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Sunday, 28 April, 2013 Jamadul Sani 17, 1434

3-hour relief in load shedding from Monday

5 killed in Karachi blasts as terrorists gear up pre-poll attacks

Finance Adviser to Prime Minister Dr Shahid Amjad on Saturday claimed a threehour relief in electricity load shedding would be provided to consumers starting from Monday (tomorrow). Addressing a joint press conference with Federal Minister for Water and Power Dr Musadaq Malik and Federal Minister for Petroleum Sohail Wajahat, he said the caretaker government has already released Rs 20 billion to support the power sector. page 04

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Imran’s anti-nawaz tirade gets him in trouble with eCp story on page 02

never threatened Benazir, Musharraf tells investigators story on page 02

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taliban start spring offensive in afghanistan story on page 04


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teaChers refuse to Perform dutIes on eleCtIon day QUETTA: Government teachers of 11 districts of Balochistan on Saturday refused to perform duties during May 11 elections due to security threats. According to details, the government teachers association Balochistan has said that banned organisations had threatened to target the staff performing duties at polling centres. They were of the view that Mekran, Kalat, Khuzdar, Chaghi and Noshki districts were security-risk areas and arrangements made for security of polling staff were unsatisfactory. The teachers association claimed that they were repeatedly receiving threats from defunct organizations for staying away of the electoral process otherwise they had to face dire consequences. INP

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AKISTAN Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday that the tiger can never be hunted and May 11 would be victory day for his party. Addressing a public gathering in Jaranwala, Nawaz said the day was not far when Pakistan would become a peaceful and stable country. He said that he had also played cricket but politics was his passion. “I made the country a nuclear power by rejecting US president’s offer of $5 billion in return for not carrying out nuclear tests. While India had carried out five nuclear tests, our government carried out six tests in retaliation,” he said. Sharif promised a strong Pakistan after coming into power and said that his party would eliminate poverty, joblessness, terrorism, load shedding and other problems. He said the PML-N government would upgrade Jaranwala to a district would connect it with the motorway. The PML-N president said that the federal government had made the coun-

try a barren land where there is no bread to eat and no water to drink. People are dying of hunger and starvation while the rulers are amassing wealth for their

rendered joblessness. “There is an unending chain of protests and demonstrations in the country. The question is that who is responsible for this chaotic situation,” Nawaz said. Nawaz said there was never an hour of load shedding during his tenure as prime minister. “We always spoke the truth with the nation. When the people of south Punjab were drowning, we supported them without any discrimination. It was Shahbaz

a hunter Is tryIng to hunt down the tIger But he wIll not suCCeed In hIs atteMpts. the pMl-n wIll prevaIl In the eleCtIons vested interests. He said that he would construct a special motorway for the people of Jaranawala which was a hub of PMLN workers. He said Shahbaz Sharif had completed great projects for the masses without any discrimination. He said it was regrettable that factories had to be closed down due to the energy crisis and millions of workers have been

Sharif who set up a base camp there in the flood-hit areas and focused his com-

New provinces when PTI comes into power: Imran

plete attention for regeneration and restoration of flood-hit people,” he said. He said that the nation could make an assessment by looking at the advertisements on TV screens that which party contributed for the nation and which political group neglected and rejected the masses. He said that he had not come to Jaranwala for votes. “My mission is to make the people differentiate among their well wishers and bad-wishers,” he said. He said that some politicians were shouting slogans of change but had no vision. “They are trapping the youth just for their personal aims,” he said. Separately, former Punjab chief minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Shahbaz Sharif said that if PML-N returned to power‚ he would provide jobs to the unemployed and would give relief to the farmers as per its manifesto. Addressing a public meeting in Nankana Sahib‚ he said we had carried out huge development works in Punjab during the last 5 years. Shahbaz said that due to the shortage of electricity, the agriculture sector had been affected and industries were being shut down. “We would steer the country out of darkness,” he said.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday pledged to create new provinces after coming into power. Addressing a large public meeting at Bahawalpur, Khan said his party would establish more provinces only after addressing issues of water distribution and other key matters. Challenging Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif again to a live TV debate, Imran said Sharif should not fear the confrontation if he is a true leader. “Geedar (jackal) cannot be a leader,” Imran quipped. The PTI chairman further said that he would like to ask the PMLN head, if there is a TV debate, why his party – despite ruling Punjab for five years – failed to restructure the police force, bring the local government system and produce energy for the province. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had failed to make reforms in police, health and education sectors. Khan went on to say that PMLN spent Punjab’s entire budget on a single road in Lahore. “Punjab government spent billions of rupees on a single project in Lahore, letting the entire province suffer at the mercy of fate,” he said. Khan alleged the PML-N had supported President Asif Ali Zardari in looting and plundering the nation. Khan said his party would make a new Pakistan according to the vision of Quaid-e-Azam

Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He said PTI is a democratic party and has truly introduced democracy within its ranks. Criticising mainstream political parties, he said they had not produced a single leader in the past twenty-five years. He said his party had the credit of awarding 35 percent tickets to young leaders. He further said in PTI’s Pakistan, the powerful and weak would be treated equally in the eyes of justice. “If the PTI comes to power, no influential person would be able to register false cases against the poor in the name of so-called rules and regulations,” said Khan. He said PTI would introduce a local government system in the country so that power may be transferred to the grassroots. He urged the youth that they conduct door-to-door campaigns to encourage people and urge them to support PTI in the forthcoming elections.

Taking notice of Imran Khan’s speech at Bahawalpur on Saturday where he criticised Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to examine content of the speech to determine whether the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief had violated elections code of conduct. Challenging Nawaz Sharif again to a live TV debate, Imran had said that the PML-N chief should not fear the confrontation if he is a true leader. “Geedar (jackal) cannot be a leader,” Imran quipped. A senior official of ECP said that the commission was likely to review the contents of the speech in the next meeting to be held on Tuesday. The official said that entire speech would be put before the five-member commission headed by Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim to evaluate whether Imran Khan had violated the election code of conduct issued by the commission. The ECP had directed all contesting candidates to desist from hurling accusations at each other during the election campaigning. The ECP had issued the directions after the complaint of presidential spokesman who had requested the election watchdog to take action against some political parties, mainly PML-N, for criticising President Asif Ali Zardari during the ongoing election campaign. ECP had directed all parties to refrain from personal criticism. “The political parties, contesting candidates and their supporters shall refrain from deliberate dissemination of false and malicious information and shall not indulge in forgeries and disinformation to defame other political parties/leaders. The use of abusive language against the leaders and candidates shall be avoided at all costs,” the directive read.


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5 killed in karachi bombings as terrorists gear up pre-poll attacks KARACHI STAFF REPORT

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S the elections are just 13 days away, terrorists seem to have geared up their efforts to destabilise the first democratic transition of government in the country with three back-to-back bombings targeting two political parties in Karachi and two election candidates in Sibi and North Waziristan Agency, killing at least five people and leaving several others seriously injured. At least three people were killed and more than 20 others injured when terrorists targeted a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) corner meeting in the Kumharwada area of Lyari. Police sources said that the bomb had been fixed to a motorcycle and was remotely detonated. A woman was reportedly among the three killed in the incident while PPP candidates Uzair Jan Baloch and Adnan Baloch were among those injured. Uzair Baloch is the leader of the People’s Amn Committee and a prominent figure of the Lyari gang war. He is contesting on a National Assembly seat from Lyari. MQM BOMBINGS: A few hours earlier, a car bomb was remotely detonated near a unit office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Orangi Town’s Qasba Colony area, leaving two people dead and over 30 others injured. Seconds later another bomb exploded near an imambargah in the same area, injuring several people. According to sources, Ali Imambargah and Darul Ahad Masjid are located close to the MQM unit office. They said that the MQM unit office was closed at the time of the blasts making it unclear at this point of time what was the terrorists’ target. DIG West Zafar Abbas Bukhari said that the first blast was carried out with explosives planted in a pickup truck, while the second one was an improvised explosive device (IED) containing ball bearings. Eyewitnesses said the device was hurled by a man on a motorcycle. The blasts occurred nearly 15 minutes after Qasba Colony lost electricity, according to another eyewitness. DIG Bukhari said that the law and order situation had deteriorated to such an extent that summoning the army seemed to be the only option left to ensure security during the elections. A high-level meeting was also hurriedly summoned at the Rangers

KARACHI: A view of the damage caused by a bomb in Qasba Colony. ImRAN GIlANI

Headquarters to discuss the worsening law and order situation and changing modus operandi of terrorists. Meanwhile, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement has given another call for strike today (Sunday), urging traders and transporters to join the party in mourning the loss of lives in incessant incidents of terrorism. This is the fifth such incident of the week in Karachi. One blast targeted the Awami National Party (ANP), while the other three targeted MQM’s election offices.

ptI CanCels May 1 rally In KaraChI KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has cancelled its public gathering in Karachi scheduled on May 1, due to the prevailing law and order situation in the provincial metropolis. A PTI spokesman said that the rally has been called off due to deteriorating law and order situation in the financial hub of the country. PTI Chairman Imran Khan was scheduled to address the public rally. INP

The Taliban have directly threatened the three main parties in the outgoing government, the PPP, MQM and ANP, which are often described as secular. ATTACK ON JI OFFICE IN SIBI: In other incidents of pre-poll violence, at least four people were injured when suspected militants lobbed a hand grenade at an election office of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in Sibi area of Balochistan. A police official said that two militants riding a motorcycle threw a hand grenade in the election office of JI candidate for PB-21 Mumtaz Nazar Abro on Jinnah Road. The blast damaged the office and left four people injured, he added. BLAST IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN: Meanwhile, a bomb explosion destroyed the election office of an independent candidate in North Waziristan Agency. The timed device went off near the office of Aqal Khan but there was no report of any casualty or injury as the office was empty at the time of the attack. The explosion also damaged several nearby shops.

NAWABSHAH: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday said innocent people were being targeted in bombings but his party would not succumb to pressure and would contest the polls under any circumstances. Addressing a public gathering in Nawab Shah by telephone, Altaf said it was conspiracy of destructive forces and their mission was to derail democracy. He said, “We know the real motives behind these terror attacks. The MQM would not accept the forceful imposition of Shariah against the will of the people.” He said that the MQM would upgrade academic system if voted into power, adding that schools would be upgraded to colleges without a discrimination of male and female students. He said that the MQM would form the government after forthcoming elections. While highlighting women’s rights, Altaf said, “Women enjoy equal rights as compared to men. They should be treated equally in every walk of life without any discrimination. It is regrettable to say that innocent women are badly and unscrupulously misbehaved under the pretexts of so-called traditions and rituals which have nothing to do with reality.” He said feudal system had trapped the people. Politicians come and go but the poor people are bound to remain on the point from their forefathers had started their journey. Their fate is in the hands of feudal lords who have enslaved the peasants in the name of so-called rules and regulations. “If any haari (peasant) tries to raise voice against outdated system, he is trapped in fake and fabricated and bogus cases forever,” said Altaf. NNI


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three-hour relief in load shedding from monday: Pm’s adviser

never threatened benazir, musharraf tells investigators

ISLAMABAD: Finance Adviser to Prime Minister Dr Shahid Amjad on Saturday claimed a three-hour relief in electricity load shedding would be provided to consumers starting from Monday (tomorrow). Addressing a joint press conference with Federal Minister for Water and Power Dr Musadaq Malik and Federal Minister for Petroleum Sohail Wajahat, he said the caretaker government has already released Rs 20 billion to support the power sector, adding that Rs 10 billion would be released by the end of April. He said Rs 35 billion would be released in May to improve the power generation situation. Dr Shahid said release of funds would definitely result in increase of power generation which would ultimately lessen load shedding, simultaneously benefiting industries. Speaking on the occasion, the petroleum minister said within two days power stations would be provided additional 150 million cubic feet of gas. INP

ORMER dictator Pervez Musharraf on Saturday told an investigation team probing his involvement in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case that he had never issued any threat to the former prime minister regarding her return to Pakistan. A four-member joint investigation team interrogated Musharraf for two hours and 40 minutes. The team, headed by FIA Additional Director Khalid Qureshi conducted the investigation at Musharraf ’s Islamabad residence that has been declared a sub-jail. According to sources, the team handed over a questionnaire to the former

likemindeds get a cold shoulder from PtI

ppp moves CeC over pMl-n-led violence in lahore

ISLAMABAD: Duped by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the Likeminded faction of the PML sought to salvage its political life by seeking support of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) but the group received a cold response from Imran Khan’s party which described the Likeminded’s offer of support as being “too late and too little”. Informed sources told Pakistan Today on Saturday that leading figure of the Likeminded group, Humayun Akhtar Khan telephoned PTI Chairman Imran Khan and offered his group’s support to the PTI. However, Akhtar did not get any positive response from the PTI chairman. “The Likeminded group’s offer to PTI at this stage is too late and too little. They are now seeking the PTI’s support after the PML-N left them high and dry,” said the sources. Repeated attempts were made to seek the versions of both parties concerned but they could not be reached. Pakistan Today had earlier reported that the Hamid Nasir Chattha-led PML-Likeminded group were dejected by the PML-N’s decision to not give them the required number of seats as per an electoral deal signed between the two parties at Raiwind earlier this year. STAFF REPORT

attack leaves shia cleric injured, guard dead KARACHI: Allama Syed Baqir Zaidi, a prominent Shia leader survived a bid on his life as his bodyguard took most of the hits to die later during what could be said as yet another act of targeted sectarian shooting. Zaidi came under attack while travelling in Liaquatabad Unit 4 on Saturday. Sources said men armed with assault rifles suddenly intercepted Zaidi’s car and fired quick bursts hitting all occupants in it before making their gateway. The injured were rushed to the hospital but the doctors could not save Zaidi’s bodyguard. STAFF REPORT

gas pipeline bombed in umerkot UMERKOT: Terrorists on Saturday blew up a gas pipe in Umerkot. According to details, unidentified miscreants had planted explosives with 30-inch diameter gas pipeline near the Umerkot area of Sindh. As a result of the blast a portion of gas pipeline was destroyed. Gas supply to CNG stations in various cities of Punjab, including Lahore, Sahiwal, Sheikhupura, Multan, Gujranwala and Gujrat was suspended. Shortage of gas also halted supply to industries of Lahore Zone 1. INP

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The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) filed a complaint on Saturday with the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to probe incidents of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidates openly carrying arms in Lahore in violation of the code of conduct. The complaint filed by Sardar Latif Khosa with the CEC cited incidents of rioting and firing on April 20 and 23, 2013 at the Dry Port, Lahore as well as the attack on the convoy of an independent candidate Ayesha Ahad Malik. Giving background of the incidents, the complaint said a riot-like situation was created by open use of firearms at a meeting of PML-N candidates and supporters at the Dry Port in the NA-124, Lahore area on 23 April, 2013 resulting in grievous injuries to some. Unfortunately, the police tried to cover up this blatant incident of violence because the local police continue to support PMLN candidates, the complaint said. Yet another incident of naked aggression in NA-119 in Lahore occurred on Saturday,

president. He was asked as to who issued the orders to wash the crime scene on December 27, 2007 after the murder of Benazir Bhutto, and on what basis he had warned Benazir Bhutto about the possible terror attacks on her return. To this, Musharraf said that he was then president and it was not his responsibility to provide security to Benazir, adding that this question should be asked to then PM and authorities concerned. The team also asked Musharraf about his email to US journalist Mark Segal. Musharraf said that he had not given any threats to the former PM because if it were the case, he would not have been able to strike a successful deal with her. Musharraf, who is on a four-day remand, will be presented before a court on April 30.

