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Yousaf Raza Gilani makes history by becoming first Prime Minister convicted of contempt
seven-member special bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday convicted Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani of committing contempt of court and imprisoned him until the rising of the court, which happened for less than a minute after the verdict was announced, making Gilani the first prime minister in Pakistan’s history of being found guilty of committing contempt. The bench also referred to Article 63 (1) (g) of the constitution, which may disqualify Gilani from remaining in parliament, since he had brought “into ridicule the judiciary”. The 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, announced its short order reserved on April 24. “For reasons to be recorded later, the accused, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, prime minister of Pakistan and chief executive of the federation, is found guilty and convicted of contempt of court under Article 204 (2) of the constitution read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003, for willful flouting, disregard and disobedience of this court’s direction contained in paragraph 178 of the NRO judgment, after our satisfaction that the contempt committed by him is substantially detrimental to the administration of justice and tends to bring this court and the judiciary of this country into ridicule,” Justice Nasirul Mulk said. “As regards the sentence to be passed against the convict, we note
that the findings and the conviction for contempt of court are likely to entail some serious consequences in terms of Article 63 (1) (g) of the Constitution, which may be treated as mitigating factors towards the sentence to be passed against him. He is, therefore, punished under Article 5 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003 with imprisonment till the rising of the court today”, the short order further said. CONTINuED ON PAgE 04 RELATED STORIES INSIDE PAgES
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ISLAMABAD: Aitzaz Ahsan and Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira arrive at the Supreme Court. online ISLAMABAD StAFF RepoRt
Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, the counsel for Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, on Thursday said the scope of the Supreme Court’s judgment against the PM was “beyond the scope of charge sheet”, adding that the charge sheet did not include the charge of scandalizing the court. He expressed these views while addressing a joint press conference at the PM’s Secretariat along with Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and others. Aitzaz told reporters that the federal cabinet, allies and the prime minister had directed him to file an appeal against the court verdict. He said a copy of the short order had yet not been provided to the convict, which had surprised him. He deplored the fact that the judgment was against normal practice, as in criminal cases, detailed judgments were delivered. He also criticized a section of the media that he said had “short-circuited” court proceedings. He said he felt sorry for the verdict,
but said it was an important day in the country’s political history. Aitzaz said the judgement was in two parts - one part was that the prime minister flouted the para 178 of the court verdict in NRO case while the other part was related to the alleged scandalizing of the judiciary. He said when charges were framed against the PM on February 2, 2012, there was no mention of scandalizing the judiciary and otherwise, he would have contested these charges and would have submitted evidence against the charge. “If it is proved that any member of parliament scandalized or defamed the judiciary, he/she might be disqualified. However, since this was not a charge against the premier, no question arises of his disqualification,” he asserted. He said the PM was charged under one offence while he was convicted under two charges, which was surprising for him. “For the past three months, we have been contesting charges of civil offence while my client has been convicted under criminal offence for which he was not convicted,” he maintained.
He also confronted the notion that the prime minister had been automatically disqualified after conviction and said that the speaker or chairman senate would have to examine whether or not if any MP had been disqualified. “Since there is no charge mentioned in the charge sheet against the prime minister, the speaker would have to be convinced by legal experts whether or not a reference could be sent against the premier. Speaker might seek guidance from amicus curies as this is the verdict of the highest court of the country and therefore it should be taken seriously,” he added. Aitzaz said he also wanted to raise these points with the seven-member bench and when the court was rising, he sought permission to speak but he was not heard. He said in his view, there was no question of disqualification for the prime minister. He said an appeal against the court judgement was continuation of original trial and therefore the operation on the court judgement would be suspended with the filing of the appeal. Aitzaz expressed gratitude to the court for awarding minimum punishment to the prime minister and said even if the premier was handed down imprisonment for six months, he would have accepted the court verdict humbly. “The prime minister was ready to go to Adiyala Jail and had even brought necessary luggage along with him,” he asserted. Citing precedence from political history, Aitzaz said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had been convicted by the apex court in year 2000 in the plane hijacking case but the decision was overturned in year 2009 as the court accepted an appeal against its previous judgement after nine years. Minister for Information & Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira rejected the notion that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani should resign on moral grounds after the apex court verdict and said that the premier was not facing moral charges and rather a legal battle was going on.
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After a five-month suspension, Pakistan and the United States resumed formal bilateral talks on Thursday, but could not make any progress in ending the ‘stalemate’ over the resumption of stalled NATO supplies owing to Washington’s refusal to offer an unconditional public apology over the November strikes by its aircraft on Pakistani border posts that killed 24 soldiers. US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman, who landed in Islamabad on Wednesday evening in an effort to mend the fractured ties, held formal talks with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who was assisted by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and other senior officials of the Foreign Office. Before the talks, the US envoy also had a vital meeting with Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani in Rawalpindi, where like at the Foreign Office talks, he asked for an early restoration of NATO supplies, which were blocked by Islamabad in the wake of NATO airstrikes. The Pakistani leadership refused to accept the US demand for restoring NATO supplies before a public apology over the incident. “The US official was plainly told that the Obama administration must come up with a public apology over airstrikes on Pakistani outposts and killing of two dozen soldiers. Ambassador Grossman was non-committal on this demand by Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership and hence the ‘deadlock’ in relations couldn’t be done away with,” said a Pakistani official privy to Grossman’s talks at the Foreign Office and his meeting with the army chief. He said there was no settlement of the other contentious issue of drone strikes in
the Tribal Areas by CIA, with the US not extending any assurance to stop the assaults in response to a demand by Pakistani authorities for cessation of the attacks by American spy planes. In an interview to a foreign wire service, Foreign Minister Khar said the US was not listening to Pakistani demands of halting drone attacks. The official said, “Some proposals like reducing the number of drone strikes, defining the targeted areas in the Tribal Areas and having intelligence input from Pakistani secret agencies before the strikes were also discussed but there was no understanding on the issue in Thursday’s talks,” the official said. Nonetheless, he said Grossman would be in Islamabad until today (Friday) and would be having more meetings with Pakistani officials, so efforts would be made to end the stalemate and move forward on conflicting matters to resume full-fledged counter-terrorism cooperation. In Thursday’s talks, the Pakistani side also stressed on the need for ties on the basis of mutual respect to each other sovereignty. CONTINuED ON PAgE 04
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The Supreme Court’s conviction of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani of contempt of court sparks anger among the pro-government lawyers and Pakistan People’s Party’s workers who tried to march towards the residence of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. After the SC judgement, PPP MPA Nargis Faiz Malik along with around 200 PPP workers staged a protest demonstration against the judiciary. They also tried to go towards the resident of the CJP but police stopped them to do so after which they burnt tyres in front of the local hotel. Dozens of pro-government lawyer staged a protest demonstration against the Supreme Court decision of convicting PM Gilani of contempt of court. The protest was led by son of the governor of Punjab, Advocate Khurram Latif Khosa while the lawyers from Rawalpindi and Multan also participated in the demonstration. Meanwhile, the arrival of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani before the seven-member bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday not only appear to be a embarrassing for the premier, himself, but once again created a large number of problems for the litigants and commuters who visits the red zone for their routine works. As Gilani had to appear before the court, the law enforcement agencies of the capital city sealed most of the roads leading towards the SC. “Only those who have special entry passes, to attend the contempt of court proceedings against Gilani, were allowed to enter the SC premises and on the other hand people, who came their to appear in their own cases, also found it hard to enter the superior court premises.”
ISLAMABAD: prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and other ppp leaders leave the SC premises after the court announced its verdict, convicting Gilani of contempt on thursday. inP
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The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) activists held protest demonstrations in different cities of the country in support of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani over the Supreme Court verdict in contempt of court case. Hundreds of PPP workers including women and members of students organisations of the party, in Multan, Rahimyar Khan, Kandhkot, Sukkur, Thatta, Gharo, Tando Muhammad Khan, Jaccobabad, Jamshoro, Nowsheroferoz and other cities of the three provinces staged pro-Gilani protests following the SC ruling against him. The protesters burnt tyres and blocked the main road near the High Court chowk in Multan. They stopped the Shalimar Express. Protests were also staged in interior Sindh. The protestors chanted slogans in favour of Gilani and the PPP leadership. They were of the view that the PPP had always been victimised through courts. Unknown armed men in Badin, Thatta, Nawabsah, Sukkur and some other parts of Sindh resorted to aerial firing, forcing the traders to shut their business.
AWYERS of the People’s Lawyers forum (PLF) on Thursday shouted full-throated slogans against the Supreme Court at the Lahore High Court premises, expressing unflinching support for Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the wake of apex court judgment in the contempt case. Slogans of “Jiyay Bhutto” echoed across the LHC compound while the pro-judiciary lawyers remained sitting at the bar. A large number of pro-PPP lawyers gathered at the LHC and expressed their rage against the anti-PPP judgment, invoking sympathies in the community for the prime minister. They managed to attract huge media attention and made quite a good show of a protest and expressed full support with their prime minister. Pro-judiciary lawyer, judicial activism penal Chairman Muhammad Azhar Siddique, told reporters after the verdict that “we demand immediate withdrawal of all protocols and privileges for the PM for committing contempt of
Supreme Court”.Azhar said, “The PM is still defying court orders, he may be permanently disqualified from holding any office. NAB should immediately start proceeding against him and his family for investigating corruption charges.” Talking to reporters, PPP lawyers called the judgment another case of victimization by the judiciary, refreshing the memory of ZA Bhutto. Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jehangir appeared on the scene and said there was no need to worry as the prime minister’s disqualification was a long process. She said the PM’s disqualification would take a long time because the matter would now be forwarded to the NA speaker and then to the Election Commission and even then, nothing could be said about the outcome of that process. Asma criticized the courts, saying the apex court should have pondered over how they had damaged the image of Pakistan by the judgment. She said Pakistan had become a country which had a convicted prime minister thanks to the farsightedness of the judiciary, which never passed such verdicts against military dictators. She said, “I would have saluted the judi-
ciary thrice if it had passed similar verdict against any prime minister in the day of military rule.” To a question on disqualification clause Article 63, she said everybody had its own interpretation but the article was applied when the court was ridiculed. However, prime minister did not adopt such an attitude that ridiculed the court, she said, adding that the PM appeared before the court and remained submissive to the court. “It is not a good tradition to disqualify the prime minister under Article 63,” she said, adding that if the same tradition continued, then no PM would survive in the future. She said there was no prime minister who had not faced charges, but in case of dictators, no one had the courage to ask them to leave. To a question, she said it was a case beyond moral limits as selectivity was observed on both sides. A pro-PPP member of the Pakistan Bar Council, Ramzan Chaudhry, said the constitution of Pakistan was silent on the procedure for removal of prime minister except through a vote of no confidence, therefore, Gilani would remain in the office despite the sentence by the Supreme Court.
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Text of the two SC short orders in PM contempt case ISLAMABAD onLIne
Following are text of the two Supreme Court’s orders in the Contempt of Court case against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. Order 1: For the reasons to be recorded later the accused Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister of Pakistan /Chief Executive of the Federation, is found guilty of and convicted for contempt of court under article 204 (2) of the constitution of the Islamic republic of Pakistan, 1973 read with Section 3 of the contempt of court ordinance (Ordinance V of 2003) for willful flouting, disregard and disobedience of this court’s direction contained in paragraph no 178 of the judgment in the case of Dr Mubashir Hasan vs federation of Pakistan (PLD 2010 SC 265) after our satisfaction that the contempt committed by him is substantially detrimental to the administration of justice and tends to brig this court and judiciary of this country into ridicule. As regards the sentence to be passed against the convict we note that the findings and conviction for contempt of court recorded above are likely to entail some serious consequences in term of article 63 (1) (g) of the constitution which may be treated as mitigating factor towards the sentence to be passed against him. He is therefore, punished under section 5 of the contempt of court ordinance (ordinance V of 2003) with the imprisonment till the rising of the court today. Order 2: The respondent appeared in person along with his learned counsel. The short order passed in the matter of contempt of court was read out in the open court after that, the respondent/convict remained in the custody of the court till his release upon rising of the court for the day.
ISLAMABAD Majority of noted constitutional experts on Thursday said after the conviction in a contempt of court case, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani automatically stood disqualified, therefore he should immediately resign from his office. Talking to Pakistan Today, former law minister and noted lawyer SM Zafar said since the Supreme Court had convicted Gilani for ridiculing the judiciary, he automatically stood disqualified. He said although the court did not give its ruling under Article 63 (1) (g) of the constitution, “indirectly this article relates with the ruling, thus the prime minister has lost his office and stands disqualified”. He said under the ruling, Gilani was no more the prime minister constitutionally as well as morally, as disqualification had attached with him. He however said the primer had some time until the National Speaker sent his matter of disqualification to the Election Commission of Pakistan. He said now it depended on the premier whether he got benefit of this time or resigns to avert further disgrace. He said it was better for the premier to resign by moral courage. He said there was no justification that a convicted premier was chief executive of a country having nuclear capability. Senior lawyer Akram Sheikh said if the premier goes to any country, that country would not make any accord with him, by keeping in view his position in his own country. He said Gilani should neither cause a loss to the country nor himself and should resign. Commenting on the ruling, former
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Gilani should step down, says Nawaz LAHORE
AKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) chief Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani should step down from his position after being convicted by the Supreme Court (SC). Talking to a private TV channel, Nawaz said the prime minister should resign from his office and pave way for a new elected prime minister. “In light of the verdict, I think PM Gilani should resign immediately rather than prolong the issue,” he said. He said his party would no longer accept him as the prime minister and the PPP should bring in a uncontroversial caretaker PM. He said if the PPP kept Gilani as the PM, it would be tantamount to ridiculing the sanctity of parliament and the nation. Nawaz said the government did not spare any chance to ridicule the court and its orders. “Whenever responsible and dedicated officers were appointed to investigate issues, they were replaced by people of their own choice. The court verdict is based on truth and reality. It must have
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Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) president Asma Jahangir said this ruling neither raised the prestige of the court nor the parliament, instead created an ambiguity in the country. She said this ruling had created an atmosphere of a long legal battle. She said the premier could not automatically stand disqualified. She said proper procedure would have to be adopted for his disqualification, which could take a long time. She said an appeal could also be filed against the conviction. According to noted constitutional expert Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, the premier stood disqualified after the conviction. He said the premier should immediately resign without waiting for proper procedure of disqualification. When contacted Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed, he said just after the conviction, the premier automatically stood disqualified. He said appeal could be filed in this case. He said the bench which convicted the premier could not hear the appeal. He said for adjudication of appeal, another appellate bench would have to be constituted. According to SCBA former president Tariq Mehmood, after the conviction, the PM stood disqualified and he would have to quit. According to noted lawyer Ikram Chaudhry, the Supreme Court had finally been left with no option but to convict the Primer on the contempt charge after he had plainly told it once again that he would not obey even the specific direction to write letter to Switzerland for reopening money laundering cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. He also said that after the conviction, Gilani stood disqualified and he should quit in the best interest of the country.
punished the prime minister with a heavy heart, but the prime minister himself is to be blamed,” he said. “The prime minister himself invited this situation,” he added. He said the coalition partners also played their role in increasing the political chaos in the country, which could not be accepted. The PML-N leader suggested the government to hold elections
immediately and appoint a neutral prime minister who would write the letter to Swiss authorities. “If the government is willing, the PMLN would support a caretaker setup for the federal and provincial governments.” While commenting on SC’s stance, he said, “I fully believe the Supreme Court has the high moral ground while the government is standing on the wrong side,” Nawaz said.
PM must resign after SC’s judgement: imran ISLAMABAD StAFF RepoRt
Hailing the Supreme Court’s decision of convicting Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in a contempt case, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said the independent judiciary had given a gift to the nation by indicting a powerful man. The PTI chairman said the PM should immediately resign after being convicted by the Supreme Court. He called on the prime minister to immediately resign from office and reiterated that how could the people be expected respect the judiciary if the PM did not. Addressing a press conference, the PTI chief said it was disappointing to see the coalition march in step with the prime minister to the Supreme Court. They had not gone to the court to protect national interest but they all wanted to escape accountability. “They are well aware that an accountability drive is initiated they will be caught in corruption cases. The coalition government is a corruption union which is hell bent to fill its own coffers.” Khan declared the PPP’s protests against the court’s decision a shameful act and said it was a historic day for the courts when they indicted a powerful person. “It is the first time that the biggest robbers of the country have been brought to justice which is why they have all joined together. I congratulate the entire nation and particularly the lawyer community because their struggle for an independent judiciary has paid off today.” During the press conference, Khan was flanked by senior party leaders including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Hamid Khan and Sadaqat Abbasi. Khan said even though some government collation partners were with the PTI in the struggle for restoration of judiciary but now due to their support for the status quo, they were standing with Gilani.
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‘Followers’ of memo can’t Political wrangling sets off after PM’s conviction be trusted for Haqqani’s security: lawyer NEWS ANAlySiS nADeeM SYeD
Says Haqqani not coming to Pakistan under any circumstances ISLAMABAD tAhIR nIAZ
AHID Bukhari, the counsel for Husain Haqqani on Thursday said his client could not trust the security to be provided by the “followers of the memorandum” as he told the memo commission that his client would not come to Pakistan even if his application for video conferencing was rejected. “This (memo probe) all started after the ISI DG wished so and how could we trust the security provided by the agency,” he said. He was of the view that the ISI pursued the memo scandal and that his client could not trust the security apparatus to be provided by it. Closing the side of Haqqani’s evidence after his refusal to come to Pakistan, the memo commission asked Haqqani to let it know in
Opposition lambastes CONTINuED FROm PAgE 22 Nisar challenged the ruling party to go to the people’s court if they had no faith in Pakistani, Swiss and British courts. “Let’s announce the date of the elections and go to people’s court,” Nisar demanded. Speaker Fehmida Mirza appeared upset over the rumpus created by both parties and advised them to maintain the decorum of the House, as it could not be run in a way of disorder. Expressing doubts over the intentions of incumbent government, Nisar said that there was no need to politicize the case and it could not be discussed in the parliament in such a way. On the criticism from treasury benches over Raiwand palace, he challenged the government benches if they had any doubts then go to the courts and register cases against Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif . “You are in the government. Go and prove them,” he added. Commenting on the policy statement given by Farooq H.Naik, Nisar expressed some reservations saying that some of the facts were not shared which were not in favor of Yousaf Raza Gilani and Zardari. “We are not happy at all that the prime minister has been convicted, but things which are the part of the record should also be shared with masses,” he added. Actually it’s a matter of corruption of $60million so facts behind it should be shared with masses, he said.
writing whether he had applied for residence (citizenship) in any country and also provide it details of utilisation of the secret fund in the year 2011 as ambassador of the country in Washington DC that will not be made public. “Haqqani has told me in categorical terms that he would not come to Pakistan even if his application for video conferencing is rejected by the commission. However, he would be available to record his statement via video link from Pakistan’s embassy in Washington DC,” he said. Bukhari asked how could the government provide security to Haqqani when it could not save its own leader Benazir Bhutto and a sitting governor. On the other hand, the deputy attorney general told the commission that the government was fully capable of providing fool-proof security to the former ambassador. However, he said the govern-
ment had no intention of putting Haqqani on the ECL. The commission rejected Haqqani’s application for video conferencing, however, did not summon him in person on the next date of hearing as May 3. Bukhari was of the view that Haqqani felt threatened in Pakistan and also could not travel due to his ailment. As Bukhari submitted a long list of tweets and emails containing ‘threats’ to Haqqani, Justice Isa questioned how could he presume that the threats were emanating from Pakistan. Justice Isa observed that Haqqani first expressed threats at the hands of the security agencies allegedly linked with Mansoor Ijaz and now was feeling threatened by the people on twitter. He said Haqqani never expressed any security threats to the Attorney General Office. Bukhari told the commis-
sion that Haqqani did not possess any property in Pakistan except a bank account maintained at the National Bank of Pakistan Melody Branch Islamabad with Rs 150,000. To a question regarding Haqqani’s application for American citizenship, Bukhari did not reply in clear terms, saying he had no knowledge of it. Casting doubts over the authenticity of the medical certificates submitted by Haqqani before the commission, Ijaz’s lawyer, Akram Shaikh argued that Haqqani traveled from London to Washington on March 18 and added at that time ailment did not bar Haqqani from long travel. Bukhari told the commission that as his client is not coming to Pakistan under any circumstances, it was better to evaluate the material and evidence already on record to reach the truth.
With the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) not at all interested in letting the prime minister step down after the SC decision in contempt case on Thursday, it appears as if the issue of the PM’s fate will linger on for a while with all its consequences for the present political set-up, especially with the opposition taking a diametrically opposite position to the one adopted by the government, raising the spectre of both crossing swords in coming days. According to some legal and political experts, the verdict is not very clear as to whether the prime minister stands disqualified after his conviction until the rising of the court lasted for just 30 seconds. To the experts, there was likelihood that the issue would ultimately end up in the speaker’s court and that too after exhausting all legal remedies available to the government starting with going for appeal against this decision. Sources maintained that these legal remedies would provide the PPP government enough time to let the prime minister preside over the next federal budget or announce
Musa Gilani appears before AnF in drug case ISLAMABAD: Ali Musa Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday said he had no connection with the ephedrine quota allotment case. Musa along with his counsel, Fawad Chaudhry, appeared before the investigation officer of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) with regards to the ephedrine quota case. Speaking to media representatives prior to appearing before the investigation officer, Musa denied involvement in the respective case. He said investigation
should be carried out over the misuse of his phone in chemical quota scandal. He reiterated he has no link with this allotment scam. “I have no connection to this case… I am not an accused… I will repeat the same statement before the investigation officer also,” Musa said. He said he had to appear before the investigating officer on April 30, but in compliance with the Supreme Court’s orders, he was appearing before the officer on April 26. onLIne
Govt to challenge CONTINuED FROm PAgE 22 The meeting appreciated and thanked the allied parties in the coalition government for showing solidarity with the prime minister and signaling the unity of political forces. Earlier, a meeting was also held with PPP coalition partners. The meeting presided over by President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was attended by Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Pervaz Elahi, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Dr Farooq Sattar, Senator Babar Ghouri, Senator Mir
CONTINuED FROm PAgE 1 Prime Minister Gilani stood before the bench to hear the verdict in contempt case for not implementing the court’s ruling in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case and smiled when the verdict was read out in a packed courtroom. Under the constitution, anyone convicted of defaming or ridiculing the judiciary is barred from being an MP, but legal experts say the process to disqualify Gilani could be a lengthy one, involving the National Assembly speaker and the Election Commission of Pakistan. Gilani is the longestserving prime minister in the history of Pakistan, where civilian governments have repeatedly been top-
Israrullah Zehri, Haji Khuda Baksh Rajar, Munir Khan Orakzai, Senator Abbas Khan Afridi, Syed Khursheed Shah, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar and Farhatullah Babar. The meeting congratulated Gilani for his stance in defending the constitution. The president also thanked the coalition partners for their support to strengthen the political system and standing behind the prime minister. Earlier, a special meeting of the federal cabinet discussed the situation at
pled by the country’s powerful military, often with the support of the Supreme Court, which critics allege is heavily politicized. Corruption charges have routinely been used to target those in power, or seeking to return to it. The court issued contempt notice to the premier in February this year for his refusal to write a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The prime minister appeared twice in the court and maintained his innocence throughout, saying he had done nothing against the rules of business. Aitzaz Ahsan, the PM’s counsel, had argued that the bench was not eligible to hear the case as it had taken
length. The cabinet reposed full confidence in the leadership of the prime minister. Barrister Aitzaz Ahas and Attorney General Irfan Qadir briefed the cabinet on the court verdict and options available with the PM. The meeting decided to wait for the detailed verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) in the contempt case. It was decided that the case was of political nature and there was no justification for Prime Minister Gilani to resign on moral grounds. Gilani was greeted by
his colleagues at the cabinet meeting who thumped desks to express their support. The prime minister said the PPP had always stood by the constitution and would continue to do so. Prime Minister Gilani said the NA speaker had the authority to decide about the fate of public representatives. “Pakistan’s future would have been different had law of necessity not prevailed in the case of Molvi Tameezuddin,” he observed. He told the cabinet members that he had never insulted the courts.
