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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 290 19 Pages Islamabade Edition
Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 Jamadul Sani 6, 1434
Musharraf pulled out from election race Former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, who had returned to Pakistan after years of self-imposed exile to contest the May 11 polls, has been thrown out of the election race. The former military strongmanâ€™s nomination papers were rejected on Tuesday from NA-32 Chitral, after him being earlier disqualified from three other constituencies. PAGE 02
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CJP takes suo motu notice of funds doled out by former PM Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took suo motu notice of funds doled out by former PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf 10 days after having completed his tenure. The notice was taken on a note by the SC registrar based on press clipping containing details that Ashraf doled out billions of rupees in form of development funds after having completed his mandated tenure. PAGE 02
Massive manhunt launched for Boston bombers US investigators stepped up a massive manhunt Tuesday for attackers who devastated the Boston Marathon with two bombs that killed three people and wounded more than 140, many left with horrific injuries. Bostonâ€™s Boylston Street, scene of the marathon finish line carnage on Monday, remained sealed off as investigators sought leads in the worst bomb attack in the United States since the September 11, 2001 atrocities. PAGE 07
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Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
CJP takes suo Motu NotiCe of fuNds doLed out by forMer PM ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took suo motu notice of funds doled out by former PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf 10 days after having completed his tenure. The notice was taken on a note by the SC registrar based on press clipping containing details that Ashraf doled out billions of rupees in form of development funds after having completed his mandated tenure. It was stated that the beneficiaries included sons of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, namely Ali Musa Gilani and Abdul Qadir Gilani. Besides, Yousaf Raza Gilani also got Rs 25 million from Ashraf after ineligibility from premiership. Per report, Moonis Elahi received Rs 50 million in form of development fund, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi and Wajahat Hussain also received Rs one billion in form of development fund. It was reported that Sheikh Waqas Akram got Rs 30 million, whereas the Shirazi family of Sindh received Rs 100 million in funds. The report claimed that official documents revealed that around Rs 2.5 billion were transferred by Ashraf for his own constituency. The news report mentioned names of 69 politicians in all who drew billions of rupees in the form of development fund. Notices have been served on the cabinet and finance secretaries to appear and explain if the funds belonging to the public exchequer had been allocated in accordance with the constitution and law. The matter has been fixed for hearing today (Wednesday). STAFF REPORT
Disqualification of former prime ministers will not affect Pakistan People’s Party. — Senator Farooq Naek
Quake kills 34, leaves hundreds homeless A QUETTA
major earthquake centred on the border area of Pakistan and Iran killed at least 34 people on the Pakistani side, destroyed hundreds of houses and shook buildings as far away as India and Gulf Arab states on Tuesday. The US Geological Survey said the 7.8 magnitude quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth of 15.2 km. The epicentre was in southeast Iran in an area of mountains and desert. It was located 201 km southeast of the Iranian city of Zahedan and 250 km northwest of Turbat in Pakistan, the USGS said. More than 100 people were injured in the Panjgur and Mashkeel areas of Balochistan, while around 50 people sustained injuries in Karachi in incidents of roof collapse. Over 1,000 houses were partially damaged in Balochistan. Three women and two children were also killed when their mud house collapsed in the Panjgur. “The earthquake has killed at least five people in Panjgur,” said Ali Imran, an official at the government disas-
ter-response unit in Quetta. Tremors were felt in Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Larkana, Jacobabad, Quetta and other cities which created panic amongst people. The earthquake was also felt in Rahim Yar Khan, Serai Desert, Faisalabad and Shahdadkot. In areas near Multan and DI Khan the tremors were felt for around ten seconds, panicking citizens. Buildings in Karachi were immediately evacuated after the tremors were felt. “We immediately The US Geological vacated the building as soon as our Survey said the 7.8 magnitude KARACHI: Severe tremors forced people to rush out of desks and other their offices after a massive earthquake struck quake hit at 10:44 GMT at a depth furniture began Balochistan on Tuesday. ONLINE shaking,” Irfan, of 15.2 km. The epicentre was in a Karachi resident said, southeast Iran in an area of mountains was 5.4 magni- tal New Delhi. adding that Iran appeared to have emerged relatude in Balochisand desert. It was located 201 km most people retan, however, tively unscathed. Experts said the depth was fused to go insome other geolog- the likely reason for the relatively low level southeast of the Iranian city of Za- ical side the sources said that of damage from a 7.8 magnitude quake. buildings anticiThe Iranian city of Saravan, which lies the intensity was hedan and 250 km northwest pating aftershocks. recorded at 6.4 magni- near the centre of a 7.8 magnitude earthAccording to Met of Turbat in Pakistan quake which hit the country on Tuesday, has tude. Office sources, the inStrong tremors also not seen serious damage, the Fars news tensity of the earthquake shook buildings in India’s capi- agency said.
Musharraf pulled out from election race
biLawaL warNs of surPrise PoLLs’ resuLts KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said he would start his party election campaign from April 20. In an address to party workers from Lahore, Multan, Quetta and Larkana via video link on Tuesday, Bilawal warned PPP opponents that the party would give ‘surprising results’ in the upcoming general elections. He said those who thought the PPP was out of the election race lived in a fools’ paradise. Bilawal said the PPP did not do any political witch hunt during its tenure, adding that there were no political prisoners during its rule. He also demanded the caretaker government provide security to PPP’s election candidates. ONLINE
PML-N will change country’s destiny after coming into power: Nawaz
PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, who had returned to Pakistan after years of self-imposed exile to contest the May 11 polls, has been thrown out of the election race. The former military strongman’s nomination papers were rejected on Tuesday from NA-32 Chitral, after him being earlier disqualified from three other constituencies. Appeals against the acceptance of Pervez Musharraf’s nomination papers for
NA-32 (Chitral) were approved by the Election Tribunal in Peshawar. Musharraf’s lawyer said they would contest the decision in a high court. Earlier in the day, an election tribunal had decided against an appeal filed by Musharraf challenging the returning officer’s rejection of his nomination papers for NA-48 (Islamabad-I). The returning officer had rejected Musharraf’s nomination after objections, saying the retired general had subverted the constitution as the army
chief and had illegally placed judges under house arrest. Musharraf’s appeal for NA-139 (Kasur-II) was also rejected by an election tribunal in Lahore. The tribunal said the former president had abrogated the constitution thrice and therefore, did not qualify to contest the coming general election. An election tribunal in Rawalpindi also rejected Musharraf’s nomination papers on Tuesday. The nomination papers of Pervez Musharraf for NA-250 (Karachi) have already been rejected.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Monday said that if his party returns to power‚ it will put the country on the path to progress and prosperity and will provide jobs to the unemployed youth. Addressing a public meeting in Hafizabad on Tuesday afternoon‚ he said prosperity was his party’s goal and he was determined to achieve the goal. Nawaz Sharif said PML-N would change the destiny of the country after coming into power. He said war would be waged against poverty‚ price hike and corruption. Nawaz Sharif said the enthusiasm of the people of Hafizabad, “like always, is unmatchable”. “Voters will hold accountability of the plunderers on May11,” he said. Nawaz said Pakistan attained prosperity during the tenure of PML-N government and the Pakistan flag enjoyed respect in the world. “Today Pakistan is drowned in darkness due to load shedding and corruption”, he said. He urged the masses to support PML-N in order to bring Pakistan out of darkness and into light, and to restore Pakistan’s respect in the world. Nawaz promised the youth that they would be provided jobs and opportunities for business. He condemned the killing of the son and brother of PML-N Balochistan President Zahri. He said the people will hold all those accountable on May 11 who had deprived them of electricity and gas. He said the respect of the country would be restored in the comity of the nations. Nawaz Sharif said his party will steer the country out of the ongoing crisis. He said that the problems being faced by the people of the area would also be resolved on a priority basis.
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If disqualification is to be carried out merely on the basis of allegations then it will not be possible to find a single candidate to contest the elections. — Qamar Zaman Kaira
More deaths as eLeCtioNs Near at least 20 killed as anp rally, pml-n convoy bombed in peshawar, Quetta PESHAWAR/QUETTA SHAMIM SHAHID/SHAHZADA ZULFIQAR
I L I TA N T attacks on aspiring lawmakers across the country continued on Tuesday, as 20 more people linked with election activities one way or the other lost their lives in various attacks. Tuesday’s deadliest attack came in Peshawar, where 16 people were killed and over 40 injured in a suicide bombing targeted at Awami National Party (ANP) leaders Ghulam Bilour and his nephew Haroon Bilour as they arrived to participate in an election meeting in the Yakatoot area of the provincial capital. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have claimed responsibility for the attack. The dead included Yakatoot Police SHO Abidur Rahman, Assistant Sub-Inspector Hussain Shah and two constables. Bilour, a former federal minister for railways, was among the injured, but his condition was stated to be out of danger. Witnesses and police of-
ficials said a suicide bomber blew himself up near the bulletproof SUV of Haroon Bilour, son of the assassinated ANP leader Bashir Bilour, when he arrived to attend a public meeting. The vehicle was badly damaged, but Haroon escaped unhurt. Other people injured, including children and policemen, were rushed to hospitals for medical treatment. Bomb Disposal Squad Additional Inspector General Shafqat Malik said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber using five to six kilogrammes of explosives. ANP BLAMES ECP FOR ATTACK: Talking to reporters at the Lady reading Hospital, Bilour said it was time for the interim government and security establishment to decide on whose side they were on. “They should decide who will live in KP...us or the militants. No matter how many times the militants attack us, they will not be able to break our resolve,” a resolute Bilour said, adding that the government had taken away their security, making them prone to terrorist attacks. ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan said the caretaker government and Election Commission of Pakistan were responsible for the attacks on his party companions, as they had withdrawn se-
THOSE FEARING DEFEAT IN ELECTIONS ARE CONSPIRING TO DERAIL THE PROCESS BY SUCH ATTACKS curity for ANP leaders who were regular targets of terrorists. He demanded the ECP and senior provincial police officials be booked in the FIR for the attack, alleging that the intention of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa caretaker government was not
clear. “I wrote to the ECP and the caretaker CM regarding security concerns for our party leaders but they have still not responded to me letter,” he said. “We are ready to make more sacri-
are conspiring to derail the process. PPP CANDIDATE TARGETED: Another attack was reported in the Gulbahar area of Peshawar earlier in the day when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at the house of PPP candidate for NA-1, Zulfiqar Afghani. No casualties were reported as the grenade exploded on the roof of the house.
WE ARE READY TO MAKE MORE SACRIFICES BUT THE ELECTIONS SHOULD NOT BE DELAYED...THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION WILL WORSEN IF THE ELECTIONS ARE DELAYED fices but the elections should not be delayed...the law and order situation will worsen if the elections are delayed,” he warned. ANP’s former information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said elections should not be delayed even for a second, as doing so would mean succumbing to the tactics of anti-democracy forces. ZEHRI’S CONVOY ATTACKED: Another four deaths came in Quetta when a bomb targeted a convoy of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Balochistan President Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, killing his son, brother, nephew and a bodyguard. Several people were reportedly injured in the attack as well. The blast took place in the Anjira area of Zehri tehsil of Khuzdar district. However, Zehri remained unharmed in the blast. NAWAZ CONDEMNS: Reacting to the attack on his party’s Balochistan president, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif said: “Now that the process of elections has been conducted and electoral schedule has been announced, such acts seem to be a conspiracy to derail the process.” Nawaz said that anti-state elements and “those fearing defeat in elections”
Police personnel and Zulfiqar Afghani said the bomb exploded on the third floor of the house, creating panic in the area. No damage to life or property was reported. “It’s a cowardly act to sabotage the elections. Earlier, ANP leaders have been targeted and now the terrorists have started targeting us,” Afghani said. “I have no enmity and have never even carried a weapon in my life, so it’s very clear that whoever is targeting political workers wants to derail the democratic process. But we will not be afraid,” he added. CABINET MEETING: Meanwhile Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has summoned a meeting of the federal cabinet to take into account the worsening law and order situation in the country as caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib has ordered more security for leaders of the ANP.
four soldiers killed, nine injured in clashes with militants
seNators exPress CoNCerN over CaNdidates’ seCurity ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Senate on Tuesday expressed concern that the Taliban might attack political parties and keeping in view the threats, the government should provide foolproof security to candidates and ensure safety of voters as well. PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said if somebody wanted to postpone election by hurling threats, he was living in a fools’ paradise. He said the security of former ministers had been drawn back, but it was being provided to Pervez Musharraf. The government should end such double standards. He said three big political parties having liberal thoughts, including the PPP, ANP and MQM, were facing challenges from terrorists. “Candidates form these parties are under fire from terrorists and ECP scrutiny.” Rabbani said the country could not afford a delay in election even for an hour. “The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is issuing statements openly but no political party condemns the group.” Caretaker Interior Minister Haji Habib said the he would raise the issue in the cabinet meeting and all candidates would be provided appropriate security and holding of timely election would be ensured. ANP’s Senator Haji Adeel said the country was passing through a difficult time and people were horrified due to terrorism incidents on a daily basis. He said coming elections would be the first ever in the history of the country in which no political party could hold large public meeting. He said the turnout of women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa remained low, whereas in the prevailing circumstances, they can not cast their votes. Adeel said the condition was getting worse in all provinces except Punjab. MQM’s Nasreen Jalil said the role of the Rangers in Karachi was not appreciable and the personnel barged into houses during search operations. “The workers of MQM are being targeted for the last two years.” Senator Zahid Khan said the ANP was not in favour of pushing any political party to the wall. Over 750 workers and leaders have been killed in sabotage activities, he added. JUP’s Haji Ghulam Ali said the people of KP were facing many problems in getting their national identity cards made and the issue should be resolved on priority basis before elections.
Jatak’s imprisonment in fake degree case annulled
Four soldiers were killed and nine law enforcement officials injured in fierce clashes with militants in separate incidents on Tuesday. According to details, a bomb attack on a security forces convoy protecting the Frontier Works Organisations’ (FWO) staff in Saidgai area of North Waziristan Agency left at least four security personnel dead and five others injured. Official said that the security forces’ vehicles were targeted near Dorduni area of Saidgai in Ghulam Khan tehsil of North Waziristan Agency with a roadside improvised explosive device (IED). “Four soldiers have died. The exact number of injuries are not confirmed, but there are injured personnel who are being shifted to the hospital,” said a police official requesting not to be named. Earlier, sources said that the blast was an intended case of suicide bombing but later military officials confirmed that it was a roadside bombing aimed at the security convoy on guard with the FWO, who are busy in development work in the area. Furthermore, five security personnel were injured in clashes between security forces and militants in the Akka Khel area of Bara in Khyber Agency. Security forces also defused five improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted by militants. Official sources said that militants attacked security forces at about 1:30am Tuesday which was then repulsed. At least five security personnel were injured during the clashes. TANK ATTACK: Separately in Tank, at least two suspected militants were killed and four policemen injured in a clash on Tuesday morning. Tank connects the Waziristan tribal belt with Dera Ismail Khan. Police officials said a group of militants attacked a police party near the office of South Waziristan political administration in Tank. As a result of indiscriminate firing, four policemen sustained serious injuries. The officials said security forces retaliated and shot dead two suspected militants, while the remaining managed to escape. Tank is close to Waziristan region and has been a frequent target for terrorists in recent past.
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PESHAWAR: A minor girl injured in a suicide bombing at an ANP rally on Tuesday is being brought to the hospital by her family.
The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Tuesday annulled the prison term of former Balochistan minister Mir Ali Madad Jatak, earlier awarded by the Additional Sessions Court, in a fake degree case. PPP leader Jattak had filed a petition in the BHC against the trial court verdict. During the proceedings, the court overruled the earlier verdict, declaring the two years prison term and Rs 10,000 fine null and void allowing the former minister to contest the general elections.
No school for 0.58 million Baloch children: ISAP report Journalist says political parties recruit their political activists in government schools QUETTA APP
The Institute of Social and Policy Science (ISAP) has revealed that about 0.58 million children do not go to school in
Balochistan. Speaking in all parties’ consultation meeting on condition of education in Balochistan on Monday, Ali Ahmed, ISAP director, said “According to data collected by the government and nongovernmental organizations, about 0.58 million children were not enrolled in schools in Balochistan.” He said that a total number of schools in Balochistan is 12,293 and of them, 8,092 are without boundary wall, 846 have no roof, 9,579 have no electricity facility and 8,827 have no toilets. He regretted that 35 months have
passed after passage of 18th Amendment and the Education Department has been transferred to the provinces but the Balochistan government is yet to form its education policy. Quoting a policy report, he said that Balochistan province would need 3,208 new schools, 6,600 rooms for existing schools and 21,789 new teachers during next 15 years. He lamented that although Rs 22.9 billion were allocated for Education sector in financial budget of Balochistan, adding that neither the Balochistan’s Education Policy is formed on data basis
nor the Education budget is finalised on policy basis. Journalist Saleem Shahid held political parties responsible for recruiting their political activists against the posts of government teachers. “A large number of activities of political parties have been recruited as government teachers who still work for these parties instead imparting education in schools and even members of central and provincial executive committees of several political parties working in Balochistan are government teachers,” Shahid said.
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The Awami National Party will not seek a delay in elections. The interim government should hold the polls on time. — ANP leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain
NEWS Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
PML-N announces candidates for 13 Na constituencies LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday announced candidates for 13 National Assembly constituencies while the candidates for provincial assembly seats would be announced on Wednesday. The candidates for the National Assembly and their constituencies are: Malik Riaz for NA-18, Hamza Shahbaz for NA-119, Nawaz Sharif for NA-120, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for NA-122, Malik Pervaiz for NA-123, Saad Rafique for NA-125, Ahmad Hasan for NA-126, Afzal Khokar for NA-128 and Shahbaz Sharif for NA-129. Decisions on NA-130, NA-127 and NA-124 are still pending. STAFF REPORT
PML-Q brings forward candidates for 13 Na, 25 Pa seats LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid (PML-Q) on Tuesday announced the names of final candidates for 13 National Assembly and 25 provincial assembly constituencies. According to a press release issued on Tuesday, PML-Q President Senator Chaudhary Shujat Hussain announced the names of party’s final candidates for another 13 constituencies of the National Assembly after seat adjustment with the Peoples Party, while candidates from remaining NA constituencies will be named shortly. STAFF REPORT
Govt boosting intelligence net to ensure peaceful polls: Nizami KARACHI ISMAIL DILAWAR
EITERATING the interim government’s commitment to hold transparent and timely elections, Federal Information Minister Arif Nizami said the caretaker regime was striving to improve law and order in Karachi, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through boosting the country’s intelligence network. He said further the government had decided to increase advertisement quota of the Press Information Department (PID) from 25 percent to 50 percent. The minister said this while addressing journalists at a luncheon he hosted in their honour at a hotel. Flanked by APNS President Sarmad Ali and Federal Information Secretary Agha Nadeem, Nizami expressed concern over the recent terrorist attacks on
the candidates of secular political parties such as the PPP, ANP and MQM. The information minister said his government, having entered into 3rd phase of the election process, was fully alive to the concerns of those political parties braving terrorist attacks during election campaign. He said all organs of the government, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and security agencies were on the same page in their efforts to improve security situation for elections. The federal minister said focus of the government’s security measures was the politicians and the voters alike. “It, however, is not an easy job to do, but a daunting task for the interim government,” Nizami added. The minister said he was also engaged with the interior minister to make hassle-free visa issuance process to foreign journalists who are likely to visit Pakistan to cover the upcoming polls.