April 20 within the jurisdiction of Police Station City Tibbi when the car of independent candidate Ayesha Ahad Malik was attacked by henchmen of the PML-N candidate. TV channels have footage of the incident and despite an application for registration of a case; no crime report was registered nor was any culprit arrested. Instead, the Punjab IG went for reconciliation and had the vehicle repaired, it said. The attack on Ayesha Ahad Malik must be seen in the backdrop of the PML-N leaders’ open threats to her, it added. The smashing of the car was a trailer to be followed by attacks on her life if she did not desist, the complaint said. The PMLN candidates and their supporters are patronised by the police that is a hurdle in holding of free and fair election in Lahore. Other parties are showing restraint but may be provoked to counter violence and intimidation, said the complaint. Measures must be taken to prevent PML-N candidates, supported by the local administration loyal to Sharifs, from resorting to acts of violence and intimidation, the petition said.

senators flay InterIM govt for BeIng soft on Musharraf ISLAMABAD: Senators belonging to major political parties, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP), expressed anguish stating that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was being given preferential treatment despite his chequered past due to which he is facing several criminal cases in courts. Addressing a joint press conference on Saturday Senators Ishaq Dar and Senator Mushahidullah Khan of PML-N, Senator Raza Rabbani of PPP and

Iran, India to discuss extension of IP gas pipeline next week

the curious case of nisar, the ‘Independent’

TEHRAN: Iranian and Indian oil ministers are due to discuss extension of a gas pipeline project which is due to take Iran’s rich gas reserves to Pakistan and then to India in a meeting in New Delhi next week. Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi is stated to visit New Delhi next week to hold a meeting with Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerappa Moily on the peace pipeline. Pricing formula and security of the pipeline will stand atop the topics to be discussed by the two ministers. Earlier this month, Iranian Oil Ministry Spokesman Alireza Nikzad Rahbar announced that New Delhi has renewed interest in the extension of Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline to India. “Since India has been motivated by Pakistan’s seriousness in construction of the (Iran-Pakistan) peace pipeline, New Delhi is negotiating to join the project,” Nikzad Rahbar said. The Iranian official noted that there had been considerable progress in the IP gas pipeline, with Iranian contractors starting work on the Pakistani section of the pipeline, after finishing nearly 900 kilometers of the pipeline on Iran’s soil. INP

Can a candidate be representing a party and be independent at the same time? Apparently one cannot, declares a source quite wellversed with the ECP and the election rules. For every contesting candidate under the nomenclature ‘independent’ it is mandatory to make a declaration that he or she does not belong to any party. That being the case, one is amazed how the PML-N hot shot Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is at the same time a party stalwart and an independent? Another question that begs an answer, how come it escaped the ECP’s otherwise keenly observant apparatchiks? As the story goes, Nisar’s nomination papers were accepted for NA-52 as a candidate contesting under the PML-N’s banner and he was promptly allotted the party symbol, Tiger. But in case Shahbaz Sharif leaves his Punjab fief and opts for a federal position, leaving the chief minister’s position

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sarabjit’s family gets visa to visit him in lahore LAHORE INP

A day after Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh was assaulted inside Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail, his family has been granted visa to visit him in hospital. The Pakistani High Commission in Delhi also said it will extend all possible help to facilitate their travel to Pakistan. Meanwhile, Sarabjit continues to be critical and in an intensive care unit (ICU). Two prisoners have been charged and two officials suspended following the attack on him. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the attack and called it a “very sad incident”. Condemning the attack, Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh said, “Our deputy high commissioner has lodged a protest

with the Pakistan Foreign Office. We want an explanation as to how it happened. Our government tried its best to get him freed. We condemn the incident. It is Pakistan’s responsibility to ensure Indians in their jails are safe.” The police on Saturday registered a case of attempted murder against two prisoners for assaulting Sarabjit. FIR against prisoners Amer Aftab and Mudassar was registered following a complaint from Assistant Superintendent Ishtiaq Ahmed Gill of Kot Lakhpath Jail. The two men were booked under sections 324 (attempted murder) and 334 (causing severe injuries) of the Pakistan Penal Code. Sources said doctors are waiting for Sarabjit to stabilise before conducting further tests. Sarabjit has suffered injuries on his head and swelling on his

Senator Zahid Khan of ANP said they sternly opposed the leniency given to Musharraf by the interim government and objected the discriminatory approach of the present government since Musharraf has been staying at his own house despite being imprisoned. Senate had passed a resolution seeking Musharraf’s trial under Article 6 for abrogation of the constitution. However, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ) senators neither supported nor opposed the resolution. INP

face. Doctors were unable to perform surgery on him on Friday because of extensive internal bleeding caused by a severe head injury. “No surgery can be performed till his condition stabilises,” a source said. Meanwhile, Indian officials have met Sarabjit Singh in Lahore. In 2012, he faced threats from groups after the release of fellow prisoner Surjit Singh. In the aftermath of the Afzal Guru hanging, the threat to Sarbjit’s life increased, his family claimed. “Sarabjit sent me letters through his lawyer, saying that he was being threatened. He said people told him he was alive when Afzal was executed in India, so we are going to attack you. I told the home minister and the external affairs minister about the situation. I want to go to Pakistan tomorrow morning,” his

sister Dalbir Kaur said. Human rights activist Ansar Burney, who plans to head to Lahore to meet Sabarjit, raised serious concerns saying it was a suspicious attack. Meanwhile, a citizen, Sarfarz Hussain, moved a writ petition in the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry on Saturday, requesting the apex court to form a high level medical board for treatment of Sarabjit. The petitioner also requested that the case be referred to Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) for further inquiry and all officials involved be brought to justice without any discrimination. It has also been appealed to the court that Sarabjit Singh’s imprisonment be revoked and the medical board may be sent along with the victim for treatment, abroad.

open, Nisar perhaps wanted to keep his hat in the provincial ring as well. The party didn’t oblige its Prince of Rawalpindi Division with the provincial ticket, because the previous winner was unwilling to yield his from PP-6. Despite that dampener, Nisar didn’t withdraw his papers and has been allotted ‘Cow’ as symbol for his ‘independent’ position. It is indeed surprising how Nisar got away during the process of scrutiny for he is a well-known figure as a PML-N leader, has been in the party’s top echelons for ages and its leader of the opposition in the National Assembly that completed its tenure only recently? Perhaps the returning officers were too intent in disqualifying candidates under Article 62 and 63 to find other reasons for disqualification. This also needs to be noted that Nisar in these upcoming election is making another record of sorts: from one district he is contesting from four constituencies on two NA and two Punjab Assembly seats.

taliban start spring offensive in afghanistan KABUL INP

The Taliban on Saturday announced the start of their spring offensive signalling plans to step up attacks as the weather warms across Afghanistan, making both travel and fighting easier. The militant group’s leadership vowed that every possible tactic would be utilised in order to detain or inflict heavy casualties on the foreign transgressors. It said that will include more so-called insider attacks by members of the Afghan security forces against their colleagues or foreign troops. Such attacks threaten the strength of the Afghan forces as they work to take over responsibility from international forces. The latest one occurred in March, when a member of Afghanistan’s government-backed militia program shot and killed five of his colleagues in Badghis province in northwest Afghanistan.


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hssC exams rescheduled for may 14 ISLAMABAD INP

The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) has rescheduled the Higher Secondary School Certificate Annual Examinations (HSSC) due to the upcoming general elections. The FBISE examination department on Saturday announced that the HSSC examinations will start from May 14. A FBISE spokesperson said the change had been made due to the upcoming general elections. He said the examinations were scheduled for May 11, adding that teachers would be engaged in election duties on that day.

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IR Syed Ghulam Jalaluddin Gillani, the spiritual custodian of the Golra Sharif shrine, has announced his full support for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, contesting from NA-48, and Ghulam

Sarwar Khan, contesting from NA-53, in the forthcoming elections. Gillani made this announcement in a press conference held along with Hashmi and Khan on Saturday. Pir Syed Ghulam Nizam-ud-Din Gillani Jami, Sahibzada Pir Syed Ghulam Meher Mahyuddin Gillani Roomi, Pir Syed Abdul Khanan, Pir Syed Ata-ul-Hassan, Pir Syed Barkat Hussain, Pir Syed Zia-ul-Hassan

Gillani, Pir Syed Ashaq Asrar, Pir Syed Shah Samad, Pir Syed Mureed Hassan, Pir Syed Ishtiaq, Pir Akhtar and hundreds of their followers were present on the occasion. PTI central leaders Dr Shahzad Wasim, Ali Awan, Raja Khurram Nawaz, Amir Mughal, Sajid Malik and Wajid Bukhari were also present in the press conference. Gillani, his family members and their

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followers vowed to fully support the PTI candidates in the elections. Jami urged his followers to make an all-out effort for the success of the candidates supported by the custodians of the sacred shrime. Hashmi and Khan said that they would defeat opportunist politicians in the upcoming elections with the support of the spiritual custodians of Golra Sharif.

over 0.7m exPeCted to vote In na 48 , 49 ISLAMABAD INP

The total number of registered voters in the federal capital is 708,813 who will vote for two National Assembly constituencies – NA-48 and NA-49. According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the total number of female registered voters in the capital is 284,698. Fifty-one candidates are contesting from NA-48 where the number of registered voters is 393,048, including 137,389 female voters. For NA-49 constituency, 26 aspirants are contesting in the elections. The constituency has a total of 314,323 registered voters, which includes 147,309 female registered voters. The ECP has announced to set up 546 polling stations for these two constituencies. Returning officers have begun visiting the polling stations to review arrangements for the polling day scheduled on May 11.

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The three day Jashan-e-Baharan festival being held at the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) will end today with much festivity and gala. The festival has caught attention of people after artisans from different areas are showing up to display their artwork. Visitors are being enthralled by their unique artwork. Besides the artwork of artisans, various cultural programmes are being presented to

entertain the visitors. Folk music, folk dances, magic shows, puppet shows, and traditional foods on stalls are prominent highlights of the festival. Singers Ishaq Saqi, Muhammad Arshad, Sadia Batool, Rukhsana Khan and Sami have performed in the festival. The festival was inaugurated by social worker Amjad Hussain Alvi and artist Naheed Manzoor. Alvi applauded RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed for providing wonderful entertainment to the people of the

twin cities and for providing a platform to the artisans. Alvi said that it was not an easy task to gather people in the current difficult circumstances but the council had made it possible. Manzoor said RAC was famous for its quality programmes and presented decent entertainment to the people. Ahmed resolved that RAC would continue such activities. The colourful event was organised in collaboration with Artists’ Welfare Organisation.

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The three-day gathering of Tablighi Jamaat started in Sector I-11 near the Carriage Factory in tight security on Saturday. A contingent of 700 police personnel along with the Rangers has been deployed to secure the religious gathering. Participants are frisked with a hand-held metal detector as they approach the gathering while archway metal detectors are also installed at the entrance gate. Luggage of the participants is being checked by organisers of the programme to avoid any untoward incident while four teams of the Rangers are patrolling the area.


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ISLAMABAD: Gypsy children eating charity food at Bari Imam Complex. INP

IhC moved against Pbm former chairman ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

A petition has been filed in Islamabad High Court (IHC) that seeks to cancel appointment of Zamurrad Khan, former Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) chairman, as lifetime patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Sweet Homes (PSH).

Rana Shakeel and Mian Faisal, who are district officers in the PBM, have made the federation, the PBM deputy manager, and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general party along with Khan in the petition. The petitioners have claimed that Khan’s appointment as the PSH patron-inchief was illegal because it was made by

hrCP Condemns attaCk on sarabjIt ISLAMABAD NNI

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Saturday condemned the attack on Indian prisoner Sarabjeet Singh in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail. Calling the incident a ‘dastardly act’, HRCP called upon the governments of Pakistan and Punjab to make a thorough inquiry into the matter and punish all those found guilty. “The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) condemns the murderous attack on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner, at the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore. A prisoner is wholly dependent for his safety on the keepers of the prison and, regardless of his offence, is entitled to due protection against violence by

wardens or fellow detainees. In this case, the authorities have obviously failed to do their elementary duty. They should have taken special care of Sarabjit Singh since his case is well-known and the fellow prisoners’ hostility towards him could have been anticipated. The authorities should have also realised the adverse effects this would make on relations with India if an Indian prisoner fell a victim to any foul play,” HRCP said in its statement. Such cases reveal the dangerous consequences intolerance might have in the Pakistani society. “The commission calls upon the governments of Pakistan and Punjab both to hold thorough inquiries into the latest horror story and bring all those responsible to book; and the sooner the better,” it said.

the then Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on March 14, which was his last day in office. They have claimed that the appointment has been made “in absence of statutory source of binding”. Khan is also accused of appointing his brother-in-law and the elder brother in the PBM on grade-17 and grade-19

respectively. It is relevant here that Khan had resigned from his post of the PBM chairmanship to contest elections from NA-54, Rawalpindi, on the Pakistan People’s Party ticket. However, Ashraf had still appointed him as the lifetime patronin-chief of the PSH.

