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rs 22.5bn not being released for power production: minister
LHC seeks altaf’s reply over controversial speech
Federal Water and Power Minister Musadiq Malik on Thursday said the Ministry of Finance is not releasing Rs 22.5 billion approved by the prime minister for power production. Addressing a press conference, he said that water and power officials hold meetings with the officials of the ministry but did not release the required amount. He said, “We increased 30 to 40 percent power production through our own collections and running IPPs from our own sources.” He said, “We lost 800 megawatt from our system due to annual turnaround of a plant that was providing 150MMCFD gas.” pag e 19
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday sought a reply within two weeks from MQM chief Altaf Hussain, and the interior and foreign secretaries in a petition seeking Altaf’s removal from the MQM’s leadership and action against him after his repatriation to Pakistan for alleged remarks against the ideology of Pakistan. Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan passed the orders on a petition filed by Advocate Fayyaz Ahmed Mehr. Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel submitted before the court that Altaf was a foreign national but claimed to be the chief of the MQM, a party that has been in power in Pakistan. pag e 04
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12 killed in roadside bombing in Quetta QUETTA STAFF REPORT
A powerful blast killed at least 12 people, including eight policemen, and injured 21 others in the Bhosa Mandi area of Quetta on Thursday. Deputy Inspector General Police Fayyaz Sumbal said unidentified militants targeted the vehicle of police's Rapid Response Force (RRP) through a remote controlled bomb in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta. He said militants had planted explosive materials in a car, which was parked on the roadside. "When the RRF vehicle reached the spot, there was a huge blast," he said. Sumbal said the explosion destroyed police vehicles and nearby buildings. "More than 100 kgs explosives were used in the blast," an official of bomb disposal squad said. The injured were immediately rushed to civil hospital Quetta for medical treatment. Emergency was imposed in hospital to ensure treatment to injured persons.
Clashes in Kurram, Bajaur; two security personnel killed PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Two security personnel, including an army captain, were killed on Thursday and 18 were injured in a clash with militants in northwest Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region. Following the clash in central Kurram, jet fighters bombed militant positions, killing 15 insurgents, security sources said. A number of insurgent hideouts were also destroyed in the action. Separately in the Bajaur tribal region, militants attacked a security check post wounding two Levies men. Moreover, an 11,000 kilowatt transmission line was also destroyed in an explosion in the area, suspending electricity supply to the region. Subsequently, security forces started a search operation in the area to apprehend the militants. Bajaur and Kurram are two out of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws. An extremist insurgency led by the Tehrik-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP) plagues the region, while the area is known to be infested with militants, including those from Al Qaeda and other armed extremist organisations. Rocket attack wounds three in Peshawar Meanwhile in Peshawar’s Matani area, three people were wounded in a rocket attack targeting the residence of a local. The attack targeted the residence of Haji Mohammad Khan Afridi in Matani’s Sheikh Naala area.
President Zardari rejects PM Khoso’s ‘mini-budget’ SEEKS PML-N’S OWNERSHIP OF FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS AIMED AT FACILITATING IMF TALKS ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday rejected a summary forwarded by Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso seeking approval of some financial measures, noting that it was not a mini-budget. The president observed that since the front-loading of the loans of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was aimed at facilitating future deliberations between Nawaz Sharif’s government and the IMF, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) should own this arrangement. “Taking notice of the misleading news items appearing in a section of the press, the president has returned the summary to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, saying that since the PML-N’s next government is going to be facilitated by the caretakers, Nawaz Sharif should own it,” a wellplaced source in the Presidency told Pakistan Today. The source added that the president also directed the prime minister
ASKS PM TO TAKE NOTICE OF MISLEADING MEDIA LEAKS to take notice of the media leaks about the functioning of the caretaker government which were misleading. Mini budget: According to sources in the Finance Ministry, Adviser to the PM on Finance Dr Shahid Amjad Chaudhry is spearheading a drive to streamline the economic matters so that the next government could be facilitated in the budget-making process. "Though the caretaker prime minister and his team are set to leave in about two weeks, but like true patriots, they are involved in hectic efforts to prepare ground for the newly-elected government in managing the budget-making process. In this regard, some drastic steps have already been taken while some proposals have also been laid down," the source added. "The adviser on finance has also been involved in ensuring front-loading of the loan payment so as the new government could also negotiate for new loan on low mark-up and on easy instalments," the source said. The source said the adviser had already paid a visit to the US recently
where he had gone to attend the annual IMF meeting. He also held talks with the IMF on the sidelines of the moot, seeking some concessions for Pakistan in loan repayment. He also met heads of international financial institutions and delegations. "The initiative aims at facilitating the new government in loan repayment and holding negotiations for new loans on low mark-up as was done by the PPP government in year 2008. This would greatly help build the economic strength.” He said the finance adviser was also involved in streamlining finances related to the energy sector, adding that subsidies for energy sector were being streamlined
Irked by PM’s incessant interference, Sania leaves for Geneva ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
The unabated interference by the Prime Minister’s Secretariat in the affairs of the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) has irked Dr Sania Nishtar, who remained absent from all high-profile functions held in honour of the Chinese premier Li Keqiang. “Dr Sania Nishtar is unhappy with the continuous interference into affairs of her ministry on the alleged orders of the caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso. She was noticed owing to her mysterious absence from all functions held for the visiting Chinese premier,” a source in the ministry told Pakistan Today. The source said the PM’s Secretariat was exerting pressure over Dr Sania Nishtar, who also has charge of Ministry of Professional Training and Education, to withdraw a notification of devolution of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) from the federal government to the Sindh government. “Pressure is also being exerted on the Sindh government in this regard,” the source
added. The JPMC was devolved in year 2012 under the 18th Constitutional Amendment under a commission led by Senator Raza Rabbani. An official close to Dr Nishtar said she had lost interest in the affairs of the ministry and had left for Geneva to attend an international moot regarding her NGO. “She has left for Geneva. Her absence from functions held for the Chinese prime minister reflects that she has no interest with the ministry anymore,” the official said. Dr Sania Nishtar is the wife of
Ghalib Nishtar, former president of the Khushhali Bank, and granddaughter of Pakistan movement leader Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar. She runs an NGO called Heartfile. Earlier, Dr Nishtar had also expressed her irritation when on April 23 the prime minister had transferred Shahid Rashid, the then secretary of information technology without prior knowledge of the minister and Zafar Qadir, an officer on special duty (OSD), had been appointed as secretary information technology. Earlier, member IT Amir Malik and member legal Kamran Ali of the IT ministry had also been removed without assigning any reason allegedly after both officers had refused to endorse the signing of $150 million Gota project MoU. Both officers allegedly had opposed the move but the trio surrounding the prime minister got their contracted terminated. Dr Sania Nishtar had told media that she was never consulted over removal of both the officers and the action was taken without taking her into confidence. Nishtar had said she would meet the prime minister to get the termination orders reversed.
and rather than blanket subsidies, targeted subsidies are being proposed. “One of the proposals being made is that the provincial governments should generate their own electricity. Moreover, measures are also being adopted to plug the line losses and other leakages in the power sector to save energy," the source added. He said the adviser had also directed the Revenue Department to take drastic steps which may guarantee increase in revenue collection. "The ministry has taken some new measures to expand the tax net. We hope that this will greatly help the new government," the source added.
Second child contracts polio in Waziristan since Taliban ban ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
A second child has contracted polio in the restive North Waziristan Agency after the Taliban banned vaccinations there nearly a year ago, a UN official said Thursday. The first polio case was detected in the North Waziristan region, also known as the strong bastion of Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants, earlier this month, with officials expecting a “bigger outbreak” of the disease. “This is the second child, a 36-month-old boy getting paralysed after contracting polio,” the World Health Organisation’s senior coordinator for polio eradication in Pakistan, Elias Durry, said. Tribesmen in North Waziristan had endorsed the Taliban ban and stopped authorities from vaccinating children under a nationwide campaign in June last year. “The problem is that it is just a tip of the iceberg,” Durry said, adding, “This is what will happen if we have children without polio vaccination.” He said: “We fear there will be more cases in North Waziristan, its neighbourhood and other tribal regions and northwestern districts if the vaccine is not administered to the children.” He said there were approximately 161,000 children in North Waziristan district alone who have not been administered with a polio vaccine since June last year. The Taliban have alleged that the vaccination campaign is a cover for espionage.
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Chinese PM departs with promise to cement Pak-China friendship PAKISTAN, CHINA TO EXTEND COOPERATION IN ENERGY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, AGRICULTURE SECTORS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
HINESE Prime Minister Li Keqiang concluded his two day visit to the country on Thursday, vowing to extend further support of his country to Pakistan in all sectors, especially in strategic sectors including energy, science and technology and agriculture. Addressing participants of a special session of the Senate, the visiting premier said Pakistan’s support to China was vital for the development of his country. “China will give you every support and assistance and by helping you, we would be helping ourselves,” he said, adding that the friendship between China and Pakistan was based upon sharing values of life and it was long lasting. “The two nations have been enjoying such an exemplary friendship. Both nations should stand shoulder-to-shoulder as friends and brothers with pragmatic cooperation. In order to launch major social and financial projects, the cooperation in energy and agriculture sectors would be the other steps for cooperation,” he asserted. Terming the friendship as outcome of centuries old historical people-to-people contacts, the Chinese PM said it was
RAWALPINDI: President Asif Ali Zardari sees off Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at Noor Khan Air Base on Thursday. INP
nurtured by the nations and fostered by the forefathers through generations to generations. The visiting dignitary also lauded learning of Chinese language by Pakistani people and said they would require assistance of Pakistani people in learning the Urdu language.
Li assures Pak military of support ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The Chinese government will unswervingly stick to its friendly policy toward Pakistan and support the South Asian nation in realising stability and better development, visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday. Li was speaking during a meeting with Pakistani military leaders, including Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani, Chief of Naval Staff Muhammad Asif Sandila and Chief of Air Staff Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt. "The Pakistani military is not only an important force in maintaining security and stability in Pakistan, but also a firm supporter of the China-Pakistan friendship," Li said. “The friendship between China and Pakistan is unbreakable thanks to not only the efforts of generations of leaders of both sides and the fervent support of the two peoples, but also the in-depth development of the ties between the two militaries,” he added. He urged the international community to help Pakistan overcome difficulties and cope with challenges under the premise of respecting its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. “As a good neighbour, friend and partner, China pays close attention to the development of situation in Pakistan and respects the development path chosen by the Pakistani people in accordance with their national situations,” the Chinese PM said. “China supports concerned parties in Pakistan to jointly contribute to maintaining political stability, developing economy and improving people's livelihood in the fundamental interests of the nation,” Li said, adding that China was willing to provide assistance to Pakistan within its capability. “China would like to deepen military relations, enhance communication in defence and constantly expand cooperation to new fields with Pakistan,” Li added. The Chinese premier also expressed the hope that the Pakistani military would continue to do its utmost to safeguard the security of Chinese agencies and staff in Pakistan. For their part, the Pakistani military leaders said Li's trip reflected the special friendly relations between Pakistan and China.
Sharing his rejoice in addressing the Upper House of parliament, the Chinese premier said it was a great pleasure to address Pakistan’s parliament and conveyed his warm and brotherly greetings to the people of Pakistan. He pledged to work for mutual benefits and fostering of relations between the
brotherly nations. Referring to Pakistan’s geo-political significance, he said it was hectically involved in maintaining regional stability and global peace and its contributions were commended by the world. He said the Chinese nation could never forget when the first PIA flight
Nawaz seeks civil nuclear technology from China ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz delegation led by prime minister in-waiting Nawaz Sharif exchanges views with a Chinese delegation led by Prime Minister Li Keqiang. INP
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Prime minister-designate Nawaz Sharif on Thursday sought civil nuclear technology from time-tested friend China to overcome the country’s crippling energy crisis. The Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief on Thursday held a meeting with visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Islamabad and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations in various fields. Sources said that during the meeting, Nawaz focused on civil nuclear technology, trade and foreign investment. He sought special help from the Chinese government to overcome the energy crisis. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
congratulated News on his party's victory in the general election. He expressed good wishes for the new government of Pakistan. The PML-N chief expressed the hope that two friendly countries would continue working together for the mutual benefit of their people. The visiting premier also invited Nawaz to make an official visit to China. After the meeting, Nawaz told reporters that Chinese premier’s visit to Pakistan would further strengthen cooperation and friendship. He said Pakistan’s friendship with china was deep rooted and both countries enjoyed mutual trust and wanted to work together. He said the Chinese premier invited him to visit to China to discuss
development projects of mutual interest, which he added, would be beneficial for people of both countries. Nawaz said he would visit China, which would be one of his first spot of foreign tour after taking charge of the PM’s office. Speaking on the occasion, visiting premier Li Keqiang said growing friendly relations with Pakistan was a policy of his government. He said Pakistan was an important country in the region, which had made significant contribution to peace, development and stability of the region. PML-N leaders Shahbaz Sharif‚ Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Senator Ishaq Dar and Foreign Secretary Jalil Jilani were also present in the meeting.
landed in China in 1960 and provided them an air route and the timely aid by Pakistani nation when a massive quake hit Chinese population. Li also referred to construction of Karakoram Highway in which a number of Chinese people lost lives and said the Pakistani people were looking after the cemetery and the saplings planted there had now turned into luxurious trees. The visiting dignitary said the denizens in China had coined a new phrase on Internet which meant “China and Pakistan are iron brothers”. The friendship between the two nations was growing faster than the information technology and the other phrase which impressed him the most was “If you love China, please love Pakistan”. In his welcome address, Senate Chairman Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari urged greater connectivity between Pakistan and China for enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries. “We should concentrate on enhancing economic cooperation through greater connectivity. We must continuously expand and deepen cooperation in all areas of mutual interest,” he said. Senator Aitazaz Ahsan and Raja Zafarul Haq presented vote of thanks and said the friendship between Pakistan and China was deepened with passage of time. Later, during his visit to the PakChina Friendship Centre, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang termed “unmatchable” the friendship between Pakistan and China and said the “eternal relationship” between the two countries always withstood tests of time. CHineSe PM LeAVeS: Later, the Chinese premier left after a successful twoday visit. Li and his delegation was seen off at Nur Khan Airbase by President Asif Ali Zardari, Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani and civil and military officials. Six PAF JF-17 Thunders escorted the aircraft of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang as it took off from PAF Nur Khan Base for its next destination.
TTP responds positively to Nawaz’s call for talks PESHAWAR INP
Nawaz Sharif’s call to the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) for peace talks drew a positive response from the banned outfit on Thursday with the TTP saying that its leadership was devising a strategy for negotiations with the upcoming government of Pakistan. Talking to a private news channel, TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the offer for peace talks made by Nawaz Sharif, who is likely to take the office of prime minister for the third time, was a positive sign, adding that the militant organisation was devising a strategy over the course of action to be taken in response to the peace talk offer. Moreover, Ehsan also claimed that the banned oganisation was responsible for the bomb attack in Quetta on Thursday and said that the attack was carried out in retaliation to the killing of their activists in Balochistan from the Malakand region. uS StAYS MuM: The government of United States chose to stay silent over TTP’s positive response to Nawaz and said that it was “too soon to comment.” “It would be premature for us to comment on any potential negotiations,” a State Department spokesperson said. “The United States and Pakistan continue to have a vital, shared strategic interest in the fight against terrorism. We are working closely together to act against violent extremist groups that target both countries and deny them safe haven, and pursue a stable, peaceful, and prosperous region,” the spokesman insisted. “All options should be tried and guns are not a solution to all problems. Why shouldn’t we sit and talk and engage in dialogue?” Sharif was quoted as saying. The banned Taliban had offered peace talks to the previous Pakistan People’s Party-led government and named Sharif as one of three politicians who could act as guarantors for the process.
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NEWS Friday, 24 May, 2013
Obama admin admits killing four Americans with drones WASHINGTON: Taking a political decision to open up on its secret drone warfare, the Obama administration on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time that US counterterrorism operations overseas have killed four Americans since 2009. The formal admission came in a letter from Attorney General Eric H Holder Jr to the Congress. The letter, however, does not say how the four were killed. Those killed included Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical cleric who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen. The other three killed include Samir Khan, who was killed in the same strike; Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was also killed in Yemen; and Jude Mohammed, who was killed in a strike in Pakistan. “These individuals were not specifically targeted by the United States,” Holder wrote in the letter. Holder’s formal acknowledgement came on the eve of President Barack Obama’s major speech on Thursday, which seeks to fulfill his promise to make elements of his controversial counterterrorism policies more transparent and accountable to Congress and the American public. A major American newspaper commented that Obama is also under pressure to explain how he intends to make even modest progress on other priorities that were centerpieces of a pledge he made at the beginning of his first term. At the top of that list is closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, where 103 of the 166 detainees still in custody are on a hunger strike. The Washington Post also reported that that the administration is planning to restart the transfer of the detainees, 86 of whom have been cleared to leave. SPECIAl CORRESPONdENT
Imran bars UK workers from protesting outside MQM London office LONDON: As the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers have constantly been receiving life threats, Chairman Imran Khan has asked party workers in the United Kingdom to not hold any protest outside the Muttahida Qaumi Movement headquarters in London, the media quoting sources reported on Thursday. “PTI workers in Karachi have been facing life threats… so the protests should be held outside the Pakistan High Commission,” Khan instructed PTI workers. The PTI UK chapter was planning to hold a protest outside MQM’s London office against the killing of one of the party’s founding members, Zahra Shahid Hussain. ONlINE
India still unsure how to proceed with Pakistan’s new govt NEW DELHI: The government of India on Thursday continued to remain cautious about its stance on Pakistan’s upcoming government, led by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), and said that India had had bitter experiences in the past. “We have had some bitter experiences in the past and so it is necessary to be cautious while dealing with Pakistan,” Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told the journalists in the national capital. He, however, welcomed a visit by Pakistan’s prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif, saying that it would help bring in a new era of peace in the region. “All disputes with Pakistan can be resolved through peaceful means,” the minister added. Khurshid’s remarks came just days after Sharif pledged better ties with India after winning majority seats in May 11 general elections. Sharif had said he was keen on resuming the India-Pakistan peace process that was interrupted in 1999 by then army chief Pervez Musharraf who ousted his government in a military coup. NNI
Obama limits use of drones WASHINGTON SPECIAl CORRESPONdENT
ACED with growing criticism of US clandestine counter-terror policies, President Barack Obama on Thursday declared to enforce strict oversight over use of drones as he regretted the loss of civilian lives and observed that Washington was rebuilding ties with Pakistan. His speech at the National Defence University sought to underscore transparent rules for US counterterrorism actions in his second term and comes at an important time in relationship with Pakistan, where a new democratic government is due to take charge in upcoming weeks. The new “comprehensive” strategy, espoused by Obama, sets out clear rules for use of lethal force against suspected terrorists, who pose threat to the United States and in a circumstance when they cannot be captured. But the US president indicated that in the Afghan theatre, Washington would continue to wage drone strikes against high-level al Qaeda targets and those intending to attack US forces deployed in the Afghanistan at least until the American forces are withdrawn from the country. Addressing some controversial as-
pects of the US counterterrorism operations, Obama also renewed his resolve to close down Guantanamo Bay and urged Congress to lift the restrictions on detainee transfers from GTMO. He also made the point that the US was not engaged in a boundless global war on terror. “The US operation against Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad cannot be a norm,” he said. He also referred to the cost of the unilateral action on US relationship with Pakistan, and added that Washington was now rebuilding the vital relationship. “Our operation in Pakistan against Osama bin Laden cannot be the norm. The risks in that case were immense; the likelihood of capture, although our preference, was remote given the certainty of resistance; the fact that we did not find ourselves confronted with civilian casualties, or embroiled in an extended fire fight, was a testament to the meticulous planning and professionalism of our Special Forces – but also depended on some luck.” “And even then, the cost to our relationship with Pakistan – and the backlash among the Pakistani public over encroachment on their territory – was so severe that we are just now beginning to rebuild this important partnership.”