He also urged the implementation of ECP’s election code of ethics for media that had a key role in the May 11 polls. Nizami said in a recent meeting at the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) he had proposed to merge all the codes of conduct for the print and electronic media for further improvement. These codes, the minister clarified, were never aimed at restraining the freedom of media. “We are here in this setup only as facilitators,” he maintained. Referring to ECP’s recent banning of the election candidates to woe the voters in the name of religion, sect and ethnicity, the information minister stressed upon the journalists, mostly from print media, to be mindful of the commission’s order in their publications. While Nizami vowed to make “revolutionary changes” in the distribution pattern of government’s advertisements among the
ttP on boston bombings: it wasn’t us! MIRANSHAH AGENCIES
red Cross chief criticises us drone use in Pakistan GENEVA: Red Cross chief Peter Maurer on Tuesday condemned US drone strikes outside areas officially engulfed in armed conflict, warning against a creeping expansion of the definition of what constitutes a battlefield. Washington’s secretive and controversial use of drones was not a problem in itself, said Maurer, as in the context of an armed conflict drones are considered legitimate weapons. “But if a drone is used in a country where there is no armed conflict… there is a problem,” the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross told reporters in Geneva, urging the “very restrained use” of the weapon. AGENCIES
Polio workers attacked in 2 cities KARACHI/KHANEWAL: Anti-polio vaccinators on Tuesday faced dual assailant in two different parts of the country. According to details, a polio vaccination team was beaten up in Kabirwala town of Khanewal. Sources said that unidentified men beat up lady workers. They were identified as Sorayya and Tasleem. An antipolio vaccination team was attacked in Karachi’s Baldia town. According to the police, the polio team entered Sector 8 of the Baldia Town when assailants opened fire on them, adding that no injuries were reported as polio workers resisted the attack. SSP Asif Sheikh said that they had arrested four workers including a woman involved in the attack. The police also said that the polio campaign had been suspended until tomorrow. ONLINE
tauqir sadiq released on bail DUBAI: The bail of former OGRA chairman Tauqir Sadiq was approved on Tuesday and he was released from the Abu Dhabi prison. The next hearing of the case will be held on April 20 and as part of his bail, Sadiq has submitted his passport to the court and been barred from leaving the UAE. According to sources, the family of the former OGRA chairman has also arrived in UAE. Tauqir Sadiq is allegedly involved in the Rs 82 billion corruption case. AGENCIES
newspapers, Federal Information Secretary Agha Nadeem said the government and All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has agreed to increase the advertisement quota of the PID to 50 percent. He hoped that this would make a difference. The federal minister said efforts were underway to keep only genuine newspapers in the government’s centralized list for advertisements. To a question, Nadeem said the 8th Wage Board Award would be implemented within next 10 to 15 days as the legal hitches the journalist-friendly award was facing had been removed. To a question, Nizami said that the government had taken a serious notice of the problems being faced by certain newspapers after publishing the news about some banned organisations. “It is a serious matter and the government has taken a serious note of it,” Nizami said.
CHAMAN: An anti-polio worker administers the vaccine to a child at the Civil Hospital as the government began a three-day polio campaign in the province on Tuesday. INP
‘Musharraf, PPP pushed country decades back’ LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Former president Pervez Musharraf’s dictatorial regime and the corrupt PPP government have pushed Pakistan back decades, former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday. “The extremely difficult times that Pakistan is facing now requires that the PML-N come in power and that too with a majority,” Shahbaz said, adding that in 1998, when Nawaz Sharif had won by two-thirds majority, the PML-N government had carried out nuclear explosions. “Now the party will ensure massive growth in Pakistan’s economy to bring
prosperity back to Pakistan.” Addressing PML-N workers at the party’s secretariat, Shahbaz said the PPP government had destroyed all national in-
stitutions. “Steel Mills, PIA and Railway are a few examples. Even worse is the fact that NAB and other institutions that hold these people accountability and check corruption, have been transformed into bodies that protect these governments.” The former Punjab chief minister said the PPP was using the tax payers’ money it had amassed while in power on extravagant election campaign. He assured the people that all these efforts will go in vain. “Had Zardari and Co not shamelessly looted the national exchequer, Pakistan would not have been facing the darkness of load shedding. In the coming elections, these unable rulers will have to be answerable to the people of Pakistan.”
The Pakistani Taliban, which claimed the 2010 Times Square bomb plot, on Tuesday denied anything to do with explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 100 in Boston. “We believe in attacking US and its allies but we are not involved in this attack,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said. “We have no connection to this bombing but we will continue to target them wherever possible,” Ehsan added. Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon, one of America’s top sporting events, forced cities from New York to Los Angeles to go on high alert and conjured up memories of the September 11, 2001 attacks. An Internet video purportedly from the TTP claimed responsibility for a car bomb attempt in New York’s Times Square on May 1, 2010, for which Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad was jailed for life. A TTP spokesman later denied that the faction had trained or recruited Shahzad. Shahzad said during his trial that he received bomb-making training during a 40-day stay with the Pakistani Taliban, but that on his return to the United States he planned the bombing and acted alone. He was also shown in a video embracing Hakeemullah Mehsud, commander of the TTP, who has vowed to attack major US cities. The TTP is based in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on the Afghan border and has been blamed for some of the deadliest suicide attacks in Pakistan. US President Barack Obama says it is not yet clear who was behind the blasts. He said the perpetrators would pay. He did not utter the word “terror”.
Sectarian parties in South Punjab all set to tango 62 candidates from various sectarian groups get past the scrutiny to enter the election fray LAHORE NADEEM SYED
The significance of the monumental forthcoming general elections has increased manifold as several sectarian parties are intent on trying their luck in elections as a large number of their candidates have already cruised through the security phase, and are ready to contest polls from various national and provincial assembly constituencies.
As per information gathered from religious parties and sources within the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), as many as 62 candidates belonging to sectarian parties have joined the run-up to the general elections. From among these sectarian groups, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat, formerly Sipah-e-Sahaba, is so far leading the show with utter ease in Punjab province. Experts believe that the party has stole the show mainly due to the reason that it is being patronised by Malik Ishaq and led by Maulana Ahmad Ludhianvis, who himself will be contesting the upcoming polls. It has been reliably learnt by Pakistan Today that the above mentioned party has awarded tickets to exactly 150 candidates belonging to various constituencies, but on the
other hand, some two dozen candidates belonging to the party have moon walked their way out of the scrutiny phase. It is pertinent to mention here that Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat has also remained in the past the true-blue ally of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on the provincial level, but the former ruling party has publicly denied any involvement with the mentioned sectarian group after such groups picked up heat with the law enforcing agencies after the rise of sectarian onslaught in the country. Following the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat on the meandering path leading towards the corridors of power, are other sectarian parties that have been taking keen interest in the fast approaching elections. Some of these parties are as follows: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tehreek-
ul-Mujahidin and Muttahida Deeni Mehaz led by Jamiat Ulema Islam-Samiul Haq chief Maulana Samiul Haq. These sectarian groups are expected to dance towards victory on some important provincial seats as they have pockets of influence in vast areas of the Punjab province, especially southern Punjab, including Faisalabad, Jhang, Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah, Khushab and Muzaffargarh. Historically, all the above mentioned sectarian groups have always taken part in elections but they have ever having been able to create a presence in the parliament. This time though the scenario will be very different as the leaders from these parties think that with anti-US sentiments running high among the general populace they are well placed to steal the limelight at the hustings.
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The one pervading evil of democracy is the tyranny of the majority, or rather of that party, not always the majority, that succeeds, by force or fraud, in carrying elections. –Lord Acton
TOXIC FUMES: Factories in Sector I-10 adding to the air pollution in the city. SAjjAD ALI
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Govt measles vaccination report draws TWO SISTERS ire of international health bodies GANG RAPED ISLAMABAD
EVERAL international health organizations have rejected the government report on the countrywide measles vaccination project the Extended Program on Immunization (EPI). According to sources, few weeks ago the government presented its report to the World Health Organization (WHO), USAID, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Global Fund.
The government in this report claimed that between 60 and 70 percent children had been vaccinated against measles in the country, especially in the province of Sindh. However, when a joint team – consisting of representatives of WHO, USAID, UNICEF and Global Fund – visited Pakistan it found the EPI report misguiding as the number of measles cases is on the rise in the country. The team later issued a report which claimed that only 20 to 30 percent of Pakistani children had
been vaccinated against measles which is why the disease was on the rise. Commenting on the situation, Inter Provincial Coordination (MIPC) Secretary for the Ministry Fareedullah Khan Afridi said that health had become a responsibility of provinces under the devolution of power through the 18th Amendment. He said the provinces were yet not completely ready to conduct vaccination campaigns as they lacked necessary facilities. “This is the reason that a
Bilawal conducting election campaign, says Kaira ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was taking part in the election campaign. Talking to the local media, Kaira said the PPP leadership had stood against the challenge of terrorism. He said Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan should be implemented in their true spirit however the returning officers should not put the candidates to the test when they had already submitted in writing their faith in nomination papers. He also said that those with criminal history should pass through the process of accountability and should be brought to justice. Answering a question, Kaira said the largest gatherings were organised by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in the past but the time had changed now so the party was benefiting from electronic means of communication which were more time efficient and easier to reach people.
large number of children were deprived of necessary vaccinations,” he added. Afridi said that incorrect reports bring disgrace to the country in the international sphere. He said the MICP was supervising health departments in the country and it had found that only 20 to 30 percent of vaccinations had been utilized. After affecting the province of Sindh, measles has now entered Lahore where on Monday at least 46 children were found affected with this disease.
fde-ruN iNstitutes without textbooks ISLAMABAD APP
The students in Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) schools are still without textbooks, despite their academic year has already started on April 11. The officials at FDE blame the delay on the National Book Foundation (NBF). They say the NBF authorities did not order the publishers in time, which has caused this delay in publishing and distributing textbooks. But an official of the NBF stated that the FDE had not paid the amount of Rs 170 million, which was to be disbursed to publishers. “The authority cannot provide textbooks to FDE unless it gets all the pending dues,” the official added. “My daughter is promoted to Class VIII and she has to appear in the board examinations this year but the non-availability of the books has dampened her eagerness to get good grades,” says aggrieved mother Shaista Zahid. Another parent, Majid Akbar said the careless attitude of the relevant authorities would make the students suffer and unfortunately it had become a routine practice for the last several years. “The authorities should immediately pay attention to this matter and devise a strategy to counter this issue,” he said. The FDE provides free textbooks to all the students from Class I to Class X.
FOR FIVE DAYS ISLAMABAD KASHIF AbbASI
Yet in another incident of gang rape in the federal capital, two sisters were gang-raped with the alleged involvement of the family driver. The incident took place in the village of Saidpur. The 16-year-old Maryam (not her real name) and her younger sister Aneela (not the real name) were usually picked and dropped at their school by their family driver Abuzar Ghaffari. Both the girls were found missing on April 9 after which their father lodged a complaint with Kohsar Police Station. When the police were unable to get any lead in the case, the grieved father nominated 24-year-old Abuzar on April 11. During police interrogation, Abuzar revealed that he had abducted both the sisters and he was helped out by three other men in this crime. The police said Abuzar was a resident of the same village and was known to have company with rogue youths. At Abuzar ’s disclosure, the police also arrested the other three accused Shoukat (33), Aftab (21) and Hamza (16) but they did not reveal the whereabouts of the girls. The other day, the police intercepted a suspected a car at a picket setup in Sector I/10. Seeing the police, the car occupants threw the two girls on the road and sped away. The picket police were unable to nab them. According to the police, raids were being carried out in various locations of the city to arrest the absconders. The police said that the accused were trying to move the girls to another city when they were intercepted at the picket. The girls in their statement said that Abuzar had abducted them on April 9 and took them to a guesthouse where they were raped and kept for five days. The police say that medical examination of the girl had been done and four accused had already been apprehended who were involved in the crime. Assistant SubInspector Asif Mahmood, who is investigation officer of the case, said the girls were tricked into going to the guesthouse by Abuzar and his cunning accomplices. “Since investigation is yet underway, so it will be too early to say how things took place,” said Mahmood, adding that it was probable that Abuzar had passed on the girls to other men after raping them.
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Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work - that goes on, it adds up. –Barbara Kingsolver
ISLAMABAD Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
GhazaNfar hussaiN ProMoted to viCe adMiraL ISLAMABAD APP
Commander Karachi Rear Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain has been promoted to the rank of the vice admiral. According to a press release issued by the Pakistan Navy, Vice Admiral Ghazanfar Hussain joined the Pakistan Navy in September 1975 and was commissioned in the Operations Branch on July 1, 1978. Hussain did specialization in communication at the completion of his training and then joined the Naval Aviation as a rotary wing pilot. He has served in various fields and staff appointments. In recognition of his services, he has been decorated with Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military).
‘baCk to bookread for Life’ ISLAMABAD: The National Book Foundation (NBF) will hold a threeday book festival from April 20 to April 22 to celebrate National Book Day that falls on April 22. The celebrations are aimed at reviving the book reading culture among students. Eminent writers, poets, intellectuals, columnists and representatives of civil society will grace the book-festival and highlight the theme: “Back to Book-Read for Life”. NBF Managing Director Mazharul-Islam said that book lovers, youths, teachers, members of civil society, budding writers and general public would be the part of the festival. He said it was for the first time in Pakistan’s history that prominent writers and intellectuals would communicate with their readers and answer their questions. Islam said the foundation prides itself on initiating National Book Day celebrations in the country. “This is the fourth consecutive mega-book event being organized by the NBF at the national level,” he added. Intizar Hussain, Mian Raza Rabbani, Asad Mohammad Khan, Nazir Naji, Ahmed Aqeel Rubi, Attaul Haq Qasmi, Mehmood Sham, Amjad Islam Amjad, Asghar Nadeem Syed and Asim Butt will participate in the festival. Renowned artist Talat Hussain will read from Noon Meem Rashid. Mustansar Hussain Tarar, Fahmida Riaz, Zahida Hina, Masood Ashar, Javed Jabbar and Dr Wahid Ahmed will also read from their selected books to inspire the audience. A question answer session will be held at the end of each reading session. APP
TICKET WOES: Supporters of PML-N protesting at Fawwara Chowk, Rawalpindi against party leadership for awarding ticket to Sardar Naseem. ONLINE
Na-48 PML-N contestant anjum aqeel faces objections ISLAMABAD
A N W E R A b bA S
NDEPENDENT candidate Zia Gillani, contesting elections from NA-48, submitted his objections against his contender Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Anjum Aqeel Khan with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday. Gillani questioned Aqeel being a billionaire after starting his job as a teacher on basic pay scale 7. He requested the ECP to declare Aqeel ineligible for the polls on the grounds of alleged corruption, violence and frauds. He informed the ECP that Aqeel had been accused in the National Police Foundation scam which worth Rs 5.8 billion. He stated that Aqeel had admitted his
involvement during the trial in front of the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. He said Aqeel had assured the CJP that he would return the looted money. Talking to Pakistan Today, Gillani said that it did not matter whether Aqeel returned the money or not but it really mattered that he had confessed his involvement in the scam before the apex court. Gillani in his objections also questioned the completion of Khudadad Heights, which was supposed to be completed by 2006 but was still incomplete because of Aqeel’s involvement in it. He also raised the objection that a college professor had been beaten by Aqeel. It is pertinent to mention here that PML-N has two covering candidates – Chaudhry Ashraf Gujar and Adnan Kiyani – in the same constituency.
Can female candidates equally win on general seats? ISLAMABAD KASHIF AbbASI/ZAIN-UL-ISLAM
There were at least 60 women who contested in the 2008 general elections but only 13 of them could make their way to the power corridors by defeating their male opponents. The women who managed to win in the 2008 elections on the general seats included National Assembly Speaker Fahmida Mirza, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Tehmina Daultana, Sumaira Malik, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan and Samina Khalid Ghurki. This time again, a large number of women have come out to try their luck on the general seats in the upcoming May 11 polls. Some of them are independent candidates while others are given tickets
by their parties. In the 2008 elections, 24 women independently contested elections and most of them could not get a significant number of votes. Only Saima Akhtar Bharwana could manage out of 24 independent female candidates. She won from NA-90 by bagging 64,759 votes. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) gave tickets to 11 women while Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) gave tickets to seven women on general seats. Only Sumaira Naz
and Tehmina Daultana could secure seats on PML-N’s tickets and reach the National Assembly. The former speaker National Assembly Fehmida Mirza is defending her seat in NA-225 in the upcoming
the 2008 elections, she defeated 10 male opponents and got the highest turn out. Similarly, Pakistan Muslim LeagueQuaid (PML-Q)’s Ghulam Bibi Bharwana won from NA-87 by getting 63,515 votes. On the other hand, PMLQ’s another leader Farkhanda Amjad Warraich managed to reach in National Assembly by securing 69,827 votes. Zubaida Jalal Khan contested the 2008 elections from NA-272, Kech-cumGwadar, as an independent candidate. She got only 33,564 votes and lost to Yaqoob Bizenjo of Balochistan Awami National Party. The National Assembly has 60 reserved seats for women. In 2008 elections the PPP got 23 seats out of 60 while PML-N got 17 reserved seats for women.
