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Attempts being made to stop MQM from political activities. — Dr Farooq Sattar
IT’s eITher NasIr or IshraT ParLiaMeNtary coMMittee ruLes out NaMes of Justice (r) Khoso, PaLeJo for iNteriM PM
Thursday, 21 March, 2013
PuNjab assembly dIssolved
LAHORE: Punjab Governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mahmud on Wednesday dissolved the Punjab Assembly as he signed the summary regarding the dissolution submitted by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The chief minister had earlier sent a formal summary to the governor, advising him to dissolve the provincial assembly. Three provincial assemblies of KhyberPakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan had been dissolved on March 19. The prime minister had previously urged the chief ministers of the four provinces to advise their respective governors to dissolve the assemblies by March 19. However, a deadlock on the matter between the government and the PML-N meant that Punjab’s assembly, whose tenure expires on April 9, was not dissolved on March 19. STAFF REPORT
N a major development in its maiden meeting, the eight-member parliamentary committee tasked with appointing the caretaker prime minister discarded the names of Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and Rasool Bukhsh Palejo with majority and a consensus is likely to be achieved today (Thursday) on either Dr Ishrat Hussain or Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid for appointment as the caretaker PM premier, Pakistan Today has reliably learnt. The committee which held its first meeting on Wednesday at the Parliament House was headed by Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and decided in principle that no new nomination would be discussed by the committee and only four names would be considered. A source said that despite tensions between both parties, the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere as the members of the committee looked to be on the same page over the issue. “The impression of failure of the committee is false as the committee discarded two nominees to narrow down their differences. Since the PPP leadership had reservations over the name of Palejo and the PML-N had reservations about Justice (r) Khoso, both names were dropped in agreement. We can hope for a good outcome today as both sides have expressed willingness to resolve the matter through mutual contacts and diplomacy and the committee is the best platform for this purpose,” the source added. The source said the PML-N leadership had also expressed flexibility for dissolution
of Punjab Assembly, which was dissolved on Wednesday evening, and both sides would exhibit same cordiality on Thursday over the caretaker setup. Another source said both Dr Ishrat Hussain and Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid were respectable individuals and any of the two could be trusted with the responsibility of holding the upcoming elections. Talking to reporters following the meeting, PPP leader Syed Khursheed Shah said they could not evolve any consensus over the names of Justice Khoso and Palejo. He said that terms of reference (ToRs) of the committee were also finalised in the meeting under which the caretaker PM would be appointed with a two-thirds majority or unanimously while the quorum must be of
istrative experience and should be a man of good repute.” Abbasi hoped that there would be a consensus, but pointed that the caretaker prime minister could also be appointed with a 6-2 majority in the committee. He said it was the first time ever in the history of the country that the matter was referred to the parliamentary committee. Abbasi made it clear that efforts were being made to appoint caretaker premier through the committee, hoping that the committee would fulfil its constitutional responsibilities, however, in case of failure the same names would be forwarded to the ECP. Farooq H Naik said new nominees could not be considered by the committee per the constitution, as the committee had no author-
The impression of failure of the committee is false as the committee discarded two nominees to narrow down their differences. Since the PPP leadership had reservations over the name of Palejo and the PML-N had reservations about Justice (r) Khoso, both names were dropped in agreement. We can hope for a good outcome today as both sides have expressed willingness to resolve the matter through mutual contacts and diplomacy and the committee is the best platform for this purpose
five members. Sardar Mehtab Abbasi said it was discussed in threadbare what fundamental characteristics should be possessed by the caretaker prime minister. “The caretaker PM should be impartial, intelligent, apolitical and must have admin-
ity to change the proposed names sent by the prime minister and opposition leader. Naik added that the same names would be sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan if the committee failed to evolve consensus on appointment of a caretaker prime minister within the stipulated time.
Completion of term by elected parliament mega achievement: Nawaz PML-N chief says aLL ProbLeMs beiNg faced by the couNtry Product of dictatorshiPs LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) President Nawaz Sharif has said that the completion of five-year constitutional tenure by duly elected parliament was a major achievement of the democratic system. Talking to reporters in Lahore after a high-level party meeting on Wednesday‚ the PML-N chief said it was for the first time in the country’s history that a government elected by the people was departing, while a new one would come into power through the same democratic process.
Nawaz said the PML-N spent five years in opposition with patience for strengthening democracy in the country, adding that the PML-N as opposition showed the way of prosperity and development to the government. “We showed commitment to solve the country’s problems with cooperation with the government.” He said all problems and challenges currently being faced by the country were the product of dictatorships. Nawaz said martial law was no way to resolve the problems, but it was democracy that provided ultimate solution to the problems of the people and the country. He said in the past‚ conspiracies were hatched against democracy. Nawaz hoped that the issue of nominating caretaker prime minister would be resolved through constitutional and democratic process. The PML-N chief said he would not tolerate any attempt to rig the elections and would take all measures to ensure free and fair elections. Nawaz said the MQM parted ways with the government only a few days before the end of the government’s
term. He said the PML-N received thousands of applications for awarding of tickets for the next general elections and that a convention would be held in Lahore on March 22 for aspirants of party tickets. The PML-N chief
also welcomed Raheela Magsi into the party. “Bargaining was made in dissolution of Sindh and Balochistan assemblies,” he said, adding that bargain was against the spirit of the 20th Constitutional Amendment.
He said whatever decision would be taken in the committee it would be in accordance with the spirit of law and constitution. The government has nominated Dr Ishrat Husain and Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, while the PML-N has finalised the names of Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Rasool Bukhsh Palejo for the post of caretaker prime minister. The coalition government is being represented by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Khursheed Shah, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and Farroq Naik, while Pervez Rasheed, Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Khwaja Saad Rafique and Sardar Yaqoob are representing the opposition in the committee. Shah said earlier in the day that the matter of the caretaker prime minister could be resolved instantly if Nawaz Sharif wanted. “The opposition should not oppose the government nominees for the slot and if there are some shortcomings, they should be highlighted.” Shah said if the matter was not resolved in the committee, it would be a slap on the face on all politicians. “We come here again with good intention to get the issue resolve amicably, even we support the name of Ishaq Dar for the slot.” Shujaat Hussain said political decision should be taken by the politicians themselves and these matters should not be referred to non-politicians. “If they cannot take such decision, they better leave politics.” He warned that it would not be fair if the parliamentary committee position was undermined, adding the opposition should not be rigid enough that they have to send the matter to the ECP. Naik said there was no constitutional bar about giving new names to the committee for the slot of the caretaker PM, rather the constitution was silent over the issue. Senator Pervez Rashid said no new names would be presented in the committee, as they would not accept any changed to the proposed list of names. He said it was not a failure that the matter was referred to the parliamentary committee, rather it was a constitutional procedure.
Imran Khan elected PTI chairperson unopposed LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was elected as the party chairperson unopposed on Wednesday. Khan had filed nomination papers for the slot in the presence of election officer Hamid Khan. However, no other party official filed nomination papers to challenge Khan. Khan’s unopposed election was preceded by intra-party elections that were held across Punjab and in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in January and February. The intra-party elections, PTI has maintained, are part of the party’s strategy to beat dynastic politics. Imran Khan has said that there will be a two-term limit on anyone being head of his Pakistan Tehreeki-Insaf (PTI), after the upcoming internal party polls to elect a chairperson. “I will not be a lifetime head of this party because it is against democratic norms and values,” Khan said, addressing a gathering of newly-elected party office bearers at the PTI office here on Tuesday. He said that unlike the PML-N and PPP, the PTI would not become a “family limited and branded political” party. STAFF REPORT
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Chaudhry Nisar is trying to sabotage the mandate of the parliamentary committee on appointment of interim PM. — Syed Khurshid Shah
Thursday, 21 March, 2013
Pervez sworn in as KP caretaker Cm
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Justice (r) Tariq Pervez Khan on Wednesday took oath as the caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Governor Engineer Shaukatullah Khan administered the oath to Khan at a well attended ceremony. Beside others, more than a dozen outgoing provincial ministers, speaker of provincial assembly Kiramat Ullah Khan Chagharmati, Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan, Chief Secretary Ghulam Dastgir Khan, Inspector General Police Akbar Khan Hoti and a number of high-ranking officials attended the ceremony. However, both leader of the house in outgoing assembly Amir Haider Khan Hoti and leader of opposition Akram Khan Durrani did not turn up for the ceremony. The attendees included Afrasiab Khattak, Anwar Saifullah Khan, Sahibzada Sabir Shah, Maulana Amanullah Haqqani, Mian Muneer Orakzai and Senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour. Peshawar based United States, Islamic Republic of Iran and Afghanistan Consul Generals also attended the ceremony. Talking to reporters after being administered the oath, Khan said ensuring free and transparent polls in a peaceful atmosphere would be his top priority. He said he would maintain his neutral and nonpolitical status in accordance with the aspiration of the people. PERvEz’s APPOiNtmENt cHALLENgED: A writ petition was filed in the Peshawar High Court (PHC), challenging the notification of appointment of Justice (r) Tariq Pervez as caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Wednesday. Citing Article 207 of the constitution, the petitioner read Pervez could not hold the public office for two years after his retirement.
LAHORE: Preparations are in full swing for the March 23 ‘Tsunami Plus’ public gathering of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf at Iqbal Park. STAFF PHOTO
General elections on may 11 ISLAMABAD
RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday signed a summary giving approval to holding general elections on May 11. According to president’s spokesman Farhatullah Bababr, the summary was sent by Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. The prime minister had advised the president to announce a suitable date for holding general elections to the National Assembly in terms of Article 48 (1) of the constitution read with the relevant statutory provisions. The spokesperson said section 11 (1) of the Representation of the People Act 1976 says “As soon as may be necessary and practicable‚ the president makes an announcement of the date or dates on which the polls shall be taken‚ the Election Commission‚ not later than thirty
days of such announcement shall‚ by notification in the official gazette‚ call upon a constituency to elect a representative or representatives”. This election will mark an end to the PPP-led government and the only democratic government to finish its term.
On March 17, the National Assembly stood dissolved on completion of its fiveyear term under Article 52 of the constitution. The Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan assemblies have been dissolved, and the Punjab Assembly is likely to follow soon.
Bokhari to be indicted for contempt on April 2 ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court (SC) will indict National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari in a contempt of court case on April 2. A three-member bench of the SC, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, resumed the hearing into the case on Wednesday and ordered Bokhari’s indictment. During the proceedings, NAB chief’s counsel Naveed Rasul Mirza requested the SC to shift the case to some other bench, which the SC denied. Referring to the Contempt of Court Ordinance, Mirza argued that a judge could not hear the contempt case against any individual who had registered a complaint against him. He submitted that if the chief justice continued hearing the case, it would give a negative impression. The SC had issued a show cause notice under Article 204 of the constitution read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 to the NAB chairman for writing a
strongly-worded letter criticising the judiciary to President Asif Ali Zardari. During the proceedings, the counsel for the NAB chief also read out the context of the letter. “In the January 27 letter to the president, Admiral Bokhari described how the superior judiciary, through its notices and verbal and written orders, had attempted to undermine the constitutional position of the bureau.” On this, the chief justice remarked that every angle would be looked into when and if someone pointed a finger at the judiciary’s dignity and superiority. Justice Gulzar said the NAB chairman’s letter was not written against a single judge, but the Supreme Court was targeted. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed told Mirza that the name of the Supreme Court was mentioned 10 times in the letter. “It means that the whole judiciary was criticised by the NAB chairman.” Chief Justice Chaudhry said issuing a notice to the NAB chairman was nothing out of the ordinary, adding that the former and present prime ministers had also appeared before the SC.
On Tuesday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) allotted election symbols to 144 political parties, whereas it deferred the application of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP), which is demanding its old emblem ‘arrow’. The decision on ‘arrow’ symbol will be taken by March 25. According to statistics available at the Election Commission’s website, 23.58 percent of the total 87.5 million voters were of ages between 31 and 40 years, while the second largest group of voters was between the ages of 18 and 25. In the upcoming elections, a political party must secure 172 seats (51 percent of total seats) in the National Assembly of Pakistan to obtain a majority or else the elections will lead to a hung parliament. If a political party with the most votes is either unable or unwilling to form a coalition government within a certain time-frame, a runoff election will be carried out.
First day at uK school ‘most important day’ of life: malala LONDON: Malala Yousafzai, a schoolgirl from Swat, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ rights to education, has attended her first day at school in the UK. Malala described starting at the city’s Edgbaston High School for Girls as “the most important day” of her life. She said it was her happiest moment as she was fulfilling her dream of going back to school. Malala also said she felt proud to wear the uniform because it proved that she was a student, who was living her life and learning, reported the BBC. Malala, who is in year nine and will start her GCSE curriculum next year, said she was looking forward to learning about politics and law. Headmistress Dr Ruth Weekes said she believed Malala needed the stability of being at school. inP
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Pakistan wants durable peace in Afghanistan. — President Asif Zardari
NEWS Thursday, 21 March, 2013
balochistan has become a kidnapping turf: CjP court orders recovery of aLL MissiNg baLoch PersoNs, MaKiNg atMosPhere iN dera bugti suitabLe for PoLLs, LauNchiNg a cracKdowN oN KiLLers ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
KARACHI: Relatives of the people allegedly in custody of intelligence agencies participate in a hunger strike protest in front of the local press club on Wednesday. OnLinE
No electoral alliance or seat adjustment with musharraf, says mQm
Musharraf not sure about his return MULTAN HAQ nAWAZ
Former president Pervez Musharraf is not quite sure about his return to Pakistan as he can be arrested at the airport or meet with the same fate as that of slain PPP chairwoman Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2008. His close aides told Pakistan Today that they had advised him not to come to Pakistan at this juncture as he would not be able to get full security. On condition of anonymity, they said they were in contact with the former president, adding that they had told Musharraf that forces that had always been supportive towards him were not in a position to defend him as they themselves were facing a very critical situation. Likewise, Musharraf had not a solid political base and followers so it would be unwise of him to come to Pakistan under such circumstances, they added. According to these aides, though the MQM and Musharraf were considered good friends, but serious
Interpol refUses to arrest MUsharraf
ISLAMABAD: Interpol, the world’s largest police organisation, has turned down Pakistan’s request to arrest former president Pervez Musharraf in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case. According to a private TV channel, Interpol’s legal team has responded to FIA’s letter, refusing to arrest the former general. In its reply, Interpol has said that the issue of Musharraf’s arrest appears to be politically motivated. It is the second time that Interpol has refused to nab Musharraf on Pakistan’s request. Meanwhile, FIA official Chaudhry Zulfiqar said that Musharraf’s arrest warrant would remain valid in Pakistan. OnLinE
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee has strongly denied media reports about the party’s alliance with the party of former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the committee clarified in unequivocal terms that the MQM had not entered into any alliance with the former president or his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML). “Nor has any seat adjustment been done with the APML,” it added. The committee said reports appearing in a section of press and electronic media were unfounded and figment of imagination. The committee expressed its dismay over the misleading news about electoral alliance with the APML, saying if someone had a copy of the imputed agreement, they should make it public. It requested reporters of newspapers and television channels and anchor persons to desist from forwarding news without verifying its authenticity.
life threats exist as terrorists and the Baloch have already announced reward for his killer (s). Other sources claim that he would not be able to play an effective and decisive role in the changed electoral scenario so he was being directed to stay away from the present political fighting. They added it was not the right time for his return to Pakistan. He needed to ensure his security and then emerge on the country’s political scene. The aides said further the former president was not in a position to challenge his rivals so it was better for him to live abroad and wait for right time.
They also said Musharraf had played no role in the current electoral battle and he was yet to jump into the fray. He has no solid political base and committed followers who could take to streets in case the government decided to take action against him, they said. Sources also indicated that the former president has been playing on a weakest wicket, adding that his arrival would have no impact on the country’s politics. The only plus point of Musharraf’s return would exert an extra pressure on the Sharifs whose government was overthrown by Musharraf in 1999.
