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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 296 19 Pages Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 Jamadul Sani 12, 1434
mushArrAf sliPs the treAson chArge story on PAge 02
sindh to see a new era under Pml-n, promises nawaz story on PAge 09
Pti challenges nawaz to tv debate story on PAge 04
secret funds case: sc publicises list of ‘beneficiaries’ story on PAge 02
Khan vs raja: the Pretender aiming to topple the Prince KP Southern Districts: Showdown between the Maulana and Saifullahs
Shahbaz urges people to vote for a better Pakistan
ANP on the verge of collapse in Karachi
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some PoliticiAns trying to vitiAte PoliticAl environment, sAys AshrAf Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Monday said a few politicians were trying to vitiate the political environment by mudslinging against the president, who was the symbol of the federation. Addressing a press conference at the PPP Media Centre, Ashraf warned against pushing the country’s politics back into the 1990s era. He said a conspiracy was being hatched to delay the elections and those trying to provoke the PPP workers were also part of the conspiracy. Ashraf said political parties should count their own achievements during their tenures rather than accusing others.
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LHC bars more than eight hours load shedding in Lahore
Boston BomBing suspect charged with using weapon of mass destruction
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Ahmadis to boycott polls
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John Kerry to host Afghan, Pakistan talks story on PAge 04
Taliban detain Turks in eastern Afghanistan story on PAge 07
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Nawaz, Musharraf responsible for load shedding. — Ahmed Mukhtar
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InformatIon mInIstry moves sC agaInst HamId mIr
musharraf slips the treason charge CAretAKerS SAy their oNly MANDAte iS to CoNDuCt free AND fAir PollS AND briNgiNg treASoN ChArge AgAiNSt forMer PreSiDeNt iS beSt left for AN eleCteD govt
Federal Information Ministry has filed an application in the Supreme Court against senior anchor person Hamid Mir on contempt of court charges. The applicant, Amir Abbas, has given the reference of the programme hosted by senior journalist Javed Chaudhary in which Hamid Mir not only gave comments on the secret funds of Information and Broadcasting Ministry, but also discussed points that he was not allowed to do so as the matter was already pending before the court of law. The applicant said on the other hand, Mir was himself a party in the case and by commenting on a sub judice matter, he tried to influence the court proceedings. The applicant asked the court to initiate the contempt case against Hamid Mir.
H E interim government on Monday distanced itself from initiating treason case against former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf, saying it was not its job and it did not want to indulge in controversial issues. While submitting its written reply in the Supreme Court, the interim government on Monday refused to initiate proceedings against the former military dictator under Article 6 of the Constitution. The government told the bench that it had a limited mandate focused on holding free, fair and transparent elections. The three-member bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khwaja resumed hear-
ing in the case filed by five petitioners, seeking registration of treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf for subverting the constitution of Pakistan by overthrowing a democratic government, imposing emergency in the country and detaining judges of superior courts in 2007. The federal government, through Attorney General Irfan Qadir, submitted its reply in which it clearly stated it was not its mandate to initiate case against the former president. The attorney general told the court that the caretaker government was solely focusing on elections and even in some important matters like agreement of Riko Diq, and loan issues with IMF, the government preferred to avoid taking any decision. The interim government told the court that only 20 days were left with the government to finalise all arrangements for conducting elections. “In these circumstances, it will not be appropriate for the caretaker government to deliberate or take a position in respect of the Article 6, which is likely to become a controversial exercise in long-term for both political parties and institutions of the state and, therefore, it should be best left for the elected government to take appropriate position on Article 6 and its legal processes, manner and scope of implementation, inclusion or exclusion of persons to be proceeded against etc. That even, otherwise there is no urgency in respect of the said matter.”
“The caretaker setup should avoid taking any controversial step and should not commit any process that is not re-
The caretaker government is solely focusing on elections and even in some important matters like the agreement on Riko Diq and loan issues with IMF, the government preferred to avoid taking any decision irfAn QAdir AttorNey geNerAl versible by the incoming elected government.” The government’s reply also cited a working paper by an NGO called Democracy Reporting International which called for an interim set-up to
avoid major policy decisions, refrain from making appointments on key posts and avoid signing any major contracts or international treaties. After receiving the response from the caretaker government, the bench adjourned the hearing until today (Tuesday) to hear the reply of Musharraf’s lawyers. MUSHARRAF’S LAWYERS COULDN’T MEET HIM: Musharraf’s legal team headed by Ahmed Raza Kasuri pleaded before the court that they were not allowed to meet with their client. They requested the court to order the administration to allow them to meet with the former president so that they could submit their response in the court on Tuesday. Upon this, the bench directed the administration to allow lawyers to have a meeting with Musharraf, who is being detained at his house. Also on Monday, a petition was filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) challenging Musharraf’s detention at his farmhouse, stating that an accused facing serious and heinous charges of terrorism could not be detained at his residence and should be sent to a regular jail. The petitioner pleaded that thousands of other accused who were facing trial under Anti-Terrorism Act ought to be kept at their residence as it had been done in the case of Musharraf. The petitioner requested the court to annul the notification and send the accused to the district’s Adiala Jail.
Secret funds case: SC publicises list of ‘beneficiaries’ ISLAMABAD Tayyab Hussain
Following directions of the Supreme Court (SC), details of Rs 1 77,988,450 paid from the secret fund of the Information Ministry to 282 journalists for the year 2011-12 were made public on Monday. Names of several senior journalists and anchors are included in the list, some of whom have been added for being provided flights or accommodation as part of official delegations with government officials such as the former prime minister. A few journalists who did not choose to travel on the offered trips have also been included in the list, seemingly erroneously. According to the rules and regulations, the purpose of the secret fund is only to obtain or uncover sensitive information necessary to protect ‘national interest/national security’. It cannot be used for any other purpose, such as emergencies or incidental expenses. All withdrawals are supposed to come under specific heads and justifications. Another list of 155 journalists who took gifts and payments from the Information Ministry will also be made public later. Earlier in the day, a three-member SC bench headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja ordered posting the details online. The court also sought a reply from the auditor general (AG) in connection with audit of these items. Justice Khawaja remarked during the hearing that details of spending of public money could not be concealed. “The Information Ministry will have to render account of every penny. Court is accountable to the constitution and not the US. Decision on the confidentiality of 155 items will be taken after the AG’s report comes”. “When incidents like May 2, 2011 in
Abbottabad compound occur, the ministry lacks the ability to counter the negative fallout and has to engage the best writers available in the market,” Tahir Hassan, a director with the Information Ministry explained before the three-judge Supreme Court bench. The court remarked, “Inform the court about the details of the law under which you have asked to keep the documents confidential. Explain it in terms of Article 19-A”. Amir Abbas, the lawyer, said every citizen had access to information under Article 19. He read out Section 7 to which Justice Javed remarked, “You want to say you hold privilege under Article 19-A. This matter was reviewed in the memo case.” Presenting the details in respect of secret funds, Amir Abbas assured the SC that the reports which were presented in court would be subjected to audit by the auditor general. The court was told that there were three heads running under secret funds of which money was being spent. Opening his arguments, Abbas said forces, ISI and other institutions used this fund. He said freedom of expression had been provided under the ordinance, adding that it was a matter of internal security. “We are not providing details due to security risk. Who will provide protection to these people if their names are flashed in the media? We want to extend them protection,” he added. Justice Jawwad remarked, “What you are trying to say is that if the media does not publish columns, you do so after buying columnist”. “Stop joking with the people. We are posting 282 items on the website. The remaining will be decided by us later.” “Is it essential for freedom of press that the Ministry of Information buys journalists
to make any message public? These things will have to be sorted out.” Petitioner Absar Alam said secret funds amounted to Rs 650 million, but officials were putting the amount at around 260 million. The hearing of the case was adjourned until April 25. AMOUNTS DISBURSED: The Ministry spent Rs 37 million for a media campaign to promote a song dedicated to former PPP chairwoman Benazir Bhutto. Another Rs 35,000,000 was paid to a private TV channel for conducting a week-long programme, especially approved by PM Gilani. Hefty amounts were paid for running a monitoring cell and EMR wings of the ministry, reflecting the staff and activities were not entitled payment from exchequer and were therefore accommodated from the secret fund. Owner of a private TV channel and Saleh Zaafir, a journalist with a leading newspaper group, were specially accommodated a number of times from the secret fund and both received over Rs 0.5 million each. Saleh Zaafir was paid for “special assignments” while no reference was made for the payment made to the owner of the TV channel. The Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) tops the list with Rs 6 crores, 14 lacs and 55 thousand rupees during the period between July 1, 2011 to September 6, 2012. At least Rs 100 million were spent on journalists’ visits in and outside the country, while millions of rupees were spent on invitation of journalists from Karachi, Lahore, Multan and other cities to the federal capital. Chief executive of SANA news agency Shakeel Turabi received Rs 600,000 and the media commission of the Supreme Court was given Rs 40 lacs, the list stated. A programme ‘Pakistan This Week’ on
rePort regArding ‘fAcilitAted’ mediA nAmes rife with errors ISLAMABAD: The ‘revelation’ regarding journalists who were ‘facilitated’ by the Information Ministry has given birth to many pertinent questions. Countless errors have been detected in the report. Many funds were intermingled with those disbursed to employees of various institutions as salaries, aid to widows of journalists, and amounts disbursed for mediarelated activities on various ceremonies. Analysts are of the view that if closely perused, the report also cites the principal information officer claiming that Rs 1.2 million was spent on air tickets purchased for media personnel who accompanied the prime minister on his tour to Britain. However, a close investigation reveals that this 21-member entourage travelled via a chartered plane, hence ticketing was obviously not involved. Besides, it is not clear if this Rs 1.2 million also included the expenses of boarding, lodging and food facilities in the foreign land. ONLINE sources have disclosed that many renowned journalists, like Fariha Idrees and Nusrat Javed, who were said to have accompanied this tour to Britain, were never a part of the tour. Online
the CNBC TV channel was given Rs 3 crore and 50 lacs. After rains and floods in Sindh province, various media groups were given Rs 1,320,000 for public relations activities. Widows of journalists of various newspapers were also given thousands of rupees in aid on different occasions. The late Mehmood Hamdani received Rs 200,000 for medical treatment, Zahid Hamid Rana Rs 500,000, Saleem Khawaja Rs 100,000, chief executive of a private TV channel Syed Sajjad Shah Rs 100,000, publisher of a book ‘Mufahimat’ (reconciliation) received Rs 70,000, while Haris Marhoob 150,000, UD Sabiri Rs 50,000 and M Ashraf Rs 400,000. Publisher of a book ‘Mera Sahafat Ma Agaz’ received Rs 250,000, Azhar Bhatti Rs 50,000, Intikhab Hanif Rs 100,000, Farooq
Amin Rs 50,000, Maqbool Hussain Tabassum Rs 50,000, Fareed Khan Rs 100,000, Shaukat Hussain Shaukat Rs 100,000, Nokhaiz Abbas Rs 50,000 and Gulraiz Shehzad had got Rs 100,000, the list stated. Mian Mohammad Nadeem Rs 200,000, Ghulam Nabi Mughal Rs 100,000, Nazeer Abbas Rs 300,000, Assad Ullah Ghalib Rs 200,000, Jamil Soomro Rs 600,000, Umer Sharif Rs 50,000, Farooq Sehar Siddiqui Rs 100,000, Mazhar Iqbal Rs 100,000, Bashir Ahmed Khan Rs 700,000, Mohammad Amin Rs 500,000 and Abid Saqi Rs 500,000. Rs 700,000 were given for media coverage on occasion of Quaid-e-Azam Day. The complete list can be viewed on the Pakistan Today website
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Khan vs raja: the Pretender aiming to topple the Prince LAHORE
N NA-52, the battle lines have been drawn. This epic is between the virtual lord and master of what is dubbed as the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Larkana, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, and an up and coming pretender, the PML-Q’s Raja Basharat. And thrown into the cauldron for good measure is the property czar Malik Riaz – lending support to Raja to cut Rawalpindi’s real Chaudhry to size. And there is yet more of an assortment, the combine quite potent, that is lined up against Nisar, making it the battle of his life in a place where he has forever reigned supreme. For the moment Nisar has an upper hand, thanks to the martial familial background, access to the power corridors and men that mater in Pakistani politics – not to mention the resources to burn. Nisar is taking no chances though, for he is contesting from as many as two other national and as many provincial constituencies in the district: NA-42, NA-53, PP-6 and PP-7. This speaks volumes of Rawalpindi district’s politics where the Sharifs have put all their eggs in Nisar’s basket, much to the dismay of other powerful groups inside the ‘N’, who feel let down. Some local analysts also interpret this as Nisar feeling insecure in the changing dynamic of Rawalpindi.
nisar is fully embedded at the centre of political life of this area, having advantages which his rival has never enjoyed. By virtue of his clout with the sharifs, he virtually was the de facto chief minister, getting development funds without any diﬃculty. the local influentials and party workers The looked up to him for their P T I tsunami has thana/katcheri issues
not landed here as yet, and its candidate Col Ajmal is not creating any waves. Other parties like JI exist only on the margins. For the best part, it remains a duel between friends turned foes, Ch Nisar and Raja Basharat. The former is already well known, and the latter, a former ‘Q’ provincial minister, is earning his spurs in political circles for being cool and clear headed. Being an old hand of the area, he is well-versed with the rough and tumble of local politics. The
KARACHI aaMiR MaJeeD
The Awami National Party (ANP), which had emerged as Karachi’s second largest party over the last few years, seems to have lost all hopes of winning even a single National Assembly (NA) seat from the city, and has decided not to field candidates from five NA constituencies in addition to fielding relatively unknown candidates from areas where the party is contesting. ANP has decided to contest elections on 15 NA seats out of a total 20 seats in Karachi. The party has, in most cases, fielded candidates who have never contested elections before. From the candidates the party has selected for NA seats, only four leaders are part of ANP’s Sindh or central leadership. The rest are largely unknown figures in the constituencies they are contesting from. ANP Sindh Vice President (VP) Amanullah Mehsood will contest from NA-257, ANP District East Karachi General Secretary Sadiq Zaman Khattak from NA-254 while two leaders of the party’s central working committee, Syed Hanif Shah and Sultan Mandokhel, were given tickets for NA250 and NA-258, respectively. However, the 11 other nominated candidates were completely new faces. The five constituencies where the party has not fielded a candidate include NA-246 Federal B Area, NA-248 Lyari, NA-249 Kharadar, NA-251 Lines Area and NA-252 PIB Colony. ANP’s remaining candidates from the metropolis include Sarfaraz Khan Jadoon from NA-239, Kabir Ahmed Khan from NA-240, Syed Karam Darwaidh from NA-241, Asghar Khan from NA-242, Raaz Muhammad from NA-243, Muhammad Ishaque from NA-244, Muhammad Khan Afridi from NA-245, Zahid Muhammad from NA-247, Arshad Khan from NA-253, Abdur Rehman Khan from NA-255 and Muhammad Younus Khan from NA-256. “The party has decided to put its entire concentration on provincial assembly seats,” a party leader, who wished not to be named, told Pakistan Today. “ANP has fielded candidates in 15 NA constituencies of the city just to ensure party presence on ballot papers,” he added. “Every nominated candidate for NA seats has earned a good name in their respective areas,” ANP Sindh General Secretary Bashir Jan said while talking to Pakistan Today. He is himself contesting polls for the provincial assembly seat PS-93. “ANP is not leading a fill-in-theblanks policy and it has fielded candidates from only those constituencies where the party has a presence,” he added.
