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Mansoor Ijaz - coming to a screen near you on 22nd ISLAMABAD TAHIR NIAZ

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has failed in his attempt to head off a contempt of court charge and must now appear before the Supreme Court on February 13, after the judges refused to buy his counsel Aitzaz Ahsen’s argument that Gilani was simply following the Law Ministry’s advice.

The memo commission decided on Friday to record the statement of the main witness, Mansoor Ijaz, via live video conference from Pakistan’s High Commission in London at 2pm (PST) on February 22, with a stern direction to the government that “we don’t want any hiccups this time”. Zahid Bukhari, the counsel for former ambassador Husain Haqqani, was twice seen trapped in his own foggy arguments, apparently aimed at delaying the proceedings and keeping Ijaz from recording his statement before the commission. As Bukhari opposed the video conference procedure, the commission’s Chairman Justice Qazi Faez Isa told him that the commission had decided not to go abroad to record Ijaz’s statement, keeping in view the concerns he (Bukhari) had showed a day earlier regarding the security of the commission members and costs of travel. On the second occasion, Bukhari’s reservations regarding the quality of audio and video during the conferencing gave the commission chairman an added opportunity to direct the government to ensure a high quality live feed. “We don’t want any hiccups this time. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure a good link,” Justice Isa said. The commission’s Secretary Raja Jawad Hassan Abbas would reach London a few days prior to the proceedings to oversee arrangements and procure all the documentary and physical evidence including smartphones, other devices and forensic material provided by Ijaz. The commission also directed the Foreign Office to make necessary arrangements in this regard, including establishing a communication link between the Pakistan High Commission and the Islamabad High Court, where the commission had been holding its meetings. The Foreign Office was also told to make arrangements for the visit of the commission secretary and his stay in London. Justice Isa also asked Akram Shaikh, the counsel for Ijaz, to submit to the commission in advance three sets of all the documentary evidence received from Ijaz, while the original documents would be submitted later. Haqqani’s counsel strongly opposed the commission’s decision to record the statement through video conference, saying the move would be tantamount to prejudice. However, he could not satisfy the commission on the specific point. Justice Isa said if any lawyers wanted to go to London for cross-examination on their own expense, the commission did not have any objections.The commission rejected an application filed by Haqqani seeking the Continued on page 04

Missing persons case: SC won’t take no for an answer ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Supreme Court told the directors general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) as well as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief secretary once again on Friday to ensure at all costs that the remaining seven missing prisoners who were picked up by the spy agencies from outside Adiala Jail were produced in court on February 13. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry hearing a petition filed by a woman named Rohaifa, the mother of three of the missing prisoners, also issued a notice to the KP governor through the chief secretary. All three were directed to

inform the court after procuring a report on whether the authorities concerned had ascertained the condition of the prisoners who were allegedly detained in the Parachinar Internment Centre. The court told Raja Muhammad Irshad, the counsel for the respondents, to positively produce all seven prisoners in court on Monday. Irshad was appearing alongside Joint Secretary Chaudhry Muhammad Yaqoob and Defence Ministry Director (Legal) Commander Muhammad Hussain Shahbaz. In its order, the court said: “Although the reply was filed by the respondents, compliance was not made. Under the circumstances, we are of the opinion that it is the responsibility of Director General, ISI, Director General, MI and Judge Advocate General, JAG Branch,

to comply with the order of the court in letter and spirit. Non-appearance of their (respondents’) counsel also suggests that reluctance is being shown in producing the detainees before the court.” The court noted that this fact may not be out of context that initially when the case came up before the court on January 6, 2011, the statement was made by Irshad on behalf of the ISI and MI chiefs and the JAG branch that the prisoners in question were taken from Adiala Jail for the purpose of trial under the Army Act. The court observed that reportedly four of them, namely Muhammad Amir, Tahseenullah, Said Arab and Abdul Saboor, had died in the meantime. The court noted that according to Irshad, the dead bodies of two of the four deceased prisoners were

handed over to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) Peshawar, while Said Arab was alive at the time and subsequently died in LRH and his dead body was also handed over to his family. “As far as the dead body of Abdul Saboor is concerned, it was found lying in an ambulance parked near Haji Camp, Peshawar. Therefore, production of the rest of the seven persons before the court is all the more necessary,” the court said in its order. The court said further: “In the circumstances, we direct DG ISI, DG MI and JAG branch severally and jointly, as well as the Chief Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who is the head of the civil administration over there, to ensure production of these persons before this court in safe custody without fail on Feb 13.” At the outset of the hearing, Irshad

told the bench that four detainees had died while four others were currently under treatment at LRH. The three remaining persons were at a detention facility in Parachinar, he said, and they could not be presented in court. The court expressed its dismay over his statement and said it had clearly directed that the missing prisoners should be produced. The court then asked him who was standing in the way of its orders, saying that if the prime minister could appear in court, everyone else should also be able to do so. When the bench resumed hearing of the case at 5pm, the counsel for the intelligence agencies Irshad Kayani was not present in court. Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq stated that Continued on page 04


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Gilani left with one option: apologise and write the letter ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR

Legal experts believe that following the rejection of his appeal by the eight-member Supreme Court bench in the contempt case, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is left with only one option: submitting himself to the mercy of the court and writing the letter to the Swiss authorities – a choice President Asif Ali Zardari and the prime minister have time and again rubbished saying they would not comply with the court orders, come what may. Legal expert Babar Sattar told Pakistan Today that Gilani might apologise and rectify his previous mistake by writing the letter. Asked whether the prime minister could take any legal plea to avoid his conviction, Sattar said there was no such option left to him now. “If he still does not submit to the court, his conviction is now written on the wall. But if convicted under contempt charges, Gilani may file an intra-court appeal. Even after the appeal, he has another option to file a review petition,” he added. Asked if there were any lacunae in the appeal submitted by Aitzaz Ahsen, Gilani’s counsel, Sattar said the appeal was detailed and had covered all options. He said Ahsen did not take the plea of immunity to the president under Article 248, which was a double-edged sword. “They knew that this option may backfire because if the court interpreted the Article 248 holding that there was no immunity to the president, the cases against the president in Pakistan would have also been opened aside from the Swiss cases,” he added. He said even if the prime minister filed a review petition, the same grounds would be adopted that were adopted in the appeal. “I think the 17-member bench order on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) was very clear and no plea can be taken against it,” he said, adding that the prime minister’s case was undependable and even the government knew that well. “Actually, neither the seven-member bench nor the eight-member bench could overrule the ruling given by the 17-member bench,” he said and added that the government’s strategy was just to drag on the court’s verdict to buy more and more time. He said the government had not appointed a career bureaucrat as law secretary as bureaucrats did not defy the court. “The government knows that even if the law secretary or the prime minister has to be sacrificed, it would not hesitate. It would serve their purpose politically as well,” he added. Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed said the prime minister would now have to appear in court on February 13 and the court would indict him. He said if the prime minister failed to appear in the court, he might face horrendous consequences. “He might be declared an absconder,” he said. “If Gilani is convicted in the contempt case, he would be disqualified under Article 63(1)(g) of the constitution immediately as a member of the National Assembly,” he said, adding that there would be no need for the National Assembly speaker to send a reference to the chief election commissioner. Rather, he added, the court order would be enough for the disqualification of the prime minister.

SWABI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan addresses a public gathering on Friday. Online

PTi will shoot down drones: imran PPP chooses 2 upper SWABI

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan told supporters at a rally in Swabi on Friday that those in power should be embarrassed about the ongoing drone attacks violating Pakistan’s sovereignty and killing innocent people. Khan said the PTI would not let the United States attack Pakistan through drones and would shoot them down. “We will help them [US] get out of Afghanistan but we will not become a part of their war,” he said. Khan also said if the PTI came to power, it would free the people of Pakistan from US slavery. “We won’t beg, we won’t take loans and we will generate our own funds,” he said. Predicting the success of his party, he said even if the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) united, PTI would “bowl them all out on the first ball”. “The nation has decided it wants a change and no political party can defeat PTI’s tsunami,” said Khan. Promising a better Pakistan under his party’s leadership, Khan said the PTI would bring investment to the country and would tax the rich. He also said his party would fix the education sector and put in place a uniform education system. “The green passport will be respected and people from abroad will come to Pakistan in search of jobs,” Khan stated. “Pakistan is a rich

1 killed, 7 injured in attack after PTi rally SWABI: Heavy firing followed handgrenade explosions as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) concluded its huge public gathering in Swabi on Friday. Media reports said a man was killed in the attack and seven others were injured. Some participants of the rally were also among the injured as gunmen attacked police personnel travelling in a bus, injuring six policemen, including a female constable. Reportedly, the police van was leaving the venue of PTI’s rally when the attackers lobbed two hand-grenades at it and opened fire. PTI Chairman Imran Khan and other party leaders had left the venue by the time the incident took place, sources said. The injured were rushed to Swabi District Headquarters Hospital and Kalo Khan Hospital. Police cordoned off the area and the bomb disposal squad was combing the site. ONLINE country and we will make it better,” he added. The cricketer-turned-politician said all political parties were afraid of the PTI and were uniting to pass the 20th Amendment. He said President Asif Ali Zardari was the most corrupt person in the country, adding that his party would bring justice to all the corrupt people and no one would be spared.

caste Hindus for Senate

KARACHI: The ruling PPP has finalised the names of candidates of religious minorities for the upcoming Senate elections and has selected two Upper Caste billionaire Hindus – Seth Hari Ram Kishwari Lal and Seth Pahlaj Mal, sources told Pakistan Today on Friday. The sources said the Hindus names would be announced on Saturday. Lal is supposedly a very close friend of President Asif Zardari while Mal has paid large amounts of money to the party in the name of party fund, the sources added. With their selection, the total number of the Upper Caste billionaire Hindus, which are only eight percent of the total Hindu population in the country, will rise to 19 in the National and provincial assemblies. The rest of the 92 percent of the total Hindu population in Pakistan, Dalits or the Untouchables, would not get a single seat in the Senate. It is interesting to note that the 5 percent Upper Caste Hindus have currently grabbed 17 seats in the national and provincial assemblies while Christians have been given 15 seats and only one seat has been given to the scheduled castes which make up 42 percent of the total minority population. It is ironic to note that two members belonging to the scheduled castes were among those PPP workers who embraced martyrdom during the reception of Benazir Bhutto in Karachi. “It is an injustice and we are planning to protest against such attitude,” said Dharmshi Kolhi of Pakistan Hindu Sabha. AMAR GURIRO


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India army chief ends legal showdown over birth date ‘I have never been on a date’

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Afridi, Younus steer Pakistan to easy win

Crisis, unabated: It’s not rock bottom yet but might soon be.

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PPP and PML(N) finally agree on something.

Arif Nizami says: The firefighting government: Too much on its plate…

White Lies: It is a spectacle right out of a movie set. A dignified almost haughty Supreme Court building designed by a Japanese architect, packed with some 300 people. And then there are the law lords sitting on a raised platform, confident of their place in history and the hearts and minds of people…

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Asks secretaries for response on munter’s claims of Pakistani airspace being used for NATO supplies ISLAMABAD

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HE Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) took exception on Friday to the statement of US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter about using Pakistan’s airspace for NATO supplies, and summoned federal secretaries of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs to clarify situation to the committee. “The meeting has taken notice of

the statement by US Ambassador Cameron Munter that US/NATO forces were using Pakistani airspace for NATO supplies. The committee decided to seek a response from the defence secretary and foreign secretary to learn what the actual situation is on the ground and why such a statement was released,” Senator Raza Rabbani told reporters. The committee had met here at Parliament House to discuss the memo controversy. Rabbani said the committee had decided not to record the statement of Mansoor Ijaz abroad

and his statement would only be recorded at Parliament House. He said a member of the committee, or its chairman, would monitor the judicial commission’s proceedings in the memo case and if any new information emerged, the committee would request the commission to share the evidence or information with the PCNS. Rabbani said further that the committee had also empowered its chairman to summon immediate sessions of the body if any new information came to the fore. He said that Senator Prof

Khurhsid Ahmed, the committee’s member from the Jamaat-e-Islami, had resigned from the committee’s membership. Khurshid told Pakistan Today he had decided to resign as his party’s shoora had decided that the party would oppose the resumption of NATO supplies. “Since the PCNS had unanimously recommended the conditional reopening of the NATO supplies and I had signed the papers as a member, I was duty-bound to step down as member as my party has opposed it,” he added.

PPP govt following musharraf’s PM contempt case can take 2 days policies, says Ji chief or 2 years to settle: experts Offensive against tribal militants, criminals imminent: iGP PESHAWAR: The chief of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police on Friday confirmed the plan to launch a joint military offensive against terrorists and criminals in the province and the adjoining tribal belt. KP Inspector General of Police Akbar Khan Hoti was talking to reporters after attending the funeral of police inspector Nazakat Shah, who killed during an encounter with criminals in the Reegi area late on Thursday night. The militants and criminals, with hideouts in the tribal belt, have targeted police several times. STAFF REPORT

GUJRANWALA: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Munawar Hassan on Friday said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government was following the policies of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, as two regimes had victimised the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan to get US support and money. Addressing the Islami Jamiat-e-Tulba (IJT) – JI’s student wing – on its 59th annual congregation at Government College, Gujranwala, Hassan said that corruption and maladministration were the added “gifts” for the nation by the government of President Asif Ali Zardari. He said the PPP was exploiting the people in the name of democracy, while in Punjab there was “one-man show” and the chief minister alone had become the centre of power. Hassan said that targeted killings had become part of the culture in Sindh, while abductions and murders were rampant in Balochistan. He said the US drones were killing innocent Pakistanis but the “shameless rulers” never hesitated to handover Pakistanis to US. STAFF REPORT

February 13 – a tragic day for the nation COmmeNT RANA qAISAR

It’s over, seemingly. The seven-judge decision to charge Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani attains finality with the eight-judge bench rejecting his appeal – February 13 is certainly not a historic day, it is rather the most shameful occurrence that the chief executive of the country will stand in the dock for willfully disobeying the court of law. It’s not that the court, as the Pakistan People’s Party and its sympathizers take it, has malevolently chosen to disgrace a democratically-elected and the longest-serving prime minister. It’s the prime minister himself who chose to be humbled and disgraced for unqualified loyalty to his party by brazenly disrespecting the rule of law. Prima facie, it was a case fit for charging the prime minister for contempt of court. It was certainly not a cherry-picking sport for Barrister Aitzaz Ahsen – the protagonist of lawyers’ movement who struggled for the rule of law. The celebrated top jurist did assiduously try to save his client, but in vain. His arguments revolved around the charge of contempt but the court remained focused on the cause of not writing the letter to the countries

where the cases of alleged corruption had been withdrawn. The prime minister took a position that he was advised not to write “the letter” because the constitution provided immunity to the president under Article 248. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsen, however, did not touch the question of immunity for reasons best known to him despite the court asking him to seek immunity for the president in support of the ground the prime minister had determined was a sufficient reason for him not to write the letter. It was, without any iota of doubt, clear to even a not-law-knowing person with a common sense that even by engaging Aitzaz Ahsen this case would not go the way the government had expected – the court would take a lenient view of the prime minister’s disrespect to its decision. Rather, the court furiously objected to a reference in the appeal that it would be ironic to proceed against a man who had ordered the release of the detained judges even before taking oath as prime minister. It does not happen that way. The intention of the government that it would not write the letter was unambiguously known. President Asif Ali Zardari is on the record to have said that the letter would not be written, come what may. So a faithful-to-theparty Yousaf Raza Gilani had no other option but to defy the court and he

dared it. The PPP considers that the court is vindictive towards the government. That is the assessment of a party whose government has throughout been on a confrontational path – there are numerous examples of the government doing things its own way and the court taking cognizance of every such action that was either against the rules or politically-motivated. The only option now for the prime minister is to tender unconditional apology for disobeying the court and save him from conviction on the charge of contempt of court and avoid disqualification from holding public office. But even if he apologises, the letter has to be written – come what may, the court order is also clear. And the consequences of not writing the letter may bring political instability in the country. The possible Plan-B of the PPP could be to sacrifice Yousaf Raza Gilani at the altar of loyalty and move for appoint of a new prime minister. This process will surely take its time for hobnobbing within the parliament to solicit support from other political parties as the PPP does not have simple majority to form its government independently. And the possibility is that the election of the prime minister does not take place and the letter remains unwritten – this will serve the PPP’s purpose, drag the issue.

ISLAMABAD TAHIR NIAZ

Legal experts believe that the contempt of court case against the prime minister can end in two days or may take two years to get decided, as the prime minister gets ready to appear before the Supreme Court on February 13. Presenting a possible scenario, Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmad told Pakistan Today that the PM’s lawyer could ask the court that immunity enjoyed by the chief executive of the country barred the court from proceeding in the contempt case. He said it was possible that the PM’s lawyer confined himself only to the question of immunity enjoyed by the PM, without touching the president’s immunity at this juncture. However, he believed that the apex court might reject the plea, as the government did not avail the option during the stipulated time. He said the proceedings could end in an hour or could stretch for more than a day.

On the question of disqualification of the PM in case he was found guilty in the contempt case, the senior jurist said the PM would immediately get disqualified under Article 63 (1) (g) of the constitution as the court order would be self-supporting and self-speaking. “He will become disqualified on court’s declaration and the court would send copies of the order to the National Assembly speaker and the Election Commission for its compliance,” he added. Commenting on the case, senior lawyer Anwar Mansoor said first of all the apex court would frame charges against the PM. “Then, the accused will have to produce evidence in support of his arguments that he didn’t disobey the court orders intentionally and after the arguments are over, the court will announce its decision whether it was satisfied with the position taken by the PM or not,” he opined, saying that the court could dispose of the case within two days or it might take two years, depending upon the circumstances.