OTING that that Balochistan had turned into a war zone and a safe haven for kidnappers, extortionists and killers, the Supreme Court (SC) directed the provincial government to recover all missing persons, make atmosphere peaceful and election friendly in Dera Bugti, launch an operation against the people involved in targeted killings and submit a report to it at the earliest. A three-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, passed the remarks while hearing the Balochistan law and order case on Wednesday. The Balochistan chief secretary, IGP, home secretary
and other officers were present for the hearing. The court was told, “Eight districts have been declared sensitive in the province. These districts include Qalat, Dera Bugti, Turbat, Gwadar and Khuzdar. General elections in Balochistan will take place simultaneously with the entire country. The governor is convening tribal jirga in this connection. The army will be deployed in specific districts if need be. The number of voters has been reduced from 95,000 to 59,000 in Dera Bugti. Therefore, we are trying to review electoral lists of 2008.” The CJP expressed displeasure over non presentation of a clear report on missing persons and law and order, remarking why had the court not been made cognisant of missing persons’ matter and the law and order in the
govt, opp put forward eight names for caretaker Balochistan CM QUETTA STAFF REPORT
The government and the opposition have proposed names for the caretaker chief minister of Balochistan. The government proposed the names of former chief justice of Balochistan high court Ammanullah Yasinzai, Justice (r) Ahmed Khan Lashari and Jam Kamal. Opposition leader Nawabzada Tariq Magsi suggested the names of Saleh Mohammad Bhootani, Hussain Bakhsh Bangalzai, and Nawab
Ghaus Bakhsh Barozai. Meanwhile, the National Party has suggested the names of former Balochistan Assembly speaker Aslam Bhootani and Ali Ahmed Kurd. The government and opposition will now deliberate on the names before selecting one as the caretaker chief minister of Balochistan. This political development came just days after governor Magsi dissolved the provincial assembly. Earlier, provincial assemblies had also been dissolved in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) and Sindh.
province. The court was further told that payment of compensation had been made to the victims of Hazara Town tragedy and others and steps were being taken to improve the law and order. “Training is being imparted to the Balochistan police to deal with terrorist acts and security is being provided to Chinese workers at Gwadar. Work on the construction of Kachchi canal on an area of 100,000 acres is underway in Dera Bugti,” the court was informed. The CJP observed, “Balochistan has been turned into a war for ransom, kidnapping, target killing and extortion money. Effective steps will have to be taken for restoration of peace in the province. Recovery of missing persons is a vital issue and focus will have to be placed on it. Children hold demonstrations by carrying pictures in Balochistan. No one is there to wipe away their tears. We will try to proceed to Quetta in the second week of April,” he said. The hearing of the case was adjourned till April 4.
justice (r) alvi to be caretaker Cm of sindh KARACHI APP
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and the former leader of the opposition in the Sindh Assembly Syed Sardar Ahmed on Wednesday recommended Justice (r) Zahid Qurban Alvi’s name for the post of caretaker chief minister of the province. Addressing a joint press conference at the Sindh Chief Minister’s House, Shah said Justice (r) Alvi was a neutral personality and he was recommended after considering point of views of all sides. Earlier, the chief minister and Ahmed signed the advice for the appointment of Justice (r) Alvi’s as caretaker chief minister of Sindh that will be sent to the Sindh governor.
Us and afghanistan reach deal on pullout of american special forces KABUL AGEnCiES
The US military and the Afghan government have reached a deal on the pullout of American special operations forces and their Afghan counterparts from a strategic eastern province after complaints that they were involved in human rights abuses. American military officials have steadfastly denied the Afghan abuse allegations, which led the president, Hamid Karzai, to demand the withdrawal of the US commandos from Wardak province despite fears the decision could leave the area and the neighbouring capital of Kabul more vulnerable to al-Qaida and other insurgents. The agreement calls for the US-led coalition to withdraw the special operations forces from Wardak’s Nirkh district, the area where the abuses allegedly occurred, along with the Afghan forces who work with them, as they are replaced by the
Afghan army or national police. The rest of the province would “transition over time,” according to a statement. It was a symbolic victory for Karzai, who has long complained that US special operations forces and their Afghan partners are outside his control. It will also speed the handover of security in the troubled province, faster than US officials and some members of Karzai’s government had recommended or planned. An Afghan defence ministry spokesman, General Zahir Azimi, said Afghan forces were ready to fill the gap. “The international forces are ready to withdraw the special forces from Nirkh district of Maidan Wardak province, and Afghan army units are going to replace them in the coming days,” Azimi said at a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday. He said there were no other US commando units elsewhere in the province. A US military official confirmed that,
saying that a small, mostly US army special operations team and the Afghan troops working with them would withdraw from Nirkh. The deal took more than three weeks for US and Afghan security officials to craft, more than a week after the expiration of the deadline for the US pullout initially set by Karzai. The pace “is really driven by a requirement to have effective security – not just for us, it’s for the Afghans as well,” Dunford said in an interview with Associated Press on Monday. Speaking before the announcement of the deal, Karzai’s spokesman, Aimal Faizi, said Afghan security forces would take control of the province eventually, so the gradual transfer “can be a testing period.” Faizi insisted this week that an AfghanAmerican man working for the US special operations forces had been filmed abusing a suspect, on US orders. The spokesman said the video had been obtained during an Afghan defence ministry investigation,
which was completed over the weekend. Dunford rejected the abuse charge in Monday’s interview. He said a recently completed US investigation had found that the interpreter was not working with US forces at the time of the incident. “We’ve investigated this three times, so I’m confident,” Dunford said. “There were no US forces in or around that incident, and the interpreter was not in our employ at the time of the incident.” It was not clear what the agreement would mean for dozens of small US special operations outposts throughout Afghanistan, and the Afghan units partnered with them. The posts are intended to help extend security and Afghan government influence to remote Taliban strongholds that are beyond the range of the Afghan army or police. American commandos partner with small bands of Afghan local police or “ALP,” a force that was created by the US
and later incorporated into the Afghan interior ministry. While the units work with Americans, they answer to the local district police chief, according to an Afghan security official who spoke on condition of anonymity. To join the local police, potential recruits, all drawn from the local villages, must be vouched for by local elders then vetted by the interior ministry, including a background check by Afghan intelligence to rule out prior participation with the Taliban. If approved, they get rudimentary training on weapons safety and basic police skills and military tactics. Afghan and coalition officials say the back-country policemen have so eroded militant influence that they have become a top target for the Taliban. Bounties for individual policemen are $6,000 (£4,000), compared with $4,000 for regular policemen and $2,000 for Afghan soldiers, one Afghan official said.
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Joining Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf is out of question. –Sheikh Rashid ISLAMABAD: Workers are busy in demolishing the remains of Margalla Tower, parts of which collapsed in the 2005 earthquake. SAjjAd ALi
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Around 15-18 percent groundwater samples collected from different urban and rural areas of the country were found safe for drinking, a monitoring report said on Wednesday. The report was carried out by the Ministry of Science and Technology through the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), under its National Water Quality Monitoring Programme. The report said the prime responsibility of provision of safe drinking water lied with provincial and local government departments. It added that the ministry had established 24 water quality testing laboratories across the country and had developed water testing kits, safe water filters, water disinfection tablets, drinking water treatment sachets and had also imparted training to 2660 professionals of water supply agencies. “Out of the total 12000 schemes, around 10,000 water supply schemes have been surveyed so far,” the report stated. Awareness campaigns were being held not only for the relevant agencies but also for the general public. Meanwhile, an official at the ministry said that during the last five years, PCRWR had completed a project in the name of water quality, namely “Water Quality Monitoring in Rural Areas of Pakistan and Installation of Low Cost Water Conditioning and Filtration Units.”
Vendors continue to lack of recognition hampers occupy footpaths women from joining police ISLAMABAD ISLAMABAD
ENDORS of Islamabad and Rawalpindi continue to carry out their business activities on footpaths, causing hardships for both pedestrians and motorists. Dozens of vendors, selling various items including used clothes, shoes, toys, fruits and food items have set up moveable and non-moveable stalls which had become irksome for the residents of the twin cities. Various markets, including Aabpara, Faizabad, Melody, Karachi Company, Commercial Market, Saddar, Raja Bazaar and other parts of the city are rife with encroachments. The growing encroachments were not only marring the beauty of both the cities but were also damaging roads, causing hardships for pedestrians and motorists alike. Atta Muhammad, a stallholder at Aabpara, while
talking to APP said that he had set up a stall on a footpath, as he had no other option due to the sky rocketing rents. While justifying his illegal practices, Atta Muhammad said, "We have to earn bread for our families.” "I set up my stall in this market because I had no other place to do business," he added. However, residents of Sector G-6 complained that shopkeepers were misusing footpaths. When contacted, an official of Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) AntiEncroachment Department maintained that they were still conducting anti-encroachments drives and seizing the encroaching items. “Traders needed to cooperate with the CDA to eradicate encroachments,” he said. He added that the enforcement directorate of CDA regularly visited different areas of the city and confiscated stalls of encroachers.
Participants at the ‘Women Police Networking Symposium’ were of the view that lack of proper recognition of services was hampering women from joining the police force. Sharing their views on the second day of the symposium which was organised by the Women Police Network (WPN), women police officers said female employees of the force had rendered great services and had won adulation but their achievements were never acknowledged amicably. They said, “Constable Shazia Gul of Nowshera Police was the first policewoman of the country to lay down her life in the line of duty and Deputy Superintendent of Police Shahzadi Gulfam received the prestigious International Female Police Peacekeeper Award but their services
were not presented as role model for others”. The speakers further pointed out that taboos and morbid social norms do not facilitate working women in our society. “As the society has a stereotypical image of women, police is not considered a career of choice for women as they are considered too sentimental, excessively passive and considerably tender for a harsh, dangerous and extremely challenging work environment,” they added. “It is a fact that women are not a significant part of our work force which is a good portrayal of our social attitudes which betray severe gender based prejudices prevalent in our society,” they said. They added that in Islamabad only 211 women were rendering services, including 10 women officials in traffic, 12 in special branch, 12 in security division, 33 in UN,
37 in Anti Terrorist Squad, 44 in Operations Division, 63 in Logistic Division and nine women cops in ministerial staff. Giving recommendation, they suggested that induction of more women in the police force would not only improve the policecommunity relations but would also enhance human rights standards. “The contributions of women police officers could be significant in every aspect of policing, be it operations, investigations, community policing or prosecutions,” they further said. They further asked for removal of any hurdles, real or manufactured, which were impeding the growth of women policing. They also urged conducting of proper training of women police officials, as the current training environment resulted in a fair proportion of women recruits to drop out.
International Sultan Bahoo conference kicks off ISLAMABAD APP
A three-day International Hazrat Sultan Bahoo Conference organised by Sultan Bahoo Forum in collaboration with the MUSLIM Institute kicked off on Wednesday in Islamabad. The conference would continue up until Thursday and would be moved to Lahore for the third day. The conference which would be held in eleven sessions would highlight the teachings and thoughts of Hazrat Sultan Haq Bahoo and would advise people against materialism and towards spiritual ascension and contentment. Eminent scholars and literary figures were invited to the conference to share their views, articles and researches on Hazrat Sultan Bahoo. The topics of the conference covered literary, spiritual, social and moral contributions of Hazrat Sultan
Bahoo and their impact and relevance on subsequent periods and on the contemporary world. Five sessions were held in which different scholars and political figures shared their thoughts. In the first inaugural session, MUSLIM Institute Chairman Sahibzada Sultan Ahmed Ali gave welcome the chief guest, Mushahid Hussain Syed and others including, Dr Munir Ahmed Mughal, Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik and Akram Zaki. At the second session, ‘Hazrat Sultan Bahoo in our times’, speeches were made by chief guest and former religious affairs minister Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi , Prof Dr Muhammad Daud Awan, Prof Jalil Aali, Syed Haroon Ali Gilani and Dr Farid-ud-Deen Khan. At the third session, ‘Global impact of Hadrat Sultan Bahoo’, Senator Raja Zafar ul Haq was the chief guest whereas the fourth session was chaired by Dr Zakir Hussain Rana.
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Elections to have deep impact on nation’s future. – Tanvir Ashraf Kaira
ISLAMABAD Thursday, 21 March, 2013
reGIsTraTIoN oF bIrThs, deaThs To be ComPuTerIsed ISLAMABAD inP
The district government of the federal capital has decided to computerise the registration and certification of births and deaths in the rural areas within one month. The central database of the record would be linked to the system of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). This was decided in a meeting which was presided over by Deputy Commission (DC) Aamir Ali Ahmed. On the occasion, the DC said officials of Local Government and Rural Development would complete the computerisation of records within one month. He said death registration fee of Rs 200 would be abolished from April 1 onwards. However, he added that birth registration fee would be retained, although residents of rural areas of Islamabad could register birth within six months, without paying any fine.
Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said his party had only made seat adjustment with Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf and reiterated that he would not join PTI. Talking to a private TV channel, he said that the feudal system should be abolished from the country. He said that after the elections, the newly elected government would face a bunch of problems which it would have to handle with great expertise. The former minister said there was an understanding on 10 seats where both the parties would not field their candidates against each other. Responding to a question regarding contesting elections from Multan, he said, “I would have to contest elections from Rawalpindi but now I have become a son of Pakistan and the feudal landlords of Multan have made a state within a state. I want to eliminate this obsolete system”, he added. He said his aim was not winning seats. “AML is a poor party and it does not have money to arrange even a single public meeting. I am thankful to the people who have supported me,” he said. Replying to another question, he said he had always been a Muslim leaguer and would remain one.
ISLAMABAD: Children of Sweet Home perform during a sports gala at the Sports Complex on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO
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Nursery owners to destroy 1m trees on world Forest day ISLAMABAD
HE country’s largest nursery owners on Wednesday said that they would set on fire one million seedlings on the World Forest Day in protest against the forestation policies of the government. Ijaz Ali, a nursery owner from Mardan, and Shaukat Ali from Swat said March 21 would be observed as World Forest Day throughout the world but in Pakistan it would be observed in protest against the flawed forestation policies. They announced that they would kill one million seedlings of deodar (the national tree of Pakistan), pine wallancia, Chir pine and chalgoza pine on World Forest Day in Islamabad. “In the first phase, 10,000 seedlings would be destroyed in Islamabad and ninety thousand would be killed in three
nurseries in Mardan and Swat. Rest of the one million seedlings would be killed subsequently,” they said. Ali said that the extreme step was being taken as a last resort to shakeup national conscience and to make people think what is wrong with Pakistan’s forestation policies. “There is no forestation in Pakistan despite the fact that millions of seedlings and millions of acres of suitable land was available,” said Ijaz Ali. He added that all the seedlings which were grown in our nurseries had been painstakingly taken care of for four to seven years. “During all these years, we were not able to sell a single seedling for forestation purposes, despite the fact that we are the largest grower of seedlings of coniferous species in Pakistan. During all these years we have managed to carry our business forward through our own resources, without any
help from the government. We have an ever ready plantation stock which is more than the stock of all the forest nurseries put together,” he lamented. He said it is sad that we are taking this step but in the absence of any genuine demand for the last five years, we were unable to take care of the seedlings anymore. “The seedlings we are destroying will die anyways by this time next year, because we have neither the will nor the finances to carry out these activities any longer,” he said. “Our question for the policy makers is that how will they justify the huge claims of forestation of the state forest departments each year? As usual, we are sure the claims of millions of the plantation at sites unknown will surface in workshops and in briefings to the high ups and huge chunks of money would be plundered,” he concluded.
raIlways oFFICIals halT CoNsTruCTIoN oF ColleGe IN bhoosa ColoNy RAWALPINDI inP
Officials of Pakistan Railways (PR) have stopped the construction of Government Boys College Bhoosa Colony Rawalpindi. Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif approved the construction of the college for the dwellers of the katchi abadi of Bhoosa Colony on 15 kanals of land; however, the construction work could not be started due to a stay order. After the final decision on the case, the construction work was started but the Assistant Executive Engineer of PR, Shah Nawaz, along with a contingent of police, stopped the work and directed Sub Engineer of Punjab Development Department Chaudhry Sana to solve the issue. Meanwhile, residents of the area held a protest demonstration against the halting the construction. They also chanted slogans against Pakistan Railways officials. When contacted, Assistant Executive Engineer of PR, Shah Nawaz said the work had been stopped on directives from the headquarters.
DEMOCRACY EQUALS ACCOUNTABILITY ISLAMABAD nni
Democracy is all about accountability and by strengthening anti-corruption structures democracy can be further strengthened in Pakistan, a policy symposium organised by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) observed on Wednesday. The policy symposium on “Anti Corruption Strategy: A Civil Society Perspective” was held to discuss the socioeconomic, political and developmental cost of corruption and the emerging policy options to overcome it. Ambassador (R) Shafqat Kakakhel, a member of the board of governors of SDPI
initiated the proceedings by presenting welcome remarks and said that the country was going to polls in the next few months so there was a need to bring accountability in the agendas of political parties”. He also announced the formal launch of a comprehensive anti-corruption programme by SDPI to rid Pakistan of this menace “which had robbed the people and deprived them of benefits of freedom, justice and prosperity for so many decades”. Speaking at the occasion, former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shamsul-Mulk said that the governments in Pakistan were never the ‘true representatives’ of the people and were not interested in introducing accountability
mechanisms. Professor Robert Klitgaard of Claremount University California was of the view that Pakistan was a country full of potential where weak governance and lack of accountability was hampering development. Syed Kamal Shah, former interior secretary, spoke of addressing gaps in the anti-corruption framework by breaking the nexus between state departments and the influential who colluded for their private gains at the expense of public resources. Dr Kaiser Bengali, a renowned economist and former advisor to CM Sindh pointed out the gross inequalities in the society which was a major factor in adding to the prevalent corruption in
Pakistan. Sakib Sherani, former economic advisor of the Ministry of Finance, proposed systemic disclosure of government information which he said was extremely important for governments to show their commitment to transparency, rule of law and accountability. Brigadier (R) Musaddiq Abbasi said corruption in Pakistan was system centric and there was a need to build public ownership of public money. Briefing on micro-level accountability, he suggested introducing prevention regimes focused on public education, information and the ability to understand, monitor and engage public sector activities to ensure greater
accountability and service delivery. He also suggested greater autonomy and constitutional protection for accountability institutions. PILER Executive Director Karamat Ali discussed anti-labour and anti-people practices of businesses and gross violations of state laws. He referred to Baldia factory fire incident in which 250 workers were burnt alive, which he said was operating despite brazen violation of all state rules. “This was a classic example of crony capitalism and its collusion with state institutions,” he added. He suggested people to organise themselves to counter systematic corruption.
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You can put wings on a pig, but you don’t make it an eagle. – Bill Clinton
Thursday, 21 March, 2013
Israel has ‘no greater friend’ than us: obama TEL AVIV AGEnCiES
S President Barack Obama said at the start of his visit to Israel that the US’ commitment to Israel’s security was rock solid and that peace must come to the Holy Land. Making his first official visit to Israel as president on Wednesday, Obama hopes to reset his often fraught relations with both the Israelis and Palestinians in a carefully choreographed three-day stay that is high on symbolism but low on expectations. “I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations, to restate America’s unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and to speak directly to the people of Israel and to your neighbours,” Obama said at a welcoming ceremony at Tel Aviv airport. “I am confident in declaring that our alliance is eternal, is forever,” he added. Obama faces strong doubts among Israelis over his pledge to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, something Tehran is saying it is not pursuing.
