ scared him. “My character is something which i was really scared of doing. when Dibakar approached me with this i tried to convince him to make my character a Punjabi Arya Samaji. but he didn’t listen to me. “then it became a challenge for me. the sad thing was that we had to look for someone to teach me the accent. A writer called Madi taught me the accent. but i didn’t want
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15 Say what? Top oddball interview questions
360kg bride-to-be wants to break record for fattest woman
KArAcHi: l’oréal Professional unveiled another breakthrough in hair care technology with the launch of Fiberceutic. KArAcHi: Daaman launched its new outlet at Dolmen city Mall. PR
OST of us are prepared for standard job interview questions such as “What’s your biggest weakness?” and “Are you a people person?” But what happens when you get hit with a bizarre and unexpected question from a hiring manager such as: “If you were in the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ which character do you most relate with and why?” or “why are manhole covers round?” or “how can I get to some gold in the middle of the Amazon in the cheapest way possible?” Here’s a list of the top oddball question list compiled from comments by job hunters: “Tell me the restaurant where you dined last night?” – Ernst and Young consultant candidate. “Do you feel you had a normal childhood?” – Gentex mechanical en-
gineer candidate. “If you can grow anything on a tree, what would it be?” –event coordinator candidate. “Would you rather be ranked No. 1 in the office and hated by everyone or No. 15 in the office but well-liked?” outside sales representative candidate. “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you want to have with you?”-Cisco Human Resources manager candidate. “My clock is nine minutes slow every hour. At noon, it tells the correct time. After how many hours will it again tell the correct time?” – Bloomberg LP financial applications engineer candidate. “If you had five red balls that contained four red balls and those red balls contained the original five red balls, then how many sets of sets of balls would I take to have a double set of red balls of varying sizes inside each next largest red ball?” – Goldman Sachs investment banking vice president candidate.
Plane diverted after traveller attempts to set friend’s hair on fire NEWS DESK A guest on a stag party caused a plane to be diverted yesterday after attempting to set his friend’s hair on fire at 30,000ft. The 24-year-old from Widnes was arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft after the incident, which took place on a Monarch flight from Manchester to Majorca. The plane, which had 212 passengers on board, was flying over France around 90 minutes after takeoff when the cabin crew smelled smoke and the captain decided to land at Gatwick. Officers from Sussex Police boarded the aircraft and took the man into custody for questioning. It is understood that both men were part of a stag party heading to Palma, and other passengers told police they believed the incident had been a “prank”. Nobody was hurt, police confirmed. “Monarch confirms that flight ZB532, flying from Manchester to Majorca, diverted into London
VEENA MALIK shoots for ‘dirty’ pictures with co-actor my character to be stereotypical. there were loads of obstacles but it was more interesting to play someone who is not known to you,” Abhay said. He says his character has got various layers in the film, which will make audience guessing whether he is playing a negative or a white character. “My character has got various layers. After watching the film, people may have different opinion about my character. Some may feel that i am more towards the positive side and others may feel the opposite. My character is very tricky.” Abhay is sharing screen space with emraan Hashmi and says he has become a fan of his co-star after working with him.
NEWS DESK: For bold siren Veena Malik, shooting a sexy picture is child’s play. no doubt, her professional portfolio includes an array of sizzling photos that will make most of the men out there go weak on their knees. So now that the much-hyped Kannada version of the ‘the Dirty Picture’ starring Veena is about to go on the floors, the ‘big boss’ lady has done a ‘as-hot-as-it-canget’ photo shoot for the movie with her coactor. the movie is produced by Venkatappa and directed by trishul and is said to be a fresh story based on the native elements peculiar to Karnataka. Veena Malik on her part said, “As the heroine, i will get a lot of opportunity to perform. the director has packaged the film very well with glamour, sentiments and all other ingredients”. well, we just wish Veena all the best on her ‘hot’ new venture! AGENCIES
Gatwick where one passenger was off-loaded from the aircraft due to an incident onboard,” said a spokesman for the airline. “Monarch has a zero tolerance approach to disruptive passengers on board.” A spokesman for Sussex Police added: “The aircraft was diverted to Gatwick and landed shortly after 9am when smoke was detected on board. The smoke came from a passenger whose hair had been singed by another passenger that he was travelling with.”
While some brides-to-be try to shed a few pounds before their big day, Susanne Eman has been gorging to become the heaviest woman in the world. The 360kg (57st) mother of two has tried on her dress-which is made of 13.7m (45ft) of chiffon and takes three people to carry-despite not being proposed to by her chef boyfriend Parker Clack. ‘When I tried the dress on, it was amazing, I felt like a bride,’ said 33-year-old Ms Eman, who is desperate to tip the scales at a recordbreaking 725kg (114st). ‘Parker hasn’t seen me in it but he’s seen photos and says I look beautiful. It’s amazing to have something specially designed for me. Normally, I just buy my clothes from plus-size stores online.’ Eman, from Arizona, met 35-year-old Parker over the internet last year and the couple plan to marry soon. ‘I love big women but I do worry about her health and I try to make sure she eats some salad and does her exercises,’ he said.
testicle-biting dogs for english hooligans KRAKOW AFP
From testicle-biting police dogs to sonic cannons capable of inducing involuntary urination, Polish antihooligan squads have an array of weapons ready for potential troublemakers at Euro 2012. The English-language Krakow Post newspaper asserted in an editorial that local law enforcement agencies were more than ready to tackle any hooligan threat at England’s southern Poland base camp. “The Polish police are going to come down on troublemakers like a bag full of anvils and you don’t want to be there when it happens,” the paper warned. “Krakow has a long history of hooligan violence-the local police have seen it all before and they will ruin your day if you try it on. “These lads’ mums and dads rioted under Soviet machine guns — a few chairs thrown by beeredup fans is not going to intimidate them.
no ‘big loud bollywood’ kind of wedding for MUMBAI: this model-turned-actor has come a long way ever since he ventured into the showbiz world. And now he is a producer too. John Abraham is a brand in himself and everything that he does is subject to media vigilance. but the hunk is pretty sure he would never make his biggest day of his life a public affair. when John was recently quizzed about his impending wedding to his girlfriend Priya runchal. John said that he isn’t somebody who would like to have a “loud” bollywood kind of a wedding. His wedding would rather be a very private affair and his close friends and family only would stand witness to his marital union with his ladylove. He said, “it will be a very quiet thing. when i marry, nobody will know about it. My dream wedding would be at home with just three to four friends and my parents. without any disrespect, that big loud bollywood kind of wedding is not our style at all. i am clear about the direction i want to take, personally and professionally. it’s not like i am shying away or anything.” looks like John is hell bent on having a hush-hush wedding. AGENCIES
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Italy probes mysterious school bombing after arrest ROME AFP
Italian police on Thursday probed deeper into the motivations of a man who has admitted setting off a bomb outside a vocational college in an attack that killed a 16-year-old girl and shocked the nation. Giovanni Vantaggiato, 68, was detained on Wednesday and has confessed to last month’s attack which also left five teenagers badly burned but prosecutors said they were not convinced by the motive he had provided. “Yes it was me. I built the bomb on my own,” Vantaggiato was quoted as telling investigators after a five-hour interrogation on Wednesday. “I lost it. What can you do about it?” he was quoted as saying. Prosecutor Cataldo Motta on Thursday told reporters: “He said he was having economic problems but the link to an attack like this is inexplicable.” The man reportedly told investigators that the blast was an act of vengeance aimed at a courtroom next to the college because of a judicial case in which he claimed to have been treated unfairly despite being a victim of fraud. “He gave very vague reasons without any credibility.... He did not really explain anything. He didn’t justify himself,” Motta said at a press conference in the southern city of Brindisi where the deadly attack took place. He said that the investigations were continuing and that police on Thursday had raided a fuel depot owned by the businessman near the city of Lecce. Motta said the married father-of-two had, however, confessed to building the bomb out of three gas canisters and a detonator and setting it off. “I bought fireworks and emptied them out, filling each canister with 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of gunpowder,” the suspect was quoted as saying. Italian media said he was “passive and submissive” during the interrogation and had asked investigators: “How long are you going to keep me in here?” Vantaggiato has been arrested on a charge of committing “a massacre with terrorist ends” even though he is believed to have acted alone, Motta said, adding that investigators believed the targets had been selected “at random”. “He achieved the aim of spreading terror,” the prosecutor said. Motta also said Vantaggiato had been identified through CCTV footage showing two cars — one registered in his name and another in his wife’s name. One car was seen at the scene when the bomb was put in place during the night and the second was seen in the moments before and after the blast. Chilling video footage leaked to the media shortly after the May 19 bombing showed a man setting off the bomb with a remote control.