PoLiCe arrest CriMiNaLs, seize GoLd orNaMeNts aNd iLLeGaL weaPoNs
Islamabad police have arrested 10 criminals from various areas of the city and have recovered a stolen car, gold ornaments, cash, 13 bottles of liquor, illegal weapons and drugs, a police spokesman said on Tuesday. According to the police official, SubInspector Nusrat Ali from Golra Police Station arrested Junaid for illegally possessing a 30-bore pistol. Shehzad Town Police Station Sub-Inspectors Aness Akbar and Muhammad Ashraf arrested Tanveer and Qamer Zaman and recovered a 12-bore gun and a 30bore pistol from them, he said. Kohsar Police Station Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Tanveer Ahmed arrested Sajid Sohail and recovered 10 bottles of liquor. The police official said that Bhara Kau Police Station SubInspector Ghulam Muhamamd Shah and ASI Muhammad Ghaus arrested Irfan and Gul Shah for illegally possessing 220 grams of hashish and three bottles of liquor respectively. Gorla Police Station ASI Tarbul Hassan arrested Yousaf Khan on account of theft while Sabzi Mandi Police Station ASI Qamer Ejaz recovered a stolen car, numbered Hyderabad A-1272, from Manzoor Hussain. The police official further said that ASI Saeed Akhtar and ASI Muhammad Shafi arrested Tahseen, Adnan and Adil Shehzad and recovered gold ornaments, cash, and two 30-bore pistols from them.
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Army deserters may be pardoned, if those still in Syria hand themselves in within 30 days, and those outside Syria hand themselves in within 90 days, — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issues new amnesty
Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
Massive manhunt launched for boston bombers BOSTON AGENCIES
S investigators stepped up a massive manhunt Tuesday for attackers who devastated the Boston Marathon with two bombs that killed three people and wounded more than 140, many left with horrific injuries. Boston’s Boylston Street, scene of the marathon finish line carnage on Monday, remained sealed off as investigators sought leads in the worst bomb attack in the United States since the September 11, 2001 atrocities. President Barack Obama vowed that the attackers “will feel the full weight of justice”, ANY RESPONSIBLE police searched the apartment of one “person of interest” INDIVIDUALS, ANY and a Saudi man remained RESPONSIBLE GROUPS under guard in hospital. But there were no convincing WILL FEEL THE FULL answers for a city in mournWEIGHT OF JUSTICE. ing. According to the latest nel flying into the BARACK OBAMA toll, the two bombs, which crowd of thousands of were 13 seconds and about 100 people packing Boylston meters (yards) apart, left 17 people Street, traditionally a venue of in critical condition. joyful partying at the end of the The dead and injured were aged between two and 71, hospital authorities said. world’s oldest international marathon. Liz Norden tearfully told the Boston Nine children were injured. Among the dead was an eight-year-old local boy, Martin Globe how two of her sons, both in their 30s, Richard, who had been waiting at the finish lost legs in the blast. Most of the 23,000 runfor his father to cross the line. His mother ners participating in the 26.2 mile (42 kiloand sister, who lost a leg, also suffered crit- meter) race had finished when the first bomb ical injuries. Many of the wounded lost went off behind a row of national flags. One 78-year-old runner, Bill Igriff, was limbs in the blasts, which sent metal shrap-
blown to the ground and many bloodied spectators were pushed by the force of the blast through barriers onto the street. Igriff got up again and walked away with just scratches. “We saw people with their legs blown off,” Mark Hagopian, owner of the Charlesmark Hotel, told AFP from the basement of a restaurant where he had sought shelter. “A person next to me had his legs blown off at the knee — he was still alive.” Boston relived the horror in the many video films taken with telephone cameras that investigators also pored over in the
16 workers killed in Ghana gold mine collapse
UN AGENCIES CALL FOR END TO SYRIA ‘CARNAGE’ DAMASCUS: Leaders of five UN agencies have appealed to the international community to stop the “cruelty and carnage” in Syria, warning they may soon be forced to suspend humanitarian aid to the war-torn country. The UN leaders said on Monday that their “capacity to do more was diminishing, due to security and other practical limitations within Syria as well as funding constraints”. “We are precariously close, perhaps within weeks, to suspending some humanitarian support,” the UN leaders said. “We, leaders of UN agencies charged with dealing with the human costs of this tragedy, appeal to political leaders involved to meet their responsibility to the people of Syria and to the future of the region. “The international community needs to find a political solution to this conflict before the human carnage grows and grows from a crisis to what is already becoming a catastrophe.” AGENCIES
Anger over public apathy after India accident NEW DELHI AGENCIES
Video footage of a man being ignored as he begged for help following a road accident that killed his wife and child has led to accusations of “shameful” public apathy in India. Police said Kanhaiya Lal’s appeals were ignored for 40 minutes on Monday after a speeding truck rammed his motorcycle on Sunday, which was also carrying his wife Guddi, 26, their 10-monthold daughter and four-year-old son. His wife and daughter died of their injuries at the accident scene while the man screamed for help with his son, who was also injured, CCTV footage aired nationwide on Indian television showed “My son and I were shouting for help but no one stopped or came to our rescue. Passersby and several cars did stop
to catch a glance but no one seemed to be bothered,” Lal said. “Some cars almost touched the bodies as they passed by but nobody offered any help.” He said that when an ambulance “which was not well equipped” finally arrived on the scene, the body of his wife was tossed into the back of the vehicle “like garbage”. The footage showed motorists speeding past the stricken family until a city worker came forward to help. “It’s the duty of all people to take such victims to hospital because lives could be saved,” Jaipur traffic police chief Lata Manoj said in a televised interview. Prabhu Dayal, an uncle of the dead woman, blamed the deaths on public indifference. “Her husband cried for help for 40 minutes but no-one stopped. It’s shameful that apathy took two lives,” he said.
hunt. Vigils and other ceremonies of remembrance were to be held in the city. Armed National Guard troops and police patrolled Boston commuter trains and buses and authorities warned that tight security would be imposed for several days. New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and several other major US cities also put extra police on the streets. Obama was being kept informed of the investigation. A White House official said late Monday that the attack was being treated as terrorism. “There were no intelligence warnings that
we know of,” said Representative Peter King, a member of the House Intelligence Committee who gave details of the huge hunt launched by US authorities. Federal and state investigators and firefighters searched an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere, Massachusetts, and took away bags after a man described as “a person of interest” was stopped. A 20-yearold Saudi man who suffered a leg injury was under armed guard in hospital. But media reports said the man was cooperating and investigators said no suspect was in detention. Russian President Vladimir Putin led a chorus of global condemnation, describing the twin explosions as “barbaric”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “horrified” and that “nothing justifies such a malicious attack on people attending a peaceful sporting event”. Iran strongly condemned the blasts which brought back memories of the nearly 3,000 people killed in suicide airliner strikes on the United States on September 11, 2001. The New York Stock Exchange held a minute of silence before trading started for the day. Organizers of Sunday’s London Marathon said their race would go ahead despite the Boston attack. British government officials including Home Secretary Theresa May met representatives from the security services to review Sunday’s race through the streets of the British capital. “We do have robust security measures in place... but, given events in Boston, it’s only prudent for the police and the organizers of Sunday’s race to re-examine those security arrangements,” said London mayor Boris Johnson.
A mine has collapsed in Ghana’s central gold-producing region killing at least 16 people who were working illegally and had been told to leave by the operator, local police have said. A total of 16 bodies were recovered from the site of the incident near the town of Kyekyewere on Monday afternoon, according to area police commander William Otu. The town is about 300km north of the capital Accra. The operator had completed its work in the area and had returned only to shut down the mine and affirm its claim to the land, Otu added, without identifying the
iraq executes 21 in one day over ‘terror’ BAGHDAD AGENCIES
Iraq has put 21 men to death, a senior justice ministry official told AFP, the latest in a series of mass executions that have drawn international condemnation. All of the men were Iraqis and had been convicted on antiterror charges, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The latest executions brought to 50 the number of times Baghdad has carried out the death penalty so far this year, despite widespread calls for a moratorium on the country’s use of capital punishment. Justice Minister Hassan alShammari insisted last month that Baghdad would continue to implement the death penalty in the face of widespread calls for it to issue a moratorium. Iraq’s executions have sparked concern from the United Nations, as well as from Britain, the European Union and rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
company. Otu said the operator found several people from the local community mining illegally, who refused when asked to leave. Not long after, “the operator got information that the mine caved in and covered the people,” the police commander said. The west African nation of about 25 million people is one of the world’s top gold exporters. Many of the mining operations revolve around unlicensed - and hence illegal - outfits, known locally as galamsey, which are often funded by foreign speculators and criminals. According to an Al Jazeera investigation, some of the operators even employ children, and pay less than six US dollars a day, in “primitive” working conditions.
Saudi prince makes economic case for women drivers RIYADH AGENCIES
Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, a nephew of King Abdullah, has thrown his support behind allowing Saudi women to drive, saying it makes economic sense. Women are barred from driving in the Arab kingdom - leaving them reliant on mostly foreign drivers. “(The question of) women driving will result in dispensing with at least 500,000 foreign drivers, and that has an economic and social impact for the country,” the prince said on his Twitter account on Sunday. He did not spell out the economic benefits, but Saudi officials have said they are worried about the amount of money being sent out of the country by foreign workers. Many Saudi families would also have more disposable income if they no longer had to pay for drivers. Saudi Arabia, home to about nine million foreign workers, began a crackdown on illegal immigrants this year to boost the proportion of Saudi citizens in private sector jobs from the current 10 percent.
In the same Twitter message, the prince said he supported that campaign. Saudi Arabia is a conservative monarchy, backed by religious scholars. It follows an austere Salafist form of Sunni Islam and allows clerics wide powers in society where they dominate the judicial system and run their own police squad to enforce religious morals. After pro-democracy protests swept through the region in 2011, dozens of Saudi women responded to the “Women 2 Drive” campaign, posting pictures and videos of their driving on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Some of the women were detained briefly and two faced charges, including that of “challenging the monarch”. One of them was let go after signing a pledge not to drive again, while the other was sentenced to 10 lashes. Reuters could not confirm if the lashing sentence was inflicted, but a Saudi princess tweeted that it had been revoked. While there is no written legislation banning women from driving, Saudi law requires citizens to use locally issued licenses while in the country. Such licenses are not issued to women, making it effectively illegal for them to drive.
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Provision of security to candidates is vital for holding peaceful polls. — PPP Senator Saeed Ghani
NEWS Wednesday 17 April, 2013
sC classifies dual nationality holders in six categories ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The Supreme Court on Tuesday classified the applicants in the dual nationality case in six different categories and asked all the former parliamentarians to furnish arguments according to their respective category. On Tuesday, a two-member bench under the supervision of Justice Jawad S Khawaja heard the dual nationality case in which the counsels of 20 dual nationality holders appeared before the court. Barrister Faroogh Nasim told the court that his clients and MQM’s parliamentarians Raza Haroon, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Syeda Tayyba Hussain, Abdul Hameed Siddiqui and Nadim Ahsan have been asked to return all the perks and salary, but they are not in a position to comply with the orders. He said that the tenure of the assembly has finished so no action could be taken against the former MNAs and MPAs At this, the court said that the bench would put the applicants in six different categories. “Separate hearing would be held for every group and each of them would give arguments during their respective proceeding,” the court added. The first category comprises all those people who are dual nationals by birth; Doniya Aziz and Arif Aziz Sheikh fall in this group. Second class would be comprised of those member of the parliament who tendered resignation before the expiry of assembly tenure; Sabeen Rizvi, Irish Kumhar, Sadiq Memon and Murad Ali Shah are in this group. The third group consists of all those parliamentarians who did not give in their resignations till the last day of the assemblies. These parliamentarians have been asked to return all the pay, allowances and perks back to the national exchequer, which they received during the last five years as MNAs and MPAs. The fourth group will be of those people who could not return their salaries and perks due to weak financial position and the sixth category comprises those members who gave up their dual nationality. The court postponed hearing till May 2.
PESHAWAR: A man looks at the damage caused by a hand grenade following an attack on the residence of Pakistan People’s Party candidate from NA-1 Zulfiqar Afghani in Gulbahar area on Tuesday. INP
PM launches free education scheme for baloch, fata students ISLAMABAD
RIME Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Tuesday approved the launch of a scheme for payment of tuition fee to students hailing from Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA who intended to do Masters, MPhil and PhD. The scheme called “Prime Minister’s Tuition Fee Payment Scheme” was approved and launched in a highlevel meeting in which Minister for Professional and Technical Education, Science and Technology and IT Sania Nishtar, officials of the PM’s Secretariat and the Ministry of Professional and Technical Education were present.
Sania briefed the prime minister on the salient features of the scheme. She told the prime minister that it was approved by the federal cabinet in June 2012 and a sum of Rs 500 billion was allocated for the purpose in the budget. The scheme envisages that students from Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA will be provided tuition fee by the federal government so that they can undertake higher education. She said the federal government would provide equity to students so that efforts could be stepped up to improve education standard in the country. Sania said the scheme was pre-paid as the entire expenditure during the degree would be borne by the federal government. The scheme further envisages that
federal government will bear all educational expenditure of an estimated 10,825 students from the areas of which 9,128 students belonged to Balochistan. The prime minister directed that gender parity must be maintained and the scheme should be available for the next five years. He approved PhD students of Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA
Why write to SC for peace after 20 years of rule? sc Questions why did the mQm not do anything for the people despite staying in power for 20 years ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Justice Ejaz Chaudhry of the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday remarked that those who enjoyed power for 20 years were now writing letters to the court for restoring peace in Karachi. His comments came as a five-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the Karachi law and order case for hearing on Tuesday. At the inception of hearing, Shah Khawar advocate appeared in court on behalf of government of Sindh and presented a report. It was said in the report that no-go areas were partly operating in the jurisdiction of seven
police stations in Karachi. The CJP remarked, “You are admitting that no go areas have been set up in areas under seven police stations. The court be informed about the names of these police stations.” Shah Khawar presented the list of the said police stations. Also, the Rangers per court orders presented details about 71 accused and joint investigation reports. The court was told that a political party was patronising criminals in Lyari. The court expressed dissatisfaction over the report, saying the court’s orders had not been implemented. “Five persons were killed a day before. Everyone knows what kind of barricades the police put up.” A letter addressed by MQM Deputy Convener Nasreen Jalil to the SC was also read out. The letter said the Taliban were going to take hold of Karachi and were involved in extortion of money and kidnapping for ransom cases. Life threats were being received by political leaders, therefore, the court should take notice.The court remarked what did the democratic government do for Karachi during the last five years. “Members of the assembly who relished power for 20 years are now writing to the court. But they did nothing on their own. The
caretaker set up has also been installed with their consultation,” the bench said. Justice Ejaz expressed wonder on the letter written by Nasrin and observed, “They have remained allies of the government, why have they not done anything?” Shah Khawar read out an affidavit given by the SHO over performance of Manghopir police. The SHO stated that ethnic riots had taken place in Sultan Abad in the past but such a situation was not existing there anymore. “No-go areas in Mir Muhammad Goth will be cleared and peace will be restored in the affected areas,” the report added. The CJP said, “You had filed identical statements of all SHOs during the last hearing. What was written therein?” Khawar said the court had laid down clear definition and affidavits were filed in consonance with this definition. The CJP said “We had told about the details of these areas in clear orders given by us in 2011.” To this, Khawar said action was being taken per court orders. “It means we are dictating. Does the IGP not understand his powers?” the CJP said, adding, “What is the need of officers in police who do not speak the truth and tell lies. The IGP and chief secretary should give affidavits that no-go areas did not exist.” The court ordered that an old report by the Rangers DG be read out wherein it was
said that 35 operations and 136 targeted operations were conducted. The CJP said it meant the police report in respect of seven police stations was incorrect. “Perhaps you have not understood English well. We had said report be given to us per our orders and protection be provided to the life and property of the people. Peace be restored in Lyari. We are not concerned with what you do. No-go areas should be got eliminated from every locality. We don’t want anything more. If there is any mistake in English, we can correct it. Directives were given to you in writing. For how long we can leave the people at your mercy.” The CJP added, “Former chief secretary has also been directed to present a certificate. We have been giving chances for the last two years. Where is the Rangers DG? Are the courts a laughing stock? Whosoever is summoned does not come. A job ordered is not done. A joint certificate duly signed by the chief secretary, IGP and Rangers DG be presented in the court. People are dying and the court’s orders are laughed at.” The court was told by the Sindh Police that a meeting was convened to review the steps for eliminating no-go areas. The CJP remarked, “If your stance is accepted, then everyone is correct but us. Four people have been killed. Is it matter of delight?”
would be eligible for benefit from the scheme even if they got admission in universities and colleges outside their cities and regions. He has also approved that students hailing from FATA would benefit from the scheme if they were admitted to universities and colleges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
135 terrorists, 7 civilians killed in 2nd week of april: fafeN ISLAMABAD INP
Twenty incidents of political violence left 170 people dead and 42 injured between April 6 and 12, compared with the preceding week when 53 were killed and 65 injured in 26 incidents, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Four incidents of electoral violence claimed three lives while ANP candidate escaped a bomb attack. Terrorists constituted majority of the 212 victims – 135 killed and five injured. Civilian fatalities decreased from last week’s 22 to seven. Twenty-eight security personnel were also killed and 10 sustained injuries. FATA was the most volatile region where 160 people – mostly terrorists – were killed and 12 injured, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (3 killed, 30 injured), Balochistan (6 killed) and Sindh (1 killed). This week, 20 political violence incidents were reported in nine districts and three tribal regions, compared with 10 districts and two tribal regions in the preceding week. Of the incidents in the week under review, seven targeted public, six attacks were aimed at security forces, three each hit terrorists and state infrastructure and one was aimed at an anti-polio team.
