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eSTIvITIeS were in the air as the long awaited Bus Rapid Transit System initiated by the Punjab government was launched on Sunday in a colourful and well-organised event in Lahore. PML-N President Nawaz Sharif and a high-level Turkish delegation was among those who attended the vivid ceremony amid strict security measures. Punjab Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif said the completion of the bus project was a milestone in the history of development work in Pakistan, as he announced a cash prize of Rs 10 million for the labourers who worked day and night to complete the project in time.

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12 injured in Quetta and Peshawar attacks Pakistan eyes purchase of leftover US military equipment in Afghanistan

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With the US and Pakistani officials engaged in crucial talks on the use of NATO supply lines running through Pakistan for the withdrawal of US-led western troops from Afghanistan, Islamabad may seek an agreement with Washington for the purchase of the leftover military equipment that is too costly for the US to ship back. The Uzbeks have also expressed willingness to buy such equipment.

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I was right about Federal, Punjab Supreme Court negotiations govts defying forms bench to with Taliban ECP ban on funds hear Qadri’s plea PTI Chairman Imran Khan has said his stance on avoiding war against the Taliban had been vindicated despite him being branded as “Taliban Khan”.

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Following the footsteps of the federal government and showing a complete disregard for the directions of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Punjab government has also approved new development schemes with impunity. After the prime minister approved new schemes saying no one could stop them from serving the people, the Punjab government also recently approved 11 new schemes worth Rs 13 billion.

Story on page 24 Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has formed a three-member bench to take up a petition filed by Dr Tahirul Qadri for reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The bench will take up the petition on today. The court has already issued notices to the federal government, the ECP and other respondents.

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Gen Dunford assumes command of NATO in Afghanistan US Marine Corps Gen Joseph F Dunford, Jr assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from US Marine Corps Gen John R Allen at a change of command ceremony on Sunday.

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PPP to get mass support in upcoming elections: Kaira

LALA MUSA: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said the coalition government had strengthened the federation by giving maximum resources and autonomy to provinces and therefore expressed confidence that people will fully support the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in the forthcoming general elections. Addressing a public meeting at Chakori Bheelowal in Lala Musa on Sunday, the minister said he, along with his brother Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, had carried out a multitude of development work in the constituency but that is not why people should vote for them. He asked people to base their votes on character and principles of candidates, virtues that he claimed to possess. He said the people of South Punjab came up with a demand for a new province because the Punjab Government had spent all development funds in Lahore. He said the Metro Bus service project is being criticised because it consumed a big chunk of the development funds. NNI

Five of a family gunned down MANDI BAHAUDDIN: Five people from the same family were gunned over unknown reasons late Saturday night. According to details, unidentified armed men barged into a house in Lasorri Kalan locality of Mandi Bahauddin and shot dead five family members asleep in the house and fled the scene. The deceased include Asia Bibi, her two daughters Sana, 17, and Hina, 15, and two sons Muzammal Hussain, 18, and Ali, 7. The guardian of the family, Iftikhar Ahmed, is living abroad. The bodies were shifted to a hospital for medico-legal formalities. Police suspect the shooting could be the outcome of personal enmity or resistance during robbery. A case has been registered against unknown assailants and investigations are underway. INP

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he Ministry of Defence and the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) management have approved 45 percent salary raise for airline’s employees, increasing the burden on PIA’s tight budget, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources said that the raise only required a nod from the directors and had been approved by the ministry. The non-officer cadre CBA group 1 to 4 employees will get the benefit effective from January 1, 2012, while pilots, aircraft engineers and flight engineers will get it effective from January 1, 2013, sources said, adding that officers in group 5 and a b o v e w e r e e x pected to get a 30 to 35 percent raise. The decision has shocked many experts who said that it did not make sense as the national car-

rier was already cash-strapped. According to details, the total loss of the airline until the third quarter (September) of 2012 was Rs 141.3 billion, while its total liabilities exceed its total assets by Rs 120 billion. According to a report, the PIA has already been declared for having the highest employee-to-aircraft ratio in the world, while the management recently hired 3,000 more employees. The revenue projections and actual receipts of previous few years clearly show a constant decline in projected and corresponding receipts. The projected revenue target in 2011 was Rs 122 billion, while only Rs 116 billion was achieved. In 2012, the revenue targets were set at Rs 116 billion, while actual revenue receipts were Rs 98 billion. In 2013 the revenue targets have fallen to Rs 99 billion. Sources further revealed that 65 percent of the PIA’s revenues were generated in

hard currency and domestic fares had been raised in accordance with the rupee devaluation, and hence the projected revenue targets should have been raised this year. however, only 28 of the 42 aircrafts are working which necessarily means that the targets could not be achieved. “Although if you compare this with South West Airline in the US, which has 46,000 employees for a fleet of 690 aircrafts, the PIA has more than 22,000 employees excluding contract and daily wagers,” the source said, adding that the major reason for the constant loss other than surplus staff was the higher administration costs of the PIA. The national flag carrier also gave traffic rights to other airlines in violation of all bilateral agreements. General Manager (Public Affairs) Sultan hassan told Pakistan Today that he was not aware of any increase in wages and would have to confirm.

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Security forces arrested four accused militants including two key commanders during separate raids and seized uniforms of Pakistan Army and Afghan National Army alongside a huge quantity of arms and explosives on Sunday. According to details, law enforcement agencies conducted a raid in Samar Bagh area of Lower Dir district and seized five uniforms each, of Pakistan Army and the Afghan National Army, arresting two suspects. They also recovered seven hand grenades, six detonators, three kilogrammes of explosives, nine mines, 7 mm guns, one Kalashnikov and several Chinese made guns from the suspects. The detainees were shifted to an undisclosed location for further investigations. The suspects were planning to conduct an attack disguised as Afghan or Pakistani army personnel, said official sources. In another raid in Nowshera district’s Jaroba area in Pabbi tehsil, law enforcement agencies arrested two suspected key commanders affiliated with a militant group. The arrested men are suspected to be the militant group’s main source of weapon supply in Tirah Valley. The militants were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.


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he metropolitan presented a sight of a festival all along the route of the bus rapid transit system (BRTS), as Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the most-advanced urban transport system on Sunday. It was not just the inaugural of the BRTS, but a festival to celebrate all projects the Punjab government has launched so far. The colourful inauguration event was tastefully organised by Zareen & Shazreh Khalid events and highlighted the friendship between Pakistan and Turkey. Over 3,000 dignitaries and diplomats were in attendance at the event, which was one of the most graceful and well organised event official events the city has seen. All departments concerned had set up billboards and flexes and people danced to the beats of thumping drums at various stations, all celebrating the success story of the Punjab government. Local politicians had also set up mini stages along the route at various points where they were delivering speeches to praise their leadership. A high-level Turkish delegation, led by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, attended the inaugural ceremony of the Rs 30 billion-rupees project

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Members of two hindu extremist groups – Vishwa hindu Parishad (VhP) and Bajrang Dal – scuffled with young Kashmiri students at Jantar Mantar over the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. Around 25 members of the VhP and Bajrang Dal gathered at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi and raised slogans against Guru. They celebrated his hanging at the Tihar Jail by distributing sweets and igniting firecrackers. Minutes later, around 20 Kashmiri students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Delhi University (DU) arrived at the venue, holding placards that read “I am Afzal, hang me too” and chanted “Azad Kashmir” (Independent Kashmir). They were accompanied by members of Communist Party of India (CPI), Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) and National Confederation of human Rights Organisations (NChRO), who were condemning capital punishment. As these activists tried to put up posters supporting Afzal, the rightwing hindu groups snatched the posters and tore them into pieces.

The United States has started the withdrawal of military equipment from Afghanistan as at least 25 containers crossed the Torkham border point heading to Karachi for shipment, reports said on Sunday. Private television channels quoted Pakistani custom officials as saying that the first convoy of containers, carrying US military equipment from a key NATO base in Afghanistan, was cleared and was allowed to proceed to Karachi. Pakistan’s custom officials say withdrawal of US military equipment from Afghanistan has begun as the first convoy of around 25 containers left for Karachi via Torkham border. The convoy left for Karachi after custom clearance. An official for a private company, responsible for shipment of the US cargo from Afghanistan, has also confirmed the US equipment withdrawal. Fawad Khan, spokesman for the “Bilal Associates”, said that his com-

at the invitation of Punjab government. PML-N President Nawaz Sharif was also present at the ceremony. Strict security measures were taken by law enforcement agencies on this occasion. PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, CM Shahbaz Sharif, foreign diplomats and Turkish delegation also took a ride of the bus. Addressing the inaugural ceremony‚ Shahbaz said the metro bus service project would help provide modern‚ comfortable and affordable transport service to all segments of society‚ especially to the poor. he said the project would also help in closing the gap between the modes of transport being used by the rich and poor classes, as both would use it to reach their destinations in lesser time. The CM said the completion of bus project was a milestone in the history of development work in Pakistan, adding that the PML-N would launch more such mega projects in future. he thanked the Turkish government for extending all kinds of cooperation for the timely completion of the project. The chief minister announced a cash prize of Rs 10 million for the labourers who worked day and night to complete the project. “The metro bus service would be free of charge for the general public for the first four weeks,” Shahbaz added.

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday delayed the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle east because of budget uncertainty, hours after warning that congressional inaction on financial matters threatened US security. Furthermore, the Pentagon also announced it would seek a smaller-than-expected one percent pay increase for service members during the 2014 fiscal year that begins

in October, another sign of fiscal pressures on the military after nearly a decade of growth. The outgoing Pentagon chief delayed the deployment of the USS harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and the USS Gettysburg guided-missile cruiser because of uncertainty over the department's finances, Pentagon spokesman George Little said. The two ships had been scheduled to leave their home ports in the US, bound for the Middle east later this week, officials said. "Facing budget uncertainty, the US

“A modern e-ticketing system has been introduced for the bus project, which would have special reserved seats for women and the disabled.” earlier‚ the Turkish deputy prime minister distributed appreciation certificates among the workers and technicians of the project. Addressing at the inauguration ceremony‚ the Turkish deputy prime minister said Turkey greatly valued its brotherly relations with Pakistan and projects like metro bus service would help further the mutual relations between the two countries. The Punjab government has spent Rs 29.8 billion for completing the Metro Bus Project through its own resources to facilitate the general public. Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Javaid Aslam told reporters said the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) was acknowledged as the cheapest mass transit system for general public and the service was presently being operated in over 60 countries of the world. “Any city with a population of over five million badly needs a mass transit system and BRTS for Lahore has been chosen as most optimal system based on international experiences,” he added. Later, the CM held a dinner in honour of the Turkish delegation that was attended by politicians and notables.

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pany cleared the US defence equipment at the Torkham border point on the Pakistani side of the border in strict security. "The convoy left for Karachi after custom clearance," he was quoted by the TV as saying. The report said that the second fleet of containers of military equipment would also reach Torkham from Bagram very soon.

Navy made this request to the secretary and he approved," Little said in a statement. "This prudent decision enables the US Navy to maintain these ships to deploy on short notice in the event they are needed to respond to national security contingencies." The decision leaves the United States with one aircraft carrier in the tense Gulf region, the same force level it has had since December. Little said the US presence was "robust," with a mix of ships and warplanes that could respond to any contingencies.

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having taken oath as the 20th Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Sunday, engineer Shaukatullah said ensuring that the upcoming general elections are held in a free, fair and peaceful atmosphere will be his top priority. “Though holding of elections is the responsibility of the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP), as Governor I am bound to ensure a peaceful and friendly atmosphere for elections,” he said while responding to a question at the Governor house in Peshawar. Peshawar high Court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan had administered oath to the new governor. KP Chief Minister Amir haider hoti, federal and provincial ministers, MPs and a large number of tribal elders-mostly from Bajaur Agency-also attended the oath taking ceremony. The representatives of United States and Islamic Republic of Iran Consulates based in Peshawar also attended the ceremony and later congratulated Shaukatullah for assuming charge as the new governor.

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Despite the lapse of seven months since the due date for intra-party election in the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) expired, the ruling coalition partner appears to be in no mood to hold polls in accordance with its constitution. On July 20, 2009, the PML-Q Central Workers Council (CWC) had re-elected unopposed Chaudhry Shujaat hussain and Mushahid hussain as the party’s president and secretary general respectively, leaving divisions within the party as the dissident group boycotted the elections and moved the eCP over alleged anomalies in the party poll. Kamil Ali Aga, the then PML-Q chief election commissioner, had declared Shujaat and Mushahid winners under apparently dummy party polls, as according to him, no candidate had filed nominations against the two leaders within stipulated time. According to the PML-Q constitution available at the party’s website, “every office-bearer shall hold office for a term of three years.” Under its own constitutional provisions, the PML-Q had to hold intra-party election on July 20, 2012, but the party leadership failed to do so. Moreover, the party looks in no mood to hold polls, which are essential to make the party eligible for participation in the general elections. The election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) has made it a rule that no political party would be able to get an election symbol until it holds intra-party elections. But on the contrary, the PML-Q is yet to announce the date for intra-party elections. however, this time around, this is not going to happen as several heavy weights of the party are planning to confront the Chaudhrys of Gujrat, leaving the party’s

top leadership shying away from holding intraparty polls. A source in the PML-Q told Pakistan Today that Chaudhry Shujaat hussain was afraid that intra-party polls might leave the party in tatters, as the Chaudhrys of Gujrat wanted to keep their grip over party matters. however, according to the source, the top leadership seems afraid of the precedent of last election, which left the party divided into PML-Q and PML-Likeminded. “I can tell you that if party election is announced, many candidates would challenge the Chaudhrys. They are running from the polls just due to this reason as they cannot afford such humiliation. They can only hold election when they are 100 percent sure of winning polls unopposed,” the source added. When contacted, PML-Q Information Secretary Kamil Ali Agha, who also performed as the party’s chief election commissioner in the last election, said that the party’s executive committee had extended the duration of the intra-party elections. “The timeframe of the intra-party elections has been extended by the executive committee of the party,” said Agha. however, upon being asked when and where the meeting had been held, Agha said that he was attending a wedding ceremony and could not take more questions. Later, he did not respond to calls made on his cell phone. Under the PML-Q’s constitution, the Central executive Committee has no such powers to increase the timeframe of the party election, as it has only an advisory mandate, and without amending its constitution, no such powers can be exercised. “There shall be a Central executive Committee consisting of Thirty Members nominated by the President amongst the Members of Central Working Committee (CWC), which shall work as advisory body to advise the President on the matters referred to it within the jurisdiction of Central Working Committee,” says the PML-Q constitution.


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If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut —Albert Einstein

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FAIsAlAbAd MAn coMMIts suIcIde AFter KIllInG wIFe, 4 cHIldren MONITORING DESK A man committed suicide after killing his wife and four children in Faisalabad on Sunday, Geo News reported. The incident took place in the area of Yasinabad. According to reports, Amir visited his in-laws to bring his disgruntled wife Farah Bibi back home. however, after failing in his attempts to woo his spouse, he opened fire, killing Farah and three children Abu Bakar, 13, Ammar, 10 and Nimra, 5, on the spot, while hunzala, 8, scumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. Amina, 12, and Farhan – both relatives of the shooter – were also injured in the incident. Shortly after wreaking havoc, the assassin shot himself dead. The injured were taken to Allied hospital for treatment where Aimna was said to be in critical condition.