‘rIght to self-defenCe’ In his welcoming remarks to the US president, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu cited an Israeli right to selfdefence, which he said Obama supported. “Thank you for standing by Israel at this time of historic change in the Middle East,” said Netanyahu, whose relationship with Obama has often been testy. “Thank you for unequivocally affirming Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself by itself against any threat,” the right-wing Israeli leader said before viewing with Obama an Iron Dome anti-missile battery that was brought to the airport for the president to see. The system is partially US-funded. At the ceremony, Obama spoke of his hopes for peace - without directly mentioning Palestinians. US officials said he was not bringing any peace initiative with him. “We stand together because peace must come to the Holy Land,” Obama said. “Even as we are clear eyed about the difficulties, we will
never lose sight of the vision of an Israel at peace with its neighbours.”
low expeCtatIons Hopes for a new policy are low, with the White House having deliberately minimised expectations of any major breakthroughs, a reversal from Obama’s first four years in office when aides said he would only visit Israel if he had something concrete to accomplish. “Analysts say they don’t expect any new action on Iran, or even Syria, in a trip that even the White House has indicated is meant to create a lot of publicity but not new policy,” said Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane, reporting from Washington. Workers have hung hundreds of US and Israel flags on lampposts across Jerusalem, as well as banners that boast of “an unbreakable alliance,” but the apparent lack of any substantial policy push has bemused many diplomats and analysts. However with both Netanyahu and Obama starting new terms, the visit could be seen as the American leader’s endorsement of Is-
rael’s government, said Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian journalist and founder of Electronic Intifada. Speaking to Al Jazeera from Chicago, he said: “This visit coming just days after Israel swore in perhaps its most openly extreme government in its history...must be seen as the strongest staunchest endorsement of this extremist Israeli government’s policies. That’s the only message Palestinians and the broader world can take away from this visit.” Obama travels to the West Bank on Thursday for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and will fly on to Jordan on Friday.
Poachers in Chad slaughter 89 elephants
MUSCAT: A man with a blue-eyed pink horse awaits their appearance in a cavalry event in honour of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit, during the royal pair’s tour of the Middle East on Wednesday. AGEnCiES
suspected cyberattack on south Korea SEOUL AGEnCiES
South Korea’s police are investigating a suspected cyber attack on the country’s major broadcasters and two large banks, police officials have said. At least three major broadcasters were affected as well as Shinhan Bank, Part of Shinhan Financial Group, two financial institutions, the police and government said on Wednesday. They did not comment on the possible causes of the outages. Shinhan Bank, one of the banks affected, regained control of its computer network later on Wednesday, bank officials said. A spokesman at LG Uplus said the company believes its network was attacked. The firm provides internet-related services to the broadcasters and the banks which are suffering from the outages. Initial speculation centred on a potential hacking attack by North Korea, which has hacked South Korean institutions before, but the police and South Korean government said they could not yet ascertain the cause of the outages. South Korea’s army raised its alert level raised after the suspected cyber attack.
syrians point fingers over chemical attack DAMASCUS AGEnCiES
Syria’s government and rebels have traded accusations of a chemical attack on a northern village near Aleppo. US officials, however, said on Tuesday there was no evidence of any such attack. The regime, whose allegation was backed by ally Russia, said 31 people were killed, including 21 civilians and 10 soldiers. The accusations emerged only a few hours after the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad elected a prime minister to head an interim government that would rule areas seized by rebel forces from the regime. State-run news agency SANA said more than 100 have been wounded, some of them in critical condition. SANA published pictures showing casualties, including children, on stretchers in what appears to be a hospital ward. Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi called it the “first act” of the newly announced opposition interim government. Rebels quickly denied the report and accused regime forces of firing the
chemical weapon. Ziad Haddad, a medic in Aleppo, however, told Al Jazeera, the victims seemed to have been exposed to organic pesticides and not chemical weapons, like Sarin and VX nerve agents. He said several patients arrived in the emergency room earlier on Tuesday morning with cases of suffocation and constricted pupils. “Several of them died of respiratory inhibition,” he said. “Victims spoke of pungent smell. Chemical weapons are usually odourless.” “Moreover, the number of deaths is small compared to those who would have died had chemical weapons been used.” Haddad said the casualties included Syrian regime soldiers and pro- Assad armed men. The head of Syria’s main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said the group was still investigating the alleged chemical attack near Aleppo. “Everyone who used it, we are against him, whatever he is,” Mouaz al-Khatib told reporters in English in Istanbul. “We are against killing civilians using chemical weapons, but let us wait some time to have accurate information.”
The regime is believed to possess nerve agents as well as mustard gas. It also possesses Scud missiles capable of delivering them, and some activists said Tuesday’s attack was with a Scud missile. The minister al-Zoubi said the missile containing “poisonous gases” was fired from Nairab district in Aleppo into Khan al-Assal. The reported attack was in an area just west of the city of Aleppo that had seen fierce fighting for weeks before rebels took over a sprawling government complex there last month. The facility included several military posts and a police academy that Assad’s forces have turned into a military base that regularly fires shells at nearby villages.
N’DjAMENA: Poachers have massacred 89 elephants in one night near the town of Ganba in southern Chad, conservation groups say. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a written statement on Tuesday that about 50 Arabic-speaking poachers on horseback carried out the mass killing of the elephants last week. The elephants killed last Thursday night, included 33 pregnant females and 15 calves, the WWF and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said, citing local officials. The IFAW said the elephants’ tusks had been removed. The governments of Cameroon, the Central African Republic and Chad will meet in Yaounde this week to develop a regional anti-poaching strategy after conservationists said that elephants in Central Africa risked being wiped out by such slaughters. Bas Huijbregts, head of WWF’s campaign against illegal wildlife trade in the region, said the Chadian army was sent to stop the poachers. “This tragedy shows once again the existential threat faced by Central Africa’s elephants,” Huijbregts said. “In all likelihood this is the same group of Sudanese poachers who killed over 300 elephants in northern Cameroon in February 2012, forcing the country to mobilise its special forces to protect the region’s remaining elephants.” AGEnCiES
Twin blasts rock Istanbul ISTANBUL: Two grenades have exploded outside Turkey’s justice ministry, and the offices of the ruling AK Party has been hit by a light anti-tank weapon, in the Turkish capital of Ankara, days before an expected ceasefire with Kurdish rebels. Turkish television stations on Tuesday showed footage of police cordoning off streets and ambulances arriving. Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said one person was slightly injured in the ministry attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attacks occurred two days before an expected ceasefire call by jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, who has been in talks with state officials to try to end a three-decade conflict that has killed some 40,000 people. “Our decisiveness will continue,” AK Party spokesman Huseyin Celik told a hastily assembled news conference. “Such turbulence cannot push us from our path.” The ceasefire call, expected to coincide with the Kurdish New Year on Thursday, could also include a command to Ocalan’s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters to withdraw from Turkey to their bases in northern Iraq. AGEnCiES
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Caretaker setup responsible for transparent polls, rigging could lead to bloodshed. — Shah Mehmood Qureshi
NEWS Thursday, 21 March, 2013
‘elections in Pakistan, afghanistan to determine future of region’ WASHINGTON
T is the outcome of elections in Pakistan and Afghanistan rather than the size of US troops in post-2014 Afghanistan that would more critically determine the future of the region, a noted American expert said. Underscoring the importance of the upcoming democratic transitions in neighbouring Pakistan and Afghanistan – which have been at the forefront of the fight against al Qaeda-linked terror - Peter Bergen, director of New America Foundation told a Congressional hearing that last Saturday (March 16) marked an “extraordinary” moment in Pakistan’s history, as this was the first time that a civilian government had served its entire five-year term (from 2008 to 2013). He said for the first time in its history, the Pakistani military appeared both unwilling and unable to mount a coup against any civilian government. Appearing before a House Foreign Affairs sub-committee, Bergen argued that it was the outcome of the general elections in Pakistan this year and in Afghanistan next year, rather than the precise number of US
soldiers, who were posted in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American combat troops in December 2014 that were “the most critical factors in determining the future of both countries, and also in securing the long term interests of the United States in the region”. “Around six weeks from now, in May, Pakistanis will go again to the polls to elect a new civilian government for a five-year term, and there is now a good prospect for continued, uninterrupted civilian government until at least 2018.” Despite the visibility of the hard-line religious parties on the streets of Pakistan, in the voting booth, these parties had recently fared very poorly, he told lawmakers, while expressing his views on way forward in the region. Although, a coalition of religious parties secured control of two of Pakistan’s four provinces in an election in 2002 and 11 percent of the votes to the National Assembly, they garnered only a piddling two percent of the vote in the 2008 election. “The showing of the pro-Taliban religious parties in the May 2013 election is likely to be equally unimpressive,” he said. He felt that an unprecedented era of lengthy civilian rule would help the political
governments exercise more influence on national security and foreign policy toward Afghanistan and India. Another great opportunity (and potential peril) will present itself in Afghanistan within the next year, when Afghans go to the polls in April 2014 for the third presidential election since the fall of the Taliban. “If that election is perceived as being relatively free and fair this would go a long way to ease tensions in the Afghan body politic, increase Afghanistan’s overall security, and reassure both Afghan and outside investors that the country has a promising future.” “On the other hand, if the 2014 election is seen as unfair, corrupted and is deeply contested this would likely precipitate a vicious circle of conflict, deteriorating security, and capital flight.” “The US, therefore, should do everything it can to provide technical and security assistance to make these elections go as well as possible. But unlike what happed in the run up to the 2009 Afghan presidential election, the US should not get involved in backing certain candidates.” He told the panel that Pakistan had some important common goals with the United States on Afghanistan’s future.
“If that election is perceived as being relatively free and fair this would go a long way to ease tensions in the Afghan body politic, increase Afghanistan’s overall security, and reassure both Afghan and outside investors that the country has a promising future.”
Five Pakistanis killed in south africa SANGLA HILL OnLinE
Five Pakistanis have been killed in South Africa. Among the murdered include father of six children, namely Shafiq Pappu, three real brothers and their cousin. Pappu belonged to Sangla Hill, while the three brothers and their cousin were from Gujrat. The deceased, belonging to Gujrat, were running business of cars. They had disagreement with the local youths over a monetary deal. As a result, the South African youths attacked the workshop and opened fire on them while they were sleeping. South African Police have taken the bodies into custody and a case has also been registered. The bodies will reach Pakistan after five days.
bangladeshi president dies in singapore: officials DHAKA APP/AFP
CHAMAN: An army personnel briefs students about weapons and ammunition during an eight-day festival in connection with Pakistan Day. inP
Bangladeshi President Zillur Rahman, a veteran ruling party politician named to the largely ceremonial post in 2009, died on Wednesday in a Singapore hospital, an embassy official said. “The president died at a hospital here in Singapore at 6:47pm local time,” Bangladesh High Commissioner in Singapore M Mahbubuzzaman told AFP by phone. Rahman, 84, who was suffering from kidney and respiratory problems, was flown to Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital by air ambulance on February 10 after his condition worsened. His secretary Shafiul Alam told AFP that Rahman, a close aide of the nation’s founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, had been suffering from “old age complications”. The former deputy chief of the ruling Awami League, the country’s 19th president, leaves a son who is a lawmaker and two daughters. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the parliament speaker, who has been discharging the day-to-day job of the president in Rahman’s absence, sent their condolences. Rahman’s wife Ivy Rahman, also a politician, died in August 2004 after she was critically injured in a grenade attack on an Awami League rally that also killed 20 other people.
Pakistan’s journey towards a welfare state JAVED ALI The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced $ 200 million assistance for Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) so that it may reach out to the families not benefiting its various schemes. The announcement was made recently while a delegation of the bank was visiting the country with a special objective to look into the areas where the social safety, extended over the poverty-stricken people of the country four years back could be helped out. Due to transparency and effective utilization of the funds, BISP has received direct technical and financial support from international donors. World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), UK Department for International Development (DFID), USAID, China, Turkey and Iran has doled out funds to support different BISP initiatives. Some countries in the Asian regions, including India, have approached Pakistan for replicating BISP model. BISP conducted countrywide Poverty
Survey/Census for the first time and collected the data of almost 180 million people and 27 million households using GPS devices for the informed decision making (to cope with natural disasters and other emergencies). The poverty census completed in record time of one year across all Pakistan including Azad Jammu & Kashmir, GilgitBaltistan and FATA. BISP took start with Rs34 billion (US $ 425 million approximately) for the financial year 2008-09 aiming to cover 3.5 million poorest of the poor families. The allocation for the financial year 2012-13 is Rs. 70 billion to provide cash assistance to 5.5 million families, which constitutes almost 18% of the entire population. The Program aims to cover almost 40% of the population below the poverty line. More than 7 million beneficiary families have been identified through Poverty Scorecard Survey for disbursing Rs1000/month through ‘branchless banking system’ (Smart Card, Mobile Phone, and Debit Card). Called as Martial Plan and having focus on poverty alleviation through
empowering the women, BISP has so far disbursed more than Rs146 billion to the deserving and needy of the country with complete transparency in about 4 years time through the elected representatives of the people, regardless of their party affiliation. Waseela-e-Haq provides interest free loans up to Rs 300,000 to help recipients set up small businesses. The most striking feature of this program is that the female beneficiary is the sole owner/proprietor of the business and the counseling, monitoring and training for starting the business is provided through Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). Waseela-e-Rozgar has been launched for provision of demand-driven technical and vocational training to the deserving youth, who do not have any skill, through public/private training institutes. A total of 10,000 young males and females have been trained and another 20,000 are currently undergoing training. The target is to train 150,000 students every year. Besides helping the poor and the marginalized sections of the society in terms of
income support and skill development, the BISP is providing insurance cover of Rs.100, 000 in the case of the death of the bread earner of the poor family registered with the authority. With a view that health shocks are the major reason for pushing people below the poverty line, Rs25000 health insurance is being provided to the poorest families for the first time in Pakistan. Pilot phase has been launched from Faisalabad. Finally, as the Poverty Survey had indicated, millions of poor children never attend any school due to financial limitations. BISP has signed contracts with all the provinces, under its Waseela-e-Taleem Program, initiated with generous help of the World Bank and DFID, to send 3 million children to school through additional cash incentives of Rs.200 per child. Pakistan is lucky to have a social safety program like BISP at a time Pakistan has been declared disaster-prone country by the UN and is the target of religious militancy. BISP has been utilized to provide immediate and speedy relief to the people affected
by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes and victims of bomb blasts and displacements through acts of violence etc through its emergency relief package which so far has benefitted IDPs of FATA/ Bajur/ Malakund, Flood affected people of 200910 and 2010-11 and earthquake victims of Baluchistan. One reason is that the BISP has focused on women for its objective to alleviate poverty transparency and fairness with which the program has been run so far, the other. A state-of-the-art system is operative to address the issues/problems/complaints of the poor people according to well-recognized international standards. The BISP was designed to alleviate the poverty through empowerment of women in the country, and, in addition, it is helping to materialize the dream of making Pakistan a welfare state, the top official of the program said, adding that the work of 15 years has been done in just four-and-a-half years, and if the program continues for other 10 years, it would help reduce poverty across Pakistan by 10 per cent.
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Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid’s name is unacceptable to PPP. — Qamar Zaman Kaira
Thursday, 21 March, 2013
No civilian targeted during Tirah fighting: TTP WANA/PARACHINAR inP
The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said on Tuesday that no civilian was targeted during the fighting in Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency. TTP spokesman Ehasanullah Ehsan said that those who became part of the war against the Taliban will not be spared. He claimed that the TTP had controlled 95 percent of Tirah Valley. He conceded that 15 TTP men were killed while 20 others injured during the fighting. Ehsan said further the civilians should not run away as the Taliban would not harm them. He said the war in the tribal agency began after the Ansarul Islam (AI) violated agreements. Meanwhile, hundreds of families fled the Zara Mela area of Khyber Agency due to escalating war between the two rival militant groups and took shelter in Kurram Agency and Peshawar. The elders of Qamberkhel, Alikhel Afridi tribes said their houses have been destroyed in the skirmishes among the militants and security forces, adding that the tribesmen, including women and children, were forced to leave the area on foot. They demanded that the government provide compensation to the affected families. According to reports, 250 militants have been killed so far during the fighting in Khyber Agency for the last two months, while over 1,000 families have been displaced.
400 civilians killed by us drones in Pakistan LONDON OnLinE
The government estimates say at least 400 civilians have been killed in drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas – a figure close to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s findings. In evidence to Ben Emmerson QC, UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism, the Foreign Ministry has said that the US drones have killed at least 2,200 people in the country, including at least 400 civilians. This is close to the bureau’s low range estimate of 411. The figures were disclosed to Emerson as he made a three-day visit to the country. The ministry, which compiled the figures, said a further 200 of the total dead were likely to be civilians too. “The US drone campaign in Pakistan… involves the use of force on the territory of another state without its consent and is therefore a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.” The US has consistently denied this level of non-combatant death, most recently claiming civilian casualties were ‘typically in single digits’ for each year of the nine-year campaign in Pakistan.
