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PM’s contempt verdict tomorrow SC asks Gilani to make personal appearance in court to hear the verdict g AG asks bench to show restraint, says no evidence found of pM committing contempt of court g
He Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict in the contempt of court proceedings against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani until Thursday (tomorrow) and directed him to personally appear before it tomorrow to hear the verdict. A seven-member special bench of Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed, after hearing prosecutor Attorney General Irfan Qadir and PM’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan, reserved its verdict. The court fixed April 26 to announce the verdict and also summoned the prime minister in person. In his arguments, Irfan Qadir contended before the court that no law addressing the contempt of court existed in the country. “No sentence can be announced under the existing contempt ordinance 2003 as it was not adopted by parliament,” Irfan Qadir contented. He said contempt of court ordinance was promulgated in July 2003 and expired in December 2003. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, however, reminded Irfan Qadir that under the same ordinance, the court had given several judgments. Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany asked the prosecutor as to whether those judgments, given under the contempt ordinance, were wrong. Irfan Qadir, however, stated that the court was
assisted wrongly in those judgments. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa also observed that even if there was no law available, Article 204 was there. He said the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 was given protection under Article 270. Qadir, however, asked the court to show restrain and save the institutions from collision. About the court’s 2010 verdict in the NRO implementation case, he said the court announced its 300-page ruling against 8,000 people without hearing them, whereas it put forward only few paras for implementation. Justice Nasirul Mulk then observed that if there were just a few paras, why had the government claimed implementing most of the verdict. The prosecutor then said the court was misguided. He said the government made false claims to this effect and the court’s verdict was not implemented. “I will point out the sectors where the verdict was not implemented,” he stated, adding that conflict among the institutions was against the national interest and avoiding such conflicts was his responsibility. He suggested the court to avoid hearing political cases. Qadir said such matters should be taken in their actual context and not emotionally. The AG said it was the prosecution’s duty to ensure that no one innocent was penalised. During the hearing, he contended that a section of the media was misreporting details of the case and was creating misunderstandings between the government and the judiciary. Continued on page 04
LahOrE: a security personnel inspects the scene of a bombing at the Lahore railway Station on Tuesday. STAff phoTo
Two killed in Lahore Railway Station blast
Banned Lashkar-eBalochistan claims responsibility
Around 17 CCTV cameras, scanners installed at station were out of order
LAHORE Shafiq Sharif
Two people were killed and 58 others injured when a bomb exploded at the Lahore Railway Station on Tuesday, police officials and rescue workers said. However, other reports claimed that the explosion resulted in injuries to 70 people, including men and women. The banned Lashkar-e-Balochistan claimed responsibility for the attack and its spokesman Long Khan Baloch said the attack was in retaliation to dead bodies being dumped across Balochistan, targeted killing of Baloch elders and torching of Baloch women in Dera Bugti, Online reported. The organization warned that if the trend of targeting Baloch citizens con-
tinued, their next target would be Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Those killed in the railway station blast were identified as Railways Police constable Idrees and a porter named Muhammad Boota. The explosion occurred at around 6:39pm when Boota and other porters were hauling the luggage of a passenger. As he approached the office of Business Train located at platform number 2, the explosives packed in a bag exploded, killing Boota instantly. Constable Idrees, who was standing close by, also sustained multiple injuries and was killed on the spot. Zafar, the owner of a canteen who received minor injuries, told Pakistan Today Continued on page 04
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39.1 million polio vaccine doses provided to provinces
india, Pakistan talks ‘very positive’ and ‘encouraging’: Ban Ki-moon
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SHC stays ECP’s verdict against Wahida Shah, cancels by-polls in PS 53 HYDERABAD: The Sindh High Court Hyderabad Bench on Tuesday set aside The election Commission of Pakistan’s decision of disqualifying PPP candidate Waheeda Shah, who won byelection from PS-53 Tando Muhammad Khan constituency. A two-member SHC bench of Justice Aqil Abbasin and Justice Nisar Sheikh heard a petition moved by Wahida, who had been disqualified by the eCP for two years for torturing a polling office. The eCP had also announced by-poll in PS-53 on May 26. During the hearing Wahida’s counsel Haider Imam Rizvi appeared before the court and gave arguments against the eCP decision. Upon this, the court issued notice to the eCP and other persons concerned to appear before the court on May 15 and also ordered the cancellation of by-polls in the constituency. inP
Shahbaz complains to PM about excessive load shedding LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday telephoned Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and expressed concern over excessive load shedding in Punjab. He also demanded the prime minister implement the recommendations of the energy Conference held in Lahore recently. Shahbaz expressed his concern that the people of Punjab had been facing acute difficulties due to prolonged and unscheduled power outages, adding that the entire industry had collapsed and the businessmen community was facing losses of millions of rupees. OnLinE
Shumaila Rana rejoins Punjab Assembly ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Shumaila Rana, who was allegedly involved in a credit card scandal, has rejoined the Punjab Provincial Assembly on a reserved seat. She had to resign from the provincial assembly seat in 2009, when one of her female friends accused her of stealing and using her credit card. On Tuesday, the election Commission of Pakistan declared Shumaila as a returned candidate on a seat reserved for provincial assembly of Punjab. A senior official of the eCP told Pakistan Today that Shumaila had resigned from her seat in 2009 after the credit card scandal. Later, a court had cleared her of the charges. Meanwhile, the eCP also declared PML-N candidates Shaheen Shafiq and Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli returned candidates on seats reserved for women in the National Assembly. These two seats were vacated by Mamoona Hashmi and Nuzhat Amir Sadiq. STaff rEPOrT
Ready to face trial in drug scam: Musa Gilani ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Musa said on Tuesday he was ready to face trial in a case of alleged irregularities in the import of a large amount of the controlled drug ephedrine. Ali Musa cut short his honeymoon in South Africa and returned to Pakistan on Saturday after being named as an accused in the case by the Anti-Narcotics Force. “I am waiting for the ANF call to appear before investigators to record my statement,” he told a TV channel. “During my stay abroad, I heard baseless news that I had escaped and would not return to the country. However, I tried my best to return home so that I can appear before the Supreme Court and ANF to plead my case,” he said. Ali Musa said he was innocent and had nothing to do with the scam that occurred in 2010. “There is a single line in a report presented by the former director general of health in which my name is mentioned. OnLinE
Terrorists killed in encounter identified as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi spokesman, activist QUETTA ShahZada ZULfiqar
One of the two terrorists killed in a police encounter in the Western Bypass area of Quetta on Monday, was identified as Hafiz Wazir alias Ali Sher Haidri. Wazir was the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi spokesman, which had claimed the responsibility for killing hundreds of Shia Muslims in Quetta. The Lashkar-e- Jhangvi also admitted that its spokesman had been killed. According to the police, Wazir was the son of Dost Muhammad and was a resident of Machh in the Bolan District some 60 Km away from Quetta. The police also seized cell phones which had the numbers of media organisations and journalists whom Wazir used to call to claim the responsibility for killing the Shias. The other terrorist was identified as Hafiz Naseer Raisani, son of Nasrullah. A resident of Dalbandin, Hafiz Naseer was on the CID police’s most wanted list. Hafiz Naseer was identified by his uncle, while two brothers, who are constables in the police, identified the dead body of Wazir. DIG Operations Qazi Abdul Wahid confirmed the identity of both the terrorists, saying a reward had been offered for information about Hafiz Naseer. The police was carrying out DNA tests on both the bodies to establish their identities and samples had already been dispatched to Islamabad for this purpose. AntiTerrorism Force commandoes had killed the two terrorists in an encounter on Monday, after they opened fire on police personnel. A police commando was also injured in the crossfire. The police found six pistols that included two 9 mm pistols normally used by the terrorists in target killing, Russian-made hand grenades, six fake vehicle registration number plates and ammunition.
Serial killer nabbed in Karachi KARACHI aaMir MaJEEd
Police have arrested a serial killer, who killed a number of women after subjecting them to rape, from Soldier Bazaar on Tuesday. Per reports, the police raided a house located in Soldier Bazaar and arrested Rafique Soomro, who is said to be involved in the murders of several women. Talking to Pakistan Today, the Investigation Officer (IO) of a murdered woman Nasreen, whose body parts were found in plastic bags from Soldier Bazaar, Jamshaid Quarters, Guru Mandir and MA Jinnah Road in March, said the police traced a cell-phone number to reach the serial killer. “We started investigation when we found pieces of a woman from different parts of Mazar-e-Quaid in March, he said, adding that the police sent the body pieces for postmortem. He said the autopsy report of the
body pieces confirmed that the parts were of the same woman. “In the meanwhile, we found some body pieces of another woman in plastic bags from the same areas in April, he said, adding that the identity of the second victim woman could not be ascertained as yet. “During investigation, it was revealed that the serial killer used Nasreen’s cell-phone 16 days after her murder,” he said, adding that
the police traced the calls to Rafique Soomro. During investigation, Rafique confessed that he had killed several women. Rafique told police that he and his friend Iqbal picked up women from different areas of the city and killed them after subjecting them to rape. Rafique said that they used to cut the bodies into pieces and disposed off the parts in different areas to avoid arrest. According to the IO, Rafique and Iqbal were rickshaw drivers and claimed during interrogation that they were killing the women to stop the spread of vulgarity in society. They also told police that they used to kill their victims on the 9th of every month. Apparently, the killers were following the plot of an Indian film released last year. Jamshaid Quarters DSP Qaiser said that the serial killer has confessed to killing only two women in March and April. He said that the murderer belongs to Sukkur and was also suspected of killing some women there.
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ARTS & EnTERTAinMEnT
Sarkozy, hollande step up battle to woo french far right ahsan Khan makes Bollywood debut
News 03 CoMMEnT
Yousuf out to revive career
Karachi’s turf war No end in sight
Necessary versus necessary
dr hasan askari rizvi says: Conflicts and more conflicts: Fissures that go deep
ali aftab Saeed says: No dearth of mirth: It would be sad if it wasn’t funny
Kuldip nayar says: Crime and no punishment: With great power comes great impunity
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KARACHI: Renowned philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi on Tuesday began a fund-raising campaign to gather money to pay ransom to Somali pirates for the release of Pakistani hostages. onLine
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PM announces holding of local bodies elections in Islamabad
P SC adjourns Awan’s indictment until Thursday ISLAMABAD inP
The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred the indictment of former law minister Babar Awan till Thursday, April 26 in a contempt of court case. A two-member bench of the apex court, comprising of Justice ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Athar Saeed, resumed the hearing to frame contempt charges against Babar Awan for his media jibe against the judiciary. On April 10, Awan had tendered an apology to the court, especially to Justice Asif Saeed Khosa against whom he had launched a tirade by openly attacking him for being the brother of Tariq Saeed Khosa. Tuesday’s proceeding was adjourned due to the absence of Awan’s attorney Ali Zafar from the court. Awan was present in the court but avoided giving statements in the absence of his attorney. He requested the Supreme Court to adjourn the hearing.
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RIMe Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said the government had decided to hold local bodies polls in the federal capital. Addressing the participants of 96th National Management Course at Prime Minister House here, the prime minister said, “I have decided to hold local body elections in Islamabad.” A mayor will head the local government in the Federal Capital like those in cities like Istanbul and Dhaka, he added. He said the establishment of local governments improved governance. But it is unfortunate that the provincial governments still have to hold local body elections, he added. The Prime Minister said in democracy, the mandate of people should be accepted, and they had given a split mandate which led to formation of a coalition government and “we have to live with it”. He said his government continued
with the policy of reconciliation which should be taken as a strength and not as a weakness. He said the present parliament passed more than 100 laws and amendments which was a far better record then than of a past government with even twothird majority. “The policy of reconciliation and taking decisions with collective wisdom is working. We will have to work in coalitions. If we accept this, we will be able to move forward,” he noted. The PM said the democratic government was committed to the vision of Pakistan being a progressive, federal, democratic, pluralistic, moderate and peaceful country. The 1973 Constitution was a great achievement of the Pakistan People’s Party under the charismatic leadership of Quaid-i-Awam Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, he added. He said the fundamental spirit of this constitution was that all national policies have to be people-centric.the provisions of Chapters 1 & 2 of Part-II pertain to the Fundamental Rights and Principles of Policy, which explain the vision of Pak-
istan, he added. “There is no denying the fact that the Constitution of 1973 has been instrumental in keeping the federation intact after the debacle of Dhaka in 1971.” IMpORt Of gAS, ELEctRIcItY fROM IRAn tOp pRIORItY: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said that his top priority was expeditious implementation of Pak-Iran gas pipeline and import of electricity agreements. Talking to Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Alireza Haghinghian who paid a courtesy call on the prime minister, Gilani said he would direct Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan to follow the implementation of agreements concluded between Pakistan and Iran. The prime minister said that he had extremely useful meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to Islamabad to take part in trilateral meeting. He said Iran and Pakistan were having excellent multi-dimensional cooperation in the fields of trade, infrastructure, energy and culture.
president unveils two-pronged strategy to curb Lyari violence KARACHI STaff rEPOrT
President Asif Zardari unveiled a twopronged strategy on Tuesday, to maintain lasting peace in Lyari, a political stronghold of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party which has gained notoriety as one of the city’s most volatile neighbourhoods. The president was chairing a high-level meeting of law enforcement agencies (LeAs) and elected representatives and office bearers of the PPP from Lyari at Bilawal House. President’s Spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar said the president said peace will be restored in Lyari through the use of force as well as political means. While the criminal elements will be dealt with an iron fist, the development-related problems of the masses will also be ad-
dressed, the spokesman said. Calling upon the PPP workers not to take the law into their own hands, the president was quoted to have said the situation in Lyari will be resolved without favouring anyone. The president directed the law enforcers to take to task the miscreants, irrespective of their political affiliation. A day earlier on Monday, President Zardari chaired a meeting of the coalition parties in Sindh at the Bilawal House and observed that lawlessness and targeted killings in the city could come to an end if the three political parties, PPP, MQM and ANP, joined hands. He also gave directions for the formation of a body comprising of representatives from the three political parties to have constant liaison with the Sindh Home Minister and Chief Minister. The president also asked the Chief Min-
ister Sindh that the Rangers and FC be directed to assist the police in the maintenance of law and order in Lyari. The meeting reviewed progress on various developmental projects in Lyari, including the Lyari Development Package, the
Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Lyari, Lyari Medical College, development of Kakri Ground and the construction of Lea Market Flyover. Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, Nabeel Gabol, Kousar Aamir, Khalil Hoth, Siyal
and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah attended the meeting. Meanwhile, the presidential spokesman said President Zardari also signed the Intellectual Property Rights (IP) Ordinance 2012 on Tuesday on the advice of Prime Minister Yusaf Raza Gilani. The ordinance, the spokesman said, was signed as it had expired last month. The Intellectual Property Rights Bill is still pending in the parliament for its consent, he said. The world observes April 26th every year as the International Intellectual Property Day to highlight how the IP system was contributing to the development of business and technological innovation across the globe. The Intellectual property rights involve rights to protect trademarks, patents, copyrights, industrial designs, plant breeder rights, traditional knowledge and folklore.
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SC should not insist on writing letter, should acquit PM: Aitzaz ISLAMABAD STaff rEPOrT
KaBUL: afghan President hamid Karzai receives a gift from australian Governor General quentin Bryce during a meeting at the presidential palace on Tuesday. Afp
pM’s contempt Continued fRom page 1 Referring to Section 8 (2), he said the court could release orders to stop such reporting. He said some reports had mentioned Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as saying that “robbers had been made ministers”. Qadir said such a statement could not be attributed to the chief justice, adding that such media reports were creating pressure in the case and were trying to influence the court’s proceedings. Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany asked the AG if he thought the court was being influenced. Qadir then said even if the court was not getting influenced, he found the statements offensive. He again prayed the court to take action against such misleading reports. He said ever since he was made prosecutor in the case, he was presenting his arguments independently, without getting influenced from anyone. He said there was no
evidence which could prove that the PM committed contempt of court and the charge sheet against the PM was baseless. The AG said the PM would not write a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. He said, in case the letter was written, even then the closed cases would not be reopened. Qadir said the Supreme Court had not directly ordered Prime Minister Gilani to write a letter to the Swiss authorities, adding that the court had taken in its own hands all affairs of NAB. He added that the court should not ignore the fact that NAB had the authority to file an appeal against the NRO case. Justice Nasirul Mulk then noted that the review plea against the NRO verdict had already been decided, thus no further appeal could be filed. Qadir said when former attorney general Malik Muhammad Qayyum had written a letter for closing
Swiss cases, the NRO was in force at that time. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa noted that Malik Qayyum’s letter had led to the closure of Swiss cases. The prosecutor said there was no justification of NAB chairman’s letter without the prior permission of the law secretary. Concluding his arguments, he said under Article 248, the prime minister enjoyed immunity from court proceedings. He said the court should show judicial restraint and withdraw the case against the PM. In his rebutting arguments, PM’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan said the hearing of contempt case (criminal case) and NRO implementation case by the same bench created confusion. He said the court verdict, with regard to writing of letter to Swiss, should be implemented, but after Asif Ali Zardari left the office of president, adding that writing the letter would cause irreparable loss to the federation.
Hospital. Rescue 1122 director general said only five patients at Mayo Hospital were critical. Meanwhile, the Lahore Police and Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) collected circumstantial evidence, including pieces of explosives, ball bearings and samples of blood from the crime scene. CTD SSP Azmat Saeed Gondal said around 5kgs of explosives were used in the
Global famine if India and Pakistan unleash nukes: study CHICAGO
Aitzaz Ahsan, the lawyer for Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the contempt case, on Tuesday said the Supreme Court should not insist on writing a letter to Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Talking to reporters at the Supreme Court, he said the court should also absolve the prime minister from the contempt charge leveled against him. To queries, he said: “I will inform the PM about the court’s April 24 orders that he (PM) should ensure his presence before the court on April 26 and he, God willing, would come to the court,” Aitzaz said. He said he was hopeful that the judges would acquit his client, adding that the court should not insist on writing to Swiss authorities as that would undermine the federation. Aitzaz said the president symbolized the federation and was also the armed forces’ supreme commander. “This is why, while Asif Ali Zardari is the president, the court should not insist on writing the letter and absolve the prime minister from the contempt charge leveled against him,” Aitzaz said. He said Attorney General Irfan Qadir, who is also the prosecutor in the contempt case, had agreed that according to the current record, no contempt of court case could be made out against Gilani.
Two bhoja Air planes banned for general flights ISLAMABAD OnLinE
ORe than a billion people around the world would face starvation if India and Pakistan unleash nuclear weapons — even if that war is regionally limited, a study released Tuesday warned. That’s because the deadly and polluting weapons would cause major worldwide climate disruption that would dramatically drive down food production in China, the United States and other countries. “The grim prospect of nuclear famine requires a fundamental change in our thinking about nuclear weapons,”
said study author Dr. Ira Helfand of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. “The new evidence that even the relatively small nuclear arsenals of countries such as India and Pakistan could cause long lasting, global damage to the earth’s ecosystems and threaten hundreds of millions of already malnourished people demands that action be taken,” Helfand said in a statement. “The needless and preventable deaths of one billion people over a decade would be a disaster unprecedented in human history. It would not cause the extinction of the human race, but it would bring an end to modern civilization as we know it.” The study, set to be pub-
lished in the peer-reviewed journal Climate Change, was released at the World Summit of Nobel Laureates in Chicago. It found that corn production in the United States would decline by an average of 10 percent for an entire decade and soybean production would drop by about 10 percent, with the most severe decline occurring five years after the nuclear war. It also determined that rice production in China would drop by an average of 21 percent for the first four years and 10 percent for the next six years. The resulting increase in food prices and agricultural shortfalls would almost certainly lead to panic and hoarding on an international scale, further reducing access to food.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Tuesday banned Bhoja Air planes from general flights after finding some of the planes unfit to fly. The CAA had started inspection of passenger aircrafts operated by private airlines on Monday after the fatal crash in Islamabad. According to a private television channel, CAA Airworthiness Instructor cancelled the Airworthiness Certificate for two flights of Bhoja Airlines headed to Islamabad via Lahore from Karachi. “During inspection the planes were found unfit to fly or in objectionable conditions and couldn’t obtain mandatory certificate were banned for general flights both domestic and international.
blast. “The bomb was planted in a bag,” Azmat said, adding that porter Muhammad Boota was probably shifting the luggage to some place on directions of an unidentified passenger. He said they would record the statement of injured porters who were with Boota at the time in order to identify the passenger. “We are not sure if the terrorist wanted to carry
out the activity at the Railway Station or somewhere else, because the explosion took place when the explosive material got pressed,” a BDS expert said on condition of anonymity. He said they have not found evidence of any timed device or remote control from the crime scene. The Lahore Police said the incident was a security lapse. Capital City Police Officer Aslam Tareen said none
of around 17 CCTV cameras installed at the Railway Station were functional, adding that the scanners installed at the station were also out of order. However, Railways Police said they had put in place maximum security measures and had forwarded several letters to authorities in order to get security cameras and scanners installed at the station repaired, but their requests had fallen on deaf ears.
