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Rs 25.00 Vol III No 294 19 Pages Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
Sunday, 21 April, 2013 Jamadul Sani 10, 1434
The General is ‘jailed’ at his farmhouse sTory on paGe 03
our quest for peace should not be taken as weakness: Kayani
7.0 magnitude earthquake hits China; 156 killed, 5,500 injured sTory on paGe 04
Female suicide bomber kills four in Bajaur Agency attack sTory on paGe 02
sTory on paGe 08
103 people killed in Lal Masjid operation: report sTory on paGe 08
Second Boston bombing suspect captured alive sTory on paGe 07
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Female suicide bomber kills Four in bajaur attack KHAR: A female suicide bomber blew herself up outside a hospital in a Bajaur Agency on Saturday and killed at least four people and wounded four others, officials said. The attack took place in Khar, the main town of Bajaur tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the military has carried out several offensives against al Qaeda-linked Taliban militants. “At least four people were killed and four others were wounded in the blast outside the main gate of the hospital,” Mohammad Riaz, chief doctor at the government hospital, said. Local administration official Abdul Haseeb confirmed that it was a female suicide bomber and the casualties. “It was a female suicide bomber, about 18-20 years old, we have found her legs and head,” he said. The dead included a security personnel, a hospital worker and two civilians, he added. Soon after the explosion, emergency declared in the hospital. The officials confirmed killing of four persons in suicide attack. A number of injured have been admitted in hospital. STAFF REPORT
election campaigns kick off with pti making waves LAHORE
ITH the start of the mandated period for political parties to undertake their election campaign and canvassing, political activities picked up in Lahore, promising fierce electoral bouts across the provincial capital that will generate huge political activities in the runup to polls. The centre stage was the huge rally on Mall Road taken out by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) featuring party chief Imran Khan and many other candidates contesting polls from the historic city that set a tone for campaigning in days to come. Starting election campaign from Lahore has been a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) tradition and PTI seems to have surprised local political circles, especially the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with the move. Imran Khan led a rally, comprising cars and bikes, occupied mostly by youths affiliated with the party. The caravan started from the party’s district office at The Mall, and went into various parts of the city. During the course of the rally, Khan inaugurated six party offices
at separate points and delivered brief speeches. He also made a short stop at Data Darbar and offered prayers before launching the campaign. A huge turnout of youth was seen in the rally, highly motivated, waiving party flags and voicing slogans during Khan’s speeches. Khan said the time to bring real change had
said PTI would not let the same parties come back into power. Meanwhile, other political parties also kicked off their 20-day election campaign on Saturday, breaking the silence that was earlier being noticed in political circles and constituencies. Nawaz Sharif, though yet to take a round in Lahore, started the party’s nationwide campaign through an address at a public meeting in Kasur where he promised real change in the country once voted into power. Before Nawaz, Shahbaz Sharif spent a considerable time in his constituency NA-129 where an interesting contest is expected between the PML-N leader and Shabbir Mayo of PPP. Interestingly, the PPP, a major stakeholder in the city has not yet launched its campaign nor has it been decided who, from the central leadership, will lead the party campaign in the Lahore. With PPP not very visible, it appears the city is bracing for a two-party contest between PTI and PML-N. Political analysts believe the success of PTI’s rally in the city will not only set a tempo for election campaign but also create an air favourable for the party.
Starting election campaign from lahore haS been a ppp tradition and pti SeemS to have SurpriSed local political circleS, eSpecially the pml-n with the move come, and urged the youth to play their role and to bring PTI into power. He said both, the PPP and PML-N were responsible for the present state of affairs in the country. He said no amount of gimmicks from Sharifs could keep the youth away from PTI. He also
reshuFFle at the top order ISLAMABAD INP
On orders of caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, the principal secretary to the PM, interior secretary and Narcotics Control Division secretary were transferred on Saturday. The Establishment Division notified these transfer orders. Police Group’s Grade-22 officer Javed Iqbal has been made the interior secretary while the outgoing interior secretary Siddiq Akbar has been posted as principal secretary to the PM. The outgoing principal secretary Seerat Asghar has been posted as Narcotics Control Division secretary. In addition, Information Technology Secretary Shahid Rashid has been given additional charge of Cabinet Division. Cabinet Secretary Nargis Sethi has proceeded on a month’s leave.
eight people drown in river jhelum JHELUM INP
At least eight people including two women and two children drowned in river Jhelum on Saturday. According to details, a sudden water discharge from Mangla dam caused drowning of eight people at Chak Doulat area. Four bodies were recovered while search for others was underway.
house Fire kills three children FAISALABAD ONlINE
At least three children were killed on Saturday as a fire engulfed a house in Razabad area of the city. Rescue sources said that the fire broke out on the second floor of a building, killing three children. Cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
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the general is ‘jailed’ at farmhouse ISLAMABAD
ORMER dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf was shifted back to his Mediterranean-style farmhouse in Chak Shahzad on the outskirts of Islamabad hours after an AntiTerrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad ordered a 14-day judicial remand for the former military strongman in the judges’ detention case. Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi of the ATC issued the order which made it imperative for Musharraf to re-appear in court on May 4. During the hearing of the case, dozens of lawyers shouted slogans against the former president, who ruled the country nearly a decade on the strength of his uniform, and even tried to manhandle him. However, security personnel managed to pull the former president from the lawyers’ grip. In an unprecedented move, Rangers personnel holding guns also entered the court room for his security. Around a dozen activists of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) were also present in court premises who raised slogans in favour of their leader. However, the charged lawyers mercilessly beat them with kicks and fists. Later, the APML submitted an application with Margalla Police Station against a group of lawyers, who thrashed and manhandled its workers. Inside the courtroom, Musharraf’s lawyer Qamar Afzal submitted before the judge that his client was cooperating with the police investigators, therefore
pml-n to end load shedding within three years, claims nawaz
JIT forMed To probe Musharraf’s case ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad chief commissioner has formed a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe former president Pervez Musharraf’s case, in which he is accused of detaining judges by imposing emergency in 2007. Secretariat Superintendent of Police (SP) Captain (r) Ilyas will head the JIT. The team comprises of Secretariat DSP and SHO, an officer of the CID and representatives of intelligence agencies. The JIT will submit its initial report before the Anti-terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad in seven days. While its final report/recommendations will be made part of challan of the case. The team will investigate the case by interviewing the witnesses and examining all evidences. STAFF REPORT
there was no need to hand him over to police for further physical remand. The opposing lawyers, Ashraf Gujjar and Bilal opposed the request and contended that Musharraf still needed to be interrogated with regards to all the events that took place as an outcome of the occurrence reported in the FIR. Ashraf Gujjar pleaded that Musharraf, who was involved in allegedly subverting the Constitution, imposing emergency in 2007, sacking and confining judges of superior courts, was being given special treatment by the police. He requested the court for physical remand of the former ruler. The court order issued at the end of the proceedings stated, “Perusal of the available record reveals the accused had been thoroughly investigated and his statements had been recorded by the investigation officer. Prosecution through investigation officer has requested for his remand to judicial lock-up with a contention that the accused, for the time
being is no more required for investigation. Therefore, keeping in view the request, the accused is remanded to judicial lock-up, who shall be produced before the court on May 4, 2013,” Soon after the court’s order, local authorities declared his farmhouse residence a sub-jail and Musharraf was moved there hours after being taken to the police headquarters in the wake of the ruling. During the hearing of the case at the ATC established on Friday, the police had requested the judge to order a judicial remand for the former president. The petitioner’s counsel, Ashraf Gujjar, had requested the court to order a physical remand of the retired general. Gujjar had also objected to the fact that Musharraf was brought to the court amidst heavy security. Moreover, Musharraf’s lawyers had been seeking bail for their client which was cancelled by the Islamabad High Court earlier this week. The former president was arrested in the judges’ detention case and was
shifted to the Police Lines Headquarters from his Chak Shahzad farmhouse. A local court in Islamabad had granted two days’ transit custody of the retired general to the police and had directed them to produce him before the “court of competent jurisdiction/Anti Terrorism Court on or before April 21, 2013”. Meetings bAnned: Meanwhile, Islamabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Yaseen Farooq has banned meetings with the former president. tReAson cAse: only tHRee would do! In a related development, an application filed by the former dictator for formation of a full bench for his trial in the treason case was rejected by the Supreme Court on Saturday, and a three member bench was given the task instead. The three-judge bench now constituted to hear the treason charges comprises Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Aijaz Afzal Khan. Previously, only Justice Khawaja and Justice Khilji had been hearing the case against the former general.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Saturday claimed that his party would end load shedding within three years if voted into power. Addressing a public meeting at Khudian, he said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) could have solved the problem of load shedding if sincere efforts had been dedicated to the national issue. But the PPP government had let the country down in every department of governance, he added. “Today masses are living under miserable conditions due to the defective policies of the PPP government,” he alleged. He said people of the country would hold corrupt leaders accountable for all their actions that had pushed the country further into darkness. He promised that after coming into power, the PML-N would solve all national problems currently facing Pakistan. He further promised economic revival of the country, and vowed that his government would give loans to unemployed youth. He said the PML-N government had been toppled in an un-constitutional way and now it is obvious that the dictator who detained the party’s leadership is now facing the consequences. Nawaz said he could forgive former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf for the coup of 1999 but the law does not forgive criminals so easily. He said he could forgive Musharraf but the law did not forgive criminals and by violating the constitution, Musharraf was a criminal. Sharif said the people had seen the fate of those who had dared to violate the Constitution. Nawaz Sharif urged the people to change the destiny of the country by electing honest people.
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7.0 magnitude earthquake hits china; 156 killed, 5,500 injured BEIJING AGENCIES
massive earthquake hit Sichuan in southwestern China today morning, killing at least 156 people and injuring more than 5500 in a large mostly rural expanse. The 7.0 magnitude quake caused widespread damage, flattening buildings, disrupting communication and water lines and triggered panic among residents who ran out of their houses as several aftershocks continued to jolt affected areas. By late afternoon, rescue operations were on in full swing with at least 5000 personnel from army and government departments dispatched to take care of the survivors. The toll was expected to rise as many people were feared trapped under the debris of
fallen buildings; nearly 50 survivors were pulled out till evening. More than 70, 000 people had died in the province in an earthquake in 2008. The worst hit area of Saturday’s quake was the Lushan county of Sichuan province where buildings crumbled into stacks of debris as tremors continued for nearly 20 seconds. Thousands were left without homes and rescue workers had put up makeshift shelters to house survivors. Several medical teams were working around the clock to treat the injured. State media reported that the earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya’an City in the province at 8:02am Saturday Initial reports said at least 1000 people were injured but by early evening, the toll had risen sharply to over 3000. Landslides triggered by the quake blocked traffic and hampered rescue work as fire
fighting s and emergency units attempted to reach the affected areas. At least five drones were dispatched to capture images of quakehit areas, the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information said. State media reported that the drone images will cover the hardest-hit Baoxing, Taiping and Longmen townships. The administration has already obtained satellite images of pre-disaster Lushan county, of Ya’an City in Sichuan Province, through the Ziyuan III satellite. Helicopters from army installations were also pressed into service to aid rescue work. Tragedy also struck during rescue efforts after a an army truck carrying 17 soldiers on way to the quake scene fell into a river while negotiating a damaged road; at least one soldier lost his life. Rescue efforts were also hampered by aftershocks.
Ihc judge committed ‘judicial terrorism’ against Musharraf: apML apml SpokeSwoman SayS JuStice Siddiqui had conteSted 2002 election on Ji ticket KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) on Saturday accused Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of committing “judicial terrorism” against former president Pervez Musharraf. Justice Siddiqui had rejected Musharraf’s application for a pre-arrest bail and ordered his arrest. However, the former commando left the court undeterred along with his security personnel. Demanding his removal, APML spokeswoman Aasia Ishaque claimed that Justice Siddiqui was a political figure having long been affiliated with the
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). “Pervez Musharraf was subject to ‘judicial terrorism’ in the Islamabad High Court,” the APML spokeswoman alleged in her first tirade against the judiciary. She recalled that Justice Siddiqui had contested the 2002 election on a JI ticket under the umbrella of nowdefunct Muttahida Majlis-eAmal (MMA). “No one linked to a political party is allowed to issue judicial decrees as a judge,” Aasia maintained. She also claimed that Justice Siddiqui also had also served then prayer leader of Lal Masjid Abdul Aziz in the Lal Masjid case. “He had got Abdul Aziz bailed out in that case declaring his Bahria
Town residence as a subjail,” she claimed. It was an open secret, the APML spokeswoman claimed that Abdul Aziz had links with the terrorists. “How come the advocate of terrorists was allowed to sit in an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC),” Aasia alleged. Justice Siddiqui, she said, can never be allowed to hear the cases against her party chief. She demanded the removal of Justice Siddiqui. “We demand his removal as an ATC judge and that his decisions be declared as null and void,” she said. The APML official said her party would always protest Justice Siddiqui’s status as a judge. On April 18, Justice Siddiqui was hearing a case against former president Pervez Musharraf for confining members of the superior judiciary during 2007 emergency in the country.
don’t make musharraf a hero: asma ISLAMABAD ONlINE
Former president of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Asma Jahangir on Saturday said Pervez Musharraf was a criminal and he must not be made a hero by lawyers by resorting to violent protests against him. Talking to a private channel, she said, “We are opposed to dictatorship. Indulging in terrorism or violence is not the job of lawyers but their job is to get provide justice to people.” “I request the lawyers not to make Musharraf a hero by resorting to violent protests against him. Our war is for the sake of supremacy of law and not for breaking the law”, she remarked. To a question, she said the country was facing countless challenges there was one drama after another all the time.
saudi king replaces deputy defence minister RIYADH AGENCIES
The Saudi deputy defence minister, Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz who played a key role in the 1991 Gulf War over Kuwait, has been dismissed, state news agency SPA reported Saturday. The move is the latest in a reshuffle of princes holding government posts in the OPEC kingpin where the monarch’s age and frequent hospitalisation have raised concerns over its future leadership. King Abdullah in a decree replaced him with Prince Fahd bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, SPA said, without giving further details. Prince Khaled commanded Arab and Muslim armies in a US-led coalition which evicted Iraqi occupation forces from Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War. He also owns the pan-Arab daily AlHayat, published in London.
measles claims six more lives PESHAWAR INP
pTI, JI election camps torched in Karachi KARACHI AGENCIES
Unidentified terrorists set a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf election camp on fire in North Karachi. According to PTI spokesperson, the unidentified miscreants attacked the PTI election office in North Karachi and set it on fire when the party workers were
not there. Fire brigade vehicles reached the scene to extinguish the fire. Separately, unidentified terrorists set on fire a Jamaate-Islami office in Nazimabad on Saturday. According to police, the unidentified assailants burnt the office in Nazimabad No 2. A JI spokesman claimed that it was the election office of
his party. At the time of the incident, only one worker was present inside the office who was also tortured by the attackers. The furniture of the office was destroyed due to fire. Karachi JI chief Hussain Mehanti condemned the incident and demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan and the caretaker chief minister to take notice of the incident.
