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Monday, 18 June, 2012 Rajab 27, 1433
ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/PESHAWAR StAff REPORt
vER since Saturday night, citizens across the country, especially in Punjab, have been subjected to the worst form of load shedding stretching up to four hours at a go. Coupled with intense June heat, prolonged power outages wreaked havoc with the people’s peace of mind and body throughout Saturday night and the entire stretch of Sunday. Generators were reported to have run out of fuel and back up power supply in the form of UPSs were said to have run out of steam in wait for the electricity to be restored, but no respite was attained. Several urban centers remained without power for up to 22 hours on Sunday, while reports from far flung areas said rural centers had
been provided electricity for a few hours in several days. to add to the continued misery of people, the National Electricity Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Sunday issued a notification announcing yet another increase in power tariff by Rs 1.98 per unit with effect from November 2012, again under the head of fuel adjustment. Angry citizens disregarded blistering heat and humidity on Sunday to register their protests out on the roads, violently in some areas. Residents across Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took to the streets, ransacking public installations and setting several vehicles on fire. Protestors in faisalabad blocked the main faisalabad-Samundari road against load shedding for several hours. Police resorted to tear gas firing to disperse the demonstrators, who retaliated with pelting stones at the force. the demonstrators said they had been facing 20 to 22 hours of electricity load shedding daily and did not even have drinking water. In Multan, traders protested against the prolonged power outages, chanting slogans against the government, burning tyres and blocking traffic. Demonstrations were also held in Chakwal, Jhelum and Attock, where traders and ordinary people took to the roads and raised slogans against power shortages. they lamented that they were not only forced to bear long hours of power breakdowns, but were even unable to get water
Angry protests recorded in all major cities across Punjab Citizens attack police station, MnA’s house in Chichawatni Power tariff increased by Rs 1.98 per unit Shortfall jumps to over 8,500MW
from tubewells and water supply units due to electricity being cut. People also staged a huge protest in Pakpattan and blocked the Multan-Kasur Road, jamming traffic for hours. A violent protest was held in Chichawatni, where people attacked the Saddar police station, set seven official motorcycles on fire and broke the gate of the station’s prison room. A private tv channel said seven prisoners fled taking advantage of the clash. Police later registered a case against 150 people for violent protests. the protestors also attacked the house and office of MNA Zahid Iqbal and damaged the property. Police had to resort to aerial firing to disperse the violent crowd. Continued on page 04
17 killed in fresh wave of violence in Karachi KARACHI STAff RePoRT
Violence once again gripped Karachi on Sunday as incidents of targeted killings claimed 17 lives and left scores of others injured. At least five people lost their life on Sunday in Quaidabad, Baldia town and Gulshan-e-Maymar. The body of an Awami National Party (ANP) activist identified as Liaquat Bangash was found in Rabia City near Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Jauhar area. Bangash was arrested a year back by Crime Investigation Department (CID). He had more than 12 cases registered against him and had been released just a few days ago. A man was killed in Karachi’s Baldia Town area during the wee hours of the day. Also, three persons lost their lives in Gadap Town late on Saturday night. Police said the three people had been kidnapped earlier and taken to Nagori Society near the superhighway where they were shot to death. The identities of those killed could not be identified until the filing of this report. Another man was killed in Lyari area within the limits of Docks police station when some unknown armed men opened indiscriminate fire on him. Two people suffered gunshot wounds in Old Haji Camp
area. One of the injured succumbed to his wounds while being shifted to a hospital for treatment. A body was found on Kalri Mirza Adam Khan Road within the limits of Kalri police station. A clash took place in Kemari’s Gulshan-e-Sikanderabad area which resulted in the death of one person. Police later arrested four suspects accused of being involved in the incident. An unidentified body of a woman was found in Khokhrapar area, while a man was killed in Arambagh area. Another man lost his life in firing in Allah Rakha Park area of Kharadar. Meanwhile, seven suspects riding motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire in Jamshed Quarters area of the city, killing a six-year-old boy and causing panic and fear in the area. Police reached the spot and arrested two suspects involved in the incident and recovered illegal firearms from them after a brief chase. An additional force of 500 policemen is been called from interior Sindh under a well-planned strategy to combat the rising crime, especially extortion, targeted killings and kidnapping for ransom in Karachi. The additional force has been deployed at various places in the city, while measures were being taken to strengthen the number of police personnel deployed at posts and pickets, particularly in old city trade centers.
KATHMANDU: A Nepalese riot policeman backs away from an activist’s torch during a protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Sunday. online
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Railways to execute 37 projects in upcoming year: Bilour
Zardari has repeated Musharraf’s mistake, says Imran Khan
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Fauzia Wahab passes away KARACHI AgeNcIeS
Pakistan People’s Party senior leader Fauzia Wahab passed away on Sunday after remaining unwell for over a month. Fauzia, 56, had undergone a gall bladder surgery but suffered serious post-operative complications, which proved fatal for the veteran politician. Her funeral prayers will be offered at Masjid Mubarak in Defence Phase-4, Sea View, in Karachi after Zohar on Monday. The PPP has announced 10-day mourning on the tragic demise of its senior leader. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow on Fauzia’s demise. In his condolence message, the president paid tribute to her services for the party saying she was a steadfast loyalist of the PPP who braved difficult situations. “Her services to the PPP will be long remembered. She died while fighting to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions,” Zardari said. The president also lauded her services as information secretary of the party. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif also expressed grief on Fauzia’s death and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Kohistan girls alive: KP information minister PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain on Sunday said the girls from Kohistan who were claimed to have been murdered in the name of honour were alive as the provincial government had found no evidence of their killings. Addressing a press conference, Hussain requested the Supreme Court to discharge the suo motu notice it had taken over the issue and sought directions for action against those who had made the allegations. He said parents and sister of one of the girls had recorded their statements in front of the fact-finding commission. Hussain said the commission had also recorded the statements of eight other locals and found no evidence in the entire hamlet of the girls having been murdered, adding that the video scandal was an attempt to disgrace the jirga system and Pakhtun traditions. INP
Seven terrorists killed in NWA bombing MIRANSHAH: Seven terrorists were killed and several of their hideouts destroyed in bombing by jet fighters in North Waziristan Agency on Sunday. Security sources said the terrorists were planning attacks and the security forces called in the aircraft for assistance. During the bombing by the aircraft, seven terrorists were killed and an unspecified number of others were injured. Several of their hideouts were also destroyed. INP
SIALKOt: People stand in a queue to buy petrol at a filling station on Sunday as an acute fuel shortage was observed following a decrease in prices of petroleum products. INP
Conspiracies against judiciary will come to light soon: Sherpao BUNER oNlINe
Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao (PPP-S) Chairman Aftab Ahman Khan Sherpao on Sunday said elements conspiring against the judiciary would be exposed soon. Addressing a public gathering in Buner, he said the recent crisis involving the judiciary was a national drama staged by elements with vested interests. He said an independent judicial system alone could guarantee a strong democracy which in turn could strengthen the fledgling institutions in the country. “Corrupt elements want to deprive the judiciary of its independence but we’ll not let anyone achieve his vicious goals,” he said, adding that the PPP-S always stood by a free and independent judiciary. About Afghanistan, Sherpao said Pakistan’s interest must be taken into account by the international community as it had been rendering sacrifices since the past 33 years. “The government must leave no stone unturned in protecting Pakistan’s interests in the region,” he demanded. He said Pakistan must evolve a comprehensive strategy in view of the Interna-
tional Security Assistance Forces’ pullout in 2014 to protect its national interest. Referring to development activities in Malakand, he said socalled protectors of Pakhtuns’ rights received funds worth billions but spent nothing to compensate the militancy- and flood-affected people of the area. Referring to the ANP government’s performance, Sherpao said, “Even they failed to force the federal government to pay its shares under the net hydel profit.”
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Govt buys electricity at Rs 25 per unit and sells at Rs 9: Kaira LALAMUSA
NFORMATION Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said the government was buying electricity at Rs 25 per unit from power producers but was selling it to the public at Rs 9 per unit. Addressing people after opening a shopping mall, Kaira said the government was aware of problems of the people after the rising shortfall of electricity. “We know that load shedding has made the lives of people difficult. Unemployment is on the rise and there is shortage of drinking water but unfortunately water level has receded in dams and electricity is not being generated as required.” He said in the situation demonstrations and protests by people were legiti-
mate. He dispelled rumours that China was ready to provide electricity to Pakistan at Rs 500 for a house and said it would require at least five years to set up poles between the two countries. Kaira said all resources were being utilised to end load shedding, adding that the PPP-led government had allocated Rs 422 billion in the 2012-13 budget to provide subsidy on electricity while in the previous fiscal year this amount was Rs 50 billion. The information minister said work on several energy projects including Bhasha Dam, Thar Coal, Neelam, Kohala and solar energy was in progress and the duration of load shedding would be reduced soon. He said the country was also facing the consequences of blocking NATO supplies. “If we clash with the superpower, the nation will have to face its fallout,” he added.
Resolution of issues between Pakistan, india to usher progress: Qamar HYDERABAD APP
Federal Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar on Sunday said economic progress could be ensured in the region if the issues pending between Pakistan and India were addressed. “Friendly relations with all neighbours are one of the planks of the government’s policy,” the minister said while talking to reporters in Asgharabad area of Tando Muhammad Khan. To a question the minister said the federal cabinet’s ministerial committee comprising Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Syed Khursheed Shah, Mola Bux Chandio and himself met all the stakeholders in Sindh to pursue peace in the province. “The concerned departments are investigating the attack on Mohabbat-e- Sindh (Love Sindh) rally in Karachi on May 22,” he said, adding that there was a need to end the perception of any divide between the urban
Zardari, Gilani on same page on new provinces: govt ISLAMABAD: A government spokesman on Sunday said the president and the prime minister were on the same page on creation of new provinces, and President Asif Zardari had sent a reference to the speaker of the National Assembly to constitute a commission required to submit a report within a month for the creation of provinces as per the resolution of the Punjab Assembly. The spokesman said that the issue of the Saraiki province would be resolved according to the constitution and also keeping in view the aspirations of the people of the southern Punjab region. STAff RePoRT
and rural Sindh. Talking about the rehabilitation of the irrigation infrastructure in Tando Muhammad Khan, the minister said work would be completed before the monsoon set in this year. He emphasized on the need for going ahead with the Zulfikarabad project that the province’s growing population required. “It is also very important from the investment point of view as well as to address the necessity of establishing planned cities,” he added. He dispelled the perceptions that the project would reduce the natives into a minority and would deprive Sindh of its coastal belt. Instead, he said, the project would usher prosperity in the area, create thousands of jobs for the people and contribute to overall economic progress of the province, while giving a new port to Sindh. Qamar said political groups who were opposed to the project needed to know that their concerns were unsubstantiated.
Attack on US outpost along Pak border worse than originally reported: report NEWS DESK A June 1 attack on a U.S. outpost near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border was much worse than originally disclosed by the military as insurgents pounded the base with a truck bomb, killing two Americans and seriously wounding about three dozen troops, officials acknowledged Saturday. The blast flattened the dining hall and post exchange at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost province, a frequent target of insurgents in the past. Five Afghan civilians were killed and more than 100 other U.S. troops were treated for minor injuries. U.S. officials estimated that the truck was carrying 1,500 pounds of explosives. U.S. and Afghan military officials said they killed 14 insurgents, many of
whom were wearing suicide vests. The scale of the attack and the extent of the U.S. casualties’ contrast with the official description presented by coalition forces on the day of the assault. In a clipped, one-paragraph news release on June 1, the military said U.S. and Afghan forces “successfully repelled the attack and secured the base.” The statement did not report any casualties, nor that there was a truck bomb. “It was a very huge explosion,” said Daoud Khan Makeen, head of the provincial council in Khost. He said that houses as far as two miles away were damaged in the blast and that 20 Afghans were wounded, many of them by collapsed buildings. Although the public was kept in the dark about the details, Obama adminis-
tration officials seized on the incident afterward as the latest example of how Pakistan is allowing insurgents to use its territory to plan attacks, causing another international row between Washington and Islamabad, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. U.S. officials also blamed Pakistan for not taking stronger action against the Haqqani network, which they said was responsible for organizing and carrying out the attack. Citing the attack on Salerno and pent-up frustration over years of similar assaults, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta harshly criticized Pakistan for failing to crack down on the Haqqanis. “We are reaching the limits of our patience,” he said June 7 while in Kabul, a day after he slammed Pakistan as an untrustworthy partner during a visit to its
archenemy, India. “Secretary Panetta — along with other senior U.S. officials — has had serious long-standing concerns about the Haqqanis,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said. “Of course he was disturbed by this recent attack, which reinforced the fact that even more intense pressure needs to be applied against the network.” The official said most of the 100 service members who suffered minor injuries returned to duty that same day. U.S. officials said Saturday that an American contractor also later died of wounds suffered in the attack, but they declined to provide an identification. U.S. officials said they were assessing security at Salerno in the aftermath of the truck bombing. Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings, a U.S. military spokesman in
Kabul, said that at all coalition bases, from the headquarters in Kabul to the smallest combat outpost, “protection is taken very seriously.” Salerno is a relatively large base in the mountains near the Pakistani border, named after the town where Allied troops made amphibious landings during their 1943 invasion of the Italian mainland during World War II. The Haqqanis have repeatedly tried to overrun the Salerno base in recent years, and it is a frequent target of rocket attacks. In August 2008, insurgents were beaten back during an assault on the camp’s perimeter that lasted two days. Two years later, about three dozen Haqqani fighters were killed during a similar attack on Salerno and a nearby installation, Forward Operating Base Chapman.
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fAISAlABAD: A motorcyclist makes his way through burning tyres as angry citizens blocked the main Samundri road to protest against prolonged electricity load shedding on Sunday. online
israeli soldier on ‘solidarity’ hunger strike JERUSALEM AfP
An Israeli soldier who has refused to serve in the Palestinian territories has gone on hunger strike in a military prison in solidarity with Palestinian administrative detainees, a report said on Sunday. The 31-year-old army reservist, Yaniv Mazor, was jailed for 20 days last week for refusing to take part in army duties in protest at Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, Haaretz newspaper said on its website. The day after his incarceration Mazor went on hunger strike, it said, adding he had stressed through his lawyer the protest was not to highlight his own situation but in solidarity with Palestinians held in administrative detention. Some 1,550 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel ended a mass hunger strike on May 14 in exchange for a package of measures which would allow visits from relatives in Gaza and the transfer of detainees out of solitary confinement.
Salman likely to be new Saudi heir as Nayef buried MAKKAH
EFENCE Minister Prince Salman appears poised to become the new heir apparent as Saudi Arabia buried crown prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz amid worldwide condolences on Sunday. Prince Nayef’s body arrived in Jeddah on board a Saudi aircraft from Geneva, television footage showed. “Crown Prince Nayef devoted his life to promoting the security of Saudi Arabia,” said UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon, while US President Barack Obama praised his cooperation in the fight against terror that “saved countless American and Saudi lives.” French President Francois Hollande said his country had lost a “friend” and the president
of the Swiss Confederation, where Nayef died, offered Bern’s “deepest condolences.” The 79-year-old died of “cardiac problems” at his brother’s residence in Geneva, a medical source in the city who asked not to be identified said. Nayef’s death, just eight months after he replaced his late brother Sultan as crown prince, raises the issue of succession because of the advanced age of the first line of apparent heirs, in a time of turmoil rocking the Arab world. King Abdullah himself is 88 and ailing, and nobody is officially in line to replace Nayef. His brother Prince Salman, 76, who took the defence portfolio after Sultan’s death, appears to be a strong candidate. “Prince Salman is the most likely successor,” Saudi political scientist Khaled al-Dakheel said. “All expectations point to Prince Salman to succeed
Prince Nayef for his experience in administration, security and politics,” agreed Anwar Eshqi, head of the Jeddah-based Middle East Centre for Strategic Studies. And Jane Kinninmont, a senior research fellow for the Middle East and North Africa at London’s Chatham House, said Salman is “generally assumed to be the next in line.”
load shedding turns up the heat Continued fRoM page 1 In Gujrat, protesters blocked the GT Road to protest against load shedding, while similar demos were held in Muridke and Kamonki as well. Protests were also recorded in Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and adjoining towns. Report from Miranshah said North Waziristan had been without electricity for the past three days. Locals quoted WAPDA officials as saying that the supply line for the agency had been disconnected from Islamabad. In Peshawar, people
were forced to simmer in blistering heat for up to 16 hours on Sunday. Some areas were reported to have been without power for at least seven hours at a stretch. A resident of University Town said power cuts “are long and it gets very difficult for us to bear the hot weather. When there is electricity, the voltage is so low that air conditioners and air coolers do not work”. More than 20 hours of load shedding was reported in several districts of KP. Swabi was said to have been without power supply since
Saturday night. The situation was not much different Buner, Mardan and Malakand. Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) Director General Ijaz Qureshi said the ministries of finance and petroleum were equally responsible along with the company for power outages. He said the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) had already warned the government that if the power crisis was not resolved, the electricity supply system would be rendered paralyzed in the
next few days. Officials said the demand for power had reached 18,396MW against generation of 10,421MW. Officials in the Ministry of Water and Power said required fuel and gas were not being provided to power houses, therefore, the generation of electricity had reduced. Taking notice of the situation, President Asif Ali Zardari directed Water and Power Minister Ahmed Mukhtar to immediately take measures and resolve the issue.
In 2006 the Saudi monarch established the allegiance council, a body of around 35 senior princes, as a new succession mechanism whose long-term aim was to choose the crown prince. But the new commission had not been activated when Nayef was chosen as crown prince, according to Dakheel, who argued that naming his
successor is a chance to bring the new body into play. The royal decree that established the council postponed its use until after Abdullah’s death. “This is a chance to activate the allegiance council system... which provides a legal foundation for a peaceful power transfer within the family and leaves no room for surprises. This is important for state stability,” Dakheel said. Kinninmont argued that the choosing the second in line to the throne, which is “likely to be signified informally by the title of second deputy prime minister, is more challenging.” King Abdullah did not name a second deputy PM after Nayef was promoted to first deputy after Sultan’s death. Nayef was the middle prince of the Sudairi Seven, the formidable bloc of sons of King Abdul Aziz by a favourite wife, Princess Hassa al-Sudairi.
Mubasher Lucman, an anchor of Dunya News who was recently caught in a controversy with colleague Meher Bukhari for conducting a “planted” interview of real estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain, has announced that he is “back” and would continue hosting his show. Posting on social networking website Twitter, Lucman said he would answer all accusations against him. He said in his tweets, “Hello everyone. I would like to thank all of you for being patient. Even those who posted abuses about me. I am back. And here to Stay.” “I will Inshallah do my show on Dunya TV and give an answer to all accusations and hopefully you will appreciate that,” he said in another tweet. “It will be better if those of you who are bent on abusing and using abusive language please go off my timeline or I will block you.” “Tonight is Shab-e-Miraj and I pray that Allah forgive all of R sins and bless this country and give courage to all 2 express without abusing,” Lucman added. “I am sure a lot of people will be shocked who had spread rumors that I had run away to UK to avoid an inquiry. Well I am here-“ “Sh Waqas is a liar and must swear on Quran his accusation is true or shut up. I showed his fake degree so he tried to get even with me.”
china’s first female astronaut watching down on country NEWS DESK As a child Liu Yang’s earliest ambition was to be a bus conductor, so she could get to travel on the bus every day. Now she finds herself travelling at several times the speed of sound aboard a Long March rocket. Liu Yang, a pilot in the People’s Liberation Army, has made history by becoming the first Chinese woman to go into space. The 33-year-old is among
the three-member crew of the Shenzhou 9 mission, the latest step in China’s increasingly ambitious space program. The Shenzhou 9 mission, which blasted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the remote north-west of China on Saturday, is a crucial test for China’s rapidly-evolving space program. The 10-day mission will see the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft perform the first manned docking with the Tiangong-1 space lab, a vital step towards China’s ambition
to have a working space station by 2020. But it was the presence of Major Liu among the threemember crew that dominated the build-up to the launch, the fourth manned mission China has sent into space since its first in 2003. Formally introduced to the Chinese people at a televised press conference on Friday, Major Liu has become China’s newest national heroine. She is the top subject of discussion on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.