RAWALPINDI: Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed leads funeral prayers in absentia for observe Afzal Guru on Sunday. NNI

Kashmiri human rights group threatens Grand Mufti with lawsuit SRINAGAR

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Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Sunday said the democratic coalition dispensation was fully committed to holding free, fair and transparent elections on time, and ensuring continuity of the democratic order in the country. Addressing a large gathering of Pakistani diaspora here in the UK, Ashraf said he belonged to the bourgeois class and his elevation as prime minister was reflective of the PPP's affection and love for the common man. “President Asif Ali Zardari transferred his powers to parliament through amending constitution and made the elected prime minister more powerful contrary to past practice when President enjoyed

Poll survey indicates narrow lead for PPP NEWS DESK Pakistani voters appear divided on who to vote for in the upcoming general election, with the ruling Pakistan People's Party having a very slender lead over other key parties, according to a new survey. Twenty-nine percent of the people surveyed said they would vote for the PPP, 25 per cent for the main opposition PML-N and 20 percent for Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Respondents were asked who they had voted for most frequently in the past and voting histories indicated the PML-N's vote bank had remained stable while the PPP's appeared to have significantly declined. The Political Barometer survey, conducted by herald magazine and Sustainable Development Policy Institute, an Islamabadbased think tank, covered 1,283 respondents in 54 districts across Pakistan. In line with expectations, 55 percent of respondents who identified themselves as Sindhis said they would vote for the PPP in the general election expected to be held by May.

absolute powers,” he added. Referring to bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom, the prime minister said both sides enjoyed good and stable ties which would be strengthened in the future. Lauding the role of British Prime Minister David Cameron, he said Pakistan's access to european markets owed to him who played historic role for Pakistan in this regard. “The role of the British premier is not only positive but also pro-active with regard to Afghan issue.” he also referred to the trilateral meeting, recently held in the UK and attended by President Zardari. “Pakistan is getting largest financial support from the UK for education in the country. There are one million overseas Pakistanis here,” he said, calling “British

parliament mother of all parliaments and mother of democracy”. “Pakistan is no doubt exposed to some difficulties and challenges but hype in this record portrayed by the media is out of proportion. Challenges are everywhere even in the europe and USA including financial crisis, unemployment and other problems and Pakistan is to share it as part of this planet,” he said. Meanwhile, the prime minister on Sunday sent greetings to President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on their National Day falling on February 11, Monday (today). "It gives me great pleasure to extend on behalf of the people and the Government of Pakistan, our warmest felicitations on the occasion of the National Day of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Gen. Allen's 19 months at the helm, beginning in July 2011, make him the longest-serving ISAF commander in the 11year- old campaign," the ISAF release added. Under Allen's leadership, the Afghan National Security Forces, what Gen Allen has called the "defeat mechanism of the insurgency" reached their target strength of 352,000 and are now leading the vast majority of operations across the country, it noted. The ceremony was attended by senior Afghan, NATO and US officials, including German Army Gen hans-Lothar Domrose, Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum; US Army Gen Martin e Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and US Marine Corps Gen James N Mattis, Commander, US Central Command, the release said. The Taliban have been waging an insurgency since its regime was toppled by a US-led invasion in late 2001. Currently about 100,000

NATO-led forces, with nearly 66,000 of them Americans are stationed in the country to stop the Taliban from returning to power. In an interview with the BBC, General John Allen said it was difficult to "put a dot on the calendar" to mark victory in counter-insurgency campaign, but insisted NATO effort was moving in the right direction. "I think we have gone a long way to setting the conditions for what, generally, usually, is the defining factor in winning a counter-insurgency -- to set the conditions for governance, to set the conditions for economic opportunity... I think we are on the road to winning," he told the broadcaster. Allen was the fourth ISAF commander under US President Barack Obama, and his 19-month tenure was punctuated by a series of crises, from the accidental burning of copies of the holy Quran at a US base to images of US soldiers urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters.

At least 15 killed in India railway station stampede MONITORING DESK At least 15 people were killed and over a dozen were injured when the railing of a foot overbridge at Allahabad railway station collapsed on Sunday evening, owing to a large number of passengers, district officials said. According to news reports, nearly three crore people had arrived in the city to take a holy dip on the auspicious occasion of 'Mauni Amavasya' at the Maha Kumbh Mela, and the police baton charged them to manage the crowd, which led to the stampede.

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Kashmiri human rights group on Thursday said they would file a case against Kashmir's Grand Mufti for issuing fatwas which project the state in "bad light" internationally. Pervez Imroze, patron of Jammu and Kashmir coalition for civil society told NDTV, "he (the grand mufti) should be prosecuted but the government will not prosecute him because he is serving their interests. So it's the challenge for the civil society so that in future this nuisance should minimise and stop."

The Grand Mufti had recently issued a fatwa against three minor girls who formed 'Pragaash', the valley's first all-girl rock band. The Grand Mufti, Mr Imroze says, has even set up his own Supreme Court of Islamic Shariah - a private judicial system in Srinagar. Mufti Bashiruddin claims each year the court deals with over one lakh cases. "It's illegal," says Mr Imroze, adding "he is protected by the state government and has been trying to establish his own legal system. We have decided to move the court against his right to issue intimidating fatwas." Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has denied Mufti

Bashiruddin is a government appointee. But the controversial Mufti continues to be designated to announce the moon sighting on state-run Radio & Television and Grand muftis mouthpiece 'Meer-e-karwan' receives advertisements from the state government. This in not Mufti Bashiruddin's first run in with civil society activists. Last year his self-styled 'supreme court' issued a fatwa against Christians in Kashmir after there were reports that some pastors were trying to convert Muslim youth. In 2007, he had issued a fatwa against then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad when Mr Azad asked people to follow Gandhian philosophy.

ObAMA is the new bUsh MONITORING DESK If President Obama tuned in to the past week’s bracing debate on Capitol hill about terrorism, executive power, secrecy and due process, he might have recognised the arguments his critics were making: he once made some of them himself. Four years into his tenure, the onetime critic of President George W Bush finds himself cast as a present-day Bush, justifying the muscular application of force in the defence of the nation, while detractors complain that he has sacrificed the country’s core values in the name of security, according to a New York Times report. The debate is not an exact parallel to those of the Bush era, and Obama can point to ways he has tried to exorcise what he sees as the excesses of the last administration. But in broad terms, the conversation generated by the confirmation hearing of John O Brennan, his nominee for CIA director, underscored the degree to which Obama has embraced some of Bush’s approach to counterterrorism, right down to a secret legal memo authorising presidential action unfettered by outside forces. At the same time, a separate hearing in Congress revealed how far Obama has gone to avoid what he sees as Bush’s central mistake. Testimony indicated that the president had overruled his secretaries of state and defense and his military com-

manders when they advised arming rebels in Syria. With troops only recently home from Iraq, Obama made clear that he was so intent on staying out of another war against a Middle east tyrant that he did not want to be involved even by proxy, especially if the proxies might be questionable, according to Baker. Critics on the left saw abuse of power, and critics on the right saw passivity. The confluence of these debates suggests the ways Obama is willing to emulate Bush and the ways he is not, Baker says, adding that in effect, Obama relies on his predecessor’s aggressive approach in one area to avoid Bush’s even more aggressive approach in others. By emphasising drone strikes, Obama need not bother with the tricky issues of detention and interrogation because terrorists tracked down on his watch are generally incinerated from the sky, not captured and questioned. By dispensing with concerns about due process, he avoids a more traditional war that he fears could lead to American boots on the ground. “I’d argue the shift to more targeted action against AQ has been a hallmark of Obama’s approach against terrorism, whereas Iraq was Bush’s signature decision in his global war on terror,” said Benjamin J Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to Obama, using the initials for Al Qaeda. The Brennan hearing

highlighted the convoluted politics of terrorism. Conservatives complained that if Bush had done what Obama has done, he would have been eviscerated by liberals and the news media. But perhaps more than ever before in Obama’s tenure, liberals voiced sustained grievance over the president’s choices. “That memo coming out, I think, was a wake-up call,” said Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union. “These last few days, it was like being back in the Bush days.” “It’s causing a lot of cognitive dissonance for a lot of people,” he added. “It’s not the President Obama they thought they knew,” writes Baker. The dissonance is due in part to the fact that Obama ran in 2008 against Bush’s first-term policies but, after winning, inherited Bush’s second-term policies. By the time Bush left office, he had shaved off some of the more controversial edges of his counterterrorism programme, both because of pressure from Congress and the courts and because he wanted to leave behind policies that would endure. he had closed the secret CIA prisons, obtained Congressional approval for

warrantless surveillance and military commissions, and worked to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. So while Obama banned harsh interrogation techniques, he preserved much of what he inherited, with some additional safeguards; expanded Bush’s drone campaign; and kept on veterans of the antiterrorism wars like Brennan. Some efforts at change were thwarted, like his vow to close the Guantánamo prison and to try Sept 11 plotters in civilian court.


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National Committee on Development of Social Sciences Chairperson and University of Gujrat Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mohammad Nizamuddin said on Sunday the development of social sciences was imperative for development and progress of any society and strong democracies and developed nations had a long history of social science research culture in their universities. Addressing a group of social scientist, he said the reformation of any society depended over the fact that how much attention was being paid to social sciences. “As a matter of fact, social sciences had been a neglected area in Pakistan as less attention was paid to it at government level,” he said. he said realising the importance of social sciences for the socio-economic development of the country and reformation of the society, the higher education Commission heC had paid special attention to the strengthening of social sciences through a number of new programs; such as establishment of the Committee for Development of Social Sciences, Arts and humanities in Pakistan (CDSShP), which had regional representation of reputed social scientists and worked under the dynamic leadership of Dr Najma Najam, Dr Ishrat husain and Dr Nasser Ali Khan.

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he evacuation operation planned by the Capital Development Authority in Afghan Basti of sector I-11 faced a glitch on Sunday as the Islamabad Police voiced its intention that the area needed to be de-weaponised first. Dozens of the CDA personnel, along with their heavy equipment, had already been deployed at the site but the Islamabad Police was yet to give a timeline for its planned operation. Last week, the sub-committee of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet had set a deadline of February 11 for the CDA to evacuate the land, as the sector had been allotted to the low-salaried employees. Consequently, the CDA had started correspondence with all the stakeholders, including the

ICT Police, to extend their cooperation to execute the task. For the last couple of days, around 125 personnel of the enforcement Directorate had been deployed at the site; however they could not execute the operation owing to the non-deployment of the police personnel. The CDA would keep four teams equipped with a bulldozer, four trucks, three mini trucks and a coaster, all deployed at the site. The staff had been asked to remain on duty up till February 11, the operation's deadline. On February 4, CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz had written to Islamabad Chief Commissioner and apprised him about the planned operation, seeking police and magisterial cover for the purpose. The CDA had also carried out a fresh survey of the slum in collaboration with the United Nations high Commissioner for Refugees (UNhCR) and other stakeholders. The CDA had also planned the operations in the past which was halted due to the intervention of UNhCR, as the Basti housed a number of Afghan Refugees. Meanwhile, the number of inhabitants swelled to 864 families, including 141 families of the Afghan Refugees. According to the recent survey of a total of 864 families, 285 hailed from Mohmand Agency, 39 from Bajaur, 121 from Mardan, 42 from Charsada, 92 from

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Senate Standing Committee on human Rights took serious notice of the enforced disappearance of citizens and directed the Ministry of Defence to submit a report in the next meeting. In a committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Senator Afrasiab Khattak, the members were informed that the defence ministry had not received any report from intelligence agencies which was a major hurdle for them. The officials of the ministry ensured that they would receive the

required information by February 20 and would present a detailed report in the next meeting of the committee. On the issue of removing unnecessary check posts from the vicinity of the federal capital which was causing inconvenience to the general public, Islamabad Inspector General Bani Ameeen apprised the committee that since 2008 they had established 179 police check posts in the city and these check posts played a major role in controlling the law and order in the city. “Various crimes including car snatching and bomb blasts had been reduced manifolds. Moreover, there has been no bomb blast in the city after 2011,” he said. he further said currently only 74 check posts were functioning in the city and the remaining pickets had been removed according to the wishes of the general public.

The committee also ordered Capital Development Authority to ensure provision of basic facilities including toilets, umbrellas at all the pickets for the on-duty police official who rendered their duties day and night despite the harsh weather conditions. The committee also directed to arrest an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) who had been a declared absconder in case No. 367 regarding the murder of an accused at I-9 police station due to police torture. On the application of Nazir Masih, regarding illegal occupation of his plot at village Sohan district of the federal capital, the committee directed Islamabad Police to take immediate action. In response, Islamabad IG Bani Amin ensured that the matter would be resolved soon and the applicant would be facilitated according to law.

Peshawar, 23 from Dir, 10 from Nawshehra and 40 from Swabi. The sector I-11 had been launched 23 years ago and the allottees, majority whom were low-salaried employees, yearned to have possession of their plots. Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Amer Ahmed Ali told APP that in a meeting between the CDA and ICT Police, it had been decided that the police would first deweaponize the area and would take into custody all those who pose resistance during the operation. he said the operation would be carried out in phases; however its duration could not be ascertained at the moment. he said the area had been cleared in 2006 but the encroachments swelled manifold and it would also be examined as to which of the CDA workers had been responsible for this negligence. CDA Spokesman Ramzan Sajid said the CDA had made a comprehensive plan for the operation after a thorough discussion with all the stakeholders. The spokesman said the CDA was mulling various options to execute the task. he said the CDA teams would remain deployed there for the operation and any report in this regard would be presented before the committee.


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TAKE ALL YOU CAN: People take broken branches of trees for their stoves from roadside plantation. SAjjAD ALI

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he local authorities of various high-risk districts have been asked to ensure 100 percent coverage during every polio immunisation drive. According to an official of the Polio eradication Programme, the authorities had been directed to reach every child to protect them from this crippling disease. he said that the government and development partners were putting all their efforts to make Pakistan a poliofree country and sought the support of the general public and local communities in this regard. he said the National emergency Action Plan for polio eradication and its augmentation endorsed by the prime minister called for ensuring that all children were immunised even if

they were residing in the high-risk areas of the country. he said that under the augmented plan, the government was getting support from parliamentarians, media persons and the religious clerics to address issues like refusal of administering polio vaccine to children and low coverage of vaccination in some areas. The official said that the plan ensured achievement of full oversight, ownership and accountability for polio programme’s performance at each administrative level besides ensuring adequate preparations for the anti-polio campaigns. he said that the government was committed to implement the emergency plan in its true spirit, especially at union council of district level. he said the collective efforts of the government, development partners, local communities and media could help alleviate the sufferings of all children.

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Despite the increase in the local transport fares, the transporters had still not completed their designated routes in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. The commuters, who travel daily between the twin cities, are facing problems due to non-compliance of route number 1, 1C, 3, 111, 121, 21, 105 and 127 by the public transporters. The commuters said the concerned authorities should take stern action against the transporters involved in route violations. "I got on a wagon of Route Number 127 from Lake View Park stop. After I boarded the vehicle, the conductor told me that they would only go up to Aabpara as they were running on petrol," Adnan Khan, a commuter at Aabpara bus stop complained. however, the same vehicle departed for F-8 after charging double fare, he alleged. An official of the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) said a help-line had been established to address the grievances of the commuters. he said the commuters could register their complaints in case there was any route violation or overcharging.