Railways Police Inspector General Syed Ibne Hussain said they had started investigation and would leave no stone unturned to secure the Lahore Railway Station and get to the culprits. A case was registered by Railways Police under Sections 302, 7ATA, ¾ explosive Act and 127. The investigation is being carried out under the supervision of Railways DIG Muneer Ahmed Chishti and SSP Dr Shehzad Aslam.
Terror eyes Continued fRom page 1 that the explosion took place 10 minutes after the arrival of Awami express from Karachi. “There were hues and cries and a state of chaos after the blast. No one could really tell what had happened. We just saw a flash of light and heard a huge explosion that rocked the railway station,” Zafar said. A railways staffer immediately informed police
officials and rescue workers after which a heavy contingent of Railways Police, Lahore Police, Bomb Disposal Squad, rescue workers, edhi Foundation and Civil Defence reached the crime scene. According to Rescue 1122, 56 injured patients, include 13 women and 43 men, were provided medical aid at Mayo Hospital, seven were given first aid at Ganga Ram Hospital while two were shifted to Services
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India, Pakistan talks ‘very positive’ and ‘encouraging’: Ban Ki-moon UNITED NATIONS
eRMING as “very positive” and “encouraging” recent efforts by India and Pakistan to normalise their relations, UN chief Ban Ki-moon hoped the two neighbours will continue the dialogue process and play a greater role for peace, security and harmony in the region. “India and Pakistan are very important countries not only in the region but in world politics. They both have a great role to play for peace, security and harmony in the region,” Ban told PTI here in an interview. The UN chief, who will leave for a three-day visit to India tomorrow, welcomed the “very positive movement” between the two countries to improve trade ties. Ban was also appreciative of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s private visit to India earlier this month and his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “I welcome the recent movement, very positive movement between the two countries, the exchange (between) the leadership and engaging in addressing
all pending issues through dialogue at the highest level. This is quite encouraging,” Ban said. “I hope such dialogue will continue to first of all improve the bilateral relations and contribute further to regional and international peace and security,” he added. The peace process between India and Pakistan was resumed last year after a gap of two years in the aftermath of the
terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008. Addressing the issue of terrorism, Ban said the whole world has been struggling to fight against international terrorism. India is “no exception” since the country has been targetted by terrorists, he added. Ban, however, welcomed the “very strong commitment” and “determined will” shown by the Indian government to fight terrorism and also support the United Nations’ global strategy against terrorism. The strategy provides a broad framework on how the international community can work together at the national, regional and international level to combat terrorism, Ban said, adding that addressing the problem of terrorism and protecting human lives should be given “first and foremost consideration” by nations. On India’s successful test-fire of its ‘Agni V’ missile last week, Ban said he has “taken note” of the reactions and concerns raised by countries in the region, including China over the missile launch. Ban pointed out that there are relevant UNSC resolutions on missiles and use of nuclear weapons. “I would encourage India to pursue bilateral and multilateral dialogues with nuclear weapon possessing states in a
non-discriminatory and a transparent manner. This threat posed by the nuclear issues should be discussed very closely with nuclear weapons states. These are very important issues,” he said. Responding to a question on the 2014 troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Ban said while some countries have “accelerated the pace” to pull back from the war-torn country, due attention and political policy consideration is required to ensure that transfer of the security responsibility to the Afghans is accompanied with Afghan national security forces being strengthened in their capacity to address their own security. “The security and development agenda should be promoted hand in hand,” he said. Ban also noted that as the foreign troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, it is important that there should be some reconciliation among the different ethnic groups in Afghanistan. “These groups should fully cooperate and reconcile. In this regard, the UN has been trying to support and facilitate the Afghan government’s dialogue with the Taliban for the reconciliation process,” he said.
Hundreds protest in Sweden against Shi’a Muslims’ killing in Pakistan STOCKHOLM inP
Hundreds of protesters, including Swedish human rights activists, held a protest demonstration in Malmo, Sweden, on Monday against the massacre of innocent Shi’a Muslims in Quetta. They were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans asking the Pakistani government to take action against the killers and to provide security to the Hazara community. Speakers condemned the continued killings of Shi’a Muslims, calling it genocide and demanded that the Pakistani government take action against the sectarian terrorists. They also demanded the international community and human rights organisations to pressurise the Pakistani government to launch an operation against the killers of Shi’a Muslims. Diasporas from the Hazara community are organising protest demonstrations worldwide from April 2030 in front of Pakistani embassies and the offices of human rights organisations to raise their voices against the genocide of Hazaras in Quetta.
Hafiz Saeed refuses to stay away from rallies
Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has rejected the government restrictions on attending the public rallies and taking part in other activities, and announced to address Difah-e-Pakistan council rallies. Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Hafiz Saeed said Pakistan’s government is under pressure from US administration due to which it was using different tactics to impose curbs on Difah-e-Pakistan Council. Meanwhile, Punjab government spokesman, Senator Pervez Rashid has showed ignorance of directives to Saeed.
iSLaMaBad: a man disinfects the Bhoja air Boeing crash site on Tuesday. inp
Miscreants blow up two gas pipelines in dera bugti QUETTA
Pakistan seeks action against Israel for defying Middle East peace bids
Unidentified miscreants blasted two 16inch diameter gas pipelines in different areas of Balochistan on Tuesday, suspending gas supply to purification plants. According to sources, unknown militants had planted explosives on gas pipelines in different areas of Pir Koh and Dera Bugti, which exploded early Tuesday morning. Rescue teams and Sui gas authorities reached the sites of the blasts and started efforts to repair the damaged pipelines. The blasts led to a suspension in the supply of gas to purification plants and domestic consumers in different areas of Balochistan and Sindh. However, the supply was restored within five hours, after the damaged portion of the gas pipelines was replaced.
Pakistan has called on the UN Security Council to hold Israel accountable for its continued defiance of international efforts to bring about a just settlement of the Middle east dispute. “Flying in the face of the international community’s will, Israel continues to implement policies in defiance of international law to undermine the basis of the two-state solution,” Ambassador Raza Bashir Tarar, the acting Pakistani Permanent representative to the UN, told the Security Council. “Its (Israel’s) efforts to redraw the map of Palestine by continuing the illegal settlement activity, the continued persecution of Palestinians and reluc-
tance to accept the 1967 borders as the basis for negotiations, is taking the region to a state akin to a powder keg,” he said in a debate on the Middle east situation. The Pakistani envoy supported Palestinians’ right to self-determination, as well as the creation of an independent fact-finding mission in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including east Jerusalem. He noted that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s February visit to the region was a “timely initiative” that would help refocus international attention on the festering dispute. Tarar strongly condemned the April 4th announcement of new tenders for over 1,100 Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem, whose mayor also
announced measures that would effectively divide that city. Those actions represented major roadblocks to peace, he said. For its part, the Security Council should help create the conditions for restarting the peace process, the Pakistani envoy said. Pakistan will continue to engage other Security Council members to encourage a council visit to the occupied territories. He pointed out that more than 4,700 Palestinians languished in Israeli prisons and that the international community should force the occupying power to amend its ways. Israel’s blockade of Gaza was diminishing the economic prospects of that area. Still Palestine had proved it
was ready to take its place among the community of nations, he said. Pakistan supported lasting peace for all Middle easterners, as laid out in the Madrid Terms of Reference and the Arab League Initiative. Progress on Syria, Israel and the Syria-Lebanon border area was also essential and he called on Israel to withdraw from the Syrian Golan. “The region is in turmoil, and the Arab Spring cannot and would not bloom fully without fulfillment of the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people,” the Pakistani envoy said. “Benign neglect, inaction, complicity with oppression or apathy will only discredit the advocates of peace and strengthen the narrative of extremists.”
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US commits to Afghan security in new pact: official KABUL afP
The United States has committed to ensuring Afghanistan’s security for at least 10 years after most of its troops pull out in 2014, the Afghan deputy foreign minister said Tuesday. “That is a very important aspect of this relationship,” Jawed Ludin said in response to a question about US military commitment in a draft strategic partnership pact agreed on Sunday. But the agreement should not be seen by neighbouring countries as a threat to their own security and would be “a force for good for the whole region”, Ludin told a group of foreign journalists. “We have made it very clear in this document that this can’t be used against a third country and this will not affect the security of Afghanistan’s neighbours,” he said. The full text of the document, which still has to be signed by US President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, has not been released and a US embassy spokesman said Tuesday details would not be discussed before it was final. Afghanistan holds a strategic position in the region, neighbouring Iran, Pakistan and China as well as three former Soviet states, and Ludin said it wanted to build relations throughout the region. “We would like to show to this neighbourhood that Afghanistan is a positive — and can be an even more positive — force for peace and stability in this region and they should see (the pact) as such,” he said. “That’s our vision, but the nation has had bad experiences — we need guarantees, we need to be able to be strong at the same time.” The problems and challenges in the region, including terrorism, would continue to be present and the pact with the US was the surest way of ensuring Afghanistan’s security, he said. NATO has some 130,000 US-led troops in Afghanistan helping Karzai’s government fight a decade-long insurgency by hardline Taliban Islamists who were toppled from power in a 2001 invasion after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. But they are due to pull out by the end of 2014, and the pact does not cover the crucial issue of the number or status of any US troops remaining in Afghanistan. That is due to be dealt with in a separate status of forces agreement expected to be signed within a year, Ludin said, adding that it was likely to be the subject of “complex” negotiations. In Iraq, Washington pulled out all its troops, leaving no residual force, after failing to get Baghdad to grant its soldiers immunity from prosecution in local courts.
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Punjab CM says air crash probe team more ‘commission’ and less judicial SIALKOT
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U N J A B Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday strongly criticised the federal government, accusing it of targeting Punjab by continuing unbearable forced load shedding of electricity. Addressing a meeting of the Sialkot business community held at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) after distributing laptops among students, Shahbaz said the federal government was still targeting Punjab despite clear cut directions of the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani passed in the energy conference held in Lahore. SCCI President Naeem Anwar Qureshi, MNA Khawaja Muhammad Asif and representatives of Sialkot’s all main trade bodies were present. The CM said considering the global importance of Sialkot, there was a dire need to establish a development authority for Sialkot, announcing the immediate establishment of the Sialkot Development Authority (SDA) for socio-economic and human development of the city. Shahbaz also announced to provide as many as 50 air-conditioned public transport buses for launching advanced public transport service in Sialkot, besides announcing the establishment of journalists’ colonies in all districts of Punjab.
He also promised to remove hurdles in the way of an early start of construction of Khawaja Muhammad Safdar Medical College in Sialkot. The CM also assured the Sialkot business community of allocating Rs 500 million in the upcoming fiscal budget of Punjab for the uplift of Sialkot. Shahbaz said Punjab had suffered from a great financial and economical loss of Rs 300 billion last year due to forced load shedding across the province.
He again urged the Center to ensure equitable load shedding of electricity across the country. The CM asked the federal government to speed up the pace of a transparent probe into the Bhoja Airline plane crash and bring the inquiry report before the nation. He said the judicial commission which was constituted to probe into the air crash was “less judicial and more commission”. He said “Ali Baba and his 40 thieves” had ruined national economy, besides weakening the country in every
aspect and making it isolated in the world. “They are plunderers, they are killers of the aspirations of the people,” he said. earlier, almost all PML-N MNAs, MPAs and local leaders and workers (uninvited guests) were barred from entering the SCCI auditorium. SCCI officials said the venue was already packed with specially invited people, that is why a large number of PML-N leaders and workers, who had come uninvited, were asked to leave the venue.
Afghan stability undermined by pakistan: US general WASHINGTON inP
Hard-won stability in Afghanistan’s Helmand province is undermined by the Pakistan Army’s failure to help stem the flow of arms coming into the area and drugs going out, a US general said. “everything is good, but it’s not irreversible,” Marine Corps Major General John Toolan said in an interview in Washington after appearing before the Atlantic Council, a policy research group. He ended a one-year tour last
month as the commander in charge of the NATO coalition’s southwestern regional command responsible for Helmand. Toolan’s prognosis highlights the risks as the U.S.-led coalition turns its attention to eastern Afghanistan and prepares to withdraw more forces this year. With reductions planned by other countries in the 50-nation coalition, about 108,000 personnel will be left until a next round of cuts. The number of U.S. Marines in Helmand is due to drop to 7,000 by October from about
20,000 now, Toolan said in the interview. “We need to maintain the pressure,” Toolan told the Atlantic Council audience. “The insurgency in the south is the greatest threat to the government of Afghanistan.” The guerrillas known as the Haqqani network, who mainly operate in the country’s east from havens across the Pakistani border, have received attention beyond their potential longer- term impact on Afghanistan, Toolan said. The Haqqanis mainly operate to maintain themselves rather than to achieve any
grander designs, he said. “I know for a fact that drugs are moving out through Pakistan and lethal aid is coming in on a regular basis,” Toolan told the Atlantic Council. “I have had no support from 12th Corps,” the Pakistan Army unit in charge of the area across the border, he said. He said he tried to organize meetings with the corps to discuss the issue. “There always seemed to be something that interfered,” he said. “Unfortunately, from my perspective as a tactical commander in Regional
Command Southwest, I have had no support” from the Pakistani brigades in the area, he added. A spokesman for Pakistan’s embassy in Washington, Nadeem Hotiana, said coordination on common threats has occurred in regular three-way talks among border officials from his country, Afghanistan and the coalition led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. “There are certain trilateral meetings where such issues can be discussed,” Hotiana said in an interview, declining to comment further.
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600 nAECHS members to get plots in first phase ISLAMABAD STaff rEPOrT
iSLaMaBad: OGdCL contact employees protest in favour of their demands outside the national Press Club. STAff phoTo
39.1 million polio vaccine doses provided to provinces ISLAMABAD
He federal government has provided 39.1 million doses of polio vaccine to the provinces and deputy commissioners have been directed to lead the on-going immunization campaign. According to an official of Prime Minister’s Polio Monitoring Cell, 34 million children under age of five years will be immunized against polio by 77,072 house to house teams during the drive. He said each team comprises two members while 9,704 special fixed centres are also providing vaccination facility. Besides this 5,497 special transit teams are working to cover children travelling during campaign days, mobile and migrant populations. He stated that the Prime Minister has asked all parliamentarians to supervise and support the campaign in their constituencies. Chief ministers, Governors and political and religious leaders inaugurated the campaign in their respective
provinces and areas. Motorway police is providing vaccination services on all toll plazas throughout the country. The drive in three districts of Balochistan included Quetta, Killa Abdulah and Pishin will be held on May 7 whereas date for campaign in Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir will be announced soon. He said if any child is missed during the campaign his or her parents may contact on helpline number for immediate response from immunization teams. He further stated that the main focus will be on most vulnerable areas to protect the children from the crippling disease. Meanwhile, the provincial health departments have asked all health workers and volunteers to leave no stone unturned in reaching every child. They also requested parents to make sure that all their children under five years of age receive the polio vaccine during the three day campaign. cItIzEnS’ ROLE IMpORtAnt In AntI-pOLIO cAMpAIgn: The citizens particularly parents role is quite important to make the anti-polio cam-
paign a success as they should come forward to make efforts for the elimination of the crippling disease from the society. District Officer Health Dr Khalid Randhawa said a five-day anti-polio campaign has been started in Rawalpindi district on Monday under which children under five-year of age are being administered anti-polio drops.
Dr. Khalid Randhawa informed that 1344 mobile teams comprising members from district health department, education department, teaching hospitals, police, population welfare, social welfare and civil defence were formed in this regard that has started visiting door to door to administer anti-polio drops. Strict action on negligence of the duty would also be taken, he added. DO Health further informed that along with the mobile teams, special vaccination centers in health centers and hospitals of the district have been set up. Special counters have also been set up at public parks, railway station, bus stands, wagon stands, airport and other transit points where teams are available to administer anti-polio drops to the children so that no child up to the age of five years could remain unattended. The parents should cooperate with the special teams so that the set target could be achieved. The DO Health informed that continuous efforts are being made to control polio. He said no stone is being left unturned in efforts to meet the target.
Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Amer Ahmad Ali informed the National Assembly House and library committee on Tuesday that CDA had approved the layout plan of the National Assembly employees Cooperative Housing Society (NAeCHS). He said 407 kanal land was in the possession of NAeCHS, adding that according to the layout plan, more than 600 members of the society can be allotted the plots in the first phase and the remaining members will be accommodated in subsequent phase. The committee met here under the chairpersonship of National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi in the Parliament House. While apprising the present status of implementation of recommendations of Special Committee NAeCHS and layout plan of NAeCHS, the deputy commissioner informed the committee that more than 600 members of the society could be allotted the plots in the first phase and the remaining members will be accommodated in subsequent phase as the CDA has approved its layout plan. The Attorney of the National Assembly Secretariat on NAeCHS apprised the committee that next hearing of the six cases filed by three employees of the National Assembly Secretariat and three employees of ICT against the implementation of the report of the Standing Committee on House & Library is likely to be held on first and second week of May. He further informed that all six cases had been consolidated and would be heard by the same Judge of Islamabad High Court. He said delay in getting the stay orders vacated mainly owe to the late submission of the comments of the respondents in the case - ICT and FIA. The committee directed the attorney to actively pursue the case and get the stay orders vacated so that the unanimous recommendations of the House could be implemented. The committee was of the view that no one would be allowed to misappropriate the hard earned money of the employees of the National Assembly Secretariat. The committee also discussed the theft cases in the Parliament House and to avoid such cases in the future directed the CDA to prepare an estimate for installation of CCTV Cameras in the lobbies of the Parliament Lodges. The members who attended the meeting included Minister of State Sheikh Waqas Akram, MNAs Noor Alam Khan and Anjum Aqeel Khan.
police high-ups protect liquor dealer ISLAMABAD STaff rEPOrT
Top officials of the Islamabad police have managed the release of a liquor-dealer who also escaped arrest on the charges of smuggling liquor when the customs authorities moved to arrest him for already having been declared as a proclaimed offended in 2007. According to details, the Bhara Kahu police had arrested Raja Zaheer and recovered 14 bottles of imported liquor from his custody. On investigation, Raja Zaheer told police that he had bought liquor from Malik Aamir. The police arrested Malik Aamir but the high officials immediately came into action and per-
sonally ensured his release. In the process, Station House Officer (SHO) of Bhara Kahu police station Khalid Masood Akram was also transferred to Rescue 15. The SHO, however, belied the claims of his seniors that Malik Aamir was falsely implicated in the case saying he had acted on the statement of Raja Zaheer who was caught red-handed while carrying 14 bottles of imported liquor. Interestingly, Raja Zaheer changed his statement during investigation. However, when the police presented him before the court for extension in his remand, he told the judge that he was coerced to change his first statement. On hearing Raja Zaheer, the court granted him bail. The nexus between Superinten-
dent Police Captain Ilyas and Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Malik Yousuf Hadmd forced Raja Zaheer to get desired statement. Raja Zaheer had first told police that Malik brothers had provided him liquor to deliver at Bhurban. He had also revealed address of the store where smuggled liquor was dumped by them. After investigating Raja Zaheer, the Bara Kahu SHO conducted a raid at the said place and arrested Malik Aamir and his brother Malik Abid. However, both the top police officials personally reached the spot and influenced the investigation and legal procedure. Consequently, Malik brothers were released while Raja Zaheer was forced to record desired statement which was different from the first one.