At least six more children died on Saturday due to the measles epidemic spreading in various villages of Nowshera. According to hospitals sources, thousands of children suffering from measles had been brought to Lady Reading Hospital and Children Hospital in Peshawar from remote areas of Nowshera. Nowshera deputy commissioner sought a report from the Health Department within 24 hours and to dispatch medicines and doctors to the affected areas to vaccinate the children against the disease.
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AMAAT-E-ISLAMI (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan has urged the prime minister to call the all parties conference (APC) over the recent spate of terrorist attacks on political rallies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan. Talking to a forum organised by APP, Hassan said joining the US led war on terror was the root cause of terrorism in the country. He said the JI was the only political party that had raised the slogan of “Go America Go”. He said the JI was the only choice the people had that could steer the country out of these challenges, adding that the JI would get rid of foreign loans and poverty if it came in power. Answering to a question, Hassan said that seat adjustment was still
possible with the Pakistan Muslim League-(Nawaz) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Regarding his security, he said he was against such protocol as Allah is sufficient to protect him. “I travel in one car without any protocol and want to live a simple life as other people live,” he said. Hassan said the Muslims were a peaceful people. He said Osama bin Laden was the greatest hero of the Muslims because he had struggled for the cause of the Muslims. He said terrorism had increased in the country because of taking part in the US-led war on terror and because of conducting military operations in various parts of the country. He, however, denied that the JI had any connections with militant groups. He said no such contion with terrorist organisations had ever been proved in any court. The JI chief also said that the
Awami National Party had miserably failed to deliver in the KP over the last five years. He said Pakistan needed to show determination like that of Iran and North Korea. He said Pakistan should not bow before the external pressures, including that the US is the enemy of the Muslim mummah. He said the country had become bankrupt because of taking loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and international donors and by following their policies. Only an independent foreign policy and dependence on the country’s resources could make Pakistan financial grow stronger, he added. Regarding the role of Jamiat Talaba-e-Islam (JTI) in educational institutions, Hassan said the JTI was protecting the ideology of Pakistan. He, however, said there was possibility of human error so strict accountability mechanism was in place in the party.
cda to expand ijp road to eight lanes ISLAMABAD INP
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to expand IJ Principal Road to eight lanes after the volume of traffic has increased on it. According to the statistics quoted by the CDA, the number of vehicles passing through the 11 kilometre strip of IJP Road from Peshawar Road to Faizabad Flyover has increased from 50,000 vehicles to 70,000 vehicles passing through it in a day. This increased volume of traffic has necessitate its expansion, which will cost Rs4 billion. CDA Member Planning and Design Syed Mustafeen Kazmi said the plan to upgrade the road had been prepared but its implementation was being delayed due to encroachments made by some influential transporters. Motor workshops, kiosks and transport stands have encroached upon both the sides of IJP Road. The CDA has resolved to clear up these encroachments before starting the expansion of the road. Kazmi said that a firm had also been directed to prepare a flyover design to link Ninth Avenue to Stadium Road to avoid traffic jams on the crossing. The design has also been forwarded to the National Highway Authority (NHA) for its finalisation.
promulgation of rent control act urged ISLAMABAD ONlINE
ISLAMABAD: Paramilitary soldiers taking positions during the hearing of former President Gen (r) Parvez Musharraf at ATC. ONlINE
electioneering gain momentum in twin cities ISLAMABAD INP
Election campaign activities gain momentum in Islamabad and Rawalpindi as the twin cities are flooded with banners, stickers and portraits of leaders belonging to various political parties. The portraits of candidates belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-(Nawaz), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Peoples Party, Jamaate-Islami, Awami Muslim League and of those contesting independently can be seen everywhere in the twine cities. Banners and posters can be seen hung on electricity poles on the median of roads and trees or placed on walls in market places and residential areas. Political banners are displayed on a large number from Mareer Chowk to Faizabad in Rawalipindi. Political party candidates have
displayed their portraits with party flags in every locality, street and bazaar, including Raja Bazaar, Liaquat Bagh, Bara Bazaar, Jinnah Road, Sadiqabad, Dhoke Khabba, Tench Bhata, Dheri Hassanabad, Lalazar, Moti Bazaar, Satellite Town, Asghar Mall and Saidpur Road. Supports of various political parties have also raised flags of their parties on their houses. Rickshaws, wagons, private buses and Suzuki pickups are also being used for displaying party banners and flags. Sources in various parties have confirmed that workers on a daily wage have been hired to put up banners and flags on various locations. But the Rawal Town Municipal Administration is taking off such banners, posters and flags on a daily basis as they violate the code of conduct given by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
The Rent Control Act must be immediately promulgated in Islamabad to check increasing disputes related to rent disputed, said Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Zafar Bakhtawari on Saturday. Bakhtawari said this while visiting Tahir Abbasi in Section F-10 Markaz. He congratulated Abbasi on his election as the president and Ahmed Khan as the general secretary of Traders Welfare Association F-10 Markaz. Speaking on the occasion, Bakhtawari said the business community was playing a pivotal role in the development of the national economy and that the government should pay attention to their problems. The ICCI president said promulgation of the Rent Control Act in Islamabad was long due so the local and the federal governments should immediately promulgate the bill. He said a campaign would be launched to resolve residential problems of businessmen in Islamabad.
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Judicial moot discusses legal challenges ISLAMABAD APP
Nine groups were formed on the second day of the International Judicial Conference on Saturday to discuss various judicial issues at length and draw conclusions. The groups discussed nine topics: the role of the judiciary in the developing world, the rule of law and international peace, terrorism and money laundering, public interest litigation: a tool to protect fundamental rights, the role of the judiciary in consumer protection, the legal and judicial education, alternate dispute resolution, parental child abduction and transnational jurisdiction, and cyber crimes. The recommendations of the nine groups will be presented in the final session of the conference after which the Chief Justice of Pakistan will announce the declaration of the conference. The three-day judicial moot is being attended by delegates from 21 countries including India, Iran, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Libya and Afghanistan. The chief justices of all the four provincial high courts and of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan, members of the lower judiciary, members of various bar councils and large number of senior advocates are also participating in the conference. Meanwhile, the judicial museum has also put on traditional items for display on the auspices of the conference. Various photographs of the previous chief justices, important historical decisions by the apex court are presented in the museum. An antique car which had been driven by late Chief Justice of Pakistan AR Cornelius and was donated by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja caught attention of the delegates. The concluding session of the conference will be held today.
more security urged For chinese workers RAWALPINDI INP
Security of Chinese officials working on the New Airport Project has been tightened following terror threats. According to media reports, intelligence agencies informed the police about a terror threat to Chinese engineers and other staff members working on the New Airport Project. After receiving information, the Rawalpindi police have deployed more security personnel on the New Airport and increased the number of security officials.
ISLAMABAD: A girl showing interest in the history books stall during Book Mela on “national Book Day” at Pak-China Centre. INP
my dad’s rivals will be put to shame on may 11: maryam RAWALPINDI
AKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) chief Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has said that public will defeat rivals of his father through the power of their vote in the upcoming elections. Maryam was addressing a PML-N women workers’ rally in Rawalpindi on Saturday as a part of the campaign for the upcoming polls. The PML-N leader said to women activists that the public had rejected political leaders who had separated from Nawaz Sharif. These upcoming polls are a war for the survival of Pakistan, she said, adding, people would have to choose whether they wanted a peaceful Pakistan or a country menaced with terrorism. Decisions of the country’s fate were being taken by the people of Pakistan when Nawaz Sharif was ruling the country, she said, and added that he looked straight in the eyes of the enemies. Maryam said though a large number of contestants had come forward in Rawalpindi it would be very difficult to defeat the PML-N.
RAwALPInDI: PML-n leader Maryam nawaz addressing a rally at Committee Chowk. NNI
Visitors enthralled by Islamabad picnic resorts ISLAMABAD APP
A good number of tourists from various parts of the country visit picnic resorts in the federal capital. The resorts, including Rawal Dam Lake View Park, Daman-eKoh and the National Monument, are the main attractions for tourists. Rawal Dam Lake View Park, located on Murree Road, has been developed
over the Rawal Lake, which offers leisure and recreational opportunities to visitors. The park has a panoramic view of the Rawal Dam and has a lush green playground for children. Folk musicians sitting in the park play various traditional tunes to enthrall the visitors. Cooking and barbecue facility is also available in the park. Families visit the park mostly on weekend to enjoy the holiday. A wide road leads through lush green
Margalla Hills to Daman-e-Koh, a naturally vantage location that offers panoramic views of the entire city. The National Monument is another place of attraction for visitors where hundreds of the people go and view the beautiful and green land of the federal capital each day. The monument represents the nation’s four provinces and three territories. It has been designed to reflect the culture and civilisation of the country
and depict the story of the Pakistan Movement. Akhter Munir, a visitor to Saidpur Village, another place of attraction situated to the east of Daman-e-Koh, said this small but ancient village had been centre of traditional pottery ware. The other picnic resorts in the federal capital include Lok Virsa, Pir Sohawa, Shahdara, Shakarparian, the Jasmine and Rose
Garden, the Capital Zoo, the Children Park, Fatima Jinnah Park, Chattar Park, Simly Dam and Margalla Hills. Islamabad, also called "the green city of the country", was designed in 1960's. Its marvelous location touches Margalla Hills at the northern end of the Pothowar Plateau. Its pleasant and lush green environment and viewpoints make it one of the most beautiful capitals of the world.
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2nd boston bombing suspect captured alive WASHINGTON
OLICE have captured a 19-yearold ethnic Chechen and naturalised US citizen suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings with his older brother after an intense day-long manhunt that shut down the city. Residents and police officers cheered and clapped when the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was caught on Friday after an exchange of gunfire with police. He had been hiding in the stern of a boat parked in the backyard of a house in the suburb of Watertown, police said. A resident called officers after seeing blood on the boat. Bleeding and in serious condition, he was admitted to a Boston hospital, a Massachusetts State Police spokesman said. A spokeswoman for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, Kelly Lawman, confirmed on Saturday that Tsarnaev was being treated there, but declined comment on his condition. The FBI would be providing any updates, she said. It was not yet clear when he would face initial charges. The break in the case sent waves of relief and jubilation through Boston and Wa-
tertown, where armoured vehicles roamed the streets and helicopters flew overhead through the day. 'teRRoR is oveR': The normally traffic-clogged streets of Boston were empty as the city went into lockdown during the manhunt. Public transportation had been suspended and air space restricted. Famous universities, including Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), closed as police ordered residents to remain at home. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick lifted the "stay-in-place" order for Boston late on Friday afternoon. Barack Obama, the US president, told reporters at the White House after the suspect's capture that questions remained over the bombings, including whether the two suspects received any help. Monday's bombing has been described by Obama as "an act of terrorism". It was the worst such attack on US soil since the plane hijackings of September 11, 2001, and set nerves on edge across the country with a series of security scares. The Boston Police Department said in a message on social networking site Twitter: "CAPTURED!!! The hunt is over. The search is done. The terror is over. And justice has won. Suspect in custody." Public APPeAl: Dzhokhar is one of
two brothers believed to have set off bombs made in pressure cookers and packed with ball bearings and nails at the finish line of the world-famous event, killing three people and injuring more than 170 others. The younger brother described himself on a social network as belonging to a minority from a region that includes Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia. A man who told reporters he was an uncle of the brothers said the brothers came to the US in the early 2000s and settled in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, area. Ruslan Tsarni, who lives in suburban
said. The FBI said the Washington and has twin blasts were not spoken to the caused by bombs in brothers since 2009, pressure cookers and said the bombings carried in backpacks "put a shame on our that were left near the family. It put a marathon finish line as shame on the entire thousands of spectaChechen ethnicity". tors gathered. The In separate intermother, Zubeidat views, the parents of Tsaraeva, speaking in the Tsarnaev brothEnglish, told a US ers said they bemedia network: "It's lieved their sons impossible, impossiwere incapable of ble, for both of them to carrying out the do such things, so I am bombings. really, really, really Others rememtelling that this is a bered the brothers as setup." friendly and respectThe bombings ful youths who never anzor Tsarnaev elicited a response stood out or caused alarm. the SuSpected bomberS’ father from Moscow condemning terrorism "Somebody clearly framed them. I don't know who ex- and from the Russian-installed leader of actly framed them, but they did," father Chechnya, who criticised police in Boston Anzor Tsarnaev said in an interview with for killing an ethnic Chechen and blamed the the Reuters news agency in Dagestan's violence on his upbringing in the US. The provincial capital, Makhachkala, clasping Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Centre, the biggest mosque in the area, said in a his head in despair. "They framed them. And they were so statement that it was shutting its doors until cowardly that they shot the boy dead," he further notice.
Somebody clearly framed them. I don't know who exactly framed them, but they did...They framed them. And they were so cowardly that they shot the boy dead.
iraqis in first elections since us withdrawal BAGHDAD AGENCIES
Iraqis have voted amid tight security in the country's first polls since US troops left the country in 2011. The results of Saturday's local elections will not directly affect the shape of Iraq's national government, but they will be an important barometer of support for Iraq's political blocs heading into 2014 parliamentary elections. The vote is a key test of the country's stability in the face of a spike in attacks in recent days that have left more than 100 people dead. Voting is taking place at more than 5,300 polling centres for members of provincial councils who will serve in 12 of Iraq's 18 governorates. An estimated 13.8 million Iraqis are eligible to vote for more than 8,000 candidates from 50 electoral blocs for 378 positions. The credibility of the provincial elections has come into question after attacks on candidates ahead of the polls left 14 dead. People were searched twice before they were allowed to enter polling stations and Iraqi security forces had a heavy presence in the area. A third of Iraq's provinces, all of them mainly Sunni Arab or Kurdish, are not taking part after political disagreements prevented four provinces from holding the polls and authorities in two others said that security could not be ensured. Those two factors have led diplomats to worry about the credibility of the election, which might not be broadly accepted.
bush hopes jeb bush will run For president in 2016 wAsHington: Former President George W. Bush told Parade Magazine in an interview published on Friday that he hopes his brother, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, will run for president in 2016. When asked if the country is ready for another Bush, he said, "That’s for Jeb to figure out, you know what I mean? I would hope that people would judge [him], if Jeb were to run, on his merits and his track record.…So I hope he will run." The former Florida governor has not made a decision about the race in 2016, but he said in March that there is no "baggage" from his brother's two terms as president and low popularity. Jeb Bush's own favorable rating is only 30 percent among general election voters, according to a recent Public Policy Polling survey. He sounded optimistic about the Republican Party, however, saying that he did not believe it was "doomed forever." In 2016, he said, "the party ought to nominate somebody who can stand by principles and explain why conservative principles are better for the vast majority of the citizens." The former president has kept a low public profile since leaving office in 2009. He recently told the Dallas Morning News that people have been surprised to learn that he paints. "Of course, some people are surprised I can even read," he said. AGENCIES
nicolas maduro sworn in as new venezuelan president cARAcAs: Nicolas Maduro has been sworn in as Venezuelan president, succeeding the late Hugo Chavez who died of cancer in March after ruling for 14 years. During his speech, a man grabbed the microphone and was dragged away, after which Mr Maduro criticised security saying he could have been shot. Thousands gathered on the streets of Caracas to show their support for Mr Maduro and to celebrate independence. The ceremony follows a decision to audit votes cast in Sunday's election. Mr Maduro was elected president ahead of opposition leader Henrique Capriles by 1.5% of the vote. AGENCIES
Prosecutors have begun a formal investigation into allegations that the former President, Nicolas Sarkozy, took more than €50 million (£43 million) from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, it emerged. The investigation, which does not mention Mr Sarkozy by name, concerns possible corruption, influence trafficking, forgery, embezzlement of public funds and money laundering. It follows allegations made just before Christmas by a Lebanese-born businessman, Ziad Takieddine, who told an investigative judge he could produce written proof that Mr Sarkozy’s first presidential campaign in 2006-07 was “abundantly” financed by Tripoli. The payments, he said, continued after Mr Sarkozy became President. Mr Sarkozy, who faces another investigation involving France’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, denies the allegations.