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three-weeks given for campaigning have commenced, yet the area is not really abuzz. Publicly the contestants are confined to corner meetings, but behind the scene, cutthroat wheeling and dealing is going on. Without any doubt, NA-52 is the safest for the PML-N with Nisar having a stellar record here since 1985 – then NA52 and NA-53 were part of NA-40. Again for the last 10 years, he is winning from this constituency with huge margins against either PPP’s nominee or Q’s Rajas. In 2008, when Nisar gifted this safe seat to Capt. Safdar, Nawaz’s son-in–law, the latter cruise to a win in the by-elections, albeit never setting foot in the constituency again. Nisar is fully embedded at the centre of political life of this area, having advantages which his rival has never enjoyed. By virtue of his clout with the Sharifs, he virtually was the de facto chief minister, getting development funds without any difficulty. The local influentials and party workers looked up to him for their thana/katcheri issues. Again, Nisar has a national stature though he did not do much credit to the office of Leader of the Opposition. And he let down the party when the caretakers were being negotiated, and Ishaq Dar stole much of his limelight. He will also benefit
from the huge goodwill the ’N’ enjoys in the urban Punjab. But the going for Raja Basharat is not that bad either, and his stock became bullish the moment the PPP decided to support him as a part of wider seat adjustment with ‘Q’. The analysts believe that election in NA-52 would be a test case of how much difference the PPP-PML (Q) combine could make on the ‘D’ Day. Raja is primed to exploit the new arrangement to his favour. In close contact with the PPP’s local leaders, he is acutely aware the difference it can make. And here both the PPP and ‘Q’ leaders and workers seemingly are jelling well together. In 2008, Nisar bagged over 97,000 votes while Raja Nasir, Basharat’s sibling, 55,000 and PPP’s Raja Khurram 38,000 were second and third. The political analysts say if the PPP and ‘Q’ votes are combined, Nisar can be trumped. The local workers say that with the seat adjustment between the PPP-PML (Q) could give a new lease of life to the Rajas waiting for their turn since long besides making it a lively two-way contest. The jilted JI, for long the ‘N’ ally but denied its pound of flesh this time round, too has now trained its guns on the Sharifs. The JI’s candidate secured about 16000 votes in the 2002 elections from here. As such Raja’s camp is all smiles to see JI and PML (N) now face to face in the constituency. Rawalpindi district is also the scene of much squabbling in the ‘N’ with various groups working at cross-purposes often trying to checkmate each other. The groupings have weakened the party as it faces the giants like Imran Khan and Sheikh Rashid. Apart from the tug of war in ‘N’ itself, the other important groups that matter in Rawalpindi politics have all joined forces against Nisar. The important factions are those of Haji Nawaz Khokhar, Ch Tanvir and Raja Basharat. With such potent alliances arrayed against him, will Nisar be able be prevail is too close to call.
anP on tHe verge of CollaPse In KaraCHI
Showdown between the Maulana and Saifullahs PESHAWAR sHaMiM sHaHiD
The emergence of politics of an intriguing nature, based on alliances, have stimulated the electioneering campaigns in at least four southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), whereas the JUI-F chief Fazlur Rahman and the PPP’s candidate Anwar Saifullah Khan have surfaced as the main rivals in the forthcoming general elections. This particular rivalry is not only responsible for exploiting the minutest of options available, but has also pushed the players to the extent to even make friends with old foes, just to ensure complete political isolation of each other. The implementation of such tactics has also been attributed to the hunger to extract memorable victories out of the historic elections. Surprisingly, when it comes to winning sympathies and purchasing loyalties of electorates and candidates alike, the concept of legal or halal has no value during the elections. The KP’s southern districts – Dera Ismail Khan (DIK), Bannu, Lakki Marwat and Tank – have been playing a key role in local politics. Since 1947, at least three dignitaries belonging from here have served as the KP chief ministers, whereas a late politician was speaker of the provincial assembly. From among the present dignitaries, one from this region was deputy speaker of provincial assembly.
Another very influential bureaucrat, late Ghulam Ishaq Khan, also belonged to this part of the province. The Saifullahs, Kabirs and Kamal (late Anwar Kamal) from Lakki Marwat, Fazl, Ali Zai, Kundi’s Gandhapurs, Qasorya and Miankhel from DIK, Kundis from both Tank and DIK, and Durranis and Wazirs from Bannu are amongst the most influential families. In the recent past, the Saifullahs have had complete domination over both Bannu and Lakki Marwat, but presently they are losing influence in Bannu, thus providing a window of opportunity to the settler Durrani family to enhance their influence. The rise of Akram Khan Durrani is considered a good enough example of fluctuating regional trends.
It is pertinent to mention here that in the late 1970s the area had remained a stronghold of the PPP and on those grounds late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had challenged late Maulana Mufti Mehmood in the 1977 general elections. Things changed when in the 1980s almost all leading families came together in favour of military dictator Zia-ul-Haq. The PMLN subsequently maintained its popularity in all these four districts from 1988 till 1998. Local political culture changed once more when some present influential families like Saifullahs, Miankhels, Kundis and Gandhapurs backed dictator Gen (r) Pervez Musharaf. In the 2002 general elections, a rightist political alliance – the MMA – surprised all in these southern dis-
tricts. Nevertheless, results remained scattered in the 2008 general elections. Prior to announcement of election schedule, three main political forces, including the PPP, the JUI-F and the PMLN have maintained contact on the leadership level to secure electoral alliances and seat adjustments. Obviously Maulana Fazal has been the main focus of such hobnobbing. However similar efforts undertaken on the part of Anwar Saifullah have placed serious hurdles for the politician in his native area Lakki Marwat, whereas his prospects seem better in DIK. Furthermore, PPP’s Waqar Ahmad Khan has also succeeded in mustering support of several political parties and individuals. In Tank, Faisal Karim Khan Kundi is making his position stable, while in Bannu, JI’s Prof Ibrahim Khan is posing a real threat to former KPK chief minister Akram Durrani. In a bid to solidify his position, Fazl is contesting from three out of four NA seats, whereas he is fielding younger brother Lutfur Rahman on two provincial assembly seats from DIK. Lutaf and Durrani are the potential JUI-F chief minister. Meanwhile, in DIK Fazl will face PPP’s Waqar Ahmad Khan, Faisal Karim Kundi in Tank and Pakistan Muslim League-Likeminded Salim Saifullah Khan in Lakki Marwat. Moreover, Akram Durrani will be facing JUI –F dissident Maulana Syed Nasim Ali Shah and JI’s Prof Ibrahim Khan in Bannu. Fazl has succeeded in creating fissures
amongst the ranks of the PPP in DIK, whereas former provincial minister Samiullah Alizai has joined the alliance. The powerful Gandhapurs, headed by Israr Ullah Khan Gandhapur, is also supporting Fazl. On the other hand, Waqar Ahmad Khan has put in place an alliance of the PPP, the PML-N and the ANP against the Maulana, challenging him on an NA seat, while the provincial seats each went to the PPP and the PML-N and one to the ANP candidate. Influential Mazhar Jamil Alizai and Sanaullah Miankhel have become joint candidates against Maulana Lutaf on the PA seats. As of present, the situation in Tank seems to be going in Fazl’s favour, but PTI is likely to play a key role in his defeat. To spice things up, Maulana will be facing his traditional rival Faisal Karim Kundi in Tank. In the 2008 elections, Faisal had gained a significant victory against Fazl in DIK. The PPP entered into an alliance with JUI-F dissident ex-MPA Ghulam Qadar Betani and ANP’s Habib Ullah Khan Kundi. Whereas, in Lakki Marwat, where FAzl will be facing Salim Saifullah, the JUI-F has an edge over Saifullah, as almost all former PML-N parliamentarians have joined the JUI-F. Anwar Saifullah had earlier established an alliance with the PML-N, but presently Fazl is engaged in efforts to gain the support of ex-bureaucrat Akhtar Muneer. The cold war between Fazl and Saifullah is expected to go further as elections approach.
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The caretaker government will utilize all available resources for complete rehabilitation of the earthquake victims of Kharan. —Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Ghous Baksh Barozai
some politicians trying to vitiate political environment: ashraf ISLAMABAD
ORMER prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Monday said a few politicians were trying to vitiate the political environment by mudslinging against the president, who was the symbol of the federation. Addressing a press conference at the PPP Media Centre, Ashraf warned against pushing the country’s politics back into the 1990s era. He said a conspiracy was being hatched to delay the elections and those trying to provoke the PPP workers were also part of the conspiracy. Ashraf said political
parties should count their own achievements during their tenures rather than accusing others. The former prime minister said PPP workers had the right to respond to the accusations from a former chief minister of a province in the same coin. Ashraf claimed that the PPP had never been given a level playing field in the elections since 1988 and these elections were no exception. Citing the example of former water and power minister Liaquat Jatoi, he said if his nomination papers could be accepted despite his implication in the Rental Power Plants case, why his papers were rejected. He also quoted the exam-
ples of PPP leaders Rana Farooq Saeed and Murtaza Satti whose nomination papers had been rejected though they were not convicted in any case. “Article 63 of the constitution is very clear as it says that no one can be disqualified before conviction,” he said. “The PPP candidates have been targeted and their nomination papers were rejected while its opponents were released from jails to contest elections against the PPP,” claimed Ashraf. Referring to the issue of provision of security to former prime ministers and chief ministers, he said it was strange that the caretaker chief minister of a province had 400 security personnel
lhc Allows rAJA PervAiz AshrAf to contest elections LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday allowed former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to unconditionally take part in the upcoming general elections from the NA 51 constituency in Rawalpindi. The permission was given by the court in its final decision in a petition filed by Ashraf against the rejection of his nomination papers by an election tribunal. The Rawalpindi constituency includes the Gujjar Khan village which is Ashraf’s native village. During the hearing of the petition on April 18, the court had given provisional green light for Ashraf to contest the elections, ordering the Election Commission of Pakistan to include the name of the former prime minister in the list of valid candidates.On April 7, the RO for NA 51 had rejected the nomination papers of Ashraf. Subsequently, an election tribunal upheld the RO’s decision and dismissed an appeal filed by Ashraf on April 15, in light of objections raised by a former union nazim of Gujjar Khan. A group of lawyers including Farooq H Naek, Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon and president of LHC bar association Abid Saqi represented the former prime minister before the bench comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Syed Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi. sTaFF RePORT
and his predecessor had 700 security men. He said about his security, some authorises were con-
cerned and wanted to slash his security even more and reduce it to single digit figure. To a question, Ashraf said
the masses were the best judge, adding “let them accept or reject the candidates on May 11”.
sc directs fiA to investigate award of licences to 89 cng stations ISLAMABAD aPP
ISLAMABAD: Leader of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and candidate for NA-49, Dr Amjad on Monday shows reporters a picture of Jamia Hafsa students removing his election banners. Online
Talal Bugti to move BHC against polls in Sibi QUETTA sTaFF RePORT
Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti on Monday announced to file a petition in the Balochistan High Court to postpone elections in Sibi division on account of failure of rehabilitation of Bugti refugees to their area. Addressing a press conference at Bugti House, he said during its hearing in Islamabad four months ago, the
Supreme Court of Pakistan had issued directives to the Balochistan chief secretary to ensure the that 44,000 Bugti refugees got their national identity cards and ordered enlisting them in the electoral lists, but the courts’ orders had not been implemented yet. He said the non-implementation of the court orders amounted to contempt of court and under such circumstances, holding fair elections in Kohlu and Dera Bugti was not possible.
The JWP leader said another candidate contesting on both National and provincial assembly seats from Kohlu district, Changaiz Marri, had also said that names of 40,000 people were not included in the electoral lists in his constituency. He said he and his family members were promised by the administration to set up polling booths in the areas where Bugti refugees had settled temporarily so that they could use their right to vote.
us committed to continue building bilateral ties with Pakistan ISLAMABAD aPP
Acting US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan David D Pearce said his country was committed to continuing building its bilateral partnership with the new Pakistani government and the leadership elected by the voters. Pearce, along with Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan Lieutenant General (r) Douglas Lute, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Dr Peter Lavoy, was on a two-day visit to Pakistan from April 21-22.
The US delegation, during its stay, met Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani. During the meetings, they discussed ways in which the US and Pakistan could continue working together to advance the Afghan-led reconciliation process and contribute to a secure, stable, and prosperous future for the region. Ambassador Pearce reiterated US support to Pakistan’s democratic process. He said the US looked forward to timely, transparent, free, and fair elections in Pakistan on May 11. “We are committed to continue building our bilateral partnership with the government and the leadership elected by the voters.”
CeC deceived court in 2011 to benefit nawaz, says letter to CJP ISLAMABAD Online
A freelance journalist, Shahid Orakzai has sent a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in which he says that Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin G Ebrahim had deceived the court in 2011 by providing political advantage to PML-N President Nawaz Sharif. The letter said in December 2011, during the hearing into the petitions against former ambassador Hussain Haqqani, senior advocate Ebrahim did not appear before the court citing illness so that the PML-N leader could present the high profile case himself. The letter asked the CJP whether the CEC, after deceiving the judges, could disqualify any election candidate for providing false evidence to the court? The letter pointed out that to conceal his “fake sickness”, the lawyer had abandoned the case a week later without giving any reason. Orakzai asked the CJP to note that Nawaz had not replaced his attorney and he had abandoned Nawaz without giving a reason.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to carry out investigation against 89 CNG stations that were granted licences during the last five years and present a report before the court on the issue. The directions were issued by a three-judge bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed during hearing in a suo motu case regarding award of CNG licences during the previous regime. During the last hearing, the FIA had presented 1,541 cases of CNG stations that were awarded licences and taking action, the apex court directed the FIA in Monday’s hearing to take 20 cases randomly out of 1,541 from the provinces, while five from the Islamabad Capital Territory. The court also directed the FIA to conduct inquiry on 64 cases that were granted li-
cences between June 1, 2011 and July 8, 2012, while a ban was imposed on licensing. The court directed the FIA to conduct a detailed inquiry in a total 89 cases and submit its report before the bench on the next date of hearing. During the course of proceedings, Iftikhar Gilani, counsel for Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), informed the court that during the regime of present chairman OGRA, no licence had been awarded to any applicant. Justice Sh Azmat Saeed inquired about the policy being followed by OGRA for awarding extension on provisional licences. Gilani said they followed certain policy and an NOC was granted for this extension. Justice Saeed remarked that provisional licences must be extended only in special circumstances, questioning Gilani to explain the maximum extension period. To this, Gilani replied that initially two years extension was given and later on it was further extended to 15 years.
PtI challenges nawaz to open debate on tv ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has challenged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif for an open debate on TV, PTI Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari said on Monday. Talking to a private TV channel, Shireen said she had written a letter to PML-N Senator Mushahidullah Khan, asking him to ask Nawaz to appear before PTI chief Imran Khan for an open TV debate. aPP
Boston bombing suspect charged with using Wmd WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department on Monday announced that Dzhokhar A Tsarnaev, 19, a US citizen and the lone surviving suspect in Boston Marathon bombing, has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property. “In a criminal complaint unsealed today in US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Tsarnaev is specifically charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death,” the department said in a news release. Meanwhile, the White House on Monday rejected some Congressional Republicans’ demands that the suspect be tried before a military tribunal as an “enemy combatant”.sPecial cORResPOnDenT
ahmadis to boycott polls LAHORE: At least 200,000 members of Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi community will be boycotting next month’s election in protest of their treatment by the authorities, a spokesman said. “We have been boycotting the election process since 1985 when Ahmadi voters were put in the list of religious minorities,” Jamaat-e-Ahmadiya spokesman Saleemuddin said. He said the community wanted its voters to be included in the joint electorate system. “We will stay away from the election and boycott the polls to register our protest,” he said. aGencies
‘security plan finalised for polls’ ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Malik Habib on Monday said a comprehensive security plan had been finalised for the upcoming elections scheduled for May 11. Talking to media personnel, Habib said the government will reconsider a contingency plan on 25th April for further input of security agencies‚ in which consultations will be made with all stakeholders. The minister said in Monday’s meeting with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), issues relating to security of contesting candidates during election campaigns were discussed. Online
Kerry to host Afghan, Pakistan talks BRUSSELS aGencies
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he would host a meeting of top Afghan and Pakistani officials this week in Brussels to discuss reconciliation with the Taliban and other issues. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his defence minister, along with Pakistan’s military chief and foreign secretary, will attend Wednesday’s meeting, Kerry said. “I will be meeting with
President Karzai and General (Ashfaq Parvez) Kayani and the civilian foreign minister from Pakistan while I am here,” Kerry told reporters. He said the goal was to advance the peace process “in the simplest most, most cooperative, most cogent way so that we wind up with both Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s interests being satisfied but most importantly with a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, which is worth the expenditure and the treasure and effort of these last years.” Reconciliation efforts be-
tween the Taliban and Afghanistan promoted by the United States have hit several snags, including the assassination of Karzai’s hand-picked negotiator, which shattered the little trust that existed between his government and Taliban elements that might be willing to talk peace. At the same time, Karzai has repeatedly said that any reconciliation cannot take place without the involvement of Pakistan, whose security services have close ties to the Taliban.
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Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. –Will Rogers
IHC declares PIMS ED’s appointment illegal
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HE Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday declared the appointment of PIMS Executive Director (ED) Dr Riaz Warraich null and void. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui passed the order while hearing a petition filed by PIMS Joint Executive Director Dr Altaf Hussain against the appointment of Dr Riaz as ED PIMS and directed the establishment division to appoint a new E D of the institute. During the course of hearing, Shuaib Shaheen, counsel for Dr Hussain, apprised the bench that being a dentist he was not qualified to become the ED of the institute. Shaheen argued that the previous government had paved the way for the appointment of Dr Warraich as the vice chancellor of the new university. According to Shaheen, a medical specialist, cardiologist and orthopedic surgeon can only be appointed as the head of PIMS and vice chancellor of the ZAB University. Dr Hussain’s lawyer, Shuaib Shaheen, told the court that the requirements for Dr
report over measles, polio outbreak presented to Pm
Acting Federal Ombudsman Salman Farooqi on Monday presented a 400-page report to Prime Minister Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on the recent measles and polio related death cases among children. The report which was compiled by the Federal Ombudsman was presented amid concerns expressed by the prime minister over increasing cases of deaths among children, especially in Punjab, due to the recent outbreak of measles. The prime minister directed the Ministry
of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) to forward the report to provincial governments so that they could remedial measures. The prime minister expressed his concern over the growing cases of measles among children and expressed confidence that the provincial governments would take urgent remedial measures to check its outbreak. Salman Farooqi briefed the premier on the salient features and findings of the report and its recommendations to control the situation. During the meeting, a proposal for holding a national and regional conference to discuss ways to control the recent outbreak in the country was also considered.
Govt to provide tight security to election candidates: Nizami ISLAMABAD aPP
Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami on Monday said that government would provide foolproof security to contesting candidates and take all possible measures to conduct elections in a peaceful atmosphere. Talking to the media after attending a meeting in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), he said, “The aim of the meeting was to make arrangements to conduct election in peaceful atmosphere and to provide foolproof security to candidates as well as to the masses.”