PESHAWAR: Residents of Chitral hold a ‘thanksgiving protest’ on Wednesday following the dissolution of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. inP
Internment detenue in Parachinar handed over to political administration, sC told ISLAMABAD
counsel for the secret agencies on Wednesday apprised the Supreme Court that detenue at the internment center in Parachinar were handed over to the political administration for decision of their cases under the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). Raja Muhammad Irshad, counsel for the secret agencies, submitted a statement before a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, saying that the internment authorities had withdrawn the internment orders of detenue and they had been handed over to the political administration for dealing their cases under the
FCR. The bench was hearing a plea moved by late Rohifa bibi, seeking release of her sons from the internment center Parachinar. These detenue also known as missing Adiala prisoners were captured in FATA where security forces were carrying out operations. Tariq Asad, counsel for the petitioner, however, said on the basis of such reasons, the instant petition should be disposed of on merit. He was of the view that the detenue were held illegally by the authorities concerned. The bench ordering the respondent to hand over a copy of the statement to the counsel, deferred further hearing until March 25. While in another case, Ghulam Nabi, counsel for senator professor Ibrahim of
the Jamaat-e-Islami, resumed his arguments over the promulgation of Action in Aid of the Civil Power Regulations 2011. He claimed that the Regulations were result of pro-US legacy left behind by former president Pervez Musharraf. The chief justice told him that they had nothing to do with the pro-US or antiUS issues or Musharraf, as the court would have to dispose the case on the basis of facts. The counsel citing Sections 8 and 9 of the Regulations contended that it was given a retrospective affect from the year 2008 with vast powers given to internment authorities in the Provincial Administrative Tribal Areas (PATA) where they could keep anyone in the center without following the due process and production before the courts. To the counsel’s arguments, Justice
Sheikh Azmat Saeed pointed out whether all the federal and provincial legislation did not contain indemnity? The CJ told the counsel to justify his stance with facts and satisfy them that such legislation was not required keeping in view the prevailing situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the court had not curtailed its judicial review powers but they could not proceed in vacuum. “Give facts from your petition, whether you have mentioned anywhere that after promulgation of this law, no act of terror occurred in the province. “Lawyers were also attacked yesterday in Peshawar,” he added. Justice Saeed asked whether the lawyers killed in Peshawar were US natives adding, whether Sri Lanka, Nigeria or Saudi Arabia had not adopted such legislations?
From victim to activist: one woman’s story of forced marriage
LONDON mAjid KHATTAK
A victim of forced marriage thirty years ago is now working as a leading campaigner to highlight the issue and help those who are at risk of being forced into marriage by their
families. At the age of just 13, Sameem Ali was taken from Glasgow to Pakistan and forced to marry a man over twice her age. She was married off to a stranger, became pregnant with his child and left completely isolated from her peers back home. However, the
mother of two has completely turned her life around and is backing a new initiative to help stop forced marriage in Scotland. Sameem was tricked in marriage when she was told that she and a family member were going on holiday to Pakistan. The 44year-old told British journalists, “I was told I was going on holiday and I was really excited. But when we got to Pakistan, I was introduced to two guys and asked which one of the two I preferred.” “One was chosen, he was much older than me, in his late 20s and I was married to him in a very quick ceremony,” Sameen recalled. She said she had no idea what was happening but was told that she could only return to Scotland if she was pregnant. “Eventually, I became pregnant and we came back to Glasgow.’ Sameem’s new husband wanted to move to the UK and it was thought that having a British-born child would help his visa application. Back in Glasgow completely alone, she felt there was nowhere to turn and no way to escape. But her life changed when a family friend from Pakistan visited. She said that her friend was a women’s rights activist and could see the injustice
that had been meted out to her. Narrating her shocking story she said, “One day I was taken to a solicitor to sign papers to have my husband in Pakistan come to Scotland. I was terrified. I didn’t want to see him again and I didn’t want him to come here.” She said her friend said that he was leaving Glasgow and asked if she wanted to join him. She agreed and they moved to a homeless hostel in Manchester. She said her brother was furious that she had, in his eyes, disgraced the family and hired four hitmen to find her. He paid them 50 pounds each to carry out the job. Sameem said, “That’s what my life was worth - 50 pounds. I was terrified because I knew what my brother was capable of. ‘I had disgraced the family honour and it is the culture that honour must be restored by the head of the family.’ The first Sameem knew of the attempt on her life was when police arrived at her house. Officers had been tipped off and arrested the men, who were found to have baseball bats in the boot of their car. They, and her brother, were imprisoned. The friend who rescued Sameem is now
her husband. When they arrived in Manchester, Asghar proposed and they married in a quiet register office ceremony and returned to work afterwards. She said, “We both worked in the same factory. We had taken any jobs we could get as we didn’t want to go on benefits. We married and returned to work afterwards. And now we’ve been together for 26 years.’ Sameem has nothing to do with her family in Glasgow. When her brother and her father died she returned for their funerals but said her family members were distant. Sameem has managed to completely turn her life around and decided to go into politics as a way of bringing the issue of forced marriage into the public eye. She works in Manchester to highlight forced marriage and she is now supporting a new learning resource developed by Glasgow Life that will be rolled out to teachers, youth workers and charity staff. It aims to help professionals spot the signs of forced marriage in young people. The pack is backed by the Scottish Government and forms part of a country-wide campaign to help those at risk of forced marriage.
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Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. –George Washington
COMMENT Thursday, 21 March, 2013
deadlock over caretaker setup confrontation where compromise was needed
The politics of care-taking the first consensus interim setup must deliver only its mandate
URING the 1990’s, the PPP and PML-N fought no-holds-barred struggles that helped the offstage players to wrap up the system. While abiding by the rules of the game set by the Parliament this time, the two sides continue the fight in violation of the spirit of these rules. This is already creating bad blood among the various parties. Driven by mutual suspicions they are acting in a way that would bring in outside forces as arbiters. What is needed badly is accommodation. What one sees happening is the opposite. The failure to reach an accord on the caretaker prime minister is a reflection on the ability of the PPP and PML-N to reconcile political differences. This could have been resolved through give and take which is an essential part of the democratic culture. What both have shown is inflexibility which characterises the dictatorial mindset. The doubts expressed by Ch Nisar about the parliamentary committee’s ability to evolve a consensus show a lack of trust in politicians. His view that the matter would eventually be decided by the ECP reveals the unfortunate tendency of taking political disputes to non-political arbitrators. Many believe that there was enough ground for agreement on a neutral and capable caretaker prime minister. Even the PTI and JUI-F had accepted Justice (retd) Shakirullah Jan. Similarly, many in the PML-N favoured Dr Ishrat Hussain. One fails to understand why Ch Nisar suddenly withdrew the name of the former and sent instead two names to the committee that the PPP has declared to be partial. This has elicited strong protests from the JUI-F. The insistence by Ch Nisar not to include representatives of major opposition parties in the list of oppositions’ nominees for the parliamentary committee presently holding talks on the issue is again indicative of the absence of the spirit of compromise. The failure to end the deadlock would strengthen forces opposed to democracy which must not be underrated. The TTP has again declared the elections to be un-Islamic and called off its offer of talks. Musharraf is meanwhile coming back with an agenda to malign the politicians. Tahirul Qadri is once again back to his gimmicks. He has accused the politicians of indulging in pre-election rigging by seeking nominations on the caretaker setup through hefty bribes. Qadri is simultaneously accusing the ECP of allowing tax and loan defaulters and corrupt politicians to contest. He is thus calling into question the very legitimacy of the forthcoming elections. The idea is to spread despondency among the voters. By continuing with their feuds the PPP and PML-N are only helping Qadri in his mission. The failure to end the deadlock by the parliamentary committee would send a negative message to the voters and could bring down the voter turnout. In case of its being very low, the next government would act with lesser confidence.
military’s resolve Jcsc meeting declares commitment to elections, fighting ttP
HE Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) withdrawal of its earlier peace talks offer two days ago only paid lip service to what was already known. The pretext used was a ““non-serious attitude of the security forces and the government”. However, the recent attack outside a judicial complex in Peshawar which left four people dead had confirmed that the TTP had no intention of backing down and letting a smooth electoral season pass. The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee meeting yesterday has come at an apt time. With the national assembly standing dissolved, the army has declared its commitment to both combating the terrorist threat and supporting the Election Commission of Pakistan in the upcoming elections. A military spokesman declared that “all elements of national power would be utilised to combat and root out terrorism from the country”. The JCSC has declared its firm belief that the TTP and other Islamist militants will continue attacks – and perhaps only use peace offers to buy time to regroup. On the face of it, the military’s declaration is a welcome policy statement. Terrorist groups must not only be deterred from launching attacks during the forthcoming elections but also defeated in the long term. The army’s task is to defend the country and its people, and not assert a security paradigm separate to the civilian government. It is hoped that the “Good Taliban, Bad Taliban” paradigm has been buried by the military top brass. The priority should be to eliminate foreign militants, who continue to use the tribal areas as a springboard for their activities. The writ of the state needs to be restored and the army has a critical role to play. With the government having announced May 11 as the date of the election, the task of curbing the activities of terrorist groups has become ever more urgent. A comprehensive strategy is yet to be worked out and despite the loss of over 40,000 civilians and 4,000 military men in the war against the Taliban, doubts have continued to be asserted over the double role of the military. However, the JCSC meeting on the face of it shows that the military is now committed to what General Kayani declared more recently: internal terrorism is Pakistan’s biggest threat. Whether or not this will yield action on the ground, or produce a more deadly response from the TTP, we shall have to wait and watch, and hope for the best.
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AY 11 has been announced as the date of the next General Election. With 52 days to go, there is no sign of a caretaker prime minister popping out as an eight-member parliamentary committee went into a huddle on Wednesday. The deadlock is on two questions: who becomes caretaker prime minister? And, when does the Punjab Assembly dissolve? The earlier the answers are provided the better – but surely the answers should have been provided at least three weeks ago. But as the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz’s (PML-N) Chaudhry Nisar Ali and the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Qamar Zaman Kaira have traded diplomatic blows at the centre stage, the more substantive questions about the caretaker setup have yet to come to the front. The names under consideration are: Hafeez Sheikh, Ishrat Hussain and Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso from the PPP; and Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, Justice (retd) Shakirullah Jan and nationalist leader Rasool Bux Palijo from the PMLN. Mentioned amongst possible wildcards have been: Asma Jehangir and Senators Raza Rabbani and Ishaq Dar. And then there is the self-nomination put forward by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q). There is surely something to be said about each of those nominated. But let us stick to painting in broad strokes. Two of the nominations (Hafeez Sheikh and Ishrat Hussain) are ex-World Bank technocrats – and for a while it appeared that the bets were on Ishrat Hussain taking the coveted post. Ishrat, a former State Bank governor, was both lobbying and being lobbied and still appears as one of the “less-polarising” options on the table. But installing a caretaker prime minister of the technocrat mould shall be nothing if not a bad joke by politicians on themselves. As a key part of creating what is now widely understood as the fudged economic bubble in the Musharraf dictatorship – and pushing the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) and World Bank’s agenda of
pursuing neoliberal economic policies in Pakistan – Hussain was hand in glove with Hafeez Sheikh in creating the grounds for the weak economic foundations the current PPP-led government inherited. The irony is that it is the PPP that has nominated both Hussain and Sheikh, at a time when the chattering classes and business interests appear to be clamouring from a longer technocratic rule to apparently “remedy the economy”. It is the PPP that has suffered from the economic effects of so-called technocratic fudging with the economy: an agreement with the IMF was signed before Benazir Bhutto’s first term in 1988, another agreement with the IMF was signed by the caretaker PM in 1992 before Benazir’s second term; and it inherited the Shaukat – alias shortkut – Aziz economic mess when it took the reins in 2008. Technocrats are failures because they pursue IFI-driven agendas and have an exit plan for themselves before they come in. Neither Ishrat Hussain nor Hafeez Sheikh bode well for the confidence of politicians in themselves if either is chosen. Policies are a task for public vote – the tendency to reduce it to the domain of experts needs to be challenged – but this is a subject for a separate article. For now, it must be remembered that caretaker governments do not possess ‘magic pills’. Their task is merely to facilitate a handover. With an over $1.5 billion loan repayment to the IMF scheduled during the caretaker period and the IMF signaling it wants more talks, the choice of a technocrat as prime minister would only serve to indicate that politicians are abdicating responsibility from themselves and looking to play another blame game. And then there is something to be said about the fact that retired judges are considered the ‘safe choice’ to head interim setups. Two former judges have already been appointed caretaker chief ministers in two provinces to reach a consensus: Justice (retd) Tariq Parvez in the Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Justice (retd) Zahid Qurban Alvi in Sindh. It seems to have shocked no one – except for Asma Jehangir – that former judges are being considered ‘politically neutral’, efficient administrators. Again politicians appear to have more trust in outside institutions than amongst themselves – one of the critical reasons why the discourse of corruption appears to still be solely focused on politicians – and not the civil and military establishment which has shared power for much longer. The question to be asked is that why task judges, whose task was to interpret law, with creating an even playing field for politics? The names of two Senators Ishaq Dar and Raza Rabbani, both respected in their own way, have more forte for the post – but either is expected to raise alarm to all other political parties. It is similar with the nomination of Rasul Bux Palejo, who is still re-
spected, but his son continues to play an increasingly active role in Sindh’s politics. Asma Jehangir, a candidate with both strong merits and demerits, has withdrawn herself from the reckoning. Strange happenings continue to be reported: on the eve of the announcement of the caretaker chief minister for Sindh, a key government official was meeting a British diplomat to ‘discuss the caretaker setup’. Ministers of the Balochistan government resigned to join the opposition a day before dissolution of the assembly and the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) became part of the opposition in Sindh a month earlier. Political checkers continues to be played, but as with anyone who has played the game knows that checkers is a game that requires much sacrifice. Here it appears politicians are ceding roles they should have taken up themselves to technocrats and judges of questionable merit. The consequences of doing so shall come to the fore soon enough. But there is another debate to be had about the caretaker setup. If the task is create an even and fair playing field for all political parties, then the Election Commission of Pakistan has yet to fulfill what it has been tasked with. The Supreme Court’s judgment on a petition by the former Workers Party Pakistan has yet to be implemented. Issued on June 12, 2012, the ECP has had enough time to suggest relevant changes in election procedure; including compulsory voting, adding a ‘none of the above’ vote, implementing stricter campaign budgets, but the judgment has yet to come into force. Would an unimplemented SC judgment not raise questions about the credibility of the elections and leave them open to contestation post-event? Somehow a task as serious as implementing a caretaker setup and an even playing ground for free-and-fair elections have been reduced to a rat race. Essential aspects are delayed as Pakistan attempts to select its first consensus caretaker government. To be fair to them, the existing political parties have not had to deal with such a situation before. There are serious electoral parties, including the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Jamaat-i-Islami, sitting outside parliament, and wildcard groups such as Tahirul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek, looking to pounce at any misstep. Each day’s delay in announcing respective caretaker setups creates more fears. It is imperative that a political solution is found at the earliest to this political problem. Technocratic selections, most certainly, will represent a bad omen, rather than a good one, as people are gearing up to vote within their respective constituencies. The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: email@example.com
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leadership beyond sermons There is a clear distinction between a set, standard and stereotype leadership and one that leads by examples and sets trends for the people to emulate and motivate. If those able, noble, humble and gentle looking or talking leaders practice all the good they depict or advocate, they would be what the nation so desperately look for as trendsetters in national affairs. Whether it is man in the street, men of letters or men at the helm of affairs, the crisis in leadership is unquestionably such predicament that deals a severe blow to our social, economic and political stability. How vital is constructively leading from the front in such practical idealism as trust, tolerance, understanding, simple living and high thinking; positive thinking in matters pertaining to education, social work, business, politics, science and technology; materializing civic sense and social responsibility and pioneering the spirit of accommodation or give and take! The common man
looks to leaders as trendsetters when it comes to seeking answers, guidance or consolation in matters affecting life at large. People look beyond sermons and speeches to simple and workable suggestions and solutions. If leaders set trends in economizing, austerity, humility and sincerity, the masses shall follow sooner or later. It is the conscious or sub-conscious habit of the masses to emulate, exemplify and emanate ideas, insights and initiatives from leadership. It depends on the trends leaders set in simplicity or pageantry, tolerance or intolerance, understanding or misunderstanding, cooperation or confrontation, honesty or corruption, innovation or stagnation, progress or procrastination, positive or negative thinking, education or ignorance. Not caring about it is what is tantamount to ignorance as bliss. Knowingly ignoring it is unfortunately a national tragedy: It is this conspiracy of silence in our national tragedy that needs to be unearthed and addressed. PARVEZ JAMIL Karachi
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Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. –Francis Bacon
Thursday, 21 March, 2013
I was wrong israeli-Palestinian peace is on the president’s trip agenda
few weeks ago, I assumed that the main emphasis of President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to the Middle East would not be the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Taking my cues from Secretary of State John Kerry's recently completed trip and the way the White House had been "low-balling" expectations about making any progress in restarting Israeli-Palestinian talks, I thought that dR jAmES j ZOGby the president would focus his visit largely on the challenge posed by Iran's nuclear programme and the humanitarian and political crises resulting from the ever-worsening conflict in Syria. However, after an hour-long meeting with the president and his national security staff, followed a few days later by a detailed press briefing on the president's itinerary by a deputy national security advisor, it is clear that I was wrong. Earlier this week, I was part of a group of Arab American leaders who met with President Obama and his senior advisers to discuss his visits to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. Following our conversation, the White House issued a statement saying, in part, that the president "underscored that the trip is an opportunity for him to demonstrate the United States' commitment to the Palestinian people—in the West Bank and Gaza—and to partnering with the Palestinian Authority as it continues building institutions that will be necessary to build a truly independent Palestinian state". Our discussions with the president were instructive on many levels—in particular, his interest in hearing our ideas about how to make the visit as productive and meaningful as possible. We offered a range of suggestions including the need to reach out directly to the Palestinian people: the business community struggling to create jobs; young people in need of hope; Christians concerned about their future in the Holy Land; women seeking empowerment; and those who are committed to a non-violent approach to challenging the occupation. We emphasised that just as he intended, in Israel, to speak directly to the Israeli people, making clear to them his understanding of their history and his commitment to their security, it would be equally important to find opportunities to address remarks directly to ordinary Palestinians. In this context, we found promising the post-meeting statement issued by the White House and the details of the final trip schedule. As has been made clear on several occasions by administration officials, the president will not use this visit to offer a plan to immediately restart negotiations. Conditions simply do not exist for a peacemaking initiative to bear fruit. The newly constituted Israeli government leans too far to the right. The Palestinian house is also in disarray, with reconciliation talks still stalled. Given this, the best the president can do, in the short term, is to attempt to speak directly to both peoples reasserting his commitment to them and to a peaceful future in an effort to change the discourse in both societies away from the cynicism and hardline views that have made progress toward peace so difficult. Seen in this light, almost every aspect of the president's visit contains a message to the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. He will want to win their confidence, demonstrating that he understands their histories and current realities. He will then note the dangers inherent in the current trajectory of regional developments and pose the challenges and opportunities that making peace will entail. He will engage the leadership of both communities, but he will also go beyond the leaders to speak directly to young Israelis and Palestinians about their futures. No doubt, both Iran and the Arab Spring will be topics of conversation in Israel and Jordan. While in Jordan, the president will want to support the changes underway and will encourage the king to continue on the path of reform. He will also focus on the impact of the humanitarian crisis which has seen hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees coming into Jordan, testing that country's resources and political order. Another aspect of the Syrian war and the Middle East's tumultuous last decade is the increased vulnerability of the region's Christians. In a surprise move the White House added a stopover in Bethlehem between the president's visit to Israel and his trip to Jordan. Going to that city's Church of the Nativity will allow the president to focus attention on the two-thousand-year old presence of Christians not only in the Holy Land, but in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. It is important to note that while in Bethlehem the president's team will be able to see first-hand the impact of the occupation on Palestinian daily life. First and foremost will be the 30 feet wall that snakes around the little city cutting Bethlehem off from Jerusalem. And then there is the Israeli settlement of HarHoma. While the Israelis refer to this development as a "neighbourhood" of Jerusalem, it is actually built on land seized in large part from Bethlehem. It will be recalled that in the late 1990's then President Bill Clinton strongly objected to Prime Minister Netanyahu's plans to build HarHoma on the green hill of Jabal Abul Ghnaim. Netanyahu defied the US. Today that green space is gone, replaced by a settlement that is home to 15,000 Israelis (with expansion plans calling for a few thousand more). It, like the wall, separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem. This will be the president's first trip of his second term and while he will not table a peace plan, every indication is that he remains committed to an Israeli-Palestinian peace. This trip is designed to be the beginning of a process to engage the Israeli and Palestinian peoples (and American Jews and Arab Americans) in an effort to win new support for peace-making efforts that will follow.