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Shujaat wants commission to probe Arsalan scandal ISLAMABAD NNI
PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain has said that a commission should be set up to conduct an inquiry into the Arsalan Iftikhar case. Talking to reporters, Shujaat said the commission should conduct its proceedings in an open court and there should be no ban on anyone’s entry. He said some elements were giving the impression that there was something going on between Malik Riaz and the judiciary, adding that Malik Riaz’s producing evidence against one man did not mean it was a conspiracy by the government. Shujaat said some people were continuously indulging in one-sided propaganda to create the impression that there was confrontation between institutions instead of persons.
Zardari has repeated musharraf’s mistake, says imran Khan
fAISAlABAD: Youths bathe in the canal as the temperature soared to over 45 degrees centigrade on Sunday. inP
Shahbaz’s participation in power protests reflects people’s sentiments: Nawaz MURREE PARIS oNlINe
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said President Asif Ali Zardari has repeated the same mistake that was made by former president Pervez Musharraf. Addressing a charity dinner in Paris, Khan said, “If I get the government’s command, I will make the Police Department independent of the Interior Ministry so that no politician could get his favourite police official deployed to torture the public,” Khan said. He said the PTI would stand by and save the judiciary at all costs.
AKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif has said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had expressed the sentiments of the public by participating in protests against electricity load shedding. Nawaz was presiding over a meeting on Sunday that reviewed the development programmes in Punjab. Shahbaz Sharif briefed the meeting about provincial development programmes and other schemes. He said record allocations had been
made for education, health and communication sectors. He said development projects would be implemented on fast track basis. The meeting was attended by Ishaq Dar, Parvez Rashid, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Ahsan Iqbal, Captain Muhammad Safdar and Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah. Nawaz said backward areas should be given priority in the development programme in order to bring them at par with developed areas and the fruits of development could be filtered to the poor. He said load shedding crisis had turned into a dangerous situation and it had become impossible for the people to perform their daily affairs in scorching heat.
tribesmen mourn as bomb toll rises
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Tribesmen in Khyber Agency mourned Sunday as the death toll from a bomb attack climbed to 29 after four blast victims died overnight in hospitals, officials said. Private markets and all bazaars remained closed as
local tribesmen held funerals to bury the dead in different parts of Khyber tribal district along the Afghan border, witnesses said. “Four more critically injured died in hospitals overnight. The whole town is closed to mourn the deaths,” Raseed Khan, a local government official, told AFP. A car bomb ripped through a market area in the main bazaar of Landi Kotal in Khyber tribal district on Saturday, initially killing 25 people including three children, officials said, adding that more than 50 people were injured. Prayers were held for the dead late Saturday and Sunday, with tribal police and paramilitary providing tight security, local officials and witnesses said. Another bomb targeting a police van killed six officers and one civilian in Kohat late Saturday, police said. Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan in a telephone call to AFP claimed responsibility for the attack on police but disowned the bazaar blast. The Pakistani Taliban do not usually claim responsibility for attacks, most of which cause civilian deaths. In the last five years attacks blamed on Islamist bombers have killed more than 5,000 people in Pakistan according to an AFP tally. US officials consider the country’s semi-autonomous tribal belt a safe haven for Al-Qaeda and insurgents fighting both in Pakistan and across the border in Afghanistan.
new tax slabs approved by parliament released ISLAMABAD oNlINe
New tax slabs approved by parliament have come to the surface, stating that civil, military, federal and provincial government servants who have no income from any other sources will not be charged any tax if their annual income amounts to Rs 400,000 or less. Similarly those, who have an annual income of over Rs 400,000 and less than Rs 750,000 will be charged five percent income tax. All people who receive an annual income of over Rs 750,000 and less than Rs 1,500,000 will be charged an income tax of Rs 17,000 and 10 percent income tax on income above Rs 750,000. Individuals who earn Rs 1.5 million and less than Rs 2 million will have to pay Rs 92,500 as tax in addition to 15 percent
of their income above Rs 1,500,000. Moreover, Rs 67,500 will be charged on account of income tax from the individuals who have an annual income over Rs 2 million and Rs 2,500,000 in addition to the 17.5 percent income tax on their income of above Rs 2 million. Those with annual income amounting to Rs 2,500,000 and above will be charged Rs 420,000 as tax, while all income above Rs 2,500,000 will be charged an income tax rate of 20 percent. Though collection, in accordance with the new rates of customs duty, sales tax and federal excise duty has been started from June 1, 2012, however, Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Mumtaz Haider Rizvi and member In-land Revenue Shahid Hussain Syed have decided to start collecting advance income tax from manufacturers with effect from July 1, 2012.
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National interest supreme but govt can’t confront NATO: Kausar PESHAWAR
H Y B E R Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar on Sunday said the decision of restoration of NATO supply would be taken keeping in view national interests, however, the country could not afford a confrontation with NATO. “Pakistan can’t stay alone in the international community and the decision of the supply restoration will be taken in the light of national interest,” he said while talking to reporters after enquiring after the health of the Landi Kotal bomb blast victims at Hayatabad Medical Complex. More than 25 people were killed and 50 others injured in a bomb blast
Pakistan rangers to hold talks with bSf in delhi on July 1 NEW DELHI INP
The chiefs of Pakistan Rangers and the Indian Border Security Force will meet here next month to thrash out a host of issues, including the recent incidents of firing along the IndoPak border. The five-day director general (DG)-level talks, beginning July 1, are being held for the first time in Delhi. Earlier, venues for talks between the two forces manning key frontiers on their respective sides have been held at places like Jalandhar, Amritsar and Chandigarh. The 20-member Indian BSF delegation will be led by its Director General UK Bansal while the Pakistani delegation will be headed by Pakistan Rangers chief Major General Rizwan Akhtar. Both the sides will discuss issues related to the border areas which include trans-border crime, smuggling of fake currency and narcotics with a special focus on regular ceasefire violation instances along the International Border (IB). The meeting will also discuss the issues of the Jammu and Punjab areas which are being dealt by the two forces. “This is the first time the Pakistan Rangers delegation is coming to Delhi. They will be hosted for talks at the force headquarters here,” a senior BSF official said. Both forces have a tradition of holding biannual talks, with each side visiting the other country once a year. Regular flag meetings are held by local commanders on a need and emergency basis. Establishing a hotline between the force commanders will also be discussed at the meet.
on Saturday. Kausar assured the victims that the government would ensure provision of best treatment to them and no effort would be spared to make their early recovery possible. “This indeed was not a normal incident rather a very shocking and tragic act of terrorism which has grieved every sensible citizen,” he said. The governor said the Akakhel tribe had played a vital role in the war against militants and the bomb blast was retaliation by the militants. He said the government had attained a lot of success in the Tribal Areas and restored the government’s writ in several agencies. However, there were still some areas where the government was yet to restore its writ.
indians find ‘drone’ along indo-Pak border in Jammu JAMMU NNI
A security alert was sounded after a “spy plane”, said to be a high-tech drone, was recovered from a field along the Indo-Pak international border in Akhnoor tehsil in the outskirts of Jammu in the Indian-held Kashmir. “The residents of Nandwal village in Khour sector near the Indo-Pak border found the aircraft lying in the fields and informed the police,” sources said. Police rushed to the spot and seized the six-feet long drone having a high frequency camera fitted to it. “During investigations, police also found some pictures of army troops, bunkers and the topography of the location, captured by the camera fitted to the plane,” the sources added. The matter has been brought to the notice of the army, the sources said, adding that the matter was being probed by the police and army.
DeRA gHAZI KHAN: People run to extinguish a fire that engulfed houses in a residential area on Sunday. online
Bangladesh jails 611 soldiers for 2009 mutiny DHAKA AfP
A Bangladesh court jailed 611 border guards for their role in a bloody 2009 military mutiny, bringing the total number of soldiers imprisoned for the unrest to more than 4,000, a prosecutor said. Scores of senior army officers were killed during an uprising that began when soldiers at the Bangladeshi Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the capital Dhaka went on a killing spree, later dumping the bodies in sewers and shallow graves. A special military court in Dhaka on Saturday found 611 border guards from the force’s 13th battalion guilty of joining the mutiny, state prosecutor Manjur
Alam said. “Of the 621 soldiers charged, 10 were acquitted and 611 were handed out prison terms starting from four months to seven years. At least 55 soldiers were sentenced to maximum seven years in jail,” Alam told AFP. The mutiny spread from Dhaka to BDR posts across the country, with thousands of guards taking up arms against their commanding officers in the worst military rebellion in Bangladesh’s history. Dozens of special courts — run by the military using a mix of martial and civilian law — were set up to prosecute mutineers, with the first verdict, convicting 29 soldiers, being handed down in April 2010. More than 4,000 BDR soldiers
have now been convicted, Alam said, in what prosecutors say is the biggest case in the country’s history. The courts headed by military officers do not allow defendants to have lawyers and there is no right of appeal. Seven years in jail is the maximum penalty they can impose. The BDR has since changed its name to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in an effort to distance itself from the mutiny. Soldiers accused of more serious offences — including murder — are being tried separately in civilian courts and could face the death penalty if convicted. “Of the 611 soldiers convicted on Saturday, 135 soldiers face murder charges and are being tried separately,” said Alam.
Gilani, Kayani attend Nayef’s funeral
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani attended the funeral of Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al Saud in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. Prior his departure, Gilani said that he will condole with Saudi King Abdullah and the family of the deceased.
He said the late Crown Prince had made tremendous contribution for enhancing the relationships between the two countries. The half brother of King Abdullah and the long-serving interior minister died on Saturday at the age of 79. Nayef, interior minister since 1975, was the heir to Saudi King Abdullah and was appointed crown prince in October after the death of his elder brother and predecessor in the role, Crown Prince Sultan.
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railways to execute 37 projects in upcoming year: bilour RAWALPINDI APP
ISlAMABAD: A view of old Murree Road in Rawal Dam. STAFF PhoTo
‘NEW ISLAMABAD AIRPORT’
Rs11b irregularities detected in project ISLAMABAD
HE under-construction New Islamabad Airport likely to open next year has come across the gloomy situation as the federal audit authorities have detected the irregularities worth Rs11.028 billion in project’s execution. According to a report of Auditor General of Pakistan, the account assessors have detected the financial mismanagement worth Rs1.076 billion, mis-procurement valuing of Rs8.309 billion, anomalies worth Rs1.44 million in construction work and mismanagement of assets worth Rs226.991 million during 2006-11. Being constructed over yet-available 3285 acres of land in Fateh Jang area, the project was kicked off in 2007. The airport named after Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, would replace the existing overloaded Chaklala Airport and would be equipped to han-
dle all types of aircraft including the new generation aircraft such as the Airbus A-380. The airport will have a 180,000mý modular terminal building which will initially be able to handle nine million passengers a year and will also have two 4,000m-long category-F runways. According to the corruption detectives, the Civil Aviation Authority had awarded a contract `Landside Infrastructure’ Package-8 to a joint venture M/s LTH (Lagan-Technical Associate-Habib Construction) at cost of Rs6.852 billion without prequalification. The firm was also 70pc behind of the schedule for already awarded work of package-1while another joint venture of a Chinese firm and local company was not pre-qualified despite securing 78 marks on the ground of lagging behind the schedule of work already awarded to them. The CAA awarded a `cut and fill earthwork’ to a company in violation of the set criteria allowing the com-
pensation for excavation and separate payment for establishment of embankment from runway excavation resulting into loss of Rs998.008 million. According to the report, the CAA split the construction work of runway, taxiway, parking, roads and bridges into two packages despite pre-qualifying firms to execute work in single package that cost Rs412.590 million higher. An over payment of Rs212.596 million was detected made separately to a contractor for transportation of excavated material, though the cost of the work was already included in the main work. The CAA had hired an Estate Agent to complete purchase of 355 kanals of land valuing Rs168.625 million within 30 days till December 12, 2006 or pay total cost plus 20 percent cost of land if he failed to transfer land to Authority. The CAA released Rs139.375 million to agent who failed to take possession despite paying money to people. The contractor did not
pay back Rs167.250 million containing total paid amount and 20 percent of cost to CAA. According to the auditors, three contractors for different works failed to complete their assignments within stipulated time but neither the extension was granted nor the delayed completion compensation for Rs697.955 million was recovered from the contractors. Other audit observations included excess payment of Rs431 million due to less consumption of bitumen, irregular payment of Rs73.720 million for setting up engineers’ office, excess expenditure for hiring excess staff worth Rs23.52 million and loss of Rs73.31 million for accepting the insurance of the company other than National Insurance Company. The AGP observed that most irregularities were due to improper consultancy services, proper monitoring and weak internal controls, advising the Authority to overcome all these deficiencies.
Ministry of Railways will spend around Rs 22.8 billion to execute 37 projects for rehabilitation of its infrastructure and reinvigorating services in the fiscal year 2012-13, making the organization a profit-earning entity. “During the year 2012-13, the priority will be given to the procurement of new locomotives as the railways is currently facing shortage of around 500 locomotives,” Federal Minister for Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour told APP on Sunday. He said the government has allocated Rs 2.5 billion for procurement of around 200 locomotives to help bridge the shortfall of engines, particularly for freight services, adding that Rs 1 billion will be spent on special repair of 150 locomotives. Second priority, Bilour said, would be the rehabilitation and doubling of railway tracks for which Rs3.8 billion have been earmarked in the next financial year. “The ministry will spend Rs1.5 billion for doubling of Khanewal-Raiwind track, Rs638 million on doubling of track from Lodhran to Khanewal, Rs300 million on Shahdara-Lalamusa track and Rs 217 million on Shahdara-Faisalabad.” He said the Ministry was still trying to recover the damage done to the railways’ assets in the incidents in 2007 and 2010 floods, adding “Rs800 million and Rs250 million have been earmarked respectively to repair the damaged infrastructure.” However, he said major chunk of the budget would be spent on the procurement and manufacturing of 202 passenger coaches of latest design from China. Bilour said the Ministry will launch a pilot project for mechanization of track maintenance system besides rehabilitation and conversion of 400 coaches at a cost of Rs116 million.
Pbm spends rs 204m to ensure rehabilitation of poor ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Baitul Maal (PBM) has spent around 204 million on its two programmes to ensure rehabilitation of poor and deserving persons of the society during this year. Of the total, the PBM spent Rs. 185.31 million on its Langer Programme and provided ration bags to those affected by natural disasters such as floods. The other programme was Institutional Rehabilitation through NGOs under which PBM disbursed an amount of Rs 24.383 million during the period. A senior official at PBM on Sunday said the organization provides grant-in-aid to registered non-governmental organization (NGOs) for their projects, aimed at institutional rehabilitation of poor and deserving persons. The organization has so far released Rs 610 million for construction of modern Jinnah Burn and Reconstructive Surgery Centre, Lahore, out of which Rs 350 million have been released up to February this year. APP
PHA directed to consider ‘cost-benefit analysis’ of projects ISLAMABAD STAff RePoRT
Federal Minister for Housing and Works Makhdom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat chaired a meeting regarding Pakistan Housing Authority (PHA) here on Saturday. PHA Deputy Managing Director Imran Afzal Cheema and Director Engineering Farooq Sherwani were present in the meeting. While directing them to take into account the “cost-benefit analysis” of every project, the minister stated: “there is a
need to calculate the financial implications of Carlton Hotel and Sector I-16 in Karachi and Islamabad respectively”. Carlton Hotel Karachi is 4 Star Hotel having around 80 rooms close to Karachi Defence Golf club. The hotel is a major achievement of PHA; likewise it has launched a housing project at I-16 Islamabad for low paid federal government employees (BPS 1 to 16) and general public including overseas Pakistanis under the Prime Minister Housing Scheme. The minister said the “apartments will be D (1095 sqft) and E (869 sqft) type which will be available on easy in-
stallments for government, semi-government employees, overseas Pakistanis and general public”. He said: “the apartments will have earthquake resistance and will have all facilities like schools, hospitals, shopping plaza, playgrounds and parks”. The minister focused that there was a need for professional and proficient persons in the field, removal of irregularities, timely allotment to low paid employees, speed up the work of standstill projects. He stressed it was high time for the hosing ministry to “become a facilitator
from provider” by removing bottlenecks and expediting the implementation process. To ensure provision of affordable housing with special emphasize on housing for low income groups. He was of the view that “PHA should support other cities to generate economic growth and develop integrated development strategies to narrow the housing demand and supply for government employees and general public”. Sector I-16 is the part of prime minister’s announcement of housing scheme for one million people across the country, back in 2008, with following objec-
tives: to provide housing to poor and needy people, to provide affordable housing to middle class and lower middle class on easy installment financial plan, to provide housing to the government employees on or before retirement and to reduce the yawning gap between the supply and demand of housing units. The meeting was intended to take effective measures to make the department efficient and helpful in developing modern community living with all the comforts and amenities of the 21th century at an affordable cost for the middle and low income groups.
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RCB urges residents to use water judiciously
24 lawbreakers held, 117 bottles of liquor recovered RAWALPINDI APP
Rawalpindi police in its crackdowns against anti-social elements in the city have arrested 24 lawbreakers and recovered illegal weapons, drugs, fireworks items and liquor. According to spokesman of Rawalpindi Police, 3326 grams charras, 810 grams heroin, 117 bottles of liquor, two pistols 30 bore with seven rounds, one revolver 32 bore with four rounds,300 fire crackers with other items of fire works were recovered from the possession of arrested persons.
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Rawalpindi City Police have arrested 15 gamblers with stake money and gadgets used for gambling. According to details, Waris Khan police acting on a tip-off about gambling, conducted a raid in Bhabhara Bazaar and arrested Naseer, Sheraz, Afzal,Siddique, Zubair, Waseem, Arshad, Yousaf, Safian, Qamar, Khan Muhammad, Yasir, Waseem and Afzal red handed while playing gambling on ‘Parchi’ gambling. Stake money of Rs 35000 along with other items were recovered. Meanwhile, in another raid conducted in Awan Colony, Peerwadhai police arrested an accused namely Shahbaz for his involvement in Parchi gambling. Police recovered Rs 1275 stake money. Cases against all the accused has been registered.