On Tuesday, Raja Zaheer was produced before the court of Judicial Magistrate Sheikh Sohail where he informed the court that he was forced to change his statement due to inhuman torture of the police on the orders of Captain Ilyas and Malik Yousuf. On this, the court ordered to remove some sections of the FIR and granted bail to the accused. DAcOIt gAng’S RIngLEADER AMOng EIgHt HELD: The city police on Tuesday arrested the ringleader of a dacoit gang from Peshawar, besides nabbing a proclaimed offender, a court absconder and five thieves from various areas of the city, a police spokesman said. According to details, the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) of the capital ar-
rested a notorious dacoit Nawab Khan alias Nawabe from the area of ‘Paharipur’ police station in Peshawar. He along with his other accomplices allegedly committed three dacoities in the area of Shehzad Town police. Separate police teams have been constituted to trace his other accomplices. The Industrial Area police arrested proclaimed offender Mansoor wanted by the police for the last two years in a criminal case while Secretariat police a court absconder Naseer Ahmed. ASI Ghulam Mustafa from Golra police arrested three thieves, Kamran, Imran and Abdul Ghani, and recovered stolen items from their possession. Meanwhile, Ramna police arrested four suspects during a search operation.
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iSLaMaBad PML-q Women Wing President farrukh Khan and other party activists pray for the victims of Bhoja plane crash and Gayari avalanche. STAff phoTo
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Tauqir nasir says cultural ties between the two countries ready for new chapter ISLAMABAD MahTaB BaShir
HeN everything fails to convert bitter hostile diplomatic relations between the two arch rivals, art and culture perhaps is the only genre that can do wonders for conversion of antagonistic relations into friendly and cordial relations. Carrying on this statement in a wider spectrum, Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Director General Tauqir Nasir in his exclusive talk to Pakistan Today on Tuesday said that cultural ties between India and Pakistan were ready for a new chapter. After his return from India on a weeklong official tour to sign a cultural pact with the two sub-continent ideological rivals, Nasir said India-Pakistan pact for exchange in music, dance, theatre and visual arts could become reality next year with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) renewing a dialogue with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). With the tinge of hope in his eyes in promotion of people-to-people contacts through art and culture between the two nuclear powers, the DG said six years ago, the two countries had decided to sign an MoU with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, but it was stuck for cultural exchange. “But we want
to carry the MoU forward to promote people-to-people contact. every Pakistani heart is open. India should also open the door of its heart to Pakistani art and culture," Nasir said. Tauqir Nasir, a renowned television and film actor of yesteryears, said the objective of his visit to India was to revive the "exchange that flourished during the 1980s and the 1990s". He said the pact should be ready by next year. The PNCA chief said: “Like we have been pushing bilateral trade, culture is also trade. We want to push it. India and Pakistan have so much in common. The two countries share a link of civilization since ancient Mohenjodaro and Harappa era," he said. It was Nasir’s first visit to India to attend the Pakistan Lifestyle Week at Pragati Maidan in the capital. “Pakistan is currently working with 58 countries and the UNeSCO in cultural exchange and India has yet to come on board officially,” he said. The PNCA, which earlier functioned under the country’s cultural ministry, is now under the ministry of national heritage and integration, Nasir said. It has three arms the visual arts department, performing arts department and the national puppet theatre. Nasir said he wanted to create a market for Pakistani soft power in India like the way Indian soft power was in demand in his country. "Viewers from both countries look
for Indian cinema and Pakistan`s theatre on television," Nasir said. "I want to invite cultural icons from India to Pakistan. I want to invite Gulzar and organise fusion festival if Indian and Pakistani dance. We should think of ways to remove obstacles that impede cultural exchange because cultural exchange promotes peace," Nasir said. He said Pakistan’s Hum television channel was in the process of tying up with Zee television in India. Nasir said: "The national puppet theatre under PNCA is an amazing organisation of puppeteers who have been trained in Japan and China". The puppet artists go to remote areas and visit distressed populations - like oustees - to entertain them with puppet shows from traditional and contemporary literature. "The theatre also takes up social issues," he maintained. Stressing upon the soft image of the country, Nasir said over the last year, PNCA has been organising Sufi Aman festivals of music and dance across the country and promoting artists from ethnic areas like Waziristan to bring tribal arts to the mainstream". "We are collaborating with UNeSCO in archiving tangible and intangible heritage in three phases. We have digitised our written and visual heritage in archives. Islamabad also has 14 art galleries with contemporary paintings and sculptures. The government also has a permanent collection of modern
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art," Nasir said. "We want to host exhibitions of Indian art in Pakistan," he said. DG PNCA said with the bilateral relations coming back on track, Pakistan is keen to have an agreement with India in the field of culture to bring the two nations closer and create markets for art. Nasir said while having informal discussions with with Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Suresh K Goel about sigining a cultural pact between the two nations he said he was hopeful that a pact would materialise soon. "There is an MoU, which is in progress. I hope we can materialise those things. In simple terms, it is almost agreed from both sides. There is no problem.- We want this cultural pact should be done. We can do it in practical," Nasir said. Observing that there is a market in both the countries for art, drama, music and puppet shows, he said Pakistan has created a market for Indian software but the same did not happen in India. "I think we can create a market in both sides. We have created a space and want to promote bilateral relations with India that’s why an MoU was planned. "Now Pakistan will again revive its efforts. The motive is to increase our cultural exchange," he said. Asked how hopeful he was, "I am optimistic- we will have something new between two countries to break the ice,” Nasir concluded.
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This group exhibition showcasing the work of iqbal Hussain, Ahsen Asif, Amna ilyas, isma Hussain, Amra Khan, Amna Tariq, faten Anjum Suleman, Anmal fatima Uppal, Sehar Hashmi and Annem Zaidi will run from April 20 - May 10, 2012.
"My Past Love" by Mohan das & Zahra Malkani opens at Khaas Gallery. do join us for this experimental two person show that continues till 5 May 2012 and meet the artists in person. Please spread the word and bring your friends!
our drumming circle is a (free!) ongoing event and is held every friday from 5pm to 6pm We are having a great time, and want to share the good time with you! our drumming circle has children ...
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Islamabad 09 Roads forge harmony among provinces: nHA chairman ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) ChairmanSyed Muhammad Ali Gardezi has said that roads are source of forging inter-provincial harmony and socio-economic uplift. While chairing NHA executive Board meeting here, Chairman NHA said the authority was endeavoring hard to complete development projects as per schedule. The NHA board meeting reviewed countrywide schemes of the Authority, said a press release on Tuesday. Senior officers from Ministry of Finance, Planning Commission, Ministry of Communications, National Highways and Motorway Police, NeSPAK and NHA participated in the meeting. The NHA chief said keeping in view the challenges faced by the country, financial discipline is being observed, due to which highway projects are moving ahead satisfactorily,” the NHA is fully aware about the financial difficulties of the Government and we are trying our level best to reduce load on national exchequer,” he added. He said private sector is being involved in highway building schemes and foreign investment needs to be encouraged. He said Government of Sindh has approved a loan amounting to Rs 2.5 billion for highway projects in Sindh province which will help gear up pace of progress there. The executive Board also discussed Annual Maintenance Plan of the NHA. It was informed that in 2010, liabilities in maintenance were to Rs 15 billion which now due to financial discipline have been reduced by Rs 7.5 billion. aPP
iSLaMaBad: Children busy in painting during the Poster Competitions in connection with international Earth day at Pakistan Museum of natural history. STAff phoTo
Effective steps taken to protect human rights ISLAMABAD
Nepalese delegation on behalf of the Asia Foundation called on Adviser to Prime Minister on Human Rights Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar here on Tuesday. The delegation was briefed about various initiatives taken by the government to improve the human rights situation in Pakistan. While pointing out international commitments of Preparation of Universal Periodic Report (UPR), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Convention Against Torture (CAT), Convention on elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CeDAW) etc., the adviser said that these conventions were not only ratified but would also be implemented through domestic legislation. He apprised the team members of the recent legislative initiatives of the
Mustafa Khokhar briefs nepalese delegation on legislation for rights of women, minorities
present government for addressing human rights issues like National Commission for Human Rights Bill, the Women in Distress and Detention Fund Bill, National Commission for Women Bill, and Prevention of Anti Women Practices Bill (Private Member Bill). The adviser also told the delegation about the effectiveness of the recently constituted National Commission on the Status of Women of Pakistan. The adviser appreciated the efforts of the young parliamentarians, particularly women parliamentarians, in the passage of these bills. Moreover, he said the government was determined to protect the minorities in Pakistan through effective legislative measures. He also added that all this became possible due to the democratically elected government
and even more would be done for the protection of human rights in future if democracy continued in Pakistan. The adviser reiterated that in order to improve the human rights situation in Pakistan, all the stakeholders were taken on board in the process of legislation and that’s the reason the government had succeeded in bringing out quick legislation with proposed mechanism of implementation. The delegation lauded the efforts of the adviser and the government for taking effective steps to improve human rights situation in Pakistan. The Nepalese delegation also briefed the adviser about the legislative measures of the Nepalese government for improving the human rights situation in Nepal. The adviser lauded the efforts of the Nepalese government.
CdA trains teachers Korean language speech on dengue virus ISLAMABAD
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The Health Directorate of Capital the Development Authority (CDA) held capacity-building training of around 100 teachers under its efforts to avert threat of dengue fever in the capital. Around 100 teachers from 6O schools both of rural and urban areas of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) were imparted training on various themes including dengue spread, its symptoms and precautionary measures. Talking to APP, Health Director Dr Hasan Orooj said the training session was arranged in collaboration with training wing of the Federal Directorate of education (FDe). The awareness material including pamphlets and brochures about the dengue virus were distributed among ten groups comprising ten teachers each, giving them complete information about this virus, he said. The health directorate is also involving students and a check list has already been distributed among school children to check breeding places for dengue including vases, buckets, used tyres, water jars, tins, bottles, boxes, clay pots and water containers at their own and three other homes in their locality.
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Korean corporate sector and businessmen are establishing their business chains across the world, including Pakistan, and these franchises need skilled Korean speaking locals to run their businesses. This was stated by Korean Ambassador Choong Joo Choi on the occasion of 6th Korean speech contest arranged by the Korean Language Department at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) here on Tuesday. Choong said it was a commendable initiative by the department as it would not only help the students to make themselves proficient in a foreign language but also market their skills in a language which offers very lucrative jobs in corporate, technological, automobile, communication, construction and many other sectors. He said Pakistani students would have a lot of job opportunities. He also told the students that besides some future prospects, the language learning also helps in promoting bilateral ties between the countries and facilitates people-to-people interaction. No other than these students of
Korean language can be better ambassadors of their native country in Korea and perform the role of a bridge between these two countries. “The Korean government and its embassy are grateful to the NUML for taking such a tremendous diplomatic initiative and lending its hand for the promotion of Korean language and culture in this part of the world,” he added. The ambassador also appreciated the level and proficiency of the students at the 6th Korean speech contest, saying that it reflects the hard work and perseverance of the teachers. Ambassador Choong, NUML Rector Maj-Gen (retd) Masood Hassan gave away prizes to winning students. The first prize of Rs 10,000 as well as certificate of excellence was won by Aman Ullah, second prize of Rs 6,000 and certificate of excellence by Hafiz Waseem Iqbal and third prize of Rs 5,000 and certificate of excellence by two students, Nisar Ali and Farman Ali. encouragement prize of Rs 2,000 and excellence award was also given to two students, Usman Shakoor and Zahid Ali. In the end, the NUML Rector and DG presented the university shield and a gift to the Korean ambassador.
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Vehicle snatchers’ gang busted RAWALpInDI: Taxila police have busted an inter-provincial gang involved in vehicle snatching at gunpoint after intoxicating drivers, kidnapping and other crimes and recovered four stolen vehicles, one motorcycle and illegal weapons from their possession. According to police spokesman, Taxila police on the special instruction of City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokhar, constituted a special team under the supervision of Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Raja Taifoor which busted the gang comprising ring leader Muhammad Fayyaz alias Hafiz resident of Wah Cantt, Tauseef Abbas resident of Wah Cantt, Zahid son of Orangzaib resident of Attock and Amanat son of Muhammad Saddique resident of Attock. Police recovered four vehicles, one motorcycle from them which were snatched at gun point while one kalashnkov, three pistols and 22 rounds were also recovered from them after preliminary investigation. aPP
iSLaMaBad: Simi Kamal, Chief of Party (CoP) Gender Equality Programme getting information from a desk during the Grant Closing Meeting under Cycle-4 of Gender Equity Program (GEP) organized dTCE , aurat foundation and USaid at local hotel. STAff phoTo
Investment in education to secure country’s future ISLAMABAD STaff rEPOrT
NDeR its Rehabilitating Infrastructure for Supporting education (RISe) Project, Islamic Relief Pakistan has constructed 15 worst flood-hit schools in district Muzaffargarh, said Country Director Dr Fayyaz Ahmad on Tuesday. He said that it is vital to invest in the education system of the country to achieve education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and enable all children to get free education. “Islamic Relief has so far constructed 15 schools for boys and girls in the flood-hit district Muzaffargarh and installed water pumps, hand pumps and filtration plants. It has also constructed solid waste collection, arranged teachers’ training, distrib-
World Meningitis day observed ISLAMABAD aPP
World Meningitis Day was observed on Tuesday across the world including Pakistan to know about the signs and symptoms, urgency to treat, and vaccines available to prevent this potentially deadly disease. The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) is urging people all over the world to `Join Hands Against Meningitis’ in an effort to reduce the global impact of the disease. The call-to-action encourages individuals, families and communities to learn the signs and symptoms of meningitis, the importance of urgent treatment of the disease and that prevention is available through vaccination against some forms of meningitis. Meningitis is a potentially deadly inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, which can be the result of a virus, bacteria, or other microorganisms, and can be associated with a potentially life-threatening blood infection (sepsis). each year hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from meningitis, or suffer life-long disabilities. Bacterial meningitis, which is the most severe and common form, causes around 170,000deaths globally every year. Those surviving meningitis can have their lives devastated as a result of long-term effects, such as deafness, brain damage and limb-loss.
islamic Relief claims reconstruction of 15 damaged schools in flood-hit district Muzaffargarh
uted stationery, school bags and playing kits besides renovating playgrounds. In collaboration with the government and school committees, we have ensured that children are engaged in both the curricular and extracurricular activities,” Dr Fayyaz Ahmad added. Humanitarian Programme head Umair Hassan said around 20 million children in Pakistan were not going to schools, adding education system was not good while condition in disastersaffected areas was the worst. “We need to ensure free and quality education for all children; especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged need to be prioritised because the social and
economic development of Pakistan depends on the success of its education. We at Islamic Relief are investing in children and their education through our emergency and long-term development programmes to get positive socioeconomic impacts,” he further said. “It is also necessary to stop dropout ratio in schools and Islamic Relief is also encouraging parents and communities to ensure that all children of their areas are enrolled in schools. A special focus was being placed on enrolling girls,” he stated. “The right of children to receive an education is enshrined in the ‘UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’ and Pakistan is a signatory to it,” he said.
Speakers demand implementation of media ethics ISLAMABAD STaff rEPOrT
Speakers at a seminar on Tuesday urged media to make sure implementation of media ethics, end sensationalism in news, and give solution to the social issues of a common man instead of focusing on crime and politics only. The speakers were addressing a seminar on media ethics organised by the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, in collaboration with the Higher education Commission (HeC) and the Press Council of Pakistan. Press Council of Pakistan Chairman Shafqat Abbasi chaired the seminar. Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor, UAF, Ms Aayesha Ikram, Director Media HeC, Dr Mughees-ud-din Shaikh, former Dean and Director, Institute of Communication Studies, PU Lahore, and journalist Shamus Islam Naz were guests of honour on the occasion. Shafqat Abbasi said self-regulation within the media organisations must be developed to keep a check on the media ethics and ensure dissemination of real public issues. He said the press councils were functioning in 90 countries across the globe. By involving the journalists, civil society, members of parliament and others, we are determined to make the Press Council of Pakistan more effective in order to implement the media
ethics and frame a course of action. Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan stressed the need to avoid sensationalism. Uses and gratification process should have the truth, accuracy and reality in news, information and cultural goods. He lauded the efforts of the journalists to highlight the issue of the county and spread awareness about various issues of national interest. He said that UAF was launching the FM radio to guide the farming community about the latest agricultural practices of the country. Ayesha Ikram said no one could deny the importance of media as it had the power to change the minds and presenting the real picture and the truth. “Media is doing tremendous job to give voice to issues of a common man. It has the power to change the public opinion and this power must be used for social changes, social mobilisation, awareness and give a roadmap to the progress of the nation,” she added. Dr Mughees said it is very vital to prioritise the socio political health of public through credible and newsworthy information and positive entertainment. Shamsul Islam Naz said by trying to be the first in delivering the news and for being popular among the public, the media should not compromise the ethical values. Dr Jalal Arif, Principal Officer, Public Relations, UAF, also spoke on the occasion.