The meeting was also attended by Interior Minister Malik Habib, Minister for Law and Justice Ahmer Bilal Sufi and Minister for Information Technology Sania Nishter. The minister said the government would ensure security arrangements on the election day so people can cast their votes without any fear. He said another meeting would also be held on April 25 under the chairmanship of chief election commissioner with all the stakeholders to devise comprehensive security plan for upcoming elections. He said the meeting also discussed draft of ordinance to grant voting right to overseas Pakistani as per directive of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Warraich’s current position were to be an MBBS with certain specialisations and a minimum of 22 years of experience in public health. “Dr Warraich holds a Bachelor of
Dental Surgery (BDS) degree and has only a teaching experience,” he added. Shaheen contended that the post of PIMS Executive Director was of Grade BPS-21 for which the required
qualification was MBBS with specialization in some selected fields. He requested the court to set aside the appointment of Dr Warraich as PIMS ED.
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A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday. –Russell Baker
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
US ambassador celebrates Earth Day with Pakistani students ISLAMABAD aPP
ELECTIONEERING: Banners of different political parties hanging on the streetlight poles on the Club Road. nni
student steadies himself for his first flight in politics ISLAMABAD
HARGED with an ambition to work for the welfare of the federal capital, transforming it into ‘real Islamabad’, a 28year-old student, Zaheer Abbas is ready to confront the veteran politicians of the federal capital’s constituency NA-48. This contest is not going to be easy for him as he will have to face various seasoned politicians from mainstream political parties including PML-N’s Anjum Aqeel Khan, JI’s Mian Muhammad Aslam, PTI’s Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and PPP’s Faisal Sakhi Butt. Except Faisal Sakhi Butt, other three candidates are former MNAs and hold a strong position. Talking to Pakistan Today, Zaheer Abbas affirmed that he had joined politics
not to become popular among the masses but to recognise Pakistan as a real Islamic welfare state by managing some extraordinary decisions. “You cannot separate anything from Islam even politics and state affairs. We are facing problems on various fronts but worse among all is extremism. We are not terrorists but the world has declared us to be. We have to explore true face of Islam firstly for ourselves and then for others,” Zaheer Abbbas said. He expressed concern over the amendment in blasphemy law. “The administration has developed the sectors of the federal capital with discrimination. High-class sectors have enough facilities but those having poor inhabitants are backward and not even have enough education facilities,” Zaheer said, vowing to fix these problems. Zaheer says he lacks money for banners, posters and huge billboards to publicize his
manifesto. “Some of my friends are sending me money but I never asked them to do any such thing. I believe that if you are right, people will naturally turn to you,” he said. This new face in politics has played his part in academics as well. He is writing two books which are in final stage, one of them being “Islam and Politics” and the other is “Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) k Ijtihadi Faislay.” Though, Zaheer Abbas did not apply for a ticket to any political party. However, he is expecting support from some rightwing political parties. He says that JI candidate Mian Aslam called on him and requested him to withdraw from candidacy in his favor. “JI candidate was totally aware that I can pull a bundle of votes. I refused by saying that everyone has the right to contest elections. I have an ambition and I will fight till my last,” he said.
US Ambassador Richard Olson on Monday celebrated Earth Day with 65 Pakistani students who used their creativity to raise environmental awareness. Ambassador Olson visited the Helen Keller Centre and joined students from the US Embassy’s English Access Microscholarship Programme and Islamabad’s Directorate of Special Education and Social Welfare programmes to highlight this year’s Earth Day theme, “The Face of Climate Change”. Earth Day, which originated in the United States in the 1970’s, is now celebrated around the world every April 22. “We can each do our part. From recycling to cleaning up our streams, every individual can make a difference,” Ambassador Olson said. The ambassador expressed his admiration for Pakistan’s natural beauty, and stressed the need for conservation. He said Pakistan was a spectacular country with diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife.
“The United States supports environmental preservation in Pakistan. A USAID-funded programme with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Snow Leopard Trust will improve cooperation among Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan on snow leopard conservation in Asia’s high mountain landscapes,” he said. Many of the students who gathered at the Helen Keller Centre on Earth Day were participants of the US Embassy’s English Access Micro-scholarship Programme, which provides a foundation of English language skills to talented students from the age of 14 to 18. “Pakistan has the world’s largest English Access Micro-scholarship Programme. Since 2005, the United States has awarded 10,000 Access scholarships in 21 cities and villages throughout the country,” he added. The Helen Keller Centre is a public library which was established through a partnership between the US Embassy and the National Library and Resource Centre of the Directorate General of Special Education and Welfare.
130 vaCant Posts affeCtIng Cda’s PerformanCe ISLAMABAD Online
The performance of CDA has been affected badly due to the 130 posts of high officials which have been vacated. It was learnt that 130 seats of the subengineers, assistant directors, architects, town planners, accounts officers and auditors have been lying vacant in CDA
due to which the department is showing very poor performance. To this effect, CDA Board has given special directions for filling of these vacated post but no ad has been publish in any newspaper in this regard respectively. It is claimed that the recruitment should be done on merit basis, without any political recommendation, in grade 16 by the Federal Public service Commission.
KEEPING IT CLEAN: CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz starts CDA’s Clean and Green Campaign at Markaz I-10. sTaFF PHOTO
PM plants sapling to mark Earth Day ISLAMABAD nni
Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Monday planted a sapling at the prime minister house on the occasion of Global Earth Day. Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister said that a green environment was imperative for keeping the earth clean and protected against multiple hazards. “It is our duty to work together in overcoming the challenges posed by the climatic changes,” he said. The prime minister urged people to participate in tree plantation to reduce environmental hazards. He said that planting trees and looking after them was a religious and natural duty. The prime minister prayed for the safety and unity of the country and wellbeing of the people of Pakistan after planting the sapling. Capital Administration Development (CDA) Chairman Tahir Shahbaz and senior officials of the prime minister’s secretariat were also present on the occasion.
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More than 125,000 ethnic Rohingya have been forcibly displaced since two waves of violence in May and October 2012
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nearly 200 KIlled In nIgerIa vIolenCe ABUjA
IGHTING between Nigeria's military and the armed group Boko Haram has left at least 185 people dead in a fishing community in the nation's far northeast, officials said on Sunday. The fighting in Baga, which began on Friday, lasted for hours, sending people fleeing into the arid scrublands surrounding the community on Lake Chad, according to the AP news agency. By Sunday, when government officials finally felt safe enough to see the destruction, homes, businesses and vehicles were burned throughout the area. The assault marks a significant escalation in a long-running insurgency in the predominantly Muslim north, where Boko Haram has mounted a coordinated assault on soldiers using military-grade weaponry. Boko Haram, which means "Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language of Nigeria's north, has said it wants its imprisoned members freed and Nigeria to adopt strict Islamic law. Authorities had found and buried at least 185 bodies as of Sunday afternoon, said Lawan Kole, a local government official in Baga. Officials could not offer a breakdown of civilian casualties versus those of soldiers and fighters. Many of the bodies had been burned beyond recognition in fires that razed whole sections of the town, residents said. 'HEAvY FIREpOWER': Brigadier General Austin Edokpaye said the Boko Haram fighters used heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades in the assault, which began after soldiers surrounded a mosque they believed housed members of the group. Edokpaye said they used civilians as human shields during the fighting, implying that soldiers opened fire in neighbourhoods where they knew civilians lived. "When we reinforced and returned to the scene the terrorists came out with heavy firepower, including [rocket-propelled grenades], which usually has a conflagration effect," the general said. However, local residents who spoke to a journalist who accompanied the state officials said soldiers purposefully set the fires during the attack.
BangladesH ParlIament eleCts neW PresIdent DHAKA: Abdul Hamid, the speaker of Bangladesh's parliament, has been elected unopposed as president, officials have said, a potentially crucial role as the restive country heads for elections expected next year. Hamid is a 69year-old stalwart of the ruling Awami League party who has been serving as acting president after the death of his predecessor Zillur Rahman on March 20. "Abdul Hamid has won the election uncontested. The chief election commissioner declared him as the winner today [Monday]," said SM Asaduzzman, a director of the election commission. The post of president, which is elected by parliament, fell vacant last month after Rahman died in a hospital in Singapore following a long illness at the age of 84. Although the president's role has been largely ceremonial since 1991, when the country switched to a parliamentary system of government, the leader has immense power during the transition of government. Known for his friendly ties with the opposition parties, Hamid could be thrust into the role of a mediator as the country's two major parties are on a collision course ahead of the next elections due by January 2014. aGencies
taliban detain turks in eastern afghanistan KABUL aGencies
Taliban fighters have seized ten people from a civilian helicopter which made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, including eight Turkish nationals, officials said on Monday. The helicopter made an emergency landing in bad weather on Sunday evening, said Rais Khan Sadeq, the deputy police chief of Logar province, south of Kabul. "Security forces found the helicopter but the nine people were not in it. They are taken by the Taliban," Sadeq told the AFP news agency. Eight of the people captured are Turks, along with one Russian and one Afghan, according to the helicopter company. The aircraft had been chartered from Afghan-based Khorasan Cargo Airlines. No Taliban comment. Hamidullah Hamid, governor of Azr district where the helicopter came down, also confirmed the Turks on board had been seized by the Taliban. Local tribal elders are reportedly working to secure their release. Hamid said the aircraft, which had come from the eastern city of Khost and was heading for Kabul, belonged to a Turkish company which has a big project in Khost but gave no further details.
tobacco magnate wins Paraguay election ASUnCIón aGencies
Paraguayans have elected Horacio Cartes, leader of the Colorado Party and one of the country's richest men, to the post left vacant by President Fernando Lugo's impeachment last year. The millionaire businessman won a five-year term with 46 percent of the vote over 37 percent for Efrain Alegre of the ruling Liberal party, the Electoral Court announced after most votes were counted. Five other candidates trailed far behind. Cartes, 56, had never voted before he joined the Colorado Party four years ago. He pledged to reform his party, which was tainted by corruption during its 60-year reign until 2008. "I'll need help from all the Paraguayans to govern in the next five years," Cartes said on Sunday night. "Poverty, the lack of jobs for young people and international issues await us." 'NOTHING MORE TO SAY': The UN estimates that more than half of Paraguayans live in poverty. Paraguay's census bureau puts the number at 39 percent in a country which is South America's thirdbiggest producer of soy, corn and sunflower seeds. The president-elect owns controlling shares in banks, investment funds, agricultural estates, a soda maker and tobacco plantations.
Cartes is well-known in Paraguay as president of Libertad, the club that won last year's national football championship. Alegre, 50, a lawyer and career politician, recognised his defeat despite saying earlier that he might challenge the outcome. "The Paraguayan people have spoken. There's nothing more to say," he said in a brief concession speech. Alegre's Liberal Party took over the presidency after withdrawing support for Lugo and clearing the way for his impeachment in June. Congress removed Lugo, a leftist and former Roman Catholic bishop, after finding him guilty of mishandling a botched land eviction in which 17 police officers and peasant
farmers were killed. Some of Paraguay's neighbours compared the two-day trial to a coup and imposed diplomatic sanctions on the South American nation. SEx SCANDAL: The leftist coalition that swept Lugo to power has since split, although the former president was again on the ballot, this time as a Senate candidate. Lugo's administration was rocked by a sex scandal, after he admitted to having fathered two children out of wedlock while he was still a priest, and he faces at least two other as-yet unresolved paternity suits. Many Paraguayans hope this election will encourage other countries to restore full relations.
2nd suspect arrested over indian girl’s rape nEW DELHI aGencies
Indian police have arrested a second suspect in their investigation into the abduction and rape of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi last week, officials said on Monday. Pradeep Kumar was arrested at a relative’s home in the eastern state of Bihar overnight after the main accused, Manoj Kumar, said he had taken part in the shocking attack which triggered weekend protests in the Indian capital.
“The second accused was hiding in his uncle’s home. We have arrested him and we will be soon bringing him to Delhi for a joint interrogation and medical tests,” said a senior investigating officer, requesting anonymity. News of the attack triggered new outrage over sexual crimes, reminiscent of protests that swept the capital in December after a 23-year-old student was savagely gang-raped on a moving bus. She died nearly two weeks later. Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in New Delhi on Sunday over levels of sexual violence as the five-year-old was being treated at a hospital for
internal injuries sustained during her ordeal. The child “is conscious and stable,” D.K. Sharma, one of a team of doctors treating her at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital, said on Monday. According to investigators, the youngster was abducted on April 15 in a lower-middle-class area of New Delhi and sexually assaulted for more than 40 hours inside a locked room. Manoj Kumar, a 22-year-old garment worker who was a tenant in the girl’s house, was arrested on Friday after he had fled to his in-laws’ home in Bihar.
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Election will be contested between those who support the creation of south Punjab province and those who are against it. — Yousaf Raza Gilani
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sC urged to form bench in intra-court appeal of naB chairman
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday pledged that after coming into power his party will rid the country from “slavery” of the United States (US), adding that there will be no more begging for aid. Addressing different public meetings in Malakand, Lower Dir and Upper Dir, the PTI chief said after coming into power measures will be taken to modernise Malakand and Dir, bringing these regions at par with other developed parts of the country. He said PTI is set to sweep polls, adding that the people will celebrate “independence from looters” on the evening of May 11, 2013. He said even if all political rivals join hands, they will still be unable to block PTI’s way. Khan also warned against “fixing” the upcoming general elections Khan stated he will never betray the nation and will not make hollow slogans like Shahbaz Sharif and will always be honest with his countrymen. Khan also stated his party would make the country self-reliant and sovereign if elected to power. He said the manifesto of PTI was similar to the objective of Pakistan. Khan went on to say that PTI is the first political party in Pakistan that conducted intraparty polls, awarded 80 percent of all tickets on recommendations of party organisations and fielded 35 percent youth
LOWER DIR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan addresses a public meeting on Monday. Online
candidates for elections. He further said PTI will introduce a uniform education system where the children of rich and poor will study together
sC wants easier process for right to vote for expats
mammoth, energetic crowds including youths and women. The central and provincial leadership of the party and the ticket holding candidates also addressed the crowd.
lHC bars more than eight hours load shedding in lahore
Chairman in action: Bilawal persuading estranged leaders
The Supreme Court has rejected the complex draft from the Election Commission of Pakistan about giving right of vote to overseas Pakistanis and asked the ECP to prepare simple draft, in this regard. The three-member bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing in the case on Monday, in which the officials of the Election Commission presented the proposed draft for giving right to vote to overseas Pakistanis. After going through the draft, the CJP said according to the draft, a lot of time would be required to implement it and it was very complicated, so an easy draft may be prepared so that overseas Pakistanis may be given the right of franchise as early as possible. The SC ordered the ECP to include those Pakistanis who were living abroad in the electoral process and adjourned the proceedings until April 24.
and have equal opportunities. He urged the people to vote for PTI if they really wanted to change their lives. The public meetings were attended by
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor General KK Agha on Monday requested the Supreme Court to form a bench to hear the intra-court appeal of NAB Chairman Fasih Bukhari. Agha made this request before a three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry during the hearing of rental power plants (RPPs) case. When the court resumed hearing in the case, Agha requested that his counsel submitted an intracourt appeal against his indictment. Agha also sought date for the hearing in the appeal; however, the CJP rejected his request, saying that the date could only be given by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja’s bench which adjourned the hearing for an indefinite time. Agha said the court could not interfere in the investigation of NAB. Justice Chaudhry said that it was the court which took suo motu in the RPPs case and not NAB. Justice Azmat Saeed inquired about the money recovered and the action taken against the violators. Agha replied that 12 investigations were underway in the case, adding that the bureau had also adopted the procedure of returning money voluntarily. Later, the court adjourned further hearing of the case until April 23.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial has directed the authorities concerned not to conduct load shedding in Lahore for more than eight hours as he resumed the hearing of a case regarding unscheduled electricity load shedding across the province on Monday. The petitioner informed the court that the masses were facing over 20 hours of power load shedding. The court observed that all the departments concerned should take steps to overcome the power crisis. The court also ordered that that electricity load shedding period should not exceed more than eight hours a day in the provincial capital. Earlier, the LHC summoned the Ministry of Water and Power joint secretary for April 22 on a petition against unscheduled load shedding. The CJ directed the joint secretary to inform the court about residential areas exempted from load shedding. On Friday, the ministry’s counsel sought more time saying Joint Secretary Zargham Shah was busy at a cabinet meeting.
LAHORE: Citizens protest against excessive electricity load shedding on Monday. Online
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday took notice of estranged PPP leaders contesting elections independently against PPP ticket holders in various constituencies. Bilawal said efforts would be made to persuade the estranged PPP leaders to withdraw from elections against PPP ticket holders. The PPP chief will begin addressing election rallies via video link from Tuesday. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari will arrive in Karachi to oversee PPP’s election campaign. Sources said President Zardari has been advised by his spiritual leader to reside near the Arabian Sea until general elections.