AWALPINDI Cantonment Board (RCB) has urged the residents to use water judiciously in their daily routine to avoid shortage in the coming days with a warning to take actions against lavish users. Additional Cantonment Executive Officer (ACEO) Shakeel Jappa told APP that all out efforts are being made to meet the water demand of the residents of Cantonment areas. Action in accordance with the law would be taken against those who waste water on washing cars, gardening and other chores, however, those who will not avoid lavish use of water, the board will cancel their connections. RCB is also taking action against those who have illegal water connections. To a question he said that RCB has been effectively pursuing its plan to avert water shortage and ensure steady water supply to the residents. RCB under its campaign launched to check and disconnect illegal water connections from its areas has disconnected more than 5000 illegal water connections. Most of the illegal water connections have been disconnected, he said adding the residents have been warned that stern action would be taken with imposition of heavy fines against those who would be found indulge in any such practice in future. Special teams were deployed to check illegal connections, he added. He said, nearly 15 percent water connections in RCB areas were illegal and the residents were given a grace period of three months for the regularization of their connections. He said the RCB is receiving 7.4 million gallon water per day (MGD) from Khanpur Dam and five MGD from its 53 tubewells against the daily need of 19 MGD. The RCB has to supply water through water pumps and tubewells also, he added. He said due to heavy electricity loadshedding, the generators were also used to supply water to the residents. RCB gEARS uP ANTI-DENguE CAMPAIgN To AvERT DISEASE: Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has geared up the anti-dengue campaign to fight against the killer disease said Additional Cantonment Executive Officer (ACEO)
Shakeel Anwar Jappa. Talking to APP he said that the first round of anti-dengue spray covering all main areas of RCB particularly adjacent areas of Nullahs was completed while the second round has been started. He informed that a new heavy duty Aerosol Generation at a cost of Rs 1.8 million was purchased this year which is environment friendly as water is used with chemical for the spray against dengue. He said fogging activities are also being carried out in different areas of RCB. He informed that new fogging machines were purchased last year and now RCB has sufficient equipments for fumigation and fogging activities. To a question he said that to raise awareness among the cantonment residents, banners explaining precautionary measures, have been put up while pamphlets would also be distributed. He informed that an adequate stock of the ‘relevant’ medicine is being made available and will be used in anti-mosquito sprays through hand pumps and fumigation machines. As far as treatment facilities are concerned, he said a special ward with all facilities has been set up at the Cantonment Board Hospital for dengue related emergencies. A comprehensive action plan has also been approved to prevent dengue virus in cantonment area. According to the plan, this year more aggressive approach would be adopted to cope with the situation and to fight against the dengue virus more effectively. Under the special instructions of Station Commander and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cantonment Board, special steps would be taken to control the dengue especially in cantonment area. He said that all possible precautionary measures to control the dengue virus would be taken. Campaign to conduct anti-dengue spray round in all cantonment areas has been started which will continue till the threat of the disease is over. Shakeel Anwar Jappa said that as many as a large number of tyres have also been confiscated and tyre shops were imposed fines with warning that uncovered and unpacked tyres, new and used, should not be displayed.
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Please join us this thursday, 10 may 2012 for mohsin Shafi's first Solo Show at Khaas Art Gallery at 5:00 p.m onwards. do spread the word and bring your friends to meet the artist in person and see his work.
exhibition of Pottery by ShehereZAde AlAm on tuesday 8 may, 2012 the exhibition will countinue till 24 June, 2012 closed friday, Saturday & Public holidays
our drumming circle is a (free!) ongoing event and is held every friday from 5pm to 6pm We are having a great time, and want to share the good time with you! our drumming circle has children ...
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Islamabad 09 Kids should not consume more than 4g of salt a day ISLAMABAD APP
ISlAMABAD: A person while crossing a fence at faisal Avenue near Zero Point openly violates the law which may also cause a serious mishap STAFF PhoTo
Saudi crown Prince’s death condoled ISLAMABAD APP
Senate Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and Deputy Chairman Sabir Ali Baloch have expressed their sorrow and grief over the demise of Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. In their condolence messages on Sunday, they prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and courage for the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss with patience. Meanwhile, Leader of the House Jehangir Badar and Leader of the opposition in the Senate Mohammad Ishaq Dar, member of the Senate Defence Committee Mrs Sehar Kamran also condoled the death of Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz. Meanwhile, Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari and Deputy Chairman Senate Sabir Ali Baloch on Sunday condemned the bomb blast at Landikotal in Khyber Agency, resulting into killing of precious lives. In separate messages, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate, Leader of the House Jehangir Badar, Leader of opposition in the Senate Mohammad Ishaq Dar and Member of Senate Defence Committee Mrs Sehar Kamran expressed sorrow over the loss of lives. They prayed for the departed souls to rest in peace and prayed for the early recovery of the injured.
‘Malaysia to cooperate in promoting tourism’ RAWALPINDI
HE Malaysian government has expressed its keen interest to cooperate with Pakistan in promoting the tourism sector which has immense potential to attract domestic and foreign tourists. Addressing a news conference in Naran, Managing Director of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Mir Shahjahan Khetran said that “Malaysian Minister for Commerce and Tourism will soon visit Pakistan to finalize terms of engagements.” Malaysia is among the world’s top ten countries in terms of foreign currency earning from tourism sector. “We have the world’s most beautiful locations, mountains and deserts which are needed to be developed for attracting more domestic and foreign tourists and we are doing this with the government support”, he said. Khetran said PTDC has established its hotels, motels, and restaurants at 40 tourist spots throughout the country especially in Chitral Valley, Bamburate, Booni and Mastuj offering quality accommodation and meals services for Pakistani and foreign tourists. He said PTDC is also offering spe-
cial discounted tour Packages and its transport and accommodation facility for families and students so that they can enjoy natural beauty, diverse culture and rich heritage of their own beloved country. The MD said Naran, Swat, Ayubia, Gilgit, Skardu and other popular destinations of KPK and Gilgit- Baltistan are attracting a large number of tourists in the months of June, July and August. He said around 18 tourist information centers are functioning at Abbotabad, Bahawalpur, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Moenjodaro, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Saidu Sharif, Skardu, Thatta and Taxila to facilitate the tourists. Motels at Balakot, Naran, Kalash Valley, Moenjodaro, Besham, Chitral, Taxilla, Wagah Border Lahore, Skardu and others places are offering best facilities to visitors . Khetran said Pakistan is an important and attractive tourist destination for foreigners due to its heritage, spiritual places, historical architecture, picturesque landscape beauty of mountains, lakes, rivers and natural beauty. He also sought media help to dispel negative propaganda against Pakistan. “Foreign media and a neighboring country are indulged in
negative propaganda against Pakistan and it is prime responsibility of local media to counter it in an effective manner and highlight soft image of country.” He said one center at Hasanabadal is operating to facilitate Sikh community, adding that PTDC is also considering launching bus service to Moenjodaro, Swat, Gilgit, China border, Balochistan and Afghanistan to Turkhum border. To a question he said PC-I is ready to start chairlift service in Naran to transport the tourists from one side of the Kunhar river to other and vice versa. He said PTDC is offering 35 percent discount to its motels operating in Mingora and Sawat area. He said PTDC is also preparing discount package for Ramazan. He said a plan is also under consideration to develop beaches at Karachi and Gadani and other coastal areas of the country. The MD said foreign missions of the country have been assigned a task to highlight soft image of Pakistan and motivate foreign tourists to visit tourist resorts as there is no law and order situation there. He also announced a special package for newly married couples, saying that reasonable discount and facility would be given to the couples.
Children’s meals at some of the leading fast food chains contain more salt than they should eat in an entire day, a survey found. Consensus Action on Salt and Health (Cash) found on testing over 160 meals that they exceeded the limit of salt amount, BBC health reported. Some of the 11 chains highlighted in the study said they would be reviewing their menus.Two famous fast food chains had children’s meals containing three times as much salt as of a big size burger and fries. A veggie burger with creamy mash contained 5.3g of salt, while a cheese sandwich with chips had 4.8g. The survey found significant variations in the amount of salt in meals even at the same restaurants. But Cash said it was impossible for parents to make healthy choices because of a lack of nutritional information on menus. It is an outrage that when families go out for a lunch, they may be unknowingly putting their children’s health at risk. For example, that particular food chain also offered an Annabel Karmel spaghetti bolognese containing just 0.1g of salt. Other low-salt options included four-piece chicken nuggets and fruit bag, containing 0.4g of salt, while fish bites with salad had 0.5g. Side dishes were also found to contain high levels of salt with some containing nearly twice as much as main meals. Mash and beans were typically found to be the combination containing the highest amount of salt, while a jacket potato, vegetables or salad contained the lowest amount.
Shab-e-miraj-un-Nabi observed ISLAMABAD APP
The Shab-e-Mairaj-un-Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him) is being observed across the country on Sunday night with great respect and religious fervour. The Muslims every year on 27th of Rajab (Lunar calendar) observe the Shab-e-Miraj in which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) went on a special journey to meet Allah Almighty, crossing seven skies on the heavenly animal named `al-Buraq’, reported a private news channel. On that Night of Ascent, Allah Almighty also gave the order of the five daily Salat (Prayers) as being mandatory upon the Muslims. Faithful would gather at mosques after Isha to offer special prayers that would continue till Fajar prayers, while different gatherings and Mahafil-e-Naat are being arranged to mark the holy night. People visit graves of their near and dear ones, seeking ALLAH Almighty’s blessings for the departed souls. The houses, streets and specially mosques are decorated with colorful pennants and buntings whereas at night these are well illuminated by means of electric lights, candles or even oil lamps. Ulema and religious scholars in their sermons would highlight the teachings and various aspects of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
Parliament playing active role in changing Pak: Mushahid ISLAMABAD APP
Senator and Senate Defence and Defence Production Committee Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed said the role of parliament has become more proactive and broader with greater contributions on issues of public significance. Senator Mushahid expressed these views while addressing a delegation of students of National Defence University at the Parliament House, said a news release on Sunday. He said that Pakistan is changing through a democratic evolution, in which there are now multiple power centers such as a vibrant media, an independent judiciary and active civil soci-
ety. These factors have greatly transformed the functioning of the Parliament, he added. “Parliament represents the aspirations and interests of the people of Pakistan, as demonstrated by the robust debate in the Parliamentary Committee on National Security”, he said. Answering questions on the issue of defence and national security, Senator Mushahid said there existed unanimity of opinion on how to protect national interests in the changing scenario at regional and global levels. Specifically talking about ties with United States, he said the policy guidelines have been formulated by the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, having representation of all the political parties, which were later endorsed by Parlia-
ment. Referring to the evolving role of parliament, he said in the past also, committees had been effective, citing opposition to the Iraq War, the Balochistan Committee report and briefings that were organized on the nuclear programme. Senator Mushahid Hussain, referring to the role of the Defence Committee, said there was need for civilmilitary harmony to counter internal and external threats, besides the need to redefine the contours of national defence in these changing times. He also called for understanding the emerging non-military threats to Pakistan like cyber warfare, sectarian terrorism, antiPakistan propaganda and climate change. He suggested that Pakistan’s National
Security Paradigm has to be redefined and that all the stakeholders like political parties, parliament, economy, education and energy have to be part of it. He urged the youth to take active part in social discourse and speak on issues to have their impact on policymaking. He also invited the students to observe committee meetings and pointed out that the Defence Committee would start public hearings. The Defence Committee already had started an internship programme and was working on a new website, he added. Earlier Secretary Senate Iftikharullah Babar and Special Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez gave a detailed overview of the working, performance and role of Parliament.
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UPS prices reach record high due to outages RAWALPINDI APP
RICES of gadgets that provide electricity during power outages such as Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) and dry cell batteries are skyrocketing in the city and the manufacturers are fleecing the consumers by taking advantage of countrywide power shortage. The demand of Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) units, Batteries, power Inverters and Generators has increased manifold due to scheduled and unscheduled power outages. Nowadays, these products are being sold in the market on exorbitant rates. A dealer of imported and local-made UPS said the demand for the locally made UPS has almost doubled while the demand for Chinese UPS is noticing downward trend as it is costly while on the other hand, its repair charges are also high. Other options are also being used by the citizens and the demand of inverters and gas-generators has also increased considerably.
A survey conducted by APP reveals that the prices of gadgets have been steadily rising over last couple of weeks. A locally manufactured UPS of 1000KV, which is being manufactured in small workshops by some unqualified electricians or technicians used to sell for Rs 11,000 to Rs 13000, is now being sold at Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. A 130 amp dry battery, which was priced Rs 8,000 up until last month, is now being sold for Rs 9,000 to Rs 10,000 and above. On the other hand, the prices of high quality and famous brands devices especially of UPS are going beyond the purchasing power of the common man and the member of a
lower middle class family and only those well off people only could buy such luxury cum essential product while the different segments of the society are unable to afford such facilities due to their poor purchasing power in an era of serious high inflation rate of even essential commodities. It was witnessed during the survey that a large variety of branded UPS and drycell batteries are available in the markets especially in the major markets of electronic goods such as Saddar Bazaar, College Road, Raja Bazaar, Bara Market with different rates starting from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000 and some opportunist traders dealing in above said products are earning
millions of rupees by overcharging. In addition, the dealers of such famous manufacturing products are charging prices according to their own will by exploiting the situation. The traders and dealers of these famous brands in UPS are selling with different rates perhaps due to huge margin of earning in such products which has become part and parcel of life and enlisted as a basic necessity and a substitute of electricity like other daily use products. The market is also facing an â€˜artificial shortageâ€™ of parts of locally manufactured UPS and batteries, because a handful of dealers have formed a cartel to manipulate prices. Customers are complaining that even the higher-priced and locally manufactured UPS do not always work well and have a tendency to break down. Consumers complained that most UPS manufacturers are using silver wires in the transformers instead of heavy-duty copper wire. A silver wire UPS has a short life span and cannot withstand long spells of power outages, heating up and burning away rather quickly.
ctP impounds 889 vehicles, bikes in may RAWALPINDI APP
Rawalpindi City Traffic Police (RCTP) issued 46,457 challan tickets with fines amounting to over Rs 17.7 million imposed on traffic rules violators during the month of May. Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Superintendent Police (SP) Syed Ishtiaq Shah informed that city traffic police in its efforts for the smooth flow of traffic on city roads took action against the traffic rules violators and impounded 889 vehicles and motorcycles in various police stations on severe traffic rules violations while a number of drivers were also arrested during the period. CTO said that action in accordance with the law was taken against 379 vehicles for having tinted glasses and their papers were removed on the spot. 4500 vehicles for having improper number plates were issued challan tickets. 472 drivers were fined for wrong parking. 228 drivers were fined on dangerous and negligent driving. A large number of twowheelers who were driving without helmet were issued challan slips during the period. 1097 public service vehicles on violation of route permits, 193 under age drivers were challaned, he added. 517 drivers for creating hurdles in smooth flow of traffic, 1500 for violating lane/line and zebra crossing were issued challan tickets, he said adding, 909 vehicles were also fined for wrong side driving. City Traffic Officer informed that special campaigns were also run last month while under a campaign, the citizens are also being educated regarding traffic rules and road safety. Education Wing of Traffic Police is making efforts to spread awareness so that the road journey could be made safe and sound. The CTO urged the people to cooperate with traffic wardens as they are on the roads to facilitate them. A special squad is available to help and facilitate the citizens on Helpline 1915, he added.
commuters demand reduction in transport fares ISLAMABAD: Following an unprecedented decrease in oil prices, the commuters of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have called for bringing down fares of intra-city and inter-city transport. The people urged the Punjab government to provide them a sigh of relief, as the transporters were still charging higher fares despite reduction in oil prices. The Regional Transport Authority Punjab had recently increased transport fares from Rs5 to 10 on pretext of oil price hike, but as fuel prices have been reduced, people are awaiting its effect in fares too. The commuters said that mostly transporters, operating in the twin cities use CNG as fuel, but the transport authority had issued the fare-list according to the prices of the diesel and petrol. APP
ISlAMABAD: labourers busy in unloading mango boxes at the fruit market. STAFF PhoTo
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Sunglasses are an important part in summer for both the comfort and health of the eyes as it blocks 100 per cent of UV rays and also absorb most HEV rays. To protect eyes from harmful solar radiation especially during the summer time there are some reasons that one should make the extra effort to wear quality sunglasses when outdoors. Scientific research has shown that exposure to even small amounts of UV radiation over a period of many years may increase the chance of developing a clouding of the lens of the eye called a cataract and can cause damage to the retina, the nerverich lining of the eye that is used for seeing. Damage to the lens or the retina is usually not reversible. The effects of UV radiation are cumulative. The longer the eyes are exposed to UV radiation, the greater the risk of developing conditions such as
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UV radiation. The skin around eyes is delicate and if exposed to excessive amounts of sun, it will wrinkle especially in summer. Take the time to look for Good quality sunglasses to protect eyes from 100 per cent of sunâ€™s harmful UV rays. Sunglasses are very effective to reduce glare and it can prevent bright reflections from distracting and interfering. Sunglasses also protect our eyes from wind, dust and debris specially when we are outside participating in activities such as biking, skiing or even just relaxing outside. Sunglasses are a very effective wind barrier and can reduce the rate of evaporation of tears. Sunglasses reduce headaches and eyestrain. Sunglasses are effective enough for reducing the amount of light that reaches your eye and eliminates the need for squinting and severe pupil constriction. It is generally a good idea to wear sunglasses anytime outdoors but especially in summer when UV radiation is at least 3 times higher than it is during winter near the water or at the beach in the mountains or outside at any high elevations.