Indian police arrest suspect for rape of five-year-old as anger builds NEW DELHI AGENCIES
The Indian police arrested a man on Saturday on allegations of rape and torture of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi, according to a spokesman, after the incident triggered protests and revived memories of a brutal December assault on a woman that shook the country. The man, 22, was arrested from eastern Bihar state, and is being brought to the capital, police
spokesman Rajan Bhagat said. The accused was a neighbour of the girl and did odd jobs, he said. The assault on the girl, which left her in a critical condition, revived memories of the gang rape by five adult men and a teenaged boy of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus on Dec 16 in New Delhi. That woman died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital where she was brought as anger poured in the streets of Delhi and elsewhere over the lack of safety for women. Television images on Saturday
showed people again gathered in front of the Delhi police headquarters and the specialty hospital where the latest victim was battling for life, chanting slogans and demanding better law enforcement in a city of 16 million people. More protests were planned for Saturday, and security has been beefed up, television reports said. The girl, whose parents work as labourers and live in a slum in the outskirts of Delhi, went missing from home on April 15, according to Manish Sisodia, an official of the Aam Aadmi Party
which organised Friday’s protest. She was found with bruise marks on her body in the suspect’s house in a semi-conscious condition on Thursday by the police after her parents had registered a complaint, media reports said. The suspect allegedly held the girl hostage for three days during which he raped and tortured her. B.N. Bansal, a doctor from the Swami Dayanand Hospital, said that the young victim had undergone an operation after she was brought in. “The next 48 hours will be crucial for her.”
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our quest for peace should not be taken as weakness, says kayani KAKUL
H I EF of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Saturday said that Pakistan is fully capable of responding effectively to any threat and added that despite the current focus on internal security, the armed forces remain fully prepared to deal with an external direct threat. “Pakistan is a peace loving country. Our quest for peace is essentially based on a genuine desire to improve our lot and that of our future generations. Let no one see it as a weakness.” Addressing graduating cadets of 127th PMA Long Course, Integrated Course 46 and Mujahid Course-1 at the Pakistan Military Academy, the COAS said, “We have exercised restraint in the face of some very belligerent statements in recent months. Let it suffice to say that Pakistan is fully capable of responding effectively to any threat. Despite our current focus on internal security, we
We have exercised restraint in the face of some very belligerent statements in recent months. Let it suffice to say that Pakistan is fully capable of responding effectively to any threat ashfaq KayanI chief of army Staff remain fully prepared to defeat an external direct threat.” Kayani, while admitting the challenges currently faced by the country, remained confident that united, the
challenges can be overcome. “We are going through difficult times, but so has every other successful nation at some time in their history.” The Army chief assured that the country will succeed if it remains committed to its basis of creation. He reminded that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and that Islam can never ever be taken out of Pakistan.
Kayani asked the cadets that they have become part of an institution where nothing else but their own merit will be the sole consideration for career progression. “Be ambitious. There is nothing wrong with it, but the only way to achieve your ambitions is through hard work. There is no shortcut to it. Do have a dream and always aim high.”
103 people killed in lal masjid operation: report ISLAMABAD INP
The Lal Masjid Commission report which has been made public on the directives of the Supreme Court has verified from reports, claims and volunteer witnesses and media reports that 103 persons were killed in Lal Masjid operation. The one-man commission on Lal Masjid-Jamia Hafsa operation, comprising of Justice Shahzado Shaikh, the Federal Shariat Court judge, worked on eight terms of Reference including how many persons, if any, male or female, civilian or law enforcement agencies personnel lost their lives in the Jamia Hafsa-Lal Majsid (JHLM) operation. The 304-page document said that of 103 persons 92 were civilians and 11 belonged to security forces. Among the 92 civilians casualties 76 bodies were traced/identified, whereas 16 bodies remained unidentified. The commission verifies that no other claim of any killing could be brought in front of the commission. On page 142 of the report it is verified that 103 persons died in JHLM and no woman was killed. Report says number of persons who died in the incident of Jamais Hafsa remained an enigma which remained shrouded in history. During the proceedings before Supreme Court of Pakistan from 8 July 2007 to 4 Dec 2012, different reports were submitted regarding no of casualties in front of the SC. The commission summoned record of those killed from all government departments and agencies, verified claims and statements from volunteers. The task before the commission was to analyse these reports and verify claims and reports.
india eager to join iran-pakistan gas pipeline: iranian official TEHRAN INP
QUETTA: Flags of various political parties have been hoisted on the main highway as the nation prepares to vote on May 11. INP
pia hostess charged with importing heroin ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) crew member arrested at Manchester Airport on April 12 has been charged with “importing heroin” with intent to supply after the UK Border Agency officials established that the heroin the woman was carrying belonged to her. According to news reports, the Pakistani woman was carrying half a kilo heroin. Border Force officers at Manchester Airport said that the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is also part of the investigating team. The officials said the 59-year-old woman named Toheed Alam was stopped as she came through customs on a flight from Lahore, carrying a laptop and another bag. After being caught by the airport security, she appeared before the Trafford Magistrates Court and was charged with importing heroin. “She has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Manchester Crown Court on 3rd May for a preliminary hearing,” said an official. It has been reported that the border officials investigating the smuggling of heroin by Toheed Alam have investigated five other Pakistanis as well, including the son of the woman who lives in Manchester, but he has not been charged. The amount of cocaine estimated to be imported annually into the UK is between 25-30 tonnes and most of it comes from Colombia, or from the border areas of Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Passport crisis in country lingers on ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
Passport issuing authorities have failed in overcoming the severe crisis in the issuance of passports, as dozens of passportseekers can still be seen standing in long queues at all passport offices across the country. Though newly-appointed Passport Office Director General Zulfikar Cheema has made some arrangements for lamination papers to ease the pressure of the backlog, but it is still increasing day-byday with over 900,000 applications still lying pending with the authorities. “We receive around 20,000 applications on an average daily… while due to the shortage of lamination papers and other technical problems we can hardly issue 3,000 to 3,500 passports daily,” a senior officer said. On a visit to the main Passport Office in G-8 Islamabad, the correspondent met dozens of passport seekers, who had been visiting the office to collect their passports for the last many months. “I applied in January… initially I was told my passport will be issued in eight days, but I don’t know when I’ll be issued my document,” said Hasan Ahmed, who came from Faisalabad to receive his passport. Ahmed, who wants to go to the Middle East in search of greener pastures, told Pakistan Today that he had been running
from pillar to post since the last four months to get his passport, but to no avail. Ali Nawaz, another seeker, said he applied for a passport two month ago, but it had still not been issued. “This is my third visit to this office... today I was told that my passport is in the final stage and will be issued on Monday.” Those who have been visiting the Directorate since the past many months have penned their hopes on the newly-appointed DG. The crisis started six months ago when some top bureaucrats, backed by important political figures, created an artificial shortage of lamination papers. At that time, no heed was paid towards purchasing lamination papers but the authorities concerned had rather tried to get the passport office declared an autonomous body in the name of overcoming the crisis. However, the interim government shattered their dreams by appointing an upright and honest officer as the DG. The new DG, Cheema, is known for his integrity and honesty. When asked, he said “operation cleansing” in the organisation was underway. “As you know, I took charge of the of-
fice recently … but in this short spam of time I have taken several steps to improve the performance of my organisation.” He said a helpline (0800-34477) had been set up to facilitate the people in this regard, adding that by calling the helpline, people could get themselves updated about the statuses of their passports. “We have eliminated the tout mafia…now an operation is underway against the rotten eggs and those who had been appointed illegally. Let me make it clear, service delivery is improving dayby-day,” the DG added. Cheema said the passport office was on the verge of being closed when he was given charge, “but now things have changed”. He said special arrangements had been made to provide security-cleared lamination papers for at least 0.3 million passports. The passport office recently got the prime minister’s approval for the purchase 1,500,000 lamination papers. However, the two main international companies, who provide lamination papers, are busy in litigation. “Once the litigation process ends… we will manage to overcome this crisis,” the senior officer said.
Iranian Oil Ministry spokesman says New Delhi is in talks with Tehran to join the multibillion-dollar pipeline which Iran is building to export natural gas to Pakistan. “Since India has been motivated by Pakistan’s seriousness in building the [Iran-Pakistan] ‘peace pipeline’, New Delhi is negotiating to join the project,” Ali Reza Nikzad-Rahbar said. The Iranian official added that there has been considerable progress in the Iran-Pakistan (IP) pipeline, with Iranian contractors starting work on the Pakistani section of the pipeline, after finishing nearly 900 kilometers of the pipeline on Iran soil. In March, Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily voiced his country’s willingness to join the pipeline project. The pipeline will enable the export of 21.5 million cubic meters per day of Iranian natural gas to Pakistan. The Pakistani government has stressed that it would go ahead with the construction of the gas pipeline despite threats and pressure from the US.
nadra delivers electoral rolls to provinces, Fata ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) on Saturday delivered final electoral rolls to all four provinces and FATA. A NADRA spokesperson said the authority under the directives of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for the first time in the electoral history of the country included pictures of each and every voter on computerised electoral rolls. He said the step has been taken in light of complaints about various discrepancies in electoral rolls due to fake‚ multiple or duplicate entries in previous voters’ lists. A total of 86‚189‚751 voters have been registered in the current electoral rolls. Meanwhile‚ NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik said registration of women had almost doubled in last four years for the first time.
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baloch protest against human rights violation QUETTA SHAHZADA ZUlFIQAR
QUETTA: Relatives of Baloch missing persons sit in a protest camp outside the press club on Saturday. INP
sethi calls for joint efforts to resolve energy crisis cm formS committee compriSing federal miniSterS, induStrialiStS and bureaucratS to reSolve load Shedding iSSueS LAHORE
U N J A B Chief Minister Najam Sethi on Saturday said the energy crisis is a national issue which can be solved jointly if all stakeholders adopt an integrated approach and asked the federal ministers and industrialists to resolve all energy issues together. He expressed these views during a meeting with a representative delegation of industrialists led by Gohar Ijaz, former chairman and group leader of All Pakistan
Textile Mills Association (APTMA) at the CM Secretariat. Various proposals on providing relief with regards to the energy crisis in Punjab were discussed during the meeting. Federal Minister for Petroleum Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui, Federal Minister for Water and Power Dr Musaddiq Malik, Provincial Industries Minister Arif Ijaz, the Punjab chief secretary, the federal water & power secretary, the federal petroleum secretary, the principal secretary to CM, and several other concerned officials were present in the meeting. Talking to the delegation, Sethi said the country was facing a severe energy crisis. He said the burden of electricity and gas load shedding had to be shared so that the common man could get relief. The CM said ensuring elections in a transparent and
peaceful manner was the top priority of the caretaker set up. He said possible reduction in load shedding for domestic and industrial consumers would be ensured. Sethi assured all possible efforts would be made for providing electricity and gas to keep industries thriving. He said the industrial sector of Punjab was continuing activities in extraordinary conditions which he said was commendable. He sought cooperation of industrialists for reducing the period of load shedding. He insisted that everyone had to reduce the energy crisis collectively and evolve a common strategy for resolving it. He appealed to industrialists to supplement the government’s efforts keeping in view national interests. The meeting decided that representatives from the industrial sector, the federal
minister for petroleum, water and power and representatives from provincial governments would evolve a collective strategy that could help provide relief to industrialists and people of Punjab with regards to load shedding. Federal Minister for Water and Power Dr Musaddiq Malik said all efforts would be made for providing relief to industrialists and people of Punjab with regards to energy. He said the private sector was playing an important role in strengthening the national economy and developing the country. Malik said he was a businessman and was fully aware of the problems of industrialists. Former APTMA chairman and Group Leader Gohar Ijaz welcomed the appointment of Najam Sethi as caretaker CM and assured him of full cooperation with regards to holding elections in a peaceful and transparent manner. He said the textile industry of Punjab had reached the verge of disaster due to load shedding. He added that textile was the biggest industry in the province and provided jobs to millions of people. He said the energy crisis was causing an irreparable loss to the industry. Ijaz expressed hope that Sethi would solve their problems and play his due role for providing relief in this regard.
The members of Baloch Human Rights Organisation staged a protest demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club on Saturday against the alleged human rights violations and military operations in different parts of Balochistan. Women were also carrying banners and placards inscribed with various slogans. The protesters also shouted slogans against alleged human rights violations in Balochistan. Speaking on the occasion, Banuk Samey Baloch alleged that the incidents of forced disappearances were on the rise in Balochistan, adding that currently several Baloch political workers had been killed, injured and kidnapped. BHRO activist also alleged that during a military operation in the Jaho area of Awaran security forces killed Master Ali Jan Baloch and kidnapped many others and shifted them to an undisclosed location. She said that the mother of Master Jan Baloch was also injured in the attack, adding that security forces personnel burnt the houses after looting valuables. She also alleged that during an operation in district Mastung, Azam Baloch, Sardar Jan and Nauroz Baloch were kidnapped, adding that two mutilated bodies of Raja Bugti and Wal Mangal Bugti were found from Dera Bugti. She said that Raja Bugti was allegedly kidnapped on 14th of April, adding that the brother of Alsam Baloch and Hakeem Baloch was injured in the Gaban area of Turbat. She went on saying that forces also conducted an operation in the Garmkan area of Panjgur district and looted the valuables of the homes, injuring women and children. She said that a man namely Takseer s/o Muhammad Ibrahim was kidnapped from Turbat two months ago and his dead body was recovered from Manghopir area of Karachi.
punjab, kp suffer from gas shortage LAHORE/PESHAWAR INP
Domestic and commercial consumers of natural gas in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) continued to suffer on Saturday as authorities at Sui failed to repair the damaged gas pipeline. Unknown miscreants had blown up the main pipeline supplying gas to Punjab and KP. Several areas in both provinces remained deprived of gas, adding to the miseries of domestic consumers besides hurting commercial activities. Hundreds of CNG stations also remained closed due to disruption in gas supply, while supply to Guddu Thermal Power Station could also not be restored. Authorities said repair work on the damaged pipeline was in progress and it was hoped that supply would be restored shortly.
mQm to field candidates eCP asks govt to ensure safety of candidates sIndh has The MosT sensITIve poLLInG sTaTIons across Pakistan ISLAMABAD
KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Saturday announced its candidates for National Assembly and provincial assemblies’ seats throughout the country. The names were announced by MQM chief Altaf Hussain in a telephonic address, with screens put up at the venue displaying the names, pictures and constituencies of the candidates. Names of 674 candidates were announced. Of these 221 candidates will contest for national assembly seats and 453 candidates will compete for the provincial assembly. As many as 22 women were also named as candidates for general seats.