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Editor’s mail 11
broadcast media and public Media has always played a vital role in our lives. One cannot deny that television has brought a remarkable change to the world of media, especially when it comes to news media. People can now have an access to the latest happenings in all parts of the world. If you talk about Pakistani news media, one cannot help but question if the news channels are overstepping their boundaries for the sake of publicity or just doing their job. It has been noted that when an incident occurs in which one or more lives are lost, the reporters take no notice of the condition that the friends and family
of the victim are in, and interview them about how it makes them feel that their loved one is no longer in the world. Their act of going into the homes of the victim is utterly inappropriate. Let’s shed some light on the incident of Bhoja Air Crash on the 20th of April 2012. The insensitivity that the news channels showed towards the families of the victims was vicious. It was wrong of them to follow people who were present at Karachi airport trying to confirm if their loved ones were in the plane that has crashed with cameras, showing the families of the deceased live
PM and Supreme Court on TV who were mourning in grief and fainting in the anguish and shock of loved ones tragic death. It is the job of the news channels to inform people about what, where and when happened and other details regarding an event. But our news channels are doing a lot more than their jobs. In the race of being the first channel to show certain clips, details and interviews, they forget the meaning of privacy and show no consideration for the feelings of the public. The viewership does not only include adults, when children, women or people
who have been through the same kind of tragedies in past watch such things, it affects their minds in a negative way. News channels must realise the harm that their actions cause to the minds of the viewers and must put a stop to it. They should respect the emotions and privacy of the public instead of displaying them for the sake of the ranking of their news channels. If news channels refuse to be responsible, then our government should take an action to put a stop to it. PARWARSHA ARSHAD MIRZA Karachi
beggary: a nuisance I would like to draw the attention towards a serious matter of begging as a profession. The Pakistani beggar is not a pauper but a well-paid professional. Beggary is an offence in Pakistan as it is in every other civilized country, yet here it is allowed to be a thriving profession. We see beggars everywhere: we see then in narrow streets, public highways, outside luxurious hotels, on railway platforms, inside trains, outside mosques, in front of law courts etc. We see them singly or in groups. Why are these lawless people allowed to move about freely? Why is no effort made to stop them from being a public nuisance and danger? There are three reasons. First, beggary is a very well-organised and widespread profession. It is an evil far too big for any ordinary remedy. It cannot be removed easily as the most cunning criminal brains are behind it. Among beggars there are thieves, robbers, kidnappers, spies, killers and so on. They are not afraid of the law. Secondly, the municipal, police and government authorities are not quite determined in their anti-beggar campaign. They just put up notices and stick up posters and issue warnings to almsgivers. They appear to be weak, helpless and inactive. Thirdly, the people are ignorant, emotional and superstitious. They do not understand the dangers of giving alms to beggars. The government must take an immediate action to control them. SANA SARFARAZ Karachi
brain drain At present, craze of moving and settling abroad has become quite common in our society, especially among youth. The basic reasons are: better and bright future, acquiring higher-education in an improved manner, more desirable job opportunities, stable political condition and above all, fanciness of living in a peaceful environment. Furthermore, the crave to be a part of a developed and advanced society has also played a vital role. This is all happening because in Pakistan there is no proper utilisation of capabilities, in addition to the lack of availability of opportunities. We are actually losing our assets in such way that our talented and skilled people are migrating towards industrialised societies. Need for an appropriate action is seriously required by the government to facilitate such brains with suitable resources so that people can utilise their talents and abilities within the country. RABIA M ABID Karachi
our priorities As a nation our priorities are deeply segregated where the interests are more personalised for political affiliations where anything that happens on a national scale is not able to strike a chord. A worker of any political party is murdered and the entire metropolis is shut down repeatedly incurring loss of million in the economy of the state. On the other hand, national tragedy of soldiers of Siachen and the plane crash victims do not even earn a momentous silence. Opting for more provinces is the last thing that we need since the already marginalised nation needs to be brought together and even if events of such calamities do not bring them together then God knows what will. HANIYA JAVED Karachi
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani while addressing a large public rally at the ground breaking ceremony of the Benazir Shaheed bridge at village Chachran Sharif in R Y Khan has sent a very clear message to the world, including the Supreme Court of Pakistan and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, that he will accept the gallows but won’t abandon Bhutto and Benazir’s mission. In other words, he will not obey any orders and won't implement any verdicts of Supreme Court. The ball is in SC’s court now. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will now have to make sure that his court either comes out with strong evidences against President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and his sons to punish the real culprits 'immediately' or let all these people live in peace who are alleged culprits. M RAFIQUE ZAKARIA Karachi
rising street crimes It is highly regretted that purse and mobile snatching incidents are on the rise. This is highway robbery that occurs in the streets and busy business areas. These are not paltry theft but the victims lose valuables worth hundreds of thousands of rupees. Such an incident has recently happened to a lady MPA as well. This is the second time that she has been robbed by thieves in this manner. She is a courageous and daring lady but these violent incidents are nerve wrecking. Police takes no action against these thieves and it has be-
Libraries in Pakistan I want to share my opinion that a library is a place where people can enjoy their time reading for leisure. Also, students can benefit from libraries because with power outages at their peak during examinations, they can study there instead of waiting for electricity to come back and who want to read many books in their sphere time. These advantages are no doubt helpful but they will only aid people if libraries are constructed or least of all the constructed ones maintained. With less than 15 libraries in a city like Karachi, people, especially students, suffer as they are unable to find libraries good enough to be visited. The ones maintained are far from the reach of the lower middle class while the rest are not functioning the way they should. It is my humble request to the respected authorities to take notice of this issue and build well equipped libraries so that the public can benefit from them. S ZEHRA Karachi
Another national tragedy That another plane has crashed – in eerily similar circumstances – on the same flight route of Karachi to Islamabad, in less than two years means that something is seriously wrong with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and how it regulates airline travel in Pakistan. The CAA needs to be held accountable, not because it is yet to release the investigation report into the Airblue tragedy. What is needed is an independent authority to investigate all plane crashes, much like the National Transportation Safety Board in America, where the airline regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration, does not carry out such probes.
come a widespread menace for the citizens. Security guards must be deployed outside shopping areas and dark alleys to avoid such incidents. It is quite unusual to go through this kind of experience twice. One needs to be more careful in the future. It is okay to lose one’s valuables to avoid risk to one’s life. No one’s life and property is safe these days. Police authorities needs to be more alert in safeguarding citizen’s life liberty and pursuit of happiness. JAVAID BASHIR Lahore
This is crucial because when the CAA launches a probe into an air crash, there is a clear conflict of interest because by extension, it is also investigating its own performance as an airline industry regulator. MUHAMMAD JALAL Karachi
Time is running out for both. War is the minimum misery this region needs which is already engulfed with droughts, poverty, civil wars, diamonds wars, ethnic and tribal violence. Let’s hope that better sense will prevail! MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
The border between Sudan and South Sudan is again buzzing with artillery fire, aerial bombardment and soldiers march. Both sides are blaming each other for breaking the uneasy peace between these two nations which used to be one people in near past. If the leaders of these poverty stricken countries are any sincere to the people they claim to represent, then they have few role models to choose from – how bloody was the breakup of Yugoslavia (still the conflict has not died down after two decades) and how peaceful was the division of Czechoslovakia into two independent states. For last six decades, India and Pakistan are maintaining armies beyond their real strategic needs, on the pretext of a border conflict from the 1947 partition time – Kashmir. By this they are depriving millions of their own people of education, health care, clean water and a decent life. If Omar Bashir and Silva Kiir want to go for bad role model, can anyone stop them? Perhaps it’s time for the UN and neighbouring countries to come forward to avoid an unnecessary conflict which may divide the region on religious grounds. There are already signs of such a divide as Uganda appears to be taking sides with South Sudan. Both Khartoum and Juba need to understand that war is no solution for the border conflict; they need to sit across the table to negotiate a win-win solution.
Pakistan’s auto parts industry is severely affected and the country is losing valuable revenue due to various malpractices of importers of auto parts and smugglers who work in collusion with unscrupulous customs and tax officials. Under the existing customs rules, auto parts classification is one of the major issues that affect auto parts imports since duty is calculated on the basis of weight rather than value. This creates wide disparity in the valuation of imported parts and the net result is that local auto parts manufacturers lose their competitiveness. The government is also losing huge volumes in sales tax as a large number of auto parts wholesellers and retailers are not registered and do not generate sales invoices. This encourages open sales of smuggled and illegally imported auto parts in the market thus creating a clear disadvantage for locally produced or genuinely imported auto parts. In most cases auto parts of inferior quality are also imported through misdeclaration, which when used in the automobiles, badly affect the reliability of these vehicles and are a safety hazard for the users. It is imperative for the government of strictly enforce customs rules and stop smuggling of auto parts to protect the local auto parts industry and ensure safety of automobile users in our country. SYED OVAIS AKHTAR Karachi
Russia highlights what Pakistan has been doing for very long now regarding the fallout of the ‘artificial withdrawal’ of troops from Afghanistan. Termed as one great reason that raises concern is the inherent inability of the Afghan forces to take over the security responsibilities and maintain some semblance of normality and acceptability. Since security has always been a sore point, it’s surprising that nothing substantial has been done to enhance its efficiency. Despite being provided by colossal sums of money by the US in aid, and having been trained for quite some time by the Indian security forces in Afghanistan, what apparent change has been viewed in the security situation so far? While harbouring similar reservations, Pakistan too had extended its support by offering to enhance the Afghan security machinery, but had been rejected outrightly. Who does a lawless and insecure Afghanistan aid? Surely not the neighbours! Pakistan in relevance has more to worry as it shares a long porous border with Afghanistan that has a direct impact upon its tribal areas. Already a heightened spate of violence in recent days in Pakistan can be attributed to this obscure US policy in Afghanistan. Apart from this, the Afghan government’s puerile responses to issues of significance and its corrupt unmendable ways of governance are far from desired. Something, that compels even the US, despite its significance, to exclude Afghanistan from the momentous task of reconciling with the Taliban. It is time that the Afghans wake up to take control of their own affairs, to start managing themselves and governing their own people according to their own requirements. Only then will peace return to Afghanistan and the reservations of the neighbours start to fade eventually. LUBNA HAMEED Rawalpindi
Lahore blast Would be statement of Rehman Malik after Lahore blast: Shahbaz Sharif is responsible! KAINAT FATIMA Lahore
CnG kits in buses I read news that Pakistani aviation authorities have begun an inspection of all passenger planes operated by private airlines. It is not a new thing in Pakistan as there have been many cases when a tragic incident happens and after that concerned authorities look into the matter and start examining it. A different kind of inspection in Karachi is also needed which is the inspection of public transport busses which have installed CNG kits (but still charge fares at diesel prices). These CNG kits are very dangerous and are like bombs because they explode because of any reason. Concerned authorities must look into this matter and should order an examination of all those buses which have installed CNG kits. MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi
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12 Comment Karachi’s turf war no end in sight
or four years, extortion and killings have gone on in Karachi. Several visits by the president, prime minister, and interior minister aimed at restoring peace and respect for the law have failed to achieve anything except an occasional temporary lull. Will the lecture imparted to coalition partners on Tuesday by Zardari achieve anything more than that? Many think the situation is not likely to change as long as political parties continue to make unprincipled alliances to achieve short terms gains. What one sees happening is a continuous turf war between the three allies in the ruling coalition which has encouraged the sectarian outfits also to pursue their nefarious agenda. The rider by the president “If the three political parties join hands”, only indicates a realisation that the allies remain divided as before. The gross failure on the part of the ruling coalition to restore peace has led some to conclude that the coalition is in fact a part rather than a solution of the problem. What Rehman Malik has said about the PPP, MQM and ANP being all involved in extortion would further strengthen the perception. Soon after the meeting, two of the partners gave vent to their particular grievances indicating the gulf that continues to divide them and underlining the fact that sharp political differences are the real cause behind violence. An MQM spokesman told reporters that his party demanded immediate holding of the local body elections. President of Sindh ANP maintained on the other hand that peace could not be established in the city till fresh constituencies are made on the basis of a new census. This, however, is no more on the government’s agenda. The president wants the coordination committee comprising the representatives of the three allies to get those apprehended identified and their political links publicised on media. Most people who read newspapers already know which party introduced extortion in Karachi or initiated violence in politics. Lists of target killers have been published along with their party affiliation. Another list of the sort would hardly change the situation on ground. If anything can, it would be a decision to pursue political goals peacefully. But are the allies willing to do now what they have shunned so far?
Staying poor necessary versus necessary
frican countries are poor, we are told by development economists, because they are poor. The tautology is not meant to be facetious; it is meant to describe a situation where the vicious circle of lack of opportunities doesn’t let a sustainable enabling environment be created for more people to be dragged out of poverty. Ad infinitum. Poverty abounds in Asia as well, the south being no exception. But market forces, demographic changes, liberalisation of trade policy and the increase in the international prices of food have led to a measure of prosperity; one that leads to that most overused of terms: trickle down of wealth. No, the Gini coefficient in the country is what it is. But wealth has been created. And there are people from all strata seeking upward mobility that are spending for it. But many more cannot spend enough and even those who can are not able to do much. The state hasn’t caught up with the challenges of the times. It cannot provide all the services that a society requires. Were that to be rectified in areas like health and education, the immense potential of our population could be unlocked and accompanying it, some prosperity. But in recent times, Pakistan has been faced with a scourge that dwarfs previous problems: the scourge of terrorism. Granted, things never were too peachy on the law and order front, but terror and in certain parts of the country, warlordism, has held sway. Since the state’s primary responsibility, by all accounts, is the monopolisation of violence, spending on law and order increased. In fact, some would argue we are not spending nearly enough. Not on the army, mind you, but on civil armed forces like the police. As a result, in KP, public works projects have been stalled in favour of spending on law and order. The same would, and should, apply to Balochistan, where, even if the state wisens up this very day and engages in a political solution, the situation would still get worse before it gets better. The time bomb that is Punjab is inevitably going to head towards a military/police operation against the extremist groups present there. expect to see a diversion there as well. Pakistan spent Rs 260 per person on health last year. As opposed to the Rs 485 per person spent on law and order. education, public works and economic development will also take a backseat, ensuring the perpetuation of the status quo on the development front.
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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012
Conflicts and more conflicts fissures that go deep
akistan faces multiple domestic conflicts that weaken Pakistan as a nation-state, compromising its capacity to function effectively within its territorial limits and making it difficult to project itself positively at the global level. It is becoming increasing problematic for Pakistani state and society to fulfil its obligations towards its citizenry and the international community. Two societal problems are undermining societal coherence and political and economic stability in Pakistan. These problems are ethnic violence and religious-sectarian divide. ethnic conflict has manifested in its ugliest form in Karachi where killings of innocent people by unidentified killers have become a routine affair. The provincial government is unable to control the situation partly because it lacks the professional capacity to cope with violence and partly because its machinery has also been affected by ethnic polarisation. The administrative machinery is not always in a position to function as a coherent and determined non-partisan administrative machine. ethnic polarisation in urban Sindh, especially in Karachi, has become so deep-rooted that the whole political discourse and the suggested solutions for the trouble have become ethicised. The Urdu-speaking leadership projects itself as victim of aggression by other communities, especially the Pashtuns or Pakhtuns who are accused of causing violence in Karachi against the Urduspeaking populace. They are often described with several negative adjectives. This campaign is spearheaded by the MQM whose leaders periodically name some ANP activists as the terrorists. Similarly, they also accuse By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi the PPP activists in the Lyari area as the source of terrorism and blame a section of the PPP leadership, mainly with Sindhi-speaking background, of patronising these elements. The MQM faces a host of charge for disturbing peace and harmony in Karachi and engaging in violence against the Pashtun population and the PPP activists. The ANP leadership is quite blunt in criticizing the MQM and holds its activists as the sole cause of violence in Karachi. Similarly, the PPP leaders criticise the MQM for violence in Karachi. These conflicting narratives of what is happening in Karachi are indicative of fragmentation of the society on ethnic lines. each group has created an exclusive narrative that blames the rival ethnic group for conflict and violence. each ethnic group holds firmly to its partisan narrative as the final truth and it wonders why others cannot see this “truth”. Islamic-sectarianism affects the psyche in a similar di-
visive manner. The violent manifestation of sectarianism can be seen in Quetta where the Shia-Hazara people are the main target of violent attacks by hard line groups with Wahabi-Deoband traditions. Some organisations have claimed responsibility for killings in Quetta. Recently, Gilgit-Baltistan experienced bitter sectarian violence, leading to imposition of curfew and summoning of the army troops to restore law and order. The Kurram Agency has also experienced bitter sectarian violence for over a decade. From time to time, the incidents of sectarian killings are reported from Karachi and occasionally from other parts of the country. There are occasional incidents of violence among the hard liner madrassah based Deobandi-Wahabi and Barelvi groups or fights take place for control of mosques. The growing ethnic and religioussectarian conflicts are dangerous trends that need to be discouraged at the official and non-official levels. The people at large criticise both trends at the theoretical level. even the groups that are known for pursuing ethnic and sectarian agenda also condemn these trends. However, these people and groups do not consider their actions as promoting ethnic or sectarianism. They claim that they stand for the truth and justice for their community and that they only respond when the rival group uses violence against their followers. The major problem for this mindset is that the truth of one community is falsehood for other community. There is hardly any shared truth. There are people, especially with strong religious orientations, who deny the existence of the evil of sectarianism by providing all kind of historical and other explanations that have caused sectarian conflict in Pakistan. No doubt that criminal elements use the labels of ethnic and sectarian entities to cover up their activities. They become activists in such organisations or avail of the confusion caused by sectarian or ethnic violence to pursue their criminal agendas that may include land grabbing, material gains or political competition or struggle for establishing or protecting domain of control. Nevertheless, the divisive trends based on ethnicity and sectarianism cannot be denied. Criminal or anti-social elements as well as foreign adversaries cannot exploit the situation if these prob-
lems do not exist in the society. These divides are exploited but anti-social elements or foreign adversaries cannot totally manufacture such divisive trends and sustain them as a motivating force for violent activity. Any ideology, worldly or religious, taken to its extreme, creates intolerance and societal conflict. In Pakistan, the state joined societal groups to promote Islamic orthodoxy and militancy in the 1980s. Religious orthodoxy and conservatism was bound to bolster sectarian or denominational identities because of the tendency to view Islam from one’s denominational identity and interpretation. Some of them adopt hardline and intolerance towards those who do not share their religious perspective. Similarly, the greater emphasis on ethnicity as a political tool began in the mid1980s, although one could trace its roots to the earlier period. This caused the fragmentation of the society and weakened nationwide political networking and activities. In Pakistan, the notion of citizenship of a nation-state has been undermined through state education and the media, going back to the 1980s. The madrassahs were already doing it but, from the mid1980s the state education also emphasised the notion of being Muslim rather than citizen of Pakistan. This sharpened not only the division between Muslim and non-Muslim but also increased religious-sectarian consciousness. The current fragmentation of Pakistani society can be slowly checked by encouraging socio-political alignments and groupings that cut across ethnic and sectarian divides. This needs to be done in the areas that experience ethnic or sectarian violence from time to time. The prominent and known personalities of different ethnic groups or sectarian identities should create joint groups and visit together the communities that are affected by violence. Such joint visits by leaders of all communities will contribute positively to reducing ethnic or sectarian violence. Joint inter-communal and inter-sect efforts by the known and established leadership can help to heal the divide. The basis of interaction and appeal for peace should be citizenship of Pakistan rather than religion, sect, ethnicity, region or any other identity. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
Afghanistan for Afghans Daily Pashtun Post
ith the start of strikes against Afghanistan in the name of the war on terror, any chance and hope for peace in the region were dashed. The US actions, one after the other, backfired and contributed more to instability and violence in the war-torn region than contributing to peace and stability. It is because the land of Afghanistan has proved to be area of defeat for the allied forces. The US was here in Afghanistan with an aim of seeking permanent bases in the country but it seems that it will not be able to fulfil this aim as it is facing interminable losses on all fronts in Afghanistan and its ailing economy will be hard-pressed to sustain any kind of prolonged military presence in the country. This is why they want to cut their losses and run now. The proof is in the fact that the Americans are seeking talks with the Taliban for peace and have duly opened an office at Qatar for the same purpose. The question is whether the plan to have a military presence
in Afghanistan by the US has yielded any result or has the US realised the mistake it committed in plunging into the region without thinking the entire thing through. Pakistan should be praised for the role it has played in the larger interest of the region. Not only has Pakistan hosted millions of homeless Afghans for decades, it has also ceaselessly continued with its efforts for lasting peace in the region through cooperation with regional and global stakeholders. The talks intended for peace in the region among various stakeholders cannot shun the importance of Pakistan to the whole process. But in the ultimate analysis, it is the Afghans who must have a solution of their liking. A solution that has been manufactured to cater to the interest of other stakeholders and powers will not sit well with the Afghans and will be doomed to fail from the start, as history has proved. Thus, the process must ensure that the Afghans are freely able to decide what is best for them. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak
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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012
no dearth of mirth
Crime and no punishment
it would be sad if it wasn’t funny
With great power comes great impunity
By Ali Aftab Saeed
sense of humour, like philosophy, may not suffice to avert difficulties that befall individuals and nations, but it can go a long way toward making them somewhat bearable. Whatever else one may say about Pakistanis – and they have more than their fair share of weaknesses – you can’t criticise them for a lack of sense of humour. One look at one week’s – any week’s – newspapers should be enough to dispel any doubts you may have in this regard. The following is a sample from last week – top ten news reports that cracked me up: 1. Bannu Jail Break: Prisoners’ names placed on ECL. Bad news for the absconders: no Bahamas bound flights via Geneva now. Quite a few amongst the general public have found this hilarious however, with one summing it up thus: “Also check new inductees in PTI since the jail break.” 2. PIA flight departs onehour earlier than the given time. The pilot tried to nullify the age old dictum that death has a certain time. He played with time since the planes aren’t safe these days. Time and tide wait for none; Why should we wait for them then? 3. Reema & Meera Cuddle at The Red Carpet of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2012. even though it was work that brought them together, the rivals didn’t let the opportunity of showing good bonding go begging. Meera was even philosophical when she communicated
this deep thought: “A film actress’s value declines when she gets married.” 4. Dr Fakharuddin Chaudhry bids farewell to PML(N), rejoins PPP. The PML(N) was overjoyed when the doctor joined them but he has now left it and has gone back to PPP, citing Shahbaz Sharif’s mental deficiency as one of the reasons. A damning diagnosis from the good doctor, although if personal business empire is anything to go by, Shahbaz is anything but mentally deficient! 5. Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan former federal minister of information has said
foundry? 8. Osama’s widow wants asylum in UK. She’d like to meet Royal Family. Technically speaking, Mrs Osama is a Yemeni and has no business in this article celebrating Pakistanis’ sense of humour. The fact that she still makes it is warranted by three reasons. One, she doesn’t want to go back to Yemen – that’s a very Pakistani sentiment. Two, she has lived a fairly long time in Pakistan and that should count for something. Three, the ability to express the sentiment of wanting to meet the royal family with a straight face, on the part of somebody who
is there any end to the list of PM Gilani’s talents? So he is an expert career counsellor as well, well versed in people’s natures, psyches. that her new portfolio of national regulation and services suits her nature and she is very happy after this announcement and change of portfolio. Is there any end to the list of PM Gilani’s talents? So he is an expert career counsellor as well, well versed in people’s natures, psyches, etc. 6. Shorten your honeymoon and present yourself for the investigation: PM’s advice to his son. The PM knows that there is potential for many more honeymoons. But, as a keen student of history, he also knows there’s a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 7. Rs 33 crore spent by CM in Lahore for iron bridges to cross road by foot. Who on earth climbs all those stairs and crosses the road through those bridges in Lahore? Does this, by any chance, have anything to do with the small family
not too long ago wanted a “warrior husband” is again a very Pakistani characteristic. 9. Haroon ur Rasheed informed the nation in his article on April 17 that both political parties had agreed on a property dealer’s name for the caretaker prime minister. Is he, by any chance, referring to the guy who is also rumoured to be constructing COAS’s retirement house, and who is rumoured to be behind closure of the racing case in which 5 people died and one was injured? If so, Mr Rasheed should have shared the joke with the nation by naming the property dealer. This nation appreciates humour. 10. “Adliya Meri Dost Hai”: PM Gilani. This one takes the cake, or the biscuit, or whatever is at stake. Wait a minute – is he talking about Adeela? The writer is a member of the band Beygairat Brigade.