BEIJING: (l-R) Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, Russian President vladimir Putin, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon attend a meeting at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation organization (SCo) on Thursday. afp
Russia supports ‘peaceful’ nuclear drive in Iran BEIJING
ussia supports Tehran’s atomic programme as long as it is “peaceful”, President Vladimir Putin told Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday ahead of global talks on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The Iranian president, meanwhile, called for more cooperation between Iran and Russia as NATO “sets its sights on the east”, in a likely reference to a missile defence system currently being deployed by the Western alliance. “We have always supported the right of the Iranian people to modern technologies, including the peaceful use of atomic energy,” Putin told Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of a regional security summit in Beijing. “But I want to emphasise that it is peaceful that we are talking about. You know our position.” The West believes Iran is trying to develop an atomic bomb under cover of a civilian programme but Tehran
insists its intentions are purely peaceful, and the situation has brought about a shaky standoff. The talks between the two leaders at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit — the first since Putin returned to the Kremlin for a third term — come as Russia prepares to host the latest round of global talks on Iran. The June 18 and 19 meeting between world powers and Iranian negotiators will try to find a diplomatic solution to the current standoff over Tehran’s nuclear programme. Russia has in the past urged Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency to clear up any suspicions about the nature of its nuclear programme. But it has never explicitly backed Western claims that Iran is seeking to develop an atomic weapon — a stance reiterated on Thursday. “We are very strong supporters of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons,” Putin said. “But we know your position and the position of all the Iranian leadership, which is that Iran is not working on the creation of a nuclear weapon. We are proceeding based on this.”
Putin’s comments came after leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s member states issued a statement Thursday opposing any use of force in Iran, saying it could threaten global security. “Any attempts to solve the Iranian problem with force are unacceptable and could lead to unpredictable circumstances that threaten stability and security in the region and the entire world,” said the statement signed at the end of a summit. In his talks with Putin, Ahmadinejad called for “serious and broader cooperation between Iran and Russia” due to developments “in the region and the world”. “Iran and Russia are now on the same side of the barricades,” he told Putin. “There are people who stand against the progress and development of both Russia and Iran. Especially considering that now, NATO has set its sights on the east,” he said. Ahmadinejad was likely referring to a NATO defence system that is being deployed over several years to protect Europeans from the threat of ballistic missiles from countries such as Iran.
Iraq executes Saddam’s chief guard and top aide BAGHDAD AFP
Iraq on Thursday executed Saddam Hussein’s presidential secretary and chief bodyguard Abid Hamid Mahmud, justice ministry spokesman Haidar alSaadi said. “He was executed today,” Saadi said, adding: “The ministry of justice implemented the execution sentence against the criminal Abd Hmoud... for genocide,” referring to Mahmud by the name Iraqis call him. Mahmud was number four on the list of Iraqi officials targeted by American forces following the 2003 US-led invasion, behind only Saddam and his two sons Uday and Qusay. He was captured on June 16, 2003, and eventually sentenced to death on October 26, 2010 along with former deputy premier Tareq Aziz and ex-inte-
rior minister Saadun Shaker, for their role in the crackdown on Shiite Muslim religious parties during the 1980s. Saddam, who was hanged on December 30, 2006, killed a large number of Shiite leaders during the 1980-88 war with Iran. When in power, Saddam was rarely seen without Mahmud, who shadowed the president and was charged with handing down his orders to Iraqi ministries and ensuring his personal safety. Both men came from the same village of Aujah, just outside Tikrit north of Baghdad. With his signature beret and moustache, Mahmud’s official title was presidential secretary, but a British government dossier said he was responsible for Saddam’s personal security, as well as defence, security and intelligence issues. The dossier said Mahmud, a lieutenant general in the army, “is regarded by some as the real number two figure
in the Iraqi leadership,” as he controlled access to Saddam and could override government decisions. Mahmud was seen at Saddam’s side in his last appearance on television before his capture, aired on April 7, 2003. Saddam’s own execution sparked international controversy after mobile phone video of the sentence being carried out was published on the Internet showing witnesses taunting him as he was about to be hanged. The footage, which was sold on Baghdad streets after the execution, showed an angry but composed Saddam standing on a steel platform in a dark hall, his hands bound and a rough hemp rope around his neck. Several members of the party carrying out the hanging could be heard chanting, “Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada!” before Saddam is seen falling to his death as the metal trapdoor opens
below his feet. They were referring to Moqtada alSadr, a radical anti-US Shiite cleric who rose to prominence after Saddam’s fall from power. Last August, the lawyer for Aziz — a Christian and close confidant of the executed dictator — quoted him as calling on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to accelerate his execution because of his worsening health. “His health condition is very poor and he asked me to convey a message to Mr Maliki, calling on him to execute him as soon as possible,” Badie Aref told AFP. “He said this is his wish now... He asked this because of his dangerous health condition. He is suffering.” Aref said at the time Aziz was being treated well in prison, but had diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, prostate problems and stomach ulcers.
Denmark passes bill allowing gays to marry in church COPENHAGEN AFP
Denmark, a pioneer in gay rights, on Thursday saw its parliament vote overwhelmingly in favour of allowing homosexuals to marry in the state Evangelical Lutheran Church. The bill presented by Denmark’s centreleft government earlier this year passed with 85 votes in favour and 24 opposed, with two abstaining and the rest of the 179-seat house absent. Denmark was the first country in the world to allow gay couples to enter into civil unions in 1989, and homosexuals have since been given the right to receive a church blessing for their unions, but Thursday’s vote sealed their right to have a full marriage ceremony in church. Pastors in the state church will however not be obliged to marry homosexual couples if they feel it goes against their personal beliefs, according to an annex to the bill. Denmark has long been at the forefront of gay rights, and in 2009 homosexuals in the Scandinavian country were also given the right to adopt children. Danish Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs Manu Sareen, who initiated Thursday’s legislation, said she was thrilled it had passed. “This is equality between couples of the same gender and couples of different genders. A major step forward,” she told reporters following the vote. The only party to vote against the bill as a whole was the populist Danish People’s Party, which maintained that marriage in Christian terms was between a man and a woman and that the Church should not be forced to make a religious marriage ceremony available for homosexual couples. The Christian Democratic Party, which is no longer in parliament, meanwhile announced Thursday it aimed to initiate a class action suit against the new law, which is set to go into effect on June 15, saying it was an infringement on the right to free religious belief and was thus unconstitutional. Per Oerum Joergensen, a former member of parliament for the Christian Democrats, told the Politiken daily he had seen a recent poll showing “that some 440,000 members of the Church were considering renouncing their membership because of all this.” “They will be able to join the suit against the state,” he said.
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Foreign News 17 Un envoy slams new israel settlement plans JERUSALEM AFP
BERlIN: (From l) German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2ndl), British Prime Minister David Cameron and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg sit before a debate with about 100 students from 16 countries on citizen participation in political decisions at the chancellery on Thursday. afp
‘Depressed’ Mubarak’s health worsens
Dozens of civilians killed in new Syria massacre cameron, blair accuse Damascus of mass killings g russia calls killings ‘provocations’ aimed at undermining Un-Arab league’s six-point peace plan g
The health of Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak has deteriorated since his transfer to prison after he was sentenced to life in jail over the killing of protesters, the official news agency said Thursday. Mubarak was suffering from “acute depression” and hypertension since his arrival at Tora prison, south of Cairo, where he has been held in a medical wing since the verdicts in his trial were delivered on Saturday, MENA reported. The 84year-old former strongman was sentenced to life for suppressing a revolt against his rule in early 2011 during which nearly 850 protesters were killed. His interior minister Habib al-Adly was also given a life sentence, but six security chiefs were acquitted of the killings of demonstrators. The prosecution had demanded the death penalty for Mubarak, and the verdict of life imprisonment sparked nationwide protests, with demonstrators again gathering at Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square to oppose what they saw as a lenient ruling. On Tuesday, a security official had told AFP that Mubarak’s health had deteriorated after his arrival at the prison, saying he had suffered a “emotional breakdown.” His health “is steadily deteriorating” and he had to have an oxygen mask at night to ease his troubled breathing, one of his lawyers said. Mubarak “refuses to talk with doctors because of his severe depression, which complicates their work,” she said, adding that he “exchanged a few words with his son Gamal” who has been transferred to the same prison to be closer to him. Egyptian authorities have still not taken a decision on whether to transfer Mubarak to a military hospital as requested by his family, an official from the security services told AFP. Since his ouster in February last year, there have been contradictory reports about Mubarak’s health, with some saying he was suffering from cancer, heart ailments or depression. Many people in Egypt believe such reports were aimed at generating sympathy for the ousted dictator.