GUILTY suo motu notice of the case itself. It was the first time in the history of Pakistan that a prime minister appeared before the court thrice and was convicted of contempt. Article 63 (1) (g) states that: “A person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen as, and from being, a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), if he has been convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for propagating any opinion, or acting in any manner, prejudicial to the ideology of Pakistan, or the sovereignty, integrity or security of Pakistan, or morality, or the maintenance of
public order, or the integrity or independence of the judiciary of Pakistan, or which defames or brings into ridicule the judiciary or the Armed Forces of Pakistan, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his release.” Gilani could face a maximum sentence of six months in prison, but the court ordered him to be “imprisoned” until the rising of the court and he emerged shortly afterwards smiling and waving to supporters. The case has been highly politically charged, with members of the government accusing judges of over-
election himself thereafter. Meanwhile, the opposition parties, both the PML-N and PTI have committed themselves too early in the day to an extreme position that surprised political leaders outside their parties. PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif announced that for him Gilani was no more the prime minister, advising him in all ‘sincerity’ to step down sooner than later in a damning undertone. But these warnings had little bearing on the PPP strategists who consider the decision ‘faulty’ on legal ground. In a message loud and clear from the PPP to take on the judiciary, as if to show that the verdict was not received well with the masses, the PPP workers and supporters took to the streets and resorted to violence in some areas in Sindh. These diametrically opposite positions adopted by both the government and opposition are most likely to heat up the present political set up with all signs of the government and opposition crossing swords in the coming days, causing political instability in the country. The experts expect a lot of political point scoring in the coming days, overshadowing everything else that might
serve well to the interests of the PPP. But analysts said the position adopted by the opposition would not be a big deal for the government to handle or derail the government or the chief executive himself. The experts expect an exchange of firework playing to public galleries and point scoring between the government and opposition. Politically speaking, the prime minister appeared to have gained in stature after the court rolled out its judgment amid all suspense. A political leader who was present in the courtroom said that prime minister appeared in high spirit after the decision. It seemed that the PPP leadership was relaxed as if for them it was no problem whatever came their way from SC. “He survived over four years in the government. Yet he is being convicted towards the end in a case of political nature and not in any case of corruption,” commented a senior political figure in a special session of the cabinet that took place after the SC verdict. The PPP’s allies assured the prime minister of their fullest support in the coming days. This support could be vital for the future of the present setup.
Pak-US talks fail At a joint press conference with Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani later, Ambassador Grossman avoided offering an apology over NATO airstrikes, but expressed regret and sorrow over the assault. He again offered condolence on behalf of the United States over the incident. He said, “Efforts will be made that such incidents do not happen in future as both Pakistan and the United States are partners in the war against terror and they have common enemy and need common strategy to fight this menace.” He said, “The US respects the sovereignty of Pakistan and is willing to improve its ties in all fields.” He said the meeting with Foreign Minister Khar and other Pakistani leadership showed the American intention to improve Pakistan-US rela-
tions. He said, “Washington respects the Pakistani parliamentary review on new contours of relations and the seriousness with which it was carried out.” Grossman said after the completion of the parliamentary review, the task was how to move forward on advancing the most important relationship between the two countries. He said the US was ready for talks on re-opening the supply lines and clearing outstanding payments to Pakistan to meet the expenses of military operations in its Tribal Areas to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda militants. “We are ready to get to the work. We want to work to reopen the ground lines of communication. We want to discuss several outstanding claims for the Coalition Support Fund (CSF).”
stepping their domain and trying to bring down the prime minister and president a year before the administration would become the first in Pakistan to complete an elected term. At 9am on Thursday, Sherwani-clad Prime Minister Gilani entered the court premises on foot like a common man in a hail of rose petals surrounded by cabinet ministers, coalition allies and hundreds of PPP loyalists. On the occasion‚ the party workers also raised slogans in his favor. At 9:45am, he left the court with the same self-assurance, equanimity, stoicism and protocol. Gilani is now a convicted man and is poised to lose his office. The proceedings started at 9:30am and lasted for less
than five minutes. Gilani was represented by Aitzaz Ahsan. The bench left the courtroom within 30 seconds of the ruling. Just after the ruling, Aitzaz told reporters in a brief talk that he would file an appeal against the conviction. Recently-appointed Attorney General Irfan Qadir, who remained prosecutor in the contempt case for sometime, told reporters that the verdict was “unconstitutional and unlawful”. Gilani also remarked on his way out of the courtroom that the ruling was “inappropriate”. To a query, he said he will not accept a presidential pardon. Gilani left the court amid a scrum of journalists and supporters from the PPP.
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Military’s grip on foreign policy easing: Khar ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN’S military, which has dominated the country for much of its turbulent history, has less sway over foreign policy, and a new power equation is emerging within America’s strategic ally, said the foreign minister. Pakistan has been directly ruled by generals for more than half of its 64-year history and indirectly for much of the rest. The military has largely controlled foreign and security policies, and has taken the lead in relations with Washington. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said new dynamics were now taking hold in nuclear-armed Pakistan, one of the most unstable countries in the world. “I want you to also understand that things have changed in Pakistan,” she told Reuters in an interview. “I think this overbearance of the role of the military in the foreign policy of Pakistan is something which will recede as time passes.” Some may question Khar’s assessment of the military’s role in foreign affairs given the long dominance of the generals. But the mere fact that she spoke openly of such change may raise eye-
brows in the South Asian nation where the military is highly skilled at both mounting coups and running a business empire spanning everything from banks to bakeries. The military lost all of the nation’s wars with India, has been accused of widespread abuses by human rights groups, and has failed to break the back of al Qaeda-linked Taliban despite several offensives. Still, many Pakistanis have traditionally viewed it as a far more effective institution than civilian governments, which have failed to tackle a staggering array of issues, from widespread poverty and chronic power cuts to suicide bombings. But the military’s standing suffered dramatically after U.S. special forces mounted a unilateral raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil in May last year. Pakistan’s generals and their all-powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency were humiliated, and came under rare public criticism. A NEW EQUILIBRIUM Since then, civilian leaders have grown more defiant of the military, which in the past has seized power through coups or heavily influenced policy from behind the scenes. “I think all institutions in Pakistan
are realizing that there is a place and role for every institution,” said Khar, 35, Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister. “And it is best to serve Pakistan’s interests that each of the institutions remains within the boundaries of the roles which are constitutionally defined. It’s a new sort of equilibrium.”
Khar, one of a number of rising women politicians in Pakistan, started her political career with a party affiliated with former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf, and eventually rose to junior finance minister. She since switched to the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), whose ties with the military have been strained. U.S.-educated Khar said the current government’s staying power in a country prone to coups had given it sway and room to maneuver, on issues ranging from ties with the United States to trade with arch-enemy India. “As far as the new equilibrium ... you have consistent four years of democracy, it’s the longest term a democratic governments has had in Pakistan,” said Khar, who is from a political family in southern Punjab. Khar pointed to the reaction to a NATO cross-border raid in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and plunged relations with the United States to a low point as one sign that civilian leaders have a bigger say in policy. A Pakistani parliamentary committee reviewed ties with Washington and demanded a halt to U.S. drone aircraft strikes, which U.S. officials see as a highly effective weapon against militants along the border with Afghanistan.
“It is not the first time that foreign policy has been discussed in parliament,” said Khar, in her modest Islamabad office. “But is it not the first time that relations with the United States and other important countries were put on hold until the parliament gave a green signal?” Khar also said the government’s approach to India suggested Pakistan’s democracy was becoming more robust and the military’s grip on policy had loosened. In the face of some domestic opposition, the Islamabad government last November vowed to grant India most favored nation status, which will end restrictions that require most products to move via a third country. The move was hailed by India and the two countries are now focused on resolving economic issues before moving on to more intractable problems such as the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. “Don’t underestimate the importance of what this government did with trade with India. Since 1965 there was no political or military government that could open up trade with India. And it was considered a no-go area,” said Khar. “And that to me shows, one the maturity of democracy, the maturity of views, and the maturity of the decision-making exercise in Pakistan.”
US warns embassy staff for upcoming Osama anniversary ISLAMABAD AFp
The US embassy in Islamabad on Thursday banned its staff from restaurants and markets in the Pakistani capital for several days either side of the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. “Due to security concerns, the US embassy has restricted its employees from going to restaurants and markets in Islamabad April 27 - May 5,” a warning on the embassy website said. “We recommend that US citizens in Islamabad during this period take similar precautions.” A US official speaking on condition of anonymity said the warning was issued in response to information about a specific threat. But Pakistan’s deputy interior minister Imtiaz Safdar Warraich told AFP he had no information about a threat.
Austria warns of nuclear race after india, Pakistan tests VIENNA AFp
Austria’s foreign minister on Thursday slammed India and Pakistan’s recent missile tests, insisting states’ continued pursuit of nuclear weapons was “flat out irresponsible”. “The tests of an Indian long-range missile a week ago and of an intermediate-range missile by Pakistan on Wednesday are unsettling and suggest an intensifying arms race on the subcontinent,” Michael Spindelegger said in a statement. This “would not only be a threat to stability in Asia, but would also present a threat to global peace.” India last Thursday tried out a new missile with a range of over 5,000 kilometres (3,100 miles), and Pakistan followed on Wednesday by test-firing an intermediate-range ballistic missile of its own. Both have the capability of carrying a nuclear weapon. “It is flat out irresponsible that the Sword of Damocles that is nuclear destruction still hangs above humanity,” Spindelegger said in unusually harsh tones.
QuettA: Activists of the Difa-e-pakistan Council shout anti-uS slogans on thursday against the reopening of the nAto supply route to Afghanistan. AFp
reagan envoy found Pakistan ‘superb liar’ on nukes: US memos WASHINGTON AFp
US officials concluded in the 1980s that Pakistan was lying about its nuclear program but muted criticism due to Islamabad’s support against the Soviets in Afghanistan, declassified documents showed. The memos to be released Thursday reveal some of the behind-thescenes drama between the United States and Pakistan during Ronald Reagan’s presidency, foreshadowing current-day debates in the uneasy war partnership. The documents included an account of a secret mission in June 1982 by a US envoy who confronted Pakistani military ruler Mohammed Zia ul-Haq with a letter from Reagan and said the United States had “incontrovertible” proof that Pakistan was seeking nuclear weapons. The emissary, veteran US diplomat and translator Vernon Walters, said that Zia was “extraordinarily courteous, relaxed” and explained that he had no knowledge of nuclear weapons development but would check with his subordinates.
“Either he really does not know or is the most superb and patriotic liar I have ever met,” Walters wrote to the State Department. The documents, some obtained after requests under the US Freedom of Information Act, were released to the National Security Archive at George Washington University, which made them available to AFP in advance. Pakistan tested an atomic bomb in 1998 days after its arch-rival India. The United States banned assistance to Pakistan in 1990 — soon after the Soviets left Afghanistan — after concluding that it was developing nuclear weapons. But Reagan exempted Pakistan from a law requiring sanctions, named after then senator Larry Pressler, even though the memos said that officials knew that the country was moving toward nuclear weapons. The documents showed that the Reagan administration was genuinely concerned about Pakistan’s nuclear program, fearing it would trigger instability, and repeatedly warned Zia that Congress could cut off assistance. “There is overwhelming evidence
that Zia has been breaking his assurances to us. We are absolutely confident that our intelligence is genuine and accurate,” then secretary of state George Shultz wrote in a November 1982 memo to Reagan. But Shultz recalled the “essential role” played by Zia in Afghanistan, where US and Pakistani agents funneled weapons to Islamic guerrillas who successfully fought a Soviet invasion. “A rupture of our relationship would call into question a central tenet of this administration’s foreign policy — strong support for our friends,” Shultz wrote, calling the Afghan effort “the most visible evidence of the US commitment to counter Soviet military thrusts worldwide.” The memos said that as far back as 1982, US intelligence detected that Pakistani agents were seeking suspicious items from countries including Belgium, Finland, Japan, Sweden and Turkey. Years later, such efforts were discovered to be the work of scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb. He is also ac-
cused of running a vast international black market of nuclear goods. One secret assessment said that Pakistan was already believed to have enough for one nuclear weapon by October 1985 with assistance from China. The US memos acknowledged that Pakistan was unlikely to comply with US pleas on its nuclear program in light of its concern over India, with which Pakistan has fought three fullfledged wars since independence in 1947. The documents said that the United States was also urging “restraint” from India, which had strained relations with Washington during the 1980s. Despite the criticism of its nuclear program, the United States resumed assistance to Pakistan to the tune of nearly $20 billion after it again offered support in Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks. But relations have repeatedly plunged into crisis due to the presence of Osama bin Laden and other militants on Pakistani soil and Islamabad’s fears that US ties will again sour once troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.
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Former extremists, victims launch social network NEW YORK AFp
Reformed one-time violent extremists and their victims on Wednesday launched a social network to halt the radicalization of youth and combat gang culture — with the backing of Internet giant Google. Former extremists and survivors of their attacks can share their experiences via the Against Violent Extremism network, presented in New York by a consortium including Google Ideas and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. “The goal is to create a global movement against extremism,” said Institute for Strategic Dialogue chief executive Sasha Havlicek. Former perpetrators of attacks and their survivors “are powerful influencers in turning potential and existing extremists away from a violent path,” Against Violent Extremism (AVE) said on its website. The network, which includes activists, policymakers, entrepreneurs and business leaders, proposes to allow onetime extremists from Pakistan to discuss how to fight the scourge of terror with former gang members from El Salvador. A driving force behind the platform is “the belief that there are lessons to be learned between groups combating different forms of extremism, from Islamism to the white power movement,” according to the network’s website. The idea originated during the Summit Against Violent Extremism hosted in Dublin last year by Google Ideas, the company’s think tank that “convenes unorthodox stakeholders... to explore the role that technology can play in tackling some of the toughest human challenges.” “It’s important to network with people from all of the world,” said Robert Orell, a former member of a white supremacist movement in Sweden in the 1990s who now works as director of antiNazi group Exit Sweden. The AVE platform aims to rack up 500 members within a year and twice that amount in two years. By late Wednesday, it already counted over 400 connections, including 44 “formers” and 18 survivors. “We were very surprised by how much everyone wanted to collaborate,” said Yasmin Dolatabadi, principal at Google Ideas. The site provides a guide on how to run a charitable group, build a marketing campaign, use social networks, host a virtual meeting and build a website. Users can upload short clips on AVE’s YouTube channel to start discussions. A network map shows where members are located geographically, and the site allows members to set their own privacy settings so they can control what information they share about themselves.
RAWALpInDI: the railway station is deserted following a blast in Lahore two days ago and the presence of a 15-kg bomb on board a peshawar-bound train in Attock. online
SC defers contempt case indictment of Babar till May 10 ISLAMABAD
H E Supreme Court on Thursday deferred the framing of contempt of court charges against former Law minister Senator Babar Awan till May 10. The decision was taken after the court accepted the request of Ali Zafar, the counsel of the accused. A two-member bench comprising Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Athar Saeed put off the hearing after the barrister said he should be given an opportunity to challenge the reasons before the charges were framed. The bench had resumed the hearing of a suo motu notice taken on Babar Awan’s address at a press conference
held in the Press Information Department on December 2nd. On April 24th, the bench had announced it had reserved judgment over framing the contempt charges by saying that it could not drop the proceedings at that stage and announced that the senator will be indicted on April 26th. Barrister Zafar had contended that his client had tendered a written apology which must be considered and the proceedings for framing the contempt of court charges should be dropped. He argued that throughout the judicial history of the country, it was observed that contempt proceedings were dropped after an apology was issued. He said there was no judgment over the continuation of contempt under such circumstances and that the court was bound to give detailed reasons in its order.
NATO’s fuel-run truckers washed up on Karachi promenade NEWS DESK On the fifth-floor balcony of an exclusive apartment block in Karachi, Iqbal Amlani glares out at what he calls his “million-dollar view”: the Arabian Sea lapping at a shoreline that includes nearby Clifton beach, where city dwellers wade in the shallows. “It used to be a million-dollar view,” he corrects himself. Spoiling his vista are hundreds of fuel tankers cluttering up the road outside his block and every other building nearby, said a report in the Guardian. The seafront road alone is crammed with roughly 500 trucks, each capable of carrying 60,000 litres, double-parked bumper to bumper, on both sides of a multi-lane road. In total there are thought to be more than 1,000 in and around Clifton, a neighbourhood usually associated with the country’s most wealthy citizens. Pashtun truck drivers from the northwest of the country began parking in the well-heeled streets, a short drive from Karachi’s port and oil terminal, in November 2011last year when Islamabad banned the transport of NATO supplies through its
territory. The border closure was retaliation for the accidental killing by US forces of 24 Pakistani soldiers. Although Pakistan had previously closed the border in shorter protests, no one had expected the ban to drag on for so long this time. The drivers, many of whom are sinking into debt, are desperate to get back to work even though some of the big Pakistani fuel suppliers fear the once hugely lucrative NATO logistics business will never recover. For years Pakistan’s truck drivers provided the vital fuels that powered almost every aspect of NATO’s war effort in Afghanistan, from the diesel in the tanks of armoured vehicles to the fuel required for squadrons of aircraft and the countless generators powering air conditioners in austere military bases. For months now the drivers have been idling away their time drinking tea and playing games. “Every day we look at the papers or go to the fuel company office to ask when the border is going to open,” says Arif Shah, a 26-year-old driver who has been unable to pay five of the £345 monthly installments to service the loan on his tanker. It seemed like a good investment when demand was growing rapidly on the
back of Barack Obama’s decision to send additional forces to Afghanistan for the surge in 2009. Shah could make far more on the month-long round trips to Bagram and Kandahar if he owned his own vehicle. One oil supplier estimates more than 2,000 trucks have been added to Pakistan’s national fleet in the past 10 years. “We stay here because we keep being told it will just be a week more, we just need to wait a little longer,” Shah said. “If we get back to work then everything will be fine.” Hopes of the border reopening rose, albeit slightly, on 12 April when parliament unanimously passed long-delayed recommendations that will govern future relations with the US. It banned outright the transport of arms or ammunition through Pakistani territory, but not food, fuel and other important goods. However, the unpopular government of Asif Ali Zardari would almost certainly pay a high political price for resuming supplies in an election year, particularly as parliament also called for a complete end to lethal strikes by unmanned US drone strikes in Pakistan – something American officials say will not happen.
Imran Khan, the former Test cricketer who is now a leading opposition figure, has decried the move, predicting more suicide bombings by militants if the borders reopen. Amid such political uncertainty, one leading Karachi oil contractor said he did not expect supplies to resume until elections were called and a non-political caretaker government was installed for three months before voting. “Even if it opens up again we are never going to get the old market back because so much of the supply chain has moved to central Asia,” said Taj Afridi, the owner of al-Haj, one of the largest NATO contractors. He was referring to alternative routes the US has developed in recent years that pass through Russia and the former Soviet republics on Afghanistan’s northern border. Those routes, combined with some air freight, have allowed NATO to continue operations unimpeded. But the cost of keeping troops supplied has increased hugely in the last six months. US military officials say it costs $17,000 to ship a container through the northern route, compared with $7,000 through Pakistan. “It’s more expensive, but it’s more reli-
able,” said Afridi. “NATO knows the Pakistani government is not stable. They cannot guarantee the routes won’t close again even if they open them.” A determined campaign by the Taliban to try to choke off NATO’s supplies by destroying trucks has also wrecked the profitability of the once highly lucrative business. Al-Haj did not make any profit in 2011 because so many trucks were destroyed by insurgents. The company alone lost 20 trucks a month, while the industry as a whole lost twice that number, an al-Haj executive said. The trucks are almost never attacked in Afghanistan. Instead gunmen armed with homemade bombs, which they attach to the back of the tankers, target vehicles in a variety of locations inside Pakistan. The drivers are nearly always spared and insurgents have enough information to distinguish between trucks bearing NATO fuel and those taking supplies to private Afghan petrol pumps. The final problem for Pakistan’s truckers is even more stark: by the end of 2014 NATO’s combat mission will be over. Even with a residual force likely to remain in Afghanistan, demand for fuel will be a fraction of what it once was.