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REJECTED! ISLAMABAD MASOOD REHMAN

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will be charged with contempt of court. It’s final – February 13 is the D-Day. The willful refusal of the prime minister to obey the repeated judicial orders since December 16, 2009, to write a letter to foreign authorities to reopen cases closed under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) has brought him an unprecedented ignominy, with the Supreme Court finally closing all doors on him

except keeping a window of apology open for him still giving him an opportunity to bow before the rule of law. An eight-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on Friday dismissed an intra-court appeal of the prime minister against the decision of a seven-judge bench that decided to proceed against him for contempt of court. After hearing Aitzaz Ahsen, counsel for the prime minister, at length for two consecutive days, the court rejected the appeal. During the two-day hear-

ing, the court tried to convince the prime minister to write a letter to the foreign authorities in compliance with the December 16, 2009 judgement of the 17member bench, which declared the NRO unconstitutional and void ab initio holding that all the cases (including the $60 million money laundering cases against President Asif Ali Zardari in Switzerland and other countries) had stood revived to their pre-NRO position. Despite citing dozens of judgements, Ahsen could not establish that the seven-judge bench order of framing contempt charges against his client was unlawful and deserved to be recalled. In its order, the court said: “We have concluded, for the reasons to be recorded later,

that the seven-judge bench order has been passed strictly in accordance with the provisions of Section 17(1) and (3) of the Ordinance 2003 following the settled principles of the criminal administration of justice, therefore, no interference is called for. Consequently, the appeal is dismissed.” After dismissal of the appeal, the prime minister will now appear before the sevenmember bench on February 13 to face indictment for not obeying the court order. On Friday, Ahsen succeeded in engaging the judges - particularly the chief justice repeating his arguments that there was no specific reason to initiate contempt of court proceedings against his client, as he (Gilani) did not defy the

court orders but he merely followed the federal Law Ministry’s advice that the cases in foreign countries had been abandoned and writing a letter for their reopening was in vain and a futile exercise, which could also be embarrassing for the government as well as the Supreme Court, as the president enjoyed immunity not only within the country but abroad as well. However, the judges repeatedly opined in their remarks that the situation of the contempt case could be changed if the prime minister was ready to write the letter. “The court is continuously exercising restraint and we don’t want unrest in the country,” the chief justice observed and asked Ahsen to tell the prime minister that this (defiance of the court orders) was not in the interest of the country. He also observed that under Article 190 of the constitution, the premier minister was bound to abide by the court decision in the NRO case. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja observed: “It would be presumed that we will ridicule our institution (judiciary) in case its decision is not implemented.” Ahsen, however, submitted he had not fully quenched his thirst before the seven-member bench where he was not given enough time to make arguments to his satisfaction. On this, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar asked Ahsen that even now he could consult his client on writing the letter. “We are ready to give you 10

minutes to talk to your client on the phone and let us know,” the chief justice told Ahsen, who said: “I have no mandate to do this.” Justice Saqib Nisar told Ahsen that although he had apprised the bench that he had no mandate to reply on the prime minister’s stance on writing the letter, even then he (the judge) asked him to contact the prime minister in this regard. “Should I treat these words as direction of the court?” Ahsen asked, and Justice Khawaja intervened, saying: “No, it’s not a direction of the court.” However, Ahsen submitted that his client could be issued a simple notice, instead of a show-cause notice in the contempt case. He said it would have been better if a plain notice had been dispatched to his client. On this, the chief justice remarked that it was sufficient for the court to be satisfied before the indictment and that it was up to the court as to what extent it could go to hear the arguments to decide about the indictment. The chief justice noted that the prime minister did not even submit any written reply to the show-cause notice. Addressing Ahsen, the chief justice said: “You made a record of constant arguments, like the record you set up by 26-hour continuous driving (during the lawyers movement for restoration of the sacked judges).” He said the seven-member bench had heard his arguments at length. “Had the prime min-

ister given a written statement, everything would have been clear,” the chief justice observed, and Ahsen replied: “The court had not sought a written answer from my client, he was merely directed to appear in person.” The chief justice responded by saying that the prime minister should have known that the order of the apex court was not being implemented and that the court did not intend to snub him (the prime minister). To this, Ahsen stated that his client was not given enough opportunity to express his point of view. “It was the responsibility of the prime minister to implement the court’s judgement in letter and spirit,” the chief justice replied. As the premier’s counsel said that appearing before the seven-member bench demonstrated the prime minister’s humility, the chief justice opined that the prime minister had not done the court any favours by appearing before it. The chief justice said Hazrat Umar (RA) also appeared before the court when he was summoned by the qazi. When Justice Nisar observed that it was imperative to give a person the chance of preliminary hearing under the law, the chief justice asked Ahsen if there was anything more that he wanted to express before the court. “I am thankful to you,” Ahsen replied, and the chief justice said: “We are sorry Aitzaz, the appeal is dismissed.”

Senators seek explanation on NATO’s use of Pak air space

Mansoor Ijaz

statements through video conference. Bukhari, however, termed the references questionable. Bukhari said the commission was going to help “create the evidence”. However, lawyer Naseer Bhutta said the commission was not going to create the evidence but collect it. “If Mansoor Ijaz is recording his statement from abroad, Haqqani will also record his statement through video link,” Bukhari argued, adding that there might be audio/video problems during the conference. Shaikh and all other parties except Zafrullah Khan supported the decision as the best possible solution. Justice Isa said if Ijaz still did not come to record his statement, the commission would draw all adverse inferences. Earlier, Shaikh told the commission that his client would submit an affidavit that he would appear before the commission through video conference. The attorney general told the commission that the government had written a letter to the Canada-based manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones directly, requesting the provision of data on communication between Ijaz and Haqqani.

ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The opposition senators on Friday sought explanation from the government over the statement of US Ambassador in Pakistan Cameron Munter that NATO was still using Pakistan’s airspace to transport supplies to Afghanistan. Senator Prof Khurshid Ahmad raised the issue of NATO’s persistent violations of Pakistan’s air space in the Senate on a point of order. As there was no proper response from the treasury benches due to the absence of foreign and defence ministers, Prof Khurshid, Senator Zafar Ali Shah and several other members from the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) walked out in protest later. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said it was crucial that politicians play their role in countering the conspiracies to sever Balochistan from Pakistan.

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appointment of a commissioner to record Ijaz’s statement abroad, saying he could file a fresh application in this regard later if the need arose. The commission noted in its order that Ijaz had not been in attendance without any valid excuse. Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq showed conditional acceptance to recording the statement via video conference. He argued that the verification and examination of the evidence would be difficult on video and that technical complexities were involved in the procedure. Justice Isa said the identity and voice would be ensured to be that of Ijaz. The commission stated that the Supreme Court had allowed such things to happen in the past. “We are not doing it on the request or desire of Mansoor Ijaz, rather the SC had cast a duty upon the commission to probe the issue,” Justice Isa said. The commission cited many cases including two each from the Sindh High Court and the Supreme Court in which the court allowed recording of

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at about 3.30pm, Kayani had informed him that the detainees who were in the Parachinar Internment Centre could not be brought as they had to travel a long distance from Parachinar to Islamabad and at the same time, he also said the detainees reportedly admitted to LRH would also be brought along with them. It was stated in the court order that the KP advocate general, who appeared on notice, was asked to explain if the statement/information so recorded by the court was accepted to be correct – which meant that the detainees were

in the custody of the civil administration because the persons who were in the Internment Centre could not be kept there without the sanction of the competent authority: the governor. Similarly, the detainees in the LRH were in a civil hospital, therefore the civil administration ought to have enquired about their detention there. Peshawar Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Imtiaz Ahmad appeared in court and stated that he had no knowledge of the admission or detention of the four prisoners in LRH. Tariq Asad, counsel for petitioner, said the defence secretary had nothing to do with the matter and the

main responsible officials were the chiefs of the ISI and MI in the case, therefore the court should issue contempt notices to them. The court, however, rejected his plea and said its prime objective was the protection of the remaining prisoners. The court was told that four prisoners had met their family at the LRH. Later, the court adjourned further hearing until February 13. StAff REPoRt fRom PESHAWAR AddS: The four prisoners admitted to LRH were moved to Islamabad on Friday afternoon in according with Supreme Court orders. A number of officials from the spy agencies came to the hospital on Friday and moved the prisoners to Islamabad in an ambulance.


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President urges exploration of currency-swap agreement with Sri lanka ISLAMABAD

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RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari on Friday called for stepping up efforts to fully realise the potential of the Free Trade Agreement with Sri Lanka and building a mutually-beneficial economic and trade partnership to jack up bilateral trade from current $375 million to a $2 billion target in the next three years. The president urged to further explore the currency swap agreement with Sri Lanka, which, he said would provide huge incentives to business houses in both countries to actively explore and enhance business linkages as they using local currencies for trade. He said this during a meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart, President Mahinda Rajapaksa followed by delegation level talks at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. Briefing the reporters, President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said matters regarding Pakistan-Sri Lankan relations, mutual cooperation with special reference to trade and commercial ties besides regional and international issues were discussed during the meeting. The president welcomed President Rajapaksa and members of delegation to the Presidency and expressed hope that the visit would help boost the bilateral ties. He recalled his previous visit to

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Zardari, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani during the guard of honour ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday. Colombo in November 2010, saying the two countries had always enjoyed special bonds of affinity. He said the relations had also been marked by a measure of consistency and commonality of views on important regional and global issues, the president said and added that the two countries had stood together and supported each other in all important matters concerning our two countries.

PPP balochistan VP resigns from party QUETTA SHAHZADA ZULFIqAR

Pakistan People’s Party Balochistan vice president and an old party stalwart, Ghulam Akbar Lasi, on Friday announced to resign from the basic membership of party to protest not being allotted a party ticket for the upcoming Senate elections. Talking to reporters on Friday, Lasi said being a sincere worker of the PPP, he had spent half of his life with the party and bore severe hardships. He said Benazir Bhutto had twice made him federal minister in recognition of his services and sacrifices for the party. To a query regarding joining the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf, Lasi said he had not made ant decision so far. He said he had only resigned from the party and would decide his future course of action after some time. BALoCHIStAN WARNS AGAINSt ILLEGAL tINtEd GLASS WINdoWS: Balochistan Home Secretary Naseebullah Bazai held a press conference at the Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) headquarters on Friday to condemn organisations that were falsely issuing permits for tinted glass windows on cars and smuggled vehicles. The home secretary said that except for special cases, no such permit had been issued under any circumstances. He requested all law enforcement agencies to take action against individuals with such vehicles. Bazai also stated that much progress had been made in missing persons’ cases, adding that 148 people were still reported missing, 59 had been recovered alive and 16 had been killed. Referring to the abduction of a foreign national doctor of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), he said he was regularly corresponding with ICRC officials and had offered to provide them with security, but they had refused on the grounds that security personnel were not included in their mandate.

During the meeting, the president called upon the business community and the Chambers of Commerce of the two countries to fully avail the huge trade and business potential the two countries offer in diverse fields including financial and banking sector, science and technology, defence, agriculture, tourism, gems and jewellery besides promoting cultural exchanges between the two countries.

He proposed the establishment of a direct shipping service between the two countries, which he said would help enhance the level of bilateral trade. Zardari praised the Sri Lankan government for its important contribution made in assisting Pakistan to cope with the outbreak of dengue fever last year. He asked for mutual cooperation in this regard and proposed training of nurses to deal with such epidemic in future.

nATO vehicles damaged Pakistani roads: minister ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Communications Minister Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan told the National Assembly on Friday that the overloaded vehicles carrying NATO supplies to Afghanistan had considerably deteriorated the country’s road network, and Rs 122.95 billion were required for repairs and reconstruction. During the question-answer hour, the minister said that Pakistan’s road network maintained by the National Highway Authority (NHA) connects with Afghanistan via three routes having a total length of 4,046 kilometres. He said the Annual Conditions Survey, 2011 had observed that various sections, comprising

about 26 percent of the roads, were in a dilapidated state. He said the issue had already been highlighted at various forums with the proposal to claim these damages from NATO forces. In a written reply, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said the government believed in the freedom of expression, as enshrined in Article 19 of the constitution. She said her ministry had always welcomed positive criticism in line with its policy of promoting media’s freedom. She said the country had witnessed an unprecedented growth of print and electronic media, and the government had simplified the procedures for opening new TV channels. She said the government had

JUi-F MPA slams fake Fir PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

JUI-F MPA Mufti Kafayatullah Khan expressed grave displeasure with the Mansehra administration for allegedly registering a fake FIR against him for killing a man during a clash between two religious sects. “I was an arbitrator between Deobandi and Barelvi sects in Mansehra, but I was implicated by the district administration and an FIR of murder was registered against me,” he said while talking to reporters at MPA’s hostel on Friday. Giving details of the incident that occurred in Mansehra between

the Deobandi and Barelvi sects on February 5, the MPA said a year ago, such kind of tension had brewed between the two groups and he being an arbitrator made the two reconcile by giving a code of conduct to both opponents. He said he had visited the area through which the procession of Barelvi sect had to pass on Rabiul Awwal 12 and found complete peace there in the morning. “But unfortunately, a tragic incident occurred on February 5 in which a person was killed and nine were injured.” He said the district administration registered an FIR against him by involving him in a fake case of section 302.

planned to establish a media university in Islamabad, and in this regard a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government was under process, she added. Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani told the House that the Pakistan Hockey Federation had been providing financial assistance and administrative support to provincial- and district-level women’s hockey associations to promote the sport among women in the country. Answering another question, he said the Pakistan Cricket Board was holding talks with the Interior Ministry and the Bangladesh Cricket Board for hosting a cricket series in April and May this year.

man killed in Khuzdar bombing QUETTA STAFF REPORT

A man was killed and another injured seriously in a bomb blast in Khuzdar district, 320kms southwest of Quetta on Friday. Police officials said the bomb, attached to a donkey cart, went off near a bridge in Katan area in the outskirts of Khuzdar. As a result the body parts of the donkey cart’s owner were blown into pieces. Police said it was yet to be confirmed whether the cart owner was carrying the explosive or somebody had placed them in his cart to target the security forces, as the explosion occurred just as cart passed a checkpost of security forces near Katan bridge. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Ibrahim Samalani. The man injured was a passerby, identified as Ghulam Qadir Sasoli. Meanwhile, two police constables were abducted by unidentified armed men in Naseerabad district, 400kms southeast of Quetta on Friday. Per reports, the armed men, believed to be over a dozen in number, surrounded the two police guards at Naseebullah Khoso checkpost in Sohbatpur area and forced them to surrender. Later, the attackers made away with the two officials. When contacted, District Police Officer Abdul Hai Baloch confirmed the kidnapping and said teams had been sent to the area for the recovery of the two policemen.

US launches world’s largest Fulbright programme for Pakistan ISLAMABAD PR

The United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) announced the world’s largest Fulbright Programme in Pakistan for the year 2013. The US government’s flagship scholarship programme awards deserving Pakistani students full scholarships covering tuition, textbooks, airfare, a stipend, and health insurance to complete their Master’s or PhD degrees in a field of their choice in universities across the United States. Kicking off the 2013 Fulbright season, Deputy Chief of Mission Ambassador Richard Hoagland stated, “We are proud that Pakistan has the largest Fulbright programme in the world, and also one of the oldest. Our agreement initiating the programme was signed on September 23, 1950 – and the first Pakistanis and Americans traveled each way in the same year. It was one of the very first agreements of its kind and has since been extended to 155 countries around the world.” USEFP Executive Director Rita Akhtar echoed Ambassador Hoagland’s sentiments and encouraged students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the Fulbright Programme in 2013. In addition to the approximately 200 who will depart in the fall of 2012, 369 students currently study in the United States on Fulbright awards.


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W O government allies on Friday locked horns over the issue of targeted killings in Karachi, with Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) taking exception to the alleged remarks by Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Ilyas Bilour at a television talk show claiming that his party had taught a good lesson to the MQM in Karachi. Speaking on a point of order, MQM’s Parliamentary Leader Dr Farooq Sattar blamed Bilour for saying at a talk show that “this was the ANP that taught a good lesson’ to the MQM, as Sindhi landlords could not take such actions against the MQM. Sattar said the confession by Bilour could prove an important lead towards unearthing the real culprits behind the massacres in Karachi. He urged the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the ANP leader’s statement. He also demanded the federal and provincial interior ministers to take notice of the statement. Sattar added that the claim by Bilour proved that the ANP was involved in the killing of hundreds of Urdu-speaking

Kasur edO refuses to receive lHC stay order KASUR STAFF REPORT

The Kasur education executive district officer (EDO) has twice refused to receive a copy of a stay order issued by the Lahore High Court against the appointment of teachers in the district and the order has been eventually couriered to him. Per details, scores of effected candidates protested on February 3 outside the EDO office against the alleged violation of merit in the process for selecting secondary school educators (SSE). They were of the view that the Punjab Education Department had advertised posts of science teachers mentioning that only those candidates were eligible for the post of SSE (Bio-Chemistry) BPS-16 who had studied botany, zoology and chemistry in BSc and had a masters degree in biology or chemistry.

people in Karachi. He claimed that the ANP leadership had decided to reward Shahi Syed, the ANP Sindh chief, with a Senate ticket for his criminal involvement in the killing. However, ANP legislator Bushra Gohar rejected the claims by Sattar, saying the ANP was a democratic force and MQM’s allegations against their provincial leadership were false. She expressed her surprise over the claim made by the MQM leader. Meanwhile, the unrest in Balochistan echoed in the Lower House for the fourth consecutive day, as legislators from the violence-hit province raised the matter again when Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani attended the session briefly. However, the PM found it fit to ask Interior Minister Rehman Malik to respond to the points raised by Baloch MPs. The minister assured the House of giving a detailed briefing next week on the Balochistan unrest and the government’s implementation on the Balochistan reforms package. It was treasury MNA Humayun Aziz Kurd who drew the attention of the House towards the worsening law and order situation in the province. Yaqoob Bizenjo emotionally asked

the prime minister to brief the House on the Balochistan issue. Responding to the points raised by Balochistan MNAs, Malik promised a detailed in-House briefing over the Balochistan situation soon. He clarified the statement wherein he was reported as saying that in order to talk with the Baloch militants, some of them should publicly surrender their weapons. He said his statement was aimed at sending a positive message to the militants. Bizenjo said Balochistan was burning and the killing of Balochi, Sindhi, Punjabi and Pashtuns continued. He deplored that the government was not bothered with resolving the matters of the province seriously. He said each child of Balochistan was looking towards the prime minister for justice but to no avail. Bizenjo regretted that political parties got united on constitutional amendments, but there was no message of unity from them over the Balochistan issue. Humayun Aziz Kurd said he had been continuously saying for the last four years that the US was working on a plan to separate Balochistan from Pakistan. He pointed out that the US Congress

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holding a hearing on Balochistan was a testimony to this fact. “An international game is being played in Balochistan,” Kurd said, adding that the people of Balochistan should be told where to go if their problems were not being resolved. ANP’s Bushra Gohar also joined the debate and expressed concerns over the US congressional hearing on Balochistan issue. She said that this should have been done by the Pakistan’s parliamentary committee. Resumption of US drone attacks in the Tribal Areas also surfaced in the proceedings when MNA Zafar Baig Bhittani said the government woke up over the US attack on Salala check post by suspending NATO supplies, but a complete silence prevailed over the killing of thousands of tribesmen in drone attacks. “If you can’t protect us, either give us independence or hand us over to some other country which can protect us,” Bhittani observed. Earlier, journalists staged a walkout from the press gallery against the mistreatment meted out to two journalists by the staff of National Assembly. However, they ended their walkout on the assurance of government.

eU–WTO bonanza for Pakistan MURTAzA MoHSIn The earth quakes of 2005 and 2008 as well as the floods of 2009 and 2010 shattered the economy of the country .To overcome the economic fall because of the disasters, the political leadership launched an initiative, the Friends of Democratic Pakistan. The FODP initiative could not fetch a respectable level of relief to the country in the grip of internal and external difficulties. The elected government had inherited a plethora of problems from the military regime of Pervez Musharraf .The legacy of Musharraf was compounded by unprecedented floods and major tremors. Against this bleak background, Pakistan took its case to the European Union, which has been our major trading partner .The EU took up the challenge in right earnest. The government of Pakistan placed trade above aid .This paradigm shift from aid to trade attracted the interest of

our trading partners. Negotiations with the EU started in the fourth quarter of 2010 and continued up to January 2012. The tedious process of negotiations passed though numerous ups and downs. The World Trade Organisation approved a European Union proposal on February 1 this year to grant a waiver on duties for 75 Pakistani products to help it recover from the devastation caused by the 2010 floods. The waiver lowering duties and related trade barriers is unprecedented in the history of WTO because it does not set a precedent for a similar facility to other members of the premier world trade body. Pakistani products benefiting from this facility include textiles, leather products, industrial alcohol and vegetables among others. Such a huge preferential package is an urgently needed shot in the arm of the export industries. Intensive lobbying by our leadership and officials from ministries concerned led to the softening

Operators slash business express fares to make train travel attractive

of attitudes of the competitors who subsequently gave up their resistance to the exception being granted to exports from our country. The waiver will apply from January1 until December 31, 2013.The package has to be approved by the WTO General Council .The offer can be extended for a third year if the EU considers that Pakistani economy still needs support. Besides extra earnings, the economic benefits of the package will provide manufactures an incentive to improve their export quality in a wide range of products .In a cutthroat and ruthless competition among exporters from around the world, Pakistani counterparts now face a daunting challenge to excel in performance and quality .While the WTO and the EU have given sympathetic consideration to the needs of the export industry the responsibility of our manufacturing sector has increased manifold.