Border Crossings By Kuldip Nayar
onspiracy is established as all those who gathered were Hindus with intention to kill Muslims and damage their property. They gathered on Friday and charged towards homes of the Muslims fully aware of the face that it was Friday and all people would be in their respective homes. They knew that the victims keep grass and tobacco in house, so as per plan they threw petrol and kerosene first.” This is what the judge has said pronouncing the life sentence to 18 people in the Gulberg case, one of the major relating to the massacre in Gujarat 10 years ago. As many as 23 Muslims were burnt alive. Yet the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders say that there is no “legal evidence” against state chief minister Narendra Modi. How can there be any when his government has changed all records and files to remove even a shred of evidence against him? The Rajiv Gandhi government did the same thing when more than 3,000 Sikhs were massacred in Delhi in 1984. even FIRs were changed. When a political party in power decides to save the guilty, it goes to any illegal limit to ensure that nothing incriminating is found on record against them. Both the Congress and the BJP are most to blame but several regional parties too spare no effort to fudge reports. It all depends on whether the establishment wants to save the guilty. After having thoroughly cleansed all official papers, the BJP can safely say that there is “no legal evidence” against Modi. Still some convictions have taken place. Regretfully, it has taken 10 years to get some meaningful jus-
tice in Gujarat. It is another matter, however reprehensible, that the Special Investigation Team (SIT), appointed by the Supreme Court to look into cases like the Gulberg, has given Modi a clean chit. Still the fact remains that eshan Jaffery, a former Congress MP, was burnt alive along with those who had taken shelter at his house. The judge who pronounced the judgment says: “The objective of this punishment is to remind the accused that their crime was not in their welfare or of the society.” Why did SIT not take into consideration the affidavit filed by senior Gujarat police officer Sanjiv Bhatt is baffling. He has gone on record as saying that Modi had instructed bureaucrats and police officers to allow Hindus “to vent their anger” and he (Bhatt) was present at the meeting where Modi said so. Amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran too has highlighted Bhatt’s testimony in his report to the Supreme Court. Bhatt has been suspended for having made the statement and he and his family are being constantly harassed by the authorities. He has filed a complaint against this to the police but with no redress. It is not difficult to imagine the situation in Gujarat where Modi rules like a dictator and sees to it that the truth remains suppressed. State home minister Hiren Pandey who began to spill the beans was bumped off. His family has accused Modi and feels helpless in getting justice. The BJP and Modi are sadly mistaken if they believe that his sins can be washed away by one motivated report or the other. even after a decade, the tragedy is fresh in the nation’s mind and practically every day there is some reference to his complicity in a discussion or writing. Something or the other crops up to remind the people of the Gujarat pogrom. Still the BJP continues to project him as a prime ministerial candidate in the next general election in 2014. Similarly, the 1984 massacre of Sikhs remains fresh in the memory of the nation, although Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has offered apologies in parlia-
ment. Wounds are still raw and the country saw how the Sikh community rose, in the absence of justice against of the 1984 perpetrators, to protest against the date fixed for the hanging of Balwinder Singh who had killed former chief minister Beant Singh. The dismal life that close relatives of those killed and uprooted lead does not allow the wounds to heal. It is still worse when the culprits are seen roaming about feely. There is no remedy other than an exemplary punishment to the guilty and those who conspired to commit the crime. Not only Modi, there are many other BJP leaders who were involved in the massacre of Gujarat. They too have to be punished so that the message goes around that anyone, however powerful, will not escape justice. I do not know what will emerge from the Gujarat tragedy. Will there be an exposure of system which was subverted to bless the planned killings? I found a conspiracy in the case of the Sikhs’ massacre. Since the centre was itself involved I saw it putting a gloss over the system. Still some reports came near to pointing a finger at them. But the Congress government destroyed those reports. Gujarat too has seen the murder of truth. When the people are brainwashed, they do not rise against injustice. The Soviet Union is an example. It was no surprise that Rajiv Gandhi won a massive victory after the 1984 massacre. It should not have come as a shock that Modi won the state election soon after the Gujarat killings. He may do it again in the state election at the end of this year. Hatred consumes people and they live in that kind of passion till something happens – the revelation of the truth – to awaken them. The truth has yet to come out either about the massacre of Sikhs at Delhi or of the Muslims at Gujarat. I am confident that the truth will prevail some day as it happened at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa to tell the full story of apartheid. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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HIS year's leading CMT Music Award nominees have two things in common: They're all women and they are all blonde. Underwood earned five nominations, Lambert has four as a solo artist and as part of her trio Pistol Annies, and Swift led a contingent of
stars earning three nominations apiece for the 11th annual video awards show. Other artists with three nominations include Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square and The Civil Wars. Underwood's ‘Good Girl’ and her ‘Remind Me’ collaboration with Brad Paisley, Lambert's ‘Over You’ and Swift's collaboration with The Civil Wars on ‘The Hunger Games’ soundtrack entry ‘Safe and Sound’ are among the 10 nominees for top-honour video of the year. Underwood also is up for female video, CMT performance and collaborative video of the year. Lambert is up for female video as a solo artist and for group video and breakthrough video for ‘Hell on Heels’ with her friends Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe in Pis-
tol Annies. Other video of the year nominees include Aldean's ‘Dirt Road Anthem’, Kenny Chesney's ‘You and Tequila’ with Grace Potter, Toby Keith's ‘Red Solo Cup’, Lady Antebellum's ‘We Owned the Night’, Rascal Flatts' ‘easy’ with Natasha Bedingfield and Shelton's ‘God Gave Me You’. Fan voting for the awards begins Monday on the network's website. The show will air on June 6.
Ahsan Khan makes Bollywood debut NEWS DESK Well known Pakistani TV actor Ahsan Khan who walked the ramp at the Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2012 on Day 1 looked all royal in a traditional sherwani and red turban. He said, “I have walked the ramp several times and it is always a
joy to dress up differently.” Talk about his entry in Bollywood movies and he says, “I have been getting offers from Bollywood. In fact, I have signed a Bollywood movie directed by Deepti Naval. The film shoot should begin soon.” He adds, “I met Deepti in a show in America. She loved my performance and walked to me and asked whether I would be interested to do a Bollywood movie. For a moment I was shocked and then instantly I smiled and told a yes to her.” So what does he think about Pakistani actors being part of Bollywood movies and he says, “It's a great platform for any Pakistani artist to perform in India. I think it's refreshing to see Bollywood movies including Pakistani actors. The change is a welcome. Hopefully, this will help us to bridge the gap between both the nations. The cultural exchange is a great move and hope we get to see more artists from India also coming to Pakistan.” He continues, “We feel proud when we see Indian fan followers for our artists and actors. It's a huge motivation and encouragement for us.” So when does he plan to visit India? “I should be in India soon for the shooting of my movie.”
LOndOn: Rihanna’s father has divulged that she had a childhood obsession with Whitney Houston- who drowned in the bath while high on cocaine in february. “She used to love Whitney. Robyn would always sing along to i Will Always Love you,” the Sun quoted Rihanna’s dad Ronald fenty, 58, as saying. “She admired Whitney because of her range, her voice, her appearance, her personality-everything. She loved Whitney so much she would be honoured to play her. i think she would accept in a heartbeat.” but fenty, a former crack addict, insisted that he hopes his daughter does not emulate her heroine too closely. And like the tragic diva, who was 48 when she died, fears have grown over Rihanna’s suspected drug use. This week Rihanna was accused of promoting drug use after posting a picture on photosharing website instagram showing her sitting on her bodyguard’s shoulders and “cutting up” what looks like a white powder on his head. The snap, taken at the Coachella music festival in California, triggered a barrage of criticism. With the similarities stacking up, it is unsurprising that Rihanna is being touted to play Houston on the big screen. Also, Rihanna has confessed she would love to take on the part. “That would be something i would have to give my entire life to do because i would want to really pull it off,” she said. aGEnCiES
ChiCAgO: Sean Penn listens as former Russian President mikhail gorbachev speaks with students as part of the World Summit of nobel Peace laureates. AFP neW YORK: michelle Williams attends the ‘take this Waltz’ premiere during the 2012 tribeca Film Festival. AFP neW YORK: Co-Founder of the tribeca Film Festival Robert De niro attends the Bloomberg Panel & Reception during the 2012 tribeca Film Festival. AFP lOnDOn: Zac efron and taylor Schilling arrive at the european premiere of their film ‘the lucky One’. AFP lOS AngeleS: John Cusack at the premiere of his film ‘the Raven’. ReuteRS neW YORK: Cast member Dame Judi Dench attends the film premiere of ‘the Best exotic marigold hotel’. ReuteRS SingAPORe: Anil Kapoor and Bipasha Basu at a media event to announce the venue of the international indian Film Academy (iiFA) Weekend and Awards. ReuteRS
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MUMBai: The world calls him a perfectionist, but Aamir Khan who is all set to scorch the small screen with his show ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is pretty nervous about his debut TV venture. in a candid interview, Aamir said, “yes, excited and nervous. but when i say nervous, it’s not the TRPs that i’m talking about, you know. That doesn’t matter. What matters is doing justice to the opportunity that i’ve got in reaching out to so many people, finding that emotional connect with them and touching their lives in some way. That will accomplish what the show sets out to do. i am just telling stories of common people, with them and through them.” on being asked about his son Azad who is barely five months old, Aamir said that his youngest child helps him in maintaining an emotional balance. Aamir said, “The show though extremely enriching to me as an individual, has been mentally draining too. but Azad has helped me tremendously in maintaining an emotional balance, he’s a really sweet child. Azad was born of a surrogate mother in december last year as Aamir’s second wife Kiran underwent a miscarriage. Hence Azad is very special to the actor. He said, “When Junaid (son from first wife Reena) was born, i think i was more hands-on. i had worked only for 30-40 days in a year and was with Reena throughout. but now i sometimes have to smuggle in from Azad’s nap time to spend time with him. but he’s very special and so every moment spent with him and Kiran is precious.” aGEnCiES
MUMBai: After teaming up in movies like ‘Raju ban Gaya Gentleman’, ‘darr’, ‘yes boss’ and ‘duplicate’, popular onscreen duo Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla would soon recreate their magic in a television commercial. Scripted and directed by Kabir Sadanand, the ad is a sequel to the last edition of the Matrix forex TV commercial. Set in a courtroom, the ad shows Shah Rukh as a criminal and Juhi as a judge. The duo was last seen together in 2008 film ‘bhootnath’ and this is said to be their first commercial together. both of them became business partners with dreamz Unlimited before Shah Rukh took it over in 2004 and made it Red Chillies Entertainment. now Shah Rukh, Juhi and her husband Jai Mehta are co-owners of indian Premier League (iPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. Set to be aired soon, the advertisement also features cricketers brett Lee, yusuf Pathan and brendon McCullum. aGEnCiES
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INDSAY Lohan is set to play iconic screen legend elizabeth Taylor in a new TV movie, Lifetime Television said, confirming what Lohan has claimed for weeks as she forges ahead with her comeback from legal and personal troubles. Lohan, 25, is the first name to be announced for Lifetime’s original movie ‘Liz and Dick’, based on the true story of Taylor’s passionate romance with actor Richard Burton, whom she married twice throughout her life. “I have always admired and had enormous respect for elizabeth Taylor. She was not only an incredible actress but an amazing woman as well,” Lohan said in a statement, adding that she was “honoured” to play the icon. Taylor, widely recognised for beauty
and glamour, met Burton on the set of the 1963 film ‘Cleopatra’, and thus began a passionate and tumultuous romance that made headlines worldwide as they married and divorced twice over the years. Lohan had talked about her role in the TV movie last month in an interview, and she posted a picture of herself dressed as Taylor as her Twitter profile. But there had been no official confirmation from the network until Monday. The ‘Mean Girls’ actress has been striving to turn around her bad girl image in recent months after being in and out of jail, rehab and court since 2007. She was released in March from almost five years of formal probation stemming from a 2007 drunk driving and cocaine possession arrest. She recently returned to TV sketch comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’ and landed a guest spot on Fox’s hit TV musical comedy ‘Glee’.
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Demi Lovato opens up about depression, eating disorders LOS ANGELES aGEnCiES
Like many teen stars before her, Demi Lovato found herself in a dark place as the result of her monumental fame at such a young age. But she proved the cliché wrong by getting the help she needed, emerging revitalised. But Demi remembers those dark times and is now speaking out in hopes of helping other young stars avoid the same fate. In a new interview, Demi opens up about the pitfalls that led her to drugs-and the shocking way she often times came by the substances. “It's something I don't really want to talk about, (but) what I can say is that I was depressed. I would come off stage in front of 18,000 people and I'd come crashing down and would try to find a way to recreate that feeling, to stay up,” she says. Which wasn't a difficult thing to do, according to the singer. “Promoters gave me drugs and alcohol in restaurants or clubs," she reveals. Surrounded by en-
MUMBai: it’s a known fact that Salman Khan was the one to have discovered the actor in boney Kapoor’s son Arjun, who had initially planned to turn a producer. The boy, who once weighed over 120 kilos, now sports a slim frame and looks fabulous in his upcoming flick ‘ishaqzaade’ all thanks to the ‘dabangg’ superstar who motivated him to shed his flab and pursue acting as a career. but off late, Salman seems to have some problem with Arjun. Surprisingly, boney and Salman have been friends for long and have worked in films like ‘no Entry’ and ‘Wanted’. And apparently when boney wanted Salman to promote Arjun’s ‘ishaqzaade’ on Twitter, Khan bluntly refused to do so. Wonder what has gone wrong with the two? Salman had also visited the Kapoor household recently post the death of boney’s first wife Mona and was seen paying condolence to the bereaved. Hope the two friends sort out their differences soon. aGEnCiES
ablers, Demi is thankful to the few who forced her into rehab two years ago. "Being a celebrity can be dangerous. Nobody says 'no',” she said. Lovato, who has a history of being bullied, has also suffered an eating disorder. She said she isn’t over her body image issues, and said she wasn’t ready to start acting again. “I need to be secure in my body before I go back in front of the camera. Anyone in recovery from an eating disorder would find that triggering, and I’m not ready,” she said.
NEWS DESK S i n g e r turned actor Ali Zafar made a rare appearance in Karachi last weekend. He was spotted at the Pearl Continental hotel, dinning at roof top hotel Sakura relishing on some delicious sea food menu. Ali talked about his sudden visit to Karachi, "I have just come back from India after performing a show at Delhi for the Lifestyle Pakistan show which was held last weekend. It was a spectacular show and the audience response was overwhelming.” He continues, “I was back in Lahore and now in Karachi for two days to do a shoot for a commercial campaign.” Ali who seemed to have put on some kilos said, “I have started exercising and trying to put on some kilos for my next movie. I have just finished the shoot of ‘Chashme Baddoor’ and looking forward
to be back in India by the end of May for the shoot of my next upcoming project.” Ask about his next movie and he says, “It is an interesting story and I will co-star along with Prachi Desai and Chitrangdha Singh.” He adds, “I have been on strict diet and exercise. The role in my next upcoming film demands me to look fit and hence I have been following some exercise as instructed by my fitness instructor. In the movie 'Chashme Baddoor' I had lost lot of kilos and now I'm happy that I have got the opportunity to put in extra kilos." Ali who will be celebrating his birthday next month on 18th May shares his birthday plans, "Frankly, so far I haven't planned my birthday. But hopefully I should be at the Cannes film festival during that time." Next Ali is happy to take a break from work and spend some quality time with his family. He says, "It’s always a joy to be home with my family back in Lahore. In fact the other day, I went out with my friends to taste local delicacies at the new food street that has opened up in Lahore."
MUMBai: four years after his romantic comedy ‘dostana’, Tarun Mansukhani has managed to crack the plot of the sequel which is slated to roll mid2012. ‘dostana version 2.0’ will be shot across two continents and will be a far more aggressive play on the original's gay versus-straight theme. John Abraham confirmed the news saying, “Tarun has finally got the plot in place. And we're all set.” He added laughing, “i maintain Abhishek is my best screen-jodi. And i can't wait to get cosy with him on screen.” So, audiences will once again get to watch the antics of Abhishek and John as they reprise their mock gay act in the sequel. "The film will be set in London and Punjab," the actor said. Meanwhile, a source close to the film said, "it is going to be far more naughty and wicked. There will be lots of jokes. innocuous fun will still be the key." Also, unlike the Miami beaches featured in ‘dostana’, part two will unfold on terra firma. "no beaches and sorry, no John in dangerously low-waist swimming trunks,” the source added. Apparently, there's going to be an image reversal of sorts in ‘dostana 2’, with John appearing fully clothed and Abhishek possibly baring his chest. Meanwhile, a final call on who will be the leading lady will be taken once KJo returns from bangkok. aGEnCiES
Jennifer Aniston is reportedly looking for the perfect hotel to host her wedding to Justin Theroux. The former ‘FRIeNDS’ star, whose father was born in Crete, is said to be preparing to get hitched on the Greek island this summer. According to TMZ, Jennifer was spotted checking out the elounda Beach Hotel in coastal town Agios Nikolaos. The 43-year-old actress apparently mentioned a July wedding as she investigated the prices of ceremonies that the hotel offers. The full service - which includes a ceremony at the hotel church, the bride's flowers, a bottle of champers and all the paperwork - amounts to a very reasonable 1,400 pounds. That includes the decoration of the hotel car and everything. However, one of the hotel big wigs has said that Aniston hasn't settled on his hotel for the nuptials as "she has connections on the other side of the island as well."
Nida Azwer launches
The White Label NEWS DESK Fashion designer Nida Azwer has launched her brand new prêt line, The White Label, for the trendy woman who loves to don affordable but chic clothes. The White Label prêt line contains modern silhouettes in vibrant hues. The fabric used is pure cotton with appealing cuts and textures. The White Label also includes pieces of Nida Azwer’s signature screen printing fabrics and are stocked at multi label boutique ONe by ensemble at Dolmen City Karachi.
