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Women in NWA, Lakki Marwat, Lower Dir deprived of right to vote MIRANSHAH/PESHAWAR: Women were deprived of their right to vote during the May 11 general election in North Waziristan Agency, Lakki Marwat and Lower Dir, as the male dominated conservative people consider it unIslamic. Sources said in Miranshah, tribesmen were informed through mosque loudspeakers early on Saturday that no woman would be allowed to leave home and cast vote. Earlier on Wednesday, pamphlets were also distributed in different areas of NWA warning tribesmen not to let women to vote, threatening punishment for those who would do so. A jirga (an assembly of tribal elders) barred women voters from exercising their right of franchise. The tribal elders who met in the Pahar Khel Thal area of Lakki Marwat gave their verdict against women casting votes after nightlong deliberations. The number of registered women voters in the constituency PK-74 is 43,048, whereas in Pahar Khel Thal area there are 1,948 women voters. Local sources confirmed that after consensus between Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) women in Lower Dir were stopped to visit polling stations to cast their vote. However, spokesmen of both parties have denied the allegation saying they have always supported the women rights then how could they take such decision. Meanwhile, women’s turnout remained weak than expectation in the most conservative, rural parts of KP and Balochistan provinces. InP

PM thanks nation for coming out in huge numbers to vote ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Saturday thanked the people for coming out in huge numbers and exercising their right to vote, thus putting at rest those critics who were skeptic about the general elections. He also congratulated all the political parties and candidates for participating in the elections so that the people could be given a choice to express their opinion. The prime minister has appreciated efforts made by the elections commission‚ law enforcement agencies‚ federal and provincial authorities‚ media and civil society for their role and cooperation with the caretaker government for achieving its objective of holding general elections in a free‚ fair and orderly manner. Mir Hazar Khan Khoso expressed confidence that the phase of counting of votes would also be completed smoothly. The prime minister reiterated the resolve of the caretaker government that it would hand over power to the representatives of the people of Pakistan without any delay, as stipulated in the constitution. nnI

JI chIef alleges ParTy voTers were harassed, alleges mQm of hIJackIng elecTIons

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he Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Saturday announced boycotting elections from Karachi and hyderabad. Following suit, other political and politico-religious parties pulled their candidates out of the polling race because of alleged rigging in the two cities. Addressing a news conference in Karachi‚ JI chief Munawar hassan said the party had withdrawn its candidates from all constituencies of Karachi and two constituencies of hyderabad as JI supporters were not allowed to cast their votes. hassan alleged that the voters of his party were being harassed, adding that the MQM workers had forcibly hijacked their elections. he said the party would hold peaceful protest demonstrations on Monday against the alleged rigging of the elections in Karachi and hyderabad. “We have received numerous reports of rigging in many polling stations of the both cities,” he said, adding that in protest, the party had decided to withdraw all its candidates from Karachi and hyderabad. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) also expressed reservations, saying elections in Karachi were rigged under an effective planning. Addressing a press conference, senior PPP leaders Taj haider said election results in Karachi would be tampered with. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement also complained of rigging, and later announced boycotting the polls from NA248 where Nabil Gabol, who had recently joined the party, was contesting polls. Addressing a press conference, MQM’s Farooq Sattar alleged that rigging was underway at some polling stations of Karachi. MQM chief Altaf hussain telephoned Chief election Commissioner Fakhruddin G ebrahim to complain about delay in the beginning of polling process in various constituencies. Muhajir Qaumi Movement-haqeeqi (MQM-h) chief Afaq Ahmed announced boycotting the elections in Karachi, saying

that the polling held in the constituency was not free and fair. The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) also pulled its candidates out of the polling race in Karachi, alleging that rigging was being carried out in an organised way. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) followed suit. During a press conference, JUP central leader Sahibzada Abul-khair Muhammad Zubair bemoaned rigging in Karachi and hyderabad and announced boycotting from the two cities. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) faced the same situation in Karachi, but

ppp stars crash and burn LAHORE nADEEM SYED

The PPP that seemed rudderless in the Punjab during the entire election campaign got the shock of its life after most of its leading stars lost elections, often to much lesser known figures. Those shown the gates included former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf from Gujar Khan and sons of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, de-

boycotted elections from hyderabad only. “Received massive complains today, 90 percent were against the PML-N, mostly of its workers harassing women and 9 percent were against the MQM terrorism for and 1 percent were against others,” said PTI Chairman Imran Khan in his message on Twitter. “Pakistan is witnessing a historic turnout today. We demand the eCP extend the voting time to allow all voters to exercise their right to vote,” he said. Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM), an alliance of Shia parties, also

spite them spending lavish funds in their respective constituencies to keep their voters and supporters in good faith. Other party stalwarts from Punjab who fell from grace included Qamar Zaman Kaira, Nadeem Afzal Chann, Firdaus Asiq Awan, Ahmad Mukhtar and Samina Gurki. even Aitzaz Ahsan, another big name, could not secure the seat of his wife from NA124 Lahore despite heavy involvement. As the results are being announced, it seems the PPP has lost its relevance and primacy in the largest province, with the PTI replacing it in most contests. According to political analysts, the PPP, with all its leading lights from the Punjab out of the contest and reckoning for the next five year, has pay through its nose for neglecting Punjab in the election. The party’s image problem and incumbency factor also cost party an arm and a leg in the election. There was hardly any central party leader to take care of the campaign here. In Lahore, there was hardly any presence in an otherwise a totally lacklustre campaign. even on the poling day, it was missing from the scene, with hardly any party flags, posters, portraits or publicity seen anywhere in the city or streets.

boycotted the elections. In Balochistan, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Nazriyati) leader Maulana Abdul Qadir Loni announced boycotting the elections and so did Jamhoori Wattan Party. MQM rejects: Meanwhile, in response to JI’s allegations, the MQM’s central leader, haider Abbas Rizvi said people of Karachi had rejected religious extremists. he said the allegations were baseless and unfounded, adding that the JI had already been defeated in the elections and was finding an escape route from them.

polling time extended for one hour across country IsLAMABAD: The election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) announced extension of polling time by an hour up to 6:00 pm in Saturday’s general elections. While the eCP had earlier fixed polling time from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, during the course of the day, it was announced that polling will continue till 6 pm all over the country. The duration was extended after polls were delayed at several polling stations due to various reasons. Also, the eCP had decided to extend the polling time in Karachi’s seven national and 14 provincial assembly constituencies till 8:00pm. According to sources, Karachi’s NA-250 was facing continuous trouble as the polling material and polling officers were not present at booths. In addition, serious rigging had been reported at a polling station. Chief election Commissioner Fakhruddin G ebrahim told media personnel that polling in Karachi was being delayed deliberately as polling material and other stationary had been snatched at different areas of the city. nnI


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t least 36 people were killed and dozens of others injured in incidents of bomb explosions, firings and violence during polling across the country on Saturday. Six people were killed and three sustained injuries in an armed clash between two rival groups at Kali Faizoo polling station of NA-262 in Chaman area of Balochistan, angry people torched three vehicles at the clash side. Another person was killed in an armed clash during polling at Gulistan polling station of the same area in Balochistan. Two people were killed and another was injured in indiscriminate firing between rival groups at a polling station of Khuzdar’s provincial constituency PP-37, while two more were shot dead in Kalat’s NA268 constituency. Two people lost their lives in Toba Tek Singh’s provincial constituency PP-366, a political activist and a child fell prey to indiscriminate firing at Taj Colony area of Nawab Shah’s PS-24 constituency. A female polling agent also succumbed to injuries after being injured in the firing incident. A man was shot dead and seven injured in open firing in Kandhkot’s NA-210 constituency. A political worker was killed in Tharparkar’s PS-53 constituency, another person was killed and five injured in an exchange of fire between two rival groups in Shikarpur’s NA201 constituency. A man lost his life during a fight over pasting of party posters in Bannu’s PK-74 constituency, while four people sustained injuries in a

blast near polling station of NA-10. Two people were shot dead during firing outside a polling station in Mian Chanoo, while 15 people sustained injuries in various incidents of firing and violence at various polling stations in Naushehro Feroze. In another attack, at least 14 people were killed and over 20 injured in a powerful blast targeting a political convoy in Chattar area of Naseerabad in Balochistan. The bomb targeted the supporters of a local election candidate. The dead and the injured were being treated at various hospitals in the vicinity. Meanwhile, at least 10 people were killed and 30 others injured in a blast that occurred near an Awami National Party (ANP) office at Dawood Chowrangi, Landhi area of the Karachi. Police said ANP leader Amanullah Mehsud, candidate for PS-128, was the target of the blast. he escaped the attack unhurt. The explosives had been planted in a rickshaw, the sources added. Also, a suicide blast in the Manghopir area of Karachi killed two

Rangers personnel and wounded at least three others. Per details, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle crashed his bike into a Rangers checkpost near Naya Nazimabad. The explosion in Mianwali Colony of Manghopir was followed by heavy firing. The Quick Response Force, comprised of police, rangers, and army personnel, was immediately deployed to the area. There were reports of a second suicide bomber in the area as well and a search was launched. In Kalat, at least two people were killed and four others, including two law-enforcement personnel, injured in a firing incident at a polling station in PB-37. Officials said unknown armed motorcyclists came outside a polling station in Sard Jungle area in PB-37 Sorab-Kalat and opened indiscriminate fire. “Two civilians who came there for casting votes were killed in the firing and four others including two personnel of a law enforcement agency were injured,” they maintained. In Peshawar, eight people were injured when a roadside blast went off suddenly in front of the women’s

polling station, Larama, situated on the main Charsadda road on Saturday, police confirmed. At least three people were killed and four others sustained injuries in an armed clash between two rival groups over vote casting near a designated polling station in Killi Faizo area of Chaman. Levies force said two rival groups opened fire at each other over vote casting. As a result, three of them died, while four others sustained injuries. At least four people were injured during a clash between the supporters of Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Pakistan People’s Party at Umarzai. At least one man was killed and 14 injured in a clash erupted between two rival political groups in Shikarpur. Meanwhile, a clash between two groups at a polling station in PS-34 constituency of Khairpur’s Kot Diji area left three people injured. Violence also continued unabated in Balochistan as miscreants targeted at least 30 different polling stations in the province. A three-day strike called by Baloch National Front and other separatists parties continued on the polling day.

SUccESSfUL PoLLS DEfEAT ANTI-STATE AcTorS ISLAMABAD: Anti-state forces, who were trying to disrupt polls and warned people against voting, were defeated on Saturday as the nation braved all threats and participated in the election process, registering a record turnout. The landmark election has been marred by violence across the country since April 19, when political parties started their 20-day election campaign. On polling day, at least 11 people were killed and 30 others were injured in a bomb explosion in Karachi, a stronghold of MQM. Despite the attack, people kept coming to polling stations to caste their votes all across the country. Since April 19 till May 11, around 140 workers and leaders of political parties were killed while over 350 people were injured. Terrorists launched several attacks on leaders and workers of secular and liberal parties, the Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), in particular. However, these parties participated in elections for the sake of democracy. The banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which accepted responsibility of attacks on political parties, had warned voters to stay away from polling stations on polling day to avoid suicide attacks, since they claimed that democracy is incompatible with Islam. This time, it has been said the turnout remained around 60 percent. Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Ishtiak Ahmed Khan on Saturday evening said after witnessing voters’ interest in elections, he expected a high turnout, ranging between 60 to 70 percent. KAShIf AbbASI

PrESIDENT SIgNS rEPrESENTATIoN of PEoPLE (AMENDMENT) orDINANcE 2013 KARACHI: On the advice of the prime minister, President Asif Zardari on Saturday approved the Representation of the People (Amendment) Ordinance 2013. Spokesman to President Zardari, Farhatullah Babar said the ordinance which amended the representation of the People Act 1976 by inserting a new Section 86 B, provides for punishment for violation of code of conduct. The ordinance provides that any person who violated any of the provisions of the code of conduct already issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan shall be punishable with fine which may extend to Rs 100,000. nnI


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N spite of grave threats of terrorism, the people of Pakistan came out in large numbers to express their desire for continuity of the democratic process in the country and gave the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) a clear mandate to steer the country for the next five years. The election day also witnessed another landmark achievement as the voter turnout crossed 60 percent mark – a rare achievement during the past five decades as voters from all classes, mainly youths, took part in voting across the country. Though some complaints were lodged with the election Commission against late start of polling in some parts of the country, the balloting remained peaceful as sufficient security measures had been adopted by Pakistan Army, Rangers, Police and other law enforcement agencies. According to unconfirmed results, the PML-N is set to grab a lion’s share in the Centre, followed by cricketerturned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI), which was looking to cause a major upset in Punjab, especially the Sharifs’ stronghold Lahore. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) were among the other parties which managed to bag the remaining seats in an election being termed as the “mother of all elections”. While the PPP bagged most seats from Sindh, the PTI trounced the Awami National Party in the volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and looks set to form a government there, an assumption based on the unofficial results from the province recorded around 3.30am on Sunday. Imran Khan, who has proven to be a powerful force in the country’s political horizon in the last couple of years, won two National Assembly seats – from Mianwali and Peshawar from where he beat the ANP’s stalwart Ghulam Ahmed Bilour with a huge margin. The PTI chairman lost the NA 122 seat in Lahore to PML-N Sardar Ayaz Sadiq by 10,000 votes and was engaged in a neck-and-neck contest with PML-N’s hanif Abbasi in NA-56 by the time this report was made. PML-N President Nawaz

pervez ashraf, Qamar Zaman kaira, ahmed mukhtar, firdous ashiq awan among major losers Sharif won two seats while his brother Shahbaz Sharif won two seats. Prominent among the winners included Faryal Talpur, Dr Farooq Sattar, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Nabil Gabol, Shaikh Rashid Ahmed, Dr Fehmida Mirza, Chaudhry Pervaiz elahi, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Ahsan Iqbal, Jahangir Tareen, Khurram Dastagir, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Sikandar Bosan and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Senior politicians who lost the polls include former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Amir Muqam, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Mian Manzoor Wattoo, Anjum Aqeel, Khurshid Kasuri, Abrarul haq, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Chaudhry Wajahat hussain, Malik Shakeel Awan, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar and Chaudhry Anwar Ali Cheema. The unconfirmed results put the PML-N at top of the political parties winning the polls as the party led by Nawaz Sharif virtually swept the polls in central and upper parts of Punjab while it also performed well in parts of Southern Punjab. The PTI almost removed its opponents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the party turned tables on its adversaries and won most National Assembly and provincial assembly seats in the province. The PTI scored 16 National Assembly and over 20 provincial assembly seats. According to political analysts, the PML-N looks set to form governments in the Center and Punjab province with the help of independent candidates while the PPP is likely to hold the fort in Sindh. The PTI may form government in KP in coalition with either the Jamaat-eIslami or independents. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Jahangir Tareen won from NA-154 by securing over 72,735 votes. PTI senior leader Javed hashmi won from NA-48 by defeating PML-N’s Anjum Aqeel while PML-N’s Dr Tariq Fazl Chaudhry managed to defend his seat NA-49, Islamabad. Overall, election 2013 turned out to be Nawaz vs anti-Nawaz forces, as opposed to an era when it used to be the PPP vs anti-PPP forces. With trends highly favourable for the PML-N, it’s very likely that it would form the next government without any difficulty with Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister.