Katju’s dreary mirror how he is wrong on some fronts and yet right on some others
USTICE Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Indian Supreme Court who also served as Chief Justice of three high courts and who is currently chairman of India’s statutory media regulatory body, the Press Council of India, has lately been in the news for his outspoken ‘words of wisdom’ on almost everything from the state of media to the failures of governments in India. Recently, at a seminar in New Delhi, he shocked his own people by telling them that at least 90 percent of them were “idiots”. On the same occasion, Katju also took a freaky shot on Pakistan by distorting our history as a nation and questioning the very creation of Pakistan. He called Pakistan a “fake” country which according to him was created artificially by the Britishers through their “bogus Two-Nation Theory”. Katju also predicted that “in the next 15-20 years India and Pakistan would reunite”. If this outlandish statement had come from a traditional fanatic Indian mindset, one could just ignore it. But coming from a retired judge of India’s superior judiciary with distinguished lineage and family history, who was known for his non-communal moderate outlook, this was nothing but a barefaced assault on Pakistan’s raison d’être. Obviously, it was for the Indians to take him to task for calling them “idiots” but for us in Pakistan, it surely was our challenge to prove him wrong and repudiate his aberrant ‘reunification’ theory. Since Katju made his statement in his capacity as Chairman, Press Council of India, one expected our media to at least show some sensitivity to his remarks about Pakistan. In particular, those newspapers which have traditionally claimed ‘nationalist’ credentials should have editorially demolished Katju’s ‘reunification’ illusions by challenging him on what he thought of our nationhood and about our country’s future. This never happened. I could not resist responding to Katju’s slur and wrote an article giving a dispassionate account of history to establish why Hindus and Muslims in the subcontinent, having lived together for centuries, remained poles apart eventually becoming two separate states in 1947. Despite Jinnah’s efforts for Hindu-Muslim unity, the beginning of the 20th century saw a line being drawn, making it impossible for Hindus and Muslims to live together in India. What brought the simmering Muslim nationalism in the open was the character of the Con-
gress rule in the Muslim minority provinces during 1937-39. The Congress policies in these provinces hurt Muslim susceptibilities leaving them with no doubt that in the Congress scheme of things, they could live only on sufferance of Hindus and as “second class” citizens. They were convinced that it was impossible to live in an undivided India after freedom from colonial rule because their interests would be completely suppressed. In response to my article published in a major ultra-conservative newspaper, Katju sent me an e-mail message requesting for the e-mail address of that newspaper saying he wanted to respond to my article through a ‘rejoinder’. While sending him the requested e-mail address, I warned him that I was not sure if any newspaper in Pakistan, much less this particular one, will print anything questioning the very raison d’être of Pakistan. I was wrong. The esteemed paper published not only Katju’s bizarre “truth about Pakistan” devoting to it more than half of its op-ed page but also the text of my e-mail message that Katju had unethically and illegally shared with it in blatant breach of the privacy of the mail exchanged between two individuals. It was violation of the Code of Ethics followed by both the Press Councils of India and Pakistan. In his article, Katju said that “Pakistan was doomed from its very inception”. According to him, “Created artificially by the British through their wicked policy of divide and rule and the bogus two-nation theory, Pakistan is bound to reunify with India.” He also distorted some of the historical facts. All said and done, Justice Katju’s article finding prominent space in a major Pakistani newspaper known for its ultra-conservative outlook and ideological ‘guardianship’ shocked the people of Pakistan. They couldn’t believe it. Even the Indians were surprised at this turn of the tide in Pakistan. The Indian Express (Pakistan all-praise for Markandey Katju, March 7) viewed this event worthy of special attention disclosing how the Pakistani “newspaper that had traditionally taken an anti-India stance surprisingly agreed to publish Katju’s article”. According to The Indian Express, this decision came only because his daughter considered Katju’s article print worthy. She was quoted to have said: “I expected spirited feedback on it and haven’t been disappointed. My father knew I was publishing it and agreed. I’d be delighted to publish Katju again.” That sounded generous. One noted a dramatic change of direction in this paper’s known policy. Apparently, no one realised that there is one full clause in PCP’s Code of Ethics that forbids printing, publishing or disseminating any material, which may bring into contempt Pakistan or its people or tends to undermine its sovereignty or integrity as an independent
country. It appeared to mark the end of an era. But the ‘Katju story’ did not end there. My own read on the ‘feedback’ was disappointingly different. Pakistani readers paid no serious attention to Katju’s article. They just ignored it as yet another volley of a dogmatic if not rabid school of thought from across the border that never accepted Pakistan’s creation. From the Indian side, many knowledgeable comments were posted, mostly dismissive of Katju’s ‘reunification’ theory. One was, however, shocked at the unworthy and graceless language that some of the comments from across the border used for Pakistan and its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. They crossed all limits of civility. It was by no means a ‘spirited’ feedback. It was just filth and vulgarity. No newspaper in the world would allow abuse of its space for such trash. I am sure even Justice Katju must have been ashamed of the profanity heaped on our Quaid. Katju presented his aberrant ‘reunification’ theory without being disrespectful to anyone. That is perhaps the spirit of his ‘satyam bruyat’. Jinnah is one of those rare leaders who received some of the greatest tributes paid to any one in modern times, some of them even from those who held a diametrically opposed viewpoint. Katju’s own illustrious grandfather, Dr Kailash Nath Katju, one of India’s leading lawyers who participated in the country’s freedom movement, then serving as Governor of West Bengal, also paid glowing tribute to our Quaid describing him as "an outstanding figure of this century not only in India, but in the whole world". Our Quaid did not live long to personally steer Pakistan to be what he thought would be “one of the greatest nations of the world”. No doubt, we have had a chequered history after independence. But it has been a failure of governance, not of the nationhood. A Hindu fanatic has every reason to challenge Pakistan’s nationhood. But if a man of Katju’s non-communal outlook is drawing negative conclusions on our future, there is cause for us to look at ourselves to find what after all is wrong with us. No matter what Katju’s motives are, he has indeed shown us a mirror. What if Katju’s mirror shows us a hazy picture? We see a mutilated and disjointed nation debilitating itself physically as well as spiritually. We also see a country looted and plundered by its own rulers, and left with no dignity and sovereign independence. We are not even ashamed of what we are doing to ourselves. Isn’t it time for us to change and behave like a nation? Isn’t it also time, our increasingly family concentrated media owned its national responsibility and played its role in defending Pakistan’s independent statehood?
What if Katju’s mirror shows us a hazy picture? We see a mutilated and disjointed nation debilitating itself physically as well as spiritually.
The writer is former foreign secretary, Pakistan.
The writer is President of the Arab-American Institute.
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Thursday, 21 March, 2013
CurreNT aCTresses are INseCure: brITT eKlaNd
Former Bond Girl Britt Ekland has branded the current crop of female stars as “insecure”. “When I was in Man With The Golden Gun I probably had a little bit of foundation and some lippie but you look at famous girls now... this whole idea of plumping and Botox and eyebrow-tattooing has gone overboard,” the Daily Express quoted her as telling TV Times. Ekland, 70, who was married to Peter Sellers for four years in the Sixties and dated Rod Stewart, said that it’s sad that these girls are so insecure. “They must look at themselves in the morning without the two-inch-long eyelashes and fake tan and think, ‘This is not good’,” she added. nEWS dESK
PIPPa mIddleToN eNCouraGes CasINo NIGhTs
Socialite Pippa Middleton, younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, is encouraging parents to hold ‘Casino Night Parties’ for their teenage children. The 29-year-old is promoting gambling events aimed at teenagers with products supplied by her family’s firm, Party Pieces, reports femalefirst. Writing on her website, Party Times, which is part of Michael and Carole Middleton’s Party Pieces business, Pippa said: “(Casino Nights) are a great choice for teenagers. Dress the table in baize green, dust off your packs of cards and mix up the cocktails - then all you have to worry about is whether Lady Luck is on your side.” nEWS dESK
Tom CruIse To Play NaPoleoN solo IN NexT FIlm Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is ready to play Napoleon Solo in the movie adaptation of 1960’s US TV show “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Guy Ritchie, who is directing the project, was on the lookout for an actor for the role for a long time, has finally zeroed in on Cruise. Ritchie first even thought of signing actor George Clooney. However, since the character has to be physically strong and Clooney has been suffering from a bad back over the years, the plan to cast him was changed, reports thesun. nEWS dESK
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oscar wilde letter reveals writing tips
jay-Z boasts about running through white house
It’s been a big week for the Carters — but, to be honest, when is it not? Beyonce, or Mrs. Carter as she has called herself before, released “Bow Down / I Been On,” a fierce new track, which serves as the singer’s first since the singles off of her 2011 album, “4.” Now Mr. Carter, Jay-Z, has dropped a much hyped remix to Kendrick Lamar’s “B-tch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” First heard at South By Southwest, the remix to “B-tch Don’t Kill My Vibe” was released in full this week. The track has Jay-Z celebrating his successes and referencing his and Beyonce’s very public friendship with the Obamas. Jay-Z boasts in the song, “In the White House with a mink / Running through that b-tch like it’s my house / All up in the hall like a mall / Told you motherf—kers, all I do is ball.” He then mentions President Obama and another famous face, saying, “Sittin’ next to Hillary smellin’ like dank / Presidental pardon, name one ni—a out there harder than him / I’ll wait.” Rolling Stone reports that the Hillary mentioned is likely Hillary Clinton as Jay-Z attended the inauguration with the then-Secretary of State. Jay also gives a nod to Beyonce in the lyrics, rapping “Up in the clouds, me and my spouse / Rumors on the ground gettin’ too loud / Please turn them shits down, can’t hear myself think.” The couple’s marriage was also recently referenced in Bey’s “Bow Down / I Been On,” when the singer stresses, “I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife.” Lamar spoke about his collaboration with Jay-Z, telling MTV, “Always looked up to the greats to be a great. So to actually be on a track with him, it’s an accomplishment.”
HE document, along with the poet and playwright’s first draft of his famous sonnet The New Remorse, was found in a dusty box in the back of a wardrobe. The 13-page letter is undated but is assumed to have been written around 1890, just as Wilde was becoming one of London’s most popular playwrights. It is a deep and insightful letter of reply to a wouldbe writer seeking tips on how to be successful. Wilde told him not to rely on earning a living from writing, adding: “The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread and the highest form of literature, Poetry, brings no wealth to the singer. “Make some sacrifice for your art and you will be repaid but ask of art to sacrifice herself for you and a bitter disappointment may come to you.” The first draft of the poem The New Remorse was written by Wilde for his new lover, Lord Alfred Douglas after they had just met in 1891. Wilde writes about meeting the aristocrat, stating: “It is thy newfound Lord, and he shall kiss, the yet unravished roses of thy mouth.” It was Wilde’s relationship with Lord Douglas that led to his downfall after he attempted to sue his lover’s father for libel only to end up being jailed for gross indecency. The two documents were owned by a Victorian brewery owner who collected autographed letters and manuscripts. They were passed down his family to his granddaughter and were found by experts called to clear her estate in Shippon, near Abingdon, Oxon, after her death last November. Mike Heseltine, of specialist manuscript auctioneers Bloomsbury of London, said: “The letter is hitherto unknown and is entirely fascinating while the first draft of one of his most important poems is equally exciting. “It is hard to say whether Wilde knew the aspiring writer but he went on for 13 pages and was quite honest and direct in his words of advice. “The gist of it is telling the recipient, a Mr Morgan, to write by all means but to make
sure he has some other job to rely on for money.” The documents once belonged to Lawrence Hodson, a wealthy brewery owner from the West Midlands who had contacts in the publishing world. The folded letter is estimated to sell for £12,000. The autographed draft of ‘The New Remorse’ was writtem on ‘Florence Hotel’ headed paper, and is expected to sell for £7,500. The auction takes place on April 4.