The United States, he said, was fighting al Qaeda, Taliban and their associated forces. Obama said Washington would continue to have the need to partner with foreign countries to counter terrorist threats and acknowledged the sacrifices Pakistan had made. “Already, thousands of Pakistani soldiers have lost their lives in fighting terrorists,” Obama said. America is at a crossroads in the fight against terror, he added. “We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us, mindful of James Madison’s warning that ‘No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare’.” He said the core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan was on path to defeat. “Their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us. They did not direct the attacks in Benghazi or Boston. They have not carried out a successful attack on our homeland since 9/11. Instead, what we’ve seen is the emergence of various al Qaeda affiliates. From Yemen to Iraq, from Somalia to North Africa, the threat today is more diffuse, with al Qaeda’s affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula – AQAP –the most active in plotting against our homeland. While none of
LHC seeks altaf’s reply over controversial speech LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday sought a reply within two weeks from MQM chief Altaf Hussain, and the interior and foreign secretaries in a petition seeking Altaf’s removal from the MQM’s leadership and action against him after his repatriation to Pakistan for alleged remarks against the ideology of Pakistan. Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan passed the orders on a petition filed by Advocate Fayyaz Ahmed Mehr. Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel submitted before the court that Altaf was a foreign national but claimed to be the chief of the MQM, a party that has been in power in Pakistan. The petition said on May 12, Altaf addressed his party workers during which he allegedly threatened the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the establishment, the media and workers of certain political parties and their leaders and also demanded that Karachi be separated from Pakistan.
The counsel said Altaf’s demand was against the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and also against its ideology. “It is a conspiracy and a move to destabilise and create unrest in the country just to achieve his nefarious goals,” he added. He said according to the Political Parties Order 2002, only the citizens of Pakistan can form, organise, continue or set up a political party, adding that Altaf was not a citizen of Pakistan therefore could not claim to be the chief of the political party. The petitioner’s counsel requested the court to bar Altaf from claiming to be the MQM chief and also asked it to direct the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to stop all media outlets from giving coverage to his speeches. The petitioner also requested the court to issue directions with regards to bringing him back and to deal with him in accordance with the law. After hearing the arguments, the court issued notices to the respondents and sought reply within two weeks.
aLtaF dissoLves mQm’s rabita Committee KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chairman Altaf Hussain has dissolved the party’s Rabita (Coordination) Committee on Thursday. The new Rabita Committee would be formed on Saturday in a general workers’ meeting of the party. In the meantime, administrative affairs of the party would be managed by a 12-member committee which had already been formed. The move comes in the wake of Altaf Hussain’s address to MQM workers on Wednesday during which he said he would purge the party of ‘corrupt and unwanted’ elements and that the cleansing process for that purpose had already begun. Hussain had made the announcement while talking to members of the MQM Rabita Committee by phone from London. STAFF REPORT
AQAP’s efforts approach the scale of 9/11 they have continued to plot acts of terror, like the attempt to blow up an airplane on Christmas Day in 2009.” He also stressed the utility of US assistance for foreign countries, calling it fundamental to American national security, and any sensible long-term strategy to battle extremism. “Moreover, foreign assistance is a tiny fraction of what we spend fighting wars that our assistance might ultimately prevent.” Meanwhile, the White House released a policy document that Obama had approved ahead of his speech. The document lays out a rigorous process for reviewing and approving operations to capture or employ lethal force against terrorist targets outside the United States and outside areas of active hostilities. “This document provides information regarding counterterrorism policy standards and procedures that are either already in place or will be transitioned into place over time.” The strategy underlines preference for capture of suspected terrorists. Meanwhile, a woman associated with the antidrone group Code Pink kept interrupting Obama’s speech but the US president gave a patient hearing to her dissent.
uK Home dept says hate speech not oK, moves against altaf LONDON ONlINE
Despite the fact that Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has been fairly chastised over his controversial speeches in the last few days, his troubles are only just beginning as British authorities on Thursday held a meeting to decide how to handle the situation on their hands. If British media reports prove accurate, Altaf may be prosecuted by the UK government. A joint meeting of British Home Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and London Metropolitan Police was held under Home Secretary Theresa May to review the allegations leveled against Altaf. According to media reports, records of speeches delivered by Altaf Hussain in the last few days were presented in the meeting. It was decided during the meeting that the file related to allegations against Altaf would be sent to Crown Prosecution Services
(CPS) for initiation of proceedings against him. Furthermore, London Metropolitan Police will decide to take action three days after allegations are reviewed by CPS. Decision will also be taken to take police interview from Altaf Hussain. The top officers agreed on not allowing British territory to be used against any other country. Legal experts of Crown Prosecution Services have started reviewing the evidence against Altaf Hussain.
Japanese man, 80, scales everest, sets record KATHMANDU APP
An 80-year-old Japanese man, who underwent a heart surgery in January, reached the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, becoming the oldest person to scale the world’s highest mountain. Yuichiro Miura and his party, including his second son Gouta, arrived at the summit at around 9am local time (0315 GMT), according to Miura’s website, besting the previous age record by four years. But he may not have his name on the title very long: Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, the former record holder who turns 82 on June 20, is on the mountain again and bidding to reach the summit. “I feel like the happiest person in the
world,” Miura said in a satellite telephone conversation with his office in Tokyo. “I’ve never been more exhausted than this but I can keep on going even at the age of 80.” “I can see the Himalayas below me and it’s beautiful. I have stayed strong, strong and strong to be here,” he said. His wife Tomoko, 80, told the adventurer, “You’d better come home soon.” “I’m not sure if I am happy or not to have a husband who has so many dreams,” she told reporters. “He is the kind of person who does whatever he believes in, no matter what other people say.” His daughter Emiri, 52, said, “I believe he will keep on going even when he turns 90 or 100.”
Five CLimbers Feared dead on nepaL mountain KATHMANDU: Five climbers, including the first Hungarian to scale Mount Everest, are missing and feared dead on Nepal’s treacherous Kangchenjunga mountain, tourism officials said on Thursday. The climbers – two from Hungary, two from Nepal and one from South Korea – went missing on Monday afternoon as they attempted to climb the 8,586-metre (28,169-foot) peak, the officials said. “We are not sure what caused their disappearance – it could be an avalanche or a fall,” Dipendra Paudel, an official at Nepal’s tourism ministry
said. Kangchenjunga, which lies to the east of the world’s tallest peak Mount Everest, is the world’s third-highest mountain and straddles Nepal’s border with India. The climbers were last seen at a level of 7,800 metres, Paudel said. “There is a very slim chance of their survival,” he said. The missing men were identified by Nepalese tourism authorities as Zsolt Eross, 45 and Peter Kiss, 27, of Hungary, South Korean Park Nam-Su, 47, and two Nepalese guides Bibash Gurung, 24, and Pho Dorchi Sherpa, 23. AGENCIES
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Wasa directed not to increase water rates RAWALPINDI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DECIDES TO INCREASE WATER AND SEWAGE TARIFF FROM RS 100 TO RS 300 RAWALPINDI AGENCIES
Rawalpindi District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rashid Mehmood has directed WASA not to increase water rates in the city. The DCO directed the WASA officials to conduct a survey to estimate the total number of water consumers in the city and to decide about increase in rates after the survey. These directives were issued in a meeting presided over by the DCO the other day. It was informed in the meeting that last time the price of water was increased to 25 percent in 2009 and had not been increased after that despite the rise in the prices of POL and
salaries of the employees. The DCO postponed the matter of price of water till the next meeting when decision in this regard will be made in the light of report of the survey about the total number of commercial, domestic, bulk and industrial consumers. Separately, the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RTA) has agreed to increase water and sewerage tariff from Rs 100 to Rs 300 on Thursday. Before the approval and issuance of notification in this regard, meeting was postponed until May 28, which aimed to mull over the positive as well as negative points of the decision. Sources said that WASA has been mulling over how the approval be sought from caretaker government on this count. The officers apprehended that WASA may face crisis if it did not increase the tariff. Increase in tariff rates from 100 up to 300 will be only for domestic consumers while a majority of the respective officers were agreed to increase the tariff rates from Rs 50 to Rs 70 percent for commercial consumers, sources said.
DOING IT THE OLD WAY: People queue up by a hand pump in Kartarpurah to get their containers filled. INP
RDA extends deadline for Mareer chowk project RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has given another date for the completion of half of the Mareer Chowk expansion project, extending it to July 15. Earlier, the authority had announced to complete the first half of the project until March 31 and then extended it to June 30. The delay in the construction of steel bridge is said to be the reason behind the latest extension in the date. The slow pace of construction work and eventual delay in the project is creating hurdles in the smooth flow of traffic on Benazir Bhutto Road, one of the main arteries of the city. The motorists and commuters have to suffer due to gridlocks especially on peak hours of the day owing to heat. RDA Director General Naseer Ahmed said that manufacturing of the steel railway bridge was going on in a factory in Rawat and 40 percent work has been completed. He said that launching of the bridge would be started until July 31 and it would be completed in 15 days. After that, work on the other half of the bridge would be started and would be completed until October 15, he added. INP
Summer vacations from June 1 till August 14 ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government on Thursday announced that all government and private schools in the province will observe annual summer holidays between June 1 and August 14. A notification to this effect was issued by the Punjab Education Department. The vacations had been announced in all schools and colleges due to the unbearable intensity of heat. However, the private education institutes have been told to establish summer camp from 7am to 11am. Sindh Education Department has also announced summer vacations for 2013, which would start from June 14 till August 13. INP
MET OFFICE SAYS SEVERE HEAT WAVE LIKELY TO CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER THREE DAYS reach their offices timely due to load shedding in the morning time. They also complained that the load shedding was also causing severe water shortage in twin cities.. A resident, Amjad Ali, said that 15hour load shedding had increased the sufferings of people of Sector I-10/1. The electricity is switched off during morning prayers from 03am to 04am and again for one hour from 06am to 07am besides consecutive three hours from 09am to 12am and 01pm to 04pm. This is
in addition to five-hour scheduled outages, he added. Usman Malik, another resident of Sector I-10/1, said no immediate relief measures were being taken to redress this issue. “My family spent several sleepless nights owing to the power Load shedding,” he added. He said it was unfortunate that IESCO was doing unscheduled load shedding during the high risk season of malaria and dengue virus. When contacted, an official at IESCO Complaint Centre admitted that there was a regular unscheduled load shedding being observed in Sector I-10/1. “We receive complaints of citizens but could not do anything as unscheduled load shedding is being observed from grid station.” Officials at the Grid Station said
people at the powerhouse were responsible as they cut electricity at any time due to which there was unscheduled load shedding. Separately, the Metrological Department forecast that severe heat wave conditions would continue to prevail in most parts of the country during two to three days. The Met Office said that southern and central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan would remain in the grip of heat until today (Friday). Rain is expected on Saturday and Sunday in Islamabad, upper Punjab and northern areas. In Kashmir, dry weather is expected in most parts of the region. However, in Gilgit-Baltistan there are chances of dustthunderstorm coupled with light rain at isolated places during next 24 hours.
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Unfortunately the global warming hysteria, as I see it, is driven by politics more than by science. –Freeman Dyson
ISLAMABAD Friday, 24 May, 2013
SUMMER CUT: This young boy just won’t have his hair cut calmly. He yells out as a barber deprives him of his much guarded valuable. INP
PMNH JOINS WORLD MUSeUM COMMUNITy ISLAMABAD APP
The Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) on Thursday became part of the World Museums Society by joining the International Council of Museum (ICOM) as an institutional member. ICOM has broader network of 20,000 museums, 30,000 experts in various fields and 171 active national committees around the world. PMNH Director Dr Muhammad Rafique said the PMNH had received institutional membership cards which would facilitate the Pakistani scientists in many ways. “Now we will be able to enter museums around the world either free of charge or at discounted rate and sometimes will have a privileged access to their permanent collections or temporary exhibitions,” he added. Dr Rafique said it would enable the scientists to enjoy discounts at museum shops and some publishing houses, adding, “We will be able to enjoy beneficial rates to many events organized by ICOM partners.”
Students asked to get admission in recognised medical colleges ISLAMABAD
HE Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on Thursday advised students to get admission in recognised and registered medical colleges. According to PMDC, all such students could check the list of registered and authorised medical and dental colleges from PMDC website. It said no medical or dental institution was allowed to train students in the evening shift and directed the medical colleges not to admit or advertise for admission of students for evening shift unless institution is allowed to admit students in evening shift, read a press release. It said training of students in an institution in evening shift could not cover under the law and would have penal consequences as ordered by the Supreme Court of Pakistan 2007 SCMR 323 and violations of PM&DC Ordinance 1962 and Medical and Dental Council
PMDC SAYS NO MEDICAL OR DENTAL INSTITUTION IS ALLOWED TO TRAIN STUDENTS IN THE EVENING SHIFT
SAYS ADVERSE EFFECT ON CAREER OF STUDENTS WILL ENTIRELY BE ON ADMITTING AUTHORITIES
(Amendment) Act, 2012 which is liable to take action under Section 22A and 22B of Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Act, 2012. Under the said law if any student is admitted before permission letter is issued by the council, responsibility of any adverse effect on the career of the students would be entirely on the admitting authorities, PMDC spokeswoman Hina Shaukat said. She said under Rule 22B, whoever runs or establishes or endorses any institution or advertises admissions in an institution for imparting education in medicine or dentistry, which is not recognised under Sections 11, 11A, 16.16A or 18 or in respect of which recognition has been withdrawn under section 22, would be guilty of an offence
punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years but would not be less than a year or with fine which may extend to Rs 10 million but would not be less than Rs 5 million or with both and would also be liable to closure of such institution. She said where any contravention of this ordinance has been committed by any government agency, local authority or local council and it appears from the relevant documents that such contravention has been committed with the consent or connivance of or is attributable to any negligence on the part of the head or any other officer of the government agency, local authority or local council, such head or other officer would also be deemed guilty of such contravention along with the government
gOvT FLATS, HOUSeS NeeD PROPeR ReNOvATION ISLAMABAD APP
Several government flats and houses in various neglected sectors of the federal capital are in poor conditions, which need proper renovations. Government employees residing in the capital are facing numerous problems because the walls of flats are run down and most flats do not have ceiling. As the CDA was reluctant to renovate the flats, their condition had deteriorated with each passing day. Residents appealed to the authorities concerned repeatedly for
renovation of the flats, but to no avail. These flats and houses were generally located in the old sectors of Islamabad such as in sectors F/6, G/6, G/7, G/9 and G/11. A large number of government employees resided in these flats, while some had rented these out. “We are living under a great threat as our flats could cave in at anytime,” said Tahir Mehmood a resident of F-6. He said these flats needed proper renovation every year. When contacted, a CDA official said that lack of funds had halted the civic body from initiating any extra project and renovation work.
agency, local authority or local council and would be liable to be proceeded against punished accordingly. The council has directed the principals and vice chancellors of medical colleges of Larkana to reply to the council regarding evening shift in substandard medical and dental institutions to avoid action under Rule 20 of Medical and Dental Institutions (Recognition, Eligibility Criteria for Enhancement in Annual Admissions and Accreditation Standards) Regulations, 2012. She said under Rule 20, principal or dean or vice chancellor would ensure development of faculty by making available appropriate opportunities. He would be responsible for ensuring compliance of all council’s regulations and for the supply of correct information as and when required by council, any default in his duties, once reported by council to the governing body, would make him unsuitable to hold office and the governing body would then appoint a new dean or principal or vice chancellor after due process.
SZABIST holds 19th national research conference ISLAMABAD APP
The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and and Technology (SZABIST) on Thursday held 19th National Research Conference (NRC) on Management Sciences, Computer Science and Social Sciences. During the conference, more than 78 research papers were presented by scholars from all over the country on various thematic issues. Conference chair and head of Social Sciences Department, SZABIST, Dr Riaz Ahmed Shaikh in his welcome speech said, “Research should be linked with the process of
development.” While addressing, Academics Vice President Dr Amanat Ali Jalbani said, “Conferences, seminars, forums and debate competition are the regular activities of SZABIST, we publish two journals annually. We will continue doing research in future being a responsible academia”. Chief Guest of the conference, Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) Chairman Tasneem A Siddiqui said, “Planners in Pakistan are not focusing on the social development rather their focus is towards the infrastructure.” Speaking at the concluding session, SZABIST President Dr Saqib Rizvi thanked all scholars and delegates for being part of the conference.