Citizens on Sunday urged the concerned authorities to take solid steps to avoid traffic jams on main roads of the city. The citizens had called on the authorities to outline a comprehensive plan to solve the traffic congestion in the city as heavy traffic jam on city roads especially from Center hospital to Marrir Chowk, after the launch of Marrer Chowk tunnel project on Benazir Bhutto Road (Murree road), was creating a lot of problems for the citizens of Rawalpindi. Motorists said they had to face inconvenience when they reached late at their destinations as traffic was not being regulated properly by the traffic wardens from Center hospital to Marrer Chowk and at other main roads of the town. Talking about traffic jams in the city, people belonging to different walks of life said the Benazir Bhutto Road, Raja Bazaar Road, Bank Road, Bunni Chowk, Said Pur Road, Peerwadhai Road, Tench Bhatta, 22 Number Chungi were very busy roads, but due to traffic jams which had become a routine matter on these roads, the citizens were suffering gravely. “Due to traffic jam on the Moti Bazaar Road, our business is suffering great losses. The customers, especially females, do not come to the market,” a shopkeeper Farman Ali said. he added that the encroachments by the owners of motorcycle showrooms on the Circular Road, and their illegal commercial activities on the road had led to traffic jams. Lack of traffic signals on the Raja Bazaar Road and other important cross-sections of the city were also creating traffic problems. “The traffic wardens are not performing their duties properly in the city,” said a motorist. The citizens urged the concerned authorities that strict checking of traffic rules violations, particularly on Benazir Bhutto Road (Murree Road) should be ordered. The commuters faced big traffic problems on the congested Murree Road especially from Mareer Chowk to Naz Cinema Chowk due to heavy traffic load, traffic mismanagement and rules violations. “Driving on the Murree Road was a test of the nerves of commuters,” Atif, a commuter, said. he added, "We have to face a huge traffic mess daily, particularly at the peak hours". The Committee Chowk underpass, Chandni Chowk and sixth road flyovers on Murree Road could not help control the traffic mess mainly due to the wrong parking of vehicles and other violations of traffic rules. “Five to 10 minutes wait at all main traffic signals was a routine matter on Murree road,” said another motorist. he added that the traffic problems on Murree Road could only be addressed through the strict observance of traffic rules.

CAUGHT: Drug smuggler Waheed Ullah was caught by Nilore police team with 303 kilogrammes hashish. INP

The wild life park of Capital Development Authority (CDA), Marghazar Zoo is expected to get six new animals, three lions and three cheetahs, in the near future. Zoo administration had finalised cages for the new wild animals, which were likely to attract a good number of visitors. Marghazar Zoo Project Director Abdul Rasheed Khan confirmed the development in this connection and said that the arrival of these animals in the zoo may take weeks or even months but cages for these animals had already been finalised. Sources said CDA environment Member Dr Kazim Naiz was expected get a lion from a party as a gift apart from buying a lion and a lioness. “Three cheetahs worth millions of rupees would also be brought to Marghazar Zoo soon,” he said. It should be mentioned here that the zoo is the centre of attraction not only for residents of Islamabad but also for tourists who visit the federal capital.


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over 3,000M tAKe Holy dIP In KuMbH FestIvAl NEWS DESK Over 3,000 million devotees led by ascetics of hindu sects on Sunday took a holy dip at Sangam on ‘Mauni Amavasya’, considered the most auspicious day of bathing during the 12yearly Kumbh congregation in Allahabad. “As per our estimates, three crore people have taken a holy dip till 3 PM. The influx of visitors has slowed down a bit since then but the turn-out has already exceeded our expectations,” Kumbh Mela Officer Mani Prasad Mishra said. “No untoward incident has been reported from any part of the Kumbh area so far,” he said. The sprawling city of tents, spread across 6,000 acres, may have briefly become the most populous place in the world on account of this unusually high turnout. A sea of devotees kept surging towards the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati throughout the day, while the 13 ‘akharas’ took out their processions for the second ‘Shahi Snan’ during the Maha Kumbh. Amid chants of ‘har har Gange’, devotees including a fair sprinkling of foreigners, watched awestruck as ‘naga sadhus’ with their matted hair, ash-smeared naked bodies adorned with garlands of marigold and ‘rudraksh’ moved in processions with their ‘Shri Mahants’ and ‘Mahamandaleshwars’ perched atop decorated chariots, horses and elephants. In fact, the ritual of bathing started from Saturday afternoon itself when ‘Mauni Amavasya’ began according to the hindu almanac and reached its crescendo this morning.

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supreme leader rejected US Vice President Joe Biden’s call for direct talks. They also come at a time when Tehran and six world powers are preparing to resume stalled talks over Iran’s nuclear programme in the Kazakh city of Almaty on February 26. “The change of tone is necessary but not sufficient,” Ahmadinejad said at Tehran’s landmark Azadi (Freedom) Square amid chants of “Death to America.” “Stop pointing weapons at the Iranian nation and I will myself negotiate with you,” he said, addressing the United States directly. “Talks should be with respect, fairness and not under pressure.” “You have done everything to prevent us from becoming nuclear and you have failed. The best solution is cooperation and understanding.” Last week Biden made a “serious offer” for direct talks in the framework of negotiations between Iran and the so-called P5+1 (the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany) on Tehran’s nuclear programme which world powers suspect is aimed at making atomic weapons. Iran vehemently denies the allegation. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all national issues, rejected Biden’s offer outright. “I am not a diplomat but a revolutionary and I speak frankly,” Khamenei was quoted as

saying on his website on Thursday. “You (Americans) are pointing the gun at Iran and say either negotiate or we will shoot.” On Sunday, Ahmadinejad called on Iranians to remain “united behind” Khamenei, reiterating that “the Iranian nation will not give up an inch of its legitimate rights.” Tehran is currently under a series of international and Western sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions, mainly the sensitive process of uranium enrichment. The punitive economic measures have led to a severe economic crisis, choking Iran’s banking system and limiting oil exports, its main foreign revenue earner. A banner at Azadi Square on Sunday tried to give a different picture, declaring: “The crippling sanctions have only tickled us.” A recent survey by US polling firm Gallup said that Iran’s nuclear programme is supported by a large majority of its population. hundreds of thousands of Iranians, chanting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans, marked the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on Sunday. Waving Iranian flags and portraits of Islamic republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and of Khamenei, crowds gathered at Azadi Square in a government-sponsored rally which has become a regime cornerstone. The authorities put on display a replica of a rocket which Iran says was used to carry a monkey into space in late January. Sunday’s nationwide rallies mark February 11, 1979 when the then Iranian army declared solidarity with the people, turning its back on shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

second Mali suicide attack points to fragile security MONITORING DESK Malian troops foiled a second suicide bomber attack in the northern town of Gao late on Saturday, highlighting fragile security in zones recaptured by a French-led offensive that is hunting Islamist insurgent bases further north. French forces rushed reinforcements and armoured vehicles on Sunday to the Malian army checkpoint on Gao’s northern outskirts which was the same location attacked by another suicide bomber on a motorcycle on Friday.

A fast-moving French military intervention launched last month in its former Sahel colony has driven al Qaeda-allied fighters from Mali’s main northern towns, such as Gao and Timbuktu, into the northeast Adrar des Ifoghas mountains. But with Mali’s weak army unable to secure recaptured zones, and the deployment of a larger African security force slowed by delays and kit shortages, there are fears the Islamist jihadists will hit back with more guerrilla raids and suicide bombings.Malian army officers said the north Gao checkpoint came under attack late on

Saturday by a group of Islamist rebels who fired from a road and bridge that lead north through the desert scrub by the Niger River to Bourem, 80 km (50 miles) away. “Our soldiers came under heavy gunfire from jihadists from the bridge ... At the same time, another one flanked round and jumped over the wall. he was able to set off his suicide belt,” Malian Captain Sidiki Diarra told reporters. Besides the bomber, who was blown to pieces, one Malian soldier was lightly wounded, Diarra added. In Friday’s motorbike suicide bomber attack, a Malian sol-

dier was also injured. Diarra described Saturday’s bomber as a “bearded Arab”, saying this had been visible from the body parts collected by the soldiers in a wheelbarrow. “We heard shooting at around 11 p.m. and closed our doors, and then there was an explosion ... In the morning we found that someone had blown up and part of his body landed here,” said Abderaman Idrissa, who lives in a mud home near the checkpoint. French military sappers carried out three controlled blasts in the area to destoy other devices and munitions found.

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will describe his plan for spurring the economy in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, offering proposals for investments in infrastructure, manufacturing, clean energy and education, a senior administration official said on Saturday. In the annual presidential address to Congress, Obama plans to show he has not lost sight of the economic woes of middle-class Americans - issues that dominated the 2012 election campaign but have been overshadowed recently by efforts to cut the deficit, overhaul immigration laws and curb gun violence. “The potential success of his second term is hugely dependent on the rate at which the economy grows,” said Ruy Teixeira, a political scientist with the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress. aPP

In A FIrst, royAl FInAnces FAce House scrutIny LONDON: In an unprecedented move, finances of the UK’s queen mother and the royal family will soon be investigated by a powerful Westminster committee, British media reported on Sunday. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), known to give a tight lashing to public servants misusing state money, will check whether the monarch and her family provide value for money to the taxpayer, reported the Daily Telegraph. Among the areas the committee is expected to examine are transport costs including the Royal Train and the Royal Flight, as well as money spent on official entertaining and the upkeep of royal palaces, said the Independent. oNlINe


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LONDON: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf exchanging views with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani khar and Pakistan’s High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan while proceeding to Bradford by train. INP

two kidnapped from Quetta QUeTTA: Unknown armed men abducted two people from Sohbatpur area of Jaffarabad, police said on Sunday. “The victims Hussain Bakhsh and Muhammad Sharif were on home way when armed kidnappers took them away to unidentified destination on gunpoint,” police said. Police registered a case and started efforts for their recovery. Separately, Levies force detained eight Afghans under Foreign Act near Saranan area of Pishin district. Levies force sources said the Afghans, including Major Khan, Abdul Qadir, Anar Gul, Janat Gul, Baaz Muhammad, Saifullah, Noorullah and Saifuddin, had entered Pakistan from Chaman border without legal travelling documents. They were handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for further interrogation. ageNcIeS

Keep chasing released taliban, uK asks Pakistan kABUL: UK Ambassador to Afghanistan Richard Stagg has urged Pakistan to keep chasing Afghan Taliban prisoners after their release from the country’s jails in order to address Afghanistan’s concerns over their possible return to militancy. “Released Taliban inmates should be followed under a mechanism to address Kabul’s concerns that they are not back to militancy,” Stagg told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview. A Pakistani official said Islamabad would give the Afghan high peace council a formal role in the release of remaining Taliban detainees in its custody through a new coordination mechanism being set up before they were freed. “We would send lists of Taliban prisoners that we intend to release to the Afghan High Peace Council which would comment on the names in those lists,” Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani told the Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee. The UK envoy said President Asif Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai had agreed at the London talks hosted by British PM David Cameron to organise a joint conference of religious scholars from the two countries and other Islamic nations to seek their support for the peace campaign. The joint ulema conference that has been twice rescheduled is now due to take place in Kabul next month. “Pakistan and Afghanistan have realised that good relations between them is the key to peace in the two countries and in the region at large,” said Stagg, who added key players in Pakistan had been engaged in the trilateral dialogue, initiated by Cameron last year. NNI

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hafiz saeed says he wants to rectify misperception about him NEWS DESK Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief hafiz Saeed says his fate is in the hands of God, not the United States and he moves about like an ordinary person. In an interview with the New York Times, hafiz Saeed said that he wants to correct “misperceptions”. Saeed insisted that his name had been cleared by the Pakistani courts. “Why does the United States not respect our judicial system?” he asked. Ten million dollars does not seem to buy much in Lahore. That is the sum the United States is offering for help in convicting hafiz Saeed, perhaps the country’s best-known jihadi leader. Yet Saeed lives an open, and apparently fearless life in a middle-class neighbourhood, the newspaper commented.

he said that the ministry had received complaints against 70 tour operators who did not entertain the pilgrims in accordance with the contract last year. Moreover, the Saudi minister for haj has been requested to ensure installation of air conditioners in the pilgrims’ residences, increase the number of washrooms and make satisfactory residential arrangements for the pilgrims, he added. Meanwhile, Shah held a meeting with Saudi Minister for haj Dr Bandar bin Mohammad al-hajjar at the Ministry of haj office here on Saturday. The minister was accompanied by a team of senior Pakistani functionaries. The minister, who is heading a Pakistani delegation, arrived here Saturday night. he was received at the airport by Consul General Aftab Khokher and a representative of the Saudi haj Ministry. The Saudi side urged continuous improvement of the pre-arrival training of Pakistani pilgrims, and improved operational mechanism in order to further limit any discomfort to pilgrims such as delays of buses between Jeddah airport and Makkah.

“I move about like an ordinary person, that’s my style,” said Saeed, a burly 64-year-old, reclining on a bolster as he ate a chicken supper. “My fate is in the hands of God, not America.” The United Nations has placed him on a terrorist list and imposed sanctions on his group. But few believe he will face trial any time soon in a country that maintains a perilous ambiguity toward jihadi militancy, casting a benign eye on some groups, even as it battles others that attack the state. Saeed’s very public life seems more than just an act of mocking defiance against the Obama administration and its bounty, analysts say. As American troops prepare to leave Afghanistan next door, Lashkar is at a crossroads, and its fighters’ next move, whether to focus on fighting the West, disarm and enter the political process, or return to battle in Kashmir, will depend largely on Saeed. At his Lahore compound, a fortified house, office and mosque, Saeed is shielded not only by his supporters, burly men wielding Kalashnikov rifles outside his door, but also by the Pakistani state. On a recent evening, police officers screened visitors at a checkpoint near his house, while other officers patrolled an adjoining park, watching by floodlight for intruders. his security seemingly ensured, Saeed has over the past year addressed large public meetings and appeared on prime-time television, and is now even giving interviews to Western news media outlets he had previously eschewed. Still, he says he has nothing against Americans, and warmly described a visit he made to the United States in 1994, during which he spoke at Islamic centres in houston, Chicago and Boston. “At that time, I liked it,” he said with a wry smile. In the interview, he said he prized talking over fighting in Kashmir. “The militant struggle helped grab the world’s attention,” he said. “But now the political movement is stronger, and it should be at the forefront of the struggle.” Pakistani analysts caution that Saeed’s new open-

Pagara calls for restoration of bahawalpur province KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagara on Sunday said there was no need to create new provinces and the government should only issue a notification to restore the provincial status of Bahawalpur. Talking to reporters, he said the government did not pay heed to the issue of new provinces in the last four years. he also called for removal of all provincial governors, adding that all governors were political personalities. The PML-F chief said his party would enter an alliance with like-minded parties for general election. he said he would welcome Nawaz Sharif if he approached him for dialogue. To a question, he said the government was going to hold talks with the Taliban, adding that the initiative should have been taken earlier. ageNcIeS

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no bounty was placed on Hafiz saeed: us WASHINGTON: The United States government on Saturday clarified that no bounty had been placed for Lashkar-e-Tayyaba chief Hafiz Saeed. A State Department spokesman Victoria Nauland said that the US had offered a ‘Rewards for Justice’ proposal for obtaining information for his arrest and conviction. She clarified that the there was no bounty on Hafiz Saeed and instead, the 10 million dollars being offered by the US government was for information on his whereabouts. She urged people to come forward if they had any information that could stand in court against him. She further said that John Kerry would contact Hina Rabbani Khar on the issue soon. oNlINe

ness is no random occurrence, however. “This isn’t out of the blue,” said Shamila N Chaudhry, a former Obama administration official and an analyst at the eurasia Group, a consulting firm. “These guys don’t start talking publicly just like that.” What it amounts to, however, may depend on events across the border in Afghanistan, where his group has been increasingly active in recent years. In public, Saeed has been a leading light in the Defence of Pakistan Council, a coalition of right-wing groups that lobbied against the reopening of NATO supply routes through Pakistan last year. More quietly, Lashkar fighters have joined the battle, attacking Western troops and Indian diplomatic facilities in Afghanistan, the newspaper said quoting intelligence officials.