History Channel’s Satan looks a lot like Obama
“The Bible” has been an incredibly successful miniseries for the History channel, so it’s no wonder viewers took to the internet after noticing that the actor cast in the role of Satan looks quite a bit like President Barack
Obama. Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni plays the role of the fallen angel. A number of Twitter users noticed the similarity between Ouazanni and Obama on Sunday. Among them was Glenn
Beck, who first tweeted that the series was “one of the most important shows in decades,” then posted a screenshot of Ouazanni and asked if others thought he looked like “That Guy,” Beck’s preferred term for Obama. UPDATE: The History channel and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have responded to news reports picking up on the similarity between the actor and Obama. “History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” a statement from the History channel read. “The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History’s ‘The Bible’ is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.” nEWS dESK
Director quits Natalie Portman film on first day of shooting “Jane Got A Gun,” but not a director. As first reported by Deadline.com, director Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) left the new film “Jane Got A Gun” on the first day of shooting, forcing producers to scramble for a replacement. Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Joel Edgerton are set to star in the Western, which focuses on a young woman who defends her farm and husband against an outlaw gang with the help of an ex-lover. “I’m shocked and so disappointed someone would do this to 150 crew members who devoted so much time, energy, commitment and loyalty to a project, and then have the director not show up,” producer Scott Steindorff told Deadline.com. “It is insane somebody would do this to other people.” Portman is also a producer on the film. HuffPost Entertainment reached out to Ramsay’s manager for comment on the situation. In a twist, the director’s representative was Jessica Steindorff, Scott’s daughter. “My father Scott Steindorff prevails under extreme amounts of stress and the show will go on,” Jessica Steindorff said to HuffPost Entertainment via email. “Sorry, but in this town it’s family first.” The younger Steindorff wrote that she no longer manages Ramsay. HuffPost Entertainment also reached out to screenwriter Brian Duffield’s representatives, but did not receive any response. As yet, no reason has been given for Ramsay’s departure. This is the second shake-up to “Jane Got A Gun” in recent weeks. On March 11, THR reported that Michael Fassbender, who was set to play the male lead in the film opposite Portman, had left the project. Jude Law stepped in to replace Fassbender in the cast, but not in his role: Edgerton, who was attached to play the villain in “Jane Got A Gun” took Fassbender’s part, with Law slotting in as the film’s antagonist. nEWS dESK
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Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. — Michelangelo
ARTS Thursday, 21 March, 2013
Court pulls up ‘race 2’ makers for nudity and vulgarity NEWS DESK
The Delhi High Court Wednesday expressed displeasure over Hindi film “ Race 2” following a petition that it showed nudity and vulgarity. “Please think where the film industry is going. You are teaching indiscipline to children,” a division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice V.K. Jain said. They were hearing a PIL alleging that the film was vulgar and showed nude scenes. It sought a ban on the movie. The court’s observation came after the counsel appearing for the producers and director of “Race 2”
Timberlake confirms big news
The rumors are true: Justin Timberlake will release another new album in 2013. Speaking with Ryan Seacrest on Monday night at an event for Timberlake’s comeback album, “The 20/20 Experience,” the singer revealed his newest disc is only the first half of the experience; part two, a second album with 10 more tracks, will arrive later this year. That news was hardly surprising as Roots drummer Questlove spoiled Timberlake’s surprise over the weekend by posting about it on a message board at his site, Okayplayer.com. Timberlake had spent a week with Questlove and The Roots on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” and the drummer also acted as DJ before Timberlake’s “surprise” show at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas on Saturday night. Timberlake, it should be noted, did not confirm the November release date.nEWS
Not the bad mother she’s made out to be Gwyneth Paltrow is probably used to getting scrutinized for her unconventional diets, but when excerpts of her new book “It’s All Good” started circling, she was suddenly blamed for being a bad mother, too. But is all the heat really warranted, or were her quotes taken out of context? In the cookbook, Paltrow’s second after “My Father’s Daughter,” the actress describes the elimination diet that makes her and her family feel healthier. Gwyneth, along with husband Chris Martin and kids Apple and Moses, has given up dairy, sugar, gluten and soy, and opts for other ingredients instead. And this is exactly what made the Oscar-winner a dart board as of recent weeks. In the chapter titled “Grains,” Paltrow admits that when her family gives up bread and pasta, they’re sometimes “left with that specific hunger that comes with avoiding carbs.” Various sites took that to mean that Paltrow starves her children and is therefore an unfit mother (here, here, and here). But in reality, Paltrow follows that “controversial” sentence up with this totally reasonable explanation and introduction to the chapter — since her kids are craving carbs, she’s whipped up some hearty grain recipes to satisfy them. nEWS dESK
Keira Knightley to play Coco Chanel
iconic evening gowns sell for $1.2m at London auction
Karl Lagerfeld has cast Keira Knightley for the role of designer Coco Chanel in a short movie that he is going to direct. The short movie will celebrate 100 years since the legendary designer opened her first Chanel boutique in the French seaside town of Deauville, the Mirror Reported. Knightley will be starring alongside models Stella Tennant, Tallulah Harlech, Brad Kroenig and his son Hudson in the movie. The film will be screened in May during the fashion house’s cruise collection, to be held in Singapore. nEWS dESK
A collection of some of Princess Diana’s most memorable evening gowns, including one she wore to a White House dinner where she danced with John Travolta, fetched over 800,000 pounds ($1.2 million) at a London auction Tuesday. Diana famously wore the deep navy, figure-hugging velvet gown to a gala dinner hosted by President Ronald Reagan, during her and Prince Charles’ first joint state visit to the U.S. in 1985. Photographs of her taking to the White House dance floor with Travolta have become some of the most celebrated images of the princess. The Victor Edelstein gown was sold for 240,000 pounds, Kerry Taylor Auctions said. It came slightly below the expected maximum price of 300,000 pounds. The auction house did not disclose the identity of the buyer, only saying it was sold to a “British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife.” Nine other of Diana’s dresses were sold to bidders, which came from around the world and included three museums, the auction house said. Two dresses by Catherine Walker, one of Diana’s favourite designers, went for 108,000 pounds each. They were a black velvet and beaded gown worn for a Vanity Fair photo shoot by Mario Testino at Kensington Palace in 1997, and a burgundy crushed velvet gown the princess wore to the film premiere of “Back to the Future” in 1985. Diana sold dozens of her dresses at a New York charity auction at the suggestion of her son, Prince William, in 1997 — three months before she died in a Paris car crash. Florida-based socialite Maureen Dunkel bought about a dozen of the dresses — including the 10 to be sold next month — and put them up for auction in Canada in 2011, but the prices were set too high and many dresses didn’t sell. nEWS dESK
said the Central Film Certification Board (CBFC) had already cleared its release. The court sought response from the ministry of information and broadcasting, CBFC and Delhi government and posted the matter for Friday. The petition was filed by social worker Teena Sharma. The court had earlier directed the central government to consider the plea against “Race 2” and take appropriate action within a fortnight. Sharma moved the court again after the government failed to act. She said she was deeply hurt by the nude scenes and dialogues with
double meaning after viewing the film in a theatre. Challenging the UA certification given to the film, the plea said: “The film has been screened in 50 countries and it has been graded as an adult movie in 40 countries while here it had been granted U/A certification. “The contents of the film are highly objectionable and therefore the film has got A certification for screening in the US and Britain.” The petition accused the movie of degrading women and displaying them as commodities. UA certification is given to films which children above 12 years are allowed to see under parental guidance.
LILO in full denial over rehab return NEWS DESK Lindsay Lohan has apparently chosen to ignore her court-ordered 90-day rehab stint by partying in full swing, or, according to one insider, she’s just refusing to believe it is even happening. The ‘Mean Girls’ star was recently spotted at a Hollywood hot spot AV Club on Monday night, just mere hours after she was handed the rehab sentence by the court, Fox news reported. A pal of the 26-year-old actress told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column, “Up until last week there was no way she was taking a plea deal, there was no way she was going to go back to rehab, but It’s amazing that she came around.” The source added that Lohan is not stupid, it’s just that she is choosing to turn her back to her current situation.
notaBle tweets shaZaf fatIMa
Ding-dong bubble. My next favorite addiction after shahi supari
Again Malala shows the world what Pakistan is all about. #Fighters. Malala is in school for the 1st time since the shooting
”I was born a warrior, I will die like a warrior.” Maria Wazir from Waziristan took up squash in a region where girls are denied schooling
UMaIr Javed ‘baita, arrange marriage thee ya love?’ ‘aunty, arranged with love.’ #Pakistanese
alI dayan hasan
It is wonderful that Malala is back at school but beyond appalling that doing the same in #Pakistan would kill her.
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InfotaInMent Thursday, 21 March, 2013
GooGle FlIGhT searCh FINally laNds IN euroPe
INTERNET SEARCH AND ADVERTISING FIRM Google has finally landed Flight Service, its airline flight comparison service, in Europe. The service is a bit limited. A blog post from Noam Ben Haim, senior product manager for travel at Google, said that it is only available, or applicable, for people in the UK, France, Italy, Spain or the Netherlands. If that is you, then the world is your oyster, or at least almost. "Starting today, you can use Flight Search to quickly find, compare and book flights originating from each of these countries to any airport in the world. You'll also be able to search for flights from airports in these countries and see prices in your local currency," said Haim. "Additionally, you can conduct searches in [eight] languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Basque, Catalan, Galician and Dutch -and see prices in your local currency." Haim called this "smarter travel planning", and said that Flight Search will let users quickly compare live prices for tickets and check for the lowest fare icon "to see which dates will get you the lowest fare". However, there are some big names missing, and they happen to be some of the more budget airlines, something that could harm the appeal of Google Flight Search. Haim said that these are coming. "Sometimes we are not able to show results for every single airline and we will make that clear. We are working to expand our relationship with other airlines, and bring Flight Search to more countries and in more languages," he said. We checked prices for a flight to Paris this week. Although search returned a lot of options, prices for Easyjet, one obvious low cost airline, are not available. A disclaimer on the UK flight search page explains, "Some airlines are not available on Google". These being Ryanair, Lufthansa, Easyjet, Thomas Cook, and Aer Lingus. Ryanair told The INQUIRER that it has a policy that it invokes when price comparison websites come knocking, and that is that the firms make a donation to charity before being allowed in. "In the interests of consumers and price transparency Ryanair allows and encourages 'price comparison only' websites to access its timetable and pricing information, for an annual charitable donation of just €100," said a spokesperson. nEWS dESK
In order to see the world and grasp it as paradoxical, we must break with our familiar acceptance of it. — Merleau Ponty
HE super-sized cephalopods live deep in the oceans and are littleknown by the scientific community. An international team of researchers investigated rare samples of the elusive animals' DNA to reveal their family secrets. They discovered that there is just a single species of squid with no population structure. The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The giant squid has been a source of fascination both before and beyond its formal description in 1857 by Danish biologist Japetus Steenstrup. Its deep-dwelling lifestyle is largely unknown but specimens have been found globally, with the exception of Arctic and Antarctic waters. Inspiring tales of sea monsters such as the ship-destroying Kraken, giant squid are rumoured to reach 50m in length but scientists say an 18m estimate is more appropriate according to studies. A further debate about the mysterious animals relates to how many species there are, with researchers suggesting there could be as many as eight based on differences in appearance and where they have been found. "Your general [giant] squid is a long, scrawny beast: it's got a long thin body and long thin arms," said Professor M. Thomas P. Gilbert, from the Natural History Museum of Denmark. "But off [the coast of] Japan for example, they're much shorter and stubbier. Their arms are fatter and much shorter." Prof Gilbert worked with colleagues from the University of Copenhagen and researchers from Australia, Japan, France, Ireland and Portugal to understand how the seemingly diverse squid are related. The team took 43 tissue samples from a variety of sources:
Giant squid genetics reveal family secrets stranded animals, remains found in the stomachs of beached sperm whales and accidental by-catch. They then used DNA sequencing techniques to understand the genetic makeup of the squid. Results revealed that the squid are all one species. Genetic diversity was also found to be very low, meaning that the squid are genetically very similar despite being found
all over the world and varying greatly in appearance. "Things that live in one area eventually become different from things in other areas but [giant squid] are basically identical everywhere." Prof Gilbert described the findings as "very weird" but suggested that migration could be the key reason specimens from as
scientists looking to reverse extinction
work is biggest cause of stress Work is the biggest cause of stress in people’s lives with one in three people (34%) saying their work life was either very or quite stressful, research from Mind has found. The survey of over 2,000 people revealed that the main cause for workplace
stress was frustration with poor management and that work was regarded as more stressful than debt or financial problems (30%) or health issues (17%). The second most stressful factor of work for one in four (26%) people was excessive workload, followed closely by
htC one smartphone release delayed The front of HTC's website has a graphic with the legend "the wait is over", showcasing its metal-cased One smartphone with "Ultrapixel" camera. But for those seeking the phone, and for anxious executives looking to regain the company's lost position in the smartphone market, the wait will go on: HTC has delayed the release of the phone, reportedly due to problems in sourcing camera components and metal casings for the device. The Wall Street Journal says that Peter Chou, HTC's chief executive, may come under pressure to resign from his board: it claims he suggested he would step down if the new phone is not a success. The delay, which pushes back the release of the phone – announced on 19 February – to the end of March at the
earliest in any market, and into April for many markets, will put extra pressure on the Taiwanese company. HTC has slipped down the rankings of smartphone makers since revenues hit a peak in August 2011, and barely eked out a profit in the fourth quarter of 2012 as revenues fell 62percent year on year. Revenues slipped another 27percent in the first two months of the year compared with the year-ago period. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that the delay is caused by problems in sourcing parts for the phones, which has become more difficult now that HTC is no longer seen as a "tier one" – top-level – manufacturer. Last year marked the first time that it didn't pay a year-end bonus to staff, the paper re-
lack of support from managers (25%) and unrealistic targets (25%). As a result of this, one in five respondents (19%) said they took a day off sick due to stress, but 90% of those people cited a different reason for their absence, suggesting a culture of fear around revealing mental health issues. One in five (19%) people felt they couldn't tell their boss if they were overly stressed. In addition, one in 10 (9%) had resigned from a job due to stress and a quarter had considered resigning due to work pressure. Furthermore, of the 22% of those surveyed who had a diagnosed mental health problem, just under half (10%) had actually told their boss about the diagnosis. Mind chief executive Paul Farmer said: "Work related mental health problems are an issue too important for businesses to ignore. We know that right now, one in six workers are experiencing depression, stress or anxiety and yet our survey tells us that most managers don't feel they have had enough training or guidance to support them. "Improving mental wellbeing in the workplace doesn't have to cost a lot. Our research shows that people whose organisations offered flexible working hours and generous annual leave said such measures supported their mental wellbeing. Three in five people said that if their employer took action to support the mental wellbeing of all staff, they would feel more loyal, motivated, committed and be likely to recommend their workplace as a good place to work." nEWS dESK
ported. It quotes an HTC executive as saying that the company had encountered problems with its component suppliers because it "changed its order forecasts drastically and frequently following last year's unexpected slump in shipments". The unnamed executive was quoted as saying: "HTC has had difficulty in securing adequate camera components as it is no longer a tier-one customer [to suppliers]." The problem emphasises the issues facing HTC, which makes phones running Google's Android and
far apart as Japan and Florida, US are genetically so similar. "We speculate the larval stage must drift globally in the currents then dive to the nearest dark, deep spot when they are large enough, thus stopping any [population] structure appearing," he explained. "Instead of the adults and their young living in the same place, the young distribute to a completely new place on the Earth every time." Judging by their size and remarkable adaptations for the environment, scientists believe the giant squid have a substantial population. Another theory to explain the large numbers of identical animals is the possibility of a rapid and recent population boom. According to Prof Gilbert, this expansion could have been caused by either a decrease in predators or an increase in prey numbers of the giant squid. "This year is the 200th anniversary of Steenstrup... So on his 200th birthday we can say we know more about it!" he told BBC Nature. The evolutionary biologist commented that although the team had succeeded in answering one question about the mysterious squid, they have uncovered many more. nEWS dESK
Human activity and other factors have annihilated countless species over the last few hundred thousand years, but researchers now believe some of those creatures aren't necessarily gone forever, the New York Times finds. Cloning requires an intact cell, but advances in technology mean that it could be possible to bring back an extinct species by using genetic material to create hybrid cells to clone from a closely related species. Researchers using cloned cells have already tried to bring back the Pyrenean ibex, though the baby animal created survived just minutes. Efforts to bring back Australia's extinct Southern gastric brooding frog have so far yielded only embryos that failed to survive. The efforts to reverse extinction raise many ethical questions, and it may not be desirable to bring back some species, including the huge flocks of passenger pigeons that used to carpet American cities in an inch-deep layer of guano, says the director of the Stanford Center for Law and Biosciences. nEWS dESK
Microsoft's Windows Phone software, as it is increasingly squeezed between the two biggest smartphone manufacturers – Samsung, which last week launched its new Galaxy S4, and Apple, which is reckoned to be ramping up production of a successor to its iPhone 5. At its launch, HTC said that the One would be available in March in 80 countries and with 185 carriers. Now it will come up against direct competition at the same time from the Galaxy S4. nEWS dESK
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SPORTS Thursday, 21 March, 2013
Peterson accepts rotation policy
Proteas spinner Robin Peterson has backed the national team’s one-day rotation policy despite their recent inconsistencies in the 50-over format. South Africa have steadily slipped down the world rankings over the past few months after five defeats in their last nine matches, and 10 in total over the past year. For the ongoing series against Pakistan, they are without rested allrounder Jacques Kallis, but the selectors have regularly given players a break in recent months - the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have missed out - even though the introduction of new faces has not been as prominent as it has in the national Twenty20 side. “The one-day team has changed a lot over the past 12 months, from giving guys a break and due to injuries,” Peterson said on Tuesday. “It’s easy to be settled in the Test team because it’s been pretty much the same 15 together for the past two years. “Both policies have merits. I think the next two years are going to be important for South Africa in one-day cricket. You need to know what you have in reserve, and it’s an opportunity for players to come up and gain that experience. “So personally I think we’re doing it right at the moment.” The Proteas, who lead the tourists 2-1 ahead of the fourth game of their fivematch ODI series in Durban on Thursday, were dealt a blow after news that T20 captain Faf du Plessis would be out for six weeks due to lower back problems. “Obviously when you miss key players like Faf in an important game, it’s a big loss,” Peterson said. “It tests your depth as a squad, which is probably very important going forward to the Champions Trophy in England. “Only time will tell, but we’ve all got complete confidence in anyone who comes in to the team.”