Bolder ‘Dostana 2’ on the cards
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Car bomb hits Damascus as more die in ‘ceasefire’ DAMASCUS
car bomb on Tuesday rocked central Damascus, a day after nearly 60 were killed across Syria despite a hardwon ceasefire and the upcoming deployment of 300 UN peace monitors. Three people were wounded when the blast went off in the Marjeh district of the capital, Syrian state television reported, blaming “terrorists”, the government term for rebels. “An armed terrorist group detonated the car bomb near the Yelbugha complex in Marjeh, wounding
three people and causing damage to nearby buildings,” it said. State news agency SANA said the bomb was placed under the car of an unsuspecting man, who was among those hurt. The blast came as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said violence across the country killed 54 civilians and five soldiers on Monday, despite the tenuous ceasefire. Thirty-one of the civilians died in a government assault on the Arbaeen neighbourhood in the central city of Hama and 13 others, including women and children, died in a mine blast in the village of Jarjanaz, in northwestern Idlib province. Video footage posted online by activists showed a street in Arbaeen with large
pools of blood and women weeping. Two young girls were shown in one video crying and holding up the picture of a man. “This is my father,” cries one girl. The violence occurred despite the April 12 ceasefire, and the presence of an advance team of UN monitors to implement the truce. The Observatory said clashes also took place Tuesday in two suburbs of Damascus and gunfire was reported the town of Bosra al-Sham, in southern Daraa province. The persistent bloodshed 12 days into the ceasefire has sparked growing criticism from opposition activists of the fledgling UN mission, which now numbers just 11 observers out of a planned initial deployment of 30. Neeraj Singh, a spokesman for
the advance team, said the observers would be visiting different unspecified locations on Tuesday. The monitors have toured several protest hubs since their arrival in the country earlier this month, including the battered city of Homs, where two of them set up base at the weekend. During their visits, they have been greeted by thousands of protesters demanding the ouster of President Bashar alAssad’s regime and the arming of the rebel Free Syrian Army. Despite scepticism over the UN mission, UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday gave the go-ahead for the deployment of 300 ceasefire monitors from next week. Ban insisted that the Assad government ensure the protection of the unarmed
observers and allow them to travel freely throughout the country. On Monday, US President Barack Obama ordered new sanctions on Syria and Iran and the “digital guns for hire” who help them oppress their people with surveillance software and monitoring technology. Obama announced additions to the pile of US sanctions already faced by the two governments as part of a wider effort to crack down on human rights abuses, atrocities and genocide. The measures will hit the two governments but also companies that help create systems that track or monitor their people for killing, torture or other abuses and prevent individuals involved from entering the United States.
Ukraine’s jailed ex-pM goes on hunger strike KHARKIV afP
JErUSaLEM: Back dropped by the dome of the rock Mosque, an israeli soldier adjusts a national flag with a black ribbon on the graves of fallen soldiers at the Mount of Olives military cemetery in Jerusalem as the country begins to mark Memorial day for fallen soldiers on Tuesday. Afp
New Pentagon spy agency to focus on Iran, China WASHIngtOn: The Pentagon is creating a new intelligence agency that will focus on Iran and China as it begins to pivot away from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, the New York Times reported. The newspaper said late Monday that the new Defense Clandestine Service would make use of existing agents, authorities and assets and work closely with the Central Intelligence Agency to track emerging threats. “It will thicken our coverage across the board,” it quoted a senior defense department official as saying. Case officers from the Defense Intelligence Agency already secretly gather intelligence outside of conventional battle zones, the Times said, and the latest move further cements cooperation between the military and the CIA. The new intelligence service is expected to grow “from several hundred to several more hundred” agents in the coming years by shifting personnel and funding from existing assignments, the Times quoted the official as saying. Defense officials did not immediately respond to AFP requests for further information. The announcement of the new agency comes a week after the Pentagon nominated Lieutenant General Michael Flynn — who previously served with the secretive Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) — to head military intelligence. The selection of Flynn — who had been a strong critic of military intelligence when he served as the top intelligence officer in Afghanistan in 2010 — reflects the ascendancy of special forces in recent years. Afp
‘A huge roar’: witness, expert describe Breivik’s bomb OSLO afP
A security guard and an explosives expert described in court Tuesday the massive blast that rocked Oslo when Anders Behring Breivik bombed a government building last July, killing eight people. Tor Inge Kristoffersen, a guard in the Norwegian capital’s government block, told the court that on July 22 he saw a white van park at the foot of the tower housing the offices of Labour Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. He said he was in the operations centre in the basement of the building and was using surveillance camera images to check whether the van was authorised to be there. “When I was zooming in on the number plate, the car exploded,” he testified, adding that “half of the images disappeared from our screens because the cameras had been destroyed in the explosion.” “There was a huge roar. We were so close that we did not hear a blast, but a roar, and we noticed the shockwave in the ceiling over us,” he said. Kristoffersen, a former soldier who served in the Middle east and in the Balkans, continued to work in the
government district after the attacks, and said the area was like “a war zone.” In the weeks after the bombing and Breivik’s subsequent shooting massacre on the nearby Utoeya island — where he killed another 69 people, mainly teens — many raised questions about how the right-wing extremist could have parked his van so close to Norway’s political nerve centre. In his testimony, Kristoffersen stressed that long-overdue construction was under way to block off traffic in the street outside the government building, but that in the meantime “illegal parking” was frequent in the area. “We chased cars away from there every day,” he said. Svein Olav Christensen, a government explosives expert, meanwhile told the court that a reenactment and simulations showed that Breivik’s bomb had the energy equivalent of between 400 and 700 kilos (180-320 pounds) of TNT. “The main charge is easy to make,” he said, adding though that “the detonator is more difficult.” The 33-year-old confessed killer used fertiliser, diesel and aluminium to make his 950-kilo bomb, which killed eight people working in the building and passers-by and injured
dozens more. Stoltenberg, who was working from his official residence that day, was not harmed in the attack. Breivik has said his twin attacks were “cruel but necessary” to stop the Labour Party’s “multicultural experiment” and halt the “Muslim invasion” of Norway and europe. Police operation chief Thor Langli was also called to testify Tuesday and described the confusion that followed the blast, with contradictory messages suggesting there were two suspects and possibly other bombs ready to go off. “I thought there was a connection,” he said about the moment when he was told about the Utoeya shooting massacre. “I could not conceive that we could be facing several guys like him at the same time,” Langli said, turning towards the accused. As during the first six days of his trial, Breivik, who has confessed to the facts but refused to plead guilty, showed no emotion when faced with details of his bloodbath. He has been charged with “acts of terror” and faces either 21 years in prison — a sentence that could be extended indefinitely if he is still considered a threat to society — or closed psychiatric care, possibly for life.
Ukraine’s jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko has been on a hunger strike for the past five days to protest her treatment and demand an end to political repression, her lawyer said Tuesday. “Yulia Tymoshenko began a hunger strike on Friday,” her lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko told AFP after visiting Tymoshenko in the eastern city of Kharkiv where she has been jailed since last year on abuse-of-office charges. “It’s an unlimited hunger strike. She is calling for an end to political repressions in Ukraine,” her lawyer said. The flamboyant but divisive 2004 Orange Revolution leader was jailed for seven years for negotiating a gas deal with Russia while prime minister in 2009 that the new administration says was against Ukraine’s interests. Tymoshenko, 51, has complained of ill health in jail and asked to have treatment abroad. She began her hunger strike after she said she was forcibly taken to a local hospital on Friday evening. Her lawyer Vlasenko read out a statement in which Tymoshenko complained of being beaten by prison staff and dragged to an ambulance against her will. “Three strong men came up to my bed, threw a sheet on me and then started pulling me off the bed by force. In my pain and despair I defended myself as I could, and I received ... a strong blow in the stomach,” Tymoshenko said in the statement. “They tied up my arms and legs and ... dragged me out in the sheet,” she said. “I thought it was the last minutes of my life.” Her lawyer told journalists outside the prison earlier that “her arms were covered with bruises and she had a large bruise on her stomach, which is still visible four days after it happened.”
israel legalises 3 settler outposts, angering palestinians JERUSALEM afP
Israel on Tuesday decided to legalise three settler outposts in a move denounced by the Palestinians as a dismissive response to a letter from president Mahmud Abbas calling for a settlement freeze. A ministerial committee has decided “to formalise the status of three communities which were established in the 1990s,” the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The move sparked an angry response from the Palestinians and from Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now, which said it was the first time the government had created new settlements since the 1990s. The three outposts — Bruchin, Rechelim and Sansana — had no Israeli legal status since they were set up, but will now join the 120 official settlements dotted across the occupied West Bank that are home to more than 342,000 people. The Palestinian leadership said the decision was “expected” and said it was “the Israeli answer” to a letter from Abbas to Netanyahu, in which he laid out the Palestinian grievances over the collapse of the peace process and outlined his demands for restarting negotiations.
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Foreign News 17 Sudan bombs South, Kiir says rival has ‘declared war’ Wednesday, 25 April, 2012
Five terror suspects held in Britain LONDON afP
British police arrested five men Tuesday on suspicion of terror offences in the town of Luton, northwest of London, in preplanned raids. The men, aged 35, 30, 24, 23 and 21, were arrested “on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism,” Scotland Yard police headquarters said. They were arrested at five residential addresses in Luton and were taken to a central London police station where they remain in custody. The arrests by officers from the CounterTerrorism Command were a part of a pre-planned, intelligence-led operation, Scotland Yard said. The men were arrested at houses in the Bury Park area, which has been home to a large Muslim Pakistani community since the 1970s. It is also home to Luton Central Mosque, one of the first purpose-built mosques in Britain. The local Bedfordshire Police force said the arrests were made by unarmed officers. “Full consideration has been given to treating those arrested, and especially their families, with appropriate respect for cultural and religious identity as far as is possible,” a spokeswoman said. Searches are being carried out at the five houses and are expected to take at least a day. The families of those arrested have been advised to find alternative accommodation. “There is no danger to other nearby residents,” the spokeswoman said.
OUTH Sudan’s leader accused Sudan of declaring war on Tuesday as Khartoum’s fighter jets bombed border regions in defiance of international calls for restraint. Several people were wounded in a multiple air strikes on the villages in the South’s oil-rich border regions overnight, reaching around 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the frontline between the rival armies. Salva Kiir, on a visit to Beijing where he met President Hu Jintao, said his “neighbour in Khartoum has declared war on the Republic of South Sudan.” Last week, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir threatened to crush the “insect”
government of the South, and said the time for talks was over. Beijing — a key ally of Khartoum but also the main buyer of the South’s oil — has repeatedly called for an end to weeks of border fighting, which saw the South seize and hold the key Heglig oil field from Sudanese troops for 10 days. Despite the South’s withdrawal from Heglig at the weekend, both armies are reportedly reinforcing troop numbers and digging into trenches along their contested border. Overnight Monday, bomber aircraft hit border villages in the South’s Unity state following earlier air strikes on the state capital Bentiu, governor Taban Deng said. “There are wounded people who have been evacuated to Bentiu hospital, some of them are farmers, some are soldiers,” Deng told reporters in Bentiu. Khartoum has repeatedly denied
it has launched air strikes on the South, but United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday deplored the cross-border air raids, and called on both nations to prevent the fighting escalating further. Kiir was pleading his case to Chinese authorities, but analysts said Beijing was unlikely to take sides and would keep pushing for dialogue. Border tensions are high, although Deng said that at present “with the exception of aerial bombardment, the front line is quiet.” However, Mac Paul, the South’s deputy director of military intelligence, warned he had “information from our sources the Sudanese army is mobilising for a push on Bentiu,” claims that could not be confirmed. Bentiu lies at least 60 kilometres (40 kilometres) from the frontline with Sudan’s army, and large numbers of
Southern troops and tanks have moved into the border zone to bolster defences. South Sudan has warned it will fight back if Sudan does not end its aerial attacks. “We cannot be sitting at the mercy of the Sudanese air force,” Deng added. “If nothing is being done, for sure we will retaliate... We are very serious about this. We are not joking.” Southerners are furious at what they see as international inaction against Khartoum, after they complied with the demands to withdraw. “We were asked to withdraw from Heglig: we did. They have been asked to stop the aerial bombardment and incursions into South Sudan, they have not done so,” Deng said. “We are capable of defending ourselves, including going back to Heglig ... I think you people should take us seriously on this. The underdog can also bite.”
Sacked Yemen general finally quits post: Un envoy SANAA afP
Yemen’s sacked air force commander, who has refused to quit for weeks, on Tuesday left the post he has held for nearly three decades, the United Nations envoy to Yemen said. “General Mohammed Saleh al-Ahmar has handed his duties over to his successor,” Jamal Benomar told AFP. “I personally attended the handover ceremony.” On April 6, President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi issued a decree in which he sacked Ahmar, a half-brother of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, as well as the exleader’s nephew General Tariq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, who heads the presidential guard. Both generals had refused to quit, and Ahmar’s loyalists even surrounded Sanaa’s airport and threatened to shoot down planes, forcing its closure for one day. The airport was reopened after international and regional powers voiced support for Hadi, who must restructure the army based on a Gulf-brokered deal that Yemen’s political parties have agreed upon. When asked if General Tariq Mohammed Abdullah Saleh had also agreed to quit, Benomar only responded by saying that “all of Hadi’s decisions are being implemented.” General Ahmar had refused to comply with Hadi’s order to go unless the defence minister and other senior officials also stepped down.
CairO: Egyptian school girls shout slogans as they drive past a demonstration in front of Saudi arabian embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, calling for the release of Egyptians who have been detained in the kingdom, including ahmed al-Gizawi (portrait) who was arrested on april 17. Afp
Sarkozy, Hollande step up battle to woo French far right PARIS afP
Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist rival Francois Hollande stepped up their battle Tuesday for the six million votes that went to the far right in the first round of France’s presidential election. “It’s up to me to convince the National Front (FN) voters,” Hollande told Liberation newspaper, arguing that many of them were in fact leftwing and their support for the antiimmigrant, anti-eU party was a protest vote. Hollande and the rightwing Sarkozy — who beat off eight other candidates in Sunday’s first round — will now square off in a final round on May 6 that opinion polls say the Socialist will win. But both candi-
dates know their fate may rest in the hands of the 18 percent of voters who plumped for National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who wants to ditch the euro and who rails against the “Islamisation” of France. The election has laid bare deep French fears over globalisation, the european debt crisis and austerity measures aimed at stemming it, and national identity. Hollande gave a lengthy interview to Liberation to explain that the massive FN vote was the expression of “social anger” and that he hoped to be able to bring these millions of disgruntled voters back to the mainstream. He said voters identified Sarkozy with the european Union’s free-market ideology and the austerity measures the bloc has imposed across
the continent to try and contain its lingering debt crisis. Hollande’s promised alternative is to emphasise measures for growth to stem France’s rising unemployment, which now stands at nearly three million out of a population of 65 million. The Socialist was due to campaign later Tuesday in Hirson in northern France, where he was to meet factory workers in a region where Le Pen got her second highest score in Sunday’s first round. Sarkozy has since Sunday stepped up the right-wing rhetoric he has deployed during his campaign to try to woo FN voters. At a rally in Longjumeau in the Paris suburbs Tuesday, he hammered home the themes he has pushed for months — protecting “the French way of life,” reducing im-
migration, and encouraging hard work. He said the FN’s first-round result, which shocked many in France and raised concerns across europe, was not “reprehensible” because Le Pen had the right to stand for office and was therefore “compatible with the republic.” “The FN vote must be understood,” he told supporters. His camp was defiantly ignoring the opinion polls — one survey held after the first round said Hollande would beat Sarkozy by 54 percent to 46 in the second round. “The right again believes it can do it,” was the front-page headline of the proSarkozy newspaper Le Figaro. The incumbent has announced plans to hold a mass rally in Paris on May 1, the national labour day holiday on which the National Front every year holds a
march in Paris to honour the memory of Joan of Arc. Le Pen has said that at that march she will give her “opinion” to her supporters on whom to back in the decisive second vote, but analysts say it is unlikely she will endorse either candidate. Gilbert Collard, head of the FN support committee, said Tuesday he believed “Marine Le Pen will probably give an instruction to vote blank.” Polls show that most far-right supporters prefer Sarkozy, but up to a quarter — mainly working-class voters attracted by Le Pen’s protectionist trade policies — could switch to Hollande. Le Pen’s score on Sunday was nearly double the 10.4 percent her father and former party leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen, got when he stood in 2007.
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Yousuf out to revive career LAHORE
ORMeR Pakistan middle order batsman Muhammad Yousuf has given fitness test in a bid to win back a place in the national team. Talking to journalists, Yousuf said he had done what had been asked of him and the results would be provided by the trainers. “I am in contact with Dav Whatmore and the coaches suggestions will be beneficial, ” he said. Whatmore wants to strengthen the middle order batting of the Pakistani side before the impending Sri Lanka tour by including some more senior players. Yousuf who has not played domestic and international cricket for the last one and a half year has been practicing at the National Cricket Academy under the supervision of Whatmore. Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Aijaz Cheema, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, and fast bowler Mohammad Irfan also appeared for the fitness tests. Fitness tests for players included in the camp will also be held phase-wise, later on. Thereafter, Whatmore and fielding coach Julien Fountain will prepare a re-
port on the fitness of players and will submit a probable list of players for Sri Lanka tour to the national selection committee. He insisted that he could still compete at the highest level. The 37-year-old played the last of his 90 Tests against england at Lord's in 2010 -- a match marred by the spot-fixing scandal involving three of his teammates.
He has not been considered for selection in the last two years because he has not played in domestic matches in Pakistan, but he took part in a workout led by new Pakistan coach Whatmore. "I have given a fitness test and now the result is in the hands of PCB, " Yousuf told reporters outside the national academy here. "I am ready to play for my country and still have enough cricket left in me."
Yousuf rose from a poor background to become one of the most stylish batsmen Pakistan had ever produced, smashing 1, 788 Test runs in 2006 -- a world record for a calendar year. His career drifted after the PCB banned him for an indefinite period in March 2010 following the disastrous tour of Australia, which he captained. The ban was overturned to allow Yousuf a comeback on the 2010 england tour, during which Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were charged and eventually jailed for arranging deliberate no-balls for money. Yousuf, who has played 288 oneday and three Twenty20 internationals, said he has been playing regular cricket and wanted to feature in the english county championship, though a deal with Leicestershire fell through. Whatmore said the fitness of all Pakistani players will be assessed before next month's tour to Sri Lanka. "The fitness test was designed to give everyone an idea where they stand now and after a prescription of work to re-test and see the improvement, " he said. Pakistan play two Twenty20s, five one-day internationals and three Tests on their tour of Sri Lanka from late May to mid-July.
younus wants ponting answers critics the captain's arm-band again with run landmark PESHAWAR
With the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) looking for younger legs to take over from Misbahul Haq as Pakistan captain, experienced batsman and former captain Younus Khan has put his name in the hat to don the captain's arm-band once again, saying that he will consider the offer if one is put forward by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Younus, who led Pakistan to the 2009 World Twenty20 title as well as the Champions Trophy semi-final later that year, resigned from captaincy after the home series against New Zealand in the UAe, claiming he was not getting support from the team members. Since then, the 34year old has declined offers to lead the side, telling the authorities that he wanted to focus on his batting. However, after questions being raised over Misbah's captaincy in all the three formats, Younus expressed desire to share the responsibility. “I will definitely consider any such offer from the PCB, ” Younus told reporters in Peshawar. Meanwhile, at 76 not out, Younus wants to play 100 Tests before hanging up his boots. “I will retire after playing 100 Tests, ” said the batsmen. “But it all depends on my performance and fitness.” He also expressed disappointment at the postponement of the Bangladesh tour and said the nation will have to withstand the miscreants. “even the ICC cannot do anything on the revival of international cricket till the situation improves here.” While touring nations continue to stay away from the country, Younus urged the media to focus on domestic cricket in order to gain the interest of the masses and get them into it as well. The former captain also lamented the spot-fixing scandal which defamed the country's cricket and added that nobody had ever contacted him in this regard.
