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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 234 19 Pages Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 Rabi us Sani 9, 1434
Pakistan loses Kishanganga case at The Hague The International Court of Arbitration at The Hague has upheld India’s right to divert water from the Kishanganga hydroelectric project in Kashmir. PAGE 03
GWADAR DEAL TO MAINTAIN REGIONAL STABILITY: CHINA STORY ON PAGE 19
Exit Shaikh, enter Mandviwalla
STORY ON PAGE 02
STORY ON PAGE 02
Saleem Mandviwalla took control of the Finance Ministry on Tuesday after the government’s financial wizard Abdul Hafeez Shaikh stepped down from his position over serious differences with the Presidency. PAGE 03
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Shahbaz Sharif should come clean on the Lahore mass transit system and tell the people the actual figure of the mega project. — PTI’s Dr Arif Alvi
N NEWS Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
Four Bullet-riddled Bodies FouNd iN BaloChistaN QUETTA: Four bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from Khuzdar and Dera Bugti districts of Balochistan on Tuesday. Levies Force personnel recovered two bodies from the Ferozabad area of Khuzdar and shifted them to a hospital for autopsy. The bodies were identified as that of Abdul Haq and Naimatullah. Haq belonged to the Wadh area of Khuzdar and Naimatullah from District Washuk. Both were shot in head. The bodies were later handed over to their families. Separately, two bullet-riddled bodies were found in the Janobery area of Dera Bugti. Local administration shifted the bodies to a hospital by for autopsy. STAFF REPORT
PPP Files reFereNCe agaiNst six deFeCtiNg MPas LAHORE: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday filed a reference with the Punjab Election Commissioner against six of its members of Punjab Assembly (MPAs), who defected to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Raja Riaz, Parliamentary Leader Zulfikar Gondal and Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shaukat Basra presented the reference to the Punjab Election Commissioner against the six MPAs formerly associated with the PPP. Talking to the media, Raja Riaz said the Punjab Assembly speaker had not yet accepted the MPAs’ resignation, adding that they had taken oath on the Holy Quran to complete their full term, and that they would be disqualified forever. APP
No army, no retreat SHIA PROTESTERS REFUSE TO END SIT-INS, BURY THEIR DEAD UNTIL ARMY IS DEPLOYED IN QUETTA QUETTA/LAHORE SHAHZADA ZULFIQAR/RANA HAIDER
N spite of repeated assurances by a six-member parliamentary delegation of the government of providing security to Hazara Shias in Quetta, mourners protesting with bodies of the Kirani Road bombing victims have refused to end their protest until the army takes charge of the city. Meanwhile, sit-in demonstrations and protests in all major cities and towns of the country paralysed routine life, halting railway traffic and disrupting flights at all major airports. Earlier, the parliamentary delegation comprising Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, PPP MNA Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, PPP MNA Nadeem Afzal Chan, PPP Senator Sughra Imam, PPP MNA Yasmeen Rehman and Minister for Political Affairs Maula Bakhsh Chandio reached an agreement with Shia leaders after which they called off the nationwide protests. Talking to reporters, Kaira said all valid demands of the Hazara community had been accepted and four culprits had been killed in the targeted operation conducted on Monday. He said detailed discussions were held on issues like community policing‚ compensation to the heirs of the martyrs‚ employment to their children and rehabilitation of affected families and maintenance of durable peace. He said the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen would nominate a three-member committee to remain in contact with the officials concerned to ensure following up of the understanding. ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY: The agreement was, however, rejected by the families of the victims who refused to bury their loved ones until their demand of army deployment was accepted. Despite heavy rain and cold weather, the protesting Hazaras continued with their sit-in protest, prompting Shias in other
DEMONSTRATIONS PARALYSE LIFE IN ALL MAJOR TOWNS AND CITIES parts of the country to return to the roads in a show of solidarity with their community in Quetta. The protesters’ demand at all these places was the same: Call in the army in Quetta and take immediate action against the banned terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which in recent months has played havoc with Shias, mainly the peaceful Hazara community of Balochistan, through a string of attacks. The protesting Shias also refused to accept Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s assurance of a targeted operation against the terrorists and stuck to their demand of a mass scale army operation in the province. Thousands of Hazara Shias held their ground on Alamdar Road, where they have been camping for the last three days along with the bodies of at least 80 victims of Saturday’s deadly bombing. In the federal capital, hundreds of people blocked the Expressway, suspending traffic between twin cities and blocking route to the airport. In Lahore, Shia protesters blocked the entrance and exit roads of the Allama Iqbal International Airport and refused to allow people from entering or leaving the airport, and causing massive traffic jams on all access routes. The situation turned ugly when frustrated passengers and their families clashed with the protesters. Batons and punches were used freely by both sides but timely intervention by the police prevented serious damage. The Airport Security Force barricaded the entry and exit roads of the airport for security reasons while several international and local flights were cancelled. The protesting Shias refused to vacate the roads until their demand of army deployment in Quetta was accepted but after two hours of hectic negotiations they agreed to unblock one road for intending passengers. Another major sit-in was staged at Thokar Niaz Baig and all roads emerging from the area were closed for traffic until the filing of this report. Protests and sit-ins were also
QUETTA: Shia women weep near the bodies of the Kirani Road bombing victims during the third day of protest at Alamdar Road on Tuesday. INP
held in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Multan, Faisalabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and other big and small cities across the country. TERRORISTS KILLED, ARRESTED: Local officials in Quetta announced earlier on Tuesday that security forces had killed four men and arrested seven, including an alleged mastermind of Saturday’s bombing in an “ongoing” raid on the edge of the city. Police said another 172 people had been rounded up in the past two days, including the provincial chief of extremist Sunni outfit Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, and they were now being questioned. In Lahore, intelligence agencies arrested the owner of Waris Chemicals in Lahore’s Akbari Mandi on the information of one Dad
Governor’s Rule in Balochistan to end TROIKA OBSERVES RESTORATION OF PROVINCIAL GOVT VITAL FOR CONTINUITY OF ELECTORAL PROCESS ISLAMABAD SHAIQ HUSSAIN
In a high-level meeting on Tuesday, the country’s top civilian and military leadership observed that revocation of the Governor’s Rule in Balochistan was vital for ensuring timely election and a new chief minister and his cabinet would likely be named to ensure the continuity of the electoral process. Law Minister Farooq Naik said the country’s top civilian and military leaders wanted elections on time, adding that the meeting of president, prime
minister and army chief discussed an end to Governor’s Rule in Balochistan. He said that restoration of provincial set up was vital for electoral process, adding that a new chief minister and his cabinet could be formed in Balochistan. Earlier, the country’s top civilian and military leadership resolved to cleanse Quetta of miscreants and terrorists, deciding that all possible steps would be taken to protect the Hazara community from terrorist attacks in the future. A crucial meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani was held at the Presidency to review the steps being taken by the government in Quetta to apprehend the terrorists and take protective measures for the safety of Hazara Shias in the wake of Saturday’s
horrendous terrorist attack that killed 90 people and left over 190 people injured. A brief official statement said Prime Minister Ashraf called on the president at Aiwan-e-Sadr and later, the chief of army staff also joined the meeting. “Current security situation in the country was discussed during the meeting,” the statement said, without giving any details. But an official privy to the troika meeting told Pakistan Today that the vital issue of army’s deployment in Quetta on the demand of Hazara people came under discussion, but it was decided that instead of sending the army into the city, the Frontier Corps (FC) would continue with anti-terrorism operations. “It was also decided that functioning of intelligence agencies would be strengthened in Balochistan and this
mechanism would be made efficient, as that was the most effective way to tackle the menace of terrorism,” he said, seeking anonymity. Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Ashraf announced the start of a targeted operation in Quetta against the Lashkare-Jhangvi (LeJ), which claimed responsibility for Saturday’s killing of Hazara people. During the troika meeting, it was decided that the FC and local police in Quetta would act in coordination with the intelligence agencies to carry out a sweeping operation against the terrorists and the same would continue until all miscreants were either arrested or eliminated, the official said. He said it was also decided that stern action would be taken against any government official who failed to perform well during counterterrorism efforts in Balochistan.
Muhammad, who was arrested in Quetta and is allegedly involved in the Kirani Road bombing. Intelligence sources told Pakistan Today in Lahore that Muhammad had bought 2,000 kilogrammes of Potassium and Phosphorous in the last two months from Waris Chemicals and the same material was used in the Quetta bombing, which is one of the biggest bombings in Pakistan. IG BALOCHISTAN REPLACED: In a related development, Prime Minster Ashraf ordered the transfer of Balochistan Police IG Tariq Omar Khatab and appointed Mushtaq Sukhaira in his stead. According to the spokesman, the decision had been made because Khatab had failed to control the law and order situation in the province.
FC arrests former Balochistan minister in Quetta QUETTA INP
The Frontier Corps (FC) arrested Pakistan People’s Party leader and former minister Ali Madad Jattak along with his 15 gunmen in Quetta’s Hazargangi area on Tuesday. According to reports, arms and ammunition were also seized from the guards of the former minister. The reports said Jattak and his gunmen had been shifted to an undisclosed location. Jattak was considered very close to former Balochistan chief minister Asalm Raisani and was a strong candidate for the position of chief minister of the province.
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The poor performance of the government is ample proof that it has lost its writ in Balochistan. — Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
Judges rule out army deployment in Quetta SAY DECISION ON ARMY DEPLOYMENT BEYOND ITS PARAMETERS ISLAMABAD
E A R I N G a suo motu case on the massacre of Shia Hazara community members in Quetta, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of government and its agencies, saying the government was a mere spectator in the incident which had shaken the entire country. A three-member bench headed by the
SEEK REPLIES FROM PRESIDENT, PM, GOVERNOR ON SECURITY FOR HAZARAS CJP heard the case. The bench observed that Article 90 of the constitution was not being followed in the country. The court also sought by Wednesday (today) the replies of President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi about the steps taken to provide security to the Hazara community. Interior Secretary Khawaja Muhammad Siddique Akbar submitted a report on the behalf of Intelligence Bureau (IB) to which the CJP said that the IB should be doing other things apart from spying on
judges. The court directed the interior secretary to enquire how a tanker carrying 800 to 1,000 kilogrammes of explosives had reached the site of the blast that had killed 90 people. The court said the country’s chief executive should have personally visited Quetta instead of sending a delegation to address the grievances of the Hazara community members who were staging a sitin with dead bodies. The CJP said the incident was a failure of 16 secret agencies to which the interior secretary said that he needed more time to present a detailed report. The CJP asked him to arrest the culprits and not ask for more time. Defence Secretary Asif Yasin also appeared before the court. The CJP noted that the court could not order the deployment of the army because that was beyond its parameters, adding that the federal and provincial governments had failed to control the situation. The CJP said that a similar incident had occurred in Quetta a month ago, ask-
ing Balochistan Advocate General (AG) Amanullah Kinrani that how many accused had been arrested. Kinrani replied that only four suspects had been killed in an encounter. Tariq Asad, a petitioner, suggested that Article 245 of the constitution should be enforced in the province. “If we will continue to save democracy, the lives will not be saved,” he said. The CJP then said that the court would only ask for the protection of the fundamental rights of the citizens. He said that calling the army was the job of the government, and the court would not pass any order in this regard. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said that the federal government was “sleeping”. Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that the federal government did not know what was happening in the country. He said people were protesting but there was no one to hear their voice. “About hundred dead bodies are lying on the road for four days, but the government did nothing,” he said.
PESHAWAR: Civil society activists light candles in solidarity with the Hazara Shias on Tuesday. INP
Qadri turns to army for ‘saving country’ LAHORE ONLINE
Supporting the Hazara community’s demand for army to take over Quetta, Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Tuesday advised the army to “come forward and save the country”. Talking to journalists, Qadri warned that the current wave of terrorism in Quetta and the rest of the country could result in the division of the country, saying that only the army could protect the nation. Qadri also lashed out at the judiciary, saying it had ordered the release of hundreds of terrorists who were involved in the worst terror activities in the country. He expressed deep grief and sorrow over the deaths of Hazara people in a bomb attack in Quetta. He said that those responsible for the heinous activity were barbarians and a blot on the face and conscience of humanity. He said the unending wave of targeted killings and bomb blasts against the Hazara community was a carefully planned conspiracy against the in-
tegrity of Pakistan. He said the killing of innocent men, women and children was a national tragedy. Qadri announced that his party – the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) – would participate in the sit-ins at each and every city of the country to share the grief and sorrow of the bereaved families. He demanded of the government to wake up to the challenge of terrorism and take urgent measures to protect the people from dastardly attacks.
Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
PakistaN loses kishaNgaNga Case at the hague ISLAMABAD: The International Court of Arbitration at The Hague has upheld India’s right to divert water from the Kishanganga hydroelectric project in Kashmir. Islamabad had proposed the establishment of a court of arbitration and the appointment of a neutral expert to resolve the dispute in November 2009. Pakistan objected to the construction of the Kishanganga project, which is called Neelum River in Pakistan. In a partial award announced in the Kishanganga dispute, the Hague-based Court of Arbitration allowed India to divert only a minimum flow of water from Neelum/Kishanganga River for power generation. The Indian government had sought full diversion of the river water, but the court determined that India was under an obligation to construct and operate the Kishanganga Hydroelectric Plant (HEP) in such a way as to maintain a minimum flow of water in the river at a rate to be determined by the court in its final award. The final award will be announced in December this year. The court asked India and Pakistan to provide data by June so that it could determine the minimum flow of water. Pakistan had put two questions, which were legal in nature, before the tribunal – whether India’s proposed diversion of the Neelum/Kishanganga River into another tributary breaches India’s legal obligations owed to Pakistan under the treaty and whether under the treaty, India may deplete or bring the reservoir level of a run-of-river plant below the dead storage level in any circumstances except in the case of an unforeseen emergency. On the second question, the court determined that except in the case of an unforeseen emergency, the treaty did not permit reduction below the dead storage level in the reservoirs of run-ofriver plants on the western rivers. It further said the accumulation of sediment in the reservoir of a run-of-river plant on the western rivers did not constitute an unforeseen emergency that would permit depletion of the reservoir below the dead storage level for drawdown flushing purposes. Accordingly, India may not employ drawdown flushing at the reservoir of the Kishanganga hydroelectric plant to an extent that will entail depletion of the reservoir below dead storage level. A senior official who is familiar with the development said that the court’s decision had endorsed Pakistan’s view that the neutral expert’s decision in the Baglihar case regarding drawdown flushing below the dead storage level was wrong and in gross violation of the parameters defined by the Indus Water Treaty. STAFF REPORT
Exit Shaikh, enter Mandviwalla ISLAMABAD TAyyAb HUSSAIN
Former state minister for finance Saleem Mandviwalla has taken oath as the new finance minister of the country following resignation by Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. Shaikh’s resignation rumours had started making rounds on Sunday, but the ministry had denied such reports. Shaikh was reportedly being nominated by the government as a candidate for the caretaker prime minister’s slot, however, the nomination is being strongly opposed by the opposition. Shaikh tendered resignation after developing serious differences with the presidency, allegedly over the massive allocation of funds to be doled out as subsidy for power tariff for tube-wells, allegedly under the influence of PPP MNAs, to help woo their voters in rural areas in the upcoming polls. Shaikh was appointed the finance adviser to former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in year 2010 and was later appointed the finance minister. He holds a PhD in economics, taught at Harvard University and worked at the World
Bank for several years, advising 21 countries, including a stint as World Bank count r y head i n Saudi Arabia. Recently, Shaikh faced severe criticism for the sudden downslide in price of rupee against dollar which has now crossed Rs 100. Despite his dismal performance over the past two years, Shaikh was being picked as a potential candidate of the ruling coalition for appointment as caretaker prime minister. However, the major opposition party, the PML-N has rubbished any future prospect for Shaikh. “He is a failed economic manager. He roughed up the country’s economy and he has also lost the confidence of the government. The caretaker PM should have credibility as a neutral person but Shaikh is PPP’s man,” said Mushahidullah Khan, the secretary information of the PML-N. He said even Sartaj Aziz, the former foreign minister of Nawaz
Sharif in 1997-98, was a better finance wizard than Shaikh. Shaikh is said to have capacity of winning support from the country’s establishment as well as a nod by the US, EU and some of the international financial institutions – including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. “Shaikh brings with him a long administrative experience besides having planned and executed fiscal policies. Since he has also rich experience of working with the IFI’s, his nomination may help the country deal with the daunting financial challenges,” said a PPP leader. The minister said since the caretakers would also strategise to deal with financial issues as the government would not be able to present the fiscal budget this June and the upcoming government might prepare the new budget, Hafeez would be able to deal with the issues concerning the Ministry of Finance. Shaikh’s name came to spotlight in the foreign media during his tour of the US, where despite strained relations between the US and Pakistani Army, Shaikh was able to win a better financial deal for Pakistan.