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The mandate of interim government is to ensure free and fair polls — Science and Education Minister Dr Sania Nishtar
Wednesday 17 April, 2013
Jui-f’s craving for the wealthy spreads anger in ranks PESHAWAR
N order to maximize its gains in the fast approaching general elections, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has awarded majority of its tickets to wealthy candidates by conveniently ignoring the fact that most of them have joined the party only a week or even a day back. By so doing the JUI-F leadership has completely sidelined its deserving cadre which was hoping to get its nod. The JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman, with “Now or never” as his party’s slogan, has managed to attract wealthy and influential politicians from across the province, especially in the constituencies where the party has no roots. While the analysts term the move as desperate, the JUI-F leadership considers this as extending its electoral reach in the newfound political territories. An interesting fact: most of the freshly inducted JUI-F candidates have previously not been affiliated with any political parties, but are now intent on taking advantage of their immense wealth – increasingly a hallmark of the present-day politics. Prominent among those who joined the party in recent weeks is former MNA from Buner Istiqbal Khan, former ANP MPA from Charsadda-1 Fazal Shakoor, former MPA from Kohat Shokat Habib, former PPP MNA Mehboob Ullah Jan from Kohistan, PML-Q provincial president Syed Qasim Shah from Mansehra and Sajjadullah Khan from Kohistan. In addition, former MPAs Zar Gul and Zarin Gul from Torghar, Qaumi Watan
Party’s (QWP) Atiqur Rehman, Asrarullah party tickets in the past. Those who will contest on the JUI-F Khan Gandapur from Dera Ismail Khan, former PML-N MPA Munawar Khan Mar- tickets, include Fazal Shakoor from Charsadda PK17, Ayub Khatak from wat, former JI MPA Anwar Hayyat Khan PK- 41 Karak-2, Attiqur from Lakki Marwat, former MNA Rehman from PK 42 Munir Orakzai, PML-N’s Sajjad Though Hangu 1, Zarin Gul Khan Jadoon and Malik Riaz from PK 58, SajBannu have also joined the the JUI-F has recently jadullah Khan JUI-F recently. from PK 61, The whispers enjoyed popular support by taking Munawar around the KPK an anti-US stance, but it did not aid the Khan Marprovince suggest wat from that the majority of party in entering into electoral alliance with PK Lakki former MPAs and MNAs are joining any one and the possibility of seat adjustment Marwat 75, A n w a r the JUI-F due to also seems improbable. However, Maulana Hayyat the threats of atKhan from tacks by the TTP to Fazl has already made it clear that the JUI-F PK-76 Lakki the PPP and the Marwat, Said ANP candidates. is an ANP alternate, thereby discarding Habib Ali Another important the possibility of electoral alliance from PK-81 phenomenon: for the Swat-2, Muhamfirst time since 1997, the or seat adjustment mad Yar Khan from JUI-F is going into an elecPK-87 Shangla-1. tion without an alliance. And Furthermore, former on that last instance, the party had MNA Mehboobullah Jan will managed only two provincial seats! Inside sources claim that the JUI-F leader- contest on NA-23 Kohistan seat and Munir ship is worried over the fact that its Orakzai on NA-38 tribal area, while Seth electoral history without alliances has not Gohar Saifullah on NA-40 Kohat. Meanwhile, billionaires Javid Khattak been satisfactory. That too necessitated bringing influential people into the party. and Mehmmod Bitani are contesting for The word on the ground is that the JUI-F the first time on JUI-F tickets for provinneeds to win sizable number of seats as it cial assembly seats including PK-40 will be difficult for it to maintain its latent Karak-1 and PK-69 Tank respectively. However, Malik Raiz contesting on PKpopularity if it could not. Meanwhile, the JUI-F has allocated 10 73 Bannu-4 seat and Sajjad Khan Jadoon provincial and two national assembly tick- on PK- 36 seat had been affiliated with ets to such candidates who have been the PPP and PML-N in the past, before elected or have contested election on other joining the JUI-F.
Moreover, the JUI-F has also made seat adjustment with former MPA Sardar Israrullah Khan Gandapur in DI Khan on PK67 DI Khan-4, Javid Akbar PK-68 and with former minister Samiullah Khan Alizai. Sources revealed that the party leadership’s haphazard decision to include wealthy candidates in the party has created rifts within the party. The areas where the heat of the conflict is more evident include Tank, Bannu, Karak, Shangla, Lakki Marwat, Charsadda, Mansehra and Mardan. As a result of this, the disenchanted JUI-F loyalists are opting to contest the elections as independents. A well known casualty for JUI-F is Maulana Gul Naseem, who has opted to contest on NA-26 Bannu as an independent against former KPK chief minister Akram Khan Durrani. Similarly, Ghulam Qadar Bitani, former JUI-F MPA from PK 69 Tank, will be contesting against Maulana Fazl on Tank/DI Khan NA 25 and on PK 69 against Mehmood Bitani. Meanwhile, former MPA Malik Qasim will contest polls as an independent candidate from PK 40 Karak-1 against party candidate Ayub Khattak, who is a new inductee.
Qadar Bitani and Malik Qasim, while talking to Pakistan Today, made identical statements: the JUIF leadership is ignoring ideological workers, and instead pleasing the rich candidates. They said, the party had earlier allocated tickets to them but later withheld them. On the other hand, in Charsadda, Haji Gul Yousaf and Maulana Musammir Shah will contest the elections independently, while Haji Said Raheem Shah Bacha has been shortlisted for party ticket. Moreover, the district officer bearers of Shangla also opposed the NA-31 ticket given to ex-senator Rahat Hussain and have demanded a review. There are also some differences over the ticket to Muhammad Yar for PK-87 Shangla-1. Though the JUI-F has recently enjoyed popular support by taking an antiUS stance, but it did not aid the party in entering into electoral alliance with any one and the possibility of seat adjustment also seems improbable. However, Maulana Fazl has already made it clear that the JUI-F is an ANP alternate, thereby discarding the possibility of electoral alliance or seat adjustment.
sherry rehman recognised among world’s top women of impact WASHINGTON APP
QUETTA: Lawyers hold a rally on Tuesday for the recovery of former Balochistan Advocate General Salahuddin Mengal who is missing since last month. INP
40 percent male, 42 pc female NA candidates without NTN ecp data shows only 4,120 candidates possess ntn certificates
fata has highest percentage of candidates having no ntn
42 percent female candidates are without National Tax Numbers (NTNs), says a press release issued on Tuesday. The ECP data indicates that only 4,120 candidates (60.4pc) possess their NTN certificates, while 2,699 (39.6pc) are not registered taxpayers. Genderwise, 2,599 of 6,581 male candidates (39.5 pc) and 100 of 238 female candidates (42 pc) do not have NTN certificates. The profile of every candidate con-
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has published a list of candidates who have submitted nomination papers for contesting polls from National Assembly constituencies in the elections. The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has obtained the data of all aspiring candidates from the ECP website and found out that 40 percent male and
tains a form from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), mentioning the NTN and the status of the candidate. According to the ECP’s data, a total of 6,819 candidates are eligible to contest the elections on NA seats in 272 constituencies. A total of 3,335 candidates (49 pc of the total) have filed their candidacy from Punjab, followed by Sindh (1,643 or 24 pc), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (870 or 13 pc), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (400 or 6 pc), Balochistan (378 or 6 pc), Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) (147 or 2 pc) and the Frontier Regions (46 or 1 pc). Out of a total of 6,819 candidates, only 238 (3.5 pc) are women, while the remaining 6,581 (96.5 pc) are male candidates.
Out of a total of 6,819 candidates, 4,120 (60.4 pc) have NTN certificates, while the remaining 2,699 (39.6 pc) have no NTNs. Region-wise, FATA has the highest percentage of candidates (259 out of 400, or 65 pc) having no NTNs, followed by Balochistan (196 out of 378, or 52 pc), KP (428 out of 870, or 49 pc), Frontier Regions (20 out of 46, or 44 pc), Sindh (653 out of 1,643, or 40 pc), Punjab (1,100 out of 3,335, or 33 pc) and ICT (43 out of 147, or 29 pc). As many as 3,982 (60.5 pc) male candidates have got their NTN certificates, while the remaining 2,599 (39.5 pc) do not have NTNs. Out of the 238 female candidates, 138 (58 pc) have NTNs, whereas the remaining 100 (42 pc) have no NTNs.
A prominent American organisation dedicated to women’s advancement on Tuesday recognised Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman, among their rating of influential women leaders in the world. Calling her a “master tactictian”, the Women in the World Foundation said, “Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, is known for her eloquence, elegance, and diplomatic savvy.” Names of 125 top Women of Impact were also released. “And no one seems better at calming the stormy relationship between Washington and Islamabad,” the foundation added. Ambassador Rehman has led Pakistan’s diplomatic outreach in Washington at a challenging time for Pakistan-US relationship, which has seen improvement from an unprecedented low-point in 201112. Last month, the president of Pakistan conferred on Ambassador Rehman the highest civilian honor Nishan-e-Imtiaz for her outstanding services to the country and the role she played in restoring the PakistanUS relationship since her appointment in early 2012. Prior to her appointment as Islamabad’s envoy in Washington, Sherry Rehman served as a distinguished parliamentarian and federal minister and has been a longtime champion of women’s rights and freedom of the media. The list of Women of Impact features some of the most prominent women leaders such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and the only other Pakistani to be named, Oscar winning film director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy The Women in the World Foundation is a powerful initiative dedicated to driving solutions that advance women and girls and came into being out of Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s annual Women in the World Summit, launched by the publications’ Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown, in March 2010.
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You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. –Stephen King
election diary – three militants threaten peaceful, orderly hustings
COMMENT Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
Pak-afghan relations escalation in tension will only help taliban
ELATIONS between Afghanistan and Pakistan remain at a tipping point with needless disputes being the order of the day as the recent slandering match over Pakistan reconstructing an old border gate being the latest in a range of verbal disputes between the two neighbours. What both countries appear not to realize is that their relations are crucial as the NATO troops plan to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year, leaving the Afghan government as the de facto ruling authority across the border. The media hype created in Afghanistan over the reconstruction of an old border gate in Mohmand Agency by the Pakistani authorities. Kabul dropped its objections after it was told that no new military construction was being carried out by Islamabad along the shared frontier and the issue was only a renovation of an old gate. But for that a delegation of Afghan army officials, led by Afghan National Army Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Major General Afzal Aman, had to visit the General Headquarters (GHQ), Rawalpindi for talks on border coordination. A military spokesman later revealed that “all ongoing cross-border coordination issues including border post construction in Mohmand Agency were discussed and amicably resolved.” The important statement was that the two “sides agreed on continuation of such bilateral interactions to enhance bilateral border coordination and reduce space for detractors.” a military spokesman said. That an issue of everyday border coordination becoming an issue that could ignite the Afghan side to the extent of spurring on student protests in Jalalabad does not bode well as a mirror of the degree of mistrust between the two countries. The Afghan Defence Ministry Spokesman Gen Zahir Azimi claimed that the recent construction of a gate and other facilities along the border took place without any coordination with Afghanistan and President Karzai was reported to have ordered his defence and interior ministries to take immediate action to remove a newly constructed gate, checkpoints and other installations recently built by Pakistan. The point here is that the issue at hand was not important, where a particular gate is created or not, should be an issue of easy resolution between the two neighbours purported to be fighting a war against the same enemy for over a decade. At this point, with the impending withdrawal of the US and NATO troops, the exact reverse is needed. However, the ease with which the issue was resolved eventually reflects the petty nature of actual disputes between them. There was no need for unnecessary hype and irresponsible statements from the Afghan President Karzai. It must be realized that an escalation of tensions from either side would only help the Taliban and other militants waiting for the NATO troop withdrawal to up the stakes in the conflict in the region.
the horror in boston not diﬃcult to empathize with the victims
HE attack on Boston marathon is a highly condemnable act. The bombing was carried out on Patriots Day when hundreds of people had gathered to watch the iconic event for the city. Initially there are reports of three people dead including a 10 year old boy. Over a hundred are injured, including nine children. Many of the injured are in a critical state, and some with shattered limbs had face amputation. The possibility of more deaths cannot be ruled out. The people of Pakistan have gone through tragic events of the sort for years now. Hundreds of families have lost their near and dear ones in terrorist attacks. Unsuspecting people traveling in buses, children attending schools and grownups offering prayers in mosques have been mowed down or turned into mincemeat. Similarly many innocent people have died in the US drone attacks which continue on their deadly mission unabated. It is therefore not difficult to understand the suffering of the affected people and their families in Boston. What remains to be determined is who is responsible for the act. The FBI and police are highly trained and well equipped with the latest gadgetry to investigate crimes of the sort. Currently fingers are being pointed in two directions. A former FBI counterterrorism investigator told a British newspaper that the attack was reminiscent of the Madrid commuter train bombings, a coordinated attack using multiple explosive devices on March 11, 2004 which was attributed to an Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell. The Al-Qaeda has developed the skills needed to launch an attack of the sort while it has also an international reach. The other possible source of the attack could be the US homegrown terrorists of various sorts including the white supremacists. Last year alone a gunman claimed 26 lives including kids and teachers in a firing spree at an elementary school in the Connecticut state, the US Army veteran Wade Michael Page killed six in a shooting rampage in Wisconsin, another gunman man killed 12 in Colorado while two people were killed and at least eight wounded in a shooting outside the Empire State Building in New York. President Obama has assured that whoever is found guilty after investigation will feel the full weight of justice. There is a need in the US to rethink the whole strategy of dealing with those responsible for such incidents be they Al-Qaeda related terrorists or homegrown killers. This is all the more needed because whatever measures have been taken in the past have failed to achieve the results.
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ALOCHISTAN has 14 general seats in the National Assembly and 51 general seats in the Provincial Assembly. There are additional seats reserved for women and non-Muslims. They can contest for general seats as well. Much interest is being shown in the elections in Balochistan. The caretaker prime minister, who hails from Balochistan, visited Quetta to assure the political parties of peaceful and fair general election with additional security during the election period. The Army Chief also visited Quetta to underline the Army’s interest in peaceful and orderly election. The politics in Balochistan is fragmented because of diversified competing interests. These include province-based political parties and their factions, nationwide political parties, religious parties and sectarian groups, and powerful tribal chiefs and other influential people. The active role of the federal government and especially the security and intelligence apparatus also influence the political process in Balochistan. Three province-based political parties had boycotted the February 2008 general elections. These were Balochistan National Party-Mengal Group (BNP-M) led by Sardar Akhtar Mengal, the National Party (NP) led by Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch (it took part in the March 2009 Senate elections), and Pakhtunkhwa DR HASAN ASKARI RIZvI Milli Awami Party led by Mahmood K h a n Achakzai. These political parties are taking part in the May 2013 elections. Other provincebased political parties taking part in the elections are B N P ( Aw a m i ) , Jamiat-eUlema-eIslam Fazlur Rahman (JUIF), and JUIIdeological. Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) faced internal rift after the death of its leader Akbar Khan Bugti in August 2006. It is
has gone in three directions: JWP-Talal Bugti group (quite active), JWP-Aali Bugti (nominally active) and JWPBaramadagh Bugti. The last of the three JWP groups functions as a separatist party from abroad under the title of Baloch Republican Party. The nationwide parties active in Balochistan include the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sharif (PML-N), the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-iAzam (PML-Q) , the Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Tehrik-eInsaf (PTI). All of them are putting up candidates and some of them are seeking seat adjustments with the political parties of their choice. This strategy does not appear to be working in Balochistan in any significant manner. These parties will be contesting elections against each other. Some independent candidates are also contesting. The biggest challenge to elections in Balochistan is disorder and violence that has become endemic. The separatist groups based outside of Pakistan resort to violence from time to time and they have threatened to disrupt the elections. Their activists are expected to resort to armed attacks on the candidates and leaders of the parties contesting the election. Religious-sectarian and ethnic violence also exists in Balochistan. The political parties, especially the BNP-M and the NP are raising the issue of the missing persons. A good number of them have been traced and returned but still the issue is not fully resolved. There is a difference on the number of missing persons as given by the political groups and the official circles. The political circles place the main blame on the state intelligence agencies, especially the ISI, for disappearance of people. The BNP-M also raises the issue of discovery of dead bodies in various parts of Balochistan and holds the ISI or what it describes as the gangs of tough people that enjoyed the blessings of the intelligence establishment. The official circles deny any involvement in kidnapping of people but this does not change the views of the political circles in Balochistan who continue to take a strong exception to the conduct of security and intelligence agencies in Balochistan. The echo of these sentiments can be heard repeatedly in the election campaign. The political parties and leaders are also talking about socio-economic development issues in their constituencies, jobs, how to ensure good governance and the relationship between the federal government and the province in administrative and financial domains. Some parties are also touching on the benefits of major development projects to the people of the province. Violence or threat thereof is ad-
versely affecting election campaign in Kbyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi which are experiencing target killings and terrorist attacks almost on daily basis. The security agencies are now taking action against criminals and others engaged in violence in Karachi but they have to keep such a pressure on them so as to ensure relatively peaceful elections. The Tehrik-i-Taliban-i-Pakistan (TTP) has declared the elections to be un-Islamic and threatened to use violence against the PPP, the ANP and the MQM. The defiant posture of the TTP has an impact on electioneering in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and some districts adjoining these areas. Even in the province of Kbyber Pakhtunkhwa, the ANP and the PPP are curtailed in their political activities due to the Taliban threat. The ANP has lost more activists in terrorist attacks than any other political party over the last two years. The Qaumi Watan Party of Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherapo (limited to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) also faces the threat of the TTP. He survived two attacks in the past. Asfandyar Wali Khan, the chief of the ANP, also survived a suicide attack in the past. Extra-ordinary caution is being used for Bilawal Bhutto, the leader of the PPP. His is not expected to make frequent public appearances. In the Tribal areas, the candidates are contesting independently or are linked with Islamic parties. The Taliban policy towards the elections is helping the JUI-F and the Jamaat-i-Islami. Many political activists belonging to the ANP and the PPP in some districts adjoining North and South Waziristan have joined the JUI-F for security reasons. No candidate in the tribal areas can afford to alienate the local militants and the TTP. In Karachi, the ANP is finding itself under pressure from the TTP. The MQM candidates face the TTP threat in urban Sindh. The first death of a candidate took place in Hyderabad on April 11 when an MQM contestant was killed by the TTP. The exclusively election related violence included bombing of a candidate’s election office in Miramshah, North Waziristan, a bomb defused outside a JUIF candidate office in Swabi (KP), two bomb attacks on the ANP candidates on April 14, injuring one in Charsadda (KP) and killing one in Swat. The armed groups and criminals want to disrupt the election process, at least in some areas. If some major terrorist incident takes place or some top leader is assassinated close to the voting date, it will be difficult to hold elections on May 11. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
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Messrs Clean When the scrutiny process of election candidates commenced, there was a general impression that soon there would be a list of people labelled as Mr 62, Mr 63, fraud, degree chor, tax chor, defaulter etc. On the contrary, on completion of the process, one finds that except for a couple of targeted ones, generally our politicians are Mr Clean. The media is to be blamed for unnecessarily causing aspersions and creating doubts in the minds of the people about their popular leaders. Credit goes to the fair and impartial judiciary, whose members as ROs and in tribunals ensured that no one was unnecessarily harmed or any clean image tarnished. I am, however, reminded of an incident of 2004/05, when the NAB gave a clear chit to someone known for land/housing scam. The foundation published a half page advertisement in all important newspapers displaying the NAB certificate in their favour. Since that day, the person has not looked back — catch me if you can. HAROON SIKANDAR PASHA Islamabad
Not just elections When you cast your vote in any given election, you are
voting for representatives who will represent your community, district or state. Elected officials are accountable to the voters who put them into office. Their primary responsibility is to listen to their constituents and enact legislation that will improve the lives of the communities they serve. For this reason, every election is critical. After all, we are electing a parliament and the government to be assigned by this parliament that will make crucial decisions over a period of five years in a number of fields, including the economy, foreign policy, social life and cultural developments. However, the parliamentary elections to be held next month in Pakistan are far more important than any other elections for the future of Pakistani democracy. These elections are not only the elections that will simply determine the outlook of our future government and parliament any longer but also will determine what sort of state we will have as an apparatus that rules and organises the affairs of the country. These elections will either make the nation superior to the state or will result in the continuation of the consolidated domination of status quo forces over the political landscape. It will be an election that will determine whether the current state will be replaced by a state apparatus that is based on the rule of democratic principles, equal representation and pluralism. SARFARAZ SAMAD Karachi
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The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams. –Oprah Winfrey
Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
american attitudes toward egypt have soured and it is not anti-muslim animus
MERICAN public opinion has soured on Egypt, with one-half of all American voters now holding an unfavourable view of that country and its leadership. This was not always the case. My brother John Zogby and I have been measuring American attitudes toward the Arab World for two decades. For much of that time, Egypt had the highest ratings of any country in the region. In fact, in most years from 1993 until 2010 around 60 per cent of DR jAMES j ZOGbY Americans rated Egypt positively. However, in our most recent poll, conducted in March of 2013, only 36 per cent of Americans report having a favourable rating of Egypt, while 48 per cent have an unfavourable view. This dramatic shift in US opinion is a function of two main factors: concern about the role being played by the Muslim Brotherhood and the American public’s general lack of awareness about Egypt’s contemporary history. While modern Egypt has been known in the Arab World for its cinema, its comedy and music, and its political and intellectual leadership, the image of the country was never established in the United States. As a result, positive attitudes were “soft” and/or derivative of other factors. Back when Egypt’s ratings were high, in response to the open-ended question “what is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear Egypt?” the overwhelming majority of answers recalled the “pyramids”, “the Sphinx”, and the other “glories of ancient Egypt”. There were also respondents who mentioned the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the Camp David Accords. In the early months of the Arab Spring the images of peaceful prodemocracy demonstrators called to mind for many Americans their own civil rights movement or Eastern Europe’s fall of the “Iron Curtain”. After an initial drop in ratings in early 2011, by mid-2011 Egypt’s favourable ratings were back up to 60 per cent. That support has since evaporated. But in the March 2013 poll when we asked for respondent’s “first thought when they hear Egypt”, “pyramids” was still the most frequently mentioned term, now followed closely by “trouble”, “unrest” and the “Muslim Brotherhood”. In January of 2012, we asked Americans whether or not they were hopeful that the Arab Spring would bring about positive change. By more than two to one they answered in the affirmative. But in the tumultuous year and a half that has followed, Americans have lost that hope. Today, the number of American voters who say they are disappointed with “how the Arab Spring has played out in Egypt” is three times greater than those who say they are still hopeful that positive change will come. As much as “soft” attitudes are to blame, concern with the Muslim Brotherhood is also a factor in the new negative opinion toward Egypt. Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is only viewed favourably by 14 per cent of Americans, while over one half have an unfavourable view of Morsi. And by almost three to one Americans rate former President Hosni Mubarak as having been more of a friend and ally of the US than Morsi, the current president. It is important to note that it is not anti-Muslim animus that drives these numbers, since strong negative views of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi exist even among those Americans who hold a favourable view of Muslims. There are consequences that result from this change in attitudes. Many Americans now question whether or not the US government can work with a Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt. They also question whether the U.S. should provide military and civilian aid to Egypt. A majority of Americans also say they worry about the Muslim Brotherhood taking over in other countries, and say that they support actions by other Arab governments to “limit the activity of Muslim Brotherhood branches operating in their countries”. Another by-product of this negative turn and the general disappointment with the trajectory of the “Arab Spring” has been the public’s embrace of an interesting combination of principles they feel should guide American foreign policy. For example, when asked whether the US “should support governments, whether they are elected or not, if they work closely with us to promote regional stability and protect our interests” or whether we “should only support democratically elected governments, even if those governments might pursue policies that are hostile to our interests”, by a wide margin of 72 per cent to 17 per cent American voters chose the first approach. And when asked to choose between providing support “for any government that is democratically elected, even if it is pursuing policies that compromise the rights of minorities in their countries” or “as a condition for US support, we should require that any government, whether it has been elected or not, protect the rights of all their citizens”, by an 85 per cent to 10 per cent margin voters chose the second approach. Two years ago, I compared Egypt to Broadway, noting that it didn’t matter so much how events played out on other stages across the Arab World because the world would judge the Arab Spring by how it played out in Egypt. We are now two and one-half years into the Arab Spring and the “blush is off the rose”. American’s are disappointed, attitudes toward Egypt have soured, and the public has adopted a less romantic, more “realist” approach to our relations across the Arab World.