POONCH HOUSe BUILDINg DeCLAReD UNSAFe RAWALPINDI INP
The Punjab Emergency Service, Rescue 1122, has declared Poonch House, situated in Saddar, unsafe due to out-of-order fire extinguishers and lack of emergency exit in the building. According to the emergency service, rescue operation in the building in case of any untoward incident would be extremely difficult. The Rescue 1122 has sent an official letter to the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board informing about their reservations on the safety situation of the building and suggesting the board to issue a notice to the Poonch House administration in this regard. Following the recent fire incident in the LDA Plaza Lahore, District Officer (Fire) Abdul Rehman and Fire Officer Deba Shahnaz had visited the Poonch House to inspect the fire-fighting arrangements in the building and declared them inadequate.
TWO CAR THIeveS ARReSTeD ISLAMABAD NNI
Islamabad Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) on Thursday arrested two car thieves, a police spokesman said. Following the directions of Inspector General Bani Amin Khan, special teams were formed by Islamabad SSP Yaseen Farooq under ACLC head Inspector Rukhsar Mehdi. According to details, ACLC team arrested two car lifters red-handed in the Tarnol police precincts. They were identified as Irshad Khan alias Zumaly and Amin, and impounded a car (WJ-782) from them. During the initial investigation, these accused confessed to lifting carsfrom various areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. IG Bani Amin Khan and SSP Yaseen Farooq have praised the raiding team.
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LOS ANGELES: American law enforcement personnel during the 27th annual memorial service hold photos of FBI special agents killed in the line of duty. AGENCIES
Two car bombs in Niger leave many injured AgAdeZ: Attackers targeting a military barracks in Niger have detonated two car bombs, injuring more than 12 people, according to a French company operating in the affected area. Areva said on Thursday that one bomb went off in Arlit, where it operates a uranium mine, and another exploded in the city of Agadez, where a military barracks was the target. The casualties, all employees of Areva, were in Arlit, which is in the northern part of Niger where armed fighters have carried out attacks, the company said in a statement. Witnesses said the vehicle carrying the explosives in Agadez blew up in front of a military barracks. "We heard a strong detonation that woke the whole neighborhood, it was so powerful," Abdoulaye Harouna, a resident of Agadez, said. "The whole town is now surrounded by soldiers looking for the attackers." In 2010, an al-Qaeda offshoot kidnapped seven foreigners, including five French nationals, from a residential compound near Arlit. No group immediately claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack, but because Niger shares a border with the troubled nation of Mali, whose north was occupied for nearly a year by a trio of al-Qaeda-linked groups, residents and government officials assume that the attackers are fighters.
Cameron says attack on soldier betrayal of Islam, Muslim communities LONDON
RIME Minister David Cameron said on Thursday said the brutal murder of a soldier by two suspected Islamists on a London street was an attack on Britain and a betrayal of Islam. "This was not just an attack on Britain and on the British way of life. It was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country," he said. "There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act." The British police are investigating the murder of a soldier who was attacked with a meat cleaver near an army base in South London. The victim was hacked to death with a cleaver in the Woolwich district in the southeast of the British capital on Wednesday before the attackers were
shot by police. A second meeting of the government's emergency COBRA security council has been held and David Cameron, British Prime Minister, made a statement about the results. "This country will be absolutely resolute in its stand against extremism and terror," he said after the meeting. "This action was a betrayal of Islam and the Muslim communities that give so much to our country. We will defeat violent extremism by standing together. "We will not rest until we know every detail." Cameron also praised the actions of Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, a cub scout leader who confronted the attackers immediately after the violence and tried to talk them down. "They told her they wanted to start a war in London and she replied, 'you are going to lose, it is you against many," Cameron said.
Video footAge: Johnson also made a statement ahead of the meeting in which he emphasised that religion should not be blamed. "It is completely wrong to blame this killing on the religion of Islam," the mayor said. "It is also wrong to draw a link between this and British foreign policy and soldiers risking their lives in the name of freedom. "The fault lies exclusively in the warped and deluded mindset of the people that did it." Video footage filmed by an onlooker and broadcast by Britain's ITV news channel showed a man with hands covered in blood and holding a bloodied meat cleaver and a knife. "I apologise that women had to witness this today but in our lands, our women have to see the same," he said. "You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you."
John Kerry to restart israeli-palestinian talks TEL AVIV AGENCIES
John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has begun a round of separate talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials but acknowledges there is considerable scepticism that the two sides will resume peace negotiations. Kerry has now visited Israel four times in his four months in office to try to restart peace talks. The negotiations broke down in late 2010 in a dispute over Israeli building of Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank land that the Palestinians want for a state. Kerry, who last week was the subject of a scathing portrait in the Israeli daily Haaretz which called him "a naive and ham-handed diplomat who has been acting like a bull in the china shop", acknowledged the difficulties. "I know this region well enough to know that there is scepticism, in some quarters there is cynicism and there are
reasons for it. There have been bitter years of disappointment," Kerry said as he and Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, posed for pictures. "It is our hope that by being methodical, careful, patient, but detailed and tenacious, that we can lay out a path ahead that can conceivably surprise people but certainly exhaust the possibilities of peace." Kerry will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later in the day on Thursday. Netanyahu said he wanted to restart talks with the Palestinians. "It's something I hope the Palestinians want as well and we ought to be successful for a simple reason, when there's a will, we'll find a way," Netanyahu said. iLLegAL SettLeMentS: Complicating efforts is the new Israeli government which has moved more towards the right and includes some members who openly oppose a two-state solution. "There are ideological differences at the heart of
the government," Tzipi Livni, Israel's justice minister who is also the senior peace negotiator, told public radio. The lack of talks "only serves the interests of those who think that each passing day [without a peace agreement] allows them to build a new house", she said, referring to illegal Jewish settlement building on Palestinian territory. "But this is not the position of the majority of Israel's population". Last week, Kerry telephoned Netanyahu to voice US concern at Israel's plan to declare legal four illegal West Bank settler outposts. Most of the world deems all Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. Israel, which captured the land in the 1967 Middle East War, disputes this and distinguishes between about 120 government-authorised settlements and dozens of outposts built by settlers without official sanction. The main issues that
would have to be resolved in a peace agreement include the borders between Israel and a Palestinian state, the future of Jewish settlements, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem. In his visits to the region, Kerry is also trying to put together an economic package for the Palestinians to go alongside the US political initiative. William Hague, UK foreign secretary, was also due to hold talks with Netanyahu and Abbas later in the day.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian authorities have detained two anti-government figures and charged a student activist with sedition, renewing the debate surrounding the government's use of the law. Adam Adli Halim, 24, was charged under the Sedition Act over a statement made at a public postelection forum on May 13, and had been held in custody for five days until he was released on bail on Thursday, his lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri said. The student apparently called for people to "go down to the streets to seize back our power" while addressing the forum. Opposition activists have staged numerous peaceful demonstrations since the May 5 general elections, which the National Front coalition won with a weakened parliamentary majority. They insist the coalition, which has governed since 1957, retained power through bogus ballots and other irregularities, but Prime Minister Najib Razak and electoral authorities deny manipulating the results. The latest arrests involve Tian Chua, a senior official in opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's People's Justice Party, and Haris Ibrahim, a rights activist who leads an anti-government group. Mailk Imtiaz, a lawyer, said a third politician had been detained, but did not have any further details. The Kuala Lumpur police chief declined to comment. Both men have criticised the National Front at political gatherings since the elections. Police have previously said they are investigating those who challenge the government over the fraud claims. SECURITY LAWS: The Sedition Act is widely criticised as a method of oppressing democratic dissent, to the extent that Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged last year to repeal it. Malaysian activists and the opposition have dismissed Najib's moves to amend a series of security laws to guarantee greater civil liberties as window-dressing to appease voters. Fadiah heavily criticised the use of the act against his client. "It's clearly still being used to stifle dissent," Fadiah told AFP news agency. "The law is open to abuse ... it's an infringement to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly." Amnesty International, human rights group, has also gone on record as being against the law. "The Malaysian authorities must ensure that peaceful political dissent is protected both in law and practice," it said in a statement on Wednesday." On his arrest, Tian Chua tweeted that Malaysians should not allow themselves to be "overtaken by fear [but should] continue to assemble peacefully and have faith". Adam, who became publicly known in 2011 when he brought down a flag with Najib's portrait at the ruling party's headquarters during a demonstration, faces three years in prison and a fine if convicted.
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PML-N caught between the devil and the deep sea in Balochistan QUETTA
HE PML-N finds itself caught between the devil and the deep sea after Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, the party’s provincial head, has refused to give up his efforts to gain the office of the Balochistan chief minister against the wishes of the party leadership. There are three strong candidates – two from the PML-N and one from the National Party – to lead the future ruling coalition in Balochistan. They include Zehri, the newly-appointed parliamentary leader of the PMLN and provincial party president, Nawabzada Changaiz Marri, another senior party leader and Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, head of the National Party. Zehri, who declared his candidature for the top slot without taking the party's central leadership in confidence, started his efforts soon after the general elections entering into negotiations with the political groups and independent members, and promising them lucrative portfolios. Party insiders say Zehri’s solo flight
started consulting the would-be coalition partners as well as Sardar Akhtar Mengal, the head of Balochistan National PartyMengal over government formation in Balochistan. Both Zehri and Marri are said to be making efforts to convince the leadership in their favour. Marri has an edge over his competitor because of being noncontroversial. Zehri on the other hand is involved in blood feuds and differences within the family as well as with other tribes. He also developed differences with Baloch nationalists when he nominated two elderly Baloch leaders Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri and Sardar Attaullah Mengal as well as their scions including Sardar Akhtar Mengal in the murder of his son, brother and nephew. Although the Baloch Liberation Front, headed by Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, claimed responsibility for the triple murder, Zehri still thinks the elderly nationalists are behind the murder. However, the
annoyed the central PML-N leadership. Marri put all his energies in the central party cadre lobby for himself. The party leadership appeared to be tilted in his favour for being the eldest son of Baloch separatist, Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, who is considered to be leading a militant group, the Baloch Liberation Army, in the province. On the other hand, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, a soft spoken belonging to the middle class, has the backing of Pashtun nationalist group, the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, which bagged 10 seats in the elections. Mir Hasil Bezenjo, a senior party leader, did extensive lobbying for his party’s chief to win the top slot in the province. PkMAP chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai is said to have asked Shahbaz Sharif to consider Dr Abdul Malik for the position of chief minister if the PML-N wanted to have a corruption-free coalition and rule of law in Balochistan. Party insiders claim that on Tuesday, the party leadership
The PML-N leadership is being convinced not to nominate Zehri, who is allegedly said to be desperate to take revenge for the murders of his son, brother and nephew and could go to any extent in settling the score if becomes the chief minister. And in such circumstances, Zehri’s actions against Marri and Mengal tribes may ignite a tribal war in Balochistan that may shatter Nawaz Sharif’s dream of turning Balochistan “a cradle of peace”.
three nationalist leaders deny the charges, saying Zehri was being misguided by intelligence agencies. The PML-N leadership is being convinced not to nominate Zehri, who is allegedly said to be desperate to take revenge for the murders of his son, brother and nephew and could go to any extent in settling the score if becomes the chief minister. And in such circumstances, Zehri’s actions against Marri and Mengal tribes may ignite a tribal war in Balochistan that may shatter Nawaz Sharif’s dream of turning Balochistan “a cradle of peace”. And no assurances have come from Zehri for the party leadership that his “tribal affairs” will not influence the administrative affairs of the province once he takes over as chief minister. Mengal, the MPA elect and head of the BNP-M, is said to have categorically asked Nawaz, who has a soft corner for Mengal, not to include his party in the future coalition if Zehri is chosen for the top slot. The party leaders have suggested to Nawaz that if he opts for a party member to be made chief minister, he should go for Marri, and if he doen go with Marri, he should drop both Marri and Zehri and extend parliamentary support to Balochistan nationalist Dr Abdul Malik Baloch who already has the support of 25 MPs. In such a case, the PML-N will be one of major coalition partners having some influence over the day-to-day affairs of the province. It is now up to the PML-N leader whether he wants his dream of a peaceful Balochistan to be materialised through a clean and a stable ruling coalition or not.
Hoti accepts ANP defeat in KP, extends moral support to PTI PESHAWAR: Reaffirming Awami National Party’s (ANP) faith in democracy and supremacy of Constitution, former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief minister Amir Khan Hoti said he would support the new government in the province. “We are against disruption of the democratic process and recognise the mandate given to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) by the people of this province,” Hoti said while addressing gathering of Awami National Party. Thanking ANP’s former MPAs, office bearers and stalwarts for extending support during his government, Hoti said, “Whatever objections and reservations people might have, I believe that ANP made a valuable contribution in progress and prosperity of the province.” He listed out some achievements of the ANP government which included establishment of eight universities, colleges, construction of roads and preparing a strategy for extraction of natural resources. Hoti said that ANP believed in political force and in accordance with its political philosophy, it believed in continuation of struggle. He urged ANP stalwarts and leaders to forge unity amongst their ranks, which was essential for pulling the Pashtuns out of their existing crises, he said. Referring to the party’s position in 2013 general elections, Hoti said, “ANP’s decision of contesting polls amidst serious threats to lives of its leaders, office bearers and candidates should be appreciated.” He said that almost all attacks were aimed at blocking ANP from contesting but party leaders, candidates and workers turned a deaf ear to such threats. Commenting PTI’s victory in KP, Hoti said it was the decision of the masses and he would accept it. However, he urged the Pashtuns to question why the PTI had failed to secure votes in other provinces. At the same time, he said that PTI should be given a fair chance to run their government in the province smoothly. STAFF REPORT
Khursheed Bukhari appointed acting IB Dg ISLAMABAD: Khursheed Bukhari has been appointed acting director general (DG) of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), sources said on Thursday. According to the sources, incumbent IB DG Abdul Wadood Shah will retire and he would be appointed member of the Federal Public Service Commission. Bukhari was a chief of the IB in Punjab. ONlINE
QUETTA: A security personnel injured in a roadside bombing on Thursday is being transported to the Civil Hospital. INP
KP Assembly’s first session to be held on 29th: Khattak PESHAWAR APP
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister-designate Pervez Khattak on Thursday said the first session of the newly-elected members of the provincial assembly would be convened on May 29 for which all arrangements had been completed. Addressing a press conference, after three MPs elect announced support for the PTI, Mushtaq Ghani, Qalandar Lodhi from Abbottabad and Saimullah Khan Alizai from DI Khan, Khattak said May 29 would be a historic day in the province's parliamentary history wherein all the newly-elected members of the KP Assembly would take oath. Later, elections for the speaker and the deputy speaker would be held followed by elections for the coveted office of the CM. The PTI has nominated its KP president, Asad Qaiser for the office of the speaker and Khattak for the office of the
CM. Khattak said all coalition partners and elected representatives would be given respect and be taken on board on all issues. He said the election manifesto of the PTI as well as the promises made by the PTI chairman during the election campaign would be implemented in letter and
spirit. He said establishment of peace in KP would be on the top of the agenda of his government. Khattak said the policy pertaining to holding peace talks was the prime responsibility of the federal government and “we will make a decision with mutual consensus and after consultation with senior party leadership, once the federal government forms a policy regarding peace talks”. “Zero tolerance against kidnapping, and street crimes would be adopted, he said. Khattak categorically made it clear that no compromise would be made on peace and law and order in the province as such conditions were a prerequisite for progress and prosperity of the province. He said the PTI government in KP would be a role model for other provinces. “Cruelty in any form, injustice, corruption and favoritism will not be tolerated,” Khattak said, adding that reforms would be introduced for the betterment of
education, health services, local government system and eth police system. "PTI's goals are not to just be in power but to serve the masses irrespective of their political affiliation with best of our abilities and we will use all energies so that people can see tangible and positive changes in their lives for which they had voted for the party," Khattak added. He said civil servants and government officials with clean service records and those who would resolve to work tirelessly for the resolution of the peoples' problems would not be shuffled or transferred. “The upcoming budget in KP will be pro-poor and people-friendly and relief will be provided to the masses,” he said. Asked about the long hours of electricity load shedding, Khattak said the federal government would be contacted for the purpose and a national strategy would be adopted to end load shedding from the country and especially in KP.
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SC issues notice to finance secy in Nandipur Power Project case ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a notice to the finance secretary for not issuing sovereign guarantee for the Nandipur Power Project which caused a delay in the completion of the project. The notice was issued by a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Gulzar Ahmed during the hearing of a petition submitted by PML-N leader Khawaja Muhammad Asif. The SC noted that the project which commenced in 2008 was due to be completed in April 2011 but even after the passage of two years, the project was still in limbo. The bench was apprised that already billions of rupees had been spent on the 450MW power project which could not be completed due to the “lethargic behaviour of the Ministry of Finance”. During the hearing, Asif said the machinery worth millions of rupees had arrived at the Karachi Port Trust about two years ago but due to the cold behavior of certain departments it was still there, getting ruined. He said he had filed this petition in 2011 and since then no step had been taken on it. An official of the project told the SC that they had written several times to the ministries of Law and Finance for the issuance of sovereign guarantee by the government to clear the machinery from the port but in vain. The bench issued a notice to the finance secretary directing him to appear before the court and explain the government’s stance on the issue. Later, further proceedings were adjourned until May 28.