RO-REGIME militiamen swept through farmlands in central Syria slaughtering dozens including women and children, activists said Thursday, sparking opposition calls for increased military raids by armed rebels. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 55 people were killed in Wednesday’s assault on Al-Kubeir, a small Sunni farming enclave surrounded by Alawite villages in the central province of Hama. Most of the victims were members of a single family. The reported massacre, which Damascus denied had occurred, was condemned as “brutal and sickening” by British Prime Minister David Cameron and as “unconscionable” by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who insisted it was time for President Bashar al-Assad to go. Russia, which with China this week came out strongly against intervention and regime change in Syria, called the killings “provocations” aimed at undermining UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point plan to end the violence. “There are 49 confirmed and
identified victims in Al-Kubeir, the majority of them from the Al-Yateem family,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Observatory. “Among the dead are 18 women and children,” he said, adding that six other people were also killed on Wednesday in a village near Al-Kubeir, which is in a farming area northwest of Hama city. Earlier reports from opposition groups had put the death toll at between 87 and 100. The Observatory was joined by the exiled opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) and the Muslim Brotherhood in blaming the killings on shabiha militiamen loyal to Assad’s regime. They and activists, citing survivors and witnesses, said the militiamen stormed into the small settlement on Wednesday afternoon armed with guns and knives after regime forces had pounded it with shells. They then went on a killing spree, hacking, stabbing and shooting residents as they tried to flee. A resident from a nearby village told AFP that the charred bodies of women and children still lay scattered in houses across Al-Kubeir on Thursday. “Burned bodies of children and women and girls were on the ground,” Laith told AFP by
telephone from near Al-Kubeir. “I saw something you cannot imagine. It was a horrifying massacre... people were executed and burned. Bodies of young men were taken away,” Laith said, his voice trembling. The head of the UN observer mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, said the Syrian army was preventing his monitors from reaching the region. “The UN Supervision Mission in Syria dispatched UN observers to AlKubeir early Thursday morning to verify reports of large-scale killings in the village,” Mood said in a statement. He said the observers were stopped at army checkpoints and in some cases turned back. He said civilians were also stopping the monitors. A video posted on YouTube showed bodies of several children, including babies, wrapped in blankets and white plastic body bags, purported to be victims of the Al-Kubeir massacre. Some were charred beyond recognition. The Syrian government denied responsibility, saying in a televised statement: “What a few media have reported on what happened in AlKubeir, in the Hama region, is completely false.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to add hundreds of new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank is “deeply troubling,” the UN Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Thursday. The statement from Serry, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, reiterated “the international community’s view that all settlement construction, whether on private Palestinian land or elsewhere in occupied Palestinian territory, is contrary to international law.” “The latest announcements, including adding 300 units in Beit El, deep inside the West Bank are deeply troubling,” Serry added. The statement came a day after Netanyahu pledged to expand the Beit El settlement after MPs voted down a bill which would have saved five buildings in one of its neighbourhoods from demolition. The Knesset vote, which saw 69 MPs oppose the legalisation bill against 22 in favour, effectively ended legislative efforts by the settler lobby and its right-wing supporters to avoid a court-mandated July 1 removal date. But Netanyahu warned after the vote that he would not allow people to “use the legal system to harm the settlement movement,” and announced plans to add the 300 new homes to Beit El, which is near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Iranian asylum-seekers sew up mouths in Germany BERLIN AFP
Four Iranian asylum-seekers on a hunger strike in Germany have sewn up their mouths in protest at their conditions, one of the organisers of the demonstration told AFP on Thursday. “They are only drinking through a straw,” said Soheil Hatamikia, adding they were sleeping in a tent in the central square of the southeastern German town of Wuerzburg. Ten Iranian asylum-seekers in total have participated in the protest since March. They say they are persecuted in their own country but are unhappy at the conditions in the German state of Bavaria. “The German government should know it cannot stop our protest by means of silence and passiveness,” said the group on a blog established to support the protest. “If the government does not respond positively to our demands and does not make changes to the inhumane laws on asylum-seekers, then it will find that other asylumseekers will join our action and sew up their lips,” the group added. Five of the protesters have already received political asylum. The federal office for migration and refugees was not available for comment due to a public holiday Thursday in several German states.
Kazakh guard blames ‘conflicts’ for massacre ASTANA AFP
A Kazakh border guard confessed to killing 14 of his fellow servicemen at a remote frontier post, blaming internal conflicts and a mental breakdown, the prosecutor-general’s office said Thursday. But a Kazakh television presenter said he had resigned rather than read out the official scenario, calling it “nonsense.” The 14 guards were found dead in the burnt-out ruins of their post close to the Chinese border last week. The sole survivor, Vladislav Chelakh, was found sheltering in a herdsman’s hut Monday. Chelakh on the same day “confessed to murdering his fellow servicemen,” the prosecutor-general’s office said in a statement.
“According to Chelakh, his motive was internal conflicts and an inexplicable condition in which his mental state was clouded,” it said without elaborating. The newsreader for Channel 31 television, Vladislav Dlinnov, wrote on Twitter, “I refuse to lie on air and talk nonsense about how a border guard ‘confessed’ to murdering his fellow servicemen. “Will any journalist or newsreader seriously read this news on air? It’s a disgrace.” Chelakh was cited as telling investigators that he had keys to open a safe containing weapons at around 5:00 am on May 28. He shot a patrol guard before returning to the barracks and shooting sleeping guards and the commander. Many did not defend themselves be-
cause they thought he was joking, he told investigators. Prosecutors said he was armed with a pistol and a machine gun. Finally, he shot a huntsman acting as a security guard, his 15th victim. He then sprayed machine gun fire around the barracks to make the source of the attack unclear and set fire to the building. He fled in civilian clothing, carrying a pistol and a computer and cell phones belonging to other guards. His mother, Svetlana Vashchenko, told AFP that nothing had indicated anything was wrong with her son’s service. “He had wanted to serve on the border so much and was so proud that he got sent to a good post.” “I have no words,” she added. “I can’t even see him and I don’t know
when I will be able to. I don’t even know whether he has lawyers.” The prosecutor-general’s office said that Chelakh would undergo psychological testing. The Vremya newspaper, an official mouthpiece, reported Thursday that investigators examining the victims found one was wearing women’s underwear, but this was later denied by a spokesman for the prosecutor-general’s office. Kazakhstan held a day of mourning for the victims on Tuesday. The government had initially branded the murders as an “act of terror.” The bodies were found on May 30 in the burnt-out remains of the Argkankergen border control post at a height of around 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) in the mountains outside Kazakhstan’s biggest city Almaty.