Imran Khan surprises all by putting up 767 candidates MOnITORInG DESK The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) has presented a total of 767 candidates for the directly contested national and provincial constituencies, 82 less than the total seats, for the May 11 general elections. Considering that the Imran Khan team is vying for the grand electoral exercise for the first time after buoyed up by the October 2011 public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan, the mere fact that it has put up such a huge number of contestants is no mean achievement. PTI has almost matched, if not surpassed, the number of candidates unleashed by other formidable parties like the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which have not released any consolidated lists of their competitors for their own reasons. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), which is working at the usual slow bureaucratic pace, has not made available the names of the final candi-
dates, which is not an uphill task after the finalization of the procedural rigmarole. A close look at the PTI’s list of contenders reveals that save for a small fraction, all the contestants are new faces and fresh blood, who have no personal say in their respective constituencies. Whoever among them will win, will triumph only because of Imran Khan’s appeal, which will happen only if there is a groundswell of electoral support for him. This lot carries no personal vote, which matters much in Pakistan’s electoral scenario. The PTI’s list discloses that Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) essentially attracted the attention of Imran Khan on the premise that he is much more popular in these provinces than Sindh and Balochistan. He hardly left a few seats in Punjab and KPK where he did not sponsor the candidates. The PTI, which like the PML-N, is also contesting the elections single-handed without making alliance with any political party, proffered as many as 248 can-
didates for the National Assembly constituencies whereas there are a total of 272 seats up for grabs. This means that Imran Khan did not put forward his nominees in 24 national constituencies. Similarly, the PTI presented a total of 519 cardholders for the provincial seats against 577 constituencies. Thus, there are no PTI contestants for 58 provincial seats. Imran Khan’s interest in Punjab is evident from the fact that the PTI fielded 142 representatives for the National Assembly constituencies against a total of 148 seats. He presented 294 contenders for 297 constituencies of the Punjab Assembly. His belief that he will rout everyone in the KPK is clear from the number of his nominees that he has put up for the national and provincial seats from this province. He offered 34 candidates against 35 national constituencies and 98 against 99 provincial seats. However, the PTI’s interest waned in Sindh where it presented as many as 47 competitors against a total of 61 national seats. Similarly, it put forward 99 candi-
dates for 130 provincial seats. For the 14 Balochistan seats in the National Assembly, the PTI offered only 11 contenders and, for the 51 provincial constituencies, it presented 28 nominees.It fielded its candidates for both national seats from Islamabad. Likewise, Imran Khan sponsored his contenders for all the 12 seats of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fatas) in view of his belief that he has a lot of influence in the tribal belt because of his policy against drones and the United States. The PTI has not put forward its candidates for NA23 Kohistan and KPK assembly seat PK-51 Haripur; NA-55 Rawalpindi (where it is supporting Sheikh Rashid Ahmed); NA-88 Jhang (where it believes Faisal Saleh Hayat will come to its side after his victory); NA94 Toba Tek Singh; NA-183, NA-184 and NA-185, and Sindh’s NA-199, NA-200, NA-201, NA-202, NA-203, NA-206, NA-209, NA-210, NA-211, NA-214, NA217, NA-218, NA-219, NA-227, NA-228, NA-229, NA-230 to NA-235, NA-242, NA-248, and NA-249.
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will form an independent commission on new provinces in the country after winning the upcoming general election. — Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Tuesday 23 April, 2013
sindh to see a new era under Pml-n, promises nawaz TAnDO ALLAHYAR
ICK-STARTING Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) public campaign in Sindh, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif on Monday touched on a variety of national issues and promised to end unemployment, discrimination, nepotism, adding that his party would make Sindh a “citadel of peace.” The PML-N leader promised soft loan with less mark-up rate for unemployed skilled youth if he was voted into power. He said that his past performance in government, when he had put an end to dacoit raj in Sindh, was evidence of the fact that he had always served the masses. The PML-N chief was addressing a crowd of several thousand people in Shalimar garden in support of Dr Rahila Magsi and her brother Dr Irfan Gul Magsi, who are respectively contesting on NA-223 and PS-51 of the district on PML-N tickets. Magsis are considered a formidable force as Dr Irfan had won PS-52 in the 2002 general elections when Tando Allahyar was carved out of Hyderabad district as a separate district. His elder sister Dr Rahila Magsi became the first district nazim of the area, executing noticeable development works that made them a force to be reckoned with in this otherwise stronghold of the PPP. CRITICAL ECONOMY: “Today Pakistan is indebted to the tune of Rs 15,800 billion. When Musharraf departed loans stood at Rs 6000 billion and now after five years of this government, the loan of Rs 15,800 billion is staggering,” he said. Dr Rahila and Dr Irfan also spoke on the occasion, urging Nawaz Sharif to give status of a taluka (administrative division) to the historic Nasarpur town if PML-N formed the next government.
They also said that rotation of irrigation water should be put to an end because farmers, whose lands are located at the tail-end, do not get irrigation water and suffer badly from water scarcity.
Zardari was visiting London and Paris when his people in Sindh were drowning and their farmlands were inundated in rainwater and floodwater. I came to Sindh and brought huge quantity of relief goods TANDO ALLAH YAR: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif addresses a public meeting on Monday. inP
nAwAz shArif PMl-N Chief Sharif also promised that the metro bus service would be run in Karachi on the pattern of Lahore’s metro bus service. NO AID DURING DISASTERS: Nawaz criticised President Asif Zardari for not coming to the rescue of the people of Sindh when they were hit by floods in two back-to-back disasters. “Zardari was visiting London and Paris when his people in Sindh were drowning and their farmlands were inundated in rainwater and floodwater. I came to Sindh and brought
shahbaz urges people to vote for a better Pakistan
huge quantity of relief goods,” he said while referring to the 2010 and 2011 floods and rains which caused serious losses to farmers. pOOR SECURITY: The former premier said that the apex court had clearly stated that certain parties had their own militant wings but the president did not take any action against them. “There are people who had murdered 50 to 100 people. How could you tolerate all this, Mr President,” Nawaz questioned. NO GOvERNANCE: He criticised the Sindh government for not distributing laptops the way the Punjab government did. “Don’t the people of Sindh deserve laptops?” he
asked. He announced that medical colleges and universities would be established in Sindh and lawlessness would be put to an end. Sharif said that today organisations like PIA and railways are not functioning, stating that when he had criticised President Zardari his spokesman felt offended. “Did Zardari do anything that deserves appreciation?” he asked the crowd. Sharif said that jobs were sold in Sindh but in Punjab they were given on merit. Dr Rahila said that 75 per cent of tail-end areas of the district where Asif Zardari owned two sugar mills did not get irrigation water.
Surge in electoral violence claims 23 lives in a week: FAFen ISLAMABAD inP
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahbaz Sharif urged the people to vote for his party for a better Pakistan. Addressing a public gathering, he said that President Asif Zardari had broken all records of corruption and thrown the country into darkness. “If the people want to bring a real change in the country, they should vote for the PML-N,” he said. Sharif said if the PML-N came into power‚ it will bring an industrial revolution in the country. He urged the people not to be deceived with beautiful and imaginary speeches by the PML-N’s opponents. The former Punjab CM said that President Zardari always left the country in difficult times, like floods, but it was the PML-N that remained with the people and helped. Criticizing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf‚ he said votes cast in its favour would be votes for Zardari. He recalled that during his tenure‚ Punjab worked tireless for the relief of flood victims.
Thirteen incidents of electoral violence across the country claimed 23 lives – mostly those of workers of the Awami National Party (ANP) – while 54 others were injured between April 13 and 19, says the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN). Also, 10 incidents of political violence left 24 people dead and 28 injured during the week, compared with the preceding week’s 170 dead and 42 injured in 20 incidents. Civilians were majority of the victims of political violence – with 17 getting killed and 10 injured. Seven security personnel were also killed and 18 sustained injuries. Regionwise, FATA was the most volatile with seven people getting killed and 18 injured, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with nine killed, and 10 injured and in Sindh eight were killed. Last week, 10 political violence incidents were reported in two districts and as many tribal agencies compared with 20 incidents reported in nine districts and three tribal agencies in the preceding week. Of the 10 attacks, five were aimed at the public, two hit state infrastructure and one each was targeted at the security forces, an anti-polio team and private property. In Karachi, two targeted attacks claimed the lives of four people while as many sectarian violence incidents killed four. In one incident, a gas pipeline was blown up, while a polio team escaped another attack unhurt. In a bomb attack on a bus in Peshawar, nine people were killed and 10 were injured. In Khyber Agency, a public school and two houses of anti-Taliban peace committee members were blown up.
BnP-A leAder tArgeted QUETTA: Unidentified militants on Monday targeted the vehicle of Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNP-A) Central Secretary Asadullah Baloch in Panjgur town of Balochistan. Levies sources said militants had planted a remote controlled bomb on the roadside in the Khudaban area of Panjgur. The sources said that a huge blast occurred when the convoy of Asad Baloch, who is a former provincial minister, reached Khudaban. Asad Baloch was not harmed in the attack but his vehicle suffered damage. The incident comes a day after militants targeted a public gathering of the National Party in Turbat. There was no loss of life. In another incident, armed gunmen killed a sub-engineer of the Communication and Works Department in Panjgur. Police said armed motorcyclists opened fire on the vehicle of Abdul Qadeer Baloch, killing him instantly. sTaFF RePORT
In North Waziristan, an IED explosion killed seven security personnel and injured 18. Six terrorist attacks affected the most people during the reporting week, leaving 16 people dead and 28 injured – two incidents each in Khyber Agency and Karachi and one each in North Waziristan Agency and Peshawar. Two incidents of sectarian violence killed four people while as many were killed in two targeted attacks. In 13 incidents of electoral violence, 23 people were killed and 54 injured during the reporting week. Five attacks were aimed at the ANP, two targeted the PPP and one each hit the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the Sunni Tehreek (ST), the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and an independent candidate. In Charsadda, an ANP candidate and his two supporters were injured when their car was hit by a roadside bomb.
Another ANP leader escaped unhurt in another attack, also in Charsadda. In Peshawar, four policemen and 11 workers at an ANP election rally – were killed and 50 others injured in a suicide attack. A grenade was thrown at the house of a PPP candidate in Peshawar, however no one was hurt. In Swabi, a grenade attack on an ANP candidate left one worker injured while in Swat, an ANP candidate was killed when a bomb went off near his car. Two supporters of an independent candidate were killed and three injured in a firing incident in Dera Ismail Khan. An independent candidate’s election office was blown up in North Waziristan Agency while a BNP-M election office was attacked in Quetta. One worker each of the MQM and the ST was shot dead in Karachi. In an attack on a PML-N candidate’s motorcade in Khuzdar, four people were killed and 25 injured. In Muzaffargarh, one person was killed and three injured in an attack on a PPP candidate.
She said that as district nazim she had provided gas to 75 villages, brought electricity to 400 villages and built 716 kilometers of roads and 300 bedded hospitals. Dr Irfan Magsi urged Nawaz Sharif to end rotation programme of irrigation water for tailend farmers. He called for building new irrigation water distributaries, so that water scarcity in areas of Jhando Mari, Misan and Chambar could end. Senior vice president of Sindh United Party (SUP) Shah Mohammad Shah announced in the public meeting that he was joining the PML-N. His son is contesting on PS-43 of Matiari district.
2,000 Pakistani pilgrims stranded at Pak-Iran border MOnITORInG DESK At least 2,000 Pakistani pilgrims were found stranded on Pakistan-Iran border on Monday. According to details, some 2,000 pilgrims, including women and children, had been stranded at the border for five days. Sources said that the pilgrims had run out of food and people were beginning to fall sick due to the cold weather. Disabled people are also suspected to be among the strangled pilgrims. The Foreign Office issued a statement and stressed on an emergent need for the diplomatic missions of both countries to resolve the crisis at the earliest.
tharparkar woman accuses cops of raping her THARPARKAR Online
Two policemen along with two other men allegedly gang raped a woman after subjecting her to torture. A 20-year old Hindu woman, resident of Aadhi village in Tharparkar, alleged that two policemen posted at a local check post barged into her house along with two other men and raped her after subjecting her to torture. The woman said that when she along with members of her family reached a police station to get a case registered against the accused, they were pushed out by law enforcers. When contacted, Tharparkar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) said that both the policemen had been suspended while a probe was also launched into the matter.
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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
is democracy no longer the best revenge?
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
Peace in afghanistan for the benefit of the region, and the world
OR nearly three years Obama administration lost opportunities to work for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan. It relied more on war than on diplomacy while Obama concentrated on accommodating partisan political concerns. Rejecting the idea that talks could go along with fighting, the US president preferred to negotiate from a superior position after thoroughly demolishing the Taliban. In December 2011, Washington first seemed to respond positively to the Taliban leadership’s offer for talks in return for the release of its prisoners from Guantanamo but then it retreated. This made the Taliban suspicious of Washington’s motives. While a Taliban office was set up in Qatar, there were no negotiations. Washington has now lost hope of winning what was once Obama’s war of choice. The Boston bombings were a grim reminder to the West that as long as there are unresolved conflicts in the world ignited by it directly or indirectly, no firewall can provide it security. The use of drone attacks as a weapon of choice is bound to add to the US headaches as it would increase the number of extremists and suicide bombers. In case the US decides to simply wash its hands off the Afghan conflict and depart from the region, as it did in 1986, the extremists would follow it like nemesis. There is a need to fully concentrate on intra-Afghan talks now. The Taliban have to be persuaded to cut off ties with Al-Qaeda and disown groups associated with it. This should not be difficult because the liaison with the terrorists having a global agenda led to the unraveling of the Taliban rule while it inflicted suffering on the entire country. The Taliban’s willingness to hold talks indicates that they realise it was a blunder to continue to host the Al-Qaeda. As things stand the Taliban are unwilling to talk to Karzai who is considered to be an unpopular and corrupt US puppet. It is however not possible to bypass Karzai who remains the head of the government and state. The extremist agenda pursued by the Taliban, when they were in power, was, and is, out of sync with the times. The suppression of minorities led to the creation of the Northern Alliance. There is a need on the part of the religious militia to revise its policies. Pakistan needs to help in the reconciliation process. The talks have, however, to be led by the Afghans themselves. The belated arrival of a high powered US delegation to discuss the Afghan peace process indicates that Washington agrees with settling the matters through talks. A peaceful Afghanistan means a stable and prosperous Pakistan and a secure and economically integrated region. There is a need, therefore, for the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan to jointly encourage the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.
our electricity woes No strategy seems to be at play, when one is needed
UMMER is not an easy time in this part of the world. Sweltering heat doesn’t make it any easier for the people, and then there is power shortage. One can write pages and pages over the issue and still it won’t be enough to justify either the people’s anguish and dismay or the incompetence of the government in tackling a problem that has lingered on for over six years now, crippling industry, business and pretty much every aspect of our national life. Now things seem to have taken a new turn, that too for the worse, with country’s premier oil supply organisation’s creditworthiness being questioned. The Deutsche Bank has written a letter to PSO over a default on an L/C, implying that the latter is losing its credibility in the financial market. That means unless payments are made promptly, the PSO might not be in a position to secure oil supply from international markets. The problem that has assumed gigantic proportions now is really an accumulated effect of various failed management policies in the field. With PSO not being able to provide fuel supply to power stations, power shortage would go nowhere but up. The main cause for this issue is an ever growing monster of circular debt. Then there are line losses, power thefts due to mismanagement, non-payment of charges by most FATA consumers, failure on the part of government departments and establishments to pay charges and subsidies on electricity. The fact that we usually have a big government, bureaucracy, armed services and other VIP areas that get totally free or highly discounted electricity, doesn’t help matters either. In other words, problems at both the generation and distribution sides have grown out of hand and need immediate solution. The first thing to do is to ensure a proper coordination between the ministries of finance and water and power so that funds can be issued to PSO to import fuel. With Pakistan Electric Power Company, the intermediary that serves as a middleman between the power generation and power distribution companies, paying only 13 percent of what it owes, and the rest being paid by the finance minister, this coordination becomes even more important. Then there is the need to solve more complex issues of mismanagement in recovery of outstanding dues to various categories of consumers, and finding ways to enhance power generation capacity, considering that the peak of summer is still two months away, every megawatt of power generated would be needed, or else the government should prepare itself to brave a wave of angry and violent protests. The bright side is that the caretaker government has recently appointed an advisor finance, who is considered to be a competent economist, and one could expect him to take immediate action before things take a turn and plunge the country into darkness.