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Comedy play on romeo Juliet continues at PNCA ISLAMABAD: The week-long show of comedy play featuring parody of romantic hit Romeo Juliet is continued here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) till April 29. The play “Sorry Juliet! Romeo Loves Paaro” served the fun lovers of twin cities with Desi style of Romeo Juliet by replacing the concept of true love with the feelings of flirt in today’s society. The audience termed the play as a treat of laughter experience with quality theater entertainment created by a group of youngsters that fill the ambiance with laughter on situational parody. Directed by Raheel Khan Lodhi and produced by Nasarullah Chaudhary, the young cast mesmerize the Islooites with dances and related props, comic situations, jealousies and old age involvements The story of the bilingual play revolve around two rivalry families `Montagues and Capulets’. They are involved in a family feud that goes back years before any of the members were born. Yet the feud still continues due to the fact that neither family is ready to forgive and forget the past. Even the townspeople are involved because the families do not keep the feud in the privacy of their own home but have been seen fighting in the public streets and displaying violence. App
ISLAMABAD: policemen stand alert outside the Supreme Court as prime Minister Gilani appears in the apex court. STAff PhoTo
568 liquor bottles, 1kg heroin seized ISLAMABAD App
Islamabad Police have arrested five outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered 568 wine bottles, one kilogram heroin, pistol and 500 rounds from their possession, a police spokesman said on Thursday. On a tip off, Inspector Haider Ali from Shehzad Town police started special checking at `Malot Kuri road’ and stopped a truck (MD-RA-056). During checking of this truck, police recovered 556 wine bottles from it and arrested Naseem Khan resident of Plundri district Sadhnoti. Meanwhile, SHO Sheikh Naeem Uddin of Golra police station along with police team arrested Wajid s/o Hazrat resident of Peshawar in possession of one kilogram heroin. Another accused Manzoor Satti was arrested for having one pistol and 500 rounds. Bhara Kahu police arrested a person Gulshad for having two wine bottles while SubInspector Abdul Razaq from Raman police arrested Shahid Inayat for possessing ten wine bottles. SSP Islamabad Muhammad Yousuf Malik has appreciated this overall performance and directed all police officials for maintaining high vigilance in the city.
No power at Cantt grid station on 29th ISLAMABAD App
The power supply would remain suspended on all connected feeders with Cantt Grid Station Rawalpindi as well as the two feeders of Chaklal Grid Stations due to important maintenance work carried on Sunday (April 29) from 6am to 2pm. The feeders which would effect are included GHQ, Sir Syed Road, Khadim Hussain Road, Mall Road, Kahsmir Road, Sarafa Bazar, Jhanda, Zafar-ul-Haq, VIP, Committee Chowk, City, Gawal Mandi, Mohan Pura, AFIC, Kashmir Road,Askri-7, Jinnah Road, Tipu Road, Bank Road, Dhok Farman Ali, Haider Ali, City Centre, Liaqat Bagh, Jhangir Road and Rwp-III feeders.
USAID provides technical assistance to IESCO ISLAMABAD
HE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would provide the technical assistance to the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) to overcome the energy crisis in the country. In this regard USAID’s Power Distribution Programme, in cooperation with the IESCO has started installation of Low Tension (LT) capacitors on rural tube-wells in two selected feeder of Taxila sub-division of IESCO, said a press release here on Thursday. Currently the project is assisting Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO), Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) and IESCO in capacitors installation. Installations of over 700 LT
capacitors in MEPCO have already resulted in an estimated 3 Megawatt reduction in demand, improved voltage and availability of surplus electricity for tube-wells. This assistance to DISCOs is provided as part of the U.S commitment to support the Government of Pakistan in reforming the energy sector and addressing the problems of the DISCOs. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID implements these assistance programs, which also support capacity building of DISCOs’ staff and Board of Directors, installations of equipment to improve power factor, institutional development, gender and energy efficiency “Installation of 2600 capacitors on tube-wells will reduce the power demand on the feeders, improve voltage and reduce technical losses” said Dick Dumford, Chief Technical Advisor of USAID’s Power
Distribution Program. “The USAID Power Distribution Programme shall continue to assist DISCOs to bring improvements to their systems so the people of Pakistan get the best services. Our plan is to replicate capacitors’ installation in other DISCOs which will further improve power factor and reduce losses”.USAID’s Power Distribution Programme is a three-year, USAID-funded program aimed at working jointly with government-owned DISCOs in Pakistan to improve their performance in terms of reduction in losses, and improvement in revenues and customer services, to bring them to a level of well-run utilities as in other progressive countries. Through this programme, the United States Government provides assistance and support to Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector to end the current energy crisis.
CDA, Chinese firm sign MoU for water project ISLAMABAD StAFF RepoRt
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese state-owned company for technical study and execution of water conduction project from Ghazi Barotha. The project is aimed at getting around 200 million gallons of water per day from Ghazi Barotha waterworks to cope with deteriorating water shortage in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Currently, Islamabad is dependent on two water reservoirs of Simly and Khanpur dams, both producing 65MGD making a shortfall of around 85MGD as the city’s total water needs have risen to 150MGD. The water conduction from Ghazi Barotha will help bridge this gap be-
tween demand and supply of water and overcome the water shortage for the capital. The MoU was signed between CDA Chairman Engineer Farkhand Iqbal and representatives of the CMEC, a China’s state-owned company in Beijing. Prime Minister’s Task Force on Islamabad Chairman Faisal Sakhi Butt and relevant officials from both the sides were also present during the ceremony. As per the MoU, the company would depute its technical team to visit Islamabad to help carry out further studies and help execution of the project. This water supply project was planned in 2005 and was to be completed in 2009, but it faced inordinate delay owing to reservations by the provinces over sharing the Indus river water with the federal capital. However, Prime Minister’s Task Force on Islamabad Chairman Faisal
Sakhi Butt and the CDA administration actively pursued the project. The prime minister formed a special committee to convince the provincial authorities to execute this project to help cope with Islamabad’s water needs. Subsequently, the federating units agreed and CDA has started work for execution of the project. Butt said the provision of clean drinking water to the residents of Islamabad was top priority of the government. He said the government was actively pursuing these projects to ensure uninterrupted supply of clean drinking water to the residents. Talking to senior officials of the company and the Chinese government, Butt said the body was committed to making Islamabad a modern metropolis and for the first time the residents of Islamabad are being involved in the decision-making process.
Awards conferred on PAF officers ISLAMABAD StAFF RepoRt
Non-operational military awards were conferred on the Airmen of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt at a ceremony at the Air Headquarters on Thursday. At the ceremony, four Hilal-iImtiaz (military), 26 Sitara-i-Imtiaz (military), 24 Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (military) and six Tamgha-i-Basalat medals were conferred on the officers while Tamgha-i-Khidmat Class(I) was awarded to 25 junior commissioned officers of (PAF). A large number of airmen of Pakistan Air Force attended the ceremony.
Capital in grip of water shortage ISLAMABAD App
Due to lack of proper planning, various sectors of federal capital are facing enormous difficulties due to the shortage of water since last many days .With fast approaching summers, inhabitants of various areas of Islamabad are facing hardships to cope with unreliable water supply at times. Meanwhile sector F-6/1 and G7/3 are facing water crisis resulting in masses to call water tankers to quench their requirements. The residents of the area opine that due to poor planning, various houses in metropolis are not getting appropriate supply of water and CDA should take step to ensure water supply.
12 cops promoted ISLAMABAD StAFF RepoRt
Islamabad IGP Bani Amin Khan gave approval to the promotions four sub inspectors and eight assistant sub inspectors to next ranks, on the recommendation of the departmental promotion committee. The four sub inspectors promoted to the rank of inspectors in BPS-16, are Zafar Iqbal, Muhammad Tufail, Basharat Ali Shah and Naeem-ud-Din. Likewise, ASIs Amjad Mehmood, Muhammad Idrees, Anwar Ali, Gul Sher, Zafar Iqbal, Muhammad Riaz, Muhammad Hanif and Atif Hussain were promoted to the rank of sub inspector (BPS-14).
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panel discussion on the eve of World Intellectual Property Day was held here at Shakarparian under the aegis of Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage), Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) and Centre for Culture & Development (C2D). The theme was “Traditional knowledge, folklore and intellectual property rights in Pakistan”. Federal Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, Asaf Ghafoor was the chief guest on the occasion. While addressing the gathering, the secretary said: “Intellectual property right is an important subject for Pakistan. I am glad that now a lot of awareness about it is seen in the institutions and individuals dealing with various national projects in the country. We fully support them and offer them our help wherever required.” The panelists who took active part in the discussions were Ahmed Saleem, South Asia Research & Resource Centre, Khalid Javaid, Executive Director, Lok Virsa, Abdul Shakoor Sindhu, Principal Coordinator, RDPI, Dr. Nadeem Omar, Director, C2D, Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director, Centre for Civic Education, Dr. Khadim Hussain, Executive Director, Bacha Khan Research Centre, Mazhar Arif, Managing Director, School of Political and Strategic Communication, Hummera Ishfaq, International Islamic University, Karim Johar, Cultural Advisor to Governor Gilgit Baltistan and Dr. Huma Haque, Dean, Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Bahria University. Speaking on the occasion, Lok Virsa Executive Director Khalid Javaid said: “Lok Virsa works towards the awareness of our cultural legacy by collecting, documenting and projecting it. A survey, research and documentation of the cultural heritage of Pakistan is central to its objectives. After its inception in 1974, Lok Virsa started a nation-wide project to record, document and preserve all components of the Pakistan’s traditional knowledge, in particular folk music through conducting village-to-village, town-to-town and district-to-district cultural surveys. Mobile recording and filming units were set up for active field research, documentation and collection of the materials components of our indigenous traditions. Later, a series of audio-visual cassettes, CDs and DVDs were published. But due to no intellectual property rights introduced in Pakistan at that time, most of our products were got pirated”. He expressed the hope that because of growing awareness about the subject matter, now we, all stakeholders, will be in a position not to face the difficulties that Lok Virsa encountered in the past. The purpose of panel discussion was to raise general awareness and understanding of how IP contributes to the flourishing of traditional knowledge and folklore. It is simultaneously aimed at kicking off an informed policy debate to address the concerns for the development and protection of traditional knowledge and folklore as economic resources critical for the growth of Pakistani economy in the era of globalisation.
The aims and objectives of the dialogue were to stimulate a discussion on the role of IP in national culture. Specific objectives were to analyse the threats and opportunities for the development of national cultural heritage in the context of TRIPS agreement and cultural diversity; discuss the effectiveness of IPR legislation for the protecting national cultural heritage; and highlight issues in monitoring of IP Rights and discuss the measures needed to put in place effective institutional mechanisms for tracking violation of IPRs in Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. Intellectual Property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names and images used in commerce and otherwise. Intellectual property is divided into two categories: industrial property includes patents for inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications. Copyright covers literary works (such as novels, poems and plays), films, music, artistic works (e.g., drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures) and architectural design. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and broadcasters in their radio and television programs. Within the basic forms of intellectual property, many variations and special kinds of protection are possible. Geographical indications, which identify a good as originating in a locality where a given quality, or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographic origin, such as Ajrak and Basmati rise. Intellectual property rights are likely any other property right. They allow creators of new goods with designs, qualities, or owners of patents, trademarks or copyrighted works to benefit from their own work and investment in a creation. These rights are outlined in Article 27 of
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the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provides for the right to benefit from the protection of moral and material interests resulting from authorship of scientific, literary or artistic productions. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992 represents a commitment by nations to conserve biological diversity, to use biological resources sustainably, and to share the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources fairly and equitably. Article 8(j) of the convention draws a connection among traditional knowledge, folklore and genetic resources by calling on nations to “respect, preserve and maintain knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities” and to promote wider application with the approval of the holders of such knowledge and practices. Traditional knowledge (TK) refers to systems of knowledge passed from generation to generation pertaining to a particular group of community of people or territory, displayed in their creations, innovations and cultural expressions. Traditional knowledge that has existed for a long time, is not static and can be constantly evolving in response to a changing environment. Folklore refers to traditional artistic heritage developed and maintained by a community or by individuals who reflect the traditional artistic expectations of such a community. Expressions of folklore may be intangible and oral, as in folktales; musical, as in songs; actions, as in folk dances, plays, or rituals; or other tangible expressions, such as drawings, paintings, carvings, sculptures, pottery, woodwork, metal ware, jewelry, basket weaving, needlework, textiles, carpets, costumes, musical instruments and architectural forms, among others. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) and Agreement on better understand and implement CBD within the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRPS). WIPO was established under Article 1 the WIPO Convention of 1967. C2D and RDPI believe that there is an emerging concern in Pakistan and other developing countries for the loss of traditional knowledge; lack of respect for traditional knowledge; systematic misappropriation of traditional knowledge, including offensive use without benefit sharing; and the need to preserve and promote the use of traditional knowledge. Indigenous communities have many similar concerns regarding their traditional artistic expressions. C2D has also been advocating for creating new forms of legal protections for these resources in Pakistan. World Intellectual Property Day (World IP Day) is celebrated every year on April 26, to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life and to celebrate creativity and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe. World IP Day offers an exciting chance each year to join with others around the globe, to highlight, discuss and demonstrate the importance of IP for the development of national and sub-national cultures and economies.
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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 FdA advisory panel endorses implantable heart pump ISLAMABAD App
RAWALpInDI: Railway workers demonstrate in support of their demands outside the railway station. online
FUMC MbbS graduates receive degrees ISLAMABAD
IESCO starts installing LT capacitors on tube-wells
As many as 101 MBBS graduates of Foundation University Medical College (FUMC) were awarded degrees at its convocation held here Thursday. President, Foundation University Islamabad (FUI), Lt. Gen. Muhammad Mustafa Khan HI (M) (r), who is also Managing Director of the Fauji Foundation was the chief guest on the occasion. Amongst the students six were awarded gold medals, five silver medals, five distinction certificates and 36 merit certificates. The award for best graduating student was clinched by Madeeha Abdul Ghaffar. In his welcome address, Principal, Foundation University Medical College, Maj Gen (r) Dr Nasim-ul-Majeed, presented the annual college report highlighting the progress and academic excellence it has achieved in the past year. The President FUI, in his address, said that today FUMC stands out as a prominent institution among the medical colleges of the country. He said, several hundred graduates from FUMC are in the mainstream of medical profession not only with in Pakistan but also in other countries. A few of them have acquired postgraduate qualifications from local and international institutions, he added. He said that no academic program can succeed without the diligence and commitment of the faculty. FUMC is privileged to have hard working and dedicated faculty whose guidance has played a key role in achieving the high academic standards. “I am glad to know that the college authorities are fully aware of the importance of co-curricular activities in the development of a well rounded personality which is so essential for the role of healer in society”, he said. He informed the audience that construction of new block to house the dental college has also begun and it is expected that BDS program shall be launched by the year 2013. In the end, Prof Dr Belal A Khan, Rector FUI presented a shield to the President FUI.
HE United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’ s power distribution programme, in cooperation with the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), has started installation of low-tension (LT) capacitors on rural tube-wells in two selected feeders of Taxila subdivision of IESCO. Currently, the project is assisting Faisalabad electric supply company (FESCO), Multan electric power company (MEPCO) and IESCO in capacitors installation, said a press release issued here. Installation of over 700 LT capacitors in MEPCO has already resulted in an estimated three megawatts reduction in demand, improved voltage and availability of surplus electricity for tube-wells. This assistance to DISCOs is provided as part of the US commitment to support the Pakistan government in reforming the energy sector and addressing the problems of the DISCOs. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) implements these assistance programmes which also support capacity building of DISCOs’ staff and board of directors,
installation of equipment to improve power factor, institutional development, gender and energy efficiency. “Installation of 2,600 capacitors on tube-wells will reduce the power demand on the feeders, improve voltage and reduce technical losses,” said Dick Dumford, chief technical adviser of USAID’s Power Distribution Programme. “The USAID power distribution programme shall continue to assist DISCOs to bring improvements to their systems so the people of Pakistan get the best services. Our plan is to replicate capacitors’ installation in other DISCOs which will further improve power factor and reduce losses”. USAID’s Power Distribution Program is a three-year, USAID-funded program aimed at working jointly with government-owned DISCOs in Pakistan to improve their performance in terms of reduction in losses, and improvement in revenues and customer services, to bring them to a level of well-run utilities as in other progressive countries. Through this program, the United States Government provides assistance and support to the Pakistan government in its efforts to reform the power sector to end the current energy crisis.
RAwALPINDI TO BE MADE POLLuTION-FREE : District Officer Solid Waste Management Dr Mazhar Azeem said that a comprehensive campaign has been launched to make the city a dust-free. He said that the cleanliness campaign is underway in 46 union councils of Rawalpindi city and eight union councils of Potohar Town. He said that every effort is being made to make Rawalpindi a model city, this is duty of every one to play its role for the beautification and decoration of the city, he added. He said that the campaign would be made successful; Dr Mazhar Azeem expressed satisfaction over the performance of the department. Earlier, the opposition leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed to the members Punjab Assembly including Ziaullah Shah, Malik Ghulam Raza, Raja Hanif advocate and Sheheryar Riaz along with EDO Municipal Services Imtiaz Ahmad Malik and District Officer Special Planning Ali Imran to ensure visit various areas of the city to supervise general cleanliness. The four MPAs belonging to PML-N appealed people not to throw garbage in the streets and collaborate with sanitation staff in cleanliness drive.
A US-based advisory panel has recommended the approval of a new implantable heart pump device that can help patients with severe heart failure. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel voted 9-2 that the benefits of the machine called the HeartWare ventricular assist device (HVAD) outweigh its risks, Iranian Press TV reported. The experts suggest that the device can effectively save the lives of many of those with end-stage heart failure that are waiting in the heart transplantation raw. “Overall, this is a novel device for a desperate population, and I hope it will be available soon,” said Dr. David Slotwiner, a member of the FDA’s Circulatory System Devices panel. According to estimates, nearly 50,000 patients worldwide are candidates for heart transplants while only 5,000 of them would reach a new heart each year. A few days ago, however, the FDA expressed concerns about the device-related clotting rates and stroke. The FDA experts and the advisory panel both said clinical trial results may have missing data, meaning that they could have over-estimated how well the device works. Although the influential panel has recommended HVAD’s approval, it also called for HeartWare International Inc. to conduct further safety trials in the event the FDA does endorse the device.
Gang-rape victims sent to dar-ul-Aman ISLAMABAD App
Executive Magistrate Hussain Bahdur on Wednesday sent gang-rape victims to Dar-ul-Aman for two days more without taking any statement once again. The gang-rape victims were sent to Darul Aman on Monday (April 23) and they were supposed to appear before the magistrate on Wednesday April 25 for recording their statements. The magistrate said before taking any statement from the gang raped victims, they have to be given some time to ponder over the matter in neutral environment. He was of the view that the victims have been living under the supremacy of their parents after the immoral incident occurred in the jurisdiction of Shahzad Town Police Station on April 4. Therefore, they have to be facilitated impartial atmosphere before articulating statement in the office of magistrate. The counsel Sardar Tariq Gopang of gang raped victims condemned the order of the magistrate for sending them to Darul Aman. He informed that he filed the application under section 164 CrPC in which there is no need to keep them into judicial custody at Darul Aman for any reason. In fact, they were supposed to take statement without any further delay. The application was submitted to Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Firasat Ali Khan that later on forwarded to Executive Magistrate Hussain Bahdur.
Int’l moot on social sciences from 27th ISLAMABAD App
Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) will arrange an international conference on `The Emerging Issues of Social Sciences in Pakistan’ from April 27 (Friday). The three-day conference will be an effort to elucidate the issues like terrorism, Pak-US deadlock, political crisis, institutional decay, culture, religious diversity and human rights, economic, ethno national issues, youth and society and role of media. Vice-Chancellor
QAU, Professor Dr Masoom Yasinzai, Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Farooq H Naik and Chairman HEC Dr Javed R Laghari will formally inaugurate the conference. Social sciences are important in providing guidelines to the policy making sector and the event aims at providing an opportunity to the national and foreign scholars to present their research leading to resolution of issues effecting Pakistan. Scholars across the country and abroad will participate and the conference will provide a platform to build intellectual linkages among them. The ultimate
agenda of projecting Pakistan as a peace loving country is at the heart of the conference. Conference Secretary, Dr Razia Sultana informed that the conference will discuss the themes of sustainable development, internal and external challenges, cultural diversity and human rights and civil society and the role of media. The conference will help promote social sciences in the country especially highlighting the research conducted by the local and foreign scholars on various issues of economy, state and society, she said.
It will also provide an opportunity to local and foreign scholars to build intellectual linkages and project Pakistan as a moderate and peace loving country wherein efforts are underway to live in peace between them and with the world. Dr Razia said the conference will also provide guidelines and suggestions to the policy making sector so to help them to take country out of the current crisis. The idea to hold this conference is in continuation of the last Social Sciences conference that was held in collaboration of HEC and University of Gujrat in April, 2011.
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25pc schemes supplying contaminated water ISLAMABAD
survey conducted by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has revealed that out of 239 water supply schemes in district Attock, 25 percent are supplying contaminated water which contains micro-organisms, arsenic, iron and hardness. Mostly, untreated water is being supplied to the consumers, which is causing many waterborne diseases among adults as well as kids alike. Only 43 percent are supplying water safe at source whereas, 25 percent are supplying water unsafe for human consumption at consumers end. PCRWR is conducting a country wide study of water supply schemes under Provision of Safe Drinking Water project. The project launched in 2006, is now nearing completion that is billed as the most detailed and comprehensive survey of its nature in Asia. The outcome of the survey con-
ducted in the Attock district has revealed that these schemes are providing piped water supply to an enumerated population of 1.066 million persons on 239 surveyed water supply schemes. It was found that 173 schemes were functional, whereas 66 were non-functional for one reason or the other. As a result, nearly 52 percent of the total enumerated population remains unsaved by the water supply schemes. Talking to APP, Chairman PCRWR Dr.Muhammad Aslam Tahir said lack of proper management, operation and maintenance of the water supply systems is one of the critical issues of the water supply schemes. At present, the common problem encountered in the schemes is a complex of various institutional, financial and technological issues, he said. Moreover, most of the schemes are unable to meet expenses from water charges being collected from consumers, which reflect financial unsustainability of the schemes, the Chairman said. The survey manifests that awareness about the hazards of the
unsafe drinking water and the importance of safe drinking water is totally negligible. There appears no concept regarding use of safe water for drinking purposes, prevailing in the general public and among the managers of water supply schemes, as well. The survey has shown that 34 percent of the schemes are over 20 years old, 33 percent between 10 and 20 years while the remaining are less than 10 years old. Most of the schemes have used GI pipe for the distribution RETIREES wITH PENSIONS SLEEP BETTER: Retirees who get regular pensions and enjoy other retirement benefits tend to sleep better. Sleep tends to get more disturbed with age, while work schedules and job stress can also disrupt sleep, Health News reported. To investigate how retirement affected sleep, researchers followed 14,714 workers for seven years before they retired and for seven years afterwards. The workers retired at an average age of 55 years. Eighty per cent of the participants
were men. All were surveyed annually for several health and social factors, including sleep disturbances. Just 4 percent had retired due to health reasons. While the percentage of people who reported sleep disturbances crept up gradually as they aged from 23 percent seven years before retirement to 25 percent the year before a person retired it dropped sharply when a person did retire. One year after leaving the work force, 18percent of the study participants reported sleep disturbances. But this percentage became 21 percent seven years after retirement. Men saw the greatest improvement in sleep, as did managers, people who worked the night-shift, and people with the most demanding jobs. Overall, people were 26 percent less likely to report sleep disturbances after they retired, but the difference was particularly strong for people who had suffered from depression or mental fatigue during their working life; their risk of sleep problems dropped by 45 percent. The only group of people who actually slept worse after
they retired was those who had left the workforce for health reasons; they were about 1.5 times as likely to have sleep problems after retirement as before. It seems proper pension level to guarantee financial security after working age prevented sleep disturbances and improved overall health of the retirees. BB’S MuRDER CASE HEARING TOMORROw : Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi No 1 will resume proceedings of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed murder case on Saturday (tomorrow). Around 15 witnesses have recorded their statements before the court so far. system, the useful life of which is less than 20 years. It necessitates a program of rehabilitation coupled with redesigning of water supply schemes in the district. In view of the wide spread pollution found in the water supply schemes, survey emphasized that water supply systems should be properly planned, constructed and maintained to minimize the pollution in the system.