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Pak to invite indian players to Pakistan Premier league
PHF includes rebel players for European tour LAHORE STAFF REPoRT
HE Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) called ‘rebel’ players in the 18-member squad for Pakistan’s tour to Europe starting on Friday. While talking to the journalists, Asif Bajwa, the secretary of PHF said that Mohammad Imran, Shakeel Abbasi and Mohammad Waseem will leave for Europe with the team on Friday while Rehan Butt has been called for a pre-Olympics training camp. Pakistan’s European tour will begin from June 8 during which they will be playing against teams from Germany, Belgium and Netherlands. The training camp for the Olympics will begin for the Greenshirts from June 24 in Lahore. Sohail Abbas, who led the Greenshirts at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia, has been retained as captain for the Euro-
pean tour as well. The PHF, which had previously imposed heavy monetary fines on eight players for participating in the World Series Hockey (WSH), also reduced the amount. Butt and Abbasi, who were fined 1 million, have now been asked to pay Rs. 100, 000 while Mohammad Waseem, Zeeshan Ashraf and Imran Warsi have paid Rs. 50, 000. An official of the PHF said: “For participation in the unsanctioned event by the eight Pakistani players, the PHF Discipline Committee probed and investigated into the matter and furnished its recommendations to the PHF. The PHF fined to players Rehan Butt & Shakeel Abbas Rs. one million and Rs. 2.5 lakhs to the rest of the players. “The players appealed for condone of the fine, which was accepted by the President PHF and reduced the fine amounting to Rs.1 lakh to Rehan Butt & Shakeel Abbasi and Rs. 50,000/= to rest of the players,
keeping in view their services for hockey and the nation, which has been paid by the players. “Three of the players who did not appeal for pardon, PHF have asked them to apply within 10 days of this notice. Otherwise, they may face the consequences, for which they themselves will be responsible,” he added. The PHF has for the preparation of London Olympics, established a backup camp at National Hockey Stadium Lahore on June 11 and asked the players to report to the Camp Commandant Anjum Saeed. Amir Shehzad, Shabbir Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Zubair, Imran Butt, Rehan Butt, Muhammad Ateeq, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Fahad Afridi, Arslan Qadir, Muhammad Irfan, Saleem Nazim, Muzammil Bhatti, Abdul Zohaib Khan, Mazhar Abbas, Tasawar Abbas, Muhamamd Suleman and M. Dilber Hussain. Danish Kaleem will also impart coaching instruc-
philander wins top Sa award JOHANNESBURG AFP
LAHORE STAFF REPoRT
Although the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) looks like a distant possibility, with no fixed dates and plans being kept behind closed doors, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has confirmed that an invite will be sent out to the Indian players for the event's maiden edition. “It's up to them whether they want to take part or not but the PCB will send out an invitation,”Ashraf was quoted as saying. “My aim is to do whatever I can to put the relations between the two boards back on track because the fans want to see Pakistan and India in action,” he added. Meanwhile, Ashraf severely criticised the Punjab government and said the unwanted interference - bringing down a wall of Gaddafi Stadium - could harm Pakistan's image and also the prospects of holding PPL matches in the province. “Politics should be kept separate from sports because it'll hurt Pakistan's image. We are trying to launch the revival of international cricket here and the Punjab government is doing such things. We can't even think of hosting an international team or a league match in Punjab in the current scenario,” Ashraf said.
New ball bowler Vernon Philander was named South African cricketer of the year Wednesday following a sensational entry into Test cricket during the 2011-12 season. Philander, 26, took 51 wickets in seven Tests at an average of 14.15. He took five or more wickets in an innings on six occasions and twice claimed 10 wickets in a match. The Cape Cobras bowler was mainly responsible for bowling out Australia for 47 in his debut Test in Cape Town last November, taking five for 15. He also topped South Africa's
bowling averages in all three Test series in which he played -- against Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Philander, who also won the Test cricketer of the year award, proved the ideal foil to Dale Steyn, the world's number one ranked fast bowler, bowling a tight line at a lively pace and making the ball move in both directions through the air and off the seam. AB de Villiers was named one-day international cricketer of the year after scoring 475 runs at an average of 158.33 with a strike rate of 116.13 in his first season as South Africa's limited-overs captain. Hard-hitting opening batsman
Richard Levi collected the Twenty20 player of the year award for his innings of 117 not out off 51 balls against New Zealand in Hamilton. He set world records by scoring his century off 45 balls and hitting 13 sixes. SA AWArD WInnerS Cricketer of the year: Vernon Philander Test cricketer of the year: Philander One-day international cricketer of the year: AB de Villiers Twenty20 international cricketer of the year: Richard Levi Players' player of the year: De Villiers Newcomer of the year: Marchant de Lange Outstanding individual performance: Levi.
West Indies' Doctrove quits umpiring NEW DELHI AFP
West Indies official Billy Doctrove has retired from umpiring after a 14-year international career, cricket's world governing body said on Thursday. Doctrove, 56, declined to seek an extension to his annual contract which was due to expire at the end of June, the International Cricket Council said in a statement. The ICC did not specify any reason for Doctrove's decision. Doctrove was due to umpire in the upcoming one-day and Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but withdrew from what would have been his last assignment due to a family bereavement. Doctrove, who umpired his first international game in
1998, stood in 38 Tests, 112 one-dayers and 17 Twenty20 internationals, including the final of the 2010 World Twenty20 between England and Australia in Barbados. "To umpire in the ICC World Twenty20 final in Barbados was a special and an unforgettable occasion," the Dominica resident was quoted as saying in the ICC release. "It has been an incredible 14 years for me as an international umpire and I have enjoyed every moment of it." The ICC's umpires manager, Vince Van Der Bijl, said Doctrove had been an "excellent servant of the game". "To have remained as one of the game's top officials for so many years has required Billy to be self-motivated, confident and well-respected," Bijl said. "Billy is a very special man, with strong values, firm beliefs yet with an underlying gentleness and humour, and a great family man -- a wonderful blend."
tions to the camp trainees and Dr. Asad Abbas Shah will look after the camp trainees for any eventuality. Pakistan senior hockey will undertake a training tour of Europe and will play matches against Belgium, Germany and Netherlands on 11th, 13th, 14th & 15th June 2012. The team shall depart for Europe on 9th June and return on 18th June 2012. The contingent consists of the following:- PHF brought back the discarded players after Pakistan’s abysmal performance at the Azlan Shah Cup where the Greenshirts finished last. SQUAD: Mohammad imran, Shakeel Abbasi, Mohammad waseem, imran Shah (goalkeeper), Mohammad irfan, Kashif Shah, Mohammad Khalid, Fareed Ahmed, rashid Mehmood, rizwan Junior, Umar tauseef, Mohammad waqas, Shafqat rasool, Umar bhutta, Abdul Haseem Khan, Mohammad rizwan Senior, Ali Shan. oFFICIAlS: M/s. Akhtar rasool chaudhary/Manager, Khawaja Muhammad Junaid, Ajmal Khan lodhi, Shahid Ali Khan/coaches, Faiz-ur-rahman/Physio and nadeem Khan lodhi/Video-Analyst.
Miandad urges Punjab to keep politics away from sports LAHORE STAFF REPoRT
Javed Miandad, Pakistan Cricket Board Director General, has indirectly urged the Punjab government to keep politic away from sports and ensure the safety of the players instead of going after the security wall of the Gaddafi Stadium. Talking to journalists here on the sideline of the camp training of the Pakistan national players preparing for test series against Sri Lanka, Miandad said that the PCB is working for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan and if the Punjab government keep of demolishing the main security wall of the stadium which team of the world would show interest in visiting Pakistan. He further stated that international teams are already reluctant in visiting Pakistan in such a circumstance, no one, even the teams who have some interest in visiting Pakistan would show their disinterest. “The PCB is following the ICC laid security conditions for hosting any kind of test series or matches and like the present situation it would be difficult for the board to host any team on home grounds. “Its very unfortunate that the Punjab government is not understanding the situation of security of the players which should be of paramount importance. Such a step would damage the reputation of the Punjab government,” he maintained. “The Sindh government provided foolproof security to the Sri Lankan team during their last visit to Pakistan and what happened afterwards was an unfortunate thing,” he said.
Errani stuns Stosur to reach French Open final PARIS AFP
Italy's Sara Errani crushed the French Open hopes of Samantha Stosur of Australia on Thursday, reaching her first Grand Slam final with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win. In Saturday's championship match, the 21st seed will go up against the winner of the other semi-final between second seed Maria Sharapova of Russia and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. If she triumphs on Saturday she will be only the second Italian woman to win the French Open, two years after Francesca Schiavone's breakthrough triumph and the first player ranked outside the world top 20 to win in Paris since 1976. "I have no words, it's incredible," she said. "It was very windy and one side was easy and the other side more diffcult.
It's an amazing feeling. I did not expect this and I can't believe it." US Open champion Stosur was bidding to become the first Australian woman to win the French Open title since Margaret Court in 1973. Two years ago she was the first Australian to reach the final in Paris since Wendy Turnbull in 1979, but on that occasion she lost in straight sets to Schiavone. It was a similar task that faced her on Thursday, pitting her weight of shot and physical presence against Italian guile and court-craft in the shape of the pint-sized Errani. She had won their five previous encounters. After an 80-minute rain delay, the players got the first of the day's semis underway in bright sunshine and it was the 28-year-old Australian who settled in fastest.