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The Pakistan economy Watch (PeW) on Sunday said future of the country cannot be entrusted to politicians who have remained involved in massive tax evasion. The election Commission of Pakistan should take concrete steps to stop politicians involved in tax evasion from contesting elections, it said. Around 70 percent of politicians, many billionaires, don’t pay taxes to discharge their obligations and at the same time ask masses to pay taxes to finance their luxuries, said PeW President Dr Murtaza Mughal. The behaviour of politicians is highly inappropriate which indicates that they take politics as a profitable business and consider country as their landed estate, he added. Dr Mughal said that people would never pay taxes voluntarily in the unfair tax system as they know that politicians having billions evade taxes, get exemptions and look for foreign donors for help. The efforts of the FBR to improve tax-to-GDP ratio and other reforms will remain futile as tax compliance in Pakistan will have to start from the top and work its way down, he observed. The salaried class, business community and some professionals are paying taxes to some extent but many industrialists and landed elite are evading tax while feasting on national resources pushing country under unmanageable debt. he noted that the plunder of national resources and robbing people has reached to the proportions where the survival of country seems at stake while the ruling as well as opposition parties seem totally unconcerned. Pakistan cannot afford another democracy run by incompetent leaders politically and economically, he said, adding that incumbent rulers have proved themselves biggest obstacle in making Pakistan a real democratic country. Dr Mughal said, “Pakistan has a chance if the eCP succeeded in partial implantation of Articles 62 and 63 of the constitution otherwise we will face a crushing defeat without a war.”

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giveaways. “Shahbaz has thrown Punjab into bankruptcy by commissioning the bus service in the province,” he maintained. he said 100 robberies were occurring each day in Lahore, the capital of Punjab. “Is it good governance?” “The supply of petrol to the police patrol, whose job is to nab thieves and robbers, has been suspended,” he added. “Today neither the

honour nor life or property of the citizens is safe,” he regretted. elahi said Nawaz Sharif, president of the PML-N, had now started talking about “bad governance” in Sindh. “I ask him (Nawaz) whether there is good governance in Punjab?” “Mian Sahab, one should cast a critical glance at the state of one’s own house first,” he advised.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said his stance since the past nine years on avoiding war against Taliban had been vindicated, despite him being branded as ‘Taliban Khan’ by many analysts who criticised him for asserting this stance. Addressing a party workers’ convention in Chakwal, he said a simil a r sit-

uation had occurred during Musharraf’s regime, when he (Imran) resisted Musharraf’s endeavors to send troops to FATA. “Musharraf called me a clean-shaved terrorist for my opposition to this move,” Khan said. “Today I stand vindicated, Pakistan was pushed into a proxy war, making America’s war its own,” he said. he also lambasted President Asif Ali Zardari for building a luxurious palace in Lahore, questioning Zardari’s tax returns and sources of immense wealth. Khan announced that his party’s elections would be finalised by 16th March, following which he would celebrate the achievement with all elected office bearers at Minar-e-Pakistan along with millions of supporters.

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry has formed a threemember bench, headed by him, to take up a petition filed by Dr Tahirul Qadri for reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The bench will take up the petition on Monday (today). The court has already issued notices to the federal government, the ECP and other respondents. The court is likely to seek record from the Parliamentary Committee of the National Assembly about the appointment of members of the ECP as well as federation’s stance over the matter as it starts the hearing. Both major players in country’s politics – PPP and PML-N – will defend the appointment of the chief election commissioner and its members. Meanwhile, Barrister Zafarullah of Watan Party moved a petition against the expected dissolution of the ECP in the SC’s Lahore Registry. The petitioner said that the chief election commissioner and members had been appointed under articles 213 and 218 of the constitution after consultation with all political parties, and they could not be removed on mere desire of some individual. He also said political parties, such as the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf and people like Dr Tahirul Qadri wanted to delay the elections. ageNcIeS

swiss decision vindicated govt’s stance: naik LAHORe/ISLAMABAD: Law Minister Farooq H Naik called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Bilawal House here on Sunday, and told him that the decision by Swiss authorities supported the government’s stance before the Supreme Court of Pakistan. On Saturday, the Swiss authorities said they could not open graft cases against President Zardari in response to a letter written by the Pakistani government following Supreme Court’s order in the NRO implementation case. Separately, the law minister met German Ambassador Dr Cyrill in the federal capital and discussed issues of mutual interest. According to a official press release, Naik said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government was sincere about the creation of new province in Punjab and it had introduced a bill in the Senate on this issue on Friday. ageNcIeS

KP cM to distribute free laptops among students PeSHAWAR: Following the footsteps of Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) CM Amir Haider Hoti on Sunday announced his government would distribute free laptops among students of the province. Speaking at a ceremony, he said more than 30, 000 laptops at an estimated cost of Rs one billion would be distributed among the students. Responding to a question, he said, “Although the governor of KP has been changed per the constitutional requirement, I am not sure whether the ANP leadership was consulted on the issue”. Speaking on the installation of a caretaker set-up in the province, he said the opposition would be consulted on the matter following the ANP sponsored All Parties Conference on militancy. INP


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OOD news for President Asif Ali Zardari. The Swiss authorities say that they cannot open a corruption case against him on legal grounds. Dragged through every kind of smear campaign, media trial and judicial cases, he is not only considered a jack of all trades but also a master of all. Innocent until proven guilty cannot fit on anyone else better than him right now, both literally and figuratively. This being a unique case in Pakistan’s checkered judicial history, with one elected prime minister sent home packing under contempt charges and a relentless pursuit by the judiciary to bring down Mr Zaradri, who under Pakistani and known international laws enjoys immunity being the head of the state, the Swiss decision that the case had become time-barred under their law should put to rest what had become a perceived pinnacle of judiciary’s continuous assault on the government. When the NRO, an attempt at soothing political tensions, was promulgated by the Musharraf regime in 2007, cases against all politicians were withdrawn by the government, including this much hyped case against Zardari. But then the born-again superior judiciary of Pakistan decided to nullify the NRO and ordered to initiate cases against all the guilty ones. The decision to reopen a graft case in Switzerland did not sit well with the government. It dilly-dallied to a point where the SC was forced to issue contempt notice, and later conviction, to the then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in June last year, making it the only example in Pakistan which resulted in the termination and disqualification of an elected representative of the parliament. The perception that two prime institutions of the country, the executive and the judiciary, were on a collision course was only put straight when a sudden change of heart, and of face, by the government led it to write a letter to the Swiss authorities asking them to reopen the graft case. But the whole exercise proved to be nothing but an exercise in futility, the one that led to uncertainty in the country’s political circles, a blowback to the supremacy of parliament, and wastage of resources and time. Furthermore, the single point focus by the judiciary to see it through gave rise to the perception of judicial bias, while the various delaying tactics used by the government made it look suspicious and guilty before the public. Now that the case has been decided, it is time the judiciary also took interest in thousands of other pending cases while the government, with no more Damocles’ sword on its head, did what it is supposed to do: deliver the fruits of democracy to the public.

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F these had been normal times, heavens would have fallen after Pakistan fell to its lowest Test total — a measly 49 — in Johannesburg last week. Imagine the fall from grace: the runs didn’t even match the 61 years since Pakistan was admitted as a full member of the ICC. Perhaps, the cricket plunge is just a latest manifestation of how this nationstate is slipping away. Cricket may be just a blip on the radar in terms of the overall state of the nation but it is still the number one getaway from the usual dreariness of our long lost lives. There is only so much you can absorb of the omnipresent institutional decay that has gifted us the energy crisis, unemployment, inflation and security concerns so deep they pose an ominous existential threat. Cricket, then, has been a favoured saviour — helping us get our bearings back and retain that modicum of wit around us. Although we no longer boast the kind of stars that in the past used to send the adrenaline rushing, there have always been potions of magic available to get the kicks. Sadly, we may be moving to a stage where we would have exhausted the supplies. As always, lack of leadership — with that raw hand of politics so evident — is to blame for this. Consider: if that madcap plan to capture Punjab through the backdoor had not

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been put to the test, perhaps security for the amazingly generous Sri Lankan cricket team wouldn’t have been compromised and we wouldn’t have lost international cricket to the militants. Pray, what has that got to do with the state of Pakistan Cricket, you ask? everything. With no international cricket in a cricket-mad country — even that has started to sound like a hackneyed cliché — it was a cinch, we would lose our way. Gone with it is any semblance of interest to look after the stadia — some have been used to hold political rallies, and even offer the pitch to serve as a helipad for VIPs! Truth to tell, even the interest in taking up the sport as a profession has waned — hardly surprising when you ponder the spectacular decline all round. The matchfixing saga involving key players, who put greed before the green cap haven’t helped either — and that is putting it mildly. The fact is Pakistan has had a proud history of throwing up natural talent, who with a mentor half decent in terms of playing for the country, rose to heights that left us with plenty of role models for young men dreaming of making it big on the world stage. The cupboard now stands dangerously bare. We have come to a stage where the likes of Misbah-ul-haq are entrusted with holding the unit together. Pushing 39 and virtually hanging from the edge of the cliff as it were, you can’t but pity him and the situational tragedy that Pakistan cricket has become. One does not want to belittle Misbah’s contribution of more than two-and-a-half years at the helm under trying times — of which the whitewash of then-No.1 england was a superb highlight — but most of the happy results were obtained on familiar territory. The real test, one suspected, would always come on surfaces with juice for the practitioners of fast and swinging ball — be it South Africa, Australia or england. Last week, we saw how weak we are underneath that veneer of a delta force. It was a hopskip-jump of a different kind — one dictated by fear, nervousness and self-doubt. The surrender was abject, but it wasn’t so much the lack of ability that hurt as it was

the lack of heart to stand up and be counted. Much has been made of the ferocity of the Proteas pace attack. Yes, Dale has Steyned (stained) them and more but these sinful eyes have seen faster and decidedly, more lethal bowlers unleashing themselves in tandem. Who can forget the quartet that terrorized batsmen throughout the 70s and 80s under Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards? however, never did you see capitulation borne out of a sinking heart. (For the record, Pakistan did fold for 43 in an ODI against the West Indies in South Africa in the 90s but that was on one hell of a freak wicket which drew flak from all and sundry. Pakistan still managed to grab three wickets before West Indies limped home). The other exception was the twin fifty scores in a UAe Test against Steve Waugh’s all conquering team but it was down to incredibly poor shot selection, not loss of nerve. The classic example is that of Javed Miandad whose technique never pleased the puritans, but give his wicket away you would never dream of. The 1988 Test series in the Caribbean was nothing if not the USB of courage that won over a skeptic like even Imran Khan. Miandad scored back-to-back Test hundreds against the world’s most potent pace attack, taking several body blows but staying resolute like the boy on the burning deck. Pakistan drew the rubber 1-1 in what was billed as the clash to decide the world’s best. Pertinently, the tourists went into the series with diligent, if unique, training. Imran made his batsmen practise with wet balls on cement pitches to prepare them for the rising short delivery. No such luck with a far more skillful set of experts and facilities today. Lack of leadership explains it best. When you have a captain who’s fighting inner demons to hold onto his place, how do you expect him to turn around the fortunes of the team. The irony? It will be nothing short of a gamble to replace Misbah as captain right now! Go ahead and pull your hair out. The writer is Editor, Pique Magazine. He can be reached at kaamyabi@gmail.com

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untreated industrial waste I live near The Punjab School in Township. My area is facing the problem of sewage system for quite some time now. The industrial waste gathers at this area through huge drainage pipes near Sadiq Chowk. The chemicals in the water cause foul smell and create odorous gases, and potentially dangerous poisonous gases too. These gases also react badly with the electrical and electronic equipment used in our homes and cause rust in a short period of time. It is not only destroying our home appliances but also badly affecting our health. Politicians of the area have promised many a time to take serious notice of that problem but have done nothing, as usual. Authorities have to take immediate notice of this serious issue. Although the Punjab government claims to make Lahore clean, it is not paying heed to this important issue. It has to put restriction on the industrialists to put waste in the sewage, at least not before passing it through a proper filtration method. ABDUL WAHAB YOUSUF UMT, Lahore

Morality redefined The common man is confused. Bribery has been redefined as perks of office, allotment of state lands kosher and abuse of discretionary powers a right, while universally accepted ethics of political morality by men like Quaid-e-Azam, Abraham Lincoln and others, is considered outdated. Why does the developed civilised world consider important for state to cater for welfare of deprived, while our state focuses on welfare of elite? We now hear that morality has no place in the politics of Pakistan, where it is an accepted practice with no conflict of interest involved for public and constitutional office holders to be gifted palatial houses, limousines, expensive branded clothes and watches etc by men, who may even have been declared as tax defaulters by judicial commission, or convicted by superior judiciary, and whose tax returns do not qualify their expensive lifestyles. Corruption has been redefined as an undesirable act only if low ranking officer accepts bribe, without consent of superior officer. It does not matter if rich criminals involved in

publicised heinous crimes of murder, tax evasion and robbing the tax payers, manage to flee country from airports. We live in a country where scores of citizens are brutally murdered in target killings, yet nobody ever gets prosecuted and punished. It seems only fools pay taxes, for there is no immorality or criminality involved if the elite do not pay their due share. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore

contradictory views Whenever few Pakistanis meet, whether living in the mother country or overseas, the only topic which comes under spotlight is growing extremism and its consequences in the form of religious and sectarian terrorism. Just a few days back a TV channel aired an hour long interview with musician/singer turned preacher Junaid Jamshed (JJ) who now runs a very successful business of clothes. Junaid has a visible following among masses from his music band days; therefore, whatever he was saying on TV was to be copied by his fans and ordinary people without much questioning. TV channels and electronic media regulators in government should think if they are serving the nation by allowing such extremist uncensored views laced with religious colour to be telecasted. Junaid expressed his open unhappiness with women stepping out of their homes. According to him, if someone wants to lead a happy married life, he shouldn’t teach his wife how to drive, and shouldn’t let her go out as she may soon leave him forever. he rejected the possibility that even single parents have no other option but to make a living on their own. he opined about beating of children as best for their growth and discipline. Such sick views don’t need any further comments. But buck shall not stop at condemnation statements. Our TV channels permit dozens of religious extremists to do the same things. Civil society needs to take Junaid’s ranting into account; he needs to be realised of his bad influence on his followers and on common people. In my opinion, his business of fashion wears and his views on women and children are contradictory. Civil society should also make an intelligent choice between JJ’s extremist views and his fashion wear. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia


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he PPP-led coalition is poised to complete its mandatory five-year tenure and the country looks well set to witness a smooth transition of power through ballot for the first time in its history, notwithstanding the fears being expressed for a possible delay in the elections by some quarters. Perhaps it is an appropriate time to have an incisive look at the achievements and failures of the government during this period; in other words to have a glance at its balance sheet. The dilemma of the incumbent governments, particularly the democratic dispensations is that people expect miracles from them and resolution of the problems and challenges through quick fix solutions when there are no quick fix remedies to the convoluted and sometimes intractable inherited issues. The sitting governments invariably have the disadvantage of incumbency because their performances are not judged by a correlation between the inherited challenges and the efforts made to mitigate the debilitating effect of those challenges but by the net and essentially positive impact of the government initiatives on the lives of the people. It is an irrefutable reality that the present PPP-led coalition government was installed after a decade-long rule by a dictator whose self-serving and flawed policies had plunged the country into a crucible of precipice and it faced formidable challenges like terrorism and religious extremism, an economy into a nosedive, burgeoning energy crisis, pummeled state institutions, a disfigured constitution, a perilous law and order situation as a collateral fallout of terrorism and a host of other distortions. In short, the country was in a complete mess. The incumbent government not only had to rake the mess created by the wrong policies of the dictator but also to put in place the initiatives that could promote the well being of the masses and mitigate their sufferings both in the short and long term.

