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Islam teaches tolerance and assures protection to life and property of minorities. — Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf


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puNjab govt uNder fire LAHORE:The incident of mob violence at Badami Bagh against Christians on Saturday yet again raised tough questions for the Punjab government, as opposition parties doubted the government’s desire, instead of its ability, for taking action against the extremist elements. Torching a Christian colony in the provincial metropolitan in front of law enforcement agencies who were nothing more than silent spectators points to the lack of willingness on the part of Punjab’s law enforcement agencies for preventing or stopping such incidents. Critics have termed the lack of political will on the part of the government the major reason for not taking any action to avert an avoidable incident. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Manzoor Wattoo once again mentioned the Punjabn government’s links with extremist parties for political gains. He also criticised the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief for issuing statements on the federal government’s failure to curb violence, when the Punjab was passing through the “worst phase” in terms of law and order. “Such unchecked violence against Christians is a clear proof of the failure of the Punjab government,” he added. Eye witnesses further complained of the indifference of all stakeholders including minority leaders in averting the barbaric episode. Reportedly, when Senator Kamran Micheal accompanied Law Minister Rana Sanaullah to the sight in the evening after the incident, the affected families raised slogans against them and did not allow them entry into their ravaged locality. Deputy Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Shaukat Basra said the Punjab government had a history of not taking action against the perpetrators of these crimes. “If the government had taken any action in the Gojra incident, this wouldn’t have happened at all. Even in the current episode, the issue has been hot for a couple of days, but the authorities remained blind to the development,” he added. To a question, he said the opposition will pass a resolution in the Punjab assembly to condemn the incident. PML-N spokesperson Senator Pervaiz Rasheed condemned the incident and termed it a manifestation of the mindset which the state had promoted over the years and the society had accepted silently. “I can show you the copies of newspapers in which people wanted public hangings as punishment for such crimes. This mindset has taken roots in the society and will need revolutionary for reformation,” he said. To a question on any organisation being involved in the episode, he said the workers from nearby iron scrap godowns were charged by two groups contesting for some local post and had exploited the entire situation. He denied involvement of any foreign or local conspiracy behind the incident. The judicial inquiry was underway and it would be premature to apportion blame on any party, he said. humair aziz



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h e Lahore police just stood by on Saturday as violent mobs indiscriminately burned down at least 200 houses and 80 shops at a Christian inhabited locality in Punjab’s provincial capital after a Christian youth was accused of blasphemy the other day. The mobs arrived at the Joseph Colony area in Badami Bagh police precincts around 10am in the morning and without wasting much time, set fire to almost all the houses in the locality. The small Christian community of the area had already been forced to flee the night before when the story of the alleged blasphemy charge surfaced. According to details, Sawan Masih, 26, had been accused of blasphemy by a local barber Shahid Imran. An FIR was registered against the accused on the pressure of religious groups. Sawan was surrendered to the police late on Friday by a local NGO and has now been sent to prison on judicial remand. Badami Bagh Station house Officer hafiz Abdul Majid had admitted to Pakistan Today that the police had been forced to file an FIR against the accused to placate the angry mobs which were ready to burn down the houses amidst high tensions in the area. Despite a heavy contingent of police present at the area to guard the locality, Christian residents were forced to flee overnight. The mobs, not to be swayed in their mission to purge the locality from “blasphemers”, turned up in the area early on Saturday and proceeded to wreak havoc on the community. Muslim locals of the area told Pak-

istan Today that they had tried to stop the mobs, saying that they were setting fires to houses of innocent people. “We tried to stop them but they wouldn’t listen. We have been living with these Christians for the last several years and there has been no religious animosity between us,” Mustafa Ahmed, who owns a tea stall in the area, told Pakistan Today. Paying no heed to calls for calm, the mobs looted valuables, broke anything within arms length and burnt everything else to ashes. Two police officials, including the Station house Officer hafiz Abdul Majid, sustained serious injuries when they tried to negotiate with the protesters. The enraged mobs also burnt down several motorcycles and some rickshaws parked in the streets. Talking to Pakistan Today, Inspector Majid said that he had tried to placate the mobs but since his superiors had forbidden the police from exercising force, they had no choice but to stand down. THE ‘CRIME SCENE’: A visit to Joseph Colony presented the sight of a war-ravaged town, reminiscent of the destruction caused in the Gojra riots of 2009. Talking to Pakistan Today, a visibly distraught citizen, Jehanzeb Masih said, “I have no idea what the Punjab government is doing. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has had poor record of safeguarding the rights of minorities in the country. Today’s targeting of our homes was one such example of the failure of the government to protect us.” he said that the police contingents had remained on the sidelines, fingering their weapons, but not taking a single step forward to stop the violent mobs from destroying their homes. he said that loot and plunder had been committed in the name of religion and the only people to have suffered were innocent bystanders. Ijaz Masih, another resident, told Pakistan Today that certain individuals in the mob sawed off gas pipelines to ensure maximum damage to the houses. “We are now forced to believe that this is not our country. even if Sawan had committed the alleged blasphemy, why has the entire locality been subjected to such atrocity?” haroon Khokhar, a hapless father of four daughters, wept as he narrated to Pakistan Today how the raiders had forced their way into his house after

The accused Sawan Masih with CLAAS chief Joseph Francis before being handed over to the police. A photo session with the ‘victim’ is important to convince foreign donors, say advocacy groups.

Protesters ensure maximum damage to a house. murtaza ali

breaking open four locks. “They took everything valuable that I possessed. They even took my daughters’ dowry that we have been collecting over the past several years. They also burned down my new rickshaw that I had bought just last week. I ask Shahbaz Sharif why he stopped the police from acting against the mobs,” he said. ROLE OF CHRISTIAN NGOs: The area’s residents were also critical of the role of some Christian non-government organisations such as CLAAS, Sharing Life Ministry, Pakistan Christian Movement and human Liberation Commission which, according to them, had only worked to worsen the situation. “Joseph Francis of CLAAS, Sohail Johnson, Saleem Gabriel and Aslam Pervaiz Sahotra used the incident for their vested interests. Sawan had initially been taken in by Saleem Gabriel and Aslam Sahotra who later handed him over to Joseph Francis. People close to Gabriel and Francis told us that the latter had paid Rs 100,000 to them for Sawan’s custody. Francis then organised a photo session with the accused and around 2am on Saturday gave him in the custody of the Badami Bagh police,” a resident Raja Asif confided to Pakistan Today. he said that the violence could have been prevented if Francis and the others had conveyed to the Muslims that Sawan had been handed over to the police. “They however chose to keep mum, which resulted in the massive damage to our homes. Loss of lives and property is good business for such NGOs. Now when we have lost everything they have the nerve to come to our neighbourhood again. It’s not just the Muslim extremists, there are black sheep within our community too,” he said, adding that Sohail Johnson and others were carrying burnt Bibles in their hands which they had retrieved from the debris. “They were showing it to the media people and giving inciting statements… It is appalling that our homes and belongings have been destroyed yet these NGOs are more concerned about burnt holy books and TV interviews,” he said, regretting that no Christian political leader had visited the locality since Friday evening to console them. “We are political orphans.”

‘I SAVED SAWAN’S LIFE’: Reacting to the charge, Francis told Pakistan Today that he had not offered any money for Sawan’s custody. “I took him from his sister’s house. The locals are misinformed,” he said. Francis said that he had presented Sawan to the police and had also conveyed to the area’s Muslims about his arrest. “The local Christians wanted to hand Sawan over to the police themselves but that would have surely led to his instant killing. I saved his life!” Asked about the photo session with the accused, Francis readily agreed to email the photographs to the writer. “We will fight Sawan’s case because he is innocent,” he said, dodging a query on how several persecution cases handled by his organisation had been abandoned midway after the media hype died down. PUNJAB GOVT MOVES: As Joseph Colony simmered in smoke billowing from burnt furniture and crumbling roofs, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif held a press conference on Saturday evening, announcing Rs 200,000 compensation for each Christian family. The CM said that the displaced Christians would be rehabilitated in their homes. he also announced a judicial enquiry into the incident, saying that the Punjab government is writing a letter to the Lahore high Court chief justice in this regard. he said that the government would fulfill all its responsibilities regarding this tragic incident and the “mischievous elements” involved in this incident would be brought to justice. The CM announced that SSP Sohail Sukhera and SP Multan Khan have been immediately made OSDs whereas the DSP and ShO of the area have been suspended. Shahbaz also appreciated the police personnel for evacuating the Christians the night before, which he said had saved several lives. “Rather than stopping the mobs from burning down the houses, the police watched the entire incident as bystanders and the CM has the audacity to praise them for ‘saving Christians’. What can we say but lament the fact that we are a minority governed by an indifferent people,” said a local Christian pastor. With additioNal rEPortiNg by raNa haidEr

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Acts of vandalism against minorities tarnish image of the country. — President Asif Zardari

President, PM take notice of vandalism against Christians in Lahore




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altaf condemns attack on Christians KARACHI iNP

Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf hussain on Saturday condemned the attack on a residential colony of the Christian community in Lahore and burning of their properties. he termed the incident a flagrant failure of the Punjab government. he also expressed solidarity with the Christian families over the incident. Altaf drew parallels with the Gojra riots of 2009 and this incident was reminiscent of the burning down a church and houses of Christian families of the area. he said history had been repeated in a grotesque manner at Badami Bagh. Altaf questioned the law enforcement agencies and political leaders of the province and demanded to know what action had been taken to prevent the incident. Furthermore, he asked the why attackers had been given free reign to destroy the locality completely. Moreover, Altaf said that while it was the duty of every Muslim to protect the honor of the holy Prophet (PBUh), entire communities of a minority could not be wiped out over mere allegations of one person. Furthermore, Altaf noted that Pakistan was going through a very delicate phase of its history. he said questions were being raised by the international media over the future of Pakistan as a nation. he said the tragic incident of Lahore soon after the tragedies in Quettta and Abbas Town was a cause of grave concern.


R e S I D e N T Asif Zardari on Saturday took notice of torching of the houses of Christians by a mob in Badami Bagh Lahore and has called for a report into this unfortunate incident. President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that the president while expressing grave concern over the incident had directed the authorities concerned to ensure safety and security of lives and property of the citizens. The president said that safeguarding the rights of all citizens – Muslims and non-Muslims – was one of the main responsibilities of

the government and it would continue undertaking every effort for protection of their rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan. he said that such acts of vandalism against minorities tarnish the image of the country. Zardari directed the authorities concerned that no one should be allowed to take law into his hands and that the law and order should be ensured, the spokesman added. Separately, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf also took notice of the incident and issued directions for expeditious inquiry of the violence. The premier issued directions for taking measures to stop recurrence of such incidents in the future. Christians, he said, were equal citizens of the land and should be given complete protection.

dejected Christians refuse govt’s charity food LAHORE: The affected Christian community from Joseph Colony refused to accept food provided by the Punjab government, saying their houses and properties had been burnt down and the food being provided now is equivalent to poison. The level of resentment was soaring high as people started returning to witness what was left of their homes and assets. Women were crying, children confounded and many others in a state of complete shock. Religious leaders such as Tahir Ashrafi, hafiz Saeed and Badshahi Masjid’s Abdul Khabeer Azad condemned the mob violence saying even if one person had committed a wrong; the whole community should not have suffered the consequences. Sunni Ittehad Council leader Fazal Karim said the incident had disrespected and insulted Islam. Protests were held in almost all major cities of the country to denounce the incident and to raise a voice for the minorities of the country. In Karachi, the protest gathering turned violent when the police resorted to ‘lathi charge’ at esa Nagri. staFF rEPort

Major attacks on Ahmadis and Christians in Punjab SEPTEMBER 2008 Three Ahmadis were killed in the Punjab province. AUGUST 2009 In Gojra city of Punjab, 40 houses and a church were set ablaze by a mob. Most of the houses were burnt by angry youths against alleged burning of the holy Quran.

Terrorists across Punjab often attack Christians and Ahmadis for being a ‘soft target’. here is a list of major attacks on Christians and Ahmadis in the province. OCTOBER 2000 Unidentified terrorists opened fire on Ahmadiyya worship place in a Sialkot village, killing as many as five worshippers. Ten days later another five Ahmadiyya members were shot dead in Sargodha. OCTOBER 2005 Masked gunmen with Kalashnikov rifles stormed an Ahmaddiya community’s worship place in village Mong in District Mandi Bahauddin, killing eight and wounding 14.

APRIL 2010 Unidentified terrorists ambushed and killed three Ahmadis on Canal Road in Faisalabad. MAy 2010 The banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan killed as many as 86 Ahmadis during two attacks in Lahore’s Garhi Shahu and Model Town areas. MAy 2010 Unidentified terrorists killed two Ahmadis in Narowal. SEPTEMBER 2010 As many as 25 Shias were killed in three bombings in Lahore. comPilEd by JaaN haidEr

At least 6 persons were killed on Saturday and 28 others injured when a blast occurred in a mosque at Mohalla Baqir Shah in congested Mina Bazaar area of the interior city. According to SP Khalid hamdani, around 30 to 35 people were offering Zuhr prayer at Jama Masjid in Mohalla Baqir Shah when a bomb planted nearby went off with a loud bang. As a result of the explosion, six persons were killed while 28 others sustained injuries. he said it was a time device placed inside the mehrab, the space for the prayer leader. Police and rescue workers rushed to the scene soon after the blast. however, it was difficult for them to carry out rescue activities due to the congested streets and pathways. Local people including shop keepers started the initial rescue work at the site till professionals arrived on the scene. The busy shopping bazaar where mostly shops of crockery and ladies tailors were situated was closed down after the blast. Bomb Disposal Unit AIG Shafqat Malik, while talking to journalists, said at least 3 to 4 kilograms of explosives were used in the device. he said the device exploded with the help of a remote control and no signs of suicide attacker were found from the scene.

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PML-N tickets will be handed out on merit only. — Nawaz Sharif

NEWS Sunday, 10 March, 2013

govt’s first priority is to protect its people: Zardari PRESIDENT INAUGURATES SEVERAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN SINDH HYDERABAD agENciEs


ReSIDeNT Asif Ali Zardari said the first priority of the government is to provide protection to the lives and properties of the people at any cost. Addressing the inauguration and ground breaking ceremony of a number of mega development projects worth billions of rupees in hyderabad on Saturday, he said in the ongoing global debate on the issue of security and terrorism‚ Pakistan will also present its point of view at all forums. The president said Pakistan will provide its coal reservoirs to China for producing energy to overcome the existing shortage of electricity in the country. he said the development projects taken by the government including the Thar coal project will bring prosperity in the country and provide enormous job opportunities to the youth. BEHAN BENAzIR BASTI: Zardari inaugurated the ‘Behan Benazir Basti’ housing scheme for the homeless people in hyderabad. Under the housing scheme‚ 65,000 housing units will be constructed for poor people in 23 districts of Sindh. The project will be completed at a cost of Rs 1.6 billion. Addressing a function at hyderabad Club to hand over ownership certificates and keys of the newly constructed houses under the

LightNiNg kiLLs soLdier iN Lower dir LOWER DIR iNP

A soldier was killed while six others sustained injuries when lightning fell on two security check posts on the Pak-Afghan border on Saturday. According to details, the lightening fell in Sro Gulo on security check post of Dir Scouts due to which a soldier, identified as Noorul haq, passed away. The lightning also fell on the Pakistan Army check post in Three Paman, injuring six soldiers, identified as Ashraf, Umar Daraz, Amir and three others. The injured were shifted to a hospital.


scheme, Zardari said provision of houses to destitute families of Sindh is the fulfillment of yet another promise. he said it is a great pleasure for him to distribute the ownership certificates of low-cost houses to the poorest of the poor families under Shaheed Benazir Bhutto housing Programme. Referring to the vision of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, the president said the democratic government remained committed to providing “Roti, Kapra and Makan” to the people. he said the completion and distribution of these housing units is a landmark achievement of the government of Sindh. The president said it is a giant step towards fulfilling the pledges made by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. KARACHI-HyDERABAD MOTORWAy: The president also laid the foundation stone of Karachi-hyderabad M9 Motorway in hyderabad and the 48 km long hyderabad-Badin Road‚ which has been completed at a cost of Rs 184 million. DARAWAT DAM PROJECT: Addressing a function at the inauguration of the Darawat Dam Project, the president said a number of initiatives have been undertaken by the present government to achieve goals set out in the energy policy. Zardari said the present democratically elected government has devised a

comprehensive energy policy aimed at meeting the current and future demands of power. The present government is focusing on the exploration of new resources of water and hydropower, he added. he said the energy mix is also being improved to cater to the needs of the time. he said the government is also developing other alternate resources of energy like coal, wind and solar. As part of the energy policy the government is building a number of small and medium dams throughout the country, he said. The president said over two dozen hydropower projects were in progress, adding that completion of these projects would add 21,000 MW of low-cost hydro power to the national grid. he said these projects will also store 13 million acre feet of water for agriculture. Darawat Dam Project, he said, is part of these small and medium dams. The dam has been constructed on Nai Baran near Jhangri village in Jamshoro district and will provide water to irrigate additional 25,000 acres of land. he said although the government had inherited a serious energy crisis, it took a number of steps to resolve it. he said the country was facing the current energy crisis due to thoughtless reversal of energy policies in mid nineties.

HYDERABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari gives away ownership rights to women after inaugurating Behan Benazir Bastis at Hyderabad Club on Saturday. iNP

terrorists fine bara family for administering anti-polio drops

electoral reforms bill: the last hurdle before elections ISLAMABAD tayyab hussaiN


Terrorists in Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency held a family at gunpoint for administering anti-polio drops to its children. According to a British news website, the terrorists imposed a Rs 20,000 fine on the family in this regard. The terrorists also threatened that action would be taken against other families if they tried to inoculate their children. The website also claimed that after the incident, the area people had boycotted the vaccination campaign, saying that they could put their lives at risk.

Pressure tactics by the federal government coupled with silent support from all provincial governments is likely to lead Chief election Commissioner (CeC) Fakharuddin G ebrahim to surrender over the issue of electoral reforms, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably. A source in the election watchdog told Pakistan Today that the CeC was facing isolation over the issue because the four provincial election commissions have also advised him not to insist for electoral reforms since there was little time left. “We fear that if further pressure mounts over the CeC, he may opt to resign leaving behind a constitutional crisis since he holds a tenure post and his ouster may result in a delay in election,” the source added. According to the source,

the federal and provincial governments were persistent on their stance that the implementation of electoral reforms bill as proposed by the eCP was impossible because verification of information provided by all the candidates contesting for national and provincial assemblies was not possible in the stipulated time. “It seems that the four provincial election commission members have joined hands and they are pressing the CeC not to insist for electoral reforms while all possible tactics are being used by Law Minister Farooq h Naek to thwart this bid,” the source added. however, the source said that the CeC seems in no mood to budge even an inch from his principled and legal stance and is insisting for implementation of the bill even if the eCP has decided with majority against the proposed bill and there are chances he might resign in protest. The enforcement of elec-

toral reforms bill will directly hit the interests of PPP, PMLN, ANP and other traditional political parties as it would block entry of politicians accused of massive corruption. The bill also seeks 30 days to scrutinise the credentials of candidates such as tax returns, foreign visits, bank loans and utility bills etc. When contacted, eCP Director General elections Sher Afgan did not give his point of view on the matter. The eCP had approved a draft of electoral reforms for effective legislation aimed at implementation of articles 62 and 63 of the constitution to curb rigging in the upcoming general elections, besides ensuring transparency and credibility of polls. In addition, the commission also proposed enhancement of monetary penalty for illegal and corrupt practices by contesting candidates and approved an increased nomination fee for the candidates.

sC flays spy agencies for lacking coordination SECRETARY INTERIOR, ISI, MI CHIEFS ASKED TO SUBMIT REPORTS ON ABBAS TOWN CARNAGE KARACHI ismail dilaWar

The Supreme Court, in its interim order issued early Saturday, concluded that prima facie there was no coordination between the country’s forces on intelligence sharing to pre-empt terrorist acts like the one that took place last Sunday in Abbas Town. Calling for “concerted efforts” to materialise such information between all agencies, the court stopped short of fixing responsibility on any of the institutions and asked the spy agencies to cooperate and develop an effective system to ensure protection of life and security of the general public. The apex court observed that all of the 631 cases heard so far in the

Anti-terrorism courts (ATCs) in the violence-hit city were put away for the want of evidence. The court ordered the Sindh government to establish at least 15 to 20 more ATCs in the city as the existing courts were overburdened and not fulfilling the legal requirement of deciding cases within seven days of registration. The court also observed that no one on behalf of the secretary interior appeared in the court to submit a report on the Abbas Town incident. No report, it said, had been submitted by spy agencies such as ISI and Military Intelligence either. The orders came from a larger bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The bench comprised Justices Jawwad S Khawaja, Khilji Arif hussain, Amir hani Muslim and ejaz Afzal Khan. “We have been informed that about 631 cases are pending before the ATC No.1, 2 and 3 of Karachi and at the same time, out of the cases which have been heard, a hun-

dred percent acquittal has been recorded,” it said. The bench ordered the prosecutor general to look into all cases wherein acquittal had been recorded and the accused had been allowed to go free and point out defects in the investigation. The prosecutor general is also required to start proceedings against Investigation officers found responsible for the same. The court said in future the officers must collect “incriminating evidence” so the culprits could be brought to book. The monitoring judges of the supreme and high courts shall watch proceedings of the ATCs in terms of law, said the bench. The court also took notice of the present ATC, housed in a dilapidated building. Citing a report from the registrar of Sindh high Court, the bench also observed that there was no arrangement of lockups inside the ATC building. “They are confined in a cage, meant for the use of animals,

which has no roof. This is a violation of article 14 of the constitution which guarantees the dignity of human beings,” it said. The judges in these ATCs, the court said, were sitting in a place meant for a kitchen to conduct court proceedings. The Sindh chief secretary has been directed to make immediate arrangements for housing the courts along with lockups. On the conduct of DIG Shabbir Shaikh, presently holding the charge of IGP, the bench said it was a personal obligation of the chief secretary to inquire into the conduct of Shaikh. Slamming the secretary interior for not appearing before the court and spy agencies for not submitting reports on Abbas Town blasts, the judges asked the concerned authorities to immediately put up reports in compliance of orders within three days. The court also noted “painfully” that despite a suo motu

judgment on the Karachi law and order case, no dedicated efforts had been made to depoliticise the police force and to assign the task of controlling law and order and preventing commission of terrorism and other crimes by appointing honest police officers. The court directed Karachi Commissioner Syed hashim Raza Zaidi to rehabilitate the affected people of Abbas Town. The commissioner has also been asked |to take steps to provide subsistence allowance to the persons who had lost their businesses. “During the hearing, we have been informed that last night 14 murders took place in Karachi. The IGP is directed to place on record the FIRs registered and ensure that all possible efforts shall be made to control crimes and officers of the rank of SSP, DIG should be held responsible, in case crime is not controlled in different areas of the city,” the bench said. hearing will resume on March 21.

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ppp government fighting for women rights: rubina saadat ISLAMABAD aPP

human Rights Parliamentary Secretary Rubina Saadat Qaim Khani on Friday said the government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was fighting against the typical mind set which pushed woman rights in the background in our country. Talking to a private TV channel, she said that some rightist political parties were opposing the woman rights bill in the parliament to promote a male dominant society. She said that Mohtarma Banazir Bhutto Shaheed had empowered the Pakistani women and gave them strength to become a productive part of the society. Rubina said that this democratic government was also fully committed to fight for women rights and has made legislations under the banner of the parliament to protect women. Replying to a question, she said that the parliament was supreme and through this powerful forum woman parliamentarians could protect the rights of common women at grassroots levels. Replying to another question, she said that the government had started the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) to financially empower the women of the rural areas. She added that through BISP, women from rural areas were getting support in the form of health insurance funds for education and new businesses. Rubina said that girls’ education was necessary to empower women in our society and create awareness for women rights. She urged the media and civil society to spread awareness in rural areas regarding women rights.

precious trees burnt to ashes in forest fire NATHIA GALI oNliNE

Several precious trees were burnt to ashes on Saturday after a fire broke out in a forest near Nathia Gali. According to media reports, the fire could be seen from a tourism site 10 kilometers away on the road from Nathia Gali to Abbottabad. The cause of the fire could not be ascertained as yet.

RAWALPINDI: Students are busy studying in a classroom at Government Christian Higher Secondary School Rawalpindi, where the state of the building speaks volumes about the performance of concerned authorities. ONLINE

encroachments make life difficult for shoppers ISLAMABAD aPP


hOPPeRS at Aabpara and Melody markets are facing problems due to growing encroachments, poor sewerage, and lack of parking facilities. The two markets are the oldest and busiest business centers in the city but they were now causing immense difficulties for shoppers and traders. encroached pavements made it hard for visitors to walk through the corridors of these markets. Civic authorities have turned a blind eye to the plight of these markets. Talking to this scribe, a number of visitors criticised the authorities for not taking any action against the

shopkeepers who had encroached upon the corridors and footpaths. Azmat Malik, a visitor, said it had become a nuisance to shop at Melody and Aabpara markets. "I live in G-6 and it is convenient for me to shop at these markets but their condition is worsening, making it hard for me to continue shopping here," he said. Malik added that the shopkeepers and vendors had not only encroached upon the pavements but also upon the corridors in front of shops, making it hard for people to move around and shop comfortably. "Shopkeepers allow encroachers to occupy space in front of their shops, as they get money in return," he added. Naeem Asghar, another shopper, complained about bad sanitary

conditions of the markets where sewage kept on gushing out of the drains. "each time I visit the market, I have to face pounds of stinky water which obstruct the movement of visitors," he said. Car parking is another major problem being confronted by visitors who have to wait for hours to get a space to park their vehicles. "It takes a lot of time to roam around and find a place for parking," said a motorist, Saleem. Citizens have asked the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to remove encroachments and build parking areas around Aabpara and Melody markets. CDA officials were not available to comment despite repeated attempts.

Supply of brackish water irks residents RAWALPINDI oNliNE

Broken water pipelines are forcing residents of Mohalla Abbasia to drink brackish and contaminated water. The water pipelines were laid 15 years ago and they have undergone extensive wear and tear which has made them unworkable. The gutter filth mixes up with the water which is being

supplied to the residents of the town. Due to supply of polluted water, women have to fetch drinking water from remote areas. WASA staff deployed at tube wells of the area remained absent from their duty, depriving the residents of water supply facility from the lonely tubewell of the area. The residents demanded WASA to ensure clean water supply arrangements immediately otherwise they would be forced to protest on the streets.

pathanay khan remembered


Prominent folk singer Pathanay Khan was remembered on his 13th death anniversary on Saturday. Pathanay Khan was born in 1926 in the village Basti Tambu Wali, situated in the heart of the Thal Desert. he is considered a great Seraiki folk singer and sang kafis and ghazals (traditional forms of poetry) which were largely based on the Sufi poetry of Khwaja Ghulam Farid and Shah hussain. he gave a new meaning to Khawaja Fareed’s poetry through his style and his spirit of singing. Pathanay Khan introduced many great poets of the Seraiki belt through his dhoras (traditional folk poems) that appeared as a preamble to his kafis. Pathanay Khan died after protracted illness in his native town of Kot Adduon on Thursday, March 9, 2000. he was also given the President's Pride of Performance Award. Radio Pakistan Multan hosted a function on Saturday to pay tribute to the renowned folk singer.

PIMS employees protest against naming of university after ZAB ISLAMABAD staFF rEPort

In order to quell voice of employees of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), who were raising their voice against government’s move to award university status to PIMS and naming it after PPP’s founding Chairman Zaulfikar Ali Bhutto, the Islamabad police registered an FIR against over 50 protesters, employees alleged. On Friday, government got the bill of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) approved from Senate.

The employees were booked for violating section 144 imposed in the city. Police said that in violation of section 144, around 60 to 70 employees of PIMS staged a protest rally in front of PIMS on March 4 and kept Ibn-e-Sina Road blocked for several hours. “We are being targeted for raising our voices against the government and against naming of PIMS after Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. We love Bhutto, he was a great leader, but PPP is using his name for political gain. To honor the great leader, PPP should build some new institutions,” said an employee of PIMS. On Friday night, police registered an

FIR against five people by name and against 60 to 70 unidentified protesters. Those whose names were included in the FIR include Manzar Abbas Naqvi and Tanveer Noshai. “The protesters violated section 144 that is why we registered an FIR against them,” said ASI Mumtaz Baig, who was investigating the case. It is relevant to note here that the ruling PPP got the on SZABBMU passed from both house of the parliament, amid strong uproar by the opposition parties in the parliament and protest by PIMS employees on various roads of the metropolis.

Capital Administration and Development Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal moved the bill which was passed clause by clause by his party’ legislators. PIMS has been upgraded to a medical university, SZABMU. “SZABMU has been empowered to confer degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions,” the minister said. All medical and health institutions located in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), excluding the constituent college of a university, would from now on be affiliated with SZBMU.

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Children assembly demands quality education ISLAMABAD NNi


he first ever children’s assembly of Pakistan demanded on Saturday to ensure free and quality education, enhancing educational budget to 4 percent of the GDP. They demanded special initiatives for education, particularly for girl’s literacy and to establish a help line for registering complaints regarding children. ‘We Can end All Violence Against Women’, in collaboration with Oxfam GB organised a children assembly comprising of 200 children from across the nation. The assembly presented policy recommendation ensuring free and compulsory education, advocating that children should be involved in the decision making process and consultation regarding issues that affect their future. The whole proceeding revolved around a right-based approach, with children demanding their right to a free education. The debate in the assembly focused around five thematic areas which include access to free and compulsory education, quality education, school management committees and public-private partnership and girls education. General Secretary of ‘We Can’, hajera Pasha said, “Children would know better about their issues, and this assembly has proven they surely have the ability to solve their problems”. Children assembly provided an opportunity to children of remote and deprived areas to present not only issues that concerned their education,

but also gave them the confidence of addressing their issues with key policy recommendations. explaining the rationale and philosophy of the event, Muhammad Aashir, program manager of We Can said, “The concept of children assembly rotated around inculcating leadership qualities within children and generating awareness among children about their rights and duty as responsible citizens” Attiya Malik, student of Government Primary School Jagatpur, Muzzafargarh said “I am so happy and confident now. I blacked-out once in the rehearsals but I was given the self confidence of addressing the assembly and making my voice heard”. Oxfam’s Associate Country Direction, Dr Noreen Khalid said that girls’ education should be ensured and given due priority. “Women in Pakistan face extreme issues and only through education can they be empowered. This would have a lasting impact on not only their household domain but also on the entire society,” she added. The ceremony was attended by members of civil society organization, parliamentarians, government official and others. Addressing the assembly Saddiqueul Farooq of PML-N said that his party’s manifesto was open to debate and flexible to changes. he appreciated the efforts of children and highlighted their recommendations as pragmatic in addressing micro-issues that plague the education system in Pakistan. Girls would be provided easy and safe access to schools along with scholarships from class one. Committee on quality education

emphasised on accountability of school administration, surprise visits, introduction of new ideas and modern techniques in curriculum, teaching of Urdu as a compulsory subject and utilisation of information technology in learning systems.

The committee on girls’ education recommended that every village housing 100 to 200 households must have a school, a 40 student per teacher ratio and transport facilities for students, particularly for girls belonging to far flung areas. The committee

on free and compulsory education, while presenting its recommendations, suggested that educational budget should immediately be enhanced to 4 percent of the GDP and would be supplemented by a gradual increase.

three dead, three injured in collision ISLAMABAD aPP

A truck rammed into a tractor-trolley near Government Muslim high School on GT Road on Saturday killing three people and injuring three others. According to a private news channel, rescue sources said that the tractor-trolley was on its way to Rawalpindi when a speeding truck rammed into the tractortrolley from behind, killing three labourers on board and injuring three others. The truck driver managed to escape from the scene. The injured and the deceased were taken to Tehsil headquarter hospital.

heC makes verification of matric/intermediate certificates mandatory ISLAMABAD iNP

ISLAMABAD: Artists perform during a stage play titled ‘Mai Sohni’ organised by Pakistan National Council of Arts in collaboration with the Ministry of Narcotics at PNCA Auditorium. INp

Women festival in full swing ISLAMABAD staFF rEPort

A 3-day Women Festival which was inaugurated on Friday on the International Women’s Day by First Lady Begum Nusrat Pervez Ashraf is in full swing at Lok Virsa complex in Shakarparian. The event was organized by Lok Virsa, Parliamentary Commission for human Rights and Lok Parya NGO. The festival featured a number of

activities such as artisans-at-work, poster competition titled “Peace through Women empowerment”, speech competition on “Role of Women in Strengthening the Democracy”, candlelight demonstration, stalls of organisations working for women empowerment, food courts, children’s play area, painting exhibition on “Voilence Against Women”, training workshop on “Gender and Development” with special focus on violence against

women and harassment at workplace, mushaira and musical performance. Due to a holiday, a large number of residents of twin cities of Rawalpindi-Islamabad, in particular women and children thronged the festival and expressed solidarity with rural women demonstrating their skills at the festival grounds. The major attraction of the festival remained women artisans-at-work which was participated in by over 50 craftswomen along with their helpers.

Prominent artisans included Fouzia Naheed in toy making, Ambreen Fatima in wall hanging, Mehvish in block printing, Tasneem Bibi in hazara embroidery, Gulzar Shireen in gota kinari, Rehana Nigar in embroidery, Shabana Riaz in rilli, Saadia Nasreen in metal and stone work, Rubina Yasmin in Multani embroidery, hina Kaleem in mirror mosaic work, Khalil ur Rehman in truck art and Zia ul haq in blue pottery.

higher education Commission (heC) directed vice chancellors of all universities not to verify any degree without first verifying matriculation and intermediate certificates of parliamentarians. Sources said on Saturday that the heC, in a letter to the Vice Chancellor, emphasised that no degree should be verified unless and until they get a verification of the matriculation and intermediate certificates of the candidates. The heC made it clear that in no way the commission was bypassed in the verification of degrees of members of the parliament and no pressure would be accepted in this regard. It was further directed that the universities should not directly verify the degrees of parliamentarians and the heC be informed accordingly. It was made clear that if the heC was not information about the verification process, the degrees would be declared fake. The heC also stressed laid down procedures for the verification of degrees should be followed strictly.