Pickets set up to secure or trouble people? ISLAMABAD INP

Police officials deployed at pickets in the federal capital for security cause inconvenience to the general public, say motorcycle riders, complaining that motorists were allowed to pass a picket unchecked. Cemented barricades have been placed on major roads including Jinnah Avenue, Faisal Avenue, Islamabad Expressway, and Kashmir Highway. The police stop vehicles and motorcycles for checking up but they misuse their

authority and trouble people, especially motorcycle riders. Talking to INP, motorcycle riders said they were soft target because they were “common people” without political connections. They said police officers asked them long questions, including job description. “A person in a car passes through the pickets uninterrupted, while a motorcycle rider has to give an interview at every picket,” they said. They demanded that the general inspector of police take notice of this situation.

excise constables to assist presiding officers in PP-10 RAWALPINDI: Violation of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rules is increasing with the approaching of the general elections day. Sources in the Excise Department have revealed that 58 Excise constables, who cannot even correctly spell their names, will assist at polling stations in PP-10, Rawalpindi. Some of these constables will perform duties of assistant presiding officers in the absence of presiding officers. The Excise constables are of grade-5 but the election duty roster says they are grade-14 and grade-15 officers. Similarly, the grade-7 clerks are mentioned as grade-12 or grade-14 officers in the roster. The Excise officials say they have informed the ECP in writing about the errors. INP

teachers resent multiple election duties RAWALPINDI: The Punjab Teachers’ Union (PTU) has expressed concerns over assigning multiple duties to teachers at different polling stations that they are supposed to perform simultaneously. The PTU central President Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi said teachers were supposed to perform their duties at four polling stations at the same time. He said returning officers were threatening teachers of dire consequences, including sacking from their jobs, if they did not perform the assigned tasks. He demanded that the caretaker government look into the matter and assign duties to the teachers that are realistically doable. INP


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MARDRID, SPAIN: Police clash with demonstrators during a protest near the Spanish Parliament in Madrid. Spain’s government has revised down its forecast for the Spanish economy this year, saying the level of contraction is very likely to be worse than previously predicted. AGENCIES

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ECTARIAN tensions have escalated in Iraq, where the death toll from a wave of violence has passed 200, officials and reports have said. On Saturday, the fifth consecutive day of protests, gunmen killed four army intelligence soldiers and wounded a fourth in Ramadi, West of Bgahdad. “Four soldiers in civilians clothes have been killed and a fourth injured near a protest site in Ramadi,” said Al Jazeera’s Omar Al Saleh, reporting from Baghdad. “The men were stopped by gunmen protecting the protest. It’s not clear how things developed and what led to the killing. Some say they were intelligence agents, others say they were soldiers on leave and were stopped,” he said. Five other people, members of an anti-al-Qaeda group, were also killed south of Tikrit, our correspondent said. Later, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki renewed a call for calm and said sectarian strife had returned to Iraq from elsewhere in the region. In televised remarks, Maliki said: “Sectarianism is evil, and the wind of sectarianism does not need a licence to cross from a country to another, because if it begins in a place, it will move to another place. “Strife is knocking on the doors of everyone, and no one will survive if it enters, because there is a wind behind it, and money, and plans.” His office also released a statement vowing he would not remain silent over the earlier killing of soldiers, and called on peaceful protesters to “kick out the criminals that target army and police.” dAILy PROTESTS: Our correspondent in Baghdad said while sectarian tension was intense between political parties, it did not affect “ordinary people - not enough to raise alarms”. “But all parties are trying to polarise their communities on a sectarian basis; there is a fear that things could go wider,” he said. Thousands of protesters have gathered in cities across the country this week to voice their anger at the government, calling on the prime minister to step down and an end to the discrimination against Sunnis.

maduro orders arrest of american filmmaker CARACAS: Facing an invigorated opposition and mounting demands for a recount, President Nicolas Maduro’s week-old government on Friday stepped up accusations that its political adversaries are plotting to destabilise the country. The escalating political tension comes as officials signaled they may be preparing to arrest opposition leader Henrique Capriles, a charismatic lawyer who says Maduro stole the election that was called to decide who would succeed Hugo Chavez after the populist died last month of cancer. AGENCIES

Protests spread in Bangladesh amid arrest of factory owners DHAKA AGENCIES

Protests in Bangladesh have spread to a second city with hundreds of people throwing stones and setting fire to vehicles, as authorities made arrests in connection with the collapse of factory building that killed more than 300 workers. Police said on Saturday they had arrested two owners of the garment business and two engineers involved in approving the design of the shoddily constructed eight-story building which collapsed on Wednesday. Deputy Home Minister Shamsul Haque Tuku said police had arrested Bazlus Samad, managing director of New Wave Apparels Ltd, and Mahmudur Rahman Tapash, the company chairman. He told reporters that police had also detained the wife of Mohammed Sohel Rana, the owner of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, for questioning. The top three floors of the eight-story building were illegally constructed.

russia ‘detains scores in sweep at mosque’ MOSCOW AGENCIES

Russian law enforcement officers have detained 140 people at a Muslim prayer room in the capital, Moscow, as part of a search for extremist groups, Russian news agencies have quoted federal officials as saying. A statement on Friday from the Federal Security Bureau (FSB), reported by Russian news agencies, said among those detained were 30 citizens of unspecified foreign countries. Information Russian Agency said the detainees were taken to police stations for identification and questioning, and there was no immedi-

ate word on whether any would be charged. State television showed men lining up and boarding a police bus after being detained. ExPLANATION NO PROvIdEd: There was no indication of any link to the April 15 attack at the Boston Marathon, in which US authorities believe two ethnic Chechen brothers with roots in Russia’s North Caucasus set off bombs that killed three people and wounded 264. Authorities in Russia have so far declined to comment on the issue. President Vladimir Putin said in a television appearance on Thursday that the Boston bombings justified his tough

line against rebels in the North Caucasus and that Russia and the US must step up cooperation against them. RIA reported that law enforcement authorities said some people who had been at the prayer room in the past had joined an extremist group in the North Caucasus. But government critics say such raids are aimed largely at flushing out illegal migrants from the ex-Soviet republics of the South Caucasus and Central Asia, and to show that the authorities are taking action against extremists. About 300 people were detained in a similar sweep in St Petersburg in February, and most were swiftly released.

North Korea to put Us citizen on trial PYONGYANG AGENCIES

“Everyone involved - including the designer, engineer, and builders will be arrested for putting up this defective building,” Haque said. Dhaka police superintendent Habibur Rahman said Rana was a local leader of ruling Awami

League’s youth front. Officials said Rana Plaza, on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka, had been built without the correct permits, and the workers were allowed in on Wednesday despite warnings the previous day that it was structurally unsafe.

North Korea will put a US citizen on trial for “committing crimes” against the country and aiming to topple the regime, the North’s official news agency has said. On Saturday, amid soaring tensions between Pyongyang and the West, the KCNA said US citizen Pae Jun-Ho had admitted to the charges and would soon face “judgment”. He has been in prison in the North since November. “In the process of investigation he admitted that he committed crimes aimed to topple the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with hostility toward it,” the report said. “His

crimes were proved by evidence”. Pae was arrested in November as he entered the northeastern port city of Rason, which lies inside a special economic zone near North Korea’s border with Russia and China. “He will soon be taken to the Supreme Court of the DPRK to face judgment,” according to the report, which did not say what the charges were based on. South Korean media in December identified the detainee as a 44-year-old KoreanAmerican tour operator. He was travelling with five other tourists and was detained when a computer hard disk was found among the group’s belongings, according to the South Korean newspaper Kookmin Ilbo.

un InvestIgates syrIa CheMICal weapons use DAMASCUS AGENCIES

A UN spokesman has said that investigators from the world body have started collecting evidence outside Syria on the suspected use of chemical weapons. Ban Ki-moon, UN secretarygeneral, on Friday wrote to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with a new request for access to investi-

gators inside the war-torn country. Last month, both the Syrian government and rebels accused each other of using chemical weapons in an attack on the village of Khan al-Assal outside the northern city of Aleppo. Following the incident, the Syria government called for the UN to investigate alleged chemical weapons use by rebels. Syria, however, has still not

allowed a team of experts into the country because it wants the investigation limited to the single Khan al-Assal incident, while the UN chief is urging the Syrian government to accept an expanded UN probe. Weapons inspectors will determine whether banned chemical agents were used in Syrian conflict only if they are able to access sites and

take soil, blood, urine or tissue samples and examine them in certified laboratories, according to the Organisation for the Chemical of Prohibition Weapons, which works with the UN on inspections. Assertions of chemicalweapons use in Syria by Western and Israeli officials citing photos, sporadic shelling and traces of toxins do not meet the standard

of proof needed for a UN team of experts waiting to gather their own field evidence, the organisation said. ‘GAME CHANGER’: For his part, US President Barack Obama gave warning to Syria that its use of chemical weapons would be a “game changer” for the US but made clear he was in no rush to intervene in the country’s civil war on the basis of evidence he said

was still preliminary. “Horrific as it is when mortars are being fired on civilians and people are being indiscriminately killed, to use potential weapons of mass destruction on civilian populations crosses another line with respect to international norms and international law,” Obama said at the White House as he began talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Friday.


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PtI puts Pml-n in a fix in hazara PESHAWAR

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HE Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) is likely to face a close fight from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on almost all national and provincial assembly seats in Hazara region. Whereas the Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl (JIU-F), the Tehreek Sooba Hazara and the Awami National Party’s existence in election campaign in six districts of Hazara is satisfactory and this could multiply hardships for the PML-N candidates. Some of its influential candidates can change political atmosphere, whereas some of its stalwarts and public opinion makers are struggling for another province. Since the Partition, Hazara region is considered a stronghold of the Muslim League whereas its people, particularly non-Pakhtun have proved themselves archrivals of nationalist forces. Politicians from this area have occupied important offices. Late Iqbal Jadoon, Sahibzada Pir Sabir Shah and Sardar Mehtab Ahmad Khan have served the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as its chief ministers. Whereas Habibullah Khan Tareen was the KP Assembly speaker. Gohar Ayub Khan had worked in multiple capacities as the National Assembly’s speaker and foreign minister. Nawaz Sharif remained MNA from Hazara for three times. The PML-N president calls Hazara his second home. His son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar is consid-

ered and treated as a member of the Sharif family in Hazara. With all their tall claims, most of the leading politicians and influential families from Hazara have been involved in politics of horse trading and changing loyalties. In the past, with change of governments in Islamabad and Peshawar, dozens of politicians used to change their loyalties overnight. Even they did not bother to take their families into confidence. And similar is the existing situation whereas politicians who either remain close to Pervez Musharraf or Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain or occupied important ministries recently joined the PML-N whereas some of them joined the PTI and JUI-F. Some of them who had served as ANP ministers for five years recently switched over to the PML-N and JUI-F.

Despite certain shortfalls, the PML-N was the biggest political force in Hazara in 2008 elections as it got four out of seven national and five provincial assembly seats. The PML-N had swept on all National Assembly seats from both Abbottabad and Haripur whereas PML-Q became victorious in Battagram and half of Mansehra. The lone NA seat from Kohistan went to an independent who later became part of then ruling PPP. The PML-N had won one of two NA seats from Mansehra, but in by-elections the seat went to JUI-F. The PML-N had won four of five KP Assembly seats in Abbottabad and only one in Haripur. The remaining seats were won by independent candidates, JUI-F, ANP and PML-Q. As many as eight, a highest number of independent candidates was elected to the provincial

assembly from Hazara in 2008 elections. This time political atmosphere in Hazara is different. So far, PML-Q is not visible as its top leaders such as Gohar Ayub Khan, Sardar Yousaf, Wajehul Zaman Khan have joined the PML-N. In reaction, the PML-N had lost its most credible and diehard ex-MNA Sardar Mushtaq who is now facing Omar Ayub Khan on NA seat from Haripur. Former PML-Q lawmaker Salahuddin Saeed is trying to retain his seat on a PTI ticket. Former PML-Q president Qasim Shah has challenged Sardar Yousaf on National Assembly seat. Prince Nawaz is contesting as independent candidate. PML-N leader Sardar Mehtab is contesting from both national and provincial assembly s e a t whereas Sabir Shah is running for a provincial assembly seat. Both along with exfederal minister Amir Muqam (who is contesting from two provincial and one NA seat from Swat) are counted amongst the most favourite candidates of PML-N

Four former KP Cms are in election race

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Four former chief ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have accelerated their elections campaigns to secure a seat in the provincial legislature with main focus to reoccupy their past positions as chief executives of the province. These former CMs are PML-N leaders Sardar Mehtab Khan and Pir Sabir Shah, JUI-F leader Akram Khan Durrani and Awami National Party leader Amir Haider Khan Hoti. Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao who ruled the province twice as chief executive in 1988 and 1993 is contesting for NA seat from his home district Charsadda. His son and PML-N leader Pir Sabir Shah is contesting polls for a provincial seat. The political observers believe that position of all former CMs to win election were bright keeping in view their past track record of developmental work and strong roots among the people. Sardar Mehtab, Aftab Sherpao and Pir Sabir Shah have never lost elections against the provincial seats. Whereas Ameer Haider Hoti started his political career from 2008 elections and made a debut in the provincial assembly and rose to the prestigious office of chief executive owing to ANP's majority in the House. Durrani ruled the province for five years 2002-2007 in MMA government. Aftab Sherpao is contesting election from PK-20 Charsadda-IV, a seat he has been winning since 1988. Sherpao twice retained his provincial seat in the past

when he got opportunity to become Chief Minister of the province while in 2002 and 2008 elections he retained his NA-8 constituency. The QWP chief is also in the field for NA-8 Charsadda-2 constituency where he has been challenged by Taimur Khan of ANP and Jehanzeb Dhaki of PTI. Against Sherpao, the Pakistan People’s Party had awarded ticket to Wasifullah Khan, JUIF has nominated Qamar Shah and JI has fielded Abdul Matan from the constituency. In 2008 elections, Sherpao had won from this constituency by a narrow margin of 670 votes as he had secured 30,625 votes against ANP's Bashir Umarzai (29,951). Ironically, despite seat adjustment between QWP and JUI-F for NA-7 Charsadda-I against ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and few provincial assemblies' seats, both parties have left NA-8 open. The QWP and JUI (F) have joined hands in Charsadda against ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan to give him

tough time as both the parties have considerable vote bank in the area. Similarly, former CM Sardar Mehtab is contesting election from NA17 Abbottabad-I and PK-45, the constituencies he had never lost from the time he was in politics therefore he enjoys a slight psychological edge over his rival candidates. In elections 2008, Sardar Mehtab had contested election on a PML-N ticket and defeated independent Dr Azhar Jadoon by obtaining 58,045 votes against his opponent 36668 votes. Dr Jadoon is again in the field against Mehtab from the platform of Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf where the political pundits are expecting a close fight between the two archrivals. Similarly, JUI-F leader Akram Durrani, who was elected as chief minister of KP after MMA has swept the 2002 general elections in the province, is contesting election from PK-70 and NA-26 Bannu. The mainstream political par-

ties had fielded strong candidates against Durrani but the real contest will be between Durrani and Prof. Ibrahim, head of Jamaat Islami KP. Durrani had left this seat for his party chief Fazlur Rehman in the last election and the latter won it with a great margin 91,884 votes against Malik Naseerullah Khan 56,646 votes. Another former CM Sabir Shah is contesting elections from PK-52 comprising of Darban Qanungo Halka of Haripur, Ghazi Tehsil and Khalabat (Kachi, Beer, Pind Khan Khel, and Kakotri villages) and is considered a potential candidate for 2013 polls. He has been winning his seat since 1988. In 2008, Shah had defeated Faisal Zaman, now PTI candidate with a close margin of 739 votes as Pir Sabir Shah bagged 22,614 votes against Faisal Zaman (21,975 votes. Former CM Ameer Haider will try his luck from NA-9 Mardan-1 and PK-23 on ANP ticket and his real electoral battle would be against PML-N leader Muhammad Khan Hoti and JUI-F leader Shujaul Mulk while PPP candidate Shazia Aurganzaib can also surprise many. Haider Hoti had won PK-23 Mardan in last elections. Khawaja Hoti was posing a serious threat to Haider as far as elections are concerned as he has a significant vote bank in the constituency. Khawaja Hoti had won NA-9 Mardan on ANP ticket by securing 31,075 votes against PPP candidate Khanzada Khan (24,217) votes. Later, Khawaja Hoti resigned after developing differences with ANP and joined the PML-N.

for the chief minister’s office. In NA-17 constituency, Sardar Mehtab is facing PTI’s Azhar Jadoon. On NA-18 Murtaza Javed Abbasi is contesting against Baba Haider Zaman, on NA-19 Omar Ayub Khan Is facing Sardar Mushtaq of PPP, on NA-20 Sardar Yousaf facing JUI-F’s Qasim Shah, on NA-21 Capt (r) Safdar is facing PTI’s Shehzada Salahuddin Saeed, on NA-22 Battagram Alamzeb Khan is facing Prince Nawaz and on NA-23 Kohistan Aurangzeb facing JUI (F) Mehboob Jan. Likewise is the situation on all 19 provincial assembly seats whereas PTI, JUI (F) and PPP have fielded strong candidates. The candidates of other political parties like JI, ANP and independents could cause setbacks to the PML-N. On such grounds, elections in Hazara region are not easy for the PML-N. The PTI and Baba Haider Zaman-led group are likely to give a real tough time to those who were in the assemblies for the last five years.

abdul QadIr gIlanI’s guards torture Pml-n workers

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Abdul Qadir Gilani’s security guards on Saturday allegedly tortured Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers over a dispute while police also recovered a 9mm pistol from the former premier’s son’s vehicle. According to police, the pistol was recovered allegedly from a Land Cruiser owned by Gilani, during checking. The driver and Gilani’s secretary were present at the time of the search, both of whom were detained. The former prime minister’s son is Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) candidate from NA-151. Meanwhile, security guards and workers of Abdul Qadir Gilani resorted to aerial firing and tortured PML-N supporters over a dispute on removing party flag. Following the incident residents of the area staged a protest against the Gilani family for alleged torture and blocked Band Bosan Chowk in Multan. Police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Local people demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take action against people involved in aerial firing.