The PPP made an auspicious beginning when it was able to have its prime minister elected unanimously by all the parties represented in the parliament, through its well orchestrated policy of political reconciliation in recognition of the fact that the challenges facing the country needed a collective effort to surmount them. These efforts received a setback when the short-lived bonhomie between PPP and PML-N brought about by the signing of CoD between Banazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif was replaced by the traditional animosity between the two parties. The split between them encouraged the elements inimical to democratic norms to make bizarre predictions about the collapse of the democratic system and even timelines were given in this regard. People witnessed an incessant and well orchestrated campaign to denigrate and discredit the government on unsubstantiated charges of corruption designed to give a cue to the predatory forces to make their move. The NRO saga and a spate of manoeuvred petitions designed to keep the government entangled in the struggle for survival presented ominous portents. The intentions of the architects of this exercise were, ostensibly, not to allow the government to concentrate on resolving the inherited problems that affected the lives of the people. even the political parties who have a big stake in the continuation of the democratic system resorted to certain moves that could have easily sent the system into a terrible tumble. Thanks to the reluctance of the praetorian powers to take the bait and more so the philosophy of politics of reconciliation practised by the ruling coalition, the system is trundling along. It is evident from the foregoing that not only the inherited challenges were formidable but the government was also faced with a relentless hostility by the detractors of democratic norms and political opponents. To be honest, unruffled by these negatives and inspired by the spirit of reconciliation, the government did take commendable strides in some areas. The demon of terrorism has been checked in its tracks if not eliminated altogether; the impact of the energy crisis has been curtailed through the addition of 3500 MW into the system; a number of policy initiative in the economic arena have been taken like broadening the tax base and structural reforms that are likely to have healthy impact on the economy in the long run; an arduous and excruciating task of restoring the 1973 constitution has been accomplished

through eighteenth amendment with the consensus of all parties, and nineteenth and twentieth amendments passed to resolve the convoluted and contentious issues with the same spirit. The 7th NFC Award is an unparalleled achievement of the consensus politics that has removed the long outstanding grievances of the federating units in regards to their share from the divisible pool, to their entire satisfaction. The appointment of the Chief election Commissioner in agreement with the opposition is yet another success story of the government. Granting of self-rule to GilgitBaltistan, handling the Qadri saga with poise also speak volumes about the commitment to empowerment of the people and political acumen. The legislations on domestic violence, harassment of women at workplace and depriving women of inheritance, are other revolutionary steps that will usher a positive change in the society as far as empowerment and emancipation of women is concerned, with all the accompanying economic benefits that the uninhibited participation of women in the economic activities will accrue to the overall national effort. It will also help in lifting the country’s profile with regard to human rights and gender equality. Another fact that needs to be accepted ungrudgingly is that the government has set a very healthy tradition by refraining from the politics of political vendetta. There have been no political prisoners in the country and no false cases, like in the past, were instituted against the opponents. The government may not have been able to bring about much improvement on the economic front and completely beating back the debilitating problems of power crisis and law and order situation in the country, but it certainly has succeeded in taking epoch making steps in the political, economic and social arenas which have unleashed strong forces that surely will help democracy to take roots in the country by warding off the machinations of the anti-democracy entities and nurturing a silent social revolution. These measures could not have been possible in a hostile atmosphere that has prevailed during the last four years, but for the sagacity and political acumen exhibited by the ruling PPP in building consensus and broad based support for those measures. The balance sheet, therefore, is not as dismal as the detractors of the government would like to portray it.

People expect miracles from government and resolution of their problems through quick fix solutions.

The writer is an academic.

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ocial media has become the most powerful source of news updates through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Blogger, Myspace, Linkedin and many others. Social media has become an important resource for the mobilisation of collective action and the creation, organisation and implementation of social movements around the world. It has been instrumental in supporting political and social movements by providing opportunities for political expression, symbolic identification for collective action, and information exchange. In the political realm, social media has played a significant role in the revolutions that has struck the Arab world since 2010. It introduced a novel resource that provided swiftness in receiving and disseminating information; helped to build and strengthen ties among activists; and increased interaction among protestors and between protestors and the rest of the world. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the uprising in the Arab World, Twitter revolution of Iran and Occupy Wall Street are all examples of major movements that were floated as ideas on the social media outlets, later discussed, criticised, promoted and then implemented as full-fledged movements. Pakistan is also part of this international social media network and it has become a new avenue or means not only used by companies and individuals to promote businesses in Pakistan but also to generate opinions regarding social and political issues. The pattern of social media use in Pakistan appears to be no different than the United States or the United Kingdom. The most popular social media website in Pakistan is Facebook, which has over 8 million users in the country out of a global total of more than 1 billion. Twitter and LinkedIn have 1.9 million and 1.2 million users in Pakistan respectively. Google Plus and Pinterest appear to have far fewer users in Pakistan, at approximately 64,000 and 115,000 respectively. Fifty percent of people using Facebook in Pakistan are aged 18-24 years and 25 percent from age 25-34 and overall 70 percent Facebook users are male and 30 percent are females. An amazing fact is that the number of Facebook users has increased by 1 million from June-December 2012. Of all the online browsing and surfing, 27 percent of internet users in Pakistan are Facebook users. Social media is also more popular in Pakistan because of the accessibility of smartphones at reasonable prices. More and more people are using social media on their phones rather than desktops. From a political perspective, social media forums are used in Pakistan by political parties to strengthen their vote bank. The idea is to target a young population aged 18-24 who have never cast votes in any elections to vote for their party in the upcoming elections in 2013 in Pakistan. This is in perspective of the fact that the World Population Foundation (WPF) reports that 34 percent of the Pakistani population comprises of youth (age 15-24 years). The exploration and exploitation of potential political opportunities is being realised by political parties using the social media networks. Various political parties have also taken the lead and are using social media like Twitter and Facebook to enhance and expand on their party ideas as well as providing day to day news updates regarding their leadership and party efforts. For others, the social media has also become a tool to smear, charge and accuse politicians of other parties by uploading news items, videos and claims to discredit them. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was one of the first parties to launch themselves on social media and specifically Facebook. PTI chief, Imran Khan capitalised on Facebook and YouTube to launch his political career and promote himself as a leader. Imran Khan’s popularity has increased manifold because of social media and how he has been able to convey his viewpoint and party agenda effectively via the social media. Following the PTI, the PPP, PML-N, MQM and most other political parties have started using the social media as an effective tool for getting prospective voters on board. These pages are very actively updated and monitored. There are number of resources that suggest that most of the main political parties have taken to task to get ahead of the PTI, who they fear might decrease their vote bank, at least in the urban areas. Aside from outright hacking, PTI opponents and impersonators have been known to carry out mass online attacks on journalists and media groups, particularly using spamming of Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and email inboxes as a means to register their protest against the party or its chairman Imran Khan. The Pakistani government banned YouTube in the aftermath of the controversial film regarding the holy Prophet and demanded that Google removed and apologised for uploading the blasphemous video. A lot of people are also of the view that it was an attempt to stop PTI whose meetings and other political material can be seen on the site. Active participation on the social media has become a norm for the political parties in Pakistan. It is a positive development from the political perspective but still far behind in the sense that only a miniscule percentage has access to the internet and social media but the trends do show an increasing popularity. It is also a positive trend from the perspective of the growth of the political system in Pakistan as it would provide forums to new parties who are unable to get a fair chance to be part of the political system through conventional means. The writer is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISS), Islamabad. 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T was only 15 seconds of fake history—but Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner owned up to them after a Connecticut lawmaker complained, reports Raw Story. Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney criticized the film for portraying two congressmen as voting against the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery. "Representative Courtney is correct that the four members of the Connecticut delegation voted for the amendment," wrote Kushner in a public letter. But he says Lincoln was "a dramatic film and not an attack on their home state." Courtney seemed partly appeased, saying he didn't want people to "leave the theater believing Connecticut’s representatives in the 38th Congress were on the wrong side of history." But he still says he wants a correction before Lincoln comes out on DVD. NewS DeSK

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IM Kardashian, who have jetted with boyfriend Kanye West to Rio de Janeiro to take in Carnival, posed like Jesus in front of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. The 32-year-old pregnant reality star's baby bump was clearly visible under her pink dress, held out her arms to imitate the Son of God in the monument in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Sun reported. The US beauty, who is expecting her first child with rapper Kanye West, posed for the dad-to-be who can be seen holding up a gold iPhone in the bottom. On the other hand, the 35-yearold rapper also copied his girlfriend's pose as she snuggled up to him for another photo. The mother-to-be looked a far stretch from the normal tourist in her hot pink gown and yellow stilettos. NewS DeSK

strAnGest celeb bAcKstAGe deMAnds Gaga's infamous backstage demand for a mannequin with 'puffy pink pubic hair', can only be topped by RiRi's weird animalprint obsession, Steven Tyler's weirder fetishes, and the weirdest of them all - Mariah Carey's - 75 degree temperature rule. lADy GAGA: The list of Gaga's backstage demands during her Monster's Ball tour were recently divulged on a website. The singer requested that her dressing room be decorated in "glam rock" fashion, with silver satin walls, white leather couches, black satin drapes and posters of famous rock stars such as David Bowie, Queen and elton John. She also requested that a mannequin with "puffy pink pubic hair" be placed in her dressing room, for reasons not known. Gaga's bathroom was to be decked out with lavender-colored bath

towels, hand towels, hand soap, body wash and face soap. When it came to food, Gaga aimed for healthy, requesting organic teas and milk, organic tortilla chips, sprouted grain tortillas, peanut butter with no more than four grams of sugar, tuna and Activia yogurt. But the singer allowed for a couple vices, specifically "quality white wine" and Jameson whiskey. CHRIsTInA AGuIleRA: When she's on the road, Aguilera requests real coffee mugs for her java, along with soy milk, soy cheese, echinacea, vitamin C and Flintstones chewable vitamins according to her 2010 tour rider. THe Foo FIGHTeRs: They set the "standard for really fun, witty contract riders," a music magazine's managing editor, Andrew Goldberg, said. "The manager requests bath towels, and threatens a wedgie

if they're brand new. he calls bacon 'God's currency.' The humour makes it fun to read - and that's hard to do with a contract," he said. MARIAH CARey: One of the original divas, Mariah Carey, is not to be outdone by relative newcomer Rihanna. According to her 2010 tour rider obtained by a website, Carey requested such luxuries as a $200 bottle of cabernet sauvignon, two dozen white roses and vanilla aromatherapy candles in her dressing room. Like Rihanna, Carey was also specific about how she lounges backstage. her rider requested that the temperature of her room hover at 75 degrees and the furniture in her "living room space" bear "no busy patterns; black, dark gray, cream, dark pink are all fine." sTeven TyleR: Tyler's memoir, Does the Noise in My head Bother You? revealed that the fa-

mous womanizer would have a member of the Aerosmith entourage make sure any girl Tyler took a liking to was in the shower by the time he returned to his dressing room. As for his cocaine, Tyler liked a lot of it, and whenever the band was on tour, the frontman would demand a full-length, 6foot-long mirror in the room. RIHAnnA: Rihanna made sure the prepping area of every concert venue was a leopard-print haven, littered with Archipelago Black Forest candles. According to a website, Rihanna's tastes were pretty particular. They included: a six-foot couch - plush, white and no leather, and big enough for her to stretch out on for a nap - six floor lamps with dimmers, throw pillows, and a "clean" rug in animal print and the aforementioned candles. NewS DeSK

wAhlberG bAns DAUGhters FrOM wAtChinG 'teD' Actor Mark Wahlberg has banned his daughters from watching his crude comedy film "Ted". Wahlberg's daughters ella, 9, and Grace, 3, were delighted when their father landed a role opposite a talking teddy, but he has vowed never to let them see the film because of its crass jokes, reports express.co.uk. "They're thinking, 'Daddy, finally there is a movie with you and a teddy bear and you're laughing and having fun.' Clearly Ted is really inappropriate and my wife is very conservative," the actor told talk show host Graham Norton. "I'm thinking, '(When) the boys are eight and nine, we'll show them' and she's like, '(Not until they're) 24, 25 and we're never showing our daughters,' which I completely agree with," he added. NewS DeSK

Vidya fined several times for tinted glass in her car Mahesh Bhatt, known for his frank speak, once remarked, "Actors crave recognition; from the urchin at the signal lights, to the man on the street, they want everyone to recognise them. Ironically, when their face gets recognition, they roll up their dark glasses and hide behind them." Seems these lines currently apply to Vidya Balan. The poster girl of awards has reportedly paid multiple fines to the Mumbai Traffic Police because her car has tinted glass windows. And, the actress refuses to change that. A source mentions that Vidya has been pulled up quite often over the past few months and was given the option of either paying up the fine or stripping her windows of the tinted glass. But it

seems the actress prefers keep the tinted glass for two reasons. Firstly, she doesn't wish to get unwarranted attention and secondly, she has low tolerance to harsh sunlight. WHAT THe lAW sAys: A Supreme Court judgment prohibits the use of black films as window tint, regardless of the VLT (Visual Light Transmission Index), May 4, 2012 onwards. It also prohibits the use of 'any

other material' from being pasted on car windows. Car manufacturers were directed to produce vehicles with tinted glass of no more than 70% VLT for the front and rear, and a maximum of 40% VLT for the sides. The directives were issued to all traffic authorities and the police were ordered to fine offending vehicles. Last October, a fine of Rs 100 was levied on offenders in a drive by the Mumbai Traffic Police against four-wheelers using tinted glasses. NewS DeSK

Bollywood star Salman Khan said that he would undertake a longdelayed trip abroad for treatment, which he had put off because of his acting schedule and the blackbuck poaching case in court. "I had to delay going due to the acting schedules and the court cases. But now I will go," he told the media at a Celebrity Cricket League match in Kochi. Salman Khan is charged under the Wildlife Protection Act for allegedly poaching a blackbuck in Rajasthan in 1998. Asked about the case, he said: "I cannot talk about it right now." The actor, who had a surgery in 2011 for a nerve condition, was earlier scheduled to go to the USA at the end of January, but cancelled it because of his court hearings in Mumbai and Jodhpur. Salman was detected with trigeminal neuralgia, a neurological disorder, and aneurysm in the brain. While he underwent surgery for trigeminal neuralgia in the US 2011, the aneurysm still exists and he has to go to the US for further treatment. NewS DeSK

NOTABLE TWEETS KAMILA SHAMSIE

The Baloch Who Is Not Missing & Others Who Are' by @mohammedhanif is brilliant and terrifying. I wish it were fiction. (Launch at #KLF)

MOHAMMED HANIF Lahori friends have made a flim called Zinda Bhaag, first urban lahori film since Nahin Abhi Nahin. chalni chayi di ai

SHAZAF FATIMA Dear All, Join me for an online chat on Tuesday, Feb 12th at 7 pm!