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Although the army does not want to interfere in political matters, it will have to change its strategy. – Dr Tahirul Qadri
NEWS Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
Na on fire over shia cleansing, announces joint session PML-N, MQM STAGE WALKOUTS OVER HAZARA KILLINGS ISLAMABAD ANwER AbbAS
xPRESSING concern over the deteriorating law and order in Balochistan and Shia cleansing in the country, the National Assembly on Tuesday announced that it would call a special joint session of parliament. The private members day’s agenda was suspended in the 49th session of the National Assembly so that the recent Quetta blast, in which over 80 people were killed, and the ongoing Shia genocide across the country could be debated. Members of parliament raised questions about the poor performance of the government, the
security forces and the intelligence agencies in connection with incidents of targeted killings related to sects. To a point of order, MQM’s Wasim Akhtar said the Quetta carnage failed to gain the rulers’ attention and now the government’s team was negotiating with the protesters, not for their protection but to bury the dead. “The headquarters of the terrorists are based in Punjab,” the MQM MNA said, adding that indiscriminate action should be carried out against terrorists. Other members of the MQM stressed that forming committees was not the solution but stern and brutal action against the enemies of humanity was. The MQM MPs then staged a walkout. Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah clarified that the government was fully aware of the seriousness of the issue, adding that that was the reason the provincial government had been replaced by
governor’s rule in Balochistan. He suggested that all political parties should sit together and come up with a solution to curb terrorism in the country. PML-N’s Naseer Bhutta was of the view that the recent statement by the Balochistan governor reflected the helplessness of the government against the terrorists. Countering the allegations leveled by MQM’s Akhtar, Bhutta said the Punjab government had its writ established in the entire province and terrorists were not given a free hand. PML-Q’s MNA Sardar Bahadar Khan Sehar suggested that the seminaries system across the country be changed, adding that the present system was promoting extremism and sectarianism. Demanding the government curb Shia genocide across the country, and provide protection to them, Sehar said all parties had to formulate a joint policy to deal with the situation for the sake of
the country. PPP’s Ejaz Ahmed Virk questioned the performance of the intelligence agencies, saying they had failed to break the terrorists’ networks across the country. PML-N’s Bargis Tahir said Quetta was burning and the Shia community across the country was on roads protesting against the failure of the government. Later, the PML-N MPs also staged a walkout from the House. “No thing called a government exists in Quetta, Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while President [Asif Ali] Zardari is engaged in his visits to Lahore, and Islamabad enjoying a luxurious life in a house worth Rs 5 billion,” said Awami National Party MNA Himayatullah Mayaar. Condemning the brutal killings of Hazaras, Mayaar said the entire country was on fire. “There are around 40,000 terrorists in the country, including Uzbeks and Punjabi Taliban and banned outfits such as Lashkar-e-
Jhangvi, Jamatud Dawa, Lashkare-Tayyaba, and Jaish Mohamad have public offices across the country,” the ANP MP revealed. He asked why had all these offices been opened in Punjab. He demanded that a ban be imposed on working of these banned outfits under other names. Khawaja Asif of the PML-N pointed out that despite the assurances given by the prime minister, the Shia community was being targeted and killed throughout the country and that too on a daily basis which was tragic. He said only in Balochistan 2,400 Hazaras had been assassinated in the past few years, urging that the whole parliament should join PPP MNA Nasir Ali Shah, who was on protest over the issue. The PML-N MNA demanded the government summon a joint session of parliament and question security and intelligence organisations on their failure to
protect Pakistanis. PML-N’s Akhtar said numerous briefings had been given to parliamentarians in the past but all in vain. Khurshid Shah informed the House that he would consult with the leader of the House and would call the joint sitting next week, to which Chair of Penal Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor said the session should be kept open for everyone as in-camera sessions in the past had failed to gain their objectives. Zafar Baig Bhitni said normal grafting of terrorism was insufficient, adding that the menace should be completely uprooted. FATA MNAs also expressed solidarity with the demands of the Shias and staged a protest walkout from the session. Later, when PML-Q’s Kashmala Tariq pointed out the low quorum in the House, the National Assembly session was adjourned until Wednesday (today).
Pakistan will support intra-Afghan dialogue: Raja ISLAMABAD INP
P rime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that Pakistan would extend its full support to an intra-Afghan dialogue among all segments of society for the peace and security of Afghanistan. The PM was talking to Haji Muhammad Mohaqiq, Afghan lawmaker and head of Hizb-e-Wahdat Mardam-e-Afghan Party in a meeting at the PM’s House. Underscoring the impor-
tance of peace in Afghanistan, the premier said that entire region’s progress and development was linked to it. He said Pakistan wanted friendly relations with all ethnic and political groups in Afghanistan. The prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s firm resolve for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan and assured Mohaqiq of all possible support in this regard. He maintained that stability in Afghanistan was essential for
stability in Pakistan. Talking about the recent Shia killing in Quetta, the PM said that the government had ordered a targeted operation against elements responsible for killing innocent civilians. He expressed the resolve to fight the terrorists until they were completely wiped out. Earlier, welcoming Mohaqiq on his visit, Raja said that his earlier visit in October 2011 was very fruitful in enhancing understanding between the two countries.
Belgian diamond heist nets millions BRUSSELS AGENCIES
A gang of armed robbers raided a Swiss-bound aircraft at Brussels airport on Monday night to steal a “gigantic sum” of diamonds in one of the world’s biggest-ever jewellery heists. Belgian officials on Tuesday declined to quantify the value of the diamonds stolen, but Flemish language broadcaster VRT reported the loot was worth about €350m, or $470m. “What we are talking about is obviously a gigantic sum,” said Caroline De Wolf, spokesperson for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, who gave a more conservative value of $50m. Around 19.45pm local time on Monday, eight men dressed as police officers made a hole in the perimeter fence of the airport, Brussels’ prosecutors said. The robbers, who were carrying machine guns, then drove two dark vehicles with blue flashing lights resembling police cars towards the aircraft, which had just been loaded with 120 parcels of diamonds by a private security firm called Brinks. Once they reached the aircraft, the thieves threatened to shoot the guards and the aircraft’s two pilots before making their way to the area where the diamonds were being cached, officials said. Once they secured the loot the gang rushed off at full speed into the darkness.
KABUL: Ethnic Hazara Afghan Shias participate in a hunger strike on Tuesday in protest against the bombing in Pakistan targeting Shias that killed 89 people. AFP
Senators demand briefing on reasons behind intelligence failure in Balochistan ISLAMABAD APP
Senators belonging to various political parties on Tuesday demanded that the officials of law enforcement agencies, and ministries of interior and defence should be summoned to brief the Upper House about the reasons behind “intelligence failure” in Balochistan. Speaking on an adjournment motion moved by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Senator Tahir Mashhadi, Leader of the Opposition Ishaq Dar said that Interior Minister Rehman Malik should be directed to brief the House in camera about the threats being faced by the country and the measures being taken to cope with those threats. Condemning the attack on the Hazara people, he said that Pakistan’s only problem was lack of implementation of policies. Mashhadi said there should be a system of reward and punishment in the law enforcement agencies. Criminals should be treated as
criminals, he added. He said that banned groups were involved in the carnage of Pakistanis, adding that law enforcement agencies must be equipped with adequate facilities to exterminate the menace of terrorism from the country. He said the Quaid-eAzam wanted a liberal, modern and democratic Pakistan. He wanted unity among the citizens but nothing of such sort was existing in the country. He said that on January 10, 2013, as many as 115 people had been killed and over 200 had sustained injuries, but no action had been taken against the officials responsible for maintaining law and order in the province. Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) Senator Rafique Rajwana said a committee should be constituted with the mandate to probe the Quetta incident. Mir Hasil Bazinjo of the Balochistan National Party said that in the last two and half years, over 3,150 people had been killed in the province, including 1,300
non-Baloch, 850 Baloch and over 1,000 Hazaras. He said that the terrorists’ foreign connection could not be overlooked, adding that law enforcers should be summoned to brief the Senate about the carnage in the province and measures taken to stop the killings. Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Haji Adeel said that Pakistani law enforcers were capable of overcoming the menace of terrorism, as with their active help, Sri Lanka had managed to exterminate the menace of terrorism. Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) said that governor’s rule had not helped in maintaining peace in the province. In the last one month, a total of 130 people have been killed in Balochistan, 17 people have been kidnapped and over 100 have sustained injuries, he said. He announced a token walkout from the House against Balochistan carnage. Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the
killings of such scale were the result of negligence of relevant law enforcement agencies. On January 18, 2008, when the transition from dictatorship to democracy was in process, two terrorists Usman Kurd and Dawood Badini had fled despite the announcement of death sentence from an antiterror court. He said the Senate’s Human Rights Committee had raised the issue but in vain. The officials of the ministries of interior and defence should be asked about the reasons for not arresting the convicted terrorists who had fled. Mohsin Leghari, an independent senator from Punjab, said loopholes in the intelligence system should be plugged and witnesses should be provided protection. Senators Farhat Abbas and Surayya Amiruddin also spoke and condemned the killings in Quetta. The Senate chairman adjourned the House until Wednesday, and announced that the debate on Quetta killings would continue.
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Pakistan will soon become the centre of trade for the whole world. US and India never want this to happen. Their wishes will turn to dust. – Hafiz Saeed
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Contractor refuses to print roll-number slips of matriculation students RAWALPINDI ONLINE
Due to non-provision of a complete record of candidates of the matriculation exam, the IT firm which had been contracted to print roll number slips of students of Rawalpindi Board of Education on Tuesday refused to abide by the contract. The contractor said that the data provided to him lacked authenticity. As a result, the board had decided to print the roll number slips on their own. Vacations of the employees of the Board of Education had been cancelled, and the employees who were on vacations had been ordered to come back on duty. Educational circles were of the view that the negligence of Rawalpindi Board of Education meant that it would fail to release the roll-number slips on a self-help basis.
AKING serious notice of Capital Development Authority (CDA)’s poor performance regarding establishment of environment friendly dumping sites and providing clean drinking water to citizens, the Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change on Tuesday directed the civic agency to take some practical steps. During a meeting, Climate Change Minister Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan revealed that due to CDA’s negligence, most of the citizens of the federal capital drank contaminated water and lacked adequate safe sanitation facilities.The minister expressed his strong resentment over the poor maintenance of the public drinking water filtration plants in the city, installed by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). He directed CDA to take all-out measures to improve oversight and maintenance of these filtration plants as these were a blessing for thousands of the residents in the city,
particularly in the hot summer days when most of the city faces a severe shortage. “Most of the city still drinks contaminated water and has to face inadequate safe sanitation facilities,” the minister revealed. In the meeting, Committee Chairman Senator Dr Saeeda Iqbal also slammed CDA’s poor performance regarding the establishment of environment-friendly dumping sites. “It is a matter of grave concern that there were no dumping sites in Islambad and other parts of the country. Lack of model dumping sites shows the apathy of the government authorities towards such a serious health and environmental issue,” Dr Saeeda Iqbal said. She asked the representatives of CDA at the committee meeting to ensure provision of clean drinking water, safe sanitation facilities at all public hospitals in Islamabad and its vicinity. Dr Iqbal advised the CDA representatives to collaborate with the education department to educate and sensitise the public through mass awareness programmes regarding the importance and observance of cleanliness and safe sanitation as a key to a healthy life.
Absence of dust bins at public places, markets, bazaars and parks does not give a feel-good impression and raises questions regarding the role of CDA and its relevant wings responsible for cleanliness in the city, he highlighted. “However, it is equally important that dust bins inscribed with public cleanliness are installed at all public places, particularly public parks and weekly markets. This will help motivate play a major part in the proper management of garbage or waste,” Dr Saeeda Iqbal underlined. Meanwhile, CDA Landfill Project Director Sajjad Zaidi said that a landfill site had been developed in I-12 sector, where waste would be dumped in a scientific manner. “Besides, efforts are underway to develop landfill sites in other parts of the city as well,” he added. Responding to complaints regarding nonprovision of clean drinking water to domestic consumers in the city, CDA Engineering Member Sanaullah Aman said that locals in the city were getting clean drinking water by a dint of filtration plants installed at source points, such as Simly, Kanpur and Rawal dams.
STUDENTS VIOLATING CITY GOVT’S NO-SMOKING LAW ISLAMABAD ZAINUL ISLAM
Despite the launch of an anti-smoking campaign by the city administration at the end of last year, smoking in the premises of educational institutions was still in progress. The capital’s administration had given a deadline of January 1, and had warned violators that they would be seriously dealt with, but violators did not take this threat seriously. During a visit to various educational institutions, Pakistan Today observed that smoking went unabated in institutions and smokers could get cigarettes from nearby shops easily. Almost all varsities in the federal capital had small tuck shops around
them, most of which were located right in front of the campus gate. “Although tobacco products are not available in the university’s cafeteria, smoking is not prohibited within the premises of university. People bring tobacco products along with them and smoke without any hesitation”, a student from International Islamic University told Pakistan Today. He further said that many students, drivers, security guards and other staffers were also addicted to smoking. “Everyone smokes freely and no one stops them. University administration often warns students and tries to raise awareness by putting up signs. It is the parent’s responsibility to keep an eye on their children,” he added. Misbah Ali, an official from AIOU said, “Smoking is not prohibited inside campus. Selling of tobacco products was banned, but students bought cigarettes from nearby shops.”
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Only Imran Khan had the courage to take Lashkhar-e-Jhangvi’s name while condemning the Quetta massacre. –Shafqat Mehmood
ISLAMABAD Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
Protesters peacefully end sit-in in twin cities
six CCtV cameras installed at rawalpindi railway station RAWALPINDI INP
To make security arrangements at the railway station in line with the international standards, US donated six up-to-date CCTV cameras were installed at different important points at the Rawalpindi Railway Station on Tuesday. Moreover, Railway Chief Electrical Engineer Capt Asif visited the Rawalpindi Railway station to check the facilities required during the summer season. Installation of air fans, water coolers, and new air-conditioning system in the trains had also been started. Railway Divisional Superintendent Syed Munawar Shah, while talking to INP, confirmed the installation of six CCTV cameras in the station through which surveillance of the entire station would be focused “The cameras which can record up to fifteen days of footage, would enable us to keep an eye on suspicious persons at the station and would help us avert problems,” he said. He said that ticket reservation counters at the station had been increased to eight from previously six counters to facilitate passengers.
OLLOWING the tragic killings of the Hazara community and the systematic cleansing of the Shias in other cities, the Shiite community blocked the main roads in the twin cites until an announcement came calling to end the protest sit-in after successful negotiations between the government and the protesters in Quetta. Large number of protesters, including women and children, heavily participated in around a dozen protest sit-ins staged at various parts of the twin cities. However, the protests caused severe traffic jams at various parts of the city. Due to the protests, traffic remained minute on the roads, and low attendance was witnessed in educational institutions, government and private offices and in hospitals. On the other hand, the number of participants kept on rising and the number of protesters multiplied as compared to the first day. The most troubled area in the twin cities was Faizabad, the intersection of Rawalpindi and Islamabad which was blocked by the Shiite protesters. Hundreds of youngsters were seen holding flags of various Shiite organisations and chanted slogans against terrorism and the government. The protesters vowed to continue their protest sit-in if the government did not surrender their demands for protection and to launch targeted operations against the terrorists. Protesters expressed their support and solidarity with the Hazara protesters who were protesting in Quetta by refusing to bury their deceased family members.Shiite protesters also staged a protest sit-in near Benazir Bhutto International Airport. Around mid-day, another protest camp was organised at Liaqat Bagh where people came in throngs to join the columns of protesters. Media reports mentioned that protesters staged a protest sit-in a little away from GHQ where they demanded the Armed forces of Pakistan to take control of Quetta to protect the lives of innocent Hazara Shias. In Islamabad, dozens of protesters entered the red-zone, and reached the Supreme Court of Pakistan at dawn, where Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was holding the Shiite and Hazara killings’ suo motu hearing. Displaying placards inscribed with slogans against the government, terrorists and the killings, they demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan to book those behind the incidents as well as those protecting the terrorists across the country. Hazara residents in the capital, joined by various members of the civil society, also appeared at D-chowk and staged a protest sit-in. They announced that they would not leave the spot unless the demands of the Hazaras were met. The number of locals and government officials, after getting free from their jobs, kept on joining the protesters. A rally turned protest sit-in was also staged in the Tarnol area of the federal capital, banning the entry and exit of vehicles into the capital through main highways.
Provinces should cooperate to end de-forestation: PARC ISLAMABAD APP
To overcome de-forestation and for the improvement of rangeland, the provinces must coordinate for the common cause of tree plantation every year, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad said on Wednesday. He added that trees were the most precious gift of God to mankind. “As the population grows at a rate of 2.8 percent and cities continue to become congested, the need for open spaces, parks, and garden is increasingly being felt,” he said. “The influence of trees in the form of purified air, clean water, rest and recreation, scenic enjoyment, reduced noise levels were being fully appreciated,” he said. He said due to the present situation of rangeland conversion into agriculture and
due to the degradation in our country, we must restore our rangeland not only for our livestock but also for our environment in the country. It was a resource much more superior to other bounties and blessing because not only was it renewable, it also made a very healthy contribution towards the improvement of the environment. “The importance of forests was immense in Pakistan, which has arid and hot climate in over more than 70 percent of its area and where the percentage of forest area is 4.8 Percent,” the chairman said. NARC Director (RRI) Dr Muhammad Islam briefed in detail the importance of this tree plantation campaign and NARC DG Dr Muhammad Sharif also planted a tree. Members of PARC and other senior officers of PARC and NARC were also present on the occasion.