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N the late 1970s, Central Intelligence Agency had information that China might have provided a fairly comprehensive package of proven nuclear weapons design information to Pakistan, a recently declassified document has revealed. According to recently declassified CIA data obtained by the National Security Archive under the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA had evidence suggesting close PakistanChina nuclear cooperation to the point of facilitating a nuclear weapons capability, although the intelligence community saw this as possibly a special case based on an alliance that had existed since 1963. "This allegation has come up before, for example in a State Department document and in major news stories but this is the first time the CIA has released some of its own information," according to the set of two documents obtained by

the National Security Archive. "The estimate highlights some of the main developments, including "verbal consent (in 1974) to help Pakistan develop a 'nuclear blast' capability", "hedged and conditional commitment" in 1976 to provide nuclear weapons technology, and unspecified excised information that raised the "possibility that China has provided a fairly comprehensive package of proven nuclear weapon design information", the NSA said. "Even without Chinese help, the Pakistanis could develop a nuclear weapon, but access to

Chinese weapons design and test data might be crucial in establishing Islamabad's confidence in an untested weapons capability," said a 1983 national intelligence estimate of the CIA, which is heavily excised. The exchanges may not have been oneway and the reference to Chinese "involvement" in Pakistan's uranium enrichment programme probably refers to gas centrifuge technology, which Pakistan shared with the Chinese, it noted. Significant portions of the document covering technology sharing are excised, but

declassified data reveals CIa had evidence suggesting close pakistan-China nuclear cooperation to the point of facilitating nuclear weapons capability

more may be learned if additional details are released under appeal, the NSA added. With nuclear proliferation a policy priority for the Jimmy Carter administration, and Pakistan already a special concern, the possibility that China and Pakistan were sharing nuclear weaponsrelated information began worrying US government officials, NSA said. However, the CIA had no hard evidence--and the soft evidence that concerned them is massively excised in the December 1979 report just as Beijing and Washington were normalising relations-so the "precise nature and extent of this cooperation is uncertain", the NSA said. "These concerns did not go away during the Reagan administration. While nuclear proliferation was not a top priority, the administration was apprehensive about the implications of the spread of nuclear capabilities and that China may have been aiding and abetting some potential proliferators by selling non-safeguarded nuclear materials," NSA said.

fire guts 60 shops, 70 cabins in gujranwala GUJRANWALA: A massive fire caused by electric short circuiting early Saturday morning gutted at least 60 shops and 70 cabins. According to rescue sources, the fire erupted due to electric short circuiting at a UPS shop in Qaisra Bazaar of Gujranwala. The fire engulfed neighboring shops as well. Strong winds further escalated the fire which engulfed the entire market. Fire tenders and rescue workers, owners of shops and local people rushed the scene to put out the fire to minimise loss. However, firemen faced problems dousing out the fire because of the narrow streets of the congested market. The fire was extinguished after hectic efforts of over two and half hours. At least 60 shops and 70 cabins were gutted causing damage worth millions of rupees. Locals and shops owners complained that the damage could have been contained but rescue teams arrived to the scene too late. They complained that they had been calling the fire department for hours but to no avail. The affectees demanded the provincial government to take action against the authorities concerned for negligence and asked for compensation of their losses. INP

kidnapped former balochistan minister rescued QUETTA: Abducted former Balochistan minister, Sultan Tareen, was rescued from his kidnappers on Saturday. According to details, Sultan Tareen was released from the Qilla Abdullah area in Balochistan. According to the family sources, Tareen was rescued by joint efforts of tribal elders and local administration and he reached home in Harnai. The former minister was kidnapped by some unidentified gunmen from the Kachlak area last month when he was going to Pishin from Quetta. Sources said the minister was released by kidnappers after payment of ransom. However, Tareen’s brother and the administration have denied the claim. INP

surgeon kidnapped in Chaman CHINIOT: River Chenab has dried up as India has blocked water to one of the main rivers of Pakistan’s Punjab province. INP

Protests after UK confirms using drones in Afghanistan LONDON INP

After the Ministry of Defence confirmed the UK's use of armed drones in Afghanistan, anti-war protestors gathered outside an RAF base in Lincolnshire. The RAF began remotely operating its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles deployed to Afghanistan from the Lincolnshire airbase earlier this week. Previously operated from a United States Air Force base in Nevada, the aircraft are used to support coalition ground forces in Afghanistan. Drone missions over Afghanistan have been flown by RAF pilots operating on British soil for the first time The hi-tech Reaper drones are primarily used to gather intelligence on enemy activity on the ground, but they also carry 500lb bombs and Hellfire missiles for precision strikes on insurgents. In a statement issued on Thursday, the RAF said it had commenced supporting the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan ground troops with "armed intelligence and surveillance missions" remotely pi-

loted from RAF Waddington. Members of the Stop The War Coalition, CND, The Drone Campaign Network and War on Want will march from Lincoln to the nearby RAF Waddington base. The organisers of the protest march and rally claimed that drones made it easier for politicians to launch military interventions and have increased civilian casualties. Commenting ahead of the protest, War on Want senior campaigns officer Rafeef Ziadah said, "Drones, controlled far away from conflict zones,

ease politicians' decisions to launch military strikes and order extrajudicial assassinations, without democratic oversight or accountability to the public. "Now is the time to ban killer drones - before it is too late." Stop the War Coalition Vice Chairman Chris Nineham claimed that drones were being used to continue the "deeply unpopular War on Terror" with no public scrutiny. A majority of the British public supported the United Kingdom government aiding the United States target and kill known terrorists with drone strikes, a survey published earlier in March suggested. However backing for the controversial practise dropped significantly if they were told civilians would be injured or killed in the attacks. The findings came in a joint study from the University of Surrey's Centre for International Intervention and defence think-tank the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in collaboration with YouGov. The Ministry of Defence has defended its use of drones in Afghanistan, which it says have saved the lives of countless military personnel and civilians.

CHAMAN: Unknown miscreants kidnapped Dr Mubashir Ahsan at gunpoint on Saturday. According to Levies sources, Dr Mubbashir Ahsan, a surgeon of Civil Hospital Chaman as per routine left the house for morning walk. When he came out of his house the kidnappers abducted him. Dr Ahsan showed resistance but the kidnappers took him in the vehicle. The security forces getting the information placed a strict cordoned off and launched search operation but the abductors managed to escape. Meanwhile, doctors across the district held protests against the kidnapping of senior fellow. All state-run hospitals were locked down. Dr Akhtar, MS Civil Hospital said that attempts were made in the past also to abduct doctors. He said that Dr Ahsan’s family got a call from abductors, who threatened to kill him. INP

sC to hear petitions against nab chief ISLAMABAD: A larger Supreme Court bench has been formed to take up petitions against the appointment of Fasih Bokhari as NAB chief. The five-member bench, led by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, will hear petitions on Monday. The bench includes Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Sardmad Jalal Usmani and Justice Amir Hani. Chaudhry Nisar and Shahid Orakzai had challenged Bokhari’s appointment. INP


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HE armed forces all over the world enjoys esteem for being the guardian of the country’s geographical frontiers. On account of its peculiar training and a variety of offensive and defensive equipment put at its disposal, it is also called out by the civil administration for help in emergencies. The military can deal with the complex challenges only if it is well-trained, well-equipped and is highly professional. It must not indulge in any other activity, least of all in time consuming politics – a vocation it is neither meant to indulge in nor is it trained for, if it is to perform its duties satisfactorily. The military is required to be subservient to the civilian authority, all the more so in democracies. Like other institutions and agencies of the state, the military has to act in accordance with the constitution and abide by the country’s laws. Unless it does so its prestige would undergo slippage. Article 244 of Pakistan’s Constitution requires members of the armed forces to take oath to “uphold the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which embodies the will of the people” and not to engage “in any political activities whatsoever” and to “honestly and faithfully serve Pakistan in the Pakistan Army (or Navy or Air Force) as required by and under the law.” Unfortunately four generals with Bonapartist tendencies violated their oath and staged military coups. A delegation of 75 officers from Command and Staff College, Quetta, led by a senior officer, reportedly met the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence on Friday and expressed concern over the arrest of the former president. Musharraf was the last general to violate the constitution. There are serious cases registered against him which include putting the Supreme Court judges under arrest and being involved in Benazir Bhutto’s murder. The fact that one is an ex-officer of the armed forces does not provide him immunity from law. Knowing that these cases were pending against him, Musharraf decided to return and face the courts. Musharraf is assisted by capable lawyers and has all the opportunities available under law to prove himself innocent. The treatment meted out to him is by no means humiliating as has been claimed. The law requires arrest and questioning of those accused of serious crimes. There is in fact a perception in certain sections that he is being pampered as he has been allowed, against common practice, to stay and be questioned at his Islamabad farm house instead of the police station. Musharraf has decided to enter politics. Why should he not be treated like other politicians? We have condemned the hooliganism and violence outside the court at the time of Musharraf’s appearance. Being under the protection of numerous well-armed FC and police personnel Musharraf did not need the presence of slogan shouting supporters, thus provoking his opponents to join the competition that was bound to degenerate into an unseemly melee.

attack on sarabjit singh How the high-profile Indian prisoner was not given adequate security must be identified

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ARABJIT Singh was perhaps the most high profile Indian prisoner being held in Pakistan’s jails. The fact that the death row prisoner was attacked while in Kot Lakpat Jail and is now fighting for his life is beyond ridiculous. Jail authorities are aware that Indian prisoners remain at the centre of diplomacy between the two countries and Sarabjit was a special prisoner at that, with an almost 23 year long international campaign around securing his freedom. With today having been declared crucial for his survival, Pakistan risks another diplomatic tussle with India if Sarabjit Singh dies. With protests having erupted in Jammu in Indian-administered Kashmir, it appears that prison authorities were unaware of the diplomatic consequences of not upping security for Sarabjit after a tussle occurred in the jail involving him in the last week. The former Indian foreign minister SM Krishna has asked the Indian government to lodge a strong protest with Pakistan and that such brutality has “no place in a civilized world.” The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also chipped in his two bits and called it a “very sad” incident. For those who do not remember, earlier on June 26, 2912, news of Sarabjit’s release was flashed by news outlets before it emerged his name had been mistaken. His sister, Dilip Kaur, had also visited Pakistan to attempt lobby Pakistani authorities to release him. She and three other members of Sarabjit’s family have been issued immediate visit visas to attempt to dissipate the consequences. However, it is beyond one’s imagination, why Kot Lakpat jail authorities and the Home Department had not responded to the “threats” Singh’s lawyers reported after Kashmiri separatist, Afzal Guru, was hanged in New Dehli. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has also condemned the “dastardly act” and called on the government to start an inquiry into the matter and punish the guilty. Singh had been sentenced to death in 1990, a sentence upheld by the Supreme Court (SC), over spying and being involved in an attack in Punjab in which 14 people were killed. The controversial sentence was also upheld after former president Pervez Musharraf also refused Sarabjit’s mercy petition. Singh’s family has continued to maintain that he was a farmer who accidentally crossed the border while drunk, as so many others do. Matters pertaining to a possible release were complicated by the last high profile Indian prisoner to be released, who claimed he was a spy as soon as he crossed the border, but then what is the value of a spy after 20 years in prison? Sarabjit was for India like Afzal Guru for Pakistan – perhaps even more. An attempted murder case against two prisoners and the suspension of two jail officials are an inadequate response to the brutal attack on him. Accountability should be higher to save the diplomatic impasse between the two countries.

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INCE the Constitution says that Pakistan is an Islamic republic it becomes incumbent upon the State to follow God’s Islam in the Quran. Very important is God’s injunction not to hate someone so much that you cannot do justice to him. Those who don’t understand this have to be flawed Muslims. If this Divine advice applies to all State institutions it is reflected in executive and judicial procedures and judgments. They have to realize that they too will be judged one day, if not on earth then certainly in Heaven where the Judge will be God, the ultimate Chief Justice. Those who understand this recognize their cosmic insignificance and don’t take themselves too seriously. Such people aren’t pompous, obsessed with protocol, pomp and panoply. They know that when they appear in God’s Court they will be alone so they should not play mini-god in their own little courts for God knows all and He knows best. This is not to say that dispensing justice is not indispensible, but done injudiciously, with partiality, without due process, balance and equity, not remaining within the parameters of God’s laws in a state based on religion makes justice a deficient pantomime and abhorrent to the Almighty. We call ourselves an Islamic republic but in essence we are neither. But since our constitution says so we have no option but to go on hypocritically pretending that Pakistan is Islamic and a republic. Actually, it has become a criminal state where rulers loot the people; a model of what a modern Islamic State and republic ought not to be. While hypocrisy is a grave sin in Islam, we have hypocritically created a two-faced facade of an Islamic state where the essence of Islam is missing. Instead, worship of the Golden Calf is the essence based on ‘might is right’ and flourishing. We have created the deceitful facade of British parliamentary democracy but the essence of democracy is missing. Instead dynasticism is the essence and thriving. I am talking of God’s Islam in the Quran, not its myriad interpretations foisted on us by de facto clerics masquerading as scholars. God’s Islam is about the inalienable rights of His Creations, especially of Man. It is about welfare, societal balance or adl, real democracy, egalitarianism, justice, equity and due process. The Quran is a code of life, thus it is not only spiritual but secular and worldly too. It is about God and his Unity and the wellbeing and welfare of Man, his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, equal opportunities, a

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dignified life, his right to develop his mind to its fullest potential and so much more. Amongst Man’s many obligations is to choose his leadership from his community and choose from amongst the best. Pakistan has consistently failed in this and continuously chooses from amongst the worst. Our human condition is pathetic to the point of defying description and getting worse. We wrongly translate our name ‘Pakistan’ as ‘Land of the Pure’. Instead, we are ruled by the impure and have become the ‘Land of the Poor’ – poor in every respect, not just materially but in Faith, mind and values. Instead of living up to what we so pompously claim, we thoughtlessly hold our much-mutilated constitution that spews alien colonial systems so dear that one would imagine that it is a divine book, not one made by feeble, self-serving man designed to keep all the levers of power in the hands of a small ruling class that preys on the people – “Eagles snatch the morsels of the weak,” said the poet Faiz. “Whenever the flesh of workers is sold in bazaars and the blood of the poor flows on the streets, such a volcano erupts in my breast that I cannot describe. I lose control over my heart.” It is vital for a State to have a workable constitution that delivers and ensures societal balance, the dispensation of real justice and good governance. Some 23,000 cases are pending before the Supreme Court while some 2.6 million await hearing in the entire judiciary. Many under trial prisoners have spent more time in prison than they would have had they been convicted. Is this justice Islamic style – imprison God’s greatest Creation and throw away the key? Is this justice any style? A constitution is based on a people’s social contract and is the basic law from which all laws and systems emanate. But it is neither more important than God’s law nor the State it is supposed to serve. If there were no State there would be no constitution. If the State falls the constitution falls. If the constitution falls the State still lives and could get a better constitution. When a constitution starts harming a State and its citizens, it must either be corrected or a new one made based on our original social contract, Mr. Jinnah’s speech of August 11, 1947 that was shelved and replaced by the Objectives Resolution determining two years after achieving the objective why we had sought it. Ridiculous. We have changed our constitution 20 times so far, but only for the worse. Everyone should not only read God’s law but also try and understand it, particularly those who are makers of laws and dispensers of justice in an Islamic state. To understand the concept of justice and due process in Islam read and reflect on verses 36:65, 24:24 and 41:19-23in the Quran. God says that on the Day of Judgment He will call our hands and feet, as too our skins, hearing and sight as witnesses “as to [our] deeds.” Why does God who knows everything need to call witnesses? To show how important due process is, that every soul be satisfied that justice has been done to it because it has been judged on the basis of incontrovertible evidence. If the Almighty needs to follow due process, who the hell is puny Man not to follow it meticulously regardless of the accused’s station in life? If all are equal before God they have to be equal before judges.

Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad Editor Lahore – Ph: 042-36375963-5 Fax: 042-32535230 Karachi – Ph: 021-35381208-9 Fax: 021-35381208 Islamabad – Ph: 051-2287273 Fax: 051-2850505 Web: www.pakistantoday.com.pk Email: editorial@pakistantoday.com.pk

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karachi’s enigma Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami

On Judgment Day we will be judged by our deeds, our intentions behind them and the amount of knowledge we have gained, digested, understood and acted upon. God couldn’t care less if we were king or chief judge, how much wealth we accumulated. What matters is how honestly we discharged our responsibilities and what we did with the wealth entrusted to us by Him, for all wealth belongs to the Almighty some of which he gives to us as a trust to spend on ourselves sensibly and on those in need. It is a very socialist concept except that in Islam all wealth belongs to God who is Perfect while in socialism it belongs to the State that is made and run by imperfect man. You decide: do our State and its systems, particularly its various justice systems run along Islamic lines? Do our justice systems measure up to states not based on religion? Is the constitution more important or the State? Do the beneficiaries of the status quo equate the State with the constitution to preserve their benefits? Whether there are millions of under trial prisoners awaiting trial while the powerful get stay orders and are qualified to contest elections to hold leadership positions while the relatively weak are disqualified? Where huge defaulters get away to occupy positions in which they can continue adding to their ill-gotten wealth? Answer truthfully and hang your head in shame. Then they expect us to choose from amongst the best when they ensure that only the worst are on offer. Is it impartial for a judge to suggest that if a citizen files a petition before us to ask the State to try someone for treason, or is it incitement? Is it impartial for a judge to get stroppy when the government doesn’t do so or is it overstepping? Yet it was good that Justice Jawad Khwaja said in General Musharraf’s case: “We will do justice in a way that justice will be seen to have been done. We will give [a] verdict keeping in view [the] law and [the] Constitution…Only those stand scared who are not with the truth…There should be no double standards. Discrimination between the haves and have-nots should come to an end now. The era of lords is no more here.” Big words indeed, but why would a Supreme Court judge have to say this in a normal country where it is understood to prevail? Because some judges are aware that justice doesn’t always prevail, that there are misgivings about judicial impartiality. It gives the cat away but it’s good that some judges are sensitive to these concerns. In saying, ‘discrimination between the haves and have-nots should come to an end now” is an inadvertent admission that such discrimination exists. But the “era of lords” still persists; perhaps the good judge was expressing a desire. These words will only become big when they are translated into action, though one should thank the judge for even saying so in a country where hardly anyone does. Only when judges live up to this claim will we know who really is scared of the truth and who is not. Ask yourself one more question. At the cusp of elections, why is terrorism increasing in all provinces except in the Punjab? Coincidence? Or is suo moto meant only for a pretty girl’s alleged bottles?

Karachi generates about two-thirds of revenue of Pakistan and thus plays an important role in building the economy of the country. An unstable Karachi means an unstable Pakistan. Karachi’s major problem is its dense population, which needs resources to be provided to citizens to control security issues. The second problem of Karachi is its being mini-Pakistan, in which people from all over the country are living, although controlling different communities is a difficult task for law-enforcement agencies. The third problem of Karachi is the law and order situation which becomes difficult for security agencies to maintain. The

fourth major problem of the city is sectarian violence and discrimination of people on the basis of caste and religion. As mentioned above, different languages are spoken and different people from inside Pakistan are living in Karachi. Different parties have been formed on the basis of religion and caste and, as a consequence, these have created problems for citizens who are forced to observe strikes and wheel-jams. All these affect the economy of Pakistan very seriously. Moreover, as a result of targeted killings many people have lost their lives. Therefore, the government and law-enforcement agencies should do their best in order to overcome Karachi’s acute law and order problem. YUSRA SHAKIL Karachi


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case, which was all too eventual, seeking the initiation of High Treason proceedings against General (retd.) Pervez Musharraf, has been filed and is pending adjudication before the honorable Supreme Court. In fact, five distinct petitions, asking the honorable Supreme Court to ‘direct’ the commencement of Musharraf’s trial under Article 6 of the Constitution, are being heard by a three-member bench of the apex Court, comprising of Justice Khawaja, Justice Khilji and Justice Afzal. And resultantly, as is customary in Pakistan, the media waves are abuzz with chatter about the merits of a High Treason charge against the retired General, along with the possibility and consequences of his conviction. But before delving into any such debate, it is pertinent to clarify the law that governs the issue of High Treason in Pakistan. The ‘crime’ and guilt of ‘High Treason’ has been defined in Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan. By way of background, it is significant to note that Article 6 is an innovation of the 1973 Constitution. The previous two Constitutions, those of 1956 and 1962, did not contain any provision relating to high treason. However, and wisely so, with the experience of two constitutional abrogations (in 1958 and 1969), the framers of the 1973 Constitution incorporated Article 6 into the constitutional paradigm. Specifically, Article 6(1), declares that “any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance“ the Constitution of Pakistan, or “attempts or conspires” to do the same to be “guilty of high treason”. Furthermore, Article 6(2) of the Constitution of Pakistan declares anyone who ‘aides or abets’ such acts, shall also be guilty of high treason, and that no such acts shall by validated by any court (Article 6(2A)). Thereafter, Article 6(3) of the Constitution stipulates that the Parliament “shall by law, provide for the punishment of persons found guilty of high treason”. And, pursuant to Article 6(3), the Parliament has made a law, The High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973, which in section 2, de-

clares the punishment for high treason to be “death or imprisonment for life”. Additionally, section 3 of the High Treason Act mandates that “no court shall take cognizance of an offence punishable under this act except upon a complaint in writing made by a person authorized by the Federal Government in this behalf.” Consequently, in explicit terms, the law requires that only the Federal Government, through an authorized person, has the power and the prerogative to initiate high treason proceedings. (An amendment to section 3 of the High Treason Act, allowing “any citizen” to make “a complaint” was proposed in 2010, but this was never enacted into the law). It is also pertinent to mention that it is unclear what the nature of these proceedings might be. In the absence of established domestic jurisprudence or framework for a trial of high treason, there is ambiguity as to what a charge of high treason would entail, how would it be prosecuted, how would the jurisdiction of courts work in this regard, and on what standard of proof would the defence have to substantiate. The fact that it is the only the Federal Government, and not the courts, that can take cognizance of and initiate high treason proceedings, was recently affirmed in the landmark judgment of the honorable Supreme Court, in the case of Pakistan Lawyers Forum v. Federation of Pakistan (PLD 2005 SC 719). In response to the Petitioners urging that the Supreme Court “take cognizance of the matter [of High Treason, pursuant to Article 6 of the Constitution] and initiate a prosecution against the President” the Court declared that, in the absence of a written reference filed by the Federal Government (through a duly authorized person), “it is not the function of the Courts of law” to take up such proceedings themselves. The same principle was also applied earlier in the case of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif v. Federation of Pakistan (PLD 1993 SC 473). Under the High Treason Act, the Secretary of Interior is authorized (through an instrument dated some decades back), as the person who, on behalf of the Federal Government, can initiate the proceedings of high treason against any individual. However, in the present circumstances, despite the return of General (retd.) Musharraf, the caretaker Federal Government seems to have made a conscious decision to not file a complaint under section 3 of the High Treason Punishment Act 1973, and wants to avoid the issue, leaving it for the newly elected Government to pursue, once takes charge. In this backdrop, the case before the Supreme Court prays for a direction to be given to the interim Government to start such proceedings, without hiding behind any ‘excuses’ (in the spirit of let justice be done, though heavens may fall). The defence, on the other hand, is resisting such a direction, taking numerous pleas ranging from bias within the bench, to

non-impleadment of those who ‘aided and abetted’ the actions of General Musharraf, raising objections to the dicta of July 31st, 2009 judgment (Sindh High Court Bar Association case), and even arguing that such a direction by the honorable Supreme Court will amount an abrogation of a prerogative that law has exclusively reserved for the executive. As a result, the effective constitutional issue before the court is whether, under Article 184, the honorable Supreme Court can ‘direct’ the Federal Government to initiate such proceedings – emulating, essentially, the ‘justice of peace’ powers of a Sessions Judge (under section 22-A and 22-B of the Criminal Procedure Code) to register an F.I.R., in case the police is refusing to do so. There can be no denial of the fact that General Musharraf has played havoc with the constitutional fabric of our nation, and that he should have to pay for his deeds (part of which, at least, he already is paying for). However, the impulse of revenge and a desire to see the General fall must be balanced against the requirements of law and mandate of the Constitution. Expanding the contours of law, through interpretation, to incorporate powers such as those of ‘justice of peace’ (which in themselves are perhaps unconstitutional, for being in violation of the doctrine of separation of power, under Article 175 of the Constitution), is not nearly the appropriate remedy in this case. The desire to see Musharraf behind bars (or hung?) is not sufficient in itself to disregard the mandate of law. The absence of political will, as lamentable as it is, cannot be substituted with an infusion of judicial mettle. And that too, in a case as sensitive and fundamental, as one concerning high treason. It would perhaps be prudent to learn, in this regard, from the experience of other countries that have tried individuals for high treason. In Turkey, for example, high treason proceedings, against Adnan Menderes and Abdullah Öcalan, were protracted, deliberate and still controversial. In fact, even 20 years after the conviction, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Turkey had violated Article 3, 5, and 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights by granting Öcalan no effective remedy of appeal. We must resist the temptation to make similar mistakes. The national and judicial resolve, in regards to the due process of law, is tested the most when applied to those who we despite as a nation. Still, the endeavor of law is to ensure that justice, to the most vile, is not turned into a lynching process. And that the letter and spirit of the law be followed, even more conscientiously when trying the villains. This, is the real test of ‘let justice be done, though heavens may fall.’ The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: saad@post.harvard.edu

OUR decades and nine elections later and the statistics for political engagement among the populace of this country present a bleak picture. For the eight elections which have been conducted in the present state of Pakistan, without its eastern wing, the average voter turnout has been a lowly 44.78 per cent, as gleaned from statistics gathAbdullAH HumAyuN ered from IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) and 45.3 per cent according to the ECP, placing Pakistan in the lowest rungs of voter participation. A voter turnout this low is not the most frantic nod of legitimacy a government could ask for. Compare the same with Bangladesh, which having conducted the same number of elections since its independence has managed to bring up its rate of voter participation to an average of 63.70 per cent, with a significant 85.26 per cent of registered voters coming out to vote in the last general elections held in 2008, compared to 44.58 per cent in Pakistan for the same year. The contrast is disturbing. For a democracy, the status quo must change, the voter turnout must increase to give coming government’s greater legitimacy and be held accountable by a greater number of people. Many have touted compulsory voting as the solution to our chronically low voter turnout, but is it really all that and does it have its own downsides? Commentators cite a host of reasons for this abysmally low voter turnout. A lack of ownership of government and government decisions felt by the population at large has often been cited as instilling a sense of political apathy among Pakistanis. A people who, time and again, feel that while their vote might help people get elected to the legislature, their voices certainly do not ring loud in the same legislatures. The feeling that the ruling classes do not have the interest of the masses close to their hearts has set in among Pakistanis, spurring a sort of lazy apathy towards democracy, which tends to manifest itself through a low voter turnout. Poll day violence too is often an important deciding factor in voter turnout. However important the vote might be, it is still not as important as life and limb. Then of course there is the lack of female participation in the political process in Pakistan. Having been to a number of political rallies and gatherings in the past few weeks, I have noticed an almost unnerving lack of any women at such gatherings. Pakistan’s male chauvinism is on full display in the marked difference in participation among genders in the political process. What then can be done to fix this very fundamental problem facing the budding democracy in this country? One solution on offer is the imposition of compulsory voting as is the case in a number of countries around the world. Proponents of compulsory voting often cite the high voter turnout in countries such as Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands where for all three, voter turnout is higher than 90 per cent. To apply the same to Pakistan, however, would be a failure in comparisons and more importantly, intelligence. Six out of the seven countries with compulsory voting which have voter turnouts greater than 90 per cent have a GDP per capita higher than $20,000, the seventh being Uruguay which is close to that number at $15,786. A higher GDP, correlates strongly with strong institutions, which are necessary for implementing any sort of punishment for not voting. As it is, institutions are to Pakistan what honesty is to thieves, an oxymoron. A country where the writ of the state is shaky at best, implementing a mechanism to penalize Election Day offenders would be difficult at best. In that regard, Sindh and Punjab might be easier nuts to crack than KPK or Balochistan, both provinces which are in the grips of civil war. I would imagine trying to get the penalty out of someone in Loralai might present some minor inconveniences to the person assigned the said task. An important question that arises from this this is that whether the state has any right in the first place to force people out of their houses on Election Day? Would it be an infringement of our right of choice for the government to force our vote out? Or does greater legitimacy offered by a greater turnout outweigh any such minor infringement of our choice to stay away from the polling booth? From that concern stems another one. Forcing people to vote will mean bringing to the booth those people who have an absolute zero interest in politics or governance. The politically uninformed person is not a rarity, people harbour all sorts of interest and it is only fair if someone holds very little interest in the political process. Although, to be fair, for something that touches our lives in so many ways, we ought to be fairly well informed about the political process but that is still choice at the end of the day. Bad, uninformed choices are bound to be made when you bring the political zombie to vote. Who is to say that a nice bit of fiery rhetoric near Election Day won’t be the deciding factor for such a voter and if that is indeed the case, we ought to look at compulsory voting with some caution. With regards to statistics, the world’s average voter turnout for countries with a parliamentary system of elections and which also practice compulsory voting stands at around 78 per cent, compared to an average voter turnout of 70 per cent for countries without compulsory voting. The payoff from implementing compulsory voting, on the average is quite low, around seven per cent. Instead of looking at this option which provides such a small dividend, we ought to look at and try to fix the fundamentals that result in Pakistan’s low voter turnout rather than looking for quick fixes such as compulsory voting. Hopefully, this time around, given the charged political atmosphere, the voter turnout will increase substantially. Should that not happen, we must pause and reflect and not have a knee jerk reaction that might bring such a drastic change to our voting process. The writer can be contacted at abdullah.humayun@gmail.com. Tweet@Ahshafi


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NEWS DESK: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are set to take part in a ‘Guys and Dolls’ remake. In the original movie, based on a 1950s musical, Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra played the two lead roles. According to Deadline.com, Fox studios has embarked on the project to relaunch ‘Guys and Dolls’ on the big screen as well as on the stage. Even though there is no screenwriter or director attached to the project, Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are apparently interested in participating. The young actors showed their singing and dancing abilities in Magic Mike (2012) and (500) days of Summer (2009) respectively. More recently, at the end of February, the two actors took part in music-hall-style acts at the Dolby Theatre during the 85th Oscars. If an agreement is reached, Tatum and Gordon-Levitt will be following in the footsteps of Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, who were directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz for this comedy released in 1955. The plot follows a crook who is short of money (Sinatra) and bets that his friend, a professional gambler (Brando), will not be able to seduce a young innocent missionary from the Salvation Army.