Australian veteran Ricky Ponting answered questions about his retirement in customary style as he became Test cricket's second-highest run-scorer in the third match against West Indies. The 37year-old, who has repeatedly faced down calls to quit, overtook Rahul Dravid's 13,288 by the narrowest of margins -- a single run -- when he was out for 23 on day one at Windsor Park, Roseau. The former Australian captain, who compiled his 13,289 in 165 matches, now trails only India's Sachin Tendulkar in the alltime list. The "Little Master" is on 15,470. "My love for the game and passion and desire to play and be successful hasn't changed," said Ponting on Sunday, the eve of the final Test, when asked if he was considering quitting. "even when things were really tough a few months ago, all I wanted to do was try to give myself the best chance to be able to play well again. "I felt I got there through the summer and I feel like I'm batting
really well at the moment. I've still got a few things I want to achieve and a few games of cricket I want to be a part of and win for Australia. "As long as I feel I can play a role winning games of cricket for Australia I'll continue to do it. I'm enjoying it as much as ever and probably working harder than ever on my game." Ponting had previously scored four, 14, seven and 41 in the three-Test series, renewing questions about his future. The World Cup-winner was axed from Australia's one-day set-up in February, despite roaring back from a lean spell by averaging 108.80 in the 40 Test sweep of India. But he received backing from captain Michael Clarke, who said runs had been hard to come by on the Test tour which Australia lead 1-0. "He's hitting the ball well, probably hasn't got that big score that he'd like but none of us have. Conditions haven't been great for making big hundreds," Clarke told www.cricinfo.com. "If you wanted to make runs here you had to bat for a hell of a long time, and need a bit of luck as well along the way.
Taimoor appointed captain of Asia Pacific Golf Team LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
The 2012 golf contest between the 12 member Asia Pacific Golf Team and a twelve member europe Team will start from Wednesday, 25th April at the par 72, Monte Rei Golf and Country Club Golf Course in Portugal. A notable honor for Pakistan is that Taimoor Hassan, a legendary golfer of the country and Secretary, Pakistan Golf Federation has been nominated as non playing Captain of the Asia Pacific Team, by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation that looks after amateur golf in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. This three days international golf event between teams from Asia Pacific and europe was introduced in 1998 and eversince is held every two years, hosted alternately in Asia or europe. The last edition in 2010 scheduled for India was cancelled owing to the volcanic ash eruptions in europe which restricted air travel. The current Asia Pacific Team led by Taimoor Hassan of Pakistan is strong indeed and comprises the 2012 US Masters leading amateur, the Asia Amateur Champion, the Australian Amateur Medalist, the World Universities Champion, the New Zealand Amateur Champion, the Chinese Amateur Champion, the Australian Men’s Stroke Play Champion, Australian Boys Champion, Japan Open Leading Amateur, Taiwanese Amateur champion and Thailand Match Play Champion. And the names of these players are, Benjamin Campbell, Mathew Perry(New Zealand), Jake Higginbottom, Cameron Smith(Australia), Chang Woo Lee, Soo Min Lee(Korea), Hideke Malsuyama, Taiher Sato(Japan), Seenappa Chikkarangappa, Khali Hiteshi Joshi(India), Chien Yao Hung(Chinese Taipei), and Natipong Snithong(Thailand). Team europe comprises of Thomas Delry(Belgium), Alan Dunbar(Ireland), Rhys enoch(Wales), Jack Hilute, Ben Taylor(england), Daan Huizing, Robin Kind(Netherlands), Moritz Lampert, Marcel Scneider(Germany), Jon Rahm(Spain), Robert Karlsson(Sweden) and Manuel Trappel(Austria). The non playing Captain of Team europe is Andrew B. Morgan of Wales. Current holders of the Sir Michael Bonnellack Trophy for which the contenders aim for, is held by europe which they won in 2008. The Monte Rei Golf Course, where this championship starts today, is a world class golf destination in Portugal. designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Pakistan team named for Junior Asia Cup Hockey LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
The Pakistan Hockey Federation on Tuesday picked the national junior team for participation in the 7th Men's Junior Asia Cup. The trials to select final lineup of junior hockey team were held at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium Karachi on April 24. The National Selection Committee observed the trials and after approval of President PHF announced 18 players for the event. PLAYeRS: Mazhar Abbas, Syed Kashif Shah (Vice-Capt), Muhammad Khalid, Aleem Bilal, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Tousiq, Tasawwar Abbas, Kashif Javed, Zohaib Ashraf, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Umar Bhutta (Capt), Muhammad Dilber, Ali Shan, Muhammad Suleman, Muhammad Umair, Hafiz Umer Sardar, Muhammad Jaffar and Hafiz Rizwan Ali.
OFFICIALS: Rana Mujahid Ali (Manager/Head Coach), Danish Kaleem, Anjum Saeed & Ahmed Alam (Coaches), Asad Abbas Shah (Team Doctor) & Syed Abu Zar Umrao (Video-Analyst). The team will leave for IPOH on 26th April 2012. Revised Match Schedule is attached. The Pakistan team which will play China in its opening match on May 4 will lock horns against India on May 6 in the 7th Men's Junior Asia Cup to be played in Malacca, Malaysia from May 3 to 13. With the approval of International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Asian Hockey
Federation has released match schedule and Pakistan has been placed in pool B along with India, China and Sri Lanka while Pool A have Korea, Malaysia, Iran and Japan. Pakistan will open its campaign against China on May 4 while on the opening day (May 3) Korea will play Japan and Malaysia will take on Iran. Pakistan will be playing ist second match against India and looking at the pools, the junior greens have a positive chance to reach the semifinals of the tournament. Schedule: Date, Match#, Pool, Match Thu May 3, 01 A Korea v Japan, 02 A, Malaysia v Iran
Fri May 4, 03 B Pakistan v China, 04 B India v Sri Lanka Sat May 5, 05 A Japan v Iran, 06 A, Malaysia v Korea Sun May 6, 07 B China v Sri Lanka, 08, B India v Pakistan, 09 A Korea v Iran Mon May 7, 10 15h00 1 B China v India, 11 B Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 12 A Japan v Malaysia Tue May 8, Rest Day Wed May 9, 13 05-08 3rd Pool A V 4th Pool B, 14 05-08 3rd Pool B v 4th Pool A Thu May 10, 15 01-04 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B, 16 01-04 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A Fri May 11, Rest Day Sat May 12, 17 07-08 Loser Match 13 v Loser Match 14, 18 05-06 Winner Match 13 v Winner Match 14 Sun May 13, 19 03 – 04 Loser Match 15 v Loser Match 16, 20 01 – 02 Winner Match 15 v Winner Match 16.
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Sehwag keeps Delhi Daredevils at No. 1 PUNE
eLHI Daredevils strengthened their reputation as the team to beat in IPL 2012 and marched to a convincing victory over Pune Warriors at the Subrata Roy Stadium, with four overs to spare. Warriors had won both previous matches at their new home stadium but were unable to collect a third success after posting too few runs with the bat despite a thirdwicket stand of 145 between Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa. Warriors bowlers had few answers for Virender Sehwag and struggled to keep him quiet as they were unable to find the right lines, despite a stern team talk by Allan Donald at the innings break. Their only success came with the run-out of Mahela Jayawardene and wicket of Kevin Pietersen, who top-edged to mid-on. Warriors' batsmen were made to rue a slow start and an inability to get going despite plundering 47 runs off the last four overs. Irfan Pathan and Morne Morkel did early damage to Warriors and removed Jesse Ryder and Sourav Ganguly in the first two overs. Ryder was guilty of a lazy push in front and was bowled by Irfan's second ball, which kept low and snuck through him and Ganguly sliced Morkel to third man. Warriors
were 2 for 2 and needed a quick recovery. Pandey and Uthappa put up a solid resistance and balanced caution with the need to attack fairly well early on. Pandey opened the boundary count with a confident pull over mid-on off Irfan and a superb drive on the up off Umesh Yadav. Just as the pair started to break the shackles, Daredevils left-arm spin duo of Pawan Negi and Shahbaz Nadeem made sure they were restrained again. They gave away just 33 runs in the six overs they bowled in tandem. Negi should also have had the wicket of Pandey to his name. Pandey hit a full ball straight to Kevin Pietersen at long-on but Pietersen seemed to think it would not carry to him and allowed it fall safely. Nadeem also had a chance to claim Pandey's wicket, when the batsmen hit a delivery straight back to him in his final over. The ball was hit hard and Nadeem got his hands up in time but could not hold on. Despite putting down both chances Pandey offered them, Daredevils were still able to keep a lid on Warriors. Pandey looked to go bigger in the last six overs and started by smacking Irfan for a four down the ground to reach his half-century off 40 balls. He could not get away though, as Negi's final over kept the pressure on, although he too dropped a return catch which would have sent Pandey back. The only option was to target the quicks
at the end. Pandey used Umesh Yadav's extra pace to his advantage, hitting him over longon and past third man while Uthappa tried the same off Morkel. He inside-edged a yorker four four and smacked a ball to long-on before scooping a ball over short fine leg to bring up his half-century. Both batsmen played fine knocks but Sehwag's proved better. Daredevils' captain started with a mix of fortune and fury as he was involved in the mixup which saw Jayawardene run out and inside edged Ashish Nehra for four. In between those, he pulled Nehra in front of square to show some measure of control and seized the rest of it against Luke Wight. He helped a ball to fine leg for four and smashed a slower one over long-on for six. He also won the battle of the captains when he too two boundaries off Ganguly's only over. With Kevin Pietersen at the other end, Sehwag took Daredevils halfway to their target by the time the time out was called after seven overs. When Pietersen was caught by Ryder for 27, Daredevils needed just 36 more to win. Ross Taylor got some much needed time at the crease and accompanied Sehwag for the last rites. Sehwag continued to pepper the boundary rope and won the match with a six over long-on to create some distance between Daredevils and their rivals at the top of the table. Scores: delhi daredevils 148 for 2 (Sehwag 87*) beat Pune Warriors 146 for 2 (Pandey 80*) by eight wickets
De Villiers, Dilshan sink rajasthan JAIPUR CriCinfO
Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers helped Royal Challengers Bangalore overcome a major disruption to their plans and secure their fourth win of the season, bringing them level on points with the other top sides in the league. After Chris Gayle fell sick minutes before the match began and did not open, Royal Challengers stagnated, scoring only 67 for 3 by the 12th over, before de Villiers initiated the recovery during an aggressive partnership with Dilshan. Following Gayle's dismissal for 4 - lbw to Brag Hogg's quicker delivery - de Villiers and Dilshan blitzed 122 in 8.2 overs, as the ball flew to and over the boundary through a combination of inventive and orthodox shots. De Villiers launched five sixes, hitting 59 off 23 balls, while Dilshan, who had scored only 38 off his first 39, ended on 76 off 58 deliveries. They powered Royal Challengers to 189, a total that seemed a pipe dream earlier. During Royals' chase, Rahul Dravid played an innings similar to what Dilshan had done for Royal Challengers. Dravid opened and scored steadily at one end, motoring to a half-century, while his partners
struggled at the other. The asking-rate was rising rapidly, though, and left-arm spinner KP Appanna, who was brought in for this game, broke Royals' chase. He dismissed the top four Royals batsmen, beginning with the in-form Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah, to finish with 4 for 19. While Dravid did a Dilshan, no one did a de Villiers for Royals, and the upshot was a 46-run defeat. The impact de Villiers had on the match was immediate. After taking a three off his first ball, he began the acceleration by hoisting offspinner Ajit Chandila for consecutive sixes over midwicket in the 13th over. They were the first sixes of Royal Challengers' innings. Though the next two overs had only a boundary each in them, de Villiers and Dilshan ran aggressively to increase the run flow. Dilshan then broke free in the 16th over, lofting Siddharth Trivedi over the long-off boundary and pulling him for four through square leg. Hogg, who had troubled the earlier batsmen with his left-arm wrist spin, lost his line and length and was punished for consecutive boundaries by Dilshan. even Kevon Cooper, who bowled economically in his first two overs, suffered towards the end, de Villiers carting him over the straight boundary before fishing out the reverse-paddle through fine leg.
Misbah to grace Wade ton drives resurgent Australia bank Alfalah off to a winning start intervarsity prize SCOrEBOard ceremony ROSEAU
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The University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore, is organizing the prize distribution ceremony of the 8thUMT Cricket Challenge Trophy 2012 at its campus on March 25, 2012. Captain of the Pakistani Cricket Team and University of Management and Technology alumnus Misbah ul Haq will be the chief guest of the ceremony. Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed, President LCCA and CeO Shapes, and Dr Riaz Ahmed, Resident Sports Physician, National Cricket Academy, PCB, will be the guests of honor on this occasion. It may be noted that University of Management and Technology organizes the Clash 20 Cricket Challenge Championship every year. Top teams from educational institutions of Lahore compete in the event. University of Management and Technology cricket team bagged this yearâ€™s trophy and is the current champion.
Matthew Wade powered Australia back into the match with his first Test century as West Indies struggled to finish off Australia's tail on the second morning in Dominica. Australia added 116 to their overnight total for the loss of their final three wickets, the last two taken by Shane Shillingford, who finished with 6 for 119 as the Australians were eventually dismissed for 338 less than ten minutes before the scheduled lunch break. earlier, Shane Shillingford celebrated becoming the first Dominican to play Test cricket in his home country in style on Monday as the West Indies offspinner took four Australian wickets on the opening day of the third and final Test at Windsor Park. Australia finished the day on 212 for seven, in some trouble after winning the toss. They only need a draw to take the series having won the first Test in Barbados. It was an unforgettable day for 29year-old Shillingford as, getting bounce out of the pitch, he bowled an uninterrupted spell of twenty-four overs and finished with 4-77. He claimed the scalps of David Warner (50), Ricky Ponting (23), Michael Clarke (24) and Mike Hussey
(10). "These guys are guys who once they get in score a lot of runs. Getting these guys out is a real honour for me," said Shillingford. "I normally get a good amount of bounce but on the second or third day. On the first day, especially with the spin I got, it was a little surprising but (when) I started getting that I started feeling well." Shillingford could barely believe how the day had gone for him. "I started off walking the guys onto the field. The skipper told me to keep my cool, play my normal game and from there I started feeling better and all the excitement came. "I've never got a fivewicket haul in Test cricket. Coming up against Australia, I have a chance to get one so it's definitely something I want do, especially playing at home." The morning session yielded just the one wicket thanks to Ravi Rampaul. On his return to the side after a bout of dengue fever and subsequently a shoulder injury, Rampaul's second delivery came back into ed Cowan who didn't play a shot and the ball struck him on the pad trapping him lbw. Warner and Watson prevented any more wickets falling before lunch but were hindered by an outfield which slowed the ball down - only sixteen boundaries were hit during the day. They put together a partnership of 83
australia 1st innings E. Cowan lbw b rampaul 1 50 d. Warner c Powell b Shillingford 41 S. Watson c deonarine b Sammy r. Ponting c Sammy b Shillingford 23 M. Clarke c Barath b Shillingford 24 10 M. hussey c Sammy b Shillingford 106 MS Wade c Bravo b Shillingford rJ harris c Baugh b roach 4 Ma Starc run out (Brathwaite/â€ Baugh) 35 BW hilfenhaus b Shillingford 19 0 nM Lyon not out 15 Extras (b 4, lb 6, w 3, nb 2) Total (all out; 114.5 overs) 328 fall of wickets: 1-1 (Cowan, 1.2 ov), 2-84 (Watson, 39.5 ov), 3-105 (Warner, 45.3 ov), 4-142 (Ponting, 59.5 ov),5-157 (Clarke, 67.3 ov), 6-164 (hussey, 73.2 ov), 7-169 (harris, 76.2 ov), 8-226 (Starc, 94.2 ov), 9-328 (Wade, 114.3 ov),10-328 (hilfenhaus, 114.5 ov) Bowling: KaJ roach 23-5-72-1, r rampaul 24-6-65-1, dJG Sammy 217-48-1, S Shillingford 42.5-9-119-6, n deonarine 4-0-14-0 West indies: darren Sammy (capt), adrian Barath, Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, narsingh deonarine, Carlton Baugh, Shane Shillingford, Kemar roach, ravi rampaul Toss: australia Umpires: Marais Erasmus (rSa), Tony hill (nZL) Third umpire: ian Gould (EnG) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (nZL) rOSEaU: West indies bowler Shane Shillingford (L) celebrates with captain darren Sammy (r) after taking the wicket of australian batsman Michael hussey, caught by Sammy.
before Watson struck a pull shot off Darren Sammy in the air to backward square-leg where Narsingh Deonarine ran in and took the catch.
LAHORE: Bank Alfalah made a winning start in the LPC Polo Cup 2012 here on Tuesday when it beat Waves and Cool Point. Bank Alfalah score four goals and allowed Waves & Cool Point manage just two in the given four chukker game. Omar Asjad Malhi and Agha Musa Ali Khan shared two goals each for the winning side while Babar Monnoo scored both the losing team goals. STaff rEPOrT
KC players honoured LAHORE: Kinnaid College on Tuesday honoured its top performing players and athletes with shields and trophies. According to Ms Moosheen, director sports KC, all the outstanding players who brought honours in basketball, cricket, table tennis athletics, hockey badminton, volleyball etc were awarded. Deputy Speaker, Punjab Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan was the chief guest of the ceremony. Usman Anwar, director general Sports Punjab, Mrs Rana Mashood, Zakir Hussain, Saba Sadiq, Khawaja Imran NazirMs Kausar Shah, Ms Attiya Mumtaz, Mian Javed Ali and Dr Rukhsana David were also present on the occasion. STaff rEPOrT
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PU dominate HEC Women Cycling LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
Another three events were decided in the HeC Women Cycling Championship with Punjab University maintaining the top position on Tuesday. On the second day chief Judge of this championship was Qasir Saddiq Bhatti. The Results:-10km indivisual road team time trial: Razia Punjab University 28M:12S:16P, Mariya Lahore College University 29M:14S:56P, Sidra Shaheed Bazir Bhattio University 32M:11S:86P, Anita Superior University 34M:28S:85P, Mariya Islamic Int. University Islamabad 35m.40s:63p, Nageen Karachi University 1m:40S:98p. 10 Km Road Scratch Race: Sidra Punjab University, Razia Punjab University, Asia Lahore College University, Nida Punjab University, Mehwish Punjab University, Maria Punjab University 1km team sprint: Punjab University 1M:37S:52P, Lahore College University 1M:41S:69P, Shaheed Bazir Bhattio University 2M:04S:16P, Islamic int. University Islamabad 34M:28S:85P, Karachi University 35M.40S:63P. Today the championship will conclude at 12 PM at Cycling Velodrome with One Road Team Time trial and one Track event.
ilyas steers Sajid Memorial to win LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
Sajid Memorial Cricket Club Lahore defeated Pakistan Cricket Club Karachi by 5 wickets in a friendly fixture here at the Dharampura Cricket Ground Lahore. Pakistan Cricket Club Karachi, batting first, posted 335 runs all out in the allotted 35 overs. Nabi Baksh was the top scorer with (103) runs and was ably assisted by Rauf Ali (85) and Zubair (78), Hasan Ilyas took 4-48 Jamil Babar 3-53, and Babar Amin 2-58 Sajid Memorial Cricket Club, in reply, was achieving target in 33.4 overs for the 5 wickets. Top Scorer Hasan Ilyas 123 runs, and was ably assisted by Nauman Sabir 70, Jamil Babar 66 runs. Pakistan Cricket Club Karachi bowling Asad Hammad took 2-59 and Kamran Sajid 2-62. Hasan Ilyas was declared man of the match on his all rounder performance.