WILLIAM DALRYMPLE "Return Of A King is a must-read for anyone wanting to understand the complexities of modern day Afghanistan"

FAYES T. KANTAWALA I'm watching zero dark thirty. Did you know we spoke Arabic in Pakistan? I didn't


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My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso. — Pablo Picasso

ENGLISH LITERATURE'S

50 Key MOMents

What have been the hinge points in the evolution of Anglo-American literature? here's a provisional, partisan list BBC Radio Three is currently broadcasting a fascinating series on the "50 key works" of classical music. This is a spin-off from howard Goodall's BBC2 television series and its tie-in book, The Story of Music (Chatto), and it crystallises – for the amateur listener – the turning points in the evolution of the classical tradition in the most enthralling way. Did you, for instance, know that Procul harum's Whiter Shade of Pale contains a 1.the death of Christopher Marlowe (1593) 2.william shakespeare: the sonnets (1609) 3.the king james bible (1611) 4.william shakespeare: the first folio (1623) 5. john Milton: areopagitica (1644) 6. samuel pepys: the diaries (1660-69) 7. john bunyan: pilgrim's progress (1678) 8. john locke: essay Concerning human understanding (1690) 9.william Congreve:theway of theworld (1700) 10. daniel defoe: a journal of the plague year (1722) 11. jonathan swift: gulliver's travels (1727) 12. samuel johnson: a dictionary of the english language (1755) 13. thomas jefferson: the american declaration of independence (1776) 14. james boswell: life of johnson (1791) 15. benjamin franklin: autobiography (1793)

16. Mary wollstonecraft: a vindication of the rights of women (1792) 17. william wordsworth: "the prelude" (1805) 18. jane austen: pride & prejudice (1813) 19. lord byron: Childe harold's pilgrimage (1812) 20. samuel taylor Coleridge: shakespearean Criticism (1818) 21. ralph waldo emerson: "the american scholar" (1837) 22.thomas Carlyle:the french revolution (1837) 23. the uniform penny post (1840) 24.thomas hood: "the song of the shirt" (1843) 25. emily brontë: wuthering heights (1847) 26. Charles dickens: david Copperfield (1849) 27. herman Melville: Moby dick (1851) 28. elizabeth gaskell: north and south (1855) 29. Charles darwin: on the origin of species (1859)

senator pushes bill requiring students to read 'Atlas shrugged' A Republican state senator in Idaho has introduced legislation that would require all high school students in the state to read an Ayn Rand novel that has become popular with the Tea Party movement. State Senate education Committee Chairman John Goedde (R-Coeur d’Alene) introduced legislation Tuesday that would require the reading of Rand's 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged by every high school student in the state, and the passage of a test on the book, in order to graduate, The Spokesman-Review reported. Goedde said that he only introduced the bill as a way to send a message to the state over a series of recent decisions, and not to force the reading of Rand's book. “It was a shot over their bow just to let them know that there’s another way to adopt high school graduation requirements,” Goedde said to committee members, The Spokesman-Review reported. “I don’t intend to schedule a hearing on it.” Atlas Shrugged has become a popular book among the Tea Party for its pro-capitalism and anti-big government message. Among the fans of the book are Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and conservative pundit Glenn Beck. Goedde said he choose the book because it stresses "personal responsibility" and that it caused his son to become a Republican, The Spokesman-Review reported. NewS DeSK

harmonic line that is pure Bach? So much for music. Following Radio 3, I've found myself speculating about the 50 key moments in the Anglo-American literary tradition. Arguably, Goodall's very good idea works almost as well for the history of the printed page. Note: what follows is not merely a book list, but an attempt to identify some of the hinge moments in our literature – a composite of significant events, notable poems, plays, and novels, plus influential deaths, starting with the violent death of Shakespeare's one serious rival … 30. henry thoreau: walden, or life in the woods (1854) 31. harriet beecher stowe: uncle tom's Cabin (1852) 32. lewis Carroll: alice in wonderland (1865) 33. wilkie Collins: the Moonstone (1868) 34. first commercially successful typewriter, usa. (1878) 35. george eliot: Middlemarch (1871) 36. robert louis stevenson: the strange Case of dr jekyll and Mr hyde (1886) 37. oscarwilde:the picture of dorian gray (1890) 38. thomas hardy: poems (c.1900) 39. jM barrie: peter pan (1904) 40. james joyce: ulysses (1922) 41. ts eliot: the waste land (1922) 42. f scott fitzgerald: the great gatsby (1925) 43. george orwell: george orwell: nineteen eighty-four (1949)

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RITISH comedian Russell Brand loves his daily Kundalini yoga sessions because he finds it "highly psychological and very beautiful". The 37-year-old, who has battled drug and sex addiction, starts every day with transcendental meditation followed by Kundalini yoga and finds the techniques "overwhelming". "It changes consciousness, it (Kundalini yoga) is really good if you have had addiction issues. It's highly psychological, and very beautiful, and overwhelming, and real, and trippy," contactmusic.com quoted Brand as saying. NewS DeSK

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44. ian fleming: Casino royale (1953) 45. jack kerouac: on the road (1957) 46. Maurice sendak: where the wild things are (1963) 47. truman Capote: in Cold blood (1966) 48. wg sebald: vertigo (1990) 49. the launch of amazon.com (1994) 50. jk rowling: harry potter and the philosopher's stone (1997) plus a bonus book - ted hughes: birthday letters (1998) this catalogue, in conclusion, is highly partisan and impressionistic. it makes no claim to be comprehensive (how could it?). rather, it aims to stimulate a discussion about the turning-points in the world of books and letters from the king james bible to the present day.

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Many writers have to work hard to express confidence in their own writing, sweating through open mike readings, struggling with promoting themselves online, and—this may be the worst of all—introducing themselves at meet-andgreet events like conferences and writing retreats. The following tips will help you prepare for those encounters so that you can represent yourself and your writing to literary agents, editors, and fellow writers with professionalism and confidence. 4 THInGs you sHoulD Do BeFoRe THe evenT:

Research: Make sure you know not only what organizations or people are running the event but who will be in attendance. If the event has a website, make sure you visit it. After all, the idea is to make new contacts, so you’ll want to put your best—and most appropriate—foot forward. Get in the zone: Get plenty of sleep, relaxation, and as much emotional support from friends and family as possible. It’s hard to make a good impression when you’re feeling tired or insecure. And remember to keep everything in perspective during the event—you won’t be blacklisted for life if you forget someone’s name or stutter while introducing yourself. Prepare your outfit and accessories ahead of time: Don’t let a last-minute wardrobe snafu derail your otherwise well-thought-out plan. Get your suit drycleaned, shine your shoes, make sure your blow-dryer works, etc. Make sure your business cards are ready! Unless everyone you meet has a perfect memory, they’ll appreciate your

handing them a business card to remember you by. 4 TIPs FoR MAKInG A lAsTInG IMPRessIon (In A GooD WAy): eye contact, eye contact, eye contact, and smile, smile, smile: If you look distracted or unfriendly, people will remember you as the person to avoid. Refer to people by name as much as you can (within reason): Using people’s names will not only show them that you were listening when they introduced themselves, but it might just be that something that distinguishes you from the crowd later on when they receive your submission. Be memorable by being unique: Rather than introducing yourself as just a writer, say something more descriptive, like, “Nice to meet you. I write visual poems. What do you do?” By offering something more specific about the type of writing you do, people are likely to remember you better from the sea of

writers in the room. Make conversation by talking about more than just what it is you do or pitching your work: Discuss any lectures given, ask if he or she knows anything about the venue, etc. By offering some communication on a person-to-person level, you’ll stand out from the crowd and possibly even make some genuine friendships. 4 THInGs you sHoulD neveR Do: n

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you become.) Don’t crack jokes. You’re introducing yourself at a writing event, not making a wedding toast— no one expects you to put on a comedy routine. Just be yourself.

THe MosT IMPoRTAnT THInG To KeeP In MInD: The purpose of attending a writing conference or publishing-industry event is to network and make connections. When you get home, don’t toss all the business cards you collected in a drawer and forget about them. Keep them in view, and send some emails within the next few days. Make sure to mention as many specific topics of conversation you can to help that person remember who you are. You never know, one of those emails may just lead to establishing a writing group, receiving helpful editing advice from an expert, or even gaining literary agent representation for your book! NewS DeSK

INGER Tulisa Contostavlos has reportedly sued rapper Will.i.am to get some of the publishing money the he gets from him single "Scream and shout". According to Contostavlos, she was the one who originally wrote the lyrics of the song with Will's manager Jean Baptiste. However, Will.i.am recorded the song with singer Britney Spears, keeping Contostavlos out of the picture. But she gets the money only if she proves that the lyrics are hers. "Tulisa is still fuming with Will for taking the song off her. The fact the song blew up only makes it worse," thesun.co.uk quoted a source as saying. "She's well within her right to claim some of the publishing money. If she proves the words are hers, she could get a huge payout," the source added. NewS DeSK

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The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance - the idea that anything is possible. –Ray Bradbury

stella! ornery dog leads to $1 million lottery win A NEWS DESK

Family sues disneyland, calls ‘white rabbit’ racist According to a lawsuit, the Black family went to Disneyland and got shunned by the White Rabbit— literally. The San Diego family is suing the amusement park because, they say, the employee playing the Alice in Wonderland character was racist. Last August, 6-year-old Jason Black tried to hug the “rabbit” and his older brother Elijah tried to hold his hand, but the employee ignored the boys, they tell Fox News. “The rabbit was turning his back on him like he didn’t event want to touch him,” Elijah recalls. “I went up to try to hold his hand but he kept on flicking my hand off.” But when two white children approached (the Blacks are black), the character showered them with attention and hugs, the boys’ parents say. The family filed a complaint, with photo evidence, but they weren’t satisfied with management’s offer of VIP passes. They want a public apology and for the employee to be fired, in order to ensure “this doesn’t happen to another family,” says Jason Black Sr. They hired an attorney after months of battling, when Disney asked them to sign a confidential waiver in exchange for $500, and are now asking Disney to review surveillance footage of the incident. NewS DeSK

Meet the ‘stay-at-home dude’ Finn Boulding is married, his wife has a great job, and he is the happy, unemployed-by-choice homemaker in the relationship. Not that unusual, right? Plenty of stay-at-home dads exist in the world. Except Boulding and his wife don’t have kids, and they don’t plan to have them. “I’m not just doing this temporarily until I find something meaningful to do,” writes Boulding in an essay at Slate. “I’m actually a fulltime homemaker ... not stay-at-home dad but stay-at-home dude.” He cooks, he cleans, he mends clothes, he likes it. “As a result, when she is done with work—if I’ve managed my time well— the evenings and weekends are now totally open for us to relax together,” writes Boulding, who once was on track to become a licensed architect. “Our circumstances may change and I may be forced to re-evaluate, but for now, feeling that the benefits far outweigh the professional cost, I want to be a great homemaker supporting a fantastic spouse.” NewS DeSK

group of blue collar University of Utah workers will split $1 million in lottery winnings thanks to a set of keys left in a truck and an ornery little dog named “Stella.” Thirteen years after playing the same set of numbers every month in the Idaho lottery, the group of 33 workers who work on heating and cooling university buildings hit pay dirt when Steve hughes left his truck running to keep his dog “Stella” warm while he went inside to a gas station near Lava hot Springs, Idaho, on Jan. 6. Utah has no lottery. When he returned to his truck, his miniature pinscher had locked him out by putting her paw on the manual lock. hughes, 29, planned to buy the ticket elsewhere, but instead he had his girlfriend buy it there while he tried to open the door with a slim jim. he eventually coached Stella to put her paws on the electronic window button in the back seat, allowing hughes to get in the car. What seemed like an annoying delay that day turned out to be serendipitous when the group discovered Wednesday night that they had won second prize in the Idaho Powerball. They announced the great news during a morning meeting Thursday morning at the hVAC shop at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

hughes thought it was a joke — looking for the camera filming the prank. “It was pretty exciting,” said Richard Tison, 50, the supervisor. About 25 members of the group made the 5 1/2-hour trip on a charter bus to Boise, Idaho, on Friday to turn in their winning ticket and collect their checks. The rest had to stay behind to make sure

the university’s buildings were toasty on the cold winter day, Tison said. It was a raucous ride on the bus, with the crew making it a “party bus” atmosphere as they celebrated their good fortune. After collecting their money, the group planned to climb back on board the bus for the journey home — though some suggested they might stop off at a water-

ing hole in Boise to contemplate their winnings. Tison and hughes say they will each get about $20,000 after taxes, or as hughes said, “A nice little bonus during the year.” hughes plans to save half of his share and buy a four-wheeler. Many in the group plan to buy four-wheelers or drag cars, he said. Some are going to save or invest it. “I’m going to pay off some bills and probably get me a boat,” Tison said. hughes’ dog, “Stella,” didn’t get to go on Friday’s “party bus” but the lucky winners had previously made sure she was rewarded. “She got a couple of big surprises when I got home,” hughes said. “She got 18-inch rawhide bones.” The group began buying the tickets in February 2001 with just three people. The pool grew to 33 people, but the philosophy of using the same numbers never changed. Recently, some in the group suggested they change the numbers — fed up with 13 years of futility. But Tison, one of the original three, insisted they stay the course. hughes estimates that they’ve each put in $200 to $400 over the years, depending on how long they’ve been in the group. Tison said they plan to keep playing the Idaho Powerball, taking turns making the monthly 1 1/2-hour drive to Malad, Idaho, to pick up a ticket. And yes, Tison says they’ll keep playing the same numbers: 11-16-33-40-41. “There is no need to change them,” Tison said. “It worked once, why wouldn’t it work again.”

in milestone, Mars rover collects first bedrock sample NEWS DESK In a first, the Mars rover Curiosity has penetrated a rock on the Red Planet and collected a sample from its interior, the US space agency announced Saturday. Using a drill at the end of its robotic arm, Curiosity bore a hole 0.6 inches (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep into the rock, generating powder for evaluation, NASA said in a statement. “The most advanced planetary robot ever designed now is a fully operating analytical laboratory on Mars,” said agency official John Grunsfeld. “This is the

biggest milestone accomplishment for the Curiosity team since the sky-crane landing last August, another proud day for America.” The rock Curiosity targeted — described as flat and veiny — is believed to hold evidence about “long-gone wet environments,” NASA said, adding it is named “John Klein” in memory of a Mars Science Laboratory deputy project manager who died in 2011. Over the coming days ground controllers will command the rover’s arm to carry out steps to process the sample. Beforehand, however, some of the powder will be checked for contamination that may have made

it onto the hardware while Curiosity was still on earth. Creating a tool that could handle “unpredictable” Martian rocks was no easy task, according to NASA. “To get to the point of making this hole in a rock on Mars, we made eight drills and bored more than 1,200 holes in 20 types of rock on earth,” said engineer Louise Jandura. The $2.5 billion mission, set to last at least two years, aims to study the Martian environment to prepare for a possible future manned mission. US President Barack Obama has set a goal of sending humans to the planet by 2030.

556-pound man must lose weight in order to have volleyball-sized tumor removed NEWS DESK Scot Jacobson, a 556-pound Oregon man, has a 70pound tumor he calls “Wilson,” after the volleyball featured in the movie “Cast Away.” It’s just something to add levity to his predicament, Jacobson told The Huffington Post. In the next few months, the 50year-old father of eight must undergo two risky surgeries: a gastric bypass to get his weight down and a procedure about four months later to remove the volleyball-sized growth from his abdomen. he had gastric bypass surgery once before and woke up to discover that surgeons aborted the operation because they were afraid he would bleed to death. “It’s hard to get excited again,” he said to huffPost on Tuesday. “I’m afraid the same result may happen.” Jacobson, a social worker from Pendleton, Ore., said he has been heavy all his life, despite the most restrictive of diets. Then last year, an endocrinologist discovered he had thyroid cancer, and the gland was removed in September. The tumor appeared a few months later. According to the National Cancer Institute, obesity is linked to a greater risk of thyroid cancer. On the flip side, some types of thyroid disease can cause weight gain, everydayhealth.com notes. Jacobson, who is still

working 40 hours a week, said he is cancer-free; the tumor is not malignant, but its size makes it dangerous. however, before he can have it removed, Jacobson first needs to undergo the $18,000 gastric bypass surgery — a procedure his insurance doesn’t cover, the east Oregonian reports. According to the newspaper, Jacobson’s community, led by family friend Peggy Ruiz, is attempting to help him raise the remaining $6,000 he’ll need by Feb. 22, the date set by Oregon health & Science University hospital for the gastric bypass. That amount has now been whittled down to $3,500, Jacobson told HuffPost. But until the first surgery happens, Jacobson is trying to keep his hopes in check.