NUMl students participate in debate contest ISLAMABAD App
Students of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) surprised the audience with their extra ordinary language skills and expressions at departmental debate and speech contest held on Thursday. A total of 15 students from the department participated in Urdu and English debate and speech competition and presented their views with masterly acumen. The rules of the contest required that the speech carry a strong theme regarding the present day social, cultural, economical and geo-political aspects of life. The speech must be completely memorized, no notes allowed, and must be between three and five minutes in length. Khadeeja Atta secured the first position, Shahzia Javaid secured second position while Mirza Atta-ur-Rauf secured third position in English debate. Arif Qureshi stood first, Sara Anwar remained second while Abida Khanam was declared third in the Urdu speech contest. Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan while addressing to a prize distribution ceremony said debate and speech contests are held to bring in interests into studies, develop one’s personality and make one to think out of box. He told a big gathering of students that through co-curricular activities and supplement curricular activities, a student could find new avenues through which it can explore and polish his/her talents and abilities. It is a great source of satisfaction and inspiration that students are paying equal attention to both side of their university life, he added. He also appreciated the level and performance of the students and commended efforts of the faculty for encouraging students towards such healthy activities. With a persuasive tone, logical reasoning, eye opening facts and figures, dramatic rise and fall, exuberance and a wish to outdo others made the debate and speech contest very interesting and attractive event. The preparation and delivery of the speeches by the students was an admirable demonstration of the art of public speaking in students at the contest. Two skits by the students about the bitter realities of present day world stole the show and spoke volume of the fact that life at campus had trained them well to face the world outside. The prizes were distributed by Rector NUML and Head of English Studies department Dr Shaheena Ayub Bhatti. The event was also attended by Director General (DG) Brig Azam Jamal, Director Academics, Director Administration and Director Students Affairs, faculty members and a great number of students.
ISLAMABAD: Students present a tableau during a ceremony at a local hotel. online
Use of mobile phones may cause cancer ISLAMABAD App
Long-term use of mobile phones may cause cancer, government scientists have admitted, as the biggest review ever of the subject is published. The report, by a Health Protection Agency group set up to examine the safety of mobile phones, transmitter masts and wi-fi, found “no convincing evidence” they caused any adverse effects on human health, The Telegraph reported. But members of the Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (AGNIR) said they could not be sure of the long term effects of mobiles, as there was currently “little information beyond 15 years from first exposure”. A small number of individual studies have found evidence of a link between heavy mobile phone use and increased brain tumour incidence. Two years ago the INTERPHONE study reported that the heaviest users could be at a 40 per cent increased risk of developing glioma, a common type of
brain cancer. Most studies have found no such association though. However, brain tumours can take decades to develop. Launching the 333 page report, which reviews hundreds of studies, group chairman Professor Anthony Swerdlow said: “I think there’s a need to keep a watch on national cancer trends in relation to this, particularly with brain tumours “So far brain tumour rates are not rising in the sorts of age groups who have had exposure for 10, 15 years. “But if this is something that takes 15, 20 years or more to show up. We need to keep watch over rates just in case.” Researchers running cohort studies - projects following individuals’ health over their lifetimes also needed to investigate the matter to see if heavy users of mobile phones tended to develop brain tumours more than others, said Prof Swerdlow, an epidemiologist at the Institute of Cancer Reseach. The review found no evidence that radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields caused by wi-fi - now widespread in schools, homes and the workplace -
caused harmful effects, or could even be detected by those who claimed to be sensitive to it. Neither did it find any evidence that mobile phone mast transmitters caused health problems. The HPA is though continuing to adopt what it calls a “precautionary approach” to mobile phone use, in particular advising that children avoid their “excessive use”. Dr John Cooper, director of the HPA’s Centre for Radioation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, commented: “There is still no convincing scientific evidence that radiofrequency (RF) fields exposures from mobile phones and other radio technologies affect human health at exposure levels below internationally agreed guidelines. “However, as this is a relatively new technology, the HPA will continue to advise a precautionary approach and keep the science under close review. “The HPA recommends that excessive use of mobile phones by children should be discouraged and mobile phone Specific Energy Absorption Rates (SAR) values
should be clearly marked in the phone sales literature.” Dr Simon Mann, another member of AGNIR, said: “We are continuing to recommend discouraging non-essential use by children.” Texting was preferable to calling, he said, as it meant the phone was “tens of centimetres away (from the head) rather than one or two”, reducing exposure levels by “orders of magnitude”. He added: “Hands-free kits reduce your exposure, as does using third generation (3G) modes rather than second generation (2G), and shorter calls.” Last spring the Department of Health updated its advice by saying that sending text messages or using hands-free kits can reduce exposure to radiation, by keeping the handset away from the head. John Cooke, executive director of the Mobile Operators Association, said: “The public will be reassured by this conclusion that there is still no convincing evidence that mobile phones cause adverse health effects, after almost two decades of research involving a large number of studies.”
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Only we can end our miseries There is no denying the fact that we as a nation-turned into a mob are mainly responsible for our problems and only we can solve our problems, provided we take the situation in our own control. Yet the glaring fact remains that the world collaborators have joined hands with each other to destabilize, denuclearize and disregard Pakistan and they are actually responsible for the bloodbath and accentuation of socio-politico-economic woes of this country. Without their active connivance, the allies couldn’t have succeeded in inflaming so many regions and wreaking death and destruction at such a wide scale. Normality in relations may be achieved if, according to leading defence analyst, the US makes up Pakistan’s loss of $70 billion suffered in the US war on terror, compensates 100,000 dead and injured in the war including those who
died or got injured by drones, stops drone war, provides civil nuclear technology to overcome energy crisis, apologizes for Salala massacre, declares that it will respect Pakistan’s sovereignty in future and will not meddle in its internal affairs, agrees to treat Pakistan with respect, assures that it will facilitate resolution of Kashmir dispute and promises that it will not let India to takeover security duties once the ISAF departs from Afghanistan.” But the Americans seem in no mood to oblige on any of these areas of friction since it is feeling depressed and out of sorts. It somehow considers Pakistan to be partly if not wholly responsible for its failures in achieving its sinister designs. It is displeased with Pak Army and ISI as to why obstacles are being created in its efforts to undermine Pakistan. It is neither reconciling to the fact that it has lost
Proposed income tax the war in Afghanistan, or over the defiance of Pakistan which had accepted its dictates meekly for a decade. Closure of NATO supply routes has forced the US to utilize six-time expensive northern network and that too for non-lethal items. The US is considering making use of supply routes from China and air supplies from India. Closure of Shamsi airbase resulted in suspension of drone strikes for sometime but after activating drone bases in Afghanistan and fine tuning ground intelligence, strikes have been resumed since January, although at a reduced scale. Militancy in Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber agencies has increased, several suicide attacks have taken place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, target killings in Karachi and Balochistan are continuing, exiled Baloch sardars supported by their
patrons are spitting venom and rejecting reconciliation. Such anti-Pakistan activities are not possible without provision of funds to the dissidents. As long as funds are flowing in and weapons are supplied, there will be no letup in such anti-state acts. It is wishful to assume that Pak-US relations will revert to normal after the parliamentary review, when strategic interests of the two are at variance, drone war and covert war by Indo-US-Israeli nexus remain operative and there is no let up in propaganda war. Those who believe that Americans are being defeated, might be true in their own sense, but they must remember that everything going to happen is in accordance with their calculations and the sufferings on Pakistan’s side seem to be innumerably in store. RABAIL IFTIKHAR CHEEMA Sialkot
Polio strikes back From tall claims of ‘total eradication’ to ‘shocking re-emergence’ of the dreadful disease ‘polio’, in Pakistan, it is indeed a complete U-turn. The matter is not only grave but also challenging. After decades of planning and heavy investment (both indigenous and foreign) Pakistan stands where it stood, several years ago, vis-à-vis its polio eradication program. This menacingly dangerous disease which earlier crippled thousands of children, across the length and breadth of the country, with immeasurable ferocity, seems to have struck back, once again, maliciously. While Pakistan is facing scathing criticism of the developed world for the rising polio cases in the country, those at the helm in the government seem to be at loss to appreciate the gravity of the situation. A comprehensive strategy to deal with this grave problem, on war footings, is the need of the hour. Reasons for re-emergence of polio in Pakistan could be many, but one very important reason is reluctance of parents to give polio drops to their children. This is particularly true when looked at from the point of view of over 70 percent of Pakistan’s unlettered population living in the rural areas of the country. Ignorance vis-àvis the polio eradication program, due to illiteracy, is the main cause that is keeping the rural parents away from giving polio drops to their children. A question that arises is as to how this grave problem should be addressed, so that the polio eradication program in the country could be made effective. One very important element that comes to mind is immediate revitalization of the inert country-wide polio education campaign. Secondly, and most importantly, a law making the use of polio drops compulsory for children up to the age of five should be framed by the government, on priority basis, and put into practice urgently. An equally important element in the given scenario is taking effective confidence building measures to make the polio eradication drive acceptable to the people without any fear. This particular issue could be addressed by ensuring: (1) that the quality of the polio medicine being dispensed is of top quality and (2) that there is no ulterior motive behind the polio eradication program, except welfare of the children. Support from the international donors towards polio eradication program in Pakistan has declined over the years. To regain their confidence and support and to motivate the people to positively respond to the polio eradication initiative of the government, tangible measures like the ones cited above will have to be adopted without further loss of time. M FAZAL ELAHI Lahore Send your letters to: Letters to Editor, Pakistan Today, 4-Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Lahore, Pakistan Fax: +92-42-36298302 E-mail: email@example.com Letters may be edited for length and clarity. It would be appreciated if letters were addressed to Pakistan Today exclusively.
pM’s contempt verdict The Supreme Court of Pakistan has convicted the Prime Minister in a contempt case. Now the PM should step down instead of holding on to the office. His resignation might save his future in politics. Otherwise, he will be declared ineligible to contest elections.
My humble suggestion for PPP is to keep patience in their ranks and implement the court’s order in letter and spirit. Time has come to review the past wrong policies. TARIQ HUSAIN KHAN Karachi
vere anti-government protests. Thousands of fisher-folk, farmers, traders and other resident surrounded the KK-NPP, and organized massive demos in Chettikulam, Idinthakarai & Kanyakumari. Over 300 senior citizens kept a day-long fast and wrote a letter to the Japanese PM requesting him not to open nuclear cooperation negotiations with India. The Indian government is accusing the movement of being supported by foreign organizations and is also trying to whip up communal divide, playing the communal card – by publicly stating that it is the Christians who are opposing the nuclear plant, while the Hindus are suffering from power cuts. The government is also resorting to
increased power cuts in the surrounding area, to build up resentment among the general population against the struggle and protest. Fukushima like disasters if occurred in neighbouring India would certainly affect the population in Pakistan, and it must be a matter of concern for the inhabitants of subcontinent to raise a voice against it. Thankfully, Pakistan has not a single complaint so far despite fears created by the terrorists and hostile foreign media, but keeping in view the government should take measures in order to avoid such mishaps within the country. FARYAL F KHAN Gujrat
Public transportation all over the world is seen as a safe and economic way to move around. However, the story changes when it comes to Pakistan as although most of the buses have now converted to CNG, the fare is still charged for diesel. Also the installed CNG kits are very dangerous and are virtually timebombs ready for explosions. CNG kits are not the only problem. These buses are decades old with uncomfortable restructured seats and rusted window panes and alarmingly have no speedometer, temperature reader or fuel indicator. These buses continue to cruise the streets without headlights or indicators and endanger the lives of not only the people inside them, but also people travelling in their own cars. The officials in government need to inspect these buses on an urgent basis as although we know that life cannot be guaranteed, what we do know is prevention is better than cure. ARFAH FAIQ Karachi
ents who give birth to a child that looks normal apparently, but after a couple of years they get shocking news that there child is facing some mental disorder. They remain unable to understand that why God has given them such a surprise. Believing the doctor is as hard as climbing the Mount Everest. They start searching for a messiah that can bring them out of this intense problem. They roam around their whole circle to find the solution to this problem but all in vain. Finally, they decide to face the problem. Here, their life is contrary to the life of most of us; the life elaborated above. Here begins a new expedition every day. Life is not the same routine as it was before. In simple words, the parents become special parents for their special child, worried for the kid every moment, caring for his needs every second, looking impatiently for some betterment in the condition.
Losing hope and wining it again becomes the routine of their life; trying to find a way out but disappointment is the only remedy. Why a special child is only special to his family? Why are we not there to take it as our responsibility? Why we are so scared of this blessing of God? Simply, why can’t we serve an orange with a lot of apples? Though the solution is not simple but a first step should be taken now. Instead of allocating separate resources for such children we should provide facilities in every school to facilitate these children at grass root level. Instead of collecting ‘oranges’ from different places to polish them at a single factory (special school) we should develop a system that can serve these oranges with a lot of apples in a same unit (formal school); promote inclusive education. ALI FAROOQ Lahore
A hostage future It is unfortunate that America is patronizing India and transferring nuclear technology to it, contrary to its own declared policy and ignoring the similar needs of other countries. India’s recent 5000km-range AgniV nuclear-warhead carrying missile’s test was not only endorsed by Washington but got kudos ‘in the name of competing China in the region.’ Though world has not objected to it, but inside India there is strong resistance against it. As the renowned Indian journalists, such as Kuldip Nayar, Jawed Naqvi, Praful Bidwai and Aijaz Zaka Syed, has in their recently published articles pointed out that New Delhi is suppressing resistance as India’s southern part is witnessing se-
The proposal to raise income tax rates by almost six times in the next budget is bureaucratic move to raise revenue, something to be done to fulfil payments to the IMF, without regard to the paying ability of those who will suffer the impact. As those who will have the taxes raised for them will mostly be salaried persons, the tax machinery has once again tried to get away with the expedient of raising revenue by imposing further taxes on those already paying, rather than widening the tax net and bringing within it powerful interests who have so far successfully avoided taxes, and which the government intends to allow to continue doing so. The assumption that people can pay multiples of existing tax burdens is just no longer valid, but is contemptuous. The tax authorities go for salaried persons, because collection is easy, by deduction at source. However, if this is the path chosen by the government to cut its deficit, there will be inevitable questions, particularly about vast agricultural incomes, which remain tax-free, with those earning those incomes enjoying the commanding heights of the polity, including in the legislatures. There will also be queries about how the government spends money, with taxpayers’ money being wasted on luxurious lifestyles for the ruling classes whose number has grown with the expansion of the cabinet. Instead of burdening those who already pay taxes, and who have had a very rocky time of it because of recent inflation, the government should look to bringing in the tax net all those who do not pay because they enjoy tax-free incomes as well as positions of power, and to reduce its own expenditures by proper austerity measures. This has become particularly important as the government is to face a general election in the coming year. The government cannot afford to go into it having raised tax rates. The increase will combine with other government failures, such as over energy loadshedding, inflation, crime increases and foreign policy, to make the government’s task at the hustings very difficult. MOHAMMAD FARREED Karachi
Serving an orange with a lot of apples Life is a series of chronicle events and happenings and our age is an asset of our belongings, relations and peers. Our routine is very hectic and laborious that we feel even exhausted when we rest back and spread our body on the office chair or our bed. It feels as we’ve topped a highest peak today, and tomorrow there will be another challenging day waiting for us with a lot of work and boring routine; we never want to keep this thing going with us and wish to get rid of this painstaking routine to enjoy our lives in peace and luxury. And finally, one day, we go for a long holiday with our family and children, to enjoy, to get relax, to have fun and to release all the tensions we feel in our daily life. This is what a person does to keep life going until the final call. We feel that God is sometimes unfair with us. Many unanswerable questions come to our minds; why am I not
given a lot of riches as others, why am I not blessed with rule like our rulers, why don’t I enjoy the company of my children and family like others. We forget all the blessings He gives us but remember some deficits we bear. He gives us everything but sometimes He gives us something special, so special that we can’t even imagine – a child with some disability. The moment a couple takes the child in their hands a feeling of insecurity and perplexity comes to their minds. The fear of merciless world and the ignorance of society make their hearts sink in their chests and a never ending gloomy season starts in their life. After a long and hard struggle some couples muster their courage up and start planning the future of their child while others leave it to God or sometimes in worse conditions; they admit the child as a curse. Situation becomes worse for the par-
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12 Comment Verdict on the PM What next?
he SC verdict has serious consequences for Gilani though it is not likely to pose any immediate threat to the system. Gilani has been declared a contemner, ordered to be imprisoned till the rising of the court i.e. for thirty seconds, and disqualified from being elected for a period of five years. As the short order does not denotify the prime minister, this implies that he would continue to act as the PM, albeit a lame-duck one, for a minimum of five months required for the disposal of his appeal and the completion of the process of disqualification in accordance with Article 63 (1) and (2) of the constitution. The PM r can meanwhile get the budget through and provide guidance in the ongoing Pak-US talks which are of crucial importance. The verdict has dismayed the PM and the PPP but it falls short of the expectations of his opponents who had hoped that he would be given the maximum punishment and taken in handcuffs straight to jail. It remains to be seen whether the opposition is willing to allow Gilani to remain in office till the legal process is complete. Mian Nawaz Sharif has already suggested that he no more recognises Gilani as PM. PTI chief Imran Khan maintains that Gilani has lost moral justification to retain the office. Whether the opposition will confine itself to simply putting on record their position without resorting to agitation to seek his urgent resignation remains anybody’s guess. Protests against the verdict have taken place in the interior of Sindh and some of the towns in the Seraiki belt. This indicates an increase in polarisation if the two sides do not to arrest the process. In case both sides fail to discourage protests, these could diminish whatever positive trends have emerged in the economy while they may also reinforce the military’s declining role in policy making and as final arbiter. There is a need on the PM’s part to dissuade the PPP from protests against the apex court’s decision. The opposition too would do well to let the law take its course. While the supremacy of law has to be maintained, the courts too need to consider how the law is applied without endangering the system which is the sole guardian of their independence.
bad timing In comes the messenger
rdinarily, Marc Grossman’s visit to the country would have been all over the airwaves. But, given the special circumstances that have emerged in the last 24 hours (for readers living under a rock, please refer to the editorial above), it didn’t get quite the viceregal coverage it usually gets. You could revive a dead man from suspended animation and it would appear as a mere blip on Pakistani TV news cycles. The visiting US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, will, however, be circumspect when he looks at the emerging situation in the country. Regardless of how much he or his diplomatic corps huff and puff, tensions with mere Americans are small fry now for the political dispensation in Pakistan. None of this is, however, meant to trivialise the gravity of Mr Grossman’s visit. He comes to Pakistan at a time of strained ties. He might be here to dip his toe in the water and decide to throw his counterparts in the Pakistani diplomatic setup a fig leaf by apologising completely and unconditionally for the Salala incident. Yes, the apology which our foreign minister used to repeat emphatically, “won’t be enough.” In what is the first high-level delegation after the Salala incident, Mr Grossman met with the army chief and though it would be premature to conjecture on what transpired in the pow wow, it is assumed the American wants to smoothen things out with the army. This is all bad form, of course, for the government to allow him to meet the military leadership. Yes, their hands might be full, but this is something that needed pre-emption. though we cannot afford to become a pariah state in the comity of nations, it is also pertinent for the US to realise that it needs Pakistan’s cooperation in the war on terror, specially now that the Isaf forces are working on an American withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Pakistani deep state can use its leverage with the Afghan Taliban and throw a spanner in the works faster than one can say Mullah Baradar. This is going to be a tightrope walk. More than just getting a good deal for the country, it is hoped that the political government is able to have a say in the whole process. A fat chance of that, given the current climate.