Operators of the recently-launched private business train have started taking cost-cutting measures after exorbitant reservation fares failed to attract people towards train travel, Pakistan Today learnt on Friday. According to well-placed sources, the Pakistan Railways (PR) and private operators of Pak Business Express have slashed the passenger fare by Rs 1,500 to make the private train more attractive for travellers. The profitconscious businessmen invested around Rs 225 million for the commercial management and passenger facilitation of the business train and apparently want a quick return, as is evident from the discontinuation of food service aboard the train and the introduction of a budget class. According to the sources, the management took the decision of decreasing fare with a view to attract the passengers, as presently only 150 people are using the facility on average. The total capacity of train is 486.

military kills 11 militants in Kurram PARACHInAR REUTERS

Pakistani forces killed 11 militants and wounded 19 in the northwest on Friday, security officials said, in a crackdown in the Kurram tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. The military fired artillery shells at three suspected hideouts in the Mamozai area of Kurram, where dozens of people have been killed in fierce fighting between Pakistani soldiers and insurgents in the last few weeks. The death toll could not be independently verified and militants often dispute official accounts. Pakistan’s military has been conducting operations against militants in Kurram since the beginning of the year. Kurram’s harsh terrain limits the movement of ground forces, and gunship helicopters and bombers are often called in for support.


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13th National Psychology Conference begins at IIUI ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

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(IIUI). The conference was organised by the Pakistan Psychological Association (PPA) in collaboration with

Department of Psychology, IIIUI. Riaz Fatyana, Chairman organising committee (PPA) Conference presided over the ceremony while Farooq H Naik, chairman senate was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Nabi Baksh Jumani, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences of the IIUI, faculty members, administrative officers and a large number of students were also present. Addressing on the occasion, Farooq H

Naik while appreciating the role of the organising committee, said that such kind of conferences are very useful for the people especially researchers from this section. He also lauded the activities of researchers who presented their articles in the conference. Farooq H Naik promised that in implementation of proposals of Chairman organising committee (PPA) Conference at Government level, he

will play his due role. Riaz Fatyana said that the purpose of holding this conference is to encourage the researchers in this section and also to highlight the professional activities of the people from this field. Dr. Nabi Baksh Jumani said that Psychology covers the entire life of human beings and through advanced research in this area we can solve many everyday problems. He suggested that psychology should be taught at the primary level. The conference will continue till Saturday.

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he poor infrastructure and lack of security in the capital’s courts have created huge problems for litigants in the past. Adding to their misery is the new restriction imposed on litigants that restricts them from parking their vehicles in the district court’s main parking lot. Lawyers have installed a barrier at the district court parking lot entrance and stated that only lawyers are allowed to park their vehicles in the lot. Long queues of cars are seen on the Kaghan Road in sector F/8 during the times that the court is in session as people who do not find any other place to park, do so on the roadside. Apart from the litigants, other people also visit the court for different purposes associated with the judiciary, including purchase of stamp papers, property transactions, attestation by oath commissioners and surrender or sale of purchase deeds. All of these visitors face problems while looking for a safe place to park their vehicles. Daud Azam, a private

company employee, had a land dispute with his cousins, for which he had to appear before the court on Thursday. Although he reached the court on time, he could not appear for the hearing as it took him a considerable amount of time to find a parking spot. “I submitted a petition with the court to get back my land which is worth Rs 1 million but for that I cannot risk my car which is worth Rs1.2 million,” he said, adding that car theft cases are on an increase in the capital city and he did not want to loose his car by parking it too far from the courts. The employees of nearby offices and restaurants also used the same parking but now they also face difficulties due to the non availability of proper parking. District Court Bar Association General Secretary Chaudhry Arbab Gujjar said many car theft incidents took place in the area after which the lawyers appealed to the Islamabad Capital Territory Chief Commissioner to allocate a parking lot to them. “We put barriers and restricted public vehicles parking in the area after receiving the commissioner’s permission,” he said. Arbab

said the unavailability of proper parking for the district courts was the cause of many problems. On the other hand, the district courts visitors said the measure was not fair on the public. “It is not the public’s fault if government has not shifted the lower courts to its new building,” said a police official who was also not allowed to park his vehicle in the parking lot. DCBA general secretary said the issues could be resolved if the government provided land to the IhC so that the district courts could also be shifted to the new building. Pakistan Today has learnt that the IhC administration had asked the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to allocate land to the high court on the Constitution Avenue and that the IhC administration was interested in getting a plot adjacent to the foreign office but it had already been allotted to the NDMA. The litigants pointed out that the allocation of land to the court was not a public concern and they only wanted the facilities that they are entitled to as citizens of the country.They said that in the current circumstances, the lawyers should allow the public to use the existing district courts parking lot.

HE Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has extended its teaching facility to the country’s remote and neglected region by setting up a model study centre at Umarkot Campus, some 400 kilometers from Hyderabad. The centre is equipped with the state-of-the-art technology, including chemistry and computer labs, two video conferencing systems, multimedia project and Internet l. It will facilitate thousands of students of the AIOU who live around Umarkot, a desert region. The students participating in various programmes will get easy educational facilities through video conferencing at their doorsteps. The centre was formally inaugurated on Friday by Sindh Education and Literacy Minister of Pir Mazharul Haq. The AIOU, the country’s unique institution of distance education, will also provide similar teaching facilities in other far-flung regions, said AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nazir Ahmed Sangi. Students from Tharparker, Mir-

C&T officers file petition against ministry ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Commerce and Trade Service (C&T) group of officials have filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court against the ministry of commerce. The petition contends that the ministry ignored their appointment as commercial officers in violation of the government’s policy under which 50 percent of vacancies of commercial officers were to be filled by the officers of the C&T group. Citing Ministry of Commerce Secretary, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Vice Chancellor and others as respondents, the petitioners submitted that the commerce ministry maintains the posts of commercial officers in Pakistani missions across the globe. In this regard, the ministry had recently announced vacancies and asked candidates to submit their applications. The C&T officers said according to the government’s policy they should have been awarded 50 percent of the vacancies while the rest were to be filled by civil services officers.

purkhas and other districts would particularly benefit from video conferencing and other e-learning technology, he said and added the model study centre would help combat illiteracy, poverty, unemployment and backwardness from the region. In addition to FA/FSc, it would also provide equal access to obtain education from grassroots to higher level in different disciplines like mass communication, business management and computer sciences. Dr Sangi said that launching the new campuses in various parts of Sindh was a big achievement of the AIOU administration to promote education. The AIOU’s campus would also provide other facilities, including library and hostels, he added. He said the university would soon launch PhD programme in the field of computer sciences. He announced students from Umarkot would be given 50 percent special fee concession on each programme for the current semester. The university would open around 3,000 schools all over the country as part of rural Internet school education programme. Pir Mazaharul Haq, who is also senior minister of the Sindh govern-

ment, announced the Sindh government would provide necessary funds to the AIOU for setting similar model study centres in other parts of the province. His government, he added, would also provide additional funds to the AIOU to conduct computer and business administration programmes free of cost for poor students from the next financial year. He said the task of developing Sindhi-Urdu software would be given to the AIOU as it had such capacity. He lauded the contribution of the AIOU for spreading quality and inexpensive educational facility to the people, especially, of the neglected regions. He thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for appointing a very qualified person as the AIOU vc chancellor. Prof Dr Syed Abdus Siraj and Hyderabad Regional Director Inam Ullah Sheikh also addressed the inaugural ceremony and highlighted the latest educational facilities being provided by the AIOU across the country. The university, they said, would impart online education and provide a direct link between teachers and students through audio visual conferences.

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The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to hand the Jeddah Town project and its related records to the authority. The CDA reportedly wants to restart the construction of the housing scheme. Pakistan Today has learnt that the project was delayed as the NAB authorities had not provided the CDA the project’s record or the possession of its land as the NAB was waiting for the appointment of its new chairman. Sources in the CDA said construction work on the project was delayed as the apex court had restrained the NAB authorities from handing over the records until the appointment of its new chairman. Since the appointment of Admiral (retd) Fasih Bukhari as the NAB chairman, the CDA has sent a letter regarding handing over the land’s possession to the authority. “CDA is now waiting for NAB’s reply on the issue. Discussions were also held between the NAB and CDA on the Jeddah town project,” said the source. A senior CDA official told Pakistan Today that a meeting between the CDA and NAB representatives is likely to be scheduled soon. In 2008, after finding

enormous irregularities committed by a private firm in the development of Jeddah town, the NAB in collaboration with the CDA took possession of the housing scheme. The NAB also recovered the money laundered by Syed Muhammad Makhdoom Gilani. The CDA was scheduled to start development work on the project but was unable to do that after failing to get the project’s record from NAB. Jeddah Town was launched in 1991 and offered 231 plots for sale over an area of 293 kanals. The Jeddah Town plan initially violated rules that state that a minimum of 800 kanals were required for the development of such a housing scheme. The project’s owners later added 507 kanals to the land already available and got a revised plan approved by the CDA. The Jeddah Town owners were legally bound to develop the scheme within three years of its approval, but they started selling undeveloped plots to Pakistani expatriates living in Saudi Arabia, UK and UAE after receiving payment for developed plots. “Millions of rupees were extorted from over 927 expatriates. When they approached the NAB, it ordered an enquiry that resulted in arrest of the chief executive of the housing scheme, Syed Muhammad Makhdoom Gillani,” said the source.


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exclusive report on Valentines Day in the federal capital. The city is already adorned with shades of red, with Jinnah Super and the F 10 markaz making preparations for the day in full swing. The theme of many shops and outlets has been changed to red, with red hearts hanging on walls and doors. Many restaurants and bookstores have also made similar adjustments to their look and feel. Talking to Pakistan Today, Yasmin Wahab, a school teacher said, “As a teacher I feel that we must respect our values and traditions. While people certainly have the liberty to do what they please, they must also have an understanding of the perverse impact of the onslaught of western values in our society.” Individuals from the federal capital are also thronging to places like Bhurban and Nathia Gali, that are deemed to be quite romantic. Restaurants and hotels in these locations are also offering special Valentines Day packages. The rear side of Rawal Dam, situated at Murree Road, leads to Rawal Lake, and Lotus Lake at the

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foothills of Shakarparian - both leading the way through a vista of falling leaves and are a famous spot for the youth of Islamabad to spend their time with their loved ones. Recently developed by CDA, Lake View Park is all set to become a very popular hangout, during Valentine’s Day. The place brings a new experience to all Islooites and couples from around the city visit it everyday. This lake had always been a popular place for couples, and the park brings a new touch to the lake. With go karting and paint ball, the youth of the city would have a fairly good time indulging in their favourite activities. “No, I don’t believe that we should keep just one single day for expressing our love for our better half. Therefore for me personally, valentines day is just like any other day, I normally hang out with my friends and go to a restaurant or a recreational area,” said Tashia Nawab, a housewife. Many restaurants and places in

Islamabad are also offering special deals, and a few of these places might be actually worth the visit. Café Nirvana located in the G 6, is one such place that offer’s quality food and ambiance for its customers. Rendezvous in F 7 and Hot Spot are just a few other places that are frequented by the youth. After the CDA redeveloped the Saidpur village it has begun to attract its fair share of tourists and visitors. The traditional aura of the place and restaurants like Des Pardes have become an instant hit with the Islooites, who are enchanted by the warmth that is emanated from the place. Couples can also be seen having a Tonga ride at the village. Besides these, Shakarparian Hills, Fatima Jinnah Park, Damn-e-Koh/ Pir Sohawa, Pakistan Monuments, Margalla Hills Tracks, Visit of Zoo, Lok Virsa, Saidpur Village, Shahdara point and Chattar Park is one of the favourite spots for lovebirds to celebrate the V-day.

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The second day of the Sixth Annual Teacher Development Conference organised by Roots National Institute of Teacher Training and Education in collaboration with Change – in Education was full of intellect and learning on Friday. The conference focused on connecting ourselves to the world of collaboration, innovation and communication. The ceremony was graced by presence of many notables. Malala Yousafzai the children rights activist was on top of list out of all. The second day’s conference brought together leading national and international speakers like Abbas Hussain, Dr Cusrow J. Dubash and Dr Moiz Hussain who enlightened critical thinking and injected new ideas into the conference audience of delegates comprising RSS directors, Head Mistress’, Branch Heads, Academic Coordinators and the Teaching faculty. Malala Yousafzai left all the audience mesmerised with her words. Many of the delegates were deeply touched at heart and had weepy eyes. The Executive Director, Roots School System, the founder RNITTE and CEO CHANGE - IN EDUCATION touched by Malala’s speech honoured her with education scholarship at Roots School System and said.

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For the wellbeing of the white collar people in the society, big builders have decided to arrange a charity based Concert in the three major cities (islamabad, lahore & Karachi) of Pakistan and have given the name “liFe” as a theme behind the event.

Silent whispers is about the ability to hear the voice of agony and pain that is around us. The artist within me is sensitive enough not only to listen to these whispers but also to empathize with the ...

dATe ANd Time: 05:00 Pm, weeKly eVeNT VeNUe: THe CeNTRe FOR ARTS ANd CUlTURe Our drumming circle is a (free!) ongoing event and is held every Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. we are having a great time, and want to share the good time with you! Our drumming circle has children ...


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SAFmA screens ‘The english Patient’ ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) Cine Club on Friday screened the nine-Academy Award winning movie ‘The English Patient’ here at the SAFMA premises. For those who have forgotten the depth of romance and passion that the movies are capable of conveying, Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient can remedy the situation. This is one of the most unabashed and powerful love stories of 1996, using flawless performances, intelligent dialogue, crisp camera work, and loaded glances to attain a level of emotional connection that many similar films miss. Is The English Patient melodramatic? Of course, but it’s the sort of finely-honed melodrama that embraces viewers rather than smothering them. This wellcrafted story, brought to the screen with great care by British playwright and director Anthony Minghella, and based on the prize-winning novel by Michael Ondaatje, serves up the love of Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) and Katharine (Kristin Scott Thomas) in a way that is simultaneously epic and intimate. The English Patient has an elliptical structure, beginning with the same scene that it ends with. In between, it moves several years into the future, and even further into the past. The opening sequence, which takes place during World War II, shows a British plane being shot down over the North African desert. The pilot, a Hungarian count named Laszlo Almasy, is badly burned in the ensuing crash. Years later, in 1944 Italy, we meet him again. Although his outward injuries have healed, leaving his features scarred beyond recognition, he is dying. He has also supposedly lost his memory. Hana (Juliette Binoche), the Canadian nurse who cares for him, takes him to an isolated, abandoned church to allow him to die in peace. There, injecting him with morphine and reading to him from his beloved volume of Herodotus, Hana seeks to seeks to stimulate his memories. Meanwhile, others arrive at the church — a mysterious, crippled war veteran named Caravaggio (Willem Dafoe), who has a hidden agenda, and a pair of bomb experts, the British Sgt. Hardy (Kevin Whately) and his Sikh superior, Kip (Naveen Andrews), who becomes Hana’s lover. Eventually, through dreams and waking flashbacks, Almasy’s memories come flooding back, although Caravaggio asserts that he hasn’t really forgotten anything — he just wants to forget. The story then flipflops between the present and a period during the late-’30s and early- ‘40s, when Almasy is part of a British mapmaking effort surveying the Sahara. It’s then that he meets Katharine Clifton, the wife of a good-natured pilot (Colin Firth) who is helping with the project. The English Patient is the sort of intelligent, epic love story that seems so rare these days. There’s something about this film that lingers long after the end credits have rolled - a desire to re- experience all the feelings generated by the movie, perhaps. One of the reasons for The English Patient’s power is that it strikes universal chords.

ISLAMABAD: Relatives of missing persons hold pictures of their loved ones during a demonstration outside the Supreme Court. sTAFF PhOTO

Promotion of social sciences vital: Dr Sohail

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ROMOTION of social sciences at institutions of higher education is vital for good governance, active citizenship, rule of law, peace and tolerance, said Prof. Dr Sohail H. Naqvi, executive director, Higher Education Commission (HEC). Speaking at a reception organised by Centre for Civic Education Pakistan in honour of Dr Nasser Ali Khan, Member Operations and Planning HEC and Prof. Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin, Chairperson National Committee for Development of Social Sciences upon assuming their new

tasks, Dr Naqvi said the HEC is committed to development of social sciences in Pakistan and a number of practical steps have been taken in this regard. “The subjects related to social sciences have been included as an integral part of BS-4 year’s program” he added and emphasized the importance of close linkages between the campuses and communities. Dr Nasser Ali Khan, Member Operations and Planning HEC said that all possible efforts would be made for provision of equitable, accessible and high quality higher education in Pakistan. He urged the civil society representatives to work closely with HEC in this regard. Prof. Dr Muhammad Nizamuddin,

Chairperson National Committee for Development of Social Sciences and vice chancellor, University of Gujrat said that a countrywide consultation process with stakeholders has been launched to improve the state of social sciences in Pakistan. He also informed that every year thematic conferences in the fields of social sciences, arts and humanities will be arranged throughout the country. Zafarullah Khan executive director Centre for Civic Education appreciated the HEC efforts for promotion of social sciences and establishment of country s’ first ever Inter University Consortium in this regard. Prominent academicians and heads of civil society organizations attended the reception.

CdA to organise family gala at F-9 park today ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

For celebrating the colours of federal capital, the CDA Officer Welfare Association (COWA) in collaboration with private organisations will organise a colourful family Gala at Fatima Jinnah Park today. According to a press statement issued on Friday, Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), Imtiaz Inayat Elahi and Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Engineer Farkhand Iqbal would be the chief guests of the celebrations. The marathon one day event will comprise of colourful activities including Tug Of War, Luddi, DJ, Police Band, Food Court (National & International Cuisine) Musical Chairs, Kite Flying, Magic Show, Cricket, Horse Dancing, Rubab, Badminton, Signing Competition and Folk Dance. The event is the first ever of its kind in the history of CDA and would be characterised by different stalls, shops, food court, game shows, play rides and other festivities designed in a unique manner. A meeting to finalise the arrangements was also held on Friday at CDA Headquarters. Chairman CDA Officer Welfare Association (COWA), Mansoor Ahmed Khan and other office bearers of the association attended the meeting. Chairman COWA apprised the meeting that the function would be fully charged with colourful entertainment activities and the participants of the gala would be served with delicious foods during the brunch. He also apprised that different programmes have been chalked out to entertain the children and the families.

PWC demands early passage of industrial relations bill ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Pakistan Workers Confederation (PWC) on Friday appealed to the government to get the pending bill on industrial relations passed by the National Assembly and the Senate to protect and define the fundamental rights of freedom of association of the union guaranteed under Article 17-A of the Constitutional, prior to the expiry of Industrial Relations Ordinance 2011 on 17th March, 2012.

The members of the PWC said in case the legislators failed to make the said legislation within the time which allowed the workers to form trade unions and federations to promote their unity, it would be termed an anti-labour act. This demand was made through a resolution in a seminar on ‘IRO-2011Law for Workers’ held at the auditorium of Wapda Staff College, H-8/1, under the aegis of Pakistan Workers’ Confederation (PWC), Punjab Chapter, presided over by IA Rehman, secretary general, Human

Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). IA Rehman, while addressing the meeting, said the government had undertaken an international obligation by ratifying ILO Core Convention Nos 87 & 98 to bring its laws and practice in conformity with the principles of the said conventions. Khurshid Ahmad, general secretary of the confederation, speaking on the occasion, condemned the policies of the government, giving rise to price hike, raising serious gas and electricity load shedding, rendering millions of workers jobless and

allowing the rich to be richer and the poor to be poorer. The meeting was addressed by Muhammad Akbar of Muttahida Labour Federation, Altaf Baloch of MLF, Niaz Ahmad, general secretary, National Trade Union Federation (NTUF), Ch Khushi Muhammad Khokhar, general secretary, PWC, Punjab chapter, Syed Salahuddin Ayubi, general secretary, All Pakistan PWD Workers Union, Osama Tariq, general secretary, Pakistan Workers Federation Punjab, Yousuf Baloch, NTUF chairman, Iftikhar Ahmad, presi-

dent, UBL Employees Union, Zafar Ullah Khan Niazi, M Akram Bunda, Haji Ramzan Achakzai, Abdul Latif Nizamani, Gohar Taj, Mian Reman Ghani, Sajjad Gerdezi, additional general secretary, Pakistan Textile Workers Federation, Shazia Sultan and Omar Asghar Khan. Through a resolution, the house urged the government to take steps to improve the economic conditions of the poor otherwise the economic and social deprivations would result in unrest in the society.