Rs 22.5bn not being released for power production: minister MALIK SAYS COUNTRY NEEDS TO INCREASE CAPACITY TO 22,000 MEGAWATT ISLAMABAD ONlINE
EDERAL Water and Power Minister Musadiq Malik on Thursday said the Ministry of Finance is not releasing Rs 22.5 billion approved by the prime minister for power production. Addressing a press conference, he said that water and power officials hold meetings with the officials of the ministry but did not release the required amount. He said, “We increased 30 to 40 percent power production through
our own collections and running IPPs from our own sources.” He said, “We lost 800 megawatt from our system due to annual turnaround of a plant that was providing 150MMCFD gas.” Malik said, “We have to change our priorities. Incentives will be given to private investors in power production, if it is not facilitated then government will have to invest by its own in this sector.” He said, “We have to increase our capacity to 22,000 megawatt and production cost should be reduced to Rs 9 per unit despite Rs 13.94 per unit currently. Subsidy should be only limited for the poor
people.” The minister said, “We have to improve our efficiencies because our gas plants are less efficient than Bangladesh. We have to make regulatory framework to address such issues and have to remove all
if i knew how helpless i would be in getting the funds released, i would have never accepted the responsibility of water and power minister
FAISALABAD: Power loom workers protest on Thursday against excessive electricity load shedding. ONlINE
SC rejects PTI, JI petitions against rigging ISLAMABAD INP
Facing tough questions from judges of the apex court, petitions of Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf and Jamaat-e-Islami regarding rigging in general elections were rejected by the Supreme Court on Thursday. “You have boycotted the election, then why are filing rigging petitions?” Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked the JI. “The decision might be of a political nature,” he further observed. The JI had filed petition against rigging in Karachi while Abrarul Haq’s petition was against rigging in elections for an NA seat in Narowal. Following arguments from counsels of both the parties, the judges dismissed the petitions.
PML-Q moves eCP against ‘defecting’ MPs KASHIF ABBASI
President signs regulation for establishment of FATA University On the advice of the prime minister, President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday approved and signed the regulation for the ‘Establishment of FATA University’ in Kohat to promote quality education and provide opportunities to the youth of the area. Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said the former prime minister during a meeting with MNAs from FATA on January 16, 2009 had announced the establishment of a university of international standards in FATA. He said under Article 247 of the constitution, no act of parliament shall apply to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) or any part thereof unless the president so directs. The president may with respect to any matter, make regulations for the peace and good governance of FATA or any part thereof. The summary states that the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), after getting the approval of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor, obtaining the views of Higher Education Commission and the Law and Justice Division submitted the summary to the prime minister for onward approval of the president.
old policies.” He said, “Eight hundred megawatt in our system has never been utilised due to certain technical faults as only a fan is damaged in Guddu power plant and due to this the whole power plant is non-functional.” To a question about his resignation, the minister said he had announced earlier, however, during such trying times it was no more than just jugglery to resign. “If I knew how helpless I would be in getting the funds released, I would have never accepted the responsibility of water and power minister,” Malik commented. “Today we are producing 10400 megawatt and shortfall is of 5,000 megawatt therefore urban areas are facing 10 to 12 hours while rural areas are facing 14 hours load shedding,” he informed.
Anti-Muslim sentiment on the rise: US report WASHINGTON AGENCIES
An official report from the US State Department has revealed that anti-Islamic sentiments are on the rise in the west. Based on a survey of almost 200 countries and territories, the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom also warns that religious freedom was on the decline in many parts of the world and calls the trend “worrying.” US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook told a briefing in Washington this week that anti-Muslim sentiment and discrimination was evident in places as diverse as Europe and Asia. Reminding officials in those countries to act now to curb this trend, she said, "We call on societies and governments to foster tolerance and hold perpetrators of violence accountable." “Government restrictions, which often coincided with societal animosity, resulted in anti-Muslim actions that affected everyday life for numerous believers. The impact ranged from education, to employment, to personal safety within communities,” the report adds. “Government restrictions on religious attire also remained an issue, as Muslim women faced increasing restrictions on head coverings in schools, in public sector employment, and in
public spaces.” In Belgium, the Constitutional Court ruled that the nation’s 2011 ban on face-covering attire, with no exception for religious garments, did not violate religious freedom. In India, several educational institutions in Mangalore, Karnataka, reportedly banned Muslim girls from wearing headscarves. Since 2009, schools and colleges run by both Hindu and Christian administrations have prevented Muslim female students and teachers from covering their heads, citing a uniform dress code. In contrast, in November, Turkey lifted a ban on female students wearing headscarves in schools that provided religious education. The chapter on Pakistan noted that blasphemy laws in the country were sometimes abused to settle personal disputes and silence legitimate political discourse. Rimsha Masih, a mentally disabled Christian girl was jailed for over a month on blasphemy charges until domestic and international condemnation prompted her release. In another case, two Muslims were burned alive. Sporadic incidents of mob violence against members of the country’s Christian and Hindu minorities were also reported. The report noted that in Pakistan, at least 17 people were awaiting execution for blasphemy and 20 others are serving life sentences. But the
State Department also pointed that “to date the Pakistani government has never carried out an execution for blasphemy.” There were reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious affiliation, belief, or practice. During the year, societal intolerance continued while there were increasing attacks against members of the Shia Muslim community. Human rights and religious freedom advocates and members of minorities reported selfcensorship due to a climate of intolerance and fear. Acts of violence and intimidation against religious minorities by violent extremists exacerbated existing sectarian tensions. Violent extremists in some parts of the country demanded that all citizens follow their authoritarian interpretation of Islam and threatened brutal consequences if they did not abide by it. There were reports of abuses of religious freedom, including religious prisoners and detainees. The government generally enforced existing legal and policy restrictions on religious freedom, particularly on the Ahmadiyya community. Government policies did not afford equal protection to members of majority and minority religious groups, and due to discriminatory legislation, minorities often were afraid to profess freely their religious beliefs, the report said.
In a last-ditch effort to save his sinking party, which has almost been wiped out from the political arena, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Thursday approached the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) requesting the electoral body to de-notify at least five newly-elected MPs for changing loyalties. The PML-Q – which under the supervision of the establishment had emerged as a major political party in 2002 with 126 seats in the National Assembly – has almost been kicked out from political arena this time as it only managed to win two NA seats, one of which was won by Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi. But, the PML-Q leadership thinks that their party can get few more seats if the five PML leaders, who, according to the PML-Q, under an agreement took part in the election as independent candidates but after winning, they betrayed the PML-Q and joined the PML-N. The PML-Q leaders are of the view that it was agreed between the party leadership and the candidates that after winning, the MPs will join their party. In his application, Shujaat requested the ECP to de-notify the newlyelected five MPs for changing their loyalty. The five MPs that the PML-Q has been accusing of changing their loyaltiesn are Tahir Iqbal Chaudhry who won from NA-169 Vehari, Raza Hayat Hiraj who managed to defend his seat NA-156, Ashiq Hussain NA-180, Amir Anyat PP-50 and Amir Talal PP-261. Sources in the ECP told Pakistan Today that Shujaat’s application has no worth. “The ECP cannot stop independents from joining a political party of their choice. Since five lawmakers in question didn’t contest elections from PML-Q platform so ECP cannot take action against them. However, commission will decide the matter after examining the content of the application,” said a senior official of ECP.
Four women among five killed in Sibbi SIBBI APP
At least four women and a man were killed while two others injured in firing in Sibbi, police said on Thursday. “Unknown armed men barged into Samina's house in Mal Piri area of Sibbi and opened indiscriminate fire at the inmates," police official said, adding as a result, four women and a man died instantly while two women sustained injuries. The dead included Samina, Rabia, Nadia and Kiran. Name of the deceased man could not be ascertained. Police registered a case and started probe.
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It is essential to seek out enemy agents who have come to conduct espionage against you and to bribe them to serve you. Give them instructions and care for them. Thus double agents are recruited and used. –Sun Tzu
COMMENT Friday, 24 May, 2013
Promises of a better future
Nawaz Sharif and his detractors Defender of the interests of one class or leader of all?
Li Keqiang in Pakistan
AKISTAN and China are not just friendly neighbours, they have a friendship that has withstood the test of time many times over. The new Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang is on a two-day visit to Pakistan to reinforce the same. While there are some who have pointed out the timing of his visit, saying that it has been scheduled at a time when Pakistan is in between a caretaker and a formal government, the visiting premiere has rejected the notion. Instead, he has stressed that his visit proves how important Pakistan is to China, that no matter which government in Pakistan is in power, China will stand by its side. Pakistan, on his arrival, awarded Nishan-e-Pakistan to the Chinese leader, stressing how important his visit is considered by Islamabad. That is all sweet music to the ears. However, Pakistan has real problems that it needs to find solutions of, as does China. And this is where their friendship can really help each other. Pakistan’s energy problems can benefit from China’s extensive experience in handling large scale projects in hydro, coal and renewable energy solutions. China can also help Pakistan on the economic front by helping it create an economic corridor from Gwadar all the way through to the North of Pakistan to China. And when it is completed, Pakistan can also include China in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline. Though some of these projects have come under discussion in the present visit – a total of 11 agreements and MoUs were signed, chief among them being longterm economic corridor plan, maritime cooperation and satellite navigation – the distinguished leader wanted to enhance mutual trade to US15$ billion dollars from the current US12$ billion dollars. Premiere Li also promised his country’s unflinching support to Pakistan’s territorial integrity. Seeing that Pakistan’s incumbent prime minister is going to be Nawaz Sharif, PM Li also had a meeting with him. He invited Mr Sharif to visit China and discussed matters of mutual benefit. In his meeting with the COAS Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, terrorism was the topic of discussion. Relations between countries are not built on rhetoric or hollow claims, they depend on actions taken to help each other, often under difficult circumstances. While leaders of both countries have pledged to stand united, help each other economically, and help bring peace to the world together, what they have to do now is to fulfil these claims. Pakistan specifically needs assistance in energy generation as it is hurting its industries and routine life badly. Other than that, mutual cooperation in trade, terrorism, defence and nuclear energy fields will certainly strengthen the bond of friendship that the two countries have nurtured over the decades.
giving the MQM a facelift Pressure from home and abroad spawns internal reform
FTER engaging in sometimes aggressive and controversial statements in the last two decades, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain appears to have turned face: a cleansing process is said to be taking place within the party. Since MQM workers were said to have turned on members of the coordination committee, for reasons yet to be disclosed, the MQM chief was said to have come into action over discord within the party. More likely, however, is that the pressure for a facelift has come from Britian after thousands of phone calls were made to the Metropolitan Police to complain against the alleged hate speech from the MQM head. The murder of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Sindh vice-president Zahra Hussain one day before the re-poll and allegations from another British favourite, the PTI chief Imran Khan that Altaf Hussain and the MQM were behind the murder, appear to have forced Altaf bhai’s hand. The measures taken by Altaf, after extended meetings of the MQM’s general council have included: the suspension of three members of its Coordination Committee, a ban on workers collecting contributions (otherwise known as bhatta or extortion), or, engaging in property deals. Clearly, the MQM head is showing concern for a process of internal accountability, and there is much to be appreciated. Another operation against the MQM in the mould of the 1993 Operation Clean Up would be an unwelcome move and all political parties accused of having internal militias, should ideally disband them on their own. But surely the scale of action and the fact that it has been publically announced suggests the MQM chief has seen truth in the charges against the party cadre. According to the MQM press releases, Altaf Hussain is apparently working 21 to 22 hours a day in the process of cleansing the party of “undesirable elements”. A welcome move on one side, it is also an admission that party cadres were involved in collecting bhatta and acting as land mafias. If the MQM is serious about the internal cleansing, then there needs to be a permanent and transparent body within the party to address complaints against its members. With the British metropolitan police investigating Altaf Hussain’s speeches and the British foreign office expressing its “sadness at the violence in Karachi, including the murder of political figures”, there is clearly pressure on the MQM chief from his British hosts. Whatever it be, there is no better way to solve the security dilemma in Karachi: the MQM engaging in a process of reform. It would be something for other political parties to follow. For now, the MQM chief needs to be more careful in his speeches and engage in less personal attacks. It would reduce pressure on the MQM leadership at home and abroad – and be better for the citizenry of Karachi.
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HE newly elected PML-N government, which would hopefully be in office in the first week of June, faces daunting challenges. The party has also certain strengths that can help it defuse the challenges with a fair chance of success. The most urgent challenge is power shortages. These have brought thousands of distraught people on the roads. The PML-N has also to fix the economy, remove the structural impediments to growth, bring down inflation and create tens of thousands of new jobs if it wants to rule in peace. The party’s economic policy must start showing initial results at least within a year. Opinion surveys would start showing whether people feel the situation is better than under the previous government or worse. Hopefully Nawaz will not yield to the impulse of shooting the messenger as has happened under his predecessors. Nawaz has also to rein in the terrorists who continue to attack innocent citizens and target security personnel. Half a dozen incidents of the sort have already taken place after the announcement of the election results. In the latest incident of the sort which occurred in Quetta on Thursday at least 12 people, of which eight were policemen, died in a bomb blast. Till the TTP is made to stop the terrorist attacks, whether through talks which seems difficult or through a Swat-like operation, there is little hope of fresh investments coming in or the revival of the economy taking place. Nawaz has vowed to bring civilmilitary relations in line with the Basic Law. He has promised that the army will be no more than a department of the government under the prime minister. The last government expanded the scope of democracy, increased provincial autonomy and the share of the federating units in the joint pool, created badly needed institutions like an independent Election Commission and a consensus caretaker set up. People expect Nawaz to further strengthen the system. A vigilant Supreme Court is not
likely to settle at anything short of the rule of law. Appointments to important government officials and autonomous bodies will therefore have to be made on merit – something totally new for the PML-N. There would be no blue eyed boys heading key administrative and police positions. Transparency would have to be observed in signing big contacts. Mian Nawaz Sharif’s main strength lies in the big mandate he has received. He had all along wished to rule with simple majority in order to put into practice his own policies without any adulterations introduced under the compulsion of alliances. After several independent NA candidates joining the PML-N, the party is able to form a government at the centre without seeking any other party’s support. Unlike the PPP which could not have remained in power without obliging highly demanding allies, Nawaz Sharif can take decisions with confidence. He can thus practice good governance if he is really inclined to. He can take brave decisions. Nawaz presently has a weak position in the Senate but through a policy of reconciliation that he has vowed to follow, he can enlist the support of other parties also. The Senate could in fact exercise a healthy check on the tendency that Nawaz revealed during his second tenure in the1990s to accumulate all powers in his own hands. The big mandate from Punjab, the main recruiting centre of the army, will also help Nawaz rationalize the armycivilian relations. This would have been a highly tricky task for any prime minister from a minority province. The voice of the Punjab’s sole spokesman carries an extra weight when it comes to dealing with the army. One hopes that the long awaited change is brought through parliament rather than through an office order by the prime minister. Among other things this will make the change lasting. The smaller provinces however have numerous justifiable complaints about Punjab and its leaders. Nawaz would do well not to project himself as an advocate of Punjab’s interests alone. He has to look like an even handed big brother, willing to sacrifice for the uplift of smaller provinces and removing the age old grievances. Nawaz is the representative of the business class which is considered to possess managerial skills and efficiency rarely seen in those coming from the feudal culture.
He is thus supposedly better placed to handle the economy. The big thing to watch is whether he is willing to tax the business community which is the biggest dodger of taxes right from a common shop keeper to the super rich industrialists. Many think he failed to raise taxes from his community in the past and is going to fail again. The only way left to pay off the circular debt would in that case be through loans, Saudi crude and furnace oil on deferred payment being an example of the sort. This would considerably add to the burden of loans the poor nation has to carry. Hopefully Nawaz’s special relations with the Saudi royalty will not lead to the cancelation of the Pak-Iran gas pipeline which is an economic need. There are a number of excuses that can be cooked up to cancel the project. A demand can be put up to review the agreement and then announce that the price needs to be slashed. Unless Nawaz learns to live with his political rivals in peace, he will face challenges from opposition parties which will intensify with the passage of time. Imran Khan, who got the second largest number of votes, is going to be the first challenger. Raising taxes locally was a major plank of Imran Khan’s policy. This was the only way, he maintained, to get rid of the begging bowl. One cannot be the defender of the interests of one single class and call himself the leader of the nation. Nawaz needs social peace in order to be able to implement his policies. This has led him to have a meeting with Zardari on the sidelines of the lunch for the Chinese premier. Nawaz has also proposed to the opposition to shun street protests as a tactic for government change. Few would differ with him on the point despite the fact that the PMLN continued to hurl challenges of the sort to the PPP government. The PMLN was the proponent of elections before time maintaining that the PPP had lost its mandate. The PML-N pressurised the PPP-led government to hold polls ahead of the 2012 budget session. It tried its best to bundle off the PPP government by taking the so called Memo Gate sandal to the Supreme Court and creating hysteria over the issue. Soon it will meet its nemesis unless it learns to have better relations with opponents.
The PML-N pressurised the PPP-led government to hold polls ahead of the 2012 budget session.
The writer is a political analyst and a former academic.