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Friday, 27 April, 2012
Changing face of the US A look at how the country has evolved since the ’80s
n 1980s, America entered the third century of her existence. This coincided with the Republican presidency of the conservative Ronald Reagan. Since then, the American society, economy and politics have gone through unprecedented transformations. Historically, the Americans have been liberal in their outlook, however, after Reagan, for the first time, more and more of them have begun to identify themselves as conservatives. This trend towards growing conservatism became quite visible in 2000, when the readership of anti-liberal publications outnumbered that of the liberal ones. A contemporary historian John Lukacs in his classical work on the twentieth century America has highlighted at least four major transformations since Reagan that have had profound effects on the way power is being exercised within and outside by the American establishment The first transformation has been in the over-sizing of the civil bureaucracy, particularly the Foreign Service. Though Reagan kept propagating about the evils of the ‘Big Government’, the bureaucracy in foreign affairs, the presidency and the Defense Department kept inflating. For example, the number of personnel attached with the State and War departments was much smaller before World War II, when compared with the other great powers of the time but over the years the staff employed in the US embassies multiplied tenfold. The second transformation has been in the domain of diplomacy. Traditionally, diplomacy has been the forte of the caBy Basharat Hussain Qizilbash reer diplomats manning the State Department. For quite a while, it has been intruded on by the spooks from intelligence. Now, it is the CIA that administers the foreign relations. As its head is appointed by the president, therefore, it seldom dares to differ from what the presidency wants to hear from it. The US attack on Iraq is a typical example when the CIA ‘manufactured evidence’ about Saddam Hussein’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction just because President Bush had already made up his mind to bring down Saddam, come what may. So, the Agency meekly furnished him the required ruse. While the presidency has begun to rely more and more on the CIA, its performance has been less than impressive as it failed to foresee several earth-shaking happenings such as the demolition of the Berlin Wall, the break-up of the Russian Empire in the Eastern Europe and even
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the 9/11. The third transformation has been the dominance of the Defense Department over the State Department, which was initially the blue-eyed boy of the American state. Again, this shift took place in the Reagan years but assumed wider proportions under President George W Bush, whose bellicose Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld wielded much greater power over the sometimes hapless Secretary of State Colin Powell. The fourth transformation has been the most dramatic of all. It has been the militarisation of the American presidency, and by its extension, the militarisation of the foreign policy. Even those US presidents, who had had a military background preferred to employ civilian manners in words, voices and gestures during the discharge of their functions; certainly not Ronald Reagan, who, despite having no military service and having spent the World War II in the Hollywood, showed “all the marks of someone enjoying playing at soldier.” It was he, who started the practice of returning the military salute by raising his right hand up to his bare head – a gesture that was unnecessarily adopted by his successor presidents. Notwithstanding the warning sounded by President Eisenhower about the strangulating hold of the military industrial complex over America, Reagan went head-long on a vast armament program envisaging a six hundred shipnavy. As a result, the US defense budget more than doubled from $134 billion in 1980 to $ 299.3 billion in 1990. Intoxicated by the military might, it was Reagan, who, first, started the branding of US opponents as ‘evil’ with the inherent belief that America was the epitome of ‘good’. No wonder, controversial expressions such as ‘the axis of evil’ became common jargon for subsequent presidents. Holding high the ‘flag of goodness’, America could, now, go after the real or imaginary ‘demons’ and ‘monsters’ in every nook and cranny of
the globe to uphold and spread the cause of ‘goodness’. In plain words, America had become the dictatress of the world. This was the danger against whom had forewarned the greatest of America’s Secretaries of State, John Quincy Adams, in his July 4 speech in 1821: “America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy…[if so] she might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.” The spirit of America as reflected in its revolution, the war of independence and the constitution was rooted in the beautiful traditions of Enlightenment. Thus, it remained a great role model for the whole world, for almost two centuries. Not so any more. About a century ago, a great historian Jacob Burckhard had prophetically observed: “The sudden change from democracy will no longer result in the rule of an individual – but in the rule of a military corporation. And by it, methods will perhaps be used for which even the most terrible despot would not have the heart.” His fear has turned true in today’s America. Now, the military corporations with Pentagon as their chief patron rule the roost. That is why, the American spirit has coarsened, as is evident from unsavoury names of warplanes such as ‘Predators’, ‘Raptors’, ‘Black hawks’ and ‘Warthogs’. Moreover, due to the militarisation of the presidency, the American presidents, now, prefer to don the garb of Commander-in-Chief than to be the usual civilian presidents. Don’t be mistaken! Just recall Bush’s statement on the eve of his inauguration: “It’s great to be the Commander-in-Chief of this nation.” This remark was in sharp contrast to other presidents such as Washington, Lincoln, Wilson and Roosevelt, who governed America during its great wars yet never called themselves the Commanders-in-Chief. The writer is an academic and a journalist. He can be reached at email@example.com
No development without peace Daily Pashtun Post
he province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has long been suffering from the scourge of terrorism. The acts of terrorism have not only taken many thousands of lives and resulted in great material loss by damaging countless private property and public infrastructure but they have also ensured that no investor, whether local or foreign, is willing to invest in the region due to the security climate and pervasive terrorism. The incumbent provincial government though has made attempts to restore peace to the region by calling upon a traditional tribal jirga. But it has not been shown any significant support by the central government in this regard. Consequently, these efforts have not bore much fruit and the intensity of terrorism has increased in certain areas.. The chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said time
and again that the provincial government is taking substantive steps for the restoration of peace and has given priority to the completion of many developmental projects across the province. With the completion of these projects, the masses would be better facilitated in various aspects of life than before. The CM said his government is not unaware of the problems of the masses and is mindful of addressing the same through pursuing various developmental projects. But it cannot be denied that all these efforts for development are doomed to fail until the menace of terrorism and militancy is uprooted and peace is restored to the province. No development project can help the masses if these problems persist. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak
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on ‘corruption’ the problem is not what you think
By Umair Javed
he prevalence of corruption, just like its historicity, cannot be under stressed because as recent work on the economy of the armed forces has shown it is likely to exist in most public institutions regardless of their democratic or representative nature. It is the nature of democratic politics itself that the public sphere expands and receives more attention in print and the electronic media but it is equally important to remind us of the fact that this is not specific just to democracy or democratic rule but is equally present yet under-exposed during times of authoritarian regimes. What has concerned me the most in the endless discussions (read: rambling) on corruption in our media is the way that it has been treated as this alien disease that needs to be eliminated almost as if it was more dangerous than cancer and as incurable as the common cold. Some of the rectification schemes and terms recently used in several op-ed pieces include, ‘re-structuring institutional practices’, focusing on ‘good governance’, ‘rethinking accountability mechanisms’ and so on and so forth. Well intentioned, no doubt, but heavily reliant on the premise that corruption is alien and harmful to the system of governance and public life, hence it has to be separated like some tumour and thrown away. Whilst I generally agree to the harmful effects of corruption in so far as it induces low levels of efficiency, wastage of scarce resources and promotion of incompetence in meritbased situations, I am more concerned with this fetish of treating corruption as an alien
disease. If the premise of their solutions relies on the extraneous nature of the problem itself, then the situation can be made a lot more interesting and complex if the primary assumption is discarded and a new one is set in place, i.e. corruption is not alien to the system, it is an inherent code of practice that has evolved over time in certain parts of the world, primarily from the experience of the public realm undergoing certain forms of social organisation and re-organisation such as colonialism, kinship associational modes and a cultural continuity of sorts that has synthesised these varying social experiences. It is important to note that then the problem ceases to be an institutional plague but when in turn it becomes a societal practice or norm, these pretentious solutions seem to fall some light-years short of addressing the issue. In simpler terms, it is possible to note that corruption refers to any practice that transgresses the rational-bureaucratic framework of the public sphere, i.e. my offering a bribe to a policeman and its subsequent acceptance is a transgression because I am avoiding my punishment for breaking some legal-rational principle. What if the logic of bureaucratic rationality is alien to my mode of thinking? What if I would rather just exploit his inferior economic position to go scot-free or more commonly my connections amongst his superiors or even the fact that we might hail from the same biraderi. The premise of rationality is a lot different and the recognition of the law is only there while we are breaking it, the law stops being the code of conduct in any subsequent frame of action. Secondly, the acceptance and acknowledgment of corruption as sin is most often rhetoric employed by society and in relevant and contextual positions, almost every person finds justification of any corrupt or illegal act that they might commit. For example, a policeman or a civil servant
taking a bribe justifies his actions on the paucity of his wages, the inflation of subsistence goods and the moral degradation of his immediate superiors. The economically affluent justify some forms of corruption as a necessity to avoid the rigors of our already failed system. Public representatives see the misuse of public vehicles as fringe benefits that they have earned due to the demanding route taken by them to get to this position of privilege. From these two observations on the notion of corruption, it can be concluded (perhaps superficially) that the rationality of action in the public sphere is unique within post-colonial contexts. This ‘problem’ of corruption is prevalent in places where the colonial experience of a centralised bureaucratic legal framework has merged with non-European modes of social conduct. Where the autonomous citizen (or public servant) is a citizen (or public servant) along with a Rajput, a Lahori, a Sunni, and a resident of some neighbourhood and traces his past to some village on the banks of the Chenab. It is impossible to delineate which of these identities (and subsequent rationality) is inherently colonial, post-colonial and pre-colonial, and perhaps that question does not need to be answered. What we are left with is not just the simple problem of removing the tumour that is corruption but with a larger question of somehow gathering such diverse identities into an acceptable consensus under some notion of law that would either completely legitimise those actions that we deem as being corrupt or perhaps get rid of the aforementioned actions all together. It is quite clear that these two skewed frameworks cannot co-exist side by side as they have been trying to do for such a long time. The writer blogs at http://recycledthought.blogspot.com.Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a tweet @umairjav
Delhi’s stepwells Still cool
ere in Delhi, the heat is oppressive. I’m in a special place. Down the stone stairs. Shade. The wet sari clinging to her skin, Zeenat Begum is washing herself in cool water. The pool is covered with the yellow leaves of kikar. “It’s my hamam,” says the elderly woman. Picking up her blouse from the steps, she says, “I’m a beggar and I bathe like a queen.” Zeenat Begum’s hamam is Gandhak ki Baoli, Delhi’s oldest surviving stepwell. Because of its sulphur-rich water, said to have healing properties for skin ailments, this baoli was used as a spa. Built by Sultan Altutmush in the 13th century, it is a beautiful otherworldly abyss close to the Qutub Minar in south Delhi. A water monument of sculptured columns and lattice walls, a baoli is a secret world linking light to shade, earth to water. A flight of stone stairs, punctuated with landings with pavilions and chambers, leads to the bottom. In the monsoon, water comes up to the upper steps. In the dry season, it recedes to the lower levels. Novelist Anita Desai somewhere described baolis as “a profound world of myth, philosophy, belief, beauty, and understanding”. Connected with well and groundwater aquifers, baolis were built to collect rainwater during the monsoons and allow people to access the receding water through the year. K K Muhammad, superintending archaeologist of the Delhi circle of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), describes baolis as air conditioners, “their chambers and passageways kept cool by the water”. “Baolis were also social networking sites,” says Jutta Jain-Neubauer, author of The Stepwells of Gujarat, the first book ever written on baolis, “where people gathered to escape hot afternoons.” Unique to India, about 3,000 baolis were built between the seventh and mid19th centuries, most in the arid regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat. “Baolis attained unsurpassed By Mayank Austen Soofi monumentality and elaborateness in Gujarat alone,” says JainNeubauer, who lives in Vasant Kunj (south Delhi) and who is getting ready to prepare a second edition of her 1981 classic. The baolis of Delhi stand nowhere to those of Gujarat. Dedicated to Hindu gods, stepwells in Gujarat were lavishly carved. Delhi’s baolis date from a much later period and are less artistic. The most neglected of the city’s monuments, baolis tell of a time when men followed their quest for water through means more gentle and humble. Then, men dug earth to reach water and now, we steer the course of rivers to force water to reach us Compared to dams that destroy nature and communities, baolis were ecologically friendly.” At the turn of the last century, Delhi had more than 100 baolis. Today, many of them have caved in or dried up owing to the declin-
ing water table. The number has shrunk to about 15, according to the ASI. The few baolis that remain accessible must be visited in summer. Cold, damp and quiet, these stepwells are an oasis of solitude, rare in this crowded, noisy, smoggy metropolis. Delhi-wallahs gathered in baolis to flee from summer heat, academic-activist Sohail Hashmi, a walking encyclopaedia on the city, told me. There they lounged, slept, played chauser and pacheesi with friends or smoked hookahs. Today, the few who visit baolis go there either to meet their lovers, or to get away from the world. Amid the business towers and residential apartments of central Delhi, the 14th century Agrasen ki Baoli has its own fan club on Facebook. Flanked by niches, chambers and passageways, the 104 stone steps, descending into the well’s dry depths, have three landings. Although the baoli is dry, the air is cool even at the peak of summer. Until 2002, it had water. In the baoli’s lower reaches, the sunlight fades. The gurgling sound of hundreds of resident pigeons echoes off the stone walls. Hidden in the various nooks and bays of the baoli, the birds frequently fly out with a great flapping of wings. Since a baoli is built below ground level, its architectural aesthetics can only be appreciated once you enter it. At Agrasen ki Baoli, the experience is more intense because the steps of the baoli and the high-rises of Connaught Place present a dramatic contrast: the 14th century joining the 21st century in one straight line. The high-rises, Muhammad says, are the reason why baolis cannot be restored to their original self. “Multi-floor buildings claim more water and so the level of Delhi’s water table has plunged. We cannot refill baolis with water.” The baoli in the Sufi shrine of Nizamuddin Basti is the only stepwell in Delhi to have an active underground spring that ensures a continuous supply of fresh water. For centuries, pilgrims stopped at the baoli to sip its blessed water. For years, the boys living in Nizamuddin Basti dived into the baoli – especially when it was flooded with monsoon rain – from the roofs, windows and ledges of the surrounding houses and from the top of the baoli wall from the other side. Over the decades, the water of Hazrat Nizamuddin’s baoli became toxic with decomposed muck. In 2009, a renovation project undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and ASI managed to reach the well’s foundation. Today, the water looks clean. A new generation of neighbourhood boys climbs on the roofs, jump into the water, swim and go back to the roofs to jump again. It is late summer afternoon. The sun’s glare is white. The Rajon ki Baoli in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park is empty. The well is dry. In her book Delhi: A Thousand Years of Building, Lucy Peck calls it “the prettiest baoli in Delhi”. With 66 steps, the baoli’s top floor has a row of arched niches, which are cool inside. There is no noise save that of aeroplanes preparing to land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Bring a novel, a flask of chilled water and it becomes a perfect place to while away a summer afternoon.
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ARRY Thompson, producer of Lindsay Lohan’s upcoming biopic ‘Liz and Dick’, thinks that the actress ‘may be the most insured actress that ever walked on a soundstage’. This week, Lohan signed on to star in Lifetime’s new film about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s turbulent,
ten-year relationship. Thompson asserted that he is confident that the troubled 25-year-old is more than capable of stepping up to the plate to play the icon. Lindsay has a noble purpose,” Us weekly quoted Thompson as telling E! News. “It’s not like she’s going to do a little job-the responsibility of playing Elizabeth Taylor is large.” “Lindsay Lohan may be the most insured actress that ever walked on a
soundstage,” Thompson added. Lohan is ready for another comeback, and she doesn't care what the haters think. Critics-most notably Rosie O'Donnellhave questioned her ability to portray the late Elizabeth Taylor in an upcoming Lifetime TV biopic. Lohan lashed back at O'Donnell. “It's funny that someone you don't know at all can say something so intrusive and so knowing," she said. So what would Lindsay like to say to her detractor? "I don't think I need to tell her anything," the 25year-old starlet said. "I know that I'm great. I know that I know Liz Taylor very well, and I share the same makeup artist and the same hair stylist. We've worked with a lot of the same people." For her part, the actress feels "lucky to be able to do this role" and wants "to honour (Elizabeth) the way that she should be honoured because she helped a lot of people in her life." As for Lindsay's onscreen love interest? She said she has someone in mind to play Richard Burton, but she doesn't want to jinx it. When one reporter suggested Gerard Butler for the role, Lindsay mused, "I don't know if he would do that, but he actually does remind me of Richard a lot."
KARACHI: Cinnabon Pakistan launched a second outlet at Atrium Mall. PR
Abid, Rabiya and Aisha
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Aamir, Asad, Sohaib, Salman, Shahana and Sidra
Another spot for a scrumptious treat NEWS DESK Cinnabon Pakistan launched a second outlet at Atrium Mall, only a few weeks after the launch of their flagship store at Dolmen Clifton Mall, testament to the success of one of the world’s most well known dessert brands. The launch of the kiosk at Atrium Mall was an extremely innovative event with lots of exciting and unique elements coming together to produce a truly unique launch experience. Near the kiosk an Angry Bons game was being played out with Cinnanom
Abhay, Sonam signal a truce
rolls and Chillata shaped bons. The Cinnabon kiosk was covered with a black curtain which was pulled up at the time of revealing of the kiosk, while the crowd counted down and cheered the revealing. Dancers, hidden under the curtain, jumped out the minute the curtain was pulled up, exciting the audience and keeping the energy level high. An exciting blue carpet event was the highlight of the event with celebrities such as supermodel Nadya Hussain, TV morning show host Ayesha Omer and other actresses and actors in full attendance.
MuMBAI: Post their first film together-‘Aisha’, Abhay deol and Sonam Kapoor didn’t really share the best of the terms. Apparently, now the two seem to have buried the hatchet. buzz has it that Sonam and Abhay would be seen together in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ director Anand l rai’s ‘raanjhana’. Abhay has been roped in for a small but significant role in the film, which marks the bollywood debut of the South star rajnikanth’s son-in-law and ‘Kolavari di’ sensation, dhanush. reportedly, Abhay had an unpleasant fallout with the actress while working in Sonam’s home production ‘Aisha’. it was alleged that Abhay showed disinterest in the role he played and wasn’t happy with the film, but Sonam was miffed more so after Abhay had made some unflattering remarks about Anil Kapoor. Not someone to take it lightly, Sonam reacted strongly against him. After their initial outburst, both the actors later claimed all was well between them and that they were open to working together again. A source informed that both the actors will share screen space in the film. “All i can say is that they will come face to face and their chemistry is amazing in the scene,” the source said. The source also added, “Abhay took it up because it’s a beautiful role and he loved it.” The film, which will be shot in benaras is expected to go on floor by the end of May. AGenCIeS
Nadya Hussain with guests
When Aamir Khan attended rickshaw driver’s son’s wedding MuMBAI: Aamir Khan has proved that he is indeed a man of words. The perfectionist made his presence felt at a humble wedding ceremony in Varanasi to keep up his commitment. rajeev, the groom, couldn’t believe his eyes as he could never in his dreams expect a star like Aamir to grace his wedding. it was nothing less a miracle of sorts for the son of auto-rickshaw driver ramlakhan Paswan, whom Aamir had met in december 2009. A daily reported that ramlakhan, who also known as Nathuni, had helped Aamir locate the house of his maternal grandmother. As a token of thanks, Aamir later sent him airtickets for Mumbai to attend the premiere of ‘3 idiots’. “initially, Aamir had assured to send his blessings through a video Cd, but recently he confirmed that he would be attending the marriage function in person,” Nathuni told a daily. The Paswan family was certainly on cloud nine after hearing the news of Aamir’s arrival. AGenCIeS
After SRK, Big B,
Hrithik might endorse a state MuMBAI: Hrithik roshan-an actor par excellence has been approached to become the brand ambassador of the indian state of Maharashtra. According to reports the state govt wants to rope in Hrithik to promote the state and help sell the state’s beautiful locales to tourists. Sources confirm that an agency hired by the govt approached Hrithik a few days ago to become the state’s brand ambassador. They had sent a mail to Hrithik’s team which was immediately forwarded to him. However, given Hrithik’s extremely busy shooting schedule, the actor is yet to give his nod to the offer. it is learnt that the agencies are so keen to welcome Hrithik on board that they have planned to shoot a docu-flim with him. A photo shoot has also been planned. Although Hrithik is busy with the shooting of ‘Krrish 3’, sources close to the actor say that he thinks it is a big honour that has been bestowed on him. Now, only time will tell if he would join the ranks of big b and SrK, who promote Gujarat and bengal respectively. AGenCIeS
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T'S official - Angelina Jolie is now a citizen of Sarajevo. Bosnia's capital has named the actress-director its honorary citizen in recognition of her directorial debut ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey.’ A statement issued by city's authorities said the city was grateful to Jolie for preserving the "truth about the war" in Bosnia, through her movie, which was released late last
year. The spokeswoman for the Sarajevo Canton, Lamija Bojadzic, said Wednesday it was not yet clear whether Jolie will attend a May 3 ceremony in Sarajevo. The movie was dogged by controversy from the start. Jolie was denied permission to film in Bosnia until the government approved her script. Then, on the eve of its opening, the head of a group of Serbs held prisoner during Bosnia's 19921995 war called for the movie to be banned in the Serb-run part of the country.
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Johansson skips out on ‘Rowdy Rathore’ to bring ‘Iron Man 3’s Black Widow role LOS ANGELES AGenCIeS
Looks like Scarlett Johansson won't be an Iron lady. Robert Downey Jr. already has his hands full with two gals, following recent casting news that Jessica Chastain will be joining Gwyneth Paltrow in vying for the star's attention in ‘Iron Man 3’. But is three a crowd? Possibly so, says ScarJo. The actress, who memorably slinked her way into ‘Iron Man 2’ as catsuitclad Black Widow, reportedly tells Screen Rant that she will not be returning for the blockbuster franchise's third outing. Hear that? That was the sound of a gazillion fanboys' hearts sinking. Casting for the flick has been ramping up, and it's recently added thespians like Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce, in addition to Chastain. There's be no indication so far, though, that Johansson will be making a return engagement. The actress-who'll be unleash-
ing her killer Black Widow moves in ‘The Avengers’, hints that she'd be more that game for a Black Widow spinoff. “I personally think there's an awesome Black Widow movie in there, that is like a kind of Bourne type of film, that would take the whole comic book genre in a completely different direction,” she said. “I've spoken to Marvel about it—there's so much story there to draw from. I think it would be totally awesome,” she added.
new treat for Pakistani action lovers NEWS DESK The action movie lovers are in for a treat as ‘Wanted’ director Prabhu Deva is directing another mass entertainer with fast-paced action. The film is ‘Rowdy Rathore’, starring the dashing Akshay Kumar as a cop. It is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The movie ‘Rowdy Rathore’ went on floors last week, and with a director like Prabhu Deva at the helm of affairs, and action films doing extremely well at the box office, this film, too, is likely to carry a lot of expectations. And why not, Akshay Kumar is back as a ‘khiladi’ after a hiatus, and he is even sporting a moustache like Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan. According to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, he wants to try something different and, as a filmmaker, move out of his comfort zone. So he decided to produce ‘Rowdy Rathore’. The film also stars Sonakshi Sinha in lead. This is Akshay and Sonakshi’s second film together after
Impulsive John might get married to Priya next week MuMBAI: The man who is riding high on the success of his first production venture ‘Vicky donor’, John Abraham has much to look forward to this year. The actor has tasted success with ‘Housefull 2’ and ‘Vicky donor’ this year and is now thinking of settling down. John started dating banker Priya runchal last year. in a candid interview to a leading daily, John admitted that he knew Priya was ‘the one’ just two months after he started dating her. And now the couple is thinking of taking the next step forward. “Priya and i have decided to get married this year,” said the hunk to the daily. John also rubbished rumours that they had already tied the knot in los Angeles few months back and refuted claims that he started dating her while he was still with actress bipasha basu. “i met Priya through a common friend, there was an instant connection. i can talk to her about anything. Ours is a very honest relationship. We can tell each other everything. That’s a benchmark for a healthy relationship,” said John. So will it be big fat bollywood wedding? John said that the couple wanted a small and a private affair. “i know it will be this year, but i don’t know when. i am a very impulsive guy. So i might decide to get married next week. it’s possible that our wedding may have just 10 people, if we include close family.” AGenCIeS
‘Joker’. Talking about Rowdy Rathore, a source says: “The dynamite combination of Sanjal Leela Bhansali, Akshay Kumar and Prabhu Deva calls for a film that is aesthetically larger than life packed with mind blowing stunts and impressive choreography. The film has box-office success written all over it.” The movie is expected to release around mid 2012. The movie is distributed in Pakistan by IMGC global and its PR is handled by Encyclomedia PR.
iT was one of the most apt ways of promoting the film - Anil Kapoor and Ajay devgn raced superfast luxury sports vehicles around the F1 track at the buddh international Circuit to promote their film ‘Tezz’. And ‘Tezz’ was exactly how they went around the track, their powerful vehicles roaring deafeningly. it started with the two actors being briefed by FarhanVohra, race director and GM - Operations at the track, followed by a test drive in a Mercedes at the track. After ending that lap, the actors got into a lamborghini each, with host and organiser Manish yadav in the third. “Anil bhai is a really close friend, so i organised this to help them promote their film,” said Manish, adding that he'd nudged Anil's lamborghini slightly from behind with his, just to scare him. And away the three went, making the stands echo with the sound of speed as the cars zoomed by. later, during the press conference, when asked how fast they went, Ajay said, “i never noticed!” Anil added, “We must have touched 260-270kmph. it was a fantastic experience, like an addiction.” The movie is going to release on 27th April 2012 and distributed by iMGC global. The Pr of the movie is handled by Encyclomedia Pr. neWS DeSK
Veteran actor Al Pacino was treated by doctors on the set of his new movie ‘Stand Up Guys’ after he hurt his eye in an explosive gun-wielding scene. The legend has teamed up with fellow veteran star Christopher Walken for the movie, in which two ageing gangsters enjoy one last job. The pair filmed a gunfight sequence on the streets here, with both firing off fake pistols in front of the cameras Monday. But Pacino was left wincing in pain after the scene wrapped, and medics had to wash out his eye with solution. It's not known how the actor was injured, reports contactmusic.com.