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We are at war, and our security as a nation depends on winning that war. — Condoleezza Rice


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maduro sworN iN as veNeZueLa aCtiNg presideNt CARACAS: Venezuela's vice president has been sworn in as interim president, just hours after hundreds of thousands of mourners attended the state funeral of late President Hugo Chavez. Nicolas Maduro’s swearing-in on Friday took place at the National Assembly in the capital Caracas. It had earlier been set to be staged in the same military academy where the funeral - attended by more than 30 heads of state - was held. "I swear by the most absolute loyalty to comrade Hugo Chavez that we will fulfill and see that it's fulfilled the constitution ... with the iron fist of a people ready to be free," Maduro, 50, said at his swearing-in. Venezuela's opposition coalition had announced through spokesman Angel Medina that it would boycott the inauguration of Chavez's hand-picked successor, calling it "fraudulent". Henrique Capriles, tipped as the opposition's candidate in upcoming elections, said: "Nicolas, nobody elected you president. The people didn't vote for you, kid". Capriles, who lost to Chavez in the October presidential election, argued that the constitution requires the vice president to step down from his post in order to run for president. He also said Maduro had used the funeral earlier in the day to campaign for the presidency. The country's Supreme Court has ruled that Maduro could become acting president while polls were called within 30 days. Call for election Shortly after his swearing-in, Maduro urged the national electoral council to "immediately" call an election. He said he had officially asked Tibisay Lucena, the council president, to "immediately convene presidential elections". agENciEs

biN LadeN's soN-iN-Law pLeads Not guiLty nEw YoRk: Osama bin Laden's son-in-law has pleaded not guilty at a court in New York to charges of conspiring to kill US nationals. Suleiman Abu Ghaith, reportedly a 47year-old Kuwaiti and allegedly one of the chief propagandists of the alQaeda network, entered the plea through a lawyer on Friday. Abu Ghaith, who was brought to the US after being arrested in Jordan, stands accused of plotting "to kill nationals of the United States", the US Justice Department said on Thursday. Eric Holder, US attorney-general, said the arrest showed that the US would never relent in its pursuit of the fighters who launched the attacks of September 11, 2001, on New York and Washington. "No amount of distance or time will weaken our resolve to bring America's enemies to justice," he said. "To violent extremists who threaten the American people and seek to undermine our way of life, this arrest sends an unmistakable message. "There is no corner of the world where you can escape from justice because we will do everything in our power to hold you accountable to the fullest extent of the law." US authorities accuse Ghaith of assisting bin Laden, who was killed in a 2011 raid by American commandos, and of taking to the airwaves to promote al-Qaeda's war against America after the 9/11 attacks. 'Great army gathering'. agENciEs

keNyatta wiNs keNya's presideNtiaL eLeCtioN nAiRoBi: Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's deputy prime minister, has won the country's presidential election with 50.07 percent of the vote, official results show, just enough to avoid a runoff. The country's electoral commission said voter turnout in the election was 88 percent. Following the announcement on Saturday, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who came second in the election, said he would contest the result. Odinga's camp had said during tallying that the ballot count was deeply flawed and had called for it to be halted. Kenyatta and William Ruto, his running mate, said before the results were announced on Saturday that they were "proud and honoured for the trust being put on them". Kenyatta's Jubilee Coalition party "took a message to the people of Kenya," it said in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency. "We are grateful to the people of Kenya for accepting this message." Joyous supporters of Kenyatta thronged the streets in his tribal strongholds on Saturday following the result, lighting fluorescent flares and waving tree branches and chanting "Uhuru, Uhuru". agENciEs

SAnTiAgo: Chilean riot police protect themselves with shields during clashes with students on Saturday. agENciEs

blast hits kabul as us defence chief visits KABuL



T least nine people have been killed in a suicide bombing outside the Afghan defence ministry in Kabul as US Defence Secretary Chuck hagel visits the country, officials have said. hagel was nowhere near the explosion on Saturday, said a spokesman for Afghanistan's NATOled International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). A US defence official said hagel was in a safe location at an ISAF facility. A police officer said all the dead were civilians and that "two or three" ministry personnel were among the injured in Saturday's blast. Officials said an attacker riding a bicycle detonated explosives near the main entrance to the ministry. "A suicide attacker has detonated himself within 30 metres of the defence ministry gate," ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said. Roads around the ministry building, which is near the presidential palace, were closed as emergency officials cleared the area of debris and

washed blood from the street. A wall surrounding the ministry was pockmarked with shrapnel. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. "This was not a direct attack to target him [hagel] but we want to send a message that we are always capable of hitting Kabul even when the top US defence official is there," Zabiullah Mujahid told the AFP news agency by telephone. elsewhere in the country, at least nine people eight of them civilians and one a policeman - were killed in a suicide bombing in Khost city. hagel arrived in Kabul on Friday for his first trip abroad after being sworn in last month. he was due to meet US commanders and Afghan President hamid Karzai. hagel said he would also make his own assessment about the United States' longest war as it enters its final stretch. The visit comes after Karzai has taken steps to limit US military activities. "I need to better understand what's going on," he said. The visit is hagel's first trip to Afghanistan since a mid-2008 visit with then-senator Barack Obama during Obama's campaign for the presi-

dency. hagel, an early Republican critic of the Iraq war, will help determine how large a residual mission will be kept in Afghanistan once NATO troops concludes its combat mission at the end of next year. James Mattis, the outgoing head of the US military's Central Command, said on Tuesday that he recommended keeping 13,600 American troops, which is a higher number than considered by the White house and NATO defence chiefs. "I think it is important [that] General Mattis all of our commanders - have an opportunity for their input. The president wants that, needs that, welcomes that," said hagel, adding that the president had not made a final decision. "If you look at the role that we've had for the past 12 years as the lead combatant in Afghanistan, that's a totally different role than what we're transitioning into," he said, discussing the role of the US mission after Afghans take charge of their security. "I think we are transitioning in a way that give the Afghan people a very hopeful future." Obama has already announced the withdrawal of 34,000 US troops by early 2014.

egyptians protest after port said verdicts CAIRO agENciEs

Fans of rival football teams have taken to the streets in egypt, angered by verdicts over last year's deadly stadium riots in Port Said. Fans of the Cairo club Al-Ahly, angered by the acquittal of seven police officers, set fire to a police officers' club and the football federation's headquarters in the capital. hundreds of people also took to the streets in Port Said to protest against a Cairo court's upholding of the death sentences of 21 fans accused of sparking the riots that left 74 people - most of them Al-Ahly supporters - dead. The death sentences, passed on January 28, have been a flashpoint for protests across the country. The football stadium deaths occurred in February 2012 at the end of a match between Al-Ahly and local side Al-Masry. Spectators were crushed when panicked crowds tried to escape from the stadium after a pitch invasion by supporters of Al-Masry. Two senior policemen - the former head of police security General essam Samak and Brigadier General Mohammed Saaed - were sentenced to 15 years in prison. Saaed had the keys to the stadium gates, which were locked at the time of the riot. Witnesses have said that police deployed at the stadium were passively staying on the sidelines and

did not interfere to stop the violence. Thousands of Al-Ahly fans gathered at their club in Cairo to hear the verdicts being announced on live television. Reacting to the acquittals of the seven policemen, dozens of fans headed to the police building closest to their stadium - the officers' club. Another crowd set the headquarters of the egyptian Football Federation ablaze. Tharwat Sueilam, the director of the federation, told Al Jazeera that there were no injuries.. Al-Ahly supporters also briefly blocked the capital's October Bridge, one of the most vital bridges in the city. Most of those condemned to death were fans of Port Said's Al-Masry. In the city, several hundred people, many of them relatives of the defendants, gathered outside the local government offices to vent their anger over the verdicts. Some protesters headed to the Suez canal, apparently in a bid to block movement of ships, but were stopped by the army. Witnesses said protesters untied speedboats used to supply shipping, hoping the boats would drift into the waterway and disrupt passing vessels. The January verdicts led to protests in the city that left about 40 people dead, most of them shot by police. Many residents of Port Said, have seen the trial as unjust and politicised. Football fans in the city say they feel the authorities were biased in favour of Al-Ahly, egypt's most powerful club.

vatican sets date for pope election conclave VATICAN CITY agENciEs

The Vatican has set Tuesday as the the start date for the conclave that will elect the next pope. The Roman Catholic Church's press office said the decision was taken after a vote by cardinals on Friday. Tuesday will begin with a Mass in the morning, followed by the first round of balloting in the afternoon. All of the 115 cardinal electors will vote for the next leader of the 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI's surprise abdication last month has drawn most of the world's cardinals to Vatican City for discussions on the problems facing the church, and to discuss who they want to succeed him. There is no clear favourite to take the helm of the Vatican, which faces an array of problems following Benedict's rocky, eight-year reign, ranging from sexual abuse scandals to internal strife at the heart of the Vatican administration. The cardinals have made it clear they want a quick conclave to make sure that they can all return to their dioceses in time to lead easter celebrations, the most important event in the Roman Catholic calendar.

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Lack of knowledge has led to persistent violation of constitution. — PML-N leader Siddiqueul Farooq

NEWS Sunday, 10 March, 2013

ashraf’s pilgrimage marred with protests AJMER



RIMe Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf flew in with about 50 people on Saturday amidst protests at the 13th century shrine of Ajmer Sharif at Ra-

jasthan. The Pakistani prime minister also faced a symbolic boycott at the dargah. The spiritual head of the sufi shrine did not assist him in prayers as a mark of protest over the mutilation of the bodies of two Indian soldiers in January. Opposing the visit, local lawyers and representatives of market associations staged protests. After he offered a chadar - a ceremonial cloth inscribed with religious versesand floral tributes, Ashraf prayed for

rpps case: sC admits pm’s request for hearing on 11th ISLAMABAD iNP

JAiPUR: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf shakes hands with indian Foreign minister Salman khurshid on arrival at a hotel here on Saturday. oNliNE

Iranian parliament to discuss massacre of Pakistani Shias TEHRAN NNi

The Iranian parliament plans to study how to react to the recent killings of Pakistani Shias, a senior Iranian lawmaker announced on Saturday. Speaking to FNA, Secretary of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad hassan Asafari said parliament’s presiding board will definitely discuss the recent bomb attacks and killings of the Pakistani Shia community in its Sunday’s session. “We will also ask the foreign ministry to ask Pakistan’s envoy for explanations (on the issue),” he said, and added, “If this move proves to be ineffective, we will make use of our other authorities.” “The government of Pakistan should explain why it has not shown a decisive

reaction to these terrorist activities,” the Iranian lawmaker said. earlier today, thousands of Iranian seminary students and teachers staged a protest gathering in the grand mosque of the holy city of Qom to strongly condemn the recent bomb attacks and killings of the Pakistani Shia community. Pakistani Shias have come under increasing attacks in recent months. In a recent case, over 45 were killed in a terrorist attack on the Shia community in Karachi last Sunday. The seminarians from Qom and other Iranian cities gathered in Qom’s grand mosque today to protest and show anger against the brutal killings of Shia Muslims in neighbouring Pakistan. Prominent religious figures and personalities, including Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, also joined the protesters who chanted slogans against the brutal attacks.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan converted into petition, the letter received from Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, for appointment of an independent commission headed by Shoaib Suddle, in the Rental Power Projects case and scheduled it for hearing on Monday, March 11, 2013. The apex court issued a notice to Ashraf to appear in person or through his counsel. After going through the contents of the letter, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry passed the order that the letter may be registered, subject to all just exceptions, as a civil miscellaneous application.

hindrance in polls will not be tolerated: Nawaz LAHORE iNP

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday that no hindrance will be tolerated in the holding of general elections. In a meeting with Jamiat Ahle hadith secretary general hafiz Abdul Karim at Raiwind, Sharif said accountability of corrupt rulers has become inevitable. The PML-N chief said all parties will have to take decisions in the national interest, keeping personal interests aside. he said the PML-N, after coming into power, will implement every single clause of its manifesto. “We want to take all democratic forces along,” he said, adding that the present rulers had given nothing to the country during the last five years except crises.

Before his visit to the dargah, Ashraf met the Indian external Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid over lunch at Jaipur. After the meeting, Khurshid said he did not discuss issues like terrorism with Ashraf because he was on a private visit to India. “This was a private visit. It was a pilgrimage for Ashraf. This was not the occasion nor did I have the authority to discuss such issues,” Khurshid told reporters after the lunch and added. The opposition party BJP questioned why the Indian government was going out of way to interact with the Pakistani leader. The government, however, insisted that it was only following basic protocol. “In accordance with normal diplomatic protocol, we are extending him due courtesies,” a spokesperson in the Ministry of external Affairs said.

peace in the world and prosperity in Pakistan. “My family and I are fortunate to get the opportunity to visit the dargah. I thank you Garib Nawaz. I wish for peace in the world and for peace and prosperity in Pakistan,” the Pakistani PM wrote in Urdu in the visitor’s book. Ashraf, along with his wife and some of his relatives among others, offered prayers at the Dargah and stayed inside the historic shrine for about 30 minutes. There were tight security arrangements for Ashraf’s visit. Over 1,000 police personnel guarded the entire stretch from the helipad to the dargah. The police had to use mild force to disperse a group of protestors who had gathered at Favvara circle to show black flags to the prime minister on his way back to the Ghughra helipad on the outskirts of the city.

As PM Ashraf visits India, US backs high-level PakistanIndia engagement WASHINGTON sPEcial corrEsPoNdENt

The United States strongly backs high-level dialogue between Pakistan and India and welcomes any new visit that helps improve ties between the two South Asian nations, the State Department said as Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf made a private trip to India. “As a general matter —- we strongly support these ties and communications and high-level dialogue between India and Pakistan, the progress that they’ve made in visa, in travel, in economic warming,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said. “So if there’s a new visit coming up that’s a good thing, and we’ll get more on that as that happens,” she added when asked to comment on Ashraf ’s private visit at the daily briefing. The Pakistani leader’s spiritual journey to Ajmer Sharif took on a new meaning as his trip marked the the first top political level interaction in the wake of killing of soldiers in military skirmishes along Kashmir line of control and revelation of Chuck hagel’s speech before he became US defense secretary that Indian financed troubles in Pakistan from across the Afghan border. The recent developments have set back the progress they achieved in terms of maintaining ceasefire along the line of control over the

past several years in disputed Kashmir territory. New Delhi’s hardened stance has slowed down the tempo of confidence-building measures like facilitation of bilateral trade and easing of visa processes. Washington, which is vitally engaged with both Islamabad and New Delhi on wide-ranging issues including the Afghan peace and regional security, has been counseling the two countries to talk to each other. The State Department spokesperson confirmed Washington’s interest in seeing the two uneasy neighbors talk to each other, when asked if the U.S. ambassadors are in touch with the two countries on this private visit, Nuland said: “We are always encouraging from our – at the ambassadorial level in both Delhi and Islamabad increasing warming in that relationship.” But during Saturday’s private visit, New Delhi showed no signs of relenting on its political stance visà-vis taking forward the peace moves as Ashraf ’s counterpart Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said improvement in ties depended on Pakistan addressing the terrorism issue. India’s external Affairs minister Salman Khurshid hosted a lunch for Prime Minister Ashraf but insisted the private visit afforded no opportunity for formal talks on improving bilateral ties.

Report says Ghazi-Barotha management responsible for Feb 24 power breakdown ISLAMABAD iNP

The report of an inquiry into a massive malfunction in the power grid, which led to a rolling blackout across Pakistan on February 24, was submitted to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday. According to sources, the report held the management of Ghazi-Barotha hydropower Project, a 1450-megawatt runof-the-river project along the Indus River, responsible for the nationwide breakdown. The report said that Ghazi-Barotha

shut down three of its generation units at 11:25 PM on February 24, depriving the national grid of a power supply of 870 megawatts without bringing the National Power Control Center in loop. This closure brought the power grid’s frequency down from 50 to 48.49 hertz, following which four of hUBCO’s unit also went down, knocking about another 1200 megawatts out of the system. As result the power demand exceeded the supply to an extent that the national grid crashed, sources said. Ghazi-Barotha Chief engineer Fer-

ozuddin, testifying before the inquiry committee, said the turbines were shutdown after they developed an unusual noise, which he attributed to a decrease in the barrage’s water levels. he said, in order to save the project from an imminent devastation, the maneuver had become imperative. “had it not been switched off, the whole powerhouse might have been wrecked beyond repair”, he told the inquiry panel. According to standard operating procedures (SOPs), in case of any emergent

situation or before taking measures such as Ghazi-Barotha management took, the National Power Control Center must be informed. A day earlier, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) chairman had rejected the same report for it only held the system failure responsible for the breakdown rather than blowing the whistle on officials who were responsible for the breakdown. According to details, the rejected report had pinned the power failure that left the country reeling without electricity for

an entire night on the faulty system. Sources in WAPDA said that a fourmember inquiry committee headed by WAPDA official Qasim Khan prepared the report to be sent to federal government, but the WAPDA chief shot it down after he discovered that it was riddled with glaring lacunas. It is pertinent to mention that immediately after the incident, on the directives of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Ministry of Water and Power constituted a four-member committee to get to the bottom of the power system malfunction.