Karachi accounts for half of all seats MQM is contesting in Sindh with 20 candidates fighting for national assembly seats and 42 candidates contesting provincial assembly seats in the megalopolis. However, Punjab overshadows other regions for MQM where they will field candidates contesting on 132 national assembly seats 256 provincial assembly seats. Altaf Hussain claimed that the MQM is representative of the common people and that it does not feature turncoats. The MQM chief also voiced his concerns about the security situation, saying their party workers and supporters were being targeted every day, and asked why the caretaker government is not taking notice of these killings.
Taking notice of terrorism incidents in the country targeting candidates and their supporters, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday directed the caretaker government to take necessary steps to ensure complete safety of citizens and leaders of all political parties. “The recent incidents of terrorism causing loss of human lives and destruction of property has put the political parties on guard with an undercurrent of reluctance to organise, manage and participate in public meetings, short rallies and even corner meetings, which militates the concept of free elections and is likely to have an adverse effect on the turnout of the masses to exercise their right of franchise on the polling day,” read an ECP letter addressed to all head of provincial governments and police chiefs. The letter said the prime legal and constitutional duty of the executive in each province, presently headed by
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has declared around 21,326 polling stations across the country as sensitive. The commission has set three tiers of sensitivity, normal, sensitive and highly sensitive. According figures provided by the ECP, 11,053 polling stations have been declared sensitive and 10,237 have been declared highly sensitive. As many as 10 security men will be deployed on highly sensitive polling stations while seven security personnel will be deployed on sensitive polling stations. However, five security personnel will be assigned to normal polling stations. Sindh has been declared as the most sensitive province with 4,629 highly sensitive and 3,621 sensitive polling stations. In Punjab, 2,911 polling stations have been declared as sensitive whereas 2,617 polling stations are highly sensitive. In Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 2,980 polling stations are sensitive whereas 1,056 are highly sensitive. In Balochistan, 1,451 polling stations are sensitive whereas 1,071 are highly sensitive. Similarly in FATA, 510 polling stations have been declared as sensitive whereas 459 have been declared as highly sensitive. In Federal Capital, 11 polling stations are sensitive while 10 have been declared as highly sensitive. APP
caretakers, is to ensure complete safety to the person and property of candidates and leaders
of all parties and the common man through the aegis of police, rangers and even military.
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We live in a society obsessed with public opinion. But leadership has never been about popularity. –Marco Rubio
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Formidable challenges ahead keeping violence and terrorism under check the biggest
HE election campaign started in full earnest on Saturday. The next twenty days will pose a formidable challenge to the political parties on one hand and the ECP, the caretaker government and the security agencies on the other. The campaign begins under an independent election commission and a consensus caretaker set up. The present polls are thus going to be different from the earlier exercises of the type when money and muscle power played a significant role during the polls. A set of election rules limits the use of money by putting a ceiling on election expenses, regularizing the size of posters and banners, prohibiting wall chalking and restricting candidates and their supporters from providing transport to voters. To reduce the role of muscle force display or use of weapons has been banned. The regulations put a heavy burden of responsibility on political parties and their candidates. While some of these regulations have always been part of the code of conduct, this time an independent and empowered ECP is expected to implement them strictly. The support extended to the ECP by the judiciary further adds to its clout. A larger number of polling stations this time will reduce the distances between the voters’ residence to the polling stations doing away with the need for transport except in the case of the ailing and the aged voters. In quite a few constituencies in Balochistan and in some of the remote constituencies in other provinces however voters might find it hard to travel for miles without transport. Thus a ban on the candidates and their supporters to provide transport to voters may deprive many of the right to vote unless the ECP is willing to provide it. As things stand there seems to be no provision of the sort in place. The next challenge concerns security. Several pre-poll incidents of attacks on candidates and political gatherings indicate that in the days to come the threats might become more frequent and deadlier. So far the major source of threat has been the TTP which had vowed to target the PPP, the ANP and the MQM candidates. During the pre-poll violence over the last few weeks one MQM candidate and two ANP candidates were killed while in a suicide attack targeting another ANP contestant 16 persons lost lives. The attack on the first day of the campaign on one of Jamaat e Islami’s election offices in Karachi indicates that there are other sources of violence as well. Unless the caretaker government and the law enforcement agencies are able to ensure a secure environment in days to come, the voter turnout in Pakistan – already the lowest in the region – may decline further.
boston lock down islamophobia not the answer to uS fears
S some have pointed out, there is barely anything to be said about the Boston Marathon blasts, as no evidence as to who did them has been provided. Two Chechen brothers were identified as the suspects but neither has the motive for the attack nor a group behind the attack been identified. With one of the brothers dead after a gun battle on Friday and the other arrested – albeit covered with blood – on Saturday, perhaps no further details shall come out of the matter. The themes of media and public analysis remain the same: recurring Islamophobia, sympathy for the victims, and the US being under a perpetual terror threat from within and without. The expected response would also be the same: another spate of hate crimes against ethnic browns in the US, another spate of wars abroad in newer territories and more pressure on foreign governments to reign in terrorists. According to the details that have emerged the two suspects were US citizens, who had been living in the US for over a decade. If proven they were involved, it would require a detailed investigation as to what the apparent target of the Marathon attack was. Perhaps, more than the attack, the lockdown of the Boston area for the manhunt, which left a police officer stationed at the MIT campus dead has left a bitter aftertaste. That thousands of police officers were scavenging across Boston, with the entire public transport system shut, businesses asked not to open, also reflects an overreaction to the incident. Their father, based in Makhachakala in Russia, described the two boys as “angels,” with one of them a second-year medical student. That the police chase began after the two suspects “robbed a convenience store” should also open up some questions. That said, President Barack Obama’s promise to “find out what turned two young US residents accused of the Boston bombings to violence” is merely rhetorical. It is impossible that he does not know the answer, only that his rhetoric before his 2008 election was not followed up in concrete policy. While, on the one side, the attack is a reminder of the threat the West faces, on the other side, it is a reminder of the futility of the current aggressive foreign policy. The use of force produces more resistance. Increasingly airport vigilance or increasing the scrutiny of those visiting the US shall not help. The point rather is for the US to concentrate on identifying the grievances of the East – and in particular the Muslim world. Spreading Islamophobia, as is being done by hawks inside the US establishment, shall produce more – not less – conflict within the US and in the world.
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HE avaricious are complainants and judges too. Who to appoint counsel, whom to seek justice from?” asked our great poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz at another time, when he too was incarcerated for ‘treason’. Banay hain ahle hawas muda’ee bhi munsif bhi Kissay vakil keratin, kis say munsafi chahain? Good that Faiz Sahib wasn’t also imprisoned for terrorism. Though those too were bad times but not as bad as today. Then Pakistanis had hope; today they are hopeless. Our systems are hurtling towards their natural metamorphosis. Better this way than by force for then they become martyrs and return as zombies to haunt us. Last week Gen Musharraf appeared before a high court for placing certain judges under house arrest, which is a bailable offence. But the judge attached a terrorism charge to it, denied him bail and ordered police to arrest him. Many lawyers say that he cannot and it was another case of overstepping. Once denied bail it is up to the interior ministry to order police to arrest the accused. The police did not. Musharraf is hardly going to go looking for the police to arrest him. Since the police didn’t arrest Musharraf, he went home. His security whisked him away because the antiMusharraf lawyers there were in such a black mood that they feared they might attack him. It is security’s job not to be too careful and take things for granted. But a clearly partisan media that Musharraf the ‘dictator’ made independent of the state but not of the Big Business-Big Politics Combine started the ridiculous rumour that he had scampered. A paper we know well, otherwise fairly balanced called him a ‘runaway’ general. Why would Musharraf voluntarily return to face the music only to scamper? Why without getting the US-UK combine to get cases against him withdrawn or the Saudis to get him a pardon and whisk him away to one of those carbuncles they call ‘palaces’? He came knowing the knives were naked, the cases against him alive and the terrorists ready. The next day this same paper’s headline screamed: “The general submits to justice.” Musharraf returned voluntarily and embraced justice. I find it comical that he has been placed on the Exit Control List whereas he should have been placed on the Entry Control List and saved our powers a lot of confusion. It was also comical that while Gen Musharraf was in the antiterrorism court the real terrorists dressed like Dracula were beating up a boy outside. Probably he was pro-Musharraf. It is certainly everyone’s democratic right to protest peacefully but not to cause mayhem. This is what our flag bearers of democracy and liberalism are: if you agree with them you are good; if not they will throttle you. And they resent it when you call them ‘liberal fascists’. The classic definition of fascism is the use of the most progressive rhetoric to further the most retrogressive ends. If they were true democrats and liberals
they would not take oaths under provisional constitutional orders to protect their jobs, join unelected cabinets and seek offices of any kind. Perhaps our hapless powers didn’t seriously expect Musharraf to return and so were not prepared for it. There is no precedent for them to follow, no template to adopt. Caught in utter confusion they are thrashing around like beached whales, unwittingly putting Musharraf’s life at greater risk by dragging him around from home to court to some police establishment to an anti-terrorism court. No one is saying that real justice shouldn’t take its course; of course it must but only under due process with balance and equity. They have no right to present the general on a platter to terrorists and potential killers. If, God forbid, anything happens to Musharraf his blood will be on their hands. With police brandishing fearsome weapons milling around him in the name of security, do they know that there is not another assassin amongst them, like Salman Taseer’s police ‘bodyguard’ shot him in the back like a coward? This coldblooded, self-confessed assassin has many supporters amongst the ‘lawyers’ who showered flower petals on him and still lionize him. Are terrorist lovers terrorists or is Musharraf who fought them both? These ‘lawyers’ beat up judges, contrary lawyers, journalists, cameramen, photographers and politicians. They are officers of the court but like serial contemnors they repeatedly bring the judiciary into contempt by their hooliganism. They obviously don’t know the law. Judges in an egalitarian state where blind justice prevails equitably and every citizen is equal before the law should have cancelled their licenses and imprisoned them for mayhem and causing grievous bodily harm – or are they scared of them? The chief justice took nary any notice. But I suppose some citizens are more equal then others, what? This state has become Bedlam. The government instituted this particular case against Musharraf for placing certain judges under house arrest on the instructions of the judiciary. Some of the same judges are still in various courts, including the chief justice, whether they sit on the bench hearing it or not. There is such a thing as influence. Judges are the injured party, complainants and adjudicators all at the same time, as Faiz lamented. Can judges be judges in their own cause? Can anyone? Is it due process? Many of these judges legitimized the 1999 countercoup and took oath under M u s h a r r a f ’s first PCO. Are they Lilly White clean or are they a danger to Snow White? A partisan judiciary and a
partisan media are the last thing a real democracy needs. They become democracy’s death knell. Try Musharraf certainly in all cases that have been filed against him, no one is saying otherwise, but try all his “aiders, abettors and collaborators” too and only under due process. If the state doesn’t display wisdom, balance and equity and justice doesn’t flow from the courts it will soon start flowing through the barrel of a gun toted either by the army with gloves off or terrorists who don’t know what gloves are. God help us then. No one wants that for then there will be grave injustices. The prosecutors and persecutors of today will become the prosecuted and persecuted of tomorrow. We have dug ourselves into a ditch yet we continue digging. If we don’t stop digging the ditch will become our grave. If they think that this will prevent future army interventions they could unwittingly hasten it. Just as the lawyers felt humiliated by the treatment meted out to their chief and came out in protest, the army will also feel humiliated with Musharraf’s hounding and could come out in protest in its own way. I would love to hear today’s chatter in the barracks and the messes. If putting judges under house arrest is terrorism, then what is giving bail to numerous terrorists who went on to commit heinous acts of terrorism? Lack of evidence forsooth such outdated and ineffective laws and procedures must be changed. This was the first point in the 2007 Proclamation of Emergency. Nobody in his right mind could disagree with it. The blood of all those killed by the terrorists is on the hands of those magistrates and judges that gave them bail. So too the responsibility for the pain of those maimed and the lives destroyed of the victims’ families. They would also try Gen Musharraf for treason under Article 6 for the 2007 emergency but not for the 1999 countercoup which the Supreme Court legitimized and became “aiders, abettors and collaborators”, as did the then president, the initial cabinet, politicians, generals, bureaucrats, editors and journalists who supported it. But in an act of legal terrorism against our collective intelligence, the last parliament of geniuses indemnified them all. If the 1999 countercoup had not been legitimized there is no way the 2007 emergency could have happened. You cannot take cognizance of the effect and not the cause. Which Article 6 are they going to try Musharraf under, the one that obtained in 1999 and 2007 or the new one changed by the last parliament? The first didn’t contain the word ‘abeyance’, the second one does. The conclusion seems sadly inescapable that the amendment was Musharraf specific for he didn’t impose martial law nor abrogated the constitution but only put some of its articles in abeyance for a time – for 42 days in 2007 during which time he retired from the army. Is this their devious gambit of trapping him while saving their own skins, those who sat in the late parliament courtesy the NRO and pardons? Our late parliament of geniuses should have known that laws are made for dispensing justice, not extracting revenge. If these geniuses think that by indemnifying them the “aiders, abettors and collaborators” of 1999 they are off the hook they have another thought coming. There is manmade justice on earth and Divine Justice perpetually going on in Heaven. The wheels of God grind slowly but they grind exceedingly fine. There is no way that Musharraf can be tried for ‘high treason’ only for the 2007 emergency and not for the 1999 countercoup along with all “aiders, abettors and collaborators”. That justice should not only be done but also be seen to be done is axiomatic; so too impartiality that should not only obtain but also seen to obtain. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
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Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. –John Quincy Adams
sunday, 21 April, 2013
a man made crisis oﬃcial apathy caused the mumbra tragedy
NTIL recently, one refrain of a song in praise of slum dwellers was on most Indian lips. The refrain, Jai Ho-Jai Ho, had attracted so much attention that it fetched an Oscar Award. What the song conveyed was how those who were on the margin were doing their best to come up, without challenging the society. There was no demolition of houses or buildings which had come up illegally. The worst came only a few days ago. True, natural calamities are KUlDIP NAYAR hard to avert. But what happened at Mumbra, in the Thane district of Maharashtra, could well have been avoided but for the administrative inadequacies. It was more of a manmade crisis. Greedy real estate owners, contractors, politicians and bureaucrats, who maintain their regular liaisons, will have to share the blame for the tragedy which took the toll of 74 people and injuring 61 others. When an eight-storey tower for slum dwellers comes up in a record three-four months, it is understandable how the building may have been raised. It is not easy obtaining approvals from civic authorities or getting a plan passed, let alone going ahead with the construction of a multistorey building. It takes several rounds of trips to the municipal offices, spread over months, and that too only after greasing the palms of officials can one think of obtaining approvals from various officialdoms. This brings us to the basic problem that most metros in the country face today: acute shortage of housing. Obviously, the cake is small and the number of people wanting a slice has been on the increase. Had the size of the cake grown larger there would have been something for everybody to take home. But those in Mumbai know that the tragedy was due to the acute need for housing in Thane and its suburbs and the flourishing land-grab business patronized by the powerful politicobuilder-police-civic official nexus. The nexus makes it easier for the builders to ‘manage’ things the way they want. Apparently, in the Mumbra case the builders have made all arrangements, including providing electricity and water to the residents, without any legal paperwork so that the flats can be occupied by the unsuspecting owners. But such a thing became possible only when the builders have had on their side the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) officials, who preferred to remain silent even after the locals had complained about an illegal building coming up in their vicinity. This goes on to establish how the realtors and municipal officials in the state or, for that matter in any other part of the country where space comes at a premium, connive at each other. In the Mumbra case, the TMC officials just ignored the complaints that the tower had come up on tribal or forest land. One thing that has come out clear is that the building has come up on a reclaimed land under which ran a ‘nullah,’ which carried drainage water, after the TMC officials and a local contractor, who have now been arrested along with a senior police official, had helped. The two builders, who were slapped with culpable homicide charges, too have been taken into custody. Understandably, chief minister Prthviraj Chavan has ordered an inquiry into the collapse. But what is tragic is that the chief minister became wiser after the event to admit in the state assembly that the building was completely illegal and may have come up on tribal or forest land. He further informed the house that Thane had 57 ‘very dangerous’ and 1,159 ‘dangerous’ buildings that were illegal and in which nearly 88,000 people lived. But if one were to take the entire figure of illegal structures in Thane district alone, as submitted by the state government to the Bombay High Court three years ago, it had touched the five-lakh mark. It must have multiplied into several more lakhs in and around Mumbai by now. No doubt, the Indian real estate market is vibrant in nature. Since majority of people prefer to invest in real estate sector, more for longterm investment than for accommodation, those in real estate business are out to make quick bucks. The only solution to this escalating problem is a stringent law that will make builders wary of certain standards. In fact, the Union Housing Ministry has proposed a specific clause to be included in the revised Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill it is likely to introduce. If the proposed bill gets the cabinet and parliament nod, the builders will have to utilize 70 percent of the money collected for a particular project to spend it in that project and it would to avoid delays. The bill seeks to establish a regulatory body for the real estate sector to ensure transparency in property or real estate transactions, besides other benefits which are aimed at protecting the consumers. But, as would one expect, there is a widespread opposition from the builder lobby. What happened in Mumbra is not unique. There have been several such cases of official apathy in the past. One such instance that comes to my mind is another seven-storey structure that that came down like a pack of cards in the Lalita Park area of the national capital a few years ago. In this unauthorized East Delhi colony, the building had come up using substandard material. Thirty-four people had died and more than 60 people were injured in that accident. An inquiry was ordered by chief minister Shiela Dikshit then, but nobody knows what happened after that. However, I do hope the probe ordered by Prithviraj Chavan does not meet the same fate. In most cases only a cursory inquiry is made and notices serviced on illegal constructors or, at worst, penalties levied. The builders after paying up penalties go scot-free. The builder lobby is so strong and powerful that politicians cannot survive without its patronage as they look up it to fund them during elections. Corruption and greed is such a deep-rooted disease in our body politics that it can’t be pumped out of our system overnight. It needs the biggest political will. But which party has the courage to bell the cat? Still the remarkable thing about the efforts of living at the grassroots is the salutation to these people who have no resources. Jai Ho has become a salutation to a large extent. If the worst could be avoided, the slum dwellers would come out of the bondage of poverty as the days go by.