Lost Beatles video found after 48 years
A rare video footage of the Beatles’ first full concert in the US has finally been found after being untraceable for 48 years. The 12-song concert-filmed at the Washington Coliseum in 1964-was the band’s first full US gig, and features performances of ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Twist and Shout’, BBC reported. It was originally broadcast to two million American cinema-goers in March 1964, a month after it was recorded. The footage then disappeared. The lost video will now be included in a 92-minute documentary titled ‘The Beatles: The Lost Concert’. The original master tapes have been restored. The first part of the film focuses on the rise of Beatlemania in the US. It contains commentary from Chuck Berry, Mark Ronson, Aerosmith pair Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and Albert Hammond Jr and Nick Valensi from The Strokes.
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Bombs targeting newspapers kill at least 6 in Nigeria ABUJA
OMB blasts targeting newspaper offices in Nigeria’s capital Abuja and the northern city of Kaduna on Thursday killed at least six people in the first such attacks targeting the country’s news media. The explosion in the capital badly damaged an office of national newspaper ThisDay, one of the country’s most prominent, killing at least three people there, according to a rescue official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Circumstances were unclear, but witnesses said it appeared a bomber had driven toward the building through a
back gate. In Kaduna, one of the main cities in the north, a bomb went off outside a complex housing a number of newspaper offices, including for ThisDay, and the attacker was said to have driven his car onto the premises, with it later exploding. Police said a suspect in Kaduna was arrested and he was suspected to be a member of Islamist group Boko Haram. A purported spokesman for the Islamist group had recently made threats against newspapers, saying they were being used by authorities to publish stories against Boko Haram. Details of the explosions were sketchy, with a spokesman for the country’s National Emergency Management Agency saying the Abuja blast “occurred inside the premises
of national newspaper ThisDay.” He added that “a preliminary investigation seems to indicate that the explosive device was planted somewhere within the premises, not likely a case of suicide bombing.” Later however, he said various information was emerging and he could not yet draw any firm conclusion. Witnesses reported that it appeared a truck had forced its way through the back gate to enter the printing area. A ThisDay executive said two security guards were killed and five support staff wounded. A rescue official speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed three dead, including the bomber. Damage could be seen to the printing press and other areas.
BLAST WAS SUICIDE ATTACK ABUJA AFp
An explosion at a newspaper office in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Thursday that killed at least three people was a suicide attack, the chairman of the daily ThisDay’s editorial board said. “The suicide bomber came in a jeep,” Olusegun Adeniyi told reporters at the scene. “(Security guards) opened the gate for them ... The guy drove in through the gate and rammed into the building and exploded.” The two guards were killed in the blast along with the
bomber, he said. Five support staff were wounded. “Fortunately the newsroom is a bit far from the back of the building,” said Adeniyi. “So all the people in the newsroom ... are all safe.” The privately owned newspaper is one of Nigeria’s most prominent and influential. It is based in the economic capital Lagos, but has a major operation in the capital Abuja. Another bomb attack at roughly the same time in the northern city of Kaduna targeting a complex that also includes a ThisDay office left at least three people dead as well, making a total of six.
Indian legend Tendulkar offered political role NEW DELHI AFp
India’s prime minister has put forward batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar for membership of the upper house of parliament, reports said on Thursday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written a letter to the president recommending the cricketer be nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the NDTV news channel quoted sources as saying. Tendulkar, who turned 39 this week, was in New Delhi to play an Indian Premier League match for the Mumbai Indians against the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Friday. Earlier on Thursday, Tendulkar and his wife had called on ruling Congress party president Sonia Gandhi at her residence — a meeting described as a “courtesy visit” by the local media. The vast majority of the 250 seats in the upper house of India’s parliament are filled by members elected by the legislatures in their home states. But 12 seats lie in the favour of the president and are normally awarded to people who have excelled in such fields as the arts, science and sport. Tendulkar’s name is among four that the government has recommended to the president to fill seats currently lying vacant, the Press Trust of India news agency said. Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 and has played more Tests (188) and one-day internationals (463) than any other player
ABuJA: A firefighter stands in front of the premises of thisDay newspapers bombed by suicide bombers early on thursday. AfP
Worst week for Cameron govt as problems mount LONDON AFp
David Cameron’s government is suffering the worst week of its two-year reign after Britain slipped back into recession and its integrity was called into question over links to Rupert Murdoch’s empire. The surprise news on the economy — analysts had widely expected modest growth — capped a torrid few weeks for the government of Cameron’s Conservatives and their junior partners, the Liberal Democrats. The economic bombshell exploded as Cameron’s culture minister Jeremy Hunt was fighting for his job over revelations the government had leaked information to Murdoch’s News Corp. over its attempted takeover of pay-TV giant BSkyB. Hunt insists he acted properly over the nowabandoned bid and has vowed to prove it, but the main opposition Labour party scents blood and is calling for the Conservative minister’s removal. While Labour’s barbs over the Murdoch links are tempered by the fact they also cosied up to the media baron when they were in power, Cameron must win the more serious argument on the economy. After Wednesday’s announcement that Britain was back in recession after a gap of two years, Cameron refused to accept that his government’s policy of deep cuts to public spending to slash a record deficit were crushing growth.
Peres dismisses Holocaust, Iran comparison JERUSALEM AFp
President Shimon Peres on Thursday distanced himself from the Israeli premier’s comparison between the Holocaust and the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme. “It’s not the same thing,” Peres told the Ynet website of Yediot Aharonot newspaper in an interview for Israel’s independence day. “Holocaust is one thing and Iran is another. The comparison is out of place. But I’m not a literary critic and the prime minister expressed his opinion on the matter,” he said. In a speech last week to mark the Nazi Holocaust, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “People who refuse to see the Iranian threat have learned nothing from the Shoah (Holocaust). “They are afraid to speak the truth, which is today, as it was then, that there are people who want to annihilate millions of Jews,” the hawkish prime minister said. “The truth is that an Iran in possession of nuclear arms is an existential threat to the State of Israel.”
Israel, the United States and many other countries suspect Iran of using its civilian nuclear programme to mask an arms drive, something Tehran vehemently denies. There has been growing concern the Jewish state might carry out military strikes on Iran in a bid to destroy, or at least severely disable, the nuclear programme. But Peres voiced confidence the sanctions imposed on Iran by the international community would prove an effective deterrent. “Every person can judge this for himself. I believe we can handle the Iranian threat. The United States leading and Europe joining (them) — it’s not just lip service,” he said. “They, like us, cannot afford to have a nuclear Iran and they want to stop it. As for Hitler, the world was asleep then. This couldn’t happen today, the world has woken up,” he said. “Israel can defend itself but we are not alone, and that’s a plus, not a minus. I believe what (US President Barack) Obama says. There is no need for saber-rattling, but there is a need to impose sanctions and political pressure.”
Cheers, relief in Sierra Leone as Taylor found guilty FREETOWN AFp
Sierra Leoneans cheered or quietly let the news sink in Thursday as ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor was convicted of aiding and abetting a terror campaign by rebels during their country’s 11-year civil war. Victims, leaders and civil society representatives packed the headquarters of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, a modern building in the lush, hilly capital, to watch on monitors as the verdict unfolded in a courtroom in the Dutch capital thousands of miles away. Al Hadji Jusu Jarka, former chairman of the amputees association, watched the nearly two-hour judgement stony-faced, using his prosthetic arms to clasp a handkerchief to wipe his face in the heat. “I am happy ... I feel justice has been done,” he said, after calmly listening to judge Richard Lussick announce Taylor was guilty of arming the rebels who in 1999 hacked off first his left, then his right arm as he was pinned to a mango tree. “We as victims expect that Taylor will be given 100 years or more in prison,” he added. Sentencing will take place on May 30. While victims quietly filed out of the courtroom, another hall packed with victims and tribal chiefs from around the country erupted into cheers as they turned to congratulate each other.
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Thousands of Norwegians gather to sing song Breivik hates OSLO AFp
Tens of thousands of rose-waving Norwegians gathered in central Oslo Thursday to deride mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik by singing a song he hates, viewing it as Marxist indoctrination. Some 40,000 people, according to police, massed in the rain at a square near the Oslo district courthouse where Breivik is on trial for his July 22 attacks that killed 77 people, to sing “Children of the Rainbow” by Norwegian folk singer Lillebjoern Nilsen. Inside the court, the 33-year-old accused right-wing extremist sat listening without showing emotion to powerful testimony from survivors of his bloodbath on the ninth day of his trial. Drawn by an Internet campaign, the protestors streamed into Youngstorget Square wearing colourful raincoats and carrying Norwegian flags and roses, which have come to represent Norway’s peaceful response to the horrifying attacks. The culture ministers of the Nordic countries were also at the square to participate, while other similar events were to take place across Norway. Nilsen led the chorus as the crowd, including many children who came with their nursery and elementary schools, sang along, waving roses in the air. Afterwards they walked slowly together, still singing the song, to the courthouse to add their roses to the piles of flowers already lining the security barriers outside in memory of Breivik’s victims. Breivik last Friday told the court that Nilsen was “a very good example of a Marxist” who had infiltrated the cultural scene and that his song was typical of the “brainwashing of Norwegian pupils.” In reaction to his comments, two Norwegians launched a Facebook campaign calling on the public to “reclaim the song” and sing it together near the courthouse. “I felt like he was trampling on a song I grew up with and that I sing to my child,” Lill Hjoennevaag, one of those who initiated the protest, told public television NRK. The song is an adaptation of US folk singer Pete Seeger’s “My Rainbow Race” and is very popular in the Scandinavian country. Its chorus goes: “Together, we will live, each sister and each brother, small children of the rainbow and a green earth.” Nilsen has rejected Breivik’s interpretation of the song. “In fact, it’s not about people, it’s about protecting the environment,” he told daily Aftenposten. On July 22, 2011, Breivik first set off a bomb near government offices in Oslo, killing eight people, before going to nearby Utoeya island where he killed 69 people, mostly teens, attending a Labour Party youth camp. While he has confessed to carrying out the twin attacks, he refuses to plead guilty, saying his attacks were “cruel but necessary” to stop the ruling Labour Party’s “multicultural experiment” and the “Muslim invasion” of Norway and Europe.On Thursday, he listened emotionlessly as survivors of his Oslo bombing told the court of their experience on July 22.
UPERT Murdoch admitted Thursday there was a “cover-up” over phone hacking at Britain’s News of the World tabloid but insisted he and other executives at his media empire were kept in the dark. In his second day as star witness at a press ethics inquiry in London, the News Corp. boss said he had “failed” by not sooner ordering an internal investigation into the scale of wrongdoing at the paper. “There’s no question in my mind that, maybe even the editor but certainly beyond that, someone took charge of a cover-up which we were victim to, and I regret that,” the 81-year-old told the Leveson Inquiry. “I think the senior executives were all... misinformed and
shielded from anything that was going on there. And I do blame one or two people for that, whom perhaps I shouldn’t name because for all I know they may be arrested yet.” The News of the World’s royal editor and a private investigator were jailed in 2007 for phone hacking but the industrial level of the practice at the paper did not emerge until a new police probe was launched in January 2011. Pressed by the judge leading the inquiry, Brian Leveson, about why he did not take further action over allegations against one of his biggest-selling newspapers, Murdoch added: “I also have to say that I failed.” “It’s going to be a blot on my reputation for the rest of my life,” he said. The scandal fully erupted in July last year when it emerged the News of the World had accessed the mobile phone voicemail messages of Milly Dowler, a murdered British schoolgirl, sparking public outrage. Mur-
doch shut the Sunday tabloid when advertisers boycotted it and Prime Minister David Cameron set up the Leveson Inquiry to probe the ethics of the press and its relations with politicians and police. Asked why he closed it so suddenly, Murdoch replied: “I panicked. But I am glad I did”. He said he should have closed it “years ago” and replaced it with a Sunday version of the Sun daily tabloid, as he did this year. When pressed where the cover-up originated, the Australian-born tycoon said it was “from within the News of the World.” “There were one or two very strong characters there who I think had been there many, many, many years and were friends of the journalists,” he said. “The person I’m thinking of was a friend of the journalists, a drinking pal and a clever lawyer... this person forbade people to go and report to Mrs Brooks or to James.” Murdoch said he had since
spent heavily on a clean-up at New Yorkbased News Corp. which involved trawling through 300 million emails, of which two million received closer scrutiny. He insisted the firm had also looked at Murdoch’s US and Australian newspapers and found no evidence of wrongdoing. Murdoch further denied that he had ever discussed News Corp.’s bid for full control of British satellite broadcaster BSkyB with British culture minister Jeremy Hunt. Hunt’s special adviser, Adam Smith, resigned on Wednesday over claims that he leaked details to a News Corp. lobbyist about the government’s view of its takeover attempt. Murdoch abandoned the BSkyB bid when the hacking scandal blew up. In the first day of his long-awaited testimony on Wednesday, Murdoch denied that he had exerted a decades-long stranglehold over British politics, saying: “I’ve never asked a prime minister for anything.”
KIeV: Victim of Chernobyl nuclear accident’s widows hold pictures of their late husbands in front of the Chernobyl victims memorial during a memorial ceremony on thursday. AfP
Turkey weighs every possibility if Syria violence continues Syria Opp wants UN meet over Hama ‘crimes’ g
Turkey is considering every possibility if the continuing violence in neighbouring Syria send tens of thousands of refugees pouring across the border, its foreign minister said Thursday. “In the face of developments in Syria, we are taking into consideration any kind of possibility in line with our national security and interests,” Ahmet Davutoglu told parliament during a briefing to lawmakers. “Planning what kind of
measures we will take if tens of thousands of people end up on our border is a requirement of being a big state,” he said. “This is not an intervention or warmongering as some claim.” The foreign minister did not specify what measures his government would take, but the mass influx of refugees fleeing the Syrian unrest has raised alarm in Ankara. Different scenarios are being floated by the media, including the setting up of a buffer zone along the border with Syria to protect refugees but opponents say such a measure would be a declaration of war. In response to criticism from opposition parties, Davutoglu said Turkey did not attempt to change the regime of any country in the region
including Syria. “It was not we who initiated the popular movement in Syria. We didn’t call on anybody to rise up,” he said. “But we cannot and will not remain silent to the masses’ appeal for democracy.” Turkey, once a strong ally of Syria, broke with Damascus after Bashar al-Assad’s regime began cracking down on dissent in mid-March last year, sending waves of Syrian refugees into Turkish territory. Although some of the refugees have headed back to Syria following Damascus’s promise to implement international mediator Kofi Annan’s ceasefire plan, Turkey still hosts more than 23,000 Syrians. “Peace and stability can be restored in Syria not with the Baath regime but with a new
political system which takes its legitimacy from the people,” said Davutoglu. Syria’s main opposition group called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting as it accused regime forces of having killed more than 100 people in the central city of Hama. The appeal came as Russia accused rebels of terror attacks and France raised the prospect of military action to halt violence in Syria, where President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have waged a bloody year-long crackdown on dissent. “We are calling for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council so that it can issue a resolution to protect civilians in Syria,” the Syrian National Council said in a statement. “Hama in recent
days, and following a visit by UN observers, witnessed a series of crimes... that left more than 100 people dead and hundreds wounded because of heavy shelling. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said regime shelling of a working-class district of Hama killed at least 12 people on Wednesday, but activists on the ground put the death toll as high as 68, including 16 children. State news agency SANA said at least 16 people were killed, including women and children, when a bomb that “terrorists” were setting up went off prematurely inside a house in the city. At least 31 people were reportedly killed during shelling of a different neighbourhood on Monday.
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Yousuf, Kamran presence at camp irks selectors LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
HE presence of the out-offavour Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal at National Cricket Academy (NCA) training sessions has incensed the national selection committee which was reportedly not taken into confidence before the invitation was handed out to the duo. Yousuf, who last played for Pakistan in the 2010 Lord's Test against England, is believed to have passed his prime but underwent a fitness test besides training regularly at the NCA under the supervision of coach Dav Whatmore. Similarly, Akmal, who has not been part of the team since his below-par show in the 2011 World Cup, was also part of the tests. It has been learnt that the selection committee has not invited the players to be part of proceedings and is extremely
Sachin offered political role NEW DELHI AFp
India's prime minister has put forward batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar for membership of the upper house of parliament, reports said on Thursday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written a letter to the president recommending the cricketer be nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the NDTV news channel quoted sources as saying. Tendulkar, who turned 39 this week, was in New Delhi to play an Indian Premier League match for the Mumbai Indians against the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Friday. Earlier on Thursday, Tendulkar and his wife had called on ruling Congress party president Sonia Gandhi at her residence -- a meeting described as a "courtesy visit" by the local media. The vast majority of the 250 seats in the upper house of India's parliament are filled by members elected by the legislatures in their home states. But 12 seats lie in the favour of the president and are normally awarded to people who have excelled in such fields as the arts, science and sport.
unhappy over the hype they are getting, including the prospects of their return to the national squad. The se-
lectors are also unhappy with the impression that the selection committee is showing interest on such players.
“Initially, these players came to the NCA to practice on their own,” the official told Our Sources. “Nobody can stop a national cricketer from training at the NCA. But now they've started using their aides to make hype about their return to the squad. This is being done to bring the selectors under pressure. The selection committee is also unhappy with Whatmore as it feels that the coach is giving them undue importance.” However, the official added that in order to avoid undue controversy, the selectors have not protested so far. “But there may be a rift when the team is being selected and if the coaches opt for these players. The selectors want players wishing to make it to the national squad to perform and show their worth in domestic cricket to force their selection rather than other tactics. The selectors feel recalling tried and tested players will disturb their plans of preparing young blood.”
Razzaq off to greener shores LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
Out-of-favour Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has opted to pursue his interests in England after being overlooked since the series against Sri Lanka as well as for the ongoing fitness tests in Lahore. Razzaq will turn up for Leicestershire in the team's Twenty20 campaign after having recovered from a shoulder injury 'to an extent'. However, after being ignored by the coaching panel, headed by Dav Whatmore, that is conducting training and the fitness tests, Razzaq has decided to make this decision. “I keep getting overlooked, maybe the authorities don't like me,” Razzaq told reporters while expressing his disappointment on being ignored. “I can't do anything about it because it's up to them, they select the team.” Several players, including the 37-year-old Mohammad Yousuf and sidelined wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, were part of the camp held at the NCA, triggering talks of their return to the national team. Meanwhile, the all-rounder, who has played 265 OneDay Internationals and 46 Tests for Pakistan, said he was ready to play cricket again. “I'll definitely love to make a return to the team like any other national cricketer. My shoulder injury has improved and hopefully I'll attain complete fitness soon enough.” However, the 32-year old, citing a lack of interest at the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) end, said he will feature in the county season to keep himself fit. “I will play in the Twenty20 event for my team Leicestershire and for that I will leave next month.” While nursing the shoulder injury, Razzaq was embroiled in a controversy as he participated in the
Vaughan says Strauss criticism ‘ridiculous’ LONDON AFp
Michael Vaughan has labelled questioning of Andrew Strauss's position as England Test captain "ridiculous". Opening batsman Strauss has had his position called into question by a run of just one hundred in his last 50 Test innings, leading to speculation about the Middlesex left-hander's place in the side ahead of next month's series opener against the West Indies at his Lord's home ground. But former England captain Vaughan told the ESPNcricinfo website: "As a captain, it's ridiculous to talk about Strauss' position." However, Vaughan said the selectors could not wait indefinitely for Strauss to be back in the runs. "What Strauss needs now is a score. He needs a big score. "One hundred in 50 innings, he knows that; if he wasn't captain, he would be under serious threat. "But there's more to his position in the side when you're the captain. "If you're just judging someone purely on stats, you forget what they bring to the side. As a captain you bring a lot more to the side than the runs you score on the pitch. "But there's no question that, in the series against the West Indies, he needs a big score or that problem will get bigger."
Essex set for life without Siddle LONDON AFp
Bangladesh Premier League, leaving then chief selector Mohammad Illyas annoyed. Illyas claimed the all-rounder showed his unavailability for the national team due to the injury ahead of the England ODIs but went on to play the league. However, Razzaq denied that this was the case, saying that he communicated to the official that he was unable to deliver a full quota of 10 overs due to the shoulder pain. A senior PCB official also ruled out any disciplinary action against the all-rounder, saying inviting players for such initiatives are the discretion of the selection committee and the coaching panel.
Australia fast bowler Peter Siddle has been ruled out of Essex's domestic Twenty20 campaign because of injury, the English county confirmed Thursday. Siddle had been due to join Essex, based in Chelmsford, east of London, for the group stages in June and July. But Siddle returned home early from Australia's tour of the West Indies with a back problem and has been ordered to rest for a month before beginning a programme of rehabilitation. Essex coach Paul Grayson said: "We are very disappointed Peter can't make it to Essex following his injury. "We understand that when we sign any overseas player that there is a risk of an injury or international duty so we now have to look at other options with a plan B for another overseas bowler."