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France’s tax fraud scandal The socialist government in France with its clean image has suffered a setback when French Parliament kicked off a high profile public probe after press reports that Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac had an undeclared foreign bank account. France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls and Finance Minister Pierre are also being grilled by the parliament. This is how democracy works where those seeking public office are required to declare all of their assets, bank accounts etc, held in their name, or in name of their immediate family members. It is inconceivable for any public office holder in a democracy to be accused of tax evasion, tax fraud, non-payment of electricity dues,
smuggling, land grabbing, or involved in any illegal financial or immoral deeds. No elected individual, if caught, should be able to claim parliamentary breach of privilege to evade public scrutiny. Those who hold any elected or paid public office are expected to be judged on a higher moral yardstick than that applicable to ordinary citizens. If corruption is to be contained in this country than the top paid bureaucracy and members of ruling elite have to be subjected to strict financial discipline and accountability, for the fish rots from the head. Strict regulatory controls are an important part of good governance and this can only be achieved if those assigned to handle such jobs have undivided loyalty to Pakistan, hold no foreign nationality, no conflicts of interest and subjected to thorough public scrutiny before holding such assignments. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
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During my 21 years of playing cricket, I have never been approached by anyone or offered a bribe. –Imran Khan
Friday, 24 May, 2013
A harmful cultural practice How a state shifts blame for the popularity of tobacco
How I met your Mazhar Season 6 Episode 21
KUNwAR KHUldUNE SHAHId
ELLOWS, I heard about your Mazhar in the summer of 2010. The news about you and your Mazhar was broadcasted all over the world, with every man and his dog giving their verdict on the level of disgust they felt by the whole episode in the UK. I was among the global jury as well. I polished up my best condescending tone, donned my favourite holier than thou garb and began the cursing blitzkrieg. How on earth, could a professional athlete do something as obnoxious as that? I wondered. Wearing your country’s badge on your chest, you had what millions in your country would die to have, I believed. You sold your soul, your integrity, your pride and your credibility all for the sake of a hike in your bank account, I thought. You had fame, success, veneration, respect and you gave it all up in exchange for money, I observed. And I was never going to blame your Mazhar, for it was you and you alone who were at fault for the horrendous act, I decided. And then I met your Mazhar. I met your Mazhar in Rajasthan last week and how that changed my point of view! Your Mazhar showed me a few bundles of cash and then I sat wondering what on earth, was the fuss all about. It was a wonderful opportunity to bag some cash, one which if offered to employees all over the world, would’ve seen a lot of them biting Mazhar’s hand off. Just a teeny tiny bit of dishonesty – if you could call it that – would have resulted in multiple times more money than what I would’ve earned at my job, without causing any tangible damage to my employers or my overall performance at the firm. It was a goldmine that had decided to jump onto my lap, and I wasn’t going to push it away. And then I got to know your Mazhar. I got to know your Mazhar after I mulled over a few questions. How many guitarists would refuse to take a hefty sum in exchange for slightly mistiming a chord of a particular song in a concert? How many stage actors would decline the opportunity to stutter while delivering a particular dialogue on stage for considerable amounts of cash? How many teachers in the world would
turn down the offer of teaching their students a particular chapter that wasn’t included in the syllabus only for a day, for several times the amount of their monthly salary? How many hotel chefs would reject the cash bundles for an ever so slight alteration in a particular recipe? And how many editors would snub the proposal of some serious dough for leaving a minuscule typo in an article? Not many, I presumed. And then I finally recognized your Mazhar. I recognized your Mazhar as the one who tells civil servants that since they don’t get paid enough, they have every right to take whatever comes their way from underneath the table. I recognized your Mazhar as he who guides journalists to record staged interviews and write skewed write-ups, since siding with the highest bidder is the only way they can ever earn any money out of their profession. I recognized your Mazhar as the one who orchestrates the military’s manoeuvres that ensure instability in their region, which in turn ascertains that their own pockets remain healthy. I recognized your Mazhar as he who wants an intellectual to never be honest about his ideology, and instead keep toeing the popular lines for his personal acclaim. I recognized your Mazhar as the one who persuades a politician to sell the sovereignty of his nation to a superpower because they were going to snatch it away anyway. And I recognized your Mazhar as he who supports the Peer-o-Murshid’s quest of cashing in on the popular deception that he is closer to the deity than the rest of us are. But more criminally I recognized your Mazhar as the same person who encourages a student to cheat in their examinations, because there is unemployment everywhere outside the gates of
their institutions. I recognized your Mazhar as the voice who tells the person who has just breached a traffic rule to bribe the officer instead of facing the due punishment. I recognized your Mazhar as the one who encourages milkmen to add water and unhealthy chemicals in their milk because that’s the only way they can survive in the corrupt system. I recognized your Mazhar as the man who tells people they don’t really have to return the money they borrowed from a friend, since everyone in this world is a cheat and a little bit from their side wouldn’t do much harm. And I recognized your Mazhar as the mastermind behind an individual’s quest of fooling as many people as he can, to muster as much money as he can at the expense of everyone else. And despite the fact that we’ve all known your Mazhar throughout our lives – at different times and in various shapes and forms – and fulfilled many of his wishes ourselves, the only time we decide to get worked up is when someone else listens to him, and acts according to his suggestions. The moment I recogniezd your Mazhar I realised that I’ve known him forever, and have always succumbed to his whispers. I consider myself very fortunate to have familiarized myself with your Mazhar, for it helps me steer clear of most things he tells me to do. But unfortunately the world would continue to scan others’ bond with him, even if they were to be told the fruitfulness of getting themselves acquainted with the story of how I met your Mazhar. The writer is a financial journalist and a cultural critic. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @khuldune
N recent years, with the ever-growing tobacco industry, an interesting phenomenon has been brought to attention in China. According to studies, 55 percent of Chinese doctors, ironically regarded as the stalwarts of good health, are smokers. China’s doctors not only smoke cigarettes but are also pilloried as furtively promoting tobacco induced NAdIA KHAwAjA morbidity. In China, cigarettes kill over a million citizens a year and if present trends hold, between now and 2050, the countries annual death toll from tobacco will jump as much as 300 percent. Executives of state regimes and key international organizations have been pursuing a dual track regarding tobacco in the past three decades or more: (a) a longstanding strategy of using tobacco sales as a front for economic development and pre-eminence (b) maintaining their legitimacy by increasing striving to regulate tobacco in the face of empirical evidence that it is highly toxic. Mathew Kohrman in his essay, “Smoking among Doctors” draws attention to the manner in which bio-politics and Chinese cultural ideas of masculinity shape the practice of smoking amongst surgeons. Tobacco production and sales in China have been an emblem of economic development and the government has ‘centred on regulating’ its harm instead of expunging it from society. The idea that smoking is unhealthy is ‘normalised’ by the government and media and physicians are presented as dispersers of health. The shift of the blame onto the doctors is in accordance with the eminent French philosopher, Michel Foucault’s idea that “governments have multilayered modes of authority making to techniques” for establishing control over people as the focus is shifted from the powerful institutions of the state and the cigarette manufacturing industry to the medical community. Social factors such as the pressure to enact one’s masculinity have eased the processes of ‘governmentality’ into creating and ‘problematizing’ the behaviour of physicians with regards to smoking. The medical environment is mostly dominated by men who are like most other people will not ‘exclude a behaviour’ solely on the basis of scientific rationality. The cigarette has been advertised as a symbol of manhood and the same gendered notions operate in forming its role among physicians. Smoking develops bonds between doctors who share the practice and keeps the medical departments working as units defined by gender, class and similar habits. Offering a cigarette or ‘fayan’ is a very important feature of ‘male performativity’ in Chinese culture and it is symbolic of the socialization process in the male dominated field of surgery as well. In most settings, whenever men encounter one another and wish to engage in dialogue, it is expected that one or more will pull out a pack of cigarettes and offer a smoke to all men immediately present, with special attention given to a participant’s social status and understood quality/cultural coding of the cigarette offered. The image of important members of the Chinese government ‘with lit cigarettes in their hands managing the nation’s future’ posits smoking as a crucial embodiment of masculinity adopted and sanctioned by the state. In his ‘Problematisation’ discourse it becomes apparent that powerful institutions such as the mass media and state use their authority to shift the focus of the national problem of smoking to ‘individual failure’ of doctors. Institutions consciously ignore socialization, the tobacco marketing industry and the failure of the government to eradicate smoking and disperse knowledge/facts in a manner that is the most suitable for them. Foucault’s notion of the ‘relationship of the self to the self’ is echoed as sense of fatalism and low self-worth is induced by techniques of individual accountability that even disregard the lack of a support system for people who want to give up smoking in China. Significant social factors in Chinese society such as defined masculinity and the connotations of smoking, class, and economics lead to the prevalence of smoking amongst doctors. However, the same institutions that promote these ideals seek to curb the practice by conveniently shifting the blame onto the individual as opposed to holding the system accountable.
The idea that smoking is unhealthy is ‘normalised’ by the govt and media and physicians are presented as dispersers of health.
The writer is a staff member of Pakistan Today and holds a degree from Mount Holyoke College.
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If you have to forgive, forgive completely. –Leo Tolstoy
arts Friday, 24 May, 2013
SPIeLBeRg TO exeCUTIve PRODUCe ‘HALO’ Tv SeRIeS Steven Spielberg has announced his plans to executive produce a new live action ‘Halo’ television series based on the popular video games. Spielberg, 66, who appeared via video chat at the Microsoft One nextgeneration console launch on Tuesday, said that for him, the ‘Halo’ universe is an amazing opportunity to be at the intersection where technology and storytelling meet, the New York Daily News reported. He added that he has been a fan of video games since the days of ‘Pong.’ NEwS dESK
SANJAy DUTT’S NeW IDeNTITy IS PRISONeR NUMBeR 16,656 The new identity for Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt is prisoner number 16656 at Yeravada Central Jail where he was shifted from Mumbai's Arthur Road Prison following his surrender before a TADA court. Dutt, whose conviction in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case was upheld by the Supreme Court in March this year, was brought to Yeravada jail at the crack of dawn yesterday. He is lodged in a separate individual cell in view of his security needs, official sources said. The Bollywood "Khalnayak", who later reinvented himself with 'Gandhigiri' as Munnabhai, will be spending about three and half years in prison. Sources said Dutt will be given prescribed manual work job in due course after formalities of admission are over. There will not be any special treatment to the actor except required due to the threat perception, they added. NEwS dESK
Katy Perry Drops $11.2m on H’wood Hills compound
ATY Perry is proving that she's not just a California "Gurl" … she's a Hollywood Hills one, too. Though her current home in the area is still for sale, Perry has plunked down a reported $11.2 million for a house and three plots of land in the star-studded neighbourhood. According to property records obtained by real estate website Zillow, none of the adjoining parcels were on the market, nor was the home, which the 28-year-old purchased for $3 million via a trust held by her manager. Clearly, she must have made the owners an offer they
couldn't refuse! Eat your hearts out, mid-century modern enthusiasts. Perry's new pad, built in 1953, is a perfect specimen of architecture from the era with angular rooflines, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and an open floor plan. The home features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, city views, a living room
with 14-foot ceilings and a fireplace, and a kitchen with stainless steel countertops and Miele appliances (that's all new, of course). And the gregarious Perry won't have any problem hosting pals whenever she likes. The property also includes a big yard and pool as well as a twobedroom, one-bath guest house, for those friends who don't want to make the windy drive home. The two houses sit on nearly an acre of land, while the additional properties total three acres, bringing her compound to nearly four acres. Perry put her other Hollywood Hills house on the market last month for nearly $7 million. That Spanish-castlestyle manse has seven bedrooms and totals nearly 9,000 square feet, but isn't half as hip as her new bachelorette pad.
Ryan Gosling misses premiere of new movie at Cannes TAR Ryan Gosling on Wednesday stayed away from the Cannes premiere of his latest film, the ultra-violent "Only God Forgives", a blood-spattered revenge tale set in Bangkok. Boos rang out after a press screening of the movie in which Kristin Scott Thomas also stars as a cross between "Lady Macbeth and Donatella Versace", but some critics later praised the film. "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's film left many in the auditorium wincing or unable to watch, although some lines sparked unintended laughter. In one scene, Gosling's character Julian tells his crime boss mother (Scott Thomas) that his brother Billy has raped and killed a 16-year-old girl. "I'm sure he had his reasons," Scott Thomas replies, unrecognisable in long blond wig, fake eyelashes and garish clothes. Winding Refn's film is one of 20 in the race for the festival's top Palme d'Or prize. In a letter read out to a news conference, Gosling apologised for missing Wednesday evening's premiere. The Canadian star is in Detroit in the third week of shooting his directorial debut "How To Catch A Monster". In another scene, Thai actor Vithaya Pansringarm playing an ex-cop on a mission to purge Bangkok of sleaze, pins a man to an armchair with knives and stabs him through the eye. Even Scott Thomas, better known for playing upper-crust Englishwomen with plummy accents, admitted to queasiness. Winding Refn, in production notes, says he was keen to see her play a mix of Shakespeare's bloodiest female character and fashion designer Versace. "This kind of
film is really not my thing," Scott Thomas told reporters after the press screening. "Films where this kind of violence happens I don't enjoy watching." But she said she decided to get involved in a film she considered "hyper violent and quite disturbing" to work with Winding Refn and "play this wild, savage person". The trouble really begins to escalate in the movie when Billy's killing of the young prostitute also leads to his own murder. Scott Thomas's character Crystal then arrives to collect the body of her favourite son and demand that Julian avenge his death. Dane Winding Refn defended his movie, saying he felt powerless to resist a compulsion to depict violence on screen. "Art is an act of violence. Art is about penetration. Art is about speaking to our subconscious and our needs at different levels," he said. The film is his second collaboration with Gosling who starred in the equally blood-soaked "Drive". The film won Winding Refn the best di-
LyDIA DAvIS WINS 2013 MAN BOOKeR INT’L PRIZe American writer Lydia Davis was named as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker International Prize. Davis is most famous for her very brief short stories and has released works such as 2011’s “The Cows” and the 2009 publication “The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.” The author won out over nine other finalists, including writers Marilynne Robinson, Yan Lianke, and Vladimir Sorokin. The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every two years and is bestowed on a writer who has contributed “an achievement in fiction on the world stage” and whose work can be found in English or through a widely printed translation. The winner receives about $91,000 (60,000 pounds) during an award ceremony in London. Chair of the judging panel Sir Christopher Ricks praised her work during the ceremony. NEwS dESK
rector prize at Cannes in 2011. "I don't think about what I do very much. I approach things very much as a pornographer. It's about what arouses me and certain things turn me on more than others and I can't suppress that need," he said. "But I surely have a fetish for violent emotions, violent images and I just can't explain where it comes from," he added. A number of other films at the festival including China's "A Touch of Sin" (Tian Zhu Ding) and Japan's "Shield of Straw" (Wara No Tate) have been notable for their violence. Mexican director Amat Escalante was also forced to defend his film "Heli" after it left many critics feeling ill at ease. Some critics praised Winding Refn's film but said its violence would be a turn-off for many. "'Only God Forgives' will, understandably, have people running for the exits," said British daily the Guardian. "It is very violent, but Winding Refn's bizarre infernal creation, an entire created world of fear, really is gripping," it said. NEwS dESK
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I think, therefore I am. –Descartes
ARTS Friday, 24 May, 2013
Aamir Khan provides tips to wife for film promotion
FIRST eDITION OF HARRy POTTeR AND THe PHILOSOPHeR’S STONe SeLLS FOR £150,000 A SIGNED first edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone has sold for £150,000 at auction. The one-of-a-kind copy contains handwritten notes by the author, a 43-page commentary and 22 original illustrations. The book, published in 1997 and which went on to give Rowling worldwide fame and millions in the bank, was sold to a telephone bidder. A copy of Roald Dahl’s Matilda featuring new illustrations from Quentin Blake was the second highest sale at Sotheby’s in central London, fetching £30,000. Other highlights included Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains Of The Day, selling for £18,000, and Julian Barnes’ Metroland, which went for £14,000. The First Edition, Second Thoughts auction raised a total of £439,000 for charity. NEwS dESK
I DON’T HAve A COMFORT ZONe: AMeeSHA PATeL
IRECTOR Kiran Rao, who is lending her support for 'Ship Of Theseus', has taken tips from actor-producer husband Aamir Khan for promoting it. Kiran would be presenting writer-director Anand Gandhi's upcoming film 'Ship Of Theseus'. "Aamir liked the film and we did take suggestions from him from time-to-time. He is like an outside support for the film. He feels the film needs to be nurtured. It should be given special care and time to grow," she said. Aamir liked the poster of the film. In fact it was on his suggestion that the makers retained the old poster. Kiran also clarified she has not turned producer and is not considering launching her own banner. "I am a presenter, have given my support for this film. I have not turned producer with this film. Also, I am not looking at having my own banner. I would not part way from Aamir Khan Productions, and will direct films for them. I don't have plans to turn a producer as of now," she said. Kiran has come up with a unique strategy to promote the film as she would be promoting it online and not on television. She feels the digital medium holds the key to the future and is the right way to go forward. "The digital...online medium is growing. The film needs to grow with time. We are not aiming to have a direct competition with big blockbusters. We have specific plans for marketing it online, which is a better way," Kiran said. The film that has been to several festival circuits will release in India on July 19. "I am happy that Kiran Rao has come on board for this film. It feels good when filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap praise your work," director Anand Gandhi said. 'Ship of Theseus' explores questions of identity, justice, beauty, meaning and death through the stories of an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and an enterprising stockbroker. "The film raises questions and also somewhere gives answers to things that we want to know," said Gandhi, who has been a writer of popular TV shows 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' and 'Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki'.
Ameesha Patel is leaving no stone unturned to make sure her career takes off after her last release Race 2 rang the bell at the box office. The actress is excited as she has a few films to hit the theatre this year. Ameesha will be seen essaying different characters in films like Shortcut Romeo, Run Bhola Run and Desi Magic. On being asked about her comfort zone, Ameesha stressed, "I don't have a comfort zone and its doing different roles every time." "I am fortunate that I can also do a variety of roles and people accept me in different roles. I think that's the challenging part of films and so I don't want to be comfortable. I have miles to go," added the actress. Ameesha will be seen playing a negative character in Shortcut Romeo which is all set to release on 21st June. NEwS dESK
ReDFORD STeALS CANNeS
SHOW WITH COMeBACK FILM
E has almost no dialogue and the character he plays is never named, but Robert Redford delighted Cannes on Wednesday in his first meaty starring role in years, a solo performance as a lost-at-sea yachtsman fighting for his life. Now a hardy 76, the leading man of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", "The Sting" and "Out of Africa" carries "All Is Lost" by J.C. Chandor single-handedly, with just
a few scripted lines. He plays a retired man on an Indian Ocean voyage whose vintage sailboat collides with a shipping container and begins taking on water through a gash in its side. Chandor dispenses with explaining the skipper's background -- he's not even given a name -- but presents Redford with all manner of trials to show off his acting chops and enduring physical prowess. The director bagged an Oscar
nomination for the screenplay of his 2011 feature debut "Margin Call" about a disastrous investment bank failure which premiered at Redford's Sundance independent film festival. Breaking away from that picture's ensemble cast and complex plot, "All is Lost" is "an existential action movie", Chandor says. The movie premiered out-of-competition at the festival, which ends on Sunday. Double Oscar-winner Redford, who has focused on behind-the-camera
work and philanthropy in recent years, said that despite all the young filmmakers he had taken under his wing, Chandor was the first Sundance alumnus to hire him. "This allowed me to just be an actor again, because that's how I started," he told reporters after a warmly applauded press preview. "There's a lot of pressure and there's a lot of weight to being a director and particularly to being a director-producer so I loved it and I
would like to continue that. I don't want to have to act and direct every time I go out." Chandor, in his late 30s, said he had chosen to cast Redford as an "iconic symbol" for his own father's generation. "You're taking this person that essentially so many people have a relationship with," he said, referring to Redford's long screen career. "I think that allows the audience to almost use him... as a stand-in for themselves." NEWS DESK
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FReeDOM gOAT RUNS FOR HeR LIFe, SNARLS TRAFFIC ELUDES JERSEY COPS FOR TWO HOURS, BUT WILL SHE ESCAPE SLAUGHTERHOUSE?