Cda decides to vacate 700 flats in sector g-6 ISLAMABAD INP
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) board decided on Tuesday to vacate 700 flats located in Sector G-6 from the officials of the Islamabad Police. The civic body had also decided to name two roads after Mansha Yad, Tufail Niazi. The decision was taken in a meeting presided over by CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz. The board expressed grave concerns over the occupation of more than 700 flats in Sector G-6 by the officials of Islamabad Police and had decided to get vacate them vacated. A detailed report would be formed in this connection and would be approved by the board. Then, the CDA would get the flats vacated through a proper legal channel with the help of the Enforcement Department. The CDA board also decided to launch a rapid transit bus service (metro bus service) in the federal capital.
United States awards scholarships to 150 students in Azad Jammu & Kashmir ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Muzaffarabad, February 19, 2013 - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Jock Conly and Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, awarded scholarships to 150 students studying education from AJK University in Muzaffarabad. “The United States government is committed to supporting Pakistan in its efforts to improve the quality of basic education through better prepared teachers,” remarked Jock Conly, the USAID Mission Director. “This scholarship program is yet another expression of the U.S. government’s longterm commitment to help build a stronger, more prosperous and RoshanPakistan.” Speaking at the occasion, Education Minister of AJK Mian Abdul Waheedthanked the people of the United States for
providing the resources for the scholarship program that will ultimately improve the quality of education for thousands of Pakistanis. This Azad Jammu & Kashmir scholarship program is part of a larger $75 million USAID Teacher Education Project. In addition, USAID works closely with the Government of Pakistan to develop and implement innovative curricula for two recently-launched degree programs: a four-year Bachelors Degree in Education (B.Ed.) and a two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE). A total of 1,900 students across Pakistan will be awarded scholarships under this project. More than 100 scholarships were awarded to students in Azad Jammu and Kashmir previously.The USAID basic education program seeks to bring 3.2 million children to reading at or above grade level over the next five years by improving instructional quality and strengthening education systems.
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In terms of AgustaWestland, we will respond to any request for information. I am glad that the Italian authorities are looking into this issue in detail, as Finmeccanica is an Italian company. — Prime Minister David Cameron
Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
syrian rocket attack on aleppo district kills 20 ALEPPO AGENCIES
CARACAS: Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gather at Simon Bolivar Square to celebrate after Chavez announced on Twitter that he had returned to the country from Cuba and is hospitalized at a military hospital in the Venezuelan capital. AGENCIES
Cameron deals with corruption claims during india trip NEW DELHI AGENCIES
AVID Cameron’s hopes of striking a “special partnership” with India come under strain as the country’s prime minister says he has “very serious concerns” over a lucrative helicopter deal. On the second day of his trade mission to India, Mr Cameron promised to provide any information requested by the Indian authorities. The corruption allegations relate to a deal to supply the Indian air force with helicopters made by AgustaWestland, which is owned by Italian firm Finmeccanica. India has suspended payments under the £480m contract following the arrest last week of Finmeccanica chairman and chief executive Giuseppe Orsi and AgustaWestland chief executive Bruno Spagnolini on corruption and tax fraud charges. ‘VERY SERIOUS CONCERNS’: During a new conference in New Delhi, Manmohan Singh said he had “conveyed to the prime minister our very serious concerns
regarding allegations about unethical means used in securing the 2010 contract for AgustaWestland helicopters”.
typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern syria GENEVA
He added that he had sought an explanation from the company by Friday. Mr Cameron said: “In terms of
AgustaWestland, we will respond to any request for information. I am glad that the Italian authorities are looking into this issue in detail, as Finmeccanica is an Italian company.” He added that Britain had introduced “anti-bribery legislation that is probably the strongest anywhere in the world and we will root out any problems of bribery and corruption wherever and whenever they appear”. CYBER SECURITY: The two leaders agreed closer co-operation over cyber security, which is expected to see the establishment of a joint taskforce to share information on malicious IT attacks from criminal gangs, terrorists and state agents. They also signed a memorandum of understanding on civil nuclear co-operation, with a role for firms like RollsRoyce in India’s nuclear power programme. Mr Singh said he had sought reassurances from Mr Cameron over visas for Indians travelling to Britain. On Monday, Mr Cameron said he was launching a speedy, same-day visa for business people from India.
A Syrian army rocket attack on a rebelheld district in the city of Aleppo killed at least 20 people and another 25 were missing, opposition activists said on Tuesday. The missile was identified from its remains as a Scud-type rocket that government forces have increasingly used in areas under opposition control in the province of Aleppo and in the province of Deir a-Zor to the east, they said. “The rocket brought down three adjacent buildings in Jabal Badro district. The bodies are being dug up gradually. Some, including children, have died in hospitals,” Mohammad Nour said by phone from Aleppo. He said testimony from survivors indicated that 25 people were still under the rubble. Video footage showed dozens of people scouring the site for missing victims and inspecting the damage. A body was being pulled from under a collapsed concrete structure. At a nearby hospital, a baby said to have been dug out from under the wreckage was shown dying in the hands of doctors. Abdeljabbar al-Akeidi, head of the rebel Aleppo Military Council in Syria’s largest city and erstwhile commercial hub, was shown in video footage inspecting the scene. Syrian opposition fighters have captured several army bases in Aleppo in the last two months, depriving the army of secure sites from which troops have been firing artillery at rebel-held districts of the city and surrounding rural areas. Rocket salvoes over the last week have hit the towns of Tel Rifaat and Dar Izza in rural Aleppo, as well the eastern towns of Albu Kamal and Mou Hassan near the border with Iraq. Abu Mujahed of the Sham News Network opposition group in Aleppo said that although rebels were present in Jabal Badro, the area on the city’s eastern edge had little strategic value. “Jabal Badro has been with the opposition for months and life was normal in the district. Shops were open and people were going to work,” Abu Mujahed said. “Using a devastating weapon like a Scud aims to stir anger against the (rebel) Free Syrian Army and undermine its base of popular support.” Syria has been convulsed by an uprising and civil war for almost two years, with an estimated 70,000 people killed, and U.N. investigators say war crimes, including deliberate attacks on civilians, have been committed by both sides.
Women, girls increasingly victims in Afghan war, UN says KABUL
Typhoid has broken out in an opposition-held region of Syria due to people drinking contaminated water from the Euphrates River, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. An estimated 2,500 people in northeastern Deir al-Zor province are infected with the contagious disease, which causes diarrhea and can be fatal, the United Nations agency said. “There is not enough fuel or electricity to run the pumps so people drink water from the Euphrates which is contaminated, probably with sewage,” the WHO representative in Syria, Elisabeth Hoff, told Reuters by telephone. The WHO had no confirmed reports of deaths so far from typhoid. Typhoid fever is an infection of the intestinal tract and bloodstream caused by salmonella bacteria. People become infected after consuming food or beverages handled by an infected person or by drinking contaminated water. Symptoms can be treated with antibiotics or vaccines but some strains can kill, Hoff said.
Afghan women and girls are increasingly victims of violence with a 20 percent increase last year in the number killed or injured even though the number of civilian casualties fell for the first time in years, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Reinforcing fears about a rise in insecurity as foreign combat troops prepare to leave by next year, the United Nations said the country faced a growing threat from the return of armed groups. The threat to Afghanistan’s civilians in the 11-year war has become a significant source of stress in the relationship between President Hamid Karzai and his international backers, particularly when civilian deaths are caused by foreign forces. An annual U.N. report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan showed a 12 percent drop in civilian deaths in 2012 to 2,754,
from 3,131 in 2011. It was the first fall in the number since the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) started measuring such casualties in 2007. But despite the good news, the United Nations said there had been a 20 percent increase in the number of Afghan women and girls killed or injured in 2012, with more than 300 women and girls killed and more than 560 injured. “The sad reality is that they were killed and injured while going about their daily work, their daily business,” said U.N. human rights director in Afghanistan, Georgette Gagnon. The return of armed groups opposing the Taliban insurgency but not directly linked to government forces was also documented, particularly in the country’s north and northeast. “In some areas, such groups had a presence and held power and control
greater than local Afghan national security forces,” the United Nations said. ‘HIGH HUMAN COST’: Afghanistan was plagued by violence between rival factions for much of the 1990s. As a result, many people welcomed the Taliban when they spread out from the south of the country vowing to end the factional chaos. There are fears that militia factions will again arise as Western forces wind down their operations and withdraw by the end of 2014, especially if government forces struggle against the Taliban insurgency. The report’s findings underscored “the continuing high human cost of armed conflict in Afghanistan”, the U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, said. While NATO-led foreign forces had reduced the number of civilian casualties they caused by 46 per cent last year, from 1,088 to 587, deaths and injuries caused
by insurgents increased by 9 percent, the United Nations said. The drop in civilian casualties caused by NATO and government forces was attributed to fewer clashes and fewer air strikes in residential areas following a ban last year. On Monday, President Karzai issued a similar ban for Afghan forces, forbidding them from calling in NATO air strikes in residential areas. His decree came several days after Afghan forces called in a NATO air strike on a village in the eastern border province of Kunar, resulting in the deaths of 10 civilians, including five children and four women. The Taliban and other insurgent groups were responsible for 81 per cent of all civilian casualties last year, with bombs, or improvised explosive devices as they are known, the single biggest killer of civilians, the United Nations said.
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The government will fight terrorism until it is completely eliminated from the country. — Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
NEWS Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
sC seeks rePort oN raPe, Murder oF 11year-old By MarCh 4 ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has ordered Islamabad Police Inspector General Bin Yameen to personally investigate the case of brutal killing and subsequent burning of the body of an 11-year-old girl. A three-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard the suo motu case on Tuesday. The chief justice said the police would have resolved the matter by now had the daughter of a rich man been killed. He urged the police to treat everyone equally. Justice Chaudhry said the police had not taken any action even after six days of the incident. At this, the IG said it took two to three days to obtain the record of the case. “Investigation would be conducted on merit,” he added. Justice Gulzar noted that the police were deliberately hindering the investigation process. Bin Yameen further told the court that an initial report had been registered in Bhara Kahu Police Station, and the accused was confined to his home on February 15. He said a woman, Mehak, involved in the case was on bail-before-arrest, while the others were on physical remand. The IG requested until March 1 to investigate the matter. However, the court ordered him to arrest the criminals by March 4. ONLINE
sC aNNoyed oVer iNCoMPlete NiCl ProBe ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has expressed resentment over the incomplete inquiry in National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL) scam. The hearing of the case was resumed by the three-member bench of SC with Chief Justice (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary in chair. During the hearing of the case, on Tuesday, the CJP stated the court wanted a transparent probe in the case and a precise amount of how much money was embezzled and how much was returned. Federal Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim’s counsel S.M. Zafar requested the court that the case be dissolved at earliest as the general elections were near and his client was under a lot of pressure due to the case. The court sought a report regarding arrests of the accused in the NICL scandal along with entire details of the case from FIA till 5 March. Munir Paracha appeared before the court on behalf of FIA explaining that the two reports about the involvement of Makhdoom Amin Fahim in the case were submitted in the court on 4 February. The CJP asked Paracha the amount of loss incurred by the national exchequer due to NICL case on which he replied that a total of Rs 487.4 million was embezzled in the Karachi case and some of the of the amount was recovered. Giving the details of recoveries he told the court that Rs 165 million was recovered from Ahsan Iqbal, Rs 161 million from Akbar Butt and 165 million from the brother of Zafar Salim. He said that 817 kanal of land was purchased in Lahore from Habib Ullah Waraich for Rs 2,000,000/per kanal whereas the actual price was Rs 300,000 per kanal. ONLINE
govt’s ‘poor policies’ have destroyed Pakistan: shahbaz JAMPUR
UNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday accused President Asif Ali Zardari and his party members of massive corruption during the last five years, saying that the government’s “poor policies” had destroyed several industries and other sectors of social development. Addressing a public meeting at Jampur Sports Stadium, Shahbaz said it was unfortunate that Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Chairman Tauqir Sadiq who had plundered Rs 80 billion public wealth was issued a new passport to flee from the country. He said that the federal government’s slogan of Bahawalpur Janoobi Punjab province was only a political gimmick. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was the first to get a resolution approved unanimously from the provincial assembly for the restoration of Bahawalpur province and setting up of South Punjab. Shahbaz said the resolution also stated that a national commission should be formed to settle issues like distribution of water, geographical division and other matters. “Instead of acting upon the resolution, the federal government raised the slogan of BJP province to stage a political drama,” he added.
Punjab govt Imran demands Zardari’s resignation over Quetta killings rebuts ‘Metro ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday asked President Asif Ali Zardari to resign his office and immediately announce election schedule by accepting responsibility for the worsening law and order across the country, especially the blatant killing of innocent Hazara Shias in Quetta. He was talking to reporters at a ceremony marking the joining the PTI by Javed Iqbal Satti, a prominent political figure of NA-50. PTI President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, central leaders Ayla Malik, Naeemul Haq and Syed Israr Shah were also present on the occasion. Imran said corruption and killing of innocent people in the country was at its peak, but the writ of government was nowhere to be seen. “Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari cannot raise voice against each other’s corruption as both have joined hands in the name of reconciliation and both
are concealing each other’s malpractices. This is why Zardari did not task the FIA to question Nawaz Sharif in the Asghar Khan case while Nawaz also kept mum over the Rs 50 billion palace gifted to Zardari in Lahore,” the PTI chief said. He said Nawaz and Zardari should be ashamed of their wrongdoings and their lavish lifestyle through the misuse of public money. Imran also took to task the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leadership, saying after enjoying the government for five years, the MQM had had jumped to the opposition benches just to seek their share in installation of caretaker setup of its choice. The PTI chairman said the killing of innocent people in the name of Islam was unjustified. He said that after his statements against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Altaf Hussain, the people were advising him to remain conscious about threats to his life, but the people “should know that life and death are with Almighty Allah and they should also raise their voices against injustice without fear”. The PTI chief said early elections were the only solution to the crisis being faced by the country.
bus joy ride’ article LAHORE PRESS RELEASE
The Punjab Government has implemented the Project with the best of intentions and after ensuring due diligence. The scribe has not only made inaccurate assertions but the article is clearly riddled with factual errors. The basic tenor and argument of the article is misleading and smacks of bias. Similar aspersions were cast on the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (MII). But history is witness to the fact that it turned out to be a roaring success and has stood the test of time and scrutiny. The Punjab Government is committed to making the Metro Bus System a resounding and long-term success. The political leadership under the able guidance of the Chief Minister has steered the process right through and remains resolute in keeping things on track and take service delivery to a higher level. The purposefulness with which the entire initiative has been approached will help in addressing the teething problems and removing the bottlenecks efficiently.
Pakistan, Iran sign security cooperation agreement INTERIOR MINISTER MALIK SAYS NO DISPUTE BETWEEN SHIAS AND SUNNIS IN PAKISTAN TEHRAN INP
Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and his Pakistani counterpart, Rehman Malik signed an agreement on Tuesday to enhance security cooperation, and underlined the necessity for joint campaign against terrorism in the region. Addressing a joint press conference,
Najjar said the terrorist explosion in Quetta and similar events were contrary to the establishment of stability and security in the Middle-East. The Iranian minister condemned the recent terrorist attack in Quetta, adding, “Unfortunately, terrorist incidence led to getting killed a large number of innocent Muslim people and we sincerely condole with the government and people of Pakistan, particularly with the victims’ bereaved families.” The Iranian interior minister said, “Beyond doubt such criminal and disputeaimed moves are not to the benefit of Pakistan, and will not be harmonious with the interests of Pakistan and the only people whose interests would be secured are the wretched enemies of Pakistan.”
“The two countries are seriously interested in increasing the level of bilateral cooperation and the Iranian and Pakistani governments and officials must therefore prepare the ground for comprehensive expansion of ties,” he said. “Keeping in mind the two countries, presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Asif Ali Zardari’s emphasis on expansion of interactions and improving the level of comprehensive cooperation in commercial, political, economic and security fields, we have reached satisfactory results jointly and the Pakistani Interior Ministry caretaker’s visit, too, is in line with those objectives.” He expressed hope that signing this agreement would be a step towards strengthening and further improvement of
the already excellent Iran-Pakistan relations. Interior Minister Malik praised Iranian nation’s sympathy with the bereaved families of Quetta, and said despite terrorist moves in Pakistan, there was no dispute between Pakistani Shia and Sunni brethren. “The Pakistani Shia and Sunni brethren are standing side by side of each other in their campaign against the enemies of Islam,” Malik said. “The security cooperation agreement is a sign of Iran and Pakistan’s resolute determination and immense might for campaign against the criminals.” On Monday, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and visiting Interior Minister Rehman Malik exchanged views over re-
gional developments, and also called for expansion of bilateral ties in all areas between the two Muslim nations. “Iran and Pakistan have deep and brotherly ties, and this has developed a sense of close brotherhood between the two countries,” the Iranian president said during a meeting with Malik in Tehran. He also underlined the crucial role of Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in tackling regional issues. Malik said the Pakistani nation considered Iran’s friendship “truly honest”, adding that Iran had always assisted Pakistan in its hour of need. He also said the biggest problem in Pakistan was terrorism and the drone strikes carried out by the United States.