inhuman treatment with detainees in ihK denounced ISLAMABAD: The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has strongly condemned the inhuman meted out to the illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists at Kot Bhalwal and Amphala jails in Jammu. The HCBA spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that in the past also the jail authorities teased and tortured the detainees and under-trial prisoners and Bar Association had brought the matter to the notice of the High Court and had requested it to initiate appropriate proceedings against the jail authorities,Kashmir Media Service reported. He said that even a Public Interest Litigation was filed in the High Court on which several orders were passed directing the teams constituted in 1994 to visit all the jails of the territory, at least once in two months, and submit their reports in the High Court. He said that despite the court directions, no member of the committees had visited the jails making the jail authorities to continue ill-treatment to the detenues and undertrial prisoners. The Bar Association spokesman said that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was apprised of the condition of the detainees in the jails, but it had failed in its duty to highlight the sufferings and miseries of the jail inmates in occupied Kashmir. APP
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Scandal, scandal everywhere So two anchor persons have been exposed. Be it the influence of money, power, personal friendships or grudges, the fact remains that these influences directed their talk show(s) and they attempted to manipulate the public’s opinion. I am amazed that a large number of people seem to be surprised by this revelation. Why was media - an institution that has such power and influence - comprised of people from this very country of corrupt politicians, corrupt judges, corrupt policemen, believed to be pure and denuded of all evil? Anything and everything shown, said or implied by the media, especially a
few channels and anchors was being believed without a doubt? Definitely overdue, this exposure to the masses is nothing but positive; one of the many steps towards social and political awareness and true democracy. But that is only if we let it stick to our memory and if it isn’t forgotten due to our short national attention span as we flit from one issue to the next. We do not use these scandals as eye openers but for entertainment purposes instead. They are less food for thought and more food for our inner beast that enjoys seeing another person being ridiculed, humiliated and disgraced. That is the
A conspiracy? very reason a scandal not only dies with the birth of another but any imprint it may have on our thought processes also disappears. We do not learn from these events, we merely unlearn anything we may have learnt from the event before the current one. The Mediagate scandal has raised a lot of questions as regards the role of media since its advent in this unfortunate nation. Was Musharraf actually as evil as portrayed by the Media, or were they merely being paid by anti-Musharraf elements? Is the Chief Justice actually as big a hero or a saint as shown to the masses? Is the peace process with India,
being run by one of the mainstream channels actually in good faith or is there a hidden agenda? Does the media show all the atrocities being committed by the United States on our soil or is the CIA catering for their bellies in return for US interests being catered for? After all a person who is prepared to sell his soul to another does not discriminate between local or foreign buyers. The least we stand to gain from all these scandals is the ability to question, to use our minds and to vigilantly watch our own interests since no one else apparently is. ZaFar ZuLQurNaIN SahI Lahore
Postings delayed I would like to draw the attention of higher authorities through daily Pakistan Today, regarding the posting letters of newly selected lecturers by PPSC. The exam for the post of lecturers in the Higher Education Department, Punjab were held under Punjab Public Service Commission in September 2011. PPSC announced the recommended candidates at the start of February 2012. After more then two months, HED, Punjab sent offer letters to the lecturers. After submission of acceptance letters, the newly selected lecturers are still waiting for their posting orders which have not yet been issued. The offers letters were issued by the HED, Punjab while the posting letters are going to be issued by DPI (colleges). When someone tries to call the DPI office, their attitude and behaviour is so embarrassing that he/she never tries to call them again. They have tried to assure us that we have committed a sin by being selected as lecturers. Some posting orders have been issued by DPI but one can see the competency of DPI that they appointed two candidates at one post. There is lack of synchronisation between DPI and HED and it also shows the level of competency and eligibility of government officers and offices. How can we change the fate of our nation with such an attitude and behaviour is beyond me. In these days, everyone is facing financial problems and the financial problems of those who were supposed to join the HED Punjab as lecturers have aggravated as their postings have been delayed. But it seems the DPI and HED are trying to create more problems for the newly selected lecturers rather than accommodating them. We request the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Shahbaz Sharif, to take the necessary action regarding the unnecessary delay of the issuance of posting letters. M.h. dera Ghazi khan
Are they all this bad? Anomie, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is described as the social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values between an individual and their community ties. Community ties refer to the social institutions which harness the functions of any society. If the individuals are unable to rely or depend on these institutions then such a state is often termed as anomic. Perhaps it would be safe to assume that Pakistan has entered into the list of such states, keeping in mind the current scenario which envelopes the nation. The latest blast sent out to society was about the media itself, when a controversial video was leaked of an interview aired by two renowned journalists of Malik Riaz. The contents of the video need not be mentioned as a majority of the people are now aware of them. The one thing which is required to be understood is that our people are very swift in making generalisations and jumping to
conclusions. After only an hour of the video being leaked on the internet, I came across many people who had marked the media as completely corrupt. There have also been a number of people on social networking sites who are propagating that journalists can no longer be trusted. The people need to understand that just because a few fish in the pond are dirty, that doesn’t mean the whole water body is polluted. It’s true that certain journalists have compromised their sincerity to the profession, but to stereotype the whole institution as redundant, just on the basis of one video, is unreasonable and unfair. Therefore I would request all who are reading this to not form hasty opinions just because of peer pressure or because of what you hear from others. Do your own research and then make speculations free of bias. MuhaMMed FaIQ LOdhI karachi
more women in wigs The gender imbalance in the superior judiciary is being discussed in different sociopolitical, legal and human rights forums. Regrettably, the gender imbalance could not get so much attention in the past as it is gaining nowadays. As a result, the situation of women in district judiciary of Pakistan has reasonably improved in all the provinces, in particular, in my home province of Sindh. Sad but true that so little attention has been devoted to the powerful role very likely played by stereotypes and biases in perpetuating the gender imbalances in the superior judiciary. Indeed, today’s Pakistani women ought not to stay out of the judicial profession. The imperatives of natural equality demand that the gender imbalance in the superior judiciary be overcome as there are women of integrity and enviable legal and judicial acumen working as the district and sessions judges and also practicing lawyers. We must be swift in implementing such initiatives which promote women empowerment, women development and social justice in the country because in women lies the power to create, nurture and transform. And if really we want to transform our independent judiciary into a “judiciary of the twenty first century”, then we must overcome the gender imbalance in our judiciary for its better working and effective performance. haShIM aBrO Islamabad
“collateral damage” Mr Arif Nizami in his latest article "Collateral damage"(16 Jun) which can be taken as an extension of "Prodigal son" published last week has discussed the most burning issues first time in the history of Pakistan that has shaken the fourth pillar of the state the media. The writer has rightly pointed out the nexus between some anchors and businessman and politicians. We can not deny the curse of "Lifafa journalism" that has plagued our media.The latest list of Malik Riaz's beneficiaries include very famous names. Whether this list is right or wrong, the damage has been done and a can of worms has been opened. Unfortunately the mad race going on between various anchors to get highest ranking and credit of breaking news is the major cause of this drama. These days any one can assume the role of anchor person having link with the owners of the TV channel. We daily witness fleet of anchors airing programmes mostly ignorant about the subject under discussion. PEMRA has failed to evolve some sort of code of conduct for the anchors; as a result we have seen constant deterioration in the way discussions are conducted. The criteria for being a good anchor are taking the lead in shouting and criticising the government, judiciary, army and politicians. This goes on unchecked as they have no fear of accountability. There is no doubt that CJ has taken
suo moto notice against his son and in all probability, he may be punished but the major question shall remain unanswered as to how it is possible that a father was ignorant about his son’s activities and his lifestyle. Arsalan shall find it difficult to prove his innocence in view of the irrefutable evidence. The writer has rightly put the question as to why do generals, politicians and media personnel have contacts with a person like Malik Riaz knowing full well his intentions. The answer is very simple: ‘you scratch my back, I scratch yours’. It is very painful to see that the two pillars of the state - the judiciary and media – that fought side by side have been embroiled in controversy and the damage they have sustained may take sometime to repair. I agree with the writer that the anchors mentioned in the list of beneficiaries of Riaz Malik's list should clear their names instead of accusing each other. PML(Q) chief has come out in open support of Riaz Malik and reminds people of his countless social and humanitarian services. That is all well and good but he can not be given a license to malign the judiciary and media. His greatest sin that overrides his good works is the manner in which he trapped the CJ’s son and bribed him for getting favours in his cases. He also acknowledges and admits that no favour was given; then why did he continue bribing Arsalan? Mukhtar ahMed karachi
Whither media ethics? The emergence of multiple television channels in a short period of time, without an independent regulatory body to enforce a code of ethics has become a problem. There seems to be neither a proper system nor any effort to scrutinise anchors or journalists with adequate pay package to resist temptations for becoming instruments of abuse and blackmail. The media has failed to understand that it must function in a responsible manner, never to be seen to be distorting facts and disseminating false propaganda, which is against public interest. Unfortunately, the balance between corporate profits and public service has not been maintained. Resorting to sensationalism by design and becoming instruments in the hands of vested interests, big business and political parties, or allowing personal biases to override professional integrity were bound to backfire. The media should never be seen as an instrument of spreading disinformation, subverting the truth and maligning institutions which have credibility in the eyes of public. It is time for the print and electronic media to reform itself. A free and impartial media is key to the functioning of democracy. There’ll always be warts as high stakes and big money are involved but a little integrity for the greater good isn’t much to ask. MaLIk tarIQ aLI Lahore
The honourable CJ of the Supreme Court during the full-court meeting discussed the leaked footage of the planted Malik Riaz interview. The CJ called the Chairman of PEMRA and posed several questions to him assessing the role of PEMRA in preventing the airing of contemptuous and scandalous material against the judiciary. The CJ observed that whenever a conspiracy was plotted against the judiciary, it had been unfolded. I am surprised with the CJ’s remarks regarding the conspiracy being unfolded. Is his son Dr. Arsalan innocent? Does he have no contact with the management of Bahria Town? Did he never visit London with his family? Were the expenses of his foreign trips paid for from his own pocket? I would like to know why the CJ does not wait till the investigation of the scandal is complete. When the court’s decision is that this was a case of a civil transaction between two parties where one of the parties failed to honour its commitment, then how can it be a conspiracy against the judiciary? As it happens, one party is the son of the CJ who is alleged to have taken money to obtain favourable court decision for the Bahria Town magnate. If it was a conspiracy, then Dr Arsalan is also among the conspirators. Why in the first place was he in contact with a property tycoon, his son-in-law, his friend and partner? If it is indeed a conspiracy, an investigation task should be set up to assess the actions of each person involved in it. It is a section of the media that is projecting the issue as a conspiracy without looking into a logical explanation for Malik Riaz’s actions. Is there any truth to what Malik Riaz has been telling? Is it not the upper echelons of society to whom he is showing the mirror of bribery and corruption? Is it not true that Ahmad Khalil is one of the PM’s ‘buddies’ and his son is good friends with Dr Arsalan. Ahmad Khalil himself is a partner in the project of Bahria. My question is: How is this mini elite club of friends helping each other? S t huSSaIN Lahore
A formula ignored Even after the much hyped National Energy Conference, which was held in Lahore in May 2012, the electricity loadshedding not only is continuing unabated but, every now and then, has worsened thus adding to the miseries and problems of the people in an unending manner. This worsening of the situation is because the moot, at which the prime minister and the chief ministers of the four provinces among others were present , did not come up with some concrete solution to this lingering menace of electricity load shedding. According to the reports appearing in the media from time to time, what still remains very painful for the people at large is that the moot did not bother to even consider for some time the formula which was presented by PML(Q) President Ch Shujat Hussain earlier this month with the claim that its implementation would end the electricity loadshedding provided the provinces decide to make some financial contributions out of their share of the resources under the NFC Award to pay off the IPPs. Under the formula, the provinces were required only to part with their share in the NFC Award for three months as a loan to the federal government for sometime so that Rs 150 billion could be paid to the IPPs to partly clear their circular debt. The prime minister had endorsed the formula when he had visited the Chaudhry Brothers at their residence in Gulberg, Lahore some days back. But that was all. There was no follow up though the prime minister could ask the provincial governments of Sindh, KPK and Balochistan to make their contributions as PPP parliamentarians and allies are in power in these federating units whereas PML (N) is ruling Punjab province. As per formula, Punjab was to contribute Rs 25 billion , Sindh Rs 12.5 billion, KPK Rs 7.5 billion and Balochistan Rs 5.0 billion per month for three months. The formula is still there very much and echoing in the media. Neither the continuing loadshedding nor the federal government inefficiency in this regard could be defended. But the provinces role in summarily rejecting the formula also leaves much to be desired. aSMaar BILaL ShaIkh Lahore
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Sweating it out
Holistic approaches needed
Home, sweet ‘suckrooed’-up home…
he forces of darkness strike again. The Landi Kotal bomb blast death count has increased to 27. Many more are injured. This has only been the most recent incident in a spate of violence that the north-west has been seeing of late. It is easy to pretend one can find order and patterns in these attacks. But the sheer entropy that comes with dealing with the hydraheaded monster of terrorism makes it difficult to manage. When such incidents increase, governments the world over attribute them to the last fighting flickers of desperation by a decimated enemy. There not being such incidents is, of course, interpreted in a straight manner and is attributed to success as well. Some defence analysts actually go on to call specific incidents of terror the result of particular government decisions and even policy statements. All that is ridiculous. There are enabling environments within a country that let the terrorists associate and do their thing. Pockets within the tribal areas are enabling environments. In the case of the attack from the day before, the Khyber Agency itself is an enabling environment. True, not as much of an international jihadists’ supermarket the way the Waziristans are but the agency is rife with the presence and control of militant groups. Almost the entire Tirah valley, for instance, is under the control of either the TTP or the Lashkar-e-Islami or the Ansar-ul-Islam. The West sees this state of affairs and measures us against our performance in the war on terror. We have a scarce few solid, sustained victories to show for ourselves. On the other hand, however, the Western powers are also making things tough for Pakistan. Consider, for instance, the TTP’s intention to disallow polio vaccination campaigns in the region that is controlled. Though the Hafiz Gul Bahadur faction has linked the resumption with an end to drone strikes in particular, it is still clear that the Dr Shakil Afridi episode, its modus operandi in particular, has compromised the safety and success of such public health initiatives and more. It would help the Americans themselves if they gave more thought to the aftermath of the conflict around us. Both sides have to meet each other half-way.
letter and spirit Parliamentary resolution
hey have vowed to safeguard the “dignity of parliament”, the treasury benches of the national assembly have. Yes, a hollow statement but one whose timing is more important than its text. This is the eve, presumably, of the Supreme Court’s decision on the speaker’s ruling case. The petition for the aforementioned case challenges the speaker’s dismissal of the reference against the case for dismissal of the prime minister. Barring the PML(N), it was filed by parties that are not members of parliament, like the PTI. So the parliamentary resolution is going to be angled as institutional activism. This is all to pre-empt the Supreme Court’s decision. Decide what you may, seems to be the ruling party’s warning bugle, but do realise we’re going to make this look like the suppression of the people’s will. The Supreme Court could either rule to be satisfied by the speaker’s argument. Or it could speak directly to the chief election commissioner and ask for the representative from Multan to be deseated. The latter approach would, to state the obvious, be confrontational. As opposed to the political government, the opposition or the military, the judiciary can never be asked to be circumspect with regards to how sensitive things are in the country and how the polity cannot sustain a constitutional crisis. It would be wrong to make these demands of the court. It is not the judiciary’s lot to make the just decision or to make one that wouldn’t harm the country. It is their job to whip out the law and see what it says. There is room for interpretation, yes, but even that is, theoretically, to mine the letter of the law for the spirit. There are competing schools of thought on how to interpret the constitution. All of them claim to assess the spirit of the law better. All of them should be heard out. We need lesser of the drama and more of a legal and, indeed, academic debate.
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By Waqqas Mir
f coming home has a sound then this week, for me, it was the gentle whispering thud of rubber wheels on tarmac as a plane brought me home. At 3 am, Lahore seemed its usually lazy and warm summer self. The promise of the arrival of a plane stirred into activity many porters and loved ones. I have been away for nearly a year and my life in the US seemed like a blur within minutes of landing home. This is home and of course I have missed Pakistan enormously. At the same time, like most relationships involving “getting back together”, this place takes some getting used to. Three hours of sweating in bed immediately after I landed (thanks to loadshedding) jolted me out of any hangover relating to the comforts of Cambridge, Massachusetts. On my flight home, I read two fantastic books: the harm in hate Speech by Jeremy Waldron and Moonwalking with einstein by Joshua Foer. The latter was quite a remarkable story of how our memory works and how fascinating discoveries about memory led a journalist to compete in national and international tournaments testing memory. I am perpetually worried about forgetting things so it was some comfort to read Foer’s point that remembering too much may overload our system and cause a breakdown. In fact, individuals who remember everything have trouble making sense of words and speech that is not literal. Foer reminds us that memory, not always the same as intelligence, is about connecting the dots. More importantly, he argues that forgetting is what makes us human. Poignant if you have just landed back in Pakistan. Or even if you have been here all along. I suppose in a place like Pakistan, with all that goes on, you need to forget often in order to remain human. Or is it that we try too hard to forget certain things or at least how they affect us? Do we simply need to try more often to connect the dots better? These and other questions occupied my jet-lagged, sleep deprived brain with one eye on the ominously still ceiling fan. So at the first whirring sound (light aa gayee) I switched on the TV to forget all this. And there was Mr Malik Riaz on it and he seemed in no mood to let anyone forget anything. His account of how many people are trying to “suck-roo” him did
provide early morning laughs. His take on this country was a stark and sobering reminder of the belief and practice that most things are for sale. He did have a point — whether it involves getting a CNIC, a passport, a driving licence, copy of court orders — there is usually a price involved. His interview was definitely not uplifting to watch for someone who had just come home with dreams and aspirations but it raised realistic issues (even if it was a planted interview, I feel for Mr Riaz since he kept begging the interviewers to let him get a word in). I do not mean to endorse him or his actions — present or past — but he too deserves to be heard. And he definitely deserves a lawyer. The actions of the bar associations against lawyers who represented him are disgraceful. Aptly enough, he asked those interviewing him, “Why are you lying to people?” Lies addressed to the population have been seen as necessary by politicians, media, military and judges too. We would all do each other a favour by questioning them more. Of course, just because Mr Riaz raised questions doesn’t mean he is immune from liability for his actions and their consequences. There is also a new issue now, i.e. regarding the “planted” interview. Surprising that it shocked anyone. The different media houses and the anchors hosting shows have been taking sides on almost every issue. To imagine that big business would take sides without the promise of money and influence being on their side would be naïve. Powerful and moneyed interests often approach journalists they are friendly with and ask for a platform to tell their story. But there are lines that journalists should not cross and disclosures that they should make — especially if they know that their viewers are relying on the journalists’ integrity. It won’t do for journalists to say, “Don’t shame us because everyone is shameless.” Since they love putting others under the spotlight, it is about time they face the music too. And yet in a way I feel bad for these people. They are victims of their own self
righteousness and the rhetoric of success — a point I hinted at last time too. In a society where corruption is rife and pushing things under the carpet the norm, why assume that journalists or lawyers are going to be better than the average Joe? It’s more wishful thinking rather than a realistic expectation — since we impose nobility on certain professions without those professions having truly earned it. Still, this doesn’t absolve the delinquents. Not enough has been done to ensure disclosures of conflict of interest. Don’t blame the Parliament here. Every time it wants to improve laws regarding the media, media folks are up in arms. Now a media group has petitioned the Supreme Court to get involved in obtaining declarations of assets and cleansing the media of corruption. These are not tasks the honourable Supreme Court should get involved with. Whoever is giving the “let’s take this to the SC” advice on such matters needs to be a responsible citizen first rather than see one court as the solution for all ills. So, yes, apart from the sweating and the load-shedding it has been an eventful three days. When I was leaving Harvard, a friend put things in perspective: a lot of what happens in Pakistan seems like a bad soap opera. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. This is quite a lot to take in. Right now there is no electricity again. My family is teasing me about America as we sweat and everyone is laughing at our plight. At least we Pakistanis can always laugh at ourselves. Maybe it makes things in Pakistan more bearable. My friends are still here and just as warm. Just now I drove on the wrong side of the road and had a van driver swear at me. I ended up laughing and so did he. There are a precious few things to be joyful about so why spoil it? I am home and that is all I want to focus on for now. If I am lucky I might manage to catch some sleep too. the writer is a lawyer and a recent graduate of harvard Law School. he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @wordoflaw
Keep faith with trade China Daily
careful review of China's trade policy will more than deepen understanding of the far-reaching significance of China's economic and trade growth to the world. It will also underscore the urgency for the international community to stand firmly against trade protectionists who try to make trade champions like China the scapegoat for domestic woes. Four years on, the fragile global recovery is still increasingly threatened by an evolving European debt crisis. This should reinforce the necessity of international efforts to keep trade protectionism at bay in the wake of the 2008 global crisis. In fact, global efforts to check protectionism have not only helped save the world from a scenario that would be uglier than it already is, they have also laid a solid foundation for much-needed global rebalancing. The development of China's economy and trade has maintained a good momentum in 2010 and 2011 to sustain the global recovery. More importantly, the world's second largest economy has meanwhile drastically cut its dependence on exter-
nal demand as a share of GDP. The country's current-account surplus, which reached about 10 percent of its GDP in 2007, fell to less than 2.8 percent last year. The fourth trade policy review of China, where members of the World Trade Organization examine the trade policies and practices of China over the past two years, was held on Tuesday and Thursday in Geneva. The WTO Secretariat report pointed out that, when measured net of the imported components used in China's exports, China's bilateral surpluses with the United States and the European Union are significantly smaller. In spite of all the cacophony from protectionists about China's trade growth, the above-mentioned fact serves as compelling evidence that, as an indispensable manufacturing link in the global value chain, China has made trade growth a driving force for both its own economic transformation and the global rebalancing. And if we believe that China's rise since it acceded to the WTO is of help to participants in the global trading system, including China itself, we should only expect more from free and fair trade in the century of globalisation.
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The Akali Dal is playing with fire
Is putting two and two together that hard?