34th Velo National Boxing Championship finals today LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
The 34th Velo National Boxing Championships being held here at the Punjab College Hall has reached the final stage after all the national champions eased into the title-fight round. Duda Khan Bhutto, president Pakistan Boxing Federation was the chief guest of the day and witnessed the second session of the bouts. On the fourth day of the championship there was only one RSC O/C (referee stopped contest outclass) and a knock out decisions and a walk over but none of the boxers who entered into the ring retired. All the bouts were played till the last second and the decisions were made on points. And th only bout that as closely-contested was between Mohib Bacha of Police and Sheroz of Navy but the police boxer was the ultimate winner in the 49 kilo category. In the same category Mohamamd Nauman of Army downed Wapda’s Naqib Ullah. The finals of the championship will be played today (Friday) and the bouts will start at 3 pm while the medals ceremony will be held at around
lAHOrE: duda Khan bhutto, President Pakistan boxing Federation and Mohammad yousuf butt, secretary Punjab boxing during the 34th National Championship. STAff PhoTo 6 pm when Provincial minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman will make his presence as the chief guest. Syed Shahid Ali, President Punjab Olympics Association will also be among the guests. the BoxeRS Who MADe to the FInAL: Mohib barha Police and Mohammad Nauman Army in 49kgs, Abdul Waheed PAF and Mohamamd Waseem Wapda in 52kgs, Samiullah Navy and Nematullah PAF in 56kgs, Kadir Khan Wapda and Nawaz dad Army
in 60kg, Faisal Khan Army and Adnan PAF in 64kgs, Arshad Hussain PAF and Aamir Khan Wapda in 69kgs, Mirza Azam PAF and dur Mohammad Navy in 75kgs, Nadir Khan Navy and Ahmed Ali Army in 81kgs, Moiz Khan HEC and riaz Ali Army beat in 91kgs, Mir Waiz Wapda and Waqar Ali Army in 91-plus kgs, eARLIeR, the BoxeRS Who ReACheD the SeMI-FInAL AFteR BeAtInG theIR RIVALS ARe: 69KGS: Mohammad Afzal Police beat Shafique islamabad ko 1st rd; Arshad H PAF beat Mohammad Zuber balochsitan on points 24-5; Tanveer Navy beat Fahim rangers on pts 20-5; Aamir Khan Wapda beat Zulqarnain Army on pts 16-5 75KGS: Zulqarnain HEC beat Javed Akhtar railways 12-11; Mirza Azam PAF beat Nisar Ahmed Wapda 40-15; dur Mohammad Navy beat Tayab Usmani islamabad rsc OC 2nd rd; Atif Mahmood Amry beat Shahid Khan Punjab 26-4 81KGS: Nadir Khan Navy beat Mudasar Punjab rsc oc 1st rd; Asmatullah balochistan beat Abijezi Khan HEC rsc inj 1st rd; Ahmed Ali Army beat Noor Ali rangers rt 1st rd; Mehmood PAF beat A Wasy KPK rsc Oc 2nd rd 91KGS: Amir Hamza rangers beat Fazal Karim KPK rsc inj 1st rd; Moiz Khan HEC beat Mohammad asif balochsitan rsc inj 1st rd; qamar Amin PAF beat M Shoaib Wapda on pts 28-10; riaz Ali Army beat Aziz Ahmed Navy 21-8
91+ KGS: Mir Waiz Wapda beat Mohamamd Ali railways rsc Oc 1st rd; Mohammad qasim HEC beat Farman Ullah KPK KO 1t rd; Waqar Ali Army beat Naeem Khan PAF rsc Oc 1st rd; Nehmatullah Navy beat yasir javed Sindh 13-6 ReSuLtS (SeMI-FInALS): 49KGS: Mohib barha Police beat Sheroz Navy 18-16, Mohamamd Nauman Army beat Naqeebullah Wapda 32-18 52KGS: Abdul Waheed PAF beat Attaullah Police 24-12, Mohamamd Waseem Wapda beat Hallar HEC 14-2 56KGS: Samiullah Navy beat Syed israr Sindh 19-6, Nematullah PAF beat Khawar Wapda 22-5 60KG: Kadir Khan Wapda beat Mohammad Ali Police 13-4, Nawaz dad Army beat Amar Navy 29-15 64KGS: Faisal Khan Army beat Sadullah balochistan 18-10, Adnan PAF beat Mohamamd Ali Navy 14-11 69KGS: Arshad Hussain PAF beat Mohammad Afzal Police 264, Aamir Khan Wapda beat Tanveer Navy 25-13 75KGS: Mirza Azam PAF beat Zulqarnain HEC 12-4, dur Mohammad Navy beat Atif Mahmood Amry 23-13 81KGS: Nadir Khan Navy beat Asmatullah balochistan 22-5, Ahmed Ali Army beat Mehmood PAF knock out 91KGS: Moiz Khan HEC beat Amir Hamza rangers 16-11, riaz Ali Army beat qamar Amin PAF 23-16 91+ KGS: Mir Waiz Wapda beat Mohammad qasim HEC rsc 1st rd, Waqar Ali Army walk over Nehmatullah Navy.
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Amar Cables beat Textile Tigers to clinch veterans title
Barath falls as WI chase 370 to win ROSEAU
lAHOrE: Chief guest lrCA President Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad gives away the winner’s trophy to Ameer Akbar. LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
Amar cables beat Textile Tigers by six wickets to win the First Lahore Veteran Champion Trophy here on Thursday at LCCA Cricket Ground. SCoReS: Textile Tigers batting first 239/9 after 30 overs. Muhammad riaz batting well 94, Asif qureshi 50, Maqsood Ali 31, rizwan Nisar 25 & rehan rouf 21 runs. Amar Cables bowling Muhammad Hafeez 4/44 & Tariq rasheed 3/41 wickets. in reply Amar Cables 240/4 after 28.1 overs. dastgeer butt 58, Amer ilyas butt 40, Ameer Akbar 36 and Zahid Umar 73 runs not out. Asif qureshi 2/52, Maqsood Ali 1/34 & rehan rouf 1/48 wickets. Tournament Coordinator Javeed Ashraf, Field Umpire Ahsan raza, Shozab raza, reserve Umpire Sagheer Ahmad, Third Umpire qaisar Waheed, Match referee Muhammad Anees, Azhar Hussain & qasim Shafique was the scorer. End of the match Chief Guest President lrCA Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad gave away the winner trophy to Ameer Akbar. runner up Trophy to rizwan Nisar. Man of the match Zahid Umar, best batsman dastgeer butt, Player of the tournament dastgeer butt, best bowler Tariq rasheed, best Wicket Keeper rafaqat Ali & best Fielder Ashfaq Aslam give away shields & prize money. PVCA Chief Executive Nawab Ashiq Hussain qureshi, SPM Chief Aizad Hussain Syed, CEO Amar Cables Amer ilyas butt, Cricketer promoter Salman Khan, rizwan Nisar, Col. rafi Naseem, Syed Azhar Zaidi, Manzoor ilahi, Test cricketer first class cricketer & large number of sports organizer on the occasion.
Cowan goes on attack to defend Ponting ROSEAU AFp
Ed Cowan sprang to the defence of former Australia captain Ricky Ponting after both had scored half centuries here on Wednesday to put the Aussies in a commanding position in the third and final Test against the West Indies. Cowan made 55 - his third test half century since making his debut against India in late December - and Ponting 57 to help Australia to a lead of 310 at stumps on the third day. Australia - who are 200-6 in their second innings - look set to seal the series as well as they only need to avoid defeat to take it having come here 1-0 up. However, 29-year-old Cowan used the occasion to talk up Ponting's innings which ended in bizarre fashion when he ducked under a Kemar Roach bouncer but had left his bat sticking up like a periscope. The ball hit it and looped up for Shivnarine Chanderpaul to scoot around from slip and take the catch which left Cowan hoping it wouldn't provoke further ill-informed speculation about 37-year-old Ponting's place in the team. Ponting has played nearly 170 tests for his country over 17 years and during the match has become the second highest scorer in test cricket but his place has been increasingly under scrutiny. "Unbelievable, I guess if you play cricket long enough you are going to be dismissed every which way, I guess he was due for a periscope," said Cowan. "I feel sorry for the bloke because he has been batting beautifully and again it will give ammunition to some bloody journalist back home. "Ammunition to lampoon, but you guys have seen how well he is playing in tough conditions." Cowan, who is regarded as the intellectual of the team possessing a degree in commerce and is an avid reader and a music and art lover, said that he enjoyed his time in the middle with Ponting, who he also plays state cricket with for Tasmania. "I really love batting with Ricky. I feel, maybe because we are
both playing for the same domestic team," said Cowan, whose career has flourished since he left his home state of New South Wales for Tasmania in 2009. "There's the same kindred spirit there. He's been a huge help to me, because I feel like the other guy really cares what I'm doing at my end and that's how really good partnerships and bonds and batting friendships can develop. "That's developing. I probably need to stop trying to run him out occasionally, but so far, so good." Cowan, who has travelled all over the world to broaden his experience and played cricket for Scotland as well as played in The Netherlands, said all the top order batsmen had done well on the tour in what had been unfavourable conditions. "I was saying in the changing room when Ricky got his fifty that every one of the top seven has got a fifty on tour," said Cowan, who is married to radio and TV presenter Virginia Lette. "It means we're contributing. Fifty on a wicket like that can be as good as a hundred. "Sure the runs don't show on the scorebook but over 300 to chase is a helluva lot of runs. "The contributions from guys haven't been huge admittedly which provides a little bit of ammunition if you're looking for it but at the same time it has provided scores that are putting pressure on them (West Indies) to respond." Cowan, who has worked for an investment bank as an analyst, said he feared people back in Australia had gained a false impression of how the batsmen had performed. "I try not to read too much of it (the press) but if you're in the Australian cricket team and you're not consistently getting big scores, of course you are going to be under pressure," he said. "You don't need to be a genius to work that out. "The only disappointing aspect is I think you guys here on the ground would appreciate how hard batting has been through the series. "But people, because of the time zone, probably haven't watched a lot of cricket but they click on a link to see the score in the morning and they go 28, oh, Ponting 30, these guys are struggling.
bank Alfalah win lPC Polo Cup tie LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
USTRALIA dismissed opener Adrian Barath for nought as West Indies suffered a miserable start to their pursuit of 370 to win the third and final Test at Windsor Park on Thursday. After Australia had been bowled out for 259 in their second innings to set West Indies the sixth highest run chase in Test history, the home side failed to get through the seven overs to lunch unscathed. Barath clipped a Ben Hilfenhaus delivery off his legs into the air and Ed Cowan dived to his right to take a fine catch in the third over. Only two runs were scored before lunch with Kraigg Brathwaite ending his run of three consecutive scoreless innings. Australia, who have already wrapped up the series, started the day on 200 for six and looking determined to keep the scoreboard ticking despite the difficulty of scoring on the slow track. Mike Hussey had taken his score to 32 when off-spinner Shane Shillingford found the edge and skipper Darren Sammy took a neat catch around ankle height at first slip. Mitchell Starc decided that the aerial route was the best option against Shillingford. The ball seemed to be either beating the edge or flying in the air off the bat towards the boundary as the pair duelled. When Narsingh Deonarine came on, Ryan Harris tried to slog his second ball but it took the top edge and went high in the air where Carlton Baugh took it easily in his gloves with the batsman on nine. Hilfenhaus, on six, then received a brute of a delivery from Shillingford that took a big bounce off the wicket and hit the splice of the bat. Brathwaite, at silly point, snared an excellent one-handed
AuStRALIA 1St InnInGS: 328 (M. Wade 106, D. Warner 50; S. Shillingford 6-119) West Indies 1st innings 218 (S. Chanderpaul 68) Australia 2nd innings (overnight 200 for six) D. Warner c Chanderpaul b Roach 11 e. Cowan c Sammy b Deonarine 55 S. Watson c Sammy b Shillingford 5 R. ponting c Chanderpaul b Roach 57 25 M. Clarke c Bravo b Shillingford 32 M. hussey c Sammy b Shillingford 4 M. Wade lbw b Deonarine 9 R. harris c Baugh b Deonarine 21 M. Starc b Roach B. hilfenhaus c Brathwaite b Shillingford 6 12 n. Lyon not out extras (b8, lb9, w1, nb4) 22 total (all out; 85 overs) 259 Fall of wickets 1-17 (Warner), 2-25 (Watson), 3-112 (Cowan), 4-168 (ponting), 5-171 (Clarke), 6-196 (Wade), 7-220 (hussey), 8-230 (harris), 9-237 (hilfenhaus), 10-259 (Starc) Bowling: Rampaul 9-1-37-0, Roach 13-2-40-3 (4nb, 1w), Shillingford 39-7-100-4, Sammy 10-4-20-0, Deonarine 141-45-3 WeSt InDIeS 2nD InnInGS A. Barath c Cowan b hilfenhaus 0 2 K. Brathwaite not out K. powell not out 0 extras 0 total (1 wicket; 7 overs) 2 to bat: Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, narsingh Deonarine, Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Shane Shillingford Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Barath) Bowling: hilfenhaus 3-3-0-1, Starc 3-2-2-0, Lyon 1-1-0-0 toss: Australia, umpires: Marais erasmus (RSA), tony hill (nZL), third umpire: Ian Gould (enG), Match referee: Jeff Crowe (nZL).
catch. Just as Kemar Roach achieved in the last Test in Trinidad, Shillingford was able to celebrate a 10-wicket haul in the match, becoming the the first West Indian spinner to achieve the feat since Lance Gibbs in 1966. Roach then came on for his first bowl of the day and, coming around the wicket, beat Starc's bat and clipped the bails after the tail-ender had made 21. Earlier, Half-centuries from Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting left Australia in control at the end of the third day of the third and final Test against the West Indies here at Windsor Park on Wednes-
POA launches its new website LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
The Pakistan Olympic Association on Thursday launched its new website with an update information of the national Olympic committee and its affiliated sports federations. "It is a new chapter in country's sports that we have developed a major source of information sharing regarding Pakistan's sports for our own people and sports lover around the globe," said Lt Gen ® Syed Arif Hasan, President POA at a news conference to unveil the website after Executive Committee meeting of the POA on Thursday. Secretary POA Muahmmad Khalid Mahmood and Chairman committee Shoukat Javed which developed the site were also present on the occasion. POA Chief said that the website which can be accessed at nocpakistan.org will cater the need of information seekers about the happening in sports in Pakistan. He praised the work done by Dr Rizwan Basharat of Absorb Technologies for developing the modern website. Gen Arif said the site will become a source of revenue generation by getting the attention of sponsors and POA has chalked out a plan to market it in a professional ways. He said fund generation is vital to keep the sports culture alive with the continuation of ongoing sports activities and POA is fully committed to play its due role in the overall development of sports in the country. While giving details about the executive committee meeting, POA President said ,the house fixed the dates of a number of national sports event.
day. Australia finished the day on 200 for six in their second innings and with a healthy lead of 310 runs in a match that they only need to draw to take the series having won the opening Test. West Indies had looked to have got back into the match having added some important runs in the morning session before being bowled out for 218 and then took two quick wickets with David Warner going just before lunch and the dangerous Shane Watson just after the resumption. The hosts total owed much as ever to a typically stubborn innings of 68 by veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Bank Alfalah won its match of the LPC Polo Cup 2012 against Black Horse Paints here at the LPC’s ground on Thursday. Bank Alfalah defeated Black Horse Paints 6-4 in a slow paced match. The winning team got its goals from Agha Musa Ali Khan, Hasnain Shah, Mudassar Khan and Omar Asjad Malhi while Mian Khurram Munir and Faisal Khokhar shared two goals each from the losing side.
ludhyana Gym march to semi LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
Ludhyana Gym has marched into the Semifinal of 27th Mohammad Yaseen Akhter Memorial Event when they outplayed Wahdat Eaglets Club by 16 runs played at Wahdat Eaglets ground on Thursday. SCoReS: ludhiyana Gym 178/8 in 20 overs. Adnan butt 77, Umer Siddiq 17, Waseem Zahoor 19, Khuram Siddiq 27, Ali Aslam 16(no). qaiser Ashraf 2/37, M Ali Shah 2/33, Ali Tipu Sultan 4/23. Wahdat Eaglets 162/9 in 20 overs. M Ali Shah 14, Haris Nazar 25, Saqib Maqsood 50, Farman Ali 23, qaiser Ashraf 19. Faisal 2/26, Ali Aslam 2/33, imran Ali 3/20, rizwan Wahi 1/17.
Punjab club, MT club quarters on May 2 LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
The last quarter final of 9th M Siddique Memorial cricket event between Punjab club and Model Town club will be played on May 2 at Model Town ground. The winner will face with Wahdat Eaglets in Semifinal while Shining club has already reached in Final. The match will start at 1 PM.
Switch-hitter Peterson does a Pietersen
MOHAli: Mumbai indians batsman robin Peterson (2l) celebrates his team's victory with teammates during the iPl Twenty20 match. AfP score in six Tests, 55 one-dayers and nine NEW DELHI AFp
Unheralded South African Robin Peterson became an overnight sensation in the Indian Premier League after leading Mumbai Indians to victory with a stunning batting display. Peterson, 32, adopted the switch-hit made famous by his former countryman Kevin Pietersen after his team needed 32 off the last two overs against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday night. The left-hander, who said he had not even practised the shot, switch-hit the first two deliveries of the penultimate over from leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for boundaries and then pulled the third for a six. The over produced 27 runs as batting partner Ambati Rayadu smashed the last two balls for sixes, leaving Mumbai Indians needing just five runs off the final over. Victory was achieved with one ball to spare with Rayadu making an unbeaten 34 off 17 balls and Peterson, better known as a left-arm spinner, returning with 16 from seven balls. Peterson, whose highest
Twenty20 games for South Africa is 61, said he had never played the switch-hit before Wednesday night's game. "The switch-hit was played by instinct," he said. "I had not practised them. But I am happy my innings helped the team win. It is nice to get over the line in such close games." It was Peterson's first game for Mumbai Indians, who secured his services for a relatively modest $100,000 this season, but kept him on the bench for the first six matches. Batting superstar and Mumbai Indians team-mate Sachin Tendulkar was delighted by the power-hitting at the end. "The 19th over changed everything for us," Tendulkar tweeted. "It is definitely one of the most exciting overs I have seen in my life. "Some extraordinary innovative hitting by Robin (and) unbelievably strong finish by Rayudu." Pietersen, the South Africa-born England batsman, has been using the innovative shot for Delhi Daredevils in the Twenty20 tournament.
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StuttgARt: Russia’s Maria Sharapova returns the ball to France’s Alize Cornet during their 2nd round match at the WtA Porsche grand Prix. AFP
USA cricket offers to host Pakistan home series LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
The United States of America Cricket Association has sorted the help of the Pakistan Cricket Board in the development of the sports in the states and the holding of different events in the alien nation. Newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer of USA Cricket Association Nabeel Ahmed said while talking to journalists that USACA will seek cooperation from different cricket boards including the PCB to lift the level of the game in America. The newly elected CEO expressed his belief that noted cricket boards of the world can benefit from the cricket in USA where the passion of the game developing among the youth. "Now the things have changed in USACA with some changes in the system and we need to accelerate our efforts to do what could not be achieved in the past and it is only possible when other cricket boards help us in strengthening USA cricket by playing cricket in our country and also extend technical assistance," said Nabeel the
founder of Michigan based Great Lakes Cricket Conference and a diehard promoter of cricket for the last thirty years. "We have an ICC certified stadium in Florida which can host day and night matches and last year we hosted New Zealand and Sri Lanka T-20 matches and this summer in June New Zealand and West Indies will be playing two T-20 matches at the same venue and we are thankful to both the Boards for playing in USA," he said. "USCA is capable of hosting Pakistan in USA and we can explore avenues in staging Pakistan home series one-day or T-20 matches in USA as international cricket is at a deadlock at the moment in Pakistan," he said. "USCA is expecting same cooperation from the PCB to consider play in Florida. We would love to see a triangular series between India, Pakistan and West Indies." The CEO USACA was of the view that they can also seek the cooperation of noted cricket Boards on exchange of coaches to impart finer points of coaching to young American cricketers.
lAHOrE: Captain Misbahul Haq receives MbA Executive degree from rector UMT dr Hasan Sohaib Murad.
National U-22 All Pakistan rokhri Football kicks off badminton in quarters stage LAHORE StAFF RepoRt
The National U-22 Football Champion2012 kicked off Thursday at Dring Football Stadium, Bahawalpur. The event which is being participated by 12 teams will conclude on May 6. In the opening day’s matches Balochistan took on PMC Athleco FC while KPK faced Muslim FC. The following teams are participating in the National U-22 Football Champion2012. The teams are Balochistan, KPT, PMC ATH FC, Sindh, National Youth Team, Baloch FC (Noushki), Punjab, Army, Wohaib FC, KPK, DFA Bahawalpur and Muslim FC.It is pertinent to mention here that the main focus of this championship is to select/prepare the National U-22 team for AFC U-22 Qualifier Round which will be held in May-June 2012. The inaugural ceremony of was performed by Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, Deputy Speaker Punjab during the the last match between Sindh and Balochistan. On the occasion, Qasim Zia, President PHF, Muhammad Asif Bajwa, Secretary General PHF, Usman Anwar, Director General Sports Board Punjab, Tournament Director Miss. Parveen Sikandar Gill, and Arshad Ali Chawdhry, Member PHF Selection Committee were also present. On the opening day three matches were played, results are as follows:- Punjab (C) beat Pak Board 4-1 (Full Time) 1-1 (Half Time) Punjab (C): Maida Alam 22nd minute (FG), Ayesha Yousaf 2 Goals 42nd & 64th minutes (FG) & Kulsoom Munir 57th minute (FG). Pak. Board: Gulnaz Parveen 2nd minute (FG). WAPDA beat Punjab (W) 2-0 (Full Time) 1-0 (Half Time) WAPDA: Iram 2 Goals 10th & 62nd minutes (FG). Sindh beat Balochistan 2-1 (Full Time) 0-1 (Half Time) Sindh: Sadaf 39th minute (FG) & Shamza 51stminute (FG). Balochistan: Rozena 3rd minute (FG).