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I want to contest elections against heartless feudal lords to prove that I am the real and true representative of the masses. — PPP’s Jamshed Dasti
Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
gwadar deal CoNduCiVe to MaiNtaiNiNg regioNal staBility: ChiNa BEIJING: A day after taking over the management of Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar port, China on Tuesday said the move was “conducive” to maintaining regional stability and development and enhance bilateral cooperation. “The transfer of the managing rights is a business project that falls under trade and economic cooperation conducted between China and Pakistan,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters. The two countries officially signed an agreement on transferring the management rights of the Gwadar Port on the ArabianSsea to state-owned China Overseas Port Holdings Limited in Islamabad yesterday. While the port will remain the property of Pakistan, the company will fully assume responsibility for the port in Balochistan province and share profits from its operation. Asked to comment on the strategic significance of the deal, Hong said, “Boosting China-Pakistan cooperation is not only in the interests of both countries, but also conducive to maintaining regional stability and development.” “Chinese companies have long been actively cooperating with Pakistan in multiple areas,” Hong was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency. The development of a trade corridor linking Xinjiang to the Middle East through Gwadar port will enhance trade between the two countries and in the region, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said at the signing ceremony. Gwadar has strategic importance for China as around 60 per cent of its crude oil comes from Gulf countries that are close to Gwadar, he said. Beijing provided about 75 per cent of the initial funding of USD 250 million for building the port. On January 30, the Pakistan government had approved the transfer of the management of Gwadar port from Singapore to China, which played a key role in its construction. AGENCIES
aPa iNJured iN khyBer house BoMBiNg Passes away PESHAWAR: The Landi Kotal assistant political agent, who was injured in Monday’s suicide bombing on Khyber House, died at Combined Military Hospital on Tuesday. Khalid Mumtaz Kundi, serving as APA of Landi Kotal, was critically injured when militants attacked Khyber House on Monday. The attack was carried out by two suicide bombers and resulted in the killing of five security personal and two civilians, while 13 people, including Khalid Mumtaz were injured. Sources said seven to eight militants, some of them wearing security uniform, attacked the political agent’s office when a meeting of various political parties and tribal elders was underway. However, police had said only two suicide bombers launched the attack. But the sources and witnesses said the number of attackers was between seven and eight. Some attackers succeeded in escaping safely after getting freed some of their detained colleagues who were being detained in Khyber House. The Khyber House is located in cantonment while the army checkpost is located a few yards away. SAJJAD ALI
PakistaNi woMaN MoVes iNdiaN hC to returN hoMe MUMBAI: A Pakistani national, acquitted in a case of possessing fake Indian currency has moved the Bombay High Court after serving a sentence for 30 months in prison; challenging the decision of authorities to deny her permission to return to her country. Rashida Tinwalla, who came to India in December 2009 claiming to be “penniless”, was a divorcee and her three children now stay with her parents in Karachi. In Mumbai, she lives on staircases of buildings, her lawyer Sham Keshwani said. Rashida’s lawyer stated that the authorities had wrongfully disallowed her to leave India unless she paid a fine of Rs 400,000/- slapped on her in a Customs case for smuggling fake currency. Her petition came up for hearing yesterday before a bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka, who asked the Union government to file a reply within three weeks. ONLINE
CHAMAN: A polio vaccinator administers the vaccine to a child in this Pak-Afghan border town on Tuesday. INP
eCP approves new criterion for election candidates ISLAMABAD
TEPPING forward to bar tainted politicians from taking part in the forthcoming elections, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday approved 15 amendments in nomination papers. As per approved amendments, candidates have to submit three year details of income, income tax reports‚ foreign visits, details of family members and details of utility bills, tax return and assets.
This initiative may hit many sitting parliamentarians as reportedly over 70 percent sitting MPs are tax evaders and most of them even not having their Income Tax numbers. Director General Elections (DG) Sher Afghan told a press conference that during the scrutiny period, ECP will crosscheck the credentials of candidates from concerned authorities like State Bank and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to get the complete picture of the future legislature. He added that elected representatives contesting for the next term would have to submit the details of the devel-
opment work they recommended during the last tenure. The candidates would also have to mention whether they deposited or received any money for award of party ticket. To a query, the DG said that the commission would send the approved amendments to Law Ministry for further approval. The DC also stated that the ECP had sought a report at the complaint of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) about the distribution of 2,700 plots in Sindh. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari on the advice of the prime minister, has approved issuance of a notifi-
India moves to block 55 Facebook pages on Afzal Guru NEW DELHI ONLINE
The Indian government on Tuesday asked internet service providers to block 55 Facebook pages related to Afzal Guru, who has become an icon of Kashmir freedom after his execution. The notice by the Indian Department of Telecom (DoT) was issued a day before internet services were restored in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) after remaining suspended for a week following Guru’s hanging. It was on the same day, that the notice ordering ISPs to block 73 web pages with content relating to a private management college, Indian Institute of Planning and Management, was issued. Afzal Guru, convicted for his alleged role in the December 2001 parliament attack, was hanged earlier this month. His hanging set
off a spate of protests in Kashmir despite a week-long curfew in IHK. The list of 55 Facebook pages includes several support groups and fan pages for Afzal Guru in addition to a profile page of a Bahraini journalist and the Face-
book page of a Kashmiri news portal. A spokesman of the Indian DoT could not say who had requested for these pages to be blocked. Group coordinator on cyber laws, Gulshan Rai, who is authorised to send out block notices to ISPs could not be reached for comment. The notice was not made public. The IT Rules introduced in 2009 prohibit disclosure about processes involved in blocking of internet sites. Delhi-based lawyer Apar Gupta said the move seemed to be “calculated” since it came just before restoration of internet services in IHK. “Legally speaking, some of the pages for which the block has been called speak of avenging Guru’s death. However, the notice does not specify the reasons why the block has been ordered.
cation by the ECP to amend the Representation of the People (Conduct of Election) Rules, 1977 thereby adding some more symbols in the existing list and also to omit one symbol that created confusion due to its resemblance. President’s spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that at present there are 217 political parties enlisted with the Election Commission whereas the number of total available symbols was 171. He added that the ECP had decided to add new symbols into the list of existing symbols and that the symbol “Cat” would be deleted from the list due to its resemblance with the symbol “Tiger”.
Putin condoles with Zardari on shia killing ISLAMABAD APP
Russia’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andrey S Budnik on Tuesday delivered a letter from President Vladimir Putin expressing condolences over the loss of lives in the terrorist attack in Quetta. President Zardari’s spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar said President Putin described the terrorist attack as ‘barbaric’ and condemned it while terming it “a criminal act” to destabilise the situation in Pakistan. “We also support the efforts of the government in the fight against terrorism and extremism,” the letter said. In his letter, the Russian president also conveyed sympathy and support to the families of those killed and wished speedy recovery to all those injured. President Zardari thanked the ambassador and asked him to convey his thanks and appreciation to the Russian president for his gesture.
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The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire. –Richard M Nixon
COMMENT Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
the so-called operation Clean-up No credible move to check sectarian killings
HE Quetta killings could have been averted if the operation clean-up had been undertaken after the last month’s massacre. Lashkre-e-Jhangvi (JeJ), which has accepted the responsibility for the gruesome act, has previously owned several attacks of the sort on the Hazaras and the Shia community in general – including the January massacre in Quetta. Numerous security agencies – in fact too many to count on the fingers of one hand, with indeed an army of operators – have remained deployed in Quetta for the last several years. The FC has a prominent presence all over the city – and has practically been running the province. These guys must have some eyes and ears in the streets and bazaars. They must have been snooping around. Yet the LeJ first procured 800-1,000kg of explosives – not exactly a needle in a haystack. Then it stockpiled it at a safe house where it was stashed inside a governmentowned water tanker that was subsequently taken to the crowded Kirani Road and exploded to such devastating effect. All this without the security agencies getting a whiff of it in a city that is not neither well-spread or densely populated in comparison to the bigger metropolises of the country raises a number of questions – both of competence and intent, and quite possibly of collusion. The law enforcement agencies are either scared of the militants or clueless – as Governor Magsi has quite candidly said in his in-your-face statement. That Badini, the mastermind of several killings including the recent massacres, had earlier managed to escape from a high-security detention centre inside the Quetta cantonment with such consummate ease pointed to inside help. Whichever way one looks at it, all these factors are indicative of a state of wanton neglect on the part of those entrusted to safeguard the lives of the people in Quetta. It is not clear which agency of the state has been ordered to conduct the operation by the prime minister. Few in the province or outside have any trust in the FC because the massacre, like the one in January, took place under its close watch. By now the FC is widely seen to be incapable of conducting any meaningful operation. The demand to hand over Quetta to the army raised by the Hazara leaders is therefore now being supported by Imran Khan and the MQM as well. The removal of the IGP may be understandable but sparing the IG FC is not. There is a perception that the claims with regards the arrest of the yet-to-be-identified terror mastermind are routine announcements meant to calm the tempers down for the time being; ditto for the visit by a group of federal ministers to Quetta. The targeted killing of a Shia doctor and his son on a busy road in Lahore is yet another warning that unless urgently checked, the sectarian terrorism could engulf the entire country. The protests against the killings have spread across Pakistan. Karachi came to a virtual halt on Monday as public transport workers and traders stopped work. Several political and religious parties have condemned the killings. Parliament has mourned the massacre. The Supreme Court has summoned the interior and federal secretaries. There is, however, no credible move yet to put an end to the sectarian killings.
gwadar port The Chinese have arrived
FTER a botched attempt to poise the Gwadar port as among the region’s most valuable ones, mainly due to an oversight of details, incompetence, lack of interest and an outright clash on who owes what who by the government and Port of Singapore Authority (PSA), who was given the contract to exploit its maximum potential, the government of Pakistan has handed over the port’s operational control to China, much to the chagrin of quite a few international powers. The port that was supposed to change Pakistan’s commercial activities has remained virtually inactive due to nonfulfillment of commitment by the PSA and a lack of road infrastructure to connect it with county’s major commercial and industrial cities. However, Islamabad hopes that this would change as a multi-billion dollar deal with China is expected to see port’s development work sped up and a healthy increase in country’s trade and commerce activities. Situated at the cross-junction of international sea shipping and oil lines between the Middle East and the rest of the world, including China, Gwadar can play a crucial role not only in Pakistan’s development but also as a hub for international trade activities, the fruits of which could catapult Balochistan into a hyperdrive on the road to success. What Pakistan should be careful about, though, is that it should make sure there were no let-ups in the deal between the two neighbouring countries, and that even minute details would be looked into to avoid repeat of what happened to the deal between the PSA and the government of Pakistan. The Supreme Court has already taken suo motu notice of PSA’s failure to deliver, and a second such failure might just push the project over the edge and dash down the hopes that the people of this country have from this project. What Pakistan has to ensure China and vice a versa, is that both would uphold their end of the deal. Only then there is a chance the project would yield benefits.
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It may not play out as the parties want
HE dismissal of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s petition against the Election Commission by the Supreme Court on February 13 revived the hope that the general elections would be held on time. Though some people are expected to raise unnecessary objections on the electoral process in order to delay the elections, these efforts are not expected to succeed. There is a general consensus in Pakistan that the elections should be held as specified in the constitution. The election-related political activity started a couple of weeks ago. Now it has picked up considerable momentum. The political parties are expected to agree on the people to head the caretaker federal and provincial government before the end of February. The decision of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on February 16 to withdraw from its partnership in power with the PPP and quit the federal and the Sindh provincial governments can be explained in the context of the forthcoming elections. It reflects pragmatic political considerations rather than the MQM’s official narrative of betrayal by the PPP. Traditionally, DR HASAN ASKARI RIZvI the MQM believes in taking the advantage of staying in power without sharing any blame for mis-governance and policy failures. True to this tradition the latest decision is meant to distance itself from the PPP governments at the federal level and in Sindh so that nobody blames the party in the course of the election campaign for the policy failures in the last five years. It has already blamed the PPP for increased violence and other problems in Karachi. This theme will be played up in the election
campaign in urban Sindh. The MQM has its secure constituencies in urban Sindh, especially in Karachi and Hyderabad, with huge concentration of Urdu-speaking populace. It does not need any political party’s support to perform in these constituencies. Therefore, it can safely contest elections alone. It does not have to join the efforts of the PML-F and the PML-N to create an anti-PPP alliance in Sindh, mainly in the rural and interior Sindh. The decision to withdraw from the Sindh government and sit on the opposition benches enables the MQM to claim the position of the leader of opposition in the Sindh provincial assembly because it now has the largest number of seats in the opposition. This will enable the MQM to influence the selection of the caretaker chief minister for Sindh. The withdrawal from coalition government in Sindh gives them additional clout for the selection of the caretaker chief minister. They could not play such a role if they stayed in the coalition government with the PPP in Sindh. The MQM will be free to negotiate partnership with any party that gets the highest seats in the National Assembly for the formation of the federal government. In case the PPP does not sustain its position of having the largest number of seats in the National Assembly, the MQM will be free to negotiate a deal for partnership with the PML-N or any another party that leads the new coalition government on the strength of its block of parliamentarians elected from urban Sindh. The PPP had passed a law to establish a dual local government system in Sindh to pacify the MQM. Though this decision has cost the PPP politically in interior Sindh but it saved the federal government at that time because the MQM had threatened to leave the coalition government. Now, the federal and provincial governments are coming to an end in four weeks, it is neither problematic for the MQM to stay out of power nor the PPP is adversely affected by the MQM’s defection, although the PPP may keep its criticism of the MQM somewhat low-keyed. If the relationship between the two does not further deteriorate, the Sindh Governor, a MQM loyalist, may not be replaced by the PPP. There are other interesting developments in view of the forthcoming elections. Some of the Islamic parties have created electoral alliances and partnerships with the hope that they perform as good as they did in the 2002 elections.