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The government has controlled terrorism to a great extent in Quetta and the situation is improving all over Pakistan except Karachi. — Interior Minister Rehman Malik

NEWS Sunday, 10 March, 2013

talks underway for seat adjustment between jui-f and pmL-N ISLAMABAD

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ALKS for seat adjustment b e tween the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl on Saturday entered final stage, JUIF sources told Pakistan Today. They also said initially both the sides have reached a consen-

sus on seat adjustment in several constituencies where they would support each other’s candidates, adding that final announcement would be made during a joint news conference by top leadership of both parties soon. A source said the JUI-F had already formed special committees which were negotiating with the PML-N for seat adjustment in Punjab and Balochistan. In coming days, he said, the PML-N would also assign members to hold talks with the JUI-F in this regard. “We and PML-N have reached a consensus on the seat adjustments in Sindh,” another source disclosed. Abdul Ghafoor haideri, JUI-F secretary-general, confirmed that both sides

had initiated talks and they were heading in a positive manner. he noted that the empowered consultative committees from both political parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) were in contact and had held number of sittings in this connection. To a question, the cleric said in Punjab his party had formed a special committee that would initiate formal talks once the PML-N announced a body in this regard. “We are now waiting for the some response from the PML-N regarding Punjab in this connection,” the cleric said. Clerics Muhammad Amjad and Rasheed Ahmed Ludhianvi are leading the JUI-F committee.

PESHAwAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi) Chairman imran khan & kPk information Minister iftikhar Hussain pray after laying foundation stone of Shaukat khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre on Saturday. iNP


President Asif Zardari would be visiting Iran on Monday to attend the groundbreaking of $7.5 billion IranPakistan gas pipeline project. With the materialisation of the project, Pakistan plans to import 21.5 million cubic metres of gas daily from Iran. The project would solve the energy woes of the country to a great extent. The mega ceremony would be held at Gabd Zero Point on the border from where the Pakistan section of the gas pipeline starts and would be attended by the

presidents of the two countries besides other world leaders and foreign diplomats posted in Islamabad. According to sources, in a bid to promote national consensus over the project, the chief ministers and governors of the four provinces, including CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif have been invited to the event, which is dubbed as a milestone project in the history of the country. All chief ministers and governors have expressed their consent to join the ceremony with the exception of Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif and has so far chosen to remain silence. Tehran has agreed to provide a $500 million loan to partially finance construction of the pipeline on the Pakistan side, which will cost $1.5 billion. Pakistan will pay the remaining cost from its own resources. If everything else goes well the pipeline will be completed in 15 months. Iran has already completed the pipeline in its territory, while the laying of 785-kmlong Pakistani section would commence now.

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sexual harassment in pia going unchecked KARACHI: The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on March 7, 2013, directed Pakistan International Airline (PIA) Managing Director (MD) Capt Junaid Younus to submit a written reply over sexual harassment of a female employee at workplace, in the pending complaint lodged by Riffat hayee, a lady pilot, against two senior instructor pilots working in PIA and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The complaint was initially filed by hayee in 2008-09, against CAA Inspector Capt Khoso who was on deputation from PIA and Capt Kaleem Chughtai, following her failure in proficiency checks for promotion as a captain. The complainant hayee had alleged that the CAA Inspector made indecent advances and suggestions and her refusal to accede resulted in her failure. She lodged a verbal complaint with the then PIA MD Capt Aijaz haroon and other responsible persons. The complaint was not properly addressed, since Khoso had blessings of Capt Obaid Jatoi-a close aide of Asif Zardari. Thereafter hayee made a formal complaint with a lady parliamentarian who took up the matter in the parliamentary committee for women abuses. however, PIA and CAA were unwilling to take proper disciplinary action against the designated pilot. It was only after a lot of persuasion that PIA decided to recall Capt Khoso back from CAA, but no further action was taken on the complaint. Capt Riffat hayee is now flying A310, and has filed a petition in the SC, because she claims the harassment still continues. She is due to retire in 2014. Investigations reveal that such incidents of sexual harassment are quite common in PIA and to date, no suitable disciplinary action, befitting the crime, has ever been taken by the management. Nor, it seems, proper psychiatric evaluation is carried out to screen out such elements at the time of induction. In one such incident a PIA A310 captain on a flight to Manchester in February this year, harassed an airhostess who was also on duty and staying at hotel Sachas. The pilot had strangely opted to stay at the hotel where cabin crew stayed, instead of the hotel designated for pilots. It is alleged that when the hostess refused to oblige to his advances, the pilot got furious and the next day started abusing and threatening her in the presence of other crew. The pilot, it is alleged, has a history of such complaints lodged against him since his entry and training as a cadet. Three of his cousins hold senior pilot management positions in PIA, while his in-laws have a lot of clout in MOD. he also has blessings of Capt Obaid Jatoi. The Karachi based hostess had also filed a verbal complaint with the PIA but no action was taken. She has now approached the parliamentary committee for women abuses and is considering taking up the matter in SC. sPEcial corrEsPoNdENt

Pakistan not to budge on IP plan despite threat of US sanctions: Asim ISLAMABAD iNP

Pakistan is determined to build a gas pipeline with Iran despite the threat of US sanctions said Advisor to the prime minister on Petroleum Dr Asim hussain. “Can America guarantee us that they will never make friends with Iran?” Asim said. “Will Iran never come to terms with the world order? And if someone can give us that guarantee then we will not build that infrastructure,” he added. however, with the window still openthough barely-for improvement in Iran’s diplomatic standing, Pakistan presumably is not willing to stop laying the infrastructure for the gas pipeline, as officials claim Pakistan is a depleted nation facing a chronic energy crisis. President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, are scheduled to inaugurate the gas pipeline project near the Pakistani border town of Gabd, Balochistan, on Monday. Many head of states and foreign ministers have been invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, but Iranian diplomats and Pakistani officials in Islamabad de-

clined to share the names of the dignitaries. Both countries will also sign a memorandum of understanding to build Pakistan’s largest oil refinery at the south-western port city of Gwadar costing $4 billion. Pakistan hopes that this may prompt China, which was granted a contract last month to run the port through a state-owned company, to join the gas pipeline project and partner in building the refinery. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman said China has not shown interest in the gas pipeline project, however Iran agreed to provide Pakistan with $500 million for construction of a third of the total length of the pipeline, which an Iranian company will undertake. Washington strongly opposes the project, as it tries to cripple Iran economically for continuing its controversial nuclear program, suspected of developing atomic weapons. Though Tehran disputes that charge, the US and its allies say Iran has not provided sufficient evidence that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. The US State Departments spokesperson Victoria Nuland said US has made it absolutely clear to Pakistan that if the

pipeline deal is finalised, it would raise serious concerns under the Iran Sanctions Act. The United States said it was aiding and assisting Pakistan to overcome its energy deficit by supporting large-scale turnkey projects through renovation and modernisation of power plants and building new dams. But Pakistan says what it is getting is not enough. According to the Ministry of Petroleum, the projects have not taken off and the completion time-frame is not suitable to them. “If you talk of giving something after 10 years, that does not make sense to us,” said Dr hussain. he continued, “We need immediate gas, and we were not helped in getting LNG (liquefied natural gas) in any way.” For Pakistan, the shortest and easiest way to get LNG supply in the country is Iran, and Pakistani officials are not willing to abandon the project under US pressure, even with sanctions possible. Nuland said moving forward in that direction would cause sanctions to kick in, but Pakistan thinks the US ultimately will grant a waiver similar to the ones it has granted to India, China, and Turkey, all of which import oil from Iran.

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reality check The hypocrisy of calling Pakistan an Islamic state must stop

Sunday, 10 March, 2013

election wrangling The debate over who can or cannot contest


hILe one would normally oppose restrictions on who can – or cannot – contest elections, it is the sitting government that has ceded ground to the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) by agreeing to Tahirul Qadri’s demand to enforce the ‘vague’ Articles 62 and 63 to shortlist potential candidates. The task of interpreting the Articles now lies firmly with the eCP – whom must follow the constitution while applying as lax an interpretation of its provisions as possible. If not, it stands to threaten the very sanctity of the election process – where people are allowed to choose whom they shall elect. If the eCP chooses otherwise, it may be deemed to be threatening the election process itself, as the recent media reports of wrangling between the Law Ministry and eCP appear to suggest. The controversy has been brewed over the eCP’s proposed changes to the candidate nomination form. The Law Ministry has responded with a resounding no to most proposed amendments. In response, the eCP has declared it willingness to put up a fight, and defended the proposed changes as in line with its authority under Article 218(3) the Constitution and to ensure “fairness, justness and credibility of the elections and to guard against corrupt practices.” It has asked the ministry to refer the matter to President Asif Ali Zardari. To its request that candidates provide their financial details for the last three years, the Law Ministry recommended that the eCP itself approach the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for tax data. Surely, the eCP does not have the manpower or the time to send information requests to the FBR bureaucracy and then sift through them in time to ensure timely elections. Perhaps, more justly, it has opposed the proposal seeking details of the dependents of candidates, since what their dependents do falls outside the realm of responsibility of candidates. And there is certainly sense in the eCP recommending that candidates attack a sixmonth criminal record, if any. The ministry, however, has also opposed this. Other eCP proposals overruled by the ministry included details of educational qualification, social work and foreign travels. No harm appears to come off these requests and the wrangling appears to be over fickle matters, while the eCP insists it needs to get the nomination forms finalized and printed by 11 March for timely elections to go ahead. If the president does not back the eCP, it will have to use the old nomination forms that would undermine its plans to strictly vet candidates for any tax evasion, loan defaults or criminal convictions. What is to be gained by prolonging the matter is uncertain. With the eCP proposing an election day between May 6 and 9, the tussle between the eCP and Law Ministry must be settled amicably and soon.

the rebuff in india Will the saints save India-Pakistan relations?


ANY Pakistanis who face economic hardships or are grieved over suicide attacks and social problems turn to saints and shrines to seek peace of mind. Some believe that the saints, whether living or dead, have the spiritual power to solve their problems. With unresponsive governments and limited access to social safety net the recourse to superstition serves as a palliative. It looks odd when prominent politicians like Pervez Ashraf start visiting saints and shrines, though he is not the only one to do so. With his tenure drawing to an end and the Raja unsure of retaining his seat in the NA in the forthcoming elections, he first turned up at the shrine of Lal Shabaz Kalandar. The same day terrorists launched the murderous attack at Abbas Town in Karachi. Disheartened by the bad omen the Raja decided to appeal to another saint who is considered a step higher than the one buried in Sehwan. The PM chose an inauspicious moment to visit Ajmer Sharif as the relations between Pakistan and India are at a very low ebb after the January border incidents. New Delhi over reacted to the beheading of its soldier which despite its diabolical nature the Indian army cannot claim to have never committed. A section of the Indian media subsequently created an unprecedented hype. Pakistani players visiting India were told to return and the visa liberalization measures withdrawn. On the eve of PM’s visit, his Indian counterpart had reiterated that relations with Pakistan cannot return to normal unless Indian grievances connected with terrorism are removed. The Indian authorities meanwhile insisted that there would be no substantive talks with Pervez Ashraf. Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid who hosted a lunch for the Pakistani Prime minister reminded the media at least thrice within half an hour that he did not have the mandate to enter into any kind of official dialogue with Ashraf. Ashraf was greeted with a protest shut down by the Ajmer Dargah market association. A representative of Ajmer Bar Association said that roads from where Pakistani PM’s cavalcade will pass will be washed after his departure for being polluted. The Diwan of the Dargah boycotted the visit citing tensions between the two countries. he blamed Pakistan army for the beheading the soldier and demanded apology. Couldn’t Pervez Ashraf have waited for another fortnight to visit the shrine as a common citizen? The lure of junkets on state expenditure is so strong that he did not care about the disgrace that awaited him. he and the 19 relatives that accompanied him might not have enjoyed the facility of a special plane and a helicopter but Pakistan would have been spared the embarrassment caused by the treatment to its PM.

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Y purpose is not to spread doom and gloom. Rather, it is to provide reality checks as I see them best. I haven’t lost hope and neither should you. As I said last week in ‘Children of a Lesser evil’, if one has faith it would be impossible to lose hope because one would know that it is tantamount to denying the Creator and his munificence. Our most important reality check without which we will not improve is that unless we know the truth about ourselves and accept that Muslims are 200 years behind the most knowledge-based societies we will never understand how our societies got crafted so badly and not know how to reform them. The world is progressing while we are regressing. hardly anyone understands the global dynamic, how it is changing the world and we are being mindlessly swept along with it. Those who think they do provide proof that they do not by their theorizing, narratives and rhetoric. Instant journalese, tired old theories, hearsay, superficial propaganda often unleashed by intelligence agencies and lapped up by the media, drawing room chatter and everyone trying to demonstrate that they have ‘inside information’ informs their thinking. When even those at the helm are lost, interested only in acquiring power and pelf by any means, how can the passengers of a rudderless ship know where they are headed? They tend to fall for the prima facie, the tip of the iceberg instead of trying to look at the entire iceberg and often crash into it. I don’t blame them entirely. Who has the time when at the end of each day fighting for survival people are left breathless, mindless, switch on their television sets and absorb the brainless drivel bombarded at them without let? If you wish to think then stop listening like androids to the hogwash on television and free yourselves of the tyranny of the media and the instant ‘knowledge’ and ‘information’ it disseminates and reclaim your thought process. More important than listening is thinking. Global change is in fast-forward: the Leviathan is morphing, convulsing, shedding its old skin and acquiring a new one. every new skin is called the ‘New World Order’. The catalyst of the Leviathan’s morph is the perpetual global dynamic that determines the forces of history that influences thinking, doctrines, strategies and policies, not the other way round, though many think that it is. The truth is far different, sometimes horrifying, sometimes thrilling, for underlying horror and thrill are man’s innate stupidity and native intelligence. It was highly intelli-

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gent to discover atomic fusion but it was extremely stupid to use it for destruction in the name of protection. Man has always used knowledge for good and evil. That is how he is made and that is how he will remain for God has given him free will and the option to choose between right and wrong. Often man chooses wrong on the basis of some religion, ideology or belief system that has almost always been mutilated and adulterated from its pristine original in pursuit of influence, power and hegemony for control over resources and wealth. We Muslims have almost entirely lost our ability to tell between right and wrong, good and evil, because we have abdicated our understanding of God’s Word to fake men of religion as distinct from men of Faith. As I have thought about it I am coming to the conclusion that the greatest damage to humankind has been done by men of assumed piety peddling religions and wannabe revolutionaries touting ideologies by passing themselves off as scholars and politicians. Sadly, half-baked, semi-literate scholars are in the majority while genuine scholars are becoming a decreasing majority. Because their education is by rote fake scholars have gathered information without understanding. They thus use if for selfish ends, to help countries and churches acquire illegitimate power over their own peoples and flocks and impose dominion over others. If they truly were men of knowledge they would not have religion but Faith, for Faith is God’s Word while religion is a collection of dogma, customs and ritual – often fabricated – run by bureaucrats called clerics in an institution called church or de facto churches as in Islam that recognizes no church or clergy. But Muslim ‘scholars’ turned de facto clerics have established de facto churches that go by the name of movements and sects, each with its own Sharia or roadmap of the correct path. They wage war on one another and divide Muslims, just as many churches have divided Christianity. True scholars would know that in the next life there is no religion, only God, no body or gender, just heightened consciousness that we call spirit or soul – ‘Nafs’ in Quranic Arabic. Real scholars would also know that since there is no intermediary between man and God there is no room for clerics for they have made religion into politics and business for power and pelf. Its not just Muslims: look at the shenanigans of the Vatican and you will understand what I say. So too with mystics and their graves: they can give you nothing nor can they intercede on your behalf with the Almighty. And their often-craven progeny most certainly cannot for piety does not come with the genes. Perhaps it was to discourage the heredity of piety that God did not give sons to any Prophet except Adam and Abraham. If the rest had any they died. This should tell you at the very least that dynasticism of any kind if abhorrent to God. Muslims should also know that the only politics in Islam is revolutionary politics. The beneficiaries of an iniquitous status quo are predators: to protect it through western electoral politics it was natural for them to give revolution a bad name for self-preservation. Revolution is not about killing and maiming but perpetually changing the status quo for the better, keeping it dynamic and constantly improving the human condition. else what else is the purpose of so-

cieties and states, politics and power? They would also know that secularism is inherent in Islam, but the fakes have deliberately mistranslated ‘secular’ as ‘La Deeniyat’ or ‘faithlessness’ whereas secular means temporal, worldly and has to do with man’s behaviour and the laws he lives under in this world. The Quran is full of secular injunctions that were mostly revealed after the Prophet’s (pbuh) migration to Medina because then Muslims had a state of their own (not a necessity in Islam, by the way) and the Prophet (pbuh) was its head and military commander apart from being its spiritual head and guide. Islamic secularism is wide and has to do with how to live our lives, about etiquette, behaviour, laws etc. The Christian concept of secularism is narrow – separation of church and state – and cannot thus be imposed on Muslims there being no church in Islam. But what the fake scholar fears is separation between state and mullah and his misinterpretations of God’s Word. Others say that true secularism is separation of state from the spiritual. But that is impossible: even those states that say that they are secular are not entirely so, else why would the US dollar say, ‘In God We Trust’ and the Queen of england also call herself ‘Commander of the Faith’ – very close to ‘Ameer ul Momineen’. even communist societies have had to give way to the spiritual and sadly to organized religion. When spiritualism and secularism have a symbiotic relationship how can one separate them? Those that have tried have fallen flat on their faces. When you cannot take the spiritual out of man how can you take it out of his state and society? Without man the concept of state and society becomes meaningless and with man spiritualism is inherent. If you don’t like what I say stop hypocritically calling Pakistan as an Islamic republic because by so doing you have laid such a heavy responsibility on yourself that you don’t have the capacity to meet because mentally you are still enslaved to western political and social constructs and behave like Black Minstrels. however, so long as you keep describing Pakistan as an Islamic state you will be judged by the measure of your Islamicity as a state. This and this measure alone is the measure of an Islamic state as enjoined in the Quran. We have been measured and weighed and found wanting. In 65 years we have amply proved that we have neither honesty, nor understanding or capacity to be an Islamic republic. In most respects except in public morality western societies are more Islamic in their treatment of their own people than any Muslim state. If we don’t hypocritically call ourselves an Islamic state, we the people will not stop being accidental Muslims by birth and will continue with our rituals and customs, our spiritual thought process hostage to mullahs of mind-bending hues in which the essence and spirit of Islam is nowhere to be found while our political thought processes remain hostage to western political constructs. Or take religion, not Faith, out of statecraft as 54 out of 57 Muslim majority countries have done and lessen your burden. A donkey cannot carry what an elephant can. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at