Mystery brain disease strikes women in us Doctors have been wrestling with a newly discovered illness that attacks mainly young women and looks a lot like psychosis. In Philadelphia, hospitalized women appeared possessed, crying or laughing hysterically one moment and turning catatonic the next. One had seizures and left her arms stuck out in front of her. Finally doctors realized they weren’t crazy—they were suffering from an auto immune disease known as Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis, reports CBS Philadelphia. Discovered six years ago, the illness strikes the brain with antibodies and causes it to swell—as one doctor explained to two nervous parents: “He told them her brain is on fire,” says a woman who was hospitalized for weeks. “He used those words: ‘Her brain is on fire.’” A spinal fluid test can spot the disease and immunotherapy can treat it, but there is no cure; all patients face possible relapses. Now a former patient is trying to get the word out, explaining that “there could be people in comas right now or people stuck in psych wards that have this disease and aren’t being treated properly.” NewS DeSK

Fox attacks 4-week-old baby boy at london home British police are investigating a fox attack on a 4-week-old baby in his home in London. Scotland Yard said the boy was admitted to a hospital Wednesday after the fox injured his hand. British media including the BBC and the Press Association reported Saturday that the fox bit one of the baby’s fingers, and that the boy was recovering after surgery. It was not clear how the fox entered the home. Mayor Boris Johnson is calling for more to be done to tackle what he called the “growing problem of urban foxes.” Some have called for a cull of the animals, which are a common sight at night in quieter areas of the capital. NewS DeSK


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DAM Voges scored his maiden one-day international century as a depleted Australia secured a 5-0 series whitewash by beating West Indies by 17 runs in the final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. The 33-year-old middle order batsman blasted an unbeaten 112 off 106 balls to propel Australia to a commanding total of 274 for five, before the tourists’ promising chase stumbled in the final overs with late wickets. Johnson Charles, who replaced injured opener Chris Gayle, also scored a maiden ODI ton to give West Indies hope of hauling in the total, but the innings quickly petered out when allrounder James Faulkner had the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard caught for 45. That left the Caribbeans at 234-7, still needing 41 with less than four overs to spare, and seamer Clint McKay wrapped up the match on the second last ball when tailender Tino Best slogged straight to a man at deep midwicket. Australia completed the victory without injured captain Michael Clarke and several other first-choice players, who were

gautaM gaMbhir has not sCored a Century in tests in over three years MUMBAI: Gautam Gambhir has been dropped for the first two Tests against Australia. Delhi’s Shikhar Dhawan replaced him in the squad, which retained Tamil Nadu’s M Vijay. Harbhajan Singh replaced Piyush Chawla, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar earned a first Test call-up ahead of Parvinder Awana as the third change to the XV that played the Nagpur Test against England. Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane retained their places. Both Vijay and Dhawan opened the innings for Rest of India in the ongoing Irani Cup match. Vijay scored a century, and Dhawan scored 63. Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer scored centuries in two Ranji Trophy knockout matches and in Irani Cup to become a late contender, but Dhawan pipped him. Dhawan has scored 833 first-class runs this season at an average of 55.53, including four hundreds and three fifties. He started with back-to-back hundreds in the quarterfinal and semi-final of the Duleep Trophy. In eight Ranji Trophy matches, he scored 524 runs, averaging 47.63 with two hundreds and two fifties. He also scored 110 for Delhi against England XI in the warm-up fixture before the ODI series. Gambhir replaced Dhawan in the India A side, and will lead the them in a three-day game against the Australians from February 16. Since his last Test century, more than three years ago, Gambhir has averaged 30.2 over 26 Tests. “No sympathies plz,” he tweeted. “Lookin forward to training n then d india a game. Chin up guys, its time to show some steel. Come on. “Had my bak to d wall in d past 2, dis is no difrent. Will fight. Very hapy 4 vijay n shikhar. Want India to win @ all costs, wid or widou me” Harbhajan, who was dropped from India’s Test squad for the fourth match against England, has taken 16 Ranji wickets for Punjab at 32.23. In the Irani Cup, he took three wickets in the first innings, and two in the second. “Relieved at getting selected,” Harbhajan said after Rest of India won the Irani Cup on first-innings lead. “This was a big match. I bowled really well. And got the opportunity to play against Australia, my favourite team.” ageNcIeS

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they would have struggled to get to 100. Fields did not let them get too far beyond that mark. The Australia captain was relentless in her pursuit of wickets, crowding the inner circle with fielders through the innings. One of the few times she had the maximum permissible four fielders in the deep was when the hardhitting eshani Kaushalya came in. The pressure of trying to beat the infield led to the regular fall of Sri Lanka wickets. This despite Australia’s lead seamer ellyse Perry missing her second successive game, this time with an ankle injury. Megan Schutt did not need any help from her fielders in getting the opening breakthrough. Yasoda Mendis pushed tentatively at an incoming delivery and was bowled through the gate. Chamari Atapattu tried to go hard over midoff but chose a slower one to do that, and could not clear the field. holly Ferling, the 17-year old quick, struck in her opening spell again, sending back Sri Lanka captain

Shashikala Siriwardene who nudged one down leg to the wicketkeeper Fields. The Australian captain kept the field up after the opening Powerplay, and also left cover vacant to invite the drive against the offspin of Lisa Sthalekar. Sandamali Dolawatte went for the stroke to a flighted one, and a delighted Fields snapped up the edge. There was turn and bounce for the spinners but Surangika responded the way she had played against India. She lofted the seamers down the ground, swatted them through extra cover and also cut hard. Batting with a cap on, she even hooked the pacy Ferling to the deep square leg rope. Rasangika was put down by Sarah Coyte off her own bowling on 22, but Australia restricted the partnership to 49 as Schutt had the batsman caught on 43 at short extra cover with the fifth ball of her second spell in the 31st over. Manodara, who had edged Coyte twice past the slips for four, fell in the next over as she tried to hit Osborne

MUMBAI: England Women kept their tournament hopes alive with a crushing seven-wicket win over South Africa in a Super Six match in Cuttack. While Australia are dominating the Super Six stage and leading the points table, the race for the second place is turning into a close, three-way contest between West Indies, England and New Zealand. England will need to win their next match against New Zealand with a large margin to improve their existing run rate, which may come into play in case two teams finish on same points. England’s win today was engineered by medium-pacer Anya Shrubsole who decimated the South African batting. By the eighth over, Shrubsole had dismissed South Africa’s top order to leave the side struggling at 18 for four wickets. South Africa never managed to recover from that position, losing wickets in clusters before eventually folding for 77. Given the small target, England struggled early on in their chase. Chloe Tryon took a couple of wickets in the fourth over to leave England wobbling at 26 for three. However, the total was too small for the South African bowlers to defend and Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle ensured that England got home in under ten overs, giving their run rate a substantial boost. SCOReS: England 81 for 3 in 9.3 overs (Brindle 28*) beat South Africa 77 (Shrubsole 5-17, Wyatt 3-7) by seven wickets. ageNcIeS

over mid-on, Schutt backpedalling to take a well-judged catch. Kaushalya, who had shocked england and India with her powerful hits, did not hang around for too long. She slog-swept her fourth delivery from Osborne and Alex Blackwell took a low catch diving forward at midwicket. sCoRes: Australia 132 for 1 (haynes 71*) beat Sri Lanka 131 (Rasangika 43, Osborne 3-9) by nine wickets.


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as ever, Misbah was on hand to CalM their nerves and shared 58 with faisal for the fourth-wiCket tourists slipped to 29 for three at one point as Western Province seam-bowler Johannes Bothma took a couple of wickets with the new ball. As ever, captain Misbah-ul-haq was on hand to calm their nerves and shared 58 with Faisal Iqbal (33) for the fourth-wicket and an unbroken 40 with Asad Shafiq (21 not out) for the fifth-wicket. earlier, 23-year-old Matthew Kleinveldt - cousin of Proteas fast-bowler Rory - and 19-year-old Keegan Petersen had shown some fight following the early loss of opener Sharn Gomes, caught behind off Rahat Ali. The two added 62 for the second-wicket but, once Irfan had had Petersen caught pulling to mid-wicket for 32, there was very little resistance to speak of. Sybrand engelbrecht was only other Cobras batsmen to pass 20 as Irfan ended with four for 20; Rahat two for 27; and Rehman three for 31. ehsan Adil got through eight wicket-less overs for 17 runs, with only Tanvir Ahmed disappointing, conceding 5.54 an over from 11 overs for a solitary success.

Pcb to brief Icc on security measures within Pakistan six pakistani poliCeMen and a van driver were killed in the attaCk on the sri lankans in MarCh 2009 in whiCh soMe of the visiting players were also wounded LAHORe: The Pakistan Cricket Board would make a presentation to the International Cricket Council and its member Boards soon on the measures taken by the authorities since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan team in a bid to impress on the other countries that security situation has improved in the country. A reliable source in the Board said that the PCB had hired an Army colonel who was with the Inter Services Intelligence and is a counter terrorism expert to prepare the security brief for the ICC and its member Boards. “Colonel Azam is now working with the PCB vigilance and security wing as the Board has come to the conclusion that until the ICC and its member Boards are not made aware and are satisfied with security plans for domestic and international cricket in Pakistan, international teams or players will never come to Pakistan,” the reports quoted source as saying. The source said that Colonel Azam had been given the task of working with the vigilance and security wing to prepare a comprehensive security plan for presentation to the ICC and member Boards. “When the PCB recently contacted different Boards in connection with seeking NOCs for players for Pakistan Super League they realised that a lot still needed to be done to convince them just how much the board had done since the attack on the Sri Lankans to prepare a tangible security blanket and plan for cricket in the country,” the source said. Six Pakistani policemen and a van driver were killed in the attack on the Sri Lankans in March 2009 in which some of the visiting players were also wounded. Since then, no Test playing nation has visited Pakistan because of security concerns and this week the Board announced it was postponing indefinitely the PSL that was to be launched in March end. Staff rePort

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Pakistan not happy with Hot spot, davis appointment in sA series davis was the third uMpire in the first test in johannesburg and Many of the referral deCisions went against pakistan LAHORe: Pakistan has objected to the use of Hot Spot ball tracking technology and also to the appointment of Australian umpire Steve Davis in the ongoing Test series in South Africa. According to a reports, Pakistan Cricket Board has written a letter to the International Cricket Council outlining their objection to the use of the Hot Spot technology in the first Test against South Africa. “The PCB wrote the letter to the ICC after the team management in South Africa requested the board to talk to the ICC over the use of the Hot Spot technology and the posting of Steve Davis in the series,” the report said. Davis was the third umpire in the first Test in Johannesburg and many of the referral decisions went against Pakistan. Most of the referrals were adjudged with the help of the Hot Spot technology which appeared to be inconclusive at times. “The team management have clearly stated they don’t want the ICC to post Steve Davis again in the series and that the Hot Spot technology should also be dropped for the remaining matches of the series,” the report added. It said that the PCB had also asked the ICC to ensure that the Hot Spot technology was no longer used in the series but so far the ICC had not responded to their letter. “The PCB is also unhappy with the way decisions went against their team in the first test and have told the ICC they feel the Hot Spot technology is not reliable,” the report stated. The PCB in its letter has, however, made it clear they still support the use of the Decision Review System (DRS) but not Hot Spot in the series. Staff rePort

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The Gaddafi Stadium Metro Bus Station got the honour of being the only venue where Chief Minister Punjab Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif stepped out of the bus and met with he players, sports officials and general public. At the station Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz got out of the bus on his way back from Shahdara and met with a number of Pakistan’s international former and current players. Director General Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar and his team made special welcome arrangements for the Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz, who on Sunday inaugurated the Repid Bus Service at Gajjumata and rode all the way to Shadara. On his way back Gaddafi Stadium station was the place where the Ch came out of the bus amidst tight security watched the station arrangements, met the players and people and drove his way back on his car. The station was tastefully decorated with the Punjab Youth Festival banners and stingers and comedians like Amanat Chan, Akram Idrees, Saleem Albala and Danish entertained the participants with their performance while jingle were played all through the day. A good number of international and national players were also present on the occasion prominent among them were test cricketers Mushtaq Ahmed, Mohammad Yousuf,

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the visitors Could Managed 166 runs in their quota of overs and were defeated by the hoMe side by eight wiCkets Olympian Akhtar Rasool, the entire hockey team, women hockey team members Rabia Qadir, Sahrish, Chand Parveen, Perveen Gill, world snooker champion Mohammad Asif, a number of international weightlifters like Aqeel Butt, commonwealth games medal winning weightlifters, wrestlers, country’s national swimmers and sports officials. The CM’s bus caravan first slowed down for a while at the Gaddafi Metro Station waving to the players and general public and on his way back stopped at the station and met the players present there. To make the atmosphere more attractive several persons in the attire of clowns were standing at a certain places while young boys and girls wearing stake shoes did skating on the track before the arrival of the Chief Minister’s bus caravan. One side of the station was filled up with ladies, who gathered there to

witness the first ride if the metro bus while the other side was filled up with players and the bridge connecting the stairs to the bus stations was packed with general public. Speaking on the occasion, Olympian and chief coach of the hockey team Akhtar Rasool termed the Punjab Youth Festival and the bus service of the Punjab government a landmark and said that it would play a vital role in the development of the country. Pakistan hockey team captain Mohammad Imran said that the way the Punjab Youth Festival and the Metro service has been launched by the government it would give the nation a strong footing for a strong country. Rabia Qadir, best hockey player of the year, said that the projects like Metro Bus are the base of country’s development and the festival would go a long way in the promotion of sports.