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ERMAN for overview, because that is where I am right now. The past week has been hectic to say the least. The horrific Boston saga, the mortifying earthquake, the tragic bombing in Peshawar, and of course, for people here, the unthinkable apprehending of the ‘president’. There are times I wish I could be dispassionate in discussing events that are close to heart and just discuss them as they are, but unfortunately my origins take over. The moment I landed, the last so many hours spent on a plane, I was informed that “your president” has been arrested. I mumbled, “He isn’t president” but needed to get connected to know what exactly had transpired. When I boarded the plane at Karachi breaking news was that Musharraf’s bail had been cancelled and orders to arrest had been issued. That to avoid being arrested, his handlers had rushed him out of court and to his farm house in Islamabad. The events immediately after were for me a blank. So I was a little surprised that it wasn’t commiseration for the earthquake or the incident in Boston that my hosts addressed but Musharraf’s “arrest”. For one, I spent some time in the car explaining that he was no longer president, and hadn’t been for X number of years. People in rational countries do not believe leaders can be involved in multiple ‘crimes’ but I sense that is changing quickly.. Accusations confronting leaders these days encompass unbelievable alleged facts. There is plenty that doesn’t make sense on the Musharraf subject. First and foremost is the fact that we had learned in the past five years that “democracy was the best revenge”. The arrests and harassment of political leadership was a thing of the past that had been shelved once and for all. President Zardari deserves full credit for this. It is a huge happening on the Pakistan scene. It seems that we are now being coerced to review this. Yes, not just Musharraf alone did unconstitutional things. All and sundry condoned, validated, sponsored and accepted all of what happened. The people distributed sweets. So whom are we going to take to task or trial and are
we going to spend the next decade unraveling the past while conveniently forgetting we have to address the compelling needs of a nation of 180 million people. This is what incompetent governments do in order to divert attention. It is unfortunate that despite not involving itself in the revenge scenario the last government was engulfed in events that I believe strongly did not allow it to function. When the constitutional head of government is destabilized and forced to spend a majority of his time in defense of the constitutional head of the State governance is halted. So, as incompetent as the last government may have been, its job was not made easier by events. The actions subverting it were prejudiced by pride regrettably. And I believe the same is happening now; again at the behest of the very same actors. The prime question asked is, why did Musharraf return? Absurdly people here believe, as I am told he does, that he stands a chance to regain power. That is certainly not the case, for sure. Leaders are deluded especially after almost a decade of unchallenged power as in this case. The retinue enforces this delusion for personal benefits. Those close enough to convey reality are rebuffed. Let’s just sum it up quickly and leave it at that. The ‘commando’, as per training, or brainwashing if you prefer, returned to complete ‘Mission Impossible’. Let us pray that he remains unscathed. When Boston hit breaking news, I was sitting with a Bostonian in Islamabad. I winced, especially when a few hours later it was stated that “a dark skinned” person was believed to be involved. Of course, as anyone of us, I dreaded what could have followed. Good fortune prevailed and ‘we’ were not involved. Whatever, it was grotesque. I am unable, at my age, to comprehend this lust for blood, this desire to maim and kill; this savagery that has overtaken the world. I can only assume that the unfortunate vastly outnumber the fortunate driving this incomprehensible rage. The efficiency with which agencies have been able to identify and capture the culprits must be commended. It is this response that can deter horrendous events and provide the sense of security desperately needed the world over. You can’t blame agencies for being paranoid. It has become a way of life. At home, having lost one important family member, the Bilour family was mercilessly targeted last week again. Multiple deaths of the innocent ensued. Fortunately the main target survived to continue his avowed battle against terror. The question, yet again, arises as to the ability of the terrorists to plan and execute repeatedly without detection and marks the inefficiency of our security apparatus. Terrorism is senseless. Those perpetrating it are wile human beings. Each
occurrence is deadlier and the machination of evil conjures weapons that defy normal minds. That these people co-exist in society and walk the streets with normal folk is evidence of how lethal they are and our vulnerability. While the world is unable to adequately protect itself, terrorists hide behind laws, constitutional rights and are given full protection by the very same. They even protest action. This is so ironical. The line has to be drawn somewhere. Justice must be done and it has failed to respond in the required vein. Lip service will not do. When a murderer still lives years after committing the crime in broad daylight there has to be something wrong. When terrorists are not mercilessly quashed and operate with abandon. I believe it’s time for navel-gazing. This questionable high moral ground when everything stinks needs to be remedied. As a people we have been desensitized. Death and mayhem have quickly assumed the proportions of a daily occurrence. People die and the media hollers. Within hours its passé and we ignore it. If it’s close to where we live, we make the duty call to verify that all are safe. Earthquakes, floods, bombings come and go – as distant as you can imagine. That is tragic. There was so much fervor and energy in the response to the earthquake up north a few years ago. I was there on a short visit and so proud of those who had set up camps. People from all over the country, I met some who had probably never been north. It was hair-raising to hear the story from the lips of survivors; their gratitude for the rescuers. Soon it all died down. Moneys released for survivors never reached them, redeveloping the area has been abandoned and the sufferers continue suffering. Three years later flood victims in Sindh are still displaced. The media has abandoned them; they don’t make ‘breaking news’ any longer. Tragically, this is what will happen in the latest quake. Statistics quoted in a recent article reveal the state of mind of those who stand to inherit and reap what we are sowing. It is a thorough condemnation of our failure. We need to hang our heads in shame rather than tout democracy or achievements when 32 per cent of the youth consider military rule a viable future and regrettably 38 per cent are even willing to consider Shari’a rule a possibility. The one positive: 61 per cent we are told are willing to vote next month. Let us pray that they vote with their conscience and defy political feudalism. That may eventually prove to be the possible answer in the process of revitalizing and restructuring Pakistan. The writer can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The air of indifference that this country is surrounded with is pathetic. We either close our eyes, or delude ourselves into thinking that it won’t matter to us. We have social workers such as Parven Rehman and Malala Yousafzai being targeted, communities being terrorised, scholars getting killed, drone attacks happening and economy flailing. Nothing and nobody except the privileged few are safe or protected, yet we remain indifferent. A population of more than 18 crores can handle a few hundreds, maybe a few thousands of lawbreakers if they want to. It is high time we united and stood against oppression. We need to get out of our houses and cast our votes. Choose the leader who we want to represent us. Choose well, so the new leadership doesn’t empty our treasury, instead it gives us the reason to feel proud Pakistanis again. We need to stop idealising about a messiah with his wands to come here and wish away our problems. We need to stop discriminating between social classes and on ethnicity basis so we may progress. We need to take a stand, change ourselves in order to bring the change in our country. AREESHA MAZHAR Karachi
Karachi zoological garden was once considered as a fun and a learning place for kids as well as for adults. But now this place appears discarded and not taken care of properly. It has an area of 33 acres but the administration has failed to utilise it in a more appropriate way. Recently, I visited the zoo after 9 years and I was shocked at the condition of the zoo that has reached to its worst point. Several cages were totally empty, and the ones that had some animals had only a few animals. Most of the animals like lions, Bengal tigers and white lions were in unstable conditions. The animals seemed totally down though the children were happy to see them. The animals were also in their hideouts because there was no proper food or water to feed them. The water in which pelicans and ducks were floating was, muddy and full of garbage. Same was the condition of the reptile house. The Mughal garden, which they claim that it is home to different kinds of roses, had not even one rose planted there. Even the metal statues of a lion and lioness were missing. It is the only place for students to learn and explore animals closely but the condition as we all witnessed is so bad that none of the students would be interested in learning anything. MARIA NISSAR Karachi
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Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
the roles they play T it’s all about being a superhero
Justice for all the international Judicial Conference
Malik MuHaMMaD asHRaF
USTICE ensures peace, harmony, tranquility, progress and rule of law in a society, lack of which leads to chaos, upheavals and disharmony which can ultimately lead to the falling apart of the society or a civilisation. Dispensation of justice forms a cardinal principle of all the constitutions of the civilised nations and recognised as such by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. That is the reason why judiciary, charged with the responsibility to administer justice according to the law of the country, is held in the highest esteem and considered as the most sanctimonious institution of the state. As protector of the fundamental rights of the citizens and custodian of the constitution, the judiciary makes sure that all the state institutions function within the parameters of the constitution and the individual liberties are not encroached upon or denied to the citizens. Justice is the cornerstone of the tenets of Islam. It is considered as a supreme virtue which stands next in order of priority to Tauheed (belief in unity of God) and finality of the prophethood for any Muslim. It is also in conformity with two attributes of God: Al-Adil (just) and Al-Muqsit (dispenser of justice). The Holy Quran says, “Allah commands justice, the doing of good and liberality to kith and kin and He forbids all shameful deeds and injustice and rebellion; He instructs you that you may receive admonition.” (Al Nahl 16:90) The rapid globalisation and an enhanced interaction among the states and their citizens have made it imperative for the nations to evolve collaborative mechanism to deal with issues and crimes that transcend the geographical boundaries and are affecting the entire comity of nations in one way or the other, in addition to ensuring cheap and prompt justice within their own territories. Hence the need for coming together of the judiciaries of different countries to deliberate on the ways and means to deal with those problems, firm up strategies for coordinated action as well as benefiting from each
other’s experiences. This is normally done through the holding of international judicial conferences. In this regard, Pakistan has had the honour of hosting a three-day International Judicial Conference during April last year and it has again been honoured with yet another conference in Islamabad (19th to 21st April). During the last four years, since the restoration of the SC judges, the judiciary under the stewardship of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has adopted a proactive judicial policy and given landmark decisions, particularly in regards to combating corruption and rectifying other maladies afflicting the judicial system in Pakistan. The National Judicial Committee approved a new National Judicial Policy in May 2009 with the input coming from all the relevant stakeholders. The salient features of this policy were: deciding cases within shortest possible time by the superior courts, zero tolerance for all types of corruption in the judiciary, establishment of cell for eradication of corruption in the high courts, disciplinary action against judicial officials having bad reputation, provision of legal aid to the poor through legal aid committees of the bar councils and discouragement of false and frivolous litigation by taking action under the relevant rules. As a result of these measures, considerable improvements have been effected in the trial procedures as well as appointment of the judicial officers. Arrangements have also been put in place to improve qualifications, knowledge, conduct and efficiency of the judicial officers through pre-service and in-service training in the judicial academies. For expeditious disposal of cases special techniques like recording of evidence through commission and adoption of ADR have been employed. The chief justice has given a new direction and vision to dispensation of justice and has been striving very hard to restructure judiciary in line with the emerging national and global realties and demands of justice. He has strengthened the bonds between the bench and bar by maintaining close liaison with the legal community and bar associations through his personal visits to their offices and sharing his views on how he contemplated to reform the judicial system and what role he expected from the bar in
the efforts to improve the quality of justice and removing the systemic stumbling blocs. The International Council of Jurists, in recognition of his contribution to the administration of justice, conferred on him the ‘International Jurist Award’ at its gathering in London in 2012. It was not only a personal triumph for him but also a great honour for the country. The recent moot of the luminaries associated with the legal profession from UK, India, Egypt, Libya and Pakistan focused its attention on issues like environmental pollution, money-laundering and terrorism, litigation of public interest, dispute resolution, parental child abduction and transnational jurisdiction and role of judiciary in the developing world, with emphasis on how the judiciaries of different countries can help in dealing and combating crimes in these areas and the legislative measures required to improve dispensation of justice in this domain and developing mechanisms for collective efforts on the international level. Pakistan currently is the biggest stakeholder in combating terrorism as no other country has suffered the way it has been affected, though the phenomenon has now engulfed the entire globe. The crime of money-laundering is also profoundly affecting the economy of Pakistan besides other negative consequences of this burgeoning criminal activity. Environmental pollution is also an acute problem. The other identified topics for the conference are also of grave concern for Pakistan. The collective wisdom of this moot in the form of the recommendations firmed up on its conclusion, can surely benefit all the participating countries and Pakistan in regards to further legislative support required for the judiciary in improving the quality of justice and removing other shortcomings in the justice system that affect the fundamental human rights. The writer is an academic.
HE Kaptaan does have an enormous following in Lahore. In the rural areas however, he has but a dim presence (mind you, given the load shedding, nothing is bright any way). The rurals are likely to vote for whoever they are commanded to by the landlords. Most people you see have no idea of what Rabia aHMeD their electoral duties are. Or if they do, they’d rather vote for the more expedient candidate, one who shares an interest (however slight) in the uplift of their area, and in the people who live in it. But then no one has an idea of what their duties are. Why else would Mr Sethi, as interim chief minister, be trying to restart Basant, or the judiciary interfering so much in what doesn’t concern it? Each person is acting to a self image, something akin to a superhero. In Imran’s mind’s eye he is a patriarch with an interest in cricket, a role fostered by being the only brother of several sisters. Had he not been interested in politics he may have run the local cricket club and in time become balla chacha, the white haired owner who pats kids on the head and gives them candy if they do well, a paddling if they drop too many catches. Unfortunately in his mind’s eye the patriarch also presides over the village jirga. I’m not sure what should be done about that propensity, but maybe wisdom will come with time. There’s Shahbaz Sharif, who perceives himself astride a roaring lion vibrating between many different projects, the lynchpin without which all those projects would fall apart. Sometimes he sees himself teaching the local populace how to mount and dismount escalators, and every time he goes up one side of the road and comes down the other side via escalators that work, the citizenry rushes forward to garland him, trampling over paper mills and reducing them to dust in its eagerness. Nawaz Sharif almost always sees himself in the same role, which privately rather annoys him: he sees himself issuing sweeping orders to close down all cricket clubs in the country, threatening to come down (heavily) on anyone playing the sport. It is an inexplicable role for someone otherwise so passionate about cricket. Otherwise, though, he sees himself as a marble statue, also astride a lion, one pudgy hand out flung and pointing in the direction of Ittefaq Hospital. Oh and on his head he wears a halo, which on close inspection proves to be a mushroom shaped cloud composed of tiny circling electrons. Altaf Bhai automatically sees himself (and he can’t explain why) either as a marshmallow, or a spider in the centre of a large, sticky web. Otherwise he imagines his face plastered on every wall, dimple side foremost, one hand held up like a dike against which a wall of Taliban has flattened itself. Most voters like this last image best unfortunately they also see him as sitting on a slightly gruesome pile of persons holding aloft an automatic rifle. Asfandyar Wali Khan is aka Wally because as one does with Wally people are wondering where he is at present. But times are tough and they have been particularly tough for Wally considering his anti-Taliban rhetoric, so perhaps he will surface in time and play a greater role with his party in future, preferably without his current partners. There are other bit players, and one of them is of course Mr Musharraf, whose role sadly landed him in greater trouble than he bargained for. He saw himself exploding through a VIP lounge, whilst a grateful populace wept and shouted in welcome. It didn’t. It is unclear whether his detention at his farm is meant to serve as a punishment or a public example but from where the bulk of Pakistan’s population stands it is neither; how can it be, with a home like that with free food thrown in? The simplest role is that of Asif Ali Zardari nee Bhutto. It’s odd because although he has never read Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland he sees himself most often as a Cheshire Cat. He dreams of the day when he can safely replace the roti kapra makaanmotto with, ‘It doesn’t matter which way you go, so long as you’re paid for it.’ When questioned about it, he vanishes, then reappears again and this time vanishes quite slowly beginning with the tail and ending with the grin which remains some time after the rest of him is gone. ‘Well! We’ve often seen a cat without a grin,’ we think, ‘but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing of all!’ Which kind of describes the PPP without Benazir, but that’s another story altogether.
There’s Shahbaz Sharif, who perceives himself astride a roaring lion vibrating between many different projects, the lynchpin without which all those projects would fall apart.
The writer is a freelance columnist. Read more by her at http://rabia-ahmed.blogspot.com
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Ah ko chahiye ik umr asar honay tak, kaun jeeta hai teri zulf ke sar honay tak. — Mirza Ghalib
Arts Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
remembered on his 2nd death anniversary
JennIfer anIston ‘dares to Bare’ In neW sUmmer fIlm
ISLAMABAD: Second death anniversary of ace comedian and actor Moin Akhtar was observed on Monday. He is remembered as a versatile artist and a very noble human being by numerous fans and colleagues in the country. Akhtar stepped into the show business in the sixties and continued ruling various fields of performing arts with his spontaneous performances and intelligent interaction with others. Akhtar was born in Karachi and his mother tongue was Urdu but he performed with command in many other languages including Bangali, Sindhi, Memoni, and Gujrati. During his career, spread over half a century, Akhtar performed over 1,000 different characters successfully on television and stage. He also hosted many television talk shows which were tremendously popular with his fans and viewers owing mainly to his witty remarks and subtle references. He was a singer also and used to sing parodies. Moin Akhtar was suffering from a heart disease during the last days of his life that eventually lead to his death on April 22, 2012. aPP
I had never ever thought about making films, says Farhan Akhtar Farhan Akhtar, who featured as the first guest in a series of intimate conversations with the renowned personalities, revealed that he did not take films seriously in school and college. When asked how and from where he entered this field of telling fiction and fantasies, Akhtar said that he never took films seriously but when he had to do a job he decided that film-making would be best suited for him. “I really didn’t think about films that seriously when I was in school or college. I really enjoyed watching movies but I never ever thought that I would be making them or writing them. But, you do have fantasies to be in a certain film or to be a part of it when you are a fan.” he said “But that was really not an extend that how far it went and its really strange because of the threat almost to be thrown out of home that I must get a job and it felt like a very natural thing to me, since that’s my interest that I should do something in films,” Akhtar added. The 39-year-old said that time allows him to manage to do his best in so many fields like acting, directing, script writing and many others. “Its weird but time just presents itself in the ways they want me to do it. So, that’s really how it happens. I don’t go out of my way to make time to do it. More often if a decision is made that this is what I want to do and just do stuff towards that direction,” he said. neWs Desk
Jennifer Aniston will be stripping off on the big screen. The stunning actress plays a lap-dancer in new comedy ‘We’re The Millers’, the Daily Star reported. And film fans will see Jennifer shed her clothes on the big screen. The 44-year-old actress revealed that filming the scenes forced her out of her comfort zone. The ‘Friends’ star insisted that she danced in high school and in her 20s, but she has never done stripping. “This fabulous dance instructor just pulled the inner stripper out of me,” Aniston added. In the film, which is due out in August, her character poses as the wife of a dope dealer, played by funny-man Jason Sudeikis, 37, on a road trip to Mexico. neWs Desk
Sublime by Sara to showcase summer collection at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013 LAHORE sTaFF RePORT
Coveted fashion brand Sublime by Sara will be showcasing their latest Simply Sublime collection titled “NOW, Summer Sublime 2013” on the opening day of the sixth PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week on 26th April, 2013. “NOW! Summer Sublime 2013”, is inspired by the designer Sara Shahid’s belief in the importance of living for the here and now - a desire to live for the moment. It will showcase a heady mix and a balance of femininity, funk, flow with structure, and the bold with the soft. Trends expected within this collection range from bright crisp summer hues, stud embellishments, floral and striped prints and cropped pants. A brand minimalist by nature, Sara Shahid’s structural emphasis for on her new collection remains on tailored cuts and drape, resting on the brands ethos of the power of understated glamour. Talking on her collection for PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013, Sara Shahid said, “I believe that it is all about the power of ‘now’. Life is
short and unpredictable, so live it! This collection is all about the power of Now; make a splash, make a statement, step out of the box, be bold, be strong, be yourself and be beautiful. Simply
Sublime takes a bold leap for summer 2013.” “NOW! Sublime SUMMER 2013” will be available at the Sublime Studio in Lahore as of April.
reese Witherspoon arrested nEWS DESK Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct in the US state of Georgia after authorities detained her husband for drunken driving, US media reported Sunday. While cops questioned her husband Jim Toth after seeing the couple’s car swerving early Friday, the actress allegedly did not make any new friends. Entertainment news website TMZ reported she started acting up, asking “Do you know my name?” An officer answered by saying, “No, I don’t need to know your name,” to which the 37-yearold reportedly shot back: “You’re about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news.” Witherspoon, one of Hollywood’s highest paid stars with a reputation as being something of a straight arrow, also became “verbal” and “ornery” at the amount of time police were taking with her husband, according to TMZ. Both the actress, famous for her huge “Legally Blonde” hits, and her spouse were taken to jail, booked and released, TMZ said. Witherspoon, in Georgia to film a new movie, won the best actress Academy Award for 2005’s “Walk the Line.”