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the dark horse makes his presence felt LAHORE nADEEM SYED

PAKISTAN Muslim League (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) kept each other running in circles on the election day in various constituencies which were thronged by a large number of voters who had come out to contribute in shaping the country’s future. The dark horse of these elections was indeed PTI which surprised all political circles by making a strong and passionate presence of its support in the city, emerging as a real electoral force in the province, led before by the PML-N and PPP as the main political forces. According to survey conducted by the Pakistan Today, in NA-122, NA-125, NA-126, and NA127 the turn-out of the PTI supporters at most polling stations as well on the roads and streets has almost eclipsed its counterpart PML-N. Most political analysts believe that the huge turn-out on the part of PTI has the potential of turning tables on its rivals. however, in NA-119, NA120 and NA-121 the trend was in favour of PML-N with former ruling party’s supporters creating the impact. Interestingly, the PPP, once an important political force in the city was reduced to a shadow of its past. There was hardly any PPP flag, banner or car bearing PPP flag or portraits of its leaders. It is also witnessed that in some constituencies in Lahore PPP’s old workers were lending their hands to PTI leaders and workers. The Lahore was deserted on Saturday with all roads leading to the polling stations

with political analysts surprised by the striking turn-out seen from dawn to dusk. Sometimes queues were big enough to manage inside the polling stations. There was huge activity being noticed also outside polling stations, revealing high turn-out of voters. Some elders even likened the turn-out with what they saw in 1970 elections when the PPP emerged as a political force in the country. In urban areas the turn-out is on higher side, mostly committed to PTI. The election Commission saw the turn-out at exceeding 65 percent. But here in the city it was on higher side of 50 per cent. The turn-out was slow and low in the rural constituencies. It is also observed that most of the new voters were supportive of PTI while the old ones were mostly beholden to the PML-N. The PTI supporters appeared highly charged and committed to see change taking place in the country. Most of them waited for hours to cast their votes but remained undeterred by the problems they faced at polling stations. The trend in other big cities is almost same. The urban areas of Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Gujrawala also witnessed huge turn-out of PTI supporters, challenging the supremacy of the PML (N) in a big way. One striking feature of the turn-out is this that most people came out on their own without the help of the political parties barred from providing logistics to the voters this time. Voters came out voluntarily on their own, highlighting their democratic credentials and commitment to their respective parties. The whole day the parties’ camps outside the polling stations witnessed huge turn-out as well. Mostly, the people were attracted towards either PTI or PML-N’s camp.

VoTEr TUrNoUT oVEr 60 PErcENT: EbrAHIM ISLAMABAD StAff REPORt

Chief election Commissioner (CeC) Fakhruddin G ebrahim on Saturday said that the overall turnout was recorded to be over 60 percent. While announcing the first official result of the general elections, the CeC congratulated the nation and the election staff for successfully holding free and fair elections. “Before the elections, I asked the government to give us law and order and we will give you free, fair and transparent elections. After getting sufficient security by the army, rangers and police, we have given you free and fair elections. This is a time for celebration,” he said. The CeC said, “People have elected the new government. Now we demand from the elected government to show good governance. The ball is in their court now”. he said that in only one constituency, NA-250, the election commission is going for a re-poll.

SAAD rAfIQUE ‘EScorTED oUT’ of PoLLINg STATIoN IN NA-125 LAHORE StAff REPORt

Polling at two polling stations of NA-125 was closed when Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) leader and election candidate Khawaja Saad Rafique, along with his wife, allegedly harassed women voters and demanded them to vote for PML-N. Although polling was reopened after around two hours, it was alleged that the presiding officers had got the thumb prints of around 50 women and had disallowed them to vote. When Khawaja Saad Rafique continued to demand that polling should be closed down, he was escorted out of the polling station by army personnel.


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he big day then arrived and the citizens of the twin cities welcomed it with warmth. The voters turnout was phenomenal as a large number of citizens including the youth and the oldies thronged the polling stations to have their say in the shaping the country’s future. Despite the heat, there were long queues at all polling stations with people patiently waiting their turn, including the senior citizens because polling staff made no queue-bypassing arrangements for them. Rawalpindi had NA-50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56 as National Assembly constituencies and PP-1 to PP-14 for the provincial assembly. As many as 18,278 polling staff members performed election duties and 5173 RAWALPINDI: Prominent political leaders and other influential personalities cast polling booths were established for the their votes in the federal capital at various polling stations. Awami Muslim League district’s 2,646,499 registered voters, of (AML) leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) which 1,403,624 are male and 1,199,496 are female. candidate Malik Shakeel Awan voted at different polling stations of NA-55 in While the rest of the city appeared deserted Rawalpindi. Former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, former National Assembly as the restaurants and major public places had Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also voted in Islamabad. Pakistan been closed, polling stations hosted huge Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Pakistan Peoples crowds of people. Polling started on Saturday Party (PPP)’s Ghulam Murtaza, and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)’s Saddaqat morning in 2,149 polling stations in the district Abbasi cast their votes in Murree and Kahuta.Further, Chaudhry Nisar polled his at 8 am and accelerated post 2 pm when many vote in his native town, Chakri and PTI candidates Ghulam Sarwar Khan and young people were seen roaming near the Siddique Khan, and PPP’s Intekhab Shah voted in NA-53. polling stations in vehicles and motorcycles Other prominent voters included PML-N candidates Malik Abrar, PPP’s Zammurd decorated with colourful party flags and Khan, PTI’s Hina Manzoor, PML-N’s Sardar Naseem, PPP’s Chaudhry Iftikhar, PMLposters. N’s Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, PPP’s Israr Abbasi and PTI’s Raja Rashid Hafeez. A MINOr DeLAY At 1-9/4: however, for They visited their respective polling stations in NA-54, 55 and 56 and exercised the voters in sector I-9/4 in Islamabad the their voting right on May 11. APP voting process was delayed due to the polling staff’s inefficiency. Phul Garan, Barakahu polling station lists and the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP)’s Insaf (PTI), flaunting the party’s flags and posters all Presiding Officer Abdul hafeez Afridi said that 1600 Short Message Service (SMS) made voting over the city. votes had been cast smoothly. Presiding officers at easier for the polling staff and voters alike. tHe POLItIcALLY-DetAcHeD stations in Saddar, Tench Bhatta and Peoples Colony also YOUtH AWAKeNs: For the first time, cOMe OUt tO VOte: Serving and reported peaceful conditions, saying that there were Islamabad’s young elite was seen waiting retired army men with their families no problems as the police personnel in line to cast their votes for Javed were prominent at the polling performing their duties responsibly. hashmi of the PTI. A Quaid e Azam stations across the city. The polling The presiding officers of University student Ali Asghar said, “I station near the Army house was various polling stations am voting for the PTI because I immensely crowded, with most added that think they can pull Pakistan out of army men terming their photographed the turmoil it faces. People are participation “a vote for a voter dying of hunger and we all need developed Pakistan.” change.” Asghar told that he “I am voting for the was voting for the first time. first time in my life. On the other hand, The time for political PML-N’s support was also detachment is over” tangible. Islamabad said Brig (retd) resident Muhammad Khalid Khurshid. Rafiq told that he he said that he voted for PML-N had also urged candidate Anjum his family to Aqeel because he vote. loves his leader At the Nawaz Sharif Army Public who made School Pakistan a nuclear polling station, power and gave the country Major Atif Akbar’s wife an impressive motorway network. Wajiha expressed enthusiasm A student Arif said that about voting for the first time in her approximately 48.45 percent voters in this year life, “I have left my children aged three and are less than 35 years old, adding that it is imperative one-and-a-half years at home to fulfill my for the youth to vote. he claimed that only the younger national obligation,” she said. generation could change the nation’s destiny and that now earlier, Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz they have realized their vote’s importance. Kayani also visited the polling station at Particular in NA-48, the youth participated eagerly. Government Girls high School Gulistan Colony A majority of them supported the Pakistan Tekrik e to vote.

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tHe WOMeN DID NOt WANt tO LAG BeHIND: According to the presiding officer of polling station number 144, this election witnessed unusually high participation by women, especially young girls. According to unofficial estimates, 60 to 70 percent of registered voters participated in the elections. According to Nilore polling station Presiding Officer Aslam Khan more than 60 percent of registered votes were cast. “900 out of 1100 votes were cast by women at this polling station,” he added. “They are eager to change the country’s destiny by the power of their vote”, he added. Women were facilitated in casting their votes beyond 5 pm as well to encourage female political participation. The elections also encouraged the spirit of volunteerism amongst the youth. Volunteers representing different political parties were present at all stations. A volunteer group said “we are playing our role in directing the nation’s future as polls are a turning point for any democracy. The presiding officers and other citizens appreciated the volunteers’ efforts. Citizen Tahir Ali said that young volunteers campaigned actively to help people realize their vote’s power.


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he victory celebrations in NA-56 turned violent on Saturday night when PML-N activists clashed with PTI activists leaving four injured. According to details, as the unofficial results were reflecting the victory of PTI Chief Imran Khan over Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz)’s hanif Abbasi, the PTI youth started gathering at PTI’s Central Secretariat to celebrate. At this occasion, PML-N supports who were also present in nearby office started chanting slogans in support of their party. After exchange of slogans and harsh remarks the youth from both sides scuffled with each other, inviting violence. At this occasion both the sides started pelting stones at each other, following which PML-N supporters fired shots at PTI office injuring two PTI activists. During stone pelting two more activists from both the sides got injured. The injured were rushed to the Benazir hospital at Murree road. The traffic remained jammed at Murree road for hours during the incident. MINOr scUFFLes: Otherwise, elections proceeded in Islamabad peacefully with only a few minor incidents. Some scuffles were reported between Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Jamaat e Islami (JI) workers at the Rural health Centre, Bharakau and Begum Saleem Kiani School polling stations. There was also a small scuffle between female voters at Golra Sharif, but the polling staff handled the

situation immediately. A firing incident occurred in NA-52 in which PPP leader Shabir Ahmed Awan

was targeted unsuccessfully. On Friday night, there was a clash between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf

(PTI) and PML-N supporters. Five PTI workers were injured. secUrItY: elaborate security

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arrangements were made by the civil administration and the police with the Army and para-military forces’ support. Walk-through gates and Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras were installed at all the most sensitive and sensitive polling stations of the district. Six Rangers’ companies were deployed in the division, two for Rawalpindi , one for Jhelum , one for Chakwal and two for Attock District. Out of the district’s 2,149 polling stations, 59 in Rawalpindi city, 15 in Gujar Khan, 10 in Wah Cantonment and three each in Kahuta, Kalar Syedan and Murree were declared sensitive, with expected violence and clashes between political workers. An army contingent called the Rapid Response Force was on red alert to manage any threatening situation that arose during polling. Special army and police check posts had been established earlier at the entry and exit points of Rawalpindi to monitor any suspicious movement. Additionally, 290 metal detectors and trained explosive-sniffing dogs were used. District and Sessions Judge Syed Maroof Ahmed Ali, the district election officer, city police officer (CPO), regional police officer (RPO), Rawalpindi commissioner and the district coordination officer (DCO) were supervising the polling and security arrangements. Sensitive polling stations had additional police and commando forces. According to the city district government spokesman, the Army and Rangers contingents were kept on standby for emergencies, but overall security responsibilities were fulfilled by the district’s police.

coMPLEx VoTErS’ LISTS IrK VoTErS ISLAMABAD: Complex voters’ lists for NA-48 and NA-49 hampered many in voting. It was learnt that the voters’ lists were too complex, and even the political parties’ volunteers found guiding their voters quite confusing. The voter names and profiles of the same street were arranged in poor order so it became difficult to locate their respective polling stations. A Jamaat-e-Islami activist Nazeer Qazi said he found the lists incomprehensible and unhelpful. He added that some families residing on the same street had their names on different lists, and many lists bore the names of deceased individuals which further complicated the problem. Even thought the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)’s SMS service proved helpful, areas where it was not functional faced severe issues. AnwER AbbAS

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european Union election Observation Mission (eU eOM) on Saturday visited polling stations of NA-49 at Sector G-6/1. eU eOM chief observer and european parliament member Michael Gahler informed that he paid visit to various polling stations of both

constituencies (NA-48, NA-49) of the federal capital and found no embezzlements in the electoral process. he was of the opinion that everything was running smoothly and nobody had complained him and his team about anything. Gahler pointed out that there was a huge difference in present and 2008 elections. “Today election commission is

independent, media is enjoying more freedom of expression and National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA) have eliminated millions bogus votes across the country,” he opined. Answering a query, he said that he would present the initial report on May 13 in which he would declare all his team’s findings regarding the general elections.

ISLAMABAD: As the nation was preoccupied with polling and elections excitement, the 101st birth anniversary of famous literary figure Saadat Hasan Manto went by without much ado. Saadat Hasan Manto was born on May 11, 1912 in Samrala in the Ludhiana district of Indian Punjab. His father Ghulam Hasan Manto was a Sub-Judge in Amritsar. In his brief life, he published 22 collections of short stories, five of radio plays, three of essays, two of personal sketches and one novel. He was also a film scriptwriter and a journalist. He started his literary career translating the works of literary giants like Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde, Chekhov and Gorky. Their collective influence compelled him to search for his own artistic moorings, culminating in his first short story “Tamasha”, which was based on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre at Amritsar. Manto was arguably one of the best 20th century short story writers. His earlier works explored themes of socialism, however, with time; his writing took on darker tones. He sought to investigate the murky recesses of the human psyche, choosing to write on tabooed social issues. His work also covers the themes of partition, particularly the violence and chaos that accompanied it. Manto’s renowned short stories include “Khol Do”, “Thanda Gosht” and “Toba Tek Singh”. His works have also been translated into a number of languages. After the partition, he moved to Lahore with his wife and three daughters. He lived in Lakhshmi Mansion for eight years. Manto’s work bears the imprint of his son Arif’s loss who died at a tender age. Saadat Hasan Manto died on January 18, 1955 and his legacy continues to tower over Pakistan’s literary heritage. StAff R EPO Rt


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ported. Turkish channel NTV said Saturday’s explosions targeted Reyhanli in the southern Turkish province of hatay just a few kilometres from the main border crossing into Syria. Muammer Guler, Turkey's Interior Minister, said a series of blasts had been caused by car bombs. Two vehicles packed with explosives blew up near the town hall and the post office in Reyhanli, Anatolia news agency quoted the minister as saying. The news came as Syrian troops fought rebels in a bid to take back a key supply route linking the centre of the country to Aleppo in the north, a monitoring group said. "Fierce battles raged pitting troops against rebels. Regime troops fought to reopen the road linking hama to Aleppo," Rami Abdul Rahman, the director for the Syrian Observatory for human Rights, told the AFP news agency. KeY sUPPLY rOUte Rebels cut off the road, referred to as the Desert Road, on Thursday. The army had been using it as its main supply route to Aleppo province, large swathes of which are under insurgent control. Last March, the

ANgEr oVEr bUrIAL of boSToN boMb SUSPEcT WASHINGTON: Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a rural cemetery in Virginia, infuriating some members of the area's Muslim community as well as local officials who said they were not consulted. Some of the officials said on Friday that that they would examine whether all laws were followed and could seek to have his body moved elsewhere. They said they were not informed about the burial and were concerned about the site becoming a shrine to anti-US sympathisers. This week's interment at a small Islamic cemetery ended a long search for a community willing to take the body, which had been kept at a funeral parlour in Massachusetts. Tsarnaev was killed on April 19 after a gun battle with police. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured later and remains in custody. AgEnCIES

forMEr gUATEMALA LEADEr gUILTy of gENocIDE GUATEMALA CITY: A Guatemalan court has convicted former military leader Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, sentencing him to 80 years in prison. A three-judge tribunal on Friday issued the verdict after the nearly two-month trial in which dozens of victims testified about horrific atrocities. Prosecutors said Rios Montt must have had knowledge of the massacres of Ixil, indigenous people of Mayan descent living in Guatemala, when he ruled the country from March 1982 to August 1983 at the height of its 36-year civil war. "The defendant is responsible for masterminding the crime of genocide," Judge Jazmin Barrios said. "The corresponding punishment must be imposed." She said he was also guilty of war crimes. The court, filled with victims and their relatives, erupted in applause and cheers. AgEnCIES

Workers killed in china mine blast BEIJING AgEnCIES

At least 12 people have been killed and two others injured in a coal mine blast in southwestern China, state media has reported. The official Xinhua News Agency said the gas explosion occurred on Friday night in Pingba county in Guizhou province. The agency said the coal mine was operating illegally and that the operators had lied about the number of trapped miners and deaths. An investigation is under way, Xinhua said. A work safety official from the city of Anshun, which administers Pingba, said the mine was licensed and operated privately. The official gave only his last name of Lin, as is customary among low-level Chinese government employees. Although authorities have tightened safety in recent years, China's mines are the deadliest in the world and regulations are often ignored.

army's command had announced "the return of safety and security" to villages located on the road. Saturday's violence comes a day after at least 95 people were killed across Syria, said the Observatory. Among them were 32 civilians, 45 rebels and 18 troops. Meanwhile, Russia said on Saturday there was disagreement over who should represent the opposition in a Syrian peace process. The revelation came only days after Moscow and Washington announced a joint effort to bring government and rebels to an international conference. The dispute bodes ill for a civil war in which more than 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have died, and that has left foreign powers looking increasingly helpless. A senior Kremlin official who attended talks on Friday between President Vladimir Putin and David Cameron, the British prime minister, said it would be impossible to meet a target of holding the conference by the end of May. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, and Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, tried to free a twoyear diplomatic logjam on Tuesday by saying they would seek to organise a conference, ideally this month. The Russian official said there was broad agreement that the situation in Syria was dire. "Beyond that there are very many differences: who can take part in this format, who is legitimate and who is not legitimate," the state-run Itar-Tass agency quoted him as saying, on condition of anonymity.