circle of vindiction the reach of law must be reasonable and dispassionate
HE history of Pakistan has been written by the pen of the powerful in the ink of vindiction. The constitutional aberration of Field Marshal Ayub Khan, having ‘won’ (can we call it that?) against Fatima Jinnah, ensured that she never again gains any position of prominence. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, known for his brilliance, arrogance, and a vindictive wadera streak, ensured that the entire muscle of the state machinery is to used stamp his individual authority over all other institutions and to silence voices of dissent. When Bhutto was overthrown, by Zia, bringing about the most abominable regime of our national history, the sword of vindiction turned towards Pakistan People’s Party, resulting in the hanging of Zulfiqar Bhutto and flogging of his party workers. The decade to follow, the 1990s, scripted a see-saw of vindiction between the children of Zia and those of Bhutto, each getting their short stints in power, and using that time to persecute the opposition. And then, enter: Musharraf, in the latest of the constitutional aberrations. Having overthrown the PML-N government, the Musharraf regime unraveled their own malevolent agenda of stamping out the Sharifs, and persecuting their supporters. And it was only when their vindictiveness went a step too far, targeting the judiciary in 2007, that the regime crumpled, and brought to power those whose first act of governance was to banish Musharraf and destroy all semblance of his ‘legacy’. And now, 5 years later, stepping foot on Pakistani soil again, General Musharraf finds himself under arrest, with a plethora of criminal and constitutional charges against him, in yet another link in the chain of vindictiveness that is Pakistan’s politics. Let’ start with a brief overview of some of
the charges against General Musharraf. The retired General has been implicated in numerous criminal and constitutional violations. Charges against him range from the murder of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, to the murder of Akbar Bugti, the Lal Masjid Operation, and the imposition of Emergency (along with illegal imprisonment of the constitutional judges) on November 3, 2007. And for almost 5 years, despite being ordered to appear before different courts of law on numerous occasions, the General has stayed in a self-imposed exile, as a result of which he has been declared a ‘fugitive’ (or absconder) of law. In terms of the law, this means that, per section 87 of the Criminal Procedure Code, 1908, “if any Court is satisfied after taking evidence that any person against whom a warrant has been issued by it has absconded or is concealing himself”, the court may, through a published proclamation, declare such person to be an absconder from law. Such a proclamation entails that the concerned absconder, in the particular case, cannot be granted a “pre-arrest bail”, and must ‘surrender’ to the law enforcement agencies (and before the court) before a “post-arrest bail” is granted to him on merits. (It is noteworthy to observe, however, that some exceptions exist to this settled principle of law, including the grant of pre-arrest bail, by the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan, to Malik Riaz, after he had been declared an absconder from law by the honorable Peshawar High Court). In case of General Musharraf, on Friday, the honorable Islamabad High Court ruled that the allegations against him, in regards to the illegal detention of judges on November 3, 20007, amount to an act of terrorism, and ordered that the retired General be arrested and produced before the anti-terrorism court in Islamabad. In this regard, while the retired General was not handcuffed, he was placed in police custody. Thereafter, the anti-terrorism court ordered the retired General to judicial remand of two weeks, and the law enforcement agencies are still mulling over whether to keep him in police headquarters, a jail cell, or his own house (which can be declared as sub-jail). What will be fate of the retired General (at least over the next few months) is anybody’s guess. But one thing is for sure: his future, while still unclear at the moment, rests squarely in the hands of the judiciary now. And this, for all intents and purposes, is probably the retired General’s worst fear. It cannot be denied that the General has much to pay for. Abrogation of the Constitution, imposition of illegal emergency, imprisoning the judges, financial scams during his
tenure, and political assassinations, all entail questions that the retired General needs to answer. And fidelity to the law and constitutionalism, mandates that he be treated (in all these cases) as any other citizen of Pakistan, to the fullest extent of the law, without passion or prejudice. But this is exactly where the test of our legal resolve steps in: that he be treated without any passion or prejudice. And already, there is writing on the walls that the General should harbor no such illusions. For example, much hue and cry has been raised by the media, as well as politicians from all sides of the partisan divide, that the General be sent to ‘jail’, and not be imprisoned in his own house. Whereas, no such protest was made in other cases, where individuals were imprisoned in their own houses (or even guest houses), including the house-imprisonment of Dr A.Q. Khan, or the imprisonment of the elder Ghazi brother in a rest-house in Simli Dam. A new and powerful streak of jurisprudence has recently emerged out the superior courts; one that holds khaki generals (somewhat) accountable for their actions. Starting perhaps from the Asghar Khan case, and stretching to the esoteric reaches of the missing persons saga, the judiciary has shown a newfound resolve to confront the khahkis. This streak of jurisprudence must be cherished. It must be encouraged and strengthened. But it must not be used vindictively on a few (retired) generals, while sparing others, as in the case of the Abbotabad Commission and the Salim Shahzad murder. The reach of law must be full, and unflinching. It must be relentless and unsparing. But, in order to break this perpetual circle of vindiction, the reach of law must also be reasonable and dispassionate. It must be measured and bona fide. While treating Musharraf, in accordance with law, our political and judicial fraternity also has the opportunity of showing grace, where those before them have not. They have the opportunity of not following the retired General’s footsteps of being spiteful. They have the chance to show that justice is not simply an instrument of leveling past scores. They have the prerogative to break this cycle of vindiction, and set sails for a new course – one where the empire of law is not fueled by individual passions of hatred. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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A arTs sunday, 21 April, 2013
obama told me aliens are real: jaden smith
Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. — Franz Kafka
amitabh bachchan numb over rape news, says jail not best solution NEWS DESK HE news of the rape of a five-year-old girl, who is now battling for life, has left Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan numb. He says people who indulge in such heinous crimes should be exposed in public for proper justice. “The horror of the latest crime of rape and then attempt to kill a 5year-old little girl, leaves me numb and without voice! These evil beings are not fit to be called animals... even animals have certain codes of conduct,” the 70year-old posted on his blog. The girl was abducted on April 15 and held hostage in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar for over two days, according to police. “What is happening to us as a society, a community? Why and how are we succumbing to these atrocious and ghastly acts... who are these people and where do they come from... which mother gave birth to them, and how were they brought up... in which environment,” he further posted. Big B also feels that a jail sentence is not the best solution for such criminals. “Keeping them bound and confined shall not change them or their thinking... they need to be made examples of... they need to be shamed first publicly and then left to the public to deal them justice in which ever way they seem fit,” he posted. “There seems to be complete vacuousness in how the situation needs to be dealt with. No one seems to have solutions, or worse, preventions. We wait till a deed happens and then get active on how to deal with the situation... we have no mechanism to preempt a situation... whether it be a rape or a terrorist attack.” “We all are living in insecure times, where the fear of authority and the call of discipline and awareness is non-existent. We live on love and fresh air... and we hope that what befalls tragically on others, shall not befall us,” he further posted. NEwS DESK
Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith has revealed that he discussed about extraterrestrial life with President Obama during a visit to the White House with his family and the President told him that aliens are real. Talking to Wonderland magazine, the 14-year-old star who is about to star with his dad in a science fiction flick, ‘After Earth,’ said that he likes aliens and thinks they are really cool, because they exist. He further said that the President could neither confirm nor deny the existence of aliens, which means they’re real. He added that if people think they are the only people that live in this universe, then something is wrong with them. NEwS DESK
i’m constantly scared by theroux: jenniFer aniston Jennifer Aniston has revealed that her fiance Justin Theroux is a bit of a prankster. The ‘Friends’ actress said in an appearance on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ that Theroux calls it trickery, the New York Post reported. She said that the 41-year-old actor constantly hides behind the drapes and she is constantly scared. “It’s like, it doesn’t get old on me,” Aniston added. When DeGeneres suggested that the 44-year-old brideto-be should exact revenge, Aniston replied saying that she is going to do that. NEwS DESK
‘liFe oF pi’ actor suraj sharma to star in ‘million dollar arm’ “Life of Pi” star Suraj Sharma, who was part of the Oscarnominated film, will star in Disney’s baseball drama “ Million Dollar Arm”. The film starring Jon Hamm is the 20-year-old actor’s first major role post “Pi”, said the Hollywood Reporter. The story of the film revolves around J B Bernstein, a real-life sports agent, who discovered professional pitchers Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh through a reality show he staged in India by auditioning 40,000 cricket players. Sharma will play one of the pitchers in the film. “Lars and the Real Girl” director Craig Gillespie is set to direct the sports drama. Its screenplay is written by Tom McCarthy. Alan Arkin will play a retired baseball scout. Shooting is scheduled to begin in May in India and then Atlanta. NEwS DESK
Demi Moore named celeb ageing most gracefully NEWS DESK Demi Moore and Olivia Newton-John have been voted as being the most inspiring female celebrities for ageing gracefully. The famous actresses have topped a poll conducted by MyCelebrityFashion.co.uk and beaten the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Helen Mirren to sit at the top, the Daily Star reported. Moore, 50, bagged the first position after women were asked if they aspired to look like certain celebrities as they grew older. It was found that 69 percent of the women surveyed said that they did in fact look to certain celebrities as inspiration for ageing gracefully, and would like to look like some when they grow older. They were then asked to choose from a list of more than 50 female celebrities, which they would most hope to follow in the footsteps of when it came to growing older gracefully. The poll revealed that the second most graceful ager is Olivia Newton-John, followed by Helen Mirren and First Lady Michelle Obama.
the top 10 Female celebrities voted were as Follows: 1. Demi Moore - 55 percent vote 2. Olivia Newton-John - 41 percent vote 3. Helen Mirren - 39 percent vote 4. Michelle Obama - 29 percent vote 5. Michelle Pfeiffer - 25 percent vote 6. Twiggy - 19 percent vote 7. Sharon Stone - 16 percent vote 8. Oprah Winfrey - 12 percent vote 9. Jamie Lee Curtis - 9 percent vote 10. Madonna - 4 percent vote
autographs are waste oF time, says morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman has revealed that he tries to emulate Humphrey Bogart, who believed that giving autographs is a waste of time. The legendary actor explained that Humphrey was once asked about autographs, pictures and public, to which the ‘Casablanca’ star responded that he doesn’t owe the audiences anything but a good performance, the Daily Express reported. “I tried to take that to heart but then somebody once told me, ‘No, no. You belong to us. You’re in the public.’ So, you can’t quite get away from it,” Freeman said. Morgan told the publication that he rather enjoys having his picture taken with fans, particularly those of the fairer sex. Freeman further added that touching someone’s hand or hugging a beautiful lady, works out very well and he owes the public a little bit more than just a good performance. NEwS DESK
kim k’s pregnancy hormones making her hairy Pregnant Kim Kardashian’s hormones have reportedly “triggered a serious re-growth of body hair.” The 32-year-old reality star, who keeps herself perfectly plucked for the cameras, has been forced to go back to old-fashioned waxing, TMZ.com reported. Kardashian has also made appointments to get the hair growth lasered off soon after giving birth to her first child with Kanye West. NEwS DESK
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When the uncertain future becomes the past, the past in turn becomes uncertain. — Mohsin Hamid
Arts sunday, 21 April, 2013
go goa gone: Sharmila concerned about Saif mouthing bad words
CTOR Saif Ali Khan, who is seen mouthing bad words in his upcoming film ‘Go Goa Gone’, says, his mother Sharmila Tagore is concerned about it while wife Kareena is supportive. ‘Go Goa Gone’ a zombie-comedy film will see Saif in a never before seen avatar. He is also seen mouthing bad words. Asked about the reaction of his family to this, Saif says “my mother thinks it is (bad words) not the best idea, she is concerned about the language. My wife Kareena is supportive and is quite happy with the look of the film. My sister Soha is cool about it... may be because boyfriend (Kunal Khemu) is in it.” Incidentally, Sharmila Tagore was on the Censor board earlier. Despite the usage of bad words, Saif hopes the film does not get banned. “I have given a
lot of gaali’s (bad words) in Russian and Hindi. I am just hoping the film does not get banned,” Saif said jokingly at the music launch of ‘Go Goa Gone’. In the film, Saif’s character is called Boris, who is a Russian mafia, has a blond look and tattoos on his hands. “For this film, the challenge was to get the accent right and ensure my part is entertaining. The comedy in this film is fresh. I am quite happy with my look in the film,” Saif said. Saif quite liked the idea of the film and hence agreed to come on board not only as an actor but as a producer as well. “It is a great film. When Kunal Khemu told me about this film, I quite liked it. It was interesting to work on this film with technicians, make-up man, camera men, etc. My role is not of a guest appearance. I am confident people will enjoy the film,” he said. The film, directed by Raj and DK, releases on May 10. It stars Kunal Khemu, Vir Das, Puja Gupta.