The injury is likely to require ongoing assessments and a likely 6-8 week period of rest and rehabilitation. – The ECB said in a statement
Kirsten worried about Kingsmead pitch DURBAN
AF du Plessis has been forced to withdraw from the Proteas squad for the remainder of the one-day series against Pakistan. Du Plessis, who has an inflamed lower back, has been replaced in the squad by young tyro Quinton de Kock for Thursday’s match in Durban and Sunday’s final game in Benoni. Du Plessis will miss the first four weeks of the Indian Premier League, but should play in the later stages of the competition to prepare for the Champions Trophy in England in June. “Faf has been troubled by low back pain over the past while,” said Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee. “He was recently diagnosed with bony inflammation in the lumbar spine and a six-week rest period has been advised.” The convenor of the national selectors, Andrew Hudson, said he was naturally disappointed over losing a key middle-order batsman at such an important time in the series. “As disappointing as Faf’s injury is, it must be seen as an opportunity for Quinton. He made a good start to his international career during the previous
series against New Zealand and this is a chance for him to build on that.” Despite Hudson’s comment, hometown batsman David Miller will surely come into consideration as Du Plessis’s replacement for tomorrow’s ODI. Miller knows the conditions well and is
desperate to impress. The aggressive lefthander has done well in T20 internationals this season, but has yet to make his mark in ODIs, scoring 14 and 15 in the series loss to New Zealand. Despite the debit of losing Du Plessis, the Proteas were in credit yesterday with the news that Morné Morkel has been pronounced fit to play, signalling a return to international duty after a month spent recovering from a hamstring injury picked up in the second Test in Cape Town. Morkel worked alone, bowling four overs on Monday, but had a much longer workout yesterday and was the last of the bowlers to finish his work in the late afternoon. “It was a long, hard day, but that’s good,” a satisfied Morkel said as he walked off the field. “I feel really good and I didn’t feel a thing in my leg.” Said Moosajee: “We’ve been fairly conservative with Morné, we could probably have played him earlier in the series, but you have to be very careful with hamstring injuries and we wanted to be sure.” Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, having described the Wanderers as “the toughest place to bowl in South Africa” after his team’s 34-run win in Sunday’s run-fest, said it would be
interesting to see just what conditions would prevail in Durban. “The Kingsmead pitch has got slower in recent years, and there is sometimes turn available as well. If that’s the case this time, it will bring Pakistan into the game. I think that whoever assesses the conditions quicker is going to have an advantage on the day. It’ll be a good challenge for us and if we can stop Pakistan in their tracks, it’ll give us a lot of confidence going forward.” It was made quite clear on Tuesday afternoon that the South African brainstrust of Moosajee and coach Gary Kirsten were concerned about a drylooking pitch, with some cracks that looked a little bare at the Umgeni End. At one stage, Moosajee and the chief executive of the KZN Cricket Union, Jesse Chellan, were engaged in an animated conversation on the square while South Africa were practising. The message, clearly, is that the South Africans don’t want to encourage Pakistan’s greatest strength - spinners Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi - by having to play on a pitch that takes turn on Thursday. However, Chellan said that he was confident the match would take place on an excellent surface for ODI cricket.
Hero Herath hailed after SL series win COLOMBO AGEnCiES
New Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews showered praise on Rangana Herath on Tuesday after the slow left armer's nagging accuracy did for Bangladesh in the second test and brought up his 200th test wicket. Sri Lanka coasted to a seven-wicket series-clinching victory on the fourth day of the final test in Colombo after Herath, celebrating his 35th birthday, took career-best figures of seven for 89. "Since the legend Muttiah Muralitharan retired, Herath has been the man for us," Mathews told reporters. "He lands all six balls on the same spot which so many bowlers don't do. With his variations he takes a lot of wickets but he has a lot of control as well." Mathews was captaining his country for the first time this series and he was satisfied with a 1-0 win after a draw in the first test. "It was important to win a series because whoever you play against, you are under pressure to win," added the 25-year-old all-rounder. "We wanted to win the series 2-0 but we couldn't do
that but I thought we played some really good cricket in this test and won. "We were under a little bit of pressure, we had to win this game. We knew that we could do it. The talent the guys had and also the professionalism the team showed was unbelievable." Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said his team did not bat to their potential after racking up records at the crease in the first test in Galle. "We were 80-100 runs short in the first innings. The opportunity was there, but we couldn't apply ourselves, that was disappointing," said Mushfiqur. "We made only 240 and against a team like Sri Lanka that wasn't good enough because we don't have a bowling attack that can bowl them out for 200. "(First innings centurions Kumar) Sangakkara and (Dinesh) Chandimal played really well, they didn't give us a chance. "In the second innings, some of us were set but we got out. "The spinners should have bowled better on this wicket, which Rangana Herath showed by bowling in one spot." The two teams now move on to Hambantota to commence a three-match one-day international series from March 23.
Changes in order is key to AB and Amla magic DURBAN AGEnCiES
The Proteas swop the dry highveld for Durban’s coastal humidity, and their pink gear for the traditional green and yellow, as they bid to wrap up the ODI series against Pakistan at Kingsmead on Thursday. The match could be the scene for the return of paceman Morné Morkel, who last played for the Proteas in the second Test at Newlands a month ago. He was forced off the field with a hamstring injury during Pakistan’s second innings. On Monday, Morkel had a “middle practice” at Kingsmead, bowling four overs with no evident discomfort in the company of assistant coach Russell Domingo. Domingo said Morkel would have a fitness test today to see if he was fit enough to make his return. “Obviously it’ll be great to see him back in action, but I don’t want to make any predictions. Let’s wait and see what happens,” he said. Durban has not been a happy hunting ground - particularly in Test
matches - for the Proteas in recent years as they have struggled to come to terms with a recent trend towards slower, more spinnerfriendly pitches. This season, however, a concerted effort has been made to produce
bouncier, faster tracks. Kingsmead’s stadium manager, Brett Proctor, said the pitch had hardened up appreciably by yesterday afternoon, but was starting to look a little cracked and dry towards the end of a very
hot day. Batting hero Hashim Amla has confessed to being “curious” about what conditions Durban would offer. “It’s been a long time since I played in either a domestic or an international match at Kingsmead,” he said after the Proteas completed a 34-run victory at the Wanderers on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Amla acknowledged that Kingsmead rarely produced the kind of high-scoring conditions familiar to the Wanderers, and pointed out that because it was a day match (on Human Rights Day), the chances of the ball swinging were lessened. This being Durban, where the weather forecast forms an essential part of every match build-up, it’s encouraging to see that the current prediction is for hot, sunny conditions. Centurions Amla and AB de Villiers shared the Man of the Match award for their world record thirdwicket partnership of 238 in 194 balls, the key ingredient in South Africa’s victory. Asked why he and De Villiers had batted so successfully together in recent years,
Amla said part of the reason was that they both frequently rotated the strike. “I do my thing, then get off strike by knocking the ball into the gaps, and AB does the same thing. That way you play as much risk-free cricket as possible and it helps to build the partnership. I like batting with AB. When he comes in there’s a lot of energy and you know the game is going to go forward,” the World No 1 ODI batsman said. Amla added there were style differences between the two players that helped complement their effectiveness as a unit. “AB gets to hit sixes over cover off the back foot,” he laughed. “We also keep each other motivated while we’re batting.” He said that batting upfront with Graeme Smith and Colin Ingram on Sunday had posed early problems. “The Pakistanis bowled really good lengths. The pitch was a bit tacky and the ball didn’t really come onto the bat. We found it difficult, but we knew that the first 10 overs would be tough. We kept reassuring ourselves, saying we just needed to hang in there.”
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From what we've achieved in the first race we can build on that nice momentum to one day become world champions again. – Eric Boullier
azlan shah Cup was a test drive: akhtar rasool LAHORE
HIEF manager and coach of the national hockey team, Akhtar Rasool Caudhary has said the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup was the test drive of for the new look Pakistan hockey team and no one is responsible for the loss as fresh blood was checked in the event. “No one was under responsibility of team’s bottom rock sixth finish in the Azlan Shah Cup as new players were tested focusing on building of the team for important international commitments. “It is not fair to fix the responsibility of teams dismal performance on team management or players as five new players were part in the team which could not produce desired results owing to their lack of experience and exposure,” said Akhtar on his return from Malaysia. He said the team management prior to team's participation in
als annual sports held
the event made it clear that they are going to utilize Azlan Shah as a preparatory venture to try out new players keeping an
eye on future assignments of the team. “It is a very important hockey year as we will be undertaking the trip of Europe besides playing in Asia Cup and we are focusing on our preparations for next year's World Cup,” he said. He further said that Azlan Shah Cup was the ideal chance to test new players to gauge their talent ahead of this Summer tour of Europe. Akhtar Rasool said the team was not in its full strength and composition as veteran half line player Wasim Ahmed was rested and reliable forward Shakeel Abbasi was injured. “It is was a very tough competition in the presence of world's best sides and our team failed to click due to new players,” he asserted. The team official said he was not disappointed with the future of the team as a bad result in a tournament does not mean end of hockey . “It (defeat) often happens and it is part of the game ,it is a sour reality that we could not get a good result but at the same time we
ICC rejects Pakistan’s allegations about umpiring bias LAHORE STAFF REPORT
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
American Lycetuff Schools & Colleges Annual Sports 2013 was held at the institute’s stadium the other day, at Raiwind Road which was organsied by the Sports Promotion Society, under the leadership of Prof. Faisal Fayyaz (International Gymnast, Project Manager of PUCIT). The organising committee consists of Tariq Aziz, Rafiq, Nadeem, Ms. Aansa Zaib, Ms. Sadia Faisal, Ms. Faiza, Ms. Rabia, Ms. Nadia, Ms. Anjum. Inauguration ceremony was performed by Ms. Rabea Zafar, Nadeem Afzal & Zahra Nadeem, who were the chief guests. On the occasion, a fabulous colorful March past, PT Show and aerobics demonstration was presented and around 800 students participated in the activity. This event comprised of athletics events (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 4000m, shot-put, discuss throw, javelin throw, long jump, high jump, triple jump, etc ) and gymkhana events (sack race, chatti race, three leg race, wheel barrow, slow race, soft ball throw, musical chair etc.) & Gymnastics & karate Display. The guest of honor was Col® Haroon & Col® Talat Zia. Umer Khawaja was declared best athlete on boys side while Fizza Ahmed on girls side. The guest of honour later distributed the prizes among the winners
Inter Provincial judo from today LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The fourth edition of Inter Provincial Judo Championship will be played from Thursday, at Qayyum Stadium Peshawar under the aegis of Pakistan Judo Federation. “Top six teams of the country will feature in the event which aims at further popularizing judo among the youth,” said a spokesman of PKF in a press release on Wednesday. The participating teams are Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Fata and Islamabad and bouts will be held in 50, 55, 60, 66, 73, 81, and open weights. Around 42 players and eight officials are participating in the event.
should realize that we have given ample chance to new players and if they were not given a chance at which stage or in which tournament they were tested,” he added. Akhtar Rasool said as a team chief coach and manager and then having the job of chief selector, he is under heavy load of responsibility and he always likes to take challenges in a decent way. “I have not given up the hope , this team is a combination of talent and potential and with passage of time it will blend into a winning combination and what is most important at this stage is to contribute efforts with devotion and hard work to eradicate flaws and weaknesses,” he said. He said that the team lost twice to India in the tournament because young players could not sustain the pressure of their earlier defeat. “We will work on improving our team's performance and I will be keeping faith in young players who are the future of Pak hockey,” he added.
The PCB had written to the ICC after the first Test of the three-match series, raising concerns over some of the decisions and the performance of umpire Steve Davis. The ICC has rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board's reservations about some umpiring decisions and the way the Decision Review System was used in the team's Test series in South Africa. According to reports coming from the board, the ICC has put down the umpiring blunders to human errors and mistakes and nothing more. "The ICC has said that none of the umpiring mistakes were intentional and were part of the game. It has also said the UDRS system is working well and producing productive results," one source was quoted as saying. The PCB had, on the request of its team management in South Africa after the first Test in Johannesburg,
written to the ICC raising concerns over some of the decisions and the performance of umpire Steve Davis. The PCB had also expressed reservations over the effectiveness of the hot spot technology used by umpires in the DRS system. "The ICC has now sent its reply to the PCB and said that none of the umpiring errors were intentional and were just human errors," the source stated. The ICC also said the technology used in the DRS had helped reduce the number of umpiring mistakes. In case of Davis, the ICC had reminded the PCB that it had a proper system in place to assess the performance of an umpire. According to ICC guidelines, umpires whose performances are under review are given only one year contracts, and if they didn't improve they are released from the elite panel of umpires. The PCB had asked the ICC to not post Davis in the remaining two Tests of the series that South Africa won by 3-0.
Thursday, 21 March, 2013
de Kock replaces du Plessis in south africa squad
CAPE TOWN AGEnCiES
South Africa have called up Quinton de Kock to their squad for the two remaining one-day internationals against Pakistan. The 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman replaces Faf du Plessis, who will rest a lower back problem that has also ruled him out of the first four weeks of the Indian Premier League, where he plays for the Chennai Super Kings. "Faf has been troubled by low back pain over the past while," Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement released by Cricket South Africa on Tuesday. "He was recently diagnosed with bony inflammation in the lumbar spine and a six-week rest period has been advised." De Kock played in three one-day internationals against New Zealand in January, where he kept wicket in place of AB de Villiers. Although the left-hander averaged only 25 with the bat with a highest score of 31, he is viewed as the long-term successor to De Villiers with the gloves. South Africa lead the five-match series against Pakistan 2-1 with matches to come in Durban on Thursday and Benoni on Sunday.
west Indies squad to play Zimbabwe in second test BARBADOS AGEnCiES
West Indies have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second test against Zimbabwe at Roseau in Dominica starting on Wednesday. They lead the two-match series 1-0. West Indies squad Darren Sammy (captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Veerasammy Permaul, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford.
Another 10 touchball matches played LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Touch Ball Federation has yet again maintained tradition of providing a colorful and charming activity for the upcoming sportsmen and the participation of the emerging players in the sports has proved extensiveness of the sport in the country. On day two of the 9th National Highway & Motorway Police Touch ball Gold Cup at Punjab Stadium, Lahore, organized by Pakistan Touch Ball Federation, another 10 matches were played. In the first match Punjab defeated Islamabad by 2-0 scores, from Punjab Asif Mahmood and sadaqat scored 1 point each for their team. In the second match Sindh defeated Balochistan by 1-0 score, from Sindh Fayyaz Aziz managed to score that important pint for their team. In the third match Islamabad defeated AJK by 2-0 scores, from Islamabad Addas manage to produce 2 scores for their team In the fourth match Pakistan Steel defeated Punjab by 3-0 scores. From Pakistan Steel, Masood scored 2 points and Akeel Shah scored 1 point to give their team a glorious victory. In the fifth match Pakistan Police defeated KPK, after a very
thrilling match by 1-0 scores, from Pak Police, Shahriyar scored the only point in the match to give his team another victor in the championship round. In the sixth match Pakistan Highway Motorway gained an easy win over PUNJAB by 6-0 scores, from Pakistan Highway Motorway, wali sher and Mazhar
scored 2 points each and Nasurallah and Babar scored 1 point each. In the seventh match Pak Railway defeated Sindh by 2-0 scores, from PAK RAILWAY, Ali Raza and Omer Daraz scored 1 point each. In the eight match Pak Police defeated Balochistan by 3-0 scores, from Balochistan, Shahriyar scored 2 and
Iftikhar scored 1 point In the ninth KPK defeat Sindh 1-0, from KPK Ilyas scored only point in the match. In the tenth match Pak Railway defeat KPK by 3-0, from Pak Railway Ali raza scored 2 and Omer daraz scored 1 point. Today is the final day of the Championship in which semi-finals and final match will be played.
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I raised my level throughout, right up until the end. – Maria Sharapova
SPORTS Thursday, 21 March, 2013
baba, Gulshan-e-ravi FC breeze through LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Universal Baba F.C and Gulshan-e-Ravi F.C breezed into the quarter finals of the Lahore District football championship after beating their respective rivals at Model Town Football and Faisal Town Football Grounds. Gulshan-e-Ravi F.C defeated Ali Asghar F.C 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after 0-0 at full time. In the other match Universal Baba Cargo F.C defeated Chief College F.C team 2-1. From winner Zahid Sharif and Aamir Sohail produced one goal each in 2ndMinutes and 9th minutes in the first half while Fiaz scored in the 68th Minutes from the losers. The quarter final will be played from Thursday at Model Town Football Club and Raider Football Club Ground Faisal Town while the final match will be held on March 27 at Model Town Football Club ground. Matches for Thursday, Real Lahore F.C Vs Usmania F.C (4.00pm) at Raiders Football Club ground ,Bata F.C Vs Universal Cargo F.C (9:00pm) at Model Town Football club.
Punjab Karate Championship at sahiwal LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Munir Ahmad Dar Memorial Punjab Karate Championship for men and women will take place at Sahiwal from March 30. Lahore will be defending the title during the two-day meet which has been named after former hockey Olympian Munir Dar who served the game for many years in the role of President, Pakistan Karate Federation, said Bashir Butt, Secretary, Punjab Karate Association in a press release on Wednesday. He said around 100 male players will be taking part in 50kgs, 55kgs, 60kgs, 67kgs, 67kgs, 75kgs and over 75 kgs weight categories besides , individual kata and team kata while fifty five female will be taking part in 48kgs,55kgs and above 55 kgs and individual kata. “In all twenty two districts will fight for top honours in the event,” he added. He said the on the side lines of the championship, a referees judges course will also be conducted in which nearly thirty five coaches from different parts of the province will participate. Bashir, himself a international referee and judge, will supervise the course. PKF official said they are hoping to discover fresh talent from the Punjab championship. Trophies and medals will be given to notable position holders, he said.
Del Potro joins Federer in skipping Monte Carlo
MONTE CARLO AGEnCiES
Juan Martin Del Potro has joined Roger Federer in skipping next month's Monte Carlo Masters. Federer announced at the start of the season that he would not be playing in Monte Carlo - he will not return to action until Madrid at the start of May. And when the full entries were announced on Monday, Del Potro, who reached the final in Indian Wells last week, was not on the list
either. The duo are the only members of the world's top 10 to skip the event, however. Rafael Nadal, who has won the title for a record eight years in a row, is entered, as is Briton Andy Murray and world number one Novak Djokovic. Top-20 stars Kei Nishikori and Sam Querrey are also not entered. Monte Carlo is the only one of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments on the ATP World Tour which is not a mandatory event for the leading players.