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10 Islamabad Traditional iranian music group enthralls audience ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Iranian traditional music groups thrilled the youth Friday at the Abapara Community Centre with their rendition of religious and Sufi poetry, Kalam-e-Iqbal, and Hamd-o-Naat. It was their special performance for the students at the concluding of the Iranian Cultural Week. The occasion was Jaiza-e-Naat Khawani, jointly arranged by the Iranian Cultural Consulate and Anjuman Saqafat-e-Pakistan-oIran in collaboration with the Staff Welfare Organisation and the Federal Directorate of Education. Former Secretary Foreign Affairs M Akram Zaki was the chief guest. Well-known scholar Ghazanfar Mehdi, and Deputy Cultural Counsel Agha Ali Dosti were the guests of honour. Over 1000 students from the educational institutions of the Federal Directorate of Education witnessed the soul-soothing performance of the two visiting groups from Iran. The groups also sang the Urdu and Persian Kalam-eIqbal, the great poet of the east. Akram Zaki said the Iranians believe that Allama Muhammad Iqbal has inspired their philosophy of life and civilisation, and Iran’s Islamic revolution that dawned some 33 years back. Zaki said, “Iranians call Allama Iqbal as Iqbal Lahori, and appreciate his poetry the way they acknowledge their own great poets and philosophers. We have put Iqbal’s philosophy on backburner but Iran keeps driving the essence from Iqbal’s verses and philosophical objectivity.” He appreciated the Iranian Cultural Consulate for their special event for the students and supporting the naat khawani competition. He urged youth exchanges and consistent contact between the youth of both nations for enhanced understanding and lasting bilateral ties at present and in the future. Akram Zaki suggested, “There should be joint creative competitions, youth forums, and cultural debate to enrich the mindset of the youth in a more harmonised manner.” Agha Ali Dosti said the youth of both countries promise a bright future for the region. The Islamic spirit would lead to strengthen relation among the people of Muslim countries. Ghazanfar Mehdi urged regular and enhanced co-curricular activities including the ones that would inculcate understanding of Islamic concepts of life among the youth. Among others who spoke on the occasion included Nahid Zehra Naqvi, Khawaja Zia, Sibtain Raza, and Mazhar Abbas.

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PILDAT welcomes govt-opp talks on caretaker setup ISLAMABAD

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he Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) has welcomed the negotiations between the government and the opposition on caretaker governments in the centre and the provinces. The PILDAT had filed a constitutional petition before the Supreme Court, seeking interpretation of the scope of consultation between the president and the outgoing leader of the house and the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly to form caretaker governments for general elections. “It is a positive development that the

leader of the opposition has taken up this issue with the government, following the petition of the PILDAT so that ambiguity on ‘consultation’ in the Constitution could be defined,” said a PILDAT press statement. The PILDAT has also welcomed the statement of Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan for consulting the parties outside the parliament consulted on the appointment of caretaker governments in the centre and the provinces before the next general elections. The PILDAT demanded this in its report on electoral reforms on January 31, 2012, and in the Citizens’ Forum held to discuss the report on February 7. The PILDAT opined that the parties

outside the Parliament should also be consulted on the appointment of chief election commissioner, adding the process for the appointment of a consensus CEC must begin immediately as tenure of the sitting CEC would end in March 2012. Article 224 (1A) of the Constitution of Pakistan, after 18th Amendment to the Constitution, provides for the appointment of caretaker prime minister and caretaker chief ministers by the president of Pakistan and the governors concerned, respectively, in consultation with the prime minister/chief ministers and the leaders of opposition in the outgoing assemblies. However, there is no definition of the word consultation in the Constitu-

tion. Serious disputes had arisen in connection with the interpretation of the word consultation with regard to the appointment of NAB chairman between the president and the leader of the opposition. Since the neutrality of the caretaker governments is essential for holding a free and fair election in Pakistan, the PILDAT apprehended that a constitutional deadlock could arise if the president and the leader of the opposition failed to agree on a consensus caretaker government. It is in this backdrop that the PILDAT approached the apex court to seek interpretation of the word consultation so that all the parties were clear about their role in the consultative process.

ISLAMABAD: Goodwill Ambassador for Women Fiza Batool Gilani, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Farah Naz Isphahani, Fareeda Shaheed and others enjoy performances during a ceremony in connection to Pakistani Women’s Day. Online

Gallery 6 commemorates sadequain ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

To commemorate the 25th death anniversary of legendary artist, Sadequain (19301987), the Sadequain Foundation USA and Gallery 6 will collaborate to present a series of events in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad in February. These events will include the launch of the book, ‘The Saga of Sadequain’ and sessions with art school students about the different phases the iconic painter went through during his life. The book is scheduled to be launched in Karachi on 14 February at the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, in Lahore on 16 February at the Al Hamra

Art Center, and in Islamabad on 19 February at the Islamabad Serena Hotel. The Serena hotel has also offered to sponsor the event in Islamabad as a part of its corporate social responsibility campaign. ‘The Saga of Sadequain’, is a two-volume book of over 800 pages with more than 500 images of his artworks. Volume one presents the artist’s biography and explores his life from childhood, through his adolescence, his emergence as a young artist and then his meteoric rise to stardom. The book is based on personal experiences, family stories, newspaper and magazine articles and interviews with artists, writers, art historians and critics, and most importantly, five of Sadequain’s own

manuscripts detailing his early life, his views on Indian Art, his travelogue, his letters, and his prologue to the collection of his ‘rubaiyyat’. Volume two showcases a collection of Sadequain’s work that has mostly remained unknown to the world so far. Salman Ahmad PhD, a nephew of Sadequain is the author of the book. He founded the Sadequain Foundation in 2007 to catalogue Sadequain’s work and to introduce it to the world. To date, he has written eight books on Sadequain, with more in the pipeline. He has also held exhibitions of Sadequain’s work in the USA and Canada. The Sadequain Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to discover, preserve, and promote the art of Sadequain. In pursuance of

its goals, the foundation has executed exhaustive research to locate hundreds of pieces of Sadequain’s artwork - which he either gave away or were lost. The foundation has, till date, located his works in several countries such as Singapore, China, India, Middle East, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, USA, Canada, and others. The Sadequain Foundation holds regular exhibitions of the artist’s works, and conducts seminars at museums and universities and also supports research on Sadequain’s life and work. It also provides authentication of his works along with their history and analyses. Gallery 6 is the official partner of the Sadequain Foundation in Pakistan, and has extended its unconditional support to promote the foundation’s aims.

PAl remembers poet, journalist and TV anchor ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Afzaal Shahid will always be remembered for his progressive ideas, said intellectual and poet, Tariq Khurshid, in a condolence reference arranged by Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) for poet, journalist, columnist and TV anchor, Afzaal Shahid, under the title of “Yaad-eRaftagan”. Intellectual Sabir Lodhi from Lahore was the chief guest. Mehmooda

Ghazia also expressed her views. The programme was conducted by Ali Yasir. The participants prayed to Allah Almighty to grant eternal peace to his soul and patience to his siblings. Tariq Khurshid further said that Afzaal Shahid was a hardworking and sensitive person. He was a man of principles; he stood against the tyranny of Zia-ulHaq’s martial law and faced imprisonment. Talking to the participants, chief

guest Sabir Lodhi commented that Afzaal Shahid was not only a good poet and writer but also a skilled and proficient manager. He had a very pleasant personality and was a lovable person. Mehmooda Ghazia said Afzaal Shahid had a multi-dimensional personality with a true heart and soul. “He spent a long period in different dailies, newspapers and magazines as a journalist. I have long lasting memories of his companionship, which is a worthy asset of my life,” Ghazia said.


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Reaching out to the baloch Balochistan is an important but complicated issue. The stability of the province is indispensable not just for Pakistan but also for its neighbours, other countries in the region, and for key world powers. But the problems with this resource-rich province are endless, and have been growing over time. The United States Committee on Foreign Affairs is set to convene a congressional hearing on February 8 for an exclusive discussion on Balochistan. The shocking stories of torture and murder in Balochistan will become part of the public debate. Some analyst believe that it is only highlight the Balochistan issue but it is not a solution of problem, only and lonely is key to the solution to bringing back the

Give them a chance

Baloch with honour, respect and dignity. It is notable that the panel on Balochistan does not include a Baloch representative, an issue which has disappointed the Baloch diaspora in the United States, who fear the misinterpretation of their stance by people they view as unfamiliar with the Baloch conflict. Many of analyst and journalists believe that Balochistan situation is identical to the 1971 situation in the then East Pakistan and now Bangladesh. There are few people who allege that intelligence agencies are involved in the killing of Baloch dissidents. But the question is who is killing members of Hazara community, Punjabi settlers and professionals like doctors, lawyers,

teachers and security personnel in Balochistan? There is no doubt that from last 64 years Balochistan has been ignored by the political elite. Another hurdle in the development of Balochistan is the ever increasing role of local Sardars, who for their own self-interests never improved education system, health facilities and human resource development of the Baloch people. Even our political elite have never seriously worked for the resolution of this issue. The current parliament approved the Aghaz-i-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package to stamp out sense of deprivation of the Baloch people, and Mr Raza Rabbani, chairmen Balochistan package committee, was charged with the responsibility of implementing

the package. The PPP-led govt has been claiming for implementation and also has also been in touch with the annoyed Baloch Sardars to join the mainstream politics. Irrespective of this, neither the parliamentarians from Balochistan are satisfied neither Raza Rabbani is happy with implementation. Therefore, it is necessary for the political leadership to take some tough decisions to mitigate fears of the Baloch people. The government must take positive and result-oriented steps with the help of all political parties and pressure groups to chalk out sense of deprivation of the Baloch through dialogue and diplomacy. MUSLIM MIRANI Islamabad

earthquake hazards A full scale depiction has been made in a recent issue of the National Geographic Journal about the incidence of major earthquakes in the world and the type of buildings that can withstand severe shocks. There are also details about the ten centres where major earthquakes inflicting thousands of deaths have been recorded in the past 100 years. Unfortunately, one such centre falls in Pakistan with a red circle around Islamabad, Azad Kashmir and Northern areas where a major earthquake struck in 2005 killing 72000 persons and levelling a high-rise residential building in Islamabad. What is alarming is that the picture shows that three tectonic fault lines i.e. Indian, Arabian and Eurasian plates converge in a convoluted way in the region near the Bhasha dam site which is prone to heavy seismic activity. The planners ought to look into this so that any future catastrophe may be avoided. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore

Forgetful behaviour I want to point out the forgetful behaviour of media regarding different events happening in the country. We switch to a news channel and suddenly there comes a news alert about something and all the news channels start talking about that. The issue is given extensive coverage for some days but is subsequently forgotten about. We have seen this at a number of occasions like in the case of MNA Anjum Aqeel. Media was highlighting the issue a lot but now no one knows about the proceedings of that case or what happened as a result. In short, media seems to be spreading chaos and posing something as if God knows what was going to happen and then suddenly that event goes into the back corner. So instead of marketing on news, media should try to use news as a means to inform, educate and increase awareness in the masses. SAMAN ZAHRA LUMS, Lahore

Lahore in the Reaper’s shadow A pharmaceutical factory in Lahore suffered from a boiler explosion and as a consequence more than 17 people died at the spot with the building smashed. Lahore has seen many deaths due to the spurious drugs in the past few days and this is the latest calamity to befall the unfortunate metropolis. Why did this accident take place? Were there any safety measures? Was there any implementation of standards or protocol? What about the blow-off valve? Was it working or not? A proper investigation must be conducted in this regard, but it is doubtful whether our government will do so. Pakistan boiler inspector qualification programme is not up to the mark. They are implementing hundred year old methodologies which are almost outdated. Developed nations are now utilising ASME (American Standard for Mechanical Engineering) boiler and pressure vessels stan-

dards or other international standards. These are said to be the most reliable ones and are reviewed every three years by technical committees. Since life is really cheap in Pakistan and the industrial standard is to get maximum leverage out of minimum money spent, we know that the culprits might not be caught. No headway has been made in the spurious drugs case as it imlicates many powerful people. Will this case meet the same fate? Though we know that there have never been any investigations for any mishap, accident or other politically manoeuvred bloodbath in various cities, still we need to pressurise the authorities to look into this matter and force them to come up with a proper report so as to avoid such accidental disasters in future. ENGINEER SM WAQAS IMAM Karachi

This is with reference to a news item published in Pakistan Today on 7 February saying that the MD Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has prepared restructuring plan for the PIA to overcome the losses and turn PIA in to a profitable organisation. In the restructuring plan the PIA is planning to purchase 40 aircrafts during the next five years. MD PIA told Senate Committee that he did not require funding from the government, but the restructuring plan should be approved and he would turn PIA into profit. What is preventing the government not to accept the offer of the present management and give them a chance or in default face music? At the same time, the defence minister admitted in the Senate that PIA was in bad shape and his resignation would not improve the situation. He further said that the present management was paying huge amount in interest on loans taken by previous military government. He acknowledged that alone in the engineering department 4000 employees are surplus. Their salaries alone should be in the range of Rs 8 crore per month and if you include medical and other fringe benefits it would end up somewhere 12 crore per month. PIA’s losses should not be seen in isolation, major airlines of the world are suffering huge losses and are closing down or reducing their fleet due to increase in fuel prices. The major cause of loss is also attributable to undue interference from the union and the pilots. As rightly pointed out by minister of defence that when the ministry wanted to sign an agreement with the Turkish Airline, the issue was politicised. Under the circumstances when every action of the management is opposed by vested interests, even angels won't be able to rescue the airline. To get results the management has to be given freehand without any political interference with a set timeframe for improvement, and if the results are not achieved they should be taken to task. We cannot afford to pump more money in PIA and keep incurring losses. It would be fair to approve restructuring plan of PIA without any delay with strict monitoring. There is no harm in giving them a chance. LT COL (R) MUKHTAR AHMED BUTT Karachi Send your letters to: Letters to Editor, Pakistan Today, 4-Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Lahore, Pakistan fax: +92-42-36298302 E-mail: letters@pakistantoday.com.pk Letters may be edited for length and clarity. It would be appreciated if letters were addressed to Pakistan Today exclusively.

A real protest

By Sajjad Malik

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hree women, identified as Inna Shevchenko, Aleksandra Shevchenko and Oksana Shachko, travelled all the way from Kiev, Ukraine to Davos, Switzerland to protest on the eve of the World Economic Forum meeting of world leaders, leading industrialists and wealthy business tycoons held in the final week of January. They wanted to express anger at the increasing divide between the world‘s poor and rich and deteriorating conditions of the

have-nots around the globe. Braving subzero temperature, the trio protested in their unique but provocative style, which may look highly immoral to societies like ours, as they all pulled off their shirts showing their painted topless upper with slogans like "Crisis. Made in Davos," "Gangsters’ party in Davos" and "Poor because of you." They were stopped at the main security check post and arrested while trying to cross the fence. There was nothing "nude" in the brief episode when they pushed and shoved the police, chanting slogans and showing frustration at the transcendent gathering inside the cosy main building well concealed from the outside where three topless women were staging a symbolic fight for the underdog of the world. Their courage, determination and love for fellow human beings

had an element of spirituality which was far superior to the mere physical. I wonder if many were just focusing on their bodies than their elemental love for mankind and its age-old hunger and other sufferings. FEMEN, set up in 2008 in Kiev, had revolutionised the concept of protest. It has won international acclaim for organising protests against raging social issues involving women, like sex tourism, international marriage agencies and sexism. Female university students aged 18 to 20 are the real power of the group which also had male supporters on the list. Presently, the group comprises 20 topless and 300 fully clothed activists. Most of the demonstrations are held in Ukraine but they have also visited more open international venues, showing their outreach and widening of objectives which

now also include the plight of the world poor. But it also increases the perils for the group and it was not for the first time that they ran into trouble in Davos. The group told media in Kiev on 21 December, 2011 that their three female activists were seized by police in Belarus, forced to strip, threatened with violence and then abandoned in the woodland. They were arrested in the Belarusian capital Minsk after staging a typical barebreasted protest on the steps of the KGB state security headquarters, mocking authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. The Swiss police took a softer approach with the detainees than their Belarusian counterparts. According to Davos police spokesman Thomas Hobi, the three women were taken to a police station and told that they did not have permission to

protest. After being identified, they were released without charge. Their march came to a premature end as expected but they had their message broadcast live and sent across today's borderless world within seconds which according to the statement released by the group, was to 'Stop the Davos conspiracy!.' But they have exposed the futility of annual World Economic Forum held since the late 1990s, which has sharpened the ire of anti-globalisation activists, who claim that around 2,500 elites in attendance merely deepen systemic poverty around the globe. It is believed that the Davos ritual, far from doing anything for the poor and ailing economies of the third world countries, has increased alienation among the world’s teeming poor. As a reaction to the increasing ho-

mogeneity among the leading capitalist the centres, the World Economic Forum has given birth to institutions like the World Social Forum, a gathering of anti-capitalist groups and individuals instituted to forge a united front against the perceived and actual exploitation by the rich industrialist north. FEMEN protest should not be seen in isolation. Already groups like Occupy Wall Street, which is the original protest that began the worldwide movement beginning 17 September, 2011 in Zuccotti Park in New York City's Wall Street financial district, are out against social and economic inequality, high unemployment, greed as well as corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government, particularly from the financial services sector. The protesters' slogan “We are the 99 percent”

refers to the growing income and wealth inequality in the US between the wealthiest 1 percent and the rest of the population. The protests in New York City have sparked similar occupy protests and movements around the world. Here in Pakistan, we are not seeing any movement like this as we have issues like Memogate and movement by the far right parties against MFN status to India and the opening of NATO supply lines. Perhaps, someday we may find some time to take to the streets for real issues like hunger, malnutrition etc that kill more people than other crimes in a calendar year. The writer is an Islamabad-based senior correspondent for a foreign newswire and a PhD scholar at NDU. He can be reached at sajjmalik@yahoo.com


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o, it isn’t rock bottom just about yet. The prime minister is yet to have charges of contempt formally framed against him. After that happens, him and his counsel will have some time (how much, depends on the mood of the court) to prepare a defense. If Aitzaz Ahsan, the best lawyer around, couldn’t convince the court otherwise earlier, one would be tempted to predict a guilty verdict by that time. In the case of a conviction, the premier can still appeal against the verdict. In the absolutely worst case scenario of a sentencing, a debate will start on the retention of the office of the prime minister. In other words, if the government decides to drag its feet – as it is wont to when it comes to matters of the court – even an unpleasantly disposed judiciary won’t be able to put the issue to bed as early as it might want to. In the case of an absolute worst case scenario (conviction; debate on the office of the premier) there is going to be a fullblown constitutional crisis, with even international observers chiming in on the political rights of prisoners of conscience (yes, expect to see the term being used in the coming times whether you like it or not.) But what all this does to the republic as a whole should not be left unmentioned. In addition to all the high drama that a constitutional crisis accompanies, the havoc that a crisis of the sort is going to wreak havoc on the economy, which, even in the best of political climates, has seen better days. Then there is the issue of foreign policy, with some crucial talks and developments in the near future. And another question, the one often ignored in political discussions, is whether the aforementioned worst case scenario will be the one that finally revs up the activist machinery of the nation’s largest political party. This largely dormant demographic isn’t known for pulling its punches when they’re finally up and about; would this means far greater tumult than, say, the long march of 2008? But the judiciary isn’t the only body that should be mindful of such eventualities. They will, after all, give judgments based on their interpretation of the law. It is the political government on whom the burden of exercising prudence falls. Perhaps easing up the intransigence on the issue of the letter would be in order.