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Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. — Fyodor Dostoevsky
Pantene BrIdal CoUtUre
week kicks oﬀ
KARACHI: Pantene Bridal Couture Week (PBWC) organised by Style360 kicked off to a rollicking start on Sunday. The beautifully decorated lounge and red carpet area, complete with fresh flower arrangements set the tone for the evening. The ramp created on straight, modern lines gave a beautiful contemporary look in marked contrast to the more classic sets normally used at PBCW. Playing with layers and lights and images of nature the set was stark white so as not to detract attention from the clothes and gave a surreal look to the venue. The show began with a bang with a Pantene hair mob choreographed by BodyBeat Productions and with the Pantene brand ambassador Nina Lotia appearing on the ramp for a mock hair-styling of models. Hardly had the audience caught its breath when Zainab Chhotani displayed her elegant collection comprising heavy bridals in beautiful combinations which were an instant hit. Her showstoppers were donned by Nida Yahsir, Fahad Mustafa,Urwa Mawra, Zhallay Sarhari and Shaista Wahidy. Nadia Chottani came in next with her elaborate jewellery collection. Her showstopper was donned by Tamina Chaudhry. After an exuberant performance by the charming couple, Aamina and Mohib, choreographed by BodyBeat Productions, Saim Ali came on stage with his very ‘bling’ collection. Noor, Hamza Ali Abbas and Amna Malik donned his showstoppers. Mona Imran closed the first show with a collection that boasted aesthetic combinations which included ‘saris’, ‘lehngas’ and ‘peshwas’. Hina Dilpazeer also opened her show with Saud and Javeria appearing in her ensembles in the middle and Maira Khan at the end. The second show opened with striking ensembles by Zaheer Abbas. Humaima Malik donned his showstopper after which Amna Ajmal displayed her colourful line. Her showstoppers were donned by Babrik Shah attired as a groom and Mehreen as the bride. Aamina and Mohib’s enjoyable performance followed. The show came to a vibrant and impressive end with a rich and heavily worked collection of the highly creative Asifa and Nabeel. PR
tom Cruise takes back box office with ‘oblivion’ Tom Cruise’s post-apocalyptic thriller “Oblivion” wiped out the box office competition, racking up $38.2 million over the weekend in its US and Canadian debut. The debut of “Oblivion” knocked baseball movie “42” into second place, according to studio estimates. The drama about Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the major leagues, earned $18 million from Friday through Sunday after leading the charts a week ago. In third place, animated Stone Age comedy “The Croods” earned $9.5 million during its fifth weekend in theaters. Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp, released “Oblivion.” Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros distributed “42.” “The Croods” was produced by Dreamworks Animation and distributed by News Corp’s 20th Century Fox. neWs Desk
ArTS Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
salman KHan’s film ‘Mental’ loses Rs 250m With the deadlock over the dispute between stuntmen from the South and Mumbai, Salman Khan has lost around 12 days of shooting for his film Mental and has reportedly incurred a loss of 250 million. Producer-director Sohail Khan has hired a leading South Indian fight master for the film. As per the All India Film Employees Confederation (AIFEC), 70% of the fighters have to be local (in this case, from the Hindi film industry) and 30% from the region of the fight master. But fighters from the South refused to shoot, demanding 50% of their men be hired for the action scenes. A source said, “The unit had to return within a week even though it was a 15-day schedule in Kolhapur because the fighters refused to shoot. There was another schedule in Lavasa, which was a continuity sequence from a Dubai shoot, that needed the same fighters. There too, the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI) refused to send their stuntmen.” Dharmesh Tiwari, President of AIFEC, said, “The FEFSI is not ready to follow the rule passed in March 2013, and they are forcing the producer to take 50% of their fighters.” It is learnt that producers and AIFEC are now contemplating on boycotting south Indian fighters. Aejaz Gulab, General Secretary, Mumbai Stuntmen Association, said, “If they continue like this, and not follow the AIFEC regulation, there are chances producers may stop working with them.” Meanwhile, some Hindi film producers have already replaced their south Indian action directors with local ones. neWs Desk
Not Akshay, but John in ‘Welcome’ sequel? Six years after Welcome, the film’s sequel is said to be lined up, the shooting for which is scheduled to start later this July. However, leading man Akshay Kumar won’t be seen in the movie, titled Welcome Back. The reason is stated to be differences with producer Firoz Nadiadwala, a couple of years ago. As a result, the actor and the producer have not collaborated again after hits like Hera Pheri, Phir Hera Pheri, Awara Paagal Deewana and Welcome. The latest news is that John Abraham is likely to star instead, along with Anil Kapoor and Nana Patekar, who also featured in the first movie. Director Anees Bazmee is in talks with John and insiders claim that they’re likely to finalise
sofIa vergara reveals struggle with thyroid cancer Sofia Vergara, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 28, has opened up about her battle with the disease. The 40-year-old actress told Fox News that going through the whole process of getting her thyroid out, then the radiation and all the stuff, has of course changed her life because her priorities changed. She said that you realize that no matter how much beauty, money, and success you have, if you don’t have health, you have nothing, because you can’t do anything. Having her thyroid removed left Vergara with hypothyroidism, which is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce certain crucial hormones. The actress relies on daily medication, which delivers a synthetic form of these hormones. Vergara likened dealing with the disease to having a relationship with your doctor. The ‘Happy Feet Two’ star, who is now raising awareness about the disease, said that after using Synthroid, she has never had a problem and never had any symptoms. Vergara added that it is not something that is going to take your time to go and get tested, insisting there is a reason why anyone should be living with hypothyroidism. neWs Desk
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The people who are living on this planet need to break with the narrow concept of human liberation, and begin to see liberation as something that needs to be extended to the whole of the natural world. What is needed is the liberation of all things that support life--the air, the water, the trees - things which support the sacred web of life. –Chief of Haudenosaunee (native american) tribe
eartH day 2013: 10 surprising things that harm the earth; and how you can change it
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
green energy on tHe BaCK foot after CarBon tradIng BloW
A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that progress towards carbon-free energy production has basically stalled. "Despite much talk by world leaders," said IEA executive director, Maria van der Hoeven, "and despite a boom in renewable energy over the last decade, the average unit of energy produced today is basically as dirty as it was 20 years ago." The IEA uses a complex calculation called the carbon intensity index to show how much CO2 is emitted to provide a given unit of energy. The index stood at 2.39 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of oil in 1990. By 2010, it has shrunk fractionally to 2.37 tonnes. BACK TO BLACK: The major reason for such a small reduction of that period, according to the IEA, was the resurgence of coal. And it continues to grow. Globally, coal-fired electricity generation rose by an estimated 6% from 2010 to 2012 , faster than nonfossil energy. The major growth in coal came from developing economies, with China accounting for 46% of global coal demand in 2011. But it's not just them. Europe, the region that likes to think of itself as perhaps the greenest in the world, has also seen a return to coal in the last couple of years. While the US has turned to shale gas, Europeans have once again embraced the black stuff, as the cost of coal has plummeted. However, it is not all bad news for the green sector. Renewables such as solar and wind have boomed in 2011 and 2012, perhaps driven by government spending. They accounted for 19% of global electricity generation in 2011 which according to the report is "broadly on track to meet a 2C scenario by 2020" for a globally altered climate. Electric vehicle sales have doubled (still a measly 110,000) while hybrid vehicles have finally broken the one million sales mark. But turning this oil tanker (perhaps coal carrier is a better metaphor?) is not going to be easy. And efforts will not have been helped by a vote in the European Parliament that rejected an attempt by the Commission to prop up the extremely ailing EU carbon market. The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been seen as the world's best attempt to cut carbon by means of cap and trade. Essentially, 12,000 or so electricity generators and industrial heavy users of energy have had their emissions limited by EU law. The development of this market was seen as critical to both cutting emissions and driving investment in green energy. But too many allowances were issued over the past few years - and the market price collapsed. The Commission attempted to rectify this by reducing the number of allowances due to issued in the next two years, a proposal known as backloading. neWs Desk
OU might think you already know how to reduce your carbon footprint: walk or bike instead of driving, limit flights, recycle. And some of the little things, like turning off the light when you leave the room and bringing reusable bags when you go grocery shopping, are second nature by now. But there are many everyday choices you wouldn't think twice about that can really add up. The good news about the big impact of those small choices? It means that you can make waves in a positive direction by changing them. And if we use what we learn to encourage our politicians to support large-scale changes, the effect is multiplied. LEAvING YOUR COMpUTER MONITOR ON: You may have heard that leaving your computer monitor on and letting it go into standby mode uses less energy than turning it off and on each day. But if you're going to be away from the computer for more than 20 minutes, it makes more sense to just turn the monitor off, according to Energy.gov. USING BLEACHED COFFEE FILTERS: Most filters are bleached with chlorine and contain dioxins, a known toxin. They're also more likely to be made with unrecycled paper. Go with brown paper filters made from recycled fibres, or get a reusable cloth, stainless steel, or gold filter. THROWING AWAY YOUR pRINTER CARTRIDGES: Refilling your printer cartridges saves money, but it's also easier on the environment. It's estimated that it takes 2.5 ounces of non-renewable oil to make just one cartridge. You can help cut your share of that by refilling your cartridge, and many places that will load you up with new ink will also recycle your empty cartridges for you when you're done with them. FLUSHING "FLUSHABLE" AppLICATORS AND
X-rAy vIew oF A THouSAndyeAr-old CoSMIC TApeSTry
WIpES: Just because you can flush something, doesn't mean you should. Applicators, tampons, and some wet wipes don't dissolve and disperse in water the way toilet paper does. Instead, they settle or clump up (thanks to tampon strings) and create blockages that could lead to harmful sewer leaks. Put them in the trash bin instead! EATING FARMED FISH: Farmed fish may seem like the better environmental choice — isn't it smarter to avoid depleting ocean stocks by going with fish grown specifically for eating? Not necessarily. The pellets or other food the fish are given can contain antibiotics and other medications. What the fish don't eat just drops to the bottom and dissolves into the water. Also, algae can grow on fish farms and develop into red tide, which harms other species. If you eat seafood, look for fresh stocks that are not endangered. Ocean Wise has great info on the best fish choices to make when you go shopping. INDULGING AN AFFECTION FOR DENIM: Levi's itself admits that it takes about 3,000 litres of water to make just one pair of its jeans, and the average North American owns seven pairs. The beauty of denim is that it goes with everything, so stick to a couple of favourite styles and cut the excess. We'd bet you wear the same pair or two most of the time anyway! (As for Levi's, in 2011 they introduced jeans produced with less water.) "All sorts of things like clothing, electronics and meat are so much cheaper than they were 50 years ago," Vasil says, "so we buy more and more of it when we don't really need it and all of it has an impact on the environment." BEING A BEAUTY pRODUCT JUNKIE: According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Census Bureau, more than three million tons of personal care products are dumped into waterways every year. Those that contain endocrine disruptors like parabens can affect reproduction in wildlife.
nEWS DESK When the object we now call SN 1006 first appeared on May 1, 1006 A.D., it was far brighter than Venus and visible during the daytime for weeks. Astronomers in China, Japan, Europe, and the Arab world all documented this spectacular sight. With the advent of the Space Age in the 1960s, scientists were able to launch instruments and detectors above Earth's atmosphere to observe the Universe in wavelengths that are blocked from the ground, including X-rays. SN 1006 was one of the faintest X-ray sources detected by the first generation of X-ray satellites. A new image of SN 1006 from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory reveals this supernova remnant in exquisite detail. By overlapping ten different pointings of Chandra's field-of-view, astronomers have stitched together a cosmic tapestry of the debris field that was created when a white dwarf star exploded, sending its material hurtling into space. In this new Chandra image, low, medium, and higher-energy X-rays are colored red, green, and blue respectively. The Chandra image provides new insight into the nature of SN1006, which is the remnant of a so-called Type Ia supernova . This class of supernova is caused when a white dwarf pulls too much mass from a companion star and explodes, or when two white dwarfs merge and explode. Understanding Type Ia supernovas is especially important because astronomers use observations of these explosions in distant galaxies as mileposts to mark the expansion of the Universe. By examining the different elements in the debris field the researchers may be able to piece together how the star looked before it exploded and the order that the layers of the star were ejected, and constrain theoretical models for the explosion. Scientists are also able to study just how fast specific knots of material are moving away from the original explosion. These results were presented at a meeting of High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society in Monterey, CA.
Choosing products that avoid the Toxic Ten (http://environmentaldefence.ca/reports/just-beautiful-personalcare-products-pocket-shopping-guide) ingredients is better for you and for nature. "We can slow the wave of hormone disrupting chemicals that the UN warns are out there making humans and wildlife increasingly sick by using all natural, nontoxic, sustainable bodycare and cleaning products," Vasil says. GOING FOR THE SOY vEGGIE BURGER: Eating meat has an environmental impact, so shouldn't choosing soy alternatives be friendlier to Mother Earth? Turns out it depends on the kind of soy you're eating.Growing soy has a worse environmental impact than other plant-based protein crops like chickpeas, and a lot of the soy we eat is genetically modified and grown in China, where pesticide use may not be as well regulated as it is in North America and Europe. Look for non-GMO soy, and get your plant proteins from lentils and beans when you can. BUYING CANNED vEGETABLES: Using vegetables canned at their peak freshness can be a way to enjoy your favourite produce out of season, but most of them will be in cans lined with BPA. There are growing concerns about Bisphenol A's estrogenic properties, and it was recently found that most Canadians have BPA in their blood. Avoid it by using frozen veggies instead. EATING MEAT: A 2012 report from World Bank Group said that our best chance to avoid the effects of climate change down the road is to start eating less meat now. A former advisor to the group and another World Bank Group environmental specialist said that the 51 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs, and poultry. "We can all help the climate change crisis by slashing the amount of meat and animal products that we eat since meat animals are shockingly huge emitters of greenhouse gases," Vasil says.