BARCELONA: Spanish player Rafael Nadal plays a shot in front of the Sagrada Familia to promote the Godo Tennis Tournament. AFP
Stosur has winning start in Stuttgart Murray praises Nadal as best on clay
Pakistan rugby in elite world group LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
The Pakistan Rugby Union joins the elite group of nations in the IRB world ranking. IRB Regional General Manger Jarrad Gallagher officially informed Pakistan Rugby Union president Fawzi khawaja and congratulated PRU. He pointed out that the ranking is given to only full members of the IRB and is given on the basis of games played and performance against other IRB full members. This is another mile stone in PRU achievements in the international rugby stage. On circulation of PRU inclusion PRU was congratulated by rugby unions. executives from all over Asia. Only 14 teams out of 28 in Asia are in the IRB ranking. Pakistan is ranked 72 while India is ranked 77. Asian rugby governing Body ARFU Sectary General Ross Mitchel also congratulated PRU on the inclusion and applauded the efforts of PRU President and secretary. In there efforts Fawzi commented: “This is big moment for PRU came after our efforts of the last few years.” Arif Saeed said: “The world would see how much rugby is played in Pakistan. This ranking proves our efforts in this part of the world.”
AMANTHA Stosur carried the Fed Cup momentum into the Porsche Grand Prix as the Australian breezed 62, 6-2 past Peng Shuai of China in the tournament opener on Tuesday. The fifth-seeded Stosur took 59 minutes for the first-round victory, wrapping up her fourth success in as many meetings with the 25th-ranked Peng with a forehand winner. Stosur, the reigning US Open champion and Stuttgart finalist from 2010, won two singles rubbers on the
weekend in the same arena for Australia's 3-2 against Germany in a Fed Cup playoff tie. "It (the tournament) is a different feeling, but I am one of the lucky few who trained and played here last week," said Stosur. Due on court later Tuesday were French seven seed Marion Bartoli, French Open champion Li Na of China and title-holder Julia Goerges of Germany. The top four seeds Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska have first-round byes at the indoor clay court tournament bringing together the eight best players from this week's rankings.
BARcELOnA: The accolades continued to rain down Monday on Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard made tennis history at the weekend by winning an eighth straight Monte Carlo title in beating world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-1. But with the king of clay now turning his attention to lifting a seventh from eight attempts at the Barcelona Open, he's received an unexpected morale boost from his second-seeded main rival this week, Andy Murray. "I don't think anyone can question the fact that Nadal is the best ever on clay," said world number four Murray, who learned his own dirt tennis in the Catalan capital as a teenager. "You can never say 'never' but his eight in a row is a record that will certainly be hard to break," said Murray, who has played Barcelona twice (2005, 2006) but won just one match. He withdrew to let an elbow injury heal in 2011. Nadal will aim to keep his focus this week. "I'm only concentrating on playing well here, this is one of the nicest tournaments of the year for me. That is my challenge, not to become number one again, I'm home and this is very special to me. I'm so comfortable here." Murray said he wants to start improving his own record at the Real Club de Tenis, where he begins in the second round against Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, who beat Russian evgeny Donskoy 6-2, 6-3 on Monday. afP
Punjab, KPK in Rokhri badminton team event final LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
Punjab Greens and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa teams reached the final of Men Team event of the 14th All Pakistan Aamer Hayat Khan Rokhri Badminton Championship 2012. In the ladies team event, Punjab and Railway reach the Final. Punjab Green made a clean sweep against Railway by defeating them by 3 – 0. In Men Doubles Nabeel and Akhtar of Railways extended Shoaib and Azeem of Punjab Green and lost in three sets by the score of 21 – 19, 16 – 21, 18 – 21. In the second semi-finals, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa upset Punjab White by the score of 3 – 1. Only Anjum and Raja from Punjab White won their doubles match against Tahir and Masood of K.P by the score of 21 – 17, 21 – 10. Results: Ladies singles: Javeria Tahir (Punjab) beat Arooj Sohail (Punjab) by the score of 18 – 21, 21 – 15, 21 – 11. Amal Munib (Punjab) beat Anum (Sindh) by the score of 21 – 4, 21 – 5. Arfa (K.P) beat Sonia (Daska) by the score of 21 – 7, 21 -2. Sahrish Sheikh (DHA) beat Saba Mughal (Sindh) by the score of 21 – 9, 21 – 12. Mehmoona Ameer (Punjab) beat Javeria (FATA) by the score of 21 -7, 21 – 9. Bisma Idrees (Punjab) beat Musarat Gul (FATA) by the score of 21 -15, 21 – 10. Shumaila Sharif (Daska) beat Maryam (Sindh) by the score of 21 – 15, 21 – 18. Slama Sharif (Railway) beat Bushra (K.P) by the score of 21 – 9, 21 – 10. Ghazala Siddique (Punjab) beat Mahnoor Shahzad (Railway) by the score of 21 – 10, 21 – 13. Sufia Mughal (Sindh) Ghazala Javed (Punjab) by the score of 24 – 22, 21 – 12. Zainab Ijaz (Punjab) beat Rahat Abdul Rehman (Sindh) by the score of 21 – 15, 21 – 13 Men’s Double qualifying round will be played today at 9 am at Mayo Garden Hall, Lahore and Men’s Single 1st and 2nd Round will be played at New Khan Badminton Hall.
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Wimbledon responds to calls to share the wealth LONDON
IMBLeDON chiefs have increased the total prize money on offer at the grass-court tournament to £16.1 million ($26m, 19.7 million euros) in a bid to satisfy calls for a fairer distribution of the wealth at grand slams. There has been growing unrest among players that too much of the prize money on offer at the four majors went to the top stars, who routinely reach the lucrative later stages, at the expense of the lower ranked competitors. Late last year there were suggestions that the issue could even prompt strike action which would threaten the stability of the sport. But All england Club officials entered into talks with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray -- the top four in the men's rankings -- to debate the problem at the Indian Wells event earlier this year. And Wimbledon has responded to the big four's demands with a 10 percent increase of £1.5 million on the 2011 total prize money in a bid to ease the lower players' complaints that the cost of living on tour wasn't matched by the rewards on offer at tournaments. While the men's and women's singles champions will now take home a cheque for £1.15 million, a £50,000 rise on 2011, it is the players who crash out earlier in the tournament who benefit most from
the changes. An increase of 26 percent in prize money for first-round losers means they get £14,500 ($23,400, 17,800 euros) for just a few hours unsuccessful work compared to £11,500 last year. Second-round losers will get £23,125, a 14.9 percent rise, while third round defeats are worth £38,785, an increase of 13.1 percent. The daily allowance paid to players in the men's and women's main draws have gone up from £170 to £200, while there is also a 21 percent rise for losers in the Wimbledon qualifying event. The singles' runnersup will get £575,000 and beaten semifinalists e a r n
£287,500, both minimal rises of 4.5 percent. "Wimbledon continues to be successful and we are delighted to share that success with the players by increasing total prize money by 10 percent, the largest increase since 1993," All england Club chairman Phillip Brook said. "At the same time we appreciate the need to help players meet the rising costs associated with professional tennis, so the majority of the record £1.5 million increase will be distributed to those who are knocked out in the early rounds of the Championships." Brook insists he was never concerned that reigning Wimbledon champion
Djokovic and his fellow stars were attempting to bully the grand slams and he instead praised them for raising an issue that they could easily have ignored since they already hoover up much of the prize money. "There was never talk of (strike) action from players in any discussions I have had. We had very professional discussions with all the parties and hopefully it will be received well," Brook said. "What we have in the top four players is a group of young men who are very responsible for all those around them. "We didn't hear a request for more money for them, they wanted something done for the sport as a whole and were representing all the players, not just themselves. "It is a positive development. When I met the players at Indian Wells we asked for the opportunity to have meetings like that on a regular basis. It can only be good to have dialogue with them. "We heard genuine concern from top players and tour management that this was an issue and we have reacted to that." However, with early-round losers flying home richer than previous years despite relatively unsucc e s s f u l tournaments, Brook had to fend off accusations that Wimbledon was rewarding failure. "I respect the comment, but for anybody who is good enough in our sport to come through qualifying or be a direct entry it is an achievement of itself," he said. "You only get that opportunity by having considerable success elsewhere on the tour during the year."
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Pakistan women A team off to Japan LAHORE: The Pakistan Women-A Cricket Team leaves for Japan to take part in the Pakistan-Japan 60th Anniversary Cricket Festival. The Pakistan will play three T20 matches against Japan National Team on April 28, 29 and 30. The PCB Women Wing has already announced the following 14 members Women Team for this tour:Ayesha Qazi, Mariam Hassan Shah (C), Komal Feroze, Sidra Amin, Mahlaqa Mansoor, Maryum Shafique, Sidra Nawaz, Namra Imran, Sania Iqbal, Aliya Riaz, Sumaiya Siddiqui, Sana Gulzar (VC), Saima Maqsood, Zeba Manzoor.
Top ranked boxers in national C’ship semis LAHORE: Another four top boxers of the country have eased into the next round of the 34th Velo National Boxing Championship winning their respective bouts without difficulty as 11 fights were decided till date on Tuesday. Mohamamd Waseem of Wapda, Sajjad Ali of Army, Khawar Ali of Wapda and Asmat Ullah of Railways won their fights without any tough challenge from their opponents. Results: 52 kgs: S.M Asif (Railways) beat Habib Ranges RSC injured 2nd rd, Mohammad Waseem (Wapda) beat qadeer Hussain islamabad RSc oC 1st rd, Hallar q HEC beat Akhtar Ali KPK RSc inj 1st rd, Shoaib Sindh beat Segar Gul balochistan on points 16-13, 56 kgs: Mohammad Raza Railways beat Mohibullah Police Rsc 1st rd, Sajjad Ali Army beat Mohammad Khan Punjab Ret 1st rd, naqeebullah beat balochistan Rt 1st rd, Asadullah HEc beat Mohammad Waheed fATA 9-4, Khawar Ali Wapda beat Awais Khan KPK Rsc oc, 56 kgs: Asmat Ullah Railways beat Shamsul Haq Punjab 12-6, Aamer navy beat Sajid farman Rangers 17-5. STaff rEPOrT
Britain open olympics against Senegal LONDON afP
Host nation Great Britain will kick off the Olympic football tournament against Senegal at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground on July 26 following the draw made at Wembley here on Tuesday. Senegal became the final men's team to clinch their place in the tournament when they beat Oman 2-0 in a playoff in Coventry, central england, on Monday. Britain, who qualified as hosts, have also been drawn alongside Uruguay and the United Arab emirates in Group A. Both Uruguay and Senegal could call on Premier League players -- Newcastle strike duo Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are both Senegalese while Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is from Uruguay. The men's teams are made up of under-23 players with three over-age players permitted per squad. Brazil, tipped for gold in the absence of title holders Argentina, were drawn against egypt, Belarus and New Zealand.
In all 16 teams in the men's event will be split into four groups, with the top two from each qualifying for the quarter-finals. Unlike most other Olympic events, which will take place in London, organisers have tried to make the football tournament a truly British competition by spreading games around the country. So as well as playing the UAe at Wembley on July 29, Pearce's men will also face Uruguay in the Welsh capital Cardiff on August 1. Former england captain David Beckham, who played a leading role in the campaign to bring the Olympics to his home city of London, could feature in the British team as an over-age player in what is primarily an Under-23 tournament. "I'll know a bit more about David Beckham's chances when I go to the States and see him," Pearce said following the draw. "He's been a great ambassador but that's no guarantee he'll get in the squad. I'm picking on form and merit alone." Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football chiefs remain adamantly opposed
to their players taking part in a British Olympic team, fearing it could be the first step on the road to extinction as independent football nations. The squad may not reflect every home nation and celebrity but they will be the best 18 players who have the best opportunity to deliver a gold," said Pearce. "That's my only criteria." Pearce, who in addition to his regular beat as england's Under-21 manager is also in caretaker charge of the full national team with a permanent successor to Fabio Capello still to be appointed ahead of the upcoming euro 2012, was coy about the draw. "I think it's all to play for. "Having spoken to a lot of players, I've sensed a willingness to be a part of the Olympics. Clubs have to look after themselves. "But for the great of Great Britain, everyone has to get behind this team." In the women's tournament, Britain will be up against female football superpower Brazil in their group phase. Brazil's Marta is arguably the best player in the women's game and GB coach Hope Powell, the long-serving manager of the england side from which the bulk of the Olympic squad will be drawn, said: "It will be a great game against Brazil. "They are the tough team in the group. They are always there or thereabouts in major tournaments." Men's Tournament Group A: Great britain, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay Group b: Mexico, South Korea, Gabon, Switzerland Group C: brazil, Egypt, belarus, new Zealand Group d: Spain, Japan, Honduras, Morocco note: The top two teams from each group go through to the quarter-finals. Women's Tournament Group E: Great britain, new Zealand, Cameroon, brazil Group f: Japan, Canada, Sweden, South Africa Group G: USA, france, Colombia, north Korea note: The top two teams from each group and the two best third-placed teams qualify for the quarter-finals.
CoVEnTRy: Senegal's ibrahima balde (R) celebrates scoring during the final qualification play-off match for the men’s olympic football competition between Senegal and oman at City of Coventry Stadium. Afp
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US hesitant to tender apology over NATO strike delay in reopening of nATo supply routes likely g
ISLAMABAD Shaiq hUSSain
In response to a strong demand by Pakistan, the US is hesitant to tender an unconditional apology over the NATO airstrikes on Pakistani border posts that killed two dozen soldiers in November, which could cast a dark shadow on crucial talks between President’s Obama Special envoy Marc Grossman and Pakistani leadership scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) and may further delay the reopening of NATO supply routes.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman is expected to arrive today (Wednesday) to hold talks with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani. On Thursday, Ambassador Grossman will participate in the ‘trilateral core group’ meeting of US, Pakistan and Afghanistan at the Foreign Ministry. The main purpose of Grossman’s visit and his talks with Pakistani leaders is to do away with the deadlock between Islamabad and Washington over the US apology over the Salala attack and the reopening of NATO supply routes. The Obama administration was willing
to tender an apology last month over NATO airstrikes and the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers, but Islamabad asked it to put off this important move until the parliamentary review of Pakistan-US ties was completed. “However, the burning of copies of holy Quran in Afghanistan and an apology by President Obama to the Afghan government and people changed the whole situation with American officials deciding not to tender another apology in a short span of few weeks,” said a Pakistani diplomat, seeking anonymity. He said since President Obama had to make his re-election bid later this year, democrats felt that a second public apology in a matter of few days and weeks could se-
riously harm the incumbent president’s election’s campaign. He, nonetheless, said that the US would have to tender that apology as Pakistan had made it clear that without that move by Washington, resumption of NATO supplies would not be possible. “Pakistan has given its list of demands to US after the recent joint session of parliament, which included an apology over attack on its border posts and halt to drone strikes. If the US is not willing to stop drone attacks, then what else it could give to Pakistan except to tender an apology over the Salala incident,” the diplomat said. Another Pakistani official said Ambassador Grossman would also lead the US delegation in talks at trilateral core group
meeting with Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani heading the Pakistani team and the deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan representing his country. He said the core group meeting was an important development in the context of ongoing reconciliation process between the US, Afghan government and the Taliban and since it was being held after a long while owing to stalemate in Pakistan-US ties so authorities in the three capitals attached great important to those talks. “The important feature of core group meeting would be the talks on possible role that Pakistan could play in persuading the Taliban to enter into meaningful peace talks with the United States,” the official said.
SC rejects Haqqani’s plea for video statement ISLAMABAD STaff rEPOrT
LahOrE: residents of Shahdara block the road during a protest against load shedding on Tuesday. inp
rs 9.5m taken Taliban seek release of in Karachi 5 comrades in return bank heist; for Shahbaz Taseer Militants had earlier guard involved KARACHI STaff rEPOrT
Six armed men succeeded in robbing over Rs 9.5 million rupees from a private bank at PeCHS Block 06 in the jurisdiction of Tipu Sultan Police Station on Tuesday. Talking to Pakistan Today, SHO Haji Sanaullah said that six robbers barged into Habib Bank’s PeCHS branch at around 9pm with the support of security guard Najaf Ali. Four of them guarded the doors, while the other two collected at gunpoint over 9.5 million rupees from the cashier and strong room, he said, adding that Najaf fled along with the other men. He said the bank manager informed the police and a party rushed to the spot. He said the police had secured the CCTV footage of the crime. He said that six robbers arrived in a hi-roof and fled after looting the bank. The SHO claimed that the armed robbers took the guard with them to show that the bank staff were going to transfer cash to the head office. He said the case had been transferred to the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and a first information report no 141/ 12 under section 395 had been lodged against Najaf Ali and six unidentified robbers on the complaint of the bank manager late on Tuesday night.
demanded freedom for 20 cohorts
Rejecting an application filed by former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani in which he requested the court to direct the memo commission to record his statement abroad via video link, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it was the prerogative of the commission to decide the mechanism of recording statements. A 10-member special bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said in its order that, “The commission, without prejudice in case of anybody, may adopt a procedure for recording of statement in the interest of justice as desired by it.” At the onset of hearing, Asma Jahangir, counsel for Haqqani, pointed out that under the earlier order of the apex court in the memo scandal, her client was not bound to record his statement in Pakistan and not from abroad. She told the bench that the commission turned down request of Haqqani to record statement through video link in London when he reached the same building from where Mansoor ejaz was recording his statement through video conferencing. She submitted that Haqqani’ fundamental right was breached because he was not allowed to record statement through video link, but Mansoor Ijaz was permitted to record statement through the video conference before the commission. Asma alleged that Haqqani was declared accused before trial of the case, saying she was only requesting the bench to extend the same facility to her client which was provided to Mansoor Ijaz for recording the statement from abroad. She categorically repeated that a facility which was extended to an alien in the case must be given to Haqqani as
well. The chief justice remarked that everybody was out of danger when moving outside Islamabad, saying the biggest protector was God, to which Asma said if everybody in the country believed the perception, then she would have no objection to the presence of her client in Pakistan. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar observed that if Haqqani had been receiving threats during his stay in Pakistan, was it possible for him to put a request to record his statement abroad. Asma said that country’s establishment was powerful and nobody could be spared from it. The bench inquired from the counsel for Haqqani if she would raise any objection in case the court observed that the issue of recording the statement should be tackled by the memo commission. Asma submitted that she would not raise any objection. A petitioner in the case, Tariq Asad, appeared before the bench and read out the last four lines of the order of the apex court relating to the memo commission on January 30, 2011 and said there were crystal clear orders that Haqqani was bound to return to Pakistan within four days when summoned. “In the past, everybody was taking the contempt of court matter seriously but the situation is totally different now, as in the corridors of apex court people openly discuss contempt of court matters.” He also named TV anchor Najam Sethi, who frequently discussed contempt of court related matters in his program. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said the court conducted its proceedings under the law and had nothing to do with the discussions which were out of the law. Akram Sheikh, counsel for Mansoor Ijaz, contended that his client and Haqqani’s situation was totally different in the case, but the bench observed that the commission was competent to address all issues relating to the proceedings.
PESHAWAR ShaMiM Shahid
After the escape of more than 380 prisoners from the Bannu Central Jail recently, the Taliban have made changes in their demands for releasing hostages abducted from various parts of Pakistan, especially Lahore and Peshawar. Highly-placed sources told Pakistan Today that in return for former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s son Shahbaz Taseer, the Taliban have demanded the release of five of their men. earlier, the Taliban had demanded the release of 20 people, which was later cut down to 10, imprisoned in various parts of the country. The sources said the five people being demanded by the militants in return for Shahbaz Taseer included three al Qaeda terrorists. The al Qaeda high command assured Taliban militants of a huge amount of Rs 100 million in case of success. The names of al Qaeda fugitives are yet to be ascertained, but the government has refused to release the demanded men. Similarly, the Taliban have also revised their demand in return for Prof Ajmal Khan, vice chancellor of Islamia College University, who was abducted in September 2010. earlier, besides a huge amount of ransom, the Taliban had also insisted on the release of 21 militants imprisoned in various jails. Although the authorities concerned are tight-lipped, it was reported that a number of people demanded by the Taliban in return for Prof Ajmal Khan included those who escaped from Bannu Jail. On such grounds, the Taliban are only insisting on payment of ransom. Recently, a Swiss couple abducted from Zhob in Balochistan in July 2011 got freedom after a massive payment of $10 million. Ransom has become a major source of revenue for militants both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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