By Kuldip Nayar
hen the Akalis are out of power, they indulge either in a dharam morcha or some act which would evoke religious passions among the Sikhs. But when they adopt the same tactics while in authority, it means that they want to divert attention from problems like unemployment, drug trafficking and farmers’ lessening incomes. To the horror of the country, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal filed the other day a mercy petition on behalf of Balwant Singh Rajoana, the killer of former chief minister Beant Singh. This week, Badal’s son, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh, is among those who have honoured the insurgents and a few others involved in resisting the army which was deployed to flush them out from the Golden Temple at Amritsar. Both Badals are in charge of law and order. In a way, they are the custodians of the state. They have not realised even yet that they cannot carry out their duty if they side with militants. I have been told they had to bow before “pressure.” If the rulers have to act under the direction of insurgents, the state is in for uncertain times. Punjab has been through the phase from the mid-70s to mid-80s when the extremists had upper hand and instilled fear among the Hindus that they were not safe in the state. A hiatus between the two communities began to be visible from that time. The insurgents have now founded a memorial for Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale who, once sponsored by the Congress, challenged the state from within the precincts of the Golden Temple. Sukhbir’s explanation that the
memorial was laid by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) is not credible. The Akali Dal itself controls the SGPC. I The problem with the Akali Dal is that it does not differentiate religion from politics. Bhindrawale committed the same mistake and Punjab paid the price. I do not know what the Akalis have in mind because they are traversing the same dangerous path. How embarrassed must have been PM Singh, a Sikh and the new Chief of Army Staff, Bikram Singh, also a Sikh, over what the ruling Akali Dal did to glorify the insurgents who polluted the Golden Temple, the Sikhs’ Vatican? The government had to employ the army to destroy the barricades and the bunkers that Bhindranwale’s men had built to fight against the army. How can a memorial be built to perpetuate those who wanted to disintegrate the country and give a bad name to the Sikhs who are proud citizens of India? Lt-Gen K S Brar who led the force during Operation Bluestar has spoken in pain about the operation. In an interview to a daily he has said: “The Akalis are allowing a move to revive terrorism. Siropas are being offered to the kin of the terrorists. Militants and their families are being garlanded. Are the Akalis attempting to get the sympathy of militants by allowing such activities?” Brar’s question should better be addressed to both the chief minister and his deputy who have not yet understood that they have to crush the divisive forces which believe in separatism. I do not know why no Sikh organisation or a non-political person of consequence from the community has condemned the honouring of a killer and the laying of the foundation. The Akalis are creating a Frankenstein which will one day devour the peaceful citizens of Punjab. The silence of the BJP surprises me. It is a partner in the state government. The BJP is either giving its tacit support to the radical fringe or sticking to
ministerial postings for their personal gain. Both ways, they do not serve the interest of the party or the country. If they are really “unhappy,” as some reports say, they should quit the government. But then they too, like the Akalis, have electoral considerations in view. And the victory at municipal polls must have strengthened their decision to stay with the Akalis. Whether the Akalis realise or not, there is a wave of indignation against what they have done at the Golden Temple. But the main anger is directed against the Badals who have gone along with those who had held the integrity of India to ransom. Both the Akali Dal and the chief minister owe an explanation to the nation. The Punjabis are oblivious of why the Akalis are supporting groups like Damdami Taksal and the Dal Khalsa, both known to be terrorist organisations. On the one hand, the party is talking of development and requesting the centre for a special package and, on the other, it is endangering peace without which no development is possible. The Akalis should not forget the second innings the people have given them in the recent polls. The Akalis are playing with fire which may push them to a point where they may feel the heat. The party has too much at stake. It cannot afford to fritter away the goodwill it created in its earlier innings. Faith in a pluralistic society is a commitment which cannot be diluted for placating the radicals. Secularism is not a fig leaf to be used by the Akalis for their wrong belief that religion and politics are two sides of the same coin. Even otherwise, the ideology of theology is archaic and outdated. Not long ago, it looked as if the Akalis were changing their outlook to imbibe progressive ideas and modern thoughts. The loss is that of the Akali Dal if it wants to cling to gurdwara politics. The Punjabis will assess them and vote accordingly at the general election in 2014. the writer is a senior Indian journalist.
write this on the eve of Shab-e-Miraj, the day the Prophet Mohammad was taken on a spiritual journey and granted an audience with God among other special experiences. Muslims all over the world commemorate this day (the 27th of the Islamic month of Rajab) with prayer, and by means of decorations on mosques, public buildings, and even private residences. Characteristically, in Pakistan, where there is an acute shortage of power these decorations take the form not of buntings or balloons, but bright illuminations: all public buildings festooned with string upon string of tiny multi coloured electric bulbs plugged into the grid. It is something that one notices repeatedly here, this inability to relate the two and two in one hand to the four in the other, except in all the wrong ways. I put it down, without laying claim to any dizzying leaps of intellectual deduction in the process, to a lack of education…real education, that is, one that avoids rote and teaches by comparison, analysis and experience. And so the Pakistani public and its government fail, year after miserably hot year, to notice, By Rabia Ahmed and to pay importance to the irony attached to a situation where the beautiful religion of Islam and its Prophet are celebrated in a way that increases the misery of its people. As I write this, the power shortfall in the country would have exceeded a jolting 8,500 megawatts. Power loadshedding has touched unbearable peaks in weather that is reminiscent of hell, and protests against the situation have intensified certainly in Lahore, where the situation is compounded by an inadequate supply of water. The situation continues to spiral as several power plants cease production due to a lack of oil and gas. Businesses have shut down across the country and people, facing with ruin and starvation are driven to suicide. This infernal scenario has been punctuated by astonishing statements for example by the previous Minister for Water and Power Mr Naveed Qamar saying in February that the country-wide loadshedding would come to an end that
week onwards. Next month, the resident loud mouth Mr Rehman Malik said loadshedding would start decreasing within the next 48 hours, following directives from the president to double the supply of furnace oil to power generation companies. Several biting responses come to mind following, but may I just observe that given that Mr Qamar has since taken charge of the ministry of defence, maybe we should all dig bunkers and live in them, or else take the prime minister’s suggestion and leave the country. The other is that if all it takes is for the president to give orders to double the supply of furnace oil to power generation companies for them to resume production, why the hell did he fail to issue those orders earlier? I’m afraid I have, by this time, come a long way from my original point which was to write about the countrywide inability to relate the two and two in one hand to the four in the other, except in all the wrong ways. To illustrate which point, the Taliban have banned polio vaccines in North Waziristan with effect from last Saturday, threatening all those who violate the ban with, well with dire consequences, as they do. Noticing on the one hand a polio eradication campaign (“hullo!”), they related it to the drone attacks in the other (“infidel Americans!”), and with the fake campaign conducted by Dr Afridi in the mix (repeat the previous exclamation), they concluded that polio vaccination was evil stuff. Tentatively, as one who dips the very tip of one toe in scalding water, let me state that I agree with the Taliban in so far as I condemn those drone attacks from the very bottom of my heart. How can anyone do otherwise? But on the whole I do my math somewhat differently. It is said that one out of every three persons killed in American drone attacks over Pakistan is an innocent civilian. In total, hundreds of innocent people have died as a result of these attacks many of them children. This makes a mockery of the world’s current outrage against the murder of innocent people, including children, in Syria. So, returning to Pakistan and its power shortage, may I wish you Shab-e-Miraj mubarak. It will be over by the time you read this, but it is never too late to be reminded of such events. Please think, when you do, of the Prophet Mohammad who strapped bricks to his belly rather than eat more than the minimum required to keep him alive in times of famine. Then think again of all those buildings alight with brilliant lights this week. We know what we celebrate, but do we consider our methods?
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IN LIMELIGHT BEVERLY HILLS: Actor/comedian Carl Reiner speaks onstage during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. AFP
outrageous MDNA tour demands LoS ANgELES
A D O N N A has already flashed crowds twice during her MDNA Tour, but this might be the most exposed she's been yet. According to InTouch Weekly, Madonna's tour rider would probably make David Lee Roth cry about pop-star excess gone rogue. Per the tabloid, the Queen of Pop reportedly requires everything from 20 international phone lines to "light-pink roses that have stems trimmed to precisely six inches." Her 200-person entourage apparently includes a yoga instructor, a dry cleaner and 30 bodyguards. "Madonna has probably the longest list of requirements of any of the world’s music stars," an unnamed source told The Daily Star (via The Daily Mail). "She expects things to be just right or it puts her off her stage show." About that stage show: during a tour stop in Istanbul on June 7, Madonna flashed her right nipple to the adoring crowd. Then on June 12, while performing in Rome, Madonna pulled down her pants to reveal a black thong. The 53-year-old singer will continue to trek through Europe this summer. The MDNA Tour makes its North American debut on Aug. 28 in Philadelphia. Workers at the Wells Fargo Center should start stocking up on brown M&Ms right ... now.
LOS ANGELES: Tamra Barney attends Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere of ‘People Like Us’. AFP
LOS ANGELES: Michelle Pfeiffer attends Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere of ‘People Like Us’. AFP LOS ANGELES: Chris Pine attends Los Angeles Film Festival Premiere of ‘People Like Us’. AFP
Russell Brand boasts about sex life to Dalai Lama MANCHESTER AgeNcIeS
Russell Brand, who has been a longterm supporter of the Tibetan cause, boasted about his sex life while fulfilling his role as an unlikely compere for the Dalai Lama in Manchester. The 37-year-old comedian had Tibet’s celibate spiritual leader in fits of giggles as they made an unlikely double-act in front of 11,000 people. At one point, the 76-year-old Buddhist monk wagged his finger at the actor and then playfully tugged his beard. Brand bragged how he had won “Shagger of the Year award” thrice. “Some of you might be surprised to see me here. I’ve gone from being Shagger of the Year three times to introducing the Dalai Lama,” the Sun
FLORENCE: Mad onna rides a bicycle in the centre of Florence. AFP
quoted him as saying. “It has certainly been an interesting journey. The Dalai Lama told me ‘We are all just people’ and I’ve taken that on board as I was very nervous meeting him,” he said. The Nobel Peace Prize winner couldn’t help laughing at Brand’s humour. “Some people told me before to listen to this strange person’s explanations,” Dalai Lama said. “I was surprised but I think your openness is wonderful,” he said. Brand introduced the Dalai Lama’s address entitled Century Of Dialogue - Stand Up and Be the Change. Dalai Lama’s tour aims to spread his teachings of peace and understanding to youngsters. Brand described the Dalai Lama as “intense and sort of mellow, which is what you expect of someone who meditates five times a day”.
TOM CRUISE'S 'Rock Of Ages'bombs
loS ANgeleS: ‘that's my boy’ might be the funniest Adam Sandler comedy in a decade, but audiences wouldn't know: the r-rated laugher earned just $4.6 million. that would give Sandler his worst opening weekend since ‘reign over me’ in 2007, and his worst for a live-action happy madisonproduction since ‘little Nicky’ in 2000. things weren't much better for tom cruise. ‘rock of Ages’, which features a flamboyant and all-in performance from cruise, grossed $5.35 million. based on that start, the musical could total around $15 million for the three-day weekend, which would put it behind holdovers ‘madagascar 3’ and ‘Prometheus’. ridley Scott's much-discussed r-rated thriller pulled down $5.8 million. that number would represent a nearly 60 percent drop from last weekend's $51 million opening, meaning word of mouth on ‘Prometheus’ isn't as strong as Scott and studio twentieth century fox would have liked. As for ‘madagascar 3’, the film grossed over $10 million. AgeNcIeS
SHANGHAI: Jackie Chan attends the opening ceremony for the 15th Shanghai International Film Festival. AFP
not keen on revealing scenes loS ANgeleS: Scarlett Johansson, who has in the past gone topless in leaked photos from her phone and graced the cover of Vanity fair magazine in the nude, isn't keen to bare all for raunchy scenes in the steamy movie 'fifty Shades of Grey'. the 27-year-old actress, is the favourite to star as the lover of a billionaire businessman in the film, but movie bosses are reportedly having trouble getting her to strip. "i'm still making up my mind about when or how i'll do a nude scene," the daily express quoted her as saying. "you always imagine people buying the film on dVd and going back and forth watching your body over and over again," she added. AgeNcIeS
LiLo tweets‘cute’ paramedics note to self post 911 scare WASHINgToN lindsay lohan tweeted a reminder to herself on Saturday, hours after paramedics were called to her marina del ray, calif. penthouse by producers of her new movie ‘liz and dick’. the producers feared that the actress was unconscious after she did not come out of her room as scheduled. “Note to self…after working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion + 7 paramedics miGht show up @ your door…hopefully theyre cute. otherwise it would be a real let down,” Abc News quoted @lindsaylohan as tweeting. the 25-year-old actress’ rep, Steve honig, said that she was asleep when the call was made. he blamed her inability to wake up on exhaustion and dehydration from long days on the set. “She took a nap before shooting her final scene. Producers were concerned when she did not come out of her room and called paramedics as a precaution. lindsay was examined and is fine, but did suffer some exhaustion and dehydration. lindsay was never taken to a hospital; reports to the contrary are false. She is resting now and is hoping to be back on set later this afternoon,” honig said. lohan has been to rehab multiple times for drug and alcohol abuse. AgeNcIeS
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15 'Love is not only blind, it also makes you stupid' NEWS DESK "Love is blind" says the well known adage and now it officially also renders you stupid, according to new research. Prof Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist, argues that the rational parts of the human brain shut down when experiencing the feelings of love. Dunbar developed his theory after analysing the findings of UK brain experiments. The MRI research looked at the brain activity of 17 volunteers as they were shown pictures of their boyfriends and girlfriends, with whom they were "truly, madly and deeply in love." Dunbar says that
when the people gazed at images of their loved ones, the rational parts of their brain were affected by "rose-tinted spectacle syndrome" and their hearts ruled their heads, dulling their critical faculties. "What seems to be happening is that you have subconsciously made up your mind that you are interested in the person and the rational bit of the brain -- the bit that would normally say 'hang on a minute' -- gets switched off," Dunbar explained. "In a relationship you are in a trade-off between caution and just going for it. But if you don't engage, you won't form relationships. If the prefrontal cortex is shut down, that protective and cautious element goes."
homer Simpson, and other gurus NEWS DESK The Economist published its new book of business quotations, among the words of wisdom from leading investors and gurus were lines from fictional characters such as Don Draper, the super-smooth advertising executive in Mad Men, Sgt Bilko and even Homer Simpson. This is not necessarily proof that we’re dumbing down. As any lover of The Simpsons knows, Homer can be as profound – and is eminently more quotable – than Hamlet. In fact, anyone wanting a sound moral, intellectual, philosophical and psychological guide to life could do worse than follow these words of advice, culled from the great media slew of popular culture: HoMER SIMPSoN: “Marge, you can’t keep blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once, then move on.” PETER gRIffIN, ‘fAMILy guy’: “I had such a crush on her until I met you, Lois. You’re my silver medal.”
SNooPy, ‘PEANuTS’: “My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?” LISA SIMPSoN: “I’m so angry.” MARgE SIMPSoN: “You’re a woman. You can hold onto it forever.” CAPT MAINWARINg, ‘DAD’S ARMy’: “Early to bed, early to rise, no jolly good if you don’t advertise.” CHANDLER BINg, ‘fRIENDS’: “All right, look if you absolutely have to tell her the truth, at least wait until the timing’s right – and that’s what deathbeds are for.” SALLy WEBSTER, ‘CoRoNATIoN STREET’: “Just because somebody’s dead, doesn’t automatically make them a nice person” ‘ANNIE HALL’: “(Life is) full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering and unhappiness, and it’s all over much too quickly.” ‘THE goDfATHER’: “Women are more dangerous than shotguns.”
Man sentenced to three days in jail for sagging pants NEWS DESK Suspects who sag their pants in this judge's court are in for a stiff punishment. A municipal court judge sentenced Durrell Brooks to three days in jail for contempt of court because the defendant's pants were so low they showed his underwear, NewsNet5 reports. Brooks was in court for a friend's traffic violation when the supposed-sagger approached the judge’s bench. As Brooks walked back from the bench, the judge caught a glimpse of the defendant's underwear and decided to arrest him, NewsNet5 reported. The judge told the station that Brooks is the third person in the past month he's detained for courtroom dress code violations. “They’re all adults who come into this court, so they should know how to dress themselves at this point,” the judge told the Chronicle Telegram. “I hope it’s a fad that ends soon.” The judge’s said he does not think his requirements are unreasonable. "At least you have to have your pants up,” the judge said. “I don’t think I’ve set the bar too high.”
Parents sue school after third-grader was forced to bathe NEWS DESK A school nurse and counselor forced an 8-year-old Texas boy to bathe after telling him he "smelled badly, was dirty and had bad hygiene," according to a lawsuit. The boy was forced to take off his clothes and the two school officials "began violently washing his body," the parents said. Amber and Michael Tilley filed the suit against the Peaster School District. "It's terrible, and we don't want anything like that to happen to any other children," Amber Tilley said. The boy is referred to by the initials "P.T." in the lawsuit. His parents also say school officials put cotton balls in their son's ears and left them there for the entire day. "His body and his ears, they were really sore, real tender from being scrubbed," Amber Tilley said. The lawsuit claims the boy was traumatised by what happened and has had to see therapists.
‘SATYAMEV JAYATE’: KAREENA spills beans on her Aamir Khan talks about domestic violence
fairytale romance with Saif
NeW DelHI: every girl dreams to marry a dapper prince who would take her to a palace where she would live happily ever after with an affectionate family. Kareena Kapoor or let us say, the soon-to-be mrs. Pataudi is all set to start a new life with beau Saif Ali Khan Pataudi this october and by the looks of her life, at least her dreams have already come true. So while speaking to a magazine during an interview, the beaming actress spilled some beans about the relationship she shares with her in-laws, including mom-in-law Sharmila. the ‘heroine’ revealed that she loves visiting the Pataudi Palace as often as she can and taking long walks everyday in its courtyards. What more she loves about the palace is the fireplace there where she can spend some quality time with Saif, which she can’t do in mumbai. She cheerfully added that she feels connected to the entire place since it keeps her peaceful, away from the whole world. the 32-year old was all praises for Saif’s mom, Sharmila, and said that the entire family is very warm, open-minded and contemporary. for her, Sharmila is the most cosmopolitan lady she has met. She’s intelligent, practical and loving especially towards her, and bebo shares a wonderful relationship with her. With all that happening in her life, Kareena’s life is nothing less than a fairytale. And we could not agree more! AgeNcIeS
MUMBAI: As Aamir Khan’s tV show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ entered its seventh episode, expectations only raised manifold. And the actor-host, as always, left one and all spell-bound with his sublime presentation. the point of contention this time around was domestic violence and what could be done to deal with it. the show played host to physically and mentally abused women, who dared their husbands against the violence meted out to them. they stood as classic specimens of women-power- who epitomised motherhood and womanhood with utmost sincerity and conviction. rashmi Anand, a well known author and counsellor spoke about her personal experiences and how she dealt with her violent husband. ‘Satyamev Jayate’ also showed how an honest police officer, Satheesh balan’s efforts reaped fruits in haryana and how he was able to set up a shelter home for women in his jurisdiction. And then it was time for Shanno to grace the tV show. the courageous lady, who was coy for long, raised her voice against her abusive husband and since then realised the power within her. She did not let her husband take her helplessness for granted and dared to speak against him. She is now a driver with an agency that provides cabs and is known as Shanno driver. At the end, Aamir spoke with the men on the sets and asked them about what they felt about their masculinity. And the men had little to say but feel ashamed for being tyrants. AgeNcIeS
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Egypt votes on final day of presidential election CAIRo
stations, which had opened at 0600 GMT, with police and army deployed nationwide, and voting was extended until 1900 GMT. “Zero hour approaches,” read the headline of the state-owned daily AlGomhouria, as the polarising race prepared to wrap up. The election comes against a backdrop of legal and political chaos, with the Muslim Brotherhood set on a confrontation path with the ruling military after it ordered the Islamist-led parliament dissolved. The move throws Egypt’s already tumultuous transition after Mubarak’s ouster last year into further disarray with the new president expected to take office without a parliament and without a constitution. “The new president will head to the presidential palace amid a terrifying legal and constitutional vacuum,” wrote political analyst Hassan Nafea in the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm. The ruling military council is to maintain control over legislation and the budget in the absence of a parliament, even as the country prepares to announce
GYPTIANS were voting Sunday on the last day of a highly divisive presidential run-off between an Islamist and Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, amid moves by the army to consolidate its power ahead of the final results. Former air force chief Ahmed Shafiq, who served as ex-president Mubarak’s prime minister in the last days of the uprising that toppled him, is vying for the top job against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi. “Shafiq is the right man for this phase of the country,” said Osman, 55, a government employee. But standing next to him in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Marwan Adel, a teacher, said the iconic square and cradle of last year’s uprising would always be there to keep up the pressure on the army. “We are ready to restart the revolt,” Adel said. Small queues formed outside polling
a new president, military sources told AFP. Military sources said the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces was set to issue an amended constitutional declaration. The sources say article 56 of the declaration will be amended to give legislative powers and state budget to the SCAF, following a ruling by Egypt’s top court that the Islamist-led parliament is invalid. The SCAF had in January handed legislative power to parliament. The SCAF will also issue new rules under article 60 for the formation of the constituent assembly that is to draft the country’s permanent constitution. Article 30 of the declaration will also be amended to say that the new president will be sworn in before the Supreme Constitutional Court instead of by the lower house of parliament. The race has polarised the nation, dividing those who fear a return to the old regime under Shafiq from others who want to keep religion out of politics and fear the Brotherhood would stifle personal freedoms.