meet the queen of ultrarunning
Ultrarunners compete over hundreds of miles and for days at a time in a single race. But even by those superhuman standards, British ultrarunner Lizzy Hawker, 36, is particularly, well, ultra. Hawker is the five-time women’s division winner of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, one of the toughest trail races in the world, which sees competitors run more than 100 miles in the French Alps. Last year, she ran that race, as well as the 100-mile Run Rabbit Run in Colorado and the 155-mile Spartathlon Ultra Race in Greece—all in the space of four weeks, the New York Times reports. Hawker entered the UltraTrail du Mont-Blanc the first time in 2005 on a whim while on holiday nearby. Twenty-six hours and 53 minutes later, she was the first woman across the finish line. “I ran every day, so I knew I had endurance, but there was no indication I’d be good,” she says. From there, Hawker's ultrarunning career took off; she has since won 35 trail ultras. The sport offers plenty of injuries, but little to no prize money or fame. So why do it? "Running is a way of moving I really love," she says, "and I love being outside in the mountains." (Click for the full profile, which includes a wild tale of how Hawker dealt with a canceled flight while in Nepal—by just running 200 miles to her destination.) neWs Desk
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I need to stay active and keep the rust away and try to unify the light-heavyweight division in 2013. – Nathan Cleverly
WasIm asKs fans to Be PatIent W SporTS Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
ASIM Akram, the former Pakistan captain, wants the sporting fans in the country to be patient with the upcoming fast bowlers and said that he cannot do wonders in a short camp. The former cricketer from Lahore is presently conducting a fast bowling camp at the National Stadium Karachi, helping young and talented pacers to enhance their skills. While speaking to reporters during the camp, Akram, who is arguably the best leftarm pacer of the history of the game, cautioned the cricket fans against expecting miracles from him. Akram is of the view that fast bowling is an art and a young player needs time to develop. The 46-year-old revealed that he will be working with the national players in future as well, despite his commitments with a television channel for commentary. “I am not a magician able to work wonders in ten days 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,” he expressed. “I will be there in the camp and then at the Champions Trophy so will do my best to help them to learn and mature.” In the previous seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Akram has been the bowling coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but he took a break this season for personal reasons. The cricket pundits in Pakistan are not happy with the performance of their fast bowlers in the recently-concluded tour of South Africa and many believe that there are not many quality pacers coming through the ranks of domestic cricket. However, Wasim is of the view that the upcoming speedsters in Pakistan are extremely talented and they will get better with the passage of time. He urged the
Pakistani bowlers to learn to adjust in different conditions at the highest stage of the game, where there is no room for error. Wasim mentioned, “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 demands of international cricket where they are found wanting.” He further said that the upcoming pacers should learn to adapt to different circumstances if they want to be successful at the highest stage of the game. Over the years, Pakistan has produced some of the best fast bowlers of the world, who have conquered many great batting line-ups. The likes of Imran Khan, Akram himself and Waqar Younis are considered to among the all-time greats. However, since the ban imposed on Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir due to the spot-fixing controversy, the Green Shirts have struggled in this department of the game, which used to be their strength. Pakistan’s speedsters, apart from
Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan, failed to make an impression in the recent tour of South Africa, although the pitches were conducive for seam bowlers. “You need to be aggressive and learn how to adapt to these rule changes. Pakistani bowlers have a lot of talent but they need to learn and adapt to the demands of international cricket,” said the former great. “With the change in ODI cricket, that you can’t keep more than four fielders outside the circle in a 50-over match at any time.” While commenting on the performance of the young fast bowlers in the tour of South Africa, the legendary pacer emphasised on the point that bowlers have to be very smart to take advantage of the conditions and Pakistan’s pacers lacked homework against the Proteas. “The grounds in South Africa were green but you need a certain strategy to bowl, so until and unless they learn it they will not be able to turn their potential into performances,” the former Test captain added.
irfan wants to add pace in his bowling LAHORE: Tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan is hoping some advice from the legendary Wasim Akram will help him increase his pace for this June’s Champions Trophy in England. At 7-foot-1 (2.16 metres) Irfan is the world’s tallest pace bowler and has taken 14 wickets in nine one-day internationals in an injury-hit career. The 30-year-old Irfan was sidelined for more than two years due to injuries after making debut in 2010 against England before becoming an integral part of the national team since December last year. “I have to add some speed in my bowling,” Irfan told reporters at Akram’s training camp in Karachi on Monday. “My height is a big advantage and it is getting me respect and popularity as well.” Irfan could not take a wicket in his two ODIs against England at Chester-le-Street and Leeds when he last played there in 2010 before his long layoff from international cricket. But after bowling well in seaming conditions in South Africa, he is confident to do well in Champions Trophy against Group B opponents West Indies, South Africa and India. “The past is behind me as I could not do much the first time I played there,” Irfan said adding that Akram “is telling me how to bowl there, like yorkers and full length deliveries.” Akram is teaming with the Pakistan Cricket Board to conduct a 10-day training camp for fast bowlers to harness their skills, and Irfan said it was good to learn the art of fast bowling from a legend. sTaFF RePORT
Angry westfield appears at hearing pHF to facilitate develop Afghan hockey LAHORE sTaFF RePORT
The Pakistan Hockey Federation will be providing technical and training facility to the Afghanistan hockey to lift the game in the neighbouring country. The PHF and the representatives Afghanistan Hockey Federations signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The Pakistan Hockey Federation has offered several facilities to the Afghanistan Hockey Federation. According to an agreement The PHF will be offering provision of technical assistance in restructuring and reformation of game of hockey in Afghanistan on modern scientific lines. The PHF will also be donating 100 hockey sticks and 100 hockey balls to the AHF every year. And ensure participation of the Afghanistan hockey teams (U-16, Whites & Colours) in the Domestic events of Pakistan Hockey Federation. ‘It is a historic day in history of Afghan hockey that PHF will be providing them support to re-organise the game in our war-torn country ‘,said Secretary,AHF,Mir Wais Bahawi at a news conference along with Secretary, PHF,MohammadAsif Bajwa after MOU signing ceremony here at national hockey stadium. He said the game of hockey is not new to Afghanistan which participated in 1936 and 1940 Olympics and now they have started efforts with a renewed zeal to make it a game of masses in Afghanistan. ‘The passion for hockey is every-growing
and youth is taking keen interest to take up hockey as a sport and we have around 600 registered hockey players ‘,saidAHF official. ‘Pakistan has a glorious past in the game and its guidance to help reorganise the game will play a paramount role in the overall development of the game in Afghanistan ‘,said AHF Secretary. ‘We are going through a tough time in the prevailing circumstances and Pakistan is the first country to support the cause of Afghan hockey for which we are very thankful to them ’,he added. Secretary,PHF,Asif Bajwa said that PHF will bear the expense of training of three Afghan team every year in Pakistan. ‘ We will be inviting their national team and two junior teams to undergo two week training every year in Pakistan ‘,he added. ‘We will also welcome the participation of Afghan U1, Whites and Colour in our domestic event ‘,he added. He said PHF is supporting the cause of hockey whenever and wherever its services were needed and they have signed an MOU with the Afghan hockey as a part of its development plan which was in line with the game development of international hockey federation.’ Our hockey academies have become role model in hockey playing countries and we will be introducing the same system in Afghanistan to organise the game on scientific lines’, said PHF official. To a question he said PHF will consider the request of AHF to send its coaches to Afghanistan for imparting training when such a stage comes In due course of time.
Mervyn Westfield has attacked English cricket for failing to protect him after the ECB won its legal battle to force him to testify at Danish Kaneria’s appeal hearing against a life ban for corruption. Westfield, in a statement made through his legal team as Kaneria’s appeal began on Monday morning, sought to shift blame onto Essex, the ECB and the Professional Cricketers Association for not intervening earlier to stop the spotfixing scam which led to him serving a jail sentence and being banned from first-class cricket for five years. “I have heard that Essex County Cricket Club, together with the English Cricket Board and the Professional Cricketers Association were fully aware of the situation I was falling into but stood back until my involvement
reached the point of my guilty conviction,” he said. “No-one wished to protect me at any stage. Where was their duty of care to me as a member of their staff?” Neither Westfield not his lawyers have offered evidence for his contention that the authorities could have intervened earlier to prevent the scam in which he agreed to underperform in a one-day match for Essex against Durham in September 2009. Angus Porter, chief executive of the PCA, rejected the suggestion that the authorities had prior notice of the spotfixing plot, calling Westfield “bitter” and “confused” and expressing regret that he had refused to take part in a proposed rehabilitation process. Westfield claimed the ECB had taken a “hostile route” which has included gaining a High Court order for his appearance at the hearing, which is being held in private at the London Court of International Arbitration and it is
expected to last until Thursday. Westfield is giving evidence today and that part of the hearing could extend into Tuesday. “I am here today not because of the summons, nor because of any other party,” Westfield said in a statement issued through his lawyer, Yasin Patel, who also represented Salman Butt. “My family have stood by me throughout the torture I have been made to live with this. “No one else has given me any support despite all the promises a year ago. I am here to bring to an end the pain and suffering that I am forced to continuously suffer and in the hope that after today my family and I will never be subjected to the humiliation and hurt we have gone through in the last three years.” The ECB feared that without Westfield’s testimony the case against Kaneria would collapse. Kaneria’s legal team had argued that unless Westfield appeared at the tribunal, and was subjected to cross examination, his evidence would be inadmissible. That would have increased the possibility that Kanerai would be cleared and free to return to cricket only one year after being found guilty in a criminal trial. Kaneria spoke to ESPNcricinfo during a break in proceedings at the International Disputes Resolution Centre in Fleet Street. He said of the original case: “The evidence was not strong, it’s one man’s word against another man’s word and you can’t cut a man’s hands off with that as evidence. How can they take my livelihood with one man’s word against another? Only almighty God can judge me and Inshallah he will look after me, I have faith. I would be happy to bowl for Pakistan again. I would love to do it.”
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The winner of the UEFA Champions League semifinal tie between Barcelona and Bayern Munich will go on to win the competition. – Mark van Bommel
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
( indiAn Premier leAgue 2013
sizzling sehwag takes delhi to first win DELHI
ELHI Daredevils captain Mahela Jayawardene played a silky innings, but was completely overshadowed by a vintage Virender Sehwag effort as the Daredevils won their first match of IPL 2013 against the Mumbai Indians on Sunday by a massive margin of nine wickets with a full three overs to spare. Full Scorecard: Delhi v Mumbai The win was as comprehensive as they come. Jayawardene and Sehwag took their team to the brink of victory with an opening stand of 151 chasing a challenging target of 162. Man-of-the-match Sehwag fully deserved a century before running out of runs, being stranded on an unbeaten 95 off 57 balls, an innings studded by two sixes and 13 fours. Jayawardene’s 59 came off 43 deliveries. Team advisor Sir Viv Richards must have looked on very proudly. Mumbai would have expected their 161-4 to have been more competitive, but will rue the dropped chance offered by
I wasn’t really thinking much
Sehwag when he had just two to his name. Jasprit Bumrah was the culprit at short fine leg. After that, Sehwag, whose future in the game has been questioned after a poor run at the highest level, never looked back. He claimed the record for the most boundaries scored in IPL history as Delhi rattled up 60 without loss in the PowerPlay. The runs continued to flow as Sehwag went to his 50 off 31 balls. Jayawardene was happy to play second fiddle, although his fifty was hardly slower, coming off 34 balls. His only six was a super shot, ironically sailing over the Mumbai dug-out. This video is not available in your region Lasith Malinga eventually found some reward, firing in a superb yorker to trap Jayawardene so palpably in front that the skipper almost walked. The Sri Lanka speedster had found the edge of Sehwag’s bat with another yorker earlier in the over. Earlier Mumbai won the toss and batted first. An early strike by Roelof van der Merwe and an unfortunate run-out saw them wobbling at 22-2 before Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma restored their
fortunes with a partnership of 96 off 67 balls. Sharma was in scintillating form, going on to score 73 off 43 balls, with five sixes and as many fours, before being taken on the boundary. Tendulkar was more sedate, finishing on 54 off 47 balls. Umesh Yadav had a good day, taking 231. His catch of Dwayne Smith and finger-tips to a straight drive from Tendulkar to see Dinesh Karthik run out saw the visitors in early trouble. He came back later to dismiss both the halfcenturions. After six straight defeats, Delhi have at last got some points on the table although they are still languishing in last place while Mumbai remain in fifth spot, missing out on a chance to move into the play-off positions. DELHI DAREDEVILS: DA Warner, V Sehwag, DPMD Jayawardene (capt), Y Venugopal Rao, KM Jadhav (wk), RE van der Merwe, IK Pathan, AD Russell, AB Agarkar, S Nadeem, UT Yadav MUMBAI INDIANS: RT Ponting (capt), SR Tendulkar, RG Sharma, KD Karthik (wk), AT Rayudu, KA Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, DR Smith, JJ Bumrah, MM Patel, SL Malinga.
emirates comes in support of roland Garros Tennis
David Miller, the South Africa batsman, produced his best ever batting performance for Kings XI Punjab on Sunday night, slamming an unbeaten 80 off 41 balls to help his team chase down 186 with a ball to spare in Mohali. Pune Warriors must have more than fancied their chances after finishing on 185 for 4 in what has till now been a rather lowscoring tournament, but Miller’s 128-run stand with Mandeep Singh was paced well enough to see the hosts home. The idea, Miller said after the game, was to keep Kings XI in the match till the final over, and see where it went from there. “We did a really great job by taking the game to the last over. We were backing ourselves, we had a chance of winning or losing and I am glad we came out winning at the end of it,” Miller told the IPL site. “I said to Mandy, we just need to watch the ball well and really try our best. I wasn’t really thinking much to be honest; I had a few plans field wise, but other than that I just tried to clear the ball that came my way.” In all Miller hit five sixes and five fours, finishing with a strike-rate of 195. Mandeep, who had opened the innings, did not match Miller’s pace of scoring but provided crucial support with 77 not out off 58 balls. Miller termed Mandeep’s knock “phenomenal”. “He is a star for the future,” he said. “He has a good mind, wants to do well and I am really happy for him.” Kings XI were left with 16 to get off the final over and Miller managed to hit two sixes off the medium pace of Luke Wright, the England allrounder, who was playing his first game of the season for Warriors.
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Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and Roland Garros have announced a five-year agreement appointing Emirates as Official Partner of the Roland Garros tournament starting with the 2013 edition from May 21 to June 9. The announcement was revealed on Monday by Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline and Jean Gachassin, President French Federation of Tennis, during a briefing held in Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, reports
received here said. “Appropriately named after famed French aviation pioneer and tennis supporter, Roland Garros, this tournament is a natural extension of our existing tennis sponsorship portfolio. Watched by millions around the globe this acclaimed clay court championship is the perfect platform with which to align our brand,” said Clark. “The global following for tennis is extensive. You don’t have to play tennis to be a fan of and appreciate the dedication needed to be one of the world’s best players. It is our own
appreciation of this sport that has been the catalyst behind our various global tennis sponsorships, including two of the Grand Slam tennis events.” “We are particularly delighted and also proud to welcome an international brand such as Emirates amongst our official partners,” said Jean Gachassin, President of the French Federation of Tennis. “The arrival of Emirates fits in perfectly with our development and partnership strategy of aiming to expand our global reach. And of course what better association, between the French Open which is named after Roland Garros a pioneer in the world of aviation – and one of the world’s foremost airlines.” As part of the partnership, Emirates will benefit from significant branding of the Centre court PhilippeChatrier, as well as panels on competition courts. In addition to a private lounge for Emirates guests at the Roland-Garros Village and boxes along the courts, Emirates will also have a dedicated area to welcome the general public in the RG Lab, the popular Fan Zone area. Emirates’ sponsorship of Roland Garros is the airline’s third tennis sponsorship in Europe after the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Italian Open) announced last year and the Barcelona Open revealed in March 2013.
amla joins Cobras
JOHANNESBURG: Hashim Amla will continue his domestic career with the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras after deciding to end his association with the Sunfoil Dolphins, the Proteas batsman announced in a statement on Monday. Amla, who attended Durban Boys High, had spent his entire domestic career with the Durban-based Dolphins after making his first-class debut during the 1999/2000 season while he also captained the franchise for a season before giving up the job to concentrate on his batting. The 30-year-old Amla will join the Cape Cobras with immediate effect but said that the decision to move had not been an easy one. “I must stress that this was a difficult decision for me. I have always considered myself a Durban boy and know that I will dearly miss the support of the KwaZuluNatal (KZN) fans during the domestic games. Although I may not have played a lot of domestic cricket in recent years due to my national team commitments, it is this tremendous support of the fans at KZN that I will remember and cherish the most,” he said in a statement. aGencies
pCB, pIAIl discuss construction of hotel at Karachi LAHORE sTaFF RePORT
The first Annual General meeting of Avant Hotels (Pvt.) Ltd., a joint venture company of the PCB and the Pakistan International Airlines Investments Limited (PIAIL), was held here at NCA on Monday (April 22, 2013). The Federal Secretary Defence, Lt. Gen. (R) Asif Yasin Malik, who is also the chairman of the company, chaired the meeting. The PCB was represented by Chairman Ch. Zaka Ashraf, COO Subhan Ahmad, GM Estates PCB Abdul Ghafoor Bhatti while CFO Badar M. Khan and Legal Advisor Taffazul Rizvi were also present, The PIAIL, meanwhile, was represented by Secretary Defence Pakistan Government and Chairman, MD PIAIL
Dr. Najeeb Samie and GM Fianance PIAIL Mr. Akbar Ali, who is also the company secretary. The meeting discussed the progress on the project especially the status of sub-lease of the property at Karachi. The meeting approved the audited financial statement for the years 2009, 2010, 2011
and 12. The meeting approved auditors for the next financial year. The meeting also endorsed the previously approved increase in the number of directors from 5 to 7. Avant Hotels (Pvt.) Ltd. was incorporated by PCB and PIAIL with the objective to construct an international
standard hotel adjacent to Karachi’s National Stadium Karachi. The project, which remained dormant for years, has been revived with the efforts of Chairman PCB and Secretary Defence and will result in establishing an international standard facility within the vicinity of the National Stadium, Karachi.