Mubarak retrial adjourned to June CAIRO AgEnCIES

The retrial of hosni Mubarak, egypt's former president, over his role in the deaths of protesters during the country's uprising has been adjourned to June 8 till the presiding judge has gone through the new evidence. Mubarak, his interior minister habib al-Adly, and six security chiefs faced court again over their role in the murder and attempted murder of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators between January 25 and January 31, 2011. The fresh retrial was originally scheduled on April 13, but Judge Mostafa hassan Abdallah excused himself from proceedings in an opening session that lasted just seconds. Mubarak's sons Gamal and Alaa are being retried on corruption charges along with their father. Businessman hussein Salem is being tried in absentia. Al Jazeera's Rawya Rageh, reporting from outside the courthouse in Cairo, said that the prosecutor listed out the charges of corruption and murder at Saturday's hearing. All defendants have denied the accusations addressed to them by the public prosecutor in the session and pleaded not guilty.

us and uk withdraw libya diplomatic staff LONDON/WASHINGTON AgEnCIES

The US and Britain have both announced that they are withdrawing some diplomatic staff from Libya, amid security concerns over a recent flare-up in political unrest. Tensions have risen in Libya since former rebels besieged two ministries at the end of last month in a row over a law that would ban officials who served under Muammar Gaddafi, the country's former leader, from holding office. "In light of the current unsettled conditions around major anti-government demonstrations in Tripoli, the under secretary for management has approved the ordered departure of non-emergency personnel from Libya," said US State Department deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell.

"A handful of our staff members have, indeed, departed Libya. Our embassy in Tripoli is still open and still functioning." earlier, a spokesman for the British Foreign Office said that the UK's embassy in the Libyan capital was "temporarily withdrawing a small number of staff, mainly those who work in support of government ministries which have been affected by recent developments". British Ambassador Michael Aron tweeted that "despite rumours the British embassy in Tripoli is open for business". But the British Council cultural agency said separately that it was closing its Libya office until next week for the same reasons. It promised to make up any of the english language classes that students have missed. Gunmen surrounded the Libyan for-

eign ministry on April 28 and the justice ministry two days later to demand the passing of a law excluding Gaddafi collaborators from office. BeNGHAzI VIOLeNce There has also been violence in Libya's second city Benghazi, the cradle of the 2011 uprising that toppled Gaddafi, with bomb attacks on Friday damaging two police stations, although there were no casualties. In September, an attack on the US consulate in the city left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Britain, France and the US issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling on "all Libyans to refrain from armed protest and violence during this difficult time in the democratic transition".

On Thursday, the US State Department issued a travel warning, saying it "strongly advises against all but essential travel" to Tripoli and all travel to Benghazi, Bani Walid and southern Libya, including border areas and the regions of Sabha and Kufra. On April 23, a car bomb exploded outside the French embassy, wounding two French guards and causing extensive damage. The French government reduced the number of personnel at the mission, which continues to function despite the damages. Meanwhile, the French school in Tripoli planned to stay closed until security around its building can be guaranteed, its directors said. The German embassy has closed its doors, and its staff have been moved to secure quarters elsewhere in Tripoli.


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Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has ordered the expulsion of the Islamabad bureau chief for The New York Times on the eve of national elections, the newspaper said on Friday. The Times has strongly protested the move and is seeking his reinstatement. The ministry did not give any detailed explanation for the expulsion order, which was delivered by police officers in the form of a two-sentence letter to the bureau chief, Declan Walsh, at 12:30am on Thursday local time at his home. “It is informed that your visa is hereby cancelled in view of your undesirable activities,” the order stated. “You are therefore advised to leave the country within 72 hours.” The timing of the order means that Walsh must exit Pakistan on the night of the elections, the first in the country’s history in which one elected civilian govern-

ment completes its term and hands over power to another elected government. Walsh, 39, is a veteran correspondent who has lived and worked in Pakistan for nine years, most of it for The Guardian

newspaper of Britain. he was hired by The Times in January 2012 and has written extensively about the country’s violent political convulsions, Islamist insurgency and sometimes tense relations with the United States, which has been conducting drone attacks on militants in Pakistan’s border areas with Afghanistan. Jill Abramson, the newspaper’s executive editor, expressed concern about the order in a letter of protest to Pakistan’s interior minister, Malik Muhammad habib Khan, describing Walsh as a “reporter of integrity who has at all times offered balanced, nuanced and factual reporting on Pakistan”. She asked the minister to reinstate Walsh’s visa. The accusation of undesirable activities, she wrote, “is vague and unsupported, and Walsh has received no further explanation of any alleged wrongdoing”. The timing of the order was also a surprise, she wrote, coming as Pakistan is holding national elections that are regarded as an important democratic mile-

stone. “The expulsion of an established journalist, on the day of the voting, contradicts that impression,” she wrote. Walsh said the circumstances of the expulsion order’s delivery were highly unusual. he had been on a social visit on Thursday evening, he said, when he received a phone call from an unrecognised number advising him to “come home now”. Walsh arrived to find a half-dozen police officers and a plainclothes officer waiting outside. The plainclothes officer approached his front gate, handed him the letter and asked him to sign for it. “I opened the letter in front of him because I knew it was something serious,” he said. “This was a complete bolt from the blue. I had no inclination that anything of this sort was coming.” Free-press advocates expressed anger at the news, saying that it reinforced Pakistan’s reputation as one of the most inhospitable countries for journalists.

No trace of Haider gilani yet, admit police

MULTAN: Multan SSP (Operations) Khurram Shakoor has said police could not find any clue about former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Haider Gilani. Talking to reporters, he said police had formed special teams, which were not only working on various aspects of the case but had also set up temporary checkposts at various points of the city despite it being the election day. The SSP said police had sought assistance of the ISI to recover Ali Haider. Apparently it seems he was not kidnapped for ransom, but it was a case of terrorism. In this regard police have taken several people into custody. In addition, those who attended the last corner meeting with Ali Haider were also being interrogated. Police was also investigating the details of a cell phone SIM, which was found from the crime scene. OnLInE

US lawmaker for limiting foreign aid to Pakistan WASHINGTON: Arguing that sending billions of taxpayer dollars overseas to hostile countries is “unconscionable,” a US lawmaker introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to limit American aid to Pakistan and four other countries. The other four countries are Iran, North Korea, Syria and Egypt. Introduced by Congressman Paul A Gosar, the Foreign Assistance Under Limitation and Transparency Act or the FAULT Act, calls for limiting foreign aid to five countries that undermine US foreign policy objectives - Iran, North Korea, Syria, Egypt, and Pakistan. "When countries like Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Egypt act like enemies rather than friends toward the United States and our allies, the time to cut them off from US taxpayer dollars is now," the Congressman from Arizona said. Gosar had previously introduced amendments to the last two Department of Defence Appropriations Acts that sought to ensure that foreign aid was not given to hostile international regimes and organisations. He introduced the FAULT Act as a stand-alone legislation in the hope to expand upon these principles and codify them into law, the statement said. InP

QUETTA: A soldier stands alert as people wait for their turn to cast their ballots on Saturday. InP

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The human Rights Commission of Pakistan (hRCP) on Saturday congratulated the people of the country for demonstrating their faith in democracy despite threats to their lives. At the same time, the commission condemned all those responsible for interfering with the people’s right to vote in Karachi and elsewhere. In a statement issued on Saturday after the conclusion of polling, the commission said, “The heavy turnout of voters in today’s general election offers a measure of the people’s faith in the democratic process. They deserve specially to be congratulated for fulfilling their democratic duty in the face of violence and threats to their lives. They have done their part by marginalising all those who wanted them to reject not only the system of voting but the whole concept of governance by the elected representatives. We

would like to hope that those elected today will honour the principles of democratic management with the same zeal and commitment that the people have displayed today”. “It is much to be regretted that the question marks on the fairness of elections that appeared during the phase of nomination of candidates and the scrutiny of their nomination papers grew bigger today. The way the electoral process was subverted in Karachiand at a few other places can only be condemned,” the statement said. “The grievances of the parties that decided to boycott the polls must be expeditiously and independently probed and all legitimate complaints redressed. All those responsible for interfering with the people’s right to vote must be held to account. What does not perhaps need any inquiry is the election Commission’s failure to intervene against the parties that denied women their right to vote,” hRCP said. “The polling arrangements throughout

ISLAMABAD: A man helps a disabled voter at a polling station during the general election. InP

the country were generally inadequate and at many places bore the marks of incompetence and insensitivity to voters’ needs both. Besides abduction of polling agents, security

lapses were observed at many places. In some of Karachi’s some polling stations, polling started around noon due to late arrival of election material and in some (NA 250, in

particular) polling could not take place till 6 p.m. due to absence of staff. Coercion by political workers was also observed,” it said. “In Lahore, selection of bad premises for polling stations increased voters’ hardship. At many places the space for polling stations was too small, many old and incapacitated people had difficulty in climbing long stairs to polling booths on the first floors of buildings that had narrow entry and exit points,” hRCP added. “Above all the polling staff at many places had not been duly trained and found itself unable to cope with the rush of voters. All this only shows that electoral reforms must remain high on Pakistan’s agenda,” it said. “Meanwhile, it is hardly necessary to emphasise that the result of today’s election should be respected as the will of the people and all efforts made to get along with the task of giving the people a democratic, egalitarian order that they have always desired and deserved,” the statement said.


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he electioneering for general polls 2013 has been the most competitive and frantic in country's history as 149 incidents of election-related violence were recorded between March 17 and May 9. The violence has caused loss of approximately 189 precious lives and injured roughly 667 persons. In its preliminary findings on – election Violence during 2013 Campaign Period – Free and Fair election Network (FAFeN) revealed that the hardest-hit province has been Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), followed by Sindh and Balochistan. Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) has seen relatively fewer incidents of violence directly related to the elections, but the severe militant insurgency in that re-

Democratic Pakistan against US interests in short run: WP WASHINGTON: “A more democratic Pakistan is in the United States’ interest in the long run. In the near term, more trouble is likely,” was the conclusion of a Washington Post-editorial on Saturday as millions of Pakistanis went to polls to pick a new government. The comment also appeared to reflect Washington’s anxieties following the Pakistani electoral process at a time when the US is looking to withdraw from Afghanistan. Pakistan’s antiterror cooperation and land routes for withdrawal of military equipment from landlocked Afghanistan make it critically important. The editorial begins with the observation that balloting appears likely to “produce a stronger set of civilian leaders who are more able to tackle the country’s deep economic problems and curb the overweening power of the military.” “For all that, there’s not much reason for optimism that the multiple problems that bedevil US-Pakistani relations will get any easier. In fact, some may get worse.” The newspaper also looks at the two apparent front-runners in the voting for the national parliament, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by Imran Khan, claiming that they “are both softer on the Pakistani Taliban and tougher on the United States than is either the military or the current civilian government.” “Sharif has promised to negotiate with jihadists, while Khan says he will end “America’s war” against them and shoot down US drones.” The Obama administration, the editorial said, will have to hope that the conventional wisdom predicting that Sharif will become prime minister proves correct and that the 63-year-old political war horse will deliver on his promises to revive the economy. He (Sharif) has pledged to tackle the severe power shortages that are crippling Pakistani industry and build new infrastructure, including even a bullet train across the country. During his previous term as prime minister, which was ended by a 1999 military coup, Sharif had a relatively cooperative relationship with the Clinton administration even though he presided over the country’s first nuclear test, the newspaper noted. “If his priorities are really economic, he’ll have an incentive to keep US aid flowing: $1 billion annually has been promised, though some has been withheld in recent years. Sharif may also try to assert himself over the military, which has controlled Pakistani policy toward both the Taliban and Afghanistan under the present, elected government. Army chief Ashfaq Kayani, who has taken a tougher line than Sharif against the Pakistani Taliban, is due to retire this year.” The Post goes on to allege that Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan is troublesome and that it’s unlikely a civilian leader will be able to change that. SPECIAL CORRESPOnDEnt

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JuI-f and PTI TargeTed In sIx and four IncIdenTs resPecTIvely gion continued unabated throughout the campaign period. Punjab has experienced the least election violence during this time; however, during the last week of the campaign period, a string of incidents did take place in the province, bringing up the tally. Giving province-wise detail about incidents of electoral violence, the FAFeN further revealed that the number was 52 in KP, 43 in Sindh, 37 in Balochistan 10 in FATA and seven in Punjab. It said the violence has predominantly targeted political parties including 42 attacks targeting candidates. KP and Sindh saw the highest number of attacks on political parties, with Balochistan not far behind. Balochistan and KP were the provinces where candidates, in particular, were targeted the most. Polling stations (or educational institutions designated as polling stations) were targeted almost exclusively in Balochistan, as

were election officials, which is in keeping with the general political violence trend in the province. With regard to categories of electoral violence and their frequency in each province, the network revealed that there were 57 attacks on political party workers/supporters which included seven in Balochistan, two in FATA, 20 in KP, three in Punjab and 25 in Sindh. During the campaign period, there were 42 attacks on candidates including 16 in Balochistan, four in FATA, 15 in KP, two in Punjab and five in Sindh. Attacks on political party offices/property were 27 including five in Balochistan, two in FATA, nine in KP, and one in Punjab and 10 in Sindh. Clashes between political parties were eight, including one in Balochistan, four in KP, one in Punjab and two in Sindh. Attacks on polling stations were seven, including six in Balochistan and

one in Sindh. Attacks on election officials were two which occurred in Balochistan while only one attack was reported on community members in KP during the campaign period. The Awami National Party (ANP) was most frequently the target of electoral violence during the campaign period, having been targeted in 29 incidents overall. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) was targeted in 23 incidents, the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) in 16 incidents and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in 12. The Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) were targeted in six and four incidents respectively. Ten incidents involved independent candidates and/or their workers and supporters being targeted. Of the above-mentioned incidents where political parties were targeted, 42 were attacks on candidates. Candidates of the ANP were targeted most, including in six incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and one each in FATA and Sindh. Candidates of the JUI-F were targeted most in Balochistan (four incidents), and were also targeted in FATA and KP (one in-

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Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry and Chief election Commissioner Fakhruddin G ebrahim on Saturday cast their votes. Gen Kayani was the first person to enter the polling station set up at Government Girls high School Gulistan Colony at 8am and cast his vote. his vote is registered in NA-54 and PP-10. Separately, the CJP cast his vote in Quetta. The CJP along with his Dr Arsalan, Balochistan high Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad, CCPO Mir Zubair Mehmood, reached polling station set up in Pakistan Railways Account Academy Zarghoon Road. The polling station falls in NA-259 and PB-1. Talking to media, the CJP recalled that judiciary was committed to upholding the constitution and law, adding that the conduct of polls was evident that there was rule of law in the country. Meanwhile, the CeC cast his vote at the hampton School Clifton Block I. Talking to media, he appealed to the people to exercise their right of franchise. Fakhruddin pointed out that a transparent system has been devised for the polling and that no one would be able to get any opportunity for resorting to rigging. he further pointed out that the future of the nation lied in democracy and in this regard today was the most important day.