The new president will inherit a struggling economy, deteriorating security and the challenge of uniting a nation divided by the 18-day uprising that toppled Mubarak in February 2011. The election comes against the backdrop of a series of steps that have consolidated the power of the ruling SCAF, infuriating activists and boosting the boycott movement. On Thursday, the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled certain articles in the law governing parliamentary elections to be invalid, thus annulling the Islamist-led house. It also invalidated a law that had threatened to bar Shafiq from the presidential race. That, in addition to a recent justice ministry decision granting the army the right to arrest civilians, is proof of the military’s plans to cement itself in power, analysts believe. “A Shafiq victory will not only guarantee the SCAF has one of its men in the highest position of executive power, it will also give it an influential role in building the other political institutions of the new regime,” Nafea said.
egypt military to oversee laws, budget: army
britain to announce £1bn nuclear sub deal LoNDoN AfP
Britain will announce this week a £1 billion ($1.57 billion, 1.24 billion euro) contract to build reactors for its next generation of nuclear submarines, the defence minister said Sunday. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed he would be unveiling a deal for engines for a new class of submarines that would replace the current Vanguard fleet carrying Trident nuclear missiles. The decision could cause a new rift in Britain’s coalition government, with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives in favour of keeping Trident but the Liberal Democrats wanting a cheaper alternative. “What we’re going to be announcing is a commitment to the major refurbishment of the plant at Rolls-Royce in Derby which builds these core reactors, not just for the nuclear deterrent submarines but also for our attack submarines, the Astute class submarines,” Hammond told the BBC. “So this is sustaining a sovereign capability in the UK and some very high-end technical skills in the UK for the next 40 or 50 years.” A British government source said Hammond would make the announcement on Monday. The Sunday Telgraph newspaper said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) would fund an 11year refit of a Rolls-Royce plant that would build two reactor cores, one for the Royal Navy’s seventh Astute submarine and the second for a new ballistic missile sub. Britain has four Vanguard-class submarines designed to carry Trident nuclear missiles. They are expected to be decommissioned in the late 2020s but their missiles will remain operational until 2042. Hammond last month awarded contracts worth £350 million to British companies to design the next generation submarines, although the final decision on replacements and their numbers will not be taken before 2016.
Egypt’s ruling military council is to stay in control of legislation and the budget in the absence of a parliament, even as the country prepares to announce a new president, military sources told AFP Sunday. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which took power when president Hosni Mubarak was ousted in an uprising last year, is set to issue an amended constitutional declaration, consolidating its powers just hours before Egypt wraps up a divisive presidential election to pick Mubarak’s successor. Military sources say article 56 of the declaration will be amended to give legislative powers and state budget to the SCAF, following a ruling by Egypt’s top court that the Islamist-led parliament is invalid. The SCAF had in January handed legislative power to parliament. The SCAF will also issue new rules under article 60 for the formation of the constituent assembly that is to draft the country’s permanent constitution. A new panel was recently picked by the house to do so following its earlier dissolution amid accusations of an Islamist monopoly. Article 30 of the declaration will also be amended to say that the new president will be sworn in before the Supreme Constitutional Court instead of by the lower house of parliament.
cAIRo: An egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling station, as another wipes off excess indelible ink on Sunday. egyptians voted in the second and last day of a highly divisive run-off presidential election between Islamist Mohammed Mursi once jailed by Hosni Mubarak and the ousted leader’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq. AFP
Iran, world powers set for showdown in Moscow MoSCoW AfP
World powers resume crisis talks with Iran on Monday amid hope that a crippling oil embargo and pressure from hosts Russia will finally force the Islamic Republic to scale back its nuclear drive. The two-day meeting follows a bruising May session in Baghdad during which Iran nearly walked out of negotiations aimed ultimately at keeping it from joining the exclusive club of nations with an atomic bomb. Host Russia however is keen to flex its diplomatic muscle and make Iran an example of how Moscow’s influence over Soviet-era partners could be used to avoid foreign military intervention in the 16-month crisis in Syria. “There are reasons to believe that the next step will be taken in Moscow,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Sergei Ryabkov said Friday. “It is important for Russia to ensure that the negotiating process continues.”
Activists accuse the SCAF, which took power when Mubarak was ousted, of staging a “counter-revolution.” “This series of measures shows that the SCAF, which heads the counter-revolution, is determined to bring back the old regime and that the presidential elections are merely a show,” six parties and movements said in a statement. The military says it does not want to stay in charge and promises to hand power to the newly elected president by the end of the month. On Saturday the military notified parliament it has been dissolved and banned its members from entering the house, a move swiftly rejected by the Islamists. Parliament received a notice saying that Egypt’s ruling generals had decided “to consider parliament dissolved,” the official MENA news agency reported. “Constant threats to dissolve parliament, elected with the will of 30 million Egyptians, confirm the military council’s desire to monopolise power,” the Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, said in a statement.
Failure in Moscow could leave the process in tatters and raise the threat of air raids from arch-foe Israel — a fateful scenario in which broader conflict would lead to a spike in oil prices that could tip over the world’s teetering economy. But a July 1 deadline for a full EU oil embargo and the June 28 rollout of tough US sanctions against a host of Iranian oil clients is providing added pressure for Tehran to bargain more seriously. Two of the biggest bones of contention involve the speed with which world powers lift existing sanctions and the recognition of Iran’s “right to enrich”. The latter is emerging as a key demand that Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili is likely to present to the present to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton when she represents the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany in Moscow. “We expect that Iran’s right to nuclear technologies, including uranium enrichment, will be recognised and re-
spected,” Jalili told Russia’s RT staterun world news channel in comments translated from Farsi. Iran for its part “has the capacities to cooperate in disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation, so these capacities should be used by the international community,” Jalili said in Friday’s broadcast. “I think that addressing these two issues will help to advance the negotiations.” Diplomats said Iran has agreed to discuss the idea of limits to its enrichment programme under a proposal initially outlined in Baghdad. “Their message on enrichment has been received,” a Western diplomat close to the negotiations. “I think that much will depend on how Iran reacts to our proposals as well. But we’re ready to discuss theirs,” the Western diplomat said. The terms outline by the powers last month would see Iran stop enriching uranium to 20 percent — seen as being just steps away from weapons-grade — and ship out its existing stock while
shuttering its forbidden Fordo bunker. The nuclear enrichment site is buried deep in the Iranian mountains and is believed to be bunker-buster proof. The tough terms would not lead to the quick lifting of sanctions but instead see the West extend some forms of peaceful nuclear energy cooperation and provide assistance for Iran’s battered aircraft industry. Europe would also help Iran export oil to key client Asia by easing an EU ban on tanker insurance. Iran has previously scoffed at the idea of accepting only reactor fuel and civil aviation parts in immediate return. But pressure is mounting on US President Barack Obama from both Israel and the US Congress ahead of his November re-election bid to reject any compromise. A bipartisan letter signed by 44 Senators urged Obama on Friday to cut off negotiations unless Iran agrees to shutter the Fordo bunker and limit uranium while shipping out all material of higher grade.
bombs rock churches in northern Nigeria KANo AfP
Bombs rocked three churches in neighbouring cities in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state on Sunday, injuring dozens of worshippers, emergency services and residents said. The number of casualties in the blasts in the neighbouring cities of Zaria and Kaduna was not immediately clear. Police and the military cordoned off the areas around the churches. The staterun National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the blasts happened in the Wusasa and Sabongari districts of Zaria, previously targeted by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Residents in the areas said many people were injured in the attacks on the Christ the King Catholic Cathedral and ECWA GoodNews Church. “Many people in the church were injured but I have not seen any dead bodies,” a woman who was in the church in Wusasa at the time of the explosion said by telephone from her hospital bed. Several residents in Sabongari said the church was badly damaged. “I went close to the church but could not access it due to heavy police and military security deployed around it,” resident Mahmud Hamza told AFP.
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WATeRloo: People in period uniforms re-enact the 1815 Battle of Waterloo between the french army led by Napoleon and the Allied armies led by the Duke of Wellington and field-Marshal Blucher, on Sunday. AFP
europe faces ‘make or break’ moment LoNDoN
Syrian regime tightens grip as UN halts operations
Greece’s former prime minister George Papandreou said Sunday that Europe faces a make or break moment, adding that the euro currency’s problems went far deeper than those of his own country. Speaking as his countrymen went to the polls in a historic election, Papandreou said closer banking union was needed across the EU, but that it would be “catastrophic” for Greece if it had to leave the eurozone. “I think we’re at a make or break point in Europe,” Papandreou, still the leader of the socialist Pasok party, told the BBC. “We must leave behind all this nationalistic rhetoric about who’s to blame, whether it’s about the southerners or the austere Germans or whatever. “We need to work together, we need to pool our strengths.” Papandreou said Greece was merely a harbinger of of the “deeper problems” in the European Union and the eurozone, particularly the lack of a banking union, common fiscal policy and common economic policy. But he warned of the potential consequences of voting for parties that oppose Greece’s bailout conditions and could force the country out of the eurozone, saying a “Grexit” could lead to a bank run and high inflation. “This would be a major catastrophe and this would have not only social but also political consequences, which I believe will make it much more difficult for Greece to reform,” he said.
YRIAN troops on Sunday tightened their grip on the flashpoint city of Homs as the opposition demanded the deployment of armed peacekeepers after UN observers halted their work because of bloodshed. Violence cost at least another 11 lives on Sunday, taking the overall weekend death toll across the unrestswept country to 80, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Among them was a civilian killed in the rebel bastion of Khalidiyeh, which, like other parts of Homs, was “being shelled and shot at by regime forces who have been trying to enter these districts for several days,” it said. Speaking to AFP via Skype from the Old City neighbourhood of Homs, opposition activist Abu Bilal said the regime assault on several parts of the central city was “suffocating.” “They are shelling us all the time. There’s very little food and water, and we’re running out of medication.” Abu Bilal reiterated fears expressed by the opposition and rights
watchdogs that, should regime forces enter the besieged districts, people trapped inside them “will be massacred.” Dozens of civilians were wounded in the Old City, “and many of them will die if they don’t get treatment as we can’t get any of the injured out,” he warned. Amateur video posted online by anti-regime activists in the Homs district of Jourat al-Shiah showed widespread destruction, deserted streets and parts of a building shelled and on fire. “We don’t have any milk for the children, nor water, nor electricity,” a mother of two whose house was destroyed tells the unidentified cameraman. “We just want a way to get our children out of here.” The Observatory had reported on Saturday that more than 1,000 families were trapped in Homs, and that there was a lack of medical staff and equipment. Home to rebel hideouts, Homs has been under intermittent attack by regime forces ever since its district of Baba Amr was relentlessly pounded for a month earlier this year and retaken by the regime. The exiled Syrian National Council, the country’s main opposition group called on the UN Security
Council to adopt a resolution under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to arm the observers. “At a time when the regime is committing its worst crimes against the Syrian people, we are surprised by the UN observers’ decision to suspend their work, because of what they described as ‘an intensification’ of violence,” the SNC said in a statement. The United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria, or UNSMIS, suspended its operations two months into its three-month mandate on Saturday, blaming the intensifying violence. The observers were progressively deployed starting in mid-April to monitor a UN-backed but widely flouted ceasefire, and were even likened to “sitting ducks in a shooting gallery” by Susan Rice, the US envoy to the United Nations. The SNC urged the Security Council to “intervene quickly, and to pass a resolution under Chapter VII (of the UN Charter) to arm the UN monitors, so that they can defend themselves... and ensure that the regime stops killing, while enforcing (UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s) peace plan.”
Thirteen prisoners died from smoke inhalation after inmates started a fire during a mutiny in a jail in southeastern Turkey, officials said Sunday. The prisoners set fire to blankets and beds in a cell in the Sanliurfa city prison late Saturday, but it was brought under control before it could spread throughout the jail, which holds 1,000 inmates, the Anatolia news agency reported, quoting governor Celalettin Guvenc. Another five prisoners were hospitalised, as well as 12 prison staff who were injured during the rescue. The fire broke out during a fight in a dormitory with 18 inmates, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told media, relaying a survivor’s account. “I was also informed by the governor that the conditions in the cell were not suitable to accommodate 18 inmates,” he added. After an initial investigation, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin noted that there was resistance from the prisoners when security forces tried to remove them. “Entrance to the room was physically blocked by beds stashed at the door, which they set on fire,” he said, adding that the five rescued survivors were on lower bunks, closer to the exit. Sanliurfa, the city’s largest jail, reportedly had an initial capacity of around 250, but was upped to 600 in recent years with additional bunk beds. The mutiny may have been in protest at poor conditions and lack of air conditioning, the NTV news channel reported earlier, citing prison sources. Local media frequently criticise conditions at the jail, which also holds several political prisoners including a lawmaker from the opposition Peace and Democracy Party, security sources told AFP.
Sarkozy supplies diary to fight french graft claims BoRDEAUX AfP
France’s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy has supplied judges probing illegal campaign financing claims with his 2007 diary to prove he did not receive funds, a newspaper reported Sunday. Magistrates are investigating claims that staff for Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics empire and France’s richest woman, handed over envelopes stuffed with cash to Sarkozy aides to finance his 2007 campaign. Sarkozy, who has denied any wrongdoing and whose presidential immunity from prosecution expired on Friday, supplied the diary to judges in Bordeaux to disprove claims from witnesses that he attended meetings in the Bettencourt household, newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported. His lawyer Thierry Herzog told the newspaper Sarkozy was going on the offensive “to defend himself against accusations made publicly against him for several months.”
French vote in general polls tipped to cement shift to left PARIS AfP
The French voted Sunday in an election run-off expected to cement the country’s swing to the left by handing Socialist President Francois Hollande a solid parliamentary majority to push his agenda. Opinion polls released before the end of campaigning at midnight Friday showed Hollande’s Socialists and their parliamentary allies on track to take control of the lower house National Assembly. Hollande, who defeated right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy in May’s presidential election, has urged voters to give him the majority he needs to steer France through Europe’s debt crisis, rising unemployment and a faltering economy. The French vote risks being overshadowed however by Sunday’s Greek elections, which could determine whether Greece
stays in the eurozone amid concern over the global economic shock that would result if it were forced to abandon the currency. Hollande will leave Monday for G20 talks in Mexico — the first of a series of summits with world and European leaders where he will seek to shift the focus of eurozone economic policy from austerity to growth. The polls showed France’s Socialists winning between 287 and 330 seats in Sunday’s run-off vote — almost certainly enough to secure a majority in the 577-seat Assembly. With the Greens, who are close allies of the Socialists and already in government, expected to win up to 20 seats, Hollande is all but guaranteed to get the parliamentary backing he needs. Casting their ballots under sunny skies in a working-class area of northeastern Paris, voters said they were backing the Socialists so Hollande could push forward with reforms.
“I voted for the Socialist Party. It has been a long time since they were in power and they must be supported now,” said William Lameth, a 39-year-old waiter. “We need reforms in this country and with a majority Hollande will be able to do what needs to be done,” he said. With the French voting for the fourth time in eight weeks, there was concern turnout would be less than enthusiastic, after a record low of 57 percent took part in last Sunday’s first round. Voter participation was up slightly to 21.41 percent as of 1000 GMT, from 21.06 percent at the same time in the first round, the interior ministry said. Already in control of the Senate and nearly all regional governments, a parliamentary majority would give the Socialists a free hand to implement reforms, and the right has urged voters to check the left’s power in the vote.
THeSSAloNIKI: A man casts his ballot on Sunday at a polling station. greeks angered by austerity took to the polls for an election that could decide their future in the eurozone amid unprecedented external pressure not to vote for the radical leftist Syriza party. AFP
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Intikhab’s future in PCB hangs in balance LAHoRE STAff RePoRT
cloud of uncertainty hovers over Intikhab Alam's future role in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the former Test captain and coach committed some glaring errors while finalising the list of players who were awarded central contracts and retainers. The PCB released the much-awaited list of central contracts last month and found itself in an embarrassing situation after media highlighted the omissions of pace spearheads, Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Talha from the central contracts list and inclusion of the banned Bismillah Khan in the stipend category. In addition to the 21 contracted players, the PCB had also named 21 players to get a stipend. "PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf was not happy with the criticism in media about central contracts and retainers for the year 2012. He was of the view that a good deed and positive work of the board had
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gone down the drain due to some major bloopers," reported quoting sources said. The source said that initial investigation has revealed that PCB's Director of International Cricket Affairs Intikhab, who headed the committee that finalised and recommended the list of players to be given contracts and retainers, had kept the list secret till the last moment. "Inquiry confirmed that Intikhab had kept the list a secret till the eleventh hour and also did not bother to have a final discussion on it with other members of the committee including chief selector, Iqbal Qasim," the source said. He said when the chief selector was approached for his comments, he made it clear that he was not involved in the final talks. "The chairman has now given the task of reviewing the list once again to former Test captain Javed Miandad. He will now review the list to see who all deserve the contracts and retainers," another source said. He said the presence of Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Abdul Rehman in the category 'A' list of central contracts has also raised eyebrows in the board.
Rehabilitation process of Amir starts LAHoRE: Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir attended his first session of rehabilitation under renowned psychologist and hypnotist, Maqbool ‘Max’ Babri. “Yes, Mr Amir, how can I help you?” were the first words Babri uttered to Amir at the clinic in Defence. Following International Cricket Council’s (ICC) instructions, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) identified Babri as the man to guide the paceman in his rehabilitation. Confirming that Amir was very relaxed and cooperative during the two-hour session that began at 10 am (local time), Babri said, “Amir took the responsibility of the wrongdoing (spot fixing) and didn’t blame anyone for the mess he is in right now.” According to Babri, the young player looked positive during the interaction. “During our long session, I only listened to what he had to say rather than questioning him on the contentious issue of spot fixing. I was impressed by his positive attitude,” Babri said. It is learnt that Amir has expressed willingness to teach youngsters in his neighbourhood the art of fast bowling and how to resist to temptations after reaching a competitive level. “He will also study further by appearing for his intermediate examinations soon,” said Babri. Amir cleared his matriculation examination with a first-class. Babri is still not clear about how many sessions he will have with the bowler, but wants him to undergo a few sessions of hypnotism too. “Amir feels that the ICC has treated him fairly and expects them to judge him favourably as he is making efforts to make a comeback. He is also thankful to the PCB for its support,”said Babri. STAff RePoRT
i had double dose of luck, admits ton-up Bell SoUTHAMPToN AfP
Ian Bell smashed a century to lead England to a 114-run win over West Indies on Saturday, but admitted that he had enjoyed a double dose of good fortune. Bell made 126 as England beat the tourists under the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-affected series opener at the Rose Bowl to go 1-0 up in the threematch series ahead of Tuesday's clash at The Oval. The 30-year-old's innings, the cornerstone of England's 288 for six, came just a day after he'd to have stitches inserted into a chin wound after being struck in the face while batting in the indoor nets. He was fortunate then and was left thanking his good luck a second time on Saturday
when the West Indies were adamant he was out, caught behind for 23 off Ravi Rampaul. But English umpire Richard Kettleborough rejected the paceman's raucous appeal. Bell admitted he'd nicked the ball but, with few current batsmen following the example of retired Australia great Gilchrist in 'walking', West Indies' Dwayne said the incident was just part of the game. "I was quite lucky that all the precautions from the backroom staff yesterday (Friday) got me in a good frame of mind," said Bell of his freak injury. "It had gone quite deep to the bone. It was weird, because it hurt more by my ear really rather than where it actually hit me." Bell, asked if he'd edged the ball on 23, admitted: "Yes." However, Smith -- whose 56 opening in place of the injured Chris Gayle was a rare highlight for the tourists -- said: "There was a sound but the umpire said 'not out', so we can't do anything about that."