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promises that do not come true The political leaders of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), who have ruled the country twice from 1988 to 1999, have developed a habit of reiterating their off drum beaten statements in order to mislead the general public. The current prime minister and some other prominent PPP members, while counting their achievements during last five years have claimed that their party has restored the original constitution of 1973 in its true form. This is a lie. The current ‘restored’ version of the constitution still contains many amendments made by General Zia that are controversial and difficult to interpret and implement. Similarly, Nawaz Sharif, revealing his party manifesto, has claimed that economic reforms introduced by him are a role model for neighbouring countries. This claim is also highly exaggerated. The real position is that the 5th and 6th five year plans were approved by a dictator, not by the PML-N. The 5th plan was

perceived by politicians to have been adapted from development plans in India and South Korea. Maybe, Mian Sahib, who was a CM under the patronage of General Zia, has no option but to make such claims. even if the era in which a few influential people managed to amass wealth at the cost of millions can be said to be devevelopment, it cannot be construed as having come from his economic reforms. If Mian sahib is referring to his stints at power after becoming the champion of democracy in 90’s, our neighboring countries, especially South Korea and India, were already far ahead of us by that time. Nevertheless, manifesto for 2013 election, presented by PML-N contained some good promises once again to fool the public. Similarly, the false claims of the PPP, which as promised, took the best revenge from this poor nation through democracy is wooing the public and spending millions for another shot at power. Maybe, it’s about time that we for once vote, and vote for this country, not for petty promises that never come true. USmAn RAJA Islamabad

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In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. –Alexander Hamilton




Sunday, 10 March, 2013

educating the education minister Brutus remains an honourable man!


1979 How one year changed the Islamic world NaEEm sarFraz


VeNTS of 1979 destroyed the world’s view of Islam. Today it is seen as a religion driven by intolerance, a militancy at its barbaric worst. 1979 began with the bloody emergence of the Ayatullah’s regime in Iran. Next came Saudi dissidents occupying Islam’s Masjid al haram in Mecca. Devastating bombardment by Saudi guns and tanks resulted in a bloodbath. This was followed by the burning of American embassies in Pakistan and Libya and the hostage drama following the storming of the US embassy in Tehran. Before the year was out Russian tanks rolled into Afghanistan, with far-reaching consequences for the entire region. Pakistan was not far behind, where the zealous dictator Ziaul haq hanged Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and began the odious task of thrusting his warped view of Islam forcefully down the throats of his helpless subjects. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan - the world and its perception of Islam would never be the same again. Shah Raza Pahlavi, America’s staunchest ally in the oil-rich Gulf, who had ruled Iran for 38 years since his father was deposed in 1941, fled his kingdom on 17th of January, 1979. Into the void arrived, on 1st February, the charismatic 70year old Ayatullah Ruhulla Khomeini to a tumultuous welcome by millions of his followers. On 11th February the monarchy was abolished. What followed was a ruthless Shia theocracy. Tens of thousands were killed as the new regime cleansed Iran of those opposed to the rule of the Ayatullahs. The lonely and forlorn Shah wandered around the world searching desperately for a home. When in September 1979, America eventually agreed to let him in, outraged students stormed their embassy in Tehran and took 52 hostages, whom they held prisoner for 444 days. The world community was rightly shocked at this blatant defiance of international diplomatic norms. Shockwaves of these tectonic events reverberated across the world, nowhere more dramatically than in the Wahabi ruling family of Saudi Arabia, who were themselves faring not much better. Juhaiman ibn Mohammed ibn Saif al Otaibi, himself a former Guardsman was rallying dissidents from the Saudi National Guard, commanded by Prince (now King) Abdullah, to overthrow the Saudi Royals. During the month of Zilhaj, he smuggled hundreds of his supporters and tons of arms and ammunition into the labyrinth of rooms beneath the Kaaba, with help from Osama bin Ladin’s brother Mahrous and his construction company, whose workers were renovating the Kaaba.

On 20th November 1979, corresponding to the 1 of Muharram, 1400 hijri, Juhaiman and his men occupied the Kaaba, took hundreds of pilgrims hostage, locked all its doors and placed heavily armed gunmen on minarets and vantage points. Juhaiman declared that the Mahdi had arrived whose name Mohammad bin Abdullah al Qahtani was, remarkably, the same as that of the holy Prophet (pbuh). he demanded the replacement of the decadent Saudi Royals by a truly Islamic government. The Saudi government was in a dillema. The holy grounds of the Kaaba could not be attacked. So they resorted to seeking a fatwa from the Ulema led by the venerated blind cleric, Shaikh Abdul Aziz al Baaz. The old man was fully aware of economic developments over the last few years. The Arab-Israel War of 1974 had led to closing of the Suez Canal. Oil prices had skyrocketed. Saudi oil revenues before 1974 were about $4 billion a year, while by 1979 they were touching $100 billion. In negotiations with Prince Abdullah, and his brothers Defence Minister (later Crown Prince) Sultan and Interior Minister (who succeeded Sultan as Crown Prince) Nayef, the Ulema struck a tough bargain. Besides getting their own religious police and considerable control over education and legal matters, they extracted substantially enhanced funding for their World Islamic League, whose mission was to spread Wahabism throughout the world, very much like the Soviet COMINTeRN of the Cold War era. This was to have a decisive impact on subsequent developments. In exchange they issued a fatwa authorizing an attack on the Kaaba. The Saudis threw in troops, tanks and guns into the battle, destroying minarets and other structures in the Kaaba. They took heavy casualties but were unable to defeat the rebels, till French advisors arrived and helped dislodge the rebels. There was a total news blackout. The Saudis themselves acknowledged that several hundred troops, pilgrims and rebels, including the self-proclaimed Mahdi, were killed. Others claimed the casualties were in the thousands. Juhaiman and 60 others were captured, tried and executed. In a strange development, enraged Pakistanis blamed the Americans, attacked their embassy, burnt it to the ground and killed a staffer. A week or so later the embassy in Libya was also burnt down. The Americans had nothing to do with the attack on the Kaaba, leading to worldwide condemnation of Libyan and Pakistani zealots, who were apparently coming to the defence of Islam in their own warped way. 1979 was not over. The worst was yet to come. On 27th December, Soviet tanks rolled into st

Afghanistan, opening a new Pandora’s Box of problems. Saudi ulema invoked a religious edict that when a Muslim state is attacked by a nonMuslim state, every Muslim must come to its help. With reams of money from the oil bonanza on the one hand and a religious cause to help the Afghans on the other, Saudi Ulema poured in money for training religious fighters in madrasas on the Afghan-Pakistan border. They had a willing ally in Ziaul haq. Tens of thousands of young Muslim fighters from across the globe were trained to fight in Afghanistan. Thus were born the Taliban, Al Qaeda and a host of other less well-known but equally ruthless militant groups. Ten years later a tired and defeated Russian army withdrew from Afghanistan. Soon thereafter Taliban formed a Sunni theocratic state in Afghanistan. Their Wahabi agenda led to extremist acts ranging from the total subjugation of women to the destruction of historic giant Buddhist statues at Bamyan. Thousands of foreign fighters returned to their homelands to wage new armed struggles for the spread of Wahabism, the Saudis continuing to fund them to this day. Their tactics grew more vicious, their targets more dispersed - from the bombing of American embassies in Africa, to the attack on the USS COLe to the dramatic events of 9/11 when 15 Saudis and 4 other Arabs, caused havoc in the US. Muslims have unfairly earned the disgust and wrath of the whole world, because of the continued violence of these zealots, invariably trained in Wahabi funded madrasas in Pakistan. The worst effected is the Pakistani nation itself, where products of these madrasas include suicide bombers and killers who descend to pathetic and cowardly acts such as like the vicious attack on Malala Yusufzai. The depth of depravity to which these monsters have descended has repulsed the world, bringing shame to the entire Muslim ummah; and quite rightly so, as the silence of the Muslim world is deafening. Until Muslims themselves stand up and confront these terrorists and cut them off from their funding sources in the Arabian homeland of Wahabism, the world will look down with contempt at Muslims and carry a very poor image of Islam and its followers. This is the legacy of 1979, the year the Muslim world stirred from centuries of slumber, only to take the wrong path of violence, intolerance, terrorism and suicide bombings, not of “Sirat-ul-Mustaqeem” – the straight path, which every Muslim yearns for and which hundreds of millions pray for five times a day, every day of their lives. The writer, a retired mariner, is an Islamabadbased Research Fellow at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

very dear friend of mine, and someone I respect a tremendous deal, is from the city of Jhang. Some months back, when Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri (also from Jhang) made his fiery speech in Lahore, followed by a long-march that (almost) threatened the prospects of election and democracy in our land, I called this friend to get saad rasool some insight into Dr. Qadri’s theatrics. My friend just smiled, and did his best to make some sense of the political turmoil. Some weeks later, when the savages of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi massacred hapless Shias in Quetta (and in Lahore), I called my friend again, who (despondently) explained the painful history of the militant organization’s inception in Jhang. This week, as the story broke that the Federal education Minister (who is from Jhang) may have conned his way to an Intermediate and Bachelor’s degree, I called my friend again. Picking up the phone, before I could say anything, he reminded me that the people of Jhang were merely ensuring the old Chinese curse – may you live in interesting times! Politics, all across the world, is a messy sport. In Pakistan, it is no different. The lives of our politicians are often nothing more than a long string of scandals. And, for better or worse, as a nation we have come to allow and accept this reality. We recognize that some degree of mudslinging and skeletons in the closet are perhaps an unavoidable cost of doing business. But every once in a while, something so outrageous is unearthed, that there is virtually no frame of reference that can rationalize it. The latest of such allegations is that Sheikh Waqas Akram, the Federal Minister for education, and a fiery critic of all parties and personalities that have previously been riddled in controversy, has dubious education credentials. The irony of that assertion alone is Aristotelian in nature. Background first: it was alleged in a television program, and in a leading newspaper report, that the education Minister “obtained” a Bachelors degree, without having passed the Intermediate examination. This could have been dismissed as simply the antics of a few reporters and media personalities (on their own, or at someone’s behest) to defame the honourable Minister. however, the allegations included entrance slips, roll-numbers, years of graduation, institutional records and eCP details. In light of these, the allegations were distilled to the following: a) the honourable Minister purportedly passed his BA examination from Punjab University in 1997, but with a degree that was issued on 27.11.1996, b) the BA degree of the honourable minister bears no Roll Number, c) the roll number, as well as the full name, of the honourable Minister in his admission forms and University gazette are different, and d) the University gazette shows that the honourable Minister failed different subjects of the Intermediate examination in 1995 and 1996, but still somehow obtained a BA degree within 12 months of that (in 1997). Additionally, it has been reported that ever since the honourable Minister has been in the Parliament – first with the ruling party under Musharraf regime, and now in coalition with the PPP – efforts are being made to ascertain the veracity of his educational records, but the relevant education institutions have no cooperated in the same. And now, with the honourable Minister being in-charge of the education portfolio in Pakistan, there seems to be no hope of his subordinate institutions producing implicating evidence against him. And Brutus remains an honourable man! We do not live in a political culture where allegations, substantiated with some degree of proof, are reason enough for men of substance to resign, and clear their name before assuming public office. So there seems no reason to enter into that debate. In the aftermath, the honourable Minister has raised a lot of hue and cry about these allegations being nothing more than a malicious rumor, and has threatened with a suit for defamation and damages. however, till date, he has produced nothing to substantiate his clamor. If there is no basis to these allegation – none – then the honourable Minister should have no trouble simply clarifying the record through documentation, and clearing his name in the process, but the same has not happened. Instead, his retort has been to lash out at those pointing fingers at him… perhaps forgetting own his past conduct of doing the same to others. In the spirit of education, the honourable minister will be well advised to keep in mind the spirit and necessity of open and free criticism of public officials (of which, he is one). While the allegations must necessarily be proven through the due process of law, the constitutional right to free expression continues to be a powerful medicine in a society as diverse and populous as ours. It is not just our right to use it; it is our duty to do so. The immediate consequence of this freedom (of speech and press) may often appear to be offensive, but it must be viewed against the background of a profound national commitment to the principle that debate regarding such issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, even if it entails vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials. A rule compelling critics of public officials to guarantee the truth of all assertions – and to do so on pain of libel – would deny the breathing space necessary for democratic discourse. The nation is abuzz with election fever. And the past many months have been spent haggling over the powers of the election Commission, the contours of Article 62 and 63, the meaning of being ‘righteous and amin’, and disqualification of parliamentarians based on dual nationalities and fake academic degrees. All of it would have been an exercise in futility, if a concerted effort is not undertaken – starting March 16th – to follow the full measure and due process of law, in ensuring that that our next set of parliamentarians are free from petty strife of this sort.

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demi moore ‘reaLLy hurt’ by ashtoN kutCher

Demi Moore is “really hurt” by her estranged husband Ashton Kutcher and that may be behind her demands for a large divorce settlement, according to reports. Demi Moore filed for divorce from Ashton Kutcher on Thursday, asking her estranged ex to pay her spousal support and her attorney fees. However, a new report suggests that the famous actress does not necessarily want or need Kutcher’s money. According to estimates, Moore even has more money than Kutcher. It seems Moore may just be bent on revenge. As a source told TMZ, Kutcher was a “bad husband” and Moore was “really hurt” by him. The gossip site reports that the two are in the middle of negotiating a financial settlement and close to striking a deal, which won’t include spousal support. NEWs dEsk

hemsworth Needs break from Cyrus

Actor Liam Hemsworth has gone back to his home in Australia as he needs a break from fiance Miley Cyrus. “Hemsworth did fly home to Australia. He has been spending time with his brother Chris. He needed a break from work and Cyrus,” quoted a source as saying. “Cyrus is really upset with Hemsworth. She took off her engagement ring to make him mad. But they are still together. Cyrus is crazy about Hemsworth, but sometimes she doesn’t treat him great. She likes things her way and tends to play games. And that’s the reason they fight,” the source added. NEWs dEsk

guy ritChie is bookies’ favourite Director Guy Ritchie has emerged as British bookmakers’ favourite to take charge of the next James Bond, following news that Sam Mendes ruled himself out for the follow-up to Skyfall, the most successful 007 film in history. Bosses at William Hill have installed the 44-year-old as the 4/1 favourite to lead the cast of Daniel Craig’s next outing as the movie superspy. Also in the running are names like Martin Campbell, who has directed past Bond movies ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Goldeneye,’ as well as top movie makers Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Ritchie was last behind the camera for his sequel ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ which was released in 2011. NEWs dEsk

One criticizes in others what one recognizes + despises in oneself. For example, an artist who is revolted by another’s ambitiousness. — Susan Sontag

has ‘the diary of anne frank’ lost its power for young readers?