LAHORe: The combined team of Rawalpindi and Faisalabad Region XI on Sunday defeated the visiting Afghanistan here at the Gaddafi Stadium. The visitors could managed 166 runs in their quota of overs and were defeated by the home side by eight wickets. Scores: Afghanistan: 166-10 in 49.1 overs (Shabbir Ahmed 32, 2x4s, 64 balls, Rehmat Shah 48, 1x4s, 1x6s 79 balls, Merwais Ashraf 32, 1 x 6s 64 balls, Sohail Tanvir 3-30, Samiullah Niazi 2-27, Hammad Azam 1-22, Usman Qadir 1-31, Asad Ali 1-27, Zohaib Ahmed 1-23) Rawalpindi, Faisalabad Region: 167-2 in 31 overs (Awais Zia 75, 10x4s, 3x6s, Baber Azam 64, 10x4s , Umer Waheed 12 not out , Rehmat Shah 1-28 Muhammad Nasim 1-45 ) Result: Rawalpindi, Faisalabad Region XI won by 8 wickets Man of the Match: Awais Zia (Rawalpindi, Faisalabad Region XI) Toss: Rawalpindi, Faisalabad Region XI Umpires: Riazuddin & Ahmed Shahpakteen Referee: Aziz ur Rehman Scorer: Abdul Hameed Staff rePort


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Ko becomes youngest winner of european tour CHRISTCHURCH: Teenager Lydia Ko became the youngest winner of a women’s European Tour golf event when she took victory at the New Zealand Women’s Open in Christchurch on Sunday. The New Zealander cried with joy after winning her third professional title from 12 events at the age of 15 years, eight months and 17 days. “I didn’t cry at the Canadian Open so I don’t know why I cried here,” Ko said. “I guess it meant more. It is our national open so to win means a lot.” Ko, who made a three-foot putt on the final hole to finish on 206, one ahead of American Amelia Lewis, beat the record set by South Korean Amy Yang, who was aged 16 years, six months and eight days when she won the Ladies Masters in Australia as an amateur in 2006. Ko became the third amateur to win on the women’s European Tour, after Gillian Stewart, at the 1984 European Open, and Yang. “It means a lot and makes it more special to be the first New Zealander to win the women’s Open,” the schoolgirl said. “It is always special to make history. I guess I broke history again.” Ko, already number 38 on the world professional rankings, now heads for the Australian Open in Canberra, which starts on Thursday. ageNcIeS

sterne coasts to comfortable Joburg open win JOHANNeSBURG: South African Richard Sterne took charge of Sunday’s fourth round to coast to victory in the Joburg Open, his first win on golf’s European Tour since 2008. Sterne carded an eight-under-par 64 for a tournament total of 260, seven shots ahead of second-placed Charl Schwartzel. After finishing second in the Dubai Desert Classic last weekend, Sterne got his reward for some consistent golf that featured just one dropped shot in his four rounds at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club. “It was a pretty special day, I played really good golf all week,” Sterne said at the presentation of the trophy. “I only had one bogey all week and that was key to scoring well. “It’s quite tough coming from a good week into another week, you do expect to play well. I got off to such a good start on the West Course (on Thursday) and having won here before I felt comfortable.” Sterne went into the final round tied on 19 under par with compatriot Trevor Fisher Jnr, but the latter carded a disappointing 73 to finish in tied-sixth position. Schwartzel birdied 17 and 18 to card a 66 to take second place with a 20under-par tournament total of 267. That took him ahead of Portugal’s Ricardo Santos, who matched Sterne’s round on Sunday with a 64 to finish his tournament on 19 under par and tied third with George Coetzee (67) and Chilean Filipe Aguilar. The 2013 Joburg Open is Sterne’s sixth European Tour victory and moves him into the top 60 in the world rankings ahead of the WGC-Accenture Match Play championship in Arizona starting on Feb. 20. It is the second time he has won the tournament, having claimed the trophy in 2008, but he said that two years spent out of the game made him worry whether he would ever make it back on to the professional circuit. “It crossed my mind a few times. I didn’t think I was going to be out for so long but six months became a year, then almost two at the end of the day,” Sterne said. “The only thing that kept me going was all the other South Africans, they kept winning lots of events and I thought to myself if they can do it, so can I.” The 31-year-old hopes that his solid start to the year will allow him to return to the majors in 2013. “It’s a big year for me hopefully, especially after such a nice start. I hope to get back into the majors, that’s where I want to be playing and competing on that stage.” ageNcIeS

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Wimbledon last year due to injury and a stomach virus - an illness which ruled him out of last month’s Australian Open. The manner of the Nadal’s victory over world number 26 Chardy will send a warning to his rivals that he may not be past his best yet and the Spaniard will attempt to cap a successful comeback by lifting his 37th clay-court trophy on Sunday. Standing in his way is the unseeded Zeballos, who reached his second ATP Tour final with a 6-3 7-6 (7/4) success over compatriot and eighth seed Carlos Berlocq. The unheralded Zeballos has also had a week to remember, knocking out fourth and fifth seeds Pablo Andujar and Albert Ramos respectively in the last two days. he was still the underdog against Berlocq and although he twice failed to serve out the match in the second set, he held his nerve in the tie-break to reach his first final since finishing as a runner-up at the St Petersburg Open in 2009.

LONDON: Great Britain advanced to the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs thanks to impressive singles victories for Laura Robson and Heather Watson in their clash with Bulgaria. Robson cruised past Dia Evtimova 6-0 6-4 in the opening rubber of the World Group I play-off at the Municipal Tennis Club in Israel on Sunday. Watson was then made to work much harder, but prevailed with a battling 1-6 6-4 6-2 success against Tsvetana Pironkova. Britain’s World Group II play-off will take place on the weekend of April 2021, with the venue and opponents to be decided on Wednesday morning. World number 45 Robson asserted her authority early on against Evtimova, hardly giving her 253rd-ranked opponent a look-in as she stormed through the first set in 21 minutes. Evtimova briefly threatened to make a match of it by breaking the Robson serve early in the second set, but the British number two swiftly broke back to reduce hopes of a Bulgaria comeback. The encounter then went with serve until 5-4, when Robson finished things off neatly in under an hour. In contrast, world number 41 Watson did not have it all her own way against 44th-ranked Pironkova. The Bulgarian broke the British number one’s serve in just the third game and did not look back, breezing through the first set in 25 minutes. Watson ended a run of seven straight games for Pironkova by winning her first service game of the second set, and then finally secured her first break of the match in game seven. That proved crucial in clinching the second set to force a decider. And the 20-year-old from Guernsey wasted no time in taking charge of the third set, racing into a 4-0 lead before Pironkova found her feet. The Plovdiv-born 25-year-old then broke the Watson serve to get back to 4-2, but Watson refused to relinquish her advantage and promptly broke back then held serve to wrap up the triumph for Britain. ageNcIeS


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champion came home in 46.74 seconds to win his heat ahead of Allodin Fothergill for the Racers Track Club at the Camperdown Classic outdoor meeting. Blake, runner-up to Bolt at both sprint events in London last year, recorded a faster time of 46.64 although he finished behind training partner Warren Weir at the National Stadium in Kingston, where there was no final for

the event. Both times are some way off Michael Johnson’s world record of 43.18secs. “I felt a bit nervous,” Bolt said in quotes published by BBC Sport. “I just came out here to win and I’m glad I won injury free.” Blake added: “I’m happy with the run, despite the time. I’m just looking forward to the rest of the season.”

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during Saturday’s sun-drenched third round but he ended up making the cut right on the number after finishing bogey, birdie, triple-bogey. “It was a beautiful day here at Pebble, we got perfect weather and I just couldn’t get going,” Mickelson told reporters after carding a one-over-par 73 on the Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of three venues for this week’s pro-am celebrity event. “And then to finish with a triple, it doesn’t feel great. It was a really fun day to play golf. I just wish I had played a lot better.” Mickelson, who had been two under for the day with three holes remaining, hit two shots into the ocean while playing the 18th, falling on rocks while looking for his errant drive before

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LONDON: Lewis Hamilton made up for lost time by doing 145 laps of the Jerez test circuit on Friday with Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn hailing the 2008 Formula One champion for his work in driving the team forward. The 28-year-old former McLaren driver did only 15 laps before a brake failure sent him crashing out on his test debut with his new team on Wednesday but returned for a full day’s work. His efforts were interrupted only when testing was halted for nearly an hour to enable workers to repair a damaged kerb and fill a hole between turns 10 and 11 with quick-drying cement. Hamilton told reporters that Mercedes, largely uncompetitive last season, were where he hoped they would be in terms of performance and he was giving them plenty of feedback. “We have some work to do but it doesn’t feel like it was a disaster,” he said. “I feel like it’s a good platform, a good foundation to work from. “Definitely we are going to keep asking for downforce and hope the guys continue to do a great job at the factory,” he added.Brawn welcomed any constructive criticism from Hamilton and his German team mate Nico Rosberg, who did 148 laps on Thursday. “I think we’ve made it very clear to Lewis that he’s part of the solution,” the Englishman told reporters. “He’s part of the solution to get us where we want to be and he knows that and understands it and I think he’s relishing it. “He gives us reference points and helps us understand what we need to focus on... I welcome that approach. It needs to be constructive and it needs to be positive criticism of the right sort and that’s always helpful for the team to drive it forward.” ageNcIeS

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some body shots on the Belfast fighter. The contest exploded into life in the fourth round, with a powerful left hook from the

Spaniard catching Frampton off-guard. But the challenger hit back and began to chip away at his opponent before

gradually assuming control and ending the fight in style in the ninth. “It feels amazing,” Frampton said on Sky Sports 1. “I just want to thank everyone who came out here. I just want the whole of Belfast to be proud of me. I want to be a world champion and I’m getting close.” The Belfast man played down the prefight tension between the pair in his post-match interview. “(It was a) very tough night. he was harder to hit than I thought. he’s tough as nails,” Frampton said of Martinez, who made throat-slitting gestures towards his rival at Friday’s weigh-in. “All that stuff at the weigh-in - that’s just macho-ism. he’s a nice guy and I’ll shake his hand. “I told him I’d outbox him at the start and I’d outfight him at the end - and that’s exactly what I’ve done.


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12 injured in Quetta and Peshawar attacks QuETTA/PESHAWAR ageNcIeS

PeSHAWAR: Firefighters stand near a police van which was burnt after a hand grenade attack on Sunday. oNlINe

Pakistan eyes leftover us military equipment in Afghanistan ISLAMABAD

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ITh the US and Pakistani officials engaged in crucial talks on the use of NATO supply lines running through Pakistan for the withdrawal of US-led western troops from Afghanistan, Islamabad may seek an agreement with Washington for the purchase of the leftover military equipment. Currently, Islamabad and Washington are engaged in talks through diplomatic channels to sort out issues related to the use of NATO supply routes through Pakistani soil for the withdrawal of thousands of troops and military equipment, like the security of supplies and also what material could be transited and what could not. The talks are mainly aimed at a smooth and safe transit of NATO supplies through Pakistan once thousands of vehicles start moving out of Afghanistan for which a deadline of 2014 has been set by the United States. As the US and its allies shape up its plan for the troops’ withdrawal, reports in western media suggest that some regional states like Uzbekistan have showed interest in clinching a deal with the United States for the supply of war leftovers and in return the western powers would be provided with the roads.

exorbitant Cost of shipping out MaChinery May CoMpel us to ConteMplate sales to regional players According to one such report that appeared in New York Times recently, Uzbek officials have quietly contacted American, German and British officials with the offer, in their latest bid to supplement their mil-

itary despite international embargoes. Diplomatic sources privy to latest developments on the front of US-Pakistan relations said like Uzbekistan, Pakistan might also seek an agreement with the

United States for the supply of military equipment that the US-led western forces could not take back from Afghanistan. They said that just like Iraq where the US troops had to face high costs of shipping the used military equipment, which even exceeded their real value, the US authorities could face the same situation in Afghanistan. “Such situation in Afghanistan is likely to compel the US to seek alternatives and one such alternative could be to sell the leftover military equipment to Islamabad. After all the US authorities would not like these latest weapons and equipment to fall into the hands of the Taliban,” said a source, seeking anonymity. he said Pakistan might also show interest in the purchase of some war leftovers that it believed were vital for boosting its defense capabilities. A Pakistani official confirmed the talks being held with the US for the use of NATO supply routes for the US led foreign troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan and all related matters. however, he did not comment on the possibility of talks for a deal between Islamabad and Washington for the sale of war leftovers to Pakistan. he said Pakistan and the US were key allied nations in the anti-terrorism global campaign and it was hoped that they would be able to work out a mutually acceptable mechanism for the use of NATO supply lines for the troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Twelve people, including four cops, were injured in rocket and grenade attacks in Quetta and Peshawar on Sunday, police said. Deputy Inspector General Police (Operations Wing) Wazir Khan Nasar said militants fired three rockets from an undisclosed location which landed in various areas of Quetta. The attacks caused suspension of power supply to Abu-Al-Khair Road area. “Three children and two women are also injured,” Nasar said. he said the condition of one of the injured is serious. emergency was imposed in civil hospital Quetta and doctors were immediately called to treat the patients. Separately, as many as four policemen, including a sub-inspector, were injured in a grenade attack on a police van in Peshawar. According to initial unconfirmed reports, unidentified attackers hurled hand grenades at a police van near hasht Nagri police station on GT Road, leaving four policemen, including Sub- Inspector Imranuddin and driver Abbas injured and police van engulfed in fire. The rescue teams and additional contingent of police rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to Lady Reading hospital. Two of them are said to be in serious condition. Traffic remained suspended on GT Road after the attack. Meanwhile, police defused two bombs near Pando Chowk in the Chamkani police precincts. According to police, the bombs were concealed in shopping bags near Pando Chowk on Ring Road. The Bomb Disposal Squad rushed to the spot and defused them.

Gen dunford assumes IsAF command in Afghanistan KABuL NNI

A US general on Sunday assumed the command of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan, the NATO-led coalition forces said. "US Marine Corps Gen Joseph F Dunford, Jr assumed command of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from US Marine Corps Gen John R Allen at a change of command ceremony today," the ISAF said in a press release issued. "Today is not about change, it's about continuity," said Gen. Dunford, addressing the audience on his vision for Afghanistan and the coalition. "I'll endeavor to continue the momentum of the campaign and support the people of Afghanistan as they seize the opportunity for a brighter future." "Gen Dunford takes over from his fellow Marine and friend of 35 years. ContInued on page 04

Federal, Punjab govts defying eCP ban on funds LAHORE UmaIr azIz

Following in the footsteps of the federal government and showing a complete disregard for the directions of the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP), the Punjab government has also been approving new development schemes with impunity, Pakistan Today has learnt. Through a notification issued on January 22, the eCP had directed the federal, provincial and local governments to ban diversion of funds already allocated to various development projects. Furthermore, the eCP termed such spending in the constituencies at this time “nothing short of yet another facet of pre-poll rigging” which if not checked would make the elections

“tainted” and falling short of the constitutional provisions contained in article 218(3) of the constitution. however, the federal government recently decided to approve development schemes worth billions of rupees right before going into elections. When the media highlighted the issue, the prime minister defended the stance saying no one could stop them from serving the people. The Punjab government has recently approved 11 schemes in various sectors worth approximately Rs 13 billion in the 30th meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) chaired by Planning and Development Department Chairman Javaid Aslam. Notable schemes which have been approved include upgrading of the DhQ hos-

pital in Kasur, design of remedial measures for Dewal Landslide and reconstruction of RMK Road at Dewal Landslide, widening of road from Bunga hayat-Pakpattan-Arifwala in Pakpattan and widening and improvement of Sargodha-Gujrat Road. Major schemes in the energy sector included construction of Deg-Outfall hydel Power Station Sheikhupura, construction of Pakpattan hydel Power Station Pakpattan and Construction of Chianwali hydel Power Station Gujranwala, while more than Rs 3 billion were approved only for the construction of Marala hydel Power Station in Sialkot. A senior official, on the condition of anonymity, explained, “When a scheme has political backing of a strong MP, the department concerned brings it to the PDWP for

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approval of funds, because all the rest of the schemes have already been mentioned in the ADP at the start of the year.” The revelation sent shockwaves even within the ranks of bureaucrats who termed the move “outrageous” and in “defiance of the eCP directions”. A senior official, on condition of anonymity said, “If the PML-N top leadership had decided not to paste their photographs on the ad campaign of the BRTS, the step by the Planning and Development Department is definitely outrageous. Giving approval to new schemes, mostly politically-backed, is a clear defiance of the orders.” Sources said road-widening and energy sector schemes right before the elections spoke for themselves that they were “politEditor: Arif Nizami

ically-motivated”. They revealed that the matter had shocked many other senior officials as well. Finance Secretary Tariq Bajwa had put his foot down on the issue, saying the Finance Department would not release finances for these schemes. Upon this, Javaid Aslam wrote a note to Chief Secretary Nasir Khosa bringing the matter to his attention. Khosa, in turn has now written to the eCP seeking directions on the issue and true “interpretation” on the matter. The Planning and Development chairman was not available for comments. however, the finance secretary said the Finance Department had not and would not release funds for any new scheme, adding the eCP had been contacted for interpretation on the matter.


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