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he PPP and the PML(N) have reportedly reached an agreement on the 20th Amendment and on measures to ensure fair and free elections for which they should be congratulated. The agreement has, however, yet to be announced officially. The two sides had already agreed on three of the four preconditions put up by the PML(N): appointment of an independent chief election commissioner, empowering political parties to fill the reserved seats for women and transfer of the EOBI, Worker’s Welfare Fund and Sheikh Zayed Hospital from the centre to the provinces. The PPP has now also reached an agreement with the PML(N) on the intractable issue of installing a caretaker government with consensus, thus removing the last hurdle. The PPP claimed it could have passed the 20th Amendment as it possessed the required two third majority and was seeking the PML(N) support only to maintain the government’s record of passing the constitutional amendments unanimously. Others disputed the claim. Whatever the reason, the government failed for the sixth time on Thursday to present the constitutional amendment bill before the National Assembly. Hiccups apparently still remain. In view of the PPP leadership’s somewhat unsatisfactory record vis-à-vis keeping the promises, the PML(N) is not willing to support the bill till the agreements are made a part of the final draft of the 20th Amendment. The government has to take its allies into confidence before taking the agreement to the cabinet for approval. That a two member committee, one each from the PPP and PML(N), has been appointed to propose a consensus draft also indicates that not everything is resolved yet. This explains why an official announcement has still not been made. The PML(N) has been accused of using pressure tactics to get its demands accepted. But have not the MQM and PML(Q) done this in the past? This is how things move in democracies. When it suits one, one calls it ‘showing flexibility in dealing with political forces’, or ‘taking every body along’ or remaining ‘flexible’. In politics, what matters is the social impact of the decisions taken by the leaders rather than their intentions or short term tactics.

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hile the ruling coalition fights for its survival, urgent governance issues have taken a backseat. The present government has never been distinguished for running a clean and efficient administration, but the ongoing standoff with the Supreme Court has inexorably taken its toll. The country is in dire economic straits and the government, beleaguered from all sides, hardly has the time and the focus to take urgent corrective measures. The political will to make difficult choices and hard decisions is in any case lacking in an election year. The Memogate saga and the Supreme Court trying to haul the prime minister for contempt of court have sapped the energies of the government to do much else but firefighting. Even the 2008 general elections have been made controversial and the prime minister has been dragged back into the apex court and is fighting for his job. As a result, the holding of the forthcoming Senate elections has become even more uncertain. Thankfully, the ruling By Arif nizami coalition and the opposition have reached a consensus on the 20th Amendment to the constitution. All this is happening at a time when crucial foreign policy issues also need to be urgently addressed. The forthcoming trilateral summit between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran is being held in Islamabad early next week. The US military central command (CENTCOM) chief, General James N Mattis, is due in Islamabad to discuss the new terms of engagement on counterterrorism between Pakistan and the US. With President Obama taking a personal interest, efforts to renew the severed ties between Washington and Islamabad have escalated. Having a prime minister facing imminent disqualification and a president engaged 24/7 in firefighting is hardly a suitable environment for Pakistan to extract a best deal in these crucial forthcoming negotiations. Although we do not need the IMF to spell it out, its just released report card on Pakistan makes depressing reading. The IMF team paints a bleak eco-

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ernment surviving on its wits and compromise with diverse political forces, reforms entailing tightening of belts hardly seem viable. By all indications, the forthcoming budget will be an election budget short on performance but long on promises. To be fair, even if the government had the will to clean its Augean stables and usher in reforms asking for sacrifices from the populace, it would find it extremely difficult to sell its agenda. In this day and age where a populist media stokes many a fire, the propensity to take to the streets has manifestly increased in virtually all classes making it almost impossible to sell unpalatable decisions. People are facing hardships not only owing to an economy being in shambles but also because of poor law and order and rampant terrorism. Pakistan is a country hardly accustomed to double-digit inflation. Since 2008, inflation has risen sharply. Owing to the spillover of higher international commodity prices and accommodating domestic policies, it has stubbornly remained in double digits. According to the staff analysis of the IMF, central bank financing of the fiscal deficit has been an important driver of inflation. Apart from increasing poverty, inflation has also impacted growth. The long-term social consequences of this dire situation are not difficult to imagine. No rocket science is involved and merely a concerted political will and an empowered economic team are needed to fix the economy. We have had four finance ministers in as many years. Apart from Ishaq Dar and Naveed Qamar who were politicians, former finance minister Shaukat Tareen was ushered in as the economic advisor as a technocrat. He left in disgust. Dr Hafeez Sheikh and his team are hanging on but are hardly able to sell their recipes. In this context, the tiff with Washington in the aftermath of the Salala incident could not have come at a worse time. Pakistan needs direct inflows of aid as well as political support to wade through this difficult period. The present economic malaise and fragile political dispensation can deteriorate into an anarchic situation much beyond the control of political players. In such a state where the system is threatened from all sides, supremacy of the parliament and independence of courts and even elections could merely become an academic exercise in the ultimate analysis. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today

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t is a spectacle right out of a movie set. A dignified almost haughty Supreme Court building designed by a Japanese architect, packed with some 300 people among them law officers from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan Also present is a chunk of PPP leadership putting in attendance to show where and with whom they stand. And then there are the law lords sitting on a raised platform, confident of their place in history and the hearts and minds of people. Outside, there is PPP’s PLF, black coats who hang around waiting for the PM’s defence lawyer, Aitzaz Ahsan, to appear. As he steps out of the car, the PLF surrounds him taking him into court in jaloos formation cheering and sloganeering to boost his morale and also perhaps to intimidate others with people’s power. Drop scene, the show is over, the law lords step out, the pleader and law officers depart in a procession and the audience pours out into a car park jam-packed with over 300 cars. We hear the Supreme Court premises can no longer take this work load and are consequently undergoing extension and renovation to accommodate the growing audience and litigation. An interesting feature that is being added to this building is a SC museum which will record the genesis and history of this institution. We hear that letters have gone out to sitting judges, retired judges and

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nomic outlook, bluntly declaring that Pakistan’s near and medium-term prospects are “not good”. It states that growth would remain too low to absorb the large number of new entrants into the labour force, inflation would remain high and the external position would weaken significantly. Implicitly taking note of the government’s inability to make hard choices, the Fund has declared that there are considerable downside risks to this somber baseline in the context of the increasingly fragile global environment. Strongly hinting at the political compromises the government will have to make in an election year, it expresses concerns about “policy weakening” ahead of the Senate elections in 2012 and the parliamentary elections in 2013. The large fiscal deficit and an accommodative monetary policy being practiced by the State Bank hardly make a recipe for a stable economy. The IMF report feels that such profligate policies have become increasingly unsustainable. Pakistan’s GDP growth rate is being projected at 3.5 percent for the current financial year, the lowest in the region. The Fund has recommended that the government strengthen public finances through revenue mobilisation and make cuts in wasteful and low-priority expenditure. It has also underscored the need for urgent reforms in the energy sector to reduce power shortages and large untargeted electricity subsidies. The Fund also wants the government to reduce inflation by implementation of sound economic policies. Asking the government to improve governance is like wishing for the moon. It neither has the political will nor the capacity or the space for reforms. Pakistan’s tax-to-GDP ratio at 10 percent is one of the lowest in the world. Despite this, across the board, the will to pay more taxes is entirely missing. Neither the politicians nor the businessmen or the bazaar want to pay their due share. A meaningful agriculture tax is an elusive dream in a country where the parliament and the provincial legislatures are dominated by the landed class. The Fund has recommended to the government to implement the ‘new growth strategy’ devised by our own economic managers. The reforms envisaged under the strategy would entail reducing government intervention in the economy in the key areas of electricity subsidies and agriculture procurement. In the IMF’s view, the current policies have created fertile ground for rentseeking and corruption. For a considerably weak coalition gov-

ord has it that the official chief reporter of Punjab Assembly (actually a misleading work title because he records not reports assembly proceedings) has run into problems. Apparently he is provided an official car, in this case a Suzuki jeep. Well as it happens he came to the local police station and reported that this vehicle had been stolen from the car park of “Pipli House” which is a heavily guarded MPA hostel. However, on investiga-

families of judges that have departed from this world, requesting that they provide any relevant mementoes and archival they may have in their possession. Needless to say this will be a fascinating museum given the historical conflicts and battles that have been played out in these halls and chambers.

tion the police found that our CR is seriously into gambling and to his discomfort this has opened another line of investigation. Hopefully, the mystery will be solved but perhaps not to someone’s entire satisfaction. ********** ahore’s Gymkhana Club may be a gentleman’s club but new technology installed recently has proved that there are some not so gentle ladies moving around on the prem-

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ises. Last week, there was a hue and cry at its swish gymnasium when a lady reported that her bag had been stolen. Luckily, CT cameras had been installed recently and their footage identified a young girl, the grand daughter of a former member of the club executive committee, caught in the act. As it happened, she was still on the premises and the bag was recovered. The girl left without batting an eye lid and the show goes on.

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Appeal rejected Aftermath of the court’s decision

By Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad

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he eight member Supreme Court bench has rejected the appeal by the prime minister against the decision of a smaller bench which had ordered Gilani to present himself on February 13 to face contempt charges. The Supreme Court judges may now repeat the maxim fiat justitia ruat caelum, which translated into English means “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.” Zardari maintains that the unwillingness to write the letter to the Swiss authorities is a matter of principle. Any attempt to reopen the Swiss cases, he maintains, amounts to the trial of Benazir’s grave, whatever that may mean, which no PPP government can allow. So as far as PM Gilani or for that matter any PPP Prime Minister is concerned writing the letter is therefore ruled out. The legal battle will not end in a week or a month. It can continue till the next elections. Gilani will now have to appear before the SC bench in order to be chargesheeted. In case he maintains he is not guilty of contempt, he will have to put up a defence. If he is able to convince the judges of his innocence, the charges can be withdrawn. In case he is sentenced, he can appeal against the verdict. There is little hope of the letter being sent by Gilani. The Court can then send him to jail for a maximum six months, according to former CJ Saeed-uz-Zaman Farooqi. But Gilani will continue to remain the Prime Minister, maintains Aitzaz, as he would

be a contemner in his personal capacity but not as PM. There is little likelihood of Gilani convincing the judges that he has not committed contempt. The best possible lawyer he could get to defend him has exhausted his legal acumen without being able to persuade the two benches of the SC of Gilani’s respect for the court. The argument that he was cautioned against writing the required letter by competent legal advisors has been turned down by both the benches who insist that the order passed by the full SC was binding while the advice was not. The argument that the Prime Minister set the judges free was declared as another contempt of court and three related paragraphs had to be deleted from the petition. The litigation would be lengthy as the dispute is likely to land in various forms in the court again and again. In case the Supreme Court turns down the plea that PM Gilani could continue to act as prime minister from jail, the PPP would nominate another leader to the post. If the PPP manages to retain the loyalty of its coalition partners, which presumably it can, there will be a new PPP prime minister. He too is likely to refuse to write the letter and face Prime Minister Gilani’s fate. The confrontation may continue till the next elections take place. What the confrontation is likely to do is to prolong and deepen the economic crisis in the country. It would promote a profound and highly dangerous feeling of uncertainty which overtakes the business and trading community immediately. Political uncertainty scares away potential investors and reduces the confidence of the business and trading community. Last week, shares at KSE ended flat on Thursday as early gains were eroded after the Supreme Court set a con-

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The memo scourge A reality one moment, gone the next

tempt hearing for the prime minister, renewing political tensions between the civil government and the judiciary. Despite corruption and mismanagement, the PPPled government was stable on account of the alliances it had built. It had near two-thirds majority in the parliament and could speak with confidence at home and during talks with other countries. With the fate of the government uncertain, it would be difficult for it to take any firm decisions. When the next administration takes over, it will have to prove that it is stable in order to be able to take important decisions act effectively. Pakistan is trying hard to be re-enter the loop in the ongoing talks about the future of Afghanistan after it isolated itself by boycotting the Bonn conference and opted out of the trilateral talks with United States and Afghanistan in the wake of the attacks on Salala outposts. Khar visited Kabul early this month and Gilani was in Qatar early this week. An attempt is afoot by the parliament to formulate for the first time the country’s policy regarding the US.A parliamentary committee is busy preparing the guideline which will have to be taken to Parliament for finalisation. This will require hectic talks and negotiations between the government and opposition leaders and nonelected stakeholders that include the foreign office, ministry of finance and the military establishment. Would the PPP leadership revise its policy towards writing the letter? Would the SC find a way out of the crisis in days to come? The conflict between the judiciary and the executive is the last thing anyone wants at this juncture. The writer is a former academic and a political analyst.

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he memo issue has been debated extensively and exhaustively. The reason it should be debated further is because, based on what has transpired so far, it reflects abysmally on the character and conduct of individuals and institutions alike. It is also symptomatic of the moral bankruptcy that has penetrated various echelons of governance in the country. Let’s face it: the former ambassador to the US could not have been asked to resign if the memo was just another ‘piece of paper’. The fact that one of the most potent members of the president’s close cabinet was summoned and asked to quit showed that the allegations had incriminating substance. When the government’s vulnerability showed through and the opposition saw an opportunity to nail it, the matter was taken to the Supreme Court making the COAS and the DG ISI respondents in the matter. The apex court asked all parties including the federation, the COAS and the DG ISI to submit their statements which was duly done. While the government termed the memo a conspiracy and a mere piece of paper asking the court to drop it, the army and the intelligence chiefs termed it a danger to national security and took the opposite view – that of asking the court to probe it thoroughly and confront its perpetrators. After the initial hearing, the court constituted a threemember commission for investigating the matter further and submitting its recommendations. The commission asked to respondents to re-submit their statements. Both parties stuck to their respective contrasting positions which were transmitted to the commission through signed affidavits. Sensing grave By Raoof Hasan danger to its survival, the government sprang into action and its principal players started issuing statements to block the path of the key witness in the case, Mansoor Ijaz, from coming to Pakistan. There were threats of registering a treason case against him and putting his name on the ECL by the interior minister while the prime minister said that he was no viceroy and could not be guaranteed any special security arrangements. In the meanwhile, the government-appointed parliamentary commission also issued summons for Mansoor to appear before it. The government launched a frontal attack on other state institutions, most notably the heads of the army and the ISI, alleging them for running ‘a state within a state’ and, with reference to the affidavits, for doing ‘unconstitutional’ things. After a sequence of meetings involving various key players in the government, indications of a palpable change started filtering through. The party head who had taken the matter to the Supreme Court dashed off to London. There were reports of US pressure on Mansoor Ijaz for not travelling to Pakistan. The government unleashed a spate of propaganda that there were con-

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spiracies afoot to send it packing. The president, in an interview with a private channel, stated categorically that he would accept the decision of the parliamentary commission only implying that he did not attach any importance to what the SC-appointed commission would do. Amidst a flurry of activity, the inevitable happened and, citing threats to his security, Mansoor refused to travel to Pakistan and asked the commission to record his statement in London or Zurich. With the matter having cooled off, the commission is still debating whether to record Mansoor’s statement at a place outside Pakistan or to finalise its findings sans the statement of the most critical witness – an ambivalence that does not stand to reason given the circumstances and the severity of the allegations contained in the plea moved before the Supreme Court. In the wake of the allegations contained in the memo, the government was understandably shaken to its roots. Equally vehement were the stands taken by the leadership of the political party in taking the matter to the apex court and the heads of the army and the premier intelligence agency of the country in pinpointing the serious possible repercussions of the conspiracy. What, then, happened in the intervening period so as to dilute the respective stands? Is it simply a matter of agreeing to co-exist, or are there more sinister motives to the move? The environment is replete with multiple conspiracy theories, but there is no way one can fully comprehend the stark shift in the manner the memo issue was unveiled, taken to the highest judicial forum and then, through a perceptibly conscious effort, allowed to die off. Was there too much to swallow by way of a threat to national security involving some key players of the government and the security establishment that may have led to a decision not to rake it any further? Did the non-appearance of the key witness before the commission lead to ‘killing’ the case without a transparent enquiry ever having been conducted? Should this be perceived as another reprieve for an incessantly-errant government and a not-so-eager security establishment to pursue the matter that would inevitably have created serious ripples? Were the affidavits submitted by the army and the security agency chiefs exaggerated versions of a perceived threat that, not fully supported by hard evidence, was allowed to bury itself? If that be so, wouldn’t it be fair to rehabilitate the former ambassador to the US to his position, or is it that his scalp was the only target of the drama that was enacted? The matter may be dead for those who, initially, appeared most interested in pursuing it, but it is not for those multitudes who are genuinely interested in this country and whose future is linked with its security and progress. Will one ever discover the hands behind this terrible scourge that was unleashed on this country? That be so or not, the matter would not be forgotten as easily as is being perceived – as, indeed, it should not be! The writer is a political analyst and a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. He can be reached at raoofhasan@hotmail.com


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‘The long and winding road’

Paul McCartney last Beatle to get Hollywood

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little piece of Beatlemania came to Hollywood when Paul McCartney was honoured with a star on Tinseltown’s storied Walk of Fame, watched by hundreds of screaming and jostling fans. It sits outside the Capital Records building on Vine Street, alongside the other Beatles' stars. The ceremony got off to a little bit of a late start, prompting fans to chant, “We want Paul.” When McCartney stepped out, it was almost as if it were the 1960s all over again, with women screaming and holding signs. McCartney paid tribute to the “three boys”-John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr-who helped make him famous. “I couldn't have done it without them, so I want to thank those guys and bless them for being in my life,” he said. “Way back in history, in Liverpool when we were kids and we were listening to Buddy Holly and all the rock 'n' roll greats, I

would have never thought the day would come when I'd be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.” McCartney is the last member of the iconic group, Beatles, to receive one. John Lennon received a star in 1988, nearly eight years after his death. George Harrison's came in 2009, almost eight years after he died. Starr got the honour in 2010. It was 48 years ago Tuesday the Beatles landed in America. McCartney's Walk of Fame honor coincides with a busy week for the former Beatle. He released his new album, ‘Kisses on the Bottom’, and will receive

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the MusiCares Person of the Year honour in Los Angeles. The 69-year-old singer-songwriter will perform live at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. McCartney's star, which joins those of his band mates, is the 2,460th on the Walk of Fame, a long stretch of Hollywood Boulevard and adjoining sidewalk which celebrates entertainment stars from over the decades. Fans had gathered for hours for good viewing spots at the ceremony, although many had to strain to see anything as the crowd swelled out across the street for the early-afternoon event.