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Wajid Ali (Wapda), Shoaib Hafeez (Punjab), Shabbar Hussain (Wapda), Waqas Ahmed (Wapda) and Attique Ch (Wapda) moved into the quarter-finals of the men’s singles of the 14th All Pakistan Aamer Hayat Khan Rokhri Badminton Tournament 2012. In the women singles Palwasha Bashir, Arfa (K.P.K), Nida Sarwar(RLY), Mehmoona Ameer(Punb), Ghazala Siddique(Punb), Sofia Mughal(Sindh) ,Sara Muhamand, Bisma Idrees (Punjb) qualify in the Quarter Finals. On 27thApril 2012 Women Quarter-Finals will be played at 10:00 Am at New Khan Badminton Hall. Men’s Singles Quarter Finals will be played at 03:00 Pm at New Khan Badminton Hall. After the men singles, men’s doubles matches and Mixed Doubles matches will be played. Malik Saif-Ul-Maluk Khokhar (MPA) will be the Chief Guest of the Quarter Finals matches at 05:00 Pm. ReSuLt: Women Singles pre quarter: Palwasha bashir beat Javairia Tahir by the score of 21-2, 21-8, Arfa beat Amal Muneeb by the score of 21-11, 21-17, Nida Sarwar (railway) beat Sehrish Shaikh (lahore) by the score of 21-4, 2114, Mehmoona Ameer (Punjab) beat Aqsa (K.P) by the score of 21-17, 21-11, bisma idrees (Punjab) beat Shumaila (daska) by the score of 21-
16, 21-13, Ghazala Siddique (Punjab) beat Salma Sharif (railway) by the score of 21-10, 21-9, Sofia Mughal (Sindh) beat Farnaz iqbal (Sindh) by the score of 21-10, 21—12, Sara Mohmand (NbP) beat Zainab ijaz (Punjab) by the score of 21-9, 21-13. Men Singles pre quarter: Wajid Ali (Wapda) beat P.A Nabeel (railway) by 21-11, 21-19, Shoaib Hafeez (Punjab) beat Zafar Tasneem (Wapda) by 21-16, 17-21,21-19., Waqas Ahmad Ch (Wapda) beat Sabir Hanif (Wapda) by 21-16, 21-12., Shabbar Hussain (Wapda) beat Hayat Ullah (KPK) by 21-13, 21-13, Attique beat irfan Saeed by 14-21, 21-18, 21-9 Men Singles 2nd round: Wajid Ali Ch (Wapda) beat Muhammad Ali (Sindh) by the score of 21-8, 21-4, P.A. Nabeel (railway) beat Abdul rahman (Punjab) by the score of 23-21, 21-19¸Zafar Tasneem (Wapda) beat Haroon rehman (K.P) by the score of 21-15, 21-14¸Shoaib Hafeez (Punjab) beat Aoun Abbas (Punjab) by the score of 21-19, 21-20, Waqas Ahmed (Wapda) beat raja Hasnain (Punjab) by the score of 21- 13, 21- 13, Sabir Hanif (NbP) beat Amir Saeed (Punjab) by the score of 7-21, 21-14, 21-17¸Shabbar Hussain (Wapda) beat Adil Haseeb (Punjab) by the score of 21-15, 2115¸Attique Ch beat Tahir Khan (K.P) by the score of 20-11, 20-11¸irfan Saeed (Punjab) beat Adnan Aziz (New Khan) by the score of 21-16, 21-12¸Subhan Jamil (Punjab) beat Muhammad Masood (K.P) by the score of 16-21, 21-11, 21-15, Muhammad Shahzad Mala (Wapda) beat Usman raza (New Khan) by the score of 11-21, 21-17, 23-21, Kashif Sulehri (NbP) beat intikhab Akram (Punjab) by the score of 21-7, 29-27¸Ali Nawab dil(Punjab) beat Nadeem Khan(K.P) by the score of 21-18, 21-19, Hashir bashir (Wapda) beat Hamad yasir (Punjab) by the score of 21-12, 21-13.
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Sharapova in quarters, Ivanovic bows out STUTTGART AFp
Hockey trials LAHORE: The trials to select the Boys for PHF Academies from all over Pakistan are in progress from 7th April 2012. The trials to spot the boys for PHF Academy Lahore were held on 25th April 2012, where some 190 boys appeared. The trials to pick the talented boys for Gojra Academy will be held on 27th April 2012. StAFF RepoRt
GEO SUPER IPL-5: Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians 07:30PM
TEN SPORTS Thrid Test: West Indies v Australia 06:00PM
Port qasim, KESC in Patronâ€™s Trophy Grade-ii final
OMEN'S world number two Maria Sharapova reached the quarter-finals of Stuttgart's WTA tournament on Wednesday while exworld number one Ana Ivanovic suffered a shock first-round exit. Sharapova progressed to the last eight of the clay-court tournament after French qualifier Alize Cornet was forced to retire after the first game of the second set with a shoulder injury in the second-round tie. "You never want a match to finish like that, but we are approaching Roland Garros and, being French, she would want to be fit to be able to play in her home country," said Sharapova. "I wish her the very best for a fast recovery. "It is quite a task to adjust to clay, you need matches to find your game. "The ball bounces differently and you have to be prepared for the longer rallies. "The only thing that helps is playing matches, that is priceless." In Friday's last eight tie, Australian Open finalist Sharapova will face either US Open winner Samantha Stosur or Stuttgart's defending champion Julia Goerges, who meet on Thursday. Sixth-seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is into the second round after opponent Jelena Jankovic was also forced to retire in their opening match. Wozniacki took the first set 6-3, but Jankovic was forced to retire after 56 minutes with a back problem and the Dane will face Germay's Angelique Kerber on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals. Polish fourth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska is also in the last eight following her 6-3, 6-4 second-round victory over Hungary's Greta Arn and she will play either French Open winner Na Li of China or Uzbekistan's Akgul Amanmuradova in the last eight. Earlier, wild-card Mona Barthel was delighted by her shock first-round win over her former idol Ivanovic in straight set. The 21-year-old German blasted down 11 aces to out-muscle the Serbian, ranked 15th in the world, for a 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) victory and will now face seventh-seed Marion Bartoli of France in the second round. "There was something special, because Ana used to be a bit of a role model for me," said Barthel, ranked 35th in the world. "I was still at school when she won the (2008) French Open and I watched it on television. "At that time all this was a long, long way off for me." Ivanovic has struggled for form since she rose to world number one nearly four years ago following victory at Roland Garros. "It was a tough match, she served really well," said Ivanovic, who was part of the Serbia team which beat Russia 3-2 in Moscow in last weekend's Fed Cup World Group semi-final.
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STUTTGArT: France's Marion bartoli returns the ball to Germany's Mona barthel during the 2nd round match at the WTA Porsche Grand Prix. AfP
Bartoli into Stuttgart second round STuTTGART: Wild-card Mona Barthel was delighted by her shock first-round win over former idol and ex-world number one Ana Ivanovic at Stuttgart's claycourt WTA tournament on Wednesday. The 21-year-old German blasted down 11 aces to outmuscle Serbia's Ivanovic, ranked 15th in the world, in straight sets for a 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) victory and will now face seventh-seed Marion Bartoli of France in the second round. "There was something special, because Ana used to be a bit of a role model for me," said Barthel, ranked 35th in the world. "I was still at school when she won the (2008) French Open and I watched it on television. "At that time all this was a long, long way off for me." Ivanovic has struggled for form since she rose to world number one nearly four years ago following victory at Roland Garros. Her best recent form has been at the US Open when she reached the fourth round in both 2010 and 2011. She started her semi-final against Maria SharaSTUTTGArT: Mona barthel reacts after pova at Indian Wells at the start defeating Marion bartoli in their 2nd round match of March, but was forced to retire at the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. AfP with a hip injury. In contrast, Barthel is part of a batch of promising female tennis players emerging from Germany having won the Hobart WTA tournament in January. She went on to reach the third round at the Australian Open where she lost to eventual winnner Victoria Azarenka, the current world number one. AFp
Port Qasim and KESC will play in the final of the Patronâ€™s Trophy Grade-II 2011-12 at Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad. The final will be played on April 29 to May 2 and will be umpired by Javed Ashraf and Aftab Gillani while referee would be Iqbal Sheikh and scorer Tahir Suhaib. Earlier, Port Qasim moved past Omar Associates after having the first innings lead as the match between the teams ended in a draw. In the second semi-final KESC defeated PTV by nine wickets to set the final date with Port Qasim. SCORES: First Semi-Final Played At Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, Omar Associates (First Innings) 179 in 56.2 overs: (Waqar Ali Syed 50, 141 balls, 5x4s, Imran Ali 31*, 90 balls, 5x4s, Prince Abbas 30, Shahzad Malik 24, Muhammad Sami 5-21, Azam Hussain 2-39, Tanveer Ahmed 264) and 2ndinnings 120-0 in 33 overs: (Hammad Ali Shah 60*, 89 balls, Hafiz Majid 50*, 119 balls, 7x4s). Port Qasim Authority (First Innings) 300 in 77.5 overs: (Atif Ali Zaidi 70*, 122 balls, 7x4s, 1x6, Shadab Kabir 70, 123 balls, 9x4s, 1x6, Kamran Younas 68, 47 balls, 8x4s, 4x6, Daniyal 31, 33 balls, 6x4s, Nasir Awais 452, Ahmed Raza 3-72, Prince Abbas 2-67). Result: Match Drawn (Prot Qasim qualify for the final on first innings lead). Overnight Score: Port Qasim Authority (First Innings) 152-3 in 30 overs. Toss: Port Qasim, Umpires: Akmal Hayat & Nasar Khan, Referee: Naveed Nazir, Scorer: Noor Nabi. Second Semi-Final Played At Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi, PTV(First Innings) 286 in 82.2 overs:(Mohammad Saad 97, 185 balls, 10x4s, Haseeb Azam 63, 69 balls, 7x4s, 1x6, Naeem Anjum 34, 55 balls, 5x4s, Arun Lal 3-61, Mir Hamza 3-71, Osama Basharat 2-16, Rizwan Khan 2-31) and 2nd Innings 97 in 31.2 overs: (Raheel Majeed 26, 28 balls, 4x4s, Mir Hamza 4-7, Tabish Khan 4-30, Arun Lal 2-52). KESC (First Innings) 337 in 82 overs:(Saad Ali 126, 203 balls, 13x4s, Akbar-ur-Rehman 82, 7x4s, Javed Mansoor 31, 60 balls, 2x4s, Raheel Majeed 379, Usman Saeed 2-16) and 2nd Innings 47-1 in 7.2: (Ahsan Ali 27*, 23 balls, 6x4s). Result: KESC won by 9 wickets. Overnight Score: PTV (Second Innings) 14-1 in 5 overs. Toss: KESC, Umpires: Shamim Ansari & Sajid Afridi, Referee: Masood Anwaar, Scorer: Shakeel Ahmed.
Murray, Raonic set up battle, Nadal starts title defence BARCELONA AFp
Andy Murray crushed Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in a powerful 6-1, 6-2 display on Thursday to set up a quarter-final showdown with Milos Raonic at the Barcelona Open. Second seed Murray, a quarter-finalist a week ago in Monte Carlo, reached the last eight again as he builds for the French Open next month. Murray and number 25 Raonic, who put out two-time semi-finalist Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-3, will finally clash in a match which should have been played in March at Miami had the Canadian not suffered an injury and been forced to withdraw to give Murray the walkover third-round win. The Scot has come alive this week as he produced his best career showing in Barcelona after previously winning only one match here at the Real Club de Tenis. Murray's win was his 25th of the season against five defeats; Giraldo lost his 15th match without a win against top 10 players. Second seed Murray won the opening set in 33 minutes and broke to start the second as he wasted no time in advancing on the clay. He overcame a second-set niggle, losing serve in the fourth game but answering with a break-back and following with a love game for 4-2. The Scot advanced on his second
match point from his opponent's backhand error after 74 minutes and nine aces. Raonic, the 11th seed who has played less than 20 career ATP clay matches, produced an equally one-way third-round win against Spanish sixth seed Nicolas Almagro as he beat the two-time semi-finalist 6-3, 63 in just 67 minutes. The winner fired seven aces while breaking three times. "This was probably my best win on clay," said Raonic.
"There's been a big change for me this week. I'm very proud of my play today, and I'm progressing well." Spanish seventh seed Feliciano Lopez beat Finn Jarkko Nieminen 63, 6-1 while Japan's Kei Nishikori continued his own progress, with the eighth seed defeating Spaniard Albert Ramos 7-6 (7/2), 63. Spanish powerhouse players Rafael Nadal, who has won six of the last seven editions, and third seed David Ferrer, a three-
time losing finalist to Nadal, were bidding to advance later. Nadal was facing Colombian Robert Farah while Ferrer was taking on compatriot Albert Montanes. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal began his title defence at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of compatriot Guillermo GarciaLopez, who had defeated the king of clay two years ago in Thailand. Top seed Nadal, champion at the Real Club de Tenis in six of
the last seven editions - he missed 2010 with knee trouble - claimed his 30th match victory in a row at his home event. Nadal didn't have it all his own way, with his 78th-ranked opponent winning only his second game of the match as he managed a break with Nadal leading a set and 4-0. The top seed eventually finished the job with some slight difficulty after Garcia-Lopez saved a match point with a forehand in the final game before the end came after 81 minutes. Garcia-Lopez beat Nadal in Bangkok two years ago indoors and also put out tournament second seed Andy Murray in Indian Wells in March. Nadal admitted his dodgy left knee was not perfect but insisted it wont be a problem for him, Top seed Nadal, whose victory was his 30th in a row at the clay event in the Catalan capital, told reporters he had felt a slight twinge of pain in his left knee, but remains unconcerned: "It's normal." "I had a few errors, but my backhand felt good the entire match. I was solid. "Things went better than I would have thought, it was a good win." Nadal, the world number two, picked up where he had left off on his favourite surface last weekend when he won an historic eighth consecutive trophy in Monte Carlo, ending a seven-match loss streak to world number one Novak Djokovic.
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PPP, cabinet, coalition partners rally behind Gilani for upholding the constitution ISLAMABAD
HE leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and its coalition parties on Thursday decided not to file an immediate appeal against the apex court verdict and it was resolved that the decision would be delayed to keep all its options open until the dust settled in the next few days and weeks. A well-placed source informed Pakistan Today that three different meeting were held following the conviction of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in contempt of court case and after seeking opinion from all sides, it was decided that decision to file any appeal would not be taken in haste and rather further consulta-
tion would be made. “Some leaders of the coalition government view that the government should not go for immediate appeal as this would lead to exhausting their all options. They say that the judiciary has spoken their minds and any immediate appeal would lead them nowhere,” the source said. “After careful deliberations, the meeting decided to give a robust, considered and appropriate response to the new challenges with great political maturity and wisdom on the one hand and firmness on the other and employing all democratic and constitutional means available,” said Senator Farhatullah Babar, the president’s spokesman. The meeting expressed the PPP’s resolve that it would not be deterred from continuing its struggle for upholding the constitution, the parliament and the
rule of law, he added. At the PPP’s core committee meeting held at the Presidency to consider the situation arising out of the Supreme Court verdict, the defence counsel for prime minister Aitzaz Ahsan briefed the meeting on the short order of the Supreme Court. He briefed the meeting about various legal aspects and their implications. The meeting was jointly presided over by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani and was attended among other by Makhdoom Amin Faheem, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Rana Farooq Saeed Khan, Ahmed Mukhtar, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Senator Rehman Malik, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Raja Perviaz Ashraf, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Senator Farooq H Naek, Syed Khursheed Shah, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Syed Naveed
Qamar, Senator Jahangir Badar, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, Rukhsana Bangash, Fouzia Wahab, Mehreen Anwar Raja, Fouzia Habib and Farhatullah Babar. After discussing the short order, the meeting expressed dismay that an elected prime minister of the country had been sentenced for upholding the constitution and supremacy of parliament. It also noted with disappointment that while no dictator had been punished for suspension and abrogation of the constitution, a democratically and unanimously elected prime minister had been sentenced for upholding the constitution. It expressed concern over attempts to dismiss an elected government and an elected prime minister, it said. The meeting expressed complete solidarity with Gilani and said he was the
elected prime minister of the country and could be removed only in accordance with the procedure laid down by the constitution. The meeting congratulated the prime minister for standing up with dignity, grace and courage for defending the constitution and upholding its supremacy. Babar said the meeting placed on record its appreciation for the defence counsel Aitzaz Ahsan and his team for the spirited and competent defence of the prime minister in the Supreme Court. The meeting called upon the defence team to study the full order of the court as and when it became available and give its considered opinion on whether and when to file an appeal against the verdict. CONTINuED ON PAgE 04
Opposition lambastes PPP for ‘using Gilani’ ISLAMABAD StAFF RepoRt
ISLAMABAD: Marc Grossman, the uS special representative for Afghanistan and pakistan, holds talks with Foreign Minister hina Rabbani Khar during a meeting on thursday. AfP
Osama’s family leaves for Jeddah ISLAMABAD StAFF RepoRt
Pakistan deported the family of former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden including his three widows and children to Saudi Arabia through a special plane, which arrived here late on Thursday evening with intelligence and other officials from Riyadh on board. Escorted by a heavy contingent of local police, the bin Laden’s family left for the airport in a coaster from a house in which they were staying in Islamabad’s G-6 sector. The family members included bin Laden’s two Saudi widows Khairiah Sabar and Siham Sabar and one Yemeni widow Amal Ahmed Abdul Fateh and their nine children who were in Pakistani custody since the US Navy SEALs raided Laden’s compound in Abbottabad and killed him in May 2011. The Laden family was deported to Saudi Arabia upon its own desire, according to Pakistani authorities. In a statement issued late on Thursday night, a spokesman of the Ministry of Interior said that the ministry ordered the deportation of 14 members of Osama bin Laden’s family in pursuance of the court’s orders. “The family was kept safe and sound in a guest house which had been declared a sub-jail. They have been deported to the country of their choice, Saudi Arabia, today,” it said. Earlier, Saudi authorities had refused to accept the widows and children of the al Qaeda chief directly from Pakistan. According to an official here, the Saudi government wanted Islamabad to re-route them through a third country. To oversee the deportation of Laden’s family, the Saudi ambassador in Islamabad also reached the airport where security was increased manifold. Pakistan had first announced the deportation of bin Laden’s widows and children on April 18 following a court order two weeks ago which had handed the family a 45-day detention sentence (pre dated to March 3) for illegally entering and living in Pakistan, before being sent to the countries of their origin.
PML-N govt takes it upon itself to save SC judges from power cuts Rs 7.835m released for installation of electricity generators at five residences
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Amidst ‘Go-Gilani-Go’ slogans in the House, the opposition benches in the National Assembly on Thursday lambasted Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for using Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to achieve its vested political interests, threatening treasury benches that they would not allow the premier to enter the House. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who is generally appreciated for his regularity in attending the sittings of the National Assembly, did not turn up at the session. However, the entire proceedings revolved around his conviction by the SC with loud slogans and exchange of accusations from both sides of the divide. The Lower House echoed with shouting and taunting by the PPP and the PML-N parliamentarians against each other, with the latter throwing a gauntlet down to the ruling party to challenge the prime minister to come to the House as they would not allow him to sit on his seat in the House. Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan demanded a resignation from the prime minister saying that his continuation as PM was an insult of the office of the prime minister as well as of the judiciary and parliament. Law Minister Farooq H Naik asserted that the prime minister had not been disqualified after this conviction. “He is still the prime minister of the country and will come to the House,” Naik declared, following shouts of “Go Gilani Go” by PML-N members. Nisar Ali Khan and Law Minister Farooq H Naik spoke tit-for-tat with the latter giving the policy
statement over the conviction and history of Swiss cases and former rejected the statement on the ground that government wanted to politicize the issue. Naik said the conviction was not in line with the charges framed against Yousaf Raza Gilani and said the prime minister never ridiculed the judiciary as mentioned in the short order of the government on contempt of court case. He said an appeal against the decision would be filed in the court and that it was part of the trial saying that all talks that the prime minister had been disqualified after the decision were absurd. “Court has not disqualified Yousaf Raza Gilani as prime minister or MNA,” he claimed. He called upon NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza, who was chairing the session, to apply her mind if any question of disqualification surfaced. “The speaker has the power to apply her mind if any question of disqualification arises if any reference is sent to her office,” Naik said. On writing a letter to Swiss Courts to open the cases against President Zardari, Naik said it was not a matter of Asif Ali Zardari but the prestige of the office of the president that was an institution and supreme commander of armed forces of the country. Nisar threatened the ruling party against bringing the prime minister in the House who was a convicted person. His threat triggered a protest from the PPP lawmakers who rose from their seats and interrupted his speech and started shouting slogans ‘Raiwand Mahal’, ‘Tax Chor’ etc. Nisar called upon Gilani to resign from office and first prove his innocence through an appeal in the court and then come to the House.
In clear violation of the constitution, the Punjab government has released Rs 7.835 million for the installation of electricity generators at the residences of five Supreme Court judges in Lahore, sources told Pakistan Today on Thursday. A letter available with Pakistan Today reveals that the Punjab Finance Department has released the funds under the head of supplementary grant on special instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Communication and Works (C&W) Secretary Azam Salman has been assigned to complete the task of installing the generators at the residences of SC judges. The generators would be installed at the residences of eight Supreme Court judges, who fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government and the provincial government has nothing to do with it but even then funds were released from the exchequer of Punjab. “According to the constitution, Presidential Order determines the perks and privileges of SC judges and provincial government has nothing to do with it,” said a senior officer of the Punjab Finance Department, adding that the million dollar question was why the Punjab government was so keen on facilitating the SC judges. The list available with Pakistan Today reveals that the generators would be installed at the residence of Justice Tassaduq Hussain Gillani at 8Tollinton Road GOR-I, Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry at 4-Tollinton Road GOR-I, Justice Jawad S Khawaja at 24-E-1 Gulberg III, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar at 79-A New Garden Town and Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa at 59-D-1 Sir Syed Road Gulberg III. Punjab Finance Secretary Tariq Bajwa abstained from commenting on the issue despite the fact that his signatures were on the letter of releasing funds. “You should contact Implementation and Coordination (I&C) Secretary Mubasher Raza about this issue,” Bajwa added. Raza was not available for comments. Punjab government spokesman Pervez Rasheed confirmed that funds had been released for installing generators at the residences of the SC judges. “The SC has requested the Punjab government for maintaining residences of judges falling under Punjab province,” he added. When reminded that it was a clear violation of the constitution, Rasheed said the previous Punjab government had “practice of renovating and looking after the house of SC judges”.
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