beyghairat brigade’s ‘dhinak dhinak’ goes viral on social media
Beyghairat Brigade on Saturday released an explosive new music video in a heated political climate – just weeks away from the election and two days after Musharraf’s arrest was ordered by the Islamabad High Court. The new song is called ‘Dhinak Dhinak’. The band had earlier shot to fame through their song/video ‘Aalu Anday’. Somewhat similar to what they did in their previous song, their new release includes hardhitting satire aimed at Pakistan’s military establishment, which received considerable attention on social media. The timing of the release, claimed the band, is not coincidental. They said that while initially the song was written during the time NATO supply routes had been blocked, it was edited as time went on and as the political scenery changed culminating with Musharraf’s arrest. In Pakistan it is common to criticise politicians and leaders through songs and other media mediums but hitting out at the powerful military through mainstream pop culture is nonexistent; which makes the band’s effort very bold, according to those who viewed and reviewed their release. The video ends with the message, “No need to like this video, we’ll be dead anyway!” This isn’t the first time that Beyghairat Brigade’s politics have gone viral. Last year, Aalu Anday also hit out at various players in Pakistan’s political landscape, from the chief justice to Ajmal Kasab to Nawaz Sharif to PTI, and even the military (though in a rather indirect way).
Deepika is most desirable amongst my co-stars: Ranveer NEWS DESK Ranveer Singh, 27, is a complete softy and a mama’s boy, whose mother is the centre of his universe. He is extremely bright and secure about his manhood and is simple and emotional. He admits that while he had no control of what he would say when he started off, he has learnt not to be 100% open and honest. Over an hour-long conversation with TOI while shooting for Ram Leela, he talks about his badmaashis in school, the romantic Aditya Chopra and why he finds Deepika Padukone the most desirable co-star. Excerpts: LET’S TALk ABoUT yoUR ChILDhooD? I am born and brought up in Bandra and went to a small school called Learners Academy in the foothills of Pali Hill till class X. My family is originally from Karachi and while my dad is a cut surd, my mom is a Sindhi. My dad is an auto retailer. I was the most obese kid in my class till class three and was called ‘motte’. I was under-confident and no one would take me in their team to play as I was a slow runner. But then, I realised I was stronger than these guys and became the dada in school. I wrote my first love letter on a chit in class one. It read, ‘I love you. You love me.’ My principal complained to my parents. In class VI, I used to teach all the boys about porn and sex. I was 12 when I kissed. The girl was from another school and was older to me. I used to meet her in Otters Club and played table tennis with her. I must have been 13 when I did it fully first. By 14, I had lost weight and started having the cool look and was always attractive to girls. Even though almost everyone was better looking than me, I had a more attractive personality and I used to win a lot of personality contests. In fact, that’s how I had my first serious affair in class IX. I had gone to her school and won that contest and she noticed me. It lasted for four years. I would steal lunch boxes, hit people, have fights and do full dadagiri both with juniors and seniors. My mom always had to go through stress because of me. I was the demon in school who corrupted all the boys, but was a leader and had a lot of influence with the kids. I was good enough in studies, good in sports and great in extra-curricular, so was always made the prefect and became the head boy. There were more candidates who were better than me but not as influential with the kids, so their parents created a lot of furore over my being selected. I was always the gunda, ringleader, badmaash and dada. how DID yoU GET yoUR FIRST FILM? I had told my dad in class VII that I would not do business and it was obvious in school that I would be an actor, though without a filmi background it seemed far-fetched. I loved coming up with quirky ideas for
advertising and thought I would become a copy writer and went to the US for my graduation. In my second year, I took up an acting class and was asked to introduce myself by any kind of performance. I said dialogues from Deewar and everyone started clapping, even though they did not understand the language. I felt so good that despite they not being able to understand my language, they liked what I did. It all came back to me and I decided I needed to be a performer. I called my dad and told him I wanted to be an actor. He was fine so long as I completed my degree. I did that and came back to assist Shaad Ali on ads. But the minute the actor came in front of the camera, I knew that’s the only thing I wanted to do. Then I joined Makarand Deshpande’s theatre group and did all the backstage work of moving furniture and getting samosas for people. Even though my parents were not going through a financially good period when I came back, and had invested so much in my degree, they did not deter me even once and that is why I was able to pursue it for four years, till I auditioned and got my first break with Band Baaja Baaraat. yoU hAvE GoT InTo TRoUBLE FoR SPEAkInG yoUR MInD. hAvE yoU ChAnGED? I was completely budhu and naive when I started. I am still 90% of that honest, frank and open person and am still that guy only, but a bit smarter and have learnt to think before I speak. I have come to terms with the reality that you can’t say everything the way it is and be completely open and honest, as you run the risk of rubbing people the wrong way, being misunderstood and being misrepresented even though I may have meant no malice to anyone. I have also understood the need to protect information, be it related to what work you are doing, how much money you are making or the content of your film. ADITyA ChoPRA GAvE yoU yoUR FIRST BREAk. whAT IS hE LIkE? He is an amazing amalgamation of a business and creative mind. It’s almost like he has two brains. What I admire about him is how hard he works. He is so productive as a working professional in a single day. It’s amazing to watch the rate at which he makes so many decisions. Also creatively, he is a lover of movies and is filmi at heart. He loves food and movies and is a full on romantic. To me, he is a father figure and while I am now informal and open with him, I still stand up when he enters the room as I worship him. He is the guy who put me where I am today. yoU ARE woRkInG wITh SAnjAy LEELA BhAnSALI on RAM LEELA. how IS hE To woRk wITh? He has liberated me as an artiste and has given me
wings to fly. Unlike other directors, he does not just execute, but continues to create on the set. He makes you act out of your own instinct and he has been able to get the most out of me. LET’S TALk ABoUT ThREE oF yoUR Co-STARS —AnUShkA, SonAkShI AnD DEEPIkA. whAT ARE ThEy LIkE? Anushka is naturally talented and is born to be an actor. She is brutally honest and has taught me a lot. I would be so hyper about work and would work myself up into a frenzy. She made me aware that I was holding it too tight and I should let go. It’s like holding sand. If you hold it too tight, it will flow out of the hand. And if you let go and not be so uptight, then your performance will be more effortless and you will enjoy the process. I am learning to get less hyper and enjoy the process. Sonakshi acts like a veteran even though we started working in the same year and that shows in her performance. There is so much to admire about Deepika. She is an independent girl running her own house and staff in Mumbai. She is so driven and productive and manages to do so much work. She is also warm, kind and gentle. Do yoU SEE yoURSELF GETTInG MARRIED? I used to not be high on getting married and felt that modern lifestyles did not support the traditional concept of a marriage till a year ago. Suddenly, I don’t know what has happened to me. I just want to get married and have kids. I’m craving for substance in a relationship now. It’s probably a hormonal thing and has to do with my feeling of wanting kids. I guess I am growing up. whAT kInD oF GIRL Do woULD yoU wAnT To MARRy? She has to be a nurturer. She should baby and pamper me. She should not be fake. And she should be really attractive and desirable so that I am kept on my toes. who Do yoU FInD MoST DESIRABLE FoR AMonGST yoUR Co-STARS? Deepika. ARE yoU In LovE? I don’t know, but I am ready for love. I am ready to be clean bowled.
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InfoTaInMenT Sunday, 21 April, 2013
goedzak: changing the way we recycle
HUMANS INVENT lEO KENT Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that have the potential to make the biggest difference to our lives. Dutch product design firm, Waarmakers, have done just that with their blindingly obvious, but potentially revolutionary, transparent recycling bag they call the Goedzak. Not many of us would be willing to suffer the indignity of rooting through bin bags in search of a hidden gem but by making the recycling bag transparent, a good few of us would be prepared to pick out something they wanted from the Goedzac as they walked down the street. A SEConD LIFE: While Freecycle has promoted the idea of giving a second life to the contents of homes that would otherwise be heading for the rubbish heap, the Goedzak presents a more effortless, opportunistic form of recycling. Humans Invent spoke to co-founder of Waarmakers, Maarten Heijltjes, to find out how they came up with the concept. He says, “The question at the start of the process was, can we design something that would stimulate altruism in people? From this starting point it was a long process. Goedzak was one of the things to come out of it, and the best one in our opinion.” ThE PRoToTyPE: Buoyed by winning second prize for Goedzak at Dutch Design Week in 2010, Heijltjes began to develop the prototype, though there were some initial set backs. He says, “What we found over the last few years is that it’s very hard to make it commercially viable. People like the idea and want to be part of it, but who’s going to pay for it and whose going to pick up the bags? The legislation on waste in the Netherlands is pretty strict and it differs in each municipality.” To combat this issue they have partnered up with a chain of second hand stores to do a pilot scheme, which is soon to go ahead. “The ideal way is to have the process as sustainable as possible and so in this scenario, they’ll pick it up, sell whatever is useful and separate into garbage whatever is not. The second hand stores will be the ones who do the production of the bags, we’re behind it but they will supply them.” SUSTAInABLE GoAL: But even before the pilot scheme goes ahead, there are already signs that this will be a success, as exemplified by a rather peculiar incident involving an opportunist thief who appeared on the scene during a photoshoot of the Goedzag bag on the streets of Amsterdam. Heijltjes explains, “It was a weird moment. We see this guy ride up, and we were poking each other saying, ‘look at that guy, he’s getting it, he’s slowing down, he is looking at the bag.’ This is an unknown concept but the guy gets it.”
All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring. –Chuck Palahniuk
monkeys can identify human hunters BBC NATURE EllA DAvIES
OOLLY monkeys can identify human hunters by their behaviour, research has revealed. Poeppig's woolly monkeys live in the rainforests of Ecuador, Peru and Brazil but are vulnerable to hunting by the local Amazonian people. Scientists investigating how the monkeys respond to threats found that they acted differently depending on the behaviour of humans in the forest. The results are published in the online journal PLoS One. Woolly monkeys are named for their thick covering of fur and are found in the rainforests of South America. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, all four species are hunted for food. To understand how the monkeys responded to this threat, researchers from Imperial College, London, UK travelled to Ecuador to study the behaviour of Poeppig's woolly monkeys. "We worked with wild woolly monkeys [and] presented them with a person behaving as a hunter, gatherer or researcher at two sites with differing hunting pressure," explained PhD student Sarah Papworth, co-author of the paper. Gatherers are local people that collect food and materials close to settlements and researchers are academics studying the forest and the animals living within it. "After seeing a hunter, woolly monkeys are quieter, move less and are less visible than when seeing non-hunters. "This cryptic response makes sense as human hunters may chase after their prey, and use projectile weapons such as guns
and blowpipes even if they run away, so the best strategy for a monkey is to try and avoid being seen." Ms Papworth added that visual clues were not necessarily what tipped the primates off to the hunters' plans. "Blow pipes are over two metres long and only carried by hunters so may be a reliable cue of lethal intent. "But as woolly monkeys are up in the canopy and their view may be blocked by leaves and branches, they may use other cues, such as noise level, or a variety of different cues." Comparing the reactions of monkeys in an area associated with high levels of hunting and a part of the forest
where monkeys were under lower hunting pressures, Ms Papworth made a further discovery. Monkeys in the higher risk area were quiet when gatherers were nearby. But they made more vocalisations when researchers were present whereas monkeys in "safer" areas hid from researchers and not gatherers. Ms Papworth suggested that, due to their distance from human settlements, this could be because the monkeys were unfamiliar with gatherers. The findings suggest monkeys' antipredator behaviour is more flexible than previously thought. "Most previous work on primate reactions to predators has fo-
technique unlocks design principles of quantum biology NEWS DESK University of Chicago researchers have created a synthetic compound that mimics the complex quantum dynamics observed in photosynthesis and may enable fundamentally new routes to creating solar-energy technologies. Engineering quantum effects into synthetic light-harvesting devices is not only possible, but also easier than anyone expected the researchers report in the April 19 edition of Science. The researchers have engineered small molecules that support longlived quantum coherences. Coherences are the macroscopically observable behavior of quantum superpositions. Superpositions are a fundamental quantum mechanical concept, exemplified by the classic Schrodinger's Cat thought experiment, in which a single quantum particle such as an electron occupies more than one state simultaneously. Quantum effects are generally
negligible in large, hot, disordered systems. Nevertheless, the recent ultrafast spectroscopy experiments in UChicago chemistry Prof. Greg Engel's laboratory have shown that quantum superpositions may play a role in the near perfect quantum efficiency of photosynthetic light harvesting, even at physiological temperatures. Photosynthetic antennae -- the proteins that organize chlorophylls and other light-absorbing molecules in plants and bacteria -- support superpositions that survive for anomalously long times. Many researchers have proposed that organisms have evolved a means of protecting these superpositions. The result: improved efficiency in transferring energy from absorbed sunlight to the parts of the cell that convert solar energy to chemical energy. The newly reported results demonstrate that his particular manifestation of quantum mechanics can be engineered into human-made compounds.