It’s hard not to root for the goat in this one: One believed to have escaped en route to a slaughterhouse snarled the morning commute along one of the busiest roadways in northern New Jersey today, leading police on a nearly two-hour chase. The small female eluded five Jersey City police officers for more than 90 minutes by jumping back and forth over a central divider along the Pulaski Skyway, alternately disrupting traffic along both east and westbound lanes. The goat eventually tired, and officers were able to form a semi-circle and catch her. Officials are still trying to determine where the goat came from. One of her ears has a Department of Agriculture tag, suggesting she escaped a truck headed to a slaughterhouse. If no company claims the goat, she will be moved to a rural animal welfare facility that can accommodate livestock. “If it can survive running around the Pulaski Skyway for two hours, and then winds up in a slaughterhouse, it’s kind of sad,” says a city spokesperson. “But if someone claims her, she is private property, so there’s not much we can do.” NEwS dESK
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There was only one thing that got me through it, and this was the power of the truth. The worst case scenario is my killing. If that happens, if I am killed, I am not being killed for doing some robbery or for my own gains. I have done nothing wrong. What I did was right. –Declan Walsh
TOP 10 UNIQUeLy DeADLy ANIMALS IN THe WORLD T NEWS DESK
ODAY, animals of all kinds can be considered dangerous. Some on this list have been known to kill a lot of people. Some of them are beautiful animals. However, looks can kill. All animals listed here are deadly, and some of them were only found to be so in the last decade. You’re going to be stunned by what some of these animals can do.
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The Boomslang is a snake that is primarily found in the South African area, but has been known to make its rounds throughout the African continent. It is one of the deadliest snakes in the world for a couple of reasons. As most people know, snakes don’t typically have the best eyesight. The Boomslang breaks that trend in a major way. They have been known to pick birds right out of the air due to their tremendous sight. Boomslangs contain a Hemotoxin venom that, when injected, can kill within hours. A person will literally bleed from the inside out. You will bleed from every hole in the body. You’ll even bleed from the ears, eyes, and penis/vagina.
One of the only poisonous birds in the animal kingdom, the Pitohui family of birds are, at times, lethal. The HP has the exact same effect as Poison Dart Frog, as its skin and feathers are the poisonous part of it. The most horrible aspect is that the venom found on these birds is the most harmful venom known to mankind. Paralysis and death can occur if the bird delivers a good portion of poison.
The Poison Dart Frogs are known for their beautiful colours. The Dart Frogs are some of the most beautiful creatures you will ever see, and it’s a shame that they are so pretty. People would love to handle them, but should not without proper safety gear. Dart Frogs have poisonous skin, which can be a big risk. Their secretions are also poisonous. This is how they keep themselves from becoming prey. The Frog got its name for literal reasons. Tribes have used it to make poison darts/arrows for hundreds of years. It became a household usage, if you will, for tribes in the area. Your skin acts as a filter between the poison and blood. So, obviously some does get in, but not to an extreme level like with an open cut. Some with minor poison won’t kill you even if it’s shot directly into your bloodstream. But again, you will get quite sick.
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Many feel that this scorpion was the possible inspiration for the Scorpion character in Mortal Kombat. Many think it looks like a toy because of its beautiful yellow colouring. Therefore, it never really stands out as a big time threat to some children. This can result in a sting. The poison is lethal, as with many other scorpions. Number one, their sting has been known to be incredibly painful. Many say it could be the worst of any sting or animal bite. Some have been known to go into shock as a result. Also, the poison can cut off airways. It can kill you if the antivenom is not given soon. According to experts, it could take as little as a few hours. People have reported joint pain and severe headaches for a number of months after the sting.
The Cone Snail is one of those animals that no one thinks about, but it is as deadly as it gets. Usually, one may not even realize they are handling a Cone Snail because the first thing you see is their beautiful shell. Shell collectors end up picking one up and the snail’s harpoon will stick into the person. What happens next depends on the Cone Snail. Each one has a different poison. The deadly ones have a Neurotoxin that will temporarily paralyze you. Then your body will start to shut down. You will also develop severe respiratory problems. There is no cure for what the Cone Snail puts in your system. Sometimes full blood transfusions are necessary to get rid of the poison.
The Yellow Bellied Sea Snake is one of the most beautiful snakes in the world. However, it is as lethal as many. What makes this one stand out? First of all, it’s normally found in the sea, which is different from most snakes. It hunts at all times of the day, so you’ll find it out and about a lot. They usually never attack humans unless you happen to get too close. Now, the coolest part of this snake is what it packs inside. The toxin basically attacks your system like all other poisonous snakes’ venom does. Yet, there is a twist. It attacks the respiratory system, and you can have an issue with paralysis. Worst of all, the venom attacks all the muscles, too. You can barely move, and you’re in a ton of pain, as well. You wish you were dead.
Little is known about them, but the funny thing is that the Puffer Fish is more deadly after its death than during its life. The fish is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. However, if it is not prepared correctly by removing the poison, then one can actually die. Usually, the poison that it delivers can cause your airways to shut. Its poisons are Saxitoxin and Tetrodotoxin, both of which can be lethal. Tetrodoxin alone can cause rapid heart rate, muscle paralysis, a decrease in blood pressure, numbness, and tingling. Often, the puffer fish’s symptoms can go away in a few hours or days, but medical treatment needs to be given soon.
Lanomia or “assassin CaterpiLLar”
Be careful if you’re a woman at Glasgow’s Shimmy Club and find yourself having to use the restroom: It’s installed with a two-way mirror, and clubgoers who want a look are charged as much as $1,200 to peep in. After complaints, Scotland’s police force launched an investigation into the nightclub, the Drum reports. The club isn’t denying anything; it released a statement on Facebook calling the mirror “a bit of fun,” “a talking point,” and “a unique idea,” and pointing out that signs in the bathroom warn patrons about the mirror. But one commenter who responded claimed those signs are “barely noticeable. NEwS dESK
The Blue-Ringed Octopus is a gorgeous animal. The average sea diver that looks at these creatures is immediately attracted by the beauty. However, you’ll be in trouble if you don’t keep a safe distance. The venom contains tetrodotoxin, 5-hydroxytryptamine, hyaluronidase, tyramine, histamine, tryptamine, octopamine, taurine, acetylcholine, and dopamine. But inside this animal, the effects of all these combined can be vicious. You will develop paralysis within 5 minutes. The only way to survive is by instant CPR.
Hooded pitoHui The Hippo is portrayed in pop culture as fun loving and peaceful. While they are usually peaceful creatures, these 9,000 pound animals are also very territorial. They kill more humans on average each year than all African animals combined. Hippos cannot swim, which is one interesting fact about them. But when they chase you, they will basically run underwater, and they can move around 5 mph. They also don’t tire easy, so you better have good cardio to outswim one. When they get you, you will die.
It can be almost impossible to even see this creature because it blends into its natural habitat so well. Therefore, humans can encounter it ran It causes “disseminated intravascular coagulation,” which is a fancy way of saying that it makes you bleed and prevents clotting. The poison will also attack human cells. More specifically, it attacks protein cells, causing them to leak and preventing them from clotting. This virtually kills off the platelets. Scientists were baffled as to what changed with this animal, since no well-known attacks happened for millennia. However, a large number of attacks have recently occurred in just the Brazilian area. Something has caused this caterpillar to realize its power, and it’s quickly becoming one of the deadliest animals in the world.
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SPORTS Friday, 24 May, 2013
Taylor calls for Watson to be Ashes opener SPORTS DESK Mark Taylor believes restoring Shane Watson to the opening position and shifting David Warner down to No.5 or 6 could be the formula Australia need to post challenging totals on the upcoming Ashes tour. The Australians are preparing to depart for England this weekend ahead of the Champions Trophy and Ashes campaign and after their disastrous series in India in February and March, there remain plenty of questions about the make-up of their batting lineup. Chief among those is how to structure the top order given that the squad includes five potential opening batsmen: Watson, Warner, Ed Cowan, Chris Rogers and Phillip Hughes. Cowan and Warner are the incumbent openers but neither man has made himself untouchable and the inclusion of the veteran state and county batsman Rogers, who has nearly 20,000 first-class runs to his name, has raised the possibility of a shake-up to the top three. There is also the matter of how to get the best out of Watson, who in the past two years has averaged 24.11 in Tests while batting anywhere from the opening position to No.5. Overall, Watson’s average as a Test opener is a more robust 43.06 and Taylor, the former Test captain and opener who will be covering part of the Ashes as a commentator, believes the warm-up matches in Somerset and Worcestershire before the first Test will be telling.
The BCCI feels it should only manipulate players and their representatives. There is a perception that all agents are susceptible. – Latika Khaneja
‘INDIA’S SPORTS BILL DRAFT TO Be ReADy By JUNe 30’ Mumbai police in Chennai operations
Hodge thrilled with win after ‘emotional week’
The IPL crisis took a twist today with officials of the Mumbai Police reaching the house of Gurunath Meiyappan, chief executive of the Chennai Super Kings. Meiyappan is the son-in-law of BCCI president N Srinivasan, whose company India Cements owns the Super Kings franchise. It was not immediately clear why they were there, and there has been no official statement by either the police or the franchise. However, CNN-IBN quoted Mumbai’s joint commissioner of police Himanshu Roy as saying that Meiyappan had been summoned for questioning in connection with betting and asked to appear before the Crime Branch in Mumbai between 11 am and 5 pm on Friday. The summons had been affixed to the door of Meiyappan’s Chennai residence and been served to, and accepted by, a manager at the Super Kings office. The news follows reports circulating in the Indian media since Tuesday on the proximity of Virender “Vindoo” Dara Singh, who was arrested that day in Mumbai for links with bookies, to the Super Kings franchise.
NDIA’S sports minister Jitendra Singh, who is “embarrassed and sad” about the alleged spot-fixing in the IPL, has said the sports bill that is currently being drafted should be ready in full by June 30. Speaking to television channel CNN IBN, Singh said: “I feel it’s very important for a very strict law, that processes are implemented not only in cricket but in other sports also. Cricket has just been exposed, but there might be things happening in other sports too. I think it is very important to put in safeguards against these.” The International Olympic Committee (IOC), Singh said, had been roped in to help draft the bill. “The biggest achievement we have done is we have got IOC on board to help us draft the sports bill. The sports bill is being drafted,
Justice Mudgal is drafting it. “For the first time we’ve brought in sportspersons, we’ve brought in lawyers who fight for sport, we’ve brought in people from all walks of life into the committee to draft the sports bill. And we’ve given them a deadline - June 30 to draft the sports bill.” In wake of the alleged fixing, India’s law minister Kapil Sibal had met Singh earlier in the week to discuss the bill. Then, Sibal had said past instances of fixing in sports in India, where attempts to prosecute the perpetrators failed due to lack of legislation dealing solely with the issue, proved it was necessary to work on such a law. The three Rajasthan Royals cricketers currently in custody Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - have been charged under three sections of the Indian Penal Code that deal with cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.
After guiding Rajasthan Royals out of a hole and a step closer to the IPL 2013 final, batsman Brad Hodge has expressed much satisfaction at the result achieved in the Eliminator that followed an “emotional week”. His experience, Hodge said, came in handy in what was a tense situation. “It was a close contest and that is exactly where you need your experience to get a team over the line,” Hodge told the IPL site. “This is the most thrilling game I have ever played in the IPL. I have played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the past editions. This is the first time with Rajasthan Royals and I am delighted to win the game for the team. “Rahul [Dravid] was delighted when I walked back to the dugout. It has been an emotional week for us, and it is a really good result for Rajasthan Royals and especially for Rahul.” Chasing 133, Royals had been reduced to 57 for 5 and needed 76 off 60 when No. 7 Hodge put together a 45-run stand with Sanju Samson - in which 18-year-old Samson contributed 9 - at close to eight runs an over. Once Samson was out, Hodge added 33 more with James Faulkner at over nine an over to take the team home with four wickets and four balls to spare. Hodge finished unbeaten on 54 off 29, hitting Darren Sammy for consecutive sixes to close out the game. “The wicket was a fraction slow and that suited the type of cricket Sunrisers have been playing through the tournament. We wanted to try and be aggressive early on in the innings. We got a decent start but faltered mid-way,” Hodge said. “It did not go according to script.
Cricket Australia considers AFL tribunal model SPORTS DESK David Warner’s privately convened code of conduct hearing for his recent Twitter indiscretions may be the last of its kind, as Cricket Australia consider adopting a system whereby disciplinary charges against players would be heard in forums open to public scrutiny via the media. Adrian Anderson, the former AFL executive, is due to submit his report into CA’s integrity and disciplinary policy management in June. ESPNcricinfo understands that one of its key recommendations may be to call for the opening of disciplinary hearings to outside observers after the fashion of the AFL tribunal. This means a hearing like Warner’s would be open to media reportage, a significant break from cricket’s traditional policy of keeping board matters, including the disciplining of players, decidedly private, opaque affairs. It would also be a marked departure from the convention followed by most cricket boards and also the ICC, which does not permit public access to code of conduct hearings presided over by match referees, nor the appeal hearings that may subsequently eventuate. Anderson is also expected to recommend that CA’s code of conduct procedures and protocols for hearings be tightened, following a summer in which the consistency and transparency of the current system was called into considerable question by a series of incidents during the BBL in particular. Standards of on-field behaviour during
the event were allowed to lapse, culminating in the ugly bust-up between Shane Warne and Marlon Samuels at the MCG. That incident and its handling in a pair of seemingly contradictory and indecipherable code of conduct verdicts did not sit well with a majority of players and others. Anderson is likely to call for a new structure to manage integrity and disciplinary matters, moving the BBL chief and CA head of commercial operations Mike McKenna away from a role that currently has him holding both the commercial and disciplinary keys for CA an apparent conflict of interest. Despite its novelty in cricket, this would not be the first time CA has toyed with subjecting its disciplinary procedures to public analysis. The CA chief executive James Sutherland has previously stated his preference for public hearings and, as far back as 2002, player contracts included a clause allowing the board to decided whether or not disciplinary hearings would be heard in camera or with the media present. That change had followed Steve Waugh’s complaints that he was not allowed to publicly state his defence to an ICC charge he faced in the 2001 Boxing Day Test against South Africa for questioning Darrell Hair’s decision to give him run out without referring to the third umpire. Nevertheless, the major obstacle to public hearings would appear to be the Australian Cricketers’ Association, whose chief executive Paul Marsh is believed to be skeptical about the necessity of the concept.
Warner apologises over tweets
Chris Lynn apologises for Twitter comments SPORTS DESK
SPORTS DESK David Warner has apologised for the language he used during his Twitter outburst on Saturday but said he felt the need to defend himself after a photo of him was used to illustrate a story on the seedy side of the IPL. Warner has arrived home in Australia after his long stint in India with Delhi Daredevils and he spoke to reporters at the SCG on Thursday, the day after he was fined A$5750 at a Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour hearing. Warner said he had been woken during the early hours of Saturday by WhatsApp, an instant messaging application on his phone, and found that his friends had seen the Courier-Mail article and asked him what was going on. Warner then took his anger out in a series of tweets directed at journalist Robert Craddock, who in the article had discussed the recent arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players over alleged spot-fixing. “I was just extremely annoyed with my image being used on that related article,” Warner told reporters on Thursday. “I was trying to defend myself because anyone who looks at the photograph can automatically assume that I’m related to what happened over there. “If I let it go and didn’t say anything, was I going to be defended by others? We just don’t know that. What I did through Twitter, for myself it was disappointing and I shouldn’t have done that and I shouldn’t have used the language that I did.” In his initial tweet, Warner wrote “Shock me @crashcraddock1 talking s*** about ipl jealous p****. Get a real job. All you do is bag people. #getalife”. He used similar language in a series of tweets directed at Craddock and his News Limited colleague Malcolm Conn, who weighed in on Twitter. “I’ve got to be a bit more professional with the choice of words that I use next time,” Warner said.
Chris Lynn, the Queensland batsman, has become the second Australian cricketer in a week to find himself in trouble over remarks made on Twitter. Queensland Cricket has confirmed it will investigate Lynn’s use of his Twitter account to comment on the assault allegations made against rugby league player Ben Te’o by a Brisbane woman. Te’o vehemently denies the accusations of assault and police said on Wednesday they were no longer investigating the alleged incident. Lynn tweeted that “The girl accusing Ben Teo is bad news” and then agreed with another tweeter, who had said “She should serve 2 months in jail for her make up! #booyah”. Lynn replied that “She definately (sic) should!” and went on to tweet: “it does my head in ...” Although the tweets have since been deleted, Lynn on Thursday apologised for his comments. “It was inappropriate to express my personal view on a forum like Twitter and I apologise whole-heartedly for that to the individual involved,’’ Lynn said. “Violence against women is not acceptable and I’m sorry that my words could been seen to condone that.” Queensland Cricket’s acting chief executive Richard Powell said the organisation would look in to the matter.