Afridi urges national selectors to pick up World cup squad LAHoRE STAff RePoRT
Belligerent Pakistan all-rounder and former limited-overs skipper, Shahid Afridi, has urged Pakistan Cricket Board selectors to name a squad for September’s ICC World T20 Championship as soon as possible in order to give players time to settle down. Afridi, who is in Sri Lanka these days to play two T20 and five One Day Internationals against the Islanders, told media reporters on Sunday that a delay in picking up the squad for the mega event could affect Pakistan’s chances in the high-profile T20 competition. The 32-year-old flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder insisted that this was the right time to finalize the squad for the esteemed tournament, adding, "It will allow the players to mentally prepare themselves for the challenge and plan ahead. I think any more delay will affect our preparations.” Shahid Afridi played a crucial role in his team’s success in 2009 and 2010 editions and was supposed to lead the green shirts in Sri Lanka. However, the PCB selectors last month named Mohammad Hafeez as the T20 skipper for the ongoing Sri Lanka tour, who is likely to continue the role in the esteemed tournament in September as well. The drawn two-match series against Sri Lanka earlier this month was Hafeez’ first assignment as T20 skipper and Afridi hoped his leadership qualities would improve with time. "Every new captain goes through a learning process,” said Afridi. “Hafeez also has to go through it and learn. I also was able to give my best as captain after going through a phase. Every captain becomes successful after learning with time," he explained. Afridi, who was changed as the limited overs skipper last June following a spate with the then PCB chief Ijaz Butt and head coach Waqar Younis, insisted that he was comfortable playing under Misbah or Hafeez. "They are very supportive. They don't hesitate to discuss things and I have no issues with them at all," said the hardhitting batsman, who holds the record of scoring the fastest ODI century, off just 37 balls.
Italy need a victory over Ireland in final league match stats corner hArAre: Abdur razzak plays against Zimbabwe during the tri-nation t20. AFP HARARE AfP
A fine 62 from opener Hamilton Masakadza set up hosts Zimbabwe for an 11-run victory over Bangladesh in the opening match of a Twenty20 tri-nations tournament that includes South Africa. Masakadza slammed four sixes and six fours in a 35-ball stand and captain Brendan Taylor (38) offered good support as the home team reached 154-6 off 20 overs in clear, warm conditions. Bangladesh could make only 143-5 in reply and new coach Richard Pybus started with a loss in a country which has not proved a happy hunting ground for the Tigers as they lost a Test and a one-day international series there last year. Brief scores from opening match in non-cap Twenty20 tri-nation tournament at Harare Sports Club Sunday: Zimbabwe 154-6 (20 overs) (H. Masakadza 62, B. Taylor 38, S. Matsikenyeri 18; A. Hasan 2-37) v B’desh 143-5 (20) (T. Iqbal 38, N. Hossain 29 not out, Z. Rahman 23, M. Ashraful 22; C. Mpofu 2-20), Zimbabwe win by 11 runs.
TALY need a win against an already eliminated Ireland side to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals. This group C match will start at Municipal Sradium. Poznan, Poland on Monday (June 18) at 11.45 hours (PST). Italy have to win and hope the other game does not finish in a highscoring draw of 2-2 or more. If the other game finishes 1-1 they must win by 3-1 or better to finish above Croatia or better than 4-0 to top the group. If the other game finishes 0-0, an Italy win would take them through as group winners. This will be the 12th international match between the two teams and first in European Cup finals. Italy have won seven, lost two and draw two in 11 previous matches played against Ireland. They scored 18 and conceded nine goals in these matches. These sides have met twice before in major tournaments, picking up one victory apiece. Italy had the better at home soil in the World Cup 1990, Ireland got their revenge by the same scoreline in 1994 in the United States. That win in USA ‘94 remains Ire-
land’s only competitive victory over Italy, with the ‘Boys in Green’ losing three and drawing two of their other five meetings against the Azzurri. However, the Italians have won just one of their last five meetings against Ireland, drawing two and losing two.. Italy are winless in six consecutive games in major tournaments for the first time in their history, five draws and one defeat. This is the second time the Azzurri have drawn their first two games in the group stage at a Euro Finals tournament. On the other occasion (2004) they were eliminated despite winning the third game. Ireland have lost each of their last three Euro games, conceding eight goals in the process. Italy have won just one of their last five Euro games in which they scored the first goal of the match. The Azzurri remain unbeaten in competitive games under Cesare Prandelli when Antonio Cassano has played: 12 games, eight wins and four draws. Spain take on Croatia in their final league match at Arena Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland. This group C match will start at 11.45 hours (PST). Spain have the simplest task – a draw ensures qualification, a win ensures first place. If Spain draw 11 and Italy win 4-0, Spain would finish
first ahead of Italy on coefficient. Croatia, on the other hands, will definitely qualify, as group winners, with victory. They will also be through with any draw other than 0-0 or 1-1. If their game is 0-0 and Italy win, Croatia are out. In the case of a 1-1 draw, they will only be through if Italy do not beat Ireland by 31 or better. If it is 1-1 and Italy win exactly 3-1, the Azzurri will be second on coefficient. Croatia can afford to lose if Italy do not win. If Croatia and Spain share a draw in this match, scoring two or more goals each, they will both reach the quarter-finals. This will be the fifth international match between the two teams and first in European Cup finals. Spain have won two, lost one and draw one in four previous matches played against Croatia. They scored five and conceded four goals in these matches. Croatia are unbeaten in their last six fixtures at the European Championship Finals, four wins, two draws and have scored in each of the last eight. Spain are unbeaten in each of their last eight games at European Cup Finals. Last Thursday’s 4-0 win over Ireland ended a run of five consecutive games between Euros and World Cup in which La Roja had always scored exactly one goal.
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AKISTAN'S batsmen deprived their team of a chance of winning the series, collapsing to lose seven wickets for 13 runs after reaching a position of advantage in the chase in the fourth ODI. An implosion of that nature can be dispiriting, the painstaking yet determined progress by their captain and an emerging top-order talent decimated by the ineptness of those followed. Not too long ago, in 2009 in Sri Lanka, such collapses cost Pakistan the Test series; they have another game to get their batting in order
Pcb’s governing council to meet in Garhi Khuda bakhsh
before the Tests. That's if the weather permits them, though there's the insurance of a reserve day. The balance of power has shifted from spin to pace in the Sri Lankan bowling line-up, and the hosts' seamers have shown there's sufficient ammunition to defend a competitive score. Their batting has improved significantly, led by their experienced trio, after a forgettable performance in the rain-affected first ODI. Sri Lanka are a team on a high; Pakistan, with some sloppy fielding and misfiring batting, not so. This Premadasa track is not the one that made the venue a fortress of sorts for the home team in the previous couple
of decades. They face a good bowling unit but Pakistan's batsmen have a bigger challenge - that they don't end up becoming their own biggest threat. When he first began making a mark as an opener, Mohammad Hafeez's problem was that he squandered good starts, playing a false shot after settling in well. On this tour so far, he's struggled to get even the starts, with three ducks, two of them consecutive. His offspinners have been economical, but he isn't doing justice to the sound technique and solidity he usually offers with the bat. Upul Tharanga has had a quiet series so far, with scores of 10, 18 and 4. He's just as much in need of a push; if picked
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LAHoRE The governing council’s meeting of Pakistan Cricket Board will be held in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on Monday, the boad’s spokesman said. The spokesman said that the governing council would also visit Garhi Khuda Bakhsh cricket stadium before the meeting, adding that the meeting would approve the budget of the board while the laws and policies would also be discussed in the meeting. ‘Some major decisions to overcome budget deficit will be taken in the meeting. The meeting will also decide to lay off it 10 to 15 percent of employees,” he said.
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condolence LAHoRE STAff RePoRT
Mrs Shamim Iqbal Butt, 85, mother of Salman Iqbal Butt, secretary Punjab Athletics Association and former silver medalist athlete of SAF games was laid to rest other day. She was widow of first Mr Pakistan late Mohammad Iqbal Butt, former director sports Punjab University and F.C College. A large number of athletes, sportsmen and sports organizers attended her funeral and qul. Gen Akram Sahee, Khawaja idrees haider, former mr Asia mushtaq Ahmed, Khawaja hassan Ahmed, ch mohammad Amin, Kh Usman, Akeel Javed butt, Kh Arsalan, Ghaffar Gujjar, raza tareen, babar fazal butt, mohammad Saddique, Abdul Ghani, Sohail butt, bilal singer Jupiters condoled her death.
wickets at 35.06 - his worst in a year and has gone for 5.71 an over. His worst year, in terms of economy-rate, was 2010, when he went for 6.25 an over. Among players who've scored more than 2500 runs in ODI cricket and not scored a single century, Misbah-ul-Haq has the highest average - 42.30. "We needed six an over, and everything was under control. I don't know what happened after that," Misbah-ulHaq said. "Lasith gave us that momentum. A couple of overs of aggressive bowling put them on the back foot and created a bit of doubt in their minds," said Mahela Jayawardene.
don’t count me out, says Woods
The Lahore District karate Association on Sunday elected its new office-bearers for the next four years term. Haji Malik Mohammad Riaz (MNA) was elected as president of the association while Mohamamd Nadeem was secretary and Qaiser Arif treasurer. All the members of the district association participated in the general council meeting. the other elected members are senior vice president mohammad Ahsan Khan, vice presidents mohammad Amjad, Anayatullah, tariq Nazir, munawwar hussain, Nasreen Parvaiz. Associate secretary Abdul qayyum, mohammad Salman, Urooj Khan, hamid majeed, Asad Ali. Press secretary mohammad Akram Khan while the executie council includes mirza Arslan baig, Altaf Khan, ms samina, Viki yousuf, malik Shahbaz, rana mubashar, ms Kashaf. meanwhile it was decided that the referees and coaches course will be conducted July.
tomorrow, he'll play his 150th ODI. Both teams practised on a rainless day on the eve of the fifth ODI. Sajeewa Weerakoon will think he's done enough to retain his place in the XI, picking up 1 for 49 with his left-arm spin. Sri Lanka could remain unchanged. Umar Gul received treatment on the ring finger of his right hand during the fourth ODI. He was impressive at the start, but faltered in the batting Powerplay. For reasons of injury, or otherwise, Pakistan have Mohammad Sami to fall back on; he's recovering from a thumb injury himself. This year has been an expensive one for Umar Gul in ODIs. He's taken 15
SAN frANciSco: tiger Woods heads for the green at the 7th hole during the third round of the 112th US open. AFP
Tiger Woods headed straight for the practice putting green at San Francisco's Olympic Club late Saturday after his hopes of ending a four-year winless drought in the majors took a knock. The former world No.1 struggled to a five over 75 that leaves him five strokes behind joint leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell, and with 11 other players sandwiched in between. It had been, he agreed, a frustrating day especially on the greens where he found it difficult to judge the speed as they dried out under the hot California sunshine after having been watered before the third round started. "I struggled on the greens today, quite a bit," he said. "They looked quick, but they putted slow. But they were firmer than they were yesterday. So it was a tough, tough feel for me to adjust to." Woods got off to a horror start with four bogeys in eight holes before he grabbed what turned out to be his only birdie of the day at the ninth hole. He never looked comfortable down the back nine and two more bogeys followed at the 16th and 18th, where he fluffed a chip from thick rough at the side of the green.
Woods, who jointly led the tournament overnight at one-under 139 with Furyk and David Toms, said that his game had not been that bad and that the margins had been small. "I was just missing by just a few yards and that was enough," he said. "Probably about three fairways I missed just probably about three or four yards. And then that makes a big difference." Eight of Woods's 14 major titles have come when he has led or been the joint leader at the halfway stage and only once has he failed to seal the deal from that position. On his prospects for Sunday, when he will play with fellow American Casey Wittenberg, Woods said "I'm definitely still in the ball game. I'm only five back and that's certainly doable on this golf course for sure. "I think the course will be just as quick, I think they like it just the way it was. "You saw that some of the guys went out early and shot some good scores, they had a little bit more moisture on the greens and it dried out certainly in the last few groups. "No one really shot good numbers on the back. So maybe I can be one of those guys that goes out there and posts a round early."
Thaworn equals Asian Tour record with win BANgKoK AfP
Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant secured a record-equalling 13th Asian Tour title, and his first win in nearly two years, with a three-shot victory at the Queen's Cup in Koh Samui on Sunday. The 45-year-old star had a glorious eagle at the last hole of the Santiburi Samui Country Club for a three-underpar 68 to hold of challenges from Bangladesh's Siddikur and reigning Asian number one Juvic Pagunsan. Thaworn matched countryman Thongchai Jaidee's number of triumphs on the circuit with a winning total of seven-under-par 277, earning himself $47,550 in the process, but he had to come from behind after bogeying the first. "There was pressure from the first tee as I didn't hit a good tee shot and made bogey, said Thaworn in com-
ments released by the organisers. "I'm very happy as I have worked hard in the past few weeks. My experience helps with the mental game. It helps me calm down and not get nervous. I can control that." Siddikur, chasing a second Asian Tour title, missed a costly par putt from two feet at the 15th hole while he was one ahead of Thaworn. The Thai hero took full advantage, holing a five-foot birdie on 16 before a 12-foot eagle conversion at the 18th hole. "The turning point was the 15th hole when Siddikur missed his putt," said Thaworn. "On 18, I was teeing off first and I couldn't afford to make any mistake. I hit a good drive and I was quite confident. I could then smile after that," he added. Pagunsan closed with a solid 68 to finish tied second in what was the 11th leg of this season's Asian Tour.
fINAl ScoReS AT THe QUeeN'S cUP BANgKoK AIRWAYS (PAR 71): 277 - thaworn Wiratchant (thA) 70-67-72-68 280 - Juvic Pagunsan (Phi) 75-65-72-68, Siddikur (bAN) 70-68-71-71 281 - himmat rai (iNd) 70-72-72-67, Guido Van der Valk (Ned) 70-72-69-70 282 - Prayad marksaeng (thA) 69-75-69-69, Anirban lahiri (iNd) 71-68-72-71,
Varut chomchalam (thA) 72-71-66-73 284 - boonchu ruangkit (thA) 67-74-73-70 285 - chinnarat Phadungsil (thA) 76-70-75-64, miguel tabuena (Phi) 67-70-72-76 286 - Namchok tantipokhakul (thA) 71-73-71-71, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (thA) 68-72-74-72, baek Seuk-hyun (Kor) 68-73-70-75, Jonathan moore (USA) 72-72-67-75 287 - Adilson da Silva (brA) 73-69-71-74.
IOC probes London Games ticket scandal LoNDoN AfP
The IOC was investigating allegations that some national Olympic officials were breaking strict rules on selling tickets for the London Games, following a report in The Sunday Times newspaper. The International Olympic Committee pledged to take the "strongest sanctions" possible if members of national Olympic committees (NOCs) and authorised ticket resellers (ATRs) were found
to have broken the rules. The Sunday Times claimed that NOCs and ATRs had been caught selling thousands of top tickets to the London Games on the black market for up to 10 times their face value. The British broadsheet said it had found "widespread corruption" reaching across 54 countries and had passed its evidence to the IOC. "After claims that several NOCs and ATRs were reportedly willing to break the rules by offering to buy or sell tickets outside their territory, sell tickets at
inflated prices, or sell tickets to unauthorised resellers, the IOC has ordered an immediate inquiry and referred the allegations to its independent Ethics Commission," said an IOC statement. The IOC said the commission would look into the evidence and would examine any recommendations that could improve the system of international ticket sales. "The IOC takes these allegations very seriously and has immediately taken the first steps to investigate," added the statement.
"Should any irregularities be proven, the organisation will deal with those involved in an appropriate manner. The NOCs are autonomous organisations, but if any of the cases are confirmed the IOC will not hesitate to impose the strongest sanctions." Many British fans have been left disappointed after being unable to secure the seats they wanted, in the several rounds of official ticket sales. The report said the London Games organisers' decision to release 1.2 million tickets -- more than ever before --
to foreign NOCs had allowed agents and officials to flood the black market with seats for highly sought-after events. IOC rules say that NOCs must keep their supply of tickets within their country. They can distribute the tickets themselves or nominate ATRs, who must be approved. It is against the rules for any seller to inflate the price of a ticket by more than 20 percent of its face value, or trade tickets with unauthorised dealers, the report said. The Games get underway on July 27.
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Poland limp out as Jiracek sends bilekâ€™s men through WRoCLAW AgeNcIeS
Petr Jiracek's second-half goal ensured the Czech Republic squeaked into the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 as co-hosts Poland suffered an early exit. Outplayed for the majority of the first half, the Czechs were seemingly stung into action after Greece took a half-time lead against Russia in the other Group A game in Warsaw. That result left Michal Bilek's men needing all three points to reach the last eight and after dominating the tempo after the interval, Jiracek's calm finish ensured they topped the group, with Russia and Poland the eliminated teams. Poland knew nothing less than a win would see them reach the knockout stages at the expense of the Czech Republic, who also needed three points to guarantee their qualification for the last eight. Similar to their previous two matches, Poland were understandably backed by boisterous home support and they nearly gave them something to shout about early on but Dariusz Dudka's overhead kick hit the side netting. Yet they should have been behind soon after and were grateful for Vaclav Pilar completely fluffing his lines in front of goal after Theodor Gebre Selassie had picked him out with a low ball into the area. The frenetic start continued, with Poland midfielder Ludovic Obraniak's free-kick from a narrow angle hitting the side netting once more while Robert Lewandowski should have done better after slicing horribly wide with a decent sight at goal. It seemed only a matter of time that the Czech Republic defence would be breached and goalkeeper Petr Cech had to be at his best to push away Sebastian Boenisch's dipping 30yard effort. With the rain teeming down in Wroclaw, the action slowed down a touch although the Czechs, who beat Greece after losing to Russia, ended the half well.