There are no signs that their dream can realise in the forthcoming election. In Sindh, a host of political parties, including some nationalist groups, are endeavouring to cash on the alienation that can be discerned in rural Sindh from the PPP. It seems that the PML-F led by the Pir of Pagaro is expected to increase its seats both at the provincial and federal level by adopting anti-PPP stance. The PMLN Chief, Nawaz Sharif is also devoting time for addressing public meetings in interior Sindh, playing up the non-performance of the PPP and promising to change their lives if his party gets to power. The PML-N wants a closer cooperation with the PML-F but the Pir of Pagaro is playing cautiously. His policy is good relations with the PML-N but avoiding a formal alliance. The Pir would not like his options to be restricted by permanent electoral partnership with either of the two major parties. A number of political leaders are shifting from one party to another mainly to counter the possibility of being dropped by their original party from nomination as the party’s candidate for the elections. At times, these shiftings take place because of local factionalism. If one faction in the party gets an upper hand in electoral politics, the rival faction may (not always) decide to move to another party. In the Punjab, the PML-N continues to sustain its preeminent position and the recent defections from the PPP have been a morale booster for the party. The PPP is struggling hard to overcome its leadership crisis in the Punjab which has caused mobilisation problem in and outside the party. It can benefit from the overcrowding of competing political parties among the Islamists and the political right. Tehrik-i-Insaf challenges both parties but it can cause more voteloss to the PML-N. Another competition will come from the Jamaat-i-Islami that did not contest the 2008 elections. The PPP is hoping to get some seats in the Punjab by default because so many parties are competing for votes on the rightest-Islamist political spectrum. It is also cultivating Dr Tahirul Qadri who has dubious political agenda but vehemently opposed to the Sharif brothers. This presumption may or may not materialise. The PPP needs to pay attention to putting its house in order in the Punjab and bringing out its loyalists for voting on the polling day. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
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an unchecked menace I would like to draw your attention to a social menace that has been gathering momentum unchecked in our society. I have watched, with growing unease, an increasing trend in keeping large, ferocious dogs in residential areas. Recently, an attack on a friend by a pair of Rottweilers brought the issue into sharp focus. The attack was on public land, entirely unprovoked and the victim was savaged to within an inch of his life. What followed, however, was nothing short of farcical. The dog owner was very reluctant to relinquish his dogs let alone put them down. The local authority, DHA in this case, was least interested in coming to the resident’s rescue. It ultimately came down to social pressure and the impending threat of a law suit that convinced the owner to relocate his prized dogs. The incident highlights several issues. Dog breeds have been developed after decades and centuries of careful breeding to produce an animal fit for a particular task or purpose. Rottweilers, for instance, evolved in Germany as herding and guard dogs. They are known to be extremely intelligent but assertive dogs who require very careful handling. When these conditions are not met, the result can be similar to the one described above. Rottweilers are not the only breed becoming commonplace and may not be the worst offenders. One only has to search on the internet or speak to dog breeders to discover that several breeds which have been banned in various European and Asian countries are easily available here. One can obtain Pit Bulls, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, to name but a few of the breeds considered too dangerous to be kept as pets overseas. In the face of this trend, it’s important that appropriate checks are placed on the import of such animals and the prospective owners are carefully wetted beforehand. As a dog owner myself, I am of the firm opinion that
ultimately, it’s the owner and not the dog who is at fault when things go wrong. Whilst there are responsible breeders and owners, unfortunately, many of these dog breeds are falling into wrong hands. Either those of puppy farmers who are only in it for the money or novice and deluded owners who see these dogs as macho symbols that somehow enhance their masculinity. The most sobering lesson of the tale is that had there been a child instead of my adult friend, the consequences would have been far more tragic. Surely it’s time for our authorities to either enact new legislation or begin enforcing old ones in order to protect the general public from this menace and also perhaps protect these animals by preventing them from falling into the wrong hands. IRFAN CHEEMA Lahore
street crimes, today’s youth Street crime has become a common issue these days in the city of Karachi and almost everywhere the youth is targeted in these crimes and the most targeted items are the mobile phones. These robbers come well armed and well prepared both physically and psychologically to commit the crimes. These people overpower the victim by fear and weapons. The youth these days is very much in fear whether to carry a mobile phone or cash while travelling at any time of the day. It is not just night time that is dangerous but also day time. Anytime, anyplace and by any means these culprits get hold of helpless and innocent people walking on the street and rob them of all valuables, cash and mobile phones. I request the authorities to make strict security measures to counter the situation. RIZWAN KHAN Karachi
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Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
Five urgent steps for sC From judicial activism to judicial overreach
the underlying problem On dharnas, military solutions and everything else in between
RAGEDY strikes our nation once again. It is almost as if we are not being allowed to forget the trauma of a few weeks ago when twin bombings in Quetta led to hundreds dead and many others injured. This time, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has struck again killing at least 80 people and injuring 200 more, through a massive bombing at a market in the Shia Hazara area of Quetta. We, as a nation, must rightly grieve and mourn for the loss of lives. We are also entitled to anger at this monstrosity. Indeed, Pakistan is at a point where it must unite once more and take decisive steps to put an end to further targeting of innocent civilians regardless of their ethnicity, religion or gender. But as the nation prepares to stand in solidarity with the families of the victims of the recent attack, one must pause and ask themselves; what are they demanding? And if their demands are met, will that mean a permanent solution to the underlying problem? The victims of the families gave a 48-hour deadline to the government to arrest the perpetrators of the attack and to launch a full-scale army operation against the banned outfit in Balochistan. They also refused to bury their dead until their demands were met, and mind you that’s the second time they had to do so in a period of a month or so. Amidst the chaos, the Supreme Court has issued a suo motu notice of the incident. The PPP government and Balochistan go way back to 1970s, when Zulfikar Bhutto dismissed the provincial government in Balochistan when arms were discovered in the Iraqi embassy for the aid of Baloch rebels. Then came the army operation that lasted between 1973 and 1978 – with the removal of Bhutto in between. By the time ceasefire was declared, at least 3,300 troops, 5,300 Baloch fighters and thousands of civilians had been killed. The lasting conflict has left a deep divide between Islamabad and Pakistan’s largest
province even today, when PPP is back in power. believe to be is the Shariah law. Then there are Will PPP-led government call in the army to those outfits that are waging “war” against the meet the demands? Given the effort that the current “haraam” government. The problem is much, much government has made over the last five years to dis- deeper and a military intervention is like putting tance itself from the army, for whatever convoluted band-aid over a wound with a bullet still inside. This argument further sees its roots in the imporeasons, it is doubtful that the army will be called in at this critical juncture – just when the elections are sition of Governor’s Rule in Balochistan. When the around the corner. A full scale army operation, one families of the previous dharna ended their protest, that would undoubtedly last many months – well it was with a small victory that their protest had been after the interim set-up is in place, and probably be- registered with the right authorities and their deyond the time when a new government is elected – mands heard. But how far did these demands go to let’s face it; it is not only impractical, it is something protect the Hazara citizens, when just a few weeks later, they are back on the streets, staging the same the civilian government is unlikely to agree to. Let us assume for a moment that the govern- dharnas? Short-term solutions don’t work. They are ment calls in the army and an operation is never meant to. And a military solution is no solution launched against LeJ. Then what? Does that op- at all, especially for the civilian government that cannot afford such an operation just before the election eration solve the underlying social problem? The Shia Hazara community has been perse- and the announcement of an interim government. What might qualify as a step in the right direccuted since the late 1970s, as an immediate by-product of Zia’s Islamisation. This targeted persecution tion is a gesture by the PPP government that has had is also the love child of Shia-Wahabi proxy wars of a sad history in Balochistan. Instead of passing condemnation resolutions in the the era. Over the last few National Assembly, and passyears, especially, the Shia ing statements at press conferHazara community has been ences, perhaps the Hazara systematically targeted. Hundreds have been pulled out of a military solution is no community in mourning could be pacified with the prime buses and shot. Hundreds more have been bombed out. solution at all, especially for minister visiting the grieving As with all kinds of op- the civilian govt that cannot families at the dharna. In order to make Goverpression, this sectarian divide afford such an operation nor’s Rule effective, there also has economic undertones. The Hazara community just before the election and should be a review of all civil administration appointments in Balochistan may be a mithe announcement of an in the province to remove ponority, but a closer look also litical appointees and bring reveals that the business acuinterim government. in people on merit. The govmen and resources also reside ernor could chair conferwith them – at least much ences of all agencies and more than their Pashtun rivals forces including the military in the area. Over the years, the Pashtun influence over landholding has diminished, operating in the province to develop a consoliwhile the Hazara community has evolved its pres- dated intelligence picture and based on that a plan ence in other fields, that is, business and real estate. for implementation as well as a security plan with So while the Pashtun community deviated towards special focus on the Hazara community. They could also move to establish the same smuggling and maintaining their landholdings, the Hazaras invested in education and entrepreneurship. security structures that have been working for So, then, the underlying problem is hostilities Punjab, which has remained relatively stable and along socio-economic, ethnic-religious lines. In that secure over the last few years. Again, the attacks case, a military solution that some of our leaders on the Hazara community of Balochistan point to have been so quick to back may not be the best idea. the government’s neglect of the province. A final The LeJ networks may be pushed back but given effort, an extension of support and solidarity on how large Balochistan is, the LeJ networks would the part of the government may go a long way to never be permanently broken, especially because appease the angered crowds – not just in the LeJ is a lasting legacy of the collusion of various Balochistan, but also all over the country. The anger is justified. It is rash decisions in security agencies in the 1980s to counter Soviet presence in Afghanistan and to trump the growing the same anger that should be questioned. Shia influence in Iran. One must also not forget that The writer is a research analyst for Spearhead LeJ is not the only banned outfit in Pakistan. There are dozens of others in various parts of the country Research and tweets at @aimamk. This article mostly fighting for the implementation of what they was also carried by Spearhead Research.
OME credit may be due to our Supreme Court (SC) for finally getting it right in disposing off Tahirul Qadri’s petition challenging the composition of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), after a spate of highly questionable orders, decisions, verdicts such as in the NRO, Memo, Gilani cases etc. The Court correctly ruled, though after three days of political grandstanding, that the petitioner lacked legal standing to file his petition before the Supreme Court and thus his petition was not admissible for hearing. Since, among other things, time and resources of the highest court of the land, are both limited and valuable, anyone who submits a petition to the SC must meet a certain criteria before his or her petition can be admitted by the court. That criteria, or what is called locus standi, or legal standing, requires that the petitioner must have suffered in fact a direct and personal not general, an actual not speculative or prospective or hypothetical, a concrete not abstract or hypothetical, injury or harm at or before the time of filing his/her petition. It was plain that Maulana Qadri failed to meet the criteria on all counts: the ECP did not violate any of his fundamental rights, nor any actual harm or injury was caused to him before the filing of his petition. Some may view this proper and wise decision on Qadri’s petition as a harbinger of SC’s changing attitude brought on by the sobering effect of its rebuff by the Swiss authorities in the NRO case. If so, such a change will be a welcome course correction of the direction of the judicial pendulum that had begun to swing dangerously towards the extremities of judicial overreach. Firstly, the judiciary, on the road to judicial redemption, must rectify and reverse some of its most glaring and dubious decisions or orders to instill trust and legal soundness in its deliberations. For starters, in view of the vindication of ex-PM Gilani’s constitutional posture by the Swiss rejection of the letter it behooves on the judiciary, in all fairness and justice, to reverse and set aside his improper disqualification from the Parliament. In a similar vein, the petitions filed by Nawaz Sharif and others in the Memo case should now be deemed inadmissible and dismissed since just like petitioner Qadri, they too lacked legal standing to file petition against ex-Ambassador Husain Haqqani as no actual injury or harm in any manner was inflicted on them by the alleged Memo to a US general. During the hearing of Qadri’s petition the honourable judges made much issue of Qadri’s foreign citizenship, ruling that he was not a genuine ‘stakeholder’ in the Pakistan’s milieu. But what about the foreign nationality of Ejaz Manzur, whose testimony was the very basis of the Memo case? Is he more of a stakeholder in Pakistani politics than Maulana Qadri? At least the latter was also a Pakistani citizen. Secondly, the judiciary in its own interest and in the interest of strengthening our other institutions, like police, investigative agencies etc, should display selectivity in entertaining suo motu petitions. It should admit only those petitions concerning egregious cases where human life is involved or where lower courts cannot be approached for relief on a constitutional matter. The suo motu actions by the court in such mundane issues as price fixing of samosas, sugars, CNG etc, bureaucratic transfers etc, have degraded the exalted status of the SC to the level of an ombudsman or an investigative agency. For another, it has the effect, unintended or otherwise, of intervening in the proper functions of the executive and legislative branches, thus subverting the constitutional wall of separation of powers. Thus the burden is also on the Parliament to redraft and streamline its language and severely restricted in its cope and application. Why give an errant, ambitious judiciary the temptation to exploit this seemingly endless power under the pretext of matters of “public importance” (almost everything can be construed as of public or national importance) or “enforcement of fundamental rights”. Thirdly, the SC should faithfully abide by the established principles of law and constitution, both in letter and spirit. Disrespecting fundamental rules of law does not constitute “independence of judiciary”. It’s called judicial incompetence. It makes the judges not bigger but puny in the eyes of law. Fourthly, the judiciary must stop playing the role of political leaders, giving political speeches and issuing statements on matters that are part of the political, executive or legislative domains, such as governance, elections, future legislation and amendments, etc. With all due respect, apex judges are not elected leaders of the country. They are appointed by the bureaucracy and are accountable to no one. If they simply focus on their job, performing their constitutional duty of interpretation of law and speedy resolution of real disputes between parties, they will do just fine. Finally and fifthly, the honourable SC should utilise its contempt powers very sparingly so as not to run afoul of the basic and weightier constitutional right of free speech of the people. Exercise of this power should be limited to situations where possible “contempt” is committed by the litigant parties themselves only within the court premises. Yes, the judiciary should “pity this nation”— this poor, caged and bedevilled nation which doles out enough largess from its meager resources for judges subsisting on its food chain to lead an elitist, luxurious lifestyle. Even without indulging in judicial fantasies, there’s enough work for the honourable judges to throw a lifeline and may be some hope to victims trapped in a convoluted, corrupt, cavernous, contrived system of justice. For starters, Mr Chief Justice, what about clearing some of the logjam of thousands upon thousands of pending cases in the SC’s and other courts’ dockets? Dr Kamal is a corporate attorney and an author.
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Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
salMaN khaN Chased By 20 Bikers iN hyderaBad Crazy fans literally chased Salman Khan in Hyderabad on Sunday night. The actor’s car was followed by about 20 bikers, all the way from Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium to his hotel. Salman had gone to the city to watch a CCL match between his brother Sohail Khan’s Mumbai Heroes and the Telugu Warriors. According to an eyewitness, after the match got over around 11 pm, Salman walked to his car, parked right outside the stadium’s gate. To facilitate his exit, traffic was blocked and fans who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the actor were pushed aside. Some even started following Salman’s car, forcing the police to lathi-charge them. But the trouble didn’t end there. About 20odd bikers (some bikes even had three passengers) started following him. They rode close to the car and kept knocking at the window. A source said, “Salman was very upset with the way people behaved. He was concerned that there could’ve been an accident.” NEwS DESK
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again there’s no sectarian war in Pakistan, there’s a systematic eradication of a particular sect. — George Fulton
google doodle CeleBrates Nicolaus Copernicus birthday
HE Earth revolves round the Sun, which lies at the centre of the universe. A theory by Nicolaus Copernicus that changed the way the solar system was perceived. Google on Tuesday celebrated the 540th birth anniversary of the Nicolaus Copernicus with a doodle depicting his theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun, instead of the other way round as was the common belief earlier. Copernicus’ theory came to be called as heliocentric theory and represented the astronomical model where the Earth and other planets revolve around a relatively stationary Sun at the centre of the Solar System. Though Heliocentricism is now accepted, it wasn’t the case during Copernicus’s time. Many thinkers, leaders and even religious institutions believed that the Earth was at the centre of the universe. This belief has been termed Geocentrism. Today’s doodle depicts the
planets known during the Copernicus’ time - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn - revolving around the Sun, while the Moon revolves around the Earth. Born in 1473 at Thorn, in the province of Royal Prussia, Poland; Copernicus, completed his matriculation in 1491-92. Copernicus became a pupil of the famous Albert Brudzewski, who was the first to state that the Moon moves in an ellipse and always shows its same side to the Earth, and was an established name in astronomy during the time. Copernicus published the first draft of his heliocentric theories some time before 1514. His seminal work, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the revolutions of the celestial spheres), where he expressed his heliocentric hypothesis, was expressed much later. However, legend has it, that Copernicus died in 1543, the very day the first printed copy of De revolutionibus was placed in his hands.
Paltrow giViNg uP aCtiNg to MaNage BusiNess NEWS DESK Gwyneth Paltrow is set to give up showbiz to take care of her business, it has been revealed. According to a source, after the ‘Iron Man’ star wraps her next few films, she will focus on growing her lifestyle website, Goop, and the fitness company she co-owns with trainer Tracy Anderson, Us Magazine reported. Paltrow is hoping to emulate the career of another multitalented star like Jessica Simpson. “She admires Jessica’s empire. She wants to make a killing,” the source said. The two-time cookbook author’s rep said that she has no plans to give up acting altogether Her plan is to do one, maybe two supporting parts a year, the source said The source also added that Paltrow has lost her passion for movies.
War and Peace novel to be adapted for BBC One The BBC is to return to Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace after 40 years with a new adaptation of the epic love story. Regarded as one of the most important works of world literature, the new six-part series - due on BBC One in 2015 - will be written by Pride and Prejudice screenwriter Andrew Davies. “Not just a great novel, it’s a wonderful read and it’ll make a wonderful serial,” said Davies. The BBC’s 1972 series starred Anthony Hopkins as Pierre Bezukhov. First published in 1869, War and Peace ran to more than 1,200 pages and told the story of aristocratic families affected by the French invasion of Russia in the early 19th Century. ‘SWEEPING STORY’: It is considered one of Tolstoy’s finest literary works, along with Anna Karenina, which was published between 1873 and 1877. Awardwinning screenwriter Davies, whose other TV adaptations include Sense and Sensibility, called it a “thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life”. “The characters are so natural and human and easy to identify with and Natasha Rostova just beats Lizzy Bennet as the most lovable heroine in literature,” he added. The new series will be made by BBC Wales. Faith Penhale, head of drama at BBC Wales, said it was “thrilling” to be able to bring War And Peace to BBC One. “Today’s audience will be drawn into the sweeping story of life and love during a time of conflict, with a dazzling production that brings to life the great vision and scale of the novel,” she said. NEwS DESK
why First editioNs
NOTABLE TWEETS KAMILA SHAMSIE
Asked motorcyclist near NIPA directions to the airport; he went miles out of his way to escort us through Shah Faisal. And that’s #Karachi.
HASAN ZAIDI MT @taherahasan “Tumne jis khoon ko maqtal mein dabana chaha / Aaj woh koochao-bazaar mein aa nikla hai” - Sahir Ludhianvi
UMAIR JAVED Complete refusal of any pml-n politician to use the name LeJ is phenomenally disgusting,
CYRIL ALMEIDA Most honest ans I’ve ever got to why state doesn’t go after LJ: they’ll hunt you down, retd or not; kill your family; they never forget.