h Ree years ago, my son Jesse’s seventh grade teacher assigned the class The Diary of Anne Frank. “What did you think?” I asked when he’d finished. “Boring,” he said. “Really, really boring. I thought it would never end.” I should have known. I had seen him sprawled across his bed, reading fitfully between breaks to check Facebook. But Anne Frank’s diary had a major affect on own my adolescence in the 1970s — and we’re Jewish, for heaven’s sake. I couldn’t imagine that it didn’t touch him at all. “Didn’t you feel for Anne and her family?” I asked. “There’s nothing to feel,” he replied. “They’re just sitting in an attic for the whole book, and then it ends.” Why did I feel something while he didn’t? how we respond to holocaust literature, I realize now, depends a lot on the times in which we read it. My son’s connection to World War II in 2010 was very different from mine in 1975 or my parents’ in the 1950s. Jesse’s Anne Frank is not my Anne Frank, and my Anne Frank is not my parents’. My mother tells me that, when she was growing up in Memphis after the war ended, no one mentioned the holocaust. “I think that my parents felt that talking about it made us more vulnerable,” she says. My grandparents’ generation tried to believe that the devastation in europe was something that “happened over there and could never happen to us.” I am sure that there are Jewish families who talked about the war a lot, but neither of my parents ever heard such conversations. “I remember people saying, ‘Never again,’” my father tells me, but the phrase floated through the air, untethered to specific details of Nazi oppression. he didn’t know exactly what it was that could never happen again. Five, ten, 15 years after an attempt at total annhilation of the Jews, silence was my JewishAmerican grandparents’ way of trying to feel secure. Anne Frank first became available in the United States in the 1950s, but my parents never read it in

their adolescence. Twenty years later, in the 1970s, my view of what happened during World War II was molded by Mr. Dubin, my seventh grade religious school teacher at Temple Israel in Memphis. In his early thirties and George harrison-cool, he sported a long moustache and bell-bottom jeans. We’d been hearing about Mr. Dubin since fifth grade, and we were half in love with him before we even sat down at our desks. I can’t remember exactly how he introduced the film he showed us, but I do remember the nervousness I felt when he closed the classroom door, pulled down the blinds and switched on the projector. I don’t need to describe the movie itself. You’ve probably seen it, or something like it —Auschwitz at liberation, striped pyjamas, alive-looking dead people and dead-looking live ones. The images forced us to recognize the worst that humans can do to each other. Afterwards, Mr. Dubin led us from shattered silence through muted discussion. When I picked up The Diary of Anne Frank a few months later, I felt that I was fulfilling a duty. I held Anne’s story close because she wasn’t around to do it herself. I realize now that, compared to the silence that surrounded my parents, there was something radical in Mr. Dubin’s insistence that my generation read books like Anne Frank, watch films about Auschwitz, and, most important, speak out about what happened then. A year or so ago, I watched Jesse race through a copy of Maus, Spiegelman’s graphic novel based on his own family story. The first scene takes place in Regal Park, New York, in 1958, when a group of boys abandon the narrator, Artie, on the sidewalk when his skate comes loose. When Artie returns home, sniffing away his tears, he tells his father that his friends have deserted him. Not only is Artie’s father unsympathetic; he doesn’t even define “friend” in the same way as his son does. “Friends? Your friends?” he scoffs. “If you lock them together in a room with no food for a week....Then you could see what it is, friends!” Thus begins the story of how Artie’s father, a Jew drawn as a mouse, managed to survive the war

Women need to change their traditional role: Longoria NEWS DESK eva Longoria, who will return to the big screen with her new film “Frontera”, believes women must train themselves professionally in order to shed the role society has traditionally imposed on them. “It’s always been harder for women,” Longoria said in an interview with eFe. “We have to make ourselves into successful women and challenge the role society has assigned us,” she said, immediately expressing her satisfaction that every day there are more female executives in the film industry and other professions. The former star of the hit TV series “Desperate housewives” said specifically that the foundation which bears her name promotes the education and business success of hispanic women in the US. The foundation provides Latinas with the necessary tools and capital to start a business, while working to keep young girls in school so they will be able to attend college. “My work is focused on helping hispanic women get a better education and become businesswomen,” she said. Longoria returns

to the big screen this year in “Frontera”, in which she will co-star with Mexico-born actor Michael Pena and Oscar nominee ed harris. According to the actress, the movie “humanizes” what goes on along the border between Mexico and Arizona. The film tells the story of a sheriff whose wife is killed in a robbery by a Mexican who had crossed the border into the US.

years in a world of Nazis, drawn as cats. This more recent generation of holocaust books is quite different from the earnest, plainspoken narratives of earlier decades. Maus unfolds as a comicbook tale about mice and cats; The Book Thief mixes its story of Nazi atrocity with moments of adventure; and the feckless teenage narrator of Fatelessness is often astonishingly dopey and dense. Far from minimizing the holocaust, however, these books find new ways to ignite our sense of sorrow and horror. And, as long as we have books that can re-animate a time that, for many readers, has calcified into distant history, who needs Anne Frank?

us secret service agents visit ‘olympus has fallen’ director’s house NEWS DESK This is the last thing that Antoine Fuqua, director of Gerard Butler starrer ‘Olympus has Fallen’ would have expected to happen with him. The director recently revealed how he had an ironic encounter with the real life US Secret service agent while shooting the scene of big takeover of the White house with Gerard Butler, who plays the role of secret service agent in the film. This up close and personal encounter in an odd bit of convergence left the director shocked. Speaking on his encounter with the Secret Service agent while making the film, Antoine Fuqua says, “While we were shooting, I got a call from my wife saying the Secret Service was at our house; I freaked out, thinking it had something to do with the movie.” Revealing the reason of their presence, the director says, “It turned out that there was someone special in my neighborhood that day and, apparently, from my house there’s a vantage point of the house he was visiting, so they wanted to use my house for observation. I still don’t know who was in that house, but I found it kind of ironic that, the day I’m shooting the big takeover of the White house, the Secret Service shows up on my doorstep.” Gerard Butler starrer ‘Olympus has Fallen’ is the story about a disgraced Secret Service agent Mike Banning (played by Gerard Butler) who battles White house-invading terrorists to save the US President ( Aaron eckhart).

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Our emotional life maps our incompleteness: A creature without any needs would never have reasons for fear, or grief, or hope, or anger. — Martha Nussbaum in Take My Advice

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art worth $30m found in garage NEWS DESK

Sometimes it pays to buy the former house of an obscure Armenian-American artist, a lesson recently learned by lucky new home owners Thomas Schultz and Lawrence Joseph. According to News 12 in Long Island, New York, the duo purchased a massive collection of artworks by little-known painter Arthur Pinajian along with his old Bellport cottage. They bought the rare find for $2,500 in 2007, on top of the $300,000 cost of the house, and proceeded to restore, frame and appraise the paintings, drawings and journals found in the garage. Well, it turns out their decision to buy Mr. Pinajian’s art stash along with the house was a good one, as the collection has now been valued at a remarkable $30 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Individual works have already sold for a whopping

$500,000, and now the abstract impressionist artist’s works are on view at a gallery opened by Schultz, as well as in Manhattan’s Fuller Building. The posthumous attention is unusual for an artist who “did not conform to today’s norms,” art historian Peter hastings Falk tells The Armenian Weekly. “he painted every day, but no one saw his art. he received no reviews and not one of his paintings or works on paper ever was shown in a New York gallery or museum.” In fact, Pinajian’s work was actually meant to be dumped in the Brookhaven landfill, per the artist’s request; however, his family didn’t go along with the instructions. We’re sure Schultz and Joseph, who confessed to the New York Times that they weren’t “big art people,” are thankful for the Pinajian family’s oversight. Let us know what you think of the unexpected art find in the comments.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘feet deformed’ Sarah Jessica Parker has revealed that she has replaced her heels with sneakers on doctor’s orders as her feet have got deformed from years of wearing high heels. The ‘Sex and the City’ star told Net-a-Porter’s online magazine that for nearly ten years she has worked 18-hours a day wearing high heels, Us magazine reported. The 47-year-old actress, who accidently twisted her ankle on the set of ‘I Don’t Know how She Does It’, added that after she went to a foot doctor, she came to know that her foot has developed an extra bone. The coutureaddicted actress still wears heels to fancy events, but spends more time wearing comfortable footwear. NEWs dEsk

notable tweets fasi zaKa Watching the Lahore scenes on Geo now. Reminds of the Indian communal violence we love to cite against them.

shazaf fatiMa I want to say this country is going to the dogs, but dogs would probably treat it better than we are.

KaMila shaMsie

You are free to go to your temples, your mosques, or to any other place of carnage...That has nothing to do with the business of the state.

MohaMMeDhanif it’s a private visit? Why is PM Raja/ family flying Pak One? Khwaja ghareeb nawaz ko bhi ghreeb awam ki tarah choona laga diya.

Myra MaCDonalD The govt seems to be getting more and more divorced from reality the nearer it gets to the end of its term.

LCCI hosts fashion show for IWD

LAHoRE: A fashion show and a exhibition was held on Friday at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce (LCCI), organised by LCCI head of standing committee Asia Saail khan for the occasion of International Women’s Day. The brands including designer collection, Victoria Textiles, Beech Tree, Silk Enterprise, Amon’s Fashions, Tania’s Collection and Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design displayed

their eye-catching exclusive styles. The basic concept of the fashion show and exhibition was to provide a platform to the talented designers who were able to perform or visualize their works. Eshwah Abuzar, owner of Victoria Textiles said, “Designing the clothes was my passion and I stared doing it from an early age. My family supports me a lot in this profession and they provided me the platform to work.” staFF rEPort

will definitely be part of ‘mr india 2’: sridevi having made a successful comeback on the big screen last year with ‘english Vinglish’ after a gap of 15 years, actress Sridevi is now excited to be part of the sequel to her 1987 hit film ‘Mr India’ The superhero film was directed by Shekhar Kapur and starred Anil Kapoor in the title role, with the 49-year-old actress playing his romantic interest. Late actor Amrish Puri played the role of Mogambo, one of the best-known villains of Bollywood. ‘Mr India’ was produced by Sridevi’s husband Boney Kapoor. “Of course, I will be part of ‘Mr India 2’. But right now it is too early to talk about it. I don’t know what my role is going to be in the sequel. My husband is now going to start shooting ‘No entry Main entry’. So only after he inishes this film, we can talk about Mr India 2,” said Sridevi. Post the success of ‘english Vinglish’, which was directed by first time director Gauri Shinde, the actress, said she was overwhelmed to see women relate to the film. “‘english Vinglish’ was the right kind of film and I had a great character. It was one film which every woman could identify with, be it wife or sister. Gauri conveyed the message so well. “Post the release of the film, many women came up to me and said that they were inspired by my character Shashi and have started learning english,” said Sridevi. NEWs dEsk

PHoTogRAPHER: Murtaza Ali

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infotainMent Sunday, 10 March, 2013

And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. –Khalil Gibran

stonehenge may have been burial site for stone age elite


surgeons leave objects in patients 6,000 times a year Leaving sponges and other objects in patients after surgery is supposed to never happen—but it does, with surprising frequency. More than a dozen objects are mistakenly left inside surgical patients every day in America, or around 4,500 to 6,000 times a year, reports USA Today. That’s double government estimates. The mistakes happen in about 1 in 5,500 or 7,000 surgeries, but with 32 million surgeries a year, they quickly add up, often resulting in infections, serious complications, and even death. “It’s a recurrent, persistent and nearly totally avoidable problem,” says one Harvard public health professor and surgeon. What angers experts is that the problem is nearly completely solvable with cheap tracking technologies. Nearly 70% of incidents involve surgical sponges, and sponge tracking adds just $8 to $12 per operation, far less than the $150,000 cost of the average malpractice suit. However, the technology is used by only 15% of hospitals. One problem is that the symptoms of a forgotten object may not appear for months, plus hospital accounting procedures mean the savings from avoiding lawsuits don’t show up in the bottom line. “At first, we had some skeptics (about the technology), but now people here would never want to do a surgery without it,” said the director of operations at an Indianapolis hospital. NEWs dEsk

Lost hikers found, all 40 of them It is not your typical lost-hiker story: For one thing, it was a group of 40 hikers who could not find their way down a remote mountain in Kentucky as night fell and freezing temperatures set in, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader. Luckily, they still had phone reception. The group of 37 students and three staffers from La Salle University in Pennsylvania called for help about 7pm yesterday, and rescuers got them off the trail about 3:45am. All were checked out for hypothermia, and only one was admitted to a local hospital. She is expected to be out tomorrow. “It’s pretty rough country back in there,” one rescuer tells the AP of the Bad Branch Nature Preserve. The main treatment provided by hospital staffers was, yep, chicken soup. “The other thing was loaning them cellphones so that they could call their parents,” says a hospital official. “That was an emotional time.” The students are in the area to build houses for Project Appalachia. NEWs dEsk


eNTURIeS before the first massive sarsen stone was hauled into place at Stonehenge, the world’s most famous prehistoric monument may have begun life as a giant burial ground, according to a theory disclosed on Saturday. More than 50,000 cremated bone fragments, of 63 individuals buried at Stonehenge, have been excavated and studied for the first time by a team led by archaeologist Professor Mike Parker Pearson, who has been working at the site and on nearby monuments for decades. he now believes the earliest burials long predate the monument in its current form. The first bluestones, the smaller standing stones, were brought from Wales and placed as grave markers around 3,000BC, and it remained a giant circular graveyard for at least 200 years, with sporadic burials after that, he claims. It had been thought that almost all the Stonehenge burials, many originally excavated almost a century ago, but discarded as unimportant, were of adult men. however, new techniques have revealed for the first time that they include almost equal numbers of men and women, and children including a newborn baby. “At the moment the answer is no to extracting DNA, which might tell us more about these individuals and what the relationship was between them – but who knows in the future? Clearly these were special people in some way,” Parker Pearson said. A mace head, a high-status object comparable to a sceptre, and a little bowl burnt on one side, which he believes may have held incense, suggest the dead could have been religious and political leaders and their immediate families. The team included scientists from the universities of Southampton, Manchester,

Bournemouth, Sheffield, London, York and Durham. Their work is revealed for the first time in a documentary on Channel 4 on Sunday night, Secrets of the Stonehenge Skeletons. Archaeologists have argued for centuries about what Stonehenge really meant to the people who gave hundreds of thousands of hours to constructing circles of bluestones shipped from Wales, and sarsens the size of double-decker buses dragged across Salisbury plain. Druids and New Age followers still claim the site as their sacred place. Others have judged it a temple, an observatory, a solar calendar, a site for fairs or ritual feasting or – one of the most recent theories – a centre for healing, a sort of Stone Age Lourdes. The latest theory is based on the first analysis of more than 50,000 fragments of cremated human remains from one of the Aubrey holes, a ring of pits from the earliest phase of the monument, which some have believed held wooden posts. Crushed chalk in the bottom of the pit was also revealed, suggesting it once supported the

weight of one of the bluestones. Dating the bones has pushed back the date of earliest stone circle at the site from 2500BC to 3000BC. Parker Pearson believes his earlier excavation at nearby Durrington Walls, which uncovered hut sites, tools, pots and mountains of animal bones – the largest Stone Age site in north-west europe – is evidence of a seasonal work camp for the Stonehenge builders, who quarried, dragged and shaped more than 2,000 tons of stone to build the monument. Analysis of the animal bones shows some of them travelled huge distances – from as far as Scotland – and were slaughtered at Durrington in mid-summer and mid-winter: “Not so much bring a bottle as bring a cow or a pig,” Parker Pearson said. Mike Pitts, an archaeologist, blogger and editor of the British Archaeology journal, who has excavated some of the cremated human remains from Stonehenge, says the new theory proves the need for more research and excavation at the site. “I have now come to believe that there

People will lose weight for just $20 a month having a hard time losing weight? Cold hard cash could help. The results of a new study by the Mayo Clinic show that people did a better job of losing weight when they were paid to do so, reports Science World Report. The Mayo Clinic notes that while the finding isn’t new, its study tracked more participants over a longer period of time (100 people over a year). The subjects had a BMI of 30 to 39.9, putting them in the obese category. They were divided into incentive and no-incentive groups, then asked to lose four pounds a month—those in the incentive groups were paid $20 per month for meeting that goal; the “incentived” ones who didn’t had to pay a $20 penalty. For people in the incentive groups, 62% achieved the monthly goal, while only 26% of participants in the incentive-free groups did. Overall, those in the incentive groups lost an average of 9.08 pounds, while the non-incentive groups’ average was 2.34 pounds. NEWs dEsk

Drunk driver sues friend, two restaurants NEWS DESK A repeat drunken driver convicted in a crash that killed two teenagers is suing his drinking buddy and two Santa Fe restaurants that served him alcohol. James Ruiz filed suit in New Mexico District Court this week, seeking monetary damages from the friend he was out drinking with as well as Applebee’s and the Blue Corn Cafe. The lawsuit, filed

by Ruiz without a lawyer, claims the restaurants and his friend caused Ruiz emotional distress when he was served drinks in 2010. Police say Ruiz rammed his truck into a car and killed two teenage sisters from the Navajo reservation. he is serving a 40-year prison sentence after entering a guilty plea in 2011. Neither restaurant has commented on the lawsuit. The Albuquerque Journal has more.

are hundreds, maybe many times that, of burials at Stonehenge, and that some predate the earliest phase of the monument,” Pitts said. “The whole history of the monument is inseparably linked to death and burial – but I believe that there are hundreds more burials to be found across the site, which will tell us more of the story.” Almost all the prehistoric human remains come from the eastern side of the circle, and many had been excavated by earlier archaeologists including William hawley in the 1920s, who regarding them as unimportant compared with the giant stones, reburied them jumbled together using one of the Aubrey holes as a convenient pit. “There must be more, in the western quadrant, or buried outside the enclosure ditch. A new excavation could clinch it,” Pitts said. This autumn visitors to Stonehenge will see more interpretation of its complex history than ever before, when english heritage finally opens its long-awaited visitor centre – originally planned to usher in the new millennium in 2000.