I'm in competition with myself and I'm losing. –Roger Waters

salman Khan’s Franco to film ‘mental’ replace Jude Law in biopic? gives leela bhansali jitters NEWS DESK

NEWS DESK UTTING an end to all speculation, the makers of Mental have decided that the Salman Khan starrer, produced by brother Sohail, will hit screens on November 22. With two schedules under his belt, Sohail, who was all this while only interested in getting the film going, reportedly sat down with Salman and the team to finalise the release date. While Salman's fans have reason to smile, the news may have given one man the heebie-jeebies. Ever since he came to know of the decision, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose Ram Leela is releasing on November 29, has been having sleepless nights... and not without reason... Earlier too, the filmmaker has had his fingers burnt when his movie Saawariya, which marked Ranbir Kapoor's debut, clashed with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Om Shanti Om, with disastrous consequences. Fact is, Bhansali had postponed the release of Ram Leela from August to November 29 only to avoid a collision with Rohit Shetty's Chennai Express that had always been slated for an Eid release. However, the November 22 Mental date has now posed a new problem for the director. But why should Bhansali worry about a movie hitting theatres one week before the release of his Ram Leela? "Salman's films usually run to packed houses for two weeks, and Bhansali would thus lose out on a major portion of the audience. So much so, he is now contemplating moving his film out of the November 29 slot," said the source.

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George Clooney to make film with Grant Heslov? NEWS DESK: Hollywood actor George Clooney is reportedly reuniting with his "Argo" co-producer Grant Heslov to make a film based on a news article. The article will be by Joshuah Bearman, one of whose past articles formed the basis for Chris Terrio's Oscar-winning script for "Argo". Not much is known about Bearman's latest article as it hasn't been published yet, but it is said that the article talks about a group of teenagers who smuggle drugs in Coronado in California, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Sony Pictures is in talks to produce the project, while Clooney is likely to direct it.

Hollywood actor James Franco is said to be in talks to replace actor Jude Law in director Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert", a biopic on writer-explorer Gertrude Bell. The film's narrative follows the life of Bell, who was even a political attache for the British empire. She was considered a trailblazer at the turn of the 20th century. Franco is likely to play the historical figure's lover Henry Cadogan, with whom she was until his untimely death, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Franco will star alongside actress Naomi Watts, who will play the historic writer and archaeologist. The film also features Robert Pattinson.

amitabh set to shoot promo of kbC 7 NEWS DESK: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is geared up to shoot the promos of the seventh season of popular quiz show, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). "I have to start shooting for the promos of the next season of KBC!!! Gosh! But it just got over... ah well, life moves fast and furious," Amitabh posted on his Twitter page. The 70-year-old has hosted five seasons of the show, except for the third edition, which was hosted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The show, based on international show, ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’, is aired on Sony TV.

BLESSED TO BE A PART OF ‘RAANjhANAA’: SONAM KAPOOR NEWS DESK: Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor says she feels blessed to be a part of 'Raanjhanaa'. The actress will be seen playing different ages in the film and said it was an incredible opportunity. "It was a great process. I play two different ages. You have to perform differently and your voice is different too. It was an incredible opportunity. I am blessed to be a part of Raanjhanaa," she said at a launch event. Talking about the look in the film, Sonam said that it was simple. "I have a simple look for Raanjhanaa. I am not so beautiful and glamorous in the film," she said. Sonam will be seen opposite Tamil actor Dhanush in the film. The actress also added she had fun shooting the film. "It was fun. I had the most incredible time. You will be able to see the chemistry on screen," she said. Sonam is the brand ambassador for a toothpaste with ace designer Manish Malhotra. Manish has organised an entire fashion line for the summer based on that toothpaste's colours -red and white. The designer showcased his contemporary collection of saris, long kurtas over loose pants for women and ethinic kurta pajamas and jackets for men. Sonam, who was the showstopper, looked fabulous in a red lehenga choli with silver embroidery at the bottom. Talking about the brands which she endorses, Sonam said she goes for classic brands which ensure her quality as well as exclusivity. The actress added she has convinced her father, actor Anil Kapoor to do the same. "The kind of brands which I do are all classic brands. I don't sign anything which I don't believe in. I have explained this to dad too," she said.


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The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow. –Bob Marley

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LAHORE STAFF REPORT he Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC) Sunsilk Fasion Week 2013 Day 3 will commence on Sunday. Day 3 of the four-day event, taking place at the Lahore Expo Centre Johar Town, will showcase the following designers and their works.

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RIZWAN BEYG BRAND PHILOSOPHY: The Rizwan Beyg philosophy is fundamentally based on wearable practical clothes.The pret line aims at edgy separates in natural fibres like silk adn cotton and creative current trends . INSPIRATION: The collection presented is inspired by Pakistans artisans who create truck art and is a homage to their artistry interpreted the Rizwan Beyg way. TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n deconstructed tailoring. n ragged handkerchief hemlines n mix n match separates n vibrant colours. n short lengths n digitally printed truck art n flora n fauna motifs ZONIA ANWAAR BRAND PHILOSOPHY: Practical silhouettes with use of experimental cut lines with right tints and hues of the season. It's fashion for people who want to be desirable and ask for elegance with a twist. INSPIRATION: For this Fashion Week our label is coming with Moscow’s Kremlin inspired colour

palette with soft hues for hot summer and some bright accents for spring. This Russian fashion platter will mingle together with the fun-elegance of 70’s TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR; n Pastel Bliss Colour Palette n Self Stripes and Laces for texture n Bold Stripes in Mink and Blues n Gold Chunks of Non-conventional Embellishment and Ornaments n Controlled Lengths n Cowl backs and Different kind of collars! NIDA AZWER BRAND PHILOSOPHY: Classy chic. Great attention to detail, innovative cuts, silhouettes and tailoring INSPIRATION: The 1880s. Floral and animal motifs inspired by the works of William Morris and William de Morgan TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n Higher hemlines n Fresh and flowy NOKIA PRESENTS MOHSIN ALI BRAND PHILOSOPHY: Young Fashion Forward innovative INSPIRATION: Nokia Florescent TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n Minimalism SANA SAFINAZ BRAND PHILOSOPHY: Synonymous with graceful, elegant, chic and eye appeasing styles - Sana and Safinaz design for the quintessential Asian woman. INSPIRATION: Carrying on from our Spring/Summer Resort Chic collection, we are looking

into extending it into Spring/Summer Urban Chic. TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n chunky necklaces n bold prints n color blocking LAYLA CHATOOR BRAND PHILOSOPHY: Elegant and modern garments. For dynamic women. Feminine silhouettes, draped and carefully created, to guarantee a perfect fit. INSPIRATION: Vintage 1931 Print Ayesha, from the Victoria & Albert archives, consisting of landscapes of leaves, entwining blossoms, birds perched on enclosing floral spray and deer. TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n Modern day Grace Kelly. n Aristocratic galomour n Elegant individuality. n Modern ADNAN PARDESI BRAND PHILOSOPHY: Minimalism. INSPIRATION: ELLIPSIS: This is Adnan Pardesy couture collection for 2013. Adnan for Ellipsis draws inspiration from the essence of minimalism with a special focus on sequince, created through the intentional omission of the unnecessary only to retain his own personal style through fabric manipulation. TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n Structure n Long structured jackets n off-shoulder dresses n tone on tone embroidery

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KARMA BRAND PHILOSOPHY: Glamorous, classic, elegant, powerful, feminine & definitive. INSPIRATION: The Roaring Twenties, The Great Gatsby, Jazz Age, decadence, sparkling, gold gilded and adulterated glamour. TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n Fringes n Graphic n Pearls n surface beading n sequins n flapper silhouette NIMRA TEXTILES BRAND PHILOSOPHY: Nimsay is a fashion brand committed to constant market research, innovation and designs to inspire self-confidence in a woman. We believe fashion is culture, a form of expression and can be used to help women excel in life. INSPIRATION FOR OUR COLLECTION: n feminine florals n retro blocking n abstract art n Kilims n ethnic motives. TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n statement stripes n geisha girls n retro blocking LAKHANI TEXTILES BRAND PHILOSOPHY: Lakhani’s brand philosophy is based on

meeting the needs of modern women of diverse cultures locally and internationally. We are not just creating products, but striving to create campaigns, trends and philosophy. INSPIRATION: Culture, art and Modernism are the core aspects for our collection. TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n rich culture n vibrant colors n trendy n artsy n modern n romantic SHARIQ TEXTILES BRAND PHILOSOPHY: To produce voile for women from every income bracket. INSPIRATION: Expression from Farida Khalo's paintings TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n Fabrications n sleek long silhouettes n horizontal stripes. FIRDOUS TEXTILES BRAND PHILOSOPHY: To continue to be the market leaders and trendsetters in the industry. To constantly evolve to cater to an ever growing clientele. INSPIRATION: Fabric that speaks of a luxury and resort lifestyle. From day to night- you are a star. TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR: n Vibrant colors n Varied hemlines n Luxurious prints n Intricate embroidery details


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A team from the US and China made an experimental array that can sense pressure in the same range as the human fingertip. The advance could speed the development of smarter artificial skin capable of "feeling" activity on the surface. The sensors, which are described in Science magazine, could also help give robots a more adaptive sense of touch. Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, the researchers built arrays consisting of about 8,000 transistors. “Start QuoteZhong Lin WangGeorgia Institute of Technology Each of the transistors can independently produce an electronic signal when placed under mechanical strain. The touch-sensitive transistors - dubbed taxels - have a sensitivity comparable to that of a human fingertip. "Any mechanical motion, such as the movement of arms or the fingers of a robot, could be translated to control signals," said Zhong Lin Wang, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "This could make artificial skin smarter and more like the human skin. It would allow the skin to feel activity on the surface." Mimicking the sense of touch electronically has been challenging, and can be achieved by measuring changes in resistance prompted by mechanical touch. The devices developed by the Georgia Tech researchers rely on a different physical phenomenon - tiny polarisation changes when so-called "piezoelectric" materials such as zinc oxide are moved or placed under strain. NEWS dESK

loCk of emPeror's haIr sells for $18k A lock of hair from an AustroHungarian emperor who ruled in Europe more than a century ago fetched about $18,000 at auction in Vienna yesterday—about 20 times the estimated price, reports the AP. An Austrian restaurateur bought the white lock once belonging to Franz Josef, whose reign from 1848 to 1916 made him one of Europe's longestserving monarchs, reports theBBC. It's an impressive price, but the BBC also notes that Justin Bieber's hair sold for charity on eBay in 2011 for about $38,000. NEWS dESK

man survIves emPIre state buIldIng jumP You don't expect a story that begins "man jumps off Empire State Building" to end well. But a Massachusetts tourist has been given a second chance after his suicide attempt—in which he climbed a fence lining the building's 86th floor observation deck just before midnight Wednesday and jumped off—was interrupted by the 85th floor. The 33-year-old landed one floor down and was taken to Bellevue with a broken ankle. The New York Post reports that he faces charges of reckless endangerment, trespassing, and disorderly conduct. NEWS dESK

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EW measurements suggest the Earth's inner core is far hotter than prior experiments suggested, putting it at 6,000C - as hot as the Sun's surface. The solid iron core is actually crystalline, surrounded by liquid. But the temperature at which that crystal can form had been a subject of long-running debate. Experiments outlined in Science magazine used X-rays to probe tiny samples of iron at extraordinary pressures to examine how the iron crystals form and melt. Seismic waves captured after earthquakes around the globe can give a great deal of information as to the thick-

ness and density of layers in the Earth, but they give no indication of temperature. That has to be worked out either in computer models that simulate the Earth's insides, or in the laboratory. x-RAy vISION: Measurements in the early 1990s of iron's "melting curves" - from which the core's temperature can be deduced - suggested a core temperature of about 5,000C. "It was just the beginning of these kinds of measurements so they made a first estimate... to constrain the temperature inside the Earth," said Agnes Dewaele of the French research agency CEA and a co-author of the new research. "Other people made other measurements and calculations with computers and nothing was in agreement. It was not good for our field that we didn't agree with

each other," she told reporters. The core temperature is crucial to a number of disciplines that study regions of our planet's interior that will never be accessed directly - guiding our understanding of everything from earthquakes to the Earth's magnetic field. "We have to give answers to geophysicists, seismologists, geodynamicists - they need some data to feed their computer models," Dr Dewaele said. The team has now revisited those 20-year-old measurements, making use of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility - one of the world's most intense sources of X-rays. To replicate the enormous pressures at the core boundary - more than a million times the pressure at sea level they used a device called a diamond

hybrid grass 'could reduce flooding impact' NEWS DESK A hybrid farmland grass, developed by a team of UK researchers, could help reduce flooding, a study has shown. A team of plant and soil scientists said tests showed the new cultivar reduced run-off by 51%, compared with a variety widely used to feed livestock. They added that rapid growth and well developed root systems meant that more moisture was retained within the soil rather than running into river systems. The findings appear in the journal Scientific Reports. The novel grass is a hybrid of perennial ryegrass (Lollium perenne) - which is widely planted by farmers for grazing livestock - and meadow fescue (Festuca pratensis), which has environmen-

tal stress-resistant characteristics. GREENER GRASS: Co-author Kit Macleod, senior research scientist at the James Hutton Institute based in Aberdeen, said a long-term project had been developing novel forage grasses but their environmental benefits had not really been tested. "So I

had the idea to... set up an experiment to look at how these novel grasses could be good for not only production from a farmer's perspective but also reducing run-off," he told reporters. "There is a lot of interest in how we manage agricultural landscapes to produce multiple benefits - particularly in relation to environmental stresses, such as changing precipitation and temperature patterns." Over a two-year period at the Rothamsted Research site in North Devon, the team found that the hybrid grass reduced run-off by up to 51% compared with perennial ryegrass and by 43% compared with meadow fescue. "We think that how [the runoff was reduced] was to do with changes in the soil structure, and how this grass changed that," Dr Macleod explained.

anvil cell - essentially a tiny sample held between the points of two precision-machined synthetic diamonds. Once the team's iron samples were subjected to the high pressures and high temperatures using a laser, the scientists used X-ray beams to carry out "diffraction" - bouncing X-rays off the nuclei of the iron atoms and watching how the pattern changed as the iron changed from solid to liquid. Those diffraction patterns give more insight into partially molten states of iron, which the team believes were what the researchers were measuring in the first experiments. They suggest a core temperature of about 6,000C, give or take 500C roughly that of the Sun's surface. But importantly, Dr Dewaele said, "now everything agrees".