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Anthony Hopkins as Pierre Bezukhov
A first edition is the first printing of a book. It’s true that a first edition may have one or more printings and that a second edition will normally be noted only if there are actual changes, usually major, in the text. But for a collector, a first printing is the only true first edition. Within the first printing there can be differences that make the earlier books in the printing more valuable than the later books in the same printing. These differences are identified by “points,” which are discussed elsewhere. If it’s difficult to explain book collecting in general, the reason for collecting first editions is even more difficult to explain to those who are not afflicted with the mania. Bob Wilson, in his book Modern Book Collecting, deals with the question when he comments on book collecting in general: A great many people over a great number of decades, have written pamphlets, whole books even, to justify the collecting of books. This seems to me to be an unnecessary exercise. If you are predisposed to collect books, you don’t need any ex post facto justification for having done so. And on the other hand, if you are not convinced before you start, the chances are that no argument is going to win you over. Now, we believe there is a little more logic and reason in book collecting than this, but Wilson’s argument is not without merit. At any rate, for a collector, the first edition/first printing is the most desirable. It’s the edition the author actually saw through production and the closest in time to the
They could shoot you tomorrow. Me. Us. Deep down, we all know how this will end. Aren’t we merely pretending that it won’t happen?
writing, and therefore the edition most likely to represent the author’s intent. This may seem a minor point, but one has only to read Ray Bradbury’s Afterward to a later edition of his book Fahrenheit 451 to become aware of what can happen to later printings or editions. Some five years back, the editors of yet another anthology for school readers put together a volume with 400 (count ‘em) short stories in it. How do you cram 400 short stories by Twain, Irving, Poe ... into one book? Simplicity itself. Skin, debone, demarrow, scarify, melt, render down and destroy ... Every story, slenderized, starved, blue-penciled, leeched and bled white, resembled every other story ... Only six weeks ago, I discovered that, over the years, some cubby-hole editors at Ballantine Books, fearful of contaminating the young, had, bit by bit, censored some 75 separate sections from the novel... All you umpires, back to the bleachers. Referees, hit the showers It’s my game, I pitch, I hit, I catch, I run the bases ... And no one can help me. Not even you. I can only assume that many first edition collectors do not want to take a chance with their favorite authors. First editions are normally identified by publishers. Each publisher has its own method of identification. Many publishers have changed their method of identification over the years; a few have been so inconsistent that one has to resort to individual author bibliographies to be sure one has the true first. HP
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Religion is like a pair of shoes.....Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes. ― George Carlin
i don’t mind being a latina sex symbol:
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Vergara Sofia Vergara has admitted that she doesn’t mind being typecast as a Latina sex symbol. “Oh I love it! It’s fantastic. I don’t have to do any research like, ‘How am I gonna play her?’ No! I just learn my lines and that’s it,” the Daily Express quoted her as saying. The 40year-old actress, who hails from Colombia, has been raising eyebrows as hot-stuff housewife Gloria in ‘Modern Family’ the hit US sitcom shown on Sky1 - but she reckons her character is pretty true to life. She said that Latina characters are usually sexy and voluptuous on screen, “but then that’s just how Latin women are.” Vergara said that a doctor or a dentist in Colombia or Venezuela will look like her. She said that it’s a fact, as they’re all voluptuous and they all dress up sexy. “We don’t see it as a bad thing that the world sees us like that because it’s how we are,” she added. NEwS DESK
goes ga-ga oVer ‘CoNFideNt’ NawaZuddiN siddiQui
is the most searched Bollywood celebrity in the world
Actress Bipasha Basu is all praise for his co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui, with whom she will be seen in upcoming supernatural thriller `Aatma`. “Cutest thing Nawaz said about his and mine unique chemistry in `Aatma` that I am taller than him. It`s always the presence and confidence on screen that shows! And Nawaz shines with all that!,” Bipasha, 34, posted on Twitter. Directed by Suparn Verma, the film is a story about a dead man`s (played by Nawazuddin) desire to take his daughter away from her mother (portrayed by Bipasha). The film will hit theatres on March 22.
H E adult star-turned-Bollywood actress was searched online 3.5 crore times in December 2012 Ever since shifting base to India and Bollywood, Sunny Leone has consistently found a
place in most popularity polls. It’s no surprise then, that the adult star is currently the most searched Bollywood celebrity in the world. In December 2012, she was searched 3.5 crore times, as per cumulative data gathered from Google, YouTube and the Times of India website. Considering her profile, second ranker Katrina Kaif, with 1.6 crore searches should not grudge her this place. While the ladies do take the cake in this list, Salman Khan is the only male star in the top 5. With his box-office prowess, his charisma and his power to captivate the masses, Salman has successfully captured the imagination of the lowest common denominator. It’s obvious then, that everyone wants to know everything about him, bringing his total to a massive 1 crore searches.
While the actresses do feature high in the search list, it is the actors who get paid more. NEwS DESK
Rank Actor 1 Sunny Leone 2 Katrina Kaif 3 Aishwarya Rai 4 Salman Khan 5 Kareena Kapoor 6 Aamir Khan 7 Akshay Kumar 8 Vidya Balan 9 Kajal Aggarwal 10 Mallika Sherawat
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JD Salinger speaks about his silence NYT ARcHIVES (NOVEMBER 3, 1974) Goaded by publication of unauthorized editions of his early, previously uncollected works, the reclusive author J. D. Salinger broke a public silence of more than 20 years last week, issuing a denunciation and revealing he is hard at work on writings that may never be published in his lifetime. Speaking by telephone from Cornish, N. H., where he makes him home, the 55-yearold author whose most recent published work, “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters” and “Seymour, an Introduction,” appeared in 1962, said: “There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. It’s peaceful. Still. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.” For nearly half an hour after saying he intended to talk “only for a minute,” the author, who achieved literary fame and cultish devotion enhanced by his inaccessibility following publication of “The Catcher in the Rye” in 1951, spoke of his work, his obsession with privacy and his
uncertain thoughts about publication. The interview with Mr. Salinger, who was at times warm and charming, at times wary and skittish, is believed to be his first since 1953, when he granted one to a 16-yearold representative of the high school newspaper in Cornish. What prompted Mr. Salinger to speak now on what he said was a cold, rainy, windswept night in Cornish was what he regards as the latest and most severe of all invasions of his private world: the publication of “The Complete Uncollected Short Stories of J. D. Salinger, Vols. 1 and 2.” During the last two months, about 25,000 copies of these books, priced at $3 to $5 for each volume, have been sold—first here in San Francisco, then in New York, Chicago and elsewhere, according to Mr.
Salinger, his lawyers and book dealers around the country. “Some stories, my property, have been stolen,” Mr. Salinger said. “Someone’s appropriated them. It’s an illicit act. It’s unfair. Suppose you had a coat you liked and somebody went into your closet and stole it. That’s how I feel.” Mr. Salinger wrote the stories, including two about Holden Caulfield, the pained, sensitive hero of “The Catcher in the Rye,” between 1940 and 1948 for magazines like The Saturday Evening Post, Colliers and Esquire. Prefiguring his later writing, they concern themselves with lonely young soldiers and boys who eat egg yolks, girls with “lovely, awkward” smiles and children who never get letters. ‘SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES’: “They’re selling like hotcakes,” said one San Francisco book dealer. “Everybody wants one.” While “The Catcher in the Rye” still sells at the rate of 250,000 copies a year, the contents of the unauthorized paperback books have been available heretofore only in the magazine files of large libraries. “I wrote them a long time ago,” Mr. Salinger said of the stories, “and I never had any intention of publishing them. I wanted them to die a perfectly natural death. “I’m not trying to hide the gaucheries of my youth. I just don’t think they’re worthy of publishing.” Since last April, copies of “The Complete Uncollected Short Stories of J. D. Salinger, Vols. 1 and 2” have reportedly been peddled in person to bookstores at $1.50 each by men who always call themselves John Greenberg and say they come from Berkeley, Calif. Their descriptions have varied from city to city. One such peddler told Andreas Brown, manager of the Gotham Book Mart in New York City, that he and his associates
did not expect to get in trouble for their unauthorized enterprise because, as Mr. Brown related, “they could always negotiate with Salinger’s lawyers and promise not to do it any more.” Mr. Brown, who described the young man as “a hippie, intellectual type, a typical Berkeley student,” said, “I asked him why they were doing it, and he said he was a fan of Salinger’s and thought these stories should be available to the public. “I asked him what he thought Salinger would feel, and he said, ‘We thought if we made the books attractive enough he wouldn’t mind.’” Gotham refused to sell the books and alerted Mr. Salinger to the unauthorized publications. “It’s irritating,” said Mr. Salinger, who said he still owns the copyright on the stories. “It’s really very irritating. I’m very upset about it.” According to Neil L. Shapiro, one of the author’s lawyers here, the publication or sale of the stories without Mr. Salinger’s authorization violates Federal copyright laws. A civil suit in Mr. Salinger’s name was filed last month in the Federal District Court here against “John Greenberg” and 17 major local bookstores, including Brentano’s, alleging violation of the copyright laws. The author is seeking a minimum of $250,000 in punitive damages and injunctive relief. The stories have since been enjoined from all further sales of the unauthorized books, and, according to Mr. Shapiro, they still face possible damage payments ranging from $4,500 to $90,000 for each book sold. Additional legal action, he said, was being planned against bookstores elsewhere. The mysterious publisher and his associates remain at large. It’s amazing some sort of law and order agency can’t do something about this,” Mr. Salinger said. “Why, if a dirty old mattress is stolen from your attic, they’ll find it. But
they’re not even looking for this man.” DISCUSSES OPPOSITION: Discussing his opposition to republication of his early works, Mr. Salinger said they were the fruit of a time when he was first beginning to commit himself to being a writer. He spoke of writing feverishly, of being “intent on placing [his works] in magazines.” Suddenly he interrupted himself. “This doesn’t have anything to do with this man Greenberg,” he said. “I’m still trying to protect what privacy I have left.” Over the years many newspapers and national magazines have sent their representatives to his farmhouse in Cornish, but the author would turn and walk away if approached on the street and was reported to abandon friends if they discussed him with reporters. There have been articles reporting on his mailbox, his shopping and his reclusive life, but not interviews. But last week, he responded to a request for an interview transmitted to him earlier in the day, by Dorothy Olding, his New York literary agent. Did he expect to publish another work soon? There was a pause. “I really don’t know how soon,” he said. There was another pause, and then Mr. Salinger began to talk rapidly about how much he was writing, long hours, every day, and he said he was under contract to no one for another book. “I don’t necessarily intend to publish posthumously,” he said, “but I do like to write for myself. “I pay for this kind of attitude. I’m known as a strange, aloof kind of man. But all I’m doing is trying to protect myself and my work.” “I just want all this to stop. It’s intrusive. I’ve survived a lot of things,” he said in what was to be the end of the conversation, “and I’ll probably survive this.”
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INFOTAINMENT Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
The march of science and technology does not imply growing intellectual complexity in the lives of most people. It often means the opposite. –Thomas Sowell
utah high school reverses policy, allows same-sex valentines
@Burgerking proclaims chain sold to Mcdonald’s Twitter has suspended Burger King’s account ... at Burger King’s request, after an apparent hack today, reports the AP. Things got wacky just after noon Eastern time: The fast-food company’s Twitter picture was changed to a McDonald’s logo, the background picture changed to McDonald’s new Fish McBites product, and the bio changed to declare, “Just got sold to McDonald’s because the whopper flopped.” Some posts from the account contained racial epithets, references to drug use, and obscenities. Among the tweets: “if I catch you at a wendys, we’re fightin!” and “Try our new BK Bath Salt!” 99% MDPV! Buy a Big Mac, get a gram free!” The company plans to post a statement on Facebook later today to apologize, especially for the offensive posts. It hopes to have the account back up soon. Buzzfeed makes three observations: 1. Anonymous appears to be taking credit. 2. If you’re going to hack someone, a national holiday may be the time to do it: It took an hour and 15 minutes for the account to come down. 3. Hacks aren’t all bad: @BurgerKing racked up more than 30,000 new followers during those 75 minutes. NEwS DESK
NEWS DESK Utah high school has reversed course this week, after controversy arose over a potential ban on same-sex Valentine’s
Day messages. The issue at Copper Hills High arose earlier this month, when members of the school’s choir handed out fliers announcing that there would be “No Same-sex Delivery” of their singing Valentines, reports The Salt Lake Tribune. The flier was reportedly considered offensive by at least some students. Dylan Lukes, co-president of the Copper Hills gay-straight alliance club, told The Tribune it “upset a lot of the student body... LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and even friends who are girls.” Kim Hackford-Peer, an assistant professor in the gender studies program at the University of Utah, spread the controversy to the school’s Facebook page. Posting on the page, Hackford-Peer wrote, As an educator, a parent, and someone who cares about the rights of all students, I am deeply disappointed in your current “Singing Valentines” campaign, which states that there will be “No same sex delivery!” Seven hours later, Copper Hills’ principal Todd Quarnberg responded to Hackford-Peer on Facebook and said the entire incident had been a misunderstanding. “My choir students who are sponsoring the singing valentines did not write the handout correctly,” Quarnberg insisted. “The choreography of these singing valentines made some of the kids uncomfortable with the delivery which is why the handout was worded the way it was. There will still be same sex deliver-
Failing the big Spanish test is never fun, but receiving the bad news doesn’t have to feel like such a drag. That’s why Justin Barney, a Spanish teacher at Valley Lutheran High School in Phoenix Ariz., turns Spanish #fails into pretty funny memes. “Telling a student they got a C- has never been more fun,” Barney told the Huffington Post. “I have discovered that it definitely lightens the mood & softens the blow of getting a less-than-desired grade. My students love them.” NEwS DESK
“Our hunch,” writes the blog, “is the original edict came from Quarnberg, who changed his mind when there was blow-
back. We can’t see really see high-school choir members having a problem with a little gay serenading.”
Teacher pretends to shoot students, gets suspended NEWS DESK
spanish teacher issues grades in hilarious internet memes
ies of all other offered valentines.” Queerty doesn’t buy the “miscommunication” story, however.
A Georgia schoolteacher was suspended after pretending to shoot firstgrade students during a lesson about the Newtown, Conn., massacre. The Odyssey School instructor was playing a sort of hide-and-seek game with the students, when he pointed to some and said, “bang, you’re dead,” Atlanta’s Fox 5 reports. Some parents said their children were having nightmares; however, none of the students has taken the counseling offered by the Newnan, Ga., school. The teacher, identified by the Times-Herald as Mariano Pacetti,
“exercised bad judgment,” Odyssey School director Andy Geeter told the paper. Geeter emphasized to Fox 5 that Pacetti, who’s listed on the school’s website as a band instructor, is popular and respected. He was subbing a physical education class at the time of the incident. He will be required to take some additional training. Geeter elaborated on the suspension in an email to The Huffington Post. “It was an administrative decision made by me after conversations with the parents, classroom teacher and Mr. Pacetti as well as consultation with our head of school. He is
now back at work,” he said. According to a “Whatever Happened To...” profile in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Pacetti is an “accomplished saxophonist” who appeared on Cleveland’s “Hoolihan and Big Chuck” TV show in the 1970s. Nicknamed Mushmouth, Pacetti battled challengers in pizza-eating contests on the popular local program. Play-combat has become a touchy subject in schools, especially since the Sandy Hook shooting. Earlier this month, a 7-year-old from Colorado was suspended for throwing an imaginary grenade in a playground game he called “rescue the world.”