google to cut 1,200 more jobs at motorola mobility This lay-off comes after 4,000 jobs were cut at Motorola Mobility in August last year, as Google moves to make more smartphones and fewer feature phones. Google bought the lossmaking Motorola for $12.5bn last year, its largest ever acquisition. The aim of the purchase was to fend off legal attacks on Google’s Android mobile platform and expand beyond its software business. “These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer,” spokeswoman Niki Fenwick said in an email to Reuters. “It’s obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition,” she added. Motorola staff were told about the job cuts in an email – published by the Wall Street Journal – that said: “Our costs are too high, we’re operating in markets where we’re not competitive and we’re losing money.” The lay-offs are expected to affect workers in the United States, China and India. Motorola, which once dominated the mobile phone market, has fallen behind its competitors, including Apple and Samsung. Motorola Mobility was created in 2011 when Motorola Inc split the company into a mobile devices unit and a government and public safety division known as Motorola Solutions. Google CEO Larry Page is streamlining Google the company as it pushes into the hardware market. The company, owner of the world’s most-popular search engine, purchased Motorola Mobility in its biggest takeover, boosting its patent portfolio and stepping up competition with Apple. In December Google agreed to sell Motorola Home – the division that seels TV set-top boxes – to Arris Group for $2.35bn. Google’s Android operating system is used in the majority of smartphones sold worldwide – with Apple’s iPhone being the notable exception – including those by Galaxy maker Samsung. Google’s share price has risen 18 per cent so far this year after rising 9.5 per cent in 2012. NEWs dEsk

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A couple of members of the disciplinary committee had a teleconference with Praveen and have decided to put the matter to rest after issuing him one last warning – BCCI

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INCe Gary Kirsten took over as South African coach in June 2011 the country’s Test team has risen relentlessly to the top of the International Cricket Council rankings. The performances of the one-day side, though, have been patchy at best. A five-match series against Pakistan, starting at Chevrolet Park here Sunday, marks a change of focus for the Proteas, who have slipped to fourth place in the rankings for the 50-over format. Pakistan are sixth on a tightly-bunched table. Kirsten said South Africa could play as many as 20 one-day internationals before their next Test series, against Pakistan in the United Arab emirates in October and November. “It’s nice to have an extended period of one-day internationals,” he said. “This is an important period for the ODI team.” Of immediate concern for South Africa is the ICC Champions Trophy in england in June, the team’s next major engagement after the Pakistan series. The country’s consistent failure to win big tournaments is one of the issues that Kirsten has pledged to address. Although South Africa have a less than stellar one-day record of 10 wins and eight losses under Kirsten, the coach is not overconcerned because the international schedule has dictated an emphasis on five-

‘Cook kept me going’: Compton DUNEDIN: Nick Compton praised the role of Alastair Cook in helping nurse him towards a maiden Test hundred on the fourth day in Dunedin. The pair combined for their third century opening stand in 10 innings, with Cook scoring his 24th Test hundred, and Compton was grateful for the experience of his captain as he edged towards three figures. Cook, who fell with Compton on 99, did not have to wait for more than a few days for his first Test century, which came in just his second innings against India in Nagpur. While Compton’s wait has not been too long the final moments were surrounded by tension. Compton’s innings had started to flow more freely after a sticky start against the new ball, but once the 90s arrived scoring seized up again and, for a short while, it appeared he could be stranded overnight short of the milestone. “he’s fantastic, a real solid grounding sort of guy. he’s a special guy,” Compton said. “Both of us weren’t moving our feet too well early on and probably got away with it a little bit. It grew from there. It was great to have that over-by-over focus. he’s a tough character and he kept me going when at times I wanted to get on with it a little bit.” The Cook-Compton partnership replaced one of the most settled of england’s history. Cook walked out with Andrew Strauss in 117 innings and they are comfortably england’s most prolific first-wicket pair whose 4711 runs together included 12 century stands. The new era, however, has started productively with three hundred partnerships in 10 innings. They are now only one behind three pairs who had lengthy associations - Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch (four in 49 innings), Michael Atherton and Marcus Trescothick (four in 30), Atherton and Mark Butcher (four in 32). Currently, too, for partnerships that have lasted at least 10 innings they sit second behind Jack hobbs and herbert Sutcliffe in terms of average. A skewed statistic, yes, but one nonetheless that shows their early success. agENciEs

odi improvemeNt day cricket. “We have had a lot of Test cricket,” he said. Nor was he concerned about a lopsided 95-run defeat in a Twenty20 international at Centurion last Sunday, which he dismissed as a “one-off” game, irrelevant to the one-day challenge. South Africa were beaten 2-1 at home by New Zealand in their most recent oneday series after winning both Tests against the Black Caps by an innings. Pakistan shape up as a bigger threat with players such as Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar — all of whom missed their side’s recent 3-0 Test series defeat — adding experience and skill to the squad. The Pakistanis seem to have most of their bases covered, with a mix of quickscoring batsmen and a well-balanced bowling attack, while the fielding in the Twenty20 match was of a high standard. South Africa, though, are likely to be a more organised team than that which lost to New Zealand — and a great deal stronger than the T20 side — with stars such as hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Test captain Graeme Smith returning to the squad. Steyn will be rested for the first match, though, and Morkel is doubtful because of a hamstring injury. Leading all-rounder Jacques Kallis will not be in action as he is being rested as part of a programme to extend the career of the 37-year-old. SqUADS

South Africa: AB de Villiers (capt/wkt), Kyle Abbott, hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-haq (capt), Mohammad hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Imran Farhat, Abdur Rehman

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FIxTURES MARCH 10: First one-day international, Bloemfontein (day) 15: Second 1-day international, Centurion (day-night) 17: third one-day international, Johannesburg (day) 21: Fourth one-day international, durban (day) 24: Fifth one-day international, Benoni (day)


SPORTS DESK Pakistan held on to beat defending champions New Zealand, 4-3, in their opening match of the 2013 Azlan Shah Cup on Saturday. Pakistan, who had secured the bronze medal in the 2012 Champions Trophy before winning the Asian Champions Trophy, raced to a 3-0 lead against sixth-ranked New Zealand. however, the Kiwis pegged Pakistan back with three goals of their own. With just 12 minutes remaining in the game, Muhammad Imran displayed some fantastic hockey off a penalty corner to score his third and Pakistan’s fourth goal of the match. From then on Pakistan hung on to see out the match and grab three points. earlier, the game suffered a delayed of 30 minutes due to wet weather conditions and began at 4:35pm local time. New Zealand won last year’s trophy with a dominant display of attacking hockey. Due to adverse weather conditions, the first match between Pakistan and New Zealand was delayed. It was a wet start to the 22nd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup as rain

disrupted proceedings, forcing the organisors to move all games by 30 minutes. And when play got underway. Pakistan edged defending champions New Zealand 4-3 in an exciting tie that saw New Zealand coming from three goals down to equalise but succumbed to a Muhammad Imran hattrick eventually. Pakistan have dropped four veterans including Shakeel Abbasi, Mohammed Waseem, Mohammed Rizwan Senior and Rashid Mehmood in order to test

new players. Australia defeated India 4-3 in their opening match of the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh. The parking bays were full, and the Azlan Shah Stadium was reverberating with deafening sounds of vuvuzalas as the fans cheered Malaysia to start on the right footing. The prayers were answered as two late goals by veteran Chua Boon huat, playing in his 11th Azlan Shah Cup gave them a 3-2 win.

BLOEMFONTEIN: South Africa are likely to go into the first one-day international against Pakistan on Sunday without both their strike bowlers, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Coach Gary Kirsten announced on Friday that Steyn will only join up with the squad before the second match in the five-game series in Centurion next Friday. Morkel, meanwhile, is recovering from a hamstring injury. “Dale bowled close to 180 overs during the Tests against New Zealand and Pakistan and was always going to be rested for the first ODI as part of our rotation policy with the bowlers, whether he was with us or not,” said Kirsten. “At this stage we are waiting on the fitness of Morne Morkel. If he fails to recover in time, we need to look at it positively because it is an opportunity for another player to be tested at this level.” Spin bowler Aaron Phangiso and batsman David Miller were released to play in domestic matches on Friday. They will rejoin the squad on Saturday but it seems unlikely either will be in the team on Sunday, effectively leaving South Africa with 12 players to choose from, including Morkel. agENciEs

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Sunday, 10 March, 2013

openers edge england Maiden tons give SL big lead in test towards a draw COLOMBO




ICK Compton’s maiden Test century, and Alastair Cook’s 24th, saw england edge closer to salvaging a draw in the first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin. england’s first double-century opening stand for almost four years, and their highest ever against New Zealand, helped them to 234 for one by stumps on day four at the University Oval. They still trailed by 59, having conceded a mammoth deficit first time round, but could be increasingly optimistic about closing out a stalemate on Sunday thanks to their twin hundreds. For Compton (102no), grandson of one of england’s greatest batsman Denis, Saturday’s breakthrough innings meant he was upholding an especially famous family tradition. The small matter of 16 more centuries are required to emulate his grandfather. Captain Cook (116) is already out on his own, of course, as his country’s most prolific centurion after his 23rd at Kolkata three months ago. he was first to three figures again, sweeping his 13th four from his 221st ball off Bruce Martin. Compton, however, kept his wellwishers waiting until the penultimate over of the day when - with Cook just gone - he at last pushed Tim Southee for a single into the leg-side to reach his milestone in 259 deliveries and approaching six hours. england found themselves needing to bat the majority of five and a half sessions

to stay level after this first match of three. Compton began with work still to do to confirm himself as the captain’s partner for next summer’s Ashes, but could consider himself considerably better established in that role by stumps. he played and missed several times and survived an optimistic DRS procedure for caught-behind on 16 but was otherwise largely assured for all but the final half hour of the day. The 29-year-old got himself off a pair with a pushed single from the first ball he faced, also off Southee, and he and Cook barely had a moment of concern thereafter until the protege opener reached the nervous 90s. A succession of dicey, scrambled singles ensued - Cook just making his ground when called through by Compton on 93 and his partner almost running himself out on 94. england’s batsmen had been profligate in the extreme at their first attempt two days ago, and Cook and Compton were determined to set the tone for the much more disciplined performance the tourists so badly needed. They did so admirably for almost 85 overs, in which Trent Boult in particular strangled the scoring rate but no bowler carried a worrying threat on this reliable pitch. Finally Cook, with Compton still searching for that precious 100th run, got a thin edge behind off the left-armer to give the Kiwi attack their only success of the day with the score on 231. Their own batsmen had licence to attack when they continued for 40 minutes on another cool and cloudy morning - a

ENglaNd first innings 167 all out NEW zEalaNd first innings (overnight 402-7) 55 P. Fulton c Prior b anderson 171 h. rutherford c sub b anderson k. Williamson b Panesar 24 r. taylor c trott b anderson 31 27 d. brownlie b anderson b. mccullum c anderson b broad 74 0 bJ Watling b broad t. southee b broad 25 41 b. martin c Prior b Finn N. Wagner not out 4 8 Extras (lb-8) total (for nine wickets declared) 460 Fall oF WickEts: 1-158 2-249 3-267 4-310 5-321 6-326 7370 8-447 9-460 did Not bat: t. boult. boWliNg: J. anderson 33-2-137-4, s. Finn 26.4-3-102-1, s. broad 28-3-118-3, m. Panesar 22-2-83-1, J. trott 2-0-4-0, J. root 5-1-8-0 ENglaNd sEcoNd iNNiNgs 116 a. cook c Watling b boult 102 N. compton not out 0 s. Finn not out 16 Extras (b-6, lb-9, nb-1) total (for one wicket, 87 overs) 234 boWliNg: t. southee 18-2-48-0 (nb-1), t. boult 19-5-33-1, N. Wagner 20-4-64-0, b. martin 25-7-61-0, k. Williamson 5-113-0 rEmaiNiNg FixturEs march 14-18 - second test, Wellington march 22-26 - third test, auckland

situation which perfectly suited Brendon McCullum (74). From a start-of-play 402 for seven, the Kiwis bagged another 58 runs for two wickets in under nine overs before the declaration came. McCullum’s share was 30 from just 17 balls, including two sixes off James Anderson and one off Stuart Broad. he began with a mighty pull off Broad high into the trees at deep square-leg, and then repeated the dose off Anderson at the other end before also striking him high over long-off for good measure. Debutant tailender Martin was no slouch either, in a stand of 77 which ended when McCullum aimed another huge hit at Broad (three for 118) but succeeded only in propelling the ball vertically. Anderson was the man under the skier at midwicket, and his hands were mercifully safe. Still New Zealand pressed on until Martin was ninth out, caught behind trying to pull and giving Steven Finn his only wicket of the innings. That was the point at which the pressure was squarely back on england. But it was met convincingly by the two men at the top of their order.


Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal scored maiden test hundreds as Sri Lanka took a strong grip on the first cricket test against Bangladesh on the second day on Friday. Thirimanne made 155 not out and Chandimal was unbeaten on 116 as they recorded a fifth-wicket stand of 203 to take Sri Lanka to a first innings total of 570 for four declared at tea on Saturday. Buoyed up by the batsmen, Sri Lanka’s bowlers made an early breakthrough, capturing the wickets of openers Jahurul Islam and Anamul haque. Bangladesh, though, fought back with an unbeaten half-century from Mohammad Ashraful to end the day on 135-2 at the Galle International Stadium. Jahurul (20) was out as he tried to get out of the way of a delivery from Shaminda eranga but only succeeded in gloving a catch to Chandimal. Ajantha Mendis, playing his first test since May 2011, took a wicket off his first over when he bowled Anamul with a flighted delivery for 13. Ashraful (65 not out) and Mominul haque (35 not out) stopped Sri Lanka making any further inroads to their batting with an unfinished stand of 70. Bangladesh needed a further 236 runs to avoid the follow-on. earlier, Chandimal brought up his first test hundred off 136 balls with the aid of 11 fours and two sixes, the 23-year-old making the most of his luck after the tourists had twice dropped him earlier in the innings. Thirimanne, whose previous highest score was 91 against Australia in Sydney early this year, completed his maiden test century in the morning session. having earlier missed out on a test hundred, Thirimanne was patient as he carefully picked through 66 balls to score the required 26 runs he needed, having started the day on 74 not out. The lefthander struck nine fours in his 193-ball innings for his century. Thirimanne moved to his highest firstclass score after lunch when he completed 150 off 247 balls with 14 fours before the hosts opted to declare. Bangladesh’s only success with the ball came in the fourth over of the day when

scorEboard sri lanka first innings (361-3 overnight) 41 d. karunaratne lbw b gazi 54 t. dilshan c mominul b gazi k. sangakkara c Jaharul b gazi 142 l. thirimanne not out 155 a. mathews c & b abul 27 d. chandimal not out 116 35 Extras (b-8, lb-17, nb-7, w-3) 570 total (four wickets declared, 135 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-114, 2-181, 3-305, 4-367. did not bat: k. Vithanage, N. kulasekara, r. herath, s. Eranga, a. mendis. bowling: shahadat hossain 21-2-95-0 (nb-3), abul hsan 274-112-1 (nb-4, w-3), sohag gazi 50-6-164-3, Elias sunny 20-0-89-0, mohammad ashraful 4-0-23-0, mahmudullah 111-45-0, mominul haque 2-0-17-0. bangladesh first innings: 20 Jahurul islam c chandimal b Eranga anamul haque b mendis 13 mohammad ashraful not out 65 mominul haque not out 35 2 Extras: (lb-1, nb-1) 135 total (two wickets, 43 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-65. to bat: mahmudullah, mushfiqur rahim, Nasir hossain, abul hasan, sohag gazi, Elias sunny, shahadat hossain. bowling: kulasekara 8-0-28-0 (nb-1), Eranga 9-3-25-1, herath 2122-33-0, mendis 5-0-28-1, mathews 3-0-5-0, dilshan 6-2-15-0.

Angelo Mathews was dismissed for 27. The Sri Lankan captain tried to manufacture a shot that was not there and chipped a leading edge which the bowler Abul hasan gladly accepted.

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SPORTS Sunday, 10 March, 2013

It’s not impossible in football. One or two weeks can change everything. For this reason we should be confident for the Premier League. – Roberto Mancini

pyf marathon, fun and family races today NAUMAN, IMRAN, RAHEELA PADDLE TO VICTORY IN CYCLE RACES



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FTeR the successful organization of the road cycle races in connection with the Punjab Youth Festival, in which Nauman Shaukat, Mohammad Imran and Raheela Banu were the winners, the Sports Board Punjab is moving towards the initiation of the 17 kilometres marathon on Sunday. In the 66 kilometres cycle race for professional cyclists, Nauman Shaukat of Gujranwala paddled to victory covering the distance in about one hour and 38 minutes. he was followed by his brother Imran Shaukat at number two position while Mohammad Shakeel cycled to third place in the race. While the defending champion Awais Ali of Faisalabad even did not come among near the top-position notchers. Deputy Speaker and chairman sports Punjab Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan was the focal person to flag off all the three races. Director General Sports and Youth Affairs Usman Anwar was also present at the start line here on Saturday. In the 22 kilometres race, Mohammad Imran took the first position, paddling his way to the top in 38 minutes. his closest contended in the race was Muhammad Azeem at number two position while Shamoon secured the third place in the race. In the female race for 22 kilometres, national champion Raheela Banu left all the paddlers behind to clinch the race. She (Raheela) was closely checked by her teammate from Lahore Maliaka but she could secure second place behind. And in the third position came Shamim Urooj. Misbah, Mahwish and Sidra got fourth, fifth and sixth positions in the race that was in all participated by around 30 female cyclists. The all the three races, 66 km, 22 male and female cycle race including ordinary cyclists ranged around 300 while nearly a crowd 5000 people cheered the cyclists on both sides of the ring road. The three winners of the 66 km race will be awarded cash awards on March 14 during the closing ceremony. The winner will get Rs 200,000, 150,000 and 100,000. Similarly the wines of the 22 male and female races will be given RS 50,000, 40,000 and 30,000 respectively each in both the categories. All the three races were flagged off from the Old Ravi Bridge, Ring Road and the 66 km cyclists to their U-turn from DhA Interchange while the 22 Km race took its way back from GT Road interchange. On the way and during the

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race sport was made for water, medical casualty while similar facility was also available for the cyclists on mobile cars which stay with them throughout the route. Other than the Civil Defence officials,

Recsue 1122, traffic and security police was on the alert to handle any untoward situation. Meanwhile, on Sunday the 17 kilometres marathon will be held at 9.30

am. It will start from Punjab Stadium and will move towards Kalma Chawk underpass and from there it will go on Ferozepur road to canal and from Dharampura it will return to Punjab Stadium.