In a first, smartphones outpace regular ones It's a tech milestone: For the first time, more smartphones were shipped in a quarter than regular mobile phones, reports PC Magazine. Market Research firm IDC says 216.2 million of the 418.6 million mobiles shipped in the first three months of the year were of the smartphone variety. An IDC analyst says it's not complicated: "Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away." Samsung again led the way with 70.7 million phones, followed by Apple (37.4 million), LG (10.3 million), and Chinese companies Huawei (9.9 million) and ZTE (9.1 million). The figures take into account phones shipped, not sold, notes Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica, but they're still telling. "They show that companies' efforts to cater to 'emerging markets' is paying off, and we expect smartphone shipments will only continue to outpace those of dumbphones as these efforts intensify." NEWS dESK

Plug and grow: The smart herb garden With over half of the world’s population living in cities and with green space ever dwindling, any type of innovation that allows people to grow vegetables and herbs without using up space is always welcome news. This is probably why a new plantgrowing kit called the Smart Herb Garden has received more than six times its pledge goal on Kickstarter. SMART GARdEN: The Smart Herb Garden is especially intelligent because it requires very little attention from the owner. Humans Invent spoke to Mattias Lepp, the creator of the Herb Garden, to find out how it works. He says, “It grows the plant without the need for constant watering or fertilising. All you have to do is fill the water reservoir.” So, the user simply plugs it in and

fills the small water tank until a light indicates it has received the required amount of water. Each box comes with cartridges containing the seed of anything from tomatoes, peppers to basil, with each one lasting up to two years. The specially designed LED lights also keep the herbs growing when there is less light during winter months. NANO PARTICLES: What is particularly clever about the Herb Garden however, is the material used to feed the plants. Lepp says, “There is a special nano material which takes care of the nutrients and aeration of the plant, as well as the ph level etc.” Nutrients and oxygen that feed the plant are found in the nanotech capsules, providing the precise balance needed for the plant to grow. One of the problems in traditional

growing for potted-plants is the need for frequent watering to keep the plant alive balanced against the risk of draining away essential nutrients that comes with over-watering. With the Smart Herb Garden, the frequency with which you need to add water is absurdly low. Lepp says, “There is a small indicator which tells you if you need to add water but we’ve been testing it in our office and you only need to add water once every two months. It’s not very often.” Before the Smart Herb Garden, Lepp created Click and Grow (also the name of his company), that sold 50,000 units but, based on feedback from customers, the new design has been introduced with certain adjustments, including the lighting system. NASA INSPIREd: Lepp’s initial in-

spiration for building smart gardens came seven years ago when he read an article about a space expedition. Lepp says, “I read an article about a NASA Mars mission and one part of the article was about growing plants in space and this is where I first came across aeroponics, understanding it was possible to grow plants without soil.” Aeroponics, a system where plants can grow in an air chamber without the need for roots to grow in soil, was inspired by nature after the observation that certain orchids in Japan growing on trees are fuelled by the air. While Lepp has gone on to use nano particles instead of air, it was an eye opener for him to realise that the traditional use of soil was not the only method for growing plants. COuRTESy HumANS INvENT


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A K I S TA N leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has lost his appeal against being found guilty of spot-fixing but an appeal over his life ban in Britain will be heard later, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Friday. The 32-year-old, who has played 61 tests, was branded a “grave danger” to the game by the ECB who last year found him guilty of encouraging or attempting to encourage Essex team mate Mervyn Westfield to underperform in a match in 2009. “An appeal

SPORTS DESK South African top-order batting powerhouse Herschelle Gibbs, the first man in history to hit six sixes in a single over in international cricket, has become the latest player to sign up for this year’s Caribbean Premier league (CPL). Gibbs achieved the feat in the Caribbean, in St Kitts during the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, when he dispatched Netherlands legspinner Daan van Bunge over the ropes six times in a row. And while four other players - including Barbados and West Indies legend Sir Garfield Sobers – have done it before or since in professional cricket, Gibbs was the first man to hit six sixes on the international stage. It is part of an hugely impressive cricketing career that the right-hander, now 39, will bring to the CPL table, having represented teams all over the world, including being part of the Deccan Chargers squad that won the Indian Premier League in 2009. Speaking to the CPL Organisers, Herschelle’s enthusiasm was obvious, “I am really looking forward to playing in the first CPL. I love the Caribbean and have great memories of touring there. The people are lovely and although each nation is different, they all have that same warmth and charm that makes everyone want to go there. Many of the West Indies players have become my friends over the years and playing alongside them in their home countries will really be special.”

Chigumbura keeps Zimbabwe in the hunt HARARE AGENCIES

A blazing innings of 45 from Elton Chigumbura rescued Zimbabwe as they closed on 158 for four on day two of the second and final test against Bangladesh at Harare Sports Club on Friday. Chigumbura, who was the star with the ball in the Bangladesh first innings, put on an unbeaten 61-run stand for the fifth wicket with Malcolm Waller (30 not out) to almost certainly help Zimbabwe avoid the follow-on. In reply to Bangladesh’s total of 391, Zimbabwe had slumped to 97 for four before Chigumbura strode to the

wicket and started thrashing away. Bangladesh added another 91 runs to their overnight score of 300 for six, the charge on

Friday led by Nasir Hossain’s fifth test half-century. Hossain had amassed 77 before he was the ninth wicket to fall. Number 11 Robiul Islam entertained the crowd with an unbeaten 24 from 18 balls to take Bangladesh to 391. Shakib Al Hasan (81) top-scored in the innings, while there was also a valuable 60 from skipper Mushfiqur Rahim. The pick of the home bowlers was Chigumbura, who returned figures of three for 75. Zimbabwe’s problems at the top of the order continued as they lost three quick wickets. Captain Brendan Taylor, who scored centuries in each innings in the first test, looked in good touch again he compiled a patient 36 before trying an uncharacteristically risky shot. He attempted to pull a delivery from off-spinner Sohag Gazi to the mid-wicket boundary but picked out Shakib in the deep instead. At that stage the follow-on target of 192 looked a long way off for the home side but barring a big collapse

on Saturday, they will get the 34 runs they need to make Bangladesh bat again. Zimbabwe lead the two-match series 1-0 after an emphatic 335-run victory in the first test last week.

panel of the Cricket Discipline Commission today dismissed an appeal by Danish Kaneria against a finding of a disciplinary panel in June 2012 which found he had been guilty of two charges under the ECB’s regulations,” a statement said. “His further appeal against sanction and costs will be heard at a later date. The appeal of Mervyn Westfield against the sanction imposed on him in June 2012 will also be heard at a later date.” Westfield, asked to concede a set number of runs during his opening over in a county match against Durham in exchange for a payment of 6,000 pounds ($9,300), was previously jailed for four months and banned from top-level cricket for five years. Kaneria’s appeal was adjourned in December when Westfield failed to show up. The ECB did not say if the English bowler had attended the latest hearing.

kkr crush kings xI Punjab EDEN GARDENS AGENCIES

Manvinder Bisla scored 51 not out as the Kolkata Knight Riders crushed the Kings XI Punjab by six wickets, with 10 balls to spare, at Eden Gardens on Friday in a vital Pepsi Indian Premier League clash. Kolkata ended on 150 for four after 18.2 overs in reply to the Kings XI’s below par score of 149 for six, after Adam Gilchrist had won the toss and decided that his team should bat first. The Kings XI had made a decent start, even though Sachithra Senanayake bowled a maiden in the second over. But Gilchrist (27) and Mandeep Singh (25) then scored 40 runs off the next four overs to end the power play on 45 without loss. But the introduction of Jacques Kallis (4-0-14-2) changed the complexity of the innings as he dismissed Mandeep with his first ball. Kallis conceded just 11 runs in his first three overs and returned to bowl the 18th over, conceding just three runs and claiming the wicket of David Hussey (21). Manan Vohra top-scored for the visitors with 31 off 21 balls, which included three boundaries and a six. Gurkeerat Singh smashed 28 off 15 balls with two fours and two maximums to boost the total and give Punjab a total worth bowling at. This video is not available in your region The big wicket of the in-form David Miller (10) was picked up by Sarabjit Ladda (1-18), who cleaned bowled the hard-hitting South African. Sunil Narine was unfortunate not to pick up a wicket as he had most of the batsmen tied up in knots. The West Indian finished with tidy figures of 4-0-22-0.

sammy, steyn help rescue sunrisers JAIPUR AGENCIES

A disastrous top order run from the Sunrisers Hyderabad, where not a single player in the top six passed double figures, saw the visitors post 144 for nine in 20 overs in their IPL clash against the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Saturday. Darren Sammy helped his side recover from 29 for six to 127 for nine and Dale Steyn played a cameo with 18 off eight balls, while James Faulkner had a blinder with the ball, picking up five wickets for just 20 runs as the match, which looked dead and buried, was sparked to life thanks to some individual brilliance. Captain Kumar Sangakkara returned to take charge of the visitors as

they won the toss and chose to bat first, but his side got off to the worst possible start as Akshath Reddy was dismissed in the first over when he got a leading edge off Ajit Chandila. The very next over brought more of the same for the visitors as the skipper went chasing after a wider delivery and was caught at slip with James Faulkner picking up his first stick. At 6 for two after 1.4 overs, the Sunrisers needed somebody to rebuild, but Faulkner struck again just two balls later with Shikhar Dhawan sent on his way for a two-ball duck. Things went from bad to worse as the rest of the top order all failed to get into double figures and the Sunrisers were reeling at 29 for six after 6.1 overs. Sammy and Amit Mishra combined for solid 58run partnership lower down the order, before Mishra became Faulkner’s fourth victim. Returning to the attack in the 15th over, Faulkner got the breakthrough with a ball just a touch wide outside off stump which Mishra sliced in the air to meet his demise for 21 off 28.

Ashish Reddy then joined Sammy out in the middle for another tidy partnership of 27 before he was dismissed for 14, caught at long-on. The Sunrisers had recovered to 114 for eight and it was up to Sammy to see them home, but Faulkner struck again to dismiss the West Indian for 60 off 41 as the Australian finished with figures of 4-0-20-5. With just one over left to go Kevon Cooper was handed the task of bowling the final over, but he failed to hit his lengths and Steyn took full advantage picking up 17 runs from one over, including a six and four off the final ball, to help put the Sunrisers in a far more competitive position. RAJASTHAN ROYALS: SR Watson, AM Rahane, R Dravid (capt), STR Binny, BJ Hodge, DH Yagnik (wk), Sachin Baby, JP Faulkner, K Cooper, A Chandila, SK Trivedi SUNRISERS HYDERABAD: S Dhawan, PA Reddy, KC Sangakkara (capt & wk), GH Vihari, NLTC Perera, DJG Sammy, A Ashish Reddy, KV Sharma, A Mishra, DW Steyn, I Sharma


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PCb to examine kaneria’s appeal rejection LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would legally examine the dismissal of the appeal made by leg-spinner Danish Kaneria against his ban on charges of spot-fixing. An ECB panel in London had rejected Kaneria’s appeal against the life ban, handed out to him over charges of spotfixing. PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf said the Board lawyers will examine Kaneria’s appeal verdict. “We will ask our lawyers to analyze the outcome of the appeal hearing of Kaneria and then decide what to do. But one thing is clear we are not going to tolerate corruption of any sort in our cricket,” he said. Kaneria, only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan with a Test career haul of 261 wickets, had appealed against the ECB disciplinary committee decision which finds him guilty of spot fixing. The appeal was also against the life ban imposed on him to play cricket in England and the costs of 100,000 he has been ordered to pay to the ECB. The ECB disciplinary panel had found him guilty encouraging his Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield to under-perform in a match in 2009. Westfield’s testimony led to Kaneria’s eventual ban last year in June. The ECB said in a statement on Friday that Kaneria’s further appeal against sanction and costs will be heard at a later date. The PCB had also suspended Kaneria from playing any cricket in Pakistan last year pending the outcome of his appeal hearings. Kaneria said after the ECB announcement that he was disappointed with the verdict. “It is again disappointing because the way things went in the four day hearing I thought things had become clear. But once we know the reasons we will decide whether to go to the high court or not,” he said.

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Inter-Club t-20 women CrICket from today LAHORE: The All Pakistan Interclub T-20 Women Cricket Tournament will be held from April 29 here. The said tournament is going to be held at the Kinnaird College cricket ground. All the local and international cricketers are participating in the tournament. The opening ceremony will be performed by Dr. Ruksana David, Principal Kinnaird College on April 29 at 9:30am. SALAMAT SCHOOL WIN INTERSCHOOL TT BOY’S TEAM EvENT TITLE: Salamat School won the boy’s team event title of Interschool Shahjahan Latif Memorial Lahore District Table Tennis beating Beacon House School Township Lahore with an identical margin of 3-0. Farah Omer of Lahore Grammer School Defence campus and Famiya Nadeem Lahore Grammer School Model Town qualified to meet each other in the finals of Girl’s under-16. Aleena Abubakr of LGS Model Town will play final with Shanzeh Khalid of same school beating their rivals in the semifinals of Girl’s Singles under-14. Haris jamil of Salamat School entered the finals with Arsalan Zaheer of his team mate beating Aqib Rehman of Beacon House Township and Aneeq Ahmed of SCIL School in their respective semifinals of Boy’s Under-16 singles event. Aneeq Ahmed of SCIL School qualified to meet Alyyan Hussain of KIPS Johar Town in the finals of Boy’s Under-14 singles finals. The finals of the remaining events will be played on Sunday at 11 am at Johar Town opposite Mian Plaza Lahore. Ahmer Mallick, Hony.Secretary Pakistan Table Tennis federation will be the chief guest.