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The election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) should re-affirm promptly that election results would not be certified in any constituency where women were barred from voting, urged Free and Fair election Network (FAFeN) amid news reports that political parties have agreed to bar women from voting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Constituencies that wish to have representation in the Assemblies would be forced by this policy to ensure that women are not barred from voting in any local area, said a press released on

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani casts his vote at a polling station in NA-54 constituency. InP

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cident each). Candidates of the PML-N were also mostly targeted in Balochistan (four incidents), and in one incident in FATA. Candidates of the PPP were targeted in two incidents in Sindh, and in one incident each in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. Candidates of the PTI were attacked in two incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while JI candidates were attacked in one incident each in Balochistan and FATA. In three incidents, candidates were killed. These included a candidate of the ANP, a candidate of the MQM and an independent candidate. Perpetrators of election-related violence were mostly unidentified and/or militants. Nine incidents were known to be perpetrated by political party workers or supporters. Bombing was a predominant tactic of election-related violence, closely followed by gunfire. The high number of bombings in election violence is consistent with the implication that most of the violence was perpetrated by militants/insurgents. A few incidents also involved missiles – these incidents were all in Balochistan and were perpetrated by unknown actors.

Saturday. FAFeN also recommended that eCP should announce that any political party entering into such agreements in a single electoral area will not have its candidates certified as winner in any election contest in any National or Provincial Assembly constituency. According to the eCP Code of Conduct, it is the responsibility of political parties to control their party workers, said FAFeN. Political parties that wish to have any seats in the Assemblies would be forced by this method to ensure their candidates and party workers do not enter into such agreements. FAFeN has advocated since 2008

that eCP should not validate election results in any National or Provincial Assembly constituency where women are barred from voting in any single electoral area, indicated by 0 percent female turnout at one (or more) female or combined polling stations. Women's right to vote is protected by the Constitution of Pakistan (1973), Representation of the Peoples Act, eCP Code of Conduct (Article 20), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR, ratified by Pakistan in 2010) and the Convention on the elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CeDAW, acceded to in 1996).

The enthusiastic turnout of armed forces personnel and their families at the polling stations of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Saturday showed that democracy was no more a civilian-specific mindset. The serving and retired army men along with their families made a prominent appearance at the polling stations, which most of them termed as a 'vote for a developed Pakistan'. "For the first time in my life, I am casting vote. The time to remain detached is over in hope for betterment," said Brig (r) Khalid Khurshid, 55, at the polling station setup at a school in Defence housing Authority (DhA) phase-II, for NA-49. The retired army official said he had also brought his wife, a son and a daughter to poll their votes. At the same polling station at Army Public School, a housewife, Wajiha, married to Major Atif Akbar appeared enthusiastic for casting vote for the first time. "I have left home my two young children aged three and one-and-a-half to fulfill my national obligation," she said. The polling station at Govt Bandhara high School, Murree Brewery for NA-56 narrated the same story of zeal and spirit where the residents of Askari IV and Askari X casted their votes. The polling station that falls next to the Army house attracted an immense turnout of the families of retired and serving army personnel. Standing in long queues and following proper electoral procedure before putting their votes in green and white ballot boxes, these families with military background exhibited a pleasant spirit for being part of the democratic process. A 75-year-old mother of Major (r) Jamil said she found herself energetic enough to join others for a vote for change. She pointed towards her grandson Sikandar who especially flew from Dubai to cast his vote in the NA-56 constituency. Many army officials used the option of postal ballot, however, some deputed at their home stations turned up at the polling stations and polled votes.


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ATURDAY witnessed a display of mass enthusiasm unmatched since the historic 1971 elections. People stood for hours in long queues to vote braving the May heat. They belonged to all classes, communities and age groups. Many students, both male and female, who were known for their apolitical attitudes this time turned into political activists and persuaded their families and neighborhoods to come out to vote. Old men walked to polling stations carrying their sticks, the invalid in wheelchairs, some came on crutches. Many expatriate Pakistanis came back just to cast their vote. everyone wanted change. All were convinced this could be brought about by the power of the ballot. Despite threats of violence people thronged to polling stations all over the country. The political parties marked by terrorists refused to be cowed down, took the losses of their comrades with forbearance and dignity and fought the elections. In cities where terrorists had conduced several attacks during the campaign, undaunted voters queued up to cast their votes. In Quetta, men and women came out to the polling stations in thousands despite a bomb blast in nearby Kuchlak. In tribal areas where political parties were allowed to contest for the first time, widespread enthusiasm was seen on election day The people of Pakistan have thus sent a message to the TTP and separatists in Balochistan that they believe in democracy and are united against terrorism. The people have also sent a clear message to the political parties: No party can rest on its laurels. every one will be judged on the basis of its performance. The age of wheeling and dealing is over. With the passage of time, the dynastic factor too is losing importance. Thanks the efforts on the part of different stakeholders, the elections have in the main concluded successfully. The eCP took initial steps in improving the voting system. The caretaker setup at the center also was seen to be totally neutral. The armed force and security agencies called the bluff of the terrorists who wanted to upset the elections through terrorist attacks. There were however serious complaints at certain places. Reports about use of muscle power to change the results have emerged from a number of places with Karachi providing the most glaring examples of the activity. The PPP, JI and PTI in the city have made serious allegations of forcible occupation of polling stations and stuffing of the ballot boxes. While the PPP did not name any political party, Jamaat e Islami and PTI have accused the MQM of being responsible for acts of violence and rigging. JI has subsequently announced the boycott of elections in Karachi and hyderabad in protest .The PML-N and PTI have also rejected the Karachi elections. There is an urgent need to undo the wrong wherever it has taken place.

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T was hoped that the parochial attitude prevalent towards women voters in Pakistan would change on this round of electioneering. All the right indications had been given before the elections: elders in various regions including Paikhel, Bajaur and the Kyber agencies had given the go ahead to women to vote, even the Taliban had issued statements to the press stating that they had “no objections to women voting” in South Waziristan if “proper purda arrangements” were available. But three days before the elections, the tide began to turn. “It is our pride to keep women away from politics. how we can alter the traditions of our forefathers,” is the statement that some elders have been reported to be making. The question on everyone lips is: what will be the turnout of the 37 million registered women voters in Pakistan? It was reported that elders in Paikhel, Makarwal, Chapri, Tola Bangi Khel, Kalabagh and Chakrala were still denying the 8,000 women in the constituency the right to vote, despite the fact that Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) women candidate Ayla Malik had made frequent visits to the area, and tried to use her clout as the granddaughter of the Nawab of Kalabagh to convince women to vote – and elders to let them. The positive sign was that the youth in the area wanted women to exercise their right to vote. More worrying was the agreement between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the JamaatI-Islami (JI) to bar women from casting their votes in Low Dir on PP-94, as both are mainstream political parties, with the former claiming progressive credentials. Nonetheless more women are contesting elections from the Khyber Pakthunkhwa area than ever before, with two women even contesting elections from the tribal areas, both staunchly criticising the tribal attitude towards women. While the fate of women in South Waziristan appears to be better, an unknown group has warned men in North Waziristan against allowing women to cast their ballots. In the Bajaur Agency, however, the JI, Jamaat Ulema-i-Islam and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is in place to ensure women vote. In 2008, not a single vote was cast at 564 of 28,800 women’s polling stations in the border areas of Balochistan and KP. The election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) should have pre-anticipated such action and declared that it would not count ballots in areas where the female turn out was low. The staunch warning required were not issued in time but there is still scope for the eCP to take remedial action. Where, on one side, there is talk of great change and new tides swooping Pakistan after this election, not much appears to have changed with respect to patriarchal attitudes towards women. Things need to change fast. If the eCP takes action in this election, it will set an unshaken precedent for the next.

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hANK God Imran Khan is safe. I was giving a telephone interview to a television channel when I saw him falling off a forklift. Suddenly, the world stopped. I lost all interest in elections and choked up. “Is there is some hex on us,” I thought. he is our only international hero and his presence is good for Pakistan. Damn becoming prime minister, life and wellbeing are more important. he is the only breath of fresh air in our putrid political gutter. If God wants him to be prime minister one day no one can stop it. Depends on whether he wants to save Pakistan or not. We have certainly invited his wrath by our behaviour. Good that Nawaz Sharif cancelled his party’s rallies the next day, whatever his real motive, though the sad death of his mascot lion my not be a good omen. Other politicians expressed concern. There is good in everyone, so it’s sensible to put the best construction on people’s actions unless they prove otherwise. Imran’s brief interview from his hospital bed showed his ‘Jazba’ and ‘Junoon’. When emotion becomes ‘Passion’ it is ‘Jazba’; when love becomes ‘Rapture’ it is ‘Junoon’ from Mujnoon’s rapture for God symbolized by his beloved, the girl Laila. Pakistan is Imran’s rapture; his passion is to make it a great country. More power to his elbow and may God go with him. God says in the Quran that sometimes something bad happens that makes you wonder why he has done this to me. You know not, says the Almighty, what I know: you will discover later that it was for your good. This accident could be good for Imran for a wave of sympathy and his display of courage can sweep him to power at best or win him even more seats than expected. If he sticks with his Jazba and Junoon, he will be Pakistan’s leader one day as long as people understand that God doesn’t improve the condition of a people unless they first try and improve it themselves. hopefully, this accident will make them understanding this Divine advice properly. I am at a disadvantage, writing this on Friday, elections are tomorrow and you are reading this the day after. I don’t know the outcome, assuming that elections took place at all and weren’t derailed by election Day violence as some fear. Naive to expect a new dawn when our political system is a poor photocopy of Westminster and doesn’t have the genes to produce good governments. It only perpetuates the iniquitous status. At times like these it’s best to lighten up some. No point in worrying oneself sick when you are in only the “the worst of times” with no “best of times” visible. But of one thing I am certain: this is Pak-

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istan’s survival moment. If we fail to grasp it not only will the system fall, but it could take also take the State with it too. Best-case scenario: someone, preferably Imran, wins a majority and forms a government. Not likely. Worst scenario: no party can form a government, parliament is hung and another election is called, something that a country going down the drain fast cannot afford. Likely scenario: If the traditional two, the PPP and the PML-N, cannot form a coalition with others, they will form a coalition government together again, with the prime minister coming from the one with more seats and the president from the other. Likelihood is Nawaz Sharif prime minister and Zardari president for another term. Whatever scenario, Imran Khan would make a formidable leader of the opposition and become the future Prime Minister of Pakistan. To join any coalition would be a cardinal error. The immediate post-election period will be a greater challenge than the preelection. We should expect the unexpected, like Imran Khan winning more seats than conventional wisdom has it and more independents than usual. That will be bad for Nawaz Sharif but some think that it would good for Pakistan. Zardari and Nawaz ganging up again should be no surprise. They are in politics to share booty, not to upset the pot of gold and get nothing. how long it lasts I don’t know, but with Zardari and Nawaz incorrigible haircutters of allies I wouldn’t bet that it would last the term. The good thing will be that Sharif’s softness towards the Taliban will be tempered somewhat. Reality will hit come the June budget. Pakistan’s economic, political, security and geo-strategic problems are so dire and deep that it is not too far to go before we sleep. It will take great statesmanship to find the way out of the maze. Like the last government could be the undoing of Zardari, this one could be the unmaking of Nawaz Sharif, but much faster, for the potholes ahead are deeper. First pothole: making the June budget without any money. Second pothole: paying the IMF $1.5 billion in August out of a total of $6.5 billion this year and the same the next. Third pothole: an inevitable IMF programme on very tough conditions that a weak coalition cannot sustain. Fourth pothole: the toughest condition: permitting IAeA inspectors into our nuclear facilities. That would invite another military intervention, with naked bayonets behind a civilian ‘technocratic’ front this time. Our politicians seem to be making a habit of it. Fifth pothole: September’s presidential election. If Sharif breaks his word to give Zardari his best protection with another term, it could be the end of the coalition, unless Sharif keeps his word or has purchased enough turncoats to maintain his majority and eject the PPP from the coalition, which is not entirely unlikely as most of our politicians are on permanent grand clearance sale anyway. Sixth pothole: selecting the next army chief come October and what America has to say about it. If Nawaz Sharif appoints a stooge our last surviving institution will be further degraded. If he appoints one on merit then trouble will be averted provided Sharif doesn’t go bonkers again and commit another

political suicide. Given his recent television interview to an Indian channel, chances are he will. Seventh pothole: this is a deep and jagged one, the new chief justice in December. Will Sharif try and give the current one another 20 months to make up for ‘lost’ time? The age bar for retirement will have to be changed to accommodate one person, but considering that all sacked judges got their pay and benefits during their period in limbo, does the argument hold? I wouldn’t think so but what matters is what the new prime minister thinks. There is talk that one of the first people to get a haircut from Sharif will be the chief justice to prove that the Supreme Court is not the ‘Sharif Court’ as its detractors call it. If you are doubtful then recall that during Nawaz Sharif’s second government the Supreme Court was physically attacked by his parliamentarians, party members and goons while trembling judges hid in their chambers, some quaking under their ample desks perhaps. Some judges were purchased and ganged up against the then chief justice and forced him out of office in a shining example of Nawaz Sharif’s respect for the judiciary, the ‘beauty of democracy’ and our collective amnesia. We could be in for some very damaging ‘democratic’ antics. What could enable Nawaz Sharif to go this route is his possible disqualification for money laundering. We have the precedent of the disqualification of a prime minister before us unless the judges play ball, which is unlikely. They have tasted blood and are more likely to give Sharif a haircut if he tries to give them one, not least to prove by their own hand that they are not the ‘Sharif Court’. Pundits say the Rupee will decline further to Rs115 to the dollar and to Rs150 by end-2014. What a far cry from when it was Rs60 in Musharraf’s time. Musharraf’s was the ‘ugliness of dictatorship’, remember; this is another ‘beauty of democracy’. Though President Musharraf untangled us from the IMF’s tentacles, it is inevitable that the new government will feed us to the octopus again. With a new IMF bailout on very tough conditions inevitable, will they be able to sustain it? While lack of electricity and gas are huge problems, an even bigger crisis looming is of water shortage. If we become even more water deficient we will also become food deficient with no money to import food. Then see the streets flowing with blood. I’m not being fair to democracy. True democracy gives people many rights and is indeed most beautiful if it is in the right hands, not of demagogues and fascists. Then the human condition improvises continuously and significantly and hunger, poverty, insecurity, injustice, homelessness and illiteracy decrease. What we have now is the beauty of occupation by predators in the name of democracy. If the system falls apart and there is danger of the country disintegrating, we will have two stark choices before us: a Taliban takeover parceling out the country into religious fiefdoms or army intervention to prevent it. Take your pick. But don’t lose hope. It’s darkest before the dawn. It’s going according to script. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at humayun.gauhar786@gmail.com

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ban on youTube must be lifted I am a student and I have used YouTube for help in my studies but now face problems due to the ban on this website. YouTube was banned, based on blasphemous content but the government should understand that students suffer badly because of this ban. Not only this it is also a free medium of information for people but also plays a pivotal role in religious education. As a result of this ban on YouTube, several websites are also

inaccessible for users in Pakistan. even those outside of the so-called ‘liberal-fascist’ viewpoint are now beginning to understand that the months-long ban on YouTube is suspect. Top international universities put their lectures on YouTube and this is a great opportunity for students of developing countries such as Pakistan. I request the government and especially the PTA to see the bigger picture and lift the ban immediately so that, at least, students don’t get affected in their studies. MUHAMMAD NOMAN Karachi


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ITTING in a rural constituency, on the outskirts of Sheikhupura, I am writing this on the night before the election morning. By the time you read this, on Sunday, the votes would have been cast, the results would have been tabulated, the analysis would have concluded, and Pakistan would have woken up to a new Parliamentary term. The question, that everyone is asking, on this rainy and windy night, is whether the morning of the 12th will bring with it a new promise for a brighter future, or will it (God forbid) deepen the decadence of our society. I am going to resist making a predictions; for two reasons: 1) because too many predictions, from people far more expert at making such speculations than I am, have been made, and 2) because it would make no sense to predict anything to a reader who already knows the results at the time of reading this paper. I am instead going to write about what I wish would happen. I hope, and pray, that the 12th May, 2013 is the dawn of ‘Naya Pakistan’. Let me start by confessing that, despite being a supporter of PTI, in the past, I have written as a critic of the party. As a fan of Imran Khan, and his passion, I have been disappointed with some of the choices that his party has made in terms of their members and leadership, recycling corrupt politicians of the past into fresh packaging. I was disillusioned by some of the stances that PTI has taken in terms of participation in the Pakistan Defence Council summit, and comments about certain religious sects. I have been disenchanted by way the party members and its razakaars have shied away from questioning or challenging the leadership.