A comfortable service hold to open was followed by a first break of serve with her trademark top-spin forehand again doing most of the damage. Errani knew she had to vary her shot-making to try and unsettle her stronger opponent and she did so with great effect in the next game, drawing a rash of errors from the sixth seed which ended in a break of serve to love. The Italian, winner of three claycourt titles in the lead-in to Paris, promptly held to love to level at 2-2 in what had quickly turned into a clash of contrasting styles. Serves were held comfortably until the 11th game when Stosur again lost her touch and timing, netting an easy volley at the net on the third break point to Errani. The 21st-seeded Italian served out to take the first set. Stosur struggled to hold serve at the start of the second set as Errani contin-
ued to run her ragged at times with her angled and varied shot-making, but it was the Australian who bagged the first break in the next game. That set off a run of five games in a row for the US Open champion as she began to use her power to outgun her Italian opponent. Stosur put away the set 6-1. The momentum switched again though at the start of the deciding set as Stosur started to misfire on serve and with her groundstrokes. Errani moved 3-0 up, only for Stosur to break back and level at 3-3. With the wind getting up, the outcome of what had been a topsy-turvy match was on a knife-edge and, at 3-4 down, Stosur ceded serve once again, saving two break points, only to hit a forehand long and wide on a third. Errani served out for the biggest win of her career.
PAriS: italy's Sara errani reacts after winning over Australia's Samantha Stosurduring their women's singles semifinal tennis match of the French open. afp
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national inter School baseball from Sunday LAHORE STAFF REPoRT
The eight schools are taking part in the first National Inter-school Baseball Championship to be held at the Punjab Stadium here from Friday to Sunday (June 8 to 10). According to the draws announced by Pakistan Federation Baseball secretary Khawar Shah four matches would be played on Friday. The winners will qualify for the semi-finals to be played on Saturday. The final is carded for Sunday. Khawar said since it was the first edition of the inter-school championship, the participation of more schools was expected in next championship as the federation had decided to hold it on annual basis to get the talent from the grass root level. He said the PBF said its coaches to different schools to coach their students before fielding their teams in the event. Draws for June 8: Multan Pilot High School vs Islamabad Model High School; Faisalabad Grammer High School, vs Hazrat Abu Bakar High School, Gujranwala; Sciene Base School, Gujranwala vs Multan High School. Chenab Public School, Jhang vs Science Vetex School, Gujranwala.
Punjab girls clinch U-16 tt title LAHORE STAFF REPoRT
Punjab overpowered some strong resistance from hosts Peshawar in the finals to clinch the Inter-provincial Under-16 Youth Girls Table Tennis Championship that concluded at Peshawar on Thursday. Punjab beat Peshawar with a clear 3-0 margin in the team event and the singles category of the championship, which was participated by all the four province of the country. Maizan Mustafa of Punjab was declared the champion of the singles while in the team events, Wasaf Naeem, Anam Sharif, Maizan Mustafa, Ansa Alamgir and Shiza Sohail gave splendid performance. Maizan Mustafa, who was declared the best player of the championship, pocketed a cash purse of Rs 10,000 and also received the winner’s trophy.
commerce college win LAHORE STAFF REPoRT
Commerce College defeated GC Jhang by 109 runs in the PU Inter-Collegiate Super League Cricket Championship 2011-12 on Thursday here at the Old Campus ground. SCoRES: commerce college 225-7. Abdullah 64, Faizan 37. waqas 1-24, taimur 1-28. Gc Jhang 106 for all in 20 overs. Zafar 29, Sajjad 25. Hassan 2-14. Shakir 2-23 and Mujahid 2-14.
Seamers script Pakistan’s win PALLEKELE
AKISTAN seamers, Umer Gul and Mohammad scripted win over Sri Lanka by six wickets in the opening one-day international in Pallekele on Thursday to take a 10 lead in the five-match series. The tourists achieved a rain-revised target of 135 with more than seven overs to spare in the daynight match, with opener Mohammad Hafeez top-scoring with 37 and Umar Akmal making an unbeaten 36. Lahiru Thirimanne earlier scored an unbeaten 42 for Sri Lanka, while pacemen Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami each took three wickets for Pakistan. The second onedayer will also be played in Pallekele on Saturday and the last three games in Colombo on June 13, 16 and 18. Earlier, Umar Gul grabbed three wickets in a sharp opening spell as Pakistan restricted Sri Lanka to 135-8 in the first one-day international in Pallekele on Thursday. The fast bowler (3-24) removed skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal to send Sri Lanka reeling at 23-3 in the first nine overs of the day-night match, reduced to 42overs-a-side due to rain. Gul was superbly backed by paceman Mohammad Sami, who dismissed Kumar Sangakkara and all-rounder Angelo Mathews in his first two overs to reduce the hosts to 41-5. He finished with 3-19 off six overs. Lahiru Thirimanne, who added 50 for the eighth wicket with Nuwan Kulasekara (18), top-scored for Sri Lanka with
an unbeaten 42 while extras contributed 31, the second-highest of the innings. Thisara Perera (17) and Upul Tharanga (10) were the other batsmen to reach double-figures. Sangakkara, who took 20 deliveries to open his account, made just nine runs before being trapped leg-before while Mathews was caught at first slip by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for no score. Off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez
bagged two of the last three wickets to finish with an impressive 2-20 off 10 overs. Gul struck in his third over when he had opener Dilshan (five) caught by Saeed Ajmal at mid-on and then trapped Jayawardene (three) leg-before in his next over. He put more pressure on Sri Lanka when he bowled Chandimal for no score in his fifth over. The second one-dayer will also be played in Pallekele on Saturday and
Sharapova into french open final, regains top spot PARIS AFP
Maria Sharapova defeated Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3 to reach her first French Open final on Thursday, reclaiming the world number one ranking and moving one win away from a career Grand Slam. The Russian second seed, twice a semi-finalist in Paris in 2007 and 2011, will tackle Italian 21st seed Sara Errani in Saturday's final, the first meeting between the two players. "It's an amazing feeling to be in my first final. I have been in two semifinals but it was always my dream of getting to the final stage," said Sharapova, who will take the number one spot for the first time since 2008. "That's pretty special. After my shoulder surgery, my ranking was out of the 100 in the
world, but I thought if I could be number one in the world before that then I could do it again." Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open champion, will become just the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam if she takes Saturday's final. But she admitted she is in for a tough contest against Errani, who defeated Australian sixth seed Samantha Stosur earlier Thursday to reach her first major final. "It'll be a tough final. She's a great claycourt player and it will be a real challenge," she said. Sharapova, at an imposing 1.88m, and Kvitova, just 5cm shorter, both struggled for accuracy in the testing conditions on Philippe Chatrier court, where the wind whipped up the clay and helped balls sail out.
SRI lANKA: M. Jayawardene lbw b Gul 3 T. Dilshan c Ajmal b Gul 5 K. Sangakkara lbw b Sami 9 D. Chandimal b Gul 0 U. Tharanga b Hafeez 10 A. Mathews c Misbah b Sami 0 42 l. Thirimanne not out 17 T. Perera lbw b Hafeez 18 N. Kulasekara c Tanvir b Sami 0 R. Herath not out 31 Extras (lb7, nb1, w23) 135 Total (for eight wickets; 42 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Dilshan), 2-12 (Jayawardene), 3-23 (Chandimal), 4-40 (Sangakkara), 5-41 (Mathews), 6-56 (Tharanga), 7-81 (Perera), 8-131 (Kulasekara). Bowling: Gul 9-2-24-3 (w12), Tanvir 8-0-30-0 (nb1, w4), Sami 6-2-19-3 (w2), Hafeez 10-3-20-2, Ajmal 5-0-23-0, Afridi 4-2-12-0 (w5). PAKISTAN: 37 Mohammad Hafeez st Sangakkara b Herath 3 Azhar Ali c Sangakkara b Malinga 5 Younis Khan b Kulasekara 30 Misbah-ul-Haq run out (Mathews/Sangakkara) 36 Umar Akmal not out 2 Shahid Afridi not out Extras (b 2, lb 13, w 6, nb 1) 22 135 Total (4 wickets; 34.1 overs) Did not bat Sarfraz Ahmed†, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Sami Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Azhar Ali, 2.1 ov), 2-27 (Younis Khan, 7.1 ov), 3-78 (Mohammad Hafeez, 19.5 ov), 4-133 (Misbah-ulHaq, 33.2 ov) Bowling: Sl Malinga 7-2-24-1, KMDN Kulasekara 9-3-29-1, AD Mathews 6-1-18-0, NlTC Perera 6.1-0-31-0, HMRKB Herath 6-0-18-1. Result: Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 47 balls remaining) (D/l method) Series: Pakistan led the 5-match series 1-0, Player of the match: Umer Gul, Toss: Sri lanka, Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz (SRI) and Paul Reiffel (AUS), Tv umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI), Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)
the last three games in Colombo on June 13, 16 and 18. The one-dayers will be followed by a three-Test series starting on June 22.
east Zone blues get ist innings lead LAHORE STAFF REPoRT
East Zone blues has got 57 runs lead in ist innings against West Zone Whites in the 2nd day of Sr Reigional Inter district Cricket Event played at Model Town greens ground on Thursday. SCoRES: west Zone whites 255 all out in ist innings. Saad Ullah 100 including 19*4, M Zahid 31, Zaeem Ghazanfar 28, Mudasar Anwer 25. M ishtiaq 6/83, Kamran Khalil 4/79. east Zone blues 221/3 in 43 overs in 2nd innings. rana Adnan 10, KAmran Khalil 56, Siddiq Khan 47, Abid Ali 64(no), naeem Arshad 36(no). nAsir iqbal 2/63, wahad ur rehman 1/34. SCoRES: north Zone whites 295/0 in 70 overs. M Hamza 178(no) including 23*4, 1*6 , imran butt 113(no). east Zone whites 111/6 in 43.1 overs. yasir Ali 38, GHulam shabir 18, Aaqib mehmood 12, inayat Saeed 17(no). rooni gill 3/24, M Salman Ali 2/39, inam Javaid 1/27.