off with his head? hardly the deepest wounds in politics are self-inflicted
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T long last we have an Indian Marie Antoinette. The Bourbon queen before the French Revolution of 1789 began to dislocate royal heads from their shoulders, imperiously asked citizens hungry for common bread to eat cake instead. Ajit Pawar’s recipe for Maharashtra’s farmers suffering from the worst drought in decades is not quite as delicious, but it has already earned pride of place in the political thesaurus of memorable insults. There is nothing like bodily fluids to stoke conversation in a thirsty teashop. Ajit Pawar is no fool; far from it. Why would he taunt stricken farmers who have loyally voted for his party with an analogy one would be loath to suggest in the privacy of a drawing room? No one in his senses tells a public rally, not to mention subsequent multitudes on media that he can do little about falling water levels in dams since peeing into them won’t help. This sort of intemperate outburst speaks of some deep frustration. What made Ajit Pawar stupid on such an epic scale? As he pointed out, rationally, he could not be blamed for dry skies; he is merely deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, not deputy chief god of Heaven. The reason for this rant lies elsewhere: guilt. Over the last decade, Ajit Pawar has ripped through a cumulative fund of Rs70,000 crore – yes, you read the figure right – meant for irrigation projects designed to protect the state’s farmers from such vagaries of nature as drought. Much of this money disappeared in the usual dark hole through which cash is siphoned off: project cost escalation. The water saved through the dams that were built did not reach farmers. It was diverted to industries. This manipulation became news when
Pawar’s own Chief Minister Prithviraj Chauhan asked a simple question: what happened? Those with fewer constraints than the CM accused Pawar of corruption. Ajit Pawar sulked and resigned from government. There was a brief media and political flurry, which soon evaporated. Coalition compulsions, the contemporary justification for fiscal appeasement, enabled Ajit Pawar to return to his old office. Story over. Or not quite. You never know when anxiety, lurking in some shadow of the subconscious, is going to leap up and distort your tongue. The deepest wounds in politics are self-inflicted. When Pawar addressed that rally, he must have seen votes being lost on the face of his audience. Then he lost it. The pundits of Mumbai are already doing long division on their calculators to assess the political cost of Ajit Pawar’s urine therapy. One measure of the damage can be gauged from the flurry of apologies. Ajit Pawar did not actually hold his ears, put on a dunce cap and stand in the corner, but he did ruefully admit that this was the biggest blunder of his career. Contrition rarely compensates fully for injury; Pawar’s impulsive snarl was thought, regret was very much an afterthought. His dilemma is compounded by the fact that the shadow of this drought falls across party strongholds. Almost 75 percent of uncle and patriarch Sharad Pawar’s constituency, Madha, is affected and there is already talk of destitution suicides. Insensitivity in times of distress is not easily erased from voter memory. The conventional analysis was, till recently, that even if Congress suffered because of rising
prices and corruption in the next general election, Sharad Pawar would minimise his own accountability by some nimble footwork. That certainty has been punctured. It is not beyond repair, but Pawar will require a very long needle and some strong yarn to stitch this one back into shape. Sharad Pawar does not slip easily in Maharashtra. He has worked hard in his state and been astute in Delhi politics, sliding alongside BJP when Atal Behari Vajpayee was prime minister and standing solidly by Dr Manmohan Singh when fortunes shifted. Parties come and go; Sharad Pawar stays in power forever, thanks to his fine nose, which can smell the wind from afar. But when you have been too long in office you can miss something far closer, the straw piling up, strand by strand, on the camel’s back. An insult can so easily become the last straw. The French Revolution, like any historic occurrence, offers more than one instructive anecdote. Marie Antoinette’s husband, Louis XVI, who lost his mind long before he lost his head to the guillotine, heard the mobs in July 1789, when Paris stormed the Bastille prison, and asked his courtier Francois Alexander Frederic, duke of Liancourt and grandmaster of the wardrobe, “So what is it? A riot?” The duke replied, doubtless in silken tones, “No sire, it is a revolution.” But Louis’ diary entry for July 14, the day Paris changed the world, consisted of just one word: “Nothing.” The heights of power are not always the best perch for a cool look when anger is sweeping past your door. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
The writer is president of Arab American Institute.
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Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
baLdwiN waNts to be dotiNG father this tiMe
Actor Alec Baldwin says he couldn’t give much time and attention to his first daughter, but now he wants to be a very doting father. Baldwin had his first child with ex-wife Kim Basinger. His present wife Hilaria Thomas is now expecting their first child. The actor says he will fulfill his duties, which he could not earlier because of the divorce with Basinger. “The only thing that I regret was that I missed so much of my daughter’s childhood because of this contentious situation. And that wasn’t at all what I wanted. So I find that now I have another chance,” Hollywood Reporter quoted Baldwin as saying. The 55-year-old wants to keep his wife and their child away from the limelight. “I have my daughter coming and my wife, and I just want to get as far away from that (fame) as possible,” he said. NEWS DESK
Matt daMoN ‘CaNNot’ write aLoNe Hollywood star Matt Damon, who won an Academy Award for the ‘Good Will Hunting’ screenplay he co-wrote with Ben Affleck, has said that he has to work with a partner on his writing projects because he “can’t do it” alone. The ‘Bourne Identity’ star recently teamed with ‘The Office’s’ John Krasinski to pen 2012 drama Promised Land. Damon told Radar Online that he needs to team up with a writing partner on all his projects as he struggles to concentrate when left to work on his own, Contactmusic reported. The 42-year-old actor said that he was an English major at college and he hated the solitude of just staring at the computer screen as it drove him nuts. NEWS DESK
Life is too short to be little. — Benjamin Disraeli
kamila shamsie among Granta’s best british novelists under 40
R A N TA magazine announced its list of Britain’s 20 best novelists under the age of 40 on Monday. Pakistan’s Kamila Shamsie is among them. Dominated by women (who account for 12 out of 20 honorees), the list also features authors of Bangladeshi, Chinese, and Nigerian origin. “Just announced on BBC Radio 4 program [Front Row] that Kamila is one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists under 40,” Kamila’s mother, author Muneeza Shamsie posted on Facebook. “It’s official,” Kamila tweeted after the announcement, “I’m about as old as a writer can be while young.”The list, which is issued once in a decade, has previously included Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Alan Hollinghurst, and Jeanette Winterson. This is Granta’s fourth such list, the first came out in 1983. The announcement accompanies the publication of Granta 123: the Best of Young British Novelists 4,which features stories from each of the 20 novelists on the latest list. Granta and the British Council are scheduled to take these authors on the road for readings and talks in 10 countries, including Qatar and India. The 2013 list was finalized by judges John Freeman, Ellah Allfrey, Romesh Gunesekera,
Stuart Kelly, A. L. Kennedy, Sigrid Rausing, and Gaby Wood, who looked at more than 150 authors and their works. Candidates under consideration were required to be U.K. citizens, under the age of 40 on April 15, 2013, and to have published or been under contract to publish a book. The deadline for submissions was Sept. 15, 2012. Judging concluded on Jan. 7. Shamsie, who is in the process of acquiring British citizenship, was given special consideration by the judging panel and not excluded for technically not being a U.K. citizen. Founded by Cambridge University students in 1889 and named for the river that runs through the town,Granta magazine was the first to publish the works of authors like Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath who went on to literary stardom. After fighting bankruptcy, Granta reemerged in 1979. Its website says the magazine “does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and ur-
gency of the story, both in fiction and nonfiction, and the story’s supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.” In 2010, Granta published a special edition celebrating writing from Pakistan.
Mira Nair would rub my feet in between set-ups: Hudson Kate Hudson, who features in Mira Nair’s upcoming film ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’, has revealed that the director used to take utmost care of her on the set of the film. The 33-year-old actress confessed to almost missing out on Nair’s most awaited film due to her pregnancy. Hudson said that she was actually not going to be able to do the movie because she got pregnant and she just had the baby eight weeks before she started shooting, PVR Pictures reported. The ‘Bride Wars’ star said that she was breastfeeding every three hours or so, and Nair
would rub her feet while they were changing the setups. “It was definitively an emotional experience for me,” she said. The movie, which is shot in five cities on three continents, is a touching and engaging story of a young man chasing corporate success on Wall Street. The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Riz Ahmed, Shabana Azmi and Om Puri. The movie is slated to release on 10 May 2013 in India. NEWS DESK
thanks cops after US stalker attack Australian actor Hugh Jackman has vowed to “do anything” to protect his family, after US police arrested an alleged stalker who chased him into a New York gym with an electric razor. The star was outside the gym on Saturday morning when the 47-year-old woman approached him, a New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesman said. Media reports said she was screaming “I love you.” The 44-year-old actor told officers that the woman approached him and “displayed an electric razor,” said NPYD spokesman James Duffy, adding: “She has approached him before at other locations.” “This happened in front of the gym. She was trying to start a conversation with him and trying to get physically close to him. But he fled into the gym and she followed, and that’s when (gym) security people stopped her. “There were no injuries. She was escorted out by the gym security. She fled the scene, leaving the razor behind. We recovered the razor, and we found her a couple of hours later walking about on the street,” he told AFP. The woman, identified as Katherine Thurston, has been charged with stalking, he added. A spokesman for Jackman, Alan Nierob, told AFP: “Mr Jackman will do anything, under the law, to protect his family, and appreciates all of the assistance from the DA’s office on this matter.” Jackman, who made his name on the stage but is best known for his role as Wolverine in the “X-Men” movie series, was nominated for a best actor Oscar this year for his role in musical adaptation “Les Miserables.” The Australian star is married with two children. NEWS DESK
THE BEST OF YOuNG BRITISH NOVELISTS 2013: Naomi Alderman (born 1974), The Liars’ Gospel Tahmima Anam (1975), author of the Bengal Trilogy Ned Beauman (1985), The Teleportation Accident Jenni Fagan (1977), The Panopticon Adam Foulds (1974), The Quickening Maze Xiaolu Guo (1973), A Concise ChineseEnglish Dictionary for Lovers Sarah Hall (1974), How to Paint a Dead Man Steven Hall (1975), The Raw Shark Texts Joanna Kavenna (1973), Come to the Edge Benjamin Markovits (1973), author of a trilogy on the life of Lord Byron Nadifa Mohamed (1981), Black Mamba Boy Helen Oyeyemi (1984), White is for Witching Ross Raisin (1979), God’s Own Country Sunjeev Sahota (1981), The Year of the Runaways Taiye Selasi (1979), Ghana Must Go Kamila Shamsie (1973), Burnt Shadows Zadie Smith (1975), NW (She also made the 2003 list.) David Szalay (1974), The Innocent Adam Thirlwell (1974), Kapow! Evie Wyld (1980), All the Birds, Singing
kutcher spends romantic weekend with kunis Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis shared a romantic getaway over the weekend as they toured Bruges and Belgium in a horse-drawn carriage on Sunday. The former ‘That ‘70s Show’ co-stars took in the sights of the cobblestone streets and ancient bridges. Christine Rohart, sales manager of the Hotel Montanus, told People magazine that the pair seemed very much in love during their trip. Rohart added that the two were seen holding hands and they were giving kisses to each other. A day prior, the duo, explored the city on foot, stopping into the local market and famous chocolate shops just before enjoying a meal at the triple-Michelin starred Carmelite restaurant. The source said that Kunis, 29, ate a local dish called Hoppescheuten, which she had never heard of but wanted to try. The source said that Kutcher, 35, ate a special seven course menu, which is a very famous menu, where the main dish is rabbit with prunes and it costs 210 euros. The insider added that the couple enjoyed their meals so much, that they “came into the chef’s kitchen afterwards to thank him.” NEWS DESK
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The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not — Kurt Vonnegut
‘shocked’ by Pulitzer Prize win AGENCIES Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced,” a play about a successful Pakistani-American lawyer whose dinner party spins out of control amid a heated discussion of identity and religion, has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama. “It’s such a huge honor. I’m still in shock, actually,” the playwright said from London, where he’s helping ready a new production of “Disgraced” at the Bush Theatre. “I feel very fortunate and very grateful.” “Disgraced” had its world premiere at Chicago’s American Theater Company in 2012 and then ran at Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater. The lead character, Amir Kapoor, a Pakistani-American corporate lawyer, lives on the Upper East Side in an apartment described in the script as “spare and tasteful with subtle flourishes of the Orient.” Amir loves the New York Knicks and the Magnolia Bakery and his elegant $600 shirts with their “ridiculous thread count.” The dinner party at the heart of the play brings together two couples and several religious and ethnic identities over pork tenderloin and chorizo. When chitchat touches on Islamic and Judaic tradition, the Quran and the Talmud, racial profiling and Sept. 11 and the Taliban and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Benjamin Netanyahu — along with the requisite alcohol intake — chaos is achieved. “I really wanted to write a play that was going to have a legitimately tragic dimension for a contemporary audience,”
Akhtar said. “I wanted the play to have immediacy and aliveness of engagement that harkened back to a tragic form but a mass form, something that would have audiences gasping.” The Columbia University’s prize board on Monday said the 42-year-old playwright’s work beat out finalists “Rapture, Blister, Burn” by Gina Gionfriddo and “4000 Miles” by Amy Herzog. Akhtar, a 42-year-old New Yorker, also wrote the novel “American Dervish” and co-wrote and played the lead in the film “The War Within.” His “Disgraced” got a celebrity gloss in New York when the lead character was played by Aasif Mandvi, the very funny correspondent on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” The drama award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is “for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life,” according to the official guidelines. The production must have opened during 2012 to be eligible for this year’s award. Last year’s winner was Quiara Alegria Hudes’s play “Water by the Spoonful,” about an Iraq war veteran struggling to find his place in the world. Previous playwrights honored include August Wilson, Edward Albee, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. Akhtar, the child of Pakistani immigrants, grew up in Wisconsin, and studied at Brown University and at Columbia University’s film school. In addition to “Disgraced,” he also wrote the hostage thriller “The Invisible Hand,” which had its world premiere at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis last year.