Chinese Ye, 12, enters European Tour record books BEIjING: Twelveyear-old Ye Wocheng became the youngest golfer to qualify for a European Tour event when the Chinese schoolboy survived a late wobble to grab a place at the Volvo China Open on Wednesday. Ye's two round two-under-par total of 142 at the Western China qualifier earned him a spot at the May 2-5 European and OneAsia Tour event and his participation will see him better the mark of his compatriot Guan Tianlang, who competed last year as a 13-year-old. The amateur who lives in the industrial city of Donggaun in Guangdong province and is a member of the local Hillview Golf Club had his father caddying for him as he belied his age and lack of experience to claim one of the three places on offer. After shooting an opening four-under 68 on Tuesday, Ye raced to the turn in his second round leading the field on seven-under after four birdies on Wednesday, but the pressure began to tell on a tumultuous back nine. Shots were dropped at the 11th and 14th before he appeared to settle down with a birdie two at the 15th only to rack up a horror eight at the par five 16th. His opening 27 holes had, however, provided an ample cushion and he could even afford to drop another shot on the last hole and claim the third and final place with two shots to spare. Eighteen-year-old Li Xinyang and Jin Da Xing finished joint first on five-under 139 at the Wolong Valley Country Club with no other player finishing under par. AGEnCiES
Wozniacki hoping for better times ahead MIAMI: Caroline Wozniacki is hoping that she can put a poor year behind her and continue the good form she demonstrated in the early part of 2013. She has grown used to the harsh glare of publicity that comes with reigning as world number one for a total of 67 weeks without managing to claim her maiden Grand Slam title. While her success in lesser tournaments helped keep her ahead of her rivals, Wozniacki's consistent failure to break through in the majors often came to be held up as an example of all that was wrong with the women's game. The respective revivals of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova finally sent Wozniacki toppling from her summit, and a number of high-profile defeats towards the tail-end of 2012 suggested there would be no way back for the Dane. Her descent was so sharp she even dropped out of the world top 10 after losing in the first round of the US Open to Romania's world number 96 Irina-Camelia Begu, hampered by a right knee injury. AGEnCiES
US Open prize money may top $50m NEW YORK AGEnCiES
Britain's Andy Murray kisses his trophy after defeating Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the men's singles final match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York. New York - After a year of closed-door meetings with tennis players seeking a greater say in the sport and a larger slice of Grand Slam revenues, the US Open is ready to make big changes. The New York-based tournament plans to increase its annual prize money to $50 million by 2017 - roughly double what it was last year and permanently schedule the men's semifinals on Friday and men's final on a Sunday as of 2015, The Associated Press has learned. “Roger Federer said it perhaps best of all: It's time for us to work together, as opposed to working against each other,” US Tennis Association Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Gordon Smith said in a telephone interview. As part of an unprecedented five-year agreement with the men's and women's professional tours, the USTA also is making an additional $4.1 million increase to this year's prize pool, on top of a $4 million jump announced in December. That brings the 2013 total payout to $33.6 million from the $25.5 million in 2012. The USTA planned to announce the changes Wednesday, a day after they were formally presented to the ATP Player Council at a meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida. Details were described
to the AP on Tuesday by USTA officials. Federer, the 17-time major champion, is president of the ATP Player Council. He is not playing in the tournament that begins this week at Key Biscayne, but participated in Tuesday's meeting via telephone. Federer joined other top players, including current No. 1 Novak Djokovic, in lobbying the USTA and organizers of other major tournaments in an effort that began at the tournament in Indian Wells, California, about 12 months ago. Aside from wanting more money, some male players complained the US Open had been the sport's only Grand Slam tournament with their semifinals and final on consecutive days. The USTA liked its old “Super Saturday” setup - two men's semifinals and the women's final all on that day's schedule at Flushing Meadows, followed by the men's final Sunday - but tournament director David Brewer acknowledged it was time to scrap it. “We realize the game has changed and how they play the game is different even than it was 10 years ago,” Brewer said. “The format we've had for 30 years was putting players and the tournament in jeopardy at some point.” In December, the USTA said it would move the 2013 women's singles final to Sunday and the men's final to Monday, building in a day of rest ahead of each title match and moving from a 14day tournament to 15 days. Brewer told the AP that schedule will remain in place in 2014, but the US Open will shift things in 2015: women's semifinals Thursday, men's semifinals Friday, women's final Saturday, men's final Sunday.
Thaworn sets sights on Malaysian Open title BANGKOK AGEnCiES
Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant hopes to turn his golfing fortunes around at the US$2.75 million Maybank Malaysian Open which starts on Thursday. Malaysia has been a happy hunting ground for the 46-yearold Thai star, who has won three times in the country but he has yet to leave an impression at the national Open with more missed cuts than top-10s over the past decade. "Every year, I'm missing the cut here. I don't like the golf course as it's too long for my game," said Thaworn, holder of a record 15 Asian Tour titles, today. "The game is not feeling good right now. The fairways are playing long because it's wet and I also feel tired coming into the week. I just have to keep trying and see what comes my way. I find it difficult with the short game. If you miss the greens, it can be difficult," he added. Thaworn's best showing in Malaysia's showpiece event was tied eighth in the 2004
edition. He missed the cut last year and his best outing at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club was tied 25th in 2010. Last year, the unorthodox swinging Thai won the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters in Malaysia which was one of three
triumphs which led him to a second Asian Tour Order of Merit crown. Thaworn will also play in the Masters Tournament, the year's first Major, at Augusta National next month after receiving a special invitation on the back of his
glorious season on the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season in 2013. Countryman Chawalit Plaphol, winner of the season-opening Zaykabar Myanmar Open in February, expects the Thais to come charging through at the Maybank Malaysian Open and picked the likes of Kiradech Aphibarnrat, fourth at the Avantha Masters in India last week, Prom Meesawat, Chapchai Nirat and Chinnarat Phadungsil as contenders for the title on Sunday. "Kiradech, Prom, Chapchai, Chinnarat ... they are all the young players coming through now. They will be the ones to watch," said Chawalit. "I like this course but it's going to be tough. The greens are firm which will be a challenge. My game seems to be coming along nicely and I hope to play well this week. You need to hit the irons and putt well which is the key. If you find the deep rough, it can be difficult." BHuLLAR uPBEAt AHEAD OF mALAysiAN OPEN: Gaganjeet Bhullar says being on top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit will not add pressure in his search
for glory at the Maybank Malaysian Open. Bhullar, a four-time Asian Tour winner, enjoyed a second place finish at the Avantha Masters in India last weekend thanks to a battling final round of eight-under-par 64. The result propelled him to the summit of the Order of Merit with winnings of US$262,648. "If I can carry this form till the end of the season then I will feel some pressure. There are many big tournaments. Subconsciously it is in my mind that I'm leading the Order of Merit and that's one of my goals to win it but there's no pressure as of now," said the 24-year-old. The young Indian took pride in his never-say-never attitude and is determined to make amends for his close shave at this week's Maybank Malaysian Open which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. "I played really well last week. I hit the ball really good and putted okay. I'm riding high on my confidence and I have a lot of expectations. I'm feeling really good about my game. This is definitely one of my favourite destinations in Asia," he added.
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There is that side of it, which is very positive. Fernando was one and a half seconds off the pace - of us at the start of the season - and almost won the title. â€“ Jenson Button
Fatigued watson to take break from tennis H MIAMI
EATHER Watson was a high-profile casualty on the opening day of the Sony Open in Miami as the British number one crashed out in three sets to Japan's Ayumi Moritas. Watson, coming off a first-round loss to Irina-Camelia Begu in Indian Wells, suffered another failure at the first hurdle despite dominating the opening set against the world number 50. Morita broke on two occasions to Watson's one to edge a close second set before the same pattern was repeated in the decider as the Japanese ran out a 1-6 7-5 6-4 winner in two hours 45 minutes. The loss continues a miserable sequence for 20-year-old Watson, who has yet to win a match since climbing to a career-high 39 in the world rankings
McLaren apologise to Red Bull and Webber
McLaren have apologised to Red Bull and Mark Webber after a software problem with an Engine Control Unit supplied by the team affected the Melbourne. Webber qualified second on the grid for his home race on Sunday, but a software-related issue with his car's ECU saw him make a poor start and drop to seventh place by the end of the opening lap. McLaren say they are working with Red Bull to prevent a repeat of the problem at future races. "The electronic units themselves ran without incident in Melbourne, but there was a software-related issue that meant that Mark Webber's Red Bull Racing car's garage data system had to be re-started during the formation lap," a statement from McLaren
Group read. "That disrupted his preparations for the start of the race, for which Mark and the team has our apology. "We are working together with them to prevent any recurrence." McLaren Electronics Systems, a division of the McLaren Group that also comprises the Formula One team, supplies standard ECUs to all teams on the 2013 grid. The new ECUs were run for the first time on the track by most teams during winter testing in February. The ECU - which acts as a car's primary data system - powers this season's 2.4litre V8 engines and will also be used for the new 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged units coming in from 2014. McLaren have apologised to Red Bull and Mark Webber after a software problem with an Engine Control Unit supplied by the team affected the Australian in Sunday's season-opening grand prix Melbourne.
bolt confirmed for rome sprint
ROmE: Usain Bolt will race over 100 metres at the Golden Gala Diamond League meeting in Rome on June 6, organisers have announced. The two-time reigning Olympic 100, 200 and 4x100m relay champion will compete in the Italian capital for the third year running as he builds up to the World Championships in Moscow in August. The Jamaican has also committed to run the 200m in Oslo on June 23, the sprint relay in Ostrava on June 27 and 200m in Paris on July 6. AGEnCiES
Thursday, 21 March, 2013
wAtCh It LIve PTV SPORTS 4th ODI: Pakistan v South Africa
TEN SPORTS 2nd Test: West Indies v Zimbabwe
lahore College thrash Garrison Club LAHORE STAFF REPORT
last month. "This year I've been going a bit too long so I'm a bit burnt out," Watson said in quotes reported on the BBC Sport website. "I've been thinking about it for a while now and I'm definitely going to take a break from
tennis." Watson's Indian Wells conqueror Begu had no such trouble as she won her opener 6-1 4-6 6-4 against New Zealand's Marina Erakovic, while China's Peng Shuai defeated Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-3 6-2.
Lahore College University thrashed Garrison Club 238 runs in the second semi-final of the 7th Regional Women Cricket on Wednesday. Lahore College won the toss and decided to bat and scored 303 runs in 50 overs. Mahalaqa Mansoor 76, Marina Iqbal 55 and Sabaht Rasheed 46 not out. Arfa Talib took two wickets. In reply, Garrision Club could score 65 runs in 25.5 overs. Shagufta Akhter 22 and Huma Abbas 17 not out. Madiha Javed and Ayesha Qazi shared three wickets each while Rabia Basri, Sabahat Rasheed and Mahlaqa Manoor shared one wicket each.
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Thursday, 21 March, 2013
Pakistan, Tajikistan vow to enhance trade, communication links PresideNt zardari says PrefereNtiaL trade agreeMeNt, accordiNg Most favoured NatioN (MfN) status oN reciProcaL basis wiLL eNhaNce MutuaL ecoNoMic iNteractioNs ASHGABAT APP
RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari and his Tajik counterpart President Emomali Rahmonov on Wednesday reiterated their resolve to boost bilateral economic and trade ties through enhanced linkages and greater regional connectivity in order to fully benefit from the rich potential that existed between the two countries. During a meeting with the pres-
ident of Tajikistan soon after his arrival in the Turkmen capital, Zardari underscored the need for taking all necessary measures to strengthen the economic ties between two countries. Reiterating his proposal of Trilateral Transit and Trade Agreement among Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, Zardari said such an arrangement would help boost the bilateral economic relations. He expressed satisfaction that Pakistan-Tajikistan trade had increased from $15 million in 2011 to
over $72 million in 2012. “A preferential trade agreement (PTA) and according the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status on reciprocal basis will provide impetus to efforts aimed at enhancing our mutual economic interactions,” the president proposed. He noted with satisfaction the success of Fifth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-V) held in Dushanbe in March 2012, and urged for expeditious implementation of the projects mentioned in the Declaration of RECCA-V. Zardari also underscored the need for a road link between Pakistan and Tajikistan through the Wakhan corridor, connecting Ishkashim and Chitral, saying the road link would help increase the
trade volume and would benefit the local industries and the population. He said air connectivity between the two countries was also important for promoting people-topeople contacts, economic relations and tourism. He said Tajik Air flights on Dushanbe-IslamabadDubai sectors would pave the way for increasing tourist traffic and promoting greater people-to-people contacts. The president said Pakistan also looked forward to Somon Air’s flights to Pakistan. President Zardari termed the ongoing Tajikistan-Turkmenistan road and rail links and gas pipeline through Afghanistan as “welcome developments, not only for both the countries, but also for the entire region”. He proposed that the gas pipeline project between Tajikistan
and Turkmenistan after finalisation might be associated with TAPI gas pipeline project. The president said Pakistan was committed to the early implementation of CASA-1000 project in order to meet the growing energy requirements of the country. He said Pakistan could export sugar and wheat to Tajikistan. He also welcomed a proposal for establishment of a cement factory in Tajikistan and offered Pakistan’s assistance in this regard. The two leaders were of the view that the Nauroz festival had provided them a good opportunity to meet again and to discuss their bilateral ties. President Zardari recalled his visits to Dushanbe in September 2011 and March 2012 and his re-
cent meetings on the sidelines of SCO Summit at Beijing in June and NAM Summit at Tehran in August 2012. The president said Pakistan attached great importance to its fraternal relations with Tajikistan and wanted to translate the existing equation into economic terms. Discussing regional situation, he said in the post 2014 evolving geo-strategic scenario, Pak-Tajik closer cooperation in all fields had assumed greater significance. He said peace and stability in Afghanistan was essential for regional peace and stability, adding that both countries could play an effective role for ensuring a peaceful transition. Zardari reiterated that Pakistan supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.
Shujaat rushes to persuade Fazl into seat adjustment shuJaat caLLs fazL after sMeLLiNg differeNces betweeN PML-N aNd Jui-f over NoMiNatioN of caretaKer PM ISLAMABAD TAyyAb HuSSAin
ASHGABAT: President Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on Wednesday. inP
pIa needs full time chairman to improve its performance: CJp ISLAMABAD APP
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) needed a full-time chairman in order to improve its performance and to overcome financial losses the national carrier was currently incurring. Heading a three-member SC bench hearing a suo motu case regarding irregularities in the national flag carrier, the CJP said, “We need a leader for the PIA who is devoted to work and who has the time to take the PIA out of the crisis it is in currently,” adding that it could not be done as long as the head was serving part time as the current chairman was also the defence secretary. The bench also termed the appointment of the chairman against Section 8 and 8(2) of the Business Rules Act 1956. Raja Basheer, the counsel for the PIA asked to present the copy of the notification, which was presented by the counsel. However, the bench expressed reservation stating that the
words “ex-officio chairman” were used in the notification. The counsel replied that it was an error and a corrigendum would be issued to clarify that the current chairman was not an ex-officio chairman, upon which the court gave him time to bring the corrected notification. Later, Captain Riffat Hai, the party in the case expressed reservations on the working environment for female employees of the PIA. Afshan Ghazanfar, the counsel for Hai stated that females were being sexually harassed and victimised by the male staff, adding that she had pointed out the name of Captain Tariq Khosa before the standing committee of the National Assembly. The CJP remarked that there should be equal dignity and respect for male and female staff of not only the PIA but all other institutions as well. The court issued a notice to Captain Tariq Khosa and directed the PIA chairman to appear before the court. Later, proceedings were adjourned until April 3.
Cabinet division says no to malik’s new job
The Cabinet Division has regretted to appoint Rehman Malik as the president’s adviser, according to a private TV channel on Wednesday. The Presidency had proposed the Cabinet Division to appoint former interior minister Rehman Malik as President Asif Zardari’s adviser on interior and foreign affairs. According to the channel, the Cabinet Division had refused to appoint Malik as there was no provision in the law to appoint any person as the president’s adviser on interior and foreign affairs.
Stepping up efforts to forge a seatadjustment formula with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Wednesday contacted JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman and made the offer keeping in view the widening gulf between the cleric and the PMLN leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. The differences cropped up between Nisar and Fazl over the unilateral decision by the former to withdraw the nomination of Justice (r) Shakirullah Jan for the caretaker prime minister. “Jumping to the opportunity like a shrewd politician, Shujaat followed the differences between the PML-N and JUIF and contacted Fazl on Tuesday night and urged him to forge a seatadjustment formula with the PML-Q,” said a JUI-F leader, adding that Fazl told Shujaat that he was only angry with Nisar’s U-turn but he was okay with Nawaz Sharif. “Let me talk to Nawaz Sharif once and I would get back to you with a final decision,” the source quoted Fazl as telling Shujaat.
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fazL says he is aNgry with Nisar’s u-turN, but he is oKay with Nawaz sharif
The source added that Shujaat again contacted Fazl and said that both the parties could agree on a seat-adjustment formula in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) if an alliance was not possible, adding that which could be made across the country later. He also said Fazl was seriously considering the proposal after the PMLN ignored the JUI-F in formation of the parliamentary committee to decide the caretaker prime minister. He added that the two leaders also exchanged views on the appointment of caretaker chief ministers in Punjab and Balochistan. When contacted, JUI-F leader Abdul Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi confirmed the telephonic conversation between both the leaders and said his party had decided to keep the PML-N on priority for seat adjustment in KP. “We have already asked the party’s KP chapter to keep the PML-N on priority. However, if this could not happen, seat adjustment could be arranged with other parties too,” he added. He said that his party had almost finalised seat adjustment in Sindh. About Balochistan, he said that both parties had not entered into negotiation so far. He said that the JUI-F and the PML-N were in contact for resolving misunderstandings, if any.