The researchers modified fluorescein -- the same molecule once used to dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick's Day -- and then linked different pairs of these dyes together using a rigid bridging structure. The resulting molecules were able to recreate the important properties of chlorophyll molecules in photosynthetic systems that cause coherences to persist for tens of femtoseconds at room temperature. "That may not sound like a very long time -- a femtosecond is a millionth of a billionth of a second," said study co-author Dugan Hayes, a UChicago graduate student in chemistry. "But the movement of excitations through these systems also occurs on this ultrafast timescale, meaning that these quantum superpositions can play an important role in energy transfer." To detect evidence of long-lived superpositions, the researchers created a movie of energy flow in the molecules using highly engineered laboratories and state-of-the-art femtosecond laser systems. Three precisely controlled laser pulses are directed into the sample, causing it to emit an optical signal that is captured and directed into a camera. By scanning the time delays between the arriving laser pulses, the researchers create a movie of energy flow in the system, encoded as a series two-dimensional spectra. Each two-dimensional spectrum is a single frame of the movie, and contains information about where energy resides in the system and what pathways it has followed to get there.
cused on animal predators and African monkeys, and suggested a much less flexible behavioural response to predation," she explained. However, this flexibility may not be enough to protect the monkeys' future. "It could allow individuals to persist in heavily hunted areas," said Ms Papworth. But the long term value this offers to species may be limited. To avoid being hunted, woolly monkeys have to avoid being seen by hunters all the time. Whereas the hunter only has to be successful once, she added. So "the level of protection it offers to vulnerable species may be low in the long term."
thieves steal rhino heads from irish museum
Masked men stole stuffed rhinoceros heads containing eight valuable horns from the warehouse of Ireland's National Museum, a heist being linked to an Irish Gypsy gang that specializes in such raids across Europe. Police said three men raided the storeroom in Swords, north of Dublin, on Wednesday night and tied up the lone security guard. A museum official said the four heads—three of black rhinos from Kenya, one of the virtually extinct white rhino from Sudan, all killed more than a century ago—were removed from display last year and put into storage specifically to safeguard them from thieves. They could fetch $650,000 on the black market. Three of the five species of rhinoceros in Africa and South Asia have been hunted to the verge of extinction because their horns command exceptionally high prices for use in traditional Asian medicine chiefly in China and Vietnam, where the powdered horn is marketed as an aphrodisiac and even as a cure for cancer. In 2011, Europol issued a warning that an Irish Gypsy criminal network based in the County Limerick village of Rathkeale was responsible for dozens of thefts of rhino horns across Europe. NEwS DESK
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I like the charity but I am not going to be there. Do not buy tickets in hopes of seeing me. – Serena Williams
wasim urges bowlers to be more aggressive
Fast bowlers Fine-tuning camp begins at karachi LAhoRE: The Pakistan Cricket Board on the recommendation of the PCB National Selection Committee called Uzair-ul-Haq in the camp training established at Karachi’s National Stadium under the supervision of former captain Wasim Akram. With the including of Karachi Region’s Uzair the number of PCB-UFONE Fast bowlers camp trainees has risen to around 20. The following players are attending the PCB-UFONE Fast bowlers camp under the supervision of Wasim Akram and Muhammad Akram Pakistan National Fast Bowlers Coach is assisting him throughout this 10 days camp. Around 2-3 bowlers from PCB-Ufone "King of Speed" fast bowlers talent hunt program will join the camp on a later stage.
AKISTAN’S former captain and bowling legend Wasim Akram has asked the Pakistan bowlers to adopt an aggressive approach for positive results. The 46year-old, regarded as one of the best leftarm paceman ever to play the game, is holding a ten-day training camp for top 20 fast bowlers in the country ahead of the eight-nation Champions Trophy in June in England. Wasim urged the fast bowlers to be belligerent and adapt to new rule changes in order to excel at the international level. The 46-year-old, regarded as
one of the best left-arm paceman ever to play the game, is holding a ten-day training camp for top 20 fast bowlers in the country ahead of the eight-nation Champions Trophy in June in England. Wasim said the change in rules in one-day cricket which allow only four fielders outside the inner circle throughout the 50-overs, were tough for bowlers. "You need to be aggressive and learn how to adapt to these rule changes," Wasim told reporters in Karachi. "Pakistani bowlers have a lot of talent but they need to learn and adapt to the demands of international cricket." Pakistan's new sensation Mohammad Irfan, who is the tallest to play international cricket at 7 feet one inch, is the star attraction of the
training camp. Wasim said Irfan needs special care because of his height. "Irfan is a special talent, but because of his height he needs to be handled carefully," said Wasim of Irfan, who was Pakistan's best bowler with 11 wickets in the one-day series in South Africa last month. Wasim along with pace partner Waqar Younis was one of several fast bowlers who learnt the art under the legendary Imran Khan in mid 1980s. He took 414 Test and 502 one-day wickets during an illustrious career. Wasim dispelled the impression that Pakistan was lacking in quality fast bowlers. "I don't think it's a serious concern. The talent is definitely there but these kids need experience and must learn to adapt to the de-
Current players are not hungry for win: miandad LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Javed Miandad, the former Pakistan captain, has slammed the national cricketers for their lackluster performances at the highest stage of the game and feels that the current pool of players does not seem hungry to achieve success for the country. The former cricketer from Karachi has worked multiple times with the Green Shirts as their coach and is considered to be one of the finest cricketing brains in Pakistan. Miandad was an integral member of the 1992 World Cup winning squad under the leadership of Imran Khan and many believe that he has been the best batsmen produced by the country in the last six decades. Javed, while speaking to reporters, expressed that he has always played for the sake of the country and is ready to take up any role with the national side; however, the former middle-order batsman is not too positive about the
available talent in Pakistan. “I played cricket with passion for my country and am always available to serve Pakistani cricket. There is a lack of talent in Pakistan at the moment,” the former coach said. A number of sporting pundits are of the opinion that the
Pakistani batsmen should seek help from the legendary sportsman but Miandad revealed that no player in the current side has come to him for help. The former captain claimed that Sachin Tendulkar, who is arguably the best batsmen of the modern era, contacts him for advice regularly but it is unfortunate that no Pakistani benefits from his valuable experience. Instead of criticising the officials all the time, Miandad urged the media to expose the non-professional behaviours of the national cricketers, who are taking things for granted. “No batsman from the current Pakistani setup has come to me and asked for advice. I am a respected man, I will not go to players and just keep on advising without them asking,” Miandad added. “Sachin Tendulkar and other world great batsman come to me for advice and I am willing to help our players too if they come to me. The media always criticizes the cricket board but they should also criticize cricketers.”
mands of international cricket where they are found wanting," said Wasim. "The grounds in South Africa are green but need certain strategy to bowl, so until and unless they learn it they will not be able to turn their potential into performances," said Wasim. Wasim said he will try to inculcate the best attributes into the next generation of fast bowlers. "I am not a magician, but I will try my level best to help them in phases and hope that the same training camp is staged after a break of three to four months," said Wasim. Wasim will also guide the fast bowlers in national team's tune-up camp in northern city of Abbottabad next month before guiding them during the Champions Tro-
ThE CAMP STARTED AT nATIonAL STADIUM, kARAChI on SATURDAy. ThE FAST BowLERS CALLED FoR ThE CAMP ARE: Wahab Riaz, Left Arm Fast Bowler, Lahore; Zia-ul-Haq, Left Arm Fast Bowler, Lahore; Mohammad Aftab, Left Arm Fast Bowler, Lahore; Rahat Ali, Left Arm Fast Bowler, Multan; Mohammad Irfan, Left Arm Fast Bowler, Multan; Junaid Khan, Left Arm Fast Bowler, Abbottabad; Sadaf Hussain, Left Arm Fast Bowler, Rawalpindi; Hammad Azam, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Rawalpindi; Ahmad Jamal, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Abbottabad; Asad Ali, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Faisalabad; Ehsan Adil, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Faisalabad; Muhammad Talha, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Faisalabad; Bilawal Bhatti, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Sialkot; Imran Khan, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Peshawar; Tabish Khan, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Karachi; Anwar Ali, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Karachi; Azizullah, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Peshawar; Attaullah, Right Arm Fast Bowler, Bahawalpur; Uzair-ulHaq, Karachi. STAFF REPORT
phy from June 6-23. Wasim said Champions Trophy will be a test for Pakistan. "It's a big event and involves a match against India which will be a cracker," Wasim said about Pakistan's match against India in Birmingham on June 15. Pakistan also plays the West Indies on June 8 and South Africa two days later.
With grants, Afghanistan need exposure too: Rashid LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Former Head coach of the Afghanistan national cricket team, Rashid Latif hs welcomed the recent grant announced by the International Cricket Council and has also urged the ICC to create an opportunity for frequent international fixtures for the Afghan team. “Along with funds, they [Afghan cricketers] also need support to excel at the international level. The ICC should arrange international tours for the team”, said Latif in a television interview. “Afghan team is a bunch of passionate cricketers, who can be very good at test level too if provided with appropriate support”, added Latif Earlier this week, the ICC allocated US$ 422,000 for Afghanistan, from the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP), which is aimed at developing more competitive teams among Full Members and Associate/Affiliate Members. As per the ICC press release, this funding for the ACB was for the develop-
ment of the National Cricket Academy in Kabul and is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions. Rashid Latif, while recalling his experience in the war-ravaged country, said that during his stint as coach he was highly impressed with the talent and enthusiasm for Cricket in Afghanistan. “I was eyeing a Test status for them in two years time, and I still believe it’s not very far from reality. The more exposure they will get, the more confident they will become”, said Latif “Matches against county teams as well with test playing nations will enhance their skills as well as confidence”, concludes Rashid Latif.
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The conversation between Angus Fraser and Steven over his ‘new’ run-up would probably have sold tickets had it been in public. – Middlesex chief executive Vinny Codrington
watson quits as australia vice-captain
SyDnEy: Allrounder Shane Watson has quit as Australia vice-captain, a month after being disciplined by team management and leaving the tour of India. Cricket Australia said in a statement on Saturday that Watson will relinquish his vice captaincy across all formats of the game. "Making the decision to step down wasn't easy but it's something I've been thinking about since the test series against India ended," Watson said in a statement. "It's the right time for a change for both the team and me. I'll be honest and admit I wrestled with the decision for some time, however once I made up my mind, I informed Cricket Australia." AGENCIES
sunday, 21 April, 2013
zimbabwe complete massive win Z HARARE
IMBABWE lifted themselves above Bangladesh's international stature with the whopping 335-run win in the first Test in Harare. Brendan Taylor's twin centuries and skillful swing and seam bowling finished off the game inside four days, as Zimbabwe took a 1-0 lead in the twomatch series. The game ended when Kyle Jarvis took a magnificent catch at deep fine-leg to give Graeme Cremer his fourth wicket, that of Robiul Islam, to bowl out Bangladesh for just 147. Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe declared their second innings on 227 for 7, setting Bangladesh an improbable 483. Bangladesh, a long-time rival at the bottom of the world rankings, brings out the best in Zimbabwe, who came into this series on the back of five consecutive Test defeats. This time, Zimbabwe were far ahead mentally as they used their familiarity with the conditions in Harare to mighty effect. It was a crushing loss for the visitors who are at the backend of a much better season, and it will set them back a few steps as they head into the second Test in a must-win situation. Taylor made 171 and 102 not out in a Test match that, till date, has been his most prolific. He was almost a one-man show, especially in the second innings when one wrong shot
ZIMBABwE 389 & 227/7d BANGlADESH 134 BANGlADESH 2nd innings 22 Jahurul Islam c †Mutumbami b Sw Masakadza Shahriar Nafees b Jarvis 11 Mohammad Ashraful run out (Taylor/†Mutumbami) 40 Mahmudullah c sub (SC williams) b Jarvis 21 Shakib Al Hasan c Sibanda b Jarvis 4 3 Mushfiqur Rahim*† c Taylor b Chigumbura 23 Nasir Hossain b Cremer Sohag Gazi st †Mutumbami b Cremer 4 6 Enamul Haque jnr not out 4 Rubel Hossain c Sw Masakadza b Cremer Robiul Islam c Jarvis b Cremer 0 EXTRAS (b 8, nb 1) 9 147 TOTAl FAll OF wICKETS 1-21 (Shahriar Nafees, 6.6 ov), 2-41 (Jahurul Islam, 14.5 ov), 3-77 (Mahmudullah, 22.4 ov), 4-81 (Shakib Al Hasan, 26.2 ov), 5-85 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 28.5 ov), 6-132 (Mohammad Ashraful, 40.6 ov), 7-136 (Nasir Hossain, 43.5 ov), 8-139 (Sohag Gazi, 45.2 ov), 9-147 (Rubel Hossain, 49.1 ov), 10-147 (Robiul Islam, 49.2 ov) BOwlING: KM Jarvis 17-1-75-3, KO Meth 12-5-16-0, Sw Masakadza 10-4-26-1, E Chigumbura 5-0-18-1, AG Cremer 5.2-1-4-4, MATCH DETAIlS: Toss BD, who chose to field, Series Zimbabwe led the 2-match series 1-0, Test debuts T Maruma, KO Meth and R Mutumbami (Zim), Player of the match BRM Taylor (Zim), Umpires BF Bowden (NZ) and Al Hill (NZ), Tv umpire TJ Matibiri, Match referee BC Broad (Eng), Reserve umpire O Chirombe.
from him could have given Bangladesh a sniff. Zimbabwe were 84 for 6 in the second innings, but Taylor took Graeme Cremer under his wing as they staved off a rampant Robiul Islam. He broke several records on the way too. He became the first Zimbabwe captain to have scored two hundreds in a Test and also has the highest score for a Zimbabwe captain. He also beat his previous best of
117 in the first innings, and added the highest score against Bangladesh under his belt. With the ball, Zimbabwe were led by the impressive Jarvis. It was a complete domination of the Bangladesh batsmen as he, Shingirai Masakadza and Keegan Meth kept the ball up and used excellent lines. Jarvis finished with figures of 7 for 115 in the match, doing justice to the hype around him. Masakadza took five wickets in the
game while Meth kept one end quiet as the other two went about knocking the batsmen over. Cremer too played a useful hand with the bat, scoring 42 and 43. These were vital runs, as he added two big seventhwicket partnerships with Taylor that frustrated Bangladesh greatly. He ended the game with four cheap wickets, capping off a fine all-round display.
KKR implode against CSK Morgan, DB Das (wk), LR Shukla, R Bhatia, SMSM Senanayake, SP Narine, L Balaji. ChEnnAI SUPER kInGS: M Vijay, MEK Hussey, SK Raina, S Badrinath, RA Jadeja, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), DJ Bravo, JA Morkel, CH Morris, R Ashwin, MM Sharma.
The Kolkata Knight Riders imploded to end on 119 for nine in 20 overs against the Chennai Super Kings in the Pepsi Indian Premier League clash at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday, after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. The 'spin-twins' of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin completely dismantled the home side with combined figures of 8-1-41-5, with Jadeja claiming 3-20 and Ashwin ending with 2-21. Chris Morris (112) and Dwayne Bravo (1-14) were the other wicket takers while the Knight Riders contributed two terrible run-outs. Gautum Gambhir (25) and Yusuf Pathan (25) were the only batsmen to move past the 20-mark, as the opening pair added 46 for the
first wicket of 36 deliveries. But once Gambhir departed to a brilliant catch by Mike Hussey, running around from third-man, off the bowl-
ing of Morris, the wheels literally exploded! koLkATA knIGhT RIDERS: G Gambhir (capt), JH Kallis, YK Pathan, MK Tiwary, EJG
lAte PeReRA blows HelP sH edge PunJAb: Three sixes in four deliveries by Thisara Perera proved decisive as Sunrisers Hyderabad moved to the top of the Pepsi Indian Premier League table with a fivewicket victory over Kings XI Punjab at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday. The Sri Lanka all-rounder ended unbeaten on 23 off just 11 deliveries, adding to an earlier effort by Hanuma Vihari (46 off 39 balls) as the hosts reached their 124 victory target with seven balls to spare. Those performances came on the back of
some outstanding bowling earlier by the Hyderabad attack, led by the new Purple Cap holder Amit Mishra after he claimed two for 29 to become leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 11 scalps. Dale Steyn (1-14), Ishant Sharma (2-29) and Karan Sharma (219) also played key roles, with Adam Gilchrist (26 off 25) top scoring for the visitors, who had batted first after winning the toss. SUnRISERS hyDERABAD: CL White (capt), NLTC Perera, Q de Kock (wk), GH Vihari, A Ashish Reddy, KV Sharma, BB Samantray, A Mishra, DW Steyn, I Sharma, PA Reddy. kInGS XI PUnjAB: AC Gilchrist (capt & wk), Mandeep Singh, PC Valthaty, DJ Hussey, Azhar Mahmood, M Vohra, Gurkeerat Singh, PP Chawla, P Kumar, MS Gony, AD Mascarenhas.