My disappointment perhaps stems from the underlying ethos of idealism, which can never truly be achieved. Be that as it may. But let us not deny the fact that Imran Khan, and his party (reminiscent of the fact that at the World Cup 1992 final, Pakistan was referred to as “Imran and your team”) has done a tremendous job over the last year and half. Rising from near oblivion, over the past seventeen years, countless party leaders and supporters had mocked the ideas and rigidity of Imran’s politics. They had made fun of his obstinate banter about how all the other parties are corrupt. Some two years back, most of the leaders, donning the PTI cloak today, would have dismissed (summarily) the idea of joining its ranks. Today, most politicians, even those who are disillusioned for not having

Irrespective of the name on the ballot-paper, regardless of the particular candidate in their respective constituency wearing the PTI flag, the vote, from these passionate supporters, is being cast for the man at the helm.

been given a ticket to contest on PTI’s platform, would kill for an opportunity to be afforded such a chance. In a world of decadent politics and cynical outlooks, Imran Khan has produced a miracle. One that we have all still not fully accepted or appreciated. The brave Khan, having had an unfortu-

nate accidental fall at a political rally just days before the election-day, has turned his handicap (of not being able to get off the hospital bed) into his electoral strength. how? By speaking the truth. An emotional Khan, just hours after this fall, and with 16 stitches at the back of his head, spoke from the heart in telling people that even while he is unable to move, he is passing the baton of the electoral campaign into the hands of the nation. That he had done all that he could, and that it was now the responsibility of the nation to carry his (and their collective) dream past the end-line. And just two days later, he made an equally passionate appeal to several thousand supporters gathered in D-Chowk, Islamabad, via a video speech that spoke more about him as a person than about the credentials of his party. But it all appealed to, and struck, a certain sensitive cord with the audience and viewers. It was not a political speech. It was a statement of truth. An appeal from an honest man. The manifesto of a dream. In the hours to follow, I have received phone calls from friends from all over Pakistan – Peshawar to Karachi – expressing one sentiment, and one sentiment alone: we are going to vote for this man. Irrespective of the name on the ballot-paper, regardless of the particular candidate in their respective constituency wearing the PTI flag, the vote, from these passionate supporters, is being cast for the man at the helm. And to produce this sort of passion, in a nation of cynics, is less an achievement and more a miracle. By the time you read this, the die would have been cast, and so there is no point highlighting Imran Khan’s program in these pages, in order to persuade your vote. I pray that, in the choice between Zardari’s People’s Party, Nawaz Sharif’s PML and Imran Khan’s PTI… there is little need for anyone to argue the better choice (or at least the least worst choice). In this windy night, in a rural village, just hours before the election process commences, I cannot help but look up at the heavens and pray for Pakistan. And for this one election (at least), deep inside me, I find that the prayer for Pakistan is no different than a prayer for Imran Khan. I pray, that you are all reading this in Naya Pakistan. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: saad@post.harvard.edu

URING court proceedings on a writ petition filed by a duo of journalists in regards to the formation of a media commission to look into issues related to freedom of expression and the role of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, arguments have been preferred to insinuate the notion that the freedom of expression is best served when media has MALIK MuhAMMAD AShRAf an overarching and unbridled independence and that there was no justification for having a Ministry to regulate the media or handle the publicity and projection of the government policies. even their lordships have made certain remarks which transpire that probably they are also not aware about the rationale for regulating media and the need for the government to have a publicity and public relations organ of its own. I am afraid, the arguments, both for unbridled freedom for media and abolition of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, are inherently flawed and speak volumes about ignorance of the proponents of these views regarding the real role of the media in a society and the obligations of the government towards the people. These contentions are akin to the arguments of the supporters of the Libertarian Theory in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, which has along been discarded and rejected by all the nations who unquestioningly subscribe to the Social Responsibility Theory, which while recognizing the importance of independence of media in a society also obligates it to act responsibly within the parameters set by the ethical values of the society and the laws of the country. The same theory also justifies government intervention in case of an erratic behaviour by the media, because ultimately it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that all institutions within the boundaries of the state are regulated in accordance with the constitution and law in such a manner that they are able to contribute to the over all well being of the people and the state. So there is no concept of unbridled freedom of expression anywhere in the world. even in the countries where self-regulatory mechanism for the media is in place through Press Councils, the media has certain obligations expressed through the ethical and professional codes of conduct adopted by those bodies, having legal authorization of the state governments. Similarly codes of conduct for media adopted by UNeSCO and International Federation of Journalists also bestow some identical obligations on the media. The freedom of expression and independence of media derives its justification from the people’s right to know. It is also the people’s right to know which obligates the government to keep them informed about its policies and initiatives through media and also put in place measures to project positive image of the country in the comity of nations, which has assumed even greater significance since Pakistan becoming a front line state in the war on terrorism. It is also pertinent to mention that the major source of news for the media are the activities undertaken by the government. So the government does need an organization of its own to handle all these affairs in a well organized and coordinated manner besides regulating the media. Almost all governments around the globe do have their publicity organs with different nomenclatures. In Turkey and Germany the assignment is handled by the Press Information Departments, while in UK it is the Central Office Of Information (COI) which is charged with the responsibility of projecting and selling government policies to the public and keeping them informed. The architect of the Social Responsibility Theory Dr hutchins remarked “ Freedom comes with responsibility”. A controversy has also erupted over the list of the journalists presented in the SC by the Ministry of Information on the orders of the former which has been made public. Most of the journalists named in the list for having enjoyed the hospitality of the government on different occasions, being part of the entourage on foreign visits by the Prime Minister and the President and having received financial assistance from the government, have felt incensed by the revelation. There is no cause for indignation or consternation over the issue for two reasons. First, there is nothing unethical about enjoying the hospitality of the government when invited by it for press or background briefings by the VVIPs or accompanying them on foreign tours with all expenses paid by the government. It is a world wide practice, more so in the third world countries, where the media houses do not even pay the journalists according to the wage board awards. Second reason is that it is an international obligation of the government to promote the development of a pluralist media in the country and look after the welfare of the journalists. Grants given to the press clubs and media houses for their development and financial assistance extended to the families of journalists are neither illegal nor unethical. Similarly, the money spent by the ministry on publicity and hiring of services of some the writers to write articles and columns explaining government policies, are legitimate undertakings and the expenditure in this regard is beyond any reproach as it is incurred in the public interest. however, there is no justification for un-audited secret funds. The Ministry must ask the government to provide funds under relevant budgetary heads that are subject to proper audit to eliminate the doubts that have arisen about their wrong use. If the intentions are really to unveil the black sheep in the media then the focus must shift to the revelation of the names of those media houses who have been getting tax exemptions from the government on the incomes earned from government advertisements and the journalists who have been and are still are on the pay rolls of the intelligence agencies. They are the real black sheep in the media. 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SrK cHArgES A HEfTy AMoUNT for WEDDINgS NEWS DESK In a market where most A-listers are 'unavailable' due to one reason or the other, Shah Rukh Khan seems to enjoy a monopoly of sorts. We're talking about stars making special appearances and performing at high-profile weddings. With Salman Khan advised not to dance given his trigeminal neuralgia condition and Aamir and Saif not supporting the idea, Shah Rukh is charging about USD 15,000 for an appearance and close to Rs 8 crore for a wedding performance. According to sources, the latter is roughly the amount he was paid for approximately a 30-minute performance at a high-profile wedding at Dubai's Madinat Jumeirah hotel last Thursday. "It was on the invitation of Ahmed hashem Khoory and Mariam Othman, the bride's parents, that SRK agreed to perform," confirmed Rashid Sayyed, who organises a majority of the actor's Dubai events and is a friend of the bride's family. "It's not about Shah Rukh's price. even two years back, he was charging Rs 4 crore for a performance and Rs 1 crore for an appearance. And these days, anybody can shell out that kind of money - that's roughly the cost of a super luxury sedan. The problem is getting him to perform. he is so busy that he only performs for people he personally knows. So unless you approach him through somebody he personally interacts with, he is not going to take up your assignment," said a source close to the actor. Apparently, Shah Rukh received around 250 invites for wedding appearances/performances last year but took up only 10 of them. This year, he won't be able to accommodate more than six such, the source said.

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LThOUGh it may seem to Sanjay Dutt that certain sections of the film industry have turned their backs on him, the fact remains that his friends are staunchly loyal to him. This is proven by the fact the final shots of Zanjeer remake are being changed to accommodate the actor's date of surrendering before a court. A remake of 1973 super hit action thriller, which was Big B's first blockbuster, the new Zanjeer is directed by Apoorva Lakhia and features Ramcharan Teja, Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles. "We are shooting an extra scene with Sanju Sir. earlier he was not meant to be seen in the closing shots. It was just Ramcharan Teja and Priyanka Chopra. But now we all feel since this would probably be Sanju Sir's last shot for the next few years, we want the audience to leave the theatre with a very strong impression of his character," said a source. A quip-like dialogue has also been specially written for Sanjay. Says the source: "It's a very old fashioned ending now where Sanjay's character Sher Khan would make a witty remark..." Sanjay Dutt has been sentenced to five years in jail in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. he has been asked to surrender May 16 to serve the remaining 42 months of the sentence. With the Supreme

Court rejecting Sanjay Dutt's petition seeking review of its judgement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, top lawyers

involved in the case said the actor has no option but to surrender and start serving his term before seeking relief. They said

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the apex court's ruling was "expected" and a "foregone conclusion". "This is no news. had he been allowed some relief it would have been news," eminent criminal lawyer Majid Memon, who defended many of the accused in the case, said. "he has no option but to surrender on the appointed day, get in (jail), and then seek relief of remission, which I hope he may get," he said. Memon said it was "not the end of the road" for the actor as mercy petitions filed by various individuals and organisations "may also be taken up any day and decided in his favour". Ujjwal Nikam, who led the prosecution at the trial, also said the ruling was along expected lines. Asked if Dutt could file a curative petition to preempt his imprisonment, he said,"The curative petition will also stand on the same footing as review petition." "After rejection of his plea for review of the judgement, he will have to surrender and go to jail. he can apply for leniency and mercy, but only after he goes to jail," Nikam said. The Supreme Court had on April 17 extended the deadline for Dutt's surrender by four weeks on "humanitarian" grounds after he had sought six months time to give himself up to serve the remaining jail term. Dutt, 53, had pleaded he had to complete his seven movies in which producers had invested over Rs 278 crore. The actor has already spent 18 months in jail in the blasts case and has to serve 42 more.

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NEWS DESK May 10th After doing over 30 films in 12 years as an actor, Tusshar Kapoor wants to get into production business. he says he isn't thinking about direction right now. "Production is something definitely on my mind. I want to set up things on my own and l am waiting for the right time," Tusshar told IANS. The 36-year-old has "some ideas", but they are in their "initial stage". "I have a script idea ready, which will be a commercial film, but I have not spoken to any director so far." "I am not thinking about directing films but I want to produce a lot of commercial films," added the actor whose sister ekta is a successful filmmaker and television producer. Son of Shobha Kapoor and yesteryear star Jeetendra, Tusshar faced many ups and downs in his career, but never got bogged down.

NEWS DESK Ishkq in Paris actor Rhehan Malliek is all praises for his co-star Preity Zinta. On being asked about Preity, Rhehan considered himself fortunate to enter B'town with the actress. "Preity is great and I was lucky to do film with her. Apart from being a huge star she is a fine actor, Preity tells me what I have learnt in 10 years will teach you," said the actor. "She has worked with Khans, but she is so humble. We did a photo shoot and people liked us together and that's how I got the film. She is a very big star and makes me feel very comfortable and is very humble," added Rhehan.

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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will star as a cartoon detective, with a pigeon as a sidekick, in a new animated series, U.S. cable network Adult Swim said on Friday. Tyson, who recently toured his one-man autobiographical stage show, "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," will give voice to his cartoon character on the "Mike Tyson Mysteries" crime-solving series. Tyson, 46, will be aided by a magical tattoo on his character's face and a foul-mouthed pigeon as a partner on the 15-minute show, Adult Swim said. Tyson in real life owns racing pigeons. The network, which is known for its zany youth-oriented pro-

grams, did not say when the show would premiere. Some plot lines include attempting to defeat a super computer at chess and why an author/werewolf cannot finish a novel, Adult Swim said. Tyson, who became better known for his erratic behavior and 1992 rape conviction than for his skill in the ring, has seen his reputation rise following a cameo in the 2009 hit comedy "The hangover." Tyson retired from boxing in 2006 and began a second career in entertainment, including a 2011 television documentary series about his flock of racing pigeons. Adult Swim is owned by Turner Broadcasting System Inc, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.


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NEWS DESK Steven Spielberg will bring a hollywood veteran's eye to the more art-house Cannes Film Festival next week -- but he insists he has no preconceptions and will be a strictly "democratic" jury head. The legendary filmmaker, who first came to Cannes for the premiere of "e.T."

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NEWS DESK Karan Johar’s next, Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani (YJhD) was filmed at various locations — from himachal Pradesh and Kashmir to even Paris. So it is a given that the cast and crew had a good time while shooting it. And now, the audience can get a sneak peek of all that fun. A leading travel channel has teamed up with Dharma Productions for a documentary on the making of YJhD. A source close to the production house reveals, “The crew travelled vastly in Rajasthan, himachal Pradesh, Kashmir and even Paris for the film’s shoot. The channel’s unit, which has been with us from day one, has captured all the moments and made a documentary of it. They will be presenting it as a series. The point is to show the entire making of the film along with the adventures they had while shooting.” The hour-long show will be aired once a week. It will star Ranbir Kapoor and have about seven to eight episodes. The source adds, “Ranbir will play a reporter on behalf of the channel and will explain all that’s going on.” Ask director Ayan Mukerji about this and he says, “The tie up with the channel is a collaboration which makes me happy and proud. I love that the channel represents a zest for food, places and experiences in life. Their unit was a great energy on the sets, and I am deeply excited to see what they have as part of the documentary.”

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Bharti Kher's "The Skin Speaks a Language Not Its Own," a work on fiberglass, and Mark Grotjahn's "Untitled (Standard Lotus No. II, Bird of Paradise, Tiger Mouth Face 44.01), an oil on cardboard mounted on canvas, are expected to be among the highlights of the sale. each of the three works has a pre-sale estimate of $1.5 million to $2.5 million. Other artists whose work will be auctioned include Peter Beard, Banksy, Robert Longo, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel and elizabeth Peyton. DiCaprio has donated "Ocean V" by Andreas Gursky to the auction. "The roster of donations reads like a who's who of the most important contemporary artists of our time," said Brett Gorvy, chairman and international head of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's. "And the impact will be felt for generations." A panel of environmental experts and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will decide which innovative conservations projects will benefit from the proceeds of the sale.