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“Even if I am sure that McLaren will be very good at separating things and working with Mercedes, as soon as everything stops you don’t forget anything you learned. – Remi Taffin POA to clear the air before Senate Committee today to overcome impasse LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Senate Sports Committee has invited Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) on May 24 in Islamabad to present its case with regards to the absolutely unnecessary embarrassment created by a few individuals who have found some interested backers in our federal sporting bureaucracy who have been misquoting the judgment of the Supreme Court. The POA in a statement highlighted certain parts of the Supreme Court which maintained that the Government has the right to make laws and implement them and that the Federations are free to enter into any association or union. If, however, they seek and become affiliated with PSB they have to subordinate their Constitution to the PSB Rules. However if they choose to disaffiliate themselves, PSB cannot impose any restrictions. It is the formulation of Rules that we have always contested. If the Government can frame rules they can amend them also. We have all along been asking the PSB to amend its Rules and Policy to bring them in line and in harmony with the Olympic Charter. “Our point of view has always been that the Rules have been framed without consulting the stake holders and that they should be amended. “This was also supported by the Senate sub-committee on sports in its meeting on September 4, 2008 made the following recommendations inter alia to uplift the standard of the games in the country. It stated that the Sports Policy should be re-written after getting feedback from the principal stakeholders including POA and sports federations.
Hafeez century goes in vane in a tie SCOREBOARd
EVIN O’Brain pulled a sensational tie for Ireland in the first match of the two-mtch series against struggling Pakistan at the Clontarf cricket Club ground on Thursday. Marred by rain the match was reduced to 47 overs and the hosts were given a revised target of 276 runs after Pakistan made 266 runs in the given overs. With the use of D/L Method the
target was revised for Ireland and first Pul Stirling hammered a century (103) to send sizzles among the Pakistan ranks and later Kevin cracked unbeaten84 to hand Pakistan a tie. , a breezy 122 not out from opener Mohammad Hafeez and 84 from sidekick Asad Shafiq carried Pakistan to 266 for five in Thursday’s rain-affected first ODI against Ireland at the Clontarf Cricket Club Ground in Dublin. The hosts named an XI sans the services of the banned John Mooney, while the tourists opted for right-arm fast bowler Ehsan Adil ahead of left-armer seamer Wahab Riaz.
PAKISTAN Imran Farhat c Stirling b Cusack 9 20 Nasir jamshed c murtagh b Kj O’Brien mohammad Hafeez not out 122 84 Asad Shafiq c johnston b Cusack 0 misbah-ul-Haq* run out (Porterfield) 13 Kamran Akmal† b Kj O’Brien 1 Shoaib malik not out 17 EXTRAS (b 2, lb 2, w 13) 266 TOTAl dId NOT BAT Ehsan Adil, junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, mohammad Irfan FAll OF wICKETS 1-33 (Imran Farhat, 12.3 ov), 2-221 (Asad Shafiq, 42.3 ov), 3-231 (Nasir jamshed, 44.3 ov), 4-231 (misbah-ul-Haq, 44.4 ov), 5-261 (Kamran Akmal, 46.4 ov) BOwlING dT johnston 10-2-53-0, Tj murtagh 9-0-40-0, AR Cusack 8-0-50-2, Kj O’Brien 5-0-43-2, GH dockrell 10-0-45-0, PR Stirling 5-0-31-0 IRElANd wTS Porterfield* c Asad Shafiq b mohammad Hafeez 19 PR Stirling c sub (Umar Amin) b mohammad Irfan 103 32 EC joyce b mohammad Hafeez Kj O’Brien not out 84 11 GC wilson† b junaid Khan 4 Nj O’Brien c mohammad Irfan b junaid Khan dT johnston not out 7 15 EXTRAS (lb 8, w 7) TOTAl 275 dId NOT BAT AR white, AR Cusack, GH dockrell, Tj murtagh FAll OF wICKETS 1-62 (Porterfield, 12.5 ov), 2-158 (joyce, 32.5 ov), 3-171 (Stirling, 35.2 ov), 4-230 (wilson, 41.4 ov), 5-240 (Nj O’Brien, 43.1 ov) BOwlING mohammad Irfan 10-0-57-1, junaid Khan 9-1-54-2, Ehsan Adil 3-0-17-0, mohammad Hafeez 9-0-34-2, Shoaib malik 6-0-34-0, Saeed Ajmal 10-0-71-0 match details Toss Pakistan, who chose to bat Series 2-match series level 0-0 Umpires Ij Gould (England) and RP Smith match referee jj Crowe (New Zealand) Reserve umpire l Fourie
Friday, 24 May, 2013
PCB issues NOC to players for Sharjah event LAHoRe: The Pakistan Cricket Board after getting clearance from the International Cricket Council has issued No Objection Certificate. With this issuance of the NOC the Pakistan cricketers including Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzak, Ahmed Shahzad, Rana Naveed, Owais Zia, Faisal Iqbal, Aizaz Cheema, Shahzad Hassan, Sharjil Kh, Haris Shohail, Anwar Ali and Hammad Azam will take part in the Super Sixes Tournament to be held at Sharjah. Earlier, the players were refused the NOC on grounds that the Sharjah event was not being held under the ICC banner and they cannot be part of that activity. But now the ICC has made is clear to the PCB the players can take part in this tournament to be held there in the first week of June. STAFF REPORT
SJAL forms working committees LAHoRe: The Executive Committee of the Sports Journalists Association of Lahore met here at the National Hockey Stadium to discuss its progress in the last six months and formulate the future course. The meeting was president over by its President Syed Ali Hashimi (Samaa) while Secretary Ashraf Chaudhary (Nawa-i-Waqt) presented the association’s progress report. the SJAl president also named a number of organization committees of the association. Senior journalists Sohail Ali (App) was made the head of the disciplinary committee while Farrukh Butt (Jahan pakistan), Sheikh ejaz (Waqt tV) and taqweem Shah (daly Waqt) are its members. Amir raza (City 42) will head the events management committee with Shahzad Malik (Ary news) and Musa Bilal (Aab takk) being its members while the finance committee will be headed by Aftab tabi (news one) and Azfaal Chaudhary (Khabrain) and Abdul Qayyum (Assas) chairman will be its members. STAFF REPORT
PCB plan to frame rules to keep check on umpires LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday said it will soon introduce new rules to bring Pakistani umpires under its “domain” in the wake of ICC’s decision to withdraw Asad Rauf from the Champions Trophy following his questioning in connection with the spot-fixing scandal in IPL. Addressing a hurriedlu called press conference, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, said he is not in the know-how about Rauf’s removal from the elite panel of umpires from next month’s Champions Trophy to be held in England. “It [Rauf’s withdrawal] is not in our knowledge. He did not go to India [to officiate in IPL] with our permission. We are not involved in the umpires business in IPL. “Till now Pakistani umpires and match referees are not in our (PCB’s) domain. But now we are going to have a Board meeting soon where we will bring in new rules to bring umpires from our country in our domain,” Ashraf said. “As per the rules, the Pakistani umpires will have to sign a contract with the Board,” he added. The spot-fixing saga in the ongoing IPL took a dramatic turn on Thursday with ICC withdrawing controversial Pakistani umpire Rauf from the panel of match officials for the Champions Trophy as his role in the scandal is being investigated by the Mumbai Police. The ICC today issued a media release stating that Rauf had been removed from the elite panel of umpires of the June 6 to 21 tournament. The PCB chief, however, said that the spot-fixing scandal in IPL, which is getting murkier day by day, is a wake up call for the BCCI. “I don’t know why things are not tightened or managed in a proper way in IPL. All the mud-slinging is coming up in the IPL. It’s a wake up call for the organisers of IPL,” Ashraf said. Rauf was also embroiled in a controversy in IPL 2012 when a small-time model named Leena Kapoor accused the Pakistani umpire of sexually exploiting her for months before refusing to marry her. He further said tat all the cricket board
Umpire Asad Rauf dropped from Champions Trophy LAHORE
The spot-fixing saga in the ongoing IPL took a dramatic turn on Thursday (May 23) with International Cricket Council (ICC) withdrawing controversial Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf from the panel of match officials for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England as his role in the scandal is allegedly being investigated by Mumbai Police. The ICC issued a media release stating that Rauf had been removed from the panel of umpires for the June 6 to 21 tournament. “The decision has been made after media reports on Wednesday indicated that the umpire was under investigation by Mumbai Police,” the ICC release
said. Explaining the decision, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “In the wake of reports that the Mumbai Police are conducting an investigation into Asad Rauf’s activities, we feel that it is in Asad’s best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy.” Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf meanwhile said that he is unaware if Asad Rauf has done anything wrong. The PCB had, in April this year, suspended international umpire Nadeem Ghauri for four years for agreeing to “extend undue favors for material gain” during a sting operation carried out by a Indian television channel in 2012.
Rauf was embroiled in a controversy last year when a small-time model named Leena Kapoor accused the Pakistani umpire of sexually exploiting her for months before refusing to marry her. The umpire though denied all the allegations back then. As per the duty schedule of the on-field umpires, Rauf was supposed to officiate in a warmup match between Australia and West Indies in Cardiff on June 1. In the tournament group league stage, he was supposed to officiate in two matches in Cardiff. The first on June 9 was between Sri Lanka and New Zealand while other was between
should take measures to stem the menace of fixing from the game. “We are willing to support the cause and help eradicate the corruption from cricket,” he maintained. Zaka said IPL does not fall in the PCB’s domain and the removal of Asad was done by the ICC so the PCB has nothing to do with the decision or comment in the spot-fixing in the IPL. But it is ready to help India in elimination of the menace from the game,” he added. SoHAiL, SARfRAZ bLAMe iCC, iPL foR MAtCH-fixing: Former Test
stars Aamer Sohail and Sarfraz Nawaz have slammed the game’s administrators for not doing enough to check match-fixing. Speaking to an Indian TV after the news of Asad Rauf’s withdrawal from next month’s Champions Trophy broke, the former Pakistan cricketers slammed the International Cricket Council and the Indian Premier League authorities for doing little to stop cheats. Sohail and Sarfraz said the anticorruption units at the ICC and BCCI were failures and they should be taken to task for
failing to control those who doctored matches. Sarfraz even went to the extent of saying: “ICC ACU is also part of the gambling mafia and should resign.” Sarfarz slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board for “not being serious” on tackling the menace ever since a TV sting operation exposed two of its umpires allegedly for match-fixing. In April this year, the PCB suspended international umpire Nadeem Ghauri for four years for agreeing to “extend undue favours for material gain.” Ghauri has officiated in five Tests, 43
West Indies and South Africa. It is not the first time an umpire has been linked with spot-fixing. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had banned international umpire Nadir Shah for 10 years after an Indian TV channel, India TV, exposed that he was apparently willing to fix matches for cash. The TV channel also exposed Pakistani international umpire Nadeem Ghauri, who has also been slapped with a fouryear ban by Pakistan Cricket Board.
One-Day Internationals and four Twenty20 matches. Pakistani domestic umpire Anis Siddiqui was also banned for three years. A PCB committee felt he initially resisted the offers during the same sting operation “but finally conceded to them on their persistence.” “Neither the ICC not the PCB have been serious enough. There have been no proper probes,” Sarfraz said, adding the anti-corruption officers are reactive and barely proactive. He even wanted the IPL committee, headed by Rajiv Shukla to resign on moral grounds.
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We need to acknowledge that there’s a lot that the UCI needs to do to repair the damage caused to our sport after the Armstrong affair. – Pat McQuaid
SPORTS Friday, 24 May, 2013
PHF NAMeS 26 PROBABLeS FOR CAMP LAHoRe: The Pakistan Hockey Federation on Thursday announced the names of the 26 players for attending a training camp from May 29 at Abbottabad to prepare for participation in the Hockey World League from being played from June 29 at Johar Bahru, Malaysia. Following will attend the camp, Imran Shah, Imran Butt, Muhammad Imran, Mohammad Rizwan Senior, Fareed Ahmed, Rashid Mehmood, Muhammad Waqas, Shafqat Rasool, Abdul Haseem Khan, Muhammad Ateeq, Waseem Ahmed, MuhammadKashif Ali, Shakeel Abbasi, Muhammad Irfan, Mohammad Salman Hussain, Talal Khalid, Syed Sibtain Raza, Aamir Shehzad, Muhammad Imran Junior, Muzammil Ishaq Bhatti, Kashif Ali, Arslan Qadir, Muhammad Zubair, Zohaib Ashraf, Yasir Shabbir and Ayub Ali. The players will report to Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary, Manager, Camp Commandant. Following are the other officials of the team management, Abdul Hanif Khan, Ajmal Khan Lodhi, coaches, Arshad Hussain, Goalkeepers Coach, Adnan Zakir, Nutrionist, Faizur-Rahman, Physiotherapist, Nadeem Khan Lodhi, Video-Analyst and Tahir Zaman, Consultant PHF. STAFF REPORT VeteRAn CRiCKet finAL toMoRRow At: The main final of the 15th National Seniors Cup will be played between the Winner of Southern Region, Karachi Moin Khan Seniors and the Winner of Northern Region, Amar Cables on May 25 at DHA Sports Club Karachi under lights. The 30 overs a side final has been billed as a thrilling encounter as both the sides are beaming with experienced players. Amar cables here on Thursday announced their team for the final ,fllowing are the members of the team, Amir Ilyas Butt (Captain), Ameer Akbar (Vice Captain), Dastgeer Butt, Zahir Umar, Tariq Rasheed, Rauf Wain, Ahmad Sahab, Aziz ur Rehman, Muhammad Arif, Shahid Mansoor, Muneer Shah, Tariq Hussain Raju, Zahid Khan, Hafiz Ghafoor, Aftab Ahmad, Waleed Yaqoob (Manager), Hafiz Rauf (Physio), Qasim Shafiq (Scorer). Manzoor Ali Arif will be Media Coordinator. Karachi Moin Khan Seniors will be led by Asim Jah. The prize distribution ceremony will be held at the Conclusion of the Match at 11:00 p.m. STAFF REPORT uSHnA SHineS in bARCeLonA: Pakistan star ladies tennis player and national champion Ushna Suhail is currently playing in the Women international professional circuit in Barcelona, Spain alongside coaching and training there. Ushna Suhail in her appearance in the event in Barcelona beat British International player Helen Harvey after a three hours encounter 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 at the Mounty Tour Spanish Tournament. Ushna did not allow her opponent to settle down with aggressive net game taking first set 6-3. Second set saw the British player raise the level and with one break of serve won the second set 6-4. In decider set, Ushna with 3-0 lead could not keep the pace and after 4-1, her opponent levelled 4-4. Remaining games saw long rallies and both players showing their best skills. Keeping her serve at 6-5, Ushna broke serve to clinch the second round 7-5. Ms Helen has won two Spanish Tournaments at Barcelona this year. Ushna now plays Spanish player Ester Valles on Friday in the third round. STAFF REPORT
dfRAL SuSPendS SVP, VP : Senior Vice President Akhanzada Essa Khan and Mr. Tariq Masood Vice President of Lahore District Football Referee Association have been placed under suspension with immediately effect for violation against the rules said Sufi Anees Javaid president Lahore District Football Referee Association. STAFF REPORT
New Asian Tennis League Is Lining Up Big-Name Stars
T remains far, far from clear whether Novak Djokovic is correct to call Mahesh Bhupathi’s would-be Asian tennis league “revolutionary.” Men Tennis is a particularly tough nut to crack when it comes to bold new initiatives. There are too many factions, too many agendas; too many governing bodies and management companies prepared to quash outside-the-box thinking. But Bhupathi, the 38-year-old Indian doubles star with a strong head for business, is nonetheless pushing ahead with his project. He believes Asia is underserved by high-level tennis and that many players, despite their long, grueling seasons, are genuinely prepared to surrender some well-earned rest in the quest for more earnings. And on Friday in Paris, he and his partners plan to introduce to the public the International Premier Tennis League, or I.P.T.L., with the intention of starting play in late 2014. It is to be a team tennis league with franchises in six, as-yet-unspecified Asian cities. It is modeled in part on something relatively new (the Indian Premier League in cricket, which began in 2008) and on something relatively old (World Team Tennis, the U.S. league founded in 1973). For now, Bhupathi’s brainchild appears to have a surprising level of preliminary support from the people who matter most in tennis: the major stars. Bhupathi said that those who have committed to the project include Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. Roger Federer, for the moment at least, is not involved.
“I think it’s an incredibly ambitious project,” said Tony Godsick, Federer’s agent. “But if he’s got the people behind him who want to do it and he’s got a lot of top players who want to do it, then anything is possible. At the end of the day, you need the stars, and if he has a bunch of them willing to take part in the inaugural season, he has a chance.” Bhupathi said that Murray and Djokovic might invest in the league, and that investors include former players like Justin Gimelstob, a member of the A.T.P. board, and Boris Becker. Though skepticism is perfectly understandable, Bhupathi clearly has the contacts and the drive to follow through, and he also has a video in which most of the stars in question openly declare their enthusiasm (Djokovic’s “revolutionary” line features prominently). Bhupathi, who will retire from the tour later this year, recently became part
of Murray’s management team, and in Bhupathi’s years on the circuit he has developed relationships that have allowed him the sort of face-to-face access to the leading players that an outside entrepreneur could only dream about. “Tennis is a small world, and if an agency wanted to pull this off, all their competitors would make sure there are enough tacks under the wheel to make it not happen,” Bhupathi said in an interview last month in Singapore. “But I had access to the players and the agents and luckily maybe for me, there was a transition at that time of the top couple of guys moving individually off on their own. So I spoke to them and everybody was intrigued about the idea. When I threw the concept around saying that this could potentially create a given amount of wealth in the league, everyone kind of said ‘I’m in if they’re in.’