Brothers celebrate lotto win with Meth, blow up house Some people might celebrate a lottery win by, say, buying a new car or taking a vacation. But that is entirely too mundane for a pair of as-yet unnamed brothers in Wichita, who scored a $75,000 win and decided to truly live it up on Friday and go for the Darwin Award while their luck was hot. It seems the pair bought a little celebratory marijuana and meth, and were settling in for a little quality family time when one went to refuel a butane torch—the better with which to light their bongs, notes the Wichita Eagle—and accidentally leaked butane into the air. “The butane vapor reached the pilot light in the furnace, and as you might expect, ka-boom,” says a Wichita police spokesman. It gets better: The girlfriend of that brother—who, it should be noted, was wearing a lottery T-shirt at the time of the mishap—loaded him in the car, tenderly dropped him at the ER, and took off. Police responding to the scene found the relatively unsinged brother running out of the house. He admitted possessing the pot and meth, and was arrested. Singed brother is in stable condition with second-degree burns. NEwS DESK
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injured Morkel out of third test, kyle abbott in
Frank Lampard has so much more to give and he has been an inspiration to everyone at the club. John Terry
afridi likely to play odis against s africa KARAcHI ONLINE
ORMER Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is likely to be recalled to the one-day squad for the upcoming series against South Africa after a string of batting failures in the Test series. According to PTI, sources close to the national selection committee said that Afridi, who was dropped for the one-day series in India after playing in just two T20 matches, would be picked for the entire limited over series in South Africa. "Pakistan plays the T20 matches first and than five one-day internationals. Afridi is likely to be picked in both squads," one source told PTI. Afridi, who has played 349 ODIs, has recently shown some good form in the Pakistan A series with Afghanistan. The source said that the national selectors would be making plenty of changes for the limited over series after the Test squad's failure in South Africa. "The selectors will be selecting Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Ahmed Shahzad, Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik and Aizaz Cheema (if
Junaid Khan does not recover from an injury), Umar Amin and Zulfiqar Babar for the limited over series," the source disclosed. He said the selectors were also disappointed with the performance of the Test squad and some of the decisions taken by the team management/tour selection committee in South Africa. "If Junaid who is unfit right now is okay, he, Mohammad Irfan and Ehsan Adil will be retained for the one-day series as well but there is a debate going on sending back Umar Gul, Rahat Ali and Tanvir Ahmed from South Africa after the Test series," the source said. Rahat and Tanvir were flown to South Africa as reinforcements before the first Test on the request of the team management. Rahat played in the first Test and went wicketless while Tanvir played the second Test and picked up only one wicket. The source said there was no chance of a comeback for experienced allrounder, Abdul Razzaq as he was not playing domestic cricket. "The selectors are developing a clear consensus that they need to send some dashing and aggressive players to South Africa as it has been noticed that the Test players were pretty shaken against the South Africans even psychologically," he said
Morne Morkel, the South Africa fast bowler, will miss the third Test of the series against Pakistan due to the hamstring injury he picked up during the course of the second game. Dolphins' quick Kyle Abbott has been named as his replacement for the Test, which begins on February 22. Rory Kleinveldt, who was already part of the Test series squad, is expected to make South Africa's starting xI though, ahead of Abbott. Abbott's domestic form prompted his callup, CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson said: "Kyle swings the ball nicely and is another player who has earned a call-up through outstanding form at franchise level. He has done extremely well in the Sunfoil Series [the domestic first-class competition] this season. "He had an outstanding match return of 12 for 96 against the champion, Cape Cobras, and finished the series as the leading wicket-taker [49 wickets] and an economy rate of under three to the over." Morkel had pulled up halfway through his 21st over in Pakistan's first innings, and left the field. He came out to bowl in the second innings, but managed only 3.1 overs before his hamstring trouble flared up again, leaving Jacques Kallis with the job of finishing his over Meanwhile, seamer Lonwabo Tsotsobe is likely to have fully recovered from his ankle injury in time for the limited-overs leg of the Pakistan series, Hudson said. "We did consider Lonwabo Tsotsobe [for the Tests] but unfortunately he is still recovering from an ankle injury. He will only be fit in time for the limited overs segment of the tour."
Recovering Warner faces quicks in Australian nets cHENNAI AGENCIES
David Warner faced pace bowling in the nets for the first time on Australia's tour of India on Tuesday as he aims to prove his fitness ahead of the first Test in Chennai, starting on Friday. Warner's recovery from a fractured thumb is the real injury concern for the Australians in the lead-up to the Test and his availability will also have a knock-on effect on the rest of the batting order. If Warner does not play, Shane Watson will return to the Test team as an opener alongside Ed Cowan but if Warner is fit, as expected, the likely scenario will involve the continuation of the Cowan-Warner opening combination with Watson to bat at No.4. Watson has made no secret of his desire to face the new ball in Test cricket and his innings of 84 and 60 opening in tour match against India A strengthened his case. But Cowan has also batted well so far on this trip, scoring 58, 40 and 53 in the two tour games, and Australia would be reluctant to split up
an opening pair that has been the best performing in world cricket for the past 14 months. Australia's coach Mickey Arthur said it was too early to determine whether Warner would be fit for the Chennai Test, but he said he had been impressed by the way Cowan handled spin during the warm-up outings. "We just want to see how Davey Warner comes up over the next day or two," Arthur said in Chennai ahead of Australia's training session on Tuesday. "It's critical that he trains well over the next day or two to play. I'm pretty sure and confident he'll come through but he hasn't faced any quicks yet. He's been doing a lot of batting against spin which has been fantastic. He hasn't faced pace bowling - that's the only concern - but he ticks that box today. "Ed has come out of these practice games with his head held high. He's had a good method against the spin and he's played exceptionally well. [Opening with Watson and Warner] would be a tough call but that's something we have to only weigh up once Davey Warner is fit or not fit."
Newlands Test tough: Amla cAPE TOWN AGENCIES
While no home Test this summer has gone to a fifth day, Proteas batsman Hashim Amla says their latest match against Pakistan was South Africa’s toughest challenge since their away series in Australia last year. “Pakistan took us to our limits in certain respects,” Amla said in Cape Town on Tuesday. “We were under pressure in our first innings and then chasing 180, in the second, was never going to be an easy total.” The top-order batsman said Robin Peterson’s 84 in the first innings had provided the difference between the two sides, and he heaped praise on the leftarm spinner. “We all know the kind of work Robbie puts in behind the scenes so it was wonderful to watch him oozing with confidence while he was batting,” Amla said. “He also made a significant contribution with the ball and he has become a recognised player in his own
right now.” Amla was unconcerned about the side’s batting performance at Newlands and believed, in the context of the game, they had done well. “It was not an easy wicket to bat on in the first innings - for both teams - and, with one more game to go, I wouldn’t read too much into it.” The team had not been overly intimidated by seven-foot paceman Mohammad Irfan, and Amla said they would look at the Centurion wicket before they worried about the damage he could do in the next Test starting on Friday. “If Irfan had played at the Wanderers, where there was a lot of bounce, we’d have been able to judge him better. If Centurion has a bit of pace and bounce, then all the seamers will come into play more. “Irfan bowled quite well at Newlands and it’s not often you face someone so tall. He got a lot of bounce but, fortunately for us, we face Morne Morkel in the nets, so we have an inkling of what he’s like." Morkel was ruled out of the third and final Test - after picking
up a hamstring injury - and Cricket South Africa confirmed on Tuesday that Rory Kleinveldt would replace him in Centurion, with uncapped seamer Kyle Abbott called up as cover. “Rory has become an integral part of the team, filling in whenever someone has been injured. Against New Zealand, he bowled really well and he’s a quality performer,” Amla said. “The series is already sealed so there is less pressure on getting Morne ready and playing him half-fit. It’s a lovely opportunity for Rory to cement his position as one of the leading bowlers in the country.” Despite the unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Amla said every game was important to the team, and to their winning culture, and some of the players still had something to prove. “A lot of us in the top order have got in, but haven’t made massive contributions, so we’re hungry to do that. "The bowlers have enjoyed their wickets and will want to keep on in that vein, so there is a lot to play for still.
Jayawardene ruled out of Bangladesh tests
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out of next month's two-test home series against Bangladesh after dislocating the middle finger of his left hand in a domestic match on Sunday. Jayawardene picked up the injury while fielding in the slips during the Singhalese Sports Club's Premier league match against Nondescript's Cricket Club. "Initial scans showed that it was only a dislocation but the scans were sent to Australia for further opinion," Sri Lanka team manager Michael de Zoysa said. "The opinion from Australia is that Mahela will have to undergo surgery and have a wire inserted to keep the dislocated bone in place. "He will be out for between four-to-six weeks which means he is certainly ruled out of the Bangladesh test series." Thilan Samaraweera would replace Jayawardene for the two tests against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. Another former captain Kumar Sangakkara is also fighting to recover in time for the first test starting in Galle on March 8. Sangakkara had his left index finger broken by Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson during the Boxing Day test in Melbourne and had a pin and plate inserted for his injury.
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Ronaldo is an example to a lot of people because of all that he was able to achieve despite what he had to go through with all the knee problems in his career, he's an example of determination and hard work. – Rafael Nadal
Fund crunch may force team to skip azlan shah LAHORE
AKISTAN will not be able to send its national team for Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia next month and the junior team to Singapore unless the government released the promised funds, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has said. PHF secretary, Asif Bajwa said that the financial position of the body was weak because the federal government had promised a grant of 100 million rupees which was yet to be released. "The Punjab government had also promised us 30 million rupees which is yet to reach us," Bajwa said. The PHF has survived mainly on government grants since Qasim Zia and Asif Bajwa took over as President and Secretary. Zia, a former Olympian and a sitting member of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party government, has used his political clout to get around 850 million rupees by way of grants in the last five years.
lou Vincent retires from cricket
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will felicitate its chief curator, Anurudda Polonowita, at the end of next month's second Test between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Polonowita, who will be retiring as chief curator on March 31, has been involved with the game in Sri Lanka for 53 years in different capacities, including as vicepresident of SLC and chief selector. He also played 20 first-class matches, including an unofficial Test against India in Ahmedabad in 1964. "We have plans to felicitate Polonowita in recognition of the contribution he has made to Sri Lanka cricket," Ajith Jayasekera, Sri Lanka Cricket's CEO, said. Polonowita was involved in the development and construction of the Khettarama Stadium (now the Premadasa Stadium) in Colombo, and was encouraged by former Sri Lankan president R Premadasa to pursue his interest in curating. "I did the pitches and ground, and it was during that time that he asked me what I wanted. I told him I would like to go to Australia and do a course in curatorship," Polonowita said. "Within a couple of months, it was arranged and I was sent to Australia for three months."
SPORTS DESK Lou Vincent, the New Zealand batsman, has announced his retirement from cricket. He made the announcement on Monday evening via Twitter. An occasional wicketkeeper, Vincent, 34, played 23 Tests and 102 ODIs for New Zealand, the last of which was in December 2007. Then he signed with the now defunct Indian Cricket League - by joining the unsanctioned Twenty20 league, he was temporarily barred from playing for New Zealand and lost his central contract. He followed up with a stint in English county cricket, and later played domestic Twenty20 cricket in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, apart from turning out for Auckland on the New Zealand domestic circuit. Vincent battled depression during the course of his career, which he had to monitor through medication. The condition, he had said, affected his "hunger for cricket" at one of his lower points. He had a brilliant start to Test cricket in 2001, scoring 104 and 54 while opening the innings in Perth, against an Australian attack that included Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Shane Warne. However, consistency eluded him in his career and he finished with 1332 runs at 34.15. His highest score of 224 came against Sri Lanka in April 2005 in Wellington, in a Test New Zealand won by an innings. In ODIs, Vincent finished with 2413 runs at 27.11. He played 98 first-class games and 220 List A games in all. His last competitive cricket was in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League, for Khulna Royal Bengals.
india lack BCCi support: Connor SPORTS DESK
we’ll play spin aggressively: arthur cHENNAI Australia's batsmen hope they can exploit the growing pressure on India's spin bowlers when the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series begins in Chennai on Friday. Traditionally, handling quality spin on turning pitches has been viewed as one of the key weaknesses of Australian batsmen and they could face a spin-heavy attack at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, with R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh and the allrounder Ravindra Jadeja all having been named in India's squad. But the Indian slow men were outbowled by their England counterparts during the Test series late last year, when Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar averaged 24.75 and 26.82 respectively.
Bajwa said in Pakistan, hockey being an amateur sport, survived mainly due to government grants. "We have also supplemented our revenues by getting sponsorship but it is a expensive sport and we spend millions on one foreign trip. We are also not able to make more money because of the refusal of foreign teams to visit Pakistan because of security reasons," the former Olympian said. Bajwa made it clear that the situation was a tight one for the federation and if grants were not received soon they might not able to send the senior team to the Azlan Shah tournament and junior team to Singapore for a Asian event. "We are expecting the grant from the Punjab government in two or three days while we have written several times for the grant from the federal government." Bajwa said the players were also uneasy and anxious because the cash prizes promised to them after winning the Asian Champions Trophy by the Prime Minister were yet to be given to them.
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sri lanka’s chief curator to be honoured
PHF SECRETARY, ASIF BAJWA SAID THAT THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE BODY WAS WEAK BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD PROMISED A GRANT OF 100 MILLION RUPEES WHICH WAS YET TO BE RELEASED STAFF REPORT
Ojha was the best of India's spinners in that series with 20 wickets at 30.85, but Ashwin struggled to have any real impact and collected 14 victims at 52.64, while none of Jadeja, Harbhajan or Piyush Chawla were able to hold down a place. It is that uncertainty that Australia's coach Mickey Arthur hopes his men can use to their advantage when the Test series starts, despite the fact that the India A spinners Jalaj Saxena and Rakesh Dhurv took nine wickets between them in the second warm-up game and forced the Australians to follow on. Arthur said there had been some positive signs from Australia's batsmen, particularly in the way some of them attacked the spinners. "There's no point in us defending, we have to be showing intent because if we can show intent and put them under pressure I think we could open some chinks
in their armour, because the Indian spinners have been under pressure," Arthur said in Chennai. "They didn't win the series against England so the Indian spinners are coming into this series with the weight of expectation on their shoulders. If we get on top of them at any phase of the game, they will be feeling the heat as much as our batsmen are. That's got to be a very firm plan in our mind." As senior batsmen with Test experience in India, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke will be important in enforcing that aggressive plan. But Arthur said he had also been impressed by the allrounder Moises Henriques, who has a good chance of making his Test debut in Chennai, after he struck two fours and three sixes in an innings of 33 from 41 against India A on Monday. "If you're going to just defend and not take the game on you're going to get into a rut and you're going to get out sooner or later," Arthur said. "We certainly want them to play with that aggressive intent and he did that."
Clare Connor, the ICC women's committee chairman and former England Women's captain, has blamed the BCCI for India's poor showing at the Women's World Cup. India finished in seventh place after failing to qualify for the Super Six stage with just one victory from the group phase. Connor has said the team did not receive the support they deserved from their board. Connor is now head of women's cricket at the ECB who have made the England Women's team the best-resourced in the world but says standards have slipped in India and the BCCI are at fault. "Generally India have been strong but other teams, Sri Lanka and West Indies who have accelerated so much in the past four years, are overtaking them," Connor said in an interview. "The Indian players and the support staff will look to the BCCI for more support." "There is such passion for cricket in this country. It probably asks the question whether the women have had the support they deserve because their standards have slipped. While that is partly the responsibility of the players I don't think they had as much support going into this tournament as they would need. That is a shame because they were the hosts and we wanted to bring the World Cup to India because of the passion for the game. It is a shame they didn't make it further in the tournament.
Bowlers’ selection surprises Waqar PAKISTAN’S FORMER CAPTAIN EXPRESSES HIS SURPRISE OVER THE INCLUSION OF TANVIR AHMED' IN THE TEST SQUAD FOR THE SA SERIES LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has expressed his disappointment with the think-tank for the selection of medium-pacers Tanvir Ahmed and Rahat Ali for the tour to South Africa. "Pakistan is known for its fast-bowling legacy over the last five decades," Waqar was quoted by Cricinfo. "We are better than this and have better options than Tanvir. I don't know what the selectors and team management have seen in him. Do they not know we need a bowler who can bowl with sheer pace in South Africa? Where is Aizaz Cheema and Wahab Riaz? Why weren't they picked in the first place?" Tanvir's previous national call-up was in May 2011, after which he was dropped for his poor performance and fitness. Before he was dropped, he played four Tests and picked up 16 wickets. Shortly after the Pakistan team landed in South Africa, Ali and Tanvir were called in as late
reinforcements to bolster a side that already had four quicks. Tanvir's outing in the second Test was disappointing. He bowled only 10 overs out of 102.1 in the first innings and was given another five overs in the second innings to finish with figures of 10-4-26-0 and 5-0-43-1. He failed to impress with the new ball, bowling at a speed of around 120kph. One of Pakistan's selectors refused to take the responsibility for Tanvir's selection, saying the team management had demanded reinforcement and it was their decision to play him in the final xI. The management did not use all the frontline bowlers picked for the series. Mohammad Irfan, who was set to play the first Test, was left out for Ali. Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman was benched for the second Test, while Ehsan Adil, a young fast bowler who was picked after a strong domestic performance, only bowled in the nets. "The problem isn't Tanvir. It lies with the selectors and the team think-tank who have to decide where they are going," Waqar said. "I am really disappointed with Umar Gul, too. In my time, consistency was the key for every bowler. There was always a plan and a back-up plan every time, with a lot of commitment, but here everything looked uncertain." In spite of being known for their fast bowlers, Pakistan have relied on spinners over the last three years, following bans on Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. Saeed Ajmal has emerged as a
dependable strike bowler for Pakistan on all surfaces. "He [Ajmal] will continue to play his part with success because he knows his role and his line and length," Waqar said. "We talk about our fragile batting, but it's the fast bowlers who are letting the team down. Gul looked bad with both the new and old ball." Waqar said Pakistan wasted the new ball in both Tests. "We bowled to their strengths. South Africa simply bowled in the right areas at perfect lengths. Pakistan were in a good position in the second Test, thanks to Ajmal's outstanding bowling. But we lost the opportunity and handed them a win."