‘friends’ star Matthew Perry’s latest tV venture gets the chop NEWS DESK Actor Matthew Perry's latest TV show was canceled on Friday after one season, marking his third disappointing venture since he won fame on the hit comedy "Friends." Broadcaster NBC also said it would not be bringing back its weekly news magazine show "Rock Center" for the 2013-14 fall schedule, along with five other low-rated comedies. The comedy "Go On," in which Perry played a sports radio host who joins a grief counseling group after the death of his wife, was one of a slew of low-rated NBC television shows that will not be renewed, the network said. Perry, 43, has struggled to follow up his success as the hapless

in 1982, says he is looking forward to being on the Croisette, even if he is a little "rusty," not having served on a festival jury for over 25 years. The 66-year-old -- the third American to head the Cannes jury in four years -chairs a panel that also includes Nicole Kidman and Oscar-winning director Ang Lee to pick who wins the coveted Palme

Chandler Bing in NBC's "Friends," which ended in 2004. "Go On" received favorable reviews and attracted an audience of more than 16 million when it made its debut in August 2012. But audiences dropped off and the season finale in April was watched by less than 3 million people. "Go On" followed the dark and short-lived 2011 series "Mr. Sunshine," in which Perry starred as well as co-created, and the 2006-07 "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" that was canceled after one season. Perry's "Friends" co-star Jennifer Aniston has launched a second career as a romantic comedy movie actress, while Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox have made several movies and TV shows, David Schwimmer has appeared on stage and tried his hand at directing,

d'Or at the May 15-26 festival. The prospect of watching and critically assessing 19 films in 12 days might be daunting to some, but Spielberg is unfazed. "Not me! every weekend I watch between four and six movies. I catch up on what I've missed during the working week. So two films per day in Cannes, I'm rather looking forward to it," Spielberg said in a

Gouzer said he and DiCaprio, whose foundation has worked on environmental issues since 1998, approached the artists and explained what they hoped to accomplish with the auction, which they have been planning for a year. "We explained that we wanted great works and they were very reactive because of the cause. The artists are very sensitive to the fact that we are destroying our planet," Gouzer said. DiCaprio, who grew up in Los Angeles, has been a vocal supporter of the environment and preserving the planet's natural resources. The actor produced and narrated the 2007 documentary "The 11th hour" a documentary about the state of the natural environment. "Nature is abundant and it is resilient, but we have to take action now to protect our planet before it is too late," DiCaprio said in a statement. "Given that less than 2 percent of philanthropic giving goes to environmental conservation projects, we are grateful that Christie's and the participating artists are providing this incredible opportunity."

and Matt LeBlanc won a Golden Globe in 2012 for playing a version of his skirt-chasing "Friends" bachelor character Joey in the Showtime and BBC comedy "Episodes." NBC, which has struggled to replace 1990s' hits like "Friends," "Cheers," "Frasier," and "Will & Grace," has also axed White Housebased comedy "1600 Penn," the Jimmy Falloncreated comedy "Guys With Kids," "Whitney" and "Up All Night."

pre-Cannes interview. "It's a great honor, but it's above all the promise of great pleasure," he told the French arts magazine Telerama, in comments published in French. The director, who has won only once at Cannes -- best screenplay for 1974's "Sugarland express" -- has had a disappointing run of late on the awards front, with his two latest Oscar entries "War horse" and "Lincoln" coming up short. But over the years Spielberg has made some of the biggest blockbusters and award-winning films of modern cinema, including "Jaws" (1975), "Jurassic Park" (1993), "Schindler's List" (1993) and the "Indiana Jones" movies. Asked if as jury head he would reward films with popular potential, or "more difficult" works, he demurred. "I believe that, before they are shown, all films are equal. Whether they are small or big, they are a sum of the personal visions and collaborative efforts. "each time the filmmaker's intentions are the same, whether it is Christopher Nolan or Michael haneke: to express what he has inside," he said, referring to the blockbuster "Dark Knight" director and haneke, whose understated "Amour" won last year at Cannes. The possibility of a cultural clash between Spielberg's hollywood sensibility and those of his fellow jurors -- an international bunch, to say the least -- has not gone unnoticed. The jury also includes Indian actress Vidya Balan, Japanese director Naomi Kawase, Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay, French actor Daniel Auteuil, Romanian

director Cristian Mungiu and Oscar-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz. "No roster of Cannes jurors in recent memory has been as stacked with influential, distinctive, high-profile global film industry figures," wrote film critic Jon Frosch, in a piece published by The Atlantic online. "The common strand running throughout Spielberg's body of work is the filmmaker's palpable desire to reach directly for the viewer's emotions. Cannes fare, on the other hand, is often cooler, less accessible." "Spielberg and the Cannes Film Festival should be a fascinating confrontation of cinematic and cinephilic tastes and tendencies," he wrote. Spielberg has been tight-lipped about what kind of jury chairman he will be when he takes his seat in the Palais des Festivals, where stars will hit the red carpet on Wednesday. "Democratic!" he said, when asked by Telerama. "But give me a bit of time. I haven't been on a jury since the Avoriaz festival in 1986, when we gave the prize to 'Carrie,' by Brian de Palma. I'm a little rusty," he said. US jury heads at Cannes are not rare: there have been three or four per decade since the 1960s, before which they were French. Figures on Spielberg's level have included Martin Scorsese in 1998, and Francis Ford Coppola in 1996. Two of the last three were Americans: Tim Burton in 2010 and Robert de Niro in 2011. In that year the Palme d'Or went to "Tree of Life," one of two American films in competition, but hardly a crowd-pleasing blockbuster.


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It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. — Joseph Stalin

The human-powered helicopter challenge 30 years ago the American helicopter Society (AhS) set up the Sikorsky human-powered helicopter competition. The AhS named the prize in honour of Igor Sikorsky, who designed the world’s first mass-produced helicopter, the Sikorsky R-4, in 1942. To this day no one has won the challenge but with the prize money now standing at $250,000 people are certainly still trying. tHe crIterIA

Scientists discovered water on the moon only a few years ago, and until recently, the prevailing theory was that it got there via comets. Now they're not so sure. New research on rocks brought back from the Apollo 15 and 17 strongly suggests a different possibility: The moon got its water from Earth via meteorites, reports theLA Times. How so? It's widely believed that the moon was formed from debris knocked off Earth by a collision with a Mars-sized body known as the "Big Whack" around 4.5 billion years ago. It wasn't thought any water survived the impact, but this new study, published in Science, suggests it did—perhaps because the collision formed a barrier of hot gases that protected the water, one of the researchers tells Time. "I'm inclined to think that the measurements, and the primary interpretation, make sense," agreed a scientist who was not part of the study. "[But] this is a piece of the puzzle rather than a solution to the puzzle." nEwS DESK

The team who is most likely to win the prize is a group of science undergraduates and postgraduates from Maryland University. We spoke to one of the team’s pilots, Colin Gore, to find out how it all works. But first, Gore explains the criteria that need to be met to win the quarter of a million dollar prize. he says, “There are three criteria: the first is that the flight needs to have a duration greater than 60 seconds; the second is that during that 60 second flight you need to reach further than 3m into the air (but that only needs to happen for a brief moment); thirdly, for the duration of 60 seconds the helicopter must not drift – the point beneath the cockpit must stay within a 10×10 metre box.” So far no one has achieved this but Gore’s helicopter, the Gamera II, has come close. On one test they kept the helicopter aloft for 65 seconds and on a separate occassion they managed to raise it just shy of 3 metres In July, they plan to go for the prize and Gore believes they will meet the criteria. he says, “I’m confident that, if the technical challenges are worked out, I’ve

got the power and the profile to give us the energy we need for the prize winning flight. To cut a long story short, I know I’ve got the juice, we just have to make sure that everything is right with the craft which has so many components and there are 50 people working on it – there is always a chance that some little thing will creep up and eat into our time.” Flying the aircraft requires a lot of energy. Gore says, “If we’re going all out, I’m pretty much drained by the end of a minute and a half. I stuck the heart rate monitor on and I went from a resting rate of just over 60bpm all the way up to 190bpm.” To power the helicopter Gore has to pedal with both hands and feet, which draws the string in from 4 rotors that rotate incredibly large, but light, blades. And light is the key word here: the helicopter is 105ft in length but only weighs 75lb. One of the main challenges behind making a human-powered helicopter is to make such a large and light struc-

ture strong enough. cArBON FIBre Gore says, “When the Sikorsky prize started 30 years ago, I don’t know if it would have been possible because the lightest thing you could really use was balsa wood but now that carbon fibre has come a long way, it’s easy to work with in your garage or workshop, and our team has done a lot of custom carbon fibre work for this craft. “One of our engineers has developed a lathe system that makes carbon fibre trusses that are half the weight of a carbon fibre tube but six times stronger so by being so immensely strong for their weight we can build this craft which has the strength to hold the pilot. At one point we were flying a helicopter with only 70lb of material total, which is a little more than half the weight of the pilot.” We wish them luck for their July attempt and will keep you posted on the outcome.

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A strange ghost town that spent a quarter-century under water is coming up for air again in the Argentine farmlands southwest of Buenos Aires. Epecuen was once a bustling little lakeside resort, where 1,500 people served 20,000 tourists a season. During Argentina's golden age, the same trains that carried grain to the outside world brought visitors from the capital to relax in Epecuen's saltwater baths and spas. Then a particularly heavy rainstorm followed a series of wet winters, and the lake overflowed its banks on Nov. 10, 1985. Water burst through a retaining wall and spilled into the lakeside streets. People fled with what they could, and within days their homes were submerged under nearly 33 feet of corrosive saltwater. Now the water has mostly receded, exposing what looks like a scene from a movie about the end of the world. The town hasn't been rebuilt, but it has become a tourist destination again, for people willing to drive at least six hours from Buenos Aires to get here, along 340 miles of narrow country roads. People come to see the rusted hulks of automobiles and furniture, crumbled homes, and broken appliances. It's a bizarre, post-apocalyptic landscape that captures a traumatic moment in time. nEwS DESK

global carbon dioxide in atmosphere passes milestone level For the first time in human history, the concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has passed the milestone level of 400 parts per million (ppm). The last time so much greenhouse gas was in the air was several million years ago, when the Arctic was ice-free, savannah spread across the Sahara desert and sea level was up to 40 metres higher than today. These conditions are expected to return in time, with devastating consequences for civilisation, unless emissions of CO2 from the burning of coal, gas and oil are rapidly curtailed. But despite increasingly severe warnings from scientists and a major economic recession, global emissions have continued to soar unchecked. "It is symbolic, a point to pause and think about where we have been and where we are going," said Professor Ralph Keeling, who oversees the measurements on a hawaian volcano, which were begun by his father in 1958. "It's like turning 50: it's a wake up to what has been building up in front of us all along." "The passing of this milestone is a significant reminder of the rapid rate at which – and the extent to which – we have increased the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere," said Prof Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which serves as science adviser to the world's governments. "At the beginning of industrialisation the concentration of CO2 was just 280ppm. We must hope that the world crossing this milestone will bring about awareness of the scientific reality of climate change and how human society should deal with the challenge." The world's governments have agreed to keep the rise in global average temperature, which have already risen by over 1C, to 2C, the level beyond which catastrophic warming is thought to become unstoppable. But the International energy Agency warned in 2012 that on current emissions trends the world will see 6C of warming, a

level scientists warn would lead to chaos. With no slowing of emissions seen to date, there is already mounting pressure on the UN summit in Paris in 2015, which is the deadline set to settle a binding international treaty to curb emissions. edward Davey, the UK's energy and climate change secretary, said: "This isn't just a symbolic milestone, it's yet another piece of clear scientific evidence of the effect human activity is having on our planet. I've made clear I will not let up on efforts to secure the legally binding deal the world needs by 2015 to avoid the worst effects of climate change." Two CO2 monitoring stations high on the hawaiian volcano of Mauna Loa are run by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and provide the global benchmark measurement. Data released on Friday shows the daily average has passed 400ppm for the first time in its half century of recording. The level peaks

in May each year as the CO2 released by decaying vegetation is taken up by renewed plant growth in the northern hemisphere, where the bulk of plants grow. Analysis of fossil air trapped in ancient ice and other data indicate that this level has not been seen on earth for 3-5 million years, a period called the Pliocene. At that time, global average temperatures were 3 or 4C higher than today's and 8C warmer at the poles. Reef corals suffered a major extinction while forests grew up to the northern edge of the Arctic Ocean, a region which is today bare tundra. "I think it is likely that all these ecosystem changes could recur," said Richard Norris, a colleague of Keeling's at Scripps. The earth's climate system takes time to adjust to the increased heat being trapped by high greenhouse levels and it may take hundreds of years for the great ice caps in Antarctica and Greenland to melt to the small size of the Pliocence and sea level far above many of the world's major cities.

But the extreme speed at which CO2 in now rising – perhaps 75 times faster than in pre-industrial time – has never been seen in geological records and some effects of climate change are already being seen, with extreme heatwaves and flooding now more likely. Recent wet and cold summer weather in europe has been linked to changes in the high level jetstream winds, in turn linked to the rapidly melting sea ice in the Arctic, which shrank to its lowest recorded level in September. "We are creating a prehistoric climate in which human societies will face huge and potentially catastrophic risks," said Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of economics. "Only by urgently reducing global emissions will we be able to avoid the full consequences of turning back the climate clock by 3 million years." "The 400ppm threshold is a sobering milestone and should serve as a wake up

call for all of us to support clean energy technology and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, before it's too late for our children and grandchildren," said Tim Lueker, a carbon cycle scientist at Scripps. Professor Bob Watson, former IPCC chair and UK government chief scientific adviser, said: "Passing 400ppm of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is indeed a landmark and the rate of increase is faster than ever and shows no sign of abating due to a lack of political committment to address the urgent issue of climate change - the world is now most likely committed to an increase in surface temperature of 3C-5C compared to pre-industrial times." The graph of the rising CO2 at Mauna Loa is known as the Keeling curve, after the late Dave Keeling, the scientist who began the measurements in March 1958. The isolated hawaiian island is a good location for measurements as it is far from the main sources of CO2, meaning it represents a good global average. nEwS DESK


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Tim Southee has emerged as an injury concern ahead of the opening Test at Lord’s next week after picking up a foot injury against england Lions which led to a decision that he would not bowl again in the match after lunch on the third day. Mike hesson, the New Zealand coach, remains confident that Southee will be fit for the Test match, which begins on Thursday, but the opening bowler will see a specialist on Saturday afternoon to get a more detailed verdict on the problem. Southee, who did not play against Derbyshire, had not appeared hampered during the second day, where he claimed the wicket of Varun Chopra, and sent down 19 overs before being withdrawn. The loss of Southee for the first Test would be a significant blow for New Zealand as he has become a key part of their attack and is expected to be a threat with the Duke ball having produced some telling spells during the previous series in March. If Southee was ruled out, either Doug Bracewell or Neil Wagner, who currently appear to be vying for one place, would both play at Lord’s.