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rosberg surprises to grab pole in bahrain
MAnAMA: Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes back-to-back pole positions for the first time since their return to Formula One at the start of 2010. Rosberg pipped reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull and Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari to claim only the second pole of his 132-race career for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. It is the first time since last year's race in China the 27year-old will lead away the field, and the first time this season he has outqualified team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton set the fourth fastest time, but a five-place penalty for a gearbox change ahead of qualifying at the Bahrain International Circuit means he now fall to ninth. Hamilton was on pole last week in Shanghai, but even with the penalty has so far struggled this weekend at the desert-based Sakhir track. AGENCIES
hamilton hit by grid penalty in bahrain
Alonso posts fastest time in 3rd practice MAnAMA: Fernando Alonso is poised to grab his first pole position in 14 races after finishing quickest in the final practice session for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. For Lewis Hamilton, the hour-long run ended in dramatic fashion with a rear-left suspension failure that will keep his Mercedes crew busy in the run up to qualifying later on Saturday. As for Alonso, on the back of his 31st-career victory in China last Sunday, he has been highly impressive around the desert-based Bahrain International Circuit. With a high police presence around the track as local authorities are determined to keep antigovernment protesters at bay, Formula One is virtually oblivious to what goes on away from it. On the circuit, Alonso led a tightly-bunched field, with the top six separated by just two tenths of a second, and the front nine by half a second. Alonso, last on pole in Germany last year, set a lap of one minute 33.247secs which was almost a second quicker than the leading time of Saturday posted by Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen. As in second practice, the Red Bull drivers had to settle for second and third on the timesheet, on this occasion with reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel ahead of Mark Webber. AGENCIES
donald shines, davis falters SOUTH CAROLINA AGENCIES
MAnAMA: Lewis Hamilton has been hit with a five-place grid penalty for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton suffered a left-rear tyre failure on his Mercedes on his in-lap at the end of final practice, which also resulted in damage to the suspension. As a consequence of changing the left-rear corner of the car, the team have also had to replace the gearbox, resulting in the grid penalty. Although on pole position a week ago in China, from where the 28-year-old finished third, balance issues have affected Hamilton so far this weekend at the Bahrain International Circuit. AGENCIES
England's Luke Donald sat one shot off the clubhouse lead at the midway point of the RBC Heritage but Brian Davis hopes of mounting a title challenge suffered a blow. World number six Donald followed up his opening 69 with a three-under-par 68 on Friday to move to five under for the tournament in South Carolina. That left him just a shot behind the leading trio of Kevin Streelman (70), Charley Hoffman (70) and Steve LeBrun (68) and level with another American Bill Haas (69) when play was suspended with storms approaching. Seventeen players were still to finish their second rounds when they were forced off, with the bestplaced among them being Camilo Villegas, who was level par on Friday after 17 and three under overall. Play is scheduled to resume on Saturday at 8am local time. While Donald climbed up the leaderboard, it was not such a good day for overnight pacesetter Brian Davis. The 38-
year-old, who three years ago penalised himself in a sudden death play-off at this tournament as he lost out to Jim Furyk, held a one-shot lead over Streelman and Hoffman after carding a 65 on Thursday but he dropped back to joint 25th following a miserable day. Starting on the ninth, Davis dropped shots at the 10th and then four in succession from the 15th as he reached the turn in five over par. The Londoner,
still searching for his first PGA Tour title, did better on the back nine, birdies on the third and ninth sandwiching another bogey on the fourth, but he still had to settle for a 75 - leaving him on two under overall and four behind the leaders. Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell was also up among the leaders after an impressive 67 on Friday left him on four under par, alongside six other players.
In-form Skarpnord takes lead in rain-hit SA Women Open DURBAN AGENCIES
Norway's Marianne Skarpnord carded a three-under par 69 to claim a one-shot lead after the first round of the South African Women's Open. Skarpnord was level par after 13 holes of her round at Southbroom Golf Club in Durban, but birdied three of the last five, including the 17th and 18th to edge clear at the top of the leaderboard. English teenager Charley Hull was among seven players a shot off the lead on two under, along with home favourites Ashleigh Simon and Stacy Lee Bregman. Hull, 17, who finished second on her professional debut in Morocco last month, carded four birdies and two bogeys after starting her round from the 10th. A further seven players were another stroke back on one under, including English pair Emily Taylor and Rebecca Hudson, but American
Cheyenne Woods - the niece of world number one Tiger Woods - could only manage a four-over 76. The second round of the South African Women’s Open has
been postponed because of heavy rains and a waterlogged Southbroom Golf Club course. No play was possible on Saturday, and at 11:30am Ladies European Tour
Tournament Director Yvonne Cassidy announced that play would be abandoned for the day. “As a result of overnight rain and persistent rain today we’ve had to abandon Saturday’s play completely. The tournament is going to be reduced to 36 holes with the hope that we can finish play on Sunday,” said Cassidy. “We have a couple of options now. The first is that we make a cut on the scores that we already have, so that would be a cut after the first 18 holes. It would be to 60 professional players and ties, which as it stands at the moment would be 68 players. We haven’t come to this decision yet. It will be weather driven so at 17:00 today we will make that final call. “But I have been so surprised at how this course has held up because it’s been so saturated over the past few weeks with the heavy flooding that they’ve experienced in this region.”
bFa presidential award for shaukat javed LAhoRE: Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) has conferred an award to Shaukat Javed, President Pakistan Federation Baseball. The BFA Presidential Award was announced at the BFA Congress recently held in Tokyo Japan in recognition of the outstanding contribution of Shaukat Javed to the development of Baseball in Asia. STAFF REPORT
pakistan rugby team camp LAhoRE: The training camp of Pakistan rugby team for the Asian Five-Nation Division IV Rugby Tournament is in full swing here at the DHA Rugby ground under the aegis of Pakistan Rugby Union (PRU). A practice match will also be played today (Sunday) between Pakistan team and University of Economics rugby team under the able supervision of Pakistan rugby coach Roger Coombs who will keenly witness the performance of the players and later keeping in view their performances, he will announce the final rugby team which will represent the country in the Asian Five-Nation Division IV Rugby Tournament to be held in Dubai. PRU president Fawzi Khawaja said: “The new rugby coach is striving hard to train the youngsters to prepare them well for the upcoming international event. He is guiding the players well and trying to improve their game. I hope the foreign coach’s guidance will help them in producing high-quality results.” STAFF REPORT
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impressive dimitrov earns nadalâ€™s approval R MONTE CARLO AGENCIES
Ferguson backs rvp and carrick for pFa award
AFAEL Nadal believes Grigor Dimitrov will be a future top-10 player after being pushed all the way by the brilliant Bulgarian. Eight-time defending champion Nadal extended his run in the Monte Carlos Masters to 45 successive victories and progressed into the semi-finals of the tournament, but he had it far from easy before winning his quarter-final clash against Dimitrov 6-2 26 6-4. Dimitrov, 21, has risen to number 34 in the world on the back of a strong start to 2013 and he showed enough on Court Central to suggest he is starting to fulfil his oft talked-about talent. Nadal, whose only defeat in the principality came in 2003 at the hands of Guillermo Coria, was in danger of suffering a second at 4-4 in the deciding set. But the Spaniard re-grouped and, with Dimitrov suffering from cramp, broke before serving it out to complete a hardfought win in two hours and eight minutes. "I was nervous. I accepted that my opponent was playing well and I tried to find a solution to win. Finally, I was lucky. I found a solution at the right time," said Nadal, who believes Dimitrov has a bright future ahead of his him. "I always had that feeling (Dimitrov getting into top 10). (It) always depends on how he stays mentally, how he's able to keep working hard and improving. But, sure, he's a great player and he has all the shots," Nadal said on atpworldtour.com. "He has everything to be a really, really good player. So (it) depends on him." Next up for Nadal is a semi-final clash with home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who edged Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets. Wawrinka thrashed second seed Andy Murray on Thursday and started well but was unable to sustain it as Tsonga hit back to win 2-6 6-3 6-4. The other semi-final will see world number one Novak Djokovic face Fabio Fognini. Djokovic, runner-up here to Nadal in 2009 and again last year, needed just 77 minutes to see off Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-3 in his quarter-final
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benitez only focused on winning at anfield clash. "It was great," said Djokovic, who has been battling back from an ankle injury suffered on Davis Cup duty with Serbia recently. "That's a big step forward for me today [Friday] compared to the first two matches in every sense. I finally got a great feel on the clay. Hopefully I can maintain that level tomorrow [Saturday]."
His opponent Fognini became the first Italian to reach the last four in Monte Carlo since Andrea Gaudenzi in 1995 after downing world number nine Richard Gasquet of France 7-6 (7/0) 6-2. A delighted Fornini, 25, said: "This is one of the best performances ever for me. It's my first semi-final at a Masters 1000."
nadal sets up tsonga clash MonTE CARLo: Eight-times champion Rafael Nadal was taken to the brink by Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov before completing a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory on Friday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals. Nadal, who made an unusual number of errors and looked uncomfortable throughout against his 21-year-old opponent, slowly ground him down and fired an ace to clinch his 45th successive victory at the first big claycourt event of the season. The Spaniard now has a 47-1 win-loss record at the glamorous venue and will next face Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who beat Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6 6-3 6-4 to reach the last four for the first time. The straight-laced crowd, for once reluctant to support Nadal with Dimitrov threatening to pull off a shock win, stood up to cheer the 34th-ranked Bulgarian as he left the court after a thrilling performance. AGENCIES
LONDON Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Michael Carrick and Robin Van Persie would be deserving winners of the PFA Player of the Year award. Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick were both included in the PFA Player of the Year award shortlist alongside Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez. The two players' outstanding performances for United have helped propel to club to the top of the table, and the Red Devils are expected to be crowned Premier League champions come the end of the season. Another United player, striker Danny Welbeck, was also nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Ferguson has expressed his joy over seeing due recognition being awarded to three of his most influential players this season and admitted he would be rooting for them to take home the awards when it is handed out later this month. "I'm delighted," Ferguson told MUTV. "They deserve to be nominated, there's no doubt about that. And I obviously hope one of them wins. "Robin has had a fantastic season - his goals emphasise the impact he has made at our club. "I think this is Michael's best ever season at United. He's been absolutely magnificent. "It's amazing Michael has had to wait until he's 31 to get nominated for anything! "He really deserves it. "Danny has also shown some great performances this season for us and his country, and I'm delighted for him too."
nibali wins Giro del trentino AGENCIES
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Italian Vincenzo Nibali underlined his form ahead of the three-week Giro d'Italia by winning the final stage and overall victory at the 37th edition of the Giro del Trentino. Overnight leader Maxime Bouet went into the fourth and final stage, held over 166.8 km between Arco and Sega di Ala, with a 3min 19sec lead on Belarusian Kanstantsin Siutsou of Team Sky and 3:56 on Astana team leader Nibali. However the Frenchman who rides for AG2R, struggled early on the tough, 11km final ascent on which reigning Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins fell off the pace after suffering mechanical problems.
AnFIELD: Rafael Benitez insisted all his focus and attention is on guiding Chelsea to victory in Sunday's Barclays Premier League encounter at Anfield. In six years on Merseyside, Benitez helped Liverpool to the 2005 Champions League in his first season, the FA Cup, the Community Shield and European Super Cup, while the Reds finished second in the Premier League in 2008-09. He declined the opportunity to assess the Reds since his departure in June 2010 or to talk about events at Anfield ahead of his first return as an opposing manager. "I'm the Chelsea manager and I want to get three points," said Benitez, who declined to reveal whether he was a candidate to succeed Kenny Dalglish last summer, when incumbent Brendan Rodgers was appointed. "I cannot change the past. I'm really proud. "The rivalry and all these things... I can understand now, but it's very clear: I have to concentrate on football, on games. "My commitment is with Chelsea and I will use common sense and do what I have to do, concentrate on games, try to get three points. "Afterwards, I will wish the best to Liverpool Football Club, because it was six very good years there." Asked about the prospect of a warm reception from Liverpool's supporters, Benitez said: "I will try to concentrate as much as I can on events on the pitch. "If you can be successful with any team, I'm sure that the fans will appreciate that." Rarely has Benitez experienced taking a new side back to his former team.
Djokovic finds inner strength in Monte Carlo MONTE CARLO AGENCIES
Novak Djokovic came from a set down to book a quarter-final place but second seed Andy Murray crashed out in less than an hour at the Monte Carlo Masters. Djokovic pulled through against Juan Monaco to join third seed Rafael Nadal, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets. However, that was in sharp contrast to the fortunes of US Open champion Murray, who won only three games against Stanislas Wawrinka, with Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro - the fourth and fifth seeds respectively - also exiting the tournament. Djokovic was forced to come from behind for the second day in a row and credited his "inner strength" after beating
Monaco 4-6 6-2 6-2. The Serbian, who had been tested by Mikhail Youzhny in the second round, lost serve four times as he battled past Monaco in just over two hours to book a tie against Finn Jarkko Nieminen, Del Potro's conqueror. It is his first clay-court tournament of the year and comes less than a fortnight after he twisted his ankle during a Davis Cup tie against the United States. Djokovic said: "It's another big test obviously, again a twohour match. "Obviously I'm not physically out there feeling my best. "Somehow it feels that I always miss that half a step. But I'm trying, I'm fighting. "After I lost the first set today [Thursday], I tried to find that inner strength - I found it again so that's a positive thing. "Every day brings a new challenge and we'll see what
happens tomorrow [Friday]." Second seed Murray was demolished 6-1 6-2 by 13th seed Wawrinka, who won 75 per cent of his service points and broke his higher ranked opponent five times to record his fifth win in 13 meetings with the Scot. Murray, who made 24 unforced errors, told a post-match press conference: "When I started making a lot of errors he was able to dictate all of the points from there. "I've played some good tournaments here but it does take me time to feel comfortable on the surface. I need matches against top players to see what's going wrong and going right and the things I need to work on to get better." Wawrinka said: "He's an amazing player. He's always tough to beat. "Therefore, to beat Andy that easy was a big surprise, for sure.
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