ARTS Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
No funds to bring back Priyanka Chopra’s dead assistant
T has been more than a week since a member of Priyanka Chopra’s entourage to Los Angeles was found dead in his Beverly Hills hotel room, and his body is still languishing at the mortuary. Jiban Patra, 41, was one of PeeCee’s several assistants who accompanied her to Los Angeles and on to Vancouver. Jiban could not obtain a Canadian visa and had to stay back in the LA hotel, where his body was discovered on April 7. The Los Angeles Police Department, which is investigating the case, has registered a case of unnatural death and an initial inquest has pegged the immediate cause of death as heart attack. Though the police department has given a clearance for the body to be brought back to India, the process is caught in a so-called logistical muddle. A source from the US said, “Jiban has two kids and a wife back in Mumbai and they have been in constant touch with Priyanka Chopra’s office to arrange for his body to be brought back home. But nothing has worked out so far. The death was also hush-hush till the Indian community took it up strongly and put pressure on Priyanka to arrange for Jiban’s passage to India. It is a tragic case as he is the only earning member of the family and lost his father to heart attack last year.” The biggest
hurdle, it seems, is the cost of transporting the body - pegged at $15,000. According to sources, no one is willing to pick up the tab, yet. While PeeCee remained unavailable for comment, a source close to her said that her manager has been in touch with the Indian Embassy to try and
disgusted over Boston Marathon tragedy Mark Wahlberg was in a somber mood at the New York premiere of his new film, “Pain and Gain”- still grappling with the tragedy that struck his hometown of Boston. Earlier Monday two bombs went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and at least 140 were injured. “I really didn’t even want to come tonight. I hadn’t really heard much - I spoke to my mom, and most of my family seems to be OK. It’s such a big event, there’s so many people there. It’s horrible man. It’s (expletive) disgusting, man. I just I’m very upset,” Wahlberg said Monday night. “You try to put everything in God’s hands and whatever happens here is out of our control and there’s a bigger picture. But it’s still obviously upsetting,” the 41-year old actor said on the red carpet before going into the premiere hosted by The Cinema Society. New York rapper 50 Cent was a guest at the premiere and before going inside, he expressed his dismay. “Why is it even happening? But there’s no explanation. We don’t even know what happened (yet),” 50 Cent said. He added: “When you see kids involved in it, I can’t write it off. I can’t say maybe (it was) karma that is why the kid was where he was.” An 8-year-old boy was among those killed in Boston. But the rapper said the tragedy doesn’t make him feel less safe than usual. “If anyone is feeling that way they have to allow themselves to accept the reality that we don’t have control of our fate,” he said. Before coming to the premiere, “Nurse Jackie” star Peter Facinelli was running on his treadmill when he saw the news on television. “My heart goes out to the families and the victims. I don’t know who caused it, just like everyone else, I’m in the dark. I’m waiting to get to the bottom of it,” he said at the event. “If it was terrorism, people are going to need to know there not going to stop us,” he added. “We’re not going to be afraid. So for me, the best thing to do is to not hide inside. Proceed with caution but live your life.” Authorities still don’t know who is responsible for the attack. Some 23,000 runners took part in the race, which attracts more than 500,000 spectators and finishes up in the heart of central Boston, near the landmark Prudential Center and the Boston Public Library. It is held on Patriots Day, a Massachusetts state holiday which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution in 1775. NEWS DESK
work out a solution. “We would like the crisis to resolve as early as possible,” said the source. Even as the bereaved family waits for the Embassy and PeeCee to arrive at a consensus, the Oriya community (Jiban is from Orissa) in the US has initiated a parallel dialogue with the Embassy and instituted a fund in his name to expedite the passage. Online community pages are also appealing for help. “...We are requesting Priyanka Chopra’s team to take the responsibility to send the body to Orissa. The family at India was helpless and no one speaks English/Hindi. We are in contact with PC’s team and also the LA-Coroner police department and updating the family. After Jiban’s death his family is devastated and will face an immediate financial disaster. There is no one there to help them...” says the appeal that has been put up on the website of the Orissa Society of the Americans. A source from the US confirmed that all necessary paperwork and legal authorisation has been done for the body to be transported to India. NEWS DESK
stewart’s awkward moment with ross Actress Kristen Stewart was reportedly faced with an awkward situation when she crossed paths with model Liberty Ross at a gig recently. Stewart was caught having a fling with Ross’ now estranged husband Rupert Sanders in July last year. The affair rocked her relationship with boyfriend and acttor Robert Pattinson. However, Stewart and Pattinson rekindled their romance after a brief breakup. “Kristen has tried so hard to put everything from last year behind her and she still feels incredibly guilty. She and Rob had turned a massive corner in recent months and they were both there to enjoy themselves,” thesun.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “The last thing she wanted to do was make Liberty feel uncomfortable, either. She looked pretty upset in the backstage bar later on that evening,” the source added. NEWS DESK
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INFOTAINMENT Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
florida invaded by rat-sized snails
No, this is not a 1970s B-movie: South Florida really is dealing with an invasion of giant African land snails. The beastly mollusks can grow as large as rats (the biggest measure eight inches long, the Ocala StarBanner reports), and can eat their way through plaster and stucco. More than 1,000 are already being caught per week in Miami-Dade County, and that number is set to swell when the mollusks end their underground hibernation. Since September 2011, a disturbing 117,000 have been caught. The invasion isn’t just gross, it’s also problematic, a Florida Department of Agriculture rep explains, because the snails eat “over 500 known species of plants ... pretty much anything that’s in their path and green.” And that’s not all: Their shells can blow out tires; their slime can make sidewalks slick; and they carry a lungworm that can give humans meningitis (though no US cases have been reported). They’re also tough to eradicate, since one typically produces about 1,200 eggs per year and can live up to nine years. The last invasion, in 1966, took $1 million—and about a decade—to deal with. Experts from all around the US held a symposium last week to discuss solutions. Among them: stronger bait. NEWS DESK
Google really is trying to be the star trek computer
For years, when Google employees likened their projects to the Star Trek computer, Farhad Manjoo dismissed it as a convenient media metaphor. “Google is very likely the nerdiest large company on earth; of course its employees like Star Trek,” he writes in Slate. But after many, many references, he started to wonder if there was more to it—and, amazingly, there is. “The Star Trek computer is not just a metaphor,” search chief Amit Singhal tells him. “It is the ideal that we’re aiming to build.” Singhal says that the team constantly compares its work to the Enterprise’s chipper, voiceactivated assistant. Captain Kirk didn’t need a keyboard, so Google’s been pushing voice recognition. The computer could sometimes predict crew members’ needs, hence the Google Now project. “Stop thinking about Google as a ‘search engine,’” Manjoo writes. “That term conjures a staid image: a small box on a page.” Google’s ideal is nothing like that—it’s a machine so smart it can answer your questions, anticipate your needs, and answer completely unanticipated questions. NEWS DESK
Grief is the price we pay for love. –Queen Elizabeth II
scientists make ‘laboratory-grown’ kidney A NEWS DESK
kidney “grown” in the laboratory has been transplanted into animals where it started to produce urine, US scientists say. Similar techniques to make simple body parts have already been used in patients, but the kidney is one of the most complicated organs made so far. A study, in the journal Nature Medicine, showed the engineered kidneys were less effective than natural ones. But regenerative medicine researchers said the field had huge promise. Kidneys filter the blood to remove waste and excess water. They are also the most in-demand organ for transplant, with long waiting lists. The researchers’ vision is to take an old kidney and strip it of all its old cells to leave a honeycomb-like scaffold. The kidney would then be rebuilt with cells taken from the patient. This would have two major advantages over current organ transplants. The tissue would match the patient, so they would not need a lifetime of drugs to suppress the immune system to prevent rejection. It would also vastly increase the number of organs available for transplant. Most organs which are offered are rejected, but they could be used as templates for new ones.
SCAFFOLDING Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have taken the first steps towards creating usable engineered kidneys. They took a rat kidney and used a detergent to wash away the old cells. The remaining web of proteins, or scaffold, looks just like a kidney, including an intricate network of blood vessels and drainage pipes. This protein plumbing was used to pump the right cells to the right part of the kidney, where they joined with the scaffold to rebuild the organ. It was kept in a special oven to mimic
the conditions in a rat’s body for the next 12 days. When the kidneys were tested in the laboratory, urine production reached 23% of natural ones. The team then tried transplanting an organ into a rat. Once inside the body, the kidney’s effectiveness fell to 5%. Yet the lead researcher, Dr Harald Ott, told the BBC that restoring a small fraction of normal function could be enough: “If you’re on haemodialysis then kidney function of 10% to 15% would already make you independent of haemodialysis. It’s not that we have to go all the way.”
Is NASA looking in the wrong place for life? NEWS DESK The world’s leading space agency, NASA, has an ambitious new Grand Plan: to “identify, capture and relocate” an asteroid. Outlining the Agency’s $17.7 billion budget proposal for 2014, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said the mission would ensure the United States remained in the forefront of space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come. “This mission represents an unprecedented technological feat that will lead to new scientific discoveries and technological capabilities and help protect our home planet”. You can watch a video animation of the proposed mission here. But the scheme is already attracting criticism: Republican Congressman Lamar Smith - who chairs the House committee that will have to review NASA’s budget proposals - dismissed the plan to “lasso” an asteroid as “creative”. NASA’s need to court support - and funding - with eyecatching or inspiring schemes is understandable. But with so many on the go at one time there’s mounting concern that the big showcase missions are diverting attention from the Agency’s primary scientific goals. “The NASA programme is looking quite lop-sided at the moment” according to Professor Andrew Coates, the head of planetary science at UCL’s Mullard Space Science
Laboratory. “They’re doing Mars with Curiosity obviously, but they’re also going back to Mars with Curiosity Two in 2020. Then there’s the replacement for Hubble, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which has been very expensive with lots of cost overruns, and now this asteroid mission. It sounds fantastic, but they’re missing out on some of the basic science and exploration NASA should be doing.” It’s a view that’s echoed within the NASA family. Planetary scientists like Dr Robert Pappalardo at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have grown increasingly frustrated as proposals to explore the further reaches of the solar system have been sidelined in favour of Mars and the JWST. “For reasons I don’t really understand the outer solar system, and the potential for life there, has not been a high priority”. And things look set to get worse. While the 2014 budget proposals include $100 million in seed money to get NASA’s asteroid mission up and running (the eventual cost will run to several billion dollars), yet again there’s no money for the Europa Clipper Mission to survey Jupiter’s moon. It’s a decision Bob Pappalardo finds hard to comprehend. If the question is life - and that’s one of the most profound questions we can ask, he says - the answer is almost certainly not Mars or an asteroid, but rather the icy moons orbiting distant planets like Saturn and Jupiter.
19th-century German nun performed miracle: Vatican For anyone looking for a miracle amidst the gloomy news, the Vatican provides: The Denver Post reports that Pope Francis has set a 19th-century German nun on a journey toward sainthood after verifying she was responsible for healing a Colorado Springs boy in 1999. In the first days of his papacy, Francis upheld the miracle, which will allow for Mother Theresia Bonzel’s November beatification. One more miracle is needed for sainthood. As the Post explains, the now-18-year-old Luke Burgie was struck with a mys-
tery illness on his first day of preschool, a severe gastrointestinal condition that stumped his doctors, who were unable to ease his suffering. After six months of violent diarrhea, which struck as many as 10 times a day, the illness mysteriously van-
ished—on the final day of a novena two members of Bonzel’s order had prayed, in which they asked Bonzel for help. A rigorous investigation carried out by the Vatican and independent medical experts ensued over the next 14 years: to verify the Burgie family hadn’t intentionally caused the disorder via, say, laxatives, and to review all available medical records. Now Bonzel is on her way, though Luke Burgie, for his part, isn’t talking about it. Says his mom, “He didn’t like being singled out as the miracle boy.” NEWS DESK
He said the potential was huge: “If you think about the United States alone, there’s 100,000 patients currently waiting for kidney transplants and there’s only around 18,000 transplants done a year. “I think the potential clinical impact of a successful treatment would be enormous.” ‘REALLY IMPRESSIVE’ There is a huge amount of further research that would be needed before this is even considered in people. The technique needs to be more efficient so a greater level of kidney function is restored. Researchers also need to prove that the kidney will continue to function for a long time. There will also be challenges with the sheer size of a human kidney. It is harder to get the cells in the right place in a larger organ. Prof Martin Birchall, a surgeon at University College London, has been involved in windpipe transplants produced from scaffolds. He said: “It’s extremely interesting. It is really impressive. “They’ve addressed some of the main technical barriers to making it possible to use regenerative medicine to address a really important medical need.” He said that being able to do this for people needing an organ transplant could revolutionise medicine: “It’s almost the nirvana of regenerative medicine, certainly from a surgical point of view, that you could meet the biggest need for transplant organs in the world - the kidney.”
the woman with 1 billion clicks, Jenna Marbles
A young woman with magenta-streaked hair stands in her bathroom, speaking to a webcam. In a hushed tone, she chews over a thorny problem of young adulthood: how to apply full evening makeup when you’re already inebriated from drinking all day? She begins her tutorial by wielding that totem of collegiate binge drinking everywhere: a red plastic Solo Cup. One jump cut later (after a “Law and Order: S.V.U.” drinking game), she re-emerges, thoroughly intoxicated. She misapplies a gob of glue. It dangles from a false eyelash. She lines her lips with a black pencil. “It doesn’t matter what color it is, ’cause you’re gonna blend it,” she slurs, batting her eye glue. “Don’t let this scare you.” The video, titled “Drunk Makeup Tutorial,” is completely awesome to some, bewildering to others — and above all, classic Jenna Marbles, another installment from a reigning queen of YouTube. The episode has been viewed 14.6 million times. While few people older than 30 probably know who Jenna Marbles is, her popularity is unquestioned among teenage girls who live on the Internet. She has more Facebook fans than Jennifer Lawrence, more Twitter followers than Fox News and more Instagram friends than Oprah. Her weekly videos on topics as quotidian as “What Girls Do in the Bathroom in the Morning,” “My Favorite Dance Moves” and “I Hate Being a Grown Up,” place her in an elite club of more than one billion YouTube views, with more than eight million subscribers and growing. “My perspective is to think, ‘I just have a lot of Internet friends,’ ” said Jenna Marbles, 26, whose real name is Jenna Mourey (Marbles is the name of her Chihuahua). She acknowledges it is an odd kind of celebrity. She is a D.I.Y. digital entertainer who conceives of, stars in, shoots, edits and uploads her own videos — often in a single day. NEWS DESK
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SPORTS Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
batting coach is the need of hour, says zaheer
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas believes the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must have hired a batting coach instead of bringing in former captain Wasim Akram for supervising a camp for fast bowlers. According to a website, the former captain said what miracle it would make to the bowlers in a 10-day camp. "Instead of this the PCB should have hired a batting coach for the team which is the need of the hour," he said. Commenting on the Champions Trophy probable's announced by the PCB, he said Shan Masood of Habib Bank Limited and Raza Hassan should be included in the list. "All those players who haven't performed in the series against South Africa should be dropped," he said. Nasir Jamshed, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Ahmed Shahzad, Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal didn't do well in the series and have been given too many chances by the PCB selectors. "New players should have been inducted in the Champions Trophy probable's list," he said. A player who has played a 30, 40 run innings can do better if the PCB pays attention to the players batting instead of focusing on bowling. Talking about Misbah-ul-haq's captaincy, Zaheer said until now he sees no other player who can replace him from the captaincy. The ICC Champions Trophy will be played in England from June 6. The probable's include Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Ahmed Shahzad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Harris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Umer Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umer Amin, Sohail Tanvir, Hammad Azam, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Asad Ali, Anwer Ali, Junaid Khan, M. Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Umer Gul, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil, Imran Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Zulfiqar Baber, Kamran Akmal and M. Rizwan.
When I did not go to Sri Lanka, I could not understand why they punished me. – Nadeem Ghauri
hafeez praises Misbah’s leadership qualities LAHORE
AKISTAN’S T20 captain, Muhammad Hafeez has showered words of praise on his Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq, describing him as an "honest" person and a "calm and composed" leader. While Hafeez replaced Misbah as the national T20 captain last year in May, Misbah continued to remain Pakistan`s Test and one-day captain. Recently, a controversy was ignited by the former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt who claimed that Hafeez had formed a nexus with head coach Dav Whatmore in the team and they were pressurising Misbah and trying to oust him from the team. But Hafeez was all praise for Misbah, saying
it had been an honour playing under him. "He is one of the best captains I have played under. We have played most of our cricket together for years now at the first class and international level.
And Misbah has shown himself to be a honest, fair, dedicated, committed and very composed captain," Hafeez told reporters in Karachi. The all-rounder scored a match winning half-century to
Kaneria appeals life ban before disciplinary committee LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Former Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria hopes to revive his international career following an appeal of his life ban before a disciplinary committee of the England and Wales Cricket Board next week. Kaneria was banned by the ECB last year for pressuring former Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield into spot-fixing in an English county one-day game in 2009. Kaneria left on Tuesday for London, where the hearing will be held next Monday. "I have high hopes the panel will be independent and neutral in this hearing," Kaneria was quoted by a foreign news agency. "My livelihood is stuck due to the ECB's ban." The hearing was deferred last December when the ECB was unable to gain Westfield's cooperation to appear before the committee. Westfield, who pleaded guilty to receiving payment which could bring him or the game into disrepute, was banned for five years, but allowed to participate in minor club cricket after three years. Westfield's admission of guilt and his evidence against Kaneria led
the ECB to reduce a possible suspension of nine years to five, and allow him to be involved only in club cricket after three years of his ban. Kaneria expects Westfield to testify in his favour. "I hope things will be seen more clearly by the disciplinary committee in the presence of Westfield," he said. He played for Pakistan from 2000 to 2010, when he was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board until the spot-fixing case was resolved. An integral part of Pakistan's test team, he took 261 wickets in 61 matches. Kaneria's determination to clear his name included an appeal to the Sindh High Court in Karachi to try to overturn his PCB suspension. But the court dismissed his appeal in 2011, saying it was not within its jurisdiction. Pakistan cricket has been hit badly by spot-fixing and match-fixing over the last three years. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are serving long bans for their involvement in spot-fixing during a Test against England in 2010, while last week the PCB banned umpire Nadeem Ghauri for four years for corruption.