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Given the rule stability over the winter, I'm pleased with the gains that we've been able to make with this car. – Technical director Mike Coughlan in a statement for the rollout at the Circuit de Catalunya
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robson, stephens crash out early in dubai
Cornet defeats Svitolina to progress in Bogota BOGOTA: Second seed Alize Cornet was among the first round winners in the Copa Claro Colsanitas in Bogota. The French woman defeated Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-2 7-6(6) in one of four opening round fixtures. Cornet's compatriot Mathilde Johansson also progressed with a 6-4 2-6 6-3 success over Canadian Stephane Dubois. Luxembourg's Mandy Minella was also a straight sets winner, 6-4 6-3 over Tatjana Malek, while Nina Bratchikova went dwon7-5 6-2 to Paula Ormaechea of Argentina. AGENCIES
Australian Open semi-finalist Sloane Stephens and British number two Laura Robson both suffered first-round defeats in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The American 19-yearold, who defeated Serena Williams on the way to the last four in Melbourne, went down 5-7 6-3 6-2 to to Romania's Sorana Cirstea in just over two hours. Former world number one Ana Ivanovic claimed a straight-sets victory over Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the Serbian wining 6-3 76 (7/5). France's Marion Bartoli had to come from a set down before seeing off Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 36 6-4 6-1. Robson, the British number two, was beaten by Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 6-4 2-6 7-6 (8/6) in a match lasting close to two-and-a-half hours.
dFa Football from today LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Lahore district football association will be played here from Wednesday at Model town football academy ground. Two matches will be played on the opening day and Federal Colony will meet Samanabad and Shaheen club will take on Saleem Khan club,said Mian Rizwan Ali, President, Lahore district football association on Tuesday. “Leading clubs of the city will take part in the event whose final will be played on March 10,” he said “The event will help in identifying new football talent besides engaging the clubs in a competitive activity,” he added.
BOGOTA: Alize Cornet returns the ball in the Copa Claro Colsanitas.
Bellucci bows out to wildcard Schwartzman cOPA cLARO
asim wins Quaid table tennis LAHORE
Fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci was a surprise faller in the first round of the Copa Claro as he was beaten by wildcard Diego Sebastian Schwartzman. The Brazilian was defeated 6-4 4-6 6-1 in Buenos Aires by the Argentinian, who had never before won on the ATP tour. A second homegrown player also progressed, with Federico Del Bonis seeing off Joao Sousa 6-1 6-4, but two more were bundled out. Fifth seed Horacio Zeballos pushed hard but was defeated 4-6 7-6(4) 6-3 by Aljaz Bedene over Slovenia. Spain's second seed Nicolas Almagro then eased into the next round with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Guido Pella. Almagro's compatriot Albert Ramos, seeded eighth, beat Flavio Cipolla with ease in a 6-1 6-0 routing.
Marin Cilic stretched in Memphis MEMPHIS AGENCIES
Top seed Marin Cilic was taken to three sets on his way to a first-round win at the US National Indoor Championships in Memphis. Cilic's fellow Croat Ivan Dodig fought well before going down 4-6 6-2 6-3. An all-American contest bestween Rhyne Williams and Steve Johnson saw the former claim a 7-6(4) 6-4 success. Poland's Lukasz Kubot defeated the United States' Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-7(4) 7-6. In the women's competition number one seed Kirsten Flipkens defeated Shahar Peer 6-2 6-2 and second seed Sofia Arvidsson was also successful. She ousted Slovakian Jana Cepelova 6-4 6-4. American Victoria Duval edged Johanna Larsson 3-6 6-1 6-3 and compatriot Jamie Hampton recorded a 6-3 6-3 victory over Garbine Muguruza, but a third home representative, Maria Sanchez. went down to Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko. Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele produced a decisive closing to set to seal a 7-6(5) 6-0 win over Silvia Soler Espinosa and Marina Erakovic moved past Annika Beck in three sets.
TOMIC HITS BACK TO ADVANCE IN MARSEILLE
MARSEILLE: Australia's Bernard Tomic came back from a set down to get the better of Martin Klizan in the opening round of the Open 13 in Marseille. Tomic looked set for an early exit when he lost the opening set, but he struck back to take the next two on his way to a 4-6 6-3 7-6 (9/7) win. In the day's other first-round game, Jerzy Janowicz had an easy time of it against Lukas Rosol, the seventh seed winning 6-2 6-4. AGENCIES
Asim Qureshi won the singles title of Quaide-Azam table tennis tournament beating Asim Aziz in straight sets 3-0 here on Tuesday Chromatex hall. Sadia Falaksher lifted the women singles title defeating Sanam Yasin 31 in the final of the competition which is being organized by Chromatex chemicals after every two months for the further development of the game at grass root level. Asim enjoyed all time supremacy in the final entertaining a big gathering with a variety of shots en route to a simple victory. Sanam made a grand come back after a set loss anticipating greater agility and all round form. In first semi finals of men’s singles Asim bt Bilal Yasin by 3-2. Bilal Yasin was leading 20 and also in third game by 7-4 set score but Asim came back in form and played aggressive strokes and won all remaining three games. In second semi finals of men’s singles Asim Aziz bt Abdul Raheem by 3-1 in a tough match. Abdul Raheem was in good form and won first game but experience of Asim Aziz counted and he won the three games in a row. Young Abdul Raheem is the only player who bt Asim Qureshi in group league and got the first position in his group. In Semi finals of women’s singles Sadia Falaksher bt Mehmooda Haider by 3-1 and Sanam Yasin bt Mubeen by 3-0. In men’s junior singles event Ahmed Mehboob and Hasham Khan got first and second positions. In women’s junior singles event Saba Chaudhry and Nairus Fareed secured first and second positions. Junior events were played in league format. More than sixty junior and new faces participated in the event form Karachi, Swat, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Kamalia, Sheikhupura and many other places. Ahmer Malik , Secretary, Pakistan Table tennis federation was the chief guest of the prize distribution ceremony. Winners were awarded with Rs.10000 and runners up were awarded Rs.5000/ and 3rd/4thposition holders were warded Rs 2000 along with souvenirs. Speaking on the occasion ,organizing secretary Qayyum Khan said the series of tournaments will continue and we will found new junior players like Asim Munir (Kamalia) and Rameez Khan (Swat) who have given tough competition to national champion in he event.
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Obviously to win is a great achievement. But the way Chelsea won largely depended on good luck. – Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski
‘toxic culture’ crippled aussie swimmers LONDON
waPda win cycling title LAHORE STAFF REPORT
WAPDA won the 60th National Cycling Championship with four-gold, two silver and two bronze medals with 231 points. HEC was runner-up with 116 points with three silver, four bronze and Punjab got thirds position with two gold, two silver and three bronze with 113 points. Sindh with one silver, 4th with 39 Points Railways 5th with one medal with 28 points and Afghanistan 6th with 28 points. Sabir from Wapda was declared Best Cyclist and Fastest Cyclist was Muhammad Shakeel from Punjab. On the final day, three events which of 1 KM Team Sprint , 1000 Meters Sprint and elimination race were held. The Chief Guest for closing ceremony was Former Inspector General of Police Mr. Shoukat Javad at Cycling Velodrome who also distributed medals Trophies among the winning players and shields to the Technical officials.
National Cycling from today LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Cycling Federation (Munawar Baseer group) on Tuesday announced to organize the 6thedition of the National Championship from today, Wednesday at cycling velodrome. “Our PCF is the genuine body duly affiliated and recognized by Union cyclist international (UCI) and Asian Cycling Federation (ACF) and we are the legal body to hold the national championship,” said President, PCF, Munawar Baseer at a news conference here in the presence of Secretary, PCF, Syed Azhar Ali Shah and officials of Punjab cycling association.
incidents of unkindness, peer intimidation, hazing and just 'bad form' as a team member that were escalated to personal coaches were not addressed and had no further consequence. "Standards, discipline and accountabilities for the swim team at the London Olympics were too loose. "Situations were left to bleed with not enough follow through for fear of disrupting preparation for competition. Although few situations relating to London reported through this review were truly grave in nature, they compounded in significance as no one reined in control. "There were enough culturally toxic incidents across enough team members that breached agreements (such as getting drunk, misuse of prescription drugs, breaching curfews, deceit, bullying) to warrant a strong, collective leadership response that included coaches, staff and the swimmers. "No such collective action was taken." Grange said the media also played its role in the problems that eventuated and that the use of social media by athletes as they interacted with the general public proved a distraction. "There was no filter between the athlete and anyone who wanted to have
LAHORE Nearly 157 under-16 hockey players participated in the hockey trials for selecting probables for attending a camp to prepare the team for taking part in the U16 Asia cup being played from April 4-7 in Singapore. “It is a very positive sign that a large number of players participated in the trials in which eight sessions were held to judge the individual talent of players “,said national junior
an opinion on their performance, and that commentary did not need to be shaped with journalistic skill and experience, nor did it have any boundaries," said the report. "Some athletes engaged deeply in public debate on what they were doing, how they were doing, and even on who they actually were as individuals. This served to fuel emotions, good and bad, at a time where calmness, intensive focus and consistency should have prevailed. "Social media also allowed already disconnected athletes to seek support from sources external to the team, which again diminished the reliance on a unified team. "In addition, the glorification of a few was seen somewhere between embarrassing and irritating to other team members and added to a growing notion that the rest of the athletes were not really valued. "One person said he felt that it was not really about whether you swam your heart out, it was about whether you could sell your heart out." Among Dr Grange's six recommendations for Swimming Australia was the construction of an ethical framework that laid out what the team stood for and a major focus on developing a social media policy for athletes.
Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius is set to be denied bail, as he has been charged with pre-meditated murder in the wake of his girlfriend's death. Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner for his prosthetic legs, appeared in a South African court for his second appearance over the death of Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the hearing that Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times inside his Pretoria home on Thursday.
wAtCh It LIve TEN SPORTS FIH Hockey League: Fiji v Ireland 03:30PM
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The camp trainees include Noor Alam, Habib Ullah, Neamat Ali, Sohail Majeed, Asif Junior, Abdullah Aslam, Ghulam Abbad and Imran Shoqat. In the men’s under-23 category, the following cyclists are participating in the camp: Sajid Ali, Waqas Mehboob, Awais Ali, Sultan Aftab, Abid and Zeeshan Ali while the female trainees are Anam Mahmood (junior), Malika Malik, Rajea Shabir and Maham Tariq.
servis super 15’s rugby league LAHORE
coach, former Olympian Danish Kaleem said after a trial session here on Tuesday at outer ground of National Hockey Stadium. He said trials at Peshawar were completed and trials at Karachi were postponed owing to unavoidable circumstances and now they will be held from February 22-23. Pakistan Hockey Federations consultant, Tahir Zaman and national coaches, Ajmal Khan and Rehan Butt watched the players in action. Secretary, PHF, Mohammad Asif Bajwa and manager of the Pak junior team, Rana Mujahid were also present. Danish said the national coaches keeping in view the large participation of players have decided to extend the trials for another two-day. “ We are extending the trials as a number of junior players are approaching to feature in the trials,” he asserted. He said national coaches are shortlisting the promising players for attending a training camp for the build up of the team for the Cup. Tahir Zaman said: “Nearly forty players will be selected to attend the camp as selectors are minutely observing the players and the best available talent will be selected for finalizing the national junior team.” He said no compromise would be made on age of the players and only under age players will be selected keeping in view the future of Pakistan hockey. “ It is the base of our game and we want to make sure that only deserving players are selected because we will be grooming them under a long term plan to fill the void in national junior team”.
Pistorius, 26, was formally charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend. Mr Nel said the victim arrived at the house between 5pm and 6pm the night before she was killed at 3am. He said she was locked inside the small bathroom and was unarmed. The prosecutor also said the athlete, who broke down in tears during the hearing, had not provided investigators with his own version of what happened. Prosecutors told the bail hearing that Pistorius had put on his prosthetic legs and walked 23ft
Pakistan Cycling Federation president Munawar Baseer Ahmad has announced that the Pakistan cycling team will take part in 33rd Asian Championship to be held from March 5 to 17 in New Delhi, India. President PCF informed that the participation invitation for Pakistan team was received from the ACC’s Organizing Committee last month and the event will be hosted by the Cycling Federation of India. Baseer said that the PCF has formulated a selection committee which is headed by former secretary PCF, Ijaz Ali Sheikh (Senior Cyclist and Ex Champion). The Selection Committee member includes Tariq Alvi (National Cyclist), Shafiq Cheema (former National Champion and National Cycling Color Holder), Nusrat Khan (former Int’l Cyclist and former Champion Tour-de-Pakistan) and Ishtiaq Mubeen (President Technical Association). Secretary to the Selection Committee will be Sardar Nazakat Ali (National Cycling Color Holder).
Pistorius set to be charged AGENCIES
Wednesday, 20 February, 2013
U16 hockey trials begin
THE RESULTS: 1 KM Team Sprint: WAPDA 1:11.33, HEC 1:14.17, Punjab 1:15.22, Afganistan, Railways, Sindh. 1000 Meters Sprint: Shakeel Punjab 12.62, Zafar Hussain WAPDA, Zulfiqar Ali Wapda. Elimination Race: Shakeel Punjab, Ahsan Abbas HEC, Sabir Wapda.
Pak cyclists to compete in asian C’ship
HE review into Australia's swimming team at the London Olympics has uncovered a 'toxic culture' that was not reined in by team leadership. In a stinging report, culture and leadership consultant Dr Pippa Grange said the London Olympics represented almost the perfect storm of factors leading to a poor team culture, poor results and instances of bullying among team members. Grange wrote that a focus on individualised training regimes and not team training leading into the Games led to a lack of bonding among athletes. This lack of team identity was exacerbated by a lack of leadership within the team and external factors such as media pressure, Grange added. Grange wrote the end result was a 'lonely' Olympics for many athletes who simply put their head down and got on with the job, while other athletes experienced issues with prescription drugs, alcohol and bullying. "The findings of this review were that cultural factors did play a significant role in the unpleasant experience that many Australian swimmers, coaches and staff had at the London Olympics in 2012," read the report. "Swimmers seemed to have missed the power of a shared experience, and critically, of friendship. In simplest terms this meant it was a lot less enjoyable than they expected. "It is plausible that emotional tension in the group built to disharmony and sometimes became exclusion and, in the rare extreme, animosity between athletes. "Poor behaviour and disrespect within the team were not regulated or resisted strongly by other team members, and it was left unchecked or without consequence by staff and coaches on a number of occasions. "Some individual
(7m) to the bathroom before firing his gun. Magistrate Desmond Nair ruled that, for the purpose of the bail hearing, the case was a schedule six offence - meaning premeditated murder - rather than the less serious schedule five. Mr Nel told the court that Ms Steenkamp went into the bathroom after the couple had been arguing. He said Pistorius then got up from his bed and fired four shots, hitting her three times. Pistorius sobbed as Mr Roux claimed her death was an accident.
The inaugural Servis Super 15's League will be played here from February 24 at DHA rugby stadium. Top four Rugby clubs of the country will feature in the event which is being supported by International Rugby board. Lahore Rugby foot ball club, Islamabad Jinns, DHA Rugby foot ball club and Army rugby club are the participating teams which will are all set to display their talent for the entertainment of the lovers of the game. “The event will be played on round robin league and a high quality rugby is likely to be witnessed“, said a spokesman of PRU here on Tuesday. He said rugby is getting good popularity in Pakistan, specially in Punjab where youth is taking keen interest to take it up as a sport compared to cricket and hockey and other games. “We have identified young rugby talent from Multan, Muzaffargarh, Lodhran and Sahiwal and even a ladies rugby team is playing rugby in a small city Lodhran.
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NaB chief defamed sC by writing letter to president: CJP ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked on Tuesday that the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had maligned the Supreme Court by writing letter to President Asif Ali Zardari.
A three-member bench resumed the proceedings of a contempt case against NAB Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bukhari on Tuesday. Bukhari’s counsel Navid Rasool Mirza told the court that his client had a professional career and that he “respects the court from the core of his heart”. Mirza said that his client had also taken part in the judges’ restoration movement in 2007 as
president of the Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Association. Mirza told the court that Bukhari had written the letter to the president in “individual capacity” after the compilation of the annual report. He said that his client had written the letter about an institution, and not against any particular personality. The CJP asked the lawyer how the copy of the letter was leaked to the media from
Bukhari’s personal computer. Mirza replied that the media cell in NAB was the source, which had conveyed the secret documents to the media. Justice Azmat reminded Mirza that he had mentioned in his application that he handed over the letter to the media, saying that the matter could go against him. The court called the attorney general but it was told that he was not feeling well.
saudi king swears in first women shura members RIYADH AGENCIES
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Tuesday swore in the country’s first female members of the Shura Council, an appointed body that advises on new laws, in a move that has riled conservative clerics in the Islamic monarchy. Abdullah, who has not been seen on television since shortly after a back operation in November, was shown on state media sitting in a palace chamber to give a short speech as he swore in the new council members. King Abdullah is seen as having pushed to cautiously advance the role of women in Saudi society. The health of the king, who turns 90 this year, is closely watched in the world’s top oil exporter because he has the final say on policy. Major speeches in recent months have been made on Abdullah’s behalf by his heir, Crown Prince Salman. State media have also listed Salman as chairing the weekly cabinet sessions in place of the king. “Your place in the Shura Council is not as those who have been honored, but as those who have been charged with a duty, as you represent part of society,” he said, addressing the new women members.
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The CJP said that although the NAB chairman had admitted the contents of the letter, however, the court issued him a simple notice as he was not served a show cause notice, and that he was not even bound to attend the court in person. The CJP said that the Supreme Court was in support of free, fair, impartial and timely elections in the country, and that it was not an obstacle in the way of polls.