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reality show to be launched nEWS DESK A new fashion-based reality show, titled ‘Wild Cat’, will air on Pakistani television soon. 14 amateur fashion models will be selected to participate in the modelling competition and to vie for the title of ‘Wild Cat’. The growing popularity of reality shows in Pakistan prompted the launch of the show which will provide a platform to fashion in-

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dustry hopefuls. The reality show will see contestant engage in interesting tasks from the sports and entertainment categories which will culminate in the show’s finale. ‘Wild Cat’s producers say the show will be an all out entertainer that will be fun to watch for everyone. The show will be hosted by Kirat Sabir and Fiza. It is directed and produced by Sohail Rizvi, while its media coordinator is Syed Fakhir Hussian.

mUmbAi: being the ‘dhoom’ girl doesn't come easy. Actresses have transformed themselves overnight to be the sensuous bikini donning divas for yRF's prized franchise before. Now, it is Katrina Kaif's turn. it was learnt that Kat too is going out of her way to get into a better shape. For ‘dhoom 3’ that goes on floors this July, Kat has already planned a hard-core gymnastic training session. She is also following a strict macrobiotic diet plan. Talking about the diet, a friend of Katrina informed, “The diet is high in natural, unprocessed foods. it's low in saturated fats. it could be considered a weight loss diet since it has a potentially lower calorie count. The diet will help her with her stamina.” with the diet in place, Katrina's training too has begun. in fact, the actress, who is currently shooting for her other yRF venture ‘ek Tha Tiger’ with Salman Khan in Cuba, has been taking time off from her schedule for the exercise routine. She has also hired a trainer for herself. Others actresses that have gone on a losing spree are: Bipasha Basu and Aishwarya for ‘Dhoom 2’: bips wore a bikini for the first time in ‘dhoom 2’. losing oodles of weight, she rocked her hot body in a multicolour bikini and red streaks in her long, flowing tresses. Ash stunned everyone with her never-seenbefore sexy image in the same film. Suddenly, the most beautiful woman turned into a sexy bombshell overnight. Reportedly, she was asked to lose 10 kilos. Kareena Kapoor for ‘Tashan’: She started the size zero craze in bollywood. The biggest star attraction for yRF's Tashan was its leading lady's weight loss. Her drastic drop in size affected her health and she even fainted on the sets. Her dad was certainly not happy seeing his daughter's emaciated look. many critics felt that Kareena had lost her charm along with the extra adipose. AGENCIES

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Kashmir again in Bollywood MUMBAI: bollywood superstar Aamir Khan was here after more than a decade and was so impressed with the breathtaking beauty of the valley that he hopes filmmakers return here “like the good old times”. Aamir visited the famous floating vegetable gardens in dal lake. “i have come to Kashmir after more than 10 years. last time i came here to shoot 'mann' (1999). The place is wonderful, the people are nice and hospitable,” Aamir said during his visit to the dal lake. “i hope bollywood starts shooting films here like the good old times. my uncle (filmmaker Nasir Husain) used to shoot his films in Kashmir,” he added. Some parts of his super duper hit ‘3 idiots’ were filmed in ladakh region of the state, but he couldn't come to the valley then. “we went directly to leh to shoot ‘3 idiots’ and i did not get an opportunity to visit the valley that time,” said the 46year-old. Aamir said he is on a pleasure trip here, but his visit to the floating vegetable gardens, a private school and a riverside location in north Kashmir indicated that could be featured in his new film. Sources also said that Aamir had shot an ad film for incredible india in the valley. AGENCIES

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date’ MUMBAI: The gorgeous Kareena Kapoor, whose relationship with actor Saif Ali Khan is bound to unleash the green monster of jealousy in any man, hasn’t ever been on a date. Speaking to a daily about love and her thoughts on Valentine’s Day, Kareena revealed this fact. “Believe me, I’ve never been on a date! I have been in relationships, of course, but no guy has ever told me, ‘Chalo Bandstand jaakar nariyal paani peete hain’,” said the actress. With the release of her latest rom-com, ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ with Valentine’s Day just round the corner, the actress is not too keen on celebrating February 14. Instead, she believes that the all-encompassing power of love should be celebrated every single day. And now she gears up to tie the knot with the love of her life Saif. Here’s wishing Bebo all the best! AGENCIES


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Beyonce and Jay-Z may have a future fashionista on their hands. The new parents filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect the name of their month-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. They filed the application on Jan. 26 for products -- and there's speculation they plan to use it for a line of babyrelated products, carriages, baby cosmetics and diaper bags. It's a good thing the couple were quick to trademark the name. Other people have tried to cash in on the newborn, filing applications for variations on the name. But they've been denied. The trademark office said it's reserved for a "very famous infant," the Post reports.

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ADY Gaga revealed that overcoming the eating disorder bulimia helped to save her music career. The US star says as a teenager she used to make herself sick and only stopped when it started to cause damage to her vocal chords. Lady Gaga was speaking to pupils at a school in Los Angeles. “I used to throw up all the time in high school,” she said. The 25-year-old took questions from an audience at the It's Our Turn conference, held at Brentwood School. “It made my voice bad, so I had to stop,” she

said. “The acid on your vocal chords - it's very bad.” When a student asked her about body issues, she said it her future music career that helped her beat bulimia, where sufferers make themselves sick after food.

“I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina, but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night,” the singer said. She went on the criticise magazines and newspapers for promoting unrealistic images of women: “Every video I'm in, every magazine cover, they stretch you, they make you perfect. It's not real life. I'm gonna say this about girls. The dieting wars have got to stop. It's making girls sick. It's really hard. But you've got to talk to somebody about it. I'm encouraging you to know what you're worth,” Lady Gaga added. Lady Gaga will perform at the 54th annual Grammy awards where she is nominated three times.

Lahore’s Hira Mandi: A love affair nEWS DESK

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Hira Mandi, the traditional red light quarter of Lahore, lives in the popular mindscape through its stories of longing, loss and ‘mujras’ after the Pakistan government clamped down on prostitution in the 1970s, says noted French writer Claudine Le Tourneur d`lson. Her fictional biography, ‘Hira Mandi’, based on the life story of Iqbal Husain, the son of a Hira Mandi courtesan, has connected to the English-speaking world with its first-ever translation. The novel, originally written in French in 2006, will debut in Pakistan at the Karachi Literature Festival starting Saturday. Claudine describes the book “as her love affair with the people of Hira Mandi, with whom she had spent weeks in Lahore as if she was a part of them”. “The book has been inspired by Iqbal Hussain, son of a Hira Mandi prostitute, whom I had met in 1988. Iqbal is an artist - perhaps the only one of his kind and a restaurateur. He owns an eatery, Cuckoo’s Den, in Hira Mandi where he serves traditional Lahori food,” Claudine told reporters. Iqbal is a misfit

MUMBAI: esha deol will be engaged on Sunday to her boyfriend, who she has been dating for the last 13 months. mumbai mirror has found out that esha and bandra based businessman bharat Takhtani will exchange rings just two days before Valentine's day. when contacted, Hema malini confirmed the news and added, “we have only two days to go. but please don't ask me to elaborate. it's going to be a very private affair.” A source close to the deols revealed that the wedding wasn't too far either. “As for the engagement, it's going to be a very personal celebration. Not too many people have been invited,” added the source. mommy Hema, however did not want to reveal the wedding date. “i shall tell you as and when we zero down on the date. Just because we are film stars does not mean we have to announce everything beforehand. we are working towards it. That's all i shall say for now,” informed Hema. AGENCIES

of an artist in Pakistan, where “even talking about prostitutes is a taboo”, the writer said. “Iqbal is not very comfortable among people though he has been drawing Lahore and the world to Hira Mandi with his food,” Claudine said. Cuckoo’s Den is a mandatory stopover for tourists in Lahore.” Iqbal uses the dancing girls of Hira Mandi as models for his impressionistic paintings “of figures and landscapes without expressions of sex”, the writer said. Iqbal in Claudine’s novel is the hero Shanwaz Nadeem, who narrates his life story in

first person. Shanwaz’s earliest memories of Hira Mandi are of his beautiful 20-year-old mother Naseem, who lives in her Mughal-style ‘haveli’ with her aunts, cousins and her fiveyear-old son in the narrow crowded by-lanes in the old walled city of Lahore. The book charts Pakistan’s turbulent history from partition to the Bhutto years, Zia -ul-Haq’s repressive regime, fundamentalist violence and the years of ‘The Satanic Verses’. Hira Mandi gradually disintegrates around Shanwaz, leaving him with memories of its once-for-

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bidden grandeur - and unrequited desires - amid aging courtesans and confused novices. The Hira Mandi of the courtesans does not exist anymore. “The dancing girls (the prettier ones) have either moved to Dubai where the business is good while the others are spread across hotels in Lahore,” Claudine said. Segregated as a red light area during the British Raj for “the benefit of the soldiers” in the old Anarkali Bazar overlooking the Badshahi mosque, Hira Mandi was known for its “refined courtesans with impeccable manners, accomplished in performing arts, music and traditional gastronomy”. However, the tradition of dancing girls in the old Lahore city - a walled settlement - dates back to the reign of emperor Akbar whose son, prince Salim, once fell in love with Anarkali, a dancing girl from Lahore. The government is trying to remove the "taboos" associated with Hira Mandi with a heritage tourism project, the writer said. The writer, who has authored 12 books, is planning to pen a chronicle of her journeys in Pakistan.

MUMBAI: They get along well enough to be called friends after their bonding in macau for the zee Cine Awards and now Ranbir Kapoor has made a special request to Shahid Kapoor to join him on a world tour in August. Shahid is trying his utmost to adjust his dates to accompany Ranbir. Confirming these developments, Ranbir`s father Rishi Kapoor, who would also be the tour’s producer, said: “Shahid and my son have become good friends. He is likely to join us. The rest of the details are still being finalised.” Shahid earlier had to opt out after his next film directed by maneesh Sharma got delayed because of the director’s back problem. but then, something unforeseen happened and Ranbir`s bonding with Shahid got stronger in macau during their performance at the Awards. Regarding his own performance on stage with his son, Rishi said: “There`s a demand for it. but whether my injured knees allow me the pleasure of dancing with my son, remains to be seen.” besides Ranbir, Shahid and Katrina Kaif, the world tour would also feature Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma. AGENCIES

5-year practical joke LoS AnGELES CBS

George Clooney is known for being a practical joker, but what's the longest prank he's ever pulled? The Oscar-winner recalled one joke that he played on his friend and fellow actor Richard Kind that went on for “five or six years.” Clooney explained that he once found a “horrible” painting that had been thrown away, had it framed and signed his name on it. For five or six months, he continued, he told Kind that he was taking art classes, and would stop into art supply stores and “just make up crap” about the brushes. “And then for his 40th birthday I said, ‘You know, I've done a lot of paintings but this is the first one I'm really proud of, and I want to you have it.’ And I gave it to him!” Clooney laughed. At Clooney's suggestion, Kind hung the painting in his living room. “Everyone else knew but him,” the actor continued, “So everyone would come over and compliment him about the painting.” He finally let his friend in on the joke about five years later, by telling the story on a talk show. “He called me up and said ‘I hate that painting! I've always hated that painting!’” Clooney said.

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Just over three years ago, Victoria Beckham debuted her fashion collection at New York Fashion Week to rave reviews. Now, as she returns to the spot where it all began, the former Spice Girl seems to have the world at her feet. Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron and Cameron Diaz are among the celebrities reportedly clamouring to have Beckham “dress” them for Hollywood’s biggest night, the Oscars. The UK’s Daily Mail reported that Beckham is working “day and night” to meet the demand. Her quick rise comes as no surprise to industry insiders as Victoria is the only Spice Girl who is not thought of as a Spice Girl. Other celebrities who have worn Beckham’s dresses include Drew Barrymore, Blake Lively, Mary J. Blige and Elle Macpherson. Beckham is unveiling her latest collection at New York Fashion Week.

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Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao Friday pledged religious freedom and cultural protection in Tibet, just hours after security forces reportedly killed two Tibetans who protested China’s rule. “We will place more importance on improving the lives of our Tibetan compatriots, on protecting the... traditions of Tibet... and in preserving the freedom of religious belief of Tibetans,” Wen said. Wen’s comments come after USbased broadcaster Radio Free Asia (RFA) said security forces shot dead two Tibetan brothers who were on the run after protesting against Chinese rule. The killings came a day after a monk reportedly set himself alight. The incidents are said to have taken place in two provinces bordering the Tibet autonomous region, as tension in Tibetan-inhabited areas intensified over perceived religious, political and cultural repression. China launched a clampdown after at least two other Tibetans were killed in a series of protests last month, in what Beijing says is a battle against forces trying to split Tibet from the rest of China. Wen further urged the Panchen Lama, a top Tibetan Buddhist leader selected and educated by communist authorities, to use his influence to instil patriotism among Tibetans, the government said in a report on its website. “We hope you can guide the monks and the (Tibetan) people to love the country, uphold the law and follow Buddhist practice... you should play an important and active role in safeguarding national and ethnic unity,” he told the Panchen Lama. According to RFA — a US-funded group that broadcasts news in several languages including Tibetan — Yeshe Rigsal, a monk, and his brother were shot dead Thursday in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

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HE ousted leader of the Maldives, who claims he was deposed in a coup, called for fresh elections on Friday and threatened street protests over the detention of his party members. Mohamed Nasheed, who says rebel police and army officers forced him to resign Tuesday, claims up to 350 people connected to his former administration or his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) have since been detained. Several senior MDP figures were badly beaten during a demonstration Wednesday, allegedly by police, while at least two party councillors were among 75 arrested in the second-biggest city of Addu, its police chief told AFP. Nasheed claimed police were “ransacking homes in Addu” and said he would travel there in the next 24 hours unless the violence stopped.

“We will get on the streets,” he warned. The local mayor of Addu, Abdulla Sodig, earlier told AFP by telephone that he was in hiding. The threat of new protests could spell further instability in the Indian Ocean country which depends on the hundreds of thousands of high-end travellers and honeymooners who visit its pristine islands each year. A UN special envoy arrived Friday for talks with the new administration headed by former vice president Mohamed Waheed, who Nasheed accuses of conspiring in the coup plot. Assistant Secretary General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco reached the Indian Ocean nation’s capital Male early Friday and held an hour-long meeting with Waheed, but declined to comment to journalists afterwards. “There can be no externally generated solution to something that can be solved by Maldivians themselves,” Fernandez-Taranco said as he arrived, adding that the UN was concerned for Nasheed’s safety. Nasheed’s proposed solution is for Wa-

heed to step down and the speaker of parliament in the fledgling democracy to take charge until elections in two months time. “I can’t see how the government can be sustained without the president having a single seat in parliament,” the 44-year-old told reporters at his family home, where he has stayed since leaving office. “Elections must be held. That is not negotiable,” he added. Three weeks of opposition-led protests were capped by a police mutiny on Tuesday that led to Nasheed’s dramatic resignation and the end of his four years in power as the country’s first democratically elected president. While he has repeatedly called for foreign support, no government has backed him and the United States dealt him a serious blow on Thursday when it announced that it recognised Waheed’s new regime as legitimate. Regional power India has also declined to intervene, calling it an “internal matter” and congratulating Waheed as the new head of state.

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Saudi King Abdullah said on Friday that world confidence in the United Nations had been shaken after the world body failed to adopt a resolution against the Syrian regime’s deadly crackdown on protests. “We all used to take pride in the United Nations which used to bring us together and not divide us... but what took place does not augur well as world confidence in the United Nations has undoubtedly been shaken,” King Abdullah said in a short televised speech. “We are going through scary days and unfortunately what happened at the United Nations is absolutely regrettable,” the Saudi king said. King Abdullah was alluding to the blocking by Russia and China last Saturday of a UN Security Council resolution condemning the crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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A Russian space engineer received a 13year jail sentence Friday on charges of passing secret strategic missile data to the US Central Intelligence Agency in return for cash. Russia’s FSB security service said test engineer Vladimir Nesterets from the country’s northern Plesetsk cosmodrome admitted receiving cash payments for information about “tests on Russia’s latest strategic missile systems.” The security service refused to specify the types of systems involved in the case. Analysts said the apparent security breach marks a significant blow for Russia because its military uses the northwestern site to test and launch every type of missile in production and development today. “This is the Russian strategic missile forces’ main launch site,” independent

Security forces opened fire on a demonstration in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich east, fatally wounding one Shiite protester and injuring several others, activists and witnesses said on Friday. “Munir alMedani, 21, was wounded by a live bullet in his chest” one activist said requesting anonymity, referring to the incident which took place late Thursday in Qatif province in the kingdom’s Eastern Region. “He was taken to the hospital where he later died of his wounds.” A number of other protesters were wounded in the shooting, the activists and witnesses said. The protest, which began as a procession to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed — a celebration forbidden in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia — turned into a demonstration calling for reforms and for the release of Shiite detainees, the same sources said. Witnesses said that the attack prompted groups of young protesters to set car tyres on fire as the police set up checkpoints across the province. There was no immediate official confirmation of the incident. Medani’s reported death raises to six the number of protesters killed since demonstrations erupted in the Eastern Region last March when Shiites took to the streets to condemn Saudi military intervention against Shiite-led prodemocracy demonstrations in neighbouring Bahrain.

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Suspected woman suicide bomber dies in Istanbul A woman whom Turkish police suspect of having been a suicide bomber died in Istanbul late on Thursday after explosives that she was carrying went off, media reports said on Friday. The woman was torn to bits by the explosion that occurred in the Sancaktepe neighbourhood of the city, according to NTV television. There were no immediate reports of anyone else being hurt in the explosion. The police suspect that the woman, whose identity has not yet been revealed, was acting on behalf of the rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK took up arms in southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed about 45,000 lives. It is labelled a terrorist outfit by Ankara and much of the international community.

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russian engineer jailed for 13 years for passing data to CiA military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer said. “All current current mobile systems and their warheads are launched from and tested at Plesetsk.” Nesterets’ conviction came just days after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told an FSB meeting that foreign governments were stepping up their spying activities in the country. Medvedev said the FSB had uncovered 199 foreign spies and agents last year. He added that some of those detained were Russian nationals working for Western states. “The results of the FSB’s counter-

intelligence work for last year clearly demonstrate that foreign secret services are stepping up their activities in Russia,” Medvedev said at the time. Russia often discloses the arrest or conviction of foreign agents at a time of diplomatic tensions with the West. Moscow is currently locked in a heated war of words with Washington and Europe over the Syria crisis and is also upset with NATO plans to push ahead with the deployment of a new missile defence system in Europe. The FSB in October disclosed

holding a Chinese national on espionage charges linked to another missile system. The case was announced on the eve of a key visit to Beijing by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. “These cases are not publicised when relations with the West are normal. The arrests are still made but no information goes out,” Felgenhauer said. “The fact that they disclosed this now means that we are playing diplomatic games again,” added Centre for Strategic Assessment analyst Alexander Konovalov. “AntiAmericanism is fashionable in Russia again,” Konovalov told AFP.

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Pope Benedict XVI could be the target of an assassination plot, according to a document published on Friday by the Il Fatto Quotidiano daily which the Vatican dismissed as “delirious”. The newspaper published a confidential document dated December 30, 2011 which was apparently sent by retired Colombian cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos to the Vatican warning of unspecified plans to kill the pope. Castrillon Hoyos reportedly met the pope in January to discuss the threat. The document from the Colombian cardinal says that the plot was mentioned by the archbishop of Palermo Paolo Romeo during a visit to China in November. Romeo reportedly said that he had heard of a plot to assassinate the pope “within the next 12 months” but did not give further details. Asked about the reported comments on Friday, however, Romeo said that the words attributed to him were “absolutely without basis.” “It is so outside of reality that it should not be given any consideration,” Romeo was quoted by Italian news agency ANSA as saying.


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ATHENS: Policemen clash with demonstrators during a protest rally in front of the Greek parliament marking the new 48-hour anti-austerity strike on Friday.

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India’s army chief on Friday withdrew a lawsuit in which he had sought a change in his birth date that would have let him remain in his post an extra year, ending a showdown with the government. General V.K. Singh withdrew his appeal after the Supreme Court upheld the government’s stand that the army chief’s birthday in official records was May 10, 1950. Singh, who maintained he was born on the same day a year later and that a transcription mistake had been made in his records, would have been able to remain in office an additional 12 months had the court upheld his appeal. Indian government employees must retire at 62. The dispute had provoked an embarrassing clash between the government and India’s 1.13million-strong military, the fourth largest in the world. The defence ministry welcomed Singh’s decision to withdraw the lawsuit, which had thrown succession plans for heading the army into uncertainty. “We are happy that the issue has been finally resolved and the controversy put to rest,” defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar said.