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I can assure you that changes will be made for the next match that starts on Monday week against Hampshire – Paul Grayson
SporTS Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
ayan academy beat Pioneer Club LAHORE: Ayan Academy beat Pioneer Club by 80 runs in friendly match at Iqbal Park Ground no 3. The interesting aspect of the match was that Pioneer Club played its first match without captain opener Nadeem Javed Butt after continuous 1819 matches in last 29 years as he was unfit. Ayan Academy scored 299 for nine wickets in 35 overs. Faiq 60, Ahmed Ali 40. Mubeen Ahmed took 340, Mubeen Malik 3-45, Gulzar Adrees 3-40. Pioneer Club 220-8-in 35 overs. Kh Abid 70, Mubeen Malik 45 not out, Farhan Nayamat. 30 not out. Nadeem Farooqi 3-49, Ahmed Ali 3-48. MUGHALPURA WHITES BEAT TOWNSHIP WHITES: Mughalpura Whites has defeated Township Whites by 15 run in the 10 M Siddiq Memorial cricket event played at Model Town Aligarh ground on Monday morning. Scores: Mughalpura Whites 170/5 in 20 overs Meer Masood 59, Zain ul husnain 47, Fahim Askari 38. Saleem 2/4, M Sharif 1/25. township Whites 155 all out in 18.4 overs. Umer Munawar 10, Arif Aslam 15, Ilyaz Imtiaz 58, Saeed Shafiq 15, hamza Akber 13, M Sharif 21. Wakeel husnain 2/20, Ishtiaq 2/32, Fahim Askari 1/18, Zain ul husnain 1/26. LUDIHANA GYM DOWN MEHBOOB GYM: Ludihana Gym has moved into the 3rd round of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Event when they outplay strong Mehboob PArk Gym by 4 runs in exciting match played at New Iteefaq ground the other day. Scores: Ludihana Gym 180/6 in 20 ovres. Umer Siddiq 46, Abdul Rauf 30, Naik Mohammad 10, Shahid Bashir 33, Khuram Siddiq 16, M Faisal 33(no). Jamshaid 1/35, Waqas 2/19, Haris 1/29, M Hassan 2/28. Mehboob PArk Gym 176/9 in 20 overs. Mudasar 12, Waqas 36, Jamshaid 54, Haris 12, Fahim 33. Khuram Siddiq 3/34, Shahid Bashir 1/20, Haider 1/20, Zahid Khan 2/17, Faiz Farid 1/31, Abdul Rauf 1/33. MUSLIM GYM MOvED INTO 3RD ROUND: Muslim Gym has moved into the 3rd round of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event when they down Fayyaz Memorial club by 9 wickets played at NEw Iteefaq ground on Friday morning. Scores: Fayyaz Memorial Club 137/6. Ameer 22, Mujahid 12, Shafiq 15, Mubashar 51(no), Sheroz 21. Bilal 1/19, Junaid Jaan 1/20, Rafi 1/30, Farhan 1/3. Muslim Gym 139/1. Junaid Jaan 39, Usman 56(no), Sulaiman 23(no). Rehmat 1/23. sTaFF RePORT
sHaraPova BegIns frenCH oPen BUIld-UP W STUTTGART aGencies
ORLD number two Maria Sharapova returns to the Stuttgart tournament as titleholder as the Russian number one begins her claycourt preparations ahead of her defence of the French Open. The 26-year-old has made a bright start to 2013 having reached January’s Australian Open semi-finals and picking up her 28th WTA title in March when she beat Caroline Wozniacki in Indian Wells. Last year, she defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 in the final on her debut at Stuttgart’s indoor tournament.
The French Open victory which was to follow gave Sharapova the full set of Grand Slam titles, eight years after she won Wimbledon as a 17-year-old. The Russian said the foundation of last year’s Roland Garros win was laid in Stuttgart, having once famously compared her movement on clay to “a cow on ice”. “Looking back, I think it was a really important win for me,” she said. “It ultimately led to my win at the French Open.“For me, to get a win on clay at one of the toughest tournaments of the year, gave me huge confidence.” Last year she beat Australia’s Sam Stosur and the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova on her way to the final and similar confident performances would give her
plenty of belief ahead of Roland Garros. Sharapova said she was looking forward to the Stuttgart tournament where China’s Li Na, who lost this year’s Australia Open final to Azarenka, is the second seed. “It is always great coming back to a city and tournament where you have had success,” said Sharapova. “You have those special memories when you step back on the court where you were holding the trophy. And, of course, there is always room for another Porsche,” she added in reference to the gleaming sports car which accompanies the winner’s cheque. With eight of the world’s top 10 players in Stuttgart, Li is looking to put her recent ankle injury behind her and recapture her Australian Open form.
ghulam Qadir memorial Club win LAHORE: Ghulam Qadir Memorial Club has qualified for quarterfinal of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event when thay defeated Baghbanpura Eaglets by 9 wickets played at Township ground. Scores: Baghbanpura eaglets 53 all out in 12 overs. yaseen hameed 17, M nAdeem 12, JAwad 11. rehan Shah 6/12, Kamran 1/16, Zeeshan 1/28. Ghulam Qadir Memorial Club 58/1. Ahsan Butt 24(no), Adeel 19. JAwad 1/5. GHARI SHAHO GYM ADvANCE: Garhi Shaho Gym has advanced into the next round of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket event when they beat Township Whites by 13 runs played at Township ground. Scores: Ghari Shaho Gym 112 all out. Zafar Gohar 20, Asif Gondal 15, Shoaib Muhammad 25, Zeeshan Akram 14. Qaiser Khan 2/31, Sharif 2/14, Saleem 2/17, Zafar 3/19. Township Whites 99 all out in 19.2 overs. sTaFF RePORT
pAKISTAn TennIS In A BlACK Hole sPorts tHIs WeeK by ali akbaR
One hesitates in belaboring a subject ad nauseum, but it is essential to try and identify the cause of unfortunate events, that if left unexplored, are bound to recur. The Pakistan team’s default in their Davis Cup tie in Burma is turning up some new facts which are cause for concern. It is being stated by knowledgeable sources, that the two PTF officials who went early to Myanmar, on PTF expense, were actually working as umpires for the International Tennis Federation. Since one of these two officials is treasurer of PTF while the other is PTF office secretary there seems to be a huge conflict of interest situation here. It has also been reported in the press that the director of tennis for the Myanmar Tennis Association is the coach of one of the Pakistan team members and that he and the parent of one of the Pakistani players were notified as the PTF’s representatives in hosting the ill fated tie. It has also been learned that the ITF referee had refused to conduct the tie on the controversial courts, but was convinced by PTF to do so. In the end the referee decided that the courts were indeed unplayable. The absence of stringing facilities, the lack of a court roller as well as the 90 minute drive from the
hotel to the courts were the other mitigating factors. The worst thing that could happen here is that the PTF could simply ‘mitti pao’ the whole disastrous chain of events and carry on with their head firmly buried in the sand. The PTF secretary’s statement, exulting in the fact that the ITF had ‘accepted’ the PTF’s protest, lends credence to this train of thought. But the fact is that the PTF has to do some serious soul searching here. They have to identify the elephant in the room, the person who is at the center of every piece of their misfortune, including the deaths of three of Pakistan’s best young players of suffocation at a tournament he was refereeing. He is in his third term as a PTF official and has no justification of staying in office. That the Pakistan Sports Board has controversially removed the POA (for which it had no power or authority) while this man and several others in Karachi, continue to lord over the destruction of tennis, is a sad commentary on PSB’s functioning. The Pakistan juniors were in Malaysia. Earlier, one of our top juniors was sent there alone to join other team mates who were already playing there. The boy was promptly put behind bars and deported back to Pakistan. The other juniors, some of whom are extremely highly touted by PTF officials were routed by such tennis ‘powerhouses’ as Saudi Arabia, struggling
to win not matches, or sets, but single games. That is where tennis has been brought by the likes of Dilawar Abbas who had contrived to create tennis’ equivalent of a black hole in his ignominious decade of nepotism, victimization and desertification of the sport. Meanwhile back on the ATP Tour, the summer clay court circuit has kicked off with the US Clay Court Championships and now the Monaco Masters at the scenic Monte Carlo Country Club. Played at one of the most scenic settings anywhere, this event is home to many of the top players because of its tax free regime. Novak Djokovic, nursing a bad ankle following his Davis Cup heroics against the USA, is the top seed, but even Novak would agree that the man to beat here is Rafael Nadal who has an unprecedented 44 match winning streak on these courts. Novak has struggled through his first two rounds while Nadal has been cruising. The big upset was the defeat of Andy Murray by the strong Swiss player Stan Wawrinka. It was not the defeat but the manner of defeat that was surprising. It was over in less than an hour. Murray is a slow starter on the red clay and is hoping for improvement before the French Open. But Wawrinka is a threat to any player, with his solid ground game. He has been as high as the world’s top ten but has mostly plied his trade under the enormous shadow cast by Roger Federer.
Nadal is looking near his best and should be his usual destructive self by the time the French Open rolls around, but his problems will start after or even during Wimbledon, where, a year ago, his knee troubled him, resulting in a seven month hiatus. It seems as if Nadal is, physically speaking, on borrowed time and that his punishing style of play has run up many more court miles than the smooth stroking Federer, even though he should be in the prime of his career. Roger Federer is winding down his career, picking and choosing his appearances. He is no longer interested in rankings, preferring to focus on winning
a Grand Slam event or two. He would dearly like to stay ahead of the man nearest to his tally of seventeen Grand Slams, Nadal. Federer’s body has started troubling him, especially his back, a chronic tennis player ailment, caused by years of arching for the serve. Should he nurse his body, he could continue for two or maximum three years, which is twelve Grand Slams. He would expect to win at least one, maybe two of these, before hanging up his racquet. The ATP would be looking with dread at that happening, because the Fed is the biggest drawing card and ambassador for the sport, perhaps the biggest that the sport has ever had.
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Sachin has already been in my team of 16 best Test players and am very annoyed when only the names of eleven best players were announced. – Dickie Bird
ferguson out to smash Chelsea record LOnDOn
Tuesday, 23 April, 2013
wAtCh It LIve GEO SUPER RCB v Warriors
03:30 PM Daredevils v Kings XI
STAR SPORTS AFC Cup: Selangor vs. East Bengal
STAR SPORTS Barclays League: Manchester United vs. Aston Villa
STAR SPORTS AFC League: Suwon Bluewings vs. Central Coast Mariners
should be the perfect riposte to those who have claimed this is some way short of a vintage United squad. It does seem a bit harsh on a group of players who, since Cristiano Ronaldo’s world record £80million departure in 2009 have finished runnersup twice, by margins as thin as a single point and on goal difference, and, barring a disaster beyond comprehension, have now added a the
most comfortable triumph since Chelsea’s eight years ago to their 2011 success. “We had a big job to do,” said Ferguson. “The way we lost it, and the fact it was City, gave us an incentive. “You have to admire the focus we have shown this season. We are resilient and the consistency has been good. “Like all the previous teams, they never give in. That is a fact. “It is the history of the club more than anything.
alvarez exacts revenge on trout
yeangder TpC commits for three more years BAnGKOK aGencies
JOHANNESBURG: South African Robert Hunter won the Mzansi Tour on Sunday after the fifth and final stage, a 123km ride that started and finished at Montecasino, in Johannesburg. Hunter’s compatriot, Dylan Girdlestone, riding for the Westvaal BMC team, won the final stage, surging to the finish line unchallenged in two hours, 53 minutes, 38 seconds (2:53:38). Hichen Chaabane (VCS) finished the shortest stage of the tour in second position, four seconds off the pace, while Team Bonitas rider Waylon Woolcock was third, a further nine seconds behind. Hunter, leading the SA National Team, grabbed the Yellow Jersey on the second stage and never looked back, securing overall victory nearly six minutes clear of Frenchman Julien Antomarchi (La Pomme Marseille), who finished second overall, while Italian Fortunato Baliani (Nippo-De Rosa) took third place. aGencies
IR Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United will not ease off even if they clinch their 20th league title against Aston Villa. Manchester City’s stunning late collapse at Tottenham has set up a party to remember at Old Trafford. For whilst United have plenty of opportunities to seal their latest championship success should they fail against Villa, the idea of confirming their status as England’s top dogs in front of their own fans is particularly appealing. However, even after the champagne corks have been popped, Ferguson will keep his men driving on, eager to eclipse the Premier League points record of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, who amassed 95 points in 2005. “There won’t be any slacking off,” Ferguson said. “(The record) is not beyond us at all. Can Manchester United win five games in a row? How many times have we done that?” To reclaim the trophy so easily
Hunter wins mzansi tour
The Yeangder Group has pledged to sponsor the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship on the Asian Tour for another three years, organisers have announced. The Yeangder TPC was successfully launched in 2010 and since then, it has become one of Chinese Taipei’s top tournaments with worthy champions emerging, including reigning Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, local favourite Lu Wei-chih and last year’s winner Gaganjeet Bhullar of India. The fourth edition of the Yeangder TPC will be staged from September 12 to 15 with a prize fund of US$500,000 and is poised to attract many of the top Asian Tour stars including Lin Wentang, who won his sixth Asian Tour title in the Philippines two week ago. Emmet Hsu, Chairman of the Yeangder Group, said: “On behalf of Yeangder Group, we are delighted to
extend our partnership with the Asian Tour which continues to lead the development of professional golf at the highest level in Asia. “The Yeangder TPC has enjoyed great success since its inauguration in 2010 and we are delighted to see many young Chinese Taipei players taking advantage of this opportunity to play against the best players in Asia.
“We share the same goals ad the Asian Tour, which is to enhance the standard of golf in the region and across Asia and we hope to foster this relationship and create future champions in the game. “It is also our vision that our flagship tournament continues to promote Chinese Taipei as a leading golf destination in Asia.” The Yeangder TPC is one of two Asian Tour tournaments to be staged annually in Chinese Taipei, with the other being the Mercuries Taiwan Masters. The secondary Asian Development Tour (ADT), a circuit for rising stars, has also staged events in Chinese Taipei. A host of players from Chinese Taipei have benefited from the secondary Tour as Hsu Chia-jen, Chiang Chen-chih and Kao Shang-hung have all earned Asian Tour cards through the burgeoning ADT. Hsu Mong-nan also earned playing rights in the new 2013 Asian Tour season by finishing second on the ADT Order of Merit last season.
Mexico’s Saul Alvarez unified the WBC and WBA light-middleweight titles with a unanimous decision over American southpaw Austin Trout in San Antonio. Alvarez (42-0-1) defended his WBC title while also claiming the WBA and Ring Magazine belts, receiving winning scores of 115-112, 116-111 and 118-109. Alvarez’s brother, Rigoberto, lost the WBA title to Trout in February 2011 in the family’s hometown of Guadalajara, but it was a defeat that provided the inspiration for Saturday’s victory. “This is for my brother. It was a big motivation for this fight,” said Alvarez afterwards. “Austin Trout is a very difficult fighter. He’s a southpaw. But we were more intelligent in this fight today and the better the opponent is, the better we will get.” Alvarez knocked down Trout (26-1) once and staggered him several times to the delight of the crowd of 39,247 that continually chanted “Mexico! Mexico!” Trout was the more active fighter, connecting on 154 of 769 punches compared to 124 of 431, but Alvarez landed 43 per cent of his power punches compared to 27 per cent for Trout. The fighters stood toe-to-toe for much of the bout, both unwilling to tie up the other at the expense of possible power punches. Referee Laurence Cole only broke up the fighters once, doing so midway through the first round.
Kebede storms back to win london Marathon LOnDOn aGencies
Less than a year after missing out on a place at London 2012, Tsegaye Kebede timed his finish to perfection to win the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday. The 26-year-old was 49 seconds adrift in fifth place at the 35km mark, his chances of success seemingly fading fast, but he chased down runaway leader Emmanuel Mutai, passing the Kenyan in the final mile. He came home in two hours, six minutes and four seconds. In crisp, clear conditions, the tiring Mutai, who hit the front between the 36 and 37km marks, hung on for second place, 29 seconds back, with Kebede’s fellow Ethiopian Ayele Abshero third. It was Kebede’s second victory in the capital after winning in 2010 and he said: “I had a little pain in my side during the early part of the race, but as time went on it got better and better. “I could feel myself getting closer and
closer to Mutai and that made me stronger. It was a great day to run the London Marathon and even better to win.” Following on from last October’s Chicago Marathon triumph, it was another message for the Ethiopian selectors, none of whose three picks for the Olympic team, including Abshero, finished the race last summer. It was a strong field to beat as well, featuring the two fastest men in history in Kenyan duo Patrick Makau and Wilson Kipsang. Derek Hawkins was the first Briton home in 13th place, with Olympian Scott Overall dropping out just after halfway. A “very disappointed” Mutai said: “I thought I might win today, but could not pick up the pace in the late stages.” The build-up to today’s race were overshadowed by the attacks at Monday’s Boston Marathon which killed three people and there was a moving 30 seconds’ silence ahead of the start of the elite men’s and mass races in memory of the victims. In the women’s race, Kenya’s Priscah
Jeptoo went one better than her London 2012 silver with victory. The 28-year-old clocked 2hrs 20mins 15secs to win comfortably ahead of her fellow countrywoman Edna Kiplagat. She said: “I knew this morning I was going to run well, but there was such a good field you were worried someone would do better. It wasn’t until around 25 miles that I got that confidence back and felt I would win.” Japan’s Yikiko Akaby was a surprise third, with Olympic champion Tiki Gelana paying the price for a nasty fall. The Ethiopian collided with wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy after 15 kilometres and fell to the road as she cut inside to get to a drinks station and that cost her later in the race. Jeptoo’s time was the fastest in the world this year, but there was also reason to cheer for Susan Partridge - the first Briton home in ninth. Her time of 2:30.46 was a huge personal best and inside the qualifying time for August’s World Championships in
Moscow, sealing her place on the plane. She told Press Association Sport: “As I got close and realised how close I was (to the 2:31.00 qualifying time), then I was calculating, ‘How fast can I run 200m at the end of a marathon?’ and I was like, ‘I
think I can do this,’ so I was happy. “It is exciting crossing the line and knowing I’ve got the qualifying time and getting in the top 10 for the first time.” Amy Whitehead was the second Briton home in 13th in 2:34.14.
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