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USSeLL Domingo has been appointed South Africa’s new coach on a two-year deal. Domingo, who is currently assistant coach, will take over from Kirsten in August with his first assignment being the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka. Domingo has been second-incommand since Kirsten was named coach in June 2011 and was put in charge of South Africa’s Twenty20 squad last December. Prior to that, he had six seasons at the helm of the Warriors franchise, with whom he won two trophies and nurtured a string of national players including Wayne Parnell, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Robin Peterson and Ashwell Prince. Kirsten earmarked Domingo as his successor two years ago and rubberstamped him upon his resignation yesterday when he said Domingo was ready for “high-level coaching.” And it was Kirsten who informed Domingo he may be in line to take over. “Gary called me about 10 days ago and told me he was not going to extend his contract for another two years and that he is confident in my ability to take over,” Domingo said. Domingo had time to mull over whether he would accept the job while CSA’s board considered its options. When Kirsten opted not to exercise his renew option on Friday, acting CeO Nassei Appiah told the media CSA would appoint a committee to oversee the “due process,” of appointing a new coach. None of that was required. The board decided on Friday they would offer Domingo the job in the interests of continuity. “They gave me a

call around lunch-time and asked me if I wanted the job and I accepted,” he said. “I made a few calls to all the players, whether in South Africa, england or India, and let them know the decision and get their thoughts on it. All of them were confident in me, which was great to hear. This is a very big day in my life. It was to be highlight in anybody’s coaching career to be given the honour and responsibility of being in charge of your national side.” It’s been a whirlwind few days for Domingo, who thought Kirsten would stay on until the 2015 World Cup but now finds himself the man that will take South Africa to that tournament. his yet-to-be signed contract will terminate in August 2015 but none of the specific terms have been discussed. Domingo expects to meet with CSA’s board over the next week to negotiate. Chris Nenzani, the president, said “all options,” would be discussed which means Domingo could, like Kirsten, ask for specific periods of leave to be with his family, although that is unlikely. While Domingo is not expected to emulate Kirsten in that regard, he will employ a similar style of coaching which will focus on transferring responsibility

to the players and managing them, rather than instructing them. “I need to try and do a lot of things Gary has done but also to bring my own flavour to it,” Domingo said, “I’m still very much in the planning stage as to how I want to take this team forward. I’ve got a lot of thinking to do over the next few weeks. I need to

canvas a lot of opinion and pull out some ideas from various people and add my own ideas to that.” One of the distinct differences between Kirsten and Domingo is that the latter has no playing experience, having discovered at a young age he would not cut it as a first-class cricketer. That has never hampered Domingo before, though, and he does not expect it to become an issue even as he takes on one of the most high-profile jobs in world cricket. “I’ve been coaching for 16 years now, since I was 22 years old,” Domingo said. “Playing and coaching are two

totally different scenarios. I’ve developed a good rapport with players, and I’ve gone through all the stages a coach needs to go through - rightfully so because I haven’t got the playing credentials.” While Domingo appears ready for the challenge, and has the backing of all the most important people, he will still have Kirsten to call on if needed. “he’s a massive guy to replace, but I don’t think Gary is entirely lost to South African cricket. I’d be an absolute fool not use Gary in some capacity as much as I possibly can. Gary and I have a really good working relationship,” he said. Domingo gave Kirsten his first coaching job when he asked him to consult for the Warriors and the pair have been close ever since. Domingo will also have free reign to choose other assistants but will likely to keep the same core of support staff. “The guys that are there at the moment have done an outstanding job. We have a good relationship and we work really well together, and I don’t see why that should change at all,” he said. That means Allan Donald will probably remain bowling coach but Domingo will probably add an assistant from the domestic set-up. Lions’ coach Geoff Toyana and Cobras’ coach Paul Adams are two that could come into contention after they both enjoyed successful maiden seasons with their franchises. Paddy Upton, who was elevated to performance manager under Kirsten, may also be retained. Domingo makes history as the first person of colour to become head coach, 22 years after readmission. Like many before him, he hopes he does not get judged in black and white alone. “I’m hoping the public sees me as a cricket coach, not a cricket coach of colour. I will endeavour to give my best for the country in every aspect,” he said.

bresnan, swann elbow their way back

SPORTS DESK The eCB’s elbow surgeon has earned his fee after both Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann returned to england’s Test squad for the opening match of the season against New Zealand, at Lord’s, following their successful operations in the first part of the year. The pair both played their previous Tests in Nagpur during December. Bresnan then went for elbow surgery after the oneday series in India while Swann had his in March after being ruled out of the series in New Zealand.

Bresnan is the fourth pace bowler in a 12-man squad alongside the incumbent trio of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn while Graham Onions, who is playing for england Lions this week and was on tour in New Zealand, misses out. Although unlikely that he will make the starting XI, Bresnan could yet force his way past Finn whose form for Middlesex has not been entirely convincing early in the season. As the impact of his elbow problem took full effect, Bresnan’s Test form tailed off badly last year and he has taken two wickets in his last four matches at 210

apiece. however, he has started the season promisingly for Yorkshire with 11 wickets at 27.63 and reports are that his pace is back to somewhere near 2011 levels. Geoff Miller, the national selectors, said: “Both Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan have worked hard to regain fitness following elbow surgery and have demonstrated through their performances for their counties that they are ready for the challenge of international cricket.” The other players who were on the most recent tour but not required for the opening Test are Chris Woakes, James Tredwell and Monty Panesar, while Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of this series and the Champions Trophy earlier in the month. As expected, Jonny Bairstow retains his place as Pietersen’s replacement in the middle order, having been drafted in under tough circumstances in Auckland after just one first-class innings, against India in Mumbai, since last September. his twin failures were predictable, and understandable, but he has impressed at the start of this season for Yorkshire and has done enough to ward off his nearest challengers. Bairstow will also have fond memories of Lord’s, the scene of his Test debut against West Indies last year and also his most convincing Test performance, when he made 95 and 54 against South Africa after, again, being an understudy for Pietersen. his technique has, at times, been picked apart at Test level but that is a rite of passage for young player. england needed a monumental finalday rearguard to escape New Zealand with a 0-0 draw - Matt Prior, Ian Bell and Broad being to the fore - and that indifferent performance in a series they were expected to dominate ensured there would be no resting or rotating of key players for this series despite it being at the start of a hectic season. “We will need to improve significantly on our performances in the recent Test series against them if we are to start the

england buoyed by pietersen fitness England’s Ashes hopes have been boosted by the news that Kevin Pietersen is provisionally scheduled to return to cricket on June 12 for Surrey against Sussex at Arundel. Pietersen was forced home from the England tour of New Zealand and subsequently ruled out of the IPL, the home Test series against New Zealand and the Champions Trophy after he was diagnosed with bone bruising to his right knee. The ECB had previously suggested he would begin full training “by the middle of June”. A return against Sussex would allow him a minimum of three first-class games before the start of the Ashes. Surrey play Yorkshire in the Championship on June 21 before England take on Essex in a four-day warm-up game ahead of the first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge, which begins on July 10. Micro-fracture surgery on the problem still remains a possibility but it is understood that Pietersen will be 100% fit on his return and there will not be any long-term implications for his involvement in all three formats for England. Pietersen suffered the injury to his knee during a warm-up match at Queenstown ahead of the Tests against New Zealand and, although he played in the first two matches, he was ruled out of the decider in Auckland and returned home. A brace was fitted and rest prescribed but his return has proved more problematic. The question of Pietersen’s workload arose last summer when he retired from limited-overs cricket, citing the England schedule. He was subsequently persuaded to return - following a destabilising stand-off that saw him dropped from the squad - and was rested for the ODI and T20 series against New Zealand in February. In 2009, he missed three Ashes Tests after suffering an Achilles problem. The possibility of Pietersen returning ahead of schedule comes after England named a squad to play New Zealand in the first Test at Lord’s featuring Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann, who both underwent elbow surgery over the winter. As expected, Jonny Bairstow will continue to deputise for Pietersen in the middle-order. SPORtS DESK

international summer on a positive note,” Miller said. “This series provides a good opportunity for the players to show that they have learnt from the experiences over the winter.”

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A subdued start and sorry finish to Pune Warriors’ innings set the scene for their 12th loss in 14 matches this season, as Mumbai Indians sauntered to second place on the table with a five-wicket win. having chosen to bat, Warriors never really spurred their innings towards an acceptable run rate, and although they were building towards a platform from which they could launch, a cluster of dismissals heralded a woeful end to their innings. They managed just 34 off their last eight overs and ended on 112 for 8. The slow pitch made Mumbai’s chase a touch tougher than it ought to have been, but despite losing Dwayne Smith first ball, they were never really challenged. Rohit Sharma made 37, and his 54-run partnership with Ambati Rayudu effectively secured victory, which was achieved with seven balls remaining. Their net run-rate put them above Rajasthan Royals, and the middling teams will struggle to deprive them of a playoffs spot. having been on 84 for 2 at one stage, Warriors seemed a side that had forgotten how to win, as they were derailed in a six-ball period that yielded three wickets. Manish Pandey hit a Lasith Malinga full toss straight to deep midwicket, before Angelo Mathews fell, responding to Yuvraj Singh’s poor call in the next over, before Yuvraj himself was caught in front by harbhajan Singh. The running between the wickets was ordinary, and had the Mumbai fielders hit the stumps half as often as their fielding coach Jonty Rhodes did in his career, Warriors might have struggled to make 90. The only period Warriors seemed capable of making a competitive total was when Yuvraj Singh was at the crease, and even he, during his 29-ball stay, could not manage a strike rate better than 114. he struck consecutive legside sixes off Pragyan Ojha in the 11th over, signaling an intention to shake Warriors out of their ponderous tempo, but he was out three overs later having done little else, and stunningly, those sixes were the last boundaries hit in the hosts’ innings.

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he first-ever Twenty20 at the Queens Sports Club ground in Bulawayo was a thriller with the home team squeezing home by six runs. Zimbabwe fought back mightily when it mattered and Bangladesh imploded just when they could smell the win. The visitors collapsed from 120 for 1 in the 15th over to being kept down to 162 for 8. Tinashe Panyangara bowled a terrific final over, giving away just three runs as the Bangladesh lower-order failed to play smartly. Zimbabwe had earlier made 168 for 5 after deciding to bat first. hamilton Masakadza struck his seventh fifty while captain Brendan Taylor made a quickfire 40 as they put Zimbabwe on course for a big total. Bangladesh were brought back into the game by their spinners after the TaylorMasakadza partnership ended, with Shakib Al hasan getting both wickets and bowling economically in between. Shakib was doing the job with the bat too, hammering 65 off 40 balls and helping add 118 for the second wicket with Shamsur Rahman. he struck eight disdainful fours and two sixes while Shamsur ended up with his maiden fifty, after a slow start. The pair had taken Bangladesh to within 49 of the target with 34 balls to go, but the moment Shakib was dismissed, the Bangladesh batsmen started to make a meal of the chase. Shamsur fell two balls later and it was down to the Bangladesh captain, Mushfiqur Rahman, to steer the chase. he began badly though, involved in two mix-ups that ended in run-outs of Nasir hossain and Mahmudullah in the 16th over. Nasir was

SCOREbOARD ZIMbAbwE h Masakadza c Sohag gazi b Shakib Al hasan 59 V Sibanda c Sajidul Islam b Sohag gazi 01 bRM taylor*† c tamim Iqbal b Shakib Al hasan 40 SC williams st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mahmudullah 6 Sikandar Raza c Shakib Al hasan b Shafiul Islam 14 Mn waller not out 26 tC Mutombodzi not out 12 EXtRAS (b 4, lb 2, w 5) 11 tOtAL 168 DID nOt bAt t Panyangara, P utseya, bV Vitori, tL Chatara fALL Of wICKEtS 1-1 (Sibanda, 0.3 ov), 2-75 (taylor, 8.3 ov), 3-92 (williams, 11.2 ov), 4-120 (Sikandar Raza, 14.6 ov), 5-142 (Masakadza, 17.3 ov) bOwLIng Sohag gazi 4-0-28-1, Shafiul Islam 3-0-29-1, Abdur Razzak 40-35-0, Shakib Al hasan 4-0-20-2, Sajidul Islam 1-0-15-0, Mahmudullah 4-0-35-1 bAngLADESh tamim Iqbal b Vitori 2 Shamsur Rahman c †taylor b utseya 53 Shakib Al hasan c waller b utseya 65 Mushfiqur Rahim*† c williams b Panyangara 28 nasir hossain run out (Sikandar Raza/Mutombodzi) 0 Mahmudullah run out (Mutombodzi/†taylor) 2 Ziaur Rahman c Sibanda b Panyangara 2 Sohag gazi not out 2 Abdur Razzak lbw b Panyangara 2 EXtRAS (b 1, lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 6 tOtAL 162 DID nOt bAt Shafiul Islam, Sajidul Islam fALL Of wICKEtS 1-2 (tamim Iqbal, 0.2 ov), 2-120 (Shakib Al hasan, 14.3 ov), 3-124 (Shamsur Rahman, 14.5 ov), 4-126 (nasir hossain, 15.1 ov), 5-130 (Mahmudullah, 15.6 ov), 6-143 (Ziaur Rahman, 17.4 ov), 7-159 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 19.1 ov), 8-162 (Abdur Razzak, 19.6 ov) bOwLIng bV Vitori 4-0-24-1, tL Chatara 3-0-30-0, P utseya 4-0-34-2, t Panyangara 4-0-32-3, tC Mutombodzi 4-0-33-0, h Masakadza 1-0-7-0 Match details toss Zimbabwe, who chose to bat Series Zimbabwe led the 2-match series 1-0 t20I debuts Sajidul Islam (bangladesh); t Panyangara and Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe) Player of the match h Masakadza (Zimbabwe) umpires O Chirombe and Rb tiffin tV umpire tJ Matibiri Match referee bC broad (England) Reserve umpire LA ngwenya

inches short of safety as Tinotenda Mutombodzi broke the stumps. Mahmudullah was far from the crease at the other end after he got mixed calls from Mushfiqur; Mutombodzi swooped on the

ball to his left and scored a direct-hit. Then the pressure got to Ziaur Rahman, the Twenty20 specialist who had a torrid time connecting bat on ball. he frustrated Mushfiqur, with whom he almost had a collision, before falling to Panyangara’s clever length in the 18th over. This wicket, and the eight runs from the over, perhaps swayed Taylor into picking Panyangara to bowl the last over. Mushfiqur hit two sixes in the melee of wickets, before holing out to deep squareleg off the first ball of the final over when 10 runs were required. Panyangara was more resourceful in his last two overs than his first two, keeping it full to choke the runs. Sohag Gazi has some batting credentials but looked out of his depth towards the end of the chase while Abdur Razzak missed everything even though he was given room to swing. Panyangara took three wickets while Prosper Utseya broke the Shakib-Shamsur partnership, taking both wickets. Brian Vitori was also excellent, giving away just 24 from his four overs and picking up the wicket of Tamim Iqbal in the first over. This, after the Bangladesh spinners brought them back into the game with some control over the big-hitting in the last seven overs. Taylor and Masakadza put on 74 for the second wicket with the Zimbabwe captain severe on anything pitched on legstump. he made 40 off 25 balls with six fours and a paddle-swept six. he fell in the ninth over, after which Masakadza tried to up the run-rate but wasn’t too successful. he was dismissed after making 59 off 48 balls with four boundaries and a six. They failed to get the big hits away in the last five overs, with Shakib taking 2 for 20 and one wicket apiece for Gazi, Shafiul Islam and Mahmudullah.

There was a time when Rikki Clarke was more interested in the next night out than the next training session. There was a time when he was known more for his unfulfilled talent than his match-defining contributions. There was a time when he was seen as something of a waster. Those days have gone, but the reputation lingers. Since joining Warwickshire towards the end of the 2008 season, he has at last started to fulfil the undoubted potential. he has developed into a reliable seamer of sharp pace and substantial skill, a stylish and consistent batsman and arguably the best fielder in the domestic game. Recalled to the outer fingers of the england set-up with a Lions tour to Australia this winter, he returned with an exemplary report for his attitude and commitment. It has taken a while, but Clarke has grown up. “It would harsh if anyone judged me on how I was 10 years ago,” Clarke said. “They call me ‘the enforcer’ at edgbaston now because, when the wicket is flat, I have the job of doing most of the bowling. I enjoy bowling now. I have confidence in it and I’ve just had three good seasons in a row. I’d hope that my old reputation has been forgotten.” Certainly Warwickshire were, once again, grateful for Clarke’s contribution on the final day of their Championship match against Middlesex. Not only did he ensure Warwickshire averted the danger of the follow-on, but he accelerated smoothly to ensure they gained a fourth batting bonus point. It was not a bad effort for a man who failed a fitness test on the morning of the game but played anyway to help his side cope with the loss of players to injury and england Lions duty. It was no easy task, either. While Laurie evans would, if necessary, have come out to bat despite a broken hand that is expected to keep him out of action for around a month, by the time that Tim Murtagh had taken three wickets - including two with successive deliveries - Warwickshire were still 12 runs short of the bonus point and only had 15 deliveries left of the qualifying period. But Clarke, who pulled Steve Finn for six from the third delivery of the day, farmed the strike until, in the 100th over, Boyd Rankin edged the deserving Murtagh for four through vacant third slip to pass 350. The match was abandoned as a draw due to persistent rain shortly afterwards. While Murtagh, whose five-wicket haul included that of Tom Allin, edging his first ball in first-class cricket to the slips, bowled nicely, Finn continued to strive for rhythm. Currently operating off a long run-up - in the previous game he utilised a short one he at present looks like a young man with a great deal of potential rather than a regular Test bowler. Clarke, in comparison, is a player comfortable with his game. While he said he was “hopeful” of being picked in the Champions Trophy squad, he also admitted he “never really expected to be in it” as “13 or 14 of those places were nailed down.” Aged 31, time is running out for him to make an england recall, but his hopes are burning as brightly as ever. “I definitely think I have a chance of playing for england again,” he said. “And my passion to play is as great as it ever has been. Maybe more as, once you’ve had a taste, you know how sweet it is. “But the reason I am being considered is on the back of my performances for Warwickshire. So I have to keep doing the things I have been and keep performing for the club. I’m very comfortable with my game these days. I feel I know my role in the side and I’m back and supported to do it. I feel settled and happy.”