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WO powerful car bombs targeting security posts ripped through Syria’s second city of Aleppo Friday, killing at least 25 people, state media said, even as tanks surged into battered protest hub Homs. State television said “armed terrorist groups” carried out the attacks, the first in Aleppo since the outbreak of an uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad almost a year ago. It said a “suicide bomber in a car packed with explosives” carried out one of the attacks on a police station, flattening a nearby food distribution centre. The second bombing targeted an intelligence base. “The number of martyrs who have been transported to hospital in Aleppo have so far reached 25 dead and 175 wounded as a result of the terrorist attacks,” the health ministry said, as quoted by state television. The General Commission of the Syrian Revolution, an opposition group, said that the attacks were “staged by the regime,” in a statement emailed to AFP in Beirut. State television showed gruesome images of mangled bodies in pools of blood in the street outside rows of shattered buildings. Emergency workers held up body parts, including hands, feet and a torso. Soldiers were among the casualties. Its footage was aired live from the site of the blasts, with bulldozers quickly deployed to clear away shattered concrete strewn across a broad avenue, revealing deep craters in the ground. “A terrorist blew himself up with his car 100 metres (yards) from the entrance of the police station,” the report said, adding

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that emergency services were scouring the rubble for bodies. Aleppo, a northern commercial hub, has been largely spared the unrest that has rocked Syria since last March, leaving more than 6,000 people dead according to rights groups. In central Syria, tanks stormed a district in the flashpoint city of Homs as troops launched a house-to-house sweep of the area to crush the Assad regime’s opponents, said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “The tanks entered the neighbourhood of Inshaat overnight,” he said, adding troops were still deploying. Inshaat is next to the protest hub of Baba Amr in Homs, which has been subjected to a withering assault by regime forces since Saturday that has killed more than 400 people, activists say. At least four people were killed Friday in Homs, including two children who died in the shelling of Baba Amr, said the Observatory. Later,

regime forces began shooting at worshippers leaving Al-Rawda mosque in Al-Waer district of Homs, it said. The security forces deployed heavily outside mosques across Syria, firing on worshippers in some areas to prevent protests denouncing Russia’s steadfast support of the Assad regime, activists said. Internet-based activists had urged Syrians to protest under the banner of “Russia is killing our children.” Russia hit back on Friday, saying the opposition bore full responsibility for the ongoing violence while accusing the West of pushing the regime’s opponents into armed conflict. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told ITARTass news agency the opposition’s refusal to enter direct talks with Syria’s government meant it “bears full responsibility for improving the situation.” He accused the West of being “accomplices in the process of inflaming the crisis.”

Hundreds of protesters marched to Egypt’s defence ministry Friday demanding the military rulers’ ouster, on the eve of a planned civil disobedience campaign to mark Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow a year ago. The activists have planned marches in Cairo that will converge on the defence ministry as a prelude to strikes and sit-ins on Saturday, exactly a year after Mubarak’s overthrow left the military in charge. At the Fateh mosque in central Cairo, the protesters began chanting, “Down with military rule,” at the end of the weekly Muslim prayer before setting off in the direction of the ministry. “We are marching to the defence ministry, we want to remove the military,” said prominent activist Asmaa Mahfuz, who taped an influential video more than a year ago calling on Egyptians to rise against Mubarak. Young activists such as Mahfuz, whom the military had threatened to put on trial after she attacked the ruling generals in Internet postings, have turned their sights on the army a year after toppling Mubarak in an 18-day uprising. The military, which promises to hand over power after a president is elected later this year, said it will deploy troops across the country after the activists called the civil disobedience campaign, state media reported. The call has divided the country’s political forces, with the Muslim Brotherhood — the big winner in recent parliamentary elections — coming out against the activists as they demand an immediate transition to civilian rule. Students in several universities have called for strikes on Saturday, with secular youth groups who spearheaded the revolt against Mubarak joining in. Tareq al-Khouly, an organiser with the April 6 youth group, said the plan was for a one-day strike, which could be extended. In a joint statement on Friday, the groups called on Egyptians “to support these strikes in order to end the unjust rule and build a nation in which justice, freedom and dignity prevail.”


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USTRALIA clinched a thrilling five-run win in a low-scoring one-day international against Sri Lanka in Perth on Friday for their second successive triangular series victory. Chasing 232 for victory, Sri Lanka were all out for 226 on the penultimate delivery of their innings for their second loss in the tournament. All-rounder Angelo Mathews (64) was the last batsman to depart after he almost took Sri Lanka to an unlikely victory in the last over of the match. Needing 18 off six deliveries against left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc, Mathews hit a boundary from the first ball, followed by a six off the next but holed out on the fifth trying to repeat his pyrotechnics. Sri Lanka lost their way in the middle, losing wickets in a cluster, after a dogged 50-run stand between Tillakaratne Dilshan (40) and Kumar Sangakkara (22) for the second wicket. Sangakkara was unfortunately run out when he slipped while trying to get back to his crease after being sent back by his partner Dilshan while going for a quick single. Dilshan fell soon after, followed by captain Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne in quick succession that reduced Sri Lanka to 119 for five. But Mathews and paceman Dammika Prasad held on and got them close with a 46-run partnership for the last wicket. Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty was the most miserly of the Australian bowlers and conceded just 24 runs for his two wickets in his 10-over spell. Earlier, the visitors, who lost their opening game to India, bowled tightly and fielded with agility to restrict Australia to a meagre total 231. All five Sri Lankan frontline bowlers picked up two wickets each and vindicated captain Mahela Jayawardene's decision to field first after winning the toss. The hosts, who were reduced to 81

Afghan-Pakistan match a break from war KABUL AFP

Excitement was building in cricket-loving parts of Afghanistan ahead of their historic one-day international against Pakistan in Sharjah on Friday -- even among Taliban insurgents. "I am personally a fan of cricket, I will follow this match closely," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP. Asked which side he would support, given reported backing for the insurgents from within Pakistan, he replied: "I pray that Afghans come out as winners." Mujahid, who usually speaks to the media on his mobile phone about the state of the war, made the point that he was speaking in his personal capacity, not on behalf of the Taliban. Afghanistan have played 18 oneday internationals since gaining status in 2009 but all their matches were against associate and affiliate teams Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, Kenya and Scotland. Now they face their first game against their neighbour, one of the world's great cricketing nations. Friday's match in Sharjah Stadium is fitting because most of the Afghan players learnt the game in Pakistan while staying as refugees after the Soviet invasion of their country in 1979. The game has a limited following in the capital Kabul but a strong following mainly in the south and east of the country, near the Pakistan border. "Everybody loves cricket here," said Masoom, the owner of TV and satellite dish store in the southern provincial capital of Kandahar.

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PeRTH: Sri lankan batsman Angelo mathews plays a shot while (R) Australian bowler mitchell Starc (C) is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of mathews to finish the match in the Tri Nations Series at the wACA ground. AFP for four at one stage, kept losing wickets at regular intervals and had just one half-century partnership of 56 runs between captain Michael Clarke (57) and Daniel Christian (33) for the sixth wicket. Clarke, who played a patient 88ball knock, was the top-scorer for Australia and also added 49 runs for the fifth wicket with David Hussey. Paceman Clint McKay, who walked in at number nine, added some crucial runs towards the end with a run-a-ball 25 before the innings folded up on the first delivery of the 50th over. India take on Australia in the fourth match of the tri-series at Adelaide on Sunday. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by John Mehaffey; to query or comment on this story.

SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA: 34 D. Warner b Mathews 1 M. Wade c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 1 R. Ponting lbw Malinga 57 M. Clarke c Jayawardene b Mathews 23 M. Hussey c and b Kulasekara 27 D. Hussey c Thirimanne b Malinga D. Christian st Sangakkara b Senanayake 33 R. Harris c Kulasekara b Senanayake 3 C. McKay c Thirimanne b Prasad 25 14 M. Starc c Tharanga b Prasad X. Doherty not out 2 EXTRAS (lb6, w5) 11 TOTAL (all out; 49.1 overs) 231 Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Wade), 2-26 (Ponting), 3-50 (Warner), 481 (M. Hussey), 5-130 (D. Hussey), 6-180 (Christian), 7-190 (Clarke), 8-192 (Harris), 9-224 (Starc), 10-231 (McKay). BOWLING: Malinga 10-0-48-2 (4w), Kulasekara 10-0-39-2, Mathews 9-0-37-2 (1w), Prasad 9.1-0-55-2, Senanayake 10-045-2, Dilshan 1-0-1-0. SRI LANKA: 5 U. Tharanga c Clarke b Starc T. Dilshan c Wade b Harris 40 22 K. Sangakkara run out D. Chandimal lbw Clarke 37 13 M. Jayawardene c Wade b Christian

3 L. Thirimanne b Doherty 64 A. Mathews c Christian b Starc 8 N. Kulasekara c Wade b Christian 9 S. Senanayake st Wade b Doherty 1 L. Malinga c Wade b McKay 15 U. Tharanga not out 9 EXTRAS (lb3, w6) TOTAL (all out; 49.5 overs) 226 Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Tharanga), 2-61 (Sangakkara), 3-88 (Dilshan), 4-110 (Jayawardene), 5-119 (Thirimanne), 6-129 (Chandimal), 7-143 (Kulasekara), 8-175 (Senanayake), 9-180 (Malinga), 10-226 (Mathews). BOWLING: Harris 10-0-43-1, Starc 9.5-0-50-2 (2w), McKay 100-50-1 (2w), Christian 8-1-47-2 (2w), Doherty 10-0-24-2, Clarke 2-0-9-1. Result: Australia won by five runs Man of the match: M. Clarke (AUS) Toss: Sri Lanka Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS) Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM). Series standings (games, wins, losses, no result, points): 2 2 0 0 9 Australia India 2 1 1 0 4 2 0 2 0 0 Sri Lanka

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Expats from both Pakistan and Afghanistan thronged the Sharjah Stadium for the first-ever one-day international here on Friday, with the fans uncertain who to support for a win. Afghanistan, who rose to gain one-day status in 2009, have played 18 one-day games against fellow Associate teams, but Friday's match was their first against a top Test playing nation.And for

Pukhtoons, one of the major cast living in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan in the province of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, it was a dilemma who to support among a capacity holiday crowd of 15,000. Pakistan's Umar Gul, Younus Khan and Shahid Afridi also speak the Pushtoon language. "It's no doubt an historic occasion," said Gulbadeen Salami. "I have lived half my life in Pakistan after fleeing there in 1979 so both are my countries." Most of the Afghanistan players learnt the game while living in refugee camps in Pakistan

after they had to flee their country following the Russian invasion in 1979. Pakistan also helped Afghanistan in setting up their cricket infrastructure and allowed their teams to play in their domestic competitions. Hundreds of fans started their journey towards the stadium early, taking buses to the stadium from the adjoining states of the United Arab Emirates -home to millions of labourers from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Habibullah Khan, who works in a shop in Sharjah, said he will support Afghanistan. "I love cricket and will support Afghanistan," said Khan, holding a tricolour Afghanistan flag. "My favourite player is Mohammad Shazad, who hits sixes and is from my town -- Paktika (one of 34 provinces in Afghanistan)." But overall, Afridi remains the top favourite player from either side. "We are supporting both the teams," said Haji Malik from Kabul. "I wish Afghanistan win this match but my favourite is Afridi, who lives in the hearts of all the Pukhtoons." Organisers hoped the sell-out crowd will induce more and more people to join the game in future. "Sharjah has been home to cricket for many years now and this PakistanAfghanistan match will add to the charm, not only for the locals but also for the expats," said Mazhar Khan, secretary of Sharjah Cricket Council.

The Pakistan Cricket Board is expecting an estimated income of US$ 1.8 to 2 million from the sale of title sponsorship and ground rights for its home series against Sri Lanka and England that it has been forced to play away in the United Arab Emirates. "The expected income from the sale of title sponsorship and ground rights for the series against England is around one to 1.1 million dollars while another 800 to 900,000 dollars were generated from the series against Sri Lanka last year," reports quoting a source said. He said the income from the sale of title sponsorship and ground rights was apart from the income the board would generate from sale of television rights. "The television rights income is guaranteed due to the long term contract with Ten Sports which runs into 2014," one source said. "But the board bids away title and ground rights for each series. This time it sold the Sri Lanka and England series as a package deal," the source said. He explained that while the PCB wanted to sell its title and ground rights as a package deal on long term basis it was unable to do this in recent times because of issues involving India. "They were series with India chalked up which didn't materialize and obviously since a series against India guarantees much more earnings than other series that is why the board's marketing department didn't go for long term deals," he said. He pointed out that the PCB had signed a two year deal with Nimbus sports from 2006 to 2008 for ground rights but that was because at that time bilateral cricket ties with India were on. The source admitted that the PCB had to face loss of some revenues after being forced to play its home series at neutral venues.

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The sentencing of an English former county cricketer who has pleaded guilty to spot-fixing has been delayed by a week. Mervyn Westfield, 23, was due to be sentenced at London's Old Bailey on Friday but the hearing has been adjourned until Friday, February 17. Westfield's lawyer, Mark Milliken-Smith QC, said a delay had arisen because of "administrative matters". Former Essex bowler Westfield, 23, pleaded guilty on January 12 to accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs. A separate charge of assisting another person to cheat at gambling was ordered to lie on file. Westfield, who is currently on bail, received ÂŁ6,000 ($9,200) to bowl so that 12 runs would be scored in the first over of a 40-over match between Durham and Essex in September 2009, although in fact only 10 were scored. Hours after Westfield pleaded guilty on January 12, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) launched a "reporting window" to encourage players and officials to come forward with information about corruption. The amnesty allowed them to report past approaches without fear of punishment. It is usually against ECB regulations not to report any alleged corruption within the sport.


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Afridi, Younus steer Pakistan to easy win SHARJAH

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LL-ROUNDER Shahid Afridi took five wickets while Younus Khan and Imran Farhat both hit halfcenturies as Pakistan beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the daynight international here on Friday. Afridi claimed 5-36 as Afghanistan were bowled out for 195 in 48.3 overs before Younus hit an unbeaten 70 and Farhat made 52 to help Pakistan reach their modest target in 37.1 overs in the first-ever one-dayer between the two countries. Despite the loss, Afghanistan still put up an inspired display at Sharjah Stadium, justifying their rise in international cricket which saw them win the right to play one-dayers in 2009. Younis, who hit 10 boundaries off 65 balls, added 57 for the third wicket with Farhat after paceman Dawlat Zardan dismissed opener Mohammad Hafeez (eight) and Asad Shafiq (20) in his first five overs to leave Pakistan at 42-2. Even after Farhat's dismissal to spinner Samiullah Shinwari, Yonuis continued to excel, adding an unbeaten 99 with skipper Misbah-ul Haq, who scored 40 not out with three fours and two sixes, for the fourth wicket. Earlier Afridi derailed Afghanistan's progress who were set on track for a fighting total by opener Karim Sadiq (40)

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after they won the toss and decided to bat. Afridi also became the second spinner with the highest number of one-day wickets (338) behind Muttiah Muralitharan (534), but surpassing India's Anil Kumble who had 333 wickets. Despite Afridi's brilliance, the Afghan batsmen put up an excellent show and had they not lacked experience -- playing their first one-day international against a top nation -- they would have scored more. There was plenty of fireworks on and off the field as the Afghan batsmen hit six sixes during their innings which delighted the bumper 15,000-strong weekend crowd -- mostly Pakistan and Afghan expats. Paceman Umar Gul provided Pakistan with the early breakthrough when he caught Noor Ali (nine) off his own bowling before Afridi dismissed Mohammad Shahzad (20), Nawroz Mangal (11), Gulbadin Naib (seven) and Sadiq in his first spell. Sadiq hit two boundaries and two sixes during his aggressive 47-ball knock. Mohammad Nabi, who scored 37 with two sixes, added 46 for the sixth wicket with Shinwari who finished on 32, an innings studded with four boundaries. Gul and Wahab Riaz took two wickets each. Pakistan now play England in the first of four one-day internationals in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board is mulling option of playing its home ODI series against Australia later this year in Australia after ruling out UAE as the possible neutral venue. A PCB official confirmed that the venues for the ODI series are yet to be finalised and they were looking at several options to organise the matches. "Australia is one of the option as cricket is played in Darwin and Cairns in August in Australia," the official said. He said besides Australia other options understudy were Bangladesh, Sri

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The Lahore Region Inter-district Senior Women Cricket Championship will be held from February 13 to 17 here. The championship, which is being participated by six teams – Kinnaird College, Ravi Club, APWA College, Universal Club, Garrison Club and CNC – will be played at the KC and Government College grounds. Mr Attiya Mumtaz, Director Sports Punjab University will be the chie guest of the opening ceremony at the KC ground at 9.30 am. KC will ace APWA at KC ground while Ravi Club will take on CNC at GCU ground.

Lanka and South Africa. "Yes South Africa has offered to host the series which may be extended to have more T20 matches because of this year's T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. But we have to look mainly at the cost of hosting the series while deciding on the venues," he said. The PCB official admitted that until now Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah were comfortable neutral options for them considering the cost issues and also because of the cooperation they got from the emirates cricket authorities. "But unfortunately in August the weather is not suitable for cricket in UAE and it will also be the month of Ra-

mazan," he noted. "That is why UAE is not an option for the Australia series. Holding the matches in Australia is a strong possibility but first we have to discuss things with Cricket Australia." Another source aware of the ongoing developments, however, believed that PCB might select Sri Lanka as the neutral venue to host the ODI series against Australia. "The reason is because Pakistan is already due to tour Sri Lanka later this summer for a Test series and secondly the T20 World Cup is also being held there. So they are lot of advantages of playing Australia in the island nation," the source said.

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Bank Alfalah has on Friday qualified for the final of the Nurpur Polo Cup 2012 being played here at the LPC ground. Bank Alfalah won the match of the day and will face Pakistan Army/Nadra on Sunday. Bank Alfalah beat Diamond Paints 6-5 while Master Paints overpowered Pakistan Army/Nadra 8-6. Simon Mclaren Tosh, Shah Shamyl Alam and Ahmed Ali Tiwana were the umpires for the matches while Santiago Mendivil and Vieri Antinori acted as referees.

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AFGHANISTAN Karim Sadiq c Umar b Afridi 40 Noor Ali Zadran c and b Gul 9 20 Mohammad Shahzad c Shafiq b Afridi 11 Nawroz Mangal b Afridi Mohammad Nabi run out 37 7 Gulbadin Naib lbw b Afridi 32 Samiullah Shinwari lbw b Gul Mirwais Ashraf lbw b Afridi 12 Dawlat Zadran b Riaz 12 0 Amir Hamza c Umar b Riaz 2 Shapoor Zadran not out EXTRAS: (b4, lb5, w4) 13 195 TOTAL: (all out, 48.3 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Ali), 2-54 (Shahzad), 3-71 (Mangal), 4-88 (Sadiq), 5- 101 (Naib), 6-147 (Nabi), 7-165 (Ashraf), 8-193 (Dawlat), 9-193 (Shinwari), 10-195 (Hamza) BOWLING: Gul 8-0-30-2, Riaz 9.3-1-37-2, Ajmal 10-1-32-0, Afridi 10-0-36-5 (w2), Hafeez 7-1-28-0 (w2), Malik 4-0-23-0 PAKISTAN 8 Mohammad Hafeez b Dawlat 52 Imran Farhat c and b Shinwari Asad Shafiq lbw b Dawlat 20 Younus Khan not out 70 40 Misbah-ul Haq not out EXTRAS: (b1, nb2, w5) 8 198 TOTAL: (for three, 37.1 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Hafeez), 2-42 (Shafiq), 3-99 (Farhat) BOWLING: Shapoor 8-1-49-0, Dawlat 9-2-38-2 (nb1, w2), Ashraf 5-0-27-0 (nb1, w1), Sadiq 2-0-10-0, Hamza 4-0-22-0, Nabi 5.1-0-29-0, Shinwari 4-0-22-1 (w2) Result: Pakistan won by seven wickets Toss: Afghanistan. Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Shozab Raza (PAK), Tv umpire: Ahsan Raza (PAK), Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL).

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LAHoRE The 36th National Kabaddi Championship to be organized by Pakistan Kabaddi Federation will be held from February 16 at Chichawatni. Rana Muhammad Sarwar, Secretary PKF said that 14 teams will participate in the championship including Army, Navy, Air force, Wapda, Railway, Police, HEC, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, KPK, Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and AJK. The final match will be played on February 19.

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Pakistan team's bowling coach Aaqib Javed has stepped down from the coaching position to start his career as the coach of the UAE team He will continue working with the Pakistan cricket team till the end of the series against England. According to reports received here, Dilawar Mani, the chief executive of the Emirates Cricket Board made the offer to Aaqib who accepted to take the job of head coach of the United Arab Emirates team.