First day in third England-Windies Test washed out BIRMINGHAM AFP
The first day's play in the third Test between England and the West Indies at Edgbaston here on Thursday was washed out without a ball being bowled. Heavy overnight and early morning rain meant the square was fully covered when the captains should have been tossing up ahead of a scheduled 11am (1000GMT) start. There was a brief spell when the covers were removed but fresh rain meant it was not long before the pitch and square were fully covered again, as overcast skies threatened another downpour. The umpires subsequently announced they would be taking lunch 30 minutes early at 12.30pm local time (1130GMT) in the hope of a prompt start to the afternoon session. But further rain saw the square remain covered and at 3.35pm (1435GMT) the announcement was made that play had been abandoned for the day. It is estimated somewhere in the region of £650,000 could be paid out if all the 16,500 spectators who purchased tickets for the day apply for a refund. It was the first time a full day's play in a Test in England had been lost to bad weather since the third day of the 2009 Ashes clash against Australia at Edgbaston. And not since the 2007 Test be-
tween England and the West Indies at Chester-le-Street had the first day of a Test match in England been abandoned
without any play whatsoever. Rain is also forecast Friday, raising the prospect of the opening two days of
a Test in England being called off with no play at all for the first time in nearly 50 years since an Ashes clash at Lord's
birMinGHAM: Groundstaff work to dry the pitch prior to the first day of the third test match between england and the west indies at edgbaston. afp
in 1964. England have an unbeatable 2-0 lead in this three-match series. Earlier, England wicket-keeper Matt Prior was given the all-clear to play in the third Test after being passed fit after an eye infection. Concerned England officials called Surrey keeper Steven Davies into their squad as cover on Wednesday. But Prior subsequently told his Twitter followers: "I expect to be fine to play tomorrow (Thursday). The management have got cover in as a precaution on the off chance my vision is affected!" And a brief England statement Thursday said: "Steve Davies released back to Surrey. Prior has been passed fit." The 30-year-old Prior has been a key figure in England's rise to the top of the world Test rankings and in 54 matches at this level has scored six hundreds and 19 fifties, including a debut ton against the West Indies at Lord's in 2007. After some shaky moments behind the stumps early in his international career, Sussex keeper Prior has also proved an increasingly reliable gloveman. He has been an ever present for England's last 39 Tests since missing a match against the West Indies at Barbados in March 2009 to attend the birth of his son. England have an unbeatable 2-0 lead in this three-match series.
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Ferrer ready to defy nadal PARIS AFP
David Ferrer says he is ready to face the toughest challenge in world tennis - going up against Rafael Nadal on the claycourts of Roland Garros at the French Open. The player they call "The Bulldozer" because of his relentless and attritional style has played 19 times against his fellow Spaniard and he has lost 15 of them. Oddly for two such claycourt stalwarts, only once previously have they met at Roland Garros and that was in 2005 when Nadal made his debut in Paris and won comfortably 7-5, 6-2, 6-0 before going on to win his first Grand Slam title. In fact the only time that Ferrer, who at 30 is four years older than Nadal, has beat him on clay was in their very first meeting in Stuttgart in 2004 and even that took three tough sets to get the job done. The hard facts make grim reading for the hopes of Ferrer ahead of Friday's semi-final. Nadal's straight sets victory over another Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro, in the quarter-finals brought up his 50th win at Roland Garros against just the one defeat - to Swede Robin Soderling in the 2009 fourth round. On top of that, Nadal has added motivation this year as a win on Sunday would make him the first man to win seven French Open titles, snapping a tie with Swedish legend Bjorn Borg. It would also be his 11th Grand Slam title, putting him level with Borg and Rod Laver. Ferrer, through to his first semi-final here, insists that defeat for him is not inevitable. "Yes, Rafa is always difficult to play. Even more so on clay," he said. "But as I said and I will say again - I will try and play a beautiful match, my best tennis. I have great ambitions, and I'm quite certain this is going to be a very physical match." The two have met twice on clay in the buildup to Paris, in Rome and Barcelona, with Nadal winning both in straight sets, but Ferrer came agonisingly close to taking the first set in the Italian capital before ceding in a tiebreak. He then lost the second set 6-0.
Maroof ranking tennis begins KARACHI STAFF REPoRT
The qualifying rounds of 4th Maroof Trophy Ranking Tennis Championship began at DA Central club on Thursday. FolloWING ARE THE RESUlTS: MEN S SINGlES 1ST QUAlIFYING RoUND: Fahim ramzan beat Ayaz Khan 6-0, 6-1, Saad noor sumar beat M. bilal soomro 6-3, 6-2, nazif ahmed beat Salman butt 3-6, 2-1 rtd., Abdullah Khan beat Shahzaib nasir 6-2, 6-2, Malik hamza w/o Farhan Hafiz. JUNIoRS UNDER 17 SINGlES QUAlIFYING RoUND FINAl: Farzan azher beat neha khan 6-0, 6-0 BoYS & GIRlS UNDER 15 SINGlES 1ST QUAlIFYING RoUND: romman shoaib beat M. Khizer imran 8-4, essa admani beat dawood admani 8-4, M. noman beat Usman alvi 8-4, M. ameer Hamza w/o taha Ahmed. Matches starts at 9 am onwards.
PARIS: Spain’s David Ferrer hits a return to Britain’s Andy Murray their men’s quarterfinal match of the French Open. afP
Govt HS Gaddi lift Youth Inter-school Football title FAISALABAD STAFF REPoRT
Government High School Gaddi, Faisalabad lifted the Faisalabad/Sargodha Youth Inter School Football Championship-2012 trophy after edging out PAF Public High School, Sargodha in the final played at Football Ground, University of Agricultural, Faisalabad. The colorful ceremony of the final competition of Faisalabad/Sargodha Youth Inter School Football Championship-2012 concluded in Faisalabad on Wednesday. The final was really a treat to watch between two top youth U-16 teams of the event. The match started in a very positive manner and both the teams started to attack each other’s goal post from the beginning. The match ended in the
favour of Government High School Gaddi1 1:0, when Striker Majid Ali netted the ball at 51st minutes. His Excellency Mr. Paul Molloy, Charge d’affairs of the Australian High Commission, Islamabad was the chief guest of the final accompanied by Lt. Col. ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi TM(I), General Secretary, PFF. Winner Trophy along with Rs. 20,000/- was awarded to Government High School Gaddi, Faisalabad by chief guest, runner up trophy and Rs. 10, 000/- were given to PAF Public High School, Sargodha. Government High School # 2 Sargodha got third position trophy. Fair play trophy was given to Government High Scholl Chabba, Faisalabad. Majid Ali of Gaddi snatched best players trophy with cash award of Rs. 5, 000/-, while Rs, 5, 000/and trophy was awarded to Rameez
Ahmed Khan of PAF Public High School, Sargodha for his nomination as highest top scorer. Hassan Mujtaba of Government High Scholl # 2, Sargodha declared best Goal Keeper with trophy and cash award of Rs. 5,000/-. Earlier His Excellency Mr. Paul Molloy, Charge d’affairs of the Australian High Commission, Islamabad held a press conference during which commended that encouraging young of both genders must be involved in sports. We also hope that the PFF’s initiatives will have important spill-over effects on the wider community, such as promoting health and well-being, and enhancing social cohesion. Such activity reflects the true spirit of our mutual goal for the enhancement of sport activity among our youth. General Secretary PFF during his address thanked the Australian Government
especially His Excellency Mr. Paul Molloy for his interest in the development of football at youth level in Pakistan. The purpose of ASOP program is to complement larger community development schemes, especially for youth and women worldwide through sport and physical activity. The ASOP is funded by AusAID and managed by Australian Sports Commission (ASC). This event is a part of the Youth Football Development Project in Pakistan being funded by the Australian Sports Commission of Australian Government through its Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP). This is noticeable that this is second consecutive edition of such development projects which is presented by the PFF and endorsed by the Australian Government through the Australian High Commission, Islamabad.