IRON WOMAN ZHeNg STUNS WOZNIACKI IN BRUSSeLS bRuSSeLS: China’s Zheng Jie knocked top seed Caroline Wozniacki out of the Brussels Open on Wednesday, just hours after prevailing in a three-set opener held over because of Tuesday’s heavy rain. Zheng, the world number 51, eased past the Dane 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals. After Tuesday’s washout, 10 first round matches were yet to finish, with all eight second round matches also on the schedule. But Zheng thrived in the tough conditions, defeating American qualifier Mallory Burdette, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in her first round. Four hours later, she was back on court to beat former world number one Wozniacki. “She’s a very tough player and fought until the last point,” said Zheng, who hit 34 winners to the Dane’s 17. Third seed Dominika Cibulkova was also knocked out, falling to Kaia Kanepi, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) in the first round. The Estonian later beat Jana Cepelova in her second round match, 6-3, 6-3. German sixth seed Julia Goerges was also a loser, having to retire with a wrist injury after dropping the first set of her second round match against Romina Oprandi. China’s eighth seed Peng Shuai battled over three hours to edge Olga Govortsova, 46, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4). Earlier in the day, Peng beat Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 6-0 in the opening round. Hopes of a third Chinese player in the quarter-finals were ended when American fourth seed Sloane Stephens beat Zhang Shuai, 6-4, 6-0. AGENCIES
“Andy didn’t want to be the only superstar playing, Novak said, ‘Are the other guys playing?’ Serena said, ‘Really? Novak and Andy are playing?’ And that’s how it went.” If it actually happens, tennis’s governing bodies will clearly label the league as a series of exhibitions. But Bhupathi said he did not consider this exhibition tennis. “This is a real league,” he said. It does sound suspiciously like a real league. This would not be just a few hits and giggles and the paychecks please. The league would have a 30-match schedule in its first year with home-and-away matches between each of the six franchises. A draft is planned for January of next year, and Bhupathi said each team would have a roster of six to 10 players, and their combined salaries would cost each team “between 4 and 10 million dollars.” The thrills would be condensed. The format would be five matches a night, all just one abbreviated set: first to five games with a tiebreaker at 4-all. There would be men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles and legends singles with, according to Bhupathi, the retired American stars Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi already committed to taking part. As usual, the superstars will receive special care and handling. Djokovic, Nadal, Murray and Williams would belong to a different category of players in the draft. “These guys will have the option to play only home matches and they will get paid per night,” said Bhupathi, who also said that reports of $5 million paydays for the likes of Murray were exaggerated. “That’s too far away from the truth that it’s scary,” Bhupathi said. The hope, until quite recently, was to play this year from No. 29 to Dec. 21, but Bhupathi said that difficulties in securing arena dates in the Asian cities they were targeting have pushed the projected start to November 2014.
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Things are definitely different. We’ve spoken a couple of times, and we plan to get together at some stage, just have a chat basically. – Lewis Hamilton
Friday, 24 May, 2013
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STAR SPORTS MARTIAL ARTS: Fight League
LOCAL NEWS National gymnastics at gCU from today
VIRGINIA WATER AGENCIES
ORLD number two Rory McIlroy suffered a late first-round meltdown in almost wintry conditions at Wentworth as he ballooned to a two-over-par 74 in the PGA Championship on Thursday. With some players wearing beanies and thick mittens for protection against chilly eight degree temperatures and winds gusting up to 20mph, it was Finn Mikko Ilonen who looked most at home as he grabbed the early clubhouse lead on five-under 67. Italy’s Matteo Manassero was in second place on 69 with former world number one Martin Kaymer of
Germany among a group of players on 70. McIlroy, still waiting for his first victory of 2013 after winning the orders of merit on both sides of the Atlantic last year, limped home in 41 strokes at the European Tour’s flagship event after bogeying five of the last six holes. The twice major winner capped a disappointing round with bogey sixes at the 17th and 18th.Playing partner and close friend Graeme McDowell, who landed the World Match Play title in Bulgaria last week, also carded a 74 and fared even worse than McIlroy at the last hole as he ran up a double-bogey seven. Ilonen, though, sprinted through the pack at the end of his round by picking up birdies at the 14th, 15th and 18th. “I stayed patient all the way today,”
the double European Tour winner told reporters. “It was pretty nippy this morning and we had some hail as well. “All day I was thinking, ‘Can I get these waterproof trousers off’?...but I couldn’t.” Ilonen, who lifted the Indonesian Open and Scandinavian Masters titles in 2007, has a good chance of staying in front all day because the forecast is for the weather to get even worse later in the round. “I said to my caddie when we started that this was a good draw because you can get a 3.30 tee time and it won’t be the best time to play,” said the 33-year-old. “I said to a friend of mine yesterday, ‘I think it’s going to snow tomorrow’ and she started laughing. This is the British summer and we have proof of that.”
Froch facing investigation over ‘kill’ comments SPORTS DESK LAHORE: Chief guest Chairman Saga Sports Saiful Azam gives away the player of the match award to Iram Javeed.
KINNARD CLUB BeAT HOMe eCONOMICS WOMeN T20 LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Kinnard Club beat Home Economics Club by 181 runs in the First All Pakistan Amar Cables T-20 Women Cricket Championship. On the second day of the championship being played at the Punjab Women Cricket Academy Model Town, Kinnard Club batting first 215/5 after 20 overs. Sidra Ameen Batted well 71, Iram Javeed 63, Bisma Maroof 28 & Javairia Khan 12 runs. Home Economics Club bowling Absar Fatima 1/39, Kanwal Aslam 1/68 & Iram Shehzadi 1/15 wickets. In reply Home Economics Club 34 runs all out after 9.1 overs. Faiza Aslam 8 runs. Kinnard Club bowling Iram Javeed bowling well 3/3, Alizbat Barkat 2/2, Kainta Jaleel 2/19 & Anum 1/6 wickets. Ejaz Ahmad, Afia Ameen Umpire & Abdul Hameed was the scorer. End of the match Chief Guest Chairman Saga Sports Saif ul Azam give away player of the match award to Iram Javeed.
40 clubs scrutiny of east Zone completed LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The scrutiny of 40 clubs of East Zone Cricket Association has been completed and the remaining 16 clubs scrutiny will be held on May 24 (Friday). The scrutiny of North Zone Club will start from May 26 to 28.
IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is facing investigation from the British Boxing Board of Control over “inappropriate” comments made to upcoming opponent Mikkel Kessler. In the build-up to the heavily anticipated unification rematch at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday, Froch said that he would “kill” WBA titlist Kessler if he had to. However, British Boxing secretary Robert Smith has criticised the Nottingham fighter for his choice of words and stated that the BBBoC will look into the matter after the bout. “It’s unfortunate and inappropriate that he’s said this,” Smith told Telegraph
Sport. “You might bear in mind the stage, the biggest fight of his life and he’s hellbent on revenge but he knows these things are wrong to say for a boxer. “He’s a father for goodness sake, but all this will be borne in mind when we look at the situation. We’re very disappointed that Carl should say that. He has always been a model professional and he understands the dangers of the sport as we all do. “Nothing will be said to him before the fight but we will be speaking to him about this after the contest.” On Thursday, Froch took to his Twitter account to apologise for his comments, saying that “emotions were running high”.
LAHoRe: The 47th National Gymnastics Championship 2013 is scheduled to be held today here at 10.00 a.m at the Government College Lahore Hall. Both men and women events have been scheduled in which all major teams including Army, WAPDA, Pakistan Railway, Pakistan Police from Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtoon Khawah will participate. According to the programme the women championship will be held on May 24and Mrs. Rubina Farooq will perform the opening at 10.30 am The closing ceremony will be held at 12.30 pm and Mrs. Haji Ahmad, Vice President, Punjab Gymnastic Association will be the chief guest. On May 25, the men event will open at 10.30 A.M and the opening will be done by Dr Muhammad Khaliq-ur-Rehman, V.C. Govt. College University, Lahore. Competitions will be held in 6 events including Floor Exercises, Parallel Bars, Vaulting Horse, Roman Rings, Horizontal Bars and Parallel Bars and on the final day on May 26, chief guest Mian Ghulam Murtaza Shoukat, Chief Executive Fast Cables will give away the prizes to the winners in a closing ceremony. STAFF REPORT
bAbAR SteeRS YuSLiM to win oVeR ModeL town CLub: Yuslim Club has outplayed Model Town Club by 16 runs in the 16th Tauseef Trophy cricket championship when they beat strong Model Town club by 16 runs played at Model Town ground on Thursday. Fine dashing century by Babar Azam was the main feature of the match. Now YUslim club will meet with Wahdat Eaglets club for league stage. Servis Club, Mughalpura Whites and Aligarh club have already marched into the league stage. Scores: Y-Uslim club 205/4 in 20 overs. Babar Azam 102(no) including (4x6) & (14x4), Azeem 48(no), M Mohsin 28. Zia ul HAq 1/25, M Asif 1/50, Aitazaz 1/42, Rashid Riaz 1/13. Model Town Club 189 in 19.1 overs. Zain Abbas 10, Gulraiz Sadaf 74(no), Haroon Rasheed 39, 30, Zia ul haq 11. M Faisal 4/20, Adrees 2/28, Babar Azam 1/25, Usman Qadir 1/46, 3 batsmen runout. STAFF REPORT
CNS Amateur Golf Cup kick starts ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Chief of the Naval Staff Amateur Golf Cup will be held from May 24 to 26 at Margalla Greens Golf Club Islamabad. The best amateur golfers around the country including senior, junior and ladies category are expected to participate. Opening ceremony of the event was held at Margalla Greens Golf Club Islamabad on Thursday. Rear Admiral Athar Mukhtar, Patron PN Golf & Vice President Margalla Greens Golf Club was the chief guest on the occasion. The CNS Amateur Golf Cup was introduced in 2007 as part of continued efforts of Pakistan Navy to promote sports in the country and this is for the second time that a major PGF tournament is being arranged in MGGC. The course has been developed at the most pictorial and scenic location of the Margalla Hills to provide healthy activities for the people of the twin cities. The Pakistan Navy has started the project for rain water harvesting for up
keeping of the course. The last CNS Amateur Golf Cup had been a great success as the entries were more than 200 golfers, which reflects the popularity of the tournament. Main match would be played amongst amateurs over 54 holes during the three days 18 holes each day. Amateurs with handicap 12 and below will participate in the match. It has been decided to give the participation rights to all those having the handicap up to 12 strokes. Ladies’ match would be played over 18 holes on May 25. Lady golfers with handicap 30 and below are eligible to participate in the match. Senior’ match would be played over 36 holes on May 24 and 25. Seniors over 55 years and with handicap 18 and below are eligible to take part in the match. Junior’s match would be played over 18 holes on May 24. Juniors under the age of 16 with handicap 24 and below are eligible. Attractive prizes would be offered to the participants of all the categories, however, the main trophy will be given to
best amateur in net category. The CNS Amateur Golf Cup was sponsored by Zong & Pak Suzuki,
whereas, M/S Hajvairy Technologies Bahria Foundation & Allied Bank were amongst the co-sponsors.
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Article 6 to be explained in Musharraf treason case: SC ISLAMABAD INP
HILE resuming hearing of the Musharraf treason case on Thursday, the Supreme Court remarked that explanation of Article 6 of the constitution would be made in the Musharraf treason case, because the man who violated Article 6 of the constitution would get capital punishment or death sentence. A three-member bench of the Supreme
Court headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja resumed hearing in the case. During proceeding, Justice Khilji observed that Musharraf should be tried in a special court regarding treason case. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said the former military ruler had issued PCO as army chief. “According to rules and regulations, the army chief is a subordinate officer and bound to report the Defence secretary regarding his actions. The question is how can an army chief spontaneously have such absolute authority,” said Justice Khilji.
“No documentary evidence has been presented with which he conducted consultation process on issuance of PCO. We have repeatedly summoned interior secretary and other functionaries and asked about it from them. The successive PPPled government has not initiated even an iota of proceedings against Pervez Musharraf,” Justice Jawwad said. He added that it was a tremendous tragedy but the former government took no notice of the situation. Justice Ijaz Afzal remarked that
Musharraf could not be penalised until and unless he was put on trial. Justice Khilji remarked that “if the facts of this case are looked into, even then a trial will be needed”. “Treason case against Musharraf will run in a special court. The said special court will decide if the charge has to be framed or otherwise. We can not issue any directives to special court”. Counsel for the petitioner, Maulvi Iqbal Haider, requested the bench to order initiation of proceedings against Musharraf
under Article 6 of the constitution. Justice Khilji asked the counsel to satisfy the court over a point whether the Supreme Court could order the trial court to initiate the proceedings under Article 6. Meanwhile, Ahmed Raza Kasuri, Musharraf’s counsel, said he met Musharraf on Wednesday night, adding that he had no plan to leave the country. The bench ordered to include his statement in the case record. The court later adjourned the hearing until June 3.
Karzai backs oﬀ as india shows hesitation over weapons wish list NEW DELHI ONlINE
ISLAMABAD: An elderly man pours water on his head to beat the heat as temperatures soared across the country on Thursday. ONlINE
drone attacks have fallen sharply in pakistan: report NEW YORK AGENCIES
Ahead of President Obama’s longawaited address on drones at Washington’s National Defence University on Thursday, the New York Times said that drone strikes in Pakistan have fallen sharply since their peak in 2010, perhaps in response to increasing scrutiny of the programme by Congress and the American public. President Obama embraced drone strikes in his first term and the targeted killing of suspected terrorists has come to define his presidency. However, writing about the declining drone strikes, Bruce Riedel, a former CIA analyst and Brookings Institution scholar, said in Foreign Policy magazine there were many reasons for the declining number of strikes in Pakistan. “But a growing awareness of the cost of drone strikes in US-Pakistan relations is probably at the top of the list,” Riedel said. “They are deadly to any hope of reversing the downward slide in ties with the fastest growing nuclear weapons state in the world.” But the Times pointed out lost in the contentious debate over the legality, morality and effectiveness of a novel weapon is the fact that the number of strikes has actually been in decline. An administration official told NYT that Obama would also “review our detention policy and efforts to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay; and he will frame the future of our efforts against Al Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents.” Some
supporters of Obama have urged him to use the occasion to announce that part of a 6,000-page Senate study of the CIA’s former interrogation programme will be declassified and made public. Obama, who insisted early in his presidency on a personal role in many strike decisions, may also shed light on the declining use of drone strikes. Current and former officials say the reasons include a shrinking list of important Al Qaeda targets, a result of the success of past strikes and transient factors ranging from bad weather to diplomatic strains. But more broadly, the decline may reflect a changing calculation of the long-term costs and benefits of targeted killings. Obama administration officials have sometimes contrasted the drone programme’s relative precision, economy and safety for Americans with the huge costs in lives and money of the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over time, however, the costs of the drone strikes themselves have become more evident. Reports of innocent civilians killed by drones — whether real or, as American officials often assert, exaggerated — have shaken the claims of precise targeting. The strikes have become a staple of Al Qaeda propaganda, cited to support the notion that the United States is at war with Islam. They have been described by convicted terrorists as a motivation for their crimes, including the failed attack on a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009 and the attempted car bombing of Times Square in 2010.
Heat spell to persist for the next three days ISLAMABAD ONlINE
Severe temperatures will continue to prevail in most parts of the country for the next three days, Metrological Department said on Thursday. According to the Met office, Lahore faced its hottest day so far and mercury levels reached 47C (116 degrees Fahrenheit). Faisalabad baked with 46C, Okara, Sahiwal, Mandi Bahauddin and other cities of central Punjab also saw a hot day with 46C. Temperatures in Multan were recorded at 45C while Islamabad has been burning with 43C. The Met office said that south and central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan will remain in the grip of heat till Friday. In Kashmir, dry weather is expected in most parts of the region. However, in Gilgit-Baltistan, there are chances of dustthunderstorms coupled with light rain in isolated places during the next 24 hours.
SSP leader Malik Ishaq released from Chungh jail LAHORE INP
Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) leader Malik Ishaq, who was under custody of the law enforcing agencies for peaceful conduct of the May 11 elections, was released from Lahore’s Chungh Jail on Thursday. According to Interior Ministry sources, the SSP leader was taken into custody three months prior to the general elections. His detention had been extended continuously and he was eventually released on Thursday.
The government of India is not too enthusiastic about responding to the wish list of weapons handed over to its representatives by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The list, largely consisting of weapons and military equipment may have been much more than what the Indian government bargained for, since it had committed to provide training, equipment and capacity building for Afghan armed forces as part of the strategic partnership pact signed in 2011. Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said, “A decade ago the BJP government wanted to help us militarily but we refused due to Pakistan’s sensitivities. This time, we are keen, but India is hesitant.” In response, Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said there was a discussion on political and security issues, without going into specifics. However, he said that at the end of Karzai’s visit, the nation stood ready to help in all the areas that Afghanistan asked for. “India is ready to stand by Afghanistan as a close, friendly and historic neighbour through these transitions and will play a due and responsible role in this regard,” he added. Karzai took a more diplomatic approach. “We understand when India can help and when it cannot,” he said. Addressing a press conference before re-
turning to Kabul, Karzai said in relation to India’s economic capacity, it had been the largest donor in Afghanistan. While he did not specify what exactly he had asked for, officials said Afghanistan had asked for artillery and attack helicopters. India’s hesitation this time seems to stem from certain factors; Pakistan primarily, particularly if India wants cordial relations with Nawaz Sharif’s government and is not sure how this would play out in Islamabad.
pmL-Q likely to support pti in punjab assembly LAHORE NAdEEm SYEd
The PML-Q has decided to join the PTI to form a joint opposition in the Punjab Assembly, it has been learnt reliably. The PML-Q has seven MPAs in the newly-elected provincial assembly, a small number compared to its strength in 2008 polls. It has been learnt that the PTI leader and newly-elected MPA, Mahmoodur Rasheed, met both Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Pervaiz Elahi the other day and sought their support for the PTI. The Chaudhrys assured him of their party’s support in the provincial assembly. Rasheed will likely be the PTI’s candidate for opposition leader in Punjab Assembly. There is a perception among the PML-Q leadership that there interests are best served if they aligned with the PTI in Punjab. “This is the only way to stay in the limelight as a party with such small numbers,” a senior PML-Q leader said. Deliberations are also underway over the party’s strategy in the
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National Assembly. The Chaudhrys recently met President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House in Lahore, but they never tried to make their meeting with the president public. This shows how the Chaudhrys are double-minded about their future strategy vis-àvis Sharifs, their arch rivals in politics. However, most of the senior party leaders have advised the Chaudhrys to put their weight behind the PTI in future, both in Punjab and Centre. It will be interesting to see how the PTI-led opposition conducts itself in the Punjab Assembly dominated by the PMLN, which enjoys almost absolute majority in the House. Analysts say the choice of opposition leader would be crucial to predict the nature of opposition in the comings days. The maiden session of Punjab Assembly has been convened on May 29, when the newly-elected members will take oath. PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has formally nominated Shahbaz Sharif as leader of the House. Both the opposition and treasury would be required to pick their leaders before the first meeting of their parliamentary party.