He will be taking charge of his new job after the completion of the Pakistan-England series. The Pakistan Cricket Board is already in talks with Dave Whatmore and it is expected that the coaching staff of Pakistan would be changed once he takes over as the head coach. Mani said: "Following the resignation of Kabir Khan, we have shortlisted a few candidates. We would be more than happy to have Javed as our coach but we have to be sensitive to the fact that he is still holding a post with the Pakistan team." An official confirmation of Aaqib’s resignation from PCB is awaited.

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The 8th State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor’s Cup Super Series Interbank Cricket Tournament will start from today (Saturday) here at three different venues of the city. Director Finance SBP Riaz Nazar Ali Chunara while addressing a press conference on Friday said the final of the event will be held on February 20 at the Bagh-e-Jinnah ground ad Governor State Bank of Pakistan Yaseen Akhtar will be the chief guest at the final match. Director Finance SBP Riaz Nazar Ali Chunara on the occasion said that the players participating in the tournament belonged to different banks while the young cricketers were also hired by banks as per the rules and regulations. “The tournament is continuation of the SBP Governor’s Cup held at five different regions including Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi. The finalist teams of each region and previous year finalists are participating in the event,” he said. Talking about SBP team performance in Quaid Trophy, he said: “The SBP team has recently participated in Quaid Trophy Division I and finished fourth in their appearance in the national prestigious event.”

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Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has slammed the Indian cricket officials for continuously ignoring cricketing ties with Pakistan and not allowing the Pakistani cricketers to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The sporting relations between the neighbouring countries have suffered majorly following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. The two countries have not played a bilateral series since that fateful event, even though Pakistan has shown keenness many times to play against India. Pakistani players took part in the inaugural season of the IPL and made a huge impact. Pakistan’s left arm fast bowler, Sohail Tanvir was the highest wicket-taker of the tournament. However, since then, the authorities have ig-

nored Pakistani cricketers. Some cricket analysts feel that it has been a blessing in disguise for Pakistan cricket because they feel that franchise cricket is a curse for the game. Some other pundits also believe that the IPL is one of the reasons behind the downfall of Indian cricket. Javed quoted him feeling that it is extremely disappointing to see that Pakistan and India do not have cordial relations. There is a lot of confusion on part of the Indian authorities, so to why Pakistani players are not playing in the IPL. The legendary cricketer said, "It is unfortunate that Pakistanis are treated like untouchables as far as IPL is concerned. My question is, who is to be blamed? Is it the BCCI or the Indian government? One should come clear on whose decision is this, otherwise the blame game would continue and Pakistani cricketers will be deprived time

and again." Commenting on the recent controversies to inflict Pakistan cricket, Maindad said that the act of a single individual does not mean the whole nation is similar. He also added that there are other players who are not Pakistani that have been banned from international cricket. "Mohammed Azharuddin was also banned for life (in the match-fixing scandal of 2000). He isn't a Pakistani. There are individuals who tarnish the image of the sport and I feel they should be brought to book as individuals," the great batsman of his time added. Tagged in: cricket, IPL, Javed Miandad, Pakistan Cricket, Cricket Update, cricket news, India Cricket Test your Cricket knowledge by placing free betting on cricket matches. Get most accurate Cricket betting odds and picks for successful betting.


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Tennis great Rafael Nadal has attacked a televised French satirical puppet show that implied he and other Spanish sports stars are drug cheats, saying it had crossed the line. The sketches on Canal Plus France's show "Les Guignols," or "The Puppets" whipped up a storm of outrage in Spain, leading the foreign minister to order formal protests to French media. One sketch featured a puppet likeness of world number two Nadal replenishing the tank of his car from his own bladder, a fill-up which powers up the car and leads to him being pulled over by police. In another, a satirical advert asks people to donate blood to cycling champion Alberto Contador, who has been slapped with a two-year doping ban, and thus share in the glory of his cycling victories. "At the end of the day it is humour," Nadal told Spanish media Thursday, explaining that he had not seen the video himself. "One day is ok but when, from what I understand, it is done repeatedly then that is not so good because it crosses the line a bit. And it is always with the same focus," he said. The French puppet show was a "repeat offender", said the 25-year-old tennis star. "The institutions in general have to defend us because I don't think it is a campaign against me or a campaign against anyone. It is a campaign against Spain in general, and against Spanish sports," he said. "I don't think it is only Canal Plus that does it. I think there are other media pushing it along and I think that is something punishable because in Spain sportspeople who are not clean are punished, they don't compete." Nadal said Canal Plus alone was not to blame. "It is a globalized campaign from the

neighbouring country," he said. "With a lot less resources than them we have achieved much more in the last years so we are doing something better -- it is not a question of pills or syringes I can assure you."Spain had a system of sports drugs testing that ensured cheats were excluded from competition, Nadal said, adding that he himself had been tested three times already this year. In a sign of the broad indignation, the front page of the top-selling sports daily Marca ran a drawing of Spain's sporting heroes including the World Cup winning football players with the headline: "They Are Not Puppets" On Thursday, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said he had instructed the Spanish ambassador to France to send a written protest to French media including to Canal Plus. Spain's tennis federation said the previous day it would sue Canal Plus over the comedy sketches. The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday handed a two-year ban to two-time Tour de France winner Contador after he tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. Contador says it was due to a contaminated steak eaten during the 2010 Tour de France. He said on Tuesday that his lawyers were looking into a possible appeal. The ban imposed on Contador prompted widespread indignation in Spain, with many in the public and media branding it unjust. Contador's fans said they will don masks of their hero on Sunday and hold a symbolic bike ride in his home town of Pinto to support him. The sanction is backdated to August 2010, meaning Contador can return to competition on August 6, 2012. As well as ruling him out of this year's Tour de France and the Olympic Games in London, he will be stripped of several wins, including his 2010 yellow jersey, one of his three victories in the French race.

Banned Ullrich admits to meeting Fuentes BERLIN: Disgraced German cyclist Jan Ullrich has admitted to having met Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who was at the centre of a blood doping ring, calling it a "massive mistake". The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday handed down a two-year ban on Ullrich for a blood doping offence, also annulling all of his results from May 1, 2005. Ullrich, the former T-Mobile lead rider who won the 1997 Tour de France and retired in November 2007, was linked to the Operation Puerto scandal in 2006 after samples of his blood were found during a police raid on Fuentes. "I confirm that I was in contact with Fuentes," Ull-

rich said Friday. "I know it was a massive mistake and I regret it enormously. I want to say sorry to everybody." Ullrich said he had kept mum on Fuentes following legal advice. "I had the impression that the whole world wanted me. So I committed the mistake of not having publicly admitted (meeting Fuentes), but my hands were tied. On the advice of my lawyers, I kept my silence on the accusations," he said. Ullrich added that he would not appeal his twoyear ban, saying he wanted "to turn the page". He also admitted: "If I was to re-do it, I would handle some parts of my career differently."AFP

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Reaction from Sunday’s clash at Stamford bridge and a look ahead to the match at Old Trafford today EPL CRYSTAL BALL KUNWAR KHULDUNE SHAHID

With the Premier League reaching its business end, every single game from now on till May would have a massive bearing on the final shapeup of the league table. A few such momentous clashes are taking place on both ends of the table this weekend, as the grand daddies of English football go head to head, and the bottom six teams all take on each other. However, first up there’s reaction from last week’s clash between Chelsea and United.

POST MORTEM: CHELSEA VS MAN UTD We witnessed a modern EPL classic last Sunday, as United came from three goals down to earn a point at Stamford Bridge. While United are getting a lot of plaudits for their exhilarating comeback, the strong retort at the attacking end has overshadowed the dismal showing at other end; and has shrouded the more telling question as to how Sir Alex’s side found itself 3-0 down in the first place. United’s defensive frailties have prevented them from gathering any sort of momentum this season, and once again despite controlling the game they ended up settling for a draw. Rio Ferdinand has joined Patrice Evra this season in parading defensive mediocrity and with Nemanja Vidic out for the season, United’s defense borders on a rushed patchup work. Also, with their goal keeping merrygo-round this season, the backline hasn’t had

any inkling of permanence – barring the stand-in skipper at left back, who has possibly been the worst United defender over the past couple of seasons. David De Gea’s performance ran the entire gamut against Chelsea, from being thoroughly disconcerting – ‘that’ nervy punch in the early skirmishes of the first half – to jaw-dropping stagger – ‘that’ save from Juan Mata’s free kick at the tail end of the game. De Gea has showcased enough to suggest that he has what it takes to be a world beating keeper one day, but he has also displayed enough to confirm that he is far from being that as things stand. Mata’s goal aside the game wasn’t exactly permeated with quality; it was more about intensity, desire and a plethora of mistakes. And as is the norm, it’s the refereeing bloopers that hog most of the limelight in that department; cue Howard Webb. In the immediate aftermath of the game, the Chelsea faithful were quick to jump to the convenient conclusion that it was Webb who cost their side the game, when in fact his multitude of blunders was actually skewed towards the Blues. Yes, the second United penalty should not have been given, but another one – with Ashley Young’s shirt being tugged – could easily have been. And then there was the Cahill sending off, that never was, and one could argue that it was Chelsea who got the rub of the green from the officials. Also, it isn’t exactly Howard Webb’s fault if Andre Villas-Boas chooses to take

Daniel Sturridge – one of their better players in the attacking third – off and decides to shut up shop even though his side was in the lead. Nor the fact that Fernando Torres prefers to prowl around the wings in lieu of his actual position of being the center forward. And yes, while the Mata goal was courtesy one such out of position loiter, Torres’ patent dilly-dallying about entering the penalty box is clear evidence of the Spaniard being shorn of confidence and being blatantly reluctant about entering positions where he might end up missing a goal. On the positive front, the performances of two left-footed maestros stood out in the game. While, Rooney received a lot of approbation for his well-taken penalties, it was actually Mata and Ryan Giggs who provided the moments of inspiration for their sides. Second on the assists chart with eight dishes, Mata’s performance throughout the season bears an uncanny resemblance to the volley he thumped in De Gea’s net – genuinely awe-inspiring. It goes without saying that Mata has a massive role to play if Chelsea are to clinch a top four spot come May. Giggs was easily United’s most creative player, and his ingenuity eventually culminated in that picturesque cross, that Chicharito buried with typical efficiency. David Luiz might have seemed to be giving United’s lackluster defence a run for their money by letting Hernandez loaf around as if he was in his living room; but when it

comes to positional forward play and being the Johnny on the spot, there are few better strikers in world football than the Mexican. Despite the feel good factor of the comeback, it was undoubtedly two points dropped for United against Chelsea, and they can’t afford similar imprudence against Liverpool today.

PREVIEW: MAN UTD VS LIVERPOOL As if the mutual animosity wasn’t intense already, the recent racism hullaballoo has added another inflammable facet to the fixture between the two most successful clubs in the history of English football. Luis Suarez was suspended for Liverpool’s FA Cup triumph over Manchester United, and hence it would be the first time that the Uruguayan faces Evra since their unceremonious confrontation in the league game at Old Trafford in October. Even though this particular façade is unfortunately the biggest talking point in the buildup to the game, there is a lot that rests on the outcome of the exploits on the pitch. United have the incentive of going to the top of the league table – even if temporarily – with a win against their old foes today. Sir Alex’s team trail leaders Manchester City by two points, and could leap frog their neighbours with three points, before City visit Villa Park tomorrow. Seventh placed Liverpool, on the other hand, trail fourth placed Chelsea by four points, with Arsenal and Newcastle United one and three points ahead of the Anfield club respectively. With two wins in eight games in

the league, Liverpool are struggling to put results together as they vie to forestall the three sides ahead of them in the race for the coveted Champions League spot. However, lucrative cup runs, which include an impending trip to Wembley in the Carling Cup final and reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup – courtesy a momentous triumph over today’s hosts – have ensured that the Kop has had cause for buoyancy. All the same, most Liverpool buffs would choose Champions League football over cup glory any day, and their side could receive a massive boost in that quest for fourth by a desirable result against United. Luis Enrique is a doubt for Liverpool, but they do have Fabio Aurelio returning to fitness. Man Utd could be without Phil Jones and Chris Smalling today, this coupled with Vidic’s long term absence connotes that United’s backline would again be ripe to be bullied in air – a la their defeat at Newcastle – and hence Andy Carroll’s inclusion is a decent shout; especially since he has traced tangible form recently (if his goal against Wolves and the assist to Kuyt against United is anything to go by). Hence, while all eyes would be on Suarez – for both the wrong at right reasons – it could be Carroll who might strike the decisive blow. Nevertheless, one feels that United have a lot more at stake in this one, and after being toppled at Anfield a couple of weeks back, they would be all out for vengeance, to get one over their archenemy and throw over the gauntlet to City for their game on Sunday.


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The 5th WOMEN NATIONAL JUDO CHAMPIONSHIP-2012, which was to be held in January will now be held March 27 to 29 at Army Sports Directorate, Gymnasium No. 3, Rawalpindi. The Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF) in collaboration with Army is holding the event participated by top 12 teams from across the country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Fata,Islamabad, Army, Wapda, Railway, Police, PAF, Navy and HEC are common while Navy is participating for the first time. Around 104 female judokas will show their talent, skills and techniques 40kg, 44kg, 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg and open weights categories.

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GEELonG TRAIGHT sets wins for Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic on Friday gave Australia a 2-0 lead over China in their best-offive Davis Cup tie. Veteran two-time grand slam winner Hewitt beat China's top-ranked men's player Zhang Ze, while Tomic saw off rising youngster Wu Di in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I first round tie. "One day I hopefully can win the Davis Cup," said Tomic, 19, after his 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory over world number 502 Wu at the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club. Seasoned Davis Cup campaigner Hewitt, who reached the fourth round of last month's Australian Open along with Tomic, said Wu's form was better than his ranking. "Wu is the best 500 player I've ever seen," he said. Hewitt defeated Zhang 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) and will now hope to win the tie when he partners Chris Guccione in the doubles on Saturday. SoUtH KoREA tAKE 2-0 LEAd oVER tAIWAN: South Korea upset higher-ranked Taiwan to take the first two rubbers to open a 2-0 lead in the AsiaOceania zone Group I first round on Friday. Lim Yong-Kyu, ranked 288th and nicknamed "Monster" for his enduring stamina, came from a 2-0 deficit to defeat world number 273 Ti Chen, 5-7, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4. The second singles tie saw a more stunning victory for South Korea as world number 793 Jeong Suk-Young triumphed over Tsung-hua Yang, ranked 177th. Saturday's doubles will see South Korea's Lim Yong-Kyu/Seol Jae-Min pair up against Tsung-hua Yang/Chu-huan Yi. CRoAtIA, JAPAN dRAW EVEN 1-1 IN dAVIS CUP: Ivo Karlovic came to his side's rescue on Friday, beating Japanese number one Kei Nishikori as Croatia evened out the first day of the Davis Cup tennis World Group first round tie on Friday. Croatia's number three Karlovic fired down 18 aces on his way to a straightforward 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory in the second singles rubber. The 22-year-old Nishikori, who reached the quarter-finals at the Australian Open last month to become the highest-ranked Japanese men's player at 20th in the world, did not have a single breakpoint throughout the 109-minute match. Earlier in the day, Japanese number two Go Soeda caused a stir when he stormed back from two sets down to beat Ivan Dodig 6-7 (3/7), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 in

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ViCTORiA: lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates winning his match against China's zhang ze in their davis Cup match. AFP an opener that lasted four hours and five minutes. "I can't believe that I actually won. I didn't feel that there was a big difference with my opponent. It was a result of my usual hard work. It paid off," said Soeda, ranked 90th against Dodig's 55th. UZBEKS RACE to 2-0 dAVIS CUP LEAd oVER NZEALANd: Uzbekistan's Davis Cup team took an early stranglehold in its tie against New Zealand in Tauranga on Friday, convincingly winning the first two rubbers to open up a 2-0 lead. World number 58 Denis Istomin cruised past Rubin Statham 6-1, 6-1, 6-3, taking barely 90 minutes to dispose of a player almost 500 places below him in the men's tour rankings. Farrukh Dustov had a slightly tougher assignment against Michael Venus, coming back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. The result means New Zealand must win Saturday's doubles rubber to retain any hope of claiming victory. CoRREtJA'S NEW-LooK SPAIN oPEN tItLE dEfENCE: Alex Corretja's new-look Spain open their Davis Cup title defence against minnows Kazakhstan in Oviedo starting on Friday. Just two months after lifting the trophy for the fifth time against Argentina in Seville, Corretja takes over from Albert

Costa as the hosts bid to defend their interests without world number two Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez. The Spaniards are however overwhelming favourites in their first meeting with Kazakhstan, a team made up of Russian-born players which made its debut in the World Group last year. Former French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero returns for Spain after a two-year absence from the men's team tournament, and he will be joined by Nicolas Almagro, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. Ferrero, ranked 48, has a 177 Davis Cup record and last played in 2009. The 32-year-old 2003 Roland Garros champion opens against 61st-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin on Friday with world number 11 Almagro, who has a 3-2 record, then taking on 132nd-ranked Andrey Golubev. On Saturday Granollers teams up with Davis Cup debutant Lopez in the doubles against Yuriy Schukin and Evgeny Korolev, with the reverse singles on Sunday deciding who will advance to meet either Russia or Austria who play at Wiener Neustadt. Corretja said he had no problem with Nadal skipping the tie. "Well, the calendar is very complex for everyone, not only for the four at the top but for everyone else," he said.

The Punjab Sports Festival Tehsil Level General Public competitions entered into its finals here on Friday. Wasiq from UC 126 bagged first position in the final event of 100 m at Model Town Lahore, Mobeen from UC 150 was second. In 200m, Wasiq from UC 126 got first position while Mohammad Ramzan from UC 150 stood second. In 400m, Amir Farooq from UC 99 secured first and Faheem Ahmed from UC 126 got second position. In 800 m, Amir Farooq from UC 99 got first whereas Mohammad Ali from UC 126 attained second place. In 1500 m, Mohamad Asif from UC 99 obtained first, Imran Ali from UC 126 second. In long jump, Abdul Rasheed from UC 150 was first. In javelin throw, Umer Rasheed from UC 126 was first while in shot put, Umer Rehman from UC 126 secured first positions. In cricket, Nishter park final match of General Public, UC 63 won the match by 1 run defeating UC 138. In Iqbal Town, UC 117 made 32 runs while UC 122 chased the task in 4th over to win the match. Faisal was declared the best player. UC 119 beat UC 48 by 1 run while Faizan was declared the man of the match. Nishter Town won over Gulberg Town by 2 runs whereas Sajid with 27 runs was declared the best player. In Cantt-Shalamar, the final match of general public was held and UC 51 outplayed UC 53 by 1-0. Shahbaz hit the only goal of the match. In Iqbal Park Sports Complex, the volleyball matches were held in which three schools participated. In the first match, Government High School Community Begum Road outplayed Government High School Samanabad 2-0 (25-15, 25-20). Government High School Mozang swayed Government Community School 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-16). In badminton, 6 schools participated. Fatima Girls High School Mozang beat Government Forman Girls School 2-0, Islamia Girls High School Brandrath Road beat Educators School 2-0, Government High School Ravi Road beat Beads Society 2-0 and Government Pak Standard School outplayed Victoria HS Morigate 2-0.

Sania out of Pattaya Open in straight sets PAttAYA: Sorana Cirstea, maria Kirilenko and Su-Wei Hsieh wn their matches of the Ptt Pattaya open tennis on friday. the prominent among the losers were Sani mirza who lost to Su-Wei Hsieh in straight sets. Results from the 5th day the Ptt Pattaya open here on friday (x denotes seeding): quarter finals: Sorana Cirstea (Rom x7) bt Vera Zvonareva (RUS x1) 2-6, 6-4, 2-2 ret maria Kirilenko (RUS x4) bt tamarine tanasugarn (tHA) 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 Su-Wei Hsieh (tPE) bt Sania mirza (INd) 7-5, 6-3. AFP

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