Saina nehwal wins indonesia open Super Series JAKARTA AfP
Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal defeated China's Li Xuerui to win the Indonesia Open Super Series in Jakarta on Sunday, sending out a strong message to rivals ahead of the London Olympics next month. The world number five took the women's singles crown and $48,750 in prize money by beating world number four Li from a set down 13-21, 2220, 21-19. Nehwal said winning her third Indonesia Open title was "special" and hoped for more success in the country. She won the tournament in 2009 and 2010 but lost the following year to China's Wang Yihan. "I'm
happy to win the tournament today. But there are lots to be done (before the Olympics)," she said. "I think all the Chinese are really good... All of them are very strong, very hard working. They gave me lots of tough fights even in the quarter final," she added. Nehwal thrashed Sung Ji-Hyun of Korea in the semifinal Saturday while Li beat topseeded compatriot Wang Yihan in the other semi-final game. Li took the first game easily in Sunday's final at the Gelora Bung Karno indoor stadium, winning 21-13 with a series of ambitious cross-court smashes. Nehwal regained her composure and made a comeback in the second game, engaging Li in long ral-
lies and then pinning her to the baseline. The final and deciding game was a closely-fought contest before Nehwal sealed her victory after Li's weak backhand return hit the net. "The support is always with me, I'm really happy... but the whole stadium is cheering (for) me," Nehwal said. Li said she had a shot at winning but caved under pressure. "I think I had the chance to win but I did not use it very well. My opponent played a tough match while I played under pressure," she said after the match. In the men's singles, Indonesia's ace shuttler Simon Santoso defeated China's Du Pengyu in three sets, 2118, 13-21, 21-11, to win the title.
chUlA ViStA: connor fields #11 leads barry Nobles #95, mikey day #365, and corben Sharrah #24 during the US olympic trials for bmX, at the US olympic training center. AFP
Greek tragedy for Russians as Arshavinâ€™s team crash out WARSAW AgeNcIeS
Giorgos Karagounis and Greece rekindled the spirit of 2004 tonight as they sealed an improbable European Championship quarter-final spot and dumped Russia out of the tournament. The shock champions of eight years ago turned Group A upside down in a remarkable final round of fixtures in Poland on Saturday evening. Karagounis' winner - on the night he equalled a national record by earning his 120th cap - came completely against the run of play on the stroke of half-time at Warsaw's National Stadium. But no-one could argue Greece did not deserve their victory at the final whistle, with 2004 hero Karagounis denied a blatant penalty - and picking up a booking that ruled him out of the next match. Russia, who had thrashed Czech Republic 4-1 in their opening game, barely tested goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis and were made to pay as the Czechs beat Poland in Wroclaw to steal top spot. Dick Advocaat's men went into tonight's game in the dangerous position of knowing they needed only a draw to reach the quarter-finals, with even a defeat not necessarily fatal. It was win or bust for their opponents, who got off to the fast start they failed to produce in their previous games by winning a succession of early corners. Vyacheslav Malafeev made an acrobatic save from one of them when Kostas Katsouranis hooked Karagounis' sixth-minute delivery within reach of the goalkeeper - although it was going wide anyway. Vassilis Torossidis also had a shot blocked before Russia's technical superiority began to show, Andrey Arshavin poking Alan Dzagoev's 10th-minute cross straight at Sifakis and Aleksandr Kerzhakov inches wide with a superb 20-yard half-volley. Yuri Zhirkov spoilt a thrilling break with a wayward cutback and Kerzhakov should have done better seven minutes from half-time when he produced an embarrassing air shot from Dzagoev's knockdown. Zhirkov also sent a stunning long-ranger inches over the top as the half looked to end goalless until Karagounis pounced on the former Chelsea winger's loose header before drilling the ball under Malafeev. Russia boss Advocaat took immediate action by hauling off Kerzhakov for Roman Pavlyuchenko after the interval before seeing Roman Shirokov and Igor Denisov both fail from long range. Greece would have doubled their lead shortly before the hour mark had Aleksandr Anyukov not succeeded with a desperate clearance to prevent Theofanis Gekas turning in Torossidis' cross. And
WArSAW: russian midfielder roman Shirokov vies with Greek forward Giorgios Samaras during the euro 2012 championships at the National Stadium. AFP they were denied a 61st-minute penalty when Karagounis danced his way through the Russia defence and went down after touching legs with Sergei Ignashevich. There was definite contact but referee Jonas Eriksson thought otherwise and booked a distraught Karagounis. Manager Fernando Santos quickly withdrew the midfielder for Grigoris Makos after sending on Jose Holebas for Gekas. Zhirkov was yellow carded for hauling back Dimitris Salpingidis and was lucky to avoid further punishment when Giorgos Tzavellas curled a beautiful free-kick against the angle of post and crossbar. Russia were losing their discipline and Tzavellas was the victim of a crude challenge by Dzagoev, who was booked. Advocaat threw on Pavel Pogrebnyak for Denis Glushakov as news the Czechs had taken the lead in their game - leaving his side needing to score - filtered through. Denisov drilled a fine first-time strike too close to Sifakis before Russia's last throw of the dice saw Marat Izmailov replace Anyukov. Greece responded by withdrawing Salpingidis for Sotiris Ninis for the final seven minutes as the men in red poured forward, Dzagoev glancing Arshavin's header inches beyond the post.
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WROCLAW: Czech midfielder Petr Jiracek celebrates after scoring a goal during the Euro 2012 championships at the Municipal Stadium. AfP
Wildcard Haas beats Federer in Halle HALLE AfP
ERMANY'S Tommy Haas defeated second seed Roger Federer 7-6 (7/5), 64 to win the ATP grasscourt tournament here on Sunday. Playing in front of his home fans, the 34-year-old added to his triumph here three years ago to take his 13th ATP title. Swiss great Federer, the second seed, was seeking a sixth win at this Wimbledon warm-up event having booked his seventh final ticket with a straight sets semi-final win over unseeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny. Wildcard Haas, a former world number two, secured his place in the climax with defeat of compatriot Philipp Kohlschreiber. After claiming the title Haas said: "This has been one of the best weeks of my career, but I reckon I won't really appreciate what's happened until this evening. "If someone had said to me beforehand that I was going to beat Roger Federer, probably the best player of all time, I would have thought they were mad!" Federer was magnanimous in defeat, saying: "Tommy has performed well through-
hAlle: tommy haas (r) of Germany and Switzerland's roger federer (l) pose with their trophies after their final match of the AtP Gerry Weber open. AFP out, I'm thrilled for him." This was Haas's third career win over Federer after beating his better-fancied rival at Halle in the semi-finals in 2005 and 2006, against 10 defeats, the last in the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2009. Federer broke to lead 3-1 in the
opening set but proceeded to lose three successive games to find himself trailing 4-3. Haas went on to clinch the set on a winning serve in 50 minutes. In the second set Haas broke to lead 5-4 and serve for the match, winning out when Federer put a return long.
easier by his first-round match. The slumping three-time Wimbledon finalist will start against compatriot Sam Querrey, semi-finalist at the weekend at the ATP Queen's club tournament. The leading four get byes into the second round.
China's Zheng Jie reached the semi-finals of the Birmingham WTA grasscourt tournament on Saturday, but torrential rain left organisers with a nightmare backlog of matches. Zheng got the better of Italian fourth seed Roberta Vinci 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a quarter-final already held over from Friday. The world number 32 will play the winner of the quarter-final between Jelena Jankovic and Misaki Doi, which was suspended on Edgbaston Priory Club's Centre Court due to rain. Jankovic was leading 2-0 in the opening set when the weather intervened. Russia's Ekatarina Makarova is also through to the last four after dodging the showers to beat Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. The Russian will now take on either Melanie Oudin or Irinia Falconi.
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Zheng beats weather to reach semi-finals
Kvitova in eastbourne warm-up Petra Kvitova returns to grass for the first time since her Wimbledon triumph when the Czech plays as second seed at the Eastbourne ATP-WTA event, final tuneup for the All England club. Number four Kvitova, a French Open semi-finalist, won the title in 2008 at Devonshire Park on the blustery English south coast. She is joined in the field by fellow former champions Marion Bartoli (2011), Caroline Wozniacki (2009) and 2004 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova. Poland's 2008 winner Agnieszka Radwanska, who lost to Kvitova in the 2011 quarter-finals, heads the field. Also in the field is former number
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one and sixth seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, who will be trying to win her second match at the venue in three appearances. On the men's side, Andy Roddick's attempt to rescue his grass-court form before the start of Wimbledon won't be made any
loNdoN: daneika borthwick of britain plays a shot against laura robson of britain (not pictured) on the second day of the AeGoN international tennis. AFP
MeN: richard Gasquet (frA x1), marcel Granollers (eSP x2), Andreas Seppi (itA x3), bernard tomic (AUS x4), Julien benneteau (frA x5), Andy roddick (USA x6), Philipp Kohlschreiber (Ger x7), Pablo Andujar (eSP x8) WoMeN: Agnieszka radwanska (Pol x1), Petra Kvitova (cZe x2), caroline Wozniacki (deN x3), marion bartoli (frA x4), Angelique Kerber (Ger x5), Ana ivanovic (Srb x6), lucie Safarova (cZe x7), daniela hantuchova (SVK x8)
Imran Ahmed & Khawaja Khurram Iftikhar won the Lahore Gymkhana Lucky doubles tournament 2012 by defeating Dr Sohaib Mushtaq & Mian Amer ltaf in the closely fought match on Sunday at the courts of Lahore Gymkhana Tennis Club. They won 8-6, 7-8 (4-7) & 10-5 in the super tie-break, the match lasted for an hour & 40 minutes. All the matches of the tournament were played on the format of best of 15 games with tie-break at 7 games all. Imran & Khurram had an early break of serve advantage and led 5-4 when Sohaib & Amer equalised the match at 4 all by braking khurram's serve. However, Imran & Khurram immediately struck back at broke Khurrams serve at 6 games all and eventually Imran won the first set on his serve by hitting a booming serve. In the second set again Imran & Khurram led 4-2 and had another opportunity as they had three break points on the serve of Sohaib but could not convert even one them. Imran's next service game was broken and in the tie-break Sohaib & Amer clinched the second set 7-4. In the super-tie, Imran & Khurram took an early lead and hung onto it with Imran's serve literrally impossible to return by their opponents. Imran & Khurram won the super tie-break and match as Khurram hit a crisp cross court volley. Imran's booming serves and Khurrams' control on his crisp volleys was clear difference against their opponents. Later on former national champion & Davis Cupper 95 year old S. M. Alam distributed trophies among the winners & runners-up. In the semi-finals Imran Ahmed & Khawaja Khurram Iftikhar had beaten Asad Niaz & Faisal Khalil 7-6, 5-8 & 84, while Dr Sohaib Mushtaq & Mian Amer Altaf had beaten Azim tiwana & Sajjad Gul 8-5, 3-8 & 8-7 (7-4).
loNdoN: laura robson of britain celebrates after beating daneika borthwick of britain in a women's singles match on the second day of the AeGoN international tennis tournament. AFP
Unbeaten Chavez Jnr stops Lee to keep crown EL PASo AfP
Mexico's unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr stopped Irish southpaw Andy Lee in the seventh round on Saturday to keep his World Boxing Council middleweight title and win his 23rd fight in a row. Referee Laurence Cole stopped the bout at 2:21 of the seventh round as Chavez, nagged by leg cramps throughout the fight, inflicted a pounding to the head and body of Lee with no punches being thrown in response. "I would have
knocked him out earlier if it wasn't for my legs," Chavez said. "From the first round my legs were bothering me. It was cramps. That's why I was standing up so straight. But I got the victory." Chavez, 26, improved to 46-0 and one drawn with his 33rd victory inside the distance while 2004 Olympian Lee, 28, fell to 28-2 and saw his four-year, 13fight win streak snapped in his first world title fight. "My punches had no effect on him. He just walked through them," Lee said. "No excuses. He's a good fighter." Most of the crowd at Sun
Bowl stadium, just across the US border from his homeland, backed Chavez, a ring legend's son who is making his own fame. "I'm very happy to carry the name and I'm forcing myself to make history in the world of boxing," Chavez said. "Every day I'm doing better." Chavez and Lee exchanged flurries of hard punches in the fourth round and Chavez stung the Irishman with body blows in the fifth, Lee unafraid to take the power punches of the champion but taking the worse of the punishment. "I wanted to see if he had any
power. I saw he didn't have anything so I came on," Chavez said. "In the first round maybe I was a little cold. I stuck my face out there but he couldn't hurt me." Lee tried in vain to make Chavez chase him around the ring but admitted: "It was hard to move him with my shots." Late in the seventh round, Chavez unleashed a flurry of punches to the head and body that left Lee doubled over with his back against the ring. The Mexican continued the pounding until Cole stepped between them to end the bout.
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21 dead in Nigeria church blasts, rioting KADUNA
ULTIPLE church bombings in Nigeria and subsequent rioting by Christian youths targeting Muslims killed at least 21 people on Sunday, officials and residents said. Bomb blasts struck three churches in the northern Kaduna state, the latest in a string of Sunday attacks that has threatened to ignite wider sectarian strife across the religiously-divided country. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bloodshed but the attacks were likely to be blamed on Boko Haram, an extremist group bent on creating an Islamic state and responsible for
scores of recent attacks. Two churches were attacked in the city of Zaria and one in Kaduna City, killing at least 16 people, according to a police statement. Explosions were also reported in Nassarawa and Barnawa. After news of the blasts spread, Christian youths took to the streets of the main motorway that connects Kaduna City to Nigeria’s capital Abuja, attacking motorists who looked Muslim. An AFP reporter said he saw the bodies of 10 people killed by the rioters being taken to the morgue. “The official figures from medical personnel on the total deaths from the bombings and protests are 21 deaths and 101 injured,” said an official from the National Emergency Management Agency who requested anonymity. Kaduna state authorities immediately
imposed a 24-hour curfew. The blasts happened in the Wusasa and Sabongari districts of Zaria at the Christ the King Catholic Cathedral and ECWA GoodNews Church, residents and NEMA said. “A total of 16 persons have so far been confirmed as a result of the explosions within the three churches,” police said in a statement. Several residents in Sabongari said the Catholic church was badly damaged by the blast. “I went close to the church but could not access it due to heavy police and military security deployed around it,” resident Mahmud Hamza told AFP. “From where I stood I could see a badly destroyed church still burning from the explosion. It is obvious there were deaths from the scale of the damage and the fire,” he added.
Another resident spoke of bodies being taken out. Residents of Wusasa district spoke of many injuries but could not confirm any deaths at the ECWA GoodNews Church. “Many people in the church were injured but I have not seen any dead bodies,” a woman who was in the church in Wusasa at the time of the explosion said by telephone from her hospital bed. NEMA officials said the third attack hit the Sharon Church in Kaduna city and that there were two other bombings in the Christian-dominated towns in the south of the state. Emergency officials reported attacks in Nassarawa and Barnawa in the south of the same state but police did not confirm them and the targets remained unclear. Southern Kaduna is some four kilome-
tres (three miles) from Kaduna city and about two hours by car from Zaria. The bomb blasts triggered violent protesting by Christian youth mobs, who barricaded roads in the towns of Trijania, Gonin Gora and Sabon Tasha, attacking motorists who looked Muslim. “I cancelled my trip to Abuja because of the huge number of rioters that have taken over the roads,” one man told AFP. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the latest in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer, by the church blasts resembled those previously claimed by Boko Haram. The Islamist group claimed a suicide bombing at a church in Bauchi State that killed at least 15 earlier this month. The group is responsible for more than 1,000 deaths since mid-2009.
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diplomatic circles see no chance of a breakthrough ISLAMABAD SHAIQ HUSSAIN
KADUNA: Victims of a bombing at the Sharon church on Sunday arrive at the Saint-gerard hospital for treatment. AFP
SC likely to judge speaker’s pro-PM ruling today Jurists divided on issue of Gilani’s disqualification if Sc strikes down ruling
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As the Supreme Court is likely to announce its verdict on the petitions challenging the ruling of the National Assembly speaker on the disqualification case against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani today (Monday), jurists are divided on the question of the PM’s instant disqualification in case the apex court overrules the speaker’s ruling. Talking to Pakistan Today, Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani would be automatically disqualified if the Supreme Court strikes down the ruling of the speaker while prominent legal expert SM Zafar thinks that in this case the matter of PM’s disqualification will be referred to the Election Commission of Pakistan by the apex court as it is the “due process”. Zafar said the Supreme Court could review the ruling of the National Assembly speaker. “If the apex court comes to the conclusion that the speaker’s ruling is wrong, it can overrule it,” he said. When asked whether the prime minister would stand disqualified if the apex court struck down the
speaker’s ruling, SM Zafar said the court could refer the PM’s disqualification case to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) “but would not disqualify him”. Justice (r) Wajihuddin said that the Supreme Court could overrule the ruling of the National Assembly speaker as Pakistan’s constitution did not provide any such immunity to the speaker. “The prime minister is already disqualified under Article 63 (1) (G) of the constitution. If the apex court overrules the ruling of the speaker, the prime minister will be automatically disqualified and lose his office with no need of sending a disqualification reference against him to the Election Commission of Pakistan,” he said, adding that in his opinion the Supreme Court should not give more time to the government. Senior lawyer Hamid Khan was of the opinion that the Supreme Court had three options if it decides to set aside the speaker’s ruling. He said the Supreme Court could unilaterally disqualify the prime minister, or it could send a reference against him to the Election Commission. He added that the Supreme Court could first suspend the membership of the prime minister and then send a reference to the Election Commission.
taliban praise india for resisting US prodding KABUL AgeNcIeS
India has done well to resist US calls for greater involvement in Afghanistan, the Taliban said in a rare direct comment about one of the strongest opponents of the hardline Islamist group that was ousted from power in 2001. The Taliban also said they won’t let Afghanistan be used as a base against another country, addressing fears in New Delhi that Pakistan-based anti-India militants may become more emboldened if the Taliban return to power. The Afghan Taliban’s softer tone towards India could be a sign of a more independent course. US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta this month encouraged India to take a more active role in Afghanistan as most foreign combat troops leave in 2014. The Taliban said Panetta had failed. “He spent three days in India to transfer the heavy burden to their shoulders, to find an exit, and to flee from Afghanistan,” the group said on its English website. “Some reliable media sources said that the Indian authorities did not pay heed to (US) demands and showed their reservations, because the Indians know or they should know that the Americans are grinding their own axe.” There had been no assurance for the Americans, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told media on Sunday. “It shows that India understands the facts,” he said. “No doubt that India is a significant country in the region, but is also worth mentioning that they have full information about Afghanistan because they know each other very well in the long history,” the Taliban said.
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Pakistan and India will begin their two-day talks in New Delhi today (Monday) to resolve their maritime boundary dispute in the Sir Creek region but the diplomatic circles here see no chance of any ‘breakthrough’ in these vital negotiations. The talks on the Sir Creek issue between officials from the defence ministries of the two sides are being held a week after the inconclusive talks on another important matter, that of Siachen glacier, the world highest battlefield. Sir Creek is a 96-km strip of water that is disputed between India and Pakistan in the Rann of Kutch marshlands. The creek, which opens up into the Arabian Sea, divides the Kutch region of the Indian state of Gujarat with the Sindh province of Pakistan. The long-standing dispute lies in the actual demarcation from the mouth of Sir Creek to the top of Sir Creek and from the top of Sir Creek eastward to a point on the line designated on the Western end. From this point onwards, the boundary is unambiguously fixed. The Indo-Pak talks on Sir Creek were initially scheduled for mid-May this year but were postponed as according to diplomatic circles Pakistan wanted Siachen to be discussed first and see how far New Delhi was serious in resolving the issue. “Since, India doesn’t show any flexibility
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in its stance on Siachen demilitarisation by sticking to its demand of authentication of troops’ current positions before any withdrawal so it is most likely that we will see unsuccessful Indo-Pak talks on Sir Creek too during the two-day meeting on this vital matter in New Delhi,” said a diplomatic source seeking anonymity. Pakistan and India held their last meeting on Sir Creek in Rawalpindi on May 20 and 21 last year, which was led by Surveyor General of India S Subba Rao and Pakistan Defence Ministry’s Additional Secretary Rear Admiral Shah Sohail Masood. According to the source, the two sides would move forward with their talks now on the important matter on the basis of “non-papers” that they had exchanged in their last meeting. He said India had proposed a “midstream formula” in its proposal then to resolve the dispute while Pakistan had proposed that the line of delineation should be to the “east of the Creek”, which effectively meant that the Sir Creek would be in Pakistan’s area. A Pakistani official, when contacted said Sir Creek was a matter that could be resolved easily as compared to other issues and all that was needed from the Indian side was some flexibility on this issue and the rest of conflicting matters. He said in case of any tangible progress on the issue, the announcement of its settlement could be made during the Indian prime minister’s trip to Pakistan later this year.
Published on Jun 17, 2012