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I want more wins for Pakistan: Kamran LAHORE
Geared up to deliver the goods for Pakistan in future, Kamran Akmal, the wicketkeeper/batsman, claims that he does not need to prove anything to anyone, having won numerous matches for the country in past. The 31-year-old cricketer came through the ranks of junior cricket in the country, having represented Pakistan at different age-groups. Even in his early days, the cricketer from Lahore was tipped to be one of the candidates to replace Moin Khan and Rashid Latif in the national team. Akmal went on to make his Test debut in 2002 but cemented his place in the Pakistan team in 2005. The righthanded batsman has so far scored 11 centuries at the highest stage of the sport, including a number of matchwinning ones. The wicketkeeper/batsman’s wonderful centuries in Mohali and Karachi against India are considered to be at the top of the list. Quoted by Cricinfo, Akmal
expressed that he still cherishes those wonderful knocks but he wants to perform well for Pakistan in the coming years as well. The stylish batsman did not play any big innings during the recently concluded tour of South Africa but he is happy with a couple of cameos which were helpful for the team’s cause. “These were the finest innings of my career but I want to win more matches for the country. I don't need to prove anything to anyone as I have delivered on so many occasions,” said the cricketer from Lahore. “Obviously you learn every day and improve yourself. I had a good South Africa series and playing up the order really helped me regain my confidence.” Commenting on the role of a wicketkeeper in the team, Kamran said that two legends of the modern-day sport, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher, have redefined this job and now a wicketkeeper must be able to contribute with the bat as well. “I think the role of a wicketkeeper was extended with players like [Adam] Gilchrist and [Mark] Boucher, who
have taken the role to a different height. Now a wicketkeeper is one of
the most important players in the team,” he added.
lead the Sui Northern Gas team into the final of the President`s Cup one-day tournament. Hafeez said that no one had any problems with Misbah as he had shown himself to be a very honest, fair and committed leader. "He equally deals well with the seniors and juniors and he is honest and forthright. His best quality is he remains calm and composed under all situations and there is respect for him in the team," Hafeez added. He made it clear that he had not found anyone as passionate and dedicated for cricket as Misbah. Hafeez noted that it was a credit to Misbah the way he had adopted a positive approach after Pakistan lost the Test series in South Africa. "He did well in the one-day series in SA and then also by winning the national T20 super eights title for Faisalabad Wolves," he added.
Ghauri to appeal corruption ban LAHORE STAFF REPORT
A Pakistani umpire suspended for four years on corruption charges plans to appeal against the ban, a decision he described Sunday as “one-sided”. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) banned Nadeem Ghauri on Saturday for agreeing to “extend undue favours for material gain” during a sting operation by an Indian television station last year. “It's a one-sided decision and I am not happy with this decision,” Ghauri said. “They didn't give me a chance, and I think that the PCB did it on some pressure. I came to know about the decision through the media.” Ghauri said he was heard only once by the PCB's inquiry committee and never had the chance to appear before the integrity committee, which imposed the ban. “I will request and appeal to the PCB chairman that I should be given a proper opportunity,” he said. Ghauri acknowledged that he spoke over the internet to the man involved in setting up the sting, saying the contract he was offered to work in the Sri Lanka Premier League last year was lucrative but not dependent on him helping to rig matches. The contract was worth $4,500 per match plus $1,000 as a monthly salary, Ghauri said. “I was interviewed on Skype after I received the documents of the lucrative contract,” Ghauri said. “Anyone who sees the contract would have said yes as it was very lucrative.” Ghauri didn't inform the PCB because he was not under contract with the cricket board, and said the punishment is harsh because he didn't take charge of any matches in the Sri Lanka Premier League. “I have no agreement with the PCB and I am not under PCB's code of conduct,” he said. “When I did not go to Sri Lanka, I could not understand why they punished me.” Ghauri said he was introduced to the man by Bangladeshi umpire Nadir Shah, who was banned for 10 years by his country's cricket board last month on similar corruption charges. Ghauri officiated in five tests, 43 one-day internationals and four Twenty20 matches. A former left-arm spinner, he played only one test, under Pakistan great Imran Khan's captaincy against Australia at Sydney in 1990. Ghauri also played six ODIs. It's not the first time that Pakistan cricket has been hit by corruption charges in recent years. Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir are serving bans for their involvement in spotfixing during a test against England in 2010.
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Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand as he continues his recovery from significant bone bruising to his right knee. – ECB statement.
Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
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HIS year's French Open singles champions will receive 1.5million Euros (£1.28million) for their efforts - an increase of 20 per cent on 2012. Roland Garros officials also announced even greater prize-money increases for losers in the middle rounds, becoming the latest grand Slam tournament to cede to player demands for a greater slice of revenue. In total, 22 million Euros (£18.8million) will be in the prize fund - up 3million (or 16 per cent) on 2012 levels. Officials announced the rises on Monday, when they also revealed a further 10million Euros would be added the prize fund by 2016. The players who will benefit the most will be the second, third and fourthround losers. They will get 25 per cent more money this year than last. That is what the player bodies, the ATP and WTA, have been seeking as they have argued it is hard for some of the lower-ranked players to meet their expenses accrued on
three sri Lankan umpires face suspension MUMBAI: After the suspension of the Bangladeshi and Pakistani umpires, now it is the turn of the Sri Lankan umpires. "The three Sri Lankan umpires violated the Code of Conduct and the action is likely to be taken", the well-placed source from Colombo suggested. "The fact-finding committee has completed the investigations and the report is likely to be discussed by the higher authorities and they maybe suspended between 2-5 years", the source added. All the three Sri Lankans, aged 50, Gamini Dissanayake, Sagara Gallage and Maurice Winston - along with now banned Bangladeshi and Pakistani umpires, were caught in India TV sting operation, where they agreed to fix the matches or sale the inside information on pitch and toss. Maurice Winston was alleged to provide information about teams, conditions and the toss 90 minutes before the match (England vs. Australia, Sept. 17) in return for a bribe of Rs 50,000, approximately £600. Galage also offered the same information before the warm-up between Pakistan and India and also offered to give a Pakistani batsman not out during a Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) match. Gamini Dissanayake had agreed on favouring his country's players in any format of the game. bIPIN DANI
what is a global tour. The announcement comes just weeks after the US Open devised a similar plan, increasing their prize money to US$33.6 million (£21.9million) for 2013. They have vowed to hit the $50million mark by 2017. The Australian Open's total for its January tournament was Aus$30million (£20.4million). The ball is now in
Wimbledon's court to come up with a similar increase. The All England Club, which paid out £16.1million in prize money in 2012, is expected to announce its decision on 2013 levels on April 23. MuRRAY MuST MASTER CLAY: Andy Murray insisted on Sunday that the world No 1 ranking was “not something I
live just down the road from the Monte Carlo Country Club. Murray, who will meet the Dutchman Robin Haase or France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin in his opening match after a first-round bye, has a tough draw. Although the world No 2 is seeded to meet Djokovic in the final, in order to get there he might have to beat Stanislas Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Rafael Nadal, who is seeking to win the title for the ninth year in a row. Nevertheless, Murray goes into the claycourt season in much better shape physically think about on a daily basis”, but as the than 12 months ago. A back problem, which Scot prepares for his first clay-court had troubled him since the start of 2012 and tournament of the year at the Monte Carlo forced him to withdraw from the Madrid Masters he knows that the next eight weeks Masters, led to his having eight pain-killing are likely to be vital if he is to replace injections before the French Open, where he suffered severe back spasms. “I've felt much Novak Djokovic at the summit. By his own standards Murray had a better the last few days than I did coming into Monte Carlo last year,” Murray moderate clay-court season last year, said. “I think it's something that when he was troubled by a back will always be with me. [I injury, while Djokovic need to do] the right reached three finals. The Murray insists exercises, have the right upside for Murray is that that the world No treatment, the right the 2013 clay campaign amount of rest and not do gives him an outstanding 1 ranking is not anything silly or play chance of making up something he other sports. I used to ground in the rankings, particularly as Djokovic has think about on a play a lot of football and golf. I've stopped all of that fitness issues. The world No daily basis now and the back has been 1 hurt an ankle eight days ago better.” Although Murray's while playing in the Davis Cup results on clay last year were modest and although he has been practising here since Friday, he said it was by no as he struggled with his back, his means certain that he would be fit to play performances in 2011, when he reached the his opening match on Wednesday. He semi-finals here, in Rome and at Roland admitted he would not be making such Garros, showed what he is capable of on the strenuous efforts to compete if he did not surface he finds the most challenging.
North Zone extends support to Kh Nadeem representatives of 30 clubs give reception to honour lcca president LAHORE STAFF REPORT
North Zone will support the sitting President of Lahore City cricket Association Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed in the upcoming elections of the body to acknowledge his efforts for the revival of cricket in Lahore. “Nadeem’s services for the cause of cricket at early level during past three years are remarkable and we have taken a collective decision to lend support to him for his re-election,” said North Zone president, Mian Mubeen at a reception in the honour of Kh Nadeem here on Tuesday at a local hotel. Representatives of 30 clubs, out of a total of 35 were present on the occasion. Javed Zaman Khan, Mubashar Nazar and veteran umpires Rab Nawaz ,Iftikhar Malik were also present. He said North Zone is a committed supporter of Nadeem and they believe there is dire need to continue his polices for the overall development of the game in Lahore. “We have seen a record cricket activity with new cricket leagues taking place and sponsors coming in and Lahore’s
team showing encouraging results in the national tournaments. We strongly believe that we should go hand in hand to support Nadeem for a better tomorrow of LCCA,” he added. Speaking on the occasion LCCA Chief expressed his gratitude to all the clubs of the North Zone for reposing
confidence on him and assured them his all out support for achieving a collective cause of uplift of club cricket. “I inherited a crippled structure of cricket in LCCA at the time of my election as president three years ago and I devoted my energies to streamline the affairs of cricket in
Lahore and today we have been able to put the cricket at the right track,” he added. He said LCCA would be supporting Masood Anwar as the President of North Zone in the zonal elections of the body as sitting President Mubeen is not re-contesting the elections.
CSA unveils plans for Centre of Excellence JOHANNESBURG AGENCIES
Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday unveiled exciting new plans to build a Centre of Cricketing Excellence at the current High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Pretoria’s Sports Complex. Known as the CSA Centre of Excellence, this R30 million project was recently given the go ahead and approval by the newly formed CSA Board of Directors. The project is a joint undertaking between CSA and the University who have made the land available free of charge on a long-term basis and will also be used by the University’s own cricket club. In terms of the agreement the Centre of Excellence will also enjoy the use of the University’s main cricket oval. “The CSA Centre of Excellence will compare more than favourably with similar centres around the world at Loughbor-
ough in England, Brisbane in Australia and at the International Cricket Council (ICC) headquarters in Dubai,” commented CSA Acting CEO Naasei Appiah. “It will contribute to the long-term success of cricket in South Africa. The support of the University of Pretoria and the HPC and the passion of CSA for excellence will ensure that the CSA Centre of Excellence will be the best in the world. “Currently all the leading international teams have either an existing high performance facility with office space for their high performance staff or are in the process of completing their high performance centres. Their ability
to make use of the facility all year round and in all conditions as well as their ability to use the best equipment available puts them in a position of strength. “I would also like to stress that this new facility will be used across the board for all our national teams – the Proteas Castle Lager and Blue Label Telecoms squads, the Momentum national women’s team, the CocaCola national under19 squad as well as our national squads for the disabled and differently abled cricket. This facility will not just cater for the high performance needs of CSA but will serve as a base for various transformation initiatives of CSA to address the imbalances within our own country.” CSA General Man-
ager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl, outlined the major objectives of the new facility. “Our high performance strategy is based on four pillars: to provide support to all the national teams in terms of facilities, equipment, technological support and tour preparation, particularly for out-of-season tours; to bridge the gap between domestic and international competition and to close the historical gaps within our own communities from the past; to support all the feeder structures; and to broaden the base of potential future international players. “Research, which will include a video analysis laboratory, is another very important aspect of the new facilities that will be made available. “Another very important aspect will be the opportunity to set up an ICC-accredited testing facility for illegal bowling actions. This will not only mean that CSA can now test its own professional players at a fraction of the price but also test professional crick-
eters from all over the world. “Young cricketers still in their developmental stage can be tested for possible illegal actions and remedial work can then be done immediately to avoid disappointment further down the line.” The University of Pretoria also welcomed the expanded relationship with the CSA that represents an extension and consolidation of the current nine year partnership, for another nine years. “It contributes to the University’s commitment to excellence in its core business of teaching and learning, and research to all its endeavours, including sport. The University’s contribution towards the nation’s sporting success internationally as reflected in the Olympic success in 2012 of athletes that formed part of its sports system will be extended with the addition of this new and much needed facility for CSA,” explained the University of Pretoria’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Cheryl de la Rey.
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It can happen to anyone. Fernando (Alonso) didn't finish the last race (in Malaysia). – Lewis Hamilton
SPORTS Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
LOCAL CRICKET NEWS ZAREEF MEMORIAL BEATEN LAHORE: Rising Stars Club outplayed Zareef Memorial by 5 wickets and moved to the 3rd round of the 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial Cricket at Jallo ground the other day. SCORES: Zareef Memorial 141 all out in 19.5 overs. Waqas 25, Khuram Liaqat 23, Umer Butt 26, Yasir 22. Ghulam Shabir 3/13, Mohsin Mehmood 2/32, Nasir ullah 2/35, Amir butt 1/22. Rising Stars 145/5 in 18.3 overs. Naseemullah 11, Abdul Muqaat 32, Nasir 68(no), Amir Butt 20. Javaid 1/26, Yasir 1/26, Shokat 2/39. AKHTER CLUB CRUSH QADIR CLUB Akhter Abdul Rehman Club has moved into the 3rd round of 10th M Siddiq Memorial Cricket Event when they beat Ghulam Qadir club by 56 runs at Iqbal PArk ground the other day. SCORES: Akhtar Abdul Rehman Club 192/7 in 20 overs. Asfand Mehran 77, Waleed Mubeen 12, Noman Shokat 33, Hafiz Amir (45) no. Zeeshan 2/40, Murtaza 2/37, Kamran Shokat 1/28. Ghulam Qadir Memorial Club 136/3 in 20 overs. Adil Khan 24, Mubashar 59 (no), Kamran Shokat 35. Qamar 1/32, Tajamal Ch 2/28. CROWN CLUB BEAT CHAND MEMORIAL CLUB Crown Club moved into the 3rd round of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event when they beat Chand Memorial club by 8 runs played at Iqbal PArk ground the other day. SCORES: Crown Club 145. M Shoaib 20, M Umer 19, Waseem NAeem 10, Noor ul Ameen 17, Zahid 28 Inayat ullah 26 (no). Dilawar Bhatti 3/36, Tanvir 2/20, Ijaz 1/21, Arslan 1/24, Ahmed 2/18. Chand Memorial club 137/9. Jahanzaib 58, Imran 17, Rehmat 30. M Shoaib 4/21, Tayaab 3/27. JALLO GyM IN 3RD ROUND Jalloo Gym has entered into the 3rd round of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event when they outplayed Imperial club by 5 runs in an exciting match played at Jallo Ground the other day. SCORES: Jallo Gym 195 all out in 19.3 overs. Amir Usman 33, M Irfan 16, Ashar NAzir 79(no), AsifButt 17(no). Jahanzaib 2/30, Kamal 3/37, Zulkafil 2/26, Tahir 1/36, HAsan Mohaudin 1/21. Imperial Club 190/5 in 20 overs. Zulkafil 61, Saqlain Mohsin 26, M Zahid 53, Nasir Shah 12, Jahanzaib 23. Asif ALi 3/28, Saif ullah 1/35. PINDI GyM ADVANCE Pindi Gym has marched into the 3rd round of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event by 4 wickets played at Townshship Whites ground on the other day. SCORES: Iqbal Town Gym 132/9. Javaid 16, Faraz 11, Yasir 10, Zahid 20, Abdurehman 28. Asif 3/47, Farhan 2/32, Abid 3/18. Pindi Gym 136/6. NAdeem Ahmed 27, Imtiaz 16, Umer 10, Asad Khan 46, Asif 12. Junaid 2/24, Yasir 1/33, Faraz 2/24, Abu bakar 1/17. STAFF REPORT
LONDON: A Kenyan athlete runs on the London Marathon route next to a large group of fans and security.
Rooney to PSG is done deal LONDON AGENCIES
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney appears to have struck a deal to join Paris Saint-Germain, according to a source in France. Michel Moulin, who is a former advisor to the Ligue 1 leaders, went on French TV and declared: "Rooney to PSG is done." "I announce from trusted sources, he will be at PSG next season," he said. Moulin is now the owner of media outlet Le Sport 10 and some have viewed his comments as a publicity stunt to boost the profile of his company. There is genuine interest from PSG regarding Rooney but United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has never indicated the club would be willing to part with their talisman. "He will be here next year, you have my word on that," Ferguson said at a press conference in early March. The long-serving United manager was addressing rumours of a bust-up between the pair as well as flurry of reports suggesting the 27-year-old
England striker's future at the club was uncertain. Ferguson brought on the speculation himself by dropping Rooney to the bench for a crucial UEFA Champions League second leg last-16 tie against Real Madrid at Old Trafford. The Scot's decision was "tactical" with United opting to use summer signing Robin van Persie as its only recognised
striker in the starting line-up, but it did raise a question mark over Rooney's status in the team. Since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, Rooney had taken on the mantle of United's key player. Events at Old Trafford against Madrid last month, seemed to point that this role has now lessened.
Finch magic steers Pune to victory PUNE
Mitchell Marsh (4-0-35-2) also chipped in with two wickets apiece. The Warriors' second win of the competition sees them move up a place into seventh in the standings, while MS Dhoni’s team sit just one place higher by virtue of their superior net run-rate. With his team having earlier won the toss and elected to bat, Finch wasted little time in showing his intent as he mauled countryman Dirk Nannes (4-0-42-0) for three boundaries in the opening over.