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Swann is RAEME itching to return to action after declaring that his elbow has “never felt better” following the surgery he had after being ruled out of the Test series in New Zealand. He is set play his first match of the season for Nottinghamshire against Durham in the County Championship next week, his last chance for first-class cricket with his county before the opening Test of the season against New Zealand at Lord’s on May 16. But there is the England Lions game against New Zealand if the selectors feel he needs more overs. Swann has been bowling in the nets during Nottinghamshire’s current match against Derbyshire and is feeling no ill effects after having “13 or 14” pieces of bone removed from his right elbow during the operation in the USA, significantly fewer than came out during the first surgery in 2009 when 29 fragments were found. “The elbow feels great,” Swann said

while speaking at a Chance to Shine event to mark the two millionth child to be included in the scheme. “I’ve been bowling with it over the last two days in the nets and it has never felt better. The aim was always for me to come back on Monday against Durham and that is what is going to happen. I was just bored with stupid bowling in the nets and wanted to get back in the game.” “I was actually hoping to play this week against Derby but it just swelled up a little bit and I was told to get back in my box. I’m very happy now but this is the last time in my career I will have elbow surgery.” When Swann was ruled out of the New Zealand series in March, on the opening day of the first Test, he was optimistic that the surgery would be a success but admitted the occasional doubt. “You go through a mixture of emotions,” he said. “You have the panic, then the optimism, then the odd pessimistic day pops its head out of nowhere. But the surgery wasn’t as serious as last time and my rehab has gone perfectly.” England missed both Swann’s bowling

and his onfield spark in New Zealand as the attack laboured to take 20 wickets. With Australia’s likely line-up for Ashes the potentially including four left handers in the top order he could be in for a bumper season while he is also a crucial cog in the one-day team which has a Champions Trophy to aim for. Swann’s recovery is a piece of positive news for England in a week where Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out until at least the Ashes his with bruised knee taking longer to heel than expected

Tendulkar emphasises on ‘situational awareness’ SPORTS DESK Sachin Tendulkar stressed the “situational of importance awareness” as a key factor in succeeding in the closing stages of IPL games. Tendulkar was speaking at an event in Mumbai and was asked by an audience consisting of children, amateur and aspiring cricketers, how to score ten runs off the final over to win a T20 games. He said there could be no set formula. “Basically you have got to see what the bowler is bowling and what his strengths are, weaknesses are,” Tendulkar said. “What are the areas where you can score off that particular bowler. There are many factors like the kind of surface you are playing on, the kind of field setting.” Tendulkar said what a cricketer needed at a time like that was “awareness.” “You have got to have situational awareness. Once you have that, you respond to the situation according to the bowler and the opposition.” At a gathering of about 200 people, Tendulkar answered a range of questions: about how he related to the new Mumbai Indians’ captain Ricky Ponting, the technique behind his trademark straight drive and the formula for his success. Tendulkar said he didn’t think twice before passing on a tip to Ponting. “Because I know little bit about our cricketers, which Ricky hasn’t had the opportunity to watch them much. Also a lot of things are planned in team meetings. But there are things that spontaneously come to your mind and you share your thoughts. So it is basically about

sharing our knowledge and giving some background about the bowler.” Excellence on the cricket field, he said, had to be priority for any cricketer who was trying to succeed. A young cricketer he said needed to be, “madly in love” with the sport and due to that to immerse himself in his training. “You can’t count the number of hours, the number of balls you have practised, the number of balls that you have bowled. You can’t be counting. You can’t look at your watch. You have to just practise and practise.” He gave an example from his childhood to his audience, saying that his practice began at 7:30am and ended 12 hours

later. “Eventually my coach had to sort of pack my kit bag and send me off saying ‘it is too dark to play cricket and we all want to go home’. “ Tendulkar said his passion for cricket was still alive, “Boys like you or even girls now, whoever wants to become a cricketer, should be passionate about the game. Cricket should be in your heart first and then as you mature and grow, slowly you will find how to score runs and how to bowl [an] over, how to bowl spells. First cricket has to be in your heart and the rest follows.” The straight drive, his signature shot, Tendulkar said started from a correct head position and balance. “If your balance is not good then you are not going to be able to play straight, you either drag it with bottom hand to midwicket or you slice it to cover or cover point.” When the body was correctly aligned, “then you can hit bowlers straight. For batting or bowling, generally on a cricket field, you have got to have good body balance.”

saif open women Powerlifting today LAHORE: The 2nd Saif Sports Saga Open Women Powerlifting City Cup 2013 will be held on Sunday (April 28) at 664-G-St No 29 near Lums Wateen Chowk Defence Lahore under auspices of Lahore District Powerlifting Association and is sponsored by Defence Residents Association. According to organizing secretary international powerlifter Aqeel Javed Butt, competitions will be held in three events Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift in seven body weight categories. Saif-ul-Azam Khan, chairman SAIF Saga Sports is chairman of the organizing committee. Competition will start from 11 am. Prize Distribution will be held at 5 pm. About 40 women powerlifters belonging to Govt College Shadbagh, Govt Women Degree College Gulshan Ravi, Punjab University, Cathredal School, Govt Girls High School Samanabad, Lahore Gymkhana, National Weightlifting and Powerlifting Club will participate. Training camp under supervision of Akeel Butt is in progress at National Powerlifting Club Coaching Centre here. STAFF REPORT

samir honored with all mountain west team award LAHORE: Pakistan’s tennis hope and Davis Cupper Samir Iftikhar added another feather in his cap when he was named amongst the top 10 players of the University of Colorado and was given the All Mountain West Team award. He was honored by the league’s seven head coaches as member. AllMountain West Teams 2012-13 was given the award at an impressive ceremony held at Colorado spring Colorado, USA. According to the information received the award came right after Samir had secured victory over Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FS) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) of Fresno State to hand University of New Mexico unassailable lead of 4/1 and place in semi-finals. It is pertinent to mention that the 21-year Davis Cupper hailing from WAPDA is termed as the world class potential and is the first cousin of tennis star Aisamul Haq and son of former Davis Cupper Tayyab Iftikhar. He as freshman and sophomore (2nd Year) at the University has achieved # 71 and #101 National rankings in highly competitive NCAA Intervarsity Tennis. STAFF REPORT


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Alexander WEDEN’S Noren overcame the testing conditions to take the third round lead with a deserving three-under-par 69 at the Ballantine’s Championship. Noren battled the gusty winds that swept through the Blackstone Golf Club all-day to post a three-day total of nineunder-par 207 for a one-shot lead over Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal and Scotland’s Peter Larrazabal who were tied for second place after they returned with 68 and 69 Ballantine’s 2010 respectively. Championship winner Marcus Fraser of Australia signed for a 69 to take a share of fourth place with countryman Brett Rumford on 209 total while Thailand’s

Arnond Vongvanij (75) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (75), who held the second round lead, will have to make up grounds after they slipped to a share of 10th and 15th place respectively. Noren, who trailed the second round leaders by one, made his move with a birdie on the fourth hole. The Swede dropped a shot on the parfour ninth but quickly asserted himself by storming home with a flawless inwardnine that was highlighted by birdies on holes 12, 14 and 18. “It was a nice way to finish as it was a long and tough day. I also held my short game together very nicely,” said Noren. “I didn’t have that many chances but I took care of them when I got chances for birdies and made the important pars when I needed. So it was a big fight out there today,” added the

rIghts grouPs ask fIfa to wIthdraw bahraIn CandIdate

SPORTS DESK Two human rights groups have asked world soccer governing body FIFA to withdraw Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa from the race to become president of Asian football, accusing the Bahraini royal of human rights breaches. In a letter to FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said Sheikh Salman, the head of the Bahrain Football Association (BFA), was not fit for the role. “Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa is involved in human rights violations with the assistance of his office and consultants against players, administrators, referees and clubs who participated in the democracy protests in February 2011,” the two groups wrote in Friday’s letter. “We hope that you bear in mind the sublime principles of sport and fair play that respect basic human rights and to distance all violators of human rights from reaching prestigious sport positions in order to embellish their notorious image.”

Swede. While conditions were tough on a day where only 17 players broke par, Larrazabal is taking it in his stride and believes he can rise to the occasion on the final day, where it matters most. “I’ve been here for six years and I love tough conditions. I love wind conditions, and I love tight pin positions. You know, I love to have fun that way,” said the Spaniard “The winds on this golf course were very tough. We were up on a mountain and we had to play on both sides of the mountains. The winds were swirling around and you’ve to trust yourself and go for it,” added Larrazabal. Fraser moved back into contention for his second Ballantine’s Championship win following his victory in 2010. Starting his round, three shots back of

the leaders in tied-13th, Fraser got off the blocks quickly with two birdies in three holes. He birdied holes six and seven before a bogey-five on the ninth hole saw him turn in 33. The Australian, who finished second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last season, grabbed the outright lead at the 15th hole after another birdie but let it slipped away after dropping another shot on the closing 18th hole. “It was a nice way to finish but there was certainly more good than bad in how I played today,” said Fraser. “Given the conditions today, I’m happy to be in the position where I’m right now. I managed to hole several long putts to save par today and that was key,” added the Australian.

UCI reject Usada claims over Armstrong PARIS AGENCIES

Cycling’s world governing body on Friday roundly rejected claims from the man who brought down Lance Armstrong that they had contributed nothing to the fight against doping in the sport. The head of the the US AntiDoping Agency (Usada) Travis Tygart told a French Senate hearing on Thursday that the International Cycling Union (UCI) had blocked efforts to clean up the tarnished sport since the scandal broke last year. But the UCI responded strongly, saying in a statement on its website uci.ch: “The UCI categorically rejects allegations of collusion... and states categorically that it has nothing to hide”. Giving evidence under oath to a committee from the upper chamber of parliament investigating the fight against doping, Tygart claimed that the UCI “did everything to put obstacles in our way” over the Armstrong affair. A devastating Usada report published last October said Armstrong orchestrated what it termed the biggest doping programme in sporting history during his career, sending shockwaves through the sport. The UCI later rubber-stamped the findings, banned the Texan rider for life and stripped him of his record seven Tour de France wins between 1999 and 2005. But questions remain about the extent of the governing body’s knowledge of his illegal activities, including claims that they were complicit in covering up positive dope tests. Tygart, whose organisation fought a public battle with the UCI over jurisdiction in the Armstrong case, also

criticised the federation’s response since their report, accusing them of doing “absolutely nothing” to crack down on the use of banned substances. A UCI spokesman accused Tygart of courting headlines and countered that Usada and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) stymied the work of an independent commission it set up to look into historical doping cases. The commission was disbanded in January after protracted argument about its powers and whether witnesses would be granted an amnesty protecting them from subsequent disciplinary action. “He should establish the facts before

jumping to conclusions,” the UCI spokesman said. “It’s all very well Mr Tygart talking about cooperation, but let’s not forget that the Independent Commission was only disbanded because of Usada’s and WADA’s pointblank refusal to cooperate with it. “Simply, the UCI was left with no choice but to close it down; it made no sense to go forward without the participation of these two bodies. “One can only assume that their refusal to cooperate with the Independent Commission was due to their fear that their own shortcomings would be exposed. “After all, Usada and WADA

also tested Armstrong over many years and also failed to catch him. It was only with the benefit of the US Federal Investigation that Usada was finally able to gain evidence of Armstrong’s doping. “No attempt by Travis Tygart to rewrite history will change the fact that Usada failed to catch Lance Armstrong having tested him just 49 times during his career. The UCI by comparison tested Armstrong 189 times.” Work by the UCI to catch Armstrong’s former teammates Floyd Landis and Tyler also enabled the investigation against Armstrong, the spokesman added.


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‘brIght ProsPeCts for dIamond league deal’ SPORTS DESK The focus of the world’s gaze during the 2012 Olympics, athletics is now searching for a new title sponsor for its elite series of meetings just two weeks before the season opens. Electronics giant Samsung pulled the plug on its Diamond League sponsorship last month, dealing a blow to the 14-meeting series and raising questions about the marketability of the sport outside of Olympic years. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and British heptathlete Jessica Ennis are enjoying the rewards and profile brought by Olympic success, finding themselves in constant demand for endorsements but many of their rivals toil in relative obscurity. The IAAF, the sport’s governing body, strikes an upbeat note, saying it has a strong group of international commercial partners, pointing out that it signed up Japanese camera maker Canon Inc as recently as last November. On the Diamond League specifically, it believes that a new backer will be found to replace South Korea’s Samsung which was believed to be paying around 3 million euros ($3.9 million) per season. “The 14 meetings which make up the IAAF Diamond League all have their own commercial partners and that does limit the commercial sectors from which the IAAF can seek a series sponsor and the package of rights it can offer a potential partner,” the IAAF told Reuters in a statement.

li ousts kvitova to book stuttgart semi-final spot BERLIN AGENCIES

World number five Li Na withstood a late comeback from Petra Kvitova to beat the fifthseeded Czech 6-3 7-5 on Friday and set up a Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-final with American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The second seed from China was put under early pressure by a series of sizzling Kvitova groundstrokes but responded by rattling off five consecutive games to snatch the first set. World number eight Kvitova took an early 2-0 lead in the second set before Li bounced back again, reeling off another five straight games. The Australian Open runner-up then twice had her serve broken as the mercurial Kvitova blasted a string of superb service returns past her opponent to level at 5-5. A fine volley and a brilliant return from an unimaginable angle put Li 6-5 ahead and she finally went through on her third match point when the Czech netted a backhand. Mattek-Sands advanced with a 6-4 6-2 win over German Sabine Lisicki. Earlier, top seed and defending champion Maria Sharapova struggled to dispose of former world number one Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 7-5 4-6 6-4. The world number two has had to work hard in the event, saving two match points in a three-hour battle with Czech Lucie Safarova in her first match this season on clay on Thursday. “I prefer playing tough matches instead of training at home,” the Russian told reporters. “It was hard to get my body going - I need some time to warm up.” Sharapova next meets third-seeded German Angelique Kerber who put out Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 7-6.

Nadal wins twice to reach barcelona semis BARCELONA AGENCIES

Seven-time winner Rafael Nadal won back-to-back matches to advance to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open on Friday. After rain forced several third-round matches to be pushed back, Nadal started the day by beating Benoit Paire of France 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. The then Spaniard fifth-ranked defeated Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-0 after his overmatched opponent had downed Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) earlier in the day. “I played much better in the second match than in the morning,” Nadal said after finishing off Ramos. “Above all in the second set, when Albert made more mistakes than usual.” Nadal has won 37 straight matches on the red clay at Real Club de Tenis and is on course to make his sixth straight final this year after returning from a long injury layoff. He will face Milos Raonic on Saturday after the Canadian outlasted Tommy Robredo 6-7 (5), 6-3, 76 (2). Fourth-seeded Nicolas Almagro will play Philipp Kohlschreiber in the other semifinal. Nadal responded well to the test of playing two matches in the same day as he works his way back to form. He returned to the tour in February after a nagging case of tendinitis in his left knee sidelined him for seven months. Nadal reached five straight finals heading into Barcelona, but lost to Novak Djokovic last weekend. That ended his eight-year winning run at Monte Carlo and raised questions of whether he’s ready to compete next month for the much more grueling French Open

title. Nadal has won at Roland Garros a record seven times. “I got through a complicated day fine,” Nadal said. Earlier, Robredo fought back from a set down to stop sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych 3-6, 7-6 (5), 63 in the third round. The unseeded Robredo hit a winner that clipped the baseline to break Berdych’s serve for the fourth time on match point. Raonic also defeated Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 7-6 (6) on Friday. Almagro beat Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 to make his third semifinal in the Catalan capital after he broke the Argentine’s serve late before serving out the second set. “I’m excited to have a shot at making my first final here in Barcelona, but it won’t be easy,” Almagro said. “Kohlschreiber has a great return.” Kohlschreiber rallied past Martin Klizan of Slovakia 1-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) after their third-round match was postponed on Thursday with Klizan leading 4-3 in the third set. Kohlschreiber then advanced to the semifinals after Thomaz Bellucci withdrew. The 26-year-old Nadal appeared to have worked out the kinks in his match with Paire, and after a couple of hours of rest he rolled over Ramos. Nadal made quick work of the 64th-ranked rival by taking his first service games in each set. He didn’t give Ramos an opportunity to break his serve and finished his second match in just over an hour. Nadal last lost at the Barcelona Open 10 years ago to Spain’s Davis Cup captain, Alex Corretja.

InIesta wants bIlbao wIn to ease barCa PaIn

SPORTS DESK Andres Iniesta urged his shell-shocked side to ease some of the pain of their Champions League humiliation by taking another step toward the La Liga title. Barca go into Saturday’s clash at Athletic Bilbao with the wounds from their 4-0 semi-final first-leg thrashing by Bayern Munich on Tuesday still raw. As well as all but ending their hopes of becoming European champions this season, the defeat has prompted talk of the end of an era at the Nou Camp and, combined with Borussia Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Real Madrid, a power shift in the European game from Spain to Germany. Iniesta, though, knows there is only one way for he and his beleaguered team-mates to respond. “The only thing to do is to pick ourselves up and get back to winning the league,” he said. “Now we have to switch our focus, go to Bilbao, win and ensure that the league title is one game closer. “Athletic will demand that we are at our best. We have the experience of playing them over the last few seasons and we know that it will be an intense and physical game.”


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