Youngest and oldest in Euro Cup 2012 stats corner S. PERvEz QAISER
FAiSAlAbAD: lt. col. Ahmed yar, Secretary PFF and His excellency Mr. Paul Molloy, charge d’ affairs of the Australian High commission, islamabad give the winners trophy to Gaddi school players. STaff pHoTo
The all 16 squads in Euro Cup 2012 have now been finalised and 368 players can now look forward in earnest to this summer’s tournament in Poland and Ukraine. After kicking off on Friday (June 8), EURO 2012 runs until July 1, after which there will have been 31 games in eight different stadiums but just one winner at Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium. AppeArAnCeS: The Netherlands boast the most experienced squad – averaging 42 caps between them. With 94 appearances, Rafael van der Vaart tops their lot. France and co-costs Poland are at the other end of the spectrum with an average of 21 caps in their respective squads. With 129 caps, Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas is the most experienced player at the finals. heIGht: Germany may have an advantage in aerial duels ... unless they play Croatia. Both
sides’ squads have an average height of 185cm, while the tallest individual player is Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson (199cm). GOALS: The Netherlands scored the most goals in qualifying (37), while Greece were the least prolific team with 14, with six of those coming from defenders. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the top individual scorer, contributed almost as many as he ended qualifying with 12 goals; Miroslav Klose was second on nine. AGe: Italy, Russia, Republic of Ireland and Sweden will take the oldest squads to EURO 2012, with an average age of 28. At four years younger a man, Germany’s squad are the youngest in the competition. At 37, Greece goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias is the oldest player at EURO 2012, while Netherlands defender Jetro Willems is the youngest at 18. If Willems makes an appearance, he will become the youngest ever player to take the field at a European Championship.The current record is held by Enzo Scifo at 18 years and 115 days.
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Nadal, Ferrer in Spanish showdown PARIS AFP
AFAEL Nadal and David Ferrer will meet in an all-Spanish French Open semi-final after winning their way through from the last eight on Wednesday. Defending champion and second seed Nadal ousted another Spaniard, Nicolas Almagro, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-3, while sixth seed Ferrer outgunned fourth seed Andy Murray of Britain 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-2. Friday's other semi-final has already been set, with top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia taking on third seed Roger Federer of Switzerland. The win over Almagro was the 50th for Nadal at the spiritual home of claycourt tennis since he first competed in Paris as an 18-year-old in 2005. His only defeat came in the fourth round in 2009 when he lost to Robin Soderling of Sweden in a fourth round match. This year Nadal is bidding to become the first player to win seven French Open titles, moving him out of a tie with
Fakh-e-lahore Dangal on 24th LAhOre: The final of the Fakh-e-Lahore Dangal will be played on June 24 between Mustafa and Sain Pahlwans. According to Mohsin Arshad, convenor CM on Wrestling and secretary Lahore Wrestling Association Ch Naeem the other 12 competitions will be held between Gulzar-Nadeem, Tadi-Ameer, Kalu Shahporia-Azhar Pathan, Nomi-Nadir, Abid Dogar-Manga, Sohail-Malu and Arshad-Azmat. He further said that prominent political figures of the city will be among the guests of the prize distribution ceremony. STAFF REPoRT
Besieged Murray ponders new Wimbledon approach PARIS AFP
Andy Murray hasn't ruled out skipping his traditional Wimbledon warm-up duties if it helps him capture a first Grand Slam title and give Britain's demanding media the slip. World number four Murray saw his latest hopes of becoming Britain's first Grand Slam men's singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936 crushed by David Ferrer in the French Open quarter-finals on Wednesday. Defeat ended the 25-yearold's run of five consecutive semi-final appearances at the majors, leaving him to fend off fresh questions over his ability to win Wimbledon, the next Grand Slam stop. For the last four years, Murray has played the Queen's Club tournament, often seen as a mandatory feeding station for Wimbledon in the short four-week grasscourt season. But that may change this summer for Murray, who is still battling a niggling back injury. "I'll do what's best for my preparation for Wimbledon, back or not," he said. "I need to get some good physical work done. That's going to be important. It's not a disaster if I can't play a tournament beforehand." Murray pointed to the options taken by world num-
ber one Novak Djokovic who won last year's Wimbledon without playing a warm-up and this year's Australian Open despite skipping the hardcourt schedule beforehand. It has paid dividends for the Serb who can become just the third man in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time if he takes the French Open on Sunday. "Novak didn't play before Australia this year; I don't believe he played before Wimbledon last year. Many times Roger (Federer) has not played an event before. "It happens all the time. You just need to make sure you're comfortable on the courts and the surface you're playing on before you start the tournament." Murray's best Grand Slam performances remain his three runners-up places to Federer at the 2008 and 2010 US Open, and to Djokovic in the 2011 Australian Open final. He has got used to explaining away the defeats to a travelling British pack which often exceeds the number of players from the country taking part. That makes Murray the go-to-man when it's time for answers. After Wednesday's 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-2 loss to 30-year-old Ferrer, in a match where he committed 59 unf o r c e d errors, he was quickly o n t o the attack. "I feel like I went for my shots. If I hadn't done, I would have got criticized for that. If I do go for my shots, then I get criticized for making mistakes," he said.
WaTCh iT LivE STAR CRICKET 3rd test: England v West Indies 03:00PM
Pacquiao bout ‘all or nothing’ for bradley LAS vEGAS AFP
Swedish legend Bjorn Borg. A win on Sunday would also be his 11th Grand Slam title, level with Borg and Rod Laver. In the end Almagro went the way of so many others over the course of the last seven years, but he gave a solid account of himself especially in a hotly-dis-
puted first set. "He had chances in the third. He had a few very good moments hitting the ball very hard," said Nadal of Almagro who he beat for the eighth time in eight matches. "But my serve worked really well, and he had one mistake, one important mistake with the forehand."
Djokovic feeling Grand Slam strain: McEnroe PARIS AFP
John McEnroe believes Novak Djokovic is feeling the strain as he closes in on Grand Slam history, but backed the world number one to fire on all cylinders in Friday's French Open semi-final with Roger Federer. Djokovic already has the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open titles in his possession and victory in Sunday's final would make him just the third man in history, and first in 43 years, to hold all four majors at the same time. But the top seed has struggled in his last two rounds in Paris, coming from two sets to love down to beat Andreas Seppi in the fourth round and saving four match points in a fiveset triumph over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. "Novak is really feeling the pressure like he did last year. It's impossible not to feel that because he's so close," said American legend McEnroe at a rain-swept Roland Garros on Thursday. If Djokovic gets past Federer on Friday in a rematch of last year's semi-final clash, where the Swiss great ended the Serb's 43-match winning run, he could face six-time champion Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final. "I guess Roger was this close. He had won three in a row and was in the finals twice. I believe Rafa was in the same position in Australia," added McEnroe. "I was never at the holding
Timothy Bradley says he is not about to let the chance of a lifetime pass him by when he steps into the ring against Filipino fight king Manny Pacquiao on Saturday. "It’s all or nothing," Bradley vowed on Wednesday. "No rounds off. Round by round, I have to win each one." Bradley, 28, is unbeaten in 28 fights. But he has never fought anyone of Pacquiao's stature and his record includes just 12 knockouts. He'll be fighting for just the second time at 147 pounds, moving up to challenge for Pacquiao's World Boxing Organization welterweight belt. Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach says he doesn't believe Bradley has the speed or power to beat his fighter. Roach questions the wisdom of Bradley's vegan diet -- a rarity in the boxing world - and says the Californian's muscular physique could be a hindrance rather than an asset. Bradley acknowledges the highly publicized bout is a step up for him, but says the years of paying his dues fighting in club venues have given him the versatility to adapt to whatever Pacquiao presents. "I came from the lumberjack yards, fighting in little ballrooms. Now we're in Las Vegas ... and we're going to be fighting in front of thousands of people," said Bradley, who once waited tables to support himself as he tried to establish his ring career.
world body to investigate cook’s 2012 exile LONDON AFP
three in a row and going for that fourth one. But I know that's gotta start to get to you a little bit. "It did obviously when he (Djokovic) played Seppi. It was like he really was struggling. Even against Jo it wasn't maybe as sharp as we've seen him. That's not unexpected. "Now that he's gotten here, I expect him to play better. Even though he lost to Roger here last year, it's going to be Roger that's going to have to step up, play even quite a bit better in order to win. "But then again, both of them are going to have to play even better if they want to win the final."