Aaron Finch’s 45-ball innings of 67 proved to be the match-winning contribution as the Pune Warriors held off the Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs in their Pepsi IPL clash at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday. The Australian’s 10 fours and two sixes, along with Steve Smith’s remarkable undefeated 16-ball cameo of 39 at the death, catapulted the visitors to a total of 159 for six. Only South African Chris Morris starred with the ball for Chennai, as he recorded figures of 4-0-25-2. The Super Kings reply rarely threatened and only Subramaniam Badrinath (34) and Ravindra Jadeja’s (27) fourth-wicket partnership of 46
contributed significantly to the eventual total of 135 for eight. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the shining light with the ball
for the Pune outfit, as he produced immaculate figures of two for 12 in his four overs. Ashok Dinda (4-0-24-2) and
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: S Anirudha, M Vijay, SK Raina, S Badrinath, DJ Bravo, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), RA Jadeja, CH Morris, JA Morkel, R Ashwin, DP Nannes PUNE WARRIORS: RV Uthappa (wk), AJ Finch, MK Pandey, LRPL Taylor (capt), AM Nayar, SPD Smith, TL Suman, MR Marsh, B Kumar, R Sharma, AB Dinda
wenger admits to wilshere error
LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he rushed Jack Wilshere back too soon - but will take no more chances with the fitness of the England midfielder. Wilshere made his first appearance since the start of March when he played an hour of the 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Norwich at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, but lacked his usual dynamic drive at the heartbeat of the team. The 21-yearold's recovery from any injury lay-off, the latest a minor ankle problem, is always carefully monitored given he spent the whole of the 2011/2012 campaign on the sidelines. Wenger insists he will not gamble on Wilshere's fitness again as Arsenal look to continue their winning streak at home to Everton on Tuesday night. "I rushed Jack back a bit. He was not completely ready," Wenger said on Arsenal Player. "How careful have I to be? To listen well to the medical advice and that is what I have to do, use him when everything is all right and listen to him as well, how he feels. "Jack has been out for six weeks, so maybe it was a bit too rushed, what I did. "I will get advice from the medical department and how he feels as well and as well use my experience and the fact I know him very well. "He practices with me since he was 16, so I know quite well how his body responds to things." AGENCIES
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I know Sergio is not satisfied with his performance at the weekend, nor should he be. – Martin Whitmarsh
Nadal primed to defend Monte Carlo crown T MONTE CARLO AGENCIES
HE clay-court season begins with the Monte Carlo Masters, and for one Rafael Nadal, the path of redemption continues. Ever since Nadal defied his critics to lift the BNP Paribas Open title in Indian Wells, tennis fans have been waiting with bated breath for the start of clay-court season to see if he can continue his renaissance. The Spaniard will walk along the halls of the Monte Carlo Country Club aware that he is the overwhelming favourite in the first of three dress rehearsals for the French Open (the Madrid and Rome Masters being the other two), especially with world number one Novak Djokovic struggling slightly due to an ankle injury picked up while serving his country in the Davis Cup. Roger Federer and David Ferrer have chosen to sit this one out, leaving Djokovic and US Open winner Andy Murray as the main obstacles in Nadal's bid for a ninth Monte Carlo Masters win.
robertson confident over London Marathon LONDON AGENCIES
Sports Minister Hugh Robertson has stressed the London Marathon should go ahead on Sunday and was "absolutely confident" it could be kept safe. This comes after two explosions brought a tragic end to its Boston equivalent on Monday. Race organisers on Monday night confirmed the showpiece annual event in the capital will take place despite three people being killed and many more injured in Boston. Robertson said on BBC Radio Five: "The best way for us to react is to push ahead with the marathon on Sunday, to get people on the streets and to celebrate it as we always do in London - and to send a very clear message that we won't be cowered by this sort of behaviour." He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "These are balance of judgments but we are absolutely confident here that we can keep the event safe and secure. "I think this is one of those incidents where the best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue and send a very clear message to those responsible."
HERE WE PREDICT HOW THE TOP PLAyERS WILL FARE. FIRST QUARTER SEEDS: NOVAK DJOKOVIC , JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO  Djokovic is battling to recover from injury in time for his second round opener against either Mikhail Youzhny or Daniel GimeoTraver, but the outlook looks good for the Serbian, who has made it through several practice sessions with coach Marian Vajda since arriving in France. Potential third-round opponent Juan Monaco will not stand much of chance against Djokovic once the Australian Open winner gets going, so Djokovic's first true test will come in the quarter-final against Del Potro. With four clay court titles under his belt, Del Potro knows all about winning on clay and his impressive performance in Indian Wells should give him confidence to challenge the bigger fishes in Monte Carlo. He won't have it easy though. He's up against the flashy Alexandr Dogolpolov before a likely clash with the young firebomber Milos Raonic in the third round. That said, I'm still backing the Tower of Tandil to come through these early tests and then scalp Djokovic - given the world number one's injury woes.
SECOND QUARTER SEEDS: TOMAS BERDYCH , RICHARD GASQUET  Fourth seed Berdych has a decent enough record on clay, making it all the way to the Madrid Masters final last year and the French Open semi-finals in 2010. The Monte Carlo draw has also been kind to him, as the likes of Marcel Granollers and Andreas Seppi are unlikely to be good enough to stop the Czech from advancing to quarter-finals. Gasquet might force Berdych to work for a place in the last four, but the Frenchman will fall to his higher-ranked opponent. THIRD QUARTER SEEDS: RAFAEL NADAL , JANKO TIPSAREVIC  The last time Nadal suffered a defeat in
Monte Carlo, he was a mere teenager of 16. That alone should be sufficient to illustrate the task his rivals are faced with if they intend to snatch the crown from him. Having chosen to sit out the Miami Masters to rest his knees, the 26-year old will go into this tournament refreshed and should see off compatriot Fernando Verdasco easily in his opener. Janko Tipseravic or Gilles Simon await Nadal in the quarter-final after he beats 16th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber opponents the Manacor-born player should see off easily to set up a semi-final meeting with Murray. FOURTH QUARTER SEEDS: ANDY MURRAY , JO-WILFRIED TSONGA  Going into Monte Carlo hot on the heels of a win in Miami, Murray has spoken openly about wanting to do well on the clay court this year. The dangerous Stanislas Wawrinka is the Brit's first real challenge after second round opponent Robin Haase, but Murray should pull through for a quarter-final meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. After Tsonga, the world number two will have to put his money where his mouth is when he faces Nadal in the semi-finals. Murray's relatively bare clay court trophy cabinet is a clear sign of the odds stacked against him. Expect him to provide some resistance but ultimately crumble against the Spaniard. SEMI-FINALS DEL POTRO VS BERDYCH NADAL VS MURRAY FINAL DEL POTRO VS NADAL WINNER NADAL
NADAL REFUSES TO TALK ABOUT KNEE MONACO: Rafael Nadal will talk about almost anything except his knee injury as he bids to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the ninth straight time. The Spaniard has made an impressive return to the circuit after seven months out with a left knee injury, reaching the final of the four tournaments he's played in - winning three - and racing to a career best 17-1 start to the season. “A lot of talk about the knee for the last year, and I think it's not good to talk about that anymore. I'm here and competing and so I prefer to focus on the tennis,” the 26-year-old Nadal said Monday. “Talking (about) the knee every day doesn't help ... (whether) the knee is 50, 90, 80, 100 percent doesn't change the situation that I am going to be in.” As well as looking to continue his Monte Carlo winning streak, which stands at 42 matches, Nadal is aiming to extend his Masters record to 23 titles. Speaking to reporters ahead of his second-round match on Wednesday, Nadal was keen to turn his attention away from a long spell on the sidelines which caused him to miss the London Olympics. AGENCIES
Wednesday, 17 April, 2013
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wapda, Punjab share honours in National Cycling LAHORE: Wapda and Punjab shared honours on day two of the National Cycling Championship winning two events each here on Tuesday. Wapda won the individual road time trial and road scratch race as Punjab stamped their supremacy in the road team time trial and three kilometre team pursuit. Wapda's Shazia Mubarik led her side to gold in the individual road time trial in which MehwishIqbal of HEC took the silver followed by Romana Liaquat of Punjab. Wapda's riders continue to shine when Ayesha Amin won the road scratch race. Shazia Mubarik ofWapda finished second and Nimra of Punjab got the third place. Punjab halted Wapdas further advance by winning the road team time trial through its team comprising Romna, Alvina, Mariyum,Zonera, Rimra,Zartash . HEC team of Sidra, Mehwish, Maria, Asma and Asia won the silver medal and Wapda Team having Ayesha, Shahzia, Ghazala got the bronze medal. Punjabs team further frustrated the hopes of Wapda riders for winning another gold by taking the 3km team pursuit.Punjab Team comprised Romna, Alvina, ,Nimra,Nida HEC Team of Sidra,Mehwish, Maria, Asma won the silver medal and Wapda Team of Ayesha, Shahzia, Ghazalabagged the bronze medal. On Wednesday the final day, track events will be held at cycling velodrome . President, Pakistan Olympic Association, Lt Gen retd Syed Arif Hasan will be the chief guest on the occasion. STAFF REPORT
Scott grateful for Presidents Cup AUGUSTA AGENCIES
It may always play second fiddle to the Ryder Cup, but Masters champion Adam Scott has revealed the pivotal role the Presidents Cup has played in his career. Scott's game was in a rut when he received a captain's pick from his idol Greg Norman for the International Team in 2009, the Australian having missed the cut in three of the year's four majors. And although the United States won by five points in San Francisco and Scott claimed just one win, the 32-year-old
received a major confidence boost from Norman and team-mate Angel Cabrera - the man he beat in Sunday's play-off at Augusta. SCOTT PAYS TRIBuTE TO ‘INSPIRATIONAL’ NORMAN: Adam Scott paid tribute to Australian great Greg Norman after breaking his major duck, and that of his nation at the Masters. Scott saw off Angel Cabrera at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off at Augusta to win the 77th Masters and lay the ghost of Lytham last year, when he bogeyed the last four holes of the Open to lose by one stroke to Ernie Els. "I don't know how that happens," Scott said of
Sunday's dramatic finale. "It seems a long way away from last July when I was trying to win another major. "It fell my way today [Sunday], there was some luck there. It was incredible." SCOTT VICTORY REIGNITES ANCHOR PuTTER DEBATE: Adam Scott's Masters victory helped prevent one rules debate re-igniting, but it also brought another back to the top of the agenda for golf's governing bodies. Scott claimed his first major title with a birdie on the second hole of his play-off with 2009 champion Angel Cabrera, ending Australia's 77-year wait for a winner at Augusta.
No ‘what if’ for Woods after Masters miss AUGUSTA AGENCIES
World number one Tiger Woods refused to wonder "What if?" after coming up short in his bid for a fifth Masters title and first major victory since 2008 at Augusta. Woods carded a final round of 70 to finish in a tie for fourth, four shots outside the play-off contested by Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera. Four shots also happened to be the difference between a likely birdie on the parfive 15th in his second round and the eight he eventually ended up with, his approach hitting the pin and bouncing back into the water and ultimately leading to a two-shot penalty for taking an incorrect drop. "We could do that 'what if?' in every tournament we lose," the 37-year-old said.
"We lose more tournaments than we win out here on tour, so that's just part of the process and I'll go back to it." Asked if he thought about the penalty, Woods added: "No, not when I'm playing. Absolutely not. I got to focus on what I need to do, where I need to place the golf ball and shoot the lowest score I possibly could at that moment. "I thought 65 would win it outright today [Sunday]. I thought that was going to be the number and it looks like it was. If I would have shot my number, it might have been a different story. "I had a tough time getting accustomed to the speed of the greens, they were so much slower than yesterday. I left every putt short on the first eight holes. "I played well but unfortunately did not make enough putts and missed a few shots here and there. I had an opportunity today [Sunday]."
FRUSTRATED MCILROY BEMOANS COSTLY ERRORS AUGUSTA: Frustration was the overriding emotion for Rory McIlroy as his bid for a first Masters title ended on Sunday. The 23-year-old Northern Irishman carded a closing 69 at Augusta, 10 shots better than his third round, to finish the week two over par, meaning he has yet to finish better than 15th in five attempts. "I know I've played good enough golf here to win, it's just a matter of stringing it all together," McIlroy said. "I was in a good position and did not quite have it all yesterday [Saturday] and that really cost me. "You have to be right on your game for 72 holes here, I played a five-hole stretch in five over and that was really it. I played nicely again today [Sunday], if I just limit the mistakes from yesterday [Saturday] I am right there. AGENCIES
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Pagara-led grand alliance against PPP likely to end? KARACHI AFTAb CHANNA
HILE it is being assumed that the Pakistan Muslim LeagueFunctional (PML-F)-led ten party grand alliance will give a tough time to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the situation on the ground is changing, as the alliance is set to come to its end within a few days, Pakistan Today has learnt. Though millions of people of Sindh who look towards the Pir Pagara-led PMLF for a real change of faces, insiders opined the PML-F was under pressure from nationalists and was sidelining its own leaders. Interestingly, the Hurs and those engaged in provincial politics are being sidelined by the PML-F leadership and the move would not help the people see Pagara’s leadership as a PPP replacement. This attitude would also likely help the former rulers to secure majority in the upcoming elections. Nearly all political parties, excluding the ruling PPP and MQM, had gathered under the umbrella of PML-F to form an electoral alliance in Sindh to give a tough time to the PPP-led ruling coalition. The alliance, which consisted of 10 political parties, was to field joint candi-
dates to against the PPP and MQM. The grand alliance included PML-F, PML-N, JUI-F, JI, Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP), National People’s Party (NPP), Sindh United Party (SUP), Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STPP) and Awami Tehreek (AT). Interestingly, when Pakistan Today visited the Functional House of the PMLF on Wednesday, it was witnessed that old faces of the PML-F came out with long faces, as their devotion and sincerity was sidelined by the PML-F leadership. Insiders said two meetings were held at the Functional House that were attended by Hussain Mehnati of JI, Liaquat Jatoi, Saleem Zia and Nehal Hashmi of the PML-N, Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah and Zain Shah of Sindh United Party. Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah of SUP secured support for his seat from Jamshoro, however, he also succeeded in securing another seat of PS-27 Sakrand (district Shaheed Benazirabad), sidelining the PML-F leader Ghulam Irtaza alias Shahrukh Unar. PML-F sources said SUP leader Syed Jalal Mehmood Shah wanted to bring his close relative Syed Zain Shah from PS-27 Sakrand due to it being a stronghold of PML-F. However, PML-F leader Ghulam Irtaza alias Shahrukh was the most poten-
tial candidate as he had more than 8,000 votes of his tribe and 15,000 votes of PML-F die-heart supporters. Interestingly, PML-F President Syed Zahid Shah also attended the meeting to support Ghulam Irtaza Unar, however, Imtiaz Shaikh shut him up during the meeting, forcing him to leave the meeting. The senior leaders, who wished not to be named, told Pakistan Today that Yasir Shah, nephew of Pir Pagara, and Imtiaz Shaikh were also at loggerheads over distribution of party tickets. “This is why Yasir Shah avoided attending the meeting as he was in favour of fielding PML-F leaders on majority of seats, however, Imtiaz was trying to please nationalists to get popularity instead of providing the masses with replacement of PPP in shape of Pir Pagara-led leadership,” they said. It was noticed that the local leadership was also against the grand alliance with nationalist parties, as they feared the PML-F would lose its growing popularity. Furthermore, the sources said Pir Pagara had called an emergency meeting of all heads of the 10-party alliance today (Wednesday) to know about the future of the alliance and it was expected that the alliance would reach its end there.
Democracy at its best: Kith and kin grab a lion’s share of PML-N tickets ISLAMABAD TAYYAb HUSSAIN
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN), which trumpeted the mantra of fair play and judicious distribution of party tickets for the forthcoming general elections, has left all other political parties far behind in the race of injudicious distribution of tickets. The kith and kin of the PML-N leadership have grabbed a lion’s share in the distribution of party tickets for reserved and general seats. The Sharif family is leading the race and about 30 percent of tickets have been awarded to close relatives of the family. The party’s Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan, who is a senator himself, has managed two party tickets for his daughters for the reserved seats of the National and Sindh assemblies respectively. Another PML-N leader, Saad Rafique, who always talks about principles and democracy, has reportedly fought hard to gain a handsome share of party tickets for his family. He himself would contest from NA-125, while his younger brother Salman Rafique would contest for a Punjab Assembly seat. Another close relative of Saad has been accommodated on reserved seats for women. Saad’s wife Ghazala has also served as an MPA on a reserved seat in the previous term, while Salman was adviser to the chief minister on health. Another Leaguer, Jaffer Iqbal Gujjar, is not far behind Saad Rafiq, as he has also succeeded in winning four tickets for his family. His son Umer Jafar, daughter Zeb Jafar, sonin-law Faisal Iqbal and niece Maiza Hameed Gu-
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jjar have been awarded tickets for the upcoming elections. PML-N Chairman and Senator Raja Zafarul Haq’s niece was also awarded a ticket. The new entrant into the party’s fold, Amir Muqam, was rewarded for parting ways with the PML-Q and has been given two tickets, disappointing many aspirants who blame a few influentials in the party for the withdrawal of their names. Pervaiz Malik is contesting for a National Assembly seat from Lahore and his wife has been selected on a reserved seat for the National Assembly. Marvi Memon, who is contesting election on the general seat of PS-88 from Thatta, is also on the list of reserved seats Similarly, PML-N provincial leader Nehal Hashmi’s wife Faryal Rabab Hashmi was never seen in any activity of the party, but her name is in the priority list for women’s reserved seats. “Despite tall claims of bringing in new faces in the forthcoming elections, the PML-N kept its old tradition alive and only a handful of powerful big guns kept the ideological and loyal party workers at bay by once again winning a lion’s share in award of tickets for their families in the coming elections,” said Nayyar Sultana, a diehard party worker. “PML-N’s loyal leaders and workers – who stood beside the Sharif brothers in thick and thin and kept fighting the war for the party’s survival when their leadership left them in the lurch by settling themselves in Saudi Arabia –have been given a cold shoulder, and tickets have been awarded on the basis of nepotism, likes and dislikes,” she added. Despite repeated attempts, PML-N Information Secretary Mushahidullah Khan did not respond to Pakistan Today’s calls.