There will also be 3 kilometres fun race for ladies (separately) and families at main Boulevard Gulberg. It will start from Siddiq Trade Centre at 11 am and terminate at Liberty roundabout.

South Africa can snatch no.1 spot from India if wins 5-0 S.PERVEz QAISER The first match of the five-one day match series between South Africa and Pakistan will be played at Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein on Sunday (March 10). This five-match series against Pakistan marks a change of focus for the Proteas, who have slipped to fourth place in the rankings for the 50-over format. Pakistan are sixth on a tightlybunched table. South Africa are currently fourth but can leapfrog India, england and Australia if they win all five matches of the series. If the Proteas achieve this series result, then the side will win the one day international Shield as well as $ 175,000 as the top three sides have no one day internationals scheduled before the April 1 cut-off date and South Africa’s position will be assured. The first encounter will be the 58th

in one day internationals between the two teams and 22nd in South Africa. South Africa have a good record against Pakistan in previous one day international matches played between the two teams.They have won 38,lost 18 and abandoned one in 57 matches played against the 1992 World Champions. The Proteas also have a very good record against Pakistan in matches played at home. They have won 14, lost six and abandoned one in 21 matches played against Pakistan in South Africa. In last 10 matches played between the two teams, South Africa have won six while Pakistan achived victories in four encounters. The last encounter between the two teams was played at Dubai on November 8,2010 which South Africa won by 57 runs. hIGheST INNINGS TOTALS:

Pakistan recorded their highest total against South Africa when they scored 351 for four in 50 overs at Durban on February 7,2007. South Africa made their highest against Pakistan at Centurion on February 4,2007 by scoring 392 for six in 50 overs. LOWeST INNINGS TOTALS: South Africa were bowled out for just 101 runs 26.5 overs at Sharjah on March 28,2000 which is their lowest against Pakistan. Pakistan’s lowest against South Africa is 89 in 25 overs at Mohali on October 27,2006. hIGheST INDIVIDUAL SCOReS: Salim elahi who made 135 at Port elizabeth on December 11,2002, holds the record of highest individual score for Pakistan. The record of highest individual score for South Africa against Pakistan is held by Daryll Cullinan. Cullinan made 124 at Nairobi on September 29,1996. BeST BOWLING

PeRFORMANCeS: Makhaya Ntini’s five for 21 at Mohali on October 27,2006 is the best bowling performance for South Africa against Pakistan. Wasim Akram who took five wickets for 16 runs at east London on March 15,1993, holds the record of best bowling performance for Pakistan against South Africa. hIGheST MARGINS OF VICTORY: South Africa 10-wicket victories at Cape Town on February 11,2007 and 164-run win at Centurion on February 4,2007 are their biggest against Pakistan. Pakistan achieved their biggest victory over South Africa when they beat them by the 182 runs at Port elizabeth on December 11,2002.They beat South Africa by eight wickets, twice, at Karachi on October 16,1994 and at Durban on December 17,1997 which are their biggest in terms of wickets. NARROWeST MARGINS OF

VICTORY: South Africa achieved their shortest victory against Pakistan by beating them by two runs at Dubai on November 2,2010. Pakistan’s shortest victory over South Africa is eight runs which was achieved at Lahore on October 3, 2003. ONE-DAyERS AT A GLANCE: SUMMARy OF RESULTS Venue


pak won

S.A won Abandoned

In Australia In S Africa In pakistan In Emirates In Kenya In England In S Lanka In Singapore In Morocco In India total:

1 21 15 10 2 1 2 2 2 1 57

6 7 4 1 18

1 14 8 6 2 1 2 1 2 1 38

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We were up against a team that caused up problems. – Allegri

infotech golf Championship at royal palm LAHORE: The 7th Infotech Golf Championship was due to be held in February but was resheduled because of rains and will now be contested today(Sunday) at the par-72 Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course. This is a much awaited annual event and the golfers regard it a privilege to be a part of this championship where the Infotech hospitality is heartwarming plus there is the additional charm of playing on the Royal Palm golf course lay out where the skilled golfer has to strategize and apply his skills to encounter the challenges of the golf course. Participants number in the 120 plus range and the tee off will be at 10.30am through a shot gun start. The competition will be over 18 holes on stroke play basis. Naseer Akhter of Infotech, a steady golfer himself, regretted the earlier postponement and said: “I am extremely pleased with the passionate response of golf players and hope that prominent ones will come up with quality golf and outstanding scores”. Competitors in the golf championship represent an interesting mix of some real steady double digit handicappers and some competitors with solid ability, with the champions touch evident in every shot that they play, in the course of the competition.Names of the double digit handicappers that stand out are Imran Miraj, Fareed Bajwa, Ramzan Sheikh, Rashid Akber, haris Naseer, Dr.Raja Kaikoabad, Tariq Mehmood and haroon Arshed. Single handicappers always represent the fearsome lot in any golf contest and once again the names that appears as the notable ones in the Infotech Golf Championship are Omer Salamat, Sardar Murad, Azfar hassan, Abdullah Sharif, Shaoib Shams, Faisal Malik and Sohaib Bokhari. All of them possess winning ability and they are capable of hitting long off the tees in the 280 yards plus distance on all the par fours and par fives which gives them a distinct advantage over the competitors who at best can grade as modest hitters. Prize distribution will be a grand affair in line with importance of the occasion and will be held at 3.30pm at Royal Palm. staFF rEPort

fifa praises pak teams performance LAHORE: FIFA has published the applauding performance of Pak football team in r recently concluded successful friendly football matches against Nepal . And now the green shirts have set their sights on to the forth coming AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers being played in Kyrgyzstan from March 17 to 21. While appreciating PFF performance FIFA has explained on their website that the Pakistan Football Team, began their build-up for this qualifying campaign in early March with a pair of warm-up matches in Nepal, when Zavisa Milosavljevic’s visitors claimed back-toback 1-0 wins, with hassan Bashir and Muhammad Mujahid grabbing the allimportant goals. The victories also ensured the Pakistanis were rewarded with timely morale-booster in the shape of a 19-place rise to 170 in the FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking and becomes the Asia’s biggest movers in the world ranking of February, 2013. The President PFF Faisal Saleh hayat is pleased with the gradual progress of our national team and is hopeful that Pak team will put up a good show in the Kyrgyzstan event to qualify for the AFC Challenge Cup. The competition in Kyrgyzstan will now provide Pak players with a chance to make further progress in the global pecking order. And should they make it through to their second AFC Challenge Cup in 2014 in Maldives, their next target will undoubtedly be to win the tournament and book a historic place at the 2015 Asian Cup. Two opening wins will all but seal Pakistan’s progression either among the group winners or the two best secondplace finishers, and a good result in the closing game against Macau – a team they have never lost to - should be within their grasp. staFF rEPort



Sunday, 10 March, 2013

sharapova into indian wells second round

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ARIA Sharapova made short work of 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone with a 6-2 6-1 win in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. World number three Sharapova, who won the Indian Wells title in 2006, dropped nine points on serve in her impressive opening to the tournament. The Russian took all six break points in a win which was completed in just over an hour. She will meet Carla Suarez Navarro in the third round after she won an all-Spanish contest with Silvia Solerespinosa 6-1 6-1. Fifth seed Petra Kvitova shared 11 breaks of serve with Olga Govortsova before prevailing 6-4 3-6 6-3. For the Czech player it was not the best way to celebrate her 23rd birthday after spending two hours and 22 minutes on court. Kvitova goes on to face Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko who overcame Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1 3-6 6-1. World number 11 Marion Bartoli took five of 12 break points on her way to defeating Chanelle Scheepers 6-3 6-3. Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame a disastrous start to beat 2010 champion Jelena Jankovic 0-6 6-2 7-5 in just over two hours. Sixth seed Sara errani also needed three sets to advance as she beat

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kvitova survives indian wells scare

Lourdes Dimonguez Lino 6-2 3-6 6-3 in just over two hours. errani will meet Sweden’s Johanna Larsson who beat number 26 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5 6-1. Italian 14th seed Roberta Vinci accounted for Kazakh player Ksenia Pervak 6-3 6-4. There were also wins for Sara errani, Dominika Cibulkova, Maria Kirilenko and Sorana Cirstea. Qualifier Ivo Karlovic saved one match point to edge American wild card Jack Sock 3-6 7-6 (10/8) 6-2 in the men’s first round. The Croat trailed 7-8 in the second set tie-break, but fought back to win in one hour and 53 minutes to set up a meeting with American number 23 seed Sam Querrey. Australian qualifier Matthew ebden, who reached the fourth round last year, beat Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3 4-6 6-4, while German

Philipp Petzschner beat fellow qualifier Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 6-4. Australian Marinko Matosevic set up a second round clash with 14th seed Juan Monaco after beating Spanish wild card Tommy Robredo 7-5 6-2. Spain’s Pablo Andujar will challenge 19th seed Tommy haas after edging American wild card Steve Johnson 2-6 6-1 6-4. Among the day’s other winners were Nikolay Davydenko, James Blake, Albert Ramos, evgeny Donskoy, Bjorn Phau, Fabio Fognini and Carlos Berlocq. Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska beat American Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2 6-1 and there were also wins for Klara Zakopalova, Mallory Burdette and Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino. In the men’s first round Michael Llodra, Yen-hsun Lu, Bobby Reynolds and Daniel Gimeno-Traver went through.

Of justice and redemption MuHAMMAD BuTT An undefeated league campaign, a win percentage of 88 and the youngest manager ever to win a european trophy are just some of the honours that Andre Villas Boas achieved during his brief spell at Porto. he then committed career suicide and joined Chelsea. The departures of Mourinho and Ancelotti are usually singled out as defining points but there is a possibility that twenty years from now, the harsh treatment meted out to Andre Villas Boas may prove to be the most costly. AVB’s penchant for making slightly left field career choices did not quite end there. A couple of months later he became the manager of Tottenham hotspurs. In theory, this was the perfect move and perhaps the sort that he should have made before joining Chelsea but the catch was that he was replacing harry Redknapp, the darling of english football and especially media. In about a year’s time, AVB had dared to ask John ‘the warrior’ Terry to

play a higher defensive line and then had the temerity to replace england’s finest managers. Who did he think he was, The Special One? he may not be The Special One but his choices reveal much about his mental toughness and determination to succeed. A less ambitious manager may have taken the easy route and gone back to Portugal. What it also reinforces is that he was always a good manager contrary to what he was made out to be during his spell at Chelsea. Granted, much of his success came in the Portuguese League, which may not be as tough as the Premier League but nonetheless his record was quite astonishing (in a good way) and one does not become a bad manager overnight. Spurs started slowly and soon enough, the knives were out but with Spurs sitting pretty in third place 2 points ahead of Chelsea and 7 ahead of bitter rivals Arsenal, nobody is complaining now. That being said, this is usually the time when Spurs go into

self-destruct mode. A tricky tie at Anfield awaits them this Sunday and fixtures against everton, Chelsea and Manchester City, one after the other, soon follow and they may ultimately decide where Spurs finish this season. The team under Villas Boas does appear to be mentally tougher and able to grind out victories this season and they will require these qualities if they are to succeed. Roman Abramovich is directly responsible for a lot of good things that have happened at Stamford Bridge in his tenure. This should not and does not provide him immunity for the blunders he has made. One can quite safely assert that had the Russian not behaved like a kid in a candy shop when it came to hiring and subsequently firing managers, Chelsea would have become a much bigger beast than it is at the moment. Chelsea fans may live to regret the day Villas Boas was dismissed and there would indeed be an element of poetic justice if his Spurs side were to usurp the Chelsea outfit in the league.

INDIAN WELLS: Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova survived a scare against Belarusian Olga Govortsova in their second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open. Kvitova was taken to a deciding third set by the world number 67 at Indian Wells before recording a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory to set up a third-round clash with Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko. Fifth seed Kvitova will be taking on a player who claimed a seeded victim today, knocking out Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova. The 31st-seeded Shvedova was strong in the middle of the match but weak at both ends as she crashed out 6-1 3-6 6-1. Italian 14th seed Roberta Vinci accounted for another Kazakh player, beating Ksenia Pervak 6-3 6-4, while Swede Johanna Larsson ousted Russian 26th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova by a 7-5 6-1 margin. With the men’s event a round behind, there were no seeded players in action today. Among the day’s early first-round winners were Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Albert Ramos, Australian qualifier Matthew edben and his compatriot Marinko Matosevic, German qualifier Philipp Petzschner and Russian evgeny Donskoy. agENciEs

Lahore district football in full swing LAHORE: Lahore district football championship is in full swing as two matches were decided here on Saturday at different grounds. Sabzazar F.C defeated Lucky Sports F.C 3-0 at MFTA ground. Bilal struck twice in 13 minth & 68thminutes as Zeeshan scored in the 18th minute. In the second match Mughalpura heros thrashed Fatima Memorial F.C 6-0. Zurayz produced two goals while Farooq, Azhar, Usman Saad Butt shared one goal each. Matches for tomorrow, Sunday, Samanabad F.C Vs Young Union F.C (2.00pm) at Raiders Football Club ground Faisal Town ,Lahore United F.C Vs Shaheen F.C (CMh) (4:00pm) at Raiders Football Club ground Faisal Town,Mughalpura heros F.C Vs Model Town Football Club (7:30pm) at Model Town Football club / Academy, Saleem Khan F.C vs Afshan F.C (9:00pm) at Model Town Football Club / Academy. staFF rEPort

One-day testing ground important for Pakistan UMAR GUL HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY TRANSFER HIS DEVASTATING LIMITED-OVERS ABILITY TO TEST CRICKET KAMRAN ABBASI Strange occurrences are common in Pakistan cricket. Perhaps one of the deepest mysteries for future generations to decipher will be how Pakistan decided to challenge the world’s undisputed No. 1 Test team with a squad packed with rookies? Some of the criticism of the team and coaching staff has been bizarre; nobody seriously expected Pakistan to beat

South Africa. But a legitimate beef is that Pakistan pitted colts against thoroughbreds. Bowlers with no Test experience, sometimes no speed, were asked to dominate the best batting unit in Test cricket. This particular aspect of the failure is alarming for a country that prides itself on its bowling riches. Pakistan’s bowling attack looks a more formidable prospect in limited-overs cricket - much of this is because two of the most frustrating players of the last decade show promise for the longer game but are ultimately one-day specialists. Umar Gul and Mohammad hafeez are frequent match-winners in both 50-over and T20 cricket. In Test cricket they struggle to influence a match in Pakistan’s favour. ReLATeD LINKSPreview: Champions Trophy the focus for both teams Report: hafeez, Gul demolish South Africa Players/Officials:

Mohammad hafeez | Umar Gul Series/Tournaments: Pakistan tour of South Africa Teams: Pakistan | South Africa Influence, we know, is hard to measure: it isn’t just about averages and strike rates. Take Gul for example. he sits just outside the top ten of Pakistan’s alltime highest wicket-takers, ahead of Fazal Mahmood. his average, a touch over 34, isn’t world beating but it is decent. Dig a little deeper though, and the statistics tell a different story. In matches that Pakistan have won, Gul’s influence has been minimal. he has played in 16 victories, taking a five-wicket haul only twice in 32 innings. By comparison, Shoaib Akhtar played in 20 victories, taking a fivewicket haul on seven occasions in 38 innings. For Gul’s bowling read Mohammad hafeez’s all-round contribution. Pakistan’s Test cricket has progressed

despite carrying some experienced passengers. With Misbah-ul haq approaching the end of his shelf life and no Test cricket for many months, Pakistan must use one-day internationals to develop replacements for the Test team. The new rules for 50-over cricket have nudged it closer to Test cricket by encouraging attacking bowling and more refined batting. The interest, then, in this one-day contest with South Africa lies in which players can begin to show the necessary maturity and commitment to regain a Test place. While the escapades of Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat are ever fascinating, the question for me is whether Wahab Riaz and Umar Akmal can show enough in the one-day format to challenge for a recall to the Pakistan Test team. – Courtesy Cricinfo

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