The row over European taekwondo champion Aaron Cook's failure to be selected for the British Olympic team escalated Thursday when the sport's global governing body announced a review into the issue. GB Taekwondo's repeated failure to nominate Cook has been one of the more baffling controversies in the runup to the London Olympics. British taekwondo chiefs have insisted they have good reasons for opting to put forward Lutalo Muhammad, who would have to drop down a weight division, ahead of Cook in the under-80kgs category and that much of the criticism they have since faced is ill-informed.
tHieS: Senegalese six-time African champion of women's wrestling, isabelle Sambou, taking part in a training session, at the national center for education and Sports (cnePS). After missing beijing in 2008, isabelle Sambou, qualified for 31 years for the london olympics, ultimate dream of an exemplary career. afp
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16 killed in bomb attack on Quetta madrassa QUETTA
T least 16 persons, including five students were killed, and more than 38 others were wounded in a powerful bomb blast outside a religious seminary in the Satellite Town area of the provincial capital on Thursday. The bomb was fixed to a bicycle parked outside the Jamia Islamia Miftah-ul-
Uloom, where hundreds of seminary students were attending a graduation ceremony (Dastar bandi). Senior police officer Hamid Shakeel said the saboteurs placed the bomb outside the seminary because they could not enter the building. Security forces and rescue teams rushed to the site soon after the blast, and moved the dead and the injured to nearby hospitals. A state of emergency was declared at the Civil Hospital, where Dr Muhammad Haider said that five children were also among the dead,
adding that some of the injured were in critical condition. Those seriously injured were later moved to the Combined Military Hospital for further treatment. Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG-Investigations) Hamid Shakeel said the number of casualties would have been much higher if the bomb exploded inside the seminary. Bomb Disposal Squad officials said that around five to eight kilograms of explosives had been used in the blast, adding that splinters of nuts and bolts mixed in the explosives were also found from the
blast site. Quetta Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Mir Zubair said the bomb was triggered with a remote-controlled device. He said the religious seminaries in the city had not received any threats. Police and Frontier Corps personnel cordoned off the area after the blast. The blast was so powerful that several vehicles plying on the road were damaged, and windows of nearby shops were shattered. “The ceremony was just about to conclude when the blast took place, jolting the entire building,” Qari Inyatullah, a senior stu-
dent of the seminary told reporters. “We witnessed dozens of students and people lying on the ground in a pool of blood and shouting for help,” he added. A large number of relatives of the blast victims rushed to the hospital to enquire about the condition of their dear ones. Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi and Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani condemned the blast and directed the authorities concerned to investigate the incident and take stern action against the culprits.
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QUETTA: A man carries an injured boy to a hospital after a bomb attack killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 38 others outside a madrassa on Thursday. afp
Iran ready to barter energy for pakistani goods BEIJING oNlINE
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Tehran was ready to barter its gas and electricity for Pakistani goods He expressed these views during a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) currently underway in the Chinese capital. With regard to the “current problems in dealing with Iran caused by the West’s sanctions”, Ahmadienjad said the situation would actually change in favor of regional countries in the future. The Iranian president called Tehran-Islamabad relations “friendly and brotherly”, saying this was very “natural”. “Iran is ready to offer credits to Pakistani part of Iran-Pakistan pipeline, so called peace pipeline. Iran is keen to boost electricity exports to Pakistan,” he said. Ahmadinejad said that there was no problem for Pakistan to pay off Iranian exports by national currency or to export Pakistani goods to Iran. The US and EU adopted tight sanctions on Iran’s banking system, especially embargoing the Iranian Central Bank, which will take force later in June. Iran has had to replace other countries’ national currencies with USD and Euro, also bartering deals and using the gold as a payment tool to keep on foreign trades.
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Women ordered killed by Kohistan jirga found ‘safe and secure’ PESHAWAR STAFF REPoRT
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain on Thursday said he had visited the Palas Valley of Kohistan district and had confirmed that all five women, allegedly ordered killed by a local jirga for a wedding dance, were alive. “Four activists of human and women rights organisations personally met two of the accused women,” Mian Iftikhar said at a press conference upon his return from Kohistan. He said the women’s relatives informed that the remaining three women were also alive but away from the village. According to Mian Iftikhar Hussain, four activists, including Farzana Baari, Fauzia Saeed, Shabina Ayaz and Refaat Butt were in Kohistan
since Wednesday and had met two of the accused women and even made video of the discussion with them. Iftikhar said he along with former MPA Maulana Asmat Ullah met locals of Peech Baila area of Kohistan, including relatives of the women, and they contradicted the reports pertaining to the killing of women. He said the government had already registered a case and stern action would be taken against those found responsible for spreading false and fabricated news to the media, which damaged the image of the province and government as well. “I met two women and they are alive. I was told three others are also alive. They are in their homes far away in mountainous areas. I could not go there,” rights activist Farzana Bari told a foreign news agency after returning from the region. In Islamabad, the Supreme Court was told by Attorney General Irfan Qadir that “all the girls are alive”. Justice Jawaad Khawaja, part of the bench that took suo motu notice of the incident, responded with “Thank God”. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had earlier said he was ready to send in the army unless he had a clear report on all the women. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who on Thursday wrapped up a four-day visit to Pakistan, said while the full facts had yet to be established, the allegations showed the restrictions and dangers faced by many Pakistani women. “The very low literacy rate of women and girls especially in areas such as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (in the northwest) is very worrying and calls for immediate actions and interventions,” she told a news conference.
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The UN human rights chief on Thursday called for a UN investigation into US drone strikes in Pakistan, questioning their legality and saying they kill innocent civilians. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay made the remarks at the end of a four-day visit to the country, where US drone strikes have on average targeted militants once every four days under US President Barack Obama. Islamabad is understood to have approved the strikes on al Qaeda and Taliban targets in the past. But the government has become increasingly energetic in its public opposition as relations with Washington have nosedived. “Drone attacks do raise serious questions about compliance with international law,” Pillay told a news conference in Islamabad. “The principle of distinction and proportionality and ensuring accountability for any failure to comply with international law is also difficult when drone attacks are conducted outside the military chain of command and beyond effective and transparent mechanisms of civilian or military control,” she said. She said the attacks violated human rights. “I see the indiscriminate killings and injuries of civilians in any circumstances as human rights violations.” The UN human rights chief provided no statistics but called for an investigation into civilian casualties, which she said were difficult to track. “Because these attacks are indiscriminate it is very, very difficult to track the numbers of people who have been killed,” she said. “I suggested to the government that they invite the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Summary or Arbitrary Executions and he will be able to investigate some of the incidents.” She said UN chief Ban Ki-moon had urged states to be “more transparent” about circumstances in which drones are used and take necessary precautions to ensure that the attacks involving drones comply with applicable international law. “So therefore I stress the importance of investigating such cases and en-
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— raises concern about pakistan’s rights record ISLAMABAD: The United Nations voiced concern on Thursday over allegations of “very grave” rights violations and forced disappearances during Pakistani military operations against insurgents and militants. Independent watchdogs have accused Pakistani security forces of mass arrests and extra-judicial killings in Balochistan. “I am concerned by allegations of very grave violations in the context of counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations,” UN human rights chief Navi Pillay told a press conference at the end of a four-day visit to Pakistan. “These include extrajudicial killings, unacknowledged detention and enforced disappearances.” She said disappearances in Balochistan had become “a focus for national debate, international attention and local despair” and urged the government and judiciary to investigate and resolve the cases. She said she regretted not visiting Balochistan and Sindh, where hundreds of people have been killed in political and ethnic clashes in Karachi this year, without explaining why she had not gone. “I called for investigations of all this and compensation for victims and of course I am very concerned about what steps can be taken to protect people from these kinds of attacks,” she said. afp suring compensation and redress to the victims.” Washington releases few details about its covert drone programme in Pakistan but on Wednesday US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta described them as self-defence and promised that they would continue to target al Qaeda in Pakistan.