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DoNS HELD by SAINTS SPORTS DESK Aberdeen extended their unbeaten run under new manager Derek McInnes to four matches but their goalless draw at St Mirren Park was a largely forgettable way to mark the 30th anniversary of their greatest triumph. Three decades ago to the day, Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen side beat Real Madrid in Gothenburg to win the european Cup Winners’ Cup but the current team are proving less effective on their travels. Aberdeen have still not won an away game in 2013 although they came closer to three points than their hosts with Jonny hayes seeing a goal disallowed and Marc McAusland clearing off the line from Scott Vernon. And they looked secure at the back despite the continued absence of Russell Anderson, claiming their third clean sheet under McInnes. Both sides lined up with two strikers and two attackminded wingers - Dougie Imrie and Gary Teale for the hosts and Niall McGinn and Jonny hayes for the Dons. But the formations did not translate into much meaningful goalmouth action from two teams that have struggled in recent months. St Mirren have now gone 10 Clydesdale Bank Premier League games without victory, although they made four changes after the Dons secured their survival with a 1-1 draw at Dundee last weekend. Jim Goodwin, Jon Robertson, Imrie and Sam Parkin came into the starting line-up with Kenny McLean suspended, Paul McGowan absent and both Steven Thompson and Lee Mair dropping to the bench. Aberdeen were without suspended pair Rory Fallon, who was sent off at Dens Park, and Peter Pawlett, whose dive earned his side the crucial penalty and a two-match ban. Stephen hughes dropped out with the fitagain hayes coming in along with forwards Scott Vernon and Cammy Smith. It took 17 minutes for either side to come close. Vernon curled just over the top corner from 18 yards after some excellent close control from Ryan Jack. St Mirren threatened moments later when Jamie Langfield pushed over Dougie Imrie’s dipping, swerving 30-yard free-kick. Mark Reynolds did well to head clear as Parkin looked set to finish off a cross from Conor Newton, who soon forced a save from Langfield with a 20-yard drive.

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USTRALIA’S Royal Melbourne Golf Club will host this year’s edition of the World Cup of Golf, which has been played in China since 2007, the tournament’s promoters said on Saturday. Mission hills Group, which has hosted the tournament five times in China, said the 57th edition would be held in Melbourne in November to ensure it maintained its global status. “Mission hills recognises the need to maintain the tournament’s prestigious global status, and as such we feel that both the tournament and the international golfing community will benefit from the 2013 edition being staged outside China,” Mission hills Group Vice Chairman Tenniel Chu said in a statement. “We do, however, remain supportive of the tournament and are committed to hosting the

event again when the tournament returns to China. “Following the recent success of Australian players in international tournaments and the country’s status as a leading international golf destination, Australia will be proud to host this tournament once again and we wish the Royal Melbourne Golf Club every success with this year’s event,” added Chu. Melbourne has staged the tournament on three occasions, the last being in 1988. The United States have won the event a record 24 times, including the last edition in 2011 where Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland triumphed at China’s hainan Island. held annually since 1953 apart from two occasions in the 1980s, the World Cup became a biennial event after golf got the nod for Olympic inclusion in 2016. Teams of two golfers representing their country contest the tournament over two days of foursomes and two days of four-balls.

‘boring’ serena to face sharapova in Madrid final MADRID AgEnCIES

Serena Williams’ tactic of staying in her hotel room and being “boring” appears to be paying off after the world number one swept past Sara errani on Saturday to set up a Madrid Open final against rival Maria Sharapova Chasing a 50th career title at the clay event in the Spanish capital, defending champion Williams was far too strong for Italian seventh seed errani on the Manolo Santana show court, winning 7-5 6-2 before Sharapova made short work of 16th seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia to win their semi-final 6-4 6-3. The Russian second seed and world number two, 26, will replace 31-year-old American Williams at the top of the rankings if she gets the better of her in Sunday’s title match. Williams, whose interests away from tennis include fashion and acting, said she had been avoiding “too many extra-curricular activities” to concentrate on match preparation. “I usually just stay in my room really and be the most boring person you can ever imagine,” she told a news conference. “That’s kind of the way I get focused.” Sharapova will be a different proposition to errani as the French Open champion, who beat the Italian in last year’s Roland Garros final, is among the players on the Tour who can come close to matching Williams for power. however, she has only beaten the American twice in 14 attempts, and never on clay, and both those victories came almost a

decade ago. “I look forward to it,” Williams said. “I feel like this whole tournament I’ve only played clay court players from my first round to now. “everyone was also smaller than me. So I think tomorrow will be a really good match. Different game. More power obviously, but

still a lot of the consistency.” Sharapova said she needed to be more consistent if she was to have any hope of beating Williams. They last played in Miami this year when Sharapova won the first set before going down 4-6 6-3 6-0. “I thought I played really well, at a good level, in Miami for the first set

and a half but that’s not enough,” she said. “Obviously the goal is to keep that level for the whole match and to take my opportunities. “I haven’t had a win against her in a long time. But the great thing is that I’m setting myself up in a position where I can try to change that around.”


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Rafa Nadal is one win away from a fifth title since returning from injury after the Spanish world number five thumped compatriot Pablo Andujar 6-0 6-4 to reach the Madrid Masters final. With his customary strapping on the troublesome left knee that sidelined him for seven months until February, home favourite Nadal was in scintillating form as he raced through the first set on the sun-drenched clay of Manolo Santana centre court. Andujar, a tournament wildcard ranked 113 in the world, put up more of a fight in the second but Nadal secured a fourth break in the ninth game and served out to move a step closer to his third title at the Masters event in the Spanish capital. Nadal will meet sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, runner-up last year to Roger Federer, or Federer’s Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka, the 15th seed, in Sunday’s final. It will be his seventh final appearance in seven tournaments since he returned. “The results could not have been better,” he said in a courtside interview with Spanish television broadcaster La Sexta. “Five months ago I could not have dreamed of everything that has happened during these past few months,” added the 26-yearold. “It’s almost a dream to be back in another final at home here in Madrid.” Nadal, the French Open champion, extended his spectacular winning streak in semi-finals on his favoured clay, his last defeat coming a decade ago when he fell to compatriot Carlos Moya in Umag. Saturday’s success against Andujar, who was appearing in his first Masters semi-final, was Nadal’s 46th last-four victory on the red dust in a row. The Majorcan is third on the list of clay title winners in the professional era with 39, trailing fellow left-handers Guillermo Vilas (45) and Thomas Muster (40). he will be chasing an eighth French Open title and a 12th grand slam singles crown at Roland Garros starting later this month. Second seed Federer was upset by Kei Nishikori in the third round while world number one Novak Djokovic lost in the second round to Grigor Dimitrov.

SPORTS DESK South Korean Ryu hyun-woo will go into the final round of the OneAsia Tour’s Maekyung Open on Sunday with a one-shot lead and an excellent opportunity to win the title that eluded him last year. Runner-up in 2012 after a strong final round of 66, Ryu fired a five-under-par 67 on Saturday to lead on 12-under for three rounds at the hilly Namseoul Country Club on the outskirts of Seoul. Overnight leader Kim hyung-sung is a shot behind after bogeying the last hole in his round of 71. Four more local golfers - Kang Kyung-

nam, Lee Kyoung-hoon, Kim Do-hoon and reigning Korea Open champion Kim Dae-sub - share third place at nine-under. Ryu mixed six birdies and a bogey in his penultimate round but said it had been a tough round. “The greens were much faster today and some of the pin positions were very tricky,” the 31-year-old said. “I wasn’t always in good position with my tee shots, but fortunately my short game was ok and I managed to make birdies.” The leaderboard featured only two non-Koreans in the top 15, with Australians Steve Jeffress and Jamie Arnold both at four-under for the tournament after carding matching 70s on Saturday.

Sergio Garcia roared into the Players Championship lead with Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood close behind after the second round as star power returned to the top of the leaderboard on Friday. Garcia, Woods and Westwood led a scoring parade as eagles and birdies flew all around TPC Sawgrass on a steamy day in what is widely regarded as golf’s unofficial fifth Major. Garcia, the 2008 champion, fired a sizzling seven-under 65 for an 11-under total of 133 that left him one shot ahead of Woods (67), who sank an 18-foot birdie putt at his final hole, the par-five ninth. “I hit the ball very well, hit a lot of good iron shots and gave myself a lot of good birdie opportunities,” said Garcia, who caught fire on his second nine. “I got on a great run there where I made a lot of putts in a row.” Another shot back was Westwood (66), 26-yearold American Kevin Chappell (66) and Sweden’s henrik Stenson (67), who eagled both par-fives on his back nine. Roberto Castro had set the pace in the opening round by tying the course record with a nine-under 63 for a three-shot lead, but the little-known American’s advantage vanished before he even teed off in the afternoon wave. Castro disappeared down the leaderboard after mixing one birdie with five bogeys and a double-bogey for a six-over 78 that left him eight shots off the pace. World number one Woods, rounding into top form this year with a tour-leading three victories, began the day four shots back but gained a share of the lead at nineunder when he sank a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-five second, his 11th hole. he surged into the lead with a birdie two holes later and was joined at 10-under by Garcia when the Spaniard capped a streak of five consecutive birdies by rolling in a 26-footer at the par-three sixth, his 15th hole of the day. Garcia climbed to 11 under par at the par-three eighth when he drained a 40-footer for birdie. Woods lost a stroke when he bogeyed the par-four seventh after driving into the right rough but the 14-times major winner made the bounced back with his closing birdie. The 2001 champion said Friday’s early starters took advantage of inviting conditions. “It was pretty benign for the first six, seven, eight, nine holes,” Woods said about the lack of wind at the Stadium Course. “The guys this afternoon with it crusty and dry, it’s going to be a little more of a test.” That proved to be the case as the later starters failed to challenge the target set by Garcia. Westwood, another early starter setting off on the back nine, jumpstarted his round when he chipped in for eagle at the par-five 11th and birdied the next two holes. “The golf course will toughen up, obviously,” said Westwood. “They seem to let you have a bit of a go at it over the first couple of days and then they firm it up a lot come the weekend.” Flying the banner for the lesser-known players, Chappell’s round also included an eagle at the 11th. Australian Marc Leishman got into the act with an unusual eagle, holing out from 172 yards with a wedge at the par-four 18th that left him with a six-under 66 for 138.


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VeN though thousands of army troops were present in Karachi to maintain law and order, they seemed indifferent in taking action against the enemies of peace on the election day. The election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) called in the Karachi corp commander and requested him to ensure that free, fair and transparent elections were held in the metropolis but apparently the appeal went unheard. The eCP then called the Sindh chief

Nawaz Pledges To fulfIll all PromIses made durINg elecTIoN camPaIgN

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif on Friday thanked the masses for expressing confidence in his party in the general elections and pledged to fulfill all the promises he had made during the election campaign. Addressing a gathering in Lahore on Saturday night‚ he said every possible effort would be made to steer the country out of the crisis and make it a peaceful and prosperous country. he said, “It is our desire to get an absolute majority in the National Assembly so that we do not have to beg for votes to form a coalition government as coalition governments do not deliver properly”. Nawaz Sharif said that after resuming the office of the prime minister‚ he will convene a meeting of all political parties to get solid proposals to resolve the issues of poverty‚ price hike‚ load shedding‚ unemployment and other problems being faced by the country. The PML-N chief said that his party, after assuming power, will work with full zeal and vigor to make a new Pakistan which will be stronger and prosperous. he announced that each promise made with the youth would be fulfilled and they will be brought into the mainstream with full power. “We will make every effort to please God with our deeds. This will ultimately result in pleasing the people of Pakistan,” he said. he said he had forgiven all those who abused him and his family during the election campaign and made a solemn pledge with the nation that his party would go to any extent to make Pakistan a progressive Islamic welfare state.

Congratulating the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on its big win, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf hussain called the Nawaz Sharif-led party which has so far bagged maximum number of seats in the Centre as the ‘Punjabis representative party’. “The Muslim LeagueNawaz has emerged victorious in elections 2013 and Nawaz Sharif as a representative of leader of Punjabis,” Altaf said in his statement following PML-N’s winning big in Punjab in the general election. he did not stop there, saying Nawaz appeared to have stood by his philosophy and slogan he chanted 20 years ago, that is, “Jaag Punjabi Jaag, Teri Pug Noon Lag Gaya Dagh”.

secretary who later ordered the additional home secretary but all to no avail. An encouraging number of military troops were seen outside polling stations before the start of polling but as the process started they seemed to vanish. however, there were a few polling stations where military personnel remained throughout and the security of these stations was better. Polling was also suspended at many places due to clashes and in absence of law enforcement agencies. At various places, workers of political parties snatched ballot papers and boxes as the

polling staff in Karachi was not provided with security during transportation. Rigging continued during polls at various polling stations of the metropolis throughout the day due to non-implementation of scheduled modified security plan for Karachi. Besides the army, the Rangers and local police also seemed unresponsive against the delinquents. Strict security arrangements had been made for the eve of May 11. Besides deployment of security personnel on ground, aerial supervision was also planned but nothing of the sort could be seen.

pti not to form an alliance of any kind With ppp or pml-n ISLAMABAD OnLInE

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will not form an alliance with the PPP or the PML-N, PTI Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari said on Saturday. In a statement putting to rest rumours being floated about a PTI alliance with the PPP, she categorically stated that the PTI would not form an alliance of any kind with the PPP or the PML-N. “If a candidate from any other party, including the PPP, chooses to withdraw in favour of the PTI, that is their personal choice,” she said, adding that “such withdrawing candidates have obviously seen the message today: that it is Naya Pakistan Day and so they have chosen not to fight what for them is a losing battle!” Despite all manner of impediments and propaganda being put out against the PTI, Dr Mazari said the PTI supporters would stand steadfast as they are committed to bringing about a “Naya Pakistan”. Dr Mazari reiterated that the PTI had not and would not form any alliance now or post-elections with the PPP, the PML-N and other parties, who had been in power repeatedly and failed repeatedly.

idPsfind tHeir naMes Missing froM electoral lists NOWSHERA StAff REPORt

Voters’ lists of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Bara Khyber Agency in Jalozai Camp poured hot water on their political enthusiasm as thousands of registered IDPs found their names missing from the list. Out of the 24 candidates from NA 46, 23 candidates boycotted and ordered stopping the elections in over 8 polling stations, including 4 females at Jalozai Camp. Government officials said that a total of 20,288 voters were registered, including 11,267 male and 10,961 female. The parties which boycotted the elections included Pakistan Tehrik-e-Pakistan, Jamaat Islami, Pakistan Muslim League-N, Pakistan People Party, Qaumi Wattan Party, Qabial Tehreek, and other independent candidates. The group of ex-MNA

hameedullah Jan, which was considered responsible of all this mismanagement and full-fledged preparation of rigging in polling was not supporting the boycott of the election. Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf candidate Iqbal Khan Afridi, while talking to Dawn, alleged that the political agent Mutaher Zeb and election Commission Assistant Abdul Qayoum had intentionally dropped the real names of IDPs and in-

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cluded bogus names of people of Nowshera and other parts. “Interestingly my name, along with 14 thousands IDPs of Malik Deen Khan Tribe, is missing from the lists,” the PTI candidate said. he added that it was a rigged election which was not acceptable to them. Muahammad Rafique, a supporter of haji Muhammad Shah (independent candidate), said that the situation became ugly situation when voters Editor: Arif Nizami

checked their votes through a mobile service. however, supporters of ex-MNA hamidullah Jan told Dawn that all IDPs were generally not that well educated and were searching for their votes at the wrong places and were complaining of rigging. Iqbal Khan Afridi and Suhail Khan are misguiding the IDPs as they were not in a position to win their seats. Assistant Presiding Officer Fayaz Ahmad admitted that names of IDPs were missing in the lists provided to them and to the polling agents. however, he said some candidates were putting pressure on them to allow IDP voters on a National Identify Cards which were officially not being allowed. “We, along with other polling agents are sitting and cannot stop the election” he added. Zaffar Afridi, son of ex-MNA Malik Waris Khan, strongly criticised the issue of missing names in voters list and said that the result would not be acceptable to them.


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